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WBC president Jose Sulaiman issued the following statement from Bangkok, Thailand, on the sensational encounter of WBC bantamweight champ Hozumi Hasegawa and Mexican Fernando Montiel on April 30 in Japan, as follows:
“I’m very happy and greatly satisfied with the fight between Hasegawa and Montiel to materialize. Hasegawa, the great champ, made ten defenses to his credit and is going to receive an award from the WBC for being one of the very best world champions of 2009 . Montiel, the top and excellent Mexican champion, has been expecting to fight for the WBC belt for several years with the opportunity finally coming to him in one of the most interesting promotions in professional boxing. This fight has taken special attention by the Mexican press as well as Mexican boxing fans, and especially by the WBC. We would like to congratulate the promoter Akihiko Honda, for having signed such a good fight for the benefit of Japanese fans and also for the great revelation of Hasegawa as one of the very best boxers in the world today.”
WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco “Captain” Huck, American challenger Adam Richards, IBF mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin as well as cruiserweight hopeful Alexander Frenkel and IBF Intercontinental Cruiserweight Champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez all participated in a public work-out today in Berlin´s famous Axel-Springer-Passage. All fighters will be in action on Saturday night when Captain Huck makes a second defence of his WBO title. His opponent presented himself in strong shape on Tuesday afternoon despite a horror trip from Houston, which had left him stranded in Amsterdam after missing his connecting flight. After a long wait, Richards (23-2, 15 KOs) made it to Berlin and eventually to his downtown hotel on late Monday night. “Everything is fine now,” he said. “It was a long journey but I am here and that is all that matters. I will be ready for Huck. It will be an exciting fight with two bulls going forward all the time.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBC#3/WBA#9 bantam, unbeaten Kohei Ohba (27-0-1, 11 KOs), 121, Japan, was befuddled by non-stop punching of OPBF#2 Filipino lefty veteran Eric Barcelona (50-17-5, 18 KOs), 119.5, but countered him with precision to earn a unanimous decision (97-93, 97-94 and 97-95) over ten hot rounds on Sunday in Nagoya, Japan. Ohba, a Floyd Mayweather stylist, often enjoyed swaying back and averting Barcelona’s versatile combinations with his back to the ropes, and landed a fewer but more effective counters to the face and midsection. The shifty Japanese became aggressive in the eighth, when he caught the fading Filipino with good rights and stopped him from recklessly boring in. Though his performance was less satisfactory this night, Ohba is still one of the most talented 118-pounders here in Japan.
WBC#8 bantam Mikio Yasuda (16-4-2, 13 KOs), 118, gained the vacant Japanese national 118-pound throne by scoring a quick stoppage of JBC#1 ranked Takuro Kodama (21-7-5, 15 KOs), 117.5, at 0:30 into the second session of a scheduled ten. Yasuda’s explosiveness was shown in the opening round, when he caught him with a trade-mark right and had him fall on all fours. Kodama couldn’t recover from the damage only to be halted just after the second commenced. Promoter: Hatanaka Promotions.
By Joe Koizumi
Busy-punching Filipino, OPBF top ranked Rocky Fuentes (23-6-2, 14 KOs), 111.5, impressively captured the OPBF flyweight belt as he kept throwing double left hooks from the belly to the face all night and earned a well-received but majority decision over WBC#8 ranked defending champ Masafumi Ohkubo (16-3-1, 5 KOs), 112, over twelve heats on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. The official tallies were: Kazunobu Asao (Japan) 116-114, Severino Necesario (Philippines) 115-113, both for Fuentes, and scoring-referee Brad Vocale (Australia) 114-114. Despite an early gash over the left eyebrow, Okubo fought spiritually well but couldn’t show his usual up-and-down combinations only to mix it up less effectively. Fuentes, five years his junior at 25, looked more energetic, determined and effective to have the upper hand throughout the contest. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Rafael Ramos will be the referee of the WBO welterweight title fight between Manny Pacquiao and Joshua Clottey on Saturday at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The 53-year-old Texan, originally from Puerto Rico, has been a referee since 1987 and has worked 64 world title fights. “I thank God for this opportunity to be in the fight of Pacquiao, the #1 in the world. For me, for my family and for Puerto Rico it’s a great honor,” said Ramos who previously refereed Juan Manuel Marquez against Juan Diaz. He is a member of both the WBA and IBF. Judges are Nelson Vázquez (PR), Duane Ford (USA) and Levy Martínez (USA).
