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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Some sources report that there is a possibility that ring legend and now successful boxing promoter Oscar de la Hoya could climb back into the ring to face Britain’s Ricky Hatton after two years of inactivity. Both are coming off losses to Manny Pacquiao. Supposedly GBP has made a proposal to Hatton for a possible clash during fight week for David Haye vs Audley Harrison. Hatton has said repeatedly he would not fight again and recently lost his license after a cocaine scandal.
Universum Box-Promotion has announced that European heavyweight champion Alexander Dimitrenko (30-1, 20 KOs) will face former champion Albert Sosnowski (46-3-1, 28 KOs) on December 4 at the Sport and Congress Center in Schwerin, Germany. (More to come)
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green (31-3, 27 KOs) retained the title when he was awarded a clear twelve round decision over previously unbeaten B J Flores (24-1, 15 KOs) on Wednesday night at the Challenge Stadium in Perth, Western Australia.
Flores connected with accurate left jabs and used clever foot work to evade many of Green’s heavy punches in the early rounds. Referee Howard Foster warned Green in round five for holding and hitting. Both boxers exchanged solid combinations in round five. Round six produced fireworks with the American showing a granite chin as he absorbed solid shots and came back with his own heavy artillery. Round seven had Flores forcing the action as he scored with crisp combo’s but Green always looking dangerous. Round eight Flores landed chopping right hand but Green came back with a solid left rip-left hook combo and buckled Flores knees at the bell when he delivered a power right to the jaw at the bell. Flores was the aggressor in round nine as Green backed into the ropes and countered his opponent effectively. Round ten had Green continually counter punching Flores effectively but the American was never in trouble at any stage. Round eleven had Green connecting with a right hand bomb but Flores responded with rapid combinations. Round twelve had Green stepping up a gear and delivering heavy combinations but Flores had the jab working well until the bell sounded. Scores 117-111, 118-110, 118-111. (more…)
When Forrest Griffin speaks, people listen. Once the above sentence was uttered by the former UFC light heavyweight champion, the collective ears of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) faithful perked up and became specifically mindful to one particular soft spoken contestant with the indelible “Immortal” tattooed across his midsection. Such high praise captured the attention of fight fans and, ever since, they have been treated to a burgeoning fighter’s young career fueled on a gutsy “never say die” fighting style . . . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC.com
Photos by Punch Promotions
Former world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis shocked members at the Hatton Health and Fitness in Hyde when he paid a visit on Sunday lunchtime. The Hall of Fame fighter had been in Manchester the previous evening working as a television pundit for the WBA heavyweight title fight between David Haye and Audley Harrison. Haye and Harrison both used the gym last week to wrap up their preparations, but Lewis’s visit was the biggest surprise. For more details and photos click here…
European welterweight champion Matthew Hatton says he will prove he is a world class fighter next week. Matthew makes the second defense of his Euro belt when he faces undefeated Swiss star Roberto Belge at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium on November 26. Hatton, 29, is on an eight fight unbeaten run and insists: “I do think I am world class, but I have to show that against Belge. Since I beat Ben Tackie two years ago I have had some really good wins and believe I have been fighting at world class. If I am world class I have to go in there do a number on Belge and show I belong there. That is what I am aiming to do. I want to fight the best out there and I do believe I am ready for a world title fight now.” (more…)
Photos by Eroll Popova
On Tuesday evening at the main train station in Dresden, Germany, SES Boxing set up a boxing ring for the fighters on Saturday’s “Night of Champions” card so fans and travelers can see their skills. In attendance were IBF super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz, three belt female super featherweight champion Ramona Kühne and kickboxer Dr. Christine Theiss. (more…)
On Tuesday at the Universal Boxing Gym in Ozone Park, NY, heavyweight contender Vinny Maddalone (33-6, 24KO’s) participated in an open media workout in anticipation of his upcoming title fight against Tomasz Adamek (42-1, 27KO’s) on Thursday, December 9th at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Maddalone started the workout with some stretching and light shadow boxing before lacing up the gloves and doing ten hard rounds of mitt work, splitting the time with head trainer Nirmal Lorick, and assistant trainers Moises Roman Jr. (owner of Universal Boxing Gym) and Willie Vargas. He worked mostly on his speed and combinations with Lorick, worked on cutting the ring off and using his jab with Roman, and finished by working on his inside fighting and bodywork with Vargas. (more…)
By Phil Doherty
Vitaly Demyanenko (19-0, 12 KOs) of Kazakhstan will not face fellow undefeated welterweight prospect Brad “The King” Solomon (14-0, 6 KOs) next week in Nicaragua as scheduled. Citing a bulging disk in his lower back, Demyanenko withdrew from the bout scheduled in just 9 days. This fight would have set the stage for a possible showdown with WBA titlist Vyacheslav Senchenko (31-0, 20 KOs) as Solomon is currently ranked #5 and Demyanenko sits at # 9 in the WBA ratings.
