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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former flyweight world champion and Mexican ring great Efrén “Alacran” Torres sadly passed away at the age of 66 yesterday at his residence in Guadalajara, Mexico. Torres will always be recalled by its three epic battles with Chartchai Chionoi from Thailand. Torres snatched the WBC championship with an eighth round TKO over Chionoi in Mexico City. Torres boxed professionally from 1959 to 1972 and had a professional record of 53-9-1 with 35 KOs. Torres fought the best of his time, Beating the likes of Chionoi, Susumu Hanagata, Pascual Perez, Jose Medel, Octavio “Famoso” Gomez, Eduardo “Raton” Mojica and Bob Allotey.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australia’s world rated heavyweight contender Kali Meehan will clash with former world champion Ruslan Chagaev for the WBA #1 position soon and is confident he will have his hand raised after their bout. Meehan talks to Fightnews and states that Chagaev will have his hands full when they meet, he has seen the strong and weak points in his opponents arsenal, that he will be looking for a KO, he is not worried that the fight will be in Chagaev’s home turf and that he will crush the former world champion so he can give his family the life they deserve. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Welterweight contender Victor Ortiz (26-2-1, 21 KO’s) knocked out Hector Alatorre in the 10th and final round at Club Nokia at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, CA. Ortiz started slow against the defensive-minded Alatorre, but came on aggressively as the bout progressed. Although Alatorre (16-9, 5 KO’s) had his moments, Ortiz was in command as he landed the more effective punches. In the 10th round, Ortiz stunned Alatorre with a left hand before dropping him with a right uppercut to the head. Alatorre stood up and walked to his corner on shaky legs, prompting referee David Mendoza to step in and stop the bout at 51 seconds. After the bout, Ortiz said that he hurt his right hand in the third round. Next for Ortiz is a rumored bout against former world champion Nate Campbell. (more…)
Today in Mexico City, the fight between three-time world champion Erik Morales and former WBA Jose Alfaro was officially announced for March 27 at Arena Monterrey in Nuevo Leon, Mexico. The event will be billed as “Hope of Fire” as “El Terrible” Morales is returning to the ring after a three year layoff. Morales is now training at the Centro Ceremonial Otomi in Toluca, Mexico, and plans to return at 142 pounds. He has held world titles at super bantamweight, featherweight and super featherweight. His last fight was a 2007 decision loss against David Diaz in an attempt to win the WBC lightweight title match. Jose Alfaro is training at the Roger Deshon Gym in Managua, Nicaragua. Alfaro said he wants to fight with Morales because he believes the better years of Morales have passed. More photos…
By Alexey Sukachev at ringside
Izhevsk definitely isn’t the nicest place on the Earth in terms of its climate and shrouded location in the very heart of Russia, at the foothills of Ural Mountains. However, the Udmurt capital showed its class and hospitality in staging what was the first boxing promotion in the city over the course of seventeen years (flyweight journeyman Maxim Pugachev was the last one to get a victory here). Promoter of the show Vladimir Hryunov and local producer Rodion Obada delivered an interesting tournament, which has been well mixed with the beauty contest and musical performances. Unfortunately, the show named “Defenders of the Motherland” and held at Udmurt Circus on Monday night was somewhat marred with a yawning abundance of empty seats inside the arena despite a titanic effort of local organizers. However, those, who witnessed the entire promotion, were visibly delighted with the outcome of both boxing contest and a beauty contest, which has severely heated up the crowd. Two world-class match-ups headlined a big show, which featured also several prospects from Russia, Kenya and Azerbaijan. (more…)
In response to statements made by WBC light flyweight champion Rodel Mayol and his handlers, who said that they are concerned that Mayol will not be treated fairly by the ring officials in his fight this Saturday in Mexico, the World Boxing Council has expressed extreme disappointment in these “irresponsible comments” and plans to refer the matter to the WBC Disciplinary Committee. (more…)
Isaac Rodrigues 164 vs. Brian Vera 162
Brian Miller 134 vs. Jose Guzman 134.5
Broderick Antoine 146 vs. Norberto Frias 145
Mike Faragon 135 vs. Fernando Basora 135
Amanda Serrano 126.5 vs. Lucia Larcinese 127
Markus Williams 161 vs. Rondu Campbell 164 1/4
Reggie Scott 175 vs. DeMarcus Clark 172
Venue: Turning Stone Casino & Resort in Verona, NY
Promoter: Dave Escalet’s Stars-R-Out Productions
Tickets are priced at $55, $40 and $30 and can be purchased by calling 1-877-833-7469 or 1-315-472-0700.
