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By Joe Koizumi
Two months have passed since the WBA 115-pound champ Nobuo Nashiro, Japan, narrowly kept his belt on a split draw with official challenger Hugo Casares, Mexico, in Japan on September 30. This reporter has been still considering rapid weight gain of Cazares from 114 pounds at the weigh-in to 128 just before the title bout. Cazares had predicted at the press conference that he would climb up to the squared circle at 130 to overpower the defending champ Nashiro, and we then laughed at his big mouth. Big wasn’t only his mouth but his stomach. The Mexican, nicknamed “Increible”, was so incredible that he actually scaled at 128, only two pounds short of his prediction. He gained no less than fourteen pounds in one night. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero & Jhonny Gonzalez
The possibility exists that WBA executive vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza and WBC lightweight world champion Edwin Valero could try to patch up their differences. Sources near to both parties have indicated there is hope that they will resolve their differences and begin a new history. “I want to meet with Valero. I believe that we should speak about our differences,” said Mendoza Jr., who guided his Venezuelan compatriot to his first world title before a their relationship broke down. “It was truly a friendship. He’s now a stellar WBC champion, but the WBA doors are open. If it Valero believes his future is in the WBA, he will be welcome.”
By Alexey Sukachev
After a tedious November with the only notable show at the end of the month in Samara, Russian boxing will forge into the lead and close this year big with a variety of interesting competitions in December. Four relatively sound cards and two local events will be promoted in four cities, including three nights of boxing in Moscow; several well-known ex-Soviet fighters will take their parts part there, making it one of the most active stints on the Russian pugilistic scene in 2009. (more…)
World Extreme Cagefighting® proudly confirms the remaining bouts of a loaded fight card headed to the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV on Dec. 19. In addition to Cerrone vs. Ratcliff, Njokuani vs. Horodecki, and Benavidez vs. Yahya, WEC is pleased to announce seven other quality bouts. (more…)
Report by Chris Cozzone
After a weekend of endless commentary on the Web, talk of suspensions and frame-ups, handwraps, extortion and violations made by, both, fighters and commission, new information sheds light on Friday night’s fiasco at the Isleta Resort & Casino in Albuquerque. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
After just 12 bouts, Eldersburg, MD light heavyweight prospect Mark “TNT” Tucker snared a regional title. In his 13th contest, Tucker will make the first defense of his USBO light heavyweight title when he faces veteran George “El Gallo” Armenta on Friday, December 11 at the Shipley Arena in Westminster, MD. The undefeated, 22-year-old Tucker (12-0, 7 KOs) won the USBO title with a 10 round unanimous decision over Jim Strohl in front of a packed house at the Shipley Arena on September 25. Tucker is facing the come-backing Armenta of Silver Spring, MD (13-4, 11 KOs) who returned to the ring after an almost five-year absence (due to promotional snafus) and scored a fourth-round TKO over William Johnson on August 27 in Hagerstown, MD. (more…)
Unbeaten Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley will make another defense of his WBO Jr. Welterweight world title in his California desert hometown when he takes on undefeated Lamont Peterson, Saturday, Dec. 12 live on SHOWTIME® (9p ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). The scheduled 12-round world title fight will emanate from The Show at Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif., less than 10 miles from where Bradley grew up in North Palm Springs. In a co-feature, devastating knockout artist Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan will defend his WBC and WBA 115-pound crowns against the hard-hitting Tomas Rojas. (more…)
Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (49-7-2, 32 KOs) is training in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico for his fight on December 19 in Ciudad Obregon, Mexico. Soto is the current WBC super featherweight champion and will take on two time world champion Jesús “Matador” Chávez in a 10 round lightweight bout on the big championship card that Top Rank will telecast on pay-per-view from two different locations. On the card middleweight world champion Kelly Pavlik will take on Miguel Angel Espino in the main event. Pavlik will fight Espino in his hometown of Youngstown, Ohio. Click here for more photos…
WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik and trainer Jack Loew will host a media workout Tuesday at the new South Side Boxing Club (1714 Market Street, Youngstown, Ohio. beginning at 1PM ET. The workout will be open to the public and will include sparring. Pavlik (35-1, 31 KOs) will be making his third title defense against WBC #3 Miguel Espino (20-2-1, 9 KOs) of “Contender” fame. They meet December 19 at Youngstown State University topping a two-country world championship doubleheader, produced and distributed live on pay-per-view by Top Rank. Remaining seats are $158, $108 and $58. Call 330-941-1978.
