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Roughly one week removed from receiving his new UFC featherweight title from UFC President Dana White, Brazilian sensation Jose Aldo felt like the holidays came early this year. Little did the 24-year-old know that UFC gold wouldn’t be the only honor he’d receive to close out 2010. (more…)
Photo: Marcos Maidana puts in a workout at the IBA Gym in Las Vegas today in preparation for his fight Saturday night with WBA Light Welterweight Champion Amir Khan.
On Saturday night, the greatest welterweight on the planet defends his title against the clear number one contender. Reigning champion and pound-for-pound great Georges St-Pierre hopes he experiences déjà vu when the action gets underway. Just over three years ago, he summarily defeated Josh Koscheck in an entertaining, though clear-cut, three round battle that helped erase the putrid taste of defeat that lingered from a shocking technical knockout loss to Matt Serra half a year earlier. The outcome unquestionably gives GSP a tremendous foundation of confidence heading into the rematch. . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC
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WBA World Light Welterweight Champion Amir Khan celebrated his 24th birthday today by passing on the birthday cake (until after Friday’s weigh-in) and working out for the media at the IBA Gym in Las Vegas. On Saturday, Khan faces interim champ Marcos Maidana. Stay tuned for a full gallery of workout photos from this afternoon.
By Karl Freitag
WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has suffered an injury forcing the cancellation of Saturday’s title defense against Dereck Chisora on Saturday in Mannheim, Germany. If or when the fight will be rescheduled is not yet determined. Bernd Bönte, Managing Director of Klitschko Management Group GmbH, informed Fighnews.com that the injury “is an abdominal muscle tear two inches long.”
Further information has now been released…
After an initial diagnosis, Klitschko suffered a torn abdominal muscle on his left side during his afternoon training session on Wednesday. “The abdominal muscle is injured and therefore Wladimir Klitschko will not be able to fight on Saturday,” says Dr. Sven Roessing, orthopedic specialist at university hospital Mannheim, Germany. Klitschko will have to pause for about 4 – 6 weeks. It is the second time in his professional career Wladimir Klitschko had to cancel a fight due to an injury, the first being in 2001 one week before a December 1 bout in New York City against David Izon due to a shoulder injury.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Tim Barry
Australian super middleweight 2010 Contender champion Garth “Woodsy” Wood (10-1-1, 5 KOs) caused the biggest upset in Australian boxing for several years when he scored a fifth round knockout over former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony “The Man” Mundine (40-4, 24 KOs) in a scheduled ten round contest at the Acer Arena, Homebush, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Wednesday. Wood aggressively attacked Mundine but the former champ evaded many of the bombs early with clever foot work. In a scrappy contest – Wood found the range in round five for a left hook bomb to the temple that dropped the WBA #2 rated Mundine and at :58 Wood was crowned the winner by referee Les Fear. (more…)
By Jimmy Hayes
It was announced today that trainer Billy Graham, Ricky Hatton and Punch Promotions Ltd have agreed to put their differences behind them and end ongoing court proceedings on mutually acceptable terms. The former world titleholder was sued by Graham who trained the Manchester-based boxer for eleven years until he was sacked in 2008. Graham claimed he is owed £1.4 million ($2.2 million) in lost earnings from four of Hatton’s fights. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
By Francisco Salazar
Fresh off his second round knockout over Paul Williams last month, Middleweight world title holder Sergio Martinez will be greeting fight fans at the El Dorado Mexican Restaurant in Oxnard on Thursday evening. Martinez is scheduled to arrive at around 6PM and will be signing autographs and taking pictures. The El Dorado Mexican Restaurant is located at 601 S. Oxnard Boulevard in Oxnard.
Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski
Tomasz Adamek (42-1, 27 KOs) weighed 216.5 pounds and Vinny Maddalone (33-6, 24 KOs) 230 pounds today at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Both fighters will step into the ring on December 9th for the main event of the evening.
