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WBO Jr. Featherweight Champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr will be transported by helicopter to the scale for today’s official weigh-in at the Silver Spurs Arena, in Kissimmee, FL. Waiting at the scale will be his opponent Ivan “Choko” Hernandez. The weigh-in will take place in the arena’s parking lot at 5PM ET.
You may be thinking, “?Wilfredo esta loco?” After the fight, he is planning to bungee jump across the street from the hotel. He’s been talking about it all week. (more…)
Former world champion Ricky Hatton has been discharged from The Priory rehab clinic in Manchester, England. According to the Sun tabloid, The Hitman is now “happier, refreshed and about a stone lighter.” He and his fiancée were spotted buying a puppy at Dogs 4 Us.
Photos: Public Address/Stefan Hoyer, KMG
Here are complete weights from o2 World Hamburg, Germany, for tomorrow night’s Klitschko vs. Briggs fight:
Vitali Klitschko 251 vs. Shannon Briggs 262.5
(WBC heavyweight championship)
Alexander Ustinov 309 vs. Oezcan Cetinkaya 220.5
Ola Afolabi 205 vs. Sandro Siproshvili 198,5
Zauerbek Baysangurov 160 vs. Eugenio Monteiro tba
Nenad Borovcanin 209.5 vs. Patrick Berger 197.5
Hizni Altunkaya 199.5 vs. Mathias Reinhardt 192
More than 110 countries worldwide will see the international television broadcast. In Germany, the fight will be shown live and exclusively on RTL. In the US espn3.com will broadcast at 5pm EST in HD and rebroadcast the following day at 2.00 PM EST on ESPN’s main channel. ESPN Deportes will replay the fight Saturday at 8 p.m. ET.
Ola Afolabi is the newest addition to the K2 Promotion’s stable of fighters. K2 is looking to organize a world title shot for him by next year.
The WBC Heavyweight fight is promoted by K2 Promotions and Klitschko Management Group. more photos
Official weigh-in results for Saturday night’s UFC 120 event, which airs free on Spike TV from the O2 Arena in London, England at 8pm ET / PT.
Yoshihiro Akiyama 185 vs.Michael Bisping 185
Carlos Condit 170 vs. Dan Hardy 171
Mike Pyle 170 vs. John Hathaway 171
Travis Browne 251 vs.Cheick Kongo 228
Claude Patrick 171 vs. James Wilks 170
Alexander Gustafsson 204 vs.Cyrille Diabate 204
Vinicius Queiroz 239 vs. Rob Broughton 257
Mark Holst 155 vs.Paul Sass 155
Curt Warburton 154 vs.Spencer Fisher 155
Fabio Maldonado 204 vs. James McSweeney 205
By Bob Ryder
Cedric Harden matchmaker for Real Deal Promotions told Fightnews today that Evander Holyfield’s November 12 fight at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit has been postponed. Harden stated that locking in a TV deal was the hold up but that an arrangement is close to be being made. Early next week Harden said he expects to announce a new date for sometime early in December. This postponement marks the second change from the original November 5 date. Sherman Williams is still the opponent for Holyfield and Joe Louis still the venue.
David Haye doesn’t have the technical ability or the support in his corner to beat Audley Harrison, according to the challenger’s trainer Shadeed Suluki. The experienced cornerman has been putting Harrison through his paces at Big Bear in California ahead of the World Heavyweight title fight with Haye on November 13 in Manchester, and Suluki believes that the combination of Audley’s preparation and positive state of mind will see him emerge victorious. “Audley knows himself now, he is in a very comfortable place,” said Suluki. “He knows his ability more than ever and this is his destiny, he feels it, I feel it, we all feel it. This is a match made in heaven for us.” (more…)
Photos and story by Ricardo Conde
Former IBF junior lightweight champion Robert ‘Grandpa’ Garcia is hosting the first annual fundraiser at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy on Sunday, October 17, 2010 and will be joined by 3-time world champion Antonio ‘Tijuana Tornado’ Margarito, current WBC middleweight champion Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martinez, WBA #1 lightweight contender ‘Bam Bam’ Brandon Rios, IBF # 1 featherweight contender Miguel ‘Mikey’ Garcia, as well as many other fighters. more + photos
By Karl Freitag
Led by heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek, Polish fighters are finding big success in American boxing rings. On Saturday, fight fans worldwide will have an opportunity to see rising unbeaten middleweight Patrick (Przemek) Majewski, a native of Radon, Poland now residing in Atlantic City, NJ. Majewski (13-0, 8 KOs) will take on Joseph Gomez (17-2-1, 8 KOs) in a featured eight-rounder on the world championship pay-per-view featuring Wilfredo Vasquez Jr. vs Ivan Hernandez at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, Florida. Majewski-Gomez is slated to kick off the pay-per-view telecast, which starts at 9PM ET/6PM PT.
