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By Przemek Garczarczyk
Roger Bloodworth, the man who stood in Andrew Golota corner when the Polish heavyweight lost inexplicably to Riddick Bowe and Michael Grant must love Poles. Just the day after Christmas, he joined the team of another Polish fighter but this time the one with completely different resume–former WBC light heavyweight champion, and current “Ring Magazine” cruiserweight champion with a big appetite for a heavyweight crown–32-year old Tomasz Adamek. This is what the one of the most respected man in business had to say about this decision. (more…)
WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm is targeting WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik for a May/June unification showdown. Sturm, who hasn’t fought since July, says he is currently at walking around at 191.8 pounds, nearly 32 pounds over the middleweight limit.
WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck will return on March 13 at the Max Schmeling Hall in Berlin. No opponent named at this point.
Rumble Time Promotions light heavyweight Kevin Engel has suffered an injury while preparing for his fight on January 15 at the Pageant in The Delmar Loop in St Louis. The show will go on as scheduled.
WBA junior welterweight champion Amir Khan is currently visiting Pakistan. The champion, who is of Pakistani descent, stated that he would someday like to box in the country.
Fox Sports en Español and Top Rank announced today the launch of an exciting new boxing series – “Top Rank Live.” The two-hour broadcast will air live on Fox Sports en Español on Saturdays, three times per month, beginning at 10 p.m. ET. The series will debut on Saturday, January 16, 2010, from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. At least one show per month will originate directly from Mexico. (more…)
Junior middleweight contender Derek “Pooh” Ennis (19-2-1, 13 KOs), almost had his boxing career derailed on April 11th when he weighed in over the junior middleweight limit for his USBA title bout in Atlantic City against Ishmail Arvin. When an agreement between parties could not be made, the bout was canceled. It was the second time missing the limit for the rising prospect. The disappointment placed Derek Ennis at crossroads in his career on whether he could be trusted to make the junior middleweight limit in future fights. This all changed in recent months as Ennis has not only made the contracted weight in his last three bouts, but has even weighed in three pounds lighter than the junior middleweight limit. (more…)
Jose Rivera (Puerto Rico) will be the referee when WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz defends his belt against #11 ranked Ruben Acosta on Saturday night at the Bördelandhalle in Magdeburg, Germany. Judges will be Manfred Küchler (Germany), Manuel Oliver (Spain) and Eugenia Williams (USA). Supervisor is WBO President Francisco Valcarcel (Puerto Rico).
Daniel Van de Wiele (Belgium) will be the third man in the ring for the WIBF/WBC/WBO female featherweight title fight between champion Ina Menzer and Ramona Kühne (the WIBF super featherweight champion). Judges are Esa Lehtosaari (Finland), Frank-Michael Maaß (Germany) and Sergio Silvi (Luxembourg). WIBF supervisor is Jürgen Lutz (Germany), WBC supervisor is Edward Pearson (USA), WBO supervisor is Francisco Valcárcel (Puerto Rico).
By Alexey Sukachev
For the second consecutive time the New Year starts with a (sort of) Russian invasion. In January 2009 two Russian fighters took their parts in WBO title match-ups, opening the pugilistic year in Europe, namely in Magdeburg and Dusseldorf (both Germany). The invasion was anything but successful as both Denis Inkin (the WBO 168lb champion) and Alexander Alexeev (the notorious favorite in his bout versus Victor Ramirez) lost their title bids in decisive fashion, also starting the year of pain and disappointment for boxing fans in Russia.
This time another pair of fighters from the biggest country on the Earth will try to make a different opening of the season in the different place and under different circumstances. What is common in two those events is the fact that Russian pugilists will be presented in TV openers of the year to come. On January 8, the next day after the Christmas in Orthodox tradition, Roman Karmazin will try to make another step in his historical mission of becoming the first ever Russian champion in two weight classes, while promising heavyweight Andrey Fedosov faces the biggest test of his yet short pro career in savvy veteran Lionel Butler. Both fights will be a part of the “Glendale Glory 2”, which will be co-promoted by Art of Boxing Promotions and Bash Boxing with the assistance of M-1 Global and will be aired live by ESPN2. (more…)
Attention Kamal Shalorus: To hijack a phrase from Georges St-Pierre, Dave Jansen is ‘not impressed with your performance.’ On the wrestling mat, that is. . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, WEC
By Jeremy Roseman
Dionisio “Mr. Knockout” Miranda (20-4-2, 18 KOs) arrived Wednesday afternoon at Los Angeles in anticipation of his IBF title eliminator this Friday with former World Champion and top-ranked middleweight contender Roman “Made in Hell” Karmazin (39-3-1, 25 KOs). The winner will receive a mandatory title shot against IBF middleweight champion Sebastian Sylvester. “Mr. Knockout” graciously granted FightNews an interview to discuss his showdown with Karmazin. (more…)
Promoter Bob Arum said Wednesday night that the proposed super fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a no go. Arum stated that Pacquiao wanted the fight, but Mayweather didn’t. Pacquiao will now likely challenge WBA super welterweight champion Yuri Foreman in a bid for a world title in an unprecedented eighth weight class.
