The Return of King Khan

This coming Saturday on December 10th, Amir Khan makes the seventh defense of his WBA junior welterweight world title at the Convention Center, in Washington, D.C. His opponent for this affair is the talented Lamont Peterson, a superb boxer/puncher with a career record of 29 victories, 15 kayos, against one (majority) draw and one defeat.

Peterson’s lone draw speaks volumes about his strength of character and physical resilience. Peterson’s draw came against the power punching Victor Ortiz who managed to drop Peterson twice in the third round. After he hit the canvas for the second time, it seemed apparent to all that Peterson would not last the round. He looked to be just one punch away from fistic oblivion. Yet, to the utter astonishment of those in attendance, he survived Ortiz’s brutal attack, and even managed to stage a minor rally with less than half a minute to go.

As the fight went on into the later rounds, the will and power of Ortiz simply overwhelmed Peterson. Peterson went into strict survival mode, hoping to just go the distance, forsaking any chance of victory. When the fight was over, the judges inexplicably ruled it a majority draw, which was a gift for Peterson and a huge disappointment for Ortiz. As the fans vociferously booed the decision, Peterson knew he had definitely dodged a bullet, so to speak.

Amir Khan brings a much larger and more varied skill set to the ring than Ortiz. Ortiz is a big puncher with some boxing skills, whereas Amir Khan is the entire package. The Brit from Bolton, Lancashire is listed at 5’10” but is in fact several inches taller than that. The problem for Peterson is that in Khan, he is facing a vastly superior opponent with outstanding boxing skills. Khan is looking to beat Peterson in an impressive fashion.

With Ortiz, Peterson knew from the outset that the Oxnard, California knockout artist would be coming straight at him. The book on Ortiz has always been to give him lateral movement, which he has had trouble with throughout his career. Ortiz, like most bombers, often leaves himself wide open for counter shots. Also, Ortiz is not a very good defensive fighter, which is why he uses his offense as his defense. Floyd Mayweather Jr. rendered Ortiz completely ineffective by continually circling the ring, forcing Ortiz to concentrate more on his footwork than throwing bombs at the Money Man.

Tommy Gallagher’s Winners Have Scars Boxing Series

NEW YORK (DECEMBER 8TH, 2011)—On Thursday night December 15th, longtime boxing guy Rich Komissar will be launching a brand new boxing series dubbed “Tommy Gallagher’s Winners Have Scars”.

The first event will take place at Schuetzen Park in North Bergen, New Jersey and it will feature some of the best Up and coming talent in the New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey region in an effort to create not only the stars of tomorrow but put on the best crowd pleasing fights.

“When I came up with the concept, I had to instill the services of Tommy Gallagher, a lifelong friend and in many ways my personal mentor”, said Komissar of the legendary New York boxing man who has trained, managed and promoted fighters and boxing shows since as far back as the early 1960’s. “Tommy Gallagher may be best known as being part of the The Contender reality show but he is much more than that” say Komissar whose late father Stanley was one of the original founders of the legendary Starret City Boxing Club in Brooklyn NY.

Showtime Cancels New Year’s Eve Boxing Telecast

NEW YORK (Dec. 7, 2012) – Due to a hand injury suffered by Zsolt Erdei, the SHOWTIME Championship Boxing telecast scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 31, has been cancelled.

Erdei was slated to challenge IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud in the main event at Anaheim, Calif. Rico Ramos was scheduled to defend his WBA super bantamweight title against Guillermo Rigondeaux in the co-feature.

The network is currently in discussions with the event promoters to find a new date for Ramos vs. Rigondeaux and for Tavoris Cloud to defend title on SHOWTIME in 2012.

Top Super Lightweights Hit Telefutura on Dec. 9

LOS ANGELES, December 7 – On Friday, December 9, the night before boxing fans witness a showdown for super lightweight supremacy at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, the Unified Super Lightweight World Champion Amir “King” Khan and number one rated super lightweight contender Lamont “Havoc” Peterson will be featured in separate “Sólo Boxeo Tecate Classics” fights on Telefutura.

