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By Robert Hughes
The African nation of Ghana has given the world a few really good boxers. Azumah Nelson, Ike Quartey and Ben Tackie come to mind. Now 32-year-old welterweight Joshua Clottey is working hard to be remembered like Nelson, a winner of three world championships. Was life growing up in Ghana hard? “Very, very, hard,” Clottey said. “Ghana, you know, there is nothing there. When you are a young guy you have to fight to get ahead,” Clottey said. Boxing was his way to do just that. Fighting has put Clottey in the hearts and minds of his countrymen. If he retired tomorrow, his career would be memorialized with those of Quartey and Tackie. (more…)
An unusual press conference took place yesterday in a hotel in Mexico City to inform in great detail what will be the promotion of February 20th, in Merida, with the bout between WBC featherweight world champion, Elio Rojas, of the Dominican Republic, who will put his title on the line, and his challenger, Guty Espadas, of Mexico, being the main event; of course, Espadas is the crowd favorite as he will be fighting at home, in addition to the fact that he was the champion of the same division some time ago. For more details and photos click here…
With only two weeks to go, the interim WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (23-1-1, 17 KOs) feels more than ready for the biggest night of his life when he faces the full-fledged champion Edwin Valero (26-0, 26 KOs) for the absolute title on February 6th in Monterrey, MX. “Many things pass through my mind before a fight. I feel very motivated, optimistic and I just want the day to be here already, that moment so that I can feel the adrenaline and do what I really love doing which is to climb into the ring and feel those butterflies in my stomach,” DeMarco of Tijuana, MX, by way of Los Mochis, stated. “We are in great shape, we feel good and with only two weeks to go I would dare to say that if the fight was tomorrow, we would be ready.” (more…)
A purse bid was held in the IBF Office today for the IBF Bantamweight Eliminator #1 between Joseph Agbeko and Vusi Malinga. Branco Sports Productions was the winning bidder with a bid of $70,000 and Don King Productions bid $50,000. Branco Sports Productions have 90 days to put the fight on.
For tomorrow night’s Crown Boxing card at the Orleans Casino in Las Vegas:
Erick Vega 204 vs. Henry Namauu 200*
* Vega was four pounds overweight; has two hours to make weight.
David Yanez 129 vs. Rocco Santomauro 127
Rodrigo Romero 124 vs. Alexis Santiago 122
Jairo Delgado 127 vs. Brian Battease 127
Juan Alcolea 136 vs. Raul Duhart 145**
** Duhart 8 lbs. heavy. Fight will probably not happen unless Duhart can drop several pounds and Alcolea camp settles for new contractual weight.
By Matt Richardson
As the spotlight wanes on the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao mega-match implosion, boxing and its myriad of young talent will move on. The first step in this process begins this weekend at the theater in Madison Square Garden when two of the sports brightest stars box in compelling, competitive fights against quality opponents. This is what boxing is about. The Mayweather-Pacquiao fight would have been nice to have to look forward to. But boxing will be fine as long as fight cards of Saturday’s nature continue to be made. For more details and photos click here…
By Robert Coster
Inhabitants of the Colonia Constitucion in Mexico City heeded the call from former WBC light flyweight champion Edgar Sosa to come to the help of earthquake victims in Haiti, providing canned foods, medicine and water. Sosa, a very popular sports figure in Mexico, had this to say, “We cannot be indifferent to the tragedy in Haiti and I’m hoping that Mexicans everywhere will join us in this humanitarian effort.”
Promoter Jacques Deschamps informs that junior welterweight Evens Pierre (12-0, 11 KOs) and junior featherweight Johny Orisme (4-1, 1 KO) have been found alive. Pierre, however, lost his house in the powerful earthquake that wrecked havoc on the Caribbean Island last week. “We were training in our gym when everything started to shake. We were able to run out of there before the gym collapsed” declared Pierre. Also safe was young amateur Wilson Supreme who will be turning pro soon. Prospects Pierre and Orisme live and fight out of Panama.
