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By Alexey Sukachev
On Saturday night heavyweight tower Nikolay Valuev will not be the only Russian who will climb through the ropes and meet his opponent inside the boxing ring at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki. Another fighter, virtually unknown to the whole pool of European boxing fans, will have a chance to introduce himself to the worldwide pugilistic community. It will not be the first time when junior welterweight Denis Shafikov (19-0, 10 KOs) is set to showcase his brilliant talent in front of the roaring crowd. Yet, he has never fought in such a venue with the comparable list of stars or notables, taking their respective parts in the undercard and in the main event of the evening. (more…)
By Alexey Potapov
WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko is in Tirol, Austria to prepare for his grudge match against former WBA/WBC/WBO cruiserweight champion David Haye, which takes place on June 20th at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. This week, Wlad met members of the Austrian ski jump team, Trixi Moser, Alexander Pointner, Martin Koch, Thomas Morgenstern and Wolfgang Loitzl, who are in town preparing for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games.
By Christian Chataignier at ringside
Hussein Bayram (31-3, 17 KOs) won the super welterweight Grand Tournament with a six rounds stoppage over Damien Bertu (22-5-1, 7 KOs) on Thursday night at the Cirque d ‘Hiver in Paris, France. Bayram knocked down Bertu twice in the second round, then dominated the fight before again sending his rival to the floor at the sixth round, forcing referee Robin Dolpierre to stop the fight.
On the same card, middleweight Affif Belghecham (18-3-1, 3 KOs) keep the vacant title of the European Union with a TKO over Woulid Guarras (19-5, 13 KOs). Guarras did not come out for the eleventh round.
In another notable fight, French middleweight hope Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (19-0, 13 KOs) stopped Britt Michael Monaghan (18-25, 2 KO) in round seven.
World champions Andre Berto and Juan Urango spoke at a prefight press conference in advance of their collision Saturday night for Berto’s WBC welterweight belt at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida. Here’s what they had to say…
By Pasi Taavitsainen
Nikolay Valuev 315.4 vs Ruslan Chagaev 225.5
(WBA heavyweight championship)
Lamon Brewster 233.6 vs Juho Haapoja 231.4
Kali Meehan 229.9 vs Cerrone Fox 215.1
Giuseppe Lauri 139.7 vs Juho Tolppola 139.3
Leonard Bundu 146.6 vs Frank Shabani 146.1
Cecilia Braekhus 143.7 vs Amy Yuratovac 145.9
Denis Shafikov 144.1 kg vs John Cotterill 144.1
Robert Helenius 251.9 vs Scott Gammer 246
Jarno Rosberg 228.3 vs Viktor Szalai 202.8
Niko Jokinen 167.5 vs Istvan Petroczki 169.3
Venue: Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland
Promoter: Sauerland Event
TV: ARD (Germany)
By Byron Spurlock
Photos: Emily Harney
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Featherweight prospect Dat “Be Dat” Nguyen (15-1, 7 KOs) won a unanimous decision against tough Carlos Hernandez (14-7-1, 5 KOs) in the main event of last night’s TKO Boxing’s “Beatdown in H-Town!” event at the Arena Theatre in Houston, Texas. Also in action, sensational junior featherweight prospect Rafael Valenzuela (13-1, 6 KOs) scored a unanimous decision over hardcore veteran Jose Garcia Bernal (27-16-1, 18 KOs). In a special feature attraction, former MMA champion Karl “KJ” Noons (9-2, 5 KOs) battled Enrique Gallegos (6-5, 1 KO) over four tough rounds to win a unanimous decision in a jr middleweight contest. Chet Koerner, President of TKO BOXING Promotions, stated: “We were thrilled to present our first show in Houston. The fans were fantastic and we look forward to returning soon!” A full report with photos to follow.
Amir Khan will not have to give a rematch to Marco Antonio Barrera following the WBO’s enquiry into their March 14 bout at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester. Khan beat the Mexican legend to win the WBO Intercontinental lightweight title on a unanimous technical decision after the fight was stopped in the fifth round because of an accidental clash of heads that occurred in the opening round. After the bout, Barrera’s promoter Don King filed a protest to the WBO asking for an immediate rematch and this has been denied by the WBO. In addition, King requested that the fight be declared a No Contest, but as the result of the contest is within the jurisdiction of the Host Commission (British Boxing Board of Control) they determined that the rules had been followed and there was no error by the referee in stopping the contest. Khan is currently preparing in Los Angeles on his forthcoming WBA world light welterweight title challenge on June 27 at London’s O2 Arena against the champion Andreas Kotelnik.
