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On Monday, WBC super welterweight world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez began boxing training for what will be the third defense of the title he won last March 5 in Anaheim, California against Matthew “Magic” Hatton. Alvarez (38-0-1, 28 KOs), will be risking his belt on November 26 in Mexico against former world champion Kermit The “Killer” Cintron (33-4-1, 28 KOs), who among other things, once defeated Alfredo El “Perro” Angulo. This time, the undefeated champion will not train in the Big Bear Mountains of Southern California as he did for his last two fights, but instead will make his preparations in Guadalajara, Mexico, and two weeks before the fight, he’ll close his training camp in Mexico City. Today, Alvarez will be traveling to Mexico City to be present at the press conference where the place of the bout will be announced.
Boxing returns to Maywood, California on Saturday as Big Star Promotions along with ShowDown Promotions and Union Boxing Management present a six fight card, headlined by a clash between the son of one of Mexico’s hardest punchers of all time, former welterweight world champion Pipino Cuevas. Pipino Cuevas Jr. (14-8, 12 KOs) will be taking on undefeated Andrey Klimov (11-0, 6 KOs) with the WBC USNBC Lightweight title at stake in the ten round main event. The undercard will feature undefeated lightweight Jessie Roman (7-0, 5 KOs) in a four rounder against Cesar Garcia 3-8. The event takes place at the Las Trancas Banquet Hall located at 5351 S. Atlantic Blvd in Maywood. Tickets are $50. Doors open at 6PM, with the first bell at 7PM. For further information call 562-458-5847.
Story and photos by Bill Hillmann
Angelo Dundee recently turned 90 years old. They held a special birthday celebration for him at the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in Chicago last weekend. Dundee recently had hip replacement surgery and used a walker in his entrance. Even so, Dundee is still full of that famed boisterous spunk.
When asked for an interview by Fightnews he replied “Of Course! Every time you snap a picture, or ask me a question, I say thank you! God-bless you! Cause that means I’m still alive!” (more…)
Countdown to UFC 137 Premieres Tonight: Follow BJ Penn and Nick Diaz as they prepare for their welterweight battle this Saturday night in Las Vegas! Tonight at 11:30pm on SPIKE (also on Sportsnet in Canada this Wednesday at 9pm)
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By Mike Bernier
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Mike Lee, Delvin Rodriquez, Mike Jones and Pawel Wolak pose during a press conference to announce their feature fights on the upcoming undercard of the Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito world championship card on December 3 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Wolak and Rodriguez will reprise their “Fight of the Year” candidate clash from July; Jones (25-0, 19 KOs), the #1-rated contender, will be defending his titles in a 12-round IBF welterweight title elimination bout against Sebastian Lujan (38-5-2, 24 KOs); Lee (7-0, 4 KOs), the nationally-popular University of Notre Dame graduate, will be making his New York debut.
It was also officially announced that WBA lightweight world champion Brandon Rios will be defending his belt for the second time against John Murray.
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum announced that there are less than 4,000 tickets remaining. The card will also be seen live on pay-per-view.
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By Francisco Salazar
With all the traveling that Robert Garcia has done in the last couple of weeks, you would think he is accumulating frequent flyer miles. Instead, he has been traveling across the country and abroad to prepare his fighters for title defenses or to win world title belts. Garcia confirmed to Fightnews.com on Friday night that he will be training super welterweight contender Antonio Margarito in Mexico City and not in Oxnard, CA. He also confirmed that lightweight world title holder Brandon Rios will join him in one of the largest metropolitan cities in the world. (more…)
Bernabe Concepcion was once considered one of the top boxing prospects in the Philippines but after losing three of his last four fights he needs to get back in the winning track and will try to do so this Thursday night when he takes on Aaron Garcia of San Diego in the main event of “Pinoy Invasion” a professional boxing card presented by MP Promotions and Top Rank at the San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino in Highland, California.
And sitting at ringside on Thursday will be his mentor and promoter, Manny Pacquiao, the pound per pound boxing king who still has high hopes for Concepcion. (more…)
UFC has lined up activities all week for UFC 137 on Saturday, beginning on Wednesday with the UFC Octagon Nation Tour. Check out the week’s roster . . . (more…)
By Peter Czymbor at ringside
Photos by Emily Harney
In the second fight of his career under the guidance of new trainer Ronnie Shields, super middleweight prospect Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (20-0, 14 KOs) of Worcester, MA was forced to go the distance against the incredibly tough former amateur standout Will Rosinsky (14-1, 8 KOs) of Queens, NY in the ten-round main event of the DiBella Entertainment “Octoberfist” card that was televised on Friday’s SHOWTIME ShoBox series from the Foxwoods Resort Casino at Mashantucket, Connecticut. (More)
By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat
Fast-punching Japanese left hooker Akira Yaegashi (15-2, 8 KOs), 105, impressively captured the WBA minimum belt as he gamely exchanged punches, overwhelmed defending champ Pornsawan Porpramook (23-4-1, 16 KOs), 105, Thailand, with crisp counters and finally caught the fading titlist with a fusillade of punches to prompt the referee’s halt at 2:38 of the tenth round on Monday in Tokyo, Japan.
