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Raiymkulov, better known as Kid Diamond, makes the first defense of his North
American Boxing Federation (NABF) lightweight title when he boxes hard-hitting
Antonio Pitalua in the scheduled 12-round main event Thursday evening, Jan. 11,
at the New Alhambra, Swanson & Ritner Streets, next to Forman Mills, in South
Philadelphia. First of seven fights at 7.30 p.m. The Versus network will
televise the Diamond-Pitalua fight as well as the scheduled 10-round junior
middleweight semifinal between Anthony Thompson and Robert Frazier.
DREAM FIGHT ; LEWIS -vs- IBEABUCHI
by Jim Amato
Ike "The President" Ibeabuchi scored his twentieth and last victory on March 20, 1999. It was an impressive knockout stoppage of unbeaten, future WBO and IBF heavyweight champion Chris Byrd. Twenty one months earlier he had handed David Tua his first defeat. Ike was a serious heavyweight contender but then he took a detour to prison.
CAN ANYONE STOP THE ICEMAN?
by Butch Gottlieb
Tonight at the UFC66 in Las Vegas, light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell once again proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is the best fighter in the UFC, bar none by once again destroying former champion Tito Ortiz.
In what was considered an upset, Keith Jardine defeated Forrest Griffin by TKO in the first round. Jardine caught Griffin coming in with a big uppercut followed by a left hook dropping him and Jardine jumped right on Griffin who was helpless throwing punches
Andre Arlovski TKO1 (strikes) Marcio Cruz
Jason McDonald W2 (choke) Chris Leben
Top fight manager Shelly Finkel has denied the claim
of Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum that his managerial
deal with Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao ended
SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING begins its 21st year
of televising world-class events with a doubleheader on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007,
at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). The telecast will start at a
special time in order to accommodate fans tuning into the NFL Wild Card games
airing the same night. Normally, the SHOWTIME telecasts start at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Bonsante's stalking of Vanda
Newly crowned Minnesota middleweight champion Anthony "The Bullet" Bonsante's years of stalking bitter intra-state archrival Matt "The Predator" Vanda finally ends January 12 when they headline "Bad Blood" in the 10-round main event at The Target Center in Minneapolis.
ALL PHOTOS ARE ©2006 BY MARY ANN OWEN
by Lisa Scott
Mike Tyson appeared before a judge early this afternoon in
connection with his DUI arrest at 2 a.m. Friday morning. The former heavyweight
champ was released without bail and charged with one count of narcotic drug
possession - a felony. Under the terms of his release, the judge ordered Tyson
not to leave the state of Arizona and not to possess any weapons or drink
alcohol. Additionally, he cannot take drugs without a prescription, must check
in with a pre-trial service officer later today and be forced to take drug and
alcohol tests. Law enforcement sources told reporters that after Tyson was
stopped, the former fighter was cooperative and acted like a gentleman and
admitted that he had been using illegal drugs over the last few days. According
to court documents, cops claim they found: "two bags of a white powder substance
in his back left pocket. In addition a bag was located on the driver seat in a
Marlboro cigarettes pack." Drug tests revealed that Tyson was "under the
influence of a depressant, stimulant and cannabis." The report also went on to
say that the former fighter admitted to the arresting officer of possessing the
bags of cocaine and said he: "uses anytime he can get his hands on it," and that
he: "is an addict and has a problem."
WORLD BEST FIGHTER
unfortunate scheduling mix-up has forced this huge event
to change from Friday January 5, 2007 to Saturday,
February 3, 2007.
Romero Promotions has a solid seven-bout card set for Jan. 27 at the Sky City Casino in Acoma, NM. In the main event, Socorro welterweight Joaquin Zamora (12-2-1, 10 KOs) will take on El Paso slugger Bobby Joe Valdez (9-3-2, 4 KOs) in a long-awaited rematch from a 2004 fight that ended in a no-contest. Zamora-Valdez will be a ten-rounder for a belt to-be-determined. In the co-headliner, Espanola contender Monica Lovato (8-1, 4 KOs) will not only get the chance to erase the one loss on her record in fighting Julia Rubalcava (4-0, 1 KO), of Westminster, Calif., but get the chance to take home the vacant NABF super flyweight belt. Five bouts are slated for the undercard: Albuquerque strawweight Jodi Esquibel (4-1, KOs) and Melissa Shaffer (9-4, 5 KOs), of Tacoma, Wash., will mix for the third time--the two are 1-1 against each other; heavyweight Felix Abner (2-0, 1 KO), of Chicago, takes on former top amateur and pro debuting Kirby Lee Gillespie, of Houston; Socorro jr. middle Adrian Lopez and Santa Fe's Gabe Montoya will fight each other in a battle of debuters; Albuquerque super bantam debuter David Proa will debut against Las Cruces' Steve Losoya (1-3); and, in a four-rounder between lightweights, Albuquerque's Gabe Gonzales (1-1, 1 KO) and Las Cruces' Colbert "The Pittbull" Losoya (4-8) will go four. Ticket info will be released next week.
Upon reading world super bantamweight champion Israel Vazquez' December 18th
article on the internet, former bantamweight champion Rafael Marquez's manager
Ignacio "Nacho" Beristain immediately responded through Mexico's biggest sports
media outlets Esto, La Opinion and Notimex. "No one has contacted me at the
moment but we would accept a fight with Vazquez immediately," Beristain is
quoted as saying. "Vazquez is the best fighter pound for pound at 122 pounds and
a very valiant champion. The ideal site for a fight of this magnitude could be
the Staples Center in Los Angeles. If it's possible, the fight could be made
March 2007. Why wait?" After reading Beristain's comments, a delighted Frank
Espinoza (Vazquez's manager) said "This is great news! That's half the battle in
making this fight happen. The promoters can easily make this fight happen now
that both fighters, both managers, and the fans want the fight. It's a win-win
situation for everyone involved. It makes no financial sense for either fighter
to fight anyone else first. It's in the hands of the promoters now."
With less than a month to go before his IBF title clash with Juan Urango in Las Vegas, Ricky Hatton is just eight and a half pounds above the light welter 140 lb weight limit.
"Ricky officially weighed in at ten stone eight and a half pounds (148.5 lb) last week," said father/manager Ray Hatton. "He's well in front of schedule from what he normally is a month away from a fight. Ricky is out to prove a point as a lot of people said that they didn't think he'd make the ten stone (140 lb) limit. He's actually busted his weight schedule wide open."
Dennis Hobson/Fight Academy and Banner Promotions, in association with Top Rank, Inc., present Ricky Hatton vs. Juan Urango for the IBF Light Welterweight Championship of the world on January 20, 2007 at the Paris Hotel, Las Vegas, NV. HBO World Championship Boxing will televise live starting at 10PM ET/7PM ET. Tickets can be purchased by logging onto www.ticketmaster.com
Don King Productions is hosting an OUTDOOR
open-to-the-public media workout on Saturday at 1 p.m. with WBC No. 1-ranked
heavyweight Samuel "The Nigerian Nightmare" Peter and WBA super welterweight
champion "El Gallo" Jose Antonio Rivera in front of Hard Rock Live at the
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. The public and media
members will also be treated to a Hard Rock-sponsored Ring-Card Girl Contest
beginning immediately after the workouts at 2 p.m. Weather forecast: High 78/Low
74. The workout and Ring-Card Girl Contest support the biggest fight ever staged
at Hard Rock Live featuring Peter in a rematch with James "Light Out" Toney and
Rivera defending his WBA 154-pound crown against "Tremendous" Travis Simms on
Saturday, Jan. 6. Both fights will be televised on SHOWTIME beginning at 10 p.m.
ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast)."
by Butch Gottlieb
The final press conference was held today for UFC66:
ORTIZ 2 taking place live from Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena this
Saturday, December 30, 2006.
Liddell said that he could not wait to hit Ortiz again and Ortiz said that this fight will be a totally different fight since he has done nothing but train in Big Bear, California for it and this time he is in GREAT shape.
By Dennis Principe
If this battle is a boxing match, then Bob Arum has scored a mighty knockdown against promotional archenemy Oscar De La Hoya. The Hall-of-Fame promoter yesterday finally convinced Filipino boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao to state his preference for Arum's Top Rank over De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions (GBP) in their sulky promotional litigation. Pacquiao made the announcement in a hastily called press conference at the Champagne Room of the historic Manila Hotel. "We are here to announce that my new promoter is Top Rank," was the short but consequential statement of Pacquiao.
IBF welterweight champion Kermit Cintron has vowed to retain his title when he faces Shane Mosley on February 10 in Las Vegas. "Shane Mosley is a great fighter but his time has passed. I'm the champion now and I will remain champion February 10." Cintron's promoter Bobby Bostick adds "This is the type of match-up that boxing needs and I hope he doesn't run from Kermit because this could be the 2007 Fight of the Year."
Mosley states "I'm excited to have the opportunity to win back the welterweight title and I respect Cintron for stepping to the plate when a lot of fighters wouldn't. On February 10 we're going to leave it all in the ring and I expect to come out as a champion once again." Mosley's promoter, Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya, comments "As a fan of the sport, I can't wait to see this fight. This is a perfect clash of speed versus power and given the fact both Mosley and Cintron have a tendency to abandon their game plans and go to war, I'm anticipating fireworks."
Mexican legend and former world champion Yory Boy Campas, fresh off his electrifying November battle against John Duddy, will headline the Gotham Boxing/DRL Promotions “Winter Heat” fight extravaganza on Thursday night, January 11, at Roseland Ballroom in New York City, it was announced today.
The ageless wonder who has compiled a masterful 88 victories during an illustrious career, including 72 by way of knockout, will square off against Eduardo Sanchez (15-5-2, 9 KO’s) of New Orleans in the 10 round junior middleweight main event.
talent will also be in the Roseland ring with unbeaten
featherweight from New York City Cindy Serrano (13-0-1,
7 KO’s) scheduled in a 10 round contest; and light
heavyweight slugger Joel Castillo (4-0, 3 KO’s) of the
Bronx squaring off against James North (8-15-2, 3 KO’s)
of Weston, WV. Coveted amateur star Darrel Madison,
(1-1, 1 K0) the heavyweight from West Islip, Long
Island, will be looking for his second big career
knockout. Dominican Juan Dominguez, now residing in New
York, will make his pro debut in a four round junior
featherweight bout. And two New York City youngsters –
Raymond Rodriguez and Samuel Ortiz Gomez – face off in
their pro debuts.
