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Weights by Andreas Hale
From the MGM Grand in Las Vegas: Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton made weight for their showdown tomorrow night. Pacquiao was 138; Hatton was 140. Stay tuned for more photos.
Humberto Soto 130 vs. Benoit Gaudet 129
Daniel Jacobs 163 vs. Michael Walker 162
Matt Korobov 161.5 vs. Anthony Bartinelli 161
Erislandy Lara 156 vs. Chris Gray 155
Matthew Hatton 149 vs. Ernesto Zepeda 146
Mike Alvarado 142 vs. Joaquin Gallardo 141.5
Abner Mares 119 vs. Jonathan Perez 120
Bernabe Concepcion 126 vs. Yogili Herrera 126
Joe Murray 126 vs. Missael Nunez 126
Omar Chavez 144 vs. Tyler Ziolowski 142
Photos: Eroll Popova
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Anselmo Moreno 117.5 vs Wladimir Sidorenko 117.7
(WBA bantamweight world championship)
Ina Menzer 125.8 vs Franchesca Alcanter 123.2
(WIBF/WBC female featherweight championship)
Alexander Alekseev 199.5 vs Max Alexander199.9
Marcel Meyerdiercks 125.6 vs Yordan Vasilev 126.7
Pal Bedak 112.4 vs Hassan Azaouagh 113.3
Christian Hammer 250 vs Nikolai Marinov 219.1
Lukasz Janik TBA vs Marcel Erler TBA
Venue: Messe-Halle 7 in Bremen, Germany
Promoter: Universum Box Promotion
TV: ZDF (Germany)
By Craig Watt
Ricky Hatton’s former trainer Billy “The Peacher” Graham believes his former fighter will stop Manny Pacquiao inside eight rounds when they meet at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday. He told Setanta Sports in the UK today, “I can see Ricky stopping Manny inside eight rounds on Saturday- somewhere between rounds four and eight. Manny is a great fighter and take nothing away from him but by the time the fight comes Ricky will have an added ten pounds of power and that will be too much. Ricky is just too big, too strong and too powerful for Paquiao. I am surprised that Manny is the favorite for the fight. Everyone talks about Manny’s speed but Ricky is also fast and at the end of the day just too strong. It will be a great fight but I am convinced that Ricky will win – the De La Hoya victory did not show me anything that would suggest he could beat Ricky. He is fast, he is a southpaw which will create problems and he is an excellent fighter. I just feel Ricky is a better fighter and I am confident he will win and upset the bookmakers who currently have Manny as favourite.” Graham also added that he was planning a return to the training ring and stated, “I have had a full year out of the sport and have rested well with many of my physical problems now much better and improved. I am going to the US in a couple of weeks and it is likely I will set up in the US rather than the UK.”
Rogers Mtagwa 127 vs Ricardo Medina 129.5
Kasem Wilson 146 vs Louie Leija 147
Jerome Ellis 152.5 vs Jamaal Davis 153
Carlos Diaz 128.5 vs Anthony Fllores 128.5
Anthony Ferrante 174.5 vs Tony Pietrantonio 172
Linwood Hurd 137.5 vs Victor Vasquez 137.5
Dontre King 147.5 vs Ardrick Butler 148
Frankie Trader 130.5 vs Luis Esquilin 128.5
Venue: Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, PA
Tickets are $45 and $60 and are on sale tonight at the door.
By Robert Coster
In the packed, newly inaugurated Roberto Duran Arena in Panama City, IBF/WBA super champion Celestino” Pelenchin” Caballero (32-2, 22 KOs) retained his junior featherweight title belts with a hard-fought twelve round split decision over surprisingly tough and well-schooled Jeffrey Mathebula (22-2-2,12 KOs) of South Africa. Caballero started off very well, winning four of the first five rounds; however, the lanky Panamanian champion started to tire in the second half of the bout and let the South African back in the fight. “Pelenchin” usually enjoys height and reach advantage over his opponents but this was not the case with the equally tall Mathebula who won rounds in the later portion of the fight with a crisp, educated jab. The scores of the judges were as follows: Patricia Jarman (USA) 116-112, Hector Afu (Panama) 116-112 for Caballero while Deaon Dwarte of South Africa had it 116-112 for Mathebula.
