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By Gilberto Jesus Mendoza
WBA Executive Vice-President
While David Devon “The Hayemaker” Haye, Audley Harrison, Ricardo “Maestrito” Cordoba and Guillermo Rigondeaux, will today without any doubt mark part of boxing history, it is impossible not to be hyped by the great Pacquiao v. Margarito bout in Arlington, Texas. Truth is boxing needs big events and this welterweight clash is a classic with no exemption. The WBA might not be involved, but my boxing heart just desires the best man win tonight at Cowboy Stadium.
But let’s now concentrate on the WBA championship bouts. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
Australian welterweight Super Steve Maxwell ( 9-4, 6 KOs) was awarded a twelve round split decision over Alex “The Hammer”Ahtong (4-9-2, 3 KOs) in an action-packed bout that had the fans cheering throughout at the Tattersalls Park Function Center that overlooks the picturesque Derwent River in Glenorchy, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia on Friday. The 5’8 Maxwell was aggressive and throwing power shots from the opening bell, but was met by stiff resistance from the rangy 5’11 Ahtong, who, boxing from the southpaw stance. Ahtong scored with effective right jabs and left crosses and inflicted a cut over Maxwell left eye in round two. In round four a left hook bomb from Maxwell dropped Ahtong for the first time in his career and he looked in trouble until the bell sounded. Referee Tony Marretta warned Ahtong in rounds eight and ten for holding. At the conclusion of twelve rounds the scores were 117-114, 116-113, 114-117. (more…)
Last night at the Circus Arena in Berlin, Germany, 38-year-old New Zealander, Daniella Smith (10-1, 0 KOs) won the first IBF female championship against Jennifer Retzke in a unanimous 10-round decision victory. On her way to becoming the first IBF Female Welterweight Champion, Smith won by scores of 99-90, 96-94, and 96-93 on the judges’ cards while knocking down Retzke in the ninth. This was the first loss for Jennifer Retzke, who drops to 10-1, 7 KOs.
“It was a good fight,” stated IBF/USBA Championships Chairman Lindsey Tucker. “We were pleased to have such formidable female boxers fighting for our title and we are proud to have Daniella Smith as the organization’s first female champion.”
In the main event, highly regarded German middleweight Benjamin Simon moved to 20-1, 19 KOs by stopping 43-year-old Hungarian veteran Zoltan Kalocsai (41-11, 31 KOs) who couldn’t come out for round seven. Simon retained his IBF Intercontinental belt.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Fightnews.com has learned that legendary Baltimore MD trainer Mack Lewis passed away in Baltimore at the age of 92. Lewis gained notoriety when he led Vincent Pettway to the IBF Junior Middleweight championship in 1994 after 50 years in the sport. (more…)
By Jeff Pamungkas
WBA featherweight champion in recess Chris John (43-0-2, 22 KOs) will defend his title against Fernando David Saucedo (38-4-3, 1 KO) of Argentina on December 4 in Jakarta, Indonesia. This fight has been postponed twice due John’s injuries this year. “I will dedicate my victory for the victims of the Mount Merapi volcano erruption,” said John who lives with his family in Central Java province, the location of the angry volcano.
On the undercard, young Indonesian featherweight prospect Daud Cino Yordan (26-1, 20 KOs) will also fight an opponent from Argentina in Damian David Marchiano (16-6-1, 6 KOs).
Young promoter Raja Sapta Octohari will promote these prestigious bouts.
By AJ Bellegarde/FightNews Canada
At the Commonwealth Center in Calgary, Alberta, Jesus “El Martillo” Gonzales improved his record to 25-1 with 14 KOs stopping the usually durable Jason Naugler at the end of the second round. After a slow openning frame, Gonzales openned up throwing punches with a barrage to start the second and never let up. It seemed as if he couldnt miss his Maritime target, virtually hitting him at will. Naugler (18-14, 11 KOs) valiantly tried to return fire but missed far more than he landed. Near the end of the round, Gonzales landed heavy hooks to the body causing Naugler to return to his corner at the end of the round favoring the right side of this body. Citing a rib injury, Naugler’s corner signalled their surrender giving the Phoenix, Arizona southpaw the victory. (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Representatives from the Texas Boxing Commission (TBC) will be on hand to monitor the wrapping of hands of Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito inside their respective dressing rooms Saturday night at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Pacquiao adviser Mike Koncz said on Friday that the gloves and handwraps of the two fighters will be taken by the TBC shortly after their scheduled 12-round world super-welterweight title match. Aside from the presence of the TBC officials, representatives from Pacquiao and Margarito will be on hand when the wrapping of the hands starts.
