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By Marc Lichtenfeld
This week on Through the Ropes, WBC welterweight champ Andre Berto talked about his upcoming November 27th fight with Freddy Hernandez. He said he doesn’t watch tape of his opponents and is going to use the same tools that have led him to his undefeated record and world championship to defeat his opponent.
Berto also discussed tearing his bicep in the Carlos Quintana fight. When he told his trainer about the injury after the second round, he was told, “You’ve got another arm, use it.” Berto claimed that during the fight he never questioned his ability to win. (more…)
With a busy boxing 2010 coming to a close, Bobby D. Presents in association with Jorge Marron Productions made sure it came to end with a bang with their “Showdown at the Crowne” fight card last night at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Mission Valley, a suburb of San Diego . . . Click here for more
Former champions Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Lyoto Machida clash on Saturday night in the main event of UFC 123.
Jackson is not shy about the fact that he is not overly excited about the matchup. He views Machida as a defense-first fighter that hunts and pecks his way to victory, and Jackson prefers to face someone who will stand and slug with him. Thus, he looks at the fight as a necessary evil if he wants to return to the top of the 205-pound mountain and reap the rewards that come along with occupying that post. . . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
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Andrzej Fonfara 175 vs. Anthony Doughty 170
Ivan Popoca 141 vs. Martin Tucker, 139.5
Jaime Herrera, 145 vs. Guadalupe Diaz, 144
Genaro Mendez, 142 vs. Clifford McPherson, 143
Donatas Bondarevas, 157 vs. Mustafah Johnson, 157
David Latoria, 230 vs. James Porter, 234
Mike Jimenez, 167 vs. Jesse Lewis, 166
Antonio Canas, 141 vs. Gabriel Morris, 142
Ramiro Carrillo, 141 vs. Matt Ellis, 145
Sergey Kovalev, 174 vs. Dallas Vargas, 176
Venue: UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL
Promoter: 8 Count Productions
Doors 7pm, First Bell 8pm
Report by Ricardo Conde
Photo courtesy Team Judah
Former light heavyweight contender turned cruiserweight, Daniel Judah (23-6-3, 10 KOs) of Brooklyn, New York returns this Saturday, November 20th at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, New York against Elvir Muriqi (37-5, 23 KOs) in a 10-round cruiserweight bout which is being presented by Havoc Boxing Promotions. Judah looks to rebound after a devastating loss to Adam “The Real Deal” Seal (8-1, 7 KOs) this past May at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia. We caught up Daniel Judah and had a moment to sit down and talk to him as he finished preparations for his upcoming bout, here’s what he had to say. (more…)
Fight fans are invited to see today’s weigh-in for the highly anticipated world championship rematch between WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez and Paul “The Punisher” Williams taking place Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. The weigh-in will be today at 5PM in the Caesars Atlantic City Main Lobby.
Las Vegas odds have the fight a virtual pick’em, with Williams as a light favorite at 6:5. It is 3:1 that the fight goes the distance and 5:2 it ends early. (more…)
Photo courtesy Team Lee
Andy Lee, WBA # 9 and WBC # 15 middleweight world title contender will be in action on December 11 on the undercard of the Waldimir Klitschko V Derek Chisora heavyweight world title fight at the SAP Arena, Mannheim, Germany. The Kronk fighter for the past month has been training hard at the Kronk Gym in Detroit along his 22-year-old cousin, Tyson Fury. The towering Tyson is presently the English heavyweight champion with a record of 12 straight wins with 9 coming by way of knockout and his ambition is to become a world champion someday. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Photo courtesy ESTO
Former WBC light flyweight champion and WBC #1 flyweight contender Edgar Sosa(40-6, 24 KOs) steps into the ring on Saturday against Japanese stylist Masafumi Okubo (18-3-1, 6 KOs) in Monterrey, Mexico’s brand new arena in a gala night of boxing that will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution. Sosa is aiming to make it a perfect (4-0) to close the year and looking forward to a title shot early next year. Sosa however faces a very worthy opponent in Okubo, a former Asian OPFB Champion who is (13-1-1) in his last 15 fights and has never been stopped. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Unbeaten lightweight Carlos Molina (14-0, 7 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over John Figueroa (7-8-3, 3 KOs) on Thursday night at Club Nokia’s LA Live in downtown Los Angeles. Molina brought the pressure against Figueroa, who was rocked several times, but Figueroa made it through the full eight rounds. Scores were 78-74, 79-73, 79-72. Figueroa took the fight on late notice replacing David Rodela, who had to pull out after an auto accident. (more…)
Report by Przemyslaw Garczarczyk
Photos by Wojtek Kubik
For the last time before he will fight Vinny Maddalone at the Prudential Center on December 9, reporters had a chance to see Tomek Adamek’s open workout with his trainer, Roger Bloodworth. Adamek, ready for Maddalone and whatever should happen in 2011, answered a couple of questions. (more…)
By Phil Doherty
Pugilistic Promotions held tonight’s weigh-in at the Magic City Casino in Miami. This is the site for tomorrow night’s event.