By Sam DiTusa
Idaho welterweight Favio Medina improved to 21-2-2 with a ten round unanimous decision over Gary Burgeron (10-3) on Thursday night at the Coeur d’Alene Casino in Worley, Idaho. For Medina it was a return to the win column after a disappointing loss in this same arena three months ago to Orlando Lora. Medina, who weighed in at 147 lbs used his trademark pressure and crisp punching to dominate the action, winning on scores of 99-91 twice, and 97-93. (more…)
Ringside Report by Jacob Chavez
Ocatvius James’ “One In a Million” Boxing promotions presented an action packed night of boxing this past Saturday at the Hammond Civic Center in Hammond, Indiana. The main event featured a spectacular match-up between local female fighters “Merciless” Mary McGee (17-0, 10 KOs) taking on Kristy “Rose” Follmar (16-2, 9 KOs) with the vacant WBC International and NABC Women’s World Lightweight titles at stake. In a very closely contested battle, McGee won the fight via a close majority decision however it could definitely be argued that the result could have been a draw or even a victory for Follmar. Either way, the two combatants put on a show of epic proportions that both won over the fans’ hearts and approval. (more…)
Open to the public, the official weigh-in for the Manny Pacquiao vs. Ricky Hatton fight begins at 2:30 p.m. today at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The undercard pay-per-view fighters step on the scale at 2:30, followed by Hatton and Pacquiao, at approximately 3 p.m.
The Cambria County War Memorial Arena in Johnstown PA will be electric on Saturday night May 2nd as Andres “Taylor Made” Taylor (7-0-1, 3KO’s) returns to his hometown to defend his WBF All Americas cruiserweight title against crafty Philadelphian Simon “One Punch” Carr (5-3-1, 3KO’s) in the action packed eight round main event of “FISTS OF THUNDER II!”
FightNews had the opportunity to speak with the former highly decorated amateur and rising cruiserweight prospect as he prepared for his big homecoming . . . Click here for more
With the mega-card UFC® 100 already sold out, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization will hold a closed-circuit screening of this historic pay-per-view at Mandalay Bay Beach Saturday, July 11. Don’t miss your chance to watch all the action on a LED Video Wall under the stars at the UFC 100 viewing party . . . Click here for more info
Tickets are still available for UFC 98 . . . Click here for more info
Legendary boxers James “Buddy” McGirt, Sr. and “Irish” Micky Ward began a friendship in 1986 that continues today. They will reunite May 22nd at “Rage At The River,” promoted Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment, Inc. (CES), as head trainers of fighters on that show. McGirt, 2-time world champion in two different weight classes and former Trainer of the Year, will be training his son, middleweight James McGirt, Jr. (19-2-1, 9 KOs), who’ll be making his CES debut in a 6-round bout versus an opponent to be named. Ward, a participant in three Fights of the Year, will handle his nephew, lightweight Sean Eklund (6-3, 1 KO), against Jose Guzman (3-4-1) in a four round match. “I think it’s great and I’m excited to be working the same show as Micky,” Buddy said. “He fought on my undercard in 1986, 16 years later were in opposite corners — I had (Arturo) Gatti – and now we’re together again. Micky Ward was one fighter I didn’t want to fight. I always felt that, if he wanted to, he’d be a trainer. They don’t make fighters like Micky Ward anymore. We’re good friends.” (more…)
Unbeaten Irish light welterweight prospect Dean “Irish Lightning” Byrne explodes in Las Vegas against Mexican southpaw Jose Reynoso (10-2, 1 KO) in a scheduled eight round bout Friday night at South Point Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The boxing world will be focused on Las Vegas this weekend for Saturday night’s mega-fight Saturday evening between pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton, but that show’s appetizer is the Sin City debut of the 24-year-old Byrne, who’ll also have Manny’s trainer, Freddie Roach, in his corner. (more…)
Ringside Report by Matt Richardson
Photography by Marty Rosengarten
On Tuesday Night Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, presented its first installment of “VIP Boxing” at the elegant Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, NY. The card was made up of five entertaining fights, headlined by Star Boxing’s heavyweight fan favorite Vinny Maddalone taking on Benji “Boom Boom” Baker. Click here for the full report and action packed photogallery.
