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2004 United States Olympian Jason “Big Six” Estrada tipped the scales at 245 lbs. for his comeback fight tomorrow night at the West Warwick Civic Center against spoiler Joseph Rabotte, who checked in at 246 lbs. The Estrada-Rabotte eight round heavyweight fight is the main event of a seven bout card. The event is the first promotion by the newly formed, Rhode Island-based promotional company, Big Six Entertainment. Estrada, Providence, R.I. brings a professional record of 16-4, 4 KO’s into the bout against Rabotte, Atlanta, Ga., 11-18-1, 3 KO’s.
In the a six round co-feature, comebacking former USBA & NABO middleweight champion Brian Barbosa, 29-6, 21 KO’s, weighed 171 lbs. for his battle with New England Light Heavyweight champion Joe Gardner, 171 lbs., 7-3-1, 1 KO. (more…)
InterBox is proud to announce that undefeated IBF Intercontinental Light Welterweight champion Pier-Olivier Cote (18-0-0, 12 KO) will put his belt and perfect record on the line against IBF #6 World rated contender Mauricio Herrera (18-1-0, 7 KO’s) on Friday, February 3rd 2012 on the popular SHOWTIME series, ShoBox: The New Generation. This Gala will be promoted by InterBox in association with Top Rank and Thompson Boxing Promotions at the newly renovated Pavillon de la Jeunesse Arena in beautiful Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. The ShoBox: The New Generation telecast will air live on SHOWTIME® at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). The SHOWTIME televised co-feature bout(s) will be announced in the coming weeks. (more…)
On December 16, and to coincide with the WBC Convention, Sampson Boxing in Association with Promociones del Pueblo will proudly present a night of world-class professional boxing featuring five regional title fights at the fabulous Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the night’s potentially explosive 12-round middleweight main event, WBC #1 and WBO #3-rated Marco Antonio Rubio (52-5-1, 45 KOs) of Coahuila de Zaragoza, Mexico, will risk his lofty rankings against Saint Paul, Minnesota’s always tough Matt “The Predator” Vanda (44-13, 24 KOs). The two veterans will be vying for the vacant WBC Latino middleweight title. (more…)
STRIKEFORCE® announced today that it will host an exciting middleweight championship bout in the fight capital of the world, Las Vegas, Nev., on Saturday, Jan. 7, when champion Luke Rockhold battles UFC® veteran Keith Jardine in the night’s main event, live from The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. (more…)
UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones and opponent Lyoto Machida face off at the final UFC 140 pre-fight press conference at Bell Tiff Lightbox Cinema1 on December 8, 2011 in Toronto, Canada. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images
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Lucas Matthysse 139.7 vs. Sergio Priotti 136.8
Venue: Club Ciclista (Junín) Argentina
Promoter: Arano Box
By Karl Freitag
Fightnews.com wishes Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum a happy 80th birthday! Coming off two successful pay-per-view megafight promotions in the last two months, the Top Rank CEO has been at the pinnacle of the sport ever since he got into it in 1966 by presenting a world heavyweight championship fight featuring ring legend Muhammad Ali in his promotional debut. Since then, Top Rank, under Arum’s leadership, has promoted roughly 11,500 fight cards around the globe featuring the following fighters: Oscar De la Hoya, George Foreman, Thomas Hearns, Roberto Duran, Sugar Ray Leonard, Julio Cesar Chavez, Mike Tyson, Larry Holmes, and many others.
He has no plans to slow down. “It just gets bigger and better,” Arum told Fightnews.com recently. “We’re going to have more shows, we’re going to have more sponsors, whatever you saw this year will not compare to what next year has in store!”
