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Unbeaten former two-division world champion Zsolt Erdei (31-0, 17 KOs) reportedly announced his retirement – then hours later stated he was misquoted and is open to continuing his career if he receives an appropriate offer. After competing in the 2000 Olympics, Erdei won the WBO light heavyweight belt in 2004 and defended 11 times. He last fought in November, winning the WBC cruiserweight belt, which he later vacated. Erdei’s contract with Universum Box-Promotion expires at the end of June. He will turn 36 years of age later this month. Hat tip to Hungarian monokli.com.
Boxing promoter Don King—a man known for his affinity to the heavyweight division—has signed New York State Champion Darrel “King David” Madison (15-1, 4 KOs) to a promotional agreement with Don King Productions. Madison, born on New York’s Long Island and still fighting out of Central Islip, is currently riding a 14-fight winning streak with wins over Zuri Lawrence and Nagy Aguilera. The slick boxer’s next step will be heading to King’s training camp in Orwell, Ohio, with trainer Carlos Cartagena to spar and train with other DKP fighters. Madison is anxious and excited to get back into the ring as soon as possible. Madison is managed by Dave Bowers.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBC/WBA super flyweight champion Vic “The Raging Bull” Darchinyan (34-2-2, 27 KOs) will clash with durable Filipino Eric “The Maverick” Barcelona (51-17-4, 19 KOs) over twelve rounds for the vacant IBO bantamweight title at the Parramatta Leagues Club, Sydney, NSW, Australia on May 20. Barcelona dropped a ten round decision in his most recent ring appearance when Kohei Oba outscored him in Japan in March. Darchinyan is confident of beating Barcelona. “I have never seen him fight but I heard he has never been stopped in 70 fights,” Darchinyan said. “I’m sure it will be a good fight. My training has been good and I am in good shape for this fight.” (more…)
By Bob Caico
Nick Garone and X-Cel Worldwide announced the signing of undefeated middleweight and former Canadian Olympian Donald “Donnie Boy” Orr (15-0, 6 KOs) to a promotional agreement. The Irish Canadian had one of the most remarkable amateur careers of any fighter ever to come out of British Columbia, Canada, finishing with a record 137-11. To qualify for the Olympics, he defeated Mariano Carrera of Argentina (who would go on to fight for the WBA world title as a pro) then slick Dominican Republic fighter Jerson Ravelo. (more…)
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Photos: Pavel Terekhov
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (39-2, 37 KOs) continues preparations for his title defense against European heavyweight champion Albert Sosnowski (45-2-1, 27 KOs) on May 29th in Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany. (more…)
BOB ARUM: I am back from one of the most exciting trips of my life and one of the most fulfilling trips. I am thinking now whether to pack it in as a boxing promoter and be a political consultant…but only in the Philippines and around the world. I don’t think there is anything more exciting and more interesting than politics and I really have to compliment Manny. People don’t realize that this victory over the candidate that he beat was a tremendous upset that very few people expected him to pull off. His opponent’s family holds all of the major businesses in this province. All the mayors and the congressman in the province are either related to this family belong to the family or are associates of the family. Manny Pacquiao was running against the elder son of the family and they hadn’t been defeated and won overwhelmingly in every election for 25 years. Manny Pacquiao is a fighter and with his grit and determination was not only able to win but to win by a landslide. (more…)
Five-time world champion and current International Boxing Federation junior middleweight champion Cory “The Next Generation” Spinks (37-5, 11 KOs) made some bold statements at Wednesday’s press conference at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis announcing his title defense on June 12 against IBF No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger Cornelius “K9″ Bundrage (29-4, 17 KOs). “My title is not leaving St. Louis,” Spinks declared. “I guarantee I will be undefeated for the rest of my career. When I get done with Bundrage, I’ll fight anyone: Floyd Mayweather, Manny Paquiao, Miguel Cotto, Paul Williams, Shane Mosley—you name it, I’m ready.” (more…)
It will be a war any way you slice it. Humberto “Zorrita” Soto will defend his WBC lightweight championship this Saturday against Ricardo “Pelon” Dominguez in the “Estadio Centenario” of Los Mochis, in the card “Puro Sinaloa, ¿Quién es el más Macho?” that will be the main event of “Top Rank Live” that will telecast in the United States by Fox Sports Net and Fox Sports en Espanol. Three-time world champion Soto (51-7-2, 32 KO’s) of Los Mochis, Sinaloa and Dominguez (31-5-2, 19 KO’s) of Culiacan, Sinaloa are both confident of getting the victory. (more…)
Boxing superstar Miguel Cotto radiates confidence during today’s training session in Tampa with his Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward. “It’s been an incredible camp,” said Cotto. “I feel really good and ready for June 5, I don’t have any doubt that I will win my fourth world title at the Yankee Stadium.”