A pair of talented, unbeaten boxers with eerily similar pro
careers will collide when Nick Casal (15-0-1, 1 NC, 12 KOs) faces Jose Antonio
Izquierdo (15-0-1, 13 KOs) in an excellent co-featured attraction on Friday,
Jan. 5, 2007, on “ShoBox: The New Generation.”
by Jim Amato
He may be one of the most overlooked champions of the 1990's. He had style and skill. He won 49 of 55 bouts and a piece of the welterweight title. He knocked out 31 but he himself was never stopped. His name was Aaron Davis and they called him "Superman"
IS SHANE READY FOR CINTRON?
I like Sugar Shane Mosley. He has been good for boxing. He was a fine lightweight champion who jumped right to welterweight and defeated the "Golden Boy", Oscar De La Hoya. He has had his ups and downs since. The two losses to Vernon Forrest at 147 and two more Winky Wright at 154. In between those losses he beat Oscar again at 154. He returned to form recently at junior middleweight by twice halting Fernando Vegas. Now Shane going back to welterweight and he will be meeting once beaten Kermit Cintron for the IBF version of the title on February 10th in Las Vegas. Is Cintron the best welterweight in the world ? No...He was destroyed in five rounds by WBO titleholder Antonio Margarito in 2005.
SHANE MOSLEY PURSUES FIFTH WORLD TITLE AGAINST KERMIT CINTRON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10 AT MANDALAY BAY IN LAS VEGAS
“Sugar Shane” Mosley will climb the mountain once again
as he looks to become the welterweight champion of the
world for the second time when he faces International
Boxing Federation (IBF) 147-pound champion Kermit
Cintron. The explosive battle, destined to be one of the
most memorable fights in 2007, will take place Saturday,
Feb. 10 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
ULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP®
UFC 66: LIDDELL
vs. ORTIZ 2 taking place live from Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena this
Saturday, December 30, 2006.
by Jim Amato
Not too long ago one of my favorite writers, Ted Sares
asked me if I could come up with some bouts as he described them as " closet
classics ". I came up with a few for Ted. Here recently I was making a tape for
a friend. One of the bouts was the 1969 light heavyweight title fight between
Bob Foster and Andy Kendall. I have a mint copy of this fight and what a war it
was while it lasted.
Taylor and the Sanctioning Bodies,
By Tom Donelson
This past week, I had the privileged of corresponding with members of Jermain Taylor’s team and the conclusion of these exchanges only reinforces what I am starting to accept as truth. The sanctioning bodies are the major obstacles to boxing revival.
By Dennis Principe
The long distance wooing for boxing’s most attractive fighter, box office-wise, is not about to take a break this holiday. Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum arrived in the Philippines Tuesday morning (Manila Time) and is about to meet face-to-face Filipino boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao any moment now in General Santos City. Fight promoter Rex 'Wakee' Salud broke the news to Fightnews who added that Arum arrived on board flight PR 105 from the United States. Salud said he was actually surprised with the arrival of Arum. Salud however admitted that he is aware that Arum is supposed to arrive on the 28th. Arum’s outfit Top Rank Inc. is currently enmeshed in a court battle versus Golden Boy Promotions (GBP) in gaining the rights to promote Pacquiao’s upcoming multi-million dollar fights. Arum’s arrival is being deemed as a calculated and poignant move to convince Pacquiao to side with Top Rank’s legal battle with GBP.
Solo Boxeo Tecate returns to the Windy City!
"Baby" Joe Mesi and Hasim Rahman will do battle, but in separate bouts on
February 22nd at the Mountaineer Race Track and Gaming Resort in West Virginia.
Rahman will fight in the ten-round main event and Mesi will box in a ten-round
co-main event with opponents yet to be named. Top Rank will promote the show
with the two bouts being televised on the Versus Network. With both Mesi and
Rahman on the same card, a possible showdown between these heavyweights in the
near future may finally happen. This will be Mesi's 5th fight since his
suspension was lifted and Rahman is looking to rebound from his last loss that
cost him the title.
The Retired Boxers Foundation has an expert on Veteran's Benefits who is more than willing to help Keith Mullings. The process does take time, but with expert help, it will take half the time.
On December 20th the WBC sent representatives to weigh both Jose Luis Castillo
and Herman N'Goudjo at their respective camps. Castillo's numbers are of
particular interest as he recently failed spectacularly in making the weight
limit for two scheduled WBC lightweight title fights against Diego Corrales.
Jose Herrera Ornelas weighed Castillo in Toluca, Mexico and his weight is 154
lbs. Jack Woodburn weighed N'Goudjo in Canada and his weight is 153.5 lbs.
Castillo and N'Goudjo collide on January 20 in Las Vegas in a WBC super
lightweight (140lb) eliminator. At the 30 day weigh-in, a fighter cannot weigh
over 10% of his contract weight, so both fighters are right about at the limit.
At the seven day weigh-in, a fighter must be within 5% of his or her contract
by Mike Marley
The drum beat keeps getting louder and louder. The message, although totally unsubstantiated so far, is that Floyd Mayweather Sr. is getting the axe as Oscar de la Hoya's trainer and that the Golden Boy is deciding on a replacement. The bottom line for Oscar is that he does not need the mental distraction of the father and son pissing contest which is guaranteed to erupt.
Three-time world champion "Sugar" Shane Mosley (43-4) could get another shot at a world title belt on February 10. HBO has already reserved that date for Mosley to face TBA and talks are underway for Mosley to challenge IBF welterweight champion Kermit Cintron, probably at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. If the Cintron fight fails to materialize, former WBA welter titleholder Luis Collazo is in the mix. Mosley will finally return to the welterweight division after scoring two knockout victories over Fernando Vargas in 2006 at junior middleweight. The hard-hitting Cintron, 27-1, whose only loss came by TKO against Antonio Margarito in 2005, would be making the first defense of his belt since winning it against Mark Suarez in October. It would be the first championship bout for Mosley at welterweight since his second loss to Vernon Forrest four years ago.
UNBEATENS MENDY, HANSHAW TO COLLIDE
No BCS controversy or photo finishes here. The two most
talented fighters in the “ShoBox” super middleweight tournament will clash for
the championship when Jean Paul Mendy faces Tony Hanshaw, Friday, Jan. 5, 2007,
on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast) from the Desoto Civic
Center in Southaven, Miss. Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, and Round One
Entertainment will co-promote the event..
IT IS WHAT IT IS!
by Jim Amato
My God, in the words of Tony Soprano, that is is state of
today's heavyweight division. Sad...Very sad indeed. The # 1 ranked heavyweight
by most people's opinion is Wladimir Klitschko. I'm a little uncomfortable with
that. Why ? Because as Corrie Sanders, Lamon Brewster, DaVaryll Williamson and
Sam Peter have shown, no one will ever compare Wlad to Jake LaMotta in the chin
From WBC President Jose Sulaiman:
Due to the current legal situation concerning the WBC
mandatory super featherweight contender Manny Pacquiao, the WBC has suspended
the purse offer that was scheduled for January 12, 2007, for the mandatory title
defense of world champion Marco Antonio Barrera.
Unbeaten cruiserweight B.J. "El
Pelogroso" Flores plans on going from prospect to
contender with an impressive winning performance January
13 against Chris "Cold Steel" Thomas for the WBF and NBA
cruiserweight titles at Knox Arena in Olive Branch,
The New York State Athletic Commission has announced that the shocking December
15 technical decision loss suffered by fan-favorite heavyweight Vinny Maddalone
has been changed to a no decision by virtue of opponent Julius Long having
tested positive for an, as yet, unknown illegal substance.
"Bad Blood" spills over January 12 in Minnesota as bitter archrivals Anthony "The Bullet" Bonsante and Matt "The Predator" Vanda finally meet in the ring in a Minnesota dream match at The Target Center in Minneapolis.
The 10-round main event matches The Contender Season One star Bonsante (28-3-3, 17 KOs), of Shakopee, defending his recently captured Minnesota State middleweight championship, as well as fighting for the vacant IBA Americas title belt, against former IBA Americas light middleweight title-holder Vanda (35-2, 21 KOs), fighting out of St. Paul.
Former Minnesota boxer Tony Grygelko's Seconds Out Promotions, Guzman Entertainment and Midwest Sports Council, in association with The Target Center, are presenting "Bad Blood."
Tickets, reasonably priced at $25.00, $50.00 and $100.00, are available at the Target Center box office, all TicketMaster outlets, online at ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 651.989.5151. VIP tables also are available for $200.00 and $250.00.
Doors open at 6 PM, first bout at 7 PM. For more information call 612.673.1600 or go to www.targetcenter.com.
OPENS THE NEW YEAR FOR "FIGHT NIGHT:
TOP RANK'S LEGENDS OF THE RING"
THURSDAY, JANUARY 4 -- VERSUS -- 9 P.M. ET
Thursday, January 4, 2007, at 9 p.m. ET, VERSUS (formerly
OLN) will kickoff the new year by televising the sixth installment of "Fight
Night: Top Rank's Legends of the Ring," hosted by Michael Buffer. January's
episode will feature the rarely-seen first fight between VITO ANTUOFERMO
defending his world middleweight title against the legendary MARVELOUS MARVIN
HAGLER, November 30, 1979, at Caesars Palace.
By Duva Boxing
On the twelfth Day of Duva
DE LA HOYA vs. MAYWEATHER SUPER FIGHT
It will be an unprecedented super fight between
two boxing superstars and former Olympians. It will be an event poised to
shatter records many believe would never be broken. Golden Boy Promotions is
pleased to announce six-division world champion Oscar De La Hoya will meet
unbeaten, four-division world champion Floyd Mayweather Saturday, May 5 at MGM
Grand in Las Vegas, Nev., in the biggest fight to hit the sport in decades.
THE RED CARPET PREMIER OF ROCKY BALBOA (THE SIXTH AND FINAL CHAPTER IN THE ROCKY MOVIES) WAS HELD ON DECEMBER 19th AT THE ALADDIN/PLANET HOLLYWOOD HOTEL IN LAS VEGAS
El Aladdin Hotel (Planet Hollywood) se aglomero de periodistas y fotógrafos desde las 7 a las 10 de la noche, en su mayoría de índole boxístico, para ser acomodados a lo ancho de la Alfombra Roja donde desfilaron protagonistas e invitados a la Premier de la secuencia de Rocky Balboa que fue transmitida en el Hotel Palms.
