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Report and photos by Pasi Taavitsainen
Amin Asikainen 170.1 vs. Jaudiel Zepeda 163.1
Denis Shafikov 143.7 kg vs. Peter Semo 142.4
Edis Tatli 136.6 vs. Rudy Encarnacion 137.1
Jussi Koivula 149 vs. Vatche Wartanian 149.9
Eva Wahlstrom 130 vs. Nadezhda Manakova 123.4
Niko Jokinen 169.7 vs. Ivan Maslov 165.7
Venue: Toolon Kisahalli, Helsinki, Finland
Promoter: P3 Boxing
Thousands of Arthur Abraham fans are expected to flock into Monaco on October 2. That is when King Arthur faces Carl Froch in Showtime´s Super Six World Boxing Classic third-round match in the famous Chapiteau de Fontvieille. Abraham can count on two huge fan groups: His gigantic German fan-base plus his Armenian home support. “There will be a lot of fans travelling to Monaco – from Germany, from Armenia, from France, from everywhere,” King Arthur said. “I have chartered plans to fly them all in from Armenia and Berlin. Even in training camp here at the Baltic Sea (Zinnowitz) my fans have been asking me about tickets. They will drive down all the way from this coast to the other coast to watch the clash.” (more…)
Photo by Rafael Soto Zanfer/Top Rank
Omar Niño 108 vs Ronald Barrera 108
(WBC junior flyweight championship)
Jorge Solis 130 vs Francisco Cordero 130
(WBA Interim super featherweight championship)
Rafael Guzman 124 vs Sergio Lopez 126
Alejandro Gonzalez Jr. 116 vs TBA
Venue: Coliseo De La U De G
Promoter: Zanfer, Top Rank, HG Boxing
TV: Fox Sports and TV Azteca Mexico
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Britain’s John O’Donnell and Tyson Fury are not yet household names in the United States, but exposure in America may be all that the talented fighters are lacking. Consensus from boxing experts across the pond is that both boxers possess the ability to one day win a world championship. O’Donnell and Fury take what they hope will be the next step to becoming global superstars when they showcase their skills to a U.S. audience for the first time in the co-featured bouts on ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, Sept. 10, on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, same-day delay) from York Hall in London, England. (more…)
Some changes in promoter Frank Warren’s big September 18 show in Birmingham, England. Following the recent withdrawals of Darren Barker and Ryan Rhodes from their fights against Matthew Macklin and Lukas Konecny, respectively, Warren has been working hard to keep one of the biggest shows of his career together. The Hall of Fame promoter can now confirm that Macklin will face Georgian Shalva Jomardashvili for the vacant European middleweight title, while Manchester’s Matthew Hall gets a golden opportunity against Konecny for the vacant European light middleweight title. (more…)
Photo: Joel A. Colón / PR Best Boxing
Undefeated super featherweight champion Roman Martinez and challenger Ricky Burns both made weight for their showdown on Saturday at Kelvin Hall in Glasgow, Scotland. The unbeaten Martinez weighed 128.8 lbs., while Burns scaled in at 129.8. (more…)
On October 16, All Star Boxing, Inc and Promoter Tuto Zabala, Jr. will return to the city that has hosted many of the company’s boxing shows during the past 10 years. Its regular popular series of Boxeo TELEMUNDO has filled the Kissimmee Civic Center on many occasions, only this time it will come back with a world title fight and one of the biggest shows in Central Florida history that will be hosted at the 10,500 seat Silver Spurs Arena of the Osceola Heritage Park in an event billed: “The Rising Son Returns.”
In the main event WBO Jr. Featherweight Champion Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. of Bayamon, Puerto Rico will make the second defense of his title when he meets his toughest opponent so far in Ivan “Choko” Hernandez of Ensenada, Mexico in a bout scheduled for 12 rounds with Vazquez’ WBO Jr. Featherweight Title at stake. (more…)
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm weighed in at 72.1 kgs/158.95 lbs and Giovanni Lorenzo tipped the scale at 71.8 kgs/158.29 lbs. Both looked to be in tremendous shape and had to be seperated after an intense stare down. The weigh-in took place at the BMW Procar car dealership in Cologne.
