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Homecoming for O’Connor!
By Mark Vaz
The buzz in Boston this week is that native son Danny O’Connor has returned home for his first professional fight. After an outstanding amateur career which included winning the 2008 National Golden Gloves light welterweight championship and concluded with an alternate spot on the 2008 U.S.A Olympic Boxing Team, O’Connor signed with Seminole Warrior’s Promotions, and has fought in New Hampshire, Canada, and Florida, including an ESPN2 appearance two weeks ago. Scheduled to fight in New York, his hometown fans got lucky when The Garden show fell through and he was added to Saturday’s Celtic Pride Boxing action-packed St. Patrick’s Day Weekend show at the Dorchester Armory in Boston. (more…)
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Amir Khan 134.5 lbs vs Marco Antonio Barrera 135
(WBO lightweight eliminator)
Enzo Maccarinelli 199.25 vs Ola Afolabi 199.25
(Interim WBO Cruiserweight Title)
Nicky Cook 130 vs Rocky Martinez 130
(WBO Super Featherweight Title)
Venue: M.E.N. Arena, Manchester, United Kingdom
Promoter: Frank Warren
Pay-Per-View Information: Integrated Sports is distributing three 12-round championship bouts featured on the “Khan-Barrera” pay-per-view card, presented by Frank Warren, in North America for live viewing at 4 PM/ET – 1 PM/PT on cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, TVN, DirecTV and Dish Network in the United States, as well as Viewer’s Choice, Shaw Cable, Star Choice and Bell TV in Canada, for a suggested retail price of only $24.95. A replay will be shown later that night starting at 9 PM/ET – 6 PM/PT.
Notes: Highlights of the Commonwealth Light Middleweight title fight between defending champion Bradley Pryce (27-6, 17 KOs) and challenger Matthew Hall (21-1, 14 KOs) will also be shown on PPV.
As previouly reported on Fightnews.com, NABF light welterweight champion Frankie “El Gato” Figueroa (20-2, 13 KOs), now known as Gato Figueroa, takes on former WBO light welterweight champion Randall Bailey (38-6, 34 KOs) in an IBF title eliminator on April 3. The winner between IBF No. 3 rated Bailey (No. 1 and 2 are unrated) and No. 6 ranked Figueroa, shown live on ESPN from Memphis, will earn a title shot against IBF champion Juan Urango. “This is a phenomenal opportunity for me and I’m very happy that the fight has been made,” Figueroa said from his Miami-based training camp. (more…)
Former WBC heavyweight champon Oleg Maskaev weighed in at 248 while Rich Boruff weighed 231for their fight on Saturday in Mordovia. The event is a huge sell-out and there isn’t even standing room only available. The Head of State for the Republic of Mordovia, Nikolay Merkushkin, said “Maskaev is idolized by the people of Mordovia, particularly our youth. Due to the huge demand to see Maskaev, we are setting up 5 large screens throughout the city of Saransk to give his fans an opportunity to see the fight.”
The three-title bill card by Promociones del Pueblo for the Gimnasio Rodrigo M. Quevado in Ciudad Chihuahua, Mexico, is set for Saturday, March 21. The card, televised on Televiso in Mexico, features three WBC Fecombox title bouts. In the main event, Yory Boy Campas (92-13, 74 KOs) will test rising Chihuahuan star Marcos “Dorado” Reyes (10-0, 10 KOs) in a 12-rounder at middleweight. Fighting for the 140-pound Fecombox belt, hard-hitting Juarez super lightweight Javier “Zorro” Castro (19-1, 17 KOs) will take on Antonio “Cubanito” Izquierdo (17-4-1, 14 KOs) of Chihuahua in a 12-rounder. At 115 pounds, Victor Zaleta (7-1, 4 KOs) goes 12 with highly ranked Luis “Titi” Maldonado (37-3-1, 28 KOs). –Chris Cozzone
By Alexey Sukachev
Rising Eastern European heavyweight star Alexander Ustinov (14-0, 12 KOs) will be back to the squared circle on March 21 at Hanns-Martin-Schleyer Halle in Stuttgart, Germany, as a part of Klitschko – Gomez undercard. Ustinov, 32, who is born in Russia and possesses Russian citizenship, lives in Minsk, Belarus, and fights under Ukrainian K2 East Promotions banner, will take on American Danny Batchelder (25-6-1, 12 KOs) in a non-title clash. (more…)
King Arthur Abraham 159.6 vs Lajuan Simon 157.2
(IBF middleweight championship)
Lamon Brewster 234 vs Michael Sprott 234
Dominik Britsch: 159.8 vs Daniel Urbanski 159.8
(IBF Youth middleweight title)
First Lady Cecilia Braekhus 143.1 vs Vinni Skovgaard 146.8
(WBA/WBC female welterweight titles)
Venue: Sparkassen Arena in Kiel, Germany
Promoter: Sauerland Event
TV: ARD (Germany)
By Lee Bates at the scale
Z Gorres (28-2-2, 15KOs) and Roberto Leyva (25-8-1, 20KOs) both made weight for their 12 round showdown this Saturday for the WBO Oriental bantamweight title at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel, Cebu City in the Phillipines . Both Gorres and Leyva intially came in slightly over the 118 pound weight limit with Gorres at 118.5 and Leyva at 119. Gorres scaled 118 even on his second attempt while Leyva came in at 116 3/4 on his second attempt. Milan Melindo (17-0, 5KOs) and Muhammed Rachman (62-6-5, 31KOs) who will be in the semi main event scaled in at 106 lbs each.
