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By Alexey Sukachev and Andrey Bazdrev (PBFR)
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Future Hall-of-Famer Kostya Tszyu was in the spotlight this Tuesday in Moscow, when the former undisputed world champion announced an opening of the new line of boxing activities all along Russia, starting from its capital and the largest city. Tszyu opened the first Russian Tszyu Boxing School, one of the ten pre-planned pugilistic sections which are to be built in ten most populated Russian cities soon. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
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Heavyweight star and IBF mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin is rapidly gaining the recognition of the top-notch boxing personality among Russian beau monde. Though not known as a profuse speaker, the 2004 Athens super heavyweight gold medalist is always welcome in high society. Last Thursday night, Alexander and his manager Vladimir Hrunov were invited to crown the sexiest femme, selected by the “FHM Russia” men’s magazine as a part of their annual “Top 100 Sexiest Girls on the Planet” poll. The Beach Club Resort was filled with the astounding amount of beautiful people, including past victors of the trophy, honorable guests, famous singers, actors and actresses. While Vladimir was chatting with lovely Olga Rodionova, the owner of the publishing house of the same name, Alexander awarded Russian singer Vitoria Deineko with the top trophy. Though being a little bit shy in words, Povetkin was nevertheless greeted with the sound applause and clearly impressed the crowd.
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Photography by Marty Rosengarten / RingsidePhotos.com
Joey Winters in association with DiBella Entertainment are set to bring professional boxing back to the Westbury Music Fair in Westbury, New York for the first time since 1998. Headlining the show is rising junior middleweight prospect Pawel “Ragin Bull” Wolak (23-1, 16KO’s), who will swap punches with former contender series star “Slick” Vinroy Barrett (22-7, 11KO’s) in the ten round feature of the evening. Fightnews had the opportunity to go one-on-one with Wolak as he broke camp for his big fight on Friday night. (more…)
Roy Englebrecht Promotions has announced their latest ticket promotion called “Birthday Bash In The Ballroom!” All fight fans whose birthdays land on the night of, or the weekend of the four remaining Battle in the Ballroom Boxing shows will receive a Free $40 ticket to the show! “Disneyland has been doing this for years,” said Englebrecht. “If it’s good enough for Disney, it’s good enough for me!”
“Whether you are a first time fight fan or one of our thousands of Battle in the Ballroom regulars, come celebrate your special day and receive a FREE $40 fight ticket starting with our June 11th Battle in the Ballroom Boxing event at the Irvine Marriott,” continued Englebrecht. “All Birthday Bash In The Ballroom VIPs will also receive a special Birthday Bash walk-in into the ring, similar to that of the fighters, and then we will introduce them to the crowd, but the singing of “Happy Birthday” will be optional.”
The Battle in the Ballroom remaining schedule is as follows: June 11th, August 15th, August 27th, October 29th, November 21st, and December 17th. All show information is also available online at www.battleintheballroom.com. To take advantage of this special “Birthday Bash In The Ballroom” promotion, please contact Drew at (949) 760-3131 for your FREE $40 fight ticket!
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Undefeated heavyweight prospect Travis “G.W. Hope” Kauffman (17-0, 14 KOs) passed the biggest test of his seventeen fight career, stopping veteran gatekeeper Livin Castillo (14-7, 9 KOs) in round three of their schedule eight round clash at the Sovereign Center in Reading, PA this past Saturday night. Castillo presented quite a test for the undefeated Kauffman, having lost to top opposition, such as Eddie Chambers, Alexander Povetkin, Bruce Seldon and Oleg Maskaev. Kauffman knew if he was to continue to make his way to the top of the heavyweight division, he must not only beat him, but do equal or better than the top heavyweights did. He accomplished almost everything he could with a convincing third round knockout of Livin Castillo. (more…)
By Jesse Kelley
“Kid Dynamite” Antwun Echols (31-10-4, 27 KOs) of Iowa has signed to face Phil Williams (10-1, 9 KOs) of Minneapolis this Friday June 5th at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN. Echols was brought in after Jaidon Codrington fell out as the opponent this past weekend. Echols, 37, is a former NABF and USBA title holder at middle and super middleweight. The bout will be at a weight of 170. This will be the lightest Williams will have weighed since making his pro debut in 2006. However, Williams was already at 170 last week when he informed MNboxing.com that he would face any Minnesota fighter at 160 or above. The co-main event pits Marcus ” Native Pride” Oliveria (17-0) and Otis “Triple OG” Griffin (19-5-2) together in a light heavyweight battle. Oliveria topped Phil Williams in one of the most exciting MN bouts in 2008 and looks to keep his unbeaten streak against Griffin who is best known for winning the reality show “The Next Great Champ.”