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos : Sroi Mungmee
WBC strawweight champion Oleydong Sithsamerchai (34-0-1,12 KOs) barely kept his WBC crown as he scored a majority draw with four-time world challenger Pornsawan Por Pramook (22-3-1,16 KOs) on Friday at Kadchoengdoi Shopping Center in Chiengmai, Thailand. Oleydong dominated in the first four rounds with his counter attack tactic, however the show little by little turned to the challenger who tirelessly stalked the champion. The climax occurred in round six when Pornsawan successfully floored Oleydong with vicious body attacks, then he dropped the champion again but it was considered by the referee as a slippery. The action was a close affair from round nine as aggressor Pornsawan looked weakened, which allowed Oleydong to display his effective counterpunches until the final round. Scored: Franz Marti (Switzerland) 114-114, Benjamin Rendon (Mexico) 114-114 and Thawut Plumsamran (Thailand) 114-113 for the champion. Oleydong retained his WBC belt for the sixth time.
Longtime Florida promoter One Punch Productions has announced that negotiations are complete for it’s expansion into the Charlotte, NC market. “This is a great move for us, and I’m very happy to be going into Charlotte” said One Punch Productions President Terry Trekas. “I have been looking at additional markets for almost a year, and ultimately it came down to Charlotte and Savannah, GA. In the end, I chose Charlotte.” (more…)
Erik Morales and Edgar Sosa recently visited the Raul “Raton” Macîas gymnasium as invited guests of former champion Isaac “Tortas” Bustos. Sosa entertained the public with an open workout as he prepared to face Pilipino fighter Ryan Bito for the WBC International Flyweight title on September 11th at the Monumental Bullring of Mexico City. Morales goes for his 50th career win vs. Willie Limond in the main event.
Eric Morales: “I’m very happy to interact with the people once again, something I have not done since 2002 when I was promoting fights in the United States. I thought it was beautiful that they played “Las Mañanitas” for me. Winning a world title in my fourth division is my objective. I work hard to be able to do it, but everything is little by little to get to the fourth world title. There have been talks with the people from Golden Boy Promotions about a fight with Juan Manuel Marquez.”
Edgar Sosa: “I am bound step by step towards the flyweight title. I feel great physically and energetically. It is always great to interact up close with the fans that support us. Each day I feel like I am in better physical condition for the great Bicentennial Gala. I have not abandoned my dream of fighting for the WBC World Flyweight title, currently held by Pongsakiek Wonjongkam of Thailand, but what is important right now is to only think about his battle with Ryan Bito.”
One of the most ferocious strikers in mixed martial arts history, Mirko Cro Cop has rebounded from a rocky start in the UFC to reel off wins in three of his last four bouts, including a spectacular June win over Pat Barry. On September 25th, he’s back in action and back in the main event, as he takes on former two-time UFC heavyweight champ Frank Mir. Will this bout be added to the list of Cro Cop’s most memorable moments? . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
Photo: Eroll Popova
Photos: Eroll Popova
Jan Zaveck 145.9 vs. Rafal Jackiewicz 146.8
(IBF welterweight title)
Christina Hammer 159.2 vs. Mihaela Dragan 158.5
Tjasa Kolar 110.7 vs. Anika Kurzer 113.5
Denis Simcic 174.8 vs. Istvan Varga 173.9
Goran Delic 208.6 vs. Attila Makula (TBA)
Predrag Radosevic 173.1 vs. Thomas Hengstberger (TBA)
Tommy Altmann 153.4 vs. Bronislav Kubin 150.8
Venue: Sportpark Arena in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Promoter: SES Boxing
TV: Sport1 (Germany)
Former multiple world champion and future hall of famer Roy Jones Jr. (54-7, 40 KOs) will again return to the ring. Jones will meet former world title challenger Danny Santiago (31-4-1, 19 KOs) on October 7th in Jones’ hometown of Pensacola, Florida. An official announcement naming the site of the fight will take place next week.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
At Thursday’s press conference, Mexican world champions Omar Niño and Jorge Solís declared themselves ready to defend their world crowns. Niño will defend his WBC jr flyweight crown against the Colombian Ronald “Indio” Barrera, while Solís will risk his WBA interim super featherweight title against Francisco “Volcano” Cordero.
The event HG Boxing/Zanfer Boxing event billed as “Regreso Glorioso” will take place in the Olympic Theater at Guadalajara University on Saturday. FOX Sports Espanol will televise in the USA. (more…)
Photo by Victor Strafford – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
Mexican boxing phenom Saul “Canelo” Alvarez stretches on Thursday in Guadalajara, Mexico during a media workout in preparation for his September 18 fight against former world champion Carlos Baldomir which will take place on the undercard of Shane Mosley vs. Sergio Mora at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. (more…)
A waist-style day pack was found this afternoon during an aerial search of Storm King Mountain in North Cascades National Park. The pack was found on the north side of the mountain in steep, cliffy terrain at an elevation of 8000 feet. National Park Rangers have confirmed that the day pack belongs to John Arum, the 49-year old mountaineer and son of Hall of Fame boxing promoter Bob Arum, who was reported missing Monday, August 30. Arum was planning to solo climb Storm King Mountain on Saturday, August 28.
