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Three-time world champion Miguel Cotto and undefeated WBA World Super Welterweight champion Yuri Foreman pose during a press conference at Yankee Stadium Friday for their upcoming world title fight on Saturday, June 5 at Yankee Stadium on HBO Championship Boxing.
Coy Evans 124.5 – Morris Chule 125;5
Derrick Webster 172 – Octiviase Harrison TBD
Keenan Smith 130 – Luis Esquilin 127 lbs
Joe McKenzie 170.5 – Maurice Amaro 170
Kareem Cooley 133 – Puro Pairol 130.5
William Davies 127 – Joseliz Cepeda 127
Venue: The Arena
Promoter: Greg Robinson’s Power Productions
First Bell: 7:30 pm est
Gary Shaw Productions has added lightweight prospect Rod Salka to their stable of fighters. Salka is unbeaten at (10-0, 2KOs) and resides near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
After an eight year and thirty fight career, Montreal middleweight Walid Smichet has called it a day and announced his retirement. The tough Tunisian born fighter finishes his career with a 20-7-3 (14KO) mark and managed to capture the Canadian title in 2007 and was involved in more than his fair share of exciting fights. A last minute knockout of previously unbeaten Matt O’Brien embodied the no quit attitude he brought to the ring each and every time. Fans outside Canada best know the come-forward fighter for his war with John Duddy in Madison Square Garden, the only time he fought outside Canada, losing a narrow majority decision. “Walid Smichet always showed courage inside the ring and was able to deliver spectacular performances,” said promoter Yvon Michel of the fighter he promoted for twenty-five fights. “On behalf of the entire GYM team and myself personally I thank him for being associated with us and wish him luck in his future projects.”
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
The opponent for knockout sensation David Lemieux (22-0 21KO) was officially announced today and the young twenty-one middleweight will be battling former world title challenger Elvin Ayala (20-4-1, 9KO) of New Haven, Connecticut for the WBC International Title in Montreal under the stars at Uniprix Stadium on June 11th. (more…)
Super middleweight contender Mads Larsen (51-3, 38 KOs), who tested positive for a banned substance after a loss in January to Brian Magee, received a fine and reprimand from the Sports Committee of the Danish Pro Boxing Federation. However, the 37-year-old Larsen is still not free to resume his career. The federation’s Board of Directors is now planning to appeal its own committee’s decision on the grounds that the judgments were rendered in accordance with DPBF rules and not under the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code, to which the DPBF is bound. Larsen had said he had no idea that a Chinese herb he took contained banned substances.
Sensational junior welterweight prospect Joseph Elegele will be featured this Saturday night, April 10th, on the undercard to the “Fighting for Haiti” event at the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. “Fighting for Haiti” is headlined by a welterweight showdown between WBC champion Andre Berto and former champion Carlos Quintana. (more…)
From Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE, for tomorrow’s UFC 112 card, televised on PPV:
UFC Middleweight Championship:
Demian Maia 184 vs. Anderson Silva 185
UFC Lightweight Championship:
Frank Edgar 154 vs. BJ Penn 155
Renzo Gracie 171 vs. Matt Hughes 170
Rafael Dos Anjos 156 vs. Terry Etim 154
Mark Munoz 185 vs. Kendall Grove 185
Phil Davis 204 vs. Alexander Gustafsson 205
John Gunderson 154 vs. Paul Taylor 155
Rick Story 169 vs. Nick Osipczak 170
Brad Blackburn 170 vs. DaMarques Johnson 170
Matt Veach 155 vs. Paul Kelly 156
Mostapha Al Turk 235 vs. Jon Madsen 252
Guilty Boxing and “Big” Jeff Grmoja, vice president, sent the following on behalf of the boxing community:
On behalf of the boxing community and Guilty Boxing, wesend our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to Don Chargin and his family on the loss of our beloved Lorraine. I met the Chargin’s in San Jose, CA in 1982 and have been blessed with their friendship. Lorraine left us as she lived, with class, dignity and fighting to the end. We share Don’s loss, share the pain, share the grief and boxing will miss Lorraine dearly. I think Lorraine would have appreciated these words and thoughts. (more…)
Two Championships, One Night – UFC® 112 Tomorrow Night: Anderson Silva defends the middleweight title against Demian Maia, BJ Penn looks to keep the lightweight championship from Frankie Edgar, and legends Matt Hughes and Renzo Gracie meet in the Octagon® – 10pm ET / 7pm PT only on Pay-Per-View
Penn’s Prodigious History: For those who have followed BJ Penn’s nearly nine year career since its beginning, his reign of dominance has been a long time coming.
