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Celebrity athlete and UFC sports legend Chuck Liddell will be immortalized in wax May 29 at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas. The 40 year-old athlete will be the first mixed martial arts athlete to be inducted into the famed collection, located in front of the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino.
The Liddell figure will be officially unveiled Friday, May 28 at 10:30am PT in front of thousands of fans gathered at the UFC Fan Expo taking place May 28-29 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. The Liddell figure will then be moved to Madame Tussauds Las Vegas and placed on display inside a UFC Octagon, along with Liddell’s trunks and UFC championship belt. (more…)
Heavyweight Leo Nolan has pulled out of his fight against Fred Kassi on April 24th at the Hollywood Casino in Bay St Louis, Mississippi, citing a back injury. Nolan forwarded copies of his medicals from Henry Ford Medical Center and his representative stated he’ll fight Kassi when he obtains the medical approval to fight. Kassi (15-1, 8 KOs) will still fight on the April 24th card against a new opponent to be named.
Hall of Fame former world champion Aaron Pryor stood between his son, Aaron Pryor Jr. and Kendall Gould at the weigh in at the Oneida Casino in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Gould weighed in at 169 while Pryor Jr. tipped the scale at 168. The two will box the eight round main event Friday night in the Oneida Conference Center.
Doors open at 7:00 P.M. and the first bell is at 8:00 P.M.
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Jimenez Communications Inc. and Rafael Soto Comunicaciones announced today that the April issue of Boxeo La Revista will be available this Saturday April 10 in Durango, Mexico at the boxing card that Francisco “Panchito” Arce will battle former world champion Cristian Mijares. The magazine which had been published as the official program of the “Latin Fury” boxing series is now available as a monthly magazine that will cover upcoming fights, results of fights and will have reports on past boxing stars and the stars of the future. The digital edition of the magazine can be found at this link. You’ll read about Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, “City of Champions”, and home to current world champions, Jorge “Travieso” Arce, Humberto “Zorrita” Soto and Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel, and they also happen to be three-time world champions in three different weight classes. (more…)
Bob Arum said today that IBF #2-ranked Samuel ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ Peter is available and ready to take on IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. Klitschko has not defended his IBF world title against a mandatory challenger since April, 2007. Alexander Povetkin is ranked IBF #1 and is next in line. “If Povetkin doesn’t take the fight, Klitschko is obligated to defend against Samuel Peter,” Arum said. “We plan to pursue that on behalf of Samuel.” Peter has a ring record of 34-3 with 27 knockouts. There has been speculation of WBA champ David Haye paying step-aside money to Povetkin to clear the way for a unification fight against Klitschko.
Andre Berto: “I had a tremendous training camp and it’s going to be a terrific night of boxing on Saturday night. Carlos Quintana is a former world champion and a crafty southpaw. This is my third straight southpaw so I’m pretty used to them by now and I had some great southpaw sparring in training camp. I’m excited to get back in ring and honestly, I wish the fight was tonight. I’ve never been this focused, hungry and motivated for a fight before and Carlos Quintana has a major task on his hands on Saturday night. I’m going to let everything loose for a good cause, and you are going to see the best of me on Saturday night. It’s going to be a terrific night of boxing and I hope everyone will come out and support this very important cause.”
Carlos Quintana: “Andre Berto is a great, young fighter with a lot of power, but I’m also a great fighter and I will prove it Saturday night. There can only be one winner on Saturday night and I will be the winner and the new WBC Welterweight Champion of the World. I trained very hard for this fight, for a world title fight and for Berto. I did everything necessary to take the belt from Berto. You might see Berto acting very calm and peaceful right now and this a great cause, but he’s a fighter I’m prepared to see something different on Saturday night, and it will definitely be a fight.”
Berto defends his WBC welterweight title against Quintana on Saturday night at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. A portion of all ticket sales proceeds will go to the Berto Dynasty Foundation benefitting Project Medishare www.andreberto.com to help aide those affected by the recent earthquake in Haiti and are tax deductible.
