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With time ticking away prior to Rumble at Rama XI, topped by the rematch between Steve Molitor (30-1, 12 KO’s) and Takalani Ndlovu (30-5, 18 KO’s, IBF #1) for the vacant IBF Junior Featherweight championship, the six main combatants involved went face-to-face Thursday in Toronto for the final press conference. In the main event, Molitor will try to become a two-time world champion, and regain the title he lost to Celestino Caballero in November of 2008 via 4th round TKO. (more…)
Trainer Freddie Roach puts British World Champion Amir Khan through the paces at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California on Thursday.
WBO #2/WBA #4/IBF #5 bantamweight Abner Mares (20-0, 13 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Felipe Almanza (17-16-4, 8 KOs) on Thursday night at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles. An uppercut finished Almanza at the 2:23 mark. Next up for Mares is a shot at IBF champion Yonnhy Perez on May 22. Click here for more photos
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Welterweight Demetrius Hopkins (29-1-1, 11 KOs) dominated rugged former world title challenger Jesse Feliciano (15-9-3, 9 KOs) over ten one-sided rounds on Thursday night at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles, California. Hopkins was extremely sharp, battering the iron-jawed Feliciano almost at will. Scores were 100-90, 100-90, 100-91. Feliciano was a late sub for Hopkins’ original opponent, former world champion Freddie Norwood.
In his pro debut, former amateur flyweight sensation Randy Caballero needed just 49 seconds to annihilate Gonzalo Nicholas. Impressive pro debut for Caballero, who just signed with TKO Boxing Promotions.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
The negotiation period has begun for the vacant IBF cruiserweight championship between #1 ranked Steve Cunningham and #3 Troy Ross but don’t expect anything to be decided before at least Monday according to Yvon Michel, promoter for Ross. “We received a letter from the IBF on Tuesday,” stated Michel who has until April 23rd to consummate a deal before the fight goes to purse bid. Currently the promoter of Cunningham is Don King but that contract is due to expire on March 28th according to Michel. It is widely believed that Cunningham is expected to sign with Main Events who were willing to step in to promote Cunningham’s scheduled bout against Matt Godfrey that eventually fell through. (more…)
From today’s final presser:
Erik Morales: “I want to thank everyone who has supported us for this fight. I’m ready. I had a lot of preparation and I’m ready to fight again. I think two-and- a-half years of rest were enough. I have a lot of energy and will go back in the ring with a high level. I know I have a strong rival. It was motivating to train with great gusto and indeed everyone will see a big fight this Saturday at the Arena Monterrey.” . . . Continued
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Super Middleweight Fedor Chudinov (4-0, 3 KO’s) stopped Jeremiah Jones in the second round of a four round bout. Chudinov dropped Jones (1-3-1) in the first round with a counter right hand to the head. In the second, Chudinov ended matters with another right hand to the head, dropping Jones again, prompting referee Jerry Canti to stop the bout at 1:28.
Welterweight Mikael Zewski (2-0, 2 KO’s) won by knockout over Moises Alvizo after the third round of a scheduled four round bout. Zewski was just too much for Alvizo, who was making his professional debut. Zewski landed multiple left hooks to the head of Alvizo. After consulting with a ringside physician after the third round, referee Jerry Cantu stopped the bout.
Super Middleweight J’Leon Love (3-0, 3 KO’s) stopped overmatched Bryan Smith in the second round of a scheduled four round bout. Love dropped Smith both times in the second round, the final time with a left hook to the head. After Smith (0-2) went down from the punch, referee Raul Caiz, Jr. stopped the bout at 2:26.
Super Middleweight Dmitry Chudinov (4-0, 2 KO’s) won a four round unanimous decision victory over Fernando Calleros. Chudinov was busier and landed the more effective punches over Caballeros (1-1-1). All three judges had Chudinov winning by scores of 40-36.