First bell: 7:30 p.m.
Jose González 135.6 vs. Roberto Acevedo 135.2
Víctor Bisbal 218.2 vs. Charles Davis 231
Jorge Meléndez 150.6 vs. Abraham Bruno 150.2
Eric Cruz 131.4 vs. Gamalier Rodríguez 131.6
Regino Canales 137.6 vs. Carlos Delgado 137.2
Gerardo Adorno 137.2 vs. Mario Lugo 134.4
Fauris Capellán 127 vs. Luis Ortiz 132
Roberto Díaz 106.6 vs. José Alberto Claudio 106.6
Jiovanne Fuentes 111.8 vs. Alberto Vélez 110
Venue: Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez, Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Promoter: PR Best Boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera)
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This Saturday night in Augusta, Georgia, home of the late, legendary soul singer, James Brown, fight fans at the Bell Auditorium will have an opportunity to witness a future star in boxing as former Canadian amateur sensation Mikael Zewski will make his pro debut at TKO Boxing Championship Fight Night . . . Click here for more
Boxing returns to the historic Hammond Civic Center in Hammond, Indiana, Friday, Feb. 26 when, in the main event, Michael “Midnight Stalker” Walker (19-2) and Derrick “Superman” Findley (14-3) will square off for a IN.B.A. Middleweight Title Showdown. (more…)
From the Camino Real, downtown El Paso for tomorrow night’s “King of the Border” card at the Don Haskins Center, El Paso:
Antonio Escalante 126 vs. Miguel Roman 126
Danny Garcia 141 vs. Ashley Theophane 140 3/4
Osvaldo Rojas 146 1/4 vs. Luis Grajeda 147 1/4
Saul Morales 134 1/4 vs. Julian Rodriguez 137 3/4
Sharif Bogare 136 1/4 vs. Jose Hernandez 136 1/4
Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions
Televised on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights”
The Floyd “Money” Mayweather vs. Sugar Shane Mosley press tour is rumbling through a city near you next week making stops in New York City, Washington, DC and Los Angeles. All press conferences are OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and free of charge. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
World heavyweight contender David “Tuaman” Tua (50-3-1, 43 KOs) is confident of stopping big punching Las Vegas based Nigerian Friday Ahunanya (24-5-3, 13 KOs) when they clash over twelve rounds at the Trusts Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand on March 31. “I want to destroy Friday. I want it to be destructive. It has to be because I need people in the States to hear some noise from Down Under,” Tua said. (more…)
Photo: Rodel “Bantang Mandaue” Mayol stretching out before a workout in preparation for his title defense Saturday night against No. 1 contender Omar “Giant Killer” Nino in Guadalajara, Mexico. Mayol-Nino is one of two world title fights airing on “The Double Assault” split site pay-per-view, distributed in North Amrican by Integrated Sports media, live from Mexico and Puerto Rico.
The pay-per-view event will begin at 9pm ET/6pm PT on both cable and satellite. The PPV cost will be $34.95 and available in Puerto Rico, U.S., Canada, Philippines, Central and South America. Tickets can be purchased by calling (787) 792-5000 or online at www.tcpr.com. Tickets are priced at $20, $40, $75, $125, $150 and $300.
The WBO has scheduled two purse bids to take place March 2 at their headquarters in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Registered promoters can bid on a WBO jr flyweight championship clash between super champion Ivan Calderon and interim champion Jhonreil Casimero (minimum bid $80,000) and/or a WBO interim lightweight title bout between titleholder Michael Katsidis and Kevin Mitchell (minimum bid $150,000). WBO President Francisco Valcárcel will preside over both purse bids.
