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WBO #10, WBA #15 heavyweight, Brian “The Beast” Minto (32-2, 21 KOs) will face Matt Greer (12-4, 11 KOs) in the eight round main event on April 17th at the Days Inn Convention Center in Butler, Pennsylvania. Promoted by Beatdown Promotions, the seven bout card will also include several local prospects from Pennsylvania facing challengers from Ohio. Minto states, “Greer is very durable a should provide a solid test. He has been the distance with several notable heavyweights including David Cadieux (17-3) and Mario Preskar (15-0).” In addition to the Minto-Greer fight, debuting local heavyweight Paul Zalus collides with Damian Clement (0-1) of Dayton. Both boxers are listed at 6’5 240 pounds. Also, Sam Suska of Pittsburgh meets Russ Niggemyer of Columbus in a battle of debut middleweights. Tickets ($35 general admission and $750 ringside tables) are available while supplies last at the Days Inn Convention Center in Butler or by calling (724) 287-6761.
By Robert Coster
Spanish boxing fans will cast their attention to the small city of Leganes this Saturday because Javier Castillejo, a legend in Spain, is stepping back into the ring. The 41-year-old Castillejo (62-8, 43 KOs) is making yet another comeback after a one year layoff. Javier hasn’t fought since suffering a brutal knockout at the hands of Sebastian Sylvester for the European title in Germany in March 2008. Castillejo’s opponent is fellow Spaniard Pablo Nevascues (23-1,16 KOs), an untested boxer who sees this fight as his great opportunity. Many fans consider that Javier, who has held world titles in the 154- and 160-lb divisions, has nothing to prove anymore in the ring and should probably hang up the gloves but the old “Lynx of Parla ” as he is known still feels that he can beat most of the younger men in the middleweight division in Europe. A loss to the unknown Nevascues would certainly put an end to Castillejo’s glorious 21 year career, turning a page in the history of boxing in Spain.
By Nick Giongco
Raul Martinez, the San Antonio native who will soon travel to the Philippines in a bid to knock the IBF flyweight crown off Nonito Donaire’s head, told fightnews and Manila Bulletin that he is aching to get it on with the Filipino champion at the Araneta Coliseum. Nicknamed ‘Cobra’, Martinez has been in and out of the gym in the Texas town of Jarrell since December. “I have lost count how many rounds I have sparred,” said Martinez, who is trained by Fernando Castrejon, the right-hand man of the venerable Nacho Beristain in Mexico City. “It’s a 50-50 fight and we are both hard punchers,” said Martinez, who has a 24-0 record with 14 knockouts and is making his first trip to Asia. Martinez trains at the Azteca Pride Gym and is managed by Lou Mesorana, while making up his training team are Alberto Cruces and Joe Villanueva. Philippine TV blocktimer Solar Sports is staging the show in partnership with Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc. The Martinez bout will be Donaire’s third defense of the IBF 112-lb crown that he won by one-punch kayo of Vic Darchinyan in July 2007.
Diosbelys Hurtado 146 vs. Arturo Morua 144
(Vacant WBO Latin welterweight title)
Lester “El Cubanito” Gonzalez 153 vs. Carlos Aballe 130
Rodolfo “Epi” Martinez 149 vs. Edvan dos Santos Barros 148
Orlando Gonzalez 135 vs. Elvis Martinez 135
Jorge Ruiz 1451 vs. Jean Petit Homme 141
Karl Garcia 132 vs. Genier Pit 130
Tomas Gonzalez 192 vs. Hilario Guzman 192
Alain Olivero ?? vs. Omar Brown ??
Venue: Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, Miami, Florida
Promoter: All Star Boxing, Inc & Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr.
By Lee Bates
Former two division world champion Zab ‘Super’ Judah (37-6, 25 KOs) will take on Jesus ‘Chuey’ Rodriguez (19-3, 5 KOs) on May 1 in a ten round bout contracted at 142 pounds maximum. The bout will take place at the South Point Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada and is being promoted by Thell Torrence’s Platinum Entertainment. In an exciting co-feature, Alejandro Perez (13-1-1, 8 KOs) will take on unbeaten Balweg Bangoyan (13-0, 7 KOs) of the Phillipines for the WBC International super bantamweight title in a bout scheduled for 12 rounds. More bouts are scheduled to be announced shortly. For ticket information contact 702-233-8087.
