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A standing-room-only crowd of media and fans showed up to see workouts boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao and three-time world champion Antonio Margarito during media day Tuesday in Dallas. They collide on Saturday at Cowboys Stadium live on pay-per-view. (more…)
Glen Johnson’s stunning eighth-round knockout victory over Allan Green Saturday night on SHOWTIME® not only earned him three points and the final spot in the Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinals but the respect from the other entrants in the Super Six. Although the scoring was close, the 41-year-old Jamaican-born Johnson (51-14-2, 35 KOs), of Miami, Fla., pushed the pace and consistently delivered the heavier shots throughout. Making his first start at 168 pounds in 10 years, Johnson finished Green (29-3, 20 KOs) of Tulsa, Okla., with a combination culminated by a vicious right hand 36 seconds into the round.
The final Group Stage 3 fight will transpire Saturday, Nov. 27, when former world champions Arthur Abraham (31-1, 25 KOs) of Germany and England’s Carl Froch (26-1, 20 KOs) clash for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) super middleweight title from Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland, on SHOWTIME (same-day delay) in the opener of a televised doubleheader.
Undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) 168-pound belt-holder Andre Ward (22-0, 13 KOs) of Oakland, Calif., will defend against dangerous Sakio Bika (28-4-2, 19 KOs) of Sydney, Australia, by way of Cameroon, Africa, live on SHOWTIME in the second half of the eagerly awaited Nov. 27 twinbill. Ward enters the non-tournament bout as the Super Six tournament leader with six points. (more…)
Video: Przemek Garczarczyk
A month before his fight against Vinny Maddalone (December 9), trainer Roger Bloodworth explains Tomasz Adamek’s development as a heavyweight title contender.
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Highly talented lightweight prospect Carlos Molina (13-0, 7 KOs) of Norwalk, CA returns Thursday, November 18th and will headline the latest edition of “Fight Night Club” at the Club Nokia in Los Angeles, CA as he takes on “Dangerous” David Rodela (15-3-3, 6 KOs) of Oxnard, CA in an 8-round lightweight bout which is being presented by Golden Boy Promotions and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Net. “I know this isn’t going to be an easy fight, David is coming to win and so am I but I know I have what it takes to come out with the win,” said Molina. “It’s going to be a great fight and I’m expecting a war on the 18th,” continued Molina. For more details and photos click here…
By Karl Freitag
WBA heavyweight champion David Haye is a heavy -700 favorite over former Olympic gold medalist Audley Harrison +550 this weekend at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England. Both fighters have been waging a war of words leading up to the biggest all-British heavyweight title fight since 1993’s Lewis vs Bruno clash.
“I think it’s now time for me to go out there and close the Audley Harrison show once and for all and end his soap opera of a professional career,” said Haye during the pre-fight build-up. “Audley’s a big name, but he’s known as a boxer that people want to watch get destroyed. There is nobody better at destroying hype-jobs than I am. I don’t think he deserves to fight me – as I don’t think he’s done enough in his career – but I’m happy to do my duty for the British people. The public want to see one final high-profile destruction of Audley Harrison, and I can assure them this will be the last time they ever see him in a boxing ring!”
Harrison insists that he cannot be broken by Haye and that the champion is already starting to wilt. “Don’t be surprised if I knock David Haye out in a couple of rounds, the way it’s going,” Harrison told Sky Sports News.
The final press conference is set for Wednesday. On Thursday both fighters will work out at the Ricky Hatton Gym and Friday’s weigh-in will take place at the The Lowry Art and Entertainment Centre at 2PM.
Someday Yves Jabouin hopes to be a 3D animator on blockbuster action films (citing “The Matrix” and “Terminator” as examples of the kind of spectacular projects he covets). In the meantime, with Hollywood on the backburner, the occasional training partner of Georges St-Pierre is gearing up for his Nov. 11 scrap against Hawaiian standout Brandon Visher . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, WEC
Manny Pacquiao runs early in the morning Tuesday after arriving in Dallas late last night. Pacquiao takes on three-time world champion Antonio Margarito on November 13, at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington,Texas. Pacquiao vs Margarito is promoted by Top Rank in association with MP Promotions and Cowboys Stadium. The Pacquiao vs Margarito telecast will be available live on pay-per-view.
