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Interview by David Finger
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Usually when a 41-year-old former light heavyweight champion on the heels of back to back losses announces that he’s going to make a run for the heavyweight championship, boxing insiders are less than supportive. The conventional wisdom is that the comeback will end in a humiliating defeat, or worse. And more often than not, the comeback is ignored by the networks in hope that it will go away on its own.
Such is the power of Antonio Tarver (27-6, 19 KO’s) that he has already done something magical: create a major buzz in the sport despite his age and his losses in his last two fights. . . . Click here for more
James “Keep em’ Sleepin” Stevenson (13-0, 10 KOs) will make his highly anticipated return Saturday, October 23 when he battles once beaten Phillip “The Mongoose” McCants (8-1, 3 KOs) in the six-round junior middleweight headliner of Baltimore Pro Boxing’s “Who’s The Man II” event at the Pikesville Armory. (more…)
UFC stars who live in Londontown give their recommendations about where to go while you’re on their turf for the UFC Fan Expo. . . Click here for more
Photos by Herby Whyne
IBF super middleweight world champion Lucian Bute (26-0, 21 KOs) faced off with mandatory challenger Jesse Brinkley (35-5-5, 22 KOs) at a news conference Wednesday in Montreal for their world title clash on Friday at the Bell Centre. “I’m ready,” vowed the unbeaten champion. “We spent six weeks in Florida to train. I’m prepared. I took it seriously and it will be quite a show.” Brinkley warned Bute not to count him out. “It doesn’t bother me that people think I’m the underdog,” said Brinkley. “Lucian has his hands full with me.” (more…)
If you went simply by the looks on the faces of John Hathaway and Thomas Egan as they sat together at the press conference before their UFC 93 bout in Dublin in January of 2009, it would have been Game, Set, and Match in favor of Ireland’s Egan, who appeared to be an old pro at 20 as he answered query after query from the assembled media. . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
“The Rising Son Returns” PPV undercard for Saturday’s WBO junior featherweight title fight between world champion Wilfredo “WV2” Vazquez, Jr. (19-0-1, 16 KOs) and former wbo super flyweight champion/WBO #10 Ivan “Choko” Hernandez (28-4-1, 17 KOs) is set.
The co-feature is a scheduled twelve-rounder for the WBO youth middleweight belt between Raul “Tigre” Casarez (15-2, 8 KOs) of Mexico and local hero Anthony “Ice” Greenridge (14-5-1, 5 KOs).
Also on tap are unbeaten Polish middleweight Patrick Majewski (13-0, 8 KOs) against Joseph Gomez (17-2-1, 8 KOs) in a scheduled eight-rounder and 2008 Puerto Rican Olympian McJoe Arroyo (5-0, 2 KOs) versus upset-minded Israel “Filipino” Rojas (3-1, 2 KOs) in a bantamweight clash scheduled for six.
Photos by Joel A. Colón/All Star Boxing
On Saturday, October 16, 2010, All Star Boxing, Inc and Promoter Tuto Zabala, Jr. will return to the city that has hosted many of the company’s boxing shows during the past 10 years that have filled the Kissimmee Civic Center on many occasions. WBO Jr. Featherweight Champion Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. of Bayamon, Puerto Rico will make the second defense of his title when he meets his toughest opponent so far in Ivan “Choko” Hernandez of Ensenada, Mexico in a bout scheduled for 12 rounds with Vazquez WBO Jr. Featherweight Title at stake. (more…)
Golden Boy Promotions has announced that Hall of Fame publicist Bill Caplan, who has over 40 years of experience in boxing and sports publicity, has joined Golden Boy Promotions as a Public Relations Consultant. Caplan has worked with virtually every major fighter over the years and is known for his long-standing relationships and work with George Foreman and Oscar de la Hoya. “We are extremely excited to add Bill to our public relations team at Golden Boy Promotions,” said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “He has the experience, knowledge and expertise to bring Golden Boy’s public relations efforts to the next level.” (more…)
Video: Joel A. Colón/All Star Boxing
GSP and Kos Turn Things Up On An All New TUF, Plus Primetime Part Two Premieres On SPIKE: Coaches Georges St-Pierre and Josh Koscheck push their teams to the limit on an all new episode of The Ultimate Fighter, plus Brock Lesnar and Cain Velasquez continue their collision course to UFC 121 on part two of UFC Primetime! Starting at 10pm ET/PT TONIGHT on SPIKE
Too Big For The Small Screen – See UFC 121 Live In Theaters: Brock Lesnar and Cain Velasquez collide on October 23rd in a huge heavyweight battle – experience this larger than life event LIVE on the big screen at select theaters!