The Illinois State Athletic Commission has assigned the officials who will oversee the December 12 junior welterweight battle between Houston, Texas’ Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz and Brooklyn, New York’s Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago and televised live on HBO’s “Boxing After Dark”. Refereeing the highly-anticipated 12 round rematch will be Illinois’ Genaro “Geno” Rodriguez. The three judges scoring the bout will be Illinois’ Mauro DiFiore, Ohio’s Tom Miller and Florida’s Michael Pernick.
After a valiant performance Saturday on HBO against Chris Arreola (28-1, 25 KOs), WBO#5 Brian “The Beast” Minto (34-3) says he prefers to fight boxers his size in the future. “It’s extremely difficult giving up 45 pounds in a fight,” stated Minto. “Arreola was too big for me, and it showed. I’ll pick on guys my own size in 2010.” Arreola, 6’4, weighed 263, while Minto, 5’11, tipped the scales at 218 pounds. Although at a significant size disadvantage, Minto displayed immense heart and could be very dangerous in a smaller weight class. “As far as a move to cruiserweight, I can definitely make the 200 pound weight limit,” he said. “However, there are only a few cruisers who I’d be interested in boxing – Marco Huck (27-1), B.J. Flores (24-0-1), Zsolt Erdei (31-0), Danny Green (28-3) or Firat Arslan (29-4).” His manager, Pat Nelson added “Unless Minto lands a major cruiserweight fight or a heavyweight bout under 225 pounds against Ruslan Chagaev (25-1-1), Tomasz Adamek (39-1) or Denis Boytsov (26-0), he plans on defending his WBO NABO heavyweight title sometime in April, possibly against Tony Grano (16-1-1) who is also around 220 pounds.”
After demolishing Andrew Golota, former light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion Tomasz ‘Adamek (37-1, 27 KO) will stay in the heavyweight ranks against Jason “Big Six” Estrada (16-2, 4 KOs) on February 6 at the Prudential Center in Newark. “Jason Estrada is a completely different fighter than Andrew Golota,” stated Adamek, “obviously younger, much faster, he can throw 60 punches a round. Against Estrada you have to be on your guard all the time, in every round. I did see his fight against world-class fighter Alexander Povetkin, Jason was busy, he wanted to fight – exactly what I like to do in the ring….the difference between me and Povetkin will be very evident – I will do everything required to do what nobody has done to Jason before – knock him down. He’s never fought anybody as quick and accurate – I will not be intimidated by the number of punches he throws in every round – I welcome it!”
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and challenger Kevin Johnson face off at today’s press conference in Berne, Switzerland.
By Joe Koizumi
JBC#6 Hero Bando (20-10-7, 9 KOs), 130, a former Edwin Valero victim in the Venezuelan dynamite’s first appearance here in Japan in 2005, barely fought to a split draw (78-76, 76-77 and 77-77) with slick-punching counterpuncher Daiki Kaneko (10-2-1, 4 KOs), 129.25, over sizzling eight rounds on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Kaneko was in command, outjabbing and outpunching the game but slow starter with flat foot in the first three rounds. Bando woke up in round four, when he bloodied the footworker’s nose and started furiously stalking him with roundhouse and less accurate combinations. Kaneko kept retreating and countering the willing mixer, but his negative style didn’t impress the judges to waste his early lead on points. (more…)
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On Saturday, WBC President Jose Sulaiman Chagnon celebrated his 34th year as head of the World Boxing Council. Sulaiman was unanimously elected December 5th, 1975 at the WBC Convention in Tunesia. During his term, the WBC has sanctioned 1506 world title fights on five continents, the first being the day after his election when John Stracey dethroned Jose Napoles to become WBC welterweight champion. At 78 years young, the WBC chief is looking forward to another good year in 2010.
