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By Boxing Bob Newman
Promoter, matchmaker and boxing super agent Sampson Lewkowicz spoke with Fightnews.com while attending the 89th WBA annual convention in Managua, Nicaragua. Lewkowicz is riding high after his fighter Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez decisively knocked out rival Paul Williams in the second round on Saturday past to retain his WBC Middlweight title. Hear what Lewkowicz has to say about Martinez’ future opponents…
By Boxing Bob Newman
The afternoon session of Tuesday’s opening day of the WBA’s 89th convention in Managua, Nicaragua began with an introduction of all the delegates in attendance to each other. Executive Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza took a moment to commend WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla’ Martinez on his exemplary lifestyle, and conduct in and out of the ring. “Maravilla lives clean, works hard, and is an example for the KO Drugs program of the WBA and to fighters and kids everywhere,” said Mendoza Jr.
After passing the minutes from the 2009 convention in Medellin, Colombia, the microphone was passed to WBA legal counsel Robert Mack covered the WBA’s outstanding legal issues. A previous suit involving former 140 champion Soulayman M’Baye was settled.
The WBA did not attend the annual convention of the ABC this year.
A motion filed by former champion John Ruiz concerning alleged improprieties in his rematch fight with Nikolai Valuev were dismissed as it was determined that a private organizations’ interpretation of it’s own rules cannot be deemed as containing illegalities. (more…)
By Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Juan Manuel Marquez and Michael Katsidis arrived at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas today for their unified lightweight world championship showdown. On Saturday, the two will top the bill of an HBO tripleheader promoted by Golden Boy.
“It was one tough camp and a lot of people know that there has been a fair bit of speculation (if I would fight) after my brother’s death,” Katsidis told the media at a press conference following his arrival. “It was tough and as everyone knows, nothing is ever easy. We’ve endured to some tough times and we’re here to win.”
“First of all, I really applaud Michael Katsidis character to take the fight (even after his brother’s death),” Marquez said at the podium. “Everyone knows Katsidis is a strong fighter and a warrior. However, I have prepared myself hard for this type of fighter. I don’t have to say any more. I’m ready to give a great fight to all of the people.”
Stay tuned for a full report and more photos.
According to numbers released by HBO, Manny Pacquiao’s pay-per-view win over Antonio Margarito on November 13 generated 1,150,000 buys generating $64 million in PPV revenue.
Photos and report by Boxing Bob Newman
The 89th Annual WBA convention was officially opened today in Managua, Nicaragua. The Poeta Rom at the convention center of the Crowne Plaza Hotel played host to the days events. After opening remarks by Executive Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, the benediction by ordained minister and WBA treasurer Michael Welsh, former and current champions in attendance were introduced: Eddie Gazo, Roberto Duran, Miguel Cotto, Vyacheslav Senchenko, Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, Juan Palacios, Jose Alfaro and Eduardo Ray Marquez and Ricardo “Finito” Lopez. Of course, the main reason Managua was chosen as host city for this year’s convention was to honor the first and greatest Nicaraguan champion of all- Alexis Arguello- the Explosive Thin Man, who died tragically last year. Arguello was remembered with a ceremonial ten count of the bell. Several Nicaraguan dignitaries then spoke and paid homage to Arguello and the great champions of Nicaragua, including Managua mayor Daisy Torres, Nicaraguan Army General Molinares, Marlon Thomas- president of Nicaraguan Institute of Sports. For more details and photos click here…
Universum Box-Promotion has announced more on the December 4 card in Schwerin, Germany featuring the defense of European heavyweight champion Alexander Dimitrenko (30-1, 20 KOs) against Albert “The Dragon” Sosnowski (46-3-1. 28 KOs).
The event will be a “Night of Heavyweights” as ex-cruiserweight champion and heavyweight title challenger Juan Carlos Gomez (48-2, 36 KOs) takes on Harold Sconiers (17-21-2, 11 KOs), unbeaten heavyweight Manuel Charr (14-0, 8 KOs) faces upset artist Zack Page (21-31-2, 7 KOs), heavyweight Christian Hammer (7-2, 4 KOs) meets formerly world rated Taras Bidenko (26-4, 12 KOs) and 2008 Olympic heavyweight gold medalist Rachim “The Machine” Tschachkijew (7-0, 6 KOs) goes against an opponent to be named in a cruiserweight clash.
Video: Pasi Taavitsainen
Video: Pasi Taavitsainen
Photos: Carlos Baeza / Thompson Boxing Promotions
In the midst of what he is calling the best training camp of his life, IBF bantamweight champion Yohnny Perez is looking forward to leaving his gym and heading to the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington for his December 11th showdown with Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko, who he defeated in their exciting first bout in October of 2009.
