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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!
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
WBC Continental Americas welterweight champion Alfonso Gomez (22-4-2, 11 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico, famed for season one of “The Contender” reality show, and who is trained by his father Alfonso Gomez Sr., looks to move up in weight, having spent most of his career at welterweight and challenge fellow countryman and current WBC Silver middleweight champion “The Son of the Legend” Julio César Chávez, Jr. (41-0-1, 30 KOs) of Culiacan, Mexico on Saturday, December 4th at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA. For more details and photos click here…
They were the kind of fights that cut years off a career, grueling battles that took Krzysztof Soszynski and Stephan Bonnar to places where only the most mentally and physically strong can bear to stand for more than a moment or two . . . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
Promoter Oscar De La Hoya gave his take on the narrow split decision loss of his fighter Lucas Matthysee (27-1, 25 KOs) to former multi-divisonal champion to Zab Judah (40-6, 27 KOs). The bout took place this past Saturday in Newark, New Jersey not too far from Judah’s native Brooklyn, New York. De La Hoya spoke on the phone with Marcelo Gonzalez (media advisor of Arano Box Argentina), who in turn relayed the phone conversation to Fightnews. “Matthysee clearly won the fight but fighting in Judah’s backyard he was going to have to knock him out to win,” stated The Golden Boy. (more…)
Adam Jaco 173.5 vs. Adam Collins 172
Brian Chiary 169 vs. Terrence Wilson 166.5
Marcus Willis 152 vs. Gerald Jordan 151.5
Antton Slaughter 128.75 vs. Juan Luis Melendez 129.5
Enrique Rios 121 vs. Lamar Charlton 120
Wilky Campfort 155.25 vs. Wilson Montero 153.75
Zack Kuhn 140.5 vs. Clayvonne Howard 138.75
Said El Harrak 147.75 vs. Jose Angel Roman 150.5
Darel Harris 123.75 vs. Danny Calafell (will weight tomorrow)
(A bout between Manny Woods and Carlos Rodriguez was added to the card and both fighters will weigh in at 10:00am Friday)
Venue: Tampa Westshore Doubletree Hotel
Promoter: One Punch Productions
Ringside by Andreas Hale & Anthony Springer
In his 135 pound debut Urijah Faber made quick work of Takeya Mizugaki by choking him unconscious at 4:50 of the first round. After some grappling against the fence, the leaner, faster Faber was able to secure the back of Mizugaki while standing. After wrestling his opponent to the ground Faber secured a very tight rear naked choke that left Mizugaki completely unconscious. The official time of the stoppage was 4:50. (more…)
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada at ringside
Headlining in his hometown of Montreal for the very first time, heavyweight hopeful Bermaine Stiverne wasted no time in disposing of Ramon Hayes, knocking the Georgia fighter out at the 2:08 of the first round. Stieverne landed a right to the temple of Hayes who crumpled down in the neutral corner and staggered wildly once he tried to get to his feet at the count of seven, causing referee to pull the plug on this one. It was only the second fight in Montreal for the Don King promoted Stiverne who now calls Las Vegas home and looked impressive in his first fight in over a year, albeit over an out- gunned opponent. It goes as the 12th setback in a row for Hayes who falls to 15-32-1 while Stiverne moves 19-1-1 scoring his 18th knockout. (more…)
Jesus “Estrella” Ruiz 121 vs. Julio “Chupete” Ler 121
Josue Beranza 124 vs. Fernando “Loco” Salazar 127
Romulo Eiko Kuasicha 124 vs. Hugo Medina 127
Sergio Gutierrez 135 vs. Aldo Hernandez 134
Mario Cuevas 139 vs. Ivan Alvarez 140
Jonathan “Bebe” Duran 147 vs. Eduardo Estrada 151
Jaime Hernandez 135 vs. Miguel Angel Alvarez 135
Venue: Salon Jose Cuervo (Antiguo Salon 21)
Promoter: All Star Boxing, Inc., “The New Generation” & Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr., in association with Producciones Deportivas and RB Producciones.
