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By Jose E. Santiago at the scales
A fight card originally scheduled for November 13th but postponed due to last minute cancellations has been rescheduled for Friday night as Absoloot Boxing presents Professional Boxing at The Pit. Featured in the main event is the return of former two time WBU cruiserweight champ Yahya McClain.
Yahya McClain 196 vs. Shane Steele 184
Fred Tukes 154 vs. Tommy Davis 148
Dante Woods 174 vs. Brandon Wilcox 174
John Willoughby 130.5 vs. Rohan Wilson 134
By Gabriel F. Cordero
American referee Marck Nelson will be the third man in the ring when Panamanian WBA bantamweight world champion Anselmo Moreno and challenger Frédéric Patrac from France meet at the Palais des Sports, Agde, Héraultn, France December 4. The three judges are Pasqual Procopio (Canadá), Pierluigi Poppi (Italia) y Francisco Martinez (Nueva Zelanda). WBA Supervisor: George Martinez (Canadá).
At the weigh-in today, Moreno weighed 117.25 while Patrac scaled in at 116.5.
Ringside Report: Rick Scharmberg and Kurt Wolfheimer
Photos: Ed Mulholland
Ageless wonder, Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins (50-5-1, 32 KOs), returned to his hometown of Philadelphia last night, and won a twelve round unanimous decision over Enrique Ornales (25-6, 19 KOs) at Temple University’s Liacouras Center. In the co-feature, hot hometown prospect “Sweet” Danny Garcia (15-0, 10 KOs), was expected to be tested by normally durable Enrique Colin (23-5-3, 19 KOs), but instead blew him out in impression fashion at :55 seconds of the second round of a scheduled 10 round junior welterweight bout. Both bouts were televised on the Versus network. The card was promoted by Golden Boy East in conjunction with MGM Grand. (More)
Integrated Sports Media, North America’s leading distributor of International Pay-Per-View and Closed Circuit sports events, delivered 15 action-packed events this year from around the globe to sports fans in the United States and Canada. “With cutbacks in boxing coverage by cable networks and the disappearance of boxing from broadcast television,” Integrated Sports Media President Doug Jacobs commented, “I am proud that we were able to provide consumers with the opportunity to watch major boxing events that they otherwise would not have been able to view in North America and to give soccer fans the opportunity to watch many of the most important matches on home television.” (more…)
From the Isleta Casino & Resort for tomorrow night’s Fresquez-promoted “Bad Blood” card:
Holly Holm 139.4 vs. Melissa Hernandez 134.75
* For the WIBA world welterweight title. Holm originally 140.5
Jodie Esquibel 101.8 vs. Suzannah Warner 101.5
* For the NABF minimumweight title. Esquibel originally 102.5
David Proa 122.25 vs. Robert Guillen 122.75
Amanda Crespin 124.5 vs. Jessica Sanchez 128.25
Michael Brooks 177 vs. Christian Bruffy Holmes 176.5
World champions Timothy Bradley, (24-0-1 NC, 11 KOs), of Palm Springs, Calif., and Lamont Peterson (27-0, 13 KOs), of Washington, D.C., participated in a national media conference call to discuss their upcoming world title mega-matchup on Saturday, Dec. 12 live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). In an excellent battle of unbeatens, Bradley will defend his WBO 140-pound title against interim champ Peterson at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif. The telecast will open with WBC/WBA Super Flyweight Champion Vic Darchinyan (32-2-1, 26 KOs), of Sydney, Australia, defending his belts against WBC interim titlist Tomas Rojas (31-11-1, 22 KOs) of Mexico. (more…)
World champions Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez, Steven Luevano and Yuriorkis Gamboa, and Top-10 contender Rogers Mtagwa will kickoff the new decade in separate world featherweight title fights on January 23, in the WaMu Theater in the “Mecca of Boxing,” Madison Square Garden. Lopez, the WBO junior featherweight champion, will be moving up to challenge WBO featherweight titlist Luevano, while Gamboa defends his WBA championship belt against Mtagwa. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Arena Boxing U.S. and PR Best Boxing, tickets, priced at $200, $100, $75 and $50, went on sale today at the Madison Square Garden box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, and online at www.thegarden.com. Click here for more photos
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The three-time world champion Miguel Cotto, has declared in Puerto Rico that he expects to retire from boxing when he turns 30 on October 29, 2010. “Ten months will fly by, so one, maybe two more fights, and I will completely retire from boxing,” he said. “I’ve been champion three times and I’m satisfied with what I’ve done. I’ll be very satisfied with whatever God gives me the opportunity to achieve during the ten months remaining.” Cotto is expected back in the ring in June against an opponent to be named.
