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The BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida will host pro boxing for the first time when Don King Productions presents a world championship card at the South Florida venue on February 14. Promoter Don King has dubbed the event “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre,” featuring WBO/IBF lightweight champion Nate “Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell risking his crowns against IBF #1-ranked mandatory challenger Ali Funeka and former three-time world champion Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga meeting undefeated #3-ranked contender Alfredo “Perro” Angulo to determine the WBC’s #1-ranked mandatory challenger at the 154-pound limit; and another important match at 154 pounds with interim WBC super welterweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez will take on former IBF welterweight champion Kermit “The Killer” Cintron. King said he plans to have 10 fights or more on the card. Ticket prices and full event information will be announced next week. The BankAtlantic Center is the home arena for the NHL’s Florida Panthers.
Pro boxing returns January 23 to Long Island’s Huntington Hilton Hotel in Melville, New York. The The card is presented by Bob Duffy’s Ring Promotions and Frankie G Productions. headliner is an eight-round New York State welterweight title fight between Long Island favorite Mike Ruiz (8-2, 5 KOs) and Daniel Sostre (7-3, 3 KOs). Middleweight George Walton (19-3, 12 KOs) meets unbeaten Jose Angel Rodriquez (12-0-1, 2 KOs) for the New York State middleweight crown in the eight-round co-feature. Also seeing action is light middleweight Tommy Rainone (12-2, 4 KOs), light heavyweight and 3-time National Golden Gloves champion Will Rosinsky. Tickets are $100, $75 and $40. Call 516-313-2304.
Over 17,000 tickets have been sold for Margarito vs. Mosley for Saturday, January 24 at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. There are about 600 upper balcony seats remaining. Top Rank and Golden Boy are promoting. HBO will televise.
Promociones Deportivas won the right to promote the WBC lightweight world title fight between Edwin Valero and Antonio Pitalua at a purse bid that has just been held at this WBC head office in Mexico City. Taking part at the bid were Golden Boy Promotions, OPI2000 (Salvatore Cherchi) and Promociones Deportivas (Ricardo Maldonado). The offer from Ricardo Maldonado was $211,000 (USD), Cherchi’s offer was $197,777 and Golden Boy offered $151,000.
The blockbuster showdown between Marco Antonio Barrera and Amir Khan will take place at The Manchester Evening News Arena on March 14th. Promoter Frank Warren yesterday announced that Khan would face the seven times, three weight, world champion, and today confirmed that the 20,000 seat venue will host the epic fight. Khan aims to exorcise his demons at the M.E.N Arena – where he suffered his first professional loss last September to Breidis Prescott – by beating the Mexcian legend and thrusting himself back into the elite fighters of the lightweight division. (more…)
Alexander Alekseev 198.8 vs Victor Emilio Ramirez 198.6
(WBO interim cruiserweight championship)
Ina Menzer 125.6 vs Esther Schouten 125.8
(WIBF & WBC featherweight world championship)
Gennady Golovkin 159.8 vs Javier Alberto Mamani 159.6
Markus Tomala 225.9 vs Liviu Ungureanu 216
Arthur Matern 153.8 vs Alexandru Stangaciu 145.5
Magomed Jangubaev 134.9 vs Sento Martinez 137.7
Venue: Burg-Wächter Castello in Düsseldorf
Promoter: Universum Box-Promotion
TV: ZDF (Germany)
Notes: The referee for the Alekseev-Ramirez WBO title bout will be Joe Cortez (USA). Judges are Manfred Küchler (GER), Fernando Laguna-Yenes (SPA), Andrew Smale (RSA). WBO supervisor is Luis Batista Salas (PUR). The referee for Menzer-Schouten will be Daniel van de Wiele (BEL). Judges are Jürgen Langos (GER), Andrew Smale (RSA) and Roger Tilleman (BEL). WIBF/WBC supervisors are Arthur Ellensohn (GER) and Edmund Lipinski (RUS).
Story by Chris Cozzone
One week away from their showdown, next Saturday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, welterweight kingpin Antonio Margarito (37-5, 27 KOs) and former champ “Sugar” Shane Mosley (45-5, 38 KOs) have two things in common.
