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By Andreas Hale
Super lightweight contenders “Vicious” Victor Ortiz and Lamont “Havoc” Peterson hosted a media conference call today to discuss preparations for their upcoming fight on Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
On taking the fight with Ortiz: “With me I just love to fight. It doesn’t matter if it is a cab driver or a champion, I love to fight. When the opportunity comes up to fight on HBO against somebody like Victor Ortiz, of course I’m going to jump on it. It’s my job (and) there was no problem with me taking this fight. I think more fighters need to act that way. I’ll sign the paper to fight anyone.”
On Ortiz’ skill set: “Nothing worries me but of course you have to respect the fact that Victor can box. He can pretty much do it all and he does it well.”
On Peterson: “Lamont is a great fighter, it would be stupid on my end to talk bad about a great fighter.”
On Vivian Harris questioning his heart before their last fight: “I never really pay attention to what anyone says. I just take my time with things. Somebody is going to talk, I let them. I don’t say a lot. That’s not me. I was just excited to get in the ring and I was ready. I went to work and I did well.”
Colonel Bob Sheridan, the larger-than-life broadcaster who has done blow-by-blow in over 10,000 international fights, is according to Jacquie Richardson of the Retired Boxers Foundation in the hospital in an induced coma.
Heavyweight Jason “Big Six” Estrada has signed a promotional contract with Boxing 360. The 2004 U.S. Olympian recently underwent foot surgery to repair a longstanding planter ficitis problem.
Our condolences go out today to Danny Williams the former British and commonwealth champion after the loss of his father Gussy/from Jimmy Hayes
European heavyweight champion Alexander Dimitrenko collapsed in his dressing room one hour before his fight with Ablert Sosnowski would have started.
By Boxing Bob Newman
The WBC has told the camps of WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez and WBC interim middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik to initiate the free negotiations period for a fight for the undisputed WBC middleweight title. If there is no agreement between the parties, the WBC will conduct a purse offer on Friday, January 7, 2011 in Mexico City.
Ringside by Francisco Salazar & Felipe Leon
Photos by “Big” Joe Miranda
After the main event of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr-Alfonso Gomez scheduled for the “In Harm’s Way” fight card fell out some weeks ago because of a Gomez injury and then Chavez Jr. pulling out with the flu last week, Top Rank’s Bob Arum joked that the title was more than apt but for all the wrong reasons. With 2011 coming to an end, Top Rank took advantage of the date to put on a nine-bout night shock full of up-and-coming prospects and an independent PPV card that proved it did not need the “Son of a Legend” to be exciting . . . Click here for more
The public is invited to attend Tuesday’s grand arrivals at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Victor Ortiz and Lamont Peterson will arrive at the casino’s main entrance around 11 a.m. Amir Khan and Marcos Maidana will follow around 11:15. An autograph session will follow.
With several more champions at large, the true, undisputed king of the 140-pound division might not be crowned on December 11, but fight fans are going to finally know who’s the better man after the dust clears in the long-awaited showdown between quarter-champion Amir Khan, holder of the WBA belt, and his interim-version belt-bearer, Marcos Maidana . . . Click here for more
UFC Lightweight contender Jim Miller (18-2) is looking to win a little Christmas cheer in Montreal at UFC 124 next week, when he takes on highly touted, “Breakthrough Fighter of the Year” nominee Charles Oliviera (14-0) . . . Click here for more by Mike Straka, UFC
For more info on UFC 124, visit www.UFC.com
By Graham Houston
It’s wonderful when a fight lives up to and maybe even surpasses expectations, and we had such a fight on PPV on Saturday night when Humberto Soto retained his lightweight title by outpointing a very brave and determined Urbano Antillon. Some thought that the judges’ scores were too close but the important thing is that the winner got a deserved, unanimous decision after a fight that had everything except a knockdown. I liked Soto to win the fight, as I wrote in a preview on the free site, and I even thought he could get a stoppage. Antillon fought above anything he has shown before, though, and pushed Soto hard in every one of the 12 rounds.
It seemed to me that Soto was always in front but that Antillon was never completely out of the fight. In the end, it was a one-point deduction from Antillon’s score for a low blow that decided the fight. Without the one-point deduction the fight would have been a majority draw.
I can’t avoid using a cliché — Antillon fought like a man possessed. It was as if, and I hesitate to say it, he was willing to die to win the fight. (more…)
Photos by Eroll Popova
European super welterweight champion Lukas Konecny (46-3, 22 KOs) successfully defended his belt against Hamlet Petrosyan (29-7, 10 KOs) by unanimous decision on Friday night in Prague, Czech Republic. Click here for more photos…
Empire Sports & Entertainment headed by Shelly Finkel and Prize Fight Promotions headed by Brian Young will present monthly cards on FOX Sports Net beginning with taped shows this month and moving to live telecasts in the summer. The shows will air on Thursday nights.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Photo: Herby Whyne
Despite a big win Friday night against local rival Sebastien Demers and headlining at the Bell Centre in Montreal Friday night, don’t expect Renan St-Juste to slow down as he inches closer to a big fight. At 38 years old, time is precious commodity that St-Juste and his promoters can’t afford to waste. The newly acquired NABO belt will put the powerful southpaw back into the rankings, albeit this time at 168 pounds as he agreed to move up to meet Demers.
