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By Ron Jackson
Zolani Marali won the vacant IBO junior lightweight belt when he outpointed Gamaliel Diaz of Mexico over 12 rounds in a one-sided encounter at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, on Thursday night.
Judge Isaac Tshabalala (SA) and Howard Foster (UK) scored it 120-108 and 119-109, whilst judge Andre van Grootenbruel (Belguim) had it 119-108 in a tournament presented by Rodney Berman’s Golden Gloves Promotions. In a poor and untidy contest with more wrestling and holding than boxing the bigger and taller Marali 20-2; 13 dominated throughout as he scored with his southpaw right jab. The only excitement in the bout was in the seventh round when Diaz 23-9-2; 10 was put down with a left to the jaw to take a count from referee Andile Matika (SA). The Mexican was down on three other occasions from slips and pushes. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
In the eight round middleweight main event, Nigerian prospect Albert “The Punisher” Onolunose (17-0, 6 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Anthony Bartinelli (20-12-2, 13 KOs) on Thursday night at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD. Scores were 80-71, 79-72, 79-72.
Unbeaten featherweight prospect Matt “The Sharp Shooter” Remillard (17-0, 9 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Columbian veteran Jesus Perez (25-25-3, 14 KOs). Remillard dropped Perez in round two and Perez did not come out for round four.
Popular Baltimore super middleweight Mike “The Persecutor” Paschall (18-1-1. 4 KOs) pounded out a six round unanimous decision over Sam “The Punching Policeman” Hill (17-11-1, 10 KOs). Scores were 60-54, 59-55, 59-55.
Randall Bailey 139.6 vs. Frankie Figueroa 139.4
(IBF junior welterweight eliminator)
Mark Davis 133.8 vs. Steve Gonzalez 133.8
Cedric Boswell 232 vs. Harold Sconiers 227
Tor Hamer 224.6 vs. Kelsey Arnold NA
Shawn Porter 156.4 vs. Eloy Suarez 156.4
Dominick Wade 161 vs. Luis Hodge 163
Venue: Haney Park in Memphis, Tennessee
Promoter: Prize Fight Boxing/DiBella Ent./Square Ring
By Alexey Sukachev
A fight for a full version of the WBO cruiserweight title between the newly crowned champion Victor Emilio Ramirez (14-1, 12 KOs) and WBO #12 Azerbaijani veteran Ali Ismailov (15-1-1, 11 KOs) is no go on April 11 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. “Two weeks ago we received documents which confirmed that Ramirez had sustained an injury during his training camp”, explained Alexander Yagupov, Ismailov’s representative and vice-president of Jab Promotions. “We hope to get a new version of the contract in coming days. The new date is still to be defined exactly but the first week of May seems to be the biggest possibility. The fight is signed and the preparation is under way for Ali. The only feature to be changed is the date.”
