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Congressman and WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao has just arrived at LAX on Philippine Airlines – Flight 102 where a large throng of adoring Pacman fans were waiting. Pacquaio is heading to his home away from home in Los Angeles for a night’s rest before Tuesday’s big Pacquiao-Margarito kickoff presser. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photo by Ray Bailey
Heavyweight contender Chazz “The Gentlemen” Witherspoon (27-2, 19 KOs) rebounded from his tough loss to Tony “The Tiger” Thompson, dropping journeyman, Livin “La Maquina” Castillo (16-9,10 KOs) once, en-route to a come from behind seventh round stoppage. (16-9, 10 KOs) in the schedule ten round main event at the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City New Jersey. Undefeated light heavyweight sensation Farah “The Quiet Storm” Ennis (16-0, 10 KOs) continued his meteoric rise up the ranks with a sharp and dominant third round knockout of Reggie Pena in the eight round co-feature of the six bout card promoted by Spartan Fight Promotions. For more details and photos click here…
The World Boxing Council received a request from Top Rank Inc. to approve the bout between Manny Pacquiao and Mexican fighter, Antonio Margarito, for the WBC Superwelterweight world title, to be held at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium this coming November 13th. The voting in favor of the fight was unanimous by the Board of Governors. The title was vacated when former world champion, Sergio Martinez, decided to do so, after winning the WBC Middleweight world title when he defeated Kelly Pavlik last April 17th. Pacquiao-Margarito will take place exactly one week after the 48th WBC Annual World Convention to be held in Cancun is closed.
On Saturday, August 28, WBC Youth bantamweight champion Stephane Jamoye, from Belgium, fought Tomoki Kameda, from Japan, in Mazatlan, Mexico. The fight was very close and exciting. The announcement given by the ring announcer was a draw. However, the WBC supervisor appointed for the fight found an error while making his report some time after the fight and held a meeting with ring officials Stephen Blea and Curtis Trasher from the U.S.A., where it was confirmed that the officials scorecards showed Tomoki Kameda winning by split decision. The WBC now confirms Tomoki Kameda as the new Youth world bantamweight champion. “I am hereby ordering a rematch between Tomoki Kameda and Stephane Jamoye, as this fight was very close and the former champion deserves to be given another opportunity just as he did last Saturday night,” said WBC President Jose Sulaiman.
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The World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight championship fight between undefeated titlist Juan Manuel “JuanMa” Lopez, of Caguas, Puerto Rico, and Rafael Marquez, of México City has been rescheduled for Saturday, Nov. 6, live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The 12-round championship bout, originally set for Sept. 18, had to be rescheduled after Marquez injured his right thumb two weeks ago.
“Fortunately, my thumb injury did not prevent me from continuing my conditioning, including running daily,” said Marquez, who proved his durability in an epic four fight series with Israel Vazquez. “I am extremely grateful that my fight with Juan Manuel Lopez was rescheduled so quickly. On November 6, JuanMa and I have a date with destiny. I can’t wait.” (more…)
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Photos by Union Boxing
WBA welterweight champion Viacheslav Senchenko (31-0, 20 KOs) won a unanimous decision win over Charlie Jose Navarro (18-4, 13 KOs) on Monday night at Lenin Square, Donetsk, Ukraine. Judges scored it 115-113 (twice) and 116-112. Fightnews.com scorecard 115-113 for Senchenko.
EBU (European) featherweight champion Oleh Yefimovych (18-2, 11 KOs) has sensationally lost to the Frenchman Sofiane Takoucht (20-1, 9 KOs). Judges scored it 116-112 and 117-112 115-114 for Sofiane. For more details and photos click here…
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Photos by Vlad Dudka
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (40-2, 38 KOs) faced off with former WBO heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (51-5-1, 45 KOs) today at press-conference in Kiev, Ukraine. Their fight will take place on October 16th in O2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany. Here’s what they had to say… (more…)
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WBA Super Champion Felix Sturm and Giovanni Lorenzo were face to face for the first time at today’s press conference for their middleweight title fight this Saturday (Sept. 4) in Cologne, Germany.
