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Unbeaten former lightweight champion Paul Spadafora (40-0-1, 16 KOs) has pulled out of his March 31 fight in Pittsburgh due to a sprained left ankle suffered while doing roadwork. Spadafora, who has reunited with former trainer Jesse Reid, was slated to face Carlos Mairena (20-11-1, 17 KOs). That bout may be shifted to another Mike Acri-promoted card on May 9 in Niagara Falls, NY.
The number of fighters who have become world champions after appearing on ShoBox The New Generation since its inception in July 2001 stands at 30. That means viewers likely will be witnessing a future world titleholder approximately every fourth telecast. So who’ll be the 31st ShoBox alum to graduate into greatness? Will it be the supremely talented Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell? Perhaps the rapidly improving Ronald “The Chosen One” Hearns? Or will one of their opponents elevate their status with an upset victory? Stay tuned. The unbeaten fighters return to SHOWTIME on March 28, when super middleweight Dirrell and junior middleweight Hearns face Derrick “Superman” Findley and “Lightning” Harry Joe Yorgey, respectively, in 10-round bouts on a special Saturday edition of ShoBox (live at 11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). (more…)
By Lee Bates
Saturday’s WBC heavyweight title fight between Vitali Klitschko and Juan Carlos Gomez has been bumped from ESPN and will now be seen on ESPN Classic live at 6PM Eastern. The bout will be also be reairing on short turnaround at 7PM Eastern on ESPN2.
Memphis based Prize Fight Boxing has inked middleweight former amateur standout Dominic Wade of Largo, Maryland to a multi-year promotional agreement. After three attempts for his pro debut, Wade finally entered the professional ranks in stunning fashion last weekend at the Fitzgerald Casino in Tunica, Mississippi. Wade’s bout took less than thirty seconds when he knocked out previously unbeaten Chris Davis (3-0, 1 KO). Just 18 years old, Wade had a decorated amateur background as he was a four-time Junior Olympic Champion and fought his way to the 2007 Olympic Boxing Trials. Wade is trained by Barry Hunter who also shares managerial responsibilities with Paul Wade, who is Dominic’s father. Hunter is known for bringing brothers Anthony and Lamont Peterson as well as Fernando Guerrero to boxing prominence.
Where will Aretha Franklin be celebrating her birthday this coming Wednesday? Where will Philip Anselmo of the platinum-selling world renowned, Pantera and Down, be partying loud and proud? Where will Jim Lampley of HBO fame be the master emcee? Answer: The Kronk Foundation’s mega fundraiser. It will be Metro Detroit’s biggest bash, and it will pack quite a punch. (more…)
Tickets are now sold out for Saturday’s WBA world super bantamweight title defense of champion Ricardo Cordoba againt Irish star Bernard Dunne at The O2 in Dublin, Ireland. The weigh in and final pre fight press conference take place Friday at 2PM in the Grosvenor Room at the Ballsbridge Court Hotel (formerly the Berkeley Court Hotel) and the event is open to the public.
Ricardo Cordoba: The title is coming back to Panama with me because I’m not going to give up this belt. I have worked too hard to become world champion to just throw it all away. I’m very confident and I feel in great shape. In fact the last time I felt as good before a fight was when I beat Celestino Caballero back in 2004 so if that’s anything to go by Dunne is in a lot of trouble.
Bernard Dunne: This is the big one but I’m the underdog so there’s no real pressure on me. I have everything to gain and he has everything to lose. The atomsphere in The O2 is going to be fantastic. My training camp has been the hardest of my career but I’ve really enjoyed it and the time’s flown. I just can’t wait to get in there now on Saturday night and do the business and make it a great day for Irish sport.
