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By Drew Amendola at ringside
Photos: Scott Foster
This past Saturday, the Hollywood Casino in Bay St. Louis on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast took another major step toward revitalizing the local boxing scene that was significantly damaged by Hurricane Katrina and a sluggish economy. The attendance was excellent and the crowd was enthusiastic as heavyweight Fred Kassi (15-2, 8 KOs) was upset by late substitute Kendrick Releford (22-13-2, 10 KOs). (More)
Story by Chris Cozzone
“At this point, it’s all about enhancing legacy,” says Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Jr. “Every fight, at his point . . . depends on who the opponent is.”
This weekend, that opponent will be “Sugar” Shane Mosley, 46-5, 39 KOs, Mayweather’s biggest test to date. In what just might be the most significant fight of the year, the two will clash at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on a card promoted by Golden Boy and Mayweather Promotions . . . Click here for more
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov at ringside
WBO Inter-Continental middleweight champion Max “Tiger” Bursak (20-1, 8 KOs) beat Marco “Shulle” Schulze (29-6-1, 17 KOs) by a technical knockout in the eighth round Saturday night at the Sport Palace in Kiev, Ukraine. It was the first time Schulze was ever stopped. For more details and photos click here…
Strong TV ratings for Saturday’s Universum Champions Night event featuring world champions Susi Kentikian and Jürgen Brähmer. The live telecast of the Killer Queen’s bout against Nadia Raoui attracted 3.4 million viewers and a 23.2 share around midnight. A taped telecast of Brähmer against Mariano Plotinsky still had 2.49 million viewers and a 25.6% market share at nearly 1AM. Those matches, plus four more, can be seen in their entirety on www.youtube.com/UBPboxing. “We saw fantastic boxing fights in a sold-out arena,” said Universum promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl. “Certainly that’s a great thing though we could have sold more tickets in a bigger arena. Jürgen has become more and more stabilized and confident in his fights and we aren’t afraid of bigger fights for him. We now aim for a unification bout.”
“The female fight was a highlight as we had predicted. After the 8th round it was a draw on the scorecards and the ninth round went to Susi and the final round was close one. I’m trying to see it in an objective way and don’t want to see things through rose-colored glasses. I didn’t see either Susi or Nadia three points ahead but I don’t think that Nadia won the fight. We are thinking about a rematch and both fighters were very convinced about their performance.”
“About our future: we will not sell short and we will continue. We’ve just extended our contract with Adidas for another 3 years and they wouldn’t extend this deal if they don’t know how it will continue.” More quotes…
By Rick Scharmberg
KEA Boxing returns to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania this Friday night with a big 10-bout card, “South Philly Slugfest II”, at the Arena in South Philly. Victor Vasquez (11-4, 6 KOs) will face Paul Fernandez (5-2-1, 3 KOs) six round, all-Philadelphia, lightweight main event. In the co-feature, Ardrick Butler, (4-1, 4 KOs), will face Norman Allen (6-3, 3 KOs) in a six round junior middleweight bout. This will be New Jersey-based KEA Boxing’s second straight promotion at the Arena. (more…)
They’ve been waiting and watching. Now six young and hungry super middleweights with a combined record of (109-3) will get their chance to showcase their talent Friday, April 30 on ShoBox: The New Generation at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast) live on SHOWTIME®. Unbeaten Marcus “Too Much” Johnson (18-0, 14 KOs) battles Derek “The Black Lion” Edwards (25-0, 13 KOs) in the 10-round main event of the exciting triple header being billed “The Next Generation of super middleweights”. The fights will take place at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. (more…)
The media is hailing Saturday’s Super Six World Boxing Classic Group Stage 2 bout—a courageous and bloody affair between Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler—as one of this year’s best. Don’t miss the replay tonight at 10PM ET/PT on SHO2. Also available anytime at SHOWTIME On Demand beginning Tuesday.
