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By Nick Giongco
Manny Pacquiao sparred 10 full rounds with Shawn Porter, Danny Escobar and Jose Luis Castillo on Thursday afternoon as the Filipino’s training for the Nov. 14 fight with Miguel Cotto went up another notch. Pacquiao trains at a gym owned by his buddy, former world champion Gerry Penalosa. Presiding over Pacquiao’s training are Freddie Roach, strength coach Alex Ariza and Filipino assistants Buboy Fernandez, Nonoy Neri, Roger Fernandez and two-time world titlist Dodie Boy Penalosa. Team Pacquiao leaves for the US this Saturday to resume training at the Wild Card in Hollywood. “I am feeling great,” said Pacquiao after the sparring session that was held behind closed doors. “I can’t wait for Nov. 14.” More photos…
Today in Rome at EBU Headquarters, OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) won the purse bid to stage the vacant EBU welterweight championship fight between former European super lightweight champion Gianluca Branco and former WBA welterweight champion Yuriy Nuzhnenko. OPI 2000 won the bid with an offer of €73,717, easily outpacing K2 East which offered €21,000.
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Chet Koerner’s TKO Boxing Promotions and PR Entertainment, Inc. presents the “Kardashian Charity Knock Out”, Tuesday, November 3, 2009, at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles, CA. Kim, Khloe, and Rob Kardashian, along with Bruce Jenner and Scott Disick, will be auctioned off on CharityBuzz.com. The winning bidder gets to step into the ring and duke it out with their favorite “Keeping up With The Kardashians” cast member for their favorite charity, The Dream Foundation, as well as be taped for their popular reality show on the E! Network. This auction will close at 3:00pm EST, October 25 . . . Click here for more
Story by David Robinett
Through his first 15 fights, spanning just over four years, there was nothing remarkable about heavyweight Manuel “El Toro” Quezada.
Although an accomplished kickboxer, he had no amateur boxing experience and was well into a journeyman’s career, a few more wins than losses against mediocre opposition. A little bit of good fortune landed Quezada a regular-paying gig as one of the house fighters at the upstart Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California, but there wasn’t anything to suggest that Quezada would make a name for himself beyond that dusty central California town . . . Click here for more
By Craig Watt
For the last few years the media attention has been centred on one particular boxing brother in the Hatton household – namely former WBA welterweight and IBF, WBA and IBO light-welterweight world champion Ricky Hatton. In the background however is another boxing brother- welterweight Matthew “Magic” Hatton (37-4-1, 14 KO’s) who has built up an impressive professional resume and challenges Lovemore N’dou (47-11-1, 31 KO’s) on the 13th November in Stoke, England for the South African’s IBO welterweight title. (more…)
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By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Former two-time world champion Byron Mitchell (28-5-1, 21 KOs) scored an impressive two round destruction of former number one light heavyweight contender David Telesco (30-7-1, 25 KOs) on Wednesday night at the Rye Town Hilton Hotel in Rye Brook, NY. Both fighters were looking for a knockout and Mitchell floored Telesco with a big counter right at the end of round one. In round two, during another heated exchange Mitchell connected with a left/right combination that dropped Telesco to the canvas face first. He was counted out at 2:01 of the second round.
In the co-feature, journeyman cruiserweight John Douglas (7-14, 4 KOs) won a controversial six round split decision over “the Contender’s” Jon Schneider (7-4-1, 5 KOs). Scores were 58-56, 60-54 for Douglas. Schneider was up 58-56 on the third card.
WBC president Jose Sulaiman has named the officals handling Saturday’s clash between reigning WBC interim super flyweight champion Tomas “Gusano” Rojas (31-11-1, 22 KOs) and unbeaten challenger South African Evans Mbamba (16-0, 8 KOs) taking place at the World Trade Center in Boca del Rio, Veracruz, Mexico. The referee will be Gerald Ritter (Oklahoma). Judges are William Boodhoo (Canada), David Sutherland (Oklahoma) and Burt Clemens (Nevada). Supervisor is Jaime Salas of Panama. The card is billed as “Al Rojo Vivo” and presented by Zanfer Promotions in conjunction with the state government of Veracruz. TV Azteca will televise in Mexico.
