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By Felipe Leon
After summer long all out Tijuana boxing action, Zanfer Promotions in association wth the regional Azteca Channel are ready to put their “Guante Azteca (Aztec Glove) tournament to an end with the final two bouts being held this Friday night at the Tijuana Municipal Auditorium. The two winners will be awarded $5,000 and earn a berth in the nationally broadcast reality TV show “Campeon Azteca (Aztec Champion)” later this year. (more…)
The featured fighters of the “KO Against Child Cancer” fight card this Saturday, August 28th, at the Tijuana Municipal Auditorium presented by Baja Boxing, toured the pediatric ward of the Castro Limon Foundation and distributed toys and cheers to all the interned boys and girls. (more…)
Kick Off Fight Week With Countdown To UFC® 118 Tonight On Spike: Lightweight champion Frankie Edgar prepares for his rematch with BJ Penn, and Randy Couture and James Toney continue their collision course to Boston. Premieres tonight at midnight on SPIKE
Who Will Win At UFC® 118? Weigh In At 118.ufc.com: Make your picks for the winners at the official site for UFC 118. Plus, get an in-depth look at the main events and a breakdown of the whole fight card.
Learn From The Pros At UFC® Fan Expo Boston: Sign up today for hands-on training & development sessions with UFC & WEC fighters including Tito Ortiz, Forrest Griffin, Clay Guida, and Urijah Faber and MMA instructor Shawn Tompkins. Space is limited – more info at ufcfanexpo.com.
With the sports world buzzing about the UFC debut of former world boxing champion James Toney, some of the biggest names in boxing and MMA have come together to offer their opinions on his epic fight with Hall of Famer Randy Couture on Aug. 28. Before the two legends lock horns inside the Octagon® at TD Garden in Boston live on Pay-Per-View, we take a look at the thoughts, opinions, and predictions of some of the world’s finest fighters and personalities. (more…)
In his UFC debut in September of 2009, Nik “The Carny” Lentz stepped in as a replacement opponent against Rafaello Oliveira, and, as the underdog, he earned a unanimous decision victory. Next, he took another favorite, Thiago Tavares, to a draw, before upsetting better known Ultimate Fighter graduate Rob Emerson with another unanimous decision win. So, if the majority pick Andre Winner to beat Lentz in their UFC 118 clash on August 28th, don’t expect it to affect his confidence . . . Click here for more by Phillip Ferraro, UFC.com
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
With less than three weeks until the biggest fight of his young career, WBA # 3 lightweight contender “Bam Bam” Brandon Rios (24-0-1, 18 KOs) of Oxnard, CA, trained by Robert Garcia at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy, continues his preparations as he is set to take on WBA # 2 lightweight contender Anthony Peterson (30-0, 20 KOs) of Washington, DC on Saturday, September 11 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV in a scheduled 12 round lightweight title eliminator in the co-feature of HBO’s latest edition of B.A.D. “Boxing After Dark” which will be headlined by WBA featherweight champion “El Ciclon de Guantánamo” Yuriorkis Gamboa (18-0, 15 KOs) of Cuba against IBF featherweight champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (34-10-2, 22 KOs) of Mexico. For more details and photos click here…
Video: Joel A. Colón
Former world champion Zab Judah continues his assault on the 140lb division on October 2 in Main Event’s next show at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Judah (39-6, 27 KOs) meets former contender Michael Clark (40-5-1, 18 KOs). Tickets priced at $203, $103, $78 and $53 went on sale today.
UFC President Dana White will give his keynote speech at the UFC® FAN EXPO™ on Saturday, Aug. 28 at 1pm ET at the main stage inside the John B. Hynes Convention Center in Boston. Immediately following the keynote speech, White will take part in a Question and Answer session with fans. (more…)
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
Heavyweight contender Chris Arreola and former WBC jr middleweight champion and Contender Season 1 winner Sergio Mora met boxing fans this weekend in the Los Angeles area as part of Everlast’s global philanthropic ‘What Do You Fight For?’ social movement. (more…)
Ringside Report: Kurt Wolfheimer at Ringside
Photos: Ed Mulholland
Before a raucous crowd of enthusiastic Polish fans at the Prudential Center in Newark New Jersey, Tomas “Goral” Adamek (42-1, 27 KOs) won a hard fought twelve round unanimous decision victory over former world title challenger “Big” Michael Grant to retain the IBF International belt and to capture the vacant NABO heavyweight title. (More)
DiBella Entertainment has signed hard punching Detroit product Brian “The Lion” Mihtar (13-1, 10 KOs). Mihtar, 30, has won four straight since his lone career setback, a tight six round decision loss to veteran Chris Gray in 2008. In his last outing, Mihtar easily outclassed former regional title challenger Robert Kamya.