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In a must-see world title unification fight between two of the most talented and exciting 140-pounders in the world, Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley and Kendall “Rated R’’ Holt will risk their WBC and WBO belts, respectively, in the main event Saturday on SHOWTIME live at a special time 10:45 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) to accommodate fans watching the conclusion of the 2009 NCAA® Men’s Final Four®. The undefeated Bradley, of Palm Springs, Calif., is 23-0 with 11 knockouts. Holt, of Paterson, N.J., is 25-2 with 13 knockouts. In the co-feature on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, Ukraine’s Vitali Tsypko (22-2, 12 KOs) will take on Librado Andrade (27-2, 21 KOs), of La Habra, Calif., in an IBF super middleweight eliminator. The fighters participated in a final press conference Thursday in Montreal. Rather than a coin, Eric Lucas, President of Interbox, flipped a Montreal Canadiens’ 100th anniversary hockey puck to determine which world champion would decide who would walk first into the ring and be introduced last. Holt won the toss. He elected to walk second and be introduced first. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
The newly created Jab Promotions boxing company will come back to St. Petersburg on April 24 with another huge night of boxing. In a main event, WBO #12 middleweight Gennady Martirosian (16-1, 6 KOs) will defend his PABA belt for the first time against skilled American veteran Aaron Mitchell (27-1-1, 21 KOs) in the biggest fight of his career. Martirosyan, 29, is coming off a huge streak of victories over solid opposition, while 39-year old Mitchell is best known for his stoppage victory over former champion Manning Galloway in 2001 and a split decision loss to another titlist Keith Mullings all way back to 1993. (more…)
Just months removed from his title-winning effort over Mike Ruiz, NY State welterweight champion Daniel Sostre will return to the ring on May 8 when he defends his crown against Plainview, NY contender Tommy Rainone, it was announced today by Ring Promotions President Bob Duffy. The eight-round title contest will headline a seven-bout fight card from the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square, NY (about 20 miles from downtown Manhattan). “This is as exciting as boxing gets,” says Duffy. “Some of the best young fighters in the NY area will be trading leather on Friday, May 8. This will be a guaranteed sellout, so buy your tickets as soon as possible.” (more…)
Octagonside by David L. Hudson
“Music City” played host to its first ever UFC event in the form of UFC Fight Night 18. When Tennessee legalized mixed martial arts in 2008, it was only a matter of time before the undisputed king of MMA – the UFC – would come to a market that craves and loves MMA action. The UFC came before a packed crowd of more than 10,000 at the Sommet Center. The Nashville market did not disappoint, as UFC Fight Night 18 set a Fight Night record with an attendance record of 10,267 . . . Click here for full report
Post-fight presser: UFC officials announced that the event in Nashville, Tenn., posted an attendance of 10,267 and a gate of more than $620,000. They also announced the following bonus awards . . . Click here for postfight report
Alexander Povetkin caught up with fellow Olympic gold medal winners Timo Wess, Christopher Zeller und Max Weinhold on Wednesday afternoon when they met for a special training session. The White Lion, a gold medallist at Athens, received a thorough introduction by the German field hockey trio that led their country to fame at the 2008 Olympics in Peking. “Ice-hockey is very popular in Russia,” said Povetkin, who was surprised to find out that the sport could also be played on an artificial grass pitch. “A comedy-show host in Russia once said that the Germans only invented field hockey for them to finally win a medal,” he joked. (more…)
Feature story by Francisco Salazar
There is no need to remind Timothy Bradley of the “inexperience” factor. He has heard it all to often during his professional career.
Bradley hasn’t fought anybody. When is he going to fight an actual contender?
Truth of the matter is, Bradley feels he has plenty of experience and talent to not only hang, but beat some of the best fighters today . . . Click here for more
Sensational featherweight prospect Matt “THE SHARP SHOOTER” Remillard will make his debut under the TKO BOXING Promotions banner against Columbian veteran Jesus Perez tonight at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD . . . Click here for more
Two time world champion, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, is having the grand opening of his new boxing gym “Ghost Guerrero Boxing and Fitness Club” on Friday from 4-7PM. Good friend and special guest, four-time world champion Carina “La Reina” Moreno, will be in attendance to show support for “The Ghost”. People all ages are welcome to join Guerrero as he opens up his doors to the public. Guerrero and Moreno will sign autographs for those in attendance. The gym is located at 8401 Church Street in Guerrero’s hometown of Gilroy, California.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
InterBox has announced the signing of WBC light heavyweight world champion Adrian ‘The Shark’ Diaconu Thursday to a new two year contract. “Adrian is an important member of InterBox and I’m happy with this new agreement. He worked very hard to become a World champion and we want him to defend his title several times in Montreal,” said the president of InterBox, Eric Lucas. The champ is also very happy to be back into the InterBox’s family. “It’s a good week for me! I finally fight in Montreal and I sign a new contract! This new agreement will allow me to be more active and defend my belt in front of the fans who always supported me in achieving my dream. I look forward to April 4th and my next fight in Montreal. I want to give good performances to people here,” said Diaconu. Saturday evening, Adrian Diaconu (25-0-0 15 KO) will face David Whittom (10-7-1 6 KO) in a 8 rounds bout.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican promoters Rochmar and KO Entertainment are hoping to stage a bout between WBA regular super flyweight champion Nobuo Nashiro of Japan and Hugo Cazares. Possible dates are June 13th or 27th at a venue in Mexico to be determined. Cázares earned the shot by winning an eleven round unanimous decision over Roberto “La Araña” Vázquez for the WBA FEDELATIN belt on March 24th in Panama City. Cázares, a former WBO light flyweight world champion has record of 29-5-1 with 21 KOs.
