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Due to a commission doctor requirement, 3-time world title challenger “Sucra” Ray Oliveira has been forced to withdraw from Saturday night’s main event fight against Joey “KO Kid” Spina on the “Last Man Standing” card in Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn.
CES has been granted permission by the commission to secure an opponent for Spina (25-1-2, 17 KOs), who is the WBA #6 rated light heavyweight. “Ray was cleared by a neurological specialist but the commission demanded a second test that wasn’t cleared,” CES president Jimmy Burchfield explained. “Ray did everything and more during this process and he was probably in the best shape of his career. One doctor said his blood pressure was unbelievably good. Ray Oliveira is a warrior who was 100-percent prepared, mentally and physically, to fight Saturday night. We’re working feverishly to find a suitable replacement for Spina, who doesn’t care about his new opponent, only that he’s fighting in the ring Saturday night.” (more…)
Video: Joel A. Colón
Yesterday it was Puerto Rico. Today WBO super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. and challenger Ivan “Choko” Hernandez faced off in Kissimmee, Florida.
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Photos by Photo Wende
The premiere of the hotly-anticipated “Max Schmeling” movie was a huge success yesterday night in Berlin where 800 guests, including many VIPs, athletes and famous actors, enjoyed the first screening. Directed by Uwe Boll, the movie about the eventful life of one of Germany’s biggest sporting heroes received a loud ovation. One legend was impersonated by another one, with former IBF light heavyweight champion Henry Maske playing Schmeling. “Max Schmeling would have liked the movie,” Maske said. “In 2002 there was the first idea about a movie and Max spontaneously said that I should play his role. That is what happened now and it was a lot of fun.” For more details and photos click here…
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo by Tim Barry
Former world rated Robert Medley (29-3, 19 KOs) will return to ring action against well credentialed American Jason “The Hammer” LeHoullier (21-3-1, 8 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Olympic Park Sports Center at Homebush Sydney, NSW, Australia on October 31. Medley, 6’0, gave Anthony Mundine the fight of his life in 2010 spotting him on weight after the former WBA 168 pound champion had agreed to make the 154 pound limit but came in too heavy. Former IBF welterweight champion Isaac Hlatshwayo also defeated Medley in 2007 and 2008, “Rob Medley is a much improved boxer than when Isaac Hlatshwayo defeated him,” said promoter Bill Treacy. “He gave Mundine a tough fight and has looked impressive in sparring sessions with Daniel Geale.” Treacy added, “American Jason LeHoullier has a very good record of 21 wins in 25 fights, so he should be a good test for Rob.” Televised on Foxtel Main Event Pay-Per-View Television. Promoter: Bill Treacy. Matchmaker: Garrie Francisco.
After a thorough review of the fight between Boris Berg and Matt Zegan on Sunday at the “Altes Funkwerk” in Berlin, the German Boxing Association Board has suspended the referee in charge. According to the GBA, referee Matthias Eichler was the sole judge in the fight, but he was intimidated by the audience and had Berg announced as the winner even though the fight was scored a draw. They say the official verdict was always a draw and wasn’t changed at any time. The GBA also confirmed that some judge candidates were being tested that night, but only the referee was authorized to score the fight and the trio’s scores were unofficial. All parties have been heard and according to the GBA, they now fully accept the official verdict.
Promoters Bob Arum and Fernando Beltran, of Top Rank and Zanfer Promotions, respectively, will be officially announcing the December 4 pay-per-view clash between “Son of the Legend” Julio César Chávez, Jr. (41-0-1, 30 KOs) and “Contender” alumnus Alfonso Gomez (22-4-2, 11 KOs) on Monday. The card will be billed as “In Harm’s Way” and will take place at the 18,000+ seat Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
Sky Sports have officially confirmed that the WBA world heavyweight title showdown between David Haye and Audley Harrison on Saturday, November 13, will be the world’s first ever boxing match televised live in 3D. Fight fans purchasing the clash on Sky Box Office are set to witness a ‘three-dimensional beating’, claims champion Haye. “This is great news for British boxing fans, but terrible news for Audley Harrison,” said Haye, 24-1 (22 KO) in his professional career. (more…)
The big November 6 Brian Peters Promotions card at the University Arena in Limerick, Ireland was already shaping up to be explosive with Kiko “La Sensación” Martinez defending his European super bantamweight title against local hero Willie “Big Bang” Casey but extra TNT has been added to the night with the news that Belfast’s Martin Rogan will make his return from injury on the card.
