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By Ron Jackson
Three Namibians who hold WBO Africa belts have been elevated to World Boxing Organization ratings. The ratings meeting was held during the 23rd WBO Convention in Cartagena, Colombia, recently. South African Andrew Smale, fourth vice-president on the WBO executive committee and the organization’s Africa representative, attended the convention. Smale reports that the Namibians who rose to WBO ratings are light-heavyweight Vikapita Meroro (No 5), welterweight Bethuel Uushona (No 7) and bantamweight Paulus Ambunda (No 4). (more…)
Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions, celebrated his 48th birthday on Thursday with family and friends at JABB Boxing Gym in Chicago. Pictured with Pesoli is former junior middleweight contender Freddie Cuevas along side the birthday cake from Chicago’s finest, Roeser’s Bakery. 8 Count Productions was started by Dominic Pesoli in 1998. The next 8 Count Productions event is the November 19th “Windy City Fight Night 13″ at UIC Pavilion.
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Three-time world champion Antonio Margarito hits the mitts with trainer Robert Garcia during a packed media day at the Fortune Gym in Hollywood Thursday. Margarito takes on superstar Manny Pacquiao 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. more photos
Michael Acri Boxing Promotions will present the 26th Annual Erie Boxing Classic, Wednesday November 24, beginning at 8 p.m., at the Avalon Hotel (10th and State Street) in Erie, PA. Headlining the card is Pittsburgh’s Rod Salka (12-0, 3 KOs) vs. Guillermo Sanchez (11-2, 5 KOs), of Buffalo, NY, in an eight-round lightweight battle. Salka’s last fight was on June 30 at Heinz Field, an eight-round unanimous decision victory over Ikem Orji. Sanchez is a two-time Erie Boxing Classic alumnus and a fan favorite! (more…)
One night before the final Semifinal spot in the Super Six World Boxing Classic is locked up, six up-and-coming super middleweights representing the future of boxing’s hottest division will square off in an exciting tripleheader on ShoBox: The New Generation, Friday, Nov. 5, LIVE on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
“Everyone knows about the Andre Wards, Carl Frochs, Arthur Abrahams and the other fighters in the Super Six World Boxing Classic, but we’re excited to show off some super middleweights that we’ll be hearing a lot from in the future” said Gordon Hall, ShoBox executive producer. “The Super Six currently in progress features the elite in the 168-pound weight class. On ShoBox, we are featuring the next generation of American super middleweights. This is the wave of the future in this division.” (more…)
On November 12th in Wieliczka, Poland the unique boxing show will be hosted by Babilon Promotion. The event advertised as “Underground Boxing Show” will take place in salt mine 128 meters under the ground. It will be only the second time in boxing history to put on a show in such circumstances. In the main event of this exclusive event, Polish up-and-coming light heavyweight Pawel Glazewski (13-0, 4 KOs) will clash against former Czech amateur star Tomas Adamek (16-3-1, 6 KOs) for the interim WBC Baltic belt.
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
David Lemieux 159.6 vs. Hector Camacho Jr. 159
(WBC International middleweight title)
Antonin Decarie 150.06 vs. Irving Garcia 150.75
Kevin Bizier 148.88 vs. Christopher Henry 149.6
Eric Martel 251.38 vs. Stephane Tessier 226.5
Kevin Lavallee 128.88 vs. Ricardo Blackman 124.06
Tyler Asseltine 124.94 vs. Francisco Tadeo 125.8
Venue: Bell Centre, Montreal
Promoter: Group Yvon Michel (GYM)
By Felipe Leon
After being awarded a hard-earned unanimous decision over six rounds against the experienced Humberto Tapia, in August, undefeated super lightweight Antonio Orozco (8-0, 5 KOs) has made a name for himself in the San Diego-Tijuana region for his intelligent boxing skills and quick hands. Recently, Orozco was tapped by the Humberto “Zorrita” Soto camp to be a sparring partner as the WBC lightweight champion prepares himself for his early December defense against Urbano Antillon. Because of logistical issues, Orozco was not able to join Soto in the mountains of Central Mexico but was honored nevertheless. (more…)
Two heavyweight bouts, one featuring a former college football star and the other an undefeated boxer, headline the six bout card this Thursday, October 28th on the Roy Englebrecht Promotions “Battle In The Ballroom” show at the Irvine Marriott.
