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By Ron Jackson
On Saturday night at the Westbury Recreation Centre near Johannesburg, featherweights Marcel Japhta and Willie Mabasa meet in a ten rounder on a promotion presented by People Promotions in conjunction with the Westside Boxing Academy. Japtha (9-1-1, 7 KOs) won the Gauteng featherweight title in February last year when he outpointed former South African junior featherweight champion Edward Mpofu. (more…)
Former WBA heavyweight champion John Ruiz says he’s willing to risk his WBA mandatory challenger status against any of his fellow American heavyweights. “I’ve been told I’m not the most fan-friendly fighter in the world, my style often criticized as being ugly, but I’m proud to say I’ve never ducked a worthy opponent,” said Ruiz in an open letter. “For the past month or two, though, I’ve read and heard a lot BS about how I shouldn’t be the WBA mandatory title challenger. A few totally unproven, so-called contenders have whined about them deserving a world title shot more than I do. Why? Who have Chris Arreola, Eddie Chambers, Kevin Johnson or Brian Minto beaten to deserve a world title shot? Nobody!” (more…)
The world’s best trainer Freddie Roach holds up his special five-tier trophy that was awarded to him after he led four-time world champion pound-for-pound king Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao,General Santos, Philippines to a devastating knockout victory over Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton, Manchester, England Saturday night in Las Vegas. The special five foot trophy, an award for the trainer of the winning fighter, had the inscription “No. 1 Pound for Pound Best Trainer in the World” and was a contest between Roach and Floyd Mayweather Sr., the trainer of Hatton.
Last night, in the Tropicana Field, Puerto Rican WBO welterweight champ, threw the ceremonial pitch in the game between Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays, the 2008th American League Champions. “I feel honored, its been a pleasure to meet the whole team of the Tampa Bay Rays I’m a huge fan of baseball” said an excited Miguel Cotto about the invitation, while he described himself as a big baseball fan. Three weeks ago, the champion moved his camp to Tampa, where he is training for the title unification match that’ll take place on Madison Square Garden on June 12, when he’ll meet IBF champ Joshua Cottley (35-2, 20 KOs).
After months of back and forth trash talking, Star Boxing’s WBA#5, WBC #10, and IBF #13 world rated heavyweight contender Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (21-0-1, 8KO) will face off against two-time world title challenger Monte “Two Gunz” Barrett (34-7, 20KO) on May 15th in the main event of ESPN2’S “Friday Night Fights” at The Concert Venue at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City, NJ.
TKO BOXING Promotions and Reno based “LET’S GET IT ON” Promotions join forces with LEFT HOOK LLC, to present “TRIPLE THREAT: TOMORROW’S CHAMPIONS II”, an outstanding evening of world class professional boxing this Saturday night, May 9th at the Sportsplex in Winchester, Virginia . . Click here for more
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Marco “Captain” Huck (24-1, 19 KOs) is convinced he will make a successful – and spectacular – third defence of his European cruiserweight title when he takes on unbeaten Ukrainian Vitaliy Rusal (23-0, 16 KOs) on Saturday night. The 24-year-old only has the best memories of Bamberg. “This is the city where I made one of the best fights of my career,” Huck said during today´s public training session. “Two years ago, I defeated Vadim Tokarev despite fighting with a broken hand for the better part of the bout. My hand or my jaw might break, but my fighting spirit can never be broken. I am looking forward to a successful fight on Saturday and I will defeat Rusal.” (more…)
We are sad to inform the fight community that Texas boxer Benjamin Flores (19-4, 6 KOs) passed away this morning. Flores was hospitalized following his NABF super bantamweight title fight in Dallas, against Al Seeger last Thursday. Seeger was awarded the TKO win in the eighth, and Flores was helped to his stool. Soon after, he was taken out on a stretcher, unconscious, to Parkland Hospital where he died five days later. Pictured above, Flores (right) in a 2008 fight against Vernie Torres, on the Margarito vs. Cotto undercard in Las Vegas.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former Australian heavyweight champion John Hopoate (11-2, 11 KOs) will clash with former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver McCall (51-9, 36 KOs) at the Orleans Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada on May 22nd. Hopoate, who scored a fourth round stoppage over American heavyweight Cliff Couser in March, also holds second round stoppage win over over former heavyweight contender Monte Barrett in 2007. He captured the national heavyweight crown in 2008 by stopping Bob Mirovic in nine rounds. Hopoate is 6 foot and weighs 240 pounds and was born in Tonga. McCall is 6 foot 2 inches and weighed 235 pounds for his last fight in 2007 when he dropped a decision to Juan Carlos Gomez but that same year he defeated highly regarded Sinan Samil Sam. Hopoate said. “I have been sparring with WBA#1 heavyweight Kali Meehan and Solomon Haumona. Oliver is now 44 years of age and why he may be past his prime anybody who used to be Mike Tyson’s sparring partner can obviously cop a punch. He has got ringcraft and experience but I am confident I can win this fight.” Hopoate’s trainer Dave Millward added “Hoppa is only a small fish in a big pond and if he wins he will have plenty of options presented to him.”