Undefeated jr welterweight Chris Algieri (10-0, 5 KOs) takes on upset-minded journeyman Martin Tucker (7-6, 3 KOs) in an eight round contest headlining a September 16th show at New York City’s famous and luxurious Capitale located in downtown Manhattan. The popular Algieri hails from nearby Long Island. A complete undercard will be announced shortly for the Star Boxing/Empire Sports and Entertainment card. Tickets are currently on sale and are being priced at $200, $150, and $50. Call 718-823-2000.
Estadio Cubierto Newell’s Old Boys in Rosario, Argentina will be the place to be for Argentine boxing fans on Friday, August 27 as Lucas Matthysse and Sebastian Lujan step into the ring against seasoned foes in bouts which will be broadcast throughout Latin America on HBO Plus’ “Next Boxing Generation” and on TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” in the United States and Puerto Rico. (more…)
Few people outside of his gym gave Frankie Edgar much chance of unseating BJ Penn as the UFC Lightweight Champion. But that is precisely what he did on a hot April evening in the promotion’s debut in Abu Dhabi.
The result, however, was not without controversy. After five very competitive, difficult-to-score rounds, one judge turned in a shutout in favor of the challenger. That inexplicable result left the fans scratching their collective heads. Even the staunchest Edgar supporters will agree that the fight was far closer than the lone 50-45 score suggested . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
Having conquered Europe by winning the European super middleweight title Brian Magee is edging ever closer towards a World title shot but one final hurdle remains at the National Stadium in Dublin on September 11th when he defends his European title against Roman Aramian in the main event. Magee’s sensational away triumph over Mads Larsen in Denmark to win the title has seen him recently installed as the WBA’s number one contender at super middleweight ensuring that Aramian should prove the final obstacle ahead of a world title tilt. (more…)
Audley Harrison has told WBA heavyweight champion David Haye to “man up and sign” to fight in a Battle of Britain bout in November. Harrison and his promoter, Matchroom Sport managing director Eddie Hearn have been locked in talks with Adam Booth over the past weeks, with a potential fight scheduled to take place on November 13 at the MEN Arena in Manchester. Both parties have now agreed terms but Haye is yet to sign and Harrison has sent a message out to the World Champion, telling him to put pen to paper on the huge fight, and warning him that he can take the title off Haye to fulfill his dream of being world heavyweight champion. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
With the question on the lips of every Montreal fight fan being ‘What about Pascal-Bute?,’ Fightnews went directly to Jean Bedard who heads up InterBox, Lucian Bute’s promoter. Bedard is due to meet up with Pascal’s promoter, Yvon Michel within the next week. Read on about what the promoter has to say about the potential mega-fight and when it is likely to place. Bedard also discuses the possibility of unification for Bute as well as a potential opponent for Jean Pascal. (more…)
By Jose E. Santiago
The Big Rock Out professional boxing series, owned and operated by Sports Fan Properties and in partnership with the Dickey Media Group, showcases some of the best professional boxers from Georgia and around the Southeast. The event will be held on Friday at the Westin Peachtree Plaza and feature up to 10 bouts with of some of the best talent in professional boxing, including former world title challenger and Erik Morales conqueror Zahir “King” Raheem (30-3) vs. Roberto Valenzuela (53-53-2 43KO) and local favorite Paul “The Truth” Delgado (23-9-1) vs Chad Greenleaf (12-15-1 5KO). (more…)
Photo by Promociones Miguel Cotto
In the middle of his promotional tour for his upcoming fight against Hevinson Herrera (14-5-1, 12 KOs) on August 28 in Boxeo Boricua in Las Piedras at the Juan Viera Coliseum, Luis “El Artesano” Cruz (15-0, 12 KOs) participated Saturday at the Econo Supermarket of San Lorenzo. El Artesano signed dozens of autograph for the fans. “It’s always good to spend time with the fans, and share the happiness. They all want me to become a world champion and are always supporting me,” Cruz said.
This Thursday night’s professional boxing show at The Arena in South Philadelphia has been postponed. All tickets can be refunded at the point of purchase. Shalyte Boxing Promotions will announce a new date shortly.
Former two time WBA super welterweight champion Antonio “Terra” Garcia welcomed the newest addition to his growing family on Friday night when Alejandro Jr. was born in Tijuana, MX. The future champed tipped the scale at 7.04 lbs. Fightnews.com would like to express its sincerest congratulations to Garcia, his wife and two other children for this very happy occasion.