Three Fightnews photographers were winners of the BWAA’s annual contest. Marty Rosengarten won first place in the feature category for his shot of Deandre Latimore leaping for joy after knocking out Sechew Powell. Chris Cozzone came in second with a corner shot of Oscar De La Hoya taken the round before his retirement to Manny Pacquiao. Ed Mulholland was third, with a photo of Gary Stark’s battered face after winning a decision over Andres Ledesma.
In the action category, Top Rank photo veteran Chris Farina won top honors for a shot of Manny Pacquiao flooring Juan Manuel Marquez. Edward Lea of The Press of Atlantic City came in second and Ray Bailey, third.
The winners will be honored at the 84th annual BWAA Awards Dinner on June 12 at The Capitale in New York City. Manny Pacquiao and Joe Calzaghe will be in attendance. For more information on the annual dinner, go to www.bwaa.org.
Be a part of UFC history on July 10-11! Autograph sessions with top fighters and Grappler’s Quest are just a couple of events planned. (more…)
Ringside report by Kurt Wolfheimer
Heavyweight Willie Perryman and his trainer missed two flights, thus eliminating the main bout with former Scranton police officer Jason Gavern, but like a trooper, Andre Kut and KEA Boxing still put on an entertaining night of boxing last Saturday night at The Woodlands Inn and Resort in Wilkes-Barre, PA. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Super welterweight contender Alfredo Angulo can pride himself on one thing besides being a professional prizefighter: being a jack of all trades. Although Angulo faces numerous challenges in the ring, he faced challenges and obstacles that he himself would not want anyone to go through. However, it is these challenges that he overcame that have allowed him to be the person and fighter that he is today. Angulo will face former welterweight champion Kermit Cintron in a 12 round bout at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, FL. The bout will precede the 12 round welterweight clash between Andre Bert and Juan Urango. Both bouts will be televised on HBO’s popular “Boxing After Dark” series. (more…)
Weights from Johannesburg, SA
Yonnhy Perez 117.7 vs Silence Mabuza 117
(IBF Bantamweight Eliminator)
Venue: Springs Indoor Arena, Johannesburg, SA
Promoter: Branco Sports/Thompson Boxing/Gary Shaw
TV: SABC Sport (South Africa)
Weights from Chicago, IL:
Jaime Sandoval, 135 vs. Juan Carlos Martinez, 135
Eric Estrada, 123 vs. Olvin Mejia, 122.5
Sergio Montes de oca, 120, vs. LeShaun Blair, 120
Russell Fiore, 135 vs. Derek Hill, 140
Jose Hernandez, 134 vs. Sergio Orantes, 134.5
Justin Muse, 148 vs. Antonio Maldanado, 146.5
Sergio Cristobal, 117 vs. Juan Carlos Fernandez, 119.5
Venue: UIC Pavilion, Chicago
Promoter: 8 Count Productions
Weights from Baton Rouge, LA:
By Damien St. Pierre
Calvin Green 153.8 vs Darnell Boone 150.7
John Revish 145.1 vs Henry Mitchell 144.9
Michael Moncrief vs Bobby O’Bannon 245
Yvette McCullar 143.3 vs Dora Baptiste 146.1
Anthony Bowman vs Brad Soloman 147
Tommy Manning 165 vs Josh Thorpe 163.5
Venue: Belle of Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Promoter: Bayou Promotions, Jimbo Stevenson
Bell Time: 9:00pm
Tickets can be purchased on site.
Weights from Baltimore, MD!
Demetrius Davis 162 vs Cory Cummings 166.5
(Maryland State Super Middleweight title)
James Stevenson 153 vs Manuel Guzman 152.5
(East Coast Junior Middleweight title)
Steve Wheeler 183 vs Dan Shull 182
Maurice Byarm 253 vs Darius Whitson 198.5
Barry Trotter 157 vs Justin Blackwell 155.5
NOTE: The bout between Tim Coleman and Jason Thompson was cancelled after Thompson cited last night that he weighed 165 lbs, which is 18 over the maximum contract weight.