Hall of Fame promoter Don King says the World Boxing Association must strip Ruslan Chagaev of any claim to its heavyweight championship after the Finnish Boxing Federation reviewed blood tests and refused to allow Chagaev to participate in Saturday’s match against the fighter he co-promotes, WBA champion Nikolai “Giant Russian” Valuev in Helsinki. “Unfortunately for Ruslan Chagaev, he has suffered from a number of different medical maladies that have prevented him from participating in matches since at least 2003,” King said. “Nobody was more familiar with his medical history than the boxer and his promoter, but they still refused to submit to multiple requests for blood tests from the Finnish Boxing Federation until late in the week before Saturday’s match. This was a risk they should not have taken. It resulted in the cancellation of a contest for the WBA heavyweight championship.” (more…)
On Sunday, August 9, World Extreme Cagefighting® returns to the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada with a bout that will determine the best bantamweight fighter in the world. Live from The Joint at Hard Rock, WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Angel Torres (36-1) defends his crown against the undefeated Brian Bowles (7-0) . . . Click here for more
The line-up for Saturday night’s “Unstoppable!” card, promoted by Juan Romero Promotions at Sky Casino Casino & Hotel in Acoma, N.M., has been finalized. In the main event, Joaquin Zamora (17-2-1, 11 KOs), of Luna & Pecos, will go ten with Tucson’s Joshua Renteria (15-2, 9 KOs). In the co-main, a sixer at 126, Salvador Sanchez (13-3-2, 6 KOs), nephew to the legend of the same name, from Tianguistenco, Mexico, takes on Juarez battler Salvador Zamora (4-1, 2 KOs). Duke City kayo artist David Proa (5-0, 5 KOs) looks for K.O. No. 6 against late sub, Arizona debuter Sergio Savadrar; James Piar (3-0, 2 KOs), of Albuquerque, takes on Tucson’s Isaac Hidalgo (3-4, 1 KO) in a four-round bantam bout; Las Vegas’ Arturo Crespin (2-0, 1 KO) takes on undefeated Carlos “El Gallo” Sanchez (2-0), of Albuquerque; andRandy Arrellin (0-1), of Albuquerque) steps in to replace Sammy Piarin a four-round feather bout vs. Carlos Luque (0-2).
Team Ruiz has filed an official petition with the World Boxing Association asking that heavyweight Ruslan Chagaev be stripped of his “Champion In Recess” status and demanding an immediate purse bid for Valuev-Ruiz III to be held by August 30 for the World Boxing Association heavyweight title. Two-time WBA heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz (43-8-1, 29 KOs) is the WBA mandated Official Challenger for WBA heavyweight champion Valuev. Team Ruiz’ petition stated, “As you are aware Ruslan Chagaev has been medically disqualified from participation in the fight against Valuev. According to the express ruling of the WBA on this issue he must accordingly be stripped of any title and Valuev must be ordered to fight John Ruiz, the Official Challenger before August 30, 2009. (more…)
A reenergized former IBF junior featherweight world champion, “The Canadian Kid” Steve Molitor (28-1, 11 KOs) will face fellow leading contender Heriberto Ruiz (41-7-2, 23 KOs) in the main event of a stacked Rumble at Rama VIII card, June 26th at Casino Rama, in Rama, Ontario. This will be Molitor’s first fight since losing his world title last November to Celestine Caballero. “Ruiz is a tough guy, who has proven himself in the past, and is coming to win,” Molitor said at a press conference Monday in Toronto. “But this is my chance to show my fans and the rest of the boxing world that I’m ready to return to where I was before the Caballero fight.” Molitor’s fight with Ruiz, which is an eliminator for the IBF’s #2 ranking, also marks the first time the former world champion will step between the ropes with his new trainer, Billy Martin. In the co-feature, Canadian heavyweight champion Greg “The Steel Pole” Kielsa (9-0, 4 KOs) steps into the ring in a non-title match-up against American Byron Lee Polley (23-9-1, 11 KOs). Also featured will be highly touted junior middleweight prospect Austin Trout (17-0, 13 KOs) going up against Shawn Garnett (11-5-2, 3 KOs).
