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Carlos Rivera 126 vs Alex Baba 125.5
Ahsandi Gibbs 158 vs Marcus Upshaw 159
(Florida State Middleweight Title Bout)
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Promoter: Starfight Productions
Venue: A La Carte Event Pavilion 4050 Dana Shores Drive Tampa, FL
By Bob Caico
Photos: Andy Newman
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Buffalo, NY jr. lightweight hopeful Guillermo Sanchez scored a resounding third round TKO over Miguel Rodriguez Thursday night in Rochester, NY. Sanchez dominated each of the rounds, scoring a knockdown in round two and three more knockdowns in the third. Referee Sammy Viruet stopped the fight without a count after the last knockdown at 1:26 of the third of the scheduled six. Sanchez improves to 8-0 with 3 KO’s while Rodriguez drops to 7-2. (more…)
Referee Kenny Bayless has been assigned the job of refereeing the May 23rd title fight in Monterrey, Mexico between WBC Superbantamweight Champion Toshiaki Nishioka (33-4-3, 20 KOs) and Jhonny Gonzalez (40-6, 34 KOs). The Nevada state official was the referee last Saturday night at the Manny Pacquiao vs. Ricky Hatton fight in Las Vegas.
The full line-up for the Promociones del Pueblo card is now secure. In the co-main, former champ Rafael Marquez (37-5, 33 KOs) will stage his return in a 10-round superbantam bout against Colombian Francisco Mendoza (21-2-2, 17 KOs). In a ten-rounder at welter, Michael Medina (19-1, 12 KOs), of Monterrey, is up against Juarez’s Bladimir Hernandez (14-1, 10 KOs). In a ten-rounder at super lightweight, Javier “Zorro” Castro (19-2, 16 KOs) takes on Guadalupe Rosales (20-2, 14 KOs), of Monterrey. Chihauhua super flyweight Victor Zaleta (8-1, 5 KOs) will go ten with Mexico’s Rafael Chavez (14-21-2, 9 KOs) and Marco “Dorado” Reyes (11-0, 10 Kos), also of Chihuahua, is up against Cristian Solano (22-16-4, 16 KOs), of Torreon, in the final two ten-rounders. In an eight-rounder at super feather, Angel Reyna (9-1-1, 4 KOs), of Juarez, takes on Juan Carlos Salgado (19-1, 13 KOs), of Mexico; and Alejandro Barrera (9-0, 7 KOs), of Monterrey, fights Arnold Gamboa (4-6, 3 KOs), of Honduras. — Chris Cozzone
Chris Gray – who lost a decision to Cuban amateur star Erislandy Lara this past Saturday on the undercard of Manny Pacquaio vs. Ricky Hatton megafight – is replacing Brian Mihtar as the opponent for Ishe Smith in the main event of Friday’s Guilty Boxing’s “Punchout at the Plaza” event at the Plaza Hotel and Casino in downtown Las Vegas. Mihtar withdrew from the card earlier this week complaining of dehydration.
Guilty Boxing’s matchmaker “Big” Jeff Grmoja stated: “I am glad to find an opponent for Smith at the last minute. Gray was outclassed by Lara but Lara has around 300 amateur fights. Lara would beat most of the top ten jr middleweights today and Chris Gray went the distance with him. Gray is in good shape having fought last week and he showed good defensive skills against Lara. He will give Ishe a good fight!” Several more bouts featuring top talent from the gyms of Vegas will be featured. The doors open at 6pm and the first bout is at 7 pm. Tickets are still available at the box office.
By Rick Scharmberg
The Hector “Macho” Camacho Sr. – Luis Ramon “Yory Boy” Campas bout, originally scheduled for this Saturday night at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey will now take place in Orlando, Florida on the originally scheduled date. The New Jersey Boxing Commision declined to grant the 46-year-old Camacho a license to box in the state, so the promoters, TV Vision Network and Tampa-based RFC Real Fighting Championships, decided to bring the bout to Florida. The card, “Nations Collide 2”, will take place at the DoubleTree Hotel at 5780 Major Blvd., just outside Universal Studios Orlando. The bout will be shown live on pay-per-view. (more…)
Last time Antonio Tarver and Chad Dawson prepared to toe the scratch in the squared circle, fight fans were treated (or subjected) to weeks of pre-fight verbal banter.
