Boxeo Telemundo Ford and All Star Boxing, Inc will present the second installment of the spring series on March 21, 2014 from the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, Florida. In the main event WBO Latin super flyweight champion Mathew “Mantequilla” Villanueva (11-0-1, 9 KOs) of Burbank, California via Puerto Rico will be making his second defense of his title against WBO Youth champion David “Severo” Cardona (16-2-4, 8 KOs) of Mexico DF, Mexico in a bout scheduled for 12 Rounds with Villanueva’s title at stake. This will be Villanueva’s second bout at A La Carte where he stopped local undefeated prospect Daniel Lozano in the last season. This will also be Carmona’s third. Continue reading
German Boxing Federation President Thomas Putz told BILD that the WBO will suspend judge Paul Thomas for six months due to his scoring in last Saturday’s WBO super middleweight championship bout between Robert Stieglitz and Arthur Abraham. Thomas, who has turned in a number of controversial scores in the past, scored the bout 115-110 for Abraham. Judge Clark Sammartino scored it similarly at 114-111 for Abraham and judge Michael Pernick had it 113-112 for Stieglitz. The Stieglitz camp claimed robbery after the fight. There will be no WBO “review” of the fight, but Stieglitz will be placed high in the ratings with the possibility of quickly becoming mandatory challenger, this setting up a fourth showdown with Abraham.
As reported last week by Fightnews.com, welterweight Breidis Prescott (27-5, 20 KOs) will step in in place of Erik Morales against Jorge “Maromerito” Páez (37-4-1, 22 KOs) on March 22 in the Arena Monterrey. The bout will be a ten-rounder. In the co-feature, WBO minimumweight champion Merlito Sabillo (23-0-1, 12 KOs) faces local favorite Francisco “Titanium” Rodriguez (13-2-0, 9 KOs).
Unified super lightweight world champion Danny “Swift” Garcia and challenger Mauricio Herrera hosted an international media conference call in advance of their March 15 Showtime bout at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.
Danny Garcia: I’m really excited about fighting in Puerto Rico, it has always been a dream of mine….I’ve never fought in an arena where every single fan is mine. March 15th is going to be very special and I will deliver….I’ve done what I had to do in the gym and now its time to go in on March 15 and show my fans I’m one of the best in the world….I know Herrera wants to be a champion, but he’s not going to show me anything different than I already know.
Mauricio Herrera: Danny Garcia is going to have some pressure fighting Puerto Rico and I’ll have to use that to my advantage….I throw a lot of punches and use the jab very well. I don’t think Garcia is used to seeing that. Defense is the main key.
By James Slater
Today in the city of Manchester, promoter Eddie Hearn held a press conference to announce his April 19th card set for The Phones 4U Arena. The bill will be topped by Scott Quigg defending his WBA super-bantamweight title against Nehomar Cermeno, yet the chief supporting fight between lightweights Anthony Crolla and John Murray – which was made official today – could well prove to be the fight of the night. Already, fans – those in Manchester in particular – are excited about this potential thriller. The fight will contest Crolla’s WBO inter-continental title, but this one will really be all about bragging rights. Continue reading
After snaring British, Commonwealth and WBA/WBO Intercontinental belts plus world rankings with all four major sanctioning bodies at super flyweight, Paul Butler storms the 118lb bantamweight division this weekend. It’s a gamble that he believes will culminate in a world title shot. The 25-year-old ‘Baby Faced Assassin’ Butler (14-0, 7 KOs) squares off against little known Argentine Oreste Bernebe Nieva (15-2-2, 6 KOs) at Aintree Racecourse on Saturday night,in what could prove a dry run to a huge domestic showdown with Darlington’s IBF bantam boss Stuey Hall later in the year.
