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Orlando Cruz, boxing’s first openly gay fighter, will wear rainbow colors symbolizing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) pride combined with the Puerto Rican flag when he enters the ring to face Orlando Salido for the WBO featherweight title on Saturday night’s Bradley-Marquez co-feature.
— LGBT Puerto Rico (@lgbtpr) October 10, 2013
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
#1 Featherweight contender Orlando Cruz of Puerto Rico and WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido faced off during the undercard press conference at the Wynn Las Vegas for their upcoming vacant WBO Featherweight championship, Saturday, Oct 12 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Orlando Salido: We know it’s going to be a war. We’re very well prepared for Saturday and looking forward to being the winner.
Orlando Cruz: Saturday I will be WBO featherweight champion.
Bob Arum: The best fights in the world are when a Mexican fights a Puerto Rican. The fire and determination in that ring is something special. This Mexican was a world champion who went to Puerto Rico and knocked out one of the most popular fighters in Puerto Rico, Juan Manuel Marquez, not once, but twice…one thing that Cruz has brought to the sport, in the almost 50 years I’ve been involved with the sport, where there’s been controversy about the shorts that he’s going to wear. But that’s good, that makes for interest, and Orlando we’re all proud of you.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions, Wynn Las Vegas, Márquez Boxing, and Tecate, Bradley vs. Márquez will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.
By Raymond Wheatley – World of Boxing
WBA#3 Jarrod “Left Jab “Fletcher (16-1, 10 KO’s) returns to ring action on Friday against Marco Tuhunury (10-10-1, 3 KOs) over twelve rounds with the PABA middleweight title up for grabs at the Calabria club, Brunswick, Melbourne , Victoria, Australia. Fletcher outscored current WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson in the final at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Fletcher also defeated currently world rated James DeGale. The only loss on Fletcher’s record was against Billy Joe Saunders in 2012. Fletcher is chasing fights against WBA champion Gennady Golovkin, former IBF/WBA champion Daniel Geale and former WBA champion Anthony Mundine.
Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Sport have announced that Stephen Smith has signed a promotional deal with the company and will box on the undercard of Carl Froch vs. George Groves World title bill on November 23 in Manchester. Promoter Frank Warren had previously promoted Smith and had announced that Smith would be part of an historic show where all three of the Smith brothers would defend their British Championships on December 7 in Liverpool.
Warren issued a statement saying he will defend his rights as both the manager and promoter of Stephen Smith and “other parties” who have tortuously interfered with Warren’s rights will be the subject of action through the BBBofC and the courts.
Famed boxing manager and promoter Frank Maloney, who guided the career of Lennox Lewis and more recently David Price, has announced his retirement.
I like to thank all the public for there support over the years and will be on here 4 a while tonight closing down after Thank the real fans
— Frank Maloney (@FrankMaloney) October 10, 2013
Thompson Boxing Promotions returns to the ring with the fan favorite “Locked ‘n Loaded” series Friday, October 18th at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.
The main event features the fleet-footed sharpshooter Christopher Martin (27-2-3, 9 KOs) of San Diego against the hardnosed warrior Enrique Quevedo (14-6-1, 9 KOs) of Los Angeles in a super bantamweight eight-rounder. The co-feature, pits volume boxer-puncher Juan Reyes (9-1-2, 1 KO) of Riverside, Calif. against Los Angeles-native Daniel Roman (8-1-1, 3 KOs) in an eight round super bantamweight contest. (more…)
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Cesar “Junito” Seda (25-1, 17 KOs) will challenge WBC super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (25-0-1, 15 KOs) on the December 14 Golden Boy card in Las Vegas, headlined by Marcos “Chino” Maidana (34-3, 31 KOs) against unbeaten WBA welterweight king Adrian Broner (27-0, 22 KOs). “Since the fight was agreed, we just need to get the contract to sign. It’s a pay per view event and I think they will televise four fights and one of them is Junito,” said Cesar Seda, Junito’s father and trainer.
Australia’s Blake Caparello (17-0-1, 6 KOs) had his final sparring session earlier today ahead of his scheduled twelve-round championship fight against former world title challenger and Super Six contestant Allan ‘Sweetness’ Green (33-4, 22 KOs) on Thursday October 17th at The Melbourne Pavilion.
