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IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko wants his next title defense to again take place before a big crowd at a soccer stadium. “I want my next fight at the end of March against mandatory challenger Eddie Chambers in a soccer stadium in Dusseldorf,” Klitschko told Bild. “My fight against Chagaev at Schalke was a great feeling.” A massive crowd of 61,000 fight fans attended Klitschko’s most recent fight against Ruslan Chagaev at Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBO welterweight champion Lovemore Ndou has responded to comments that former world champion Ricky Hatton made when he visited Australia as a guest of the Grange Gym and stated on Australian television that Ndou is on his short list of possible opponents to fight in 2010. Ndou says that he is happy to not only fighting Ricky Hatton but would be happy to give his brother Mathew a rematch but not in England.
“I will be happy to take on Ricky Hatton at any given day,” said Ndou. “He was recently in Australia and told the Australian media that he does not rule out taking me on as an opponent should he decide to make a comeback next year. He also mentioned that he would also like to get a rematch for his brother, Matthew. Well I already said in the past and will say it again, I am open for a rematch with Matthew but I’m not going back to England to fight him. If he seriously needs a rematch he will have to come to me this time.” (more…)
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The issue threatening to torpedo the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather welterweight superfight is the Mayweather Camp’s insistence on Olympic-style drug testing as opposed the normal drug testing procedures used by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which consists of a urine test immediately before and after the fight. Olympic style testing requires multiple random drug tests. The fighters can be expected to experience eight to ten random urine tests and five to six random blood tests in the ten weeks leading up to the fight. The Mayweather Camp has alleged that Pacquiao is taking illegal substances, although Pacman has never previously failed a drug test. The Pacquiao Camp has agreed to take a blood test before the kickoff press conference and after the fight, but the Mayweather Camp is standing firm that the random Olympic testing is non-negotiable.
Should the parties work out their differences, the fight will land on March 13 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The Mayweather Camp has agreed to a $10 million penalty per pound or fraction thereof if either fighter comes in overweight.
Golden Boy Promotions has issued a statement announcing that the mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao is in jeopardy because Manny Pacquiao is refusing to comply with Olympic style drug testing as requested by Mayweather’s management. Early today Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions (representing Mayweather Promotions), was contacted by Top Rank President Todd duBoef, who informed Schaefer that Pacquiao would not agree to have his blood taken within 30-days of the bout. Schaefer commented, “Todd told me that Pacquiao has difficulty with taking blood and doesn’t want to do it so close to the fight. He, Pacquiao, would only agree to have blood drawn before the kick-off press conference and after the fight.” (more…)
The two entities that pioneered the marriage between professional boxing and Las Vegas casinos are reuniting to present a special edition of “Latin Fury 13 / Pinoy Power 3.” The Las Vegas Hilton, then known as The International, presented the first professional boxing card ever held at a Las Vegas casino forty years ago on December 6, 1969, with a card headlined by former world champion Sonny Liston and featuring a 20-year-old George Foreman, one year removed from winning an Olympic gold medal, on the undercard. Nine years later, Top Rank promoted the first world championship fight to ever take place in a Las Vegas casino venue, also at the Las Vegas Hilton, where Leon Spinks upset heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali on February 15, 1978.
Nearly thirty-two years later to the day, Top Rank and the Las Vegas Hilton are going back to the future with a world championship doubleheader, on Saturday, February 13, featuring former world champions and current top contenders Eric “Little Hands Of Stone” Morel and Gerry “Fearless” Peñalosa, battling in a WBO bantamweight title elimination bout; two-division world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire defending his WBA interim super flyweight title against knockout artist Gerson “El Nene” Guerrero; WBO bantamweight champion Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel defending his crown against wunderkind Ciso “Kid Terrible” Morales; and world title challengers Mario Santiago and Bernabe Concepcion battling in a 10-round featherweight rumble. For more details and photos click here…
By Nick Giongco
For fear of being outsmarted by Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao, by way of his lawyer Franklin Gacal, said in a text message late Tuesday night in the Philippines that the Filipino fighter will be “demanding a penalty of $10 million per pound or a fraction thereof over and above 147 lbs during the weighin” in relation to the March 13, 2010 fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Gacal, however, made it clear that the “penalty applies to both fighters”, meaning if Pacquiao fails to make weight, he will also be forced to cough out the same amount.
