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Photos: German Villasenor/Team Margarito
Eight weeks away from hitting North Texas, the “Tijuana Tornado” Antonio Margarito is picking up steam as he heads to the coastal town of Oxnard, Calif. to continue his preparation for his rumble with the best pound for pound fighter in the world, The Honorable Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, Congressman from the province of Sarangani in the Philippines. After two weeks in the City of South El Monte, Calif., where the emphasis was on mountain road work and preliminary gym work, Margarito and his team, lead by head trainer and former IBF junior lightweight champion Robert Garcia, have relocated to Oxnard for the remainder of their training camp. For more details and photos click here…
Former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (51-5-1, 45 KOs), who will face WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko on October 16 at the O2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany, is outraged by Klitschko allegedly calling asthma a good excuse. “There are 300 million people in the world with asthma and not one of them would agree with Vitali Klitschko that it’s nothing serious,” said Briggs, a lifelong asthma sufferer. “Isn’t he supposed to be a doctor? A doctor of what???
“I have been in the trenches of this deadly disease and seen the heartbreak it causes,” he continued. “I spend every day trying to convince young people stricken with it that they can be anything they want in life, despite their challenges. What the world doesn’t need is someone who’s supposed to be a role model dismissing their condition as no big deal. These kids are not faking and neither am I. I am now personally dedicating my knockout punch to the sufferers of asthma worldwide that Vitali has offended. I plan on being a three-time world champion who respects people and their challenges.”
Golden Boy President Oscar de la Hoya laid out his vision of what would benefit the sport: one commission/sanctioning body and one major promoter. Golden Boy. “We need to sign all the talent and get all the TV dates,” said Oscar in an insightful interview with broadcastingcable.com. “Then you can have your own agenda and have a schedule for the fans and the sport. You can do a monthly PPV, a bi-weekly HBO fight, you can have the best fighters fight each other. When you have five or six promoters, it’s very difficult.” Read the entire interview…
After over a one year hiatus, Vista, CA’s featherweight Aaron Garcia (9-1, 2 KOs) is ready to step back into the ring with a new found energy for the sport. In his last bout, Garcia fought to a hard earned six round draw against Jesus Hernandez back in September of last year which was a rematch of their first draw three months earlier. (more…)
Upstate New York-based Pugnacious Promotions will collaborate with The Empire Sports & Entertainment Co. to promote three professional boxing events upstate in 2011, with portions of the cards scheduled to be televised nationwide by Fox Sports and affiliates. The fight cards, in February, April and July 2011, will be held at venues to be announced and will feature regional boxers as well as national prospects and top contenders promoted by The Empire. Lightweight Mike Faragon (12-0, 6 KOs), will be featured on all three shows.
Former heavyweight champion Smokin’ Joe Frazier will receive The Order of the Palmetto from Governor Mark Sanford tinight at 6pm at The Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in Beaufort, SC. The Order of the Palmetto is the highest civilian award bestowed by the State of South Carolina. It is the highest honor given to those individuals who have exhibited a lifetime of service and achievement. Frazier was born in Beaufort, SC, and lived there for 16 years before moving to Philadelphia to train for his now legendary pro boxing career.Former heavyweight champion Larry Holmes, Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers, longtime Madison Square Garden photographer George Kalinsky and artist Leroy Neiman are among those expected to attend. A private dinner will be held afterwards at 8pm. For information on tickets, contact John Trask III at 843-812-2210.
By Ricardo Conde
Photos: Ricardo Conde
NABO super featherweight champion Eloy “The Prince” Perez (18-0-2, 5 KOs) of Salinas, CA, trained by Max Garcia at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard, CA, continues his preparations as he is set to take on Dominic Salcido (18-2, 9 KOs) of Rialto, CA on Friday October 15 at the Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino in Indio, CA in a 10-round super featherweight bout in the main event on TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” which is being presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Thompson Boxing Promotions. Also in action will be Charles Huerta, Randy Caballero and undefeated heavyweights Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell and 2004 Olympic Bronze Medalist Deontay Wilder, in separate bouts. Tickets are priced at $25, $35 and $45 and will be available at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, by phone at (800) 827-2946 or online at www.FantasySprings.net.
