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- UFC 179 at the scales
- Two NABF titles on the line in Pueblo tonight
- Oscar to officially announce Dec 6 card
- "Fights at the Fitz" returns this Saturday
- Former European champ Pat Barrett to promote first boxing show
- Mthalane to make first defense of IBO flyweight belt
- 143 lbs! Pacquiao already on weight for November 22 clash with Algieri
- Povetkin KOs Takam in 10; Chakhkiev crushes Fragomeni; Charr stops Grant
- Weights from Kissimmee, FL
- Weights from Hull, England
- Lucas Martins: The Featherweight You Should Know
Your fight on Friday against the Bulgarian Alexey Ribchev will be your first eight-rounder. How was your training workload affected?
I increased the training units. For example, I have had six rounds of sparring and another four rounds on the heavy bag and after that I went running. It was even more tiring and more intense than before. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Nkosinathi Joyi’s first defence of his IBF minimumweight belt against Japan’s Katsunari Takayama which was scheduled to take place in East London on November 27 has now been moved to the Nasrec Indoor Arena near Johannesburg. Branco Milenkovic of Branco Sports Productions was obliged to move the fight venue after he failed to obtain financial backing from both the Buffalo City Municipality and the Eastern Cape Department of Sport. It is also not confirmed whether there will be any television coverage of the fight. More South African boxing news
George Sotiropoulos knows that a win against Joe Lauzon at UFC 123 will keep him in title contention in the lightweight division, and he’s not worried about WEC standouts Ben Henderson, Anthony Pettis and Donald Cerrone being thrown into the mix . . . . Click here for more by Mike Straka, UFC.com
Photo by Alma Montiel
Promoter Oscar De a Hoya and Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer were in Mexico City Tuesday to announce their alliance with Televisa, with which Golden Boy Promotions will produce a monthly live boxing telecast for Mexican fans.
“It is very important to find those next world champions and make them superstars. My job will be to find those talents and that I will come personally to get them. We want nothing more than to make champions into superstars. The boxing world needs Mexican boxing and we should have a presence in Mexico,” said de la Hoya during a press conference in Mexico City. (more…)
Photo by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has stepped up his training at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles under the tutelage of trainer Freddie Roach and personal trainer Alex Ariza for his next fight against Alfonso Gomez at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. “I know the importance of my fight,” said Chavez. “I know that Alfonso Gomez is a warrior but I know I’m better than him. This is the biggest fight of my career and I don’t intend to lose…Right now what I’m doing is continuing the work that I’ve already been practicing for a few weeks in Culiacán. I’ll be better than ever. We’re already working on strategy. This fight is dedicated to my dad.”
Three promoters join forces to showcase three WBC title bouts on Friday, November 26th at the Plaza de Toros, La Cubierta in Leganes- Madrid, Spain. Rimer Box, Sampson Boxing in association with HG Boxing will present a card billed as SPAIN vs. MEXICO. A WBC Silver belt and two WBC Latino belts will be on the line.
The WBC Silver cruiserweight championship bout will be contested between undefeated David Quinonero (24-0, 23 KOs) and Jesus “Chuy” Ruiz (25-5, 18 KOs).
A WBC Latino middleweight championship bout will be presented between Pablo Navascues (24-1-1, 16 KOs) and Luis “Charal” Rodriguez (26-5, 17 KOs). Navascues is seeking redemption after a controversial draw decision against former two-division champion Javier Castellejo.
Also a WBC Latino lightweight championship bout is slated between Peter Petrov (25-2-2, 10 KOs) and Arturo Uruzquieta (14-3, 4 KOs).
Following a lapse of boxing programming on MARCA TV, this network is giving another opportunity to Spanish boxing fans. In addition this event will also be televised in Mexico by the network Cadena 3.
This Saturday night at The Aviator Sports Complex, former light heavyweight title challenger Elvir Muriqi (37-5, 23 KOs) will take on Daniel Judah (23-6-3, 10 KOs) in ten rounder that will headline a big night of boxing promoted by Robert Diaz and Havoc Boxing Promotions. Muriqi of New York via Kosovo will be back in the ring after a thirteen month layoff. A previously announced bout featuring IBF #5 super middleweight Curtis “Showtime” Stevens is apparently off. The undercard includes a clash between unbeaten light heavyweights Will Rosinsky (12-0, 7 KOs) and Yasin Rashid (7-0, 2 KOs). Featherweight Joselito Collodo (11-0, 3 KOs) will also see action.
