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By Dave Spencer
Promoter InterBox won the IBF purse bid to stage the IBF super-middleweight elimination bout between Jesse Brinkley (35-5-0, 22 KO) and Sakio Bika (28-3-2, 19 KO) to determine the mandatory contender for the belt held by Lucian Bute. InterBox beat out bids by Star Boxing (Team Brinkley) and Golden Boy Promotions (Team Andrade). InterBox has 90 days to promote the bout (until June 16th). Interbox has a pair of events coming up, April 17th in Montreal featuring Lucian Bute versus Edison Miranda and May 28th in Quebec City featuring Eric Lucas in a comeback battle against Librado Andrade. While no date has been set, it is likely that the bout is destined for the Quebec card in hopes of landing a US television deal for the card.
“We have not decided where to place this bout yet. It can become part of our April 17th show in Montreal, or of the May 28th show in Quebec City. We have no strategy yet. We would like to attract an American TV network to Quebec. I believe that with Lucas, Andrade, Brinkley and Bika we increase our chances of having them cross the border” stated Interbox head Jean Bedard.
WBCBoxing.tv will present two live professional boxing webcasts, as well as the third round of the Cinturon de Oro amateur featherweight tournament – free of charge – on Saturday, March 20. Please note: the webcasts are not available in Mexico.
WBCBoxing.tv webcast at 10:30 P.M. (22:30 hrs) Central Time: In the main event at The City Discoteque in Cancun, Jhonny Gonzalez, 42-7 with 36 knockouts, of Mexico City, will fight Antonio “T-Rex” Davis, 26-5 with 13 knockouts, of Atlanta, Georgia, in a WBC featherweight world title eliminator scheduled for 12 rounds. (more…)
By Andreas Hale
As we inch closer to the long awaited rematch between Roy Jones Jr (54-6, 40 KOs) and Bernard Hopkins (50-5-2, 35 KOs, 1 NC) on April 3 in Las Vegas, the trainers for both fighters spoke to the media about the significance of the fight and how they believe it will play out. Alton “Coach Merk” Merkerson and Naazim Richardson – Jones Jr and Hopkins trainers, respectively – fielded questions from the media.
“His preparation is down to a science. We take nothing for granted with Roy Jones,” Richardson explained. “He’s desperate now and a desperate man is dangerous man. We’ve been looking forward to this match for years.”
“Camp with Roy is going very well,” Merkerson said. “He’s training just as hard for this fight as any in the past. He knows Bernard will be ready and is working hard. We’re not taking anything for granted either. We’re going to be very versatile and prepared for any situation.”
Both said that the fight would not be like the first one and fans will see a “Thinking Man’s Fight” as the 41-year-old Jones and the 45-year-old Hopkins will put their respective game plans to the test. Full report coming soon.
Following three epic battles, three-time World Champion Israel Vazquez and two-division World Champion Rafael Marquez will face off in the fourth installment of what is perhaps the greatest boxing trilogy of all-time on Saturday, May 22, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, live on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). In the co-feature, Yonnhy Perez will defend his International Boxing Federation (IBF) Bantamweight World Title against unbeaten top contender Abner Mares. The historic SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING doubleheader is co-promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions, Espinoza Boxing Promotions and Zanfer Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate.
Tickets, priced at $250, $125, $75, $50 and $25 will be available starting Friday, March 19 at 10:00 a.m. PT online at ticketmaster.com, via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at (800)745-3000. Tickets will also be available starting Saturday, March 20, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. PT at the STAPLES Center Box Office. Click here for more photos…
Vitali Tajbert (19-1, 16 KOs) reached the peak of his career today. The WBC issued an official statement to Universum Box-Promotion declaring Vitali Tajbert, from Stuttgart, Germany, their undisputed world champion at the super featherweight limit of 130 pounds/58.967 kilogram. In November 2009, Tajbert defeated Humberto Gutierrez in Kiel, Germany, to claim the interim-version of the WBC belt. At that time, regular WBC titleholder Humberto Soto was already planning to relinquish his super featherweight belt and challenge for the WBC crown at lightweight. (more…)
Jr middleweight Deandre “The Bull” Latimore (left) weighed in at 153.75 for his much anticipated rematch with Sechew Powell, who scaled in at 152. The IBF jr middleweight eliminator will take place on Friday night at the Choctaw Gaming Center in Durant, Oklahoma. ESPN2 will televise.