In the “Classics” main event, fans will take a look back at fight night in New York City in May of 2010 when Khan defended his WBA Super Lightweight World Title against hometown favorite Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi, and in the co-featured fight, Peterson’s compelling battle with “Vicious” Victor Ortiz from December 2010 in Las Vegas will be showcased.

The special presentation of “Sólo Boxeo Tecate,” presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate and AT&T, will air on TeleFutura at 12:30am ET/PT (11:30pm CT).

Already a star in his native England, Bolton’s Amir “King” Khan began his quest for world domination on May 15, 2010, when he made his United States debut against flashy former World Champion Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi in the Theater of the world-famous Madison Square Garden. While Malignaggi was game, Khan was too fast and powerful for the Brooklynite, as he pounded out an eleventh round technical knockout win, making a statement to the world that “King” Khan was here to stay.

Full Card Set for Capital Showdown: Khan vs. Peterson

WASHINGTON, DC (December 7) – “Capital Showdown: Khan vs. Peterson” fight week is in full swing and big-time boxing’s return to the District just got bigger as Golden Boy Promotions and Khan Promotions present an undercard jam-packed with compelling matchups in the lead-up to the WBA and IBF Super Lightweight World Title fight between champion Amir “King” Khan and challenger Lamont Peterson this Saturday, December 10 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.

Hometown favorite and lightweight contender Anthony Peterson, popular local standoutFernando Guerrero and unbeaten Irish prospect Jamie “The Nuisance” Kavanagh are ready for action as they prepare to show DC what they are made of on Saturday night.

The brother of main event challenger Lamont Peterson, lightweight Anthony Peterson (30-1, 20 KO’s) is forging his own path to a world title, and his bout on December 10 is a step in the right direction. A former NABF and NABO champion whose only pro loss came via disqualification to Brandon Rios in his last fight in September of 2010, the 26-year old Washington, DC native’s long-awaited return to the ring will come in his backyard against the always tough 34-year-old Ghana native Daniel Attah (26-8-1, 9 KO’s). Attah, a rugged warrior who has faced the best the game has to offer including former World Champions Acelino Freitas and Nate Campbell as well as current World Champion Antonio DeMarco, is always ready for battle and will look to spoil Peterson’s ring return on Saturday night.

Rubio Faces Vanda at WBC Convention in Las Vegas

On December 16, and to coincide with the WBC Convention, Sampson Boxing in Association with Promociones del Pueblo will proudly present a night of world-class professional boxing featuring five regional title fights at the fabulous Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In the night’s potentially explosive 12-round middleweight main event, WBC #1 and WBO #3-rated Marco Antonio Rubio (52-5-1, 45 KOs) of Coahuila de Zaragoza, Mexico, will risk his lofty rankings against Saint Paul, Minnesota’s always tough Matt “The Predator” Vanda (44-13, 24 KOs). The two veterans will be vying for the vacant WBC Latino middleweight title.

In the 10-round co-featured bout, hot featherweight prospect Javier Fortuna (17-0, 13 KOs) from La Romana, Dominican Republic, will make the second defense of his WBC Youth Intercontinental featherweight title against Miguel Roman (37-8, 28 KOs) from Juarez, Mexico.

Steve Farhood’s Top 10 Super Middleweight Bouts Ever

By Steve Farhood

On December 17, every eye in boxing will be glued to the super middleweight battle between WBA titlist Andre Ward and WBC titlist Carl Froch, who will clash in Atlantic City in The Final of the Super Six World Boxing Classic.

The super middleweight division was born in 1984, when Scotland’s Murray Sutherland was crowned IBF champion. Since then, many of the greatest fighters of their generation, including Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns, Roy Jones, James Toney, and Joe Calzaghe, have engaged in 168-pound title bouts.

