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By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA International Officials Committee has ruled in favor of a direct rematch between WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno and former interim champion Nehomar Cermeño after their recent controversial split decision in Venezuela. The free negotiation began Tuesday and will extend one month. The bout is likely to again take place in Venezuala. WBA executive vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza said he expects the rematch to decide who will be the best bantamweight in the WBA.
It’s not what you’d expect to see 10 days before the biggest fight of his career, but powerful middleweight Renan St-Juste puts some novices through their paces at his Club de Boxe 35 in Repentigny, Quebec. St-Juste (20-1-1 13KO) meets Dionisio Miranda (20-5-2 18KO) of Columbia at The Bell Centre in Montreal as the co-feature the Lucian Bute vs. Edison Miranda bout.
Former welterweight champion Antonio ‘The Tijuana Tornado’ Margarito announces his return to the ring during a press conference today in Los Angeles. Margarito will face Roberto Garcia in a 10-round super elterweight fight on May 8 from Aguascalientes, Mexico. Top Rank promotes this “Latin Fury 14” Pay-Per-View event in association with Tecate and Zanfer Promotions.
By Jose E. Santiago
In an NABF cruiserweight title fight hyped up with bad blood featuring Yahya McClain versus Lou Del Valle less than two weeks away, Del Valle has been sidelined by an apparent back injury. According to the Del Valle camp the injury occurred while he was training this past weekend. A doctors analysis has not been performed and is currently scheduled for Wednesday. McClain senses something fishy in the works. “How can a man be injured so severely that he can’t fight, but hasn’t even gone to see a doctor yet?” McClain told Fightnews Tuesday afternoon. Stepping in to fill the void is 35 year old Jason Richardson (18-5 11KO) of the Chicago area. Robinson is a viable, and experienced challenge for McClain being that he’s duked it out with world champions James Toney, Ezra Sellers, and O’Neal Bell in the past. (more…)
Hot unbeate super middleweight prospects will be featured on the April 30th edition of “SHOBOX, The New Generation.” The card takes place at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago and will feature Donovan “Da Bomb” George, Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez and Marcus “Too Much” Johnson in separate bouts. George (19-0-1, 17 KOs) will battle Osumanu Adams (17-1, 13 KOs) in a scheduled eight round bout. Rodriguez (14-0, 10 KOs) has an eight round battle with Kevin Engel (17-2, 14 KOs). And, Johnson (18-0, 14 KOs) meets fellow unbeaten Derek Edwards (25-0, 13 KOs) in a ten rounder. Tickets start at $31. Call 1-800-745-3000.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
More details are emerging on the May 29 card at the D.C. Armory in Washington D.C. According to promoter Garcia Staley of Titanium Productions, former WBO world champion DeMarcus Corley will be facing Verquan “The Show” Kimbrough for the UBO 140lb belt. Former two-time WBC champion of the world Keith Holmes (41-5, 25 KOs) will be taking on an opponent to be confirmed for the vacant UBO International middleweight title. There will also be a third UBO title bout as former IBF world champion Kassim Ouma takes on Ishmail Arvin for the UBO light middleweight title.
Former world champion Cristian Mijares (38-6-2, 17 KOs) and Francisco “Panchito” Arce (30-5-2, 21 KOs) collide in a WBC bantamweight eliminator on Saturday at the Palenque de la Feria in Durango, Mexico. “By knockout or by decision, either way I’m coming out with a victory against Arce,” said Mijares. “I say this with confidence based on the preparation I’ve done.” Panchito Arce is the younger brother of triple world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce, who was defeated in a high profile fight by Mijares in April 2007. The co-featured bout will be for the Latino flyweight title between Faustino Cupul (22-2, 16 KOs) and Julio Cesar “Pingo” Miranda (30-5-1, 23 KOs). In addition, former welterweight champion José Luis “Maestrito” López launches his comeback against Juan Carlos “Chocolate” Barreto.
