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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
Eleven bouts and 82 rounds are on tap for Saturday night’s card headlining Manny Pacquiao (48-3-2, 35 KOs) vs. Ricky Hatton (45-1, 32 KOs). In the co-main, Humberto Soto (47-7-2, 30 KOs), of Los Mochis, Mexico, defends his WBC super featherweight belt against Benoit Gaudet (20-1, 7 KOs), of Quebec, Canada. The line-up also includes: Daniel Jacobs (15-0, 14 KOs), of Brooklyn, vs. Chicago’s Michael Walker (19-1-2, 12 KOs) in an eight-round middleweight bout; Russian Matt Korobov (4-0, 4 KOs) vs. Las Vegas’ Rodrigo Aguiar (5-4, 3 KOs), four rounds at middleweight; Erislandy Lara (4-0, 3 KOs), of Cuba, vs. Chris Gray (11-7, 1 KO), of Baton Rouge, La., four at jr. middle; Matthew Hatton (35-4-1, 13 KOs), brother to Ricky, of Manchester, England, takes on Ernesto Zepeda (39-11-4, 34 KOs), of Tijuana, Mexico, in an eight-rounder; undefeated Mike Alvarado (25-0, 18 KOs), of Denver, will go ten at jr. welter with Joaquin Gallardo (18-7-1, 5 KOs), of Oakland, Calif.; Abner Mares (17-0, 10 KOs), of Montebello, Calif., goes eight at bantam with Jonathan Perez (14-5, 11 KOs), of Colombia; Bernabe Concepcion (28-1-1, 17 KOs), of the Philippines, vs. Yogli Herrera (21-8, 15 KOs), of Columbia, eight rounds at lightweight; England’s Joe Murray (1-0) vs. Missael Nunez (4-7-2) of Los Angeles, four at feather; and, in a four-round jr. welter bout, Omar Chavez (14-0-1, 10 KOs) will take on Tyler Ziolowski (11-6, 6 KOs).
Story by Alex Dombroff, photos by David Greene
David Haye loves to talk.
Wardrobe, politics – you name it – and the former undisputed cruiserweight champion will add his two cents. But there is one topic on Haye’s mind that he really can’t get enough.
His nearing encounter with recognized heavyweight champion Wladamir Klitschko . . . click here for more
Welterweight Juan Manuel Buendia returns to action this Friday night, May 1st, as he faces off against former world title challenger and star of The Contender, Season One, Alphonso Gomez at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas . . . Click here for more
World Extreme Cagefighting® proudly confirms the remaining bouts for WEC: Brown vs. Faber II live from ARCO Arena in Sacramento, CA on Sunday, June 7. Tickets for Brown vs. Faber II are on sale now and priced at $40, $75, $135, and $200. Tickets may be purchased by calling Ticketmaster Charge-By-Phone at 1-800-745-3000 or by visiting the ARCO Arena Box Office. Tickets also are available online through www.wec.tv or www.ticketmaster.com. . . . Click here for more info
With a series of hard-hitting boxing events that are getting more and more attention with each toll of the bell, 340 Promotions is firmly establishing the Virgin Islands as boxing’s new hotbed of talent and excitement. On Saturday, May 30th, the action will get even hotter when “Boxing in Paradise III” touches down at the University of the Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness Center in St. Thomas with a world-class lineup of professional and amateur bouts. In the main event, unbeaten rising star Victor “Mermelada” Cayo defends his WBA Fedecaribe junior welterweight title for the fifth time against Arturo “El Silencioso” Morua. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Due to popular demand, the popular Southern California Fight Scene is back. Numerous fight cards are coming up in the immediate and not too distant future.
Fight fans in San Diego will be in heaven on Thursday night as two fight cards will be taking place in the city. At the popular 4th and B venue, Craig Zimmerman & his MEZ Sports Partners present a seven-bout card headlined by heavyweight Damian “Bolo” Wills. Scheduled to take on Wills (23-2-1, 17 KO’s) in the eight round bout is hard-hitting veteran Stacy Frazier (14-5, 13 KO’s). Also on the card is unbeaten light heavyweight prospect Denis Grachev (5-0, 3 KO’s) taking on Ayodeji Fadeyi (10-6-1, 6 KO’s) in a six round bout. Popular flyweight veteran Benjamin “Benji” Garcia (13-11-3, 1 KO) will take on Eduardo Morales (10-9-2, 10 KO’s) in a six round bout. Tickets start at $30 and go up to $65 for ringside. For tickets & information, call (949) 981-1432. Doors open at 6PM, with first bell scheduled for 7:30PM.