“This training camp has been great, I’m in the best shape of my life, and I can’t wait to put on a great show for my fans on December 11th,” said the unbeaten Perez (20-0-1) a native of Cartagena, Colombia who is co-promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and Thompson Boxing Promotions. (more…)
Photo: Tom Casino / SHOWTIME
Less Than 1,000 Tickets Remain For Dec. 18 World Title Fight At The 16,333-Seat Pepsi Coliseum Live on SHOWTIME®
Future Hall of Famer and two-division world champion Bernard Hopkins will challenge World Boxing Council (WBC) light heavyweight belt-holder Jean Pascal on Saturday, Dec. 18, live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) in a bid to become the oldest fighter in the history of boxing to win a world title, but he’ll have to do so in front a predominantly pro-Pascal sell-out crowd at the 16,333-seat Pepsi Coliseum in Québec City, Canada.
According to Pascal’s promoter, Groupe Yvon Michel, more than 15,000 tickets were purchased within 48 hours of the on-sale date. More than 6,000 tickets were sold within the first 30 minutes. Twelve thousand tickets were obtained in the first two hours. (more…)
Photos: Adam Monaghan
Arthur Abraham and Carl Froch continued their war of words prior to Saturday’s Super Six clash in Helsinki as the “Cobra” mocked his opponent during todays public work-out in Helsinki. While doing shadow boxing, he put his arms up and mimicked Abraham’s high-guard. “I expect him to fight like this,” Froch said. “I don’t think he can do anything else. He will need his guard on Saturday. If I hit him clean and sweet early, it could be over quickly. If not, I will win on points.” And he added with a smile: “I have been criticized for my defense, maybe I will use the high-guard myself.”
It was just the latest provocation from Team Froch. In an online story at www.the-sun.co.uk, Froch’s girlfriend Rachael Cordingley had said: “Abraham is only a midget – Carl is going to dethrone the Midget King.”
Abraham could only smile when confronted with the latest attack. “Froch has insulted my promoter, my team and me. I will punish him for that on Saturday. It will be a great fight between two warriors. I cannot wait to get my hands on him and make him pay for all the rubbish he has said in the press.”
Abraham and Froch will collide for the vacant WBC super middleweight title at Helsinki’s famous Hartwall Areena on Saturday night.
Tomorrow they come face-to-face at the final press conference.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBA#1 super flyweight Drian Francisco ( 19-0-1, 15 KOs) of the Philippines will challenge for the vacant WBA interim title against WBA#2 Duangpetch Kokietgym (52-1-1, 21 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Bueng School, Bueng Kan, Nong Khai, Thailand on November 30. Francisco manager Elmer Anuran is confident his charge will be victorious against the more experienced Thai. “Kokietgym has a great record only losing one fight early in his career in a a total of 54 fights he has had,” Anuaran said. ” Drian Francisco was impressive in his last fight when he stopped the highly regarded Ricardo Nunez of Panama in five rounds. I think Francisco has the power to KO any super flyweight in the world and would test the best bantamweights in the world in my opinion and that includes the 118-pounders Yonny Perez, Joseph Agbeko, Abner Mares and Vic Darchinyan who are boxing in the SHOWTIME tournament. He is the future of boxing in the Philippines.” Eric Barcelona pushed Kokietgym to a twelve round majority decision in 2006 but in his most recent bout he stopped Edwin Tumbaga in two rounds. Promoter Kokiet Group Promotions.
By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman
The 89th annual WBA convention had its welcoming cocktail party tonight poolside at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Managua, Nicaragua. While many delegates were still arriving throughout the day, the WBA directorate were already bust with a private day-long meeting in preparation for the events that lie ahead this week. After a long delay in Panama due to air traffic control issues, Panamanian legend Roberto Duran arrived at the party, looking slim as ever. The 59 year old “Manos De Piedra” appeared ready to make a comeback as he struck a fighting pose for photos. (more…)
Son of the Legend Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (41-0-1, 30 KOs), of Culiacan, México, and four-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach will be getting into the spirit of Thanksgiving by giving away free turkeys today to the first 200 fans who show up at the parking lot of the Wild Card Boxing Club (1123 North Vine St. — one block north of Santa Monica Blvd — Hollywood, Calif. 90038), beginning at Noon PT. Following the turkey giveaway, Chávez Jr. and Roach will host a Media-Only Workout inside Wild Card, beginning at 1:30 p.m. PT.
By Ron Jackson
Nkosinathi Joyi’s defense of his IBF minimumweight belt against Katsunari Takayama of Japan has been postponed as the promoters are still trying to arrange financial backing for the tournament that was scheduled to take place on Saturday at the Nasrec Indoor Arena near Johannesburg. Joyi’s first defense of his belt could now possibly take place on December 14. The promoter Branco Milenkovic of Branco Sports Productions in conjunction with Siphato Handi of Mamali Productions have still not finalized the television broadcasting rights and at this stage there is a possibility that the fight will not be screened.
By Ron Jackson
World Boxing Federation super middleweight champion William Gare who has been inactive since August last year is scheduled to return to the ring on December 11 when he meets Roland Francis at the Wembley Indoor Arena near Johannesburg.
