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Whether they’re 25, 35, or 45 years old, the great ones never ask ‘Who’; they only ask ‘When.’ Matt Hughes, 36 years old, 44-7 as a pro mixed martial artist, and with enough accolades over the course of his 12 years in the game to guarantee an eventual spot in the UFC Hall of Fame, definitely falls into this category. He’s never asked to pick and choose opponents, never ducked the best in the world, and it’s what has cemented his place in the sport, whether the end result was a win or a loss. . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
WBA heavyweight champon David Haye’s wish to fight IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko next may prove to be an expensive proposition. Reportedly a number of 700,000 Euros ($935,000) has been mentioned as the step-aside fee Haye would have to pay IBF mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin to make the fight with Wlad happen next.
This could open the door for Haye to fight Golden Boy stablemate Bernard Hopkins, who has expressed an interest in fighting Haye.
Earlier this morning, former Word Champion Miguel Cotto officially announced through his Twitter account that his new head trainer will be Emanuel Steward. The legendary hall of fame trainer has already joined Miguel in his training camp, and will remain together with the Puerto Rican superstar until June 5th, when he will challenge WBA Super Welterweight Champion Yuri Foreman, in the Yankee Stadium, in New York.
AThe light-heavyweight title will be on the line on when the Ultimate Fighting Championship® returns to the Bell Centre in Montreal. At UFC® 104 last October, light heavyweight champion Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida and challenger Mauricio “Shogun” Rua engaged in a back-and-forth five round battle resulting in the champion retaining his belt via a razor-thin unanimous decision. On Saturday, May 8, these two warriors will square off once again with the championship on the line for UFC 113: Machida vs. Shogun 2, live from the Bell Centre. (more…)
IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck (28-1, 16 KOs) and Rodolfo Ezequiel Martinez (36-3-1, 13 KOs) faced off Tuesday in advance of their world title showdown on Friday in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The Argentine Martinez promised to do “a tango” in the ring against Zavek, who countered by saying he would show the challenger a Slovenian Polka. Both fighters looked to be in top form. The SES Boxing-promoted Zaveck is known for his aggressive style and said he wants to impress his fellow countrymen. Martinez, however, stated Zaveck would be impressed by his style and he would go on the offensive and take the belt from the champion.
The first title defense of the IBF champion will take place on Friday and be available worldwide in 240 countries through a live pay-per-view webcast at www.sport1.de at 10PM CET/4PM ET/1PM PT.
Lorraine Chargin, longtime boxing promoter with her husband Don, passed away Tuesday in a hospital near their Cambria, California coastal home. Lorraine and Don have been a couple since 1957 and wed for 49 years. “I don’t know what I’ll do without my sweet Lorraine,” said Don. “I can’t stop looking at her picture. The only comfort I have is knowing that my sweetheart is no longer suffering.” Lorraine, 79, had been treated for cancer in recent weeks. Don was inducted into The International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2001 and everyone agreed that Lorraine was unofficially a member of The Hall as well. A memorial service for friends and family will be held in Cambria next Wednesday. She will missed but never forgotten. Rest in peace, Lorraine.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA International Officials Committee has ruled in favor of a direct rematch between WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno and former interim champion Nehomar Cermeño after their recent controversial split decision in Venezuela. The free negotiation began Tuesday and will extend one month. The bout is likely to again take place in Venezuala. WBA executive vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza said he expects the rematch to decide who will be the best bantamweight in the WBA.
It’s not what you’d expect to see 10 days before the biggest fight of his career, but powerful middleweight Renan St-Juste puts some novices through their paces at his Club de Boxe 35 in Repentigny, Quebec. St-Juste (20-1-1 13KO) meets Dionisio Miranda (20-5-2 18KO) of Columbia at The Bell Centre in Montreal as the co-feature the Lucian Bute vs. Edison Miranda bout.
Former welterweight champion Antonio ‘The Tijuana Tornado’ Margarito announces his return to the ring during a press conference today in Los Angeles. Margarito will face Roberto Garcia in a 10-round super elterweight fight on May 8 from Aguascalientes, Mexico. Top Rank promotes this “Latin Fury 14″ Pay-Per-View event in association with Tecate and Zanfer Promotions.
