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By Francisco Salazar
Newly-crowned Middleweight world title holder Sergio Martinez spent an evening with fight fans at the newly-refurbished El Dorado Mexican Restaurant in downtown Oxnard, CA on Thursday night. A packed house greeted Martinez, who was more than happy to oblige with autographs and photos with fight fans.
Less than three weeks ago, Martinez knocked out the talented Paul Williams in the second round of their middleweight clash in Atlantic City, NJ. Although he told Fightnews.com that he would knock Williams out in the seventh round, Martinez was not surprised about the early stoppage. “We were prepared to knock him out in the first or 10th rounds,” Martinez told Fightnews.com. “We saw some flaws in his style, so that is what we prepared for in the gym. We worked very hard in the gym for that type of preparation.” (more…)
Reporting from Tacoma Washington where the international foursome of Bantamweights have been assembled to kick off SHOWTIME Sports’ Bantamweight Tournment, Al Bernstein talks with all four fighters who promise to make December 11th a night for boxing fans to remember.
Photos: Rafael Soto / Zanfer
Alberto Rosas 115 vs. Cristian Mijares 115
(IBF super flyweight championship)
Gerardo Diaz 140 vs. Manuel Mariano 140
Luis Arceo 135.6 vs. Mario Perez 136
Guadalupe Martinez 113 vs. Juan Estrada 113
Mahonri Montes 135 vs. Ruben Gutierrez 135
Venue: Auditorio Municipal, Torreón, Coahuila, Mexico
Promotor: Zanfer, Top Rank
Nathan Cleverly 174.5 vs. Nadjib Mohammedi 175
(WBO interim light heavyweight championship)
Matthew Macklin 160 vs. Ruben Varon 159
(European middleweight championship)
Kell Brook 146.5 vs. Philip Kotey 144.5
(WBO intercontinental welterweight title)
Paul Smith 167.5 vs. James DeGale 166
(British super middleweight title)
Tony Bellew 174 vs. Ovill McKenzie 175
(Commonwealth light heavyweight title)
Venue: Liverpool Echo Arena
Promoter: Frank Warren
TV: SKY PPV
The 140-pound division is quite the crowded one right now. But after this weekend we may have a much clearer picture that separates the contenders from the pretenders.
On Saturday, December 11, Amir Khan (23-1, 17 KOs) will defend his WBA light welterweight title against the heavy hitting Marcos Maidana (29-1, 27 KOs) in a matchup that will feature two distinctly different styles where only one can reign supreme . . . click here for more
Three-time World Champion Israel Vazquez, former Junior Featherweight World Champion Daniel Ponce De Leon and lightweight prospect Carlos Molina will participate in the 29th Annual Miracle on 1st Street Toy Giveaway at the Hollenbeck Youth Center in Los Angeles this Saturday in Los Angeles. The event is presented by The Inner-City Games, the Hollenbeck Youth Center and the Oscar de la Hoya Foundation.
Georges St-Pierre and Manny Pacquiao. To fans of combat sports, their names are royalty. But for a few minutes in September, they were just two fighters talking shop while St-Pierre went on a tour of the Philippines and Pacquiao prepared for his November bout against Antonio Margarito. Even now, over two months removed from their meeting, St-Pierre beams when he discusses boxing pound-for-pound king . . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
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Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero will co-host “Knocking Out Cancer” amateur boxing event with Tango Multimedia, 415 Boxing and Frisco Boxing this Sunday December 12th at the Roccapulco Salsa Club and restaurant in San Francisco. Proceeds from the show will be donated to the Casey Guerrero Foundation to fight Cancer.
Doors open up at 4:00 P.M. with bouts beginning at 5:00 P.M. Tickets priced $20 can be purchased at the door on online through PayPal. The Roccapulco is 3140 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 (415) 648-6611
Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero unites with Douglas Murray of the San Jose Sharks this Friday December 10th for the 17th annual “Navidad En La Comunidad” Toy Drive at Cha Cho’s Tacos in Campbell, CA.
