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By Ron Jackson
Albert Scott, the first South African to fight at Madison Square Garden in New York, has died in Port Elizabeth. He was 76. The tough and determined Scott, who was born Albert Jacobus on February 2, 1933, fought as a middleweight in the 1950s, and met top-class opponents when he was based in the south of Johannesburg. Scott trained at the Johannesburg Central Fire Station where he was guided by Harry Best and Herby Jones. Best was also the long-time trainer of Olympic bronze medallist and SA heavyweight champion Johnny Arthur. Scott fought Shorty Smook, the SA amateur light-middleweight champion, before making his professional debut in Johannesburg on July 6, 1953 when he stopped Don Riggs in the first round. He then drew with “Irish” Teddy Quinn, one of the toughest welterweights around. Quinn had his jaw and his nose broken early in his career but was never knocked out. (more…)
After much deliberation Ricky Hatton has confirmed he will return to the boxing ring in 2010. His last fight was in May 2009 against Manny Pacquiao and since then he has taken time out to consider his options. Ricky told Hatton TV that the decision has not been reached lightly. “It will probably be around summertime but there is no date or opponent confirmed just yet,” said Ricky. “I’ve had some good time to reflect and put that last fight behind me. I think after the Mayweather defeat I jumped back into action straight away and I didn’t really perform as I would have wanted to. (more…)
Boxing fans, get ready to climb “Through the Ropes” with the #1 boxing news radio show hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld! This week Marc is in San Francisco and will have Andre Ward coming into the studio to join him as special guest co-host. Call or email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Through The Ropes airs live coast to coast on Thursday nights from 9:00 – 10:00 ET on 75 affiliates of the Sports Byline USA Broadcast Network, including great radio stations like KSHP 1400 AM in Las Vegas and WNSR 560 AM in Nashville. The one-hour show will also be heard on American Forces Network, Sportsbyline.com and Fightnews.com. Fightnews readers can listen live by clicking here tonight at 9PM ET.
Any warrior will say that when he is preparing for a battle inside a ring, his sparring partners are a very important ingredient for his success and for the interim WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (23-1-1, 17KO), who is preparing for his title bout against the absolute champion Edwin Valero (26-0, 26KO), it isn’t any different. “It is very important, the sparring partners help me with my work and they are willing to do anything. The partners I am using right now have the right style for Valero,” DeMarco of Los Mochis but living in Tijuana, MX, said. “They are pressuring me and they are making me work. I am working on my reflexes and working me hard, at full capacity.” (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg
Boxing returns to the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York on Friday, February 26, after a four-year hiatus. In the main event, unbeaten Isaac Rodriguez (16-0, 13 KOs), of Belem, Brazil will face former “Contender” participant Brian Vera (16-3, 10 KOs), of Austin, Texas in a ten round middleweight bout. In the co-feature, Brian Miller (6-0, 2 KOs), of Schenectady, New York will meet Jose Guzman (5-6-1), of Bronx, New York in an eight round lightweight bout. Stars-R-Out Productions is promoting the 7-bout card. (more…)
Former Cuban amateur star Erislandy Lara has made his mark in the professional ranks with the same speed and impact that his blistering combinations make on his opponents, and after just nine fights, he appears to be ready to graduate to the next level. On Friday, January 29, the undefeated rising star will be featured in a 10-round junior middleweight bout that will push Lara to the limit as he takes on 154-pound standout and the winner of the second season of “The Contender,” Grady Brewer. Lara vs Brewer will be the opening bout of the Fox Sports Net telecast headlined by Campillo vs Shumenov II from The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. (more…)
