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By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
With the knockout streak out of the way and a Canadian championship safely in hand, unbeaten David Lemieux (21-0, 20 KOs) defends his super-middleweight belt versus rugged Walid Smichet (20-6-3, 14 KOs) on April 3 in what will be the final Casino de Montreal show for quite some time. Lemieux was able to reel off twenty straight knockouts before being forced to go the distance in winning the Canadian crown versus Jason Naugler. But whether the Lemieux match-up ends early or goes the distance, it will definitely be lights out at the Casino following the fight, when the Cabaret room that has hosted boxing regularly for the past six years shuts off its lights for good as a scheduled three year reconstruction takes place. (more…)
Manny Pacquiao (50-3-2, 38 KOs) created “Manny Mania” at his media and public workout in front of a throng of adoring fans and media types today at the Gaylord Texan Hotel, the home base for The Event: Pacquiao vs. Clottey, Saturday March 13th at Cowboys Stadium . . . Click here for more
Popular heavyweight prospect Tony “TNT” Grano values avenging his lone pro loss more than money and fame, which is precisely why he desperately wanted a rematch against Mark “Oak Tree” Brown, headlining the March 12th “Brace For Impact” card, presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc. (CES), in Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. (more…)
Two of the most dynamic Ultimate Fighting Championship® light heavyweights clash on Sunday, March 21, when Muay Thai ace Brandon “The Truth” Vera takes on dangerous 22-year-old phenom Jon “Bones” at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colo for UFC® on VERSUS. The fight will air live on VERSUS at 9 p.m. ET marking the debut of the world’s largest mixed martial arts organization on VERSUS and the first time that a live UFC event will air on a national sports cable network. (more…)
The World Boxing Council put to the vote of the WBC Board of Governors, the written appeal submitted by Hector Garcia, representative to Omar Niño, for a final and definitive resolution. The World Boxing Council has unanimously voted to ratify the decision announced last Saturday February 27th, in Guadalajara, Jalisco, being the result of the bout a technical draw and ordering a direct and immediate rematch between Rodel Mayol and Omar Niño. (more…)
Former world champion Byron Mitchell (28-5-1, 21 KOs) will take on Otis Griffin (21-6-2, 8 KOs) May 7th. The bout take place on Long Island, New York on May 7th and will be for the USBA light heavyweight title.
Former World Boxing Council lightweight champion David Diaz broke camp in his hometown of Chicago today and headed to Dallas, Texas where he will take on WBC super featherweight champion Humberto Soto on Saturday, March 13th at Cowboys Stadium. Diaz boarded a plane late Tuesday afternoon at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport with his manager/trainer Jim Strickland and co-trainer Mike Garcia.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Polish heavyweight Tomasz “Goral” Adamek (40-1, 27 KOs) has been preparing for his HBO fight on April 24 in Ontario, California and is training currently in Houston with Ronnie Shields. He talks about reaching 198 floors on the Stairmaster, swimming like Michel Phelps and why his style will be a real nightmare for the Chris “Nightmare” Arreola (28-1, 25 KOs). (more…)
By Jeff Zimmerman
WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (50-3-2, 38 KOs) hosted a public and media workout Tuesday at the Gaylord Texan Hotel in Dallas in advance of Saturday’s showdown with Joshua Clottey at Cowboys Stadium. “He’s bigger and stronger than me, but I’m quicker and I’ll be waiting,” said Pacquiao. Trainer Freddie Roach added, “We’ll take care of business on Saturday, and hopefully Floyd will stop being scared and fight us.” Pacquiao promised to give Mayweather a chance to fight him. More photos…
In anticipation of their world welterweight title clash at UFC 111: ST-PIERRE vs. HARDY, UFC® champion Georges St-Pierre and challenger Dan Hardy will be featured on UFC Primetime®, a weekly, three part series premiering Wednesday, March 10 at 10:00 PM ET/PT on Spike TV. (more…)
The 2010 Boxing Record Book, Volume 27 (442 pages) is now shipping. This limited edition features as its cover a reproduction of an original painting by LeRoy Neiman, and includes complete records of active boxers, including over 350 pages of male boxers’ records and over 200 female fighters’ records from all over the world. Split and majority decisions listed in records. The title bout section includes a complete breakdown round-by-round scoring of every IBF, IBO, WBA, WBC and WBO 2009 title bout, including referees, judges, promoters and more. There are also title bout records of judges and referees. A phone directory of Who’s Who in Boxing and a year-end listing of major boxing awards. The price is $55 plus shipping and handling.
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Joshua Clottey interview with the press on fight week. Clottey is preparing to fight pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao at Cowboys Stadium on Saturday March 13, 2010. A crowd of over 40,000 is expected.
By Alexey Sukachev
A purse bid procedure was held at the IBF headquarters today to determine who will promote the IBF middleweight championship mandatory defense fight. There were only two bidders, Bash Boxing, Inc and Sauerland Event GmbH. Bash Boxing won with a bid of $616,515 and Sauerland Event GmbH bid $521,414. The purse bid split will be 75% to the reigning champion Sebastian Sylvester (33-3, 16 KOs) of Germany and 25% to IBF #1 mandatory challenger Roman Karmazin (40-3-1, 26 KOs) of Russia. The fight must take place within 90 days of March 9, 2010 or no later than June 9, 2010.
