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Photo gallery by Chris Cozzone
All the shots from today’s weigh-in at the Esplanada at City Hall, Tijuana, Mexico: Chavez, Jr. vs. Cuello, Soto vs. Davis, Montiel vs. Silva, special guests & more! Click here for photo gallery
If it’s a fight night at Desert Diamond Casino in Tucson, Arizona, you can almost guarantee that middleweight David “The Destroyer” Lopez (37-12, 25 KOs) will be on hand to thrill his legion of loyal fans. On April 10th, Lopez will fight at his home away from home for the 12th time when he takes on veteran Ossie Duran (23-6-2, 9 KOs) in the main event of ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights”. Also in action in a televised bout will be highly touted undefeated junior welterweight prospect Hector Sanchez (17-0, 8 KOs) in the stiffest test of his young career when he squares off against former World Champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley (33-10-1, 19 KOs) in an eight-round bout. Making a special appearance will be “the Golden Boy” Oscar de la Hoya. ESPN2 will televise.
Lukas Konecny 153.8 vs Jimmy Colas 152.7
(EU super welterweight championship)
Natascha Ragosina 166.2 vs Iva Weston 166.2
(WIBF/GBU/WBC female super middleweight titles)
Ramona Kühne 128.3 vs Judy Waguthii 128
(WIBF female super featherweight title)
Tommy Altmann 148.5 vs Hawal Garib 148.5
Rico Müller 145.2 vs Marks Senf 157.6
Varol Vekiloglu 194.8 vs Marco Heinichen 196.4
Kirstin Schoenig 108.2 vs Evgenia Zablotskaja 105.3
Venue: Sportarena Großziehten, Schönefeld/Berlin, Germany
Promoter: SES Boxing
TV: DSF (Germany)
FightNews feature writer Antonio Castro is the host of the “KNR2 BOXING SHOW” which airs each SATURDAY from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. EST on Cleveland’s AM 1540 KNR2 in the Cleveland and Northern Ohio area (plus online at www.ESPNCLEVELAND.com). This Saturday morning Antonio will talk with Lou DiBella. You can e-mail your questions for Antonio and his guests at email@example.com
By Anthony Springer Jr.
When the WEC rolls into Chicago April 5, bantamweight champion Miguel Torres can expect a hero’s welcome. The 35-1 champion made a name for himself fighting opponents in Chicago and the surrounding mid western cities. He’ll face a stiff test in Takeya Mizugaki (11-2-2), but feels that fighting on his home turf will be one more advantage when the cage door closes.
Pramuansak Phosuwan 114.3 vs José López 114.9
(WBO super flyweight world title)
Eric Morel 119.1 vs Roberto Bonilla 120.2
Manuel Siaca 159.8 vs George Klinesmith 159.5
Carlos Negrón 183 vs Miguel Ángel Jiménez 183.3
Henry Bruseles 146.6 vs Mario José Ramos 146.3
Jaime Palma 134.3 vs Marcos Jiménez 131
Eric Cruz 136 vs José González 136.7
Max Rivera 139 vs TBA
Luis Cosme 109.4 vs Erickson Martell 108.5
Miguel Robles 114.3 vs Luis Quiñones 111
Héctor J. Hernández 125.8 vs Nelson Casanova 125.6
Venue: Rubén Rodríguez Coliseum, Bayamón, PR
Promoter: PR Best
From contestant to coach, relive how it all began: Catch The Ultimate Fighter 3 Marathon this Saturday on Spike TV starting at 9 a.m. . . . Click here for more
By Kurt Wolfheimer at the scale
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
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Andre Dirrell 166.5 vs Derrick Findley 166
Ronald Hearns 151.5 vs Harry Joe Yorgey 155/153
Chazz Witherspoon 229.5 vs Travis Fulton ??