In heavyweight action, former University of Miami running back and ESPN Magazine cover boy, Quadrine Hill will look to win his second pro fight when he takes on 2-3 Javier Francisco Diaz out of Riverside, and 5-0 heavyweight prospect Natu Visinia looks for his sixth straight win when he faces 3-4 Justin Reigle out of Ohio. (more…)
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
WBC Continental Americas junior middleweight champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout (21-0, 13 KOs) of Las Cruces, NM returns on Saturday, December 4 in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico to face interim WBA junior middleweight champion Rigoberto “El Español” Alvarez (26-2, 19KOs) of Mexico for the vacant WBA world junior middleweight title. The card is being headlined by Rigoberto Alvarez’s brother Saul Alvarez (34-0-1, 26 KOs) of Mexico who takes on Lovemore N’dou (48-11-2, 31 KOs) in a 12 round welterweight bout. For more details and photos click here…
Story by David Finger
Day two of the 23rd Annual WBO Convention continued yesterday in impressive fashion as WBO President Francisco “Paco” Varcarcel thanked those who came out to Cartigenia before turning attention to another video produced by “Los Mejor del Boxeo”. This video briefly covered the history of Colombia’s thirty plus world champions (seven of which were WBO champions), and proved to be an exciting way of kicking off the event.
Following the video attorney Andrew Horn discussed the legal situation with the WBO. With no pending cases and the pending collection of damages on a suit against a former state commissioner, Horn was allowed to gloat as he proclaimed the WBO “is still undefeated” in regards to the legal aspect of its operations. (more…)
In a media conference call today, Ultimate Fighting Championship® President Dana White announced the UFC is adding two new championship divisions at bantamweight (135lbs.) and featherweight (145lbs.), while also announcing a new television deal with the VERSUS Network to air four UFC fights in 2011.
“As the UFC continues to evolve and grow globally, we want to be able to give fans title fights in every weight division,” said White. “This is a big day for the sport and the athletes who will have the opportunity to fight on the biggest stage in the world.” (more…)
By David L. Hudson Jr.
He is 35 years, an age at which most fighters’ careers have careened on a downward spiral. He has emerged from a historic yet brutal four-bout war with the tough Israel Vazquez. He is moving up in weight to face an undefeated champion, a man eight years younger. His opponent is not only younger but also taller with a superior reach. These are obstacles that most pugilists could not overcome. But, Rafael Marquez is no ordinary fighter. He is a former champion and a fighter’s fighter.
On November 6, 2010, the boxing world will see if Marquez is still at or near the top of his fighting prowess when he faces undefeated Puerto Rican sensation Juan Manuel Lopez in a Showtime-televised bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. (more…)
Audley Harrison returned to Britain this week ahead of his World Heavyweight title fight with David Haye – and has been met with a wave of public support ahead of their grudge match. Harrison has set up camp in Haye’s backyard of south London before moving up to Manchester ahead of the November 13 clash at the M.E.N Arena and the southpaw says he’s been inundated with supporters as his date with destiny draws closer.