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Veteran warrior Antonio Lauri (33-4-3, 12 KOs) became the new Italian welterweight champion after scoring a unanimous decision win over Giuseppe Langella (17-6-2, 7 KOs) on Friday night at the Local Sports Hall in Malnate, Italy. The local hero Lauri proved once again that his heart and technical style are an important factor and the win was well deserved. Although Lauri is a veteran of many European title matches, it was the second national professional title in over eleven years of pro career.
On the undercard, the next European challenger at 140lbs and everlasting fighter, Giuseppe ‘The End’ Lauri (50 -6, 29 KOs) tested his condition and destroyed Hungarian Ferenc Szabo (13-13-2, 6 Kos) in less than a three minutes. The card was staged by OPI 2000, headed by Salvatore & Cristian Cherchi.
Story by Andreas Hale
On May 1, Floyd Mayweather Jr and Shane Mosley will clash in a highly anticipated matchup of welterweights that is sure to draw fireworks between two of today’s pound-for-pound best fighters in the world. But behind every great boxer, there is a great trainer. On a recent conference call Naazim Richardson and Roger Mayweather stated their case for their respective fighters and discussed everything from drug testing to HBO 24/7 . . . Click here for more
Story by Robert Hough
Photos by Laura De La Torre
Any promoter’s going to say signing a fighter’s a big deal, but Chet Koerner, President of the fast-growing TKO Promotions backed it up by flying to the San Francisco Bay Area to officially announce that he’d signed Dodie Boy Penalosa Jr. (1-0, 1 KO), the son of former two-time champ Dodie Boy Penalosa Sr. . . . click here for more
Two of “The Ultimate Fighter’s”® most celebrated alumni will finally meet inside the Octagon® in the live finale of Spike TV’s “The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz” on Saturday, June 19 at 9:00pm ET/PT. Emanating from The Pearl at The Palms Casino and Resort in Las Vegas, the “Dean of Mean,” Keith Jardine (Season 2) takes on Matt “The Hammer” Hamill (season 3) in a matchup pitting Jardine’s unorthodox striking against Hamill’s powerhouse wrestling. The winner will move further up the ranks in the UFC’s ultra-competitive light heavyweight division, with the loser taking a tremendous step back in his pursuit of a title shot. (more…)
Ringside by Gerardo Martinez
Photos courtesy of Morgan Smith
In front of a moderately-packed West Las Vegas High School gym, Crespin Promotions made its debut with the card dubbed “Boxeo en Las Vegas.” What a debut it was . . . the fans got what they paid for and all of the New Mexican fighters came out on top. The card included six bouts, with four going the distance and two ending in TKO . . . click here for more
After a professional career spanning 18 years, highlighted by becoming the first and only Heavyweight World Champion of Latino heritage, two-time world champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz today announced his retirement from the ring. Ruiz (44-9-1, 30 KOs) defeated three world champions – Evander Holyfield, Hasim Rahman and Tony Tucker – as well as top contenders such as Andrew Golota, Fres Oquendo, Jameel McCline and Kirk Johnson. Six of John’s nine career losses were to world champions. (more…)
Report by Anthony Springer, Jr.
Photos by Joe Cordova
From the beginning, WEC featherweight champion Jose Aldo set out to make a statement.
First, the 23-year-old phenom requested a fight with Urijah Faber in the challenger’s hometown of Sacramento. When Aldo walked to the ring at the packed Arco Arena, he did so to Jay-Z’s “Run This Town,” a clear shot at the “The California Kid” . . . . Click here for more
Fight Week for Saturday’s “Mayweather vs. Mosley: Who R U Picking?” super-fight will kick off tomorrow, Tuesday, at the MGM Grand when Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Shane Mosley make their grand arrivals. Mosley will arrive at the MGM Grand’s main lobby at 2 p.m. and Mayweather, at 2:30. The public is invited to attend.
