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With a series of hard-hitting boxing events that are getting more and more attention with each toll of the bell, 340 Promotions is firmly establishing the Virgin Islands as boxing’s new hotbed of talent and excitement. On Saturday, May 30th, the action will get even hotter when “Boxing in Paradise III” touches down at the University of the Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness Center in St. Thomas with a world-class lineup of professional and amateur bouts. In the main event, unbeaten rising star Victor “Mermelada” Cayo defends his WBA Fedecaribe junior welterweight title for the fifth time against Arturo “El Silencioso” Morua. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Due to popular demand, the popular Southern California Fight Scene is back. Numerous fight cards are coming up in the immediate and not too distant future.
Fight fans in San Diego will be in heaven on Thursday night as two fight cards will be taking place in the city. At the popular 4th and B venue, Craig Zimmerman & his MEZ Sports Partners present a seven-bout card headlined by heavyweight Damian “Bolo” Wills. Scheduled to take on Wills (23-2-1, 17 KO’s) in the eight round bout is hard-hitting veteran Stacy Frazier (14-5, 13 KO’s). Also on the card is unbeaten light heavyweight prospect Denis Grachev (5-0, 3 KO’s) taking on Ayodeji Fadeyi (10-6-1, 6 KO’s) in a six round bout. Popular flyweight veteran Benjamin “Benji” Garcia (13-11-3, 1 KO) will take on Eduardo Morales (10-9-2, 10 KO’s) in a six round bout. Tickets start at $30 and go up to $65 for ringside. For tickets & information, call (949) 981-1432. Doors open at 6PM, with first bell scheduled for 7:30PM.
Across town at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel, Bobby D Presents features popular San Diego fighter Christopher Martin in an eight round bout against Juan Jose Beltran. Also on the card is unbeaten heavyweight prospect Lateef Kayode (5-0, 4 KO’s) squaring off against Reuben Alvarez (4-1, 4 KO’s) in a four round bout. Unbeaten Heavyweight Marcus Dickerson (4-0-1, 2 KO’s) takes on Andrae Carthon (1-1-1, 1 KO) in a four round bout. For tickets & information, call (619) 420-8866.
For Los Angeles-area residents wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, the Santa Ynez Valley on the Central Coast will be the place to be on Friday night. At the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Gary Shaw Productions will present another installment of the popular “ShoBox: The New Generation” series. In the main event, welterweight Luis Carlos Abregu will take on Irving Garcia in a 10 round bout, while Marvin Quintero squares off against Wes Ferguson in an eight round lightweight bout. Unbeaten heavyweight Odlanier Solis will face Robert Hawkins in an eight round bout. Tickets start at just $24 and go up to $75 for ringside. For tickets and information, call Chumash at 1-800-CHUMASH.
Boxing returns to the Inland Empire of Southern California as William Schunke and his Two Feathers Promotions stages a card at the FOX Theatre in San Bernardino. Headlining the card is bantamweight Michael Franco (14-0, 9 KO’s) in an eight round bout against a fighter to be determined. For tickets and information, call (760) 559-6419.
After a successful second round stoppage over Carlos Vinan in March, lightweight John Molina (16-0, 12 KO’s) is scheduled to return on Saturday, May 16th on the undercard of the Andre Ward-Edison Miranda fight. The bout will take place at the Oracle Arena in Ward’s hometown of Oakland, CA. Molina, who fights under the Goossen Tutor banner, has no opponent yet on that card.
In an earlier story, Fightnews.com reported that contender Miguel Espino was managed and promoted by Manny Cota. Espino is actually managed by renowned trainer John Bray.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym of Thailand and Rafael Hernandez of Venezuela are set to go on Thursday for the WBA vacant interim super-bantamweight title. The fight will take place in a makeshift stadium at the Morseng Building in Rangsit and be televised live in Thailand. The 28-year-old Kratingdaenggym (37-1, 26 KOs) weighed in at 122 pounds and Hernandez was one pound lighter. Poonsawat is ranked #1 in the 122-pound division and Hernandez is rated #6. The winner of the fight is likely to challenge WBA regular champion Bernard Dunne of Ireland in a mandatory championship bout in September.
The final press conference for “The Battle of East and West” showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton Saturday night in Las Vegas, Nev., was held today at the MGM Grand, where the fight takes place. Though Pacquiao had a little difficulty keeping a straight face during a face-off, he promised those present a great fight on Saturday. Hatton said he had no problem playing the role of underdog, and that he would prove otherwise on Saturday. Stay tuned for a full report and huge photo gallery from today’s presser later today.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A match between WBC super welterweight interim world champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martínez and WBC super welterweight champion Vernon Forrest is in works for August in Forrest’s hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. The winner will be recognized as the WBC regular champion. The WBC says Forrest must fight Martínez in his next defense and will not be able to carry out any fight before August 1. Forrest had planned to fight Jason Lehoullier on Friday but withdrew citing a rib injury.
