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By Ron Jackson
Mzonke Fana won the vacant IBF junior lightweight title when he overwhelmed Cassius Baloyi at Carnival City, Brakpan, on Wednesday night. The scores of judges Neville Hotz 119-109, Alf Buqwana118-110 and Isaac Tshabalala 119-110 tell most of the story in what was a completely one-sided contest.
Fana (58.80kg) went on the attack in the fist round and stayed on his toes and on top of his opponent until the end of the bout. The sheer volume of punches, rather than power, won the fight and the belt for the hero of Khayelitsha, Cape Town, who has now claimed his second IBF junior lightweight belt. (more…)
Photo by Chris Farina/Top Rank
Challenger Samuel ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ Peter is off to Germany today to take on heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko on September 11 in Frankfurt Germany. Peter, who fights for Top Rank has promised a knockout victory. Peter has trained the last two months in Big Bear,Ca. He is going to Germany with manager Ivaylo Gotsev and chief trainer Abel Sanchez. Click here for more photos…
Mzonke Fana (30-4, 12 KOs) took a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Cassius Baloyi (37-5-1, 19 KOs) to win the vacant IBF junior lightweight title on Wednesday night at Carnival City in Brakpan, South Africa. Scores were 119-109, 118-110 and 119-110. Baloyi had beaten Fana for the same belt in April 2008. (More to come from Ron Jackson)
Fight Night Productions in association with Ker’s WingHouse Bar and Grille present “WingHouse Fight Night” a part of the locally acclaimed “WingHouse” boxing series in Tampa, Florida on October 15th at the A La Carte Event Pavilion. Featured at WingHouse Fight Night 4 will be numerous local fan favorites including a Florida State featherweight title fight between Charlie Serrano and Carlos Rivera, female boxing sensation “COWGIRL” Jenna Shiver, former amateur star Daniel Lozano, local favorite Ali Tareh and many others. (more…)
The lineup for the September 18 Golden Boy Promotions pay-per-view card from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles is complete. A 12-round WBO featherweight eliminator between Daniel Ponce De Leon and Antonio Escalante kicks off the pay-per-view telecast which also includes a main event featuring Sugar Shane Mosley facing off against Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora, Mexican welterweight phenom Saul “Canelo” Alvarez facing Carlos “Tata” Baldomir and top junior welterweight contender “Vicious” Victor Ortiz taking on “Vicious” Vivian Harris. The PPV event has a suggested retail price of $44.95.
Moving their home from the Orleans Casino to the Rio’s Crown Night Club, Crown Boxing has regrouped with a five-card set for Friday night headlining local UNLV light-heavyweight Henry Namauu.
In the scheduled eight-round main event, Namauu, 6-3, 4 KOs, on a three-bout win streak, is out to rack up a fourth win when he takes on Chad Davis, 2-5, of Phoenix . . . click here for more
By Karl Freitag
IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (54-3, 48 KOs) today spoke about his upcoming September 11 mandatory defense against former heavyweight champion Samuel Peter (34-3, 27 KOs). This is a rematch of their first fight which took place 5 years in what was one of the most exciting heavyweight fights in recent memory. Wladimir called Peter “The most competitive fighter I’ve ever faced” and vowed to “defend my title in the most impressive way possible….I see myself knocking out Samuel Peter, right hand, left hook, whatever.”
Trainer Emanuel Steward added that Peter is “the most dangerous opponent Wladimir has fought in five years….not the same fighter that fought Vitali Klitschko….I think he’ll knock him out….I can’t see it going longer than five or six rounds and that’s stretching it.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
American referee Samuel Viruet will be the third man in the ring when Argentine IBF Jr. Flyweight world champion Luis Lazarte (47-9-1, 18 KOs) and Nicaraguan challenger Nerys Espinoza (29-5-1, 20 KOs) meet at Club Once Unidos, Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina on September 4. The three judges are Nelson Vasquez (Puerto Rico), Ric Bays (USA) and Alexander Levin (USA). The fight supervisor is Julio Shaik (Panama).
Video: Joel A. Colón
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Super-middleweight Enrique Ornelas is presently in Montreal training for his first shot at a world title as he faces WBO champion Robert Stieglitz set for October 16. The Russian born champion Stieglitz was stopped by Ornelas brother, Librado Andrade in 2008 and will be making the third defense of the WBO crown he won one year ago in August. Ornelas recently jumped into the number ten spot in the WBO rankings is best known for fighting Bernard Hopkins last December, losing a twelve round decision.
