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By Alexey Sukachev
The legendary “Blue Horizon” fight arena in Philadelphia will be entitled to a specific boxing debut this Friday night, when former ice hockey player Nathan Perrot from Owen Sound, Ontario, faces Makidi Ku Ntima (1-0, 1 KO) in a scheduled heavyweight four-rounder. One can wonder why this reporter, basically located in Russia, pays so much intention to a casual match-up overseas. The reason is that it was a new Russian boxing centre in Chekhov, Moscow Region, which played a decisive role in turning Perrot back into his once-beloved fistic hobby. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Patrick Malinga makes the second defense of his South African lightweight title when he meets Vusumzi Tyatyeka in Lenasia on Friday night. The 32-year-old Malinga won the SA title in August 2008 when he scored a twelfth round technical knockout over Amon Baloyi. (more…)
Tapia imprisoned: Former world champion Johnny Tapia has been deemed a habitual offender by an Albuquerque judge, for violating probation on a drug conviction. He is looking to serve a mandatory one-year prison sentence.
Holm returns: Holly Holm will return to action on December 4 in Albuquerque. The six-time world champion in three weight divisions is seeking a top name to take on, anywhere from 140 to 154.
Villa a free agent: Former contender Tomas Villa, of Midland, Texas, who last fought against Rogers Mtagwa last December, in a fight many considered the best of 2008, is looking to return to the ring. Villa informs Fightnews that he has been a free agent since July and not only looks to make a ring return, but is negotiating with promoters. -- Chris Cozzone
The stage is set for a historic night of boxing: “We are thrilled to stage the first of many big fight nights in Denmark and the whole of Scandinavia,” Kalle Sauerland said at today´s press conference at MCH Herning. Danish national hero Mikkel Kessler (41-1, 31 KOs) will defend his WBA Super-Middleweight Title against mandatory challenger Gusmyr Perdomo (16-2, 10 KOs) on Saturday night before participating in the hotly-anticipated Super Six World Boxing Classic. U.S. premium TV network SHOWTIME will be airing the fight on a special Saturday primetime edition of ShoBox: The New Generation at 10 p.m. ET/PT (same day tape delay). Right afterwards, SHOWTIME will be airing the clash between Super Six World Boxing Classic contestant Andre Ward and Shelby Pudwill live. (more…)
Boxing’s No. 1 pound-for-pound king and the reigning Fighter of the Year, Manny Pacquiao and the pride of Puerto Rico and three-time world champion Miguel Cotto, along with Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, will kickoff their cross-country, five-city, two-ocean media tour promoting “FIRE POWER” — their world welterweight championship fight — at a free public news conference on the field by first base (facing the stands) at Yankee Stadium TODAY. Doors will open at 11 a.m. ET with the News Conference beginning at Noon. Food and fight merchandise concession stands will be open for fans. Public and Media entrances are at GATE 4 (161st St and Jerome Ave.)
Boxing fans, get ready to climb “Through the Ropes” with the #1 boxing news radio show hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld! This week’s guests are trainer Freddie Roach and Harry Greb biographer Bill Paxton. Call or email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Through The Ropes airs live coast to coast on Thursday nights from 9:00 – 10:00 ET on 75 affiliates of the Sports Byline USA Broadcast Network, including great radio stations like KSHP 1400 AM in Las Vegas and WNSR 560 AM in Nashville. The one-hour show will also be heard on American Forces Network, Sportsbyline.com and Fightnews.com. Fightnews readers can listen live by clicking here tonight at 9PM ET.
From left to right, WBA interim super lightweight champ Marcos Maidana poses with his manager Mario Margossian, WBA VP Gilberto Jesus Mendoza and Oscar De La Hoya last Saturday in Panama. Maidana was a special guest in attendance to the “KO to Drugs Festival” held in Panama City and had the chance to meet with WBA officials and the Golden Boy, who told the Argentinean: “We are working hard to get you back on an HBO date in November. HBO is eager to see you on their screen again.” Both Universum and Golden Boy Promotions are working to put Maidana on November 28 in Quebec, Canada, and there are good chances that his rival would be former champ Kendall Holt. “After I beat Victor Ortiz last June I cannot wait to fight again on HBO with Oscar promoting,” Maidana said.