By Michael Sheffield at ringside
A group of up and coming fighters put on an impressive display of power in what turned out to be short evenings for them and their opponents during the September edition of Prize Fight Boxing’s Fights at the Fitz series at the Fitz Hotel and Casino, Tunica, Ms. None of the four preliminary fights lasted longer than a round and a half, and Olympians Deontay Wilder and Gary Russell Jr. decimated their opponents. Heavyweight Wilder (12-0, 12 KOs) would add to his undefeated record with a 64 second two-punch destruction of the previously undefeated Shannon Caudle (9-1, 8 KOs). Featherweight Russell Jr. (12-0, 9 KOs) finished Willie Villanueva (9-3, 2 KOs) with a vicious right jab at 2:56 in the first round. Full report here…
In a light welterweight bout, unbeaten but unheralded newcomer Boris Berg (4-0, 2 KOs) won a shocking six round decision over reigning WBO European champion and world rated #3 Matt Zegan (42-6-1, 21 KOs) on Sunday evening at the “Altes Funkwerk” in Berlin, Germany. Against all odds, the 34-year-old Berg impressed with offensive boxing and brought pressure to bear on Zegan from the first round. Berg’s variety was excellent, and his punches to the head and to the body looked precise and powerful as the former WBO lightweight challenger Zegan never found his way into the match. The card was promoted by IFKO Box Promotion.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA’s 89th Annual Convention has been confirmed for Managua, Nicaragua on November 22-27 and will pay special tribute to the memory of Alexis Arguello, who died last year. “Alexis was a great friend of the WBA and of my father the Dr. Mendoza, this is a small homage that the WBA wants to offer in his memory,” said WBA Executive Vice-president Gilberto Jesús Mendoza Jr.
The WBA has also recognized the effort of officials in Nicaragua to organize this convention, especially Renzo Bagnariol/WBA International Director member, General Juan Alberto Molinares/Nicaraguan Boxing Commission President and boxing promoter PRODESA, which will present a special boxing card during the convention. Former WBC world champion Juan Palacios could face an opponent to be named for a WNA world title in the headliner. Among the expected guests are WBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov, WBA heavyweight champion David Haye and the former heavyweight champion George Foreman among others.
Two-division world champion Rafael Marquez took his training up a notch last week as he prepares for his world title battle against undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez on Saturday, November 6, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The rumble between the pride of México and Puerto Rico, respectively, will be televised live by SHOWTIME Championship Boxing. The 12-round world championship bout, originally set for Sept. 18, had to be rescheduled after Marquez injured his right thumb.
“The injury is totally healed. This will be the best preparation of my career. I will work very hard so I defeat Juanma when we meet because I know he will also be in top shape. We are going to give the fans the fight they deserve, which will be nothing less than the fight of the year,” said Marquez. (more…)
SHOWTIME Sports, Hennessy Sports and Team Sauerland have officially announced that Helsinki, Finland will host the decisive Super Six World Boxing Classic Group Stage 3 clash between Carl “The Cobra” Froch and King Arthur Abraham. On November 27, the two superstars will lock horns at the Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, which seats 14,000 people and is known for its passionate Finnish sports fans.
The fight was originally scheduled for Monaco but Froch was forced to pull out two weeks ago when he informed Showtime that a back injury would force him to sit out training for four weeks. Due to a scheduling conflict at the Chapiteau de Fontvieille in Monaco, the event has been moved to Finland. “We are pleased to have finalized all details,” promoter Kalle Sauerland said. “Helsinki will host the fight of the year. I am sure that I speak on behalf of boxing fans all over the world that cannot wait to see these two gladiators in the ring. King Arthur will cement his place in the semi-finals in this great Olympic City and one of the most impressive arenas in the world.” (more…)
Once hailed as British Boxing’s leading ambassador Ricky Hatton’s fall from grace has been spectacular to put it mildly. Not so long ago Ricky was everyone’s favourite sportsman, when he traveled to America to fight it was not unusual for over 30,000 fans to make the trip as well. Unfortunately so many have now turned against their former hero. Even the boxing hierarchy reacted, by revoking his professional boxing license, as well as his seconds and manager licenses and fining him £20,000 after finding him guilty of misconduct – in that his actions and behaviour were detrimental to the interests of Boxing and to the public interest and that he had brought the sport into disrepute.
Leading sports psychologist Andrea Firth-Clark explains the challenges faced by not only Ricky Hatton, but all athletes that have to adapt to the ending of what was not only a career, but their whole world. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Xolani Sifama who was making the first defence of his South African flyweight title stopped the previously unbeaten Wele Yokose at the Mdantsane Indoor Sports Centre near East London on Sunday. Sifama was too experienced for the younger Yokose and was in control through rounds one to ten as he boxed from behind his educated left jab. The southpaw challenger was more intent on going for a knockout instead of sticking to basic boxing skills and in round eleven paid the penalty when early in the round he went down for a count. Yokose managed to beat the count but soon afterwards after a flurry of punches he was sent crashing to the canvas down and out. (more…)
Former world middleweight champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik will be embarking on his professional comeback, headlining the televised undercard for the 12-round WBC super welterweight championship between combined 10-time world champions Congressman Manny Pacquiao and the “Tijuana Tornado” Antonio Margarito. Pavlik will be taking on Texan Brian Vera in a 10-round bout. The pay-per-view undercard will also feature boxing’s wunderkind Guillermo Rigondeaux, challenging for a world title in only his seventh professional bout, in a 12-round rumble with former world champion Ricardo Cordoba for the vacant WBA interim super bantamweight championship. The exciting telecast will open with undefeated top-rated welterweight contender Mike Jones defending his NABA/NABO welterweight belts against Top-10 contender Jesus Soto-Karass. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The possibility exists that WBA featherweight super world champion Chris John could defend his WBA belt against Fernando Saucedo on December 1. The same fight had been announced for May 22 but an injury forced John to postpone it. The event will take place in Indonesia, possibly on Bali Island. It would be the first fight for John since September 2009 when he defeated Rocky Juarez.
