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By Gabriel F. Cordero
It has been reported today that super featherweight prospects Alejandro Sanabria (29-1-1, 22 KO’s) and John Molina (23-1, 19 KO’s) will meet next December 3 in Mexico for WBC silver title. Sanabria-Molina will be on the same card where WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez defends against Caballero Roinet. The Promociones del Pueblo event will be held at a venue to be determined. “We’re waiting for a great night for Mexican boxing and to close a good year as a company for the benefit of our boxers and prospects. Hopefully this will be the beginning of what we want to do in the 2012,” said promoter Oswaldo Kuchle.
Tonight, WBC Latino Welterweight Champion Artemio “King” Reyes (13-1, 11 KOs) will step into the squared ring and go toe-to-toe for 8 rounds is a super welterweight bout against 2008 Olympian Javier “El Intocable” Molina (9-0, 4 KOs) as the co-feature to Brandon Gonzales vs. Ossie Duran on SHOWTIME’s “ShoBox: The New Generation”. Reyes took time away from his hectic schedule to answer a Q&A in order to give fight fans an insight into the life of a rising star. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg
Former Olympian Javier “El Intocable” Molina (9-0, 4 KOs) faces Artemio “King” Reyes (13-1, 11 KOs) during the co-feature of tonight’s “SHOBOX: The New Generation” card. The California-based prospects will meet in an eight round welterweight bout at Bally’s Event Center in Atlantic City, NJ.
Molina was a decorated amateur star and represented the United States at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. He compiled an impressive 153-13 record as an amateur. Molina turned pro in 2009, and quickly stopped his first three opponents before suffering a hand injury in training that required surgery, and kept him out of the ring for nearly a year. Molina returned better than ever, and remained unbeaten in his next six fights. (more…)
With early pay-per-view numbers counted and confirmed, Floyd Mayweather’s recent fight against Victor Ortiz generated buys from 1.25 million homes with a value of $78,440,000 in pay-per-view revenue. These numbers make the event the second highest grossing non-heavyweight pay-per-view event of all time. Mayweather has now appeared in the three biggest non-heavyweight pay-per-view events in the sport’s history, including Mayweather vs. Oscar de la Hoya ($136,853,700), Mayweather vs. Ortiz ($78,440,000 million) and Mayweather vs. Sugar Shane Mosley ($78,330,000 million).
“My motto is ‘hard work and dedication’ and I have shown this throughout my entire career, which has allowed me to go out and perform each time I step in the ring,” said Mayweather. “I give the fans everything I have with the best competition and exciting fights. I must be doing something right as they keep buying my fights and I appreciate their tremendous support. It feels good to be able to generate such a great interest in the sport.”
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By Boxing Bob Newman
With a little over six weeks away from the start of the WBC’s 49th annual convention in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Mandalay Bay Hotel, President Jose Sulaiman is pulling out all the stops. Ever proud of the long list of “Firsts” that the organization is accomplished in the sport of boxing, Don Jose is ready to add another entry to that list. For the first time ever, boxing fans will be welcomed to the convention- seeing the inner working of meetings, seminars, etc., as well as the chance to meet over 50 past and present world champions. The convention runs from December 11th – 17th. In an effort to make this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity more affordable to fans, the WBC and host hotel Mandalay Bay have reduced room rates for the convention to $59 US per night from Sunday December 11th to Thursday December 15th and $74 US for Friday & Saturday, December 16 & 17! (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Unbeaten middleweight Brandon “Flawless” Gonzales (14-0-1, 10 KOs) of Sacramento, Calif., faces his biggest challenge in veteran Ossie “The Ghanaian Gladiator” Duran (26-8-2, 10 KOs) tonight in an eight-round main event showdown on ShoBox: The New Generation. The fight airs on SHOWTIME at 11PM ET/PT from Bally’s Grand Ballroom in Atlantic City, N.J. In the eight-round welterweight co-feature, unbeaten Javier “El Intocable” Molina (9-0, 4 KOs) from Norwalk, Calif., takes on Artemio “King” Reyes (13-1, 11 KOs) of Colton, Calif.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Circe Cuevas/Canelo Promotions
