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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Manny Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach today at the famed Wildcard Boxing Club in Hollywood, California.
Shamone Alvarez 147.5 vs Alexis Camacho 147.5
Vinny Maddalone 232.5 vs Dominique Alexander 222.5
Chuck Mussachio 172.5 vs Richmond Dalphone 176
Josh Mercado 149 vs Ismael Garcia 151
Joey Dawejko 225.5 vs Kimani Cunningham 236
Venue: Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City
Promoter: Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing
Dorin Spivey (37-5, 29 KOs) will defend his NABA lightweight title against against prospect Tyrell Samuel (14-3, 6 KOs) April 3rd. The bout will take place at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia. This is the initial function in the newly established International Championship Boxing series (ICB). The series was formed by veteran promoter Jack Fulton with boxing’s well known Don Elbaum handling the matchmaking. “We’ll be showcasing fighters from different continents in a variety of weight classes from seasoned competitors to tomorrow’s heroes.” said Fulton. The ICB already has dates booked at the Norfolk Scope through the rest of 2010 for their series. For ticket information, call the Scope Box Office at 757-664-6464.
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati at ringside
Italian rising star Luca Marasco (15-0, 5 KOs) retained his National title at the lightweight limit for the second time in front of his supporters at the Dancing Sport Lavello in Calolziocorte, Italy on Friday night. Local hero Marasco outscored the vicious challenger and former Italian titlist Pasquale Di Silvio (11-2, 4 KOs) over ten entertaining and strong rounds of boxing. Click here for a full report and more photos
By Jeff Zimmerman
At the Maple Ave Boxing Gym in Dallas, Texas, former U.S. national amateur champion and 2008 Olympic trials finalist Roberto Marroquin (12-0 9 KOs) gets taped up as he readies himself for his personal media day leading up to the event: Pacquiao vs. Clottey on March 13th at the Cowboy Stadium. There is no Jerry Jones, Michael Buffer or Cowboy cheerleaders anywhere to be found at this new gym just south of Dallas, but make no mistake; Marroquin is more than just a footnote for this mega event. In fact to many it’s just a matter of time before he’s a world champion. Top Rank Chief Bob Arum thinks so highly of him that he personally introduced him to the media and fans at the kick off press conference at Cowboy Stadium. Click here for a full report and more photos.
Welterweight Ernesto Zavala (21-4, 8 KOs) defeated Oregon’s Jason Davis (11-6-1) by way of third round TKO in a weltweight main event on Thursday night at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles, California. After an expected slow round one, Zavala began regularly connecting on Davis. The bout was stopped at the end of round three by the referee when Davis was unable to continue due to an apparent arm or shoulder injury. It was the first bout for Zavala in nearly five years. Legendary Trainer Freddie Roach worked the corner of Zavala.
In the co-feature, heavyweight Damian ‘Bolo’ Wills (27-2-1) stopped journeyman Billy Willis (12-19-1) by way of fourth round TKO. Craig Zimmerman’s MEZ Sports promoted the event.
Vic Darchinyan 115 vs Rodrigo Guerrero 114
(WBC/WBA super flyweight championship)
Lenny Zappavigna 135 vs Fernando Angulo 138
Venue: Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa
Promoter: Gary Shaw
TV: A special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME® this Saturday, March 6 (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
By Alexey Sukachev
At Leisure Centre in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, UK, English heavyweight titleholder Tyson Fury (10-0, 8 KOs) scored another first-round TKO in a virtual mismatch against weak German Hans-Joerg Blasko (9-4, 6 KOs). Blasko was down after a huge body shot by Fury and was finished with a barrage of punches soon thereafter. Time of stoppage was 2:14 of the first.
Both local boy Gary Sykes and heated rival Andy Morris entertained a roaring crowd in the next edition of “War of Roses” between Yorkshire and Lancashire fighters. Bigger and stronger Sykes (15-0, 4 KOs) pressed forward throughout the entire fight while smaller but technically sounder Andy Morris (18-3, 6 KOs) used his skills and tried to box on distance rather than to battle in close quarters. At the end it turned out that Sykes was a better man tonight, cruising to a unanimous decision with scores 115-114 (twice) and 116-113. Fightnews scored this back-and-forth action a draw 115-115. Sykes is a new BBBofC British super featherweight titlist after this win.
