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Hollywood action hero Steven Seagal, star of A&E’s hit reality series “Steven Seagal Lawman,” was a dinner guest of seven-division world champion Manny Pacquiao earlier this week. 7th degree black belt/Aikido master Seagal and Pacquiao had plenty of common interests to discuss. “We had a great time together. The time just flew by,” said Pacquiao. “We discussed the possibility of working together in movies and making joint concert appearances. We also discovered that we share a bond in Asian philosophy and philanthropy. I invited Steven to be with me at Jerry Jones’ Cowboys Stadium on March 13 when I defend my world welterweight title against Joshua Clottey and he accepted.”
Undefeated junior welterweight prospect Francisco “The Phenom” Contreras hits Southern California this Friday night to battle Juan Castaneda Jr. at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California in the opening bout of ShoBox: The New Generation on Showtime (11pm ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
Signed to the rapidly growing, international boxing promoter, TKO Boxing Promotions, the 25 year old Contreras, 12-0-0 (11KO’s), a native of the Dominican Republic, burst onto the US boxing scene last year with a brutal first round stoppage of Gustavo Mejia on June 18th in front of a stunned crowd at Michael’s Eighth Avenue, outside of Baltimore . . . Click here for more
World ranked flyweight contender Rayonta “Stingray” Whitfield will battle Sergio Espinoza for the NABO Flyweight Title on Saturday, February 27th at the Bell Auditorium, it was announced today by TKO Boxing Promotions
Advance tickets will go on sale at 10am Friday morning, February 5th, priced from $27 to $102 (including a $2.00 facility fee), through the Augusta Entertainment Complex Box Office, (www.georgialinatix.com, by phone at 1-877-4AUGTIX or in person at the Augusta Entertainment Complex Box Office, 601 Seventh Street). (more…)
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UFC.com – Never Count The Hammer Out
By Robert Coster
“I want to knock Mayol out,” says former world champion Omar Nino as he is getting set for his February 27th showdown against WBC light flyweight champion Rodell Mayol of the Philippines in Mexico City. Those are bold words from Nino (28-3-1, 11 KOs), reputed to be more of a pure boxer than puncher. But the Guadalajara-born fighter seems intent on making his countrymen proud and winning the title “which I should never have lost in the first place.” (more…)
Roy Jones Jr. on radio row at the Super Bowl in Miami. Jones and Bernard Hopkins are at the media center today doing radio interviews promoting their April 13 fight at Mandalay Bay live on pay-per-view.
Triple flyweight world champion Susi Kentikian (26-0, 16 KOs) returns on April 24 at the Sporthalle Hamburg. The undefeated “Killer Queen“ will be defending her WBA/WIBF/WBO belts against unbeaten challenger Nadia Raoui (11-0-1, 3 KOs) who holds the WIBA belt. “I’m always excited and very happy when I have a fight in my hometown,” said Kentikian. “It will be a difficult and tough fight but I’m used to that. Have your fingers crossed – so come and see my fight live!” The bout will be Kentikian’s first fight as the headlining fighter on the German ZDF network. Additional fights will be announced within the next few days.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley has seen it all. He has fought all around the world. He has won and lost world titles. So it was no big deal when the former WBO junior welterweight champion from Washington, DC received the call to face contender Freddy “El Riel” Hernandez tonight at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, CA. “I was scheduled to fight in Las Vegas last week and somehow, I was bumped off the card,” Corley said. “Then my people get a phone call about this bout and we took it.” The bout will be the main event on “ShoBox: The New Generation” on Showtime, a network where Corley has been successful. (More)
Lightweight Ignacio Mendoza (28-5-2, 18 KOs) has been taking tips from countryman Breidis Prescott ahead of his clash with unbeaten Kevin Mitchell (30-0, 22 KOs on February 13 at Wembley Arena in London. The Spain-based Colombian has vowed to avenge the defeat Mitchell inflicted on Prescott back in December. “Mitchell dented my country’s pride when he beat our national hero Breidis Prescott who destroyed Amir Khan,” said 26-year-old Mendoza. “I will be out for revenge when we meet at Wembley and I will do to Mitchell what Breidis did to Khan. Breidis said to me that he didn’t perform as he should have against Mitchell and has told me of his weaknesses.” (more…)
Story by Victor Perea
With a little less than a year left before his 30th birthday Brian Stann has achieved more noteworthy accomplishments than most people will their entire lives. After being birthed at the Yakota Air Base in Japan, Stann was brought back stateside and grew up in Scranton, Pa. After a stellar High School football career he went on to attend the United States Naval Academy where he continued his football career while earning a Bachelors of Science degree in Economics. After continuing his service to his country as an Officer in the Marines, Stann served tours in Iraq, earning a Silver Star for his action during an ambush. Fast forward a few years and after turning pro in 2007, yes 2007, and holding the WEC Light Heavyweight Title, “All American” Brian Stann (8-2) continues to fight, only now inside the UFC Octagon. . . . Click here for more
Vitali Klitschko may return in a summer showdown with seven-foot former WBA world champion Nikolai Valuev. According to BILD, the proposed bout would take place in the 61,000-seat Schalke Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, where brother and IBF/WBO/IBO heavtweight champion Wladimir Klitschko defeated Ruslan Chagaev last year. The current stumbling block is Valuev co-promoter Don King, who is holding out for a $4 million purse, a figure Klitschko’s manager Bernd Bönte told BILD was “Impossible even if Valuev had four belts and was undefeated.” He added that if Valuev doesn’t come aboard, there are other alternatives. Kalle Sauerland of Sauerland Event, Valuev’s other co-promoter, is optimistic that Klitschko-Valuev can be made. “This is an absolute must-fight,” he said. “We’ll find a solution. I think we’ll get this fight sorted out.”
