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By Alexey Sukachev
This month Russian boxing celebrates a memorable date. Twenty years ago a group of then-Soviet amateur stars and standouts, led by young coach Alexander Zimin, signed agreements with the worldwide known Kyoei Boxing Gym and relocated themselves to Japan in order to become one of the first Russian professionals in history. Six men were chosen to begin their search for stardom. Bigger and heavier Ramzan Sebiyev, Ruslan Taramov and Vyacheslav Yakovlev weren’t destined to become stars among Japanese boxing fans even though they certainly brought some attention to the power of Soviet boxing. Vyacheslav Yanovskiy did much better but at 33 he was too old to reach for considerable success and to fully adjust his style to the needs of pro boxing. He competed well but didn’t get his title chance and later came back to Russia. Those who really made a colossal impact on the world boxing scene were lightweight Orzubek Nazarov (originally from Kant, Kyrgyzstan) and flyweight Yuri Arbachakov. (more…)
Danny Green will make his highly anticipated return to the ring on Wednesday, April 14th when he takes on tricky Puerto Rican challenger Manny Siaca at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. ‘The Green Machine’ will put his IBO cruiserweight belt on the line against Siaca, a man who is no stranger to Australian sports fans having defeated Anthony Mundine, taking off him the WBA super middleweight title in 2004. Today’s announcement ends months of frustrating negotiations for Green following his sensational first round knockout of eight time world champion Roy Jones Jr in December. (more…)
Former heavyweight champion Oliver McCall was arrested over the weekend in Fort Lauderdale on three charges: possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and violation of parole. He currently remains in custody in Fort Lauderdale. The 44-year-old “Atomic Bull” was slated to headline tonight’s card at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in nearby Hollywood, Florida. As of now the card is still on, but McCall’s bout against Zuri Lawrence is scratched.
Looks like a May 29 clash of giants between 6’7 WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and 7-foot former WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev is a no-go as a deadline looms to reserve the fight venue. The Valuev camp, specifically Don King, is holding out for $4 million, while the Klitschko camp is standing firm at $2 million. Klitschko representative Shelly Finkel told BILD “[Valuev] can accept, otherwise we’ll box a different opponent.” Stay tuned.
Featherweight prospect and USNBC champion Luis “El Artesano” Cruz (12-0, 9 KOs) is ready to make his second tittle defense against Leon Bobo (18-4-1, 2 KOs) on “Miguel Cotto and Héctor Soto’s Boxeo Boricua in Caguas” series next Saturday, February 27 at the Roger Mendoza Coliseum in Caguas, Puerto Rico. “I feel ready to fight, its been a great camp. I have done all the work in the gym and on the track. I am really motivated to have a big win over Bobo on Saturday,” Luis “El Artesano” Cruz said. Tickets are available at Ticketcenter (787)792-5000, www.tcpr.com. Prices $35.00, $25.00, $12.00.
Ringside by Francisco Salazar
Photos by “Big” Joe Miranda
Lightweight Ji-Hoon Kim looked beaten after three rounds in his bout against Tyrone Harris on Friday night. Rather than cave in and become desperate, Kim weathered the early assault from Harris.