By David Spencer-Fightnews Canada
IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute and Librado Andrade hit the ground running in advance of their rematch set for November 28th in Quebec City and broadcast on HBO. The boxers hit six cities across the province in a whistle-stop tour lasting two days and were in good spirits as they landed just outside of Montreal for the final stop. “I’ll be ready,” proclaimed Bute, “I made some mistakes last October, it’s going to be different this time. “Bute will be leaving Montreal and going away to training camp for the first time while Mexican-American Andrade will be once again setting up shop in the city under the tutelage of trainer Howard Grant. “I ran out of time the last time,” Andrade told Fightnews, “But I did what I had to do. Make no mistake, I got to him. It is the beginning of a rip, and we’re going in there to tear it apart.”
By Lee Bates
World champion Ivan ‘Iron Boy’ Calderon was honored on Wednesday with the unveiling of a statue of himself in Guynabo, Puerto Rico at the el Museo del Deporte. The venue honors legendary Puerto Rican athletes. Calderon is just one of two boxers who currently have statues in the venue joining former legendary world champion Wilfredo Gomez. Calderon was accompanied by his promoter PR Best Boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera), family, and friends. For more details and photos click here…
The legend of the Ring, Oscar De La Hoya, visited hours before the mega event of the WBA XXI Latin-American Festival “KO to the Drugs” co-promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and HBO Plus last September 5 at the installations of the Panama Canal. The host of the visit was the Minister of the Panama Canal, Romulo Roux, who described the current system of the Miraflores Locks and the future plans of expansion. At the end, De La Hoya opened the floodgates of the locks.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australia’s Daniel Geale (21-1, 13 KOs) will return to ring action on October 21st when he will clash with Roberto Reuqeu (30-3, 19 KOs) of Argentina over twelve rounds with the IBF Pan Pacific title up for grabs at the Silverstone Complex, Launceston, Tasmania that will be televised on Fox Main Event Television. Geale lost a disputed decision to Anthony Mundine when the general opinion was that Geale had outscored the former WBA super middleweight champion. Geale’s opponent, Roberto Reuque, has been in the ring with several world class middleweights including Renan St Juste in 2009, Sebastain Lujan in 2006 and Walter Mathysse in 2005. He has a very good KO percentage with 19 KOs in 33 fights. (more…)
Tickets priced at $200, $100, $70, $50, and $35 go on sale Friday, September 18 at noon for the long awaited and eagerly anticipated rematch between undefeated two-time light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson and former world champion Glen Johnson on November 7at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut. It will be the first world championship fight in Hartford in 20 years.
During a jam-packed Media Workout Wednesday at the Joe Goossen Gym, undefeated, hard-hitting Cristobal Arreola (27-0, 24 KOs), of Riverside, Calif., by way of East Los Angeles, guaranteed he would defeat defending champion Vitali Klitschko (37-2, 36 KOs), of Germany, in their highly anticipated WBC heavyweight championship fight on Saturday, Sept. 26, at STAPLES Center. Under the watchful eye of trainer Henry Ramirez, the confident Arreola shadow-boxed, hit the mitts, clubbed the heavy bag, ripped the speed bag and did a series of conditioning exercises during an energetic 80-minute workout. (more…)
George Foreman III, son of legendary heavyweight champion George Foreman, suffered an undisclosed injury during training last week and has been forced to withdraw from his third pro fight which was scheduled for this Thursday at the San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino in Highland, CA. Foreman will still be at ringside to sign autographs and pose for photos with the fans attendance. The new main event features Rhonda Luna (15-1-1, 2 KOs) defending her San Manuel featherweight championship title against Gloria Ramirez (10-15-6, 1 KOs). (more…)
Fernando David Aceves, the brother of boxing publicist Marylyn Aceves, passed away August 23rd. FightNews offers our condolences to her family and loved ones.
