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Michael Lozada has pulled out of his USNBC lightweight title fight with Ray Narh on the undercard of Bernard Hopkins v. Roy Jones this Saturday at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Square Ring matchmaker Eric Bottjer was notified by Lozada’s agent Monday night that a friend of Lozada had e-mailed him claiming the fighter was sick and could not travel to Las Vegas from Mexico City. “It’s a tough blow, cause we were notified literally 12 hours before we were supposed to pick Lozada and his camp up from the airport,” said Bottjer. “But Ray has trained very hard for the fight and we are committed in finding a proper replacement.”
Jr. welterweight boxer Oisin Fagan (25-8, 15 KOs) has announced his retirement. The 36-year-old former Irish domestic champion faced the likes of Amir Khan, Verquan Kimbrough and Paul Spadafora (losing split decisions to Kimbrough and Spadafora). In his last fight, he was stopped by unbeaten Andy Murray in a try for the Irish lightweight crown in February. Fagan has now taken a job with the Irish Amateur Boxing Association (IABA) and the Dublin City Council (DCC) partnership, as a Boxing Development Officer in the Community, where he will analyze disadvantaged areas of Dublin City and promote the sport of boxing. (more…)
Episode 5 of the critically acclaimed FIGHT CAMP 360°: Inside The Super Six World Boxing Classic will premiere April 7, on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The 30-minute episode will take viewers behind the scenes at the Dirrell-Abraham fight – from fight week tensions between promoters and camps through Saturday’s hotly contested bout. It will include footage and interviews with Dirrell at the hospital and Abraham after the fight, reaction from the boxers’ promoters, a discussion of the fight itself and a look ahead to the next match featuring Carl Froch vs. Mikkel Kessler for the WBC World Championship, Saturday, April 24.
Sampson Boxing, LLC. filed a Third Party Complaint in Tort against Universum Box Promotion, GMBH in the Supreme Court of the State of New York on March 25, 2010 as part of the ongoing litigation between KZ Promotions/Beibut Shumenov, and Sampson Boxing and Gabriel Campillo. The Complaint against Universum claims they wrongfully and without merit filed a lawsuit against Campillo in Spain, causing damages to Sampson Boxing. Former WBA light heavyweight champion lost a highly controversial rematch to Shumenov on January 29th, 2010 in Las Vegas.
There have been some slight changes to the two main events that will takes place this Friday night’s big “Spring Fling” boxing event that will take place at the Legendary Blue Horizon. The new main event will still feature USBA jr. middleweight champion, Derek “Pooh” Ennis. He will now face Jose Adelaydo Gonzalez of Garden City, Kansas. Ennis was originally supposed to do battle with Frankie Santos. Santos will still fight Ennis but he will now face Derek’s brother Farah Ennis in an eight round super middleweight bout. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
The newly minted promotional outfit, Baja Boxing, helmed by Antonio “Cañas” Lozada, is ready to debut their first fight card on Saturday, April 10th at the Palenque of Morelos Park in the heart of Tijuana, MX. Titled “New Blood”, the multi-bout fight card will be televised nationally in Mexico by Televisa. In the main event, the undefeated Antonio “Cañitas” Lozada Jr. (21-0, 18KO) of Tijuana, MX, will face off against his toughest challenge to date against the experienced Henry “Mamba” Aurad (21-2-1, 9KO) of Colombia. The WBC’s lightweight Fecarbox title will be at play. (more…)
Four fights into the Super Six World Boxing Classic on SHOWTIME®, there has been a little bit of everything—except a unanimous decision. In fact, so far there have been a pair of major upsets and no two results have been the same. There has been a knockout (Arthur Abraham over Jermain Taylor), a split decision (Carl Froch over Andre Dirrell), a technical decision (Andre Ward over Mikkel Kessler) and a disqualification (Dirrell over Abraham) in a fight on Saturday that will replay TONIGHT/Monday on SHOWTIME 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. One constant through all three Group Stage 1 bouts and the first of three Group Stage 2 encounters: Hometown fighters have been victorious each time (Froch, Abraham, Ward and Dirrell). If Abraham had triumphed on Saturday, he would have clinched a spot in the tournament semi-finals. As it stands, all the fighters remain in serious contention to win the tournament and the inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic Cup.
