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By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko will make the first defense of his belt on March 21, 2009 against mandatory challanger Juan Carlos Gomez from Cuba. The 12 round title affair will take place at the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer Halle in Stuttgart, Germany. “I’m sorry for Vitali,” said Gomez. “That he has to lose his title affter such a short reign. But I worked long and hard to get this shot and I will win the world championship.” “The victory over Sam Peter and the WBC belt still feel amazing,” said Klitschko. “I won’t let anybody take it away from me. Gomez is a very experienced, quick and dangerous oppponent. I won’t underestimate him. But the belt will stay in the Klitschko family.” The Klitschko-Gomez clash will be televised by RTL in Germany. K2 is currently in negotiations with different TV networks in the USA.
Photos by Scott Foster, report by Damien St. Pierre
“That was a war!” was the common phrase used by on- lookers describing the Andre Berto (24-0) / Louis Collazo (29-4) WBC welterweight bout that took place last night in Biloxi, Mississippi at the Beau Rivage Casino and Resort presented by Dibella Entertainment and HBO Sports . . . Click here for more
The purse bid fot the IBF jr. featherweight mandatory defense bout between world champion Celestino Caballero and #1 rated Jeffery Mathebula scheduled for tomorrow has been canceled. Both sides reached an agreement today. The bout will be held on March 20th at a site to be announced.
The Virgin Islands are making a push to become a boxing powerhouse in the coming years, and to celebrate this monumental occasion, 340 Promotions, in association with Seminole Warriors Boxing, Sampson Lewkowicz, and Leslie Comissiong, is pleased to present a card on January 30th at the University of the Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness Center in St. Thomas. In the main event, rising junior welterweight star Victor “Mermelada” Cayo will put his perfect 19-0 (14 KOs) record on the line when he defends his WBA FEDECARIBE title against Mexican standout Noe “Platanito” Bolanos (20-3-1, 12 KOs). (more…)
Unbeaten heavyweight Denis Boytsov (23-0, 18 KOs), a native of Russia now living in Germany, will face veteran Israel “King Kong” Garcia (19-2, 11 KOs) in a 12-round bout for the WBA Intercontinental title on February 7th. The 22-year-old Boytsov, rated No. 11 by the WBA, is the latest hyped prospect in a long line of Russian heavyweight contenders. The bout will be featured on the huge “Champion Returns” card, featuring WBA heavyweight “Champion in Recess” Ruslan “White Tyson” Chagaev versus unbeaten challenger Carl David Drumond, plus WBA light welterweight champion Andreas Kotelnik’s defense against undefeated Argentinean knockout artist Marcos Rene “El Chino” Maidana, the WBA #1 contender. The card will be available live on pay-per-view in the United States from Rostock, Germany. (more…)
From left, legendary trainer Cus D’Amato, former heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson, a young Mike Tyson and former light heavyweight champion Jose “Chegui” Torres, who passed away today.
By Alexey Sukachev
German Titov’s fight team has successfully landed at Los Angeles International Airport on Jan. 16. A group of top ex-Soviet prospects and contenders from different weight classes will be preparing for possible challenges in USA and around the globe in a very special gym in LA. The first training session had already been completed under the guidance of no less than star coach Freddie Roach, which means the Wild Card Boxing Gym welcomes another wave of the best Eastern Europe pros. From left to right: junior welterweight Sergey Sorokin (Russia, IBF/WBO #9 and WBC #18), promoter German Titov, super featherweight Alisher Rakhimov (Uzbekistan, WBO #4), middleweight Dmitry Pirog (Russia, WBO #6 and WBC #17), featherweight Vyacheslav Gusev (Russia, WBO #11), Freddie Roach, coach Boris Konkin, and featherweight Andrey Isaev (Belarus, WBO #5).
By Boxing Bob Newman
We’ve all seen it before, the offspring of a famous boxer trying to follow in their dad’s footsteps: Ronald Hearns, James McGirt Jr., Hector “Machito” Camacho, Marvis Frazier. Heck even the daughters have tried their hands, or fists, at the game: Laila Ali, Jacqui Frazier-Lyde, Freeda Foreman, Irichelle Duran. The newest generation of progeny to lace of the gloves in the hope to capture some of the glory that once belonged to their famous dad comes in the form of not one, but two young pugilists-Julius and John Jackson, sons of Julian “The Hawk” Jackson. On January 30th on their home turf of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, the two former Olympic representatives at the 2008 Beijing games will step through the ropes as professionals for the first time, each with their dad in their corner. It will be a night of many firsts, including the new U.S. Virgin Islands Boxing Commission, and the debut of 340 Promotions, headed up by super agent/matchmaker Sampson Lewkowicz and Lesley Comissiong.Fightnews caught up with “The Hawk” the hear what he had to say about his sons, big time boxing coming back to his home land and more…. (more…)
Looks like four-division world champion Roy Jones Jr. will return against Omar Sheika in a March PPV event. According to Jones’ hometown newspaper the Pensecola News Journal, the bout could take place March 21 at the Pensacola Civic Center. The 40-year-old Jones (52-5, 38 KOs) would be making an unusually quick comeback coming off his loss to Joe Calzaghe in November, while former world title challenger Sheika (27-8, 18 KOs) is taking only his second fight since 2005.
