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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach is confirmed to be in the corner of Russian WBA cruiserweight world champion Denis Lebedev for the rematch against Panamanian WBA cruiserweight world champion (in recess) Guillermo “El Felino” Jones on April 25 in Moscow, Russia. Lebedev has been training with Roach for the past month at the famous Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California. Jones is expected to travel to Russia on April 16, accompanied by his son Guillermo Jr.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
“I knew when I signed Joshua to a promotional agreement he would still be a major force in the junior middleweight division,” said Star Boxing CEO and founder Joe DeGuardia after Joshua Clottey comprehensively defeated Anthiony Mundine on Wednesday night in Newcastle, NSW, Australia. As for the future, DeGuardia stated, “Joshua has the ability to defeat any junior middleweight in the world and this win sets up potentially major fights for Joshua with the likes of Canelo Alvarez, Erislandy Lara, and my junior middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade. I am looking forward to Joshua’s journey back to the world championship.”
Story and photos by Hesiquio Balderas
Tomoki Kameda wants to become one of the best fighters in the world if not the best. Training in Miami, Florida the undefeated WBO bantamweight champion, who holds a Profesional record of (29-0, 18 KOs), is set to defend his title in Mexico on May 10th against his mandatory challenger Pungluang Sor Singyu (46-2, 31 KOs). Tomoki expects a very tough fight, but his goal after defending his championship belt is to conquer America. Tomoki spoke exclusively to fightnews.com
“That has always been my dream, when I first went to Mexico at the age of 15, I always dreamed of becoming a world champion, conquering the love of the Mexican people as well as my people from Japan and then move forward and becoming a star in the United States, I hope I can do it and I know I can do it,” Said Tomoki. His nickname is “El Mexicanito” which translates to ‘the little Mexican’ due to his Mexican fighting style, the years that he spent in Mexico and his perfect Spanish.
“My parents always taught me that I had to sacrifice many things in order to become a good person and a better athlete and I’ve been following their advice and so have my brothers who are current world champions. I know I have to sacrifice a lot to make my dream a reality, that’s why I’m preparing like never before. To be training alongside Guillermo Rigondeaux and Yuriorkis Gamboa is a big plus for me and make me that much hungrier to defeat Singyu,” said Kameda (more…)
Erick Bone 145.2 vs Francisco Figueroa 146.8
Bryant Cruz 132 vs Willshaun Boxley 132
Louis Cruz 138 vs Tony Walker 138
Junior Younan 167.8 vs Dustin Parrish 165
Shemuel Pagan 140 vs James Gooding 139.6
Ryan Gamache 145 vs Ryan Picou 147
Ievgen Khytrov 163 vs Jas Phipps 160
Kiun Evans 126.6 vs Pedro Toledo 128
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
Venue: BB King Blues Club and Grill, New York, NY
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Mary Ann Owen
Former champion Manny Pacquiao and undefeated WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley faced off during the final press conference at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Wednesday for their eagerly-anticipated rematch on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Both Pacquiao and Bradley promised an exciting fight, but it was Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum who rocked the building, expressing his displeasure over the MGM’s heavy promotion of the Mayweather-Maidana fight taking place next month in the same venue as Pacquiao-Bradley 2. Arum pulled no punches, introducing Richard Sturm, President of MGM Grand Entertainment and Sports, as “the president of hanging posters and decorations for the wrong fight.”
Manny Pacquiao: “Everything is all said. Both camps have almost finished our training and we’re ready for Saturday and I think on Saturday it’s going to be a good fight and only God knows what’s going to be, but both fighters are doing our best to do our job in the ring to make you guys happy and to give a good fight to make people happy. This fight is very important to me and to my boxing career. Of course, my opponent is also claiming that this fight is very important, so it’s going to be a very, very good fight on Saturday so don’t miss it.”
Timothy Bradley: [after endless thank yous] “Everything’s been said in the media. It doesn’t really matter what we say, it only matters what we do. This Saturday all that matters is what we do in the ring and we’re gonna put on a great show for the fans and all the millions around the world. There’s not going to be a fan in the arena or a soul around the world that’s going to be disappointed. Me and Manny Pacquiao basically went through hell in training camp to put on a great show for the fans. I’m excited for this challenge and this opportunity and I’m definitely going seize the moment.”