The fight, which will air nationally on Fox Sports Australia will be for the vacant IBO light heavyweight title, previously held by future Hall of Famers Roy Jones Jr and Antonio Tarver, as well as Chad Dawson and Jean Pascal in more recent times. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“Richard Hall’s best years are behind him, but you still have to fight him and beat him. This is a cruiserweight division where fighters are fast and strong. You have to hit them and hit them hard. You never take anybody lightly,” stated undefeated WBO #6, IBF #12 Krzysztof “Główka” Głowacki (19-0, 12 KOs). On October 19 in Wieliczka (Poland) 400 feet below the earth in a 700-year old salt mine, Głowacki will fight Jamaican former WBA champion Richard Hall (30-13, 28 KOs). (more…)
By Robert Coster
Photo: Team Sosa
Top WBC flyweight contender Edgar Sosa arrived in Haiti today where he will be training for two weeks in view of his title fight with Akira Yaegishi in Tokyo on next December 6. Sosa was greeted by his longtime mentor Jacques Deschamps. “I came to Haiti because I can do some great running in the mountains here,” commented Sosa. “Plus I wanted to benefit from Mr Deschamps’ wise counseling.” The 34-year-old Mexico City native held the WBC jr flyweight belt from 2007 to 2009, making ten title defenses before losing in controversial fashion to Filipino Rodel Mayol.
Sosa (49-7, 29 KOs) is more experienced than champion Yaegishi (18-3-1, 9 KOs) but the Japanese titlist is already a two-division champion after only 22 fights, holding the WBA minimumweight title before winning the WBC flyweight crown. (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Manny Pacquiao is offering world championship boxing free to the public when his MP Promotions stages the International Boxing Federation (IBF) light-flyweight title defense of Johnreil Casimero against Mexican challenger Felipe Salguero on Oct. 26 at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City. “This is just one of the many ways Manny Pacquiao is displaying his love not only for the sport of boxing but for his fans and followers as well,” said Pacquiao’s Canadian adviser Mike Koncz from General Santos City.
Casimero, one of the Philippines’ three reigning world champions, has an 18-2 win-loss record with 10 knockouts and is best remembered by fight fans for his brave stand on hostile territory in 2012. Salguero, who hails from Toluca, Mexico, parades an 18-4 mark with 13 knockouts. (more…)
World ranked contender Marvin “Chavacano Disaster” Mabait arrived today in Mexico City in anticipation of his fight this Friday, October 11, 2013 at the popular Salon Jose Cuervo. He arrived with his trainer Nonito Donaire Sr. and the shows Promoter Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr. Mabait ranked WBO #10 will face WBC #11 contender Johnny “Laberinto” Garcia in a clash schedule for 12 Rounds with the vacant WBO Intercontinental belt at stake.
“I feel very happy to be in Mexico and to make my debut on US national television, I’m in great shape, have been sparring and working out with Nonito Donaire Jr and I’m confident I will take this belt back to the Philippines,” said Mabait at his arrival. (more…)
Who are boxing’s most boring fighters? The Guardian ranks the top ten, putting Floyd Mayweather at the No. 1 spot. More
Aussie press is giving Shane Mosley the edge of speed over hometown favorite Anthony Mundine this month. More
Wladmir Klitschko announces engagement to actress Hayden Panettiere. More
Lennox Lewis is considering a return to the ring . . . for a $100 million purse, that is. More
Unbeaten 6’6 heavyweight contender and former European champion Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius (19-0, 11 KOs) is telling Finnish media that he’s planning to permanently move back to Finland at the end of October due to a contract disagreement with Germany-based promoter Sauerland Event. He will now be trained by his father Kalle Helenius and plans to resume his quest for a world title with a Finnish promotional team once his contract situation with Sauerland is resolved.
Tecate Beer is sponsoring Friday night’s UniMas-televised fight card at the Thomas & Mack Center, headlined by a ten-rounder between unbeaten welterweight Jessie Vargas (22-0, 9 KOs) against Ray Narh (26-3, 21 KOs). “Tecate is distributing free tickets to that show to all boxing fans and it will be very, very interesting,” said promoter Bob Arum. “We’re not charging any admission. Anyone who wants can meet with a Tecate representative and get a free ticket to Friday night’s event and it’s really a terrific, terrific card.”
