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WBO featherweight champion Steven Luevano arrives in New York City for a press conference Thursday to announce his upcoming world championship fight against WBO jr. featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez live on HBO January 23 at Madison Square Garden. Also on this world title doubleheader card, WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa of Cuba will defend his title against Rogers Mtagwa. Top Rank promotes this event in association with Arena Box-Promotion and PR Best Boxing.
Mike Arnaoutis 140 vs. Tim Coleman 140
(USBA light welterweight championship)
Shannon Briggs 272.25 vs. Marcus McGee 223.5
Ray Robinson 142.25 vs. Brad Solomon 143.25
Jaywon Woods 198 vs. Josh Harris 200
Hajro Sujak 168 vs. Todd Eriksson 167
Venue: Grand Ballroom at the Manhattan Center, NYC
Promoter: Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing
NOTE: The Maureen Shea vs. Jenna Shiver bout for the interim WBA female super bantamweight championship was cancelled due to medical issues with Shiver.
Javier “Golden Boy” Corondo 118 vs Humberto Peña 116
Gabriel “El Piolo” Dorado 131 vs Leovigildo Siris 132
Jonathan “El Terrible” Arenas 124 vs Jose Aguirre 122.5
Addir Sanchez 144 vs Pablo Espinoza 147
Manuel Vides 115 vs Bolivar Osorio115
Luis Gonzalez 134 vs Ricauter Torrero 136
Venue: Fantastic Casino “La Doña” in Panamá
Promoter: Premium Boxing Promotions Inc.
From left, Brian Minto, Sergio Martinez, Paul Williams and Cristobal Arreola pose during Wednesday’s press conference in New York City. Williams faces Martinez and Minto takes on Arreola Saturday night at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
“Yo, I got a feeling, like the wind is blowing and in about 48 hours, we’re gonna have a hurricane here in Albuquerque,” were the opening words of fight manager/ex-fighter Belinda Laracuente today, on behalf of Melissa “Huracan” Hernandez.
Fighting words they were, because the opening salvo set off a verbal sparring session that all but Holly Holm participated in . . . Click here for more
All Star Boxing, Inc “The New Generation”, Tuto Zabala, Jr and Boxeo Telemundo will close its 2009 season this Friday at the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming. In the main event veteran Cosme “Chino” Rivera (31-13-2, 23 KOs) of Culiacan, Mexico will make his 5th Miccosukee and Telemundo appearance when he faces hot prospect Euri “Million” Gonzalez (19-1-1, 14 KOs) of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in a bout scheduled for 12 Rounds with the VACANT WBO Latin Welterweight title at stake. The main event will be televised live at 11:35 PM. Also on the card Yoelvis “El Cicloncito” Gamboa (1-0) younger brother of WBA Featherweight Champion Yuriorkis Gamboa will face Karl Garcia (3-1-1 KO) of Bayamon, Puerto Rico in a bout scheduled for 4 rounds in the lightweight division. (more…)
There has been a lot of talk and criticiscm of this past Saturday nights vacant IBF lightweight bout between former two-division world champion Joan Guzman and now two-time world title challenger Ali Funeka. The official scores were 116-112, 114-114, 114-114 leaving the bout a draw. Many felt that Funeka clearly won the bout. HBO’s Bob Papa called the result “…curious and absurd,” and HBO’s unofficial judge Harold Lederman had Funeka winning by a comfortable margin. Funeka’s promoter Gary Shaw stated, “Ali got screwed and he didn’t even get kissed….We must stop robbing fighters, sending them home with nothing but shattered dreams instead of the rewards they earned in the ring.” Guzman’s Manager Jose Nunez spoke out in defense of his fighter and delivered the following statement. (more…)
The Boxing Promoters Association (BPA) has expressed “deep concern” over the officiating of the Ali Funeka-Joan Guzman fight this past Saturday in Canada and and intends to take steps to address these types of situations. The BPA plans to institute an evaluation and rating system of judges and referees in which all officials will be reviewed for competency and integrity. According to a BPA statement: “Officials that are found to be incompetent will be addressed. Should there ever be an instance of corruption, we will seek to have that official banned. In short, the credibility of our sport must be maintained and the BPA is establishing a Committee to start the process to monitor officials. Every sport occasionally has bad officiating and boxing will now have the BPA to monitor and try to correct any blatant instances.”
Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (22-0-1, 9KO) landed in Switzerland yesterday, in anticipation for his upcoming bout against Vitali Klitschko (38-2, 37KO) on Saturday December 12th at the PostFinance Arena in Bern, Switzerland. Johnson will be challenging for Klitschko’s coveted WBC Heavyweight Championship belt. After speaking with numerous press and fans, Johnson quickly dropped off his bags at his hotel, and immediately headed to the local boxing gym, where he sparred twelve intense rounds. The Vitali Klitschko vs. Kevin Johnson bout for the WBC Heavyweight Championship of the World is being promoted by K2 Promotions in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing.
38-year-old former WBC World Super Middleweight champion Éric Lucas (38-7-3, 14KOs) is scheduled to make his first start in nearly four years when he faces Ramon Pedro Moyano (27-8-3, 15KOs) on December 11th at the Bell Centre in Montreal. The bout will be chief support for the rematch between WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (24-1-0, 16 KOs), and # 4 rated WBC challenger Adrian Diaconu (26-1-0 15 KOs).
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
FightNews learned today that Felix Sturm will join the stable of world class trainer Freddie Roach. Sturm parted ways with longtime coach Michael Timm after his split with Universum Box-Promotion a few weeks ago. The 30-years old German met Roach on Monday in Manchester, England, where the American was working with British hopeful Amir Khan. Sturm and Roach quickly came to terms. “It is a dream come true for me to work with Freddie”, Sturm told FightNews over the phone. “He was my first and only choice. I truly believe that he will turn me into a better fighter.” Sturm plans to return to action in May or June of 2010. Currently, a lawsuit is pending between Sturm and Universum. Sturm believes he is a free agent, while Universum declared that they have a valid contract. “We, my lawyer and my whole team, are very confident that the contract has expired. I’m sure that the verdict will be in our favor,” Sturm told Germany’s BoxSport-Magazine in a recent interview. More to come.
By Rocco Morales
Tuesday morning, newly crowned WBA super middleweight champion, Andre Ward, and his promoter, Dan Goosen, hosted a press breakfast at Sisley’s Italian Kitchen in Sherman Oaks, CA, to talk about Ward’s convincing upset victory over dethroned Mikkel Kessler, Ward’s next challenger, former undisputed middleweight champion, Jermain Taylor, and also about his thoughts about his future in boxing. Click here for more photos…
IBO and WBC interim light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson has ripped Bernard Hopkins, who returns tonight in Philadelphia against Enrique Ornelas. “First, he said he’d fight the winner of my fight with Glen Johnson. I won and Hopkins hid,” said Dawson. “Second, he said he’d fight the winner of my rematch with Johnson. I won and this time Hopkins chose to fight some guy named Enrique Ornelas, who has lost to almost every decent middleweight he’s ever fought. And on top of that, the fight isn’t worthy of being broadcast on HBO, Showtime or even ESPN 2! Desperate people do desperate things. Hopkins knows that if he fights me he’s looking at a loss of Calzaghe proportions. Bernard, it’s time for you to pack it in and get out of my division. If you’re not willing to fight the best light heavyweight, move along and quit wasting everyone’s time. Your deep well of excuses, along with your credibility has dried up. You weighed 175 pounds for tonight’s fight, Roy Jones was knocked out in 122 seconds today and HBO has a March date available. No more excuses.”
In the final three weeks leading up to his showdown with WBC Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko (38-2, 37 KOs), televised on HBO Dec. 12, undefeated contender Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (22-0-1, 9 KOs) will be posting his diary online, exclusive to Fightnews.com readers.
Diary entry Tuesday, Dec. 1
“It’s Tuesday morning and my first day here in Switzerland started with a bang.