Once-beaten welterweight Freddy “El Riel” Hernandez (27-1, 18 KOs) weighed 148 pounds for his 10-round fight with former world champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley (36-12-1, 21 KOs) tonight in the main event on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). Corley weighed 143 pounds. In the co-feature at Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif., hard-hitting, undefeated Francisco Contreras (12-0, 11 KOs) tipped scale at 136½ pounds the toughest test of his career against Juan Castaneda, Jr. (16-2, 12 KOs) in an eight-round junior welterweight bout. Castaneda weighed 137 (on his second attempt). For more details and photos click here…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
American referee Raul Caiz Jr. will be the third man in the ring when Colombian WBA super featherweight interim world champion Likar Ramos (21-2, 15 KOs) and Mexican challenger Jorge “Coloradito” Solis (37-2-2, 27 KOs) meet at Merida, Yucatan, Mexico on Saturday. The three judges are Ricardo Duncan (Panamà), Albert Wilenski (USA-FL) and Jose Roberto Torres (Puerto Rico). The fight Supervisor are Francisco Piña (Colombia) and Alfredo Polanco (Mexico) (Assistant Supervisor).
The always-exciting Edwin Valero will defend his World Boxing Council (WBC) lightweight title against undefeated, once-beaten WBC 135-pound interim titleholder Antonio DeMarco in the main event this Saturday, Feb. 6, on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). The undefeated knockout artist and two-time world champion Valero (26-0, 26 KOs), of Merida, Venezuela will be making the second defense of his WBC title against Tijuana’s DeMarco (23-1-1, 17 KOs), the WBC interim champion at the Arena Monterrey located in Mexico. For more details and photos click here…
By John Cannon
The McAllen Convention Center will be rocking Saturday night as some of the biggest up and coming fighters will duke it out as a part of “Super Brawl Saturday Night”, sponsored by Top Rank Boxing and Tecate in association with Cavazos Boxing. “Saturday night the boxing fans in the Rio Grande Valley will be able to witness some of the best young prospects in the business and I can guarantee that this is a good quality fight card from top to bottom,” said Lester Bedford, representative for Top Rank Boxing. (more…)
The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) has named George Dodd as its new Executive Officer. Dodd, 40, most recently served as program manager for Washington state’s Department of Licensing’s Professional Athletics Division, where he has been regulating professional boxing and mixed martial arts. He has been involved in combat sports for the last 31 years, as either a participant or an official. (more…)
Edwin Valero knows he is considered the best lightweight in the world and that his explosiveness has made him one of the most popular fighters of hardcore boxing fans who have followed his career as he has traveled the world. “I have not had many opportunities to fight in front of the American audience and that’s why this fight Saturday is so important to my career,” said Valero, today in the final press conference that was held in the historic steel factory know as the “Fundadora” where the City of Monterrey, Mexico was born. (more…)
Miguel Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment launched today their plans for 2010 that include 10 boxing shows in Puerto Rico and the first show of his promotional company in NY which will take place in the summer of 2010. The first show of his series “Boxeo Boricua” will be on Saturday, February 27 at the Roger Mendoza Coliseum. Hot prospect and USNBC featherweight champion Luis “El Artesano” Cruz (12-0, 9 KOs) will face Leon Bobo (18-4-1, 2 KOs) in the main event. Also on the card will be “The KO Artist” Juan “El Puma” González (6-0, 6 KOs), Juan “El Cowi” Herrera and Antonio Salgado. For more details and photos click here…
It’s only fitting that we call the return of Nick Charles a comeback.