Ward-Froch will be the 76th unification bout in boxing, and the sixth at super middleweight. Given the immense stakes, it will be one of the most critical contests in the division’s 27-year history.

To date, the 10 most significant super middleweight title bouts:

1. Roy Jones W 12 James Toney, November 18, 1994, Las Vegas (Jones retains IBF title): Those who insist Jones ducked the best available opposition conveniently choose to forget this fight. Toney, 44-0-2, is ranked second pound-for-pound, Jones, 26-0, seventh. Toney drains himself making weight, rehydrates until he is a bag of water, and performs accordingly. Jones scores a knockdown in round three en route to a clear-cut decision win.

Joe Hanks Scores Clean Knockout

December 8, Bronx, NY….Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing undefeated Heavyweight Joe Hanks (18-0 12KO ) scored an impressive 2nd round knockout win over Franklyn Edmondson this past Saturday night at The Greensoboro Coliseum in Greensboro, NC.

Hanks dominated in the 1st round scoring at will with a strong jab and sharp combinations. The pattern continued as the bell sounded for round 2. Hanks dropped Edmondson with a left hook right cross combination early in the round and finished his opponent off with a devastating right hand to the body for the 10 count.

Hanks is next scheduled to appear on ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” on February 10, 2012, from the Mohegan Sun Arena.

Murphy Thinks British Title Shot is Golden Opportunity

Just thirteen days ago Ben Murphy successfully defended his BBBofC Southern Area Lightweight Title, with a magnificent fourth round stoppage of Tony Owen at the Coronet Theatre in Southwark, London.

This coming Saturday the tough, pit bull like, thirty one year old from Hove will move up a weight division to challenge Ashley Theophane for his British Light Welterweight title at the Frank Maloney Promotions event at the Peterlee Leisure Centre.

Murphy got what he describes as a ‘Golden Opportunity’ following the proposed opponent, Nigel Wright, being forced to step aside on medical grounds.

Mendy Defends Against Madni on Dec. 16 in France

World Boxing Federation (WBF) Intercontinental Light Welterweight Champion Yvan Mendy, 22-2-1 (11), will make the second defense of his championship on December 16, taking on Belgian Challenger Tarik Madni at the Salle Marcel Cerdan in Thourotte, France.

Having won the WBF title in June 2010 with a dominating performance against tough Britt Peter McDonagh, 26-year-old Mendy successfully defended against Ugandan 2004 Olympian, and former African Champion, Sam Rukundo last December.

Since then he has been plagued by some bad luck, drawing with and losing a close decision to Abdoulaye Soukouna in French national title bouts. Soukouane also holds a 2008 victory over Mendy, thus being the only man to blemish his countryman’s record.

Frampton Faces Hughes in New Year Commonwealth Defense

Carl Frampton will make the first defence of his Commonwealth Super Bantamweight title against Kris Hughes on January 28 at York Hall, Bethnal Green live on Sky Sports.

Frampton claimed the vacant title in September with a commanding fourth round stoppage against Mark Quon at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, stretching his unbeaten record to 11 fights, and fights in London for the second time in his career.

Former World Featherweight champion Barry McGuigan continues to guide the career of the 24 year-old Belfast boy, and the Clones Cyclone is predicting that his charge could add more titles to his Commonwealth belt by the end of 2012.

“It’s a big year for us – we’re not looking past Kris but I believe Carl can go a long way, and by the end of 2012 I would like to think he would be European Champion,” said McGuigan. “(British Champion) Scott Quigg is a target fight down the line too and he’s enthusiastic for the fight so there’s exciting things ahead, but Kris comes first and Carl will be ready.”

Lewkowicz, Branco Sports Summit Winning Purse Bid

International boxing promoter and advisor Sampson Lewkowicz, acting as representative of promoter Branco Milenkovic and his South Africa-based Branco Sports Production, won a purse bid today for the right to host the IBF Mini Flyweight Championship fight between champion Nkosinathi Joyi and challenger Katsunari Takayama.