Golden Boy Promotions has reached a new agreement with NCM Fathom to continue presenting live world championship boxing in theaters throughout 2010. The first bout for 2010 will be Saturday’s Hopkins-Jones Jr. clash presented in 150+ movie theaters in high definition LIVE from Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Events Center. The May 1 Mayweather-Mosley fight can also be seen in theaters. Both events, of course, will also be available on pay-per-view television. Last year, Golden Boy brought the Mayweather-Marquez fight to the big screen – the first fight to be shown in movie theaters in over 20 years.
Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr. will hold an open workout for Las Vegas fight fans and the media on Tuesday in the Mizuya Lounge at Mandalay Bay as they prepare to meet in the ring on Saturday. Jones will work out at at 12:30PM. Hopkins will work out at 1:30PM.
Former IBF cruiserweight champion Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham is a promotional free agent following the conclusion of his eight year promotional contract with Don King Productions. ‘USS’ Cunningham and his wife, and manager, Livvy, are currently considering various options ahead of his forthcoming challenge for the vacant IBF cruiserweight title against Canada’s Troy Ross. Team Cunningham and Troy Ross’ management have 30 days to come to an agreement for Cunningham vs. Ross, otherwise the IBF will order a purse bid.
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Light Heavyweight Gayrat Ahmedov might not have expected much with Demetrius Davis based on his won-loss record. That was thrown out the window as Davis came to fight and almost pulled off the upset against the world-ranked contender. Ahmedov won a close eight round majority decision on Saturday afternoon before a sold-out crowd of about 900 at Karma Club in Victorville, CA. (more…)
By Ricardo Conde
WBC #10/WBA #5 lightweight contender “Bam Bam” Brandon Rios (24-0-1, 18 KOs) of Oxnard, CA, trained by former junior lightweight champion, Robert Garcia, will take on Urbano Antillon (27-1, 20 KOs) of Maywood, CA on Saturday, May 8th on the undercard of Latin Fury 14, which features the return of Antonio Margarito in Aguascalientes, Mexico. The twenty-three year-old Rios will defend his NABF lightweight title for the first time in a 10-round bout and vowed to knockout Antillon. For more details and photos click here…
Two-division world champion Edwin Valero has been sent to a psychiatric hospital for six months in Venezuela. According to El Universal, his wife, Jennifer Viera de Valero, was admitted to a hospital in the city of Merida with bruises and a broken rib that penetrated her lung, the same hospital she was treated at twice before for similar lesions. She claimed she sustained the injuries from falling down a flight of stairs. Valero reportedly caused a ruckus at the hosptial, and doctors called the police. On Sunday morning, Valero was taken before a judge where he confessed to being an alcoholic. The judge sent him for six months to San Juan de Dios Hospital for rehab.
Junior welterweight contender Frankie “El Gato” Figueroa is set to return to the ring on May 21st versus undefeated Russian prospect Ruslan Provodnikov (15-0 10 KOs) in the co-feature to the lightweight clash between Ji Hoon Kim and Ameth Diaz. The bout will be televised by ESPN Friday Night Fights beginning at 9pm EST. The ten round bout will be for the jr. welterweight NABA and WBO Asian Pacific titles. Figueroa has been out of action since braking his wrist in a fight last November 11th, which required surgery. “I was on the shelf for a little while. After a pin was put in place, I couldn’t fight because it couldn’t get wet. In January I had the cast and pin removed and I was able to test out my hand when I sparred with Juan Urango,” Figueroa stated. “My hand held up well and I am ready to go.” In addition to preparing for the Provodnikov bout, Figueroa will be sparring with Nate Campbell as Campbell prepares for his upcoming clash with Victor Ortiz.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA vice president, Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, in spite of the possibility of being criticized for being a Venezuelan living in Panama, stated, “I have to give my personal opinion of what happened and it seemed like an error to me, because I saw the winner as Cermeño.” He assured that the WBA Board of Directors will do an exhaustive review of the video of Panamanian Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno’s controversial split decision over Venezuelan Nehomar Cermeño on Saturday night at the Polideportivo José María Vargas in La Guaira, Venezuela, to determine the feasibility of a direct rematch. Mendoza Jr. had complimentary words for both fighters and said he would abstain from voting, letting the other board members make any decisions.