Promoter Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing arrived Sunday in Bern, Switzerland to join heavyweight Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson. Johnson (22-0-1, 29 KOs) is challenging WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (38-2, 37 KOs) this Saturday at the Post Finance Arena in Bern. Johnson, who arrived last week, took some time off from training camp to show DeGuardia the beautiful city of Bern. The Klitschko vs. Johnson bout will be televised by HBO and is promoted by K2 Promotions in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
World middleweight contender Sam Soliman has punched it out with the best super middleweights and middleweights in the world including Winky Wright, Sakio Bika, Anthony Mundine, Robert Joval and Enrique Ornelas. Sam talks to Fightnews and says he was disappointed that the bout against Australian middleweight champion Junior Talipeau has fallen through, how he beat Mundine twice at 168 pounds and would beat him easy at 160 pounds, and how he now focuses on an IBF middleweight challenge against Sebastian Sylvester. (more…)
Story by Victor Perea
With new mixed martial arts organizations popping up, what seems like every other week, there are plenty of rosters looking for professional fighters hungry to make a name for themselves. Make your way through the minor leagues and you might just get a call to the invite only apex of the sport, the Ultimate Fighting Championship. It’s the only place where top talent can jump into deep waters and find out if they really are able to compete against the best in their division . . . Click here for more
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Former world champion Adrian ‘The Shark’ Diaconu is less than a week away from a chance to recapture the WBC light-heavyweight belt back from Jean Pascal, the man who took it from him, and he is already looking like he’s been in a fight. Diaconu was sporting quite the shiner under his right eye as he took a couple of minutes to talk to Fightnews in advance of this Friday’s highly anticipated rematch at the Bell Centre in Montreal versus his hometown rival Jean Pascal. “It’s a good sign,” says the heavy-handed Romanian slugger who is more than eager for a second shot at the man who wrestled away his belt back in June. “I worked so hard at training camp, I’m very prepared.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine (37-3, 23 KOs) will challenge Robert Medley (27-2, 17 KOs) for the vacant IBO 154 pound championship on January 11 at the Entertainment Center, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Mundine has only made the middleweight limit of 160 pounds twice against Shannan Taylor and Daniel Geale, whom he won a disputed twelve round split decision on May 27 this year. Mundine weighed in at 167 1/4 pounds for his most recent bout in outpointing Alejandro Falliga after he had agreed to fight at middleweight. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer and Rick Scharmberg
Photos: Ed Mulholland
Two-division champ Paul “The Punisher” Williams (38-1, 27 KOs), of Augusta, GA and reigning WBC Interim junior middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (44-2-2, 24 KOs), of Argentina and now Oxnard, CA met in a twelve round non-title bout Saturday night at the Adrian Phillips Ballroom inside Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. When the dust cleared in the thrilling battle, it was Williams taking the majority decision. (More)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world champion Ricky Hatton will be ringside in Sydney, Australia on Friday to attend Grange Gym Christmas Charity boxing promotion featuring Peter Mitrevski Jr (20-6-1, 9 KOs) vs Opeti Tagi (13-5, 6 KOs) with the IBF Pan Pacific super middleweight title up for grabs at the University of NSW, Sydney, NSW, Australia and also have a discussion to feature Australian boxers in bouts in the United Kingdom and also Macau. Hatton said, “I’ve always wanted to travel down under and when I was given the opportunity to make the trip knowing it may benefit sick kids I could not say yes quick enough.” (more…)
Cageside by Anthony Springer Jr.
As the most experienced fighter entering the tenth season of The Ultimate Fighter, Las Vegas fighter Roy “Big Country” Nelson was the odds on favorite to not only reach the finale, but win the entire competition. On the surface, Nelson looks like anything but a mixed martial artist. At 263 pounds, Nelson’s build is better suited for that of one who fights in bars for a living, not in a cage . . . Click here for more
In The Ultimate Fighting Championship®, no feud has been more inspired than the one featuring light heavyweight legends Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz. The long-standing rivalry between “The Iceman” and “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” has featured two, historic clashes inside the famed Octagon®, each of which was filled with heated exchanges, intense bravado, and passionate displays of athleticism. What’s more, each Liddell-Ortiz encounter left fans choosing sides in this epic rivalry. (more…)
Postfight report by Anthony Springer Jr.
The highly anticipated bout between Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson and Houston “The Assassin” Alexander underwhelmed. What was thought to be a short, fireworks filled slugfest turned out to be a 15-minute bout with a couple of sparks. After the final bell sounded, Slice, 35, and Alexander, 37 were exhausted . . . Click here for more
Ringside by Matt Richardson
Photos by Marty Rosengarten
In a minor upset in New York City, junior welterweight contender “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis lost his second fight this year when he dropped a 12-round split decision to Tim Coleman in the main event of a card promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing . . . Click here for more
By Joe Koizumi
WBA female minimum champ Etsuko Tada (6-0-1, 2 KOs), 103.75, fought to a split draw with WBC light-fly titlist Naomi Togashi (6-0-1, 4 KOs), 104.75, over ten hard-fought rounds on Sunday in Osaka, Japan. Both belts were at stake as they tipped the beam under the 105-pound minimum limit, but now that neither didn’t win nor lose, they will hold their own belts as previously. Scored: Takeo Harada (Japan) 97-94 for Tada, Silvestre Abainza (Philippines) 96-94 for Togashi and Rey Danseco (Philippines) 95-95. The referee was Yuji Fukuchi (Japan). (more…)
By Mariano A. Agmi
The first spectacular boxing event in the post-Gatti era took place at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Saturday, as Goossen-Tutor Promotions and DiBella Entertainment collaborated to put on a quality fight card from top to bottom. In the main event, Paul “The Punisher” Williams (38-1, 27 KOs) escaped with a narrow majority decision over WBC jr. middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (44-2-2, 24 KOs) in a twelve round non-title middleweight war in which both fighters tasted the canvas in round one. In the HBO co-feature, heavyweight contender Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (28-1, 25 KOs) recovered from his one sided loss at the hands of WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko only two months ago to score a fourth round technical knockout over Brian “The Beast” Minto (34-3, 21 KOs) in another slugfest.
