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Denis Kang has no clue which Michael Bisping is going to show up at the MEN Arena in Manchester, England on Saturday night. Will it be the aggressive young man who shot out to a 15-0 record in MMA, or one who may be questioning himself a little bit after suffering the first knockout loss of his career in July to Dan Henderson? . . . click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
Much has been written lately regarding Israel Vazquez’s future as rumors swirl around the internet and on print papers in Mexico. Vazquez’s manager Frank Espinoza sat down and answered a few questions regarding his fighter in order to set the record straight. (more…)
Manny Pacquiao is ready to rumble with Miguel Cotto, five days before their scheduled 12-round welterweight title match at the MGM Grand. This was the sentiment of top trainer Freddie Roach, who told a pack of Manila-based writers that the Filipino pound-for-pound king “knows the gameplan better than me at this point.” “He’s one step ahead of me at all times,” said Roach, who arrived in Las Vegas late Monday night from Los Angeles. “We had a good sparring (earlier), light and easy nice and loose. I’m really happy. We’re ready to go,” said Roach, who will still continue to preside over Pacquiao’s remaining workouts penciled at the IBA Gym. “We’ll slow down here in Las Vegas today but we’ll use the mitts and go to the game plan mentally. Just physically walk through it in the ring. Make sure everyone is in the same page and fight the perfect fight.” Even if the fight is very close, Roach admits he is still watching Cotto’s fights on video. “I watch Cotto f____n’ every day. Manny doesn’t want to watch tape that much, he gets bored after 30 seconds. I explain to him what he does, he sees it and he understands,” added the 49-year-old tactician.
Mick Croucher, President of the World Boxing Foundation, has responded to news of the formation of a restructured World Boxing Federation: “The WBF (Foundation), an Australian registered company, continues to operate as it always has and will continue to recognize champions who have fought for our titles. We also have a number of scheduled bouts that will take place before the end of the year and will recognize these fighters under the WBF (Foundation) banner. We recognize the potential for confusion here with sanctioning bodies commonly recognized by their acronym and will therefore be taking steps to protect our legitimate interests and prevent any unauthorized use of the WBF name.”
Former world champion Rafael Marquez declared himself ready to take on Israel Vazquez in a fourth fight and denied that he has made any unreasonable financial demands as the Vazquez camp has claimed. “They are lying to Israel. His manager had said that I’m asking for the moon and the stars to fight him again but that’s simply not true. I’m working with some people here in Mexico to get something clear with Gary Shaw, but I’m ready to fight him in February or March of 2010,” said Marquez. (more…)
Six-time world champion pound-for-pound king Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao is surrounded by adoring fans at the Wildcard Boxing Club in Hollywood Monday as he prepares to leave for Las Vegas with the special Pacquiao bus and caravan of vehicles for his upcoming “FIREPOWER” world welterweight championship fight against three-time world champion and the pride of Puerto Rico Miguel Cotto. Pacquiao vs Cotto is promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Cotto Promotions, MGM Grand and Tecate, will take place, Saturday, November 14 at the sold out MGM Grand in Las Vegas and will be available live on HBO Pay-Per-View.
Ringside by Matt Richardson & Mariano A. Agmi
Photos by Emily Harney
This time, there was no doubt.
In front of a largely partisan crowd at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut light heavyweight title-holder Chad Dawson won his second consecutive rematch when he beat former champion Glen Johnson by a unanimous 12-round decision in the main event of HBO’s World Championship Boxing . . . Click here for more
Undefeated No. 1 contender son of the legend Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Troy Rowland held a media day in Los Angeles on Monday for their upcoming middleweight special attraction fight on the PPV undercard of “Firepower” Pacquiao vs Cotto. Also on hand was welterweight contender Jesus Soto-Karass, who meets former world title challenger Alfonso Gomez in another PPV bout. Pacquiao vs Cotto is promoted by Top Rank, in association with MGM Grand and Tecate and will take place Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. More photos…
With the return of UFC® superstar Tito Ortiz engaged in a rematch with former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin and two of the welterweight class’ most exciting knockout artists, Josh Koscheck and Anthony Johnson, ready to trade hands, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® is proud to confirm the remaining bouts for UFC 106: Ortiz vs. Griffin 2, live from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Saturday, November 21st. Amir Sadollah vs. Phil Baroni, Luiz Cane vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Karo Parisyan vs. Dustin Hazelett, Marcus Davis vs. Ben Saunders, Kendall Grove vs. Jake Rosholt, Paulo Thiago vs. Jacob Volkmann, Brock Larson vs. Brian Foster, Caol Uno vs. Fabricio Camoes and George Sotiropoulos vs. Jason Dent fill out a stacked card in one of the year’s most anticipated fight nights. (more…)
Here is a message from WBA Super-Middleweight Champion Mikkel Kessler ahead of his November 21 Super Six World Boxing Classic clash with Andre Ward:
I have been in Sacramento for one week now and so far everything is working out the way it should. The training facilities are great – and I am also very happy about the level of my sparring partners in the ring. I truly believe that the level of the sparring is one of the key elements for a good performance and proper preparation. The more your sparring resembles your actual opponent, the better the chance that you will actually beat him in the ring.