By Robert Hough
Andre Ward (20-0, 13 KOs) and Allan Green (29-1, 20 KOs) said at a press conference Wednesday that they both support Olympic-style drug testing before their June 19 fight for Ward’s WBA title. The super-middleweights meet in Oakland, Calif., to conclude the Super Six World Boxing Classic’s second round. Dan Goossen, Ward’s promoter, supports the proposal and said he would discuss it with Lou DiBella, who promotes Green. Green, who appeared at the Oakland press conference via a video stream from Miami, Fla., said it would have hurt his training in nearby Fort Lauderdale to travel across the country and back for the event. Green, who replaces Jermain Taylor in Showtime’s tournament, has been boisterous in the pre-fight build-up, but the Tulsa, Okla., native and resident was low-key and quick to compliment Ward.
Jr middleweight contender and former welterweight champion Kermit Cintron has commented on his May 8th fight with Paul Williams. “About thirty seconds into round four, Paul Williams lost his balance and started falling to the canvas,” said Cintron. “Our bodies got tangled and while Paul just hit the canvas, my momentum carried me through the ropes and out of the ring. His falling is what caused me to be off-balance and all I could do was brace myself for impact. As I fell from the ring, I think I landed on a TV monitor. That collision actually knocked the wind out of me.” (more…)
Story by Gerardo Martinez
Photos by Chris Cozzone
One fight into a comeback after nearly three years off, former five-time world champion Johnny “Mi Vida Loca” will headline his second straight headliner at the Ohkay Casino outside of Espanola, N.M.
This time around, after beating up former sparring partner Jorge Reyes, Tapia, 57-5-2, 29 KOs, will face former nemesis Frankie Archuleta, 26-7-1, 14 KOs, of Las Vegas, N.M., in what will be a 50-50 fight . . . Click here for more
It’s not every day that you get a chance to learn a jump shot from LeBron James. Nor does the opportunity present itself to be taught how to throw a football like Peyton Manning. However, for mixed martial arts fans, the ability to learn strategy and techniques from the sport’s most influential figures presents itself at this year’s UFC® Fan Expo™. (more…)
Officials have been named for Saturday’s WBC lightweight title clash between champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto and Ricardo “Pelón” Domínguez at the Estadio Centenario in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. The referee will be Laurentino Ramírez (México), judges are Guillermo Ayón (México), José Cobián (USA) and Nicolás Hidalgo (Venezuela). WBC supervisor is Alberto Reyes.
By Piotr Momot/www.ringpolska.pl
Krzysztof Wlodarczyk has arrived in the city of Lodz, Poland, where he will meet Giacobbe Fragomeni on Saturday for the vacant WBC cruiserweight crown. The Polish former world champion held a free public workout today and declared he is ready for another war with his Italian rival.
Philippines congressman-elect Manny Pacquiao was featured on ABC News Nightline Tuesday night — another first for the seven-division world champion, who has already made numerous appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Good Morning America and has been featured in Sports Illustrated, Gentlemen’s Quarterly, ESPN The Magazine and on the cover of TIME magazine. This year Pacquiao was named for the second consecutive time to the 2010 TIME 100 Poll, finishing at No. 36 among the most influential people in the world. This link will take you to the Nightline feature on Manny.
