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Cleverly-Bellew heats up at press conference

Cleverly-Bellew heats up at press conference

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WBA 90th annual awards dinner

Photos and story by Boxing Bob Newman

The high-tech Tribune Lounge inside the Donbass Arena hosted the awards dinner tonight during the 90th annual WBA convention in Donetsk, Ukraine. A techno song and dance group, ala a Ukrainian version of the Black Eyed Peas, rocked the house over several encores. Meanwhile various recognitions and awards were given out also over several rounds, for contributions to boxing. In between, a multitude of cultural courses were served for dinner, including chicken & beef tongue salad!

Fighters receiving recognition on a world level were Souleymane M’Baye, Donny LaLonde, Victor Callejas and Roberto Duran. Local fighters included Union Boxing fighter and recent WBA super middleweight title challenger Stanislav Kashtanov, fellow UBP fighter and WBA Inter-continental featherweight champion Oleh Yafimovych and current WBA welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko. (more…)



November 8th, 2011



Boxing News

WBA convention day 2

Photos and story by Boxing Bob Newman

Day 2 of the 90th annual WBA convention in Donetsk, Ukraine got underway on a somber note once again, as President Mendoza asked for a moment of silence to pay homage to former heavyweight champion “Smokin” Joe Frazier, who passed last night at age 67. Frazier was recently diagnosed with liver cancer, as well as having struggled with diabetes for many years. Also, a moment of silence was observed for former WBA vice president Shigeru Kojima, who passed on August 26th of this year.

A review of minutes of yesterday’s Day 1 opening meetings was reviewed.
Jose Emilio Graglia represented the Cordoba (Argentina) Federation in speaking to the situation regarding anti-doping in Argentina. While the WBA’s stance is that anti-doping needs to be conducted in it’s title fights, if not universally for all fights, Graglia responded that the testing group simply never showed up to conduct the tests at the recent Caballero-Barros fight. (more…)



November 8th, 2011

UFC

UFC Fight Week Blog

UFC ON FOX is LIVE Nov. 12!


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November 8th, 2011

Boxing News

Canelo-Cintron moved

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Eddy Reynoso of Canelo Promotions announced today that the WBC super welterweight world title fight between champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and former IBF world champion Kemit Cintron will be held in the Plaza Mexico in the Distrito Federal instead of Expo Bancomer in Santa Fe in Mexico City. It was also confirmed that Mexican prospect Salvador Sanchez II will face Alex Monterrosa in a featherweight clash and another prospect, Daniel Estrada will face former world title challenger Francisco Cordero.



November 8th, 2011

Boxing News

Don King on Smokin’ Joe

Legendary promoter Don King, who promoted Joe Frazier in the finale of Frazier’s phenomenal trilogy with Muhammad Ali, 1975’s “Thrilla in Manila,” made the following statement from his South Florida home after learning last night of the death of his longtime friend:

“Smokin’ Joe Frazier was the embodiment of what a great heavyweight champion and person should be. He was a great gladiator. When Smokin’ Joe came to the ring, you knew you had someone who was coming to fight. I was proud to have known and promoted him, and I was honored to call him a friend.

“The courage Smokin’ Joe showed in “The Thrilla in Manila”—answering every Ali onslaught with an equally withering response—will remain in the hearts and minds of boxing fans around the globe forever. It was one of the most dramatic fights in history. Although the warrior inside Smokin’ Joe wanted to answer the bell for the 15th and final round, his chief second and friend Eddie Futch acted as more than a corner man to step in and refuse to let him continue, so he could live to fight another day and smoke ‘em some more.

“One cannot underestimate the contribution Smokin’ Joe and Ali made to progress and change by creating the space, through their talent, for black men to be seen, visible and relevant. The Thrilla in Manila helped make America better.

“Not only was he a great fighter but also a great man. He lived as he fought with courage and commitment at a time when African Americans in all spheres of life were engaged in a struggle for emancipation and respect. Smokin’ Joe brought honor, dignity and pride for his people, the AMERICAN people, and brought the nation together as only sports can do.”



November 8th, 2011

Feature Story

Last Joe Frazier interview

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“Joe Frazier was a very happy, full of life gentleman when we spoke during one of his last interviews,” said former four-time heavyweight title challenger Jameel McCline, who interviewed the late Joe Frazier in July. “You could tell that he was little bit tired, but was still very open about the state of today’s heavyweight division, did not like what he saw. It was a great privilege for me, a heavyweight fighter to interview such a great man and a great fighter. I consider Joe Frazier one of the best 10 fighters who ever lived,” said McCline, who provided Fightnews.com with his last “Smokin’ Joe” interview.



