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Story by Andreas Hale
Photos by Mary Ann Owen, Boxing in Las Vegas
A little over five years ago, two fighters clashed on Showtime in an epic battle that many casual boxing fans let slip under the radar. That fight turned out to be the fight of the decade and arguably the greatest boxing fights of all time. Diego Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo fought in front of a sparse crowd in Las Vegas, NV and blew everyone’s mind with an incredible back and forth brawl that had fans on edge and calling their friends and family to tune in. Something about Saturday’s showdown between Juan Manuel Lopez (29-0, 26 KOs) and Rafael Marquez (39-5, 35 KOs) has many boxing pundits recalling the Corrales and Castillo clash – and for good reason . . . Click here for more
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, UFC.com
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Ukrainian light welterweight Serhiy Fedchenko (26-1, 13 KOs) will fight against former WBO light welterweight champion DeMarcus Corley (37-14-1, 22 KOs) on November 13th at the Sportpalace Lokomotiv in Kharkov, Ukraine. On the undercard will be the comeback of WBA light heavyweight world title challenger Viacheslav Uzelkov (22-1, 14 KOs).
Video: Kurt Freitag
WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez demonstrates what former world champion Rafael Marquez is in for when they collide in another classic Puerto Rico vs. Mexico battle on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing Saturday night.
When unbeaten prospect Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez steps into the ring Friday night to fight James McGirt for the vacant WBC USNBC super middleweight title on ShoBox: The New Generation, the dangerous Dominican boxer will be fighting for his most significant victory as a professional, as well as a major step forward towards a top 15 rating in one of the major boxing organizations. (more…)
Scottish ace Paul Appleby will get the chance to break into the world rankings when he fights on December 4 at the Braehead Arena. The former British featherweight champion will box for the vacant WBO Intercontinental title at super featherweight, joining Ricky Burns as chief support on the card, live on Sky Sports 1HD. If Appleby wins his 12 round fight, he is likely to break into the WBO’s top 15. “I thought I was having a non-title fight on December 4, so this is a nice surprise,” said the 23-year-old. “It will do my ranking with the WBO some good and we will see where we go from there. My dream has always been to be a world champion, and if I had the opportunity to fight for a world title, I would definitely take it. I’m just concentrating on my fight on December 4, and making sure I am in the best possible shape. But I’ve felt great these last few months, and things just keep better and better.”
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Great Falls, VA junior middleweight Jimmy Lange is preparing to headline his 11th boxing card at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA. The preparation for his 10-round bout against Joe Wyatt of Richmond, VA has featured a “back to basics” approach with trainer Jimmy Glenn, who has been Lange’s cutman in recent bouts but is training Lange for the first time.
Lange, who has been trained by Angelo Dundee, Buddy McGirt and Don Turner, says he feels a special kinship with Glenn and is working on fundamentals in his training camp. (more…)
By David L. Hudson Jr.
In Newark, New Jersey, on November 6th, two young lightweight warriors Robert “the Ghost Guerrero and Vincent “Chente” Escobedo square off with the winner expecting a world title shot. Escobedo, who sports a record of 22-2, finds his first opportunity for an HBO-televised fight against Guerrero, who is 27-1. Between the two pugilists, they have lost a total of three fights – all by split decision. (more…)
By Dennis Principe
Brian Viloria of Waipahu, Hawaii and Liempetch Sor Veerapol made the weight limit with ease as the Hawaiian tallied a fit 112lbs while the Thai came in at 111lbs.