Oscar de la Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions and Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions will team up once again on April 24th at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion with an ESPN2 show headlined by WBA #5 junior featherweight Antonio Escalante (19-2, 12 KOs) against NYC favorite Gary “Kid” Stark Jr. (22-2, 8 KOs). In the co-main event, sensational super middleweight prospect Daniel Jacobs (14-0, 13 KOs) will see action in an eight round bout. Making his Chicago debut is 2008 U.S. Olympian heavyweight Deontay Wilder (3-0, 3 KOs), the only United States Boxing Medalist from the 2008 Beijing Games, will see action in a four round bout. Opponents for Jacobs and Wilder will be announced shortly. Also featured is Chicago favorite Ivan Popoca, a 9-0-1 junior welterweight with 7 KOs. Tickets start at $31, call 312-226-5800.
By Ron Jackson
Zolani Marali won the vacant IBO junior lightweight belt when he outpointed Gamaliel Diaz of Mexico over 12 rounds in a one-sided encounter at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, on Thursday night.
Judge Isaac Tshabalala (SA) and Howard Foster (UK) scored it 120-108 and 119-109, whilst judge Andre van Grootenbruel (Belguim) had it 119-108 in a tournament presented by Rodney Berman’s Golden Gloves Promotions. In a poor and untidy contest with more wrestling and holding than boxing the bigger and taller Marali 20-2; 13 dominated throughout as he scored with his southpaw right jab. The only excitement in the bout was in the seventh round when Diaz 23-9-2; 10 was put down with a left to the jaw to take a count from referee Andile Matika (SA). The Mexican was down on three other occasions from slips and pushes. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
In the eight round middleweight main event, Nigerian prospect Albert “The Punisher” Onolunose (17-0, 6 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Anthony Bartinelli (20-12-2, 13 KOs) on Thursday night at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD. Scores were 80-71, 79-72, 79-72.
Unbeaten featherweight prospect Matt “The Sharp Shooter” Remillard (17-0, 9 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Columbian veteran Jesus Perez (25-25-3, 14 KOs). Remillard dropped Perez in round two and Perez did not come out for round four.
Popular Baltimore super middleweight Mike “The Persecutor” Paschall (18-1-1. 4 KOs) pounded out a six round unanimous decision over Sam “The Punching Policeman” Hill (17-11-1, 10 KOs). Scores were 60-54, 59-55, 59-55.
Randall Bailey 139.6 vs. Frankie Figueroa 139.4
(IBF junior welterweight eliminator)
Mark Davis 133.8 vs. Steve Gonzalez 133.8
Cedric Boswell 232 vs. Harold Sconiers 227
Tor Hamer 224.6 vs. Kelsey Arnold NA
Shawn Porter 156.4 vs. Eloy Suarez 156.4
Dominick Wade 161 vs. Luis Hodge 163
Venue: Haney Park in Memphis, Tennessee
Promoter: Prize Fight Boxing/DiBella Ent./Square Ring
By Alexey Sukachev
A fight for a full version of the WBO cruiserweight title between the newly crowned champion Victor Emilio Ramirez (14-1, 12 KOs) and WBO #12 Azerbaijani veteran Ali Ismailov (15-1-1, 11 KOs) is no go on April 11 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. “Two weeks ago we received documents which confirmed that Ramirez had sustained an injury during his training camp”, explained Alexander Yagupov, Ismailov’s representative and vice-president of Jab Promotions. “We hope to get a new version of the contract in coming days. The new date is still to be defined exactly but the first week of May seems to be the biggest possibility. The fight is signed and the preparation is under way for Ali. The only feature to be changed is the date.”
