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The Super Six World Boxing Classic tournament group stage 2 fight between WBC Super Middleweight Champion Carl Froch and the Viking Warrior Mikkel Kessler at the MCH Messecentre, Herning in Denmark has been pushed back to April 24th. The fight will be televised in the United States on SHOWTIME® beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT. In Denmark, the fight will be broadcast on Viasat. Hennessy Sports will be announcing the UK TV broadcaster over the next week. “With the support of my great Danish fans, I will defeat Carl Froch and become world champion again,” Kessler said. “The atmosphere at MCH Herning is incredible. I only have the best of memories of the venue. The TKO victory over Perdomo last September confirmed my place in the Super Six. After a bad start, I am now out for a knock-out and the first three points.” Froch is concerned that the date change will affect his travelling fans. “I am upset for my fans with the change of date but this has been unpreventable due to scheduling issues. I just hope that my fans will understand this change and will still come in their thousands to support me in Herning. I am looking to be the first fighter to take Mikkel Kessler out before the final bell.”
Former heavyweight champion James “Buster” Douglas will be the guest of honor at the HorseShoe Casino in Hammond IL, on February 20th headlined by “Fast” Frez Oquendo vs. Demetrice King for the NABA/USBA Titles. Douglas is currently basking in the 20 year anniversary of his unbelievable knockout upset against the then invincible “Iron” Mike Tyson.
Yuriorkis Gamboa promoter Ahmet Öner has been given a 120,000 Euro fine and 22 months on probation by the Hamburg District Court for a list of various infractions.
Congratulations to Jorge “Travieso” Arce and his wife Karime on the arrival of their son Jorge “Traviesito” Arce who was born Wednesday night in Tucson. Arce (53-6-1, 40 KOs) won the vacant WBO super flyweight title two weeks ago.
Fallen warrior Z Gorres is expected to be at ringside Saturday night for Top Rank’s Latin Fury/Pinoy Power card in Las Vegas. Gorres, who was critically injured in a bout on November 13, is now well enough to return to the Philippines on Sunday.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Puerto Rican referee Luis Pabon will be the third man in the ring when Mexican WBA miniumweight regular world champion Giovanni Segura (22-1-1, 18 KOs) and Panamanian challenger Walter “Raton” Tello (14-3, 6 KOs) meet at Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico on February 20. The three judges are Sergio Caiz (USA/California), Ruben Garcia (USA/Texas) and Enrique Portocarrero (Nicaragua). The fight supervisor is George Martinez (Canada).
The critically acclaimed reality series from SHOWTIME Sports®—FIGHT CAMP 360°: Inside The Super Six World Boxing Classic—returns to SHOWTIME with Episode 3, premiering Monday, Feb. 15, at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT. The 30-minute episode recaps all three Group Stage 1 bouts with unique angles, never-before-seen fight footage and ringside seats next to the promoters, fighter’s families and cornermen. Episode 3 follows each fighter after their respective match, as they recede from the spotlight in victory and defeat to prepare for the next Group Stage. Also hear from Jermain Taylor regarding his withdrawal from the tournament. (more…)
Ask Ben Rothwell what went wrong in his UFC debut against Cain Velasquez last October, and he almost chuckles as he answers.
