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Team Martirosyan is thrilled to hear the news that the WBO is going to force their junior middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinzurik to face his mandatory challengers in consecutive fights due to his inactivity. This was decided at the WBO’s recent annual meeting held in Columbia last week. Paul Williams is Dzinzurik’s mandatory challenger and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is ranked #2 by the WBO. It appears likely that neither one of those fighters will face Dzinzurik and #3 Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan (28-0 17 KOs) is next in line.
“Everybody knows the story of when I busted him up in sparring. Imagine what his face will look like after I pound on it without headgear on!,” an excited Martirosyan recently said from his home base of Glendale, CA. (more…)
ARENA-CEO Ahmet Öner will present a “Heavy Night at the Baltic Sea” on November 12th in Stralsund. German hard-hitter Konstantin Airich (16-2-2, 13 KOs) faces unbeaten Turk Yakup Saglam (26-0, 23 KOs). Airich is best known for losing a controversial slugfest to Danny Williams in May 2008 in Spain when both men had been knocked down and the fight was stopped by Airich’s corner throwing in the towel in the 7th round.
The fight will be for the vacant PABA heavyweight championship belt. (more…)
While the citizens of Framingham, Massachusetts, were eagerly scooping up tickets to see undefeated hometown super lightweight prospect Danny O’Connor’s local debut on November 19 at Nevins Hall, the town’s Board of Selectmen did not share their enthusiasm — thus forcing the entire show’s cancellation. Also set for battle that night was IBF #1 world rated light middleweight Sechew “Iron Horse” Powell (26-2, 15 KOs). Reason for the cancellation? The city wouldn’t approve the sale of concessions, saying fight fans can use vending machines if they’re hungry. The fight between O’Connor (13-0, 3 KOs) and journeyman Humberto Tapia (15-15-1, 8 KOs) will be moved to the next night, November 20, on promoter Mike Acri’s card at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut featuring local favorite Matt Remillard.
Manny Pacquiao will appear on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight at 12:05 a.m. He will be joining comedy box office king Will Ferrell. This will be Manny’s third appearance in the past 12 months on Jimmy Kimmel Live, where he made his U.S. network television debut. Pacquiao, a seven-division world champion, is in his final two weeks of training for a record eighth divisional world title — the World Super Welterweight Championship. — He will be battling three-time welterweight champion “The Tijuana Tornado” Antonio Margarito.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The possibility exists that the WBA interim super welterweight world champion Rigoberto ‘Español’ Alvarez of Mexico will not make the mandatory defense against Austin Trout on the agreed-upon date of December 4 in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Sources report that Alvarez is still recovering from the gaping wounds in his eyebrows after the world championship battle with Japan’s Nobuhiro Ishida last October. The fight might be postponed to early next year depending on Alvarez’ condition.
WBC super featherweight champion Vitali Tajbert (20-1, 6 KOs) will defend his world title for the second time on November 26 in Nagoya, Japan. Tajbert will face former world champion and current #2 in the WBC rankings, Takahiro Aoh (19-2-1, 9 KOs). It is Tajbert’s first professional fight outside Germany. “This is my biggest challenge,” says Tajbert. “I also had some other options, but with a fight against the current number two of the association, especially a former world champion, I think I gain the highest reputation. In Asia the smaller weight classes get higher emphasis than the heavyweights here in Europe. So I would like to win over the Asian fans with my fighting skills and inspire them. To me, it’s always important to make the audience happy. I box for them.”