Across town at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel, Bobby D Presents features popular San Diego fighter Christopher Martin in an eight round bout against Juan Jose Beltran. Also on the card is unbeaten heavyweight prospect Lateef Kayode (5-0, 4 KO’s) squaring off against Reuben Alvarez (4-1, 4 KO’s) in a four round bout. Unbeaten Heavyweight Marcus Dickerson (4-0-1, 2 KO’s) takes on Andrae Carthon (1-1-1, 1 KO) in a four round bout. For tickets & information, call (619) 420-8866.
For Los Angeles-area residents wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, the Santa Ynez Valley on the Central Coast will be the place to be on Friday night. At the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Gary Shaw Productions will present another installment of the popular “ShoBox: The New Generation” series. In the main event, welterweight Luis Carlos Abregu will take on Irving Garcia in a 10 round bout, while Marvin Quintero squares off against Wes Ferguson in an eight round lightweight bout. Unbeaten heavyweight Odlanier Solis will face Robert Hawkins in an eight round bout. Tickets start at just $24 and go up to $75 for ringside. For tickets and information, call Chumash at 1-800-CHUMASH.
Boxing returns to the Inland Empire of Southern California as William Schunke and his Two Feathers Promotions stages a card at the FOX Theatre in San Bernardino. Headlining the card is bantamweight Michael Franco (14-0, 9 KO’s) in an eight round bout against a fighter to be determined. For tickets and information, call (760) 559-6419.
After a successful second round stoppage over Carlos Vinan in March, lightweight John Molina (16-0, 12 KO’s) is scheduled to return on Saturday, May 16th on the undercard of the Andre Ward-Edison Miranda fight. The bout will take place at the Oracle Arena in Ward’s hometown of Oakland, CA. Molina, who fights under the Goossen Tutor banner, has no opponent yet on that card.
In an earlier story, Fightnews.com reported that contender Miguel Espino was managed and promoted by Manny Cota. Espino is actually managed by renowned trainer John Bray.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym of Thailand and Rafael Hernandez of Venezuela are set to go on Thursday for the WBA vacant interim super-bantamweight title. The fight will take place in a makeshift stadium at the Morseng Building in Rangsit and be televised live in Thailand. The 28-year-old Kratingdaenggym (37-1, 26 KOs) weighed in at 122 pounds and Hernandez was one pound lighter. Poonsawat is ranked #1 in the 122-pound division and Hernandez is rated #6. The winner of the fight is likely to challenge WBA regular champion Bernard Dunne of Ireland in a mandatory championship bout in September.
The final press conference for “The Battle of East and West” showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton Saturday night in Las Vegas, Nev., was held today at the MGM Grand, where the fight takes place. Though Pacquiao had a little difficulty keeping a straight face during a face-off, he promised those present a great fight on Saturday. Hatton said he had no problem playing the role of underdog, and that he would prove otherwise on Saturday. Stay tuned for a full report and huge photo gallery from today’s presser later today.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A match between WBC super welterweight interim world champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martínez and WBC super welterweight champion Vernon Forrest is in works for August in Forrest’s hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. The winner will be recognized as the WBC regular champion. The WBC says Forrest must fight Martínez in his next defense and will not be able to carry out any fight before August 1. Forrest had planned to fight Jason Lehoullier on Friday but withdrew citing a rib injury.
After his very successful US show on April 17th with Yuriorkis Gamboa winning the first world title for ARENA Box-Promotion, promoter Ahmet Öner is preparing his next event in Germany for June 26th at the Hermann-Neuberger-Halle in Völklingen (near Saarbrücken, close to the French border). The show will be headlined by former world heavyweight champion Herbie Hide, promising German heavyweight prospect Steffen Kretschmann and rising middleweight star Mahir Oral. If Hide can win his WBC international championship bout against an opponent to be named, the two-time WBO heavyweight champ will challenge the winner of the May 16th WBC cruiserweight championship clash between reigning titlist Giacobbe Fragomeni and Krysztof Wlodarczyk next. So Herbie could become the first ever former heavyweight champ who wins a world title at cruiserweight. Steffen Kretschmann (13-0, 12 KOs) will face his toughest test so far in experienced contender Denis Bakhtov (28-5, 18 KOs) and WBC#3, WBO#12, WBA and IBF #14 Mahir Oral (25-1-2, 10 KOs) who takes on powerpuncher Dmitry Pirog (13-0, 11 KOs). Tickets for the show will go on sale on May 11th; Eurosport will broadcast the fights live.
