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By David Hudson
On November 13, boxing fans will get to watch the Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito main event clash that generates most of the headlines. But, an intriguing fight before the main event could be the show-stopper. Undefeated Cuban boxing sensation Guillermo Rigondeaux, a two-time Olympic gold medal winner, battles #1 contender Ricardo Cordoba for the vacant WBA interim super bantamweight title.
Ridondeaux’s respected trainer, Ronnie Shields, says that Rigondeaux is ready for the challenge even though this will be only his 7th professional bout. “He is not your ordinary fighter,” Shields said of his 6-0 protege. “It is a very tough fight but Guillermo will knock him out.”
For his part, Rigondeaux said that his training camp has been ideal and that he is ready to add a professional title to his list of career accomplishments. “I can fight anybody at 122; I’m ready for any of them.” He looks forward to showing his talents for the fans. “It is a great opportunity for me to win a world title.”
On November 19th, the night before the big middleweight world championship fight between Sergio Martinez and Paul Williams in the same city, Spartan Fight Promotions presents a card at Harrah’s Resort and Casino in Atlantic City. In the main event, undefeated super middleweight Farah “The Quiet Storm” Ennis (16-0, 10 KOs) will look to capture his first title against Victor Lares (15-4, 4 KOs) for the NABF belt in a twelve-rounder. In the co-feature, heavyweight Chazz Witherspoon (27-2, 19 KOs) will take on Mike Sheppard (15-11-1, 8 KOs) in a fight scheduled for eight rounds. (more…)
When boxing superstar Sugar Shane Mosley takes his seat at L.A. LIVE’s Club Nokia for the October 28 edition of “Fight Night Club” it won’t be just as a fan, but also as a father, as his son Shane Mosley Jr. will be competing that night in an amateur bout on the card headlined by undefeated Gary Russell Jr.’s bout against Guadalupe De Leon. The 19-year-old Mosley will compete in a junior middleweight fight. “I’m very proud of Shane Jr. and I know all the hard work he’s been putting into his boxing career,” said Mosley Sr. “This is a tough sport, but he’s got the heart, determination and talent to make it.”
By Jeremy Roseman
Undefeated bantamweight Khabir “The Crazy Russian” Suleymanov (10-0, 4 KOs) continues his quest for a world championship tonight when he takes on Javier “El Girito” Gallo (17-1-1, 9 KOs) for the vacant NABO title. The ten-round main event will headline tonight’s “Glendale Glory 3″ at the Glendale Civic Auditorium. Suleymanov, originally from Chelyabinsk, Russia, now living in Hollywood, CA and training out of Freddie Roach’s Wildcard Boxing Club, won the New York Golden Gloves as an amateur. “The Crazy Russian” shared his thoughts earlier this week about tonight’s showdown with Gallo and the battle for the NABO title. (more…)
Photos by Mike Greenhill
TKO Boxing Promotions and The Jonathan Ogden Foundation teamed up on Thursday night for ” An Evening Ringside” a sensational charity event featuring a terrific evening of professional boxing in front of a huge star- studded crowd including numerous members of the Baltimore Ravens, past and present, at the Martins Valley Mansion in Cockeysville, MD.
In the main event of the evening, local fan favorite Emmanuel Taylor stayed undefeated and continued to impress, winning a dominant decision over the very game and aggressive Laureano Larracuente of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico in their six round welterweight bout. (more…)
Photos: Eroll Popova
Heavyweights Timo Hoffmann and Alexander Petkovic weighed in today for Saturday’s showdown for the WBO European championship. The “German Oak” weighed 261.6 while Petkovic scaled in at 251.7. In the co-feature for the WBO female middleweight title, Christina Hammer weighed 156.9 and her opponent Teresa Perozzi weighed 157.8.
Tommy Altmann ?? vs. Artur Drinaj ??
Sergio Vartanov 153.7 vs. Bronsilav Kubin 152.6
Vedran Akrap 161.8 vs. Jindrich Kubin 158.1
Haxhi Krasniqi 175.5 vs. Kanstantin Makhankou ??
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By Joe Koizumi
Nishioka-Munroe photos by Naoki Fukuda
A deluxe show featuring five competitive bouts will take place in Tokyo, Japan, on this coming Sunday. WBC super-bantam champ Toshiaki Nishioka (36-4-3, 23 KOs), a Japanese southpaw making his fifth defense, will risk his belt against official challenger Rendall Munroe (21-1, 9 KOs), from Leicester, UK, over twelve rounds. WBA 105-pound titlist, unbeaten KO artist Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (26-0, 22 KOs), Nicaragua, will move up and face Mexican banger Francisco Rosas (21-7-2, 12 KOs) in a quest for the interim WBA 108-pound belt in their grudge fight.