In a battle of highly-regarded jiu-jitsu black belts Wednesday night at the Ginasio Jose Correa in Barueri, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Jake Shields outlasted Demian Maia over five rounds, earning a split decision victory in the UFC Fight Night main event.
“That was one of my toughest two or three fights of all-time, right up there with GSP (Georges St-Pierre) and Dan Henderson,” said Shields, unbeaten in his last four bouts. “He gave me all I can handle.”. . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Photos: Mary Ann Owen
Undefeated WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley Jr. and four-division world champion and Mexican icon Juan Manuel Marquez hosted their final Las Vegas news conference on Wednesday in the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas.
Juan Manuel Marquez: Only three days to the fight and I prepared myself very hard because I want to give another great fight. This is a new and tough challenge for me, but I trained very hard. Everybody knows me. I don’t like talking outside the ring. I’m talking with my fists in the ring next Saturday and I’m ready. Everyone asks me ‘how do you feel at 40 years old?’ I feel very happy and I feel great, like a young fighter with a warrior heart.
Hall of Fame Promoter Bob Arum: Juan Manuel, I’m sure you’re very happy to be 40. If I was 40 I’d be even happier and I’m more than double your age. If I was 40, none of these girls would have a chance.
Timothy Bradley: (After a long stream of thank yous) It’s very seldom that you have two guys willing to fight one another that are quite evenly matched. It’s going to be an interesting night Saturday night. I’m looking forward to it. I always call fight night ‘fun time.’ It’s time to have fun! I can’t wait and I said everything else to the media so I don’t have much to say. I just want the world to be ready for a tremendous, tremendous fight Saturday night. photos
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine and future Hall of Famer. Shane Mosley appeared at a press conference today to officially kickoff their October 23 clash at the Sydney Entertainment Centre in Sydney, Australia. Both fighters expressed confidence and expressed that they hope this fight will lead to a Floyd Mayweather fight. The 42-year-old Mosley was lured to Australia with a $1 million purse.
Anthony Mundine: I don’t think I am just going to beat Mosley and fight Floyd, but this is going to pave the way to fight Floyd. Maybe I’ll get Alvarez next, maybe I’ll get Cotto next, that’s the mentality I’m thinking. Maybe Floyd will come at me and say, ‘I’ll give Mundine a go.’ We don’t know. I want to fight the best fighters in the world at this weight and Mosley is one of the best fighters, but there comes a price with that. If you don’t get the job done then, really, you have to step out. That is how important this fight is. You may as well call it a day then, so it is kill or be killed. That is the mentality.
Shane Mosley: Mundine will retire after this fight because I’m definitely going to beat him. I’m injury-free, that’s what’s important and people are going to see the old Shane, the old Sugar Shane back in the day, top of fighting. And the one you saw when I fought Pacquiao and Mayweather…I’m ready. I definitely want a rematch.
Unbeaten heavyweight contender Tyson Fury has already been fined £3,000 by the British Boxing Board of Control for “Twitter abuse” following comments he made about David Price and Tony Bellew earlier this year. Fury might have to get out his checkbook again following his latest foul-mouthed Twitter rant.
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WBO middleweight world champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin and Philadelphia contender “King” Gabriel Rosado held an international media conference call to discuss their title bout taking place on October 26 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ, in the co-main event of the Bernard Hopkins vs. Karo Murat IBF light heavyweight world championship fight.
Gabriel Rosado: “This is my third fight at middleweight, I’m bigger and stronger, I’ve got a size advantage over Kid Chocolate…I’m going to go through whatever it takes on October 26 to win that title.”
Peter Quillin: “I know Gabe Rosado and I have no problem with him but he’s still going to try to take my title and I don’t take that lightly…I’m going to come out victorious in this fight on October 26.”
“It seems like my whole career has been defined by my fights with Marco Huck” said cruiserweight contender Ola Afolabi (19-3-4, 9 KOs), who faces Poland’s Lukasz Janik (26-1, 14 KOs) for the vacant IBO world title on November 2 on the undercard of the showdown between WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Curtis Stevens in The Theater at Madison Square Garden.