By Craig Watt
Controversial two-time WBA super-middleweight champion Anthony Mundine today told the Brisbane Times that a fight with WBO and WBC middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik is in the works should he win his May 27th fight in Brisbane with current unbeaten IBO champion Daniel Geale. The WBA#1 ranked middleweight stated, “After this fight I want to unify the division with Pavlik, Sturm and [IBF champion] Arthur Abraham, and at this stage it’s looking like there’s a good chance of something happening with Pavlik,” Mundine said. “The best thing is that it’s not Pavlik’s people pushing it – it’s HBO, the television network he’s with. They know who I am, they know that I’m a character, that I’ve got flamboyance and charisma and that I can fight. I just want the opportunity to show them that I’m the No.1 middleweight in the world.” (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
The leather continues to fly in Montreal, Canada. If two cards on a single day weren’t enough for fisticuff fans in the city, another marquee match-up is on the way in just two weeks. The ‘Pride of Providence’ and former Contender star and Peter Manfredo Jr. travels northward and will collide with hard-nosed Walid Smichet at the Casino de Montreal on Saturday April 18th. Manfredo (31-6 16KO) came up short in his last fight versus Sakio Bika in clash of Contenders from season one and three. “I know that Manfredo accepted meeting me because he believes I’m vulnerable and wants to restart his career,” said Smichet about the challenge. “I’ll will be ready though and eager to meet him in the small ring of the Casino.” (more…)
Five-time world champion Johnny Tapia will serve a nine-day stint in jail, then a trip to Hollywood for drug rehab. On Wednesday, the former champ was sentenced for violating probation on felony drug charges. As part of the punishment – between his nine-day jail sentence and six months of intensive rehab at a southern New Mexico facility – Tapia will appear on VH1’s reality show, “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.” Tapia has no problem with the sentence, telling media, “They’re taking me to prison. I did the crime, I’ll do the time.” Tapia had been facing up to a year in jail for violating his probation. In the meantime, Tapia is in training for a May 16 comeback, most likely to take place in New Mexico.– Chris Cozzone
Months of negotiations have come to an end and the highly expected heavyweight fight is determined: IBF, WBO and IBO world champion Wladimir Klitschko will defend his titles against Briton David Haye on June 20. Bernd Bönte, Managing Director of Klitschko Management Group: “I am glad that these extremely difficult and long negotiations are over and we are able to present the fight that boxing fans all over the world want to see. Both Wladimir and David are known as superb punchers and a fight over 12 rounds will be very unlikely to happen. It is going to be an unforgettable spectacle. The venue of the fight will be announced soon.“ (more…)
Photos: Emily Harney
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Mike Paschall 168.5 vs Sam Hill 166
Albert Onolunose(159.5 vs Anthony Bartinelli 161
Matt Remillard 127.5 vs Jesus Perez 131.25
Julius Kennedy 154 vs James Denson 155.75
Kevin Johnson 219.75 vs Kareem Wilson 209.25
Venue: Michael’s Eighth Ave, Glen Burnie, Maryland
Promoter: Chet Koerner’s TKO BOXING Promotions and Scott Wagner’sBallroom Boxing.
Tickets: Start at $35 and can be purchased in advance, by calling the Ballroom Boxing Box Office at 410-766-7474. Doors will open at 6:30pm with the first bell at 7:30pm.
