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Ireland’s John Duddy, who has been training for weeks at Gleasons Gym in Brooklyn, will soon be off for high-altitude training at the Pocono Mountains in northeastern Pennsylvania. Craig Hamilton, manager of Duddy, made the announcement today. Duddy and his team will be at the Fernwood Resort in Bushkill, Pa. and train in a hotel facility. Duddy, a middleweight, is wiring in for a showdown against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr on Top Rank’s Latin Fury 15 Pay Per View on June 26 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
The IBF bantamweight world title bout between undefeated Yonnhy Perez and Abner Mares provides the perfect complement to what is already a must-see night of boxing Saturday, May 22, at STAPLES Center, live on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). The boxing media seems to be in agreement regarding the co-feature of the Vazquez-Marquez IV: “Once and Four All”: Perez-Mares has the potential to be the fight of the night. “This is an even fight between two solid boxer/punchers that could steal the show prior to the Marquez-Vazquez fight,” Fightnews.com Feature Writer Francisco Salazar told SHOWTIME. (more…)
Starting today, Thursday, May 13th, Peter “The Pride of Providence” Manfredo Jr. and Matt “The Sharp Shooter” Remillard headline an exciting week of public workouts at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT prior to their title fights on Saturday, May 22nd.
The public workouts also feature four undercard fighters including hard- hitting female welterweight Adelita Irizarry, lightweight prospect Joseph “Chip” Perez, and pro debuting light heavyweights Ron Scott and Reinaldo Graceski and will be held in the Shops Concourse at Mohegan Sun using the following schedule: (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
On Saturday night, longtime WBO flyweight world champion Omar Narvaez (31-0-2, 19 KOs) from Argentina will seek to capture the vacant WBO super flyweight crown against #1 rated Everth Briceno (32-5-1, 26 KOs) of Nicaragua at the famous Luna Park Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (more…)
America, meet European superstar Sergiy Dzinziruk, who will make his United States professional debut and the fifth defense of his World Boxing Organization (WBO) Junior Middleweight title against once-beaten challenger Daniel Dawson on Friday, May 14, on ShoBox: The New Generation at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) live on SHOWTIME®. (more…)
By Matt Richardson
Paulie Malignaggi is the first to admit he didn’t think he would be getting another title shot. Not after fighting so poorly in defense of his old junior welterweight belt against Lovemore N’Dou in 2008. Not after losing it when he was dominated and stopped by Ricky Hatton later that year. And certainly not after controversially losing a close encounter with former titleholder Juan Diaz last summer. But yet there he was on Wednesday morning at Madison Square Garden, spouting off at the podium for his final press conference prior to his second title shot this weekend against WBA belt holder Amir Khan. The fight will be televised live from the theater at the Garden on HBO on Saturday night. For more details and photos click here…
By Francisco Salazar
Back by popular demand (and time away from my smart, yet crazy students), another edition of Southern California Fight Scene is here. Lots of action over the next five weeks in Southern California, boxers from the area fighting abroad, and other news and commentary to boot. (more…)
Unbeaten former two-division world champion Zsolt Erdei (31-0, 17 KOs) reportedly announced his retirement – then hours later stated he was misquoted and is open to continuing his career if he receives an appropriate offer. After competing in the 2000 Olympics, Erdei won the WBO light heavyweight belt in 2004 and defended 11 times. He last fought in November, winning the WBC cruiserweight belt, which he later vacated. Erdei’s contract with Universum Box-Promotion expires at the end of June. He will turn 36 years of age later this month. Hat tip to Hungarian monokli.com.
