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Brian “All American” Stann considers himself lucky to have been matched up with Chris “The Crippler” Leben in the co-main event at UFC 125: Edgar vs Maynard 2 on January 1st.
“Chris has already accomplished more inside the Octagon than I may accomplish in my entire MMA career,” says Stann. “We called Joe Silva and asked for the fight, and like the true fighter that Leben is, he accepted it. I’m excited.” . . . Click here for more by by Mike Straka,UFC.com
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By Rey Colon / The Sport Press
WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (35-2, 28 KOs) will travel with his team in early January to Florida where he will train for a proposed March 12 clash in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand against Ricardo “Matador” Mayorga . Trainer Emanuel Steward will be on hand from the first day at camp.
WBA light heavyweight world champion Beibut Shumenov (10-1, 6 KOs) has been preparing for the biggest fight in his very short, but storied career, training first at Team Barry Boxing in Henderson, Nevada with his head trainer and 1984 Olympic Silver Medalist Kevin Barry, and now in Shymkent. Shumenov takes on WBO light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer (36-2, 29 KOs) in a January 8 unification clash at the Ice Mansion in Shymkent, Kazakhstan. (more…)
Integrated Sports Media, a leading distributor of International pay-per-view and closed circuit sporting events, delivered ten major boxing events in 2010 from around the globe to sports fans in the United States and Canada.
“I am proud that we were able to provide consumers with the opportunity to watch major boxing events, especially one of the Fights of the Year in Giovanni Segura versus Ivan Calderon, that they otherwise would not have been able to view in North America,” Integrated Sports Media President Doug Jacobs said. “We also brought fight fans the comeback of the great Erik Morales, world heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko, three fights featuring rising star Wilfredo Vazquez Jr., living legend Evander Holyfield, popular Tomasz Adamek, and a unique fight production – two major events from two different countries, Germany and Puerto Rico, in the same day. (more…)
According to The Sun tabloid, 39-year-old former WBC world super middleweight champ Robin Reid will be the eighth fighter on the January 29 edition of the Prizefighter tournament taking place in the light heavyweight division at the Olympia in London. It had been previously announced that the 16th edition of Matchroom Sport’s eight-man one-night tournament would include Tony Dodson, Travis Dickinson, Llewellyn Davies, Menay Edwards, Billy Slate, Joe Smyth and Michael Banbula.
Bennie Briscoe, one of the best never to win a world title (when world titles meant something) and the man who presided over the last Golden Age of Boxing in Philadelphia (the 1970s) passed away today at 5.52pm EST. He had been in Temple University hospital for about a week before being moved to hospice. His wife Karen, who I have been in contact with over the last two weeks, called my at about 6.20pm EST to give me the news
–J Russell Peltz
“They trained us to break people.” Those are the stark and intimidating words of Jacob “Christmas” Volkmann. The UFC lightweight is not referencing the mysterious Russian military doctors who trained Ivan Drago in Rocky IV. Volkmann is referring to the very real teachings of the Division I wrestling coaches at the University of Minnesota. A “Golden Gopher” sounds a lot less friendly now, doesn’t it?. . . . Click here for more by by Jordan Newmark,UFC.com
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By Jeff Julian
The boxing world sends its condolences to legendary Hall of Fame trainer Angelo Dundee, whose beloved wife Helen died Thursday near their home in the Tampa area. She was 85 years old. Helen had suffered from various health problems in recent years. Angelo, who is recovering from hip surgery, has often said, “She is my toughest fighter.” Angelo and Helen would have celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary in February. They might have seemed an unlikely pair when they first met. Angelo, an Italian from South Philly, was working the grimy gyms of New York. The former Helen Bolton, a “southern belle” from North Carolina, was a fashion model in New York City. Their union flourished through the years. A funeral will be held on Thursday at the Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Sunset Point Road in Clearwater, Florida. The viewing will be from 4-6 p.m. Condolences to Angelo, their son Jimmy, daughter Terri, and the entire Dundee family.