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum will announce details of Top Rank’s new series of boxing events with TV Azteca on Wednesday. Announcers for the new boxing series will be Raul Marquez and Adrian Marquez and the telacasts will be seen on both Azteca America in the USA, as well as TV Azteca in Mexico. The deal is expect to fill much of the void left by Telefutura, which in a cost-cutting move dropped its popular and long-running “Solo Boxeo” series in favor of less expensive telenovelas. Arum has also hinted at another TV deal in the works.
Photos: Marianne Müller
Below are action shots from Saturday’s “Universum Champions Night” card at the Burg-Wächter-Castello in Dusseldorf, featuring the WBO interim cruiserweight world title clash between Victor Emilio Ramirez and Alexander Alekseev, plus the WBC/WIBF female featherweight war between champion Ina Menzer and Esther Schouten. Simply click the picture to get started.
2008 US Olympian Shawn Estrada will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder this Wednesday in Los Angeles. Dr. Douglas E. Garland of the Southern California Center for Sports Medicine will perform the surgery for what is described as a decompression of the subacromial space. Dr. Garland expects the operation to be a complete success and that Estrada should be able to resume training within ninety days after the procedure. Estrada, who was scheduled to fight on January 24 in Minnesota and again on February 6 as the opening bout on Showtime’s ShoBox series at the Tachi Palace, will undergo rehab at Southern California Center for Sports Medicine. He is scheduled to return to the ring in April 2009.
“The Dancing Destroyer” will be back at the North Sea on March 6th. Herbie Hide will return to the Kugelbake-Halle in Cuxhaven, Germany, for his WBC Final Eliminator against Matt Godfrey. In his last fight on November 18th, Hide won an unexpectedly hard fought unanimous decision over Polish journeyman Lukasz Rusiewicz. “I was sick at that time and could not show my real power and speed”, says Herbie. “That’s why I am very happy that I can go back to Cuxhaven and show the people there the real “Dancing Destroyer”. I will get rid of Godfrey in style to go on and become cruiserweight champion of the world.” (more…)
After a successful five-year run at the New Alhambra in South Philadelphia, Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc., in association with Joe Hand Promotions, Inc., is returning to the Legendary Blue Horizon, on Friday evening, March 6. Unbeaten prospect Mike Jones, of North Philadelphia, PA, will headline the card in a defense of his North American Boxing Association (NABA) welterweight title. “We’re going back to our roots,” said promoter J Russell Peltz. “I have a lot of wonderful memories of the Blue Horizon, beginning when I first went there to watch a fight as a junior in high school in and through all those years promoting there, beginning with my first one in 1969.” (more…)
Former European middleweight champion Sebastian Sylvester will have his first fight under the guidance of Karsten Rower on February 28 when he takes on Gaetano Nespro for the WBA International middleweight title at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany. In the co-featured main event, European super middleweight champion Karo Murat defends against former world champion Cristian Sanavia in a rematch. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg
South Philadelphia’s Brian Cohen (9-1, 8 KOs) will face Robbie Tovar (15-4-1, 5 KOs), of Lafayette, Indiana in the ten round light heavyweight main event on Saturday, January 31, at South Philadelphia High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Also featured is up and coming Dennis Hasson (5-0, 2 KOs), who hails from the Kensington section of Philadelphia. Hasson will face Michael Rayner (6-10, 5 KOs), of Lumberton, North Carolina in a six round super middleweight bout. Another local unbeaten, Anthony Ferrante, 4-0, with 1 KO, of North Philadelphia, will face South Carolina’s Robert Dunton (6-3, 5 KOs), in a six round cruiserweight match. The show is being promoted by Bionic Bull Promotions. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Two crushing stoppages were the highlights of the Left Hook Boxing card on Saturday at the ABC Sports Arena in Springfield, VA. In the main event, Caroline, VA cruiserweight Adam “The Real Deal” Seal scored a punishing second-round TKO over Terry “T-Brick” Roy of Front Royal, VA. The co-feature saw 18-year-old welterweight Juan “The Savior” Rodriguez of Haymarket, VA score a devastating first-round TKO over veteran Edward “Nucky” Anderson of Richmond. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former world champion Jose “Chegui” Torres passed away at the age of 72 this morning in Ponce, Puerto Rico. An Olympic silver medalist in 1956, Torres (41-3-1, 29 KOs) knocked out Willie Pastrano in March 1965 to take the WBC and WBA light heavyweight world championship, which he defended three times. After retiring in 1969, he served as television commentator, journalist, author, and became chairman of the NY State Boxing Commission as well as President of the WBO. He was a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Fightnews.com sends our sympathies to Jose’s family and many friends.
