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By Felipe Leon
Photos by Raymond Rodriguez
For unbeaten Filipino lightweight sensation Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (18-0-1, 8KOs), it’s only a matter of time before he challenges for a world title. After capturing the vacant WBO NABO Youth lightweight title via a 4th round TKO over the game Oscar Meza earlier this year, Gesta feels that a full blown title shot is in his near future. “Yeah, I think that it is getting closer,” Gesta stated after a morning run. “People are starting to know me a little bit more and I think we are almost there. When it happens, I will be prepared.” For more details and photos click here…
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Hot Australian junior lightweight prospect Will Tomlinson (13-0, 10 KOs) will be in action over twelve rounds against Indonesian Elly Ray (7-4-1, 3 KOs) with the WBO Oriental interim title up for grabs when they clash at the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Tomlinson scored the most impressive win of his career on the Roy Jones, Jr., Danny Green undercard in 2009 when he stopped well credentialed American Verquan Kimbrough (21-2-3) in three rounds. Kimbrough had several big names on his record but was never in the fight against the aggressive big punching Aussie. (more…)
Photos: Wojtek Kubik
Former light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion and current heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek (41-1, 27 KOs) says he’s ready to take on Klitschko-sized Michael Grant (46-3, 34 KOs) when they collide on pay-per-view Saturday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. “Size is no bother to me,” stated Adamek at Wednesday’s press conference. “I had 2 very good sparring partners. They were tall too. Roger is a very good teacher and I am learning everyday. I am ready.” The 6’7 Grant praised Adamek . . . as a 175-pounder. “I don’t take anything away from Adamek, like I said he’s a helluva light heavyweight champion,” commented Grant. “But I’m an elite fighter. I’m not like a Jason Estrada or a Chris Arreola, that’s not my level.” More quotes and photos
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
Boxing stars Sergio Mora and Victor Ortiz were at the Montebello PAL Gym in Montebello, California today shooting a national commercial for AT&T to promote the company’s Viva Mexico plan as well as their September 18 fights at STAPLES Center. Click here for more photos…
Cageside by Anthony Springer Jr. & Andreas Hale
WEC 135 lb pound champion Dominick Cruz made his first defense a successful one by defeating challenger Joseph Benavidez via five-round split decision. Cruz controlled the fight and used his natural reach advantage by showing slick head movement and throwing long distance punches. Though Benavidez was the better wrestler, Cruz proved to be the better man by stopping his opponent’s takedowns and using strong slams to control from the top position thoughout the fight. Scorecards read 48-47 and 49-46 in favor of Cruz, while Benavidez received a score of 48-47 on the other.
Top lightweight contender Anthony Pettis submitted world class wrestler Shane Roller with just :09 seconds remaining in their three round bout with a triangle choke. The tap came at 4:51 of the third and final round. (more…)
Undefeated former amateur world champion Erislandy Lara (13-0, 8 KOs) destroyed “Slik” Willie Lee (17-7, 11 KOs) in just 108 seconds on Wednesday night in a junior middleweight bout at the Monroe Civic Center in Monroe, Louisiana. IBF #11 rated Lara dropped Lee about a minute into round one and the bout was waved off by referee Laurence Cole during Lara’s brutal follow-up barrage.
In a clash of unbeaten light heavyweights, former Cuban Olympian Yordanis Despaigne (7-0, 4 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Frank Paines (11-1, 9 KOs). Despaigne dropped Paines with a left hook in round two and other than a cut over his right eye in round five caused by an accidental headbutt, he had no problems. Scores were 100-89, 96-93, 99-90.
Cuban Olympian Yordenis Ugas (3-0, 2 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Marqus Jackson (2-2, 2 KOs) in a welterweight clash. Jackson was down twice before it was waved off. Time was 1:23.