Highly touted super middleweight Caleb “Golden” Truax (14-0, 9 KOs) will meet in-state rival Phil “The Drill” Williams (11-3, 10 KOs) at the St. Paul Armory on April 23, in the main event of Seconds Out Promotions’ “St. Paul Brawl.” Truax and Williams meet over ten rounds for local bragging rights, as the Minnesota State Super Middleweight title will be up for grabs. In the eight round co-feature, cement-fisted heavyweight Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell (25-4, 24 KOs) battles 31 fight veteran Josh Gutcher. Tickets are $25 and $75.
Before his world title defense tonight Ljubljana, Slovenia, IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck had a different kind of sporting challenge on his hands. In the last phase of his preparations, the champion (who also enjoys horseback riding) was out for a run on the outskirts of Magdeburg, when he noticed a loose horse. “I saw an excited horse trotting freely with a halter and reins. I thought that clearly wasn’t right, especially with a busy street next to it. I didn’t hesitate and immediately sped up and tried to catch it. With a hard sprint, quite contrary to my training, I quickly turned, grabbed the halter and gave it back to the thankful owners, who were so happy they said I can ride it whenever I want. Cool!” (more…)
By David Robinett at ringside
Veteran heavyweight Jason Gavern (19-7-3, 8 KOs) shockingly ended the 18-fight win streak of WBC #8 rated Manny “El Toro” Quezada (29-5-1, 18 KOs) with a ten split decision on Thursday night at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California. Quezada was cut by an accidental headbutt in round two and Gavern as the uncut fighter was deducted one point per WBC rules. Gavern decked Quezada with a straight left in round six (incorrectly ruled a slip) and went on to win a close fight by scores of 95-94 on two cards. Quezada was up 95-94 on the third card. With the victory, Garvern claimed Quezada’a WBC CABOFE belt.
In the co-feature, unbeaten jr welterweight Michael Dallas Jr (13-0-1, 4 KOs) KO’d Genaro Trazancos (22-11-1, 13 KOs) at 2:51 of round one.
By Benny Ricardo
The Four Points by Sheraton San Diego rocked to the beat of the punching power of The San Diego Kid, Christopher Martin as he successfully defended his California Super Bantamweight Title against Mexicali’s Ruben “Finito” Lopez. The Coors Light Boxing series crowd of 650 erupted in celebration when after the advice of the corner of Lopez, referee Jose Cobian waved his arms signaling the end of the fight before the start of the seventh round and thus awarding Martin the 5th knockout of his career. (more…)
By John Robbins
Irish Eyes weren’t smiling on Halifax fighter Tyson Cave Thursday night as the previously undefeated fighter went down to defeat at the 25th annual Shaw Festival in Toronto, Ontario. The previously unbeaten Canadian Super-bantamweight champion Cave (10-1 2KO) was stopped in the 8th round by Willie Casey of Limerick who moved to 5-0 scoring his 4th knockout.
In the headliner, Buzz Grant fared much better by scoring a convincing 99-91, 100-90, 98-92 over Michael Kelly, handing the Belfast fighter his first defeat and dropping his record to 8-1-1. (more…)
May 22 is the moment of truth for former WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev (25-1-1, 17 KOs), who will meet Kali Meehan (35-3, 29 KOs) in a WBA heavyweight eliminator at the StadtHalle in Rostock, Germany. Chagaev, returning after an eleven month layoff with new trainer Magomed Schaburov, will go directly into the high-voltage clash with Meehan with the mandatory challenge against WBA champion David Haye going to the winner. More plus photos and video.
