Alexander Dimitrenko still en route for a world title; Manfredo Jr. vs. Chavez Jr. on Saturday night

After his surgery due to an injury on his left elbow from his last fight on September 24th, heavyweight Alexander Dimitrenko is on a good road of recovery.

Dimitrenko adviser Volker Michael Gruber reported: “Alexander is fine after his surgery. We organized a perfect rehab for him with our team. He works every day with his therapists to get back in the ring. His ambition and his will to be a world champion is still unbroken. I didn’t saw him this determined in a long time.”

The German should have defended his European Boxing Union (EBU) title on December 3rd against his mandatory from Finland Robert Helenius. Cause of his injury Dimitrenko cannot fight on this date. The European-Box-Union had to respond on the title situation. Therefore Robert Helenius (16-0 (11 KO)) and British Dereck Chisora (15-1 (9 KO)) will now fight for Dimitrenko´s EBU title. The winner has to take on the actual champion Dimitrenko (32-1 (21 KO)) within the next 120 days.

“I want to defend my title in the ring, of course. But the decision from the EBU not really surprises me. I was injured in my last fight and now after my surgery I´m on the best way to get back in the ring, but not as soon as December 3rd, 2011. They react compliant and they offer me to get my title back in early 2012. The two boys are just at the beginning on their career. The better of them is allowed to pin my title for a few month in his living room. Next year I´ll get my title back.“, Dimitrenko told full of confidence.

The 29 years old and 6“7 heavyweight have comfortable positions in the world rankings. He´s the No. 2 by the World Boxing Council (WBC) and also by the WBO and is hunting for the Klitschko brother´s titles. The latest rankings set him on a great position for a title shot, as well. Dimitrenko is the No. 6 by the WBA and No. 7 by the IBF.

"The situation with the EBU is similar to when the WBC set in Vitali Klitschko as “Champion Emeritus” due to his back injury. As soon as Alexander is fit again he´ll fight for his title against the winner of Helenis-Chisora. It´s like a mandatory defense for him. Moreover the EBU title is one thing – a world title is a complete other. You cannot have both of it. It is an important step on the route for a world title. Now Chisora and Helenius will fight for Alexander´s title. These two guys are still new in this business and they have a combinate record with less fights and KO wins as Alexander, who is a pro now for 10 years in Germany. Sure it will be an entertaining fight between the two boys in Helsinki. Helenius fought a few ´over-the-hill´ ex-champions and they let him look good. Dereck is a former sparring partner of Alexander, we know him and he´s a hot blooded fighter for sure. But he don´t look good against Tyson Fury. Both guys are not on the same level like Dimitrenko. They don´t have the same experience and the steady technique like Alexander. We´ll go our way and the big goal is not to rule ´only´ Europe. We want to rule the world in heavyweight boxing. A title fight against one of the Klitschkos is our first priority. Alexander will be ready in 2012 to replace the Klitschkos as the new world champion. In my opinion a fight against Vitali will be a great event in Germany. If he´ll get back his EBU title on the way to becoming a world champion it will be a great bonus in his career.” said adviser Gruber.


The World Boxing Council has enjoyed great success with open scoring throughout the world. The announcement of the judges’ official scores after the end of the fourth and eighth rounds has been a great rule which has been used in many countries.

This topic will be one of the priorities to be discussed during the WBC Annual Convention, which will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada from December 11-17, as we believe that all of those countries or local boxing commissions that do not accept the use of this rule should thoroughly evaluate its great benefits, which have been proven since its implementation in 2006.

Announcing the score after the fourth and eighth rounds gives the fans in the arena, those watching on television, and most importantly the boxers themselves the opportunity to know how they stand in the fight in order to adjust their strategy and efforts.

There has not been one single negative incident in these five years. To the contrary, the performances of both boxers after the eighth round has been much better.

“I love the rule. We, as fighters, want to know what the judges are scoring.” - Lennox Lewis.

“Boxing is the only sport in which the athlete is completely unaware of the score. It is a great rule.” - Erik Morales.

“This rule gives much needed transparency in scoring, and I fully support it.” - Toshiaki Nishioka.


WBC Middleweight World Championship

November 19, 2011

Reliant Arena - Houston, Texas

This will be the 1,910th fight sanctioned by the WBC in its 49-year history.




WBC middleweight world champion

Age, date of birth: 25 (February 16, 1986)

Birthplace, residence: Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico

Record: 43-0-1, 30 KOs

Stance: Righthanded

Total rounds: 206

World title fights: 1 (1-0)

Manager: Billy Keane

Promoters: Top Rank Inc., Zanfer Promotions


Ranked WBC No. 4 at middleweight

Age, date of birth: 30 (November 26, 1980)

Birthplace, residence: Providence, Rhode Island

Record 37-6, 20 KOs

Stance: Righthanded

Total rounds: 249

World title fights: 1 (0-1)