Bowie Tupou 262 vs Marcus Rhode 252
Carson Jones 164 vs Dan Wallace 158.5
Anthony Dirrell 165 vs Dominique Azeez 163.5
Jose Guzman 135 vs Juan Noriega 130
Isiah Thomas 179 vs Sam Norwood 176
Venue: Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment/Gary Shaw Productions
TV: SHOWTIME 11PM ET/PT
Julio Chavez Jr 154 vs Luciano Cuello 154
Humberto Soto 130 vs Antonio Davis 130
(WBC super featherweight championship)
Fernando Montiel 118 vs Diego Silva 117
(WBO bantamweight championship)
Antonio Diaz 144.5 vs Javier Castro 144.5
Venue: Plaza de Toros Monumental, Tijuana, Mexico
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: Pay-per-view, 9PM ET / 6PM PT
By Felipe Leon at ringside
Photos: Paul Gallegos
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Professional boxing returned to “America’s Finest City” once again with the “Champions of Tomorrow” fight card presented by Bobby D. Presents in association with Jorge Marron Promotions at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in the Kearny Mesa suburb of San Diego, CA. The bout card fell short of the regulated twenty six rounds required by the State of California with only twenty spread out in four bouts. Despite the shortage of action, the boxing hungry crowd of about 400 enjoyed the show filled with pro debutants and up and coming local fighters ready to make a statement in their home town. In the scheduled eight round super featherweight main event, two time Mexican national amateur champion Emilio Bojorquez (12-1, 10 KOs) of Tijuana, MX by way of Navajoa made his return to the ring after more than half a year lay off to score a fifth round stoppage of the much experienced Trinidad Mendoza (24-20, 19 KOs) of Guaymas, MX. (more…)
Hardened gauze pads confiscated from Antonio Margarito’s hand wraps contained calcium and sulfur, two of the primary elements of plaster of Paris, according to tests by a California State Department of Justice laboratory it has been reported by the LA Times. State supervising deputy attorney general Karen Chappelle told the paper that the State Athletic Commission’s decision to suspend Margarito and his trainer Javier Capetillo appear to be supported by the findings.
Both Jayson “La Maravilla” Vélez and Wilfredo “Papín” Negrón, headliners for the second edition of Boxeo Boricua en Caguas, made their respective divisions during the weigh-in for the event organized by Miguel Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment. Mexican Juan Jaramillo, who was supposed to fight Vélez couldn’t make it due to problems with his travel visa. Now “ La Maravilla” will face Javier Ramos. To Vélez the change of fighter will not affect his performance. “ I’m well trained and I’ll do my work as always” assured the 20 year old boxer, who has been in the sport for almost a decade.
By Lee Bates at the scale
Derrick Samuels 138.5 vs Roberto Valenzuela 139.8*
Magomed Abdusalamov 261 vs Larry White 255
Nicholas Iannuzzi 199 vs Dave Saunders 195
Adam Hubinger 172 vs Jose Medina 174
Venue: The West Shore Hotel Tampa, Florida
Promoter: Starfight Productions
* Note: Valenzuela intially weighed in over the 140 pound weight limit at 141.8 but weighed in at 139.8 less than an hour later.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBC announced the following officials for the fight between Edwin Valero and Antonio Pitalua on April 4th at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. The referee is Laurence Cole (Texas). Judges are Ken Morita (Japan), Juergen Langos (Germany) and Gale Van Hoy (Texas). On Thursday, Valero looked very sharp at a public training session at the Urbina Westside Boxing Gym in Los Angeles. Valero will travel the next Monday to Austin with his trainer Robert Alcazar and the rest of the team. Valero-Pitalua is the main event on Golden Boy Promotions’ “Light Lightning” pay-per-view card.
By Ron Jackson
After an absence of eight months former WBF flyweight champion Zolani Tete returns to action when he faces Filipino Rexon Flores in a scheduled ten rounder at the Orient Theatre in East London on Sunday afternoon. Tete suffered a mysterious illness in September last year and was forced to relinquish his WBF belt. However, he has subsequently been declared fit to fight. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Norman Motsoaledi who fought as a welterweight in the professional ranks from 1958 to 1970 passed away after a long illness in Meadowlands, Soweto last Sunday. He was 73. Motsoaledi who was born in Alexandra Township near Sandton on October 10, 1935 joined the professional ranks on July 4, 1958 with a four round points win over Peter Sekoalo. (more…)
Miguel Hernandez 162 vs Luciano Perez 157
Henry Coyle 159 vs Dave Saunders 158
Danny Williams 131 vs Jose Guzman 129.5
Mike Kurzeja 168 vs Tony Dewey 172
Andrzej Fonfara 168 vs Kendall Gould 167
Juan Bailon 127.5 vs Marsay Buggs 127
Sergio Montes De Oca 122 vs David Cano 122
Rita Figueroa 138 vs Tammie Johnson 137
Foster Nkodo 157 vs Lamar Harris 156
Venue: UIC Pavilion
Promoter: 8 Count
By Boxing Bob Newman
Another successful officials seminar was conducted Thursday at the luxurious Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort & Spa in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, ahead of tomorrow’s Boxing In Paradise II show presented by 340 Promotions. The seminar was presented my Roberto Ramirez Sr., Puerto Rico’s preeminent ring official, and supervised by Anibal Miramontes of FightFax. Immediately following the seminar were the weigh-ins for tomorrow’s show. The weights were as follows:
Hector Saldivia 146.5 vs. Daudy Bahari 146
(WBA Fedelatin welterweight title)
John Jackson 153.5 vs. Steven Grove 152.5
Fernando Quintero 131 vs. Alberto Amaro 131.5
Evan Nedd 199 vs. Reggie Peña 190
Samuel Rogers 154 vs. Mike Thomas 152
Julius Jackson 166.5 vs. William Ganes 161
Boxing In Paradise II is being promoted by 340 Promotions, in association with Warriors Boxing. Doors open at the UVI Fitness Center at 6:30 p.m., first bell at 7:30 p.m.