They both predict a tough fight next week, and they both expect to win . . . Click here for more
New year, new coach, new challenge: Sebastian Sylvester has big plans for 2009. After dropping a points decision against WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm in November, the Hurricane decided to make a change. In 2009 he will not continue to work with the Viking Box-Team of manager Winfried Spiering and coach Hartmut Schroder. From the end of January on, he will work out in Berlin-Marzahn under the guidance of Karsten Rower. The new coach has been under contract with Sauerland Event since November 2008 and shall lead the ex-champion back to former glory. “Without a doubt this is a very important step in my career,” Sylvester said. “After all the years with Winne Spiering and Hartmut Schroder this decision did not come easily. But after giving it a deliberate thought, I decided that this is the right move for me.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
According to sparring partners Hussein Hussein and Lenny Zappavigna, WBA/IBF/WBC super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan (31-1-1, 25 KOs) will be too strong for Jorge Arce (51-4-1, 39 KOs) when they clash on February 7th in Anaheim, California. “He certainly does feel a lot stronger and quicker,” said Australia’s unbeaten IBF Pan Pacific light welterweight champion Zappavigna. Darchinyan’s stablemate Hussein Hussein, who lost two memorable fights against Arce, was confident his friend would overcome the Mexican, provided he didn’t get involved in a slugfest “You don’t want to get into trading punches with Arce, because he loves that and he’s a busy fighter and he can punch, but if Vic gets the distance like he did against Mijares, he won’t get touched.”
Interview by Felipe Leon
Since the announcement of the mega fight between WBA interim super flyweight champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce (51-4-1, 39 KOs) and undisputed 115-pound king Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan (31-1-1, 25 KsO), most of the verbal barbs have been delivered, non surprisingly, by the latter. Arce, for the most part, has been taking the high road, not sharing his now-famous, eloquent counter attacks for Darchinyan’s insults and boasts.
Until now . . . . Click here for exclusive interview
The Manny Pacquiao-Ricky Hatton fight has been saved by promoter Bob Arum after a disagreement over the purse split put the proposed May 2 bout in jeopardy. “There was a lot of confusion about why we did 50-50 but everyone now understands why this is a good deal,” Arum told the Manchester Evening News. “This thing is going to happen. Earlier in the week it was in disarray, now everything is back in order.”
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
World rated middleweight Shannan Taylor ( 48-6-3, 34 KOs) is ready to cause a major upset in defeating former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine (34-3, 23 KOs) when they clash on February 11 at the Wollongong Entertainment Center, Wollongong, NSW, Australia. “To me this is a title fight,” said Taylor. “Mentally it’s a title fight. I’m preparing my body for war. I’m more focused than I have ever been in my whole life. When I want something I can do anything. Right now I want something. Guess what? I want Mundine. He’s in trouble. I’ve known Choc since his football days. He talks like an idiot in the press but I am always first to defend the guy. I don’t want him to disrespect me. I got so much respect for him, which is why I am doing 5AM runs when I know he is sleeping in. If Choc thinks this ain’t a fight, he’ll wake up the next day crying over his cornflakes.”
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
Stereotypes are difficult to overcome because often times, a good number of the stereotyped personify the stereotype. To the untrained eye, mixed martial artists are little more than shirtless barbarians who fight in a cage and beat each other to a pulp . . . Click here for more
TOMORROW NIGHT: Franklin vs. Henderson: Click here for more
Tonight Salvatore Cherchi’s OPI 2000 will promote the first show of 2009 from Vigo, Spain. In the main event former European champion Ivan Pozo 29-5-1, 19 KOs will fight French Christophe Rodrigues 15-14-3, 2 KOs for the vacant European flyweight championship. The winner will face Andrea Sarritzu of Italy. On the undercard will fight former European super featherweight champion and mandatory challenger Leva Kirakosyan 28-5, 19 KOs. The show will be broadcast in live streaming worldwide on www.streamit.it (channel 9), starting at 10 PM Spanish time (4:00 P.M. Eastern-time in the United States).
By Ron Jackson
The finals of the Baby Champs are to be held at Sammy Marks Square in Pretoria on Friday with every division from strawweight to heavyweight being contested. Boxers took part in a series of elimination bouts in various regions around the country to qualify. Two favourites in the super middleweight division are Giovanni Bushby of East London a former kick boxer and Charles Oosthuizen from Boksburg. The Eastern Cape contingents are confident that fighters like Wele Yokose, Thabo Sonjica, Lusanda Komanisi and Xabiso Gola could be among the championship winners.