Patrick Lopez 140.5 vs John Brown 139
Daniel Hernandez 133.5 vs Baudel Cardenas 133
Hector Serrano 141.5 vs Cristian Favela 140.5
Efrain Esquvias 124.5 vs Randy Arrellin 125.5
Hilario Lopez 158 vs Alberto Herrera 153
Johnatan Garcia 138 vs Anthony Reyes 139.5
Venue: Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, CA
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By Bob Ryder
Vernon Paris and Darryl Cunningham return to ring action sharing the co main events for promoters Carlos Llinas International Productions (CLIP) and Ron Remus Productions next presentation at downtown Detroit’s Masonic Temple on Friday, January 29. Paris will face Corey Alarcon over eight rounds. Alarcon handed highly touted Victor Ortiz his first loss (by DQ) back in 2005 and will be attempting to spoil Paris’ undefeated mark as well. Super middleweight Cunningham looks to notch his eleventh win a row and continue edging his way up the national rankings in his scheduled eight versus Skyler Thompson. Local heavyweights Ali Mansour and Walter Burns appear in separate bouts as well as other hometown favorites Brian Mihtar, Willie Fortune, Sidney Gurley, Ray Darden, and Luigi Gjokaj. Tickets are available through ticketmaster.com or at 800-745-3000. Doors open at 7 PM with first fight at 8 PM.
A cruiserweight showdown will headline Crown Boxing’s “Friday Night Fights” at the Orleans Casino in Las Vegas this Friday. In the main event, Phoenix cruiser Erick “Dynamite” Vega (8-4-2, 6 KOs) takes on Henry Namauu (4-3, 3 KOs), of Las Vegas. In the co-main, Las Vegas lightweights Rocco Santomauro (1-0) and David Yanez (0-1-1) clash in a four-rounder. Also scheduled: Phoenix featherweight Alexis Santiago (1-0) takes on Vegas’ Rodrigo Romero (1-3); Vegas featherweight Brian Battease (5-1-2, 1 KO) fights Denver’s Jairo Delgado (3-3, 3 KOs); and Vegas welterweights Raul Duhart (2-1, 2 KOs) and Juan Alcolea (0-1) open the show in a four-rounder. Doors open at 6 p.m., first bout starts at 7. Tickets starting at $25 are on sale now at The Orleans Box office at 702-365-7075.
Story & photos by Chris Cozzone
Even Austin “No Doubt” Trout (21-0, 13 KOs) has to pinch himself to make sure he’s not dreaming.
After a long, slow five-year climb barely out of the club level, Trout has not only found his name ranked among the world’s best, but just one notch below world championship honors . . . Click here for more
WBO jr featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez, WBO featherweight champion Steven Luevano and top ten contender Rogers Mtagwa appeared at a news conference today in advance of the big world title doubleheader which will take place Saturday in the Madison Square Garden Theater. WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa was a surprising no-show at the presser, although he is expected to be at tomorrow’s weigh-in. Click here for more photos…
By Nick Giongco
Instead of Thursday, Manny Pacquiao will report for training at the Wild Card in Hollywood on Friday so he can recharge his batteries after attending the two-city press tour promoting his March 13 fight with Joshua Clottey. This was the instructions made by Wild Card guru Freddie Roach to the Filipino fighter himself the moment they landed near LAX International late Wednesday night. “See you Friday, Manny,” Roach told Pacquiao, who were together on an eight-seater plane that also carried Pacquiao lawyer Franklin Gacal, Canadian adviser Mike Koncz, training assistant Roger Fernandez and Manila Bulletin/Fightnews. Pacquiao made stops in Dallas and New York the last couple of days and since it was almost midnight when he got back in Los Angeles, Roach just advised him to recharge his batteries for the start of training camp on Friday.
