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This weekend, SHOWTIME will be available in a record 54.4 million households for an ALL ACCESS Free Preview Weekend on SHOWTIME, SHOWTIME HD™ and SHOWTIME On Demand. From Thursday, March 25 through Sunday, March 28, viewers across the country will have the opportunity to sample the premium network’s award-winning programming via linear service, On Demand and in HD, including the Super Six World Boxing Classic. On Saturday, March 27, the Group Stage 2 showdown between tournament point leader “King” Arthur Abraham and Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell airs live at 10:30 pm ET/PT (delayed on the west coast), immediately following the premium television premiere of “Saw V”. Beyond this exciting sports programming, SHOWTIME ALL ACCESS Free Preview Weekend includes a dynamic cross section of programming including the season 2 premiere episodes of SHOWTIME original series Nurse Jackie and United States of Tara as well as hit movies Twilight and The Reader. Visit the SHOWTIME ALL ACCESS Free Preview Weekend webpage for complete details.
After 2 ½ months of intense training, 3-division world champion Erik “El Terrible” Morales, is ready for his comeback fight Saturday in “The Champion Returns” pay-per-view event, live from Monterrey, Mexico.
Morales (48-6, 34 KOs) has been retired for the past 2 ½ years. The iconic Mexican warrior returns to the ring on a mission to become the first Mexican world champion in four different weight classes. Saturday night in the 12-round main event, Morales takes on former WBA lightweight champion Jose “Jicaras” Alfaro (23-5, 20 KOs), for the vacant WBC Intercontinental welterweight crown . . . . Continued
After drawing some of the world’s finest athletes to its first competition last July, UFC® today announced that it will host its second grappling tournament in conjunction with the prestigious Grapplers Quest organization on Friday and Saturday, May 28th and 29thth, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center as part of the UFC® Fan Expo™. (more…)
By Dennis Principe
In what is so far his strongest message against bitter rival Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Filipino boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao said he considers his legacy in boxing as already cemented that he sees no need to fight the undefeated American boxer. Pacquiao made this declaration in a mini-press conference held during his courtesy call to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo at the Malacanang Palace moments after the pound-for-pound king arrived in the country Monday morning. “Our records will show I have beaten far better fighters compared to Mayweather. I’ve stated before that I am willing to fight him if that’s what the fans want to see. But if the fight doesn’t happen, I’m fine with it,” said Pacquiao. (more…)
Trainer Ulli Wegner says his protégé Arthur Abraham has done everything possible to be victorious in Saturday’s showdown with Andre Direll in his Super Six World Boxing Classic Tournament at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena. “Dirrell is really a very strong boxer,” said Wegner. “I think his surprise attacks are very dangerous, so against him Arthur must consistently implement the strategy that we’ve developed in recent weeks. Then he will win.” Wegner also stated that the postponement and venue change from the original March 6 date worked in Abraham’s favor. “When we trained in Palm Springs, [Arthur] had trouble finding his form,” he revealed. “This had to do with the fact that he simply had no chance to rest. He had an incredible amount of visits from friends living there. They were all very friendly and pleasant visitors, but such things don’t easily fit into preparation for a fight. Once we shifted the training camp to Kienbaum, his concentration on the fight went up. At first, I had expressed my displeasure about the date change, but to be honest, March 27 in hindsight was a real stroke of luck for us. In the seclusion of Kienbaum, Arthur was able to focus and increase his form.”
Ringside Report by Scott Ploof
Photography by Emily Harney
Irish eyes were smiling on Friday night, the day after St. Patrick’s Day at the Twin River Events Center in Lincoln, RI as unbeaten Framingham, MA junior welterweight prospect Danny O’Connor scored an eight round unanimous decision over Brooklyn, NY’s Franklin Gonzalez (13-4, 9 KOs) All three judges scored the bout a shutout for O’Connor 80-72 on all cards. O’Connor stayed true to his game plan as he worked his jab to perfection, setting up his combinations, while at the same time, keeping Gonzalez off balance and unable to attack. Gonzalez was able to work and counter with his opponent, however O’Connor got the better of almost all the exchanges and consistently out-landed Gonzalez throughout. The seven bout fight card titled “Shamrock’d” was promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports. Former four time women’s champion Jamie “The Hurricane” Clampitt (21-4-1, 7 KOs) pounded out a hard fought six round majority decision over New York City’s Jill Emery (9-3, 3 KOs). Scores of the bout were 59-55 twice for Clampitt while the third judge scored the fight even at 57-57. Click here for the ringside report and photogallery.
