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Most promoters consider themselves fortunate to get one talented prospect signed at one time, but PR Best Boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera) got double with their signing of twins McJoe and McWilliams Arroyo of Puerto Rico today. The Arroyos enter the professional ranks with a wealth of international amateur experience behind them. Both have represented Puerto Rico in several amateur games where they won multiple medals. Games they participated in were the Central American, Panamerican, and World Games. McWilliams won the Gold Medal at the 2009 World Amateur Boxing Games in Milano, Italy. “We are very delighted to have signed the young and very talented Arroyo brothers. Both brothers are determined to become world champions in the future and we as their promoter will more than do our part to get them there and meet that goal.” said PR Best President Ivan Rivera. The Arroyo twins who will debut in February in the flyweight division join a stable that already includes WBO light flyweight champion Ivan ‘Iron Boy’ Calderon, WBO super featherweight champion Ramon ‘Rocky’ Martinez, and WBO junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ Lopez.
A proposed unification is being setup in April between WBO light flyweight champion Ivan ‘Iron Boy’ Calderon (33-0-1, 6 KOs) and IBF light flyweight champion Brian Viloria (26-2,15 KOs). There has been talk for quite awhile of the two squaring off as it is the biggest fight that can be made in their division currently. Aside from that the two have a history going back to their amateur days where they each enjoyed success by defeating one another. No exact date or venue has been named as of yet due to Viloria having an upcoming title defense against Carlos Tamara (20-4, 14 KOs) in the Philippines January 23rd.
Former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain Taylor (28-4-1, 17 KOs) has made a decision regarding his future boxing career. Taylor, who was a participant in SHOWTIME Sports World Boxing Classic last fought on October 17th in a losing battle against Arthur Abraham in Berlin, Germany. “I’m going to take some time off from the sport of boxing and take myself out of the SHOWTIME Sports World Boxing Classic tournament. It’s important that I give my body and mind some much needed rest, because I have been boxing for nearly 20 years,” said Taylor. “I plan on keeping myself in shape and making a return to the sport sometime in the future. This was not an easy decision for me, having discussed it with my family, trainer, friends and my adviser Al Haymon, because I’m a very competitive person, but I know this is the smart road for me to take. I want to thank SHOWTIME Sports for everything and I wish the best for my 5 counterparts who will continue on in the Super Six tournament. Most of all, I want to thank the many fans for their continued support.”
By Craig Watt
Welterweight Matthew “Magic” Hatton (37-4-2, 14 KOs) took time out today to catch up with Fightnews about his plans for 2010 and in particular recent media reports that he was a potential future opponent for Floyd Mayweather Jr after the proposed March 13th fight with Manny Pacquiao fell through. He told Fightnews, “The discussions about the Mayweather fight came about around four weeks ago when Gareth Williams (CEO Hatton Promotions) told me that he had been talking to Richard Schaefer from Golden Boy Promotions and that Floyd was potentially going to come to the UK in 2010 and fight and that if he did then my name was at the top of their list as a potential opponent. My response was undoubtedly ‘Yes’ and my trainer Lee Beard spoke with Leonard Ellerbe about the fight also. It was not just media speculation.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine was given a tough twelve round bout against former world title challenger Robert Medley on Monday. Medley said he was surprised that Mundine does not have “world class power” and that “The Man” would be knocked out by his gym mate Daniel Geale if they meet in a rematch. Robert Medley said, “I was surprised that Mundine has no power. He did not hurt me at any stage in the fight. I am sure I hurt him a few times when I connected with head shots. I am not 100% happy with my performance, I know I could have done more. Now that we have boxed at middleweight, I challenge him to come down to junior middleweight and fight me! The fight was supposed to be at that weight but I am sure he could not get the last five or six pounds off. I have sparred many rounds with Daniel Geale and he is a much harder puncher than Mundine. He staggered me in sparring recently with a power left hook. I could hear bells in my head! He would definitely stop Mundine if they boxed again!”