Venue: Du Burns Arena (doors open at 6:30 first fight is at 8 pm)
Promoter: Jake Smith: Baltimore Pro Boxing
Tickets: 410-675-6900 or 410-499-5361
Bantamweight contender Alejandro Valdez (20-3-2, 14 KOs) will return to action on June 6th against the hard hitting Genaro Camargo (24-6, 17 KOs) at the Explanada Tecate in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico, in a bout featured on Azteca TV. Valdez is coming off a unanimous decision loss against WBC champion Hozumi Hasegawa last October in Tokyo, Japan. “I had my opportunity to win a world championship, and although the results didn’t favor me, I have the same triumphant mentality and the desire to return to the world level. I know this fight will help me to reach my goal,” said Valdez. Also on the card is flyweight star Hernán “Tyson” Márquez (22-0, 17 KOs) against Carlos “Polllito” Bañuelos (14-1, 9 KOs) and super bantamweight Giovanni Caro (13-6-4, 11 KOs) against German “Panteonero” Meraz (21-12-1, 9 KOs).
Universum’s “Trainer of Champions” Michael Timm will be back in the spotlight on Saturday night when his fighter, WBA heavyweight champion (in recess) Ruslan Chagaev takes on WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev in a long awaited rematch in Helsinki. Chagaev is one of five world champions currently trained by Timm. Here’s what he had to say when interviewed by boxing.de: (more…)
IBF/USBA conventioneers were treated to a spectacular evening on Wednesday. Although IBF staff and executives kept quiet about what prominent boxers would attend the evening, rumors circulated about the possible attendance of some of Latin America’s most renowned fighters. The evening started with an enthusiastic welcome to the guests by Larry Hazzard, Sr., who joined the IBF almost a year ago as Chairman of Officials Supervision, Training & Development and Personal Assistant to the President. Following Mr. Hazzard’s opening was Marian Muhammad, the organization’s President who also welcomed the audience and noted the purpose of the evening expressing, “We are here this evening to acknowledge fighters who have given us thrills and chills in the ring.” Shortly thereafter, and to a roar from the crowd, strolled in ring legend Roberto “Manos de Piedra” Duran followed by the great Alexis Arguello. Both men graciously accepted the warm welcome from the crowd. Other notable boxers in attendance were former world champions Peppermint Frazier and Hilario Zapata, current IBF/WBA Jr. Featherweight Champion Celestino Caballero, former IBF Junior Featherweight Champion Jose Sanabria, former IBF Junior Bantamweight Champion Felix Machado and 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist and two-time world champion Mark Breland. Some of the organization’s annual awards were presented on this evening as well. In attendance to accept his award for Most Active USBA promoter of 2008 was Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing. More to come…
The “Main Events Boxing Series” brings world championship boxing back to Newark’s Prudential Center on July 11th as World IBF Cruiserweight Champion Tomasz “Goral” Adamek puts his title on the line against Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” Gunn, promoters Main Events and Ziggy Promotions announced today. Also slated to appear on the show are a quartet of unbeaten standouts, including Paterson Welterweight Henry Crawford, (21-0); Morganville, N.J.’s promising middleweight prospect Denis “The Momma’s Boy” Douglin, (2-0, 2 KO’s) and undefeated Polish standouts Piotor Wilczewski, (22-0, super middleweight) and 13-0 cruiserweight Mateusz Masternak. Tickets, priced at $38, $53, $78, $103 (floor), and $253 (ringside), can be purchased at Prudential Center Box Office, by calling TicketMaster at 800-745-3000 or Prucenter.com.
Unbeaten IBF middleweight champion “King” Arthur Abraham will return on June 27th to defend against Mahir Oral (25-1-2, 10 KOs) at the Max Schmeling Halle in Berlin. Originally, Abraham was to defend against mandatory challenger Giovanni Lorenzo, however, since no contractual agreement was reached, the IBF approved a voluntary defense against Oral at their convention in Panama City. The deadline for the mandatory defense is now September.
By Karl Freitag
Pound-for-pound candidate and three-time world champion Israel “El Magnifico” Vazquez (43-4, 31 KOs) has been medically cleared by the California State Athletic Commission to fight again after a serious eye injury. In his last bout, Vazquez was the victor in the epic rubber match against Rafael Marquez on March 1, 2008. He and manager Frank Espinoza will now consider Vazquez’ next fight, which will definitely be at featherweight.