The inaugural Prizefighter winner and former Commonwealth heavyweight Champ will feature on the card as he bids to bounce back from a career threatening injury. Reigning European Union and Irish super cantamweight champ Paul Hyland will also feature in Limerick with the talented Dubliner eyeing a shot at the winner of Martinez-Casey. (more…)
Yesterday Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (27-6, 19 KOs) took time from his training camp to answer a few questions about his upcoming heavyweight bout against Nagy Aguilera (16-4,11 KOs), which will take place at the Showplace located inside the Buffalo Run Casino. SHOWTIME World Championship Boxing (ShoBox) will televise the event, which is being promoted by Gary Shaw Promotions. Tickets are on sale now at the SHOWPLACE BOX OFFICE, $40, $60 and $95 by calling 918-542-7140 Ext. 220 or visit www.ticketstorm.com.
Antonio, how do you feel about coming to Miami, OK and fighting at Buffalo Run Casino for your debut has a heavyweight?
I’m looking forward to fighting in Miami, OK, it’s not South Beach, but I want Buffalo Run Casino and the city of Miami, OK to know I’m coming. Have the local Fire Department at ringside because I’m bringing a lot of heat and explosives with me in the ring on fight night. I plan on sending a statement to the heavyweight division. (more…)
Undefeated junior middleweight sensation Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan (28-0, 17KOs) will be returning to the ring in December, most likely against the rugged Pawel Wolak (27-1, 17KOs). The bout will take place either on the undercard of the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.-Alfonso Gomez pay per view event on December 4th or it will be the main event of a Fox Sports card that will take place on December 18th. The date should be finalized within the next couple weeks.
While the Glendale, CA based Armenian is disappointed that a title fight with WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto didn’t materialize, he will not take Wolak lightly. “I look forward to starting training camp and getting ready for Wolak. Freddie (Roach) and Alex (Ariza) will make sure I am ready for whatever he brings,” the 24-year-old Martirosyan stated. (more…)
UFC Hall-of-Famer Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell, WEC star Urijah Faber, UFC star Shane Carwin, Denver Nuggets star Chris “Birdman” Anderson, and TAPOUT’s Skrap and Punkass will be available to sign autographs for WEC fans on TODAY from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the 1stBank Center, 11450 Broomfield Lane, in Broomfield, Colo.
Doors open at the arena at 3:30 for the Aldo-Gamburyan WEC card. First bout is at 4 p.m.
Undefeated bantamweight Khabir “The Crazy Russian” Suleymanov (10-0, 4 KOs) continues his quest for a world championship when he takes on Javier “El Girito” Gallo (17-1-1, 9 KOs) for the vacant NABO title. The ten-round main event will headline “GLENDALE GLORY 3” at the Glendale Civic Auditorium on Friday, October 22nd.
Suleymanov, originally from Chelyabinsk, Russia, now living in Hollywood, CA and training out of Freddie Roach’s Wildcard Boxing Club, won the New York Golden Gloves as an amateur. Gallo, originally from Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico and now living in Buena Park, CA, is the #13 ranked bantamweight in the NABO. Both fighters had signed to face then NABO champion Chris Avalos before Avalos lost his title to Christopher Martin on ShoBox last month. The NABO title was then ruled vacant because Martin had failed to make the requisite weight for the title. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
On Wednesday, Panamanian world champions Luis “El Nica” Concepcion (WBA interim flyweight), Guillermo “El Felino” Jones (WBA Cruiserweight) and Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero (WBA super bantamweight super champion) in the company of Gilberto Jesus Mendoza (WBA Executive Vice President), Oliver Gómez (Chairman of the WBA ratings and Miguel Prado on behalf of (COMIBOX) visited the Panamanian National Children’s Hospital.
