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Raul Martinez 115 vs Rodrigo Guerrero 115
WinStar Casino, Thackerville, Oklahoma
FSN – 11 pm eastern/8 pm pacific
Rich Marotta, Nick Charles will call the action
Weights by David Nelmark
Photo by Ed Mulholland
Weigh-ins for UFC 123 took place at the Palace of Auburn Hills before an enthusiastic crowd of more than 1,000 fans. All fighters came in exactly on weight except for B.J. Penn and Matt Hughes who both came in at 169 pounds, one pound under the welterweight limit. Without Tom Lawlor on the card, the weigh-in laughs came from Dennis Hallman. True to his nickname, Hallman broke out the Superman underwear and didn’t bother to put his fighting trunks back on for his stare down with Karo Parisyan. Phil Davis entered the venue throwing t-shirts to the crowd. Once he took off his own shirt, Davis displayed a completely ripped physique.
Lyoto Machida 205 vs. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson 205
Matt Hughes 169 vs. B.J. Penn 169
Tim Boetsch 205 vs. Phil Davis 205
Joe Lauzon 155 vs. George Sotiropoulos 155
Maiquel Falcao 185 vs. Gerald Harris 185
Preliminaries on Spike TV
Matt Brown 170 vs. Brian Foster 170
Mark Munoz 185 vs. Aaron Simpson 185
Dennis Hallman 170 vs. Karo Parisyan 170
Edson Barboza 155 vs. Mike Lullo 155
Paul Kelly 155 vs. T.J. O’Brien 155
Nik Lentz 155 vs. Tyson Griffin 155
For more info on UFC 123, go to www.UFC.com
Unbeaten junior middleweight star Golden Jack Culcay (7-0, 4 KOs) scored a unanimous decision over rugged Alexey “The Fish” Ribchev (6-2, 3 KOs) in his first scheduled eight-rounder on Friday night in Hamburg, Germany. Culcay showed great quickness and boxing skills against the aggressive and determined Ribchev, impressing the sold out crowd at the Universum Gym, as well as a worldwide audience watching live on www.bild.de. Scores were 78-74, 79-72, 78-74.
Universum has high hopes for Culcay, who in September 2009 became the first German to win an amateur world championship in 14 years.
The Top Rank Live! championship boxing card at the WinStar Casino in Thackerville, Okla. on Saturday night is sold out. Extra seating and SRO was added, casino officials said today. Raul ‘La Cobrita’ Martinez of San Antonio is taking on Rodrigo Guerrero of Mexico in the main event. FSN will televise beginning 11 pm eastern/8 pm pacific.
WBCBoxing.tv will present a live championship webcast – free of charge – on Saturday at 11:30PM ET/8:30PT. Everyone is invited to watch. Please note: the webcast is not available in Mexico. In the main event – scheduled for 12 rounds at Arena Monterrery in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico – WBC International flyweight champion Edgar “Iron Man” Sosa, 40-6 with 24 knockouts, of Mexico City, will make his first defense of the title against Masafumi Okubo, 18-3-1 with 6 knockouts, of Tokyo, Japan. Sosa is ranked WBC #1 and Okubo is ranked WBC #12 at 112 pounds. (more…)
The Oscar de la Hoya Foundation will host its 14th Annual Turkey Giveaway on Saturday at the Oscar De La Hoya Ánimo Charter High School at 11AM. Among the Golden Boy Promotions fighters joining Oscar to help pass out hundreds of turkeys and fixings to the East Los Angeles community are Israel “Magnifico” Vazquez, Amir Khan, Daniel Ponce De Leon, Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi, “Vicious” Victor Ortiz, Vicente Escobedo, Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin, Charles Huerta, Carlos Molina and Frankie Gomez.
By Karl Freitag
Photos by Thorsten Baering
Former heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev (27-1-1, 17 KOs) took a harder than expected eight round unanimous decision over Travis Walker (34-6-1, 28 KOs) in a good action fight on Friday night at the Universum Gym in Hamburg, Germany. The fighters often traded big bombs, but Chagaev did a little more to win by scores of 77-75, 78-75, 77-76. Chagaev is the mandatory challenger for WBA heavyweight champion David Haye. For more details and photos click here…
Former WBA lightweight champion Paulus “The Hitman” Moses (25-1, 17 KOs) will be back in action on Thursday (Thanksgiving Day) in his hometown of Windhoek, Namibia, facing Argentine challenger Sergio Omar Priotti (22-7-1, 8 KOs). Moses traveled to Japan in 2008 and defeated then-champion Yusuke Kobori to win the WBA lightweight crown. In his last appearance on May 29, Moses lost his title by sixth-round knockout in a showdown against then-WBA interim lightweight champion Miguel Acosta.
