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IBF Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester will be counting on the ferocious support of his home fans in Neubrandenburg when he takes on Billy Lyell in his first title defence on Saturday night. The American is a late replacement for Pablo Navascues, who failed a random training drug test. “Preparing for a new opponent on short notice is no problem for Sebastian,” said coach Karsten Rower. “We have watched tapes of Lyell. His style is similar to the guys we had in sparring. Sebastian will be well-prepared and he will definitely defend his title.” (more…)
Tickets go on sale today for Febriary 10th opening night of the 26th season of Battle In The Ballroom shows at the Irvine Marriott, in Irvine, CA. With over 800 season seat holders who have renewed for 2010, the usual large crowd will be on hand to see undefeated heavyweight Joe Hanks (10-0) return against an opponent to be named. Also in a female battle, Chika Nakamura (8-1) returns to meet Jennifer Barber (9-1). Tickets are $32 and $40. Call 949-760-3131.
Tuesday in Mexico City, Jorge “Travieso” Arce and Angky “The Time Bomb” Angkota held separate workout for the local media a the legendary “Gimnasio Romanza” where Nacho Beristain has trained some of the best Mexican boxers over the past 30 years, including Gilberto Roman, Daniel Zaragoza, Humberto “Chiquita” Gonzalez, Ricardo “Finito’ Lopez, Juan Manuel Marquez and Rafael Marquez. Arce and Angkota will battle for the vacant WBO Super flyweight title on Saturday at the “Plaza de Toros Arroyo” in Mexico City in the main event of “Top Rank Live”, that will be televised in the United States on Fox Sports Net and Fox Sports en Espanol. (more…)
Yusaf Mack vs Glen Johnson has finally been confirmed as the main event on ESPN on the 5th of February in Glen Johnson’s hometown at the NSU Center Arena in Miami, Florida. The Super Bowl weekend fight is almost guaranteed to be a cracker, both fighters know this is there big chance to get back on top with the winner becoming the mandatory challenger to IBF champion Tavoris Cloud, a fight likely to happen in May. Yusaf Mack has been in camp since the 6th of November after he was originally scheduled to fight Karo Murat in late December. For more details and photos click here…
Heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek (39-1, 27 KOs) held a media workout Tuesday to promote his February 6th fight at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, against Jason “Big Six” Estrada (16-2, 4 KOs). Adamek is training at the World Boxing Gym and Fitness Center in Jersey City, NJ. In regard to Estrada’s comments that Adamek will have a problem with his hand speed, Adamek commented, “I’m fast too! I think I am stronger. He must know this: my jab is very strong and my right has the most power.” (more…)
Despite being in the middle of his intense preparation for his next bout against current WBC lightweight champion Edwin Valero (26-0, 26 KOs), interim WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (23-1-1, 17 KOs) is well aware of the comments that have been attributed to him that have caught the attention of the undefeated Venezuelan champion. (more…)
By Uwe Betker
On January 23, Arena Box Promotion staged its 5th boxing event in Cuxhaven, Germany. The card had numerous notable fights highlighted by heavyweight Ondrej Pala (25-2, 18 KOs) who outpointed veteran Robert Hawkins (23-13, 7 KOs) over over eight, heavyweight Konstantin Airich (12-2-2, 10 KOs) who fought to a second draw with Alex Mazikin (13-4-2, 3 KOs), unbeaten heavyweight Yakup Saglam (24-0, 21 KOs) who annihilated Yuri Lunev (5-12, 2 KOs) in two, middleweight contender Mahir Oral (27-2-2, 10 KOs), who barely got by Fabio Liggieri (10-5-4, 2 KOs), and the Germany debut of 2008 Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz (4-0, 3 KOs). (more…)
A purse bid was held in the IBF office today for the vacant IBF lightweight title between Ali Funeka vs. Rolando Reyes. Branco Sports Production was the winning bidder with a bid of $140,000. Gotham Boxing, Inc. bid $76,000. The fight must take place within 90 days.
