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Weights from Coacalco, Mexico

Weights from Coacalco, Mexico

By Gabriel F.Cordero Photos: Alma Montiel & Pepe Rodríguez Jessica Chávez 108 vs Melissa McMorrow 108 (WBC light flyweight silver title) Rey Vargas 121.50 vs Daniel ...

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Weights from Tecate

Weights from Tecate

Photos: Zanfer Promotions Antonio De Marco 146.6 vs. Lanardo Tyner 147 Edivaldo Ortega 126 vs. Rey Pérez 126 Rafael Guzmán 140 vs. Sergio Ortega 140 Eduardo ...

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Sam Soliman: I will defeat Taylor…for Bernard

Sam Soliman: I will defeat Taylor...for Bernard

By Ray Wheatley -- World of Boxing Photo courtesy Team Soliman IBF middleweight champion Sam "King" Soliman (44-11, 18 KOs) talks to Fightnews to ...

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ESPN2 Weights from Pechanga

ESPN2 Weights from Pechanga

Photo: Goossen Promotions Austin Trout 154 vs. Daniel Dawson 154 Mahonri Montes 142.5 vs. Erick Bone 143 Micheal Hunter 205 vs. Harvey Jolly 194 Juan Funez ...

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George-Davis final press conference

George-Davis final press conference

Photos: Tom Barnes, Tomba-Images Just days before from the highly anticipated "B96 Boxing at the Ballpark" event set for this Saturday night, August ...

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Weights from Coacalco, Mexico

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Weights from Tecate

Weights from Tecate

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Sam Soliman: I will defeat Taylor…for Bernard

Sam Soliman: I will defeat

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ESPN2 Weights from Pechanga

ESPN2 Weights from Pechanga

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George-Davis final press conference

George-Davis final press conference

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Boxing Result

Prescott wins bite fight!

Quick KOs for Gamboa, Lara

By Jason Kotar at ringside

Undefeated WBO #7 lightweight contender Breidis Prescott (21-0, 18 KOs) won by DQ after being bit on the shoulder in round ten by Humberto Toledo (34-6-2, 20 KOs) on Friday night at the University Center Arena on the Nova Southeastern Campus in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Prescott was credited with a knockdown in round seven and appeared on his way to an easy decision until Toledo gnawed on his left shoulder at 1:58 of the tenth. Prescott is best known for knocking out highly touted Amir Kahn in 54 seconds last year.
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Heavyweight Ramon Garbey (19-4, 13 KOs), a former prospect returning from a two-year layoff, scored four-round unanimous decision over journeyman Mike Shepard (11-9-1, 6 KOs). Garbey dropped Shepard in rounds three and twice in four. Scores were 40-33 on all cards.
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2004 Olympic gold medalist Yuriorkis “El Ciclon” Gamboa (14-0, 12 KOs) needed just 35 seconds to annihilate Walter Estrada (35-9, 24 KOs) in an featherweight fight. A right hand put southpaw Estrada on the deck for the count.
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In a junior middleweight bout, two-time world amateur champion Erislandy Lara (4-0, 3 KOs) needed just 69 seconds to destroy previously unbeaten Keith Gross (3-1, 1 KO). Gross was down twice.
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In an entertaining affair, welterweight Ed Parades improved to 21-2, 13 KOs by outworking a game Josh Onyongo, who fell to 14-17-1, 11 KOs, via unanimous decision. Parades, landing the cleaner blows throughout the fight, had Onyongo hurt in round three and knocked him down with a straight right hand in round six. The judges scores were 59-54, 58-55 and 58-55.
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Heavyweight Erick Leander improved to 6-0, 5 KOs with a TKO victory over Bobby O’Bannon 3-2, 3 KOs. Leander overwhelmed O’Bannon from the opening bell, knocking him down twice in round one, forcing the referee to stop the fight at 59 seconds of round one.



February 20th, 2009



Boxing News

WBA sanctions Marquez-Diaz!