Bantamweight Abner Mares (19-0, 12 KOs), rated in the top five by the WBO, WBA and IBF, is closing in on a world title shot in 2010. But before he can challenge for a championship belt, he will have to get through another tough battle, this time against Colombian veteran Felipe Almanza (17-15-4, 8 KOs) in the ten-round main event of the March 25 edition of the hit series “Fight Night Club” at L.A. LIVE’s Club Nokia. Also in action will be junior featherweight prospect Derrick Wilson (5-1-1, 2 KOs) facing undefeated Khabir Suleymanov (9-0, 4 KOs) in the televised co-featured bout, plus undefeated featherweight prospect Ronny Rios (9-0, 4 KOs). An opponent for Rios, as well as a full undercard will be announced at a later date.
Seven-time world champion and “Fighter of the Decade” Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao takes a morning run with his dog ‘Pacman’ Tuesday morning for his upcoming world welterweight championship against challenger Joshua Clottey on Saturday, March 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas on HBO pay-per-view. Click here for more photos…
Christian Cherchi of OPI 2000 and Richard Poxon of Hatton Promotions announced today that the vacant European welterweight title will be contested between Gianluca Branco (43-2-1, 22 KOs) and Matthew Hatton (38-4-2, 15 KOS). The fight will take place on March 26 in Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham, England. The winner will face Yuri Nuzhnenko. Hatton Promotions will promote the fight with SKY SPORTS televised live in UK and DAHLIA TV in Italy.
Another boxing highlight for Hamburg as “Universum Champions Night” returns on April 24th at the famous Sporthalle with triple flyweight champion Susi Kentikian and WBO light heavyweight world champion Jürgen Brähmer. Today, the main players met for a kickoff press conference and photo shoot at the “Michel,” a famous Hamburg landmark. (more…)
WBC #10/IBF #10/WBO #10 welterweight contender Alfonso Gomez (21-4-2, 10 KOs) from Whittier, CA, famed for season one of “The Contender” reality show, will face Jose Luis Castillo (60-9-1, 52 KOs) on Saturday, March 3rd at the Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, TX on the Pacquiao vs. Clottey “The Event” undercard which will be shown live on HBO PPV and is being promoted by Top Rank. For more details and photos click here…
WBC president Jose Sulaiman issued the following statement from Bangkok, Thailand, on the sensational encounter of WBC bantamweight champ Hozumi Hasegawa and Mexican Fernando Montiel on April 30 in Japan, as follows:
“I’m very happy and greatly satisfied with the fight between Hasegawa and Montiel to materialize. Hasegawa, the great champ, made ten defenses to his credit and is going to receive an award from the WBC for being one of the very best world champions of 2009 . Montiel, the top and excellent Mexican champion, has been expecting to fight for the WBC belt for several years with the opportunity finally coming to him in one of the most interesting promotions in professional boxing. This fight has taken special attention by the Mexican press as well as Mexican boxing fans, and especially by the WBC. We would like to congratulate the promoter Akihiko Honda, for having signed such a good fight for the benefit of Japanese fans and also for the great revelation of Hasegawa as one of the very best boxers in the world today.”
WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco “Captain” Huck, American challenger Adam Richards, IBF mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin as well as cruiserweight hopeful Alexander Frenkel and IBF Intercontinental Cruiserweight Champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez all participated in a public work-out today in Berlin´s famous Axel-Springer-Passage. All fighters will be in action on Saturday night when Captain Huck makes a second defence of his WBO title. His opponent presented himself in strong shape on Tuesday afternoon despite a horror trip from Houston, which had left him stranded in Amsterdam after missing his connecting flight. After a long wait, Richards (23-2, 15 KOs) made it to Berlin and eventually to his downtown hotel on late Monday night. “Everything is fine now,” he said. “It was a long journey but I am here and that is all that matters. I will be ready for Huck. It will be an exciting fight with two bulls going forward all the time.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBC#3/WBA#9 bantam, unbeaten Kohei Ohba (27-0-1, 11 KOs), 121, Japan, was befuddled by non-stop punching of OPBF#2 Filipino lefty veteran Eric Barcelona (50-17-5, 18 KOs), 119.5, but countered him with precision to earn a unanimous decision (97-93, 97-94 and 97-95) over ten hot rounds on Sunday in Nagoya, Japan. Ohba, a Floyd Mayweather stylist, often enjoyed swaying back and averting Barcelona’s versatile combinations with his back to the ropes, and landed a fewer but more effective counters to the face and midsection. The shifty Japanese became aggressive in the eighth, when he caught the fading Filipino with good rights and stopped him from recklessly boring in. Though his performance was less satisfactory this night, Ohba is still one of the most talented 118-pounders here in Japan.