For ten years, Thompson Boxing Promotions has delivered the best fights and fighters to boxing fans throughout the Southern California area, developing world champions such as Timothy Bradley and Yonnhy Perez in the process. On Friday, April 23rd, this tradition of excellence continues, as junior welterweight standouts Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera and Efren “Huracan” Hinojosa collide in the eight round main event of “Path to Glory” at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. (more…)
After it was announced that Kendall Grove would take on Mark Munoz April 10th at UFC 112, it is conceivable that the TUF 3 middleweightwinner began to wonder if there was a new rule in place that required him to only fight former NCAA wrestling champions. Last November, Grove made short work of the highly touted Jake Rosholt, a three-time national champ at Oklahoma State, despite being considered an underdog by oddsmakers . . . Click here for more by Elias Cepeda, UFC.com
It has already been announced that former WBO world champion DeMarcus Corley will fight for the UBO light welterweight title on May 29 in Washington D.C., and now Titanium Promotions reveals that one more local former world champion will attempt to lift a UBO belt on their show promoted at the D.C. Armory. Former two-time WBC champion of the world Keith Holmes (41-5, 25 KOs) will be taking on an opponent to be confirmed for the vacant UBO International middleweight title. Titanium Promotions will announce opponents for Holmes and Corley within the next few weeks.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australian welterweight Heath Ellis (12-1-1, 6 KOs) will meet hard punching Steve Maxwell (6-3, 4 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Malvern Town Hall in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Maxwell recently stopped two time Australian champion Matthew Paulley in a major upset of 2009 and is confident of repeating the same against Ellis who is regarded as one of Australia’s best prospects. Ellis has an excellent pedigree being the nephew of Australian boxing legend Lester Ellis who was world IBF 130 pound champion and reigned as champion during the 1980s. (more…)
Four-time world heavyweight champion Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield and WBF heavyweight titleholder Frans “The White Buffalo” Botha worked out at a special “Beat and Greet” event on Monday at the Findlay Toyota in Henderson, Nevada. They collide Saturday at the Thomas and Mack in Las Vegas in a bout that can be seen on pay-per-view.
The undercard for Saturday night’s “The Legend Returns” pay-per-view event at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, headlined by four-time world heavyweight champion Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield against WBF beltholder Frans “The White Buffalo” Botha, has been announced by Crown Boxing. In the 10-round co-feature, local cruiserweight Henry Namauu (5-3, 3 KOs) meets Rayford Johnson (5-4, 3 KOs). Former IBF cruiserweight champion “King” Arthur Williams (46-16-1, 30 KOs) tests unbeaten Valente Tinajero (8-0, 4 KOs) in a six-rounder. Also on the undercard in four-round bouts are featherweight Rocco Santomauro (3-0) vs. Karl Hammer (1-2), super bantamweight Crystal Hoy (3-1-2, 2 KOs) vs. Jennifer Han (0-1-1), lightweight Joel Flores (3-0, 3 KOs) vs. Jose Fernandez (1-1), welterweight Lawrence Hughes (3-0, 3 KOs) vs. TBA, lightweight Jesus Gutierez (1-0, 1 KO) vs. Jonathan Garcia, and super bantamweight Alexis Santiago (2-0-1, 1 KO) vs. Brice Yeniki (0-4).
Report by Scott Ploof
Photography by Emily Harney
Danbury, CT’s Delvin Rodriguez (25-4-2, 14 KOs) retained his USBA welterweight title as he won a twelve round unanimous decision over a game “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (22-5-2, 10 KO’s) in an action packed main event on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights this past Friday night from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. Scores of the bout in favor of Rodriguez read 117-110, 119-108, and 118-109. Rodriguez worked off his jab the entire night to setup the hook and right hand. Arnaoutis showed his durability and tenacity throughout as he landed some nice counters in the losing effort. The six bout fight card was promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing. 154 pound Providence, RI prospect Demetrius Andrade (10-0, 7 KOs) scored a six round unanimous decision over an outclassed Geoffrey Spruiell (8-9, 2 KOs). All three judges scored the fight a perfect shutout for Andrade 60-54. Click here for action packed photogallery.
