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New Zealand amateur sensation Leti Leti has signed with TKO Boxing Promotions. The announcement was made by Leti’s Las Vegas-based manager Cameron Dunkin. A native of Samoa, Leti, 22, one of New Zealand’s most decorated amateur fighters, made his professional debut last month, in Auckland, New Zealand, knocking out Aaron Bartlett in the first round of their January 31st bout. Leti will be campaigning as a welterweight.
“Leti is the goods and the hottest prospect to come out of the Samoa-New Zealand region since David Tua,” said Dunkin. “After winning many important amateur titles representing his countries, we thought it was important for him to make his professional debut in front of his countrymen before moving him to the United States where he will be exposed to a new audience and U.S. television. Leti is going to be a bright light on the international stage and TKO Promotions is the perfect promoter to make him a star.”
Leti had an amateur record of 89-8.
By Kurt Wolfheimer and Rick Scharmberg at ringside
Friday night at the Tri-State Sports Complex in Aston, PA, local fans came out to witness a long anticipated rematch between two tough local heavyweight scrappers as Danny “Two Gunz” Mullarkey and Jamie Campbell squared off in the six round main event. Campbell won their first skirmish three years ago by a controversial four round majority decision. Since that time neither fighter had fought, but that didn’t stop the sparks from flying as both fighters continually got under each other’s skin by throwing verbal jabs through the local media and at live events. Campbell (2-1, 1 KO) only needed 54 seconds to stop Mullarkey (5-3-1, 4 KOs). In the co-feature Melissa “Huracan” Hernandez captured a hard fought but one sided six round unanimous decision over a gritty and bloody Ela “Bam Bam” Nunez. The card was promoted by Al Thompson’s Football Stories Inc. and matched by Joey Cohen. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian 154 pounder Tyrone Tongia (13-2, 7 KOs) scored a fourth round disqualification win over Indonesian Aswin Cabuy (11-13-1, 4 KOs) in the man event at the Broncos Leagues Club, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on Friday. The referee disqualified the importation in round four after repeated infringements. Cabuy holds a 2008 victory over WBO-rated Samuel Colomban. Tongia is regarded as one of Australia’s best prospects. (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Top Rank publicist Lee Samuels revealed on Friday that Manny Pacquiao is arriving in Dallas on March 8 on board a private jet that Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum will send to Los Angeles in preparation for the March 13 fight with Joshua Clottey of Ghana at Cowboys Stadium. Clottey, who is now training in Fort Lauderdale in Florida, is checking in the day before the Filipino’s grand arrival, according to Samuels. Samuels said Clottey is going to host an open workout in New York on March 4 just before his team takes a flight to Texas. During fight week, Pacquiao and Clottey are set to host separate open workouts at the basement of the Gaylord Texan Hotel in Grapevine, Texas. Arum said a makeshift gym will be put up there so the fighters can work out without driving half an hour to the nearest gym. Clottey will have his open workout on March 9, while Pacquiao’s will take place the following day. The official press conference will be staged at the Cowboys Stadium on March 10 and the official weigh-in will also be held there as well at approximately 5 pm on March 12. Samuels added that the respective trainers are also doing roundtable discussions with the media on March 11 at the Gaylord Texan Hotel, the official residence of the entire promotion.
Tickets for the Kelly Pavlik vs. Sergio Martinez world middleweight championship on April 17 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. will
go on sale Monday at noontime. Pavlik will defend his WBC and WBO belts. Pavlik has a record of 36-1. Martinez is 44-2-2. Top Rank is promoting in association with DiBella Entertainment and Caesars Atlantic City. The championship fight will be broadcast on HBO. Tickets are $350, $200, $100 and $50 and are available at Ticketmaster.com and at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office. Ticketmaster may be reached at 800-736-1420.
Longtime Juarez and El Paso promoter Oswaldo Kuchle was arrested Wednesday on six counts of fraud, according to federal officials. Kuchle, of Promociones del Pueblo, was indicted Feb. 10 by a federal grand jury on charges that he defrauded the Export-Import Bank of the U.S., resulting in a $2.2 million loss for the bank. Allegedly, Kuchle used the money for personal use. Kuchle promotes Javier Castro, Gerson Guerrero, Jhohnny Gonzalez and Miguel Roman, who is scheduled to face Antonio Escalante on Feb. 26 on a Golden Boy-promoted card in El Paso.