Former world title challenger Alejandro Lakatos has vowed to expose unbeaten Nathan Cleverly on December 11 at the Echo Arena where the Interim WBO World light-heavyweight title will be at stake. “He’s an overhyped jumped-up kid who will be exposed for what he is on December 11, and I’ll give him a one, two that will knock him out. I’ve seen Cleverly’s fight against Karo Murat, and if he stands in front of me like that he’ll be in big trouble. I’ll punish him.” Born in Romania but now fighting out of Madrid, Lakatos has 31 and has twice fought for the WBO world light-heavyweight title. “It will definitely be a case of third time lucky against Cleverly,” said Lakatos. “I’ve been close to glory before, but this time my dream of winning a world title is about to come true. I’m sure that I will get booed into the Echo Arena, but by the time I’ve finished with Cleverly the crowd will be on their feet and cheering me.”
By Bob Ryder
Boxing returns to suburban Detroit’s Royal Oak Music Theatre on Friday, November 12 with Darryl Cunningham and Rubin Williams squaring off in the 10 round main event for the WBF United States 175 pound title. The careers of the two Motor City combatants have been heading in opposite directions as Cunningham is sporting a nice win streak while Williams has been on the slide as of late, a trend he vows to halt in this bout. Williams has stated, “I will not lose in my hometown!” Cunningham has showed solid improvement in recent outings and is planning on continuing his march towards what he hopes is a world ranking and title shot with a victory over Williams. (more…)
Saturday’s main event features a middleweight title eliminator between two of the division’s longest standing contenders. Nate “The Great” Marquardt has been among the 185-lb elite since defeating Ivan Salaverry in his inaugural trip to the Octagon back in August 2005. He needs a win over Yushin Okami to secure his second attempt at capturing UFC gold. .. . . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
Unbeaten WBC interim world champion Sebastian Zbik (30-0, 10 KOs) will soon have the opportunity to remove the word “interim” from his title. The Universum fighter was made the official mandatory challenger for the winner of the November 20 clash between champion Sergio Martinez and Paul Williams in Atlantic City. This was confirmed by WBC general secretary Mauricio Sulaiman at the WBC Convention in Cancun, where Zbik and Universum co-promoter Dietmar Poszwa were both present. “This decision was overdue for a long time since I have been interim world champion for more than one year,” said Zbik. “I’m very glad to now the definitive assurance that I’ll get to fight the winner by March.” (more…)
By Nick Giongco
No Filipino fighter has won a world title at 154 lbs and Manny Pacquiao stands to become the first after he faces Mexican Antonio Margarito on Nov. 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas with the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) belt at stake. The only time a Filipino figured in a world title fight at super-welterweight/junior-middle/light-middle class took place in March 1994 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Arman Picar challenged Julio Cesar Vasquez of Argentina for the World Boxing Association junior-middle diadem and got knocked out in less than two rounds in the Don King-promoted show. Picar actually earned the title shot after nailing the Orient-Pacific Boxing Federation title in Korea in December the previous year. If ever Pacquiao wins the WBC title, he will become the second heaviest Filipino to bag a world title after Ceferino Garcia, who reigned as world middleweight (160 lbs) king from 1939 to 1940.
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao wrapped up his training sessions at the Wildcard Boxing Club on Monday and then flew to Dallas where he’ll take on three-time world champion Antonio Margarito on Saturday at Cowboys Stadium. For more details and photos click here…
7-Time World Champion Manny “PacMan” Pacquiao arrives at Dallas-Fort Worth airport on Monday, November 8 in his “private” chartered plane with over 200 guests including numerous Philippine dignitaries.