TV: Telemundo Main Event Live @ 11:35 PM (ET) in HD
Tickets: $200/$100 Pesos @ ticketmaster.com.mx and @ Salon Jose Cuervo
Photos by Daniel Hiller/FIGOSport.de
Jennifer Retzke 146.8 vs. Daniella Smith 142.8
(IBF female welterweight championship)
Benjamin Simon 158.7 vs. Zoltan Kalocsai 158.7
Venue: Circusarena Alt Glienicke in Berlin, Germany
Promoter: Eva Rolle
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Omar Figueroa 134.5 vs. Arturo Quintero 134
Jermell Charlo 148.2 vs. Luis Grajeda 147
Angel Hernandez 128.2 vs. Jesus Hernandez 129.2
Juan Manuel Lopez 117 vs. Alex Garcia 117.7
Raul Tovar 148 vs. Noel Rodriguez 149
Juan Jose Ruiz 176.2 vs. Efren Diaz 179.5
Venue: State Farm Arena, Hidalgo, Texas
Promoter: Golden Boy
Photos by Carlos Baeza/Thompson Boxing Promotions
Josesito Lopez 144.5 vs. Sergio Rivera 141.5
Efrain Esquivias 121 vs. 120.5
Artemio Reyes 144 vs. Jesus Vallejo 144.5
Jhon Ortega 141 vs. Anthony Reyes 140
Miguel Diaz 114 vs. Abel Gomez 113.5
Alfredo Madrigal 117 vs. Cain Garcia 119
Manuel Roman 162 vs. Jovanni Rubio 160
Venue: Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, California
Promoter: Thompson Boxing Promotions
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Weights and photos by Bob Ryder
Darryl Cunningham 170.4 vs. Rubin Williams 174.4
Vernon Paris 141.4 vs. Ramon Guevara 135.2
Alexis Hloros 161.2 vs. Cameron Allen 164.6
Rich Power 232.4 vs. Deandre McCole TBA
Willie Fortune 163 vs. Allen Moore 157.8
Damon McCreary 230.4 vs. Ray Lopez TBA
Domonique Dolton 157.6 vs. Jeremiah Jones TBA
Demar Singleton 174.4 vs. Eric Moon 170
Alex Otero 216 vs. Todd Welcome TBA
Venue: Royal Oak Music Theatre, Detroit, Michigan
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Peter Manfredo, Jr. 161 vs. Jhon Berrio 161
Keith Kozlin 169.5 vs. Joe Gardner 167
Mariusz Wach 259 vs. Galen Brown 260
Dante Wiggins 183.5 vs. Paul Gonsalves 179.5
Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes 146.5 vs Cassandra Lindsey 140
Eric Estrada 198 vs. Tobias Rice 199
Jesse Barboza 227 vs. Winston Thorpe 235
Johnathan Vazquez 140 vs. Ernest Butts III 140
Thomas Falowo 159 vs. Odias Dumezil 160
Venue: Twin River Event Center, Lincoln, RI
Promoter: Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc., in association with DiBella Entertainment
Matchmaker: Rich Cappiello
Photos: Eroll Popova
Super middleweight contender Enrique Ornelas (30-6, 20 KOs) has arrived in Dresden, Germany for his November 20 world title shot against reigning WBO world champion Robert Stieglitz (38-2, 23 KOs). The bout has an interesting subplot as Ornelas’ brother Librado Andrade handed Stieglitz his last defeat in 2008. The event, promoted by SES Boxing, will take place at the Freiberger Arena. Here’s what Ornelas had to say. (more…)
While most people in boxing are predicting a Manny Pacquiao win on Saturday night, Hall of Fame trainer Angelo Dundee says Antonio Margarito has the style to derail the Pacman Express. “The style of Margarito is the style that gives a southpaw trouble,” said Dundee. “He comes forward and the only way to fight a southpaw is to come forward. That is my interpretation…Dundeeism. I trained a half dozen southpaws. I had a boxer named Andy Durell fight the greatest boxer of all time, Willie Pep, and he took it as a warm-up in Miami Beach. The southpaw gave him all the trouble he wanted, busted him up and everything and it was supposed to be an easy fight.” (more…)
The confirmed officials for Saturday’s showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito will be referee Laurence Cole (Texas) and judges Oren Schellenberger (Texas), Jurgen Langos (Germany) and Glenn Crocker (Texas). WBC Supervisor will be WBC President Jose Sulaiman.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC featherweight champion Elio Rojas is one of the candidates to possibly land a title unification fight with WBO featherweight Juan Manuel Lopez on March 19 at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente in Puerto Rico. Some sources indicate that the fight could be made if there’s a good offer for Rojas, however other sources indicate that very difficult to make the fight due to the lukewarm relationship between Bob Arum (Lopez) and Don King (Rojas). Rojas had shoulder surgery in August and has not fought since February when he won by decision against former champion Guty Espadas in Mexico. Rojas was slated to unify with WBA champion Yuriorkis Gamboa in September but his shoulder wasn’t ready yet. Sources close to Rojas say he may take a tune-up fight first, but if an agreement is reached he could go straight to Lopez.
