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By Joe Koizumi
A WBC world title doubleheader will take place today at the Nihon Gaishi Hall (previously called Rainbow Hall), Nagoya, Japan. Former WBC bantam champ Hozumi Hasegawa (28-3, 12 KOs) will make an adventurous attempt to fight in a quest for the vacant WBA feather belt—in his comebacking bout—by disputing it against unbeaten Mexican Juan Carlos Burgos (25-0, 18 KOs) over twelve frames. Hasegawa recklessly jumps two classes at once from the 118-pound category even though he had a severe weight problem through his ten consecutive defenses prior to his shocking forfeiture of the WBC belt at the hand of Fernando Montiel this April. The Japanese hero then suffered a broken jaw and had to wait for this bout for seven months. Both Hasegawa and Burgos, seven years his junior at 22, on Thursday tipped the beam at 125.75, just a quarter pound lighter than the feather limit.
The officials are as follows: referee Roberto Ramirez Diaz (a son of the well-reputed veteran father of Puerto Rico); judges Hubert Minn (Hawaii, US), Duane Ford (Nevada, US) and Joel Scobie (Canada); supervisor Michael George (US).
Another title bout will be shown in the same bill, as WBC super-feather ruler Vitali Tajbert (20-1, 6 KOs), from Germany, will put his belt on the line against ex-WBC feather kingpin Takahiro Aoh (19-2-1, 9 KOs), a Japanese southpaw as well as six-time national amateur champ before turning professional. It might be ironic that Aoh lost his WBC belt to Elio Rojas, Dominican Republic, in his initial defense, and Rojas recently became so physically unavailable that Hasegawa thus fights for the vacant throne relinquished by Rojas (who has become WBC champion in recess). Tajbert, two years his senior at 28, scaled in at 129.5, while Aoh at the 130-pound limit.
The officials are as follows: referee Bruce McTavish (New Zealand); judges Duane Ford (US), Jaebong Kim (Korea) and Noppharat Sricharoen (Thailand); supervisor Edward Thangarajah (Thailand). (more…)
Photos by Laura De La Torre/ Goossen Tutor Promotions
World Boxing Association (WBA) super middleweight champion Andre Ward has a lot to be thankful for as he gets ready to defend his title against contender Sakio Bika on Saturday at Oracle Arena in Oakland, live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). Sure, he’s considered one of the top-10 pound-for-pound boxers in world. And, yes, he’s and Olympic Gold Medalist and the tournament points leader in the SHOWTIME Super Six World Boxing Classic. But what is Ward truly thankful for? For more details and photos click here…
Photos and report by Boxing Bob Newman
Thursday’s session of the WBA’s 89th annual convention in Managua, Nicaragua opened with the annual treasury report from WBA treasurer Alberto Sarmiento. Revenue gains and deficits from sanctioning fees, membership fees, convention registration fees, etc. were reviewed. One issue concerning international boxing commissions paying WBA membership fees is that the U.S.A. has a law disallowing boxing commission membership to sanctioning organizations. This causes a severe impact as the U.S.A. Is the biggest market for boxing. Most other countries do not have such laws in place and are allowed to have their boxing commissions be members of sanctioning organizations. For more details and photos click here…
Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo by Louie Abigail
WBO #9 featherweight Joel Brunker (17-0, 11 KOs) stopped Filipino Robert Lerio (13-11-1, 5 KOs) in eight rounds at The Cube in Campbelltown, NSW, Australia on Thursday. Brunker controlled the action in most of the rounds as he connected with solid head and body shots. Lerio came to fight but was out gunned in all departments. Referee Brian McMahon crowned Brunker at 2:20 after Lerio had visited the canvas three times. (more…)
Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Happy Thanksgiving from the SHOWTIME crew in Helsinki, Finland. (L-R) Paul Tarter, Bob Herbsman, Steve Farhood, Steve Albert, Gordon Hall, and Jeff Hager. Steve Albert and Steve Farhood predict that Abraham vs Froch on Saturday night will be a “fight to the Finnish.”