This was decided upon owing to the handwraps controversy Margarito was involved in two years ago going into the fight with Shane Mosley. It was later discovered that Margarito’s wraps were loaded and he eventually was suspended for more than a year by the state of California.
In one of the most pivotal middleweight bouts of 2010, 185lbs contenders Nate ‘The Great’ Marquardt and Yushin Okami collide in Oberhausen, Germany, on November 13 to decide the division’s next number one contender.
The pair of elite middleweights – who have an astonishing combined record of 18-5 in the UFC – headline UFC 122®, when the Ultimate Fighting Championship(R) organization returns to mainland Europe. The victor will face the winner of the upcoming Anderson Silva v Vitor Belfort title clash, which will take place in early 2011 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
Popular Southern California junior welterweight Jose “Josesito” Lopez stopped Sergio Rivera in round three of a scheduled 8 round welterweight contest on Friday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. It was a tactical fight for the first couple rounds before Lopez opened up in the third round. Once Lopez let his hands fly, Rivera didn’t really seem to want to be there. A sweeping right cross from Lopez dropped Rivera for a count of 9. Rivera got up but took a knee once the assault continued and chose to watch the referee count him out rather than fight onward. By way of a TKO victory at 2:58 of the third round, Lopez improves to 28-3 (16KO) while Rivera falls to 25-6-2 (16KO). (more…)
WBO #15 bantamweight Jesus Ruiz (24-3-2, 18 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Julio Roque Ler (30-8, 18 KOs) on Friday night at the Jose Cuervo Salon in Mexico City. Ler was tough, but the quicker Ruiz was in command all the way in retaining his interim WBC Latino bantamweight belt by scores of 120-108 on all three cards.
Weigh-in results from “Boxeo En Las Vegas II” card in Las Vegas, N.M.:
Arturo Crespin 171 vs. Charles Alderete 171
Amanda Crespin 129.5 vs. DJ Morrison 129.5
Shawn Gallegos 133 vs. Marcos Herrera 133
Michael Gallegos 135 vs. Juan Herrera 132.5
Randy Arrellin 137.5 vs. Steve Marquez 140.5
Jazzma Hogue 116.5 vs. Jaime Gutierrez 117
Adrian Lopez 201 vs. Eric McElroy 204
Miguel Armendarez 124 vs. Paul Castillo Jr. 124.5
Michael Herrera 113 vs. Yon Harvison 111.5
Unbeaten lightweight Omar “Estrella” Figueroa (10-0-1, 8 KOs) and Arturo Quintero (15-4-1, 9 KOs) battled to an eight round draw on Friday night at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. Both fighters had their moments in eight rounds of good action. Scores were 77-75 Figueroa, 77-75 Quintero and 76-76.
In a clash of unbeaten welterweights, Jermell Charlo (14-0, 7KOs) kept his “0” a workmanlike eight round unanimous decision over Luis Grajeda (10-1-1, 7 KOs).
By Scott Ploof at ringside
Middleweight Peter Manfredo Jr moved to 36-6 with 20 KOs when Jhon Berrio (15-8, 11 KOs) remained on his stool after round six on Friday night at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island. “The Pride of Providence” was in command the whole way. It is suspected that Berrio may have suffered broken ribs. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Photo by Chris Farina/Top Rank
It is probably a more intriguing match than Pacquiao vs. Margarito, the main event in Arlingtom tomorrow night. It opposes two talented boxers in a real toss-up battle. One battler hails from Panama, a former world champion with over 41 bouts. The other is from Cuba, a two time Olympic champion and amateur legend but with only six pro fights. Both are southpaws. Both are conscious that their clash will very likely determine the rest of their career. A loss here in Arlington is simply devastating. We are referring, of course, to the intriguing matchup between Ricardo Cordoba (37-2-2, 23 KOs) of Panama and Guillermo Rigondeaux (6-0, 5 KOs) of Cuba. (more…)
Unbeaten Mexican welterweight phenom Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’ December 4 fight against Lovemore N’dou at Estadio de Beisbol “Beto” Avila in Veracruz, Mexico will air in the United States on HBO Latino, as well as Televisa in Mexico. Apparently N’dou’s IBO title won’t be on the line.
