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Miguel Cotto 153.6 vs. Austin Trout 154
(WBA super welterweight championship)
Note: Trout made weight after on his second try after removing his clothing.
Jayson Velez 125.8 vs. Salvador Sanchez II 125.2
(Vacant WBC silver featherweight title)
Daniel Jacobs 161.2 vs. Chris Fitzpatrick 163.3
Venue: Madison Square Garden, New York City
Promoter: Golden Boy
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Argentinian WBC middleweight world champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez confirmed this week that he is almost certain to fight in Argentina against British WBA interim middleweight beltholder Martin Murray in the first defense of his WBC crown. The bout is proposed for April 27, 2013 and may be held in the Estadio de la Plata or Luna Park. The event would be broadcast on public TV Channel 7. Martinez, from Madrid, conducted a video conference with Argentina’s President Cristina Kirchner and reaffirmed his intention to hold the fight in Argentina.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Nicaraguan WBA light flyweight world champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (34-0, 28 KOs) will be elevated to super champion status in a decision announced by the WBA World Championships Committee after making a evaluation of the results of Gonzalez in his last appearances. Gonzalez has made five defenses of his WBA world crown and meets the rule to be declared super champion.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Mike Gladysz/Team Adamek
“For me, watching my first fight with Steve Cunningham was like looking on some guy with my name and haircut, but a totally different fighter. My defensive stance, movement, and way I was standing in front of him, just begging to be hit – I won this fight, putting him on the floor three times, but you’ll see a different fighter in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. I know that Cunningham will be ready to do everything to beat me. I’m assuming he’ll be in the best shape of his life,” said former two division world champion Tomasz Adamek in a Fightnews.com interview. Adamek (49-2, 29 KOs) will fight Cunningham (25-4, 12 KOs) on December 22 in Sands Casino-Resort.
Adamek, who we caught after his training session in Jersey City, also offers his thoughts on the recent Johnathon Banks-Seth Mitchell bout and talks about his “emergency plan” when he fought Travis Walker. (more…)
Championship gold is the desired destination for every fighter. Where most are eager to get their opportunity in the quickest fashion possible, Chad Mendes has learned to take a measured approach. It is a position he’s stood in before and the former number one contender is intent to make sure the next time he steps into the Octagon with a title on the line that the results are going to be different . . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
The Cyclone of Guantanamo Yuriorkis Gamboa (21-0, 16 KOs) is ready to return to the ring as he worked out Thursday for media at Fortune Gym in Hollywood, California. The former world champion and 2004 Cuban Olympic gold medalist will take on Michael Farenas (33-3-4, 25 KOs), of Paranque City, Philippines, for the vacant WBA interim super featherweight title. “It has gone very well with training camp in Miami and now we are in the final phases of our camp in Las Vegas.” Gamboa told Fightnews.com. “I am definitely anxious to return that is what keeps me motivated,” he added.
The last time Yuriorkis Gamboa stepped foot in the ring was in September of 2011 scoring an eight round technical decision win after a head butt over current WBC Featherweight champion Daniel Ponce de Leon. Now 14 months later Gamboa looks to get back in the ring and shine for his new promoter. (more…)
Just a few weeks ago, Firat Arslan fought the fight of his life against WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Hucke losing a disputed decision on November 3rd . But, instead of resting and mourning after the controversial defeat, Arslan will be back in the ring on Saturday in Dusseldorf, Germany. He took the fight only on a two-day notice. “He agreed to fight immediately after Ruslan Chagaev pulled out of his fight,” promoter Felix Sturm said. “I have an enormous amount of respect for Firat Arslan. He is a true warrior.” The 42-year-old former champion is happy to showcase his skill, despite the short break, “It’s a great opportunity to be back in the ring just weeks after the Huck bout. I’m excited and ready for Saturday.” Arslan will face Alex Mogylewski, 27, from Aachen, Germany. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Next week will begin a new election period in the World Boxing Council and longtime president Jose Sulaiman is hinting that he could leave the post he has held since December 5, 1975. “I’m 81 years old and I feel tired,” said Sulaiman. “I would like to experience what I have left in this life with my family and enjoy my passions, traveling and photography…I want to reflect and make the best decision for my family, for boxing, for boxers, for WBC employees and boxing in general. I still have the option to be re-elected.”
Sources indicate that Mauricio Sulaiman, executive secretary of the organization, is ready to take over from his father but other candidates to enter the race for the WBC presidency could include an Italian, an American and an African. It’s also rumored that Sulaiman could leave office, but be elected “president for life” and the WBC offices would remain in Mexico. Sulaiman has been recognized by the annual Guinness World Records book as the longest serving president of a global sports organization.
