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Open to the public, the official weigh-in for the Manny Pacquiao vs. Ricky Hatton fight begins at 2:30 p.m. today at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The undercard pay-per-view fighters step on the scale at 2:30, followed by Hatton and Pacquiao, at approximately 3 p.m.
The Cambria County War Memorial Arena in Johnstown PA will be electric on Saturday night May 2nd as Andres “Taylor Made” Taylor (7-0-1, 3KO’s) returns to his hometown to defend his WBF All Americas cruiserweight title against crafty Philadelphian Simon “One Punch” Carr (5-3-1, 3KO’s) in the action packed eight round main event of “FISTS OF THUNDER II!”
FightNews had the opportunity to speak with the former highly decorated amateur and rising cruiserweight prospect as he prepared for his big homecoming . . . Click here for more
With the mega-card UFC® 100 already sold out, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization will hold a closed-circuit screening of this historic pay-per-view at Mandalay Bay Beach Saturday, July 11. Don’t miss your chance to watch all the action on a LED Video Wall under the stars at the UFC 100 viewing party . . . Click here for more info
Tickets are still available for UFC 98 . . . Click here for more info
Legendary boxers James “Buddy” McGirt, Sr. and “Irish” Micky Ward began a friendship in 1986 that continues today. They will reunite May 22nd at “Rage At The River,” promoted Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment, Inc. (CES), as head trainers of fighters on that show. McGirt, 2-time world champion in two different weight classes and former Trainer of the Year, will be training his son, middleweight James McGirt, Jr. (19-2-1, 9 KOs), who’ll be making his CES debut in a 6-round bout versus an opponent to be named. Ward, a participant in three Fights of the Year, will handle his nephew, lightweight Sean Eklund (6-3, 1 KO), against Jose Guzman (3-4-1) in a four round match. “I think it’s great and I’m excited to be working the same show as Micky,” Buddy said. “He fought on my undercard in 1986, 16 years later were in opposite corners — I had (Arturo) Gatti – and now we’re together again. Micky Ward was one fighter I didn’t want to fight. I always felt that, if he wanted to, he’d be a trainer. They don’t make fighters like Micky Ward anymore. We’re good friends.” (more…)
Unbeaten Irish light welterweight prospect Dean “Irish Lightning” Byrne explodes in Las Vegas against Mexican southpaw Jose Reynoso (10-2, 1 KO) in a scheduled eight round bout Friday night at South Point Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The boxing world will be focused on Las Vegas this weekend for Saturday night’s mega-fight Saturday evening between pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton, but that show’s appetizer is the Sin City debut of the 24-year-old Byrne, who’ll also have Manny’s trainer, Freddie Roach, in his corner. (more…)
Ringside Report by Matt Richardson
Photography by Marty Rosengarten
On Tuesday Night Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, presented its first installment of “VIP Boxing” at the elegant Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, NY. The card was made up of five entertaining fights, headlined by Star Boxing’s heavyweight fan favorite Vinny Maddalone taking on Benji “Boom Boom” Baker. Click here for the full report and action packed photogallery.