By Rob Hough
Mikkel Kessler (42-2, 32 KOs) said Thursday he will unveil a mix of old and new when he fights Carl Froch (26-0, 20 KOs) on April 24, both fighters’ second fight in the Super Six World Boxing Classic. Kessler, who lost a technical decision to Andre Ward (21-0, 13 KOs) in the tournament’s first round and replaced trainer Ricard Olsen with former assistant trainer Jimmy Montoya, said a new approach was required. “I had to change a lot, of course,” Kessler said on a conference call. “I can’t reveal the details now, but I had to change a lot.” Froch, also on the call, said he wasn’t serious or disrespectful in commenting recently that he will decapitate Kessler—a quote Kessler has posted on the wall in his training camp. “We all know it’s a metaphor, a figure of speech,” he said. “We’re two proud athletes at the top of our game. There’s no cheap talk from either of us, no slagging each other off.”
Three-time world champion Miguel Cotto arrived in New York on Thursday for his upcoming Friday press conference at Yankee Stadium with undefeated WBA World Super Welterweight champion Yuri Foreman. Cotto will take on Foreman at Yankee Stadium on June 5 on HBO.
Unbeaten Universum-promoted contender Zsolt Bedak (15-0, 5 KOs) of Hungary worked out today at the Gimnasio Wilfredo Gómez Arena in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. “I’m doing a mild workout to stay loose while I’m here in Puerto Rico and will do my more extensive training when I return to Germany,” said Bedak. He will return to Germany this evening where he will complete his training camp. Bedak will challenge WBO junior featherweight champion Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. of Puerto Rico (18-0-1, 15 KOs) May 29th at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico in the main event. The Pay-Per-View is being titled ‘Undefeated Champions.’ Click here for more photos.
Former world champion Montell “Ice” Griffin (49-8, 30 KOs) will be looking for his 50th career win on May 29 at the “VENUE” in the Horseshoe Casino, in Hammond, IL. “I cannot imagine fighting for my 50th win, anywhere else other than in front of my hometown fans,” said Griffin, who holds wins over Roy Jones Jr. and James Toney. “Their support has followed and motivated me as I have traveled the globe. I couldn’t be happier about May 29th. I look forward to putting on a fantastic show.” Promoter Bobby Hitz added “I’ve known Montell since he was a scrappy 10 year old kid, and to see his success over the years is something to marvel at. Even with the record that he has, he’s always remained humble, that’s a rarity in this business nowadays; I am thrilled to have him headline my May 29th Hitz card.” Tickets go on sale April 9th and start at $10. An opponent will be named.
Simphiwe Nongqayi 115 vs. Malik Bouziane 114.6
(IBF super flyweight championship)
Venue: Massy, Essonne, France
Promoter: EUROPROM Gerard Teysseron
Photo: Welterweight Mark Melligen (right) (17-2, 13 KOs), of Cebu City, Philippines, poses with Norberto Gonzalez (18-1, 12 KOs), of Monterrey, Mexico. On Saturday, Melligen and Gonzalez will headline the Top Rank Live! show televised on Fox Sports Espanol from the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. Stay tuned for a detailed report and more photos.
By Alexey Sukachev
Several Russian fighters have headlined boxing news since the beginning of 2010 and have further established their positions in various weight classes. WBA #11 heavyweight Denis Bakhtov (33-5, 23 KOs) turned Steffen Kretschmann’s payback time into a nightmare (of sorts), ultimately stopping him for the second time in the ninth round. Highly touted middleweight boxer-puncher Dmitry Pirog (15-0, 12 KOs) delivered another masterful performance by becoming the first fighter to stop rugged American Eric Mitchell, while WBO #9 Ruslan Provodnikov (15-0, 10 KOs) knocked out former champion Javier Jauregui in eight rounds of toe-to-toe action. Several other prospects, including Beijing gold medalist Felix Diaz (5-0, 3 KOs), continued their rises to glory as well, notching important victories during the past three months.