VERSUS will air its first pre- and post-shows surrounding tonight’s live World Extreme Cagefighting® event beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET. The live 30-minute shows hosted by Molly Qerim, with in-arena interviews by VERSUS.com MMA writer Ariel Helwani, will feature unprecedented backstage access to the fighters as they prepare to step into the cage. Additionally, fighters from the December 16 live WEC event will stop by, including WEC lightweight champion Ben Henderson, Anthony Pettis and WEC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz. The shows will also feature an exclusive sit-down interview with UFC President Dana White as well as a live interview with current UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez. (more…)
Middleweight opponents Nate Marquardt and Yushin Okami face off at the UFC 122 pre-fight press conference at the Hilton Hotel on November 11, 2010 in Dusseldorf, Germany. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.
Right before the weigh-in promoter Ahmet Öner changed the main event for tomorrow’s “Battle at the Baltic Sea” again. German heavyweight contender Konstantin “Sandman” Airich (16-2-2) will face Gbenga “Bang Bang” Oloukun (18-6-0) instead of Levan Jomardashvili from Georgia (20-1). The last-minute replacement became necessary when unbeaten Turk Yakup Saglam (26-0) pulled out of the fight on short notice.
Airich weighed-in at 223 lbs. while Oloukun brought 238 lbs. to the scale.
The other weights:
Özlem Sahin 106 vs. Fleis Djendji 110
Mike Keta TBA vs. Mihalij Halas 161
Murat Öner (76,0 kg / 167,5 lbs.) vs. Andy Thiele 165
Domenic von Chrzanowski 165 vs. Thomas Freitag TBA
Azad Azizov 132 vs. Kakhaber Avetisian 135
Michael Schubov 154 vs. Rafael Bejaran 161
Erkan Teper 225 vs. Alexander Kahl TBA
The show starts Friday night at 6.30pm, Eurosport broadcasts live starting at 8.25pm (German time).
Antonio Margarito made an unscheduled appearance at a Thursday press conference for Saturday’s undercard and stated that he never made fun of Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach’s symptoms from Parkinsons disease. The Tijuana Tornado said a video that briefly went viral before being pulled from YouTube was edited and out of context and that he was merely pretending to shake with fear over statements from the Pacquiao camp.
Brandon Rios, who fights in a pay-per-view undercard bout, also issued an apology for his part in the video and didn’t deny he was mocking Roach.
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
On November 27, former WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch will face Arthur Abraham in the third and final group stage bout of the Super Six tournament. While both fighters have already secured a spot in the semi-finals, there is still the vacant WBC belt on stake. A title Froch lost to Mikkel Kessler in his last fight. FightNews caught up with the hard-hitting Froch en route to his daily training regime and asked the former champion about Abraham, his preparation, the tournament and his thoughts about David Haye and the British boxing scene. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Capitol Heights, MD super featherweight Thomas “KO” Snow won a six-round unanimous decision over Jason Rorie of Wilson, NC in front of a packed house at DC Star Nightclub in DC.
Unlike their first matchup that Snow won in November by using more movement, Snow fought a phone booth bout throughout with the determined Rorie. The close quarters allowed for headbutts to take place and one Rorie headbutt caused a gash over Snow’s left eye. Referee Dr. Joseph Cooper took two points away from Rorie for headbutts and holding. Both men landed solid punches throughout but more came from Snow. Judges Steve Rados and Lloyd Scaife scored the bout 60-52 while judge Tammye Jenkins saw the bout 58-54. (more…)
Boxing fans, get ready to climb “Through the Ropes” with the #1 boxing news radio show hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld! This week, HBO’s Max Kellerman and two-time Olympian Rau’shee Warren, who will attempt to be the first US boxer to compete in three Olympics. Call in tonight or email your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org. Through The Ropes airs live coast to coast on Thursday nights from 9:00 – 10:00 ET on 75 affiliates of the Sports Byline USA Broadcast Network, including great radio stations like KSHP 1400 AM in Las Vegas and WNSR 560 AM in Nashville. The one-hour show will also be heard on American Forces Network, Sportsbyline.com and Fightnews.com. Fightnews readers can listen live by clicking here tonight at 9PM ET.
