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WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm and European middleweight champion Khoren Gevor faced off at a press conference today in advance of their world championship showdown on Saturday at the new “Ring°Arena” at the famed Nürburgring Racetrack. The “Universum Champions Night” card will be part of the festivities on the weekend of the German Formula 1 Grand Prix. (More to come)
By Joe Koizumi
Former three-time world challenger Shingo Yamaguchi (24-6-2, 10 KOs), 111, returned to ring warfare despite his previous announcement to hang up gloves for good, and impressively halted game and tough Thailander Ngaotawan Sithsaithong (9-8-1, 4 KOs), 111.5, at 0:14 of the fifth round on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Yamaguchi had three unsuccessful world title shots against Yosam Choi in 2002, Takefumi Sakata and Daisuke Naito, both in the previous year. The crestfallen 29-year-old Japanese warrior gloomily said after his eleventh-round stoppage by Naito last December, “I’ve no more motivation to go on.” Yamaguchi, however, made a gallant comeback due to his manager and ex-WBA champ Katsuo Tokashiki’s advice. Yamaguchi, a busy-punching speedster, decked the free-swinging Thailander twice with solid rights in the third, but Ngaotawan amazingly displayed a furious retaliation in the fourth. Yamaguchi then came back hard to floor the fading foe again to have the referee declare a well-received halt. Promoter: Tokashiki Promotions.
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On Friday evening, Universum Box-Promotion Technical Manager Jean-Marcel Nartz, who has been coordinating the boxing events for German boxing powerhouse for the last seven years, officially said good-bye. He was given a royal send-off with a surprise party attended by family and friends during a festive three hour cruise through the Port of Hamburg. Nartz, a trained chef who lives in Cologne, was particularly pleased that proteges of bygone days such as world champion Markus Beyer and Axel Schulz were on hand in addition to Universum boss Klaus-Peter Kohl and current Universum world champions Ina Menzer and Karoly Balzsay. Universum Managing Director Stefan Braune presented Nartz with two “lifetime” honorary credentials and “golden seating” passes for future Universum events. Described as a ‘living boxing lexicon,’ Nartz stated that he plans to use the passes “very intensively.”
Nartz’ successor will be Kay Foitschik, who has been with the company since 2003 handling similar duties for Spotlight Boxing events. “I learned a lot from Marcel in the first few months,” he said, “but since 2004 I’ve also directed large events solo. The transition from Marcel to me will be seemless.” Among his career highlights have been international events, as well as the second fight between popular television personality Stefan Raab and female ring legend Regina Halmich before 18,000 fans as the sold out Cologne Arena.
For the first time in Europe, a Medical Congress was held from July 3-5 by the European Boxing Union (EBU) in collaboration with the British Boxing Board of Control in Cardiff, Wales. 67 Doctors from more than 20 European countries attended this important congress with simultaneous translation in 5 languages. (more…)
As previously reported by Fightnews, it has now been confirmed that IBF #2 rated, Delvin Rodriguez (24-2-2, 14 KOs) will fight for the vacant IBF welterweight championship against IBF #3 rated Isaac Hlatshwayo (28-1-1, 10 KOs) on August 1 at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, CT. The bout will be a rematch of their highly entertaining draw that took place in November in Hlatshwayo’s home country of South Africa. This time Rodriguez will have the home advantage as Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing won an IBF purse bid for the bout. “Delvin promised me that if he gets a rematch against Hlatshwayo in the U.S. that he is going to knock him out. We delivered on our end by winning the purse bid, now Delvin must deliver on his, and trust me when I tell you I couldn’t be more confident that he will,” stated DeGuardia. Tickets are $30-$125 and are on sale now. Call 1-800-745-3000.
A chirpy Brit with plenty of character and quotable lines, Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping can usually wax lyrical on any subject and enjoy it. You don’t have to inspire him, you don’t have to prompt him – Bisping likes to talk and he realises the importance of getting his words out there. Even when he’s digging at prospective opponents, he thrives on the sense of danger and says everything with his tongue firmly pressed into his cheek . . . Click here for more by Elliott Worsell, UFC
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Denis Boulanger
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Panamanian Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno successully defended of his WBA bantamweight world title against Mahyar Monshipou by split decision on Saturday night at the Parc of Expositions in Poitiers, France. The scoring of the judges was Nelson Vásquez of Puerto Rico 116-113 in favor of Moreno, Stanley Christodoulou of South Africa 116-112 in favor of Moreno and Erkki Meronen of Finland 115-113 in favor of Monshipour. Moreno now has the record of 26-1-1 with 8 KOs while Monshipour falls to 31-4-2, 21 KOs.