It has been announced that promoter Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions, Stan Christodoulou and Brian Mitchell have formed a tripartite agreement for the purpose of re-establishing the World Boxing Association as a force in South African boxing.
Golden Gloves Promotions in conjunction with two other promoters have there first tournament of 2009 on February 14 in San Quentin, France, when Phillip Ndou makes his return to the ring after an absence of three years, as a junior welterweight against an opponent still to be named. This will be on the undercard when Christobal Cruz of Mexico defends his IBF featherweight belt against Cyril Thomas.
Another Golden Gloves fighter Thomas Mashaba challenges Fernando Beltran of Mexico for the IBO featherweight belt on March 20 in the US on a Banner Promotions tournament. Golden Gloves have an affiliation with Art Pellulo of Banner Promotions.
Then on March 21 Golden Gloves have there first promotion of the year in South Africa when Zolani Marali will challenge for the vacant IBO junior lightweight belt against an opponent still to be named, at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park. On the same card Hekkie Budler and Charity Mukondeleli meet for the vacant African Boxing Union junior flyweight title.
Meanwhile the 35-year-old former IBF junior lightweight champion Mzonke Fana could have another crack at the IBF junior lightweight belt. Fana who won the IBF belt when he beat Malcolm Klassen and then lost the belt to Cassius Baloyi could possibly meet the winner of the scheduled April clash between Klassen and Baloyi. However, Fana who is rated at number four by the IBF could possibly be asked to fight in an eliminator to meet the winner between Klassen and Baloyi.
Kaizer Mabuza is scheduled to make the first defence of his SA junior welterweight title against Mzukisi Mgidi in East London on January 23. Mabuza won the title when he upset Samuel Malinga in Bloemfontein in October last year. Mgidi from East London has a reported record of 18-1-2.
By Peter Lim at ringside
Texas heavyweight champion Eugene Hill raised his record to 16-0 (14 KOs) by knocking out Clinton Boldridge (8-13-1 (6 KOs) in the third round at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Hill scored a knockdown at the end of the second round, and two more in the third. Super featherweights Crystal Delgado, 8-0(1 KO), and Michelle Nielsen, 8-4-1 (2 KOs), engaged in a six-round slugfest that ignited the near-capacity crowd. Both women fought in the phone booth and threw punches nonstop throughout. Delgado, a southpaw, scored a knockdown in the third round with straight left and was rewarded with a unanimous decision at the end. Sharp-shooting light heavyweight Alfonso Lopez, 11-0 (9 KOs) looked impressive in stopping James Johnson, 23-32 (13 KOs), in the fifth round. Junior middleweight Omar Henry, 2-0 (2 KOs), clobbered Justin Davis, 1-6 (1 KO), into submission in just 54 seconds. Heavyweight Willie Edwards stopped Joey Crawford, 0-1, in three rounds. Theo Kruger and Maurenzo Smith fought to a six round draw in a heavyweight bout. the event was staged by Rock Solid Promotions.
Photos: Marianne Müller
A few days before his clash for the vacant WBO interim world cruiserweight championship, unbeaten Alexander Alekseev looked sharp in a public workout for fight fans at the Autohaus Clemens in Düsseldorf. Alekseev will face Victor Emilio Ramirez on Saturday at the Burg-Wächter Castello. Also working out for the fans were double women’s featherweight champion Ina Menzer, her opponent Esther Schouten, and local favorite Markus Tomala. Trainers Fritz Sdunek, Michael Timm and Dirk Dzimski were on hand to put their fighters through the paces.
