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World class professional boxing hits the Rio Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on Friday, April 2nd as Guilty Boxing in association with TKO Boxing Promotions presents Hometown Heroes featuring some of the finest prospects in the sport . . . Click here for more
Finally, these two former Ultimate Fighting Championship® light heavyweight champions get a chance to let their fists do the talking. After multiple back-and-forth verbal exchanges on the 10th season of The Ultimate Fighter®, former UFC® light heavyweight champions Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and “Suga” Rashad Evans are set to headline UFC 114: JACKSON vs EVANS, presented by THQ’s “UFC Undisputed 2010” and live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 29. (more…)
Marcos Maidana (27-1-0, 26 KOs) from Argentina is defending his WBA interim world light welterweight title on March 27 against #2 ranked contender Victor Cayo in The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. In Part I of this interview, the Universum fighter speaks about his opponent, about a fight against Amir Khan and about preparation for his second big bout in the US. In the upcoming Part II, you can read what he thinks about a fight against Manny Pacquiao, his little son and his time in Germany. (more…)
By Ricardo Conde
WBC junior middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (44-2-2, 24 KOs) registered 168 lbs in his 30-day safety weigh-in, held yesterday. The weight was within the mandated 10% over the 160 lb limit. Martinez will be challenging WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik (36-1, 32 KOs) on Saturday, April 17th at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ which will be shown live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Hometown hero and Italian boxing star Leonard Bundu (21-0-1, 6 KOs) won the vacant WBA Intercontinental welterweight title via a five round technical decision on Friday night at the Nelson Mandela Forum in Florence, Italy. The bout was stopped in five rounds due to a cut suffered by the 31-year-old co-challenger Carlos Adan Jerez (30-12-3, 16 KOs) in round two from an unintentional head butt. After the ringside doctor checked the dangerous cut, referee Giuseppe Quartarone stopped the action. Bundu was up (50-46 and 49-46 twice) on all cards against the tough Argentinian warrior at the time of the stoppage. (more…)
Undefeated heavyweight Odlanier Solis of Cuba visits the southernmost point in the continental USA in Key West, Florida, 90 miles from Cuba on Friday. Solis, who defected from Cuba just three years ago, will take on Carl Drummond for the WBC International heavyweight championship tonight on the Top Rank Live! Fox Sports Espanol televised show from Key West.
By Graham Houston
Being a boxing fan can be a frustrating experience. On Saturday in Germany, Wladimir Klitschko defends his heavyweight title against Eddie Chambers, a fight where an American challenger for once has a serious chance of beating the towering champion from the Ukraine, yet there will be no TV coverage in the U.S. HBO subscribers in the States have been able to watch Klitschko outclass the likes of Ray Austin, Tony Thompson and sadly faded ex-champs Lamon Brewster and Hasim Rahman. His fight with another boxer from the former Soviet Union, Sultan Ibragimov, was also shown on HBO. Another all-Eastern European fight, with Ruslan Chagaev, found a home on ESPN Classic. Yet on Saturday, a match with a talented, young and motivated American opponent isn’t being shown on American TV, although there will be PPV internet coverage.
If I understand it correctly, HBO sports president Ross Greenburg is saying that because Vitali Klitschko made a comeback, American boxing fans cannot differentiate between the two brothers and therefore have no real interest in Saturday’s fight. That’s one of the strangest things I’ve heard in a long time. Boxing brothers have long been a part of ring history. Of course, it is not a TV network’s duty to show boxing matches, and sometimes it is not feasible for certain fights due to be televised due to things such as schedules and funding allocations, but it just seems odd that the best fight in a long time involving Wladimir Klitschko won’t be seen on American television (in Britain it will be available on Prime Time PPV). (more…)
IBF #1 ranked Takalani “The Panther” Ndlovu (30-5, 18 KO’s) spoke to the media after a public workout at the famed Cabbagetown Boxing Club in preparation for his battle against “The Canadian Kid” Steve Molitor (31-1, 12 KO’s, IBF #2 Junior Featherweight) for the vacant IBF Junior Featherweight world title, in the main event of Rumble at Rama XI on March 27th at Casino Rama, in Rama, Ontario. (more…)
WBC #9 flyweight Oscar “Cebiche” Ibarra (21-4, 13 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Darwin “Finito” Zamora (17-3-1, 15 KOs) on Friday night at the Auditorio Plaza Condesa, in Mexico City. The referee waved off the one-sided bout with Ibarra pummeling Zamora at the 2:59 mark. Ibarra claimed the vacant WBC Latin belt with the win.
In a welterweight clash, Johnny Navarrete (14-3-1, 7 KOs) won a questionable majority decision over previously unbeaten Alfredo Chavez (7-1, 5 KOs). Scores were 78-74, 78-74, 76-76.
