Froch, Abraham Make Weight; WBC Title Bout Now Official

Former world champions “King” Arthur Abraham (31-1, 25 KO’s) of Germany and Carl “The Cobra” Froch (26-1, 20 KOs) of England both made weight Friday for their eagerly awaited fight tomorrow/Saturday, Nov. 27, on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, same-day-delay) from Helsinki, Finland.

The 12-round fight will be the final Group Stage 3 bout in the Super Six World Boxing Classic and for the vacant WBC 168-pound championship.

Abraham weighed 167.2 pounds; Froch 166.76.

Photos: Tom Casino / SHOWTIME

WBC Releases Stat Breakdown for Abraham-Froch

CARL “The Cobra” FROCH (Great Britain) – Ranked WBC No. 1 at super middleweight, Age: 33 (July 2, 1977), Place of birth: Nottingham, England, Residence: Nottingham, England, Record: 26-1, 20 KOs, Stance: Righthanded, Total Rounds: 175, World title fights: 4 (3-1), Promoter: Mick Hennessy

“King” ARTHUR ABRAHAM (Germany) – Ranked WBC No. 2 at super middleweight, Age: 30 (February 20, 1980), Place of birth: Yerevan, Armenia, Residence: Berlin, Germany, Record: 31-1-0, 25 Ko’s, Stance: Righthanded, Total Rounds: 213, World title fights: 11 (11-0), Promoter: Wilfried Sauerland

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. to Join Black Friday Fan Rally

EAST LOS ANGELES (November 26, 2010) – Son of the living legend, JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ, Jr. (41-0-1, 30 KOs), of Culiacan, México, will meet with his fans and sign autographs Today!  Friday, November 26 at O’Reilly Auto Parts in East Los Angeles (722 South Atlantic Blvd., East Los Angeles, Calif. 90022), from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. PT.  WBUE-FM will also be at O’Reilly Auto Parts from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. PT.

TFN Video: Abraham-Froch Preview

The Fight Network previews this Saturday’s “Super Six” World Boxing Classic WBC super middleweight title tilt between Arthur Abraham and Carl Froch.


Wegner: “Levin Has No Idea About Helenius’ Punching Power”

Seven-time German coach-of-the-year Ulli Wegner believes that Attila Levin has no idea about the danger he is in. The Swedish veteran (34-3, 27 KOs) challenges EU Heavyweight Champion Robert Helenius on Saturday night.

The vacant WBO Intercontinental Title will also be on the line at Helsinki´s Hartwall Areena. “Attila, you have no clue how hard Robert can punch,” Wegner said at today´s final face-to-face press conference. “You don´t know about the danger you are in. Robert will continue his great development and notch another big victory.”

Adamek-Maddalone Undercard Announced for Dec. 9

Local talent will dominate the undercard bouts on Thursday, December 9th when IBF International Heavyweight Champion Tomasz Adamek takes on New York’s Vinny Maddalone as the “Brick City Boxing Series” returns to Newark’s Prudential Center.

A total of nine supporting undercard fights have been scheduled by promoters Main Events, Ziggy Promotions and Star Boxing.  Fans who want to catch all of the action should arrive early, as the first bout is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

Pawel Wolak in for Gomez Against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.


ANAHEIM, CALIF. (November 24, 2010) – Top-10 contender PAWEL “Raging Bull” WOLAK will be In Harm’s Way on Saturday, December 4, when he challenges undefeated World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver middleweight champion JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ, Jr. in a 12-round title fight.  Wolak replaces the injured Alfonso Gomez, Chávez’s original opponent, who withdrew today after an MRI detected a ligament tear in his left elbow.

Wolak (27-1, 17 KOs), from Mount Arlington, NJ, enters this fight riding a two-year, six-bout winning streak, with three of those victories coming by knockout.  The combined record of the last three opponents he defeated — James Moore, Ishmail Arvin and Carlos Nascimento – had a combined record of 56-4-4 when he fought them, which translates into an impressive 88% winning percentage.  His last fight, a 10-round unanimous decision victory over Moore (17-2), was fought on the historic Yuri Foreman-Miguel Cotto undercard at Yankee Stadium on June 5.  He is currently world-rated No. 7 by the World Boxing Association (WBA).


Gary Shaw, Warriors Boxing Sign Two More Sluggers

The promotional alliance between Gary Shaw Productions and Warriors Boxing will now extend to two more young punchers as they proudly announce the signing of Puerto Rican amateur star Jorge Maysonet and equally promising Cuban former world amateur champion Vilier Quinones to co-promotional deals.