Spike TV presents a special telecast of 2010’s most action-packed mixed martial arts fights, including the heavyweight showdown between Shane Carwin and Frank Mir and the unforgettable slugfest between Leonard Garcia and Chan Sung Jung (aka “The Korean Zombie”) in “UFC’s Ultimate Fights” on Saturday, May 15 (10:00 PM – 12:30 AM ET/7:00 PM-9:30 PM PT). (more…)
Hot Uzbekistan welterweight prospect Ravshan Hudaynazarov, now fighting out of Las Vegas, puts his undefeated record on the line Friday night (May 14) against veteran Gerardo Cesar Prieto in a 6-round, off-television bout on the ESPN Friday Night Fights show, presented by Guilty Boxing and Vega Boxing Promotions, at Buffalo Bill’s Star Arena in Primm, Nevada. Hudaynazarov-Prieto is on the undercard of the Julio Diaz-Herman Ngoudjo card. (more…)
WBC title challenger Albert “The Dragon” Sosnowski plans to become the first Polish Heavyweight Champion of the World when he fights defending champion Vitali “Dr. Ironfist” Klitschko on May 29, headlining the “Fists Of Steel” pay-per-view event, live from the 61,000-seat Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. “I will shock the world” Sosnowski predicted. “Everything happens for a reason and this is my time. Klitschko has ruled the heavyweight world long enough. I will win this fight for all of my Polish fans across the world.” (more…)
By Matt Richardson
First quotes from Wednesday’s press conference…
Amir Khan: “I’m happy to fight someone like that (Malignaggi) to shut him up. I’m looking forward to it. Paulie needs shutting up.”
Paulie Malignaggi: “This is what I’ve been waiting for. This is a big, big redemption for me. I’ve been training real hard.”
Victor Ortiz: “It’ll speak for itself Saturday night. I’m ready, as I’m sure Nate is.”
Nate Campbell: “I’m not going to make any idle threats. I’m going to do what I have to do and that’s win.”
Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer said the card is “heading for a sell out” although there are still some tickets available.
By Ricardo Conde
Frank Espinoza is one of the top managers in the boxing game right now, having won the World Boxing Hall of Fame’s “Manager of the Year Award” back in 2007 and inducted into the California Boxing Hall of Fame that same year. His vast stable of fighters include three-time world champion Israel “El Magnifico” Vazquez (44-4, 32 KOs), former super flyweight champ Martin “El Gallo” Castillo (35-3, 18 KOs), bantamweight contender Abner Mares (20-0, 13 KOs), lightweight contender Luis Ramos (15-0, 8 KOs) as well as many others. (more…)
Rudy Markussen today gave a taste of his famed and feared punching power during a public work-out in Herning. The former European super middleweight champion headlines the first-ever TV 2 Fight Night on Saturday when he comes face-to-face with Frenchman Christophe Karagoz. “I am in great shape,” Markussen stated. “I have trained very hard and very long for the comeback. I am ready and I am really eager to get back into the ring.” For more details and photos click here…
Don King Productions returns to the Gateway City of St. Louis on Saturday, June 12 to present a world championship fight card featuring hometown star Cory “The Next Generation” Spinks defending his International Boxing Federation title against IBF No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger Cornelius “K9″ Bundrage at Chaifetz Arena at Saint Louis University. Tickets priced at $28, $50, $87, and $200 go on sale on Saturday (May 15) at 10 a.m. at MetroTix.com, the Chaifetz Arena Box Office, MetroTix outlets at select Schnucks and Macy’s stores, or charge by phone at (314) 534-1111. This will be the first world championship boxing match at Chaifetz Arena. (more…)
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Today in Moscow, a press conference was held by the team of unbeaten Alexander Povetkin (19-0, 14 KOs), the official IBF heavyweight challenger. Sauerland Event Managing Director Chris Meyer: “The IBF has established special terms during which we should agree with the Klitschko party. Our negotiations should begin on May 17th, at once upon termination of negotiations between Klitschko and Haye (Fightnews.com informed that negotiations for the Klitschko-Haye fight will be finished on Sunday). We have 30 days for negotiations. If we cannot finish them within thirty days, a purse bid will take place. Whoever offers more money will win. I’ve teen talking with very important people in Russia who want that fight was in Moscow. Kitschko-Haye probably will not take place in 2010 . We’re working on promoting Kitschko-Povetkin.”