By Ron Jackson
Former South African heavyweight champion Anton Nel having his first fight since November 2006 stopped Pieter Cronje at 48 seconds into the first round at the Carousel gambling resort in Hammanskraal on Saturday night. The 41-year-old Nel (118.32kg) came out firing at the opening bell and after scoring with a stiff jab followed up with some crippling shots to the body. With Cronje, 27, backing off and not fighting back referee Thabo Spampoel stepped in to call the fight off. Nel improves his record to 16-11-3; 12 and Cronje (102.57kg) who was having his first fight since campaigning in Australia for two years saw his record drop to 9-4-1; 5. The bout which was scheduled for 10 rounds was an eliminator for the South African heavyweight title held by Osborne Machimana. (more…)
WBA interim super light world champion Marcos Maidana (28-1, 27 KOs) made his Las Vegas debut a spectacular one, destroying previously unbeaten #2 rated Victor Cayo in six brutal rounds at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. “I’m very happy,” Maidana said afterward. “I felt the whole time that it would happen. Cayo was a very respectable opponent. I found him very quick and mobile, but I had no doubt that I’d catch him eventually. Thanks to my management for this duel. As for my next fight, I trust that entirely to my promoter. I don’t care whether it’s Amir Khan or anyone else. I’ll beat all of them.”
Promoter Dietmar Poszwa added, “We had hoped for a spectacular knockout. The audience at the Hard Rock Casino and HBO was thrilled. Everyone was very impressed by Marcos’ KO power. He is boxing more and more into the hearts of Americans. HBO has an appetite for more and we do too. For us it was a great success here in Las Vegas.”
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Over the weekend, Italian boxing fans witnessed the unlucky plight of the everlasting national star, welterweight Gianluca Branco, who was defeated in twelve rounds by the new European champ at 147 lbs, Matthew Hatton, in Dagenham, United Kingdom. That was not the only action featuring an Italian fighter, as two always-active promoters staged different cards on Italian soil. (more…)
By Howard Jones
Former heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman (46-7-2, 37 KOs) made short work of Clinton “Big Rig” Boldridge (9-16, 7 KOs) in his long awaited return to the ring, knocking out Boldridge out in the final minute of the first round on Friday night at the Beaumont Club at the Kansas City, Missouri. Also rising cruiserweight star Jeremiah Graziano improved to 10-0 with 10 KOs knocking out Derrick Brown (13-5-3) in the second round of their bout.
Hot power punching prospect Ismayl Sillakh (11-0, 10 KOs) hits the mitts with his trainer Shadeed Suluki in preparation for his bout against veteran Daniel Judah (23-4-3, 10 KOs) this Saturday in Las Vegas. The bout is scheduled for 12 rounds and is for the NABF light heavyweight title. Sillakh, who recently was signed with Roy Jones Jr’s. Square Ring Inc. Promotions will battle Judah on the undercard of the Roy Jones Jr.-Bernard Hopkins rematch on pay-per-view. Sillakh is from the Ukraine but is currently based and training out of Southern California. Fightnews caught up with Sillakh as he is just days away from his toughest test to date as a professional. (more…)
ShoBox: The New Generation returns next Friday, April 2 (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) when promising, undefeated Cuban junior middleweight Erislandy Lara (10-0, 6 KOs) faces veteran Danny Perez (34-6, 17 KOs) in the 10-round main event at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. In the co-feature of a Golden Boy Promotions-promoted event, Puerto Rican featherweight standout Carlos Velasquez (11-0, 9 KOs) meets Alejandro Perez (14-2-1, 9 KOs) in an eight-round featherweight match.