Las luces por doquier de los flashes de las cámaras, el champagne, el caviar y las albricias daban la buenaventura en el Center Bar. El publico con espacio abierto aprecio el acontecimiento a distancia angosta.
Hubo también muchas chicas hermosas para engalanar la noche de estreno incluyendo a Miss América, todos felices disfrutando sus 15 minutos de fama.
El murmullo y los comentarios desembocaban en la admiración de que el escritor, director y estrella Silvester Stallone promete otro espectacular éxito de taquilla como lo han sido sus otras 5 películas de Rocky Balboa.
Moraleja: Uno es tan viejo como se quiera sentir, y la prueba es la imagen de Sly que irradia juventud y vida por todos los poros y más con una esposa súper hermosa que robo cámara a diestra y siniestra caminando en su noche de triunfo.
Con la cancion “It’s a Fight de fondo desfilaron: Tony Burton, Burt Young, Antonio Tarver, Geraldine Hughes, Milo Ventimiglia, A.J. Benza, James Francis Kelly.
También legendas en el deporte del mamporro como: Aaron Prior, Irán Barkley, Ken Norton, Mike Tyson, Ray Boom Boom Mancini, Tommy Hearns y otros mas.
Peter to Kick off the Holidays Spending Afternoon with 100 youngsters from the City of Deerfield Beach Faces James Toney in Heavyweight Rematch on January 6
No. 1 heavyweight contender
Samuel Peter, training in Deerfield Beach for his
rematch against James Toney, will spread some holiday
cheer to 100 youngsters at the Deefield Beach Boys and
Girls Club this Thursday, December 21, at 4:00 PM.
Peter will visit and talk to the kids beginning at 4:00
WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev, 34-5, 26 KO's was scheduled to have arthroscopic surgery completed on his right elbow on Thursday in New York. That surgery however has now been pushed back to early January with a rehabilitation period of approximately one month to follow.
As was originally reported on Fightnews last month, the representatives of IBF Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko and WBC Heavyweight Champion Oleg Maskaev are still in serious negotiations for a unification match to take place in the spring. "The one thing boxing fans are clamoring for is to end the chaos in boxing and in particular in the heavyweight division," Maskaev promoter Dennis Rappaport explained to Fightnews on Tuesday afternoon. "We're having an open dialogue and we have an understanding with Klitschko. We have a tentative date, subject to sanctioning, of April 21st."
The major roadblock in all of this is the mandatory defense Maskaev will have to make against the winner of the January 6th rematch between Samuel Peter and James Toney. "The Big O" is coming off an optional title defense last week when he won a lopsided unanimous decision over Peter Okhello in Russia.
Lightweight contender Jose Miguel Cotto (brother of WBA welterweight champion Miguel Cotto) is suffering from a viral infection, forcing him to pull out of Friday's Telefutura-televised fight against Miguel Angel Huerta (23-7-1, 16 KOs) at Cicero Stadium in Cicero, Illinois. Huerta will now face veteran Antonio Ramirez (24-12-6, 17 KOs). The co-feature with unbeaten lightweight Brandon Rios (13-0, 9 KOs) against Humberto Tapia (10-3-1, 6 KOs) remains intact. Also on the card in a non-televised bout is popular middleweight prospect Don "Da Bomb" George (11-0) vs William Johnson
Tickets for Top Rank's big Jorge Arce vs. Julio Ler fight will go on sale on Thursday, Dec. 21, at the Honda Center in Anaheim. Arce, a two-time world champion, will take on Ler in the main event on Saturday, Jan. 27. In the opening televised bout, unbeaten middleweight Kelly Pavlik will face the wildly popular Jose Luis Zertuche. Both fights are scheduled for 12 rounds. The undercard will feature unbeaten super welterweight Vanes Martirosyan of Glendale, Calif. Tickets are $200, $100, $75, $50 and $30. Tickets will be available at the Honda Center Box Office, on-line at ticketmaster.com, by phone at 714-740-2000 and at all Ticketmaster outlets.
Two-time world champion Jorge 'Travieso' Arce(3rd from left), Los Mochis, Mexico sings with the Spanish guitars during a press conference to announce two championship fights on Top Rank's big championship card at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Ca., Saturday, January 27, live on HBO. In the Main event, Super Flyweight Arce will take on top-rated Julio Roque Ler, Cordoba, Argentina and in a compelling middleweight showdown, unbeaten Kelly Pavlik, Youngstown, Ohio will battle former Mexican Olympian Jose Luis Zertuche, Mexico City, MX. The undercard will feature Jr. Middleweight Vanes Martirosyan, Glendale, Ca
British Heavyweight Champion Scott Gammer's promoter/manager Paul Boyce confirms that he has rejected the overtures of Audley Harrison's new promoter Sports Network and turned down an offer to meet "A-Force" at London's Wembley Stadium in February.
"There been a lot of talk about Scott possibly fighting Audley Harrison," said Boyce. "But it's probably not going to happen. We've offered the fight to Audley twice in the past and he turned us down both times. Now, he's got nothing to offer us back.
"The offer we were given recently to fight Audley called for the bout to take place in London but Scott is the champion and we think that when the fight takes place it should take place in Wales. Why should Scott have the disadvantages if he's the champion?"
Should Harrison and Gammer ever lock horns, Boyce envisions a far different experience for the former Olympic Gold Medalist. "Audley hasn't really fought anyone like Scott before," he said. "Scott will be angry, he'll be fast, he's very accurate with his punches and he can adapt.
"People don't realize that he's a very good boxer. Plus he can do something that Audley cannot and that is Scott can work for all three minutes and he can do it for twelve rounds. Scott wants the Audley Harrison fight."
Hopkins vs Maskaev – Is it
worth their risk?
Like so many others, I’ve followed
the career of Bernard Hopkins for some time now. His trials and tribs in and out
of the ring have been well documented. From a young Hopkins’ troubles with the
law, to the still developing Hopkins’ trouble with Roy Jones in his first
attempt at a world title, we all have been witnesses. From his first title win
over Segundo Mercado, to his historic win over Felix Trinidad to become the
undisputed king of the middleweights – we all have been witnesses. From his
record setting 20 middleweight title defenses, to his ascension up the scales to
emphatically take the light heavyweight title from Antonio Tarver in June of
this year – yes we all have been witnesses to the metamorphosis of Bernard
Hopkins into Mr. Hopkins.
IBA World middleweight
title-holder "Ireland's" John Duddy, does not have a
career-threatening detached retina, contrary to an
erroneous report, and he pulled out of his scheduled
January 11th fight in New York because cuts over his
eyes, suffered September 29 in his title-winning fight
against Luis Ramon "Yory Boy" Campas, haven't completely
My take on the next Peter-Toney
After edging out James Toney, Samuel Peter was thinking championship challenges. But a funny thing happened on the way to fighting for the WBC championship against Oleg Maskaev, the WBC ordered a rematch with Toney. Originally, Peter thought that his last bout was an elimination bout but in the Byzantine world of boxing, he found that the first Toney bout was a mere eliminator to fight another elimination bout.
"LAURENCE COLE HAS NOT BEEN
FINED OR SUSPENDED"
Texas referee Laurence Cole, was the third man in the ring on November 25th in Hidalgo, Texas, when Filipino Jimrex Jaca met Juan Manuel Marquez for the WBO Interim Featherweight title. Many of you might remember the 8th round in particular, when Cole asked a badly cut Marquez and I paraphrase, whether he wanted to continue, adding that he was ahead on the cards.
By Bernie McCoy
I recently watched a tape of the remarkably good Ann Sophie
Mathis/Myriam Lamare fight, from France, and I thought of a line a very smart
woman once gave me about the present being "simply the ever moving outer edge of
the past." Here's how good those seven rounds, that ended with Lamare, at last,
giving in to Mathis' relentless attack, were: you had no trouble thinking of the
past and wondering whether "this is what Rijker/Martin would have been." And I'm
not talking about the Bob Arum-induced fiasco of 2005, but, rather, Christy
Martin and Lucia Rijker, as they were before the turn of the last century,
climbing into the ring, maybe around 1998, when both women were at the peak of
At age 40,
heavyweight Eric "Butterbean" Esch (76-7-4, 57 KOs) is still going strong. The
385-pounder from Jasper, Alabama, scored a first round knockout over local
222-pound Joaquin Garcia (4-3, 1 KO) on Saturday at the Dow Event Center in
Saginaw, Michigan. The 'Bean had a disaterous 2005, losing four out of six
bouts, but the win over Garcia capped a 3-0 campaign for "The King of the Four-Rounders"
in 2006. 1,300 attended the AdoreAble Promotions card which featured seven
scheduled four-round bouts.
WBO super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe, boxing's current longest-reigning
world champion (1997-present, 19 title defenses) says he would love to defend
his title against middleweight champion Jermain Taylor. "Not only is he a
terrific middleweight champion, he's the man who beat the man -- Bernard Hopkins
-- TWICE. Perhaps in another year Jermain will be ready to step up and challenge
me and we can have a fight between two belt holders. I just don't think it's
fair to push him up to my level yet. It's frustrating for me because it would be
a big money fight, but it's obvious he's just not ready." Meanwhile, Calzaghe
will face The Contender's Peter Manfredo on April 7 at Millennium Stadium in
British heavyweight champion Scott Gammer has turned down a £100,000 offer to fight Audley Harrison on February 17 at Wembley Arena. Harrison's promoter Frank Warren said, "I'm stunned that Boyce [Scott Gammer's manager Paul Boyce] has turned down the biggest pay day of Gammer's career. I don't think the purses from his last five fights add up to the amount I'm offering him to defend his title against Harrison. Maybe Gammer has something different to say about it than Boyce? Here's a chance for Gammer to make a name for himself and if he losses to Harrison it will be good experience and one that he can come back from. The offer is still there for them but I reckon Boycie will have to discuss it with Marlene first!" Boyce has said there is no incentive for Gammer to defend his title against Harrison as the offer wasn't what he wanted financially and he has other plans for the unbeaten Welsh puncher.
By Jason "J-Gon"
WBO super featherweight champion Joan Guzman (27-0, 17 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Antonio Davis (22-3, 11 KOs) to successfully defend his title on Monday night at the Palacio De Los Deportes Professor Virgilio Travieso Soto in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Guzman aggressively attacked Davis from the opening bell. Davis sustained cut over right eye in round three. However, Davis' headbutts began to make Guzman's left eye swell. Guzman's eye continued to swell as the fight progressed, but he did enough to prevail by scores of 116-110, 118-109, 119-108. Referee Joe Cortez deducted from Davis in round eight for elbowing.