Edwin Rodriguez 167.4 vs. George Armenta 166
Jonathan Gonzalez 154.4 vs. Rodrigo Villereal 155.8
Prenice Brewer 142 vs. Chris Fernandez 142.4
Carson Jones 158 vs. Delray Raines 156.8
Chauncey Welliver 256 vs. Mike Sheppard 228
Danny O’Connor 142 vs Franklin Gonzalez 143.5
Jaime Clampitt 139.5 vs Jill Emery 141
Joey McCreedy 166 vs Dafir Smith 170
Jason Pires 144.5 vs John Revish 144.5
Eddie Soto 137 vs Sean Eklund 138
Jesse Barboza 229 vs Richard Mason 211
Keith Kozlin 167 vs Roberto Burgess 168
Venue: Twin River Event Center, Lincoln, RI
Promoter: Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports
Tickets: $35, $50, $75 and $100. Call 401-724-2253
Promoter Roy Englebrecht’s long-running “Battle in the Ballroom” series returns April 1st at the Irvine Marriott in Irvine, California. In the main event, undefeated heavyweight Joe Hanks (11-0, 7 KOs) will take on his toughest opponent yet when he faces Shannon Miller (16-4, 9 KOs). Also, two-time Olympic Boxing alternate and 1-0 super bantamweight David “Thunder” Clark fights Jonathan Alcantara (3-1-1). Tickets start at $32 and less than 100 remain.
Floyd Mayweather and Shane Mosley will begin the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) gold standard anti-doping program on Monday, March 22 as they continue to prepare for Mayweather vs Mosley “Who R U Picking?” PPV set to take place on Saturday, May 1 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The program involves no-advance-notice sample collection of the athletes’ blood and urine prior to and after the fight so that all banned substances, some of which do not show up in urine alone, are tested for thoroughly, and with both athletes subjected to the testing program leading up to as well as after the fight.
Jackson Osei Bonsu (31-3, 24 KOs) and former world champion Randall Bailey (40-7, 35 KOs) both made weight today for their IBF# 2 spot welterweight eliminator scheduled for tomorrow. The site of the event will be at the Lotto Arena, in Merksem, Antwerpen, Belgium. Bonsu weighed in at 146.5 while Bailey weighed in at 146.7. Maximum weight allowed was 147lbs.
King Arthur Abraham (31-0, 25 KOs) will return to the USA on Saturday to continue his preparation for the eagerly-anticipated Super Six World Boxing Classic showdown with Andre Dirrell (18-1, 13 KOs). The two super-middleweights lock horns at the famous Joe Louis Arena on Saturday, March 27 (LIVE on SHOWTIME® at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT – delayed on the west coast). Boxing-Online.com caught up with the tournament point leader in his training camp in Kienbaum, 20 miles east of Berlin. (more…)
By Ricardo Conde
Former junior lightweight champion Robert “Grandpa” Garcia, of Oxnard, CA is one of the hottest and fastest rising trainers in the boxing game. Garcia currently trains Steven Luevano, Brian Viloria, unbeaten lightweight contender Brandon Rios as well as his younger brother, and undefeated featherweight contender Miguel Garcia. Garcia has also been called in to assist in the training of former flyweight champion Nonito Donaire and welterweight contender Alfonso Gomez and he also coaches quite a few nationally ranked amateur fighters at his recently opened gym, the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard, CA. We recently caught up with Garcia and here’s what he had to say. For more details and photos click here…
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former world rated heavyweight Shane Cameron (24-2, 20 KOs) defeated John Hopoate (12-5, 11 KOs) when the referee disqualified the former Australian heavyweight champion for continuous holding in round two at the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Thursday. Cameron was coming off a second round loss to David Tua in 2009. Click here for more photos…
Details are set for the pay-per-view telecast for Evander Holyfield against Frans Botha on April 10 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. “The Legend Returns,” presented by Crown Boxing, is being distributed in the United States and Canada by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 9PM ET/6PM PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, Viewer’s Choice and Bell TV, for a suggested $29.95.
World champion Lucian Bute swings the big hammer as he preps for his upcoming April 17th IBF super middleweight defense against Edison Miranda. Bute is training in Miami, Florida for the upcoming HBO split-site telecast which also features Kelly Pavlik versus Sergio Martinez.