Turns out that Juan Manuel Marquez and Juan Diaz will fight for the vacant WBA “super” lightweight championship as well as the vacant WBO lightweight belt in their highly anticipated showdown on February 28th at TOYOTA Center in Houston, Texas. “The more championship belts for me, the better,” said Marquez.  “I want to unify the lightweight division and I’m excited to have the opportunity to add two more titles to my collection on February 28th.” The WBA and WBO titles were rendered vacant when Nate Campbell failed to make weight for his February 14th title defense against Ali Funeka. The camp of WBA regular champion Paulus Moses unsuccessfully claimed they should be the sole WBA lightweight champion, arguing “There is no possibility to promote a WBA world title where Paulus Moses would not been involved.” Marquez-Diaz is believed to be the first-ever fight for a “vacant” WBA super title.



February 20th, 2009

Boxing News

Lightweight PPV announced!

Golden Boy Promotions has officially announced their April 4th “Lightweight Lightning,” pay-per-view event that will feature eight 135-pounders in four pivotal 135lb match-ups in one night at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. In the main event, undefeated knockout artist Edwin Valero (24-0, 24 KOs) returns to the ring to face hard-hitting Antonio Pitalua (46-3, 40 KOs) in a 12-round championship bout for the vacant WBC interim crown. The co-featured bouts will be former two-time world champion and Olympic gold medalist Joel Casamayor (36-4-1, 22 KOs) against former world champion Julio Diaz (36-4, 26 KOs); former lightweight champion Jesus Chavez (44-4, 30 KOs) against former WBO interim titleist Michael Katsidis (24-2, 20 KOs) and former jr lightweight champs Jorge Barrios (47-4-1, 34 KOs) against and Carlos Hernandez (43-7-1, 24 KOs). Tickets $25-$200 go on sale on Friday (2/27).



February 20th, 2009

UFC

UFC 97 is sold out!

UFC is 2 for 2 in Montreal!

For the second time in a row, the UFC® has sold out the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Tickets for UFC 97: REDEMPTION are no longer available less than one week after they went on sale to the public. Now the only place to watch this star-studded event on Saturday, April 18 is on pay-per-view  . . . Click here for more



February 20th, 2009

Scale Watch

UFC 95 at the scales!

UFC 95 is live on Spike TV Saturday!

From the O2 Arena in London, England for tomorrow night’s UFC 95 card on Spike TV: 

Diego Sanchez (156) vs Joe Stevenson (155)
Rory Markham (170) vs Dan Hardy (170)
Wilson Gouveia (185) vs Nate Marquardt (185) 
Chael Sonnen (185) vs Demian Maia (184)
Paulo Thiago (169) vs Josh Koscheck (170)
Brian Cobb (155) vs Terry Etim (156)
Stefan Struve (240) vs Junior Dos Santos (237)
Mike Ciesnolevicz (235) vs Neil Grove (263)
Evan Dunham (154) vs Per Eklund (155)
Troy Mandaloniz (168) vs Paul Kelly (169)

UFC 95 is LIVE on FREE SPIKE TV, Feb. 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT: The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to London’s O2 Arena on Saturday, February 21st, and in the UFC 95 main event, it will be one of the most intriguing bouts of the New Year as exciting welterweight contender Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez makes his lightweight debut against former world title challenger Joe “Daddy” Stevenson.  UK fans will also be treated to an all-star cast of the UFC’s finest international talent in pivotal bouts that can’t be missed. For more information, check out 95.ufc.com



February 20th, 2009

Boxing News

Nishioka-Gonzalez Purse bid!

Promociones del Pueblo represented by Reginaldo Kuchle won the right to promote the super bantamweight mandatory title defense of WBC world champion Toshiaki Nishioka, from Japan, against challenger Johnny Gonzalez, from Mexico. The winning amount was $452,000, outbidding Teiken Promotions ($402,000) and Golden Boy Promotions ($186,000).



February 20th, 2009

Scale Watch

Pavlik, Rubio make weight!

