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Stories by Chris Cozzone
Though Friday night’s ESPN2-card in Albuquerque, N.M. headlines undefeated Cuban light-heavyweight Yordanis Despaigne (5-0, 4 KOs) vs. 36-fight veteran Richard Hall (29-7, 27 KOs) in a ten-rounder; and Maryland heavyweight Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell (16-0-1, 10 KOs) vs. Johnnie White (22-1, 18 KOs). In the local main event, a battle of “Mad” cruiserweights, “Mad” Max Heyman (23-10-4, 13 KOs) against “Mad” Mike Alderete (6-4-2, 3 KOs), is capturing local interest in the Duke City:
Alderete “Mad” dog, not underdog: “Mad” Mike Alderete says you can forget about “Mad” Max Heyman’s 25-fight and seven-year advantage in experience Friday night . . . Click here for more
Max is “Mad” as hell: Fighting a guy like “Mad” Mike Alderete, says “Mad” Max Heyman, equates to taking a tune-up. At least, that was until the mad-dogging and smack talk elevated – or lowered – the bout into one of the nastiest grudge matches Albuquerque has seen in years . . . Click here for more
A fight anticipated like no other, before or since, the Jack Johnson-Jim Jeffries match is still cited as one of the most important sporting events of all time. And now, exactly 100 years later, the city of Reno will honor the legacy of this most famous of fights with a three-day celebration, July 2-4, 2010, featuring boxing celebrities, family members of those involved in the original fight, and boxing at the Grand Sierra Resort which will be aired by Fox Sports Net. (more…)
Get Inside The UFC 113 Action With MMA Live This Weekend: Featuring analysts Kenny Florian and Rashad Evans, including complete pre and post-fight coverage during UFC 113. On ESPN2 and ESPN.com
The Long, Strange Trip of Kimbo Slice: In the unpredictable world of professional mixed martial arts, you can always rely on one thing, and that’s a straight answer from Kimbo Slice.
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Main Event, 10 Rds., Super Welterweights
Antonio Margarito, 37-6, 27 KOs, Tijuana
Vs. Roberto Garcia, 28-2, 21 KOs, Weslaco, TX
12 Rds., WBA interim super featherweight title
Jorge Solis, 38-2-2, 28 KOs, Guadalajara
Vs. Mario Santiago, 21-2-1, 14 KOs, Ponce, PR
10 Rds., WBA lightweight eliminator
Urbano Antillon, 27-1, 20 KOs, Maywood, CA
Vs. Rene Gonzales, 27-1-1, 21 KOs, Nicaragua
6 Rds., Flyweights
Alonso Lopez, 4-0, 2 KOs, Mexico City
Vs. Oswaldo Sandoval, 1-1, 0 KOs, Mexico
Toprank.com Livestream Bouts
10 Rds., Featherweights
Mikey Garcia, 21-0, 18 KOs, Oxnard, CA
Vs. Pedro Navarrete, 24-7-3, 13 KOs, Mexico
8 Rds., Featherweights
Michael Farenas, 26-2-3, 23 KOs, Philippines
Vs. Marlon Aguilar, 23-9-1, 17 KOs, Nicaragua
4 Rds., Super Lightweights
Jose Benavidez, 4-0, 4 KOs, Phoenix, AZ
Vs. Arnaldo Pacheco, 2-3, 0 KOs, Mexico
Story by Andreas Hale
It’s no secret that when Paul Daley steps into the Octagon with Josh Koscheck at UFC 113 this weekend in Montreal, Quebec, Canada that the only thing on his mind is knocking the AKA fighter senseless.
After all, the Brit has gone 2-0 with two devastating knockouts against both Martin Kampmann and Dustin Hazelett since entering the UFC . . . Click here for more
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Popular heavyweight Timo Hoffmann (38-7-1, 22 KOs) returns to action on June 4 against an opponent to be named. The fight will take place in a ring constructed outdoors at the Aschersleben Garden Show. It’s the 35-year-old Hoffmann’s first bout since dropping split decision to Frans Botha in May 2009. WIBF female super featherweight world champion Ramona Kuehne (15-1, 4 KOs) will defend her belt in the co-feature.
