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By Michał Koper/bokser.org
IBF cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek arrived in Poland today. Adamek will face Andrew Golota in Polish “Fight of the Century” on October 24 in Lodz.
The search for an Executive Officer to head the California State Athletic Commission goes on. The position has been again posted on the Athletic Commission website. The job has been open nearly a year since former CSAC Executive Officer Armando Garcia quit amid allegations of sexual harassment involving a co-worker, a complaint the state reportedly paid $75,000 to settle. California Consumer Affairs Director Brian Stiger has already shot down one candidate in respected boxing official Pat Russell, a move which prompted Commission Chairman Timothy Noonan to abruptly resign. More professional boxing cards take place in California, than any other state.
Russian star Alexander Povetkin (17-0, 12 KOs) will fight for the IBF Interim Heavyweight Championship, the IBF has confirmed. “That is great news for Alexander,” Sauerland Event General Manager Chris Meyer said. “He has been waiting for his title shot for such a long time. We are very happy that the IBF grants Alexander this chance.” The 30-year-old Olympic gold medal winner has been waiting for his IBF title shot ever since beating Eddie Chambers, who is now the WBO mandatory challenger, in an elimination tournament in January 2008. A first showdown with Klitschko failed to materialise in December 2008 when Povetkin injured his ankle in practice. The IBF ordered Klitschko to defend his title against Povetkin before September 13, 2009. However, the Ukrainian champion opted to fight Ruslan Chagaev in June 2009 instead. He needed to undergo shoulder surgery afterwards and has been declared unfit to fight until the end of 2009. Since Klitschko´s latest injury significantly extends Povetkin´s waiting time yet again, the IBF ordered an interim title fight. “Finally, the waiting is over for Povetkin,” Meyer added. “He gets what he deserves – a world title fight in the near future. We are all tired of waiting for Klitschko.”
If Eddie Chambers does not want to fight Povetkin for the IBF Interim Title, Samuel Peter would be the next in line. “We are waiting to see who the opponent will be,” Meyer added. “We will then work out the date and the venue as soon as possible.” The title shot means that Povetkin will not take a tune-up fight in Baltimore on October 16.
By Matt Richardson
Lou DiBella laughs when his past criticism of boxing is brought up. As a former television executive instrumental in the production of classic fights on HBO and as a current promoter of some of the sport’s top talent, DiBella, 49, has never shied from being a vocal critic of the sport he advocates for. He does, however, take exception to being labeled as such. “I’m a critic but my criticism comes from love,” DiBella explained to Fightnews in an exclusive interview last weekend. “I think what I do is try to be realistic about the sport and I believe if we’re not self-critical and we’re not self-aware and trying to make changes to disrupt the status quo to try to return ourselves to some of our old glory, then we’re going to continue to be more marginalized. But I’ve also been one of boxing’s biggest fans and have dedicated 20 years of my life to it.” (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg
Golden Boy Promotions held a press conference yesterday at the Liacouras Center on the campus of Temple University in Philadelphia to announce the December 2 bout between former two-time world champion Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins and Enrique Ornelas. The bout will take place at the same venue, which is located in North Philadelphia, the area where Bernard Hopkins grew up. Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaeffer stated, “This fight will be a homecoming for the biggest fighter to ever come out of Philadelphia. Thank you, Bernard, for coming home. Ticket prices are reasonable. You can see this legendary fighter, possibly for the last time, for as little as twenty-five dollars.” The bout will be televised live on the Versys network. For more details and photos click here…
By Alexey Sukachev
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko, who is active in the Ukrainian political scene when he’s not training, used a telling argument trying to sway Kiev politicians toward his point of view during a city council session this week. Vitali attended the meeting to protest government corruption.
