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Story by Brady Crytzer
There is nothing more trying for a young hopeful than staring down his first big test.
With a perfect record, UFC heavyweight prospect Cain Velasquez has made it look easy to this point, but with a showdown with former PrideFC and UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira looming, the young fighter knows that it’s now or never. A powerful wrestler with heavy hands and excellent cardio, Velasquez now must ready himself for an opponent who’s known for winning at all costs (mostly from his back) and has only been stopped once in thirty-eight professional fights . . . Click here for more
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The possibility exists that WBA super bantamweight world champion Celestino “Pelenchín” Caballero could fight again in Panama under the banner of local promoter Promotions y Eventos del Istmo. The fight, in which Caballero would put in play his WBA world crown, would take place by the end of April against an opponent to be named. It could be his last fight before a showdown with WBA featherweight champ Yuriorkis Gamboa, with whom negotiations are taking place. “Pelenchín” is currently in Las Vegas training under the direction of Jeff Mayweather.
Former WBO super flyweight champion Marvin Sonsona of the Philippines (14-0-1, 12 KOs) and trainer Nonito Donaire Sr. work the mitts during a recent training session in Puerto Rico. Sonsona having arrived in Puerto Rico this past Monday is closing in on fight week for his showdown with Puerto Rico’s Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. (17-0-1, 14 KOs). The two will square off February 27th at the Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez in Bayamón, Puerto Rico for the vacant WBO junior featherweight title. The event titled ‘Making History’ is being presented by PR Best Boxing in association with All Star Boxing, Sampson Boxing LLC, and SGG Promotions. Sonsona spoke with Fightnews in regards to his upcoming bout and Sonsona’s trainer Nonito Donaire joined in on the interview as well. (more…)
Boxing fans, get ready to climb “Through the Ropes” with the #1 boxing news radio show hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld! This week’s guests are Super Six contender Andre Dirrell and undefeated welterweight prospect Lanard Lane. Call or email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Through The Ropes airs live coast to coast on Thursday nights from 9:00 – 10:00 ET on 75 affiliates of the Sports Byline USA Broadcast Network, including great radio stations like KSHP 1400 AM in Las Vegas and WNSR 560 AM in Nashville. The one-hour show will also be heard on American Forces Network, Sportsbyline.com and Fightnews.com. Fightnews readers can listen live by clicking here tonight at 9PM ET.
Moments ago former two-division world champion Joan Guzman 29-0-1 (17 KOs) faxed his signed contract for his rematch with two-time world title challenger Ali Funeka 30-2-3 (25 KOs) for the vacant IBF lightweight title. If Funeka signs, the bout will take place March 27th at a site to be named. HBO will televise. When Guzman and Funeka first met this past November many observers felt that Funeka deserved the victory instead of the official result of a draw 116-112, 114-114, 114-114. Team Guzman countered that the fight was close and that a case could be made for the draw. “I’m thankful to HBO, my promoter Golden Boy, and my manager Jose Nunez for this opportunity. I’ll be very prepared and ready come March 27th,” said Guzman, who will enter the bout with new trainer Lee Beard. Beard formerly trained Ricky Hatton.
WBA Champion Giovani Segura of Mexico and his challenger Walter Tello of Panama met today for the first time today in the final press conference leading into next Saturday’s championship card presented by Top Rank and Promociones Zanfer and be telecast by Fox Sports Espanol and Fox Sports Net during the new series “Top Rank Live”. The card “Vive Acapulco 2010” will be at the “Centro de Espectaculos Albrige” and will include the son of the legend Omar “Businessman” Chavez and the return of Urbano Antillon, who takes on Luis “Vampiro’ Arce in the co-main event of the night. Segura (21-1-1, 18 KOs) of nearby Ciudad Altamirano, Guerrero will be fighting in his home state of the first time as a professional boxer. Click here for more details and photos
Preview by Brady Crytzer
In the UFC first appearance down under in Sydney, Australia, up and coming heavyweight Cain Velasquez hopes to make his first run at a world title when he faces future hall of famer Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira . . . Click here for more
Welterweight stars Floyd “Money” Mayweather and “Sugar” Shane Mosley are hitting the road to announce their May 1 mega-fight with stops in New York City, Washington, DC and Los Angeles. The press tour will be open to the public, times will be announced.