“This is big news for the future,” revealed GSP Chief Gary Shaw. “Both of these kids had huge amateur careers with international experience and both of them are known for their power. These two will leave a trail of sleeping opponents behind them on their way to winning world titles.”

Tensions High at Final Froch-Abraham Presser


HELSINKI, Finland (Nov. 24, 2010) – Former world champions Arthur Abraham of Germany and Carl Froch of England were confident, yet respectful, during Wednesday’s Super Six World Boxing Classic  jam-packed final press conference at Hartwall Areena in the Power Play Restaurant here on Wednesday.

While there was no trash-talking — Froch (26-1, 20 KOs) was very quiet and didn’t want to get into anything beyond answering his questions simply and Abraham (31-1, 25 KOs) was in a more jovial mood but also kept his responses short — the fight itself this Saturday, Nov. 27, on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, same-day-delay) from Hartwall Areena also for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) super middleweight title — has the potential to be a classic slugfest from start to finish.

Photos Courtesy: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Stacked HBO Tripleheader Set for Nov. 27

LOS ANGELES, November 24 – Just two days after boxing fans celebrate Thanksgiving, the holiday feast continues on Saturday, November 27, as Golden Boy Promotions presents an All-Star lineup of fights that will lift the roof off the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.

Headlining this scheduled eight bout card is an HBO-televised tripleheader featuring the highly-anticipated slugfest between Ring Magazine, WBA & WBO Lightweight World Champion Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez (51-5-1, 37 KOs) and Australian action hero and WBO Interim Lightweight World Champion Michael Katsidis “The Great” (27-2, 22 KOs), the WBC Welterweight World Title bout pitting unbeaten champion Andre Berto (26-0, 20 KOs) against Mexican challenger Freddy Hernandez (29-1, 20 KOs) and the junior lightweight showdown between Two-Division World Champion Celestino Caballero (34-2, 23 KOs) and Jason Litzau (27-2, 21 KOs).

‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’ Nov. 26 Edition Announced

LOS ANGELES, November 24 – There will be no rowdy celebrations or fancy feasts for Unified Lightweight World Champion Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez and junior welterweight contender “Vicious” Victor Ortiz this Thanksgiving as they prepare for their respective pivotal bouts over the next few weeks, but fight fans can get their own party started on Friday, November 26, as a special edition of “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” Classics re-airs fights from the careers of both boxing superstars.

Boxing Press Split on Abraham-Froch


NEW YORK (Nov. 24, 2010) – The experts both in the States and abroad may not all agree on who is going to win, but there is a general consensus that the Super Six World Boxing Classic matchup between Carl Froch and Arthur Abraham has Fight of the Year potential.

As the close Las Vegas odds indicate with Abraham listed as a slight 7-5 favorite (-165), people are having a tough time picking a winner in this clash of European heavy hitters. In a recent poll, national and international boxing writers were evenly split between Abraham and Froch with nine writers picking Abraham and nine predicting a win for Froch.

Sergio Martinez Ready to Start Something


NEW YORK (November 24, 2010) – The Big Three — the ‘60s version of this troika was comprised of golf’s greatest of that era — Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.  As the 21st century begins its second decade The Big Three has a new generation — boxing superstars Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Sergio Martinez — multi-division world champions possessing the comparable skill, charisma, excitement and professional success of their 20th Century predecessors.

Martinez, who held the WBC super welterweight title until June 2010, became the World Middleweight Champion in April, dethroning and bloodying defending champion Kelly Pavlik.  He made his case for Fighter of the Year by starching two-division world champion Paul Williams in the second round last Saturday in Atlantic City to successfully defend his title.

Abraham & Froch Public Workout Videos

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Nonito Donaire Conference Call Transcript

NONITO DONAIRE:  Thank you Bob and Top Rank for making this happen.  This is the fight I have been looking for.  I have never been this motivated for a fight and you have never seen Nonito Donaire fight when he is this motivated.  Like Robert said, when I am motivated and training really hard you will see the best in me and you are going to see it against Sidorenko and hopefully against Montiel in February.  Right now I am motivated in terms of learning and becoming a better fighter and Robert is there to help me out and Top Rank is there to give me the fight.  Right now we are very confidant and I am training really hard.  We have the media workout today and a lot of people are going to be there and it is really exciting.  The whole team is really excited for this fight and we are really looking forward to it.

Young Warriors Boxing Prospects Impressive Over Weekend

Warriors Boxing President Leon Margules wishes to congratulate two of his future champions for their dominating performances over the weekend.

On Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut, undefeated super lightweight Danny O’Connor ran his record to (14-0, 3 KOs) with a shutout (80-72, 80-72 and 80-71) unanimous eight-round decision over proven veteran Humberto Tapia.