Promoter Gary Shaw has inked former 140lb champion Kendall Holt. According to information distributed by Shaw’s publicist, Holt has a multi-year deal that begins December 3 at the Chumash Resort in Santa Ynez, Califprnia against an opponent to be named.
Looks like SHOWTIME’s December 11 bantamweight tournament could land in the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. The card was originally scheduled to take place in Mexico.
John DeGuardia, the uncle of promoter Joe DeGuardia, passed away Friday morning at the age of 76. John was a professional fighter who fought during the 50’s under the name Sal DiGuardia. John was 16 years old when he turned pro so he used his brother’s ID to get a license. FightNews offers our condolences to the Joe and the DeGuardia family.
FightNews also expresses our sympathy to photographer Marty Rosengarten who lost his father last week. Allan Rosengarten was 87 years old.
Video: Joel A. Colon/PR Best
Weights and photo: Boxing Bob Newman
Lennox Allen 167.5 vs. Nick Brinson 166
(New York State super middleweight title)
Jaclyn Trivilino 125 vs. Nydia Feliciano 124
(New York State jr. featherweight title)
Kalven Jenkins 219 vs. Taffo Asongwed 235
Stephen Scott 149.5 vs. Marcus Hal 148
Sarah Kuhn 144.5 vs. Ashleigh Curry 139
Shawn Miller 179 vs. Larry Hopkins 179
Marcus Williams 160 vs. Diferson Legrand 158
Venue: Washington Ave. Armory, Albany NY
Promoter: ARES Promotions
Doors open at 6:30, first bell at 7:30
By Jeff Zimmerman at the scale
Photos: Robert Hughes
Manny Pacquiao (51-3-2, 28 KOs) weighed in at 144.6, 9.4lbs under the division limit, for Saturday’s highly anticipated PPV showdown against Antonio Margarito (38-6, 27 KOs), who scaled in at 150, which was the contract weight for the bout. Pacman will be going for a world title in a record eighth different weight division with the vacant WBC super welterweight title on the line.
===== ALSO FEATURED ON THE PPV TELECAST =====
Ricardo Cordoba 121 vs Guillermo Rigondeaux 121.5
(WBA Interim super bantamweight title)
Mike Jones 145.5 vs Jesus Soto Karras 148
Brandon Rios 140.25 vs Omri Lowther 137.5
===== OFF-TV UNDERCARD =====
Dennis Laurente 146.5 vs Rashad Holloway 147
Oscar Meza 137.5 vs Jose Hernandez 136.5
Richie Mepranum 112.75 vs Anthony Villarreal 112
Jose Benavidez 140.25 vs Winston Mathis 141.75
Roberto Marroquin 125.75 vs Francisco Dominguez 126
Mike Lee 175.25 vs Keith Debow 172.25
Juan Martin Elorde 131.25 vs Angel Rodriguez 132.5
===== OTHER DETAILS =====
Venue: Cowboys Stadium, Dallas, Texas
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: Pay-Per-View, Saturday 9PM ET/6PM PT
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Puerto Rican referee Luis Pabon will be the third man in the ring when WBA heavyweight world champion David Haye (24-1, 22 KOs) and countryman challenger Audley Harrison (27-4, 20 KOs) meet Saturday night at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England. The three judges are Terry O’Connors (UK), John Coyle (UK) and Paul Thomas (UK). The fight supervisor is Dave Roden (UK).
Official weigh-in results for Saturday night’s UFC 122 event, headlined by the middleweight title elimination bout between Nate Marquardt and Yushin Okami and the 185-pound battle between Alessio Sakara and Jorge Rivera, which airs free on Spike TV from the Konig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany at 9pm ET / PT.
