WBO #9 super flyweight contender Daniel “Alacrán” Lozano (13-1, 10 KOs) of Bowling Green, Florida plays host to WBO #11 and fellow Mexican David “Severo” Carmona (18-2-4, 8 KOs) of Mexico City this Friday at the Turner Agri Civic Center in Arcadia, Florida. The “Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford” main event is scheduled for 10 Rounds with the WBO Latino title on the line. Lozano dazzled the Telemundo viewing audience with his explosive punching power in 2014. Lozano won the Telemundo 115 pound tournament delivering two spectacular knockouts in the process and was rewarded for his efforts in a big way. He will be fighting just about 20 minutes from his hometown for the first time as a pro and the fight will be a world title eliminator. Continue reading
Like many heroes of Philadelphia boxing, former light heavyweight champion Matthew Saad Muhammad currently lies in an unmarked grave. He was perhaps the most exciting fighter ever to come out this great fight town, and the web site PhillyBoxingHistory.com is on a mission to honor the boxing idol, who passed away on May 25, 2014. “There will never be another fighter like Saad Muhammad,” said John DiSanto, founder and editor of PhillyBoxingHistory.com. “His fights were so amazing. As far as excitement, he was on a completely different level than anyone else I’ve ever seen – in Philly or outside of Philly.”
In recent years, PhillyBoxingHistory.com has raised funds to purchase and place gravestones for four other Philly boxing icons, Tyrone Everett, Gypsy Joe Harris, Garnet “Sugar” Hart and Eddie Cool. The gravestone for Saad Muhammad is the site’s fifth such effort. Continue reading
MGM Resorts International announced the challenger Curtis Stevens (-200) as the favorite over BKB champion Gabriel Rosado (+160), whose middleweight title serves as the main event at BKB 2 to be held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center and available on PPV on April 4. Adding to the evening’s drama, BKB has announced a $30,000 knockout bonus for the title fight.
As the underdog in his previous fight, Rosado claimed the title at BKB’s inaugural event last August, knocking out Bryan Vera. “Playing the role of underdog is something I’ve done my entire career, so I’m used to it and thrive on the challenge,” said Rosado. “I’m not afraid of anyone and when I enter The Pit on April 4, I’ll be ready to implement my training and experience in this format to knock Stevens out.”
“The $30,000 bonus is just more incentive for me to knock out Rosado on April 4th and become BKB middleweight champion,” said Stevens. “Make sure you have the check written out to Curtis “Showtime” Stevens.”
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBO #15 light middleweight Gunnar Jackson (21-5-3, 8 KOs) edged Nathan Carroll (10-2, 5 KOs) over ten rounds in Northcote, New Zealand on Saturday. The action see-sawed in all the rounds but at the conclusion the referee Lance Revillle crowned Jackson the winner by scores 97-95, 96-95, 96-96.
In 2014 Jackson lost a ten round decision to former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony ‘The Man” Mundine in Australia. Carroll is a former Australian light middleweight champion who had only lost once previously to IBF #11 Dennis Hogan.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBO #12 lightweight Josh King (19-3, 9 KOs) stopped Phompetch Twins Gym (6-1, 3 KOs) in round five of scheduled ten round main event in Bangkok, Thailand on Monday. Referee Surat Soichrachang saved the Thai from further punishment and crowned the 29-year-old Australian at 1:03.
By Robert Coster
Daniel Ramirez of the Dominican Republic is getting ready to leave for Peru tomorrow to face local favorite Carlos Zembrano for the vacant WBA interim featherweight title. On paper, the fight looks very even between both boxers who are relatively unknown outside their country. Ramirez (24-0, 20 KOs) is younger (21), brawnier and looks to pack a harder wallop than Zembrano (24-0, 11 KOs), 9 years-older and more of a counter-puncher and mover. The young Dominican boxer appears very confident as to the outcome of the fight. “I am winning that title on Saturday — I will be a champion. I don’t want to take any chance with the judges so I’m taking him down. Expect a knockout.” Ramirez, nicknamed “Mad Dog” has sparred 96 rounds for his upcoming bout and declares himself to be “in the best shape of my life.”
