Boxing Updates Nov 21st - 24th

Another ex-champ comes back!
This time it's Corrie Sanders!
40-year-old former WBO heavyweight champion Corrie Sanders (40-3, 30 KOs) will face Australian titleholder Colin Wilson (32-18, 20 KOs) on Friday in the South African city of Mmabatho, about 12 miles south of the Botswana border. For Sanders, who holds a knockout win over current IBF world champion Wladimir Klitschko, it will be his first fight in two years. Former IBF super bantamweight champion Lehlohonolo Ledwaba (36-5-1, 23 KOs) will also be fighting on the card.

Floyd to give away turkeys!
"Pretty Boy" Floyd Mayweather will return to his hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan tomorrow to host his fifth annual Thanksgiving Feast giveaway. Mayweather will arrive at the Madison Family Market in his childhood southside neighborhood at 2:00pm and hand out 500 turkeys with all of the trimmings—including potatoes, vegetables, stuffing, cranberry sauce and pies—to 500 selected families. "Grand Rapids is my home and I will never forget where I came from," stated Mayweather. "I'm humbled to be back here for the fifth year in a row and happy to be able to give these families a Happy Thanksgiving. It's the least I can do for a community that's always been so great to me." Floyd will remain in Grand Rapids for the weekend as he is also set to host his 2nd celebrity and comedy event to help raise money for cancer research.

Willingham-Molina added!
Will fight on Mitchem-Thompson undercard
Brandon Mitchem (25-4, 8 KOs) will fight Ross Thompson (26-10, 16 KOs) for the New York State light heavyweight title on December 1 at Vernon Downs in Vernon, New York. In the co-feature, which was announced today, undefeated welterweight Wayland Willingham (10-0, 6 KOs) steps up to challenge Carlos Molina (8-2-1, 4 KOs) in an eight-rounder. In back-to-back fights against Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., Molina earned a draw and lost a close majority decision to the son of the legendary Mexican champion.

Huck-Aurino set for Dec 16!
The wait is over for Marco "Captain" Huck, who will be getting his first-ever title fight on December 16 when he clashes with Italy's Pietro Aurino for the EU cruiserweight crown at the BigBox in Kempten, Germany. Both fighters were originally scheduled to meet on November 4 before an arm injury forced Huck to pull out. Now Huck (16-0, 13 KOs) can't wait to get his hands on Aurino - and the belt. "The delay has made me even hungrier," Huck vowed. "I've put the injury worries behind me. My arm does not bother me any more. I'm in top shape again. This is the moment I have been waiting for." Aurino (37-2, 16 KOs), who is rated WBO #2, WBC #4 and IBF #10, has been undefeated for five years, winning sixteen consecutive bouts since coming up short in a world title shot against Jose Luis Gomez

Hatton, Castillo top Vegas card!
We have a site. The January 20 HBO doubleheader featuring Ricky Hatton and Jose Luis Castillo in separate bouts will take place at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. The unbeaten Hatton, who is making his Las Vegas debut, will challenge IBF jr welterweight champion Juan Urango, while Castillo is lined up to face Cameroon's Herman Ngoudjo. If Hatton and Castillo both win their bouts, they are expected to collide later in the year.

JC Gomez in action Dec 15!
Cuban heavyweight contender Juan Carlos Gomez will fight on December 15 at the "Sportschule Sachsenwald" in Wentorf near Hamburg, Germany. The bout will be Gomez' first since his points win over Oliver McCall in October 2005. Gomez (39-1) tested positive for cocaine after and was banned for 426 days by the German Boxing Federation (BDB). An allegation the former WBC cruiserweight champion still denies. Gomez promises a spectacle when he returns to his former hometown. He last fought in Hamburg December 1999, when he defended his WBC cruiserweight title via knockout against challenger Napoleon Tagoe. "It's showtime again!" vows Gomez, who will be having his first under the promotional banner of Arena Box-Promotion. In the main event, Hamburg's Mahir Oral (19-1-2) will defend his EU middleweight title against unbeaten Italian Domenico Spada (21-0). Also on the line is the vacant WBC International title. In a third title fight, Thomas Troelenberg (8-0) and Marcen Gierke (7-16-2) fight for the vacant German International super welterweight title. (Photo: Thorsten Baering)

Guthrie returns Nov 30!
IBF Intercontinental cruiserweight champion William Guthrie (34-3-2, 27 KOs) returns to action November 30 against Mike Eatman (9-6, 6 KOs) in an eight-round bout headlining on the "Thursday Night Fights" show at The Plex in Charleston, South Carolina. Guthrie, a former IBF light heavyweight champion stated "I'm 39 and can't take anybody lightly. Guys like this (Eatman) are real dangerous. They get a few losses, start being used, and get more active. They're opportunists who fight to beat a name." In the six-round co-feature, unbeaten cruiserweight Shane Benfield (14-0, 8 KOs) faces an opponent to be determined. The card is presented by Jim Kelley Promotions in association with Silverhawk Championship Boxing.

Chagaev, Ruiz comments!
Photos: Andre Boge

Heavyweight Ruslan Chagaev, the new mandatory challenger for WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev, and former heavyweight champion John Ruiz spoke to the press after their hard-fought twelve round world title eliminator on Saturday in Düsseldorf.
Ruslan Chagaev: It was a tough fight against a very strong opponent but it was my day today. My dream came true. I dedicate this win to my mother who passed away recently. She watched me from up above and gave me the power.
Chagaev’s coach Michael Timm: I am really happy. We had worked out a concept during the preparation and Ruslan has put it into practice really well.
Klaus-Peter Kohl: Chagaev against Ruiz was an absolute highlight. I think Ruslan would have been able to fight for another five or six rounds. It was a great demonstration and lesson and you won’t be able to learn more. We are prepared for Valuev and he can fight against him very soon.
John Ruiz: It was a hard fight and a close result. I wish Ruslan all the best in his fight against Valuev. He has all the power to beat him.

Zbik, Tajbert, Balzsay headline!
Tuesday's Spotlight Boxing event has a "Back to the Roots" theme as unbeaten fighters Sebastian Zbik (15-0, 7 KOs), Vitali Tajbert (7-0, 3 KOs) and Karoly Balzsay (13-0, 9 KOs) will fight at the famous Universum Gym in Hamburg, the place where many world champions were formed and trained. Unbeaten middleweight Zbik will be challenged by the strong and well experienced Brazilian Jose Hilton dos Santos (22-6-1, 12 KOs), who is going for his tenth win in a row. The unbeaten two-time Olympian Balzsay will face Michal Bilak (15-2, 8 KOs) from the rival SES stable in a super middleweight clash. Also, highly regarded 2004 Olympic super featherweight medalist Tajbert will see action against Argentinean Fabian Valentin Martinez (14-13-4, 4 KOs).

Inside the Maskaev Camp!
By Matt Richardson
WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev is currently involved in intense training at the Fernwood Hotel and Resort in the Poconos, Pennsylvania. He began training camp in mid-October in preparation for his first title defense against Peter Okhello on December 10 at the Olympiysky Sports Arena in Moscow, Russia. It will be a large event in front of a pro-Maskaev crowd, but for now Maskaev and his team have secluded themselves here, far away from the cheers and hype. This is the fourth time Maskaev has trained at the location and each camp has produced a victory. The champion trains here six days a week, typically sparring on three or four of them. "Physically, I'm getting there," Maskaev reports. "I can't say that I'm in my best shape but I'm getting there. I'll be alright in a couple of more weeks. I'm working very hard and I'll be in good shape."

Minto plans to derail Schulz!
By Karl Freitag
When George Foreman began his comeback after a ten year hiatus in 1987, he spent several years beating up mostly a cast of journeyman. Seven years later, Foreman won the heavyweight title against Michael Moorer and in his first defense Big George barely retained his title with a very controversial decision against Axel Schulz. On Saturday at the Gerry Weber Stadion in Halle/Westfalen, Germany, the same Axel Schulz is returning to boxing after a seven-year hiatus himself. However, Schulz (26-4-1, 11 KOs), will not be following Foreman's comeback recipe of easier fights first. The three-time heavyweight title challenger is facing surprisingly tough opposition (many, in fact, think a little too tough) in Brian Minto (26-1, 15 KOs). Fightnews.com caught up with Minto the night before he was scheduled to head out to Europe for the fight.