St-Pierre and Koscheck Meet Again Tomorrow Night: The welterweight championship is on the line as Georges St-Pierre defends his title against Josh Koscheck – UFC 124 tomorrow night at 10pm ET / 7pm PT live on Pay-Per-View
UFC 124 Weigh-In Live Today: Fighters hit the scales at approximately 4pm ET / 1pm PT – watch live on UFCLive.com
Before The Pay-Per-View Action Begins, See 2 Prelims Live and Free: Dan Miller battles Joe Doerksen, and Dustin Hazelett takes on Mark Bocek – the action begins at 9pm ET / 6pm PT Saturday night on UFCLive.com
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
It has been known that the Panamanian Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero has officially relinquished the WBA super bantamweight super champion title. Caballero is expected to be rated at featherweight and to campaign in that division with the intention of seizing the WBA title of Jonathan Victor Barros and keep looking for an opportunity to fight figures such as Yuriorkas Gamboa and Juan Manuel Lopez among others.
Boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. poses with welterweight Said Ouali at yesterday’s weigh-in in Antwerp, Belgium. Ouali, who fights under the Mayweather Promotions banner, will meet former world champion Randall Bailey tonight in an IBF title eliminator.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Vinny Maddalone talking about his fight with Tomek Adamek, his hand speed and surprising combinations.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Wojtek Kubik
Talking with athletes just after the competition gives a writer rare expressions of their thoughts. Just 15 minutes after he beat Vinny Maddalone (33-7, 24 KOs) by KO, top heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek (43-1, 28 KO) was very open and happy… (more…)
WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck (30-1, 23 KOs) will wrap up his preparation in Kienbaum this weekend and return to Berlin, where he faces mandatory challenger Denis Lebedev (21-0, 16 KOs) at the Max-Schmeling-Halle on December 18th. Boxen.com has caught up with the hard-hitting German ahead of what many believe will be the toughest fight of his career. (more…)
Ed Paredes 145 vs. Antonio Pitalua 147
(WBO Latin welterweight title)
Darley Perez 133 vs. Ramesis Gil 134
Richard Abril 140 vs. Miguel Angel Munguia 138
Israel Vazquez 109 vs. Thomas Heaton 108
Federico Vega 143 vs. Dmitrij Sabanyin 146
Christopher De La Paz 155 vs. Marcus Willis 155
Luis Torres 149 vs. Frank Gedeon 152
Krishen Rangi 147 vs. Evans Michell 145
Venue: Kissimmee Civic Center Kissimmee, Florida
Promoter: All Star Boxing, Inc., “The New Generation” & Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr.
Matchmaker: Ruben De Jesus
TV: Telemundo Main Event Live @ 11:35 PM (ET)
Tickets now on sale: (407) 935-1412 (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos by Marty Rosengarten/www.RingsidePhotos.com
Top heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek (43-1, 28 KOs) moved a step closer to a world title shot with an impressive fifth round TKO over over Vinny Maddalone (33-7, 24 KOs) on Thursday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The much quicker Adamek pretty much had his way from the get-go, connecting with rapid-fire clean shots. Adamek floored Maddalone in round five and Vinny’s corner stopped the fight after Adamek punished the wobbly Maddalone some more. Time was 2:17.
Unbeaten middleweight Patrick Majewski (14-0, 9 KOs) scored a spectacular eighth round knockout over Eddie Caminero (7-4, 7 KOs). Cuts around the right eye hampered Majewski, but he rallied in the late rounds and knocked out Caminero in the last round. Time was 1:20. For more details and photos click here…
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
The promoters and fighters involved with The Bantamweight Tournament: Winner Takes All – a two-stage, single-elimination tournament of 118-pounders – took center stage on Thursday in the final press conference to discuss the two Semifinal bouts set to take place on Saturday, Dec. 11, LIVE on SHOWTIME® at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash.
In the opening bout, undefeated, world-ranked rising star Abner Mares (20-0-1, 13 KOs), of Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico, will face two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan (35-2-1, 27 KOs), of Sydney, Australia, by way of Armenia.