Photo: Rafael Soto/Top Rank

Photo: Rafael Soto/Top Rank

WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik weighed in at 159 pounds for Saturday’s title defense against mandatory challenger Marco Antonio Rubio, who weighed 160 even. It was an electric atmosphere as more than 3,000 fight fans packed the Chevrolet Centre in Youngstown, Ohio, just to see the weigh-in. “It was like a Super Bowl,” promoter Bob Arum told Fightnews.com. “Promoters should take these kinds of fights to smaller cities all the time because the people really enjoy it.” (more…)



February 20th, 2009

Scale Watch

Cotto, Jennings make weight!

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

By Alex Dombroff at the scale

Miguel Cotto 146 vs Michael Jennings 146.5
(Vacant WBO welterweight championship)
John Duddy 162 vs Matt Vanda 162
Matt Korobov 160.5 vs Cory Jones 157
Pawel Wolack 155.5 vs Norberto Bravo 155.5
Maureen Shea 128 vs Kina Malapartida 129.5
Venue: Madison Square Garden, NYC
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: Pay-Per-View



February 20th, 2009

Boxing News

Peter-Chambers Presser!

Photos: Jan Sanders/Goossen Tutor

Photos: Jan Sanders/Goossen Tutor

Big time heavyweight boxing will be played out on March 27 when #3 World-ranked contender Eddie Chambers and #5 World-ranked and former WBC World Heavyweight Champion Sam Peter collide in a 12-rounder on a special edition of ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” (10:00 pm ET/7:00 pm PT) at Nokia Theatre L.A. in downtown Los Angeles. “It has been a great pleasure working with Dan (Goossen) and Dino (Duva) and their respective fight teams to bring this exciting and meaningful bout to ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. We are equally excited by the opportunity to produce and televise this inaugural boxing telecast from AEG”s state of the art Nokia Theatre” stated Doug Loughrey, ESPN-Director Programming Acquisitions. This will be the first ever boxing event staged from the world-class 7,100-seat Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, which is the centerpiece of L.A. LIVE, a 4-million square foot / $2.5 billion downtown Los Angeles sports, residential and entertainment district adjacent to STAPLES Center. (more…)



February 20th, 2009

Boxing Result

Rooney TKOs Morrow!

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside

An overflow crowd packed Schuetzen Park in North Bergen. New Jersey on Thursday night to watch Bayonne, New Jersey’s own Bobby Rooney capture the vacant WBF All Americas light heavyweight title with a second round stoppage of “Jamming” James Morrow in the eight round main event. In the co feature of the evening, Victor “The Viper” Valenzuela overcame two intentional head butts to secure a six round unanimous decision victory over Daniel Lorenzano by scores of 60-53 x 3. The exciting seven-bout card also featured several local prospects in their professional debuts. (more…)



February 20th, 2009

Interview

Q&A: Andreas Kotelnik!

By Alexey Potapov

WBA light welterweight world champion Andreas Kotelnik (31-2-1, 13 KOs) has given exclusive interview to Fightnews.com in which he spoke about his recent title defense against Marcos Rene Maidana (25-1, 24 KOs) a possible in against Dmitriy Salita (29-0, 16 KOs) and more. (more…)



February 20th, 2009

Boxing News

Stark a free agent!

Super bantamweight Gary “Kid” Stark Jr. (22-2, 8 KOs) has been granted his release by DiBella Entertainment. Stark Jr. is on a four-fight winning streak after suffering a pair of losses which included a controversial loss to Mike Oliver and a shocking loss to Andres Ledesma. The current win streak includes a rematch win over Ledesma.



February 20th, 2009

Boxing Result

Concepcion defeats Acosta!

WBA #5 flyweight Luis “El Nica” Concepcion (16-1, 11 KOs) defended his WBA Fedelatin belt by eleven round unanimous decision over Santiago “El Vendaval” Acosta (16-2-2, 7 KOs) on Thursday night at the Atlapa Convention Center in Panama City. Concepcion closed strong to surge to a 108-104, 109-103, 109-104 win.



February 20th, 2009

Boxing News

Jennings ready for Cotto!