By Lee Bates
WBO junior featherweight champion Juan “Juanma” Lopez (24-0, 22 KOs) and WBO bantamweight champion Gerry Penalosa (54-6-2, 36 KOs) pose with their respective title belts at their press conference on Thursday in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The two will meet April 25th at the Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez in Bayamón, Puerto Rico for Lopez’ title. The event titled “Champion vs. Champion” will be promoted by Top Rank Inc. & PR Best Boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera) and televised on HBO.
Andy Lee will face a familiar foe at The O2, Dublin on March 21st when he takes on former European title challenger Alex Sipos. Lee was a late addition to an already packed O2 line-up after a scheduled headline appearance at Madison Square Garden fell through last week. The two men are already familiar with each other having sparred at a Wladimir Klitschko training camp in Austria last year. Lee’s trainer, the legendary Emanuel Steward was very impressed with Sipos during those sessions and even invited the German to train at his famous Kronk Gym in Detroit. While Sipos never made it Stateside he’s coming to Dublin and planning on making Steward wishing he’d never set eyes on him in the first place. The Munich native Sipos has 19 wins and 2 draws from his 26 pro outings and his only stoppage defeat came courtesy of an elbow injury.” The main event will create history as for the first time ever a Dubliner challenges for a world title in his native city with Bernard Dunne bidding for Ricardo Cordoba’s WBA world title.
By Lee Bates
The final press conference was held today for Saturday’s main between Z Gorres (28-2-2, 15KOs) and former IBF world champion Roberto ‘Mako’ Leyva (25-8-1, 20KOs). The proceedings took place today at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel, Cebu City in the Phillipines site of the fight. The bout is scheduled for 12 rounds for the WBO Oriental bantamweight title. Ala Boxing Promotions is promoting the event. The bout preceding the main event also stands to be an entertaining fight where Gorres’ Ala Boxing Promotions stablemate Milan Melindo (17-0, 5KOs) takes on former IBF minimum world champion Muhammed Rachman (62-6-5, 31KOs). (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian middleweight contender Ben Crampton ( 21-1-2, 10 KOs) will box Joel Burke (13-17-2, 7 KOs) over eight rounds at the Revesby Workers Club, NSW, Australia tonight. Crampton is a hot favourite to defeat Burke but the Newcastle boxer has defeated former world rated Daniel Lovett. Crampton boxed in London, England during 2008 losing a decison in Commonwealth title bout… Promoter Paul Nasari.