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In a must-see world title unification fight between two of the most talented and exciting 140-pounders in the world, Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley and Kendall “Rated R’’ Holt will risk their WBC and WBO belts, respectively, in the main event Saturday on SHOWTIME live at a special time 10:45 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) to accommodate fans watching the conclusion of the 2009 NCAA® Men’s Final Four®. The undefeated Bradley, of Palm Springs, Calif., is 23-0 with 11 knockouts. Holt, of Paterson, N.J., is 25-2 with 13 knockouts. In the co-feature on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, Ukraine’s Vitali Tsypko (22-2, 12 KOs) will take on Librado Andrade (27-2, 21 KOs), of La Habra, Calif., in an IBF super middleweight eliminator. The fighters participated in a final press conference Thursday in Montreal. Rather than a coin, Eric Lucas, President of Interbox, flipped a Montreal Canadiens’ 100th anniversary hockey puck to determine which world champion would decide who would walk first into the ring and be introduced last. Holt won the toss. He elected to walk second and be introduced first. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
The newly created Jab Promotions boxing company will come back to St. Petersburg on April 24 with another huge night of boxing. In a main event, WBO #12 middleweight Gennady Martirosian (16-1, 6 KOs) will defend his PABA belt for the first time against skilled American veteran Aaron Mitchell (27-1-1, 21 KOs) in the biggest fight of his career. Martirosyan, 29, is coming off a huge streak of victories over solid opposition, while 39-year old Mitchell is best known for his stoppage victory over former champion Manning Galloway in 2001 and a split decision loss to another titlist Keith Mullings all way back to 1993. (more…)
Just months removed from his title-winning effort over Mike Ruiz, NY State welterweight champion Daniel Sostre will return to the ring on May 8 when he defends his crown against Plainview, NY contender Tommy Rainone, it was announced today by Ring Promotions President Bob Duffy. The eight-round title contest will headline a seven-bout fight card from the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square, NY (about 20 miles from downtown Manhattan). “This is as exciting as boxing gets,” says Duffy. “Some of the best young fighters in the NY area will be trading leather on Friday, May 8. This will be a guaranteed sellout, so buy your tickets as soon as possible.” (more…)
Octagonside by David L. Hudson
“Music City” played host to its first ever UFC event in the form of UFC Fight Night 18. When Tennessee legalized mixed martial arts in 2008, it was only a matter of time before the undisputed king of MMA – the UFC – would come to a market that craves and loves MMA action. The UFC came before a packed crowd of more than 10,000 at the Sommet Center. The Nashville market did not disappoint, as UFC Fight Night 18 set a Fight Night record with an attendance record of 10,267 . . . Click here for full report
Post-fight presser: UFC officials announced that the event in Nashville, Tenn., posted an attendance of 10,267 and a gate of more than $620,000. They also announced the following bonus awards . . . Click here for postfight report
Alexander Povetkin caught up with fellow Olympic gold medal winners Timo Wess, Christopher Zeller und Max Weinhold on Wednesday afternoon when they met for a special training session. The White Lion, a gold medallist at Athens, received a thorough introduction by the German field hockey trio that led their country to fame at the 2008 Olympics in Peking. “Ice-hockey is very popular in Russia,” said Povetkin, who was surprised to find out that the sport could also be played on an artificial grass pitch. “A comedy-show host in Russia once said that the Germans only invented field hockey for them to finally win a medal,” he joked. (more…)
Feature story by Francisco Salazar
There is no need to remind Timothy Bradley of the “inexperience” factor. He has heard it all to often during his professional career.
Bradley hasn’t fought anybody. When is he going to fight an actual contender?