The challenges, staredowns, and media turnout might’ve been less than hoped for, at today’s Top Rank press conference, held at the Hard Rock Hotel’s The Joint in Las Vegas, but undefeated Las Vegas jr. lightweight Diego Magdaleno summed up the bigger challenge for the show he’ll be co-headlining when he took his turn at the podium:
“The sparks are gonna be here, at the Joint – not at the Thomas & Mack Center.” . . click here for more
Zuffa, LLC (“Zuffa”), dba the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (“UFC®”), was awarded yet another legal victory today when the Honorable Susan H. Johnson, of the Eighth Judicial District Court for Nevada, granted Zuffa’s Motion for Attorney’s Fees and Costs against former UFC fighter Ken Shamrock. (more…)
Former world cruiserweight champion and world heavyweight title contender Juan Carlos Gomez is clearly not in the shape of his lifetime these days but slowly on the way back to his old physique. For Friday’s fight against Alexander Kahl in Schwerin (live on Eurosport from 9pm German time) Gomez weighed in at 110,0 kg / 242.5 lbs. Although it is still a long way from the “Black Panda“ (as German BILD Zeitung wrote) back to the “Black Panther“ Gomez has lost 13 lbs. since his last fight only two weeks ago in Hamburg. “Lots of people think I am not serious in trying to get back to the top of the world“, Gomez said in Schwerin. “But I am ready to prove them all wrong. The Black Panther is back. I promise my fans a great fight and I still dream of becoming the first Cuban heavyweight champion of the world. It’s Showtime!“ (more…)
Celebrity athlete and UFC sports legend Chuck Liddell will be immortalized in wax May 29 at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas. The 40 year-old athlete will be the first mixed martial arts athlete to be inducted into the famed collection, located in front of the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino.
The Liddell figure will be officially unveiled Friday, May 28 at 10:30am PT in front of thousands of fans gathered at the UFC Fan Expo taking place May 28-29 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. The Liddell figure will then be moved to Madame Tussauds Las Vegas and placed on display inside a UFC Octagon, along with Liddell’s trunks and UFC championship belt. (more…)
Heavyweight Leo Nolan has pulled out of his fight against Fred Kassi on April 24th at the Hollywood Casino in Bay St Louis, Mississippi, citing a back injury. Nolan forwarded copies of his medicals from Henry Ford Medical Center and his representative stated he’ll fight Kassi when he obtains the medical approval to fight. Kassi (15-1, 8 KOs) will still fight on the April 24th card against a new opponent to be named.
Hall of Fame former world champion Aaron Pryor stood between his son, Aaron Pryor Jr. and Kendall Gould at the weigh in at the Oneida Casino in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Gould weighed in at 169 while Pryor Jr. tipped the scale at 168. The two will box the eight round main event Friday night in the Oneida Conference Center.
Doors open at 7:00 P.M. and the first bell is at 8:00 P.M.
For tickets call (1 800) 895-0071
Jimenez Communications Inc. and Rafael Soto Comunicaciones announced today that the April issue of Boxeo La Revista will be available this Saturday April 10 in Durango, Mexico at the boxing card that Francisco “Panchito” Arce will battle former world champion Cristian Mijares. The magazine which had been published as the official program of the “Latin Fury” boxing series is now available as a monthly magazine that will cover upcoming fights, results of fights and will have reports on past boxing stars and the stars of the future. The digital edition of the magazine can be found at this link. You’ll read about Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, “City of Champions”, and home to current world champions, Jorge “Travieso” Arce, Humberto “Zorrita” Soto and Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel, and they also happen to be three-time world champions in three different weight classes. (more…)
Bob Arum said today that IBF #2-ranked Samuel ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ Peter is available and ready to take on IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. Klitschko has not defended his IBF world title against a mandatory challenger since April, 2007. Alexander Povetkin is ranked IBF #1 and is next in line. “If Povetkin doesn’t take the fight, Klitschko is obligated to defend against Samuel Peter,” Arum said. “We plan to pursue that on behalf of Samuel.” Peter has a ring record of 34-3 with 27 knockouts. There has been speculation of WBA champ David Haye paying step-aside money to Povetkin to clear the way for a unification fight against Klitschko.