By Jose E. Santiago
In an NABF cruiserweight title fight hyped up with bad blood featuring Yahya McClain versus Lou Del Valle less than two weeks away, Del Valle has been sidelined by an apparent back injury. According to the Del Valle camp the injury occurred while he was training this past weekend. A doctors analysis has not been performed and is currently scheduled for Wednesday. McClain senses something fishy in the works. “How can a man be injured so severely that he can’t fight, but hasn’t even gone to see a doctor yet?” McClain told Fightnews Tuesday afternoon. Stepping in to fill the void is 35 year old Jason Richardson (18-5 11KO) of the Chicago area. Robinson is a viable, and experienced challenge for McClain being that he’s duked it out with world champions James Toney, Ezra Sellers, and O’Neal Bell in the past. (more…)
Hot unbeate super middleweight prospects will be featured on the April 30th edition of “SHOBOX, The New Generation.” The card takes place at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago and will feature Donovan “Da Bomb” George, Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez and Marcus “Too Much” Johnson in separate bouts. George (19-0-1, 17 KOs) will battle Osumanu Adams (17-1, 13 KOs) in a scheduled eight round bout. Rodriguez (14-0, 10 KOs) has an eight round battle with Kevin Engel (17-2, 14 KOs). And, Johnson (18-0, 14 KOs) meets fellow unbeaten Derek Edwards (25-0, 13 KOs) in a ten rounder. Tickets start at $31. Call 1-800-745-3000.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
More details are emerging on the May 29 card at the D.C. Armory in Washington D.C. According to promoter Garcia Staley of Titanium Productions, former WBO world champion DeMarcus Corley will be facing Verquan “The Show” Kimbrough for the UBO 140lb belt. Former two-time WBC champion of the world Keith Holmes (41-5, 25 KOs) will be taking on an opponent to be confirmed for the vacant UBO International middleweight title. There will also be a third UBO title bout as former IBF world champion Kassim Ouma takes on Ishmail Arvin for the UBO light middleweight title.
Former world champion Cristian Mijares (38-6-2, 17 KOs) and Francisco “Panchito” Arce (30-5-2, 21 KOs) collide in a WBC bantamweight eliminator on Saturday at the Palenque de la Feria in Durango, Mexico. “By knockout or by decision, either way I’m coming out with a victory against Arce,” said Mijares. “I say this with confidence based on the preparation I’ve done.” Panchito Arce is the younger brother of triple world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce, who was defeated in a high profile fight by Mijares in April 2007. The co-featured bout will be for the Latino flyweight title between Faustino Cupul (22-2, 16 KOs) and Julio Cesar “Pingo” Miranda (30-5-1, 23 KOs). In addition, former welterweight champion José Luis “Maestrito” López launches his comeback against Juan Carlos “Chocolate” Barreto.
For ten years, Thompson Boxing Promotions has delivered the best fights and fighters to boxing fans throughout the Southern California area, developing world champions such as Timothy Bradley and Yonnhy Perez in the process. On Friday, April 23rd, this tradition of excellence continues, as junior welterweight standouts Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera and Efren “Huracan” Hinojosa collide in the eight round main event of “Path to Glory” at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. (more…)
After it was announced that Kendall Grove would take on Mark Munoz April 10th at UFC 112, it is conceivable that the TUF 3 middleweightwinner began to wonder if there was a new rule in place that required him to only fight former NCAA wrestling champions. Last November, Grove made short work of the highly touted Jake Rosholt, a three-time national champ at Oklahoma State, despite being considered an underdog by oddsmakers . . . Click here for more by Elias Cepeda, UFC.com
It has already been announced that former WBO world champion DeMarcus Corley will fight for the UBO light welterweight title on May 29 in Washington D.C., and now Titanium Promotions reveals that one more local former world champion will attempt to lift a UBO belt on their show promoted at the D.C. Armory. Former two-time WBC champion of the world Keith Holmes (41-5, 25 KOs) will be taking on an opponent to be confirmed for the vacant UBO International middleweight title. Titanium Promotions will announce opponents for Holmes and Corley within the next few weeks.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australian welterweight Heath Ellis (12-1-1, 6 KOs) will meet hard punching Steve Maxwell (6-3, 4 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Malvern Town Hall in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Maxwell recently stopped two time Australian champion Matthew Paulley in a major upset of 2009 and is confident of repeating the same against Ellis who is regarded as one of Australia’s best prospects. Ellis has an excellent pedigree being the nephew of Australian boxing legend Lester Ellis who was world IBF 130 pound champion and reigned as champion during the 1980s. (more…)
Four-time world heavyweight champion Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield and WBF heavyweight titleholder Frans “The White Buffalo” Botha worked out at a special “Beat and Greet” event on Monday at the Findlay Toyota in Henderson, Nevada. They collide Saturday at the Thomas and Mack in Las Vegas in a bout that can be seen on pay-per-view.