By Boxing Bob Newman
The WBC will celebrate a milestone beginning this weekend as it kicks off it’s 50 th anniversary celebration with start of the 50th Annual World Convention in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. The majority of scheduled events and meetings will take place at the expansive Grand Oasis Resort. Arguably, the most recognizable face in the world, thee time heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali will literally be crowned “King of Boxing” in a special ceremony to be held during th week.
Along with the usualy business of boxing being conducted by members of the WBC board, (rankings, mandatory defenses, officials seminars, rules, etc.), there will be two boxing events, the first of which is Saturday at the beach outside the hotel, banquets, and more. Over one thousand delegates and guests are expected to attend. In addition to Ali, several past and present world champions are confirmed to attend the convention such as current champs Abner Mares, Danny Garcia, Vitali Klitschko, Afren Torres, Jeff Fenech and even non-WBC champions including Nikolai Valuev and Alfonso Zamora just to name a few. Said WBC Executive Secretary Mauricio Sulaiman, “We expect the WBC’s 50th anniverary to be the biggest and best convention yet. It is a milestone celebration that is sure to be a knockout success.”
The offical run of the convention is December 2-8, although many delegates will begin arriving Friday, November 30th.
Photos: Emily Harney
Nearly one year removed from what he originally thought would be his last fight, “The Pride Of Providence” made an emphatic – and successful – return to the ring Thursday night in front of his hometown fans. Peter Manfredo Jr. (38-8) dominated Pittsburgh, Pa., challenger Rayco Saunders (22-19-2) to earn a 99-91, 100-90, 100-90 unanimous-decision win at Twin River Casino in the 10-round main event of Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports’ “The Pride Is Back” professional boxing event.
Manfredo Jr., who last fought in November of 2011 in a knockout loss to world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., spent seven weeks with legendary trainers Freddie Roach and Ernie Zavala in preparation of Thursday’s fight and it showed as “The Pride Of Providence” utilized a steady jab throughout the night and simply out-worked the over-matched Saunders. (more…)
The intensity could be cut with a knife as Jose Rodriguez and Pablo Torres weighed in for their Texas State Title Fight Thursday afternoon. The 7 fight card is part of the “Mid- Cities Mayhem” on Friday night at the Hurst Conference Center in Hurst, Texas. The event is being promoted by Standing 8 Promotions. The card also features top British prospect Craig Callaghan, UFC veteran Aaron Rosa and the pro debut of 65-3 amateur standout Tony Lopez. The Hurst Conference center is located 10 minutes down HWY 121 from the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport and right outside of Fort Worth, Texas at 1601 Campus Drive, Hurst, TX 76054.
Jose Rodriguez 135 vs. Pablo Torres 134.25
(Texas State Lightweight Title)
Arthur Trevino 133.75 vs. Alex Lopez 134.25
Craig Callaghan 144.25 vs. James Harrison 146.75
Aaron Rosa 250.25 vs. Dominique Smith 202.75
Chris Nava 203.75 vs. Duke Snyder 199
Isaac Rios 126.25 vs. Tony Lopez 123.25
Regis Prograis 140.25 vs. Anthony Little 138.25
Photos: Reynaldo Sanchez/ Acquinity Sports
Joan Guzmán 138 vs. Khabib Allakhverdiev 138.75
Domonique Dolton 154 vs. Richard Gutiérrez 152.5
Ed Paredes 146.25 vs. Héctor Muñoz 146.25
Claudio Marrero 126.75 vs. Mauricio Martínez 124.75
Humberto Savigne 174 vs. Dhafir Smith 174.5
Juan Carlos Payano 117.75 vs. José Luis Araiza 117.5
Isiah Thomas 180 vs. Richard Hall 183.25
Venue: BB&T Center
Promoter: Acquinity Sports
TV: Bounce TV and Pursuit Channel
UFC GYM® announces it will begin selling memberships at its first East Coast location in New Hyde Park, NY Saturday, December 1st. Set to open for workouts in spring 2013, the facility will be the brand’s first gym in New York and looks to bring UFC GYM’s unique “Train Different” approach to Long Island, offering residents the opportunity to train like world-class UFC fighters. (more…)
Photos: All Star Boxing
Pablo Munguia 147 vs. Antonio Pitalua 146
(WBC North American welterweight title)
Fernanda Alegre 139 vs. Diana Ayala 139
(WBO female super lightweight title)
Pablo Farias 187 vs. Santiago Ramos 177.5
Rodolfo Martinez 150 vs. Alfredo Chavez 148
Gonzalo Basile 238 vs. Jose Carlos Rodriguez 235
Victor Trejo 109 vs. Efren Sevilla 110
Samuel Prudente 108.4 vs. Ivan Ochoa 109
Venue: Foro Polanco, Mexico DF, Mexico
Promoter: All Star Boxing, Inc., “The New Generation” & Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr., in association with Producciones Deportivas, OR Productions and RB Producciones.