WBC#8 bantam Mikio Yasuda (16-4-2, 13 KOs), 118, gained the vacant Japanese national 118-pound throne by scoring a quick stoppage of JBC#1 ranked Takuro Kodama (21-7-5, 15 KOs), 117.5, at 0:30 into the second session of a scheduled ten. Yasuda’s explosiveness was shown in the opening round, when he caught him with a trade-mark right and had him fall on all fours. Kodama couldn’t recover from the damage only to be halted just after the second commenced. Promoter: Hatanaka Promotions.
By Joe Koizumi
Busy-punching Filipino, OPBF top ranked Rocky Fuentes (23-6-2, 14 KOs), 111.5, impressively captured the OPBF flyweight belt as he kept throwing double left hooks from the belly to the face all night and earned a well-received but majority decision over WBC#8 ranked defending champ Masafumi Ohkubo (16-3-1, 5 KOs), 112, over twelve heats on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. The official tallies were: Kazunobu Asao (Japan) 116-114, Severino Necesario (Philippines) 115-113, both for Fuentes, and scoring-referee Brad Vocale (Australia) 114-114. Despite an early gash over the left eyebrow, Okubo fought spiritually well but couldn’t show his usual up-and-down combinations only to mix it up less effectively. Fuentes, five years his junior at 25, looked more energetic, determined and effective to have the upper hand throughout the contest. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Rafael Ramos will be the referee of the WBO welterweight title fight between Manny Pacquiao and Joshua Clottey on Saturday at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The 53-year-old Texan, originally from Puerto Rico, has been a referee since 1987 and has worked 64 world title fights. “I thank God for this opportunity to be in the fight of Pacquiao, the #1 in the world. For me, for my family and for Puerto Rico it’s a great honor,” said Ramos who previously refereed Juan Manuel Marquez against Juan Diaz. He is a member of both the WBA and IBF. Judges are Nelson Vázquez (PR), Duane Ford (USA) and Levy Martínez (USA).
WBA Super Lightweight World Champion Amir Khan and former Super Lightweight World Champion Paulie Malignaggi will hold a press conference in London on Friday to announce their world title bout set for May 15 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York which will be televised live on HBO in the United States. The fight marks Khan’s United States debut which will take place in the backyard of New York’s Malignaggi.
It’s official. WBC world heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko defends his title against European Champion Albert Sosnowski from Poland at Veltins-Arena Gelsenkirchen, Germany, on May 29. The arena is the home field of the famous soccer club Schalke 04.
Vitali Klitschko: “I am very happy to have my next fight in Germany again. The arena in Gelsenkirchen and the fans there are very special. I experienced that last year when my brother Wladimir had his fight there in front of 61,000 spectators. The atmosphere was simply electrifying. I saw Sosnowski’s fights on DVD and must admit that he is a very experienced, quick and tough opponent. He will do anything to get my belt but I promise that this is not going to happen.” (more…)
With the proposed fight against former WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev falling through, WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko will now face European champion Albert Sosnowski (45-2-1, 27 KOs), probably on May 29 at the Schalke Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Klitschko’s manager Bernd Bönte told BILD that Valuev co-promoter Don King rejected a $2.5 million offer. Sosnowski agreed to a $1 million purse and cancelled his fight with Audley Harrison, which was scheduled for April 9.
WBA #8/IBF #11 welterweight Mike Jones (20-0, 16 K0s), of Philadelphia, PA, takes on Hector “The Hurricane” Munoz in the fifth defense of his NABA title in a scheduled 10-round contest on April 17 at in the 10,000-seat Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Munoz, 31, has a record of 18-2-1, 11 K0s. In his last fight, Munoz was stopped in the 12th round by undefeated top contender (WBA #3, WBO #2) Antonin DeCarie. In the scheduled 12-round main event, Kelly Pavlik defends his WBC/WBO middleweight titles against Sergio Martinez.
By Alexey Sukachev
Fast-rising cruiserweight prospect Mateusz Masternak (18-0, 13 KOs) notched another impressive victory this Saturday night to retain his WBC interim Youth title for the second time at Spodek, Katowice, Poland, headlining a major event, arranged there by promoter Jakub Andreas Grajewski. WBC #17 Masternak showed an excellent poise and delivered every punch in the book to continuously hurt and overwhelm durable WBC #36 Frenchman Faisal Ibnel Arrami (11-2, 8 KOs) until getting a well-deserved stoppage at 1:46 of the eighth round. Masternak wobbled Arrami with a picture-perfect right cross followed by a left uppercut and unleashed a barrage of punches prompting referee to step in saving shaken Frenchman from further punishment. Wroclaw native Masternak, 22, opened some eyes the last year, stopping fellow undefeated Lukasz Janik in a dominating fashion. Scores were 70-63 (twice) and 68-65 – for Pole – at the time of stoppage. (more…)
Seven-time world champion and “Fighter of the Decade” Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao arrives in Dallas with his wife Jinkee on Monday night for his upcoming world welterweight championship against challenger Joshua Clottey on Saturday at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas. Click here for more photos…
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