Tomasz Adamek 216.5 vs. Vinny Maddalone 230
Patrick Majewski 160 vs. Eddie Caminero 158.2
Sadam Ali 147 vs. Manuel Guzman 145
Jose Medina 156 vs. Gabriel Rosado 155
Tarvis Simms 167 vs. Willis Lockett 167
Angel Concepcion 177 vs. Lekan Byfield 166.5
Randy Smith 256.5 vs. Bryant Jennings 223
Four of the world’s most talented bantamweights take center stage this Saturday, Dec. 11, LIVE on SHOWTIME® at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) in the highly anticipated The Bantamweight Tournament: Winner Takes All . The two-stage, single-elimination tournament of world-class 118-pounders begins with two Semifinal bouts at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash. In the opening bout, undefeated, world-ranked rising star Abner Mares (20-0-1, 13 KOs), of Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico, will face two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan (35-2-1, 27 KOs), of Sydney, Australia, by way of Armenia.
Then, former IBF 118-pound champ Joseph King Kong Agbeko (27-2, 22 KOs), of Bronx, N.Y., by way of Ghana, Africa, will try to earn back the title from the man that won it from him, current IBF champ Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez (20-0-1, 14 KOs), of Santa Fe Springs, Calif., by way of Colombia.
With a victory over the hard-hitting Darchinyan, Mares could earn a rematch against Perez, who he fought to a disputed majority draw last May 22 on SHOWTIME, or face the hard-hitting Agbeko. If Darchinyan triumphs in his semifinal bout, he could face the last man to beat him, Agbeko, who won a close, unanimous decision in July 2009 on SHOWTIME.
Here are some thoughts gathered during each fighter’s camps and what they think about their opponents just days away from the tournament: (more…)
Up-and-coming cruiserweight hopeful Yoan Pablo Hernandez (22-1, 11 KOs) is ready for the most important fight of his career. The 26-year-old Cuban will take on experienced Ali Ismailov (18-3-1, 13 KOs) in a WBA Cruiserweight Title Eliminator in Berlin on December 18. In the main fight of the evening, WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco “Captain” Huck (30-1, 23 KOs) will put his title on the line against undefeated mandatory challenger Denis Lebedev (21-0, 16 KOs). Hernandez and Huck have been working hard in training camp in Kienbaum, 20 miles east of Berlin. “Things have been going very well,” Hernandez said. “This is the biggest fight of my life and I am ready. I know that this will not be a walk in the park. Ismailov is a very strong opponent. I am prepared for a real battle.”
Once again, Team Sauerland will deliver a spectacular night of boxing, with three exciting heavyweight contenders displaying their skills on the undercard. 2004 Olympic gold medal winner Alexander Povetkin (20-0, 15 KOs) will take on Nicolai Firtha (19-7-1, 8 KOs), while Kubrat Pulev (9-0, 5 KOs) will face former European Heavyweight Champion Paolo Vidoz (26-9, 15 KOs). Furthermore, Francesco Pianeta (20-0-1, 12 KOs) will come face-to-face with Mike Middleton (13-19-1, 5 KOs). “This is going to be another exciting night of boxing,” Kalle Sauerland said. “The undercard is as good as it gets. Three powerful heavyweight contenders plus a cruiserweight title eliminator. And on top of that, Marco Huck´s clash with Lebedev, which will certainly be one to remember. December 18 will be an early Christmas present for fight fans.”