WBC Youth champion Tomoki Kameda (21-0, 13 KOs) is doing his training in Mexico for his next fight on December 7 in Osaka, Japan, where his brothers Koki and Daiki will also fight at the Prefectural Gym. “I will train very hard and for that I am in Mexico once again. I want to be world champion and I’m learning here for that. I will travel to Manila, where I’ll meet my brothers and start boxing,” said Tomoki. Koki, Daiki and Tomoki Kameda are the stars of the “Kameda Festival 2011″ where Koki defends his WBA bantamweight belt, Daiki fights in a WBA super flyweight contest, and Tomoki meets a world ranked opponent in a ten-rounder. Click here for more photos…
Here are the Weights for tonight’s Trick or Beat Card from Albany, NY
Chris Fitzpatrick 160 vs. Jose Medina 160
Marcus Williams 160 vs. Marcus Brooks 160
Jackie Trivilino 125 vs. Angel Gladney 125
Shawn Miller 175 vs. Mark Anderson 173
Sarah Kuhn 145 vs. Kali Reis 146
Javier Martinez 142 vs. William Ware 143
Tim Skolnik 276 vs. Kalven Jenkins 223
Aleem Whitefield 169 vs. Bruno Bouhi 168
Ares Promotions Presents Fight NIght VI – “Trick Or Beat”
Empire Convention Center – Under the “Egg”
Doors Open at 6 p.m.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo by Johnny Chaichotchuang
Thailand flyweight prospect Rusalee Samor (14-3-2, 6 KOs) scored a twelve round decision over Filipino Ryan Tampus (10-8, 7KOs) in an exciting battle at the Mahanakorn Floating Market, Bangkok, Thailand on Wednesday. Tampus took control of the contest in round one as he connected with accurate combinations on the aggressive Samor. The Thai boxer stepped up the pace in round two and delivered solid head and body shots consistently on the tough 22-year-old Filipino who seemed to tire through rounds six to eight but in round nine Tampus connected with accurate combinations on Samor that had him out on his feet through most of the round but showing a big heart he stayed upright until the bell. Samor recovered well between rounds mainly because of his excellent physical conditioning and came back to win rounds ten and eleven. Tampus went on the attack in the final round and scored well to win the round but went down by decision to Samor by scores 115-112, 116-112, 116-111. (more…)
By Rocco Morales at ringside
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
In a tremendous fight, Bernabe Concepcion (31-4-1, 17KO) earned a harder than expected split decision victory over very tough Aaron Garcia (10-3-2, 2KO) to win the WBC Continental Americas title on Thursday night at the San Manuel Casino in Highland, California. The 23-year-old Concepcion, a two time WBO featherweight title challenger, who came up short in title challenges against Steven Luevano and Juan Manuel Lopez, demonstrated good speed and power but was unable to knockout his determined challenger and was very fortunate that he was facing an opponent with just a 14% knockout ratio and equally fortunate to be fighting in front of a boisterous Filipino crowd and fighting for the promoter of the event. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Puerto Rican referee Rafael Ramos will be the third man in the ring when Mexican WBA flyweight champion Hernan ¨Tyson¨ Marquez (31-2, 24 KOs) defends against Panamanian former WBA flyweight world champion Luis “El Nica” Concepcion (23-2, 18 KOs) on Centro de Usos Multiples, Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. The three judges are Cesar Ramos (Puerto Rico), Levi Martinez (U.S.) and Raul Caiz Sr. (U.S.).
