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By Jerry Glick
It’s not unusual when two fighters who are about to face each other to talk about how a win will catapult the victor into a title shot or at least the top ten and the fight between Derric Rossy and Akhor Muralimov is no different. They both predict that a win may even put them into the same ring with Wladimir Klitschko. Fact is a win here means a move up the ladder, but how far remains to be seen. Rossy, (29-9, 14 KOs), of Medford, NY, faces undefeated Uzbekistan native, Muralimov, (16-0, 13KOs), who now resides in Texas, tonight at Resorts World Casino, in Queens, New York. On the line will the vacant IBF North American Heavyweight title. Promoter Sal Musumeci’s Final Forum Promotions has lined up two championship fights and an exciting undercard. Interestingly two of the fighters on the show have former world champions training them; Mike Lee, who will fight Gary Tapusoa for the vacant UBF All Americas Cruiserweight belt, is trained by former heavyweight title holder Chris Byrd, and undercard fighter Curtis Harper is trained by former lightweight champ Nate Campbell.
Muralimov will be in his first New York fight, but not his first US fight. Most if his fights thus far have been in the US. The father of a one year old girl named Iaisha, Muralimov, described himself saying he is always ready, “I train all the time,” he claimed, “I train every day three times. No just for fight, I train all times,” he explained in his heavy accent. (more…)
Seven days out from their highly anticipated World Middleweight Championship, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Martin Murray have both weighed in within the World Boxing Council’s (‘WBC’) required limits heading into their February 21 clash in Monte-Carlo. From his training camp in Big Bear Lake, California, Golovkin, the WBA/IBO and WBC ‘Interim’ Middleweight Champion weighed in at 163lbs. while top rated challenger Murray hit the scale at 165lbs. on Saturday morning in Johannesburg, South Africa. For middleweight world title fights, the WBC mandates that fighters must be no more than 168lbs. seven days prior to the fight.
The fight from the Salle des Etoiles in Monte-Carlo will be telecast worldwide including Live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 5:45 p.m. ET/PT in the United States.
Boxing makes its debut on CBS Sports Network tonight with a card featuring local heavyweight Derric Rossy (29-9, 14 KOs) against unbeaten Akhor Muralimov (16-0, 13 KOs) at Resorts World New York in Jamaica, NY. It should be an interesting fight. Rossy is coming off a highly controversial majority decision loss to IBF #2/WBC #5 rated Czar Glazkov. Muralimov, from Uzbekistan, is making a big stop up in class. The bout is a scheduled ten-rounder.
In the co-feature, unbeaten light heavyweight Mike Lee (best known for appearing in Subway commercials) faces Gary Tapusoa in a six-rounder. The Sal Musumeci/Final Forum card will air beginning at 10:30PM ET.
Jr middleweight contender Brian Rose hopes a win over Carson Jones in tonight’s clash at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool will lead to a second world title shot. Rose meets the Oklahoman for the vacant WBC International title as he aims to move into line for another world title crack following his unsuccessful challenge of Demetrius Andrade in June. “It was a great experience but I totally froze,” said Rose. “He’s a special fighter that will go on to do great things, but the whole occasion got to me in the end. I’ve put that behind me with a first round stoppage, he wasn’t the best opponent but I can only beat what is put in front of me, and I am going to prove that there are no lasting effects of the Andrade fight.
“I have learnt from that Andrade defeat and the whole experience of fighting at that top level, and I will prove that. I don’t regret any of it, I held my hands up and said he was too good for me – and for me to say that means I am not sure that I would be able to beat him, he’s that good. But the right champion who suits my style, I will win a world title. I regret my performance, and if I fight for a world title again I need to perform, and if I can get that shot and perform to my best, I know I can win a world title.”
First, however, he has to get past Jones.
