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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBA #1 heavyweight Kali Meehan spoke to Fightnews about John Ruiz’ recent statements and says he will be happy to fight Ruiz for the mandatory position and the right to challenge Nicolay Valuev for the WBA championship. Meehan also claims he got the better of Ruiz in many sparring sessions. “I hear that John Ruiz is not happy at the moment and he has the mandatory challenge,” said Meehan. “If anyone should be angry it is me! I am rated #1 in the WBA, which in their rules means I am the mandatory challenger. I thought I would have got the challenge against Valuev, and somehow Holyfield got it, and then John Ruiz got it again.” (more…)
Top Rank today signed hard-punching Mark Melligen, a super lightweight from Bacolod City, Philippines. Melligen, a southpaw, has a record of 14-1 with 10 knockouts. Bob Arum made the announcement today. Melligen out-slugged rugged Ramon Montano at the Hard Rock Resort & Casino in Las Vegas last Friday night, winning an eight-round decision by scores of 80-72, 79-73 and 78-74. “We were really pleased with Mark’s performance last weekend. He’s young, just 23, and he is improving every fight,” said Arum. Melligen had over 200 amateur bouts. He was a two-time medalist at the Asian Games.
The final press conference for Saturday night’s rematch between “Bad” Chad Dawson (27-0, 17 KOs) and Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (27-5, 19 KOs) was held today at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. In contrast to their original fight, last October, there was absolutely no pre-fight smack talk, though both fighters stated they would come out ahead Saturday night in the HBO-televised card. Stay tuned for a full report and more photos.
By Alexey Potapov
Former WBO heavyweight champion Sultan Ibragimov (22-1-1, 17 KOs) seems to have hung up his gloves. Following his February 2008 unification loss to reigning IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko, Sultan returned to Russia and has stayed there alleging that his is still due some money. “I think Ibragimov retired,” said Seminole Warriors Boxing executive director Leon Margules, who co-promoted Ibragimov along with Golden Grain Promotions. “I have not spoken to him for one year. If any money is owed Sultan, it is Romazan (Abacharaev) or someone else in Russia that owes the money. If anything, [Sultan] owes Boris [Grinberg] money because he never paid his management fees to Boris from the Holyfield or Klitschko fights. There is nothing pending in court that prevents Sultan from fighting and certainly any money disputes have not prevented him from fighting. I don’t think he wants to fight again and I think he is making excuses. I have not talked with Jeff [Mayweather, Sultan’s trainer] because there is no reason to. Sultan never paid him but Boris did from his own pocket, also money Sultan owes,” concluded Margules. The Ibragimov camp is staying tight-lipped about any future plans. In September 2008, Sultan’s father who did not want his son to continue his boxing career, passed away. Ibragimov and its manager Gamzat Agaev have declined to comment.
By Jose E. Santiago
After more than a two year hiatus from promoting events, Yayah McClain’s Absoloot Boxing is back. For the past two years McClain has focused his attention on establishing his Atlanta based boxing gym, also named Absoloot, as one of the more respected gyms in the city. On Friday May 22nd Absoloot presents Friday Night Fights featuring professional and amateur bouts. The fights will be held at a new quaint venue “The Pit” located next to his gym, in the same building. Featured in the main event is local welterweight talent Will “Young Picasso” Farley (2-0 2KOs) vs. Jamar Saunders (2-2 1KO). “This will be the first of six professional shows I plan to promote by years end,” said McClain. Followed by and exuberant “I’m back!!”
By Bob Caico
Promoter Nick Garone and X-Cel Worldwide continue their mission to revive professional boxing in Western New York with another exciting card on June 19, at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Garone brought back professional boxing to Downtown Buffalo in February that was well attended and very well received by the boxing starved fans. Coupled with the show X-Cel hosted in Niagara Falls in November 2008, this card will be the third boxing event in 8-months that Garone has brought to the area. “I feel like I’m rediscovering buried treasure out there”, said Garone. Buffalo has had a rich history of boxing for over a hundred years and Garone believes the area will once again be a hotbed. “I know Buffalo loves boxing, so we’re going to give them the world-class shows they deserve”, promises Garone. Scheduled to be on the card are X-Cel Worldwide’s newest contender, Meacher “Major Pain” Major (16-3-1, 14 KOs), Rochester, NY favorite and reigning NYS jr. welterweight title holder Kenny Abril (8-3-1, 5 KOs), former amateur star from Buffalo, Lionel Thompson (1-0, 1 KO) and the first area appearance of exciting Nick Casal (18-4-1, 14 KOs) of Niagara Falls. Ticket information and updates on this card can be found at championsofboxing.com.