By Craig Watt
Many ringside observers felt WBA no. 1 and IBF no. 5 ranked middleweight Anthony “The Man” Mundine (38-3, 23 KOs) put in one of his best performances for several years last night when he outpointed Rob Medley (27-3, 17 KOs) at the Sydney International Arena and retained his WBA international title. The 34-year-old Mundine is now unbeaten in the last five years since he lost on points to Mikkel Kessler in 2005 and has won his last fourteen bouts. Although he is now pencilled in to take on Australian Contender winner Garth Wood in his next fight, WBO interim lightweight champion Micheal Katsidis contacted Fightnews today and challenged Mundine to an all-Australian super-fight at 154 pounds. (more…)
Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson returned to professional wrestling on Monday night in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Tyson who has previously worked with the WWF/WWE several times, appeared in the ring wearing a black t-shirt and black full length trousers in a tag-team match, which ended when “Iron Mike” suddenly turned on his own partner Chris Jericho and floored him with a right hand.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former WBA 168 pound champion Anthony Mundine (38-3, 23 KOs) scored a decision win over Robert Medley (27-3, 17 KOs) in a twelve round bout Friday at the Entertainment Center, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Mundine was the aggressor in most of the rounds but it was Medley who hurt the three time world champion in rounds five, ten and twelve with power right hands.Medley showed he is world class at 160 pounds as he continually boxed Mundine on even terms.He was not hurt at any point during the fight and continually smiled at his opponent. At the conclusion scores were Trevor Christian 117-112, Gary Dean 117-115 and Bernie McMahon 117-113. Mundine said, “Medley was ready–he had great preparation. I have had no KO’s for a while but I tried too hard for the knockout. I find it hard to get up for these fights. I have not got the eye of the tiger, but I am still the best.” Click here for more photos…
Results by Brady Crytzer
UFC lightweight contender Gray Maynard kept his unbeaten streak in tact by defeating The Ultimate Fighter 5 winner Nate Diaz by split decision on the campus of George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Judges’ scorecards read 29-28 Diaz, 30-27 Maynard and 29-28 Maynard.
Lightweight Evan Dunham impressively submitted The Ultimate Fighter 8 winner Efrain Escudero in the final round of an exciting lightweight contest. The tap came at 1:59.
It can be said that with an impressive 26-0, 26KO ledger with the first eighteen knockouts in the first round, WBC lightweight champion Edwin Valero defeats many of his opponents before they even climb into the ring, reminiscent of one “Iron” Mike Tyson. One who is not swayed by Valero’s admirable record is his next opponent, the interim WBC lightweight title holder Antonio DeMarco (23-1-1, 17KO) of Tijuana, MX, by way of Los Mochis.
“I focus on my work. I don’t focus on the work of Edwin Valero. I don’t focus in his power or his record. I focus in my work so that we climb into the ring 100% ready and do the right things,” DeMarco stated as he finished off another training session. “I don’t notice the record of my opponents or on anything that I might be impressed by. I take care of working hard, at 100%, even if it means getting home dead tired. That is all I can do, to focus on my job and not what Edwin Valero is doing.”
The Valero-DeMarco WBC lightweight twelve round championship bout is slated for February 6th in Monterrey, MX and will be televised nationally by SHOWTIME.
On January 27th, WBC #11 heavyweight Derric Rossy (22-2, 12 KOs) will face Alexis Mejias (10-2, 4 KOs) in the headliner of a card promoted by Winky Promotions in association with Final Forum for the Knockout Fight Club event taking place at the M2 Ultra Lounge, one of the trendiest night clubs in New York City. After the fights Def Jam’s “Fabolous” will take the stage to perform. Doors open at 6:30pm. First bell starts promptly at 7:30pm.
At the recently held World Boxing Federation (WBF) convention in Albania, the organization unanimously elected Butch Gottlieb, from the USA, as their commissioner of Women’s Boxing. Butch’s goals are very simple and that is to have credible champions in credible fights: “I believe that titles and title shots must be earned and not handed out just to fill a vacant title,” says Gottlieb, who also owns/operates the website BoxinginLasVegas.com. “I want to see more girls from the USA going to Europe to fight for and to defend titles and not have to worry about getting the short end of the scoring because the opponent is the promoter’s fighter. A level playing field is all the girls ask for, and they deserve just that. I will strive to see that happens.”
TKO Boxing Promotions will bring its nationally acclaimed “Hometown Heroes to World Champions” boxing series to the beautiful Gulf Coast city of Tampa, Florida on Friday, February 19th at the Ala Carte Event Pavilion.
Featured at “Fight Night at the Pavilion” will be numerous local fan favorites including world ranked lightweight Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry, fast rising Jamaican heavyweight Lenroy “TNT” Thomas and sensational newcomer, junior welterweight Joseph Elegele . . . Click here for more
Cageside by Andreas Hale
Benson Henderson’s resiliency has made him an enigma in the world of WEC. His threshold for pain and clever escapes from danger helped him earn the interim lightweight title when he defeated Donald Cerrone last October. His ability to withstand opposition again came into play as he suddenly submitted Jamie Varner in the third round of their unification bout at the Arco Arena in Sacramento to become the WEC’s only 155-pound king . . . Click here for more
With rumors swirling about what will be happening with the WBC 154 lb. title, champion Sergio Martinez has come out to set the record straight. In short, Martinez has no plans on relinquishing the belt anytime soon even though he fought his last fight at middleweight. “Everyone who knows me knows that I cherish the green belt more than any other accomplishment I’ve ever had in boxing,” said Martinez. “If people are looking for an excuse to become champion without fighting me, I have bad news for them. I plan on being WBC champion for a long time.”