Photos: Integrated Sports Media
5-time world boxing champion Erik Morales and Red Bulls soccer star Rafael Marquez attended a press conference on Tuesday at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. “In my next fight I plan to use Rafa Marquez-like defense and the offense of (Thierry) Henr,” promised Morales in reference to the two stars of the New York Red Bulls. (more…)
Video: Harry Colón / Municipio de Guaynabo
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By Francisco Salazar
The California State Athletic Commission has rejected former world champion Antonio Margarito’s application for a California boxing license. The main issue was that the Commission members didn’t feel Margarito has been sufficiently “rehabilitated” after the handwrap incident from his January 2009 fight with Shane Mosley, and even in the event Margarito didn’t know illegal inserts were inserted into his handwraps as he steadfastly maintains, he is still responsible and not worthy of a California license. The vote was 5-1 against Margarito with John Frierson (the only commissioner with any boxing experience) voting in favor of Margarito’s reinstatement. Steve Alexander, Eugene Hernandez, Dr. Christopher Riza, Dr. Van Lemons and DeWayne Zinkin voted against.
By Francisco Salazar filing from the courtroom
UPDATE: Margarito’s current trainer Robert Garcia testified of behalf of his fighter. California State Athletic Commission Attorney Karen Chappelle informed him that he was breaking the law by training Margarito because rule 392 states no state licensee can enter into an an agreement with any unlicensed person.
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California State Athletic Commission Attorney Karen Chappelle questioned whether Margarito has met his burden of proving rehabilitation from the acts that resulted in the revocation of his boxing license. Margarito attorney Daniel Petrocelli argued that Margarito meets the standard for a new license and will take actions to prevent anyone from inserting illegal pads into his handwraps.
On direct questioning, Chappelle asked Margarito if he has been sparring at his training camp in Oxnard. Margarito stated ‘yes.’ Chappelle then informed him that he is breaking the law by sparring without a California sparring permit.
Margarito comments: “I’m here to answer the questions. I want to to apologize to you the commission and the boxing world for not knowing what was in the wrappings. When I was in Nevada I also apologized. I’m throwing myself at the mercy of the court. I want to ask for this opportunity. I will not let this happen again. In fact, I’m very happy this happened. I would not have gone into the ring if I knew my hands were wrapped in the manner that they were. From now on, I will be on top of what needs to be done because ultimately, I’m responsible for what happens. During this whole time I’ve been training and conditioning in Tijuana. I’ve been helping children with cancer. I’ve been helping moms with cancer, kids with mental disabilities. I’ve even been playing baseball to raise funds to help kids with cancer.”
On September 4th, WBA middleweight super champion Felix Sturm will again get in the ring after a long break. His challenger Giovanni Lorenzo believes in an early knockout when fighting against the German champion. In the US media Lorenzo said Sturm will not last six rounds. Sturm could not accept Lorenzo’s statement. During an interview with FIGOsport.de Sturm replied: “Good to know that Lorenzo is motivated. Hopefully Lorenzo will last 6 rounds. I have never been so eager for this fight. I will put the pressure on Lorenzo from the first round. He will not be able to handle this as he needs some breaks to regain strengths. And I will not give him these breaks. He might believe in him winning, however, on September 4th we will see who is the best. My training is running perfectly. Our sparring partners are flexible and strong. Me and my trainer team we work hand in hand. Fritz Sdunek analyzed Lorenzo and worked on a strategy based on the analysis results. Fitness coach Clive Salz prepared me for the sparring, I am in perfect shape. I can attack Lorenzo from the first till the last second. He will not be able knock me out with his way of boxing.” On September 4th you can watch this bout live from Cologne in Sat1.
