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By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
WBO interim lightweight champion Michael Katsidis (26-2, 21 KOs) is the underdog in the betting for his scheduled twelve round title bout against Englishman Kevin Mitchell (31-0, 23 KOs) at Upton Park in West Ham, London on May 15. “Frank [Warren] has done a fantastic job getting me the fight and bringing it to England,” Mitchell said. “This is the kind of fight I’ve dreamed of since I was a kid.” The 25-year-old Mitchell is unbeaten in 31 fights and in the shape of his life, having seen off Amir Khan’s Colombian conqueror Breidis Prescott on points then knocking out Prescott’s compatriot Ignacio Mendoza in the second round in his last fight. (more…)
Miguel Cotto announced today his upcoming show from his Boxeo Boricua Series, this Saturday, March 27th at the Roger Mendoza Coliseum in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Super bantamweight prospect Jayson “La Maravilla” Vélez (11-0, 10 KOs) will fight Colombian veteran Pedro Rincón (30-16-2, 25 KOs) in the main event for the vacant super bantamweight USNBC title from the WBC. Also top lightweight prospect Abner “Pin” Cotto (6-0, 4 KOs) will face Robert Acevedo (9-9-3, 1 KO) in the co-main event. For more details and photos click here…
Unbeaten WBA #12 heavyweight Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius (11-0, 7 KOs) and Gbenga Oloukun (17-3, 10 KOs) faced off today in advance of Friday’s eight round clash in Helsinki, Finland.
A 2004 United States Olympian Vicente Escobedo (21-2, 13 KOs) will fight in Mexico for the first time as a pro against veteran lightweight Carlos Urias (43-23, 16 KOs) on Friday night at the Auditorio Plaza Condesa in Mexico City. In the ten round co-main event, junior lightweight prospects Dante Jardon (11-1, 11 KOs) and “Dangerous” David Rodela (14-2-3, 6 KOs) meet in a ten rounder. The card will be presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Producciones Deportivas de Ricardo Maldonado Jr. and will air live on the HBO Plus in Latin America. The event is a private sponsored function and there will be no tickets for sale to the public.
By Ricardo Conde
WBC junior middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (44-2-2, 24 KOs) of Argentina will step back into the ring on Saturday, April 17th at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ against WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik (36-1, 32 KOs) which will be shown live on HBO World Championship Boxing and is being promoted by Top Rank in association with DiBella Entertainment. Click here for more photos…
By Francisco Salazar
An opponent has been confirmed to take on Antonio Margarito in May in Aguascalientes, Mexico. According to trainer Robert Garcia, who is now working in the corner of the former world champion, Margarito (37-6, 27 KO’s) will now take on hard-hitting Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia of Texas in a 12 round bout. “More than likely, they are fighting for a minor or regional title to make it a 12 round bout,” said Garcia, who trains Margarito at his Boxing Academy in Oxnard, CA.
This will be Margarito’s first bout since January of last year, when he was stopped in the ninth round by Shane Mosley. Margarito was suspended for a year by the California State Athletic Commission after accusations of him having a substance amongst his hand wraps that hardens with water and sweat. (more…)
Undefeated Teon Kennedy, of Philadelphia, PA, makes the first defense of his USBA super bantamweight title when he faces Jose Angel Beranza, of San Pedro, CA, in the scheduled 12-round main event on Saturday evening, May 22, in the Grand Ballroom at Bally’s Atlantic City. This will mark Kennedy’s first fight since Nov. 20, 2009, the night he won the vacant USBA title in his tragic encounter with Francisco Rodriguez, of Chicago, IL, at the Blue Horizon in Philadelphia, PA. In that match, which was close on the scorecards after nine rounds, Kennedy won by knockout when referee Benji Estevez stopped the contest at 1.52 of the 10th round. Rodriguez had taken a beating in the 10th, but was still on his feet when the fight was stopped. Rodriguez was led back to his corner and he sat down on the stool, but when he did not respond minutes later, he was taken to the hospital in an ambulance. He died 48 hours later from brain injuries suffered in the fight. (more…)
The WBC has ordered Don King Productions and Arena Box-Promotions to initiate the free negotiations period for a WBC heavyweight final elimination bout between #1 rated Ray Austin and #2 rated Odlanier Solis. If no agreement is reached by the parties, a purse offer will be conducted on April 23 at the WBC Executive Offices in Mexico City. The Austin-Solis winner would become the mandatory challenger for WBC champion Vitali Klitschko.
