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- Freddie Roach calls Mayweather a "shot fighter" ...weight no issue
On October 24th in Dessau, Germany, the ‘White Buffalo’ Francois Botha (47-4-2, 28 KOs) wants to hunt down his next German prey, Willi ‘The Ox’ Fischer (37-6-1, 24 KOs), after already upsetting Timo Hoffmann last May. The last time Dessau hosted professional boxing in 2007, Natascha Ragosina delighted a sold-out audience in the Anhalt-Arena in a world title fight. “It’s about time the city plays host again to a big boxing event,” said Dessau’s sports director Ralf Hirsch, after vehemently lobbying his city with promoter SES Boxing. DSF television will broadcast the heavyweight clash between the ‘Buffalo’ and the ‘Ox’ live in Germany. The appearance of Francois Botha in Dessau is the most large-scale boxing event ever in the city. (more…)
Magomed Abdusalamov, 28-year-old Russian heavyweight champion (5-0, 5 KOs) of the Yuri Fedorov Sports Lab. company will fight on the undercard of Vitali Klitschko vs. Chris Arreola WBC heavyweight championship this Saturday, 26 September in Staples Center in Los Angeles. The two-time Russian heavyweight champion will take on the more experienced Mexican Alvaro Morales (3-6-5). Abdusalamov who has won all of his 5 professional fights by KO in the opening round is now coached by John David Jackson.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Puerto Rican referee Luis Pabon will be the third man in the ring when the Venezuelan WBA super featherweight world champion Jorge Linares (27-0, 18 KOs) and WBA challenger Juan Carlos Salgado (20-0, 14 KOs) from Mexico meet at the Yoyogi #2 Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan on October 10. The three judges are Raul Caiz (US), Gustavo Padilla (Panama), and Pinit Prayasab (Thailand).
By Lee Bates
On October 2, middleweight Tyron Brunson (19-0-1, 19 KOs) is set to make his return to the ring for the first time in since August of 2008. Brunson, recently signed by Gary Shaw Productions, is best known in boxing circles for breaking world champion Edwin Valero’s record for consecutive first-round knockouts to begin a career. Brunson will take on 41-fight veteran Marcos Primera of Valenzuela at the First Council Casino, in Newkirk, Oklahoma. The bout is scheduled for eight rounds at a contracted weight of 156 pounds. Primera has fought the Who’s Who of boxing including former world champions Jermain Taylor, Louis Collazo and Joachim Alcine, who he actually scored a knockdown against. The heavy handed Primera has scored KO upsets of Curtis Stevens and Carlos De Leon Jr., both of whom were unbeaten at the time.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Here is the scale watch for tonight’s card at the Shipley Arena in Westminister, MD:
Mark Tucker 174.5 VS. Jim Strohl 172
(USBO Light Heavyweight Title)
Note: Strohl originally weighed in at 175.5 lbs
Tyrell Samuel 131 vs. Gustavo Dailey 130
Emmanuel Taylor 141 vs. Amaury Torres 141
Allen Perkins 159.5 vs. Omar Sims 160
Jamar Freeman 151.5 vs. Manuel Guzman 155.5
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
He’s waited patiently, biding his time through stops and starts until the opportunity finally arose to once again challenge for a world title. But at the age of 43, the clock is quickly approaching midnight for veteran Silvio Branco (59-9-2 36KO) who challenges Jean Pascal for the WBC light-heavyweight title tonight from the Bell Centre in Montreal. “I’ve come to Canada to win,” Branco told Fightnews, “I’ve had tests done where doctors have told me that my body is ten years younger than my actual age.” Whether that revelation means we’ll be seeing the well chiseled Italian for another ten years, but as fight-week has progressed there’s been more fight in the former world champion than when he arrived last Saturday. (more…)
Sauerland Event and Duva Boxing have reached an agreement for WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (26-1, 20 KOs) and interim WBO beltholder Ola Afolabi (14-3-1, 6 KOs) to meet on December 5 at a site to be named in Germany. The deal was confirmed today by WBO President Paco Valcarcel.