After running miles on a South Florida beach, Joshua Clottey did a national conference call and then went straight to the Carter Park Contender Boxing Gym on Sunrise Ave. in Ft. Lauderdale. “I want to train hard and be completely prepared,” Clottey said after the media call. “Beating Pacquiao will mean a lot to my country Ghana and will put me on top of the world.” Clottey plans to break camp on this weekend, then return home to New York City. Beginning Monday, Clottey will work out at a gym in the Bronx. Click here for more photos…
A major snowstorm has hit Northern New Jersey, however Top Rank says everything is a definite go for Saturday’s show at Bally’s Atlantic City. “All of our televised fighters are in Atlantic City and we’re all set for the Saturday night card,” said Carl Moretti, VP-Operations for Top Rank. Unbeaten welterweight Mike Jones of Philadelphia will take on Henry Bruseles of Puerto Rico in the main event. Jones-Bruseles will be televised live on FSN (10 pm eastern, 7 pm pacific).
“I know who I’m gonna fight and I know it’s not gonna be easy,” Joshua Clottey said about his March 13 showdown in Dallas with Manny Pacquiao, this morning on a national teleconference. “But I am coming all-out. I’m coming to be my best and to show my power in the ring.”
Clottey did not argue about entering the ring as an underdog, saying that Pacquiao “is the best. But if I beat him, I’m gonna be top of the world. I will get respect for me and my country.”
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On Pacquiao’s speed: “He throws a lot of punches but I have very good defense. I throw punches to cause damage. I always see my opening.”
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On steroids: “I respect him too much (to demand further testing). He’s a very nice guy and I feel comfortable around him. I don’t think Manny Pacquiao do that thing.” Stay tuned for a full report.
Renowned boxing trainer Fritz Sdunek has stepped down from his duties at Universum Box-Promotions. The 62-year-old trainer informed promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl of his decision today.
“On account of the state of my health, I would like to reduce my workload as a professional trainer and only look after Vitali Klitschko for the time being,” said Sdunek. “I’ve recovered well from my hip operation in January, but the other hip still needs to be operated on. This is why I want to finish my collaboration with Universum for the time being. Once I’ve gotten past everything and if the need is there, we can gladly speak about another collaboration. After 16 successful years, it hasn’t been easy for me to make this decision. On Saturday, it would have been 16 years here. Of course, I’ll still be available to all the boxers and trainers for help and advice, and will show up often in the gym. Now I wish Universum and all the boxers a lot of success and health in the future. And, of course, the necessary good luck also!“ (more…)
By Alexey Potapov
At a press conference in Kiev, Ukraine, promoter Vadim Bukhkalov, head of “National Box Promotion” informed the media that WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko has left K2 East Promotions, which was created in November 2007 through a partnership between the Klitschkos’ К2 Promotions and National Box Promotion. “I always was proud of our cooperation with Vitali Klitschko, and I am grateful to him for it,” said Bukhkalov. But today Vitali no longer with K2 East Promotion. I know why he made his decision, but I can’t talk about it. That should come from Klitschko.” (more…)
WBO, IBF, IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir “Dr. Steelhammer” Klitschko is set to defend his belts on March 20th against #1 ranked and mandatory challenger “Fast” Eddie Chambers. The battle will be witnessed by an audience of 50,000 fans in the sold out ET Esprit Arena in Duesseldorf, Germany. The bout will be accessible in the US, Canada & Puerto Rico on pay-per-view at Klitschko.com for $14.95. (more…)
Preview by Kurt Wolfheimer
There is a chill in the air as a possible snowstorm may hit the east coast on Thursday, but the Arena in South Philadelphia, Pa. will be hot and cozy on Friday night when Philly fan favorite Victor Vasquez (11-3, 6 KOs) takes on the always dangerous Carlos Vinan in a six-round lightweight slugfest. The nine-bout card promoted by KEA Boxing has a wide variety of prospects matched evenly in what is sure to be an evening that you won’t forget. (more…)