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten Kohei Ohba (25-0-1, 10 KOs), 118, kept his Japanese national bantam belt as he displayed his advantageous speed and skills to pound out a unanimous decision (99-92, 98-93 and 97-93) over Akira Mano (10-3, 6 KOs), 118, over ten nearly one-sided rounds on Sunday in Nagoya, Japan.
Undercard: Unheralded Nao Yamamoto (8-6-1, 4 KOs), 125.5, scored an upset split duke (78-74, 76-75 and 76-77) over JBC#8 super-bantam Shota Hayashi (11-3, 7 KOs), 126, over eight. The underdog’s surprising knockdown of Hayashi with a vicious right uppercut in the third carried him to an unexpected triumph. Japanese #4 light Daiki Koide (14-1-2, 6 KOs), 136.25, showed a come-from-behind stoppage of ex-OPBF challenger Koji Samejima (17-4-1, 7 KOs), 136.75, with southpaw lefts at 2:50 of the sixth session in a scheduled eight. Ex-OPBF heavy champ Peter Okello (19-5, 17 KOs), 258.5, returned to action after a long hiatus and dispatched Jairo Kusunoki (4-5, 1 KO), 236, at 1:12 of the opening round in a scheduled six. Promoter: Hatanaka Promotions.
Two time world title challenger Fres Oquendo (30-5, 19 KOs) will now face former WBA heavyweight world champion Bruce Seldon (40-7, 36 KOs) for the NABA heavyweight title in the ten round main event on July 24th at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion. Oquendo was originally scheduled to face Argentinean Gonzalo Omar Basile. “There’s just too many complications bringing Basile in from Argentina,” stated promoter Dominic Pesoli. “I’ve seen Seldon’s last two fights and he was in very good shape and looked sharp. With his power, experience and intelligence, this is going to make for a terrific heavyweight fight on July 24th.”
IBF bantamweight champion Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko and unified super flyweight champion Vic “The Raging Bull” Darchinyan participated in a highly spirited conference call with the media last week with both men tangling directly with each other boasting of what will transpire when they meet in the main event of one of the most anticipated fights of the year at “Don King’s Summer Sizzler” emanating from BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida on Saturday (SHOWTIME 9 p.m. ET/PT). Here’s what they had to say.
By Nick Giongco
Nonito Donaire, the Filipino puncher who is regarded the heir apparent to Manny Pacquiao, has been running in the morning and reporting to a gym in the afternoon as he revs up for a tough assignment on Aug. 15 at the hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. Donaire is facing Panamanian banger Rafael Concepcion in the main event of a Top Rank show that also features the long-awaited battle between Steven Luevano of the US against Filipino hopeful Bernabe Concepcion for Luevano’s WBO featherweight title. Donaire is leaving the flyweight class and his match with Concepcion will be for the interim WBA super-fly throne. (more…)
Heavyweight contenders Eddie Chambers and Alexander Dimitrenko spoke to the press shortly after their WBO elimination showdown on Saturday night. Here’s what they had to say:
Eddie Chambers: “Happy Birthday Sascha! It was a great fight. He showed that he’s a future champion. He didn’t succeed today, but he will succeed sometime. This fight was a good test, a good and strong opponent at the right time. Today I proved how fast and good I am. I showed everyone and defeated Dimitrenko. So when possible I’m ready for the fight with Vladimir Klitschko – this was the perfect preparation!”
Alexander Dimitrenko: “Today was not my day. I came into this fight badly, my hands were somehow jammed up and [the punches] didn’t flow like normal. I’m not looking for excuses. I clearly lost. I’d like to closely analyze this fight with my trainer Fritz and learn from it. One learns the most from defeats. Every great boxer has lost. It doesn’t break them, they come back stronger. I’m 27 years old for another half an hour. The best time for a heavyweight is age 30. I have the goal to fight for a world championship more than ever. I will succeed. I’m sorry that I disappointed the fans. But thus is life. It also goes on after defeats.” (more…)
Nowadays, to keep a job requires complete dedication to remain sharp in an increasingly competitive world. To have two jobs is even harder, especially when one of those jobs is as a police officer, and not just any police officer, but one who is part of a Special Forces team whose main goal is to recover firearms that have fallen into the hands of drug dealers (For a better understanding, take a look at Elite Troops, a Brazilian movie).. . . . Click here for more by Martins Denis, UFC
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Looks like former WBO bantamweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (40-7, 34 KOs) will reappear on August 21 in a ten-rounder in the city of Chihuahua, Mexico. The bout will be contested at featherweight, although it’s yet to be decided if Jhonny will stay 126 or drop to 122 again. Gonzalez was KO’d by WBC super bantamweight champion Toshiaki Nishioka in a May world title attempt. The card is being promoted by Promociones del Pueblo, headed by Reginaldo and Osvaldo Kuchle.
