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UFC On Demand Celebrates the Fighters to Watch 2011: With fights from rising stars like Brendan Shaub, Matt Mitrione, Phil Davis, Jim Miller, George Sotiropoulos and more.
UFC 128 Fight Club Presale Starts January 11, 2011: Tickets go on presale for Fight Club members this January 11th for the Light Heavyweight Championship battle between Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Rashad Evans. UFC 128 is Saturday, March 19th at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
UFC Live Presale Starts January 12, 2011: Tickets go on presale for Fight Club members January 12 for UFC Live Sanchez vs. Kampmann. UFC Live is Thursday, March 3rd, 2011 at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, KY.
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“Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting” in Greeley, Colorado as TKO Boxing Promotions in association with Ghost Town Promotions present the “Rocky Mountain Rumble” at the Island Grove Park Exhibit Hall this Saturday night, January 8th.
Headlining this Saturday’s action packed seven bout card is Greeley fan favorite and former amateur standout Robert Rodriguez. Competing as a featherweight, Rodriguez has built his record to 5-0-0 (1KO) while impressing fans all over the country.
On Thursday, March 3, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® brings its prized thoroughbreds to the city made famous by the Kentucky Derby. For the first time ever, UFC® delivers its hard-hitting action to the Bluegrass State for UFC® LIVE, from the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville and broadcast on VERSUS at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
World championship referee Steve Smoger has been the third man in the ring on several ring classics including the Hopkins versus Trinidad, Mosley versus Forrest and Pavlik versus Taylor bouts. Steve talks to Fightnews and comments on the infamous “chair incident” the big fights he has worked and also his career as Municipal Court Judge in New Jersey and his career in the Air Force Reserves. (more…)
With a career crossroads fight for former #1-world ranked heavyweight contender Cristobal Arreola (29-2, 25 KOs) just three weeks away, Team Arreola brought in some reinforcements with the notable addition of highly-successful and respected, Houston-based trainer Ronnie Shields. Shields, who worked with Mike Tyson and guided the likes of Evander Holyfield, Pernell Whittaker, Meldrick Taylor , Vernon Forrest and Kermit Cintron to world titles, will share the corner with incumbent trainer Henry Ramirez at Arreola’s January 28 ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” main event against hard-hitting southpaw Joey Abell (27-4, 26 KOs) at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, CA. (more…)
It had been reported that former WBC super middleweight world champion Robin Reid would be the final boxer to join the line-up for Prizefighter Light Heavyweights II at Olympia in London on January 29. However, today it was confirmed that little known Jack “13” Morris (4-1) will get the eighth and final spot in the £32,000 one-day tournament. (more…)
Sources are reporting that the strong candidates to be the next opponents of WBO Featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez (30-0, 27 KOs) and WBA Super Featherweight world champion/IBF Featherweight world champion Yuriorkis Gamboa (19-0, 15 KOs) are the following:
For Lopez an offer has been made to former WBA super bantamweight interim Champion Ricardo Cordoba (37-3-2, 23 KOs) of Panama to fight Lopez in Puerto Rico April 16th on SHOWTIME. The final decision will be up to Cordoba as to if he will take the fight or not.
In the case of Gamboa, HBO ruled in favor of his next opponent being former world title challenger Jason Litzau (28-2, 21 KOs) instead of Cordoba on a date to soon be determined. This would be of no surprise to many being that Litzau scored what many feel is the upset of the year when he decisioned former world champion Celestino Caballero this past November on HBO.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: David Martin Warr/DKP
In 2011, undefeated cruiserweight contender Francisco “The Wizard” Palacios (20-0, 13 KOs) of Puerto Rico wants to accomplish what Carlos de Leon did many years ago for his country and fulfill his promise to his dead brother – became cruiserweight world champion. To make this possible, on April 2 in Gdansk, Poland, “The Wizard” will have to defeat a fighter who hasn’t lost a bout in the last three years and will be defending his WBC title in his home country, Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (44-2, 32 KO). (more…)
A boxing show billed as “Latin Championship Night” is being planned for March 11th at the North Atlanta Trade Center in Norcross, Georgia. Organizers say this will be the beginning of a monthly series at the venue. Local favorite Zahir Raheem (31-3, 18 KOs) will be fighting for the IBF/USBA belt in the featured fight, with Hector Camacho Jr and possibly Fres Oquendo also seeing action. The series is presented by the Atlanta Boxing Association and tickets are $25, $50, $75 and $200.