By David Finger
Former WBO heavyweight champion Siarhei Liakhovich (24-3, 15 KO’s) has just announced that he will be fighting in a featured ten round fight on the undercard of the Ruslan Chagaev versus Kali Meehan fight on May 22 in Rostock Germany against noted Nicaraguan prospect Evans Quinn (18-3-1, 16 KO’s). Liakhovich began his comeback on November of last year with a first round knockout over Jeremy Bates, and although Quinn is not a ranked fighter, he is still seen as a dangerous foe and a clear step up from the journeyman Bates.
“He’s a young guy, full of energy,” commented Liakhovich on his opponent, “he comes straight to you. You need to expect the unexpected from him.” (more…)
Trendy LA eatery Sisley Italian Kitchen in Sherman Oaks was the site for today’s final press conference in advance of Saturday’s battle between former 3-time world champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams (38-1, 27 KOs) and former welterweight world champion Kermit “The Killer” Cintron (32-2-1, 28 KOs) at the outdoor Home Depot Center in Carson, California. “It’s not personal, but he’ll be out throwing punches and trying to hurt me, and I’ll be trying to hurt him,” said Williams. “If he catches me with his best shot, I’ll still be standing. When I catch him with my best shot, look out. It may be a different (scenario).”
The scheduled twelve-rounder will be contested at 154 pounds, a division higher than what Williams still claims is his natural 147-pound weight. (more…)
“Universum Champions Night” returns to the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart on July 3 with local hero and former WBA cruiserweight world champion Firat Arslan (29-4-1, 18 KOs) and WBC/WBO/WIBF female featherweight world champion Ina Menzer (26-0, 10 KOs) in headlining roles. Both fighters appeared before the local press on Wednesday.
Arslan, who hails from just outside Stuttgart, returns after nearly a two-year layoff to face Steve Herelius (19-1-1, 11 KOs) for the WBA interim belt. Click here for more, plus more photos.
Welterweight Danny “Swift” Garcia (16-0, 10 KOs) will take on veteran Christopher “Kid Kayo” Fernandez (18-9-1, 10 KOs) on Friday night at The Arena (formerly The New Alhambra) in Philadelphia. The ten-rounder will be the main event on TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate.” The co-featured bout will see lightweight Karl “Dynamite” Dargan (7-0, 3 KOs) in a six round bout against Jorge Ruiz (7-11-1), and back in action after a nearly five year layoff, 27-year-old junior middleweight Mike Dargan (1-1) battles Jason Montgomery (1-0).
During Wednesday’s open workout, Paulie Malignaggi spoke about May 15 showdown with Amir Khan at Madison Square Garden. “I believe I’m the faster fighter. If I get hit on chin, I’m not going to wobble. If Amir Khan starts wobbling, I hope they have a pillow for him in the corner, because he’s going to sleep. I’m going to enjoy sinking my punches into Khan. Some fights are just business, but not this one. I’m going to enjoy every punch I land.” Click here for more plus photos.
Today in the morning, two-time world champion, WBC Superwelter and Middleweight, Sergio “Marvel” Martinez visited the Basilica of our Lady of Guadalupe in order to thank the Virgin for his successful career that has led him to have his current position. Click here for more plus photos.
Preview by Brady Crytzer
UFC 113 offers fans a lot to think about. Aside from the main event rematch between Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, UFC 113 offers fans a glimpse into the future as welterweight contenders Josh Koscheck and Paul “Semtex” Daley do battle in a explosive 170 pound match up. With title implications on the line, and the next shot at Georges St. Pierre looming, this co-feature has excitement written all over it . . . Click here for more
Angel “Toro” Hernandez celebrated “Cinco De Manfredo” on Wednesday in Chicago as he prepared for his IBO Middleweight Title showdown with Peter “The Pride of Providence ” Manfredo Jr. on Saturday, May 22nd at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT.