“I’m happy to move on and very excited to be fighting in the United States and at Madison Square Garden in particular. I watched a lot of fights when I was growing up on TV from there and always thought ‘one day I will fight there.’” (more…)
By Bob Ryder
Boxing returns to Detroit’s MotorCity Casino-Hotel as the casino hosts “Night of Knockouts IV” on Thursday, October 17. Promoter Greg Ahrens and matchmaker Carlos Llinas have lined up a scheduled 9 bout card featuring many of the city’s local talent. In what promises to be an entertaining and action filled 8 rounder, Detroit’s Willie Fortune “500″ takes on Angel Rios of the Bronx, NY. In his previous two Michigan appearances, Rios gave Johnny Garcia and Lanardo Tyner all they could handle, extending both the distance and knocking down iron chinned Tyner. Fortune likes to throw punches in bunches and can take a solid shot as well so this one should be fun. (more…)
Philadelphia’s undefeated heavyweight contender, Bryant Jennings (17-0, 9 KOs) has signed a co-promotional contract with Gary Shaw Productions and Antonio Leonard Promotions. Advised by manager James Prince, Jennings on the verge of fighting for a world title, is ranked IBF #3, WBO #14 and WBC #21. “I’m glad I’m finally moving forward in my career with a great team,” said Bryant Jennings. “Gary Shaw and Antonio Leonard are two great promoters who have been in this sport for many years and have promoted some of the biggest fights in boxing history. I’m ecstatic to be managed by James Prince because he’s guided the careers of many world champions and his knowledge as a boxing manager is impeccable. It’s truly a blessing to have these experienced gentlemen working on my behalf. I’m ready to take my career to the next level.” (more…)
Actress Hayden Panettiere announced her engagement to Wladimir Klitschko on the television show “LIVE with Kelly and Michael.” Panettiere, showing off a huge engagement ring. She spent the entire time with a large snake around her neck.
By W. Schiffbauer / Team Sturm
It is a day to make history when Felix Sturm challenges Great Britain’s IBF World Middleweight Champion Darren Barker on December 7, 2013 at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, Germany. The German superstar will attempt to win an unprecedented fourth middleweight title – an archivement none other German fighter has done before. Barker and Sturm met for the first time at today’s first press conference in Stuttgart. Both appeared confident but respectful.
Felix Sturm: “I’m really excited about that fight, as I can’t wait to become world champion again. Darren is a tough fighter but he will be in for a surprise. We have eight weeks to go until fight day and I’m already in really good shape. I promise that this will be a great event.”
Darren Barker, IBF World Middleweight Champion: “Felix was a great champion but I believe I have his number. I worked very hard to become champion and I don’t intend to let go of my belt. I don’t have a problem with going to Germany for this fight at all. I travelled a lot in the amateurs and won the title in USA. I intend to defend my title in style.” (more…)
Sorry to report the passing of Victor Roundtree trainer/co-trainer to many notable pro (Daniel Jacobs, Sadam Ali, Luis Collazo, Jaidon Codrington, Tanzee Daniels, Melissa St. Vil, Zachary Ochoa) and amateur boxers (Christina Cruz.
Final Arrangement are as follows:
Viewing: Thursday 10 – 12 Funeral immediately following at 12 pm.
Location: Church of the Evangel, UCC
1950 Bedford Avenue
Corner of Hawthorne Street
Brooklyn NY 11225
Contact: (718) 287-1189
The camp of Alexander Povetkin plans to lodge a protest, not to overturn the result of Povetkin’s loss to Wladimir Klitschko last Saturday in Moscow, but instead to penalize referee Luis Pabon for his handling of the fight. Povetkin’s agent Dmitry Ivanov told RIA Novosti’s sports affiliate R-Sport that the protest to world sanctioning bodies is to ensure “this referee never again oversees a high-level fight.” Ivanov stated that Pabon, likely the WBA’s most often used world title referee, didn’t implement any measures against Klitschko to make it a clean, fair and entertaining fight.
The weekly UniMas “Solo Boxeo Tecate” show will air on Friday night this week instead of the normal Saturday night with a good 10-round welterweight scrap pitting unbeaten Jessie Vargas (22-0, 9 KOs), of Las Vegas, against Ray Narh (26-3, 21 KOs), of Corona, NY. In the co-feature, unbeaten “Prospect of the Year” Jessie Magdaleno (16-0, 12 KOs) meets Mexico’s Raul Hidalgo (19-9, 14 KOs) in a scheduled eight round super bantamweight encounter. The card will take place at the Thomas & Mack Center, where Juan Manuel Marquez and Timothy Bradley will collide the following night. The telecast airs at 12:30 a.m. ET/11:30 p.m. PT.