Gary “Digital” Williams at the scale
Jimmy Lange 150 vs. Chase Shields 151
(Lange is defending his WBC/USNBC super welterweight title)
Bayan Jargal 141.5 vs. Louie Leija 143
Andrew Farmer 138 1/4 vs. Ikem Orji 138
Juan Rodriguez 143 vs. Damian Butler 145
Lawrence Jones 152 vs. Vincent Batteast 150
Patrick Budd 187 vs. Robert McConnell 189
Dwayne McRae 253 vs. Theron Johnson 221
Francois Ambang 176 vs. Sergei Kovalev TBA
Venue: George Mason University Patriot Center, Fairfax, Virginia
Promoter: ICE Promotions
Bullit Knockout Promotions of Poland has won the rights to promote the vacant WBC cruiserweight world championship fight between Krzysztof Wlodarczyk and Giacobbe Fragomeni with a purse offer of $616,000. OPI 2000 Promotions of Italy offered $477,717.
Arena Box-Promotion of Germany has won the rights to promote the WBC interim welterweight world championship fight between Luis Collazo and Selcuk Aydin with a bid of $210,000. Don King Productions offered $201,000.
Saúl Álvarez 147 vs Brian Camechis 144.6
Venue: Palenque de la Feria, Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico
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By Dave Spencer
Sebastien Demers 169.14 vs. William Joppy 169.12
Nicholson Poulard 170 vs. Larry Sharpe 167.2
Kevin Bizier 146.7 vs. Noel Cortez 150.14
Logan McGuinness 129.9 vs. Pedro Navarrete 129.10
Samuel Vargas 146.10 vs. Pascal Leonard 145.6
Venue: Casino de Montreal
Promoter: Group Yvon Michel (GYM)
First Bell: 12 pm
Television: V Channel 9pm (tape delay)
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Happy birthday to trainer Freddie Roach, who hit 50 today. Freddie will be spending the day doing what he loves to do most, working with his fighters at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, California.
Edward Shaw, 92, father of promoter Gary Shaw, passed away on Thursday. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, March 9, beginning at 10 a.m. ET at Jewish Memorial Chapel, 841 Allwood Road, Clifton, NJ 07012 (973-779-3048). In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made in Edward Shaw’s memory to the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge.
Undefeated WBA #8, IBF #11, WBC #16 welterweight Mike Jones (20-0, 16 KOs), of North Philadelphia, will box in a scheduled 10-rounder, making the fifth defense of his NABA title on the April 17 card in Atlantic City’s 10,000 seat Boardwalk Hall headlined by Kelly Pavlik’s WBC/WBO world middleweight title defense against Sergio Martinez. Tickets are priced at $50, $100, $200, and $350. Call 215-765-0922.
Jones, 25, scored the biggest win of his career Feb. 27 when he earned a unanimous 10-round decision over former world-title challenger Henry Bruseles in front of a standing-room crowd at Bally’s Atlantic City.
As reported yesterday, unbeaten heavyweight contender and IBF mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin (18-0, 13 KOs) will take on Javier Mora in Berlin on March 13. The 2004 Olympic gold medal winner will make his second fight under the guidance of star coach Teddy Atlas. In December, the 30-year-old Russian became the first man to knock out Leo Nolan, clinching a third-round KO victory in Ludwigsburg. To warm up for the hotly-anticipated showdown against Wladimir Klitschko, Povetkin needs to take care of business against Mora (22-3, 18 KOs) on the Huck-Richards card. “Everything can happen in heavyweight boxing, so I really need to be on alert,” Povetkin said. “I will of course be entering the fight as the favourite since I had a very good amateur career and I am currently the IBF’s number one. I will win this fight and show everybody that I am ready for Klitschko.” (more…)
When bantamweight Dominick Cruz speaks of the sacrifices he’s made to get to Saturday’s world title fight against champion Brian Bowles at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, you can tell that there’s more at stake for him than a shiny gold belt. You quickly see that this isn’t your typical “winning the belt is my dream” underdog story.
