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After an improbable and world-changing 17-year run in the fight biz, the UFC is finally set to crown its first bantamweight champion. The historic honor, and a sparkling new UFC belt, will go to the winner of Thursday night’s battle between Dominick Cruz and challenger Scott Jorgensen at WEC 53 in Glendale, Ariz. . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, WEC
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Photo: Javier Delgado
Popular featherweight contender Antonio Escalante (24-3, 15 KOs) is currently working with new trainer Ronnie Shields in Houston Texas. Escalante is still based in El Paso, Texas, but plans on holding his training camps in Houston.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
There is a strong possibility that the WBA bantamweight super champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno will defend his crown against former WBA flyweight world champion Lorenzo “Lencho” Parra in Panama City on February 18. It has been known that Dr. Roberto Grimaldo, Moreno’s attorney and BoxBest promoter Carlos Gonzalez are in negotiations to close the match. Moreno apparently has had proposals from Japan and Europe but prefers to defend the crown in his native country. It would be Moreno’s third straight defense against a Venezuelan challenger after having defeated Nehomar Cermeno by split decision twice in 2010. Parra was originally slated to face Koki Kameda for the WBA regular bantamweight belt, but came in slightly over the maximum at the 30 day weigh-in and was replaced. He has since made changes to his team.
By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat
WBC#7/WBA#9 Japanese lightweight Ryuji Migaki (16-2, 12 KOs), 134.5, kept his OPBF 135-pound belt as he battered previously unbeaten compatriot prospect from Osaka, Tsukasa Takase (12-1, 7 KOs), 134.5, to the punch and finally halted him at 0:51 of the eighth round in a scheduled twelve rounder on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. (more…)
Boxing returns to Denver, Colorado as Airtight Boxing presents “Armed and Dangerous” at Red & Jerry’s in Sheridan Colorado this Friday, December 17th. The main event features the return of Rob Frankel (27-9-1, 4 KOs) as he looks to end a nearly two year layoff as he takes on Bernardo Guereca (15-10-1, 3 KOs) of El Paso, Texas. Although Guereca was stopped in his last fight, he nearly upset highly regarded Joseph Gomez in a fight in November of last year, losing a split decision. In the co-main event Juan Santiago (13-5-1, 8 KOs) and Donaldo Holguin (8-2, 3 KOs) fight for the WBC Latino Light welterweight title. In the first meeting Santiago scored won the title with a tenth round knockout, six months ago. Still, Holguin has a victory over former prospect Anthony Mora, and he is promising to rebound from the upset loss and capture the WBC belt Friday night. Red & Jerry’s is at 1840 W Oxford Ave in Sheridan, Colorado. Doors open at 6:30 PM with the first fight at 7:30. Call 720-298-1954 for ticket information.
By Felipe Leon
Photo: Felipe Leon
On February 26th of next year, former WBC interim lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (24-2-1, 18KOs) of Tijuana, MX, by way of Los Mochis will take on fellow Mexican Reyes Sanchez (20-3-1, 11KOs) for the WBC Silver lightweight title at a site to be determined.
The southpaw DeMarco challenged the late Edwin Valero for the full fledged version in February of this year but came up short when he retired on his stool after nine rounds. After bouncing back with a spectacular second round one punch KO of the battle tested Daniel Attah, DeMarco once again stands on the cusp of much bigger things for 2011 but first he must challenge for the title he already held. (more…)
Former world title challenger Dmitriy Salita (31-1, 16 KOs) will now face veteran James Wayka (16-9-1, 8 KOs) this Thursday at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City, New York. The original opponent was supposed to be former world champion Mike Achondo, who was said to have pulled out sick. The Salita-Wayka fight is currently scheduled for eight rounds but their hope is the commission will approve the bout for ten so that the IBA welterweight title can still be fought for as originally scheduled with Salita-Achondo.
By Oliver Duetschler at ringside
In a sold out Boxgym Graf in Torgau, Germany, former WBC Youth world champion Gabor Veto (22-0, 16 KOs) scored an eight round decision over former WBO bantamweight world champion Alfred “Cobra” Kotey (25-15-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday. It was an attractive fight, with the undefeaded Hungarian Veto’s more accurate punching making the diference. Score were 80-72. The fight originally was announced for K2 Promotion’s Klitschko-Chisora undercard in Mannheim but due to Klitschko’s that event was canceled.
In the co-feature, Swiss light-heavyweight Agron Dzila (6-0, 4 KOs) scored a devastating first round TKO over journeyman Krisztian Zambo (0-2).