Five-time world champion pound-for-pound king Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao plays the grand piano in his hotel suite after arriving in New York Wednesday. Pacquiao is in town along with three-time world champion Miguel Cotto, Caguas to kickoff their cross-country, five-city national media tour to promote their upcoming “FIREPOWER” World Welterweight championship fight. The tour begins with a public press conference at Yankee Stadium Thursday. Pacquiao vs Cotto is promoted by Top Rank, in association with MGM Grand and Tecate, and will take place November 14 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and will be available live on HBO Pay Per View.
A crowded press conference took place today in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico, in advance of Saturday’s “Latin Fury 11″ that will take place at El Palenque de la Feria in this beautiful city. The card is headlined by the “son of the legend” Julio César Chávez Jr (39-0-1, 29 KOs) against Jason LeHoullier (21-1-1, 8 KOs) in a bout for the WBC Latin super welterweight belt. The card also features three time world champion Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel (39-2-1, 29 KOs) against Alejandro Valdez (21-3, 15 KOs) in a bantamweight ten rounder, and an attractive WBO strawweight clash between Manuel “Chango” Vargas (26-3-1, 11 KOs) and Donnie Nietes (21-4-3, 13 KOs). (more…)
WBO Welterweight Champion Miguel Cotto arriving in New York City on the eve of the FIREPOWER kick off press conference for his showdown with Pound for Pound King Manny Pacquiao. Cotto and Pacquaio will tour four cities in two countries over the next 6 days. Tomorrow’s press conference will take place at Yankee Stadium at noon. Fight fans are invited.
WBA #1 World ranked super bantamweight, Antonio Escalante has signed a management agreement with boxing veteran Lester Bedford. The 24 year old Escalante, 24-2 (13 KO’s) as a professional, is also rated #2 in the world by the WBO. Bedford is a 25 year veteran in the boxing business, having managed several boxers, including former two-time world champion, Jesse James Leija. Additionally, his company, The Bedford Agency, has managed/marketed over 100 world championship boxing events.
Two heavyweight fights were added to the highly anticipated event featuring the world title showdown between WBC heavyweight champion Vitali “Dr. Iron Fist” Klitschko and WBC #1 contender Cristobal “The Nightmare’’ Arreola on Saturday, September 26 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. Fast rising undefeated heavyweight Alexander Ustinov (17-0, 14 KOs) will take on once-beaten Cedric Boswell (31-1, 24 KOs) in a twelve rounder and once-beaten Johnathon Banks (21-1, 15 KOs) will meet Javier Mora (22-4, 18 KOs) in a scheduled ten-round fight. Tom Loeffler, of K2 Promotions, was excited to announce the addition of these fights. “These two heavyweight fights are a great compliment to our heavyweight world championship main event. It will be an exciting display of heavyweight talent where the six fighters have an amazing record of 155 wins with only 8 losses.”
By Jeff Julian
Following his Aug. 7th win over Victor Barragan in Primm, NV, undefeated heavyweight prospect Travis Kauffman returned to train in Deer Lake, PA at the site of Muhammad Ali’s former training camp. Kauffman (18-0, 15 KOs) will face Tony Grano (15-1-1, 12 KOs) Sept. 18th in the main event of SHOWTIME’s “Sho-Box: The New Generation” broadcast from Santa Ynez, CA. Joining Kauffman to train and spar at the historic site was Ring Magazine’s #10-ranked cruiserweight Matt Godfrey (19-1, 10 KOs) who was preparing for his own upcoming Sept. 12th fight with Michael Simms (20-11-2, 13 KOs) in Sacramento, CA. Click here for more photos…
37-year-old former IBF light heavyweight champion Clinton Woods has announced his retirement after losing against Tavoris Cloud on August 28. “Cloud was a really good fighter and he’s young, while maybe I’m too old for that level,” Woods told the Sheffield Star. “In my hey-day I would have beaten him, but I have no excuses and I think my love affair with boxing is over. I wouldn’t have chosen to have gone out with a defeat, but I never took a beating….it was good while it lasted and I am happy with what I achieved.”
