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By Ron Jackson
Hekkie Budler scored a hard-earned 12 round unanimous points decision over Doctor Ntsele to retain his IBO Africa junior flyweight title at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park on Tuesday night. Judges Isaac Tshabalala and Ace Makalauza scored it 119-110 and 117-114 whilst judge Lulama Mtya had it 117-112. However, the judge’s scorecards were not a true reflection of the fast paced fight in which Ntsele possibly won at least four or five rounds. (more…)
Report by Andreas Hale
Photos by Ed Mulholland/Fightwireimages.com
Although many boxing fans will be focused on the upcoming showdown between Miguel Cotto and Manny Pacquiao, there is another fight that is shaping up to possibly nab the “Fight of the Year” honors.
On December 5th at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City Kelly Pavlik will return to the ring after a year layoff to put his middleweight title on the line against the man who is considered the most feared fighter in boxing today – Paul Williams. Originally scheduled for October 8th, Pavlik vs Williams had to be postponed after a nagging staph infection on Pavlik’s left hand became a concern. But now the stars are aligned and boxing fans will get an early Christmas gift when these two clash in Atlantic City . . . click here for more
This week’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter features the biggest showdown in the ten seasons of the show. Former IFL champion Roy “Big Country” Nelson will square off against YouTube sensation Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson . . . Click here for more
Sensational heavyweight prospect Eugene “Mean Gene” Hill will return to the ring in Houston, Texas as Chet Koerner’s TKO Boxing Promotions presents “High Stakes”, an action packed evening of world class professional boxing on Saturday, October 10th at the Arena Theatre. . . Click here for more
All the shots from the Hector Camacho, Jr. vs. Yory Boy Campas press conference: Click here for more
Allan Green, coming off a dominating performance over Carlos De Leon, Jr., will face unbeaten “Marvelous” Tarvis Simms in a 10-round super middleweight affair this Friday, Oct. 2, LIVE on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast) from the First Council Casino in Newkirk, Okla. Simms was a late replacement for the inured Victor Oganov, who was forced out less then two weeks before the fight. (more…)
By Lee Bates
A ripped WBO junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ Lopez (26-0, 24 KOs) pictured is seriously fit and ready for his upcoming challenge against Roger Mtagwa October 10th. The bout is being promoted by Top Rank and is titled Island Warriors — Latin Fury 12 and will take place at the famed Madison Square Garden. The Puerto Rico native Lopez, who is promoted by Top Rank & PR Best Boxing (Ivan&Peter Rivera) is already near the 122 pound title fight weight limit with less than two weeks to go before fight night. Mtagwa who is a Philadelphia resident is known for being tough and very durable, but Lopez is still confident he can get the KO stoppage. (more…)
By Lee Bates
The opponents for former welterweight world champions Kermit “Killer” Cintron (31-2-1, 27 KOs) and Carlos “El Indio” Quintana (26-2, 20 KOs) have been officially been named for the October 24th edition of DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing series. Site of the event will be the Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico. PR Best Boxing Promotions (Ivan & Peter Rivera) and DiBella Entertainment will promote. Cintron will take on Juliano Ramos (15-2, 12 KOs) of Brazil in a 10 round main event. Quintana will take on former world title challenger and fellow Puerto Rican Jesse Feliciano (15-7-3, 9 KOs). (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBA super flyweight champ Nobuo Nashiro (13-1, 8 KOs), Japan, will risk his belt against official challenger and ex-WBO 108-pound ruler Hugo Cazares (30-6-1, 22 KOs), from Mexico, tomorrow (Wednesday) in Osaka, Japan. There was a weigh-in ceremony, where Nashiro, 27, scaled in at the 115-pound class limit, while Cazares, 31, a pound lighter at 114. The WBA officials are as follows: referee Hubert Earle (Canada); judges Albert Wilenski (US), Philippe Verbeke (Belgium) and Wontak Yoon (Korea); supervisor Alan Kim (Korea). (more…)
World middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik and Paul Williams pose with New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs during the press conference announcing their December 5, 2009 world middleweight championship fight. The two will meet at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ.
By Robert Coster
Former two-time lightweight champion and Hall of Fame legend Ismael Laguna, 66, is in a critical state in a Panama city hospital after suffering a heart attack on Sunday. Laguna, “the Tiger from Colon”, is considered one of the greatest Latin boxers of all time and is vividly remembered for his trilogy (1-2) with Carlos Ortiz. Panama boxing fans are closely following the development of Ismael Laguna’ s state and Fightnews calls on all to pray for the great champion’s health in this dramatic moment.