Carlos Molina vs. John Figueroa
Ivan Redkach vs. Roni Alvarado
Ramon Valadez vs. Ramon Flores
Manuel Avila vs. Salvador Cifuentes
Salvador Rios vs. Gerardo Melendrez
Fidel Maldonado Jr vs. Luis Sanchez
Venue: Club Nokia, Los Angeles, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
Report by Felipe Leon
Photos by Paul Gallegos
Lester Gonzalez 153.5 vs. Christopher Chatman 152
James Parison 164 vs. Loren Myers 164.5
Pablo Armenta 128 vs. Ronald Hurley 128.2
Takashi Okada 113.7 vs. Daniel Modad 115
Venue: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Mission Valley, San Diego, California
Promoter: Bobby D. Presents and Jorge Marron Productions
Photos by Jan Sanders/Goossen Tutor Promotions
This Saturday, November 20, at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, reigning World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez will defend his title against Paul “The Punisher” Williams in a rematch of their December 5, 2009 slugfest which had both fighters knocked down in round one and Williams winning by majority decision after twelve back-and-forth rounds. Goossen Tutor Promotions and DiBella Entertainment in association with Caesars Atlantic City are presenting this evening of boxing. Martinez vs. Williams II will be broadcast on HBO’s World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 PM ET/7:00 PM PT. Tickets, priced at $400, $200, $100 and $50 are available for purchase at the Boardwalk Hall box office, or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 736-1420 or online at ticketmaster.com. For more details and photos click here…
Former world champion Carlos Baldomir (45-13-6, 14 KOs) of Argentina and countryman Amilcar Funes (22-9, 13 KOs) faced off today in Argentina at the press conference at the Hotel Del Bono Park de la Capital Sanjuanina. The two will fight this Friday in Funes’ hometown at the Estadio Aldo Cantoni in San Juan, San Juan, Argentina. The bout will be promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Arano Box Promotions. The bout will air live on the HBO Plus service in Latin America with the telecast 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). (more…)
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (L) and Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida (R) face off as UFC President Dana White looks on at the UFC 123 pre-fight press conference at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Detroit, Michigan. For more info on UFC 123, go to www.UFC.com
The Quarterfinals Continue On An All New Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP’s #1 pick Michael Johnson finally has his opportunity to face Alex Caceres, while wild card winner Aaron Wilkinson takes on Kyle Watson for a chance to move on in the tournament – all new tonight at 10pm ET/PT on SPIKE
Did You Miss It? See the Countdown to UFC 123 Tonight: Rampage and Machida prepare for their battle, and Matt Hughes and BJ Penn continue their collision course to a third meeting in the Octagon – tonight at 7pm ET/PT on SPIKE
New York City’s signature boxing series, Broadway Boxing¸ returns on December 1 to the BB King Blues Club in Times Square. Returning for his second straight Broadway Boxing main event is unbeaten junior welterweight Gabriel Bracero (12-0, 1 KO) against experienced spoiler Hector Alatore (16-11, 5 KOs). In a special attraction in the co-main event, unbeaten Dominican bomber Javier Fortuna (12-0, 9 KOs) faces his toughest test to date in New Jersey slickster Victor Valenzuela (8-0, 1 KO). Also on the undercard are some of the most popular pugilists from the New York boxing scene: heavyweight Tor Hamer (12-1, 9 KOs), welterweight Alex Perez (12-0, 7 KOs), heavyweight Sonya Lamonakis (2-0, 1 KO), junior middleweight Steven Martinez (6-0, 6 KOs), and junior middleweight Delen Parsley, Jr. (3-0, 2 KOs).
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Former WBO junior featherweight champion Daniel Ponce de Leon (40-2, 33KOs) of Mexico returns Saturday, December 4th at the Estadio de Beisbol Beto Avila in Veracruz, Mexico against an opponent yet to be determined, which is being headlined by Mexico’s fastest rising star and current WBC Silver junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (34-0-1, 26 KOs) as he takes on former world champion Lovemore “The Black Panther” N’dou (48-11-2, 31 KOs) in the main event which is being presented by Canelo Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions and will be broadcast live on HBO Latino in the United States. (more…)
Universum promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl has responded to a statement that WBA mandatory title challenger Ruslan Chagaev wouldn’t be allowed to fight in England against WBA champion David Haye due to health reasons. “I read a statement from Wilfried Sauerland’s son Kalle son that annoyed me very much. This is another attempt to avoid our boxer Ruslan Chagaev. We will not tolerate this a second time.
“In 2009 in Helsinki they hid behind the weak Finnish Association. That’s why the rematch didn’t come about between Ruslan Chagaev and Nikolai Valuev. What was incomprehensible for every boxing fan was that the first fight took place in 2007 under identical health conditions for Ruslan. We are firmly opposed to claims that Ruslan is sick. According to the best virologists he’s not contagious. Just like the first fight with Valuev, Wladimir Klitschko was immediately ready to fight Ruslan. Now another campaign is being launched against Ruslan and I will not permit it. For me, this is a sign that David Haye and Sauerland are afraid to lose the belt and thus blow up the big Klitschko payday.”