During his ten year pro career, welterweight contender Irving “Chuma” Garcia (17-3-3, 8 KOs) has dealt with plenty of adversity as a fighter but is still dissatisfied with his status. From a disappointing loss against power punching contender Said Ouali to a controversial technical draw in a WBA interim title fight with Yuriy Nuzhnenko, Garcia fell just short during his most lucrative bouts. The narrowly missed opportunities had caused a distraction for Garcia, as he become overanxious for another crack at a top fighter. (more…)
Unbeaten welterweight Carlos Abregu puts his stellar, unblemished 26-0 record, with 21 knockouts, on the line against Irving Garcia (17-3-3, 8 KOs) tonight on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast), in the 10-round main event at the Chumash Casino Resort. In the co-feature, lightweight Marvin Quintero (15-1, 12 KOs) will take on Wes Ferguson (20-3-1, 6 KOs) in an eight-rounder bout. Here’s what the principals had to say prior to Thursday’s weigh in. (more…)
WBA mandatory challenger for the world super lightweight championship Dimitry “Star of David” Salita will gamble to face Raul “El Toro” Munoz over 10 rounds at the Star of the Desert Arena at Buffalo Bills Casino Hotel in Primm, Nev. on May 24, it was announced by Square Ring Promotions Chief Executive Officer John S. Wirt. “We’re thrilled to be coming to Primm,” said Wirt. “You could say — the Star of David, meets the Star of the Desert,” making reference to Salita’s nickname as a follower of the orthodox Jewish faith.” (more…)
By Lee Bates
In a women’s world title from the Estadio Luna Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Marcela Acuna of Argentina (32-5, 16 KOs) retained her WBA/WBC super bantamweight titles with a unanimous decision against former world champion Jackie Nava (19-3-2, 10 KOs) of Mexico. The final scores were 99-90, 98-91, and 98-92 all in favor of Acuna. Nava was very game and pressured Acuna most of the fight but Acuna’s defense was very tight and she countered with headsnapping punches throughout the bout. Acuna dropped Nava with a double jab in the final seconds of the bout to put an exclamation point on her victory.
From The Joint at the Hardrock Hotel & Casino for tomorrow night’s Top Rank card televised on Azteca America:
Urbano Antillon 135 vs. Tyrone Harris 135
Alfonso Gomez 149 vs. Juan Buendia 148.5
Ramon Montano 140 vs. Mark Melliguin 141
Marvin Cordova 142 vs. Dennis Laurente 141.5
Walter Estrada 127 vs. Michael Farenas 127
Roberto Marroquin 123.5 vs. Julio Valadez 123
Glen Tapia 154 vs. Juan Carlos de Leon 152.5
Juan Santiago 131 vs. Diego Magdaleno 129.5
* A four-round fight between Rufino Flores and Danny Escobar was nixed when Escobar weighed in several pounds overweight.
According to a source close to the Ricky Hatton camp, and trainer Floyd Mayweather, Sr., the rumors of a Hatton-Mayweather split are not true. After a story broke on Yahoo! Sports about turmoil in the camp, about 5 p.m. P.T., the rumors began to circulate. Yahoo! Sports published that there was talk of Hatton working with Manny Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, for his next fight; and that Hatton was miserable working under Mayweather. Soon after the story broke, rumors that Mayweather and Hatton had split became the talk of the town. Those rumors, Fightnews has been told, are false.
Unbeaten welterweight KO artist Carlos Abregu (26-0, 21 KOs) weighed in at 148 for his battle against Irving Garcia (17-3-3, 8 KOs) on Friday night at the Chumash Casino Resort at Santa Ynez, Calif. Garcia weighed 147.25. The bout will be televised on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). In the co-feature, lightweights Marvin Quintero (15-1, 12 KOs) and Wes Ferguson (20-3-1, 6 KOs) both weighed 134.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican promoters KO Entertainment and Rochmar Gym have decided to postpone the WBA super featherweight battle between unbeaten world champion Jorge Linares and Josafat Perez. The fight was to take place on Saturday May 9 in New Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, but was postponed due to the swine flu pandemic sweeping in the country. Possible dates for the fight to be rescheduled are May 23 or June 13 in Mexico.
Contender Series II star Michael ‘Cold Blood’ Clark (37-5-1) returns to the ring this Saturday at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown, West Virginia. Clark, a former NABF lightweight champ and WBC#1 contender, looks to stay busy as he climbs back into lightweight contention. His opponent in the six rounder will be Chris Overbey (9-10). Also, WBA Fedecentro light heavyweight champ, Tommy Karpency (16-1-1) is set to face durable journeyman Eric Howard (11-15-1) in another six rounder. The five-bout card presented by Simons Promotions will also feature a 4 round female heavyweight matchup between local debut Valerie Walker and Tiffany Woodard (1-2). In addition, local heavy Jason Pettaway (1-0) will clash with Alan Prescott (2-3) in another four rounder, while heavyweight Jason Bergman (8-8) battles Maurice Winslow (3-8) in a six. Doors open at 6pm and the first bout hits the bell at 7:30pm. For ticket info call 304-290-0291.
Speaking from his training camp in Puerto Rico, Edison ‘Pantera’ Miranda sent a personal invitation to Carl Froch, the WBC super middleweight champion, to sit ringside at his upcoming fight against Andre Ward. “Carl – congratulations on a great win last weekend. You showed that you are a warrior and a true champion. With your win on Showtime, you have gained much respect from the fans in the America. Now, I invite you to revisit the US and sit ringside as I take on Andre Ward, the highest ranked fighter in the WBC. I will fly you over here and arrange for your hotel and ringside seat. I hope you accept my offer, and please don’t make any excuses!” Edison Miranda will take on undefeated Andre Ward, America’s last Olympic gold medalist boxer, on May 16th at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA. Showtime will televise the event at 9PM ET. Miranda, who recently fought at York Hall in England, had this to say as well. (more…)
If nothing else, no one will be able to accuse promoters Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions of a garbage (“rubbish,” if you’re a Brit) undercard Saturday night.
In ten bouts totaling 70 rounds, should they all go the distance, which isn’t likely, ten potential stars will be featured, in bouts ranging from potential wars to “showcase” standing . . . Click here for more
By Alexey Sukachev at ringside
Tonight, one of the finest Russian welterweights around Roman Seliverstov (9-8, 2 KOs) proved once again that his less-than-stellar record says nothing at all about his real abilities. Seliverstov, 32, who easily dominated former world title challenger Michel Trabant (then 43-3-1) in his penultimate fight last July, was too much for Kazakh Andrey “Bazooka” Yeskin (17-6, 12 KOs), 33, stopping him in six bloody rounds. With this victory Seliverstov captured the vacant Baltic Boxing Union welterweight title to see his hand raised in the air by this correspondent, who also worked as the BBU supervisor of the main event. Seliverstov-Yeskin championship collision headlined a nice-packed little show, promoted by the former welterweight contender-turned-promoter Sergey Stepkin and by the Union Boxing Management. It was held at the famed Sambo 70 sportive school in Moscow, Russia, and was dedicated to the opening of a new boxing circle in the nursery of various martial arts’ talent. (more…)
Junior welterweights Terri “ROAD WARRIOR” Blair and Adelita Irizarry will square off in a scheduled six round bout at “FISTS OF THUNDER II”, an evening of world class professional boxing this Saturday night at The Cambria County War Memorial Arena in Johnstown, PA, it was announced today by Chet Koerner, President of TKO BOXING Promotions . . Click here for more
Preview by Gary “Digital” Williams
A seemingly very competitive eight-round bout headlines tonight’s Baltimore Pro Boxing card at Martin’s West in Woodlawn, MD.
In the main event, undefeated Cecil “AK-47″ McCalla of Randallstown, MD will take on his toughest foe to date — John “No Mercy” Mackey from Montgomery, AL by way of Washington, DC. McCalla (6-0, two KO’s) is coming off a strong, six-round unanimous decision victory over Anthony Little on March 19 in Woodlawn. Mackey (11-2-1, five KO’s) lost his last contest, a 10-round unanimous decision to Anthony Greenridge for the NABA US Middleweight title on December 13 in Atlanta, GA. (more…)
The undercard press conference for Saturday night’s Pacquiao vs. Hatton card was staged today at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. In the co-main event, Humberto Soto (47-7-2, 30 KOs), of Los Mochis, Mexico, will defend his WBC super featherweight belt against Quebec, Canada’s Benoit Gaudet (20-1, 7 KOs). Gaudet said he’d be bringing the belt back to “the place where snow falls from the sky.” Soto acknowledged Gaudet’s boxing skills, but “hopes he’ll fight me Saturday night.”
In co-feature bout, Daniel Jacobs (15-0, 14 KOs), of Brooklyn, will take on his toughest opponent to date in Chicago’s Michael Walker (19-1-2, 12 KOs). Jacobs said he hopes Walker brings his “A-game,” and the Chicagoan warned his foe that he was in for a real battle. Stay tuned for a full report and more photos later today.
Photos by Chris Cozzone
InterBox and Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) are proud to announce that Adrian Diaconu (26-0, 15 KOs) will defend his WBC world light heavyweight title against fellow Montrealer Jean Pascal (22-1, 15 KOs) on June 19th at the Montreal Bell Centre. Presented by the Casino de Montréal, this historical bout will mark two milestones: It will be the first World title bout disputed by two Quebecers, and the first collaboration between InterBox and GYM. Both promoters worked jointly and relentlessly over the past few weeks, culminating in a deal being reached this morning. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Hometown hero and Great Falls, VA native Jimmy Lange returns to his home base at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA on Saturday, May 2. Lange will try for his second regional title as he challenges veteran Frank Houghtaling of Albany, NY for the vacant WBC USNBC Junior Middleweight title in the main event of this ICE Promotions card. (more…)
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Headliners on Saturday’s “Universum Champions Night” event looked sharp during a public workout at Weserpark in Bremen, Germany. The fighters included WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo Moreno and former bantamweight champion Wladimir Sidorenko, who meet in a highly charged world title rematch. Also on hand were female boxing megastar Ina Menzer, who will be defending her WIBF/WBC featherweight championships on Saturday, as well as her challenger \Franchesca Alcanter, and hot unbeaten featherweight prospect Marcel Meyerdiercks.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA #8 bantamweight Daniel Diaz (16-1, 12 KOs) and WBA #15 Alvaro Perez (17-1-1, 12 KOs), both of Nicaragua, are set to collide in a nine round bout to be held at Pharaohs Casino in Managua on a May 1 Boxeo PRODESA fight card. The winner of this bout could have a possible date against WBA champ Anselmo Moreno or WBA interim champ Neohmar Cermeno both of whom reside in neighboring Panama. The undercard will feature IBF/WBA ranked flyweight fighter Evert Briceno (30-5, 25 KOs) against hard hitting Reynaldo Cajina as well as WBO/IBF ranked Nerys Espinoza (25-5, 18 KOs) against former world title challenger Miguel Tellez (18-12, 7 KOs). Top Nicaraguan prospects including lightweight Moises Solis (14-1, 10 KOs), super lightweight Cristian Ruiz (8-0, 7 KOs) and 17-year-old minimumweight sensation Carlos “Chocorrón” Buitrago (9-0, 7 KOs) will also see action.
Lightweight Vicente Escobedo (20-1-0, 12 KOs) will face former WBC Featherweight Champion Kevin Kelley (60-9-2, 39 KO) on May 21 at the ARCO Arena in Sacramento. Escobedo is coming off an impressive victory over Carlos Hernandez by unanimous decision in Austin, Texas on April 4. He is currently riding an 11-fight win streak. Tickets ($20-$75) are on sale now. Call 1-800-745-3000.
The event is presented by Maloof Sports & Entertainment, in association with Don Chargin Productions.
Promoter Frank Warren’s company Sports Network Limited, which was recently socked with a £1.8 million judgment by an English Court in favor of former Sports Network fighter Joe Calzaghe, has gone into administration (a situation in which an administrator decides if a company in financial difficulty is still a viable concern or should be liquidated). How much money Calzaghe will actually collect from the judgment remains to be seen. Warren, meanwhile, has recently been promoting under the “Frank Warren Promotions” banner for some months now. A statement from Warren’s office reads:
This company [Sports Network Limited] has not promoted any shows for the past nine months and this administration does not affect any of the forthcoming boxing promotions which Frank Warren is promoting. These include:
15 May, The Odyssey Arena, Belfast
22 May, The York Hall, Bethnal Green, London
19 June, The Bellahouston Leisure Centre, Glasgow
27 June, The O2, London
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