And on Friday night at the Magic City Casino in Miami, Florida, lightweight Rances Barthelemy ran his record to 9-0, 7 KOs when 23-fight veteran Roberto Acevedo could not answer the bell for the second round.

Fighting on the undercard of his fistic idol Paul Spadafora in the main event, Framingham, Massachusetts native O’Connor outclassed Tapia from bell to bell, with superior hand speed, superb defense and an awe-inspiring array of punches to the head and body. Southpaw O’Connor enjoyed the advantage whether boxing or brawling.

Yonnhy Perez Ready for Joseph Agbeko


ORANGE, CA  (November 23, 2010) – In the midst of what he is calling the best training camp of his life, IBF bantamweight champion Yohnny Perez is looking forward to leaving his gym and heading to the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington for his December 11th showdown with Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko, who he defeated in their exciting first bout in October of 2009.

“This training camp has been great, I’m in the best shape of my life, and I can’t wait to put on a great show for my fans on December 11th,” said the unbeaten Perez (20-0-1) a native of Cartagena, Colombia who is co-promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and Thompson Boxing Promotions.

The Perez-Agbeko rematch, which will be televised on Showtime Championship Boxing beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) , is the first in the network’s “Super Four” bantamweight tournament. In the other semifinal matchup on December 11th, Vic Darchinyan battles Abner Mares, who fought Perez to a 12 round draw in their title bout on May 22nd.

Photo Credit: Carlos Baeza/Thompson Boxing Promotions


Tickets Selling Fast for Hopkins-Pascal in Quebec City

NEW YORK (Nov. 23, 2010) – Future Hall of Famer and two-division world champion Bernard Hopkins will challenge World Boxing Council (WBC) light heavyweight belt-holder Jean Pascal on Saturday, Dec. 18, live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) in a bid to become the oldest fighter in the history of boxing to win a world title, but he’ll have to do so in front a predominantly pro-Pascal sell-out crowd at the 16,333-seat Pepsi Coliseum in Québec City, Canada.

According to Pascal’s promoter, Groupe Yvon Michel, more than 15,000 tickets were purchased within 48 hours of the on-sale date. More than 6,000 tickets were sold within the first 30 minutes. Twelve thousand tickets were obtained in the first two hours.

A superstar north of the border, Pascal (26-1, 16 KOs) is one of the most popular boxers in Canada.  The Haitian-born Canadian resident has made three successful defenses in Canada since winning the WBC 175-pound crown with a unanimous decision over Adrian Diaconu on June 19, 2009 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

An emerging superstar, Pascal is coming off a career-best, upset victory over Chad Dawson, who was considered a top-5 pound-for-pound fighter and the best light heavyweight in the world.

The age-defying, 45-year-old Hopkins won the World Middleweight title on SHOWTIME in 1995 and successfully defended it 20 times, solidifying his place as one of the most prolific 160-pound world champions in history.


Timeline of Thanksgiving Wekeend World Title Fights

LOS ANGELES, November 22 – In less than one week, the Unified Lightweight World Championship bout between Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez and Michael Katsidis “The Great” and the WBC Welterweight World Championship between Andre Berto and Freddy Hernandez will join a rich list of Thanksgiving weekend world championship fights.  Marquez, Mexico’s top fighter, will be fighting for the second time for a world title on the holiday weekend in front of thousands of his adopted U.S.-based fans.  The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. will host the Thanksgiving weekend showdown on Saturday, Nov. 27 which will be televised live on HBO’s World Championship Boxing.

Full Timeline Of Fights Below the Break.

Sakio Bika Ready for World Title Battle with Andre Ward

LOS ANGELES, November 22 – From Osaka to Manchester, Providence to Montreal, top super middleweight contender Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika has made a career out of going to his opponents’ backyards and giving them the fights of their lives.  On Saturday, November 27, Bika walks into the “lions den” again when he travels to Oakland, California to face hometown hero Andre Ward for the WBA Super Middleweight World Title at Oracle Arena.

“I am very confident that I will win this fight,” said Bika.  “I’m happy to be fighting in Andre Ward’s hometown.  It doesn’t matter where I fight because all of my career I have fought for my country and will continue to do that no matter where the fight takes place.  On November 27, I will have the WBA World Championship belt around my waist.”

“Sakio Bika has always been the kind of fighter that is easy to root for,” said Jeff Wald CEO of Aria Multimedia Entertainment.  “He always stays in fighting shape and will fight anyone, anywhere and already has proven this.  He is a gentleman in the truest sense of the word, respecting everyone and getting their respect in return.”