During his ten year pro career, welterweight contender Irving “Chuma” Garcia (17-3-3, 8 KOs) has dealt with plenty of adversity as a fighter but is still dissatisfied with his status. From a disappointing loss against power punching contender Said Ouali to a controversial technical draw in a WBA interim title fight with Yuriy Nuzhnenko, Garcia fell just short during his most lucrative bouts. The narrowly missed opportunities had caused a distraction for Garcia, as he become overanxious for another crack at a top fighter. (more…)
Unbeaten welterweight Carlos Abregu puts his stellar, unblemished 26-0 record, with 21 knockouts, on the line against Irving Garcia (17-3-3, 8 KOs) tonight on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast), in the 10-round main event at the Chumash Casino Resort. In the co-feature, lightweight Marvin Quintero (15-1, 12 KOs) will take on Wes Ferguson (20-3-1, 6 KOs) in an eight-rounder bout. Here’s what the principals had to say prior to Thursday’s weigh in. (more…)
WBA mandatory challenger for the world super lightweight championship Dimitry “Star of David” Salita will gamble to face Raul “El Toro” Munoz over 10 rounds at the Star of the Desert Arena at Buffalo Bills Casino Hotel in Primm, Nev. on May 24, it was announced by Square Ring Promotions Chief Executive Officer John S. Wirt. “We’re thrilled to be coming to Primm,” said Wirt. “You could say — the Star of David, meets the Star of the Desert,” making reference to Salita’s nickname as a follower of the orthodox Jewish faith.” (more…)
By Lee Bates
In a women’s world title from the Estadio Luna Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Marcela Acuna of Argentina (32-5, 16 KOs) retained her WBA/WBC super bantamweight titles with a unanimous decision against former world champion Jackie Nava (19-3-2, 10 KOs) of Mexico. The final scores were 99-90, 98-91, and 98-92 all in favor of Acuna. Nava was very game and pressured Acuna most of the fight but Acuna’s defense was very tight and she countered with headsnapping punches throughout the bout. Acuna dropped Nava with a double jab in the final seconds of the bout to put an exclamation point on her victory.
From The Joint at the Hardrock Hotel & Casino for tomorrow night’s Top Rank card televised on Azteca America:
Urbano Antillon 135 vs. Tyrone Harris 135
Alfonso Gomez 149 vs. Juan Buendia 148.5
Ramon Montano 140 vs. Mark Melliguin 141
Marvin Cordova 142 vs. Dennis Laurente 141.5
Walter Estrada 127 vs. Michael Farenas 127
Roberto Marroquin 123.5 vs. Julio Valadez 123
Glen Tapia 154 vs. Juan Carlos de Leon 152.5
Juan Santiago 131 vs. Diego Magdaleno 129.5
* A four-round fight between Rufino Flores and Danny Escobar was nixed when Escobar weighed in several pounds overweight.
According to a source close to the Ricky Hatton camp, and trainer Floyd Mayweather, Sr., the rumors of a Hatton-Mayweather split are not true. After a story broke on Yahoo! Sports about turmoil in the camp, about 5 p.m. P.T., the rumors began to circulate. Yahoo! Sports published that there was talk of Hatton working with Manny Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, for his next fight; and that Hatton was miserable working under Mayweather. Soon after the story broke, rumors that Mayweather and Hatton had split became the talk of the town. Those rumors, Fightnews has been told, are false.
Unbeaten welterweight KO artist Carlos Abregu (26-0, 21 KOs) weighed in at 148 for his battle against Irving Garcia (17-3-3, 8 KOs) on Friday night at the Chumash Casino Resort at Santa Ynez, Calif. Garcia weighed 147.25. The bout will be televised on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). In the co-feature, lightweights Marvin Quintero (15-1, 12 KOs) and Wes Ferguson (20-3-1, 6 KOs) both weighed 134.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican promoters KO Entertainment and Rochmar Gym have decided to postpone the WBA super featherweight battle between unbeaten world champion Jorge Linares and Josafat Perez. The fight was to take place on Saturday May 9 in New Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, but was postponed due to the swine flu pandemic sweeping in the country. Possible dates for the fight to be rescheduled are May 23 or June 13 in Mexico.
Contender Series II star Michael ‘Cold Blood’ Clark (37-5-1) returns to the ring this Saturday at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown, West Virginia. Clark, a former NABF lightweight champ and WBC#1 contender, looks to stay busy as he climbs back into lightweight contention. His opponent in the six rounder will be Chris Overbey (9-10). Also, WBA Fedecentro light heavyweight champ, Tommy Karpency (16-1-1) is set to face durable journeyman Eric Howard (11-15-1) in another six rounder. The five-bout card presented by Simons Promotions will also feature a 4 round female heavyweight matchup between local debut Valerie Walker and Tiffany Woodard (1-2). In addition, local heavy Jason Pettaway (1-0) will clash with Alan Prescott (2-3) in another four rounder, while heavyweight Jason Bergman (8-8) battles Maurice Winslow (3-8) in a six. Doors open at 6pm and the first bout hits the bell at 7:30pm. For ticket info call 304-290-0291.