Gary Shaw Productions bantamweight contender, Glenn Porras (28-3, 17 KOs) from M’lang, Cotabato (Del Norte) Philippines, will fight Jose Nieves (20-2-3, 9 KOs) of Carolina, Puerto Rico, for the WBO Intercontinental bantamweight title. The 10-round bout will take place at the Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida on December 7. “Porras is on fire of late going undefeated since 2008,” said Gary Shaw. “He’s been fighting at an incredible level over the last four years and he’s ready to make a statement against Nieves. I expect a great performance from him on December 7th.”
Promoter Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment (DBE), announced the signing of current world championship contenders, welterweight Ionut “Jo Jo” Dan (29-2, 16 KOs) and middleweight Avtandil Khurtsidze (27-2-2, 16 KOs) to his roster.
Dan, a native of Romania, but now living and training in Montreal, Canada, has only two losses as a professional both coming in world title bouts to former WBC welterweight champion Selkuk Aydin. Dan, who hasn’t fought since November 2011, will make his debut on the upcoming DBE Broadway Boxing card on December 19, which will be a benefit for Hurricane Sandy victims, held at the Roseland Ballroom in NYC. DiBella will look to position Dan in a significant fight sometime in early 2013.
Khurtsidze is rated IBF #5 and WBC #11. “Khurtsidze is a friggin’ good middleweight and competitive with the top of the division I think,” DiBella said. “I saw tape of the guy. He’s got a great record, he’s world-ranked and I think a fight between Khurtsidze and Macklin is a war. He beats Danny Jacobs. He won’t beat Sergio, but this guy will be in good fights and he can win a world championship in the right fight. I think Khurtsidze and Peter Quillin is a war.” (more…)
Story by Felipe Leon Photos by Felipe Leon and Renzo Novara
After a successful all-female fight card last month, the most prolific Tijuana promoter of the year, Mayen Promotions, hooked up with Zanfer Promotions to showcase a bevy of local talent last night at the legendary Las Pulgas night club located on Revolucion Avenue in the heart of the bustling border city. With soccer fever brewing with the local pro team, Xolos, making it to the final which begin on Thursday, Tijuana sports fans still make it a point to come out and support local favorite Edivaldo “Indio” Ortega (15-0-1, 7KOs) defend his Baja California Super Bantamweight title against Ensenada, Mexico’s Francisco Piña (5-5-4, 2KOs) over ten lackluster rounds. The main event was recorded for future broadcast in the United States by Azteca America.
Ortega won the title by unanimous decision over the much more experienced Enrique Quevedo last July. Considered by many as one of Tijuana’s promising talents, Ortega has left much to be desired the last year as he has won but looked lackadaisical in his efforts. Piña was coming off two straight losses after a heated draw versus 23-5 Fernando Vargas. Piña also owns two wins over Walter “School Boy” Sarnoi. (more…)
Unbeaten heavyweight David Price (14-0, 12 KOs) weighed in at a career high 250 lbs for his showdown against domestic rival Matt Skelton on Friday night at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, England. The 45-year-old Skelton (28-6, 23 KOs) weighed in nine pounds lighter at 243 pounds for the British and Commonwealth title fight which will be televised live in the United States on Wealth TV and WealthTV.com at 2:30PM ET/11:30AM PT, with a replay at 10PM ET/7PM PT.
Price is returning just six weeks after demolishing Audley Harrison in 82 seconds. At 6’8, the Klitschko-sized Price is considered by many to be one of the most promising next generation heavyweights along with Tyson Fury, who takes on Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson on Wealth TV Saturday night.