Junior middleweight prospect Glen Tapia (7-0, 5 KOs) hopes to continue his unbeaten ways as he faces Brazilian journeyman Edvan Dos Santos Barros on September 11 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. The six-round fight will support the Yuriorkis Gamboa vs. Orlando Salido/Anthony Peterson vs. Brandon Rios world title fight doubleheader.
By Robert Coster
Philadelphia is a city of boxing tradition and talent. Among the prospects springing up in the city of brotherly love today is 26 year-old super middleweight Dennis Hasson (10-0, 3 KOs) who himself grew in a family and household steeped in boxing tradition. For one, Hasson counts Hall-of-Famer light heavyweight champion Tommy Loughran as maternal grand uncle; brothers, sister, cousins have all laced up the gloves in the Hasson family. And to top it all, Dennis was born on Tusculum Street where the film “Rocky” was initially shot. “As I see it, I was destined to be a boxer,” quips Dennis. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
With a fight card shock full of hometown up and coming prospects, Baja Boxing returns this Saturday night to Tijuana, MX’s Municipal Auditorium. The multi-fight card is billed as “KO Against Child Cancer” and proceeds go towards the Castro Limon Foundation which helps fight the deadly disease and give a better life for those children suffering from cancer in Tijuana.
In the main event, local undefeated light welterweight Juan Pablo “CheChe” Lopez (17-0, 16KOs) will headline his first night when he faces the tough Luis Rey Compoa (8-5-1, 5KOs) of San Luis Rio Colorado, MX, for a scheduled ten rounds. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Even during the raucous post-fight celebrations where joyous fans celebrated the coronation of Jean Pascal as the new king at 175 pounds, one voice could be heard over all others in the ring at the Bell Centre in Montreal last Saturday night. Gary Shaw. Chad Dawson’s American promoter had an axe to grind with all things Canadian as soon as fighter was stopped by an accidental headbutt and deemed that he could no longer go on. “Why do you think I didn’t want to be in Canada,” howled the promoter on what he was sure at the time was an intentional headbutt. Veteran judge Jack Woodburn who was the lone Canadian judging the fight also tasted the wrath of Shaw. “As long as I’m in boxing, Jack Woodburn will never judge a fight again,” barked an enraged Shaw to the Commissioner’s table once the scores were read. (more…)
After Tomasz Adamek’s decision win over Michael Grant this weekend ARENA CEO Ahmet Öner immediately called for the Polish star to fight his Cuban heavyweight sensation Odlanier Solis next. “I believe that this could be a good fight to revive the division”, said Öner. “Both guys are top 10 heavyweights and two of the most interesting fighters in the division. Adamek is a two division world champion and proved that he can play with the big boys. Solis is a three-time world amateur champion, Olympic gold medallist and unbeaten as a professional. I am pretty sure that we can get the US public interested in this heavyweight clash. I like the fight not only as Solis’ promoter but also as a boxing fan. The winner would be a legitimate challenger for either Klitschko brother.” (more…)
WBC #4 middleweight Marco Antonio Rubio (48-5, 41 KOs) scored a sixth round KO over countryman Jose Luis Zertuche (21-7, 17 KOs) on Saturday night in Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico. Rubio, whose camp passed on a September 4th title shot against WBA champ Felix Sturm, was in command all the way, getting the stoppage at the 1:16 mark. Rubio previously stopped Zertuche in February 2008.
In other action, 38-year-old former WBC featherweight champion Cesar Soto (63-20-3, 43 KOs) halted Jesus “Presi” Gonzalez (14-3-1, 9 KOs) in the third round of a lightweight contest. That’s three straight losses for the once promising Gonzalez.
Also, WBC #5 super flyweight Victor Zaleta (16-1, 9 KOs) and middleweight prospect Marco “Dorado” Reyes (16-1, 14 KOs) padded their records with third round stoppages of no-hopers Julio Cesar Cabrera (0-3-2) and Miguel Angel Tena (1-5-1), respectively.
The card was presented by Promociones del Pueblo.
Former WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev is scheduled to undgo surgery on his left shoulder and right wrist in September. Well-known ring physician Walter Wagner told BILD that the seven-foot Valuev would be out for six months. Not the best news for the “Russian Giant” who celebrated his 37th birthday yesterday.