“There’s no doubt about me winning the fight and becoming champion of the world”, said Lorenzo who showed up in a jersey of the local soccer team, Borussia Mönchengladbach. Gladbach had won a clash with their local rivals, Bayer Leverkusen with 6-3 on Sunday afternoon. “Gladbach has inspired me. They were the underdogs, they played in front of Leverkusen’s home crowd and they scored a very convincing and impressing win. That’s exactly what I will do next Saturday. Gladbach scored 6 goals; I will score 6 knockdowns. When I heard that Sturm is from Leverkusen like yesterday’s losers, things were very clear to me: I will be the new champion.” click here for more + photos
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WBO junior lightweight champion, Román “Rocky Martínez, arrived this morning in Glasgow, Scotland whereon September 4th he will defend his title against Scotland’s Ricky Burns at the Kelvin Hall in Glasgow. Martínez (24-0-1, 15 KOs) will defend his belt for the third time versus Burns (28-2, 7KOs) the first challenger. “Today, I’m resting, but I’m going to move later. I’m in good shape, 131 pounds, and I have to rest because of the long travel from Puerto Rico” Martínez said. Tomorrow, Martínez will attend a public workout in Glasgow. Wednesday is the press conference and Friday the weigh-in. more photos
Birthday greetings to Hall of Fame trainer Angelo Dundee, who turns 89 years old today. Angelo, along with partners Tom Tsatas, Matt Baiamonte and Dino Spencer, will reopen the famed 5th Street Gym in Miami next month.
By Ricardo Conde
Fightnews would like to congratulate lightweight contender “Bam Bam” Brandon Rios and his new wife Vicky who got married in a beautiful ceremony this past weekend in Oxnard, CA. In attendance was Rios’ trainer and best man former IBF junior lightweight champion Robert Garcia, USBA featherweight champion Miguel “Mikey” Garcia, former WBO featherweight champion Steven Luevano, 2008 Venezuelan Olympian and junior middleweight prospect Alfonso Blanco and highly talented junior welterweight prospect Karim Martinez. Brandon Rios is scheduled to take on Anthony Peterson on Saturday, September 11 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV in the WBA lightweight title eliminator in the co-feature of HBO’s B.A.D. “Boxing After Dark” which will be headlined by WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa against IBF featherweight champion Orlando Salido. more photos
Former UFC lightweight champion BJ “The Prodigy” Penn had nothing but questions for still-champ Frankie “The Answer” Edgar in the headline bout of UFC 118, held Saturday night in Boston at the TD Bank Garden.
Repeating the success of his upset win earlier this year, Edgar started quick, with two takedowns that included a slam on the challenger. As Penn continued to try and stalk the champion, Edgar had an answer for everything. . . . Click here for more
By Graham Houston
The long unbeaten run of Ivan Calderon had to end sometime, and as often happens when a long-reigning champion loses, the finish was brutal and dramatic. Calderon gave his all, but he was a physically and mentally broken-down fighter when he sank to one knee to be counted out in the eighth round against Giovanni Segura in their 108-pound championship unification bout in Puerto Rico on Saturday.
After 19 consecutive title bouts in two weight classes without a defeat, Calderon’s skills and great experience just weren’t enough to overcome the relentless pressure and brutal body attack of the implacable aggressor from Mexico. (more…)
By Chris Perry at ringside
The August 28 “War At The Shore” event at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia was aptly named as “Dangerous” Dorin Spivey and Leo Martinez engaged in battle for 10-rounds in the evening’s featured contest. Although Martinez stayed busy attacking Spivey with his straight forward, in-your-face style, Spivey won a hard-fought unanimous decision landing more effective shots throughout the bout. The judge’s score cards read 95-92, 98-90 and 95-94. (more…)
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov at ringside
Photos by Adriy Novak/Elite Boxing
Former WBA bantamweight champion Wladimir Sidorenko (22-2-2, 7 KOs) returned with a unanimous decision win over Mbwana Matumla (19-5, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine to take the vacant WBC International Silver super flyweight title. Judges scored it 120-108 (twice) and 119-109. Fightnews scorecard 118-110 for Sidorenko. Click here for more photos…
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BF world champion Jan Zaveck had his final 10 round sparring session with his coach Dirk Dzemski on Thursday at the SES gym in Magdeburg previous to his upcoming showdown with Rafal Jackiewicz. Today he will be traveling to Slovenia and have his last preparations on his way. “I’m on fire and ready for this challenge. I’m feeling great and I’m in perfect shape,” Zaveck stated. His mandatory defense on Saturday, September 4 will be staged at the Sport-Park-Arena in Ljubljana with an expected crowd of 14.000 and will be a question of honor for the 34 year old champion. He and his Polish contender already met two years ago in a fight for the European title but it was a very questionable decision win for Jackiewicz. The bout was later named “Fight of the year 2008″ by the EBU. That’s why the fight is themed as “Question of Honor”. The will be broadcasted live in Germany on Sport1 live from 10:00pm as well on TV SLOVENIA and in Poland on POLsat.