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If the media members who participated in the SHOWTIME Media Prediction Poll have called it correctly then Timothy Bradley’s going to walk away victorious over Kendall Holt Saturday on SHOWTIME. But it will it be close. Bradley, the WBC champion, and his WBO counterpart Holt clash in an eagerly awaited 140-pound world title unification showdown from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING live at a special time 10:45 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast) to accommodate fans watching the conclusion of the 2009 NCAA® Men’s Final Four®. The majority of those who participated in a SHOWTIME Media Prediction Poll not only could not state with conviction who would win, but how the tough, close fight would play out. Several possible scenarios and story lines were predicted. Bradley was a popular, landslide winner in the Poll, garnering 39 of the 46 predictions (with one draw). Three others view what will be an exciting fight too close to call. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
One of the brightest young prospects in South African boxing 21-year-old Thomas Oosthuizen fighting at super middleweight scored his eighth inside the distance win when he stopped Semanda Shabane from Uganda in the first round in Kempton Park on Wednesday night. Promoter Jeff Ellis of African Ring Promotions provided a night of entertainment for 1000 patrons at a Box and Dine which also included the well known rock band Clint and Co, at the Emperors Palace. (more…)
Results by David L. Hudson
Martin “The Hitman” Kampmann spoiled the UFC debut of former WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit by winning a three round split decision. Though Condit has not lost a fight in over two years, Kampmann never lost focus on his gameplan and was constantly attacking with chokes. Condit cut Kampmann’s cheek with a quick knee at the end of the first round. Kampmann was never deterred however and he was awarded the judges’ decision. Scores all read the same, 29-28. (more…)
The IBF canceled the Purse Bid scheduled for tomorrow for the IBF Jr. Featherweight mandatory defense of IBF/WBA Champion Celestino Caballero and Jeffrey Mathebula. Both sides agreed to do the fight on April 30th in Panama City, Panama.
Feature story by Felipe Leon
Many times, fighters who win their first major fight on a world stage tend to enjoy the fruits of their labors. Not Antonio DeMarco.
After his dismantling of Almazbek “Kid Diamond” Raiymkulov, DeMarco took a week off and then was right back in the CREA gym run by Romulo Quirarte and his sons, Bobby and Romulo Jr., in the heart of Tijuana, Mexico . . . Click here for more
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One of the most important fight cards in Canadian boxing history is set to take place in Montréal, Québec, on Saturday at the Bell Centre. In anticipation, reporters converged on the HardKnox Gym to witness open workouts featuring WBO junior welterweight world champion Kendall Holt and WBC super lightweight champion Timothy Bradley, who collide in a highly anticipated 140lb unification matchup, as well as super middleweight contenders Vitali Tsypko and Librado Andrade, who face off in an IBF world title eliminator.
