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With the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) heavyweight division better than it’s ever been, it’s nothing short of amazing that champion Brock Lesnar has been able to dominate with four straight UFC victories in the loaded class.
Lesnar took some time during his training to take a look at the cover of the newest issue, and the UFC heavyweight champion was truly honored. (more…)
Junior-middleweight prospect Glen Tapia of Passaic, NJ has been enlisted by boxing’s pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao to serve as chief sparring partner for his November 13 clash with Antonio Margarito at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX. The 20-year-old Tapia, with a professional boxing record of 7-0 (5 KO), has been a high-profile sparring partner for world champions Joshua Clottey and Yuri Foreman as the prepared for Miguel Cotto. The Dominican-American power-puncher acknowledges that this will be a vital learning experience for him as he attempts to start his own legacy. (more…)
SHOWTIME Sports officially announced today a series of high-profile fights amongst four of the world’s elite fighters in the exciting and deep bantamweight division. The two-round, single-elimination tournament to determine the best fighter at 118 pounds will begin with two semifinal bouts on Saturday, Dec. 11, live on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast) from Leon, Mexico. The talented and willing field comprises unbeaten IBF 118-pound champion Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez, undefeated, world-ranked rising star Abner Mares, former IBF bantamweight champion Joseph “King Kong’’ Agbeko, and two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan. Each bout will be scheduled for 12 rounds. The winners of each semifinal will clash in the final in 2011 with the losing fighters competing in a consolation fight. (more…)
Undefeated super bantamweight Teon “The Technician” Kennedy is wrapping up his training for his NABA title fight with Alex Becerra, scheduled for Sept. 25, in the Grand Ballroom at Bally’s Atlantic City. Kennedy, 24, of North Philadelphia, works out nightly under the guidance of trainers Randy and Wade Hinnant at Joe Hand’s Gym in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia. The gym is owned by Joe Hand, who co-manages Kennedy with Doc Nowicki. Now ranked No. 6 in the world by the IBF, Kennedy is 15-0-1, 6 K0s. This will be his fourth fight at Bally’s, where he has beaten Lucian Gonzalez and Jose Angel Berranza and boxed a draw with Lante Addy. Kennedy also holds the USBA super bantamweight title. Becerra, 29, finishes up his sparring this week in his El Paso, TX, hometown with handlers Ruben Garcia and Adan Hernandez. He will arrive in Atlantic City on September 22. Tickets are $50 and $75. Call 215-765-0922.
Heavyweight sensation Odlanier Solis returns to Germany in December. The three-time world amateur champion and 2004 Olympic gold medallist (currently rated #2 by the WBC) is on his way to become the mandatory challenger for WBC champion Vitali Klitschko. After defecting from the Cuban national team (along with unified featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa) in December 2006, Solis gave his pro-debut in Hamburg, Germany, in April 2007 under the banner of Ahmet Oener’s ARENA Box-Promotion. “La Sombra“ had his first 12 pro-fights in Germany winning the WBC Latino and WBC International Championship. In October 2008 he moved to Miami and had his last four fights in the United States stopping Kevin Burnett, Dominique Alexander, Monte Barrett and Carl Davis Drummond.
By returning to Germany, Solis is looking to make an impression on the main market of the Klitschkos who are major stars in Europe. Solis will be co-feature for the next title defense of WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm. Sturm agreed with his German TV partner SAT.1 to continue their cooperation which started with Sturm’s dominant decision win over Giovanni Lorenzo in front of 20,000 frenetic fans in Cologne on September 4th.
Upcoming heavyweight title challenger Shannon “The Cannon” Briggs (51-5-1, 45 KOs) says there will be no comparison between his October 16 battle against WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and Samuel Peter’s KO loss versus Vitali’s brother Wladimir last Saturday. “After two rounds, Samuel Peter became a human punching bag,” said Briggs. “When I finally get Vitali in that ring, he’s going to be up against a determined Shannon Briggs. I’m his size. I’m even more powerful than he is. He can’t keep me away by holding out his left arm and trying to wrap me up like those Klitschkos usually do. Vitali’s next fight will be nothing like Wladimir’s last fight. He is going to be fighting for his life from the opening bell.” (more…)
Tomasz Adamek (42-1, 27 KOs) returns to Newark’s Prudential Center on Thursday, Dec. 9th when he defends his IBF International Heavyweight title vs. Queens New York’s Vinny Maddalone (33-6, 24 KOs). Promoted by Main Events, Ziggy promotions and Star Boxing, the event will be part of the Prudential center’s acclaimed Brick City Boxing Series. Further details will be released next week.