By Lee Bates
WBO junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ Lopez (24-0, 22 KOs) is all smiles as he easily made the 30 day weight limit for his April 25th showdown with WBO bantamweight champion Gerry Peñalosa (54-6-2, 36 KOs). The 30 day minimum weight requirement was 140.3 pounds. Lopez scaled 134 which is just 12 pounds over the 122 pound contracted weight limit with still about a month to go until the official weigh-in. Peñalosa has never been stopped inside the distance in 62 professional bouts. Lopez looks to become the first to TKO or KO Peñalosa. “I’m hoping I can stop him by the 5th or 6th round,” said Lopez. The bout titled ‘Champion vs. Champion’ will be promoted by PR Best Boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera) & Top Rank. The site for the fight will be the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. HBO will televise. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 787-792-5000.
Story by Felipe Leon
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
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The city of Tijuana and its boxing fans has been good for the reigning royal family of Mexican boxing—the three-divisional world champion Julio Cesar Chavez and his two sons, Julio Cesar Jr. and Omar. From the more than ten wins that Chavez Sr. registered in the border city to Chavez Jr.’s three, it has always been with the full support of the city’s people.
But the city has also called it as it has seen it . . . Click here for more
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer – Top Rank
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It was not so much a press conference as it was a festive time in Tijuana today. With a Live Mariachi band providing the entertainment and all of the participants of “Tijuana Thunder” present along with eight former and current world champions were in attendance and it was a feel good experience for a room full of media and fans. “This city has a rich history boxing and I’m honorrd to be part of this great historic championship card here in Tijuana this Saturday,” said Bob Arum, of Top Rank. (more…)
2004 U.S. Olympian Jason “Big Six” Estrada held an open media workout today at his ”Big Six Academy” in Providence before he departs Sunday for Germany to fight Alexander Povetkin, 2004 Olympic gold medalist and the IBF’s No. 1 contender, April 4 in Dusseldorf, Germany. Estrada (15-1, 3 KOs) and Povetkin (16-0, 12 KOs) nearly fought several times as amateurs but it never materialized, due to their contrasting schedules, until now as professionals. Povetkin, who has a mandated title shot this fall against IBF heavyweight Wladimir Klitschko, signed to fight Estrada because, according to reports from his camp, he wants a test not a tune-up. (more…)
Undefeated hot Mexican prospect Rogelio “Porky” Medina (16-0, 14 KOs), who hails from the state of Sonora, will face the biggest test of his career this coming Saturday against fellow Mexican prospect from Chihuahua, Mexico, Bladimir Hernandez (15-1, 13 KOs). The bout takes place on the undercard of the “Latin Fury 8: Tijuana Thunder” card, televised on PPV at the Plaza de Toros in Tijuana and headlined by son of the legend, Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (more…)
Interview by Ramon Hough
Middleweight Andy ‘Kaos’ Kolle (17-2, 12 KOs) will be taking on Anthony ‘The Bullet’ Bonsante (32-10-3, 18 KOs) in the main event this Saturday at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, Minn. Coming off a knockout loss to world titlist, pound-for-pound entrant Paul Williams, the 26-year-old Kolle says his focus is solely on this fight as he aims to get back in the win column . . . click here for more
Story by Felipe Leon
Fernando “KOchulito” Montiel is chomping at the bit to get in the ring again, not only to fight, but to chase after history. This Saturday night on the “Latin Fury 8-Tijuana Thunder” mega-PPV card, when Montiel faces Diego Oscar Silva of Argentina, it’ll be for the full-fledged WBO bantamweight title and not the interim version, as originally announced. . . . . Click here for more
Ryan Jensen wakes up early each day about 900 miles from home. The middleweight then uses the kitchenette of his Albuquerque Extended Stay room to make some breakfast, and by 7am he’s at Jackson’s MMA gym for the first of his two daily workouts .. . . Click here for more by Elias Cepeda, UFC
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
Former WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter weighed in at a career high 265 pounds for his first fight since losing the world title to Vitali Klitschko last October. Peter scaled in at 11.5 pounds more than the Klitschko fight and eight pounds more that his previouis high against James Toney in September 2006.