There was so much smack talk, the war in the ring couldn’t possibly (and didn’t) live up to the preceding war of words.
This time around, however, Tarver and Dawson have put a lid on the trash talk.
Super middleweight contender Jesse Brinkley hasn’t heard back from former world champion Jermain Taylor since he updated his “hit list” last week and the Northern Nevada native has grown restless . . Click here for more
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By Damrong Simakajornboon
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WBA#5 fly Ratanapol Sor Vorapin (59-7-1,48 KOs) successfully grabbed the vacant PABA flyweight title as he stopped PABA#8 Wido Paez of Indonesia on Thursday at Tana-ard Boxing Stadium in Kuankanun, Pattalung, Thailand. This was an impressive performance of the two-time IBF king and Thailander who lost his PABA crown last year against Filipino Richard Garcia in a majority decision but he took an opportunity again after coming back with a surprising 1st round victory over former WBC title challenger Noriyuki Komatsu on February 8 in Japan. Both fighters entertained the crowd by violently exchanging punches since the opening round and Ratanapol did better with his more tough and accurate punches which rapidly weakened his foe. Finally, the show was finished as the Thai fighter dropped the Indonesian twice with his vicious bodyshots and impressively scored a full ten-count KO at the middle of round three. In other action, WBA#3 lightfly Wisanu Pornobnom (30-7-2,11 KOs) easily destroyed Indonesian PABA#15 Agus Situmorang with his vicious body attack in round two, retaining his PABA 108 lb crown for the fourth time. Two-time WBO title challenger, WBO#5 superfeather Terdsak Jandaeng (34-3-1,22 KOs) stopped Indonesian Bogi Gonzales in round two. Dechapol Bangkluaygym outpointed Songsaernglek Phosuwangym in a six round non-title bout. And Yani Kokietgym outpointed Buangern Kiatsombat in a six round non-title bout. This event was promoted by Kokiet Group Promotion.
WBA #6 heavyweight Denis Boytsov (24-0, 19 KOs) will defend his WBA Intercontinental belt against WBA #2 ranked stablemate Taras Bidenko (26-2, 12 KOs) on the June 6 “Universum Champions Night” event at the König-Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany. The bout will be the co-feature for the European light heavyweight championship clash between champion Jürgen Brähmer (32-2, 26 KOs) and mandatory challenger Antonio Brancalion (32-6-2, 8 KOs). Also seeing action is unbeaten heavyweight Manuel Charr (11-0, 5 KOs), who recently ended the unbeaten run of Gbenga Olunkun. His opponent will be named. More fights will be announced.
Seven bouts have been lined up for Saturday night’s Chad Dawson (27-0, 17 KOs) vs. Antonio Tarver (27-5, 19 KOs) light-heavyweight title fight, televised on HBO from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. (more…)
By Lee Bates
As reported by Fightnews, Benjamin Flores tragically passed away five days after his fight with Al Seeger on April 30th. Fightnews spoke with Seeger who is understandably emotional and feeling the effects of the passing of Flores. “Besides just being a good man, Benjamin Flores was a true boxing warrior who pursued his dream of becoming a world champion and climbing the economic ladder for his family,” said Seeger. “Benjamin Flores passed away five days after his bout on Thursday, in which he fell into a coma. He leaves behind a son, fiance, mother, father, and brother, among others. We ask that if you can, to please reach into your heart and consider sending a donation to this fund (see below) which has been created for his family by the Texas Real Estate Council. I just pray that the family has the peace they need to deal with this.”