[Bradley to promoter Bob Arum] “Did I say all the right things?”
Bob Arum: “Why don’t you ask the guy whose picture is up all over building when he’s going to fight somebody real?”
Arum then commented, “In the Venetian (in Macao) they wouldn’t make a mistake like this. They knew what fight was scheduled in three or four days and they wouldn’t have a 12:1 fight all over the building that’s going to take place three weeks from next Saturday. But, that’s why one company makes a billion dollars a quarter and the other hustles to pay its debt. There it is. Say it like it is.” (more…)
Official Statement: Hennessy Sports confirms that at the end of last week James DeGale terminated his Promotional Rights Agreement with the company. The contract was due to run for several more years. DeGale has been exclusively promoted by Hennessy Sports since September 2012 and in that time has successfully fought six times, all of his UK bouts having been broadcast under the “Hennessy Sports” banner live on Channel 5 including his successful challenge for the WBC Silver super middleweight title. (more…)
Golden Boy has announced that FOX Deportes will air Saturday night’s card from the Grand Oasis Arena in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico, headlined by unbeaten WBC silver super lightweight beltholder Roberto “Massa” Ortiz (30-0-1, 23 KOs). Ortiz will defend his title against Ramiro “Xixime” Alcaraz (14-3-1, 8 KOs). The WBA #4 Ortiz, who is rapidly closing in on a shot at Danny “Swift” Garcia’s world championship, will be making the ninth defense of his silver belt.
In the 10-round co-main event, female junior flyweight Anabel “Avispa” Ortiz (12-3, 2 KOs) battles Ivonne “Chiquita” Rosas (10-6-1, 2 KOs).
The global community is well aware that on November 8, 2013 Typhoon Haiyen (Yolanda) made landfall on the Philippines, taking many lives and causing major destruction. Ormoc City, hometown of IBF Junior Flyweight Champion Johnreil Casimero, was severely impacted by this natural disaster.
On May 21, 2014, during the IBF/USBA 31st Annual Convention, Casimero will be recognized for his 3 successful title defenses. The International Boxing Federation/United States Boxing Association is taking this recognition a step further and is running a fundraising campaign in Johnriel Casimero’s name to assist the victims of Typhoon Haiyen (Yolanda) in Ormoc City. The campaign, “Casimero Aid to Ormoc City,” will raise funds for the IPI Foundation, a Philippine-based charitable organization chosen by Casimero. The IPI Foundation has been in existence for 20 years, first as the Don Go Lam Foundation and the last eight years as the IPI Foundation. It is owned and operated by International Pharmaceuticals Incorporated. The foundation has active initiatives in healthcare, environmental programs, educational aid and livelihood programs. (more…)
By Doug Rowe
Photo: Boxing Bob Newman
For most fighters stepping into the ring on short notice against a number one contender, would be a daunting task. But for Arash Usmanee, whose will was forged as a child in war torn Afghanistan, fighting Ray Beltran as part of the co-main event on the Manny Pacquiao-Tim Bradley undercard this Saturday, is an opportunity that he could not turn down.
“I am a warrior, and this is a fight,” explained Usmanee, 20-1-1, 10 KO’s. “It was perfect! . . . I had to decide if I was in shape enough to go 12 hard rounds against a tough guy at a higher weight. I thought about it and talked to my trainer and I accepted the fight.”
Beltran, 28-6-1, 17 KO’s, was originally scheduled to fight former WBO superfeatherweight champion Roman Martinez. Martinez got sick and pulled out at the last minute leaving Top Rank scrambling for an opponent nine days before the big card. (more…)
By Robert Coster
WBA featherweight champion Nicholas “The Axeman” Walters will make his second title defense against former two-division titleholder Vic Darchynian in Macao on May 31. The bout will be the co-main event fight to the Nonito Donaire-Simpiwe Vityeka clash promoted by Top Rank. “We are happy that Nicholas will be fighting a boxer of the quality and name-recognition of Vic Darchinyan,” declared Walters’ manager Jacques Deschamps. The Jamaican-born Walters brings in a record of 23-0 with 19 KOs while the veteran Darchinyan, a former super-flyweight and bantamweight champion, has a 39-6-1 slate.
