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WBC #2 rated middleweight Domenico “Vulcano” Spada (30-2, 15 KOs) says he can’t wait to tear into WBC interim champion Sebastian Zbik (28-0, 10 KOs) on Saturday night in Magdeburg. Last July, in a fight for the vacant WBC belt, Zbik narrowly won by scores of 115-114 on all cards. Spada told boxing.de that this time he won’t leave it in the judges’ hands. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten prospect, top contender Yoshihiro Kamegai (15-0, 13 KOs), 140, impressively captured the Japanese super-light belt as he floored WBC#13/WBA#15 defending titlist Yosukezan Onodera (21-2-1, 8 KOs), 140, in the first and second, and finally decked the fading champ with a vicious left-right combination to prompt the referee’s halt at 2:05 of the ninth session on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Kamegai, formerly three-time national amateur champ, toyed with the champ with speed and skills, sweeping all rounds prior to the dramatic stoppage. Kamegai’s future looks bright. In a companion national title go, WBC#14 Japanese 122-pound champ Masaaki Serie (16-3, 6 KOs), 121.5, barely kept his belt by eking out a split decision (96-93, 97-92 and 95-96) over top-ranked Kyohei Tamakoshi (25-6-6, 10 KOs), 122, over ten. Promoter: B-Tight Promotions.
Former WBO heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (49-5-1, 43 KOs) annihilated Rafael Pedro (20-9-1, 14 KOs) in just 28 seconds on Tuesday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Resort in Hollywood, Florida. It was a right hand by Briggs that finished Pedro, giving Briggs his 28th first round KO.
IBF world super middleweight champion Lucian Bute and IBF #6 rated contender Edison Miranda trained for the media and fans Tuesday afternoon at a crowded InterBox gym inside the Claude Robillard Center. Both fighters and their respective trainers declared they are ready for an explosive fight on HBO. Click here for more photos…
Spike TV will telecast live undercard bouts from UFC 114: RAMPAGE vs. EVANS on Saturday, May 29 at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. The one-hour telecast will run with limited commercial interruption. UFC 114 will air on pay-per-view at 10:00 PM ET.
Fightnews/BoxinginLasVegas photographer Mary Ann Owen has been published by France’s Kirographaire Editions. “Extraordinary Women of the Ring,” a photographic essay in women’s boxing dating back to 1998 will be released shortly, with the first 500 copies numbered and now available for pre-order (click here). Owen’s first female fight card was “Satin Storm,” 12 years ago, which she coverered for the magazine, “The Lady Boxer.” Since then, Owen has been covering fights in Las Vegas for the Internet, magazines, newspapers and, of course, Fightnews.
Fight fans at PORTA – MÖBEL in Magdeburg, Germany, were thrilled Tuesday when world champions and top contenders participating on Saturday’s world title twinbill at Magdeburg’s famous Bördelandhalle, engaged in a spirited public workout. On hand were WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz and his challenger WBO #2 ranked Eduard “Eddy” Gutknecht; WBC interim middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik and his challenger WBC #2 rated Italian Domenico Spada; plus flyweight star Pal “Pimpa” Bedek. Click for more photos…
A highly anticipated battle between WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley and WBA interim champion Marcos Maidana planned for June 19th at Agua Caliente Casino, Resort, Spa in Rancho Mirage, California has been postponed after Marcos Maidana suffered an undisclosed injury. A new date has not been set by promoters, the venue, and HBO, however dates in July are being considered. No other details are available at this time.
Heavyweight Travis Kauffman (19-1, 15 KOs) will face Chris Koval (24-6, 18 KOs) for the vacant WBF Intercontinental belt on May 22nd at the Reading Eagle Theater at the Sovereign Center in Reading, PA. It will be Kauffman second fight since his epic SHOWTIME-televised shootout with Tony Grano last September. In the co-feature, Keenan Collins (12-5-2, 8 KOs) will clash with George Rivera (11-5, 4 KOs) for the WBF Americas Super Welterweight title. The undercard will also include Oscar Van Penovaroff, Derrick Webster and Joseph Judah in separate bouts. Tickets are priced at $65, $50, $35 and $25.