WBO jr. featherweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. spoke to Fightnews.com moments after having to be separated from challenger Ivan “Choko” Hernandez after things got physical during their face-off at Wednesday’s press conference in Kissimmee, Florida.
Promoter Tuto Zabala Jr. explained a bit more about the bad blood that has developed between the fighters.
By Rick Scharmberg
Hall of Fame promoters Bob Arum and Russell Peltz hosted a teleconference on Wednesday in support of highly regarded Mike “MJ” Jones (22-0, 18KOs), who will face tough Jesus Soto-Karass (24-4-3, 16 KOs) in a televised ten round bout on the Manny Pacquiao – Antonio Margarito PPV card on November 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Jones is ranked in the top-5 across the board at welterweight, and is the top-rated contender in the WBA. A victory over Soto-Karass would all but guarantee Jones – the reigning NABA and NABO welterweight champ – a crack at the world title. “This fight is a big opportunity for me because millions will be watching around the world,” stated Jones. “I will do my best to shine and show that I am one of the best out there.” (more…)
Story and photos by Ricardo Conde
Today Fightnews caught up with three-time world champion, the “Tijuana Tornado” Antonio Margarito (38-6, 27 KOs) for his early morning run up the mountains in Ventura County, CA in preparation for his up coming bout against seven-time world champion Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao (51-3-2, 38 KOs). “We are alternating Margarito’s runs, he runs on the track, at the beach and today in the mountains.” said chief trainer Robert Garcia. “He runs non-stop, and with four weeks until the fight, Margarito is in great shape, we are right on schedule, he’s exactly where we want him to be.” continued Garcia. more + photos
Dominguez Boxing Promotions, Promociones Internacionales, in association with Sampson Boxing LLC, have joined forces to promote “El Gran Festival de Mexico” on Friday, Oct. 29. In the main event, super featherweights Antonio “Barrios” Meza (24-8, 16 KOs) and Cesar “Saba” Vazquez (20-0, 13 KOs) will clash in a 12-rounder. (more…)
Ivan Popoca and “The Polish Prince” Andrzej Fonfara will co-headline “Windy City Fight Night 13” on Friday, November 19, at the UIC Pavilion. The card, promoted by Dominic Pesoli’s 8-Count Productions, will feature Chicago’s most popular young prospects in separate eight-rounders.
“This card is truly the culmination of a fantastic year in boxing in Chicago. With Popoca and Fonfara in main event bouts and a sensational undercard featuring Chicago’s finest young prospects, we’re thrilled to bring this outstanding event to the local fight fans” said Pesoli. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
The fight nearly started early during today’s Wilfredo Vazquez Jr-Ivan “Choko” Hernandez press conference in Kissimmee, Florida. The fighters had to be separated during the face off for photographers and tempers are running hot for Saturday’s PPV showdown. Photos and video to come.
Story by Alex Dombroff
Photos by Emily Harney
Which fighter taking the ring in the main event of this Friday’s ShoBox is fighting with his career on the line, at a weight he is not accustomed to, and is coming off a loss that many thought would end his career as a serious contender?
What? You didn’t answer Nagy Aguilera? . . . Click here for more
Promoter Ahmet Öner has announced that heavyweight contenders Odlanier Solis and Ray Austin meet on December 17th at the American Airlines Arena in Miami. The winner will be mandatory challenger to WBC champion Vitali Klitschko. “Solis will give no chance to Austin and finally get his opportunity against Klitschko at the beginning of the year,” said Öner. “He had a long wait for this possibility. We’re glad that we have now, finally, have a date for the fight against Austin. Finally, Solis can prove that he’s in another league than most of these old men who are hanging around at the top at the moment.”
