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WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez, opened up his Miami training camp yesterday and held an intense, two plus hour open media workout before a throng of media ahead of his June 7 world title defense against three-division world champion Miguel Cotto.
“This training camp has been tremendously efficient. Everything has exceeded all of my expectations,” stated Martinez. “The Miami weather and atmosphere has made this his most memorable camp in recent history. I couldn’t be happier with the way things have gone thus far. I feel great. The time off has allowed my injuries to properly and fully heal and my entire body has never felt better.
“I know that Cotto is working very hard for this fight with Freddie Roach but there is no doubt in my mind that this will definitely be his farewell fight to what was a great career.” (more…)
By James Slater
It’s no secret British welterweights Amir Khan and Kell Brook have shared some angry words over the months. Unbeaten Brook has repeatedly claimed he would KO Khan should the fight ever take place, while Khan has responded by stating how Brook has not fought anyone of his calibre yet and is not on his radar.
But recently, Khan has gone further, stating how Brook, the mandatory challenger for IBF welterweight champ Shawn Porter, will not take the fight with Brook as he “lacks the bottle.”
Speaking with Ben Dirs of BBC Sport, Khan said he is convinced Brook-Porter will not happen. “Brook-Porter is not going to happen because Kell doesn’t think he can win it,” Khan said. “I don’t think Kell has got the bottle to take a big fight like that – he’s always been all talk when it comes to the big fights. Some fighters are like that.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Today we celebrate what would have been the 100th birthday of heavyweight ring legend Joe Louis. It was May 13, 1914, when Joseph Louis Barrow was born in Lexington, Alabama. The “Brown Bomber” overcame the racial prejudice of the time to win the heavyweight title and hold it for 12 years, defending the belt a record 25 times. He compiled a career record of 66-3 with 52 KOs, with the last two losses coming during the twilight of his career in comeback attempts. Louis died at the age of 66 on April 12, 1981. He is recognized as one of the greatest boxers of all time, leaving a legacy that may never be matched.
Nathan Cleverly says a rematch with bitter rival Tony Bellew is ‘inevitable’ as he prepares to make his debut at cruiserweight on Saturday night from the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff – and he’ll repeat his win when they meet again. Cleverly faces Trinidad’s Shaun Corbin in his first fight at 200lbs and lands in the division two months after Bellew made his bow at the weight, stopping Valery Brudov in the 12th round at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. That was the venue in October 2011 where Cleverly defended his WBO Light Heavyweight title against the hometown favorite, retaining the belt against his bitter foe with a majority decision. Both men have trod a different path since but as the look to bounce back from world title reverses, Cleverly believes they are destined to renew hostilities later in the year to get back into the World title mix. (more…)
Romulo Koasicha is coming to Great Britain to end Lee Selby’s winning streak. More
Ode to Anthony Villanueva, the first Filipino Olympic silver medalist. More
Former European boxing champ Rendall Munroe switches from the fight game to bodybuilding. More
Celebrating Joe Louis’ 100th birthday. More
WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has booked September 6 at the 02 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany. Wlad has made it known that he wants to get the WBC title “back in the Klitschko family” after it was relinquished by his brother Vitali. That belt was claimed on Saturday night by Bermaine Stiverne.
While it’s possible that a unification between Klitschko and Stiverne could be made in September, both sides have mandatory defenses due. Klitschko has to face IBF mandatory Kubrat Pulev, while Stiverne must meet WBC mandatory Deontay Wilder. Barring some type of step-aside arrangements, those fights are likely next before any unification fight.
Romulo Koasicha has warned Lee Selby he’ll end his winning streak when the pair meet in a WBC world featherweight title eliminator at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff on Saturday. The bout will be televised in the USA on the AWE network. Koasicha juggles his studies for a degree in mechanical engineering with his blossoming career in the ring and is aiming to land the vacant WBC International belt and catapult his name into the world title mix in the process.
The Mexican began his professional career in 2008 at the age of 17 after amassing what he describes as “around 100″ amateur bouts in his native land. In 2012 he managed to capture his first title, the WBC’s United States Featherweight belt. After two successful defences he lost on a majority decision but then regained the title in his very next bout after the belt became vacant. His last fight was as recent as February in a unanimous decision win over countryman Marcos Cardenas. Since then he has been training for his encounter with Lee Selby, and sees a chance to add the vacant WBC International title to his name.
