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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…
By Jeff Zimmerman
Joshua Clottey (35-3, 20ko’s) looked like he’s been here before, as he strolled around the ring and posed for the Dallas Fort Worth media today at the Gaylord Texan Hotel in preparation for the biggest fight of his life against 7-time world champion Manny Pacquiao (50-3-2 38ko’s) in The Event this Saturday, March 13th at Cowboys Stadium. Although he has never been on a stage quite this big, he has fought some of the biggest names of the last decade, including Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito. And if today was any indication, he appeared ever so ready to take on his greatest challenge, even catching Cowboy Owner Jerry Jones by surprise as he reached outside the ring to shake his hand. Clottey declared, “Nothing stresses me, no matter what.” (more…)
Canada will get their first dose of the Kimbo Slice phenomenon on Saturday, May 8th, when the Ultimate Fighter alumnus looks to make it 2-0 in the Octagon on the UFC 113: Machida vs Shogun 2 card at the Bell Centre in Montreal. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Current WBA bantamweight world champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno of Panama has intensified his training at Mexican trainer Ignacio “Nacho” Beristan’s famous La Romanza Gym in Mexico City. Moreno will be unifying the WBA belt with interim champ Nehomar Cermeño on March 27 in La Guaira, Venezuela. “This is a fight of pride, honor and dignity but above all is for my family, my country and those who have helped me in boxing. It has been a lot of sacrifice up to now and I’ll gave my best that night,¨ says Moreno. He is sparring with Mexican prospects Ray Vargas and Eduardo Escobedo among others. Moreno has his own team, but you can often hear input from Beristain, as well. Click here for more photos…
WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao spars with an unnamed sparring partner at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California in advance of Saturday’s PPV bout against Joshua Clottey in Dallas. Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum looks on.
Having been in Manchester, England for a little over 10 days now, Joan Guzman and his trainer Lee Beard are going over final preparations for his March 27th rematch against Ali Funeka. Guzman and Beard have been working hard on his tactics for this fight and have added world renowned nutritionist Kerry Kayes to help with his strength, conditioning and diet. Guzman completed 14 rounds of sparring on Friday and on Saturday he visited Leigh amateur boxing club where he met with the young boxers and took them through their paces sparring and covering training drills. Click here for more photos…
For years, SHOWTIME® has featured boxing’s top prospects and future World Champions on its hit series ShoBox: The New Generation, giving boxing fans a glimpse of the World Champions of tomorrow today. On Friday, April 2, live on SHOWTIME, Golden Boy Promotions will to present its first event on the series. Undefeated Cuban junior middleweight rising star Erislandy Lara puts his perfect record on the line against the always-dangerous Danny Perez in a 10-round main event and Puerto Rican featherweight standout Carlos Velasquez returns in the co-feature at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. (more…)
Challenger Joshua Clottey and two of his trainers during preparations in Dallas, Monday. Clottey is getting ready for the fight of his life against seven-time world champion and “Fighter of the Decade” Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao on Saturday, March 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas on HBO pay-per-view.
By Alexey Sukachev
Alexander Povetkin (18-0, 13 KOs) continues his preparation for an upcoming ten-rounder on Saturday night at Max Schmeling Halle in Berlin, Germany. The Russian top heavyweight prospect, rated IBF #1, WBO #2 and WBC #4, faces Mexican Javier Mora (22-5-1, 18 KOs) on a huge card, promoted by Sauerland Event. From left to right: Vladimir Povetkin, Teddy Atlas, Saul Avelar, Alexander Povetkin and his manager Vladimir Hryunov.
Hall of Fame-bound Erik “El Terrible” Morales returns to the ring March 27 after 2 ½ years of inactivity, headlining “The Champion Returns” pay-per-view event, on a mission to become the first Mexican boxer to capture world titles in four different weight classes . . . Click here for more
Ringside Report by Scott Ploof
Photography by Emily Harney
It took only two vicious uppercuts midway through the eighth round for 23 year old Devon Alexander (20-0, 13 KOs) to defeat Juan Urango (22-3-1, 17 KOs) and unify the WBC and IBF 140 pound titles on Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. Time of the stoppage by referee Benji Estedes was at 1:12 of round eight. Alexander was quicker to the punch throughout as Urango did his best to try and combat the speed of his opponent. Urango did his best to brawl when given the opportunity however Alexander used his footwork to get away from these exchanges as he out-boxed the brawler. The fight card was promoted by Don King Promotions and was televised live on HBO’s Boxing After Dark. In the co-feature attraction of the evening, New York prospect and current WBC USNBC heavyweight titlist, Derric Rossy scored a convincing unanimous decision victory over veteran Zack Page by scores of 117-110, 120-107, and 118-109. Rossy used a little bit of everything in this fight as he had a height and reach advantage over Page. Rossy went on to out-land and frustrate Page throughout the contest en route to the twelve round decision. Click here for the ringside report and action packed photogallery.
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Montreal fight fans were treated to another outstanding performance from sensational junior lightweight prospect Logan McGuinness as he battled Mexican veteran Pedro Navarrete in an eight round war on Saturday afternoon.
Fighting at the Montreal Casino for the fifth time in his young professional career, the 22 year old McGuinness improved his unbeaten record to 10-0-0 (4 KO’s) as the Orangeville native displayed toughness belying his youth. (more…)
Story & photos by Felipe Leon
Despite 70 professional fights, titles won and lost, controversies inside and outside the ring and on the scales, Jose Luis “El Temible” Castillo (60-9-1, 52KO), who faces Alfonso Gomez (21-4-2, 10KO) Saturday night on the undercard of “The Event” at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, TX, will be best remembered for the epic battle he waged against the late Diego “Chico” Corrales on May 7th, 2005 at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev. . . . Click here for more
Ringside by Francisco Salazar
Photos by ‘Big’ Joe Miranda
Someone forgot to tell super flyweight Rodrigo Guerrero that he was just supposed to be an opponent on Saturday night against hard-hitting world champion Vic Darchinyan.