“Besides everything?” he asks, not expecting an answer back because he already knows what it is. And though it really doesn’t matter what happened during his second round TKO loss to the unbeaten Californian, he responds anyway . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
By Rick Scharmberg
“Rockin” Ryan Belasco suffered an injured rib in training, and has been replaced by Mondre Pope in the co-main event at the Rollins Center in Dover, DE on Friday February 26. Pope, of Philadelphia, PA, steps in to face Julias Edmunds also of Philadelphia, in the six-round welterweight bout. The main event remains Mike “No Joke” Stewart taking on Brandon “The Business” Baue in an eight round welterweight bout, for Baue’s WBF belt. The promoter of the big 9-bout card is Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
Legendary Freddie Roach has recently added a new name to his training schedule. Russian 22-year old heavyweight prospect Vladimir Tereshkin (12-0-1, 7 KOs), who is promoted by the Union Boxing Management, will prepare at world famous Wild Card Gym for his next fights to be held both in Russia and abroad. 6’6’’ Tereshkin is best known for the performances during his stay in Germany.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Contender Season III champion Sakio “The Scorpion ” Bika (28-3-2, 19 KOs) has expressed disappointment that he was bypassed in favor of Allan Green (29-1, 20 KOs) as the replacement for Jermain Taylor in SHOTWTIME’s acclaimed Super Six 168 pound tournament. Bika was actually scheduled to fight Allan Green in a February 5 boxoff with the winner getting Taylor’s spot in the Super Six, however Bika said visa problems (now resolved) prevented that fight from happening, thereby opening the door for Green to enter the tournament directly. “I was the better option to replace Jermain Taylor,” maintains Bika. “If you compare Allan Green’s career to mine, I have had more experience and accomplishments in the ring.” (more…)
Exciting WBA super lightweight champion Amir Khan is scheduled to make his U.S debut on May 15 in Las Vegas against an opponent to be named. The preferred foe is Juan Manuel Marquez, but Marquez has thus far failed to agree to the bout and his camp is balking at the idea of Marquez again moving up in weight. If, however, Marquez were to take the fight and defeat Khan, he would make history as the first Mexican fighter to win a world title in four weight divisions.
WBO World Featherweight Champion Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ Lopez and his wife Barbara arrive in Las Vegas from Puerto Rico Thursday night to attend the special edition of “Latin Fury 13/Pinoy Power 3”, a Top Rank Pay Per View on Saturday at the Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas. Lopez will be watching top-rated contender Mario Santiago of Ponce, Puerto Rico take on Bernabe Concepcion of the Philippines, with the winner possibly getting a shot at his title in the summer.
It was so good, the UFC® decided to do it again.
At UFC 104 last October, UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida and challenger Mauricio “Shogun” Rua engaged in a five round war that divided the mixed martial arts world when the unanimous decision verdict was rendered in Machida’s favor. On Saturday, May 8, these two warriors will have a chance to do it again and erase any doubt as to who is the best 205-pound fighter in the world, and both are vowing to take matters out of the judges’ hands, and into their own when The Ultimate Fighting Championship® heads back to Montreal for UFC 113: Machida vs. Shogun 2, live from the Bell Centre and only on Pay-Per-View. (more…)
It is quickly becoming one of the best rivalrity in boxing, Puerto RIco vs. the Phillipines and this Saturday, there willl be two more fights between warriors of this two countries as Eric Morel takes on Gerry Penalosa and Mario Santiago battles Bernabe Concepcion on the big championship card presented by Top Rank at the Hilton Hotel to be telecast on pay-per-view. (more…)
Story by Chris Cozzone
Nonito Donaire says he just wants to fight – he doesn’t care if it’s Gerson Guerrero, Manuel Vargas or the “yapping dog” himself, Vic Darchinyan.
After a coming close to losing out on headlining Saturday night’s Top Rank card at the Hilton – a hybrid “Pinoy Power–Latin Fury” marathon card with 80 scheduled rounds – the “Filipino Flash” will get the chance to defend his WBA super flyweight interim belt against a late sub . . . Click here for more
By Bob Ryder
Fight action returns to the west side of the state on Saturday, February 20 as Carlos Llinas International Productions (CLIP) and Greg Ahrens (TMS Fight Night) promote a scheduled nine bout card at The Orbit Room in Grand Rapids, MI. Local area favorites Derron Hernandez, Ruben “Junny” Troche, Rafael Hernandez and Alex Otero will appear in featured contests. Junior welterweight Jermaine White of Las Vegas and undefeated heavyweight Rich “Super” Power are also slated to perform. Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com or the Orbit Room box office. Doors open at 7 PM with first bell at 8.
WBC super featherweight champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto and former WBC lightweight champion David Diaz will meet for the vacant WBC lightweight title, headlining the pay-per-view undercard of the March 13 Pacquiao vs. Clottey pay-per-view telecast. The card will also feature 10-round rumbles between two-time world champion Jose Luis “El Terrible” Castillo in a welterweight battle against top-10 contender Alfonso Gomez and “Ireland’s” John Duddy in a middleweight duel with Michael “Myckol” Medina. “The pay-per-view undercard is a perfect complement to the main event, capturing the cultural flavor of Texas” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. “Each matchup will feature a world class fighter from a different region of Mexico or a Hispanic region in the United States. And the fans who watch the fight live at Cowboys Stadium will be treated to seeing Salvador Sanchez III, the nephew of the great champion Salvador Sanchez, and undefeated Dallas wunderkind Roberto Marroquin in separate non-televised undercard bouts.”