Andreas Kotelnik is confident he can defy the odds and successfully defend his WBA light-welterweight title against Amir Khan when the pair go head to head on June 27. Kotelnik heads into the fight the bookmakers’ underdog. But the hard hitting Ukrainian told Setanta Sports News he wasn’t impressed with Khan. He said: “I’ve watched DVDs of him in action and I’m not impressed. He might be the bookies favourite leading up to the fight but I am world champion.” Kotelnik slammed Khan for “always gabbling on” and dismissed any talk of the Khan ruling the light-welterweight division. “First off, I am the world champion; secondly I think I am the best of all the world champions. I will fight the best fighters in the division. But Khan isn’t one of them. I am confident I can beat him.”
Another celebrity has been confirmed for the first-ever heavyweight title fight on Finnish soil. Living legend Evander Holyfield will arrive on Friday evening to watch the rematch between Valuev and Chagaev from ringside. The “Real Deal” lost to the Russian Giant on points in front of a sell-out crowd of 12,500 fans in Zurich last December. (more…)
By Lee Bates
The matchup between former WBA flyweight champion Eric Morel (41-2, 21 KOs) and WBO bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel (39-2-1, 29 KOs) is an intriguing one. The two will meet June 27th at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The bout will be prior to the main event between WBO junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ Lopez and challenger Oliver Lontchi. What makes the matchup intriguing is the element of surprise. Both fighters have elite boxing skills that they have displayed on numerous occasions. However, recently they each have flashed eye catching knockout power stopping 7 of their last 10 combined opponents between them. This leaves the door open for the fight to be either a chess match or a brutal KO. (more…)
Southern California’s Michael ‘Lil’ Warrior Franco of Riverside (14-0, 9 KOs) attempts to win his first title when he takes on Juan Jose Beltran (19-12-3, 11 KOs) for the WBC youth super bantamweight title this Saturday. The event is being presented by II Feathers Promotions and will take place at the American Sports University in San Bernandino, California. The undercard will feature in seperate bouts Riverside native and WBC international youth flyweight champion Anthony Villareal (9-2, 4 KOs), unbeaten light heavyweight prospect Kerry Foley (11-0, 9 KOs) of Sydney, Australia (U.S. debut) , and 2006 National Golden Gloves champion bantamweight Efrain Esquivas (4-0, 2 Kos) of Carson, California. Plus additional bouts. Doors open at 1PM with the first bell at 3PM. Tickets are priced at $20, $35, $75, and $100, may be purchased by calling 760-559-6419 or 909-889-5555.
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 Kermit Cintron and Clay Moyle, the author of Sam Langford, Boxing’s Greatest Uncrowned Champion. 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 Joe Koizumi
WBC super bantam champ Toshiaki Nishioka made a hero’s return to Japan as he very impressively scored a successful defense with a one-punch third-round stoppage of Johnny Gonzalez in Monterrey, Mexico, last Saturday. His haymaker was as picture-perfect as that of Hiroyuki Ebihara who dethroned undisputed world flyweight ruler Pone Kingpetch in the first round in 1963. Ebihara was then called “razor punch” but Nishioka must be entitled to the same admiration. Nishioka, a 32-year-old southpaw Japanese, is said to make his next defense here this fall, and confidently said, “I’m the world champ, so will fight anybody.” The most anticipated will be his confrontation with hard-hitting ex-champ Rafael Marquez who is also willing to participate in his fourth encounter with grudge rival Israel Vazquez. His marvelous performance in Mexico has tremendously raised Nishioka’s stock among fight fans here.