After his very successful US show on April 17th with Yuriorkis Gamboa winning the first world title for ARENA Box-Promotion, promoter Ahmet Öner is preparing his next event in Germany for June 26th at the Hermann-Neuberger-Halle in Völklingen (near Saarbrücken, close to the French border). The show will be headlined by former world heavyweight champion Herbie Hide, promising German heavyweight prospect Steffen Kretschmann and rising middleweight star Mahir Oral. If Hide can win his WBC international championship bout against an opponent to be named, the two-time WBO heavyweight champ will challenge the winner of the May 16th WBC cruiserweight championship clash between reigning titlist Giacobbe Fragomeni and Krysztof Wlodarczyk next. So Herbie could become the first ever former heavyweight champ who wins a world title at cruiserweight. Steffen Kretschmann (13-0, 12 KOs) will face his toughest test so far in experienced contender Denis Bakhtov (28-5, 18 KOs) and WBC#3, WBO#12, WBA and IBF #14 Mahir Oral (25-1-2, 10 KOs) who takes on powerpuncher Dmitry Pirog (13-0, 11 KOs). Tickets for the show will go on sale on May 11th; Eurosport will broadcast the fights live.
By Lee Bates
Golden Boy Promotions will co-promote a show with Arano Box productions and Amaya/Vanrell Productions May 16th in Uruguay. The fight card will be televised in Latin America. The site will be the Estadio Cr. Gaston Guelfi/Palacio Peñarol in Montevideo, Uruguay. The main event will feature Rafael Sosa Pintos (32-3, 12 KOs) vs Marcos Vergara (19-2, 14 KOs) for the WBC interim Latino light middleweight title. In the co-main event Hector Saldivia (29-1, 23 KOs) will take on Miguel Octavio Julio (40-6-1, 35 KOs) for the WBA Fedecentro Latino welterweight title.
Ticket sales are strong for Top Rank’s fight card at the Hard Rock Hotel-Casino, Las Vegas, on the eve of Pacquiao vs Hatton. This will be the first boxing event inside of the new 3,500-seat new Joint. WBC #1 lightweight Urbano Antillon is in the main event, taking on Tyrone Harris. Tickets for Friday’s event are $75, $50, $35 and $20 and are available at www.ticketmaster.com or at the Hard Rock Box Office. Doors open 5 pm, first bout 5:30 pm and the live broadcast on Azteca America begins at 7:00 pm local time.
Universum Box-Promotion has announced two interesting fight cards in the coming months. On June 6, European light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer (32-2, 26 KOs) returns to defend his Euro title against Antonio Brancalion (32-6-2, 8 KOs) on a “Universum Champions Night” card at the König Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany. Then in the beginning of July, unbeaten WBC #2 rated middleweight Sebastian Zbik (26-0, 10 KOs) faces his greatest challenge against #1 rated Domenico Spada (29-1, 14 KOs) for the WBC interim title. That “Universum Champions Night” event will take place in Germany with the date and venue to be announced in the coming days.
Feature story by Felipe Leon
The customary hustle and bustle of the CREA Gym, located in the heart of Tijuana, Mexico, is nonexistent as the usually packed and busy space is near empty.
“It’s another victim of the swine flu scare,” says Romulo Quirarte Jr. who, with his brother, Bobby, and father, Romulo, run the famed training center.
Former champ Diosbelys Hurtado (41-3-1, 25 KOs), coming off a split win over Arturo Morua in April, for the WBO Latino welterweight belt, will return to action mid-June. Hurtado is fighting out of Colorado under the Top Notch Boxing team. Top Notch has recently added former amateur standout, bantamweight Joey Silva (9-1, 4 KOs) to their stable. Silva is coming off surgery on a bad ankle (which accounted for the sole loss on his record, he says) and will now be fighting between 115 and 118 pounds.