After a number of recent tournaments, organized by German Titov and his partner Kirill Pchelnikov both separately and conjointly with other promoters, Fightnews contacted the top Russian boxing personality to know more about his plans for both immediate and far future. (more…)
IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck and challenger Rodolfo Martinez hit the scales today in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Zaveck, making his first world title defense, weighed in at 146.8 (66.6 kilograms) and Martinez scaled in at the same weight. Besides the world title fight tomorrow at the Tivoli Arena, SES boxers heavyweight Jürgen Frank (4-1, 3 KOs) and junior middleweight Christina Hammer (3-0, 2 KOs) will see action on the undercard. Frank, at 7’1.25 the tallest active boxer in the world, faces Dusan Pasic. The highly regarded Hammer will take on Danijel Bickei in a six-rounder. Cruiserweight Denis Simcic (21-1, 11 KOs) meets Marko Angermann (2-2) in another bout.
Tickets will go on sale this Saturday, April 10th as TKO Boxing Promotions returns with it’s nationally acclaimed “Hometown Heroes to World Champions” series on Saturday, May 22nd at the Mohegan Sun Casino, headlined by the return of Peter “The Pride of Providence” Manfredo battling Chicago’s Angel “El Toro” Hernandez for the vacant IBO middleweight title.
The ten round co-main event will feature Hartford’s Matt “The Sharpshooter” Remillard defending his NABF featherweight title. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
In a nationally Foxtel televised promotion Fijian based Joseph Kwadio (13-1, 9 KOs), formerly of Ghana, stopped Jamie Pittman (19-2, 8 KOs) in seven rounds at the La Montage Reception Center in Sydney, NSW, Australia on Thursday. Southpaw Pittman controlled all the rounds as he scored with power shots to the head and body of Kwadjo. (more…)
Hector “Macho” Camacho, Jr. (51-3-1, 28 KOs) will take on Denny Dalton (16-8-1, 11 KOs) in a ten rounder for the vacant WBF Intercontinental middleweight belt on May 7th at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT. In the main support bout, Melissa “Huracan” Hernandez (12-1) meets unbeaten Katy “La Super Baby” Hernandez (12-0) in a clash for the WIBA super featherweight title. Promoter Seon Bristol of Bris “O” Promotions said he’s expecting a full house at the Fox Theater. Tickets are priced at $40, $60, and $100. Call 800-200-2882.
By Craig Watt
Many boxing fans are eagerly awaiting the main supporting bout to the IBO Cruiserweight Title fight between Danny Green and Manny Siaca in Perth next week. It features Australia’s brightest boxing prospect in undefeated Will Tomlinson (11-0, 10KO’s) who faces off against unbeaten Oscar Bravo (13-0, 8 KO’s) from Chile in an intruiging bout. The 23 year old Aussie, known as “Wild Will” was voted the country’s best prospect for 2009 and is now keen to move up the world rankings. He has been sparring with WBA featherweight champion Chris John and Yuri Gamboa in the USA in recent months and has held his own against such recognized champions. He spoke to Fightnews today stating, “People think this will be a tough fight for me but I just see it as an opportunity to show the boxing world my true pedigree. Yes Bravo is unbeaten like myself and he is from a good South American boxing pedigree but I have come to a stage in my career where I want this type of challenge- I need this type of challenge. (more…)
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Renzo Gracie – A ”Late Bloomer” Makes His UFC® Debut: This legendary member of the Gracie family takes on Matt Hughes this Saturday night at UFC® 112.
By Sam DiTusa
For the better part of a year now, only the Emerald Queen Casino Casino has had professional boxing in the state of Washington. And at that, they cut their shows from eight to five to accommodate MMA shows. However there is a new player in town. Haugen-Cintron-Canin Promotions will be having their opening show at Vision Quest Arena in Auburn, Washington on April 10th. Promoters Greg Haugen and Joe Cintron are putting together a nine bout card of six- and four-round fights featuring local area talent as well as two fighters from the Cuban National team. According to Greg Haugen, “There hasn’t been enough use of local fighters in the area. We want to provide steady fights while we try to build local fighters. The first show features Jonte Willis, Mike Gavronski, Dashon Johnson, Aubrey Morrow, and Brady Haugen (Greg’s son), in separate bouts. Tickets are priced at $30 and the fights start at 7PM.
