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WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel has announced the referee and judges who will work the super bantamweight title bout between champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce and Simphiwe Nongqayi this Saturday, September 24 at the Foro Promo Casa in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, in a Promociones Zanfer presentation. The referee for this bout will be Rafael Ramos. Judges are Alejandro Lopez-Cid, from Mexico, Jose Roberto Torres, from Puerto Rico, and Ruben Garcia, from the United States. WBO Supervisor for this fight will be Rafael Lopez Santos.
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Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito pose Thursday in Los Angeles during a public press conference on their world tour to announce their highly-anticipated World Championship rematch, Saturday, December 3, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Cotto Promotions, Tornado Promotions, AT&T, and Madison Square Garden, Cotto-Margarito II will be produced and distributed Live by HBO Pay-Per-View®. Click here for more photos…
Checking in from his rigorous training camp, “Dazzling” Darren Barker (23-0, 14 KOs) says he is “in a happy place” ahead of his October 1 shot against middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (47-2-2, 26 KOs) at Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, NJ. Barker is ready to swap the peace and tranquillity of his Lake Ontario training camp for the hustle and bustle of New York City, but the Londoner says his training camp has been the perfect preparation for the biggest fight of his career. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez
The impressive Juriquilla Golf Club in Queretaro hosted the press conference for Saturday’s international boxing card to be held in the Plaza de Toros de Juriquilla. Mexican stars Dante Jardon, Oscar “Cebiche” Ibarra and Edgar Jimenez and Filipino foes Ricky Sismundo, Sylvester Lopez and Juanito Rubillar all demonstrated extreme confidence.
The main event between WBC silver super flyweight world champion Ibarra and #1 rated Lopez will be a final eliminator for a fight against newly crowned champion Suriyan Rungvisai Sor. (more…)
Photos and report by Bob Ryder
Hometown stars Vernon “Iceman” Paris and Darryl “Peoples Choice” Cunningham return to action on Thursday, October 6 as Detroit’s MotorCity Casino Hotel presents pro boxing in their Sound Board showroom. Matchmaker Carlos Llinas has lined up a packed card to showcase some of the city’s most exciting ring talent. For more details and photos click here…
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Mike Oliver arrived today to Puerto Rico to complete his training for his October 1st bout against former world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” López in the show Triple Crown III to be held at the Rubén Rodríguez coliseum in Bayamon in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) and Top Rank presentation to be televised on “Pay Per View.” Oliver (25-2, 8 KOs) will face López (30-1, 27 KOs) for the WBO Latino featherweight title headlining the show. Oliver arrived with part of his team to complete his training for the fight in Puerto Rico. Alson in the show, former world champion Román “Rocky” Martínez (24-1-1, 15 KOs) will face Ramón Maas (25-1, 15 KOs) for the WBO Intercontinental 130lb title, superbantamweight contender Jonathan Oquendo (21-2, 14 KOs) versus Sod Looknongyantoy (51-2-1, 21 KOs) for the 122lb WBO Latino title, and seven more fights.
In a battle of KO Artists, WBC #15 middleweight Michael Oliveira (15-0, 12 KOs) will take Milton Nunez (23-3-1, 21 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round featured attraction on the undercard of the Super Six World Boxing Classic Tournament Final between WBA Super Middleweight Champion Andre Ward and WBC Champion Carl Froch on October 29 in Atlantic City.
Evander Holyfield has decided to relinquish the WBF heavyweight title in order to challenge Alexander Povetkin for the WBA “regular” World title in December. The legendary American informed WBF president Howard Goldberg personally. “I have been in talks with Evander Holyfield over the past couple of weeks. He has secured a December fight against Povetkin for one of the WBA titles and informed me that with much regret he would have to relinquish his WBF world title,” said Goldberg. “Evander and I have always had an open relationship and he expressed his great pride in having fought for and having held our WBF world heavyweight title and that he will always keep the WBF close to his heart. It has always been our philosophy at the WBF to allow our champions to grow, be it with us at the WBF or whether they are offered opportunities elsewhere. We have never, and will never, prevent our fighters from growing – that is not who we are.”
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that MusclePharm® will serve as the official nutritional supplement supplier of the UFC® in the U.S. and Canada. The Denver-based company, which also sponsors Major League Baseball’s Cincinnati Reds and NFL superstar Michael Vick among other notable athletes, will be featured in a variety of UFC programming elements ranging from national television broadcasts to Pay-Per-Views. In addition, MusclePharm will be featured prominently across UFC’s digital platforms and in the hallowed Octagon®. Various retail promotions around major UFC events are also planned. (more…)
South African light heavyweight Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba (17-1-1, 8 KOs) will make his debut under the DiBella Entertainment banner when he takes on Jameson Bostic (23-4, 13 KOs) in an eight-rounder on the undercard of the October 1 card featuring universally recognized middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez against undefeated European Champion “Dazzling” Darren Barker. It will be Chilemba’s second fight in the U.S. You may recall his ESPN2-televised win over Maxim Vlasov at the Million Dollar Elm Casino, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto, arch rival Antonio “The Tijuana Tornado” Margarito and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum will wrap up their international press tour today in Los Angeles. Fight fans are invited to attend the today’s news conference in the Pacific Ballroom at the Wilshire Grand Los Angeles (930 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, Calif. 90017) starting at 12:30PM.