Junior middleweights “King” Gabriel Rosado and Jamaal “Da Truth” Davis take their all-Philadelphia rivalry sixty miles down the expressway when they collide in a scheduled 12-round showdown Saturday evening, Feb. 26, in the Grand Ballroom of Bally’s Atlantic City. The Rosado-Davis match tops a seven-bout card which begins at 7.30 p.m. (more…)
WBA and IBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov (10-1, 6 KOs) arrived home in Shymkent, Kazakhstan for his January 8 unification showdown against WBO light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer (36-2, 29 KOs). Shymkent-native Shumenov, who now fights out of Las Vegas, owns and operates KZ Event Productions along with his brother Chingis, and is promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions. The fight will take place at the Ice Mansion in Shymkent.
Former WBC lightweight champion David Diaz (35-3-1, 17 KOs) will battle Denver-based spoiler Robert “Red Hot” Frankel on January 28th in the ten round main event at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion. Frankel (27-9-1, 4 KOs), is riding a six bout winning streak, including wins against notables including Ricardo Dominguez, Bobby Pacquiao, Ramon Montano and Derrick Campos.
The Boxing Writers Association of America has announced that Steve Farhood is the 2010 recipient of the Nat Fleischer award for “Excellence in Boxing Journalism.” Steve Farhood is a 32-year veteran of the sport. In 1980, he launched KO Magazine. From 1989 to 1997, he was Editor in Chief of Ring Magazine. (more…)
Super Six World Boxing Classic fighter Arthur Abraham is recovering in Thailand from his surprisingly lackluster showing against Carl Froch in the final Group Stage 3 match. “I think I was overtrained after eight tough months of training,” he told Super Illu. “The fight was postponed twice, so I was constantly wired in. This is obviously not good for my body. When I finally got to fight him, I didn’t even recognize myself. I wasn’t as explosive and strong as I normally am, but the opposite.” In his next fight, Abraham will challenge WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward in the Super Six semi-final, probably in May and has promised to repair the damage to his reputation in that fight. “I can’t disappoint my fans again,” he stated.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that three UFC 125 preliminary fights will air live on ION Television on Saturday, Jan. 1 starting at 8:55pm ET/5:55pm PT.
The announcement marks the first time UFC prelims will air live and free on network television. The action kicks off this Saturday with three explosive fights featuring Phil Baroni vs. Brad Tavares in a middleweight contest, Josh Grispi vs. Dustin Poirier in featherweight action and Marcus Davis vs. Jeremy Stephens in a highly-anticipated lightweight clash. (more…)
By the time you read this, it will be less than a week before my second title defense against Gray Maynard. I hope everyone had a good holiday. I had Christmas Eve and Christmas with my family, going straight from training to be with them. Nothing really changed as far as my training schedule. It was kinda convenient that we had Christmas at my house this year, so I got my workout in and popped back there for Christmas so it was no big deal . . . . Click here for more by by Frankie Edgar on UFC.com
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By Ron Jackson
It has not been a good year for South African boxing with the reduction in the number of promotions around the country and the reduction in the number of active boxers.
South Africa’s foremost boxing statistician Andre de Vries has presented a statistical chart showing that between the years 1990 and 2009 a total of 4103 boxers entered the professional ranks and made their debuts. In the same period a total of 4623 boxers retired from the sport – indicating a net loss of 520 licenced fighters. The biggest net loss occurred last year when a total of 305 boxers retired against 108 making their debut – giving a net loss of 197. In Boxing South Africa’s latest ratings, some 192 boxers are listed as being active.
Only four South African fighters Hekkie Budler, Nkosinathi Joyi, Gideon Buthelezi and Mzonke Fana managed to win a “world title” compared to ten in 2009.
At the end of the year seven South African fighters have claim to one or other world organisation belt.
They are William Gare (WBF super middleweight), Mzonke Fana (IBF junior lightweight), Lubabalo Msutu (WBF bantamweight), Moruti Mthalane (IBF flyweight), Nkosinathi Joyi (IBF mini flyweight), Hekkie Budler (IBO junior flyweight) and Gideon Buthelezi (IBO strawweight).