Guillermo Rigondeaux, one of the most decorated fighters in the history of the amateur boxing system, is headed to the only city big enough to house his considerable talent. Rigondeaux, it was announced today, will headline the December 16 edition of the DiBella Entertainment (“DBE”) Broadway Boxing Series from B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in the heart of Times Square in New York City. (more…)
Anyway you look at it, Tyrone “The One” Brunson’s world record of 19 first-round knockouts in his first 19 professional fights is impressive. Friday night on ShoBox: The New Generation, live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), fight fans will finally get a chance to see the heralded young, undefeated Philadelphia fighter in action as he takes on “Kid” Carson Jones in a 10-round junior middleweight affair from the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif. The 24-year-old Brunson (21-0-1, 20 KO) is exactly the kind of fighter ShoBox has so successfully highlighted since its inception in 2001, says executive producer Gordon Hall. “Tyrone Brunson is your typical ShoBox fighter: young and untested,” he said. “It’s time for him to step up and be tested. Not all (21-0) fighters are what they appear to be. We’ll find out exactly what kind of fighter Brunson is when he steps in against a very match-tough competitor like Carson Jones.” (more…)
The Austrian winter sports mecca of Sölden will host a high voltage super middleweight bout on Friday when unbeaten Spotlight fighter Eduard “Eddy” Gutknecht (17-0, 7 KOs) defends his WBO Inter-Continental belt against former WBO world champion Karoly Balzsay (21-1, 15 KOs). It will be Balzsay’s first fight since losing his title to Robert Stieglitz in August. Also scheduled is a WBO Inter-Continental super bantamweight clash between Spotlight’s Zsolt Bedak (14-0, 4 KOs), rated WBO #3 and WBO #4 Ramie Laput (38-3, 18 KOs).
Eduard Gutknecht: “We know each other from Hamburg, but we’re in different training groups. I’m with Magomed Schaburow. Karoly is with Fritz Sdunek and Artur Grigorian. One of us is going fade out [of the title picture], so for us this is about everything!”
Karoly Balzsay: “Naturally it was very disappointing in Budapest to lose in front of all my relatives and friends. It’s good that I’m now returning to the ring quickly to show my strength.”
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos are in from IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green’s stunning first round TKO over ring legend Roy Jones Jr. Click here for more photos
Alexander Povetkin (17-0, 12 KOs) will return to the ring this weekend when he takes a tune-up fight against Leo Nolan (27-1, 10 KOs). The top-ranked IBF challenger, who is slated to face heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, will make his first fight under the guidance of star coach Teddy Atlas. He also needs to stay in shape for the Klitschko showdown next year. “It is great to be working with Teddy Atlas,” Povetkin said. “I have already learned so many things from him. Of course it will take a while until I can show that in the ring but I look forward to Saturday.” The bout against Nolan will be a good first test. “The training in the last couple of weeks – first in New Jersey and then in my home city of Tschechow – has been very motivating,” Povetkin added. “I have lost weight but still added pounds of muscle. My style has also changed a little. So the fact that I still have to wait for the Klitschko fight is not too bad at all because it gives me the chance to test myself against Nolan and stabilise my performance.” (more…)
Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton (5-1-1, 1 KO), who’s done her part to keep the San Francisco Bay Area boxing title wave alive, defends her IBA junior featherweight title against Donna “Nature Girl” Biggers (19-8-1, 16 KOs) on Friday in San Jose, Calif., in the co-main event of Fight Night at the Tank. Julaton, who recently joined area residents Andre Ward, Robert Guerrero, Nonito Donaire Jr., and Carina Moreno as world champions, will fight for the vacant WBO junior featherweight title in the first defense of the IBA belt she won in September in a unanimous decision over Kelsey Jeffries. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBO middleweight champion Anthony Mundine has refused to give a rematch to IBF #8 Daniel Geale. Mundine scored a hotly disputed decision over Geale to win IBO title on May 27 at the Brisbane Entertainment Center, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Most boxing writers at ringside had Geale winning a clear decision. “We tried hard to make the rematch between Mundine and Geale happen but they were not interested,” said Bill Treacy who is the manager of Geale. “IBF middleweight champion Sebastian Sylvester is on our radar and hopefully we can get a shot at the world title within twelve months.”