Two-time Junior Featherweight World Champion Israel Vazquez officially announced his return to the ring on Thursday after a 19 month hiatus to face Angel Priolo on October 10 at Nokia Theatre at L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles in a fight which will be televised in Latin America. Also on hand during Thursday’s presser was Golden Boy Promotions partner Bernard Hopkins. More photos…
By John Cannon
Mission, Texas native Guadalupe De Leon is tired of losing and vows to end his streak Friday night at the Dodge Arena. De Leon (7-8) will face Mexico’s Saul Gutierrez (6-14) for the vacant Fists of Fury super bantamweight title in the main event of Fists of Fury Boxing: Adrenaline. “It is time to end the losing streak and what a better way to do it than in my own backyard,” said De Leon. “I have been training very hard, and this fight is mine for the taking. The fans, my family, my coach ,James Gogue, and I really want a win, and I plan on doing it.” (more…)
Undefeated prospect Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez has been added to the loaded “Saturday Afternoon Special” as the headliner in an 8 round middleweight match. U.S. Olympian Demetrius “The Cape Verdean Assassin” Andrade and former University of Rhode Island football player, Vladine Biosse, also will be featured on a rare matinee pro boxing show, “Saturday Afternoon Special,” Oct. 3 at 2 p.m. the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, R.I. “Saturday Afternoon Special” is presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports Inc. (CES), in association with Twin River. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Andre Kerr under the banner of Seconds Out Boxing Promotions made his debut at the Wembley Indoor Arena in Johannesburg on Thursday night when he presented an action packed eight-bout tournament. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Lightweight Luis Ramos (13-0, 7 KO’s) remained unbeaten as he won a six round unanimous decision over veteran Cristian Favela (16-21-6, 9 KO’s) at Club Nokia at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, CA. It was all Ramos as he was the more effective fighter, landing two-punch combinations from the outside. Favela had success on the inside, but Ramos was the clear winner. All three judges scored the bout 60-54 in favor of Ramos. (more…)
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko weighed in at 252lbs for his defense against Chris Arreola, who scaled in at 251. They meet Saturday at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
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By Dave Spencer
Jean Pascal 175 vs. Silvio Branco 174.2
(WBC light heavyweight championship)
Adonis Stevenson 166.14 vs. Jermain Mackey 167.7
Sebastien Demers 169 vs. Jose Spearman 168.1
Kevin Bizier 146.11 vs. Jose Leonardo Corona 146
Carl Handy 189.1 vs. David Whittom 193.1
Pier Olivier Cote 136.15 vs. Leonardo Rojas 137.1
Venue: Bell Centre
Promoter: Group Yvon Michel/ Interbox
TV: PPV (Canada)
By John Cannon
It’s official! The Rio Grande Valley has their first official Golden Boy Promotions fighter. Weslaco’s Omar Figueroa Jr. made it official Monday afternoon that he has chosen to sign with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions on a five year deal. (more…)
WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik and two-division world champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams, along with their respective promoters, Todd duBoef and Dan Goossen, will host a news conference on Tuesday officially announcing their world middleweight title fight. Pavlik-Williams will take place December 5 at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, and will be broadcast live on HBO. Pavlik (35-1, 31 KOs), from Youngstown, Ohio, who has been middleweight champion for nearly two years, will be making his third title defense. Williams (37-1, 27 KOs), from Augusta, Georgia, has twice held the WBO welterweight crown and is currently the WBO interim junior middleweight titlist.
By Ron Jackson
South Africa’s Takalani Ndlovu who is the current WBF featherweight champion moves down a division to take on Kiko Martinez of Spain in an IBF junior featherweight title eliminator at the Wembley Indoor Arena in Johannesburg on Friday night. This will possibly be the 32-year-old Ndlovu’s last chance to get a crack at one of the major organization belts. He is a former South African and IBO featherweight champion and when he challenged Steve Molitor in Canada on July 14, 2007 for the IBF junior featherweight belt he was stopped in the ninth round after a poor performance. (more…)
By Dennis Principe
They still have to deal with Miguel Cotto but Hall-of-Fame trainer Freddie Roach just couldn’t hold back in talking about Floyd Mayweather, Jr. The day he arrived in Baguio City to hook up with his prized fighter Manny Pacquiao, Roach told Fightnews that Mayweather missed the chance of gaining enough bargaining leverage in his latest fight against Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez. “The fight was there for the taking but he just couldn’t finish Marquez because he doesn‘t have the balls to finish him off ,” said Roach. “The only way that he could have benefited in fighting Marquez was by knocking him out and doing something Manny couldn’t do. He’s a great boxer and I can’t take that away from him. But he’s not exciting. He doesn’t make me jump off my seat. That’s what boxing needs.” (more…)
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and challenger Cristobal Arreola demonstrated their skills for Southern California fight fans on Wednesday during free open workout at Muscle Beach in Venice, Calif. Klitschko hit the mitts with trainer Fritz Sdunek, shadow boxed and addressed the media and fans. Arreola jumped rope, posed and hit the mitts with trainer Henry Ramirez. The fighters also shook hands and faced off. Click here for quotes and photos galore
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
While he has never found a microphone he doesn’t like, WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal has done an about face in the way he prepares for a fight, settling for seclusion instead of the bright lights. Pascal who defends his world WBC belt this Friday against mandatory challenger Silvio Branco once again fled all the conveniences of home and attended a training camp where boxing and only boxing were served up 24-7. “It was really tough because it was really boring over there,” said Pascal who spent time in upstate New York in preparation for his first title defense. “But I was able to stay focused, train really hard, eat, watch TV and sleep, that’s all, that’s all.” (more…)
By Lee Bates
NABF super bantamweight champion Al Seeger (28-4,22 KOs) will defend his title against Victor Fonseca (16-0,8 KOs) Oct 23rd. The bout will be a 10 round co-feature for Seeger’s title and air on Showtime’s ground-breaking ShoBox: The New Generation series. The main event will feature Cuba born Damian Frias (16-1, 7KOs) defending his WBC Latino welterweight title against Freddy Hernandez of Mexico (25-1, 18 KOs). Frias enters the bout on a twelve fight win streak while Hernandez is unbeaten in his last nine bouts. Site will be Laredo, Texas. Gary Shaw Productions will promote the event.