“At the very lightest weights it’s far harder for British fighters to get to world level,” said Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren, who has managed and promoted Butler throughout his entire pro career. “In some divisions, you can be the best in Europe yet not in the top 30 in the world. They’ve got to be extra, extra special because all the competition is over in Latin America and south-east Asia. The fighters from those regions come from seriously hungry backgrounds where there’s no welfare state and they have to win just to eat and survive. Continue reading
Heavyweight Manuel “Diamond Boy” Charr returns April 12 in the Telekom Dome in Bonn, Germany. The opponent is TBA. “I have promise WBC President Jose Sulaiman that I will champion. At the beginning of the year Don Jose died unfortunately, but I will continue to fight for him and win the title in his honor,” said Charr. The fight on April 12 is my next step on the road to the world title!”
Currently Charr is rated WBC #6. With his next victory he hopes to move into the top three and hopes to challenge the Stiverne-Arrela winner for the WBC title by the end of the year.
As hundreds of fans and media stood in lines that stretched from the sidewalk outside the main doors to the make-shift ring inside the lobby of MGM Grand in Las Vegas, popular Mexican boxing superstar and former world champion Canelo Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KOs) and his opponent Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (22-3, 18 KOs) made their official entry into the hotel Tuesday afternoon. Both boxers signed autographs, posed for photos and completed press interviews. They collide Saturday night in a PPV showdown in the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Alfredo Angulo: Every fight is important, but this one is more special because all of the fans in Mexico will know that the winner of this fight is the #1 Mexican fighter. It’s a huge fight for Mexico and it’s a huge fight for Canelo and me. Everyone can have their own opinion on who will win the fight. My fans know what I do in the ring and they know what to expect on Saturday night. My hand will be raised. I’m ready now and I will give the fans my best performance against Canelo. You will see the best Alfredo Angulo on Saturday. Amir [Khan] and Andre [Ward] told me that I’m ready. They told me this is my time.
Canelo Alvarez: I had a very relaxed camp, but, at the same time, I was very anxious to get back in the ring. More than the style difference [between Mayweather and Angulo], I’m just happy to be back in the ring. It’s a tough fight, but I’m very confident. I learned a lot from fighting Floyd, but I’m ready to get back in the ring to maintain the path that I was on before. This is what I love to do. I live to fight and we’re ready for Saturday. I’m fully concentrated on this fight. What happened in September is in the past. I’m focused on Saturday and Angulo. I’m here for the fans. That’s what I fight for.
Tony Bellew is under no illusions as to the task ahead of him as he prepares to make his bow at cruiserweight when he takes on Valery Brudov at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on March 15. ‘The Bomber’ moves up in weight on the back of a sixth-round stoppage defeat to Adonis Stevenson for the WBC Light Heavyweight title in November, and now wants to work his way to a World title shot at a weight he had been considering fighting at for some time.
“I am ranked number seven with the WBC at Cruiserweight already,” said Bellew. “I am coming into an exciting division with established World champions and I am hoping to make my mark in this division. My two goals in boxing are to earn a living for me and my kids, and to become a World champion. I will go in with Valery Brudov, who has had 45 fights and 41 wins, 28 by knockout – he has had more knockouts than I have had fights. He has a good record, he is a good fighter, and this is a dangerous fight, make no mistake. But if I am going to be anything in the Cruiserweight division I have to beat this guy and look good beating him. It is a test, and it should let me and everybody else know where I am in the cruiserweight division. Continue reading
By Gabriel F. Cordero
In Mexico City at the WBC’s weekly “Tuesday Coffee” with reporters, it was confirmed that the fight for the WBC interim middleweight world title between Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio and Domenico Spada will take place Saturday, April 5th in Delicias, Chihuahua in Mexico on an event organized by Promociones del Pueblo and broadcast of Televisa. Rubio was on hand for the announcement of the fight made by Oswaldo Küchle, president of Promociones del Pueblo, as well as the Mayor of Delicias Jaime Beltrán del Río. WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman presided. Rubio will now resume his preparation in Oxnard, California with trainer Robert Garcia.
WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck will face Italian Mirko Larghetti on March 29 at the Velodrom in Berlin, Germany. Larghetti is 20-0, 12 KOs and currently holds the EBU-EU belt. He is rated #12 by the WBO. Huck, who last fought January 25 against Firat Arslan, replaced IBF cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez as the headliner when Hernandez was sidelined with a stomach ailment. “Mo problem,” said ‘Kapt’n Huck.’ “I’m preparing diligently with my trainer Ulli Wegner in Kienbaum. As a champion I have to face the strongest challengers – always!”
By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Rene Perez
Fightnews.com caught up with WBC Super bantamweight champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (26-0-1, 15 KOs) of Lincoln Heights, California by way of Huetamo, Michoacan, Mexico in the final phase of his training camp as he geared up for Saturday’s fight against former world champion Cristian Mijares (49-7-2, 24 KOs) of Gomez Palacio, Durango, Mexico. Santa Cruz-Mijares will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas live on Showtime Pay per-view. We caught up with the champion at his headquarters, the Who’s Next Boxing Gym in the City of Industry, California. Santa Cruz talked about his training camp, the super bantamweight division, and his upcoming fight with Mijares. Continue reading
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Alfredo “Perro” Angulo and undercard fighters made their “grand arrivals” on Tuesday at the MGM Grand Hotel Lobby in Las Vegas. photos
On Saturday afternoon, April 19th, Scott Quigg will make the 3rd defense of the WBA Super Bantamweight title when he takes on number-one contender and interim champion, Nehomar Cermeno in a 12 round bout that will be televised LIVE on AWE beginning at 3pm eastern / 12 noon pacific. Boxing fans across the United States can enjoy this world championship bout live via the PlayStation®3 system via the Sony Entertainment Network Live Events Viewer. The price is $9.95 for approximately three hours of world class boxing which includes the Quigg – Cermeno main event. PS3 viewers may subscribe early to the event. The fight will originate from the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.
“This is a terrific fight between a world champion in Quigg and the interim champion in Cermeno,”said AWE President Charles Herring. “Quigg was very impressive on AWE back in November and he will look to stay undefeated against Cermeno who brings in a ton of experience.” Continue reading
In addition to the recently announced lightweight battle between Ricardo “Dinamita” Alvarez (23-2-3, 13 KOs), older brother of Canelo and hard-hitting Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson (28-3, 26 KOs), of Cancun, Mexico, the March 8 undercard for “TOE TO TOE: Canelo vs. Angulo” will feature five more bouts for those in attendance at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
In a junior lightweight fight scheduled for 10 rounds, unbeaten Australian star “Wild” Will Tomlinson makes his United States debut against Texas’ Jerry “The Corpus Christi Kid” Belmontes. Plus, two more rising stars from the 130-pound weight class face off when Mexico City’s Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas battles Puerto Rico’s Abner Cotto. 2012 U.S. Olympian Joseph “Jo-Jo” Diaz Jr. takes on Jovany “El Cepillo” Fuentes in an eight-round super bantamweight bout preceded by a six-round junior welterweight bout starring unbeaten Keandre Gibson against Antonio “Tony” Wong. In the opening match on March 8, Australian prospect Steve Lovett faces an opponent to be announced in a six-round light heavyweight contest.
Per Nielsen Media Research:
Individual bout details:
Salido vs. Lomachenko: 1,017,000 viewers. That’s 30% above Salido’s last HBO bout vs. M. Garcia on 1/19/13.
Chavez Jr. vs. Vera II: 1,390,000 viewers. The top performing bout of a very young 2014 boxing season. It’s on par with Chavez Jr. vs. Vera I , which attracted 1,416,000 viewers. Chavez Jr. vs. Vera II peaked at 1,531,000 viewers Saturday night on HBO.
