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Unbeaten Universum-promoted Zsolt Bedak (15-0, 5 KOs) of Hungary arrived at the airport in Puerto Rico on Thursday. Bedak will challenge WBO junior featherweight champion Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. of Puerto Rico (18-0-1, 15 KOs) on May 29th in a 12 round world title main event. 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 titled ‘Undefeated Champions.’ (more…)
Former two-division world champion Jesus ‘El Matador’ Chavez (44-7, 30 KOs) will look to end a three fight losing streak as he takes on former world title challenger Daniel Attah (24-5-1, 8 KOs) who hopes to end a two fight slide. The bout will take place in Chavez’ hometown of Austin, Texas on June 11th and be a 10 round lightweight main event. Golden Boy Promotions will promote the fight card.
Shannon Briggs 258 vs Dominique Alexander 228
Mike Faragon 136.25 vs Francisco Palacios 137
Sean Monaghan 173.25 vs Simeon Trigueno 167
Sadam Ali 151 vs Martinus Clay 153
Hastings “Sting” Bwalya 149.25 vs Ashantie Hendrickson 148
Bowie Tupou 254 vs Alexis Mejias 238
Angel Concepcion 179 vs Charles Wade 180
Venue: Capitale New York in Manhattan
Promoter: The Empire
Tickets: $200, $150 and $50 General Admission. Doors open at 7 PM, and the first bout is at 8.
Today in Puerto Rico world ranked challenger, Bernabe Concepcion held a media workout at the Wilfredo Gomez Arena in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, before returning the Philippines to prepare for his world title challenge against WBO Featherweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez on July 10 in Puerto Rico. Click here for more + photos.
Undefeated WBC #2 ranked Juan Carlos Burgos has set up training camp in the Jalisco capital of Guadalajara, Mexico, as he prepares for his duel with experienced Ricardo Castillo on May 29th.
Burgos (24-0, 17 KO´s), will risk his high WBC ranking in the featherweight division against Ricardo Castillo (38-7-1, 25 KOs), a man that has had almost fifty fights and has twice challenged for a world title. (more…)
Israel Vazquez (44-4, 33 KO’s) and Rafael Marquez (38-5, 34 KO’s) will face off in the fourth installment of what is one of the greatest boxing rivalries of all-time on Saturday, May 22, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles,live on SHOWTIME® at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). Relive the first three wars, courtesy of Fightnews, below:
Undefeated Canadian junior lightweight prospect Logan McGuinness will make his debut in the United States this Saturday, May 22nd against Columbian veteran Walter Estrada as part of the TKO Boxing Promotions’ “Hometown Heroes to World Champions” event at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT.
“Hometown Heroes to World Champions” is headlined by an IBO Middleweight Title fight between Peter “The Pride of Providence” Manfredo Jr. and Chicago’s Angel “Toro” Hernandez.
After winning his five starts in 2009, the Ontario, Canada native McGuinness looked very sharp in his first start of 2010, defeating Mexican veteran Pedro Navarette on March 6th over eight rounds by unanimous decision. (more…)
“They picked the wrong guy, they think I’m old and slow, but they got it wrong. I trained properly for this fight, not just to lose weight like in the past, I’m here to beat Manfredo on Saturday night” said the native Chicagoan.