Bad news for boxing fans in Stralsund for tomorrow’s “Battle at the Baltic Sea”. Unbeaten Turkish heavyweight Yakup Saglam (26-0) had to pull out of his PABA championship bout aganist German contender Konstantin Airich (16-2-2). According to his trainer and manager Detlef Loritz, Saglam is down and out with fever and gastric flu. Airich will still be the main event fighter against last-minute replacement Levan Jomardashvili (20-1) from Georgia. (more…)
Story by Jeff Zimmerman
Photos by Robert Hughes
Wednesday’s final press conference for this Saturday’s mega fight at Cowboy Stadium between Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito took on a new twist yesterday as an apparent YouTube video surfaced (and since taken down) showing Margarito, head trainer Robert Garcia and stablemate Brandon Rios mocking and making fun of Freddy Roach and his condition caused by Parkinson’s disease . . . Click here for more
Story by Mark Vaz
Photos by Emily Harney
When Peter Manfredo, Jr. returns to the ring in his native Providence, RI at the Twin River Casino this Friday to face the game Jhon Berrio in a scheduled ten round bout, it will be his first fight under contract with his new promoter, Lou DiBella.
When we last saw the season one “Contender” favorite, he stopped the game Angel Hernandez for the IBO middleweight title. That fight was under the banner of TKO Boxing, the third in a three-fight deal . . . Click here for more
Garden State-based promoter Gary Shaw will be inducted into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame Thursday night at an awards dinner to be held at the Venetian in Garfield, NJ. Shaw, who was inducted into the California Boxing Hall of Fame last year, is the president and chief executive officer of Gary Shaw Productions, established in 2002 and based in Totowa, NJ. (more…)
The California Kid Makes His Bantamweight Debut Tonight On Versus: The former WEC featherweight champion, Urijah Faber, takes on Takeya Mizugaki – plus, Chad Mendes faces off against Javier Vazquez and Joseph Benavidez takes on Wagnney Fabiano – tonight at 9pm ET/6pm PT on VERSUS
The flames on Damacio Page’s feet advertise his conviction about the good life.
“Walking through hell,” he says of the tattoos’ symbolism. “No matter what you want in life, you got to walk through hell to get it.” . . . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, UFC.com
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (45-2-2, 24 KOs) of Argentina continues his preparations at the World Crown Sports Training Center in Oxnard, CA for the highly anticipated rematch with former two-time welterweight champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams (39-1, 27 KOs) which takes place on Saturday, November 20th at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. 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. For more details and photos click here…
Ringside by Ramon Aranda/www.411Mania.com
Photos by Laura de la Torre
WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward and promoter Dan Goossen took part in a press conference Tuesday at Ricky’s Sports Theatre & Grill in San Leandro, CA to discuss the November 27th clash between Ward (22-0, 13 KOs) and Sakio Bika (28-4-2, 19 KOs) at the Oracle Arena in Oakland . . . Click here for more
Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. tunes up for his upcoming big fight against Alfonso Gomez of Mexico on Top Rank’s “In Harms Way” to be held at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Ca. on Saturday, December 4 and broadcast live on Pay-Per-View. Click here for more photos…
Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao sings with his band Wednesday night after the press conference today for his upcoming mega fight against three-time world champion Antonio Margarito on Saturday, November 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Pacquiao vs. Margarito is promoted by Top Rank in association with MP Promotions and Cowboys Stadium. The Pacquiao vs. Margarito telecast will be available live on HBO Pay-Per-View. Click here for more photos…
In addition to the HBO televised undercard action featuring Andre Berto vs. Freddy Hernandez and Celestino Caballero vs. Jason Litzau, former world champion Nate “The Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell, Cuban junior middleweight sensation Erislandy Lara, unbeaten young knockout artists Keith Thurman, Bastie Samir and Michael Finney, as well as top Mexican prospect Gilberto Gonzalez all seeing action in off TV bouts on the November 27 card at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas headlined by the lightweight title fight between Juan Manuel Marquez and Michael Katsidis. Campbell (33-6-1, 25 KOs) faces Colombian southpaw Walter Estrada (37-13-1, 25 KOs), while Lara (13-0, 8 KOs) , Thurman (14-0, 13 KOs), Samir (6-0, 6 KOs), Finney (5-0, 5 KOs) and WBC Youth lightweight titlist Gonzalez (16-1, 12 KOs) will face opponents to be named.
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