By James Slater
WBA/IBF super-middleweight ruler Carl Froch was the betting favorite to defeat George Groves going into their first meeting back in November, and “The Cobra” is a slight favorite to defeat Groves again when they meet on May 31st at Wembley. Froch had an incredibly tough fight on his hands in November, coming out on top via a controversial/premature 9th-round TKO. And Groves is talking big going into the rematch, claming he will stop Froch this time around. Still, Ladbrokes have Froch as a repeat winner with the following odds currently available:
Froch 8/13 (-163)
Groves 11/8 (+138)
Froch by KO, TKO or DQ 6/5 (+120)
Groves by KO, TKO or DQ 7/2 (+350)
Froch by decision 7/2 (+350)
Groves by decision 10/3 (+333)
Draw 25/1 (+2500)
A full week of open-to-the-public Canelo-Angulo pre-fight activities will kick off today in Las Vegas with fighter arrivals at the MGM Grand Hotel Lobby. Undercard fighters are scheduled to start arriving at 1PM, with main event fighters Alfredo Angulo scheduled to arrive at 1:45 p.m. and Canelo Alvarez scheduled to arrive at 2PM.
On Wednesday there will be fighter workouts in the MGM Grand Garden Arena Lobby (immediately outside of arena entrance). The workout will run from 11AM to 2PM with Angulo scheduled to work out at noon and Canelo scheduled to work out at 1PM.
On Friday, the official weigh-ins will take place in the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Doors open at 1PM with fighters scheduled to be on the scale at 3PM.
By Boxing Bob Newman
A triumphant Derek “Black Lion” Edwards was the only fighter to attend the post fight press conference after the Shobox telecast last Friday night at Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York. Edwards spoke on his upset win over Badou Jack, thus scuttling Jack’s anticipated WBC eliminator showdown with the U.K.’s James DeGale to determine the next mandatory challenger to WBC super middleweight champion Sakio Bika.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Hall of Fame promoter Don King and Mexican boxing promoter Pepe Gomez will arrive today in Tabasco, Mexico to meet with government officials to explore the possibility of staging the WBC heavyweight title fight between Bermane Stiverne (23-1-1, 20 KOs) and Chris Arreola (36-3, 31 KOs) in Villahermosa. WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman may also be present at the meeting. If finalized, this would be the third world heavyweight championship fight to be held in Latin America.
By Jeff Zimmerman
After 10 fights in the last two years, crowd pleasing super middleweight Samuel “The Main Event” Clarkson (10-2, 6KO) makes his 2014 debut Saturday, March 22nd at the Cendera Center in Forth Worth, Texas as the headliner for Paulie Ayala’s first show of the new year. Clarkson will be fighting journeyman William Johnson (10-34-2-3) out of Sardis, Mississippi. Clarkson brings lots of excitement whenever he fights and loves to get under his opponent’s skin during pre-fight activities. He’s typically a fast starter and will look for the knockout early, although in his 2 losses, one to savvy veteran Don Mouton and the other to tough Jas Phipps, he tired late and suffered devastating losses. Continue reading
The rematch between IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch and George Groves will apparently land in London’s 80,000-seat Wembley Stadium. The bout takes place May 31 and HBO has already committed to televising the bout live in the United States. Froch-Groves I ended controversially with a quick stoppage by referee Howard Foster and the IBF ordered an immediate rematch.
Grammy Award-winning singer Ashanti will sing the National Anthem at the rematch between Manny Pacquiao and undefeated two-division world champion Timothy Bradley, Jr. Pacquiao and Bradley will be battling for the Bradley’s WBO welterweight title on April 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, in a mega pay-per-view event.
Ashanti will be supporting Pacquiao in the fight.
Manny Pacquiao: Ashanti and I first met on February 5 in New York when we found ourselves sitting next to each other courtside at a Knicks game. I told her I was a big fan and asked her if she would sing the U.S. National Anthem at my fight against Timothy Bradley. She quickly checked her schedule and then said she could and she would. The Knicks may have lost that night but I felt like the biggest winner in the world when I walked out of Madison Square Garden.
Ashanti: I’m such a huge fan of Manny Pacquiao! I have family in the boxing business — Howard Davis, Jr. and Dyah Davis. When I found out we were sitting next to each other courtside at the Knicks game, I said to my Dad, ‘We should take a picture!’ I told Manny I was a big fan and was so excited when he asked me to sing the National Anthem at his upcoming fight and I can’t wait. I actually love boxing! Manny’s such a champion and I can’t wait to cheer him on!