November 8th, 2011

Boxing News

Hopkins on Smokin’ Joe

After learning of the death of boxing legend Joe Frazier on Monday, fellow Philadelphia native and two-time middleweight and current light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins shared his thoughts on the famed champion’s passing. “My reaction was I expected it to come, but the denial of it coming is something that people that know Joe and have been around him tried to block out. It was not shocking, because I knew he had been sick for a while, but now it is real and he is really not here with us anymore.

“Ali and Joe Frazier’s rivalry is the king of all rivalries. You cannot mention Ali’s name without Frazier, and you cannot mention Frazier without Ali. Their three fights were the three most exciting fights of the century. Joe is a person who will never be imitated or emulated. His legacy in boxing will never be duplicated, especially during his era. There will be only one Smokin’ Joe Frazier. (more…)



November 8th, 2011

Boxing News

John, Yordan Presser

Report and photo by Jeff Pamungkas

Indonesian promoter Raja Sapta Oktohari (middle) cooperating with Green Machine Promotions will feature Chris John (45-0-2, 22 KOs) vs. Stanislav Merdov (Ukraine, 32-7, 24 KOs) for John’s 15th WBA featherweight title defense at Challenge Stadium, Mt Claremont, Western Australia on November 30. John’s countryman and former foe Daud Yordan (27-2, 21 KOs) will also be on the undercard, fighting veteran Frankie Archuleta (27-8-1, 14 KOs) for the vacant IBO Asia Pacific featherweight title. Both Indonesian stars will be the co-features of the classy WBC cruiserweight title fight of Danny Green vs. Krzysztof Wlodarczyk and the vacant IBO superfeatherweight title match between Will Tomlinson vs. Alan Herrera.

“These bouts are important for both John and Yordan,” Oktohari the the press who asked the reason for selecting these opponents. “Especially for Yordan, he has talent and skills, but he needs a good victory to return his confidence after being defeated by Chris John in April this year. Next year, I will promote Yordan for another world title fight,” Oktohari stated.

During the press conference, Chris John spoke to the press via a long distance call from his training camp in Perth, Australia. “I’ve prepared for 2.5 months here,” said John, “and I will make the best result in this fight.”



November 8th, 2011

Boxing News

Pacquiao-Marquez PPV live stream

Top Rank announced today that the November 12 Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Márquez world welterweight championship event at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, will be available live on both pay-per-view television and online. The four-bout pay-per-view card, produced and distributed live online by Top Rank for $54.95, boasting interactive features unique to the digital platform through NeuLion’s technology. The enhanced and unique viewing offers a four-shot, multi-angle dynamic player that will allow viewers to interact and feel an enriched experience. The live online pay-per-view is exclusive to U.S. viewers. (more…)



November 8th, 2011

Boxing News

Vitali comments on Smokin’ Joe

“My brother Wladimir and I are very sad to hear that Joe Frazier has passed away. He was one of the greatest heavyweight champions of all times. I am very proud to have the same title that Joe once had. His three fights against Muhammad Ali are classics in sports history. Joe has done a lot for the sport of boxing – as a champion as well as through his social involvement. Our thoughts are with his family.”

Vitali Klitschko, WBC World Heavyweight Champion



November 8th, 2011

UFC

The Blueprint: Cain Velasquez

UFC ON FOX is LIVE Nov. 12!

Undefeated as a professional mixed martial artist. 88.9% of his wins are by knockout. And he is the holder of the sport’s most prized possession – the UFC heavyweight championship. Cain Velasquez is, without question, the baddest man on the planet. He holds that distinction for now, at least. . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
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November 8th, 2011

Boxing News

Kameda Bros in the Philippines

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The Kameda dynasty, comprising Koki, Daiki and Tomoki, are being trained in the Philippines as part of their preparation got a card on December 7 in Osaka, Japan. The plan is for ten days of sparring in Elorde Family Gym. Mexicans Mario “Hurricane” Macias and Eduardo “Bambino” Garcia are known to be in the camp. The brothers will remain in Manila until November 12 before returning to Japan to complete their respective preparations for “Kameda Party 2011″ in the Prefectural Gymnasium. More photos…



November 8th, 2011

Boxing News

Pacquiao arrival today

Open to the public, fight fans welcome

Yesterday it was Juan Manuel Márquez’ grand arrival at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Today it’s the turn of Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao. The event will be open to the public. Pacquiao, five-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum arrive today at Noon PT at the porte cochere and inside the front lobby of the MGM Grand. Pacman will be transported by a luxury bus custom-designed with his image.