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Susi Kentikian 111.5 vs. Elena Reid 111.9
(WBA/WIBF flyweight world championship)
Sebastian Zbik 159.3 vs. Ruben Varon 159.1
(WBO Inter-Continental middleweight title)
Sebastian Köber 222.6 vs. Jean Claude Bikoi 210.3
Igor Michalkin 179 vs. Jose Tavares 180.7
Arthur Matern 154.9 vs. Michael Recloux 157.6
Venue: SportHalle Hamburg
Promoter: Universum Box-Promotion
TV: ProSieben (Germany)
By Alexey Sukachev
Russian cruiserweight hope Denis Lebedev (16-0, 11 KOs) is in for a tough test this Sunday night. Hard-hitting boxer-puncher Lebedev, 29, is scheduled to face well-known Cuban heavyweight-turned-cruiserweight Eliseo Castillo (20-2-1, 15 KOs) in a non-title eight-rounder, which will headline a huge amateur tournament, arranged in honor of the PBFR president and former unpaid ranks’ superstar Victor Petrovich Ageev. The fight, as well as the tournament, will be held at local Palace of Culture in Balashikha, several kilometers east to Moscow, and will start at approximate time 3 PM. (more…)
After hosting six successive world championship super bantamweight fights, Orion Sports Management are set to welcome a former world champion and former title challenger hoping to get back to the top of the 122 pound division this Friday March 20th at Casino Rama in Orillia Ontario. Mauricio Martinez (35-8-1 23 KO) of Panama, a former WBO bantamweight champion battles former title challenger Heriberto Ruiz (40-7-2 23KO) of Mexico as the main event in Rumble at Rama VII, the first fight card at the facility not to feature former IBF champion and hometown hero Steve Molitor. (more…)
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Marco “Captain” Huck will make the third defence of his European Cruiserweight Title in Bamberg on May 9 when he takes on former world champion Firat Arslan. “I have great memories of Bamberg,” Huck said. “In May 2007, I defeated Vadim Tokarev in a title eliminator. It was a great fight – the crowd support really was superb. I look forward to returning.” Huck´s meeting with Arslan will certainly be a special one, and it is sure to draw a lot of interest in Germany. “It is about the honour,” Huck said. “It will be the fight of two boxers who are under contract with German promoters. Such meetings are special. I will definitely not disappoint my manager and my coach. I am very confident of winning.” Captain Huck clinched the European title last September when he stopped Jean Marc Monrose in the 12th round. The explosive 24-year-old has knocked out Fabio Tuiach and Geoffrey Batello since then.
Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES) announced today that it has signed super middleweight prospect James McGirt, Jr. to an exclusive, multi-year promotional contract. The 26-year-old McGirt (19-2-1, 9 KOs), born in Brentwood, New York and now fighting out of Vero Beach (FL), is scheduled to make his CES debut on “River Rage” on May 22 at Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island. James is trained by his father, James “Buddy” McGirt, 2-time world champion and former Trainer of the Year. “CES doesn’t give-up on fighters after a loss as long as he has learned from a set-back and shown me he still has fire burning in his stomach to be a world champion,” Burchfield said.
By Alexey Sukachev
American Danny Batchelder is now off as Alexander Ustinov’s possible opponent on Saturday’s huge Stuttgart boxing card. Batchelder suffered a nasty cut and was forced to withdraw from the collision. Replacing him is Brazilian national champion Rafael Zumbano (20-4-1, 17 KOs), who will meet WBA-ranked Ustinov (14-0, 12 KOs) in a non-title eight-rounder. The main event of the show is the WBC heavyweight showdown between champion Vitaly Klitschko and mandatory challenger Juan Carlos Gomez.
Powerful undefeated former world 130lb champion Edwin Valero, Top Rank’s explosive knockout artist (24-0, 24 KOs) from Venezuela is all set for his upcoming main event championship fight for the vacant WBC Interim world lightweight title against Antonio Pitalua on Golden Boy Promotions’ “Lightweight Lightning” Pay Per View on April 4 in Austin, Texas. Valero is currently preparing for the bout in Southern California with trainer Robert Alcazar, whom many will remember trained Oscar De La Hoya early in his career.
By Lee Bates
Newly crowned WBO super featherweight champion Ramon “Rocky” Martinez (22-0-1, 14 KOs) proudly displays his official world title he received today from the World Boxing Organization in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico. Martinez defeated the world champion Nicky Cook (29-2, 16KOs) by 4th round TKO in M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, United Kingdom this past Saturday. “I’m very thankful to the public for their reception they gave me. I’ve always trained extremely hard and it paid off. My dream of becoming a world champion is now a reality,” said Martinez.
By David L. Hudson Jr.
Former professional heavyweight boxer Floyd “Jumbo” Cummings — best known for holding “Smokin” Joe Frazier to a 10-round draw in 1981 — lost his latest legal bout recently when a federal judge rejected his $50-million lawsuit against ESPN Classic. In June 2008, Cummings filed a lawsuit in a state court in Randolph County, Illinois, alleging that ESPN Classic — the arm of sports giant ESPN that airs past sporting events — violated his rights by re-broadcasting Cummings’ December 1981 fight against Frazier, the former heavyweight champion. Cummings contended that ESPN Classic violated his rights under the Illinois Right of Publicity Act by using his name for commercial purposes without permission. For its part, ESPN denied ever showing a replay of the 1981 bout. (More)
Super trainer Orlando Cuellar talks about Juan Carlos Gomez’ world heavyweight title challenge against reigning WBC champion Vitali Klitschko on Saturday in Stuttgart.
Hometowm hero Roy Jones, Jr. judges Tuesday’s St. Patrick’s Day “Green Bikini” contest at Hooters in Pensacola, Florida. Jones (52-5, 38 KOs) faces four-time world title challenger Omar Sheika (27-8, 18 KOs) in a pay-per-view event on Saturday night at the Pensacola Civic Center.