Although the Punisher did not attend the post-fight press conference due to several nasty cuts he suffered around his eyes, Martinez, Arreola and Tony “The Tiger” Thompson were on hand to more than hold their own in an entertaining press conference. Click here for more photos…
Marco “Captain” Huck (27-1, 20 KOs) celebrated a successful first defence of his WBO Cruiserweight Title when he clinched a unanimous points victory over Ola Afolabi (14-2, 6 KOs). The 25-year-old German used his explosiveness and punching power to keep his opponent at bay. He was ahead 116-112, 115-113 and 115-113 on the judges´ scorecards. “I am happy about my performance,” Huck said. “It was a tough fight against a very awkward opponent who moved a lot and was difficult to hit. I am delighted to have defended my title and now look forward to a great and relaxing Christmas time.” (more…)
Fightnews.com has obtained a copy of the master scoresheet for Saturday night’s war between Paul Williams and Sergio Martinez. Judges Lynne Carter (115-113 Williams), Julie Lederman (114-114) and Pierre Benoist (119-110 Williams) had to choose between Williams’ volume punching and Martinez’ more accurate and cleaner (but less frequent) shots. Curiously, both Carter and Lederman scored round one 10-9 for Williams, despite both fighters being down. The knockdown scored by Williams was a flash knockdown from a glancing blow, while the knockdown scored by Martinez was clean and left Williams hurt. Benoist scored the first round 10-10, but only credited Martinez with winning one round the entire fight! Click here to see the actual New Jersey State Athletic Control Board master scoresheet
By Butch Gottlieb/Boxinginlasvegas.com
Saturday night at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California WBA super featherweight champion Kina Malpartida (11-3, 3 KOs) retained her title with a unanimous decision win over English challenger Lyndsey Scragg (10-2, 3 KOs). Malpartida made what seemed like it should be an easy fight hard by not utilizing her height and reach advantage. Scragg tried to get inside but continuously ate straight right hands from the champion. Scragg finally was able to land a counter left hook and dropped Malpartida in the sixth round but it was too little and the judges scored the fight 98-91, 98-91 ad 97-92 for Malpartida. (more…)
19-year-old sensation Saul “El Canelo” Alvarez (30-0-1, 22 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico won a 12 round unanimous decision over tough Lanardo Tyner (21-3, 13 KOs) of Detroit, Michigan to retain his NABF welterweight title before a sold out crowd at el Meson de los Deportes in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico. Next for Alvarez will be to invade the US market and fight for a world title. The show was presented by Canelo’s promoter Tuto Zabala, Jr, of All Star Boxing, Inc in association with Ricardo Maldonado Jr. Producciones Deportivas and the Goverment of Tepic.
Cageside by Anthony Springer Jr.
In the main event of Saturday night’s Ultimate Fighter Finale Roy “Big Country” Nelson knocked out Brandon “The Hybrid” Schaub in the first round. After some sharp exchanges by Schaub, the dazed Nelson took his younger opponent to the mat. From the top position Nelson worked for an armlock but the more athletic Schaub escaped. Once on the feet Nelson ended the fight in a flash with one overhand right. The fight was waved off at 3:45 of round one. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Former junior-middleweight champion Joachim Alcine (32-1 19KO’s) took another step towards a shot at a second world title with a hard fought victory over Christophe Canclaux (40-3 25KO’s) of France, winning a unanimous decision that read 117-110 on both Montreal judge’s scorecards while Charles Chenouf of France had it a lot closer at 115-113 Saturday night at the Montreal Casino.
This was the second fight back for Alcine since losing his WBA title to Daniel Santos in July 2008 by way of sixth round knockout. Alcine has clearly knocked off some of the ring rust that so prevalent in his first fight back in September versus Eric Mitchell.
“It was an intense bout,” said the victor afterwards, “I’m very pleased with the result, I was happy compared to my performance in my last bout, but I feel I can be better than that.”
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