” I thought that I would be looking to catch a nap after the nine-hour flight from Atlanta to Zurich, but as soon as I stepped off of the plane, and saw the media waiting for me, I had to turn on the charm. (more…)
Ola Afolabi (14-1, 6 KOs) believes that Marco Huck is “lucky” to be the world champion these days. The two cruiserweights clash for Captain Huck’s WBO title in Ludwigsburg on Saturday night. Afolabi is determined to finally “get what I deserve,” he said at today’s press conference. “There is just one reason why Marco Huck is the world champion instead of me. He was lucky to get the chance to fight Victor Emilio Ramirez on August 29. I would have been ready, too. I had worked really hard. I did six weeks of sparring with Vitali Klitschko in America and made him look really bad. On Saturday I will win Huck’s title for sure.” (more…)
* The last stop before the Finale – who will make it to the finals? Don’t miss an all new 2 hour episode of The Ultimate Fighter® – tonight at 9pm on SPIKE
* Matt Hamill and Jon Jones go toe-to-toe in a light heavyweight battle, plus the finals of the heavyweight tournament – The Ultimate Fighter® Finale – This Saturday night, live on SPIKE
* UFC.com – The Ultimate Fighter® Season 10 Cheat Sheet
The much-anticipated two-hour finale of Season 10 of The Ultimate Fighter® airs tonight at 9pm ET on Spike and the world will learn which two fighters will compete for the six-figure UFC contract at The Pearl at The Palms Casino Resort this Saturday night. Of equal importance, millions will tune in to learn the fate of Internet legend and knockout artist Kimbo Slice. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green (28-3, 25 KOs) scored a major upset when he stopped boxing legend Roy Jones Jr (54-6, 40 KOs) in round one moments ago at the Acer Arena, Homebush, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Green was the aggressor from the opening bell and connected with two solid left hands and a right cross to the temple that dropped Jones. The referee Howard Foster crowned Green at 2:02 to save Jones from further punishment when he was in no condition to defend himself. Green thanked his boxing team for helping him to achieve his greatest ring victory. Jones congratulated Green on his victory. Green’s devastating win likely torpedoed Jones’ planned rematch with Bernard Hopkins, who fights Enrique Ornelas tonight in Philadelphia. Maybe the door is now open for Green to face Hopkins. (more…)
By Mark Vaz
Live pro boxing returns to the city of Miami on Friday night with “Back Alley Brawl,” a 9-bout card presented by GD Big Promotions in association with DeCubas Presents. The show will be held at La Covacha, one of Miami’s most popular night clubs located at 10730 NW 25th Street. Headlining the show will be the popular welterweight contender Ed “The Lion” Paredes, (22-3-1, 13 KOs) out of nearby Hollywood, Florida facing former title holder Oscar Leon, (28-10, 18 KOs) of Columbia over 10 rounds. Cuban Olympic Silver Medalist Yudel Johnson, (3-0, 1 KO) will face veteran Louie Leija, (21-13-1, 15 KOs) of San Antonio, Texas in an 8 round junior middleweight bout. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA bantamweight world champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno is putting the final touches on his preparations for Friday’s showdown with challenger Frederic Patrac (26-7-1, 13 KOs) in Agde, Hérault, France. Moreno feels very optimistic with regard to his physical condition as his weight is currently 119.5 pounds and he expressed confidence that he’ll take care of Patrac. The WBA has established that Moreno’s his next defense will be against WBA interim world champion Nehomar Cermeño and Moreno predicts Cermeño’s luck will run the same as all his other challengers. Moreno will be making the fifth defense of his WBA belt against Patrac. More photos…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC lightweight champion Edwin Valero has already been sparring for a week at the Boxing Zone Gym in Las Mercedes, Caracas, Venezuela. He is sparring with Fernando Angulo and local lightweight Jaider Parra. A media day for reporters in the camp is expected soon. Valero is prepaing to defend his WBC belt on December 19 in Caracas against Mexico’s Hector Velázquez.