The fighters were happy to deliver gifts to the delighted children as they shared their stories and exploits> They also promised to emerge victorious in their upcoming fights and will dedicate those victories to the children as incentive for them to improve their health and grow strong and healthy to achieve their dreams. (more…)
Weights and photos by Joe Cordova
WEC Featherweight Championship
Jose Aldo 145 vs Manny Gamburyan 145
Jamie Varner 156 vs Donald Cerrone 155.5
Miguel Angel Torres 136 vs Charlie Valencia 136
Chan Sung Jung 146 vs George Roop 145
Leonard Garcia 146 vs Mark Hominick 145
Tiequan Zhang 154 vs Pablo Garza 154
Mike Brown 145 vs Cole Province 146
Chris Horodecki 155 vs Ed Ratcliff 155
Tyler Toner 145 vs Diego Nunes 145
Antonio Banuelos 136 vs Chad George 135
Demetrious Johnson 135 vs Nick Pace 135
Jessie Vargas 143.2 vs. Pablo Sarmiento 144.6
Ramon Valadez 133.6 vs. Carlos Hernandez 135
Salvador Rios 147.5 vs. Marcus Robinson 144
Anthony Martinez 141.6 vs. Ronnie Peterson 141
Jamie Kavanagh 141.4 vs. Ricardo Malfavon 141.6
Venue: Club Nokia, Los Angeles, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Fox Sports Net
Photo by Manuel Herrera (Team Garcia)
Selling tamales, tortillas and bracelets to raise funds to send four local boxers to the 2010 National PAL Boxing Championships in San Antonio, Texas proved impossible for the families of the young Olympic hopefuls when their hard work produced less than $300. That is until Antonio Margarito came into the picture. When Margarito heard of the family’s misfortune he immediately offered to pay for round trip airfare and room accommodations for the fighters. When asked why he did it Margarito stated, “I’ve been there. I know what it’s like to have a dream crushed because you have no money.” (more…)
Square Ring Promotions announced today that it was postponing the Roy Jones, Jr. vs. Danny Santiago Boxing event scheduled for October 7 due to a hand injury suffered by Roy Jones, Jr. John Wirt, CEO of Square Ring Promotions, said “Roy’s manager, McGee Wright, informed me today that Roy injured his left hand while sparring on Saturday and that on Monday, he went to the doctor and X-rays were taken. While the X-rays do not show a fracture, his hand is swollen and continues to bother him to such an extent that we have no choice but to postpone the fight. At this point, we are planning on rescheduling the fight and will make an announcement regarding the new date as soon as possible.”
Refunds may be obtained beginning tomorrow at point of purchase. Pensacola Civic Center Box Office hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. Credit card purchases made through Ticketmaster on line or by phone are automatically refunded. Tickets purchased at a Ticketmaster outlet must be refunded at that outlet.
Veteran contender Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson has been tapped to replace the injured Mikkel Kessler in the Super Six World Boxing Classic and is preparing to meet Allan Green in a Group Stage 3 bout on Saturday, Nov. 6, live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), it was officially announced today by SHOWTIME Sports® Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Hershman.
The 12-rounder between the Jamaican-born Johnson (50-14-2, 34 KOs), of Miami, Fla., and Green (29-2, 20 KOs), of Tulsa, Okla., will emanate from MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas and open the telecast on SHOWTIME. In the second half of the excellent Nov. 6 SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING doubleheader, undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight champion Juan Manuel “JuanMa” Lopez (29-0, 26 KOs) of Puerto Rico will defend his title against two-division world champion Rafael Marquez (39-5, 35 KOs) of Mexico City. (more…)
Looks like newly crowned WBO super featherweight champion Ricky Burns (29-2, 7 KOs) will make his first defense against #3 rated Matt Zegan (42-5-2, 21 KOs) on December 4 or December 11 in London. Apparently the contract was signed today and the fight will go ahead despite Zegan’s questionable draw with Boris Berg (3-0-1, 2 KOs) in a junior welterweight bout on Sunday in Berlin. Berg was originally announced as the winner of that bout, however two days later the result was controversially changed to a draw by the German Boxing Association.
Undefeated prospect Michael “lil Warrior” Franco (16-0, 11 KOs) has been given a clean bill of health and the OK to get back in the ring. His first order of business is to face off against Adolfo “El Terror” Landeros (20-15-1, 9 KOs) on October 22 at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in San Diego in a scheduled eight round semi-main event televised live on the popular Spanish language network: Telefutura. The card is presented by Don Chargin Productions in association with Jorge Marron Productions. Franco, was originally scheduled to see action against Landeros in August, but due to an eye injury he had to pull out. Franco has since had laser surgery to correct the problem and is ready to go. (more…)
A Purse Bid was held in the IBF Office yesterday for the IBF Jr. Welterweight Championship mandatory defense between champion Devon Alexander and Kaizer Mabuza. Branco Sports Productions was the only bidder. Branco bid $ 101,500.00. The winning bidder has 90 days to put the fight on.
