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By Joe Koizumi
WBA super-flyweight champ Nobuo Nashiro (13-1-1, 8 KOs), Japan, will engage in a grudge fight with mandatory challenger Hugo “Increible” Cazares (30-6-2, 22 KOs), Mexico, in Osaka, Japan, on May 8. It was announced by Takashi Edagawa, the impresario of Mutoh Promotions. They put on a furious performance en route to a well-received split draw (116-112, 112-116, 114-114) in their first encounter there last September. Reviewing their fierce battle, we clearly remember Cazares swept the first half, while Nashiro the last half. Their rematch has been regarded as inevitable and highly anticipated to decide who the better man is. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Osborne Machimana returns to action after fifteen months when he defends his South African heavyweight title against the inexperienced Bull Moravha at the Nasrec Indoor Arena, Johannesburg on Sunday afternoon. The 31-year-old Machimana (17-6-1, 12 KOs) won the title in April 2005 when he stopped Anton Nel in the fifth round and has made successful defenses against Wiseman Dlomo, Jake Els, Peter Cronje and Miyan Solomons on two occasions. (more…)
IBF Super Flyweight world champion Simphiwe Nongqayi of South Africa (16-0, 6 KOs) will make the first defense of his world title against Frenchman Malik Bouziane in Massy, Essonne, France. Traveling to an opponent’s backyard is nothing new for Nongqayi, who won his world title against world champion Jorge ‘Travieso’ Arce in Arce’s native Mexico. Bouziane’s promoter EUROPROM Gerard Teysseron will promote the event.
Unbeaten heavyweight sensation Robert Helenius (11-0, 7 KOs) will return to the ring on March 26 when he takes on Gbenga “Bang Bang” Oloukun at the Töölö Sporthall in Helsinki, Finland. The 26-year-old comes off a string of spectacular KO victories, including an impressive eighth-round stoppage of former WBO Heavyweight Champion Lamon Brewster. “Robert has enormous potential,” Team Sauerland sports director Hagen Doering said at a press conference in Helsinki on Thursday. “The fact that he stopped Brewster in just his 11th fight tells you something about his class. He has got what it takes to be a champion one day.” (more…)
Top Rank has reached a preliminary agreement to stage WBA junior middleweight champion Yuri Foreman’s June 5 defense against former welterweight champion Miguel Cotto on June 5 at Yankee Stadium. Nothing signed or finalized at this point, but it looks good.
The weigh-in for world champions Devon Alexander and Juan Urango will take place today at 5:30PM in the Mohegan Sun Shoppes concourse area (near the Coach store). The weigh-in is open to the public.
WBC #1 super welterweight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will be dropped from the WBC ratings until June while serving a six month suspension imposed by the NSAC. The “Son of the Legend” will have to take some tests when he returns to see if he can remain at the 154lb limit.
By Jeffrey Pamungkas
Daud Cino Yordan has commented on his coming fight with Celestino Caballero for the WBA interim featherweight belt on April 10. “I have obtained Caballero’s videos for two months now. He’s experienced and skillfull, but I have learned his style and I’m sure I can defeat him. I know he’s now handled by Jeff Mayweather in the US, but I don’t think it will change his basic style. Becoming a boxing world champion has become my obsession since I was a kid, and I don’t want to waste this wonderful opportunity.” (more…)
Nicholas Iannuzzi 199.6 vs Victor Barragan 198
Quinton Willis 155.6 vs Omar Bell 155
Cordaro Simpkins 128.2 vs Juan Luis Melendez 130
Charlie Serrano 122 vs Sammir Garcia 122
Marcus Willis 154.2 vs Odias Dumezil 160
Chris Vendola 237.4 vs Robert Turner 204.4
Venue: Tampa Westshore DoubleTree Hotel
Promoter: One Punch Productions
Tickets: $20 Gen, $35 Resv, $75-$100 VIP
Doors Open at 7:00 PM, Fight Starts at 7:30 PM
Tickets available at Ticketmaster or call 813-503-8109
By Jose E. Santiago
Shea Bailey Promotions is bringing what he promises to be an exciting night of fights to the boxing starved city of Atlanta. Titled “Atlanta’s Fight Night,” the card will feature former junior welterweight contender Paul “The Truth” Delgado. Also highlighted will be Bahamian 2008 Olympian Tureano Johnson making his long awaited pro debut. The fights will be held at the beautiful Center Stage Theatre in the heart of Atlanta GA. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Doors open at 7pm, fights start at 8pm.