Former Australian heavyweight champion Nathan Briggs ( 20-5, 16 KOs) will punch it out tonight with Michael Kirby (4-2-1, 1 KO) over twelve rounds at the Mansfield Tavern Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Briggs is trained by his twin brother Paul who challenged Tomasz Adamek for the WBC light heavyweight crown losing twice in action packed fights by majority decision. Paul said, “Nathan is boxing great and is much improved. I am confident he will defeat Kirby on Friday.” In a super middleweight bout Tyrone Tongia (9-2, 5 KOs) will clash with the experienced Josh Clenshaw (26-14, 13 KOs) in what will be the Brisbane boxer’s toughest bout. Promoter Angelo Di Carlo
Former Australian welterweight champion Shannon McMahon (15-3-1, 6 KOs) will be back in action tonight at the Moonee Valley Racecourse Reception Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia when he will clash with Thailand’s Saengsada Charoenkasem (7-8, 4 KOs). McMahon defeated Paul Tapley in ten rounds in 2005 to capture the national championship. Promoter is Joe Nader. Several of Melbourne’s best glovemen will be in attendance including Sam Soliman who extended Anthony Mundine over twelve rounds for WBA super middleweight crown in 2008 and also lost disputed decision to Ronald Winky Wright. Soliman said. “Joe Nader is a very good promoter and I am looking forward to seeing Shannon McMahon boxing.”
WTMO Telemundo Orlando’s Rafael Carderera is the new face of Boxeo Telemundo. Carderera is the co-anchor of Telenoticias’s El Poder Deportivo, and is now the ring announcer for Telemundo’s national broadcast of Boxeo Telemundo on Friday. The title bout is between Jose Angel Beranza versus Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. “It’s a privilege to be selected by Telemundo and All Star Boxing as the host of Boxeo Telemundo. I am excited about the opportunity to take a more active role in the community and with Telemundo by representing Telenoticias Orlando,” Rafael said as he prepares for the match, which will take place at the Kissimmee Civic Center. Boxeo Telemundo airs on tonight at 11:30pm/EST live on Telemundo. Carderera replaces longtime ring announcer Victor Suazo. The decision was made by Telemundo.
By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada
The last time fans saw super-middleweight Lucian Bute (23-0 18KO) in the ring, things weren’t going so great for the popular IBF world champion. A last minute charge from mandatory challenger Librado Andrade stunned a capacity Bell Centre crowd and put the undefeated Montreal fighter down for the first time in his professional career. Glassy eyed and legless, Bute managed to will himself to his feet with pandemonium breaking both inside and outside the ring. After the initial hysteria of long counts and home cooking, it was widely conceded that Bute who had gone down with five seconds left and had done what was required of him to win, by not only clearing the canvas before referee Marlon Wright’s elongated count but also a real time count of ten. With no time left, Bute was bruised and battered, but also vertical and victorious. The victory though came at a cost; the veil of invincibility was gone. The championship belt, showing preliminary signs of tarnish. Tonight the undefeated southpaw hopes to regain some of luster that escaped him last time out as he meets two-time world title challenger Fulgencio Zuniga (22-3-1 19KO). (More)
World Extreme Cagefighting® proudly confirms the remaining bouts for WEC: Torres vs. Mizugaki, live from the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois on Sunday, April 5. Tickets for World Extreme Cagefighting are on sale now and priced at $45.00, $75.00, $125.00 and $175.00. Tickets are available for purchase through the UIC Pavilion, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at 312-559-1212. . . . Click here for more
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For the first time in nearly ten years a world championship fight will take place in Mexicali when Cesar Canchila of Colombia defends his WBA Interim Mini Flyweight championship against Geovani Segura of Guerrero, Mexico at the Palenque FEX this Saturday in a card presented by Top Rank, Promociones Zanfer and Promociones Hurtado. Canchila arrived in Mexicali on Monday very confident of a victory over Segura the man he beat last July 26 in Las Vegas to win the championship. (more…)