Yushin Okami 185 vs.Nate Marquardt 186
Alessio Sakara 186 vs.Jorge Rivera 185
Andre Winner 155 vs.Dennis Siver 155
Peter Sobotta 169 vs.Amir Sadollah 170
Goran Reljic 205 vs.Krzysztof Soszynski 206
Alexandre Ferreira 204 vs.Vladimir Matyushenko 205
Mark Scanlon 170 vs.Pascal Krauss 170
Nick Osipczak 171 vs.Duane Ludwig 170
Rob Kimmons 184 vs.Kyle Noke 185
Karlos Vemola 205 vs.Seth Petruzelli 205
Carlos Eduardo Rocha 170 vs. Kris McCray 171
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Photo: K2 Ukraine
Serhiy Fedchenko 139.5 vs. DeMarcus Corley 137.5
(vacant WBO European light welterweight title)
Oleksandr Spyrko 153.4 vs. Abdulaziz Matazimov 153.2
(vacant WBC Youth World light middleweight title)
Viktor Plotnykov 147.7 vs. Fayzullo Ahmedov 149.1
(EBA welterweight title)
Viacheslav Uzelkov 177.4 vs. George Tevdorashvili TBA
Mamed Yadgarov 123.4 vs. George Mchedlishvili TBA
Kostyantyn Rovenskyy 155.4 vs. Denys Tupylenko 154.5
Valentyn Holovko 136.6 vs. Alexander Saltykov TBA
Dmytro Semernin 149.9 vs. Mykola Korenev 154.3
Venue: Sportpalace Lokomotiv, Kharkov, Ukraine
Promoter: K2 Promotions Ukraine
Legendary boxing trainer Emanuel Steward has told the Jewish News how he believes Dmitriy Salita has what it takes to become a world champion again. Steward will be training Salita for his December 16 clash against “Mighty” Mike Anchondo, but insists there isn’t actually much work to do. “He’s in good shape already, he’s been training very well,” he said. “He’s a good boxer so there won’t be much to do with him, he will be in excellent condition for this fight and I am very much confident for him. I will be there in the ring with him and I think he can be very good, can make a good comeback and become champion – he’s a very special talent.”
Salita’s boxing career has only so far made headlines for his 76-second loss to Amir Khan last December, though to Steward that defeat counts for nothing. (more…)
Due to a minor injuries sustained in a recent car accident, jr welterweight “Dangerous” David Rodela has been forced to withdraw from his November 18 bout against Carlos Molina at L.A. LIVE’s Club Nokia. Stepping in for Rodela to face the unbeaten Molina will be John Figueroa (7-7-3, 3 KOs). Molina-Figueroa will be the eight-round main event at the 2010 season finale of “Fight Night Club.”
Late sub Gbenga “Bang Bang” Oloukun (19-6, 12 KOs) scored a surprise third round TKO over Konstantin Airich (16-3-2, 13 KOs) in a good action heavyweight bout on Friday night at the Vogelsang Halle in Stralsund, Germany. Both fighters had landed big shots in the fight before Olougun leveled Airich hard with a crushing left hand in round three and the bout was stopped moments later. Oloukun was actually the third scheduled opponent for Airich this week after bouts with original foe Yakup Saglam and last-minute replacement Levan Jomardashvili both fizzled. It was a big win for the Nigeria-born fighter who had lost six of his last eight, but also had a win over former heavyweight champion Lamont Brewster during that spana.
Former German amateur standout Erkan Teper (2-0, 2 KOs) needed 63 seconds to annihilate Alexander “The Great“ Kahl (15-7-1) in another heavyweight bout.
Photo by Joel A. Colón/Top Rank
Juan Manuel Juanma Lopez arrived in Dallas, Texas for the Pacman-Margarito mega fight and spoke to his good friend Guillermo Rigondeaux, who will be fighting on the undercard for the WBA interim super bantamweight world title.
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos: Mike Greenhill
Undefeated Cleveland, OH junior lightweight Yaundale “Money Shot” Evans stopped a game Ikem “The Warrior” Orji of Laurel, MD in the eighth round during the Fight Night main event at the Washington Hilton and Towers in DC. For more details and photos click here…
On December 4th, unbeaten welterweight Raymond “Tito” Serrano (13-0, 6 KOs) returns to Atlantic City, when he takes on journeyman Geoffrey Spruiell (8-9, 2 KOs) in the Grand Ballroom at Bally’s. The bout, scheduled for eight rounds will be one of the feature bouts underneath IBA welterweight title clash between Shamone “The Truth” Alvarez (21-2, 12 KOs) and Ayi Bruce (17-3, 12 KOs).
Cageside by Anthony Springer, Jr. & Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone
After two unsuccessful tries to regain the featherweight title, “The California Kid” Urijah Faber (24-4) decided to drop down to the bantamweight division to begin another run at greatness. Welcoming him to the stacked division was former title challenger Takeya Mizugaki (13-5-2), who promised to give the living legend “the fight of his life.”