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Patrick Fulcher
Last night’s fights at the Seminole Hard Rock Live arena certainly lived up to the billing as “The Backyard Brawl”. Fans braved the blustery winter conditions outside to see Chicago native and former world heavyweight champion Oliver “The Atomic Bull” McCall (55-10, 37 KOs) snatch a split decision victory over fellow Chicagoan “Fast” Fres Oquendo (32-7, 21 KOs) to win the vacant IBF Intercontinental heavyweight belt. (more…)
Photo credit: KMG/Dmitriy Abramov
Wladimir Klitschko and Dereck Chisora held their open work out at the Mercedes Benz dealership in Heidelberg (Germany). Over 1000 fans showed up to watch both fighters showing off their boxing skills in preparation for their heavyweight championship fight this Saturday, Dec. 11. IBF, WBO and IBO Champion Klitschko and British and Commonwealth Champion Chisora will face off at the SAP ARENA in Mannheim, Germany. (more…)
Long after his boxing career was over, I had the opportunity to speak to former world champion Jesse James Leija, and I asked him what it was like to miss weight for one of the biggest fights of his career – a 2003 title bout against Kostya Tszyu. He didn’t hesitate in his response, likening it to seeing both your parents shot in front of you. UFC welterweight contender Thiago Alves won’t go that far, but it’s close . . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
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Unheralded Garth Wood (10-1-1, 6 KOs) just knocked out two-time world champion Anthony Mundine (40-4, 24 KOs) in the fifth round of a middleweight bout in Sydney, Australia on Wednesday night. A left hook finished Mundine.
More to come from Ray Wheatley…
Goossen Tutor Promotions and KZ Event Productions announced today that WBA and IBA World Champion Beibut Shumenov and WBO World Champion Juergen Braehmer will meet in a Light Heavyweight World Championship Unification showdown January 8, 2011 at the Ice Mansion in Shymkent, Kazakhstan. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Erik Morales has stood the test of twelve rounds and was declared ready for his bout against former world champion Jorge “La Hiena” Barrios on December 18 at the Caliente Racetrack in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. ‘Terrible’ Morales and his team José “Olivaritos” Morales (father and trainer), Raul Robles (trainer), Francisco “Jordan” Nava and Rafael “Chino” Javier (assistants) have carried out the test in the Otomi Ceremonial Center Gym on Temoaya, State of Mexico. Morales sparred twelve hard rounds with Ismael “Bolillito” Gonzalez, Alejandro Sanabria, Jesus Barraza and Oscar Gonzalez. (more…)
Looks like WBO light heavyweight Jürgen Brähmer will meet WBA champion Beibut Shumenov on January 8 in Chimkent, Kazakhstan. “It’s no problem for me to box in another country,” Brähmer told the Hamburger Morgenpost. “Over there the fight will do a very big number.” According to the Morgenpost, the contracts have been signed and the camps are simply working out the final details before an official announcement.
By Ron Jackson
William Gare makes the third defense of his WBF super middleweight belt when he fights Roland Francis in Johannesburg on Saturday night. The bout in the Wembley Indoor Arena is a return match. On December 5, 1999, Gare won their first fight on points to retain his SA junior middleweight title. The 35-year-old Gare now has a record of 25-14-1, with 4 knockouts. Francis stands at (24-11-5, 14 KOs KOs). Gare won the vacant World Boxing Foundation belt in February 2008 when he stopped Maselino Masoe in four rounds. He made successful defences against William Sherrington and Jindrich Velecky and, in his most recent fight, on August 7 last year, he also beat Rigoberto Alvarez. (more…)
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The best prospect of the moment in Colombia, Darley Perez landed today in the United States for his debut in the Country of opportunities. Perez arrived with his trainer Orlando Pineda in Florida for his scheduled fight of this Friday, December 10, 2010 at the Kissimmee Civic Center. Perez, of San Pedro de Uraba, Colombia (17-0-14 KO’) is already ranked #4 WBA and #12 WBO, and will have his hands full when he faces unbeaten Remesis Gil (6-0-4-5 KOs) of Carolina, Puerto Rico via Dominican Republic in a bout scheduled for eight rounds in the lightweight division. Perez is managed by Billy Chams who has made 14 world champions of Colombia and has very high hopes in Perez. (more…)
By Phil Doherty at ringside
Oliver McCall (55-10, 37 KO’s) claimed the IBF Intercontinental heavyweight belt tonight at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida via split decision over Fres Oquendo (32-7, 21 KO’s). McCall displayed a solid left jab for most of the bout as he chased Oquendo to try to land his right hand. Oquendo stuck and moved away from “The Atomic Bull” firing one-two combinations upstairs.