Held in the office of, and conducted by, IBF Championships Chairman Lindsey E. Tucker today at noon, the winning bid tendered was for $26,000.

The fight is to be held by March 6, 2012.

Turner Faces Tough Test McCauley on Dec. 14

On Wednesday 14th December Canning Town’s exciting unbeaten Welterweight prospect Freddie Turner will be making the short journey to the York Hall in Bethnal Green, where he is set to face Birmingham’s Kevin McCauley.

With just four pro bouts under his belt, all won by shutout 40-36 points margin, young Freddie will surely be facing the toughest fight of his fledgling career to date, as McCauley is not just more experienced but also the reigning British Masters Light Middleweight Champion.

Saying that Freddie is more than confident that he will win through on the night, having said earlier, “Yes, just found out it’ll be Kevin McCauley I’ll be fighting on the 14th.

Margules Congratulates Wlodarczyk for Victory Over Green

Promoter Leon Margules of Warriors Boxing wishes to congratulate Poland’s WBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk (46-2-1, 36 KOs) for his 11th round TKO victory over former world champion Danny Green at Challenge Stadium, in Perth, Australia, last Wednesday night.

Green got out to an early lead and had been leading all judges’ scorecards (97-93, 97-93 and 96-93) before Wlodarczyk found the range with his hard punches. In the 11th round Wlodarczyk knocked Green down hard and referee Michael Griffin wisely stopped the fight at 2:15.

“It was a fantastic win for a great champion,” said Margules of his long-time fighter’s potentially career-defining victory. “It takes a lot of heart to come from behind and win in sensational fashion like that – especially in the other guy’s hometown.”

Viloria-Segura WBO Flyweight Title Bout Set for Dec. 10

HOBOKEN, NJ (December 6 2011) — Integrated Sports Media, the pound-for-pound king of sports distribution in North America, announced today that it will distribute the Saturday night “Island Assault 3,” featuring the World Boxing Organization (“WBO”) Flyweight Championship between defending champion Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria and challenger Giovani “El Guerrero Azteca” Segura, live from Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

“Island Assault 3,” presented by Zanfer Promotions and Saved by the Bell Promotions, is being distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 8:00 PM/ET – 11:00 PM/PT on satellite pay-per-view via DISH Network , for a suggested retail price of only $29.95. Availability via on-line PPV will be announced shortly.

“We’re looking forward to bringing this action-packed card, headlined by two of the best lighter weight fighters in the world, Viloria and Segura, to US boxing fans,” Integrated Sports Media president Doug Jacobs said. “This exciting show continues the heated Filipino vs. Mexican boxing rivalry that is one of the most intense in the sport today.”

Minto-Grano Jan. 28 at Turning Stone

Former WBO Title Challenger Brian “The Beast” Minto (35-4) will face Tony Grano (18-2-1) in an NABF Heavyweight Title Eliminator on Saturday January 28th at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York. Both coming off wins, Minto and Grano will battle for the right to eventually face WBC#5, NABF Champ Johnathon Banks (27-1-1).

A former WBO NABO Heavyweight Champion, Minto’s most notable victories have come via stoppage against former IBF Title Challenger Axel Schulz (26-5) and former heavyweight contender Donnell Holmes (33-1), while his notable heavyweight defeats have come versus former WBC Title Challenger Chris Arreola (34-2) and former WBO Title Challenger Luan Krasniqi (30-4).

Abraham to Face Farias on Jan. 14 in Germany

King Arthur Abraham (32-3, 26 KOs) will make his hotly-anticipated comeback on January 14 when he takes on Argentina´s Pablo Oscar Natalio Farias in Offenburg, Germany. “We are looking forward to seeing Arthur back in the ring,” Team Sauerland General Manager Chris Meyer said. “We have found a tough opponent for him. The fight against Farias will be no walk in the park.”