Wladimir Hrunov, Povetkin’s manager: “We want that the boxers pass the WADA doping tests. It’s not a requirement, but a wish. It’s necessary to have this difficult negotiating process. This fight is waited for by millions fans of boxing in all countries. We would like Wladimir Klitschko to address the request for doping control in accordance with the WADA code. The doping history with the Floyd Mayweather – Manny Pacquiao fight has shown problems and has let us know that something in professional boxing should be changed. For today I do not have any doubts that Wladimir Klitschko does not take banned substances and goes through a competently organised training process and the mountain air doesn’t help him.”
UFC Primetime Rampage vs Evans Premieres Tonight on SPIKE: Rampage and Rashad take the war of words to primetime – premieres tonight at 11pm ET/PT after an all new episode of The Ultimate Fighter®
All New TUF: The Last Preliminary Bout, Plus The Wild Cards Are Chosen: Joe Henle and Seth Baczynski collide in the final preliminary bout, plus each team chooses their Wild Card entrant to see who will battle for the eighth quarterfinal spot. 10pm ET/PT on SPIKE
Photo: Former champ Johnny Tapia displays the goods he earned in his last bout, against the New Mexico Dept. of Corrections. Yesterday, Team Tapia officially announced the rubber match between Tapia (57-5-2, 29 KOs) and former nemesis Frankie Archuleta (26-7-1, 14 KOs), at the newly-opened Team Tapia Gym in Northeast Albuquerque, N.M. In two of the state’s most significant fights of the decade, Tapia lost to Archuleta in Las Vegas, N.M., in 2003, then won the rematch two years later, in Albuquerque. The “Final Chapter,” as the card is billed, takes place June 12 at the Ohkay Casino in Espanola, N.M. Stay tuned for a full report and more photos from the presser later today.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Sources report that Golden Boy Promotions is trying to line up a clash between former two-division world champion Jorge Linares and reigning WBA interim super featherweight titleholder Jorge “Coloradito” Solís. Zanfer Promotions of Mexico represents Solis, who won a unanimous decision over Mario Santiago in his first defense last Saturday in Aguascaliente, Mexico. Linares is coming off a unanimous decision over Francisco Lorenzo in La Guaira, Venezuela on March 27, his comeback fight after losing his full WBA 130lb title by knockout in October 2009 to Juan Carlos Salgado, who subsequently was dethroned by Takashi Uchiyama.
Welterweight contender Mike Jones, of Philadelphia, PA, puts his unbeaten record and his world ranking on the line in a scheduled 12-round contest against Irving Garcia, of Vega Baja, Puerto Rico July 9, in the ballroom at Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall. Also at stake will be Jones’ NABA and NABO titles. Jones, 27, is 21-0, 17 KOs, and he is ranked among the Top 10 welterweights by all four major world sanctioning bodies: #3 WBO; #5 WBA; #7 IBF; #7 WBC. (more…)
The rematch between IBF featherweight champion Cristóbal “Lacandón” Cruz (39-11-2, 23 KOs) and Orlando “Siri” Salido (33-10-2, 22 KOs) is set for Saturday at the Estadio Tomas Oroz Gaytan in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico. Cruz, who beat Salido by split decision in 2008 to win the vacant belt, will be making his fourth defense. Salido, who has the hometown advantage in the rematch, has been aching for revenge ever since. They faced off during Tuesday’s presser. (more…)
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