IBF middleweight champion Sebastian Sylvester and challenger Billy Lyell today participated in a public work-out in Neubrandenburg. A sell-out crowd of 4,500 fans will support local hero Sylvester on Saturday night in what will be the Hurricane’s first title defense. “I am looking forward to Saturday,” Sylvester said. “Lyell is a tough opponent, but he will not beat me. I will defend my title and put on a great show for my home fans.” For more details and photos click here…
Angky Angkota of Indonesia landed in Mexico City last Monday night and told the Mexican press that he is more the ready to take home the WBO super flyweight belt. Angkota will battle three-time world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce in the main event of “Top Rank Live” this Saturday night in “La Plaza de Toros Arroyo” in Mexico City. Arce vs Angkota will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Net (FSN) and Fox Sports en Espanol.
By Damrong Simakajornboon
WBA #2 light flyweight Wisanu Pornobnom (33-7-2, 12 KOs) stopped PABA #14 Danny Timor (reportedly 5-6-1) to retain his PABA 108 lb title on Friday at the town hall of Pakchong in Nakornrachasima, Thailand. The Thai fighter rapidly dropped the Indonesian with a sharp left hook and then he easily closed the show by displaying a one-side attack which destroyed his foe at the middle of round two. Wisanu is now targeting to challenge the WBA title against Juan Carlos Reveco or Giovanni Segura within this year. In other action, two time WBC champion and current WBO #8 flyweight Wandee Singwancha (61-11-1, 13 KOs) stopped Indonesian 108 lb interim champion Rino Ukru (reportedly 7-7) in round two in a six round non-title bout. WBC female light flyweight interim champion Nongmuay Sithkruleor (8-0-1) drew against Pornboonon Por Vongporramet in a six round non-title bout. And Amura Kokietgym (2-0) won a 98-92,98-92, 97-93 unanimous decision over WBC female #15 Lilly Rachaprachagym (5-8, 3 KOs) and captured the vacant OPBF female 102 lb title. This event was promoted by Kokiet Group Promotion. Click here for more photos…
One In A Million Boxing returns on February 26th to the Hammond Civic Center in Hammond, Indiana. In the main event, Michael “Midnight Stalker” Walker (19-2-2, 12 KOs) and Derrick “Superman” Findley (14-3, 9 KOs) will square off in a middleweight showdown. In other featured bouts, female lightweight “Merciless” Mary McGee (17-0, 10 KOs) takes on Brooke “No Mercy” Dierdorff (5-4-1, 3 KOs) and middleweight Angel Hernandez (30-7, 17 KOs) will face an opponent to be named. Also scheduled are super middleweights Josh Crouch (5-0, 5 KOs) and “Marvelous” Shay Mobley (17-10-1, 7 KOs) in separate bouts. Tickets are $30, $50 and $100. Call 866-438-7372.
Joshua Clottey said today his chief trainer will be Godwin Kotey of Bukom, Ghana, for the upcoming showdown against Manny Pacquiao at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas on March 13. Clottey last worked with Kotey in 2004. “Godwin is a very famous trainer in Ghana,” said Vinny Scolpino, manager of Clottey. “This is the trainer Joshua has been asking for to prepare for Pacquiao. It will be Godwin who puts together our game plan.” Kotey will arrive into New York on Friday night. Team Clottey will then prepare to head for training headquarters in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Pacquiao vs. Clottey is scheduled March 13 and will be available on HBO Pay Per View.
Former world champion Kendall Holt of Paterson, N.J. will take on Kaizer Mabuza of Johannesburg in an IBF Junior Welterweight Eliminator at Bally’s Atlantic City, N.J. on Saturday, Feb 27. This will be Holt’s first bout since losing his world title to Timothy Bradley last year in Montreal. Holt vs. Mabuza will be on a Top Rank Live! Fox Sports Net event featuring Mike Jones of Philadelphia against Henry Bruseles of Puerto Rico.
Top Rank announced today that middleweight Matt Korobov of Orutan, Russia will be on the undercard on the Latin Fury 13/Pinoy Power 3 Pay Per View card on Feb. 13 at the Las Vegas Hilton. Korobov, managed by Cameron Dunkin and trained by Kenny Adams, will be in a six-round bout.
