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WBO World Featherweight Champion Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ Lopez and his wife Barbara arrive in Las Vegas from Puerto Rico Thursday night to attend the special edition of “Latin Fury 13/Pinoy Power 3″, a Top Rank Pay Per View on Saturday at the Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas. Lopez will be watching top-rated contender Mario Santiago of Ponce, Puerto Rico take on Bernabe Concepcion of the Philippines, with the winner possibly getting a shot at his title in the summer.
It was so good, the UFC® decided to do it again.
At UFC 104 last October, UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida and challenger Mauricio “Shogun” Rua engaged in a five round war that divided the mixed martial arts world when the unanimous decision verdict was rendered in Machida’s favor. On Saturday, May 8, these two warriors will have a chance to do it again and erase any doubt as to who is the best 205-pound fighter in the world, and both are vowing to take matters out of the judges’ hands, and into their own when The Ultimate Fighting Championship® heads back to Montreal for UFC 113: Machida vs. Shogun 2, live from the Bell Centre and only on Pay-Per-View. (more…)
It is quickly becoming one of the best rivalrity in boxing, Puerto RIco vs. the Phillipines and this Saturday, there willl be two more fights between warriors of this two countries as Eric Morel takes on Gerry Penalosa and Mario Santiago battles Bernabe Concepcion on the big championship card presented by Top Rank at the Hilton Hotel to be telecast on pay-per-view. (more…)
Story by Chris Cozzone
Nonito Donaire says he just wants to fight – he doesn’t care if it’s Gerson Guerrero, Manuel Vargas or the “yapping dog” himself, Vic Darchinyan.
After a coming close to losing out on headlining Saturday night’s Top Rank card at the Hilton – a hybrid “Pinoy Power–Latin Fury” marathon card with 80 scheduled rounds – the “Filipino Flash” will get the chance to defend his WBA super flyweight interim belt against a late sub . . . Click here for more
By Bob Ryder
Fight action returns to the west side of the state on Saturday, February 20 as Carlos Llinas International Productions (CLIP) and Greg Ahrens (TMS Fight Night) promote a scheduled nine bout card at The Orbit Room in Grand Rapids, MI. Local area favorites Derron Hernandez, Ruben “Junny” Troche, Rafael Hernandez and Alex Otero will appear in featured contests. Junior welterweight Jermaine White of Las Vegas and undefeated heavyweight Rich “Super” Power are also slated to perform. Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com or the Orbit Room box office. Doors open at 7 PM with first bell at 8.
WBC super featherweight champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto and former WBC lightweight champion David Diaz will meet for the vacant WBC lightweight title, headlining the pay-per-view undercard of the March 13 Pacquiao vs. Clottey pay-per-view telecast. The card will also feature 10-round rumbles between two-time world champion Jose Luis “El Terrible” Castillo in a welterweight battle against top-10 contender Alfonso Gomez and “Ireland’s” John Duddy in a middleweight duel with Michael “Myckol” Medina. “The pay-per-view undercard is a perfect complement to the main event, capturing the cultural flavor of Texas” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. “Each matchup will feature a world class fighter from a different region of Mexico or a Hispanic region in the United States. And the fans who watch the fight live at Cowboys Stadium will be treated to seeing Salvador Sanchez III, the nephew of the great champion Salvador Sanchez, and undefeated Dallas wunderkind Roberto Marroquin in separate non-televised undercard bouts.”
Manny Pacquiao will be hosting a Valentine’s Fans Day this Sunday (2/14) beginning at 1PM at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Glendale, California. “Over 1,000 fans are expected to attend one of Manny’s final major public appearances in Los Angeles before he heads to Dallas to defend his World Boxing Organization welterweight title against former world champion and current No. 1 contender Joshua Clottey,” said Ami Almerol of Silver Shadow Promotions, who is organizing the Pacquiao Valentine’s Fan Day. “In addition to Manny addressing his fans, he will be presented with a plaque of commendation from The Honorable Dianne Feinstein, California’s senior U.S. Senator. The event will also feature the sale of official Pacquiao vs. Clottey merchandise and Pacquiao memorabilia.” Admission is $20. Tickets can be purchased at the door, beginning at Noon, on the day of the event.