Norwegian WBA, WBC and WBO Female Welterweight Champion Cecilia Braekhus (14-0, 2 KOs) will defend her impressive title collection against Sweden´s Mikaela Lauren (6-0, 1 KO) on October 30. The duo will battle out a Scandinavian derby in Rostock, Germany on the undercard of IBF Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester´s title defence against Mahir Oral. Lauren, a former famous Swedish swimmer, has conquered the rankings in a heartbeat and is currently listed as BoxRec´s number two, second only to Braekhus. “This is going to be a tough fight,” Braekhus said. “Mikaela Lauren has been very successful in her short boxing career. She might not have the best boxing technique, but she certainly has a superb condition and a lot of power. I am prepared for a hard challenge and I will defend my titles.” (more…)
In response to recent inaccurate stories in the British press, Universum Box-Promotion has clarified that no warrant has been issued against WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer nor is his freedom of movement limited in any way.
Although the champ does have a pending court case that probably won’t be resolved for years, Brähmer’s defense counsel has confirmed that the German “100 Year Talent” is free to defend his world title and/or visit any location anywhere in the world.
Photos: Enrique “Quique” Vazquez/Promociones Miguel Cotto
Puerto Rican Boxing star and Super Welterweight champion Miguel Cotto arrived at the Earls Court Centre in London to be part of the UFC Fan Expo. Hundreds of fans waited hours to meet the famous boxer in person at the Ecko Unlimited stand. “It was a pleasure for me to share my time with the fans. I was happily surprised by how much my fans in this country know about me and my career. I have a new home here in London.” Miguel Cotto said. more photos
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Photos: Team Klitschko
Vitali Klitschko 251.3 vs Shannon Briggs 262.3
Venue: O2 World Arena, Hamburg, Germany
Promoter: K2 Promotion
TV: Inter – Ukraine, RTL – Germany, ESPN3.com – USA
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Former light heavyweight world champion Antonio Tarver has added 46 pounds for his debut as a heavyweight against Nagy Aguilera tonight at Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma. Tarver, who tipped scale at 221 pounds on Thursday, weighed 175 for his last fight against Chad Dawson and has never weighed more that 179.5 for any fight in his career. He took more than a year off from fighting after his last bout in 2009 and has been serving as an expert commentator for SHOWTIME while bulking up. “I look at the heavyweight division and there really isn’t a recognizable American that we can truly look at and say, ‘That’s our guy,'” says Tarver. “The Europeans have taken over the division.” (more…)
Whisper it quietly, but Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping is, in fact, a pleasant and likeable kind of guy. Those around the Manchester middleweight contender know this to be true. Last opponent Dan Miller also discovered the extent of Bisping’s warmth when the pair met in May. Despite this, the proud Brit chatterbox gets a bad rap from the many who pin their hopes on seeing him defeated . . . Click here for more by Elliot Worsell, UFC
Cleveland cruiserweights Aaron Williams (20-2-1, 13 KOs) and Mike Alexander (12-4, 8 KOs) clash on November 5 in the Main Hall at Executive Caterers in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. The eight-rounder tops a boxing card dubbed “Fight for Education” is for the benefit of Cleveland-area high school students and is being held in association with the national non-profit group “Put Down the Guns, Pick Up the Gloves.”
The six-round semi-main event features welterweight Cortez Bey (8-1-1, 4 KOs) against Brandon Baue (12-4, 10 KOs). Tickets are $20 for general admission and $35 for ringside reserved. The first fight starts at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 7. The card is presented by American Dream Presents in association with Wild Bill’s Boxing.