Michael Bisping made no bones about the fact that he wanted Dan Henderson to defeat Rich Franklin when the two fought to determine who would coach opposite Bisping during the ninth season of The Ultimate Fighter. He has openly questioned Hendo’s age and doesn’t shy away from the fact that he wants to be the first man to ever knock out the all-time great.. . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC
By Joe Koizumi
WBC#2/WBA#5 Japan-based Russian Sasha Bakhtin (23-0, 10 KOs), 117, successfully kept his OPBF bantamweight belt as he unusually displayed positive attacks and finally stopped OPBF#4 Indonesian champ Richard Samosir (18-2-3, 7 KOs), 117, at 2:23 of the eighth round on Sunday in Okinawa, Japan. Sasha, a tall and skinny jabber, decked the Indonesian twice in the fourth, once in the seventh and twice more in the eighth to halt the affair. The Russian registered his first defense since acquiring the vacant regional title on the last day of the previous year.
Unbeaten WBA#14 feather Francisco Cordero (20-0, 13 KOs), 128.75, Colombia, earned a close split verdict (77-76, 78-75 and 76-77) over the promoter’s son, JBC#9 130-pounder Koseki Nakama (14-2, 6 KOs), 129.25, over eight. Cordero kept hammering powerful punches to take the initiative, while Nakama occasionally retaliated with sharp shots. Cordero was in command in the second half thanks to his superior power punching in a hard-fought affair. Promoter: Okinawa World Ring Promotions.
By Joe Koizumi
WBC#13/WBA#15 Motoki Sasaki (32-7-1, 20 KOs), 146, kept his OPBF welterweight belt as he was awarded a well received unanimous technical decision (70-64, 69-64 and 70-65) over elongated Filipino southpaw Dexter Delada (18-7, 12 KOs), 146, at 1:14 of the seventh round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. (more…)
by Robert Coster
It was a unique case of a challenger also being the promoter of the card. On Saturday night in Poitiers, France, former WBA junior featherweight champion Mahyar Monshipour put on a gallant effort in trying to wrest the WBA bantamweight title from Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno of Panama in a classic matchup of slugger vs boxer. Monshipour just fell short of achieving his goal against the very polished Moreno who proved too much of a puzzle for the French-Iranian warrior. (more…)
UFC 100 is fast approaching, and tonight at 9pm, Spike TV begins its countdown to the biggest UFC event of all-time with part one of The Ultimate 100, a five part series that takes you through the 100 greatest fights in UFC history, as voted on by UFC fans. Don’t miss a second of this exclusive countdown, only on Spike TV . . . . Click here for more
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Friday night at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas, Layla McCarter (32-13-5, 7 KOs) retained her WBA and GBU lightweight titles with a unanimous decision win over former world champion Fujin Raika (18-6-1, 6 KOs) in the main event of “The Rematch” card (click here for photos). In other notable bouts, jr middleweight Carlos Nascimento (24-1, 20 KOs) won a ten-rounder against Juan Pablo Montes de Oca (9-17-2, 6 KOs) and heavy-handed jr middleweight Antonio Mesquita (35-1, 27 KOs) blitzed Hugo Correa (9-4, 5 KOs) in one. (more…)
If someone would have told Universum-hope Alexander “Sasha” Dimitrenko that Eddie Chambers lives up to his nickname “Fast”, he probably would have taken another fight. However, he did choose to face the 28-year-old American in a WBO heavyweight title eliminator for the right to face unified champion Wladimir Klitschko. Going into the fight, the protégé of world-class coach Fritz Sdunek was very confident. At the end, he was punished by “Fast” Eddie Chambers. Over twelve rounds, Dimitrenko was never able to get into his rhythm and was unable to get past the outstanding defence and upper-body movement by Chambers while getting hit by clean shots all the time. When the fighters walked to the ring, Chambers was booed but when the final bell rung, the crowd cheered for the 28-year-old Philly fighter. However, when the verdict was announced, there was a short moment of disbelief as one judge scored the one-sided affair 113-113, a draw. However, his two colleagues saved the honor of their guild, having it 116-111 and 117-109 for the deserving American.