Producer John Edmonds Kozma (Nick Cassavetes’ Kentucky Rhapsody) has announced plans to turn the life of legendary boxing trainer and manager Lou Duva into a feature film. “We’ve seen a lot of great films about fighters in the past,” says Kozma. “Whether about real-life legends like Jake LaMotta or Muhammad Ali, or fictional characters like Rocky Balboa, Hollywood has always focused on the guy in the ring. I thought it would be a great slant on the genre if we told the story through the eyes of someone who lived through it, and observed it, for over 80 years. Lou’s literally a walking history book…and has a million colorful tales to tell.” (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Flash back to January 2008. When former world champion and U.S. Olympian Brian Viloria entered the ring for his fight against Jose Garcia Bernal it seemed about as far from the glamor of big time pro boxing as possible. Picture an outdoor parking lot in South Central Los Angeles surrounded by barbed wire that almost looks like a prison yard. Then add in a driving rainstorm. Brian had to be carried from a make-shift tent which was functioning as a dressing room to the ring by his handlers so that his boxing boots wouldn’t get soaked in the eight inches of water that had collected en route to the parking lot ring.
It was a dramatic fall from grace for the former world champion Viloria, who had gone from headlining televised shows and appearing in featured bouts on big pay-per-view telecasts to being buried deep on non-televised undercard bouts. (more…)
A comprehensive analysis by punch stat compiler CompuBox supports Team Shumenov’s original contention, as well as the contention of the vast majority of fans in attendance, that Beibut Shumenov deserved to win a unanimous 12-round decision against Gabriel Campillo in their August 15, 2009 WBA light heavyweight world championship fight. Campillo, however, was able to hold on to his WBA world title by way of a controversial decision that was announced as unanimous but changed the following day to a majority decision (114-113 John Coyle, 113-113 Glenn Feldman, 115-111 Pasquale Procopio) when a scoring error was discovered. The controversy surrounding the scoring has led to their January 29 world title rematch at The Joint at Hark Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
Forced postponement can be a huge setback for a pre-planned event but this is not the case for the upcoming “Ring Stars” boxing show, which was originally scheduled to take place on Dec. 19 at the sports arena of luxury Aquarium hotel inside the “Crocus City” megamall in Moscow, Russia. The whole tournament was removed a month and a half away from its original date following a hand injury, suffered by one of its headliners. Timur Ibragimov (26-2, 14 KOs), who is best known for a draw against Kevin Johnson in 2004 and a spirited win over Timo Hoffmann in 2007, is now healthy and fully prepared to deliver his best game when the fight time finally comes. The Uzbek heavyweight, an initial headliner of the show, promoted by Yuri Fedorov Sports Lab, faces Tanzanian Awadh Tamim (11-1, 6 KOs with the single NC) for a vacant WBA International title. (more…)
After several weeks of tense speculation,UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar ended the waiting, appearing on ESPN’s SportsCenter to let the world know that he’s returning to the Octagon after a serious bout with diverticulosis . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
By Przemek Garczarczyk
When you look at Tomasz Adamek (39-1, 27 KO) today, it’s hard to believe that this is the same guy who just three years ago was a light heavyweight WBC champion, bringing 175 pounds to the scale. Adamek version 2010 is a heavyweight contender, with 222 pounds of muscle and power. “And speed, don’t forget about my speed and precision!” – says still “The Ring” magazine cruiserweight champion, a Polish native who dreams that this year he could add another – heavyweight – belt to his New Jersey home. “Goral” Adamek prepares to fight Jason Estrada at Prudential Center on February 6 and speaks about his transformation. (more…)
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By Alexey Sukachev
One cannot imagine a better year for a brand new promotional company than 2009 was for the recently created Jab Promotion boxing group, co-ruled by its president Vitaly Supichenko and former European bantamweight titlist Alexander Yagupov. The dynamic duo started their mutual partnership in the fall of 2008 and after just one year of work this St. Petersburg-based company has something to be proud of. Jab Promotion was the only Russian promoter who was able to get its fighters a big time abroad (not once but twice)… and a shot at world title as well. It would have been even bigger if Ali Ismailov and Dmitry Sukhotsky had won their WBO championships but either way they had been close enough to pull off the upsets while fighting at backyards of Victor Emilio Ramirez and Jürgen Brähmer correspondingly to create some controversy around the results. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
