Late Breaking

Monthly Archives: September 2008

Sobral: Ortiz is still my dream fight

After defeating Mike Whitehead at the last Affliction show, Renato “Babalu” Sobral made it very clear who he wanted to fight next. He publicly stated that Tito Ortiz is his dream fight. Ortiz appeared destined to sign with Affliction after finally parting ways with the UFC. However, to this day, Ortiz and Affliction have not come to terms on a ... Read More »

Q & A w/Ken Shamrock–The fights keep getting bigger.

The fights keep getting bigger. To start, Ken Shamrock becomes the first UFC heavyweight champion. Then, he sets the record for the most-viewed match of all-time (up to that point) against Tito Ortiz. Now, Shamrock will likely shatter that record when he takes on Kimbo Slice in just a few days. But all has not been good in the interim. ... Read More »

Escobar – Tellez headline in Nicaragua on Saturday

Fight card in Managua, Nicaragua to be held on October 4th, 2008 in Alexis Arguello Gymnasium Promoter: PRODESA / Fernando Sanchez Match maker: Alexander Marin www.prodesa.com.ni 105 pounds – Yader Escobar (15-2, 11 kos) vs. Miguel Tellez (18-10, 6 kos) – 8 rounds The main event will feature highly rated Yader Escobar (#15, WBA, #10 WBO, #8 IBF) facing off ... Read More »

Tarver – Dawson conference call quotes

World Champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (27-4, 19 KOs) and undefeated “Bad” Chad Dawson (26-0, 17 KOs) will face off in a battle of light heavyweight kingpins on Saturday, Oct. 11, live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast) from The Pearl Theatre at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The 12-round championship bout ... Read More »

VERSUS TO AIR WEC’S GREATEST KNOCKOUTS, AN HOUR-LONG SPECIAL FEATURING THE HARDEST-HITTING KNOCKOUTS IN WEC HISTORY ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1 AT 8 P.M. ET/PT

NEW YORK, NY (September 30, 2008)—VERSUS, the network that celebrates real competition and the exclusive cable television home of World Extreme Cagefighting® (WEC®), will air WEC’s Greatest Knockouts, an hour-long special that features the hardest-hitting knockouts in WEC history on Wednesday, October 1, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The special presentation will feature the top knockouts to date in the WEC ... Read More »

UNDERCARD SHAPING UP FOR BIG NIGHT OF BOXING THAT WILL FEATURE THE RETURN OF “FAST” EDDIE CHAMBERS AT THE LEGENDARY BLUE HORIZON THIS FRIDAY NIGHT

PHILADELPHIA (September 29, 2008)—On Friday night, Boxing fans will be treated to the return of world ranked Heavyweight, “Fast” Eddie Chambers as he takes on Livin Castillo in the ten round main event of a big night of boxing promoted by Vernoca L. Michael and Blue Horizon Boxing Promotions. The action begins at 7:30 pm eastern time/4:30 Pacific and will ... Read More »

Q & with Steven Luevano: “I JUST WANT TO FIGHT”

We’re just a few weeks away from Steve Luevano 35-1-1(15) making his fourth defence of his WBO Featherweight title against unbeaten Australian Billy Dibb 21-0(11). The fight will take place in Atlantic City and continues his trend of appearing on PPV undercards. Luevano has recently been on Manny Pacquiao cards but this time he’ll appear on the Pavlik-Hopkins card. Luevano ... Read More »

Special anniversary for Wilfried Sauerland: 30 years of boxing

Wilfried Sauerland celebrates a special anniversary today as it was 30 years ago that he staged his first boxing fight. Having fallen in love with the sport as a small child when his father took him to Dortmund´s Westfalenhalle to see Heinz Neuhaus in action, September 30, 1978 eventually marked the beginning of an astonishing career – a career he ... Read More »

EVEN A CAVEMAN COULD DO IT

One of my regular readers wrote me to say that Ricardo Mayorga was “nothing but a Neanderthal street brawler.” I believe that this simple description of the wild, awkward Nicaraguan is spot on and therefore I highly recommend him for a long term deal with Geico. Yet inexplicably Shane Mosley took until 2:59 of round 12 to stop Mayorga and ... Read More »