WBA Super Lightweight World Champion Amir Khan and former Super Lightweight World Champion Paulie Malignaggi will hold a press conference in London on Friday to announce their world title bout set for May 15 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York which will be televised live on HBO in the United States. The fight marks Khan’s United States debut which will take place in the backyard of New York’s Malignaggi.
It’s official. WBC world heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko defends his title against European Champion Albert Sosnowski from Poland at Veltins-Arena Gelsenkirchen, Germany, on May 29. The arena is the home field of the famous soccer club Schalke 04.
Vitali Klitschko: “I am very happy to have my next fight in Germany again. The arena in Gelsenkirchen and the fans there are very special. I experienced that last year when my brother Wladimir had his fight there in front of 61,000 spectators. The atmosphere was simply electrifying. I saw Sosnowski’s fights on DVD and must admit that he is a very experienced, quick and tough opponent. He will do anything to get my belt but I promise that this is not going to happen.” (more…)
With the proposed fight against former WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev falling through, WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko will now face European champion Albert Sosnowski (45-2-1, 27 KOs), probably on May 29 at the Schalke Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Klitschko’s manager Bernd Bönte told BILD that Valuev co-promoter Don King rejected a $2.5 million offer. Sosnowski agreed to a $1 million purse and cancelled his fight with Audley Harrison, which was scheduled for April 9.
WBA #8/IBF #11 welterweight Mike Jones (20-0, 16 K0s), of Philadelphia, PA, takes on Hector “The Hurricane” Munoz in the fifth defense of his NABA title in a scheduled 10-round contest on April 17 at in the 10,000-seat Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Munoz, 31, has a record of 18-2-1, 11 K0s. In his last fight, Munoz was stopped in the 12th round by undefeated top contender (WBA #3, WBO #2) Antonin DeCarie. In the scheduled 12-round main event, Kelly Pavlik defends his WBC/WBO middleweight titles against Sergio Martinez.
By Alexey Sukachev
Fast-rising cruiserweight prospect Mateusz Masternak (18-0, 13 KOs) notched another impressive victory this Saturday night to retain his WBC interim Youth title for the second time at Spodek, Katowice, Poland, headlining a major event, arranged there by promoter Jakub Andreas Grajewski. WBC #17 Masternak showed an excellent poise and delivered every punch in the book to continuously hurt and overwhelm durable WBC #36 Frenchman Faisal Ibnel Arrami (11-2, 8 KOs) until getting a well-deserved stoppage at 1:46 of the eighth round. Masternak wobbled Arrami with a picture-perfect right cross followed by a left uppercut and unleashed a barrage of punches prompting referee to step in saving shaken Frenchman from further punishment. Wroclaw native Masternak, 22, opened some eyes the last year, stopping fellow undefeated Lukasz Janik in a dominating fashion. Scores were 70-63 (twice) and 68-65 – for Pole – at the time of stoppage. (more…)
Seven-time world champion and “Fighter of the Decade” Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao arrives in Dallas with his wife Jinkee on Monday night for his upcoming world welterweight championship against challenger Joshua Clottey on Saturday at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas. Click here for more photos…
By Jeff Zimmerman