“It’s called Cinco De Mayo, but this year we’ve changed the name slightly. I’m ready for Manfredo and come May 22nd he will feel every bit of the Chicago heat” said Hernandez, a native of San Luis Potosi, Mexico. (more…)
The WBO has called two purse bids for May 10th at the Sofitel Budapest Hotel in Budapest , Haugary. The first is for a WBO jr heavyweight (cruiserweight) eliminator between Denis Lebedev and Aleksandr Alekseev. Minimum bid is $300,000. The second is for a WBO light heavyweight eliminator between Karo Murat and Nathan Cleverly. Minimum bid is again $300,000. In accordance with the WBO Championship Rules & Regulations, WBO President Francisco Valcárcel has appointed István Kovács to preside over the purse bid.
Official Statement: Golden Boy Promotions has requested issuance of a visa that permits Amir to box professionally in the United States. This request was approved initially by the Department of Homeland Security and, as is standard procedure, we have requested that the U.S. Consulate in Vancouver, Canada complete the process. At the present time, we have been told by these authorities that the visa is being processed through the proper administrative channels. They are aware of Amir’s upcoming fight and we await their response.
At present Khan remains in Vancouver, Canada.
Three time welterweight world champion Antonio “Tony” Margarito and Roberto “Amenaza” Garcia promises a great fight this Saturday when they will meet in the main event of “Latin Fury 14” a big pay per view boxing card presented by Top Rank Inc. “I am really looking forward to this fight like it was my first. I am still very hungry and still have a lot to accomplish in my career. This fight Saturday against Garcia is very important because I want to come back and give the fans a great fight.” said Margarito. Click here for a full report and more photos.
WBO jr. middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk (35-0, 23 KOs) has a new opponent for his sixth world title defense – Daniel Dawson (34-1, 24 KOs) will replace originally scheduled Sherzod Husanov of Russia. The fight will headline the ShoBox card on May 14 at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California. Due to a delay at the local consulate in Ekaterinburg, Russia, Husanov will not receive his passport in time for the fight. In the co-featured bout scheduled for eight rounds, 21-year-old undefeated junior lightweight prospect Archie Ray Marquez (9-0, 6 KOs) will face Juan Santiago (12-3-1, 7 KOs).
Former three-division world champion Hector ‘Macho’ Camacho Sr. (79-5-3, 38 KOs) makes his 2010 debut as he takes on former two-time world title challenger Saul Duran (36-16-2, 30 KOs) of Mexico. The ten round main event bout will take place May 14th at the Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida. The 47-year-old Camacho is entering his 29th year as pro. Camacho drew with former world champion Luis Ramon ‘Yori Boy’ Campos in his last bout nearly a year ago. Reyes-Macho Time Productions will promote.
Michael Katsidis has arrived in the UK – and says he can’t wait to batter Kevin Mitchell in front of his own fans. The Aussie met the press today dressed in his full ancient Greek warrior outfit – a nod to his Mediterranean heritage – ahead of his May 15 clash with Mitchell at Upton Park live on Sky Sports HD1. Katsidis’ Interim WBO world lightweight title will be on the line in the east end, and he says he’s not going home without it. (more…)
Top Rank will resume its acclaimed webcast series TRLiveStream at 1 PM EST/10 AM PST on Friday with a live broadcast from Aguascalientes, Mexico, of the weigh-ins for “Latin Fury 14,” featuring Antonio “The Tijuana Tornado” Magarito’s return to the ring against Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia. Then, beginning at 7 PM EST/4:00 PST on Saturday, May 8, Top Rank will air the non-televised undercard bouts from the Magarito-Garcia fight. Both events will air exclusively on www.TopRank.com/TRLiveStream and are available for free. (more…)
Hot middleweight phenom Daniel “The Golden Child” Jacobs (19-0, 16 KOs) will take on Juan Astorga (14-4-1, 9 KOs) on the undercard of the big May 15 card at the Theater in Madison Square Garden. The bout will be for the vacant NABF championship and Jacobs’ NABO title. HBO will show highlights of Jacobs-Astorga, plus live coverage of the WBA title clash between Amir Khan and Paulie Malignaggi and jr welter Nate Campbell against Victor Ortiz.