Sugar Shane Mosley unleashed a less sweet side of his mild-mannered personality on TBS’ “Lopez Tonight” last night as he declared that he will knock out Floyd Mayweather when they meet in the ring May 1 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Lopez to Mosley: “Can you knock Floyd out?”
Lopez: “Will you knock Floyd out?”
Mosley: “I will knock Floyd out.”
The Grand Sierra Resort/Casino and Let’s Get It On Promotions have announced that Joey Gilbert (18-2, 14 KOs) will make his return to the ring against veteran Anthony Bartinelli (20-13, 13 KOs) in an eight round middleweight bout on May 22. Gilbert is well known for appearing on season one of “The Contender” boxing reality series. Other boxers slated to fight on the card are Brandon “Flawless” Gonzales (11-0, 9 KOs), and Chad “Chadillac” Forrester (1-1). Tickets are $75, $55 and $35. Call 1.800.648.3568.
A letter from a representative of WBC/IBF super lightweight champion Devon Alexander to the WBC reportedly upset WBC President Jose Sulaiman so much that Sulaiman asked Alexander to immediately resign the WBC belt. Alexander responded that he’s proud to serve as WBC champion and that “…an attorney sent you a letter supposedly on my behalf. Please know, Mr. Sulaiman, that this letter and its contents were wholly unauthorized by me. I am sorry that you had to read it.” Sulaiman responded “…My dear champion, I know that at your young age you have a formidable future and the World Boxing Council will be in your corner forever. Your friend always, Jose Sulaiman Ch.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
According to sources, WBO jr. flyweight world champion Iván Calderon of Puerto Rico could be defending his crown against Mexico’s Jesus Iribe (16-6-5, 10 KOs). Calderon (33-0-1, 6 KOs) will tentatively face Iribe on June 12 in the WaMu Theater of the Madison Square Garden before the traditional Puerto Rican Parade. Other sources indicate that Calderon may take on unbeaten Filipino WBO jr. flyweight interim world champion Joel Casimero (14-0, 8 KOs) in August in Puerto Rico. Casimero, meanwhile, could end up fighting on June 12 against Mexican prospect Ramon Garcia (12-1-1, 8 KOs), brother of former IBF minium world champion Raul Garcia.
PRIZEFIGHTER returns April 30 at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, east London, with former WBO heavyweight champion/current WBC #3 cruiserweight Herbie Hide (48-4, 43 KOs) among the participants in the second cruiserweights competition. At 38, Hide is the oldest of the eight men taking part, but he will be a prohibitive betting favorite. Other fighters include former Commonwealth champion Darren Corbett (28-5-1, 16 KOs), Mark Krence (24-7, 6 KOs), John Anthony (7-11, 5 KOs), Jon-Lewis Dickinson (5-0, 0 KOs), Wayne Brooks (5-2-2, 2 KOs), Zahid Kahut (4-1, 0 KOs) and Leon Williams (4-1, 2 KOs). £32,000 will go to the winner of the one-night tournament. Audley Harrison won Prizefighter Heavyweights III in October and claimed the European championship last Friday.