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 Andre Berto and Vanes Martirosyan. 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.
By Johnny B’
A full card with eleven scheduled bouts is lined up for Friday evening January 15th at Turner Hall in Milwaukee Wisconsin. Promoters Salomon Becerra & Bob Lynch are making an effort to keep boxing alive in the Dairy State of Wisconsin. Heading the card is Rockford Illinois 21-year-old Bazooka Joe Linenfelser (8-0-1) in the eight round main event against Milwaukee’s Alonzo Scott, a veteran of six bouts, who at 38 will need to draw on his life experience to meet this challenge. Other boxers on the card in four round bouts include, Kendall Gould, Alberto Mercedes and Milwaukee light welterweight Mike Gonzalez (10-7-1). The big boys on the card are heavyweights Enobong Umohette (3-1, 2 KOs) facing warhorse Donald Tucker a veteran of 48 professional contest. For tickets and information, telephone (231) 457-7636.
Romulo Quirarte, head trainer and tactician for the careers of such remarkable world champions as Raul “Jibaro” Perez, Juan Jose “Dinamita” Estrada and the legend himself, Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., among others, now is in charge of preparing the interim WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (23-1-1, 17 KOs) for his champion clash against the full-fledged WBC champ Edwin Valero of Venezuela on February 6th in Monterrey, MX. After guiding the southpaw DeMarco of Tijuana, MX, by way of Los Mochis, to the interim world title last October with a win over Jose Alfaro, Quirarte feels that this is the right moment for DeMarco to face his biggest test yet. (more…)
Brooklyn’s Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin takes on Ecuador’s Fernando Zuniga in what promises to be an electrifying Super Middleweight semi-final to the highly anticipated matchup between Heavyweights Tomasz Adamek of Jersey City and Jason Estrada of Providence, RI when Main Events’ Brick City Boxing Series returns to Newark’s Prudential Center on Feb. 6th. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Southern California fight fans were treated to exciting action throughout 2009. On Friday night, fight fans will ring in the New Year with another stellar card for their entertainment. Roman Karmazin will take on Dionisio Miranda in a Middleweight eliminator at the Civic Auditorium in Glendale, CA. The fight will headline a “Glendale Glory II” card, presented by Art of Boxing Promotions in association with Bash Boxing. The bouts will also commence the 2010 season series of ESPN’s popular “Friday Night Fights.” This will be the second time Art of Boxing Promotions will present a card in the city of Glendale. Up until June, the city had banned boxing from taking place within its city limits for 62 years. The city council repealed the ban, which has allowed promoter Karhen Harutyunyan to promote shows in his hometown. (more…)
Boxing returns on January 21 at the San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino in Highland, California when Patrick Ortiz of Ringside Tickets presents a card headlined by southpaw Jose ‘El Nino’ Reynoso (9-2-2) taking on undefeated Aris Ambriz (13-0, 8 KOs) for the vacant GBU jr. welterweight Americas championship. Also bantamweight Kaliesha West puts her 11-1-0 record on the line against TBA. Tickets are $30 and $40 available at Ticketmaster and at the San Manuel Box Office. A 21-and-older age requirement to enter the casino is strictly enforced.
The WBO has called a purse bid for the mandatory title defense of WBO junior lightweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez against #1 rated Ricky Burns. The purse bid will be held on January 13 at the WBO Headquarters in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The minimum bid is $150,000.
Former NYSAC Commissioner and former CKP matchmaker Ron Scott Stevens has a new off-Broadway play that will begin running in February 4th at the Soho Theater. The play is called “The Cutting Den” and it is about a Brooklyn barbershop that is fronting for a gambling parlor. One of the main characters is being played by former WBO middleweight champion Doug DeWitt. More info here.
Hollywood Casino in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, will host another live boxing event on January 23rd. This will be the fourth boxing card Hollywood Casino and promoter Leslie Bonano have brought together since bringing boxing back to Bay St. Louis last summer. The main event will be an eight-rounder between heavyweights “Big Fred” Kassi (14-1, 7 KOs) and Byron Polley (23-10-1, 11 KOs). Also in a heavyweight six-rounder, Bobby O’Bannon (7-2, 7 KOs) will face off with Wes Taylor (7-14). Tickets are $20, $50 and $100. Call 800-229-2683. Must be at least 21 to attend.