Sam Peter 265 vs Eddie Chambers 223
John Molia, Jr. 132 vs Carlos Vinan 134.5
Shawn Estrada 165 vs Ray Craig 161
Javier Molina 144.5 vs Jaime Cabrera 142
Francisco Santana 153 vs Antonio Johnson 154
Ismayl Sillaakh 180 vs Carlos Reyes 179
Promoter: Goossen Tutor
Venue: Nokia Theater, Los Angeles
In his first fight since his stirring loss last December to Carl Froch for the vacant WBC Super Middleweight title, world rated Jean Pascal (21-1, 14 KOs) faces former world title challenger Pablo Daniel Zamora Nievas (22-5-1, 15 KO’s), of Argentina, on Saturday April 4 LIVE from the Casino de Montreal In undercard action, undefeated world-ranked Montreal super bantamweight Oliver Lontchi (17-0-2, 7 KO’s) faces the stiffest test of his career in three-time world title challenger Cecilio Santos (23-9-3, 13 KO’s), and unbeaten lightweight prospect Logan Cotton McGuinness (5-0, 3 KO’s) continues his bruising matriculation against Cesar Figueroa (1-2, 1 KO). (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Saturday night, March 28th at the Buffalo Run Casino, in Miami, Oklahoma, undefeated junior middleweight “Lightning Harry Joe Yorgey (21-0-1, 9KO’s) will put his IBF North American junior middleweight belt on the line against Ronald “The Chosen One” Hearns (21-0, 17KO’s) which will be televised live at 11PM EST on Showtime’s ShoBox: The New Generation. Fightnews had the chance to go one on one with the champ as he approached the biggest fight of his career, against the son of the legendary Tommy “The Hitman” Hearns. (more…)
Former junior middleweight champion Winky Wright opened the doors to his training camp today at the TKO Boxing Gym in Las Vegas, Nev. Wright is preparing for his upcoming April 11 showdown against Paul Williams, at the Mandalay Bay. Pictured: Wright hits the mitts with Pepper Roach. Look for a full story on Winky early next week.
The final two installments from SHOWTIME Sports online video features of World Champions Timothy Bradley and Kendall Holt are now available for your review.
Behind The Scenes with Kendall Holt
Go behind the cameras at Kendall’s feature video shoot with the SHOWTIME Sports. TV is not ALL smoke and mirrors, but there are those elements.
Timothy Bradley Workout
Bradley is your typical California carnivore before training camp begins. But once camp starts, nutrition, diet and his unusual training regime set him apart from most American athletes.
The world champions will collide in a 140-pound title unification bout on Saturday, April 4, live on SHOWTIME at a special time of 10:45 p.m. ET/PT (to accommodate the conclusion of the 2009 NCAA Men’s Final Four).
Ronald Hearns loves March and all the madness that goes with it. The son of legendary eight-time world champion Thomas “Hit Man” Hearns, Ronald earned his college degree in criminal justice from American University in Washington D.C. While in college, Hearns played for the basketball team. This year American University’s basketball team won the Patriot League and advanced to the exclusive tournament field of 64 for the 2009 NCAA® Division I Men’s Basketball Championship for the first time. But this Saturday night, Hearns will be nowhere near a court; rather, he’ll be in the ring when he faces fellow unbeaten junior middleweight Harry Joe Yorgey in a 10-round bout on a special Saturday edition of ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Hundred of boxing people today (Thursday) attended a funeral service of Masatate Tsuji, Japanese top ranked 105-pound contender, who passed away on Tuesday because of brain hemorrhage after his come-from-behind defeat in a national elimination bout with Yuji Kanemitsu in Tokyo, Japan, last Saturday. Tsuji, 30, had swept almost all rounds before he abruptly succumbed in the tenth and final session. He was the thirty-fifth ring victim since the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) was established just prior to the first world title bout between Dado Marino and Yoshio Shirai in 1952. It was a horrible shock wave to the Japanese boxing fraternity. (more…)
Story by Chris Cozzone
When Javier Castro was a kid, he loved Zorro movies so much, he’d wear a mask to bed. Having left an impression on Castro as a nickname, “Zorro,” in a pugilistic incarnation, seeks to leave his mark upon the boxing world—and opponent—Saturday night in Tijuana, Mexico . . . . Click here for more
Boxing’s pound for pound king Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and world junior welterweight champion Ricky “Hitman” Hatton invite their fans to the famous Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, California on Monday (March 30) where they will walk the red carpet and speak to their fans before hosting their only U.S. news conference for their championship epic, “The Battle of East and West!” Fans are encouraged to arrive at the front entrance of the Roosevelt Hotel (7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, Calif. 90028), which will feature search lights worthy of a Hollywood premiere, beginning at 7 p.m. Pacquiao, Hatton and their respective trainers Freddie Roach and Floyd Mayweather, Sr. will arrive in their limousines at 7:30 p.m. and will speak to the crowd over the public address system before heading inside to the news conference.
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