By Ricardo Conde
WBC #10/WBA #5 lightweight contender “Bam Bam” Brandon Rios (24-0-1, 18 KOs) of Oxnard, CA, trained by former junior lightweight champ, Robert Garcia, will take on Urbano Antillon (27-1, 20 KOs), of Maywood, CA on Saturday, May 8th in the co-feature bout of Latin Fury 14, which features the return of Antonio Margarito, in Aguascalientes, Mexico. The twenty-three year-old Rios will defend his NABF lightweight title for the first time in a 10 round bout. (more…)
Undefeated middleweight prospect and hometown favorite Fernando Guerrero will put his undefeated record on the line against Michael Walker of Chicago in a 10-round bout in the main event of ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, April 16, live on SHOWTIME ® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Wicomico Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury, Md. In an exciting co-feature, promising, unbeaten Shawn Porter (13-0, 10 KOs) of Cleveland, Ohio, will face hard-hitting Colombian Raul Pinzon (17-4, 16 KOs) in a junior middleweight eight-round tussle. (more…)
“Fans and media have been asking me for weeks what is happening on The Ultimate Fighter® Season 11, saying things like ‘is Tito off the show, is Chuck fighting Rich.’ Today, I’m officially announcing that Chuck Liddell will fight Rich Franklin at UFC 115. I wish I could tell you why, but everyone’s just going to have to watch The Ultimate Fighter Season 11 on Spike TV. What I can say is that these are two UFC® legends, and they give everything they have in every second of a fight. Both of these guys are looking to get back to the top of the light heavyweight division. Liddell and Franklin at 205 pounds is going to be a war, and I can’t wait to do our first UFC event ever in Vancouver,” said UFC President Dana White. (more…)
WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (36-1, 32 KOs) defends his crown against WBC super welterweight champion Sergio Martinez (44-2-2, 24 KOs) on Saturday at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. As usual, Pavlik prepared for the fight with trainer Jack Loew at the Southside Boxing Club in Youngstown, Ohio. More photos…
By Nick Giongco
Unheralded Filipino challenger Balweg Bangoyan has vowed to knock the WBC super-bantamweight crown off Japanese hotshot Toshiaki Nishioka’s head when they collide on April 30 at Nihon Budokan in Tokyo, Japan. Bangoyan, a protege of Jose Abad Santos, Davao del Sur mayor Zander Khan, told fightnews during a break in his training at the Tiger City Gym in Mandaluyong that he is almost in perfect condition for the scheduled 12-round battle in the very same venue where The Beatles first performed on Japanese shores in 1966. “I have seen Nishioka on video and I know what to do,” said Bangoyan, 22, who is unbeaten in 15 fights with seven knockouts. Frederick Wangkay, Bangoyan’s chief trainer, is confident that once the Filipino hits Nishioka, the Japanese star will fall. “Bangoyan has power on both fists and I won’t be surprised if we win by knockout,” said Wangkay. Team Bangoyan will fly to Tokyo on April 23, while other members of the boxer’s entourage, made up of Khan and business manager Wakee Salud, will follow them on April 28.
On Saturday, another chapter in German boxing history will be written when WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (37-2, 23 KOs) defends his belt against unbeaten WBO #2 ranked Eduard “Eddy” Gutknecht (18-0, 7 KOs). It will be the seventh ever German vs. German world championship clash. Also on the world title twinbill in Magdeburg’s famous Bördelandhalle, German WBC interim middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik (28-0, 10 KOs) has a rematch with WBC #2 rated Italian Domenico Spada (30-2, 15 KOs), whom he edged in a close fight last July. The fighters were all on hand Monday at the famous Kaiser-Otto-Saal des Kulturhistorischen Museum for the fight week press conference. Here’s what they had to say: (more…)
By Felipe Leon
With their debut fight card which included fourteen bouts and eighty scheduled rounds, Baja Boxing brought professional boxing back to the border city of Tijuana, MX, with an action packed night that included three championship fights and a parade of local prospects fighting in front of their home town. Over 2,500 enthusiastic fight fans where on hand at the Palenque of Morelos Park located in the heart of the city to witness jr. welterweight Antonio “Cañitas” Lozada Jr. (22-0, 19 KOs) stay undefeated and anesthetize his third victim in a row when he stopped Colombia’s Henry “Mamba” Aurad (12-3-1, 9 KOs) to capture the vacant WBC FECARBOX title broadcast nationally in Mexico by Televisa. (more…)
Super middleweight contender Edison Miranda has arrived in Montreal and is ready to fight IBF world champion Lucian Bute on Saturday. Pictured are trainer Ricardo Funez, Edison Miranda and head trainer Joe Goossen.