Manny Pacquiao will be hosting a Valentine’s Fans Day this Sunday (2/14) beginning at 1PM at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Glendale, California. “Over 1,000 fans are expected to attend one of Manny’s final major public appearances in Los Angeles before he heads to Dallas to defend his World Boxing Organization welterweight title against former world champion and current No. 1 contender Joshua Clottey,” said Ami Almerol of Silver Shadow Promotions, who is organizing the Pacquiao Valentine’s Fan Day. “In addition to Manny addressing his fans, he will be presented with a plaque of commendation from The Honorable Dianne Feinstein, California’s senior U.S. Senator. The event will also feature the sale of official Pacquiao vs. Clottey merchandise and Pacquiao memorabilia.” Admission is $20. Tickets can be purchased at the door, beginning at Noon, on the day of the event.
Marco “Captain” Huck (27-1, 20 KOs) will return to the ring on March 13. The WBO Cruiserweight Champion will defend his title against American challenger Adam “Swamp Donkey” Richards (23-2, 15 KOs) in Berlin´s Max-Schmeling-Halle. It will be Huck´s second defence of the belt he won in August 2009 with a points victory over Victor Emilio Ramirez. “I am thrilled to defend my title in Berlin,” Huck said. “It will be the first time I enter the Max-Schmeling-Halle as a world champion. I certainly want to please my home fans. I think I have made a lot of progress in the past months and I am eager to put on another exciting performance on March 13.” (more…)
Team Sauerland would kindly like to invite all boxing fans to follow the Berlin-based boxing stable on Facebook. There will be constant video, photo and news updates from Abraham, Kessler, Valuev, Huck, Sylvester and Co. in the coming weeks. The Facebook page grants fans an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the happenings ahead of King Arthur Abraham´s Super Six clash with Andre Dirrell and Mikkel Kessler´s fight against WBC Super-Middleweight Champion Carl Froch. “We love to interact with boxing fans all over the world,” Team Sauerland General Manager Chris Meyer said. “I have become a Facebook addict myself. It is such a fantastic way of communicating with friends and fans all over the world.” (more…)
WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez of Caguas, Puerto Rico is arriving into Las Vegas today and will be at ringside at the Las Vegas Hilton on Saturday night. Lopez will be taking a look at the Bernabe Concepcion vs. Mario Santiago fight which will open Top Rank’s Latin Fury 13/Pinoy Power 3 PPV telecast. Lopez said he would like to fight the winner later this year. Concepcion is in the Manny Pacquiao stable of young fighters. “We have no problem taking on Juanma,” said Michael Koncz, chief advisor for Pacquiao. “Both are young, both are powerful and they have the right kind of style to make a very entertaining fight. Manny is very excited about this.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The possibility exists that former two-division world champion Jorge Linares will fight in his native Venezuela in March at a site to be named. Former world champion Carloe “Famoso” Hernandez is the rumored opponent. On the same card, the absolute WBA bantamweight title would be decided between interim champ Nehomar Cermeño and champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno.
Preview by Kurt Wolfheimer
Andre Kut’s KEA Boxing Promotions is set to bring an explosive night of professional boxing to the Arena in South Philadelphia on Friday, February 26. Headlining the card will be a six-round lightweight clash between the always-exciting Victor Vasquez (11-3, 6 KOs) and rugged Carlos Vinan (8-8, 1 KO).