Photos: Javiel Centeno
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World Extreme Cagefighting® is heading to Texas – and it’s bringing two title matches to the Lone Star state. WEC® is proud to announce the main event and the co-main event for WEC: Brown vs. Garcia, featuring WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown making his first title defense against No. 1 contender Leonard Garcia and WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit once again facing the dangerous Brock Larson live from the American Bank Center Arena in Corpus Christi on Sunday, March 1, 2009 . . . Click here for more
Two talented fighters with a combined record of 39-0-1 will collide when Leonilo Miranda (24-0, 23 KOs), of Mexico, faces Orlando Cruz (15-0-1, 6 KOs) of Puerto Rico in the main event tomorrow/Jan. 16, on ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). The featherweight 10-rounder is one of three fights on the ShoBox telecast. In the others from the Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino in Tulsa, Okla., Marvin Quintero (14-1, 11 KOs) of Mexico will be opposed by ShoBox alum Nick Casal (18-3-1, 14 KOs) of Chicago in an eight-round lightweight bout and 2008 United States Olympian Gary Russell, Jr. makes his pro debut against Antonio Reyes (3-2) of Dallas in a four-round 26-pound match. NOTE: THURSDAY’S WEIGHTS – Miranda and Cruz weighed 127 pounds; Quintero and Casal weighed 131.5 pounds; Russell tipped the scale at 127, Reyes 125. (more…)
Upon hearing that his mandatory challenger, Kermit Cintron (30-2, 27 KOs), has passed on fighting him, IBF Welterweight Champion Joshua Clottey (35-2, 20 KOs) has issued the following exclusive statement to Fightnews:
“I am disappointed to hear that Kermit Cintron will not fight me. It is the second time he has avoided facing me in the ring, and it is something I cannot comprehend. To be given the opportunity to fight for a world championship and to say “no” means that his fear is stronger than his desire. I have always kept my desire, my hunger. I have always been ready to fight any opponent who is put in front of me. I come from a proud tradition of boxers from Ghana. Men like Azumah Nelson and Ike Quartey. Like them, I am a warrior. And I will defend my title against any man. Antonio Margarito, Miguel Cotto, Andre Berto, Shane Mosley, Manny Pacquiao—I will face them one at a time and I will still be champion. If these fighters want to call themselves the best, and if they want the fans to believe they are the best, then they should stand up and meet me in the ring. For myself and for my homeland, I will be ready to defend my title.”
Joshua Clottey, IBF welterweight champion
Star Boxing’s hot light heavyweight prospect Yathomas Riley improved to (5-0,3KO) after punishing Evjeny Stardubstev (0-1) over four rounds in front of his hometown fans at the Hardrock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida . . . click here for more
St. Pierre vs. Penn II to tear up Sin City: B. J. Penn’s hungry for revenge and Georges St. Pierre’s welterweight title. The Lightweight Champ gets his shot at history on Jan. 31. See the next chapter of this ferocious rivalry unfold inside the Octagon! Buy and sell tickets to UFC 94 on StubHub . . . Click here for more
Amir Khan’s promoter Frank Warren concluded negotiations with Marco Antonio Barrera’s promoter Don King at 4am Thursday morning. London is in the running to host the March 14th event, but Warren is still in negotiations, and may look for a site elsewhere in the UK. It was also confirmed that Nicky Cook will defend his WBO super-featherweight title on the undercard against mandatory challenger Roman Martinez, with Enzo Maccarinelli also in action against TBA. Warren said that ticket prices for the fight would be competitive, and he is expecting a sell out. Khan was installed as a slight favorite for the fight at around 11-8 with Barrera at even.
On a national teleconference held today, both WBA welterweight champion Antonio Margarito (37-5, 27 KOs) and challenger “Sugar” Shane Mosley (45-5, 38 KOs) promised victories for their showdown next week at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
“All I’m thinking about is Mosley,” declared Margarito. “He’s a very experienced fighter … He’s a great champion and I’m not gonna underestimate him. But I put in the work in my training and I have what it takes to win. I’m ready to put on a good show.”
“I’m confident that I’m going to be spectacular,” said Mosley. “I’m at my best and I’m not going to try to get away from him, like Cotto. I’m going to get my shots in … I’m ready to get it on.” – Stay tuned for a full report tomorrow!