The two entities that pioneered the marriage between professional boxing and Las Vegas casinos are reuniting to present a special edition of “Latin Fury 13 / Pinoy Power 3.” Top Rank promoted the first world championship fight to ever take place in a Las Vegas casino, on February 15, 1978, at the Las Vegas Hilton. On that night Leon Spinks upset heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali. Nearly thirty-two years later to the day, Top Rank and the Las Vegas Hilton are going back to the future with a world championship triple-header, on Saturday, February 13, featuring two-division world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire defending his World Boxing Association (WBA) interim super flyweight title against knockout artist Gerson “El Nene” Guerrero; former world champions and current top contenders Eric “Little Hands of Stone” Morel and Gerry “Fearless” Peñalosa, battling for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) interim bantamweight title; WBO bantamweight champion Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel defending his crown against Ciso “Kid Terrible” Morales; and world title challengers Mario Santiago and Bernabe Concepcion battling in a 10-round featherweight rumble. These eight gladiators boast a combined record of 254-23-6 (163 KOs) – a winning percentage of 90% and victory by knockout ratio of 64%. (more…)
Jorge “Coloradito” Solis of Mexico will battle Likar Ramos of Colombia for the WBA interim super featherweight title on Saturday, February 6 in Merida Yucatan in a card promoted by Promociones Zanfer. The big card was announced today in Merida in a press conference. Solis (32-2-2, 27 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico is looking for his first world title fight against the champion Ramos (21-2, 15 KOs). Solis is the older brother of Ulises “Archie” Solis the former IBF junior flyweight champion. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Filipino Ariel “Machine Gun” Delgado (16-5-2, 6 KOs) will be back in the ring on Saturday when he will clash with Japanese Zaragoza Uema (13-4-4, 4 KOs) over ten rounds at the Sun Tec Conventional Hall in Singapore. Delgado, 25 years, had his last bout in June 2009 when he outscored Jun Eraham (9-16-4) over ten rounds. Southpaw, Delgado resides in Silay City Negros Occidental in the Philippines. Zaragoza Uema resides in Ginowan, Okinawa, Japan and was last in action against Satoshi Makino (9-5-3) who he outscored over eight rounds. WBC no. 11 Leon Moore (25-2, 22 KOs) of Guyana will punch it out with Maragin Marbun (19-6-1, 7 KOs) over twelve rounds on the same show. Promoter Daniel Potter pictured with Sott Mailon said, “This will be the first show we have promoted in Singapore but I am sure it will be successful. There will be special interest in Leon Moore who looks to be a future world champion.” Promoter: Top Rated.
The initial press conference was held today in Bayamón, Puerto Rico for the upcoming WBO Interim junior featherweight fight between un-beatens Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. (17-0-1, 14 KOs) of Bayamón, Puerto Rico and former WBO super flyweight champion Marvin Sonsona (14-0-1, 12 KOs) of the Philippines. The event titled ‘Making History’ will take place February 27 at the Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. Amongst those in attendance were PR Best Boxing (Iván Rivera & Peter Rivera), former three-division world champion and Vazquez Jr.’s father Wilfredo Vazquez Sr., Vice Mayor of Bayamón Rurico Pintado, Secretary of Recreation and Sports-Henry Neumann, WBO President-Francisco Valcárcel, President of the professional boxing commission Puerto Rico-Dommys Delgado Berty, and Promoters Félix ‘Tutico’ Zabala, Sammy Gello-Ani, and Sampson Lewkowicz. The bout is being presented by PR Best Boxing in association with All Star Boxing and Sampson Boxing LLC. For more details and photos click here…
WBC Welterweight World Champion Andre Berto, preparing for his January 30 unification showdown with WBA champ Shane Mosley, is devastated by the catastrophic earthquake that hit the island nation of Haiti on Tuesday. He had the following comments about the tragedy and rescue efforts he will be developing to assist the people in the island nation:
“I’m devastated by everything currently happening in Haiti. As everybody knows, I have a lot of family members in Haiti and proudly represented Haiti in the 2004 Olympic Games. Like many other Haitian-Americans, my family and I are working to reach my loved ones. From what we have learned to this point, some of my family members are still missing and we have already been informed that members of my family have passed away in the earthquake. We are currently working on starting our own Haitian relief efforts, and I will be releasing additional information on how everyone can help very soon. I am asking everyone for their continued thoughts and prayers for the people in Haiti during this devastating time.”