By Alberto Salazar
Jhonny González 126.1 vs Antonio Davis 125.4
Marco Rubio 165.3 vs Jaison Palomeque 169.7
Carlos Cuadras 118.6 vs Alberto Chuc 122.3
Sergio Thompson 130.7 vs Hugo Pacheco 130.9
Rodolfo López 141 vs Juan Sánchez 138.8
Gilberto Keb 112.4 vs Christian Gómez 114.8
Tony Fitch 147 vs Jonathan Ramos 148.1
Dennis Martínez 131.1 vs Ángel Bautista 130
Venue: The City Discotheque, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico
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Story by Andreas Hale
If you take a moment to listen to Jon “Bones” Jones (9-1, 4-1 UFC) talk, you might think he’s been fighting professionally for years. The 22-year-old is one of the newest additions to heralded MMA coach Greg Jackson’s camp and his stock in the UFC’s light heavyweight division is quickly rising . . . Click here for more
In an IBF jr middleweight eliminator, Sechew Powell (26-2, 15 KOs) won a twelve round majority decision over Deandre Latimore (25-3, 15 KOs) on Friday night at the Choctow Casino in Durant, Oklahoma. Powell outboxed the harder punching Latimore, busting up Latimore’s right eye in the process. Scores were 117-111, 116-112 Powell, 114-114. With the win, Powell avenges a 2008 TKO loss to Latimore that cost Powell his #1 rating at the time.
Unbeaten super middleweight Edwin Rodriguez (14-0, 10 KOs) needed just 47 seconds to annihilate George Armenta (13-6, 11 KOs). A left to the body put Armenta down for the count.
Unbeaten junior welterweight Prenice Brewer (14-0-1, 6 KOs) won a harder than expected six round unanimous decision over game Chris Fernandez (18-9, 11 KOs). Scores were 58-56, 59-55, 59-55.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
James Stevenson 153.5 vs George Rivera 154
Jessie Nicklow 161 vs Scott Sigmon 163
Emmanuel Taylor 145.5 vs Doel Carrasquillo 146.5
Todd Wilson 146.5 vs Dontre King 149
Nick Kisner 200.5 vs Kevin Johnson 220
Nicklow and Sigmon reportedly got into an altercation during the weigh-in.
Venue: Du Burns Arena, Baltimore, Maryland
Promoter: Baltimore Boxing
Ringside by Scott Ploof
Photo by Emily Harney
Irish eyes were smiling on Friday night, the day after St. Patrick’s Day at the Twin River Events Center in Lincoln, RI as Framingham, MA junior welterweight unbeaten prospect Danny O’Connor (11-0, 3 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision over Brooklyn, NY’s Franklin Gonzalez (13-4, 9 KOs). All three judges scored the bout a shutout for O’Connor 80-72 on all cards. O’Connor stayed true to his game plan as he worked his jab to perfection, setting up his combinations, while at the same time, keeping Gonzalez off balance and unable to attack. Gonzalez was able to work and counter with his opponent, however O’Connor got the better of almost all the exchanges and consistently out-landed Gonzalez throughout. The seven bout fight card titled “Shamrock’d” was promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports.
Former four time women’s champion Jamie “The Hurricane” Clampitt (21-4-1, 7 KOs) pounded out a hard fought six round majority decision over New York City’s Jill Emery (9-3, 3 KOs). Scores of the bout were 59-56 and 59-55 for Clampitt while the third judge scored the fight even at 57-57. Clampitt throughout tried to negate the reach advantage of Emery while trying to work on the inside. Emery used her reach throughout keeping an arm’s length away from Clampitt at all times. In the end, Clampitt out worked and out landed Emery during the six round encounter.
Middleweight Joe McCreedy (12-4-1, 6 KOs) and ring veteran Dhafir Smith (22-20-6, 4 KOs) battled to a six round draw. Scores of the bout were 59-56 for McCreedy, 59-55 for Smith, and 57-57. McCreedy fought on the inside almost the entire fight and landed punishing hooks on Smith. Smith used his speed and movement to keep away from the charging McCreedy and to land combinations of his own. (more…)
Scott Foster at the scale
Henry Mitchell 140 vs John Trigg 139.4
Shawn Schomer 161.2 vs Donald Clark 158.4
Richmond Dalphone 167.6 vs Dominique Azeez 165.6
Asa Dalphone 145.4 vs Cedric Felps 146
Timothy Renyolds 140.6 vs Steven Benjamine 140.2
Venue: Emerald Coast Conference Center, Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Promoters: John D. Piper Productions & Chase Massingill Productions
Undefeated heavyweight Odlanier Solis of Cuba and Carl Drummond weigh in (Solis 268.5, Drummond 228.5) for their upcoming WBC International heavyweight championship on Saturday, March 20 on the Top Rank Live Fox Sports Espanol televised show from Key West, Florida.