Public statement from the Arum Family: John’s family is deeply grateful for the efforts taken by the dedicated members of the National Park Service, King County Sheriff’s Office and the volunteers from Chelan Mountain Rescue and the Stehekin Community that are working tirelessly on the search and rescue operation. Their professionalism and commitment gives us continued hope. Thank you for your thoughts, prayers and respect for our privacy at this time.
Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones welcomes superstar Manny Pacquiao and three-time world champion Antonio Margarito to Cowboy Stadium to watch the Dallas-Miami pre-season game Thursday night. Pacquiao and Margarito will hold a press conference Friday at the stadium for their upcoming mega fight 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. This telecast will be available live on HBO Pay-Per-View. Click here for more photos…
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
2008 Venezuelan Olympian and highly talented junior middleweight Alfonso Blanco, trained by former junior lightweight champion Robert Garcia at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard, CA, is expected to make his professional boxing debut on the Shane Mosley vs. Sergio Mora undercard on Saturday, September 18 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA against an opponent yet to be determined. Click here for more photos…
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
“It looks like quite a Christmas present for boxing fans,” said promoter Yvon Michel of the impending December 18 fight between undisputed light-heavyweight champion Jean Pascal and future Hall-of Famer Bernard Hopkins. “We have an agreement in principle and I’m just awaiting the paper work to finalize,” said Pascal’s promoter who saw his fighter rise to the top of the division with an impressive win over Chad Dawson on August 14 at the Bell Centre in Montreal. The fight is penciled in for Quebec City but not yet finalized. “Jean could have sat back and waited for the spring and we would have been happy with his decision,” said Michel of his fighter who is wasting no time in getting back into the ring. He worked really really hard in preparing for Dawson and he certainly was entitled to some time off, but he was eager to get back in there and face a fighter like Hopkins. He wants to fight the best there is in the division and Hopkins and Dawson were the only name he was considering.”
Weights by Butch Gottlieb/BoxinginLasVegas.com
Photo by Mary Ann Owen/BoxinginLasVegas.com
From the Crown Theater at the Rio for tomorrow night’s Crown Boxing card:
Henry Namauu 202 vs. Chad Davis 203
Rocco Santomauro 124 vs. Walter Santibanes 125
Brian Battease 122 vs. Alexis Santiago 121
Crystal Hoy 124 vs. Mandy LaPointe 123
Juan Alcolea 135 vs. Daniel Reece 136
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Roman Gonzalez 109 vs. Jesus Limones 108.5
Jose Alfaro 141 vs. Joel Juárez 140
Moisés Solis 139 vs. Felipe Gonzalez 147
Álvaro Perez 123 vs. Bismark Alfaro 122
Walter Castillo 140.5 vs. Carlos Mairena
Carlos Manzanares 106 vs. Alcides Casco 104
Camilo Mendoza 104 vs. Jose Aguilar 106
Arnoldo Solano 109 vs. Oscar Lopez 109
Jean Sampson 119 vs. Marlon Bendana 119
Venue: Centro de Convenciones Hotel Camino Real
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo by Tim Barry
Former world heavyweight challenger Kali “Checkmate” Meehan (36-4, 29 KOs) outpointed Evans “The Sandman” Quinn (18-5-1, 16 KOs) over twelve rounds to capture the IBF Pan Pacific title on Thursday at the La Montage Reception Center, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Meehan, at 6.5″ and 239.9lbs, was the aggressor from round one pumping out the left hand to the head and right hands to the body to rattle up the points. Quinn, 224lbs, displayed good evasion, ring skills and fast hands as he had his good moments connecting with fast combinations. In round seven Meehan delivered a right hand bomb to the head of the American that had him on unsteady legs. At the conclusion scores were 118-110, 117-114, 117-113. For more details and photos click here…
By Mariano A. Agmi at ringside
Photo by Alexander Gorohov
Former world title challenger Dmitriy Salita (31-1-1, 16 KOs) pounded out an eight round unanimous decision over Franklin Gonzalez (13-6, 9 KOs) on Wednesday night at the Oceana Hall in Brooklyn, New York. Salita showed no effects from his blowout loss to Amir Khan in December. After a slow start he took control and won 78-74 on all cards. Click here for more, plus photos…
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
