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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Miami based heavyweight Evans Quinn (20-5-1, 18 KOs) will clash with Seth Mitchell (21-0-1,15 KOs) over ten rounds at Buffalo Bill’s Star Arena in Primm, Nevada on Friday. Quinn is confident of victory and said, “I’ve been training hard in Nicaragua in preparation for this fight. I’ve had some good sparring and I’m ready to go the distance if necessary. My speed will win me the fight. I’m looking forward to putting on a great show for the fans. I fought Serhei Liakhovich on 9 days’ notice. I still should have won that fight despite just turning up and fighting. He (Seth Mitchell) can’t show me nothing I haven’t already seen. He is in a lot of trouble.” (more…)
Main Events CEO, Kathy Duva, today officially announced a new opponent for Joel Julio’s May 20th welterweight bout. Julio (36-4, 31KOs) will take on Anges Adjaho, of Cotonou, Benin (Africa), 17-5, 9KO’s. Antwone Smith was forced to withdraw from his fight against Joel Julio because of an elbow injury. For Julio this fight is particularly important because it will be his first test back at the 147 weight class.
Held in the intimate boxing club environment of Prudential Center’s AmeriHealth Pavilion, Newark, New Jersey, the fight will be broadcast on ESPN 2, 9-11 pm EST. The Brick City Boxing Series fight is promoted by Main Events. (more…)
Photo and report by Ricardo Conde
Fightnews caught up with WBO Inter-Continental junior welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse (28-1, 26 KOs) at the World Crown Sports Training Center in Oxnard, California to talk to him about his upcoming fight with former WBC/IBF junior welterweight champion Devon Alexander ‘The Great’ (21-1, 13 KOs) of Saint Louis, Missouri that takes place June 25th at The Family Arena in Saint Louis, Missouri, which will be shown live on HBO’s ‘Boxing After Dark’, his fight with current IBF junior welterweight champion Zab ‘Super’ Judah, and a lot more, here’s what he had to say… (more…)
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Highly talented and hard hitting junior welterweight Karim ‘KC’ Martinez (6-0, 4 KOs) of Humble, Texas will step back into the ring this Thursday, May 12th against Robert ‘Hitman’ Hill (3-10, 1 KO) at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas which is being headlined by WBC USNBC junior middleweight champion Juan Carlos Candelo (31-10-4, 20 KOs) of Baytown, Texas by way of Colombia taking on Justin Flanagan (9-1, 5 KOs) of Charleston, Arkansas in a 12-round bout, the fight card is being presented by Steve Crosson Promotions. For more details and photos click here…
Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins impressed the sports world last December when he challenged Light Heavyweight World Champion Jean Pascal in an attempt to break George Foreman’s record as the oldest fighter in boxing history to win a significant world title. After Hopkins’ December 18, 2010 fight with Pascal ended in a controversial draw decision, Hopkins is looking to make history again in a rematch with Pascal, but this time he will be 192 days older than Foreman was when he beat Michael Moorer for the Heavyweight World Championship on November 5, 1994.
“This [surpassing of George Foreman’s record] is a hell of a milestone. This is something that not any old fighter gets to do, or most athletes from any sport for that matter. I am glad to be able to represent that at this stage of my career. I have been able to reach this milestone because of things I have overcome [in my life] and I am motivated by the legacy I will leave.” (more…)
The Heavyweight Factory presents a card in June 4 at The Seminole Hard Rock Live with heavy-handed heavyweight Cedric “The Bos” Boswell (34-1, 26 KOs) his WBC Latino, IBF Inter-Continental and NABA crowns against TBA in the evening’s 10-round main event. Meanwhile, fast-rising light middleweight Domonique “3D” Dolton (10-0, 6 KOs) from the world-famous Kronk gym in Detroit looks to notch his first regional belt in a 10-round co-main event. (more…)
The Son of the Legend, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., is training with Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, Calif. “Junior is working hard and getting prepared for his world title fight,” Roach said. “I am pleased as he is very focused.” Chavez Jr takes on undefeated world champion Sebastian Zbik of Germany in a WBC World Middleweight Championship bout at the STAPLES Center on June 4 in Los Angeles. “Zbik is solid, a champion who will be in top condition. That, I know,” Roach said. Zbik vs. Chavez Jr will be televised on HBO After Dark (10 pm et, 10 pm pt).