World ranked Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez, from Puerto Rico, will now officially face Mexican Marvin “Cachorro” Quintero in another Puerto Rico vs Mexico duel in “The War”, headlined by WBO jr lightweight champion Orlando “Siri” Salido facing former two-time world champion at 130 pounds, Roman “Rocky” Martinez, on April 11, at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico Jose Miguel Agrelot in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
According to promoter Peter Rivera, Sharif Bogere refused to come to fight in Puerto Rico. “Finally, Bogere didn’t want to travel to fight in Puerto Rico, so we were talking and got an agreement with the people of Marvin Quintero, who had been mentioned recently as the new rival for Chelo. We got a good Mexican fighter in Quintero to face Gonzalez, so now we have three great battles between Puerto Rico and Mexico for April 11.”
The card presented by PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) in association with Zanfer Promotions, which will air on “Pay Per View” in Puerto Rico, United States and Canada on all systems Cable TV and Satellite. Continue reading
Omega Products International will host an ESPN2 telecast on April 3 at their Corona, California, headquarters. The 10-round main event features lightweight Petr Petrov (35-4, 17 KOs) against former world champion Gamaliel Diaz (38-11, 17 KOs). The 8-round co-feature showcases former Ukrainian Olympian Taras Shelestyuk (11-0, 8 KOs) versus Juan Rodriguez, Jr. (12-1, 5 KOs).
On Saturday night, April 18, at the Valley Forge Casino Resort, King’s Promotions will present a night of boxing headlined by an eight round super middleweight bout between Phillip Jackson Benson and Darnell Boone. Benson (15-1, 14 KOs) has won twelve straight fights with eleven of those coming via the stoppage route. Boone (20-21-4, 9 KOs) may have most deceiving record in boxing. He has wins over the likes of current WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson and upcoming GGG challenger Willie Monroe Jr., lost a split decision to Sergey Kovalev, knocked down Andre Ward in a decision loss, and has been in with many big names.
In the ten-round co-feature, undefeated welterweight Jamal James (15-0, 8 KOs) will see action against an opponent to be named.
By Ron Jackson
Rey Loreto has ended Nkosinathi Joyi ‘s hopes of regaining the IBO light-flyweight title. The Filipino stopped Joyi in the first round in at the Mdantsane Indoor Centre near East London on Sunday. The bout, which never developed into a fight, was over after 1 minute 46 seconds when referee Tony Nyangiwe stepped in to save the South African from serious harm.
Loreto, who had lost 13 of his previous 32 fights, finished the job in the same way he knocked out Joyi in 2 minutes 32 seconds of the third round in Monte Carlo in February last year when a devastating left hook enabled him to claim the vacant title. This time a badly hurt Joyi beat the count after going down from that left but Loreto stormed in and nailed him with an uppercut that sent him staggering against the ropes, prompting the referee to make an end to it. Loreto, 24, improved his record to 20-13, including 12 wins inside the distance. Joyi, 31, now stands at 24-4, with one no-contest and 17 shortcut wins. There must be serious doubts about his future.
On the undercard, Bongani Mahlangu won the SA junior featherweight title when he stopped the championv Siviwe Hasheniv in the ninth round. Mzonke Fana, a former two-time IBF junior lightweight champion, beat Koos Sibiya on a split decision over twelve rounds to retain the WBA Pan-African junior lightweight title. The scores were 116-113 on two cards for Fana and 115-114 for Sibiya. In a junior flyweight contest Sinethemba Magibisela outpointed Jetly Purisima over ten rounds. The tournament was presented by Siphatho Handi.
Story & file photo by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
With about one month to go before his April 25th world heavyweight title shot against Wladimir Klitschko, Bryant Jennings, 19-0, 10 KOs, is cloistered away at training camp getting ready for the biggest fight of his life. For Jennings, training is second nature, and is without question one of the hardest workers in the game. However as he recently told me, training too hard may have hurt him in his last start, the fight that earned him a shot at the WBC belt.
Of course Jennings went in a different direction and finds himself on the brink of fighting the man considered to be the true heavyweight champ and the holder of the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO titles. If Jennings can pull off the upset on April 25th, he’ll join Joe Frazier and Tim Witherspoon (and some say Sonny Liston) as the most celebrated big men in Philly’s storied boxing history.