Unfortunately for Harris, he was not able to handle the eventual relentless pressure from the hard hitting Kim, who is quickly becoming a fan favorite, based on the reaction from the fans in attendance . . . Click here for more
By Alexey Sukachev and Andrey Bazdrev
WBC #30 middleweight Anton Novikov (15-0, 6 KOs), 22, successfully defended his WBC Youth minor title for the second time dominating 25-year old Tanzanian Karama Nyilawila (11-7-1, 6 KOs) over ten pretty one-sided rounds this past Saturday at “Znamya” Palace of Sports in the Noginsk, Moscow Region. This contest headlined a major show, promoted by Ural Boxing Promotions (Evgueny Vainshtein) and dedicated to the memory of soviet amateur star Stanislav Sorokin (Tokyo 1964 bronze medalist), which also contained another title match-up and five non-title bouts with a number of local talent and accomplished boxers too. For more details and photos click here…
Former WBO super flyweight champion Marvin Sonsona of the Philippines (14-0-1, 12 KOs) arrived in Puerto Rico early this morning for his upcoming vacant WBO junior featherweight title fight with Puerto Rico’s Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. (17-0-1, 14 KOs). The two will square off on February 27 at the Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. The event titled ‘Making History’ is being presented by PR Best Boxing in association with All Star Boxing, Sampson Boxing LLC, and SGG Promotions. Also featured on the televised card will be unbeaten cruiserweight 6ft6 giant Carlos Negron of Puerto Rico (7-0, 5 KOs) vs. Roy Ashworth, Jonathan Oquendo (17-2,11 KOs) of Puerto Rico vs Mexican Álex Becerra for the WBO Latino junior featherweight title and the debut of twins McJoe and McWilliams Arroyo. (more…)
Keith Jardine doesn’t have much to say about Ryan Bader. It’s not that he dislikes the former Arizona State wrestling standout or hasn’t seen how he’s progressed in a mixed martial arts career that has seen him put together a stellar 11-0 pro record. It’s just that as his UFC 110 bout against Bader approaches this weekend, ‘The Dean of Mean’ has other things on his mind.
Like himself . . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
Super Six World Boxing Classic tournament point leader King Arthur Abraham and WBO cruiserweight champion Marco “Captain” Huck are enjoying Ulli Wegner´s demanding training camp in Palm Springs. It has been one week since they left cold Berlin to shape up for their upcoming fights. King Arthur will take on Andre Dirrell in Palm Springs on March 6 at the Agua Caliente Casino/Resort/Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif., in greater Palm Springs, live on SHOWTIME® at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast), while Captain Huck is slated to face Adam Richards in Berlin one week later. “We have accustomed to the different climate and the new time zone,” King Arthur said. “Mr. Wegner has scheduled some tough workouts, but it feels good to be in California.”
Said coach Ulli Wegner: “We still have a lot of work to do but I am very happy with training camp thus far. Arthur and Marco have tough fights coming up and this camp will be crucial to prepare them for their big tasks. If they continue to work out well, I have no doubts that we will have reason to celebrate on March 6 and also one week later in Berlin.”
Trainer Ronnie Shields has recently taken on promising new student — his cousin, Wilford Scypion Jr. (7-1, 7 KOs), the hard-punching son of 1980s contender Wilford Scypion Sr. Working out of the Savannah Boxing Club in Houston for the past 20+ years, Shields has trained a huge list of world champions and top contenders.
Empire Sports and Entertainment has inked heavyweight amateur star Joey Dawejko (2-0, 1 KO) to a promotional contract.
Former welterweight contender Eamonn Magee has been sentenced to six months in prison for head-butting a man in Belfast, as well as some unrelated driving issues. He was released on bail pending appeal.
Congratulations to the World Boxing Council, which celebrated 47 years of operation on Sunday.
Boxing returns to the Seminole Hard Rock LIVE Arena in Hollywood, Florida on Tuesday with a new promoter. The Heavyweight Factory will present 44-year-old former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver McCall (54-9, 37 KOs) in the main event against Zuri Lawrence (24-15, 0 KOs).
“Macho-Time” is coming to Denmark. 47-year-old three-division world champion Hector “Macho” Camacho (79-5-3, 5 KOs) will face former world title challenger Allan Vester (28-6-1, 5 KOs) for the vacant WPBF (World Professional Boxing Federation) middleweight title on March 26 at the Arena Midt in Kjellerup, Denmark. “Héctor Camacho is a fantastic boxer, one of the greatest in history and the biggest boxing names who have visited Denmark since Mike Tyson in 2001,” says promoter Anders Vester. In the co-main event, hometown hero former WBA/WBC/WIBA/WIBF women’s bantamweight champion Anita Christensen (24-1) goes against Kaliesha West(11-1-1) for the vacant WPBF women’s bantamweight title.