Unbeaten former junior lightweight world champion Edwin Valero (left) and lightweight contender Antonio Pitalua (Right) pose today in Austin, Texas at the final press conference to discuss “Lightweight Lightning”, the four bout pay-per-view event featuring Valero vs. Pitalua for the vacant WBC lightweight championship on Saturday at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
Eight weeks of training for 15 minutes (or less) inside the Octagon. Stars are introduced to the world via the bright lights and elaborate production of a UFC event. They are created, however, through long, grueling hours in the gym. Away from fans, away from family, and many of life’s other luxuries that most people take for granted. (more…)
Daniel “The Haitian Sensation” Edouard (21-2-2 with 12 KOs ranked WBA #9, WBC #15) is set to defend his WBA Fedelatin Middleweight boxing title in Colon City, Panama, Saturday, April 18 at the illustrious Hotel Melia Panama Canal. Edouard recently won the WBA Fedelatin title in Panama and is excited about returning to the country he speaks of affectionately. “I received a passionate reception in Panama and really couldn’t wait to return. The fans are knowledgeable and appreciative of the sport. It made for an electric atmosphere and an amazing night of fights!” (more…)
WBA heavyweight champion Nikolay Valuev is reluctantly considering a voluntary defense of his title because of his inability to land a dream rematch with his only conqueror, Ruslan Chagaev. The WBA permitted the seven-foot-tall Russian Giant to make an optional defense before facing Chagaev in the fall, but Valuev was so intent on revenge that he requested an immediate purse bid so that Chagaev rematch could be scheduled before German boxing fans go on summer holiday. Surprisingly, the WBA received the request but since then has done nothing to facilitate a second bout between Valuev (50-1, 34 KOs) and Chagaev (25-0-1, 17 KOs), a champion who was moved to WBA champion ‘in recess’ due to his constant injuries. Because Valuev and Chagaev are under contract to rival promoters and television networks, negotiations are highly unlikely to be concluded without the WBA’s assistance. (more…)
Jason Estrada is convinced he can spring a surprise and upset Alexander Povetkin in Dusseldorf on Saturday night. It will be a special fight as the two protagonists share a lot of things in common. Both boast an impressive amateur record, both fought in Olympic tournaments and both have set their sights on a victory on Saturday night. “We have come to Germany to take home the Olympic gold medal Povetkin won in 2004,” Estrada´s promoter Jimmy Burchfield said. “Jason was one of the best amateur fighters in the country and he was one of the favourites to win Olympic gold at Athens.” While Povetkin, who is also a European and World amateur champion, went on to win the Olympic tournament, Estrada did not make it to the final due to an early loss. “It just was not my day,” he said. “I did not perform well. But I feel much more comfortable as a pro. I never really liked the way of fighting and scoring in the amateur system.” (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Baltimore, MD super middleweight “The Persecutor” Mike Paschall tries to continue his winning ways by participating in the eight-round main event bout on the 2009 season premiere of Ballroom Boxing on Thursday, April 2 at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD. Participating in a main event bout is nothing new for Paschall (18-1-1, four KO’s) as he has involved in either the main bout or the co-feature in his last four outings. However, Paschall told Fightnews that being in the main event is not always the best situation to be in. (more…)
European super bantamweight champion Rendall Munroe (18-1, 8 KOs) will return on May 2 to face little-known Isaac Netty. The bout will be for the vacant Commonwealth title and will take place at the Crowtree Leisure Centre in Sunderland, England. Munroe is coming off his second win over Kiko Martinez, who is best known for his 86-second demolition of newly crowned WBA champion Bernard Dunne.
By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada
Of all the ring joints in all the towns in all the world, Librado Andrade walks back into the Bell Centre this Saturday April 4th as the Mexican warrior battles Vitali Tsypko in an IBF super-middleweight title elimination. The fight will serve as the co-feature to the Kendall Holt versus Timothy Bradley unification bout featured on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING live at a special time 10:45 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). That’s right, the same Bell Centre that saw Andrade running out of time in his quest to become world champion as he managed to catch Lucian Bute in the waning seconds of the final round and put the champion on the floor for the first time in his professional career. The same Bell Centre that made referee Marlon B. Wright a household word as he admonished the fighter back to a neutral corner as Bute teetered on the ropes. The same Bell Centre which weeks later would try its best to move towards MMA rules by introducing the five minute round. Yes, that Bell Centre. (More)
Story by Andreas Hale
There’s another guy named Brock in the UFC who just happens to be from Minnesota. He’s not a physical freak like the brute who shares his first name and hometown. But this Brock is just as vicious and has had a stellar MMA career thus far. Out of his 24 wins, this Brock’s hitlist includes the likes of Carlo Prater, Ryan Jensen, Keita Nakamura and others. This Brock is no slouch. As a matter of fact, Brock Larson may be the future of the 175-pound division . . . Click here for more
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® is proud to announce its first-ever event in Nashville, Tennessee, April 1, live on Spike TV at 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET/PT! In the main event, Carlos Condit, in his UFC debut, takes on Martin Kampmann. Click here for more info
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