He knows about his rivals reputation but to Tomas Rojas, Vic Darchinyan represents the opportunity of a lifetime. “I’m very happy and motivated to be facing Vic Darchinyan, and believe me, he dose not intimidate me at all,” said Tomas Rojas, the WBC interim super flyweight champion about his championship bout against Darchiyan on Saturday, December 12 at the Casino Agua Caliente in Racho Mirage, California. The bout will be telecast by Showtime. (more…)
By Robert Coster
In a press conference at the plush Karibe Convention Center, Promoter Jacques Deschamps in partnership with Premium Boxing Promotions of Panama, announced an interesting international 8 bout card in Haiti on December 18th (at the same venue). Two regional titles will be at stake: 2 time former European union champion, French-Haitian boxer Jimmy “Pitbull” Colas (27-6, 11 KOs) will be making his debut on the American continent against Colombian champion Jhon Berrio (15-6, 12 KOs) for the interim WBC Latino junior middleweight title. Then, there will be an intriguing clash of unbeaten prospects pitting hard punching, Panama-based Nicholas “Axman” Walters (12-0, 10 KOs) of Jamaica against sleek Dominican Carlos Manuel Reyes (13-0, 7 KOs) for the vacant WBA Fedelatin featherweight crown. (more…)
WBO junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ Lopez (27-0, 24 KOs) is back in training as he prepares for his upcoming world title fight challenge of WBO featherweight champion Steven Luevano (37-1-1, 15 KOs). The bout will take place on January 23rd at the Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York with HBO televising. It will be Lopez’ first fight since he unanimously decisioned challenger Rogers Mtagwa to retain his title in a thriller this past October. Fightnews spoke with the PR Best Boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera) and Top Rank promoted Lopez prior to his departure for New York. Lopez is headed there for the upcoming initial press conference this Thursday to publicize his upcoming fight with Luevano. (more…)
By Rocco Morales
Next up for WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward is a SUPER SIX showdown with Jermain Taylor on March 3rd at a location to be determined. Promoter Dan Goossen is shooting for Las Vegas or Oakland as the site. Taylor is not being taken lightly by the Ward Camp, as they believe he was competitive for eleven rounds in both the Froch and Abraham fights, although they have noted (but will not divulge) a certain weakness in Taylor which Ward plans to exploit. “Taylor’s problem was that he stopped improving following winning the title,” said Ward. “I will not repeat this mistake and will fight to continue improving and to stay champion.”
By Brady Crytzer
Brian “The Beast” Minto has spent the last six weeks preparing for the biggest fight of his career. On Saturday, December 5th the WBO #5 and WBA #14 ranked Minto (34-2, 21 KOs) squares off with recent world title challenger Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola at the historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. A consummate gym rat, Minto had spent the last two months preparing for a fight against an opponent to be determined that did not materialize, so he was ready and willing when he received the call to fight Arreola. (More)
Bernard Hopkins 175 vs. Enrique Ornelas 173.5
All undercard fighters will be weigh in Wednesday
Venue: Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, PA
Promoter: Golden Boy
On December 4, at Freizeit Arena in Solden, Austria WBC World female flyweight champion Simona “Romagna Queen” Galassi (11-0-1, 3 KOS) will defend her title for the third time against French Aziza Oubaita (9-1- 1, 4 KOs). Galassi is targeting a showdon with German WBA and WBO World champion Susi “Killer Queen” Kentikian. On the undercard, welterweight prospect Antonio “Big” Moscatiello (4-0, 3 KOs – nephew of former WBC cruiserweight champion Giacobbe Fragomeni) will fight Hungarian Attila Molnar (15-14-6, 7 KOs). Both fights, which will take place on a Universum show, and are promoted by OPI 2000 headed by Salvatore and Christian Cherchi in collaboration with Dahlia TV.
