Boxing News & Updates - 13 October
Written by Alexander Zammit
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 09:27
Boxing News Updates 13 October 2010 For: Featherweight Prizefighter, Manny Pacquiao, Zab Judah, Lucas Matthysse, Wladimir Klitschko, Derek Chisora, Odlanier Solis, Ray Austin, Victor Ortiz, Pieter Cronjie, Colin, Wilson, Evander Holyfield, Andre Ward, Sakio Bika, Shannon Briggs, Nonito Donaire, Fernando Montiel
Next “Prizefighter” announced: The super featherweights get their first outing in the Prizefighter series in the next event at York Hall, Bethnal Green on November 20. The biggest name so far is 39-year-old Choi “The Mongolian Warrior” Tseveenpurev (29-4, 21 KOs) heading the initial line-up for the 15th edition of Barry Hearn’s eight-man, one night tournaments live on Sky Sports. Other names are Gary Buckland (18-2, 6 KOs), Kevin O’Hara (17-6, 5 KOs) and Scott Lawton (27-6-1, 6 KOs. The rest of the lineup will be announced shortly.
Manny Pacquiao Update: According to Boxingscene - Celebrated trainer Freddie Roach wants Manny Pacquiao’s weekend trips to Manila stopped and said no matter whether Pacquiao rests by sleeping in his car “it is definitely tiring and won’t do him any good.”
Roach told BoxingScene.com/Inquirer after Pacquiao’s workout at the Shape Up Gym in Baguio City on Tuesday that one other issue he’s been upset about, Manny’s playing basketball almost nightly and skipping roadwork the following morning, will also stop.
Roach said “tomorrow is his last day playing basketball.” -- With growing concern over his trips to Manila, playing basketball and missing his morning run, Pacquiao clearly got cracking in training Tuesday.
Pacquiao, this week with be sparing with WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan who has been training alongside the pound-for-pound king both in Baguio City and at the Rizal Memorial track last Monday when strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza pushed Pacquiao in a variety of drills which he said were "tough but only the beginning."
Zab Judah News: Former welterweight and junior welterweight Champion Zab Judah has taken his training to a new level in preparation for his Nov. 6th match-up with Argentine Knock Out artist Lucas Matthysse at Newark’s Prudential Center. Known in boxing circles simply as “Super Judah,” the 32-year old Brooklyn native has given a whole new meaning to the word “Super” in recent weeks. “I’ve been running Mt. Charleston every other day since I heard that Matthysse is coming to fight me on HBO in front of my hometown crowd,” Judah enthused. “I am so excited about this fight. I have never been in better shape in my life. I could fight this kid right now!”
Will Haye still fight Chisora even if Wladimir destroys him? -- One of the reasons that IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KO’s) decided to fight the green Derek Chisora (14-0, 9 KO’s) is to remove one more potential opponent that WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (24-1, 22 KO’s) could look to fight after he gets past Britain’s Audley Harrison (27-4, 20 KO’s) next month in their fight on November 13th. By fighting Chisora, Wladimir would make Haye look silly if he decides to get sloppy seconds and fight someone that Wladimir destroyed. I can see how it would possibly take Chisora out of circulation for Haye. However, I don’t think it will work. Haye is already fighting Harrison, who has been exposed by a number of 2nd tier heavyweights. Harrison has been beaten by B level heavyweights during his career, yet Haye is still fighting him. (William Mackay: Boxingnews24)
Odlanier Solis vs. Ray Austin -- Promoter Don King is working on putting together a WBC heavyweight eliminator bout between top contenders Ray Austin (28-4-4, 18 KO’s) and former 2004 Olympic heavyweight Gold Medalist for Cuba Odlanier Solis (16-0, 12 KO’s) for December 17th, according to Dan Rafael. -- The winner of the bout would then be the mandatory challenger for World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko or Shannon Briggs, if he’s able to pull off an upset of Klitschko this Saturday on October 16th.
Victor Ortiz to get another chance at title bout -- Oxnard's Victor Ortiz will have the opportunity to gain another world title shot when he meets Lamont Peterson on Dec. 11 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, a junior-welterweight bout announced by Ortiz's promoter Monday. -- The 23-year-old Ortiz (28-2-1, 22 knockouts) was destined for a title shot last year before suffering a surprising technical-knockout loss to Marcos Maidana in a Staples Center main event. Ortiz has since rallied with four victories, including a third-round KO of veteran Vivian Harris on Sept. 18 at Staples Center. "He got his confidence back from the scene of the crime, and we believe he'll show in December that he's ready now to fight anyone at 140 pounds," promoter Richard Schaefer said, referring to boxing's most talented division.
Pieter Cronjie Vs Colin Wilson -- Australian based South African heavyweight Pieter Cronjie ( 9-4, 2 KOs) will return to ring action on Thursday of a nationally televised promotion when he will clash with former Australian heavyweight champion Colin Wilson (35-26-1, 21 KOs) at the Mansfield Tavern in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Cronjie came to Australia in 2007 and defeated Colin Wilson via split six round decision and since then was in the best Australian bout for 2008 losing a close decision to Alex Leapai.
Evander Holyfield -- Stubborn old warhorse Evander Holyfield refuses to call it quits and retire, and the 48-year-old (on Oct. 19th) is set to fight again on November 12th, when he will meet durable journeyman Sherman Williams at The Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. Incredibly, this fight will take place eighteen years and a day on from “The Real Deal’s” first epic war with arch-rival Riddick “Big Daddy” Bowe.
Andre Ward Vs Sakio Bika -- World Boxing Association (WBA) super middleweight champion Andre Ward (22-0, 13 KO’s) is likely to be facing #7 ranked IBF super middleweight contender Sakio Bika (28-4-2, 19 KO’s) next on November 27th, according to boxing news from Dan Rafael at ESPBN.
Shannon Briggs News -- Trainer Herman Caicedo, who is going to be in the corner of former world heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs on Saturday night in Hamburg, Germany, tells reporter Alexander Pavlov that he can't see any way that his fighter will be beaten by WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko. Caicedo is expecting a big upset and a new champion on Saturday.
Donaire-Montiel February 2011 Face-Off in Peril -- MANILA, Philippines — Fate seems to be playing a very untimely joke just when Nonito Donaire, Jr. was about to rejoice on the news of finally facing a big name foe on top of the ring. -- Unified bantamweight titlist Fernando Montiel of Mexico figured in a motorcycle accident on Sunday (Monday in Manila) during a recent visit to Alamos, Mexico, according to a report by ESPN Boxing.
"me cai en una moto y me fragmente la tibia y pss un cortadon ya viste vrd (I fell on a bike and fractured my Tibia)," Montiel was quoted as saying in his official Twitter account, "amig@s djenme informarles q lamentablemente sufri un accidente en moto y me hospitalizaron (Friends I must inform you that unfortunately I suffered a motorcycle accident and was hospitalized)"
Montiel (42 wins, 2 losses, 2 draws, 32 knockouts), who is coming off a stunning third round knockout victory against Rafael Concepcion last July, reportedly suffered bad cuts and bruises on his legs and arms. No fracture was observed on his left leg, where he incurred a “very deep wound” that would require heavy bandage for almost a month, contrary to what previous reports claim.
“He got very scared and is very sad by the accident, but the leg is not fractured," Top Rank spokesman Ricardo Jimenez said. -- Montiel was originally scheduled to defend his belts against a still unnamed opponent on November 20