The latest installment of the acclaimed documentary series from SHOWTIME Sports® — FIGHT CAMP 360°: Inside The Super Six World Boxing Classic — returns to SHOWTIME® with episode 7 premiering tonight, Wednesday, Sept. 1, at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
Episode 7 chronicles the Super Six World Boxing Classic in the days preceding Andre Ward vs. Allan Green. Plus, with unlimited access, FIGHT CAMP 360° takes viewers inside the training camps and into the lives of the fighters as they prepared for their impending bouts. And finally, episode 7 goes to Denmark as Mikkel Kessler makes the painful decision to withdraw from the tournament. (more…)
Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank
The Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito press tour rolled into the Big Apple today. Here’s what they had to say:
Pacquiao: Margarito is taller and bigger than me. He’s an aggressive fighter who throws a lot of punches, the opposite of my last opponent. It’s going to be a good fight.
Margarito: I’m still very hungry. I’ve always wanted to be a WBC champion. Pacquiao’s a great fighter. I expect a tough fight. I’m going to win this fight.
Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach: I predict a win by knockout….Manny’s skill will be too much for him.
Margarito trainer Robert Garcia: Expect an upset!
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By Karl Freitag
Super welterweights Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (33-0-1, 25 KOs) and former world champ Carlos “Tata” Baldomir (45-12-6, 14 KOs) hosted an international media conference call today to discuss preparations for their upcoming bout on the September 18 “200: Celebrate and Dominate” Mosley vs. Mora pay-per-view telecast.
Saul Alvarez: “Every opponent I’ve faced has said they’re going to knock me out. I don’t care about words, I’m going to be the winner…I’m motivated for this fight. Baldomir is a great fighter, I have to get beyond fighters like him for a world title.”
Regarding Julio Cesar Chavez Jr: “I’ll fight Chavez Jr anytime, it’s up to my promoters. Let them talk and reach an agreement, but I will fight him — no problem.”
Carlos Baldomir: “I don’t think I’m going to see anything I haven’t seen before. I think he’s a novice. I think he’s good but I’m better…When the bell rings I’m going to come at him. I’m going for the KO…I’ve beat all the Mexicans I’ve faced and I plan to make him the next.”
By Uwe Betker
Photos: Uwe Betker
The German middleweight WBA Super World Champion Felix Sturm (33-2-1, KOs 14) and the challenger Giovanni Lorenzo (29-2-0, KOs 21) from Dominican Republic had a public workout. A lot of fans watched the boxers in the shopping mall “Köln Arcaden”. Lorenzo made time for the fans and signed many autographs and gave many photos away. For more details and photos click here…
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Photos by Union Boxing
WBA welterweight champion Viacheslav Senchenko (31-0, 20 KOs) won a unanimous decision win over Charlie Jose Navarro (18-4, 13 KOs) on Monday night at Lenin Square in Donetsk, Ukraine. Judges scored it 115-113 (twice) and 116-112. Fightnews.com scored 115-113 for Senchenko. Click here for more photos…
“The Boxing 360 Series,” presented by Bob Duffy’s Ring Promotions and sponsored by Boxing 360, will include three New York City-based shows in 2010, starting September 24 at Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square. Other series dates are tentatively set for November 4 and December 10. The inaugural show will be headlined by undefeated Boxing 360 super middleweight Lennox “2 Sharpe” Allen (12-0-1, 7 KOs), the Guyanese champion now living in Brooklyn. Allen will be fighting Nick Brinson (7-0-1, 5 KOs), of Geneva (NY), in the 8-round main event for the vacant New York State title. (more…)
Boxing legend Evander Holyfield signalled the return of Prizefighter on Saturday 9 October after performing the draw for the Heavyweights IV. The five-time World champion performed the draw in central London with a “wildcard” in the draw as promoters Matchroom Sport close in on a big name to complete the line-up for the 14th outing of Barry Hearn’s eight-man, one night tournament, live on Sky Sports – with the winner scooping £32,000.