In a major upset, journeyman Santos Martinez (13-4-3, 5 KOs) surprisingly knocked out WBO #5/WBC #6 ranked super bantamweight and local hero Hector Julio Avila (38-3, 35 KOs) in round six to claim the WBC CABOFE featherweight title. Avila had won 13 straight (12 by KO) since a 2001 loss to Guzman. The one decision was a ten-rounder, ironically, against Santos Martinez, who came into this fight with an 0-3-2 mark in his last five.
Unbeaten Main Events middleweight Giovanni Lorenzo (22-0, 14 KOs) demolished Jordan Sanchez (13-7, 8 KOs) in just 97 seconds.
Euri Gonzalez W6 Jaime Barboza (welterweight)
Ramon Duran W6 Orlando Escobar (super lightweight)
Juan Jose Cabrera KO2 Julio Gonzalez (middleweight)
Argenis Mendez KO2 Jose Fonseca (featherweights)
Victor Cayo KO3 Francisco Rios (super lightweight)
Jose Guzman W4 Elvin Perez (super featherweight)
Note: Jose is the brother of world champ Joan Guzman, who was making his pro debut.
Through his agent Harlan J. Werner, former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has denied that he failed to board a plane in Los Angeles last week to honor a commitment for an event billed as "An Evening With Mike Tyson" in Manchester, England. Werner confirms that the UK company was trying to secure Tyson for a series of events, but the promoter never had a contract, nor did he make any kind of payments to Tyson whatsoever. He also stated that any promotion of this event was premature and was done without Tyson's written consent. "Mike has a very loyal following in the UK and feels bad for anyone who was either mislead or inconvenienced," said Werner. "Unfortunately these types of rumors get started, when they are completely unfounded, and Mike wants to make sure that all his fans know that he never had a contract with this UK company that promised he was to appear on their behalf."
“Jose Hernandez Upsets Jason Litzau
Saturday night at the Miccosukee Gaming Resort in Miami
Florida, rising Featherweight Prospect, Jason “The American Boy” Litzau (20-1,
18 KO’s) stepped into the ring undefeated and left with his first L. That loss
came by way of an eighth round knockout, compliments of a big right hand from
Jose Hernandez, who improved his record to 22-3, with 14 KO’s.
Anyone who knows me, knows that I am not a trash talker and I like to let my actions in the ring speak for itself, but enough is enough already...its time for all of the talk to stop and the action to start! This is slightly out-of-character for me, but I am frustrated and angry that women's boxing is going nowhere. And it's because a majority of the so-called women champions are pretending to be fighters. It's time for someone to call it like it is and tell them to put up or shut up!
THE GREATNESS OF LENNOX LEWIS AND FLOYD
I had the great treat of watching replays this weekend of Lennox Lewis vs Shannon Briggs and Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs Arturo Gatti. Within the realm of these bouts I saw and respected two things. Tremendous talent and equally tremendous courage.
middleweight Edison Miranda (27-1, 24 KOs) showed why he could be the future of
the middleweight division with a sensational first round knockout of Willie
Gibbs (20-2, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at Miccosukee Resort & Gaming in Miami,
Florida. Miranda sent Gibbs reeling with a massive right hand then followed up
with a barrage that sent Gibbs to the deck. A confused Gibbs watched referee
Tommy Kimmons count him out at 2:59.
Featherweight Jose Hernandez (22-3, 14 KOs) scored a spectacular comeback eighth round knockout over previously unbeaten Jason Litzau (20-1, 18 KOs). Litzau was dropped by a clean right hand in round one, but was able to take control of the bout until round eight round when the game Hernandez knocked him out with a huge right hand. Time was 2:52. Entering the eighth round, Litzau was leading 68-64 on all cards.
Welterweight contender Joel Julio (29-1, 27 KOs) demolished Francisco Campos (20-9-2, 11 KOs), dropping him twice with right hands in round two, then finishing him off with a left hook at 2:33 of round three. Campos, of Costa Rica, is now 0-9 when fighting in the U.S.
For the second consecutive year, Miguel Cotto of Caguas, Puerto Rico was named
the Boxer of the Year at the Premios Fox Sports which announced it
Thursday night at the Jackie Gleason Theater in South Miami, Florida.
The newly formed California Fight Promoters Association emailed 2007 Membership Applications today to nearly 40 California fight promoters, in their first step in creating one of the country’s first fight promoters associations.
The 2007 membership fee in the CFPA will be $500, and a person must be a licensed fight promoter with the State of California to be a member. The membership fee and membership requirement was voted on by nearly 20 fight promoters who attended a December 9th meeting in Irvine, reports Roy Englebrecht, who has spearheaded the formation of the promoters association.
A California Fight Promoters Association website, that will be interactive and have a Message Board where promoters can exchange ideas or concerns, will be the first order of business in 2007. The CFPA also plans to hold their first official membership meeting in late January. Licensed California fight promoters can obtain a Membership Application by contacting Roy Englebrecht at firstname.lastname@example.org.
by Jason "J-Gon" Gonzalez
Seven-footer Julius Long (15-8, 12 KOs) busted up Vinny
Maddalone (27-4, 19 KOs) and won an upset technical decision on Friday night at
the Merchant Marine Academy on Long Island, New York. Long's aggressive and
sometimes dirty tactics paid off when the bout went to the scorecards in the
fifth round after an accidental headbutt left Maddalone with a gash in the
middle of his forehead. Scores were 50-45, 48-47, 49-46.
Sycuan Ringside Promotions’ undefeated teenage sensation
Jorge Paez Jr. stopped veteran Rafael Urias by technical knockout at 2:37 of the
first round in their lightweight bout scheduled for six rounds Friday in
GUZMAN HAS BIRTHDAY GIFT FOR PACMAN; UNBEATEN WBO CHAMP BUYS STOCKING STUFFERS FOR MARCO ANTONIO BARRERA AND JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ AS WELL; PREPS FOR DEC. 18 TITLE DEFENSE IN DR
Only 10 shopping days until Christmas and only three shopping days until boxing's most popular attraction, Manny Pacquaio, celebrates his 28th birthday. Undefeated WBO super featherweight champion Joan Guzman's Christmas gift list is long and he will not be able to work on it until after his title defense here Monday, December 18, against Antonio "TRex" Davis.
Guzman is, however, done shopping for Emmanuel D. Pacquiao's big birthday celebration and he wants his future rival to know that, despite being in training camp in Las Vegas and flying to the Dominican Republic last night, with his entire team, he did not forget the Pacman's special day.
Promoter Dino Duva of Duva Boxing and his hall-of-fame father, Lou Duva, wish to send their sincerest congratulations to former multiple world champion Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker upon the announcement of his induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York.
The Norfolk, Virginia, southpaw, who retired with a final mark of 40-4-1, with 17 KOs, won a gold medal in the 1984 Olympic Games and went on to capture six world titles in four different weight classes (WBA, WBC and IBF Lightweight, IBF Light Welterweight, WBC Welterweight, and WBA Light Middleweight) in a glorious professional career that spanned 17 years.
“I was his manager,” says a proud Lou Duva, “and I think it’s fantastic he’s been inducted. He’s done so much for boxing. Pernell was a real team player. I can’t say enough about him. He’s been a credit to boxing.”
Dino Duva echoes the sentiment: “In the 30 years I’ve been in the boxing business, Pernell Whitaker is the best and most technically perfect fighter I’ve ever been involved with and also, from a personal standpoint, he was the most loyal boxer I’ve ever been involved with as well.” (Whitaker spent his entire career under the promotional auspices of the Duva family)
Whitaker, Duva reveals, is on the verge of signing on to
serve as head trainer for one of Duva Boxing’s most promising up-and-comers.
“Duva Boxing and I, personally, are looking forward to working with Pernell in
his second boxing career as a trainer. We are very close to finalizing
arrangements for him to train one of Duva Boxing’s brightest prospects,
welterweight Raymond Biggs Jr.”
World class light heavyweight contender Danny Green
will face top rival Paul Murdoch at the Netball Centre
in Australia’s sporting mecca of Melbourne on Sunday, 21
“This was the first time I’ve fought in Mexicali in over a year, and because it is the holiday season Sycuan Ringside Promotions and I thought it would be great if I could give gifts to the boys and girls,” said Paez Jr. “The looks of joy on their faces is my Christmas present.”
Respecting " Mister " Snipes
He came within an eyelash of upsetting the great Larry Holmes and winning the heavyweight championship of the world. For the better part of the 1980's he was ranked in the top ten. By the time his career ended he had crossed gloves with no less then eight men who at one time held the moniker, world champion.
A mere four months after one of the most exciting heavyweight fights in years ended amid a whirlwind of controversy, Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter (27-1, 22 KOs) and James “Lights Out” Toney (69-5-3, 43 KOs) are set to go at it again in the main event on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. A 12-round elimination bout to determine once and for all who the mandatory challenger for WBC champion Oleg Maskaev will be will air on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
Promoters Art Pelullo/Banner Promotions and Dennis
Hobson/Fight Academy, in association with Top Rank, Inc., will present a
sensational world championship fight card on Saturday, January 20, 2007, at
Paris Las Vegas, located at 3655 Las Vegas Boulevard South in Las Vegas. The
main event and co-featured fight will be televised live on HBO’s World
Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 P.M. ET, 7:00 P.M. PT.
Silverhawk Championship Boxing has announced an enterprising January schedule, including venues in Michigan, Florida, Mississippi and The Bahamas, to kick-off a breakthrough 2007 for the third-year promotional company.
"We now have signed more than 20 world-class boxers and promising prospects," Silverhawk Boxing vice president Jeff Grmoja said. "Silverhawk has also developed valuable relationships with other promoters all across the country, enabling us to co-promote and place our fighters on other promoter's shows. Several of our fighters will fight for major world titles in 2007. Silverhawk will become a key player in boxing this coming year, aggressively promoting our fighters and shows to a growing audience of fans."
Brooklyn’s Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (15-1, 11 KO’s) will be an 11th hour replacement for Sechew Powell in the co-main event, when he faces veteran Jonathan Corn (47-15-2, 26 KO’s) in a 10-round super middleweight season finale of Broadway Boxing Presented by StubHub this Thursday night, December 14th, at the Grand Ballroom at the Manhattan Center.
newly signed James “Buddy” McGirt, Jr. (12-0, 7 KO’s),
son of the legendary former World Champion and current
top trainer Buddy McGirt, Sr., makes his DBE debut in an
eight-round middleweight affair against Dennis Sharpe
(17-3-3, 4 KO’s) of Jersey City, NJ, in the co-main
event. The season’s wrap up also includes an appearance
by Dash-DiBella Promotion’s Gary “Kid” Stark, Jr. (17-0,
8 KO’s) of Staten Island against Vernie Torres (27-2, 15
KO’s) of Los Angeles in the 10-round New York State
Junior Featherweight Title bout.