It will be a lollapalooza of a show when Zab “Super” Judah takes on heavy handed Argentine knock out artist Lucas Matthysse on Saturday, November 6th when the “Brick City Boxing Series” returns to Newark’s Prudential Center. A total of ten supporting undercard fights are scheduled by promoters Main Events, Super Judah Promotions and Golden Boy. Fans who want to catch all of the action will want to arrive early, as the first bout is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. (more…)
At a recent brunch in Anaheim, three of mixed martial arts’ top young performers, Jon Jones, Urijah Faber, and Nate Diaz, met the press and were asked what they might have become if they hadn’t followed the road to professional fighting . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
Manny Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach talks to reporters at the Wild Card Gym.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Bantamweight prospect A. J. Banal (23-1-1, 18 KOs) won by seventh round disqualification over two-time world champion Luis Perez (26-5, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the Waterfront Hotel ballroom in Cebu City, Philippines. Perez was DQ’d for hitting Banal on the break. Here’s what happened:
Story and photos by Boxing Bob Newman
The 48th annual WBC convention had many of it’s expected 850 delegates arrive Sunday, November 31st in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Former and current champions such as Hector “Macho” Camacho, Rafael Herrera, Iran Barkley, Carlos Zarate, Krzysztof Wlodarczyk, Devon Alexander and Evander Holyfield are among those already in attendance, with many more expected to arrive throughout the week. The present attendees initially gathered in the lobby of the Royal Cancun Hotel for a photography art exhibition featuring works by both Dr. Richard Erlich (Lucha Libre photos) and Jose Sulaiman (Faces and Shapes of the World). more + photos
Former 3 divisional world champion Marco Antonio Barrera (66-7, 43 KOs)of Mexico will return to the ring December 11th in Mexico. Barrera will face Likar Ramos (23-3, 17 KOs) of Colombia in a scheduled 12 round bout for the WBO intercontinental title at junior welterweight. Ramos is the former WBA super featherweight interim champion and is promoted by Juan Carlos Devia/Pro Box Del Caribe out of Colombia.
In a triple-header pitting Mexicans against Filipino fighters, all three hometowners won last night in Chihuahua at the Gimnasio Rodrigo M. Quevado, on a card promoted by Promociones del Pueblo. In the main event, Chihuahuan Victor Zaleta (17-1, 9 KOs) defeated Lowie Bantigue (17-14-7, 8 KOs) for the vacant WBC Carribbean super flyweight belt by unanimous decision, scores of 116-112, 115-113 and 115-112. In the co-main, Oscar Ibarra (24-4, 16 KOs), of Mexico City, won by TKO in the second (1:15) over Sonny Boy Jaro (31-9-5, 20 KOs) for the WBC Silver super flyweight title. Jaro was down in rounds one and two. In the first feature bout, Miguel “Mickey” Roman (32-7, 24 KOs), of Juarez, knocked out Joan de Guia (11-12-4, 3 KOs) at 1:16 of round one. In other results: Marcos Reyes (18-1, 16 KOs) TKO’d Martin Avila (11-8, 4 KOs) at 1:36 of the second; Mario Lozano (16-2, 13 KOs) won an eight-round unanimous decision over Oscar Solis (3-4, 2 KOs); Odilon Zaleta (8-0, 3 KOs), brother to Victor, won an eight-round majority decision over Julio Cesar Hernandez (8-10-3, 3 KOs); Jose Lopez (1-0-1, 1 KO) drew in six with Fernando Silva (4-2-2); and Jose Torres won a spilt decision in his debut with Pedro Torres (2-1, 2 KOs).
