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A product of Brooklyn’s tough Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, junior welterweight Sadam Ali will put his perfect 8-0 record on the line when he steps into the ring at Newark’s Prudential Center for the third time on Saturday night. In an eight-round welterweight bout, Ali (8-0, 4 KOs) will fight Costa Rica’s, Lenin Arroyo (20-12-1, 4 KOs). This fight will be shown on “The Big Challenge” PPV telecast. For more details and photos click here…
Weights by Anthony Springer Jr. & Andreas Hale
From the Palms Casino in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s WEC fight on Versus:
WEC Bantamweight Championship:
Dominick Cruz 134 vs Joseph Benavidez 134
Shane Roller 156 vs Anthony Pettis 155
Cub Swanson 146 vs Chad Mendes 145
Scott Jorgensen 135 vs Brad Pickett 136
Bart Palaszewski 156 vs Zack Micklewright 156
Anthony Njokuani 154 vs Maciej Jewtuszko 155
Javier Vazquez 145 vs Mackens Semerzier 146
Ricardo Lamas 155 vs Dave Jansen 156
Fredson Paixao 145 vs Bryan Caraway 145
Danny Castillo 156 vs Dustin Poirier 156
Photo: Fightnews shooter “Big” Joe Miranda attended a media workout for James “Lights Out” Toney, where he asked the former champ what hand he’ll use to knock out UFC legend Randy “The Natural” Couture. Toney looked at both hands, then held up his right – “This one.” On Aug. 28, Toney will face Couture in the co-main event of UFC 118.
Preview of the Adamek v Grant PPV Boxing event on Saturday, August 21st at 9 PM ET
They are known for putting Brazilian Jiu Jitsu on the map. Using revolutionary techniques that changed the face of combat sports forever, the legendary Gracie family consists of some of the best grapplers in the world. Now, as the Ultimate Fighting Championship® prepares for its debut in the city of Boston, the Gracie family returns with its sights set on further solidifying its grappling domination. (more…)
Promoter Roy Englebrecht today announced that Whitfield Haydon will assume the position of Director of Fighter Relations & Matchmaker for Roy Englebrecht Promotions, replacing current REP matchmaker Arnold Berber. Berber will return to school as he looks to enter the medical research field. Haydon will get busy quickly over the next two months, as Roy Englebrecht Promotions has a September 15th Televisa show at the Las Vegas Hilton featuring two IBO World Title bouts, an October 16th show at the Silverton Casino & Lodge in Las Vegas, and the October 28th Battle In The Ballroom show.
Hennessy Sports Canada has signed amateur sensation Tyler Asselstine to a long term exclusive promotional agreement. Asselstine was a member of Canadian National Team in 2009 and this month he won the 2010 Ringside World Championships in Kansas City, Missouri. Along with being promoted by Hennessy Sports Canada, Asselstine is trained and managed by Eric Belanger in Ottawa, Ontario. Campaigning in the featherweight division, Asselstine will have his professional debut announced shortly.
Celebrity plastic surgeon Dr. Frank Ryan, 50, a mainstay at all of Golden Boy Promotions’ major West Coast boxing events has passed away following injuries sustained in a car accident in Ventura County, California. Dr. Ryan volunteered his time as an on-site plastic surgeon for fighters when they got cut or suffered a facial injury during their fights. He was a close friend of Oscar de la Hoya.
The roller-coaster career of Maurice “Sugar Moe” Harris, winner of the 2002 ‘Thunderbox Heavyweight Tournament,” is riding high once again, coming off of his solid August 6 victory against IBF #15 prospect Nagy “Dominican Dynamite” Aguilera for the vacant USBA heavyweight title. Harris (24-14-2, 10 KOs), who has beaten some of the best and also lost to journeymen, out-boxed and out-worked the much younger Aguilera (16-3, 11 KOs) to earn a unanimous decision (117-111 twice, 115-113), as well as the USBA belt. (more…)
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WBO cruiserweight champion Marco “Captain” Huck (29-1, 22 KOs) and challenger Matt Godfrey (20-1, 10 KOs) today participated in an open media work-out in front of more than 500 fans in Erfurt, Germany. Captain Huck is determined to defend his title for a fourth time on Saturday night. “My fans love my aggressiveness and explosiveness and I will make sure Matt Godfrey will get a good taste of it,” Huck said. “I am just too explosive for him. The belt stays in Germany. I want to put on another spectacular performance and defeat Godfrey in style.”