March 2: New York City, NOKIA Theatre Times Square
March 3: Washington DC, Lincoln Theatre
March 4: Los Angeles, NOKIA Plaza L.A. LIVE
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF Pan Pacific bantamweight champion Tantong Kiattaweesuk (17-0,11 KOs) scored impressive ten round stoppage of Indonesian Rivo Rengkung (29-9-5, 10 KOs) at the Thaweetapisek School, Bangkok, Thailand on Wednesday. IBF #12 Kiattaweesuk controlled the early rounds as he connnected with accurate combinations to the head and body of his opponent who boxed out of crouch position. Rengkung hurt Kiattaweesuk in round five with a power right hand to the jaw in round five but the skillful Thai gained control in round six dropping his opponent with a body shot. In round ten, Rengkung was on unsteady legs and the referee Somsak Sirianant crowned Kiattaweesuk. Click here for more details and photos
Heavyweight Dieuly Aristilde (7-1, 1 KO) stopped previously unbeaten Elijah McCall (4-1-1, 4 KOs) in round four on Tuesday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena in Hollywood, Florida. McCall dropped Aristilde twice in round one, but Aristilde roared back in the second round and finally put McCall down and out in the fourth at the 1:13 mark. McCall’s father, Oliver McCall, was originally scheduled to headline the card by that bout was scratched when the elder McCall was arrested on drug charges Saturday night in Fort Lauderdale.
In other action, former University of Miami football players Quadtrine Hill and James Bryant both stopped their foes in the first round.
At today’s press conference at Havana Miami Restaurant in Miami the participants were introduced for the “Boxeo TELEMUNDO” show at Miccosukee Resort and Gaming in Miami, Florida this Friday. In the main event former world title challenger #9 WBA #12 WB0 and #13 IBF William “Chirizo” Gonzalez (23-3, 20 KOs) will face Jesus “Taquero” Vazquez (19-3-1, 17 KOs) in a bout scheduled for 12 rounds with the vacant WBO Latin bantamweight title at stake. Also former WBA world champion Clarence “Bones” Adams (44-6-4, 20 KOs) faces veteran Edel “Cuate” Ruiz (33-22-4, 24 KO’s) with the vacant WBA NABA featherweight title on the line. (more…)
Leva Kirakosyan (31-5, 21 KOs), Christian Cherchi of OPI 2000, Ricky Hatton of HATTON PROMOTIONS and Scott Lawton (27-5-1, 6 KOs) posed together today at the press conference in Stoke-on-Trent, England to announce the vacant European super featherweight championship between Kirakosyan and Lawton. The fight will take place at the Fenton Manor Sports Complex in Stoke (near Manchester) on February 19th. Hatton Promotions will promote with SKY SPORTS televised live in UK and Dahlia TV in Italy.
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum announces the signing of three-time Notre Dame boxing champion Mike Lee during a press conference at the University of Notre Dame on Wednesday. Lee, who was undefeated as an amateur, will make his pro debut on May 29 in Chicago on a Top Rank Live! televised event on FSN. This isn’t the first time Arum has signed a fighter from Notre Dame. Arum previously inked Tom Zbikowski (1-0, 1 KO), who now stars in the NFL.
By Johnny B’
Junior welterweight Jermaine White (17-4, 9 KOs) now fighting out of Las Vegas, is prepared for two fights in two months. White is scheduled to be the main event on Saturday at the Orbit Room in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is scheduled to be in a ten round bout with an opponent who will soon be announced pending a contract signing. One of the main supporting bouts on that card will feature undefeated super featherweight Rafael Hernandez (5-0) who likewise awaits the announcement of his opposition.
White then already has a March 27th main event bout scheduled against undefeated Vernon Paris (19-0) at the Cobo Arena in Detroit. The co-feature on that card will be middleweight Ronald Hearns (23-1 18 KOs), son of the legendary Tommy “Hit Man” Hearns.
By Andre Berto
Following the 7.0 earthquake that hit Haiti, World Champion Andre Berto and his older brother, Cleveland, traveled to Port Au Prince, Haiti, to assist in the relief efforts. The Berto brothers teamed up with Project Medishare Chief, Dr. Barth Green, to assist with the much needed medical assistance on the ground. The Andre’s journal details the emotions that he felt from the time he first learned of the earthquake while in training camp for his title unification fight with Shane Mosley through his trip to Haiti. Since returning home, Berto has continued to work on the relief efforts from the United States, including the creation of the Berto Dynasty Foundation. In addition he has developed partnerships with Everlast, which launched a signature Andre Berto Haiti Relief t-shirt and Westmark School in Encino, California. Berto and the school have developed a long-term collaboration to adopt a school in Haiti together. (more…)
Mikkel Kessler (42-2, 32 KOs) and WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch (26-0, 20 KOs) kicked off an international media tour on Wednesday morning to discuss their upcoming Group Stage 2 bout in the Super Six World Boxing Classic on Saturday, April 24, on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, same-day tape delay). In front of a packed press conference in Herning, Denmark, the Viking Warrior will be counting on the support of his home fans as he sets his sights on the first three points in the Super Six World Boxing Classic. “Never in my life have I lost a fight in Denmark,” he said. “My home fans give me the extra five percent I need to defeat Froch. I will knock him out. It will be the real Viking Warrior in the ring. A victory is all that matters on April 24.” (more…)
Ask Ivan Hippolyte about the sparring sessions he put Mirko Cro Copthrough at Amsterdam’s Vos Gym in preparation for the Croatian star’s UFC 110 bout against Ben Rothwell this weekend at the Acer Arena, and he breaks into a wide grin . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
The the planned June 12 showdown between WBA super welterweight champion Yuri Foreman and former welterweight and junior welter champion Miguel Cotto could be moved to the new Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. Cotto traditionally fights in New York City’s Madison Square Garden on the day before the Puerto Rican Day Parade, but Top Rank is looking at a bigger venue to accommodate 30,000+ fight fans. Cotto would join many great fighters who have fought at the old Yankee Stadium including Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Robinson, Rocky Marciano and Jack Dempsey. The last fight there was Ali-Norton III on September 28, 1976, also promoted by Top Rank.