The whole staff at Fightnews.com extends sympathies to promoter Gary Shaw and family. Judy Shaw’s mother/Gary Shaw’s mother-in-law Sarah Schlesinger, passed away Sunday after a courageous battle with cancer. The funeral was Tuesday. The family has requested that donation’s in Sarah’ memory be made to the Saint Peter’s Foundation:
Saint Peter’s Foundation
254 Easton Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
In an exclusive statement from Marcos Maidana, the fighter comments on the agreement to face Amir Khan on December 11th:
By Team Maidana
After several weeks of tough negotiations, WBA interim super lightweight champion Marcos Maidana from Argentina has reached an agreement with Golden Boy Promotions to fight WBA super lightweight champion Amir Khan on December 11th in Las Vegas. The agreement leads to the cancellation of a Purse Bid called by the Wold Boxing Association, that was scheduled September 21st in Panama.
“I’m very happy that we have an agreement to fight Khan, at last,” said Maidana. “I had to wait a long time because Khan and his team did not want the fight and then they became too demanding. But now it’s done and I am glad to have the fight I wanted!” (more…)
Former world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been charged with two counts of coercion, one count of robbery and one count of grand larceny one count of battery domestic violence and three counts of harassment stemming from the incident last week when he was arrested following a domestic dispute in Las Vegas. The coercion, robbery and grand larceny charges are felonies. A court date has been scheduled for November 9.
Jackson Asiku tried to fight with the heart of a Mexican on Mexican Independence Day, but that strategy played right into Jhonny Gonzalez’ hand as the former WBO bantamweight champion claimed Asiku’s IBO featherweight title with a resounding 6th round TKO stoppage.
It was a nice 29th birthday gift for Gonzalez who scored the 40th knockout career in impressive fashion in front of 1,153 at the Las Vegas Hilton on the card promoted by Roy Englebrecht and Promociones del Pueblo . . . click here for more
Report by Brady Crytzer
The main event of Wednesday evenings UFC Fight Night witnessed Nate “The Great” Marquardt stampede through opponent Rousimar Palhares stopping him via TKO at 3:28 of the first round. Palhares accused his opponent of applying a greasy substance to his legs to better prevent submissions, but no substance was found.
Neither man was able to find success early in the fight as, for the first half of the round, the fighters did nothing but pose in front of one another. Action was flared by the occasional feint, but little action followed. Suddenly in a burst of action, the powerful Palhares took his taller opponent to the floor. In an impressive display of jiu jitsu, the inflexible Marquardt quickly tied up his opponent and attempted an escape. During the transition Palhares snagged a leg of Marquardt and attempted a submission . . . Click here for more
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos : Onesongchai Boxing Promotion
WBC#4 feather Chonlatarn Or Piriyapinyo (35-0, 20 KOs) successfully captured the vacant WBO Asia-Pacific 126lb title as he stopped Sonny Gonzales (reportedly 17-14-4, 9 KOs) on Wednesday at Municipality of Plubplanarai in Chanthaburi, Thailand. The local news reported the Thai fighter mostly controlled the show from round three, weakening the Filipino with vicious right straights punctuated by tough bodyshots. Finally, the bout was ended in round eight as the champion displayed one-side attack which forced the referee to stop the bout at 2:48.
In other action, WBO #4 bantam Pungluang Sor Singyu (30-1, 20 KOs) stopped Worawut Muangsima in round three of six round non-title bout. Wanchana Sithniwat won a six round unanimous decision over Thaharneak Tor Silachai. And female Sriphrae Nongkipahuyuth outpointed Saomuangchan Sor Siamgym in a six round non-title bout. This event was promoted by Onesongchai Boxing Promotion.
Former world champion Jorge “La Hiena” Barrios (49-5-1, 34 KOs) of Argentina returns to the ring for the first time in nearly a year having last fought in November 2009. Barrios will take on Humberto Martínez (19-4-1, 14 KOs) of Colombia in a 10 round lightweight main event Friday October 1st. The semi-main event will feature a welterweight rematch between Héctor “Tigre” Saldivia (34-2, 27 KOs) of Argentina versus countryman Jorge “Chino” Miranda (36-9, 13 KOs). Saldivia stopped Miranda in one round back in March of 2008. Both bouts will air live on the HBO Plus service in Latin America beginning at 10:00pm local time (9:00pm ET). In the United States, the TeleFutura broadcast will begin at 11:30pm ET / PT (10:30pm CT).