Unbeaten middleweight Yves Studer (24-0, 6 KOs) has been forced to bow out of a proposed April 17 clash for the European crown against defending EBU champion Matthew Macklin. Studer underwent an operation on his right hand to remove a bone fragment and the recovery time will not allow enough time to train for the bout. “Of course the disappointment is great,” said Studer, who holds the EBU External European belt. “But certainly I’ll get this chance again soon. The interest of Hatton Promotions shows that I’m one of Europe’s top boxers who’s able to win the belt of overall European champion.” Studer is already slated to defend his EBU-EE title for the third time on May 29 in Kursaal, Bern, Switzerland against an opponent to be named.
By Robert Coster
Former WBC light flyweight champion Edgar Sosa is feeling optimistic about his return to the ring while slowly but surely recuperating from the fractures he suffered in his controversial loss against Rodel Mayol last November. Sosa will be undergoing a tomography at the end of the month to determine how well his fractured cheekbone is healing. In the meantime, the very popular Mexico City-born champion is running and doing light work in the gym on the bags. “If the doctors give me the OK, I may be able to spar again as early as April,” he says. (more…)
This Saturday night from Monterrey, Mexico, live on PPV, the fight world will witness the return of the former seven time world champion Erik Morales, as “El Terrible” takes on the heavy-handed Jose Alfaro for the WBC Intercontinental welterweight title. But before the main event, rounding out the undercard will be the undefeated heavyweight contender David “Niño” Rodriguez (32-0, 30 KOs), who will be taking on the former Brazilian Olympian Daniel Bispo (22-12, 16 KOs) in a scheduled ten round match-up. (more…)
Newly crowned WBC/IBF junior welterweight champion Devon Alexander “The Great” (20-0, 13 KOs) wants the world to know that he is willing to fight WBO junior welterweight champion Tim Bradley (25-0, 11 KOs) right now. “We want the best fights out there, period. We agree that Devon Alexander and Tim Bradley are the best junior welterweights in the world,” Alexander’s trainer Kevin Cunningham stated. “There is no reason they shouldn’t fight each other. Tim Bradley is fighting some no name in a tune up for his HBO debut in June. Team Alexander doesn’t need a tune up. Tim Bradley can be our tune up!” Alexander will be returning to the ring in June after recently capturing the IBF version of the title with a devastating eighth round knock out of Juan Urango.
WBA interim light welterweight world champion Marcos Maidana (27-1, 26 KOs) is defending his world title on March 27 against number #2 ranked contender Victor Cayo at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. In Part II of the interview, “El Chino” speaks about a possible fight against Manny Pacquiao, his son and his time in Germany. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Saturday night at the Duburns Arena in Baltimore, Maryland middleweights put on a slugfest that will be remembered as one of Maryland’s best fights of the decade as Jesse “The Beast” Nicklow (20-2-2, 7 KOs) barely outlasted Scott “Cujo” Sigmon (8-2, 3 KOs) in capturing a well deserved ten round unanimous decision victory that was just seconds away from going the other way. In the actual main event undefeated junior middleweight prospect James “Keep’em Sleepin” Stevenson (13-0, 10 KOs) won a less then crowd pleasing tactical ten round unanimous decision victory over a very defensive minded George “War time” Rivera (11-5, 4 KOs). The five bout card was promoted by Jake Smith’s Baltimore Pro Boxing. (more…)
Cageside by J.R. Gordon
Photo by Joe Cordova
Jon “Bones” Jones lived up to the hype by stopping Brandon “The Truth” Vera with a vicious elbow at 3:19 of the opening round. Jones displayed quickness early in the fight by scoring a quick, snapping takedown. From his back, Vera landed an illegal upkick to the face of Jones which prompted a halt to action. Vera was penalized one point and the men were restarted with Jones inside the guard of his opponent. In a flash Jones ripped a hard, fast elbow into the face of his opponent. Vera immediately rolled onto his side in extreme pain and the fight was stopped immediately. (more…)
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer at ringside
Photos: Pavel “Eagle Eye” Terekhov
In front of more than 50,000 people in Dusseldorf, Germany, world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko put on a boxing clinic against mandatory challenger Eddie Chambers from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, before brutally knocking him out seconds before the final bell. (more…)
Unbeaten Polish cruiserweight banger Pawel Kolodziej maintained his 100% record with a stylish third round KO of British fighter Mark Krence in Strzelce Opolskie, Poland on Saturday night. Kolodziej was always in control of the fight and moves his record to an impressive 25-0 with 14 KOs. The 25-year-old collected the vacant World Boxing Federation cruiserweight title. Krence falls to 24-7, 6 KOs.
