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By Jose E. Santiago
On Saturday night Yahya McClain will hope to be one step closer to what he feels is his destiny; a cruiserweight championship at the age of 42. Unlike older fighters that stick around well beyond their best days, McClain’s comeback is different from the run of the mill “old” fighter trying to relive his glory days. After losing a unanimous decision at the hands of Ramon Garbey in ’99 and interested in other things outside of boxing, McClain prematurely decided to hang it up with a decent record of 23-7-2, 17 KOs and walked away from competing. “I got caught with a left hook in the first round of that fight and I just decided to survive and walk away unscathed. At the time I was looking into acting and had an audition lined up. Realizing that a tough fight with Garbey could possibly ruin my opportunity to be in a film I simply decided that night that it was time to stop fighting and pursue other things that I wanted to accomplish in life,” said McClain. (more…)
TKO Boxing Promotions has added four world class prospects, Mikael Zewski, Terence Crawford, J’Leon Love and Michael Finney, to the action packed “May Mayhem” professional boxing event set for Saturday, May 1st at the Johnson County 4-H Fairgrounds in Iowa City, Iowa. (more…)
A scheduled April 24th bout which has fans of heavyweight boxing buzzing for months will now have added significance with the unfortunate tragedy which befell the home country of one of its competitors.
Poland’s Tomasz “Goral” Adamek, who will be defending his IBF International Heavyweight Title against the heavy-handed, top-rated contender and local hero Cristobal “The Nightmare” Arreola in the HBO “Boxing After Dark” telecast of the “RING OF FIRE” main event at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California, will pay tribute to 96 of his fellow countrymen who perished in a horrific plane crash in Western Russia on April 10th. (more…)
See Velasquez vs Nogueira Free Tomorrow Night on Spike: The Ultimate Fighting Championship® took Australia by storm for the first time and fans saw explosive matchups featuring two early Fight of the Year candidates. Featuring Minotauro Nogueira vs Cain Velasquez, Wanderlei Silva vs Michael Bisping, Joe Stevenson vs George Sotiropoulos and more! Saturday night at 9pm ET/PT on SPIKE
After just 18 professional fights, unbeaten WBO #2 super middleweight Eddy Gutknecht (18-0, 7 KOs) finds himself in his first world title fight on Saturday night against WBO champion Robert Stieglitz (37-2, 23 KOs) at Bordelandhalle in Magdeburg, Germany. The 28-year-old Gutknecht earned his title shot by upsetting former champion Karoly Balzsay, the same man whom Stieglitz dethroned for the world title. When asked about facing Stieglitz, Gutknecht said “He has many strengths. He’s always moving forward like a machine firing a lot of shots. You get the impression that he gets stronger as the rounds go on. We’ve already seen in his fights that he’s a hard puncher. But that doesn’t make me nervous. I can deal with that and punch myself. I’ve been well prepared by my trainer Magomed Schaburov. I couldn’t have done more. I want to take the belt home with me. I know I have what it takes.”
Top Rank will officially unveil its original webcast series, TRLivestream, at 3 PM EST/12 PM PST on Friday, April 16, with a live broadcast from Atlantic City, N.J., of the weigh-ins for the Kelly Pavlik-Sergio Martinez championship bout. Then, beginning at 6:55 PM EST/4:55 PST on Saturday, April 17, Top Rank will air four non-televised undercard bouts from the Pavlik- Martinez fight. Both events will air exclusively on www.TopRank.com/TRLivestream.
The inaugural edition of Top Rank’s TRLivestream series will provide with wall-to- wall coverage of the weigh-ins for the Pavlik-Martinez bout, including all of the undercard fighters, and culminating with speedy Argentine challenger Sergio Martinez and defending middleweight king and the fighting pride of Youngstown, Ohio, Kelly Pavlik, stepping on the scales.
The following day, on Saturday, April 17, fans can whet their appetites for the main event, which airs at 10 PM EST on HBO, by watching all four non-televised bouts on the Pavlik- Martinez undercard live from the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. The fights include a 6- round contest between super welterweights Delray Raines (17-7-1, 12 KOs) and Ronald Hearns (23-1, 8 KOs) and heavyweights Dominic Guinn (32-6-1, 21 KOs) and Terrell Nelson (8-9, 5 KOs) in an 8-round battle.