Former lightweight contender José Miguel Cotto (31-1-1, 23 KOs) is ready to show the world that he is back in business. After a great comeback in 2009, with 3 impressive KO wins, JM Cotto is getting ready to shine on Saturday, May 1st in the co-main bout of the Mayweather-Mosley event against Mexican prospect Saúl “Canelo” Alvarez (31-0, 23 KOs). For more details and photos click here…
Five-time world champion Sugar Shane Mosley works on punching sequences with trainer Naazim Richardson on April 12, 2010 in Pasadena, California during a media workout in preparation for his May 1, 2010 mega-fight against six-time world champion Floyd Mayweather at The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada which will be televised live on HBO Pay-Per-View. Click here for quotes and more photos…
The IBF has granted formal sanction approval for IBF junior flyweight champion Carlos Tamara (21-4, 15 KOs) to make an optional defense against IBF #7 rated Luis Lazarte (46-9-1, 18 KOs). The bout is scheduled for May 29 at the Mar del Plata in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
It was the result they wanted, just not road they wanted to get there. The WBC #1 super-lightweight contender Jo Jo Dan (26-0, 14 KOs) was successful this weekend in his native Romania posting a tenth round knockout of Andre Nascimento (15-5. 11 KOs) of Brazil who was stopped for the first time. “I’d say I’m half satisfied,” said Dan’s trainer Pierre Bouchard, “We got the result we wanted, but I think we went about it the wrong way.” Dan finished the show with a left uppercut to the midsection of Nasciemento, a punch reminiscent of his fellow Romanian lefty and former amateur roommate Lucian Bute and known in the Interbox gym as the ‘Bute Special.’ (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
Looks like former IBF/WBO light welterweight and undisputed welterweight champion Zab Judah (38-6, 26 KOs) will take on undefeated Kazakh prospect Vitaly Demyanenko (18-0, 11 KOs) next. The fight, which is being rumored for late May or early June, has been discussing all over Kazakh media for about a month. The exact venue is still unknown, though Moscow has been named as one of the possible sites. However, according to Demyanenko, team Judah insists on staging the bout in America. Negotiations are ongoing and the deal is close to be signed.
The WBO #7, WBC #9 and WBA #10 ranked Kazakh right-handed stylist, who is working out of unnatural southpaw stance, is coming off a shutout (120-108 twice and 120-109) twelve-round decision over Argentinean Jorge Daniel Miranda this February in Moscow. Demyanenko holds PABA, WBC ABC and WBO Asia Pacific belts at 147 lbs.
Team Sauerland is delighted to announce it has signed a long-term contract with gifted Swedish amateur Erik Skoglund. The 18-year-old, considered by many to be Sweden’s biggest boxing talent, will make his professional debut on the Kessler-Froch undercard in Herning on April 24, taking on cruiserweight Viktor Szalai. Skoglund will be coached by Karsten Rower, who also trains IBF middleweight champion Sebastian Sylvester. (more…)
WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz and WBC interim middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik, display their world championship belts at a press conference today in Magdeburg, Germany. On Saturday, Stieglitz (37-2, 23 KOs) will defend his belt against unbeaten Eduard “Eddy” Gutknecht (18-0, 7 KOs) and Zbik (28-0, 10 KOs) has a rematch with Domenico Spada (30-2, 15 KOs), whom he edged in a close fight last July. Full details to come…
The popular series of “Boxeo TELEMUNDO” returns on April 30 to the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming in Miami, Florida with a explosive main event. Former world title challenger and new idol in Miami, William “Chirizo” Gonzalez will face Jose Luis “Tapitas” Araiza in a bout scheduled for 12 rounds with Gonzalez’ WBO Latin bantamweight title at stake. Gonzalez is ranked #8 WBA #8 WB0 and #11 WBC, is 28 years old and brings a record of 24-3, 20 KOs. Araiza on the other hand is the former WBA FEDCENTRO titlist, currently ranked #15 WBO, is 31 years old and brings an excellent record of 31-1, 22 KOs.
The undercard will be announced shortly. A total of 8 fights are scheduled with the first bell at 8:30 PM. The event is being promoted by Tuto Zabala, Jr.and All Star Boxing, Inc. “The New Generation”. The main event will be televised live at 11:35 PM by the Telemundo Network on HD. Tickets are already on sale at the Miccosukee Resort. Call 1-800-741-4600.
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