WBO jr. featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez arrives in New York City late Wednesday night for a press conference Thursday to announce his upcoming world championship fight against WBO featherweight champion Steven Luevano on HBO January 23 at Madison Square Garden. Also on this world title doubleheader card, WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa will defend his title against Rogers Mtagwa. Top Rank promotes this event in association with Arena Box-Promotion and PR Best Boxing.
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Former world champion Bernard Hopkins (50-5, 32 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Enrique Ornelas (29-6, 19 KOs) in a light heavyweight bout on Wednesday night at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA. It was a typical Hopkins performance with lots of clinching as the nifty 44-year-old won the in-fighting and wore out his opponent. Scores were 118-110, 120-109, 119-109.
Unbeaten junior welterweight Danny Garcia (15-0, 10 KOs) scored a brutal second round KO over Enrique Colin (23-5-3, 19 KOs). Garcia dropped Colin at the end of round one, and finished him in the following stanza. Time was :55.
In an upset, Guadalupe De Leon (8-9, 4 KOs) won a four round split decision over previously unbeaten Derrick Wilson (5-1-1, 2 KOs). Scores were 39-37, 39-37 De Leon, 39-37 Wilson.
By Peter Lim
In an interesting junior middleweight matchup, Chase “The White Tiger” Shields, 29-2-1 (14 KOs), takes on former two-time world-title challenger Juan Carlos Candelo, 28-10-4 (19 KOs), over eight rounds on Dec. 3 at the Houston Club. Shields is a once-promising prospect who never made it past the four- and six-round club scene, while JC Candelo had beaten some decent opponents but has lost more than he’s won since his two failed attempts at the IBF belt. (more…)
WBO featherweight champion Steven Luevano arrives in New York City for a press conference Thursday to announce his upcoming world championship fight against WBO jr. featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez live on HBO January 23 at Madison Square Garden. Also on this world title doubleheader card, WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa of Cuba will defend his title against Rogers Mtagwa. Top Rank promotes this event in association with Arena Box-Promotion and PR Best Boxing.
Mike Arnaoutis 140 vs. Tim Coleman 140
(USBA light welterweight championship)
Shannon Briggs 272.25 vs. Marcus McGee 223.5
Ray Robinson 142.25 vs. Brad Solomon 143.25
Jaywon Woods 198 vs. Josh Harris 200
Hajro Sujak 168 vs. Todd Eriksson 167
Venue: Grand Ballroom at the Manhattan Center, NYC
Promoter: Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing
NOTE: The Maureen Shea vs. Jenna Shiver bout for the interim WBA female super bantamweight championship was cancelled due to medical issues with Shiver.
Javier “Golden Boy” Corondo 118 vs Humberto Peña 116
Gabriel “El Piolo” Dorado 131 vs Leovigildo Siris 132
Jonathan “El Terrible” Arenas 124 vs Jose Aguirre 122.5
Addir Sanchez 144 vs Pablo Espinoza 147
Manuel Vides 115 vs Bolivar Osorio115
Luis Gonzalez 134 vs Ricauter Torrero 136
Venue: Fantastic Casino “La Doña” in Panamá
Promoter: Premium Boxing Promotions Inc.