November 8th, 2011

Boxing News

Francisco Arce Update

By Socrates Seamanduras

Dr. Jose Manuel Enriquez, an internationally recognized retinologist, successfully performed a three-hour operation to repair the right retina of Francisco “Panchito” Arce in Durango, Mexico. Arce was injured when the air bag in a car inflated during an auto accident. Although it will require complete rest for his rehabilitation, the operation does not jeopardize his boxing career, which may resume within the first half of 2012.



November 8th, 2011

Boxing News

Ishida training in Mexico

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former WBA super welterweight world champion Nobuhiro Ishida is training in Guadalajara, Mexico for a November 26 against an opponent to be determined in Mexico City on the undercard of the WBC super welterweight world title clash between champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and former champ Kermit Cintron. Ishida, who in less than two minutes crushed James Kirkland in April in Las Vegas, joins the list of fighters who will see action at the Expo Bancomer Santa Fe on the Canelo Promotions/Golden Boy Promotions event. Prospects on the bill include Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez, Alejandro Barrera, Andres Gutierrez, Willy Velázquez and Saul “Baby” Juárez.



November 8th, 2011

Feature Story

2011 Fight Night Benefit in DC

By Gary “Digital” Williams

Undefeated Baltimore welterweight Emmanuel “Tranzformer” Taylor will face possibly his toughest opponent of his young career on Thursday, November 10 when he battles Prenice Brewer of Cleveland, OH at the Fight Night “Fight For Children” event at the Washington Hilton and Towers Hotel in Washington, DC. The bout is scheduled for eight rounds.

Taylor (14-0, 10 KO’s) is coming off a third-round TKO win over Lenwood Dozier on August 19 at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore. Brewer (15-1-1, six KO’s) has not fought since suffering his first pro loss — a third-round TKO to Patrick Lopez on August 6, 2010 in Chicago. (more…)



November 8th, 2011

Feature Story

Magdaleno, Gesta eye big wins

This Friday night at the Mandalay Bay, two young undefeated prospects will be put to the test in what figures to be a great night of action leading to the big showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez on Saturday Night.

Hometown hero Diego Magdaleno (20-0, 7 KOs) of Las Vegas will defend his NABF Super Featherweightt title when he takes on Emmnauel Lucero (28-7-1, 14 KOs) of Mexico in the main event of “Top Rank Live” to be televised by Fox Sports Net and Fox Deportes from the Islander Ballroom in the Mandalay Bay. In the co-main event hard hitting Mercisto Gesta (23-0, 12 KO’s) will put his perfect record on the line against this toughest foe to date, Ricardo Dominguez (34-6-2, 21 KO’s) of Culiacan, Mexico. (more…)



November 8th, 2011

Announcement

Joe Frazier passes

By Bill Hillmann

Photo: Peter Frutkoff

We have been informed that former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier has passed away from liver cancer at the age of 67. “Smokin’ Joe was only diagnosed last month with the disease and spent his last days in a hospice in Philadelphia. He is best known for defeating Muhammad Ali in 1971’s “Fight of the Century” at Madison Square Garden and compiled a career mark of 32-4-1 with 27 KOs. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990. Fightnews staff sends sympathies to the Frazier family. More details to come.



November 7th, 2011

Feature Story

Marquez seeks reversal of fortune

Story by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone

If Manny Pacquiao is annoyed that Juan Manuel Marquez has constantly stated that he beat him in their first two meetings, imagine how Marquez feels knowing that he was a round away in both fights of being 2-0 rather than 0-1-1  . . . Click here for more



November 7th, 2011

Photo Gallery

Marquez hits Vegas

Photos by Chris Cozzone

Three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez makes his “Grand Arrival” aboard his special Team Marquez bus at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Monday for his upcoming third mega-fight against superstar Manny Pacquiao. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions,Marquez Boxing,Tecate and MGM Grand, Pacquiao vs Marquez III will take place, Saturday, Nov. 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and be produced and distributed by HBO Pay Per View.  (more…)



November 7th, 2011




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