Team GSP Goes Up 1-0 – Can Team Koscheck Retaliate?: Alex Caceres earned Team GSP their first victory in the competition last week – tonight, two more lightweights will step into the Octagon as special guest Mike Tyson looks on! 10pm ET/PT on SPIKE
Bid Now On Front Row Seats At UFC 121: The highest bidder will receive a visit to a UFC fighter’s locker room at UFC 121 – auction ends Friday at 5pm PT
WEC Heads To Arizona For Two Title Fights: Tickets on sale this week for World Extreme Cagefighting’s first trip to Arizona; featuring a lightweight championship battle between Ben Henderson and Anthony Pettis, and the bantamweight gold is on the line when champion Dominick Cruz defends the belt against Scott Jorgensen! Thursday, December 16 live at the Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, AZ – Tickets on Sale Tomorrow At 10am PT
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Many big names in action Saturday at the WBA KO Drugs Festival in Panama. Here’s is the full card:
Luis “El Nica” Concepcion vs. Denkaosan Kaovichit
12 rounds WBA flyweight interim world title
Guillermo “El Felino” Jones vs. Valery Brudov
12 rounds WBA regular cruiserweight world title
Irving Berry vs Feider Viloria
9 rounds WBA Int’l featherweight title
Hassim “The Rock” Rahman vs. Marcus McGee
8 rounds heavyweight
Ogleidis Suarez vs. Shantall Martínez
9 rounds WBA super bantamweight Fedefem title
Nilson Tapia vs. Jorge Sebastián Heiland
9 rounds WBA Fedelatin title
Ameth Díaz vs. Javier Castro
9 rounds WBA Int’l lightweight title
Santos Benavides vs. Joel Cerrud
9 rounds WBA Fedecentro super featherweight title
Timur Ibrhagimov vs. Luis Pineda
9 rounds NABA heavyweight title
Pablo Vásquez vs. Brad Salomon
9 rounds WBA Int’l welterweight title
Alexander “El Explosivo” Muñoz vs. Leopoldo Arrocha
8 rounds super bantamweight
Manuel Videz vs Ricardo Torrero
6 rounds “Primer Guerrero” final
Francisco “Wizard” Palacios vs. Donnell Wiggins
6 rounds cruiserweight
According to today’s Limerick Leader, if middleweight Andy Lee (22-1, 16 KOs) wins his fight this Saturday night (October 2) in Hammond, Indiana, he will next appear in an all-Irish mega-showdown against fellow middleweight John Duddy (29-2, 18 KOs) on December 4 in New York City’s Madison Square Garden. The news adds another level of intrigue for Lee, who is scheduled to face veteran Troy Lowry of Saint Paul, Minnesota, in the main event of Hitz Boxing’s “Fight Night at the Horseshoe” event at the Horseshoe Casino.
Heavyweight title challenger Shannon Briggs has demanded that WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko resign as Ambassador for UNESCO, citing comments attributed to Vitali that Briggs says trivializes asthma.
Shannon Briggs Statement: “We all know Dr. Klitschko holds a PHD in P.E, as he and his publicist remind us all the time. What many people don’t know is Klitschko holds a much more important distinction, as an Ambassador for UNESCO (United Nations Educational and Cultural Organization). Vitali Klitschko has disgraced this very important post with his ignorant and dangerous remarks about asthma not being a deadly disease and just a good excuse. Any real Doctor and certainly any educated member of UNESCO would know that over 300 million men, women and children suffer from asthma around the world and over 250,000 of them died last year alone. I apologize to all the parents, children, brothers and sisters of those who died from asthma last year for Vitali’s extremely insensitive and ignorant remarks. I hope what he said doesn’t cause even one child who may need help and treatment from asthma to not seek it due to “The Champ’s” dismissive remarks. UNESCO is about education, improving and saving lives, not about spreading ignorance and potentially endangering lives with misinformation. (more…)
WBO superbantamweight champion unbeaten Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. and his challenger Ivan “Choko” Hernandez met this afternoon face to face in a press conference that took place in Puerto Rico for their upcoming bout next October 16 in the Silver Spurs Arena of Kissimmee, Florida in a presentation of All Star Boxing in association with PR Best Boxing Promotions. Vázquez (19-0-1, 16 KOs) will defend his title for the second time against Hernandez (27-4-1, 17 KOs), a former WBO superflyweight champion.