By Lee Bates
Golden Boy Promotions will co-promote a show with Arano Box productions and Amaya/Vanrell Productions May 16th in Uruguay. The fight card will be televised in Latin America. The site will be the Estadio Cr. Gaston Guelfi/Palacio Peñarol in Montevideo, Uruguay. The main event will feature Rafael Sosa Pintos (32-3, 12 KOs) vs Marcos Vergara (19-2, 14 KOs) for the WBC interim Latino light middleweight title. In the co-main event Hector Saldivia (29-1, 23 KOs) will take on Miguel Octavio Julio (40-6-1, 35 KOs) for the WBA Fedecentro Latino welterweight title.
Ticket sales are strong for Top Rank’s fight card at the Hard Rock Hotel-Casino, Las Vegas, on the eve of Pacquiao vs Hatton. This will be the first boxing event inside of the new 3,500-seat new Joint. WBC #1 lightweight Urbano Antillon is in the main event, taking on Tyrone Harris. Tickets for Friday’s event are $75, $50, $35 and $20 and are available at www.ticketmaster.com or at the Hard Rock Box Office. Doors open 5 pm, first bout 5:30 pm and the live broadcast on Azteca America begins at 7:00 pm local time.
Universum Box-Promotion has announced two interesting fight cards in the coming months. On June 6, European light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer (32-2, 26 KOs) returns to defend his Euro title against Antonio Brancalion (32-6-2, 8 KOs) on a “Universum Champions Night” card at the König Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany. Then in the beginning of July, unbeaten WBC #2 rated middleweight Sebastian Zbik (26-0, 10 KOs) faces his greatest challenge against #1 rated Domenico Spada (29-1, 14 KOs) for the WBC interim title. That “Universum Champions Night” event will take place in Germany with the date and venue to be announced in the coming days.
Feature story by Felipe Leon
The customary hustle and bustle of the CREA Gym, located in the heart of Tijuana, Mexico, is nonexistent as the usually packed and busy space is near empty.
“It’s another victim of the swine flu scare,” says Romulo Quirarte Jr. who, with his brother, Bobby, and father, Romulo, run the famed training center.
Former champ Diosbelys Hurtado (41-3-1, 25 KOs), coming off a split win over Arturo Morua in April, for the WBO Latino welterweight belt, will return to action mid-June. Hurtado is fighting out of Colorado under the Top Notch Boxing team. Top Notch has recently added former amateur standout, bantamweight Joey Silva (9-1, 4 KOs) to their stable. Silva is coming off surgery on a bad ankle (which accounted for the sole loss on his record, he says) and will now be fighting between 115 and 118 pounds.
Sensational lightweight prospect Terrance Crawford returns to action against Miguel Delgado this Saturday night, May 2nd, at “FISTS OF THUNDER II”, an evening of world class professional boxing at The Cambria County War Memorial Arena in Johnstown , PA . . . Click here for more
By Alexey Potapov
On May 30th, IBF light welterweight champion Juan Urango (21-1, 16 KOs) will move to 147 lbs to challenge WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (24-0, 19 KOs) at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The “Iron Twin” took time out from his fight preparations to give an exclusive interview to Fightnews.com. (more…)
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Universum is returning to Bremen nearly ten years after the last appearance in the same city. On Saturday the “Universum Champions Night“ will feature two title fights plus the return of a highly regarded contender. Headlining the event will be the popular and unbeaten WIBF/WBC featherweight champion Ina Menzer (23-0, 9 KOs) will be risking her belts against Franchesca “The Chosen One“ Alcanter (18-8-1, 9 KOs). Also, Wladimir Sidorenko (21-1-2, 7 KOs) is returning to try to take back the WBA bantamweight crown he lost to Anselmo Moreno (24-1-1, 8 KOs) last year, and recent WBO cruiserweight title challenger Alexander Alekseev (16-1, 15 KOs) returns against The Contender’s Max Alexander (14-4-2, 2 KOs). A press conference was held earlier this week at the Bremer Autohaus Brandt. (more…)
By Robert Coster
WBC Light-Flyweight titleholder Edgar Sosa (35-5,19 KOs) can rightfully be called boxing’s busiest champion. Having succesfully defended his crown on March 28th, Sosa will be stepping back into the ring as early as May 30th for yet another title defense against an opponent TBA. Since he surprised the boxing world two years ago, winning the WBC belt over favored Brian Viloria, the 29-year-old champion has made eight title defenses, sold over a hundred thousand tickets to his fights and become a favorite of Mexican television. Edgar’s popularity is due to many factors: the Rocky-like story of a former hard-luck journeyman boxer that turned his career, and life, around; his victories over Filipino rivals and his willingness to constantly fight and put his belt on the line. (more…)
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