Speaking from his training camp in Puerto Rico, Edison ‘Pantera’ Miranda sent a personal invitation to Carl Froch, the WBC super middleweight champion, to sit ringside at his upcoming fight against Andre Ward. “Carl – congratulations on a great win last weekend. You showed that you are a warrior and a true champion. With your win on Showtime, you have gained much respect from the fans in the America. Now, I invite you to revisit the US and sit ringside as I take on Andre Ward, the highest ranked fighter in the WBC. I will fly you over here and arrange for your hotel and ringside seat. I hope you accept my offer, and please don’t make any excuses!” Edison Miranda will take on undefeated Andre Ward, America’s last Olympic gold medalist boxer, on May 16th at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA. Showtime will televise the event at 9PM ET. Miranda, who recently fought at York Hall in England, had this to say as well. (more…)
If nothing else, no one will be able to accuse promoters Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions of a garbage (“rubbish,” if you’re a Brit) undercard Saturday night.
In ten bouts totaling 70 rounds, should they all go the distance, which isn’t likely, ten potential stars will be featured, in bouts ranging from potential wars to “showcase” standing . . . Click here for more
By Alexey Sukachev at ringside
Tonight, one of the finest Russian welterweights around Roman Seliverstov (9-8, 2 KOs) proved once again that his less-than-stellar record says nothing at all about his real abilities. Seliverstov, 32, who easily dominated former world title challenger Michel Trabant (then 43-3-1) in his penultimate fight last July, was too much for Kazakh Andrey “Bazooka” Yeskin (17-6, 12 KOs), 33, stopping him in six bloody rounds. With this victory Seliverstov captured the vacant Baltic Boxing Union welterweight title to see his hand raised in the air by this correspondent, who also worked as the BBU supervisor of the main event. Seliverstov-Yeskin championship collision headlined a nice-packed little show, promoted by the former welterweight contender-turned-promoter Sergey Stepkin and by the Union Boxing Management. It was held at the famed Sambo 70 sportive school in Moscow, Russia, and was dedicated to the opening of a new boxing circle in the nursery of various martial arts’ talent. (more…)
Junior welterweights Terri “ROAD WARRIOR” Blair and Adelita Irizarry will square off in a scheduled six round bout at “FISTS OF THUNDER II”, an evening of world class professional boxing this Saturday night at The Cambria County War Memorial Arena in Johnstown, PA, it was announced today by Chet Koerner, President of TKO BOXING Promotions . . Click here for more
Preview by Gary “Digital” Williams
A seemingly very competitive eight-round bout headlines tonight’s Baltimore Pro Boxing card at Martin’s West in Woodlawn, MD.
In the main event, undefeated Cecil “AK-47″ McCalla of Randallstown, MD will take on his toughest foe to date — John “No Mercy” Mackey from Montgomery, AL by way of Washington, DC. McCalla (6-0, two KO’s) is coming off a strong, six-round unanimous decision victory over Anthony Little on March 19 in Woodlawn. Mackey (11-2-1, five KO’s) lost his last contest, a 10-round unanimous decision to Anthony Greenridge for the NABA US Middleweight title on December 13 in Atlanta, GA. (more…)
The undercard press conference for Saturday night’s Pacquiao vs. Hatton card was staged today at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. In the co-main event, Humberto Soto (47-7-2, 30 KOs), of Los Mochis, Mexico, will defend his WBC super featherweight belt against Quebec, Canada’s Benoit Gaudet (20-1, 7 KOs). Gaudet said he’d be bringing the belt back to “the place where snow falls from the sky.” Soto acknowledged Gaudet’s boxing skills, but “hopes he’ll fight me Saturday night.”