Marco “Captain” Huck (27-1, 20 KOs) will return to the ring on March 13. The WBO Cruiserweight Champion will defend his title against American challenger Adam “Swamp Donkey” Richards (23-2, 15 KOs) in Berlin´s Max-Schmeling-Halle. It will be Huck´s second defence of the belt he won in August 2009 with a points victory over Victor Emilio Ramirez. “I am thrilled to defend my title in Berlin,” Huck said. “It will be the first time I enter the Max-Schmeling-Halle as a world champion. I certainly want to please my home fans. I think I have made a lot of progress in the past months and I am eager to put on another exciting performance on March 13.” (more…)
Team Sauerland would kindly like to invite all boxing fans to follow the Berlin-based boxing stable on Facebook. There will be constant video, photo and news updates from Abraham, Kessler, Valuev, Huck, Sylvester and Co. in the coming weeks. The Facebook page grants fans an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the happenings ahead of King Arthur Abraham´s Super Six clash with Andre Dirrell and Mikkel Kessler´s fight against WBC Super-Middleweight Champion Carl Froch. “We love to interact with boxing fans all over the world,” Team Sauerland General Manager Chris Meyer said. “I have become a Facebook addict myself. It is such a fantastic way of communicating with friends and fans all over the world.” (more…)
WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez of Caguas, Puerto Rico is arriving into Las Vegas today and will be at ringside at the Las Vegas Hilton on Saturday night. Lopez will be taking a look at the Bernabe Concepcion vs. Mario Santiago fight which will open Top Rank’s Latin Fury 13/Pinoy Power 3 PPV telecast. Lopez said he would like to fight the winner later this year. Concepcion is in the Manny Pacquiao stable of young fighters. “We have no problem taking on Juanma,” said Michael Koncz, chief advisor for Pacquiao. “Both are young, both are powerful and they have the right kind of style to make a very entertaining fight. Manny is very excited about this.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The possibility exists that former two-division world champion Jorge Linares will fight in his native Venezuela in March at a site to be named. Former world champion Carloe “Famoso” Hernandez is the rumored opponent. On the same card, the absolute WBA bantamweight title would be decided between interim champ Nehomar Cermeño and champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno.
Preview by Kurt Wolfheimer
Andre Kut’s KEA Boxing Promotions is set to bring an explosive night of professional boxing to the Arena in South Philadelphia on Friday, February 26. Headlining the card will be a six-round lightweight clash between the always-exciting Victor Vasquez (11-3, 6 KOs) and rugged Carlos Vinan (8-8, 1 KO).
Vasquez, of North Philadelphia, has put together quite a fan base due to his all-out action packed bouts, which leave everybody on the edge of their seats. In his last bout on January 15, at the very same arena, Vasquez sent his hometown fans home happy with an impressive fifth round stoppage of the Gustavo Dailey. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBC/WBA super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan has continued his vicious verbal assault on WBA interim champion Nonito Donaire, whom he hopes to avenge a KO loss against. “The more I hear about Donaire, the more it makes me feel he should be taking up a new job, maybe he should take up a new occupation, he can take care of those in need of retirement,” said the popular Australian-based Armenian. “He knows he got lucky and he wants nothing to do with fighting me. Arce is finished, he fought a bum for a vacant world title and he calls himself a champion, now Donaire wants to fight Arce. Give the fans what they want. You don’t see Manny Pacquaio fighting opponents with walking sticks. I’ve got two titles ready for you to take. You believe you’re the man? Come and be a unified champion. You can fight Arce after you fight me.” (more…)
By Rocco Morales
A sold out crowd of enthusiastic Southern California fight fans turned out at the always popular Battle In The Ballroom at the Irvine Marriott to see a six round heavyweight main event featuring undefeated Joe “The Future“ Hanks. From the opening bell it appeared as if Couser’s main intention was to find somewhere soft in the ring to lie, and he found the perfect spot to do so and was counted out by the referee at just 2:22 of the first round. Hanks kept his record perfect and moved to 11-0, 7 KOs without breaking a sweat over the shot Couser (26-21-2, 14 KOs) who dropped his ninth fight in a row. (more…)
By Craig Watt
IBO Cruiserweight champion Danny Green spoke to Fightnews today from his base in Perth, Western Australia and issued a direct challenge to arch rival Anthony Mundine. He stated, “I want the world to know this is no gimmick. This is a real offer – no B.S. I will come to Mundine’s backyard in Sydney and take him on in April on ANZAC Day . This is the biggest fight in Australian boxing history and after our first fight there is no other fight the fans want to see in our country. We have tried to bring Bernard Hopkins and Antonio Tarver to Australia but neither seem to want the challenge – perhaps they have been put off by what I did to Roy Jones Jr back in December. We offered good money to both these guys but now it is time to move on. The reason I came out of retirement was Mundine was calling me out for a re-match but he has been ducking me ever since. He has to accept this challenge if he wants to retain any boxing credibility in Australia or he should leave the country with his tale between his legs.” (more…)
The “debate” between Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr., continued Wednesday in Los Angeles. Jones promised “The day ‘The Executioner’ will leave the boxing ring is going to be April 3rd.” Hopkins countered “The entire Jones family will leave boxing for good after April 3.”