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WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcárcel honored Mexican Fernando Montiel with a super champion belt and with a ring for his 20 defenses as a WBO champion in three different weight classes. Montiel received the belt last night at the Mario Morales Coliseum in Guaynabo, where Giovanni Segura unified his titles (WBO and WBO) and dethroned Iván Calderón. Montiel had 20 defenses in total, being a champion in the 112, 115 and 118 pound division. Click here for more photos…
After the fight on Saturday night when he outpointed Demarcus “Chop Chop” Corley in a tough bout in front of 11,000-crowd, WBA Interim Super Lightweight champion Marcos “El Chino” Maidana commented that now that he won his return fight he is willing and ready for Amir Khan next December 11. “I will saying as many times as necessary ‘cause I don’t want the boxing fans to be tricked by Khan’s team’s statements. I always want to face Khan and they ran away from me. Now it’s the time, so let’s make it,” Maidana said.
“I made it clear that it’s a lie that I was offered to fight Khan last July. I was offered to face Bradley back then and I had to decline because my former manager offered me little money for it and he was the one who lied about me having a back injury. But that’s water undet the bridge. Now Khan has to fight or otherwise quit his title and recognize that I’m the absolute champion,” the Argentinean said. (more…)
Yuri Foreman and his lovely wife Leyla have a new baby boy. The little one – 6 pounds, 12 ounces – arrived at the Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y. “I am a new Dad, which is such an amazing experience. There is nothing like this. I am in awe,” Yuri said from the hospital today. Yuri added he will begin ‘light running’ in about two weeks to begin his return to the ring. “I have been at the gym doing upper body work, but soon I will begin running to see where I am at. Meanwhile, I will give a lot of attention to my wife and our new baby,” Yuri said.
Photo by Joel A. Colón/PR Best Boxing
WBO junior lightweight champion Román “Rocky” Martinez traveled this afternoon to Glasgow, Scotland, to complete his training for his Saturday, September 4 bout versus Ricky Burns at the Kelvin Hall in Glasgow, Scotland. Martinez (24-0-1, 15 KOs) will defend his title for the third time against Burns (28-2, 7KOs). Martinez won the title last March 14, 2009 when he knocked out British Nicky Cook in England. Martinez traveled with his trainers Raúl “Papo” Torres and Dennis “Sensei” Rivera, and his manager Manuel Martinez. The night will be promoted by Peter Rivera, PR Best Boxing Promotions. Click here for more photos…
Silencing the critics with an even-stronger repeat performance, Frankie “The Answer” Edgar said he’d fought “with a chip on his shoulder,” while dominating former champ BJ “The Prodigy” Penn at UFC 118 in Boston.
“Every fighter should fight with a chip on their shoulder,” said Edgar. “I believe in myself and so does my team. I think the first fight built my confidence.”
While BJ continually tried to stalk down the elusive champion, it was Edgar using all the tools of a mixed martial artist, who was able to take down Penn in the first and use his quickness to beat Penn to the punch . . . Click here for more
Ringside report and photos by Felipe Leon
Baja Boxing in association with the Castro Limon Foundation of Tijuana presented a special “KO Against Child Cancer” fight card in benefit of the foundation. The foundation is dedicated in alleviating the suffering of children suffering from the different strains of the disease. Baja Boxing, led by Antonio “Cañas” Lozada, put together a ten card fight card in which part of the proceeds were donated to the foundations. Along with the over the one thousand fight fans present at the Municipal Auditorium, several children from the foundation were present at the event . . . Click here for more
By Chris Perry at ringside
“Dangerous” Dorin Spivey won a hard fought unanimous decision over Leo Martinez in the August 28 “War At The Shore” main event at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Both fighters went toe-to-toe for ten rounds. Martinez (15-14, 7 KOs) was very busy and pressured Spivey (38-6, 29 KOs) throughout the bout with a straight forward, in-your-face attack. Spivey, however, scored two standing eight counts in the first round and landed the more effective blows throughout to win the contest. The judges score cards read 95-92, 98-90 and 95-94.
In the featured supporting bouts of the show promoted by Nick Garone of X-Cel Worldwide and Daryl DeCroix of Daryl DeCroix Promotions, junior lightweight Meacher Major “Pain” (18-4-1, 14 KOs) defeated Jamar Saunders (5-7-1, 2 KOs) by TKO when the bout was waved off before the start of the fourth round due to a sever cut over Saunders’ right eye and MMA star Antwain “The Juggernaut” Britt won his professional boxing debut knocking out Antonio King (0-1, 0 KOs) forty-nine seconds into round one.
By Shamus Young at ringside
Cruiserweight Jason “Friday the 13th” Douglas improved to 8-2 with a 7th round TKO of Brent Urban, 6-3-1, at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA. Both men were free swinging sluggers who connected almost at will. The difference in the fight proved to be in the footwork. Urban waded forward squared up. Douglas fought from a conventional stance which allowed him to punch straighter and harder and win most of the exchanges. The damage added up and in the 7th of a scheduled 8 round fight, Urban stopped defending himself and was battered about the head until referee Paul Field intervened. Time of the stoppage was 1:47.