Photo: Chris Cozzone
Former world champion Sugar Ray Leonard will appear on a segment of Saturday’s “Celebrity Ghost Stories” episode airing on the BIOGRAPHY channel. The show’s description reads “Battling with inner demons after retiring, Sugar Ray Leonard is awoken one evening by the appearance of a mysterious young girl.” The reality series features various celebrities sharing their alleged real-life personal encounters with the paranormal.
Photo by Stefan Springer
WBO mandatory challenger Denis Lebedev and his team have arrived in Berlin for Saturday’s big fight against WBO cruiserweight world champion Marco Huck. Click here for more photos…
By Team Maidana
Photo: Chris Cozzone
Contrary to what some might think after his loss against Amir Khan last Saturday at the Mandalay Bay arena, Marcos “El Chino” Maidana walks happy and proud of himself around the streets of Las Vegas. Everybody recognizes him and congratulates for his tremendous performance, which fell a few punches short to end in what it could have been a historical knock-out win in the tenth round.
“Since we didn’t have to depart on Sunday as usual, this is the first time I have some time to spend with my team in Las Vegas after a fight. It’s quite an impressive city,” Maidana said.
In a highly anticipated encounter, Khan and Maidana gave an incredible effort which well might end up being the fight of the year according to boxing experts.
“It was a hell of a fight. He (Amir) is a great, skillful and fast boxer. And he proved that he can take a punch. He is a great champion,” Maidana said. (more…)
VERSUS will air a historic night of World Extreme Cagefighting® action on Thursday, December 16, at 9 p.m. ET, live from Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Ariz. The night includes a lightweight battle as champion Ben Henderson defends his title against Anthony Pettis followed by the highly-anticipated match between bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz and Scott Jorgensen. The network will once again air extended coverage with two live shows, hosted by Molly Qerim and MMA writer Ariel Helwani, before and after the fight action, beginning at 8 p.m. ET. (more…)
When Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins faces WBC/IBO Light Heavyweight Champion Jean Pascal on December 18 at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Canada live on SHOWTIME® in the U.S. and on pay-per-view in Canada, he will be 28 days shy of his forty-sixth birthday. If Hopkins defeats Pascal, he will become the oldest fighter in the history of the sport to win a significant world title, 38 days older than “Big” George Foreman was when he defeated Michael Moorer for the Heavyweight World title on November 5, 1994. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg
Photos: Team Zuniga
Former three-time world title challenger Fulgencio Zuniga (24-4-1, 21 KOs), of Colombia, has secured himself another title shot, this time against IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud (24-0, 18 KOs) this Friday at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. Cloud will be making the second defense of the title he won by unanimous decision over Clinton Woods on August 28, 2009. He successfully defended the title with a unanimous decision over formidable challenger and former champion, Glen Johnson, last August 8 in St. Louis. Zuniga is ranked in the IBF’s top-15 at super middleweight. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photography by Marty Rosengarten/Ringsidephotos.com
Tomaz “Goral” Adamek (43-1, 28 KOs) put together one of his best performances as a heavyweight with a one-sided fifth round stoppage over the always tough Vinny Maddalone (33-7, 24 KOs) to retain his IBF International and NABO title belts on Thursday night at the Prudential Center in Newark New Jersey . . . Click here for more
The UFC Returns To Australia: BJ Penn and Jon Fitch collide in a welterweight rumble, plus middleweights Michael Bisping and Jorge Rivera go head-to-head- Sunday, February 27 live at Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: Team Morales
The three-time world champion Erik “Terrible” Morales is in the final stage of training for his next fight against former world champion Jorge “La Hiena” Barrios in the Estadio Caliente in Tijuana, Mexico on Saturday. “We just had a great workout we’re just waiting for the day. It was already the toughest work in the Otomi. It will be a hard fight and complicated because Barrios is strong. But, I’m happy and confident that I’ll leave the ring with raised hands,” said Morales. “We’re doing everything we can to make the fight with [Juan Manuel] Marquez in 2011 and other projects with Golden Boy Promotions, with whom we would like to make a great partnership and we’re looking for things that benefit both parties.”
See the complete second round of this controversial world title eliminator, plus Bailey’s post-fight reaction.
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Sam Cohen
Truth. We spend most of our lives either running from it or owning up to it. We find it in the strangest places; usually when and where we least expect it.
This is a lie in itself as the reality is truth (if it deems one worthy) finds us.
The sport of boxing rests upon foundations of fundamental truths, obscured by entire systems of obfuscations. Yet boxing itself remains painfully honest.