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Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (45-2-2, 24 KOs) of Argentina, now residing in Oxnard, CA, continues his preparations for the highly anticipated rematch against former two-time welterweight champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams (39-1, 27 KOs) on Saturday, November 20th at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. These two fighters first met in December of last year, in a “Fight of the Year” candidate, in which Williams won via majority decision after twelve exciting back-and-forth rounds. Martinez vs. Williams II is being presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions and DiBella Entertainment in association with Caesars Atlantic City and Corona and will be broadcast live on HBO’s ‘World Championship Boxing’. Tickets are priced at $400, $200, $100 and $50 and can be purchased at the Boardwalk Hall box office, by phone at (800) 736-1420 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. For more details and photos click here…
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Photo by Werner Kalin
Cameroon born and Australian based super middleweight Serge Yannick (9-1, 6 KOs) will clash with IBF #15 Joseph Kwadjo (20-3, 15 KOs) over twelve rounds at Coburg Town Hall in Melbourne, Victoria , Australia on Friday. Yannick, 5’9, is managed by Charlie Liparota and has been based in Melbourne for several years. Yannick suffered his only ring loss against Michael Bolling when he dropped a ten round decision in an Australian 168 pound title bout in 2009. Kwadjo, at 5’11, was born in Ghana but is based in Fiji and he scored the biggest win of his career when he stopped Jamie Pittman in seven rounds in 2010. Pittman’s only other loss was to Felix Sturm, who also stopped the Aussie in seven rounds in a WBA title bout. Promoter: Charlie Liparota.
By Bob Ryder
TMS Fight Night, Greg Ahrens will present a scheduled ten bout card of professional boxing on October 9 at the Orbit Room in Grand Rapids, MI. Headlining the show will be Purnell Gates vs Eric Moon over ten rounds. Johnny Garcia takes on Chris Bourden and Toledo’s Demar Singleton squares off vs. Robbie Longwith in supporting matches. Local favorites Alex Otero, Jackie Beard, Ruben Troche, and Ray Lopez are slated to appear in separate contests. Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com or by calling 616-942-2335. First bell is at 8 PM.
Video: Joel A. Colón
Photos by Joe Cordova
WEC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and challenger Manny Gamburyan, as well as lightweight rivals Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone of Denver and Jamie Varner participated in an open workout Tuesday at the Grudge Training Center in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Bantamweights Miguel Angel Torres and Charlie Valencia plus hometown hopeful Tyler Toner also took part. CLICK HERE FOR SLIDE SHOW
Aldo makes the second defense of his crown against judo ace Gamburyan when World Extreme Cagefighting invades the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield on Thursday, September 30th. WEC: Aldo vs. Gamburyan will be televised nationally live on VERSUS beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
Audley Harrison ran to the top of a mountain to warn David Haye that he will “fight him every second of the way” in their world title fight at Manchester’s M.E.N Arena on November 13.
Harrison posted two videos on YouTube from his United States training camp at Big Bear Lake in California – before and after a gruelling early morning run up the mountains in the bitter cold.
The 38 year-old challenger looked into the camera before the run and stated: “Here we are – six o’clock in the morning – we’re on the track about to do our 45 minute run uphill. We are 7,500 feet above sea-level – you don’t get this in London with David Haye’s training, coming out of his nice posh palace and going down to his gym. This is the mountains.” (more…)
Promoter Frank Warren has spoken with Bob Arum and says they have agreed to make Kell Brook against Mike Jones after their next respective fights. Yesterday Warren said that he had discussed making the fight with Arum for the interim WBO welterweight title. However, WBO #2 ranked Jones will first go ahead with his fight against Jesus Soto Karass next month at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium. Brook, the Intercontinental champion and WBO #1 ranked challenger, will next fight on Warren’s big 30th anniversary card on December 11th.
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