After having been involved within the “sweet science” for over five decades and having seen hundreds of prize fighters battle their way to the top of the boxing world, Lorraine Chargin’s career within the sport is coming to an end due to a terminal battle with cancer. It’s been an ongoing struggle that has undoubtedly taken it’s physical toll on the woman known as “boxing mom” by some and “dragon lady” by others. While the physical pain endured in fighting cancer has been excruciating to say the least, Lorraine’s spirit has remained assuredly strong throughout the process.
Lorraine states, “Yes there’s been a lot of pain involved in this process but that’s life. Life can be cruel at times but we just have to learn to deal with it. I very much appreciate all the support we’ve received through this tough time from people I didn’t even know might show it. While the flowers and cards are extremely lovely and very much appreciated, I’m requesting that any would-be senders instead make a donation of any amount to the Connecticut Junior Republic.” (more…)
Former world champion Erik “El Terrible” Morales has finished two months of training at the Otomi Ceremonial Center and surfaced Friday at a press conference in Mexico City before heading to Monterrey on Sunday for his PPV showdown with Jose Alfaro on March 27. “I have a lot of pressure to be at my best in this fight,” said Morales, who vowed to retire if he loses. “I have a lot of experience and I know what to do in the ring. I want to fight and that’s why I lost weight for a good show….I’d love to win by knockout, but later in my career I’ll be in at a different weight than where I won the bantamweight, featherweight and super featherweight world titles and, of course, I’d like to get a fourth crown world.” Morales is now campaigning as a welterweight. More photos…
Former two-time light welterweight world champion Randall Bailey (41-7, 36 KOs), now ranked IBF #6, made a devastating comeback to the welterweight division with a sensational first-round knockout of established Belgian contender Jackson Osei Bonsu (31-4, 24 KOs) in an IBF 147lb eliminator on Friday night at the Lotto Arena in Antwerp, Belgium. IBF #7 and WBC #9 Bonsu was down twice before referee Tony Weeks halted the action, the last time after a huge left hand to the head, which ended Sugar Bonsu’s sweet dreams of getting his shot at the world title. Bailey earned the IBF’s #2 rating and a possible shot at champion Jan Zaveck.
By Alexey Sukachev
In a Celtic encounter, Belfast resident Martin Lindsay (now 16-0, 7 KOs) retained his British featherweight title for the first time with a dominant decision over determined Welshman Jamie Arthur (16-3, 4 KOs) on Friday night at the Indoor Sports Centre in Leigh, England. Lindsay dropped the Cwmbran native twice with short but powerful right hooks in the second. It wasn’t enough to stop Arthur at all but it was just enough to stop the challenger in his tracks. IBF #6 Lindsay continued to box smoothly till the end giving Arthur little chance for retaliation. The champion was a bit faster, a bit tighter with his guard, a bit more consistent – and at the end by far a better boxer in the ring than the Welshman. Judges gave it to Lindsay unanimously 118-108, 119-108 and 117-110. Fightnews scored the battle 117-109 for the defending champion.
In a battle of two former British titlists, bantamweight ex-champion Gary Davies (10-3-1, 8 KOs) scored a devastating first-round stoppage of super flyweight ex-master Andy Bell (11-6, 3 KOs). Bell was decked twice by huge right hands of Davies before the stoppage.
Towering (6’8”) British heavyweight prospect David Price (5-0, 4 KOs) moved on and up in the ranks with the first-round knockout of Martyn Grainger (3-3, 1 KO). Grainger was put to the canvas twice – after a slapping left hook and after a body punch by former British Olympian. Time of stoppage was 0:33.
Carlos “Salado” Yañez 126 vs Jorge Cárdenas 125.7
Omar Chávez 147 vs José Arely López 147
Franky Leal 122 vs Robinson Castellanos 125
Javier Arosteguie 140 vs Armando Robles 139.5
Francisco Sierra 168 vs Francisco Valenzuela 169.6
Danny Escobar 141 vs Carlos Garcia 140
Venue: Auditorio del Estado, Mexicali, BC, México.
Promoter: Zanfer and Promociones Hurtado
TV: TV Azteca
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Top Rank coordinator Jim McConnon and his bride Carmen were married today at a sunrise service on the beach in Key West, Fla. Jim and Carmen are at the Top Rank Live! Boxing event featuring heavyweight Odlanier Solis vs Carl Drummond on Saturday night. Jim and Carmen will have a “fairly large” wedding service and party scheduled when they return to home in Las Vegas.