The announce team of Rich Marotta and Barry Tompkins will be at ringside Saturday night in Mexico for the Top Rank Live! event at the Plaza de Torres Arroyo in Ciudad, Mexico. The popular and exciting Jorge ‘Travieso’ Arce of Los Mochis, Mexico will rumble with Angky Angkota of Indonesia in the main event. Arce vs. Angkota will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Net (FSN) and Fox Sports en Espanol. Marotta said he and Tompkins have worked as an announce team for 11 years. “We both love the sport and I think we have a great chemistry together,” Marotta said. “We have a good style of calling a fight, more of a conversation with each other, a give and go kind of a thing. We both a great respect for the athletes who get into the ring.”
Former WBO super-featherweight champion Jorge Barrios testified yesterday before a prosecutor in a murder case in which he is accused of killing a 20 year old pregnant woman called Yamila Vanesa González in a car accident in which six others were injured Sunday afternoon. Witnesses said Barrios, 33, ran a red light and struck another car in the coastal city of Mar del Plata, about 400 kilometers (250 miles) southeast of Buenos Aries. Barrios was driving a BMW X5 truck over the speeding limit when he lost control. The force of the crash carried the second vehicle into the path of seven pedestrians, killing González and her female six month fetus. Witnesses said Barrios fled the scene and struck another car as he drove away. Seven hours after he turned himself in at a police station with his lawyer accompanying him. His attorney says that Barrios has no criminal record and he expects the fighter will be set free on bail.
Junior middleweight Saul Roman, of Tijuana, Mexico, and Gabriel Rosado, of Philadelphia, PA, collide in a scheduled 10-round match Saturday evening, Feb. 27, at Bally’s Atlantic City. The Roman-Rosado fight will be the semifinal to the 10-round main event which features Mike Jones, of Philadelphia, PA, making the fourth defense of his North American Boxing Association (NABA) welterweight title against Henry Bruseles, of Gurabo, Puerto Rico. (more…)
Not to cue the violins or anything, but Stephan Bonnar hasn’t won a fight in the Octagon since UFC 77 in October of 2007—or 33 cards, a change in Presidential administrations and 439 days ago (numbers based as of February 20, 2010, when he fights Krzysztof Soszynski at UFC 110 in Australia). That’s when he beat his friend Eric “Red” Schafer with a ruthless ground-and-pound assault. It’s been tough sledding since that night in Cincinnati for one of the sport’s most popular figures. . . . Click here for more by Chuck Mindenhall, UFC
European Middleweight Champion Matthew Macklin will link up with new trainer Freddie Roach in Los Angeles next week as he begins preparations for the first defence of his title. Macklin defends his belt against the highly touted Dmitry Pirog in April and he will prepare for the unbeaten Russian at Roach’s legendary Wildcard Gym. Roach is generally regarded as one of boxing’s best trainers and has been the guiding force behind Manny Pacquiao’s rise to become the best pound for pound fighter in the World. Macklin believes linking up with Roach could prove crucial as he looks to make an assault on a World title in 2010. (more…)
Mikkel Kessler presented his new gym to the media today when he hosted an open training session in Copenhagen. The Viking Warrior cannot wait to get back in the ring and become world champion again. The 30-year-old will meet WBC Champion Carl Froch in the second round of the Super Six World Boxing Classic, and Kessler says he’s already looking forward to it. “I really had a bad night against Andre Ward, but I had a good rest, analyzed everything with my team and now I am ready for Froch,” he said. “I have just started my preparation with my new coach Jimmy Montoya. Things have been going really well. We are training very hard here in Copenhagen and will move camp to Berlin next week. I feel very hungry without a world title and I will take the WBC belt from Froch.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
British pretty girl WBA #8 Shanee Martin (9-4-1, 5 KOs) will come and have a shot at the WBA female super-flyweight belt against defending champ Tsunami Tenkai (13-3, 4 KOs) in Kobe, Japan, on February 7. It will be held beneath the WBA flyweight title go between defending titlist Denkaosen Kaowichit and Daiki Kameda at the World Memorial Hall there. The 27-year-old Martin is supposed to arrive in Tokyo with her trainer Rocky Dean on February 3 after her birthday on the last day of this month and move to the beautiful port city Kobe prior to a press conference a day before the title bout.