Sensational lightweight prospect Terrance Crawford returns to action against Miguel Delgado this Saturday night, May 2nd, at “FISTS OF THUNDER II”, an evening of world class professional boxing at The Cambria County War Memorial Arena in Johnstown , PA . . . Click here for more
By Alexey Potapov
On May 30th, IBF light welterweight champion Juan Urango (21-1, 16 KOs) will move to 147 lbs to challenge WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (24-0, 19 KOs) at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The “Iron Twin” took time out from his fight preparations to give an exclusive interview to Fightnews.com. (more…)
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Universum is returning to Bremen nearly ten years after the last appearance in the same city. On Saturday the “Universum Champions Night“ will feature two title fights plus the return of a highly regarded contender. Headlining the event will be the popular and unbeaten WIBF/WBC featherweight champion Ina Menzer (23-0, 9 KOs) will be risking her belts against Franchesca “The Chosen One“ Alcanter (18-8-1, 9 KOs). Also, Wladimir Sidorenko (21-1-2, 7 KOs) is returning to try to take back the WBA bantamweight crown he lost to Anselmo Moreno (24-1-1, 8 KOs) last year, and recent WBO cruiserweight title challenger Alexander Alekseev (16-1, 15 KOs) returns against The Contender’s Max Alexander (14-4-2, 2 KOs). A press conference was held earlier this week at the Bremer Autohaus Brandt. (more…)
By Robert Coster
WBC Light-Flyweight titleholder Edgar Sosa (35-5,19 KOs) can rightfully be called boxing’s busiest champion. Having succesfully defended his crown on March 28th, Sosa will be stepping back into the ring as early as May 30th for yet another title defense against an opponent TBA. Since he surprised the boxing world two years ago, winning the WBC belt over favored Brian Viloria, the 29-year-old champion has made eight title defenses, sold over a hundred thousand tickets to his fights and become a favorite of Mexican television. Edgar’s popularity is due to many factors: the Rocky-like story of a former hard-luck journeyman boxer that turned his career, and life, around; his victories over Filipino rivals and his willingness to constantly fight and put his belt on the line. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Recent world title challenger Marcos ‘El Chino’ Maidana and hot prospect Víctor Ortiz will meet on June 27 for the WBA interim super lightweight title on the undercard of the rematch between the WBA featherweight champion Chris John and Rocky Juarez at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Maidana lost on February 7 against Andreas Kotelnik in Germany for Kotelnik’s WBA regular title. The 25-year-old Maidana has a record of 25-1, 24 KOs, while the 22-year-old Ortiz is 24-1-1, 19 KOs).
Back in Las Vegas following his junior middleweight showdown with Cory Spinks this past Saturday night, Deandre “THE BULL” Latimore has had a couple of days to review tapes of the battle and has one conclusion. “Of course I won the fight, I wanted to see the tape and judge it for myself. I think Cory won five rounds, I’ll give him those, but I knocked him down in the first and won the other six rounds” said the 23 year old Latimore. Official scores were 115-112, 114-113 for Spinks and 115-112 for Latimore.
By Alexey Sukachev
Starting from this article, Fightnews opens new regular series devoted to the full-scale review of Russian pro boxing and its most interesting representatives, both celebrities and lesser-known talent. The opening episode features up-and-coming Top Rank middleweight prospect and former amateur star Matvey Korobov (4-0, 4 KOs), clearly one the brightest products of the Russian amateur boxing system in recent years. (more…)
By Matt Richardson at ringside
Crowd pleasing local heavyweight Vinny Maddalone sent his fans home happy on Thursday night at Russo’s on the Bay restaurant in Howard Beach, New York when his opponent, journeyman Benji Baker, did not come out for the fifth round of a scheduled eight in the main event of a card promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing. Maddalone (32-5, 23 KO’s) dominated the fight; knocking Baker down in the first, third and fourth rounds. It was the first fight for Maddalone since losing a decision to unbeaten heavyweight Denis Boystov last November. It was also the first time Baker (18-7, 9 KO’s) had fought since 2001. While he didn’t fight particularly well (he may have won the second round) he was more competitive than his record or recent activity rate would have suggested prior to the encounter. In the co-feature, super middleweight contender Curtis “Showtime” Stevens won an eight-round unanimous decision over journeyman Dan Mouton. (More to come)
Bob Duffy’s Ring Promotions presents a ten bout fight card on May 8th at the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square, NY. The show, which is almost sold out, has fewer than 100 tickets left. The card features Daniel Sostere (8-3, 3 KOs) taking on Tommy Rainone (12-2, 4 KOs) in the main event for the New York State welterweight belt. “We have sold out our last four events and this show will probably sell out also, so I am concerned that people who wait till the last minute will wind up empty-handed,” said Duffy. Featured on the undercard will be dominican heavyweight Nagy Aguilera (11-1, 7 KOs) against Zack Page (17-23-2, 5 KOs), Chris Algieri (5-0, 3 KOs) will face Eric Rodriguez (4-3, 2 KOs) in a six round bout, Brooklyn heavyweight Will Rosinsky (6-0 6 KOs) takes on Andre Hemphill (7-9-2, 4 KOs), Kasim Howard (7-0, 7 KOs) faces Brooklyn, NY’s Mazur Ali (6-2, 3 KOs), and popular Irish jr. middleweight James Moore (16-2, 10 KOs) takes on Joseph De los Santos (4-3-3, 2 KOs). Remaining tickets available are priced at either $100 or $50 and can be purchased by calling Plattduetsche Park Restaurant at 516-354-3131 or by visiting www.ringpromotions.com. Plattduetsche Park Restaurant is conveniently located at 1132 Hempstead Turnpike, just 1/2 mile east of Belmont Racetrack.