Paul Delgado 149 vs Roberto Valenzuela 149
Clarence Moore 182 vs. Anthony Doughty 178
Nicole Woods 136 vs. Tara Mcullough 137
Leshaun Blair 118 vs. Akbar Walton 112
Taureano Johnson 161 vs. Cleoney Fuqua 160
Gerald Jordan 150 vs. Joseph Figueroa 151
Dino Dumonjic 154 vs. Frankie Reed TBA
By Marc Lichtenfeld
Dr. Allan Fields, an award winning ringside physician, with nearly 40 years of experience, confirmed Tavoris Cloud’s injury Thursday night on the Through the Ropes radio program. Cloud pulled out of a scheduled April 10th fight on HBO with Glen Johnson earlier this week due to injury. At the same time the injury was disclosed, it was revealed that Cloud signed a new contract to be promoted by Don King Productions. Dr. Fields, who examined Cloud, told Through the Ropes listeners that there was a knot on the back of Cloud’s left leg, that the fighter complained of severe pain and was noticeably limping. Dr. Fields suspected torn muscle fibers and a hematoma. Cloud was told to lay off training for six weeks. Through the Ropes is heard Thursday nights at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT on 75 stations around the country, Fightnews.com and podcast available on iTunes.
Unbeaten former champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather and WBO welterweight champion Sugar Shane Mosley wrapped up their cross country tour today at the Nokia Plaza at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles announcing their May 1 clash at The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. More photos plus quotes…
Review by David L. Hudson Jr.
Powerful, provocative and penetrating. Compelling, controversial and commanding. Assault in the Ring tells the unforgettable and tragic story of the Luis Resto-Billy Collins 1983 bout in which Resto pounded the unbeaten prospect Collins over 10 rounds in an upset at Madison Square Garden . . . Click here for more
World Extreme Cagefighting® announced today that UFC light heavyweight star Stephan Bonnar will serve as color commentator for the organization’s broadcast on VERSUS this Saturday. Bonnar, one of the most recognizable names in the sport, will work alongside play-by-play voice Todd Harris.
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Gearing up for Saturday’s loaded event at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, WEC General Manager Reed Harris and bantamweight contender Miguel Angel Torres were honored by the city’s National Hockey League team this morning.
Popular, hard-hitting Vic “The Raging Bull’’ Darchinyan (33-2-1, 27 KOs) will defend his World Boxing Council/World Boxing Association (WBC/WBA) super flyweight crowns against streaking Rodrigo “Gato’’ Guerrero (13-1-1, 9 KOs) in the main event on a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME® this Saturday, March 6 (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa here. (more…)
Unbeaten Roberto Marroquin of Dallas shook out and spoke to the fight press today at the Maple Avenue Boxing Gym in Dallas about his upcoming bout on Top Rank’s “The Event” featuring Manny Pacquiao vs Joshua Clottey at Cowboys Stadium on March 13.
Martin Honorio 129 vs Wilton Hilario 128.5
Rico Ramos 123.5 vs Cecilio Santos 122.25
Mike Dallas Jr. 144 vs Fabian Luque 144
Sergey Karpenko 225 vs Alvaro Morales 279
Venue: Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California
Promoter: Goossen Tutor Promotions
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Veteran Rachid El Hadak (19-8-1, 7 KOs) defeated unbeaten prospect Zakaria Azzouzi (11-1-1, 9 KOs) by way of unanimous decision to retain his France cruiserweight title. The main event bout took place in the hometown of the 24 year old Azzouzi in Hyeres, Var, France. The 36-year-old El Hadak has fought the likes of former world champion Giacobbe Fragomeni and current world champion Marco Huck. All three judges scored the bout 98-92 for El Hadak.
