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Former world champion Ricky Hatton has told BBC Radio Manchester that he will probably never fight again. “You can never say never, but if I was to put my last pound on it I would say ‘no, I think that’s me done,'” he said. “…I’ve been retired, if that’s what you can call it, for 16 months. I announced I was going to make a comeback and I came back off holiday and went into a training camp for three or four weeks, but it just wasn’t the same.” He added that he’s renewed his boxing license just in case he changes his mind.
Boxing fans, get ready to climb “Through the Ropes” with the #1 boxing news radio show hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld! This week, #1 ranked undefeated lightweight Anthony Peterson and former #1 ranked junior welterweight and current matchmaker Andy Nance. Call or email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Through The Ropes airs live coast to coast on Thursday nights from 9:00 – 10:00 ET on 75 affiliates of the Sports Byline USA Broadcast Network, including great radio stations like KSHP 1400 AM in Las Vegas and WNSR 560 AM in Nashville. The one-hour show will also be heard on American Forces Network, Sportsbyline.com and Fightnews.com. Fightnews readers can listen live by clicking here tonight at 9PM ET.
Two-division world champion, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero and his wife Casey have been invited to attend the highly anticipated premiere of “Únete con la Gota de la Vida“, a historic song and video assembled by the top Latin music artist’s from around the world, which include Gloria Estefan and Enrique Iglesias. The private red carpet event is by invitation only and will take place Tuesday, September 7 at 7 PM at Club Nokia at L.A. Live! in downtown Los Angeles. (more…)
Scotsman Willie “Hands of Steel” Limond, WBU Lightweight Champion, will be a plaid matador to Mexican bull — 5-time world champion in three different weight classes, Erik “Terrible” Morales — in their September 11 showdown that headlines the “Mexican Fiesta” Pay-Per-View show live from Mexico City.
“”I know this is going to be a hard fight,” Limond said, “but I’m hoping to take the bull by the horns and put on a great performance for the fans in Mexico, USA and my Scottish fans back home.” . . . Click here for more
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Puerto Rican referee Luis Pabon will be the third man in the ring when German WBA middleweight world champion Felix Sturm (33-2-1, 14 KOs) and Dominican challenger Giovanni Lorenzo (29-1, 21 KOs) meet at Lanxess-Arena, Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany on Saturday. The three judges are David Singh (Panama), Stanly Chrisodoulou (South Africa) and Stefano Carozzo (Italy). The fight supervisor is George Martinez (Canada).
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, MD will be the site for a unique doubleheader of boxing. There will be two cards by two different promotional companies on two consecutive Fridays. Bang Time Boxing will host a card on September 10 while Baltimore Pro Boxing and Prize Fight Promotions will team up to put together a show on September 17. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA minimumweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (25-0, 21 KOs) will reappear in Nicaragua after of almost two years without fighting in his home country. He is scheduled to face Jesus Limones (9-1-1, 4 KOs) in a ten round non-title bout on Friday night at the Centro de Convenciones Hotel Camino Real in Managua, Nicaragua. The bout will be fought in the jr flyweight division.
Former WBA lightweight champion Jose “Quiebra Jicara” Alfaro (23-6, 20 KOs), coming off his bout with Erik Morales, meets Joel Juarez (25-10-1) in the ten round super lightweight co-feature.
Lightweight prospect Moises Solis (18-1, 13 KOs) takes on Felipe Gonzalez (6-6-1, 3 KOs) in a third ten rounder.
Promoter Prodesa will stream the fight live at www.prodesa.com.ni.
By Graham Houston
Photos: Joel A Colon/PR Best Boxing
Home advantage will help Scot Ricky Burns when he challenges junior lightweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez in Glasgow on Saturday, but the heavy hitting champion from Puerto Rico has won in Britain before.
The fight, on the same show as John Simpson’s featherweight bout with unbeaten prospect Stephen Smith, is intriguing, and promoter Frank Warren has delivered a strong double-header to launch the new season of weekly fights on Sky Sports in the U.K. although the switch from Fridays to Saturdays means that European boxing fans will now be faced with fights clashing on TV on a Saturday night. (The Felix Sturm-Giovanni Lorenzo fight in Germany will be televised at around the same time as the Sky show, for instance). more + photos
Boxing fans of the Inland Empire will be treated to a crossroads main event featuring two of the region’s top 140-pound prospects on September 17 when Thompson Boxing Promotions presents a six-bout card billed as “LOCK ‘N LOADED III” at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. Jose “El Niño” Reynoso (12-3-1, 1 KO) will face his toughest nemesis Hector “Teco” Serrano (13-0, 5 KOs) who will put his undefeated record on the line in the scheduled 10-round headliner for the vacant WBC Latino Light Welterweight Title. (more…)
Photo by Gabriel F. Cordero
On September 15th at the Las Vegas Hilton, Roy Englebrecht Promotions, in association with Promociones del Pueblo and Corona Extra, presents a world championship doubleheader in The Theater at the Las Vegas Hilton that will air live to all of Mexico and Latin America via Televisa, as well as on pay per view in the United States. In the main event, scheduled for 12 rounds, the IBO featherweight title is on the line when Australia’s Jackson Asiku defends his belt against Mexican star and former world champion Jhonny Gonzalez, and in the co-featured bout of the evening, also scheduled for 12 rounds, Mexico City’s Juan Carlos Salgado squares off against Michigan’s Tyrone Harris for the vacant IBO super featherweight crown. For more details and photos click here…
On Saturday, the Hamilton County Fairgrounds in Cincinnati, Ohio, will be the location for a pro card headlined by unbeaten local lightweight Adrien Broner (16-0, 13 KOs) against Guillermo Sanchez (11-1-1, 5 KOs) in a ten-rounder for Broner’s WBC Youth IC belt. Other undefeated fighters scheduled are super featherweight Brandon Bennett (10-0, 6 KOs), lightweight Chris Howard (11-0, 5 KOs) and welterweight William Jackson (8-0, 5 KOs). Heavyweight David Long (10-1, 7 KOs) and super feather Devonte Allen (1-0) will also see action. Tickets: $25 in advance.
Photo by Big Joe Miranda
Sugar Shane Mosley poses on Wednesday at the Fortune Gym in Hollywood, California during a media workout in preparation for his September 18 fight against Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles which will top a live pay-per-view card. “I have to be on top of my game,” said Shane. “He’s bigger than me and its going to be a tough fight. I’m not taking this lightly.”
Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao squares off with three-time world champion Antonio Margarito of Tijuana, MX during a Top Rank studio photo shoot for their upcoming mega fight. Pacquiao and Margarito will battle on November 13 at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Pacquiao vs. Margarito is promoted by Top Rank in association with MP Promotions and Cowboys Stadium. This telecast will be available live on HBO Pay-Per-View. Click here for more photos…
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…)
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