By Alex Dombroff

Michael Jennings isn’t one for trash talk, but forgive him if isn’t worried who his next opponent is. Nothing Miguel Cotto could throw at him could possible compare to the challenges he has already faced. For Jennings (34-1, 16 KOs), a life and career filled with tragedy and roadblocks will culminate Saturday night at Madison Square Garden when he steps in the ring with Cotto for the vacant WBO welterweight title. Cotto (32-1, 26 KOs) will enter the ring a sizeable favorite to defeat the relatively unknown Jennings. He will also have a large support adventage, as a near-capacity crowd, mainly consisting for Puerto Rican fans supporting their native son. However, as the moment approaches, Jennings is taking in all that is good about finally getting his moment in the sun. (more…)



February 20th, 2009

Boxing News

DiBella, Thompson, Duva signings!

Hot prospects Rodriguez, Lopez, Toma inked

By Robert Coster

Former amateur standout, middleweight Edwin Rodriguez was signed up to an exclusive promotional contract by DiBella Entertainment on Thursday night at a formal gathering and press conference at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA, the boxer’s hometown. The 23-year-old, Dominican-born Rodriguez (9-0, 6 KOs) as a pro, won gold medals at the 2005 USA Boxing Nationals Championships and at the 2006 National Golden Gloves Championship.
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Featherweight Abraham Lopez (5-0, 4 KOs) has signed with southern California-based Thompson Boxing Promotions. He will make his debut under the promotional firm’s banner on February 27 at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA. Lopez is managed by Frank Espinoza.
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Promoter Dino Duva has signed highly-regarded heavyweight prospect Bedarin “Rini” Toma, who will make his professional debut on February 25, at BB Kings Blues Club and Grill on 42nd Street in Manhattan. Toma, a native of Lexha, Albania, who fights out of Astoria, Queens, is a two time New Jersey Golden Gloves champion.



February 20th, 2009

Boxing News

Guerrero sighting in SJ!

Photo: Team Guerrero

Photo: Team Guerrero

Former two-time world champion, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero appeared at last night’s San Jose Sharks game at the HP Pavilion. Guerrero (21-1-1, 16 KOs) faces Indonesia’s undefeated hero, Daud Yordan (15-0, 10 KOs) when HBO “Boxing After Dark” hits the HP Pavilion for the first time in history on March 7.



February 20th, 2009

Scale Watch

Olympian Yanez debuts tonight!

By Jeff Zimmerman at the scale

Luis Yanez 115.5 vs Julio Valdez 115 (2nd try)
Hector Beltran 139.5 vs Gilbert Salinas 139.25
Jesse Larra 149 vs Bobby Joe Valdez 153.75
Anthony Smith 138 vs Milton Ramos 136.5
Sammy Sanchez 121.5 vs Jabar Hurd ??
Venue: American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas
TV: Fox Sports Southwest



February 20th, 2009

UFC

Kos fighting way back to contention

UFC 95 is live on Spike TV Saturday!

Story by Robert Kravantka

Josh “Kos” Koscheck started his MMA career in 2004, winning his first two fights before appearing on the The Ultimate Fighter Season 1. By his own omission, he was a wrestler at most, and suffered a loss to eventual Season One winner, Diego Sanchez    . . . Click here for more

UFC 95 is LIVE on FREE SPIKE TV, Feb. 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT: The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to London’s O2 Arena on Saturday, February 21st, and in the UFC 95 main event, it will be one of the most intriguing bouts of the New Year as exciting welterweight contender Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez makes his lightweight debut against former world title challenger Joe “Daddy” Stevenson.  UK fans will also be treated to an all-star cast of the UFC’s finest international talent in pivotal bouts that can’t be missed. For more information, check out 95.ufc.com



February 20th, 2009

Boxing News

King Arthur’s one birthday wish!