Against Juan Manuel Marquez last September, Mayweather was compelled to pay Marquez a total of $600,000 for coming in at 146 lbs. The agreed weight was 144 lbs. Mayweather went on to beat the overpowered Mexican on a lopsided 12-round decision. It is unclear if Mayweather will agree to what appears to be an over-the-top demand by Team Pacquiao. Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions are staging the fight and a formal annoucement is being awaited anytime this week. Both fighters are guaranteed a purse of $25 million each and their total earnings can go up to as high as $40 million apiece.
Trainer of world champions Michael Timm says he never considered stopping the fight between WBO light heavyweight world champion Jürgen Brähmer and unbeaten Dmitry Sukhotsky, when Brähmer was under heavy sustained fire in round ten of their world title fight Saturday in Schwerin, Germany. Timm also spoke about the performances of Olympic gold medalist Rachim Tchachkijew and amateur world champion Jack Culcay, as well as Ina Menzer’s upcoming fight on January 9th. (more…)
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Two time super bantamweight champion Israel Vazquez wanted to extend his warmest holiday wishes to boxing fans everywhere. The holidays will be twice as special to “El Magnifico” since he’ll also be turning 32 years old on Christmas day. Vazquez will be fighting Rafael Marquez on May 22nd at the Staples Center in Los Angeles for a fourth time. He answered some questions before starting his Christmas break: (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A WBC super bantamweight eliminator between Mexican star Víctor “Viking” Terrazas (34-1, 20 KOs) and British contender Randall Munroe (20-1, 8 KOs) could be in the works. Promoter HG Boxing is trying to arrange the fight for February or March of 2010. A negotiating period between the camps is set to expire January 14 and in the event no deal is reached, a purse bid will be carried out. The winner of Terrazas-Munroe should be obligatory challenger of WBC super bantamweight champion Toshiaki Nishioka.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican boxer Alejandro Valdez, who was knocked out by WBA interim bantamweight champion Nehomar Cermeno on Saturday night’s PPV telecast from Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico, is doing well but remains under observation at the San José Clinic in Cuidad Obregón. He was taken from the arena on a stretcher and at the hospital doctors found a blood clot on his brain. He did not require surgery and the condition will be treated with medication.
Negotiations are set to begin for an IBF jr middleweight eliminator for the #1 ranking and mandatory challenger status between Deandre Latimore and Sechew Powell, which will be a much anticipated rematch. The Powell camp informed IBF Championship Chairman Lindsay Tucker of Powell’s availability today. “I am thrilled to have this opportunity,” said Powell. “The loss to Deandre has been a thorn in my side for a year and a half, and this is the chance I’ve been hoping for, to redeem myself from the loss, and get back to the place I was before it. You’ll see the real Sechew Powell in the ring this time.”
Manager Mark Vaz added, “We are very happy to have this fight come along. Sechew was terribly disappointed that his scheduled fight last week in Vegas fell through at the last minute, he had trained hard and was in fantastic shape. This is the best way we could think of to start the new year.”
The IBF has informed SES Promotions that jr. middleweight contender Lukas Konecny has lost the opportunity to face Deandre Latimore in an IBF eliminator for the #1 ranking and mandatory challenger status. Konecny, who fought Sergey Khomitski last Saturday in Ekaterinburg, Russia, was dropped for breaking IBF rules by taking an interim fight after agreeing to participate in an IBF ordered eliminator. In addition to losing the eliminator, Konecny’s ranking will be dropped to below #10 for at least six months.
Latimore will now face the highest ranked available contender in the IBF rankings, which would be #6 Sechew Powell. The Powell Camp has until 5PM ET on December 24 to inform the IBF of his availability.