Story by Matt Richardson
New York boxing fans remember the time well, unfortunately.
There was a period from the end of the former decade to the beginning of the current one where it seemed as if nothing could go right when it came to boxing in “The Big Apple.” . . . Click here for more
Story by Felipe Leon
There is nothing more that Robert “Ghost” Guerrero (22-1-1, 15 KOs) would like to do more than to forget the year 2008. His seventh year as a prize fighter got off to a good start, with the second successful defense of his IBF featherweight title—an exciting eighth round knock out over popular Jason Litzau on national television . . . Click here for more
Story by Chris Cozzone
After two fights with Mary Jo Sanders, one out of town, one not, New Mexico’s top boxing draw Holly Holm returns home Friday night to headline another show at Isleta Resort & Casino. Holm, 22-1-3 (6 KOs), will put one of her several straps on the line—the WIBA welterweight title—in a ten-rounder against former jr. welterweight champ Myriam Lamare, 16-2 (9 KOs), of Marseille, France . . . Click here for more
By Dennis Principe
Gerry Penalosa will have his own stab at boxing glory by facing super bantamweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez behind enemy lines. Interviewed by DZSR’s “Sports Chat” Monday morning hosted by this writer, Lopez’ promoter Ivan Rivera revealed they have already agreed on an April 25 date, possibly at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Penalosa meanwhile is set to take a tune-up fight on February 21 in Cebu by facing Mexican German Meraz. In a separate interview Penalosa said he has accepted every detail of the offer and is now awaiting for the contract to formalize his second shot at the world super bantamweight crown. Listen to the interview with Ivan Rivera
By Matt Richardson
While 2009 is not yet a month old, the schedule for boxing in New York is bound to keep local boxing fans busy. With fights scheduled as far away as August, the boxing scene in “The Big Apple” is robust and looks to stay that way for the remainder of the year.
This Friday, January 23rd, boxing will return to the Huntington Hilton Hotel in Long Island, New York in a card promoted by Bob Duffy. Then, on February 3rd, in the first of what is hoped to be a monthly series, the legendary Gleason’s Gym will promote a card at the Masonic Temple in Brooklyn featuring flyweight Rafael Concepcion versus former title-holder Kermin Guardia and unbeaten cruiserweight Ahmed Samir versus Jerry Spiegel. (more…)
The second Universum-Champions-Night of 2009 saw two great world championship battles. In front of 4000 fans at the Burg-Wächter-Castello in Dusseldorf, Germany, Ina Menzer scored an exciting unanimous decision victory over tough Esther Schouten. In the co-feature, Dusseldorf witnessed a stunning upset, as Spotlight Boxing’s Alexander Alekseev felt short in a bid for the WBO interim cruiserweight title against underdog Victor Emilio Ramirez from Argentina. On the undercard, Gennady Golovkin scored a impressive first round TKO.
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By Robert Coster
The Irish boxing scene is on a high at the beginning of this new year with an exciting slew of boxers attracting eagers fans and ambitious plans by the indefatigable Irish promoter Brian Peters, assisted by his dynamic matchmaker Tomas Rohan. The standard bearer of Irish boxing is of course junior featherweight contender Bernard Dunne (27-1,14 KOs) the most popular Irish battler at the moment. Dunne has rebounded well from a surprising loss to Spaniard Kiko Martinez in September of 2007 and is said to be nearing a title shot which, if it happens, will likely be in Ireland, an event which promises to fire up Irish boxing fans. (more…)
By Craig Watt
The father and manager of Ricky “The Hitman Hatton” told the UK Guardian newspaper, “We won’t be messed around!” in the on-going discussions with Team Pacquiao concerning their planned May 2nd mega bout. He stated, “We have the offer of another massive fight in the summer, in the British Isles, which would bring a crowd of 80,000 or more,” said Ray Hatton. “We are extremely serious in our threat that we will pull the plug on Pacquiao and go for that alternative if that contract is not signed. We will not be messed around.” Many people are speculating that this summer bout mention by Ricky’s father could be the return and re-match of “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather Jr. It is estimated that both Pacquiao and Hatton could earn $10-20m for a potential fight, and although no one disputes Pacquiao’s position as the “pound for pound” champion, Team Hatton have pointed to the vast army of fans that will travel to the live gate in the US and the additional UK PPV income that could see in excess of 1.0m buys, alone generating several million additional dollars to the main US PPV market. With the clock now ticking for the final negotations, this should be a key week in deciding whether one of the most anticipated fights of 2009 will take place.
