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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: Sumio Yamada
Japanese WBA interim super welterweight champion Nobuhiro Ishida, and Mexican WBA #9 world ranked Rigoberto Alvarez, easily made weight for their scheduled 12 round title fight on Saturday night at Meson de los Deportes, Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico. Ishida came in ripped and ready at the division limit of 154 pounds, and Alvarez, also in good shape, was 154 pounds. The fight will be at Meson de los Deportes, Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico at this Saturday, October 9. The winner will fight with the mandatory challenger Austin Trout.
For the third year in a row, TKO Boxing Promotions has teamed up with The Jonathan Ogden Foundation to present “An Evening Ringside” charity boxing event on Thursday, October 21st at the Martins Valley Mansion in Cockeysville, Maryland. Said Chris Middendorf, CEO of TKO Boxing, “This is always a tremendous event. Our host, future Hall of Famer Jonathan Ogden brings out a star studded crowd and the atmosphere is terrific. We have fans coming from Los Angeles, New York City and Las Vegas to support and enjoy the event.”
“The best part is that it is all for a good cause as Jonathan’s foundation uses the money raised to work with high school athletes in the Baltimore area in improving their academics, while at the same time those student/athletes are also spending hours each week doing community service. It is a very positive and uplifting cycle that has been created.”
Featured at the action packed evening of professional boxing will be several world class prospects and local fan favorites.
Headlining “An Evening Ringside” will be a welterweight clash between sensational undefeated welterweight prospect Emmanuel “The Tranzformer” Taylor of Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland and Puerto Rico’s Javier Perez. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Hugo Cazares 114.7 vs. Alberto Rossel 114.4
Marco Lopez 128.7 vs. Abraham Gomez 128.7
Roberto Ortiz 14.8 vs. Salvador Carreon 14.8
Cesar Gandara 114.4 vs. Ramon Gonzalez 114.4
Octavio Montero 187 vs. Ruben Olivares 174.9
Gerardo Marin 117.7 vs. Fernando Arana 12.34
Fernando Villafranca 123.2 vs. Salvador Gonzalez 128.7
Gerardo Rojas 155.1 vs. Jose Ramirez 155.1
Venue: Centro de Convenciones, Tlalnepantla de Galeana, Estado de México, Mexico
Promoter: KO Entertainment
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Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Francisco Panchito Arce 122 vs. Isidrio Chino Garcia 122
Jorge Lacierva 130 vs. Edgar Riovalle 130
Sergio Torres 135 Ernesto Morales 135.5
Luis Rodriguez 154 vs. Armando PATIÑO 154
Venue: Tecate Box Tour, Monterrey, NL, Mexico
Promoter: Zanfer and Top Rank
TV: TV Azteca and Fox Sports Live
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Gary Shaw announced today the signing of undefeated junior middleweight prospect and former U.S. amateur standout Julian Williams (2-0, 2 KOs). “He is the goods. He is 100% the goods,” said Shaw. Added veteran matchmaker John Beninati, “Julian reminds me of a better version of Andre Berto. He has a more powerful punch. He’s got all the tools.” Williams, 20, is scheduled to fight two more times this year, November 9 in Oklahoma City and December 3 at Chumash Casino Resort. Williams’ corner includes mentor/head trainer Kenny Mason and advisor/assistant trainer Stephen “Breadman” Edwards. He trains at the James Shuler Memorial Boxing Gym in Philadelphia.
WBO jr. featherweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (WV2) will make an appearance at “VIVA OSCEOLA” Osceola County’s largest annual Latin Festival at 2PM on Saturday at the Valencia Community College Campus. Parking and admission are free.
On the following Saturday (October 16), All Star Boxing, Inc and Promoter Tuto Zabala, Jr. will return to the city that has hosted many of the company’s boxing shows during the past 10 years that have filled the Kissimmee Civic Center on many occasions. This time it will be a world title fight and one of the biggest shows in Central Florida history at the 10,500 seat Silver Spurs Arena of the Osceola Heritage Park in an event billed “The Rising Son Returns.”
Tickets for Vazquez Jr. vs. Hernandez are priced at $202, $102, $52 and $27, are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, the Silver Spurs Arena box office and on-line at Ticketmaster.com.