Story & photos by Felipe Leon
For many fighters it is pressure enough to lace up a pair of gloves and step into a ring with an opponent that is trying to inflict as much bodily harm on you as you are on them. On the night of April 10th, 20-year-old Antonio “Cañitas” Lozada Jr. will do just that when he faces the experienced Henry “Mamba” Aurad (12-2-1, 9 KOs) of Colombia at the Palenque in Morelos Park in the heart of Tijuana, Mexico . . . Click here for more
By Ron Jackson
South Africa’s Simphiwe Nongqayi makes the first defence of his IBF super flyweight belt against Malik Bouziane (13-1, 1 KO) of France on Friday night in Massy, France. The 38-year-old Nongqayi (17-0, 6 KOs) caused a major upset when he won the vacant belt in Mexico with a points decision over local hero Jorge Arce in September last year. (more…)
Boxing fans, get ready to climb “Through the Ropes” with the #1 boxing news radio show hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld! This week’s guests are Shane Mosley, Kelly Pavlik and Lou DiBella. Call or email your questions to email@example.com. Through The Ropes airs live coast to coast on Thursday nights from 9:00 – 10:00 ET on 75 affiliates of the Sports Byline USA Broadcast Network, including great radio stations like KSHP 1400 AM in Las Vegas and WNSR 560 AM in Nashville. The one-hour show will also be heard on American Forces Network, Sportsbyline.com and Fightnews.com. Fightnews readers can listen live by clicking here tonight at 9PM ET.
Preview by Brady Crytzer
Frankie Edgar works hard for his money. As an undersized fish in a pool of sharks, the man affectionately known as “The Answer” has taken on some of the best in the world and came out with his hand raised. Known as a hard nosed wrestler with a penchant for exchanging punches with much bigger men, Edgar has been rewarded for his six UFC victories by being rewarded with a shot at world lightweight champion BJ Penn. Though it’s not the main event of UFC 112: Unstoppable, Edgar is ready for the biggest fight of his career . . . Click here for more
By Ron Jackson
Xola Sifama from East London and Anele Makhwelo of Cape Town meet for the vacant South African flyweight title at the Orient Theatre in East London on Friday night. The title became vacant when Moruti Mthalane vacated it after winning the IBF flyweight belt in November last year. Makhwelo (9-0, 4 KOs) made his pro debut in April 2007 with a points win over Khanyisa Zintsi and was most impressive last year in scoring wins over Mululeki Jola (tko 6), Patson Munyaro (pts 6) and Smangaliso Madonsela (ko 2). Mifama (7-2-1, 4 KOs) will be having his second crack at trying to win the national flyweight title. In June 2007 he was stopped in the fifth round by Morurti Mthalane. (more…)
The popular and charismatic three-time world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce and Cecilio Santos made their April 24 showdown official on Wednesday, as they will meet in a 12 round elimination bout in the main event of “Top Rank LIve” in the Multi Use Center of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora. “Ciudad Obregon is a great boxing city and I wanted to fight here one more time because I have many friends and is close enough to my hometown to have my family come and see me. I want to give them a great and entertaining fight,” said Arce, today in a press conference to announce “The Battle of the Yaqui.” (more…)
After declaring he’s a big fan of Miguel Cotto’s career, the legendary trainer Emanuel Steward completed his first working session with the former WBO welterweight champion in Humacao, Puerto Rico, as a part of the physical and psychological job they’ll be heading up to defeat WBA super welterweight champion Yuri Foreman (28-0, 8 KOs) in the bout scheduled for June 5 at Yankee Stadium. The session lasted approximately two hours and included jumping rope, sparring and a short routine of weights. During the work of sparring, both Stewart and Cotto were comfortable working together, but also it became noticeable the level of demand that the coach will incorporate to his new trainee’s routine. Steward assured his mission will be to work on Miguel’s speed, and to retrieve those “brilliant moves” that have characterized him as a boxer, while Cotto (34-2, 27 KOs) said he’s feeling confident about Emanuel’s experience and ‘charisma’. As he emphasized, the new coach can contribute a lot, not only to him as a boxer, but also to his entire team. Click here for more photos.