Video: Pasi Taavitsainen
Robert Helenius trainer Ulli Wegner warns Attila Levin “Do you know how hard Robert can hit? I don’t think you know yet what danger you are in?” Levin answers that he’s not worried at all.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Werner Kalin
IBF #14 welterweight Wale Omotoso and Juan Godoy of Argentina weighed in Thursday for their IBF regional title bout to be contested at the Knox Netball Center in Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Omotoso weighed 66.6kg (146.8 lbs) and Godoy 65.2kg (143.7 lbs). Promoter is Murray Thomson.
World ranked & unbeaten Milan Melindo (22-0, 7 KOs) of the Philippines and former IBF light flyweight world champion Carlos Tamara (21-5, 15 KOs) of Colombia face off for the first time. The two meet this Saturday in a locally highly anticipated 10 round flyweight bout. The site of the fight will be the Waterfront Hotel Casino in Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines with ALA boxing Promotions promoting.
Photo: Pasi Taavitsainen
Seven-time German coach-of-the-year Ulli Wegner believes that Attila Levin has no idea about the danger he is in. The Swedish veteran (34-3, 27 KOs) challenges EU Heavyweight Champion Robert Helenius on Saturday night. The vacant WBO Intercontinental Title will also be on the line at Helsinki´s Hartwall Areena. “Attila, you have no clue how hard Robert can punch,” Wegner said at today´s final face-to-face press conference. “You don’t know about the danger you are in. Robert will continue his great development and notch another big victory.” (more…)
Photos: Lorenz Baader
Wladimir Klitschko (54-3, 48 KOs) of Kiev, Ukraine and Hamburg, Germany, participated yesterday in a media work out in his training camp in Austria. He discussed his upcoming WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight title defense against British and Commonwealth Champion Dereck Chisora (14-0, 9 KOs) from London, UK. The eagerly anticipated heavyweight championship will take place on Saturday, December 11, at SAP Arena Mannheim, Germany. more + photos
Vitali Tajbert 129.5 vs Takahiro Aoh 130
(WBC super featherweight championship)
Hozumi Hasegawa 125.5 vs Juan Carlos Burgos 125.4
(Vacant WBC featherweight championship)
Venue: Nihon Gaishi Hall in Nagoya, Japan
Two world champions will see action on Saturday at the Municipal Auditorium in the border town of Tijuana, Mexico. The event, billed as “Total Revolution in Tijuana” is the first in a strong run of shows by Zanfer Promotions as 2010 comes to a close.
In featured bouts, unified WBA/WBO light flyweight champion Giovani Segura (25-1-1, 21 KOs) will face former champion Manuel “Chango” Vargas Vargas (28-6-1, 13 KOs) in a ten round flyweight clash, and IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vázquez (26-3, 12 KOs) defends against Ricardo “Pelón” Domínguez (32-6-2, 20 KOs). (more…)
Photos by Chris Cozzone from today’s media workout at Extreme Couture Gym in Las Vegas: Juan Manual Marquez, Michael Katsidis, Andre Berto and Celestino Caballero. Click here
By Boxing Bob Newman
Wednesday’s morning session of the WBA’s 89th annual convention in Managua, Nicaragua kicked off with a very interesting lecture on Sports Marketing given by Gerardo Molina. Several concepts including strategies, vision, branding, communication and target audience were discussed. The application of these concepts to the marketing of boxing and specifically the WBA brand were delved into. Molina noted that as far as branding is concerned, it can indeed rightfully claim that all other sanctioning bodies evolved from the WBA, which is a distinct advantage in originality and brand marketing. (more…)
Photos: Laura De la Torre
WBA super middleweight champion Andre “S.O.G.” Ward and world contender Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika met with local Bay Area media members on Wednesday to discuss their anticipated world title fight just three days away. It will be the second consecutive defense of his world title for the local fighter Ward (22-0, 13 KOs), who will have his hands full against Bika (28-4-2, 19 KOs) of Sydney, Australia, via Douala, Cameroon on Saturday, Nov. 27, live on SHOWTIME (live at 9 p.m. ET/PT).