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Former Venezuelan Olympian and now fighting out of Oxnard, CA, Alfonso Blanco won a one-sided six round unanimous decision over junior middleweight Leshon Sims on Thursday night at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles. Blanco (7-0, 2 KO’s) came on aggressively from the opening bell, landing at will to the head of Sims. Blanco cut Sims (5-10, 3 KO’s) over the right eye with a punch in the first round. However, Sims, sensing he was down, came on and fought in spurts in the second half of the fight. Sims, from Fontana, CA, landed an occasional hook or cross to the head of Blanco. However, Blanco was able to do enough in the end to win on all judges’ scorecards, 60-54. Sims, who had not fought in almost three years, has now lost his last four fights in a row. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao makes a special appearance Thursday night at the San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino where his company MP Promotions in association with Top Rank was promoting the fight card. Pacquiao is in Los Angeles preparing for his upcoming third mega-fight against three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions,Marquez Boxing,Tecate and MGM Grand, Pacquiao vs Marquez III will take place, Saturday, Nov. 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and be produced and distributed by HBO Pay Per View. Click here for more photos…
Eloy Perez 131 vs. Ira Terry 129
Paul Mendez 172 vs. Loren Myers 174
Magomed Abdusalamov 233 vs. Masataka Takehara 229
Carina Moreno 112 vs. Sharon Gaines 111
Randy Puga 170 vs. Jose Hurtado 171
Jonathan Zamudio 137 vs. Ulises Soriano 133
Venue: Sherwood Inn, Salinas, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
Welterweight opponents BJ Penn and Nick Diaz face off at the UFC 137 pre-fight press conference at the New York New York Hotel and Casino on October 27, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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For more on UFC 137 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Las Vegas Casino Pioneer, Kirk Kerkorian visits with Hall of Fame Top Rank promoter Bob Arum to watch superstar Manny Pacquiao work out at the Wildcard Boxing Club Thursday. Pacquiao is preparing for his upcoming third mega-fight against three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions,Marquez Boxing,Tecate and MGM Grand, Pacquiao vs Marquez III will take place, Saturday, Nov. 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and be produced and distributed by HBO Pay Per View.
Photos Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Brandon “Flawless” Gonzales (14-0-1, 10 KOs) of Sacramento, Calif., weighed in at 161.5 pounds and Ossie “The Ghanaian Gladiator” Duran (26-8-2, 10 KOs) of Paterson, N.J., measured 161 pounds one day before their eight-round middleweight main event showdown on ShoBox: The New Generation, Friday, Oct. 28, at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from Bally’s Grand Ballroom in Atlantic City, N.J. In the eight-round welterweight co-feature, Javier “El Intocable” Molina (9-0, 4 KOs) from Norwalk, Calif., tipped the scales at 146 pounds and Artemio “King” Reyes (13-1, 11 KOs) of Colton, Calif., weighed 147 pounds. For more details and photos click here…
By Gabriel F.Cordero
Sad news from Argentina. Legendary boxing trainer Amilcar Brusa, who trained ring legend Carlos Monzon and thirteen other world champions, died Thursday in the city of Santa Fe in Argentina at the age 89 according to his family. A few days ago, Fightnews.com had reported that Brusa had been hospitalized with symptoms of acute bronchitis. Brusa was born on October 23, 1922 in Cologne Silva, a rural town in northern Santa Fe province. He had been an amateur heavyweight, but retired when he was unable to represent the country at the 1948 London Olympics. Brusa was a passionate man who contributed a lot to the sport. In 2007, he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York. In addition to Monzon, he trained world champions like Miguel Angel Cuello, Juan Domingo Cordoba, Jorge Rodrigo Barrios, Carlos Baldomir, Miguel Lora, Sugar ‘Baby’ Rojas, Thomas Molinares, Luis Mendoza, Rafael Pineda, Francisco Tejedor, Francisco Quiroz, Antonio Esparragoza and Antonio Carlos Hernandez.
Photos: Marcelino Miguel Castillo Gonzalez
WBA flyweight champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez and challenger Luis “Nica” Concepcion both assured that their rematch Saturday will be an epic fight. Each promised a knockout at Thursday’s press conference for the bout taking place at the Centro de Usos Múltiples (CUM) in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.
“It will be a war while it lasts,” said the challenger. “I came to the house of ‘Tyson’ to take the belt that belongs to me. This time things will be different. I’m coming in at 1000%, while last time was only 100%. Now, Marquez will run into a different ‘Nica.’ The title is going to Panama.”
Marquez, meanwhile vowed that the the title would stay in Mexico. “‘Nica’ wants the title back, but I don’t want to let it go for nothing…Conception will leave empty handed.” For more details and photos click here…
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