News August 2009

Urango gets off floor to beat Bailey


Juan Urango moved up to 22-2 (17ko) when he got of the floor in the 6th round following a thundering right-hand from power punching Randall Bailey 39-6(35ko) to drop Bailey twice in the 9th round and again in the 10th, before Bailey's corner threw the towel in during the 11th round.

Urango was defending his IBF 140lb title, following a defeat to Andre Berto at Welterweight a couple of months ago.

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Clinton Woods and Tavoris Cloud weigh in pics


Clinton Woods and Tavoris Cloud

Sheffield fighter Clinton Woods (42-4-1, 24 KO) and his American opponent, the unbeaten Tavoris Cloud (19-0, 18 KO) both made the weight ahead of their showdown for the vacant IBF Light heavyweight title tonight in Florida at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood.

Elsewhere 28-year old light Welterweight Juan Urango (21-2-1, 16 KO) is defending his version of the IBF title against power puncher, 34-year old Randall Bailey (39-6, 35 KO).

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Abraham to face Taylor at the 02 in Berlin


Arthur Abraham

Unbeaten former IBF middleweight champion, Arthur Abraham and Jermain Taylor will open SHOWTIME’s hotly-anticipated Super Six World Boxing Classic at Berlin’s famous O2 World on October 17.

A press conference will be held by Dibella entertainment and Saulerland Event on September 3rd to discuss further details.

Carl Froch will face Andre Dirrell in Nottingham at the Trent FM arena the same night in a Hennessy / Gary Show promotion. The fights will both likely take place between 2am - 4am European time to cater for the American TV audiences.

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Kessler sparring VIDEO - prepares for Ward and Perdomo


Mikkel Kessler prepares for his September the 9th defence of his WBA Super Middleweight title against mandatory challenger, Gusmyl Perdomo, with a little help in sparring from Saulerland stablemate, Karo Murat.

Murat, an unbeaten Armenian, raised in Germany, recently vacated the EBU super middleweight title to move up to Light heavyweight.

Kessler also has his debut in the Showtime Super Six tournament in November against the unbeaten Olympic gold medallist, Andre Ward.

Ward is currently 19-0 (12ko) and the fight looks set to take place in Ward's hometown of Oakland in the USA.

Kassim Ouma: Former child soldier movie out soon

This is the story of World Champion Boxer, Kassim "The Dream" Ouma - born in Uganda, kidnapped by the rebel army and trained to be a child soldier at the age of 6. When the rebels took over the government, Kassim became an army soldier who was forced to commit many horrific atrocities, making him both a victim and perpetrator. He soon discovered the army’s boxing team and realized the sport was his ticket to freedom. After 12 years of warfare, Kassim defected from Africa and arrived in the United States. Homeless and culture shocked, he quickly rose through the boxing ranks and became Junior Middleweight Champion of the World.

Kassim, now age 27, seems to have obtained the American Dream with his jovial nature, fame and hip hop lifestyle. As Kassim trains for his next world title fight against Jermain Taylor in Little Rock Arkansas, keeping his demons out of the ring becomes increasingly difficult. His desires to reunite with family in Uganda intensify when Kassim’s only hope for a safe return is a military pardon from the president and government responsible for his abduction.

From the director of The Devil’s Miner, Kief Davidson received unprecedented access to Kassim Ouma during a pivotal time in the boxer’s career. Filmed in cinema verite, current events are skillfully woven in with brutal revelations of a stolen childhood. The parallels reveal a complex and haunted fighter surviving against incredible odds.

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Jurgen Brahmer KO video


German light heavyweight Jurgen Brahmer, won the WBO interim title with an eleventh round stoppage of previously unbeaten stablemate Aleksyi Kuziemski.

Kuziemski started the first round well but Brahmer soon caught him with a counter left and Aleksyi suffered a brief knockdown. He was also floored in the third and fifth.

Brahmer seemed to take his foot off the gas, knowing he could win the fight at any opportunity and then took him out the eleventh round.

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Malignaggi furious with judges: They bent me over!


Paulie Malignaggi was furious with the judges last night following his points loss to Juan Diaz in Texas last night, in a HBO televised event.

Scores were 110-110, 113-115 and 112-116 for Diaz.

"I've been watching boxing a long time and you don't see too many good decision in Texas with out of towners against Texas fighters. I don't know who to blame. I put my two cents in before." Said Paulie

I didn't want Gil Van Hoy and I didn't want Raul Caiz. Actually Raul had it pretty close, he had it seven to five. I have to watch the fight on video. I thought I won the fight when I was fighting him but at least seven to five was a close score," Malignaggi said.

"118-110 was Gale Van Hoy d*cking it to me. He bent me over and he f***** me." said Paulie.

"I said before the fight that this guy never goes against a Texas fighter in the state of Texas. I complained about him and he did it to me on purpose.

There is no way that anybody won that fight 118-110. I didn't beat Juan 118-110 and Juan didn't beat me 118-110. Gale Van Hoy filled out his score card and said 'let me f*ck Paulie Malignaggi' because he talked sh*t."

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WBO title changes hands again: Stieglitz beats Balzay


In a Universum bout last night, Robert Stieglitz (36-2, 22 KOs) against the odds, stopped unbeaten WBO champion and betting favourite Karoly Balzsay (21-1, 15 KOs) in ten rounds to claim the WBO super middleweight title on Saturday in Budapest, Hungary.

Asserting pressure upon the champion from the outset, the underdog tired out the German-based Hungarian. Stieglitz rocked the champion during the 9th round amid a barrage of punches. Balzay went down but it was ruled a slip by Joe Cortez.

Stieglitz continued his assault on the spent-looking champion during round 10, then at the break Balzay's trainer pulled him the fight,giving Stieglitz a TKO win and the WBO title.

Balzsay was taken from the ring on a stretcher wearing a neck brace, amid speculation of a neck injury.

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