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Pink gloves for breast cancer!


Adams, Cordoba, Salinas and Barnes to show their support. In a display of support for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month at tomorrow (Friday, October 20) night’s “Ring Kings of the Palace” show at the Palace in Auburn Hills, Michigan, both “Bones” Adams and Jennifer Salinas, as well as their opponents, Armando Cordoba and Darnella "Tuff Stuff" Barnes respectively, will wear pink boxing gloves. Adams and Cordoba will appear in the main event, while Salinas vs. Barnes is one of the featured attractions. “The breast cancer awareness month organization will have a regional director at the fights Friday and we’re going to be auctioning off the gloves, post-fight, with all proceeds being donated to their cause,” said event promoter Joe Donofrio. “I called Everlast and they said they’d make them for me right away.”


Klitschko-Brock undercard


The undercard has been announced for the Wladimir Klitschko vs. Calvin Brock IBF heavyweight championship card at Madison Square Garden on November 11th. "We now have two world title fights, an IBF eliminator, and two NY State Championships," announced Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions. In the other title bout, undefeated Laila Ali (22-0, 19 KO's) squares off against Shelley Burton (8-2-1, 2 KO's), in a super middleweight clash


Ratings update


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Saccurato steps in to face Mrdjenovich


Ann Marie Saccurato (11-1-2) of White Plains, NY will replace the injured Eliza Olson and face Jelena Mrdjenovich (18-1-0) for the Interim WBC lightweight title on November 4 at the Shaw Conference Center in Edmonton. Olson broke her toe. This fight is the main event of "A Ring of Their Own's" "Border War" which also features two other world title bouts and will be telecast on iNDemand Pay per view beginning November 17th. Lisa "Bad News" Brown (12-2-2) of Toronto will battle the Bronx born Melissa "Hurracan" Hernandez" for the vacant WIBA Super bantam weight title and Jeannine Garside (5-0-1) steps up to battle Laura Serrano (16-2-2) for the WIBA featherweight crown.


West faces nemesis Nijhof


Returning to THE RIOT after impressive performances in July's RIOT, JESUS "Chuy" RODRIGUEZ of Salinas and KALIESHA "Wild K" WEST from Moreno Valley, Ca. both step up in class facing the toughest opponents of their careers at the November 18th, RIOT in Downtown Monterey. The steppingstone USBC Jr. Welterweight Championship is on the line as the 11-2 Rodriguez is challenged by Denver's Hector Saez, who has by far fought the tougher opponents. Saez has never been stopped in his pro career and is coming off a tough decision loss to 15-0 Hector Allattore. At 8-5 Saez has the same number of pro fights as Chuy but his opposition has been classier. Both Main Event fighters have 5 knockouts to their credit. Kaliesha West, 4-0 faces her longtime nemesis from the amateur ranks in Stella Nijhof. Having captured several US amateur titles, and championships around the world, Nijhof out of New York City decided this year to turn pro after nearly a decade of dominance in the amateurs. West never got to the championship round to collide with Stella, although the matchup was anticipated since the two were at the top of the bantamweight division.


Q&A: Bettina Palle


Boxing promoter Bettina Palle has found success as a woman (and a recent mother) in a male dominated sport. The heir to a boxing family that goes back to the 50s in Europe, the Palles (Bettina and her unstoppable father Mogens) have made this small Scandinavian country a hotspot of boxing. A few of the stars that fought under the Teampalle banner include Ayub Kalule, Tom Bogs, Brian Nielsen, and the Bredahls (both world champions). Teampalle´s latest star is WBC-WBA Super-Middleweight Champion Mikkel Kessler, whose good looks and even greater talent could be the most marketable combination for TV boxing – maybe the biggest thing since Oscar de la Hoya. FightNews sat down with Bettina to talk about Kessler and Teampalle´s plans for the future.
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