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After the WBA heavyweight world championship was surprisingly called off over the weekend in Helsinki, WBA champion Ruslan Chagaev’s promoter Universum Box-Promotion held a press conference at the InterContinental Hotel in Hamburg. Universum chief Klaus-Peter Kohl, Chagaev, German Federation (BDB) President Bodo Eckmann, Dr. Michael Ehnert (Chagaev’s doctor) and Dr. Heiner Wedemeyer of the German Liver Foundation spoke to reporters.
“Ruslan Chagaev is completely healthy according to the documents. I don’t follow the interpretation of my colleague from the Finnish lab,” said Dr Wedemeyer, who is one of the experts of the Hepatitis B in Europe and who contacted Universum independently. “It was probably done more for legal protection rather than scientific facts. There is no infectivity and Ruslan Chagaev would have without a doubt boxed for the third time [since his recovery] without danger. Mr. Chagaev has a completely normal liver function and is not considered to be ill, he is merely a bearer of the hepatitis B antigen. The German Liver Foundation will soon be issuing a separate press announcement in regard to this state of affairs. To us this is a very important subject. “ (more…)
Former world title challenger Ross “The Boss” Thompson (27-13-2, 17 KOs) is listed in fair condition at a Buffalo hospital after being attacked by a gang about 3:30 a.m. on Sunday. According to the Buffalo News, a large group of men stabbed him in the upper back and one of his arms. WIBV is reporting that the 35-year-old Thompson was also shot. He may have surgery today. Obviously his scheduled NABA light heavyweight bout against Chris Henry on Thursday in Houston will not take place. Police are seeking help from anyone with information.
After the cancellation of Saturday’s heavyweight title fight between WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev and Ruslan Chagaev, Wilfried Sauerland, Valuev’s manager, has rejected claims made by Universum Box-Promotion. “It is a fact that for several weeks prior to this fight inaccurate statements about Ruslan Chagaev’s health were given by Team Chagaev,” Sauerland said after leaving Helsinki. “In several of their documents Chagaev had been attested correct (blood level) values. In a conversation between Universum, the Finnish Boxing Federation and Sauerland Event on Thursday it was agreed that the fight would go ahead if the examinations in Finland confirmed the values of the German test. However, that was not the case. Furthermore, the submission of the tests ordered by the Finnish Boxing Federation were delayed until Friday after the weigh-in.”
Sauerland Event General Manager Chris Meyer also rejected claims that Helsinki had deliberately been chosen as the venue so that the fight could not be staged. “These claims are ridiculous,” he said. “A couple of months ago we had received a very good offer from our partners in Finland to stage this WBA heavyweight title fight. Without their guaranteed amount we could not have won the purse bid with that high amount.”
In a blood test in Helsinki’s University Hospital Chagaev tested positive for hepatitis. The report said the danger of infection was “low, but could not be totally excluded.”
