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The British Boxing Board of Control has fined former light welterweight champion Ricky Hatton $31,000 but allowed him to keep his license to promote boxing events after photos of Hatton allegedly using cocaine appeared in a British tabloid. “The Hitman” did have his boxing license revoked by the same panel for “behavior detrimental to the interests of boxing and to the public interest.”
With fans from the United States to England to Argentina clamoring for it for well over a year, super lightweight supremacy will finally be decided on Saturday, December 11, when British superstar Amir “King” Khan returns to the United States for his second consecutive bout to defend his World Boxing Association (WBA) 140-pound World Championship against ferocious Argentinean knockout artist and WBA Super Lightweight Interim World Champion Marcos Maidana at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The highly anticipated bout will be televised live in the United States on HBO.
“Maidana has been doing a lot of talking and he’s talked his way into a fight now,” said Khan. “Unfortunately for him, his mouth isn’t going to help him in the ring and I’m going to prove to him that I’m on another level on December 11.”
Maidana responded by saying, “Khan’s been running from me for a long time, but the running stops on December 11. I’ll show him how a champion acts and fights when we get into the ring in Las Vegas.” (more…)
By Felipe Leon
The classy announcer Jimmy Lennon, Jr., and The Coachella Valley Boxing Club would like to extend a cordial invitation to all golf and boxing fans in Southern California for this Sunday, September 26th, to their 11th Annual Gold tournament and Awards lunch being held at the The Classic Club in Palm Desert, CA. The four-person scramble is in benefit of the Coachella Valley Boxing Club which strides to enhance the quality of life for all youth in the Coachella Valley. (more…)
An all-female fight card has been lined for for Oct. 16 at the Santa Ana Star Center in Bernalillo, N.M. Promoted by Golden Girl Promotions of Albuquerque, the card, “We Fight for the Cure,” headlines Melissa Hernandez (13-2-2, 4 KOs), of Bronx, N.Y., who will rematch Lindsay Garbatt (5-3, 3 KOs), of Ontario, Canada, for the GBU and WBAN jr. lightweight belts. In the co-main, six rounds at lightweight, Mia St. John (45-11-2, 18 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., on a two-bout losing streak, takes on professional opponent Tammy Franks (2-11-1), of San Antonio, Tex., who’s lost nine straight bouts, four by KO. In another six-rounder, Espanola’s Monica Lovato (12-1, 4 KOs) will make her return to the ring after several MMA bouts, taking on unwon New Yorker Kimberly Tomes (0-5). On the undercard: New York City’s Belinda Laracuente (24-25-3, 9 KOs) returns to the ring in a six-rounder against Missouri’s Ashleigh Curry (1-4-1); Moriarty jr. welter Brenda Gonzales will make her pro debut against unwon Tucson fighter Jassica Rojo (0-2); Santa Fe’s Natalie Roy fights Raton’s Latasha Casias in a battle of bantam debuters. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, committed to fighting breast cancer.
Flyweight contender Hernán “Tyson” Márquez (27-2, 21 KOs) and Valentín “Picoco” León (23-20-3, 17 KOs) faced of at a press conference Wednesday in advance of their showdown on Friday night at the Multi-use Center in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. Marquez, who is coming off a 115lb world title loss against Nonito Donaire in July, is returning to flyweight. “My objective remains firm,” he stated, “I will be world champion no doubt, but first I have to defeat my opponent this Friday and so I will.” Leon, however, vowed he would hand Marquez a third straight defeat. “I know Tyson,” said Leon. “I’ve seen his fights and his weaknesses on TV Azteca. He’s a fighter with a punch, but I have mine and I know my style is ideal to defeat him and spoil their plans.”
In the co-feature, Joel “Dinamita” Juárez (23-9-1, 15 KOs) takes on Alberto “Bombardero” Salas (31-9-1, 18 KOs) in a welterweight contest.
Light heavyweight Tony Bellew has vowed to keep up the pressure on rival Nathan Cleverly with a KO win tomorrow night. The Bomber defends his Commonwealth crown in central London on Frank Warren’s annual charity card for DebRA, live on Sky Sports. Bob Ajisafe is his opponent, but Bellew already has his sights on greater things. They include a showdown with unbeaten Welshman Cleverly, who is in line to fight for a world title next. (more…)
Scottish star Paul Appleby keeps busy against Mickey Coveney on Friday ahead of a potential title shot. Appleby is desperate to get back into championship contention after losing his British title to Martin Lindsay. He returned to action earlier this month with an explosive second round stoppage in Scotland. And promoter Frank Warren is ensuring he has no ring rust by putting him on his annual charity DebRA card in London, live on Sky Sports. Appleby meets Coveney over eight rounds at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Mayfair, and is gunning for another quick win. (more…)
Seemingly chiseled out of stone, a relentless force whose nickname, “The Muscle Shark” was more than accurate, former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk was mixed martial arts’ iron man for years, and he took pride in such a reputation.
