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He thrilled millions of boxing fans with an aggressive style that earned him a spot on the 1996 US Olympic team and two world junior middleweight championships. And on Saturday, June 19th, boxing superstar Fernando Vargas will begin his quest to bring the next generation of stars to fight fans, as he joins with long time fight promoter Roy Englebrecht and presents his first event as a promoter – “Melee at McDermont” – at the state of the art McDermont Field House in Lindsay, California.
At a Friday, May 7th Noon Press Conference at McDermont Field House, Vargas announced the main event for this historic card, which is the first ever professional boxing event in Lindsay (population 15,000), and will feature former world champion Martin “El Gallo” Castillo looking to extend his two fight winning streak when he battles former IBA world titlist Vernie Torres in a super bantamweight main event. (more…)
European superstar Sergiy Dzinziruk 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®. The telecast will originate from the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif., and will be promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC.
The 34-year-old Dzinziruk is arguably the world’s top junior middleweight, but is largely unknown in the U.S. The southpaw, who is currently training in Los Angeles for his first world title defense in more than 17 months, was inactive in ’09 due to a contract dispute with his European former promoter. (more…)
Antonio Margarito: “I am so glad to get back into the ring. I really missed the crowds and all of the fans — but I always kept training. I never left the ring. I feel strong and I am ready. During the last year I have always been in the ring working on my timing and keeping sharp. I expect Garcia to charge right at me on Saturday night. That is something I will deal with in the ring.”
Roberto Garcia: “My preparation was just not hard, but smart. This has been my best-ever training camp. My claws are sharpened. Working with Freddie Roach also means a lot of film study. Freddie knows everything there is about Margarito. I am not the same fighter I was two years ago. I’m a world champion in waiting. And one thing is for sure – Margarito is going to have trouble hitting a moving target.” (more…)
Universum’s unbeaten WBC, WBO and WIBF female featherweight world champion Ina Menzer (26-0, 10 KOs) will defend her titles against Jeannine Garside (9-3-1, 4 KOs) on the July 3 Universum card in Stuttgart, Germany. Menzer bristles over the fact that in one independent ranking Garside is rated above her. “I’ve recently had the toughest opponents that you can imagine, twice Esther Schouten, then Ramona Kuehne – and I was still only the #2. This has annoyed me. Now I’ll change this myself with my fists.” Universum VP Dietmar Poszwa added, “Great that the bout is against Jeannine. This will be the fight of fights in the featherweight division.”
It was also announced that the WBA interim cruiserweight clash between Firat Arslan (29-4-1, 18 KOs) and Steve Herelius (19-1-1, 11 KOs) will be televised on live TV along with the Manzer-Garside. “Great news,” said Arslan, “thank you ZDF. I’ll give 150%.”
Following an outstanding amateur boxing career, flyweight Randy Caballero continues in the professional ranks this Saturday night, May 8th at the Palm Springs Baseball Stadium in Palm Springs, California. The 19 year old Caballero, promoted by TKO Boxing Promotions, made his pro debut on March 25th at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles, stopping Gonzalo Nicolas in 0:49 seconds of the first round. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBA super-fly champ Nobuo Nashiro (13-1, 8 KOs), Japan, will risk his belt against top contender Hugo Cazares (30-6-1, 22 KOs), a Mexican switch-hitter, tomorrow (Saturday) in Osaka, Japan. It will take place just eight days later after such a shocker that our national hero Hozumi Hasegawa was annihilated by Mexican Fernando Montiel in Tokyo. As his father Manuel Montiel is Cazares’ manager, all Montiel’s family moved to Osaka after the shock wave happened in Tokyo. For more details and photos click here…
Edgar Sosa received the “OK” from the doctors and will return to the ring this June 5th. The Mexican boxer underwent a tomography and a magnetic resonance, which determined that the titanium plaque will not be an obstacle for him to continue his boxing career. Edgar is ready for his first of three fights in 2010, the last of them against the winner of Pongsaklek Wonjongkam and Daisuke Naito who will fight for the WBC flyweight world championship. Sosa was operated on after receiving a head butt on his cheekbone from Rodel Mayol last November 21st in the second round as he was making the 11th defense of his WBC light flyweight world title in a bout that was staged in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas.