Come on. You had to know that someone who survived getting run over by a truck at the age of 10 wasn’t going to leave the sport of mixed martial arts quietly. In fact, one of the most enduring qualities attached to former PRIDE and interim UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira is his otherworldly level of toughness . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Photos: Photo: K2 Promotions/Horstmüller GmbH
Only one day left before WBA world middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin will defend his title against Lajuan Simon. Today the two fighters stepped on the scale. Golovkin weighed 71.9 kg (158.5 lbs) and Simon weighed 71.0 kg (156.5 lbs). The officials are WBA Ssupervisor: Jesper Jensen (Denmark), Referee: Jose Ignacio Martinez (Spain), Judges: Pawel Kardyni (Poland), Philippe Verbeke (Belgium) and Artur Ellensohn (Germany). Today the IBO announced that the bout will also be for the vacant IBO world middleweight title.
Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions: “Both fighters are in great shape and this should be an exciting championship fight. We are happy to have been able to save these two title fights from the cancelled Klitschko vs. Mormeck show. I am sure it is going to be a unique event and a very special atmosphere for the boxing fans.” (more…)
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel announced today the referee and judges who will work on the world title bout between Flyweight champion Brian Viloria and former Junior Flyweight titlist Giovani Segura this Saturday, December 11 in tha Yñares Sports Arena in Manila, Phillipines in a Promociones Zanfer and Saved by the Bell Promotions presentation.The referee will be Samuel Viruet, from the United States. The judges are Danrex Tapdasan, from Phillipines, Harry Davis, from Canada, and Ulysess Glen, from United States. WBO supervisor for this fight will be Leon Panoncillo Jr.
By Joe Koizumi
WBA bantam champ Koki Kameda (26-1, 17 KOs), 118, retained his throne by scoring a fine knockout over WBA#12 ranked Mexican Mario Macias (23-8-1NC), 118, at 2:04 of the fourth session on Wednesday in Osaka, Japan. Kameda, a 25-year-old southpaw, had acquired the vacant 118-pound belt by defeating ex-superfly titlist Alexander Munoz last December, and he kept his throne for the third time. Kameda floored Macias, 26, with a smashing left both in the closing seconds of the first and third with the Mexican being saved by the bell. The fourth saw Kameda follow up with body shots that referee Ferlin Marsh (New Zealand) tolled the fatal ten against the Mexican hombre.
Unbeaten youngest brother Tomoki Kameda, 121.25, decked an easy KO win over Mexican Eduardo Garcia, 121.25, at 1:23 of the seventh session.
Promoter: Kameda Promotions.
By Joe Koizumi
WBA super-fly champ Tepparith Kokietgym (19-2, 12 KOs), 115, from Thailand, impressively kept his throne as he battered game Japanese challenger and ex-WBA flyweight ruler Daiki Kameda (24-3, 14 KOs), 115, by a unanimous verdict over twelve hot and gory rounds on Wednesday in Osaka, Japan. The official tallies were as follows: Tom Miller (US) 116-112, Silvestre Abainza (Philippines) 115-113 and Gullermo Perez Pineda (Panama) 119-110, all for the defending titlist. The referee was Mark Nelson (US).
It was a hard-fought affair with each swapping punches all the way. Though Daiki apparently lost on points, he showed his fighting spirit and power as ex-champ. But it was Tepparith that displayed his class in controlling the hard-punching Japanese with speed, power and skills. The 23-year-old Thailander was a much better world champ than we had expected. Though standing only 5’3”, three inches shorter than the challenger, Tepparith had a 66-inch reach, longer than Kameda’s, which he utilized well to pile up points steadily. (more…)
On Thursday night December 15th, longtime boxing guy Rich Komissar will be launching a brand new boxing series dubbed “Tommy Gallagher’s Winners Have Scars.” The first event will take place at Schuetzen Park in North Bergen, New Jersey and it will feature undefeated Cruiserweight Santander Silgado, Puerto Rican featherweight Rafael Vazquez, local hometown guy Danny MacDermott who is always in great fights and IBO Mediterranean Lightweight Champion Floriano Pagliara. (more…)
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An excerpt from episode 11 of FIGHT CAMP 360: Inside the Super Six World Boxing Classic. When tournament finalists Andre Ward and Carl Froch meet the press, Ward’s trainer Virgil Hunter has a few words for the competition.