Story by David Robinett
WBC #8 heavyweight contender Manuel “El Toro” Quezada (29-4, 18 KOs) faces off against veteran Jason “The Sensation” Gavern (18-7-3, 8 KOs) this Thursday at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California.
Quezada, who is coming off a five and a half month layoff, looks to notch his 19th consecutive win and try to improve on his ranking. Gavern, a capable but inconsistent skilled journeyman, is looking to bounce back from losses against undefeated prospects in his last two bouts . . . Click here for more
Preview by Brady Crytzer
In its first appearance in the Middle East, the UFC presents a night of title fights with UFC 112: Unstoppable. Featuring Anderson “The Spider” Silva defending his world middleweight title against fellow Brazilian Demian Maia, Silva looks to continue his record breaking winning streak as he attempts to make it eleven straight, ten of those being in title fights. Although he was originally scheduled to face the blistering striker Vitor Belfort, Maia has stepped in to present an entirely different type of challenge. Is Maia’s world class submission game enough to stop Silva in his tracks? Read on as Brady Crytzer presents his take on the main event of UFC 112. . . . Click here for more
Manny Quezada 226.2 vs. Jason Gavern 228
Michael Dallas Jr 140.8 vs. Genaro Trazancos 142.8
Mike Ruiz 117.6 vs. Jose Luis Mares 117.4
Tyrell Hendrix 170 vs. Paul Mendez 167.8
Juan Tepoz 122.2 vs. Jose Pachecho 125
Rufino Serrano 126.4 vs. Eder Peralta 127
Venue: Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, Lemoore, CA
Promoter: Goossen Tutor
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Two-time world champion Joey Gamache is victorious in his ten-year legal battle against the New York State Athletic Commission. After a five-day trial, Court of Claims Judge, Melvin Schweitzer released his verdict late last week. In a 47-page decision, he held that the NYS Athletic Commission was negligent by failing to carry out their duties and responsibilities by conducting an improper weigh-in of Arturo Gatti and in allowing him to exceed the 141 pound limit at the weigh-in held on February 25, 2000. (more…)
By Craig Watt
Former WBA 168 pound champion Manny Siaca (22-6, 19KO’s) has arrived in Australia for his IBO Cruiserweight Title fight with Australian Danny Green on April 14th at the Challenge Stadium, Perth and is in a confident mood. The 36 year old from Puerto Rico has been training at Anthony Mundine’s Gym in Sydney and predicted a victory inside the distance yesterday, “I have not come to Australia to make up the numbers-I plan to win and win by knockout. We have three Australian judges and there is no way I am going to get a decision so it is up to me to knock him out and then we don’t need the judges.” (more…)
Former world heavyweight champion Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield and Frans “The White Buffalo” Botha faced off at a final press conference held today at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. “All I have thought about since 1999 was becoming the unified heavyweight champion again,” said Holyfield. “I am thankful to Frank Luca [of Crown Boxing] for giving this opportunity to once again to become a champion. I am in great shape and looking forward to fight on April 10.”
“I am very proud to be fighting a legend like Evander Holyfield, who has fought and defeated the best heavyweights in the world,” said Botha. “We should have fought ten years ago but for some reason it just didn’t happen. But now I am going to do everything I can to retire him permanently.”
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IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck showed his skills to thrilled fight fans on Wednesday during a public workout at the “City-Park” shopping center in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Also pictured is trainer Dirk Dzemski. Zaveck (28-1, 16 KOs) makes his first world title defense against Rodolfo Ezequiel Martinez (36-3-1, 13 KOs) on Friday night.
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