By Lee Bates
Sycuan Ringside Promotions’ undefeated
teenage sensation Jorge Paez Jr. has a new opponent, veteran Rafael Urias, for
his six-round, lightweight bout Friday, Dec. 15, in Mexicali, Mexico.
Valuev's third defense of his WBA belt will certainly be a special one. His
meeting with Jameel McCline (Jan. 20) is not just the first ever heavyweight
title fight on Swiss soil but also the "biggest" championship in the history of
boxing. "Almost 600 pounds will be in the ring," manager Wilfried Sauerland
said. "The new year kicks off with a true boxing highlight." While the Russian
Giant (45-0, 33 KOs), the tallest and heaviest champion of all time, is likely
to weigh in around the 330-pound-mark, McCline normally puts up around 265
pounds in weight. The bout in Basle will be a completely new challenge for
either fighter - even for Valuev. "This will be a very tough fight for me
because Jameel cannot be compared to any of my previous opponents," Valuev said
at a press conference in Basle. "Not in terms of height, not in terms of weight
and not in terms of experience. I will be training harder than ever."
by Stephen Quadros
Originally conceived to settle the now obsolete debate of which martial arts style is “the best,” the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) has come a long way. Moving past the linear myopia of ‘style vs. style’ that has held the martial arts back for centuries, MMA now represents the epitome of athletic competition the way its original rough draft, the ancient sport of Pankration, intended it to be.
The World Boxing Council has notified the camps of WBC super featherweight world champion Marco Antonio Barrera and WBC mandatory contender Manny Pacquiao that the free negotiations period for their mandatory title defense has begun. If no agreement is reached, the WBC will conduct a purse offer on January 12, 2007, in Mexico City.
WBC super-flyweight champ Masamori Tokuyama, Japan, officially renounced his belt through the Japan Boxing Commission. He kept his throne by outscoring the top contender Jose Navarro last February, and hasn’t fought since for some 10 months. He will move up to the bantam category to anticipate a shot at the WBC 118-pound belt against Japan’s Hozumi Hasegawa, who, however, seems reluctant to face Tokuyama in a voluntary defense. If so, it might be a question whether Tokuyama will go on fighting until he becomes the WBC’s official challenger, since he declares that he will sing a swan song in his one and only big game next.
REPORT FROM THE WBC CONVENTION IN CROATIA ON WOMEN'S BOXING
By Johnny 'B'
An article in today's Chicago Tribune tells about
the December 31st closing of the historic Windy City Gym after 85 years. Boxers
from the era of Muhammad Ali, Ernie Terrell and Sugar Ray Robinson to Andrew
Golota, Montell Griffin and David Diaz trained at the famous facility.
promoter Frank Warren and Peter Manfredo, Jr. at yesterday's news conference in
London for their April 7 WBO super middleweight title fight at Millennium
Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. HBO will televise live at 5 PM ET/2 PM PT. Today, the
press tour goes to the Millennium Stadium.
Top Rank will announce this week that their big January 27 HBO show will take place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Two-time world champion Jorge 'Travieso' Arce (45-3-1, 35 KOs) will headline and box 12 rounds. Powerful undefeated middleweight Kelly Pavlik (29-0, 26 KOs) will open the telecast. Arce, one of the most charismatic fighters in the world today, is a two-time world champion, 16-1-0 in world title fights and is rated WBC #1 in the 115-pound division. He became a national celebrity in Mexico after appearing on the reality show 'Big Brother V.I.P.' "I was on the show two and a half months and it took my stardom to a new level," Arce said. "I am, today, the most recognized fighter in Mexico." NABF middleweight champion Pavlik is rated WBC #2, WBA #4, WBO #5 and IBF #10. Tickets at the Honda Center in Anaheim will go on sale Saturday. Prices are $200, $100, $75, $50 and $25
Fans witnessed a real
barnburner last Saturday night in an exciting, action
packed fight that ended in dramatic fashion when IBF
International Light Heavyweight Champion William "KO
King" Guthrie flattened former NABF and WBC Continental
Americas Champion Donnell "Cadillac" Wiggins at 2:21 of
the fourth round of their scheduled eight round bout at
the Florence County Fairgrounds in Florence, South
Malas Intenciones puso una pesadilla violenta al Sueno
Por Jaime Estrada
Las comparaciones disparejas en el boxeo están muy de moda y los mas arriesgados son los welter que brincan a medianos y no les esta yendo muy bien que digamos. Recordemos a Oscar como le fue contra Hopkins y a Shane contra Winky. Bueno este ultimo tuvo sus 15 minutos de fama fuertemente favorito para ganarle al africano Hache Quartey que no rajo leña pero la superioridad por libras hizo valer su ventaja porque hizo lo que quiso con El Bazooka
Sycuan Ringside Promotions’ undefeated teenage
sensation Jorge Paez Jr. appears in his second six-round bout when he faces
veteran Joel Padilla in a lightweight fight Dec. 15 in Mexicali, Mexico.
New Era Fighting (NEF), the fledgling mix martial arts organization, featuring combat fighting legend Kimo Leopoldo, has scheduled fighter and female model tryouts for this weekend (Dec. 16-17) at the South Coast Martial Arts Facility in Cosa Mesa, California.
NEF plans to make its official debut next spring in Las Vegas. Kimo will evaluate fighters (males 205 pounds or more, women 150 pounds or less) in the ring, while NEF president Ron Kort conducts interviews.
Saturday, Dec. 16 (9 AM/PT-1 PM/PT)
Sunday, Dec. 17 (9 AM/PT to conclusion)
South Coast Martial Arts Facility
2990 Grace Lane
Costa Mesa, CA
For more information call 714.973.3053/714.448.999 or go on line to www.newerarighting.com
The 6-2, 240-pound Kimo fought the best in the UFC, PRIDE, Rumble on the Rock, K-1, Cage Rage and Extreme Wars.
"New Era Fighting will be by the fighters, for the fighters," Kimo explained. "Some fighters with short notice may not want to jump right in at our tryouts because they aren't in fighting shape. I'll be evaluating the fighters and all we want is a 1-2 minute tryout, like sparring, not a full fight. Ron will interview everybody, fighters and models, to evaluate them in terms of their personalities for roles in our shows."
Kort describes the NEF as UFC meets the WWE. Fighting will be real but storylines outside of the ring or cage will be scripted towards driving interest in the next event, like a soap opera. The violence in the ring, however, will be brutally real, not scripted in anyway.
By Alexey Sukachev
In a tactical, but crowd-pleasing way WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev (34-6, 26 KOs) easily retained his belt versus durable voluntary challenger Peter Okhello (18-5, 16 KOs) of Uganda via twelve-round unanimous decision at the Olympiysky Sports Arena in Moscow. The defending champion scored a knockdown with a huge right uppercut in round ten and cruised to a wide decision on all three cards: 120-107, 120-107, 118-109. More to come...
Sensational Russian heavyweight prospect Alexander Povetkin (10-0, 8 KOs) kayoed former cruiser champion Imamu Mayfield (25-9-1, 18 KOs) in his most impressive fight to date. After a relatively slow first round, Povetkin rocked his opponent with a devastating right hook; then dropped him down to the canvas. Mayfield was able to beat the count and survive the round. In round three, the Russian fighter went toe-to-toe with his foe and rocked the American with the same shot and finished him off with the straight right for the count. Another spectacular performance for the 2004 Athens Olympics super heavyweight gold medalist.
Former WBA and European bantam champ Johnny Bredahl (56-2, 26 KOs) was assaulted
Sunday morning in the streets of Copenhagen, Denmark. The circumstances
surrounding the assault are still unclear, as the police have refused to give
information. No one has been arrested so far. Johnny's brother, fellow former
WBO and European jr. light champion, Jimmi Bredahl and Johnny's wife appeared in
TV interviews today. In the segments, a picture from the hospital of Johnny's
badly swollen face was shown. Apparently the boxer has been trampled in the head
by the attackers. He is still under observation at the hospital in Copenhagen
and doesn’t remember anything from the incident. Luckily his life is not in
danger according to his wife.
Taylor, the Undisputed King of the Middleweights!
By Tom Donelson
Jermain Taylor is one of those fighters who just win.
Last night, Taylor won an easy decision over Uganda
fighter Kassim Ouma. Ouma is a wound up doll, who
loves to throw punches in a windmill fashion. In most
of his fight, Ouma averages 100 punches per round
thrown at fast rapid machine gun pace and while he
does not have overwhelming punching power, he simply
wears his opponent out.
Promoter Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing staged a card Friday night at the Paradise Theater in New York City. In the main event, unbeaten heavyweight Kevin Johnson (13-0-1, 5 KOs) took a ten round unanimous decision over Charles Davis (17-11-1, 4 KOs) by scores of 98-90, 99-90, 98-91. In other action, the “Kosavo Kid” Elvir Muriqi (33-3, 20 KOs) needed just 55 seconds to dispatch Derrick Reed (13-7, 11 KOs) in a light heavyweight contest. A junior middleweight bout between former world title challenger Raul Frank (27-5-2, 13 KOs) and spoiler Thomas Davis (10-3-1, 6 KOs) ended in a no-contest. Jon "The Fighting Marine" Schneider remained unbeaten, moving to 3-0 with 2 KOs after a unanimous decision (40-36, 40-35, 39-36) over Darryl Holley (0-1). Also, junior middleweight veteran Pasqual Rouse shut out Carlos Diaz 60-53, 60-54, 60-54, "atomweight" Suzannah Warner topped Yvonne Caples over eight by scores of 78-74, 79-73, 78-74 to claim the NABF 102lb title and junior welterweight "Sugar" Ray Robinson defeated Nigel McKnight 40-36, 40-36, 40-36 in the pro debut for both fighters.
Promoter Frank Warren confirmed today that the super middleweight championship bout between Joe Calzaghe and Peter Manfredo Jr has been moved from March 3 to April 7 due to a logistical problem with the venue, the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. The event will remain at the Millennium Stadium on the new date.