Universum Box-Promotion has confirmed that WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm (32-2-1, 14 KOs) and European middleweight champion Khoren Gevor (30-3, 16 KOs) will collide on July 11th in Nürburg, Germany. The bout will take place in the new Ring Arena located at the famous Nürburgring Speedway during the weekend of the 2009 German Formula 1 Grand Prix. The card will also feature a fight for the vacant WBC interim middleweight title between #2 rated Sebastian Zbik (26-0, 10 KOs) and #1 Domenico Spada (29-1, 14 KOs). Tickets for this attractive world title twinbill go on sale Monday at boxing.de and all the regular ticket outlets.
Three-time light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver (27-5, 19 KOs) is in his last few days of training for his title challenge of the man who dethroned him, undefeated IBF/IBO world champion Chad Dawson (27-0, 17 KOs). The rematch takes place on Saturday at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. “Dawson’s a young lion and he had a high work rate during our first fight,” said Tarver. “I missed a few times with my power shot but that’s what it is, it’s a game of inches. But I always learn from my losses, and as Roy Jones, Glen Johnson, and Eric Harding will tell you, I never lose twice to the same man. Dawson will learn that lesson too on May 9.” For his part, Dawson stated “Winning my first world title was a career highlight, but beating Tarver last year was a personal joy, one I look forward to repeating on May 9. I’ve beaten the best in my division. I am the king of the light heavyweights.”
Andre Ward (18-0, 12 KOs) faces Edison Miranda (32-3, 28 KOs) in a highly anticipated main event, but the Saturday, May 16 fight card at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. will also feature an outstanding undercard that includes unbeaten 2008 U.S. Olympian Shawn Estrada, fast-rising junior lightweight prospect John Molina, Jr., and 2000 U.S. Olympic Games silver medalist Ricardo Williams. (more…)
Since launching his professional career in 1999, Manny Gamburyan has found himself constantly facing the same obstacle. Standing 5’5″ and sporting a compact frame, the Armenian fighter has almost always faced a disadvantage when it comes to size. With no choice but to fight at the 155-pound mark and above, Gamburyan had to learn to fight foes that were much taller and longer. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Offering a new twist to the San Diego boxing scene, newly minted Rogue Boxing Promotions is proud to announce their inaugural fight card on Thursday, May 21st. Aptly named “Havoc at the Hard Rock”, the five bout fight card will be held at the open air Woodstock Terrace of the Hard Rock Hotel in downtown San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter. “My team as well as myself are very excited to bring a Las Vegas-type boxing atmosphere to San Diego,” lead promoter for Rogue Boxing Derek Pierce states. “I am confident that all those who attend our show will leave with a new idea about what local boxing should be about.” In the featured bout of the evening undefeated lightweight Filipino sensation Mercito Gesta (14-0-1, 5KO) puts his perfect record on the line against Tijuana’s 2008 Prospect of the year, the always tough Alain “Konan” Hernandez (14-7-2, 7KO) in a much anticipated eight rounder. (more…)
Square Ring will present WBA #9 middleweight, WBC #14 super welterweight Daniel “Haitian Sensation” Edouard (21-2-2, 12 KOs) in a main event bout against Dumont Welliver (18-18-1, 6 KOs) on June 12th at the Spirit Mountain Casino in Grand Ronde, Oregon. “I feel that winning produces results and I have positioned myself on the edge of contention and hope that continued success will result in a title challenge,” said Edouard.
It is being reported in Germany that WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm (32-2-1, 14 KOs) and European middleweight champion Khoren Gevor (30-3, 16 KOs) will collide on July 11th in Nürburg, Germany. No contract has been signed, but both fighters have agreed to the showdown. Both Sturm and Gevor fight out of the Universum stable.
By Lee Bates
Puerto Rico has a long tradition of producing world champions in boxing. That tradition is continuing with PR Best Boxing Promotions( Ivan & Peter Rivera) based in Puerto Rico. They currently have four WBO world champions which include Ivan ‘Iron Boy’ Calderon (108lbs), Jose ‘Carita’ Lopez (115lbs), Juan Manuel’ Juanma’ Lopez (122lbs), and Ramon ‘Rocky’ Martinez (130lbs). The Rivera brothers are now looking to add a fifth world champion to their roster next month in former world champion Eric Morel whom they promote. Morel will challenge WBO batamweight champion Fernando Montiel in Atlantic City, New Jersey on June 27th. Should Morel be successful they would crown their third world champion in three months. Note: Juan Manuel Lopez is co-promoted with Top Rank.