A unification fight against Pavlik

Undefeated IBF middleweight champion King Arthur Abraham and manager Wilfried Sauerland today admitted their surprise at Jack Loew´s most recent remarks in the press. Kelly Pavlik´s trainer had told reporters that his camp has yet to receive a response from Team Sauerland regarding a potential unification clash – a clash that could take place either in the United States or in Germany. Staging the showdown between the two champions is exactly what Wilfried Sauerland intends to do. In fact, he has been trying to set something up for months. “We were very surprised to read Jack Loew´s comments,” Sauerland said. “He must be living on a different planet. Last spring we have picked up negotiations with Pavlik´s promoters Top Rank. We have also been in constant touch with HBO and Showtime. However, in the last couple of months, Top Rank seemed to have lost their interest in a unification.” (more…)



February 20th, 2009

Boxing Result

McEwan stops Stovall!

By Rocco Morales at ringside

Highly touted middleweight prospect Craig McEwan (13-0, 8 KOs) picked apart Ivan “Sitting Bull” Stovall (10-3, 7 KOs), his scrappy and rugged opponent and first cut him badly over his eye, leaving ringsiders ducking for cover from blood, then pummeled Stovall enough in round seven for the referee to call a merciful end to the fight. McEwan stays unbeaten. The fight highlighted the 25th Anniversary of promoter Roy Englebrecht’s “Battle in The Ballroom” series at the Irvine Marriott. Photos and report to follow…



February 20th, 2009

Boxing News

Pavlik-Rubio on the scale today!

Weigh-in open to the public

Fight fans are invited to come today to the Chevrolet Centre in Youngstown, Ohio, to see WBC/WBO middleweight world champion Kelly Pavlik (34-1, 30 KOs) and his opponent #1 contender Marco Antonio Rubio (43-4-1, 38 KOs), hold their official weigh-in for Saturday’s world championship pay-per-view event. Doors open to public at 10AM. Undercard fighters report at 11AM. Pavlik and Rubio will step on the scale at 1PM.



February 20th, 2009

UFC

UFC signs deal with DSF!

 The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®)organisation has announced a new three-year agreement with leading German broadcaster DSF, bringing the world’s most exciting sport to German fight fans each and every week.

Beginning Saturday, March 7, DSF will screen weekly doses of UFC action in the 11pm time slot with UFC® Unleashed, which features the greatest fights in the UFC’s 16-year history. 

(more…)



February 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Adamek set for Banks!

A no-nonsense, non-stop action fighter who makes for “Fight of the Year” candidates more often than most, Tomasz Adamek returns to SHOWTIME to defend his IBF cruiserweight title against undefeated Johnathon Banks in the main event Friday, Feb. 27, on ShoBox: The New Generation (live at 11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). How exciting is the aggressive-minded Adamek? Three of his last nine fights have been legitimate candidates for “Fight of the Year”. So will Adamek-Banks turn out to be another “Fight of the Year” nominee? “You never know, you’ll just have to watch and see,” said Adamek, a quiet, humble man outside the ring who turns into a raging tiger inside. “I come to fight and give my best and put on a show for the fans. It’s all about winning and I will do whatever it takes to win.” (more…)



February 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Bradley-Holt heats up!

Photos: Choko Boxing

On Wednesday, February 18, Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley and Kendall “Rated R” Holt met at the historic Bell Centre in Montreal to kick off the promotion of their highly anticipated fight that will unify their respective WBC and WBO 140-pound titles. The two champions will clash Saturday, April 4, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING live at 10:45 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). The 12-round unification fight, co-promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, Bob Arum’s Top Rank, Inc., Gillett Entertainment Group and Choko Boxing will take place at the Bell Centre in Montreal. During Wednesday’s press conference the intensity was surprisingly palpable between Bradley and Holt, two of the more reserved and respectful athletes in the sport. (more…)



February 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Latimore-Spinks Update!

The all St Louis showdown between Deandre Latimore and Corey Spinks for the vacant IBF Junior Middleweight title will be held in the Gateway City. Steve Smith, the long time promoter of Latimore, says Rumble Time/DiBella Entertainment and Don King Productions have come to terms on an agreement. The final details of a date, venue and a television deal for the fight are being wrapped up. The IBF has ordered the fight between Spinks and Latimore because of former Champion Verno Phillips decision last November to vacate the title to move to a different weight class. Currently the IBF has Spinks ranked as the top contender at #3. Latimore is the #5 contender in the Junior Middleweight division. (more…)



February 19th, 2009

UFC

UFC 95 packed with young talent!