By Sam DiTusa
Local favorite Favio Medina (21-2-2, 8 KOs) will again headline this Thursday’s main event at the Coeur d’ Alene Casino in Worley, Idaho as he steps into the ring against the rugged Jason Papillon (38-14-1, 25 KOs) in the ten round main event. Medina, who has fought all his fights at his home casino is coming off of a devastating KO loss. Papillon is a well traveled veteran who has been in with the far better competition. It’s the age old question here, what do you like, experience or youth? (more…)
Edison Miranda 167.4 vs. Francisco Sierra 167.4
Manuel Quezada 227.8 vs. Nicolai Firtha 242.8
Mike Dallas Jr. 141.8 vs. Sergio De La Torre 141.4
Martin Honorio 133.6 vs. Ricardo Medina 132.6
Ephraim Martinez 121.8 vs. Rodrigo Romero 123
Aaron Alafa 122 vs. Danny Pontoja 123
Alan Sanchez 143 vs. Mikhail Lyubarsky 144.2
Venue: Tachi Palace Casino, Lemoore, CA
Promoter: Goossen Tutor
Tickets: Starting at $25
World Extreme Cagefighting® proudly confirms the remaining bouts of a tremendous fight card headed to the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV on Nov. 18. In addition to the outstanding main event pitting featherweight champion Mike Brown against top challenger Jose Aldo, WEC is pleased to announce nine other quality bouts. (more…)
“This morning we were advised that Kelly Pavlik’s recovery of his left hand has not progressed as projected by Dr. Peter J. Evans, Director of the Cleveland Clinic Upper Extremity Center,” said Todd duBoef, president of Top Tank, Pavlik’s promoter. “As a result of this Kelly is unable to close his left hand which prohibits him from being prepared for a December 5 middleweight championship defense against Paul Williams. We at Top Rank are disappointed by this unexpected development in his recovery. Once Pavlik is cleared medically by Dr. Evans we will pursue all avenues with regards to a future bout. We appreciate the understanding of Paul Williams, Goossen Tutor Promotions, HBO and Caesars Atlantic City with regards to this unforeseen occurrence.”
By Alexey Sukachev
Former IBF light middleweight champion Roman “Made in Hell” Karmazin (39-3-1, 25 KOs), 36, is one step from clinching the title opportunity in a middleweight division. The Russian veteran, who is ranked #3 by the IBF and #4 by the WBC, is aiming at the IBF belt, recently acquired by German Sebastian Sylvester. To face the newly crowned champion Karmazin will have to overcome tough Columbian puncher and IBF #7 Dionisio Miranda (20-4-2, 18 KOs) in the IBF eliminator. The purse bid between all involved parties is set on Oct. 27. “Hopefully, we win the bid and get the fight done before the end of the year. I believe Roman will beat Miranda and Sylvester,” said Roman’s promoter Steven Bash.
If Melissa “Huracan” Hernandez’s gift of gab is as good as her gift of jab, Holly Holm may be in trouble.
But if the “Huracan” proves to be a bag of wind – like the last one who flew into Albuquerque, N.M. blowing smoke – Holm, the bigger, taller, heavier opponent by a couple of divisions, should breeze through another ten rounds when she defends her WIBA welterweight belt . . . Click here for more
Story by Chris Cozzone
There’ll be no chance of a decision, close fight or piracy at Treasure Island come Halloween. At least, that’s what Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko says, about his IBF bantamweight title defense against undefeated Colombian Yonnhy Perez.
“There is going to be a knockout,” vows Agbeko. “I’m going to be the first one to beat him – the first to knock him out.” . . . Click here for more
It’s possible that WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik’s December 5 defense against Paul Williams will be delayed again. According to Pavlik’s hometown newspaper, the Youngstown Vindicator, Pavlik is still having problems with his left hand, which he twice had surgery on this year. The bout was originally slated for October 3, then pushed back to December 5. January 23 was mentioned as a possible new date. No official announcement at this time.
Former Cruiserweight King Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham’s dreams of regaining the IBF cruiserweight belt is a rematch with Tomasz Adamek, were shattered on Monday when Main Event’s boss Kathy Duva announced that Adamek had relinquished the crown. The IBF reacted quickly to Adamek’s resignation by announcing that Matt ‘Too Smooth’ Godfrey would be the next available for the vacant title and ordered negotiations to start for the fight with ‘USS’ Cunningham.
Although, Adamek is testing the heavyweight waters on Saturday against Andrew Golota in Lodz, Poland, promoter Kathy Duva says Adamek doesn’t have to make any decisions right now. “Tomasz is very comfortable at both weights; it’s a win-win situation. We want to keep all our options open,” she stated.
