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Boxing News & Updates - 29 September

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Boxing News For: Manny Pacquiao, David Haye, Audley Harrison, Paulie "Magic Man" Malignaggi, Amir Khan, Marcos Maidana, Paul Williams, Sergio Martinez, Roy Jones Jr, Juan, Carlos Gomez, Wladimir Klitschko, Lenny Zappavigna, Freddie Roach, WBA KO Drugs XXII, Jorge “La Hiena” Barrios



  • Manny Pacquiao’s strength and conditioning coach, Alex Ariza, about  Pacquiao – Margarito - Ariza doesn’t think Margarito will last more than eight rounds against Pacquiao

In an article by writer Ronnie Nathanielsz at, Ariza says “Once we are done preparing Manny - for fight night, I don’t see Margarito lasting more than eight rounds. I really don’t. I don’t think he’ll be able to take Manny’s power. And as far as Margarito pushing him, I think it’s going to be Manny pushing him.”


  • WBA world heavyweight champion David Haye has responded to a YouTube video posted by title challenger Audley Harrison, and claimed his fellow Londoner needs to “bring an axe” when the pair swap blows on November 13 in Manchester, live on Sky Sports HD.

Harrison recorded and published a video on Monday, featuring footage of him preparing for an uphill run at his Big Bear training camp in California, armed with an axe for protection..

Harrison-- “It's six o'clock in the morning and we're here on the track to do a 45-minute uphill run,” explained Harrison in the video. “We are 7,500-feet above sea level, and you don't get this in London where David Haye is training - coming out of his posh palace and going down to his gym.

“This is the mountains. I've got an axe – it ain't for David Haye, it's for the bears. We're in the wilderness and we ain't playing. David Haye better be ready for a serious, serious fight. We are as serious as a heart attack.”

Before setting out on his run, Harrison revealed an axe in his pocket



Haye-- “We're going to contact the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC) and request that Audley be allowed to use the axe in the ring on November 13,” responded Haye -- “I'm deadly serious about this. At least if Audley has an axe in his left hand, I might have something to look out for. Even with an axe in his hand, Audley doesn't stand a chance. What good is an axe if you're too scared to throw it? -- “It's a shame he couldn't have used the axe to cut through the rubbish that has been coming out of his mouth recently.”


  • Paulie "Magic Man" Malignaggi -- announced  that an agreement has been reached to promote former World Champion Paulie "Magic Man" Malignaggi. Malignaggi, who will begin his assault on the welterweight division under the Golden Boy banner, will also serve as one of the company's "ambassadors" to New York, assisting in the promotion of events in his hometown in conjunction with Golden Boy's recently announced deal with The Barclays Center in Brooklyn.


  • Amir Khan -- WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (23-1, 17 KO’s) will be defending his title against the hard-hitting knockout artist Marcos Maidana (29-1, 27 KO’s) on December 11th, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada.


  • Former World Champion Paul Williams (39-1, 27 KO) and reigning World Boxing Council (WBC) Sergio Martinez (45-2-2, 24 KO) shared their thoughts on their scheduled fight that is to take place on Saturday, November 20, at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall.

As the main event of the evening, Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez will defend his title against Paul "The Punisher" Williams in a rematch of their December 5, 2009 which had both fighters knocked down in round one and Williams winning by majority decision after twelve balanced rounds.



  • Roy Jones Jr. -- On October 7th, boxing great Roy Jones Jr. (54-7, 40 KO’s) will resume his sinking career against little known fighter Danny Santiago (31-4-1, 19 KO’s) in a scheduled 10 round bout at the Civic Center, in Pensacola, Florida. Santiago should be weak enough for the 41-year-old Jones to end his two-fight losing streak and finally get a win.


  • Juan Carlos Gomez  available to take on Wladimir Klitschko --  If IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KOs’s) still hasn’t found an opponent for his next fight in December, 37-year-old former World Boxing Council cruiserweight champion Juan Carlos Gomez (48-2, 36 KO’s), is interested and has sent out a press release today saying he’s available to fight the 34-year-old Wladimir next in December.


Zappavigna to face Kim -- Unbeaten lightweight Lenny Zappavigna (24-0, 16 KOs) will be in action against former world title challenger Ji-Hoon Kim (21-6, 18 KOs) in an IBF eliminator at the Olympic Park Sports Center, Homebush, Sydney, NSW, Australia on October 31. On the same show, American-based Russian and former IBF 154 pound champion Roman Karmazin (40-3-2, 26 KOs) will clash with Daniel Geale (23-1, 14 KOs) in an IBF middleweight eliminator.


  • Top trainer Freddie Roach is featured in the October issue of Playboy (on newsstands now). The feature—The Un-stompable Roach—talks about how Roach grew up among a family of fighters (including his mother, who was New England’s first female boxing judge) and went on to become a fighter. Says Roach of his childhood: “Tough household…She broke up one of our fights with an aluminum baseball bat. Hit my brother over the head with it twice—clang, clang!” Roach’s career as a boxer in Las Vegas is detailed in the article as well as his other thoughts/experiences as a trainer. Roach is currently best-known as a trainer to Manny Pacquiao. In the article, he talks about how Manny could defeat Floyd Mayweather.


  • 28 September the final press conference was held in Panama City for Saturday’s big WBA KO Drugs XXII boxing night festival at the Roberto Duran Arena featuring 14 fights. WBA executive vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza and Rogelio Espino of Promotions y Eventos del Istmo have combined efforts for this event, which will include boxers from Mexico, Thailand, Puerto Rico, Uzbekistan, Argentina, Venezuela, Argentina, Colombia, Nicaragua, United States, Russia and Panama. Panama will be the world boxing Capital this weekend.


  • Barrios  Vs Alcorr -- Former WBO super featherweight champion Jorge “La Hiena” Barrios (49-4-1, 35 KOs), currently world ranked #11 in the lightweight division, will now face Wilson Alcorro (26-12-3 , 17 KOs) on Friday night in Corrientes, Argentina. The bout will be televised on Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo” series.