Even though Godfrey has left Ulli Wegner guessing in what stance he will fight, the German star coach said it does not matter. “I have prepared Marco for both a southpaw as well as an orthodox stance,” he stated. “Even if Godfrey intends to switch, it will not be a problem. Marco has worked hard in practice. If he listens to his corner, he will defend his title with another great victory.” For more details and photos click here…
Looks like the team of WBC welterweight world champion Andre Berto may bypass Berto’s WBC-ordered mandatory against WBC Silver champion Selcuk Aydin. “I talked to HBO and I heard that [Berto’s promoter Lou DiBella] doesn’t want Berto to face Aydin and is working on other opponents,” said Aydin’s promoter Ahmet Öner. “But in boxing you can’t always get what you want. We are talking about a mandatory fight here. The WBC has ordered the fight and the reigning and defending champion should respect this decision. Of course, I understand that as a promoter DiBella is looking to protect his fighter and give him an easy win against an opponent with a good reputation. But this is not a problem of HBO being interested in the fight or not. It’s not my problem that Berto isn’t big enough of a star in the US that the general interest in his fights depends on the opponents. If Berto alone isn’t interesting enough for HBO we can easily do the fight in Turkey. Nobody cares about Berto there but TV and fans care enough about Selcuk Aydin to pay good money for the fight. We can make an offer to Berto and DiBella today to fight in Trabzon which guarantees him probably more money than he’ll ever get from HBO. The WBC is not called World Boxing Council for nothing. There is no rule that championship fights including US fighters have to be in America.”
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
At a press conference on Monday at the El Paseo Inn on the historic Olvera Street in Los Angeles, Erik “Terrible” Morales previewed his comeback and upcoming championship bout against Willie Limond. “I’m not doing this for economic reasons,” he said. “I’m not doing this for ego. I just want to come back and do it for the joy of boxing.” (more…)
Word is WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko will defend against Shannon Briggs on October 16 according to BILD. The bout will take place at the o2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany and be officially announced later this month. It will be Klitschko’s first fight in eleven years in the city he lives at least part-time in. “Briggs is a very strong challenger,” Klitschko told BILD. “I will prepare myself very intensely for him with my trainer Fritz Sdunek. He has many more professional fights than me and is one of the hardest punchers!”
The LA Times is reporting that “a source close to site negotiations” has confirmed that the November 13 Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito clash will take place in Cowboys Stadium in Dallas. Margarito has a special hearing scheduled for tomorrow with the California State Athletic Commission in hopes of regaining his boxing license, however the CSAC decision is not binding in other states.
Former world title challenger Rey ‘Boom Boom’ Bautista (28-2, 21 KOs) of the Phillipines and world ranked A.J. ‘Bazooka’ Banal ( 22-1-1, 18 KOs) also of the Philippines will headline in seperate bouts October 29th in Dubai. Both fighters are promoted by the well known Filipino based ALA Boxing Promotions who are promoting the event. Bautista will take on power punching dominican Hector Avila (47-4, 42 KOs) in the main event which will be scheduled for 12 rounds and the IBF intercontinental featherweight title. In the co-feature Banal will meet former world champion Luis Perez (26-4, 17 KOs) in a scheduled for 10 round bout to be fought at a contracted maximum weight of 120 pounds.
While training for fights, Team Takedown’s Shane Roller fights two battles every day.
His first battle takes place in the gym. In an effort to be the best, Roller knows he must work on—and improve—everything: striking, grappling, jiu-jitsu and conditioning. One look at his record, an impressive 8-2, reveals that the hard work has definitely paid off . . . Click here for more
For the first time FTM SPORTS will be giving fans a chance to get a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the countdown to a world title fight. Jason Booth takes on Canadian Steve Molitor for his IBF Super Bantamweight title on September 11th and all of the build up will be available on www.frankmaloney.com. Molitor v Booth ‘Inside Out’ will be based on the successful HBO 24/7 show and Sky Sports Countdown programs which have given fans a chance to understand the build up and preparation a fighter has to make. (more…)
Sam Sexton says Derek Chisora will need more than the backing of Sylvester Stallone to record victory in their British and Commonwealth heavyweight title fight. The pair meet on September 18 at the LG Arena, Birmingham. Last week, Chisora met up with Stallone at the premiere of his latest film, the Expendables. And the Rocky actor gave him his full support ahead of his fight with Sexton. But the Commonwealth champion has hit back at his domestic rival. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
No more ESPN2 Friday Night Fights scheduled for this year that actually take place on a Friday night. This week’s ESPN2 show will be a Wednesday boxing telecast featuring jr middleweight Erislandy Lara against Willie Lee. The final show of the “boxing season” as ESPN likes to call it, will be on Saturday August 28 from Montreal. That card is seeking a new main event after hot middleweight David Lemieux (23-0, 22 KOs) had to pull out with an injury. There may be some FNF special telecasts cropping up on occasion until the weekly boxing series returns in January.