In co-feature bout, Daniel Jacobs (15-0, 14 KOs), of Brooklyn, will take on his toughest opponent to date in Chicago’s Michael Walker (19-1-2, 12 KOs). Jacobs said he hopes Walker brings his “A-game,” and the Chicagoan warned his foe that he was in for a real battle. Stay tuned for a full report and more photos later today.
Photos by Chris Cozzone
InterBox and Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) are proud to announce that Adrian Diaconu (26-0, 15 KOs) will defend his WBC world light heavyweight title against fellow Montrealer Jean Pascal (22-1, 15 KOs) on June 19th at the Montreal Bell Centre. Presented by the Casino de Montréal, this historical bout will mark two milestones: It will be the first World title bout disputed by two Quebecers, and the first collaboration between InterBox and GYM. Both promoters worked jointly and relentlessly over the past few weeks, culminating in a deal being reached this morning. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Hometown hero and Great Falls, VA native Jimmy Lange returns to his home base at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA on Saturday, May 2. Lange will try for his second regional title as he challenges veteran Frank Houghtaling of Albany, NY for the vacant WBC USNBC Junior Middleweight title in the main event of this ICE Promotions card. (more…)
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Headliners on Saturday’s “Universum Champions Night” event looked sharp during a public workout at Weserpark in Bremen, Germany. The fighters included WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo Moreno and former bantamweight champion Wladimir Sidorenko, who meet in a highly charged world title rematch. Also on hand were female boxing megastar Ina Menzer, who will be defending her WIBF/WBC featherweight championships on Saturday, as well as her challenger \Franchesca Alcanter, and hot unbeaten featherweight prospect Marcel Meyerdiercks.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA #8 bantamweight Daniel Diaz (16-1, 12 KOs) and WBA #15 Alvaro Perez (17-1-1, 12 KOs), both of Nicaragua, are set to collide in a nine round bout to be held at Pharaohs Casino in Managua on a May 1 Boxeo PRODESA fight card. The winner of this bout could have a possible date against WBA champ Anselmo Moreno or WBA interim champ Neohmar Cermeno both of whom reside in neighboring Panama. The undercard will feature IBF/WBA ranked flyweight fighter Evert Briceno (30-5, 25 KOs) against hard hitting Reynaldo Cajina as well as WBO/IBF ranked Nerys Espinoza (25-5, 18 KOs) against former world title challenger Miguel Tellez (18-12, 7 KOs). Top Nicaraguan prospects including lightweight Moises Solis (14-1, 10 KOs), super lightweight Cristian Ruiz (8-0, 7 KOs) and 17-year-old minimumweight sensation Carlos “Chocorrón” Buitrago (9-0, 7 KOs) will also see action.
Lightweight Vicente Escobedo (20-1-0, 12 KOs) will face former WBC Featherweight Champion Kevin Kelley (60-9-2, 39 KO) on May 21 at the ARCO Arena in Sacramento. Escobedo is coming off an impressive victory over Carlos Hernandez by unanimous decision in Austin, Texas on April 4. He is currently riding an 11-fight win streak. Tickets ($20-$75) are on sale now. Call 1-800-745-3000.
The event is presented by Maloof Sports & Entertainment, in association with Don Chargin Productions.