Mikkel Kessler received a rocking reception from his home crowd in Denmark today when he conducted an open training session in the city centre of Herning. The Viking Warrior (41-1, 31 KOs) puts his WBA super middleweight Title on the line against mandatory challenger Gusmyr Perdomo on Saturday. SHOWTIME will be airing the fight on a special Saturday primetime edition of ShoBox: The New Generation at 10 p.m. ET/PT (same day tape delay). “It is great to be here and I look forward to fighting in front of my fans,” Kessler said. “There is a lot of pressure on me, especially with the Super Six tournament coming up, but I love pressure. This fight is of tremendous importance for me. Perdomo has worked very hard to get his chance and he is challenging me for the title. But I will defeat him. I am in great shape.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
WBA featherweight champion Chris John will defend his title against Rocky Juarez on September 19 on the undercard of Mayweather vs Marquez. John talks to Fightnews and predicts a KO win over Juarez, talks of his relationship with trainer Craig Christian, his close win over Juan Marquez, and how he would like to unify the world featherweight title.
How has your preparation been for your WBA 126 title bout with Rocky Juarez on Sept 19? Who are your sparring partners? When did you start training for this fight?
I have had perfect preparation. We are in camp at Big Bear and we have been here six weeks now.It’s really good. I have had great sparring with Orlando Salido, Elio Perez and Jackson Asiku. I am ready to fight! (more…)
WBA #1 rated super middleweight contender and mandatory title challenger Gusmyr Perdomo of Spotlight Boxing has wrapped up his training camp in Hamburg and his team are headed to Denmark to face Danish world champion Mikkel Kessler in Kessler’s homeland. Perdomo (16-2, 10 KOs), who hails from Venezuela, celebrated his 33rd birthday on Monday. He will take on the champion Kessler (41-1, 31 KOs) on Saturday at the MCH Messecenter in Herning. Before his departure to Denmark, mandatory challenger Gusmyr Perdomo spoke to www.boxing.de. (more…)
Fight Night returns to the Playboy Mansion this Saturday. Boxers from Mexico, Russia, Canada and the USA will converge on the Mansion with five pro fights including title fights. Headlining the fight card are two undefeated prospects. Eloy Perez (13-0-2, 3 KOs) will face Dannie Williams (12-0, 10 KOs) for the WBC’s USNBC super featherweight title. Also making his return to the ring is Canadian prospect Donnie Orr (14-0, 6 KOs) who will face Danny Stanislavjevis (8-16, 2 KOs). Orr was on the 2000 Canadian Olympic team. On the undercard Russian sensation Sergey Kovalev. (3-0, 3 KOs) will get his toughest challenge to date as he faces Denver’s Ayodeji Fadeyi (10-7, 7 KOs). Invited guests will be treated to hours of delicious gourmet food and buffets, sushi, an open bar and of course the beautiful Playboy Playmates and Playboy Bunnies. “This is where pro-boxing meets a classic Hollywood party. With all the food and drinks a person can handle. It’s just like the movies but it’s real,” said promoter Brian Halquist.
Ring legend Oscar de la Hoya won a five round decision over hoops legend Shaquille O’ Neal in a five-round boxing exhibition before a star-studded crowd at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. The bout took place on the latest installment of “Shaq VS,” the new ABC series starring NBA superstar Shaquille O’ Neal. Shaq, who coined himself “Manny Shaqquiao” for the exhibition, got boxing tips from Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach while “The Golden Boy” was trained by Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins.