PRIZEFIGHTER HEAVYWEIGHTS IV LINEUP:
Michael Holden v Kevin McBride
Wildcard v Carl Baker
Michael Sprott v Danny Hughes
Matt Skelton v Ali Adams
With an exciting co-main event featuring undefeated local prospect Abraham Han (10-0, 9 KO’s) against the rugged Mexican brawler Hilario Lopez (12-10-1, 8 KO’s), Zeferino Entertainment’s eagerly anticipated “El Paso Superfight 2” is already emerging as one of the most talked about boxing events of the year for boxing fans in the Southwest. Zeferino Entertainment has just announced that tickets for the September 24 event will go on sale Wednesday morning at 10 AM MST. (more…)
Universum heavyweight Denis Boytsov (27-0, 22 KOs) is back. Rated in the top five of all world organizations, the unbeaten Boytsovhas returned from hand surgery and for first time is in the clutches of trainer Artur Grigorian. Following several weeks of rehab and a vacation in Russia, Boytsov’s first workout went very well. “It’s amazing what power he already has,” marveled Boytsov’s trainer Artur Grigorian. “And most importantly, no more pain! We’re very happy. But we have to start gently and calmly build up until we are at 100 percent load. It’ll still take some time.” more + photos
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Don King’s WBA #8 heavyweight Kali Meehan (35-4, 29 KOs) weighed in at 238.9 lbs and Miami-based Evans Quinn (18-4-1, 16 KOs) weighed 224lbs for Thursday’s twelve round bout for the IBF Pan Pacific title at the La Montage Reception Center in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. (more…)
The Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito press tour rolls into the Big Apple today. Boxing fans are invited to today’s 11:30AM press conference taking place at Chelsea Piers – Pier 60 located ay 23rd St. & The Hudson River in New York City.
Jason Booth reckons he knows what it is like to be whacked by Steve Molitor even though he has never faced him. Booth (35-5) faces the toughest test of his career when he challenges for Molitor’s (32-1) IBF world super-bantamweight title at Houghton-le-Spring’s Rainton Meadows Arena on Saturday September 11. The Nottingham boxer got a close up of the slick Canadian, when Molitor outpointed his younger brother, Nicky in a Commonwealth bantamweight title fight almost eight years go. (more…)
WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm isn’t mincing any words before his title world defense against Giovanni Lorenzo on Saturday in Cologne, Germany. “Whoever wants to beat me, must kill me,” Sturm told Sport Bild matter of factly. “This may sound brutal to some, but that is my mental attitude. Anyone concerned about defeat has already lost a little bit.”
Former WBA featherweight titleholder Derrick “Smoke” Gainer (41-6-1, 24 KOs) won a controversial six round split decision over Angel Hernandez 14-6, 11 KOs) of Gary, Indiana, in a welterweight bout on Saturday night in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Hernandez dropped Gainer in round one and seemingly did enough to win, only to have two judges favor the ex-world champion. Scores were 57-56, 58-55 Gainer, 57-56 Hernandez. Fans booed the decision and cheered loudly when underdog Hernandez raised his gloves. Co-promoter Roy Jones Jr. grabbed the mic and promised the full house at Rivers Casino a rematch. The bout took place on the card headlined by lightweight Monty Meza-Clay vs Allan Litzau, which Meza-Clay won by TKO3.
Tickets to Pacquiao-Margarito on November 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas will be priced at $700, $500, $300, $200, $100, and $50, and go on sale September 18. They can be purchased in-person at the Cowboys Stadium ticket office in Arlington, or by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com. Cowboys Stadium will be configured for over 50,000 fans with elevated floor seating similar to NBA games. 51,000 fans witnessed Pacquiao’s fight against Emanuel Clottey at Cowboys Stadium last March. The pay-per-view telecast of the Pacquiao-Margarito card will have a suggested retail price of $54.95.
Former WBO #1 super middleweight contender Freeman Barr (29-4, 15 KOs) returned after a four-year retirement to win a six round majority decision over Dion Stanley (10-4, 7 KOs) on Tuesday night at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center in Punta Gorda, Florida. Scores were 58-56, 58-56, 57-57. Barr, now 36, is now campaigning as a light heavyweight.
By Ricardo Conde
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
“I believe he knew,” WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao said today at the kickoff presser in Los Angeles for his November 13 bout with Antonio Margarito. “He’s the one who wraps his hands and he doesn’t know what’s in there?” Pacman called the “Tijuana Tornado’s” problem with illegal handwraps “a mistake.” Pacquiao said he took the fight because “I am a fighter and I am just doing my job.”
Margarito, making a triumphant return to California just two weeks after the State rejected him for a boxing license at a highly publicized hearing, made a point of thanking the State of Texas for granting him a boxing license. “Everything that happened in the past is over and now we are in the present,” he stated. “Forget about the past!” Complete presser quotes and more photos…
Four-time challenger for the world heavyweight championship Andrew Golota will participate in the 12th season of the Polish edition of “Dancing with the Stars.” Above Golota is pictured with his dance partner Magdalena Soszynska-Michnio.
Shortly before today’s Pacquiao-Margarito press conference in Los Angeles, Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum learned that that his 49-year-old son John Arum has been reported missing after hiking in the mountains near Seattle, Washington. Arum is headed to Seattle to aid in the search, while the press tour will continue Wednesday in New York City. We’re praying John is found safe.
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