CARINA “LA REINA” MORENO DEFENDS HER TITLES OCTOBER 23, 2008 AT THE TACHI PALACE CASINO

September 29, 2008–Carina 4 beltsFour time female world champion, Carina “La Reina” Moreno, returns to the Tachi Palace Casino on October 23, 2008 where she will defend her WBC and WIBA minimumweight titles against Jodie Esquibel of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Moreno (19-1, 5 KO’s), who is considered by many boxing enthusiast as one of the best pound for pound fighters ... Read More »

Pound for Pound Promotions Comes back to Schuetzen Park On the 16th

Union City, NJ (Monday, September 29, 2008) – On October the 16th Pound for Pound Promotions will be presenting “Octoberfist,” which will surely be one exciting evening of boxing for northern New Jersey fight fans. Fighting on the action-packed card will be unbeaten Paterson, NJ native and two-time national amateur champ Jeremy “Hollywood” Bryan (6-0, 3 KOs), Passaic, NJ product ... Read More »

US Olympic Alternate Danny O’Connor Now a true professional boxer

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (September 28, 2008) – With his successful pro debut now behind him, 2008 U.S. Olympic first alternate Danny O’Connor is hoping to stay busy as well as further adjust to fighting longer rounds with smaller gloves and no headgear. In front of a large crowd of his enthusiastic fans and escorted into the ring by a Irish bagpipe ... Read More »

Reality TV show winner Otis Griffin fighting for legitimacy in Germany IBF middleweight Abraham-Marquez title fight headlines Saturday’s PPV in U.S. & Canada

HOBOKEN, N.J. (September 29, 2008) – Former NABO champion Otis “Triple OG” Griffin has traveled halfway around the world, from his California home to Germany for Saturday’s (October 4) fight against Enad Licina, in order to prove that “The Next Great Champ” winner is much more than a reality television fighter. Nothing has come easy for Alabama-native Griffin (19-3-2, 7 ... Read More »

“Ding A Ling” Wilson & Rico Hoye highlight new Contender season

According to Dan Rafael of espn.com, The new season of The Contender is now filming in Singapore that will feature two former world title challengers as two of the sixteen contestants for the maiden season on the Versus Network. Darnell “Ding A Ling” Wilson, who challenged Firat Arslan for the WBA Cruiserweight championship and Rico Hoye who was unsuccessful when ... Read More »

Five Kings, actually

Some years ago actor Kevin Spacey attended a sneak preview of a movie near a college campus. Afterwards he was asked how he evaluated other actors. “The best actors are the ones I can’t catch ‘acting’,” Spacey said. Apply that criterion to writing, and you’ll find George Kimball is one of the very best. Kimball is a writer who cannot ... Read More »

KELLY PAVLIK BEGINS YEAR NO. 2 OF HIS MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP REIGN TOMORROW!

YOUNGSTOWN, OH (September 28, 2008) — One year ago tomorrow, KELLY “The Ghost” PAVLIK transformed himself from the No. 1 middleweight contender into world middleweight champion and boxing folk hero. It was on Saturday, September 29, 2007, in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, that Pavlik pulled himself off the canvas after a second round knockdown, served up by undefeated defending champion ... Read More »

SIMMS PITCHES A SHUTOUT, GRANO TKO’D IN A WAR

Ordinarily a small crowd and two cancelled bouts would seem like the recipe for a bad night of fights; but factor in a full refund and a classic heavyweight war and I’ll guarantee not a single fan walked away from tonight’s card at the Arena at Harbor Yard complaining. The action started out in bizarre fashion as debuting junior welterweight ... Read More »

Mosley stops Mayorga in 12 in Carson

Saturday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA, Pomona’s very own “Sugar” ShaneMosley squared off against Nicaragua’s Ricardo Mayorga in the featured 12-round contest which was fought at 154-pounds. The fight got off to an ugly start with both fighters throwing wild punches throughout most of the first round. The fighters both settled down in the second round, ... Read More »