Andre Berto: “I had a tremendous training camp and it’s going to be a terrific night of boxing on Saturday night. Carlos Quintana is a former world champion and a crafty southpaw. This is my third straight southpaw so I’m pretty used to them by now and I had some great southpaw sparring in training camp. I’m excited to get back in ring and honestly, I wish the fight was tonight. I’ve never been this focused, hungry and motivated for a fight before and Carlos Quintana has a major task on his hands on Saturday night. I’m going to let everything loose for a good cause, and you are going to see the best of me on Saturday night. It’s going to be a terrific night of boxing and I hope everyone will come out and support this very important cause.”
Carlos Quintana: “Andre Berto is a great, young fighter with a lot of power, but I’m also a great fighter and I will prove it Saturday night. There can only be one winner on Saturday night and I will be the winner and the new WBC Welterweight Champion of the World. I trained very hard for this fight, for a world title fight and for Berto. I did everything necessary to take the belt from Berto. You might see Berto acting very calm and peaceful right now and this a great cause, but he’s a fighter I’m prepared to see something different on Saturday night, and it will definitely be a fight.”
Berto defends his WBC welterweight title against Quintana on Saturday night at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. A portion of all ticket sales proceeds will go to the Berto Dynasty Foundation benefitting Project Medishare www.andreberto.com to help aide those affected by the recent earthquake in Haiti and are tax deductible.
By Rob Hough
Mikkel Kessler (42-2, 32 KOs) said Thursday he will unveil a mix of old and new when he fights Carl Froch (26-0, 20 KOs) on April 24, both fighters’ second fight in the Super Six World Boxing Classic. Kessler, who lost a technical decision to Andre Ward (21-0, 13 KOs) in the tournament’s first round and replaced trainer Ricard Olsen with former assistant trainer Jimmy Montoya, said a new approach was required. “I had to change a lot, of course,” Kessler said on a conference call. “I can’t reveal the details now, but I had to change a lot.” Froch, also on the call, said he wasn’t serious or disrespectful in commenting recently that he will decapitate Kessler—a quote Kessler has posted on the wall in his training camp. “We all know it’s a metaphor, a figure of speech,” he said. “We’re two proud athletes at the top of our game. There’s no cheap talk from either of us, no slagging each other off.”
Three-time world champion Miguel Cotto arrived in New York on Thursday for his upcoming Friday press conference at Yankee Stadium with undefeated WBA World Super Welterweight champion Yuri Foreman. Cotto will take on Foreman at Yankee Stadium on June 5 on HBO.
Unbeaten Universum-promoted contender Zsolt Bedak (15-0, 5 KOs) of Hungary worked out today at the Gimnasio Wilfredo Gómez Arena in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. “I’m doing a mild workout to stay loose while I’m here in Puerto Rico and will do my more extensive training when I return to Germany,” said Bedak. He will return to Germany this evening where he will complete his training camp. Bedak will challenge WBO junior featherweight champion Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. of Puerto Rico (18-0-1, 15 KOs) May 29th at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico in the main event. The Pay-Per-View is being titled ‘Undefeated Champions.’ Click here for more photos.
Former world champion Montell “Ice” Griffin (49-8, 30 KOs) will be looking for his 50th career win on May 29 at the “VENUE” in the Horseshoe Casino, in Hammond, IL. “I cannot imagine fighting for my 50th win, anywhere else other than in front of my hometown fans,” said Griffin, who holds wins over Roy Jones Jr. and James Toney. “Their support has followed and motivated me as I have traveled the globe. I couldn’t be happier about May 29th. I look forward to putting on a fantastic show.” Promoter Bobby Hitz added “I’ve known Montell since he was a scrappy 10 year old kid, and to see his success over the years is something to marvel at. Even with the record that he has, he’s always remained humble, that’s a rarity in this business nowadays; I am thrilled to have him headline my May 29th Hitz card.” Tickets go on sale April 9th and start at $10. An opponent will be named.
Simphiwe Nongqayi 115 vs. Malik Bouziane 114.6
(IBF super flyweight championship)
Venue: Massy, Essonne, France
Promoter: EUROPROM Gerard Teysseron
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