Wednesday’s welterweight headliner between Demian Maia (-275) and Jake Shields (+235) doesn’t necessarily need the sweat of a bet. They’re two of the best 170-pound grapplers in the world, in a cage or on a tatami mat. Maia has entrenched himself as a top-10 fighter in the division and Shields is probably one of the 10 most accomplished welterweights in the sport’s history. This is enough for many, yet an ever-fickle MMA public is never above complaints and doomsaying . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Zanfer and Promoson have called a press conference today to announce an attractive clash between former world champions Hernan “Tyson” Marquez and Giovani “Guerrero Azteca” Segura. The bout will take place on November 2 at the Centro de Usos Multiples (CUM) in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico and will be a WBO flyweight eliminator. Also on the card is former champion Juan Carlos “Zurdito” Sanchez, who will face Zolani Tete in an elimination for the IBF super flyweight world title.
40-year-old Mexican ring legend Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KOs) has been holding steady as a narrow -162 favorite to dethrone unbeaten WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (30-0, 12 KOs) in this weekend’s biggest fight on Saturday night in Las Vegas according to bet365.com. Bradley backers can get +125 in an intriguing bout that matches the two recent conquerors of Manny Pacquiao.
Regardless of the odds, Bradley vowed to win over his skeptics during Tuesday’s grand arrival, saying “I’m here to show that I’m one of the best fighters in the world by beating Marquez on Saturday.”
Much has changed in the life of undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) middleweight champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (29-0, 21 KOs) since his last fight on April 27, when Quillin dropped challenger Fernando Guerrero four times en route to an impressive victory by seventh-round technical knockout. Quillin will make his second world title defense Oct. 26 against challenger Gabriel “King” Rosado (21-6, 13 KOs), airing on Showtime Championship Boxing, live from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. WBO #11-rated Rosado, fighting out of nearby Philadelphia, was stopped in the seventh round of his only world title fight to World Boxing Association (WBA) middleweight title-holder Gennady Golvkin last January. (more…)
“Sugar” Shane Mosley is talking steroids to the press Down Under, admitting past use and warning athletes to beware of those promising miracle performance boosts. More
Juan Manual Marquez, on the other hand, says he has no problem with ongoing doping tests. “I don’t have any problem,” he told the LA Times. More
Former boxer Keely Thompson, of Washington, D.C., is scheduled to be sentenced for wire fraud and is facing more than two years in a federal prison. More
WBO Lightweight Champion Ricky Burns is hoping to fight again in February with a rematch against Raymundo Beltran. More
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Kazakh WBA light heavyweight Beibut Shumenov has indeed been promoted to “super” world champion. As a result, Shumenov will now have until April 15, 2014 to make his mandatory title defense.
The camps of Marcus Oliveira of Kansas and German Jurgen Brahmer can now begin the negotiation period to contest for the vacant WBA light heavyweight championship.
At the scales for UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the welterweight bout between Demian Maia and Jake Shields, and the welterweight bout between Erick Silva and Dong Hyun Kim, airing live on FOX Sports 1 from the Ginasio Jose Correa in Barueri, Brazil at 7pm ET / 4pm PT. Four prelim bouts will air live on Fox Sports 1 at 5pm ET / 2pm PT.
Jake Shields (171) VS Demian Maia (171)
FOX SPORTS 1 MAIN CARD
Dong Hyun Kim (171) VS Erick Silva (170)
Matt Hamill (205) VS Thiago Silva (208*)
Joey Beltran (205) VS Fabio Maldonado (204)
Mike Pierce (171) VS Rousimar Palhares (171)
TJ Dillashaw (136) VS Raphael Assuncao (135)
FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS
Igor Araujo (171) VS Ildemar Alcantara (171)
David Mitchell (171) VS Yan Cabral (170)
Chris Cariaso (125) VS Iliarde Santos (126)
Garett Whiteley (156) VS Alan Patrick (155)
* Silva was unable to make weight; the fight will still take place and Silva sacrifices 25% of his show money to Hamill. He is also ineligible for any post-fight bonuses.
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