It will be Abraham´s first fight since losing to WBA Super-Middleweight Champion Andre Ward in the semi-finals of the Super Six World Boxing Classic. “I want to put on a good fight for my fans,” King Arthur said. “Of course I have learned from my defeats. But now is the time to look ahead and get ready to fight again. I want to win back the hearts of my fans, and in order to do so, I need a convincing victory. January 14 will be the start of something new for me. I want to begin the new year with an exciting victory and then set my sights on a world title again.”

Warriors Boxing Signs Puerto Rican Star Acevedo

Leon Margules of Warriors Boxing Promotions is proud to announce the signing of outstanding Puerto Rican super middleweight prospect Roberto Jose Acevedo to a promotional contract.

Acevedo (2-0, 1 KO) was born in Miami, but grew up in Bayamon, the town he now proudly represents.

An unbelievably talented amateur boxer, Acevedo was 50-1, 20 KOs in the unpaid ranks and a three-time Puerto Rican Regional and two-time Puerto Rican National champion, who decided to turn professional after making the Puerto Rico National Olympic team.

Cotto Tames Tornado, Eyes Mayweather

Miguel Cotto gained some measure of revenge in New York City last night by decisively stopping his former conqueror Antonio Margarito in 10 hard fought but one-sided rounds. In reality, Margarito was never in the fight. He kept coming forward, but was too old and shopworn to match Cotto’s pinpoint punching accuracy and relentless lateral movement. Truthfully, the Tijuana Tornado has never been the same fighter since he suffered that hellacious beating last November at the hands of Manny Pacquiao.

Margarito landed some very good shots but Cotto took them much better this time, showing absolutely no ill effects from any of Margarito’s blows. Cotto’s success in stifling Margarito’s offense was due in large part to his vastly improved defense, specifically, his scintillating footwork, which he used to his advantage. Cotto simply did not stand still long enough in any one place for Margarito to launch a sustained attack.

A case can be made for Cotto winning every single round of the fight. In their original encounter, Cotto won the first 5 rounds by boxing beautifully and then, in the face of Margarito’s constant onslaughts, just ran out of steam. This time around Cotto saw it through to the finish line. From the first round to the tenth round when the fight was mercifully stopped by referee Steve Smoger on the advice of ringside doctors, Cotto was on his toes giving the one-dimensional Margarito more movement than he could handle.

Of course in their previous match-up, Margarito imposed his will upon Cotto, albeit with the help of loaded gloves. Cotto voluntarily capitulated to his Mexican foe the first time around much to the chagrin of his Puerto Rican fans. Whereas in their rematch, Margarito was willing to fight on despite a completely closed right eye but was wisely overruled by the New York State Boxing Commission’s ringside doctors.

Mansour Thrills Again, Stops Mendoza in Six

NEW YORK (DECEMBER 5, 2011)— This past Friday night at Dover Downs in Dover, Delaware, undefeated and world ranked Heavyweight sensation, Amir “Hardcore” Mansour remained perfect by scoring a sixth round stoppage over former Light heavyweight world title challenger Epifanio Mendoza and captured the WBF Intercontinental Championship that highlighted an exciting eight bout card.

The entire show can now be seen and purchased on-demand on www.gfl.tv for just $9.99 by clicking: http://www.gfl.tv/Events/Fight/Boxing/Friday_Night_Fights_Mansour_vs_Mendoza/1271

Mansour and Mendoza thrilled the sellout crowd at Dover Downs with Mansour throwing some wicked shots to the head and body of Mendoza. Mendoza showed surprisingly good defense and decent counter punching ability. Tensions grew during the fight as both landed shots after the bell that nearly incited a brawl.

In the sixth, Mansour landed a huge flurry of punches that forced the corner of Mendoza to throw in the towel.