Then, former IBF 118-pound champ Joseph King Kong Agbeko (27-2, 22 KOs), of Bronx, N.Y., by way of Ghana, Africa, will try to earn back the title from the man that won it from him, current IBF champ Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez (20-0-1, 14 KOs), of Santa Fe Springs, Calif., by way of Colombia.
With a win over Darchinyan, Mares could earn a rematch against Perez, who he fought to a disputed majority draw last May 22, or face the hard-hitting Agbeko. If Darchinyan wins his semifinal bout, he could face the last man to beat him, Agbeko, who won a close, unanimous decision in July 2009.
Highlights of what the fighters had to say on Thursday at the final press conference: (more…)
Photos by Enrique “Quique” Vázquez/Promociones Miguel Cotto, Inc.
Michael Pérez 136 vs. José Hernández 135
Luis Cruz 130 vs. Wilfredo Acuña 128.5
Eddie Gómez 154 vs. TBA
Jonuel Tapia 155 vs. Emill González 157
Wilfredo Bones 127 vs. Christopher Rivera 128
Abner Cotto 134.5 vs. Alberto Trinidad 134.5
Jonathan González 155 vs. Gundrick King 154
Luis hernandez 150 vs. Jonathan Lozada 154
Jorge Maysonet 135 vs. Juan Carlos Ortiz 138
Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions , Promociones Miguel Cotto & H2 Entertainment
Venue: Samuel “Sammy” Rodríguez Coliseum in Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico
Click here for more photos…
Seeing an Ultimate Fighting Championship® event live is one of the greatest experiences in all of professional sports. Now, traveling to UFC events is easier than ever before. The UFC announced today that it selected the Orbitz Worldwide Distribution private label travel solution to power hotel, airfare, car rental and dynamic packaging capabilities on UFC.com. Beginning today, fans can log on to UFC.com and book international and domestic travel packages to UFC events all over the world. (more…)
WBC light heavyweight world champion Jean Pascal and former two-division world champion Bernard Hopkins spoke to the press this week via teleconference about their SHOWTIME-televised December 18 world championship fight at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Canada.
Here is a transcript of that call… (more…)
Photo: Showing he still has the the moves, Oscar De La Hoya was quick enough to smear Amir Khan with a finger full of birthday cake at the end of today’s final press conference in Las Vegas. Khan, who faces Marcos Maidana Saturday, was given a birthday cake to celebrate turning 24 yesterday.
Photo: Georges St-Pierre and Josh Koscheck face off at the UFC 124 pre-fight press conference at the Bell Centre today in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC
For more info on UFC 124, visit www.UFC.com
Massive Jamaican heavyweight prospect Lenroy “TNT” Thomas returns to battle this Saturday night, December 11th against veteran Arron Lyons, as the special attraction six round bout at Day I Rise, an action packed evening of professional boxing at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Day I Rise is headlined by the homecoming return of former world champion Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy who will take on Dhafir Smith in the main event as part of the seven bout card. (more…)
By Andreas Hale
Khan – “This is a big fight for me. My dream was always to fight in Las Vegas and having my name lit up on the strip. This time has come for me at the age of 24-years-old. Maidana is a big threat in this division but it’s my time. It’s going to be a big night and I want to end the year with fireworks.”
Roach – “We’re ready for the fight. We’ve been all over the world training for this fight (with) different sparring partners and different scenery. It’s been a really good 10 week camp. Amir is ready and this is going to be ‘Fight of the Year.”
Maidana – “This is a very important fight for my career, but not the hardest.”
Ortiz – “I know I’m up for a tough fight and I don’t look past anyone. There has been questions about a rematch (with Maidana) or a fight against Khan. They have their thing to do Saturday and I have mine. He’s a great fighter and his record speaks for itself. Enjoy the fight Saturday night?”
Peterson – “This fight is a must win for me. Look forward to a good fight this weekend.”