Vasquez, of North Philadelphia, has put together quite a fan base due to his all-out action packed bouts, which leave everybody on the edge of their seats. In his last bout on January 15, at the very same arena, Vasquez sent his hometown fans home happy with an impressive fifth round stoppage of the Gustavo Dailey. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBC/WBA super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan has continued his vicious verbal assault on WBA interim champion Nonito Donaire, whom he hopes to avenge a KO loss against. “The more I hear about Donaire, the more it makes me feel he should be taking up a new job, maybe he should take up a new occupation, he can take care of those in need of retirement,” said the popular Australian-based Armenian. “He knows he got lucky and he wants nothing to do with fighting me. Arce is finished, he fought a bum for a vacant world title and he calls himself a champion, now Donaire wants to fight Arce. Give the fans what they want. You don’t see Manny Pacquaio fighting opponents with walking sticks. I’ve got two titles ready for you to take. You believe you’re the man? Come and be a unified champion. You can fight Arce after you fight me.” (more…)
By Rocco Morales
A sold out crowd of enthusiastic Southern California fight fans turned out at the always popular Battle In The Ballroom at the Irvine Marriott to see a six round heavyweight main event featuring undefeated Joe “The Future“ Hanks. From the opening bell it appeared as if Couser’s main intention was to find somewhere soft in the ring to lie, and he found the perfect spot to do so and was counted out by the referee at just 2:22 of the first round. Hanks kept his record perfect and moved to 11-0, 7 KOs without breaking a sweat over the shot Couser (26-21-2, 14 KOs) who dropped his ninth fight in a row. (more…)
By Craig Watt
IBO Cruiserweight champion Danny Green spoke to Fightnews today from his base in Perth, Western Australia and issued a direct challenge to arch rival Anthony Mundine. He stated, “I want the world to know this is no gimmick. This is a real offer – no B.S. I will come to Mundine’s backyard in Sydney and take him on in April on ANZAC Day . This is the biggest fight in Australian boxing history and after our first fight there is no other fight the fans want to see in our country. We have tried to bring Bernard Hopkins and Antonio Tarver to Australia but neither seem to want the challenge – perhaps they have been put off by what I did to Roy Jones Jr back in December. We offered good money to both these guys but now it is time to move on. The reason I came out of retirement was Mundine was calling me out for a re-match but he has been ducking me ever since. He has to accept this challenge if he wants to retain any boxing credibility in Australia or he should leave the country with his tale between his legs.” (more…)
The “debate” between Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr., continued Wednesday in Los Angeles. Jones promised “The day ‘The Executioner’ will leave the boxing ring is going to be April 3rd.” Hopkins countered “The entire Jones family will leave boxing for good after April 3.”
If WBO bantamweight champion Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel (39-2-2, 29 KOs) defeats Filipino Ciso Morales (14-0, 8 KOs) on Saturday night, his next bout could be a unification showdown with long time WBC bantamweight king Hosumi Hasegawa in mid-April. The 30-year-old Montiel arrived Monday in Las Vegas with his father and trainer Manuel and his brothers Peter and Edward. “My primary goal is to defeat Ciso Morales on Saturday and then I want to face WBC champion Hosumi Hasegawa,” said Montiel from his hotel room at the Las Vegas Hilton. “It would be a big fight and I would love to have the WBC belt.” Hasegawa has defended his WBC belt ten times, most recently knocking out Alvaro Perez. Montiel isn’t looking past Morales however. “It’s clear to me that in the ring there are no easy opponents and I intensely prepared to win this Saturday at the Hilton. We are ready.”