By Joe Koizumi
Japanese promoter Kazunori Miyakawa, 62, passed away of heat attack early on Saturday. He collapsed at the dormitory of his Yokohama Hikari Gym, and was urgently hospitalized by ambulance not to regain his consciousness. Miyakawa, a successful businessman, started to sponsor the gym managed by ex-Orient feather champ Mitsunori Seki in 1995 and serve as the promoter of his boxers since. As Seki passed away in 2008, Miyakawa became the club owner on his behalf and took the full responsibility of the gym and promotions. He handled WBA 130-pound/135-pound champ Takanori Hatakeyama, WBA minimum ruler Yutaka Niida and former WBA super-bantm kingpin Ryol-li Lee. Our boxing fraternity greatly missed the still young impresario, and a funeral service will take place in Kawasaki city tomorrow (Wednesday).
Zuffa, LLC, owner of the Ultimate Fighting Championship® brand, announced today that nearly 350 UFC® and STRIKEFORCE® independent contractor athletes will now be eligible for customized accident insurance coverage. The coverage will be underwritten by Houston Casualty Insurance Company and complement existing event coverage the company already provides its athletes. Never before has a combat sports promoter provided coverage to nearly 350 athletes, and this unprecedented policy will cover accidental injuries suffered by athletes while training, as well as non-training incidents such as automobile accidents. (more…)
Contenderes Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez, Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo, and prospect Jonathan “Bomba” González will headline the third edition of the series “A Puño Limpio”, to be held at the Antonio R. Barcelo coliseum in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, Friday, June 3, in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) presentation to be televised live on WAPA América. (more…)
Ringside Report by Scott Ploof
Photography by Emily Harney
As the old boxing saying goes, ‘somebody’s “0” must go’ and it did this past Friday night in front of just over 1000 fight fans at the Fox Theatre inside of Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, CT as Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports presented “Champion Breed.” In the main event of the evening, San Diego CA’s Denis Grachev (10-0-1, 5 KOs), a former Russian kickboxing champion, scored a fourth round TKO victory over the previously undefeated Providence RI super middleweight, Vladine Biosse (11-1, 6 KOs). Former world title challenger Elvin Ayala (23-5-1, 11 KOs) continued his ascent in the super middleweight division with a fourth round TKO at 3:00 as he won his third fight in a row by dominating veteran George Armenta. Click here for the entire ringside report and action packed photogallery.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Three-time world champion and Mexican ring legend Erik “Terrible” Morales is ready to begin training at the Otomi Ceremonial Center for his next fight, possibly on July 30 in Las Vegas or Mexico. Although Morales has no opponent lined up yet, the names of Zab Judah and Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero have come up, although Morales would prefer a rematch with Marcos Maidana.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
The rapid ascent of undefeated Brandywine, MD heavyweight prospect Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell looks to reach a goal when Mitchell faces Evans “The Sandman” Quinn of Miami, FL in a Showtime ShoBox 10-round main event on Friday, May 13 at the Buffalo Bill’s Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, NV. Mitchell (21-0, 15 KO’s) has scored knockouts in his last six and in eight of his last nine bouts. In his last outing, Mitchell registered a second-round technical knockout over Charles Davis at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA.