The highly anticipated lightweight championship rematch between Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn will conclude an explosive fight card for the Ultimate Fighting Championship at UFC 118 in Boston, Massachusetts. The title fight will round out a card that features former three-division world boxing champion James “Lights Out” Toney making his MMA debut against UFC Hall of Famer Randy “The Natural” Couture. Also featured on the card is a lightweight matchup that has the makings to be Fight of the Night, as Massachusetts native Kenny Florian is pegged to battle undefeated Gray Maynard. (more…)
Ill will can add spice to a fight, but for the most part, pleasantries have been exchanged leading up to tonight’s WEC bantamweight title bout between Dominick Cruz and Joseph Benavidez. Unlike his mentor Urijah Faber, No. 1 challenger Benavidez does not hold a grudge against the 135-pound kingpin . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, WEC
Photos: Team Sauerland
Marco Huck’s WBO Cruiserweight Title Fight against Matt Godfrey will be special for more reasons than just one. The hard-hitting 25-year-old (29-1, 22 KOs) will make the fourth defence of his title on Saturday night in Erfurt, Germany, which will mark the 100th broadcast of a Sauerland show on German public TV giants ARD. He also needs a victory to book his place in the Cruiserweight Super Six, which Wilfried and Kalle Sauerland are hoping to finalise in the next weeks. “There is a lot at stake this time out,” Huck said. “I want to put on a special performance for the millions who are watching on German TV and all over the world.” Huck claimed he is not thinking about the potential Super Six series – yet. “It has crossed my mind because such an idea would be a great thing for the exciting cruiserweight division but right now all my focus is on Matt Godfrey,” he added. “I will knock him out.” (more…)
WBC World Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko will defend his title against former champion Shannon Briggs on October 16, at o2 World Hamburg, Germany. After eleven years, Klitschko returns to the city of Hamburg where he is living with his family since 1996.
Vitali Klitschko: “I am really happy that I will have a fight in Hamburg again, the place where I started my professional career. The o2 World is a great arena and the fans in Hamburg are real box experts and will make a perfect atmosphere. Shannon Briggs is not only big at talking but also big in the ring and a very tough challenger. He is more experienced than me, has more professional fights on his record and is one of the hardest punchers in the division. I will be very well prepared together with my trainer Fritz Sdunek.” (more…)
The final weights are in for tonight’s ESPN2 nationally televised “Battle on the Bayou” from the Monroe Civic Center in Monroe, Louisiana, featuring undefeated former amateur world champion Erislandy Lara (12-0, 7 KOs) and world amateur championships bronze medalist Yordanis Despaigne (6-0, 4 KOs).
Willie Lee 152.4 vs. Erislandy Lara 153.5
Yordanis Despaigne 174.6 vs. Frank Paines 171.5
Marques Jackson 146.3 vs. Yordenis Ugas 146.9
William Johnson TBD vs. Blake Prevost 178.9
Hilario Guzman 199.1 vs. Yuniel Dorticos 193
Marvin Hunt 211.2 vs. Skipp Scott 249
John Temple 136.2 vs. Rances Barthelemy 131.5
Junior middleweight contender Jimmy Lange (33-4-2, 22 KOs) is back in action this Friday night, hoping to continue his winning streak after scoring a second-round knockout over Jimmy LeBlanc in his last bout on July 10. Lange, a lifetime resident of Northern Virginia, returns to the ring on Friday in Greensboro, NC, beginning a busy three-fight schedule leading him to Monroe, MI in September and back home to the Patriot Center in November. (more…)
Look up “confidence” in the dictionary and you’re likely to find a picture of Anthony Pettis next to it.
The WEC lightweight exudes a swagger that shouldn’t be taken for arrogance, but rather, the result of hard work in the gym and results in the cage.. . . Click here for more
The August 27th “No Excuses” card at the Johnson County 4-H Fairgrounds in Iowa City will showcase a wealth of local and top talent.
Featured in separate bouts are sisters and Iowa City fan favorites Emily “The Enforcer” Klinefelter and Katy “The Dream” Klinefelter. (more…)
Frank’s memory should not be about boxing, although he worked with my fighters. Frank should be remembered for his founding of The Bony Pony Ranch, and the great charitable work he did there for underprivileged children, as well as the work he did, pro bono, for former gang members, removing their old tattoos. But most of all, Frank should be remembered as a great friend, who always had a smile on his face, and was always available to help. My wife Judy and I will miss him.
InterBox has announced that tickets for the October 15th Lucian Bute vs. Jesse Brinkley IBF super middleweight title bout at the Bell Centre in Montreal will go on sale Thursday at 10 AM. Tickets will be available by visiting www.evenko.ca and at the Bell Centre ticket office by dialing 514-790-2525. Lucian will depart for a 6 week training camp in Florida towards the end of August. The undercard for the InterBox October 15th 2010 Gala will be disclosed in the next few weeks.