In the co-feature, King has unbeaten light heavyweight world champion Tavoris Cloud scheduled against TBA.
WBC welterweight silver champion Secuk Aydin, whom WBC champion Andre Berto was ordered to fight next, will also appear on the card. That fight was actually scheduled for late November but was postponed to next year because the parties could not agree financially.
“The offer we got for the fight was not simply good enough,” said Öner. “It’s also evident that Berto and his promoter Lou DiBella didn’t want to fight against Selcuk. So we agreed that both can take an interim fight and then we’ll negotiate once more at the beginning of the year.”
The event will be promoted ARENA and Don King Productions.
By Boxing Bob Newman
Rochester, New York welterweight Kenny Abril is quickly making up for lost time. After fifteen months out of the ring during which time he got married and served as one of Miguel Cotto’s chief sparring partners, Abril returned on October 2, 2010 at Turning stone Casino winning a six round decision over Francisco Ginorio. This Friday, October 15, Abril will be back in the ring in his hometown of Rochester on the latest of promoter Ron Resnick’s War at the Armory series, headlined by Willie Monroe Jr., great nephew of Philadelphia middleweight legend Willie “The Worm” Monroe who gave Marvelous Marvin Hagler his second loss back in 1976. New York State welterweight champ Abril, 10-3-1 (5 KOs) will be facing Puerto Rico’s Javier Perez, 7-3, (5 KOs).
IBF super-middleweight mandatory contender Jesse Brinkley (35-3, 22 KOs) faces IBF champion Lucian Bute (26-0, 21 KOs) this Friday in Montreal. Brinkley’s rise to a world title shot may have never happened if it were not for the partnership he has built with Reno, NV based Let’s Get It On Promotions.
In early 2007, Brinkley was at a low point in his career. He had lost two fights on national television and his future looked bleak. Most, including Brinkley himself, thought that his career was over. At the same time, Terry and Tommy Lane, who had taken over their father’s promotional company, were looking to get started. (more…)
When it comes to the topic of 2009, don’t expect UFC light heavyweight prospect Steve Cantwell to be holding it up as a banner year in his life and career, but as he approaches his long-awaited return to the Octagon Saturday night against Stanislav Nedkov, he can safely say that 2010 has been a lot better for him . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
Former welterweight and junior welterweight Champion Zab Judah has taken his training to a new level in preparation for his Nov. 6th match-up with Argentine Knock Out artist Lucas Matthysse at Newark’s Prudential Center. Known in boxing circles simply as “Super Judah,” the 32-year old Brooklyn native has given a whole new meaning to the word “Super” in recent weeks. “I’ve been running Mt. Charleston every other day since I heard that Matthysse is coming to fight me on HBO in front of my hometown crowd,” Judah enthused. “I am so excited about this fight. I have never been in better shape in my life. I could fight this kid right now!” (more…)
With two UFC fights already under his belt, Alexander Gustafsson will look to deliver a career-defining performance in London on Saturday when he takes on veteran striker Cyrille Diabate. UFC.com’s Darragh Creamer recently had the opportunity to talk to “The Mauler”. . . Click here for more by Darragh Creamer, UFC
Photo: Herby Whyne / Fightnews Canada
IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute, mandatory challenger Jesse Brinkley, former WBC light heavy champ Adrian Diaconu and Omar Sheika worked out for the Montreal press today in advance of Friday’s card at the Bell Centre. Click here for more photos.
Photo: All Star Boxing
Former world champion Ivan “Choko” Hernandez (27), ranked #10 by the WBC and WBO, had an open workout today in Orlando in preparation for his WBO Jr. Featherweight title challenge this Saturday night against defending champion Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. (19-0-1-16 KO’s), of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, at the 10,500 seat Silver Spurs Arena of the Osceola Heritage Park in an event billed, “The Rising Son Returns,” promoted All Star Boxing. Click here for more photos.
Wednesday’s boxing event at the National Guard Armory in Philadelphia has been canceled. No make-up date has been decided as of yet.