With the pivotal light heavyweight war between Rashad Evans and Thiago Silva already slated to headline the card, The Ultimate Fighting Championship®(UFC®) confirms the remaining bouts for UFC 108: EVANS VS. SILVA, which is presented by “Bayonetta” on Saturday, January 2, 2010 and live on pay-per-view from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Starting off the New Year in style, UFC 108 will feature a card stacked with explosive battles such as Dustin Hazelett vs. Paul Daley, Joe Lauzon vs. Sam Stout, Jim Miller vs. Duane Ludwig, Junior Dos Santos vs. Gilbert Yvel, Martin Kampmann vs. Jacob Volkmann, Cole Miller vs. Dan Lauzon, Vladimir Matyushenko vs. Steve Cantwell, Mark Munoz vs. Ryan Jensen, Mike Pyle vs. Jake Ellenberger and Rafaello Oliveira vs. John Gunderson. (more…)
Former world heavyweight champion Samuel Peter says he’s ready to rumble for the world title. “Doesn’t matter who — either of the Klitschko’s for starters,” said Peter, the ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ who now lives and trains in Las Vegas. He has won three straight fights while boxing for Top Rank. Peter, 29, has a record of 33-3-0. He is ranked WBC #10. On Saturday, Peter stopped 363-pound Gabe Brown, knocking him down and stopping him in four rounds, on the Kelly Pavlik-Miguel Espino title card in Youngstown, Ohio. “Peter is a former world champion. He’s been at the top. He hits hard and he’s ready for a crack for the title,” said Bruce Trampler, chief matchmaker for Top Rank.
Former world title challenger Alexander Alexseev (19-1, 17 KOs), continued his reign of terror in the cruiserweight division with a brutal second round knockout over Australian Daniel Ammann (18-3-1, 4 KOs) on Saturday night in Schwerin, Germany. A former Olympian and amateur world champion, Alekseev is seeking the fastest possible route to another world title shot. (more…)
Here’s a chance for all the last minute shoppers to meet former two-division world champion and current heavyweight contender Tomasz ‘Goral’ Adamek (37-1, 27 KO). Adamek will host a “Meet and Greet” at Jersey Gardens Mall, 651 Kapkowski Road, Elizabeth, NJ 07201 Lower Level Center Court, this Wednesday (12/23) from 6:30pm-7:30pm. On February 6th at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, Adamek will take on Jason “Big Six” Estrada (16-2, 4 KOs) in a 12 rounder. Also on hand Wednesday will be three undefeated boxers who will also be featured on the February 6th show: Patrick Farrell (4-0 3 KOs); Olympian Sadam Ali (4-0 2 KOs), and Denis Douglin (6-0 3 KOs). Tickets for the fight will be available for purchase. The fighters will sign an official fight poster for each person who purchases tickets during the Meet and Greet.
Heavyweight hitters Derek Chisora (11-0, 6 KOs) and Matt Skelton (22-4, 19 KOs) are both promising explosive performances when they meet in a crossroads fight on February 13 at Wembley Arena. The pair will slug it out on Frank Warren’s first show of 2010 featuring British Champions Kevin Mitchell and Kell Brook, more heavyweight action with Sam Sexton versus Danny Williams, plus The Olympians James DeGale, Frankie Gavin and Billy Joe Saunders. Chisora vs Skelton will also double as an eliminator for the British title. (more…)
Chris Cozzone runs down the year’s action in New Mexico and El Paso: Who were the top fighters? The best cards? The worst fights? Who was the ‘Fighter of the Year?’ Click here for 2009 in review
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBC female middleweight champion Wang Ya Nan (8-0, 3 KOs) of China defended the title successfully by clearly outpointing Charity Mukami (4-3-1) of Nairobi, Kenya at Malvern Town Hall, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Sunday. The 5’9 champion used her superior height and reach advantage effectively and outworked her 5’4 opponent in most of the rounds. At the conclusion scores were Andrew Campbell 98-92, Aneeka Williams 99-91 and Allan McColl 98-92. (more…)
by Robert Coster
Not too many European boxers come over to the American continent nowadays to pursue their career. But French/Haitian junior middleweight Jimmy “Pitbull”Colas (28-6, 12 KOs) has decided to do just that. Colas, a two-times European Union champion and three-times French champion, won yet another belt last Friday in Haiti (his birthplace) with a two round blowout of Dominican Junior Ramos, adding the WBC Latino interim title to his collection. The stocky 29 year-old Jimmy, signed up by Haitian promoter Jacques Deschamps, dreams of big fights in Las Vegas, the Madison Square Garden and Montreal while promoter Deschamps predicts that Colas will become a favorite of US television stations because of his non-stop action style. Fightnews caught up with Jimmy Colas, proudly harboring his newest belt with the purpose of knowing more about him and to discuss his plans for the future. (more…)
Cageside by Anthony Springer Jr.