The Hernandez/Manfredo bout headlines an action packed ten bout HOMETOWN HEROES TO WORLD CHAMPIONS card presented by TKO Boxing Promotions. (more…)
With the highly anticipated return of UFC® Fan Expo™ taking place in conjunction with UFC 114 Rampage vs. Rashad this Memorial Day weekend, the Ultimate Fighting Championship®, in partnership with Reed Exhibitions, today announces its third UFC Fan Expo set to take place at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Massachusetts on Friday, August 27 and Saturday, August 28, 2010. (more…)
By Ricardo Conde
Former two time junior middleweight champion “Ferocious” Fernando Vargas (26-5, 22 KOs) of Oxnard, CA will be promoting his first event, “Melee at McDermont”, under the Vargas Entertainment Promotions banner, along with Roy Englebrecht Promotions, on Saturday, June 19th that will feature former super flyweight champion Martin “El Gallo” Castillo (35-3, 18 KOs) in the main event taking on Vernie Torres (27-12, 15 KOs) of the Philippines at the McDermont Field House in Lindsay, CA. Vargas reached super-stardom early on in his career by becoming the youngest champion in the junior middleweight division’s history and by always putting on an exciting show for the fans with his aggressive style, having fought the likes of Shane Mosley, Oscar De La Hoya, Felix Trinidad as well as many others. He now looks to do the same outside the ring as a promoter. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg
When USBA super bantamweight champion Teon “The Technician” Kennedy made his pro debut on January 11, 2007, the knowledgeable fight crowd at the former New Alhambra in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania were quick to compare him with the great hall-of-fame bantamweight champion, “Joltin'” Jeff Chandler. While such praise is premature, one can easily envision the unbeaten Kennedy (14-0-1, 6 KOs) as a future world champion. “Hopefully, I am one-and-a-half years away from a big title shot,” stated Teon, who hopes to move one step closer on Saturday night, when he faces Jose Angel Beranza (32-17-2, 25 KOs), of Mexico City at Bally’s in Atlantic City. (more…)
By Matt Thompson
Undefeated Schenectady, New York lightweight Michael “Baby Face” Faragon (10-0, 4 KOs) will have his first fight for his new promoters, The Empire Sports and Entertainment, on their debut show, Capitale Punishment this Friday (May 21) at Capitale in Manhattan. Faragon will fight his first eight rounder as one of the main supporting bouts to former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs main event against Dominique Alexander. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg
Jim Bores, of Rising Stars Athletics informed Fightnews.com that his company has signed former USBA cruiserweight champion Emmanuel Nwodo (23-5, 19 KOs) to a promotional contract. Nwodo, of Baltimore, MD via Enugu, Nigeria won the vacant USBA crown with a third round TKO over Chris Thomas on July 1, 2006, but lost it to Darnell “Ding-a-Ling-Man” Wilson by highlight-reel knockout in his very next bout. “He is thirty-six years old, and we realize time is not on our side,” stated Bores. “But Emmanuel is rejuvenated. He is ready, willing, and able to fight anyone worldwide. We hope to get him a shot at a regional belt this summer against someone in the top-15.”
Legendary boxing promoter Don King enjoys a German beer and a traditional German eisbein (pickled ham hock) today in Rostock, Germany. King is town in support of his fighter Kali Meehan, who faces former heavyweight world champion Ruslan Chagaev on Saturday in a WBA eliminator. Click here for more photos…
World Extreme Cagefighting® bantamweight star Miguel Angel Torres will be recognized by his hometown of East Chicago, Ind. on Friday, June 4. East Chicago city officials announced today that June 4, 2010 will serve as “Miguel Angel Torres Day” in the city, with the former 135-pound champion set to take part in various activities throughout the day. (more…)
A hand injury has forced Wayne McCullough to withdraw from Prizefighter Super-Bantamweights at York Hall, Bethnal Green on Saturday May 29. Former WBC world champion McCullough had been training hard to make his comeback in Barry Hearn’s latest eight-man, one night tournament but the 39 year-old has been advised that he will be unable to fight for at least two months. “I am really devastated to be missing out on Prizefighter but the hand injury is pretty bad,” said McCullough. “My Doctor has advised me not to use the hand at all for training or fighting for the next 6-8 weeks. We are all packed and ready to go and we really wanted to be there but this is boxing and these things happen.” McCullough’s misfortune has thrown a golden opportunity to young Irish fighter Willie “Big Bang” Casey (5-0, 4 KOs) who will now take his place.