Anxious to get back to winning after suffering the first defeat of his career, Moses is looking forward to redeeming himself inside the same venue where he lost his title, the Windhoek Country Club Resort & Casino. (more…)
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Sam Cohen
The Heavyweight Factory proudly announced their upcoming boxing card scheduled for Tuesday, December 7th at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood. Yesterday’s press conference was graciously hosted by the Renegade Barbecue restaurant located within the Hard Rock facility. The card, billed as “The Backyard Brawl” looks to live up to its name with former heavyweight champion Oliver McCall (54-10, 37 KOs)and perennial top contender Fres Oquendo (32-6, 21 KOs) headlining. They will fight to secure the vacant IBF Inter-Continental heavyweight title. Both fighters hail from the windy city of Chicago and know what to expect from each other in the ring. (more…)
Super flyweight Raul ‘La Cobrita’ Martinez of San Antonio trained for six weeks to prepare for a battle against Rodrigo Guerrero of Mexico on Saturday, November 20 at the WinStar Casino in Thackerville, Okla. “Raul worked very hard while training in a gym just outside of Austin,” said manager Lou Mesorana. “We know Guerrero is a tough fighter. He fought (Victor) Darchinyan in a world title fight earlier this year.” (more…)
Mickey Bey, an undefeated junior lightweight from Cleveland, has signed with Top Rank. Bey has a record of 16-0. He is managed by James Prince and trained by Jeff Mayweather. “Bey has a ton of ability,” said Brad Goodman, matchmaker for Top Rank. “Everyone at Top Rank is excited. He had a great amateur career, beat top fighters, and we’re going to help him get where he wants to go – a world title opportunity.” Bey had an amateur record of 182-9. “I won a lot of titles, including the 2004 Olympic Trials,” he said today from Cleveland. Bey fought on the recent Juan Manuel Lopez v Rafael Marquez card at the MGM in Las Vegas. Bey won a decision over Eric Cruz.
By Karl Freitag
“Fair but Firm” Joe Cortez (USA) will be the third man in the ring when WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz defends against Enrique Ornelas on Saturday night in Dresden, Germany. Judges are Clark Sammartino (USA), Manfred Küchler (Germany) and Andre van Grootenbruel (Belgium). WBO supervisor is John Duggan (USA).
Manfred Küchler will ref the WBO/WIBF/WBF female super featherweight clash between champion Ramona Kühne and Irma Balijagic. Judges are Zoltan Enyedi (Hungary), Holger Wiemann (Germany) and Jürgen Langos (Germany). WBO supervisor is John Duggan (USA), WIBF/WBA supervisor is Jean-Marcel Nartz (Germany).
Rudy Markussen 170.9 vs Dejan Ribic 170.9
Patrick Nielsen 158.1 vs Adnan Salihu 157.2
Cecilia Braekhus 145.1 vs Eva Halasi 142.3
(WBO/WBC female welterweight titles)
Kasper Bruun 141.8 Massimiliano Chiofalo 142.2
Kim Poulsen 138.9 vs Saber Gasmi 137.3
Erik Skoglund 174.4 vs Vladimir Spasojevic 173.3
Lukas Schulz 196.4 vs Serdar Sahin 196.7
Venue: Herning Kongrescenter in Herning, Denmark
Promoter: Sauerland Event
TV: TV2 (Denmark)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA bantamweight world champion Anselmo ‘Chemito’ Moreno has been elevated to “super champion” status by the WBA. Moreno defended his belt successfully twice this year against Nehomar Cermeño, managing to win both encounters by split decision. He has been world champion since May 31, 2008, when he dethroned Wladimir Sidorenko in Germany. With the WBA regular world title now vacant, the organization is looking a possible candidates to fight for that belt.
Photo: Eroll Popova
Robert Stieglitz 168 vs Enrique Ornelas 167.6
(WBO super middleweight championship)
Ramona Kühne 129.6 vs Irma Balijagic 127
(WBO, WIBF, WBF female super featherweight titles)
Dr. Christine Theiss ?? vs Lena Ovchinnikova ??
Denis Simcic 173.7 vs Jindrich Velecky 173.7
Ferdinand Pilz 159 vs Sascha Alexander 158.3
Dominic Bösel 174.4 vs Patrick Baumann 173.9
Venue: Freiberger Arena in Dresden, Germany
Promoter: SES Boxing
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
To say that Quinton “Rampage” Jackson had a rocky 2010 would be an understatement.