Bob Arum said today “…these are tough, hard economic times. But people still want entertainment and that is why the majority of our tickets at the Honda Center in Anaheim are $50 and $30 on December 4.”
Tickets are on sale today. Prices are $200, $100, $50 and $30 for the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Alfonso Gomez title fight on Top Rank’s ‘In Harm’s Way’ Pay Per View at the Honda Center in Anaheim. Arum said “we purposely put thousands of tickets on sale in the $50 and $30 categories so fans can bring their families and enjoy an evening of boxing. I believe this is an event which will pack the Honda Center.”
Chavez Jr will defend his WBC Silver Middleweight Championship title against Gomez. The ‘Filipino Flash’ Nonito Donaire takes on Wladimir Sidorenko of Ukraine; WBC Lightweight Champion Humberto Soto defends against Urbano Antillon and world ranked lightweight Brandon ‘Bam Bam’ Rios takes on Noe Bolanos. Arum said he will soon announce additional fights for the December 4 card.
Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com and at Ticketmaster Charge By Phone at 800-745-3000. Seats will go on sale at the Honda Center Box Office on Saturday, October 9.
WBA Super Middleweight Champion and 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward (22-0, 13 KOs) issued the following statement upon hearing the news of 2004 Olympic Bronze Medalist Andre Dirrell pulling out of SHOWTIME’s Super Six World Boxing Classic tournament because of neurological issues.
“It’s very unfortunate to hear about Andre Dirrell’s situation. It’s never a good thing for a fight not to be able to work, especially for a neurological reason. I pray for his health and that he is able to return to the ring as soon as possible,” Ward said.
By Damrong Simakajornboon
WBC flyweight king Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (77-3-1, 40 KOs) successfully kept his WBC crown as he won a close but unanimous decision over WBC#17 Suriyan Por Chokchai (14-5-1, 4 KOs) on Friday at Municipality of Nonghai in Srisaket, Thailand. Suriyan, the WBC Asian 112lb title holder, exceeded expectations of the crowds and others when he displayed his efficient counter-attack tactic to frustrate the champion’s aggression in a very close affair during the first seven rounds. An accidental headclash in round eight brought to a turning point as the uncut contender was deducted a point following WBC rules and the scores announcement after round eight were 76-75, 77-74 and 77-77 for Wonjongkam who suffered a 1.5-cm cut at his left eyebrow . The challenger tried to turn the tide, stalking and exchanging toe-to-toe with the experienced champion but it was Wonjongkam who did better with his more accurate counterpunches and almost dropped his foe in round ten. The action was a close affair again from round 11 as Suriyan tirelessly hunted the WBC king who had still displayed good counterpunches until the final round. Scored : Takeaki Kanaya (Japan) 115-114, Noppharat Sricharoen (Thailand) 115-112, Belton Douglas (New Zealand) 114-113.
In others action, WBC#37/ABCO superfly title holder Yodchanchai Nakornluang (reportedly 6-1,5 KOs) stopped Sirichai Sithsaithong in round three. ABCO#2 superfly Sugar Rey Nakornluang (8-0,5K Os) mostly controlled the show before he scored a TKO over Kengkaj Or Ekachai who refused to continue at the beginning of round four. ABCO#8 fly Srisaket Sor Rungvisai stopped Indonesian Johan Wahyudi in round four. This event was promoted by Nakornluang Boxing Promotion.
Danny Garcia 143 vs Mike Arnaoutis 142.5
Bastie Samir 161.5 vs Joe Dunn 159
Kareem Cooley 134.5 vs Eilud Torres 134.5
Victor Vasquez 132.5 vs Bryne Green 131.5
Anthony Flores 131.5 vs Arash Usmanee 132
Wanzell Ellison 134 vs Aaron Anderson 135
Venue: The Arena
Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions / Joe Hand Promotions
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Three-division former world champion Erik “Terrible” Morales is expected to return December 18 at Estadio Caliente in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico to fight for the WBC Silver super lightweight title against an opponent to be determined. The fight would be added to the blockbuster SHOWTIME pay-per-view telecast that’s also featuring Bernard Hopkins against WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal from Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. A win for Morales would pave the way for him to face his countryman Juan Manuel Marquez, the current WBA/WBO lightweight world champion, in a 2011 mega-fight. For the December 18 date, Morales will again prepare at the Otomi Ceremonial Center, located in Temoya, Estado de Mexico.