Unbeaten Paul McCloskey (19-0, 9 KOs) will bid to win the European light weighterweight title on home soil when he faces current Euro beltholder and former world champ Souleymane M’baye (38-3-1, 21 KOs) at the state of the art Meadowbank Sports Arena in Magherafelt, County Derry, Ireland on November 6th. “I’ve been inundated with people asking about tickets and it’s terrific to get such a big fight so close to home,” said McCloskey who vacated his British title in order to chase European and world honors. The silky skilled southpaw who lives about a 30-minute drive from the arena, had originally been scheduled to travel to Paris in July to tackle M’baye but a hand injury for McCloskey turned out to be a blessing in disguise as he secured home advantage for the rescheduled date. “It’s a huge opportunity for me and winning the European title would set me up nicely for a shot at a world title. I’m just focusing on M’baye and becoming European champion first. Once I win that then everything else will fall into place.”
By Gary “Digital” Williams
The promoter of IBF number one ranked heavyweight Alexander Povetkin has blocked the proposed bout on Friday, October 16 at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore. The bout is officially off. Fightnews.com has obatained a copy of a letter sent by the law firm representing Sauerland Event Promotions. The letter states that Sauerland is the exclusive promoter for Povetkin. The letter is directed primarily at well-known promoter and manager Don Elbaum, who, according to the document, told the IBF that he represented Povetkin, a claim Sauerland denies. Baltimore Boxing promoter Jake Smith is only mentioned in the letter as the promoter of record for the October 16 card. (more…)
Legendary Universum trainer Fritz Sdunek will significantly reduce his coaching activities at the Universum boxing stable over the next months due to personal health reasons. Follows the advice his doctors, the hard-working Sdunek and will take time off to relax. Universum trainers Michael Timm, Magomed Schaburow and Artur Grigorian will continue the daily training sessions on behalf of Sdunek. (more…)
Former world champions Zab Judah and Joel Casamayor headline a double main event on November 6 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Judah (37-6, 25 KOs) is scheduled to meet Ramon Montano (17-7-1, 2 KOs) in a welterweight bout while Casamayor (36-4-1, 22 KOs) faces an opponent to be determined in a ten-round super lightweight fight. Also light heavyweight Ron Johnson (11-1, 3 KOs) faces Ray Smith (9-4, 3 KOs) in an eight-rounder. Featherweight Salvador Sanchez (16-3-2, 8 KOs), nephew of the legendary featherweight champion Salvador Sanchez, and undefeated welterweight Joseph Judah (4-0, 1 KO), brother of Zab will also see action.
The Muhammad Ali™ Collection kicks off Everlast’s 100th Anniversary celebration! The Muhammad Ali™ Collection features replica products Ali used throughout his career, updated with modern brand technologies. It is the perfect gift for the aspiring fighter, boxing fan, fitness enthusiast, or memorabilia collector. He Believed. Do You? Greatness Is Within. Visit www.everlast.com/ali and explore for yourself.
Former WBC and IBO Heavyweight champion of the world Pinklon Thomas will appear at Jupiter Boxing Club & Martial Arts Training Center in Jupiter, Fla., on Thursday, October 22 to raise awareness for Project P.I.N.K. (Pride In Neighborhood Kids). (more…)
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Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum was in Tampa this week visiting the training camp of WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto, who defends against P4P king Manny Pacquiao on November 14 in Las Vegas. Despite the loud music playing during Cotto’s workout, we got a few words from Arum about Cotto-Pacquiao and other upcoming Top Rank fights.
“Punch-out,” returns to the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas on Saturday night. In the featured bout, Guilty Boxing presents a twelve round USBA middleweight title bout between titleholder Lajuan Simon (21-2-2, 12 KOs) and “Mandatory Challenger” Elvin Ayala (20-3-1, 9 KOs). Undercard action will showcase the likes of two local Las Vegas talents, hard charging, non-stop puncher “Lightning” Lonnie Smith (8-2, 6 KOs) fighting in a six round bout at lightweight facing off against Khadaphi Proctor (4-4, 1 KOs), as well as Sid “The Messenger” El Harrak (7-0, 3 KOs) against Will “The Thrill” Walton (4-1, 4 KOs). Tickets start at $30. Doors open at 6:30 P.M. and the first bout begins at 7:00 P.M. Call 702-942-7777.