Truth of the matter is, Bradley feels he has plenty of experience and talent to not only hang, but beat some of the best fighters today . . . Click here for more
Sensational featherweight prospect Matt “THE SHARP SHOOTER” Remillard will make his debut under the TKO BOXING Promotions banner against Columbian veteran Jesus Perez tonight at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD . . . Click here for more
Two time world champion, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, is having the grand opening of his new boxing gym “Ghost Guerrero Boxing and Fitness Club” on Friday from 4-7PM. Good friend and special guest, four-time world champion Carina “La Reina” Moreno, will be in attendance to show support for “The Ghost”. People all ages are welcome to join Guerrero as he opens up his doors to the public. Guerrero and Moreno will sign autographs for those in attendance. The gym is located at 8401 Church Street in Guerrero’s hometown of Gilroy, California.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
InterBox has announced the signing of WBC light heavyweight world champion Adrian ‘The Shark’ Diaconu Thursday to a new two year contract. “Adrian is an important member of InterBox and I’m happy with this new agreement. He worked very hard to become a World champion and we want him to defend his title several times in Montreal,” said the president of InterBox, Eric Lucas. The champ is also very happy to be back into the InterBox’s family. “It’s a good week for me! I finally fight in Montreal and I sign a new contract! This new agreement will allow me to be more active and defend my belt in front of the fans who always supported me in achieving my dream. I look forward to April 4th and my next fight in Montreal. I want to give good performances to people here,” said Diaconu. Saturday evening, Adrian Diaconu (25-0-0 15 KO) will face David Whittom (10-7-1 6 KO) in a 8 rounds bout.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican promoters Rochmar and KO Entertainment are hoping to stage a bout between WBA regular super flyweight champion Nobuo Nashiro of Japan and Hugo Cazares. Possible dates are June 13th or 27th at a venue in Mexico to be determined. Cázares earned the shot by winning an eleven round unanimous decision over Roberto “La Araña” Vázquez for the WBA FEDELATIN belt on March 24th in Panama City. Cázares, a former WBO light flyweight world champion has record of 29-5-1 with 21 KOs.
By Craig Watt
Controversial two-time WBA super-middleweight champion Anthony Mundine today told the Brisbane Times that a fight with WBO and WBC middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik is in the works should he win his May 27th fight in Brisbane with current unbeaten IBO champion Daniel Geale. The WBA#1 ranked middleweight stated, “After this fight I want to unify the division with Pavlik, Sturm and [IBF champion] Arthur Abraham, and at this stage it’s looking like there’s a good chance of something happening with Pavlik,” Mundine said. “The best thing is that it’s not Pavlik’s people pushing it – it’s HBO, the television network he’s with. They know who I am, they know that I’m a character, that I’ve got flamboyance and charisma and that I can fight. I just want the opportunity to show them that I’m the No.1 middleweight in the world.” (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
The leather continues to fly in Montreal, Canada. If two cards on a single day weren’t enough for fisticuff fans in the city, another marquee match-up is on the way in just two weeks. The ‘Pride of Providence’ and former Contender star and Peter Manfredo Jr. travels northward and will collide with hard-nosed Walid Smichet at the Casino de Montreal on Saturday April 18th. Manfredo (31-6 16KO) came up short in his last fight versus Sakio Bika in clash of Contenders from season one and three. “I know that Manfredo accepted meeting me because he believes I’m vulnerable and wants to restart his career,” said Smichet about the challenge. “I’ll will be ready though and eager to meet him in the small ring of the Casino.” (more…)
Five-time world champion Johnny Tapia will serve a nine-day stint in jail, then a trip to Hollywood for drug rehab. On Wednesday, the former champ was sentenced for violating probation on felony drug charges. As part of the punishment – between his nine-day jail sentence and six months of intensive rehab at a southern New Mexico facility – Tapia will appear on VH1’s reality show, “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.” Tapia has no problem with the sentence, telling media, “They’re taking me to prison. I did the crime, I’ll do the time.” Tapia had been facing up to a year in jail for violating his probation. In the meantime, Tapia is in training for a May 16 comeback, most likely to take place in New Mexico.– Chris Cozzone
Months of negotiations have come to an end and the highly expected heavyweight fight is determined: IBF, WBO and IBO world champion Wladimir Klitschko will defend his titles against Briton David Haye on June 20. Bernd Bönte, Managing Director of Klitschko Management Group: “I am glad that these extremely difficult and long negotiations are over and we are able to present the fight that boxing fans all over the world want to see. Both Wladimir and David are known as superb punchers and a fight over 12 rounds will be very unlikely to happen. It is going to be an unforgettable spectacle. The venue of the fight will be announced soon.“ (more…)
Photos: Emily Harney
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Mike Paschall 168.5 vs Sam Hill 166
Albert Onolunose(159.5 vs Anthony Bartinelli 161
Matt Remillard 127.5 vs Jesus Perez 131.25
Julius Kennedy 154 vs James Denson 155.75
Kevin Johnson 219.75 vs Kareem Wilson 209.25
Venue: Michael’s Eighth Ave, Glen Burnie, Maryland
Promoter: Chet Koerner’s TKO BOXING Promotions and Scott Wagner’sBallroom Boxing.