Uprising Promotions, in association with Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin, put on a card at the Five Star Banquet Hall in Long Island City (Queens, NY) on Friday night, thanks in large part an incredible job of matchmaking from promoter Ronson Frank. In the co-feature of The Big Payback, Uprising Promotions featherweight Angel Luna (11-0-1, 7 KOs) dropped Jhovany Collado twice in the opening round of an eventual unanimous decision victory, while Top Rank welterweight John Jackson (16-3-2, 13 KOs) was forced to settle for a majority draw in the main event against a very game Rafael Gonzalez (7-2-2, 6 KOs).
Scheduled to end a nearly five-year layoff in the original main event of the evening was ultra-popular New York junior lightweight Gary Stark Jr. (23-3, 8 KOs), but his return remained on hold after his opponent, Jesus Navarro (22-9-1, 16 KOs), failed his final medical examination earlier in the day. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF #12 featherweight Joel Brunker (28-1, 16 KOs) stopped Filipno Rey Las Pinas (19-11-5, 11 KOs) in round two of a scheduled twelve round IBO Oceania title bout at the Richmond Club, Richmond, NSW, Australia on Friday. Brunker dropped Las Pinas in round two and referee Les Fear crowned the Aussie at 2:56 when the Filipino was in no condition to continue. This was Brunker’s first fight back after losing to IBF #1 Lee Selby in London last October. Trainer John Barber is confident his charge can climb up the ratings to earn a world title shot. Brunker scored his best win over former IBO world champion Mike Oliver in the USA in 2013 Brunker was outstanding in the amateur ranks representing Australia at the 2004 Greece Olympics. Las Pinas was having his second bout in Australia as he was outscored over twelve rounds by Dave Browne in 2014. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Cruiserweight Rob Powdrill (5-1, 1 KO) outscored veteran David Letezia (11-5-1, 4 KOs) over twelve rounds to capture the IBO Asia Pacific title on Friday at the WA Italian Club, Perth, Western Australia. Letezia dropped Powdrill in round one but he recovered to win most of the twelve rounds. The 44-year-old Letezia announced his retirement and will now promote shows in WA.
The 30-year-old Powdrill scored a major upset in 2014 when he stopped London Olympian Damien Hooper, who is managed by Ricky Hatton Promotions.
In main supporting bout, 105-pounder Louisa Hawton (4-0, 2 KOs) stopped Angor Onesongchaigym (7-2, 4 KOs) in round four of scheduled eight round bout.
In other action, featherweight Nathaniel May (9-1, 5 KOs) scored a KO in round one of a scheduled six over Anshori Anhar Pitulay (8-15-2, 6 KOs).
Also, 154-pounder Jamie Weetch (4-2, 3 KOs) stopped Prambool Boonpok (1-11-1) in round four of a six round bout.
Classy 160-pounder Wes Capper (8-0, 7 KOs) stopped Indonesian Aswin Cabuy (14-51-4, 7 KOs) in round two of a six round bout.
Cruiserweight Daniel McGlashan (4-0, 3 KOs) outscored Kurtis Pegoraro (2-3) over four rounds.
Super middleweight Liam Vernon (2-0, 1 KO) outpointed Dean Purdon (1-3, 1 KO) over four rounds.
There is a kinetic element to the way Benson Henderson operates. Inside the Octagon, the former lightweight titleholder is all go no slow, moving with a seamless matter of fact conviction that validates the “Smooth” precursor to his name. Yet, where most fighters leave that aggressive push on the canvas following the scrap on fight night, the 31-year-old MMA Lab leader keeps his energetic mindset flowing into the business side of the fight game . . . click here for more
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Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Chris Avalos of Top Rank prepares for his upcoming title challenge against IBF Jr. Featherweight champion Carl Frampton on Feb. 28 at the Odyssey Arena in Frampton’s hometown of Belfast, Northern Ireland, to be televised in the U.S. on AWE – A Wealth of Entertainment.
Frampton is promoted by Cyclone Promotions and Avalos is represented by Top Rank Promotions.
Avalos (25-2, 19 KOs) is from Lancaster, Ca.