By Kurt Wolfheimer
The fans of the Legendary Blue Horizon on Friday night were once again treated to a Rogers “The Tiger” Mtagwa war as he battled tooth and nail over ten rounds with 38 year old featherweight Ricardo “El Rayo” Medina which entertained everyone throughout. Mtagwa fresh off a come from behind 10th round knockout of Tomas Villa, eventually overpowered the Mexican warrior to capture the ten round unanimous decision victory. In the co-feature of the evening, welterweight Kaseem Wilson shocked Louie Leija, dropping him once before scoring a technical knockout just sixty six seconds into the fight. The eight bout card was promoted by Peltz Boxing Promotions Inc. in association with Joe Hand Promotions. (more…)
WBC lightweight champion Edwin Valero (25-0, 25 KOs) has denied that he will fight contender Breidis Prescott on July 25th. “No one from Top Rank has discussed me fighting (Breidis) Prescott or me fighting on July 25th,” stated Valero. “The first time that I learned of the Prescott fight was when someone in my camp informed me that the fight was listed on the internet.” Valero had hoped for a unification megafight with WBO and WBA lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez but Marquez was recently announced as the foe for Floyd Mayweather Jr. in his July 18th comeback. “I only want to fight big names for big money,” outlined Valero. “A fight with (J.M.) Marquez for all of the titles would have been a big fight for big money but the fight is no longer possible. Prescott is not a big name and a fight with Prescott is not a big money fight.” Valero’s manager Jose Castillo outlined several possible challengers to his fighter, including Joel Casamayor, Zorrita Soto, Urbano Antillon or Juan Diaz. “I will fight anybody but the money has to be right,” stated Valero.
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
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Welterweight Luis Carlos Abregu seems as though he likes to play with fire based on his last two outings in the ring. Luckily on Friday night, he had his knockout power to save the day. Having been dropped twice at the hands of Irving Garcia, Abregu survived and eventually stopped Garcia in the fourth round before a boisterous crowd of 1,350 at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, CA. The bout headlined a seven-bout “ShoBox: The New Generation” card, presented by Gary Shaw Productions.
Prior to the Garcia bout, Abregu drew criticisms for his less-than-stellar performance in December against David Estrada in December. Abregu tired late in the 10 round fight before escaping with a split-decision victory. (more…)
New Jersey Athletic Control Board commissioner Aaron Davis has pulled the plug on Saturday’s scheduled fight between Hector Camacho Sr. and Yory Boy Campas at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City. The bout was to have been presented on pay-per-view. “Hector was a legendary fighter who will also go down as one of the most flamboyant fighters in the sport. It is with the utmost respect for him that I have declined to approve the fight,” New Jersey Athletic Control Board commissioner Aaron Davis told the Press of Atlantic City.
Superstar Manny Pacquiao is heading home for a hero’s welcome in the Philippines. He, wife Jinky, and Team Pacquiao will depart from Los Angeles on Wednesday. Pacquiao will return to the USA in June, first at the Boxing Writer Association of America awards dinner in New York City on Friday, June 12. Pacquiao will receive the 2008 ‘Fighter of the Year’ award and chief trainer Freddie Roach will be honored as the ‘Trainer of the Year.’ The next night Pacquiao will be at ringside to watch the Miguel Cotto vs. Joshua Clottey world welterweight title fight at Madison Square Garden.
Hard-punching middleweight Matt Korobov, 5-0 with five KOs, of Orokutan, Russia will be on the Cotto vs. Clottey fight card at Madison Square Garden on June 13. Korobov stopped Anthony Bartinelli on the Pacquiao vs Hatton card on Saturday night. Korobov is managed by Cameron Dunkin.
Former featherweight world champion Orlando Salido of Mexico will be in the main event on Top Rank’s fight card at the Star of the Desert Arena inside of Buffalo Bill’s Resort & Casino in Primm, Nevada on Saturday, May 16. Salido will box 10 rounds. USA Olympian Vanes Martirosyan, reunited with trainer Freddie Roach at the Wild Card gym in Hollywood, will be in a 10-round super welterweight bout. Tickets are $75, $50, $35, $20 and are available at the Star of the Desert Arena box office. The first bell will be 6 pm and the live telecast on Azteca America begins at 7:00 pm.