He gave the former champion anything but . . . click here for more
Story by Anthony Springer, Jr.
Photos by Chris Cozzone
“I think this was one of the best nights of fighting we’ve ever done.”
With a list of high quality events on the promotion’s resume, WEC General Manager Reed Harris looked like a new father while praising his fighters. And on the night the UFC’s sister organization held its second to last event, the organization’s biggest star—Urijah Faber—shined the brightest . . . click here for more
Heavyweight Chazz Witherspoon (27-2, 19 KOs) will now take on Alexis Mejias (11-5, 5 KOs) in the ten round co-feature on November 19 at Harrah’s Resort and Casino in Atlantic City. Witherspoon was originally slated to face journeyman Mike Sheppard (15-11-1, 8 KOs). In the main event, undefeated Farah Ennis (16-0, 10 KOs) will take on Victor Lares (15-4, 4 KOs) for the NABF super middleweight title.
Rising undefeated junior middleweight prospect Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan (28-0, 17 KOs) has enlisted the services of Standing Eight Management lead by boxing manager Steven Feder. Martirosyan began his career under the guidance of renown manager Shelly Finkel. However, when Finkel got out of the management business, Martirosyan listened to offers from several potential managers before picking Feder, who also manages cruiserweight Lateef Kayode, jr welterweight Dean Byrne, jr welterweight Jamie Kavanagh and super middleweight Kingsley Ikeke. “Vanes is ready to step up his level of competition,” said Feder. “He is exactly what you want in a fighter. He is fearless, confident and willing to do what it takes to be the best. We are looking for a fight of substance, the tune ups are behind us.”
WBA mandatory heavyweight challenger Ruslan Chagaev will be watching Saturday’s showdown between WBA champion Davis Haye and challenger Audley Harrison with great interest as he will box the winner. Although Haye is a heavy betting favorite, Chagaev sees the fight as a 50/50 proposition. “Both have a good punch. Harrison is an Olympic champion – which one doesn’t simply do. He’s big, strong and a bit more experienced than Haye. Both are about the same strength. Haye is maybe a little more hungry, technically more versed and faster. But in the heavyweights everything can be over with a single blow. Harrison showed this against Michael Sprott. He was clearly behind on points and then suddenly landed the KO punch. (more…)
Heavyweight title challenger Audley Harrison outweighed WBA champion Davis Haye by 43 pounds at today’s weigh-in in Manchester, England. Haye weighed 210.5 lbs., while Harrison scaled in at 253.5 lbs.
Haye weighed 11.5 lbs. less than his last fight against John Ruiz and the lightest he has ever weighed in his four fights in heavyweight division. Harrison’s weight was consistent with what he has weighed throughout his career.
The all-British affair takes place Saturday at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England. Former champ Lennox Lewis was on hand at the weigh-in.
FREE on SPIKE – Marquardt and Okami Battle For A 185-lb. Title Shot: The UFC returns to Germany, and two of the middleweight division’s best will battle for a shot at the championship – Nate Marquardt takes on Yushin Okami in a pivotal clash for number one contendership, plus Jorge Rivera takes on Alessio Sakara and Dennis Siver battles Andre Winner – tomorrow night at 9pm ET/PT FREE on SPIKE
Popular host and play-by-play boxing announcer Nick Charles will make his return to ringside as a commentator for the December 4th Top Rank pay-per-view featuring Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Alfonso Gomez. Nick is still battling cancer but he wants the boxing world to know that he is still “in the fight!” Nick released the following statement to FightNews:
I want to say that after my last night at ringside April 30th-it’s been very difficult wondering if I’d ever be back. I finally got a break from chemotherapy and so the first person I called was Bob Arum and I told him that I was available to work. He didn’t even let me finish the sentence and hired me to co-host the December 4th Top Rank ppv card in Anaheim, California.
This was like a true shot of adrenalin to a guy who needed it badly. The story is not about Nick but rather the immense show of heart and respect from Bob Arum. It chisels home the point that the boxing community can be misunderstood but there are people who truly elevate our sport on a human basis and never want or get the credit they deserve.
Arum’s gesture told me that even with a serious incurable cancer that I got help from a real man to climb off the canvas and get back in the fight.
My profound thanks to Bob Arum and Top Rank once again!
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