EARLY RESULTS FROM CARSON, CALIFORNIA

Daniel Jacobs went the distance for first time but remained undefeated with a six round unanimous decision over Emmanuel Gonzalez. Jacobs, 164 lbs of Brooklyn, NY is now 10-0. Gonzalez, 163.4 lbs of Rio Piedras, PR is now 9-3 Read More »

Jones captures WBA cruiserweight belt

A great fight card was held today in the Color Line Arena in Germany. The main event saw Guillermo Jones (36-3-2, 28 KO’s) stopping reigning champ Firat Arslan (29-4-1, 18 KO’s) in the tenth round as the ref waved off the bout at 2:33. The first half of the fight saw Jones dominating on sheer work rate. Arslan’s usual “Winky ... Read More »

LUIS RAMOS SCORES FIRST ROUND KO IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HOT PROSPECT CONTINUES TO LOOK IMPRESSIVE

ONTARIO, CA (September 27, 2008) Wasting no time on Friday night, 19 year old undefeated lightweight prospect Luis Ramos remained the talk of the Southern California boxing scene, as he devastatingly knocked Puerto Rican banger Celestino Rodriguez in the first round at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. In front of the sold out, standing room only crowd, the southpaw ... Read More »

FOLLOW MOSLEY-MAYORGA LIVE!!!

Follow all the action as “Sugar” Shane Mosley and Ricardo Mayorga get it on in a 12 round Jr. Middleweight tussle. The action begins at 10:30pm eastern with a WBC Welterweight championship bout between champion, Andre Berto and Steve Forbes Mosley will look to take Mayorga out in a bout that almost happened in 2004. “Sugar” Shane Mosley – Ricardo ... Read More »

Havoc at the Hilton

The Huntington Hilton put on a great fight card on September 26th in New York. This was due to the help of Bob Duffy (Ring Promotions), Frankie G promotions, and matchmaker Frank Mullen. The card had tons of New York prospects, as well as Pawel Wolak in his comeback fight after his first career setback. In the main event junior ... Read More »

YUSAF MACK TAKES CARE OF OMAR PITTMAN IN SIX AT THE NATIONAL GUARD ARMORY IN PHILLY

PHILADELPHIA (September 26, 2008)—In front of an enthusiastic crowd at The National Guard Armory, WBA #9 Ranked Light Heavyweight, Yusaf Mack unveiled a piston-like jab over the first five rounds to keep Omar Pittman in check until Mack unleashed a right hand assault that was capped off by a thudding knockdown and subsequent stoppage at 2:59 of round six to ... Read More »

Weights from Carson, California

Shane Mosley 153.5-Ricardo Matorga 153.5 Andre Berto 145.5- Steve Forbes 147 Craig McEwan 159- Hillario Lopez 159 Ray Austin 247 – Dominic Jenkins 216 Daniel Jacobs 164 – Emmanuel Gonzalez 163.4 Luis Collazo TBD – Russell Jordan TBD Adrien Broner 133.5- Ramon Flores 134 Marcus Johnson 170 – Julio Cesar De La Cruz 170 Michael Nyjohn Anderson 145.5- Carlos Garcia ... Read More »

Gomez: „It’s Showtime!“

At the official weigh-in for the WBC Final Elimination bout between Juan Carlos Gomez (rated #2; 106,0 kg / 233.5 lbs.) and Vladimir Virchis (#1; 109,0 kg / 240 lbs.) the “Black Panther” shouted out “It’s Showtime!” The former world cruiserweight champion can’t wait to step into the ring with “The Hunter” to fight for a shot at the world ... Read More »

WEIGHTS FROM LONG ISLAND

Pawel Wolak 155 ½ lbs.-Chad Greenleaf 154 ¾ lbs. Darrel Madison 249 lbs-Elfair McKnight 240 lbs. Tommy Rainone 147 lbs-Henry White 147 ½ lbs. Will Rosinsky 173 ½ lbs-Mchael Ciccone 174 lbs. Ahmed Samir 193 lbs-Andrew Hutchinson 190 lbs. Chris Algeri 145 lbs-Clarence Smith 144 lbs. Lambros Karaolides 152 – Rakeem Carter 150 ½ lbs Name: “Havoc At The Hilton” ... Read More »