On Friday, April 30, ShoBox will present a battle of unbeaten super middleweights from the UCI Center in Chicago (11 p.m. ET/PT), Marcus Johnson (18-0, 14 KOs) will be opposed by Derek Edwards (25-0, 13 KOs) in a 10-round match. Edwin Rodriguez (13-0, 9 KOs) takes on Kevin Engel (17-2, 14 KOs) in an eight-round 168-pound clash in the co-feature.
Octagonside by Robert Kravantka
Photos by Ed Mulholland
The game plan was simple for the champion. Take the fight where his opponent was weaker, and George St. Pierre did that relentlessly for five straight rounds. The judges all scored in favor of St. Pierre, 50-44, 50-43, 50-45, helping to make his fourth defense of his welterweight title at UFC 111 in Newark New Jersey.
The challenger came boasting a 4-0 record in the UFC, with the odds makers giving him a punchers chance as the 8-1 underdog . . . Click here for more
Andre Dirrell’s promoter Gary Shaw has responded to allegations from Team Sauerland that Dirrell was acting after being hit by Abraham following a slip to the canvas. “Maybe Abraham is used to having his partners fake it, but thanks to SHOWTIME, the world witnessed not just Abraham’s heinous act, but a multitude of replays from every angle showing that Abraham was looking at Andre while he was down on the canvas before deliberately unleashing his illegal blow,” said Shaw. “As far as I’m concerned, Abraham is a coward and his promoter is an enabler. It was a desperate act by a desperate man.” (more…)
By Lindy Lindell
Cries of “He’s okay,” and “He’s all right,” rang out as relatives and the crew of Andre Dirrell burst into the Joe Louis Arena room normally held for Detroit Red Wing press gatherings and celebrations. There were no celebrations on this night. Having put on a near-clinic of beautifully wrought boxing until close to midway into the penultimate 11th round in the 168-pound Super-Six Tournament (now in its second round), Andre Dirrell was awarded a victory by way of disqualification when the then-undefeated Arthur Abraham, well behind on points, unintentionally slugged Dirrell where he had slipped in Abraham’s thoroughly doused corner. Abraham’s right struck Dirrell in the left temple as he was virtually sitting on his bent left leg. After a second or two, Abraham having moved away. Dirrell capsized onto the canvas, totally prone. Referee Laurence Cole had started a count, but when Dirrell pancaked, he waved the fight off, rushing to the other side of the ring and then back to tell Abraham that he had been disqualified. For more details and photos click here…
Fighting like a bull in a china shop, to a crowd of crazy Argentines chanting “CHI-NO! CHI-NO!”, chin-checker Marcos Maidana might’ve given WBA Light Welter Champ Amir Khan one more reason to delay an inevitable confrontation with his interim belt-bearer.
Belting out a kayo over Dominican Victor Cayo, Maidana won over Las Vegas last night at the Hard Rock’s The Joint with a more-than-bargained-for war before a less-than-full house . . . Click here for more
Team Sauerland plans to officially protest Arthur Abraham’s DQ loss to Andre Dirrell on Saturday night. “After a slow start, Arthur was finally landing his power punches,” promoter Wilfried Sauerland said. “He clearly knocked Dirrell down in the tenth and was following it up in the 11th. There is no way Dirrell would have seen the end of the 12th round.” After reviewing the tape, Sauerland stated that a clearly exhausted Dirrell seized his chance to sneak out of the fight when the chance presented itself, especially with Abraham upping pressure before the ending. “The TV pictures indicate that Dirrell was down, but there is no way Arthur could have realized that in the heat of the moment. He was just trying to keep up the attack. However, Dirrell is a very good actor. We are glad that his check-up at the hospital turned out just fine but frankly we did not expect any other outcome since he was just acting. He deserves an Oscar for his performance.” (more…)
Ringside report by Gerardo Martinez
Photo by Raymond Mares
In boxing there are many “should haves.” That was the case in the last three bouts of Friday night’s “Warrior Vengeance” card held at the Isleta Casino & Resort Showroom . . . Click here for more
This Friday night, April 2nd, former UNLV amateur boxer and standout Sierra Vista High School running back Bradley Blankenship will make his professional debut at Hometown Heroes at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. (more…)
Two days after it was announced that undefeated WBA 168-pound champion Andre Ward (20-0, 13 KOs) would defend against world-ranked “Sweetness” Allan Green (29-1, 20 KOs) in a Group Stage 2 bout in the Super Six World Boxing Classic on Saturday, June 19, at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), the boxers spoke with the media before the Andre Dirrell-Arthur Abraham tournament bout here Saturday night. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero at ringside
WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo Moreno (29-1-1, 10 KOs) retained his title by split decision over previously unbeaten interim champion Nehomar Cermeño (19-1, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Polideportivo José María Vargas in La Guaira, Venezuela. Judges had Moreno ahead 114-113, 115-112. Cermeño was up 115-112 on the third card.