Professor Walter Wagner, the medical superintendent of the Bund Deutscher Berufsboxer (BDB/German Boxing Federation), believes that the Finnish Federation did the right thing. After being quoted in several media publications as saying that the fight could have taken place in Germany, the highly-respected ring doctor added: “It is correct that the fight could have taken place in Germany. But there are no consistent regulations around the world. Given Chagaev’s blood levels the fight could most likely not have taken place in any other country outside Germany – definitely not in the US, England or Italy. The risk of an infection is close to zero but it is not zero. According to the regulations of the Institute of Medical Diagnostics Berlin (Instituts für medizinische Diagnostik Berlin) the Finnish results are equivalent to the German category ‘detectable in the lowest category.’ That means the risk is very low, but it exists. The Finns acted correctly according to their medical standards given this test result,” Wagner said.
Report by Jason Kotar
Fresh off his dominating win Juan Urango, WBC Welterweight Campion Andre Berto took the opportunity to briefly address the media at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla.
“The main thing for me was to show I’m an all around fighter,” he said. “I can move, box or stand there and bang” . . . Click here for full postfight report
Story & photos by Chris Cozzone
Having cleared out nearly every name between 140 pounds and 154, Holly Holm says there’s only two things left for her to do:
Solidify her legacy as the top pound-for-pound fighter in female boxing, and to continue taking on all challengers.
The latest challenger comes from South America . . . Click here for more
New York State Heavyweight Champion Darrel Madison (13-1, 3 KOs) will defend his title against Nagy Aguilera (13-1, 8 KOs) in one of the feature fights of Pugnacious Promotions’ annual “Night of Future Champions” summer boxing event at the Saratoga Springs City Center on Friday, July 31st. The fight will be featured on the annual card showcasing exciting, young boxing prospects during the first weekend of world-class thoroughbred racing at Saratoga Springs’ historic track. (more…)
By Jeff Pamungkas
WBA featherweight champion Chris John arrived in California on a flight from Jakarta last Wednesday to continue to prepare for his rematch with Rocky Juarez on June 27 in Los Angeles. “I miss Indonesian food and I heard there are many Indonesian restaurants here in California, but I haven’t found it, yet,” said John to this writer. The fight was initially scheduled for Houston again, but the Indonesian Government through Ministry of Youth and Sports was able to gather sponsors to purchase 5,000 tickets in order to move the fight in California. “There are around 40,000 Indonesian people living in California state, and we have facilitated the Indonesian companies to make the fight happen in California,” said Adhyaksa Dault, the Minister of Youth and Sports in Jakarta on Tuesday (5/26) prior to John’s departure to the US. “We will make Los Angeles as our second home base after Jakarta (Indonesia),” said John. “We have learned from our first match on video, therefore with the support from Indonesian people and better preparation, this time I have to win,” said John who as usual refused to predict a knockout round. On the other hand, Craig Christian, John’s trainer/manager was optimistic that this time John will win by KO in round ten.
By Jose Reyes at ringside
Peacemaker Promotions in association with Unopposed Promotions presented a nine bout boxing card billed as “Knockin’ in the Rock” this Saturday night at The Village in Little Rock, Arkansas. In the main event, lightweight Rashad Ganaway (10-1-1, 7 KOs) put on a boxing clinic over the well experienced journeyman fighter Marty Robbins (22-44, 15 KOs). Ganaway’s boxing skills earned him a shutout unanimous decision, scored 80-72 by all judges. (more…)
By Chris Morris / RockyMountainBoxing.com
Before a packed field of fans at Denver’s Softball Country, Poor Boys Professional Boxing put on a great night of boxing showcasing wills and skills as Geoffrey Spruiell upset previously undefeated Brad Jackson, while Manny Perez and Alejandro Castillo skills few from Colorado can match. The threat of rain didn’t keep the fight fans from showing up to support their local boxers and the bad weather missed the show entirely. (more…)
WBC Welterweight Champion Andre Berto (25-0, 19 KOs) won a unanimous decision over a tough but outmanned Juan Urango (21-2-1, 16 KOs) at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla. The HBO-televised title fight, promoted by Dibella Entertainment and Seminole Warriors Boxing, played out like most figured, with Berto showcasing his speed, power and elusiveness to thoroughly outbox Urango over 12 fast-paced rounds . . . Click here for full report and gallery
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Heavyweight Willie Perryman and his trainer had missed two flights, thus eliminating the main bout with former Scranton police officer Jason Gavern, but like a trooper, Andre Kut and KEA Boxing still put on an entertaining night of boxing last Saturday night (5/23) at The Woodlands Inn and Resort in Wilkes-Barre, PA. The main event was a downer for the locals, as Old Forge, PA’s Anthony Cusumano (3-3-1, 2 KOs) was upset by 6’3” southpaw junior welterweight Nathan Francis (3-5, 2 KOs) due a deep cut on the Anthony’s right eyelid caused by a punch, just a minute and a half into the fight. In the co-feature of the evening super middleweight prospect, Isaac Rodriquez (14-0, 12 KOs) showed why he is a possible future world champion, by dropping veteran slugger Jose “Macho” Medina (14-15, 10 KOs) twice, en-route to a convincing second round TKO. (more…)
It was a night of solid boxing action Friday at the UIC Pavilion near Chicago’s downtown, where Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions presented “Windy City Fight Night 2″.