The search is on for a new opponent for former two-time lightweight champion Julio Diaz, after his April 4 clash with fellow ex-champ Joel Casamayor was scrapped when Casamayor suffered a back injury. The Golden Boy Promotions pay-per-view card will feature four lightweight bouts.
By Scott Ploof at the scales
The official weigh-in for Thursday’s “Homecoming” event in Worcester, MA was held earlier today at the Irish Times Pub on Main Street. The fight card which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Manfredo’s Gym, is being taped for later broadcast on the popular New York City boxing series, “Broadway Boxing.” In the main event, exciting prospect Edwin Rodriguez (9-0, 6 KOs) will take on veteran Patrick Thompson (15-13-1, 5 KOs). The co-feature which was to have been Dat Nguyen (14-1, 6 KOs) taking on former world title challenger, Alex Baba (26-14-1, 19 KOs) has been scrapped due to personal issues surrounding Nguyen. Below are the weights of the remaining participants:
Edwin Rodriguez 163 vs. Patrick Thompson 164
Valar Boise 172 vs. Houston Crayton 183
Philip Jackson Benson 163 vs. Dameon Mitchell 164
Justin Reinhold 152 vs. Valdrin Muriqi *
* Muriqi originally weighed in at 156, and will weigh in later; needs to lose two pounds
Steven Ormond 136 vs. Jonathan Ocasio 134
Ryan Kielczewski 128 vs. Aaron Chavez 127
FightNews had an opportunity to catch up with Edwin Rodriguez after he weighed in to get his thoughts on his opponent tomorrow night as well as fighting in front of his hometown fans. (more…)
Story by Mariano A. Agmi, photos by Tom Casino/Showtime
Over the years, Ken Hershman and Gordon Hall have consistently provided Showtime subscribers with top-notch boxing programming via their respective series, Showtime Championship Boxing and Shobox: The New Generation. With about a quarter of the budget of HBO, Showtime Championship Boxing has televised ‘fight of the year’ caliber bouts such as Corrales-Castillo and the Marquez-Vasquez trilogy. Meanwhile, Shobox has provided not just American prospects, but also the best young prospects from Canada and the United Kingdom with wide exposure and stern tests at young stages of their careers . . . Click here for more
Top Rank today announced today that WBC #3-ranked lightweight Urbano Antillon of Maywood, Ca., will headline the first-ever boxing event at the 2,986-seat The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on May 1 – on the eve of the Pacquiao vs. Hatton mega fight. Antillon is a strong, skilled puncher with a record of 25-0 with 18 knockouts. There will be six bouts. The very popular prospect Diego Magdaleno, trained by Pat Berry, of Las Vegas is on the undercard. Azteca America will televise.
As he prepares to defend the WEC® bantamweight title against Japanese star Takeya Mizugaki on April 5 in his hometown of Chicago, IL, Miguel Angel Torres (35-1) has had the opportunity to train with some of the world’s finest mixed martial artists. From interim UFC® heavyweight champion Frank Mir to UFC middleweight contender Jason Day, the 5’9”, 135-pound Torres has sparred, rolled, and grappled with a who’s who of professional fighters . . . Click here for more
With 10 days to go for his next fight, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is just about ready take on undefeated Luciano Cuello of Argentina in the main event of “Tijuana Thunder” the big championship pay per view card slated for Saturday, March 28 in the Plaza de Toros Monumental in Tijuana. “I’m really looking forward to this fight and to be the headliner in a card in Tijuana, a city I consider my second home. I‘m training very hard because in Tijuana I want to show everyone that I’m ready to fight for a world championship and I just can’t wait to get into the ring to prove to everyone how ready I am to take the next step,” said Chavez Jr from his camp in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico. (more…)
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WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and mandatory challenger Juan Carlos Gomez engaged in a public workout today in Stuttgart. They clash on Saturday in what is expected to be a highly charged bout, which can be seen live in the USA on ESPN.
By Alexey Sukachev
It has been confirmed today, that two of the most notable names on Thai fight scene, junior welterweight Yodsonan Sor Nanthachai (58-3-1, 47 KOs) and lightweight Saddam Kietyongyuth (18-0, 14 KOs), would see action in separate promotions this May. Both fighters are promoted by AsiaBox Promotions and are scheduled to take on their toughest opponents in recent years. (more…)
An open to the public media workout will take this Thursday afternoon, March 19th, at 1pm at the Mt. Auburn Recreation Center, 270 Southern Avenue, in Cincinnati in advance of “3 THE HARD WAY”, the world class boxing event this Saturday night at the US BANK ARENA. Featured fighters who will be present at the workout are welterweight contender and 2000 Olympic Silver Medalist Ricardo Williams Jr., Sensational Junior Middleweight Prospect Rashad Holloway and current amateur phenom and 2-Time US Olympian Rau’Shee Warren . . . click here for more
WBC #6 middleweight and former Contender alum Miguel Espino (19-2-1, 8 KOs) is eager to get back in the ring after almost a year off, puts his ten-fight win streak on Saturday at the famous Playboy Mansion against former world champion Alejandro “Terra” Garcia (26-4-1, 24 KOs) in a ten-rounder which will be nationally televised live on TV Azteca America. Also, unbeaten featherweight Alejandro Lopez (10-0, 3 KOs) takes on Yogli Herrera (21-7, 15 KOs).