By Gabriel F Cordero
Adrián Estrella 129.6 vs Adones Aguedo 127.6
WBC superfeatherweight FECARBOX title
Miguel Román 135.3 vs adrian Verdigo 130.9
Óscar Arce 116.6 vs Antonio Pereda 116.6
Venue: Centro de Usos Múltiples de Los Mochis,Sinaloa
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV : Televisa
Photos: Emily Harney
The six-round quarterfinal fights of the junior middleweight portion of Boxcino 2015 tournament took place Friday night at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut.
In a clash of unbeaten fighters, Stanyslav Skorohod (9-0, 7 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Michael Moore (13-1, 6 KOs). Skorohod battered Moore in round two, and dropped him in rounds three and four. Referee Michael Ortega finally waved it off at 1:03.
6’1 late sub John Thompson (15-1, 4 KOs) outboxed Ricardo Pinell (10-2-1, 6 KOs) over six rounds. Scores were 60-54 across the board. Thompson stepped in on one day notice after Cleotis Pendarvis did not make weight at yesterday’s weigh-in. (more…)
Promoter Ahmet Öner has announced that the February 27th rematch between heavyweight contenders Odlanier Solis and Tony Thompson will now take place in Antalya, Turkey. The bout had previously been postponed three times and Öner had to quickly find a new venue after plans to stage the card in Hungary fell through.
This weekend, Öner is promoting a card in Adana, Turkey. The event will feature four WBC title fights on one night. “We put together a very special card to celebrate the WBC and we will also pay a tribute to Don Jose Sulaiman in Adana”, says Öner. “It has always been one of Don Jose’s big dreams to have more activity in the Middle East. The reigning WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman is following his father’s lead, and we are very proud to present a great night of WBC championships in Turkey.” (more…)
Derrick Rossy 229.2 vs. Akror Muralimov 256.4
(IBF North American title)
Mike Lee 180.6 vs. Gary Tapusoa 180
(UBF All Americas Title)
DeVaun Lee 164 vs. Charles Wade 167.8
Brandon Williams 127.8 vs. Micah Branch 128.2
Phillip LeGrand 157.6 vs. Henry Beckford 159.6
Armin Mrkanovic 189.8 vs. Dave Valykeo 192.4
Curtis Harper 268 vs. Dan Bolden 214.6
Promoter: Sal Musumeci’s Final Forum
Venue: Resorts World New York
1st Bell: 8 PM
TV: CBS Sports Network 10:30 PM ET
Tickets can be purchased at www.rwnewyork.com or www.etix.com.
1st Bout is at 8 PM with the doors opening at 7 PM
Resorts World Casino New York City is located at 110-00 Rockaway Blvd, Jamaica, NY.
Below are the official weigh-in results for Saturday’s UFC Fight Night event.
UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the welterweight bout between Benson Henderson and Brandon Thatch and the featherweight bout between Max Holloway and Cole Miller, airs live on FOX Sports 1 from the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colorado beginning at 10:00pm ET / 7:00pm PT. Four prelim bouts will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT.
Brandon Thatch (170) VS Benson Henderson (169)
FOX SPORTS 1 MAIN CARD
Cole Miller (145) VS Max Holloway (145.25)
Kiichi Kunimoto (170) VS Neil Magny (170.5)
Patrick Walsh (191.5*) VS Daniel Kelly (185.5)
Kevin Lee (155.25) VS Michel “Tractor” Prazeres (156)
Chris Kelades (127**) VS Ray Borg (125.75)
FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS
Rodrigo de Lima (154.5) VS Efrain Escudero (156)
Jim Alers (145) VS Chas Skelly (145.75)
Tim Elliott (125) VS Zach Makovsky (125.5)
Cody Pfister (156) VS James Moontasri (158*)
*Moontasri and Walsh missed weight. They will be fined 20% of their purse and the fights will proceed as scheduled.
**Kelades missed weight and has two hours to weigh in again
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Report & Photos by Tony Mayger
In August last year, a day before his 28th birthday, Carson Jones announced his retirement from boxing after a 10-year career and a very respectable 35-10-3 professional record.