Former WBA world champion Clarence “Bones” Adams (44-7-4, 20 KOs) was stopped in round four by Mexican veteran Edel “Cuate” Ruiz (34-22-4, 24 KOs) on Friday night in front of another sold out crowd at Miccosukee Resort and Gaming in Miami, Florida. The bout was waved off after Ruiz had dropped Bones twice. Time was 1:55. Ruiz claimed the vacant WBO NABA belt.
Former world title challenger and WBA #9, WBO #12 and IBF #13 bantamweight William “Chirizo” Gonzalez (24-3, 20 KOs) pounded out a twelve round unanimous decision over Jesus “Taquero” Vazquez (19-4-1-17 KOs). The hard-hitting Gonzalez dropped Vazquez in round two and went on to win by scores of 117-110, 119-108, 119-108. With the win, Gonzalez claimed the vacant WBO Latin bantamweight title. (more…)
The Top Rank Live! event featuring welterweights Mike Jones and Henry Bruseles is sold out at Bally’s Atlantic City on Saturday, Feb 27. The big card will be televised live on FSN, Bob Arum said today. “We are getting big crowds for all of our Top Rank Live! boxing cards since the series got underway on Fox earlier this year,” said Bob Arum of Top Rank. “It’s a very hot series. Fighters want to be on it and fans want to see it. The key is to make strong, competitive fights which our matchmakers Bruce Trampler and Brad Goodman are doing.” Mike Jones, promoted by Russsell Peltz, of Philadelphia is undefeated and a huge ticket seller. He is in a tough match against Henry Bruseles of Puerto Rico. Kendall Holt, the former world champion, from Paterson, N.J., is featured on the undercard. Years ago Top Rank promoted big ballroom fights at Bally’s featuring champions such as Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Alexis Arguello. “There’s a lot of boxing history in this Bally’s ballroom,” Arum said. Top Rank and Peltz Boxing are co-promoting.
Put Antonio Rodrigo ‘Minotauro’ Nogueira in the same room with Wanderlei Silva, and they’re just not two fighters anymore; they’re two countrymen, two friends, laughing and joking with an ease that contradicts the actuality that they will soon step into the UFC Octagon with the task of proving once again why they are so revered in the sport of mixed martial arts . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
Fres Oquendo 225.4 vs Demetrice King 273.4
(USBA and NABA heavyweight title)
Achour Esho 147 vs Marteze Logan 152.6
John Lewus 148.2 vs Rodney Freeman 155
Derek Zugic 175.6 vs Jaddell Wells 183.2
Krzyzsktof Simnoch 216.4 vs Keon Graham 221.6
Terry Martin 188.2 vs Rodell Bolar 190.2
Venue: Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana
Tickets: At the box office (219-473-6060)
Special: Former heavyweight champion Buster Douglas is at ringside
“This is a tough fight,” said promoter Bobby Hitz. “You can throw out the record for Demetrice. He comes to fight and he has pulled off a couple of upsets over undefeated fighters.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA has announced that the purse bids scheduled for February 22nd at Panama City in the super-flyweight and heavyweight divisions have been canceled since agreements appear to be reached by the various parties. The purse bid are for a heavyweight eliminator between Kali Meehan and Ruslan Chagaev and super flyweight champion Nobuo Nashiro against #1 Hugo Cazares. Two other purse bids, for the cruiserweight title defense of Guillermo Jones against Valery Brudov and the clash between lightweight titleholder Paulus Moses and interim beltholder Miguel Acosta, will go on as scheduled.
By Ryan Macalua at ringside
Lightweight contender Edner Cherry (26-6-2, 14 KOs) needed just 1:49 to impressively annihilate Hevinson Herrera (14-5-1, 4 KOs) in round one on Friday night at the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, Florida. Cherry immediately attacked Herrera, who had no answer for Cherry’s vicious barrage of punches.