Promoter Frank Warren’s company Sports Network Limited, which was recently socked with a £1.8 million judgment by an English Court in favor of former Sports Network fighter Joe Calzaghe, has gone into administration (a situation in which an administrator decides if a company in financial difficulty is still a viable concern or should be liquidated). How much money Calzaghe will actually collect from the judgment remains to be seen. Warren, meanwhile, has recently been promoting under the “Frank Warren Promotions” banner for some months now. A statement from Warren’s office reads:
This company [Sports Network Limited] has not promoted any shows for the past nine months and this administration does not affect any of the forthcoming boxing promotions which Frank Warren is promoting. These include:
15 May, The Odyssey Arena, Belfast
22 May, The York Hall, Bethnal Green, London
19 June, The Bellahouston Leisure Centre, Glasgow
27 June, The O2, London
By Scott Mallon at ringside
Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym used a relentless attack to wear down Rafael Hernandez of Venezuela before referee Raul Caiz called a halt to the contest in round nine. Hernandez had his moments but was unable to mount a sustained attack nor hurt the Thai. The victory paves the way for a fight between Kratingdaengym and the WBA Regular champion Bernard Dunne. More to come…
Undefeated, with an eight-round kayo streak, lightweight Urbano Antillon stands on the cusp of big things – big fights and a world title shot.
Depending on the outcome of Friday night’s fight, that is.
Headlining a Top Rank-promoted card in the inaugural fight card at the newly-built 4,000-seat arena at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Antillon, 25-0, 18 KOs, of Maywood, Calif., will take on what he considers his toughest opponent to date, Tyrone Harris, 23-4, 15 KOs, of Lansing, Mich . . . Click here for more
Super middleweight contender Jesse Brinkley has added former world champion Jermain Taylor to his “hit list” for a showdown this year. Taylor is coming off a very hard fought battle against WBC Super Middleweight Champion Carl Froch this past Saturday, a fight he was winning on the scorecards before being stopped with just seconds left to go in the final round . . . Click here for more
A 62-year-old ban on professional boxing in the City of Glendale, California will become history on Friday, June 12th, 2009 when Art of Boxing Promotions, in association with Bash Boxing, presents “Glendale Glory” at the Glendale Civic Auditorium. (more…)
“The recent news about me fighting in Atlanta against Sergio Martinez was a surprise. As you know, I am currently recovering from a rib injury that has not allowed me to fight and defend my WBC Super Welterweight Title. At this point I have not been given clearance from my doctor to even start rehabbing the injury, much less training to fight. I have not fought since September of 2008 and it is my expectation that the WBC would honor my request to fight a tune up fight once I’m ready which will most likely be 11 months since my last fight. The WBC has taken this approach with many of their champions in the past, and I’m confident that they will with me as well.”
Unbeaten North Philadelphia welterweight Mike Jones (17-0, 15 KOs) marks his first appearance in Atlantic City when he makes just the second defense of his NABA title against Larry Mosley (15-3-2, 6 KOs), of Los Angeles, CA, in the scheduled ten round main event on Saturday, June 6th at Bally’s Atlantic City. The 26 year old Jones is rated #10 by the WBA, #10 by the IBF, and #11 by the WBO. Jones has already defeated contenders Doel Carrasquillo, Israel “Pito” Cardona, and Germaine Sanders over his four plus year career. The Jones-Mosley title fight originally was scheduled for March 6 in Philadelphia however Mosley was forced to withdraw six days prior when he injured his back during training. Jones ended up knocking out late sub Dairo Esalas (31-16, 25 KOs), of Miami, FL, in front of a standing room only crowd at the Blue Horizon. More than 300 customers were turned away after the 1,346-seat building had been filled to capacity. In his last fight on Oct. 24 in Carbazon, CA, Mosley lost a unanimous ten round decision in a solid fight to 18 year old Mexican phenom Saul Alvarez (24-0-1, 17 K0s). Tickets for the June 6 championship fight are priced at $45 and $65. They are on sale at the offices of Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc. (215-765-0922) or online at www.peltzboxing.com. Tickets also can be purchased through TicketMaster (800-745-3000) or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
All kidding aside, Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton was able to keep his humor at bay during today’s final presser held at the MGM—long enough to promise the press that he was going to prove ‘em wrong in his fight with Manny Pacquiao.
Pacquiao wasn’t so successful, for during a face-off, the only profile boxing’s pound-for-pound king showed, was his humorous side. Unable to keep a straight face, Pacquiao broke out laughing.
Others broke out in poetry . . . Click here for photos and story
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