By the end of September, just 6-weeks later, Jones had reversed that decision and chalked up a third round knockout win over Shannon Miller.
This weekend Jones has traveled to Blackpool, England to take on popular local lad, Brian Rose for the vacant WBC International light middleweight title. The bout has headline billing on the Prizefighter middleweights tournament to be broadcast on Saturday on Sky Sports 1 and Jones is confident he will beat Rose in his own garden.
“I never really retired, I was frustrated with the sport, I felt I was working very hard and not seeing a lot back” said Jones speaking to Fightnews after weighing-in today at 10st 13lbs 3oz, Rose came in slightly heavier at 10st 13lbs 8oz. (more…)
Photos: Ivan Ojeda/PRBBP
WBO junior lightweight champion Orlando “Siri” Salido wasted no time in Puerto Rico and hit the gym to prepare for his bout against former two-time WBO champion, Roman “Rocky” Martinez, to be held on April 11 at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico Jose Miguel Agrelot in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) presentation, in association with Promociones Zanfer, that will air on “Pay Per View” in Puerto Rico, United States and Canada on all Cable TV and Satellite systems.
Salido (42-12-2, 29 KOs), who is going to make his first defense of the belt he won last September 20, 2014 when he knocked Terdsak Kokietgym out dramatically in 11 rounds, worked with his trainer Santos Moreno at the Felix Pagan Pintor Gym, which is administrated by the former WBO 105 and 108 pounds champion, Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon in Guaynabo. (more…)
Derry Mathews’ WBA lightweight title opportunity on March 6th at the Liverpool Echo Arena has been put on hold after the champion Richar Abril has been forced to withdraw due to a viral infection. Abril has been suffering from a viral infection, possibly Dengue Fever which is being diagnosed now, that has left him unable to train and has received medical advice not to fight. The Cuban’s lawyer, Gregory Bloom, has asked for a postponement for the fight while Abril recovers and is able to resume full training again. Bloom adds that they are committed to giving Mathews his world shot and promoter Frank Warren is looking at rescheduling the fight at the earliest opportunity. Bloom said, “We definitely want to have Abril defend his title against Derry Mathews and it is our hope that we can reschedule the fight for early April or as close to that time frame as possible.”
The show will still go ahead with Paul Butler’s IBF super flyweight title challenge against Zolani Tete headlining. “It’s very unfortunate that this has happened and Derry will have to wait just a little longer to get his world title opportunity,” said Warren. “We hope that Richar recovers from his viral infection quickly and is able to get back into training to defend his title against Derry as soon as possible, which we are all really looking forward to. Despite Richar’s withdrawal, it’s a fantastic show with Paul aiming to be the first British fighter in nearly a hundred years to win a second world title in a lighter weight division.”
This morning Main Events won a purse bid for the WBC cruiserweight eliminator fight for the mandatory challenger for WBC cruiserweight world champion Grigory “Pretty Boy” Drozd (39-1, 27 KOs). The 12-round fight will take place in South Africa in the spring (date to be announced shortly) between Thabiso “The Rock” Mchunu (17-1, 11 KOs) of South Africa and Ilunga “Junior” Makabu (18-1, 17 KOs) of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Mchunu, 26, is a southpaw who has won his last seven fights dating back to March 2012. In his last fight he successfully defended his NABF Cruiserweight Title against Garrett “The Ultimate Warrior” Wilson with a ten-round unanimous decision victory in September 2014. Makabu, also a southpaw, has won 18 fights in row since suffering his only professional loss in his pro debut in 2008 (first round TKO). In his last fight he stopped Tamas Bajzath in the third round back in December 2014. He also has a stellar 94% (17 of 18) knockout-to-win ratio and has knocked out his last four opponents in a row.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
WBA cruiserweight world champion Denis Lebedev and his #1 rated challenger Youri Kalenga faced off for the first time on Wednesday afternoon at the Wild Card Boxing Gym in Hollywood, California. Both are opening up training camps in Southern California as Kalenga heads to Big Bear Lake with the guidance of Abel Sanchez and Lebedev under the watchful eye of Freddie Roach in Hollywood.