The professional boxing card originally set for December 14 at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York has been postponed to February 2, 2013, it was announced today by Star Boxing and the Times Union Center. “We had a terrific card planned but the main event featuring undefeated world ranked heavyweight Joe “The Future” Hanks against undefeated Fred Allen will not happen. Unfortunately Fred Allen pulled out of the fight. This was an excellent matchup featuring two, young undefeated heavyweights from the United States, but the promoter of the event – Star Boxing has secured an even better heavyweight challenger, which will give our fans something more exciting on February 2,” said Bob Belber, General Manager of the Times Union Center. (more…)
Tonight on WealthTV and www.wealthtv.com a memorable weekend of boxing kicks off with the exclusive rebroadcast of the leading candidate for 2012 Fight of The Year between WBO flyweight champion and WBA king Hernan Marquez. The bout, which took place on November 17th was a thrilling war which many boxing scribes called the fight of the year but the best televised card of 2012. In the bout, Viloria scored three knockdowns en route to a tenth round stoppage which was full of non-stop two way action. The card begins at 9pm eastern and will also feature the thrilling WBA Light Flyweight championship bout between champion Roman Gonzalez and Juan Francisco Estrada. Gonzalez took the twelve round unanimous decision in a fight that was competitive and had many high drama moments.
Two important Heavyweight bouts from the United Kingdom highlight a weekend of Live boxing on WealthTV & www.wealthtv.com.
On Friday afternoon, Undefeated former Olympic Silver Medal winner David Price (14-0, KO’s) takes on former world title challenger Matt Skelton (28-6, 23 KO’s) beginning 2:30 pm eastern / 11:30 am Pacific with a replay at 10 pm eastern / 7 pm Pacific.
Then on Saturday, the war of words will finally be settled in the ring when America’s Hope to Bring the Heavyweight champion back to the United States, Kevin Johnson (28-2-1, 13 KO’s) takes on undefeated giant Tyson Fury (19-0, 14 KO’s) in a WBC Elimination bout. Johnson – Fury begins at 4pm Eastern / 1pm Pacific.
“This weekend is a going to be a fantastic weekend of boxing. To start everything off on Thursday night with the rebroadcast of Viloria – Marquez and to follow that up with two live bouts Friday and Saturday that have huge implications in the Heavyweight division just shows that WealthTV wants to bring the best fights from around the world to the many great fans In the United States:, said WealthTV President Charles Herring.
These Cant-Miss fights can be seen on WealthTV nationally on Verizon FiOS TV channel 169 and 669 in HD, AT&T U-Verse TV channels 470 and 1470 in HD, along with over 100 cable systems across the country as well as on line viewing on numerous connected devices and via www.wealthtv.com.
Jr welterweight Hometown hero Victor “Mermelada” Cayo (30-3, 22 KOs) will face unbeaten countryman Vladimir Baez (17-0 with 15 KOs) in an all-Dominican main event on December 17 at the Dominican Fiesta Hotel in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Cayo will be gunning for his second consecutive victory over an undefeated opponent, as he defeated unbeaten Julio DeJesus (15-0, 14 KOs) on August 11. Baez has won four straight by knockout since winning the Dominican domestic belt in 2010. (more…)
WBC/WBA super lightweight world champion Danny “Swift” Garcia and two-division World Champion Zab “Super” Judah will host a New York City press conference on Saturday to officially announce their February 9 world championship fight at Barclays Center in Brooklyn,
New York, which will be televised live on Showtime. Tickets, priced at $200, $100, $50 and $25, go on sale on Monday,
December 3 at 10:00 a.m. ET.
Fight Promoter University IX will now be a day longer and will feature two Fight Club OC shows, it was announced today by FPU founder and fight promoter Roy Englebrecht. The one of its kind fight promotions teaching seminar, that has already seen over 150 future fight promoters attend from all over the world, will include an extra teaching day and is set for April 10 – 14, 2013 at the Hilton Orange County Airport in Irvine, California. Plus all students attending FPU IX will get to work not one, but two Fight Club OC shows, featuring boxing, mixed martial arts, and muay thai action. (more…)
Photo: Reynaldo Sanchez/Acquinity Sports
John David Jackson never shied away from a challenge during his days as a two-time world champion boxer out of Colorado. He certainly doesn’t do that now as a world-class trainer in South Florida. Having worked with some of the elite in the sport including Bernard Hopkins Shane Mosley and Nate Campbell, Jackson knows talent when he sees it. Lately he sees a lot of it in undefeated Russian light welterweight Khabib “The Hawk” Allakhverdiev (17-0, 8 KOs). Jackson is the man in charge of Khabib’s corner when he faces former two-time world champion Joan “Little Tyson” Guzman (33-0-1, 20 KOs) this Friday night from The BB&T Center in Sunrise. At stake is the vacant WBA World light welterweight championship and an opportunity to catapult the young Russian into conversations about the one hundred forty pound division. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Video: WBAnews Team
In an exclusive Fightnews.com interview in Panama City, WBA Executive Vice-President, Gilberto J. Mendoza talks about WBA projects and the current state of world boxing. “After the last world convention we are looking to have a solid World Boxing Association organized to be integral to the future of the sport. We want to have more WBA KO drugs access activities and development and we are focused on that,” said Mendoza Jr.