The undercard for Saturday night’s “The Legend Returns” pay-per-view event at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, headlined by four-time world heavyweight champion Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield against WBF beltholder Frans “The White Buffalo” Botha, has been announced by Crown Boxing. In the 10-round co-feature, local cruiserweight Henry Namauu (5-3, 3 KOs) meets Rayford Johnson (5-4, 3 KOs). Former IBF cruiserweight champion “King” Arthur Williams (46-16-1, 30 KOs) tests unbeaten Valente Tinajero (8-0, 4 KOs) in a six-rounder. Also on the undercard in four-round bouts are featherweight Rocco Santomauro (3-0) vs. Karl Hammer (1-2), super bantamweight Crystal Hoy (3-1-2, 2 KOs) vs. Jennifer Han (0-1-1), lightweight Joel Flores (3-0, 3 KOs) vs. Jose Fernandez (1-1), welterweight Lawrence Hughes (3-0, 3 KOs) vs. TBA, lightweight Jesus Gutierez (1-0, 1 KO) vs. Jonathan Garcia, and super bantamweight Alexis Santiago (2-0-1, 1 KO) vs. Brice Yeniki (0-4).
Report by Scott Ploof
Photography by Emily Harney
Danbury, CT’s Delvin Rodriguez (25-4-2, 14 KOs) retained his USBA welterweight title as he won a twelve round unanimous decision over a game “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (22-5-2, 10 KO’s) in an action packed main event on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights this past Friday night from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. Scores of the bout in favor of Rodriguez read 117-110, 119-108, and 118-109. Rodriguez worked off his jab the entire night to setup the hook and right hand. Arnaoutis showed his durability and tenacity throughout as he landed some nice counters in the losing effort. The six bout fight card was promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing. 154 pound Providence, RI prospect Demetrius Andrade (10-0, 7 KOs) scored a six round unanimous decision over an outclassed Geoffrey Spruiell (8-9, 2 KOs). All three judges scored the fight a perfect shutout for Andrade 60-54. Click here for action packed photogallery.
Former WBA super welterweight champion Travis Simms (27-1, 20 KOs), now a local city councilman, and his twin brother Tarvis Simms (25-1, 11 KOs) have been reportedly arrested after getting into an ugly fight with each other over the weekend at Travis’ home in Norwalk, CT. Both are facing third-degree assault charges.
USA Olympian and rising young contender Vanes ‘Nightmare’ Martirosyan of Glendale, Calif., has re-signed with Top Rank announced Bob Arum today. Martirosyan, 23, has a record of 27-0 with 17 knockouts. He is trained by Freddie Roach and handled by Shelly Finkel. Martirosyan is ranked WBO #3, WBC #5, IBF #8 and WBA #8 at 154 pounds. As an amateur Martirosyan represented the United States in the 2004 Olympics. “Vanes is definitely one of the future superstars in boxing,” Arum said. “We helped develop Vanes during his first five years. Now, with the coaching of the great Freddie Roach, Vanes will be heading to the top level of boxing.”