Povetkin KOs Boswell to Defend WBA Heavyweight Title

Alexander Povetkin (23-0, 16 KOs) made a spectacular first defence of his WBA Heavyweight Title, knocking out Cedric Boswell (35-2, 26 KOs) in the eighth round of their clash in Helsinki, Finland. Fighting in front of a sell-out crowd of 12,738 fans at a rocking Hartwall Areena, Povetkin looked sharp from the first bell, cleverly picking his opponent apart. The 2004 Olympic gold medal winner took away Boswell´s jab and landed good combinations throughout. He turned it on in the seventh when he pelted the brave American with powerful shots – only for the bell to save him. In the eighth, Povetkin then finished him off with a series of hard punches that knocked Boswell down and out. “This was a good win for me,” he stated afterwards. “The preparation with Teddy Atlas had gone very well. I did what I was supposed to do in the ring and I am happy about the result.”

At the post-fight press conference, WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco “Captain” Huck stormed to the podium to challenge Povetkin. “I have defended my title eight times, I need a new challenge at heavyweight,” Huck said. Povetkin was quick to accept: “Let´s get it on,” he replied.

Photos: Photo Wende

Michael Oliveira Continues Boxing Education

MIAMI (Dec. 5, 2011) – His boxing education continues in Miami as undefeated prospect Michael “The Brazilian Rocky” Oliveira, rated No. 15 by the World Boxing Council (“WBC”), prepares for his first fight in Canada on December 17 against veteran Jimmy “The Fightin’ School Teacher” Holmes (19-3-2, 10 KOs) in a 10-round Special Middleweight Attraction at Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City.

The 21-year-old Oliveira (16-0, 12 KOs), a native of Brazil, is the reigning WBC South American middleweight champion. The handsome college student (Florida International U.) will be working with head trainer Orlando Cuellar for only their third fight.

Coming off of his victorious ShoBox debut Nov. 11 in El Paso (TX), in which he defeated veteran Xavier “The X-Man” Tolliver (23-8, 15 KOs) by way of an eight-round disqualification that was on the brink of knockout, Oliveira will be fighting Dec. 17 for the second time within five weeks.

Rodriguez Dominates Wolak in Highly Anticipated Rematch

December 5, Bronx, NY – Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing’s prize Jr. Middleweight Delvin Rodriguez (26-5-2 14KO Danbury, CT) scored the most impressive win of his career Saturday night at the sold out Madison Square Garden as he pitched a near shutout over highly rated Pawel Wolak (29-2-1 19KO Mt. Arlington, NJ) over the 10 round distance. The unanimous scores read 98-92, 98-91, and 100-90 by the 3 judges at ringside.

The rematch of their first epic encounter on July 15 of this year was vastly different as Rodriguez used a razor like jab and sharp combinations from the opening bell to stymie Wolak’s attack. Wolak tried his best in his ever pressing style but one could see early that this was going to be Rodriguez’ night.

Both fighters were willing early but by the 4th round Rodriguez started to take over using all the punches in his arsenal to go along with deft foot movement as he started to pile up the points. As the bell sounded for the 10th and final round, both fighters received a well desevered ovation from the crowd and Rodriguez immediately went to work stunning Wolak with several combinations. As the round wore on Rodriguez went for the knockout, much to the crowds delight, as he continually unleashed devestating punches to Wolak’s body and head. To his credit, Wolak hung in gamely to the final bell and the crowd roared its approval as the fight ended.

Super Six Trainers Virgil Hunter, Rob McCracken Speak Out

NEW YORK (Dec. 5, 2011) – Less than two weeks from one of the most important fights in the history of the super middleweight division, the trainers for world champions Andre Ward (World Boxing Association) and Carl Froch (World Boxing Council) are brimming with confidence as training camp begins to wind down. The eagerly awaited inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic Final is slated for Saturday, Dec. 17, at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).

Says Virgil Hunter, who trains Ward (24-0, 13 KOs), of Oakland, Calif.: “We’re real pleased with how it’s all going in camp. We never actually left. We had a setback (after Ward was cut on Sept. 22), but we never stopped. We just modified things when we couldn’t spar. We’ve been sparring for about three weeks.