Ringside by Felipe Leon and Francisco Salazar
Photography by “Big” Joe Miranda
With a sizable contingent of his fellow countrymen in the stands, two time world champion Tomasz Adamek (41-1, 27 KOs) of Jersey City, NJ, by way of Zyweic, Poland, successfully defended his IBF International heavyweight title over Chris “Nightmare” Arreola (28-2, 25 KOs) Saturday night at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif. The 12-round war had a series of ebb and flow, as well as high drama that made it into one of the most exciting fight between big men in recent years. The atmosphere was electric as the battle raged inside the ring as well outside of it with the fans of each fighter fighting to be loudest . . . Click here for more
Ringside by Francisco Salazar
Photography by “Big” Joe Miranda
After losing a controversial eight round decision in his last fight, junior welterweight Mauricio Herrera wanted to take matters into his own hands. He was in the process of doing just that until his opponent was not able to continue in their eight round fight due to an injury in one his hands . . . Click here for more
Wilfried Sauerland has rebuffed Mick Hennessys claims about a potential verbal agreement on the venue for the decisive Super Six World Boxing Classic showdown between King Arthur Abraham and Carl Froch. After losing his WBC Super-Middleweight Title to Mikkel Kessler in a epic clash on Saturday, the Cobra is due to take on tournament point leader Abraham in the third round. “Contrary to what Mick Hennessy stated after the fight on Saturday, there is no agreement – neither written nor verbal – about the fight venue,” Wilfried Sauerland said. “Some newspapers have wrongly suggested that I shook hands with Mick Hennessy on an agreement but that is not true. The tournament contracts imply that the Abraham-Froch fight should take place on European territory or wherever it makes the most commercial sense for everyone involved. I would prefer it to be on neutral territory. If this cannot be done, we should go for the best commercial option. We will get back to the negotiating table with Mick Hennessy and Team Froch to find a solution that suits either side. One must not forget the accumulated travel time – it would be highly unfair if Abraham, after flying all the way to the US, would have to travel to Nottingham while Froch only had to take a brief one-hour to Denmark, which even happened to be on a private jet. But I am sure we will work this out.”
By Ricardo Conde
With only two weeks away until his return to the ring, former three-time welterweight world champion Antonio “Tijuana Tornado” Margarito (37-6, 27 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico, under the watchful eye of former junior lightweight champ, Robert Garcia in Oxnard, CA, continues his preparations. Margarito will step back into the ring on Saturday, May 8th in Aguascalientes, Mexico to headline Latin Fury 14 against Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia (28-2, 21 KOs) in a 12 round light middleweight bout for the vacant WBC International light middleweight title. Latin Fury 14 will be shown live on Pay-Per-View and is being promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions and Tecate. Click here for more photos…
Who will win Saturday's welterweight super clash between Floyd Mayweather and Sugar Shane Mosley?
- Mayweather by Decision (44%)
- Mosley by KO (31%)
- Mosley by Decision (19%)
- Mayweather by KO (6%)
In a battle of former world heavyweight title challengers, David Tua (51-3-1, 43 KOs) will battle Monte Barrett (34-9, 20 KOs) in Brazil on June 26th. The venue will be announced shortly. Tua is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Friday Ahunaya this past March. Barrett is coming off of three consecutive losses but against very good opposition with a combined record of 53-1. Word is that Barrett already has two weeks in camp and entered camp in good shape.