Being referred to as a veteran of the fight game at the age of 24 may make him “feel old”, but there’s no question that Jake O’Brien has seen plenty in his two and half year career in the Octagon. From dizzying highs to crippling lows and everything in between, O’Brien enters his UFC 100 bout with Jon Jones as a fighter who has been the hot prospect, been the young gun with the “0” at the end of his record, and found out that there is no such thing as invincible – at least not in this game. . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
By Karl Freitag and Alexey Sukachev
Photos: Marianne Müller
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“Fast” Eddie Chambers will be the next WBO challenger for world champion Wladimir Klitschko. In the most impressive performance of his career, Chambers (35-1, 18 KOs) schooled previously unbeaten WBO #1 ranked Alexander Dimitrenko (29-1, 19 KOs) over twelve rounds on Saturday night in a WBO eliminator at the Color Line Arena in Hamburg, Germany. The six-inches shorter Chambers was willing to meet Dimitrenko in the center of the ring and got the better of the early exchanges. Chambers was faster and sharper as he beat Dimitrenko to the punch while avoiding the Ukrainian’s power shots. Dimitrenko seemed lost as he searched in vain for an effective tactic against the well-schooled Philadelphia fighter. Dimitrenko took a standing count from referee Geno Rodriguez after a body shot from Chambers in round seven. Chambers dropped Dimitrenko and sent his mouthpiece flying with a left hook in the tenth round, but Dimitrenko survived some heavy shots to finish the round. Chambers rocked Dimitrenko again in the last round to punctuate his brilliant performance. Scores were a bizarre 113-113 (Paul Thomas), and a more realistic 116-111, 117-109.
WBA/WIBF flyweight champion Susi Kentikian (25-0, 16 KOs) dominated challenger Carolina Gaite (15-2, 11 KOs) over ten rounds to retain her world titles. The “Killer Queen” won by shutout scores of 100-90 on all cards. Gaite’s WIBF 115lb world title was not on the line.
Russian cruiserweight contender Alexander Alekseev (18-1, 16 KOs) came back to his punching best with a third-round stoppage of American Kendrick Releford (20-13-2, 10 KOs). WBO #5 and WBA/WBC #8 Alekseev didn’t look extra spectacular but did his portion of work, connecting to his opponent’s hand and body at will and rocking him numerous times in first three rounds. Releford retired on his stool after the third stanza on what didn’t seem to be a dangerous cut. Alekseev is only the second boxer to stop Releford inside the distance; the first one being DaVarryl Williamson in 2004.
Unified WIBF/GBU female super flyweight champion Alesia Graf (24-1, 9 KOs) barely retained her regalia with a ten-round split decision over American Terri Lynn Cruz (17-6-2, 8 KOs): 96-93, 94-95, 95-94. Graf was down after an overhand right by Cruz in round six and was wobbling around till the end of the next round, digging deep to survive through the American’s fiery attacks.
Venezuelan welterweight power hitter Pablo “El Talentoso” Vasquez (17-0, 16 KOs) was successful in his European debut, but failed to impress as he barely outpointed Romanian journeyman Vasile Surcica (13-28-2, 5 KOs) over six rounds.
Polish 130/135 lb prospect Krzysztof Cieslak (12-0, 4 KOs) scored a third-round technical knockout of out-of-shape German journeyman Suleyman Dag (4-11, 2 KOs). Dag was down after a huge right cross by Cieslak, beat the count but was unable to continue after the doctor’s examination.
