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Light Heavyweight contender Yusaf Mack returns to action on May 30th in Tampa Florida. Mack appears on the undercard of the world title showdown of Andre Berto v Juan Urango. His opponent is former NABO and world title challenger DeAndrey Abron. Abron fell short in his challenge to former WBA title holder Valery Brudov when he was stopped after 7 rounds when Abron’s own corner had seen enough, then he was harshly stopped in 2 rounds by undefeated Russian puncher Igor Michalikin. Abron was knocked down by a solid right hand, but seemed to recover well, Michalikin jumped on him and the referee was all too quick to dive in and stop the action. Now Abron returns to his own soil to turn around his poor run of form. (more…)
By Chris Morris / Rockymouintainboxing.com
According to local promoter Raul Utajara there will be a pro boxing show entitled “La Revolución” this Saturday at the National Western Stockshow Complex in Denver, Colorado. The card is set to feature the Delgado/Ghosttown Gladiators fighters including local favorite ‘Red Hot’ Rob Frankel, who recently left his longtime promoter and trainer, Airtight Boxing and Steve Mestas. They accumulated 37 fights together including 27 wins. No opponent has been named as of yet. (more…)
One of the most respectful and reserved champions in boxing today, IBF junior welterweight champion Juan Urango is not one for boasting or pre-fight trash talking. But when he moves up to the welterweight division to take on reigning WBC titlist Andre Berto in a highly-anticipated battle of champions at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida on May 30th, he is confident that he will leave the ring with the 147-pound title. “I’m ready for war on May 30th, and that’s what I’m bringing against Berto,” said Urango from training camp. “I have a lot of respect for him and his championship, so that’s why I am coming in more prepared than I’ve ever been, and I am certain I will take the title from him.” (more…)
European cruiserweight champion Marco “Captain” Huck has promised his fans to deliver another spectacular KO on Saturday night when he faces unbeaten Vitaliy Rusal. The 24-year-old (24-1, 19 KO´s) has no doubts he will leave the ring victorious – even though his Ukrainian opponent (23-0, 16 KOs) has never tasted defeat before. “I will destroy him,” Huck predicted at today´s press conference. “He has a perfect record, which speaks for itself. He has never lost but that will change on Saturday. I will hand him the first defeat of his career. He cannot stop me.” (more…)
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Some are expecting it to be a spectacular homecoming for 2004 US Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward when he fights for the first time as a pro in Oakland on May 16th at the Oracle Arena. But the man he will step into the ring against that night, Colombian knockout artist Edison Miranda, has his own opinion regarding that topic. “I may have to save up some money for property tax because on May 16th, the Oracle Arena is gonna be my house after I knock Andre Ward out,” said Miranda, just days before leaving his training camp in San Juan, Puerto Rico for the Bay Area. “The world knows that he’s never faced a puncher like me, and when you add in his glass jaw, the second I land, it’s over.” (more…)
Robert Helenius will be eager to give his Scandinavian fans a first-hand look at his rising talents when he enters the ring in Helsinki on May 30. The “Nordic Nightmare”, as he is known in Germany, will be in action on the undercard of the WBA heavyweight title fight between Nikolai Valuev and Ruslan Chagaev. It will be the 25-year-old´s second professional fight at the Hartwall Arena where he clinched a unanimous points decision over Remigijus Ziausys back in November 2008. “I really look forward to fighting in Helsinki again,” Helenius said. “I want to show my fans why they call me the “Nordic Nightmare” in Germany. I have learned so many things during the one year with Team Sauerland and I am keen to prove that on May 30.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF/USBA Championship Committee Chairman Lindsey Tucker is among the list of inductees for the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame that will be held at the Venetian hotel, Garfield, New Jersey on November 11, 2009. Tucker who resides in Trenton and graduated from Trenton High school, has been involved in boxing for over thirty years and worked with the New Jersey Athletic Control Board from 1981 to 2002 where he had several titles including Acting Chief Inspector, inspector, judge and timekeeper. He has supervised over forty five IBF world title bouts. Tucker played baseball but never boxed. “I love the sport but never tried it,” he says. “In junior high I played baseball but knew I wasn’t going to be an All American.” But he made a career as a boxing official. In 2007 Tucker received the Jersey Joe Walcott Grateful Acknowledgement for duties served on behalf of the IBF/USBA. Other inductee’s are Kathy Duva, Junior Jones, Benjy Esteves, Buster Drayton, Wayne Hedgepeth, Mario Maldonado, Steve Weisfeld, Paulie Walker (posthumously), Dave Anderson, Nino Del Buono and Darren Maciunski.
