“I feel terrific after the fight,” said Guillermo Rigondeaux. “He threw heavy but his style has nothing on mine. My style outmatched his. It’s been 11 months since I’ve been in the ring and I definitely felt some cobwebs but I d like to see some other fighters be out 11 months and come back with a win. I definitely wanted to give the fans a better fight so I need to get back in to the gym, get more active to give a better performance. I promise that with the tools I have now after signing with Roc Nation that next time I’ll be explosive. Thank you to my team for helping me get this win.”
“I have a lot of respect for Miguel. He is a great champion and a great fighter. We knew going into this fight that it would be a difficult journey, but I feel that I was the faster and stronger fighter tonight. I wasn’t hurt by his punches. I want to thank my trainers, they are like my family and the best people I know and I couldn’t have done this without them.”
Canelo Alvarez if you really want to fight “GGG”, you should say, “bring me the head of Gennady Golovkin right now!”–Royce Jackson, Pembroke Pines, FL
In one of the most anticipated fights of the year, Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) and Canelo Álvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) thrilled fans from start to finish with high-intensity action just as promised, but it was Canelo that persevered and was crowned the new WBC, Ring Magazine and Lineal Middleweight World Champion with a unanimous decision win after 12-rounds.
Entertainment and sports figures including JAY Z, Beyonce, Mark Wahlberg, Nicey Nash, Mario Lopez, Paulina Rubio, Kate del Castillo, Michael B. Jordan, Sammy Hagar, UFC Bantamweight Champion Holly Holm, Kelly Rowland, Charles Barkley, Erick Aybar, Angie Martinez and former and current fighters Evander Holyfield, Andre Ward, Zab Judah, were all in attendance to catch the excitement live in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
Vincent Feigenbutz (21-1, 19 KOs) will defend his interim WBA World Super Middleweight title on January 9 in a rematch with Giovanni De Carolis (23-6, 11 KOs) at the Baden Arena in Offenburg, Germany.
Feigenbutz won a closely contested points decision against De Carolis in their first fight on October 17 in Karlsruhe, but this time, the 20 year-old has promised an improved performance as he intends to leave the decision in no doubt.
George Groves will begin his assault on a fourth World title shot at the top of a stacked Matchroom Boxing and Team Sauerland card at the Copper Box in London on Saturday, January 30, live on Sky Sports.
The Hammersmith man lost out in a split decision to Badou Jack for the WBC Super Middleweight title in Las Vegas in September but has ambitions to land his dream World title in 2016.
Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba Gunning for Adonis “I Don’t Want to Fight Anyone with a Pulse” Stevenson – Breaking Boxing News
This Saturday, Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba (24-2-2, 10 KOs) will take on Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (18-0, 10 KOs) for the mandatory position in the WBC at Centre Videotron in Quebec City, Quebec; the winner will challenge Adonis “Superman” Stevenson for the WBC Light Heavyweight World Title in 2016.
Chilemba, 28, was born in Blantyre, Malawi one of the poorest regions in the world. He moved to Johannesburg, South Africa in 2004 to pursue a professional boxing career. Over the last ten years since his professional debut, Isaac has very quietly climbed the ranks of the light heavyweight division. Earlier this year, he defeated fellow Main Events’ stablemate Vasily “The Professor” Lepikhin in the opening bout of the Kovalev-Pascal telecast on HBO World Championship Boxing to become the WBC’s #1 ranked light heavyweight.
Chris Algieri vs. Erick Bone – 10 Round Welterweight Bout
Marcus Browne vs. Francisco Sierra – Eight Round Light Heavyweight Bout
The card is promoted by Rising Boxing Promotions in association with Vincent M Ponte’s Gulf Stream Promotions.
The fight card will also be in conjunction with Ray McCline of The Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame.
LaManna (18-1, 7 KO’s) of nearby Millville, New Jersey & Vasquez (12-10-2, 8 KO’s) of Managua, Nicaragua will take part in a 8-round welterweight bout.
By Ian “The Boxing Historian” Murphy
On November 21st, the world lost one of it’s top all time fighters. Robert Lloyd Foster of Albuquerque, NM, died at age 76 in the hospital surrounded by his family. A ring warrior of the first degree, Foster held the Light Heavyweight title in his strong and able hands for the better part of six years, punctuated by vicious knockouts of such top fighters as Dick Tiger (whom he beat for the title in 1968), Mike Quarry, and Vicente Rondon. He made 14 defenses of his world title, and retired as champion in 1974. Bob returned a year later with mixed results and called it quits for good in 1978.
Last night the Boxing world turned it’s attention to the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas as a renewed rivalry between Mexico and Puerto Rico took place in the boxing ring, as Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, 46-1-1, 32 KO’s from Guadalajara,Jalisco Mexico took on Miguel Cotto, 40-5, 34 KO’s from Caguas, Puerto Rico for the lineal Middleweight Championship of the World. The first televised bout that kicked off the great rivalry was undefeated WBC Silver Featherweight Champion Jayson Velez, 23-0-1, 16 KO’s from Caguas, Puerto Rico he battled Santa Ana California’s Ronny Rios, 24-1, 10 KO’s. Ronny came out in the first round super aggressive beating Valez to the punch. Through the first two round Velez played the part as the counter puncher pacing himself as both fighters began to attack the body. Through three this fight continued to be a back and forth battle as Rios and Velez both continue to attack the body. In the fourth round Ronny was warned twice for throwing low blows and in the fifth round Jay Nady stepped in and took a point from Ronny Rios for the numerous shots below the belt.