By Graham Houston
Forward planning is nothing new in the fight game. Roy Jones Jr. has a plan. It is to give Danny Green a boxing lesson in Australia on Wednesday and then meet old rival Bernard Hopkins in a “rematch of the legends” fight in 2010. Hopkins is expected to coast home in his tune-up fight against Enrique Ornelas on the Versus Network on Wednesday, and same-day coverage of Jones-Green will be part of the show. It is a perfect way to lead into a Jones-Hopkins megafight. There’s just one small problem. Green might not be the pushover that I suspect Jones believes him to be . . . Click here for more
On Thursday, December 3rd, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing presents its premiere installment of the new collaborative series “Hustler Boxing” with Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club – NYC at New York’s famous Manhattan Center on 34th street. The show, being televised live on the Versus Network, is headlined by “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (22-3-2, 10KO) taking on Baltimore’s Tim “Pit Bull” Coleman (16-1-1, 4KO) for the vacant USBA light welterweight Championship. “The New” Ray Robinson (11-0, 4KO) takes on former three-time National Golden Gloves Champion, Brad Solomon (8-0, 3KO) in a must see welterweight affair, while “The Real Million Dollar Baby” Maureen Shea (13-2, 7KO) looks to capture her first world championship when she takes on Jenna Shiver (9-4-1, 2KO) for the Interim WBA Female Super Bantamweight Championship. Also scheduled to appear on the card is the Bronx’s lightweight contender Jorge Teron (23-1-1, 15KO) as well as former WBO Heavyweight Champion, Brooklyn’s own, Shannon Briggs (48-5-1, 42KO) as he makes his much anticipated return to the ring after a two year hiatus, against tough Marcus McGee (22-17, 11KO). (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Officials are set for the Danny Green vs Roy Jones jnr IBO cruiserweight title bout at Acer Arena, Homebush, Sydney, NSW, Australia Wednesday. The referee is Howard Foster (United Kingdom). Judges are Andre Van Grootenbruel (Belgium), Andile Matika (South Africa) and Roberto Ramirez (Puerto Rico). IBO Supervisor is Phil Austin (Australia).
Video: Wayne Smale
Roy Jones Jr. weighed in at 81.45 kilos (179.6 lbs.), while IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green scaled in at 81.30 kilos (179.2 lbs.), both more than twenty pounds below the cruiserweight limit.
WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco “Captain” Huck is brimming with confidence ahead of his first title defence. The 25-year-old (26-1, 20 KOs), who dethroned Victor Emilio Ramirez in August, locks horns with highly-regarded challenger Ola Afolabi (14-1, 6 KOs) in Ludwigsburg on Saturday night. Today the two fighters participated in an open work-out. “I am ready,” Huck said. “I have worked so hard to become world champion – I will not allow anyone to take the title away from me. Afolabi is a strong fighter. Many people do underestimate him – but not me. I have prepared for 12 hard rounds and I really look forward to defending my title for the first time. The belt will stay in Germany!” (more…)
Amid conflicting reports regarding reasons for the cancellation of the Winky Wright vs. Grady Brewer Pay-Per-View show scheduled for December 11, Winky Wright has issued the following statement. “I am really disappointed the show can’t happen as I was training very hard and really wanted to get back in the ring. I was so looking forward to fighting in Puerto Rico in front of all the Puerto Rican people who are boxing fanatics and really know and appreciate the sport. I still am a bit shocked the show was cancelled by the promoter in Puerto Rico, but I want to make it perfectly clear it was not because I asked for millions of dollars to fight. We had done everything possible to make this show come together and I knew the financial considerations I needed to make in order for it to happen. Unfortunately now this is not the case, and I will look to find another alternative so I can fight as soon as possible. I hope that we can work something out so that I will be fighting in the early part of 2010, as I am anxious to use all the hard work and training I have already put in for this show. I just hope everyone has a great holiday season, and look for me to fight again soon after the New Year.”
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green and challenger Roy Jones Jr. both made weight Tuesday for their showdown at the Acer Arena, Homebush, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Wednesday. Roy weighed in first and took questions from the media, mentioning that he has trained very hard for Danny Green and was confident of victory. He also said it was his job to put on a good show for the boxing fans. Danny Green weighed in and received a loud ovation from the boxing fans in attendance. Master of Ceremonies Andy Raymond stated that Roy Jones was one of the best boxers to ever visit Australia. The Pay Per View bout will be telecast live around Australia on Main Event. It will also be televised to the USA on a same day basis. Click for more photos…
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