By Lee Bates
Former U.S.A. 2000 Olympian and 4-time world title challenger Jose Navarro (26-4, 12 KOs) will take on veteran Michael Domingo (38-14-2, 16 KOs) of the Philippines on October 3rd at the Cuneta Astrodome, in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. It will be Navarro’s first fight since February of 2008 when he lost by split decision to then WBC super flyweight champion Cristian Mijares. It was Navarro’s fourth unsuccessful attempt to win a world title. Navarro will have his hands full with Domingo who is riding a 7 bout win streak and is well known for pulling off upsets. In 2007 he upset then 22-0 highly touted prospect Miguel Roman by unanimous decision and about a year ago he upset former world champion Ratanachai Sor Vorapin of Thailand by 9th round TKO.
Also on the card will be world ranked minimumweight Milan Melindo of the Philippines (18-0, 5 KOs) who will look to keep his unbeaten win streak alive as he takes on hard punching Guadalupe Martinez (7-1, 7 KOs ) of Mexico who has a 100% KO percentage in his victories. Milan is world ranked no lower than number 5 by all four major sanctioning bodies. He impressively unanimously decisioned former world champion Muhammad Rachman in his last bout this past March and looks to continue on his world title quest with a victory over Martinez. Both Domingo and Melindo fight out of the well known ALA Boxing stable.
Art Hovanessian 134.8 vs Baudel Cardenas 137
Luis Ramos Jr. 136.2 vs Cristian Favela 137.4
Karl Dargan 135.4 vs Rynell Griffin 135.4
Juan Sandoval 131.2 vs Victor Martinez 131.4
Charles Huerta 125.8 vs Rodrigo Aranda 125.4
Ronny Rios 126 vs Manuel Sarabia 126
Eric Godoy 133.8 vs Javier Solis 134
Venue: Club Nokia, L.A. Live, Los Angeles, California
Boxing fans, get ready to climb “Through the Ropes” with the #1 boxing news radio show hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld! This week’s guests are WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and Jim Jeffries biographer Jim Carney. Call or email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Through The Ropes airs live coast to coast on Thursday nights from 9:00 – 10:00 ET on 75 affiliates of the Sports Byline USA Broadcast Network, including great radio stations like KSHP 1400 AM in Las Vegas and WNSR 560 AM in Nashville. The one-hour show will also be heard on American Forces Network, Sportsbyline.com and Fightnews.com. Fightnews readers can listen live by clicking here tonight at 9PM ET.
There’s no better person to ask about the similarities in the fighting styles of former Mexican world champion Salvador Sanchez and his nephew of the same name than legendary trainer Jimmy Montoya. Montoya worked with the featherweight world champion Sanchez in the early 1980s before he was tragically killed in a 1982 car accident at the age of 23. Three years later Sanchez’s brother had a son and named him after the great champion. On Saturday night, boxing fans will get to see a glimpse of what made the champion so special when Salvador Sanchez II (15-3-2, 8 KOs) takes on dangerous veteran Trinidad Mendoza in a featherweight bout on the undercard of the main event world title showdown between World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight champion Vitali “Dr. Iron Fist” Klitschko and WBC No. 1 contender Cristobal “The Nightmare’’ Arreola at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. (more…)
Three-time world title challenger Omar Sheika won an entertaining slugfest tonight against a game Theo Kruger in the main event on the 8th annual “Fight To Educate” card at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire. Sheika (28-9, 19 KOs) wore-down Kruger (9-9-2, 3 KOs) and took a knee in the seventh round after Sheika unloaded a barrage of punches. The onslaught continued in the eighth as Kruger was decked again. He beat the 10-count on shaky legs, but the fight was wisely halted by the referee at that point. (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Rod Nazario, the former business manager of Manny Pacquiao, and widely recognized as the man who gave the current pound-for-pound king his break on US soil, passed away at the age of 74 on Thursday morning at the Perpetual Help Hospital in Las Pinas, Metro Manila. Nazario, who became involved in the fight game during the time of Tanny Campo in the 1950s, had been diagnosed with lung cancer last year. Nazario even celebrated his birthday last Sept. 12 and over the weekend, Pacquiao dropped by the hospital and wished him well. Pacquiao was under the tutelage of Nazario from 1995 until 2005 and it was in June 2001 when Pacquiao made his American debut after Nazario negotiated that he be given the chance to fight underneath an Oscar De La Hoya headliner at the MGM Grand. Nazario was at ringside when Pacquiao knocked out Ricky Hatton last May in Las Vegas. Fightnews would like to express its condolences to the family of Nazario.