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Alexander Povetkin 227 vs Teke Oruh 264.5
Venue: Olimpyskiy Sports Palace, Chekhov, Russia
Promoter: Vladimir Hryunov
TV: Fighter (Boets)
On Thursday evening, WBO jr. featherweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr, and his wife Jackie went to the Orlando Magic game. They met up with the mascot and Dwight “Superman” Howard. When Wilfredo spotted him across the court, he yelled out, “That’s Superman!”
After the game, Wilfredo went to the gym and warmed up against 12-year-old Justin Roman, son of JJ at JJ’s Boxing Gym.
On Thursday morning, Wilfredo visited and spoke to the kids at the Orange County Juvenile Detention Center in Orlando. More photos…
Open to the public: Friday’s world championship weigh-in will take place at 5PM at the Silver Spurs Arena. Promoter Tuto Zabala, Jr. has promised that a special surprise will take place at the weigh-in ceremony.
On Saturday, Zabala Jr/All Star Boxing will return to the city that has hosted many of the company’s boxing shows during the past ten years that have filled the Kissimmee Civic Center on many occasions. Vazquez Jr. will make the second defense of his title when he meets his toughest opponent so far in Ivan “Choko” Hernandez of Ensenada, Mexico in a bout scheduled for 12 rounds.
Tickets for Vazquez Jr. vs. Hernandez are priced at $202, $102, $52 and $27, are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, the Silver Spurs Arena box office and on-line at Ticketmaster.com.
Vazquez, Jr. vs. Hernandez will be broadcast live on-pay-per-view, distributed by Integrated Sports in the US and in Puerto Rico by Pay Per View Connection beginning at 9 PM ET/6PM PT at a suggested retail price of $34.95.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian-based South African heavyweight Pieter Cronjie (10-4-1, 6 KOs) stopped Colin Wilson (35-26-1, 21 KOs) at the Mansfield Tavern, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Wilson suffered a knee injury and the referee called it off at 1:29 of round four. Cronjie previously defeated Wilson via six round points decision in 2007. Cronjie is now scheduled to meet Alex Leapai (20-3-3, 16 KOs) in a rematch on December 4 at the Gold Coast Convention Center, Broadbeach, Queensland. (more…)
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Four-time light heavyweight world champion Antonio Tarver (27-6, 19 KOs) of Tampa, Fla., will make his debut at heavyweight when he faces Nagy Aguilera (16-4, 11 KOs) of Newburgh, N.Y. by way of the Dominican Republic, in the 10-round main event tomorrow/Friday, Oct. 15, on ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). In the co-feature at Buffalo Run Casino, unbeaten Shawn Porter (16-0, 12 KOs) of Cleveland, Ohio, will make his fourth appearance on ShoBox in 10 months when he drops down a notch in weight to take on Hector Munoz (18-3-1, 11 KOs) of Albuquerque, N.M., in a 10-round welterweight bout.
Tarver, 41, is making the move from the SHOWTIME broadcast booth back to the ring, where he hasn’t fought since May 2009. He is attempting to become only the third light heavyweight to win a world heavyweight title. The others were Michael Spinks, in 1985, and Roy Jones Jr., in 2003.
Aguilera, 24, owns a career-best first-round knockout over former World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev in 2009. (more…)
By Bob Caico
Undefeated middleweight prospect Willie Monroe, Jr. looks to improve on his 9-0 record in his hometown on Friday night. The Rochester, NY native takes on Mickey Scarborough (6-2) of Kansas City in the eight-round main event on a card co-promoted by Resnick Productions and DiBella Entertainment. Monroe, Jr. is the nephew of former contender Willie “The Worm” Monroe and son of a tough fighter in the 1990’s Willie Monroe. Those relationships have not gone unnoticed. “Willie has some great blood lines,” says his promoter Lou DiBella. “Not only is he a great boxer but a good kid too. I think he is the most talented young fighter who is under the radar right now.”
In the co-main event, welterweight Kenny Abril (10-3-1) also of Rochester will do battle with Javier Perez (7-3) of Ponce, PR.
A total of seven bouts are scheduled to take place at the Main Street Armory in downtown Rochester. Tickets can be purchased at any Ticket Master locations or by calling 585-576-9699.