But eventually, a lifetime of toil took its toll on him . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
Photo: Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
WBC President Jose Suliaman presents the WBC silver belt to new champion Wilberth “Hurricane” Uicab as promoter Pepe Gomez looks on. Uicab (28-5-1, 17 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Edren “The Sting” Dapudong to claim the belt last Friday night in Cancun. More photos…
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
NABF light heavyweight champion Ismail Syllakh (12-0, 11 KOs) will fight Daniel Sackey (13-1-1, 6 KOs) on October 7th at the Civic Center in Pensacola, Florida. Syllakh was the featured guest on the Internet-TV “RingSide Show” hosted by Fightnews.com writer Alexey “Oscar” Potapov and Vyacheslav Ponochovny, commentator for Ukrainian telechannel “Inter.” Syllakh spoke about life in the USA, working with legendary boxer Roy Jones and much more. (more…)
Looks like former Contender star Brian Vera (17-5, 11 KOs) is the new frontrunner to face Kelly Pavlik on November 13th in Dallas.
Golden Boy has filed a lawsuit against Top Rank in the United States District Court in Nevada alleging that they were defrauded out of millions of dollars of revenues from Manny Pacquiao’s fights against David Diaz, Miguel Cotto, and Joshua Clottey. Top Rank has denied the charges.
Word is heavyweight Brian “Bam Bam” Scott (25-7, 16 KOs) has passed away at the age of 41. Scott fought many notables in the career, such as Shannon Briggs, Rey Mercer, Buster Douglas and Tommy Morrison. His biggest win being a TKO2 over Courage Thabalala who was unbeaten at 19-0 at the time. Sympathies to Brian’s loved ones.
Story by Andreas Hale
There’s something different about Melvin Guillard these days. The New Orleans fighter who was initially recognized for his talent appears to finally be figuring out how to tap into that endless stream of potential that he has been lauded for but never achieved. His recent drubbing of Waylon Lowe and Ronny Torres showcased a new and improved version of Guillard.
It’s easy to say that the change in the 27-year-old who has 35 fights under his belt came when he joined Greg Jackson’s Submission Fighting team last year after his loss to Nate Diaz. But there’s another unlikely source that The Young Assassin claims to have taking his fight game to new levels . . . Click here for more
Photo by Rafael Soto/Promociones Zanfer
Former world champion, Manuel “Chango” Vargas will try to become a world champion once again when he takes on Ramon “Principe” Garcia for the Interim WBO junior flyweight championship this Saturday at the “Foro” in Tijuana in a fight that will be telecast live in the United States by Fox Sports Espanol as part of “Top Rank Live” the very popular boxing series. Vargas (28-5-1, 13 KOs) of Lagos de Moreno, Jalisco who is the former Interim WBO 105-pound world champion has won his last to fights and a is slight favorite to beat Garcia (13-1-1, 8 KOs) of Ensenada, who has not face the type of opposition that Vargas has face through his career. (more…)
Below is the current working bout sheet for Top Rank’s November 13 Pacquiao-Margarito mega-show at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas:
Manny Pacquiao vs Antonio Margarito
Kelly Pavlik vs TBA
Guillermo Rigondeaux vs Ricardo Cordoba
Mike Jones vs Jesus Soto Karass
Robert Marroquin vs TBA
Richie Mepranum vs TBA
Jose Benavidez vs Winston Mathis
Joe Hanks vs TBA
Mike Lee vs Keith DeBow
South Beach is once again ready to be the center of the boxing world as the legendary 5th Street Gym is ready to re-open its doors this weekend 17 years after the original closed down. The original 5th street gym opened in 1950 by the late Chris Dundee and his brother Angelo Dundee who was most famous for creating a number of champions most notably legendary heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali. At 89 years of age the still spry Angelo will host a ribbon cutting ceremony with Ali, “The Fight Dr.” Ferdie Pacheco, Don King, Emanuel Steward, Lou Duva, Bert Sugar, former heavyweight champion Pinklon Thomas, George Chuvalo, Jerry Cooney and many others on hand.
Photos and report by Przemyslaw Garczarczyk
Jason Robinson (19-5, 11 KOs), who this Saturday will fight for the WBC cruiserweight title against defending champion, Krzysztof Włodarczyk (43-2, 32 KO) in Poland is a throwback. He is fighting for a prestigious world title without having a promoter, spending his free time working 40 hours a week to make a living and preparing for the biggest fight in his life at the Chicago Park District Garfield Park “free of charge” facility. There, he shares his trainer George Hernandez with 10-year-olds who just want to stay away from crime-ridden streets. For more details and photos click here…
WBA #6 rated light heavyweight contender Joey “K.O. Kid” Spina (25-1-2, 17 KOs) must get past his respectful friendship with comebacking former two time world title challenger “Sucra” Ray Oliveira (47-11-2, 22 KOs), as well as fight at a lighter weight than normal on October 2 in the Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Spina-Oliveira is being fought at the 168-pound super middleweight limit.