WBC/WBA super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan (35-2-1, 27 KOs) stepped up to bantamweight to take the vacant IBO bantamweight belt against Eric Barcelona (51-18-4, 19 KOs) on Thursday night at the Leagues Club in Parramatta, NSW, Australia. Darchinyan dropped Barcelona three times en route to a 120-103, 118-105 and 116-108 win. Barcelona was also deducted two points from low blows. More to come from Ray Wheatley…
WBA super bantamweight champion Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym (41-1, 29 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over challenger Shoji Kimura (23-4-2, 9 KOs) on Thursday in Maha Sarakham, Thailand. It was the second defense for Poonsawat following his crushing second round KO over Bernard Dunne last September.
Vitali Klitschko (41-2, 37 KOs), of Kiev (Ukraine) and Hamburg (Germany), participated yesterday in a media work out in his training camp in Austria. He discussed his upcoming WBC heavyweight title defense against former European Champion Albert Sosnowski (45-2-1, 27 KOs), of Warsaw (Poland) and Brentwood (UK). The eagerly anticipated heavyweight championship will take place on Saturday, May 29, at VELTINS-Arena Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
About Albert Sosnowski
“I expect Albert Sosnowski to be in the best shape of his life. I am sure that he will not run and hide like my last opponent Kevin Johnson. He said that he will give his all to get my belt, but I am well prepared and will not underestimate him. Albert Sosnwoski is not a big name and not so famous in boxing so far. But that does not count at all. He will be very powerful and will always go forward. He will do anything to get my title.” (more…)
By Rocco Morales
Wednesday afternoon, the Conga Room in Downtown L.A. was host to the final press conference for “Once and Four All” the appropriate name given to the highly anticipated fourth fight between Israel Vasquez (44-4-0) and Rafael Marquez (38-5-0). Of their three prior fights, Marquez was victorious in the first fight while Vasquez has won the prior two meetings. Their last fight was the only one to go to the scorecards and Vasquez was the split decision winner.
Their last two fights were all out wars that earned the accolade of “Fight Of The Year” for each 2007 and 2008. (more…)
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
The Italian boxing organisation of promoter Mario Loreni and local stable Mariani Boxe will stage a terrific show on May 21 in Brescia, Italy, with a six-fight card. In the main event of the night, Brunet Zamora (19-0, 8 KOs) will make the fourth defense of his WBA Inter-Continental light welterweight title. The always exciting Zamora won the belt in 2008 and will now take on dangerous contender Eduardo Daniel ‘Pamperito’ Roman (41-4, 8 KOs) of Argentina over twelve rounds. (more…)
By Carlos Costa
Far from the deadly violence of the streets of the capital Bangkok, this silent, dazzling green town of Maha Sarakham in the northeastern Isan region of Thailand will be scenario of today’s WBA super bantamweight world title fight between 29-year-old world champion Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym (40-1, 28KOs) of Thailand and Japanese challenger Shoji Kimura (23-3-2, 9KOs).
Both fighters tipped the official scale at exactly 122 lbs during the weight-in ceremony at the Taksila Hotel in downtown Maha Sarakham. Then, fighters posed for the cameras and rules of the combat were read by WBA officials judges Francisco Martinez of New Zealand, Wan-Soo Yuh of South Korea and Sergio Caiz from California, USA. The referee in charge of the action will be New Zealand’s Ferlin Marsh. (more…)
Hot prospects Carlos Molina, Ronny Rios and Freddy Hernandez will see action in separate bouts on the “Once and Four All” Vazquez vs. Marquez IV undercard on Saturday at Staples Arena in Los Angeles. In an eight round junior welterweight bout, Molina (11-0, 6 KOs) will face Humberto Tapia (15-12-1, 8 KOs), in a six-round junior lightweight bout Rios (10-0, 5 KOs) meets Guadalupe De Leon (8-10, 4 KOs), and WBC #11 welterweight Hernandez (28-1, 18 KOs) is set to take on Oscar Leon (28-12, 18 KOs) in a ten rounder.
This photo is a model taken from the fist of Mike Tyson, which in the future will be presented by the WBC to the boxer of the year and champion of the year. This year the ceremony will be held on June 5th in Acapulco, Mexico. The Boxer of the Year as elected by the WBC is Manny Pacquiao. The Champion of the Year as elected by the WBC is Vitali Klitschko. Other winners will be announced.