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Promoter Mario Loreni will stage an exposive WBA Intercontinental title clash at the welterweight limit on Friday night at the Nelson Mandela Forum in Florence, Italy. Italian boxing superstar Leonard Bundu (20-0-1, 6 KOs) and former South American challenger Carlos Adan Jerez (30-11-3, 16 KOs) are the co-challengers for the vacant crown. Both fighters are very hard and strong warriors. ‘Boom Boom’ Bundu, a former amateur star is extremely popular in Italy, due to his power and his aggressive style and currently is the European Union 147lb titlist, but Jerez, is a real ‘steel-man’ with vicious punch and is probably at the peak of his career, after a very impressive 2009, where he has knocked out former WBA contender Javier Alberto Mamani. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBC and WBA world champion Jorge “Niño de Oro” Linares has arrived in Venezuela from Japan to finalize his preparations for his March 27th comeback fight at the Polideportivo Jose Maria Vargas, La Guaira. Linares faces Francisco Lorenzo in his first fight since his shock KO1 loss to Juan Salgado last October in Tokyo. “I’m doing well, without problems and am happy to be able to come to fight here after almost five years,” said Linares. “I didn’t come for the holidays, I came to work. I needed this time to recover mentally. I thought I’d come back at 132 pounds or so. Nevertheless, this fight will be in the super feather category which pleases me because it’ll be a challenge for me. I’m happy me to fight again in my country and this is one of my motivations.”
Three-division world champion Erik “El Terrible” Morales, the last opponent to defeat Manny Pacquiao, returns from a 2 1/2-year layoff March 27 to headline “The Champion Returns” pay-per-view event, live from Monterrey, Mexico. . . . Click here for more
As reported, WBA World Champion Andre Ward has suffered an injury and is unable to fight Allan Green on April 24. The scheduled Group Stage 2 tournament matchup between WBC world championship Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler will take place as planned on Saturday, April 24, from Herning Denmark, airing on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT as a one-fight card (same-day delay). The Ward vs. Green bout, a Group Stage 2 matchup of the Super Six World Boxing Classic and Ward’s first world title defense, will be rescheduled.
“I honestly don’t think he will ever get in the ring with me,” said Green earlier this week. “I don’t think this is a fight Andre Ward and his people ever wanted… If I had it my way he’d take a cortisone shot and fight on April 24. I seriously doubt he’s ever going to fight me….. I hope it’s valid, because there’s been a lot put into this from everybody involved and there’s no time to play games…” (more…)
The WBC is officially appointing Vitaly Tajbert, from Germany, as the undisputed WBC super featherweight world champion as of today. Vitaly Tajbert won the WBC interim super featherweight championship by defeating Humberto Gutierrez, from Mexico, last November 11. Reigning champion Humberto Soto was ordered to meet Tajbert but he requested WBC permission to remain as super featherweight champion until he climbed into the ring to fight for the WBC lightweight championship, which he won this past Saturday night at the Cowboys stadium in Dallas, Texas. Soto is now the WBC lightweight champion and in strict adherence to the WBC Rules and Regulations, Vitaly Tajbert becomes the undisputed super featherweight champion of the world.
By Karl Freitag
One of the reasons IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko’s defense of the unified heavyweight title against Philadelphia’s Eddie Chambers won’t be televised in the United States is that HBO executives believe U.S. fight fans can’t tell the difference between Wladimir and his brother, WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko.
“For a while, Wladimir was hell-bent on maintaining a presence in the United States, and we were starting to break through with him,” Ross Greenburg, president of HBO Sports, told ESPN. “Unfortunately, at the same time, his brother decided to come back, so that kind of confused the consumer again in the United States. People have trouble differentiating.” The 51,000+ in attendance and 110 countries that ARE televising the world heavyweight championship fight have managed to differentiate between the brothers. What about you?
It was announced earlier today that heavyweight ‘Fast’ Fres Oquendo has signed a promotional contract with Roy Jones Jr., Square Ring Promotions. However, Chicago promoter Bobby Hit says Oquendo still has a current and binding contract with Hitz Boxing. Hitz says he is determined to defend his contract with Oquendo and resolve this matter through all legal channels available. “Typical Fres…what more can I say?” stated Hitz.
Former WBA Heavyweight Champion Ruslan Chagaev (25-1, 17 KOs) is looking forward to his upcoming WBA eliminator fight against Australian top ranked contender Kali Meehan (35-3, 29 KOs). The boxing career of 31 year old Chagaev has been kind of a roller coaster. He holds a win over “Russian Giant” Nicolay Valuev and he lost his last fight 10 months ago against WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in front of a 60,000+ crowd at Veltins Arena in Schalke. Now he is back in action with the WBA eliminator bout against “Checkmate” Meehan on May 22 in Germany with an eye on regaining his world title soon after.
IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and challenger “Fast” Eddie Chambers both looked sharp today during a public workout in Düsseldorf, Germany. Chambers displayed his lightning quick reflexes and ring movement, while Klitschko exhibited his power-punching to an appreciative crowd. They meet Saturday night in front of 51,000 at the Esprit Arena. Click here for more photos…
An attractive world championship doubleheader on March 26 featuring cruiserweights Steve Cunningham vs. Matt Godfrey for the vacant IBF title and IBF jr middleweight champion Cory Spinks against Cornelius Bundrage has been postponed. The reason for the postponement is that contractual issues arose between ESPN and DKP regarding the TV deal for Friday Night Fights that were unable to be resolved.