It is the primal urge: fight or flight, offense or defense, own up or run from…truth. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Photo by Box Latino Promotions
With a handful of Aztec warriors chasing four titles in as many divisions in a quest to be the Mexican born boxer to earn the honor, one that has more than a fighting chance is Erik “Terrible” Morales. After failing to capture the WBC lightweight title against David Diaz back in ’07, Morales took a two-and-a-half year hiatus only to announce his comeback earlier this year. Morales defeated former lightweight champion Jose Alfaro via a twelve round unanimous decision to capture the WBC International welterweight title and then proceeded to earn the WBC Silver light welterweight title last August by stopping WIllie Limond of Scotland in six rounds. Now, the thirty-four year old Morales (50-6, 35 KOs) of Tijuana, MX’s famed Zona Norte takes on his toughest test to date on his return when he takes on former WBO super featherweight champion Jorge Rodrigo “Hyena” Barrios (50-4-1, 35 KOs) of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Morales will defend his WBC Silver strap in the scheduled twelve round affair held in his hometown of Tijuana at the Caliente Stadium in the heart of the city on Saturday, December 18th. (more…)
Photo by ALA Boxing Promotions
Cebu City, Philippines based Filipino Milan Melindo (23-0, 7 KOs) is coming off a career best win. In his last fight on November 27th, Melindo defeated former world champion Carlos Tamara. Not only did Melindo beat a young and primed former world champion, he did it convincingly. The win was just another feather in the cap of Melindo as he just continues to beat solid competition. He is promoted by the Philippines’s top promoter ALA Boxing promotions who have matched Melindo very tough. The way Milan has performed each fight you can certainly see why. Melindo’s style is not that of flash or big knockouts, but of consistency. Just very fundamentally and technically sound offensively and defensively. Amazingly, he’s been equally effective at 105, 108, and 112. Fightnews spoke with Melindo recently about his last wins and his future. (more…)
By Johnny B’
Promoter Mike Leanardi has his show just about ready for take-off for this Friday evening at the Hammond Civic Center in Hammond Indiana. Former world champion Steve “2 Pound” Forbes (34-8) fighting out of Las Vegas Nevada will be in the main event versus trial horse Roberto Valenzuela of Mexico. Valenzuela (55-55-2) replaces planned opponent Emmanuel Augustus who ended up not accepting the offer to fight Forbes. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Branco Milenkovic of Branco Sports Productions has announced that the twice postponed IBF mini flyweight title fight between Nkosinathi Joyi and Katsunari Takayama will now take place on Saturday January 29 at the Carnival Casino near Brakpan. Joyi (21-0, 15 KOs) possibly the best boxer pound-for-pound in South Africa makes the first defense of his belt that he won in March this year when he outpointed Raul Garcia. Takayama (24-4, 10 KOs) from Japan is the mandatory challenger and will be give the champion his toughest test to date.
Milenkovic has also produced an outstanding undercard with former six time “world” champion Cassius Baloyi (37-5-1, 19 KOs) getting another chance at glory despite his bad loss to Mzonke Fana in his last fight, when he meets Argenis Mendez (17-1, 9 KOs) from the Dominican Republic who now fights out of New York in an IBF junior lightweight title eliminator. (more…)
Story & photos by Chris Cozzone
When a promoter starts ranting and raving about the next great fighter, most of us in the fight game find it hard not to start rolling our eyes.
“Remember Tye Fields?” we’ll rib one another, reliving the hopeless hype of 2008 when Bob Arum did his best to convince the press that Fields was going to be the next great heavyweight champion . . . Click here for more
By Felipe Leon
In a year hat has seen a boxing renaissance for “America’s Finest City” with a fight card presented almost once a month in San Diego, CA, Jorge Marron Productions with Don Chargin Promotions in association with Golden Boy Promotions presents “Path to Glory” on Friday, December 17th and broadcasts live by Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate”. In the eight round main event, Chula Vista, CA’s own Christopher Martin (20-0-2, 6 KOs) closes out the year against late sub Yogli Herrera (22-13, 15 KOs). (more…)
By Robert Coster
Dominican prospect Melvin Betancourt (20-0, 17 KOs), a young man with growing popularity in the island nation, will be tested for the first time when he meets up with seasoned David Toribio (17-12, 10 KOs) for the vacant 154 lbs Dominican title on December 19th in Villa Gonzalez, Dominican Republic. The numbers would seem to favor the 22-year-old Betancourt who has 11 KOs in the first round, however this just might be a case where records are very misleading. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
In a poor fight attended by one of the smallest crowds in recent years, William Gare retained his Word Boxing Federation super middleweight belt when he scored a unanimous 12 round points decision over Roland Francis at the Wembley Indoor Arena south of Johannesburg on Saturday night. The 35-year-old Gare (26-14-1, 4 KOs) who was making his fourth defence was just too experienced and ring-wise for the 38-year-old Francis (24-12-5, 14 KOs) who was having his third fight in the last eight years. Gare was in control throughout in a fight that never rose to any heights and referee Eddie Marshall had an easy nights work. The judges scored it 117-111, 116-112 and 118-110 all in favour of the champion. The tournament was presented jointly by promoters Mxolisi Gumede and Reggie Hilman.