Previously in my career I have experienced some bad sparring partners before important bouts – fighters who didn’t have the skills in the ring. Therefore my team and I have worked hard on finding some tough fighters with similar boxing skills and tactics as Andre Ward. Fortunately Otis Griffin, Eric Regan and Mike Alexander have so far shown really good skills in the ring – and they have all been great sparring partners. (more…)
WBC super welterweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (44-1-2, 24 KOs) vowed today to knock out two-division WBO champ Paul “The Punisher” Williams (37-1, 27 KOs) when they meet in a middleweight bout on December 5th at the Boardwalk Hall Ballroom in Atlantic City. “I’m going to win by knockout and I’m sure of it,” said Martinez. “I’m in the best shape of my life and at the peak of my career. I’m a lot faster than Paul and I don’t take as many hits as he does, so I know that will really bode well for me in the fight.” Williams said he’s heard it before. “They all say they’re going to win until they get in the ring, then all that changes once the punches start flying.”
When Michael Bisping discusses his knockout loss to Dan Henderson in July, he doesn’t do it with a sense of detachment, doesn’t airbrush what happened, and doesn’t come up with a laundry list of excuses for being stopped in the second round by the former two-division PRIDE champion . . . click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
TKO Boxing Promotions finished up an unprecedented swing of cross country world class professional boxing events over the last week culminating Thursday night in Cockeysville, Maryland, as they presented an action packed evening at the Fourth Annual Jonathan Ogden Foundation Charity Boxing Event at Martins Valley Mansion . . . Click here for more
By Rick Scharmberg at ringside
World-rated Mike “MJ” Jones, of Philadelphia, PA continues to impress, stopping Colombian brawler Raul “El Tendero” Pinzon at 1:40 of the fifth round in a scheduled 10 round welterweight bout last night at Bally’s Atlantic City in Atlantic City, NJ. Jones systematically broke down the strong, wild-swinging Pinzon, before finishing him with a brutal left hook to the body. In the co-feature, “King” Gabriel Rosado successfully bounced back from his loss to Alfredo Angulo with an exciting seventh round stoppage of fellow Philadelphian Latif Mundy in an eight round junior middleweight bout. Peltz Boxing promoted the 7-bout card. (more…)
The November 21 “Universum Champions Night” event in Kiel, Germany will now be a world title tripleheader! The WBA super middleweight title clash between Dimitri Sartison (25-1, 16 KOs) and Stjepan Bozic (23-3, 14 KOs), originally slated for November 28, has been added to the November 21 card taking place at the Sparkassen Arena. It will be the second world title shot for the WBA #2 rated Sartison, pictured, when he faces the #3 rated Bozic for the title vacated when Mikkel Kessler was elevated to super champion.
In the main event, long time WBO light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei (30-0, 17 KOs) will move up a division to challenge WBC cruiserweight champion Giacobbe Fragomeni (26-1-1, 10 KOs). The third world title fight features WBC interim super featherweight world champion Humberto Gutierrez (26-1-1, 19 KOs) defending against Olympic medalist Vitali Tajbert (17-1).
By Ron Jackson
Howard Goldberg from Cape Town, South Africa, has been appointed president of the restructured World Boxing Federation. His election followed a meeting in Dessau, Germany, on the eve of Francois Botha’s defence of his World Boxing Foundation heavyweight title against Cuban Pedro Carrion. Prominent and influential boxing administrators met with Goldberg, a former world title referee and judge, to discuss changes in the Federation. (more…)
Top Rank is planning to show some of the undercard fights free prior to Saturday’s Pacquiao-Cotto PPV telecast starts, including a bout featuring the highly touted Olympian middleweight Matt Korobov (7-0, 6 KOs). “We are going to do something very unique on the night of the 14th,” revealed Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. “We are going to feed the part of the undercard that is not on pay-per-view which features so many aspiring young fighters who are looking to make their mark on boxing and we are going to put it on various channels on inDemand, cable systems, on DirecTV and on Dish Network and that will run from 7-8:30 PM ET and it will feature fighters like Matt Korobov, the young Russian sensation; Rodrigo Garcia from Los Angeles, a real future prospect. Then at 8:30PM ET, a half hour prior to the pay-per-view, we’re doing a special 30-minute show which is very exciting and that leads into the pay-per-view telecast which begins at 9PM ET.”