One week ahead of the hotly anticipated Super Six World Boxing Classic clash between undefeated tournament point leader Arthur Abraham (31-0, 25 KOs) and Andre Dirrell (18-1, 13 KOs), King Arthur has arrived in Detroit. He landed on Saturday evening following a nine-hour flight from Frankfurt. After checking into his downtown hotel, he immediately went for a run at the Detroit River.
The Battle of the Beaches was held last night, March 20, at the Emerald coast Conference Center in Ft Walton, FL. The turnout was exceptional filling the grand ballroom with eight hundred and fifty enthusiastic fight fans. Included in attendance was the all time great Roy Jones Jr. there to support the local fighters. For more details and photos click here…
Jon Jones stood in the Octagon on the night of December 5, 2009, disappointed, but with his head held high. There would be no whining, no complaining, no angry outbursts after his disqualification loss against Matt Hamill, though he probably would have been justified on all three counts . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
In February 2007 Olympic gold medallist Yuriorkis Gamboa had arrived in Hamburg for the first time after defecting from the Cuban national team along with team-mates Odlanier Solis and Yan Barthelemy. Three years and 17 pro-fights later the WBA featherweight champion made his return to Germany yesterday to defend his world title against unbeaten Jonathan Victor Barros (28-0-1) on Saturday at Sporthalle Hamburg. “I don’t care about my opponent’s name or record”, says Gamboa. “I want to prove that I am the best boxer in the world. I know that I can beat any opponent who comes my way.”
The co-main event will be a heavyweight rematch between Steffen Kretschmann and Denis Bakhtov for the PABA championship. Kretschmann is looking to avenge a KO1 defeat. The undercard features last year’s world title challengers Juan Carlos Gomez (who lost to Vitali Klitschko in March 2009) and Mahir Oral (who was stopped by Arthur Abraham last June).
In a WBC featherweight eliminator, former world champion Jhonny González (43-7, 37 KOs) scored a two round demolition of Anthony “T-Rex” Davis (26-6, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at “The City” Discotheque in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. González was all over Davis in round one and finished the job in the second when he dropped Davis four times before the bout was waved off by referee Jose Luis Garcia. Time was 2:31. González is now in line for a shot at WBC 126lb champion Elio Rojas.
WBC #4 middleweight Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio (45-6, 40 KOs) scored a brutal second round KO over Jaison Palomeque (13-4, 7 KOs). The hard-hitting Rubio floored Palomeque with a left hook in round one and finished the job with two more vicious knockdowns in round two.
In a near upset, highly regarded bantamweight prospect Carlos Cuadras (15-0, 13 KOs) had all he could handle with hard-nosed journeyman Alberto “Malachito” Chuc (13-14, 10 KOs), barely taking an eight round split decision.
Featherweight Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson (12-1, 11 KOs) blew out overmatched Hugo Pacheco (7-13-1, 7 KOs) in the first round of a scheduled ten. Time was 2:23.
Unbeaten welterweight Omar “Businessman” Chavez (21-0-1, 15 KOS), son of Mexican ring legend Julio Cesar Chavez, won a six round unanimous decision over Jose Arelis Lopez (7-9-2, 5 KOs) on Saturday night at the Auditorio del Estado in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico.
Interim Mexican featherweight champion Carlos “Salado” Yánez (18-3, 14 KOs) needed just 1:43 to demolish Jorge “Veneno” Cárdenas (14-10-4, 9 KOs) in the first round.
Danny Escobar KO2 Carlos Garcia (junior welterweight) Click here for more photos…
WBC #2 rated heavyweight Odlanier “La Sombra” Solis (16-0, 12 KOs) scored a third round TKO over former world title challenger Carl Davis Drumond (26-3, 20 KOs) on Saturday night at Mallory Square in Key West, Florida. Solis started getting to Drumond in round three and Drumond surprisingly quit in his corner at the end of the round. After the bout, promoter Ahmet Öner said he wants Solis to fight Ray Austin in a final eliminator next. “Vitali Klitschko had the chance to accept Solis for his next voluntary title defense. He chose to fight Sosnowski instead and I think tonight everybody knows why. Solis is too dangerous. That’s why we will do all we can to make him mandatory challenger. As soon as Odlanier gets his hands on Vitali the reign of the Ukrainian brothers will be over.” Drumond, meanwhile, has now dropped three straight fights. For more details and photos click here…
From the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colo., for tomorrow night’s Ultimate Fight Night card, televised live on VERSUS beginning at 9pm ET / 6pm PT. All of the fighters made weight, seemingly without difficulty. There was a one hour Q&A session with Nate “The Great” Marquardt before the fighters hit the scales. Marquardt, a Coloradoan, stated that his fellow Colorado fighters should have an significant advantage due to their acclimation to the altitude, especially as the fights go into the third round.