Eromosele Albert 158 ¾ vs. Joaquin Zamora 159 ¼
Xavier Burgos 142 ½* vs. Mario Galan 140 ¼
Rances Bartelemy 135 ¼ vs. Roberto Acevedo 141 ¼ **
Corey Edwards 136 ¼*** vs. Autrell Reed 133 ¾
Cesar Cisneros 128 ¾ vs. Angel Albelo 129 ¾
Alejandro Artola 148 ½ vs. Wilson Feliciano 147 ¾
The scheduled heavyweight bout between Jose Luis Roque and Watson Pierre was scratched.
*Burgos weighed ½ lb over but made weight on his second attempt.
** Acevedo was over by 6 ¼ lbs and Bartelemy waived the contracted weight to make the fight.
***Edwards was over 1 ¼ lbs but made weight on his second attempt.
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Farah Ennis 168 vs. Victor Lares 167.5
(NABF super middleweight championship)
Chazz Witherspon 233 vs. Alexis Mejias 234
Lavarn Harvell 178 vs. Khalil Farah 197.5
Joel De La Paz 165.5 vs. Troy Maxwell 165.5
Keenan Smith 134 vs. Anthony Royal 133
Ismael Garcia 157.5 vs. Corey Preston 157.5
Joey Tiberi 132.5 vs. Tonio Parker 126.5
Venue: Harrah’s Resort , Atlantic City, New Jersey
Promoter: Mike Brestle’s Spartan Fight Promotions
Photo by AranoBox
Carlos Baldomir 153.7 vs. Amilcar Funes 153.9
Venue: Estadio Aldo Cantoni in San Juan, San Juan, Argentina
Promoter: Golden Boy/AranoBox
TV: HBO Plus/Telefutura
SHOWTIME Sports officially announced today that The Bantamweight Tournament: Winner Takes All—the two-stage, single-elimination tournament of 118-pounders—will begin with two Semifinal bouts on Saturday, Dec. 11 at Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash. SHOWTIME will televise the fights live at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). Tickets for this event, starting at $50, will go on sale this Saturday, Nov. 20 at 10 a.m. PT at all Ticketmaster locations, at the Emerald Queen Casino box office and via the websites www.EmeraldQueen.com and www.halquistproductions.com.
The talented and willing field comprises two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan (35-2-1, 27 KOs), unbeaten International Boxing Federation (IBF) 118-pound champion Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez (20-0-1, 14 KOs), world-ranked rising star Abner Mares (20-0-1, 13 KOs), former IBF bantamweight champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko (27-2, 22 KOs). (more…)
August 28, 2010. For a brief moment, it was going to be the last time we would ever see BJ Penn fight.
“The first thing that came to me was I don’t know if I want to do this, and that comes to every fighter after some losses,” said Penn, who had just lost his second straight UFC lightweight title fight to Frankie Edgar. “I thought that maybe I didn’t have the motivation anymore.” . . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Welterweight Stefan Worth (9-1-1, 3 KOs) meets Tom Reiche (5-3, 2 KOs) on Saturday night for the vacant German International title in Aachen, Germany. Also, Jessica Balogun (17-1, 8 KOs) and Loli Munoz (9-7-1, 6 KOs) meet for the vacant WIBA female welterweight title. The winner could land a unification showdown with Cecilia Braekhus. You can see both fights on a free webcast on Sunday at 21:30 (European Time)/3:30PM ET on http://media.wmtv-online.de/Live.