By Eugene Carnachan
Heavyweights Shane “Mountain Warrior” Cameron (22 -1, 19 KOs) and David Tua (49-3-1, 42 KOs) have agreed to fight later on this year. Both have signed contracts with promotions company Duco. Ian Fraser, one time head of Television New Zealand, has joined forces with Duco to squeeze as much revenue out of the fight that’s being called “The Fight of the Century”. Tua still holds the honor of bringing in the most viewers to a sporting event in New Zealand history. Over one million New Zealanders tuned in to see his failed attempt to dethrone long time champ Lennox Lewis. Duco have yet to set out a venue and date and both Cameron and Tua are both expected to have tune-up bouts, so in all likelihood their showdown will take place around July or August. (more…)
Middleweight Hector Camacho, Jr. (48-3, 27 KOs) pounded out a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Sammy “Silk” Sparkman (20-18, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Rock Arena in Kissimmee, Florida. Camach dropped Sparkman in round five and rocked Sparkman numerous times, but the veteran Sparkman made it to the final bell. Scores were 100-89, 100-89, 99-90. After the fight, Camacho called for a showdown with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. “The fans want it,” he said. “It would be a historic fight. I want to get revenge for my father. It makes too much sense not to happen!” The card in Kissimmee was promoted by Sal Musumeci’s Final Forum Boxing.
Report by Brady Crytzer
In the UFC’s first appearance in the Republic of Ireland, former Pride FC welterweight and middleweight champion Dan Henderson scored a three round split decision over former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin.
Round one witnessed Henderson begin by working the legs of Franklin with hard kicks. The former Olympian backed Franklin into the cage with a hard punch that just missed and the men slipped to the floor. In the top position, Henderson blasted the former UFC champion with hard punches. Once he created some space, Franklin began to hammer the midsection of his opponent with hard body kicks. Always a workhorse, Franklin showed tremendously quick footwork and really pushed the pace . . . . click here for full report and photo gallery
Two time world champion Jose Luis Castillo stopped James Wayca in the second round in Mexicali in front of a near sellout crowd at the Fex Palenque. Castillo (58-9-1, 48 KOs) dropped Wayca (17-8, 7 KOs) in round one and finished him a round later with a hook to the body. “I felt very loose in this fight,” stated Castillo. “I wanted to please the public and was hoping for a little more from my opponent, but I got him good with that hook and he couldn’t get up. I’m on my way back to the top!”
In other action, Ricardo Dominguez (26-4-2, 16 KOs) won an eight round majority decision over Guadalupe “Bronco” Rosales (27-4, 15 KOs). Scores were 76-76, 79-73 and 80-71.
By Emmanuel Mlundwa
Bantamweight Mbwana Matumla (18-3, 10 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous twelve round decision over Francis Miyeyusho (23-8-2, 12 KOs) to claim the International Circuit Boxing (ICB) title in Saturday at the Diamond Jubilee Hall, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Matumla knocked down Miyeyusho in round six en route to a 119-116, 118-115, 119-116 win.
UFC 93 results by Brady Crytzer
In the UFC’s first appearance in the Republic of Ireland, former Pride FC welterweight and middleweight champion Dan Henderson scored a three round split decision over former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin. Round one saw the former Olympic wrestler Henderson win the opening round by taking his opponent down and controlling him from the top position. The second round saw Franklin push the pace on the feet and use a long southpaw jab to keep Henderson at bay. The final round was a slugfest in which came to a screeching halt when Franklin was accidentally poked in the eye. Judges scorecards read 30-27 in favor of Franklin and 29-28 twice in favor of the winner Dan Henderson.