The super featherweights get their first outing in the Prizefighter series in the next event at York Hall, Bethnal Green on November 20. The biggest name so far is 39-year-old Choi “The Mongolian Warrior” Tseveenpurev (29-4, 21 KOs) heading the initial line-up for the 15th edition of Barry Hearn’s eight-man, one night tournaments live on Sky Sports. Other names are Gary Buckland (18-2, 6 KOs), Kevin O’Hara (17-6, 5 KOs) and Scott Lawton (27-6-1, 6 KOs. The rest of the lineup will be announced shortly.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australian based South African heavyweight Pieter Cronjie ( 9-4, 2 KOs) will return to ring action on Thursday of a nationally televised promotion when he will clash with former Australian heavyweight champion Colin Wilson (35-26-1, 21 KOs) at the Mansfield Tavern in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Cronjie came to Australia in 2007 and defeated Colin Wilson via split six round decision and since then was in the best Australian bout for 2008 losing a close decision to Alex Leapai. (more…)
Atlanta police officer, Jaidon Codrington (20-2, 16 KOs) who was a star on “The Contender” boxing reality series and formerly a world top 15 light heavyweight, scored a second round TKO over journeyman Jessie Davis (11-20-1, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at Metro Fitness in Altanta, Georgia. It was Codrington’s first fight in nearly two years. His 2007 war with Sakio Bika is widely considered the best bout the Contender series ever produced.
In other action, former Olympian and Atlanta police officer Josue Blocus (16-2, 14 KOs), weighing in at a career high 271 pounds, destroyed journeyman heavyweight Darryl Holley (6-8, 1 KO) at 1:50 into round one. It was Blocus’ first fight in three-and-a-half years. Holley, who has now dropped 8 of his last 9, was placed on an indefinite suspension pending a Commission review.
In the main event, highly regarded light heavyweight Sergey Kovalev (10-0, 9 KOs) was knocked down in round seven, but escaped with a narrow eight round split decision win over veteran upset specialist Darnell Boone (17-16-3, 7 KOs). Scores were 76-75, 76-75 for Kolalev, 76-75 for Boone.
This card was presented by Golden Girl Promotions in association with Chris Webb Promotions presents Protect & Serve Live Boxing.
Boxing trainer and ESPN2 Friday Night Fights analyst Teddy Atlas continues to fight the good fight. In his undying efforts to improve the quality of life for those in need in memory of his Good Samaritan father, every year he enlists the support of sports and entertainment celebrities to attend the annual Dr. Theodore A. Atlas Foundation Dinner.
The “Teddy Dinner” has become one of the most anticipated galas on the Autumn New York banquet circuit and this year’s 14th annual benefit is set for Thursday, November 18th, once again at the Hilton Garden Inn on Staten Island. (more…)
IBF/WBO/IBF world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has issued his statement on the December 11 fight with British and Commonwealth heavyweight beltholder Dereck Chisora at the SAP Arena in Mannheim, Germany.
“I know that Dereck Chisora is a very dangerous opponent,” said Wlad. “He’s young, he’s fast and he’s a very hard puncher. My coach, Emanuel Steward, has warned me about Chisora and reminded me about the great Muhammad Ali, who lost his championship in 1978 to Leon Spinks in his eighth professional fight. I definitely will not underestimate Chisora and will prepare myself as intensely as I always do and try to give Chisora no chance. The atmosphere for all of my fights in Mannheim has been great and I will always remember the SAP Arena where I won my second world championship against Chris Byrd. That is one of the highlights of my career.” (more…)
Fresh off a big win in his last bout, Michael Bisping will attempt to take one more giant step toward returning to middleweight title contention on Saturday night when he faces Asian superstar Yoshihiro Akiyama at the O2 Arena in London, England. The Brit knows that a win over Yoshihiro likely puts him back near the top of the division—a position he held two years ago before dropping two out of three fights . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC
British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Dereck Chisora has commented on his IBF/WBO/IBF world title challenge against heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko on December 11 in Mannheim, Germany. “Haye will not fight the Klitschkos as long as they are champions, but I’m up for the fight and will take them on,” said Chisora. “The Klitschkos have ruled for too long and I can’t wait to get into the ring in Germany and smash the living daylights out of Wladimir first. Vitali is waiting in the background and I’ll deal with him once I’ve dealt with Wladimir.” (more…)
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