Fightnews spoke today with Enrique “Henry” Rivalta of the Heavyweight Factory regarding what this means to their fighter, Brad Solomon. The Heavyweight Factory is feverishly seeking an opponent to fill the now-vacant spot on the Thanksgiving Day card during the 89th -annual WBA convention. (more…)
As 2010 dawned, any talk of Tyson Griffin usually involved his place in the lightweight title picture thanks to back-to-back victories over Rafael dos Anjos and Hermes Franca. Two fights since then the talk is a lot a different, and the Sacramento native has heard it all . . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
“So when can I start running?” asked Antonio Margarito moments following succesful surgery today to repair a fractured right orbital bone at Methodist Hospital in Dallas, Texas. Sergio Diaz, manager of Margarito, said “the doctor told us everything went perfect – no complications of any kind. There is nothing wrong with his right eye.
“Antonio is such a warrior. The first thing he asked was ‘when can I start running’ and we told him he has to relax for awhile,” Diaz said. “For sure, at least 60 days of no contact of any kind in a gym.”
Margarito said “I fought as hard as I could against a great champion in Manny Pacquiao.”
Margarito will stay at Methodist Hospital this evening. He is with his wife Michelle, managers Sergio Diaz, Fransico Espinoza and chief trainer Robert Garcia. Margarito and his team will take a flight to Los Angeles on Wednesday.
Photos by Public adress
Large crowd on hand for the public workout Tuesday in Hamburg as Universum boxers Ruslan Chagaev, Denis Boytsov, Jack Culcay, Manuel Charr, Rachim Tschachkijew, Karoly Balzsay and Marcel Meyerdierckss warmed up for the sold-out “KO Night” on Friday evening in the Universum Gym (live on SPORT1 and BILD.de). (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Three time former world champion Erik “Terrible” Morales is currently at the Ceremonial Otomí in Mexicoand already deep into his training cycle for his next fight on December 18 with the former world champion Jorge “La Hiena” Barrios at the the Estadio Caliente in Tijuana for the WBC Silver belt of Morales. (more…)
Despite his dismal display against David Haye, Audley Harrison has already been offered a showdown against British heavyweight prospect David Price. Promoter Frank Maloney believes Harrison is an ideal opponent for undefeated Olympic bronze medallist and has announced that he intends contacting the 2000 Olympic champion’s promoter Barry Hearn with a view to making the fight next year. (more…)
Story and photos by Ricardo Conde
With only a few days until the highly anticipated rematch, WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (45-2-2, 24 KOs) of Argentina, now residing in Oxnard, CA finished his preparations at the World Crown Sports Training Center in Oxnard, CA last week. Martinez faces former two-time welterweight champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams (39-1, 27 KOs) this Saturday November 20th at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ which will be show live on HBO’s ‘World Championship Boxing’. 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. more + photos
The undercard for the December 16 clash between Dmitriy Salita (31-1-1,16 KO) and Mike Anchondo (30-3, 19 KO) will feature the ring return of Polish light middleweight, Pawel Wolak (27-1, 17 KOs), who will face Elco Garcia (23-7, 12 KOs). Also scheduled are former Golden Gloves Champion Rafael Vasquez (2-0), three times Golden Gloves finalist Jonathon Cuba (4-2), Rajiv Bhattacharya (4-0), Eilon Kedem, an Israeli boxer who learned to box in the Israeli army, and Boyd Melson, a 2008 Olympic Team Alternate and four times U.S. Army boxing champion. Also reggae superstar Matisyahu will accompany Dmitriy into the ring and make a special performance. Tickets start at $40. Call 917-440-3278.