“I’m very happy and motivated as it’s a very important fight,” said Koasicha. “I’m excited to fight in Great Britain and out of Mexico for the first time. We’re going there to win. (more…)
Heavyweight boxing star Tyson Fury, along with trainer Peter Fury, undefeated cousin Hughie and other members of the Team Fury entourage will all be on hand to open their brand new Bolton boxing HQ on Wednesday May 14. Developed in conjunction with the Platinum Sports and Events Management Company headed by Asif Vali, The Platinum Community Centre will boast state-of-the-art training facilities to help develop future amateur and pro champions. “We’re really excited about getting this Team Fury gym up and running,” said Peter Fury recently. “It’s been a lot of hard work in the making but we’re there now and the set-up is fantastic. Tyson and the rest of the team will be based there and hopefully the gym will soon have its first world champ.”
Miguel Cotto Promotions, DiBella Entertainment and Sampson Boxing will present three ten-rounders which will be featured on the pay-per-view undercard headlined by the Miguel Cotto vs. Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez world middleweight championship. The Cotto-Martinez will take place on June 7 at Madison Square Garden. The pay-per-view telecast will open with one-time world title challenger Andy Lee and top-five contender John Jackson in a middleweight rumble, followed by a junior middleweight battle between rising contender Jorge Melendez and former world champion Yuri Foreman, who is on the comeback trail. The final bout before the main event will pit former world champions Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. and Marvin Sonsona in a long-awaited rematch, this time in a featherweight fight.
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
The WBC has ordered an elimination bout between Mexican former world champion Abner Mares (26-1-1, 14 KOs) and Puerto Rican Jayson ‘La Maravilla’ Velez (22-0, 16 KOs) with the winner will be the official challenger for featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez, the Sport Press has learned. Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions have 30 days to negotiate and reach a satisfactory agreement for both sides, otherwise the WBC will hold a purse bid on May 29 in Mexico City.
KEA Boxing Promotions is proud to announce the signing of light heavyweight veteran Yusaf “Mack Attack” Mack (31-7, 17 KO’s) of Philadelphia to an exclusive promotional contract. “Mack is a veteran and seasoned warrior in the sport and we are excited to have him part of the KEA team. He defended his USBA title against Omar Sheika on one of our shows and we saw his potential. We believe he still has something to prove to the boxing world, and hope to have him back in the rankings by the end of 2014.” Says Andre Kut-President of KEA Boxing Promotions. (more…)
The non-televised Marquez-Alvarado/Postal-Aydin card at the Fabulous Forum offers a total of eleven bouts. The off-TV highlights include former super featherweight world title challenger Diego Magdaleno (25-1, 10 KOs) vs. Oscar Bravo (21-3, 9 KOs), two-time Mexican Olympian super featherweight Oscar Valdez (10-9, KOs) vs. Noel Echevarria (11-2, 6 KOs), unbeaten welterweight Brad Soloman (21-0, 8 KOs) vs. Armen Ovsepyan (14-3, 11 KOs), plus six more scheduled bouts.
Raul Hirales vs. TBA (super flyweight)
Gabino Saenz vs. Cesar Martinez (featherweight)
Yuri Trogiyanov vs. Edwin Solis (featherweight)
Zachary Wohlman vs. Eddie Cordova (super lightweight)
Pedro Duran vs. Dominic Coca (super featherweight)
Manuel Lopez vs. Cameron Kreal (super lightweight)
ESPN’s live telecast of the Saturday, May 10, WBC world heavyweight championship fight between Bermane “B. Ware” Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs) and Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (36-4, 31 KOs) delivered a 0.8 overnight rating according to Nielsen, making it the highest-rated fight on any ESPN network since 2003 (Monte Barrett vs. Eric Kirkland delivered a 1.3 overnight rating on October 3, 2003, on ESPN2). Stiverne defeated Arreola by TKO in the sixth round, making him the first boxer of Haitian descent to win a heavyweight title. (more…)
Fight Week is finally here for boxing’s triumphant return to the “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood, California. Saturday’s big fight card will feature four-division world champion and Méxican icon Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KOs) and former world junior welterweight champion “Mile High” Mike Alvarado (34-2, 23 KOs) in a WBO welterweight title elimination bout with the winner emerging as the mandatory challenger to WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao.
The fight will be televised on HBO World Championship Boxing. The telecast will open with Viktor Postol (25-0, 10 KOs) and Selcuk Aydin (26-2, 19 KOs), rated #1 and #2 by the WBC, battling in a 12-round WBC super lightweight title elimination bout.
WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Juergen Braehmer’s (43-2, 32 KOs) next opponent has been finalized. Braehmer will defend his belt against WBA #14 Roberto “La Bestia” Bolonti (35-2, 24 KOs) on June 7 at Sport- und Kongresshalle Schwerin, Germany. “He likes to put a lot of pressure on his opponents and I am a counter-puncher,” said 35-year-old Braehmer. “His style will play into my hands – I will tame ‘La Bestia’!”