Prize Fight Promotions is heading back to the Fitz Casino & Hotel in Tunica, Mississippi on Saturday, October 3rd with a five bout fight card. Historically, this boxing series “Fights at the Fitz” has been immensely popular with local fans, and every event is a sell out. (more…)
Audley Harrison has threatened to inflict ‘a lot more punishment’ on Danny Williams in Friday’s Prizefighter Heavyweights III event. Harrison, 37, thinks victory in the eight-man, one-night tournament will see ‘the rebirth’ of his career and lead to him becoming World Champion inside two years. However, Williams, the current British Champion, potentially stands between Harrison and Prizefighter glory at London’s ExCel Arena. The pair, who have fought twice with one win apiece, are in separate halves of the draw and could only fight in a mouth-watering final. “Me and Danny are 1-1 and he keeps on saying we don’t like each other but I’ve got nothing against him,” said Harrison. “He beat me with a split decision and I destroyed him second time out and he probably doesn’t like me because of that. Danny spends a long time talking, thinking and probably dreaming about me. But he really needs to think how much punishment he is taking in his career. If he meets me in the final then he will take a lot more punishment.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former two time world title challenger Sam Soliman (36-11, 14 KOs) will be back in action on Sunday when he will clash with Australian super middleweight champion Les Piper (10-2-3, 2 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Central Pier, Docklands, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. (more…)
Marco “Captain” Huck (26-1, 20 KOs) will make the first defence of his WBO Cruiserweight Title on December 5 when he takes on interim champion Ola Afolabi (14-1, 6 KOs) in Ludwigsburg. The 24-year-old clinched the belt on August 29 following an exciting victory over Victor Emilio Ramirez. Less than three months later, he already faces the next difficult challenge. “We are delighted to bring the Huck-Afolabi fight to Germany,” Team Sauerland General Manager Chris Meyer said. “The new arena in Ludwigsburg will be a great place to stage Marco´s first defense. I am sure it will be an entertaining evening.” (more…)
By Craig Watt
Legendary 8 time world champion Roy Jones Jr landed at Sydney airport this morning after a 15 hour flight from the US and was greeted by a number of excited fans, looking forward to his December 2nd clash with Australian hero Danny Green for the IBO title at the Acer Arena in Sydney. Jones is in Australia for two weeks on an organized press tour and will take in the cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane over the next ten days. (more…)
WBC interim middleweight world champion Sebastian Zbik and cruiserweight contender Alexander Alekseev got an introduction to golf over the weekend at the Golfclub St. Pauli in Hamburg. Under the guidance of golf instructor Thomas Tober, the boxers practiced on the putting green, then hit the driving range. After this first introduction to the mysteries of hitting a golf ball far and accurately, the two boxers were able to present prizes to the winners of the “Kiez Golf Tour” tournament as well as celebrate their own entry into this new sport.
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By Damrong Simakajornboon
On Friday at the 11th Infantry Regiment in Bangkok, WBC#5 lightfly Noknoi Sitthiprasert (24-4,17 KOs) displayed his one-side attack to destroy Indonesian Kid Randal at 2:22 of round three to retain his WBC youth 108lb for the thirteenth time. In other action, former ABCO 118lb title holder Thepnimit Sor Chitpattana (22-4,8 KOs ) won a six round unanimous decision over Indonesian Dolfi Lolaru. Kazakhstani Aset Aysin (5-0,3KOs) stopped Ekarat Kietpaiboon in round two. This event was promoted by Petchyindee Boxing Promotion.
World middleweight champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik, arrives in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Monday night holding his WBC middleweight belt for his big press conference Tuesday at the Giants Stadium, home of the New York Giants to announce his upcoming world middleweight title defense against Paul “The Punisher” Williams. Pavlik vs Williams is promoted by Top Rank, hosted by Caesars Atlantic City in association with Goossen Tutor Promotions and will take place Saturday, December 5 at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall and will be available live on HBO. (more…)
Veteran sportscaster Curt Menefee will join the ShoBox: The New Generation announce team, substituting for Nick Charles, the perennial host and play-by-play announcer who is currently battling bladder cancer. Menefee will anchor the remaining ShoBox telecasts in 2009, joining color analyst Steve Farhood, beginning Friday, Oct. 2, when top-ranked super middleweight contender Allan Green (28-1, 20 KOs) takes on late replacement Tarvis Simms (25-0, 11 KOs) in a 10-round bout. Also working the announce booth on Oct. 2 will be former light heavyweight kingpin Antonio Tarver who will be serving as guest commentator for his third stint on ShoBox. (more…)
Jr welterweight “Hammerin” Hank Lundy (15-0, 9 KOs) scored a sixth round stoppage over Justo Sanchez (17-24-1) that highlighted a six bout card at The Yesha Center in South Philadelphia on Saturday night. Lundy was dominant throughout as he landed some pummeling shots that produced two knockdowns until referee Shawn Clark stopped the bout at twenty-eight seconds in round six. (more…)
Puerto Rican natives and unbeaten prospects José “Chelo” González (7-0, 4 KOs) and Joel “Joelo” Torres (11-0-1, 7 KOs) will fight in seperate bouts October 24th in an edition of DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing series. Site of the event will be the Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico. PR Best Boxing Promotions (Ivan & Peter Rivera) and DiBella Entertainment will promote. (more…)
Moscow will host a huge boxing event dedicated to a memory of the late WBC vice-president Edmund Lipinski, one of the biggest figures in the history of Russian professional boxing, regarded by many to be its founder within the ex-USSR borders. He passed away abruptly in Germany on March 20, while serving as the WBC supervisor for a heavyweight title match-up between Vitali Klitschko and Juan Carlos Gomez. His memory will be honored by an assortment of WBC minor title match-ups. (more…)
IBF#13 middleweight contender Billy Lyell (20-7 4 KOs) will defend his NABC Intercontinental middleweight crown on October 17th in his hometown of Niles, Ohio. A winner of four of his last five including an upset over previously unbeaten contender John Duddy (26-1), Lyell will headline the event beginning at 8pm at the Expo Center in Niles versus an opponent to be determined in the ten rounder. Presented by Bowers’ Productions, the six bout card will also feature local junior middle Durrell Richardson (11-3 4 KOs), welterweight Jake Giuriceo (4-0 2 KOs) and heavyweight Brandon Winner (3-6) in separate bouts. Tickets for the event are $20 (General Admission) and $60 (Ringside) and may be obtained by calling (330) 766-0875.