Undefeated middleweight George “Comanche Boy” Tahdoaahnippah headlines the May 15th “Sock ‘Em Rock ‘Em” event at the Comanche Nation Casino in Lawton, Oklahoma. Tahdooahnippah (18-0) battles Dan “Flawless” Wallace of Adrian, Michigan. Also featured is Lawton’s other native son jr middleweight Grady “Bad Boy” Brewer (24-13) plus up and coming Native American Marcus Oliveria (17-0) of Lawrence, Kansas in a light heavyweight contest. “I am very excited to be back in my hometown,” Tahdooahnippah said. “This is the Southern plains and it’s Comanche country. Dan Wallace is coming a long way from Michigan to be the first to beat me. I respect all my opponents, but him and I are at war and I will be victorious!” “Sock ‘Em Rock ‘Em” features six bouts with doors opening 6:30 and the first bout begins at 8pm Tickets are $50 (general admission) or $75 (VIP) and are now available at the Comanche Nation Casino, ticketstorm.com or by calling 866-966-1777. The promoter is Bill Zuhdi of CATBox Entertainment and the matchmaker is Bobby Dobbs. The Comanche Nation Casino is located at 402 SE Interstate Drive in Lawton, OK.
Today’s complete photo gallery in Las Vegas: Manny Pacquiao arrives at the Mandalay Bay; Ricky Hatton hits the MGM Grand; and Pacquiao goes through a light workout at the IBA Gym . . . Click here for exclusive photos by Chris Cozzone
After the media frenzy of his grand arrival earlier today at the Mandalay Bay, Manny Pacquiao closed the doors at Tony Rila’s IBA Gym for a quiet, first workout in Las Vegas. Stay tuned for a photo gallery later tonight with more photos of today’s arrival and Pacquiao’s workout.
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World ranked super middleweight Jesse Brinkley watched with interest this Saturday night as Carl Froch came from behind with seconds to go in the 12th and final round to stop former middleweight world champion Jermain Taylor and retain his WBC Super Middleweight title. The back and forth battle was broadcast live on SHOWTIME from the Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, CT . . . Click here for more
By Rick Scharmberg
Former world champions and ring legends Hector “Macho” Camacho Sr. (79-5-2, 38 KOs) and Luis Ramon “Yory Boy” Campas (92-14, 74 KOs) will collide in the main event on Saturday, May 9 in the Mark G. Etess Arena at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Camacho, still formidable at age 47, is 16-1-1 in his last eighteen bouts, dating back to 1998. Campas, meanwhile, is only two bouts removed from his 74th career knockout, a first round destruction of former world champion Alejandro “Terra” Garcia. The card, “Nations Collide 2”, is available live on pay-per-view. The promoters are Dee Lee Promotions, Unlimited vision Productions, and Real fighting Championships. (more…)
The mob of fans at the MGM Grand that greeted Ricky Hatton might not have been as large as the one at Mandalay Bay, that came to see Manny Pacquiao, but it was made up of fans who were just as rowdy. Manchester’s “Hitman” arrived on the scene at 1:30 today, for his PPV-televised showdown with Pacquiao Saturday night.
Top Rank publicist Lee Samuels called it “The greatest ring entrance in the history of Las Vegas.” Manny Pacquiao arrived in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay today at 12:30 before a mob of fans, for his Saturday showdown against Ricky Hatton, to be held at the MGM Grand. Plans to sign autographs and greet the crowd were quickly changed due to the size of the pushing, pulling mob, and Pacquiao had to be escorted through the casino to his hotel room.
