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Latest Pro Boxing News - 7 December

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Latest Boxing News – Tuesday 7th December for: Dereck Chisora, Wladimir Klitschko, Telefutura, Alexander Dimitrenko, Nonito Donaire, Tomasz Adamek, Vinny Maddalone, Amir Khan, Marcos Maidana, Promoter Tuto Zabala, Pascal-Hopkins, Colonel Bob Sheridan, Anthony Mundine



  • Dereck Chisora and  Wladimir Klitschko had no niceties to say about each other at their pre-fight press conference yesterday in Germany. Indeed, rather than make the usual comments that fighters generally do about how they’re going to beat each other up, Chisora and Wladimir seemed to take it to another level. -- Wladimir reportedly waived his title belt in front of Chisora, saying "It's a nice belt, hug? You've been dreaming about it, huh? You can take and play with [the belts]. I don’t care about it.” Chisora snapped back, saying “You want to be like Muhammad Ali, and all the rest, but you will never buy greatness, because you are not great. That’s why you’re stuck in Germany, that’s why the other countries don’t want to watch you. You can’t get a fight in [Las] Vegas. No one will pay to watch you in Vegas, because you stink up the joint.” Wladimir fired back, “I guess your opponent is your ex-girlfriend, who can’t punch back.”


  • Friday’s Telefutura lineup -- Telefutura’s “Sólo Boxeo” travels to Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico on Friday where undefeated lightweight prospect Mike Perez (10-0-1, 5 KOs) will face off against Jose Hernandez (10-3, 4 KOs) and undefeated featherweight Luis “El Artesano” Cruz (16-0, 13 KOs) will take on Wilfredo Acuña (13-7, 10 KOs) in a pair of eight rounders. The card is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Miguel Cotto Promociones.


  • Alexander Dimitrenko -- According to the head of Arena Box Promotions, Ahmet Oner, it is his opinion that the collapse of Alexander Dimitrenko (30-1, 20 KOs), moments before his scheduled fight with Albert Sosnowski in Germany, is of a psychological nature rather than a physical problem. -- Dimitrenko's promoter, Universum, have stated that the incident was possibly related to food poisoning.


  • Donaire looked bigger compared to Sidorenko  By Chris Williams: -- In looking at Nonito Donaire’s win over Wladimir Sidorenko last Saturday night, I couldn’t help notice how much bigger Donaire was compared to Sidorenko. Donaire looked to be at least 15 pounds heavier than Sidorenko, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it were even more than that. Donaire already had the two inch height advantage over the 5’4″ Sidorenko, but Donaire looked heavier all around than the Ukrainian. I’m noticing that Donaire is often a lot bigger than the guys that he’s been facing. The smallish Sidorenko never had a chance and was run over by Donaire in four rounds and ended up with a broken nose for his trouble.


  • Adamek vs Maddalone -- Earlier today at the Global Boxing Gym in North Bergen, NJ, Tomasz Adamek (42-1, 27KO's) and Vinny Maddalone (33-6, 24KO's) met face to face for the final press conference before their upcoming heavyweight title fight this Thursday at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Adamek-Maddalone is promoted by Main Events and Ziggy Promotions, in association with Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing. At stake will be Adamek's IBF International and WBO NABO Heavyweight Titles. -- Kathy Duva, President of Main Events, and co-promoter of Adamek, kicked off the press conference, thanking everyone in attendance and introducing some of the undercard fighters on the card, before giving the mic over to both main event fighters and members from their corresponding camps.


  • Amir Khan vs Marcos Maidana -- Trainer Freddie Roach thinks his fighter WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (23-1, 17 KO’s) really has the number of his opponent Marcos Maidana (29-1, 27 KO’s) for their fight this Saturday night in Las Vegas. Roach thinks Khan will out-box Maidana and eventually take him out late in the fight. -- Roach, who usually does a lot of bragging about his fighters ahead of time leading up to a big fight, had this to say about the Khan-Maidana fight in an interview at the, “The [Andriy] Kotelnik fight was a great fight for us because we beat the guy in every round. We dominated him in every round and I feel we will do that in this fight too. I don’t see us losing a round in this fight either.”



  • Promoter Tuto Zabala, Jr./All star Boxing returns Friday at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida. In the main event is a classic battle of youth vs. experience as former WBC Youth titlist Ed “The Lion” Paredes (26-3-1, 16 KOs) faces his toughest opponent in hard punching veteran Antonio Pitalua (50-4, 44 KOs) in a bout scheduled for 12 rounds with the WBO Latin Welterweight Title at stake.- Zabala and manager Walter Alvarez have announced the signing of Ukraine prospect Dmitrij Szabanyin who will make his professional debut on Friday’s show.


  • Pascal-Hopkins officials appointed -- The WBC has appointed the ring officials for the December 18th clash between WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal and Bernard Hopkins at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Canada and live on SHOWTIME. The referee will be Michael Albert Griffin (Canada). The judges are Claude Paquette (Canada), Daniel Van de Wiele (Belgium) and Steve Morrow (USA).


  • Colonel Bob Sheridan update -- Benny Ricardo, who often works with Colonel Bob Sheridan on Integrated Sports pay-per-view telecasts, has some good news on The Colonel. “The Colonel came out of his almost comatose state. He had an irregular heartbeat and water in his lungs and pneumonia. The doctors say he will make a complete recovery…look for him to be blasting his voice again soon. I miss the heck out of my partner on the air.”


  • Former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine (40-3, 24KO’s) will be in action next Wednesday when he will have his last contest with an Australian opponent when he hopes to defeat the Australian 2010 super middleweight contender winner Garth Wood (9-1-,5KO’s) in a ten round middleweight bout at the Acer Arena at Homebush, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Wood scored wins over former world rated Victor Oganov and Kariz Kariuki to capture the Contender 168 pound title in 2010. Mundine who is now trained by former WBO 147 pound challenger Jeff Malcolm is looking to eventual challenge Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather and is also looking for fights in the USA against Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito.