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By Rob Hough
Andre Dirrell (18-1, 13 KOs) admitted that Carl Froch’s tactics affected him in their fight, which Froch won by split-decision, and promised to be more disciplined against Arthur Abraham (31-0, 25 KOs) on March 27 in their Super Six World Boxing Classic Stage 2 match-up.
“Froch using dirty tactics, that threw me off my game plan,” Dirrell said Thursday on a teleconference to discuss the fight, which was moved from March 6, and from Palm Springs, Calif., to Detroit, Mich., because Dirrell tweaked his back. “I clinched too much. I could have fought more inside and not complained to the referee. I’ll be more focused and more determined this time. I’m training a lot smarter.” (more…)
Joshua Clottey hits the mitts during media day Thursday at Kingsway Gym in New York. 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. Click here for more photos…
Super Six World Boxing Classic standings leader “King” Arthur Abraham and Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell both took part in a media conference call on Thursday to talk about their Group Stage 2 matchup. The two square off March 27, 2010, at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich., live on SHOWTIME at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). Abraham (31-0, 25 KOs) currently leads the Super Six point standings with three points by way of his last-second knockout against American Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor Oct. 17 in Berlin, Germany. The former middleweight bronze medalist at the 2004 Summer Olympics from Flint, Mich., Dirrell (18-1, 13 KOs) dropped a close 12-round decision to Carl Froch for the WBC world championship the same night in Nottingham, England. (more…)
IBF heavyweight mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin (18-0, 13 KOs) will face hard-punching Javier “Monster” Mora (22-5-1, 18 KOs) on March 13 in Berlin’s Max Schmeling Halle. The bout is significant for the 2004 Olympic heavyweight gold medalist in two very important ways. For one, the 30-year-old is risking his IBF mandatory status to challenge champion Wladimir Klitschko, also he wants to show a few new things in his second fight under the direction of trainer Teddy Atlas. (More to come)
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Today, WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm and his lawyers declared that a bout with mandatory challenger Gennady Golovkin will not happen under any possible circumstances. As a result, Universum withdraw their request for a restraining order against any Sturm-Golovkin fight without Universum’s involvement. According to Sturm’s management and lawyer Sebastian Cording, who successfully got the Klitschko brothers out of a Universum contract, those proceedings are a partial win for Sturm in his legal battle with Universum because Universum withdrew their motion instead of having the court discharge it after Sturm testified. “If you withdraw”, Cording said in a press release, “it is the same as a loss in court. This is a partial victory for Sturm.”
“Their [Universum’s] press release was just a try to make things look good for them”, Sturm said to Fightnews.com over the phone. “However, it was a successful day for us. Now I can start to prepare for my next fight without worrying. I am excited about my upcoming title defense.” No date or an opponent has been set for Sturm’s return to ring as of now.
Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (53-3, 47 KOs), of Kiev (Ukraine) and Hamburg (Germany), participated yesterday in a media work out in his training camp in Austria. He discussed his upcoming WBO, IBF and IBO title defense against WBO #1-ranked mandatory challenger Eddie Chambers (35-1, 18 KOs), of Philadelphia. The eagerly anticipated heavyweight championship will take place on March 20 at ESPRIT arena Düsseldorf, Germany. (more…)
WBCBoxing.tv will present a live boxing webcast – free of charge – from Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico, on Saturday, March 6, at 10:30 P.M. (22:30 hrs) Central Standard Time. Everyone is invited to watch. Please note: the webcast is not available in Mexico. In the main event scheduled for 10 rounds, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, 30-0-1 with 22 knockouts, of Juanacatlán, Jalisco, Mexico, will defend the North American Boxing Federation welterweight title against Brian “The Golden Greek” Camechis, 19-2 with 8 knockouts, of Glouster, Ohio. (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’s guests are Gary Shaw Productions matchmaker John Beninati and ringside physician Dr. Allan Fields. 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.
The full card for the March 26 show at Isleta Casino south of Albuquerque, N.M. is set. The Fresquez Promotions card headlines Holly Holm (26-1-3, 7 KOs) in a rematch with Chevelle “Fists of Steel” Hallback (27-5-2, 11 KOs), with a co-headliner of female welters, Victoria “La Reina de la Guerra” Cisneros (3-8-2) vs. top contender Terri “The Road Warrior” Blair (11-14-3, 6 KOs). On the undercard: Albuquerque knockout artist David Proa (7-1 , 7 KOs), fresh off a fourth round stoppage of former national amateur champion Adam Ochoa (2-1, 1 KO), steps back in the ring March 26 to face heavy-handed Dominican Jonathan Arias (9-6, 8 KOs) in a six-round bantam clash; Duke City welterweight Josh “Pitbull” Torres (3-1, 2 KOs) is pitted against undefeated Chase Corbin (2-0, 2 KOs) of Tucson, Ariz. in a four-round welterweight bout; Salvador Zamora (4-2), now fighting out of Albuquerque, faces Randy Arrellin (2-2, 1 KO) also of Albuquerque in a four-round super featherweight bout; Sammy Piar (1-0, 1 KO) will stage a return against Reno, Nevada’s Edwin Rosado (1-5); Duke City heavyweights Fernando Reyes (0-1) and pro debuter Eric Ballejos will go four; Former amateur standout James Piar (3-1, 2 KOs) of Albuquerque will also be featured in a four-round bantamweight bout, opponent TBA.
The first Sky Ute Casino card in Ignacio,Colo. is set for April 3. In the main event, Four Corners’ champion Elco “The Animal” Garcia (22-7, 11 KOs) will take on Mohammad Said (33-8-1, 24 KOs), of Sao Paulo, Brazil in a ten-round middleweight bout. Said is on an eight-bout win streak since 2008. In the co-main, Bloomfield, NM light heavyweight Victor Filerio (2-0, 1 KO) takes on Mike Montoya (2-1, 2 KOs), of Colorado Springs, Colo. Also on the lineup: Brittany Cruz (6-2-1) goes four at 118 with comebacking Albuquerque fighter Tonia Cravens (2-5-1); New Mexico heavyweight Reginald Jackson (1-1) goes four with Alvaro Morales (3-6-5), of Las Vegas; local jr. middleweight Servando Lopez (1-0) takes on Vegas’ Joel Gonzalez (2-5) in a four-rounder; and, in a four-round bantam bout, New Mexico’s Aaron Fernandez (0-2) takes on Las Vegas’ David Springer (2-1-3). For tickets, call 888.842.4180.
Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Sugar Shane Mosley wrap up their three day press tour today in Los Angeles at the NOKIA Plaza at L.A. LIVE at 1PM. The event is open to the public free of charge. Fans are encouraged to arrive early.
WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm has declared in lieu of an oath before Hamburg District Court that under no circumstances will he take part in the mandatory title defence bout required by the WBA against the number two in the world rankings, Gennady Golovkin, and his legal representative in court has furthermore declared Sturm’s willingness to voluntarily lay down his WBA title, if necessary. (more…)
On Wednesday night, boxing champ Manny Pacquiao appeared on late-night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” revealing his aspirations to run for public office, his thoughts on fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr., and how he’s preparing mentally for his upcoming fight against Joshua Clottey. Pacquiao concluded his late-night interview by serenading the live studio audience with a rendition of the love song, “Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You.” Click here for more video clips…
By Joe Koizumi
Teiken Promotions has acknowledged the contract of Fernando Montiel (40-2-2, 30 KOs) duly signed by himself and his exclusive promoter Fernando Beltran on Tuesday. WBO bantam champ Montiel is scheduled to square off against WBC titlist Hozumi Hasegawa (28-2, 12 KOs) here in Tokyo, Japan, on April 30. It will be a very sensational confrontation of the world champions which our fight fans anticipate with great enthusiasm.
WBC #3 lightweight Ricardo ‘Pelon’ Dominguez (30-4-2, 18 KOs) will take on veteran Carlos Urias (30-5-2, 18 KOs) in the the round main event of this week’s edition of TOP RANK LIVE! from Mexico City. Featherweights Andres ‘Chavy’ Romero (14-2, 8 KOs and Genaro ‘Duro’ Camargo, 29-8, 23 KOs) in the eight round co-feature. Fox Sports Espanol will televise at 10PM ET/PT.
He’s one of the premier boxers of the last 25 years, a future Hall of Famer who has won world titles in three weight classes while taking on a Who’s Who of the sport, including fellow champions Evander Holyfield, John Ruiz, Hasim Rahman, Vassiliy Jirov, Roy Jones Jr., Mike McCallum, Iran Barkley, and Michael Nunn. But there is one more mountain left to climb for James “Lights Out” Toney, and that’s to show if he can defeat the mixed martial arts warriors of the UFC®.