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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBA #1 heavyweight Kali Meehan spoke to Fightnews about John Ruiz’ recent statements and says he will be happy to fight Ruiz for the mandatory position and the right to challenge Nicolay Valuev for the WBA championship. Meehan also claims he got the better of Ruiz in many sparring sessions. “I hear that John Ruiz is not happy at the moment and he has the mandatory challenge,” said Meehan. “If anyone should be angry it is me! I am rated #1 in the WBA, which in their rules means I am the mandatory challenger. I thought I would have got the challenge against Valuev, and somehow Holyfield got it, and then John Ruiz got it again.” (more…)
Top Rank today signed hard-punching Mark Melligen, a super lightweight from Bacolod City, Philippines. Melligen, a southpaw, has a record of 14-1 with 10 knockouts. Bob Arum made the announcement today. Melligen out-slugged rugged Ramon Montano at the Hard Rock Resort & Casino in Las Vegas last Friday night, winning an eight-round decision by scores of 80-72, 79-73 and 78-74. “We were really pleased with Mark’s performance last weekend. He’s young, just 23, and he is improving every fight,” said Arum. Melligen had over 200 amateur bouts. He was a two-time medalist at the Asian Games.
The final press conference for Saturday night’s rematch between “Bad” Chad Dawson (27-0, 17 KOs) and Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (27-5, 19 KOs) was held today at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. In contrast to their original fight, last October, there was absolutely no pre-fight smack talk, though both fighters stated they would come out ahead Saturday night in the HBO-televised card. Stay tuned for a full report and more photos.
By Alexey Potapov
Former WBO heavyweight champion Sultan Ibragimov (22-1-1, 17 KOs) seems to have hung up his gloves. Following his February 2008 unification loss to reigning IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko, Sultan returned to Russia and has stayed there alleging that his is still due some money. “I think Ibragimov retired,” said Seminole Warriors Boxing executive director Leon Margules, who co-promoted Ibragimov along with Golden Grain Promotions. “I have not spoken to him for one year. If any money is owed Sultan, it is Romazan (Abacharaev) or someone else in Russia that owes the money. If anything, [Sultan] owes Boris [Grinberg] money because he never paid his management fees to Boris from the Holyfield or Klitschko fights. There is nothing pending in court that prevents Sultan from fighting and certainly any money disputes have not prevented him from fighting. I don’t think he wants to fight again and I think he is making excuses. I have not talked with Jeff [Mayweather, Sultan’s trainer] because there is no reason to. Sultan never paid him but Boris did from his own pocket, also money Sultan owes,” concluded Margules. The Ibragimov camp is staying tight-lipped about any future plans. In September 2008, Sultan’s father who did not want his son to continue his boxing career, passed away. Ibragimov and its manager Gamzat Agaev have declined to comment.
By Jose E. Santiago
After more than a two year hiatus from promoting events, Yayah McClain’s Absoloot Boxing is back. For the past two years McClain has focused his attention on establishing his Atlanta based boxing gym, also named Absoloot, as one of the more respected gyms in the city. On Friday May 22nd Absoloot presents Friday Night Fights featuring professional and amateur bouts. The fights will be held at a new quaint venue “The Pit” located next to his gym, in the same building. Featured in the main event is local welterweight talent Will “Young Picasso” Farley (2-0 2KOs) vs. Jamar Saunders (2-2 1KO). “This will be the first of six professional shows I plan to promote by years end,” said McClain. Followed by and exuberant “I’m back!!”
By Bob Caico
Promoter Nick Garone and X-Cel Worldwide continue their mission to revive professional boxing in Western New York with another exciting card on June 19, at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Garone brought back professional boxing to Downtown Buffalo in February that was well attended and very well received by the boxing starved fans. Coupled with the show X-Cel hosted in Niagara Falls in November 2008, this card will be the third boxing event in 8-months that Garone has brought to the area. “I feel like I’m rediscovering buried treasure out there”, said Garone. Buffalo has had a rich history of boxing for over a hundred years and Garone believes the area will once again be a hotbed. “I know Buffalo loves boxing, so we’re going to give them the world-class shows they deserve”, promises Garone. Scheduled to be on the card are X-Cel Worldwide’s newest contender, Meacher “Major Pain” Major (16-3-1, 14 KOs), Rochester, NY favorite and reigning NYS jr. welterweight title holder Kenny Abril (8-3-1, 5 KOs), former amateur star from Buffalo, Lionel Thompson (1-0, 1 KO) and the first area appearance of exciting Nick Casal (18-4-1, 14 KOs) of Niagara Falls. Ticket information and updates on this card can be found at championsofboxing.com.