The “I Am A Fighter” series, developed by SHOWTIME Sports, introduces Timothy Bradley and Kendall Holt. Please click on this link to view two brief yet revealing video features on these two world champions. Learn how their very different upbringings ultimately have led them to the same place, the top of the 140lb division. On Saturday, April 4, they collide in a huge unification bout live on SHOWTIME (10:45 p.m. ET/PT).
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Current IBO super middleweight champ and Contender: Season 3 gold medalist Sakio Bika spoke out about his frustration at the lack of challengers. Speaking from his home in Sydney, Australia, Bika stated “I read about Bernard calling out to Joe Calzaghe who has retired – I say that Joe summed it up nicely in telling me and the media that I am the hardest hitting oppnent he had faced. This has obviously spooked him as he doesn’t want to know nothing about me. I gave Joe more troubles than B-Hop so why not fight me? Are you scared? Instead of calling out a champ who has retired, take me on and you will join Joe in retirement. B-Hop was my idol 10 years ago but he is a long, long way from the Executioner of old. Bernard knows if he faces me it will be his last fight because I won’t just beat him I will knock him out.” (more…)
By Eugene Carnachan
Confirmation has come through that the all-New Zealand heavyweight superfight between David Tua and Shane Cameron is being postponed. In a tune up fight against Robert Davis earlier this month, Cameron sustained three fractures to his right hand. The injury will require surgery. Originally scheduled for June 6th there is no exact date set for the fight proper as that depends on how Cameron recovers from surgery. However August with all things going well has been mooted as the potential month that these two heavy hitters can finally get it on.
By Rizwaan Zahid / Fightnews Canada
Troy Ross, boxing’s newest star, caught up with Fightnews to discuss his experiences on The Contender and the future for him. The Brampton Ontario native took part in this past season’s Contender in Singapore and impressed with fight after fight knocking out three out of the four opponents he faced including Ehinomen Ehikhamenor in the finals for the Contender championship. Ross has been hidden on the radar for quite some time. He is a former two-time Olympian for Canada participating in the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games. He’s a hungry 33 year old cruiserweight and at one point, retired briefly in 2005 because he was unable to book any fights. The soft-spoken, modest, hard-hitting southpaw is no longer just a fighter that only a small amount of Canadian boxing fans would know. He is now a household name and a name that would be recognized all over North America for his powerful aggressive style and the fact that he now truly is a contender.
By Pete Moscardi
Fahsai Sakkreenin, the Thai super-featherweight who holds the IBF Pan-Pacific featherweight title, refused to take a blood test at the pre-fight medical just three days before his fight against Zolani Marali for the vacant IBO super-featherweight title, scheduled to take place in Johannesburg on 21 March. Sakkreenin’s actions left Golden Gloves promoter, Rodney Berman stunned and disappointed. As a result of Sakkreenin’s strange refusal the tournament, which also featured two All-Africa title fights, was immediately cancelled. (more…)
By Eric Duran at ringside
Jim ‘Smitty’Smith and Poor Boys presented, “St Paddy’s Punch Out,” which included live boxing coupled with an auction for members of the Denver Athletic Club on Tuesday night. In the main event, Colorado super flyweight prospect Joey Silva (9-1) returned to action following his first professional loss 9 months ago to take a split decision over Francisco Dominguez (6-4-1) of Juarez, Mexico. (more…)
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Unbeaten WIBF/WBA female flyweight world champion Susi “Killer Queen” Kentikian (23-0, 16 KOs) and highly regarded contender Elena “Baby Doll” Reid (19-4-6, 5 KOs) met for the first time on Tuesday during a press conference at the Cinemaxx in Hamburg, Germany. They collide on Friday night at the Sporthalle Hamburg. “This fight is something special,” said Kentikian. “I’m looking forward to the fight against Elena. She had a good fight against Regina [Halmich] and put her under a lot of pressure. It was a close fight. Now against Elena I must show what’s inside of me and my show my qualities. She’s not only a strong boxer, she’s the strongest opponent I’ve ever had.” (more…)
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