From left, Brian Minto, Sergio Martinez, Paul Williams and Cristobal Arreola pose during Wednesday’s press conference in New York City. Williams faces Martinez and Minto takes on Arreola Saturday night at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
“Yo, I got a feeling, like the wind is blowing and in about 48 hours, we’re gonna have a hurricane here in Albuquerque,” were the opening words of fight manager/ex-fighter Belinda Laracuente today, on behalf of Melissa “Huracan” Hernandez.
Fighting words they were, because the opening salvo set off a verbal sparring session that all but Holly Holm participated in . . . Click here for more
All Star Boxing, Inc “The New Generation”, Tuto Zabala, Jr and Boxeo Telemundo will close its 2009 season this Friday at the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming. In the main event veteran Cosme “Chino” Rivera (31-13-2, 23 KOs) of Culiacan, Mexico will make his 5th Miccosukee and Telemundo appearance when he faces hot prospect Euri “Million” Gonzalez (19-1-1, 14 KOs) of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in a bout scheduled for 12 Rounds with the VACANT WBO Latin Welterweight title at stake. The main event will be televised live at 11:35 PM. Also on the card Yoelvis “El Cicloncito” Gamboa (1-0) younger brother of WBA Featherweight Champion Yuriorkis Gamboa will face Karl Garcia (3-1-1 KO) of Bayamon, Puerto Rico in a bout scheduled for 4 rounds in the lightweight division. (more…)
There has been a lot of talk and criticiscm of this past Saturday nights vacant IBF lightweight bout between former two-division world champion Joan Guzman and now two-time world title challenger Ali Funeka. The official scores were 116-112, 114-114, 114-114 leaving the bout a draw. Many felt that Funeka clearly won the bout. HBO’s Bob Papa called the result “…curious and absurd,” and HBO’s unofficial judge Harold Lederman had Funeka winning by a comfortable margin. Funeka’s promoter Gary Shaw stated, “Ali got screwed and he didn’t even get kissed….We must stop robbing fighters, sending them home with nothing but shattered dreams instead of the rewards they earned in the ring.” Guzman’s Manager Jose Nunez spoke out in defense of his fighter and delivered the following statement. (more…)
The Boxing Promoters Association (BPA) has expressed “deep concern” over the officiating of the Ali Funeka-Joan Guzman fight this past Saturday in Canada and and intends to take steps to address these types of situations. The BPA plans to institute an evaluation and rating system of judges and referees in which all officials will be reviewed for competency and integrity. According to a BPA statement: “Officials that are found to be incompetent will be addressed. Should there ever be an instance of corruption, we will seek to have that official banned. In short, the credibility of our sport must be maintained and the BPA is establishing a Committee to start the process to monitor officials. Every sport occasionally has bad officiating and boxing will now have the BPA to monitor and try to correct any blatant instances.”
Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (22-0-1, 9KO) landed in Switzerland yesterday, in anticipation for his upcoming bout against Vitali Klitschko (38-2, 37KO) on Saturday December 12th at the PostFinance Arena in Bern, Switzerland. Johnson will be challenging for Klitschko’s coveted WBC Heavyweight Championship belt. After speaking with numerous press and fans, Johnson quickly dropped off his bags at his hotel, and immediately headed to the local boxing gym, where he sparred twelve intense rounds. The Vitali Klitschko vs. Kevin Johnson bout for the WBC Heavyweight Championship of the World is being promoted by K2 Promotions in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing.
38-year-old former WBC World Super Middleweight champion Éric Lucas (38-7-3, 14KOs) is scheduled to make his first start in nearly four years when he faces Ramon Pedro Moyano (27-8-3, 15KOs) on December 11th at the Bell Centre in Montreal. The bout will be chief support for the rematch between WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (24-1-0, 16 KOs), and # 4 rated WBC challenger Adrian Diaconu (26-1-0 15 KOs).