By John Cannon
It looks like Carson Jones might have to wait a little longer for the biggest fight of his boxing career. Jones was scheduled to face former world champion Antonio Margarito in the co-main event of the Manny Pacquiao and Joshua Clottey card on March 13 at Cowboys Stadium. However, issues pertaining to Margarito’s license are being sorted out after he was suspended for a year due to an illegal substance pertaining to his wraps against Shane Mosley at the end of January of 2009. (more…)
Another wave of Cuban boxers have defected and hit American shores looking to make their mark in the professional ranks. In the coming weeks and months, you can expect to hear the names of these nine fighters: Yuniesko Gonzales (light heavyweight), Yasnay Consuegra (heavyweight), Pedro Rodriguez (heavyweight), Luis Ortiz (heavyweight), Inocente Fizz (heavyweight), Vilier Quinones (middleweight), Glendys Hernandez (heavyweight), Puro Pairol (featherweight) and Kadel Luis (flyweight). Gonzales and Hernandez made their pro debuts last week.
When Ignacio Esparza (16-1, 12 KOs) had his first major step up in competition he came up short in a decision loss to then highly touted prospect Enad Licina in Germany back in 2009. Though Esparza came up short he made a very good account of himself as reflected on the official judges scorecards. Esparza now finds himself getting an even bigger opportunity against the unbeaten WBO #1 ranked cruiserweight Denis Lebedev (19-0,14 KO) on February 22nd in Izhevsk, Russia. Fightnews caught up with Esparza prior to his departure from Mexico. Esparza’s trainer Ramon Arellano pictured with Esparza joined in on the interview. Arellano has worked with former heavweight world champions Oliver McCall, Tony Tucker, and the late Greg Page. It is Page that Arellano gives the credit for giving him his first break into becoming a boxing trainer. (more…)
If you blinked, you might’ve missed the shot that 115-pound lord of the ring Nonito Donaire used to send his hobbit-sized foe to the canvas for the ten-count.
If you blinked during Fernando Montiel’s WBO bantam title gain, you might’ve missed the fight altogether.
With Manny Pacquiao and fallen fighter Z Gorres watching on, Donaire and Montiel topped off the ten-bout, scheduled 80-round “Latin Fury-Pinoy Power” hybrid at the Las Vegas Hilton last night, bottoming out their opponents with quick wins . . . Click here for more
Former welterweight champion Antonio Margarito definitely won’t be making his comeback on the March 13 Pacquiao-Clottey card in Dallas. While issues about his relicensing in the USA are being sorted out, it appears “The Tijuana Tornado” will next fight on a May 8 Top Rank PPV show in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Meanwhile, the California State Athletic Commission, is expected to revisit Margarito’s situation at their February 22 meeting. His one year suspension has expired, but the CSAC and the ABC have lobbied against Margarito being relicensed until further hearings take place.
By Craig Watt
WBA#1 ranked Middleweight Anthony “The Man” Mundine responded in the media this weekend to the challenge made to him by IBO Cruiserweight Champion Danny Green last week. Green publicly challenged Mundine on Thursday to a rematch of their 2006 fight which broke all Australian box office records. He told The Sunday Times in Sydney today, “He is talking crap, utter crap. I will come back when I want to come back and not when he demands.” (more…)
By Craig Watt
Australian WBO interim lightweight champion Michael Katsidis believes WBA Jr-welterweight champion Amir Khan is avoiding him as an opponent for the US debut of Khan in his next fight, even thought the popular Australian has offered to move up to 140 pounds. In a statement issued through his manager Brendon Smith he stated, “I was told that Freddie Roach was willing to accept me as his next opponent for a possible March 27th fight. It is obvious he has the confidence that you can beat me. In addition, the TV networks and the promoters wanted this fight. I was told by those involved that it was Amir personally that refused the fight – the only person that didn’t want it to happen. This is surprising given I am the lightweight and prepared to move up in weight to take him on even when he recently stated his superior speed will out punch me on a scale of three to one.” American Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz recently accepted a challenge from Katsidis to meet in a revenge match up which is expected to be inked in the next few weeks. No date or venue have been set but Katsidis is prepared to fight him in his hometown of Houston, Texas.
Sacrifice. If you’re not willing to do it, you won’t make it too long in the sport of mixed martial arts. Lightweight contender Joe Stevenson knows all about the idea and practice of sacrifice.