It was a signature performance for St-Juste who too often has found himself without an opponent or not performing at an optimum level when given the opportunity.
Promoter Jean Bedard of Interbox knows that the time has to be now and not later for St-Juste, and is leaving the door open to both 160 and 168 pounds. “He had problems the last couple of times out, But tonight was his fight,” said Bedrard. “We have to find him a fight now. Right now!” (more…)
Photo by Stacey Rivas
Fightnews.com photographer Big Joe Miranda displays his “Photographer of the Year” award at Sunday’s WBC Legends of Boxing Museum Induction Ceremony at American Sports University in San Bernardino, California. Also on hand was WBC middleweight world champion Sergio Martinez collecting his Fighter of the Year honors. Promoter of the Year was Kenny Thompson. (more…)
By Alexey Potapov at ringside
Photos by K2 Promotions
IBO light middleweight champion Zaurbek Baysangurov (25-1, 19 KOs) scored a brutal technical knock out in the twelfth round against Colombian power puncher Richard Gutierrez (26-5-1, 16 KOs) at the Ice Palace “Terminal” in Brovari, Ukraine on Saturday night. Click here for more photos…
By Jeffery Pamungkas at ringside
Eager for a big knockout victory, something rare in his seven year title reign, WBA featherweight champion Chris John performed with the usual high standard of boxing ability that he displayed in his previous fights with Osamu Sato, Derrick Gainer, Juan Manuel Marquez, and Rocky Juarez (twice). Although winning by convincing scores of 119-109 (Sylvestre Abainza, Pinit Prayadsab) and 120-108 (Jose Ignacio Martinez) over his foe Fernando David Saucedo, John failed to utilize the weapons that have become his trademark: jabs, straight punches, excellent footwork, body movement, and fast combinations.
Perhaps having the impression that his opponent was weak, John tried to attack Saucedo from the beginning of the bout. Saucedo absorbed John’s aggressions with his excellent cover mixed with occasional counters by left hooks which many times endangered the champion. John himself missed many potential knockout punches which hit only air in almost every round for his efforts to score a clean knockout victory for his fans. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
One defeat in 19 fights, never been stopped, promoters could have tried selling David Lemieux’s most recent victim any number of ways Friday, but thankfully chose not to. Lemieux was downgraded from headline status for his fight with Purnell Gates, giving way to a local grudge match between Renan St-Juste that was actually shorter in duration than the Lemieux debacle, but at least was a fight for as long as it lasted.
Everyone stood in unison as to the sub-standard effort put forth by Gates and hoped that some sanctions would be forthcoming by the Quebec Commission. Gates who claimed a hand injury after the first, and perhaps only, punch he threw went down twice before his corner had seen enough and made the climb up the stairs, calling off the contest at 2:50 of the second round. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine (40-3, 24KO’s) will be in action next Wednesday when he will have his last contest with an Australian opponent when he hopes to defeat the Australian 2010 super middleweight contender winner Garth Wood (9-1-,5KO’s) in a ten round middleweight bout at the Acer Arena at Homebush, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Wood scored wins over former world rated Victor Oganov and Kariz Kariuki to capture the Contender 168 pound title in 2010. Mundine who is now trained by former WBO 147 pound challenger Jeff Malcolm is looking to eventual challenge Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather and is also looking for fights in the USA against Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito.
WBA#2 Mundine hopes to challenge for the WBA interim 154 pound title against Rigoberto Alvarez soon. Mundine said ”We are trying to get Alvarez here, win the title here and then go over there. I would probably defend against Trout or they are talking about Ronald Hearns, who is [Thomas] ‘Hitman’ Hearns’s son. I don’t care. Once I get over there, just line them up … I want to climb the ladder until I get to the best of the best.” (more…)
By Jeffrey Pamungkas at ringside
Undefeated longtime WBA featherweight world champion Chris John (44-0-2, 22 KOs) retained his title on Sunday with a twelve round unanimous decision over Fernando David Saucedo (38-5-3, 1 KO) at the Indoor Tennis Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia. There were no knockdowns in the bout that John won by scores of 119-109, 119-109 and 120-108.
In the co-feature, featherweight Daud Yordan (27-1, 20 KOs) needed just 19 seconds to destroy Damian David Marchiano (16-7-1, 6 KOs) in a clash for the interim WBO Asia Pacific featherweight title.