It’s not likely to push Gatti-Ward or Ali-Frazier out of the top-ten of boxing’s top trilogies, but prepare yourself for Molitor-Ndlovu III. Should IBF super-bantamweight champion Steve Molitor get by Jason Booth next Saturday September 11, he’ll be obligated to meet Takalani Ndlovu once again. Molitor stopped the South African in the 8th round in 2008 and recaptured the belt with a twelve round decision this past March. “Who in the hell wants that fight?” said Molitor’s promoter Allan Tremblay. Ndlovu moved into the mandatory position last night with a win over fellow countryman Jeffrey Mathebula with a close (on two scorecards anyway). With the hopes that the bout was somehow for the vacant number two position within the IBF and that Ndlovu would somehow have another step before completing the trifecta, Tremblay confirmed the bad news. “God no, I wish I could tell you that was the case, unfortunately though it was for the mandatory position.” (more…)
Photo by Emily Harney
Vladine Biosse 168 vs Ibahiem King 166
Joe Gardner 169 vs Eric Pinaretta 170
Eric Estrada 198 vs Tauheed Wheeler 213
Dustin Reinhold 154 vs Rameil Shelton 153
Jesse Barboza 231 vs Anthony Robertson 216
Jonathan Vasquez 142 vs Shawn Pyles 136
Venue: Twin River Event Center, Lincoln, RI
Promoter: Jimmy Burchfield/CES
The World Boxing Council is announcing that in its next ratings it will grant #1 rated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. the status of official challenger of WBC middleweight world champion Sergio Martinez. The bout will take place after the next voluntary defense of Martinez, a fight that has already been scheduled. The aforementioned facts will be confirmed in Cancun, Quintana Roo, within the works of the 48th WBC Annual World Convention that will be held from October 31st to November 6th, 2010. How this will affect Chavez’ proposed December 4 fight with WBO 154lb champion Miguel Cotto is unknown.
Former world champion Ricky Hatton has told BBC Radio Manchester that he will probably never fight again. “You can never say never, but if I was to put my last pound on it I would say ‘no, I think that’s me done,'” he said. “…I’ve been retired, if that’s what you can call it, for 16 months. I announced I was going to make a comeback and I came back off holiday and went into a training camp for three or four weeks, but it just wasn’t the same.” He added that he’s renewed his boxing license just in case he changes his mind.
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Two-division world champion, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero and his wife Casey have been invited to attend the highly anticipated premiere of “Únete con la Gota de la Vida“, a historic song and video assembled by the top Latin music artist’s from around the world, which include Gloria Estefan and Enrique Iglesias. The private red carpet event is by invitation only and will take place Tuesday, September 7 at 7 PM at Club Nokia at L.A. Live! in downtown Los Angeles. (more…)
Scotsman Willie “Hands of Steel” Limond, WBU Lightweight Champion, will be a plaid matador to Mexican bull — 5-time world champion in three different weight classes, Erik “Terrible” Morales — in their September 11 showdown that headlines the “Mexican Fiesta” Pay-Per-View show live from Mexico City.
“”I know this is going to be a hard fight,” Limond said, “but I’m hoping to take the bull by the horns and put on a great performance for the fans in Mexico, USA and my Scottish fans back home.” . . . Click here for more
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Puerto Rican referee Luis Pabon will be the third man in the ring when German WBA middleweight world champion Felix Sturm (33-2-1, 14 KOs) and Dominican challenger Giovanni Lorenzo (29-1, 21 KOs) meet at Lanxess-Arena, Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany on Saturday. The three judges are David Singh (Panama), Stanly Chrisodoulou (South Africa) and Stefano Carozzo (Italy). The fight supervisor is George Martinez (Canada).
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, MD will be the site for a unique doubleheader of boxing. There will be two cards by two different promotional companies on two consecutive Fridays. Bang Time Boxing will host a card on September 10 while Baltimore Pro Boxing and Prize Fight Promotions will team up to put together a show on September 17. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA minimumweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (25-0, 21 KOs) will reappear in Nicaragua after of almost two years without fighting in his home country. He is scheduled to face Jesus Limones (9-1-1, 4 KOs) in a ten round non-title bout on Friday night at the Centro de Convenciones Hotel Camino Real in Managua, Nicaragua. The bout will be fought in the jr flyweight division.
Former WBA lightweight champion Jose “Quiebra Jicara” Alfaro (23-6, 20 KOs), coming off his bout with Erik Morales, meets Joel Juarez (25-10-1) in the ten round super lightweight co-feature.
Lightweight prospect Moises Solis (18-1, 13 KOs) takes on Felipe Gonzalez (6-6-1, 3 KOs) in a third ten rounder.
Promoter Prodesa will stream the fight live at www.prodesa.com.ni.
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