For the 24-year-old San Diego resident, Saturday’s world title fight is an opportunity to change his life forever. Should Cruz win his first world championship this weekend, gone will be the days of eating Top Ramen to get by. Gone too will be the days of him sleeping on the floor on a worn-out mattress. If Cruz (14-1) is able to best unbeaten champion Bowles (8-0) on Saturday, he believes the life of hardship he’s lived will be changed for eternity. (more…)
With a performance that resulted in a big win against previously undefeated hot prospect John Molina, Jr. back in November, NABF and WBO NABO Lightweight Champion Martin “El Brochas” Honorio showed the sellout crowd at Pechanga Casino & Resort and a worldwide audience on SHOWTIME a portrait of the boxer that he is and one determined to improve. On tonight’s main event of ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights,” the 30-year old Mexican buzz saw will be back at Pechanga focused on another unbeaten fighter in Wilton Hilario (12-0-1, 9KOs). This time, with a win, he will stake a claim to a place among the top five fighters in the lightweight division. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBA super-flyweight champ Nobuo Nashiro (13-1-1, 8 KOs), Japan, will engage in a grudge fight with mandatory challenger Hugo “Increible” Cazares (30-6-2, 22 KOs), Mexico, in Osaka, Japan, on May 8. It was announced by Takashi Edagawa, the impresario of Mutoh Promotions. They put on a furious performance en route to a well-received split draw (116-112, 112-116, 114-114) in their first encounter there last September. Reviewing their fierce battle, we clearly remember Cazares swept the first half, while Nashiro the last half. Their rematch has been regarded as inevitable and highly anticipated to decide who the better man is. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Osborne Machimana returns to action after fifteen months when he defends his South African heavyweight title against the inexperienced Bull Moravha at the Nasrec Indoor Arena, Johannesburg on Sunday afternoon. The 31-year-old Machimana (17-6-1, 12 KOs) won the title in April 2005 when he stopped Anton Nel in the fifth round and has made successful defenses against Wiseman Dlomo, Jake Els, Peter Cronje and Miyan Solomons on two occasions. (more…)
IBF Super Flyweight world champion Simphiwe Nongqayi of South Africa (16-0, 6 KOs) will make the first defense of his world title against Frenchman Malik Bouziane in Massy, Essonne, France. Traveling to an opponent’s backyard is nothing new for Nongqayi, who won his world title against world champion Jorge ‘Travieso’ Arce in Arce’s native Mexico. Bouziane’s promoter EUROPROM Gerard Teysseron will promote the event.
Unbeaten heavyweight sensation Robert Helenius (11-0, 7 KOs) will return to the ring on March 26 when he takes on Gbenga “Bang Bang” Oloukun at the Töölö Sporthall in Helsinki, Finland. The 26-year-old comes off a string of spectacular KO victories, including an impressive eighth-round stoppage of former WBO Heavyweight Champion Lamon Brewster. “Robert has enormous potential,” Team Sauerland sports director Hagen Doering said at a press conference in Helsinki on Thursday. “The fact that he stopped Brewster in just his 11th fight tells you something about his class. He has got what it takes to be a champion one day.” (more…)
Top Rank has reached a preliminary agreement to stage WBA junior middleweight champion Yuri Foreman’s June 5 defense against former welterweight champion Miguel Cotto on June 5 at Yankee Stadium. Nothing signed or finalized at this point, but it looks good.
The weigh-in for world champions Devon Alexander and Juan Urango will take place today at 5:30PM in the Mohegan Sun Shoppes concourse area (near the Coach store). The weigh-in is open to the public.
WBC #1 super welterweight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will be dropped from the WBC ratings until June while serving a six month suspension imposed by the NSAC. The “Son of the Legend” will have to take some tests when he returns to see if he can remain at the 154lb limit.