By Bob Caico
Ron Resnick of Resnick Productions returns his “War at the Armory” series in Rochester, NY this Thursday night. Six bouts totaling 30 rounds will feature many of the up and coming boxers in the area. Buffalo’s rising star Guillermo Sanchez (7-0, 2 KOs) takes on tough Miguel Rodriguez (7-1, 3 KOs) of New York in a 6-round super featherweight match. Flashy jr. middleweight Willie Monroe (4-0, 1 KO) of Rochester will battle Torrence King (1-3) of Ohio. Always exciting woman’s champion Ella Nunez (9-4) and Tampa’s Adawirky Lopez (4-1) round out the 6-round bouts on the schedule. Young undefeated hopefuls Marcus Hall (2-0, 2 KOs) of Rochester and Nick Brinson (2-0, 1 KO) of Geneva, NY look to improve on their undefeated records in separate 4-round contests. Making his American debut will be Russian Ruslan Khayrtdinov (2-0, 1 KO) in a final 4-round tilt. Tickets for the card at the Main Street Armory priced at $30, $50 and $75 can be purchased through ticketmaster, Rochesterboxing.com or calling 585-254-3280.
By Ron Jackson
On Saturday night at the Westbury Recreation Centre near Johannesburg, featherweights Marcel Japhta and Willie Mabasa meet in a ten rounder on a promotion presented by People Promotions in conjunction with the Westside Boxing Academy. Japtha (9-1-1, 7 KOs) won the Gauteng featherweight title in February last year when he outpointed former South African junior featherweight champion Edward Mpofu. (more…)
Former WBA heavyweight champion John Ruiz says he’s willing to risk his WBA mandatory challenger status against any of his fellow American heavyweights. “I’ve been told I’m not the most fan-friendly fighter in the world, my style often criticized as being ugly, but I’m proud to say I’ve never ducked a worthy opponent,” said Ruiz in an open letter. “For the past month or two, though, I’ve read and heard a lot BS about how I shouldn’t be the WBA mandatory title challenger. A few totally unproven, so-called contenders have whined about them deserving a world title shot more than I do. Why? Who have Chris Arreola, Eddie Chambers, Kevin Johnson or Brian Minto beaten to deserve a world title shot? Nobody!” (more…)
The world’s best trainer Freddie Roach holds up his special five-tier trophy that was awarded to him after he led four-time world champion pound-for-pound king Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao,General Santos, Philippines to a devastating knockout victory over Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton, Manchester, England Saturday night in Las Vegas. The special five foot trophy, an award for the trainer of the winning fighter, had the inscription “No. 1 Pound for Pound Best Trainer in the World” and was a contest between Roach and Floyd Mayweather Sr., the trainer of Hatton.
Last night, in the Tropicana Field, Puerto Rican WBO welterweight champ, threw the ceremonial pitch in the game between Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays, the 2008th American League Champions. “I feel honored, its been a pleasure to meet the whole team of the Tampa Bay Rays I’m a huge fan of baseball” said an excited Miguel Cotto about the invitation, while he described himself as a big baseball fan. Three weeks ago, the champion moved his camp to Tampa, where he is training for the title unification match that’ll take place on Madison Square Garden on June 12, when he’ll meet IBF champ Joshua Cottley (35-2, 20 KOs).
After months of back and forth trash talking, Star Boxing’s WBA#5, WBC #10, and IBF #13 world rated heavyweight contender Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (21-0-1, 8KO) will face off against two-time world title challenger Monte “Two Gunz” Barrett (34-7, 20KO) on May 15th in the main event of ESPN2’S “Friday Night Fights” at The Concert Venue at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City, NJ.