By Peter Lim at ringside
Former Olympic gold medallist turned trainer Frank Tate went 5-1 with his boxers at the Stafford Center on the outskirts of Houston. The event was staged by KRICH Promotions. Tate’s most impressive protege was Russian import Medzhid Bektimirov, 2-0 (2 KOs), who continued his impersonation of Mike Tyson as he crushed Gabriel Hayes, 2-3 (1 KO), in just 55 seconds. (more…)
From the Acer Arena in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia:
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira 233.2 vs. Cain Velasquez 242
Michael Bisping 184.8 vs. Wanderlei Silva 184.8
George Sotiropoulos 154 vs. Joe Stevenson 154
Ryan Bader 204.6 vs. Keith Jardine 204.6
Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic 233.2 vs. Anthony Perosh 215.6
Stephan Bonnar 204.6 vs. Krzysztof Soszynski 204.6
Brian Foster 171.6 vs. Chris Lytle 169.4
C.B. Dollaway 184.8 vs. Goran Reljic 184.8
Igor Pokrajac 205 vs. James Te Huna 204.6
Unbeaten jr middleweight Shawn Porter (13-0, 10 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Russell Jordan (15-7, 10 KOs) on Friday night at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland, Ohio. The gangly 6’2 lefty Russell presented some problems for the 7″ shorter Porter, and the hometown hero had to work hard all night to get the win. Russell was deducted a point by referee Randy Jarvis in round nine for losing his mouthpiece. Scores were 97-92, 97-92, and a ludicrous 100-89.
Unbeaten junior welterweight Lanard Lane (11-0, 7 KOs) pounded out a clear-cut eight round unanimous decision over game Martin Tucker (7-5, 3 KOs). Scores were 77-75, 78-74, 80-71.
The April 24th clash between heavyweight contenders Cristobal “The Nightmare” Arreola (28-1, 25 KOs) and Tomasz “Goral” Adamek (40-1, 27 KOs) at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California, was officially announced today.
Arreola: “I’m sure Adamek will come prepared to beat me, but it’s not gonna happen. A win over Adamek would get me a step closer to fighting for a world title again, which I am looking forward to doing in 2010. But first, April 24th. I think I will have to be 240 pounds, 245 max, because I don’t believe he will want to exchange punches with me and it looks like I will have to chase him around the ring.”
Adamek: “I will not run from Arreola. I will be easy to find in the ring, if he wants to find me. Why should I exchange punches with Chris, when I can make him miss, and then hit him? Whatever works for me on that day I will do. I think in the ring I will change tactics, I’ll see what’s gives me the greatest advantage during the fight.”
Daniel Ponce De Leon 126 vs. Orlando Cruz 128
(WBC Latino featherweight title)
Lucas Matthysse 142 vs. Vivian Harris 143
Pablo Cesar Cano 141 vs. Marcos Valdez 140.8
Marcos Lopez 135.5 vs. Alfonso Sibrian 135.5
Mauricio Pintor 135.5 vs. Ulises Celestino 134.9
Romulo Kuasicha 126.1 vs. Geovanny Lopez 128.3
Gonzalo Rodriguez 128.9 vs. Daniel Omana 128.9
Venue: Auditorio Plaza La Condesa, Mexico City
Promoter: Golden Boy
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former world champion, Francisco “El Ahogado” Lorenzo (34-7, 15 KOs) of the Dominican Republic will be the next opponent of former WBA/WBC world champion Jorge “Niño de Oro” Linares. The bout will take place on the March 27 card in Venezuala featuring the WBA bantamweight title match between world champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno and interim champ Nehomar Cermeño.
Fan favorite Vic “The Raging Bull” Darchinyan (33-2-1, 27 KOs) will make his fifth consecutive appearance on SHOWTIME® and 11th overall when he defends his WBC/WBA super flyweight crowns against streaking, world-ranked Rodrigo “Gato” Guerrero (13-1-1, 9 KOs) in the main event on a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation Saturday, March 6, at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif. The 12-round world title fight has been elevated to the main event since the Arthur Abraham vs. Andre Dirrell bout, originally set as the main event, has been rescheduled. (more…)
As reported Thursday by Fightnews.com, super middleweight contender Andre Dirrell injured his back earlier this week while sparring in Las Vegas, preventing him from training for his upcoming Super Six World Boxing Classic super middleweight showdown with Arthur Abraham. Dirrell’s injury has forced the fight to be rescheduled for Saturday, March 27, to be televised live on SHOWTIME® (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
“Andre saw a specialist and he is going to be ready to fight on March 27,” said Gary Shaw, Dirrell’s promoter. “I know Andre is deeply disappointed about rescheduling but he IS determined to resume training for the super middleweight division’s most compelling fight.” (more…)
WBC featherweight champion Elio “The Kid” Rojas is set to make his first title defense against WBC #3-ranked Guty Espadas on Saturday at Paliforum Zamna in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. Rojas (21-1, 13 KOs) and Espadas (45-7, 28 KOs) both weighed in today at the featherweight limit of 126 pounds. More photos…