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, it’s been impossible to miss the ascent of Cain Velasquez (6-0, 4-0 UFC) up the ranks of the UFC’s heavyweight division. The 6’1, 240-pound fighter made a big splash from the moment he entered the Octagon, stopping Brad Morris at UFC 84 via TKO. Victories over Jake O’Brien and Dennis Stojnic followed and suddenly, the relative unknown fighter from American Kickboxing Academy found his name mentioned among the elite heavyweights . . . . Click here for more
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From their Tampa-based training camp, WBO welterweight world champion Miguel Cotto’s head trainer Joe Santiago and Cotto’s strength & conditioning coach Phil Landman, along with Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum spoke to reporters yesterday to discuss Cotto’s conditioning and training as he prepares for the biggest and most important fight of his career. Here’s a transcript of what they had to say. (more…)
WBO cruiserweight Champion Marco “Captain” Huck (26-1, 20 KOs) today caught up with the German press ahead of his December 5 clash against interim champion Ola Afolabi (14-1, 6 KOs). The two fighters will lock horns at the Arena Ludwigsburg in Ludwigsburg, and Huck is eager to get back into the ring following his success over Victor Emilio Ramirez. “I already look forward to December 5,” he said. “Afolabi is a tough fighter. He stopped Enzo Maccarinelli. But he will not defeat me. I have worked so hard to become world champion. My plan is to make a lot of successful title defences and I will start with the one against Afolabi.” (more…)
With his sights firmly set on another crack at a world title, former IBF junior featherweight champion Steve “The Canadian Kid” (30-1, 12 KO’s) returns to the ring on November 21st, to face Sergio Javier Escobar (11-8-1, 2 KOs) at Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario. The eight round showdown will be the evening’s co-feature, just prior to 19 year-old Filipino phenom Marvin Sonsona (14-0, 12 KOs) defending his WBO junior bantamweight world title for the first time, against Alejandro Hernandez (22-7-1, 11 KOs). Tickets are $125, $75, $50 and $25. Call 416-870-8000.
On November 13 at the Radisson Hotel/Star Plaza in Merrillville, Indiana, One In A Million Boxing, Inc. will promote its first boxing card since the tragic death of founder Octavius James. The card is billed as “A Fight To Remember: A Tribute To Octavius James” and will feature local favorites Ed “2 Fast 2 Furious” Ochoa and Jimmy “The Fighting School Teacher” Holmes in separate bouts. Derrick “Superman” Findley, Ruben “Modern Day Warrior” Galvan, “Marvelous” Shay Mobley, David Martin (pro debut), Angel Hernandez, “The Fighting Marine” Chris Govan vs. Meegal Harper, and Marcus Thompkins round out the card. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at VIP $100 and general admission $30. All VIP seating will consist of a 10 person table with a champagne toast for James. Call 866-438-7372. Tickets for this special night of boxing are limited, so make sure to get yours now.
By Craig Watt
Two of Australia’s top super-middleweights kept on collision course for a rematch in 2010 when both Anthony Mundine and Daniel Geale won wide points decisions at the Silverdome in Launceston, Tasmania on Wednesday night. Current IBO middleweight champion Anthony Mundine (36-3, 23 KO’s) outpointed Argentinean Alejandro Falliga (17-6-3, 6 KO’s) over ten rounds in a super-middleweight non-title bout. The 34 year old Mundine dominated the bout as Falliga retreated for most of the bout and was caught by the advancing Mundine each round but never in any major trouble. He won on the scorecards 100-90 (twice) and 99-91. Daniel Geale (22-1, 13 KO’s) secured the IBF Pan Pacific Middleweight title with a shut out points win over Brazilian Samir De Santos Barbosa (22-5-3, 17 KO’s) when he won by a score of 120-108 on all three scorecards. Geale boxed impressively behind a stiff jab and was always in control and showed effective boxing. The IBO have mandated that a rematch of the May 2009 match in Brisbane between Geale and Mundine takes place by February 27th 2010 or Mundine will be stripped of the title.
Mikkel Kessler and Andre Ward were just spectators and fans on Saturday night as their fellow Super Six World Boxing Classic competitors battled in the first stage of the groundbreaking tournament, but the two fighters have plenty of thoughts about the exciting fights. (more…)
By Alexey Potapov
Former WBA welterweight champion Yuriy Nuzhnenko (29-1-1, 14 KOs) will next fight for the vacant EBU (European) welterweight title against Gianluca Branco (43-2-1, 22 KOs) after reigning beltholder Selcuk Aydin vacated the title. Representatives of the boxers have until October 22th to reach a deal. Otherwise a purse bid is slated for October 22th at EBU Headquarters in Rome, Italy.
