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“Chocolatito” In Dangerous Defense

Viloria vs Marquez is LIVE on November 17

Photo: Zanfer

Undefeated in thirty-three professional fights, considered one of boxing’s elite and recognized as a world champion in two different weight divisions (straw and light flyweight), Nicaragua’s Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez wants to make it clear that he is the best fighter in the world in the lower weight classes and one of the best pound for pound. “Chocolatito” (33-0, 28KOs) will make his fifth defense of his WBA light flyweight title versus Sonora, Mexico’s Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada (22-1, 18KOs) on Saturday, November 17th, at the Los Angeles Sports Arena on a night presented by Zanfer and which will be broadcast live in the United States by

If Gonzalez wins, he will face off against the winner of the main event between WBA flyweight champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez and WBO champ Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria for the distinction to be named as the best fighter in the world in the lower weight classes sometime in the near future. (more…)

October 29th, 2012

Boxing News

Rahimi, Mbewla make weight

Photo: Team “Fight 4 Peace”

Both fighters made weight for Tuesday’s “Fight 4 Peace” in Kabul, Afganistan, the first professional boxing match in that country’s history. Local favorite Hamid Rahimi (20-1, 9 KOs) weighed in at 159.6 lbs and Said Mbelwa (19-8-4, 12 KOs) from Tanzania weighed 159.8. The WBO has officially sanctioned the bout as the WBO Intercontinental ‘Peace’ Championhip with the winner getting a spot in the top 15 middleweight world rankings.

Mbewla: I’ve said it before, and I say it again: the ‘Fight 4 Peace’ sends an important message, and I have great respect for Hamid Rahimi and his team for organizing this great event. But once the bell sounds, that will end. They’ve brought in the wrong man. I will knock Rahimi out.

Rahimi: What we’ve done here is unique. There is so much positive energy in Kabul and throughout Afghanistan that I feel I can’t lose. I’m going to get the win for my people and my country. But more important is the message of the’Fight 4 Peace’ to the world: Afghanistan is not synonymous with war and terrorism. If we can stand together to put on this event, then we can also send a message of peace, freedom and hope.

October 29th, 2012

Boxing News

WBA Convention: Day One

Photos and story by Boxing Bob Newman

Opening day meetings of the WBA 91st Annual Convention commenced on Monday, October 19th at the Sultan Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia, after arrivals of the directorate and many delegates over the weekend. President Gilberto Mendoza and Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza opened the meetings with a review of the agenda for this convention and minutes from the 90th convention in Donetsk, Ukraine. The day closed with the opening ceremony and banquet in the Golden Ballroom of the Sultan.

Several committee appointments were made and tasks assigned. WBA treasurer was assigned to report on the WBA insurance program for boxers.

The WBA Medical Seminar magazine made its return after a several year absence.

Also, the WBA KO Drugs review magazine was distributed. The WBA KO Drugs program has been active since it’s inception in Maracay, Venezuela in 1988.

WBA legal counsel Robert Mack will issue a report on scoring margins. (more…)

October 29th, 2012

Boxing News

Cleverly ready to fight (someone)

Unbeaten WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly spoke to the media today at the Peacock Gym in London before he heads off to the US for his world title defence on Saturday 10th November at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles. The champion is waiting to hear if he will be still be facing unbeaten Ryan Coyne who heads to court on November 1 to allow him to fight or there are three other potential challengers on standby. “All this last minute drama seems to be the norm for me so I just take it in my stride now,” said Cleverly. “Actually I’ve got a bit of notice this time, Juergen Brahmer pulled out last year with only 48 hours notice and in stepped Aleksy Kuziemski and I dealt with him. With still over a week to go until my fight that’s plenty of time to prepare for a new challenger if it’s not Coyne. I’m quite chilled out about it, my training has gone perfect so there are no worries there and I’m fit and ready to fight.”

October 29th, 2012

Boxing News

Fedosov-Moore on Nov 21

Promoter Bobby Hitz of Hitz Boxing will continue his yearly tradition of doing a boxing event on Thanksgiving Eve with his final “Fight Night at the Horseshoe” installment of the year on November 21, 2012, at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. In the night’s eight-round main event, heavyweight Andrey Fedosov (22-2, 18 KOs) will face comebacking “Rockin” Rodney Moore (17-6-2, 7 KOs). Also scheduled are a couple of undefeated area cruiserweights who love to mix it up, as Dimar “Strongman” Ortuz (5-0, 3 KOs) will face Terry Martin (5-0, 5 KOs) in a six-rounder. In other notable bouts middleweight slugger Donatas Bondorovas (15-3-1, 4 KOs) will take on “King” David Thomas (10-2-2, 8 KOs), while super middleweight prospect Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez (7-0, 4 KOs), and Pacquiao sparring partner Abdulai “The Classiq” Amidu (20-0, 17 KOs) will face TBAs. Twelve bouts in all.
The Horseshoe Casino is just 20 minutes from Downtown Chicago. Tickets are priced at $90 Ringside & $40 Orchestra and available at all Ticketmaster outlets.