WBCBoxing.tv will present live boxing webcasts – free of charge – of two fight cards on Saturday, February 20. Everyone is invited to watch. Please note: the webcasts are not available in Mexico. WBC President José Sulaiman said today, “WBCBoxing.tv and Suljos.tv intend to be the future of boxing, to give opportunities to all those in the world who don’t have opportunities. My objective is to make professional boxing available not only in the countries where they are held, but in all the countries of the world that would like to see it via the internet. As I have said before, the webcasts are intended to compliment, not compete with televised boxing.” (more…)
Giovanni Segura 108 vs. Walter Tello 108
(WBA light flyweight championship)
Urbano Antillon 136.5 vs. Luis Arceo 136.5
Omar Chavez 147 vs. Eugenio Lopez 145.5
Eric Ortiz 115 vs. Gabriel Lopez 115
Sergio Torres 130 vs. Erick Lopez 130
Luis Lugo 128 vs. Alfredo Tena 127
Jorge Cota 147 vs. Luis Lopez 147
Adrian Yung 125.5 vs. Orlando Garcia 124
Juan Montiel 140 vs. Henry Valenzuela 140
Venue: Discoteca El Alebrije, Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico
Promoter: Top Rank, Zanfer
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Puerto Rico’s Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. (17-0-1, 14 KOs) and former WBO super flyweight champion Marvin Sonsona of the Philippines (14-0-1, 12 KOs) both comfortably made their 7 day pre-fight weigh-in with maximum limits allowed today. Vázquez Jr. weighed in at 127.25 in Miami. Sonsona weighed in at 126 pounds from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. The maximum weight allowed for the 7 day pre-fight weigh-in was 128.1 pounds. 122 pounds will be the max limit for their WBO junior featherweight world title fight February 27th. The bout will take place 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. (more…)
Promoter Bobby Hitz poses with former heavyweight champ James Buster Douglas and unbeaten super middleweight Donovan “Da Bomb” George at Carmine’s in Chicago.
Although the SUPER SIX showdown between Arthur Abraham and Andre Dirrell has been postponed, there will still be world championship boxing on March 6 at the Agua Caliente Casino, Resort, Spa in Rancho Mirage. Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan will defend his WBA/WBC super flyweight belt against Mexican sensation Rodrigo “Gato” Guerrero. Also, Australian lightweight Lenny Zappavigna will put his perfect record on the line against Ecuador’s Fernando “La Fiera” Angulo for the vacant IBO lightweight belt. Ticketholders who need additional information are directed to call The Show Box Office at 760-833-8120 during normal business hours.
Former WBA super bantamweight champion Bernard Dunne has decided to hang up his gloves. “After a lot of thought and reflection the time has finally come to bring my career as a professional boxer to an end,” said Dunne. “For the past 25 years boxing has been my life but now it is time for a fresh start….to win a world title is something I will never forget and something I am so proud of and I would like to thank everyone who helped make that possible.” Dunne’s promoter Brian Peters added, “Bernard’s decision to hang up his gloves has my full backing and support. We’ve had a number of discussions since Bernard lost his world title last September and having scaled the heights he has as a world and European champion he believes that now is the right time to walk away and I am 100% behind that decision.” Dunne finishes with a record of 28-2, 15 KOs.
Looks like the March 6 SUPER SIX showdown between King Arthur Abraham and Andre Dirrell will be pushed back three weeks. Sauerland Event CEO Chris Meyer confirmed: “Showtime has informed us that the fight will be three weeks later – on March 27th. So we now have all the plans focused on this date. However, the venue has not yet been specified.”
SUPER SIX leader King Arthur is happy that the fight will be rescheduled fairly quickly. “Of course I was disappointed at first when I heard that Andre Dirrell was injured. But boxing three weeks later would be a good alternative. I look forward to my second fight in the U.S. and want to re-inspire the American public. In June 2008, Edison Miranda felt my will to win and my punching power in Florida. Now it’s Andre Dirrell’s turn. As everyone knows, it’s my goal to win the Super Six World Boxing Classic tournament.”
Universum Box-Promotion has announced a world championship twinbill on April 17 at the Bördelandhalle in Magdeburg, Germany featuring title defenses on WBC interim middleweight champion Sebsatian Zbik and WBO super middleweight champ Robert Stieglitz. Zbik (28-0, 10 KOs) will meet Domenico Spada (30-2, 15 KOs) in a rematch of their hotly contested fight last July, while Stieglitz (37-2, 23 KOs) defends against undefeated Edward “Eddy” Gutknecht (18-0, 7 KOs).