The main event featured local favorite Jaime Sandoval (15-4-1, 12 KOs) who looked to avenge his most recent loss against Juan Carlos Martinez (16-10-1, 7 KOs). The rematch was for the vacant WBF All-Americas lightweight title, but Martinez, once again, scored the upset over Sandoval, despite having big brother, former two-division champion Jesus “El Matador” Chavez in his corner . . . Click here for more
Lightweight contender Rolando “El Pochito” Reyes made his first Houston visit a memorable one as he spent part of Thursday night assuring former world champion Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz that he is “more than ready” to return for a summer showdown . . . Click here for more
By Lee Bates reporting from South America
Undefeated WBO flyweight champion Omar Narvaez of Argentina (29-0-2, 18 KOs) will look to extend his title defense streak to 16 as he defends his title against former world title challenger Omar Soto (17-4-1, 11 KOs) of Mexico. The bout will take place June 26 at the Estadio Luna Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
By Jason Kotar and Ryan Macalua at ringside
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Undefeated WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (25-0, 19 KOs) retained his title with a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over IBF junior welterweight champion Juan Urango (21-2-1, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, FL. Berto’s speed and agility allowed him to negate Urango’s pressure as he compiled a 117-111, 118-110, 118-110 win. The “Iron Twin” Urango, will now move back to the 140lb division where he remains as the IBF titleholder.
In a WBC 154lb eliminator, former welterweight champion Kermit Cintron (31-2-1, 27 KOs) upset previously unbeaten junior middleweight contender Alfredo Angulo (15-1, 12 KOs) via twelve round unanimous decision. Cintron outworked Angulo for much of the fight, never allowing Angulo to get untracked. Scores were 116-112 on all cards.
Light heavyweight Yusaf Mack (27-2-2, 16 KOs) made quick work out of former NABO champion DeAndrey Abron (15-4, 10 KOs). Mack used his quickness to beat Abron to the punch evading Abron’s wide hooks while landing combinations to the body. In round four, Abron finally landed a sharp overhand left that only urged the agressive Mack to unleash furious combinations, finally putting Abron on the canvas with a overhand right. Abron made the count but Mack refused to let him off the hook by following up with a crushing left hook. The fight was then stopped.
Light Welterweight Jonathan Gonzalez (3-0, 3 KO’s) scored an impressive TKO over Laquel Fleming (1-3-2). The 2008 Puerto Rican Olympian Gonzalez hurt Fleming with a nice left hook then followed up with power shots till the referee stopped the fight at 1:45 of round one.
Heavyweight Wilmer Vazquez (9-0-1, 5 KO’s) won a rather unimpressive majority decision over tough veteran Andrew Greeley (14-27-2, 8 KO’s). The 2004 Venezuelan Olympian Vazquez fought at a very deliberate pace, landing good body shots when he let his hands go against the counterpunching Greeley. The scorecards read 60-54, 58-56 and 57-57.