Grant Wilfley Casting is seeking male and female boxers, trainers and cutmen for possible ongoing work on a new FX TV project called “Lights Out,” filming from March to July 2010. All ages and ethnicities are being sought, but applicants must have current, real life boxing, training or cutman experience. Please send a recent picture, clothing sizes and contact info to firstname.lastname@example.org. Write REAL BOXING EXPERIENCE in the subject line of your email.
USBA and NABA Heavyweight Champion “Fast Fres” Oquendo 32-5 (31 KOs) has signed an exclusive promotional agreement with Square Ring Promotions and will face former two-time world champion Jean Marc Mormeck 34-4 (22 KOs) on May 6, 2010 at the Halle Carpentier arena in Paris, France. “We were very fortunate in signing Oquendo that Mormeck and his promotional company, J3M Promotions, who we’ve been collaborating with, were interested in fighting Oquendo in his next heavyweight bout,” said John Wirt, CEO of Roy Jones, Jr.’s Square Ring Promotions. “I see it as a crossroads fight between two outstanding veterans with the winner being in line for a world title opportunity.” (more…)
Story by Rick Scharmberg
“Fast” Eddie Chambers (35-1, 18 KOs), of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will realize his dream of fighting for the heavyweight championship of the world next Saturday, when he challenges WBO/IBF champion Wladimir Klitschko (53-3, 47 KOs), of Kiev, Ukraine at the Esprit Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany. Chambers, rated #1 in the WBO and #3 in the IBF, earned his shot with impressive wins over former WBC heavyweight champion Sam Peter and unbeaten contender Alexander Dimitrenko . . . click here for more
Chambers camp ready for battle: Rob Murray Jr (co-trainer), Rob Murray Sr. (trainer and mentor), Steve Chambers (Eddie’s brother), Eddie Chambers and Robert Hines (cutman) line up for a group shot in Dusseldorf, Germany.
UFC® Confirms Full Fight Card For UFC 111: The lineup is set for the UFC’s return to New Jersey on Saturday, March 27th.
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UFC® Comes To Versus This Sunday Night: Brandon Vera and Jon Jones go head-to-head in a light heavyweight battle, plus hard-hitting Junior dos Santos looks to continue his climb up the heavyweight ladder as he takes on Gabriel Gonzaga.
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By Matt Richardson
As the energy in the proposed super middleweight “Super Six” tournament continues to dwindle due to postponements and pull-outs, boxing fans who like the idea of a series of fights in a particular weight division can now begin to look further down the scale. Over the next few months, the attention will likely shift to what has become arguably the best and most exciting division in the sport: the 140-pound, junior welterweight class. While not as regimented as the tournament at 168 (this isn’t a tournament at all), the fights on tap promise to be significant and exciting. Two of these matches were announced on Tuesday morning at Madison Square Garden, in New York City, the site of an HBO-televised double-header on May 15. (more…)
Congratulations to SES Boxing, which celebrated its tenth year in the boxing business on Tuesday. It was March 16, 2000, when Ulf Steinforth founded Sport Events Steinforth (SES), and thus laid the foundation stone for the first professional boxing promotional company in eastern Germany. SES has since presented 65 boxing cards. “These ten years have fulfilled my dream of sporting success,” says Steinforth, who has two of his reigning world champions scheduled to defend their belts in April. IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck (on 4/9 in Ljubljana) and WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (on 4/17 in Magdeburg).
Featured fighters on Saturday’s card billed as “Win or Die in the City” taking place at “The City” Discotheque in Cancun, are rolling into the the famous Yucatan resort. Headlining the event are Mexican favorites Jhonny Gonzalez and Marco Antonio Rubio. Former world champion Gonzalez (42-7, 36 KOs) faces Antonio Davis (26-5, 13 KOs) in a WBC featherweight eliminator, while longtime middleweight contender Rubio (45-5-1, 39 KOs) meets Jeison Palomeque (12-3-1, 7 KOs). More plus more photos…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA interim bantamweight world champion Nehomar Cermeño has returned home to Venezuala for his March 27 fight with full WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno at the Polideportivo Jose Maria Vargas in La Guaira, Venezuela. Cermeño trained for the bout in Panama. “We don’t have any doubts that all is well,” said Cermeño. “There’s no problems with weight and we are ready. We’ve already finished sparring and now we just have to maintain our condition.” Cermeño added that the strategy for the bout is set and ” you can expect that on March 27 I will win the absolute world title.” Panamanian Moreno will arrive in Caracas, Venezuela on Saturday from Mexico City where he trained for the bout. The card is promoted by Boxtrack.
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