Former world champion and season two runner-up in the TV reality series “The Contender” Steve Forbes (34-8, 10 KOs) returns to the ring December 17th in Indiana. Forbes will take on veteran Roberto Valenzuela. Valenzuela has fought the who’s who in boxing and has at least 112 professional bouts to his credit. Emmanuel Augustus was being considered as the original opponent for Forbes but it will now be Valenzuela. The eight round welterweight main event bout will take place at the Civic Center in Hammond, Indiana with Mike Leanardi (People’s Champ Boxing) promoting.
Octagonside by Andreas Hale & Anthony Springer Jr.
Photos by Chris Cozzone
The mark of a good fighter is finding a way to win after the original game plan is proven to be a failure.
Jonathan Brookins dug deep and put on a dominant performance on the canvas, defeating fellow teammate Michael Johnson to become season twelve’s Ultimate Fighter. . . . Click here for more
Postfight presser by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Two years ago, Jonathan Brookins was TKOed by an up and coming fighter named Jose Aldo who would go on to become one of the greatest fighters in the world today. The loss has been the bane of Brookins existence since. Upon entering The Ultimate Fighter 12 house, Brookins was known as the guy who Aldo knocked out. But on December 4th 2010, he is now known as the guy who won The Ultimate Fighter as he endured a first round storm to earn a unanimous decision victory over Michael Johnson . . . Click here for more
Ringside report by Gerardo Martinez
Photos by Jose Leon Castillo III
Boom. Boom. Boom.
By the time the eighth round came around, that’s all that could be heard – Holly Holm’s repeatedly socking it to New York’s Ann Marie Saccurato. That is, before their 10-round rematch was cut short after Saccurato’s trainer signaled Referee Rocky Burke to end the slaughter at :51 of round eight . . . Click here for more
By Robert Coster
Russian boxing powerhouse German Titov Promotions announced that it has signed to a promotional contract 22-year-old Dominican Olympian Gilbert Lennin Castillo (3-0, 2 KOs) who fights in the light heavyweight class. Castillo was an amateur standout who represented his country to the 2008 Olympic Games in China. Titov had this to say about his new recruit, “Castillo is a young and talented boxer. He was an excellent amateur and I have no doubt whatsoever that he will perform very well as a pro.” Titov Promotions has another Dominican star in its ranks, 2008 Olympic junior welterweight gold medalist Felix Diaz. Titov traveled to the Dominican Republic to watch young Castillo in action on a boxing card last Monday and was positively impressed by the young man. Castillo will probably be fighting on another card in the Dominican Republic on December 19th. “We plan to keep Gilbert busy and move him up rapidly,” commented Titov.
European heavyweight champion Alexander Dimitrenko has been released from the Helios Klinik in Schwerin, Germany after undergoing a battery of tests, including a CT scan. “I’m doing better again,” he said today. “I’m still waiting on some results and a clinic in Hamburg will do more tests tomorrow. I hope that we’ll know what happened. This is something I’ve never experienced before. I apologize to the fans in the arena and watching on television, but I hope I’m healthy again quickly and can take this fight. I would like to defend my title against Sosnowski as soon as possible.” Dimitrenko’s fight with Albert Sosnowski was cancelled after Dimitrenko feinted in his dressing room. Universum has announced that Dimitrenko is still champion and the bout will be rescheduled.
Barbados super lightweight prospect and 22-year-old Miguel “Hands of Stone” Antoine added another KO victory to his unblemished record to take his wins to 13 in as many fights. Young Antoine who turns 23 on February 4th, 2011 started slowly as he tried to figure out the award southpaw style of his Guyanese opponent Shawn Pile. Antoine sent Pile to the canvas early in the second round with a series of accurate combinations. Pile visited the canvas two more times in the third round, the last was a result of a well placed right uppercut. Referee Eon Jardine had seen enough and wisely saved Pile from further punishment. Antoine is a former WBC CABOFE super lightweight champion who was stripped of his title after he was refused permission by the local Barbados commission to defend during the 2010 AIBA women’s world championships. Antoine, who is trained by top local promoter Sam Layne is the brightest young prospect coming out of the Caribbean.
By Doug Gibson at ringside
In an tough eight-round fight in Ogden’s Golden Spike Arena Saturday night, Salt Lake City’s Gary Gomez took a close decision of Ogden’s Valente Tinajero to win the Utah Cruiserweight championship. It was an exciting fight that matched Tinajero’s aggressiveness with Gomez’s ring savvy. The veteran Gomez, 19-11-2, was pressed every round by Tinajero, 8-3, who frequently scored hard right hands. However, Gomez was able to counterpunch well against Tinajero, scoring to the body often. The final round was an exciting slugfest, as both fighters tried hard to end on top. In the end, the judges favored Gomez’ ring generalship. This reporter scored the fight a draw, 76-76.