If everything had played out according to plan – Mike Thomas Brown’s plan, that is – he would be vying for the WEC featherweight title next week against the dynamic force who dethroned him, Jose Aldo. Instead, Manny Gamburyan will test the champ in the WEC 51 main event, with Brown relegated to an undercard scrap against Cole Province that might not make the nationally televised broadcast . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, WEC
On October 8th, former U.S. Olympian and undefeated jr. welterweight Rock Allen (15-0, 7 KOs) will be making his long awaited return to the ring when he competes in a six round co-feature on a big night of boxing that will take place at The Arena (Formally The New Alhambra) in South Philadelphia. Allen’s opponent will be named shortly. In the main event, undefeated jr. welterweight prospect Danny “Swift” Garcia (18-0, 12 KOs) will take on former world title challenger, “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (22-6-2, 10 KO’s).
Ringside report by Ramon Aranda
Photos by Laura de la Torre
Kassim “The Dream” Ouma (27-7, 17 KOs) returned to his winning ways Saturday with a sixth round TKO over local favorite Joey Gilbert (20-3, 15 KOs) to capture the vacant NABA middleweight title at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada.
It was Ouma’s first fight in eight months, having lost a highly disputed decision to Vanes Martirosyan this past January. Since a 2006 win over Sechew Powell, the former IBF junior middleweight titlist had amassed a 1-5 record leading up to the encounter with Gilbert and although most of those losses were competitive, his best days appeared to be behind him . . . Click here for more
Ringside report and photos by Felipe Leon
In an all-out brawl full of fireworks which ended in controversy, Ramon “Principe” Garcia (14-1-1, 8KOs) retained his interim WBO jr. flyweight title over the tough Manuel “Chango” Vargas (28-6-1, 13KOs) last night at the El Foro Theatre in Tijuana, Mex.
The twelve round slugfest was the main event of “Top Rank Live” broadcast on Fox Sports Español in the United States as well as the Azteca channel in Mexico. The fight capped off an eight bout fight card presented by Zanfer Promotions in association with Top Rank . . . click here for more
Chances are that you probably couldn’t have picked Chan Sung Jung out of a lineup before his April battle with Leonard Garcia, but you have fallen in love with his nickname and kamikaze fighting style. I, for one, happen to be guilty on all three counts . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, WEC
By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside
Photos: Robert Hughes
Welterweight Charles “The Future” Hatley (14-0 11KO) escaped with a hard fought eight round unanimous decision at Quik Trip Park in Grand Prairie, Texas over the veteran Emanuel Augustus (38-33 6KO), which saw both fighters hit the canvas in this action packed affair. Hatley, a former U.S. Amateur and 2008 Olympic Trials Finalist, has been fighting in relative anonymity against inferior opponents to date but with a victory over Augustus, who has been in the ring with the likes of Floyd Mayweather and Mickey Ward, could be his coming out party. more + photos
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Sebastian Andrzejczyk, Ringpolska
Quotes from the post-fight press conference after Saturday’s WBC cruiserweight world title clash between Krzysztof Włodarczyk and Jason Robinson in Warsaw, Poland.
Krzysztof Włodarczyk: “I was very well prepared, proved that I can win decisively in 12 rounds, as well as knock people out. Not every fight you’re fighting has to be spectacular, pints of blood everywhere, people flying through the ropes after knockouts. Sometimes you have just work hard, win on judge’s cards fighting a desperate and very well prepared Jason Robinson. I’m happy with the win and looking forward to defending my title.” (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg at ringside
Photos by Ray Bailey
Teon “The Technician” Kennedy (16-0-1, 7 KOs), of Philadelphia, PA added the vacant NABA super bantamweight belt to his growing collection after he forced Alex “El Diablo” Becerra (20-9, 9 KOs), of El Paso, TX to remain on his stool after ten one-sided rounds last night at Ballys Atlantic City. In the co-feature, Dennis “The Assassin” Hasson (11-0, 3 KOs) took an eight round unanimous decision over fellow Philadelphian Tommie “Big Poppa” Speller (5-5, 3 KOs) in an all-Philadelphia super middleweight rumble. Peltz Boxing Promotions promoted the card. For more details and photos click here…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Panamanian Guillermo “Felino” Jones has arrived in his native country from the United States for his first WBA cruiserweight world title defense on October 2 in the XXII WBA KO Drugs Festival against Russian Valery Brudov. Jones trains in Cleveland, Ohio and the last time he fought in Panama was in December 2004. Jones was greeted by family and friends at the Tocumen International Airport. September 27th marks two years since Jones won the world title in Germany against Firat Arslan.