“I love Ray,” Spina said. “He’s a good friend but this fight is strictly business. He was a great fighter in his time when he fought at 140 pounds, but I walk around at 210 and I’m just too big for him. I’m a big puncher and all of his pitter-patter punches won’t help him. I’m just going to keep coming at him.” (more…)
IBF Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester (33-3, 16 KOs) will return to the ring on October 30 when he defends his title against Mahir Oral (28-2, 11 KOs) in Rostock, Germany. It will be the Hurricane´s third defence after winning the belt in September 2009. “This will be a very interesting fight,” Team Sauerland General Manager Chris Meyer said at today´s press conference. “Mahir Oral did very well against Arthur Abraham when they met in June 2009. I am sure he will be highly motivated to take the title from Sebastian. I expect a tough bout with the better ending for the ‘Hurriance’.” (more…)
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By Robert Coster
The tiny Kingdom of Belgium has never had a world boxing champion. But, today, Belgian boxing fans have high hopes that 20 year-old bantamweight prodigy Stephane Jamoye (18-1, 8 KOs) will be the European nation’s first boxer to win a title in one of the major organizations. Jamoye is in fact ranked 9th in the WBC and until recently was the WBC youth world champion. On August 28th, Stephane lost his title via a controversial split decision to Mexican-based Japanese sensation Tomoki Kameda in Mazatlan, Mexico. The fight was first declared a draw and then changed to a split nod in favor of a fairly battered Kameda. “It was a highway robbery, says Jamoye’s manager Mico Giuliani, and the WBC has ordered a rematch but Kameda who was supposed to be invincible, wants no part of it. We are willing to fight him anywhere, even in Japan.” (more…)
July, 2010. Mark Hunt knew he had a fight coming up in two months, and he also knew he needed to be in the kind of environment where he would not only be able to shed 25 pounds to make the heavyweight limit, but to get ready for what may be his last run at a heavyweight title in mixed martial arts.
Enter former UFC heavyweight title challenger Jeff Monson. . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
Undefeated junior welterweight Michael Dallas, Jr. (15-0-1, 5 KOs) will look for his fifth victory of 2010 on October 7 when Goossen Tutor Promotions presents “BRING ON THE PAIN” at Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California. Dallas Jr. is coming off a big win over highly touted Lenard Lane on Showtime and will square off against veteran Lenin Arroyo (20-13-1, 4 KOs) in an eight round main event. Also featured that night, are 2008 Olympian super middleweight Shawn Estrada (8-0, 8 KOs) vs. Arturo Rodriguez (12-11, 7 KOs) and 2008 Olympian jr middleweight Javier Molina (3-0, 3 KOs) against Marco Arauz (3-6-2, 1 KO).
The legendary rock band Scorpions have successfully defended their honarary WBC championship belt. In 2008, the WBC named the group “honorary WBC ambassadors for peace” for their efforts throughout the years to promote world unity. When the Scorpions opened their world tour in Mexico were greeted once again by the WBC. After the conclusion what could be their last tour after three decades of great success, the band plans to spend a week in Cancun, courtesy of OVC, the Ministry of Tourism of Cancun, Mexico.
Legendary Croatian striker Mirko Cro Cop has been examined by an ophthalmologist in Indianapolis, site of Saturday’s UFC 119 event at Conseco Fieldhouse, and has been medically cleared to compete in the main event this weekend against former two-time heavyweight champion Frank Mir.
Cro Cop suffered a poke in the eye in the last round of his final sparring session for the bout last week, but after a few days of rest, he is in tip top shape for this pivotal battle of heavyweight contenders.
Junior lightweight Humberto Gutierrez (27-2-1, 20 KOs) will now face Rene ‘Chirizo’ Gonzalez (27-2-1, 21 KOs) in the TV-opener on Saturday’s “Top Rank Live!” telecast on Fox Sports Espanol. The main event is a WBO interim light flyweight championship clash between beltholder Ramon Garcia (13-1-1, 8 KOs) and Manuel Vargas (28-5-1, 13 KOs).
Photos and story by Ricardo Conde
WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (45-2-2, 24 KOs) of Argentina, now residing in Oxnard, CA, began preparations this week at the World Crown Sports Training Center for his next bout. Martinez will step back into the ring on Saturday November 20th in a rematch against former two-time welterweight champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams (39-1, 27 KOs) at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ, which will be shown live on HBO’s ‘World Championship Boxing’.
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Photo by Enrique “Quique” Vázquez/Promociones Miguel Cotto, Inc.
Promoter and world champ Miguel Cotto, together with Héctor Soto, announced their famous Puerto Rican series, “Boxeo Boricua in Salinas” coming up this Saturday, September 25 at the Angel “Cholo” Espada Coliseum in Salinas today. The heavyweight contender, Victor Bisbal (17-1, 12 KOs) will fight Brock Stodden (18-16-1, 9 KOs) while junior lightweight sensation Marcos “El Tigre” Jiménez (16-2, 10 KOs) will make his come back fight against veteran warrior Robert Daluz (13-30-3, 9 KOs). Juan “El Puma” González (9-0,8 KOs), Abner “Pin” Cotto (8-0,4 KOs) and Jonathan “Pitbull” Vidal (11-0,7 KOs) will also be fighting. For more details and photos click here…
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