However, despite holding so called world titles, on closer inspection one must ask whether any of them can be ranked among the top ten in the world in their divisions, let alone be called world champions. The exceptions however could be IBF champions Moruti Mthalane and and Nkosinathi Joyi who could be ranked in the top ten of any organisation. (more…)
CNN has selected boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao as one of its “20 Stories That Changed Our World In 2010.” The text reads “The fighter of the last decade could be the politician of the next. In his second run at public office in May, Manny Pacquiao beat a heavily favored opponent from a powerful political family by a landslide in congressional elections held in the Philippine province of Sarangani. The beloved Filipino fighter was sworn in to the House of Representatives in June, but requested a leave of absence two months later to train for an upcoming bout with Antonio Margarito.”
Junior middleweight KO Artist Tyrone “Young Gun” Brunson (21-1-1, 20 KOs), has signed an exclusive promotional contract with Boxing 360. Brunson is best known for opening his career with 19 first round KOs, breaking the record of the late Edwin Valero. However after the streak was snapped with a draw against journeyman Antonio Soriano, Brunson was stopped in three rounds by Carson Jones on SHOWTIME in December 2009. He has been out of the ring since, but is expected to return in early 2011.
USBA Light Heavyweight titlist Otis “Triple OG” Griffin and Yusaf Mack will battle it out to become IBF champion Tavoris Cloud’s mandatory challenger when they meet Friday, January 7 in the main event of “New Year’s Bash” from the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis.
Griffin, who won Oscar De La Hoya’s reality show “The Next Great Champ” owns a 23-6-2 pro ledger with 9 wins by way of knockout. Mack (28-3-2, 17 KOs) is coming off a loss to Glen Johnson in another IBF eliminator. (more…)
Daniel Roberts is a changed man. Well, slightly modified is more like it, and credit for this modification can be partially credited to Forrest Petz. During their fight at UFC 116: Lesnar vs. Carwin, Roberts squeezed out a win over the MMA veteran via split decision, much to his chagrin. . . . Click here for more by Rhett Butler, UFC.com
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Unbeaten heavyweight David “El Nino” Rodriguez (33-0, 31 KOs) will face Ty “The Tiger” Cobb (11-2, 8 KOs) on Friday February 11th at Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. With the return of “El Nino,” lead promoter Zef Ramirez from Zeferino Entertainment commented, “This a great match up of young and attacking style fighters. I like Ty’s approach of fighting. He challenges every fighter he faced and he is young with power in both hands. David and myself have to take on this tough ambitious fighter for El Nino’s return.”
Rodriguez commented, “I know Cobb, not personally but have seen him fight before and does not back down. He is a very tough fighter, but my job is to win and give my fans the best I can. Cobb is just in the way of my pursuit to the World title.” The Return of “El Nino” is promoted by Zeferino Entertainment and Nino Bravo Productions.
Welterweight contender Dmitriy Salita poses with Asher Sela, owner of the best boxing gym in Israel. Dmitriy worked out and provided guidance to top amateurs training there. Salita is on an official visit sponsored by EZRA USA to celebrate his recent victory, help promote sport of boxing in Israel and arrange a potential mega fight there in April. (more…)
IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko is currently spending the holidays in South Florida. Wlad has been spotted at PGA National Golf Club in West Palm Beach as well as hanging out with brother Vitali on the beach. The brothers recently issued a statement saying they’re ready to take on David Haye in 2011 for the one heavyweight world title not held by a Klitschko. Wlad is staying at a condo in Hollywood, Florida.
Photos: AP Promotion Boxing News
Swiss middleweight Yves Studer (26-0-1, 6 KOs) remained unbeaten by winning a twelve round unanimous decision over Samir Dos Santos Barbosa (24-6-3, 17 KOs) of Brazil on Sunday at the Casino Kursaal in Berne, Switzerland. Barbosa was knocked down in round two. Scores were J.-F. Toupin, France (117:111), F. Guggenheim, Switzerland (116:111) and B. Hausammann, Switzerland (115:112). The contest was fought at a very high pace and was much appreciated by the full house of spectators. Studer a former European champion picked up the International Boxing Council middleweight title with the win.
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