By Lindy Lindell
Photos by Bob Ryder
Billed as the rematch of the 1812 War between Canada (actually England) and the U.S., Canadian Andres Georges scored a well-deserved split verdict win in an eight over the much more experienced Lanardo Tyner, now (24-4). Windsorite Georges (10-1) used height, speed and crafty boxing techniques to thwart Detroit-area favorite Tyner, who lost for the first time in front of his 313-area code partisans. Moments after the decision was announced, one of Tyner’s backers yelled, “Straight up: Tyner was robbed!” The only robbery committed was that Georges was deprived of a unanimous decision win. The eyes of this journalist saw an easy win for Georges and had him sweeping the first seven of the eight rounds. The fight was for the NABA US welterweight championship. For more details and photos click here…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo courtesy boxnoticias.net
Former double world champion Rafael Marquez completed his training at the Francisco I. Madero Gym in Mexico City with his trainer and boxing legend Daniel Zaragoza for his bout on November 6 where he will fight Puerto Rican WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez in Las Vegas, Nevada. Marquez is in excellent condition and great shape which is expected one week before the bout takes place, which he believes is the most important fight his career. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Photos: Tim Barry
IBF #5 Daniel Geale (24-1,15 KOs) moved closer to an IBF middleweight title shot when he stopped IBF #3 Roman Karmazin (40-4-2, 26 KOs) in round twelve of their IBF Elimination contest at the Olympic Park Sports Center in Homebush, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Sunday. Geale outworked Karmazin in most of the rounds as he consistently connected with accurate combinations on the taller opponent. Karmazin suffered a cut above his left eye due to an accidental head clash in round six. Referee Pat Russell saved Karmazin from further punishment at 2:30 of round twelve and crowned Geale. For more details and photos click here…
Report and photo by Hector Villarreal
After winning the Fedelatin WBA super welterweight championship on July 31, Alfonso “El Huracan” Mosquera (21-7) went back to the Al Brown Arena in Colon, Panama on Saturday night to win the WBC Latin American belt in the same division by knocking out Mexican Joel Juarez (26-12-1) at 2:32 of the second round.
The Panamanian former world challenger Roinet Caballero (28-10-1) outboxed Colombian Jose Miguel Payares (9-5) to win by unnanimous decision in 9 rounds and claim the WBA Fedecaribe super featherweight championship.
Dominican Jonathan Arias (11-6) overcame local Humberto Peña (11-3-2) by disqualification in the 10th and final round.
Julio “El Rayo Chapin” Canastuj (2-5), from Guatemala, won by unnanimous decision over local Aris Rodriguez (1-1-1).
Photos by Photo Wende
IBF Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester (34-3-1, 16 KOs) made a successful defence of his title on Saturday night when he outclassed Mahir Oral (28-3-2, 11 KOs) in front of 4,600 fans in Rostock. The Hurricane knocked his opponent down three times to clinch a unanimous points victory, with the judges scoring the bout 119-106, 117-107 and 117-107. “I am pleased with my performance,” Sylvester said. “I knew I had to catch him to the body. Our game plan worked very well.” For more details and photos click here…
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Ray Bailey
Saturday night at the Bally’s Event Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey, heavy handed featherweight prospect Jorge Diaz (15-0,9KO’s) moved one stop closer to a world title shot with a thrilling ten round unanimous decision victory over Emanuel Lucero (24-6, 14KO’s). In the co-feature of the evening, Lancaster PA’s junior welterweight sensation Ronald Cruz (10-0, 7KO’s) pulled off the biggest win of his career with a convincing sixth round stoppage of Paterson New Jersey’s Jeremy “Hollywood” Bryan (14-2, 7KO’s). The highly entertaining six bout card was promoted by Pound for Pound Promotions. more + photos
By Norm Wamer
Photos: Kevin Walters / SportsSummery.com
Former two-time Junior Middleweight champion Bronco McKart added a third world title Saturday night, the upstart Universal Boxing Organization vacant middleweight championship, with a 7th-round TKO over Michie Munoz 22-6 (15 KO’s) before a partisan hometown crowd. (more…)
By David Finger at ringside
Two vacant WBO interim title belts were on the line Saturday night at the Centro de Convenciones in Cartagena, Colombia.
In the main event, for the vacant WBO interim minimumweight belt, former IBF minimumweight champion Raul Garcia (29-1-1, 17 KOs) and claimed his second world title with a twelve round split decision over previously unbeaten Luis De la Rosa (14-1-1, 8 KOs). Both fighters gave everything in a battle of attrition that Garcia won by the slimmest of margins. Scores were 114-113, 114-113 for Garcia and 115-112 for De La Rosa.