If the idea of two Las Vegas fighters battling it out in Vegas on this Friday night’s Strikeforce card at The Palms has got you thinking of a crosstown rivalry complete with inter-gym wars and bad blood, sorry, Ryan Couture is about to kill such ideas when it comes to his bout with Maka Watson. . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Matt Hughes wasn’t going out like that. Not after two reigns as the UFC welterweight champion, not after beating a Who’s Who of 170-pound stars over the course of a career that landed him in the Hall of Fame even before he retired. No, the first round knockout loss to BJ Penn in November of 2010 wasn’t going to be his fighting epitaph . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Victor Ortiz tells TMZ, Floyd Mayweather caught him completely off-guard with a sucker punch … and now he wants a rematch. Victor hit up The Ivy in Bev Hills yesterday — and said he only put his hands down because he was waiting for the ref’s signal … and Floyd clocked him with a “totally unfair” left hook. Watch Victor’s rematch demand as he squeezes in a not-so-subtle dig at Money May.
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Rey Sanchez
Judging from the ongoing debate following last Saturday’s unexpected and controversial finish to the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Victor Ortiz pay-per-view event; boxing remains a vital, relevant sport. Here in South Florida, boxing fans should consider themselves spoiled with the recent spate of promotional activity at various local venues.
However, one promoter in particular promises to rise to the top and leave no room for debate. Panther Promotions held court from Bongos Cuban Café at The Seminole Hard Rock this afternoon to promote this Friday’s “Future Superstars” card. Lightweight Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry squares off against former IBF featherweight champion Eric “Mighty Mouse” Aiken in the 10-round main event of a stacked 8-bout show. This afternoon’s final press conference highlighted some of Panther’s unique collaborations, including a surefire future Hall-of-Famer and a renowned Hollywood film studio. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Looks like young Polish heavyweight Artur Szpilka (7-0, 5 KO) has another great fighter in his corner. After Szpilka, whose name translates to English word “The Pin,” knocked out sparring partner Monte Barrett and “Two Gunz” praised a lot of what he saw in the ring, WBC #1 cruiserweight Francisco Palacios compared his style to “a heavyweight Vic Darchinyan” and now the last undisputed heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis expressed his interest in following 22-year-old’s career. Fightnews spoke with Lewis during his short visit in Poland about young fighter’s future, giving him and every young fighter invaluable advice from his own career. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The Three Filipino fighters, Sylvester Lopez, Ricky Sismundo and Juanito Rubillar gave a good impression to local and international media along with Mexican fans at a public workout for their bouts Saturday at Juriquilla, Querétaro. The “Philippine Invasion” card, organized by Promociones del Pueblo, Producciones Deportivas and Grupo Modelo, which will air on Televisa. (more…)
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Miguel Cotto arrives in Los Angeles Wednesday night with his mom Juana and Team Cotto: Ariel Ferrer, Hector Soto, Phil Landman, Bryan Perez and Gaby Penagaricano for a press conference Thursday. Cotto is in town on the fourth stop of the world tour to announce his highly anticipated World Championship rematch against Antonio Margarito, Saturday, December 3, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Cotto Promotions, Tornado Promotions, AT&T, and Madison Square Garden, Cotto-Margarito II will be produced and distributed Live by HBO Pay-Per-View®.
Photo: Emily Harney
Undefeated light middleweight Demetrius “The Cape Verdean Assassin” Andrade outclassed two-time world title challenger Saul “Baby” Duran en route to a victory by third-round knockout in tonight’s main event on the 10th annual Fight To Educate card at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire. Enjoying target practice for the full three rounds, Andrade (15-0, 10 KOs), fighting out of Providence, decked Duran at the end of the second and third rounds, unloading a series of crisp, hard punches. Duran was unable to answer the bell for the fourth round. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The undefeated Mexican prospect Jose “Piston” Lopez (15-0, 6 KOs) will face a tough test Saturday at the Auditorio Centenario in Gomez Palacio, Durango when he faces experienced Eugenio “Dinamita” López (22-18-1, 18 KOs). The charismatic “Piston” seeks to maintain his unbeaten record after outstanding victories against former world champion Cesar “Cobrita” Soto and the son of the legend Jorge “Maromero” Paez Jr. (more…)
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