At the weigh-in, Clay Guida was the most energized person in the room as he bounded up the stairs and seemed unable to stand still while on the scale. When main eventers Jon Jones and Brandon Vera came face to face it looked like there was going to be a conflict. The two combatants were further separated and from then on Jones refused to stand near Vera. Vera stated, “Be sure to tune in tomorrow because this may be fight of the year.”
Jon Jones 206 vs. Brandon Vera 204
Gabriel Gonzaga 255 vs. Junior Dos Santos 238
Paul Buentello 246 vs.Cheick Kongo 237
James Irvin 185 vs. Alessio Sakara 185
Shannon Gugerty 155 Clay Guida 155
Vladimir Matyushenko 205 vs. Eliot Marshall 204
Darren Elkins 155 vs. Duane Ludwig 155
John Howard 170 vs. Daniel Roberts 169
Chase Gormley 265 vs. Brendan Schaub 245
Julio Paulino 170 vs. Mike Pierce 170
Jason Brilz 205 vs.Eric Schafer 205
“Chambers is an extraordinary boxer,” said IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko following his twelfth round KO win over mandatory challenger Eddie Chambers. “He is very, very quick and preemptive. In the last rounds I gave everything and I am very happy about the result. To me Chambers gave up mentally after round six. It’s hard to hit somebody who is very passive and tries not to be knocked out.”
Eddie Chambers stated, “I knew about his quick right hand but I couldn’t do anything against it. When I lifted him up I wanted to take him out of his fight plan. I can’t remember the knockout.” After the press conference, Chambers had to go to hospital. The fight took place at the sold-out ESPRIT arena in Dusseldorf, Germany. The attendance was 51,000.
The clash for the vacant IBF cruiserweight title between Steve Cunningham and Matt Godfrey, originally slated for a March 26 Don King card in Las Vegas, then announced as rescheduled by ESPN (switched to a Dominic Pesoli card in Chicago on the same date), still appears to be a no go according to the Godfrey camp. Apparently Team Godfrey terminated training upon news that the fight was off last week. “Our IBF cruiserweight title fight is off,” says Godfrey’s trainer “Iceman” John Scully. “If they had told us, ‘Look the Vegas fight is off but keep focused, keep training, and let us go to work and we will see if we can find a new venue,’ then, no problem, we would have sucked it up and stayed on course. But this was not the case…we were told the fight is OFF. Period. There is a huge difference there.” A knowledgeable source that prefers to remain unnamed insists Cunningham-Godfrey is still on. Stay tuned…
By Karl Freitag
IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (54-3, 48 KOs) scored a spectacular twelfth round KO over “Fast Eddie” Chambers (35-2, 18 KOs) on Saturday night before 51,000 at the Esprit Arena in Düsseldorf, Germany. Klitschko was dominant from the beginning. After Chambers body slammed Klitschko in round two, Klitschko rocked Chambers with a right hand. Punches were far and few between from Chambers who often went into “Clottey mode” as the champion broke him down.
Klitschko finally found the KO formula with just seconds left in the bout. An inspired Wladimir went after Chambers with everything he had in round twelve after trainer Emanuel Steward admonished him for not being more aggressive saying “You do not need to have another bullshit decision.” Wladimir ended it with a brutal left hook that sent Chambers falling back into the ropes then pitching sideways onto his face. Referee Geno Rodriquez didn’t bother to count as Chambers lay motionless draped over the bottom rope. Official time was 2:55.
Jamie McDonnell (14-2-1,6 KOs) of the UK stopped Frenchman Jerome Arnould (22-4-1,14 KOs) in round ten to win the EBU (European) bantamweight title. The bout took place at the La Palestre, Le Cannet, in Alpes-Maritimes, France.