Joshua Clottey (35-3, 20ko’s) looked like he’s been here before, as he strolled around the ring and posed for the Dallas Fort Worth media today at the Gaylord Texan Hotel in preparation for the biggest fight of his life against 7-time world champion Manny Pacquiao (50-3-2 38ko’s) in The Event this Saturday, March 13th at Cowboys Stadium. Although he has never been on a stage quite this big, he has fought some of the biggest names of the last decade, including Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito. And if today was any indication, he appeared ever so ready to take on his greatest challenge, even catching Cowboy Owner Jerry Jones by surprise as he reached outside the ring to shake his hand. Clottey declared, “Nothing stresses me, no matter what.” (more…)
Canada will get their first dose of the Kimbo Slice phenomenon on Saturday, May 8th, when the Ultimate Fighter alumnus looks to make it 2-0 in the Octagon on the UFC 113: Machida vs Shogun 2 card at the Bell Centre in Montreal. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Current WBA bantamweight world champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno of Panama has intensified his training at Mexican trainer Ignacio “Nacho” Beristan’s famous La Romanza Gym in Mexico City. Moreno will be unifying the WBA belt with interim champ Nehomar Cermeño on March 27 in La Guaira, Venezuela. “This is a fight of pride, honor and dignity but above all is for my family, my country and those who have helped me in boxing. It has been a lot of sacrifice up to now and I’ll gave my best that night,¨ says Moreno. He is sparring with Mexican prospects Ray Vargas and Eduardo Escobedo among others. Moreno has his own team, but you can often hear input from Beristain, as well. Click here for more photos…
WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao spars with an unnamed sparring partner at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California in advance of Saturday’s PPV bout against Joshua Clottey in Dallas. Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum looks on.
Having been in Manchester, England for a little over 10 days now, Joan Guzman and his trainer Lee Beard are going over final preparations for his March 27th rematch against Ali Funeka. Guzman and Beard have been working hard on his tactics for this fight and have added world renowned nutritionist Kerry Kayes to help with his strength, conditioning and diet. Guzman completed 14 rounds of sparring on Friday and on Saturday he visited Leigh amateur boxing club where he met with the young boxers and took them through their paces sparring and covering training drills. Click here for more photos…
For years, SHOWTIME® has featured boxing’s top prospects and future World Champions on its hit series ShoBox: The New Generation, giving boxing fans a glimpse of the World Champions of tomorrow today. On Friday, April 2, live on SHOWTIME, Golden Boy Promotions will to present its first event on the series. Undefeated Cuban junior middleweight rising star Erislandy Lara puts his perfect record on the line against the always-dangerous Danny Perez in a 10-round main event and Puerto Rican featherweight standout Carlos Velasquez returns in the co-feature at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. (more…)
Challenger Joshua Clottey and two of his trainers during preparations in Dallas, Monday. Clottey is getting ready for the fight of his life against seven-time world champion and “Fighter of the Decade” Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao on Saturday, March 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas on HBO pay-per-view.
By Alexey Sukachev
Alexander Povetkin (18-0, 13 KOs) continues his preparation for an upcoming ten-rounder on Saturday night at Max Schmeling Halle in Berlin, Germany. The Russian top heavyweight prospect, rated IBF #1, WBO #2 and WBC #4, faces Mexican Javier Mora (22-5-1, 18 KOs) on a huge card, promoted by Sauerland Event. From left to right: Vladimir Povetkin, Teddy Atlas, Saul Avelar, Alexander Povetkin and his manager Vladimir Hryunov.