By David Hudson and JD Meredith
The homecoming of hometown hero Jermain Taylor (26-0-1, 17 KOs) was successful on Saturday night as the WBC/WBA/WBO middleweight champion scored a twelve round unanimous decision against Kassim Ouma (25-3, 15 KOs) at the Alltel Arena in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Ouma tried to pressure the champion, but Taylor was usually able to back away and maintain his distance to land by far the harder blows. As a WBC title fight, scores were announced after rounds four and eight. Taylor was leading 40-36 on all cards after four and 80-72, 80-72, 78-74 after eight. As a result Ouma knew he needed a knockout going into the last few rounds, but it was not to be as Taylor prevailed 117-111, 115-113, 118-110.
Unbeaten 2004 Olympian welterweight Andre Berto (16-0, 14 KOs) looked like a future champion as he outclassed Miguel Figueroa (24-6-1, 14 KOs) in round six. Berto staggered Figueroa at the end of round one, and was in command the entire fight. Referee Laurence Cole finally stopped it at 1:59 of round six. Figueroa was extremely game, but Berto was simply at a another level.
Super lightweight Emanuel Augustus (35-28-6, 19 KOs) pitched a ten round shutout against Russell Stoner Jones (19-16, 14 KOs). Augustus won by scores of 100-89, 100-89, 100-90 to claim the WBC Continental Americas super lightweight championship. After the fight, Augustus stated, "I'd like to fight the best fighters out there," Augustus said. "I'm an HBO fighter and a very entertaining fighter. I've had some tough breaks along the way but now things are starting to come my way."
Super middleweight Jaidon Codrington (14-1, 11 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over Thomas Reid (35-18-1, 13 KOs) by scores of 59-54 on all cards. Reid was down in round two.
Middleweight Ronald Hearns (11-0, 9 KOs) dropped Robert Smallwood (4-3-2) several times en route to an easy first round TKO at 2:55 of round one. A complete mismatch. Hearns is the son of ring legend Thomas Hearns.
Arkansas heavyweight Dominick Guinn (27-4-1, 18
KOs) won an eight round split decision over Zack
Page (12-9-1, 4 KOs). Guinn dropped Page in round
one with a straight right and took two cards by
scores of 77-74 and 79-72. Page, who came in off
an upset win over former champ Lou Del Valle,
prevailed 76-75 on the third card.
By Matt Cleary and
Seminole Warriors Boxing's "Night of the Heavyweights" turned out to be a night of knockouts as all four featured heavyweight bouts at the Seminole Hard Rock LIVE Arena in Hollywood, Florida, ended in knockouts.
In the main event, former two-time heavyweight champion Michael Moorer (48-4-1, 38 KOs) scored a spectacular first round knockout over Cliff Couser (26-11-2, 14 KOs) in his first ring appearance in two years. Moorer exploded off the ropes with two right hooks to knock Couser cold at 1:36. Couser was given oxygen after the bout and appeared to be OK a few minutes later. Moorer said he's not that far from winning a heavyweight title.
Former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver McCall (49-8, 36 KOs) scored a seventh round knockout over Yanqui Diaz (13-5, 8 KOs). McCall brought a sudden and dramatic end to the bout with a left hook followed series of three crunching right uppercuts that dropped Diaz for the count at 2:28. McCall is currently rated at WBC #5.
After a slow start, unbeaten heavyweight Roman Greenberg (24-0, 17 KOs) dropped Steve Pannell (34-11, 28 KOs) three times in round three to get a knockout win at 2:23.
Unbeaten heavyweight Mike Marrone (16-0, 13 KOs) dropped Ronald Bellamy (14-6-4, 9 KOs) twice in round one and scored a TKO win at 2:48 of round three.
Heavyweight Audley Harrison (21-2, 16
KOs) scored an impressive third round TKO over a
battered and bloody Danny Williams (36-6, 29 KOs) on
Saturday night at ExCel Arena in London. Harrison
ripped open a cut on Williams' nose in round one and
cut Williams under the left eye in round two. The
one-sided bout was finally halted in round three after
Harrison dropped Williams with a vicious uppercut,
then connected with the same punch moments later. Time
was 2:32. Williams, who won a controversial split
decision over Harrison last year, took this fight on
one week's notice, replacing injured Matt Skelton.
After the fight, the 35-year-old former Olympic gold
medalist Harrison vowed to win the world title in 2007
and be undisputed by 2008. "People say I've got no
heart and am petrified. The bottom line is that we all
have bad days at the office," Audley said in regard to
his previous losses to Williams and Dominick Guinn.
By Josh Barron
Against the backdrop of the Peabody Hotel and the famed ducks that swim in the lobby fountain, Undisputed Middleweight Champion Jermain "Bad Intentions" Taylor and Kassim "The Dream" Ouma met face to face before the assembled media and fight fans in Little Rock on Thursday. While Taylor paid respect to Ouma and the remarks he made about the show that he would treat the Little Rock fans to on Saturday night at Alltel Arena, Taylor promised a knockout. "Kassim Ouma says that he has a dream" Taylor said. "Well I don't care about that. That don't mean nothing to me. All that I care about is supporting my family. I fight to feed my family. I respect the man, and hope that he accomplishes all that he wants" Taylor said about Ouma. "But I could care less about it. Come Saturday night, he will get knocked out."
Joe Calzaghe can't wait to finally
fight in the United States, a desire Calzaghe's critics
have long questioned, despite the undisputed super
middleweight champ's insistence. But with Wright
(51-3-1, 25 KOs) pricing himself out of a
Jermain Taylor rematch and Taylor having more
difficulty making 160 pounds, Calzaghe (42-0, 31 KOs)
senses his debut on American soil is imminent. If Taylor
defeats Ouma and Sergio Mora (19-0, 4 KOs), probably
Taylor's next opponent, and Calzaghe tops Peter
Manfredo Jr. (26-3, 12 KOs) on March 3 in
Cardiff, Wales, Calzaghe hopes to fight Taylor next
The weigh-in for tonight's Danny Williams vs Audley Harrison rematch in London almost had more action than their first fight. While posing for photographers during Friday's weigh-in, Williams stuck his face close to Harrison's, which didn't suit Audley and he pushed Danny away. Williams responded by throwing a wild punch at at Harrison - which missed. The resulting melee drew in members of both boxers camps and security guards. Williams won a controversial split decision in their first fight last year. Williams weighed 267 pounds (21 pounds lighter than in his last fight). Former Olympic gold medalist Harrison scaled in at 251.5.
DURAN, WHITAKER AND RICARDO LOPEZ
Three of the best pound for pound fighters I've ever seen were rightfully voted to be inductees this coming June to the International Boxing Hall Of Fame. Roberto Duran, my favorite boxer of all time. Pernell Whitaker and Ricardo Lopez will become members of the elite this year.
If Jermain Taylor
gets past Kassim Ouma,
who often throws more than 100 punches per round, then
Taylor's team has a two-fight plan it hopes will come to
fruition, a plan with the support of HBO.
Rubin Williams-Antwun Echols headlines
"Fight Night At The Palace" for the IBA World
Super Middleweight Championship
January 12 at The Palace in Michigan
World-class super middleweight contender Rubin "Hollywood" Williams returns home on January 12 to fight veteran bomber Antwun "Kid Dynamite" Echols for the vacant IBA super middleweight title, headlining "Fight Night at The Palace" in the 12-round main event, at The Palace in Palace Hills, Michigan.
"Fight Night at The Palace" is co-promoted by Silverhawk Championship Boxing and Fight Night, Inc., in association with Banner Promotions.
"We worked hard with Bill Kozerski (Fight Night, Inc.) and Art Pelullo (Banner Promotions) to bring such a high level fight like this to Michigan," Silverhawk Championship vice president Jeff Grmoja explained.
TIMOTHY BRADLEY TO JOIN
GOV. SCHWARZENEGGER &
at HOLLENBACK YOUTH CENTER PARADE
TOMOROW! DECEMBER 9, in LOS ANGELES
Undefeated WBC junior welterweight youth champion Timothy "Desert Storm" Bradley Jr. (17-0, 10 KOs), from Palm Springs, CA, will participate in the Hollenbeck Youth Center Parade, Tomorrow! Saturday, December 9, in downtown Los Angeles, where over five thousand needy children will receive an anticipated Christmas party.
Early in the morning Bradley and co-promoter Ken Thompson will meet California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who will also participate in the festivities. Then the current WBC jr. welterweight youth champion will be part of a float parade that will include other California fighters, including Julio Diaz, Israel Vazquez, Martin Castillo, Jose Lopez and legends such as Rodolfo Gonzalez and Chango Carmona.
Bradley will also distribute Christmas gifts at the WBC Cares booth along with other boxing personalities.
This event is for the Hollenbeck Youth Center in conjunction with Toys for Tots and is one of the biggest of the season and will serve the urban and east LA area.
Bradley is co-promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and Thompson Promotions
Just when you think you've seen it all, something in boxing will surprise you. On Wednesday afternoon in New York City, it was the first official press conference in recent memory to announce that the fight the promoters originally intended on putting on wasn't going to happen. Popular middleweight prospect John Duddy (18-0, 15 KOs) was originally scheduled to headline a card at the Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan on January 11. But injuries Duddy sustained in his sensational clash with "Yory Boy" Campas earlier in the year have yet to heal sufficiently and he was denied medical approval to re-enter the ring so soon.
Duva Boxing’s 21-year-old undefeated heavyweight Mike Marrone (15-0, 12 KOs) will make his next appearance this Saturday, on Warriors Boxing’s "Night of the Heavyweights" pay-per-view telecast from the Seminole Hard Rock LIVE Arena in Hollywood, Florida.
Marrone’s opponent will be North Carolina’s Ron Bellamy (14-5-4, KOs).
Having been groomed from a very young age by legendary trainer/manager Lou Duva and trainer Gus Curren, the 6’ 2” and 220-lb Marrone is rounding into form as a serious challenge to any heavyweight in the world. “I keep close tabs on him and he’s coming along well,” said Duva. “I can’t say enough about him; this guy really wants to be champion.”
Marrone’s promoter Dino Duva (son of Lou Duva) says the exciting puncher’s next fight will mark a major milestone in his young career. “My father and I definitely believe Mike is ready to step up the opposition. After Saturday, assuming he comes out ok, we’re going to put Mike in with a rated contender next.”
“I’ve got an offer to fight for the WBC Interim Youth Championship, and then after that, we’ll be looking to fight the Youth Champion (Denis Boytsov) in Russia,” reveals the elder Duva.