Light flyweight contender Carlos “El Olimpico” Tamara (20-4, 14 KOs) says he’s ready to dethrone IBF junior flyweight champion Brian Viloria when they face off on January 23 in Manila. “I’m bringing my A game into this fight and I know Viloria will do the same so may the best man win. I can assure everyone that I, as well as my country Colombia, will again have another world champion. Come January 23, 2010, I will be leaving the ring that morning with the IBF junior flyweight title.” Regarding a proposed unification fight between Viloria and WBO champ Ivan Calderon, Tamara’s manager Nelson Fernandez stated “We respect and admire both champions Brian Viloria and Ivan Calderon and what they have accomplished in our business not only as professionals but also in their stellar amateur careers as well, but please don’t count your chickens before they hatch! Tamara has had a tremendous camp and is mentally, physically and spiritually ready for his world title opportunity.”
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
IBO 147 pound champion Lovemore Ndou has responded to comments made by Mathew Hatton and their recent title bout in England which resulted in a drawn decision in his hometown. Ndou does not dispute that Hatton did throw more punches than he did but most of the Englishman’s blows were taken on arms and gloves. The Australian based South African is also amazed that Hatton thinks a fight between him and pound for pound legend Floyd Mayweather could be sold to the public. Ndou would be happy to fight Mayweather despite their friendship which goes back a few years ago when Floyd hired the former IBF 140 pound champion as a sparring partner. After sparring several rounds with Mayweather the current IBO title holder feels he can give the classy American the fight of his life. (more…)
Mikkel Kessler (42-2, 32 KOs) will rely on the coaching brilliance of Jimmy Montoya when he takes on WBC super middleweight champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch (26-0, 20 KOs) in the second round of the Super Six World Boxing Classic. Montoya, a living legend, has been appointed the new head trainer following the opening-round loss against Andre Ward. He is no stranger to the Danish superstar, having worked in his corner as an assistant trainer on countless of occasions. “I really look forward to working with Jimmy,” Kessler said. “Just like (Joe) Calzaghe, Ward managed to take my strengths away from me. Neither my corner nor I found any solutions during the fight. But I need to cope with theses kinds of situations, so I decided to make some changes. It was a very hard decision to part company with my dear friend Ricard Olsen, who has been in my corner in each and every fight of my career. Richard made me the fighter I am today — without him I would never have made it to this level. I owe him big time and will forever be in his debt for his great support.” (more…)
Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
WBC/WBA super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan will be back in the ring in California on March 6 against the American Raul Martinez (25-1, 15 KOs) and after that he will be after Noninto Donaire who holds a knockout win over the Australian based Armenian. Martinez’s only loss was in April last year and was to Donaire. Darchinyan will fight in Australia after the March fight. He will be in action again in April or May on a promotion that will also feature IBO cruiserweight world champion Danny Green. Darchinyan said, “I would love to fight in Australia, the Nonito Donaire rematch could be in June.” (Donaire stopped Darchinyan in five rounds in 2007) Darchinyan continues, “That’s what I want, I have been waiting for that fight (with Donaire) a long time already. I love fighting very often.” Darchinyan is managed by Elias Nasser and promoted by Gary Shaw.
Milan Melindo 109.5 vs Anthony Villareal 109
(WBC youth intercontinental flyweight title)
AJ Banal 118 vs Cecilio Santos 119
James Bacon 128 vs Thitichon Singwancha 128
Larry Canillas 122 vs Petch Twins Gym 122
Venue: Waterfront Cebu City Hotel in Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
Promoter: ALA Promotions
*Villareal brought entertainment to the weigh-in by eating a slice of pizza while weighing in.
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Let’s Get It On Promotions and Star Boxing present “Reno Xtreme Fights II” at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, NV on January 29th featuring the IBF super middleweight eliminator between contenders Jesse Brinkley (34-5, 22 KOs) from Yerington, NV and Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (21-2, 15 KOs) from Brooklyn. The winner will capture the number two mandatory spot in the IBF world rankings and earn a title shot at champion Lucian Bute.
Brinkley, a star of the inaugural “The Contender” series, has been victorious in his past eight fights along with capturing the UNSBC super-middleweight championship and becoming the #6 ranked contender by the IBF. “This fight is the only thing that stands in my way of achieving my dream of having a shot at becoming a world champion,” said Brinkley. “I’m busting my butt in the gym, and I’m going to leave it all out there.” (more…)
WBO light heavyweight world champion Jürgen Brähmer has been sentenced to 16 months in prison for an alleged assault which caused bodily injury in a bar incident. Brähmer’s legal team plans to appeal the decision. Promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl continues to believe in the innocence of his fighter and hopes the decision will be overturned. “Today’s verdict is not yet final,” said Kohl. “We will calmly look at the sentencing memorandum and discuss it with Jürgen and his lawyers Eisenberg and King. They’ve already announced that they plan to appeal. Therefore we’re going forward with the presumption of innocence. Due to the positive statements of the experts and that not a single prosecution witness other than the plaintiff testified against Jurgen, I continue to believe in Jürgen’s innocence. We will continue to plan with him.”