Bolonti, also 35, thinks different, referring to the German’s loss against his compatriot Hugo Hernan Garay in 2008. “It will be no different come June 7. The beast will be hungry – hungry to win the WBA Championship!” Braehmer answered Bolonti’s claims: “I was sick when I fought Garay. Bolonti should be prepared for a fit and ready version of Juergen Braehmer – the version that has never lost a fight before!”
Unbeaten WBO Youth Champions Tyron Zeuge (13-0, 7 KOs) and Noel Gevor (11-0, 6 KOs) as well as light heavyweight talent Enrico Koelling (13-0, 4 KOs) will be showcased on the undercard of Braehmer vs. Bolonti.
Once heavyweight Bermane Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs) landed that devastating right hand early in the sixth round, you could hear a pin drop inside the beautiful Galen Center on the campus of the University of Southern California. Most of the 3,992 in attendance found it hard to believe their warrior Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (35-4, 31KOs) was struggling to get to his feet. Another knockdown and then a barrage of punches forced referee Jack Reiss to stop the contest making the Haiti-born Stiverne the first crowned heavyweight world champion from the tiny Caribbean island as he captured the vacant WBC title . . . Click here for more
Ahead of their IBF world bantamweight title fight showdown, world champion Stuart Hall has rubbished claims by opponent Paul Butler’s camp that he has been reluctant to fight. In an intriguing Northeast versus Northwest encounter; champion Hall makes the second defense of his crown against Butler at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena on June 7. And with friction between the pair evident, Stuart insists he cannot wait for the chance to silence his rival.
“I was holding out for more money,” explained Hall, whose first defence against Martin Ward ended early after the County Durham man sustained a bad cut. “I’ve won the world title now and it’s all about trying to earn as much as I can for my family. He also made it public before I’d even agreed the fight, and who is he to say he’s fighting me when I hadn’t agreed it. So that’s all it was. Of course I want to fight him; I’m not bothered about Paul Butler. He’s an easier fight than [mandatory opponent – Randy] Caballero.” (more…)
By John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
On Sunday, May 18th, the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame will induct a new class of ten outstanding boxing people in their annual banquet event. This year’s class includes six boxers – both living and deceased, three storied corner men, and one beloved Philadelphia sports writer.
Leading the class is star trainer Brother Naazim Richardson, the coach of current light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins and USBA heavyweight champion Steve Cunningham. Amateur coach Mitch Allen, a trainer for more than 60 years who produced 21 national amateur champions during the stretch, is also slated for induction, along with legendary cut man Leon Tabbs, who also worked with Bernard Hopkins for many years. (more…)
Belgian heavyweight Herve “HH” Hubeaux, 16-1-0(7), will defend for the first time his WBC Youth world heavyweight title he won on Oct. 5, 2013, against Tibor Balogh from Hungary. Hubeaux was previously the WBC Youth intercontinal champion a title he won in April 2012.
He lost it in his first defense against Toni Visic and regained it in a close fight in the rematch. Hubeaux recently changed his management and training and is hoping that this will give his career a new dimension. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC super bantamweight champ Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (27-3-1, 25 KOs) of Thailand will defend his WBC crown against unbeaten Mexican challenger Carlos ” Príncipe” Cuadras (29-0, 24 KOs) on May 31 at the Juan De La Barrera Gym in Mexico City. Cuadras looked sharp and in good condition during a public workout at the Sportcity Carso Gym after returning from his training in Japan and in the Otomi Ceremonial Center in Mexico State. The card is promoted by Promociones del Pueblo and broadcast in Mexico on Televisa.
Photo: Randy Carr
Former world champion Joachim Alcine (35-7-1, 21 KOs) takes on former world title challenger Delvin Rodriguez (28-7-3, 16 KOs) on Friday in the ESPN2-televised main event at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The bout will be a homecoming for Alcine, who was based in Canada for several years prior to relocating to Southern California where he resides now. It was in Montreal where Alcine had his last big win, an upset in 2011 of world ranked contender David Lemieux in their domestic showdown. Unfortunately for Alcine that would be followed up with five consecutive losses. At that point the future did not look promising for Alcine but Journeyman Management decided to take a chance on Alcine who is now riding a two fight win streak under his new management team. It will now be up to the 38-year-old Alcine to show what he can still do. (more…)
Newly crowned WBC lightweight champion Delfine Persoon will probably defend her green belt in November. The team Persoon starts negotiating with 2-3 possible opponents.