In a word, Brian Foster is excited. Over the course of a twenty minute conversation, “The Foster Boy” mentioned almost once a minute that he was excited about his upcoming fight against Matt Brown on November 20th at UFC 123. In total sincerity, Foster’s own words sounded like they were ready to jump through the phone and ground and pound some unsuspecting foe into oblivion, which is exactly how he manhandled Forrest Petz less than two months ago at UFC Fight Night 22. . . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC.com
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo by Tim Barry
IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green is ready to retain the championship on Wednesday when he will punch it out with the bigger American BJ Flores over twelve rounds at the Challenge stadium in Perth, Western Australia. Green said he is not worried by the weight difference and also challenges Flores’ statements that he is confident of defeating Green and taking the title back to the USA. “He is not short of words,” Green said. ”I think BJ is just trying to pump up his own chances and inflate his own confidence. I don’t take too much interest in what he says. I’ve won three world titles and I’ve been competing for world titles for seven years. Roy Jones: I’ve taken him out in one round. I’m a veteran of the sport, and I’ll know what I’m doing on Wednesday night.” (more…)
By Przemyslaw Garczarczyk
It started as a short interview with WBC champion Vitaly Klitschko about his plans, and ended with Klitschko criticizing Polish heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek (42-1, 27 KO) for words Adamek insists he never said. Adamek clears the air and talks about HBO, David Haye’s last fight, his upcoming fight with Vinny Maddalone and Roy Jones Jr. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former Australian heavyweight champion Bob Mirovic (29-22-2, 20 KOs) will return to ring action on Friday when he will clash with New Zealand heavyweight Bob Gasio (11-15-3, 3 KOs) at the Revesby Workers club in Revesby, NSW, Australia. Mirovic has boxed several world class heavyweights all over the world including former world heavyweight champion Frans Botha who he dropped a twelve round decision to in 2007 in South Africa and was unlucky to lose in Gemany to Timo Hoffman over ten in a disputed points loss. American Rob Calloway and Kali Meehan also punched it out with Mirovic in exciting fights. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australian based Nigerian born world rated welterweight Wale Omotoso (17-0, 15 KOs) will return to the ring on November 26 when he will clash with Juan Albert Godoy ( 25-12-1, 10 KOs) over twelve rounds with the IBF Pan Pacific title up for grabs at the Knox Netball Center in Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia. Omotoso scored his most impressive win over former world rated Emanuel Augustus when he stopped the classy American in nine rounds in 2009. Augustus also lost in nine rounds to boxin’s best pound for pound boxer, Floyd Mayweather. In 2009 he defeated well credentialed Korean Hwan-Young Park (24-3) by KO in three rounds. (more…)
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Fast rising and current IBF #1 featherweight contender Miguel “Mikey” Garcia (23-0, 19 KOs) of Oxnard, CA, trained by his father Eduardo Garcia and brother Robert Garcia, is scheduled to take on Francisco “Franky” Leal (14-5-3, 9 KOs) of Mexico in a 10-round featherweight bout on Saturday, December 4 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA on the undercard of Julio Cesar Chávez Jr. vs. Alfonso Gomez, titled ‘In Harm’s Way’. Garcia vs. Leal will open up the pay-per-view telecast, replacing undefeated lightweight contender ‘Bam Bam’ Brandon Rios who was moved to the Pacquiao vs. Margarito undercard this past weekend. For more details and photos click here…
Photo courtesy SHOWTIME
Bitter rivals and European superstars Carl Froch and Arthur Abraham continued to throw verbal jabs at one another on Monday during an international media conference call less than two weeks before their Super Six World Boxing Classic clash for the vacant WBC Super Middleweight title on Saturday, Nov. 27, on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT) on same-day-delay from Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland.
“I never ever want to test my chin with anybody,” Froch said. “The best chin is the one that doesn’t get hit. I’ve fought some very strong super middleweights and light heavyweights. I’m not concerned when people say that Arthur’s the biggest puncher I’ve faced. I think his power is overrated, especially at super middleweight.” (more…)
Video: Przemyslaw Garczarczyk
Tomasz Adamek shows his speed as trainer Roger Bloodworth uses very small pads. “Not many heavyweights can do this – maybe one more,” said Bloodworth after the routine.
For the third time the proposed bout between former world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield (43-10-2, 28 KOs) and Sherman “Tank” Williams (34-11-2, 19 KOs) has again been postponed. The bout had been previously scheduled for November 5th, November 12, and December 9th. Williams’ manager, Si Stern of South Florida was upset to say the least and shed some insight on the string of postponements. (more…)
Photo: Ken Goldberg
Unbeaten two-division world champion Zsolt Erdei (31-0, 17 KOs) showed his skills in an open workout on Monday at the Trinity Boxing Club in New York City. Erdei is in the final stages of preparation for his showdown vs. Sampson Onyango (20-6, 13 KOs) on Saturday’s undercard for the rematch between Sergio Martinez and Paul Williams. The bout vs. Onyango also marks Erdei’s debut as a member of the DiBella Entertainment roster. It will be his first non world title fight since 2003.