Eloy Perez 129.4 vs. Dominic Salcido 129.8
Frankie Gomez 141 vs. Ramon Montano 141
Deontay Wilder 216.9 vs. Harold Sconiers 222
Seth Mitchell 243.2 vs. Derrick Brown 230.8
Charles Huerta 124 vs. Felipe Cordova 123.8
Randy Caballero 119 vs. Missael Nunez 123.2
Venue: Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
Note: Oscar de la Hoya, Daniel Ponce De Leon, Antonio Diaz and Vicente Escobedo will be in attendance tomorrow night’s fight.
Photo: Middleweight opponents Michael Bisping and Yoshihiro Akiyama face off at the UFC 120 pre-fight press conference at Earl’s Court Arena held today in London, England.
On October 22, lightweight prospect Jorge “The Truth” Teron (23-2-1, 15 KOs) returns to the ring, when he takes on James Hope (6-5-1, 4 KOs) in the feature bout of the evening on Star Boxing and The Empire Sports and Entertainment’s rescheduled “Capitale Punishment II” card at Capitale NY. The bout is scheduled for eight rounds. There are five undercard bouts scheduled highlighted by the return of popular New York light heavyweight and former NY Golden Gloves champion “Irish” Sean Monaghan (3-0, 2 KOs) taking on Nick Whiting. That bout is scheduled for four rounds in the light heavyweight division. Tickets start at $50.
Showtime Boxing’s first appearance in North Dakota will take place on November 5, at Scheels Arena in Fargo, ND. The televised portion of the card will be headlined by Edwin Rodriguez (16-0) taking on James “Buddy” McGirt Jr. (23-2-1), and Marcus Johnson taking on an opponent to be named. Light middleweight Ishe Smith (21-5) will stay active on the non-televised portion of the DiBella Entertainment-promoted event. Shobox alumni Mickey Bey and Antwone Smith, as well as upper Midwest boxing stars Andy “Kaos” Kolle and Javontae Starks are also scheduled. Tickets went on sale today and range in price from $20-$65.
Showtime Networks Inc. has announced the World Light Heavyweight Championship fight between future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins and young upstart WBC World Champion Jean Pascal will be televised live on SHOWTIME. The 12-round world championship bout, originally proposed as a pay-per-view event in the United States, will be held in Pascal’s home of Quebec, Canada—at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City—on Saturday, Dec. 18, and be televised live on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET. The event is co-promoted by Group Yvon Michel Inc. and Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Casino Montreal and Quebec Tourism.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer this important championship fight directly to our loyal subscribers and fight fans,” said Ken Hershman, Executive Vice President and General Manager of SHOWTIME Sports®. “This is a milestone fight for each man’s respective career and thus this matchup fits perfectly into our programming strategy—to televise the most competitive and meaningful bouts in the sport. (more…)
WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel flanked by Former World Champions Juan Laporte and Carlos “Sugar” De Leon of Puerto Rico who are in town as special guests for the Saturday October 16th show “The Rising Son Returns” at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, Florida.
Pre-show for “The Rising Son Returns” Pay Per View Event on Live on Pay Per View – October 16th, 2010 at 9 PM ET
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Lucian Bute 167.4 vs. Jesse Brinkley 167.6
(IBF super-middleweight world championship)
Adrian Diaconu 176.1 vs. Omar Sheika 175
Ceferino Labarda 131.7 vs. Benoit Gaudet 131.6
Jo Jo Dan 146.8 vs. Andres Pablo Villafane 146.5
Sebastien Gauthier 117.6 vs. Julio David Roque Ler 117.4
Pier Olivier Cote 139.8 vs. Walter Sergio Gomez 138.9
Francy Ntetu 170.4 vs. Martin Desjardins 171.5
Promoter: Interbox/Let’s Get It On Promotions
Venue: Bell Centre
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Wojtek Kubik
At the “Global Boxing Gym” in North Bergen, New Jersey, both of the main actors at the Prudential Center main event on December 9 – top world heavyweight Tomasz Adamek (42-1, 27 KOs) and the always tough Vinny Maddalone (33-6, 24 KO) were all smiles. “It will be the fight every fan of boxing has to see, because Tomasz Adamek and Vinny Maddalone are guys like from a different era – they want to fight, give fans their money worth. It will be like Mickey Ward versus Arturo Gatti – punch for punch” – said Joe DeGuardia, who represents Maddalone. Adamek, as usual, did not want to play with predictions. ”I hope after my five years of fighting in US and two world titles in the light heavyweight and cruiserweight divisions, fans of boxing already know that I’m always well prepared to fight for them. Full speed ahead. The ‘no fear’ motto will apply to my fight with Vinny,” said Adamek.