By Ron Jackson
Xolisani Ndongeni won his second South African title when he outpointed Thompson Mokwana over 12 rounds to claim the SA lightweight crown at the Mdantsane Indoor Sports Centre near East London on Sunday. The 23-year-old Ndongeni who previously held the South African junior lightweight title was having his first fight in the lightweight division. Despite the scores of 119-109, 119-108 and 118-108 in favour of Ndongeni it was a closely contested fight throughout the first eleven rounds before Mokwana, 28, took a count in the last round. The longer reach of the younger Ndongeni proved too much for the defending champion as he upped his record to 12-0, 6 KOs. Mokwana, 28, saw his record drop to 20-9-1, 12 KOs.
A lightweight fight between former two-time World Champion Jorge “Niño de Oro” Linares (35-3, 23 KOs) and exciting Japanese contender Nihito Arakawa (24-3-1, 16 KOs) that was originally scheduled to be a “freeview” bout leading into Saturday’s “Canelo vs. Angulo” pay-per-view event, will now open the PPV portion of the telecast. The change was made after an injury to Omar Figueroa forced the cancellation of his WBC lightweight world championship defense against Canelo’s brother Ricardo Alvarez, who will remain on the card and meet Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson (28-3, 26 KOs) on the non-televised portion of Saturday’s card at MGM Grand.
“Everything in regard to Gennady’s boxing career is currently on hold,” says Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions. GGG is currently in a traditional 40-day mourning period due to the sudden passing of his father. “His priority is to spend time with his family and at the appropriate time he will advise us when he is ready to continue his boxing career.”
On March 21st, Eric “Outlaw” Hunter will take on Yenifel Vicente for the USBA Featherweight title at Harrahs Philadelphia. Hunter of Philadelphia was a 2004 U.S. Olympic alternate and has a record of 17-3 with 9 KOs and is looking to redeem himself after he controversially disqualified against Mike Oliver in September. Vicente has a record of 25-2-2 with 17 KOs. In the eight round co-feature, lightweight Victor Vasquez (16-8-1, 7 KOs) will fight Osnel Charles (9-8-1, 1 KO) in a rematch of their January, 22, 2011 fight that was by Charles via six round majority decision. The show is promoted by Joey Eye Boxing Promotions.
WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck has replaced IBF cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez as the headliner on Sauerland Event’s March 29 card in Berlin. Huck will face an opponent to be named tomorrow. Hernandez, who is suffering from a gastritis (stomach lining infection) will not be fighting on that date. Hernandez was scheduled to defend against Pawel Kolodziej. Huck’s bout will be a voluntary defense. He recently defended his belt on January 25 against Firat Arslan.
WBA International welterweight champion Luis Collazo has signed on with influential adviser Al Haymon following his thrilling Jan. 30 knockout victory at Barclays Center over former WBC welterweight world champion Victor Ortiz. “I’m excited to be joining Team Haymon,” said Collazo. “I’m looking forward to the doors this opportunity is going to open for me. I can’t wait to get this partnership going.” A proud native of Brooklyn, Collazo (35-5 18 KOs) held the WBA Welterweight World Championship from 2005-06. Collazo has won four straight fights, including his second round knockout over Ortiz. Three of those victories took place at Barclays Center, making Collazo one of the arena’s staple fighters. The FOX Sports 1 telecast of the Ortiz vs. Collazo fight was the highest rated boxing event on the franchise to date. Continue reading
World ranked Alex Theran (16-0, 9 KOs) of Colombia is set for his first fight of 2014 when he takes on Mexican veteran Michelle Rosales (32-7, 26 KOs). The fight will take place April 19th in Theran’s native Barranquilla, Colombia and is scheduled for 12 rounds. The bout is scheduled for 12 rounds with Theran defending his WBC and WBA Latino titles. Juan Carlos Devia of Probox del Caribe will promote the event. Theran’s promoter Devia stated that he has a serious offer on the table currently for Theran.