The official tallies after the ninth were as follows: Pier Luigi Poppi (Italy) and Silvestre Abainza (Philippines) both 88-83, and Ruben Garcia (US) 87-84, all in favor of Yaegashi. The referee was Erkki Meronen (Finland) who made a brilliant stoppage of the defending titlist, the timing of which looked so perfect that there’s no complaint even from the ex-champ’s corner. (more…)
Due to Tommy Karpency pulling out of this Friday night’s Pennsylvania State Light Heavyweight title bout with Tony Ferrante, the heavyweight bout between Gerald Nobles (26-1, 21 KOs) and Joseph Rabotte (13-18-1, 3 KOs) has been elevated to the main event at Harrahs in Chester, PA. Karpency has to take himself out of the bout due to a tooth infection which caused him to miss training. Just added to the card is an eight round heavyweight battle between between WBC #14 rated Franklin “Yah Yah” Lawrence (16-2-2, 11 KOs) and veteran Raymond Ocheing (23-14-3, 18 KOs). The show is promoted by Joey Eye Boxing.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Reliable sources indicate the possibility that a fight between the Mexican Cristian Esquivel (24-2, 18 KOs) and Japan’s Shinsuke Yamanaka Japanese (14-0, 10 KOs) already announced as a WBC bantamweight title eliminator could be elevated to a bout for the WBC world title. This is if current WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire vacates the belts and moves up to super bantamweight as expressed Saturday after his win over Omar Narvaez. Esquivel and Yamanaka are lined up to meet November 6 at Yoyogi Gymnasium #2 in Tokyo, Japan.
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By Joe Koizumi
Fast-punching Japanese left hooker Akira Yaegashi (15-2, 8 KOs), 105, impressively captured the WBA minimum belt as he gamely exchanged punches, overwhelmed defending champ Pornsawan Porpramook (23-4-1, 16 KOs), 105, Thailand, with crisp counters and finally caught the fading titlist with a fusillade of punches to prompt the referee’s halt at 2:38 of the tenth round on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. (More to come)
By Mike Bernier
Shortly after Nonito ‘The Filipino Flash’ won a unanimous lopsided decision over Omar ‘El Hucacan’ Narvaez, Top Rank held a short press conference at ringside. Both Donaire, draped in his WBO and WBC bantamweight belts, and Narvaez surrounded by his team spoke with the media. “He knew exactly how powerful I am,” said Donaire. “One punch would have taken him out.” Narvaez was happy to fight defensively and only averaged about 25 punches per round (bantamweight average is 60). Robert Garcia, Donaire’s trainer, instructed his fighter in the corner between rounds to hit the body and land his left hook, but Narvaez fought a defensive fight. Garcia said, “He [Narvaez] didn’t want to win rounds, he didn’t even try. He’s a two time world champion and we expected more.” (more…)
Unbeaten British Welterweight star Kell Brook will make his debut on American soil on December 17 as part of the undercard of Carl Froch’s Super Six final against Andre Ward at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Brook took his unbeaten record to 25-0 with 17 KOs two weeks ago with a sixth round stoppage of tough Pole Rafal Jackiewicz. “I’ve been dreaming of fighting on a massive show in America and I plan to put on a great performance,” said Brook. “The pressure will be on to dazzle the American fans and that’s exactly what I plan to do.” The opponent for Brook’s US bow will be named soon.
By Ron Jackson
In a complete mismatch Luzuko Siyo smashed Sebelomzi Zimela to defeat in 40 seconds of the first round to retain his South African junior flyweight title at the Orient Theatre in East London on Sunday afternoon. The number ten ranked Zimela (48.70kg) was never in the fight as Siyo (48.70kg) attacked from the bell throwing big shots to the body and within seconds the challenger went down on one knee. He managed to make it to his feet as referee Andile Matakane gave him a standing eight count. Zimela was still on rubbery legs as the champion backed him up before landing a sweeping left hook to the jaw that sent him flat on his back on the canvas. The referee did not pick up the count and waved the fight off immediately. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Photos: Ray Bailey
Saturday night at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino, Ray “Tito” Serrano (17-0, 8KOs) continued his move into the junior welterweight division with a hard fought, but convincing ten round unanimous decision victory over Angel Rios (9-8, 6KOs) of the Bronx, New York. In the co-feature of this exciting five bout card promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing Promotions, veteran super welterweight Doel Carrasquillo (16-18-1, 13KOs) pulled an upset, dropping Shamone “The Truth” Alvarez (21-5, 12KOs) three times en-route to a fifth round TKO. (more…)
By Sam DiTusa
The new and improved Shawn Hawk (22-1-1, 17 KOs) returned to the ring Thursday evening at the Coeur d’Alene Casino in Worley, Idaho sporting a new physique and dedication taking taking a ten round split decision over Otis “Triple OG” Griffin (23-9-2, 9 KOs) in the main event. Hawk who formerly fought at the Cruiserweight limit of 200 lbs tipped the scale at 173 looking fit and trim. The fight with Griffin was filled with big voids in action, however, and Hawk’s split decision victory was greeted with displeasure from the sellout crowd. Hawk displayed his piston like jab throughout, but chose to fight strategically rather then with the brawling, two-fisted style which has made him a Northwest favorite. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican super featherweight prospect Eduardo ‘El Chucky’ Lazcano (24-2, 11 KOs) won by majority decision against Heli Quiroz (10-5, 4 KOs) in a ten-round clash on Saturday night at the “Dome of the Sea” in Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche, Mexico. With the win, Lazcano claimed the WBC Latino super featherweight belt. The card was presented by Promociones del Pueblo, Promociones Calderon and Grupo Modelo.
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