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Boxing Updates - 19th November

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Latest Boxing News – Friday 19th November, 2010 for: Williams, Edgar Sosa, Masafumi Okubo, Andy Lee, Waldimir Klitschko, Derek Chisora, Ricky Hatton, Oscar de la Hoya, Martinez, Ruslan Chagaev, King Arthur Abraham, Jeff Mayweather, Pacquiao, John Figueroa, The Cobra” Froch, Carlos Molina, Travis Walker

 

 

  • Former WBC light flyweight champion and WBC #1 flyweight contender Edgar Sosa (40-6, 24 KOs) steps into the ring on Saturday against Japanese stylist Masafumi Okubo (18-3-1, 6 KOs) in Monterrey, Mexico’s brand new arena in a gala night of boxing that will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution. Sosa is aiming to make it a perfect (4-0) to close the year and looking forward to a title shot early next year. Sosa however faces a very worthy opponent in Okubo, a former Asian OPFB Champion who is (13-1-1) in his last 15 fights and has never been stopped.

 

  • Andy Lee, WBA # 9 and WBC # 15 middleweight world title contender will be in action on December 11 on the undercard of the Waldimir Klitschko V Derek Chisora heavyweight world title fight at the SAP Arena, Mannheim, Germany. The Kronk fighter for the past month has been training hard at the Kronk Gym in Detroit along his 22-year-old cousin, Tyson Fury. The towering Tyson is presently the English heavyweight champion with a record of 12 straight wins with 9 coming by way of knockout.

 

  • Ricky Hatton about his weight loss -- The former two weight world champion has shed 34lb in five weeks since leaving The Priory where he was treated for depression. Hatton, 32, is not even contemplating fighting again at the moment but is still training and puts his fitness down to using Vyomax Nutrition Products. ‘The Hitman’ is also working out daily at his gym, Hatton Health and Fitness and making full use of their state of the art facilities. He said: “I have been five weeks out of rehab and dropped two-and-a-half stone. I used to drop that much in a 12 week training camp.  “When I made the decision to enter rehab I weighed 14st 6lb, but now I am down to 12 stone. I feeling fantastic and I am happy.” -- Hatton said he was shocked to read that he was supposedly offered a comeback fight against his good friend and American promotional partner Oscar de la Hoya.  -- “I can say it is absolute rubbish. Nothing was ever said to me and right now my main concern is the show we are staging next week”.

 

  • Martinez  Vs Williams predictions -- This Saturday, November 20, at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall, reigning World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight champion Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez will defend his title against Paul "The Punisher" Williams in a rematch of their December 5, 2009 slugfest which had both fighters knocked down in round one and Williams winning by majority decision after twelve back-and-forth rounds. -- Las Vegas odds have the fight a virtual pick'em, with Williams as a light favorite at 6:5. It is 3:1 that the fight goes the distance and 5:2 it ends early. The fight will give Martinez a chance to gain revenge for a questionable 12 round majority decision loss he suffered against Williams last year in December. Martinez did well against Williams for most of the fight until tiring in the last three rounds and losing the fight.

 

  • Tonight Friday -- Former WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev (26-1-1, 17 KO’s) will be taking on the hard hitting Travis Walker (34-5-1, 28 KO’s) on Friday night in a scheduled eight round bout at the Universum Gym, Wandsbek, in Hamburg, Germany. This fight should be nothing more than a formality for the #1 ranked WBA contender Chagaev. However, Walker has both size at 6’4 ½” 253 and knockout power that could give Chagaev problems if he lands something big early in the fight.

 

  • Jeff Mayweather is once again questioning Pacquiao’s victories in the ring -- Jeff Mayweather, the uncle of unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr., is skeptical and less than impressed with Manny Pacquiao’s recent wins as he’s moved up in weight against fighters like Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Joshua Clottey, Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito. In an article at fighthype.com, Jeff makes it clear that he thinks it’s strange that Pacquiao is beating these bigger guys given that he felt he lost both of his fights with Juan Manuel Marquez in the past.

 

  • King Arthur Abraham (31-1, 25 KOs) will travel to Helsinki, Finland on Sunday night to continue his preparation for the eagerly anticipated Super Six World Boxing Classic showdown with Carl “The Cobra” Froch (26-1, 20 KOs). The vacant WBC Super-Middleweight Title will be on the line when the two superstars collide at the famous Hartwall Areena on November 27. In the co-featured main event, Finnish heavyweight sensation Robert Helenius (13-0, 8 KOs) makes a first defence of his EU Heavyweight Title against Attila Levin (34-3, 27 KOs).

 

  • Molina defeats Figueroa -- Unbeaten lightweight Carlos Molina (14-0, 7 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over John Figueroa (7-8-3, 3 KOs) on Thursday night at Club Nokia’s LA Live in downtown Los Angeles. Molina brought the pressure against Figueroa, who was rocked several times, but Figueroa made it through the full eight rounds. Scores were 78-74, 79-73, 79-72. Figueroa took the fight on late notice replacing David Rodela, who had to pull out after an auto accident.