Bob Arum celebrates his 75th birthday on Friday. He is the founder and CEO of
Top Rank which promoted its first fight -- Muhammad Ali vs. George Chuvalo -- in
1966. Bob has promoted hundreds of championship bouts.
It was the perfect holiday gift for the Seminole Warriors Boxing promotional team, as they were informed on Tuesday that the Nevada State Athletic Commission unanimously approved their application to promote boxing events in the state of Nevada. “This is a big day for Seminole Warriors Boxing, as we are now cleared to promote in the capital of the boxing world, Nevada,” said Leon Margules, Executive Director of Seminole Warriors Boxing. “We thank the commission for approving our application and we vow to promote shows in Nevada with the same high standard we always have elsewhere.” Plans for Seminole Warriors Boxing’s first Nevada show are in discussion, with further information to be released shortly
Promoter Frank Warren has commented on the late pull-out of WBO featherweight titlist Scott Harrison 72 hours before his scheduled title defense against Nicky Cook on Saturday. "I have promoted some of the nicest guys in the world and some of the biggest a***holes in the world, and this situation is beyond belief," said Warren today at a London press conference. "I cannot think of a time ever like this. You cannot deal with things when people are not telling you the truth and you are not getting the information. I had no knowledge at all that Scott was pulling out of the fight and it is all pretty dreadful. We are seeking legal advice because there will be a lot of fall-out over this and we will deal with that and, after the show, I will give an absolute comprehensive response to everything." Harrison, who spent more than five weeks in a Spanish prison on allegations of stealing a car and assault, had repeatedly assured the press that making weight for the fight would not be a problem, but reportedly was seven pounds over the limit when he pulled out Wednesday. Cook will still box on the show in a non-title 10 rounder.
Four-division champion Roberto Duran, two-division champion Ricardo "Finito" Lopez, four-division champion Pernell "Sweet Pea" Whitaker, trainer Amilcar Brusa, long time WBC president Jose Sulaiman and artist Leroy Neiman are the 2007 inductees to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, NY
Boxing returns to the Mississippi Gulf Coast on Friday, January 5th as ESPN2
opens its 2007 season of “Friday Night Fights” live from the beautiful Beau
Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. Featured on the 5 bout card from
the Beau Rivage will be the undefeated Peterson brothers who will be making
their fourth appearance on ESPN. #3 ranked Anthony Peterson 21-0 (16 KO’s) will
be putting his NABO Lightweight Title on the line against Juan Humberto Garza
28-2 (23 KO’s) in the 12 round main event. In the co-feature jr. welterweight
Lamont Peterson 19-0 (8 KO’s) puts his undefeated record on the line against
Juaquin Gallardo 17-5-1 (6 KO’s). The undercard features some of the best boxers
on the Gulf Coast, topped with super middleweight Dupre Strickland 17-1-1 (7
KO’s) versus “Smiling” Martin Verdin 14-7-1 (9 KO’s). Tickets are $14.95 ($9.95
with Beau Rivage Players Club Card), $29.95 and $49.95. Call 888-566-7469.
With just a few days left before his first home
title defense against
Kassim “The Dream” Ouma
December 9th at
Alltel Arena in Little
Rock, Arkansas, World Middleweight Champion
Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor
will make a guest appearance with ESPN2’s
Stephen A. Smith tonight
on the hit series “Quite Frankly with
Stephen A. Smith”.
The show airs tonight on
10:30pm (ET) / 9:30pm (CT)
/ 7:30pm (PT).
FIGHT PROMOTER UNIVERSITY RETURNS
BOXING AND MMA DOUBLEHEADER TO HIGHLIGHT THIRD SESSION
Unprecedented in its scope and far-reaching in its impact, Roy Englebrecht’s Fight Promoter University set the fight world upside down when it launched in February of 2006 with the intention of educating a new generation of individuals in the art of promoting a fight event.
Demand was so great for this
knowledge that a second FPU was launched in August.
It’s a Holiday Knockout with Return of Pro Boxing at the Patriot Center This Saturday
From a Main Event featuring a popular Northern Virginia boxer fighting for a championship title, and a former world champion coming out of retirement to a popular radio talk show host putting on the gloves for the first time, and a star-studded crowd of boxing celebrities inside and outside the ring, the December 9th professional boxing event at the Patriot Center promises to bring some holiday cheer, electricity and excitement to fight fans.
WBO featherweight champion Scott Harrison has pulled out of his scheduled WBO
title defense against Nicky Cook at the Excel Arena in London on Saturday. As a
result, Harrison will give up his WBO title, allowing interim champion Juan
Manuel Marquez to assume the full crown. Harrison, who recently spent five weeks
in a Spanish jail, could not get closer than seven pounds of the featherweight
limit and his team rejected the bout with Cook at a catch weight. Where the
troubled Harrison will go from here remains to be seen.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission has suspended WBC Jr flyweight champion Omar Nino and former IBF featherweight champion Orlando Salido. Nino has denied using methamphetamine, although he tested positive for the drug after his controversial draw against Brian Viloria on November 18. He may be stripped by the WBC pending further review of his tests which have been sent to UCLA. Salido tested positive for the steroid nandrolone after dethroning Roberto Guerrero on November 4 and was immediately stripped by the IBF. Salido contends that the substance was created by his body naturally. Both fighters requested a formal hearing to plead their cases. The commission also suspended 1 MMA fighter and 2 other boxers.
The Inner City Games Los Angeles, Hollenbeck Youth Center
and the Oscar De la Hoya Foundation present the 25th Silver Anniversary of the
Miracle On 1st Street Christmas Toy Giveaway.
Aguas todos con las
Por Jaime Estrada
Últimamente los medios de comunicación están enfocados en las anomalías del boxeo respecto que los púgiles no dan el peso a la mera hora de subirse a la romana y es tema de morbo frustración y hasta enojo, pero nada comparado con las trampas de ventaja por medio de sustancias prohibidas en el deporte, lo cual es una verdadera vergüenza.
Hall-of-Fame boxing promoter J Russell Peltz is protesting the early weigh-in (scheduled for 1 pm Friday, Dec. 8) for Saturday night's world middleweight championship fight between Jermain Taylor, of Little Rock, and challenger Kassim Ouma, of Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Peltz, who co-promotes Ouma along with Golden Boy Promotions, claims the 1 pm weigh-in is "close to a day and a half" prior to the start of Saturday night's fight. "I have been in boxing for more than 37 years and I never have seen a weigh-in this early for a non-heavyweight fight," says Peltz, who has heard the rumors that Taylor, a big middleweight, may be struggling to get down to the 160-pound limit.
Top Rank now has big plans for newly crowned WBA welterweight champion Miguel Cotto after his sensational win over Carlos Quintana on Saturday. Bob Arum, CEO of Top Rank, stated today, "Top Rank wants to congratulate Miguel Cotto and his entire team on his performance last week in winning his 2nd world title. This accomplishment is attributed to a team effort from his entire camp, trainers and sparring partners. We are thrilled with Miguel's progress since 2001 and look forward to many more years with his team in securing his supremacy in the boxing world. We want to particularly acknowledge Miguel Cotto Sr. and Evangelista Cotto with their efforts in his success."
Two time world champion Miguel Cotto presents an autograph glove to Puerto Rico Governor, Anibal Acevedo Vila before having lunch with him at the governor's mansion the "Fortaleza".
The Rico Hoye
vs. Max Heyman fight originally announced for Friday at the Desert Diamond
Casino in Tucson, Ariz. is off--because it was never really on. Albuquerque's
Heyman says he was offered the fight but negotiations were never completed. He
hopes to get into the ring against the top ten-rated Hoye, but it will have to
be for more than the $2,000 they were offering him.
After suffering a detached retina early on in his fight against Sergei Liakhovich, former WBO heavyweight champion Lamon Brewster has been given a clean bill of health. He is eager to prove he remains the best and most exciting heavyweight out there, and intends to take on any of the current champions and unify the belts once and for all. “Contractually I am a free-agent, Brewster confirms, and I am ready to move on and go after what the public demands, and that’s an exciting aggressive American heavyweight who will unify the belts.” Brewster says “The eye injury was an unfortunate injury, and it cost me the title, but I learn from every fight, and I intend to be very aggressive in all my future bouts. My strength is my power and I intend to KO all opponents from now on.
The Prize Fight Network announced today that it will web
cast the Holly Holm-Tricia Turton fight beginning
Wednesday December 6th. The fight was for the Jr.
Middleweight world title and can be viewed for free by
fight fans simply by going to
www.prizefightnetwork.com and clicking on the
At Today’s press conference formally announcing Peter vs.
Toney 2, promoter Don King and Ken Hershman, Showtime Networks senior vice
president of Sports Programming, announced the addition of Rivera vs. Simms to
the Jan. 6, 2007 edition of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. The world title
doubleheader will air live at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) and is
being promoted by Duva Boxing, Goossen Tutor Promotions, Warriors Boxing
Promotions, and Don King Productions.
Is Ouma " Tailor " Made For Taylor ?
Middleweight champion Jermain Taylor will take on former
junior middleweight titleholder Kassim Ouma in his hometown this weekend. This
is a good showcase fight for the talented Taylor after two bouts with Bernard
Hopkins and a match with clever Winky Wright. Although Ouma is a good fighter
with a name and a reputation, do you honestly think team Taylor would pick a
boxer they weren't sure he was going to beat in Little Rock ?
At the highest levels of the sport, winning any fight against a fellow contender is a tough proposition. Doing it with a torn rotator cuff is nearly impossible. But that’s just what former world super middleweight champion Jeff Lacy did on Saturday night as he pounded out a ten round decision victory over Vitali Tsypko at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida.
It was revealed today that Lacy suffered a severe tear of the rotator cuff in his left shoulder in the second round of the ten round HBO World Championship Boxing co-feature, and that he will have to undergo surgery that will take him out of action for anywhere from six months to a year.
Given that Lacy’s
nickname is ‘Left Hook’ in honor of his most potent
punch makes the fact that he went eight fast-paced
rounds with the injury an even more astounding
One of the big fights in the pipeline for the coming year will be WBO
welterweight champion Antonio Margarito (34-4, 24 KOs) against undefeated
mandatory challenger Paul "The Punisher" Williams (32-0, 24 KOs). "If he's the
number one ranked contender, then I have to fight him next," said Margarito
after his win over Joshua Clottey on Saturday night. "I don't need him to tell
me I'm next," Williams stated. "I couldn't be any happier being the WBO
mandatory and I am in the gym getting ready to put my punishment on him. He
likes to fight and everyone knows that I'm all action in the ring. All I know is
Mr. (manager/trainer George) Peterson and I will bring the title belt to South
Carolina in a very exciting slugfest."