The team of Allan Green has formally notified the Nevada State Athletic Commission of their intent to file an appeal of referee Robert Byrd’s decision to call a halt to his Super Six bout this past Saturday evening against Glen Johnson at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Johnson was awarded a knockout victory at the close of the eighth round. Green went to the canvas after being on the receiving end of what he and his team feel were rabbit punches. Boxing attorney Josh Dubin has been hired to handle the appeal. Dubin is known for successfully overturning Timothy Bradley’s knockout victory over Nate Campbell to a no contest. The appeal will be filed by the end of the week, and the rules of the NSAC entitle Green to a decision within sixty days of the filing of his petition.
Undefeated junior featherweight prospect Rico Ramos (18-0, 10 KOs) scored an impressive second round KO over Heriberto Ruiz (44-10-2, 26 KOs) on Monday night at the USMC Air Station New River in Jacksonville, North Carolina. A right hand to the jaw decked Ruiz to end it. Time was 1:03.
2008 U.S. Olympian super middleweight Shawn Estrada (10-0, 9 KOs) went the distance for the fit time in his career in winning a six round unanimous decision over Tony Hirsch (12-4-1, 6 KOs). Estrada dropped Hirsch in round one with a left hook but Hirsch survived the round. Hirsch gained in confidence as the bout progressed. Estrada was cut at the side of the left eye in round four. Scores were 58-55, 59-54, 59-54.
Undefeated Polish heavyweight prospect Mariusz “Polski Olbrzym” Wach has been added to Friday night’s “Homecoming King” pro boxing card at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, R.I. The 6-foot-7, 260-pound Wach (22-0, 10 KOs), fighting out of Poland, was supposed to fight on last Saturday night’s show in New Jersey, but his opponent pulled out. The TWBA heavyweight champion Wach will be fighting veteran Galen “Bad Boy” Brown (33-14-1, 20 KOs) in a 6-round bout.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo by Werner Kalin
Hard punching welterweight champion Steve Maxwell (8-4, 6 KOs) will return to ring action on Friday when he will clash with Alex Ahtong (4-8-2, 3 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Tattersalls Function Center in Glenorchy, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. In 2009 Maxwell stopped former Australian champion Mathew Paulley in two rounds and in 2010 he scored impressive fourth round knockout over Heath Ellis. Ahtong scored a second round knockout over Casey Hannan in 2009 and in 2010 extended Tui Leveni losing via a split eight round technical decision. Ahtong is trained by former Australian amateur champion Dave Birchell who also trains world rated super middleweight Sakio Bika and world rated junior middleweight Ryan Waters. Maxwell is guided by Adrian Lovell. Promoter is Adrian Lovell.
Ringside Report: Matt Richardson and Alex Dombroff at Ringside
Photos: Ray Bailey
Former junior welterweight and welterweight champion Zab Judah made a successful return to the 140-pound weight class on Saturday at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey when he won a ten-round split decision against previously unbeaten Lucas Matthysse in the main event of the HBO “Boxing after Dark” series. (More)
With a berth in the semifinals of the SHOWTIME Super Six World Boxing Classic already secured, Andre “S.O.G.” Ward will return home to the Oracle Arena where he defends his WBA super middleweight championship for the second time against tough world contender Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika (28-4-2, 19 KOs)on November 27 live on SHOWTIME.
The card will begin at 4PM featuring undefeated jr. middleweight and 2008 US Olympian Javier Molina (4-0, 4 KOs), undefeated lightweight Stan Martyniouk (10-0, 1KO), power-punching Cornelius White (15-0, 14 KOs), plus four other bouts with the main event starting at approximately 7PM.
Ward will appear at an open-to-the-public press conference Tuesday at 11:30AM at Ricky’s Sports Theatre and Grill (15028 Hesperian Blvd., San Leandro, 94578).
Last Saturday, SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING delivered a terrific doubleheader: Juan Manuel Lopez vs. Rafael Marquez & Allan Green vs. Glen Johnson. Here are ssome of the highlights, and don’t miss a replay of Saturday night’s telecast, TOMORROW, Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 10PM on SHO2!