TKO BOXING Promotions and Reno based “LET’S GET IT ON” Promotions join forces with LEFT HOOK LLC, to present “TRIPLE THREAT: TOMORROW’S CHAMPIONS II”, an outstanding evening of world class professional boxing this Saturday night, May 9th at the Sportsplex in Winchester, Virginia . . Click here for more
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Marco “Captain” Huck (24-1, 19 KOs) is convinced he will make a successful – and spectacular – third defence of his European cruiserweight title when he takes on unbeaten Ukrainian Vitaliy Rusal (23-0, 16 KOs) on Saturday night. The 24-year-old only has the best memories of Bamberg. “This is the city where I made one of the best fights of my career,” Huck said during today´s public training session. “Two years ago, I defeated Vadim Tokarev despite fighting with a broken hand for the better part of the bout. My hand or my jaw might break, but my fighting spirit can never be broken. I am looking forward to a successful fight on Saturday and I will defeat Rusal.” (more…)
We are sad to inform the fight community that Texas boxer Benjamin Flores (19-4, 6 KOs) passed away this morning. Flores was hospitalized following his NABF super bantamweight title fight in Dallas, against Al Seeger last Thursday. Seeger was awarded the TKO win in the eighth, and Flores was helped to his stool. Soon after, he was taken out on a stretcher, unconscious, to Parkland Hospital where he died five days later. Pictured above, Flores (right) in a 2008 fight against Vernie Torres, on the Margarito vs. Cotto undercard in Las Vegas.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former Australian heavyweight champion John Hopoate (11-2, 11 KOs) will clash with former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver McCall (51-9, 36 KOs) at the Orleans Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada on May 22nd. Hopoate, who scored a fourth round stoppage over American heavyweight Cliff Couser in March, also holds second round stoppage win over over former heavyweight contender Monte Barrett in 2007. He captured the national heavyweight crown in 2008 by stopping Bob Mirovic in nine rounds. Hopoate is 6 foot and weighs 240 pounds and was born in Tonga. McCall is 6 foot 2 inches and weighed 235 pounds for his last fight in 2007 when he dropped a decision to Juan Carlos Gomez but that same year he defeated highly regarded Sinan Samil Sam. Hopoate said. “I have been sparring with WBA#1 heavyweight Kali Meehan and Solomon Haumona. Oliver is now 44 years of age and why he may be past his prime anybody who used to be Mike Tyson’s sparring partner can obviously cop a punch. He has got ringcraft and experience but I am confident I can win this fight.” Hopoate’s trainer Dave Millward added “Hoppa is only a small fish in a big pond and if he wins he will have plenty of options presented to him.”
Universum Box-Promotion has confirmed that WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm (32-2-1, 14 KOs) and European middleweight champion Khoren Gevor (30-3, 16 KOs) will collide on July 11th in Nürburg, Germany. The bout will take place in the new Ring Arena located at the famous Nürburgring Speedway during the weekend of the 2009 German Formula 1 Grand Prix. The card will also feature a fight for the vacant WBC interim middleweight title between #2 rated Sebastian Zbik (26-0, 10 KOs) and #1 Domenico Spada (29-1, 14 KOs). Tickets for this attractive world title twinbill go on sale Monday at boxing.de and all the regular ticket outlets.
Three-time light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver (27-5, 19 KOs) is in his last few days of training for his title challenge of the man who dethroned him, undefeated IBF/IBO world champion Chad Dawson (27-0, 17 KOs). The rematch takes place on Saturday at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. “Dawson’s a young lion and he had a high work rate during our first fight,” said Tarver. “I missed a few times with my power shot but that’s what it is, it’s a game of inches. But I always learn from my losses, and as Roy Jones, Glen Johnson, and Eric Harding will tell you, I never lose twice to the same man. Dawson will learn that lesson too on May 9.” For his part, Dawson stated “Winning my first world title was a career highlight, but beating Tarver last year was a personal joy, one I look forward to repeating on May 9. I’ve beaten the best in my division. I am the king of the light heavyweights.”