“I am overwhelmed by the support I have received from the British public,” said Harrison. “Through my Twitter page, Facebook and at AudleyHarrison.com, I have received thousands of messages of support and I am grateful that people are following my story and wishing me success.” (more…)
By Robert Coster
Photos: Alma Montiel
Former WBC jr flyweight champion and WBC #1 flyweight contender Edgar Sosa steps back into the ring against Japanese opponent Masufumi Okubo on November 20th, headlining a card that will feature five WBC regional titles up for grabs. Sosa (40-6, 24 KOs) will defend his WBC International flyweight belt against Okubo (18-3-1, 6 KOs), a slick boxer who presents a 13-1-1 record in his last 15 fights. Okubo is a former the OPFB Asian Flyweight titleholder which he lost on a majority decision to Filipino Rocky Fuentes. For his part,the very popular Mexico City-born Sosa is looking to make it a perfect 4-0 since moving up from the flyweight division this year. + photos
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
World rated 154 pounder Rob Medley (29-3, 19 KOs) will clash with American Jason LeHoullier (21-3-1, 8 KOs) over eight rounds on Sunday in Globally televised bout at the Olympic Park Sports Center, Homebush, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Medley dropped a twelve round decision to former WBA super middleweight Anthony Mundine in 2010 but is now looking forward to an IBF jr middleweight title shot against champion Cornelius Bundrage (30-4, 18 KOs). “Bundrage is a very good boxer,” said Medley. “I have followed his career and his win over Cory Spinks to win the title was impressive.” (more…)
By Ron Jackson
South Africa’ s Vusi Malinga returns to action after 13 months inactivity when he meets Michael Domingo of the Philippines at the Mafikeng University Hall on Saturday night in an eliminator fot the IBF bantamweight title. The belt is held by Yhonny Perez who won the vacant title when he stopped South Africa’s Silence Mabuza. The southpaw Malinga (19-3-1, 12 KOs) who is rated at number nine by the IBF faces a tough assignment against the 31-year-old Domingo (46-14-2, 18 KOs) who is vastly more experienced than the South African. (more…)
IBO Middleweight Champion “The Pride of Providence” Peter Manfredo Jr. returns to his roots Nov. 12, headlining “Homecoming King” in a 10-round, non-title fight against Colombian power-puncher Jhon Berrio (15-7, 11 KOs), at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, R.I. It’s been two years since Manfredo (35-6, 19 KOs) last fought in Rhode Island, but the star of The Contender, Season I reality television series obviously enjoys fighting in his backyard, sporting a 16-1 (10 KOs) pro record in Rhode Island, including 3-0 (3 KOs) at Twin River.
“Fighting at home is a key for me because I’m very comfortable and it’s convenient being with my family, sleeping in my own bed, eating at familiar restaurants, training in my father’s gym, and running the same places,” Manfredo said. “Twin River is right down the street from where I work and, of course, there’s nothing better than fighting in front of my fans. A lot of people feel that there’s a lot of pressure fighting at home. I don’t have any pressure here. I’ve been fighting in Rhode Island since I was five years old. Boxing is still big here and the fans are great.” (more…)
Tune in this Monday night, November 1 as Manny Pacquiao returns to ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” at 12:05 a.m. Following in the tradition of Pacquiao’s previous visits, he will be performing a musical number – this time with the help of fellow guest, actor Will Ferrell. Pacquiao is currently in training in Los Angeles for his November 13 WBC junior middleweight championship match with Antonio Margarito in Texas. Last year Pacquiao serenaded the live studio audience with a rendition of the love song, “Sometimes When We Touch.”
By Phil Doherty
Photos by David Martin Warr
Don King held court this afternoon at the American Airlines Arena to announce the upcoming WBC heavyweight “final elimination” bout in Miami for Friday, December 17th. King, aged 79, dazzled the assembled media for two hours with his unique blend of hyperbole and flash. Waving an American flag emblazoned with the image of a Native American, King proclaimed “boxing is life and life is boxing” to kick off the press conference in true Don King style. The main event pits 2004 Cuban Olympic gold medal winner Odlanier Solis (16-0, 12 KOs) against Ray Austin (28-4-4, 18 KOs) For more details and photos click here…
Report and photos by Ricardo Conde
WBA # 1 lightweight contender “Bam Bam” Brandon Rios (25-0-1, 18 KOs) of Oxnard, CA, training out of the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy, is scheduled to take on Noe “Platanito” Bolanos (21-5-1, 13KOs) of Mexico in a 10 round lightweight bout on Saturday, December 4 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA on the undercard of Julio Cesar Chávez Jr. vs. Alfonso Gomez, titled ‘In Harm’s Way’. Rios vs. Bolanos will open up the pay-per-view telecast. For more details and photos click here…
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
Superstar Manny Pacquiao hits the mitts with chief trainer Freddie Roach during a packed media day at the Wildcard Boxing Club in Los Angeles Wednesday. 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 HBO pay-per-view. Click here for more photos…
Coaches Collide, Plus The Wild Card Picks Are Made On An All New Episode of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Koscheck’s Sako faces off against Dane from Team GSP, plus the coaches’ challenge and the wild card picks are chosen tonight on an all new Ultimate Fighter, 10pm on SPIKE
Former heavyweight champion of the world Shannon Briggs (51-6-1, 45 KOs) and wife Alana Briggs arrived moments ago to Newark, New Jersey international airport. Briggs has been in Germany since his loss to WBC champion Vitali Klitschko (41-2, 38 KOs) on October 16th. Briggs suffered multiple injuries as a result of the fight with the most serious being a torn left bicep which he had surgery on. Briggs contacted Fightnews upon entering the airport arrivals terminal. “We are happy to be back home. Germany was great! We are in New Jersey to pick up our two sons, 13-year-old Chan and 4-year-old Caden. Right now no decisions will be made on whether I will continue boxing or not. We will go home and rehab and sit down with the family and make that decision at a later date. I feel great! Like I could fight next week! For now I will stay busy with my business ventures and continue to promote Zivair and put the finishing touches on my wife’s skin care line. Thanks to my fans for all the support and love I received from around the world. It made me realize how many people I touched. I just want you all to know how much you have touched me.”