7-foot WBA heavyweight boxing champion Nikolai Valuev prepares for his world title showdown against champion in recess Ruslan Chagaev on May 30 in Helsinki, Finland.
By Lee Bates
Exciting light heavyweight contender Beibut Shumenov (7-0, 5 KOs) was to fight former world champion Alejandro Berrio (28-5, 27 KOs) this Saturday in his Shumenov’s country of Kazakhstan. Berrio is out now and former world champion Byron Mitchell (27-4-1, 20 KOs) will step in. The bout is still scheduled for 12 rounds and for the vacant International Boxing Association light heavyweight title,WBO Asia Pacific light heavyweight title, WBC Asian Boxing Council light heavyweight title, and interim PABA light heavyweight title. The bout will take place at the Stadium Khadjimukan in Chimkent, Kazakhstan.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Strong possibilities exist that the Venezuelan Jorge “Niño de Oro” Linares could defend his WBA super featherweight world crown on the July 18 Mayweather-Marquez card at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Linares was to defend his title against Mexican Josafat Pérez this weekend in New Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, but that bout was postponed due to swine flu precautions in the country.
Cecilia Braekhus will make a first defence of her WBA/WBC female welterweight titles when she comes face-to-face with Amy Yuratovac in Helsinki on May 30. The “First Lady” (11-0, 2 KOs) is already looking forward to her first-ever professional fight in Scandinavia. “I am thrilled to be fighting in Helsinki,” the newly-crowned world champion said. “I have a lot of friends in Finland and I hope that many fans from Norway will come over to support me.” The “First Lady” is also good friends with Eva Wahlström, Finland’s most successful amateur boxer. “We have been in close touch ever since our amateur days,” Braekhus added. “I look forward to seeing her ringside on May 30.” (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, “Tyson” filmmaker James Toback and Michael Ezra, author of “Muhammad Ali, The Making of an Icon” climb Through the Ropes. Call or email your questions to email@example.com. 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 9:00 p.m. ET.
By Francisco Salazar
Featherweight contender Orlando Salido will not fight on the Saturday, May 16th Top Rank card at the Buffalo Bill’s Star Arena in Primm, NV. Instead, the main event will be Brandon Rios (19-0-1, 13 KO’s) of Oxnard, CA taking on Jose Antonio Izquierdo (17-4-1, 14 KO’s) in a 10 round lightweight bout. Rios is coming off a fifth round knockout over Carlos Guevara in December, while Izquierdo was stopped by Alex De Jesus in October. Also on the card will be unbeaten Welterweight Vanes Martirosyan taking on Juan Astorga. The bouts will be televised on Azteca America.
In Las Vegas boxing circles, you’re not going to find too many people who feel last year’s fight between Antonio Tarver and Chad Dawson warrants a rematch.
Unless you’re Antonio Tarver, that is.
“It wasn’t what Chad Dawson did that night,” says Tarver.
“It was what Antonio Tarver didn’t do. I just wasn’t myself that night.”
By Craig Watt
Following the second round knockout of Ricky Hatton at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday by Manny Pacquiao there has been much speculation as to whether the former two weight champion from Manchester will return to the boxing ring or will retire from the sport. Today, Brendon Smith, manager and trainer of Australian lightweight contender Michael Katsidis confirmed to Fightnews that a fight with Hatton was originally pencilled in for November in the UK as a “homecoming” fight for the former two weight world champion, prior to the Pacquiao fight. With the loss to Pacquiao however, this fight may be in question, as many people have called on Ricky Hatton to retire, although Team Katsidis are still positive about the possibility. (more…)
Friday night’s main event at the Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas is in jeopardy. Brian Mihtar, who was scheduled to fight Ishe Smith, has pulled out due to dehydration. Stay tuned . . . .
With a little over one week remaining before the highly anticipated showdown between 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward and hard-hitting Edison Miranda, the two talented fighters participated in a media conference call along with promoter Dan Goossen. In the featured bout, the undefeated and No. 2- ranked Ward will fulfill his dream of staging a pro fight in his hometown when he takes a big step up in class to face Miranda, a Colombian knockout artist who has fought top-notch competition throughout his career, on Saturday, May 16 in Oakland, Calif. (more…)
Some 564 youths, ages 8 to 13, from Puerto Rico and the neighboring islands of Curacao and St. Croix, filled the Sports Complex of Cupey last week to celebrate the WBO’s 8th Youth Sports Invitational.