By Alexey Sukachev
Former cruiserweight title challenger Johnathon Banks (now 24-1, with 17 KOs) continued his rise in heavyweight ranks with a sixth-round kayo of fellow American Travis Walker (34-4-1, 28 KOs). Walker chose to be an aggressor from the start, slowly chasing elusive Banks and trying to pepper him with his left jab. IBF #15 Banks, on the other hand, did little in return. In round two, however, the ex-cruiser gave Walker a taste of his powerful right hand but “The Freight Train” took it just fine to continue his measured assault. Rounds three and four were pretty cautious with neither man taking an advantage, while the local crowd started booing both fighters. Round five was a bit more active in favor of Banks but Walker showed no signs of fatigue. The abrupt end of action came in the midst of the sixth, when Banks fired a wicked hook that landed flush on Walker’s chin. Funny though Banks slipped while throwing this bomb and went down first; then in a couple of seconds Walker went down face-first as well. Referee Daniel Van de Viele correctly ruled the initial fall as a slip and Walker’s hard landing as a legit knockdown. Travis was up at the count of seven but was too wobbly to continue and the referee waved the battle off at 1:51 of the stanza. Travis Walker once again showed signs of a glass chin while Johnathon Banks is now wearing previously vacant NABF heavyweight belt.
WBA #6 Russian Alexander Ustinov (now 20-0, 16 KOs) looked sluggish and inconsistent against American veteran Ed Mahone (24-10-2, 23 KOs) yet pounded out another stoppage victory, when Mahone’s corner threw in a towel at the beginning of the fourth round. Giant Ustinov slowly stalked the badly faded ex-WBO title challenger across the ring but despite a considerable amount of damage, dealt to his opponent, the Minsk citizen was unable to either deck him nor even to rock him badly through the first three rounds. However, Mahone was too fatigued to maintain his guard, which prompted his corner to stop this action for good. Mahone is now 3-9 since losing via TKO 3 to Vitali Klitschko in 1999. Notably, witnesses booed badly after the white towel was noticed flying over the ropes.
Former European heavyweight titlist Michael Sprott (32-14, 17 KOs) needed just 58 seconds to stop Werner Kreiskott (7-14-1, 5 KOs). The bout was waved off by the referee after Sprott landed a big right hand.
Young Motown fighter Domonique Dolton (6-0, 3 KOs) scored a TKO3 over experienced German Omar Siala (11-11-2, 3 KOs). The 20-year old Dolton stopped Siala foe on his feet after issuing a brutal body assault.
Heavyweight Nenad Borovcanin (25-0, 18 KOs) dropped late sub Johnathan Pasi (3-15-2, 0 KOs) twice in round two before the bout was waved off.
World class professional boxing hits the Rio Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on Friday, April 2nd as Guilty Boxing in association with TKO Boxing Promotions presents Hometown Heroes featuring some of the finest prospects in the sport . . . Click here for more
Finally, these two former Ultimate Fighting Championship® light heavyweight champions get a chance to let their fists do the talking. After multiple back-and-forth verbal exchanges on the 10th season of The Ultimate Fighter®, former UFC® light heavyweight champions Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and “Suga” Rashad Evans are set to headline UFC 114: JACKSON vs EVANS, presented by THQ’s “UFC Undisputed 2010” and live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 29. (more…)
Marcos Maidana (27-1-0, 26 KOs) from Argentina is defending his WBA interim world light welterweight title on March 27 against #2 ranked contender Victor Cayo in The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. In Part I of this interview, the Universum fighter speaks about his opponent, about a fight against Amir Khan and about preparation for his second big bout in the US. In the upcoming Part II, you can read what he thinks about a fight against Manny Pacquiao, his little son and his time in Germany. (more…)
By Ricardo Conde
WBC junior middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (44-2-2, 24 KOs) registered 168 lbs in his 30-day safety weigh-in, held yesterday. The weight was within the mandated 10% over the 160 lb limit. Martinez will be challenging WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik (36-1, 32 KOs) on Saturday, April 17th at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ which will be shown live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Hometown hero and Italian boxing star Leonard Bundu (21-0-1, 6 KOs) won the vacant WBA Intercontinental welterweight title via a five round technical decision on Friday night at the Nelson Mandela Forum in Florence, Italy. The bout was stopped in five rounds due to a cut suffered by the 31-year-old co-challenger Carlos Adan Jerez (30-12-3, 16 KOs) in round two from an unintentional head butt. After the ringside doctor checked the dangerous cut, referee Giuseppe Quartarone stopped the action. Bundu was up (50-46 and 49-46 twice) on all cards against the tough Argentinian warrior at the time of the stoppage. (more…)
Undefeated heavyweight Odlanier Solis of Cuba visits the southernmost point in the continental USA in Key West, Florida, 90 miles from Cuba on Friday. Solis, who defected from Cuba just three years ago, will take on Carl Drummond for the WBC International heavyweight championship tonight on the Top Rank Live! Fox Sports Espanol televised show from Key West.
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