WBA welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko (30-0, 20 KOs) will defend his belt for the second time against WBA #14 rated Charlie José Navarro (18-3, 13 KOs) on August 30 in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk. The card will be promoted by Union Boxing Promotion and feature a total of seven title bouts including fights involving European featherweight champion Oleg Yefimovych (18-1, 11 KOs), EBU-EE light welterweight titlist Vladimir Kravets (22-0, 14 KOs), WBC Youth I/C cruiserweight beltholder Iago Kiladze (14-0, 10 KOs), EBA supermiddle beltholder Server Emurlayev (17-0, 5 KOs) and jr middleweight Artem Karpets (10-0, 5 KOs).
By Ron Jackson
Sabelo Jubatha makes the first defense of his South African feather weight title when he meets number one contender Marcel Japhta at the Nangoza Jebe Hall in Port Elizabeth on Friday night. Jubatha (10-1, 7 KOs) who fights out of the Enothole gym in Mdantsane, won the title on December 18 last year with a tenth round technical knockout over Luthando Vukuza. (more…)
Featherweight Eduardo “Canilla” Escobedo (27-3, 19 KOs) will have another opportunity to win a world title when he takes on Colombian Francisco Cordero (22-0, 14 KOs) for the WBA interim belt on June 26 at a site to be named. The 26-year-old Escobedo, who is coached by Nacho Beristain, previously challenged for the WBO super bantamweight title against Daniel Ponce de Leon in December 2008, losing a unanimous decision. Cordero’s biggest win was a decision over Koseki Nakama in Okinawa. Former two-time WBC lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo (60-10-1, 52 KOs) will also be featured. The card will be presented by Arce Promotions and televised by the Televisa network.
Photos by Eroll Papova
Big crowd today at Universum’s public training session in Rostock, Germany’s Ostsee Park Mall. Hundreds of spectators marveled at the skills of the fighters headlining the “Universum Champions Night” on Saturday at the Rostock StadtHalle. The highlight was a long intense, face-to-face staredown between former WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev and and top contender Kali Meehan, who meet in an important WBA elimination bout. More plus photos…
Two-time world champion Miguel Cotto hung out at the Yankees batting cage, took pictures with Arod, spoke to captain Derek Jeter and said he plans to win on Top Rank’s big Stadium Slugfest at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, June 5. Cotto broke camp in Tampa, Fla and came to Yankee Stadium for a press function which included on the field activities. “I feel great, I am working hard, weight is no problem and I’m ready to fight,” Cotto said at a press conference before the Yankees took on the Tampa Bay Rays. For more photos click here…
Photos by Tom Briglia/Top Rank
Before his Yankee Stadium press conference, Miguel Cotto worked out with his new trainer Manny Steward at the Trinity Boxing Gym in New York. There Cotto fired hard punches while doing mitts with Steward. “Cotto has better balance now,” Steward said. “That’s the first thing I noticed about him in recent fights. I worked with him on balance, sharper and more accurate punching. His conditioning is outstanding. He’s ready to fight on June 5.” (more…)
By Rocco Morales
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
Quotes from this afternoon’s press event in Los Angeles:
Rafael Marquez – “There’s no need for words of introduction for Vasquez and I. Everyone knows us from our trilogy of fights. You’re going to see a great show and who Rafael Marquez is in the ring this Saturday night.”
Israel “El Magnifico” Vasquez – “On May 22nd, Rafael and I are going to again fight the best fight of the year.” For more details and photos click here…
Former heavyweight champion Hasim “The Rock” Rahman (46-7-2, 37 KOs) kept a big group of assembled local media captivated today, during a press conference at the Niagara Falls Conference Center to announce Rahman’s main event against Troy New York’s Shannon Miller (16-4, 9 KOs) on June 19. Never short of wit, when informed Miller couldn’t attend because of his job as head of a security firm, Rahman quipped “That’s ok. He’s going to need security when I get through with him.” (more…)
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