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- Brähmer opponent named: Pawel Glazewski
- Perez retains WBA interim lightweight belt
- Rodriguez defeats Rodriguez
- Fight for Water 3 Weights
- Weights from Panama
- UFC 179 at the scales
- Oscar to officially announce Dec 6 card
- "Fights at the Fitz" returns this Saturday
- Former European champ Pat Barrett to promote first boxing show
- Mthalane to make first defense of IBO flyweight belt
- 143 lbs! Pacquiao already on weight for November 22 clash with Algieri
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: Sumio Yamada
Recently it has been known that highly regarded Mexican prospect Saul “Canelo” Alvarez may land a fight with the WBA welterweight champion Vyacheslay Senchenko in March 2011. For many, it’s a big surprise that Canelo could fight for the WBA and not the WBC title. According to promoter Eddy Reynoso of Canelo Promotions, Alvarez could fight anyone who would provide a better future. European champion Matthew Hatton has also been mentioned as a possible foe. In addition, there is talk of a three fight plan with Golden Boy Promotions culminating in a world title fight in the U.S.
It’s the end of an era, and the beginning of a new one. After 26 years at the Irvine Marriott, where the name “Battle In The Ballroom” became synonymous with sold out shows and competitive fights in an intimate venue, renowned Southern California fight promoter Roy Englebrecht has decided that it is time for a change.
So beginning on February 24, 2011, Englebrecht will launch “Fight Club OC,” a bi-monthly series that he promises will feature the kind of boxing action that has brought 38 current and former world champions to SoCal fans hungry for one thing and one thing only – competitive fights.
Englebrecht has teamed up with the OC Fair & Event Center to stage six Thursday night Fight Club OC shows in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California. Open less than a year the 23,000 square foot venue is the newest and most modern building on the OC Fair property. Designed with an aviation hangar look, its 50 foot high arched ceiling and unique 50 foot high hangar doors, that can be opened during spring and summer nights, give it a big time arena feel, better to now feature the explosive action that only Fight Club OC can deliver. (more…)
By Igor Frank
Junior middleweight contender Vanes Martirosyan talks about a rumored title shot against WBA world champion Miguel Cotto next March.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
On Thursday at the Sport Complex “Daulet” in Astana, Kazakhstan, reigning WBA middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin (20-0, 17 KOs) retained his world crown with a triumph in round three over the Colombian Nilson Tapia (14-3-1, 10 KOs). Here are more details on the fight…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Gil Ramirez 159.50 vs Rogelio Medina 159.50
José “Torito” Rodríguez 107.80 vs Jesús “Tyson” Limones 107.80
Alan “Explosivo” Herrera 130.90 vs Carlos Raúl Guzmán 130.90
Carlos “Chapito” Velarde 107.80 vs Hugo Olvera 107.80
Frank “Jabato” Haros 140.80 vs Esteban Díaz 145.20
Rafael Rosas 118.80 vs Antonio Hernández 117.70
Jasseth Noriega 112.20 vs Martha Molina 112.20
David Cavita 133.10 vs Carlos Gómez 134.20
Venue: German Evers Gym
Promoter: Zapari Boxing Promotions
Las Vegas hosts its first world title fight of 2011 when world bantamweight champion Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel defends his title against two-division world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire, in the latest chapter of the storied México-Philippines rivalry on February 19 at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. Also on the card will be a rematch between undefeated welterweight champion Mike Jones and Jesus Soto-Karass reprising their exciting battle which took place on November 13 under the Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito pay-per-view extravaganza.
Looking for a great last-minute Christmas gift? Tickets to Montiel vs. Donaire, priced at $250, $125, $50 and $25 go on-sale Thursday December 23, at Noon PT at all Ticketmaster locations. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Mandalay Bay at (877) 632-7400 or Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also will be available for purchase at www.mandalaybay.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Team Morales
All set for Saturday’s clash between Mexican ring legend Erik “Terrible” Morales and Dominican Francisco “El Ahogado” Lorenzo in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. At the final press conference, both Morales and Lorenzo said expect an explosive and strong fight.