By Joe Gradowski and Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos: Mike Greenhill
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From the Patriot Center on the campus of George Mason University in Fairfax Virginia, ICE Promotions brought on an incredible night of boxing with eight showdowns of fast-swinging, bone-jarring action. The main event of the night saw Jimmy Lange (152 lbs) from Great Falls, VA duke it out with Frank Houghtaling (150 lbs) of Albany, NY for the WBC USNBC Super Welterweight championship. Lange unleashed a tidal wave of devastating hooks that floored Houghtaling in the first round and nearly put him down in the second round. Lange remained the aggressor all the way into round four. At one point, Houghtaling accidentally put Lange into a headlock but was shocked when Lange popped him square in the eye. Lange remained a stalker to Houghtaling, landing multiple shots to the head, leading to a surprise knockout at the end of round six. Jimmy Lange is now the WBC USNBC Super Welterweight Champion and has a record of 30-3-2, 21 KO’s. Houghtaling, who announced his retirement shortly after the bout, has a record of 19-16-5, four KO’s. (more…)
6’8, 270lb heavyweight Tye “Big Sky” Fields (41-2, 37 KOs) faces Nicolai Firtha (16-5-1, 7 KOs) on June 20, 2009 at River Cree Resort and Casino in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The bout will be a twelve rounder for the vacant WBA Native American heavyweight championship. This is the first boxing card at the River Cree Resort and Casino presented by Big Sky Promotion, an Edmonton-based boxing promotional company. “I’m excited about this fight for a lot of reasons,” said the 34-year-old Fields, who was born in Missoula, Montana, and had been living in Las Vegas, Nev., the past seven years. “This is my first fight since my family and I moved to Edmonton,” continued Fields. “This is my first fight under my own promotional company and this is my first fight towards my goal of a world championship bout.” (more…)
WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto (33-1, 27 KOs), is training hard for the title unification match that’ll take place on Madison Square Garden on June 13, when he’ll meet IBF champ Joshua Cottley (35-2, 20 KOs). “I have enough of a professional mind to get over past problems and focus on winning the bout over Cottley,” said Cotto, who decided to train in Tampa to get away from the distractions that might crop up with his training in Puerto Rico. He also assured he’s feeling very comfortable with his new trainer, Joe Santiago, and confident in winning. Santiago has been in his corner for over eight years. This will be the fourth time in five years that the champ will fight on the eve of the Puerto Rican day Parade.
Cuban Olympic Gold Medalist Yan Barthelemy returns on May 15th at the Mahi Shrine Coliseum in Miami, Florida. Barthelemy (7-1) will take on veteran Angel Priolo (30-7, 20 KOs) for the WBC Latino bantamweight title. In the co-feature, undefeated Tony Roman (10-0) will face undefeated Kendall Mena (13-0) for the WBO Latino welterweight title. Also on the card will be heavyweight Henry Fuentes (8-0), 3-time Golden Glove champ Xavier Burgoss (1-0) and popular veteran Hicklet Lau. Tickets are $25 and $75. Doors open at 7PM.
By Robert Coster
WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno will make his fourth title defense against former WBA 122lb champion Mahyar Monshipour of France. The fight will be held in Monshipour’s hometown of Poitiers on July 4th. An agreement was reached by both parties soon after Moreno’s successful title defense against ex-champ Wladimir Sidorenko in Germany. “It should a very interesting clash of styles,” declared boxing manager Jacques Deschamps who brokered the deal, “Moreno is a southpaw stylist while Mahyar is a brawler who puts on relentless pressure.” Champion Moreno (25-1-1, 8 KOs) says he looks forward to facing the French-Iranian idol and doesn’t mind fighting in his opponent’s hometown. “I fought Sidorenko twice in his homebase in Germany. I don’t let partisan fans get under my skin,” stated Moreno. For his part, Monshipour (31-3-2, 21 KOs) will attempt, at age 34, to become the first Frenchman to be a two-division champion. “I am elated by the prospect of making history for my adopted homeland. I was happy to meet Moreno personally and the meeting was very friendly. Of course, come July 4th, we will be both looking to win and there can only be one winner,” said Monshipour.