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Freddie Roach Turkey Giveaway

HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. (November 23, 2010) – Son of the living legend, JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ, Jr. (41-0-1, 30 KOs), of Culiacan, México, and four-time Trainer of the Year World-Famous FREDDIE ROACH will be getting into the spirit of Thanksgiving by giving away free turkeys, Today! Tuesday, November 23, to the first 200 fans who show up at the parking lot of the Wild Card Boxing Club (1123 North Vine St. — one block north of Santa Monica Blvd — Hollywood, Calif. 90038), beginning at Noon PT. Following the turkey giveaway, Chávez Jr. and Roach will host a Media-Only Workout inside Wild Card, beginning at 1:30 p.m. PT. Both will be available for interviews.

Chávez Jr. is training for his upcoming World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver middleweight title defense against The Contender alumnus ALFONSO GOMEZ (22-4-2, 11 KOs), of Guadalajara, México. The 12-round Chávez Jr. – Gomez title fight headlines “In Harm’s Way” – their December 4 championship pay-per-view rumble – which will take place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions and Tecate, “In Harm’s Way” will be televised Live on Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT from the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Remaining tickets, priced at $200, $100, $50 and $30, are available at, via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone (800-745-3000), all Ticketmaster retail locations and the Honda Center box office.

Froch Mocks Abraham at Press Training

Arthur Abraham and Carl Froch continued their war of words prior to Saturday´s Super Six clash in Helsinki as the “Cobra” mocked his opponent during today´s public work-out in Helsinki. While doing shadow boxing, he put his arms up and mimicked Abraham´s high-guard. “I expect him to fight like this,” Froch said. “I don´t think he can do anything else. He will need his guard on Saturday. If I hit him clean and sweet early, it could be over quickly. If not, I will win on points.” And he added with a smile: “I have been criticized for my defense, maybe I will use the high-guard myself.”

It was just the latest provocation from Team Froch. In an online story at, Froch´s girlfriend Rachael Cordingley had said: “Abraham is only a midget – Carl is going to dethrone the Midget King.”

Abraham could only smile when confronted with the latest attack. “Froch has insulted my promoter, my team and me. I will punish him for that on Saturday. It will be a great fight between two warriors. I cannot wait to get my hands on him and make him pay for all the rubbish he has said in the press.”

Pictures: Adam Monaghan

TFN Video: Undisputed Warriors Recap


The Fight Network recaps Undisputed: Warriors from Saturday night featuring Logan “Cotton “McGuinness vs. Adrian Verdugo.

7th Annual Mitchell Allen Boxing Showcase Set for Dec. 4

PHILADELPHIA (November 23, 2010)—On Saturday afternoon, December 4th, some of the best amateur fighters will be on display at the 7th annual Mitchell Allen Boxing Showcase will take place at the Sheppard Recreation Center on 5700 Haverford Avenue in Philadelphia.

Muriqi Defeats Judah by Decision in Brooklyn

This past Saturday night in front of an over flow crowd at The Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, Light Heavyweight contender Elvir Muriqi scored an impressive ten round unanimous decision over Daniel Judah in a battle of New York fighters that highlighted an eight bout card that was promoted by Rob Diaz Havoc Boxing Promotions.

Rodriguez Channeling Abraham for Sparring Session with Froch

Following two dominant ShoBox stoppages, Edwin Rodriguez (17-0, 13 KOs) drew the attention of Carl Froch (26-1, 20 KOs) and his trainer Robert McCracken. Just days after an exciting ninth-round TKO over James McGirt Jr. on the Nov. 5 telecast of ShoBox: The New Generation, Froch and McCracken flew Rodriguez across the pond to help them prepare for the Super Six World Boxing Classic clash with Arthur Abraham (31-1, 25 KOs) for the vacant WBC Super Middleweight title on Saturday, Nov. 27, on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT) on same-day-delay from Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland.

Buckland Stops Matthews to Win Prizefighter Tourney

Gary Buckland struck a mighty blow to Derry Mathews’ ribs to win the Prizefighter Super-Featherweights tournament at York Hall, Bethnal Green on a memorable night for British boxing.

McGuinness Scores Huge Win on Saturday Night


Hennessy Sports Canada’s top prospects Logan Cotton McGuinness and Tyler Asselstine battled to victory Saturday night at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.

El Maachi Lashes Out at Prince Arron, Anthony Small

Flamboyant Light Middleweight Yassine El Maachi is clearly in fighting mood ahead of the defense of his International Masters title, against France based Haitian hard man Jimmy Colas at the Steve Goodwin promoted ‘Judgement Day’ double title event at York Hall on Saturday 4th December.