By Jeffrey Pamungkas
Daud Cino Yordan has commented on his coming fight with Celestino Caballero for the WBA interim featherweight belt on April 10. “I have obtained Caballero’s videos for two months now. He’s experienced and skillfull, but I have learned his style and I’m sure I can defeat him. I know he’s now handled by Jeff Mayweather in the US, but I don’t think it will change his basic style. Becoming a boxing world champion has become my obsession since I was a kid, and I don’t want to waste this wonderful opportunity.” (more…)
Nicholas Iannuzzi 199.6 vs Victor Barragan 198
Quinton Willis 155.6 vs Omar Bell 155
Cordaro Simpkins 128.2 vs Juan Luis Melendez 130
Charlie Serrano 122 vs Sammir Garcia 122
Marcus Willis 154.2 vs Odias Dumezil 160
Chris Vendola 237.4 vs Robert Turner 204.4
Venue: Tampa Westshore DoubleTree Hotel
Promoter: One Punch Productions
Tickets: $20 Gen, $35 Resv, $75-$100 VIP
Doors Open at 7:00 PM, Fight Starts at 7:30 PM
Tickets available at Ticketmaster or call 813-503-8109
By Jose E. Santiago
Shea Bailey Promotions is bringing what he promises to be an exciting night of fights to the boxing starved city of Atlanta. Titled “Atlanta’s Fight Night,” the card will feature former junior welterweight contender Paul “The Truth” Delgado. Also highlighted will be Bahamian 2008 Olympian Tureano Johnson making his long awaited pro debut. The fights will be held at the beautiful Center Stage Theatre in the heart of Atlanta GA. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Doors open at 7pm, fights start at 8pm.
Paul Delgado 149 vs Roberto Valenzuela 149
Clarence Moore 182 vs. Anthony Doughty 178
Nicole Woods 136 vs. Tara Mcullough 137
Leshaun Blair 118 vs. Akbar Walton 112
Taureano Johnson 161 vs. Cleoney Fuqua 160
Gerald Jordan 150 vs. Joseph Figueroa 151
Dino Dumonjic 154 vs. Frankie Reed TBA
By Marc Lichtenfeld
Dr. Allan Fields, an award winning ringside physician, with nearly 40 years of experience, confirmed Tavoris Cloud’s injury Thursday night on the Through the Ropes radio program. Cloud pulled out of a scheduled April 10th fight on HBO with Glen Johnson earlier this week due to injury. At the same time the injury was disclosed, it was revealed that Cloud signed a new contract to be promoted by Don King Productions. Dr. Fields, who examined Cloud, told Through the Ropes listeners that there was a knot on the back of Cloud’s left leg, that the fighter complained of severe pain and was noticeably limping. Dr. Fields suspected torn muscle fibers and a hematoma. Cloud was told to lay off training for six weeks. Through the Ropes is heard Thursday nights at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT on 75 stations around the country, Fightnews.com and podcast available on iTunes.
Unbeaten former champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather and WBO welterweight champion Sugar Shane Mosley wrapped up their cross country tour today at the Nokia Plaza at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles announcing their May 1 clash at The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. More photos plus quotes…
Review by David L. Hudson Jr.
Powerful, provocative and penetrating. Compelling, controversial and commanding. Assault in the Ring tells the unforgettable and tragic story of the Luis Resto-Billy Collins 1983 bout in which Resto pounded the unbeaten prospect Collins over 10 rounds in an upset at Madison Square Garden . . . Click here for more
World Extreme Cagefighting® announced today that UFC light heavyweight star Stephan Bonnar will serve as color commentator for the organization’s broadcast on VERSUS this Saturday. Bonnar, one of the most recognizable names in the sport, will work alongside play-by-play voice Todd Harris.
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Gearing up for Saturday’s loaded event at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, WEC General Manager Reed Harris and bantamweight contender Miguel Angel Torres were honored by the city’s National Hockey League team this morning.
Popular, hard-hitting Vic “The Raging Bull’’ Darchinyan (33-2-1, 27 KOs) will defend his World Boxing Council/World Boxing Association (WBC/WBA) super flyweight crowns against streaking Rodrigo “Gato’’ Guerrero (13-1-1, 9 KOs) in the main event on a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME® this Saturday, March 6 (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa here. (more…)
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