UFC 95 is live on Spike TV Feb. 21!

Preview by Brady Crytzer

For the UFC, 2009 (to this point) has been all about expansion. With four professional cards in just two months, the UFC has ventured out of North America twice. On Saturday, February 21st London, England plays host to UFC 95: Sanchez vs. Stevenson. Although the headliners are UFC mainstays, the undercard is loaded with fringe contenders and, possibly, future champions. You should know them by now, and if you don’t, you will   . . . Click here for more

UFC 95 is LIVE on FREE SPIKE TV, Feb. 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT: The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to London’s O2 Arena on Saturday, February 21st, and in the UFC 95 main event, it will be one of the most intriguing bouts of the New Year as exciting welterweight contender Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez makes his lightweight debut against former world title challenger Joe “Daddy” Stevenson.  UK fans will also be treated to an all-star cast of the UFC’s finest international talent in pivotal bouts that can’t be missed. For more information, check out 95.ufc.com



February 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Pavlik-Rubio presser!

Photos: Gary Sarti

Wall-to-wall media at the Chevrolet Centre in Youngstown, including two network affiliate television crews broadcasting live, attended today’s final news conference hosted by world middleweight champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik of Youngstown, his opponent, #1 contender and mandatory challenger Marco Antonio Rubio of Mexico, and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, chairman of Top Rank. The last time the Valley area hosted a world title fight was when Youngstown’s Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini successfully defended his WBA lightweight title against Ernesto España in Warren, Ohio, July 24, 1982, also promoted by Arum. (more…)



February 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Boxing back in Lyndhurst, NJ!

After its promotional debut this past October, Dignity Promotions has teamed up with David Feldman’s, Felko Promotions to stage another event. Former cruiserweight title challenger Bobby Gunn will headline a February 25th card at the Medieval Times Castle in Lyndhurst, NJ. An opponent has yet to be named. There are eight scheduled bouts on the fight card, three involving fighters making their professional debuts. They are lightweight Danny Valle (grandson of notable trainer Victor Valle Sr.), 160lb “gym war” veteran Nelson Roldan and former University of Delaware Linebacker Kyle White. Tickets are $40, $60 and $75. Call 610-291-0806.



February 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Full Contender card announced!

The full card for fourth season live finale of “The Contender” series has been announced. Troy Ross and Ehinomen “Hino” Ehikhamenor will battle it out for the title of Contender Champion on February 25 at the Foxwoods MGM Grand Arena in Ledyard, CT. Rico Hoye and Akinyemi “AK” Laleye will fight it out for the Bronze Medal. Opening the night, Richard Gingras and Ryan Coyne will face-off for six rounds. For the second fight Erick Vega and Alfredo Escalera Jr. will battle it out in a six rounder. Rounding out the night of undercard fights, rivals Felix Cora Jr. and Tim Flamos will square off in a rematch. All bouts are in the cruiserweight division. VERSUS will televise the final live.



February 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Cotto Returns to the Garden!

By Mariano A. Agmi
Photos: Marty Rosengarten/RingsidePhotos.com

Click the photo above for more photos…
Miguel Cotto returns to the familiar surroundings of Madison Square Garden on Saturday, February 21, when he takes on unknown British import Michael Jennings of Chorley, England, for the vacant WBO welterweight title. The former two-division champion is back at his home away from home, where he experienced an enormous amount of success in title bouts against the likes of Shane Mosley, Zab Judah and Paulie Malignaggi. Cotto was at the Wamu Theater at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday for the final press conference to announce his bout against Jennings for the WBO title vacated by Paul Williams. This will mark the first time Cotto has fought since his scintillating loss to Antonio Margarito in an 11-round war last July. The Top Rank card is part of a split-site Pay-Per-View telecast that includes the return of middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik against Marco Antonio Rubio from the champ’s hometown of Youngstown, Ohio. (more…)



February 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Pavlik seeking impressive win!