Photos: Jose Perez/PR Best Boxing Promotions
WBA junior flyweight champion Giovanni Segura arrived in Puerto Rico this morning to complete his training for Saturday’s bout against WBO 108lb champion Iván “Iron Boy” Calderón on the card billed as “Unification” at the Mario “Quijote” Morales Coliseum in Guaynabo in a presentation of PR Best Boxing Promotions which will be televised on Pay Per View. Segura (24-1, 20KOs) arrived join with Richard Mota, Arturo Mota and trainer Javier Capetillo. For more details and photos click here…
By Karl Freitag
Looks like SHOWTIME has a terrific bantamweight doubleheader in the works for November 6. IBF bantamweight champion Yohnny Perez (20-0-1, 14 KOs) will take on Joseph Agbeko (27-2, 22 KOs) in a rematch, and IBO bantamweight king Vic Darchinyan (35-2-1, 27 KOs) faces unbeaten IBF #6/WBO #10 rated Abner Mares (20-0-1, 13 KOs). Darchinyan is also currently the WBC and WBA super flyweight champ. No site yet, but the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles is in play.
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Photos by Marco Chiesa
Kossovo-born warrior Vigan Mustafa (15-2, 6 KOs) won the first international title of his career last Friday night at ‘Locatelli Stadium’ in Toscolano Maderno, Italy. The tough-as-nail Mustafa won an exciting battle of unheralded warriors against stablemate Maurizio Lovaglio (7-7, 4 KOs) in order to claim the vacant IBF 175 lb Mediterranean title. The hard-punching Lovaglio proved every bit as tough, but Mustafa, showing a great physical condition, used an effective quick jab to gain the control of the clash and his superior boxing skills were clear for every minute of the fight, scores were 115-112; 116-111 and 118-109, all for the new champ. (more…)
On September 11th Cuban featherweight phenomenon Yuriorkis Gamboa will enter the ring for his first championship unification bout when the WBA titlist faces IBF champ Orlando Salido at The Palms Resort Casino in Las Vegas. The show will be promoted by Top Rank in association with ARENA Sports-Promotion and broadcasted live on HBO Boxing After Dark. (more…)
What makes a champion? In the case of UFC lightweight boss Frankie Edgar, it not only took years of training and dedication, but the willingness to evolve his style, learn from his mistakes, and not dwell too long on his successes. With his August 28th title defense against BJ Penn looming, we look back at five fights that led him in one way, shape, or form to the top of the 155-pound weight class. . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
Photos: Photo Wende
Marco Huck (30-1, 23 KOs) defended his WBO Cruiserweight Title with a spectacular fifth-round TKO victory over Matt Godfrey (20-2, 10 KOs). Fighting in front of a wild crowd of 4,500 fans in Erfurt, Huck dusted his opponent three times before the referee waved the bout off. “I am happy to have crowned the anniversary 100th ARD broadcast of a Sauerland show with a big victory,” Huck said. “I have tremendous punching power in both hands which I showed again today. Now I am ready to unify the titles. I can’t wait for the Super Six tournament to start.” (more…)
Featherweight prospect Jesus Marcelo Andres Cuellar (13-0, 10 KOs) of Argentina unanimously decisioned countryman Miguel Leonardo Caceres in the 10 round main event. The heavy handed 23 year old Cuellar was the aggressor the entire bout with Caceres only looking to counter while moving side to side and tying up in close. Cueller tried hard to get the knockout in the 10th and final round but Caceres was very elusive and crafty. Though only 24, Caceres is a veteran of 47 fights and only has been stopped once. The official judges scorecards were 100-94, 100-91, 99-95.5. The event took place at the Club Atletico Adelante, Reconquista, Santa Fe, Argentina. Mario Margossian promoted the event
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Ed Mulholland
WBO #3/IBF #3/WBC #5/WBA #9 heavyweight Tomasz Adamek (42-1, 27 KOs) showed he can defeat a Klitschko-sized heavyweight, but it wasn’t easy. The former light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion-turned heavyweight contender won a hard fought twelve round unanimous decision over 6’7 former heavyweight title challenger Michael Grant (46-4, 34 KOs) on Saturday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Grant came out tentative and Adamek took advantage landing some clean shots in round one. Adamek continued to force the action and outbox Grant for the first five rounds. Grant landed some good shots at the end of round six wobbling Adamek and cutting him over the right eye. Grant upped the pressure in round seven, looking to land another big shot. Adamek was cut over the left eye in the eighth as Grant continued to come on. Grant hammered Adamek again at the end of the ninth round. Round ten could have gone either way as Adamek rallied. A rejuvenated Adamek clearly outboxed Grant in round eleven. A desperate Grant hurt Adamek in the twelfth, but Adamek stayed upright until the final bell. Scores were 117-111, 118-110, 118-111. (more…)
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