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By David Greene
The Morris Park Boxing Club, a community fixture in the Bronx, NY for over 40-years was gutted after an early morning fire on Tuesday. The fire reportedly started in the gym and quickly spread to a pair of apartments above the gym, leaving two families and dozens of fighters preparing for the New York Golden Gloves, without a home for the holidays. FightNews was at the gym on Wednesday morning as trainer and co-owner Aaron “Superman” Davis surveyed the damage and removed anything salvageable. The gym was home to over a 100 professional and amateur fighters, including two-time world title challenger Lou Del Valle and Elvir “Kosovo Kid” Muriqui. Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing and owner of the building has estimated the damage at $1 million. DeGuardia has vowed to rebuild the gym and he is working on establishing a trust fund for the victims of fire and for the gym. More photos…
As of now, the proposed March 13 super fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather is off due to the much publicized impasse over random prefight blood testing. Top Rank has now made an offer to former world champion Paulie Malignaggi, who confirmed the offer with Marc Lichtenfeld of the popular “Through The Ropes” radio show.
Pictured above are 2-0 junior welterweight prospect Christian Martinez, newly crowned NABO champion Paulie Malignaggi, and advisor to the two fighters, Anthony Catanzaro. They spent Wednesday afternoon at the Drew Hamilton Learning Center in Harlem passing out toys to children who might not get to otherwise experience Christmas.
Undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley is ready to step in against Floyd Mayweather Jr. or Manny Pacquiao should their fight against each other fall through. “Timothy is happy to defend his world title or move up to welterweight to challenge Pacquiao or Mayweather should their fight fall through,” stated Gary Shaw, Bradley’s co-promoter with Thompson Boxing Promotions. “There isn’t an active world champion who has been seen more on premium TV than Timothy. Since the day he won his first world title he has proven he is the goods. The shellacking he gave undefeated interim champion Lamont Peterson earlier this month proved Timothy is one of boxing’s elite fighters and a Top-10 pound for pounder. He’s ready, willing and able to fill the breach.” Bradley (25-0, 11 KOs) said he’s willing to take any random drug tests and is ready to fight in March, April or May next year.
Fightnews.com has obtained a copy of the letter sent by Square Ring on behalf of Roy Jones Jr. to the NSW Combat Sports Authority in Sydney, Australia, outlining alleged violations involving IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green’s handwraps and formally requesting an independent investigation and a hearing so that the fight result can be changed to a Jones victory by disqualification. (more…)
Former world champon Ricky Hatton has resumed training. “The Hitman” has been out of the ring since being demolished by Manny Pacquiao in May. After taking a cruise over Christmas, Hatton is expected to make an official comeback announcement in February. Accoreding to the Manchester Evening News, talks have begun for a fight against Juan Manuel Marquez at the City of Manchester Stadium.
By Ron Jackson
In a year that produced a number of highs and a good many lows for SA boxers, Simphiwe Nongqayi and Mlungisi Dlamini were the leading lights. They will be at the front of the queue when votes are counted for the SA boxer of the year 2009. SA boxers won no fewer than ten “world titles” in 2009 but not many of them can be considered for a top-ten rating in the world. The exceptions are IBF champions Nongqayi and Moruti Mthalane, who could be ranked in the top ten of any of the organisations that run boxing. Some of the SA “world champions” did not hold on to their belts for long during a year in which there were fewer SA title and “world title” fights than in 2008. Only 24 national title fights were presented in 2009 after the 29 in the previous year. South Africans were involved in 22 “world title” fights in 2009 after appearing in 27 in 2008. There were no SA title fights in the heavyweight, light-heavyweight and middleweight divisions. (more…)
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Roy Jones Jr. is seeking to have his first round TKO loss to IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green reversed. The Jones Camp is asking the NSW Combat Sports Authority to disqualify Green, alleging that Green’s handwraps contained “an adhesive (polyamide substrate with latex coating) that allows the wrapping to be stretched and secured tightly with a hardening effect.” An appeal will also be made to the IBO. The Green Camp has already dismissed these allegations in a December 18 interview with Fightnews.com’s Craig Watt. “I have heard these allegations and to be honest its just sour grapes,” said Justin Manolikos the CEO of Green Machine Promotions. “Danny stopped him fair and square.” Green added, “I must have hit Roy harder than I had thought.”