Since the age of 16, the Torrance, California native has tortured his body, said ‘no’ to things most in their late teens and twenties deem commonplace, and pushed himself beyond the breaking point in a quest to be called a champion in his chosen profession, as well as to put food on the table for his family . . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
WBA interim super flyweight interim champion Nonito Donaire (23-1, 15 KOs) scored a third round KO over late sub Manuel ‘Chango’ Vargas (26-5-1, 11 KOs) in a non-title bout on Saturday night at the famous Las Vegas Hilton Hotel/Casino. Donaire was in command all the way before laying out Vargas for the count with a left uppercut at 1:33. After original challenger Gerson Guerrero failed his physical, Vargas, who was preparing for the WBC title at 108 lbs moved up two divisions on three days notice.
The full WBO bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel (40-2-2, 30 KOs) needed just 2:06 to annihiate previously unbeaten Ciso Morales (14-1, 8 KOs). A left hand to the body put Morales down for the count.
In a clash for the vacant WBO interim bantamweight championship, #1 contender Eric Morel (42-2, 21 KOs) took a split decision against #2 contender Gerry Penalosa (54-8, 34 KOs). Two unintentional headbutts in round six left Penalosa with cuts over both eyes, but the 38-year-old Filipino upped the pressure down the stretch and seemed to deserve the decision. Scores were 115-113, 116-112 Morel, 115-113 Penelosa.
In what is essentially an unofficial featherweight eliminator, Bernabe Concepcion (30-2-1, 17 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Mario Santiago (21-2-1, 14 KOs) to earn a summer title shot against WBO champ Juan Manuel Lopez. With Manny Pacquiao looking on, Concepcion dropped Santiago in round six, then survived a late Santiago rally to win by scores of 98-91, 96-93, 97-92.
Manny Pacquiao greets Z Gorres on Saturday night at the Las Vegas Hilton.
By Chris Cozzone & Natasha Chornesky at ringside
Off-TV results from the Hilton in Las Vegas for the “Pinoy Power 3/Latin Fury 13″ show:
Local favorite Diego Magdaleno (14-0, 3 KOs) decisioned Floriano Pagliara (10-4, 6 KOs), of Cecina, Italy, in an eight -round super featherweight bout. Scores were 80-72,78-74,79-73.
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In a six-round middleweight bout, undefeated Russian Matt Korobov (10-0, 8 KOs) scored his tenth victory stopping Lamar Harris (6-5-3, 4 KOs), of St. Louis, Mo at 1:05 in the first round.
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Amateur standout Jose Benavidez (2-0, 2 KO), of Phoenix, destroyed John Vega (0-2) at 1:07 of round one.
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In an eight-rounder at welter, Filipino Mark Melligen (17-2, 13 KOs) floored Raymond Gatica (11-1, 6 KOs), of Austin, Texas, twice en route to a sixth round victory. The fight was stopped 2:36.
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In the opening bout, Puerto Rican featherweight Hector Marengo (5-0-1, 3 KOs) could do no better than a draw with mauling, brawling Edgar Portillo (6-3-1, 4 KOs) of Midland, Texas. Scores were 58-56, 56-58 and 57-57.
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In the walkout bout, Filipino debuter Bruno Escalante (0-0-1) drew with Takashi Okada (1-0-1, 1 KO), of Okayama, Japan, in a four-round flyweight bout, with scores of 38-38, 39-37 and 37-39.
Rumor has it that pound-for-pound superstar Manny Pacquiao is headed to Las Vegas to be at ringside for the Bernabe Concepcion vs. Mario Santiago fight which will open Top Rank’s Latin Fury 13/Pinoy Power 3 PPV telecast. The winner will face Juan Manuel Lopez later this year. Concepcion is promoted my Pacman’s MP Promotions and trains with Buboy Fernandez at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California.
By Alexey Sukachev
New light heavyweight force Nathan Cleverly (19-0, 9 KOs) successfully performed a move from the British intrinsic scene onto the European level following a dominating fifth-round TKO over Italian veteran Antonio Brancalion (32-8-2, 8 KOs). After a tedious starting stanza 22-year old Welshman (WBO #2, IBF #3, WBC #5 and WBA #12) began to slowly break the Italian down. Round three was huge for Cleverly, who in full accordance to his surname smartly mixed body punches with head blows. The unbeaten contender finally floored Brancalion down at the end of round four after a smashing right cross. In round five Cleverly went in for kill and tagged hapless Brancalion several times before referee Jean-Louis Legland stepped in at 1:15 to save Italian from further punishment. With the win Cleverly acquired a vacant EBU light heavyweight title.