WBC/WBA super flyweight champion Vic “The Raging Bull” Darchinyan (33-2-1, 27 KOs) and challenger Rodrigo “Gato” Guerrero (13-1-1, 9 KOs) faced off today in advance of their showdown on Saturday’s special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Click here for more photos…
By Rob Hough
Andre Dirrell (18-1, 13 KOs) admitted that Carl Froch’s tactics affected him in their fight, which Froch won by split-decision, and promised to be more disciplined against Arthur Abraham (31-0, 25 KOs) on March 27 in their Super Six World Boxing Classic Stage 2 match-up.
“Froch using dirty tactics, that threw me off my game plan,” Dirrell said Thursday on a teleconference to discuss the fight, which was moved from March 6, and from Palm Springs, Calif., to Detroit, Mich., because Dirrell tweaked his back. “I clinched too much. I could have fought more inside and not complained to the referee. I’ll be more focused and more determined this time. I’m training a lot smarter.” (more…)
Joshua Clottey hits the mitts during media day Thursday at Kingsway Gym in New York. Clottey is getting ready for the fight of his life against seven-time world champion and “Fighter of the Decade” Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao on Saturday, March 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas on HBO Pay-Per-View. Click here for more photos…
Super Six World Boxing Classic standings leader “King” Arthur Abraham and Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell both took part in a media conference call on Thursday to talk about their Group Stage 2 matchup. The two square off March 27, 2010, at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich., live on SHOWTIME at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). Abraham (31-0, 25 KOs) currently leads the Super Six point standings with three points by way of his last-second knockout against American Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor Oct. 17 in Berlin, Germany. The former middleweight bronze medalist at the 2004 Summer Olympics from Flint, Mich., Dirrell (18-1, 13 KOs) dropped a close 12-round decision to Carl Froch for the WBC world championship the same night in Nottingham, England. (more…)
IBF heavyweight mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin (18-0, 13 KOs) will face hard-punching Javier “Monster” Mora (22-5-1, 18 KOs) on March 13 in Berlin’s Max Schmeling Halle. The bout is significant for the 2004 Olympic heavyweight gold medalist in two very important ways. For one, the 30-year-old is risking his IBF mandatory status to challenge champion Wladimir Klitschko, also he wants to show a few new things in his second fight under the direction of trainer Teddy Atlas. (More to come)
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Today, WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm and his lawyers declared that a bout with mandatory challenger Gennady Golovkin will not happen under any possible circumstances. As a result, Universum withdraw their request for a restraining order against any Sturm-Golovkin fight without Universum’s involvement. According to Sturm’s management and lawyer Sebastian Cording, who successfully got the Klitschko brothers out of a Universum contract, those proceedings are a partial win for Sturm in his legal battle with Universum because Universum withdrew their motion instead of having the court discharge it after Sturm testified. “If you withdraw”, Cording said in a press release, “it is the same as a loss in court. This is a partial victory for Sturm.”
“Their [Universum’s] press release was just a try to make things look good for them”, Sturm said to Fightnews.com over the phone. “However, it was a successful day for us. Now I can start to prepare for my next fight without worrying. I am excited about my upcoming title defense.” No date or an opponent has been set for Sturm’s return to ring as of now.
Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (53-3, 47 KOs), of Kiev (Ukraine) and Hamburg (Germany), participated yesterday in a media work out in his training camp in Austria. He discussed his upcoming WBO, IBF and IBO title defense against WBO #1-ranked mandatory challenger Eddie Chambers (35-1, 18 KOs), of Philadelphia. The eagerly anticipated heavyweight championship will take place on March 20 at ESPRIT arena Düsseldorf, Germany. (more…)
WBCBoxing.tv will present a live boxing webcast – free of charge – from Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico, on Saturday, March 6, at 10:30 P.M. (22:30 hrs) Central Standard Time. Everyone is invited to watch. Please note: the webcast is not available in Mexico. In the main event scheduled for 10 rounds, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, 30-0-1 with 22 knockouts, of Juanacatlán, Jalisco, Mexico, will defend the North American Boxing Federation welterweight title against Brian “The Golden Greek” Camechis, 19-2 with 8 knockouts, of Glouster, Ohio. (more…)
Boxing fans, get ready to climb “Through the Ropes” with the #1 boxing news radio show hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld! This week’s guests are Gary Shaw Productions matchmaker John Beninati and ringside physician Dr. Allan Fields. Call or email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Through The Ropes airs live coast to coast on Thursday nights from 9:00 – 10:00 ET on 75 affiliates of the Sports Byline USA Broadcast Network, including great radio stations like KSHP 1400 AM in Las Vegas and WNSR 560 AM in Nashville. The one-hour show will also be heard on American Forces Network, Sportsbyline.com and Fightnews.com. Fightnews readers can listen live by clicking here tonight at 9PM ET.
The full card for the March 26 show at Isleta Casino south of Albuquerque, N.M. is set. The Fresquez Promotions card headlines Holly Holm (26-1-3, 7 KOs) in a rematch with Chevelle “Fists of Steel” Hallback (27-5-2, 11 KOs), with a co-headliner of female welters, Victoria “La Reina de la Guerra” Cisneros (3-8-2) vs. top contender Terri “The Road Warrior” Blair (11-14-3, 6 KOs). On the undercard: Albuquerque knockout artist David Proa (7-1 , 7 KOs), fresh off a fourth round stoppage of former national amateur champion Adam Ochoa (2-1, 1 KO), steps back in the ring March 26 to face heavy-handed Dominican Jonathan Arias (9-6, 8 KOs) in a six-round bantam clash; Duke City welterweight Josh “Pitbull” Torres (3-1, 2 KOs) is pitted against undefeated Chase Corbin (2-0, 2 KOs) of Tucson, Ariz. in a four-round welterweight bout; Salvador Zamora (4-2), now fighting out of Albuquerque, faces Randy Arrellin (2-2, 1 KO) also of Albuquerque in a four-round super featherweight bout; Sammy Piar (1-0, 1 KO) will stage a return against Reno, Nevada’s Edwin Rosado (1-5); Duke City heavyweights Fernando Reyes (0-1) and pro debuter Eric Ballejos will go four; Former amateur standout James Piar (3-1, 2 KOs) of Albuquerque will also be featured in a four-round bantamweight bout, opponent TBA.
The first Sky Ute Casino card in Ignacio,Colo. is set for April 3. In the main event, Four Corners’ champion Elco “The Animal” Garcia (22-7, 11 KOs) will take on Mohammad Said (33-8-1, 24 KOs), of Sao Paulo, Brazil in a ten-round middleweight bout. Said is on an eight-bout win streak since 2008. In the co-main, Bloomfield, NM light heavyweight Victor Filerio (2-0, 1 KO) takes on Mike Montoya (2-1, 2 KOs), of Colorado Springs, Colo. Also on the lineup: Brittany Cruz (6-2-1) goes four at 118 with comebacking Albuquerque fighter Tonia Cravens (2-5-1); New Mexico heavyweight Reginald Jackson (1-1) goes four with Alvaro Morales (3-6-5), of Las Vegas; local jr. middleweight Servando Lopez (1-0) takes on Vegas’ Joel Gonzalez (2-5) in a four-rounder; and, in a four-round bantam bout, New Mexico’s Aaron Fernandez (0-2) takes on Las Vegas’ David Springer (2-1-3). For tickets, call 888.842.4180.
Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Sugar Shane Mosley wrap up their three day press tour today in Los Angeles at the NOKIA Plaza at L.A. LIVE at 1PM. The event is open to the public free of charge. Fans are encouraged to arrive early.
WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm has declared in lieu of an oath before Hamburg District Court that under no circumstances will he take part in the mandatory title defence bout required by the WBA against the number two in the world rankings, Gennady Golovkin, and his legal representative in court has furthermore declared Sturm’s willingness to voluntarily lay down his WBA title, if necessary. (more…)
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