WBO junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ Lopez (27-0, 24 KOs) easily made the 30 day weight limit today at el Gimnasio José ‘Cheo’ Aponte in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Lopez weighed in at 139 pounds. The maximum weight limit allowed was 146.9. Lopez will challenge WBO featherweight champion Steven Luevano (37-1-1, 15 KOs) January 23rd at the Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York with HBO televising. The PR Best Boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera) and Top Rank promoted Lopez is thrilled about moving up 4 pounds north to the featherweight division and is feeling stronger than ever. ” My weight is very good. I haven’t had to diet or anything. I had breakfast and lunch today and look at what I weighed in at today. I don’t have to sacrifice anywhere near as much to make 126 as I did 122 pounds. I’m feeling as strong as I’ve ever felt.”
After achieving his fifth successful defense on December 4th against Frederic Patrac in France, WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo ‘Chemito’ Moreno (28-1-1, 10 KOs) was honored in a ceremony today by WBA executives. WBA interim bantamweight champion Antonio Cermeño (19-0, 11 KOs) , who himself s defended his title successfully last Saturday with a dramatic 11th round TKO over challenger Alejandro Valdez in Mexico was also in attendance. Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, Executive Vice President of the World Boxing Association, stated it was only the second time the WBA gave the honor of bantamweight super champion, which is given to a champion who makes five successful defenses. Former WBA bantamweight champion Wladimir Sidorenko , whom Moreno took the title from was the other. (more…)
In response to the release sent out Tuesday by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions which stated that Mayweather vs. Pacquiao was “in jeopardy,” Bob Arum, chairman of Top Rank, the promoter of seven-division world champion Manny Pacquiao, had the following to say: “Let’s be very clear on the real issues we differ on. It’s not about being tested. Manny is onboard with that since it’s such a major concern of Floyd Mayweather, Jr. It’s about who does the testing and the scheduling of the procedures. Manny will submit to as many random urine tests requested. Regarding the blood tests, he will subject himself to three tests; one given in January during the week the fight is formally announced, one thirty days from the fight, no later than February 13, and the final one immediately following the fight, in Manny’s locker room. The major issue related to the testing rests with which independent agency will administer these tests. The United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) cannot do it because they will not amend its procedures to accommodate the blood testing schedule we have outlined. USADA, under its guidelines, would have the right to administer random blood tests as many times as they want up to weigh-in day and that is ludicrous. (more…)
Four of boxing’s finest prospects closed the year with terrific performances this past Saturday night at Cotton Eyed Joe in Knoxville, Tennessee. Fighting under the TKO Boxing Promotions banner, Matt “THE SHARP SHOOTER” Remillard, Mickey Bey Jr., Francisco “THE PHENOM” Contreras and Terance Crawford all posted huge wins as they stayed undefeated heading into the New Year. Said Chet Koerner, President of TKO Boxing Promotions, “These four young prospects are amongst the most highly regarded in boxing. For each of them, 2010 should be a terrific year with great opportunities as they continue their ascent in the sport.” (more…)
WBA #3 jr welterweight Victor “Mermelada” Cayo (25-0, 16 KOs) easily destroyed previously unbeaten countrymen Julio Reyes (14-1, 8 KOs) in the third round at the Coliseo Carlos Teo Cruz in Santo Domingo on Monday night. Cayo who should be the highest rated 140lb contender in the next WBA rankings, has targeted WBA interim champion Marcos Maidana. “Maidana can run but he can’t hide,” said Cayo. “Hopefully the WBA will force him to fight me so I can bring the title home to the Dominican Republic where it belongs and where it will stay.” Co-Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing added “Amir Khan will not fight Maidana, and will give up his title making this fight between Maidana and Cayo mandatory. Every time he fights I am more and more amazed at how good he is. I really believe he is something special and when he is champion, he will remain Champion for a very long time.”