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
The new WBA super featherweight world champion Juan Carlos Salgado arrived on Wednesday at Benito Juarez International Airport in Mexico City after his stunning first round annihilation of reigning champion Venezuelan Jorge Linares last Saturday night in Japan. After a lot of uncertainty and lack of comunication, Salgado was met by relatives, friends with a select group of journalists. A big reception was expected but a variety of factors scuttled those plans. Salgado gave thanks to the WBA for the opportunity and to all the Mexican fans for their support and faith.
Two-time WBA heavyweight champion and current WBA mandatory challenger John Ruiz (43-8-1, 29 KOs) of Las Vegas, NV by way of Chelsea, MA, is returning home today and donating boxing equipment to replace what was recently stolen from the South Boston Boxing Club, as well as do an open workout, sign autographs and pose for pictures with the public today (October 15) at 2-4 PM/ET at the South Boston Boxing Club (1667 Columbia Road, South Boston).
44-year-old future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins’ remarkable career will continue in his hometown on December 2, when “The Executioner,” who will be fighting in Philly for the first time since 2003, faces Enrique Ornelas (29-5, 19 KOs) at the Liacouras Center at Temple University. The 12-round light heavyweight bout will be televised live on VERSUS. “I’m thrilled about the opportunity to once again bring a fight to the city of Philadelphia,” said Hopkins (49-5-1, 32 KOs) , the former middleweight champion who owns a perfect 10-0 record in Philly. “A lot has changed in my career since I fought here six years ago and I want to give my fans the chance to see me fight again at home. To top it off, a portion of the proceeds from this fight will go to three charities that are extremely important to me. December 2 is going to be a great night for boxing and a great night for Philadelphia.”
Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
Sacramento super-middleweight Brandon Gonzales (8-0, 7 KOs), once top-ranked as an U.S. amateur boxer, has signed a multi-year contract with Let’s Get It On Promotions of Reno to develop his professional career. The company, expanding its stable of fighters, was started by former Nevada-based referee Mills Lane and is operated by sons Terrance and Thomas. In making the announcement Wednesday, Gonzales said the deal will allow him to continue to continue to train locally with veteran cornerman Ray Woods and occasionally fight in Sacramento where, along with fellow former Olympic aspirant Stan Martyniouk, he is regarded as one of the area’s brightest prospects.
Heavyweights Alexander “Sascha” Dimitrenko and Luan “The Lion” Krasniqi faced off today at a press conference in advance of their November 28 rematch at the König Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany.
“Luan, you always speak of a lucky punch, but in boxing, and especially in our weight class, there is no luck!,” said Dimitrenko. “We have closely analyzed my defeat in July against Eddie Chambers. I will not again make the mistakes I made in the preparation and in the fight.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Bangkok university student Vacharkrit Senahan (15-1-1, 7 KOs) will clash with WBC #5, WBA #7, WBO #10 Roy Mukhlis (22-2-2, 17 KOs) in Indonesia on October 24th for the PABA and WBC international junior lightweight titles. Senahan scored the biggest win of his career in July when he outpointed world rated Fahsai Sakkreerin (24-2) and in September when he boxed a draw with Fahsan 3K Battery (59-9-1) who had clashed with Manny Pacquiao and extended Steve Molitor in IBF world title bout. (more…)
Undefeated Roberto Marroquin of Dallas will be at a meet-and-greet with fight fans at the Texas State Fair in Dallas on Thursday, October 15. Marroquin will be in the Time Warner Cable booth where he will sign autographs and talk about the upcoming Firepower mega fight featuring Manny Pacquiao vs. Miguel Cotto at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 14. There will be Pacquiao and Cotto posters at the Time Warner Cable booth, located in the Centennial Building on International Blvd at the Cotton Bowl. Marroquin will be there from 3 to 5 pm local time. (more…)
On Oct. 10, Donald Cerrone and Ben Henderson delivered one of the finest fights in World Extreme Cagefighting® history. For five grueling rounds, Cerrone and Henderson treated the fans in San Antonio, TX to a world title fight that will remain in highlight reels for generations to come.