Boxing promoter Don King—a man known for his affinity to the heavyweight division—has signed New York State Champion Darrel “King David” Madison (15-1, 4 KOs) to a promotional agreement with Don King Productions. Madison, born on New York’s Long Island and still fighting out of Central Islip, is currently riding a 14-fight winning streak with wins over Zuri Lawrence and Nagy Aguilera. The slick boxer’s next step will be heading to King’s training camp in Orwell, Ohio, with trainer Carlos Cartagena to spar and train with other DKP fighters. Madison is anxious and excited to get back into the ring as soon as possible. Madison is managed by Dave Bowers.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBC/WBA super flyweight champion Vic “The Raging Bull” Darchinyan (34-2-2, 27 KOs) will clash with durable Filipino Eric “The Maverick” Barcelona (51-17-4, 19 KOs) over twelve rounds for the vacant IBO bantamweight title at the Parramatta Leagues Club, Sydney, NSW, Australia on May 20. Barcelona dropped a ten round decision in his most recent ring appearance when Kohei Oba outscored him in Japan in March. Darchinyan is confident of beating Barcelona. “I have never seen him fight but I heard he has never been stopped in 70 fights,” Darchinyan said. “I’m sure it will be a good fight. My training has been good and I am in good shape for this fight.” (more…)
By Bob Caico
Nick Garone and X-Cel Worldwide announced the signing of undefeated middleweight and former Canadian Olympian Donald “Donnie Boy” Orr (15-0, 6 KOs) to a promotional agreement. The Irish Canadian had one of the most remarkable amateur careers of any fighter ever to come out of British Columbia, Canada, finishing with a record 137-11. To qualify for the Olympics, he defeated Mariano Carrera of Argentina (who would go on to fight for the WBA world title as a pro) then slick Dominican Republic fighter Jerson Ravelo. (more…)
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Photos: Pavel Terekhov
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (39-2, 37 KOs) continues preparations for his title defense against European heavyweight champion Albert Sosnowski (45-2-1, 27 KOs) on May 29th in Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany. (more…)
BOB ARUM: I am back from one of the most exciting trips of my life and one of the most fulfilling trips. I am thinking now whether to pack it in as a boxing promoter and be a political consultant…but only in the Philippines and around the world. I don’t think there is anything more exciting and more interesting than politics and I really have to compliment Manny. People don’t realize that this victory over the candidate that he beat was a tremendous upset that very few people expected him to pull off. His opponent’s family holds all of the major businesses in this province. All the mayors and the congressman in the province are either related to this family belong to the family or are associates of the family. Manny Pacquiao was running against the elder son of the family and they hadn’t been defeated and won overwhelmingly in every election for 25 years. Manny Pacquiao is a fighter and with his grit and determination was not only able to win but to win by a landslide. (more…)
Five-time world champion and current International Boxing Federation junior middleweight champion Cory “The Next Generation” Spinks (37-5, 11 KOs) made some bold statements at Wednesday’s press conference at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis announcing his title defense on June 12 against IBF No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger Cornelius “K9″ Bundrage (29-4, 17 KOs). “My title is not leaving St. Louis,” Spinks declared. “I guarantee I will be undefeated for the rest of my career. When I get done with Bundrage, I’ll fight anyone: Floyd Mayweather, Manny Paquiao, Miguel Cotto, Paul Williams, Shane Mosley—you name it, I’m ready.” (more…)
It will be a war any way you slice it. Humberto “Zorrita” Soto will defend his WBC lightweight championship this Saturday against Ricardo “Pelon” Dominguez in the “Estadio Centenario” of Los Mochis, in the card “Puro Sinaloa, ¿Quién es el más Macho?” that will be the main event of “Top Rank Live” that will telecast in the United States by Fox Sports Net and Fox Sports en Espanol. Three-time world champion Soto (51-7-2, 32 KO’s) of Los Mochis, Sinaloa and Dominguez (31-5-2, 19 KO’s) of Culiacan, Sinaloa are both confident of getting the victory. (more…)
Boxing superstar Miguel Cotto radiates confidence during today’s training session in Tampa with his Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward. “It’s been an incredible camp,” said Cotto. “I feel really good and ready for June 5, I don’t have any doubt that I will win my fourth world title at the Yankee Stadium.”
By Robert Hough
Andre Ward (20-0, 13 KOs) and Allan Green (29-1, 20 KOs) said at a press conference Wednesday that they both support Olympic-style drug testing before their June 19 fight for Ward’s WBA title. The super-middleweights meet in Oakland, Calif., to conclude the Super Six World Boxing Classic’s second round. Dan Goossen, Ward’s promoter, supports the proposal and said he would discuss it with Lou DiBella, who promotes Green. Green, who appeared at the Oakland press conference via a video stream from Miami, Fla., said it would have hurt his training in nearby Fort Lauderdale to travel across the country and back for the event. Green, who replaces Jermain Taylor in Showtime’s tournament, has been boisterous in the pre-fight build-up, but the Tulsa, Okla., native and resident was low-key and quick to compliment Ward.
Jr middleweight contender and former welterweight champion Kermit Cintron has commented on his May 8th fight with Paul Williams. “About thirty seconds into round four, Paul Williams lost his balance and started falling to the canvas,” said Cintron. “Our bodies got tangled and while Paul just hit the canvas, my momentum carried me through the ropes and out of the ring. His falling is what caused me to be off-balance and all I could do was brace myself for impact. As I fell from the ring, I think I landed on a TV monitor. That collision actually knocked the wind out of me.” (more…)
Story by Gerardo Martinez
Photos by Chris Cozzone
One fight into a comeback after nearly three years off, former five-time world champion Johnny “Mi Vida Loca” will headline his second straight headliner at the Ohkay Casino outside of Espanola, N.M.