By Damien St. Pierre
Les Bonano and The Fight Guys, LLC are back with this Friday night at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner, Louisiana with “Brawlin In Nawlins”. Eight bouts are scheduled for this event including five professional boxing matches. An interesting ten round main event will feature former IBA Continental champion and local New Orleans, Louisiana native Ron “The Cobra” Weaver (29-17-2, 22 KOs) fighting for the first time since November 2005 and the first time at home since 2002. Weaver will face a tough test in undefeated Cut and Shoot, Texas native Alphonso Lopez (13-0, 11 KOs). This will be the 26-year-old Lopez’s first scheduled ten rounder. (more…)
Press Conference Report by Victor Perea
Photography by “Big” Joe Miranda
Saturday morning, before most fight fans in town rolled out of bed in preparation for the super showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton, members of the media sat down for a roundtable discussion with the undefeated NABO super middleweight champion Andre “S.O.G” Ward (18-0, 12 KOs) along with his promoter Dan Goosen inside the Central Park room at the New York New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Ward spoke about his preparation and anticipation for his May 16th date with Columbian contender Edison “Pantera” Miranda (32-3, 28 KOs) at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. The fight card, which is being promoted by Dan Goosen of Goosen Tutor Promotions, will also feature unbeaten lightweight John Molina (16-0, 12 KOs) against a fighter yet to be announced. (more…)
Former unified lightweight champion Nate Campbell’s Voodoo Gloves management company has announced the signings of its first fighters. Managerial contracts were executed this past week with Ft. Myers, Florida brothers Marcus and Quinton Willis. Marcus Willis (2-0) campaigns at middleweight, while older brother Quinton Willis (2-0) campaigns at jr. middleweight. “I’ve known these boys and their pops for a long time, and I’m proud to have them sign with me,” said an elated Campbell. “They have the most important ingredient in making the kind of fighter I want to represent. They are hungry, and they can flat-out fight.” In addition to the Willis brothers, Campbell has three more signings pending at the moment. “I will be making more announcements next week about additional fighters that I am signing, and what my plans are for them. Most importantly, anyone that signs with me knows that they are going to have to fight for real. I don’t believe in having a kid fight 15 or 20 dummies just to build their record. You never develop as a fighter that way. I’d much rather have a kid take a loss or 2 early on, but develop his craft along the way, instead of building him to 25-0 against nobodies and he still can’t even spell fight.”
Ringside by Victor Perea & Andreas Hale
Photography by Chris Cozzone
The tickets were sold, the celebrities seated, the popcorn was made and the beer was a plenty. When the pride of Manchester England Ricky “Hitman” Hatton entered the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Saturday night to defend his title against Filipino fan favorite Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, the match was set for one of the most legitimately anticipated, super showdowns in boxing.
Unfortunately, for the defending IBO light welterweight champion, the time spent listening to three beautiful national anthems was longer than the time spent defending his title, although the first 30 seconds did not seem that way.
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Hometown favorite Andres “Taylor Made” Taylor (8-0-1, 4 KOs) successfully defended his WBF All Americas cruiserweight title with a convincing seventh round knockout of gritty Philadelphian Simon “One Punch” Carr (5-4-1, 3 KOs) before over 1,200 of his fans at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena on Saturday night . . . Click here for more
On the same day that Floyd Mayweather, Jr. came out of retirement to reclaim his retired crown of pound-for-pound king, Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao slipped it safely out of reach by doing in two rounds, what had taken Mayweather ten.
Last night, before a sold-out crowd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Pacquiao (48-3-2, 37 KOs) secured his right to call himself the boxing’s pound-for-pound champion by knocking out Ricky Hatton (45-2, 32 KOs) at 2:59 of round two.
“He’s still a good fighter,” a humble Pacquiao said of Hatton at the post-fight press conference . . . Click here for full story
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“We had prepared very intensely and wanted to prevent a close result and win. We have done this,” said WBA bantamweight world champion Anselmo Moreno after his split decision win over former champion Wladimir Sidorenko on Saturday night. “I am very satisfied. Wladimir fought hard – if it is wished, I’m open to a third fight!” Trainer Michael Timm represented the deeply disappointed Sidorenko at the press conference: “Moreno had to show something and for me he didn’t win the fight. Wladimir made the fight and won clearly. He hunted Moreno around the ring and Moreno was only in reverse gear. I can’t add any more – we are very disappointed!” (more…)
By Joe Gradowski and Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
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Great Falls, VA junior middleweight Jimmy Lange won the second regional title of his career, stopping Frank Houghtaling of Albany, NY at the end of the fifth round to win the WBC USNBC Junior Middleweight title at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA. Lange, who previously held the WBC Continental Americas title, came out more aggressively firing punches in the first round and dropping Houghtaling with strong body shots. Lange maintained his domination with a crisp jab, eventually causing a cut around Houghtaling ‘s eye that bothered him to the point that he couldn’t come out for the sixth round. Lange’s record rises to 30-3-2, 21 KO’s while Houghtaling, who announced his retirement after the bout, falls to 19-16-5, four KO’s.
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