A huge crowd of media and fans turned out on Tuesday afternoon at the Coachella Valley Boxing Club as sensational amateur flyweight Randy Caballero and TKO Boxing Promotions announced details of his pro debut this Thursday, March 25th at the Commerce Casino as part of the action packed, ten bout card, “Fight Night at the Commerce 2”. (Pictured, left to right, Chet Koerner, President, TKO Boxing Promotions, Randy Caballero, Marcos Caballero, father and trainer of Randy)
Renowned sports handicapper Danny Sheridan has set the odds for Group Stage 2 of the Super Six World Boxing Classic, the groundbreaking six-fighter tournament from SHOWTIME Sports®. Sheridan also updated the odds against winning the entire tournament with newly crowned WBA world champion Andre Ward as a 1 to 1 favorite.
Sheridan, USA Today’s sports analyst, has undefeated former middleweight champion and current tournament points leader Arthur Abraham as a 2:1 favorite over American Andre Dirrell when the two square off in the first Group Stage 2 matchup on Saturday, March 27, live on SHOWTIME at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich. Sheridan lists the fight as an 8:5 favorite to go more than 11 ½ rounds. (more…)
Unbeaten light welterweight Joelo Torres (11-0-1, 7 KOs) headlines DiBella Entertainment’s March 31 Broadway Boxing card at the BB King Blues Club & Grill in the heart of Times Square, battling Leo Martinez (14-12, 6 KOs). Also featured on the show are fellow unbeaten prospects: heavyweight Tor Hamer (10-0, 8 KOs), light welterweight Gabriel Bracero (8-0), middleweight Denis Douglin (7-0, 3 KOs), and middleweight Aleem Whitfield (2-0, 2 KOs). Less than 50 tickets remain for what promises to be a memorable night of action. Call 212-947-2577.
By Ron Jackson
Fight fans are in for a feast of boxing over the next week with seven tournaments involving South Africans which will include three world title fights and two important matchups with SA title ramifications. Lightweight Ali Funeka, junior featherweight Takalani Ndlovu and mini flyweight Nkosinathi Joyi will all be seeking to win IBF world belts, while SA jr bantamweight champion Themba Joyi defends aganst veteran Zolile Mbityi and heavyweights Anton Nel and Pieter Cronje meet in a SA heavyweight title eliminator. (more…)
Legendary boxing commentator Harry Carpenter, the BBC’s ‘voice of boxing’ for 45 years, has passed away at the age of 84 over the weekend in London. Carpenter started doing boxing for the BBC in 1949 and worked behind the mic for many of boxing’s biggest fights over the next four decades, retiring in 1994. A private funeral will be followed by a memorial service in London.
Story by Brady Crytzer
Fans enjoy a good scrap. They enjoy it even more when it’s for a world title. In the main event of UFC 111 on Saturday night, perennial underdog Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy challenges UFC world welterweight champion Georges “Rush” St. Pierre . . . Click here for more
Knockout-sensation Rene Marcos Maidana (27-1, 26 KOs) is defending his WBA interim world junior welterweight title on Saturday against number #2 ranked contender Victor Cayo (24-0, 16 KOs) at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Maidana’s German promoter Dietmar Poszwa spoke about his hard-hitting world champion from Argentina. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Looks like WBA #15 Fernando Saucedo (38-4-3, 1 KO) from Argentina could land a title shot against unbeaten WBA featherweight world champion Chris John from Indonesia on May 22 at Bali Island, Indonesia. Saucedo is currently South American featherweight champion and training in the La Patriada Gym in Florencio, Varela, his hometown. Saucedo previously lost on points, without title in play, against former world two-time champion Acelino Freitas in 2004.