With a rematch against Nonito Donaire looming, Darchinyan needed someone to look good against. Instead, Guerrero gave Darchinyan fits throughout the fight and in the process made himself a player in the 115-pound division despite a losing, but commendable effort . . . Click here for more
Ringside by Rocco Morales
Photos by ‘Big’ Joe Miranda
In the 12-round main event at Pechanga Casino in Temecula, California, Friday night, Martin Honorio successfully defended his NABO lightweight championship belt with an impressive victory over previously-undefeated Wilton Hilario . . . Click here for more
Report by Brady Crytzer
After two furious rounds of action for the world bantamweight title 24 year old Dominick Cruz was awarded the victory when Brian Bowles was deemed unable to continue due to a broken hand after the conclusion of the second round . . . Click here for more
Ringside by Gerardo Martinez
Saturday night at the Ohkay Casino in Ohkay Owingeh, N.M., in a card billed as “Battle for Redemption”, Johnny Tapia proved he can come back from life’s setbacks, again, boxing bloodlines did not matter and knockouts dominated the fight card. The close-to-capacity crowd of 1,700 got its dollars worth of action with the six professional boxing matches and 11 amateur fights . . Click here for full report
Integrated Sports is one of the nation’s leading distributors of niche pay-per view and closed circuit sports events. The company has especially been making its presence known in the sport of boxing. They have televised numerous events over the last five years featuring some of boxing’s biggest names in major boxing events that otherwise would not have been seen in North America. In addition, Integrated Sports has given soccer fans the opportunity to watch many of the most important world matches on home television. Fightnews caught up with Doug Jacobs, the president of Integrated Sports, who spoke of the company and its future. (more…)
By Craig Watt
There is some impressive boxing talent currently training at the World Crown Sports training facility in Oxnard, California under the guidance of Adam Flores. WBC 154 pound champion Sergio Martinez (44-2-2, 24 KO’s) from Argentina and unbeaten 140 pounder Victor Cayo (24-0, 16 KO’s) are sharing the pads and sparring in preparation for their biggest fights of their careers in the next few weeks. (more…)
Two-time lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo, figures he has one last championship run in him and after fighting all over Mexico last year, he is ready to go back to the big leagues and look for one more shot at a world title. Castillo will begin 2010 with an important 10 round fight against Alfonso Gomez, on Saturday, March 13 at Cowboys Stadium as part of the televised card that will be broadcast on HBO pay-per-view and is headlined by boxing’s super star Manny Pacquiao who will defend his WBO welterweight championship against Joshua Clottey. (more…)
Two-time world champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto is just about ready for his world championship bout against former world champion David Diaz, a fight that will take place on Saturday, March 13 as the main undercard bout of “The Event,” the welterweight showdown between Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao and former world champion Joshua Clottey to be held at “Cowboys Stadium” and televised by HBO Pay-Per-view. (more…)
By Bob Hough
Arthur Abraham (31-0, 25 KOs) says he’s fine with covering ground, on planes and in the ring. The Armenian super-middleweight, who fights Andre Dirrell (18-1, 13 KOs) on March 27 to kick off Showtime’s Super Six World Boxing Classic Group Stage 2, was training in Palm Springs, Calif., for the fight which was set to happen there on March 6. Abraham flew home to Germany when the fight was postponed because Dirrell injured his back, and moved to Detroit, Mich. He expects to be on the move in the ring, too, in pursuit of his elusive opponent. “My sparring partners copy Andre Dirrell’s style every day and they run away a lot,” Abraham said in a recent teleconference, through an interpreter. “I’m prepared for that.” (more…)
Former World Boxing Council lightweight champion David Diaz held an open workout for fans and media Friday at JABB Boxing Gym in Chicago. Diaz is finishing preparations for his showdown with Humberto “ZORRITA” Soto for the vacant WBC Lightweight title on Saturday, March 13th at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas, headlining the pay-per-view undercard of THE EVENT: PACQUIAO vs. CLOTTEY, World Welterweight Championship. Diaz spoke about the fight with Soto, his preparations and fighting at Cowboys Stadium. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Elmer Anuran is the manager of several outstanding boxers from the Philippines including WBA #3 super flyweight Drian Francisco (18-0, 14 KOs) who will clash with WBA #2 Ricardo Nunez (17-1, 15 KOs) of Panama on March 26 in Manila, Philippines for the WBA #1 position. Anuran talks to Fightnews and tells of Francisco’s outstanding amateur career, who his best win was against, that he has Vic Darchinyan in his sights and that Francisco is the next big thing in Filipino boxing. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Joe Deguardia’s Star Boxing put together a very entertaining night of boxing at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Saturday night. In the main event of the evening, Atlantic City’s own Shamone Alvarez (21-2, 12KO’s) put himself back in welterweight mix with devastating 7th round knockout of Alexis Camacho 17-3, 16KO’s). Also, heavyweight slugger and crowd favorite Vinny Maddalone (33-6, 24KO’s) rebounded from his close loss to Jean Marc Mormeck by dropping a vastly outgunned Dominique Alexander (19-8-1, 9KO’s) four times, finishing the job in round five with a deep hook to the body. (more…)
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