Former world champion Jorge ‘Niño de Oro’ Linares (28-1, 18 KOs) rebounded from his first loss with a ten round majority decision over Francisco Lorenzo . (34-8, 15 KOs). Scores were 97-93, 97-94 and 95-95. Lorenzo has now lost four of five since his controversial win over Humberto Soto, the win being against a 1-17 fighter.
By Joe Koizumi
Just after the WBC flyweight unification title bout of Pongsaklek Wonjongkam and Koki Kameda, there was a scandalous incident in the loser Kameda’s dressing room. His father Shiro Kameda, 43, who had been suspended indefinitely by the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC), called up JBC executive secretary Tsuyoshi Yasukochi, WBC supervisor Edward Thangarajah and the referee Guadalupe Garcia, and loudly shouted at them. He also threatened Yasukochi to have him fired. Shiro allegedly accused him of negligence for the referee not giving Pongsaklek a second penalization in the fifth round due to the WBC eye-cut rule. (more…)
Retired boxing superstar Joe Calzaghe has admitted cocaine use since leaving the ring in February 2008. The “News of the World” tabloid recorded Calzaghe talking about his own drug use in an undercover operation. The paper reports that In a series of meetings Calzaghe allegedly 1) admitted he takes cocaine and gave advice on where to buy it, 2) claimed a relative actually supplies drugs, 3) bad-mouth fellow British boxers Ricky Hatton, Lennox Lewis, Amir Khan and Naseem Hamed. (More)
Andre Dirrell turned the Super Six World Boxing Classic upside down and handed previously undefeated Arthur Abraham his first loss on an 11th-round disqualification Saturday in a fight at the Joe Louis Arena during a Free Preview Weekend on SHOWTIME® that ended in bedlam with family, friends, officials and team members of both camps in the ring. Referee Laurence Cole stopped a Group Stage 2 bout in which Dirrell (19-1, 13 KOs), of Flint, Mich., had performed magnificently at 1:13 of the 11th after Abraham (31-1, 25 KOs) connected with a sweeping right hand while Dirrell, who had slipped in Abraham’s corner, was down on one knee. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Themba Joyi retained his South African junior bantamweight title with a unanimous 12 round points decision when he beat the veteran Zolile Mbityi on Saturday night at the Mdantsane Indoor Centre near East London. The southpaw Joyi (10-1-1, 6 KOs) who won the title in November 2008 when he stopped Thembelani Maphuma was just too strong and rugged for the 40-year-old Mbityi (34-14-3) in a fight that never rose to any heights. (more…)
By John Robbins / FightNews Canada
After what was by far the most entertaining undercard in eleven tries at Casino Rama, the main event was warmly welcomed by the Canadian fans awaiting the arrival ringside of Steve Molitor who would finally get his chance at redemption, and his shot to get his IBF junior featherweight title back. The ‘Canadian Kid’ did not disappoint, scoring a unanimous 116-112, 117-111, 115-113 decision over the IBF #1 ranked contender, Takalani Ndlovu of South Africa, the same fighter Molitor stopped in his first ever world title defense some 3 years earlier! Read more…
In another notable fight, WIBA and IFBA world champion, Lisa “Bad News” Brown scored a convincing 99-92, 99-91, 100-90 over a bloodied and battered Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton, capturing the vacant WBA female super bantamweight world title.
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