Hall of Fame-bound Erik “El Terrible” Morales returns to the ring March 27 after 2 ½ years of inactivity, headlining “The Champion Returns” pay-per-view event, on a mission to become the first Mexican boxer to capture world titles in four different weight classes . . . Click here for more
Ringside Report by Scott Ploof
Photography by Emily Harney
It took only two vicious uppercuts midway through the eighth round for 23 year old Devon Alexander (20-0, 13 KOs) to defeat Juan Urango (22-3-1, 17 KOs) and unify the WBC and IBF 140 pound titles on Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. Time of the stoppage by referee Benji Estedes was at 1:12 of round eight. Alexander was quicker to the punch throughout as Urango did his best to try and combat the speed of his opponent. Urango did his best to brawl when given the opportunity however Alexander used his footwork to get away from these exchanges as he out-boxed the brawler. The fight card was promoted by Don King Promotions and was televised live on HBO’s Boxing After Dark. In the co-feature attraction of the evening, New York prospect and current WBC USNBC heavyweight titlist, Derric Rossy scored a convincing unanimous decision victory over veteran Zack Page by scores of 117-110, 120-107, and 118-109. Rossy used a little bit of everything in this fight as he had a height and reach advantage over Page. Rossy went on to out-land and frustrate Page throughout the contest en route to the twelve round decision. Click here for the ringside report and action packed photogallery.
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Montreal fight fans were treated to another outstanding performance from sensational junior lightweight prospect Logan McGuinness as he battled Mexican veteran Pedro Navarrete in an eight round war on Saturday afternoon.
Fighting at the Montreal Casino for the fifth time in his young professional career, the 22 year old McGuinness improved his unbeaten record to 10-0-0 (4 KO’s) as the Orangeville native displayed toughness belying his youth. (more…)
Story & photos by Felipe Leon
Despite 70 professional fights, titles won and lost, controversies inside and outside the ring and on the scales, Jose Luis “El Temible” Castillo (60-9-1, 52KO), who faces Alfonso Gomez (21-4-2, 10KO) Saturday night on the undercard of “The Event” at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, TX, will be best remembered for the epic battle he waged against the late Diego “Chico” Corrales on May 7th, 2005 at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev. . . . Click here for more
Ringside by Francisco Salazar
Photos by ‘Big’ Joe Miranda
Someone forgot to tell super flyweight Rodrigo Guerrero that he was just supposed to be an opponent on Saturday night against hard-hitting world champion Vic Darchinyan.
With a rematch against Nonito Donaire looming, Darchinyan needed someone to look good against. Instead, Guerrero gave Darchinyan fits throughout the fight and in the process made himself a player in the 115-pound division despite a losing, but commendable effort . . . Click here for more
Ringside by Rocco Morales
Photos by ‘Big’ Joe Miranda
In the 12-round main event at Pechanga Casino in Temecula, California, Friday night, Martin Honorio successfully defended his NABO lightweight championship belt with an impressive victory over previously-undefeated Wilton Hilario . . . Click here for more
Report by Brady Crytzer
After two furious rounds of action for the world bantamweight title 24 year old Dominick Cruz was awarded the victory when Brian Bowles was deemed unable to continue due to a broken hand after the conclusion of the second round . . . Click here for more
Ringside by Gerardo Martinez
Saturday night at the Ohkay Casino in Ohkay Owingeh, N.M., in a card billed as “Battle for Redemption”, Johnny Tapia proved he can come back from life’s setbacks, again, boxing bloodlines did not matter and knockouts dominated the fight card. The close-to-capacity crowd of 1,700 got its dollars worth of action with the six professional boxing matches and 11 amateur fights . . Click here for full report
Integrated Sports is one of the nation’s leading distributors of niche pay-per view and closed circuit sports events. The company has especially been making its presence known in the sport of boxing. They have televised numerous events over the last five years featuring some of boxing’s biggest names in major boxing events that otherwise would not have been seen in North America. In addition, Integrated Sports has given soccer fans the opportunity to watch many of the most important world matches on home television. Fightnews caught up with Doug Jacobs, the president of Integrated Sports, who spoke of the company and its future. (more…)
By Craig Watt
There is some impressive boxing talent currently training at the World Crown Sports training facility in Oxnard, California under the guidance of Adam Flores. WBC 154 pound champion Sergio Martinez (44-2-2, 24 KO’s) from Argentina and unbeaten 140 pounder Victor Cayo (24-0, 16 KO’s) are sharing the pads and sparring in preparation for their biggest fights of their careers in the next few weeks. (more…)
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