Luckily fight fans will still have plenty of boxing on Friday nights with SHOWTIME’s popular ShoBox series, TeleFutura’s weekly Solo Boxeo series and Telemundo’s Boxeo Telemundo.
The next generation of New England boxers, led by undefeated Providence super middleweight Vladine Biosse, will be showcased Friday night, Sept. 3 on the “Labor Daze” card, presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES), at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, RI. Biosse (7-0, 4 KOs), a former University of Rhode Island football player, is coming off a nationally-televised win against “Irish” Joey McCreedy in which the Cape Verdean native won an 8-round decision for the New England super middleweight title. In his first main event, Biosse will defend his title against an opponent to be determined in an 8-round bout. (more…)
Photo gallery from today’s WEC fighter workouts at the Palms in Las Vegas: Dominick Cruz, Joseph Benavidez, Shane Roller, Anthony Pettis, Cub Swanson, Chad Mendes and more! Click here for gallery by Chris Cozzone
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
Integrated Sports Media, North America’s undisputed Pay-Per-View distribution leader of major boxing events, will showcase Mexican great Erik “Terrible” Morales to American boxing fans once again September 11, headlining the “Mexican Fiesta” pay-per-view event live from Mexico City. “We’re excited to bring U.S. boxing fans the second comeback fight for living legend Erik Morales, who is the last man to defeat Manny Pacquaio,” Integrated Sports Media president Doug Jacobs said. “It’s a privilege for Integrated Sports Media to air this living legend’s continued comeback. The rest of the card is loaded with interesting fights that insure an entertaining night of boxing.”
“Mexican Fiesta,” presented by Grupo Empresarial Matiz, is being distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 9 PM/ET – 6 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view for a suggested retail price of $29.95. For more details and photos click here…
TeleFutura’s Sólo Boxeo sets down at Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Arizona on Friday with a tough test for featherweight Michael Franco (16-0, 10 KOs) as he puts his “0” on the line against Adolfo Landeros (20-14-1, 9 KOs) in an eight-rounder. In the co-feature, another unbeaten star on the rise unbeaten 22-year-old lightweight Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (18-0-1, 8 KOs) risks his perfect record against Mexican veteran Genaro Trazancos (24-11, 14 KO’s) in another eight round bout.
In other notable undercard action, hot Ghanaian welterweight prospect Abdullai Amidu (14-0, 12 KOs) and power punching heavyweight Eric Woods (5-1, 4 KOs) feature in a six rounders against opponents to be named.
Photo: WEC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz (15-1) puts the finishing touches on his training, today at the Palms in Las Vegas. On Saturday, Cruz will take on No. 1 Contender Joseph Benavidez (12-1) at the Palms, televised on VERSUS. Stay tuned for a full photo feature on today’s workouts.
The baddest man on the planet, UFC® heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, is back in the main event for UFC 121, and unbeaten Cain Velasquez is looking to take his belt and become the first man to knock him out. Lesnar proved he had beaten the severe illness that kept him sidelined for a year by withstanding the onslaught by Shane Carwin at UFC 116 and defending his heavyweight title with a slick submission in the second round. His opponent at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, on October 23, 2010, Cain Velasquez, has already made short work out of the heavyweight division and he promises to make the most of his first shot at the title. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA bantamwweight world champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno wants in on the proposed SHOWTIME bantamweight tournament. The final format still hasn’t been worked out, but names like Vic Darchinyan, Joseph Agbeko, Yhonny Perez, Abner Mares and Fernando Montiel have been mentioned. Moreno (30-1-1, 10 KOs) retained his belt on Saturday night with a hard fought split decision over Nehomar Cermeno.
By Sam DiTusa at ringside
Promoter Chris Jones fight card was a big hit Saturday night at the Elks Club in Tacoma, Washington. The card featured bouts for Washington State titles in the welterweight and jr welterweight divisions. Dashon Johnson (11-2-3, 3 KOs) defeated tough veteran Paul Mpendo,(7-6-4, 3 KOs) for the Washington State 147 lb title, and Willie Williams topped Jason Saunders for the State 140lb belt. (more…)
Former world title challenger and New York-based Dmitriy Salita (30-1-1, 16 KOs) will meet Dominican Franklin Gonzalez (13-5, 9 KOs) September 1st at the Oceana Hall in Brooklyn, New York. Salita will test out the welterweight waters as the bout will be fought at a contracted weight of 147 pounds maximum. The bout will also mark the reunion of Salita and trainer Nirmal Lorick. Lorick is best known for training former world champions Luis Collazo and Travis Simms. Lorick worked with Salita back in his amateur days and in the earlier part of Salita’s professional career. Salita is training out of the Universal Boxing Club in Ozone Park in Queens, New York. The bout will be broadcast exclusively on The Jewish Channel. Tickets are $60, $100, $150 available at dsalita.com or the Oceana Box Office. Dmitriy will be playing dual roles as both fighter and promoter.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Current WBA cruiserweight world champion Guillermo “Felino” Jones of Panama could soon be stripped of his crown. Jones won the title in September 2008 and has yet to defend. The WBA World Championships Committee is expected to vacate the belt shortly, thereby opening the door to challengers in the division that desire to fight. “We have been flexible with Jones,” said WBA President Gilberto Mendoza. “It’s sad, but the moment to decide has arrived. He couldn’t have expected more.”