Former WBA super-feather ruler Jorge Linares (29-1, 18 KOs), a Japan-based Venezuelan, will take on ex-champ Jesus Chavez (44-7, 30 KOs), a Mexican veteran, in his second comebacking bout. Unbeaten Japanese 140-pound titlist Yoshihiro Kamegai (16-0, 14 KOs), nicknamed “Maestrito”, will participate in his test match with ex-WBA lightweight boss Jose Alfaro (24-6-1NC, 21 KOs) over ten. Up-and-coming southpaw hard-puncher, WBA#8 Japanese bantam champ Shinsuke Yamanaka (12-0-2, 8 KOs) will square off against WBA#14 Jose Silveira (11-2, 4 KOs) at 119 pounds over ten. more + photos
By Karl Freitag
Welterweight Antonio Pitalua is out at last minute due to US Visa issues and Geraro Trazancos (22-12-1, 13 KOs) will be a last minute replacement against Jesus Pabon (15-1, 9 KOs) on tonight’s TELEMUNDO telecast from Miccosukee Resort & Gaming in Miami, Florida. The bout is for Pabon’s WBO Latin welterweight title. The event will also feature 2004 Olympians Wilmer Vazquez (heavyweight) and Sherali Dostiev (super bantamweight), as well as heavyweight KO artist Magomed Abdusalmov (5-0, 5 KOs) and the pro debut of Israel Vazquez, the other son of Puerto Rican ring legend Wilfredo Vazquez, and brother of reigning world champion WV2. more + photos
By Francisco Salazar
Unbeaten junior middleweight contender Austin Trout told Fightnews.com that he will face Rigoberto Alvarez on Saturday, December 4th in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Trout will challenge for the WBA interim world title belt that Alvarez (26-2, 19 KO’s) won just a few weeks ago in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, when he defeated then-titleholder Nobuhiro Ishida by a close 12 round split decision. The card will be highlighted by Rigoberto’s famous brother, Saul Alvarez, taking on Lovemore N’dou in a 12 round Welterweight bout. (more…)
After a successful debut in May, the TV2 Fight Night returns on November 20 when Rudy Markussen and Patrick Nielsen will once again showcase their talents at MCH Herning. The duo will headline an action-packed show that features the very best of Danish professional boxing. While Markussen (34-2, 21 KOs) will try to move one step closer to a European title fight with a victory over Serbia´s Dejan Ribac (19-1, 7 KOs), up-and-coming Nielsen faces a tough challenge from unbeaten Swede Adnan Salihu (4-0, 2 KOs). “My goal is to be a champion again soon,” said Markussen, who stopped Christophe Karagoz in his comeback bout in May. “I have trained very hard since my last fight and I will continue my way back to the top with a victory over Ribac. He is a dangerous opponent but I will take care of business against him.” (more…)
Brock Lesnar and Cain Velasquez Battle For The Heavyweight Title Tomorrow Night: The time for talk is over – tomorrow night in Anaheim, Brock Lesnar defends the UFC heavyweight championship against Cain Velasquez! Plus, Jake Shields makes his Octagon debut against Martin Kampmann, and Matt Hamill battles his TUF coach, Tito Ortiz! Live at 10pm ET / 7pm PT on Pay-Per-View and in select theaters nationwide!
Before The Pay-Per-View Action Begins, See The Prelims Live On SPIKE: The televised action kicks off tomorrow night at 9pm ET/6pm PT with a battle between TUF10 winner Court McGee and Ryan Jensen, plus Patrick Cote returns to take on Tom Lawlor! Live on SPIKE
Watch The UFC 121 Weigh-In Live Today On UFC.com: Fighters hit the scales at approximately 2pm PT
Too Big For The Small Screen – See UFC 121 Live In Theaters: Brock Lesnar and Cain Velasquez collide on October 23rd in a huge heavyweight battle – experience this larger than life event LIVE on the big screen at select theaters!
Brock Lesnar is one of those once-in-a-generation athletes. Think about his accomplishments for a moment. Lesnar was a two-time All-American wrestler at the University of Minnesota and won the NCAA National Championship in 2000. He followed that up with three-year hiatus from real competition while performing World Wrestling Entertainment. . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC
Heavyweight title challenger Dereck Chisora has pleaded guilty to an assault charge and will appear in court on November 10 for sentencing. The charge carries a maximum penalty of up to six months in prison and/or a fine, but despite the guilty plea Chisora is expected to remain free to train and travel to Mannheim, Germany to fight Wladimir Klitschko on December 11.