By Craig Watt
WBO Interim 135 pound champion Michael Katsidis (26-2, 21 KOs) spoke to Fightnews today from his Las Vegas base and gave an update on his plans for 2010 that should see him secure a career defining fight for the popular Australian boxer from Toowoomba, Queensland. In 2008 he suffered back to back losses to Joel Casamayor (in one of the best fights of the year) and Juan Diaz but rebounded back in 2009 with three wins and defeated both Jesus Chavez and Vicente Escobedo, many commenting that his last two victories have been his most impressive in recent years where he has added improved boxing skills to his come forward aggressive style that has made him so popular. (more…)
Today in Mexico City, Fernando Beltran, president of Promociones Zanfer announced today that his company will began the year with a bang, as they will promote their first show of the year on January 30th in the Bancomer Center of Toluca with charismatic star Jorge “Travieso” going for another world championship in the main event of a show to be telecast by Fox Sports en Español in the US and by TV Azteca in Mexic. “We want to give Jorge one more chance to win a world championship before he retires. Its also a great way to start the year for our television partners,” said Fernando Beltran. For more details and photos click here…
As the first and only Hispanic heavyweight world champion paves his way through the boxing history books, John Ruiz, has joined forces with Golden Boy Promotions to help guide his path. The Puerto Rican descendant has accomplished a lot throughout his career, including appearances in 11 world title bouts in the last decade, but Ruiz has plenty more in store and believes 2010 will be his year. “I’m excited to become a member of the Golden Boy Promotions family and know that I have a great future ahead of me,” said Ruiz. “I’m going to continue to make history and break records one fight at a time, starting with David Haye this spring. I know Golden Boy will help get me back to the top of the heavyweight division and to secure my place in the boxing history books.” (more…)
Report by Brady Crytzer
UFC lightweight contender Gray Maynard kept his unbeaten streak in tact by defeating The Ultimate Fighter 5 winner Nate Diaz by split decision on the campus of George Mason University Monday night in Fairfax, Va.
Although Maynard was undeafeated as a professional, he has been haunted by a prior exhibition loss during his tenure on The Ultimate Fighter 5 over two years ago. That loss was to the eventual winner Nate Diaz, the same man that he faced Monday night. With no shortage of bad blood or trash talking, the main event of the Ultimate Fight Night 20 was sure to deliver . . . Click here for full report
By Rick Scharmberg
Cornelius “K-9″ Bundrage (29-4, 17 KOs), of Detroit, Michigan will face IBF junior middleweight champion Cory “The Next Generation” Spinks (37-5, 11 KOs), of St. Louis, Missouri on Saturday, March 6, at a site to be determined, most likely in Las Vegas. Bundrage last fought to a no-contest last June 27 with Yuri Foreman in Atlantic City. Foreman suffered a cut in the third round from an accidental clash of heads, and could not continue. Foreman went on to win the WBA version of the crown with an impressive performance against Daniel Santos. It is only fitting that Bundrage is getting his long-awaited title shot as well. (more…)
Most promoters consider themselves fortunate to get one talented prospect signed at one time, but PR Best Boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera) got double with their signing of twins McJoe and McWilliams Arroyo of Puerto Rico today. The Arroyos enter the professional ranks with a wealth of international amateur experience behind them. Both have represented Puerto Rico in several amateur games where they won multiple medals. Games they participated in were the Central American, Panamerican, and World Games. McWilliams won the Gold Medal at the 2009 World Amateur Boxing Games in Milano, Italy. “We are very delighted to have signed the young and very talented Arroyo brothers. Both brothers are determined to become world champions in the future and we as their promoter will more than do our part to get them there and meet that goal.” said PR Best President Ivan Rivera. The Arroyo twins who will debut in February in the flyweight division join a stable that already includes WBO light flyweight champion Ivan ‘Iron Boy’ Calderon, WBO super featherweight champion Ramon ‘Rocky’ Martinez, and WBO junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ Lopez.