Former WBA super welterweight champion Travis Simms (27-1, 20 KOs), now a local city councilman, and his twin brother Tarvis Simms (25-1, 11 KOs) have been reportedly arrested after getting into an ugly fight with each other over the weekend at Travis’ home in Norwalk, CT. Both are facing third-degree assault charges.
USA Olympian and rising young contender Vanes ‘Nightmare’ Martirosyan of Glendale, Calif., has re-signed with Top Rank announced Bob Arum today. Martirosyan, 23, has a record of 27-0 with 17 knockouts. He is trained by Freddie Roach and handled by Shelly Finkel. Martirosyan is ranked WBO #3, WBC #5, IBF #8 and WBA #8 at 154 pounds. As an amateur Martirosyan represented the United States in the 2004 Olympics. “Vanes is definitely one of the future superstars in boxing,” Arum said. “We helped develop Vanes during his first five years. Now, with the coaching of the great Freddie Roach, Vanes will be heading to the top level of boxing.”
It was also announced that Christian Martinez, 22, of the Bronx, N.Y. signed a promotional contract with Top Rank. Martinez is a young super welterweight with a 3-0-0 record with 3 knockouts. As an amateur boxer, Martinez was in about 145 bouts and was a gold medalist in the New York Golden Gloves and the Empire State Games. He is managed by Craig Hamilton and advised by Anthony Catanzaro. Christian’s father, Edwin, is the chief trainer. Martinez, born in Puerto Rico, began boxing at the age of 10 at the Jerome Boxing Club in the Bronx, N.Y. He is scheduled to box on the Miguel Cotto vs. Yuri Foreman fight card at Yankee Stadium on June 5. “Fight fans are going to love Christian Martinez,” said Hamilton, who also manages John Duddy. “He is a big puncher, well-schooled and has a ton of amateur experience.”
By Francisco Salazar
Paul Williams and Kermit Cintron have quite a bit in common. Both were world champions at 147 pounds. Both have faced Antonio Margarito, whom Williams beat by majority decision almost three years ago. Cintron was not as fortunate, being stopped twice by the hard-hitting Mexican. Now, there is another thing in common between the hard-hitting super welterweights. Aside from praising one another’s accomplishments and strengths, both agreed that the best man will win in their May 8th super welterweight showdown at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. (more…)
After his unanimous victory Saturday night over Roy Jones Jr., two division world champion Bernard Hopkins, was taken to University Medical Center immediately following the fight after receiving a rabbit punch to the back of his head in the sixth round of the 12-round bout. Hopkins was released early Sunday morning after receiving a clean bill of health from doctors who examined him thoroughly as all tests administered revealed negative results including a CAT scan. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former WBA middleweight challenger Jamie Pittman (19-1, 8 KOs) will clash with Ghana’s Joseph Kwadio (13-1, 9 KOs) at the La Montage Reception Center in Sydney, NSW, Australia on Thursday. Former WBO featherweight challenger Billy Dib (25-1, 13 KOs) will be in action against Filipino Reynaldo Belandres (13-1, 8 KOs) over eight rounds. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Puerto Rican world champions Roman “Rocky” Martínez and Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. will defend their world titles in Bayamón, Puerto Rico on May 29 in the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez. Martínez will be facing Nicaraguan challenger Gonzalo Munguía for his WBO Jr. lightweight world crown and Wilfredo Vasquez Jr will meet Hungarian Zsolt Bedak for his WBO super bantamweight world belt. The event is presented by PR Best Boxing Promotions.