Unbeaten heavyweight contender Denis Boytsov, unbeaten in 27 fights and rated in the top five of all boxing sanctioning organizations, has recovered to a hand surgery and resumed full training a few weeks back at the Universum Gym in Hamburg under ex-world champion Artur Grigorian. Despite his long injury lay-off, some in the media are clamoring for the unbeaten Universum star to be the next Klitschko opponent. “I’m honored,” said Boytsov. “Of course I want to box against the Klitschkos. But, first things first. This year I want to have one fight and that’s what my promoter is working on. If all goes well with my hand, I’ll be ready for the first Klitschko in 2011.”
Yesterday Boytsov was in Berlin for some publicity engagements. “I’ve been living a long time in Germany, but was never in the capital,” he said, “so I used this opportunity to do a little sightseeing. This is a great, vibrant city with a lot of culture. Unfortunately, in such a short time I only got to see some of the attractions like the Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag and Checkpoint Charlie. But this has left a hunger to see more. Maybe I’ll box someday in Berlin. I would like that.”
After allegedly having signed for a world title shot against WBO super featherweight champion Ricky Burns, WBO #3 lightweight Matt Zegan (42-5-2, 21 KOs) will not be challenging for the 130lb belt at Glasgow’s Braehead Arena on December 4. Burns will instead make the first defense of his title against WBO #6 featherweight Andreas Evensen (13-1, 5 KOs). Zegan’s stock plummeted after a draw with Boris Berg (3-0-1, 2 KOs) in a tune-up fight and he was rejected by SKY Sports, opening the door for the little known Evensen who will move up a weight class.
Junior middleweight contender Deandre Latimore (21-3, 17 KOs) is back with his training team that saw him at his most successful, along with a new manager. “Previously I was working with a company called Sweat/Pound 4 Pound here in St. Louis. I was working with their in-house trainer Jose Ponce, but things just weren’t clicking so I’ve decided to make some changes” said the 25 year old. ‘There are no hard feelings; it just wasn’t working so we’ve completely parted ways. I’m heading back to Las Vegas tomorrow and will be training with Ray Franklin and Jacob Chavez going forward. They were with me at my best when I knocked out Sechew Powell in our first fight and I’m thrilled to be working with them again.” Still promoted by Rumble Time Promotions of St. Louis and DiBella Entertainment, Latimore will now be managed by Nevada businessman Chris Watkins. (more…)
Feeling like he has much more to give the world of boxing, four-time light heavyweight world champion Antonio Tarver will jump two weight classes to the heavyweight division in his comeback to the ring on ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, Oct. 15, LIVE on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). Tarver (27-6, 19 KOs) of Tampa, Fla., will get his first heavyweight test in a 10-round tilt at Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Okla., when he squares off against 24-year-old Nagy “Dominican Dynamite” Aguilera (16-4, 11 KOs) of Newburgh, N.Y. by way of the Dominican Republic.
In an exciting 10-round welterweight co-feature, former Manny Pacquiao sparring partner and promising, unbeaten Shawn Porter (16-0, 12 KOs) of Cleveland, Ohio, takes on a game Hector “El Huracan” Munoz (18-3-1, 11 KOs) of Albuquerque, N.M. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Undefeated Nicaraguan WBA minimumweight world champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (26-0, 22 KOs) has decided to give up his crown after making three defenses. He will now fight October 24 in Japan against Mexican Francisco Rosas (21-7-2, 12 KOs) for the WBA interim light flyweight world crown. He was originally sated to face WBA regular light flyweight Juan Carlos Reveco on that date, but Reveco pulled out citing kidney stones.
Preview by Brian Grammer
This Saturday at Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri, WBC USNBC cruiserweight champion Ryan “The Irish Outlaw” Coyne (15-0, 5 KOs), ranked #15 by the WBC, will make the first defense of his title against tough competitor Shane Steele (7-2, 5 KOs).