Morales stated, “He’s a very experienced opponent who has fought good fighters and it’s guaranteed to be a great show for the fans to come out to support me in my return to Tijuana.” (more…)
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Two-time world champion Bernard Hopkins trained Thursday night at The Chateau Bonne Entente in Quebec City. As you can see, “The Executioner” is ready for WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT) on Saturday from the Pepsi Coliseum in Québec City, Canada. More photos…
Photo: Tom Barnes
Angel Hernandez 160 vs. Osumanu Adama 159.5
David Estrada 154 vs. Franklin Gonzalez 152
Carl Davis 197 vs. Arthur Williams 200
Donatas Bondoravas 155.5 vs. Brandon Baue 156
Adrian Granados 142. vs Justin Danforth 141
Evgeny Gradovich 126 vs. Tommy Atencio 129
Lamar Russ 160 vs. Eli Augustama 162
Venue: UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL
Results by Brady Crytzer
In a fight of the year candidate on the night of the final WEC event, Anthony “Showtime” Pettis used every weapon in his arsenal to defeat champion Benson Henderson via unanimous decision. Henderson, the fighter thought to be the better grappler of the two, had success with takedowns in round one. In the second round the striking of Pettis dictated the pace of the fight and helped him control his opponent. Round three saw Pettis begin to control the grappling as well as the stand-up and round four saw his well-rounded attack continue. In the final round Pettis connected on Henderson with a leaping spinning roundhouse kick launched from the cage wall. Scorecards read 49-46 and 48-47 twice making Pettis the new WEC lightweight champion.
In the contest to crown the first UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz dominated challenger Scott Jorgensen over five one-sided rounds. Scorecards read the same, 50-45 in favor of the champion. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos by Ed Mulholland
Welterweight Dmitriy Salita (32-1-1, 17 KOs) scored a punishing third round KO over late sub James Wayka (16-10-1, 8 KOs) on Thursday night at the famed Roseland Ballroom in New York City. Salita used a brutal body attack to dropped Wayka twice in round two and twice more in round three before the fight was waved off by referee David Fields. Time was 1:53. Salita claimed the vacant NY State title. Click here for more photos…
By Felipe Leon at the scale
Christopher Martin 126 vs Yogli Herrera 129
Ronny Rios 128 vs Adolfo Landeros 128
Rolando Perez 140 vs Federico Martinez 140 3/4**
Angel Torres 133 1/2 vs Ronald Hurley 131
Anthony Martinez 147 vs Jaime Orrantia 149
Notes: **Martinez will drop the 3/4 of a pound.
Venue: Four Points Sheraton
Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions with Don Chargin Promotions in association with Jorge Marron Productions
By Phil Doherty
Photo: Sam Cohen
Ray Austin 239 ¾ vs. Odlanier Solis 260
Tavoris Cloud 175 vs. Fulgencio Zuniga 174
Ricardo Mayorga 162.5 vs. Michael Walker 160 ½
Darrel Madison 251 ¼ vs. Michael Marrone 260 ½
Eileen Olszewski 110 ¾ vs. Anastasia Toktoulova 109 ½
Angelo Santana 137 ¼ vs. John David Charles 137
Erkan Teper 233 vs. Donato DeMartiis 219 ½
Pedro Rodriguez 195 ¼* vs. TJ Cook 198 ½**
*Rodriguez weighed over contracted weight of 195 by ¼ lb. Weighed 193 ½ on second attempt.
**Cook weighed over by 3 ½ lbs. Rodriguez allowed this weight.
Note: After Mayorga punched Walker a scuffle ensued.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Photo: Vincent Ethier
Heading into most fights the most common pre-fight banter heard revolves around such words as battle, victory, and champion. With Bernard Hopkins promising to wear a jersey to the ring bearing the number 45, signifying his age, all the talk leading into Saturday’s showdown has revolved around words such as history and legacy.
Jean Pascal who goes into the fight as Champion is asking just one question: “Can he live up to his legacy?”
“When I was a kid, one of the stories I read was about Winnie the Pooh and how he got his nose caught in a beehive once, in search of honey. I liked that story and it parallels what will happen in this fight. Whether Hopkins should be concerned about his legacy if he stinks up the place, fight dirty, and then loses, this is his problem.” (more…)
Enad Licina, watch out…IBF cruiserweight champion Steve “USS” Cunningham has another mouth to feed. On Tuesday, Livvy Cunningham gave birth to the couple’s third child, Cruz Cunningham, who weighed in at 7 pounds and 14 ounces. Cruz joins brother Steve Jr. and sister Kennedy in their father’s rooting section. “We are happy and blessed by the newest addition to our family, now it’s back to business, preparing for a world title challenge with this as an extra incentive for victory,“ Cunningham said.
The champ needs to get right back to work as he is scheduled to defend his title against mandatory challenger Licina. Fightnews.com and Team Sauerland congratulates the entire Cunningham family.