The 35-year-old Gare (25-14-1, 4 KOs) outpointed Francis (24-11-5, 14 KOs) in a clash for the SA middleweight title on December 5, 1999. Francis, 38, who has been inactive for eight years made a comeback this year when he fought to a six round draw and a ten round spilt decision over Alex Mbaya from the Congo.
By Ron Jackson
Well known boxing scribe Terry Pettifer died at the Baragwanath hospital near Johannesburg on Sunday after a long illness. He was 59. Terry was born in Johannesburg on August 3, 1951 and lived in the southern suburbs all his life. After school he started out in the liquor trade and was a bottle store manager for many years before joining the Golden Gloves Promotions group as their publicist. He lived for the boxing game throughout his life and even named his daughter Dempsine after Jack Dempsey whom he considered the greatest fighter of all time and when his son was born he was named Driscoll after the Peerless Jim Driscoll a Welsh featherweight who fought from 1901 to 1919. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank
On Monday, two-division world champion Nonito Donaire (24-1, 16 KOs) worked out in front of hundreds of fans that turned out at the Undisputed Boxing Gym in San Carlos, California. He is preparing to face former longtime WBA bantamweight champion Wladimir Sidorenko (22-2-2, 7 KOs) in a clash to be held at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calirornia on December 4 and broadcast live on pay-per-view. A victory by Donaire will set him up for challenging WBC bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel early next year. For more details and photos click here…
Andre Ward photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Sakio Bika photos courtesy Golden Boy Promotions
Andre Ward and Sakio Bika participated in a national media conference call on Monday to discuss their upcoming world title fight on Saturday, Nov. 27, LIVE on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) from Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. Ward (22-0, 13 KOs) will defend his World Boxing Association (WBA) super middleweight championship in front of his hometown fans for a second time against the tough, dangerous Bika (28-4-2, 19 KOs) of Sydney, Australia, via Douala, Cameroon. For more details and photos click here…
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo by Louie Abigail
WBO #9 featherweight Joel Brunker (16-0, 10 KOs) will clash with tough Australian based Filipino Robert Lerio (13-10-1, 5 KOs) over ten rounds at The Cube in Campbell Town, NSW, Australia on Thursday in a nationally televised contest. Brunker was impressive in his most recent contest in September when he stopped Carlos Lopez of Indonesia in two rounds. Lerio who was born in the Philippines but has been based in Australia has a reputation of always coming to fight. (more…)
Super Six World Boxing Classic rivals and European superstars Arthur Abraham and Carl Froch have been throwing verbal haymakers at each other since their Group Stage 3 showdown for the vacant WBC super middleweight title was announced. Abraham is a slight favorite to triumph this Saturday, Nov. 27, on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, same-day-delay) from Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland, but Froch has the advantages in height and reach. Click here to see the complete tale of the tape.
By Francisco Salazar
Photos: Blanca Huizar-Salazar
WBA/WBO lightweight world champion Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez hosted a Los Angeles media work out Monday in preparation for his bout against WBO interim lightweight titleholder Michael “The Great” Katsidis on November 27 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“I’m preparing very much for speed and we had a very good camp,” Marquez told Fightnews.com at the Trinity Boxing Club in West Hollywood. “I know that Katsidis has respectable power but we prepared for basically anything that he throws at us. If he wants to brawl, we’ll brawl, if he wants to box, we’ll box. We have a very good training camp and we’re ready for November 27th.”
By Robert Hough
Sakio Bika (28-4-2, 19KOs) said Monday that Andre Ward (22-0, 13KOs) can’t take his punches, but he’s not out for a knockout. “Ward can’t handle my power,” he said in a conference call to discuss the fight Saturday in Oakland Calif., for Ward’s WBA Super Middleweight belt. “I don’t see how he can, but I am not overconfident that I will get the knockout. I am prepared for 12 rounds and if I break him down and win on points, I will be very happy.” (more…)
Two-division world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire (24-1, 16 KOs) said today that he wants to make a statement in his upcoming battle against former WBA bantamweight champion Wladimir Sidorenko (22-2-2, 7 KOs) on December 4. A victory by Donaire will set him up for challenging WBC bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel early next year. “I’m ready for Montiel,” said Donaire, who added that he’s in no way looking past Sidorenko. (More to come)
Photos: Lee Squirrell / SHOWTIME
Following two dominant ShoBox stoppages, Edwin Rodriguez (17-0, 13 KOs) drew the attention of Carl Froch (26-1, 20 KOs) and his trainer Robert McCracken. Just days after an exciting ninth-round TKO over James McGirt Jr. on the Nov. 5 telecast of ShoBox: The New Generation, Froch and McCracken flew Rodriguez across the pond to help them prepare for the Super Six World Boxing Classic clash with Arthur Abraham (31-1, 25 KOs) for the vacant WBC Super Middleweight title on Saturday, Nov. 27, on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT) on same-day-delay from Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland. (more…)
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