It is very rare that British boxers came here to have a world title shot against our world champs. Within this reporter’s memory, there were only three British boxers who fought for the world belts in Japan. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
JBC#4/OPBF#11 bantam Kinshiro Usui (19-2, 9 KOs), 119.25, made short work of Davide Kitamura (6-8, 3 KOs), 119, halting the overmatched opponent with his blitzkrieg at 0:50 of the second round in a scheduled eight on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Usui’s assault overwhelmed the loser from the outset, and badly decked him with a smashing left-right combination just after the second started. His furious follow-up logically promoted the referee Fukuchi’s well-time intervention. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former WBC flyweight challenger Xiong Zhao “Mini Mike Tyson” Zhong (13-3-1, 9 KOs) was impressive in stopping Thailand’s Herrio Patakom by third round knockout on Sunday at Kunming, China. Zhong extended WBC flyweight champion Faisuke Naito in 2009 losing via twelve round decision in Tokyo and is after another world title shot.
In a supporting bout at 130 pounds Xia Yu Qin (4-4-2) took seven rounds to KO a very tough Matsu Tomoya finishing with a terrific body blow. Qin lost in seven rounds to WBA rated featherweight Roy Muhklis in 2008.
The promoter of the event was Liu Gang of Zovi Boxing Promotions. Gang was 1992 Chinese Flyweight Barcelona Olympic representative). The Zovi Boxing Promotion hosted four WBC Asian International Championship fights and provided another great night of boxing, which is becoming more popular in China. The fights were partially sponsored by the China Sports Lottery. This was the first time the sports lottery was used to support professional boxing in China.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
We have learned that later this week the return of former world champion Erik Morales will be confirmed for a showdown with the WBA former world champion José Alfaro on March 27 in Mexico. World is the fight will be contested at 142 pounds or 144 at most, although other sources indicate that the contract weight is 147 pounds. Morales will be in Puebla, Mexico on Saturday for the fight between WBA strawweight champion Roman Gonzalez and challenger Ivan Meneses and the WBA jr. flyweight eliminator type between former WBA world champion Juan Landaeta and Francisco Rosas. We also have information that “El Terrible” Morales is expected to sign with Mexican promoter KO Entertainment, headed by Nacho Huizar.
TV 2 Denmark and Sauerland Promotion have announced they have signed a long-term TV contract to lift Danish professional boxing to a new level. In the future, TV 2 and Sauerland Promotion will exclusively present between four and six “TV 2 Fight Nights” per year on prime time on Saturday night. Today Kalle Sauerland, Chris Meyer and TV 2 Head of Sports Frederik Lauesen presented the ground-breaking concept during a press conference in Copenhagen. “This is a historic day and great news for Danish boxing fans,” Kalle Sauerland said. “There is so much interest in boxing in Denmark. We are thrilled to have found a strong partner to present high-class boxing on free-to-air TV on a regular basis. The future certainly is bright for our Danish boxers and all boxing fans.” (more…)
After five weeks of intensive training in his home town of Guadalajara, Mexican challenger Jorge “Coloradito” Solis has arrived in Merida, home of the February 6 fight against Colombian champion Likar Ramos for the WBA interim super featherweight world title. The battle between Solis (37-2-2, 27 KOs) and Ramos (21-2, 15 KOs) is promoted by Zanfer and Max Boxing Promotions and will be aired in Mexico on TV Azteca. (more…)
By John Cannon
Even though Oklahoma native Carson Jones is eagerly awaiting his toughest test to date on March 13 against former world champion Antonio Margarito in the co-main event of the mega fight between Manny Pacquiao and Joshua Clottey in Dallas, he must first prepare for his tune up fight this week. Jones, who trains at Marines boxing gym in Edinburg, will face San Antonio’s Eloy Suarez (11-7, 5 KO’s) in a five-round fight as a part of a charity event in Oklahoma City this Thursday. (more…)