SUPER SIX point leader Arthur Abraham out and about sightseeing in Motown. Click here for more images.
By Nick Giongco
Cebu boxing impresario Tony Aldeguer said on Tuesday that a show featuring Michael Domingo and Colombian Luis Melendez is being eyed for May 1 in Cebu. Melendez is best remembered by boxing fans for his 12-round decision loss to Z Gorres late last year in Las Vegas. Although Gorres won, the Filipino collapsed as he was celebrating on top of the ring. Melendez floored Gorres with a wicked blow to the jaw late in the fight and that punch was said to have caused the bleeding in Gorres’ brain. Gorres was rushed to the hospital for head injuries and immediately underwent an operation to remove a clot in his brain. Gorres wound up spending over two months in a Las Vegas hospital recovering before being allowed to go back to the Philippines. Aldeguer said Gorres’ fast recovery is “unbelievable.”
Two-division world champion Bernard Hopkins worked out for the media on Tuesday at the Normandy Gym in Miami Beach in advance of his April 3 revenge rematch with Roy Jones Jr. in Las Vegas. “I want it so badly and really I want Roy to be able to remember this beating I am about to give him for making me wait so long,” said Hopkins. “But now the wait is over, I am going old school and back to the days of the Executioner. He delayed it too long but his days are now over, the Governor has spoken and April 3 will be the day.” Click here for more quotes and photos
Four-division world champion Roy Jones Jr. worked out for the media on Monday at his farm in Cantonment, Florida (about 10 miles north of downtown Pensacola) in advance of his April 3 grudge rematch with Bernard Hopkins in Las Vegas. “Bernard Hopkins is a shark,” said Jones. “He’s a bottom feeder. He’s catfish. He’s waiting around for someone to die, and then he’ll bite into it. If something is dead, he’ll try to taste it. If something is alive, he doesn’t want any part of it. If something is close to dead he’ll try to eat it. “He wanted to wait until I was done. He didn’t have anywhere else to go and now he thinks he’ll get his revenge and ride out into the sunset. That’s the only way he is looking at it. It won’t be happening that way but that is the plot.” Click here for more quotes and photos
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
It was a question that was answered before it was even asked. Seeing a tanned and relaxed Lucian Bute emerge in a pair of flip-flops and shorts as he welcomed the media to his palatial Miami estate that has been home since mid-February, it becomes very clear, very quickly why the Montreal boxer has decided to go south to prepare for his upcoming April 17th IBF championship bout versus Edison Miranda.