Looks like Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will return on January 29th against Billy Lyell (22-8, 4 KOs) in an outdoor soccer stadium in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico. It has also been mentioned that Chavez could fight for some form of the WBC middleweight belt on March 26 against interim champion Sebsatian Zbik. While Lyell would be good preparation for a Zbik fight, the matchup wouldn’t be without risk as Lyell has also beaten Chavez’ best opponent to date, John Duddy.
IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green has undergone emergency surgery to have his appendix removed. The 37-year-old is now recuperating in a hospital in Perth, Australia, and is expected to be able continue his career upon recovery, however it could take many weeks or even months before he could resume full training again.
The title defense of IBF, IBO, WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko against British and Commonwealth Champion Dereck Chisora has been rescheduled for April 30 at SAP Arena Mannheim, Germany. Originally, the fight was supposed to happen last year on December 11, also in Mannheim, but had to be cancelled due to an injury Klitschko suffered in training three days before the fight.
“I am very happy that we have found a new date for the fight so quickly. Chisora insulted me many times and that is why I still have unfinished business with him. He is a very good boxer but as a person he is a loser. Like I had done in December I will now teach him a lesson end of April,” says Klitschko. (more…)
After a brief period at home with his wife and children following his European title success, Willie ‘Big Bang’ Casey returns to camp this Monday in preparation for his world title fight with Cuban sensation Guillermo ‘El Chacal’ Rigondeaux. For Casey, a break never really occurred with the Limerick southpaw aware that a world title fight was a likely possibility. He returns to Head Coach Phil Sutcliffe raring to go and both protégé and coach firmly believe an upset is on the cards. “I have been studying Rigondeaux over the holidays,” said Sutcliffe,” and while he is an unbelievable talent I think Willie will beat him. It’s going to be tough, we have no doubts there but our boy is tougher and he can bang as big as anyone out there.” (more…)
Former “Contender Season 3″ finalist Jaidon Codrington (26-2, 16 KOs) will take on Dyah Davis (18-2, 9 KOs) of Florida on February 26 for the vacant WBO NABO light heavyweight title at the Club Europe in Atlanta, Georgia. The undercard will feature heavyweight Travis Walker (34-6-1, 28 KOs) and comebacking Atlanta native junior middleweight Xavier “The X-Man” Tolliver (22-6, 15 KOs) fighting in seperate bouts. The event will be promoted by Adrian Patrick/Gladiator X Promotions.
In December of 2010, UFC fans got their first taste of bantamweight action when Nick Pace submitted Will Campuzano on The Ultimate Fighter season 12 finale card. But it will be in 2011 that the division kicks into high gear in the Octagon, and if you don’t know them already, here are 12 of the 135-pounders to watch in the coming year . . . Click here for more
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The World Boxing Council, following its anti-doping regulations, handed over to a private laboratory the carrying out of the anti-doping tests of boxers Vic Darchinyan and Abner Mares; the Washington State Boxing Commission had knowledge of the situation, as they have not established such tests. The anti-doping tests conducted by the lab had negative results; both boxers were clean of drugs in the corresponding tests.
WBA heavyweight champion David ‘The Hayemaker’ Haye has branded rival titleholder Wladimir Klitschko a ‘coward’, following the Ukrainian’s decision not to unify the belts in a 2011 showdown. A bout between IBF and WBO kingpin Klitschko and Haye appeared close to completion earlier this week, but Wladimir instead decided on an April 30 title defence against Britain’s Dereck Chisora on Wednesday.
“We agreed to a date of July 2nd at a venue in Germany with both Sky Sports and RTL and everybody appeared happy with the deal,” said a bemused Haye. “We made a few concessions to remove past stumbling blocks and were happy to do so, as it finally looked like the fight would get made.
“Even through negotiations, though, it was clear Wladimir was looking for the coward’s way out. He would often come up with new obstacles and problems to overcome, and I never once sensed he fancied it.