Heavyweight Steve Fierro stopped Mike Finney in the second round of a scheduled four round bout. Fierro (3-3-3, 1 KO) dropped Finney with a left hook to the head with seconds left in the first round. Fierro charged out at Finney (1-7, 1 KO) at the beginning of the second round, hurting him with a combination to the head, prompting referee Raul Caiz, Jr. to stop the bout at 27 seconds.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Hermann Ngoudjo will be meeting two-time world champion Julio Diaz on May 14th from the Buffalo Bill Casino in Primm Nevada promoter for Montreal super-lightweight confirmed on Wednesday. The matchup will be part of an ESPN2 broadcast of Friday Night Fights. Ngoudjo returned from a broken jaw and year off this past February with a TKO victory over Silverio Ortiz. “There’s an agreement in place but no signed contracts as of yet,” said Yvon Michel, promoter for Ngoudjo. “It’s a good fight for both fighters and particularly a good fight for Hermann. He proved in his last fight he was back and I think this kind of opposition will prove it to everybody. A win could launch him right back to another world title shot.” Ngoudjo (18-3, 10 KOs) has had a pair of title shots and come up short both times, losing a close decision to Paulie Malignaggi and going the distance with Juan Urango despite breaking his jaw in round three. Diaz (36-6, 26 KOs) lost out on his bid in 2007 to become unified champion to Juan Diaz and has gone 2-2 since, including a loss last July to undefeated Victor Cayo.
There were no macho boasts, no shoves, not even a single mean staredown.
While it’s true, not every press conference sets a stage for dramatics, when you mix a pair of Dominicans, an Argentinean and a South African on one dais, chances are, someone’s temper or machismo is bound to surface . . . Click here for more
First images are coming in from Monterrey, Mexico. Click here for more.
Weights by Raymond Mares
From Isleta Casino & Resort for Friday night’s “Warrior Vengeance” card headlining Holly Holm vs. Chevelle Hallback.
Holly Holm 139.75 vs. Chevelle Hallback 138.5
Victoria Cisneros 136 vs. Terri Blair 140.5
David Proa 119.5 vs. Yonathan Arias 118
Salvador Zamora 125.75 vs. Randy Arrellin 133.75
David Castillo 151.0 vs. Josh Torres 147.0
Sammy Piar 131.75 vs. Edwin Rosado 127.0
Fernando Reyes 261.5 vs. Eric Ballejos 205.5
Photo: Contenders and champs fighting on Saturday night’s “Title Night” card on HBO pose after a final press conference held today at the Hard Rock’s Wasted Space in Las Vegas. Pictured, from left to right: Ali Funeka, Marcos Maidana, Victor Cayo and Joan Guzman. Stay tuned for a write-up and more photos from today’s presser.
Four of the top 108 pounders in the world will in action this Saturday in “Top Rank Live” when former world champion Ulises “Archi” Solis takes on Bert Batawang in an 108 pound IBF world title eliminator and current world champion Giovani Segura takes on Roland Ramos in a non title bout. The show will take place in the “Plaza Pueblo Antiguo” and will televised by Fox Sports en Espanol at 9PM ET/6PM PT. The fight card will be open to the public free of charge. (more…)
The Americans, Andre Ward and Allan Green, give their compatriot, Andre Dirrell, a slight edge to upend unbeaten Arthur Abraham in a Group Stage 2 bout in the Super Six World Boxing Classic this Saturday, March 27, at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit on SHOWTIME® (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). The Europeans — Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler — anticipate a tight fight, too. However, they aren’t so certain who will prevail in what will be a fiercely contested, scheduled 12-round match that will be televised during a Free Preview Weekend on SHOWTIME. (more…)
TKO Boxing Promotions nationally acclaimed “HOMETOWN HEROES TO WORLD CHAMPIONS” boxing series will return to the Mohegan Sun Casino on Saturday, May 22nd in Uncasville, CT. In the main event, Peter “The Pride of Providence” Manfredo Jr. will battle Angel “ EL Toro ” Hernandez of Chicago, IL for the vacant IBO middleweight title. The co-feature will see Hartford ’s Matt “The Sharp Shooter” Remillard defending his NABF featherweight title. Ticket information and further details will be announced shortly.