It’s been quite a one year period for ‘Golden’ Jack Culcay-Keth . In September of 2009 Culcay-Keth became the first German in 14 years to win a gold medal at the World Amateur Boxing Championships. After winning the Gold in Milan, Italy, Culcay-Keth’s manager Mortiz Klatten started calling him ‘Golden Jack.’ Klatten’s nickname for Culcay-Keth caught on quickly with the German media. The nickname coupled with Culcay-Keth’s winning the gold medal immediately had his name plastered all over the major news publications. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Photo: Jeff Ellis
In what has developed into a grudge match, South African born, Australian-based Lovemore Ndou defends his IBO welterweight belt against fellow countryman Bongani Mwelase at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park on Saturday night. (more…)
Fightnews.com has been following the careers of promising careers of unbeaten Sauerland Event fighters Alexander Frenkel (22-0, 17 KOs) and Karo Murat (22-0, 13 KOs) as they’re worked their way up through the pro ranks. Now both are just days away from the biggest fights in their careers. On Saturday night in the LG Arena in Birmingham, England, Frenkel challenges European cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli (32-4, 25 KOs) while Murat meets Nathan Cleverly (19-0, 9 KOs) in a WBO light heavyweight world title eliminator. Both fighters are proteges of legendary trainer Ulli Wegner and originally met as sparring partners 13 years ago. “We have experienced very good times together,” said Murat describing how the two have progressed as professional boxers. “Together we’ve lived for a world title chance.” Frenkel added, “First England, then the whole world. These will be very exciting fights that we both want to win!”
Promoter Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing stated that middleweight/super middleweight contender “Marvelous” Tarvis Simms (25-1-1, 11 KOs) will soon be released from his contract by Star Boxing. “We are in the process of releasing him but it hasn’t yet been signed off,” stated DeGuardia to FightNews. Simms was the 1993 National Golden Gloves Champion at middleweight and he holds amateur victories over former world champions Jermain Taylor and Byron Mitchell.
Legendary warrior Vinny Paz is the special guest of honor this Friday, September 17th at the “Baltimore Bad Boys” fight card at the Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, MD. Paz, a two-time world champion who defeated Roberto Duran, Lloyd Honeyghan, Gilbert Dele, Greg Haugen and Dana Rosenblatt will sign autographs and pose for photos for his fans. Tickets are still available by calling 410-675-6900
Multi-division and current lightweight world champion Juan Manuel Marquez has joined the ESPN team as analyst of Golpe a Golpe, ESPN Deportes’ weekly boxing news and analysis show that airs every Friday night.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine (40-3, 24KO’s) stopped WBA #8 jr middleweight Ryan Waters (20-3-2, 12 KOs) in round ten at the Entertainment Center, Wollongong, NSW, Australia on Wednesday. Also, IBF #5 featherweight Billy Dib (29-1, 17 KOs) scored a fourth round stoppage of tough Filipino Jack Asis (21-17-4, 10 KOs). Click here for more details on these fights plus more action…
Results by Brady Crytzer
The main event of Wednesday evenings UFC Fight Night witnessed Nate “The Great” Marquardt stampede through opponent Rousimar Palhares stopping him via TKO at 3:28 of the first round. After taking Marquardt to the ground, Palhares would attempt a leglock which Marquardt would defend. In a moment of confusion, Marquardt would pounce on his opponent and unleash a vicious barrage of punches prompting referre Herb Dean to halt the contest. Palhares would accuse his opponent of applying a greasy substance to his legs to better prevent submissions, but no substance would be found. (more…)
By Andreas Hale at ringside
In a very exciting fight, former WBO bantamweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (46-7, 40 KOs) dethroned IBO featherweight champion Jackson Asiku (26-4, 14 KOs) on Wednesday night at the Hilton Theater in the Las Vegas Hilton. After three wild give-and-take rounds, Gonzalez dropped Asiku in round four, twice in round five and got the referee’s stoppage in round six. Time was 1:09.
In an IBO super featherweight eliminator, Miguel “Mickey” Roman (31-7, 23 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over Tyrone Harris (24-7, 16 KOs). Roman finished Harris with a body shot. Time was 2:03. (more…)
By Billy “Loops” Luppert at ringside
Photos by Emily Harney
2008 Olympian and super welterweight prospect Demetrius Andrade (11-0, 8KO’s) overwhelmed Dave Saunders (9-10, 6 KO’s) en route to a 2nd round KO. Time of the stoppage was 2:55. Andrade’s speed was too much for Saunders as Andrade unleashed multiple combinations to the head and body of Saunders. At the end of round 2, Andrade unleashed a vicious 3 punch combination that dropped Saunders on the canvas face down. Saunders remained motionless for several moments after but was able to walk out of the ring on his own power. For more details and photos click here…
Results, photos by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Former world champion Ulises “Archi” Solis (32-2-2, 21 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Luis Carlos Leon (12-3, 10 KOs) on Wedneaday night at the Palenque de la Feria in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico. Archi attacked the whole fight and won every round against the survival-minded late sub Leon who stepped in for Alex “Nene” Sanchez on short notice.