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
FightNews learned today that Felix Sturm will join the stable of world class trainer Freddie Roach. Sturm parted ways with longtime coach Michael Timm after his split with Universum Box-Promotion a few weeks ago. The 30-years old German met Roach on Monday in Manchester, England, where the American was working with British hopeful Amir Khan. Sturm and Roach quickly came to terms. “It is a dream come true for me to work with Freddie”, Sturm told FightNews over the phone. “He was my first and only choice. I truly believe that he will turn me into a better fighter.” Sturm plans to return to action in May or June of 2010. Currently, a lawsuit is pending between Sturm and Universum. Sturm believes he is a free agent, while Universum declared that they have a valid contract. “We, my lawyer and my whole team, are very confident that the contract has expired. I’m sure that the verdict will be in our favor,” Sturm told Germany’s BoxSport-Magazine in a recent interview. More to come.
By Rocco Morales
Tuesday morning, newly crowned WBA super middleweight champion, Andre Ward, and his promoter, Dan Goosen, hosted a press breakfast at Sisley’s Italian Kitchen in Sherman Oaks, CA, to talk about Ward’s convincing upset victory over dethroned Mikkel Kessler, Ward’s next challenger, former undisputed middleweight champion, Jermain Taylor, and also about his thoughts about his future in boxing. Click here for more photos…
IBO and WBC interim light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson has ripped Bernard Hopkins, who returns tonight in Philadelphia against Enrique Ornelas. “First, he said he’d fight the winner of my fight with Glen Johnson. I won and Hopkins hid,” said Dawson. “Second, he said he’d fight the winner of my rematch with Johnson. I won and this time Hopkins chose to fight some guy named Enrique Ornelas, who has lost to almost every decent middleweight he’s ever fought. And on top of that, the fight isn’t worthy of being broadcast on HBO, Showtime or even ESPN 2! Desperate people do desperate things. Hopkins knows that if he fights me he’s looking at a loss of Calzaghe proportions. Bernard, it’s time for you to pack it in and get out of my division. If you’re not willing to fight the best light heavyweight, move along and quit wasting everyone’s time. Your deep well of excuses, along with your credibility has dried up. You weighed 175 pounds for tonight’s fight, Roy Jones was knocked out in 122 seconds today and HBO has a March date available. No more excuses.”
In the final three weeks leading up to his showdown with WBC Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko (38-2, 37 KOs), televised on HBO Dec. 12, undefeated contender Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (22-0-1, 9 KOs) will be posting his diary online, exclusive to Fightnews.com readers.
Diary entry Tuesday, Dec. 1
“It’s Tuesday morning and my first day here in Switzerland started with a bang.
” I thought that I would be looking to catch a nap after the nine-hour flight from Atlanta to Zurich, but as soon as I stepped off of the plane, and saw the media waiting for me, I had to turn on the charm. (more…)
Ola Afolabi (14-1, 6 KOs) believes that Marco Huck is “lucky” to be the world champion these days. The two cruiserweights clash for Captain Huck’s WBO title in Ludwigsburg on Saturday night. Afolabi is determined to finally “get what I deserve,” he said at today’s press conference. “There is just one reason why Marco Huck is the world champion instead of me. He was lucky to get the chance to fight Victor Emilio Ramirez on August 29. I would have been ready, too. I had worked really hard. I did six weeks of sparring with Vitali Klitschko in America and made him look really bad. On Saturday I will win Huck’s title for sure.” (more…)
* The last stop before the Finale – who will make it to the finals? Don’t miss an all new 2 hour episode of The Ultimate Fighter® – tonight at 9pm on SPIKE
* Matt Hamill and Jon Jones go toe-to-toe in a light heavyweight battle, plus the finals of the heavyweight tournament – The Ultimate Fighter® Finale – This Saturday night, live on SPIKE
* UFC.com – The Ultimate Fighter® Season 10 Cheat Sheet
The much-anticipated two-hour finale of Season 10 of The Ultimate Fighter® airs tonight at 9pm ET on Spike and the world will learn which two fighters will compete for the six-figure UFC contract at The Pearl at The Palms Casino Resort this Saturday night. Of equal importance, millions will tune in to learn the fate of Internet legend and knockout artist Kimbo Slice. (more…)
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