Kelly Pavlik’s trainer Jack Loew believes the middleweight champion must defeat Marco Antonio Rubio this weekend to get his career back on track. Pavlik fights for the first time since he lost to Bernard Hopkins in October last year. Loew told Setanta Sports News that this was a fight that Pavlik could not afford to lose. “It’s an important fight for Kelly,” stated Loew.” A loss at this point, right now, would be disastrous for his career. He’s got to come out firing on all cylinders. I think he needs to have a very impressive win.” Loew also revealed that Pavlik, should he make it past Rubio, is already considering his next opponent. One name strongly linked to face Pavlik is Germany’s Arthur Abraham. “We’ve offered to get him over here for the fight, we offered to go to Germany and fight him there. We’re getting no response. Of course everyone’s saying we don’t want to fight Arthur Abraham. But we would be happy to fight Arthur Abraham in the States or in Germany. But once we get past Rubio we’ll probably go for [John] Duddy, providing Duddy gets past his opponent.”



February 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Povetkin-Estrada official!

Alexander Povetkin (16-0, 12 KOs), mandatory challenger of IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, will take a final warm-up fight on April 4 when he faces Jason Estrada (15-1, 3 KOs) in Dusseldorf. The 29-year-old was scheduled to fight Klitschko in December 2008 but an ankle injury forced him to postpone the hotly anticipated showdown. The IBF ruled that their meeting has to take place before September 13, 2009. “This time frame allows us to give Alexander a tough fight so that he can keep his rhythm,” Sauerland Event general manager Chris Meyer said. “By picking Jason Estrada we have chosen a strong opponent. But that is exactly what Alexander had asked us to do because easy fights do not help him at all.” (more…)



February 19th, 2009

Boxing News

GSP inks Guzman!

By Lee Bates

Gary Shaw Productions has signed Dominican Jose Guzman (6-0, 5 KOs). Guzman is the younger brother of two division world champion Joan Guzman. Guzman thus far has stopped all but one of his opponents inside the distance and will have his first fight under GSP in a near future date to be announced.



February 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Yuriorkis Gamboa back in action!

2009 Prospect of the Year Yuriorkis “El Ciclon” Gamboa (13-0, 11 KOs) will be in action against Walter Estrada (35-8, 24 KOs) in an eight-round, featherweight fight on Friday at the University Center Arena in Ft. Lauderdale Florida. Gamboa is enjoying a fast start to his professional career, extending his undefeated record to 13 wins with a TKO over Roger “Speedy” Gonzalez on January 1st. During his amateur career, Gamboa won a 2004 Olympic gold medal for the Cuban national team. He defected in 2006 and now resides in Miami. Also seeing action will be undefeated lightweight Breidis Prescott (20-0, 18 KOs) recently stunned highly touted Amir Kahn with a 54-second knockout in Manchester, England. He will face Humberto “Bam Baby” Toledo (34-5-2, 20 KOs)–who’s also coming off of two straight wins–in 10-round, lightweight match. Also, in a four-round, junior middleweight bout, two-time World Amateur Champion Erislandy Lara (3-0, 2 KOs) will face Keith Gross (3-0, 1 KO). A fight between junior middleweights Richard Gutierrez (24-2-1, 14 KOs) and Jesus Gonzalez (24-1, 13 KOs) fell through because Gonzalez couldn’t make the weight. Tickets are $85, $50, $25, and $15. Call 954-262-5551. To purchase by phone call Ticketmaster at 800-745-300. To purchase online visit www.ticketmaster.com.



February 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Holt-Bradley presser!

Photo: Choko Boxing

Photo: Choko Boxing

Things got a little heated at Wednesday’s Kendall Holt-Timothy Bradley press conference at the Bell Centre in Montreal. After Holt stated that Bradley was “a little bit inexperienced for a champion,” Bradley shot back “I’m coming forward. I’m coming to get him and he knows it!” The champions collide on April 4th in a super lightweight WBC/WBO unification clash to be televised on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.



February 19th, 2009




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