Early morning in the cold mountains of the “Valley of Mexico” and Jorge Travieso is doing his running. A little after six in the morning and the veteran fighter is running through the “Bosque of Tlalpan” in the South side of Mexico City. That’s how the longtime Mexican star Arce begins 2010 in what he figures will be the last year of his professional boxing career as he looks forward to his title fight against Angky Angkota on Saturday, January 30 in Toluca, a fight that will be televised by Fox Sports Español as part of the new boxing series “Top Rank Live”. Arce (52-6-1, 40 KOs) of Los Mochis, Mexico will take on Angkota (23-4, 14 KOs) for the vacant WBO super flyweight championship. For more details and photos click here…
Super bantamweight contender (WBA No. 1/IBF No. 5/WBO No. 2) Antonio Escalante (22-2, 14 KOs) will headline a Golden Boy-promoted, ESPN2-televised card Feb. 26 in his hometown of El Paso, Texas. Right now, it’s looking like the opponent will be border rival Miguel “Mickey” Roman (28-6, 20 KOs), of Juarez. The two were born and raised in the same neighborhood in Juarez and a showdown between the two is expected to draw on both sides of the border. The bout will also mark a return to the border for Roman who, prior to 2008, was a consistent headliner at the Poliforo in Juarez.
Lightweight Javier “El Zorro” Castro (22-2, 18 KOs), also of El Paso/Juarez, will be taking on Ameth Diaz (26-9, 19 KOs), of Panama City, for the WBA Fedebol lightweight title on Jan. 21. A legal dispute between longtime promoter, Promociones del Pueblo, of Juarez, and Promociones Istmo, of Panama, for contractual rights over Castro has also commenced.
Report by Andreas Hale
And then there was one…
Benson Henderson proved himself to be the only champion in the World Extreme Cagefighting’s lightweight division as he unified the titles with a dramatic submission victory over Jamie Varner in the main event of WEC 46 at the Arco Arena in Sacramento . . . Click here for more
Unbeaten top ten featherweight Miguel Angel “Mikey” Garcia (18-0, 15 KOs) graduated from the Ventura County Police Academy last Friday, but he’ll be working his other job on Saturday night at the Hard Rock Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas in the co-main event in a battle with Mexican buzz saw Joksan Hernandez (17-1, 10 KOs). The highly regarded Garcia is trained by his older brother and one-time IBF junior lightweight champion Robert Garcia. His manager is Cameron Dunkin, longtime manager of numerous boxing world champions.
Thompson Boxing Promotions kicks off 2010 on January 22 at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA.The six-bout card will be headlined by junior welterweight Patrick “El Elegante” Lopez (17-2, 11 KOs) against faded 41-year-old two-time world title challenger John “The Eastern Beast” Brown (24-16-2, 11 KOs) in an eight-rounder. A six round lightweight co-feature will see Daniel “Travieso” Hernandez (8-0, 4 KOs) take on veteran Baudel Cardenas (18-19-2, 6 KOs). Also scheduled for six rounds is a junior welterweight war between Hector “Teco” Serrano (10-0, 3 KOs) and Cristian Favela (17-23-6, 10 KOs). (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten hard-puncher Takashi Uchiyama (14-0, 11 KOs), 130, impressively captured the WBA super-feather belt when he took the initiative with his good left leads from the start, piled up points and finally caught defending champ Juan Carlos Salgado (22-1-1, 16 KOs), a previously unbeaten Mexican, en route to a fine stoppage at 2:48 of the twelfth and final round on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBA super-bantam champ Poonsawat Kratingdaeng-gym (40-1, 28 KOs), 122, Thailand, continually showed his persistent attack in the close range, displayed his abundant stamina and pounded out a majority but well-received decision over previously unbeaten Satoshi “Bazooka” Hosono (16-1, 12 KOs), 122, over twelve see-saw rounds on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. (more…)
New Jersey heavyweight Maurice “Sugar Moe” Harris, winner of Cedric Kushner’s 2002 ‘Thunderbox Heavyweight Tournament,” fighting January 29 for the first time in more than two years, against veteran Billy “The Kid” Zumbrun in Albuquerque. The 33-year-old Harris (20-14-2, 10 KOs) has previously beaten some of the best, lost to inferior opponents on several occasions, and overall has failed to live-up to his physical potential. He plans to get back into the heavyweight title picture with his new promoter Boxing 360. (more…)