It’s a tall order, but Jennings sounded confident, ready and raring to go when I spoke to him recently by telephone. Continue reading
Heavyweight contender Lucas ‘Big Daddy’ Browne is planning on becoming a history maker and he wants to do it on home soil. Australia has never had a world champion at heavyweight, but Browne will get the opportunity to change that when he meets WBA champion Ruslan Chagaev. Browne was made the well-respected Uzbek’s mandatory challenger last month and negotiations are currently underway, with the Sydney-native crossing his fingers for a fight Down Under.
“It’s a really exciting stage of my career. I’m ready to become Australia’s first ever heavyweight champion,” Lucas, 35, said. “Even though there’s no date set, I’ve begun training already and I’m really going the extra mile to make sure the WBA belt is mine. I’m happy to fight Chagaev anywhere but if it’s in Australia I know it’ll be huge. The public would love to see me knock him out to win the belt and I plan on doing exactly that. Continue reading
Unbeaten WBO #8 heavyweight Joseph Parker has announced via social media that his next fight will take place at Arena Manawatu in Palmerston North, New Zealand on June 13. Parker is preparing for a three-week sparring camp with heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in Florida. According to stuff.co.nz, Parker’s handlers, Duco Events, have been in discussions with world rated Eric Molina.
Cruiserweight contender Mateusz Masternak (34-2, 24 KOs) will return against TBA on April 25 at the Columbiahalle in Berlin, Germany.
Also scheduled for the Team Sauerland card are local prospects including super middleweight Tyron Zeuge (16-0, 10 KOs), light heavyweight Enrico Kölling (16-1, 6 KOs) and heavyweight Burak Sahin (6-0, 6 KOs). All will face opponents to be named.
Now in its final two months of existence, ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” will take place on Thursday night this week with a ten-rounder between undefeated IBF #11 ranked welterweight Fredrick “General Okunka” Lawson (23-0, 20 KOs) and Breidis “El Khanqueror” Prescott (27-6, 20 KOs). The card will take place at the Hialeah Park Casino in Miami, Florida.
WBO #11 David “Severo” Carmona (18-2-4, 8 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico will face WBO #9 ranked Daniel “Alacrán” Lozano (13-1, 10 KOs) of Bowling Green, Florida, in Friday’s “Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford” main event scheduled for 10 Rounds with the WBO Latino super flyweight title on the line at the Turner Agri Civic Center in Arcadia, Florida.
Carmona gave a courageous effort in his challenge of then world champion Omar Narvaez in December 2013. Though he would be unsuccessful, he bounced back in 2014 with two quality wins. This will be his first fight of 2015 and his U.S. debut. He has a very tough task ahead of him fighting Lozano in his backyard. Spicing things up, the bout will be a WBO world title eliminator. Carmona knows a victory will put him right back in position to again challenge for a world title. Continue reading
Former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback Tim Tebow paid Manny Pacquiao’s training camp visit on Saturday. Tebow watched Pacquiao work out for nearly three hours in a gym session that including seven rounds of sparring and eight rounds of mitt work at Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, Calif. Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) is in deep training for his highly-anticipated May 2 welterweight world title unification battle against undefeated Floyd “Money” Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) which will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
“It was the first time they had ever met and yet it seemed they had known each other forever the way they immediately embraced each other,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. Continue reading
By Karl Freitag
In it’s first appearance in more than two months, Showtime Championship Boxing returns this Saturday with a double dip.
First the network will present the Sky Sports telecast of the IBF welterweight title fight between defending champion and hometown favorite Kell Brook (33-0, 22 KOs) and #1 challenger Jo Jo Dan (34-2, 18 KOs) at 6:15PM ET/3:15PM PT from the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, England.
Then Showtime delivers more boxing later the same night. At 10PM ET/7PM PT, the network presents a clash between WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (57-8, 48 KOs) and challenger Gary Russell Jr. (25-1, 14 KOs) plus a jr middleweight ten-rounder between undefeated Jermell Charlo (25-0, 11 KOs) and 2004 U.S. Olympian Vanes Martirosyan (35-1-1, 21 KOs). Both bouts air live from The Pearl at Palms Resort Casino in Las Vegas.
Previously this year, the only Showtime Championship Boxing telecast was Stiverne vs. Wilder on January 17. There have also been three ShoBox telecasts featuring up and coming prospects.