“He refused to come to England, wanted to pick his own gloves, enter the ring second, box out of the red corner and demanded a German doctor. He also wanted his name to feature first on any promotional material ahead of the event. We bowed to each and every one of his demands. I didn’t want to potentially jeopardise anything this time around.” (more…)
The WBC Baltic heavyweight championship will be on the line when undefeated Polish star Mariusz Wach (23-0, 11KOs) faces Jonathan Haggler (23-3, 18 KOs) on February 19 at Essex County College in Newark, NJ. The 31-year-old Wach was a member of the 2004 Polish Olympic Boxing team and is on the fast track. Now trained by former three-time heavyweight champion Michael Moorer, Wach hopes to make 2011 his year to shine. The card will be promoted by Prize Fight and Global Boxing Promotions and telecast on Comcast and Fox Sports affiliates.
WBA heavyweight champion David Haye’s manager and trainer Adam Booth has ripped into IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko for opting to fight Dereck Chisora rather than a unification bout with Haye. “There were lots of people that know Wladimir really didn’t want this fight yet,” Booth told Sky Sports News. “It’s a shame. It’s embarrassing for boxing that the unification fight isn’t going to happen now because David’s bent over backwards. We’ve conceded to every single ridiculous demand they made.” (more…)
After harsh words yesterday between the camps of WBC mandatory challenger Odlanier Solis and WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko, Solis’ promoter Ahmet Öner wants to get negotiations back on track for the WBC-mandated heavyweight championship fight.
“Let’s forget about Krasniqi, Banks and Sturm,” he said. “They have nothing to do with our fight. I agree that the boxing business is getting harder and harder because there are not a lot of big names and superstars left and they are not easy to deal with. There’s no need to talk about other fighters when all we want is to secure a deal between Solis and Vitali. I apologize for bringing other names to the table. Sturm is a great champion and he is ready to fight any middleweight fighter in the world. It’s not that easy to make big fights when there are only very few big names left and they all have their separate deals in place.
“I have to admit that talk is cheap. Let’s just get this deal done. I want the fight, Solis wants the fight, so let’s do it. You can pay all the taxes in the world. I have no problem with that. Just make us a serious offer and we will take it. I accept that you win this first round as long as we will be the champions after the final bell. I want to see Solis and Vitali in the ring. I will stop running my mouth until the fight is over. You got the champion, we got the challenger. We meet in the ring and just see what happens. I can still run my mouth after the fight when Vitali will be busy collecting his bones. When we have the belt we can do a rematch or the “revenge of the brother” or whatever. Let’s stop talking and focus on the sport. May the best man win.”
Heavyweight Dereck Chisora was celebrating tonight after promoter Frank Warren confirmed he will fight world champion Wladimir Klitschko in Germany on April 30. The British and Commonwealth champion was left devastated when Klitschko pulled out of their December 11 clash after tearing an abdominal muscle in training. But Chisora never gave up hope that he would earn a second chance against the IBF and WBO titlist. And today the fight was sealed for the end of April. “This news is a fantastic late Christmas present,” said the north Londoner. “I always believed that I would fight Klitschko, and my faith has been repaid. I was a bit worried that he might try and fight an easier touch, but I think I’ve earned my opportunity. I was gutted when Wladimir pulled out of our fight just a couple of days beforehand. But now I’ve got another chance to take his titles away. He’s a great world champion, but his time at the top is well and truly up. My promoter Frank Warren has done a great job in getting me this opportunity because there was no guarantee Wladimir would fight me again after he got injured.”
A terribly upset and disappointed WBA/IBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov expressed his thoughts on the collapse of Saturday night’s unification fight against WBO titlist Jurgen Brähmer, who left Shymkent last night without informing or explaining why he has pulled out of “The Unification.” Shumenov is now without an opponent for this weekend. A determination later today will be made regarding whether Saturday night’s show will proceed with three boxers fighting under the KZ Event Productions banner: WBA #13 welterweight Ravshan Hudaynazarov (13-0, 11 KOs) vs. former Mexican welterweight champion Jose Luis “Chelin” Cruz (41-7-2, 33 KOs), welterweight Alexandr Zhyuravskiy Ahmedov (9-0, 7 KOs) vs. Ruben “Modern Day Warrior” Galvan (27-14-4, 10 KOs), and WBA #6 and Interim PABA light heavyweight Gayrat Ahmedov (15-0-1, 10 KOs) vs. three-time world middleweight champion William Joppy (39-6-2, 30 KOs).