Chicagoland fan favorite, heavyweight Mike Mollo headlines “Windy City Fight Night 9”, an outstanding evening of professional boxing, on Friday, March 26th at the UIC Pavilion, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, Home of the Best in Chicago Boxing. (more…)
WBA #3 heavyweight Ruslan Chagaev, WBA/WBO/WIBF flyweight champion Susi Kentikian, WBO #3 cruiserweight Alexander Alekseev, WBO #2 super middleweight Eduard Gutknecht, WBC interim super featherweight champion Vitali Tajbert and WBA super middleweight champion Dimitri Sartison are currently training in the snowy mountains of Austria. More photos…
Word is that former WBO heavyweight champion Ray Mercer will fight former cruiserweight kingpin Jean Marc Mormeck in France at the end of April. After a two-year layoff, Mormeck returned to the ring in December campaigning as a heavyweight and won a comfortable decision over gatekeeper Vinny Maddalone. Mercer’s last fight was a decision win over ‘Dutch Sonny Liston’ Richel Hersisia (then 30-2, 34 KOs) in September 2007.
Former world welterweight and jr middleweight champion Ricardo Mayorga will fight Din Thomas in a MMA bout on May 15.
Floyd “Money” Mayweather celebrated his 33rd birthday yesterday!
Boxing fans, get ready to climb “Through the Ropes” with the #1 boxing news radio show hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld! This week’s guests are WBC super lightweight champion Devon Alexander and Fightnews Managing Editor Flattop. Call or email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Through The Ropes airs live coast to coast on Thursday nights from 9:00 – 10:00 ET on 75 affiliates of the Sports Byline USA Broadcast Network, including great radio stations like KSHP 1400 AM in Las Vegas and WNSR 560 AM in Nashville. The one-hour show will also be heard on American Forces Network, Sportsbyline.com and Fightnews.com. Fightnews readers can listen live by clicking here tonight at 9PM ET.
By Ron Jackson
In an intriguing matchup between a relative novice and a hardened pro Hekkie Budler faces Filipino southpaw Juanito Rubillar for the vacant IBO junior flyweight belt at the Emperors Palace Casino, Kempton Park on Saturday night. The tournament is presented by Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions. The wide divide between the 21-year-old Budler and the 33-year-old Rubillar is shown when you realize that Budler was only five years old when Rubillar made his pro debut in 1994 and by the time Budler had his first pro fight in July 2007 the Filipino already had 59 professional fights under his belt. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
Tomasz Babilonski of Babilon Promotion staged a little show on Sunday night at ROKiS, Radzymin, in Poland. Babilon’s brightest star Krzysztof Cieslak (15-0, 5 KOs) both retained his IBF Youth and captured a vacant Polish international title with a very narrow majority decision over previously unbeaten Frenchman Philippe Frenois (11-1-1) with scores: 96-94, 96-95 and 95-95. Also successful were prospects Krzysztof Szot (9-0, 1 KO) and Mariusz Welc (4-0, 1 KO). (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green will switch his scheduled world title bout against Manny Siaca from Sydney to Perth after Western Australian government have agreed to provide backing. The bout will be at the Challenge Stadium, Perth on April 14. Sports Minister Terry Waldron said, “There were some misunderstandings. That was unfortunate. The last fight (Jones vs Green ) was in Sydney and that’s been and gone. “The great thing about gaining this fight here is that it puts us in a good position to perhaps get the fight – and I’m sure it will happen – between Danny Green and Anthony Mundine. Manny Siaca is the man that beat Mundine back in 2003.” (more…)
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko will not be facing 7-foot former WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev in his next fight. “Valuev is dead,” Klitschko-Manager Bernd Bönte told BILD regarding the negotiations between K2 and DKP. “Promoter Don King is crazy. He makes demands for Valuev that are simply not acceptable.” Klitschko could face WBC #2 ranked Odlanier Solis instead.
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