Steve “USS” Cunningham (22-2, 11 KOs) will make his first fight under the promotional banner of Team Sauerland when he takes on Troy Ross (23-1, 16 KOs) for the vacant IBF Cruiserweight Title in Neubrandenburg on June 5. In the co-featured main event, IBF Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester faces mandatory challenger Roman Karmazin. “We are thrilled to add this fight to our June 5 card,” said Team Sauerland General Manager Chris Meyer. “I have no doubts that Steve Cunningham will make a successful debut and reclaim his IBF title. But Ross is a strong opponent. I want to thank his management – namely Yvon Michel and Jeff Wald – to make this fight happen in a very short period of time. It will be an exciting evening.” (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Promoter Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions has announced details of the tournament to take place at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park, South Africa on Saturday June 19. The exciting line-up will be headed by three IBO title fights with a clash of unbeaten fighters, Thomas Oosthuizen 11-0; 8 of South Africa and Australian Michael Bolling 12-0; 10 meeting for the vacant IBO super-middleweight belt. After the controversial ending to their first bout, IBO junior flyweight champion Hekkie Budler makes his first defence against Juanito Rubillar of the Philippines. Former South African champion, Gideon Buthelezi and Filipino Ronelle Ferreras clash for the vacant IBO minimumweight belt. On the undercard unbeaten heavyweight Florante Simba meets Elvis Moyo and in an exciting clash for the IBO Africa lightweight title Jason Bedeman defends against Bongani Dlamini.
Story by Felix Chavez
Talk about taking a step up.
On Friday night at Isleta Casino and Resort, just south of Albuquerque, former Cuban amateur star Yorandis Despaigne will undoubtedly face his biggest test as a pro when he faces former world title challenger Richard Hall in a scheduled 10-round light heavyweight fight.
The bout is the main event of ESPN’s “Friday Night Fight Series” and can be seen live on ESPN2 at 10 p.m ET / 8 p.m. MT . . . Click here for more
One week prior to his next challenge, former two-time lightweight champion Julio Diaz reports himself ready as he closes training camp in Indio, California, where he readied himself to face Herman Ngoudjo in a junior welterweight main event next Friday, May 14, live on ESPN, from the Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, NV. (more…)
It was the rudest awakening of Lyoto Machida’s professional career. No, not the punches and kicks he took from the resurgent Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua in their UFC 104 bout last October in Los Angeles, but the aftermath of the bout, when fans turned on the soft-spoken champion as if he ran to Octagonside after the final bell and wrote out his own scorecards for the unanimous decision victory that allowed him to retain his UFC light heavyweight title and his unbeaten record . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
Danny Garcia 141.5 vs Christopher Fernandez 141
Karl Dargan 137 vs Jorge Ruiz 138
Latif Mundy 163 vs Todd Eriksson 164
Andre Espuet 174.5 vs Charles Hayward 173.5
Mike Dargan 154 vs Jason Montgomery 152.5
Jose Ortiz 130 vs Jason Sosa 129.5
Julian Williams 152.5 vs Antonio Fernandez 154
Venue: The Arena (formally the New Alhambra)
Promoters: Golden Boy/Joe Hand Promotions
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA is expecting to receive signed contracts for the WBA bantamweight world title clash between Panamanian champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (29-1-1, 10 KOs) and former WBA interim champion (19-1, 11 KOs) Nehomar Cermeño of Venezuela. The rematch date will be August 14 at the Roberto Duran Arena in Panama City and the event will be presented by Promociones y Eventos del Istmo. This time Moreno, who won their first fight by controversial split decision over Cermeño on March 27th in La Guaira, Venezuela, will have the home country advantage, although Cermeño lives and trains in Panama, as well.