By Joe Koizumi
WBA flyweight champ Daiki Kameda (18-2, 11 KOs), 112, managed to retain his belt as he displayed a last surge from the ninth on, winning a unanimous decision over ex-titlist Takefumi Sakata (36-6-2, 17 KOs), 112, over twelve lousy rounds on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. The official tallies seemed to have favored the defending champ more widely than the crowd witnessed: Alfredo Polanco (Mexico) 116-112, Wansoo Yuh (Korea) 117-112 and Lahcen Oumghar (Holland) 118-110. The referee was Stanley Christodoulou (South Africa). (more…)
Photos: Enrique “Quique” Vázquez/Promociones Miguel Cotto
In a full house at The Angel “Cholo” Espada Coliseum in Salinas, Puerto Rico, Promociones Miguel Cotto together with H2 Entertainment presented their popular series Boxeo Boricua on Saturday night. In a great performance in his comeback fight Marcos “El Tigre” Jiménez (17-2, 11 KOs) had an explosive 3rd KO victory over veteran warrior Robert Daluz (13-31-3, 9 KOs). “Marcos is ready and strong he had an amazing fight, we have a future world champion,” promoter Miguel Cotto said. (more…)
By Ramon Aranda at ringside
Photos: Laura de La Torre
Kassim Ouma (27-7, 17 KOs) has just stopped Joey Gilbert (20-3, 15 KOs) in the sixth round of their scheduled ten-round bout for the NABA middleweight title. It was a back and forth brawl that saw Ouma’s glove touch the canvas in the fifth round after a straight right hand from Gilbert caught him off balance. Ouma however fought back and in the sixth round, a flurry of punches, punctuated by a right uppercut put Gilbert down. Gilbert got to his feet but did not want to continue and the fight was waved off. (more…)
Results by David Nelmark
Saving what was otherwise a tedious boofest, Frank Mir knocked out Mirko Cro Cop with a big right knee at 4:02 of round three, tonight in the main event of UFC 119 at the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. Both fighters clinched excessively in round one. In the second, referee Herb Dean had to separate the two twice in what was a slow-action round. In the third, Cro Cop started to land big shots but Mir sought to clinch – until a big right knee ended the fight with 58 seconds left on the clock.
In the co-main event, Ryan Bader scored the biggest win of his career, winning a unanimous decision over veteran Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. Scores were 30-27 x 3.
In other action: Chris Lytle decisioned Matt Serra, with scores of 30-27 x 3; Sean Sherk won a split decision over Evan Dunham, scores of 29-28 twice and 28-29; Melvin Guillard won a split decision over Jeremy Stephens, scores of 30-27, 29-28 and 28-29; C.B. Dolloway won by submission over Joe Doerksen at 2:13 of round one; Matt Mitrione won a unanimous decision over Joey Beltran, scores of 29-28 x 3; Thiago Taves won by submission over Pat Audinwood at 3:47 of round one.
Light middleweight Ulises David Lopez (26-2, 15 KOs) of Argentina was upset by countryman Alejandro Gustavo Falliga (18-7-4, 7 KOs) by way of third round knockout on Saturday night at the Club Atletico Echagüe, Parana, Entre in Rios, Argentina. The bout had back and forth action from the opening round. If one were to look at their records it appeared the edge in power favored Lopez but this was not the case. It was actually Falliga who seemed from the outsight the physically more stronger fighter. In the third and final round this was confirmed as a right uppercut landed by Falliga dropped Lopez hard to the canvas just moments before the bell to end the round. The next set of circumstances were very odd as Lopez got up on one knee and even smiled at Falliga and motioned to him that it was a good punch he had caught him with. The referee meanwhile was issuing the count to a very dazed looking Lopez who did not get to his feet in time and was counted out. The bout was a step up in class for Lopez as Falliga had been in with much stiffer competition including going the distance with world champions Anthony Mundine and Sebastian Zbik in two of his losses. Falliga won the interim WBO Latino light middleweight title with the victory. Mario Margossian promoted the event.
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