Andre Ward (18-0, 12 KOs) faces Edison Miranda (32-3, 28 KOs) in a highly anticipated main event, but the Saturday, May 16 fight card at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. will also feature an outstanding undercard that includes unbeaten 2008 U.S. Olympian Shawn Estrada, fast-rising junior lightweight prospect John Molina, Jr., and 2000 U.S. Olympic Games silver medalist Ricardo Williams. (more…)
Since launching his professional career in 1999, Manny Gamburyan has found himself constantly facing the same obstacle. Standing 5’5″ and sporting a compact frame, the Armenian fighter has almost always faced a disadvantage when it comes to size. With no choice but to fight at the 155-pound mark and above, Gamburyan had to learn to fight foes that were much taller and longer. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Offering a new twist to the San Diego boxing scene, newly minted Rogue Boxing Promotions is proud to announce their inaugural fight card on Thursday, May 21st. Aptly named “Havoc at the Hard Rock”, the five bout fight card will be held at the open air Woodstock Terrace of the Hard Rock Hotel in downtown San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter. “My team as well as myself are very excited to bring a Las Vegas-type boxing atmosphere to San Diego,” lead promoter for Rogue Boxing Derek Pierce states. “I am confident that all those who attend our show will leave with a new idea about what local boxing should be about.” In the featured bout of the evening undefeated lightweight Filipino sensation Mercito Gesta (14-0-1, 5KO) puts his perfect record on the line against Tijuana’s 2008 Prospect of the year, the always tough Alain “Konan” Hernandez (14-7-2, 7KO) in a much anticipated eight rounder. (more…)
Square Ring will present WBA #9 middleweight, WBC #14 super welterweight Daniel “Haitian Sensation” Edouard (21-2-2, 12 KOs) in a main event bout against Dumont Welliver (18-18-1, 6 KOs) on June 12th at the Spirit Mountain Casino in Grand Ronde, Oregon. “I feel that winning produces results and I have positioned myself on the edge of contention and hope that continued success will result in a title challenge,” said Edouard.
It is being reported in Germany that WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm (32-2-1, 14 KOs) and European middleweight champion Khoren Gevor (30-3, 16 KOs) will collide on July 11th in Nürburg, Germany. No contract has been signed, but both fighters have agreed to the showdown. Both Sturm and Gevor fight out of the Universum stable.
By Lee Bates
Puerto Rico has a long tradition of producing world champions in boxing. That tradition is continuing with PR Best Boxing Promotions( Ivan & Peter Rivera) based in Puerto Rico. They currently have four WBO world champions which include Ivan ‘Iron Boy’ Calderon (108lbs), Jose ‘Carita’ Lopez (115lbs), Juan Manuel’ Juanma’ Lopez (122lbs), and Ramon ‘Rocky’ Martinez (130lbs). The Rivera brothers are now looking to add a fifth world champion to their roster next month in former world champion Eric Morel whom they promote. Morel will challenge WBO batamweight champion Fernando Montiel in Atlantic City, New Jersey on June 27th. Should Morel be successful they would crown their third world champion in three months. Note: Juan Manuel Lopez is co-promoted with Top Rank.
By Kurt Wolfheimer
The fans of the Legendary Blue Horizon on Friday night were once again treated to a Rogers “The Tiger” Mtagwa war as he battled tooth and nail over ten rounds with 38 year old featherweight Ricardo “El Rayo” Medina which entertained everyone throughout. Mtagwa fresh off a come from behind 10th round knockout of Tomas Villa, eventually overpowered the Mexican warrior to capture the ten round unanimous decision victory. In the co-feature of the evening, welterweight Kaseem Wilson shocked Louie Leija, dropping him once before scoring a technical knockout just sixty six seconds into the fight. The eight bout card was promoted by Peltz Boxing Promotions Inc. in association with Joe Hand Promotions. (more…)
WBC lightweight champion Edwin Valero (25-0, 25 KOs) has denied that he will fight contender Breidis Prescott on July 25th. “No one from Top Rank has discussed me fighting (Breidis) Prescott or me fighting on July 25th,” stated Valero. “The first time that I learned of the Prescott fight was when someone in my camp informed me that the fight was listed on the internet.” Valero had hoped for a unification megafight with WBO and WBA lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez but Marquez was recently announced as the foe for Floyd Mayweather Jr. in his July 18th comeback. “I only want to fight big names for big money,” outlined Valero. “A fight with (J.M.) Marquez for all of the titles would have been a big fight for big money but the fight is no longer possible. Prescott is not a big name and a fight with Prescott is not a big money fight.” Valero’s manager Jose Castillo outlined several possible challengers to his fighter, including Joel Casamayor, Zorrita Soto, Urbano Antillon or Juan Diaz. “I will fight anybody but the money has to be right,” stated Valero.
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
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Welterweight Luis Carlos Abregu seems as though he likes to play with fire based on his last two outings in the ring. Luckily on Friday night, he had his knockout power to save the day. Having been dropped twice at the hands of Irving Garcia, Abregu survived and eventually stopped Garcia in the fourth round before a boisterous crowd of 1,350 at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, CA. The bout headlined a seven-bout “ShoBox: The New Generation” card, presented by Gary Shaw Productions.