It was 96 years ago that a boxing match was contested at Forest Park in St. Louis. The Year was 1904……..The ice cream cone was making its debut at the World’s Fair in St. Louis, the War to end all Wars had not yet been fought and women’s boxing was making its amateur exhibition debut. The Year 1904 introduced the Gateway City of St. Louis to the world as both the host of the World’s Exposition and the Games of the 3rd Olympiad. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
After lesson planning, Back-to-School Night, and grading, another edition of Southern California Boxing Scene is back, filled with updated news on fighters and fight cards with a Southern California connection…
Bantamweight contender Abner Mares, who hails from Hawaiian Gardens, is thrilled to be a part of the single-elimination Bantamweight tournament, which will begin on Saturday, December 11th in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico. Mares faces hard-hitting, two-time world title holder Vic Darchinyan in a 12 round bout.
“I’m just anxious and excited to be fighting in December,” said Mares to Fightnews.com, who will be fighting in his native Mexico for the first time in his professional career. Mares represented Mexico in the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Mares, who is coming off a 12 round majority decision draw against Yonnhy Perez in May, knows he will in tough against the awkward, yet hard-hitting Darchinyan.
“I know that he likes to talk a lot before a fight,” said Mares recently. “I just have to do what I need to do and do my talking with my fists.” (more…)
Photos: Jan Sanders/Goossen Tutor Promotions
Unbeaten welterweight Michael Dallas Jr. (16-0-1, 6 KOs) scored a second round knockout over Lenin Arroyo of Miami (20-14-1, 4 KOs) on Thursday night at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California. Arroyo was down three times in round two before it was waved off at the 1:30 mark.
Olympian super middleweight Shawn Estrada (9-0, 9 KOs) needed just 28 seconds to beat Nathan Bedwell (3-5, 2 KOs) after Bedwell’s heavily taped right knee collapsed.
Olympian jr middleweight Javier Molina (4-0, 4 KOs) needed just 39 seconds to finish Marco Arauz (3-7-2, 1 KO). (more…)
By Peter Lim at ringside
In a heavyweight mismatch, Justin Jones, 10-0 (7 KOs), stopped Billy Willis, 11-23-1 (9 KOs), in the third round at the Humble Civic Center on the outskirts of Houston. Jones dropped Willis with a one-two in the first round and effortlessly unloaded every punch in his arsenal before Willis quit on his stool at the end of the second round. (more…)
The new issue of Boxeo La Revista is out in digital form and the print issue will be available this weekend at the “Tecate Box Tour” in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico where this Saturday, Francisco “Pachito” Arce takes on former world champion Isidro “Chino” Garcia in the main event of a boxing card presented by Zanfer Promotions. In the magazine you’ll find a full report on the great win by Tomas “Gusano” Rojas in Japan, and an in depth look at the promotional tour of Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito, who visited three cities to promote their upcoming fight on November 13 at Cowboys Stadium. There is also a very interesting on three dynamic women of Tijuana Boxing. Here is the link to the digital magazine.