If WBO bantamweight champion Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel (39-2-2, 29 KOs) defeats Filipino Ciso Morales (14-0, 8 KOs) on Saturday night, his next bout could be a unification showdown with long time WBC bantamweight king Hosumi Hasegawa in mid-April. The 30-year-old Montiel arrived Monday in Las Vegas with his father and trainer Manuel and his brothers Peter and Edward. “My primary goal is to defeat Ciso Morales on Saturday and then I want to face WBC champion Hosumi Hasegawa,” said Montiel from his hotel room at the Las Vegas Hilton. “It would be a big fight and I would love to have the WBC belt.” Hasegawa has defended his WBC belt ten times, most recently knocking out Alvaro Perez. Montiel isn’t looking past Morales however. “It’s clear to me that in the ring there are no easy opponents and I intensely prepared to win this Saturday at the Hilton. We are ready.”
Thursday marks the 20th anniversary of one of the greatest upsets in sports history. On February 11th, 1990, James “Buster” Douglas shocked the world when, for ten rounds, he outboxed and ultimately knocked out Mike Tyson to become the unlikeliest undisputed heavyweight champion boxing had ever seen. Buster will relive that night and talk with boxing fans on tonight’s Through the Ropes hosted by Marc Lichtenfeld. Also appearing on the show will be HBO’s Jim Lampley, who called the fight live from Tokyo. Boxing fans can call in to speak with Buster and Jim and discuss their own memories of that incredible night. Through the Ropes is the only nationally syndicated boxing radio show on the air. It is heard live Thursday nights from 9 – 10 p.m. ET on 75 affiliates of the Sports Byline USA Network, Sportsbyline.com, Fightnews.com, and podcast available on iTunes. Fightnews readers can listen live by clicking here tonight at 9PM ET.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBO super middleweight champion Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika (28-3-2,19KO’s) has issued a challenge to IBO cruiserweight champion Danny “The Green Machine” Green (28-3, 25 KOs), saying you don’t have to bring 44-year-old Bernard Hopkins to Australia when one of the best 168 pounders in the world lives in Sydney, NSW, Australia and is ready to fight. “I want the boxing public and in particular the Australian public to know that I want to fight Danny Green,” said Bika. (more…)
By Jose Santiago
Shea Bailey Promotions returns with a boxing card on March 5th. Titled Atlanta’s Fight Night at Center Stage, the event will feature cagey veteran Paul “The Truth” Delgado, once beaten cruiserweight Daniel “Sackey Daniels” Sackey, female standout Nicole “Notorious” Woods, and Beijing Olympian Taureano Johnson of the Bahamas making his professional debut. (more…)
By Peter Lim
Heavyweight Steve Collins, 21-1 (15 KOs), faces Roderick Willis 14-5-1 (8 KOs), in the main event of at the Houston Club on Feb. 11. The card, staged by Savarese Promotions, features a parade of young, upcoming fighters from the Houston area. The youngest among the pack is super batamweight Miguel Flores, 17, undefeated at 3-0 (3 KOs) since turning pro last October. Other local prospects scheduled to fight are heavyweight Justin Jones, 5-0 (3 KOs), heavyweight Fred Allen 3-0 (3 KOs), female super featherweight Jessica Scott 1-0 (1 KO), super middleweight Tyrone Selder 1-0 (1 KO) and heavyweight Skip Scott 3-1 (2 KOs).
Roy Jones Jr interviews at LA presser with Sports Soup.
A protective order has been filed against heavyweight ring legend Evander Holyfield by the Superior Court of Fayette County, GA, in response to allegations of spousal abuse by Holyfield’s wife Candi. According to court documents, Mrs. Holyfield claims “I got up with the children in the middle of the night to take them to the bathroom. The heat had been cut off and the children were cold. When I returned to bed I tried to talk to Evander about this. He told me I was only thinking about myself, the children’s hearts beat faster. I pulled the covers over my head and he said I was being disrespectful. He started telling me that I needed to start putting God first in my life. He asked me if I had been tithing. He wanted me to show him the check stubs of my payments to the church. I told him I was not going to show them to him. He then hit me in the face, the back of my head twice and in my back. I tried to get up and he told me not to get out of bed. He got up and turned the light on and started looking at my face and told me he was sorry that he knew he shouldn’t have done that.”