Prior to the Garcia bout, Abregu drew criticisms for his less-than-stellar performance in December against David Estrada in December. Abregu tired late in the 10 round fight before escaping with a split-decision victory. (more…)
New Jersey Athletic Control Board commissioner Aaron Davis has pulled the plug on Saturday’s scheduled fight between Hector Camacho Sr. and Yory Boy Campas at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City. The bout was to have been presented on pay-per-view. “Hector was a legendary fighter who will also go down as one of the most flamboyant fighters in the sport. It is with the utmost respect for him that I have declined to approve the fight,” New Jersey Athletic Control Board commissioner Aaron Davis told the Press of Atlantic City.
Superstar Manny Pacquiao is heading home for a hero’s welcome in the Philippines. He, wife Jinky, and Team Pacquiao will depart from Los Angeles on Wednesday. Pacquiao will return to the USA in June, first at the Boxing Writer Association of America awards dinner in New York City on Friday, June 12. Pacquiao will receive the 2008 ‘Fighter of the Year’ award and chief trainer Freddie Roach will be honored as the ‘Trainer of the Year.’ The next night Pacquiao will be at ringside to watch the Miguel Cotto vs. Joshua Clottey world welterweight title fight at Madison Square Garden.
Hard-punching middleweight Matt Korobov, 5-0 with five KOs, of Orokutan, Russia will be on the Cotto vs. Clottey fight card at Madison Square Garden on June 13. Korobov stopped Anthony Bartinelli on the Pacquiao vs Hatton card on Saturday night. Korobov is managed by Cameron Dunkin.
Former featherweight world champion Orlando Salido of Mexico will be in the main event on Top Rank’s fight card at the Star of the Desert Arena inside of Buffalo Bill’s Resort & Casino in Primm, Nevada on Saturday, May 16. Salido will box 10 rounds. USA Olympian Vanes Martirosyan, reunited with trainer Freddie Roach at the Wild Card gym in Hollywood, will be in a 10-round super welterweight bout. Tickets are $75, $50, $35, $20 and are available at the Star of the Desert Arena box office. The first bell will be 6 pm and the live telecast on Azteca America begins at 7:00 pm.
By Joe Gradowski and Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos: Mike Greenhill
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From the Patriot Center on the campus of George Mason University in Fairfax Virginia, ICE Promotions brought on an incredible night of boxing with eight showdowns of fast-swinging, bone-jarring action. The main event of the night saw Jimmy Lange (152 lbs) from Great Falls, VA duke it out with Frank Houghtaling (150 lbs) of Albany, NY for the WBC USNBC Super Welterweight championship. Lange unleashed a tidal wave of devastating hooks that floored Houghtaling in the first round and nearly put him down in the second round. Lange remained the aggressor all the way into round four. At one point, Houghtaling accidentally put Lange into a headlock but was shocked when Lange popped him square in the eye. Lange remained a stalker to Houghtaling, landing multiple shots to the head, leading to a surprise knockout at the end of round six. Jimmy Lange is now the WBC USNBC Super Welterweight Champion and has a record of 30-3-2, 21 KO’s. Houghtaling, who announced his retirement shortly after the bout, has a record of 19-16-5, four KO’s. (more…)
6’8, 270lb heavyweight Tye “Big Sky” Fields (41-2, 37 KOs) faces Nicolai Firtha (16-5-1, 7 KOs) on June 20, 2009 at River Cree Resort and Casino in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The bout will be a twelve rounder for the vacant WBA Native American heavyweight championship. This is the first boxing card at the River Cree Resort and Casino presented by Big Sky Promotion, an Edmonton-based boxing promotional company. “I’m excited about this fight for a lot of reasons,” said the 34-year-old Fields, who was born in Missoula, Montana, and had been living in Las Vegas, Nev., the past seven years. “This is my first fight since my family and I moved to Edmonton,” continued Fields. “This is my first fight under my own promotional company and this is my first fight towards my goal of a world championship bout.” (more…)
WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto (33-1, 27 KOs), is training hard for the title unification match that’ll take place on Madison Square Garden on June 13, when he’ll meet IBF champ Joshua Cottley (35-2, 20 KOs). “I have enough of a professional mind to get over past problems and focus on winning the bout over Cottley,” said Cotto, who decided to train in Tampa to get away from the distractions that might crop up with his training in Puerto Rico. He also assured he’s feeling very comfortable with his new trainer, Joe Santiago, and confident in winning. Santiago has been in his corner for over eight years. This will be the fourth time in five years that the champ will fight on the eve of the Puerto Rican day Parade.
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