“I haven’t seen any difference at all with Andre; there’s been no noticeable drop off for anything. He’s the same now as he was before the cut. He understands the nature of game.

“We’re just determined to win in a dominant fashion. That’s what we focus on. It’s not personal. We just want to win, and that’s what we plan to do.’’

Photo: Tom Casino / SHOWTIME

Faragon Headlines Boxing at Hilton Garden Inn

On January 19, 2012 at Nicotra’s Ballroom in the Hilton Garden Inn in Staten Island, New York, Greg Cohen Promotions, in association with Sal Musumeci’s Final Forum, will proudly present “Championship Boxing at the Hilton Garden Inn” a night of world-class professional boxing that will be broadcast nationally on a tape-delayed basis on MSG network in the New York area and on FOX Sports Net affiliates nationwide.

Featured in the eight-round main event will be undefeated future lightweight champion Michael “Baby Faced Beast” Faragon (16-0, 7 KOs) of Guilderland, New York, against an opponent that is TBA.

24-year-old Faragon’s career has caught fire since signing with promoter Greg Cohen. He was last seen impressively stopping 24-5 veteran Ira Terry in two rounds at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, California, and live on ESPN Friday Night Fights in August.

Mansour, Delgado, Hendrix Lift WBF Titles

Amir “Hardcore” Mansour won the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) Intercontinental Heavyweight title on Friday night, December 2, at the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Delaware as he scored a sixth round stoppage over former world title-challenger Epifanio Mendoza from Columbia.

Rapidly building a reputation as one of the most spectacular heavyweights around, Mansour came out in his usual all-guns-blazing fashion in the first round, while Mendoza boxed defensively and tried to counterpunch when Mansour missed.
This pattern continued in the second, and Mansour quickly established that he was the stronger of the two as Mendoza was forced to use his legs more than his fists. Mansour hurt, and almost knocked down, Mendoza in rounds three and five, and at this point it looked as if the end was near.

Amateur Sensation Damon Allen Sets Record Straight Drug Ban

PHILADELPHIA (December 5, 2011)—This past week it was announced that prized Philadelphia Amateur Damon Allen was banned by USADA (United States Anti Doping Agency) for using a banned substance during competition.

Allen, nineteen years old wanted to set the record straight on the circumstances surrounding the suspension.

“I had a swollen hand and my grandmother gave me a water pill and I looked on the website Globaldro.com to make sure it was safe to take the anti-inflammatory. Water pills were not on the banned substance list but the correct name was Furosimide.” said Allen.

Unfortunately it came up in a test and USADA suspended Allen.

Allen was looking at a two year ban.

“The fact that I was honest and forthright with my situation and have a sworn affidavit, USADA cut the suspension”

The ban started on September 1st and Allen can then return to active competition on March 1st, 2012

Allen has a record of 110-9 and was a Silver Medalist at the 2010 Golden Gloves; 2011 Bronze Medal winner at the United States championship and is going to compete in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

FN Video: Miguel Cotto Talks Margarito Rematch

Fight Network’s John Pollock catches up with Miguel Cotto ahead of his rematch vs. Antonio Margarito taking place on Saturday December 3, 2011 in New York.

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FN Video: Antonio Margarito Talks Cotto Rematch

Fight Network’s John Pollock talks with Antonio Margarito ahead of his rematch vs. Miguel Cotto in a catchweight bout at 153 lbs, taking place on Saturday Dec. 3, 2011 in New York.

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FN Video: Miguel Cotto Talks Margarito Rematch

Fight Network’s John Pollock catches up with Miguel Cotto ahead of his rematch vs. Antonio Margarito taking place on Saturday December 3, 2011 in New York.

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FN Video: Antonio Margarito Talks Cotto Rematch

Fight Network’s John Pollock talks with Antonio Margarito ahead of his rematch vs. Miguel Cotto in a catchweight bout at 153 lbs, taking place on Saturday Dec. 3, 2011 in New York.

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