It was also announced that Christian Martinez, 22, of the Bronx, N.Y. signed a promotional contract with Top Rank. Martinez is a young super welterweight with a 3-0-0 record with 3 knockouts. As an amateur boxer, Martinez was in about 145 bouts and was a gold medalist in the New York Golden Gloves and the Empire State Games. He is managed by Craig Hamilton and advised by Anthony Catanzaro. Christian’s father, Edwin, is the chief trainer. Martinez, born in Puerto Rico, began boxing at the age of 10 at the Jerome Boxing Club in the Bronx, N.Y. He is scheduled to box on the Miguel Cotto vs. Yuri Foreman fight card at Yankee Stadium on June 5. “Fight fans are going to love Christian Martinez,” said Hamilton, who also manages John Duddy. “He is a big puncher, well-schooled and has a ton of amateur experience.”
By Francisco Salazar
Paul Williams and Kermit Cintron have quite a bit in common. Both were world champions at 147 pounds. Both have faced Antonio Margarito, whom Williams beat by majority decision almost three years ago. Cintron was not as fortunate, being stopped twice by the hard-hitting Mexican. Now, there is another thing in common between the hard-hitting super welterweights. Aside from praising one another’s accomplishments and strengths, both agreed that the best man will win in their May 8th super welterweight showdown at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. (more…)
After his unanimous victory Saturday night over Roy Jones Jr., two division world champion Bernard Hopkins, was taken to University Medical Center immediately following the fight after receiving a rabbit punch to the back of his head in the sixth round of the 12-round bout. Hopkins was released early Sunday morning after receiving a clean bill of health from doctors who examined him thoroughly as all tests administered revealed negative results including a CAT scan. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former WBA middleweight challenger Jamie Pittman (19-1, 8 KOs) will clash with Ghana’s Joseph Kwadio (13-1, 9 KOs) at the La Montage Reception Center in Sydney, NSW, Australia on Thursday. Former WBO featherweight challenger Billy Dib (25-1, 13 KOs) will be in action against Filipino Reynaldo Belandres (13-1, 8 KOs) over eight rounds. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Puerto Rican world champions Roman “Rocky” Martínez and Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. will defend their world titles in Bayamón, Puerto Rico on May 29 in the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez. Martínez will be facing Nicaraguan challenger Gonzalo Munguía for his WBO Jr. lightweight world crown and Wilfredo Vasquez Jr will meet Hungarian Zsolt Bedak for his WBO super bantamweight world belt. The event is presented by PR Best Boxing Promotions.
The Agua Caliente Casino, Resort, Spa in Rancho Mirage, California is offering 2-for-1 tickets to all members of law enforcement, fire & rescue departments, military, families of deployed military and first responders to the Saturday, April 10th special edition of the ESPN Championship Boxing. In the main event, undefeated welterweight contender Orlando Lora (26-0-1, 18 KOs) rumbles with gritty veteran David Estrada (22-6, 14 KOs) for the vacant WBC FECOMBOX welterweight title. A member of Mexico’s 2000 Olympic team, Lora is trained by highly regarded Abel Sanchez in Big Bear. Estrada is one tough veteran, having gone ten or more rounds with Shane Mosley, Kermit Cintron, Shane Mosley, Andre Berto and Luis Abregu. The co-main event features undefeated top-ten junior featherweight contender and NABO champion Victor Fonseca (17-0, 9 KOs) against heavy-handed veteran Andre Wilson (11-3-1, 9 KOs). (more…)
Ask Jon Madsen about the a-ha moment that convinced him to go from working the front desk at a Holiday Inn to working his way into the UFC heavyweight division, and he doesn’t have the foggiest clue where to begin. He says the best person to ask is his mother . . . Click here for more by Debbie Lee, UFC.com
Ringside report by Gerardo Martinez
Photos courtesy of Joel Priest
The last time Mohammad Said (33-9-1, 24 KOs) fought in the U.S. was in 2007 against light middleweight contender James Kirkland, when he lost by second round KO. This time around, he did not do much better, losing one round later, by TKO, to Ignacio’s own Elco “The Animal” Garcia (23-7, 12 KOs). Doubling as a travel agent, Said would be wise not book any flights back to the U.S. any time soon . . . Click here for more
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