By Przemyslaw Osiak (www.bokser.org)
HBO has apparently decided not to wait for the result of the fight between Tomasz Adamek (39-1, 27 KOs) and Jason Estrada (16-2, 4 KOs) and has proposed to the Pole’s manager Ziggy Rozalski that the next opponent for his fighter be Chris Arreola (28-1, 25 KOs). The battle will probably take place at one of the Southern California casinos on April 24. The bout will select a serious candidate for a heavyweight title. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
IBF #8 Billy Dib has held the IBO 130 pound title, but says he is now chasing IBF 126 pound champ Cristobel Cruz and also has IBO champ Jackson Asiku in his sight. He rates Rogers Mtagwa among his best wins and also treasures the relationship with Shane Mosley who was at ringside in Sydney, Australia to watch Billy fight in 2009. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Freddie Roach is as humble as any person in the sport of boxing. So even on a day that was supposed to honor his achievements in the sport, Roach decided to give out of his pocket to a worthy cause. Renowned trainer Freddie Roach received a certificate of recognition and a WBC belt for his accomplishments in the sport on Sunday at Rudy’s Baja Grill in Los Angeles. The presentation of awards to Roach and other boxing dignitaries coincided with a toy drive, which was sponsored by World Boxing Cares. (more…)
The American Association of Professional Ringside Physicians (AAPRP) announced today new medical recommendations for professional ringside referees. Given the unfortunate events surrounding referee Jimmy Villers recent collapse and possible heart attack immediately after a boxing contest, the AAPRP now recommends that all referees over the age of 50 obtain yearly physical examinations and cardiac stress tests (every five years) in order to prevent future possible catastrophes. (more…)
IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko wants his next title defense to again take place before a big crowd at a soccer stadium. “I want my next fight at the end of March against mandatory challenger Eddie Chambers in a soccer stadium in Dusseldorf,” Klitschko told Bild. “My fight against Chagaev at Schalke was a great feeling.” A massive crowd of 61,000 fight fans attended Klitschko’s most recent fight against Ruslan Chagaev at Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBO welterweight champion Lovemore Ndou has responded to comments that former world champion Ricky Hatton made when he visited Australia as a guest of the Grange Gym and stated on Australian television that Ndou is on his short list of possible opponents to fight in 2010. Ndou says that he is happy to not only fighting Ricky Hatton but would be happy to give his brother Mathew a rematch but not in England.
“I will be happy to take on Ricky Hatton at any given day,” said Ndou. “He was recently in Australia and told the Australian media that he does not rule out taking me on as an opponent should he decide to make a comeback next year. He also mentioned that he would also like to get a rematch for his brother, Matthew. Well I already said in the past and will say it again, I am open for a rematch with Matthew but I’m not going back to England to fight him. If he seriously needs a rematch he will have to come to me this time.” (more…)
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The issue threatening to torpedo the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather welterweight superfight is the Mayweather Camp’s insistence on Olympic-style drug testing as opposed the normal drug testing procedures used by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which consists of a urine test immediately before and after the fight. Olympic style testing requires multiple random drug tests. The fighters can be expected to experience eight to ten random urine tests and five to six random blood tests in the ten weeks leading up to the fight. The Mayweather Camp has alleged that Pacquiao is taking illegal substances, although Pacman has never previously failed a drug test. The Pacquiao Camp has agreed to take a blood test before the kickoff press conference and after the fight, but the Mayweather Camp is standing firm that the random Olympic testing is non-negotiable.
Should the parties work out their differences, the fight will land on March 13 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The Mayweather Camp has agreed to a $10 million penalty per pound or fraction thereof if either fighter comes in overweight.
Golden Boy Promotions has issued a statement announcing that the mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao is in jeopardy because Manny Pacquiao is refusing to comply with Olympic style drug testing as requested by Mayweather’s management. Early today Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions (representing Mayweather Promotions), was contacted by Top Rank President Todd duBoef, who informed Schaefer that Pacquiao would not agree to have his blood taken within 30-days of the bout. Schaefer commented, “Todd told me that Pacquiao has difficulty with taking blood and doesn’t want to do it so close to the fight. He, Pacquiao, would only agree to have blood drawn before the kick-off press conference and after the fight.” (more…)
The two entities that pioneered the marriage between professional boxing and Las Vegas casinos are reuniting to present a special edition of “Latin Fury 13 / Pinoy Power 3.” The Las Vegas Hilton, then known as The International, presented the first professional boxing card ever held at a Las Vegas casino forty years ago on December 6, 1969, with a card headlined by former world champion Sonny Liston and featuring a 20-year-old George Foreman, one year removed from winning an Olympic gold medal, on the undercard. Nine years later, Top Rank promoted the first world championship fight to ever take place in a Las Vegas casino venue, also at the Las Vegas Hilton, where Leon Spinks upset heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali on February 15, 1978.