The Agua Caliente Casino, Resort, Spa in Rancho Mirage, California is offering 2-for-1 tickets to all members of law enforcement, fire & rescue departments, military, families of deployed military and first responders to the Saturday, April 10th special edition of the ESPN Championship Boxing. In the main event, undefeated welterweight contender Orlando Lora (26-0-1, 18 KOs) rumbles with gritty veteran David Estrada (22-6, 14 KOs) for the vacant WBC FECOMBOX welterweight title. A member of Mexico’s 2000 Olympic team, Lora is trained by highly regarded Abel Sanchez in Big Bear. Estrada is one tough veteran, having gone ten or more rounds with Shane Mosley, Kermit Cintron, Shane Mosley, Andre Berto and Luis Abregu. The co-main event features undefeated top-ten junior featherweight contender and NABO champion Victor Fonseca (17-0, 9 KOs) against heavy-handed veteran Andre Wilson (11-3-1, 9 KOs). (more…)
Ask Jon Madsen about the a-ha moment that convinced him to go from working the front desk at a Holiday Inn to working his way into the UFC heavyweight division, and he doesn’t have the foggiest clue where to begin. He says the best person to ask is his mother . . . Click here for more by Debbie Lee, UFC.com
Ringside report by Gerardo Martinez
Photos courtesy of Joel Priest
The last time Mohammad Said (33-9-1, 24 KOs) fought in the U.S. was in 2007 against light middleweight contender James Kirkland, when he lost by second round KO. This time around, he did not do much better, losing one round later, by TKO, to Ignacio’s own Elco “The Animal” Garcia (23-7, 12 KOs). Doubling as a travel agent, Said would be wise not book any flights back to the U.S. any time soon . . . Click here for more
WBA heavyweight champion David Haye walks to a neutral corner after a scoring a knockdown en route to a ninth round technical knockout victory over former heavyweight champion John Ruiz on Saturday night in Manchester, England. This week the Haye Team plans to open negotiations for a possible fight with Wladimir Klitschko in front of 80,000 in London’s Wembley Stadium in the Fall. More photos…
Fiodor Lapin will be the head trainer of Albert Sosnowski in his preparations for the biggest fight of his life against WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko. Lapin is best known as a trainer of former cruiserweight world champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk and current IBF #1 welterweight Rafal Jackiewicz. In fact, Wlodarczyk currently is also preparing for another title shot in his career against Giacobe Fragomeni and he is sharing the training camp with Sosnowski. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Bobby D. Presents in association with Jorge Marron Productions offer their second fight night of the year with “Turf War: San Diego vs. Calexico” on Thursday, April 8th , at the Four Points by Sheraton in Kearny Mesa, a suburb of San Diego, CA. In the main event, undefeated Christopher “SD Kid” Martin (16-0, 5KO) will defend his California State Bantamweight title against hard hitting Ruben “Finito” Lopez (15-11-2, 13KO) of Calexico, CA, in an eight round bout. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Friday night at the Legendary Blue Horizon in North Philadelphia, USBA junior middleweight champion Derek “Pooh Ennis (21-2-1, 13 KOs) had to overcome a cut over his right eye and a tremendous effort by late replacement Jose Gonzalez (13-7-1, 11 KOs) to capture a hard fought ten round majority decision victory in the non title main event of the evening. His brother, undefeated super middleweight prospect Farah Ennis (13-0, 7 KOs) had a much easier time of it as he needed just two rounds to stop veteran Frankie Santos (17-9-4, 8 KOs) in the eight-round co-feature. (more…)
By Matt Richardson at ringside
Light heavyweight Ronson Frank maintained his unbeaten record when he won a technical fifth round decision over Alexander Mancera in the main event of a card promoted by O’Shea Brothers Boxing on Friday night at the Masonic Temple in Brooklyn, New York. In the main fight of a six-bout card, Frank (15-0, 7 KO’s) scored the decision when the fight was forced to the scorecards after Mancera (7-4, 5 KO’s) was cut from a head butt. (more…)
By Chris Perry at ringside
The last time “Dangerous” Dorin Spivey fought at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, VA, he had his hometown crowd on their feet with a thrilling victory. Almost eight years later, he did the same. In the main event of the first International Championship Boxing series at the Scope Arena, Spivey (38-5, 29 KOs), from nearby Portsmouth, was impressive winning a unanimous decision victory over tough Baltimore, MD fighter Tyrell “Da Sho Shocka” Samuel (14-4, 6 KOs) with two judges scoring the ten-round fight 100-90 and the third judge scoring the bout 98-92. Unfortunately Spivey, who was the NABA lightweight champion before the fight, weighed in heavier than the 135 pound limit which meant that he automatically vacated the title and that only Samuel could win championship. Spivey’s extra weight was an issue that threatened the fight up until the time of the main event but both camps ultimately came to an agreement to make the fight happen. For more details and photos click here…
Bernard Hopkins waited 17 years for vengeance over longtime rival Roy Jones, Jr. The two fought a combined 71 bouts before meeting up Saturday night. Hopkins made sure that he wouldn’t lose again.