The March 26 European debut of 47-year-old former world champion Hector “Macho” Camacho has been derailed due to an injury to opponent Allan Vester.
Two-time former middleweight title challenger and ex-European champion Khoren Gevor has been granted his release from Universum by a Hamburg court. Promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl stated, “I’m totally surprised by the decision, which is a plain miscarriage of justice.”
No HBO coverage of Saturday night’s Klitschko-Chambers IBF/WBO/IBO world heavyweight championship clash in Düsseldorf, Germany, but there will still be an American presence in the ring. Michael Buffer has been brought over to do the ring announcing (in English, no less) for the 51,000 in attendance at the Espirit Arena, as well as the millions watching in the 110 countries where the fight is being televised. Of course, Philadelphian Eddie Chambers is at the moment arguably the top American hope to win a heavyweight championship.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
World rated bantamweight Tantong Kiattaweesuk (17-0, 12 KOs) scored a fourth round stoppage over Jaypee Alipio (5-6-2, 2 KOs) in Petchburi, Thailand on Friday. Alipio attacked the IBF Pan Pacific 118 pound champion from the first bell but the skillful southpaw Kiattaweesuk kept his opponent off balance continually as he connected with accurate combinations. In round three Kiattaweesuk dropped Alipio with solid left cross and in round four the referee crowned the IBF #12 Kiattaweesuk when Alipio could not defend himself. For more details and photos click here…
Home to two of the first five Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) events, Charlotte, North Carolina will once again host the premier organization in mixed martial arts on Wednesday, March 31st, as the UFC returns to Charlotte for the first time in nearly 15 years with a spectacular card at the Bojangles Coliseum featuring the lightweight showdown between two-time title challenger Kenny Florian and Japanese superstar and former PRIDE champion Takanori Gomi. This bout will headline the latest edition of Spike TV’s hit UFC® Fight Night™ series, which airs at 8 p.m. ET/PT. (more…)
Manchester United goalkeeping legend Peter Schmeichel cannot wait for April 24. That is when fellow Dane Mikkel Kessler will challenge WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch in the second round of the Super Six World Boxing Classic in Herning, Denmark. Ever since hanging up his boots, Schmeichel has continued his success off the pitch in front of the camera, working as a popular TV host for Danish pay TV giant Viasat. Today the broadcast program for the Kessler-Froch fight was officially presented at Mikkel Kesslers gym in Copenhagen. (more…)
By Alexey Potapov
IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko weighed in at 244 pounds (111 kg) for Saturday’s title defense against mandatory challenger Eddie Chambers on Saturday night at the 51,000-seat Espirit Arena in Düsseldorf, Germany. Chambers scaled in at 209 pounds (95kg). More photos…
By Karl Freitag
Undefeated WBC #2 ranked Odlanier “La Sombra” Solis (15-0, 11 KOs) says he’s been ready to fight for the heavyweight championship since his first pro fight. “Since I turned professional, my goal has always been the same and I felt that I have been ready to fight for the most prized crown in this industry, which is the heavyweight crown,” said the 29-year-old. “I was ready then and I’m ready now and I’ll always be ready. When given the opportunity I will take full advantage and make the best of it.”
Solis has some notable credentials with wins over heavyweight champions Sultan Ibragimov and David Haye in the amateur ranks. He also has three world amateur championships in addition to a 2004 Olympic gold medal. Promoter Bob Arum says he hoping to get Solis into a world title shot as soon as possible. “It’s up to getting one of the champions to fight Solis,” he said, “and I’m very optimistic that will happen sometime before the end of the year, definitely.” (more…)
Chicago heavyweight Mike Mollo (19-3, 12 KOs) has signed an exclusive promotional contract with Boxing 360, it was announced today by the New York City-based company. The 30-year-old Mollo’s most notable victories to date have been against former Olympians, Mike Tyson-conqueror and former Irish heavyweight champion Kevin McBride (TKO2), and Canadian Art Binkowski. Mollo has also extended multiple world title challengers Andrew Golota and Jameel McCline the full 12-round distances, respectively, in their WBA Fedelatin and WBC Eliminator fights. (more…)
UFC® Makes Its Debut On Versus This Sunday Night
Brandon Vera vs Jon Jones, plus Junior dos Santos vs Gabriel Gonzaga – Live at 9pm ET / 6pm PT on Versus. DirecTV subscribers can find Versus on HD Channel 603
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Rivals Rashad and Rampage Collide At UFC® 114
The former champions will meet in the Octagon on Saturday, May 29 in Las Vegas
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