October 29th, 2012

Boxing News

EBU Ring Officials seminar in Rome

More than 70 ring officials from 20 different European countries and the members of the board of directors have attended the seminar at the CONI center in Rome last October 13. Experienced Referees and Judges had the opportunity to share their knowledge with their younger colleagues. At the end of the day, Dr. Mario Sturla gave some interesting information concerning cuts and injuries. To enable everybody to follow the discussions there was simultaneous translation in 5 different languages.

October 29th, 2012

Boxing News

WBC 105lb champ Fujioka defeats Argueta

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten Japanese Naoko Fujioka (9-0, 5 KOs), 104.75, kept her WBC female strawweight belt as she twice dropped previously unbeaten game and gallant Mexican national champ Victoria Argueta (11-1, 4 KOs), 105, and pounded out a unanimous decision over ten hard-fought rounds on Sunday in Osaki, Japan. Official tallies: Nopparat Sricharoen (Thailand) 98-90, Katsuhiko Nakamura (Japan) 98-90 and Yuji Fukuchi (Japan) 99-90, all in favor of the hard-hitting champ. The referee was Suehiro Tsuchiya (Japan).

Fujioka, one of the best current female world champs out of Japan, fully displayed her hard-hitting ability as she decked Argueta with solid shots in the third and seventh rounds. Argueta attempted to score with roundhouse left hooks, but the champ’s elusiveness averted the challenger’s wild rallies but landed solid long blows to the Mexican’s face all the way. Argueta’s durability and gameness also won the praise of the well-packed crowd. (more…)

October 29th, 2012

Boxing News

Remembering Emanuel Steward

By Lindy Lindell
Photos: Bob Ryder

Prologue: Without Emanuel Steward, there would have been no Thomas Hearns; without Thomas Hearns AND Emanuel Steward, there would have been no Kronk. Just that simple.

The night Jimmy Paul got knocked out in Cobo Hall, Emanuel Steward decided to bury the hatchet with this journalist. I tell people that while Emanuel really isn’t a reader, he reads every word I write about him and his fighters.

What brought about the rift between us was a piece I had written for an obscure bowling publication, a tabloid newspaper out of Grand Rapids. Bill Chrisman had convinced the editor that he could fill a whole page twice a month on boxing activity in the state of Michigan. This was in the early-1980s, when activity was such that this was possible. I had seen almost all of the 100 or so professional boxers in Michigan in action and suggested to Chrisman the idea of doing an alphabetical listing of every fighter and a cogent comment about each. Some of the comments I made were well within the “smarty-pants” category. About heavyweight Dion Simpson, I said, “Grunts well, conveying the advent of his attacks with a basso profundo yelp announcing that a punch was on its way.”

The article had been printed and one day shortly thereafter I picked up the phone hearing laughter. It was Emanuel Steward: “I’m just sitting here reading your comments, and (more laughter) …” Steward went on to dominate the conversation, as he tended to dominate most of the conversations he was in, finally concluding with, “Keep up the good work.” (more…)

October 29th, 2012


GSP: In his own words

On November 17, UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre will step into the Octagon at the Bell Centre in his home city of Montreal to defend his crown against interim titleholder Carlos Condit in the main event of UFC 154. It’s the latest chapter in GSP’s storied career, one that you can read about in his own words below . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi,
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Coming up next: UFC Macao: Franklin vs. Le is live on FUEL TV from the Cotai Arena in Macau, China on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 9 AM ET / 6 AM PT. Click here for more info

UFC 154: St. Pierre vs. Condit is live on PPV from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET. Click here for more info

October 29th, 2012

Boxing News

Hurricane Sandy postpones Nov 1 boxing card

It is with the complete support and encouragement of the New York State Athletic Commission and chairwoman Melvina Lathan that Bob Duffy’s Ring Promotions has announced that the November 1 boxing card at the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant has been postponed until, Thursday, November 15. The conditions and potential fallout from Hurricane Sandy has left the promotion no other choice. “The most important thing to us is the safety of our fighters, fans and officials,” said Duffy. “Hurricane Sandy left us no choice but to move the show. I’ve consulted with Melvina Lathan and we agreed that safety is our number one priority. No one wanted to move this show, but Mother Nature left us no choice.”

The November 15 show will also be at the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square. ALL TICKETS FROM THE NOVEMBER 1 CARD WILL BE HONORED ON NOVEMBER 15. (more…)

October 29th, 2012

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