Last Friday night in Albuquerque, N.M., after an six-month battle with bladder cancer, Charles, for decades now one of boxing’s top commentators, made his return to the ring on Showtime’s ShoBox . . . Click here for more
WBCBoxing.tv will present a live boxing webcast – free of charge – from Chihuahua, Mexico, on Saturday, January 6, at 9:00 P.M. (21:00 hrs) Central Standard Time. It will last approximately two hours, and supporting bouts will be shown in addition to the main event. Everyone is invited to watch. The webcast is not available in Mexico. The fights will be televised in Mexico on TV Cadena 2, Canal 28. (more…)
Joshua Clottey and his team will take a flight from New York City to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. on Saturday. There, Team Clottey will set up their training camp to get set for the battle against Manny Pacquiao on March 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
The first guest of the new “RingSide Show” hosted by Alexey Potapov and Vyacheslav Ponochevniy was unbeaten WBO light middleweight champion Sergey Dzinziruk, who had been campaigning in Europe, but will now resume his career in the United States. Dzinziruk spoke about how a promotional dispute with Universum Box-Promotion kept him out of the ring for all of 2009. He has been ordered by the WBO to defend his belt by March 2010 and will do so under the promotional umbrella of Gary Shaw Productions and Banner Promotions. His deal with GSP/Banner is for six fights, approximately 2-3 fights a year. He has agreed to give Universum a percentage of his purse in his March fight to buy out any future commitments with the German promotional powerhouse. (more…)
Two-time Olympic champion Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux, arguably the greatest amateur boxer of all-time, has announced that he is donating his entire purse from this Friday night’s fight to the Children of Haiti Fund. Rigondeaux (4-0, 3 KOs), fighting as a super bantamweight, now lives in Los Angeles after defecting from Cuba, where he was a 7-time national champion. The 28-year-old southpaw also won multiple World Championships titles, as well as a gold medal at the 2003 Pan-Am Games, during his incredible 243-4 amateur career. “Rigo,” who is trained by Freddie Roach and managed by Gary Hyde, faces Adolfo Landeros (20-12-1) in an 8-round bout on ESPN Friday Night Fights in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The World Boxing Association will review Saturday night’s controversial light heavyweight title fight between Beibut Shumenov and Gabriel Campillo in Las Vegas. Shumenov won a widely criticized split decision with Nevada Athletic Commission-appointed judges Patricia Jarman 117-111 and Jerry Roth 115-113 scoring in favor of Shumenov, overruling WBA judge Levi Martínez, who had Campillo ahead 117-111. “Unfortunately due to the Muhammad Ali Law approved by the American Congress and applied in the main jurisdictions where WBA world championships are carried out, they have the freedom to approve and appoint the officials of the fights,” said WBA vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza. “I’m not trying to generate a controversy but our judges attend yearly seminars to reduce the possibility of controversy and to do justice in the ring. In this particular fight they only accepted Levi Martínez from the WBA.” He added that a committee of international officials will review video of the fight in approximately the next 15 days.
King Arthur Abraham welcomed former WBA/IBF champ Sven Ottke for a special sparring session in Berlin’s famous Max-Schmeling-Gym…
Two undefeated champions battled it out in the Max-Schmeling-Gym on Wednesday afternoon when King Arthur Abraham welcomed a special sparring partner. In order to prepare for the Super Six World Boxing Classic Group Stage 2 meeting with Andre Dirrell on March 6 (live on SHOWTIME® at 9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast), coach Ulli Wegner had invited longtime former WBA/IBF super middleweight champion Sven Ottke to challenge Abraham. The “Phantom”, who retired undefeated in 2004, is known for his fast legs and special movements. “Sven can help Arthur in the preparation for Dirrell,” Wegner said. “Arthur will have to track Dirrell down. Thats why sparring with a fast, smart and clever fighter like Sven certainly helps.” (more…)
Top Rank has signed featherweight Salvador Sanchez who will box on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Joshua Clottey ‘The Event’ Pay Per View on March 13 at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Bob Arum made the announcement today. Sanchez signed his contract during Top Rank’s media tour in Mexico City and Monterrey, Mexico this week. Sanchez, 24, of Mexico has a record of 18-3-2 with eight straight wins. He boxes in the featherweight division and is managed by Grant Elvis Phillips. (more…)
Unbeaten Mike Jones (19-0, 16 KOs), of North Philadelphia, has settled into training camp 30 miles outside of Philadelphia in Langhorne, PA, for his Feb. 27 match at Bally’s Atlantic City, NJ, with former world title challenger Henry Bruseles, of Gurabo, Puerto Rico, for the NABA welterweight title. Jones splits his workouts between the Newtown Athletic Club in Newtown, PA, and the Hard Rock Gym in Langhorne. Jones, 27, is ranked WBA #8, IBF #11 and WBC #16. (more…)
Story by Brady Crytzer
Legends collide on Saturdary when former UFC heavyweight and PrideFC Grand Prix champion Mark “The Hammer” Coleman shows down with fellow hall-of-famer Randy “The Natural” Couture.