IBF 168-pound world champion and hometown favorite Lucian Bute weighed in at 167.4 pounds and challenger Fulgencio Zuniga tipped the scales at 167.7 pounds in front of a packed, standing-room-only crowd during Thursday’s weigh in at La Cage Aux Sports in Montreal, Canada. La Cage Aux Sports is adjacent to the Bell Centre, home of the NHL’s Montreal Canadians and site of Friday night’s world championship fight on ShoBox: The New Generation live at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). (more…)
By Craig Watt
WBA welterweight champion Shane Mosley has been in Sydney, Australia this week and gave his opinion of Australian Boxing on Fox Sports News. He stated, “Boxing in Australia is in great shape and I saw with my own eyes this week some of the talent that exists over here. In Anthony Mundine, Vic Darchinyan and Michael Katsidis you have some real world class fighters and just underneath that level you have some excellent prospects. The sport over here is in great shape and I am sure will be exciting in the years to come. When you look at the boxing styles of Vic Darchynian and Michael Katsidis they fight like American fans love- with their hearts on their sleeve. They come to fight and fans want to see this style and approach. They put bums on seats and they excite boxing fans. They are great fighters with a great pedigree and deserve the positive praise they get. We love exciting fighters in exciting fights and they certainly provide this. Vic Darchynian is such an exciting fighter – one of the best in world boxing and is putting impact on the world stage for Australian boxing. The future of Australian boxing is sweet.” (more…)
In the UFC® light heavyweight division, the most talent-rich weight class in all of mixed martial arts, every bout is a Super Fight. This will never be more evident than on Saturday, May 23rd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, when champion “Sugar” Rashad Evans defends his crown for the first time against fellow unbeaten Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida in the main event of UFC 98, which is presented by Tequila CAZADORES . . . Click here for more
Khan in solitary confinement ahead of Barrera clash – Telegraph
Barrera will fight dirty against Amir Khan, says … – Telegraph
Roach – It’s down to me – Sky Sports
Beware of Barrera! – Sky Sports
Roach warning for Khan – Setanta Sports
Khan’s last chance – trainer – Manchester Evening News
Roach says Khan has greater handspeed than Pacquiao – Telegraph
Poverty Mex ‘em the best – The Sun
Integrated Sports will distribute a world-class pay-per-view card, headlined by Amir Khan versus “The Baby Faced Assassin” Marco Antonio Barrera, Saturday, March 14 live from The M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, United Kingdom . . . Click here for more
The American Association for the Improvement of Boxing (AAIB) will host its 40th Anniversary Founders Boxing Luncheon at the Marriott Hotel in Tarrytown, N.Y. on Sunday, March 15th, 2009 at 12:00 NOON. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Mahyar Monshipour 124 vs Felix Machado 124 10X 3
Rachid El Hadak,199 vs Konstantin Semerdjev,199 12X3
(IBF Mediterranean Title)
Affif Belguecham,165.5 vs Rafael Churita,166 6X3
Kedafi Djelkhir,123 vs Krastan Krastanov,123 6X3
Romain Jacob,132 vs Vladimir Bordov,132 6X3
Frederic Patrac,120.5 vs Elemir Rafael,123 6X3
Myriam Chomaz,131 vs Sandra Leite,132
Venue: Galaxy Stadium
Date: March 13,2009
TV: Channel 9
A humorous parody on Puerto Rican TV featured Miguel Cotto and a look-a-like for Antonio Margarito. The video is in Spanish, but is still amusing in any language. A big thanks to Fightnews reader Noel Totti for the heads up.
By dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Officials for the IBF super-middleweight title fight between Lucian Bute and Fulgencio Zuniga were named today for Friday’s match-up at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Fears of the Zuniga camp pulling out were averted when Lindsey Page Jr. was named the referee for the bout. Zuniga’s promoter Alfredo Marchio who had pleaded for neutral officials had announced earlier this week that he was willing to walk if referee Marlon Wright who had been the third man in the ring for Bute’s last five bouts was named once again. As is the norm in Quebec for world title bouts, two of the four officials were from Quebec. Judging at ringside will be Claude Pacquette and Pasquale Procopio both of Montreal joined by Eugene Grant of New Jersey.