Super Six World Boxing Classic semifinalists Glen Johnson and Carl Froch have been in world title fights against Two-Time World Champion Bernard Hopkins and WBC Light Heavyweight World Champion Jean Pascal, respectively, and like Arthur Abraham, they are picking Pascal to beat the 45-year-old Hopkins on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT) on Saturday, Dec. 18, from the Pepsi Coliseum in Québec City, Canada.
There are three other world-ranked fighters, however, who feel the wily veteran with 57 career professional fights will have enough to dethrone Pascal. (more…)
Photos: André Latendorf
Universum Box-Promotion will kick-off 2011 with a historic unification clash between WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer (36-2, 29 KOs) and WBA light heavyweight king Beibut Shumenov (10-1, 6 KOs) on January 8th in Shymkent Kazakhstan. Today Brähmer, his trainer Michael Timm and promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl spoke to the press for the first time about the fight at a press conference in Hamburg. Universum Box-Promotion will kick-off 2011 with a historic unification clash between WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer (36-2, 29 KOs) and WBA light heavyweight king Beibut Shumenov (10-1, 6 KOs) on January 8th in Shymkent Kazakhstan. Today Brähmer, his trainer Michael Timm and promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl spoke to the press for the first time about the fight at a press conference in Hamburg. (more…)
Story by Rick Scharmberg
Former IBF light welterweight champion Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi (27-4, 5 KOs) makes his return to the ring Saturday night at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Quebec against Michael Lozada (36-6-1, 29 KOs), in one of the main support bouts on a card featuring Bernard Hopkins versus Jean Pascal for Pascal’s WBC light heavyweight title . . . Click here for more
By Ron Jackson
Middleweight Khaphathe Mphambanyeni retained his South African title when he fought to a draw over twelve rounds with Christopher Buthelezi at the Olive Convention Centre in Durban on Thursday afternoon. Mphambanyeni (6-1-1, 6 KOs) from the Limpopo Province won the vacant title in September this year when he stopped Mthokozisi Malinga in the fifth round, was making his first defence against the mandatory challenger Buthelezi (15-12-2, 6 KOs) from Lamontville, Durban. In a mauling and untidy contest the shorter Buthelezi kept boring in and smothering his taller opponent and with neither fighter dominating a draw was possibly a fair reflection of the fight. One judge scored it for Buthelezi and the other one had it for Mphambanyeni, whilst the third called it a draw. The tournament was presented by Thulani Magudulela.
By Jose E. Santiago
Photo: Andrew Snook
The two top active boxing promoters in Georgia, Greg Barckhoff of Sports Fan Properties and Shea Bailey of Shea Bailey Promotions join forces in an effort to solidify the best boxers in the first ever Georgia Boxing Championship series. The series is slated to begin on February 25th and will be hosted at the newly renovated Macy’s building at 200 Peachtree in Atlanta. Future fight cards have already been slated for April, June, August, and December. (more…)
Today in Rome, Italy OPI2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) presented to the press the vacant WBC International Championship between Emanuele Della Rosa and Nefzi Ayoub scheduled for tomorrow in Rome. In the photo from left to right Della Rosa, WBC International chairman Mauro Betti and Ayoub.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Today at the Sport Complex “Daulet” in Astana, Kazakhstan, reigning WBA middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin (20-0, 17 KOs) retained his world crown with a triumph in round three over the Colombian Nilson Tapia (14-3-1, 10 KOs). The event promoted by Oleg Hermann and Delta Boxpromotion helped celebrate Kazakh Independece Day.
Photo: Ruben Roncallo/www.RubenRoncallo.com
Dmitriy Salita 147 vs. James Wayka 145.25
Joel Castillo 173.25 vs. Angel Gonzalez 173
Scotty Burell 134.25 vs. Jonathan Caban 130.25
Rafael Vazquez 130 vs. Hector Rivera 128.25
Frank Galarza 156.25 vs. Felix Rangel 156
Jonathan Cuba 137.25 vs. Artie Bembury 140
Jon Bolden 220 vs. Richard Mason 207
Jose Peralta 137.25 vs. Henry Northan 137.25
George Santiago 130 vs. John Passantino 131
Venue is the Roseland Ballroom (239 West 52nd Street) . Tickets are still available at the box office. Doors open at 6:30p and the first bout is at 7:30pm
Carney “Beeper” Bowman returns to action this Saturday night, December 18th against Jason Rorie in the main event of “Home for the Holidays” an evening of action packed professional boxing at the National Guard Armory in Hanover, Pennsylvania. (more…)
Unlike college basketball, the sport of MMA doesn’t have a “Final Four.” But Thursday night’s main event between Benson Henderson and Anthony Pettis certainly has a Final Four type of feel to it . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, WEC
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