Today is the day former welterweight champion Antonio Margarito will attend a licensing hearing with the California State Athletic Commission in a bid to get back his boxing license. The CSAC’s decision could impact the location of the November 13 Manny Pacquiao vs Antonio Margarito fight, although regardless of the outcome Margarito will be fighting Pacquiao on that date for the vacant WBC super welterweight title. Las Vegas and Dallas are the two frontrunners to host the mega-event. TopRank.com will carry a live webcast of the proceedings beginning at 12:55PM ET/9:55 AM PT at www.toprank.com/TRLiveStream.
Two born-punchers collide in an explosive combination this Saturday night in Tijuana as featherweight Joksan ‘Torito’ Hernández (23-2, 13 KOs) from Ensenada faces Marlon ‘Rata’ Aguilar (24-9-1, 17 KOs) at the Municipal Auditorium in Tijuana in a ten-rounder. Hernandez will share top billing with WBC female interim super bantamweight titleholder Jackie “Aztec Princess” Nava, who will defend her belt against Colombian Maria ‘Pantera’ Miranda.
“I will face an experienced opponent,” stated Hernandez, 23, who trained for seven weeks in Ensenada. “I know him, he’s my height, a similar style and I said that this fight will be a war. We are both punchers, we like the trade and I’ll go out to finish it from the first round because I don’t think this fight comes to a decision. Aguilar is the latest obstacle I have to overcome to get a world title fight and I’m ready to win.” (more…)
Photos: Armando Angulo/Quequi Quintana Roo
On Tuesday, a fight was announced between Mexican Wilbert Uicab and Filipino Edren Dapudong for the WBC Silver flyweight championship to be held on September 17 in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. The international evening called “Caribbean Rumble” will be promoted by Hector Garcia’s HG Boxing, Pepe Gomez’ Cancun Boxing and Banner Promotions. (more…)
By Damrong Simakajornboon
PABA#9 Teerachai Or Ekarin (9-0, 5 KOs) successfully captured the PABA interim welterweight title as he stopped PABA #13 Moses Seran (21-18, 11 KOs) in round two on Tuesday at Bodindecha school in Bangkok, Thailand. Teerachai survived from a big right hook at the early of round two, displaying his effective bodyshots which dropped the Indonesian twice and finally scoring a KO at 2:03 of this round. In other action, PABA#11 and Thai flyweight title holder Denchailek Tithiphongsatorn displayed a one-side attack on Nung-ubon Sor Tanapinyo, forcing the referee to stop the bout in round four. TBC #4 lightfly Inthanon Sithchamuong outpointed Palangchai Or Tobwongsi in a six round non-title bout. Petchbodin Sithmorseng outpointed TBC #4 feather Suor Carryboy in a six round non-title bout. And Chartchai Pitthayakomschool outpointed Durong Sor Vorasing. This event was promoted by Galaxy Boxing Promotion.
Photo gallery & slideshow of today’s WEC weigh-in: Click here
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Photos by Main Events
A product of Brooklyn’s tough Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, junior welterweight Sadam Ali will put his perfect 8-0 record on the line when he steps into the ring at Newark’s Prudential Center for the third time on Saturday night. In an eight-round welterweight bout, Ali (8-0, 4 KOs) will fight Costa Rica’s, Lenin Arroyo (20-12-1, 4 KOs). This fight will be shown on “The Big Challenge” PPV telecast. For more details and photos click here…
Weights by Anthony Springer Jr. & Andreas Hale
From the Palms Casino in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s WEC fight on Versus:
WEC Bantamweight Championship:
Dominick Cruz 134 vs Joseph Benavidez 134
Shane Roller 156 vs Anthony Pettis 155
Cub Swanson 146 vs Chad Mendes 145
Scott Jorgensen 135 vs Brad Pickett 136
Bart Palaszewski 156 vs Zack Micklewright 156
Anthony Njokuani 154 vs Maciej Jewtuszko 155
Javier Vazquez 145 vs Mackens Semerzier 146
Ricardo Lamas 155 vs Dave Jansen 156
Fredson Paixao 145 vs Bryan Caraway 145
Danny Castillo 156 vs Dustin Poirier 156
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