Promoter Ricky Hatton says he is willing to sit down with rival promoter Frank Warren to try and make a Battle of Britain between Ricky Burns and Anthony Crolla. The former two-weight world champion promotes fast rising British 135lb title holder Crolla, and believes he’ll become a world force next year. Hatton wants the Mancunian to face Warren’s WBO interim champion Burns next. “The main forces in the domestic lightweight scene are Ricky Burns and Anthony,” Hatton said. “Promoters should try and work together in order to give the British boxing fans the fights I’m sure they would love to see. Although I and Frank have had our differences in the past, the respect I have for him has neither been in question. I would sit down with Frank in order for British fans to see the best fights.”
Burns was ringside to watch Crolla retain his title with a points thrashing of Willie Limond two weeks ago, and the England vs Scotland showdown between the pair has been mooted since then.
By Mariano A. Agmi
Photos: Emily Harney
Miguel Cotto vs. Antonio Margarito II was not the only high profile rematch taking place at Madison Square Garden on December 3rd. Fresh off the biggest win of his career, a ten round unanimous decision over Pawel “Raging Bull” Wolak, top junior middleweight contender Delvin Rodriguez spoke to Fightnews.com about his victory, what is next for his career, and when we can expect him back in the ring.
Rodriguez and Wolak first fought to a ten round draw in New York City in July of this year, in an action fight that is a top candidate for fight of the year. The bout was full of ebbs and flows, with Wolak applying constant pressure despite a grotesquely swollen eye while Rodriguez relied on superior boxing skills and a vicious short right uppercut. The draw set up a rematch on the biggest of stages, and Rodriguez (26-5-3, 14 KOs), a Dominican native now living in Danbury, CT, made the most of it by clearly outboxing Wolak, sending the Polish-American reeling into retirement in the final round. (more…)
Photos: Delane Rouse – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
Washington DC City Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown, Light Heavyweight World Champion and Golden Boy Promotions Partner Bernard Hopkins, Washington, DC Mayor Vincent C. Gray and undefeated heavyweight contender Seth Mitchell pose at a press conference on December 7, 2011 at the John A. Wilson Building in Washington, DC where Mayor Gray and Council Chairman Brown welcomed big time boxing’s return to Washington, DC where unified Super Lightweight World Champion Amir Khan will defend his world titles against number one rated super lightweight contender Lamont Peterson and undefeated heavyweight contender Seth Mitchell will face heavyweight contender Timur Ibragimov on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at The Walter E. Washington Convention Center in fights televised live on HBO’s World Championship Boxing in the United States and on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom. Click here for more photos…
Unbeaten featherweight prospect Luis “La Estrella” Franco as been added to the show of this Friday, December 9 at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, FL as part of the popular and successful series of “Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford”. Franco (10-0, 6 KOs), a former Olympian from Cuba now living in Miami, will put his undefeated record and world rankings on the line when he faces Leopoldo “Feroz” Gonzalez (11-4-1, 7 KOs) of Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico in a bout scheduled for 8 rounds.
In the main event, former WBO world champion Alex “El Nene” Sanchez (31-7-1, 21 KOs) of Ponce, Puerto Rico faces former world title challenger Glenn “Boyet” Donaire (17-4-1, 9 KOs) of General Santos City, Philippines in a clash scheduled for 12 rounds with the WBC Latin flyweight title at stake. (more…)
The Filipino Wrecking Machine, Mark Munoz, had a great year in 2011 with victories over C.B. Dollaway, Demian Maia, and Chris Leben. The 2001 NCAA Division 1 National Champion has showcased his wrestling acumen prominently, but he is in no way a one-dimensional fighter. Munoz has fused his wrestling pedigree and aggressive striking to develop one of the most feared ground and pound offensives in the UFC. He looks to continue his success into the new year with a high profile fight against Chael Sonnen in the co-main event of January 28th’s UFC on Fox 2 card.
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