Unbeaten former IBF lightweight champion Paul “The Pittsburgh Kid” Spadafora (44-0-1, 18 KOs), now campaigning as a junior welterweight and fighting in New England for the first time, will face Argentina-invader Diego Jesus “El Camicero” Ponce (19-5-3, 3 KOs) in the 10-round main event on November 20 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. (more…)
Video: Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
With four of the best fighters in Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) history set to battle at UFC 123: RAMPAGE vs. MACHIDA, which is presented by Bud Light and live on Pay-Per-View on November 20th at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit, Michigan, the card will also feature a number of top up-and-comers and experienced veterans. To bolster the long-awaited return to Detroit, the UFC confirms that, in addition to Quinton Jackson vs. Lyoto Machida and Matt Hughes vs. B.J. Penn, the remaining bouts at UFC 123 include the following: George Sotiropolous vs. Joe Lauzon, Phil Davis vs. Tim Boetsch, Gerald Harris vs. Maiquel Falcao, Matt Brown vs. Brian Foster, Aaron Simpson vs. Mark Muñoz, Karo Parisyan vs. Dennis Hallman, Darren Elkins vs. Edson Barboza, Paul Kelly vs. T.J. O’Brien and Tyson Griffin vs. Nik Lentz. (more…)
Ringside by Ben Tighe
Photos by Jesse Kelly
On a card televised on Showtime’s ShoBox, from the Scheels Arena in Fargo, N.D., Edwin Rodriguez and James McGirt Jr thrilled the crowd with a back-and-forth battle.
Rodriguez dominated most of the first two rounds with speed and power that McGirt couldn’t match, but as the second drew to a close McGirt began to bang with Rodriguez, and the result was electrifying. . . . click here for more
Ringside report by Andreas Hale
Photos by Mary Ann Owen
They say that the Mexico vs. Puerto Rico rivalry is one of the best in boxing. That’s certainly not a lie. They said, for weeks, that the fight between Juan Manuel Lopez and Rafael Marquez could equate to the dramatic back and forth drubbing that Diego Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo delivered in their fight of the decade showdown back in 2005. Again, that wasn’t a lie either. It started to turn into a similar slugfest but a shoulder injury to Rafael Marquez caused a remarkable fight to be stopped abruptly at the end of the eighth round to award Juan Manuel Lopez the TKO victory as he retained his WBO featherweight title in front of 4813 at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas . . . click here for more
On Friday night Boxeo Telemundo returns to the Salon Jose Cuervo (Salon 21) in Mexico City. The telecast will be headlined by Mexican WBC Latin champion Jesus “Estrella” Ruiz (23-3-2, 19 KOs) against Julio “Chupete” Ler (30-7, 18 KOs) of Argentina in a scheduled twelve rounder. The event is promoted by Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr/All Star Boxing in association with Producciones Deportivas and RB Producciones. Telemundo will televise the main event live at 11:35PM ET.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
California referee Jon Schorle will be the third man in the ring when unbeaten two-time Cuban Olympic gold medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux (6-0, 5 KOs) and Ricardo “Maestrito” Cordoba (37-2-2, 23 KOs) of Panama meet in Dallas Saturday for the vacant WBA interim super bantamweight title in the Pacquiao-Margarito co-feature. The three judges are Nelson Vasquez (Puerto Rico), Ruben Garcia (Texas) and Raul Caiz Sr. (California). The fight supervisor is George Martinez (Canada).
Ringside report by Gerardo Martinez
Photos by Raymond Mares
In a madcap rematch between crosstown cruiserweights, Saturday night at the Hard Rock Hotel in Albuquerque, N.M., “Mad” Max Heyman (24-11-4, 14 KOs), sporting a beard a la Brian Wilson, the San Francisco Giants closing pitcher, outslugged and outhustled “Mad” Mike Alderete (7-5-2, 3 KO’s) en route to a eighth round stoppage.
Heyman-Alderete II capped a six-bout, all-local card promoted by Danny Romero Productions . . . Click here for more
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