Jr middleweight contender James Kirkland (25-0, 22 KOs) was sentenced today in Austin, Texas to 24 months in prison for purchasing a gun at a gun show while under probation for a previous robbery conviction. Kirkland was given credit for six months already served and he could be back in the ring in about a year.
By Alexey Sukachev and Andrey Bazdrev
Fightnews is sad to report that well-known Russian middleweight and Perm beloved son Alexey “Ferocious” Chirkov has tragically died this Monday in his hometown. An unexpected cardiac seizure is called to be a cause of this shocking death. Chirkov was five months short of his 30th birthday. (more…)
Charles E. Lomax, the first African American to become a partner at the powerhouse law firm of Sidley & Austin and later general counsel for legendary promoter Don King where he helped negotiate some of the biggest contracts in boxing, televised-sports and entertainment history, died on Sunday at Hospice by the Sea in Boca Raton, Fla. Mr. Lomax had battled pancreatic cancer for over two years. He was 85. (more…)
By Lee Bates
Former world title challenger and newly crowned NABF lightweight champion Jason Litzau (25-2, 21 KOs) will take on veteran Johnnie Edwards (15-4-1, 8 KOs) in a special edition of ESPN2′s Wednesday Night fights November 4th. The bout will which will take place at Camp Lejuene, North Carolina is part of a salute to veterans week. Roy Jones’ Square Ring Inc. will promote.
Bob Arum is writing a weekly boxing column in the Las Vegas Sun. His latest talks about the November 14 Welterweight Championship fight between Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Here is a link to Arum’s column.
By Lee Bates
Unbeaten 6’6″ giant cruiserweight prospect and former 2008 Olympian Carlos Negron of Puerto Rico (5-0, 5 KOs) will look to extend his unbeaten KO streak as he takes on Larry Pryor of Texas. The bout will take place on the undercard of Top Rank’s Latin Fury 12 October 10th event. The PR Best Boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera) promoted Negron has knocked-out all five of his opponents with four KOs coming in the first round. This will also mark the first time Negron has fought at the famed Madison Square Garden. “This will be Negron’s sixth fight this year and what an excellent opportunity for him to fight in such a historic venue as Madison Square Garden,” stated PR Best Boxing President Ivan Rivera. (more…)
Former world champions David Diaz and Jesus Chavez each held an open workout for the Chicago media and fight fans on Tuesday afternoon. While a large crowd watched at JABB Boxing Gym, Diaz and Chavez went through a vigorous workout routine as they made final preparations for their showdown on Saturday night at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion. Both Diaz and Chavez looked in outstanding shape as they completed their training.The Diaz/Chavez ten round main event headlines “Warriors Collide/Windy City Fight Night 6” a seven bout card of world class professional boxing, presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions. Tickets for “Warriors Collide/Windy City Fight Night 6” are priced at $151, $101, $76, $51 and $31, and are available through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com), the UIC Pavilion Box Office (312-413-5740) and the 8 Count Productions Office (312-226-5800). Click here for more photos…
By Robert Coster
Boxing’s busiest champion, WBC light-flyweight monarch Edgar Sosa (37-5, 21 KOs) is set for yet another title defense on November 21st in Tuxla Gutierrez, Chappas, Mexico, the eleventh defense of his two year tenure as champion. The opponent being mentioned is touted Filipino contender Rodel Mayol (25-4-1, 19 KOs) who just gave WBO champion Ivan Calderon two tough back-to-back battles, one a draw and the other, a recent close point loss. It is very probable that with this fight Sosa would be closing out his reign in the 108lb division and stepping up to the flyweight division next year. For his part Mayol would be making his fourth attempt at winning the mini-flyweight title, after unsuccessful attempts against Ulises Solis and Calderon. Rodel is reputed for his lightening speed and excellent power. Declared champion Sosa, “I think Mayol proved how worthy a fighter he is against a great champion like Calderon, giving Ivan the hardest fights of his career. If the fight is confirmed, I expect a very difficult challenge from Mayol.”
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