On January 29th, Star Boxing’s rising welterweight prospect, Raymond “Tito” Serrano (11-0, 6KO) will put his unbeaten record on the line when he takes on Ronnie “The Natural” Warrior Jr. (13-2-1, 4KO) at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, NV. Serrano-Warrior, scheduled for eight rounds in the welterweight division, will be the co-feature bout of the evening on ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights”. The card, billed as Reno Extreme Fights II, and promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Let’s Get It On Promotions, is headlined by Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (21-2, 15KO) taking on Reno’s favorite son, Jesse Brinkley (34-5, 22) in an Official IBF Eliminator for the number two ranking in the super middleweight division. (more…)
On the night of September 16, 2009, within the bowels of the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Phillipe Nover was ready to do battle with Sam Stout. That UFC Fight Night card should have been named “Rising Stars” due to the caliber of up and coming talent on the card and the main event of Melvin Guillard vs. Nate Diaz. However, the perfectly matched lightweight bout between Nover and Stout would never occur . . . Click here for more by Rhett Butler, UFC
Mariano A. Agmi and Matt Richardson at Ringside
Photography by Emily Harney
Juan Manuel Lopez (28-0, 25 KOs) patiently broke down Steven Luevano (37-2-1, 15 KOs) over seven rounds to capture the WBO featherweight championship this past Saturday at Madison Square Garden. In the co-main event, WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa (17-0, 15 KOs) demolished challenger Rogers Mtagwa 25-14-2, 18 KOs) inside of two rounds to setup a potential title unification Lopez. Several other prospects plus a few New York area favorites – including John Duddy – were also showcased on the undercard. (More)
Promising, undefeated bantamweight Chris Avalos (14-0, 11 KOs) of Lancaster, Calif., will make his main event debut when he when he faces Jose Nieves (17-1-3, 8 KOs) of Carolina, Puerto Rico, in a 10-round match on Friday, Jan. 29, on ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME ® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). The first ShoBox telecast of 2010 will mark the return of respected ShoBox play-by-play announcer Nick Charles to his familiar ringside spot. Charles has been given the OK to return to action following a five-month battle with stage IV bladder cancer. It was announced in August that Charles was taking a leave of absence from his duties at SHOWTIME because of his illness. The last fight he worked was on July 31, 2009. (more…)
Challenger Joshua Clottey announced today he will have his main training camp in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. to get prepared for his mega fight against Manny Pacquiao on March 13. Vinny Scolpino, manager of Clottey, said the team will be off to Florida this weekend. Clottey, from Accra, Ghana, lives in the Bronx, N.Y. “Joshua is in great fighting shape right now. He is anxious to get into the ring against Pacquiao,” said Scolpino. Pacquiao and Clottey will rumble on Top Rank’s ‘The Event’ title card at the Cowboys Stadium on March 13. The Pacquiao vs. Clottey fight will be available on HBO Pay Per View.
Nonito Donaire, the interim WBA Super Flyweight champion, is preparing for his title defense against Gerson Guerrero of Mexico City on Top Rank’s Latin Fury 13/Pinoy Power 3 event at the Las Vegas Hilton on Feb. 13. Donaire, managed by Cameron Dunkin, has a record of 22-1, 14 KOs. He was born in General Santos, Philippines and now lives in San Leandro, Calif. He is training at the Undisputed Gym (883 East San Carlos Avenue, San Carlos, Calif., 94070) and fight fans are invited to attend a Media workout this Saturday beginning at 1PM PT.
Top Rank is donating $1 for each ticket sold throughout 2010 to the Clinton Bush Hati Fund. Bob Arum of Top Rank made the announcement this past weekend in New York. The donation began this past weekend on the Lopez vs Luevano, Gamboa vs. Mtagwa title card at Madison Square Garden. “Helping people is the right thing to do and we are hoping other promoters will join us,” Arum said.
Mikey Garcia, whose bout was cancelled two weeks ago, will box this Saturday, January 30, at the Plaza de Toros Arroyo in Mexico. Garcia, from Oxnard, Calif., will box featherweight Arturo Gomez. Jorge ‘Travieso’ Arce of Los Mochis, Mexico will be in the televised main event, taking on Angky Angkota of Indonesia. Arce and Angkota headline the Top Rank Live! title card on Fox Sports Espanol.
Unbeaten Las Vegas fighter Diego Magdaleno today was added to the Latin Fury 13/Pinoy Power 3 event at the Las Vegas Hilton on Feb 13.
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