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
WBA Inter-Continental middleweight champion Avtandil Khurtsidze (22-1-2, 13 KOs) will fight Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (24-0-, 17 KOs) for the interim WBA world middleweight title on October 30th at the Palais des Sports Porte de Versailles in Paris, France. Khurtsidze 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.” (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Boxing returns to the San Gabriel Valley of Southern California tonight with the continued comeback of a former world title challenger in the main event. Jose “Shibata” Flores will face Ishwar Amador in a six round Junior Middleweight bout at the Quiet Canon in Montebello, CA. The bout will headline a six-bout card, presented by All Star Promotions. Two MMA fights will precede the card. (more…)
Weights: Jeremy Roseman, Photo: Fred Cobar
Khabir Suleymanov 117.6 vs. Javier Gallo 115.8
(NABO Bantamweight Championship)
Anatoliy Dudchenko 193.4 vs. Chris Thomas 194.4
Holly Lawson 153 vs. Brittney Christian 151.4
Jesus Hernandez 131.4 vs. Steve Marquez 134.2
Hugo Centeno 153.4 vs. Todd Willingham 153.8
Venue: Glendale Civic Auditorium, Glendale, CA
Promoter: Art of Boxing Promotions/Bash Boxing
Door open @ 7pm • First bout @ 8pm
For tickets: 636.388.888
Photo by Raymond Rodriguez
Undefeated rising junior middleweight prospect Vanes Martirosyan (28-0, 17 KOs) has received word that he will begin sparring with Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao next week. “I just got the phone call and I can’t wait to get in there with Manny,” said an excited Martirosyan. Martirosyan recently said that he will be the first to collect the $1000 bounty for knocking Pacquiao down. He looks forward to the challenge of sparring with Pacquiao which will not only help the Filipino superstar get ready for his fight with Antonio Margarito but it will also help Martirosyan get ready for his next fight which is tentatively set for December 18th. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Heavyweight Alexander Dimitrenko has pulled out of the IBF’s innovative four fighter box-off to determine the mandatory challenger for Wladimir Klitschko. Dimitrenko was slated to face Johnathon Banks in the first round, with Eddie Chambers to meet Jean Marc Mormeck in the other half of the draw. There are rumors that Mormeck may also withdraw.
With Dimitrenko out, and if the IBF sticks with the four man format, Derric Rossy would be the next available heavyweight in line to step in and fight Banks. Rossy and Banks were actually supposed to fight in July for the NABF title before Banks pulled out with shoulder injury. If Mormeck is also replaced, the next available contender would be Maurice Harris, so this could possibly turn into an all American box-off.
Mercito Gesta 138.25* vs. Ivan Valle 137
Michael Franco 127 vs. Adolfo Landeros 127
Pablo Armenta 129 vs. Ronald Hurley 128
Christian Bojorquez 120 vs. Salvador Cifuentes 124
Amaris Quintana 105 vs. Gloria Salas 107
Mark Salser 144 vs. Juan Carlos Diaz 145
Venue: Four Points Sheraton, San Diego, California
Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions and Don Chargin in association with Jorge Marron Productions and Bobby D. Presents
TV: Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate”
*Gesta was given two hours to drop the extra 1.25 lbs above the contracted weight of 137 lbs.
Former interim WBO bantamweight champion and former WBA flyweight champion Eric Morel (42-2, 21 KOs) has signed with Golden Boy Promotions. “I feel better than ever and I’m enjoying boxing more than ever before,” said the 35-year-old known as “Little Hands of Steel.” “I’ve got a lot to offer this sport and I can’t wait to see where Golden Boy leads me in the coming years.” Morel’s first fight under the Golden Boy Promotions banner will be announced shortly.
Golden Boy also announced that former amateur star Eddie Gomez has signed an exclusive promotional deal that kicks off with his professional debut on November 5 in Puerto Rico.
The ritual was the same for former UFC heavyweight challenger Gabriel ‘Napao’ Gonzaga, almost like a movie that he’s watched more than once. Losing four times inside the Octagon, “Napao” – who faces TUF 10 runner-up Brendan Schaub in Anaheim on Saturday – started assuming that each time he collected a negative result in UFC, it was his own fault, followed by the ability of his foes to capitalize on his error. . . . Click here for more by Martins Denis, UFC
By Gabriel F. Cordero
IBF Jr. flyweight world champion Luis Alberto Lazarte will make his second title defense against former IBF world champion Ulises Solis. The fight will be held on December 18 at the Club Once Unidos in Mar del Plata, Argentina. Lazarte made his first defense against Nicaraguan Nerys Espinoza at the same venue in September.