Nearly thirty-two years later to the day, Top Rank and the Las Vegas Hilton are going back to the future with a world championship doubleheader, on Saturday, February 13, featuring former world champions and current top contenders Eric “Little Hands Of Stone” Morel and Gerry “Fearless” Peñalosa, battling in a WBO bantamweight title elimination bout; two-division world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire defending his WBA interim super flyweight title against knockout artist Gerson “El Nene” Guerrero; WBO bantamweight champion Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel defending his crown against wunderkind Ciso “Kid Terrible” Morales; and world title challengers Mario Santiago and Bernabe Concepcion battling in a 10-round featherweight rumble. For more details and photos click here…
By Nick Giongco
For fear of being outsmarted by Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao, by way of his lawyer Franklin Gacal, said in a text message late Tuesday night in the Philippines that the Filipino fighter will be “demanding a penalty of $10 million per pound or a fraction thereof over and above 147 lbs during the weighin” in relation to the March 13, 2010 fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Gacal, however, made it clear that the “penalty applies to both fighters”, meaning if Pacquiao fails to make weight, he will also be forced to cough out the same amount.
Against Juan Manuel Marquez last September, Mayweather was compelled to pay Marquez a total of $600,000 for coming in at 146 lbs. The agreed weight was 144 lbs. Mayweather went on to beat the overpowered Mexican on a lopsided 12-round decision. It is unclear if Mayweather will agree to what appears to be an over-the-top demand by Team Pacquiao. Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions are staging the fight and a formal annoucement is being awaited anytime this week. Both fighters are guaranteed a purse of $25 million each and their total earnings can go up to as high as $40 million apiece.
Trainer of world champions Michael Timm says he never considered stopping the fight between WBO light heavyweight world champion Jürgen Brähmer and unbeaten Dmitry Sukhotsky, when Brähmer was under heavy sustained fire in round ten of their world title fight Saturday in Schwerin, Germany. Timm also spoke about the performances of Olympic gold medalist Rachim Tchachkijew and amateur world champion Jack Culcay, as well as Ina Menzer’s upcoming fight on January 9th. (more…)
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Two time super bantamweight champion Israel Vazquez wanted to extend his warmest holiday wishes to boxing fans everywhere. The holidays will be twice as special to “El Magnifico” since he’ll also be turning 32 years old on Christmas day. Vazquez will be fighting Rafael Marquez on May 22nd at the Staples Center in Los Angeles for a fourth time. He answered some questions before starting his Christmas break: (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A WBC super bantamweight eliminator between Mexican star Víctor “Viking” Terrazas (34-1, 20 KOs) and British contender Randall Munroe (20-1, 8 KOs) could be in the works. Promoter HG Boxing is trying to arrange the fight for February or March of 2010. A negotiating period between the camps is set to expire January 14 and in the event no deal is reached, a purse bid will be carried out. The winner of Terrazas-Munroe should be obligatory challenger of WBC super bantamweight champion Toshiaki Nishioka.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican boxer Alejandro Valdez, who was knocked out by WBA interim bantamweight champion Nehomar Cermeno on Saturday night’s PPV telecast from Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico, is doing well but remains under observation at the San José Clinic in Cuidad Obregón. He was taken from the arena on a stretcher and at the hospital doctors found a blood clot on his brain. He did not require surgery and the condition will be treated with medication.
Negotiations are set to begin for an IBF jr middleweight eliminator for the #1 ranking and mandatory challenger status between Deandre Latimore and Sechew Powell, which will be a much anticipated rematch. The Powell camp informed IBF Championship Chairman Lindsay Tucker of Powell’s availability today. “I am thrilled to have this opportunity,” said Powell. “The loss to Deandre has been a thorn in my side for a year and a half, and this is the chance I’ve been hoping for, to redeem myself from the loss, and get back to the place I was before it. You’ll see the real Sechew Powell in the ring this time.”
Manager Mark Vaz added, “We are very happy to have this fight come along. Sechew was terribly disappointed that his scheduled fight last week in Vegas fell through at the last minute, he had trained hard and was in fantastic shape. This is the best way we could think of to start the new year.”
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