In a rather unspectacular foul-laden rematch, Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins (51-5-1, 32 KOs) avenged his 1993 loss, defeating longtime rival Roy Jones Jr. (54-7, 40 KOs) via unanimous decision in a fight that should have happened a decade ago . . . Click here for more
It took 17 years for Bernard Hopkins to avenge his loss against Roy Jones. Since their initial battle back in 1993, Hopkins and Jones have shared a mutual disdain for one another that prevented them from getting back into the ring. The bad blood was evident in the rematch as the 45-year-old Hopkins finally got his sweet revenge as he defeated the 41-year-old Jones via a grueling unanimous decision victory at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas . . . . click here for more
By Shamus Young at ringside
Kingsley “Sharp Knuckle” Ikeke retained his NABA Super Middleweight title via a 10 round majority decision over Zane Marks at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA. After a slow start, Ikeke (now 27-3) controlled the fight with his height and reach. Marks (now 17-5) picked spots and lunged in with short combinations and stunned Ikeke in the 7th. Ikeke was able to ride out Marks’ brief bursts of offense and outwork him from distance. Scores were 95-95 and 97-93 twice. Fightnews scored it 96-94 for Ikeke.
The co-main event was a raucous and entertaining rock-em-sock-em match in which heavyweight Andrae Carthon (4-5-2) out-slugged Freddie Miller (1-2-1) over 6 rounds to take a unanimous decision. The judges all scored it 58-54. Fightnews had it 57-55 for Carthon. In a featured fight, George “Monk” Foreman III went to 7-0 by spoiling Dale Mitchell’s debut. Foreman dropped Mitchell in the second and referee Paul Field stopped the fight between rounds on advice of the corner. Official time was 3:00 of the second round. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Japanese welterweight champ Daisuke Nakagawa (15-2-2, 11 KOs), 147, had a really tough time and barely kept his national belt as he fought to a grueling split draw (95-94 for him, 93-95 and 93-93) with hard-punching top contender Yoh Inoue (15-1-2, 10 KOs), 147, over ten hard-fought and sizzling rounds on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. (more…)
By Andreas Hale at ringside
Photos: Chris Cozzone
17 years after their first fight, ring legend Bernard Hopkins (51-5-1, 32 KOs) evened the score against 41-year-old fellow legend Roy Jones Jr. (54-7, 40 KOs) winning a foul-filled twelve round unanimous decision on Saturday night in a light heavyweight bout at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The first five rounds were measured, tactical and sometimes dirty, but things really heated up in round six after Hopkins went down from a seemingly light rabbit punch, then furiously went after Jones, continuing to fight even after the bell and the fighters had to be restrained by security. After a Hopkins rabbit punch in round eight, Jones responded with a rabbit punch that sent Hopkins to the canvas again. Hopkins went down for a third time from a borderline low blow in round ten. Action stopped in the eleventh so the ring doctor could look at a cut Jones sustained from a headbutt, ruled unintentional. A slow twelfth round brought boos from the crowd. In the end, Hopkins prevailed 117-110, 117-110, 118-109. (more…)
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