By Shamus Young at ringside
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
SHOWTIME’s eagerly anticipated two-stage, single-elimination “Winner Take All” bantamweight tournament kicked off Saturday night at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington. When all the dust had settled, Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko had regained the IBF world championship and moved on to the final to face Abner Mares who gallantly fought all twelve rounds covered in blood from a nasty gash. (more…)
By Johnny B’
On Friday, middleweight Angel “Toro” Hernandez (30-8, 17 KOs) will get another shot at an IBO title, this time in front of his hometown Windy City crowd. Hernandez, coming off a courageous loss to IBO middleweight champion Peter Manfredo, will challenge the always rugged Ghana born Osumanu Adama (17-2, 13 KOs) in the main event for the IBO International title at the UIC Pavilion in downtown Chicago, Illinois.
Also former world champion Arthur Williams (47-16-1, 30 KOs) and Carl Davis (14-3, 11 KOs) will scrap for USBO honors in a ten-round cruiserweight match.
Perennial welterweight contender David Estrada (24-6, 15 KOs) will see action. Tickets, starting at $31, are now on sale for the 8 Count Productions and CFC Promotions event.
Hollywood Casino in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, and promoter Leslie Bonano of Brawlin’ in N’awlins have teamed up to produce a fight card scheduled for January 22. The main event will feature two-time world title challenger Will “Kid Fire” McIntyre (40-4-1) against Blake “Candyman” Prevost (15-2). Heavyweight Bobby O’Bannon (8-3) will slug it out John Brown (7-3) in a six-rounder in the co-feature. Tickets are $20, $50 and $100. Call 1-800-229-2683.
By Brett Bonetti at ringside
Former two time world title challenger Daniel “The Rock” Dawson (35-3, 24 KOs) got back on the winners list with an impressive points victory over American Jason LeHoullier (21-5-1) on the “Western Alliance III” card at the Italian Club in Perth Western Australia tonight. Dawson speed was too much for LeHoullier and had him badly hurt in round two as he went on his way to a comfortable points decision. Judges scored the eight-round fight 80-72, 79-73 and 80-72.
In the Co-Main Event Robbie “Bad Boy” Bryant (13-1-1) defeated the controversial Contender Australia contestant “The Jungle Boy” Sonny Michael Angelo (16-11-2) via 8 round unanimous decision. Bryant scored a knock down in round 2 as Michael Angelo was on the back foot for the entire fight. Judges scored the bout 80-71, 80-71 and 80-72.
Interestingly in the introductions by the ring announcer, it was announced that Sonny Michael Angelo was ‘self-trained’ even though he had experienced trainer Billy Hussein in his corner. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
A nice crowd at the Pikeville Armory in Pikesville, Maryland witnessed one of the most exciting Maryland main events in recent memory as Scott “Cujo” Sigmon (13-2, 5KO’s) overcame “Vicious” Julius Kennedy (7-2-1, 3KO’s) in a ten round slugfest to capture the East coast super middleweight title. The undercard of the six bout card promoted by Jake Smith, had several entertaining scuffles, including a six round heavyweight showdown as Maurice “Freight Train” Byarm (10-0, 7KO’s) successfully derailed the upset plans formerly undefeated Winston Thorpe (3-1-1, 2 KO’s), scoring an impressive fifth round TKO. (more…)
Ringside report by Andreas Hale & Anthony Springer Jr.
Photos by Chris Cozzone
They said it had the potential to be fight of the year and it delivered with action, drama and just about everything you need to make a big fight.
In an all-action war, Amir Khan showed that he had heart, a chin and enough in the reserve to pull out a difficult and hard fought unanimous decision victory over the heavy-handed Marcos Maidana . . . Click here for more
In the main event of UFC 124, world welterweight champion Georges “Rush” St. Pierre soundly defeated challenger Josh Koscheck via a dominant unanimous decision.
Following months of one-sided trash talking and an entire season of The Ultimate Fighter, the largest crowd in UFC history filled the Bell Centre in Montreal watch its favorite son defend his world welterweight title against his vocal arch nemesis. Koscheck, who has been anything but quiet about his use of verbal jabs to mentally break his opponent, was certainly in enemy territory when he walked to the Octagon Saturday night . . . Click here for more
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