Although this fight had the potential to be defining for the sport of mixed martial arts had it taken place ten years ago, the significance is not lost to Coleman and he still hopes that this light heavyweight showdown will be a benchmark in his long career . . . . Click here for more
Super middleweight contender Jesse Brinkley’s valiant IBF eliminator win over Curtis Stevens won’t get him an immediate shot at IBF champion Lucian Bute, even though a deal had been worked out. Apparently HBO is “insisting” that Bute defend against Edison Miranda instead for their April 17 telecast.
Word is heavyweight Frez Oquendo will return again against Demetrius King on February 20th in Chicago.
PRIZEFIGHTER returns later this month with the first ever light-middleweight competition. The event will be staged at the York Hall in Bethnal Green in east London on February 26. The eight-man lineup includes ex-Commonwealth champion Bradley Pryce and former British beltholder Neil Sinclair. This will be the tenth Prizefighter event where four quarter-finals, two semi-finals and the final, each lasting a maximum of three rounds, take place in one evening.
Heavyweight David Tua’s March 31 clash against Friday Ahunanya has landed at the Trusts Stadium Arena in Auckland, New Zealand.
Jose Benavidez, the teenage phenom from Phoenix, will box on Top Rank’s Latin Fury 13/Pinoy Power 3 title card on Feb. 13 at the Las Vegas Hilton. Benavidez, 17, won a number of amateur championships including a National Golden Gloves title at 141 pounds, then decided to turn pro. In his first professional bout two weeks ago he stopped Steven Cox in one round on a nationally-televised Top Rank Live! event on Fox Sports Network. He is training with Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, CA.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBA/WBC super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan is after a rematch with Nonito Donaire, the current WBA interim super flyweight champion. Donaire, who holds a KO win over the hard-punching Australian-based Armenian, and will defend his belt against Gerson Guerrero on a February 13 pay-per-view card in Las Vegas.
“Donaire needs to stand up and fight someone who can actually throw some punches back at him,” stated Darchinyan. “Since he fought me, who has he fought? Bums that either shouldn’t be boxing or should be retired. I am praying he wins his next fight and comes through with no injuries, I don’t want him making excuses when I finish his career. Don’t go looking for Arce and make that a excuse of why won’t fight me. Get through your next fight and it’s me and you, anytime, anywhere. (more…)
It was announced Wednesday that because of large demand, the floor seating has been rearranged to provide a few dozen more $253 ringside seats for Saturday’s Tomasz Adamek-Jason Estrada clash at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Tickets can be purchased at the ox Office or TicketMaster. Here are additonal quotes from Wednesday’s presser at the Hudson Bread/Global Boxing Gym in North Bergen, NJ:
Tomasz Adamek: “I never underestimate anyone, ever. This is boxing; you have to be prepared every time because you can lose not only the fight but also your health. I know what’s at stake on Saturday – for me and for Jason.” (more…)
In an eagerly awaited showdown this Saturday, Feb. 6, on SHOWTIME®, Valero of Venezuala will put his amazing record of (26-0, 26 KOs) and his world title belt on the line against Tijuana’s DeMarco (23-1-1, 17 KOs), who has won 12 and a row and is unbeaten in his last 16 (15-0-1), in the main event on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). For more details and photos click here…
Over the last two days, Bob Arum of Top Rank and Jerry Jones owner of the Dallas Cowboys visited Mexico City and Monterrey to promote the “The Event,” a championship card headline by the worlds best boxer, Manny Pacquiao to be held at the new Cowboys Stadium, in Arlington, Texas on Saturday, March 13 and to be telecast by HBO pay-per-view. Arum and Jones understand the importance of boxing to the Mexican people both in Mexico and in the United States and the passion of all Hispanics toward the sport. In Mexico City they were hosted by TV Azteca and the World Boxing Council (WBC) in a grand setting in one the main rooms of the new St Regis Hotel where over 300 media and guest gathered for the press conference. For more details and photos click here…
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