Photos: Tony Brochner
Two days ahead of Team Sauerland’s show in Herning, the stars of the TV2 Fight Night all participated in a media work-out at Herning Amatør Bokseklub. Rudy Markussen, Patrick Nielsen, Kim Poulsen and Kasper Bruun provided the curious fans with a first-hand look at their training routine. In the main fight of the night, former European Super-Middleweight Champion Markussen (34-2, 21 KOs) will take on Dejan Ribic (19-1, 7 KOs) from Serbia. The Hardhitter promised to give his opponent a taste of his famous punching power. “Ribic said he is not scared of my power,” Markussen said. “Well, he should be. Once he finds out how hard I can punch, it will be too late for him. I am in great shape and I will put on another strong performance on Saturday night.” (more…)
By Phil Doherty
Esteemed boxing promoter Ramiro Ortiz and historian Enrique Encinosa welcomed a group of roughly 30 media and boxing personalities to upscale Italian eatery, Randazzo’s in Coral Gables yesterday. The press conference comes in advance of Friday’s inaugural boxing card at the new Magic City Casino in Miami (On the site of the former Flagler Dog Track) sponsored by Badia Spices. The main event showcases rugged Nigerian light-welterweight, Eromosele “Bad Boy” Albert (22-4, 10 KOs) against southpaw slugger Joaquin Zamora (18-2, 12 KOs) of New Mexico. This bout is sanctioned by the IBO for the vacant Latino middleweight belt. (more…)
Photos: Public Adress
Ruslan Chagaev 231.9 vs. Travis Walker 242.5
Jack Culcay 154.5 vs. Alexey Ribchev 156.5
Denis Boytsov 220.5 vs. Mike Sheppard 229.9
Manuel Charr 251.5 vs. Robert Hawkins 238.1
Rachim Tschachkijew 199.3 vs. Chris Thomas 199.3
Marcel Meyerdiercks 128.1 vs. Philippe Frenois 128.7
Karoly Balzsay 171.5 vs. Misa Nikolic 173.1
Venue: Universum Gym
Promoter: Universum Box-Promotion
TV: SPORT1 (Germany)
Note: Jack Culcay’s fight will be streamed live worldwide on bild.de.
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Boxing fans, get ready to climb “Through the Ropes” with the #1 boxing news radio show hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld! It’s a night of Andres on Through the Ropes. Andre Ward and Andre Berto will join us. Also, Eric Parthen of the World Series of Boxing. Call in tonight or email your thoughts to email@example.com. Through The Ropes airs live coast to coast on Thursday nights from 9:00 – 10:00 ET on 75 affiliates of the Sports Byline USA Broadcast Network, including great radio stations like KSHP 1400 AM in Las Vegas and WNSR 560 AM in Nashville. The one-hour show will also be heard on American Forces Network, Sportsbyline.com and Fightnews.com. Fightnews readers can listen live by clicking here tonight at 9PM ET.
It’s time to go for the knockout as time is running out to bid on unique memorabilia hand-signed by Muhammad Ali, as Steiner Sports Collectibles first-ever Catalogue Auction closes Thursday. Bids are now being accepted online for the more than 25 Ali-themed items at http://auction.steinersports.com.
Gloves, prints, posters, trunks, robes and other commemorative items are among the Ali pieces available. One very rare item is a hand-signed photo of Ali, pictured with all four members of the Beatles, log on here for a look at the classic photo.
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Former title challenger and world ranked bantamweight contender Abner Mares (20-0-1, 13 KOs) of Norwalk, CA, by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, takes on IBO bantamweight champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan (35-2-1, 27 KOs) on Saturday, December 11th at a site yet to be determined in the co-main event, which also features IBF bantamweight champion Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez (20-0-1, 14 KOs) facing Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko (27-2, 22 KOs) of Ghana in a rematch with both bouts being shown live on SHOWTIME and are being co-promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions, Thompson Boxing Promotions and Don King Productions. Abner Mares is quickly becoming one of boxing’s newest stars. In his last outing, the 24 year old Mares battled IBF bantamweight champion Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez (20-0-1, 14 KOs) to a majority draw in an exciting back and forth action bout this past May at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. Click here for more photos…
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…)
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