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
Coming into UFC 88, Martin “The Hitman” Kampmann was on a roll. He found victory in his first four Octagon outings; three by submission, one by unanimous decision. In addition to his knockout power, his ever-improving ground game made him a growing threat in the middleweight division.. . . Click here for more
UFC 93 is live on PPV from the O2 Arena in Dublin, Ireland, January 17 at 8 PM GMT. In the light heavyweight main event, former two-division world champion Dan Henderson will collide with former UFC middleweight king Rich Franklin in three-round war which will set the tone for the 205lbs division in 2009. Then, 2005 PRIDE® Grand Prix Champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua returns to the Octagon™ to throw down with UFC Hall of Famer Mark Coleman in a rematch MMA fans thought they would never see. The pair last met in Japan in 2006, with the legendary Coleman pulling off a stunning upset by breaking Rua’s arm in the first round. For more info, visit 93.ufc.com
On February 20th, promoter Ahmet Öner will present his next FNF show live from the University Center Arena at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The show labelled as “The Gunslingers” will feature rising Colombian lightweight star Breidis Prescott (20-0, 18 KOs), fellow Colombian jr. middleweight contender Richard Gutierrez (24-2-1, 13 KOs) and hot Cuban jr. middleweight prospect Erislandy Lara (3-0, 2 KOs). The 25-year-old Prescott shocked the world in September when he knocked out uo-and-coming British star Amir Khan in his backyard in Manchester. (more…)
Lightweight contender Amir Khan (19-1, 15 KOs) will fight Mexican legend and former multi-weight world champion Marco Antonio Barrera (64-6, 43 KOs) on March 14 it was confirmed by promoter Frank Warren today. No venue has been confirmed for the mouth-watering showdown, although Warren did say that it would take place in the UK with a normal UK start time. Khan will benefit from having the input of Freddie Roach, who helped guide Manny Pacquiao to two wins over Barrera. No television deal for the fight was announced.
By Nick Giongco
Manny Pacquiao is steadfast in not agreeing to face Ricky Hatton if he doesn’t get the bigger slice of the pie in the revenue sharing. “If it’s 50-50, forget about it (the fight),” Pacquiao told Manila Bulletin and Fightnews late Thursday afternoon. “If I agree on the offer of 50-50, it would not look good on me. I made a sacrifice when I agreed to fight De La Hoya for a smaller percentage. But not this time. I will be the laughing stock if I agree to the 50-50 sharing,” said Pacquiao, who offically became boxing’s biggest draw when he stopped Oscar De La Hoya last December. (more…)
By Lee Bates
Eromosele Albert (21-2, 10 KOs) hits the pads with trainer Orlando Cuellar as he prepares for his main event on this weeks edition of ESPN2′s Friday night fights. Albert was orginally supposed to face former world champion Carlos Quintana, but when that fight fell through multiple fighters were proposed as replacements with veteran Germaine Sanders (21-6, 17 KOs) getting what appears to be the final nod. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
Famed ex-Soviet amateur fighter Gennady Shatkov tragically passed away after a long-term disease yesterday in his hometown of Saint Petersburg. He was 76. Shatkov is best known for winning a gold medal at 1956 Melbourne Olympics in super middleweight division. He also was a three-time national (1955, 1956 and 1958) and two-time European (1955 and 1959) champion but due to infamous political circumstances couldn’t even think of fighting in the paid ranks. His overall amateur record was 215-12.
Meanwhile, another Russian amateur superstar Alexey Tischenko has confirmed he doesn’t plan on turning pro. “I haven’t decided yet whether I would continue my amateur career or not. But I definitely have no intentions on becoming a professional fighter. I’m currently training a bit and testing my senses and thoughts. I’ll continue fighting only if I feel enough driving power and winning desire in me. If not I’ll pursue other goals in business or in politics. The only thing which can really motivate me is a chance to become a three-time Olympic gold medalist. But no decision at the time,” commented Alexey, 24, to ‘All Sport’ media agency. Tischenko is a two-time Olympic gold medalist in the featherweight (2004) and lightweight (2008) divisions. He is also working as a deputy for Omsk region general court.
WBO #5, WBC #6 and WBA/IBF #7 rated European welterweight champ Rafal Jackiewicz (33-8-1, 18 KOs) will make the second defense of his title on Feb. 28th in Lublin. Jackiewicz, who has sensationally upset tough Ghanaian Jackson Osei Bonsu in September, will collide with unbeaten Italian WBO #14 Luciano Abis (25-0-1, 11 KOs). The show will be promoted by the leading Polish promotional company Bullit KnockOut Promotions. Also in action will be a bunch of highly regarded Polish talent, including Andrzej Wawrzyk (13-0, 8 KOs), Damian Jonak (19-0, 14 KOs), Tomasz Bonin (40-3, 22 KOs), Jarosław Hutkowski (9-0, 5 KOs), Tomasz Hutkowski (13-0-1, 10 KOs), Artur Szpilka (2-0, 1 KO) and Grzegorz Soszyński (11-0-1, 5 KOs).