By Ron Jackson
One of South Africa’s longest serving trainers George le Roux died in Cape Town on Monday after a long battle with cancer. In his book Dancing Shoes is Dead, Gavin Evans who trained at George’s Liesbeek Park Boxing Club as an amateur in 1980’s, best described him as a plump, genial man steeped in the family history of the sport and this is how I will always remember George. Even though he trained mostly amateurs, George in later years became involved and assisted or trained numerous champions at the well known Pennypinchers gym. Amongst the champions that went through George’s hands were Vuyani Phulo, SA junior featherweight champion, Sandile Sobandla, SA bantamweight champion and Mkhuseli Kondile, SA junior lightweight champion. George also assisted Zola Koti in the corner with IBF junior lightweight champion Mzonke Fana. For more that 30 years George has been part of the boxing scene in Cape Town be it with managing or training fighters or even helping out transporting people to the airport and back. His presence will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
Ring Promotions announced today that their scheduled February 19th card at the Oheka Castle in Long Island, NY has been postponed. The event dubbed “Hassle at the Castle” was postponed due to scheduling conflicts with the venue. The card will now take place on Friday, May 7th. Tickets purchased for the February 19 event will be honored on the new date.
A press conference has been called to announce an April 24th heavyweight showdown between Cris Arreola (28-1, 25 KOs) and Tomasz Adamek (40-1, 27 KOs). The bout will take place at the new Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. It wil be Arreola’s second fight at the arena. The event will be billed as “Ring of Fire” and be televised on HBO BAD.
Sensational heavyweight prospect Lenroy “TNT” Thomas is primed and ready for battle this Friday night in his hometown of Tampa, Florida, in one of the feature bouts of “Triple-header in Tampa” at the A La Carte Event Pavilion, presented by TKO Boxing Promotions and Fight Night Productions.
The 24 year old Thomas, guided by award winning trainer Dan Birmingham, brings a record of 14-1-0 with eight knockouts into the six round battle with Texas based Homero “El Oso” Fonseca, 8-2-2 (2KO’s . . . Click here for more
World Extreme Cagefighting® proudly confirms the remaining bouts of a fully-loaded card headed to Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday, March 6. On top of a world bantamweight title fight between Brian Bowles and Dominick Cruz, as well as clashes featuring Miguel Angel Torres vs. Joseph Benavidez and Jens Pulver vs. Javier Vazquez, WEC General Manager Reed Harris announced eight explosive fights slated for Arnold Classic weekend. (more…)
Former WBO super flyweight champion Marvin Sonsona of the Philippines (14-0-1, 12 KOs) worked out today in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico at the Gimnasio Wilfredo Gómez. Sonsona will battle Puerto Rico’s Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. (17-0-1, 14 KOs) 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. For more details and photos click here…
Tijuana fighter Luis “Vampiro” Arceo (22-9-2, 15 KOs) is on his way to Acapulco, MX, to face off against hard hitting Urbano Antillon (26-1, 19 KOs) of Maywood, CA, this Saturday night in a ten round lightweight clash. Arceo is coming off a 3rd TKO of Octavio Molina last December while Antillon is bouncing back from his first defeat at the hands of Miguel Acosta last July. Antillon was stopped in the 9th round. The Antillon-Arceo face off will be the semi-main event of the Giovanni Segura vs. Walter Tello for the WBA light flyweight title bout. Omar Chavez, son of the legendary Julio Cesar Chavez, will also be making an appearance versus Rodrigo Juarez in a scheduled eight rounder.