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Former WBA light welterweight champion Andriy Kotelnik (31-3-1, 13 KOs) was the featured guest on the Internet-TV “RingSide Show” hosted by Fightnews.com writer Alexey “Oscar” Potapov. The former champ became a free agent on January 24th after campaigning under the Universum banner. He spoke about his last fight against Amir Khan, working with legendary promoter Don King, and about a possible fight on August 7th against WBC/IBF light welterweight champion Devon Alexander. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
The Baltimore Pro Boxing card that will take place on Saturday, May 8 at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore is an interesting mix of fighters returning after a long absence and boxers making their pro debuts. The main event, however, is a classic matchup of youth versus experience. Undefeated Catonsville, MD cruiserweight Steve “Show Stealer” Wheeler will battle veteran Ariel “Iron” Espinal of Brooklyn, NY in the six-round main event. (more…)
Photos: Rafael Soto/Top Rank/Zanfer
It’s getting close to fight time and the three time welterweight champion of the world, Antonio “The Tijuana Tornado” Margarito is very anxious to get in the ring and fight for the first time in over 15 months. “I’ve have been working in the gym all time but it’s not the same to get into the ring and fight. Saturday night can’t get here soon enough for me,” said Margarito today, during an International Satellite tour from his hotel in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Margarito will battle Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia in the 10 round main event of “Latin Fury 14″ a big championship card the will televised live on pay-per-view from the Plaza de Toros Monumental in Aguascalientes in the final weekend of the San Marcos Fair. For more details and photos click here…
Byron Mitchell 174.8 vs Otis Griffin 173
(USBA light heavyweight championship)
Michael Grant 257 vs Kevin Burnett 277
Venue: Oheka Castle, Huntington, New York
Promoter: X-Cel Worldwide/Bang Productions
Jason Pires 139 vs Michael Clark 139.5
(NABA/US junior welterweight belt)
Jesse Barboza 230 vs Winston Thorpe 223
David Bauza ?? vs Richard Grant 158
Keith Kozlin 166.5 vs Greg McCoy 166.5
Rick Dawson 167.5 vs Damion Reed 168
Vladine Biosse 172 vs Joe Gardner 171.5
Edwin Soto 142 vs Carlos Hernandez 141.5
Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes 150 vs Natoya Ervin 145
Venue: Twin River Event Center, Lincoln, RI
Promoter: Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports
Middleweight Billy Lyell (21-8, 4 KOs) returns on Friday night after a short break following his unsuccessful world title shot in January against IBF middleweight champion Sebastian Sylvester. Lyell will take on Martinius Clay (13-24-4, 5 KOs) at the new Morgantown Event Center in Morgantown, WV. Lyell weighed in at 155, while Clay scaled in at 154.25. The card is promoted by Simons Promotions.
“This fight with me and (Kermit) Cintron will be a real classic fight,” said two-division world champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams. “I respect Cintron as a man, but when we get in that ring on Saturday night I’m gonna try my best to hurt him ‘cause I know he’s gonna try and hurt me. I’m gonna hit him with everything I got and he’s gonna have to fight me with everything he’s got because I’m gonna be on him. It’s real close to the fight. I don’t want to talk to no one. I just want to do my thing and get ready for Saturday night.
“It’s gonna be a war and I’m preparing myself for a war. In my mind I’m gonna have no sympathy for him in the ring. After the fight is over, okay, I hope he’ll be all right. I wish him all the luck but, come Saturday night when it’s time to get in that ring I’m gonna try and break his ribs, his jaw and I’m gonna try and kill him to death. That’s how I really feel. All the time I spent in training camp away from my family and my friends, it’s in my mind I’m gonna go get him, hands down. And I’m not gonna say no more.”
WBC bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel was presented with his new world championship green belt by WBC president Jose Sulaiman in Mexico City. Montiel seized the title on April 30 dethroning long time champion Hozumi Hasegawa in Tokyo, Japan. Click here for more photos.