Unbeaten Mike Jones, of Philadelphia, PA, makes the fourth defense of his NABA welterweight title when he faces Henry Bruseles, of Gurabo, Puerto Rico, in the scheduled 10-round main event on February 27 at Bally’s Atlantic City. The Jones-Bruseles fight will be part of a two-hour portion of the show which will be televised live by Fox Sports Espanol, Fox Sports Net (FSN) and its regional sports network affiliates, beginning at 10 p.m. This card, part of the Top Rank Live series on Fox Sports Espanol on Saturdays, three times a month. (more…)
Only 21 days after his professional debut, 2009 world amateur boxing champion Jack Culcay will return to the ring on Saturday in Magdeburg against Dmitrijus Sidorovicius. “To me it makes no difference who my opponent is,” says the highly regarded jr middleweight. “I’ll take on anybody in the ring.” Southpaw Sidorovicius (24) has won both of his pro fights in the Latvian capital of Riga. Culcay feels well prepared. “The sparring went well. My trainer Michael Timm was satisfied,” he said. Regarding his pro debut against Jindrich Kubin, Culcay stated “I’ve looked my first fight on video. The quickness was okay, I must still work on my defense.” Culcay also wants to pace himself better. “I can’t immediately go full throttle, I need to be a little calmer.”
For the last 20 years, Chris Middendorf has gone from managing to matchmaking fights. In the last 18 months, Middendorf has been the genius at TKO Boxing Promotions, matching up the fights and grooming an increasingly growing stable of hot, young fighters. Fightnews recently sat down to talk with Middendorf . . . Click here for more by Matt Thompson
Days after surrendering his title, Mike Brown’s lingering funk began manifesting itself as a hunger for redemption. So WEC matchmaker Sean Shelby offered the antsy former champ a Philly cheesesteak – as in a Jan. 10 date with Philadelphian Anthony “Cheesesteak” Morrison . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, WEC
Promoter Ricky Hatton’s Hatton Promotions returns on January 15 when Rob Norton and David Dolan meet in a rematch for the British and Commonwealth cruiserweight titles at the Altrincham Leisure Centre in Manchester, England. The pair contested a thrilling battle last year as Norton survived three knockdowns to retain his title by unanimous decision. Dolan, a former “Prizefighter” series finalist, will be seeking revenge and will hope to emulate the success he had in Manchester in 2002 as he won a Commonwealth Games gold medal. The rematch between Cello Renda and Paul Samuels may however steal the show as they meet in a ten round middleweight bout. A double knockdown was the highlight when they clashed in Stoke last November.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Looks like WBA cruiserweight world champion Guillermo Jones has an opponent, date and location for the first defense of his title. Sources say Jones may be returning on February 27 in France against Valerie Brudov, the mandatory challenger. Apparently an agreement has been worked out between the parties involved and the WBA has called off a scheduled purse bid. It will be Jones first fight since winning the title in September 2008 by defeating Firat Arslan in Germany. Brudov has previously held the WBA interim cruiserweight belt.
WBO junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ Lopez (27-0, 24 KOs) is just a few weeks away from his January 23rd challenge of WBO featherweight champion Steven Luevano (37-1-1, 15 KOs). The bout will take place at the famed Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York with HBO televising. The PR Best Boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera) and Top Rank promoted Lopez is confident he will leave the ring with his second world title in as many divisions. “The goal is to win Luevano’s world title and that’s what I’m coming to do. I’m not coming looking for the knockout but if he presents itself I will take it,” said Lopez.
Fight fans at Elbe Park in Magdeburg, Germany, were thrilled when world champions Robert Stieglitz, Ina Menzer and Ramona Kühne engaged in a public workout in advance of their title fights on Saturday at Bördelandhalle. Also on hand was world title challenger Ruben Acosta, unbeaten heavyweight contender Denis Boytsov (pictured above), unbeaten heavyweight Manuel Charr, former heavyweight title challenger Owen Beck and highly regarded world amateur world champion “Golden Jack” Culcay. Click for more photos…
After nine hours of mediation with retired federal judge Daniel Weinstein, the proposed March 13 super fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao is no closer to fruition. Among those on hand at Tuesday’s meeting in Santa Monica were Bob Arum and Todd duBoef of Top Rank, Oscar De La Hoya and Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy and Mayweather’s manager Al Haymon. Weinstein has placed a gag order on the proceedings, so neither camp is talking although negotiations are said to be ongoing.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
On Sunday January 3, Gonzalo Rivera passed away in Puerto Ordaz, Estado de Bolivar in Venezuela. Rivera was held many positions in boxing. He was a judge in national and international fights, the president of the Fedelatin, WBA Championship Chairman, WBA Ratings Chairman, a member of the WBA International Officials Committee as well as the head of the Commission of Professional Boxing of Aragua State in Venezuela. Rivera always showed great professionalism and commitment toward his work, with love to the sport. A WBA resolution was signed by Gilberto Mendoza which read “Mr. Rivera was an inspiration of a family united by moral and ethical principles.”