WBC #7 lightweight Ricardo ‘Pelon’ Domínguez (32-6-2, 20 KOs) destroyed Adailton De Jesus (27-6, 22 KOs), dropping De Jesus twice in round two. Time was 2:39. De Jesus recently went ten with Marco Antonio Barrera. (more…)
Photos by Enrique “Quique” Vázquez/Promociones Miguel Cotto
Promoter and boxing star Miguel Cotto signed the Dominican prospect Marcos “El Tigre” Jiménez (16-2, 10 KOs) today at his headquarters in Caguas, PR. Marcos fought an explosive dramatic fight with Daniel “Azuquita” Jiménez (also signed by Promociones Miguel Cotto recently) in 2009 which was recognized by the PR Boxing Commission as “The Fight Of The Year.” “El Tigre” Jiménez will make his come back fight on Miguel Cotto & Héctor Soto’s Boxeo Boricua in Salinas next Saturday, September 25 at the Angel “Cholo” Espada Coliseum In Salinas PR. “Marcos is a really talented boxer with huge amateur experience and a very good professional career. We believe he has a great future ahead,” Miguel Cotto said. “I’m very happy to be part of Promociones Miguel Cotto, I really appreciate the opportunity. I’m training and more hungry than ever, I’m ready to fight anyone,” said Marcos “El Tigre” Jiménez. Boxeo Boricua In Salinas is presented by Promociones Miguel Cotto and H2 Entertainment. Click here for more photos…
Photo by Big Joe Miranda
The press conference for Saturday’s Shane Mosley vs Sergio Mora pay-per-view showdown took place today in Los Angeles.
Shane Mosley: “I have to get past Sergio Mora. I thank him for taking the fight and accepting the challenge. This guy is not someone to take lightly. He beat Vernon Forrest. I never beat the late great Vernon Forrest. He is a competitor and he comes to win.”
Sergio Mora: “When you leave STAPLES Center, you’re going to say ‘Vargas couldn’t do it. De La Hoya couldn’t do it. Margarito couldn’t do it, but Sergio Mora did it.’ It takes more than speed, experience and guts to beat Mosley and I know I have what it takes.” For more details and photos click here…
Former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine (40-3, 24 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO against WBA #8 rated Ryan Walters (20-3-2, 12 KOs) in a WBA eliminator at super welterweight on Wednesday night at the Entertainment Centre in Wollongong, NSW, Australia. Mundine, currently rated at #2 by the WBA, earned an eventual fight against WBA champion Miguel Cotto, but first he will take on the winner of the Australian Contender reality series Gareth Wood.
With less than two weeks to go, WBC world rated middleweight David Medina (21-2, 10 KO’s) promises a career defining performance against James Shuler (20-7-1, 14 KO’s) on September 24 in El Paso Texas. Medina’s fight, which is the main event of the eagerly anticipated “El Paso Super Fight 2”, is already the most important of his career. With a #16 world ranking in the WBC, Medina recognizes that the top ten is now in his reach, but promises not to let that distract him. “My job is to win,” Medina stated, “numbers don’t matter to me. I just have to do what I have to do: win.” (more…)
Former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (36-2, 32 KOs) is confirmed to be facing Daniel “The Haitian Sensation” Edouard (23-3-2, 14 KOs) at a catch weight of 164 on the undercard of the November 13 Pacquiao-Margarito mega-card in Dallas. It will Pavlik’s first fight since losing his WBC and WBO belts to Sergio Martinez in April.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former Australian champion Brian Roberts sadly passed away during September form a heart attack at the age of 57 years. Brian began his professional career in 1972 and had one of his greatest nights on September 12, 1974 when he defeated Australian Boxing Hall of Famer Paul Ferreri at the Blacktown RSL club in Sydney. Ferreri defeated Roberts several times in rematch bouts. Big Jim West was outscored by Roberts several times and Aussie Hall of Famer Jeff Malcolm boxed two draws and dropped a four round decision to Roberts. World class flyweight Henry Nissen outscored Roberts and Lester Ellis won eight round technical decision. All time boxing great Azumah Nelson stopped Brian in five rounds at the Accra Sport Stadium, Ghana in 1981 Commonwealth title bout with Mickey Fernandez in his corner who said, “Brian boxed liked a true champion but Azumah Nelson will be a great world champion one day.” That prediction proved correct. In his final bout – Brian forced future world title challenger Renato Cornett to go the full ten round route for a decision win in August of 1987. Brian Roberts record was 37 win 29 losses and 7 draws with 7 KO victories. The Australian boxing fraternity will sadly miss Brian Roberts.
Legendary warrior “Irish” Micky Ward will to receive a career achievement award this Friday at the Thompson Boxing “Locked N’ Loaded III” event at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA. “I appreciate it a lot,” Ward said. “I think it’s a great thing especially with me being from a different state and across the country. It’s a tremendous honor.” (more…)
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