Photos by All Star Boxing
As part of the South Florida Media Tour, WBO Jr Featherweight Champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr was a special guest Thursday night on the popular Telemundo Network program Titulares y Mas and spend time and did interviews with Edgar Lopez, Karim Mendibur and the beautiful Mirella Grisales. The last time he was on the program live was before he won his world title last February 27, 2010 when he defeated Marvin Sonsona via 4th round stoppage, he promised them then that he will come back to the show with the belt and he delivered the promise today. Telemundo televised almost all of his fights before he became champion. Vazquez Jr will face Former WBO Champion Ivan “Choco” Hernandez at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, FL. The tickets are already on sale starting at only $25 at all Ticketmaster location and at the Arena. The fight will be available on PPV. Indemand, Dish, Direct TV and your local cable operator at only $34.95. Click here for more photos…
By Robert Coster
Photo courtesy of Peruboxing
Peruvian challenger Alberto Rossel hopes to become his country’s first world champion when he meets Mexico’s Hugo Cazares for the WBA super flyweight title in Mexico City on Saturday. The tough, rugged little WBA #11 Rossel (24-7, 11 KOs) will be a definite long shot against the bigger, harder punching Cazares (32-6-2, 23 KOs) but his Peruvian countrymen believe in “El Chiquito” (as he is known) for his great heart and ability to make the upcoming bout; ”This will be the fight of his life,” says Christian Barton, editor of the Peruboxing website, “El Chiquito will be at a disadvantage in terms of height and size, but he is a real warrior. Records can be misleading. Alberto is skilled, very hardy and is able to rise up to the occasion, I firmly believe that an upset victory against Cazares is not a dream.” (more…)
By Christopher Cook
Carlos Manuel Rivera (16-6-2, 5 KOs) and Charlie Serrano (9-2-0, 2 KOs) headline an exciting night of boxing this October 15 at the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, Florida. Both local fighters, Rivera from Port Richey looks to reverse his misfortune of three straight losses as he squares off with Tampa’s Serrano. Serrano, a local favorite, is stepping up in competition in facing Rivera, and will have to use his speed to try and overcome his more experienced opponent. Rivera, who recently fought for the NABO and NABF belts in May, has lost two of his last three by TKO. Rivera will find Serrano’s soft punching much easier to handle as he looks to take out the crowd as well as Serrano in this bout. This bout will be for the vacant Florida State Featherweight title. (more…)
WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal receives his green belt today in Mexico City from WBC president Jose Sulaiman.
Djamel Selini (29-9-1, 14 KOs) of Belgium and WBO #15 ranked light heavyweight Nadjib Mohammedi (22-1, 11 KOs) of France, and the event’s promoter Robert Safrani pose for picture at the official weigh-in today in France. Mohammedi and Selini will square off tomorrow at the Gymnase J.Roure, Les Pennes-Mirabeau, in Bouches-du-Rhône, France. Mohammedi weighed in at 172.7 pounds and Selini at 174.9 pounds. The main event bout will be for the EBU-EU (European Union) light heavyweight title.
Tickets for “In Harm’s Way” — the four-fight championship pay-per-view extravaganza, go on sale tomorrow (Friday, October 8) at 10AM PT. Top Rank’s 2010 pay-per-view finale will take place Saturday, December 4 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., and will be televised Live on Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT. “In Harm’s Way” will feature The Son of the Legend and undefeated No. 1 contender Julio César Chávez, Jr, (41-0-1, 30 KOs), of Culiacan, México, defending his World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver middleweight title against The Contender alumnus and Top-Five contender Alfonso Gomez (22-4-2, 11 KOs), of Guadalajara, México, in a 12-round fight of seismic proportions. (more…)
Alberto Herrera 149 vs. Chris Chatman 149
Christopher Rizzo 142.5 vs. Alex Viramontes 142
Oscar Andrade 138 vs. Federico Martinez 136.5
Donyil Livingston 161.5 vs. Steve Macomber 162
Sergio Nunez 135 vs. Mike Cross 132
Daniel Roman 119 vs. Salvador Cifuentes 116.5
Venue: Ontario Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, CA
Promoter: Thompson Boxing Promotions
After reconfiguring the in-house production at the sold-out O2 Arena, London, England, the Ultimate Fighting Championship(R) organisation has been able to more seating capacity for next week’s UFC 120: BISPING v AKIYAMA event. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
“I’m very disappointed,” promoter Gary Shaw told Fightnews.com today regarding Andre Dirrell’s withdrawal from SHOWTIME’s Super Six Tournament. “Andre has some neurological problems and we’ve been advised by a neurological specialist that for the present time Andre cannot spar, nor can he fight until he is symptom-free. We’re going to be going for further testing. I just pray and hope that everything is alright for Andre Dirrell and his family.”
When asked when Dirrell’s symptoms appeared, Shaw responded, “During that Abraham fight he took a pretty good shot and he was kind of scattered that night. I don’t know for sure, and I’m sure not the doctor, so I don’t want to say when this appeared or reappeared. All I know is right now he’s not right.”