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez
From the Tepatitlan Music Hall deep into the border city of Tijuana, Mexico, Round 13 Promotions in association with Gonzalez Boxing Promotions presented a club-level fight card featured twelve scheduled bouts. With music blaring from the discotheque next door under the same roof, a small but packed house witnessed the showcasing of the first timers and mostly new fighters that participated on the card. In the flyweight main event, Julio “Niño” Castillo (5-1-1, 2KO) had all he could handle with veteran Felix “Chapito” Rubio (3-10-1, 3KO), both of Tijuana, but was finally able to force him to quit in the sixth and final round. Continue reading
Anthony Molock’s stage play “Gypsy Joe Harris,” follows the life of Joe Harris, a man who rose to the pinnacle of the boxing world and just as quickly fell to the depths of despair and hopelessness. The biographical story follows the ups-and-downs of the legendary boxer’s career and personal life. This one night debut takes place on Saturday April 11, at 8:00 p.m., at the Ethical Society Center of Philadelphia. Continue reading
Unbeaten Cuban light heavyweight Sullivan Barrera (15-0, 10 KOs) is growing frustrated by his inability to land a top level opponent. The former amateur standout is willing to put his unblemished record on the line against any of the top contenders in his division. “Look, us Cuban fighters have a lot of amateur experience so we don’t need a lot of seasoning. Give me one top 20 guy and I’m ready for a title.”
Barrera says his team has tried to get him fights with other undefeated light heavyweights with no success. “We challenged Seanie Monaghan on Twitter and both he and his promoter publicly acknowledged they were willing to make the fight but then went silent. Thomas Williams is another top light heavyweight contender that we also challenged on Twitter. He said he wanted to fight but later on he said, ‘to contact Al Haymon, he handles all my business.'”
“I’m losing my patience trying to get a big fight. I know my manager and my promoter Main Events are doing their best and are keeping me busy but I want to make my move this year,” said Barrera.
By James Slater
Nathan Cleverly provided the expert analysis in the Sky Sports studio last night, as WBA light-heavyweight champ Juergen Braehmer defended his “regular” title against fellow German (and former Cleverly victim) Robin Krasniqi. And the former WBO 175-pound ruler from Wales wasted no time in calling Braehmer out after seeing the 36-year-old retain his belt with a 9th-round corner retirement win over Krasniqi.
Cleverly was all set to fight Braehmer back in 2011, before the German pulled out of the fight, much to Cleverly’s annoyance, the week of the fight. Now 28-year-old Cleverly (28-2, 14 KOs) is aiming to get the fight on at last, this September.
“I’m told the fight can really happen,” Cleverly told Sky Sports. “I believe this fight is on the cards, so I’ve got one fight lined up (against a TBA on April 25th) and if I get through that I think it’s likely that myself and Braehmer are going to get it on. Continue reading
On May 9, “Golden Jack” Culcay (19-1, 10 KOs) and Maurice Weaver (21-1, 8 KOs) will clash for the vacant WBA interim super welterweight title at the Festhalle in Frankfurt, Germany. “This is the next big step for me,” said Culcay. “By winning the world championship, I want to show that I’m ready for the big guns at super welterweight!”
The bout will be the co-feature underneath the WBA interim super middleweight clash between champion Fedor Chudinov and former multi-time middleweight champion Felix Sturm.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez & Alma Montiel
Jr welterweight Nery “Pantera” Saguilan (32-4-1, 12 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Marcos Villasana Jr. (15-6, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Centro de Convenciones in Tlalnepantla, Mexico State. Scores were 97-93 across the board for Saguilan. Villasana is the son the former WBC featherweight champion of the same name.
In the co-feature, WBC female mini-flyweight champion Ibeth “Roca” Zamora, won a ten round unanimous nod over Suri “Tsunami” Tapia. Scores were 99-91, 99-91 and 99-91.
Local super featherweight hero Emanuel “Pollo” Lopez (18-4-1, 7 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO over Carlos “Batey” Padilla (15-2-1, 9 KOs) to claim the vacant WBA interim world title on Saturday night at the WBA “KO Drugs” event in Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico. Lopez took over in round four and punished Padilla after that. Lopez knocked down Padilla at the end of round seven and put Padilla on the deck again in round nine. He got the stoppage from referee Luis Pabon with his follow up barrage. Time was 2:24.