When the WEC announced a December event in Las Vegas featuring a bout between Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Ed “9MM” Ratcliff, hardcore MMA fans knew they were in for a treat. Both fighters are known for their respective striking skills and both have a reputation for finishing fights.
Despite coming off a loss in an interim lightweight title bout to Benson Henderson, Cerrone’s record stood at an impressive 10-2 (1NC). On the other end, Ratcliff boasted a 7-1 record with six of those wins coming by stoppage . . . Click here for more
Ringside by Brady Crytzer and Antonio Castro
Photography by Gary Sarti
In a phone booth affair, WBC and WBO world middleweight Champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik (36-1, 32 KOs) battered challenger Miguel Espino (20-3-1, 9 KOs) for five rounds until the challenger’s corner threw in the towel giving Pavlik the TKO victory. In front of a supportive hometown crowd Pavlik dropped the challenger three times, each with a ripping right uppercut, en route to earning the TKO victory.
Despite being just six days before Christmas, the loyal followers of Pavlik came out in stride to support their hometown hero in the quaint basketball gymnasium that is the Beeghley Center on the campus of Youngstown State University. With 3,409 spectators in attendance, numbers paled in comparison to Pavlik’s February defense against Marco Antonio Rubio, but one would never know the difference judging by the vocal crowd support given to “The Ghost.” With the snow flurrying outside, fans were giddy with excitement . . . click here for more
(From left to right) Former junior featherweight world champion Daniel Ponce De Leon, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and former two-time junior featherweight world champion Israel Vazquez pose on Saturday at the 28th Annual Miracle On 1st Street Toy Giveaway in East Los Angeles, California.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC lightweight champion Edwin Valero (26-0, 26 KOs) retained his title by sixth round TKO against Héctor Velázquez (51-14-2, 35 KOs) on Saturday night at the Polideportivo Jose Maria Vargas in La Guaira, Caracas, Venezuela. Valero battered Velázquez throughout the fight and the challenger did not come out for the seventh round. Valero suffered small cuts on the bridge of the nose and over the left eye, both caused by unintentional headbutts in the first round. “It was a little frustrating,” Valero said of the cuts, “but gradually I realized that the fight was mine.” The cuts aren’t expected to cause any problems with his scheduled February 6th fight against Antonio DeMarco scheduled to take place at a site in Mexico. It was Valero’s first fight in his homeland in nearly four years. “This is a gift for all of Venezuela,” he said after the fight. More photos…
Report by Anthony Springer Jr.
WEC 46: Cerrone vs. Ratcliff contained no title fights, and none of the superstars the WEC has been known for.
Yet, after “Cowboy” and “9MM” slugged it out for three hard fought rounds, WEC general manager Reed Harris couldn’t have been happier . . . Click here for more
“It felt great to get back in there,” said WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik after his fifth round stoppage of very game WBC #3 Miguel Espino on Saturday night. “There was a little rust in there, but I tip my hat to the kid. He came to fight.” The champion said his injured left hand came through the bout in good shape. “It’s a little tender right now but no problems in the fight tonight. We threw hooks, we threw jabs, we threw body shots and it held up.”
Pavlik was originally slated to fight Paul Williams, first on October 3rd, then on December 5th, however when a lingering staph infection on Pavlik’s left hand would have postponed the fight a second time, the Williams Camp would agree to no more delays and chose to fight Sergio Martinez instead. Pavlik now wants to take care of unfinished business with Williams. “That’s the top name in the division and I want him,” stated ‘The Ghost.’ (more…)
Unbeaten light flyweight Johnriel Casimiro (13-0, 8 KOs) won the vacant WBO interim light flyweight belt on Saturday night with an eleventh round KO over former WBA interim beltholder César Canchila (28-3, 22 KOs) on Saturday night at Denis Martínez Stadium in Managua, Nicaragua. Casimiro dropped Canchila twice in the eleventh round and referee Jose H. Rivera stopped the fight after the second knockdown. Time was 1:40. The bout headlined a fight card dedicated to the memory of ring legend Alexis Arguello.