Promoter Paul Degroote of DTT was delighted with the performance of Persoon and her trainer Filiep Tampere. Delfine became the first ever Belgian boxer to win a WBC gold belt. With this win she hope to have made a huge step in the good direction to be elected Belgian sportswoman of 2014.
By Ron Jackson
Boela Meyers, who was only 17 when he won an Olympic Games boxing medal, has died. Meyers, who won a bronze medal at the 1960 Games in Rome, died at the age of 70 in Edenvale near Johannesburg last Wednesday, May 7 2014 He was the youngest SA boxer to win an Olympic medal and never turned professional. (more…)
Sergio Martinez locates to Miami for training camp ahead of his showdown with Miguel Cotto. More
Kid Galahad inches closer to a world title shot with win over Fred Mundraby. More
Adrien Broner is not on Manny Pacquiao’s list, according to Bob Arum. More
Floyd Mayweather Sr. changes tune on a Mayweather-Maidana rematch. More
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
After thanking a slew of people including his trainer, cut man, manager and former world title challenger Samuel Peter, the new WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne (24-1-1, 21KOs) credited the fact that he doesn’t have cable in his Las Vegas home in helping him to knock out Christopher Arreola (35-4, 31KOs) last night in the sixth round to capture the vacant title. “I did my homework. Anybody that has been to my home in Las Vegas can tell you, I don’t have cable. All I did was watch Chris’ fights. I studied him. All I did was watch Chris.”
The post-fight press conference began with Dan Goosen of Goossen-Tutor presenting their horse in this race, the previously ranked #2 heavyweight in the world according to the World Boxing Council, Arreola of Riverside, CA. “Arreola fought his butt off. He gave everything he had. There were no losers here tonight.”
Almost as if on cue Arreola interrupted with, “I lost!” (more…)
Ringside by Gerardo Martinez
It was a tough outing for super flyweight Tony “The Warrior” Valdez (8-4-4, 7 KO’s) in the main event of the Latin Collision card at Buffalo Thunder Casino Resort outside of Santa Fe, N.M.. His opponent, no pushover with names like Ivan Calderon and Giovanni Segura on his resume. Felipe Rivas (15-16-3, 9 KO’s), came for the ‘W’, but left home to Sonora with a draw.
“I should call myself ‘The Artist,’ with how many draws I have,” stated Valdez in the locker room after his six round draw. (more…)
It’s not the ideal Mother’s Day for Danny Castillo, but as the UFC lightweight returns home from Brazil, where he competed in a grappling match against Haider Rasheed on Saturday, you get the impression that his mom, Roxana, understands, and that her son will most certainly make it up to her when he arrives back in Northern California . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC 173: Barao vs. Dillashaw is live on PPV on Saturday, May 24 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more info
Fresh from his victory on the undercard of the Klitschko-Leapai world heavyweight championship card in Germany last month, heavyweight Joseph Parker (8-0, 7 KOs) is coming home to face WBO #12 rated Brian Minto (39-7, 25 KOs) on July 5 at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau, New Zealand. Minto returns to New Zealand six months after savaging Kiwi favorite Shane Cameron – ending his boxing career. Two belts are up for grabs, the WBO Oriental belt which Minto won off Cameron last year and the interim WBA-PABA belt that Parker won in Germany last month.
Also featured on the card is Robert “The Butcher” Berridge (23-1-1, 19 KOs), ranked number 10 in the WBO’s light heavyweight division. He faces TBA.
Former EBU champion and WBC challenger Stéphane Jamoye is scheduled to make a quick ring return after his brave challenge for the WBC title against Shinsuke Yamanaka last April 23 in which he was stopped in 9 one-sided rounds.
Jamoye will have an 8 rounder on June 7th in Esneux, Belgium. No opponent named yet.
By Robert Coster
WBA interim jr welterweight champion Johan Perez (19-1-1, 13 KOs) of Venezuela had to dig deep to retain his title via a tenth round TKO over game Dominican challenger Fernando Monte de Oca (15-3, 12 KOs). The gritty visitor attacked early and on many occasions forced the champion to backpedal. In the second part of the fight, Perez’s better boxing skills and stamina made the difference. The exhausted Dominican challenger stayed on his stool at the end of the tenth round. A much tougher night than anticipated for champion Perez.
In the co-feature main event, local girl Ogleidis Suarez (19-3-1,8 KOs) won the WBA interim femaler super featherweight title with a unanimous decision over Calixta Salgado (11-3-2 ,8 KOs) of Colombia.
The card which marked a return of boxing to Venezuela was held in Domo Maria Vargas in the city of Guaira.
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