A proposed unification is being setup in April between WBO light flyweight champion Ivan ‘Iron Boy’ Calderon (33-0-1, 6 KOs) and IBF light flyweight champion Brian Viloria (26-2,15 KOs). There has been talk for quite awhile of the two squaring off as it is the biggest fight that can be made in their division currently. Aside from that the two have a history going back to their amateur days where they each enjoyed success by defeating one another. No exact date or venue has been named as of yet due to Viloria having an upcoming title defense against Carlos Tamara (20-4, 14 KOs) in the Philippines January 23rd.
Former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain Taylor (28-4-1, 17 KOs) has made a decision regarding his future boxing career. Taylor, who was a participant in SHOWTIME Sports World Boxing Classic last fought on October 17th in a losing battle against Arthur Abraham in Berlin, Germany. “I’m going to take some time off from the sport of boxing and take myself out of the SHOWTIME Sports World Boxing Classic tournament. It’s important that I give my body and mind some much needed rest, because I have been boxing for nearly 20 years,” said Taylor. “I plan on keeping myself in shape and making a return to the sport sometime in the future. This was not an easy decision for me, having discussed it with my family, trainer, friends and my adviser Al Haymon, because I’m a very competitive person, but I know this is the smart road for me to take. I want to thank SHOWTIME Sports for everything and I wish the best for my 5 counterparts who will continue on in the Super Six tournament. Most of all, I want to thank the many fans for their continued support.”
By Craig Watt
Welterweight Matthew “Magic” Hatton (37-4-2, 14 KOs) took time out today to catch up with Fightnews about his plans for 2010 and in particular recent media reports that he was a potential future opponent for Floyd Mayweather Jr after the proposed March 13th fight with Manny Pacquiao fell through. He told Fightnews, “The discussions about the Mayweather fight came about around four weeks ago when Gareth Williams (CEO Hatton Promotions) told me that he had been talking to Richard Schaefer from Golden Boy Promotions and that Floyd was potentially going to come to the UK in 2010 and fight and that if he did then my name was at the top of their list as a potential opponent. My response was undoubtedly ‘Yes’ and my trainer Lee Beard spoke with Leonard Ellerbe about the fight also. It was not just media speculation.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine was given a tough twelve round bout against former world title challenger Robert Medley on Monday. Medley said he was surprised that Mundine does not have “world class power” and that “The Man” would be knocked out by his gym mate Daniel Geale if they meet in a rematch. Robert Medley said, “I was surprised that Mundine has no power. He did not hurt me at any stage in the fight. I am sure I hurt him a few times when I connected with head shots. I am not 100% happy with my performance, I know I could have done more. Now that we have boxed at middleweight, I challenge him to come down to junior middleweight and fight me! The fight was supposed to be at that weight but I am sure he could not get the last five or six pounds off. I have sparred many rounds with Daniel Geale and he is a much harder puncher than Mundine. He staggered me in sparring recently with a power left hook. I could hear bells in my head! He would definitely stop Mundine if they boxed again!”
By Craig Watt
Many ringside observers felt WBA no. 1 and IBF no. 5 ranked middleweight Anthony “The Man” Mundine (38-3, 23 KOs) put in one of his best performances for several years last night when he outpointed Rob Medley (27-3, 17 KOs) at the Sydney International Arena and retained his WBA international title. The 34-year-old Mundine is now unbeaten in the last five years since he lost on points to Mikkel Kessler in 2005 and has won his last fourteen bouts. Although he is now pencilled in to take on Australian Contender winner Garth Wood in his next fight, WBO interim lightweight champion Micheal Katsidis contacted Fightnews today and challenged Mundine to an all-Australian super-fight at 154 pounds. (more…)
Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson returned to professional wrestling on Monday night in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Tyson who has previously worked with the WWF/WWE several times, appeared in the ring wearing a black t-shirt and black full length trousers in a tag-team match, which ended when “Iron Mike” suddenly turned on his own partner Chris Jericho and floored him with a right hand.
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