Fernando Montiel 119 vs. Giovani Soto 119
Daniel Rosas 118 vs. Felipe Urucuta 118
Hernan Marquez 114 vs. Jesus Mata 114
Miguel Beltran 130 vs. Arturo Tebaqui 130
Venue: Gimnasio Municipal, Saltillo, Coahuila
TV: TV Azteca
Five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. was just spotted in Belgium. Mayweather Jr. is there in support of Said Ouali (27-3, 19 KOs) who is under the Mayweather Promotions banner. Ouali will meet former world champion Randall Bailey (41-7, 36 KOs) tomorrow Friday in an IBF welterweight title eliminator. Bailey weighed 143.2 and Ouali weighed 146.5 today.
From across the globe, SHOWTIME has assembled the top boxers in the bantamweight class: Yonnhy Perez, King Kong Agbeko, Abner Mares, and Vic Darchinyan. Watch all four bantamweights speak 48 hours before … THE BANTAMWEIGHT TOURNAMENT airs live on SHOWTIME. The action begins with two semifinal bouts on Sat, Dec. 11 at 9pm ET/PT. For more photos and videos from the Bantamweight Tournament Visit sports.sho.com.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former 2007 super middleweight “Contender” champion Sakio Bika (28-5-2, 18 KOs) has challenged the 2010 super middleweight “Australian Contender” champion Garth Wood (10-1-1, 5 KOs), who is fresh from a fifth round KO victory of WBA#2 Anthony Mundine on Wednesday at the Acer Arena in Sydney.
Bika’s trainer Dave Birchell said, “Great win by Garth Wood over Mundine. Sakio Bika would welcome a bout with Wood. Contender Champ vs Contender Champ has got to be worth doing now? Garth vs Sakio, would be good while it lasts.” (more…)
It’s a fact that can’t be confirmed, but it’s probably safe to say that every fighter has done it, practicing what he would say if interviewed by the worldwide media, dreaming of how he would win his debut on the sport’s biggest stage. Most never get that chance, and many who do freeze under the bright lights . . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
For more info on UFC 124, visit www.UFC.com
Mark Wahlberg, Micky Ward and producer, David O. Russell, stepped out Wednesday night for a private showing of Mark’s latest movie, “The Fighter,” at the Patriot Cinemas in the Hingham Shipyard. Wahlberg plays “Irish” Mickey Ward, a boxer whose half-brother (Christian Bale) helps to train him before he goes pro in the mid-1980s. Amy Adams co-stars as Ward’s love interest in the film, which is directed by David O. Russell (Paramount).
In other Micky Ward news, the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy (CSTE) at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) announced today that Ward has pledged to donate his brain after his death to the CSTE Brain Donation Registry and will participate in CSTE longitudinal research.
The off again/on again clash between former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield and Sherman “Tank” Williams is on again. This time it’s scheduled for January 22 at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Contracts have yet to be finalized.
The 48-year-old Holyfield is also scheduled to face former Danish contender “Super-Brian” Nielsen on March 5 in Copenhagen.
Story and photos by Przemek Garczarczyk
Vinny Maddalone (33 6, 24 KOs) decided not to stay in the hotel just next to Prudential Center in Newark, where in couple of hours he will in his own words “fight the fight of my life” against Tomasz Adamek (42 1, 27 KOs). Instead, Maddalone choose his own home and some quality time in the evening with his wife Kathy and couple of friends in his favorite hangout near his home, “Piccolo Sogno.” What better place to have dinner before his biggest heavyweight challenge than the Italian trattoria called “A Little Dream?” (more…)
Mexican newspaper giant ESTO has reported that it looks like former WBC Light flyweight champion Edgar Sosa (41-6, 24 KOs) of Mexico will meet WBC Flyweight champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (77-3-1, 41 KOs) of Thailand February 28th. Pongsaklek is scheduled to make non-mandatory defense December 30th in Thailand against an opponent to be announced. No site has been determined as of yet for the Sosa-Wonjongkam bout.
Unbeaten light heavyweight Nathan Cleverly (20-0, 10 KOs) was scheduled to fight against Alejandro Lakatus for the interim WBO world title on Saturday at the Liverpool Echo Arena, however there is now a change in plans. Cleverly will instead face EU beltholder Nadjib Mohammedi (23-1, 12 KOs) after Lakatos pulled out with pneumonia.
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