WBO #1 Kevin Mitchell (31-0, 23 KOs) proved once again he is a real threat for every elite lightweight in the world after a chilling knockout of Spain-based Columbian Ignacio “Nacho” Medoza (27-6-2, 18 KOs). Mitchell, who has recently entered 135lb with an impressive decision over Breidis “Khanqueror” Prescott, calculated raw Mendoza in the first and showcased his killing power in the second. Kevin (also IBF #3 at 130lb) waited until Medoza would open up and caught him with a thunderous short right hook and ended the job with a left hook to already falling Columbian. Mendoza was unable to beat the count of ten and the fight was waved off at 1:24 of the second round. Both Mitchell and Frank Warren called for the WBO Interim lightweight champion Michael Katsidis during their post-fight interview. Amir Khan can be Mitchell’s ultimate goal, according to his own words. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
World rated light heavyweight contender Tim Bell (18-5-1, 13 KOs) outpointed Togasilimai Letoa (11-4, 6 KOs) of Samoa over ten rounds at the Tribal Punishment Gym, Epping, Victoria, Australia on Saturday. Bell is WBA #7 contender to the 175 pound title held by Bebut Shumenov (9-1, 6 KOs) formerly of Kazakhstan but now based in Las Vegas under the guidance of Kevin Barry who once guided David Tua to a world heavyweight title shot against Lennox Lewis. Bell’s biggest win came in 2008 when he stopped former world super middleweight contender Daniel “Porky” Lovett in eight rounds. (more…)
WBC Latino super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vasquez, Jr. (17-0-1, 14 KOs), the proud son of two-time world champion Wilfredo Vasquez, plans to make Puerto Rican history February 27th when he fights former WBO super flyweight titlist “Marvelous” Marvin Sonsona (14-0-1, 12 KOs) for the vacant WBO junior featherweight title. “This is a very important fight because we will make history in Puerto Rico by being the first father and son world champions, also with the same promoter (Tuto Zabala, Jr.),” Vasquez, Jr. explained.
Vasquez, Sr. was a great bantamweight and super bantamweight in the late eighties and early nineties who had a pro record of 56-9-2 (41 KOs). “I am happy and proud,” he said about his son. My son fights like me. He inherited my punching power and he punches like a junior welterweight!”
The Vasquez vs. Sonsona world title contest is the headliner of the February 27th “The Double Assault!” pay-per-view event which begins at 9p ET/6p PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, TVN, DISH Network, Viewer’s Choice and Shaw PPV.
Stay tuned to FightNews for more details of “The Double Assault!” pay-per-view event!
Following a hard-fought three round win over Dan Miller at UFC 109 that showed him to be more than just a submission expert, Demian Maia will jump right back into training camp for the biggest fight of his career – an April 10th meeting with UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva in the main event of UFC 112 at Ferrari World on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA Championships Committee has called for four purse bids on February 22 at the Sheraton Panama Hotel & Convention Center in Panama City, Panama. Registered promoters can bid on the heavyweight eliminator between Kali Meehan and Ruslan Chagaev, the cruiserweight title defense of Guillermo Jones against Valery Brudov, the clash between lightweight titleholder Paulus Moses and interim beltholder Miguel Acosta, and super flyweight king Nobuo Nashiro against #1 rated Hugo Cazares. The proceeding with be overseen by WBA execs Gilberto Jesus Mendoza and Jose Oliver Gomez.
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Heavy-handed lightweight Ji-Hoon Kim (20-5, 17 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Tyrone Harris (24-6, 16 KOs) on Friday night at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California. Harris got off to a good start, but as the bout progressed the relentless Kim began to punish Harris, flooring him in round five and getting the stoppage moments later. Harris complained that the stoppage of referee Wayne Hedgepeth was too early. Time was 1:52. For more details and photos click here…
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