Gary Salazar, America’s top-rated amateur bantamweight from Fresno, has signed a promotional contract with Top Rank. Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum made the announcement today. “We are very excited about Gary signing with Top Rank,” Arum said. Salazar was tabbed by many as the bantamweight who would represent Team USA in the Rio 2016 Olympics. He decided to turn professional, is 2-0 with two first round KOs and will make his official Top Rank debut in a four round bout on Top Rank’s ESPN Friday Night boxing card at Mandalay Bay on Friday night.
“Gary is one of the brightest prospects in California and a big ticket seller in his hometown of Fresno,” said Hall of Fame matchmaker Bruce Trampler of Top Rank. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Louie Abigail
In a clash of former world champions, Joshua Clottey (38-4, 22 KOs) outclassed and punished the self-proclaimed “best ever” Anthony Mundine (46-6, 27 KOs), scoring five knockdowns in a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision in a jr middleweight clash on Wednesday night at the Entertainment Centre, Newcastle, NSW, Australia. In his first meaningful fight in four years, Clottey took the fight to Mundine, dropping him for the first time in round three. Clottey continued to attack, flooring Mundine twice in round six. Clottey scored his fourth knockdown in round eight. Mundine was down yet again in round ten, however “The Man” showed tremendous courage in taking his beating like a man for the full twelve. Scores were 116-108, 115-109, 117-108.
In the co-feature, cruiserweight David Aloua (11-1, 8 KOs) scored an explosive fourth round KO over previously unbeaten Brad Pitt (15-1, 12 KOs).
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Floyd “Money” Mayweather is in the news again with his gambling wins. More
Speaking of Mayweather, “Money” was a surprise visitor to the Timothy Bradley camp. More
Carlos Molina is still locked up in a Las Vegas jail. More
In an exciting fight that saw the tuxedo clad high-rollers of Toronto’s business elite stand up and cheer the final round, Halifax’s Tyson Cave (24-2 8KO) won a unanimous 96-94, 96-94, 99-91 decision over a game Sebastien Gauthier (22-5-1 14KO) of Montreal at the 29th annual Shaw Festival at the Royal York Hotel. The annual fundraiser for the arts where ringside tables cost as much as $13,000 provided the philanthropists with a match-up of the two best super-bantamweghts in Canada with Cave walking away NABA Canada belt. Gauthier had trouble closing the distance in the early going and Cave used the entire ring, making the Quebec fighter miss. The boxers went back and forth over the fight with Cave posting his best round in the 9th. Gauthier did his best to pull things out of the fire in the final round as the pair exchanged combinations, but it was too little too late and the WBA #8 ranked Cave walked away with 9th consecutive victory. (more…)
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
Undefeated WBO World Welterweight champion Timothy Bradley poses with TNT basketball analysts and former NBA stars: Reggie Miller and Chris Webber during a special guest appearance at the Los Angeles Lakers vs Houston Rockets NBA game Tuesday night on the TNT Network. Bradley was on hand at the Staples Center to promote his eagerly-anticipated rematch against superstar Manny Pacquiao.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions and Tecate, Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 will take place, Saturday, April 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 pm ET/6:00 pm PT.
Afghani-Canadian super featherweight contender Arash Usmanee (20-1-1, 10 KOs) will step into the highest-profile fight of his life on short notice and face WBO #1 ranked Raymundo Beltran (28-6-1, 17 KOs) for the WBO NABO Lightweight title this Saturday, April 12, in the co-main event of the HBO Pay-Per-View card featuring the Timothy Bradley vs. Manny Pacquiao rematch at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
An extended illness suffered by former two-time world champion Roman “Rocky” Martínez forced him to cancel, creating the huge opportunity for Usmanee, who was already in the gym preparing for another fight. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach led the way as boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao stepped off his custom Team Pacquiao bus and made his ‘Grand Arrival’ at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Pacquiao was greeted by hundreds of cheering fans who are eagerly-anticipating his rematch against undefeated WBO world welterweight champion Timothy Bradley on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
“I am very excited to return to Las Vegas,” said Pacquiao. “I didn’t fight here since December of 2012 and I missed a lot this environment…The first fight is already part of the past. What matters is this Saturday and I’m going to regain my world championship.