It seemed to be working for Oquendo until the eighth round when a big right hand from McCall dug into Oquendo’s body to wobble his legs. However, Fres stuck to his gameplan to try to outbox the older, slower McCall. Fres’s corner repeatedly called out to him: ”no decision!” in an attempt to have him take the decision out of the judge’s hands.
Unfortunately for him, he couldn’t hurt McCall seriously enough to do that. Scores were 115-113 for Oquendo and 116-112, 115-113 for McCall. A furious fracas immediately broke out in the ring and spilled over to the ringside seats as Oquendo’s team mixed it up with McCalls’s promoter. (more…)
By David Finger
Australia’s Kariz Kariuki scored the biggest win of his career this weekend in Tiangin, China when he dropped former middleweight contender Randy Griffin in the twelfth round en route to a twelve round unanimous decision. The naturally bigger Kariuki proved to be the busier fighter as well as he connected with more effective shots over the course of the fight. All three judges gave the fight to Kariuki by a wide margin (Sawaeng Thaweekoon of Thailand and John Stewart of the USA both scored it 117-110, while Ana Fournaris of the USA scored the fight 109-118. With the win Kariuki captures the WBO Oriental championship and improves his record to 23-9-2, 18 KO’s while Griffin drops to 24-3-3, 12 KO’s.
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
With the clock ticking away until rising star Amir Khan squares off against Marcos Maidana, all eyes in the boxing world still seem to be on the Brit’s high profile training partner, Manny Pacquiao.
Several men have punched their ticket in an effort to be the next man punched by “Pac Man,” but let trainer Freddie Roach tell it, only one fight makes sense right now—and it’s not the one you might think . . . click here for full story
UFC® President Dana White has said time and time again that the UFC loves Canada, and that Canadians are among the best and most passionate UFC fans in the world. Today, in recognition of this great Canadian passion, White and UFC Director of Canadian Operations Tom Wright, made the highly anticipated announcement that the Ultimate Fighting Championship® will host its first-ever event in Ontario as the UFC visits Toronto’s Rogers Centre on Saturday, April 30, 2011. The UFC also announced it will host a two-day Fan Expo at the Direct Energy Centre on April 29 and 30, rounding out what promises to be an historic and record-setting event. (more…)
This past year, UFC® fans from around the globe had the opportunity to celebrate their passion for UFC® and the sport of mixed martial arts at UFC® Fan Expo™ events in Las Vegas, Boston and London. With an overwhelming response in each city, the UFC® Fan Expo™ excelled in providing the ultimate fan experience. (more…)
Slide show of today’s grand arrivals at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, featuring Amir Khan, Marcos Maidana, Victor Ortiz and Lamont Peterson. Photos by Chris Cozzone. Click here
The night before one of the biggest sporting events in the world, Las Vegas will play host to some of the biggest stars in all of mixed martial arts, as the UFC delivers a tripleheader of explosive fights on Saturday, February 5th, that make it clear that the hardest hitting in the sports world comes without helmets and pads. In the main event of UFC 126: SILVA vs. BELFORT, which is presented by Bud Light at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, the UFC® middleweight title will be on the line when pound for pound great Anderson “The Spider” Silva looks to extend his record title reign against history-seeking Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort, who is attempting to become only the third man to hold UFC belts in two weight classes. (more…)
Lamont Peterson and Victor Ortiz were both on the fast track to stardom in the boxing world when their respective dreams were deferred in 2009. Ortiz (28-2, 22 KOs) was dealt a crushing blow when he could take no more punishment and threw in his own towel against Marcos Maidana last June. Peterson (28-1, 14 KOs) would see his train derailed as he was soundly beaten by Timothy Bradley last December. But since then, both fighters have sought to get their respective careers on track and will meet in a collision this Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV on the co-featured bout of the Khan vs Maidana headliner. On Monday’s conference call both junior welterweights were of little words but got their points across as their date with destiny nears . . . click here for more
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By Lindy Lindell
Photos: Bob Ryder
In what is believed to be only the third professional boxing card in the history of the Pontiac Superdome, undefeated junior-welterweight champions Devon Alexander (WBC) and Tim Bradley (WBO) will square off in an event billed as The Super Fight on January 29. After a drought of almost a decade, this is the second big-time fight in the Motown area in a year.