By Ron Jackson
Sikhulile Sidzumo a former South African lightweight champion won the vacant SA junior welterweight title on a split decision over Mzolisi Yoyo at the Orient Theatre in East London on Sunday afternoon. Two judges scored the fight 117-111 and 115-114 for Sidzumo and the third judge handed in a rather surprising card of 115-113 for Yoyo, who did not do enough work to deserve the decision. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Despite being hit with hard right hands or left hooks by Chris Arreola on Saturday night, Tomasz Adamek feels that he has a heavyweight chin. He also thinks that he can be a major player in the heavyweight division. Adamek won a 12 round majority decision at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, in a bout that thrilled the 6,256 in attendance and those who watched on HBO. Despite being outweighed by over 33 pounds and fighting in Arreola’s backyard, Adamek did enough to win on two judges’ scorecards, while the third judge scored the fight a draw. (more…)
By Ray Kilgore
Caleb Truax (14-0-1, 9 KOs) and Phil “The Drill” Williams (12-3-1, 11 KOs) never imagined a draw would be the final outcome of their fight at the St. Paul Armory, in Saint Paul, MN Friday night. The official scores were: 97-94 Truax, 96-94 Williams, and 95-95. Williams, 32, looked to rejuvenate his career after a third-round knockout defeat at the hands of Don “Da Bomb” George (19-0-1, 17 KOs) in January of this year. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
Rising boxing company Ural Boxing Promotions brought world boxing back to the city of Krasnoyarsk, an old Siberian settlement known for its perpetual pugilistic traditions. The tournament was held Saturday at Ivan Yarygin Sports Palace and featured two rising Kozaev brothers: welterweight stylist Aslanbek and super middleweight banger Khetag. As usual, WBC #30 Khetag (now 10-0, 9 KOs) made a long work short with his trademark power punches. 19-year-old Ossetian native dropped fellow undefeated Argentinean Victor Hugo Mujica (5-1, 2 KOs), a year and a half his senior, once in the first and twice more in the second before the contest was waved off by referee Alexander Kalinkin. Kozaev retained his WBC Youth title for the first time. For more details and photos click here…
WBC #3 welterweight Selcuk Aydin still plans to fight for the WBC silver championship on June 5th at Abdi Ipekci Spor Salonu in Istanbul, Turkey. After #2 rated Luis Collazo pulled out, promoter Ahmet Öner is looking for another opponent. “I hope that we can present a new opponent within the next week,” said Öner. According to the WBC rules the next highest available contender will replace Collazo. As Saul Alvarez (#4) will fight Jose Miguel Cotto this Saturday on the Mayweather–Mosley undercard, possible opponents for Aydin might be #5 Ivan Kirpa, #6 Luis Abregu or #7 Alfonso Gomez.
See WBO light heavyweight world champion Jürgen Brähmer’s explosive five round destruction of #8 rated Mariano Nicolas Plotinsky, WBA/WBO/WIBF flyweight champion “Killer Queen” Susi Kentikian’s split decision over previously unbeaten Nadia “The Beauty Beast” Raoui, devastating KOs by “Golden Jack” Culcay and Olympic gold medalist Rakhim Chakkiev and more from Saturday’s Universum Champions Night card in Hamburg.
In the main event of Boxeo Boricua, unbeaten featherweight Wilfredo Bones proved that he has what it takes to have a successful career as a fighter. Bones came back from a first round knockdown with solid jabs and hard straight hands to get the victory over Francisco Rodríguez, who was TKO’d at 2:35 of the third round. For more details and photos click here…
By Francisco Salazar and Felipe Leon at ringside
In an important clash of heavyweight contenders, Tomasz Adamek (41-1, 27 KOs) showed he belongs in the heavyweight division with a twelve round majority decision over Chris Arreola (28-2, 25 KOs) on Saturday night at the Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California. Arreola, who outweighed Adamek by 33 pounds, had difficulty connecting on the former light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion, who was far busier early on. Both fighters landed big shots in the fourth round. Arreola’s size and strength became more of a factor as the fight progressed but Adamek changed his tactics and fought at his pace from rounds seven to nine. Arreola picked up the pressure in the tenth round. Both fighters landed good shots in the eleventh round. Adamek spent the final round pot-shotting a frustrated Arreola from the outside. Scores were 114-114, 115-113, 117-111.
In an intriguing clash of big-punching junior middleweights, WBO interim champion Alfredo Angulo (18-1, 15 KOs) KO’d Joel Julio (35-4, 31 KOs) in the eleventh round. Boxing from the outside, Julio outworked Angulo for the first third of the fight. Angulo’s pressure, however, began to break Julio down and he finished him with a big right hand in the eleventh. Time was 1:39.
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