The management of undefeated Philadelphia welterweight Mike Jones read with amusement comments made by James De La Rosa, of Benito, TX, on Fightnews.com that De La Rosa, also unbeaten, was willing to fight any welterweight around. In a prepared statement, Jones’ managers Doc Nowicki and Jim Williams, along with trainer Vaughn Jackson, had this to say about De La Rosa: “Twice we tried to get James De La Rosa into the ring and twice De La Rosa’s people turned us down. The first time occurred last September, just weeks after Jones knocked out Juliano Ramos for the NABA title. We got a call that De La Rosa had an Oct. 3 ShoBox date and was looking for an opponent. We got in touch with the matchmaker, but he told us there was no way De La Rosa would fight Jones. Instead, De La Rosa fought Tim Coleman, who had scored three knockouts in 15 fights. (more…)
By Alexey Uralets (at ringside) and Alexey Sukachev
German Titov, 2008 Russian promoter of the year, staged his first homeland show in 2009 tonight at Casino Vodoley in Ekaterinburg. In a main event, WBO #12 light middleweight Sherzod Husanov (12-0, 7 KOs) showed his class once again by stopping durable journeyman Artem Vychkin (8-23, 2 KOs) in the fourth round. The former Olympian for Uzbekistan used his superior skills to batter the naturally bigger Vychkin on the ropes all night long, being especially successful in the body-punching department. In round four, Vychkin was down after another huge left to the liver by Husanov and was unable to continue. (more…)
Roy Jones Jr., eight-time world champion, returns to Pensacola to fight for the first time since January 1999 when he battles Omar Sheika at the Pensacola Civic Center on Saturday, March 21. The fight card, which also includes a cruiserweight match-up between undefeated B.J. Flores against Jose Luis Herrera will be broadcast live on pay-per-view. Jones Jr. spoke to reporters today about the fight. Here’s what he had to say…
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By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Lucian Bute 167.4 vs. Fulgencio Zuniga 167.7
(IBF Super-Middleweight World Title)
Renan St-Juste 159.4 vs. Roberto Hernan Reuque 159.2
(WBC Continental Americas/ NABA Middleweight Title)
Benoit Gaudet 131.7 vs. Genaro Trazancos 131.9
Jo Jo Dan 143.6 vs. Cesar Soriano 143.8
Sebastien Gauthier 117.5 vs. Jorge Andres Cardenas 117.7
Pier-Olivier Cote 132.6 vs. Jesus Antonio Guitierrez 131
Eric Martel 241.6 vs. Igor Konnov 227.9
Natalie Forget 118.2 vs. Wendy Roy 121.2
Location: Bell Centre Montreal
First Bell: 7pm
Televsion: SHOWTIME (11pm)
By Joe Koizumi
Japanese lefty prospect Takahiro Aoh (17-1-1, 8 KOs), 126, impressively captured the WBC featherweight belt as he aggressively battered defending champ, Mexican warrior Oscar Larios (64-6-1, 40 KOs), 126, all the way and dropped him in the final session to score a unanimous decision (119-107, 118-109 and 116-111) over twelve lopsided rounds on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan. (More to come)
In Kobe, Japan, WBC bantam ruler Hozumi Hasegawa (26-2, 10 KOs), 117.75, kept his throne as he made short work of official challenger Vusi Malinga (18-3-1, 11 KOs), 115.5, South Africa, flooring him with fast combinations three times en route to a quick TKO win at 2:37 of the opening session in a contest of southpaws. It was the Japanese champ’s eighth defense since he dethroned Veeraphol Nakhornluang-Promotion of Thailand via unanimous verdict in 2005. (More to come)
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By Nick Giongco
Fightnews: Pacquiao is trying to invade your territory and how does it feel like a once puny fighter is hurling a challenge to the boss of the 140-pounders?
Ricky Hatton: I think it is a fact that some fighters move up and down the scales a lot more than others and why that is I just don’t know. I have always been a light-welter and I will always be a light-welter, don’t ask me why. Most fighters get bigger with age but I don’t. Manny obviously has because he started off as a flyweight and fought Oscar at 147 which is incredible really. But one of the greatest fighters of all time Sugar Ray Leonard started off as something like a welterweight and ended up winning the light heavy world title. Roy Jones Jnr was a middle wasn’t he and won the world heavyweight title, so there you go. It is horses for course. Some fighters put on the pounds because they get naturally bigger and others don’t. It just so happens I don’t and Manny does. But that doesn’t mean I am in for an easy night does it? He is a great fighter end of story and he showed what he could do at welter against Oscar. Anyone who can do that to one of the pound for pound greatest fighters of all time deserves respect and Manny has got my respect no doubt about it. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg
Romanian-born Lucian Bute (23-0, 18 KOs), now living in Montreal, Canada, will make the third defense of his IBF super middleweight title against IBF #13-ranked Fulgencio Zuniga (22-3-1, 19 KOs), of Barranquilla, Colombia, this Friday at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Bute, 29, won the title on October 19, 2007, with an 11th round stoppage of Alejandro Berrio, with successful defenses coming against William Joppy (TKO 10) and Librado Andrade (UD 12). Zuniga is a former world title challenger, who dropped a decision to Russian Denis Inkin in a try for the vacant WBO super middleweight title last September. The Bute – Zuniga bout will be featured on a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation, televised on SHOWTIME. (more…)
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