Note: McKinney’s record corrected. On Saturday at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina, local heavyweight Jonathon Haggler took another step towards getting into the world rankings. Haggler now 23-3, 17 KOs outworked veteran Dennis McKinney for the first four rounds then knocked him out with a massive left hand at the 1:38 mark of the fifth round. This win allowed Haggler to claim the Universal Boxing Council (UNBC) Americas Championship. McKinney falls to 26-52-2 and has lost 19 of his last 20 with 8 straight losses. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
The arrangements for famed Baltimore trainer Mack Lewis are in. The viewing will be held on Thursday, November 18 at the Vaughn Greene Funeral Home — 4905 York Road in Baltimore from 4-8 PM. The funeral services will be held on Friday morning at 11 AM at the Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center located on the campus of Morgan State University at 2201 Argonne Drive. The repast will follow the services at the Mack Lewis Gym, 901 North Bond Street in Baltimore.
The last time Matt Hughes and BJ Penn fought, Joe Lauzon was a virtual unknown in the sport of mixed martial arts who had made his first big statement to the world with a 47 second knockout of Jens Pulver at UFC 63 in 2006. When Hughes and Penn meet again this Saturday at UFC 123 in Detroit, Lauzon’s place in the game is a lot different than it was over four years ago. . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
“I would like to congratulate Manny Pacquiao for his win on Saturday Night. It was a tough and difficult fight for me and I hope the fans enjoyed our battle at Cowboys Stadium,” said Antonio Margarito. “I also want to thank Bob Arum for always believing in me and for giving me the opportunity to fight Manny Pacquiao. I also want to thank all the fans who came to see me and who watched the fight on TV and who continue to support me.” (more…)
The Countdown To UFC 123 Begins Tonight: Rampage Jackson and Lyoto Machida prepare for their colossal matchup this Saturday night, plus Matt Hughes and BJ Penn continue their pursuit of a world title – Countdown to UFC 123 tonight at 11pm ET/PT on SPIKE
By David L. Hudson Jr.
On November 27th in Helsinki, Finland, boxing fans get to see on SHOWTIME what could be a true classic, as sluggers Arthur Abraham and Carl Froch battle in the Super Six super middleweight tournament. Mick Hennessey, Froch’s promoter, says the fight could be a “fight of the decade candidate.” An intriguing aspect of the bout is that both former world champions are coming off their very first defeat. Abraham lost to Andre Dirrell by disqualification and Froch lost a narrow decision to Danish fighter Mikkel Kessler in Denmark.
Froch says he will bring his WBC super middleweight title back to England and that he has a “massive, massive chance” to win the Super Six tournament. Referring to Abraham’s defeat to Dirrell, Froch said that “he got beat and outclassed by a guy I beat.” Froch emphasized that he is a true, power-punching super middleweight, while Abraham is a middleweight who moved up two fights ago. Abraham responded: “I don’t want to talk as much as Carl Froch; I will show you in the ring on November 27th.”
Photos by Eroll Popova
WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (38-2, 23 KOs) watched challenger Enrique Ornelas (30-6, 20 KOs) rip up the official fight poster (which only pictured Stieglitz) during today’s press conference for his defense Saturday night at the Freiberger Arena in Dresden, Germany. “I didn’t become a world champion by chance,” warned Stieglitz. “I know what I must do in the ring and I’ll remain a world champion.”
“I’m ready for this fight,” stated Ornelas. “I’m happy about the world championship chance. It’s my job to win this fight. I have only one goal and that’s to take the belt away from Robert Stieglitz.” For more details and photos click here…
Former referee and commissioner, Larry Hazzard, Sr., announced yesterday that he and former IBF president and founding member, Marian Muhammad, have formed a world combative sports sanctioning organization based in New Jersey. The Combative Sports Federation, Inc., or CSF, will include rankings of professional boxers and mixed martial artists around the world. Hazzard, a 50-year veteran of both sports, is eager to lead the organization as president with his partner, Marian Muhammad as vice president. Former New York boxing commissioner, Randy Gordon, will serve as the organization’s ratings chairman, and former WBC supervisor and liaison to U.S. Commissions, Rhonda Utley-Herring, will be the championships chairman. (more…)
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