By Francisco Salazar at Ringside; Photos by “Big” Joe Miranda
Former world title challenger David Estrada (24-6, 15 KOs) dominated welterweight prospect Orlando Lora (26-1-1, 18 KOs) for eight rounds until referee Raul Caiz, Jr. stopped the contest due to the recommendation of the ringside physician in front of a near-sell out, boisterous crowd last Friday at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage, CA. (More)
Undefeated middleweight prospect and hometown favorite Fernando Guerrero weighed in at 160 pounds and Chicago’s Michael Walker tipped the scales at 161 during Thursday’s weigh in at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury, Md. Guerrero (17-0, 14 KOs) will put his undefeated record on the line against Walker (19-3, 12 KOs) in a 10-round bout in the main event of ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, April 16, live on SHOWTIME ® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
Promising, unbeaten Shawn Porter (13-0, 10 KOs) of Cleveland, Ohio, measured 150 ½ pounds. Hard-hitting Colombian Raul Pinzon (17-4, 16 KOs) did not make the contracted weight and will weigh in tomorrow at 9 a.m. ET. The two will square off in a junior middleweight eight-round co-feature fight on SHOWTIME. Click here for more plus more photos.
Photos: Scott Foster
WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (26-0, 20 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over former WBO champ Carlos Quintana (27-3, 21 KOs) and WBA junior featherweight champion Celestino Caballero (34-2, 23 KOs) moved up to featherweight to dominate previously unbeaten WBA #2 contender Daud Yordan (25-1, 19 KOs) last Saturday night at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. Click here for giant photo gallery.
Mexican contender Gabriel “Rey” Martinez (24-1-1, 13 KOs), promoted by Latin Sports Promotions, couldn’t be happier after getting the good news that he will again be able to work his craft in the U.S., after just being granted his work visa. Martinez will be looking to challenge big names in the super lightweight and welterweight division. (more…)
he best lighter weight fighters in the world are heading to Canada this summer. World Extreme Cagefighting® General Manager Reed Harris announced today that the organization has scheduled a loaded card set to take place at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on Sunday, June 20. (more…)
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By Piotr Momot/www.ringpolska.pl
Cruiserweight Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk is confident he’ll defeat Giacobbe Fragomeni when they meet for the vacant WBC cruiserweight title on May 15th in Lodz, Poland. “We have prepared something special for Fragomeni. This time I wont let my title chance slip away,” said Wlodarczyk during press conference which took place Thursday in Warsaw. The Polish fighter is full of confidence before his much anticipated rematch with Fragomeni. The first fight between the two former world champions ended in a controversial draw. “For a very long time I was setting my game plan for this fight. Now I know exactly what I need to do to keep the WBC belt in Poland.” On Wednesday, Fragomeni will fly to Warsaw for another press conference and will meet eye to eye with his Polish rival.
Tickets to the “Stadium Slugfest,” Yankee Stadium’s inaugural brawl featuring the world championship rumble between three-time world titleist Miguel Cotto and undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) super welterweight champion Yuri Foreman go on sale tomorrow! Friday, April 16, at Noon ET. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Miguel Cotto Promotions and Yankee Stadium, tickets to Cotto vs. Foreman are priced at $400, $300, $200, $100, $75 and $50, and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets. To charge by phone, 877-469-9849 or Tickemaster TTY 800-943-4327. Foreman vs. Cotto will take place Saturday, June 5 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, and will be broadcast live on HBO, beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET / 7:15 p.m. PT.
World middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik, WBC super welterweight champion Sergio Martinez, and Russian Olympian Matt Korobov pose during media day on Thursday for their upcoming bouts at the historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ on Saturday, April 17. Top Rank is promoting in association with DiBella Entertainment and Caesars Atlantic City. Pavlik vs Martinez will be televised on HBO World Championship Boxing. Click here for more photos…
Undefeated NABA welterweight champion Mike Jones poses during media day on Thursday for his upcoming title defense against Hector Munoz at the historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ on the Pavlik-Martinez card on Saturday, April 17. Top Rank is promoting in association with DiBella Entertainment and Caesars Atlantic City. Pavlik vs Martinez will be televised on HBO World Championship Boxing. Click here for more photos…
By Ricardo Conde
Former three-time welterweight world champion, Antonio “Tijuana Tornado” Margarito (37-6, 27 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico, trained by Robert Garcia, will step back into the ring on Saturday, May 8th in Aguascalientes, Mexico to headline Latin Fury 14 against Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia (28-2, 21 KOs) in a 10 round light middleweight bout for the vacant WBC International light middleweight title. For more details and photos click here…
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 heavyweight contender Chris Arreola and ESPN’s Joe Tessitore. 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.