Middleweight contender Giovanni Lorenzo is spending the scorching hot summer days training in New York City with one goal in mind, crushing WBA champion Felix Sturm on Saturday, September 4th in Cologne, Germany.
Said Lorenzo: “My preparation has been going great; I am in the best shape of my career, physically and mentally. I am so hungry to prove that I am the best middleweight in the world.” (more…)
Story by Chris Cozzone
It may be billed as a showdown of two sports – boxing vs. mixed martial arts – but at least one of the principals involved doesn’t see it that way.
“There’s nothing riding on this with the sport,” says UFC legend Randy Couture, who is matched up against former boxing champion James “Lights Out” Toney in the co-main of UFC 118, August 28 on Pay-Per-View . . . Click here for more
The full card has been released for the August 21 “The Big Challenge” PPV card, headlining Tomasz Adamek (41-1, 27 KOs) vs. Michael Grant (46-3, 34 KOs) for the IBF International/NABO heavyweight championship. In the co-main, ten rounds at junior middleweight, Joel Julio (35-4, 31 KOs) takes on Jamaal Davis (12-6, 6 KOs), of Philadelphia. Two more bouts will be shown on the PPV telecast: In an eight-round welterweight bout, Brooklyn’s Sadam Ali (8-0, 4 KOs) will fight Costa Rica’s Lenin Arroyo (20-12-1, 4 KOs); and in a sixer at junior welterweight, Jeremy Ryan (13-1, 6 KOs), of Paterson, N.J., takes on Pittsburgh’s Daniel Mitchell (5-1-1, 2 KOs). Three more bouts will round off the card: In a four-round junior lightweight bout, Brooklyn’s Shemuel Pagan will make his pro debut against Philadelphia’s Raul Rivera (0-2); Atlantic City’s Osnel Charles (3-2) takes on Hector Collado (0-1-1), of Union City, N.J., in a four-round junior lightweight bout; and, in the opener, junior lightweight debuters Tyrone Luckey of Middletown, N.J. goes up against Larry Yanez of Ft. Lauderdale.
A few months back Scott Jorgensen and Joseph Benavidez, two buddies who compete in the same division, made a pact: “We knew we were neck-and-neck for the next title shot and we said, “It doesn’t matter who gets it. One of us will fight Dominick (Cruz) and then we’ll fight each other for the belt.’” . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, WEC
It’s an evening of hard-hitting boxing action — primarily showcasing the junior welterweight division — on Friday night, August 20 when Thompson Boxing Promotions presents a five-bout card billed as “Path to Glory” at Omega Products International in Corona, California.
Three of the five bouts will be contested at 140 pounds headlined by the scheduled eight-round main event of California fighters, as Riverside’s Mauricio Herrera (14-1, 6 KOs) looks to take another step up the junior welterweight ladder when he battles rugged veteran Hector Alatorre (16-10, 5 KOs), of Tulare. The co-feature, slated for six rounds, will pit undefeated Los Angeles junior welter Chris Rizo (4-0-1, 2 KOs) against always-tough Jose Alfredo Lugo (11-13-1, 5 KOs).
The WBC has officially asked promoters Ahmet Öner and Lou DiBella to take up negotiations for a welterweight championship fight between WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (26-0, 20 KOs) and WBC Silver welterweight champion Selcuk Aydin (20-0, 15 KOs). Öner and DiBella have until September 17th to reach an agreement or the fight will go purse bid at WBC headquarters in Mexico City.
Part of WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck’s preparations for Saturday’s highly anticipated title defense against Matt Godfrey in Erfurt, Germany has included time in an extreme cold -110° celsius cryochamber which helps regeneration after a draining workout. “It feels like an ice cube you suck with your tongue,” he described. “Only both you and your tongue feel like ice cubes at the same time. The icy cold hurts a little at first. But after you’ve left the cryochamber, you feel good. I had a funny experience once because I had just taken a shower before entering the chamber, my hair wasn’t completely dry yet. The cold froze my hair and broke parts off!”
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