Adamek vs. Maddalone will take place on December 9 in Prudential Center in Newark, and will be televised live on PPV by Integrated Sports Media
Photos: Enrique “Quique” Vázquez/Promociones Miguel Cotto
Super Welter Champion and Puerto Rican boxing star Miguel Cotto landed today in London to be part of the first ever International UFC Fan Expo to be held at Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London, England from Friday October 15 to Saturday October 16. Miguel will receive fans and visitors both days at the Ecko Unlimited stand. “I feel very happy to be in London and be a part of this great UFC Fan Expo together with my friends at Ecko Unlimited. We’ll share time with the fans and have fun in this great country,” Cotto said. Click here for more photos…
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
NABO super featherweight champion Eloy “The Prince” Perez (18-0-2, 5 KOs) is set to defend his title in a 10-round super featherweight bout this Friday, October 15 against Dominic Salcido (18-2, 9 KOs) in the main event at the Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino in Indio, CA. “Eloy is in the great shape, we had a great training camp, tough sparring and I know he’s definitely put the work in the gym to come out with the win in this fight,” said chief trainer Max Garcia. “Eloy definitely has what it takes to become a world champion and this fight will bring us one step closer to achieving that goal,” continued Garcia. For more details and photos click here…
Top Rank announced today that international television sports reporter Ines Sainz has been signed to provide daily fight week reports and features on www.toprank.com and be part of the international broadcast team for the Manny Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito World Super Welterweight Championship. Pacquiao vs. Margarito will take place, Saturday, November 13 at the $1.2 billion Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX and will be broadcast live on pay-per-view in the U.S.
Sainz, a sports reporter for TV Azteca in México and Azteca America in the U.S., will utilize her vast experience interviewing sports personalities from around the globe in producing fresh and insightful reports from the fighters’ camps throughout fight week, as well as live reports from the official press conferences, media workouts, the official weigh-in, all of which will be available to online portals as well as television stations and networks via satellite feeds. Sainz will also be reporting on the pre-fight festivities during fight night at Cowboys Stadium as well as part of the fight’s international broadcasting team. (more…)
King Arthur Abraham’s first face-to-face meeting with Carl “The Cobra” Froch on neutral territory was certainly one to remember as they wasted no time to exchange pleasantries during today´s kick-off press conference in Helsinki, Finland. In Group Stage 3 of the Super Six World Boxing Classic, the two superstars will lock horns at the famous Hartwall Areena on November 27, with the vacant WBC Super-Middleweight Title on the line. Froch (26-1, 20 KOs) said he found it odd that Abraham calls himself “The King” and also dresses like one. “Abraham has a picture of himself posing as a king at his house,” Froch stated. “He wears a plastic crown and a feather coat. I find that very strange and it tells you something about him. He will certainly not be the king after we have met inside the ring. I am going to stuff him like a chicken.” (more…)
World champion Juan Manuel Lopez of Puerto Rico will head to Las Vegas next weekend and train at the Top Rank Gym beginning Monday, Oct. 25. Lopez is wiring in for his big fight against Rafael Marquez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, November 6.
Unbeaten featherweight Roberto Marroquin of Dallas is off to Mexico today. He will box on a Top Rank Live! fight card in Monterrey, Mexico, on Saturday, October 16. Marroquin, 15-0, will box in a six-round bout. Fox Deportes is televising.
Matt Korobov, a hard-hitting unbeaten Russian middleweight, will box on a Top Rank Live! event at the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma on Saturday, November 20. Korobov, who is handled by Cameron Dunkin, will take on Derrick Findlay in an eight round bout. Headlining will be Texas star Raul ‘La Cobrita’ Martinez of San Antonio vs. Rodrigo Guerrero of Mexico. FSN will televise. This event will launch of series of Top Rank boxing cards at the WinStar.
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