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WBO light heavyweight world champion Jürgen Brähmer arrived back in Germany from Kazakhstan today at 9AM. He and BDB President Thomas Pütz were immediately rushed from Hamburg Airport by ambulance to the Asklepios Klinik in Hamburg St. Georg. Brähmer and Pütz both received infusions and their strength is slowly coming back according to Dr. Michael Ehnert. The pair had gone two days without food and suffered heavy fluid loss from diarrhea and vomiting. Extensive blood and stool examinations were performed and results are expected by tomorrow at the earliest. (more…)
Evander Holyfield (43-10-2, 21 KOs) will defend his World Boxing Federation heavyweight title against battled-tested veteran Sherman “The Tank” Williams (34-11-2, 19 KOs) in a 12-round championship fight January 22, headlining the “Redemption In America: The Journey Begins Now” Pay-Per-View Event, live from America’s resort — The Greenbrier’s Colonial Hall — in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
New Panamanian boxing promoter Best Box is looking to put on a mega show on February 19 at the Roberto Duran Gym in Panama City. The main event would be a WBA bantamweight world title clash between WBA super champion Anselmo Moreno of Panama and former WBA world champion Lorenzo Parra from Venezuela. Word is there are also plans to add two other WBA world title fights on the same evening.
On January 14, Best Box will stage an event at the Hotel Riu in Panama City featuring former world champions Roberto “La Araña” Vasquez and Rafael ‘El Torito’ Concepcion, former world title challenger Roynet Caballero and the prospect of the year candidate Julio ‘ El Kirikiki ‘Escudero in separate bouts.
Nathan Cleverly is hoping Jurgen Braehmer’s unification clash with Beibut Shumenov is rescheduled quickly – so he can take on the winner. WBO light heavyweight champion Braehmer pulled out of this weekend’s clash with WBA king Shumenov after being hit with a stomach bug. It’s a nightmare scenario for WBO Interim title holder Cleverly, who is desperate to get his hands on the full title. He was hoping to meet the winner of Saturday’s fight within months. Instead he may have to wait until later in 2011 for his opportunity – much to his frustration. (more…)
By Rey Colon – The Sport Press
Former world champion Eric Morel has begun training for his next fight and according to his father and trainer Cyril Morel, Eric is targeting the WBA bantamweight title that Koki Kameda recently won via unanimous decision against Alexander Munoz. “We’d like to fight in Japan for the title and win there,” he said. “Plant the flag in Japan, following in the footsteps of Samuel Serrano in the 80s when he became a boxing idol there. We want to do the same with Eric. We’ve already started training and are ready for whatever comes.” (more…)
Tacoma-based Brian Halquist who promotes the “Battle at the Boat” boxing series at Tacoma’s Emerald Queen Casino signed local heavyweight Vincent Thompson to a three year promotional deal on Tuesday. Thompson sports a 6-0 record and is a slick southpaw who likes to fight. He is managed/trained by Cal Thompson, Jack Stafford, and Sam DiTusa. (more…)
Hector “Machito” Camacho Jr.(52-4-28 KOs) has been added to the February 11th card at El Paso’s Don Haskins Center. He will face Mexican brawler Juan Astorga (14-5-9 KOs). Camacho Jr. commented: “I cannot wait to fight in El Paso again and I promise to bring a show you will not forget. I heard Astorga is promising a knock-out victory, but he better be careful what he wishes for.” Tickets for the Zeferino/Nino Bravo card are available at UTEP box office (915) 747-5234 or online at Ticketmaster.
Unbeaten El Pason Abie Han (11-0, 9 KOs) is scheduled to fight on January 22 at the Texas Station in Las Vegas, Nevada, for Top Rank Promotions. Abie will be fighting Fernando Castenada (7-5, 4 KOs), of Aguascalientes, Mexico and fighting out of Houston. Castenada is 6-1 in his last seven bouts, losing once by split decision. Han says he is excited about fighting for Top Rank, and hopes a good showing will form an alliance with the promotion company.
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