Until further order, Mrs Holyfield has been granted sole custody of the family home and Evander is forbidden to contact or approach within 500 yards of his wife and their children.
Story and photos by Chris Cozzone
“Latin Fury 13 /Pinoy Power III” has just about everything a fight fan could want in a card. There are current world champions defending their belts, young-and-hungry challengers and former greats. Talk about bang for your buck, too – the bouts on the PPV-televised card total a marathon 80 rounds in ten bouts for live fans, 46 rounds in four bouts for TV viewers.
The only thing missing earlier today was half of the main event . . . Click here for more
By Alexey Sukachev
Aside from a huge boxing show that will be headlined by Russia’s top unbeaten prospects Denis Lebedev (19-0, 14 KOs) and Alexander Bakhtin (24-0, 11 KOs), promoter Vladimir Hryunov plans a number of supportive cultural events to entertain the local crowd. Maybe the most interesting affair will be a specific beauty contest both to define Miss Izhevsk (Udmurt capital) 2009 and the so-called Miss WBC Russia, who will represent this country during an international contest among all WBC beauties. (more…)
Manuel ‘Chango’ Vargas, 26-4-1, of Mexico is the new challenger for Nonito Donaire on Saturday night. Bob Arum announced the change today. Gerson Guerrero, who was scheduled to box Donaire, failed an eye examination and was removed the title card because of medical reasons. “I just want to fight – bring on anyone,” said Donaire, when told of the change. Donaire said he has been in training for over two months. Arum made the announcement during a press conference at the Las Vegas Hilton. He said Donaire vs. Vargas will be the main event for Top Rank’s Latin Fury 13/Pinoy Power 3 which is scheduled Saturday, Feb. 13.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world heavyweight challenger David “Tuaman” Tua ( 50-3-1, 43 KOs) will clash with Friday “The 13th” Ahunanya (24-5-3, 13 KOs) at the Trusts Stadium Arena, Auckland New Zealand on March 13. The 37-year-old Tua scored an impressive knockout victory in two rounds over world rated Shane Cameron in October 2009 in his most recent ring outing. (more…)
Former world title challenger Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry is a man on a mission and continues on his path towards another world title opportunity on Friday, February 19th in the main event of “Triple-header in Tampa” at the Ala Carte Event Pavilion.
Cherry squares off against Columbian banger Hevinson Herrera in the headline bout of an evening of world class professional boxing presented by TKO Boxing Promotions, Fight Night Productions and Ker’s WingHouse.. . . Click here for more
Nonito Donaire (22-1, 14 KOs) has been left opponent-less for his Saturday night main event in Las Vegas. Donaire was scheduled to fight Gerson “El Nene” Guerrero (34-8, 26 KOs), but the Mexican contender was nixed from the card today, shortly before a scheduled press conference at the Hilton, for failing an eye exam. “We have received word from Tijuana,” joked promoter Bob Arum. “Pancho Villa is on horseback leading an army of 115-pound Mexicans to challenge Donaire.” A replacement is expected in the next 24 hours. – Story & photo by Chris Cozzone
IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute and challenger Edison Miranda faced off today at press conference in Montreal to kick-off their on April 17 clash at the Bell Centre.
Lucian Bute: “Last time I fought it was the Pepsi Colisee in Quebec City that exploded with action and with the result. This time it’s going be the Bell Centre! I am taking Miranda very seriously, I have a lot of respect for him, he’s courageous and I know he comes to win. He demolished many good fighters and is a notorious puncher. I will have to keep my concentration level on high, show my speed, footwork and ability to stay champion,” declared Lucian Bute.
Edison Miranda: “I saw the first fight between Bute and Andrade. He (Bute) won my heart. Bute deserves a lot of blessing. I come to fight. I come to win. I have nothing against Bute. I will prepare myself. I may not win, but I guarantee you will all be very happy (ticket purchasers). I have a lot of respect to InterBox and Bute. In the 12th round of Bute vs Andrade, Bute was hurt and Andrade hit him and he (Bute) still got up. I said he is a real champion. He fights with his heart, like me. I want to fight him.” (more…)
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