By Pasi Taavitsainen
WBA #12 heavyweight Robert Helenius weighed in at 243.6 pounds for his bout on Friday night against Gbenga Oloukun, who scaled in at 232.5. The fight takes place at the Töölö Sporthall in Helsinki, Finland. For more photos click here…
By Bob Ryder
With both fighters exhibiting much mutual respect, Andre Dirrell and Arthur Abraham met the press for the final time at an assembled media gathering at the MGM Casino in downtown Detroit in advance of their bout on Saturday night at Joe Louis Arena. Unlike many press conferences of the day, there was no shouting, hurling of insults, or degradation of opponents skills and abilities. What was on display was an example of two athletes, trained, confident, and ready to show their skills in the ring.
After brief introductory remarks by promoters Gary Shaw and Wilfred Sauerland, Arthur Abraham was first to take the podium. “I’m not here to talk, I’m here to box” proclaimed a stoic and serious Abraham leading off his very short remarks. After thanking everyone for attending and stating that he has great respect for every boxer as they all are fighting for their family, pride and country, he closed with a “see you Saturday night.”
A slightly more animated but also very serious Andre Dirrell took the podium to the shouts and cheers of his camp and supporters. “We worked real hard in camp. Arthur will see the true essence and science of boxing. I feel excellent. Arthur Abraham is a great opponent and I’m glad to have the opportunity to fight him.” However, Dirrell ended his comments with a resounding “the king will be dethroned!” Click here for more…
By Przemek Garczarczyk
In exactly one month, on April 24 in Ontario, California, Tomasz Adamek (40-1, 27 KOs) will have his most important fight as a heavyweight against Cristobal Arreola (28-1, 25 KOs). After three weeks of training in Ronnie Shields’ gym in Houston, Shields, Adamek and number one sparring partner Dominick Guinn (32-6, 21 KOs) are talking about “Goral’s” chances and his fight preparation. For interviews and photos click here…
WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik has revved up his training in Youngstown according to chief trainer Jack Loew. “We are facing a real fast, quick challenger in Sergio Martinez on April 17,” Loew said. “Our focus is on speedwork which includes footwork in the ring and running up and down the steps at the Youngstown State football stadium. “Kelly hasn’t fought someone like Martinez before. He’s quick and he will move around the ring,” Loew said. “It’s not an easy fight and we know it. We’ve had great – really perfect – sparring in our gym. Kelly went 8 rounds yesterday, will go 10 today, then 12 rounds the next day. (more…)
By Ricardo Conde
WBC junior middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (44-2-2, 24 KOs) of Argentina will step back into the ring on Saturday, April 17th at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ against WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik (36-1, 32 KOs). This will be shown live on HBO world championship boxing and is being promoted by Top Rank in association with DiBella Entertainment. For more details and photos click here…
Undefeated Uzbekistan prospects, light heavyweight Gayrat Ahmedov and welterweight Ravshan Hudaynazarov, will be in action Saturday night on a Don Chargin Productions/Jorge Marron Productions card at the Karma Club in Victorville, California. Ahmedov (13-0-1, 9 KOs), a four-time Uzbekistan national amateur champion, takes on 40-year-old Demetrius Davis (19-20-5, 7 KOs) in the eight round main event. Hudaynazarov (10-0, 7 KOs), a 2007 world military games gold medalist, faces Anthony “The Matrix” Mora (15-5, 10 KOs) in a 6-rounder. Both are promoted by KZ Event Productions.
Undefeated Dominican Victor Manuel Cayo knows he is in the fight of his life Saturday night, when he takes on Argentinean brawler Marcos Maidana.
But there’s a reason he’s been asking to fight Maidana for the last two-and-a-half years . . . Click here for more
By Alexey Potapov
WBC heavyweight champ Vitali Klitschko (39-1, 37 KOs) met his next challenger, European beltholder Albert Sosnowski (45-2-1, 27 KOs) at the Bundesliga soccer match between Schalke 04 and Bayern at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Klitschko-Sosnowski will take place on May 29th at the state-of-the-art 61,000-seat stadium that features a retractable roof.
Ali “Rush Hour” Funeka might’ve been blindsided by three blind mice in his first fight with Joan Guzman, last November, but, Saturday night in Las Vegas, the man just about everyone but three Canadian judges had coming out ahead, plans to pull off a bang-up job in the rematch.