This time around, after beating up former sparring partner Jorge Reyes, Tapia, 57-5-2, 29 KOs, will face former nemesis Frankie Archuleta, 26-7-1, 14 KOs, of Las Vegas, N.M., in what will be a 50-50 fight . . . Click here for more
It’s not every day that you get a chance to learn a jump shot from LeBron James. Nor does the opportunity present itself to be taught how to throw a football like Peyton Manning. However, for mixed martial arts fans, the ability to learn strategy and techniques from the sport’s most influential figures presents itself at this year’s UFC® Fan Expo™. (more…)
Officials have been named for Saturday’s WBC lightweight title clash between champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto and Ricardo “Pelón” Domínguez at the Estadio Centenario in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. The referee will be Laurentino Ramírez (México), judges are Guillermo Ayón (México), José Cobián (USA) and Nicolás Hidalgo (Venezuela). WBC supervisor is Alberto Reyes.
By Piotr Momot/www.ringpolska.pl
Krzysztof Wlodarczyk has arrived in the city of Lodz, Poland, where he will meet Giacobbe Fragomeni on Saturday for the vacant WBC cruiserweight crown. The Polish former world champion held a free public workout today and declared he is ready for another war with his Italian rival.
Philippines congressman-elect Manny Pacquiao was featured on ABC News Nightline Tuesday night — another first for the seven-division world champion, who has already made numerous appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Good Morning America and has been featured in Sports Illustrated, Gentlemen’s Quarterly, ESPN The Magazine and on the cover of TIME magazine. This year Pacquiao was named for the second consecutive time to the 2010 TIME 100 Poll, finishing at No. 36 among the most influential people in the world. This link will take you to the Nightline feature on Manny.
Spike TV presents a special telecast of 2010’s most action-packed mixed martial arts fights, including the heavyweight showdown between Shane Carwin and Frank Mir and the unforgettable slugfest between Leonard Garcia and Chan Sung Jung (aka “The Korean Zombie”) in “UFC’s Ultimate Fights” on Saturday, May 15 (10:00 PM – 12:30 AM ET/7:00 PM-9:30 PM PT). (more…)
Hot Uzbekistan welterweight prospect Ravshan Hudaynazarov, now fighting out of Las Vegas, puts his undefeated record on the line Friday night (May 14) against veteran Gerardo Cesar Prieto in a 6-round, off-television bout on the ESPN Friday Night Fights show, presented by Guilty Boxing and Vega Boxing Promotions, at Buffalo Bill’s Star Arena in Primm, Nevada. Hudaynazarov-Prieto is on the undercard of the Julio Diaz-Herman Ngoudjo card. (more…)
WBC title challenger Albert “The Dragon” Sosnowski plans to become the first Polish Heavyweight Champion of the World when he fights defending champion Vitali “Dr. Ironfist” Klitschko on May 29, headlining the “Fists Of Steel” pay-per-view event, live from the 61,000-seat Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. “I will shock the world” Sosnowski predicted. “Everything happens for a reason and this is my time. Klitschko has ruled the heavyweight world long enough. I will win this fight for all of my Polish fans across the world.” (more…)
By Matt Richardson
First quotes from Wednesday’s press conference…
Amir Khan: “I’m happy to fight someone like that (Malignaggi) to shut him up. I’m looking forward to it. Paulie needs shutting up.”
Paulie Malignaggi: “This is what I’ve been waiting for. This is a big, big redemption for me. I’ve been training real hard.”
Victor Ortiz: “It’ll speak for itself Saturday night. I’m ready, as I’m sure Nate is.”
Nate Campbell: “I’m not going to make any idle threats. I’m going to do what I have to do and that’s win.”
Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer said the card is “heading for a sell out” although there are still some tickets available.
By Ricardo Conde
Frank Espinoza is one of the top managers in the boxing game right now, having won the World Boxing Hall of Fame’s “Manager of the Year Award” back in 2007 and inducted into the California Boxing Hall of Fame that same year. His vast stable of fighters include three-time world champion Israel “El Magnifico” Vazquez (44-4, 32 KOs), former super flyweight champ Martin “El Gallo” Castillo (35-3, 18 KOs), bantamweight contender Abner Mares (20-0, 13 KOs), lightweight contender Luis Ramos (15-0, 8 KOs) as well as many others. (more…)
Rudy Markussen today gave a taste of his famed and feared punching power during a public work-out in Herning. The former European super middleweight champion headlines the first-ever TV 2 Fight Night on Saturday when he comes face-to-face with Frenchman Christophe Karagoz. “I am in great shape,” Markussen stated. “I have trained very hard and very long for the comeback. I am ready and I am really eager to get back into the ring.” For more details and photos click here…
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