In a preliminary bout, veteran Ogden heavyweight Billy Zumbrun, 24-12-1, scored a very easy second round knockout over woefully out of shape Tulsa, Okla., trial horse Jason Nicholson, 18-26-2. Zumbrun floored Nicholson three times before the fight was stopped.
In other fights, middleweight Todd Willingham scored a four round decision over Will Walton and lightweight Cesar Romero stopped Jason Hayes after three rounds.
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Photos by Alma Montiel/WBC
WBC silver super welterweight titleholder Saul Alvarez (35-0-1, 26 KOs) maintained his unbeaten record with a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over savvy veteran Lovemore N’Dou (48-12-2, 31 KOs) on Saturday night at the Parque De Biesbol Beto Avila in Veracruz, Mexico. Scores were 119-109, 120-108 and 120-108 for Canelo.
Former WBO super bantamweight champion Daniel Ponce De Leon improved his record to 41-2 with 34 KOs with a seventh round TKO over Sergio Manuel Medina (35-4, 20 KOs).
In another notable fight, featherweight Victor “El Vikingo” Terrazas (28-2-1, 16 KOs) won by TKO in the second round against Filomeno Jaramillo (6-2, 2 KOs). Click here for more photos…
Octagonside by Andreas Hale & Anthony Springer, Jr.
Photos by Chris Cozzone
In the main event of the evening lightweight Jonathan Brookins was crowned as the new Ultimate Fighter Season 12 champion after defeating Michael Johnson via unanimous decision. In round one Johnson had the fight firmly in his grasp as he dropped Brookins repeatedly with hard, crisp combinations. Round two saw Brookins return to his wrestling and control his opponent from the top position for most of the period. The final round saw Johnson score with some blows, but the wrestling of Brookins took over again and he remained in control as time ticked away. Scorecards all read the same, 29-28.
Despite both being deducted points for blows to the back of the head, Stephan Bonnar defeated Igor Pokrajac via unanimous decision in the evening’s light heavyweight co-feature. Scorecards all read the same, 29-26. (more…)
Jonathan Victor Barros of Argentina (31-1-1, 18 KOs) defeated Irving Berry of Panama (18-2-2, 9 KOs) to win the vacant WBA world featherweight title. The bout was fairly close for he first three rounds but Barros broke through at the end of round four stunning the southpaw Berry with a straight right. Round five saw Barros keeping up the pressure and hurting Berry with some more powershots upstairs. A straight right hand to the chin of Berry by Barros in round seven had him staggering and Raul Caiz Jr. had seen enough and stopped the fight. The bout took place at the Polideportivo Vicente Polimeni, in Las Heras, Mendoza, Argentina with Osvaldo Rivero promoting the event.
By Francisco Salazar and Felipe Leon at ringside
Photo by Chris Farina/Top Rank
In a great fight, WBC lightweight champion Humberto Soto (54-7-2, 32 KOs) barely retained his title with a hard fought unanimous decision over Urbano Antillon (28-2, 20 KOs) in front of a crowd of 3,253 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The bout was a total war with both fighters trading bombs throughout. Whenever the champion’s precise punching gave him the edge, Antillon’s fighter’s heart would pull him back into the fight. Referee Ray Corona deducted a point from Antillon in round five for a low blow and that ended up costing him a draw. Scores were 114-113, 115-112, 114-113, all for Soto.
Two-division world champion Nonito Donaire (25-1, 17 KOs) said he would make a statement on Saturday night and that’s just what he did. “The Filipino Flash” destroyed former WBA bantamweight champion Wladimir Sidorenko (22-3-2, 7 KOs) to set up a February 19 clash with WBC bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel. After staggering Sidorenko early, Donaire dropped him with a left/right combination at the end of round one. Donaire scored another knockdown with a big left hand in round three and put the former champion down for the count in round four. Time was 1:48.
Undefeated lightweight contender Mikey Garcia (24-0, 20 KOs) scored his most impressive win to date, knocking out former world title challenger Olivier Lontchi (18-2-2, 8 KOs) in round five. Garcia dropped Lontchi with a right to the head then put him down for the count with his follow up barrage. Time was 1:30.
Middleweight contender Pawel Wolak (28-1, 18 KOs), who was originally slated to fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in the main event before Chavez pulled out with the flu, survived a rocky start against late sub Jose Pinzon (19-2-1, 13 KOs) but came through with a seventh round TKO. Wolak was knocked down and badly hurt in round two, but survived Pinzon’s follow-up attack and turned the fight around in the following rounds, finally putting Pinzon out on his feet in round seven. Time was 2:24. Click here for more photos…
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