The former UFC light heavyweight champion lived a dream when he got a chance to portray one of his television heroes, BA Baracus, in this summer’s A-Team film. Donning Mr. T’s famous haircut on film cost the Memphis native time in the Octagon and a proposed bout with bitter rival Rashad Evans was put off, much to the dismay of UFC president Dana White . . . . Click here for more
Michael Oliveira 165 vs Junior Ramos 168.5
George Arias 217 vs Emilio Ezequiel Zarate 226
Edvan Dos Santos Barros 151.5 vs Daniel Saboia 154
Venue: Espaco Das Americas, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Promoter: Rumble Star Promotions/Reunion Sports
Television: Live On SportV and TV Globo International.
Webcast: www.michaeloliveira.com at 7PM/ET
King Arthur Abraham (31-1, 25 KOs) will travel to Helsinki, Finland on Sunday night to continue his preparation for the eagerly anticipated Super Six World BoxingClassic showdown with Carl “The Cobra” Froch (26-1, 20 KOs). The vacant WBC super middleweight title will be on the line when the two superstars collide at the famous Hartwall Areena on November 27. In the co-featured main event, Finnish heavyweight sensation Robert Helenius (13-0, 8 KOs) makes a first defense of his EU Heavyweight Title against Attila Levin (34-3, 27 KOs). Boxing-online.com has caught up with King Arthur in his training camp base in Kienbaum, Germany. (more…)
Report and photo by Przemek Garczarczyk
While Tomasz Adamek is focused on facing Vinny Maddalone on December 9, things are moving forward on a possible clash between Adamek and ring legend Roy Jones Jr. in early 2011 if no fight with the Klitschkos materializes.
“We presented Ziggy Rozalski a simple, straightforward contract and as far as I know, it is acceptable to both Ziggy and Adamek. From our perspective, we are very interested in a fight between Tomasz and Roy for early next year,” said John Wirt, CEO of Square Ring Promotions who represents the former world champion in four different weight classes.
Jones Jr. spoke to Fightnews.com: (more…)
By Marc Lichtenfeld
This week on Through the Ropes, WBC welterweight champ Andre Berto talked about his upcoming November 27th fight with Freddy Hernandez. He said he doesn’t watch tape of his opponents and is going to use the same tools that have led him to his undefeated record and world championship to defeat his opponent.
Berto also discussed tearing his bicep in the Carlos Quintana fight. When he told his trainer about the injury after the second round, he was told, “You’ve got another arm, use it.” Berto claimed that during the fight he never questioned his ability to win. (more…)
With a busy boxing 2010 coming to a close, Bobby D. Presents in association with Jorge Marron Productions made sure it came to end with a bang with their “Showdown at the Crowne” fight card last night at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Mission Valley, a suburb of San Diego . . . Click here for more
Former champions Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Lyoto Machida clash on Saturday night in the main event of UFC 123.
Jackson is not shy about the fact that he is not overly excited about the matchup. He views Machida as a defense-first fighter that hunts and pecks his way to victory, and Jackson prefers to face someone who will stand and slug with him. Thus, he looks at the fight as a necessary evil if he wants to return to the top of the 205-pound mountain and reap the rewards that come along with occupying that post. . . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
For more on UFC 123, click here.
Andrzej Fonfara 175 vs. Anthony Doughty 170
Ivan Popoca 141 vs. Martin Tucker, 139.5
Jaime Herrera, 145 vs. Guadalupe Diaz, 144
Genaro Mendez, 142 vs. Clifford McPherson, 143
Donatas Bondarevas, 157 vs. Mustafah Johnson, 157
David Latoria, 230 vs. James Porter, 234
Mike Jimenez, 167 vs. Jesse Lewis, 166
Antonio Canas, 141 vs. Gabriel Morris, 142
Ramiro Carrillo, 141 vs. Matt Ellis, 145
Sergey Kovalev, 174 vs. Dallas Vargas, 176
Venue: UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL
Promoter: 8 Count Productions
Doors 7pm, First Bell 8pm
Report by Ricardo Conde
Photo courtesy Team Judah
Former light heavyweight contender turned cruiserweight, Daniel Judah (23-6-3, 10 KOs) of Brooklyn, New York returns this Saturday, November 20th at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, New York against Elvir Muriqi (37-5, 23 KOs) in a 10-round cruiserweight bout which is being presented by Havoc Boxing Promotions. Judah looks to rebound after a devastating loss to Adam “The Real Deal” Seal (8-1, 7 KOs) this past May at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia. We caught up Daniel Judah and had a moment to sit down and talk to him as he finished preparations for his upcoming bout, here’s what he had to say. (more…)
Fight fans are invited to see today’s weigh-in for the highly anticipated world championship rematch between WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez and Paul “The Punisher” Williams taking place Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. The weigh-in will be today at 5PM in the Caesars Atlantic City Main Lobby.
Las Vegas odds have the fight a virtual pick’em, with Williams as a light favorite at 6:5. It is 3:1 that the fight goes the distance and 5:2 it ends early. (more…)
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