Manager: Mike Criscio

Promoter: DiBella Entertainment


1. Dick Tiger (Nigeria) 1963

2. Joey Giardello (US) 1963 - 1965

3. Dick Tiger (Nigeria) * 1965 - 1966

4. Emile Griffith (V.I.) 1966 - 1967

5. Nino Benvenuti (Italy) 1967

6. Emile Griffith (V.I.) * 1967 - 1968

7. Nino Benvenuti (Italy) * 1968 - 1970

8. Carlos Monzon (Argentina) 1970 - 1974

9. Rodrigo Valdez (Colombia) 1974 - 1976

10. Carlos Monzon (Argentina) * 1976 - 1977

11. Rodrigo Valdez (Colombia) * 1977 - 1978

12. Hugo Corro (Argentina) 1978 - 1979

13. Vito Antuofermo (Italy) 1979 - 1980

14. Alan Minter (GB) 1980

15. Marvin Hagler (US) 1980 - 1987

16. Ray Leonard (US) 1987

17. Thomas Hearns (US) 1987 - 1988

18. Iran Barkley (US) 1988 - 1989

19. Roberto Duran (Panama) 1989

20. Julian Jackson (V.I.) 1990 - 1993

21. Gerald McClellan (US) 1993 - 1995

22. Julian Jackson (V.I.) * 1995

23. Quincy Taylor (US) 1995 - 1996

24. Keith Holmes (US) 1996 - 1998

25. Hassine Cherifi (France) 1998 - 1999

26. Keith Holmes (US) * 1999 - 2001

27. Bernard Hopkins (US) 2001 - 2005

28. Jermain Taylor (US) 2005 -2007

29. Kelly Pavlik (US) 2007 - 2010

30. Sebastian Zbik (Germany) Interim 2009

31. Sergio Martinez (Argentina) 2010

32. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (Mexico) 2011

*Regained title


25 world champions have been recognized by the WBC, seven of whom have regained the title: Dick Tiger (Nigeria), Emile Griffith (Virgin Islands), Nino Benvenuti (Italy), Carlos Monzon (Argentina), Rodrigo Valdez (Colombia), Julian Jackson (Virgin Islands), Keith Kolmes (US).

108 middleweight world title bouts have been held in WBC history.

66 middleweight world title fights have taken place in the United States in WBC history.

WBC Statistics by Luis Medina.

Fight Club OC Near Sellout - More Seats & Replay Added

Capping off a great first year in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center, the sixth and final Fight Club OC show of 2011 set for Thursday, December 1st is nearly a sell out two weeks early. As a result promoter Roy Englebrecht is adding 280 new seats so that as many fans as possible can attend the seven bout boxing and mixed martial arts show!

"The fight fans in Orange County have spoken and they love the Fight Club OC shows in The Hangar," said Englebrecht. "Our December 1st show will cap a great first season with six straight sellouts, so for the show on the 1st we will set up 280 seats right outside The Hangar doors that will sell for only $20, and just in case the weather doesn't cooperate we are placing a canopy over these seats."

With Roy Englebrecht Promotions asking their fans to provide feedback on the first year in Costa Mesa, fans will see the following changes at the December 1st....

a solid female bout....$5 beer....waitress service at your seats....and the 40' video screen will now show replays of every exciting knockdown and knockout!

Here are some of the comments that fans send in from the email blast to Fight Club OC fans asking for their feedback on the first season:

"Your events are high quality and are more than a guy thing... i take my wife. I hope you succeed as your events are now as important as my USC Football season seats!"

- Paul Findly

"Great MMA and Boxing! Awesome "Boys Night Out"! Love the ring card girls and cigar lounge. Very professionally produced. Like being in las Vegas for a major fight without the drive"!

- Mel Valenzuela

"Speaking for myself, my son, my step-son and grandson, our four season seats every other month is something we really look forward to. We will be season seat holders for many years to come."

- Dave McCullough

"Hands down, this is the best fight promotion in Southern California... and its getting better and bigger with every show! Amazing venue and great atmosphere... boxing and mma together... nothing quite like Fight Club OC!"

- Damian James

Alex FloresHeadlining the hybrid card of pro boxing and pro mixed martial arts will be 6-0 heavyweight Alex Flores as he faces Yohan Banks and begins his climb up the heavyweight mountain under the promotional banner of Roy Englebrecht Promotions. Also looking to say undefeated will be 4-0 Brandon Adams as he faces 1-0 Jose Alvarez.

Alex Flores 6-0 (4ko)

lissettemedelIn a solid women's bout Maywood's 3-1 Lissette Medel will face 1-1 Yolanda Ezell out of Hollywood and trained by Floyd Mayweather Sr.

Lissette Medel 3-1 Maywood, CA



Yolanda "Ms. Knockout" Ezell 1-1 Hollywood, CA

david BarraganTop amateur David Barragan out of San Diego will make his pro debut facing Ramon Rodriquez also debuting.

MMA fans will be treated to not two but three solid mma bouts, highlighted by a top lightweight battle between Fullerton's 8-6 Tyler Weathers facing San Bernardino's 8-2 Tommy Vargas; and in an all OC matchup it will be San Clemente's Joe Calavitta 4-5 vs Buena Park's Jason Williams 2-5. In the opener MMA bout fans will see undefeated John Chacon 1-0 from Alta Loma face undefeated Phil Nunez 1-0 coming from San Jacinto, CA.

SEASON SEAT HOLDER Update - 2012 Season Seat Renewals will be mailed out December 5th. For anyone wanting a 2012 Season Seat packet please email

Fans wanting to purchase these additional 280 seats priced at $20 should call Drew at Roy Englebrecht Promotions at 949-769-3131. The entire December 1st Fight Card can be viewed at

Article posted on 16.11.2011

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