“Since I’ve become world champion my life has changed in Montreal. I walk on the street and everybody wants to talk to me, my phone is always ringing, it makes it hard to focus on my training and focus on my preparations. I came to Miami just to focus on what I have to do to get ready. It’s all hard training and relaxation, good food, watch video of my opponent and work on strategy.” For more details and photos click here…
Tuesday afternoon, IBF #2 junior featherweight Steve Molitor (31-1, 12 KOs) spoke to the media during an open workout in preparation for his battle with IBF #1 ranked Takalani “The Panther” Ndlovu (30-5, 18 KOs) for the vacant IBF junior featherweight world title, in the main event of Rumble at Rama XI on Saturday at Casino Rama, in Rama, Ontario. “I’ve had a great camp, and brought in some great sparring partners,” said Molitor. “I’m healthier and stronger than ever heading into a fight. And given the fact that I’ve already smacked him around the ring once, I know what to expect out of him. Come Saturday night I’m going to reclaim my title.” (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
It was a shock last week when it was announced that the second leg of former world champion Eric Lucas comeback would be against Librado Andrade. The hard hitting Mexican warrior makes his fifth trip to Quebec to battle the 38 year-old Lucas who returned last December after a four year absence from the ring and is now looking for his 40th win. Fightnews sat down with Lucas’s longtime trainer Stephane Larouche and basically asked, why? Why a legitimate top-ten fighter for a fighter that has been out of action for so long? (more…)
Former WBA lightweight champion Jose “Jicaras” Alfaro has already defeated two world champions, Prawet Singwancha and DeMarcus Corley, and the Nicaraguan knockout specialist plans to add 3-division world champion Erik “El Terrible” Morales to his hit list Saturday night in “The Champion Returns” pay-per-view event, live from Monterrey, Mexico . . . . Continued
Andre Dirrell is supremely confident in advance of Saturday’s SUPER SIX clash against Arthur Abraham in Detroit. “Abraham’s arms are too short, he can’t box, I’ll hand him his first defeat,” proclaimed Dirrell to BILD. “The 20,000 fans at Joe Louis Arena will be pushing me, my 30-member family will b there, and the millions of TV sets will see me win. I’m fast as lightning, dance like Muhammad Ali and constantly change angles so I’ll confuse Abraham….On 24 April I’m getting married. My gift to her is Abraham’s head!”
By Ricardo Conde
In the main event, on Saturday March 27th, WBA # 2 junior welterweight contender Victor “Mermelada” Cayo (24-0, 16 KOs) of the Dominican Republic will face Argentina’s Marcos “El Chino” Maidana (27-1, 26 KOs) for the interim WBA junior welterweight title at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. In the co-feature bout, Ali “Rush Hour” Funeka (30-2-3, 25 KOs) will take on two division world champ Joan Guzman (29-0-1, 17 KOs) for the vacant IBF lightweight title, which will be shown live on HBO B.A.D. (Boxing After Dark). Tickets are priced at $200, $100 and $50 and can be purchased at the Hard Rock Hotel Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Click here for more photos…
Story by Anthony Springer, Jr.
When the history books are written, career defining moments determine whether or not an athlete goes down in fame or down in flames. If 2004 had been the end of Frank Mir’s (13-4) career, history would’ve without a doubt relegated the Las Vegan to the latter category . . . Click here for more
The Arthur Abraham camp is up in arms over the notion of three Michigan judges scoring King Arthur’s SUPER SIX fight against Andre Dirrell. Hall of Fame promoter Wilfried Sauerland told BILD, “Dirrell lives in Michigan. It’s unacceptable that the judges and the referee should also come from Michigan. I reject that.” Abraham trainer Uli Wegner stated that Abraham must win by KO to take it out of the hands of the judges.
No Friday Night Fights telecast this week on ESPN2 after Matt Godfrey pulled out of his IBF title fight against Steve Cunningham.
Quote of the Day: “I want it so badly and really I want Roy to be able to remember this beating I am about to give him for making me wait so long. But now the wait is over, I am going old school and back to the days of the Executioner. He delayed it too long but his days are now over, the Governor has spoken and April 3 will be the day.” –Bernard Hopkins
Marco “Captain” Huck (28-1, 21 KOs) will return to the ring on May 1 when he defends his WBO Cruiserweight Title against Brian “The Beast” Minto (34-3, 21 KOs) in Oldenburg. Huck comes off a spectacular third-round TKO victory over Adam Richards in Berlin. He is currently in the Unites States and will attend King Arthur Abraham´s Super Six World Boxing Classic clash with Andre Dirrell in Detroit this Saturday. “After taking care of business against Richards, I am not looking to put aside Minto,” Huck said. “He is a strong guy but there is no way he will defeat me.” Huck boasts a fearsome KO ratio of 75 percent. “Minto is tough, so I will be prepared for 12 hard rounds, but everybody knows that I love to please my fans and give them a knock-out win,” he added. “It is my goal to beat him clearly.” Minto came to fame in Germany when he spoiled former heavyweight contender Axel Schulz´ hyped comeback with a sixth-round TKO victory in October 2006.
WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (25-0, 19 KOs) says he won’t be taking challenger Carlos Quintana (27-2-0, 21 KOs) for granted when he returns to the ring for the first time in eleven months on April 10th at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. Berto was scheduled to face WBA champ “Sugar” Shane Mosley in January 2010, but the earthquake in Haiti forced him to withdraw from that bout (Berto tragically lost eight family members in the disaster). “He’s a tough veteran,” Berto said of Quintana. “If you give him too much room or a little too much confidence he will take advantage of that. You have to impose your dominance early. I’m in a tough situation. Realistically I train hardest when a lot of people expect me to win. He’s a spoiler and he did the same with Paul Williams and I have to make sure I stay sharp and do a good job and dispose of him.”
The co-feature will showcase WBA junior featherweight champion Celestino Caballero (33-2, 23 KOs), who will be moving up to take on unbeaten WBA #2 contender Daud Yordan (25-0, 19 KOs) in a non-title featherweight affair. Two time Olympic gold medalist from Cuba, Guillermo Rigondeaux (5-0, 4 KOs) will also appear on the undercard.
The event is billed as “Fighting For Haiti” and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Berto Dynasty Foundation to help aide those affected by the deadly Haitian temblor.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
WBO #3 David Tua (50-3-1, 43 KOs) is ready for Friday “The 13th” Ahunanya (24-5-3, 13 KOs), who has arrived in Auckland, New Zealand for their March 31st showdown at the Trusts Stadium. Ahunanya is well known to New Zealand fight fans having scored twelfth round stoppage over Kiwi Shane Cameron in 2007. The Las Vegas-based Nigerian scored a ten round decision over Alonzo Butler in his last ring appearance in 2008. Tua stopped Cameron in two rounds in October 2009 in his last ring appearance. The show will be promoted by Cedric Kushner and David Higgins of Duco Events. For more details and photos click here…
By Rick Scharmberg
Former Contender Season 1 reality star Ahmed “Baby Face” Kaddour (21-2-1, 9 KOs) returns to the ring this Friday, March 26, to take on Jerome “Boomer” Ellis (12-10-2, 10 KOs) in the eight-round junior middleweight main event at The Hamilton Manor in Hamilton, New Jersey. Kaddour, born in Lebanon, a citizen of Denmark, and now residing in Trenton, New Jersey, took part in the original Contender series in 2004. “A lot has happened to me. I’ve had a lot of chances, but it was difficult,” said Kaddour. “It was hard to say no to the temptations and I was thrown off. I got myself together now. I went to Europe and Lebanon, and with the help of my family I got my hunger back.” (more…)
Unbeaten Mike Jones, of Philadelphia, PA, and Hector Munoz, of Albuquerque, NM, will be fighting for two championship belts when they collide in a scheduled 10-round welterweight contest on Saturday evening, April 17, at in the 10,000-seat Boardwalk Hall. Not only will Jones’ North American Boxing Association (NABA) title be at stake, but the North American Boxing Organization (NABO) also will recognize the winner as its champion. The NABO championship currently is vacant. (more…)
Story & photos by David Greene
Professional boxer Frankie Figueroa returned to his old school in the Allerton section, where he spent the day speaking with youngsters and recalling his own struggles as a teenager growing up in the Bronx.
Nicknamed, “El Gato,” or “The Cat,” Figueroa returned to the Aspire Middle School on Wallace Avenue, where he spoke to the youngsters, signed autographs and posed for pictures with students and staff . . . Click here for more
Preview by Brady Crytzer
It seems like a story line worthy of any Hollywood Mega-Epic. Frank Mir, driven mad by thoughts of revenge, twisting his mind into frenzy as he obsesses over a rematch with Brock Lesnar.
Across the world is Shane Carwin, preparing for a showdown with Lesnar in November of 2009. After the bout was cancelled, Carwin became a caged beast held in captivity until March just waiting to be unleashed . . . Click here for more
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