EX-world champion Brian Viloria has been guaranteed a shot at a world title should he win his upcoming non-title fight Friday night at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City. No less than Viloria’s manager Gary Gittelsohn has said he has already sealed a deal that will make Viloria the mandatory challenger of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) crown currently being held by Julio Cesar Miranda of Mexico. “It’s obviously predicated on a win here. The venue and economics will depend on Brian’s performance,” said Gittelsohn who arrived in the Philippines Thursday morning. “It’s a fight Brian has to look great in against an opponent who’s solid but not in Brian’s class. Given a good performance Brian will be fighting for a world title.” (more…)
This week’s TeleFutura “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” main event features top welterweight Jose Miguel Cotto (31-2, 23 KO’s) of Caguas, Puerto Rico against Christopher Henry (22-20, 17 KO’s) of Bridgetown, Barbados who replaced Cotto’s original opponent Oscar Leon after he was forced to withdraw from the fight because of visa issues.
Jose Miguel Cotto 145 vs Christopher Henry TBA
Jesus Rojas 123.7 vs Reynaldo Lopez 123.5
Jonathan Vidal 118 vs Christian Fernandez 117
Miguel Robles 121 vs Luis Ortiz 123
Angel Fret 121 vs Sigfredo Medina 122.7
Victor Reyes 125 vs Eliezer Agosto 124
Manuel Ramos 110 vs Christian Soto 109
Edgar Lopez 136 vs Gerardo Adorno 135
Eddie Gomez 152 vs Pascasio Adorno 147
Venue: Coliseo Cosme Beitia Salamo, Catano, Puerto Rico
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Warning, contains strong language: Canadian heavyweight champion Neven Pajkic wasn’t holding back anything when contacted by Fightnews following a week of press releases from fellow undefeated fighter Tyson Fury of England. The 12-0 Fury was hand at ringside last Saturday night at Casino Rama to watch the Canadian champ win every round of an eight round fight but not able to finish 47 year-old Andreas Sidon of Germany. Fury who called the effort “pathetic” earlier this week via press release made his ringside to personally offer up the challenge in an exchange of words that was brief as Pajkic made his way back to his dressing room. (more…)
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Super Six World Boxing Classic participant Glen Johnson stopped by Johnny Tocco’s Boxing Gym in Las Vegas for an intense, last minute training session on Thursday. The veteran contender and former light heavyweight world champion was greeted by former opponent Merqui Sosa.
Johnson will take on world-ranked contender Allan Green in a must-win Super Six World Boxing Classic bout on Saturday, Nov. 6, live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas. The winner of the 12-rounder will earn a coveted spot in the tournament Semi-Finals.
Johnson, who has appeared in seven world title fights and has defeated some of the best prizefighters of this era, including boxing legends Roy Jones, Jr., and Antonio Tarver, has an opportunity to reestablish himself as one of the world’s elite prizefighters.
By Marc Lichtenfeld
It was Prospect Night on Through the Ropes this week. Listeners were introduced to welterweight Brad “King” Solomon (14-0, 6 KOs) and super middleweight Dyah Davis (18-1, 9 KOs). (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
It looks like former WBC champion Adrian Diaconu will fight a rematch with former victim Chris Henry on March 12, 2011 in Montreal. The last time out, April 19, 2008, Diaconu just narrowly won a unanimous decision for the vacant WBC Interim title in Bucharest, Romania. This time, the vacant WBC Silver belt will be up for grabs. Henry was to have faced Roberto Bolonti of Argentina, but Bolonti came up injured, so the WBC, at it’s 48th annual convention in Cancun, Mexico, decided to sanction Diaconu-Henry for the Silver belt. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world title challenger Naoufel Ben Rabah (31-3, 16 KOs) returned to ring action on Thursday and stopped Indonesian Ramadan Weiru (14-4-1, 13 KOs) in round one at the Wyong Leagues club, NSW, Australia. Weiru was in trouble early and the referee gave as standing eight count and shortly after called it off when the import was in no condition to continue. (more…)
Video: Boxing Bob Newman
The legendary boxing commentator Col. Bob Sheridan speaks to Fightnews.com while attending the 48th WBC convention in Cancun Mexico. The Colonel dishes on his 5 decades covering the sport, as well as his views on the sanctioning bodies and why his colleagues at ringside would do well to stop criticizing the various sanctioning bodies and attend the conventions…to learn a thing or two!