The live finale of The Ultimate Fighter®: Heavyweights on Spike TV will include two bouts showcasing four of the UFC’s rising stars. Emanating from The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 9:00 PM ET, the co-features announced today include a light heavyweight bout between Jon Jones and Matt Hamill and a lightweight matchup pitting Frankie Edgar against Kurt Pellegrino.
By Lee Bates
WBO light flyweight champion Iván ‘Iron Boy’ Calderón (33-0-1, 6 KOs) and WBO junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ López (27-0, 24 KOs) received honorary rings by the World Boxing Organzation today in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. The site of the event was the Museo del Deporte de Puerto Rico. Both Calderón and López received the rings for each successfully defending their titles five times. Calderon is now a two time ring achiever as he accomplished the same feat as the WBO champion at 105 pounds. Accompanying the fighters were their promoter PR Best Boxing (Iván & Peter Rivera) who also received an honorary plaque for their promotional successes, accomplishments, and being a positive example as a promoter. Also in attendance was former world champion Felix ‘Tito’ Trinidad. WBO President Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcárcel presented the rings to the fighters. For more details and photos click here…
2004 U.S. Olympic gold medalist and Oakland native Andre “S.O.G.” Ward and current World Boxing Association (WBA) super middleweight world champion Mikkel “Viking Warrior” Kessler have to wait until Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., for their first fight in the SHOWTIME® Super Six World Boxing Classic, but that doesn’t mean they won’t sound off on this weekend’s fights from Nottingham, England and Berlin, Germany. The historic tournament begins on Saturday, Oct. 17, with a split-feed doubleheader live at LIVE 8 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast) on SHOWTIME. (more…)
The World Boxing Council (WBC) granted yesterday, in a moving act, a green and gold world championship belt to the widow and family of a former amateur boxer who was killed in Mexico City as he tried to save several people from the attack of a gunman. Two other people died and five more were hurt before the murderer was stopped by the police of Balderas subway station, in the capital of Mexico. WBC President, Jose Sulaiman, presented to Esteban Cervantes´ widow, Martha Grimal, the green and gold belt that is awarded to world champions.
By Alexey Sukachev
Ukrainian top light heavyweight hope Vyacheslav Uzelkov (21-0, 13 KOs) is going to take no other than Tomas Adamek in his next fight! The careful reader will without a doubt get the bottom of this imaginary sensation. Czech Tomas “Jumbo” Adamek (14-1-1, 6 KOs) is neither a relative, nor even a namesake of the cruiserweight star Tomasz Adamek from Poland. That’s being said, WBA mandatory Uzelkov, 30, who is also ranked WBA #3, WBO #4 and WBC/IBF #14, is indeed to face Adamek in the next defense of his WBA I/C 175lb title. The fight will be a featured bout of the next K2 East tournament, set on October 21 at Kiev Palace of Sports. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
It looks like the WBA interim flyweight beltholder Luis Concepcion (18-1, 13 KOs) of Panama will make the first defense of his title against Mexican veteran and former IBF strawweight champion Roberto Carlos Leyva (26-9-1, 21 KOs) on November 19 at Roberto Duran Arena in Panama City. Shorty (5’2”) power puncher Concepcion acquired his belt this September with a late stoppage of another Mexican Omar Salado. Leyva is just 5-8 since losing his belt in 2002.