Minimumweight Carlos “Cochorroncito” Buitrago (28-1-1, 16 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over former world champion Mario “Dragoncito” Rodriguez (20-10-4, 12 KOs). “Dragoncito” was down twice in round five, but gutted it out for the full ten. Scores were 96-93, 96.5-93, 95.5-93.
WBA female interim flyweight champion Joselyn “Princesa Tapatia” Arroyo (18-0, 7 KOs) won a controversial split decision over Maribel “Pantera” Ramirez (13-8, 5 KOs). Scores were 96-94, 98-94 for Ramirez and 95-94.5 for Arroyo.
Luca “Black Mamba” Giacon (now 27-1, 23 KOs) won the WBC interim silver super lightweight title moments ago in Milan, Italy, by unanimous decision against brave and tough Steve Jamoye (now 16-1-1, 2 KOs). Jamoye was down in round seven. The scores were 119-109, 118-109, 116-111. OPI 2000 and Principe Boxing Events promoted the show with Italia 1 televising in Italy, Fightklub in Poland, Kombat Sport in France, Digi Sport in Romania and IL-TV in Finland.
By Karl Freitag
WBA “regular” light heavyweight world champion Juergen Braehmer (46-2, 34 KOs) retained his title with a tenth round TKO over mandatory challenger Robin Krasniqi (43-4, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the StadtHalle in Rostock, Germany. Spirited effort by nifty boxer Krasniqi, but southpaw Braehmer’s power was the difference as he rocked Krasniqi throughout the fight. Referee Tony Weeks gave Krasniqi a count in round nine after Braehmer power shots sent Krasniqi staggering into the ropes. Krasniqi, with a bad cut over his lip, didn’t come out for round ten. Time was :01. German media has never given Braehmer his just due like other German champions due to his well documented difficulties outside the ring, but he has both power and skills and hasn’t lost since 2008.
Unbeaten heavyweight Robert Helenius (20-0, 12 KOs) made quick work of Andras Csomor (11-5-1, 9 KOs), blowing him out in the first round on Saturday night at the Tondiraba Ice Hall in Tallinn, Estonia. The first fight for the 6’6 Helenius in two years lasted just 62 seconds. The unbeaten 31-year-old, once considered a possible threat to heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, returned after injuries and an ongoing dispute with German promotional powerhouse Sauerland Event.
Hot super middleweight Vincent Feigenbutz moved to 19-1 with 18 KOs, after a spectacular ninth round stoppage over previously unbeaten Balazs Kelemen (22-1, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the StadtHalle in Rostock, Germany. Feigenbutz stuggled during the first eight rounds, but finished Kelemen with a crushing shot in round nine.
Heavyweight Denis Boytsov (36-1, 27 KOs) scored a second round TKO when Irineu Beato Costa Junior (16-5, 14 KOs) quit citing an injured right hand.
In a clash of unbeaten super lightweights, Anthony Yigit (13-0-1, 5 KOs) outpointed Timo Schwarzkopf (14-1, 8 KOs) over ten rounds. Scores were 97-93, 97-93 and 96-93.
Cruiserweight Agron Dzila (22-1, 17 KOs) outpointed Bernard Adie (12-3, 8 KOs) over twelve rounds by scores of 117-110, 117-109, 116-110 to win the GBU belt.
Report and Photos by Joe Koizumi
A world title tripleheader was announced by Watanabe Promotions on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. Unbeaten WBA super-feather “super” champ Takashi Uchiyama (22-0-1, 18 KOs) will put his belt on the line against also undefeated OPBF ruler Jomthong Chuwatana (9-0, 4 KOs), also WBC Muay-thai 135-pound titlist of Thailand, in the main event at Ota Ward Gymnasium in Tokyo on May 6. Also, newly crowned WBA light-fly champ Ryoichi Taguchi (21-2-1, 8 KOs) will make his initial defense against ex-WBA titleholder Kwanthai Sithmorseng (49-3-1, 26 KOs), a Thai veteran, over twelve rounds. The first title go will be competed by WBO female mini-flyweight titlist Kumiko Seeser Ikehara (6-1-2, 3 KOs) and OPBF flyweight ruler Kayoko Ebata (8-5, 4 KOs) over ten. Continue reading