Heavyweight Tor Hamer (6-0, 5 KOs) outworked Samuel Brown (4-6-2) in the first round, sent Brown down with left uppercut at the end of the round. Brown beat the count. In round two, Hamer sent Brown down with an right uppercut. Brown beat the count again. Hamer then used a double jab to put Brown down once more. Referee Tellis Assimenios stopped the bout at 1:10 in the second round.
By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside
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Another enthusiastic crowd at the UVI Sports & Fitness Center in St. Thomas, USVI enjoyed a hot night of both amateur and professional boxing during Boxing In Paradise III. The show was promoted as usual by 340 Promotions in association with Warriors Boxing. Headlining the show was returning unbeaten WBA #9 super lightweight contender Victor Cayo of the Domincan Republic, who was victorious when he split open the lower lip of Mexico’s Arturo Morua in the opening minute. It goes without saying the majority of the attendees interest laid in the progress of hometown boys John and Julius Jackson, the progeny of local legend and two-division champ Julian “The Hawk” Jackson. Both were winners. (more…)
By Big Joe Miranda
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Unbeaten super bantamweight Michael ‘Lil’ Warrior Franco of Riverside (15-0, 10 KOs) claimed his first pro title with a crowd pleasing fourth round TKO over Juan Jose Beltran (19-13-3, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the American Sports University in San Bernandino, California. Beltran could not figure out Franco’s strategy as Franco alternated between punching to the body and head in all rounds. Referee Tony Crebs waved it off at :38 of the fourth, crowning Franco as WBC youth super bantamweight titleholder. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Undefeated heavyweight prospect Travis “G.W. Hope” Kauffman (17-0, 14 KOs) scored a third round KO over divisional gatekeeper Livin Castillo (14-7, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at the Sovereign Center in Reading, PA. It was a right to the bodythat floored Castillo, who after getting up was unable to continue. Time was 1:26. In the co-feature, welterweight Ronald Cruz (5-0, 3 KOs) got a stoppage in round one as he pounded Norman Allen (6-2, 3 KOs) on the ropes. Time was 3:00.
By Alexey Sukachev
Russian junior middleweight Zaurbek Baysangurov (now 21-1 with 16 KOs) scored his second consecutive first-round blowout moments ago at Kiev’s Palace of Sports. In the main event of the show, promoted by the K2 East promotional group, Baysangurov, 24, decked his Italian opponent Christian De Martinis (22-3, 10 KOs) once with a body-punch and once with a hard left hook to the head before knocking him down again after a thunderous right hand, which forced referee to stop the contest without a count. Baysangurov seized the vacant WBA Intercontinental title in the process. Next for Chechen native is August showdown against Contender II victor Grady Brewer.
Also, K2 East-promoted Croatian heavyweight Mario Preskar moved to 16-0-2, 10 KOs, after an eight-round workmalike unanimous decision over Russian journeyman entertainer Daniil “Shrek” Peretyatko (16-22, 6 KOs).
By Pasi Taavitsainen
European Union light welterweight champion Giuseppe Lauri (48-6, 6 KOs) retained his belt with by tenth round DQ against Juho Tolppola (22-6-1, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland. The bout became the main event after the WBA heavyweight championship clash between Nicolay Valuev and Ruslan Chagaev was canceled. The bout was stopped after Tolppola punched Lauri on the side of the head after a break command. It was a very hard fight with a lot of punches from both sides. Tolppola had previously been deducted two points by the referee for a head butt at the end of round one.
WBA, WBC female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus outpointed Amy Yuratovac over ten rounds to retain her belts. Scores were 98-92, 98-92, 98-92.
Heavyweight southpaw Jarno Rosberg annihilated Viktor Szalai in just 26 seconds. A hard left hand to the head and the fight was over.