Nearly 3000 fight fans set out to observe the young talent of the super middleweight division on Friday Night at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago IL. With Showtime’s Super Six Tournament well underway, the network’s popular boxing series, ShoBox gave six up and coming prospects the opportunity to display their skills in a mini tournament of their very own. The main event featured Marcus “Too Much” Johnson (19-0-0, 14 KOs) as he handed Derek “The Black Lion” Edwards (25-1-0, 13 KOs) his first loss as a professional. The co-main had Don “Da Bomb” George (20-0-17 KOs) took on and defeated Osumanu Adama (17-2-0, 13 KOs) by unanimous decision in a terrific slugfest. The third of the middleweight contests featured Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (14-0-0, 10 KOs) and Kevin “The Hitman” Engel (17-3-0, 14 KOs). Click here for the ringside report and action packed photogallery.
The May 27 edition of “Fight Night Club” at L.A. LIVE’s Club Nokia will feature 2000 U.S. Olympian and former world title challenger Jose Navarro (26-5, 12 KOs) who opens up the televised broadcast with his first fight in his hometown since 2004. Lightweight “Dangerous” David Rodela (14-3-2, 6 KOs) will be in the main event. Also in action are jr welter prospect Frankie Gomez (2-0, 2 KOs) and lightweight Jesus Rodriguez (1-0) in separate bouts. All opponents TBA.
Former world title challenger Sebastian Demers of Canada (31-2, 11 KOs) will meet Contender reality series veteran Brian Vera (16-4, 10 KOs) June 11 at the Uniprix Stadium in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The bout will be a 10 round super middleweight semi-main event televised on an edition of ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights series. The main event will feature Hard punching unbeaten prospect David Lemieux (22-0, 21 KOs) taking on former world title challenger Elvin Ayala (20-4-1, 9 KOs) of New Haven, Connecticut for the WBC International title.
Prizefighter returns later this month with former WBC bantamweight world champion Wayne McCullough among the entrants.Barry Hearn’s latest eight-man, one-night tournament will be at super-bantamweight and held at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, east London on Saturday, May 29. Belfast-born McCullough, 39, who now lives in Las Vegas becomes the third world champion to enter a Prizefighter event in the last few months. He follows in the footsteps of ex-WBA light-welterweight champion Gavin Rees, who won Prizefighter at the same weight, and former WBO heavyweight champion Herbie Hide, an entrant in Cruiserweights II last week. (more…)
Interview by David Hudson Jr.
One of the most exciting fighters in the UFC is welterweight Marcus “the Irish Hand Grenade” Davis. Blessed with terrific power in his hands, the former professional boxer has garnered rave reviews for his willingness to trade and deliver knockout blows. But, Davis possesses more than simply a powerful stand-up game, as his submissions of Paul Taylor and Paul Kelly attest . . Click here for more
By Ricardo Conde
IBF #6 bantamweight contender Abner Mares (20-0, 13 KO’s) of Norwalk, CA by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, will take on undefeated champion Yonnhy Perez (20-0, 14 KO’s) of Colombia for the IBF bantamweight title on Saturday May 22nd in the co-feature bout of “Once and Four All” which will be headlined by Israel “El Magnifico” Vazquez (44-4, 32 KO’s) taking on Rafael Marquez (38-5, 34 KO’s) at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Elias Nassar, manager of WBC/WBA super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan (34-2-1, 27 KOs), has contacted Fightnews to advise that negotiations for rematch with Nonito Donaire have collapsed. Nassar said the Donaire camp have failed to sign the contract after six weeks and they are now back to square one. Vic Darchinyan also stated he is disappointed in Nonito Donaire’s failure to sign the contract. “We signed the deal two days into talks,” said Nassar. “We were there waiting for Donaire to make up his mind on what he wanted to do. It’s easy to point the finger at who didn’t want the fight. It’s the party who doesn’t sign a contract.” (more…)
You’re busy training for your next fight. How are things going?