“The fight in Macao was a great experience and I enjoyed it very much, but it’s not like an important fight in Las Vegas and all the enthusiasm in this city…I’m hoping to give a great fight and great satisfaction to all my fellow Filipinos with a win this Saturday.” Photos…
Report/photos: Przemek Garczarczyk
When WBC challenger Andrzej Fonfara (25-2, 15 KOs) last saw former WBA champion Gabriel Campillo (22-6, 9 KOs) it was August 2013 and both men were in the middle of the ring at US Cellular Field, usually home of the Chicago White Sox. Fonfara won the fight after hard battle with his power but the southpaw from Spain proved why he is considered one of the slickest, most accurate punchers in the game. “Gabriel, like my other sparring partners before the Adonis Stevenson fight, works hard, give me all they have during sparring,” said Fonfara. “He never wastes his punches, has a very elusive style and I need to be my best. This exactly what I want from my sparring partners.” On May 24, the “Polish Prince” will face WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (23-1, 20 KOs) in Montreal. photos
Great Britain’s unbeaten middleweight star and 2012 Olympic medalist Anthony Ogogo (5-0, 2 KOs) will make his debut in the fight capital of the world, Las Vegas, on Saturday, May 3 when he faces an opponent to be named on the non-televised undercard of the SHOWTIME PPV mega-event “THE MOMENT: Mayweather vs. Maidana” at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Official Statement: TDLR (Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation) is happy to have had a long and mutually beneficial relationship with Richard (Dickie) Cole. Dickie is retiring on April 30th of this year after 21 years in the Combative Sports program with the state of Texas! His legacy is the safe and organized combative sports events that are seen across the state. Throughout the years, he has been recognized for his dedication to combative sports and has provided opportunities and mentoring for many young men and women to become referees, judges, promoters, and seconds. His care and concern for the sport of boxing has been a lifelong passion that will continue to influence the industry for years to come. We are proud to have worked with Dickie, and to have been recipients of his wisdom and knowledge. He will be missed but not forgotten. We wish him well and thank him for his decades of service to the state of Texas.
Greg Alvarez has been named interim Combative Sports program manager. Alvarez has been a member of the TDLR team for 13 years.
Undefeated prospect and top 15 world-ranked lightweight Jose “El Chon” Zepeda (18-0, 16 KOs) has been added to the TV portion of the April 26th Solo Boxeo Tecate on Unimas card at Oceanview Pavilion in Port Hueneme, California. Zepeda, a devastating puncher who holds a nearly 90% knockout rate and is riding a 12-bout knockout streak, will face off against perennial spoiler Robert “Red Hot” Frankel (32-14-1, 6 KOs). Zepeda is a Southern California native, born in Long Beach and residing in La Puente. He is trained by Robert Alcazar, former trainer of Oscar de la Hoya.
Yesterday it was officially announced by Oswlado Küchle, director of Promociones Del Pueblo, that the opponent in the first defense of WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez will be undefeated WBC #12 ranked Clive Atwell (12-0-1, 7 KOs) of Guyana. The fight will be May 24 in Acapulco.
By Boxing Bob Newman
The 52nd annual WBC convention was officially announced this week. In a surprise move, Las Vegas has once again landed the coveted role of hosting the annual gathering. It was only in 2011 that the WBC last held their annual convention in the desert oasis. Now, three years later, The Mirage Hotel will do the honors from December 14-19, 2014. This event will mark the first convention under the reign of newly elected president Mauricio Sulaiman, son of the legendary Don Jose Sulaiman Chagnon. The elder Sulaiman passed away on January 16, 2014, after a heroic struggle following a complicated cardiac surgery. While Mauricio oversaw the 51st convention in Bangkok, Thailand as his father remained hospitalized at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, Don Jose was still officially president for life. Details on the 2014 convention will be forthcoming at the WBC website over the coming months at WBCBOXING.com.
WBO mandatory challenger Alex Leapai (30-4-3, 24 KOs) poses with sparring mate Razvan Cojanu (9-1, 4 KOs) from his training camp in Australia. Lepai will challenge WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (61-3, 51 KOs) on April 26th in Germany.
The 6’8 Southern California-based Cojanu is said to be giving Lepai very good work ahead of the extremely tough task ahead of him with Klitschko. Cojanu is unbeaten since signing on with Journeyman Management including avenging his only defeat.
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