Heavyweight contender James "Lights Out" Toney has added the services of Tae Bo
fitness guru/infomercial pitchman Billy Blanks to ensure he steps into the ring
on January 6, 2007 in the best possible condition when he takes on Samuel Peter
in their WBC title elimination rematch at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
in Hollywood, Florida. Toney, will work with Blanks right up until the fight.
"The first time I beat Peter up and humiliated him," Toney insisted. "This time
I will be both stronger and faster than him. I've already shown I can go the
distance. For sure this time I'm gonna put his lights out.
"Puerto Rico has had many great champions -- Trinidad, Gomez, Ortiz, Benitez --
and I have always dreamed of being considered like them.
Saturday night, winter said hello with some icy wind on a cold, clear night, but inside the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City NJ, a heated battle was on the menu as former 140-pound World Champion, Miguel Cotto (28-0, 23 KO’s) of Caguas battled fellow Puerto Rican, Carlos Quintana (23-1, 18 KO’s) of Moca, for the vacant WBA Welterweight Title.
En las guerras de los welters.
Por Jaime Estrada
Miguel Cotto dio el salto del tigre a la división welter con un rugido impresionante ante todo el que se va cruzando en su brecha hacia la cúspide.
Su mas reciente victima fue Carlos Quintana quien con fieros zarpazos sufrió desgarros de su implacable espíritu y ondeo la bandera blanca en vísperas al sexto asalto en una tregua de boricuas invictos por la diadema AMB en Atlantic City.
En el Times Forum de St. Pete Florida.
Por Jaime Estrada
Oscar de la Hoya con su esposa Millie y sus socios Hopkins, Shane estaban en las gradas de ringside para echarle porras a otro miembro de la compañía Golden Boy aunque no con tanto capital ni jugo como los socios nombrados. Ronald Winky Wright quien peleo enfrente de su gente después de 14 años y fue 8x1 favorito ante un peleador con 37 años que brinco de welter a mediano y que tenia 5 años en el retiro y retorno en una pelea derrota ante Vernon Forrest.
World boxing champion Joe Calzaghe has been crowned BBC
Wales Sports Personality of the Year for 2006.
It was a typical Winky Wright performance during Wright's homecoming in front of a big crowd in Tampa after a 14 year hiatus. Wright (51-3-1, 25 KOs) completely dominated Ike Quartey (37-4-1, 31 KOs) over twelve rounds at the St Pete Times Forum. Wright was credited with knockdowns in rounds two and seven, but the first seemed to be a slip and the second was simply a blown call. Scores were 117-110, 117-110, 117-109.
Former IBF super middleweight champion Jeff Lacy (22-1, 17 KOs) barely got past Vitali Tsypko (19-2, 10 KOs) winning a ten round majority decision. In a brutal fight, Lacy controlled the fight early, but Tsypko rallied down the stretch and almost pulled it out. Scores were 95-95 and 96-94 twice for Lacy.
Two-time former middleweight champion Felix Sturm (26-2, 11 KOs) scored a clinical and one-sided sixth round TKO over Gavin Topp (20-3-2) on Saturday night at the Estrel Convention Center in Berlin. The bout was stopped at 1:08 due to a cut suffered by Topp over his left eye on the recommendation of Dr. Torsten Dolla. The cut was opened up by a sharp right hand from Sturm, who put on an almost technically flawless performance. Felix is now hoping to land a shot at newly crowned WBA middleweight champion Mariano Natalio Carrera, who seized the title from Javier Castillejo earlier on the same card.
Mariano Natalio Carrera (30-4, 21 KOs) dethroned Javier Castillejo (61-7, 41
KOs) in controversial fashion to claim the WBA middleweight title. Panamanian
referee Guillermo Perez called a very quick halt to a competitive bout at 1:53
of the eleventh round, prompting Castillejo's trainer Ricardo Atocha to go after
Perez. Atocha had to be held back by security. It was Castillejo's first defense
of the title.
Although Mario Santiago hails from Puerto Rico, the Golden
State and “ShoBox” are fast becoming the undefeated fighter’s homes away from
home. For the third time in his last five fights, the 28 year old recorded a
knockout in California on America’s No. 1 boxing network by stopping Salvador
Garcia in the seventh round Friday on “ShoBox: The New Generation.”
contender Duncan Dokiwari (25-3, 22 KOs) took the first step towards a return to
the world rankings with a fourth round stoppage of Willie Palms (10-5-1, 5 KOs)
Friday at the Avi Hotel and Casino in Laughlin, Nevada. Dokiwari dropped Palms
in rounds two and four before the carnage was halted at 1:39 of the fourth,
earning Dokiwari the vacant WBC USNBC heavyweight belt. In the co-main event,
super middleweight Carlos De Leon Jr. (17-1-2, 11 KOs) , son of the former
cruiserweight champion of the world, outpointed Ted Muller (19-9-2, 9 KOs) over
eight by scores of 78-74, 78-74, 80-72. Also, super middleweight Willie Stewart
(23-2, 12 KOs) outpointed William Gill (5-12, 4 KOs) by 60-54, 59-55, 59-55;
welterweight Don Juan Futrell (17-3-1, 10 KO's) topped Francisco Maldonado
(11-25-4, 2 KOs) over six.
by Chris Cozzone
By Scott Ploof
"Contender: Season Two" star Gary
Balletto (31-3-2, 26 KOs) came on late to stop Matthew
Strode (20-2, 9 KOs) at :59 in round nine in a
competitive jr welterweight bout on Saturday night at
the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence,
Rhode Island. It was the popular Balletto's first
local bout since 2003. In other notable action,
unbeaten WBC #7 cruiserweight Matt Godfrey (14-0, 8
KOs) halted former world title challenger Lloyd Bryan
(22-15, 10 KOs) at :35 of round four. Also, female
world titlist Missy Fiorentino (15-1, 6 KOs) repeated
a previous decision win over Belinda Laracuente
(22-15-3, 9 KOs) by scores of 59-55, 58-57, 58-56.
photo courtesy Tom Casino/Showtime
WBO Jr. Welterweight Champion Miguel Cotto (R), and top contender Carlos Quintana (L), pose as New Jersey boxing commissioner Larry Hazard (far right) looks on after weighing in (Cotto 146 lb, Quintana 147 lb) at Caesars Atlantic City for their upcoming Welterweight title fight for the vacant WBA World Welterweight Championship to be held at the historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. and promoted by Top Rank in association with Caesars Atlantic City, Saturday, December 2 on SHOWTIME
photo courtesy Tom Casino/Showtime
WBO Welterweight champion Antonio 'The Tijuana Tornado' Margarito (R), and contender Joshua Clottey (L), pose after weighing in (both fighters were 147 lb)
By Scott Foster
Jeff Lacy 166.5 vs Vitali Tsypko 167
Rey Bautista 122 vs Giovanni Andrade 121.5
Venue: St Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Fla
One day before
Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito co-headline a terrific world championship
doubleheader on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, a spectacular 2006 season of late
night Friday fistic festivities will end on Dec. 1 when unbeatens Mario Santiago
and Timothy Bradley co-headline the final presentation of the year on "ShoBox:
The New Generation." Santiago (16-0, 11 KOs), of Ponce, Puerto Rico, will face
revitalized Salvador Garcia (14-3-2, seven KOs), of Whittier, Calif., by way of
East Los Angeles, in the 10-round featherweight main event. Bradley (16-0, 10
KOs), of Palm Springs, Calif. will make his anxiously awaited "ShoBox'' debut
against Jaime Rangel (30-9-1, 26 KOs), of Cordoba, Colombia, in an eight-round
junior welterweight match. Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, will promote the
attractive doubleheader on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast)
from the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif.
Margarito and Cotto plan to shine in AC
Who is the best fighter in the world? For that matter I
ask, who is the best welterweight in boxing today? Usually when a fighter climbs
up those ring stairs and enter the squared circle, bright lights that signify
that they are the center of attention welcome them. This weekend Antonio
Margarito and Miguel Cotto will have those hot lights shine on them when Top
Rank, in association with Northeast Promotions and Caesars Atlantic City, bring
both to Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City in two separate welterweight
championship bouts that will be broadcast live on Showtime championship boxing.
photo ©2006 by Mary Ann Owen
Vitali And Wladimir Klitschko
To Be Named UNESCO Champions
Former two-time heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and
current IBF and IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko will be named UNESCO
Champions by Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of the organization, on Monday,
Dec. 4. Many celebrities, politicians and athletes are expected to attend the
Undisputed and undefeated World Middleweight Champion Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor defending his title against Kassim “The Dream” Ouma will be the icing on the cake of the December 9th DiBella Entertainment championship fight card at Alltel Arena in North Little Rock, as there are heaping portions of excitement layered on a truly stellar undercard as well.
Undefeated 2004 Olympian Andre Berto (15-0, 13 KO’s) will make his HBO World Championship Boxing debut, when the Winter Haven, Florida stalwart faces the stiffest test of his young career against Philadelphia area native Miguel Figueroa (25-4-1, 14 KO’s) in a ten round welterweight co-feature.
by Andre Courtemanche
Former British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Danny Williams has been handed a shock rematch against bitter rival Audley Harrison on December 9th at the ExCeL London after Matt Skelton fractured his hand. Skelton, the current Commonwealth king, injured his hand during a sparring session last week and it was made worse by when he continued with his training program not knowing the severity of the injury. Following medical consultation and receiving X-Ray results, it was confirmed that Skelton had broken a meta carpel bone in his right hand and has been advised to rest. The search was on for a replacement and Williams took the fight as soon as he was offered it and it will go ahead as a 12-round non-title fight. "Now I can really end the career of Audley Harrison once and for all," stormed Dynamite Dan. "Harrison's got no excuses at all when I smash him up this time and I've only had one weeks notice for the fight."
The IBO have sanctioned their Lt-Welterweight title, Ricky Hatton vs Juan Urango will box for the vacant title on the 20th Jan 2007 at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. A dream come true for the undefeated Manchester fighter, It has been a quiet time for the IBO in the UK, But across the pond things having been moving fast, The heavyweight title has been won and defended by Wladimir Klitschko, and down under, The mighty IBO flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan has done the same.
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