Felix Chavez at the scales
For tomorrow night’s Golden Boy / Romero card at Isleta:
Yordanis Despaigne 173 1/4 vs. Richard Hall 177 1/2*
* Hall was 2 1/2 pounds heavy; has 2 hours to lose.
Seth Mitchell 241 1/2 vs. Johnnie White 228 1/4
Max Heyman 192 3/4 vs. Mike Alderete 189
Randy Arrellin 129 vs. Willie Villanueva 127 3/4
Josh Gomez 142 1/4 vs. Derrick Lopez 141
Jose Ramirez 176 vs. Lucas Galle 174 1/2
Freddie Montoya 153 1/2 vs. TBA
(Original opponent Israel Rodriguez out with detached retina.)
Amanda Crespin 129 3/4 vs. Clara De La Torre 129 1/2
On Friday night, OPI 2000, the Italian company led by Salvatore and Christian Cherchi, will stage a show in Selargius (Cagliari) on Sardinia Island. In the main event, European flyweight champion Andrea Sarritzu (30-4-4, 12 KOs), rated WBC #7, WBO/IBF #5 will defend his title against Frenchman Alain Bonnel. It will be the first defense of the EBU crown for Sarritzu.
On the undercard three OPI prospects, welterweight Luciano Abis (27-1-1, 13 KOs), lightweight Luca Giacon (9-0, 9 KOs) and super middleweight Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (16-1, 9 KOs) will fight in six rounders. Italian network Dahlia Sport 2 will broadcast the show starting at 9PM.
Former two-time world cruiserweight champion Jean-Marc Mormeck (34-3, 22 KOs) of France defeated USBA and NABA heavyweight champion Fres Oquendo of Puerto Rico (32-5, 21 KOs) by unanimous decision. Official scores were 96-95, 96-95, 96-94. The bout was promoted by Mormeck’s J3M Management in association with Roy Jones, Jr.’s Square Ring Promotions and took place at the Halle Carpentier Arena in Paris, France.
WBA super lightweight world champion Amir Khan and trainer Freddie Roach are still in Vancouver, BC, Canada, waiting for the U.S. Consulate to process his work visa prior to his May 15 showdown against Paul Malignaggi in New York City. Khan said today that he expects to get the visa later today or tomorrow. Khan is training at Sugar Ray’s Gym while in the Great Northwest.
Gonzalo Munguía (17-6-3, 13 KOs) of Nicaragua is very much ready for his upcoming challenge to WBO super featherweight champion Román ‘Rocky’ Martínez (23-0-1, 14 KOs) of Puerto Rico on May 29th. The bout will take place at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico with PR Best Boxing (Iván and Peter Rivera) in association with All Star Boxing’s Félix ‘Tutico’ Zabala promoting the event. (more…)
Stories by Chris Cozzone
Though Friday night’s ESPN2-card in Albuquerque, N.M. headlines undefeated Cuban light-heavyweight Yordanis Despaigne (5-0, 4 KOs) vs. 36-fight veteran Richard Hall (29-7, 27 KOs) in a ten-rounder; and Maryland heavyweight Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell (16-0-1, 10 KOs) vs. Johnnie White (22-1, 18 KOs). In the local main event, a battle of “Mad” cruiserweights, “Mad” Max Heyman (23-10-4, 13 KOs) against “Mad” Mike Alderete (6-4-2, 3 KOs), is capturing local interest in the Duke City:
Alderete “Mad” dog, not underdog: “Mad” Mike Alderete says you can forget about “Mad” Max Heyman’s 25-fight and seven-year advantage in experience Friday night . . . Click here for more
Max is “Mad” as hell: Fighting a guy like “Mad” Mike Alderete, says “Mad” Max Heyman, equates to taking a tune-up. At least, that was until the mad-dogging and smack talk elevated – or lowered – the bout into one of the nastiest grudge matches Albuquerque has seen in years . . . Click here for more
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