Photos by All Star Boxing
WBO jr. featherweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. had media day at All Star Boxing’s Miami Fight Gym in the City of Doral, FL a Miami suburb in preparation for his title defense of this coming Saturday, October 16 against former WBO champion Ivan “Choco” Hernandez of Mexico at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, FL. The tickets are already on sale starting at only $25 at all Ticketmaster location and at the Arena. The fight will be available on PPV. Indemand, Dish, Direct TV and your local cable operator for $34.95. Click here for more photos…
By Karl Freitag
Andre Ward will have a new opponent on November 27 after Andre Dirrell pulled out with an alleged undisclosed injury. Ward and Dirrell (former Olympic teammates) were originally scheduled to meet September 25, but no agreement could be reached between the respective camps and the bout was rescheduled for November 27. Ken Hershman, Executive Vice President and General Manager of SHOWTIME Sports, said today that Ward’s fight will go on as scheduled against an opponent to be named and a decision wil be made whether that fight will be a part of the tournament or not. Win or lose, Ward will advance to the semifinal win or lose based on tournament points he has already earned. Dirrell’s departure makes the November 6 Super Six bout between Allan Green and newcomer Glen Johnson even more significant as the winner will likely advance to the semifinal.
Robert Helenius will make a first defence of his EU Heavyweight Title against Attila Levin in Helsinki on November 27. The Nordic Nightmare (13-0, 8 KOs) will take on his experienced Swedish opponent (34-3, 27 KO) at the famous Hartwall Areena, which on the same night hosts the decisive Super Six World Boxing Classic clash between King Arthur Abraham and Carl “The Cobra” Froch. While Abraham and Froch determine the new WBC Super-Middleweight Champion, Helenius is set to defend his title for the first time. “We have big plans for Robert,” Sauerland Event sports director Hagen Doering said at today´s press conference in Helsinki. “He has already proven his talents and this will be another big test for him. Levin is very experienced and strong, but if Robert listens to coach Ulli Wegner, he will definitely beat him. He will continue his impressive development with a big victory over Levin.” (more…)
By Jose E. Santiago
This Saturday night in Atlanta GA, Golden Girl Promotions in association with Chris Webb Promotions presents Protect & Serve Live Boxing. Atlanta police officer, Jaidon Codrington (19-2) who was the star of NBC’s TV show “The Contender” season three and is a former world top 15 light heavyweight will start off the event followed by Olympian and Atlanta police officer Josue Blocus (15-2), who has scored 13 of his 15 wins by knockout and is the former NABO Heavyweight champion.
The main event will feature Randy Griffin (24-2) former #1 rated middleweight in the world, and Olympic alternate, and who fought in a disputed draw in Germany to current world champion Felix Sturm.
All three competitors will be seeking to re-establish themselves at the top of the boxing world as they fight to raise money for the Atlanta Police Athletic League and the newly established youth program at Metro Fitness. In the heart of Atlanta. (more…)
By Dennis Principe
Pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao is back in the gym after missing his workout Wednesday due to a cold. Pacquiao did four rounds of sparring with super welterweight prospect Michael Medina and another two rounds with the undefeated Glen Tapia. A contented Freddie Roach said there was no cause for him to be concerned after seeing Pacquiao do his usual routine which lasted for nearly three hours. And based on the testament of one of his sparring partners, Pacquiao will be a tough opponent for the physically bigger Antonio Margarito of Mexico once they meet on November 13 at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Texas.
Medina said the Filipino sensation possesses not only the speed but also the power that will lead him to success in his first-ever stint as a 154-lb fighter. Pacquiao has dominated the sport of boxing by being a skinny world champion at 112lbs to a dynamic 147-lb kingpin. According to Medina, he was awed with Pacquiao’s tremendous timing in throwing punches that is made more potent by the Filipino’s ability to combine it with blinding speed.
Meantime World Boxing Association (WBA) super lightweight champion Amir Khan arrived in the Philippines Thursday morning and immediately went to Baguio City to be at the Pacquiao training camp. Khan said he will be in Baguio primarily to train under Roach and conditioning coach Alex Ariza.
Khan is preparing for his title defense against the once-beaten Marcos Maidana of Argentina on December 11 in Las Vegas. The 23-year-old British sensation however would be willing to spar with Pacquiao if Roach asks him to do so.
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