In the co-main event, Lightweight Francisco “Paco” Reyes used advantages in reach, hand speed, and accuracy to dominate Heder Rivas en route to a 6 round unanimous decision. Scores were 59-55 and 60-54 twice. Fightnews had it 59-55. Reyes improves to 6-1 and Heder falls to 6-2. (more…)
Photos: Jose I. Perez Cabrera/PR Best Boxing Promotions
In a sensational fight, WBA mini-flyweight world champion Giovanni Segura (25-1, 21 KOs) scored a punishing eighth round KO over previously unbeaten WBO mini-flyweight Iván Calderón (34-1-1, 6 KOs) to unify the 108lb championship on Saturday night at the Coliseo Mario “Quijote” Morales in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. Calderon boxed beautifully early on, but Segura turned the tide and had him in trouble in rounds five and six. Calderon weathered some difficult moments, and regained his form in the seventh. Segura, however, continued to pressure the 35-year-old ring legend and floored him for the count with a devastating liver shot in round eight. Time was 1:34. (more…)
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In a full Juan R. Viera Coliseum in Las Piedras, PR. “El Artesano” Luis Cruz (16-0 13KOs) had a magnificent performance with a tremendous TKO victory in the 5th round over Colombian warrior Hevinson Herrera (14-6-1 12KOs). After receiving a hard punishment since the beginning of the first round, Hevinson Herrera did not walk out from the corner in the end of round five. Luis Cruz is the new Junior Lightweight WBO Latino Champion. “I feel extremely happy. I trained really hard for this win. We knew that we were going to catch him. I want to send a message to all the Junior Lightweights of the world, here I am. I will become a world champion very soon” Luis Cruz said. In other news WBO world ranked #14 in the super bantamweight division and actual USNBC champion Jayson “La Maravilla” Vélez (14-0 11KOs) won a unanimous decision over Isaac Hidalgo. Jesús Rojas (15-1 12KOs) had a devasting KO win over Angel L. Paneto.
Returning from a 14-month injury break, super featherweight Monty Meza-Clay (29-3, 20 KOs) scored a third round stoppage over Allen Litzau (13-6, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Latzau’s corner surrendered at 2:47 in the third with their fighter being pummeled on the ropes. Litzau’s more accomplished brother NABF super featherweight champion Jason Litzau (27-2, 21 KOs) could be next for Meza-Clay.
Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
Both Sacramento entries, light-heavyweight Otis Griffin and middleweight Brandon Gonzales, won their feature bouts in decisive fashion Saturday night in Fallon, Nev.
In the eight-round main event at the outdoor fairgrounds venue, Griffin (23-6-2), ranked 10th by the International Boxing Federation, posted a unanimous decision over Billy Bailey (10-10) of Bakersfield in the eight-round main event. Judges’ scores were 79-73, 78-74, 78-74.
After scoring a first-round knockdown, Gonzales (13-0) halted Byron Tyson (9-2-2) of Los Angeles via a severe eye cut at 1:59 in the third round. It was Gonzales’ 10th knockout win in the scheduled six-rounder.
Interim WBA World light welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (29-1, 27 KOs) retained his title over former world champion DeMarcus ‘Chop Chop’ Corley (37-14-1, 22 KOs) by way of a very tough unanimous decision. The bout took place at the Estadio Luna Park, in Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina. The official scores were 117-110, 115-112, 116-110 all in favor of Maidana. The 36-year-old Corley fought his best fight in years giving the 27-year-old Maidana all he could handle in the fight. (more…)
Octagonside by Robert Kravantka
Photos by Ed Mulholland
Many said that his first victory in April was a fluke and UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar willingly accepted a rematch. In the main event of UFC 118 Edgar defeated former champion BJ Penn for a second time via unanimous decision. Edgar controlled the pace of the fight with lightening fast footwork, slick takedowns, and quick in-and-out punching. Edgar was a step ahead of his opponent for all five rounds, and Penn appeared winded and off balance for most of the fight. In the fourth round Penn was able to take Edgar to the mat but failed to capitalize. Edgar stayed aggressive in round five and finished the bout still-pursuing the challenger. Scores all read the same, 50-45.
47 year old Randy “The Natural” Couture needed just 3:19 to hand five-time world boxing champion James “Lights Out” Toney his first professional defeat in the sport of mixed martial arts. Toney began the contest by assuming his traditional boxing stance but was taken to the canvas with ease by the Hall-of-Famer Couture. Once on the ground, Toney proved to be truly out of his element as he was unable to defend the punches raining down to his head from his well-positioned opponent. Toney was unable to produce any kind of effective defense against “The Natural” and soon found himself in a tight arm triangle choke. It was only a matter of time before Toney was forced to submit. (more…)
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