By Nick Giongco
Freddie Roach has a gut feeling that Miguel Cotto is not going to press the action against Manny Pacquiao but will resort to being a counter-puncher in a bid to mess up the Filipino’s all-out attacking style when they meet on Nov. 14 in Las Vegas. Roach’s eyes lit up when told about reports about Cotto utilizing a 24×24 ring instead of the standard 18×18 that fighters normally use in preparing for fights. “Cotto will try to be a counter-puncher and be like (Juan Manuel) Marquez,” Roach told Fightnews Wednesday afternoon as he was awaiting the arrival of Pacquiao at the Gerry Penalosa Boxing Gym in Mandaluyong, putting sense into reports that Cotto is indeed using an oversized ring to prepare for Pacquiao. (more…)
On November 20, the popular series of Boxeo TELEMUNDO returns to the Kissimmee Civic Center. In the main event, WBO Latin champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. will put his title on the line against hard punching veteran Genaro “Poblanito” Garcia in a bout scheduled for 12 rounds. Vazquez Jr. of Bayamon, Puerto Rico is ranked #5 WBO, #12 WBA and #15 WBC. He is 25 years old and has been a pro for almost 3 years. He will be making the 4th defense of his title and brings a record of 16-0-1, 13 KOs. “Poblanito” of Mexico City, Mexico on the other hand is a tested veteran of 43 fights in his 15 year pro career. He has wins over former world champions Rafael Marquez, Mauricio Martinez, Adonis Rivas and Francisco Tejedor and is a three-time world title challenger with a record of 36-7, 20 KOs. There will be a total of seven fights scheduled with the first bell at 8:30 PM. The event is being promoted by Tuto Zabala, Jr.and All Star Boxing, Inc. “The New Generation”. The main event will be televised live at 11:35 PM by the Telemundo Network. Tickets are already on sale at the Kissimmee Civic Center 201 E. Dakin Ave., Downtown Kissimmee, FL or by calling 407-935-1412. Prices start at $15 (in advance).
By Joe Koizumi
WBC bantamweight champ Hozumi Hasegawa (27-2, 11 KOs), making his commemorative tenth defense, will put his belt on the line against Puerto Rican Eric Morel (41-2, 21 KOs), ex-WBA flyweight titlist, in Kobe, Japan, on December 18. It was announced by his promoter/manager/trainer Masato Yamashita at a press conference yesterday. The 29-year-old Japanese southpaw seems to have abruptly become a hard-puncher, as he lately registered four pulverizing defenses in a row: Cristian Faccio (TKO2), Alejandro Valdez (TKO2), Vusi Malinga (TKO1) and Nestor Rocha (TKO1). Morel, however, will not be an easy challenger, as he, ranked atop by the WBO, is an excellent boxer-puncher with speed, skills and power, plus experience. After his comeback Morel, 34, decked six victories straight with three within the distance to his credit. Even if the Pueruto Rican veteran isn’t so easy, we, Japanese aficionados, look forward to watching Hasegawa’s fifth consecutive defense by KO, though we wish to see him fight a little longer than one or two rounds. Former WBC feather champ Takahiro Aoh (17-2-1, 8 KOs), a fast-moving and quick-punching southpaw, will appear on the undercard in his first appearance since his forfeiture of the belt to Elio Rojas on points this July.
Zeferino Entertainment has just announced that middleweight contender Randy “The Gentleman” Griffin (24-2-3, 12 KO’s) has just signed a promotional agreement and will make his debut under the Zeferino Entertainment banner on the undercard of the “Latin Invasion 2″ PPV card on October 30 . . . . Click here for more
“LATIN INVASION 2″ will be held at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. The event will be on live on Pay-Per-View. Tickets for this event available at TicketMaster, or can be purchased at the Don Haskins Center box office, at 915-747-5234.
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Due to popular demand, below is a breakdown of the official scoring from the Froch-Dirrell fight from the TrentFM Arena in Nottingham, England.
Former world welterweight champion Kermit “Killer” Cintrón (31-2-1, 27 KOs) arrived in Puerto Rico today. Cintron will fight for his first time in Puerto as a professional when he takes on Juliano Ramos (15-2, 12 KOs) of Brazil this Saturday in a scheduled for 10 round welterweight main event. Site of the event will be the Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico and will be an edition of DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing series . PR Best Boxing Promotions (Ivan & Peter Rivera) and DiBella Entertainment will promote. For more details and photos click here…
SHOWTIME Sports and NFL Films are entranced in the camps of Kessler and Ward as they prepare episode two of the critically acclaimed new reality show FIGHT CAMP 360°: Inside The Super Six World Boxing Classic. A release date for episode two of the show, which gives fight fans unprecedented access into the lives of the participants in the Super Six World Boxing Classic, will be announced soon.
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