“Las Vegas won’t be the same as it was in Canada,” Funeka said on Wednesday before a limber-up workout at the Extreme Couture Gym . . . Click here for more
With only two days to go until the next Super Six World Boxing Classic fight the WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch is weighing up who is most likely to win and who he will be backing between former IBF middleweight title holder ‘King’ Arthur Abraham and Andre ‘The Matrix’ Dirrell. “I can’t pick a winner because it’s in the States. I really am 50/50,” said Froch of the second round fight. However when pushed, Carl leaned towards Abraham, urging him to beat Dirrell as Froch himself did in the first round of the Super Six after a split decision. Froch said: “It will either be a brutal KO by Abraham or a boring points decision by Dirrell with a bitch-like performance. Come on Abraham…catch him sweet!” Froch will be facing Mikkel Kessler on April 24th.
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The IBO super middleweight championship of the world is again up for grabs. Cameroon-born title-holder Sakio Bika (28-3-2), now a resident of Australia, was stripped of his 168-pound title for inactivity, according to International Boxing Organization President Ed Levine. Bika won the championship in November 2008; but did not defend it and had not fought since a one-round TKO of Nestor Casanova in a light heavyweight bout last July. Levine said a bout for the now-vacant title was “under final negotiation” and would be announced soon.
Jimmy Burchfield, president of Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES), and cruiserweight contender Matt Godfrey’s promoter, has commented on the postponed Steve Cunningham-Matt Godfrey IBF cruiserweight title fight. The purse bid for Cunningham-Godfrey was won by Don King Productions and originally scheduled for March 19 in Florida and then switched to March 26 in Las Vegas. DKP issued a release March 17 postponing the fight. Main Events tried to resurrect the fight for the same date, but was unable to get Team Godfrey onboard. Burchfield explains why. (more…)
A new date of Saturday, June 19, has been set for the Super Six World Boxing Classic showdown between undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) 168-pound champion Andre Ward (20-0, 13 KOs) and world-ranked contender “Sweetness” Allan Green (29-1, 20 KOs), Ken Hershman, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports®, formally announced today.
The fight is co-promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions and DiBella Entertainment and will be televised live on SHOWTIME beginning at 10 p.m. ET/PT from the Oracle Arena in Ward’s hometown of Oakland, Calif. (more…)
Argentine strongman Marcos “El Chino” Maidana (27-1, 26 KOs) returns to the US and HBO on March 27th to defend his WBA interim light welterweight title against number two ranked contender Victor “Mermelada” Cayo (24-0, 16 KOs) at the Joint, located in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“El Chino” burst onto the American scene last June, winning the interim strap in a spectacular five-knockdown slugfest against rising star Victor Ortiz . . . Click here for more
Interview by David L. Hudson Jr.
UFC lightweight contender Jim Miller loves to fight and craves the competition. He loves the challenges associated with testing his skills against other talented combatants.
On March 27th he faces a formidable challenge in the form of Mark Bocek, a dangerous grappler with real submission skills . . . Click here for more
Days before their Stage 2 Super-Six super middleweight tournament contest in Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena this Saturday, both Arthur Abraham and Andre Dirrell seemed quietly confident and relaxed.
The fighters conducted workouts Wednesday afternoon at a second reincarnation of the old Kronk Gym in a storefront on Warren Avenue in west Detroit . . . click here for more
Yesterday’s media workout with Interim WBA Super Lightweight World Champion Marcos Maidana, opponent, unbeaten Dominican Victor Cayo, South African Ali Funeka and unbeaten former champ Joan Guzman, at the Extreme Couture Gym in Las Vegas. Click here for full photo gallery by Chris Cozzone
Here is video from this week’s media days for the April 3 clash between Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr.
Story by David L. Hudson Jr.
UFC lightweight contender Mark Bocek hopes to make it four straight wins in the Octagon when he faces the tough Jim Miller on UFC 111 March 27th in Newark, New Jersey.
Bocek has won three straight fights via rear naked choke, his favorite technique . . . Click here for more
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