Tickets: Start at $35 and can be purchased in advance, by calling the Ballroom Boxing Box Office at 410-766-7474. Doors will open at 6:30pm with the first bell at 7:30pm.
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If the media members who participated in the SHOWTIME Media Prediction Poll have called it correctly then Timothy Bradley’s going to walk away victorious over Kendall Holt Saturday on SHOWTIME. But it will it be close. Bradley, the WBC champion, and his WBO counterpart Holt clash in an eagerly awaited 140-pound world title unification showdown from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING live at a special time 10:45 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast) to accommodate fans watching the conclusion of the 2009 NCAA® Men’s Final Four®. The majority of those who participated in a SHOWTIME Media Prediction Poll not only could not state with conviction who would win, but how the tough, close fight would play out. Several possible scenarios and story lines were predicted. Bradley was a popular, landslide winner in the Poll, garnering 39 of the 46 predictions (with one draw). Three others view what will be an exciting fight too close to call. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
One of the brightest young prospects in South African boxing 21-year-old Thomas Oosthuizen fighting at super middleweight scored his eighth inside the distance win when he stopped Semanda Shabane from Uganda in the first round in Kempton Park on Wednesday night. Promoter Jeff Ellis of African Ring Promotions provided a night of entertainment for 1000 patrons at a Box and Dine which also included the well known rock band Clint and Co, at the Emperors Palace. (more…)
Results by David L. Hudson
Martin “The Hitman” Kampmann spoiled the UFC debut of former WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit by winning a three round split decision. Though Condit has not lost a fight in over two years, Kampmann never lost focus on his gameplan and was constantly attacking with chokes. Condit cut Kampmann’s cheek with a quick knee at the end of the first round. Kampmann was never deterred however and he was awarded the judges’ decision. Scores all read the same, 29-28. (more…)
The IBF canceled the Purse Bid scheduled for tomorrow for the IBF Jr. Featherweight mandatory defense of IBF/WBA Champion Celestino Caballero and Jeffrey Mathebula. Both sides agreed to do the fight on April 30th in Panama City, Panama.
Feature story by Felipe Leon
Many times, fighters who win their first major fight on a world stage tend to enjoy the fruits of their labors. Not Antonio DeMarco.
After his dismantling of Almazbek “Kid Diamond” Raiymkulov, DeMarco took a week off and then was right back in the CREA gym run by Romulo Quirarte and his sons, Bobby and Romulo Jr., in the heart of Tijuana, Mexico . . . Click here for more
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One of the most important fight cards in Canadian boxing history is set to take place in Montréal, Québec, on Saturday at the Bell Centre. In anticipation, reporters converged on the HardKnox Gym to witness open workouts featuring WBO junior welterweight world champion Kendall Holt and WBC super lightweight champion Timothy Bradley, who collide in a highly anticipated 140lb unification matchup, as well as super middleweight contenders Vitali Tsypko and Librado Andrade, who face off in an IBF world title eliminator.
Unbeaten former junior lightweight world champion Edwin Valero (left) and lightweight contender Antonio Pitalua (Right) pose today in Austin, Texas at the final press conference to discuss “Lightweight Lightning”, the four bout pay-per-view event featuring Valero vs. Pitalua for the vacant WBC lightweight championship on Saturday at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
Eight weeks of training for 15 minutes (or less) inside the Octagon. Stars are introduced to the world via the bright lights and elaborate production of a UFC event. They are created, however, through long, grueling hours in the gym. Away from fans, away from family, and many of life’s other luxuries that most people take for granted. (more…)
Daniel “The Haitian Sensation” Edouard (21-2-2 with 12 KOs ranked WBA #9, WBC #15) is set to defend his WBA Fedelatin Middleweight boxing title in Colon City, Panama, Saturday, April 18 at the illustrious Hotel Melia Panama Canal. Edouard recently won the WBA Fedelatin title in Panama and is excited about returning to the country he speaks of affectionately. “I received a passionate reception in Panama and really couldn’t wait to return. The fans are knowledgeable and appreciative of the sport. It made for an electric atmosphere and an amazing night of fights!” (more…)
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