The HBO-televised 12-round unification bout between Alexander (21-0, 13 KOs) and Bradley (26-0, 11 KOs) is unusual in modern-day boxing in that both are undefeated. Promoter and primary tub-thumper Gary Shaw, when queried at today’s press conference as to what two non-Michiganians mean for a boxing promotion, cited, “This is an excellent matchup between two young African-American boxers at the top of their game. You’re going to see a helluva fight. There won’t be any reason for the boobirds to sing. These are the top two junior-welterweights in the world–hands-down, and the winner of this fight, I believe, would make the best matchup with Manny Pacquiao.” For more details and photos click here…
Unbeaten NABF and NABO featherweight champion Matt “Sharp Shooter” Remillard, has targeted a 2011 world title fight. The 24-year-old Remillard (23-0, 14 KOs), currently a promotional free agent, won all three of his 2010 fights by knockout. He has climbed the ratings systems to #3 in the WBO, #6 in the WBC, and #7 in the WBA.
“Ratings do mean something because I’m eligible in three major boxing organizations to fight for the world time,” Remillard said. “At #3 in the WBO, I’m so close that I need to stay ready in case I get a call. If either one of the two fighters rated higher than me (#1 Daniel Ponce De Leon and #2 Chonlatarn Piriapinyp) fight for another title, lose, or get injured, I move up and then I’m even closer to a mandatory shot. (more…)
Four of the world’s top 118-pound fighters will battle for supremacy in a two-round, single-elimination tournament. Don’t miss Perez, Agbeko, Mares, and Darchinyan Saturday, Dec 11th at 9pm ET/PT.
Preview by Brady Crytzer
In a dramatic contrast of styles, UFC world welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre defends his title against arch nemesis Josh Koscheck in the main event of UFC 124 in Montreal. On one side of the cage you have GSP, a natural striker who has readjusted his focus to become one of the sport’s best wrestlers. Awaiting him is Koscheck, quite possibly the sport’s most decorated wrestler who has been delivering brutal knockouts as a testament to his commitment to diversifying his own attack. Anxious to test their new skills against the best in the world, these two men will showdown after nearly four months of preparation. Will it be the wrestling of St. Pierre or the striking of Koscheck that wins the day? Let’s take a closer look at this cold December showdown in the Great White North . . . Click here for more
By Karl Freitag
WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal and ring legend Bernard Hopkins hosted an international media conference call to discuss preparations for their fast approaching December 18 world championship bout at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, where 16,000 seats have already been sold. Oddmakers favor Pascal by more than 2:1.
“I’m going to bring my A game and let’s see if the teacher can still teach,” said Pascal from his training camp in Miami. “I found some things I can exploit of December 18…I have two or three surprises for him.”
Hopkins, who turns 46 next month, said he would be doing a disservice to boxing if he retired just because of his age and promised that reporters who think he should retire will eat crow come December 18. “My life has been about proving people wrong…Pascal has to worry about what I’m bringing to the table…I’m known for ruining careers.”
22-year-old lightweight and top Italian prospect Luca Giacon stopped Hungarian Laszlo Robert Balogh (10- 5-1, 3 KOs) in round four last Saturday in Decimomannu (Cagliari), Italy. Giacon brings his record to 13 wins all by KO, no losses and 1 no-contest. European super lightweight contender Michele Di Rocco (29- 1-1, 12 KOs) decisioned veteran Laszlo Komjathi in six rounds and super middleweight Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (18-1, 10 KOs) decisioned tough Sandor Ramocsa in another six rounder. OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) promoted the show.
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