By Phil Doherty
Some of the nicest guys you meet in boxing get paid to render other guys unconscious. It’s just a simple fact. The punishment two boxers deal each other during a bout would be criminal vice outside the ring in the eyes of the law. Indeed, if you’ve ever seen a brawl break out in the stands during a professional boxing event, you know those guys go to jail. This strange duality rears its head frequently the more boxers you get to know. However, once you accept the contradiction and really get to understand the motivations of these men, you start to appreciate their virtues much more. Recently Fightnews sat down with such a fighter. He is Haitian-American light heavyweight Azea Augustama (9-0, 6 KOs). Augustama represented Haiti in the 2008 Olympics and won the 2008 Golden Gloves championships at 178 lbs. Augustama and manager Victor Wainstein graciously answered the following questions… (more…)
Photo by Chris Farina/Top Rank
Undefeated WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez gets a surprise visit from former world champion Felix Trinidad Thursday night as he prepares for his upcoming world featherweight title fight against two-division world champion Rafael Marquez. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with PR Best Boxing, Zanfer Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions and SHOWTIME, Lopez vs. Marquez will take place Saturday, November 6 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing. Click here for more photos…
Photos by Rich Hundley III/SHOWTIME
The six fighters taking part in Friday night’s exciting tripleheader on ShoBox: The New Generation telecast LIVE on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, weighed in and gave their final thoughts Thursday at Scheels Arena in Fargo, N.D. The stacked ShoBox lineup will feature three fighters whose fathers had distinguished professional careers.
Exciting power-puncher Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (16-0, 12 KOs) from Worcester, Mass., by way of the Dominican Republic, will face gritty young veteran James McGirt Jr. (22-2-1, 11 KOs) from Vero Beach, Fla., in a 10-round super middleweight main event. In the co-feature, Dyah Davis (18-1, 9 KOs) of Boca Raton, Fla., meets Aaron Pryor Jr., (14-2, 11 KOs) of Cincinnati, in an eight-round battle while Houston’s Marcus “Too Much” Johnson (19-0, 14 KOs) is looking to keep his perfect record intact when he takes on Kevin “The Hitman” Engel (18-3, 15 KOs) of St. Louis, in an eight-round affair.
Edwin Rodriguez 166.2 vs. James McGirt Jr. 167.8
Dyah Davis 168.6 vs. Aaron Pryor Jr. 167.25
Marcus Johnson 172 vs. Kevin Engel 171.2
For more details and photos click here…
Former WBC cruiserweight champion Giacobbe Fragomeni will be back in the ring Friday night in beautiful Cancun, Mexico. Fragomeni (26-3-1, 10 KOs) will fight Mexican Eduardo Ayala (17-33-4, 8 KOs). The fight is promoted by Salvador Briman in association with OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi). The bout will be available on a free live international webcast (outside Mexico) on wbcboxing.tv at 18:30 Mexico time.
By Boxing Bob Newman
WBC President Jose Sulaiman officially closed the meetings session of the 48th annual WBC convention, inviting everyone to attend the closing banquet tonight at Isla Mujeres (Woman’s Island) where a dolphin show will take place along with the dinner. Here’s a rundown of the the last day’s activity. (more…)
By Andreas Hale
Juan Manuel Lopez
“I read that the team of Rafael Marquez said I have no chin. But the one that’s undefeated is me and I know he lost a few fights by knockout. On Saturday you will see who can take a punch and who can’t. Gary Shaw said “If I’m so good why don’t I fight (Yuriorkis) Gamboa. I said, “I’m so good I’m going to beat Marquez on Saturday and Gamboa next June.”
“I’m a man of few words. I know it’ll be special on Saturday night. l I’m here to win the fight for me and Mexico.”
“I feel great. I’m ready to fight. Glen is a very good friend of mine. I learned a lot from him. But as he said on Saturday its all business. I know I’m ready and I hope he is. I’ll do the rest of my talking sat night.”