The Youth Sports Invitational is an annual event that is sponsored by the WBO Kids Drug Free Program which promotes the physical, mental and ethical development of youth through the use of sports. (more…)
To commemorate the second year anniversary of Diego Corrales’ passing, a foundation has been launched in his name by the former champion’s widow, Michelle Corrales. The Diego Corrales Foundation will be officially launched tomorrow by feeding all the homeless women and children at The Shade Tree Shelter located at One West Owens Ave in North Las Vegas, starting at 3:45 p.m. The “Knock Out Hunger” campaign will be assisted tomorrow by Chad Dawson, Kevin Kelly, Zab Judah, Gary Shaw and others. For more info on the foundation, visit www.DiegoCorralesFoundation.org
“Punchout,” returns to the Plaza Hotel & Casino in beautiful downtown Las Vegas, Nevada on Friday, May 8, 2009. This show features boxing reality television star and real life jr. middleweight contender Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith. Smith will be headlining his long awaited return to the ring for his hometown fans and capping off a spectacular night of fights. (more…)
Cuban Olympic Gold Medalist Odlienier Solis has pulled out of his May 22nd fight against heavyweight contender “Fast Fres” Oquendodue to a training injury. The fight was supposed to take place at the world famous Fountainbleu Resort in Miami Beach, Florida. “I’ve been down here training my a– off for this guy and he chickens out” said Oquendo, who wants Solis to take the fight despite the injury. “I’m the “Cuban Assassin” and he’s the “Cuban Coward” said Oquendo. “I’ll fight him in Cuba if I have to, I just want to fight.” Ahmet Oner, Solis promoter at Arena Boxing says Solis broke his finger sparring and that the fight will be postponed to a later date.
Former light-heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver put the finishing touches on his preparation today at Bones Adams’ Boxing Gym in Las Vegas. On Saturday, Tarver will rematch the man who dethroned him, Chad Dawson, in the main event of an HBO-televised card at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Vegas. “When I start throwing my hands, no one is better than I am,” said Tarver today. Stay tuned for a feature story on Tarver.
Virginia-based Triple-Mac Promotions has announced the signing of powerhouse Philadelphia middleweight Tyrone “Young Gun” Brunson to a promotional agreement. The sharpshooting Brunson (19-0-1, 19 KOs) set a boxing record with 19 consecutive first-round knockouts to begin his career before fighting to a draw in his last outing. 24-year-old Brunson surpassed the world record of 18 set by current WBC lightweight champion Edwin Valero, albeit against weak opponents. “Tyrone was beginning to go stale by chasing that record and not facing the kind of opposition he should have been to develop properly,” said Triple-Mac President Freddie Mac of his new client. “We believe in Tyrone and we intend to bring him to the top levels of the sport properly. He has the talent and the natural punching power to become a world champion.”
By Karl Freitag
Undefeated and No. 2 ranked 2004 Olympic Gold medalist Andre Ward and dangerous KO artist Edison Miranda spoke to the media today in advance of their highly anticipated showdown on Saturday, May 16, in Oakland, Calif. The 12-rounder for Ward’s NABO and NABF super middleweight titles will be the featured bout on a special Saturday primetime edition of ShoBox: The New Generation, live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). Ward stated that he considers himself to be the underdog and promised to shock a lot of people. “Miranda’s a bully,” said Ward. I don’t like it when people try to bully people and I won’t be bullied. He’s going to find out that I’m a whole lot tougher and I’m a whole lot nastier in that ring than he’s anticipating. I don’t fear anything in that ring…..whatever he want’s to bring, bring it and let’s see what happens!” Miranda commented that Ward is not the toughest opponent he has faced (naming Howard Eastman as his toughest foe) and promised a tenth round KO. “Did you see Jermain Taylor’s fight?” asked Miranda in reference to Taylor’s recent KO loss to Carl Froch. “Jermain Taylor and Andre Ward are fruit from the same tree. That’s why I’ll win. Because they have the same heart, which is really not any heart.”
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