By Rick Scharmberg
Hard-hitting Dionisio “Mister Nocaut” Miranda (20-5-2, 18 KOs), of Miami, Florida via Barranquilla, Colombia will face Canadian Renan St. Juste (20-1-1, 13 KOs) in a ten round bout this Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal. At stake will be St. Juste’s NABA and WBC Continental Americas middleweight titles. The bout will be the co-feature to the Lucian Bute – Edison Miranda main event. (more…)
Several months ago, IBF President Marian Muhammad and Larry Hazzard, IBF Chairman of Officials Supervision, Training & Development, organized a series of meetings with the WBC, WBA and WBO in an attempt to bring about greater levels of standardization in the sport of boxing. The first meeting took place in Mexico, the second meeting was in Texas during the weekend of the Clottey/Pacquiao bout and the four sanctioning organizations will be meeting tomorrow in Atlantic City at Bally’s Hotel Casino. Tomorrow’s meeting will include representatives from the recently formed Boxing Promoter’s Association. “We have a very aggressive agenda designed to bring about some much needed initiatives in our sport and we are very hopeful that a greater working relationship will eventually be fostered with the various boxing commissions in the US,” said Hazzard.
By Mariano A. Agmi
WBC jr middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (44-2, 24 KOs) faces the biggest test of his career Saturday when he challenges Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik (36-1, 32 KOs) for WBC/WBO middleweight titles at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. “Other than the Williams fight, this will probably be the toughest fight of my career,” admits Martinez. Martinez was awarded a shot at the middleweight champion after losing a close, grueling twelve round majority decision against Paul “The Punisher” Williams in a “Fight of the Year” candidate at the same venue in December 2009. (More)
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten Japanese, WBA female minimum champ Etsuko Tada (6-0-1, 2 KOs) left today (Thursday) for Trinidad & Tobago to face WBA interim titlist Ria Ramnarine (13-5, 2 KOs) in a unification 105-pound title bout there on April 24. Tada will stay a night in Houston and arrive at Port of Spain by a Continental flight at 7:40 pm on Friday. Tada, a game and fast-punching southpaw whose amateur mark was 47-3, is one of the best female boxers out of Japan. Tada, 28, is hoping to unify the WBA belts by defeating the 31-year-old rival Ramnarine and make a heroine’s return.
“It’s hard to change the style you used during your whole career in nine short months. When you’re in an intense situation you quickly turn back to your old habits,” states Lucian Bute (25-0-0, 20 K.-O.) about his opponent Edison Miranda (33-4-0, 29 K.-O.), who switched trainers and is now with the renowned Joe Goossen. Bute admits that Edison Miranda is a hard puncher and he will have to be very careful for the entire fight. The IBF super middleweight champion also stated, in English: “I’m very happy that HBO has come to Montreal and I’m hoping that they will stay with me for the future.” (more…)
Super middleweight Rudy Markussen (33-2, 20 KOs) will make his long-awaited return to the ring on May 15 when MCH Herning will host the historic first-ever TV 2 Fight Night. The former European champion will be in action for the first time since October 2006. He has passed all medicals and received a license from the Danish Professional Boxing Federation (DPBF). Markussen will take on Ilir Mustafa (27-10, 17 KOs). “I am thrilled to be back,” Markussen said. “I have worked hard to stay in perfect shape and I am ready to return to the ring. The TV 2 Fight Night Series promises to provide fantastic entertainment for sports fans all over Denmark and I am honored to headline in the first show of this groundbreaking series.” (more…)
Prior to his win Monday over WBC #13 Yousukezan Onodera, new Japanese super lightweight national champion Yoshihiro Kamegai (15-0, 13 KOs) was best known for his “Referee KO” fight against Yosuhiro Kondo in August 2007. The unlucky third man in the ring that night was Thai referee Ukrid Sarasas.
Pro boxing returns to Evansville, Indiana on June 5 at the National Guard Armory near Roberts Stadium. The featured bout of the evening will pit super middleweights David “King” Thomas (9-1-2, 7 KOs) against James Denson (4-5-1, 2 KOs) in an eight-rounder. Welterweight Brandon “Business” Baue (12-4, 10 KOs) will also see action in a six-rounder against TBA. For tickets call 317-525-2988.