Oscar de la Hoya’s sixth annual FIGHT NIGHT at SUNDANCE SQUARE in Forth Worth, Texas on May 8
will feature local hero and “Contender” star Brian Vera (16-2, 10 KO’s) against undefeated Craig McEwan (14-0, 9 KO’s) of Edinburgh, Scotland in a 10 round, middleweight bout. Also on the card are jr middle Charles Hatley (2-0), lightweight Adrian Bronner (8-0) and jr lightweight Carlos Velazquez (9-0) against opponents to be named.
Carl Froch, the undefeated World Boxing Council (WBC) super middleweight champion from Nottingham, England, came to America determined to make a lasting impression on U.S. fight fans. And that, to say the least, he did last Saturday night on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING when he rallied in the later rounds to register a dramatic, come-from-behind 12th-round knockout over the universally known and respected challenger Jermain Taylor. Froch, after getting decked in the third round and being outboxed for much of the match, entered the last round trailing Taylor, a former undisputed middleweight titleholder, by four points on two of the judges’ scorecards. Froch needed a knockout to avoid a split decision loss and claim victory in only his second professional fight on U.S. soil. To the astonishment of a packed theater at MGM Grand at Foxwoods and surely to everyone watching on SHOWTIME, he got it – in emphatic fashion, too. The determined Brit dropped Taylor with less than one minute remaining in the 12th. Taylor beat the count and Froch unleashed a furious barrage of finishing punches, forcing referee Michael Ortega to stop the fight with a mere 14 seconds remaining. The must-see fight will re-air on SHOWTIME 2 on Wednesday, April 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The bout will long be remembered for Froch’s final-round heroics, a session that became an instant candidate for “Round of the Year’’ and “Comeback of the Year.”
Current WBO 140lb champion and former WBC champion Tim Bradley’s email response to the WBC sent today after it was announced exclusively by Fightnews.com that Bradley had been stripped.
It has been a privilege representing the World Boxing Council as its super lightweight champion for the past 12 months and no one was more proud to wear that illustrious green belt than I. The WBC believed in me and recognized my victories, advancing my ratings accordingly. Because of your support I was able to challenge Junior Witter for the WBC title last year and defend it and unify it, and for that I will always be grateful. It is important that unified champions should be encouraged thus eliminating the title confusion that permeates the sport or the media that cover it and the fans who follow it. However, because the WBC has issued an edict to choose between titles, it is with a heavy heart that I relinquish my WBC title and allow the contenders below me to challenge for it. I will always cherish my reign as WBC super lightweight champion and I hope to have the opportunity to fight for that honor again.
Fresh off the biggest win of his career, Billy Lyell is looking toward bigger and better fights. After beating previously unbeaten WBO#2, WBC#3, IBF#6 “Irish” John Duddy (26-1) this past Friday, Team Lyell is exploring viable options for Lyell’s next middleweight bout which includes trying to land a fight with WBO and WBC middleweight champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik. Lyell’s manager, Pat Nelson, has been bombarded with offers since the fight with Duddy ended. Nelson states, “My phone was ringing before we left the ring. Most notably, we’ve been offered a rematch with Duddy this summer in Dublin, Ireland. Also, offers have come from Golden Boy Promotions and Sauerland Event, the German based company who promotes IBF middleweight champ Arthur Abraham. However, a fight with Pavlik seems to make the most sense.” (more…)
Both Nikolai Valuev and Ruslan Chagaev claimed to be the true WBA heavyweight champion when they met at a press conference in Helsinki today. Their May 30 showdown will be more than just the first-ever heavyweight title fight on Finnish soil. It will also be the chance for the Russian Giant to avenge the only loss of his career, which came in April 2007 when Chagaev shocked the boxing world by clinching a close majority decision. “I am coming to Helsinki to show that I am the real champion,” Valuev (50-1, 34 KOs) said. “I have made a lot of key changes since the defeat two years ago. I have appointed a new head coach, Alexander Zimin. He has changed my training routine completely and has made me a much better fighter. I have improved a lot. I have no doubts that I will leave the ring victorious this time out.” (more…)
Pound-for-pound king Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and IBO world junior welterweight champion Ricky “Hitman” Hatton will kick-off fight week today with their official red carpet grand arrivals! Both events are open to the public and fans are encouraged to come out and support their favorite fighter. Pacquiao, the five-division world champion from the Philippines, along with trainer world-famous Freddie Roach will arrive at the front entrance of Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino at noon. Hatton, the defending world champion from England, and his trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr., will arrive at the front entrance of the MGM Grand at 1:30 p.m.
By Alexey Potapov
Unbeaten WBO light middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk (36-0, 22 KOs) has given an exclusive interview to Fightnews.com in which he spoke about potential fights against James Kirkland, Paul Williams and more. (more…)
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