Hall of Fame Boxing Trainer Freddie Roach never one for a loss of words, shocks the boxing world once again.
WHAT: WBA Featherweight world champion Jesus Cuellar will host a media workout in advance of his Saturday, December 5 bout against Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo from Barclays Center in Brooklyn live on SHOWTIME.
USA Network and WWE will kick off the holiday season with an action-packed “WWE Week.” The week begins Sunday, December 20 with SANTA’S LITTLE HELPER, followed by MONDAY NIGHT RAW®; the 2015 WWE SLAMMY AWARDS on Monday, December 21; a live SMACKDOWN® on Tuesday, December 22; and a two-hour WWE TRIBUTE TO THE TROOPS special on Wednesday, December 23. The week will also include a daytime roadblock featuring interviews with WWE Superstars and Divas.
Weights for Friday night’s fights at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia
Frank De Alba 131 – Jesus Lule 129
Scott Keller 136.6 – Jack Grady 140
Antowyan Aikens 167.3 – Tahir Thomas 166.5
Daryl Bunting 169 – Ryan Bivins 165.8
Christopher Brooker 171 – Edgar Perez 175
In the main event, Frank De Alba (16-1-2, 6 KO’s) of Reading, PA will take on Jesus Lule (7-14-1, 1 KO) of Fort Myers, FL in a 6-round Jr. Lightweight bout.
In the 6-round co-feature, undefeated Super Middleweight prospect, Antowyan Aikens of Atlantic City, NJ will take on fellow undefeated Tahir Thomas (4-0, 3 KO’s) of Salisbury, Maryland.
The Ring Magazine and Lineal Middleweight World Champion Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) and former WBC and WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) completed their final press conference today at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas ahead of their Nov. 21 world championship showdown, which will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.
Cotto vs. Canelo is shaping up to be the biggest fight in boxing this year and the biggest fight in the history of the famed Puerto Rico vs. Mexico rivalry. Below is what the fighters, trainers and dais guests had to say at today’s final main event press conference:
Some are born clutching a silver spoon. Others still emerge from the womb with an axe to grind. The former can never be alleged of either Dwight Muhammad Qawi or George Foreman, both of whose more youthful incarnations anyway, fit into the latter category very nicely. Both were bitter, angry young men resolute in their tenacity to somehow overcome the seemingly insurmountable odds set against them by the invisible hand which tips the scales in its own favor, authoring our destinies while anticipating little or no resistance and defiance. A society which presupposes and awaits adherence to the constructs of manifest destiny does not know quite what to do with those individuals who choose to blaze their own trails or, as Thoreau once said, “not keep pace with his companions” other than obstruct their paths at every conceivable turn and simply hope that one such tripping hazard eventually hobbles them to the point of capitulation.
JONATHAN OQUENDO, Puerto Rican Featherweight Contender
CHRIS ALGIERI, Former Super Lightweight World Champion
WHAT: Former world champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin, featherweight contender Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo and former world champion Chris Algieri will host a Miami media workout in advance of their Saturday, December 5 bouts taking place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn live on SHOWTIME.
Joining in the day’s festivities, WBC Super Featherweight World Champion, Takashi Miura (29-2-2, 22 KOs) and undefeated top contender Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas (22-0-1, 16 KOs), who are scheduled to face off in a12-round battle, gave fans something to cheer about as they shadow boxed in the ring.
This Saturday night in Las Vegas Nevada the mega-fight that needs no hype or introduction, Miguel Cotto versus Saul Alvarez, for the lineal RSR Middleweight world championship, will also feature a very strong 8 fight undercard, including a showcase fight of RSR’s #1 Pound for Pound fighter Guillermo Rigondeaux. It is unfortunate that not all of these bouts will be on the televised portion of the PPV card. Those in attendance in Las Vegas will be pleased to know that the card is solid from top to bottom.
In a 4 round Lightweight bout, Texas born, undefeated Hector “El Finito” Tanajara, 3-0, 2 KO’s will take on Jose Fabian Naranjo, 3-1-1, 1 KO, out of Mexico. Tanajara was the national amateur champion for 2015, and figures to be a Lightweight prospect to keep an eye on.
Packy’s World: Canelo Alvarez INSIDER Says All Was Not Well in TRAINING CAMP, Billy Daniels, Paul Muni, My Pal Al & The Chutzpah Award Posthumously Goes to Actor James Garner
Oy Vay are you going to hear it today… My Sadie is breaking my bagels at an epic clip, but I had to get this column out or Bradley gets in my tuckus! Well, I have a hot topic and may be an exclusive from my buddy in Las Vegas who goes by Sheldon “The Slayer”. Don’t ask…. Let’s get right to it RSR readers, I hear Sadie coming to my office door.
Canelo Alvarez… Sheldon tells me on a reliable source inside Alvarez’s camp that his training did not go as well as they are portraying it. With that said, I am changing my prediction from my last column right now to Cotto by 8th round TKO.