IBF bantamweight champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko has boldly predicted he will score a knockout victory over undefeated IBF No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez when they meet in Don King’s Halloween Thrilla at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday, Oct. 31. (SHOWTIME 9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on West Coast). “I think I will defeat Yonnhy Perez by knockout,” Agbeko said from his South Florida-based training camp. “I’m not underestimating him. He’s a good fighter, but I know this is going to be a knockout for me. (more…)
Jermain Taylor today dismissed Arthur Abraham’s talents at a packed press conference at the o2 World Arena in Berlin. More than 14.000 fans will be in attendance when the two former champions open the Super Six World Boxing Classic in Germany´s capital on Saturday night (SHOWTIME®, 8 p.m. ET/PT, tape delayed). Taylor added fuel to the fire today when he publicly questioned his opponent’s class. Asked how he would rank Abraham, he replied: “There is nothing special about him. He has some power and I know he will be prepared to do battle, (but he is) just a normal fighter. I would not rank him at the top with some of the other fighters I have fought.”
Abraham refused to return the verbal jab. “He can say what he likes. I am sure he will have a different opinion once I have caught him for the first time. I really look forward to Saturday. This is a special fight, the first of many big fights in the Super Six tournament. I am ready and prepared and cannot wait to get in the ring with Taylor.” (more…)
Undefeated WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch (25-0, 20 KOs), of Nottingham, England, and unbeaten, 2004 Olympic U.S. medalist Andre Dirrell (18-0, 13 KOs), of Flint, Mich., met in a heated press conference on Wednesday to promote their 12-round showdown in the Super Six World Boxing Classic at Trent FM Arena in Nottingham, England, on Saturday, Oct. 17, live on SHOWTIME® (8 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). The two threw verbal jabs at one another. Here is a sampling of the heated exchanges:
Said Froch: “He knows he’ll be in deep water on Saturday and he knows when I start connecting with the bombs he’s going to be in serious trouble.”
Said Dirrell: “I’m glad he thinks it’s a slight advantage for him being at home because he’s going to need it. I’m coming with my A game and I guarantee you that I will keep that crowd quiet and he will get lost for words by the third or fourth round.” (more…)
Carl “The Cobra” Froch and Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell will weigh in ahead of this Saturday’s Super Six World Boxing Classic showdown in the historic setting of Nottingham’s famous Old Market Square at 5pm on Friday. As always, Froch is confident that he will make the weight without any difficulty but he believes his Dirrell may be struggling to shift those last few pounds. “My weights down, I was already a pound inside the 12 stone limit when I woke up yesterday morning so that won’t be a problem,” said the WBC super middleweight champion. “I’m eating good food and I’m feeling very strong. Dirrell’s quite tall for a super middle at 6 foot 1 so I think he probably struggles a bit to get down to 12 stone. From what I’ve seen of him since he arrived in the U.K. he looks a bit like a boiled chicken the way his cheeks are sucked in. He looks quite gaunt so maybe he’s struggling with the weight because when I met him in New York a few months back to launch the Super Six tournament he looked a lot fuller and healthier. He looks a lot different now so I think he has to work very, very hard to get that weight down and I’m sure travelling from the States at the weekend won’t have helped either.”
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Middleweight contender Sam Soliman predicts that former IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (30-0, 24 KOs) will score a knockout over Jermain Taylor (28-3-1, 17 KOs) on Saturday night in Berlin, Germany. Soliman said, “Abraham won the the IBF title in 2005 when he stopped Kingsley Ikeke. I was supposed to fight for the vacant title against Ikeke but I decided to challenge Winky Wright. The rest is history – I lost a controversial decision against Winky and Arthur Abraham became the IBF champion by defeating Ikeke. Abraham has showed himself to be an outstanding champion defending the championship an incredible eleven times. He has been an outstanding middleweight champion. In my opinion he would have defeated Kelly Pavlik had they met in the ring to unify the titles. Jermain Taylor cannot defeat Abraham. The German will chop the tall American down and stop him in a late round.” Soliman holds wins over several world rated super middleweights and middleweights including Sakio Bika, Raymond Joval and Enrique Ornelas, as well as losing disputed decisions to Anthony Mundine and Winky Wright. He is currently chasing a shot at IBF middleweight champion Sebastain Sylvester.
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