— przemek garczarczyk (@garnekmedia) February 13, 2015
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
David Sánchez 115 vs Juan Alberto Rosas 114.7 libras
Adrián Young 130 vs Josué Veraza 128
Gilberto Parra 107.8 vs. Maximino Flores 107.8
Luis Castro 112 vs Antonio Rodríguez 112
Jonathan Sánchez 116 vs Jesús Limones 115
Víctor Méndez 122 vs Román Meléndez 123
Anel Chávez 112 vs Guadalupe Bojórquez 112
Juan Montiel 148 vs Victor Esquer 150
Venue: Palenque de la Expo, Hermosillo, Sonora
TV: TV Azteca
Promoter: Zanfer, A2
By Miguel Maravilla
Golden Boy Promotions featuring the latest newly signed hot prospects held a press conference Wednesday afternoon at the historic Belasco Theatre in downtown Los Angeles to announce the return of LA Fight Club series. LA Fight Club returns Friday night March 6 as local prospect and standout 2012 U.S Olympian super bantamweight Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz Jr. (14-0, 9 KOs) of South El Monte takes on Mexico City’s Giovanni Delgado (15-2, 9 KOs) at the Belasco in the main event live on Fox Sports 1. “We are really excited for March 6 to bring back Fight Club. This platform for Golden Boy Promotions and the fighters who are beginning their careers are establishing themselves. Most importantly it’s important to the fan being up close and personal experiencing the action that is what LA Fight Club is all about,” Oscar de la Hoya said in starting off the press conference. “LA Fight Club will be a farm system for fighters to eventually graduate to the big stage rather its HBO, Showtime, or Pay Per View.” (more…)
Report and photo: Stacey Verbeek
The Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas, Texas, was once again converted into a boxing venue on Thursday night for the annual “A Night to Fight” fundraiser to benefit the Ring of Hope Boxing Club. In the main event, bantamweight Oscar Mojica (6-1, 1 KO) won a clear eight round unanimous decision over Alejandro Moreno (24-33, 11 KOs) in a clash for the Texas bantamweight title. Mojica won 80-72 on all three cards.
In other action, super lightweight Alex Del Bosque (6-2, 4 KOs) stopped Steve Trumble (13-34, 8 KOs) in round two. Time was 1:02. Also jr welterweight Jose Rodriguez (8-1, 4 KOs) halted Hector Garza in round one. Time 2:12.
Sauerland Event Statement on Robert Helenius: Team Sauerland is delighted to hear that Robert Helenius (19-0, 11 KOs) has voiced his desire to return to the ring. “Robert is one of the biggest heavyweight talents out there,” Sauerland Event CEO Chris Meyer said. “It´s a pity that he hasn´t fought in almost two years. We understand he has now announced that he wants to return on a show in Tallinn. Of course he can do whatever he wants, however, if he intends to fight again, he needs to talk to us first. We have an existing promotional agreement which we expect him to honour. We will take legal action against everybody who is undermining our contract with him. I think it would be to the benefit of everybody, especially the fight fans, if Robert focused on breaking jaws rather than laws.”
By Gabriel F.Cordero
WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman met with officials in Pakistan formalizing their affiliation with the WBC through the Continental federation ABCO (Asian Boxing Council). Activities included a massive press conference, a visit to the municipal gym to meet the first boxers and trainers, a judges and referees seminar and a WBC Cares visit to a children’s hospital. Amir Khan has been appointed as the honorary ambassador of the program. The official certificate of affiliation will be presented on Saturday at the closing ceremony of the Punjab Youth festival with a World Guinness Record of 4 million kids participating. Pakistan will become the 166th WBC affiliate.