Former cruiserweight king Vassiliy Jirov is a free agent nowadays but he still hopes to continue his pro career. “If I am approached by a determined promoter with enough abilities I’ll be ready to go on as soon as possible. I still have it in me to get back to the top and to acquire the world champion regalia once again,” said Jirov to Caravan Kazakh web media agency. “I’m a free agent right now and I’ll carefully study all the possibilities.” He has a backup plan however, too. “I’m working in one automobile company. We construct specific devices to increase car’s mileage. More projects are coming soon so I have something for me outside of boxing as well.” Jirov (37-3-1, 31 KOs), 34, was a 1996 Altanta gold medalist in the light heavyweight division and Val Barker trophy owner. He acquired the IBF 200lb belt in 1999 and retained it six times until losing to James Toney in 2003. Jirov was last seen in the ring stopping Kenny Craven in two in 2007.
It seems, reigning EBU-EE light middleweight champion Jimmy Colas (24-4, 11 KOs) will defend his title against perennial Czech contender Lucas Konecny (38-3, 19 KOs) on March 31st, in Prague. Konecny is ranked WBO #2, IBF #10 and WBA #11. The show will be promoted by SES Sport Events Steinforth.
Photos: Marianne Müller
A fascinating female clash will take place on January 17th at the Burg-Wächter Castello in Düsseldorf when local favorite and WIBF/WBC featherweight champion Ina Menzer (22-0, 9 KOs) defends against former champion Esther Schouten (22-4-1, 11 KOs). Ina Menzer and Esther Schouten met on Monday for the first time at the press conference at the Uerige Brewery in Düsseldorf in front of many journalists. For Schouten, it will be her fifth fight back since having her career derailed for cancer treatment. (more…)
By Alexey Potapov
The reigning WBA heavyweight world champion (in recess) Ruslan Chagaev (24-0-1, 17 KOs) will return to action on February 7th against the unbeaten Carl Davis Drumond (26-0, 20 KOs) at the Stadthalle Rostock. Two American heavyweight fighters have been brought in to be his sparring partners. The one is Leo Nolan (27-1, 10 KOs) of Detroit, Michigan and the other is Terry “The Troublemaker” Smith (30-6-1, 18 KOs) of Little Rock, Arkansas. Both have been in the Universum Gym in Hamburg for a week now. The first sparring rounds of Chagaev weren’t supervised by his trainer Michael Timm, who is currently in Düsseldorf with Ina Menzer in preparation for her upcoming world title fight against Esther Schouten this Saturday. Timm’s assistant trainer Artur Grigorian is supervising the sessions at the moment. The former world champion Grigorian said, “The first sparring went really well for Ruslan. He knows what to do although he will make a slower start this week. It has been a long break after his Achilles injury.” Commenting on his first sparring, Chagaev said, “The last sparring I had done was in May last year. Afterwards I had a long rehabilitation period which was quite tiring. But now I’m looking forward to the next weeks. I don’t feel anything from my injury and I’m very happy to be back. I can hardly wait to be back in Rostock.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The World Boxing Association has begun to review and to consult about happened in the fight between Nicolay Valuev and Evander Holyfield on December 20th in Zurich. “We are going to review all that happened to see if irregularities in the fight did happen. All our fights are important and we give a lot of attention to each one and this will not be the exception independently on the claims on the part of Holyfield. It is the duty of the WBA to review thoroughly the video of this fight and any situation out of the ring. We have to seek a good answer for the fans, the world press and above all to take care of the integrity of the results,” said Gilberto Mendoza Jr., WBA Executive Vice-President. At the WBA Headquarters in Panama, Mendoza Jr. will head a group of Panamanian WBA judges to analyze the video of the fight round by round. Referees Pierluigi Poppi (116-112) and Mikael Hook (115-114) scored the bout for Valuev, while Guillermo Perez Pineda had it 114-114. The results of the investigation will be known “in the next weeks.”
The purse bid scheduled for for the vacant IBF jr. middleweight title between Cory Spinks and Deandre Latimore has been canceled. The two sides have reached an agreement with site and date to be announced.
The purse bid scheduled for January 22 for the IBF welterweight mandatory defense between champion Joshua Clottey and Kermit Cintron has been canceled after Cintron decided to go in another direction. Three other IBF purse bids remain scheduled for the 22nd:
1) An IBF cruiserweight eliminator between B.J. Flores and Wayne Braithwaite
2) An IBF bantamweight eliminator between Silence Mabuza and Yonnhy Perez
3) An IBF jr. flyweight eliminator between Bert Batawang and Carlos Tamara
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