“I still hope that Audley Harrison will box me in the summer. I’m standing in the starting blocks. Since January I’ve been the mandatory challenger. I’m ready to go.
Harrison recently underwent surgery as you have probably heard.
“This was obviously not great news. I wish him a very speedy recovery. No one is making allegations, but I find it strange that he only had surgery three weeks after the fight. I also would have liked to see on fightnews.com photos from the hospital or with his arm in a sling, or X-rays or a medical report or something. That’s what Ruslan Chagaev did after his Achilles tendon tear. I found that good. ”
Do you trust Audley Harrison or not?
“I hope he is not kidding me and is really serious about this fight. Before thinking about the Klitschko brothers or someone else he needs to do his homework first. I don’t want to talk big. Simply for the purpose of clarity we must make the facts known to the fans. Again, I am the mandatory challenger. And the European champion has to box me. Audley do get well quickly! I want your belt. It’s nice that you’re basically ready to fight. So work hard in rehab and try not to skip any training sessions…”
And what if he’s not fit again?
“First I’ll go on the assumption that he will be. Otherwise I’m curious to see how the EBU will deal with the matter and I’m sure they’ll make a good decision. I’ll box anybody. I’m ready.”
Looks like the SUPER SIX showdown between Arthur Abraham and Carl Froch will take place on August 21. Both fighters have objected to fighting on the other man’s turf, so neutral sites in Switzerland are being explored. New York City had been suggested by the Froch camp, however the tournament contract specifies a location in a European time zone.
DiBella Entertainment recently inked unbeaten light heavyweight prospect Mark “TNT” Tucker. Tucker, 22, fighting out of Eldersburg, Maryland has amassed a 13-0 record with 7 KOs in his two year pro career.
Former IBF jr welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi, in the final stage of preparations for his May 15 showdown against WBA champion Amir Khan at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden, will hold an open workout for fans and media at 3:30PM today at the Evolution Boxing Gym in Brooklyn. The first 75 fans to arrive at the workout will receive a postcard advertising the May 15 event autographed by Malignaggi.
Happy Birthday to Fightnews.com feature writer Francisco Salazar, who turned 34 over the weekend. Francisco also recently celebrated his ten year anniversary with Fightnews. He is a fixture at ringside in Southern California.
By Alexey Sukachev
Upon hearing a recent verbal/video challenge from fellow cruiserweight contender Alexander Alekseev (19-1, 17 KOs), 2009 Russian Fighter of the Year Denis Lebedev (20-0, 15 KOs) was brief but solid in expressing his opinion about the possible crossroader: “Alex aus Hamburg, wir sind bereit für den Kampf!” (Alex from Hamburg, we’re ready for the fight!) Lebedev is ranked #1 by the WBO, #5 by the IBF, #13 by the WBA and #15 by the WBC. He is 7-0, 7 KOs, since coming back after a four-year long layoff. He’s trained by Valery Belov, managed by Vladimir Hryunov and promoted by Frank Warren’s Sports Network. WBO #2, WBA #3, WBC #7 and IBF #12 Alekseev suffered his lone loss in January 2009 being stopped by Victor Emilio Ramirez in the WBO Interim cruiserweight match-up. Promoted by Universum Box-Promotion, Alekseev was a member of Russian 2004 Olympic Team. He’s a former European and world amateur champion as well.
Jimenez Communications Inc. and Rafael Soto Comunicaciones announced today that the May issue of Boxeo La Revista will be available this week in Aguascalientes Mexico during the big boxing card “Latin Fury 14” that will mark the return of Antonio “Tony” Margarito to the ring. The digital edition of the magazine can be found at this link. The magazine which had been published as the official program of the “Latin Fury” boxing series is now available as a monthly magazine that covers upcoming fights, results of fights and reports on past boxing stars and the stars of the future. (more…)
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