7-foot WBA heavyweight boxing champion Nikolai Valuev prepares for his world title showdown against champion in recess Ruslan Chagaev on May 30 in Helsinki, Finland.
By Lee Bates
Exciting light heavyweight contender Beibut Shumenov (7-0, 5 KOs) was to fight former world champion Alejandro Berrio (28-5, 27 KOs) this Saturday in his Shumenov’s country of Kazakhstan. Berrio is out now and former world champion Byron Mitchell (27-4-1, 20 KOs) will step in. The bout is still scheduled for 12 rounds and for the vacant International Boxing Association light heavyweight title,WBO Asia Pacific light heavyweight title, WBC Asian Boxing Council light heavyweight title, and interim PABA light heavyweight title. The bout will take place at the Stadium Khadjimukan in Chimkent, Kazakhstan.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Strong possibilities exist that the Venezuelan Jorge “Niño de Oro” Linares could defend his WBA super featherweight world crown on the July 18 Mayweather-Marquez card at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Linares was to defend his title against Mexican Josafat Pérez this weekend in New Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, but that bout was postponed due to swine flu precautions in the country.
Cecilia Braekhus will make a first defence of her WBA/WBC female welterweight titles when she comes face-to-face with Amy Yuratovac in Helsinki on May 30. The “First Lady” (11-0, 2 KOs) is already looking forward to her first-ever professional fight in Scandinavia. “I am thrilled to be fighting in Helsinki,” the newly-crowned world champion said. “I have a lot of friends in Finland and I hope that many fans from Norway will come over to support me.” The “First Lady” is also good friends with Eva Wahlström, Finland’s most successful amateur boxer. “We have been in close touch ever since our amateur days,” Braekhus added. “I look forward to seeing her ringside on May 30.” (more…)
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By Francisco Salazar
Featherweight contender Orlando Salido will not fight on the Saturday, May 16th Top Rank card at the Buffalo Bill’s Star Arena in Primm, NV. Instead, the main event will be Brandon Rios (19-0-1, 13 KO’s) of Oxnard, CA taking on Jose Antonio Izquierdo (17-4-1, 14 KO’s) in a 10 round lightweight bout. Rios is coming off a fifth round knockout over Carlos Guevara in December, while Izquierdo was stopped by Alex De Jesus in October. Also on the card will be unbeaten Welterweight Vanes Martirosyan taking on Juan Astorga. The bouts will be televised on Azteca America.
In Las Vegas boxing circles, you’re not going to find too many people who feel last year’s fight between Antonio Tarver and Chad Dawson warrants a rematch.
Unless you’re Antonio Tarver, that is.
“It wasn’t what Chad Dawson did that night,” says Tarver.
“It was what Antonio Tarver didn’t do. I just wasn’t myself that night.”
By Craig Watt
Following the second round knockout of Ricky Hatton at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday by Manny Pacquiao there has been much speculation as to whether the former two weight champion from Manchester will return to the boxing ring or will retire from the sport. Today, Brendon Smith, manager and trainer of Australian lightweight contender Michael Katsidis confirmed to Fightnews that a fight with Hatton was originally pencilled in for November in the UK as a “homecoming” fight for the former two weight world champion, prior to the Pacquiao fight. With the loss to Pacquiao however, this fight may be in question, as many people have called on Ricky Hatton to retire, although Team Katsidis are still positive about the possibility. (more…)
Friday night’s main event at the Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas is in jeopardy. Brian Mihtar, who was scheduled to fight Ishe Smith, has pulled out due to dehydration. Stay tuned . . . .
With a little over one week remaining before the highly anticipated showdown between 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward and hard-hitting Edison Miranda, the two talented fighters participated in a media conference call along with promoter Dan Goossen. In the featured bout, the undefeated and No. 2- ranked Ward will fulfill his dream of staging a pro fight in his hometown when he takes a big step up in class to face Miranda, a Colombian knockout artist who has fought top-notch competition throughout his career, on Saturday, May 16 in Oakland, Calif. (more…)
Some 564 youths, ages 8 to 13, from Puerto Rico and the neighboring islands of Curacao and St. Croix, filled the Sports Complex of Cupey last week to celebrate the WBO’s 8th Youth Sports Invitational.