Two-Division World Champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, the current IBF Junior Lightweight World Title holder, announced today that he is relinquishing his title in order to care for his wife Casey, who is currently battling leukemia. “It is with great regret that I am relinquishing the junior lightweight championship of the world that I, along with my team, worked so hard to capture,” said the 26-year old Guerrero. “I feel that it is in the best interest of the sport and the fans that I care so deeply for to give someone else a chance to fulfill their dream of becoming a World Champion. I am now focused on the love of my life, my wife Casey, as undoubtedly we face the greatest opponent of our life, cancer. Whatever the outcome, our faith in Jesus Christ will get us through. Thank you for the prayers and support. God bless.”
Evander Holyfield’s wife has asked an Atlanta judge to drop the highly publicized protective order she obtained against the four time heavyweight champion last week according to TMZ. Candi Holyfield claims that her husband hit her in the face, the back of the head and her back after an argument, however it’s unclear whether police are actually conducting a criminal investigation in the alleged incident. According to court officials in Fayette County, GA, Mrs. Holyfield pulled the plug on the order yesterday and the couple plans to attend counseling sessions.
World Boxing Council featherweight champion Elio “The Kid” Rojas will make his first title defense against WBC #3-ranked Guty Espadas on Saturday at Paliforum Zamna in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. Cancun Boxing and Don King Productions are promoting the event, which has been branded “The Kukulcan Battle at Yucatan, Mexico.” The same firms promoted the highly successful 2008 WBC heavyweight championship match between Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter and Oleg Maskaev in Cancun. (more…)
WHAT: Open workout – media and public welcome to attend
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WHO: Wilfredo “WV2” Vazquez, Jr. (17-0-1, 14 KOs), WBO Latino Super Bantamweight Champion/WBO Rated No. 2, of Bayamon, Puerto Rico
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WHEN: Friday, February 19, 2010 – 12 Noon
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WHERE: Miami Fight Gym 8850 NW 13 Terrace, Unit 107 Miami, FL
An injury to Cristian Mijares has forced the former 2-time world champion off a February 27 card in Cancun, which has been cancelled and replaced by a world-class show in Guadalajara, Mexico, on “The Double Assault” pay-per-view extravaganza.
“After looking forward to coming back and restoring his rightful place among the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world,” KO Entertainment president Ignacio “Nacho” Huizar explained, “Cristian Mijares was crushed with disappointment to learn a broken eardrum he suffered December 12 hasn’t healed properly and doctors wouldn’t clear him to fight Feb. 27.” . . . Click here for more
Lonsdale, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of premier boxing equipment and sports fashion, today announced the signing of super welterweight boxer Sechew “Iron Horse” Powell to a multi-year endorsement deal. Under the agreement, Powell will be featured in Lonsdale’s multi-platform marketing campaign as 100 years of greatness meets American fight sports and will exclusively wear Lonsdale footwear, apparel and gloves (available at www.lonsdaleusa.com) for all professional fights and Lonsdale sponsored events. (more…)
Hitz Boxing returns on Saturday at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. Headlining heavyweight contender “Fast” Fres Oquendo (31-5, 20 KOs) against journeyman banger Demetrice King (15-17, 13 KOs) for the NABA/USBA belts. King has been talking a good game, saying “I can guarantee this much, it won’t go the full 12 rounds. I am knocking him all the way out, I am not coming to lose, I am coming to collect what’s mine.” Oquendo promised, “I will take care of King come Saturday night and then I am looking to mix it up with either one of the Klitschkos.”
Other notables on the card are jr middleweight Henry Coyle (10-2, 9 KOs) against Marcus Luck (9-17-1, 3 KOs) and unbeaten welterweight Achour Esho (6-0, 5 KOs) versus Marteze Logan (26-41-2, 6 KOs). Both bouts are six-rounders. Former heavyweight champion James “Buster” Douglas will be on hand to meet and greet fans in attendance. Tickets are $30-$160, available at Ticketmaster.
Prior to his MMA (then called NHB) debut in his homeland of Australia in 1997, Elvis Sinosic was simply known as ‘The King’. Seven right hands later – enough to force his opponent Matt Rocca to quit, the commentator of the 8-man ‘Caged Combat 1’ tournament started saying that Elvis wasn’t not only the King, but that our majesty had more, as he was now ‘The King Of Rock and Rumble’ . . . Click here for more by Martins Denis, UFC
Giovani “The Aztec Warrior” Segura is coming home to defend his mini flyweight championship against Carlos Tello this Saturday, February 20 at the “Discoteca Albrije” in Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico in the main event of the “Top Rank Live” boxing series that is televised by Fox Sports Net and Fox Sports en Español. Segura (22-1-1, 18 KO’s) of nearby Ciudad Altamirano, Guerrero, will be fighting in his home state for the first time in his professional career. “It has always been my dream to fight at home as a professional fighter but to do so as a world champion is even more special. I can’t wait to get up in the ring in front of them and give them as great a fight as I can,” said Segura. (more…)
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…)
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