“I feel appreciated for all the years I put in boxing and to be part of such a prestigious event. I just want to say Green is a friend of mine. He’s not somebody I’m looking forward to fighting, but this is business and I’m sure he’ll feel the same way on Saturday. We’ll go out and do our job and I’m sure our relationship will remain the same.”
Video: Kurt Freitag
Rafael Marquez is playing it close to the vest in advance of Saturday’s WBO featherweight title showdown against champion Juan Manual Lopez on SHOWTIME. All he would show reporters was a few minutes of shadowboxing at a media day earlier this week.
Looks like unbeaten IBF super middleweight champion will join the 168lb party at SHOWTIME. Executive Vice President and General Manager of SHOWTIME Ken Hershman, Bute and Bute’s promoter Jean Bedard of InterBox have scheduled a press conference Friday to make an official announcement. Word is Bute is looking at a three-fight deal with the network.
Photos and story by Boxing Bob Newman
Day 4 of the 48th annual convention opened at 9:30 a.m. local time with President Sulaiman wishing a happy birthday to WBC U.S. Legal Counsel Robert Lenhart and European Boxing Union’s Enza Jacoponi, both of whom turn a year older today. Sulaiman then read the WBC’s resolution regarding the agreement made yesterday between the promoters representing champion Vitali Klitschko and the two boxers vying for the mandatory challenger slot on December 17th, Ray Austin and Odlanier Solis. In essence, Klitschko has agreed to face the winner of the elimination fight no later than 100 days after the December 17th date, barring a draw decision or an injury to the winner. (more…)
Story & photos by Chris Cozzone
Crooning a tune with Will Farrell on late night TV, jet-setting out of fight camp to plug fellow politician Harry Reid and reports of less-than-perfect training have more than one sports scribe asking the question, “Could this be the fight it all catches up to Manny Pacquiao?”
Could Antonio Margarito be the one who shuts down the decade’s greatest fighter?
For those who thought booking a concert after a scheduled 12-rounder with Miguel Cotto was crazy; the master of multitasking, Congressman Manny Pacquiao, seven-division world champion, singer, actor and humanitarian, has little to say but, “Don’t worry ‘bout it.” . . . Click here for more
Story & photo by Chris Cozzone
“All I can tell you is, he’s a better boxer than a singer,” is Antonio Margarito’s take on Manny Pacquiao, the singer.
“He should stick to boxing.”
On Nov. 13, however, Margarito won’t be facing Pacquiao the singer, or Pacquiao the politician, for that matter — he’ll be up against the man most consider the greatest boxer of this era . . . click here for more
By Boxing Bob Newman
WBC President Jose Sulaiman clarifies the situation regarding the final eliminator on December 17th, 2010 in Miami between Ray Austin and Odlanier Solis. The winner will get an immediate shot at WBC champion Vitali Klitschko no later than 100 days following the December 17th fight. Should the winner of that fight be injured or the fight end in a draw, Klitschko will be free to engage in an optional defense, possibley against Tomasz Adamek in March at Madison Square Garden on the 40th anniversary of Ali-Frazier I.
Marco Huck (30-1, 23 KOs) will make a fifth defence of his WBO Cruiserweight Title on December 18 when he faces mandatory challenger Denis Lebedev (21-0, 16 KOs) in Berlin. The fight will take place at the Max-Schmeling-Halle. “I look forward to fighting in Berlin again,” Huck said. “Lebedev is a tough challenger with a great record. We are both very powerful and have tremendous KO power so the fans can expect a big battle. I will of course defend my title and leave the ring as the winner.” (more…)
One year ago, Raphael Assuncao was widely considered to be one of the featherweight division’s top fighters. His sterling 15-1 record and brutish style ensured that his name appeared frequently on Top 10 rankings. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt felt he was well on his way toward earning a world title shot . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, UFC.com
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