Golden Boy Promotions and DiBella Entertainment have announced a series of intriguing undercard match-ups supporting the big January 30 welterweight championship showdown between Sugar Shane Mosley and Andre Berto at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Two of the junior welterweight division’s most devastating punchers – undefeated Lucas Matthysse (25-0, 23 KOs) and former world champion Vivian Harris (29-3-1, 19 KOs) – collide in a bout not likely to last the scheduled 10 rounds. An IBF light heavyweight world title shot will be on the line when Yusaf Mack (28-2-2, 17 KOs) clashes with former world champion Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson (49-13-2, 33 KOs) in a 12-round elimination bout. Plus, adding to the number of former title holders on the card will be former 154-pound world champion Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora (21-1-1, 5 KOs), who makes his Golden Boy Promotions debut in a 10-round bout against the always tough Jason Naugler (18-11-1, 11 KOs). (more…)
Universum Box-Promotion has responded to WBA middleweight Felix Sturm, who had declared himself free of any obligations to the German boxing powerhouse. Universum contends Sturm has breached his contract:
Statement: Contrary to stories in the press put about by Sturm’s side in the last few weeks, Felix Sturm remains under exclusive contract to Universum. Universum will take any legal steps necessary to ensure that Felix Sturm remains obliged to fulfill his exclusive contract with Universum until 2012, when the contract ends. We will not tolerate his participation in any boxing matches which violate our exclusive contractual rights.
Following Mr. Sturm’s rejection of an offer by Universum of a voluntary title defense bout to be fought in November or December 2009, the WBA (World Boxing Association) ruled that Mr. Sturm must defend his world champion title in a mandatory title bout by April 2010 at the latest. The official challenger was named by the WBA as Gennady Golovkin, who is currently ranked no. 2 in the world and who is also under contract to Universum. Universum has asked for Mr. Sturm’s cooperation in arranging this fight to ensure that it can be carried out in accordance with contractual provisions and with the WBA rules. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former WBA 168 pound champion Anthony Mundine (38-3, 23 KOs) scored a decision win over Robert Medley (27-3, 17 KOs) in a twelve round bout Friday at the Entertainment Center, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Mundine was the aggressor in most of the rounds but it was Medley who hurt the three time world champion in rounds five, ten and twelve with power right hands.Medley showed he is world class at 160 pounds as he continually boxed Mundine on even terms.He was not hurt at any point during the fight and continually smiled at his opponent. At the conclusion scores were Trevor Christian 117-112, Gary Dean 117-115 and Bernie McMahon 117-113. Mundine said, “Medley was ready–he had great preparation. I have had no KO’s for a while but I tried too hard for the knockout. I find it hard to get up for these fights. I have not got the eye of the tiger, but I am still the best.” (more…)
This Friday night, the first big boxing of the new decade in Philadelphia will take place as USBA junior middleweight champion, Derek “Pooh” Ennis will take on Edwin Vazquez in an eight round non-title bout that will highlight an eight bout card at The Arena in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The card is promoted by Greg Robinson’s Power Productions in association with River Edge Beverage Company. Ennis of Philadelphia will be looking to improve upon his record that currently stands at (19-2-1, 12 KOs) and will be looking to carry the momentum of a seven fight win streak. In that streak, Ennis has scored three knockouts and is coming off a career best win when he scored an exciting twelve round unanimous decision over Eromosele Albert on October 16th at The Legendary Blue Horizon to capture the USBA junior middleweight title. (more…)
The ShoBox-scheduled showdown between Carlos Abregu (28-0, 23 KOs) and Richard Gutierrez (24-3-1, 14 KOs), originally set for Jan. 29 in Albuquerque, N.M., has been moved to the Edwin Valero-Antonio DeMarco card in Monterrey, Mexico, Feb. 6. Both bouts will air live on Showtime. Replacing Abregu-Gutierrez on Jan. 29’s ShoBox card will be bantamweight Chris Avalos (14-0, 11 KOs) vs. Jose Nieves (17-1-3, 8 KOs).