In the first fight of the split-site doubleheader, “King” Arthur Abraham will meet Carl “The Cobra” Froch in the final Group Stage 3 bout of tournament for the vacant WBC super middleweight world title. The world title match will be televised on same-day-delay from the Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland. (more…)
Four of the six headlining fighters on Saturday’s HBO-televised tripleheader showed up today to work out for the press at the Extreme Couture Gym in Las Vegas. Celestino Caballero, Andre Berto and main eventers Juan Manual Marquez and Michael Katsidis shadow-boxed, jumped rope and stretched out in what was a pre-Thanksgiving mini-workout. Stay tuned for a full photo gallery.
Photo and report by Gabriel F. Cordero
Juan Palacios 104.5 vs. Luis Carlos Leon 104
Brad Solomon 147 vs. Javier Gallegos 145
Miguel Acosta 134.5 vs. Armando Cordoba 135
Santos Benavides vs. Joel Cerrud 131
Carlos Rueda vs. Timmur Shaileazov 114.5
Carlos Buitrago 103 vs. Jorle Estrada 104.30
Walter Castillo 140 vs. Augusto Pinilla 138.5
Henry Maldonado 113 vs. Liborio Solis 115
Gerald Molina 112 vs. Alonso Lopez 113
Venue: Casino Pharaos Convention Center
Just two days after boxing fans celebrate Thanksgiving, the holiday feast continues on Saturday, November 27, as Golden Boy Promotions presents an All-Star lineup of fights that will lift the roof off the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. (more…)
Top-10 contender Pawel “Raging Bull” Wolak will be In Harm’s Way on Saturday, December 4, when he challenges undefeated WBC Silver middleweight champion Julio César Chávez, Jr. in a 12-round title fight. Wolak replaces the injured Alfonso Gomez, Chávez’s original opponent, who withdrew today after an MRI detected a ligament tear in his left elbow.
Wolak (27-1, 17 KOs), from Mount Arlington, NJ, enters this fight riding a two-year, six-bout winning streak, with three of those victories coming by knockout. The combined record of the last three opponents he defeated — James Moore, Ishmail Arvin and Carlos Nascimento – had a combined record of 56-4-4 when he fought them, which translates into an impressive 88% winning percentage. His last fight, a 10-round unanimous decision victory over Moore (17-2), was fought on the historic Yuri Foreman-Miguel Cotto undercard at Yankee Stadium on June 5. He is currently world-rated No. 7 by the WBA.
A former New York State middleweight champion, Wolak, 29, is known as aggressive, high-pressure style fighter who always makes for exciting fights. Trained by Tommy Brooks, Wolak, an East Coast fixture, will be making his West Coast debut when he rumbles with Chávez Jr.
Photos:Tom Casino / SHOWTIME
Former world champions Arthur Abraham of Germany and Carl Froch of England were confident, yet respectful, during Wednesday’s Super Six World Boxing Classic jam-packed final press conference at Hartwall Areena in the Power Play Restaurant here on Wednesday.
While there was no trash-talking — Froch (26-1, 20 KOs) was very quiet and didn’t want to get into anything beyond answering his questions simply and Abraham (31-1, 25 KOs) was in a more jovial mood but also kept his responses short — the fight itself this Saturday, Nov. 27, on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, same-day-delay) from Hartwall Areena also for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) super middleweight title — has the potential to be a classic slugfest from start to finish.