The Youth Sports Invitational is an annual event that is sponsored by the WBO Kids Drug Free Program which promotes the physical, mental and ethical development of youth through the use of sports. (more…)
To commemorate the second year anniversary of Diego Corrales’ passing, a foundation has been launched in his name by the former champion’s widow, Michelle Corrales. The Diego Corrales Foundation will be officially launched tomorrow by feeding all the homeless women and children at The Shade Tree Shelter located at One West Owens Ave in North Las Vegas, starting at 3:45 p.m. The “Knock Out Hunger” campaign will be assisted tomorrow by Chad Dawson, Kevin Kelly, Zab Judah, Gary Shaw and others. For more info on the foundation, visit www.DiegoCorralesFoundation.org
“Punchout,” returns to the Plaza Hotel & Casino in beautiful downtown Las Vegas, Nevada on Friday, May 8, 2009. This show features boxing reality television star and real life jr. middleweight contender Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith. Smith will be headlining his long awaited return to the ring for his hometown fans and capping off a spectacular night of fights. (more…)
Cuban Olympic Gold Medalist Odlienier Solis has pulled out of his May 22nd fight against heavyweight contender “Fast Fres” Oquendodue to a training injury. The fight was supposed to take place at the world famous Fountainbleu Resort in Miami Beach, Florida. “I’ve been down here training my a– off for this guy and he chickens out” said Oquendo, who wants Solis to take the fight despite the injury. “I’m the “Cuban Assassin” and he’s the “Cuban Coward” said Oquendo. “I’ll fight him in Cuba if I have to, I just want to fight.” Ahmet Oner, Solis promoter at Arena Boxing says Solis broke his finger sparring and that the fight will be postponed to a later date.
Former light-heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver put the finishing touches on his preparation today at Bones Adams’ Boxing Gym in Las Vegas. On Saturday, Tarver will rematch the man who dethroned him, Chad Dawson, in the main event of an HBO-televised card at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Vegas. “When I start throwing my hands, no one is better than I am,” said Tarver today. Stay tuned for a feature story on Tarver.
Virginia-based Triple-Mac Promotions has announced the signing of powerhouse Philadelphia middleweight Tyrone “Young Gun” Brunson to a promotional agreement. The sharpshooting Brunson (19-0-1, 19 KOs) set a boxing record with 19 consecutive first-round knockouts to begin his career before fighting to a draw in his last outing. 24-year-old Brunson surpassed the world record of 18 set by current WBC lightweight champion Edwin Valero, albeit against weak opponents. “Tyrone was beginning to go stale by chasing that record and not facing the kind of opposition he should have been to develop properly,” said Triple-Mac President Freddie Mac of his new client. “We believe in Tyrone and we intend to bring him to the top levels of the sport properly. He has the talent and the natural punching power to become a world champion.”
By Karl Freitag
Undefeated and No. 2 ranked 2004 Olympic Gold medalist Andre Ward and dangerous KO artist Edison Miranda spoke to the media today in advance of their highly anticipated showdown on Saturday, May 16, in Oakland, Calif. The 12-rounder for Ward’s NABO and NABF super middleweight titles will be the featured bout on a special Saturday primetime edition of ShoBox: The New Generation, live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). Ward stated that he considers himself to be the underdog and promised to shock a lot of people. “Miranda’s a bully,” said Ward. I don’t like it when people try to bully people and I won’t be bullied. He’s going to find out that I’m a whole lot tougher and I’m a whole lot nastier in that ring than he’s anticipating. I don’t fear anything in that ring…..whatever he want’s to bring, bring it and let’s see what happens!” Miranda commented that Ward is not the toughest opponent he has faced (naming Howard Eastman as his toughest foe) and promised a tenth round KO. “Did you see Jermain Taylor’s fight?” asked Miranda in reference to Taylor’s recent KO loss to Carl Froch. “Jermain Taylor and Andre Ward are fruit from the same tree. That’s why I’ll win. Because they have the same heart, which is really not any heart.”
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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…)
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