It’s been a while since The Ultimate Fighter 19 alum Pat Walsh fought in the middleweight division, but he’s about to do it again as the UFC returns to Broomfield, Colorado for UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Thatch on Saturday . . . click here for more
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Ricardo Pinell 154 vs. John Thompson 154.25
Stanyslav Skorokhod 153.75 vs. Michael Moore 154.75
Brandon Adams 155 vs. Alex Perez 152.5
Vito Gasparyan 155 vs. Simeon Hardy 154.25
***Thompson replaces Cleotis Pendarvis who could not make weight
Eddie Caminero 157.25 vs. Jimmy Williams 156.25
Khiary Grayvs.Pitts 164.25 vs. Rodrigo Almeida 172.5
Angel Martinez 132.25 vs. Oscar Bonilla 133
Promoter: Banner Promotions in association w/Jimmy Burchfield’s CES Boxing
Venue: Mohegan Sun,
TV: ESPN 2 (9PM), 1st Bell: 7:45 PM
Jesus Navarro 126.2 vs. Gary Stark Jr. 125.4
Rafael Gonzales 140.4 vs. John Jackson 142.2
Angel Luna 125.8 vs. Jhovany Collado 125.6
Marcos Forestal 121.8 vs. Ignac Kassai 123
Ryan Picou 137 vs. Dean Burrell 135.4
Mikkel Lespierre 145.6 vs. Christopher Porter 146
Paola Ortiz 107.4 vs. Susan Reno 106.8
Maxito Sainvil 148.6 vs. Dusty Parrish 150.2
Venue: Five Star Banquet Hall in Long Island City, Queens, NY
Promoter: Uprising Promotions
Former three-division world champion Abner Mares (28-1-1, 15 KOs) returns to the ring to face 2008 Mexican Olympian Arturo Santos Reyes (18-4, 5 KOs) on Saturday, March 7 live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas in the primetime debut of the Premier Boxing Champions series on NBC and NBCSN. The fight is part of the event promoted by Goossen Promotions featuring Keith Thurman vs. Robert Guerrero and Adrien Broner vs. John Molina, Jr. that will air live on NBC. The Mares-Reyes bout will be televised live on the NBC show or on the NBCSN telecast.
Billy Joe Saunders has declined an opportunity to fight for the IBF world middleweight championship to remain on course for his WBO world title shot. Undefeated Saunders, the IBF number four ranked contender, was this week offered a showdown for the Vacant IBF crown against the number one ranked Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam, after Felix Sturm also passed on the opportunity. The British, Commonwealth, European and WBO International titleholder is the mandatory and number one ranked WBO challenger and has a signed contract with the WBO to fight the winner out of WBO champion Andy Lee and former champion Peter Quillin who fight in April.
Saunders said, “I was honored to be asked to fight for the IBF World title, which has been held by some of the greatest fighters in the sports history, and it was not an easy decision to make. But I have a signed contract with the WBO to fight the winner out of Lee and Quillin and I want to go down that route. I’m in boxing to prove that I’m a great and bring more world titles back to Britain so I hope that the IBF title is one the I can challenge for in the future in some big unification fights.”
Next in the IBF ratings is David Lemieux. Is N’Dam vs. Lemieux on the horizon?
Fifteen months ago, heavyweight Joey Dawejko was so far down that when he looked up he saw the bottom. That was then and this is now and as Dawejko, winner of five in a row and nationally ranked, prepares to fight Unobong Umohette, of Nigeria, on Friday evening, March 6, at the 2300 Arena, he concedes it’s been a wild ride. “It’s hard to believe the way things turned out,” Dawejko said, “but I’m not complaining. I started in the outhouse, and while I’m surely not in the penthouse yet, at least I am pointed in the right direction.”
When Dawejko was stopped in the third round by unbeaten lefty Charles Martin on Nov. 14, 2013, it marked his third loss in five fights and the first time he had been on the floor as an amateur or pro. “When I got the call to fight Charles Martin, I was working on a roof in Atlantic City,” Dawejko said. “The fight was seven days away. I hadn’t been in the gym and there was no time to train after I got the call since I needed to keep roofing to pay bills. I went out there (Hollywood, CA) with my trainer and my brother and I had nothing. I could tell when the fight started. I got knocked down for the first time in my life and my trainer threw in the towel at the end of the third round.