ESPN Friday Night Fights invades Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula, CA on February 12 featuring the dangerous Tyrone Harris 25-5-0, 16 KO against the highly touted Korean Puncher Ji-Hoon Kim 19-5-0, 16 KO in a 10 round jr. lightweight bout. The undercard will feature some great young talent including Russian prospect Ruslan Provodnick in a 10 round co-feature. Also on the card will be a local favorite from Temecula, welterweight Dashon Johnson 8-2-2, 4 KO in a 6 round bout. One of the United States’ top young amateurs, Garret Simon, will make his California debut in the heavyweight division in a four round bout. Legendary heavyweight champion Smokin’ Joe Frazier on hand to sign autographs and meet the fans. The show will feature a total of 6 bouts and be broadcast live on ESPN2, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
The WBA has called a purse bid for a showdown between WBA super lightweight champion Amir Khan and interim titleholder Marcos Maidana. The bidding will take place at 11AM on Monday, January 18th at the WBA’s Panama office. The bidding will be directed by Gilberto Jesus Mendoza and Jose Oliver Gomez.
By Rick Scharmberg
Mike “No Joke” Stewart (44-7-2, 23 KOs), of New Castle, DE, returns to the ring on Friday, February 26 at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Delaware. Stewart will face WBF welterweight champion Brandon “The Business” Baue (12-3, 10 KOs), of Troy, Missouri in the eight-round main event. The co-feature will pit New Castle’s “Rockin’” Ryan Belasco (11-4-3, 3, 3 KOs) taking on Julias Edmunds (5-6), of Philadelphia in an interesting welterweight bout. (more…)
The IBF held a purse bid today for the IBF Mini Flyweight Championship mandatory defense between champion Raul Garcia and Nkosinathi Joyi. Branco Sports Productions won with a bid of $ 160,000 over Top Rank’s bid of $125,000. The winning bidder has 90 days to put the fight on.
Super middleweight prospect Donovan “Da Bomb” George (18-0-1, 16 KOs) will face off against Minnesota’s Phil “The Drill” Williams (11-2, 10 KOs) on January 29th in the main event at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion. “With 26 knockouts amongst their 29 victories these two should provide an all action fight from the start. They’re both very hard hitting super middleweights, it will just be a matter of who can take the other guy’s shot better, “Da Bomb or the The Drill” said Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions. “This truly is a crossroads fight for both guys, for each one it’s the toughest test of their careers.” The co-main event brings the return of power punching Chicago based prospect Ivan Popoca (12-0-1, 8 KOs) in an eight round welterweight battle against impressive Michigan newcomer Federico Flores Jr. (6-3, 2 KOs). Also just added, undefeated Chicago welterweights Ryan Smedick (4-0-1, 1 KO) and Achour Esho (5-0, 4 KOs) will square off in a scheduled six rounder, the first for each prospect.
Anthony Mundine’s decision to forego a quest for the International Boxing Organization’s junior middleweight title next week in Australia is his own – and not based on undue influence or conflict from the IBO – according to its president, Ed Levine. Mundine had been scheduled to meet Robert Medley for the IBO’s vacant 154-pound championship on Jan. 11 in Sydney, but the fight – if held at all – will no longer be for the IBO belt and is more likely to be fought at middleweight, Levine said. A January 6 report in the Sydney Morning Herald cited Mundine’s displeasure with the IBO stemming from review of his May defeat of Daniel Geale for the organization’s 160-pound title – which Mundine relinquished upon requesting sanction for the 154-pound bout with Medley. Levine, however, said it’s more likely Mundine’s decision is based on other factors. “Our opinion is that Mundine’s current failure to honor his contractual obligations to the IBO and Medley are purely based on his inability to make the weight and/or his reluctance to accept two international officials and the costs attendant to putting on a world title fight,” Levine said. (more…)
Unbeaten WBO Inter-Continental cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev of Russia (19-0, 14 KOs) will next take on Ignacio Esparza (16-1, 12 KOs) of Mexico. The bout will take place February 22nd in Russia.
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