Also, in a bout for the WBO interim light flyweight title, Jesus Geles (11-1-1, 5 KOs) edged Omar Soto (15-6-1, 6 KOs) over twelve rounds. Geles started out strong but Soto didn’t make it easy. In the second round, Soto was cut over his left eye and Gelez tried unsuccessfully to finish him. Although, Geles was technically the better boxer, Soto’s style of wide swinging shots paid dividends as he connected to the head and body of Geles. Good two-way action throughout as judges scored it 114-114, and 115-113, 115-113 for Geles.
By Ryan Stead, FightNews Canada
Former Cruiserweight title challenger Troy Ross made his homecoming a successful one tonight, pounding out a lopsided 10 round unanimous decision victory over Carl Handy at Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario. Ross was almost perfect this night, winning all 10 rounds on two scorecards and 9 on the third (100-90, 100-90, and 99-91). Dominating this one from the start, Ross had Handy reeling early and often. Whether it was the right hook – left uppercut combination or the left hooks to the body, Handy used every trick in the book to remain upright to the end. Ross with the victory improves to 24-2 (16KOs). He remains in contention for a rematch with IBF champion Steve Cunningham to clear up some unfinished business. Handy keeps his reputation as a tough journeyman, slips to 24-8-2. (more…)
Zab “Super” Judah landed at Newark Airport today to begin his final preparations to fight Argentine knock-out artist Lucas Matthysse at Newark’s Prudential Center on Saturday, November 6th. The voluble Judah plans to train in Teaneck at Body Shapers Gym and looks forward to being joined by fellow Brooklynite and Former World Champion Iron Mike Tyson, who will accompany him into the ring during the HBO “Boxing After Dark” broadcast. “I watched Zab in the Gym a few days ago and he looked spectacular,” said Tyson. “Better than I’ve ever seen him before. I will be at The Prudential Center sitting front and center to support my friend Zab.” (more…)
Video: Kurt Freitag
“The Tijuana Tornado” demonstrates what Manny Pacquiao will face when they meet on November 13 as he works the pads with trainer Robert Garcia at the Fortune Gym in Hollywood, California.
The latest episode of FIGHT CAMP 360: Inside The Super Six World Boxing Classic premieres on SHOWTIME tonight at 10:45 p.m. ET/PT.
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Middleweight Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (25-0, 17 KOs) won a controversial twelve round unanimous decision over Avtandil Khurtsidze (22-2-2, 13 KOs) on Saturday to claim the WBA interim middleweight title at the Palais des Sports Porte de Versailles in Paris, France. The scores were 115-114 (twice) and 117-111. The Fight was very exciting for the fans due to Avtandil’s aggression. He punished, rocked and bloodied N’Jikam but couldn’t get the KO. Hassan’s best rounds were late, but even his hometown fans booed when the decision was announced. Fightnews.com scored it 116-112 for Khurtsidze.
On the undercard, WBA interim cruiserweight champ Steve Herelius (21-1-1, 12 KOs) outpointed Roman Kracik (31-5-1, 17 KOs) over eight in a non-title affair.
By Ron Jackson
South Africa’ s Vusi Malinga beat Michael Domingo of the Philippines on a 12 round unanimous points decision at the Mafikeng University Hall in Mafikeng on Saturday night, in an eliminator for the IBF bantamweight title. Judge Miroslav Brazio (Poland) and Jaap van Nieuwenhuizen (South Africa) scored it 117-111 and 115-113 and judge Neville Hotz (South Africa) also had it 115-113. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
In one of his most impressive performances, IBF middleweight champion Sebastian Sylvester (34-3-1, 16 KOs) successfully defended his title for the third time with a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over #10 rated Mahir Oral (28-3-2, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Stadthalle in Rostock, Germany. Sylvester suffered a vertical cut over the right eye from a headbutt in round two, but he broke it open with a huge round four battering Oral around the ring with a sustained barrage of punches. Oral weathered the storm, but things didn’t get much better for him after that. Oral was dropped in round eight with some body shots and a left hook to the jaw. “The Hurrikan” put Oral down again in round nine and punished him further in the tenth. The champion scored another knockdown in round eleven, but Oral beat the count again and chose to continue and made it to the final bell. Scores were 117-107, 119-106, 117-107. (more…)
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Barbados cruiserweight Shawn “Sniper” Cox defeated Anthony Augustin of Guayana by first round TKO on Friday night at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in Georgetown, Guyana. The former Commonwealth gold medalist started slowly, working behind a strong jab. Shawn quickly found an opening landing a four punch combination, punctuated with excellent right uppercut, that sent the Guyanese pugilist to the canvas. Augustin beat the count, but was on wobbly legs and referee Eion Jardine had seen enough. Shawn moves his record to 12 wins against one defeat and is now set to defend his WBC CABOFE title in Barbados on November 20th.