“After the fight, I knew my dreams of becoming a contender were over, but I figured I could always make money as an opponent. Since I was still working as a roofer, I knew I could always fall back on that.” (more…)
The UFC’s first visit to the Philippines on May 16 will have a main event fight fans have wanted to see for years, as former UFC world lightweight champion Frankie Edgar takes on former WEC featherweight champ Urijah Faber in a meeting of two lighter weight class pioneers . . . click here for more
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Photos: Ivan Ojeda/PRBBP
It’s official. On Saturday, April 11, World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior lightweight champion Orlando “Siri” Salido, from Mexico, will face two-time former WBO champion at 130 pounds, Roman “Rocky” Martinez, from Puerto Rico, in “The War”, to be held at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) presentation in association with Promociones Zanfer. The expected Siri Salido vs Rocky Martinez clash will be air exclusively on “Pay Per View” in Puerto Rico, United States and Canada to all the Cable TV and Satellite systems.
“Today we make it official with the boxers, The War, Salido vs Martinez is official for April 11 in Puerto Rico. Everything is agreed for hosting this event, in which two of the fiercest fighters there in boxing, Orlando Salido and Rocky Martinez will face, two boxers who always give everything on in the ring and this April 11 will face for a belt that Salido own and Rocky will try to take,” promoter Ivan Rivera, president of PRBBP, said. “We call this show as “The War” because that is what we expect, a battle that has all the ingredients for it, plus another chapter in the rivalry between Mexico and Puerto Rico in boxing.”
Salido (42-12-2, 29 KOs), a native of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico, will make the first defense of the title he won on September 20, 2014, when beat Thai Terdsak Kokietgym by KO in 11 rounds in one of the most spectacular fights in which Kokietgym went to the canvas four times by three for the Mexican. Salido was a WBO and International Boxing Federation (IBF) world champion at featherweight (126 lbs).
The eagerly awaited non-title showdown between undefeated WBC/WBA super lightweight champion Danny “Swift” Garcia (29-0, 17 KOs) and IBF jr welterweight champion Lamont Peterson (33-2-1, 17 KOs) will take place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn as Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC returns to primetime on Saturday, April 11. Also confirmed was WBO middleweight world champion “Irish” Andy Lee (34-2, 24 KOs) taking on undefeated Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (31-0, 22 KOs) in a 12-round world title fight.
Danny Garcia: “It’s an honor to be fighting back in Brooklyn where I’ve experienced some of the best moments of my career. Fans have been asking for this fight for so long and on April 11 I’m planning on giving them the show they’ve been waiting for. Doing it live on NBC will make it even sweeter.”
Lamont Peterson: “This is an amazing opportunity for me fighting in Brooklyn and on national TV in front of millions of people. I’m going to go out there and give the performance of a lifetime. Danny Garcia better not underestimate me, because my time is now.”
Andy Lee: “I’m looking forward to returning to New York and defending my title against Quillin. I’m at the peak of my powers now. I cannot see myself losing to anyone. I want to be recognized as the best middleweight in the world and beating Quillin will go some way to proving that.”
Peter Quillin: “To be able to fight at home in Brooklyn and win a title on such a big stage is a dream come true. I’m honored and excited to be a part of something that is great for my career, but also for the sport of boxing as a whole. I know that I’m going to win on April 11, become champion once again, and then I’m going after anyone and everyone at 160 pounds.” (more…)
Former WBA featherweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. (33-3, 21 KOs) will move back down to the 122lb division where he held the WBO world title before being dethroned by Guillermo Rigondeaux in April 2013. Donaire will fight on a previously announced March 28 card at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines against Brazilian William Prado (22-4, 15 KOs). WBO jr flyweight king Donnie Nietes (34-1-4, 20 KOs) defends against Mexican Luis Ceja (25-5-2, 21 KOs).
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