Vi Savud, also known as Svaya Ratha, of Cambodia beat Paul Alivinario of Philippines to claim the vacant WBC International interim super bantamweight title on Sunday. The fight was held at Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Songchai Ratanasuban, persident of Songchai1 promoted the show and Mr.Tanakorn Jirapasuksakul supervised the competition. The Cambodian was smaller but somehow beat down the Filipino, forcing referee Franz Marti to stop the action in the sixth round. Savud becomes the first Cambodian boxer to win an international boxing title. The full WBC International 122lb champion is Filipino Bangoyan Balweg.
King Arthur Abraham believes the solitude of Zinnowitz will help him to be in top shape for his clash with Jermain Taylor on October 17. The undefeated German takes on the former undisputed middleweight champion in the first Group Stage of the Super Six World Boxing Classic. A sell-out crowd of 14,000 fans is expected to attend the clash in Berlin´s famous o2 World Arena. Abraham moved his training from the German capital to Zinnowitz, a small island in the Baltic Sea, ten days ago. Boxing-online.com caught up with the 29-year-old (30-0, 24 KOs). (more…)
WBC #6 super bantamweight Leon “Hurry Up” Moore (25-2, 22 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over former two-division world champion Maricio Pastrana (35-12-2, 23 KOs) on Saturday night at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in Georgetown, Guyana. Scores were 119-109, 120-109 and 119-109.
In other notable action, former middleweight world title challenger Howard Eastman (46-6, 36 KOs) scored a brutal tenth round KO over Kevin Placide (11-5-1, 6 KOs), who was out for some ten minutes, and female bantamweight Shondell Alfred (11-5, 3 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Corinne De Groot (11-1, 5 KOs) to claim the vacant WIBA belt. Scores were 99-90, 97-90 and 96-92.
Tickets for the WBA heavyweight Clash between world champion Nikolai Valuev (50-1, 34 KOs) and David Haye (22-1, 21 KOs) can be purchased with immediate effect at www.ticketcorner.com. Prices range from €15,00 to €500,00 (ringside). The fight takes place at the Arena Nurnberger Versicherung in Nuremberg on November 7.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Montreal promoter Yvon Michel was quick to respond to light-heavyweight Silvio Branco’s claims of improprieties Friday night fight with WBC champion Jean Pascal. “At the end of the day, Jean was younger, faster, and stronger and he won the fight. They’re just looking for an excuse.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Two time world title challenger Shannan Taylor (49-7-3, 36 KOs) is currently appearing on the hit Australian television series “Underbelly” which has been filmed in Sydney’s King Cross area. “I am excited to be starring in the Underbelly series,” said Taylor. “It’s about the underworld scene in Sydney during the 1980’s.” Taylor also revealed his upcoming plans in the ring. “I have a very important fight scheduled for November 27 against WBA #15 super middleweight Les Sherrington who I promise will be a KO victim,” he stated. In 2006 Taylor dropped a twelve round points decision to Arthur Abraham in an IBF 160 pound title attempt. In 2001 Shane Mosley stopped Taylor in eight rounds of WBC 147 pound title bout.
Former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver “Atomic Bull” McCall and long time contender Lance “Mount” Whitaker will collide on October 23 for McCall’s IBA heavyweight belt in the Mardi Gras Ballroom at The Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Also in action will be former world champion King Arthur Williams against Victor Barragan in a cruiserweight bout, as well as heavyweight Elijah McCall (unbeaten son of Oliver) against Andrea Carthron.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Marcos “Chino” Maidana may defend his WBA interim super lightweight world title on November 27 at the Club Libertad in Sunchales, Margarita, Argentina. Panamanian Alberto Mosquera (10-0, 7 KOs), the current WBA Fedelatin titleholder appears to be the main candidate to be the opponent. By WBA resolution, Maidana would have 90 days after this optional defense to meet WBA champ Amir Kahn. Maidana currently preparing for the bout with trainer Miguel Diaz.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Venezuela’s El Universal and Meridiano newspapers and the international EFE press agency report that WBC lightweight champion Edwin Valero has been arrested on domestic violence charges in a confusing situation that took place in Valero’s hometown of El Vigía, Merida, Venezuela. El Universal and Meridiano report that the boxer allegedly struck his mother and a sister during a family dispute. Police aren’t commenting on the case. Press around the world are waiting for Valero’s representatives to make an announcement on the champion’s status.
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