Oscar was also seen in the ring last Saturday night in Panama, participating in an exhibition match against WBA executive vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza. The two boxed three two-minute rounds, raising $25,000 for the fight against cancer during the WBA’s KO Drugs Festival XXI.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
After just 11 pro bouts, undefeated 21-year-old light heavyweight Mark “TNT” Tucker of Eldersburg, MD will challenge for his first regional title when he faces Jim “Steel Chin” Strohl of Las Vegas for the vacant USBO light heavyweight title on Friday, September 25 at the Shipley Arena in Westminster, MD. In his last few bouts, Tucker (11-0, 7 KOs) has faced veteran opposition, some who have more wins than Tucker has bouts. That trend will continue with Strohl (27-7, 21 KOs). In Tucker’s last outing, he won a 10-round unanimous decision over former world title contender Rubin Williams at the last Westminster card on July 17. Strohl has lost his last four bouts by stoppage to quality boxers Joe Spina, Zach Walters, Tavoris Cloud and Rob Calloway. (more…)
Team Sauerland has announced a new Twitter account to bring boxing fans all over the world the latest news from inside the famous Max-Schmeling-Gym. There will be exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage from each of the upcoming events, which include Mikkel Kessler´s WBA Super-Middleweight Title Fight against Gusmyr Perdomo in Herning on September 12, Sebastian Sylvester´s IBF Middleweight Title Fight against Giovanni Lorenzo on September 19, King Arthur Abraham´s hotly-anticipated Super Six World Boxing Classic showdown with Jermain Taylor on October 17 and Nikolai Valuev´s WBA Heavyweight Title Fight against David Haye on November 7. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
American referee Russel Mora will be the third man in the ring when the Venezuelan challenger Gusmyl Perdomo (16-2, 10KOs) and German WBA super middleweight world champion Mikkel Kessler (41-1, 31 KOs) from Denmark meet at the MCH Messecenter Herning, Herning, on September 12. The three judges are Stanley Christodolu (South Africa), John Poturaj (Canada), and Mikael Hook (Swedish). The fight supervisor is George Martinez (Canada).
By Gabriel F. Cordero
American Referee Mark Nelson will be the third man in the ring when the Venezuelan WBA interim bantamweight champion Nehomar Cermeño (17-0, 10 KOs) and Mexican challenger and former WBC super flyweight champion Cristian Mijares (36-5-2, 15 KOs) will be fight at Arena Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico on September 12. The three judges are Hernando Steidel (Puerto Rico), Ted Gimza (USA) and Enrique Portocarrero (Nicaragua). The fight supervisor is Miguel Prado (Panamá).
WBC President Jose Sulaiman presented the original WBC Diamond Belt in front of a full house at the Corona auditorium in Mexico City. There was high expectation to finally see the WBC Diamond Belt and it was a special moment when it was finally unveiled during a press conference. The belt is manufactured with 18 karat gold and fusion, 861 diamonds, 6 rubies, 221 emeralds and 180 Swarovzky glass stones all mounted on a beautiful Italian Ferrari leather and displays the picture and the flag of the 2 boxing heroes that will battle on November 14 with the winner winning the most special belt ever made in the history of boxing. The belt will be flown to New York, to later go on with its first tour, which will include New York, Puerto Rico, San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The WBC will present Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto with special clothing. (more…)
By Lee Bates
Champion Ivan Calderon and his next challenger Rodel Mayol squared off today in Puerto Rico at their final press conference. The two will go at it for real this Saturday at the Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. This past June the two fought at Madison Square Garden. The bout ended in a six-round technical draw because Calderon was unable to continue due to an accidental head butt he suffered in the fourth round. Both fighters spoke confidently at the press conference today. Champion Ramon ‘Rocky’ Martinez was in attendance as well as he will be making his first title defense in the semi-main event. For more details and photos click here…
By Alexey Sukachev
As it was previously announced by Fightnews, WBO #7 and IBF #15 junior welterweight Sergey “Professor” Fedchenko will headline a huge K2 East card, which is penciled to take place the next Thursday at Meteor palace of sports in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. Tonight a specifically arranged presser has taken its place in the host for the future battles, informing media about the whole card.
Fedchenko, 28, a sound technician with a sneaky but hard right hand will put his IBF Intercontinental title at stake for the third time against South African Kaizer Mabuza (21-6-3, 13 KOs). (more…)
By Bob Ryder
Saturday nights show at the Lansing Center was to feature the pro debut of 2008 National Golden Gloves heavyweight champion Craig Lewis. Unfortunately both Lewis’ original and standby opponents where dropped off the card, causing promoter Ron De Leon to soldier on without his feature attraction. Fortunately for the fans in attendance the bouts (all four rounders) that did take place were well matched and entertaining. (more…)
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