Light welter Denis Shafikov scored a first round TKO over John Cotterill Jr. Shavikov landed some hard bodyshots and a left uppercut to the head that put Cotterill down for the full ten count
Heavyweight Robert Helenius scored a sixth round KO over Scott Gammer. Gammer was down in rounds one and six. A right to the body and a right to the head and it’s game over. Helenius has a fast left jab and a hard body punch.
Super middle Niko Jokinen topped Istvan Petroczki over four (40-36)
By Chris Morris/Rocky Mountain Boxing
An attractive clash between former world champion Paul Malignaggi (26-2, 5 KOs) and unbeaten Mike Alvarado (26-0, 18 KOs) has been scratched from Top Rank’s big June 27 “Latin Fury 9″ PPV card in Atlantic City. Word is Alvarado was injured in sparring. Malignaggi will likely stay on the card against another opponent. The name of Juan Diaz has been mentioned as a possible foe. The show is headlined by two world title bouts, the WBO super bantamweight championship between Juan Manuel Lopez and Olivier Lontchi, and the WBO bantamweight championship clash between Fernando Montiel and Eric Morel.
WBO #1 rated super featherweight Kevin Mitchell’s promoter Frank Warren has so far been unable to entice WBO world champion Roman Martinez to come back to the UK for an immediate title defense. Martinez (22-0-1) won the 130lb belt on March 14th when he TKO’d then-champion Nicky Cook in the fourth round at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester. According to Warren, Martinez’ handlers have rejected an offer close to $200,000 to fight mandatory challenger Kevin Mitchell right away, rather than wait until the mandatory defense is due. “Sooner or later Martinez is going to have to face me,” said Mitchell. “It’s a great offer to him from my promoter and he should take it now because he’s going to get well paid for the beating I’m going to dish out to him.” According to WBO rules, Martinez’ mandatory defense would be due nine months from the date he won the belt unless an exception is granted by the WBO Championship Committee.
After today’s hearing by the WBA, Universum Box-Promotion has issued the following statement about the events in Helsinki:
Universum Box-Promotion has presented the WBA with medical proof that Ruslan Chagaev does not have the infectious disease hepatitis, but only a hepatitis antigen (a substance that prompts the generation of antibodies and can cause an immune response). Ruslan Chagaev’s blood values have been examined for many years regularly — by measuring methods which are substantially more sensitive than that of the Finnish lab which carried out the blood test that the organizers used to support the refusal to fight.
Universum also provided the WBA with evidence that Ruslan Chagaev’s blood values are unchanged for many years and are safe. They are invariably below the international standard from which the hepatitis disease is considered infectious. Ruslan Chagaev’s current blood values also correspond to those which he had in the first fight against Nikolai Valuev in April 2007. The fight at that time was promoted by Sauerland Event under the supervision of the Austrian Federation in Stuttgart and if there was any doubt about these blood values, it would have been mentioned then. Therefore, today, like the first time, there is no reason to call off the fight. (more…)
Welterweight champion Andre Berto and IBF junior welterweight champion Juan Urango both made weight yesterday at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, FL and are now ready to collide for the WBC World Title in tonight’s explosive double header on HBO’s Boxing After Dark.
Andre Berto 145.25 vs. Juan Urango 146.50
Kermit Cintron 153 vs. Alfredo Angulo 153.5
Yusaf Mack 176 vs DeAndrey Abron 174.5
Tor Hamer 222 vs Samuel Brown 246
Wilmer Vazquez 275 vs Andrew Greeley 236
Jonathan Gonzalez 146 vs Laquel Fleming 147
Berto vs Urango is presented by DiBella Entertainment and Seminole Warriors Boxing and will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 9:45 pm ET/PT. In the televised co-feature, junior middleweight knockout artists Alfredo Angulo and Kermit Cintron will slug it out, but after they do, the stage will be set for a bout many are calling a Fight of The Year candidate. Tickets, priced at $202, $152, $102, and $52, go on sale on April 15, and may be purchased at Hard Rock Live Box Office or may also be obtained online at www.TicketMaster.com. For more information regarding this and other events, log on to: www.warriorsboxing.com
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