So later this year, UFC President Dana White is prepared to give Toney his shot, signing the boxing superstar to a multi-fight contract this week to compete in the UFC.
“A lot of pro boxers have made a lot of noise about how they would do in mixed martial arts, but nobody on the level of a James Toney has been willing to back up his talk,” said White. “He’s a legend whose boxing record speaks for itself, and he’s a guy who I’ve got a lot of respect for. Now he’s got every intention of matching that success in MMA, and I think he’s got the right attitude – let’s see if he can do it.” (more…)
Seven-time world champion and “Fighter of the Decade” Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao work out during media day at the Wildcard Boxing Club Wednesday as he winds down his training camp for his upcoming world welterweight championship defense against challenger Joshua Clottey. Top Rank’s “The Event”, will be held on Saturday,March 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas,Texas and televised live on HBO Pay-Per-View. Click here for more photos…
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Once again unbeaten Philadelphian, Mike Jones (20-0, 16 KOs) showed why he is one of the top welterweights in the world as he retained his NABA welterweight title with a workmanlike unanimous decision over former world title challenger Henry “Puerto Rico to the Bone” Bruseles (28-4-1, 15 KOs) before a capacity crowd at Bally’s Casino in Atlantic City New Jersey on Friday night. (more…)
Grammy-nominated recording artist Drake will join undefeated World Boxing Council super lightweight champion Devon Alexander “The Great” during the boxer’s walk to the ring for his world championship unification match on Saturday at Mohegan Sun that will be televised live on HBO (9:30 p.m. ET/PT) from Mohegan Sun. The event is being promoted by Don King Productions. (more…)
(From Left to Right) Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe, Floyd “Money” Mayweather, WBO welterweight champion Sugar Shane Mosley and Golden Boy Promotions chief Oscar de la Hoya today in Washington D.C. at a press conference to officially announce Mayweather and Mosley’s May 1 fight at The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. More photos…
WBA super bantamweight champion Celestino Caballero (33-2, 23 KOs) of Panama will meet unbeaten Daud Cino Yordan (25-0,19 KOs) of Indonesia on April 10th for the WBA interim featherwight title. HBO will televise. The bout will replace the recently withdrawn fight between IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud and former world champion Glen Johnson. Caballero’s trainer Jeff Mayweather (uncle to Floyd Jr. and brother to Floyd Sr. and Roger) weighed in on the opportunity. “Caballero and I have been working together for over a month now here in Las Vegas. His physical condition is excellent. This is a very good opportunity for him and valuable exposure. I have already viewed video of Yordan and Caballero will be well prepared come April 10th,” said Mayweather.
By John Cannon
Marines Promotions is welcoming back a familiar face, and it is one local boxing fans will remember well.
Robert “La Amenaza” Garcia (27-2, 20 KO’s) returns home as he once again reunites with his uncle Julio Marines and will fight in the Rio Grande Valley for the first time since November of 2007. “I feel like I am starting off 2010 with a fresh start,” said Garcia. “It is great to be home again and with my family. During the time I was away from them, I felt alone and knew something was missing. But now that we are back together , I feel a renewed spirit, and my uncle has really been hustling for me. I have my entire family behind me and a lot of the problems I had in the past have completely rolled off my shoulders.” (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Baltimore heavyweight boxer “The American Dream” Mike Dietrich died suddenly Tuesday in Baltimore, MD. Dietrich was 26 years old. No word was given on the cause of death. Dietrich was a five-time national amateur boxing champion and was 12-1, 6 KOs as a pro. Dietrich was in training for a bout on the March 20th boxing card at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore. (more…)
King Arthur Abraham (31-0, 25 KOs) has returned to Germany following the postponement of his Super Six World Boxing Classic second-round clash with Andre Dirrell (18-1, 13 KOs). The fight has been moved back to March 27 after Dirrell injured his back in training. It will now take place at Detroit’s famous Joe Louis Arena and will air live on SHOWTIME, Saturday, March 27, at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. “I am not at all concerned about the change of the date,” King Arthur said. “We had a great time in Palm Springs. I love America and I enjoyed staging my training camp in the Californian sun. Postponements happen all the time in boxing. I don’t mind when and where I will take on Dirrell – I will defeat him everywhere, even in his backyard. I am in the Super Six tournament to become a star in America and all over the world. After the KO win over Jermain Taylor, another spectacular victory over Dirrell in front of his home fans will further raise my international profile.” (more…)
Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Sugar Shane Mosley continue their press tour today in Washington DC’s Lincoln Theatre at noon. The event is open to the public free of charge. Fans are encouraged to arrive early. Afterward the fighters will pose for photos at the famous DC landmark Ben’s Chili Bowl.
IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud will not face Glen Johnson on April 10 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida as scheduled. According to the Cloud camp, the champion pulled out of the bout due to a hamstring injury. However Cloud has also inked a promotional contract with Don King Productions this week and will most certainly be fighting on DKP cards in the future. The IBF has given the Cloud camp a 90-day extension to fight Johnson.
A purse bid was held in the IBF Office today for the IBF featherweight championship mandatory defense between champion Cristobal Cruz and Orlando Salido. Top Rank was the winning bidder with a bid of $ 251,000. Banner Promotions bid $ 250,000. The fight must take place in 90 days.
The Commerce Casino, the world’s largest poker facility in the world, will once again host an evening of world class professional boxing presented by TKO Boxing Promotions on Thursday, March 25th.
“We’re really proud to return to the Commerce Casino with our third event. It’s an excellent venue that allows us to present world class professional boxing to the outstanding sports fans in the Southern California area” said Chet Koerner, President of TKO Boxing Promotions, curators of the nationally acclaimed “Hometown Heroes to World Champions” boxing series . . . Click here for more
The camp of Omar Niño is planning protest Saturday’s technical draw against WBC 108lb champion Rodal Mayol. Niño’s manager Hector Garcia is seeking to have the result overturned in favor of Niño and claims to have evidence Mayol was “playing dead” after Niño hit him just after a low blow which Garcia claims had no effect on Mayol. The protest will be submitted during the WBC’s weekly meeting.
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux will step into the ring for the sixth time as a professional on April 10 as a part of “Fighting for Haiti”, headlined by Andre Berto’s WBC welterweight title defense vs. Carlos Quintana. “Fighting for Haiti” will take place at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida and will be televised live on HBO.
A little bit of jostling at today’s Floyd “Money” Mayweather-Sugar Shane Mosley press conference on Tuesday in New York City to officially kick off their May 1 PPV showdown at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Tha card is billed as “Who R U Picking?” Click here for quotes and more photos…
Fresh off an upset win over unbeaten prospect John Molina, Jr. back in November at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, CA, new WBO NABO Lightweight champion Martin “El Brochas” Honorio returns to the scene of one of his biggest victories when he makes his first title defense against Dominican Wilton “Pretty Warrior” Hilario on ESPN2 Friday. Here’s what he had to say: (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
A tiny card, arranged by Ural Boxing Promotions at Markstadt restaurant in Chelyabinsk, Russia, was marked with a really unusual event. Gennady and Nikolay Maximov, two light heavyweight debutants, collided in what probably was the first ever pro fight between identical twins. Both combatants battled each other without any break and the similarity of their boxing styles contributed to the final outcome of the clash. Nikolay has won over his sibling via a split decision. This unique match-up had something in common with the bout between father and son Harry Duiven Sr/Jr, which was held on Dec. 22 in 2006 and resulted in the second-round TKO for the younger fighter. (more…)
Currator Jim Houlihan’s eclectic Irish pugilist exhibition will be hosted by the GAA Museum and the Irish Arts Center at the historic Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland from May 18th through August 31st. The exhibition features an array of robes, gloves, boxing bags, prints, photographs, painting and film footage of Celtic prizefighters from 1820 to the present day. Intriguing objects on display will include pieces from John L. Sullivan, Jack Dempsey, Gene Tunney, Barry McGuigan, Freddie Gilroy, Bobby Cassidy, Gerry Cooney, Wayne McCullough, Billy Graham, Billy Conn, John Duddy, Maureen Shea and many more. Given the connection between Croke Park and Muhammad Ali, who famously fought Al Blue Lewis at the venue in 1972, a signed glove and shorts worn by Ali that night have been added. Perhaps the most unique item in the exhibition is the late, great Irish fighter Dan Donnelly’s mummified right arm. The exhibit has previously been on display in New York, Boston and Omagh, Northern Ireland.
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