Thursday marks the 20th anniversary of one of the greatest upsets in sports history. On February 11th, 1990, James “Buster” Douglas shocked the world when, for ten rounds, he outboxed and ultimately knocked out Mike Tyson to become the unlikeliest undisputed heavyweight champion boxing had ever seen. Buster will relive that night and talk with boxing fans on tonight’s Through the Ropes hosted by Marc Lichtenfeld. Also appearing on the show will be HBO’s Jim Lampley, who called the fight live from Tokyo. Boxing fans can call in to speak with Buster and Jim and discuss their own memories of that incredible night. Through the Ropes is the only nationally syndicated boxing radio show on the air. It is heard live Thursday nights from 9 – 10 p.m. ET on 75 affiliates of the Sports Byline USA Network, Sportsbyline.com, Fightnews.com, and podcast available on iTunes. Fightnews readers can listen live by clicking here tonight at 9PM ET.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBO super middleweight champion Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika (28-3-2,19KO’s) has issued a challenge to IBO cruiserweight champion Danny “The Green Machine” Green (28-3, 25 KOs), saying you don’t have to bring 44-year-old Bernard Hopkins to Australia when one of the best 168 pounders in the world lives in Sydney, NSW, Australia and is ready to fight. “I want the boxing public and in particular the Australian public to know that I want to fight Danny Green,” said Bika. (more…)
By Jose Santiago
Shea Bailey Promotions returns with a boxing card on March 5th. Titled Atlanta’s Fight Night at Center Stage, the event will feature cagey veteran Paul “The Truth” Delgado, once beaten cruiserweight Daniel “Sackey Daniels” Sackey, female standout Nicole “Notorious” Woods, and Beijing Olympian Taureano Johnson of the Bahamas making his professional debut. (more…)
By Peter Lim
Heavyweight Steve Collins, 21-1 (15 KOs), faces Roderick Willis 14-5-1 (8 KOs), in the main event of at the Houston Club on Feb. 11. The card, staged by Savarese Promotions, features a parade of young, upcoming fighters from the Houston area. The youngest among the pack is super batamweight Miguel Flores, 17, undefeated at 3-0 (3 KOs) since turning pro last October. Other local prospects scheduled to fight are heavyweight Justin Jones, 5-0 (3 KOs), heavyweight Fred Allen 3-0 (3 KOs), female super featherweight Jessica Scott 1-0 (1 KO), super middleweight Tyrone Selder 1-0 (1 KO) and heavyweight Skip Scott 3-1 (2 KOs).
Roy Jones Jr interviews at LA presser with Sports Soup.
A protective order has been filed against heavyweight ring legend Evander Holyfield by the Superior Court of Fayette County, GA, in response to allegations of spousal abuse by Holyfield’s wife Candi. According to court documents, Mrs. Holyfield claims “I got up with the children in the middle of the night to take them to the bathroom. The heat had been cut off and the children were cold. When I returned to bed I tried to talk to Evander about this. He told me I was only thinking about myself, the children’s hearts beat faster. I pulled the covers over my head and he said I was being disrespectful. He started telling me that I needed to start putting God first in my life. He asked me if I had been tithing. He wanted me to show him the check stubs of my payments to the church. I told him I was not going to show them to him. He then hit me in the face, the back of my head twice and in my back. I tried to get up and he told me not to get out of bed. He got up and turned the light on and started looking at my face and told me he was sorry that he knew he shouldn’t have done that.”
Until further order, Mrs Holyfield has been granted sole custody of the family home and Evander is forbidden to contact or approach within 500 yards of his wife and their children.
Story and photos by Chris Cozzone
“Latin Fury 13 /Pinoy Power III” has just about everything a fight fan could want in a card. There are current world champions defending their belts, young-and-hungry challengers and former greats. Talk about bang for your buck, too – the bouts on the PPV-televised card total a marathon 80 rounds in ten bouts for live fans, 46 rounds in four bouts for TV viewers.
The only thing missing earlier today was half of the main event . . . Click here for more
By Alexey Sukachev
Aside from a huge boxing show that will be headlined by Russia’s top unbeaten prospects Denis Lebedev (19-0, 14 KOs) and Alexander Bakhtin (24-0, 11 KOs), promoter Vladimir Hryunov plans a number of supportive cultural events to entertain the local crowd. Maybe the most interesting affair will be a specific beauty contest both to define Miss Izhevsk (Udmurt capital) 2009 and the so-called Miss WBC Russia, who will represent this country during an international contest among all WBC beauties. (more…)
Manuel ‘Chango’ Vargas, 26-4-1, of Mexico is the new challenger for Nonito Donaire on Saturday night. Bob Arum announced the change today. Gerson Guerrero, who was scheduled to box Donaire, failed an eye examination and was removed the title card because of medical reasons. “I just want to fight – bring on anyone,” said Donaire, when told of the change. Donaire said he has been in training for over two months. Arum made the announcement during a press conference at the Las Vegas Hilton. He said Donaire vs. Vargas will be the main event for Top Rank’s Latin Fury 13/Pinoy Power 3 which is scheduled Saturday, Feb. 13.
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