However, the Nicaraguan-born Quinn (20-5-1, 18 KO’s) presents a formidable foe with knockout power of his own. Quinn’s last two bouts have ended in first-round knockouts. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
There is new information that current WBC lightweight world champion Humberto ‘Zorrita’ Soto will next defend his title against Japan’s Motoki Sasaki (36-8-1, 23 KOs). No date or venue named, but Oaxaca, Guanajuato and Queretaro are serious possibilities. Soto is currently in Temoaya at the Otomi Ceremonial Center with trainer Romulo Quirarte Jr. and boxers Rogelio Castañedas and Antonio Lozada Jr. Zorrita will celebrate his 31st birthday on Wednesday.
By Graham Houston
The initial reaction, it has to be said, was one of disappointment. Manny Pacquiao dominated Shane Mosley, outclassed him and beat him up in a one-sided 12-round decision. Boos cascaded down, though, from the upper reaches of the sold-out MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night. People didn’t want to see a drawn-out public flogging. They wanted more. What the crowd wanted was a spectacular finish. They had seen Mosley lose round after round, seen him dropped heavily, and now they wanted to see Pacquiao close the show.
It sounds cruel to say it, but what the crowd didn’t want was to see Pacquiao touching gloves and behaving like the gentleman he is. No, they wanted to see Pacquiao leave the nice guy part of him outside the ropes and get in there and get his 39-year-old opponent out of the fight. (more…)
After stopping champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr.in the final round on Saturday in Las Vegas to win his third world championship (plus one interim belt) in four different weight divisions, Jorge “Travieso “Arce underwent reconstructive surgery on the bridge of the nose where he suffered a bad cut. On Monday promoter Fernando Beltran took Arce to one of the best hospitals in San Diego, where he underwent minor surgery on the nasal septum, which has already had caused problems in his recent fights. “The operation was a success, doctors removed some cartilage that was damaged and misshapen as a result of many times that had been cut and sutured in previous fights. We’ve solved the root problem and all went very well,” said Beltran as the doctors discharged Arce, who will now take a deserved rest.
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Knockout artist and current WBO Inter-Continental junior welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse (28-1, 26 KOs) of Argentina has set up training camp in Oxnard, California and began preparations last week at the renowned World Crown Sports Training Center for his upcoming fight against former WBC/IBF junior welterweight champion Devon Alexander ‘The Great’ (21-1, 13 KOs) of Saint Louis, Missouri that will take place on Saturday, June 25th at The Family Arena in Saint Louis, Missouri and will be shown live on HBO’s ‘Boxing After Dark’. For more details and photos click here…
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
WBC Silver super middleweight champion Noe ‘El Carbonero’ Gonzalez (26-1, 18 KOs) of Uruguay finished training camp this past Sunday at the World Crown Sports Training Center in Oxnard, California and departed for Uruguay for his up coming fight against Ruben ‘Cloroformo’ Padilla (18-2-1, 17 KOs) of Mexico that takes place this Friday, May 13th at the Estadio Cr. Gaston Guelfi/Palacio Peñarol in Montevideo, Uruguay which is being presented by Sergio Marquez Promociones and Sampson Boxing. (more…)
Two Asians and two Europeans have been assigned by the WBC to work for the May 21 rematch between light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal and Bernard Hopkins at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Judges are Rey Danseco (Philippines), Anek Hontongkam (Thailand) and Guido Cavalleri (Italy). The third man in the ring will be 48-year old Ian John-Lewis (UK). The 46-year-old Hopkins aims to become the oldest man to ever win a championship in boxing while Pascal is looking to retain his belt plus win the vacant WBC Diamond belt.
Photos: Goossen Tutor
Top world rated heavyweight contender Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola was on hand at Saturday’s Galaxy game with David Beckham and Landon Donovan for the ceremonial coin toss and an autograph session at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Arreola is scheduled to return to The Home Depot Center this Saturday, May 14 to fight Nagy “Dominican Dynamite” Aguilera. The Heavyweight bout is the co-feature to the Super Six World Boxing Classic semi-final bout between WBA Super Middleweight Champion Andre Ward and former world champion Arthur Abraham. For more details and photos click here…
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