Gray Maynard remembers one of the first conversations with his boxing coach, Gil Martinez, almost like it happened yesterday. Unbeaten in three UFC fights following his stint on the fifth season of The Ultimate Fighter, “The Bully” was just that in the Octagon – a hard-charging wrestler who swung for the cheap seats with every punch . . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
Jr middleweight contender Jimmy Lange (31-3-2, 21 KOs) of Great Falls, VA will continue his climb towards a world title shot as he defends his WBC USNBC title against Chase “The White Tiger” Shields (29-3-1, 14 KOs) of Houston, TX at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia on Saturday, March 6th.
“Shields is an extremely-talented boxer with good punching power,” commented Lange. “This could very well be the toughest fight thus far in my career,” said Lange. “However, I am completely confident that my trainers, Don Turner and Jimmy Glenn, will create the best strategy for me to defeat him. I can’t wait to go ‘tiger’ hunting.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten hard-puncher Takashi Uchiyama (14-0, 11 KOs), 130, impressively captured the WBA super-feather belt when he took the initiative with his good left leads from the start, piled up points and finally caught defending champ Juan Carlos Salgado (22-1-1, 16 KOs), a previously unbeaten Mexican, en route to a fine stoppage at 2:48 of the twelfth and final round on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Uchiyama’s explosive right dropped the fading champ midway in the last session. Referee Raul Caiz Sr. (US) allowed him to go on, but the Japanese challenger’s follow-up assault was so furious that he called a halt to save Salgado from further punishment. It was a very remarkable coronation of the best Japanese prospect in the beginning of the new year. Before the stoppage, all the judges had favored the aggressive challenger, as follows: Tom Miller and Rafael Ramos (both US) both 107-102, and Chalerm Prayadsab (Thailand) 106-103, for Uchiyama. (More to come)
By Craig Watt
In The Australian Contender Final at the Sydney Entertainment Centre big underdog Garth Wood (7-1, 3 KO’s) outpointed Kenyan Kariz Kariuki, (21-8-1, 18 KO’s) in an absorbing contest and won the first prize of $25,000 but perhaps more importantly secured a future match up with former two time WBA super-middleweight champion Anthony Mundine – with it a guaranteed purse of $250,000. He won by split decision over seven rounds on the scorecards by 68-66 and 68-65 with the third judge amazingly scoring the fight 66-68 to Kariuki at the 168 pound super-middleweight limit for the tournament. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBA super-bantam champ Poonsawat Kratingdaeng-gym (40-1, 28 KOs), 122, Thailand, continually showed his persistent attack in the close range, displayed his abundant stamina and pounded out a majority but well-received decision over previously unbeaten Satoshi Hosono (16-1, 12 KOs), 122, over twelve see-saw rounds on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. The official tallies were as follows: Tom Miller (US) 115-113, Michael Lee (Korea) 117-113, both for the champ, and Raul Caiz Sr. (US) 114-114. The referee was Rafael Ramos (US). It looked like a couple of tiny bulls kept swapping punches from the outset to the end. But it was the more aggressive and energetic champ that dominated a bit more rounds by slight margins in a close affair. Poonsawat, three years his senior at 29, showed his experience and ring-craft in connecting with short left hooks and right uppercuts to the face with better precision than Hosono. (More to come)
Results by Brady Crytzer
After two competitive rounds, interim WEC lightweight champion Ben “Smooth” Henderson utilized a flying guillotine to surprise and submit titlist Jamie Varner in the third period making him the unified lightweight champion of the world. Varner controlled the first round by pressing Henderson into the cage and controlling the pace of the fight. Round two witnessed Henderson create space and slam hard kicks to the head and body of Varner. The third round saw Varner continue to implement his wrestling strategy until, after a throwing a hard knee, Henderson leapt onto the neck of Varner. With a tight guillotine in place Varner tapped suddenly giving Henderson the submission victory at 2:41. (more…)
From the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia for Monday night’s “Ultimate Fight Night,” airing on SPIKE TV beginning at 9pm ET / PT and 8pm CT.
Nate Diaz 155 vs Gray Maynard 155
Evan Dunham 155 vs. Efrain Escudero 155
Aaron Simpson 185 vs Tom Lawlor 185
Brad Blackburn 170 vs Amir Sadollah 170
Jay Silva 185 vs Chris Leben 185
Jesse Lennox 170 vs Rick Story 170
Nik Lentz 155 vs Thiago Tavares 155
Rory MacDonald 170 vs Mike Guymon 170
Rafael Dos Anjos 155 vs Kyle Bradley 155
John Salter 185 vs Gerald Harris 185
Jesse Forbes 185 vs Nick Catone 185
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