On Tuesday pound-for-pound king Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and three-time world champion Miguel Cotto will make their MGM grand arrivals, officially kicking off fight Week for FirePower — their sold out welterweight championship mega fight. Pacquiao and Cotto will arrive at the MGM Grand’s Front Lobby Porte Cochere at 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. PT, respectively. The event is open to the public and the media.
By Matt Richardson
After light heavyweight title-holder Chad Dawson beat Glen Johnson in April of 2008, there was a lot to say. Some voiced their opinion that Dawson won, some thought Johnson won and other’s thought it was a draw. It was, in short, a compelling, competitive fight with a debatable outcome. But that wasn’t the case on Saturday night. In arguably the finest performance of his still young career, Dawson (29-0, 17 KO’s) dominated Johnson (49-13-2, 33 KO’s) to win a 12-round unanimous decision at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut. Dawson won. Johnson lost. And now both men will move on with their careers in different fashions. (more…)
IBO welterweight champion Lovemore “Black Panther” Ndou has arrived in England and is ready to defend his title against Matthew Hatton, the younger brother of Ricky “Hitman” Hatton. The Ndou-Hatton fight will be held at the Fenton Manor Sports Complex in Stoke, Staffordshire, UK on Friday night 13th November 2009. Ndou has promised to destroy 28 year-old Hatton (37 wins, 4 losses, 14 knockouts) and in doing so, hopes to entice Ricky Hatton, the former undisputed super lightweight world champion, into a fight. (more…)
WBO interim cruiserweight champion Ola Afolabi (14-1-3, 6 KOs) stands between co-manager Victor Martinez (left) and trainer Juan Carlos “El Panda” Martinez (right) prior to a recent workout at the famed Freddie Roach Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California. Afolabi is in training for his upcoming showdown with WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (26-1, 20 KOs) on December 5 in Ludwigsburg, Germany. (more…)
Ringside by Jacob Chavez
Photos by John Booz
Chicago fight fans were treated to an exciting night of boxing action Friday at the UIC pavilion when local favorite up and coming super middleweight prospect, Donovan “Da Bomb” George (18-0-1, 16 KOs) made a return to Windy City after more than two years, to face veteran Jason Robert Naugler (19-10-1, 11 Kos) in the scheduled for the main event . . . click here for more
David Haye is the new WBA Heavyweight Champion after clinching a points victory over Nikolai Valuev. Fighting in front of a sell-out crowd of 8,000 fans in Nuremberg, Haye was ahead 116-112 on two cards, with the third judge ruling the contest a 114-114 draw. The clash drew a sensational peak market share of 40,5 percent (8,4 million viewers) on German free-to-air giant ARD. “It’s a dream come true,” Haye enthused afterwards. “I’ve fought the biggest heavyweight champion of all time and caught him with big shots. My speed was key tonight. He has a granite chin and took my punches. I’m a guy who says what he thinks and sometimes that upsets people but I’m full of respect for Valuev, he showed he can take some big shots.” (more…)
By Shamus Young at ringside
Junior Lightweight Andrey Isaev improved to 22-1 with a ten round majority decision over Derrick Campos (20-10) at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA. Campos appeared to be the stronger of the two men and brought the action with a straightforward slugging style. Isaev is a lanky fighter, but he gives up his height and reach advantages by hunching over and rarely using his jab. Isaev had the faster hands, straighter punches, and solid inside fighting technique, which he used to win most exchanges. Campos survived cuts over both eyes to stage a late rounds rally, but it wasn’t enough to get the win. Judges had it 96-94 twice, and 95-95. Fightnews had it 99-91 for Isaev. (more…)
According to Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions, Rita Figueroa is doing very well. She was very talkative late this afternoon when he visited the hospital and is expected to make a complete recovery and leave the hospital in the coming days. She thanks everyone for their well wishes and prayers. Rita has long been a fan favorite in Chicago, known for her take no prisoners style of boxing. Her fight on Friday night against Kita Watkins was fought in the exactly the same manner.