UniMas will air a “Solo Boxeo Tecate” card on Saturday at 12a ET/11p PT featuring multi-division world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce (62-7-1, 47 KOs), of Los Mochis, Mexico, versus Aldimir Santos (19-7, 10 KOs), of Brazil, in a 10-round featherweight bout. The bout will take place at the Macaroplaza in Nogales, Mexico.
It has been made known that Arce would be interested in taking on #1 Gary Russell Jr. for WBO title vacated by Omar Salido.
Totowa, NJ-based promoter Main Events won the purse bid for the IBF-mandated eliminator for the #1 position in the IBF’s light heavyweight ratings between #2-ranked Dmitry “The Hunter” Sukhotsky (21-2-0, 16 KOs) and #4-ranked Anatoliy “The Gladiator” Dudchenko (19-2-0, 13 KOs). The purse bid was held this morning at the IBF offices in Springfield, NJ. The winner of the fight will become the mandatory challenger for Bernard Hopkins’ IBF Light Heavyweight Title.
Main Events plans to add the elimination bout to the Friday, April 4th edition of NBCSN Fight Night featuring the USBA Heavyweight Championship battle between Steve Cunningham and Amir Mansour at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA.
Former boxing champ Antonio Tarver never paid back $200,000 in gambling markers to the Wynn Las Vegas from a gambling binge in 2012 … so says a lawsuit obtained by TMZ Sports. Tarver was arrested in Florida over the weekend on a warrant out of Nevada — the arrest documents were vague about the nature of the alleged offense. Now, we know … Tarver is the target of a criminal investigation for allegedly not settling several gambling markers he took at the Wynn during a 4-day gambling binge in July 2012. According to the Wynn, Tarver took out $50k on July 24, 2012 … another $50k on July 26 … and $100k on July 27 … totaling $200k. Besides the criminal investigation, Wynn is also suing Tarver for the cash in civil court in Nevada … the same way he went after Joe Francis when the “Girls Gone Wild” honcho flaked on a $2 MILLION marker.
By Dave Spencer
Domestic disputes lead the way on the upcoming March 28th Eye of the Tiger card to be held at the Lac Leamy Casino in Gatineau Quebec. Canadian boxing fans have witnessed just how unpredictable things can get when two boxers wearing the Maple Leaf clash owing to recent upset wins for the likes of Phil Rose over Adam Trupish and Roody Pierre-Paul versus Ibrahim Kamal.
Headlining the Friday night card will be #9 ranked (WBC) welterweight Antonin Decarie (29-2 9KO) taking on Pablo Munguia (19-4 11KO). Promoter Camille Estephan had looked to Toronto’s Samuel Vargas as a potential opponent, but when that didn’t materialize, looked at the man who handed the Colombian born fighter his only loss. “We were supposed to fight Samuel Vargas,” Estephan told Fightnews, “That was the deal we wanted. If it wasn’t going to be him, let’s look at the guy who beat him. He’s a good fighter, has a good record, is a southpaw. It is exactly where we want to go on the road back, it’s the perfect guy.” Continue reading
By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat
In a sensational confrontation of an OPBF (Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation) champ and a Japanese titlist in the middleweight category, fast-moving Akio Shibata (22-8-1, 9 KOs), 160, successfully unified both belts by winning a unanimous verdict (116-113, 117-111, 115-113) over game warrior Daisuke Nakagawa (22-4-2, 17 KOs), 160, over twelve hard-fought rounds on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. It’s their grudge fight with Shibata having dethroned then national 154-pound titleholder Nakagawa via upset decision in 2012. Shibata, fresh from an annihilation by Olympic gold medalist Ryota Murata in his professional debut last August, made best use of his vaunted footwork and nullified Nakagawa’s aggression except in round nine when he almost caught up with the fleet-footed rival and had him on the brink of a knockout. But Shibata, with superior speed, recovered well and controlled the contest to collect another belt. Continue reading