World champion Steven Luevano has not faced a challenge in his professional career that he did not like. Being an underdog is something now that is second nature to the soft-spoken and often shy Luevano. Relishing the role of being an underdog, Luevano will once again be just that when he steps inside the ring against Juan Manuel Lopez, who is moving up in weight to challenge Luevano for his title. Rather than feel overwhelmed by that notion and of fighting in Lopez’ adopted hometown, Luevano can not wait to get inside the ring and do what he does best: win. (more…)
Bantamweight Jesus “Estrellita” Ruiz )19-2-2, 17 KOs) will take on former world title challenger Luis “Surtigas” Melendez (26-4-1, 21 KOs) for the WBC Latin title on January 29 at the Auditorio Plaza Condesa in Mexico City. The bout will highlight the first 2010 telecast of the popular Boxeo Telemundo series. The event is promoted by All Star Boxing, Inc., “The New Generation” & Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr., Producciones Deportivas, Rafael Mendoza & Humberto “Chiquita” Gonzalez. Telemundo will broadcast main event live at 11:30 PM, ET/PT. Tickets are 200 pesos and are now on sale at the arena.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Word is an agreement is close for a bout between WBA interim lightweight champion Miguel “Aguacerito” Acosta and WBA world champion Paulus Moses for the absolute WBA crown. The bout was proposed by the WBA after parties were unable to reach agreement for a bout between Acosta and Miguel Domínguez. The bout would satisfy the mandatory requirement. “We will send the information indicating that this is a mandatory fight and the managers of both boxers should arrive at an economic agreement in 30 days. If they do not close the agreement, the WBA will hold a purse bid to define the purse, the location and the date of the challenge. It will be for the absolute lightweight title,” said WBA vice-president Gilberto Mendoza Jr.
By Ron Jackson
Thabiso Mchunu from Cato Ridge in Pietermaritzburg makes the third defence of his South African junior heavyweight title when he meets the experienced Rueben Groenewald at the Bloemfontein City Hall on Friday night. Mchunu who has only had seven fights winning them all inside the distance, won the vacant SA junior heavyweight title in his fourth fight with a ninth round stoppage against Patrick Madzinga in February 2008. He made a successful defence against Sean Santana before capturing the WBA Pan African junior heavyweight title when he knocked out Marciano Commey from Ghana in 32 seconds of the first round. In May last year he stopped the experienced Soon Botes in the eighth round to retain the SA and WBA Pan African titles. (more…)
Everlast Worldwide and WBC welterweight world champion Andre Berto have teamed up to create a limited edition “Team Berto” t-shirt to support Haitian relief following the January 12th earthquake. All profits from the limited edition t-shirt benefit the American Red Cross’s Haiti Relief and Development fund to support emergency relief and recovery efforts to help those affected by the earthquake. The limited-edition shirt, available at www.Everlast.com, reflects the Haitian national colors and features the Everlast logo, Andre Berto logo and the island nation of Haiti’s silhouette.
Back in 2008, Thompson Boxing Promotions introduced the “NEW BLOOD” series, and since then, the brightest prospects in the sport have taken this platform to show their skills to appreciative fight fans. On Friday, January 22, at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California, “NEW BLOOD” returns with a high-impact six bout card featuring the area’s top talent, including Patrick Lopez, Daniel Hernandez, Hector Serrano, Efrain Esquivias, and Alberto Herrera. (more…)
Spike TV will telecast live undercard bouts from UFC 109 on Saturday, February 6 at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The one-hour telecast will run with limited commercial interruption. UFC 109 will air on pay-per-view at 10:00 PM ET. (more…)
By Johnny B
It was a knockout night at Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee Wisconsin last Friday evening January 15th as Salomon Becerra Promotions promoted a respectable night of professional boxing. In the main-event, scheduled for six rounds, 220lb. Heavyweight Enobong Umohette The Nigerian Gentleman, now living in Milwaukee WI. upped his record to 4-1 (3 KOs) with a second round stoppage of 234lb. Thomas Boose (0-3) from Rockford, Illinois. (more…)
HITZ Boxing has announced that NO fight deal has been made between the teams of Fres Oquendo or Lance Whittaker at this time, however, HITZ boxing is in talks with Team Whittaker and hope to come to terms in the near future. At such time a formal announcement will be made.
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