If there were any early fireworks to be seen, last night at the Plaza Hotel, downtown Las Vegas, it was the sizzle of Lonnie Smith’s inherited lightning strike rather than the fizzle between two defanged Cobra-named cruiserweights . . . Click here for full report and photos
By Alexey Sukachev (ringside)
Photos: Evgeny Solodov
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On Thursday night, two time Russian promoter of the year German Titov staged his biggest tournament in 2009 so far, bringing world class professional boxing to Moscow for the first time in ten months. A world financial meltdown surely took its toll on the Russian boxing community, but Titov was able to arrange a well packed card with a number of title bouts, several nice looking young prospects, competitive opposition for them, and huge attention of the Russian media, both paper and electronic. Though there were empty sits at “Dynamo” sports arena in Krylatskoye district, the vast majority of those, who had come to see the action, were quite thrilled and touched by the fights. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
On Friday afternoon, thousands of Nicaraguans walked and drove in cars on the main streets of the capital, as they carried out the huge show of affection and pain offered to Alexis Arguello as they said their last good byes to this great figure and former triple world champion of boxing. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former USA based Kronk gym super middleweight Pierre Karam (18-3-1, 6 KOs) will have his second comeback bout on July 24 at Malvern Town Hall, Melbourne , Victoria Australia when he will clash with Thai cruiserweight Anont Donpradith (7-8, 3 KOs) over ten rounds. (more…)
The first time Shannon Gugerty heard Spencer Fisher talking to him, he almost couldn’t believe it. There was no bad blood between the two lightweights before their UFC 90 bout in Illinois last October, so there wouldn’t have been any reason for the two not to talk, but it was 30 seconds into their fight that Fisher decided to start up a conversation after Gugerty took him to the mat . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
By Ron Jackson
In a complete mismatch South Africa’s Patrick Malinga scored a second round knockout over Maliki Kinyogoli of Tanzania in a scheduled ten round lightweight bout at the Nirvana School Hall in Lenasia, south of Johannesburg on Friday night. The 29-year old Malinga 25-6-2; 22 came out at the bell and backed up the southpaw Kinyogoli, 34, who had no answer to the power of the South African lightweight champion. Malinga (61.08kg) continued to apply pressure in round two, throwing left and right combinations before he caught Kinyogoli (61.06kg) with a counter left hook that that put him down on the canvas. The lanky Tanzanian rose on wobbly legs but was counted out by referee Thabo Spampool at 1:11 into the round. (more…)
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In a battle of Cobra-monikered headliners, tonight at the Guilty Boxing & Rattlesnake Events-promoted Plaza card, Las Vegas cruiserweight Dewey “Black Kobra” Cooper (18-3-3, 10 KOs) won an eight-round unanimous decision over Cory “Kid Cobra” Phelps (13-6-1, 7 KOs), of Catlettsburg, Ky. The action failed to match the three undercard bouts, with Cooper pitter-patting from the outside while Phelps plodded forward. Scores were 79-73 x 3. In a battle of undefeated welters, Las Vegas’ Abdan Lozano (6-0, 1 KO) handed Canadian Andre “Gorgeous” Gorges (8-1, 6 KOs) his first loss, winning unanimously with scores of 59-55 across the board. In the best bout of the night, Las Vegas lightweight Lonnie Smith (8-2-2, 6 KOs) stretched game James Lester (8-3, 4 KOs), of Detroit, on the canvas at 2:10 of the third. In the opener, Said El Harrak (6-0, 2 KOs), of Henderson, remained undefeated with a shutout four-round decision over Cincinatti’s James Helmes (6-4, 1 KO). Stay tuned for a full report tomorrow morning.
Wolfslair disciple Paul ‘Tellys’ Kelly was never going to back Dan Henderson to beat teammate Michael Bisping. That much is a given. However, it still comes as a surprise when you hear just how unwavering Kelly is in his belief that Bisping will dominate the former PRIDE champion at UFC 100. . . . Click here for more by Elliott Worsell
Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. on the double end bag at The Summit Boxing Camp in Big Bear, California.
Sensational young prospects Derek and Tyler Hinkey will return to action in their hometown of Reno, Nevada on Friday, July 10th on the terrific undercard of “Summer Showdown” at the Reno Events Center. (more…)
Already in Las Vegas, Michael “The Count” Bisping is counting down the days to his UFC® fight with former PRIDE® Champion Dan Henderson, making his prediction known to his fans and the world. (more…)
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This afternoon in France, both WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo Moreno and his challenger Mahyar Monshipou made weight with Moonshipur weighing 118 against Moreno’s 117.75. The bout will take place on Saturday in Parc des expositions, Poitiers, Vienne, France. Monshipour made the 118lb limit on the first try while “Chemito” was 20 grams over. Earlier on the hotel scale he weighed 118, had a light breakfast and rested all the day. After a bathroom run, he came back .25lb under the limit.
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