Cameron targets Tua!
By Ray Wheatley -- World of Boxing
IBF #14 heavyweight contender Shane Cameron (16-0, 14 KOs) of New Zealand has called out fellow New Zealander and former world title challenger David Tua (46-3-1, 40 KOs). Cameron's manager Ken Reinsfield has been trying to open negotiations with David Tua's management to hold that bout in New Zealand, where it would likely attract a record attendance. "We have been calling David Tua out for some time now, so far he has been ignoring us – I guess he is hoping we will go away," Reinsfield told Fightnews.com. "Tua said he wants to get back into the world rankings and have a shot at the title, well here’s his chance right here in his home country to fight Shane Cameron who is world ranked at #14 in the world with the IBF. The ball is now in Tua’s court – so far he has been running away from the ball!"

Austin wants Klitschko next!
IBF mandatory heavyweight challenger Ray "The Rainman" Austin watched with great anticipation as IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko scored a seventh-round knockout at Madison Square Garden last Saturday in an optional defense over Calvin Brock. According to the IBF rules, Klitschko must now face his mandatory challenger Austin. Klitschko, however, is interested unifying the titles and could request an exception from the IBF in order to face one of the other champions -- an idea that doesn't sit well with Austin. "Klitschko has a soft heart and a weak chin and I'm going to knock him out," Austin said. "I'm not one of these inexperienced, undersized heavyweight contenders."

Lopez-Navarrete tonight!
WBC Continental Americas lightweight champion Josesito Lopez (17-2, 10 KOs) will face KO artist Adrian Navarrete (14-2-1, 13 KOs) from Durango, Mexico tonight at the Doubletree Hotel Event Center in Ontario, California. Both boxers looked to be in impressive shape and are ready to thrill an expected sold out crowd. "I am ready for a tough battle," said Lopez after the weigh in. "Navarrete is poised and seems ready, but he has never fought anybody like me," concluded Lopez. Navarrete, who is fighting in the United States for the first time, has been training in Mexico City. "I came all this way to take Lopez's title away. He will feel my power," he promised.
Weights from Ontario:
Jose Lopez 134 vs. Adrian Navarrete 135.5
Michael Walsh 147.5 vs. Juan Pablo Montes de Oca 149
Yonnhy Perez 122 vs. Arturo Bracamontes 122
Joel Mills 154 vs. Loren Myers 155.5
Andrew Cancio 126.5 vs. Freudis Rojas 127

South American Watch!
By Kevin Bello
Puerto Rican promoter Jose "Manny" Rivera has announced the signing of the Colombian minimumweight Luis Carlos Leon (5-0, 3 KOs), younger brother of former IBA featherweight champion and former WBA and WBC contender Oscar "Southpaw" Leon. Luis Carlos Leon will fight on Nov. 27 against an opponent to be named on a boxing card presented by Five Star Promotiond in Monitos, Colombia.


Former Colombian Olympian Likar Ramos destroyed Daniel Mercado in the first round of a featherweight fight last Friday at the Municipal Colisseum of Puerto Colombia, Colombia. Southpaw Ramos improved his record to 12-2, with 10 KOs. On the undercard, Feider Viloria (14-1-1, 9 KOs) TKO'd Alexander Monterrosa in the second round of a super bantamweight bout.


Colombian challenger Franklin "The Rock" Solis (12-2-1, 4 KOs) won the vacant UBC Iberian-American super flyweight title with a third round TKO over Venezuelan challenger Jean Romero last Thursday at the Kuarzo Discotec in Villavicencio, Colombia.

O’Brien, Harris victorious!
By Sam DiTusa at ringside
Anacortes, Washington's Swinomish Northern Lights Casino was the scene Saturday night as two area favorites finished 2006 out in style. Canada's Matt O'Brien improved to (17-0, 7 KOs) with a hard fought eight-round decision over Chicago's Shay Mobley (15-8-1, 7 KOs) thus earning himself the 160 GBU middleweight title as all judges scored the fight 78-72 in his favor. Lansing, Michigan junior lightweight Tyrone Harris likewise finished off the year in style as he proved too much for Anthony Martinez in a six-round feature match. Scores read 60-54 twice, and 59-55, as Harris improved to (18-2, 3 KOs).

 

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