“I’m very happy that I’ll once again get a chance,” commented Zbik, who took a razor thin 115-114, 115-114, 115-114 win in their first fight. “In the last fight against Spada I wasn’t at full strength due to a ruptured eardrum. Now I can set the record straight – and I will!”
The unbeaten Gutknecht stated, “I’ve been waiting for this opportunity for a lifetime. Now I will knuckle down.” Stieglitz said, “He has very strong stamina. But that’s me too, so it should be a competitive and exciting fight.”
Unbeaten WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa (17-0, 15 KOs) will fight at the Alsterdorf Sporthalle in Hamburg on the March 27 Arena Box-Promotion show featuring the heavyweight rematch between Steffen Kretschmann and Denis Bakhtov. Gamboa will be facing an opponent to be named as he returns to Germany where he had four of his first five fights. “I know that he has lots of friends here and is happy to return to Germany,” said promoter Ahmet Öner. “But this will be an exception. Gamboa’s main market is in the USA now. He will be in Germany for this one fight only and then continue his great career in the big venues in the States.” Also on the card will be former cruiserweight champion Juan Carlos Gomez and former middleweight title challenger Mahir Oral.
Edner Cherry 132.25 vs. Hevinson Herrera 132
Lenroy Thomas 243 vs. Homero Fonseca 283.5
Ahsandi Gibbs 161.5 vs. Ibahiem King 161.5
Jenna Shiver 124.75 vs. Caitlin Dance 123.75
Joseph Elegele 142.5 vs. Jaime Del Cid 145.75
Ali Tare, 148.5 vs. Darrell Jones 148.5
Robert Rodriguez 124 vs. Manuel Ortega 125.75
Promoter: TKO Boxing Promotions/Fight Night Productions
Venue: A La Carte Pavilion in Tampa, FL
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former world heavyweight contender Shane Cameron (23-2, 20 KOs) will be in action over twelve rounds against former rugby league bad boy John Hopoate (12-4, 11 KOs) on March 18 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Hopoate had pulled out of the fight but has now changed his mind and will punch it out with the hard hitting Kiwi heavyweight. Cameron’s manager, Ken Reinsfield, said the match-up was back on. “I’ve just had a call and the Australian promoters say that Hopoate wants the fight and it’s back on,” Reinsfield said. “I don’t know whether it’s because I questioned his heart in the weekend papers, or he has been playing mind games, but frankly I don’t care. Hopoate called Shane out some time ago and Shane has answered that call.” Reinsfield said he was simply glad the fight was back on. (more…)
Story by Andreas Hale
One thing is for sure about “The Count” Michael Bisping – he doesn’t want to talk about Dan Henderson anymore. After suffering his first brutal knockout loss of his career at UFC 100, Bisping has bounced back with a TKO victory over Denis Kang. Unfortunately, it seems the media forgot all about his victory at UFC 105 and still opts to ask a million and one questions about the loss to Henderson. Obviously peeved by the inquisitions, Bisping looks to truly put the past behind him when he steps into the Octagon against MMA legend Wanderlei Silva on Saturday night when UFC 110 hits Australia. . . . Click here for more
William Gonzalez 117.5 vs. Jesus Vazquez 118
Jose Torres 140.2 vs. David Hamby 140.2
Eduardo Mendoza 139 vs. Puro Puriol 137.7
Patrick Teixeira 156.2 vs. Joseph De Los Santos 156
Luis Franco 132 vs. Anthony Napunyi 128.5
Clarence Adams 125.5 vs. Edel Ruiz 126
Xavier Burgos 141.2 vs. William Rodriquez 141.7
Sherali Dostiev 124.5 vs. Cristopher Rivera 124.5
Reggie Peña 170 vs. Julio Garcia 166
Venue: Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, Miami, Florida
Promoter: All Star Boxing, Inc., “The New Generation” & Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr.
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It’s been a difficult past two years for Vivian Harris as long stretches of inactivity have plagued the former junior welterweight champion, but the proud Guyana native remains undeterred. “I still consider myself one of the best fighters in the division,” said Harris. “I have faced some adversity these last two years but I’m still determined. I’m still hungry. I am here and I will be champion again.” The 30-year-old Harris landed in Mexico City on Tuesday for his scheduled clash with Lucas Matthysse Saturday night at the Foro Scotiabank. Harris understands how important this fight is for his career. The winner puts himself right in the mix in the ultra talent-rich junior welterweight division. (more…)
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