In the second bout of the split-site doubleheader on SHOWTIME, unbeaten Andre Ward (22-0, 13 KOs) will defend his WBA 168-pound crown against Sakio Bika (28-4-2, 19 KOs) live from the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. (more…)
On Wednesday morning the final press conference for the vacant WBC Featherweight Championship between Juan Carlos Burgos (25-0, 12 KOs, WBC #1) and Hozumi Hasegawa (28-3, 12 KOs, WBC #2) took place at the Nagoya Kanko Hotel in Nagoya, Japan. Both fighters kicked off the event with the ceremonial signing of their respective bout contract overseen by the Japanese Boxing Commission as well as the official choosing of the gloves that will be used during the 12 round fight. A crowd of 10,000 fans is expected at the Nihon Gaishi Hall. (more…)
On Friday December 3rd history will be made as seven Cuban exiles will headline Pugilistic Promotions’ “Cuba vs. The World” at the Magic City Casino – formerly the Flagler Dog Track in Miami, Florida. Boxing historian Enrique Encinosa says this is the first time outside of Cuba, that a professional fight card features seven pugilists from the island. (more…)
Son of the Legend, Julio César Chávez, Jr. (41-0-1, 30 KOs) will meet with his fans and sign autographs this Friday (November 26) at O’Reilly Auto Parts in East Los Angeles(722 South Atlantic Blvd., East Los Angeles, Calif. 90022), from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. PT. Chávez Jr. is training for his upcoming WBC Silver middleweight title defense against The Contender alumnus Alfonso Gomez (22-4-2, 11 KOs), of Guadalajara, México. The 12-round Chávez Jr. – Gomez title fight headlines “In Harm’s Way” – their December 4 championship pay-per-view rumble – which will take place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
Miguel Cotto arrived at the beautiful city of Managua, Nicaragua this Sunday to participate in the 89th Annual Convention of the World Boxing Association, dedicated to the memory of the legendary Alexis Arguello. During his stay in the country of lakes and volcanoes, Miguel was honored in the opening ceremonies of the Convention and shared time with the hundred of fans that were thrilled to see him in the country for the first time. During Tuesday’s Gala Dinner, Miguel received the Super Champion belt from the hands of WBA President Gilberto Mendoza. “I feel honored and humbled by this recognition here in Nicaragua. I have worked hard all of my career, and this is very rewarding. Now we will go back as motivated as ever to work hard to continue seeking higher achievements for my family and for my country.” Miguel stated.
Former female world champion Christy Martin has been admitted to Florida Hospital North in Orlando, Florida, with a gunshot and stab wounds in the torso and left leg. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Martin informed authorities that the attacker was her husband Jim Martin. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is now searching for Martin, who is also Christy’s trainer.
Former world champion Ricardo Mayorga (28-7-1, 22 KOs) will face Michael Walker (19-5-2, 12 KOs) on Don King’s December 17 boxing event at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami. The card features a WBC heavyweight final elimination bout between WBC #1 ranked heavyweight Ray Austin and undefeated WBC #2 (and Cuban 2004 Olympic heavyweight champion) Odlanier “La Sombra” Solis. Also undefeated IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud will also be making the second defense of his title against Colombian puncher Fulgencio Zuniga.
“If Manny is willing to defend his WBC super welterweight title, I would come down to 154 pounds to challenge him for it as well as allow him to challenge me for my WBC middleweight title,” says WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez. “It would be the opportunity of a lifetime. But I’m a realist and if he feels that he is physically too small to fight me I certainly understand that too.”
Promoter Lou DiBella added “Sergio is willing to fight next at 154 pounds — defending his WBC middleweight title as well as fighting for the WBC super welterweight title which would be vacated by Manny Pacquiao. That’s a pretty big concession, but if that’s what it takes to get Floyd Mayweather Jr., the WBC’s emeritus super welterweight champion, in the ring with him, Sergio is ready, willing and able….the fans deserve Martinez vs. Mayweather and boxing needs it to continue its growth into the mainstream. I can work with any promoter to make the best fight with Sergio. It’s business – good business – and common sense.”
Video: Pasi Taavitsainen
The experts both in the States and abroad may not all agree on who is going to win, but there is a general consensus that the Super Six World Boxing Classic matchup between Carl Froch and Arthur Abraham has Fight of the Year potential.
As the close Las Vegas odds indicate with Abraham listed as a slight 7-5 favorite (-165), people are having a tough time picking a winner in this clash of European heavy hitters. In a recent poll, national and international boxing writers were evenly split between Abraham and Froch with nine writers picking Abraham and nine predicting a win for Froch.
In quintessential Showtime Championship Boxing fashion, Abraham-Froch is considered by many as too-close-to-call and a can’t-miss war. “This is a great fight. It has Fight of the Year written all over it,” says one U.S. boxing writer. “These are two extremely tough, durable guys who love to fight and whose skills are probably a little better than they get credit for.” (more…)
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