By Manuel “Quique” Roman
Lightweight Fernando Torres made a huge statement last night when he knocked out Juan Ramon Cruz in the first minute of the third round at the Centro de Convenciones in Guayama, Puerto Rico. From the first round, Torres established his jab and speed, making Cruz uncomfortable and desperate to land any punches. It was a perfect uppercut that took Cruz to the canvas. He never recovered and was provided medical assistance. Torres improved his record to 17-1-1, 10 KOs.
In the co-main event, welterweight knockout artist Jonathan “Mantequilla” Gonzalez, delivered, as promised, a first round knockout to Jimmy Le Blanc. Gonzalez now 10-0, 10 KOs, will headline the next Universal Promotions event on December 3rd at his hometown of San Juan, Puerto Rico when he will face Irving Garcia.
In other bouts, super bantamweight Carlos Valcarcel made his comeback to the ring knocking out Pedro “Torito” Rincon in the sixth round with a display of very good physical condition and skills.
Photos and report by Bob Ryder
Chauncy Welliver used a non stop attack to overwhelm Brad Gregory in the main event of promoter John Carlisle’s show in Warren, MI on Friday night. Both Welliver and his trainer, former heavyweight contender Joe Hipp, had expressed to Fightnews before the contest that they have been working on being more aggressive and were seeking knockouts. It paid off this night. Spokane, WA heavyweight Welliver charged out of his corner at the opening bell winging punches at Gregory and never stepped off the gas. Gregory who hails from Wichita, KS was game and tried to fight Chauncy off him but Welliver was not to be denied. For more details and photos click here…
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Wojtek Kubik
Heavyweight Mariusz Wach (22-0, 10 KOs) is 6’8 and 250 pounds; his nickname “Polish Giant” makes sense. Wach will step into the ring to fight another big fighter, 6’6” Kevin Burnett (13-4, 8 KOs) on the off-TV undercard of HBO’s November 6 telecast featuring Zab Judah against Lucas Matthysse in the main event. For Wach, this will be another chance to prove that the word “gentle” applies only to his off canvas demeanor.
“Maybe I’m not the flashiest heavyweight out there, but I like people to just quit in the ring, to know that they cannot beat me. It’s a boxing in black and white: good basics will beat flashy nine times out of ten,” says Wachs. (more…)
Robert Helenius (13-0, 8 KOs) has promised to make Attila Levin (34-3, 21 KOs) pay for skipping their official press conference in Helsinki on Friday. The Nordic Nightmare took time out from his busy training schedule to fly to the Finnish capital for a media tour prior to his November 27th showdown with his Swedish rival. However, Levin never showed up, stating he could not afford to miss his daily practice. “That is a lame excuse,” Helenius, the EU Heavyweight Champion, said. “He is probably scared of me. Just taking the one-hour flight from Stockholm to Helsinki should not have been too much of a problem. He better gets all the training he can – he will need it on November 27. I am going to make him pay for not showing up today.” (more…)
By Brady Crytzer
Photo: Gary Sarti
In his first bout since losing his bid for the world cruiserweight championship against Marco Huck, Brian “The Beast” Minto stopped late replacement Pierre Karam via TKO after Karam did not answer the bell for round number three. With this victory, Minto becomes the WBC Continental Americas Cruiserweight champion. For more details and photos click here…
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