By Ron Jackson
Silence Mabuza returns to action after an absence of one year when he faces Yohnny Perez of Colombia in an IBF bantamweight title eliminator at the Springs Indoor Arena on Friday night. Perez 18-0; 13 who was born in Cartagena, Colombia but has fought out of America since he made his pro debut in July 2005 is a very real threat to Mabuza. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
This Saturday, May 30th, the UVI Sports and Fitness Center in sunny St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands will host its third boxing card in four months as 340 Promotions presents Boxing In Paradise III. Headlining his second show since the inaugural promotion back in January will be WBA #9 Victor Cayo of the Dominican Republic in a defense of his WBA Fedecaribe Super Lightweight title against Mexican Arturo Morua. The pugilists that most in attendance will be pining to see are the two sons of local legend Julian “The Hawk” Jackson: John and Julius Jackson. Both boys represented the USVI in Beijing last September at the 2008 Olympics. Turning pro on the January show, they will each be gunning for their third straight win. Rounding out the card will be Jackson nephew Samuel Rogers, JV “The Fighting Doctor” Tuazon of The Philippines and Dominican Javier Fortuna. Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz is brimming with excitement about the third installment of the “Paradise” series. “The fans are continuing to show great support for their fighters. Not only for the Jackson boys, but with such a large Dominican population here in the USVI, Cayo is drawing the crowds as well!” The show will open with several amateur bouts at 5:30 p.m., followed by the pro portion of the card at 8:00 p.m. 340 Promotions is presenting Boxing In Paradise III in association with Warriors Boxing. For more info log onto: www.340promotions.com.
Story by Byron Spurlock
“The Beat down in H-Town” met up with Houston media Tuesday afternoon at Champs Restaurant to talk about the upcoming bouts scheduled Thursday evening at the Arena Theatre . . . Click here for more
For tomorrow night’s “The Beatdown in H-Town” promoted by Chet Koerner’s TKO Boxing Promotions:
Dat Nguyen, 127.5 vs.. Carlos Hernandez, 126
Rafael Valenzuela, 127 vs. Jose Garcia Bernal, 126
KJ Noons, 157 vs. Enrique Gallegos, 159
Lanard Lane, 152 vs. Billy Ray Cunningham, 156.5
Gerardo Ibarra, 147 vs. Dustin Reinhold, 148
Raul Tovar, 142 vs. Simeon Dunwell, 141.5
Jonathan Gover, 151 vs. Gustavo Mejia, 147.5
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WEC featherweight Urijah Faber throws out the ceremonial first pitch at the Oakland-Seattle baseball game on Tuesday, May 26. The Sacramento native, preparing for his June 7 rematch with Mike Brown, took in the game with several of his training partners and watched as Oakland rallied late to beat Seattle 4-3. Photo courtesy of Kristy Fick, Oakland A’s
Super middleweight Jesse Brinkley will return to action on Saturday, July 11th as he headlines an outstanding night of boxing at the Reno Events Center, presented by Reno’s “Let’s Get It On” Promotions in association with Las Vegas based TKO BOXING Promotions . . . Click here for more
World champions Andre Berto and Juan Urango pose after today’s prefight press conference at the Hard Rock Café in Miami. They meet Saturday night for Berto’s WBC welterweight belt at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida. Tickets, priced at $202, $152, $102, and $52, are on sale now, and may be purchased at Hard Rock Live Box Office or may also be obtained online at www.TicketMaster.com.
It’s hard to tell who this fight means moreto. Is it bigger for Antonio DeMarco to impress his growing legion of followers as he climbs up the lightweight rankings ladder? Or will Anges “Baby Face” Adjaho make a name for himself in his SHOWTIME debut and prove he’s a legitimate top-10 contender in the 135-pound weight class? Fans will find out on Saturday, July 11, when DeMarco (21-1-1, 15 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico, takes on West African native Adjaho (17-2, 9 KOs) in a battle of top-10 contenders in the co-feature on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). (more…)
WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev has dubbed Saturday´s rematch against “champion in recess” Ruslan Chagaev the “most important fight” of his life. The Russian Giant (50-1, 34 KOs) is eager to avenge the only loss of his career. “I am glad I will finally get the chance to set the record straight,” he said at today´s press conference at Hartwall Arena. “I am very confident of success. I have improved a lot since the first meeting. This is certainly the most important fight of my career.” (more…)
Undefeated two-time light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson informed the International Boxing Federation (IBF)
that he has vacated its title, effective immediately. Promoter Gary Shaw personally delivered the letter to the IBF at its annual convention which is being held in Panama City, Panama.
Featured fighters from this Thursday’s world class professional boxing event, “THE BEATDOWN IN H-TOWN” met with the Houston media this afternoon to discuss their upcoming bouts taking place at the Arena Theatre . . . Click here for more
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