By Bob Hough
Mikkel Kessler (42-2, 32 KOs) has lived, lost and, he said, learned. The super-middleweight, who lost his WBA title to Andre Ward (21-0, 13 KOs) in his last fight faces Carl Froch (26-0, 20 KOs) on April 24 in the second round of Showtime’s Super Six World Boxing Classic. Kessler said the late-2009 defeat led to serious changes in his training, frame of mind and fighting style. I learned from my mistakes after the Ward fight,” said Kessler, who has replaced longtime trainer Ricard Olsen with Jimmy Montoya. “I learned I made mistakes outside the ring. I had to pick my sparring partners better.” (more…)
By Craig Watt at ringside
Australian Danny Green (29-3, 26 KO’s) successfully defended his IBO cruiserweight title last night at Challenge Stadium, Perth when he stopped Puerto Rican challenger Manny Siaca (22-7, 19 KO’s) inside three rounds. The stoppage came from referee Jack Rees at 1.55 of the third round after Siaca was dropped for the second time in the bout. The fight was Green’s third defense of the title and he won in impressive fashion showing power in his right hand dropping Siaca in the second and then in the third with powerful right hooks to the temple.
Green stated after the fight, “I was disappointed the fight was so short as I wanted to punish him for twelve rounds but he felt the power of my right hand and once that happens then no one can live with my power.” (more…)
During a public training session earlier this week, WBC interim middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik and #2 contender Domenico Spada exchanged some heated words. “He wanted to tell me he’s winning the fight and the belt is his,” explained Zbik. “But it was very difficult to understand him and I had to correct his English once. In the end he can say what he wants. We’ll see on Saturday what his words are worth. Then I’ll show him his place. That he made a scene is a sign of insecurity.”
They collide Saturday in what should be a spirited grudge rematch on Universum’s big world title twinbill in Magdeburg. WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz defends against unbeaten Edward “Eddy” Gutknecht in the other world title matchup. (more…)
By David Finger
Judging from HBO’s recent treatment of the heavyweight division, you’d think boxing’s glamor division has been in a serious slump for several years, despite the fact that the reigning IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (54-3, 48 KOs) is so clearly a class above almost every contender in the division. Since winning the IBF title back in 2006 from Chris Byrd, he has arguably not lost a single round against the eight fighters he’s defended his title against, and even his harshest critics admit that he could easily continue that streak of dominance for several more years. (more…)
Up-and-coming tennis ace Caroline Wozniacki, the world number two and 2009 US open finalist, will be ringside on April 24th to support fellow Danish superstar Mikkel Kessler in his must-win Super Six World Boxing Classic clash with WBC super-middleweight champion Carl Froch. Wozniacki and Kessler have been good friends for a long time, and despite a very tight tournament schedule, the 19-year-old sensation will travel to Herning to cheer for the “Viking Warrior” in the most important fight of his career. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / FIghtnews Canada
Edison Miranda makes his fourth appearance on HBO this weekend and if his team is to be believed, the hard slugging Colombian’s lethal right hand will be only one element of what we’ll see in the ring against undefeated IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute on Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal. “He was a one trick pony when I got him,” said famed trainer Joe Goossen who has been working with the fighter since his loss to Arthur Abraham 11 months ago. “He stood straight, threw the big right, kept the same distance, everything was pretty one dimensional. He was fairly rudimentary and all he had was that forceful right hand.” (more…)
WBO junior featherweight champion Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. of Puerto Rico (18-0-1, 15 KOs) will make the first defense of his title this May 29th against unbeaten Universum promoted Zsolt Bedak (15-0, 5 KOs) of Hungary. The card is being titled ‘Undefeated Champions’ and will take place at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. The co-feature will have WBO super featherweight champion Román ‘Rocky’ Martínez (23-0-1, 14 KOs) of Puerto Rico defending against Gonzalo Munguía (17-6-3, 13 KOs) of Nicaragua. PR Best Boxing (Iván and Peter Rivera) in association with All Star Boxing’s Félix ‘Tutico’ Zabala will promote the event. (more…)
No pay-per-view numbers have been released on the April 3 Bernard Hopkins-Roy Jones Jr. bout, however attendance numbers released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission reports may be an indication. The fight at the 12,000-seat Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas drew a crowd of 6,551 with 2,311 of those being comped.
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