By Matt Richardson and Mariano A. Agmi at ringside
This time there was no question. IBO light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (29-0, 17 KOs) defended his IBO belt and won the vacant WBC interim belt with a twelve round unanimous decision over Glen Johnson (49-13-2, 33 KOs) on Saturday night at the XL Center in Hartford, CT. Johnson tried to pressure Dawson, but Chad was too fast, too mobile and too skilled to let “The Road Warrior” turn it into a brawl as he did in their first fight. Scores were 115-113, 115-113, 117-111. For more details and photos click here…
By Rick Scharmberg at ringside
NABA welterweight beltholder Mike Jones (19-0, 16 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over tough guy Raul Pinzon (16-4-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at Bally’s Atlantic City. Jones put Pinzon on the deck with a body shot in round five. Time was 1:40.
Junior middleweight Gabriel Rosado (13-4, 8 KOs) stopped Latif Mundy (8-2-1, 3 KOs) at 1:53 of round seven.
Comebacking welterweight Mike “No Joke” Stewart (44-7-2, 23 KOs) overcame a third round knockdown and a cut to post a close six round unanimous decision over Louie Leija (21-13-1, 15 KOs). Scores were 57-56 on all three cards.
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Manny Pacquiao stopped the flow of traffic late Saturday afternoon on Vine Street in Hollywood as he was about to honor a commitment with Nike. Pacquiao had just wound up his training at the Wild Card Boxing Club as he is revving up for next week’s big clash with Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico in Las Vegas when the crowd started to swell. Members of the LAPD had to be called in to make sure Pacquiao gets out of the Wild Card premises in time for his appointment.
By Johnny B’
Last night at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois, veteran female fighter Rita Figueroa dropped a six round decision to Kita Watkins ( 57-56 on all three cards) . After the light welterweight bout, Figueroa was taken to a nearby hospital where she has undergone brain surgery. Figueroa is in Intensive Care Unit at this time. All her family, friends and fans wish her a full recovery.
By Alexey Potapov
In a walk-out bout in Nuremberg, former WBO heavyweight champion Sergey Lyakhovich (24-3, 15 KOs) scored a first round annihilation of Jeremy Bates (22-17-1, 18 KOs). The bout was waved off after Lyakhovich connected with a big left hand.
Feature story by Mariano A. Agmi
One of the world’s best pound for pound talents returns home tonight when “Bad” Chad Dawson (28-0, 17 KOs) takes on the “Road Warrior,” Glen Johnson (49-12, 33 KOs), at the XL Center in Hartford, CT . . . click here for more
By Alexey Sukachev and Alexey Potapov
Britain’s best David “The Hayemaker” Haye (23-1, 21 KOs) made a history by becoming only the second ever cruiserweight champion to capture a world title in the most prestigious weight class on Saturday night at the Versischerung Arena in Nuremberg, Germany. Haye outpointed WBA heavyweight titleholder Nikolay Valuev (50-2, 34 KOs) in a close and, in some corners, controversial fashion with the scores 114-114, 116-112 and 116-112. WBA #4 Haye followed the path of the legendary Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield, who was, ironically, defeated by Nikolay in his last bout. (more…)
By Dave Spencer at ringside
Super middleweight Sebastien Demers (30-2 11KO) came storming back from a first round knockdown to post a 116-110, 116-110, 115-112 victory over a game Nicholson Poulard (13-3 6KO), capturing the vacant NABF title on Saturday afternoon at the Montreal Casino in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Poulard came out strong, capturing five of the first six rounds on one scorecard while taking down the former world title challenger with a right hand at the end of the first and hurting him in the second. Demers though was able to weather the storm, getting a knockdown of his own to end the 7th, a perfect left that Poulard never saw coming. The victory sets up a fight for December 11th on the undercard of Pascal-Diaconu against another local rival, world ranked Renan St-Juste.
It looked as if it was going to be long day for knockout sensation David Lemieux. It wasn’t. The exciting middleweight scored his 19th knockout in as many fights getting things done before the end of the second round. Alfredo Contreras (10-7-1 4KO) took a blitzkrieg of blows in the second round and remained vertical until a body blow crippled the Mexican fighter, taking him down for a count of ten and beyond at the 2:57 mark. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Junior welterweight Patrick Ortiz may have the nickname of “El Elegante” (the elegant one), but his fighting style is anything but that. Just ask his opponent, Sergio Rivera. Ortiz dominated Rivera throughout eight rounds, easily winning a unanimous decision victory before over 1,300 at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA. The bout headlined a five-bout “Path to Glory” card, presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBO #9 Ryan Waters (18-2-1, 11 KOs) retained the WBO Oriental 154 pound title on Friday when he stopped Fijian Opeti Tagi (13-5, 6 KOs) in four rounds at the Cronulla Leagues Club, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Waters controlled the action as he boxed aggressively in all rounds contested. At :47 of round four referee Will Soulos crowned Waters to save Tagi from further punishment. (more…)
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