By Alexey Sukachev and K2 East
WBA I/C light middleweight titlist Zaurbek Baysangurov (23-1, 17 KOs) retained his title by the fifth round TKO over Frank (Faruk) Shabani (18-2-0, 6 КОs) on Saturday night at the Yunost Sport Palace in Zaporizhya, Ukraine. Baysangurov against Shabani headlined a huge boxing fight card, billed the “Champions league” and held by the K2 East Promotions company of the Klitschko brothers in this Ukrainian city in the southeast of Ukraine. Shabani suffered a left hand injury, forcing referee Jose Ignacio Martinez to wave the contest off and to declare Kiev-based Russian the winner during the break before round six. (more…)
By Alexey Uralets (ringside) and Alexey Sukachev
Natascha Ragosina (22-0, 13 KOs), Russian best and only world boxing champion, pulled off a Roy Jones-like performance and followed his path by jumping over the 175lb weight division to capture some championship regalia as a full-fledged heavyweight. The historical effort was witnessed yesterday by visitors of DIVS palace of sports in Ekaterinburg, Russia, as a part of the event, presented by Ulf Steinforth’s SES Boxing in association with German Titov and Kirill Pchelnikov. In fact, Ragosina weighed-in at subtle 172 lbs, which, however, hasn’t prevented her to fight for the vacant WIBF heavyweight belt. Her opponent Guyanese Pamela London (6-4-1, 1 KO), though several inches shorter than 6’0’’ blonde Ragosina, was at career heaviest 236 lbs. The weight difference resulted in the same correlation between their mobility and agility inside the squared circle, which was well shown throughout the whole contest. (more…)
Good physical condition and great boxing skills allowed José M. Cotto to get a comfortable TKO victory over Colombian Ilido Julio, who abandoned the fight in round six on Saturday night in Caguas, Puerto Rico. “I felt great. Ilido is a very strong boxer, but I was determined to win and I did it,”, said JM Cotto(31-1-1, 23 KOs), who also assured that he’s expecting to go after a junior welterweight championship next year. (more…)
Defending his WBO world light heavyweight championship for the first time in his hometown of Schwerin, Germany, Jürgen Brähmer went through hell in the tenth round against unknown and untested Russian Dmitry Sukhotsky. The champion, however, managed to get back on track and retain his belt by unanimous decision. The second world title bout of the “Universum Champions Night” card saw a clear cut victory for WBC-interim middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik against formerly unbeaten Italian Emmanuele della Rosa. Click here to see the video.
By Joe Koizumi
WBA#8/WBC#29 Akihiro Kondo (13-1, 6 KOs), 135, barely retained his Japanese national lightweight belt as he allowed top contender Yoshitaka Kato (17-3-1, 5 KOs), 135, take the initiative from the outset, floored him with a solid left hook in the third and managed to earn a close split verdict (96-94, 96-93 and 94-95) over ten heats on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Having surprisingly dethroned world-rated Ryuji Migaki by a 45-second demolition this August, Kondo, making his initial defense, experienced a very tough defense, but his hit-and-run tactics paid off in later rounds to earn points enough to keep his national belt. Promoter: Tokuhon Shinto Promotions.
WBC#3 Daigo Nakahiro (21-2-1, 8 KOs), 115, barely kept his Japanese super-fly belt when he was held to a split draw (96-94 for him, 95-95 and 96-96) by unbeaten and hard-punching Ryo Akaho (13-0-2, 7 KOs), 115, over ten sizzling rounds on Friday in Hiroshima, Japan. Almost at the same time with Hozumi Hasegawa’s tenth successful defense with Alvaro Perez in Kobe, this national title bout took place some 200 kilometers west and people watched the local favorite Nakahiro’s tough defense. Nakahiro made a good start and was in command in the first half, utilizing his versatile combinations to the nervous challenger. Akaho, however, turned loose from the sixth and connected well with strong body shots to weaken the champ. Akaho, five years his junior at 23, should have started his engine a little earlier. Promoter: Hiroshima Sanei Promotions.
A fight between IBF featherweight champion Cristobal “Lacandon” Cruz (39-11-2, 23 KOs) and #15 ranked Ricardo “Piolo” Castillo (38-7-1, 25 KOs) ended in a third round technical draw on Saturday night at the Palenque in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico. An unintentional headbutt left Cruz unable to continue before the bout had gone the four rounds required to go to the cards.
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