Dion Savage 168 vs. Eddie Hunter 164
Gary Russell Jr 126.8 vs. Guadalupe De Leon 126.2
Yakubu Amidu 129.8 vs. Noe Lopez Jr 128.8
Ramon Valadez TBA vs. Aaron Anderson TBA
Fidel Maldonado Jr 135.4 vs. John Willoughby 133.4
Trevor McCumby 177.4 vs. Sharieff Hayes 175.8
Venue: Club Nokia, Los Angeles, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
Superstar Manny Pacquiao trains at the Wild Card gym with Freddie Roach.
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
With less than four weeks until the highly anticipated rematch between reigning WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (45-2-2, 24 KOs) of Argentina and former two-time welterweight champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams (39-1, 27 KOs), chief trainer Gabriel Sarmiento feels his fighter is in the best shape of his illustrious career. “The preparation has been going great, I feel it’s been the best training camp of his career and we’ll prove that come November 20th,” said Sarmiento. “With the preparation Sergio is having I don’t think Paul Williams will be able to keep up. He’s doing great physically and mentally he’s very motivated.” For more details and photos click here…
By David Finger
The upcoming fight between Zab Judah and Lucas Matthysse scheduled for November 6, 2010 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey will be for the vacant NABO junior welterweight title, as well as the vacant WBO #2 world ranking. “We were actually the first sanctioning organization to approve this fight for a title,” commented NABO executive director Mark Reels, “and the WBO is excited about this fight and the opportunity it presents for the winner.” The IBF has also approved this fight as a title eliminator, with the winner of fight #1, Kaizer Mabuza fighting for the vacant IBF junior welterweight championship.
SHOWTIME Sports® will close out 2010 with an impressive boxing schedule featuring five world title fights in 43 days from four different countries. The impressive run is capped by a can’t-miss and potentially historic Jean Pascal-Bernard Hopkins Dec. 18 showdown that was originally scheduled for pay-per-view but is now an early holiday present to fight fans on SHOWTIME. The 2010 fall lineup is a testament to the SHOWTIME commitment to subscribers. “Our mission is simple: televise the most competitive and meaningful bouts in the sport,” said Ken Hershman, Executive Vice President and General Manager of SHOWTIME Sports®. “In a matter of weeks, SHOWTIME will air a national rivalry matchup, the best tournament fights in the sport, numerous title contests and Bernard Hopkins’ chance to make history when battling the impressive Canadian standout Jean Pascal. It’s a wonderful way to close out a very successful 2010.” (more…)
Former NABA heavyweight champion, ‘Fast’ Fres Qquendo, steps into the ring on December 7th against former world heavyweight champion Oliver McCall, for a 12 round IBF inter-continental title clash, at the world famous Hard Rock Casino, in Hollywood, Florida. Promoted by The Heavyweight Factory in association with, Square Ring Promotions and 5th Street Gym Promotions. Oquendo’s only losses are all highly questionable and have been to world champions. His fight against James ‘Lights Out’ Toney in 2008 and Jean-Marc Mormeck this year (2010) have been hailed as robberies of the year. (more…)
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