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones today told Antonio Margarito “….you are a great warrior…you fought hard….I admire you…. you have a friend for life.” Jones spoke to Margarito after he was released this morning from Methodist Hospital in Dallas following successful surgery on his right eye on Tuesday. Margarito, with wife Michelle, managers Sergio Diaz, Francisco Espinoza and chief trainer Robert Garcia, are taking a flight home today to Los Angeles. “Jerry told us to ‘call me any time’ when we are in the Dallas area,” Diaz said.
Golden Boy Promotions and the Televisa network in Mexico have inked a multi-year deal to present monthly telecasts, which will debut in January of 2011, and air live on Saturday nights from sites throughout Mexico. The date and fights for the series debut, and other telecasts taking place in the first quarter of 2011, will be announced shortly.
Two of Mexico’s top world champions, Giovani “The Aztec Warrior” Segura and Miguel “El Titere” Vazquez will be in action on Saturday, November 27 at the Municipal Auditorium in Tijuana to headline “Total Revolution” a big time professional boxing card presented by Promociones Zanfer and Top Rank Inc as part of the 100 year celebration of the Mexican revolution.
Segura (25-1-1, 21 KO’s) of Guerrero, Mexico is the current WBA and WBA 108-pound world champion and is coming off the biggest win of his career a nine round stoppage of Puerto Rican legend Ivan Calderon. Segura will take on former world champion Manuel “Chango” Vargas (28-6-1, 13 KO’s) of Lagos de Moreno, Jalisco, Mexico in a 10 round non-title bout at 112 pound as he feels the waters at the flyweight division for a possible encounter with the WBO flyweight champion Julio Cesar Miranda early next year. (more…)
There is a legend of a silver cat in State College, Pennsylvania. He was wily, yet cautious, and loved life even though he’s lived through some tumultuous times in life. Born with distinctive silver fur, he went through abandonment, lived in a shelter, found a home through adoption and then met a soon-to-be fighter along the way. In the process, without using verbal communication, the cat taught lessons such as how to work through adversity, and that unexpected friendships can occur amid pre-existing negative conditions, if just given the chance . . . . Click here for more by Rhett Butler, UFC.com
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Some sources report that there is a possibility that ring legend and now successful boxing promoter Oscar de la Hoya could climb back into the ring to face Britain’s Ricky Hatton after two years of inactivity. Both are coming off losses to Manny Pacquiao. Supposedly GBP has made a proposal to Hatton for a possible clash during fight week for David Haye vs Audley Harrison. Hatton has said repeatedly he would not fight again and recently lost his license after a cocaine scandal.
Universum Box-Promotion has announced that European heavyweight champion Alexander Dimitrenko (30-1, 20 KOs) will face former champion Albert Sosnowski (46-3-1, 28 KOs) on December 4 at the Sport and Congress Center in Schwerin, Germany. (More to come)
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green (31-3, 27 KOs) retained the title when he was awarded a clear twelve round decision over previously unbeaten B J Flores (24-1, 15 KOs) on Wednesday night at the Challenge Stadium in Perth, Western Australia.
Flores connected with accurate left jabs and used clever foot work to evade many of Green’s heavy punches in the early rounds. Referee Howard Foster warned Green in round five for holding and hitting. Both boxers exchanged solid combinations in round five. Round six produced fireworks with the American showing a granite chin as he absorbed solid shots and came back with his own heavy artillery. Round seven had Flores forcing the action as he scored with crisp combo’s but Green always looking dangerous. Round eight Flores landed chopping right hand but Green came back with a solid left rip-left hook combo and buckled Flores knees at the bell when he delivered a power right to the jaw at the bell. Flores was the aggressor in round nine as Green backed into the ropes and countered his opponent effectively. Round ten had Green continually counter punching Flores effectively but the American was never in trouble at any stage. Round eleven had Green connecting with a right hand bomb but Flores responded with rapid combinations. Round twelve had Green stepping up a gear and delivering heavy combinations but Flores had the jab working well until the bell sounded. Scores 117-111, 118-110, 118-111. (more…)
When Forrest Griffin speaks, people listen. Once the above sentence was uttered by the former UFC light heavyweight champion, the collective ears of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) faithful perked up and became specifically mindful to one particular soft spoken contestant with the indelible “Immortal” tattooed across his midsection. Such high praise captured the attention of fight fans and, ever since, they have been treated to a burgeoning fighter’s young career fueled on a gutsy “never say die” fighting style . . . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC.com
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