Traditionally, a one year anniversary present is paper, but UFC and FOX are giving us gold.
The mega-relationship that began on November 12th, 2011 with a one fight, main event heavyweight title bout between Junior dos Santos and Cain Velasquez will mark its first year with another belt on the line and much, much more. On December 8th, live on FOX from the KeyArena in Seattle, Washington, the ultimate proving grounds will feature a pair of fight finishing welterweights, the return of an MMA icon vs. a top tier talent in the making, a terrific tangle between light heavyweight titans, and the UFC lightweight championship up for grabs. As another year of fighting festivities winds down, the Octagon takes center-stage on FOX with easily its most high profile and stacked card . . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC on FOX: Henderson vs. Diaz is live from Seattle’s Key Arena at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT on Saturday, December 8. Click here for more info
WBO World Lightweight Champion Ricky Burns says he will end the year with a bang against hard-hitting Filipino challenger Jose Ocampo. Scottish hero Burns makes the third defence of his title on promoter Frank Warren’s six-title extravaganza on December 15th at the ExCeL London. Burns is coming off a career best win destroying British rival Kevin Mitchell inside four rounds in September and is now in line for a huge unification showdown with American star Adrien Broner who won the WBC title earlier this month.
First he has to get through the heavy handed Ocampo, ranked number 14 by the WBO, who has stopped 12 out of 17 opponents early and although he has five losses and a draw, he has never been stopped. He replaces the original challenger Liam Walsh who was injured in a car crash two weeks ago forcing him to withdraw from the fight. The 23-year-old Ocampo comes from the Sarangani Province that is governed by Congressman Manny Pacquiao.
Unbeaten heavyweight Tyson Fury had a fierce showdown with American boxer Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson on Wednesday, ahead of their weekend clash.
The December 1st Fury-Johnson event is available live at WealthTV.com. WealthTV is available on Verizon FiOS TV (channels 169 and 669 in HD), AT&T U-Verse TV (channels 470 and 1470 in HD), along with over 100 cable systems across the country. Click here for more information.
On Saturday night at The Harv at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort in Chester, WV, undefeated former IBF lightweight champion Paul “The Pittsburgh Kid” Spadafora (46-0-1, 19 KOs) faces reigning WBO Oriental champion and former Olympian Solomon Egberime (22-3-1, 11 KOs). Spadafora, currently world ranked WBA #11, WBC #19, defeated Humberto Toledo in his last bout in August. Egberime, currently world ranked WBO #14, defeated Joel Dela Cruz in his last bout in July. Both fighters need the victory to catapult into world championship positions in 2013. The event is presented by 8-time world champion Roy Jones Jr. in association with TNT Promotions.
The evening also features a rematch of an entertaining back-&-forth battle in July between crowd-pleasing & former #1 world ranked contender Monty Meza-Clay (33-3, 21 KOs) and Emmanuel “El Carnicero” Lucero (26-12-1, 14 KOs) and Youngstown, OH’s Jake “The Bull” Giuriceo (16-1-1, 3 KOs) attempts his next step towards cracking the world rankings vs. former WBO African title challenger “Mr.” Peter Oluoch (11-6-2, 6 KOs). (more…)
Promoter Dustin Haney of Standing 8 Promotions closes out the year this Friday with a knockout eight-bout “Mid-Cities Mayhem” card at the Hurst Conference Center in Hurst, Texas. The main event showcases local star Jose Rodriguez (6-0, 2 KOs) of Dallas against hard punching Pablo Torres (6-5, 5 KOs) of El Paso by way of Juarez, Mexico in an eight-round battle for the vacant Texas lightweight title. Fighting on the road is nothing new for the veteran Torres, who went ten tough rounds with former WBO bantamweight champion Cruz Carvajal back in October 2011.
“I expect a tough battle!” Rodriguez said when asked about his opponent’s experience. “I am excited for this fight and to fight for the State title. The belt is the same title that my trainer (Hector Pena) held when he was pro. It means a lot to me and I will do everything to get it!” (more…)
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