In the UFC 93’s co feature, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua earned his first UFC victory stopping Mark “The Hammer” Coleman in the final round with a hard four punch combination. As the fight wound down, both fighters were terribly exhausted. The 44 year old Coleman was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame last August.
On the undercard: Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt Rousimar Palhares soundly defeated Jeremy Horn over three round to earn a unanimous decision; In a highly anticipated middleweight showdown, Alan “The Talent” Belcher scored a wild upset submitting the internationally recognized MMA superstar Denis Kang with a tight guillotine choke in the second round at 4:36; Thought to be a possible fight of the night candidate, welterweight Marcus “The Irish Hand Grenade” Davis scored a razor thin split decision over Chris “Lights Out” Lytle in a true slugfest, scorecards reading 29-28 x 3; John Hathaway defeated Thomas Egan despite heavy hometown support in the opening round with elbows from the top position, with an official time of 4:36 of round one; In his welterweight debut Martin “The Hitman” Kampmann scored a second round TKO over Alexandre Barros; Jiu jitsu ace Eric Schafer stopped Antonio Mendes in the first round with punches from the mount; In a light heavyweight contest, Tomasz Drwal stopped Ivan Serati at 2:02 of round one with hard punches from the top position; and lightweight Denis Siver started the night off with a bang knocking out Nate Mohr with a spinning back kick at 3:27 of the third round.
By Damien St. Pierre at ringside
WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (24-0, 19 KOs) barely got by former WBA champ Luis Collazo (29-4, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. Collazo got off to an excellent start against Berto as both fighters met at close quarters. After Berto was deducted a point for holding in round four, Berto started boxing from the outside in round five and had a few good rounds. Collazo got a second wind in rounds nine and ten, but Berto closed the fight strong to pull it out. Scores were 116-111, 114-113, 114-113.
Heavyweight Tor Hamer (3-0, 3 KOs) pummeled Darion Moss (0-3), knocking Moss through the ropes to end it at 1:53 of round two.
Unbeaten super middleweight Edwin Rodriguez (9-0, 6 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Brad Austin (8-6, 5 KOs). Austin was down once in each once in each round before the bout was waved off at the 1:09 mark.
U.S. Olympian welterweight Sadam Ali needed just 1:42 to destroy Ricky Thompson (1-5) in his highly anticipated pro debut. A right hook dropped Thompson, who beat the count but couldn’t continue due to a suspected broken eardrum.
Junior welter Wes Ferguson (20-3-1, 6 KOs) stopped a game and determined Derrick Moon (13-26-1, 3 KOs) at 2:31 of round six.
Unbeaten super middleweight Jonathan Nelson (8-0, 4 KOs) won a clear but competitive six-round unanimous decision over Richmond Dalphone (0-5-2). Scores were 60-54, 59-55, 59-55.
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer at ringside
In the first huge shocker of 2009, highly touted cruiserweight hope Alexander Alekseev was stopped by unknown Argentinian Victor Emilio Ramirez after nine hard-fought rounds for the WBO interim cruiserweight title in front of 4000 excited fans on Saturday at the Burg-Wächter-Castello in Dusseldorf, Germany. Alekseev started well, keeping the distance and outboxing Ramirez in the first couple rounds. The Argentinian, however, managed to get some hard shots in at times while marching forward with bulldog-like aggression. The tide turned in the sixth when Alekseev got caught by some big body shots and was wobbled. The Russian came back in the seventh with a body shot himself that stunned Ramirez. Afterwards, it was the Argentinian who bullrushed Alekseev around the ring and connected with hard shots in the eight before wobbling the Spotlight fighter around the ring in the ninth, scoring with huge shots that had Alekseev out of his feet. The Russian was not able to get the momentum back and was almost down at the end of the round, eating punches in bunches. After the ninth, the corner of the Russian decided it was enough and threw in the towel, making it a tenth round TKO victory for the underog Victor Emilio “El Tyson del Abasto” Ramirez. Suffering his first career loss, Alekseev falls to 16-1. Scoring the big upset, Ramirez moves to 14-1 with 12 KOs, capturing the WBO interim belt. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Several hundred fans traveled through the bitter cold, with temperatures reaching the single digits on Friday noght, to witness a highly entertaining five-bout card at the New Alhambra in South Philadelphia, PA. In the main event of the card promoted by Greg Robinson’s Xtreme Productions, welterweight prospect Derek “Pooh” Ennis (17-2-1, 12 KOs) proved once again he is ready to take the step back into a national picture with a well fought unanimous decision victory over dangerous veteran Clarence “Sonny Bono” Taylor(13-20-3, 6 KOs). (more…)
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