Hard-hitting, world-ranked Allan Green and veteran contender and former world champ Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnsonparticipated in a national media conference call to discuss their must-win Super Six World Boxing Classic bout onSaturday, Nov. 6, live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas. Green and Johnson were also joined on the call by promoter Lou DiBella.
The winner of the 12-rounder between Green (29-2, 20 KOs), of Tulsa, Okla., and the Jamaican-born Johnson (50-14-2, 34 KOs), of Miami, Fla., will earn a spot in the tournament Semifnals. (more…)
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the card promoted by Baltimore Boxing scheduled for this Saturday at the Pikesville Armory in Pikesville, Maryland (just outside Baltimore) has been postponed until December 11. All ticket holders will have access to the same seat for the Saturday, December 11 show.
All participants for tomorrow’s “Capitale Punishment II” card weighed-in today at the NYS Athletic Commissioners Office in downtown New York City. Below is the scheduled bout sheet, with weights included.
Jorge Teron 137.5 vs. James Hope 136.5
Sean Monaghan 174.5 vs. Nick Whiting 176.5
Eileen Olszewski 109 vs. Suzannah Warner 107.5
Elton Dharry 116 vs. Jose Rivera 117
Hajro Sujak 172.25 vs. Naseem Dean 174
Elmer Vera 165 vs. Abdellah Smith 165
The is promoted by Star Boxing and The Empire. The Capitale is located at 130 Bowery, in Manhattan, NY. Doors open at 6:30PM with the first bout scheduled for 7:30PM.
Before he was placed in a co-main event slot on Saturday’s UFC 121 card in Anaheim against Martin Kampmann, and before he was beating guys like Dan Henderson and Mayhem Miller and being considered one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, Jake Shields was simply a scrapper, a former two-time All-American wrestler who lived up to the adage of fighting anyone, anytime, anyplace. . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
I have lost my closest friend, my inspiration in life, my one and only brother. This is something I could never imagine, but for some reason I feel his life is not a loss. My brother is me! We live our lives through each other. We dedicate our triumphs to one another and share the challenges we face in life. What does someone do when they lose the one person in their life like this? They are devastated right? Allow me to share with you Stathi’s thoughts and what he wants. If you can believe me, I feel you will all be somewhat enlightened to hear what I have say.
The fight will go on! I will do this for Stathi, my family and myself. The moment I walked in for a grueling sparring session after hearing the news of his death earlier that day, my trainer Brendon Smith shook my hand and said to me “you are about to take the bravest step of your life.” We nodded, smiled and went to work. I worked as I have never done before. He is with me and will be all the way. I am happy about this.
I have never experienced anything like I felt that day. Stathi is inside me! We will fight this fight together. I know this is what he wants.
I would like to thank everyone for their well wishes and prayers for my brother, my family and myself. God bless.
Promoter Roy Englebrecht announced today that he has added two more bouts featuring two undefeated heavyweight boxers on his October 28th Battle In The Ballroom show at the Irvine Marriott in Irvine, Califorrnia, featuring former University of Miami running back turned boxer Quadrine Hill. Also set to go on the 28th will be 6-0 heavyweight Lionel Davis, who scored a 1st round KO last Saturday in Vegas against 2-3 Kelsey Arnold. Davis at 6’7” is a former Division I basketball player at Idaho State and will face 3-4 Justin Reigle. Joining Davis will be his All American heavyweight stablemate 5-0 Natu Visinia, who also won on Saturday at the Silverton Casino, taking only 37 seconds to KO Michael Ward.
Hatton Promotions welterweight Craig Watson will challenge John O’Donnell for the vacant British welterweight championship. The match has been ordered by the British Boxing Board of Control, and gives Watson an opportunity to avenge a hotly disputed split decision loss against the Londoner in April 2009. That setback cost Watson his Commonwealth welterweight crown, and although he has gone on to win the same title at light-middleweight, O’Donnell is his top target. (more…)
Former three-time world champion, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (27-1-1, 18 KOs), has stepped up his training camp in preparation for his upcoming title eliminator with 2004 Olympian Vicente Escobedo (22-2, 14 KOs) on November 6. While hosting camp in his hometown of Gilroy, California, Guerrero’s been running the usual mountains that have kept him in great shape during past fights. Trainer Ruben Guerrero believes Robert has taken his boxing skills to the next level as he went on to say, “Roberts looking great in sparring. He says he feels real comfortable at lightweight. Together we’re working hard and I can see the improvement on everything we’ve been doing. His timing is right on and I expect a great performance from him on fight night.” (more…)
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