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By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBC announced the following officials for the fight between Edwin Valero and Antonio Pitalua on April 4th at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. The referee is Laurence Cole (Texas). Judges are Ken Morita (Japan), Juergen Langos (Germany) and Gale Van Hoy (Texas). On Thursday, Valero looked very sharp at a public training session at the Urbina Westside Boxing Gym in Los Angeles. Valero will travel the next Monday to Austin with his trainer Robert Alcazar and the rest of the team. Valero-Pitalua is the main event on Golden Boy Promotions’ “Light Lightning” pay-per-view card.
By Ron Jackson
After an absence of eight months former WBF flyweight champion Zolani Tete returns to action when he faces Filipino Rexon Flores in a scheduled ten rounder at the Orient Theatre in East London on Sunday afternoon. Tete suffered a mysterious illness in September last year and was forced to relinquish his WBF belt. However, he has subsequently been declared fit to fight. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Norman Motsoaledi who fought as a welterweight in the professional ranks from 1958 to 1970 passed away after a long illness in Meadowlands, Soweto last Sunday. He was 73. Motsoaledi who was born in Alexandra Township near Sandton on October 10, 1935 joined the professional ranks on July 4, 1958 with a four round points win over Peter Sekoalo. (more…)
Miguel Hernandez 162 vs Luciano Perez 157
Henry Coyle 159 vs Dave Saunders 158
Danny Williams 131 vs Jose Guzman 129.5
Mike Kurzeja 168 vs Tony Dewey 172
Andrzej Fonfara 168 vs Kendall Gould 167
Juan Bailon 127.5 vs Marsay Buggs 127
Sergio Montes De Oca 122 vs David Cano 122
Rita Figueroa 138 vs Tammie Johnson 137
Foster Nkodo 157 vs Lamar Harris 156
Venue: UIC Pavilion
Promoter: 8 Count
By Boxing Bob Newman
Another successful officials seminar was conducted Thursday at the luxurious Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort & Spa in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, ahead of tomorrow’s Boxing In Paradise II show presented by 340 Promotions. The seminar was presented my Roberto Ramirez Sr., Puerto Rico’s preeminent ring official, and supervised by Anibal Miramontes of FightFax. Immediately following the seminar were the weigh-ins for tomorrow’s show. The weights were as follows:
Hector Saldivia 146.5 vs. Daudy Bahari 146
(WBA Fedelatin welterweight title)
John Jackson 153.5 vs. Steven Grove 152.5
Fernando Quintero 131 vs. Alberto Amaro 131.5
Evan Nedd 199 vs. Reggie Peña 190
Samuel Rogers 154 vs. Mike Thomas 152
Julius Jackson 166.5 vs. William Ganes 161
Boxing In Paradise II is being promoted by 340 Promotions, in association with Warriors Boxing. Doors open at the UVI Fitness Center at 6:30 p.m., first bell at 7:30 p.m.
By Lee Bates
WBO junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ Lopez (24-0, 22 KOs) is all smiles as he easily made the 30 day weight limit for his April 25th showdown with WBO bantamweight champion Gerry Peñalosa (54-6-2, 36 KOs). The 30 day minimum weight requirement was 140.3 pounds. Lopez scaled 134 which is just 12 pounds over the 122 pound contracted weight limit with still about a month to go until the official weigh-in. Peñalosa has never been stopped inside the distance in 62 professional bouts. Lopez looks to become the first to TKO or KO Peñalosa. “I’m hoping I can stop him by the 5th or 6th round,” said Lopez. The bout titled ‘Champion vs. Champion’ will be promoted by PR Best Boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera) & Top Rank. The site for the fight will be the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. HBO will televise. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 787-792-5000.
Story by Felipe Leon
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
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The city of Tijuana and its boxing fans has been good for the reigning royal family of Mexican boxing—the three-divisional world champion Julio Cesar Chavez and his two sons, Julio Cesar Jr. and Omar. From the more than ten wins that Chavez Sr. registered in the border city to Chavez Jr.’s three, it has always been with the full support of the city’s people.
But the city has also called it as it has seen it . . . Click here for more
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer – Top Rank
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It was not so much a press conference as it was a festive time in Tijuana today. With a Live Mariachi band providing the entertainment and all of the participants of “Tijuana Thunder” present along with eight former and current world champions were in attendance and it was a feel good experience for a room full of media and fans. “This city has a rich history boxing and I’m honorrd to be part of this great historic championship card here in Tijuana this Saturday,” said Bob Arum, of Top Rank. (more…)
2004 U.S. Olympian Jason “Big Six” Estrada held an open media workout today at his ”Big Six Academy” in Providence before he departs Sunday for Germany to fight Alexander Povetkin, 2004 Olympic gold medalist and the IBF’s No. 1 contender, April 4 in Dusseldorf, Germany. Estrada (15-1, 3 KOs) and Povetkin (16-0, 12 KOs) nearly fought several times as amateurs but it never materialized, due to their contrasting schedules, until now as professionals. Povetkin, who has a mandated title shot this fall against IBF heavyweight Wladimir Klitschko, signed to fight Estrada because, according to reports from his camp, he wants a test not a tune-up. (more…)
Undefeated hot Mexican prospect Rogelio “Porky” Medina (16-0, 14 KOs), who hails from the state of Sonora, will face the biggest test of his career this coming Saturday against fellow Mexican prospect from Chihuahua, Mexico, Bladimir Hernandez (15-1, 13 KOs). The bout takes place on the undercard of the “Latin Fury 8: Tijuana Thunder” card, televised on PPV at the Plaza de Toros in Tijuana and headlined by son of the legend, Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (more…)
Interview by Ramon Hough
Middleweight Andy ‘Kaos’ Kolle (17-2, 12 KOs) will be taking on Anthony ‘The Bullet’ Bonsante (32-10-3, 18 KOs) in the main event this Saturday at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, Minn. Coming off a knockout loss to world titlist, pound-for-pound entrant Paul Williams, the 26-year-old Kolle says his focus is solely on this fight as he aims to get back in the win column . . . click here for more
Story by Felipe Leon
Fernando “KOchulito” Montiel is chomping at the bit to get in the ring again, not only to fight, but to chase after history. This Saturday night on the “Latin Fury 8-Tijuana Thunder” mega-PPV card, when Montiel faces Diego Oscar Silva of Argentina, it’ll be for the full-fledged WBO bantamweight title and not the interim version, as originally announced. . . . . Click here for more
Ryan Jensen wakes up early each day about 900 miles from home. The middleweight then uses the kitchenette of his Albuquerque Extended Stay room to make some breakfast, and by 7am he’s at Jackson’s MMA gym for the first of his two daily workouts .. . . Click here for more by Elias Cepeda, UFC
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® is proud to announce its first-ever event in Nashville, Tennessee, April 1, live on Spike TV at 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET/PT! In the main event, Carlos Condit, in his UFC debut, takes on Martin Kampmann. Click here for more info
Former WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter weighed in at a career high 265 pounds for his first fight since losing the world title to Vitali Klitschko last October. Peter scaled in at 11.5 pounds more than the Klitschko fight and eight pounds more that his previouis high against James Toney in September 2006.
Sam Peter 265 vs Eddie Chambers 223
John Molia, Jr. 132 vs Carlos Vinan 134.5
Shawn Estrada 165 vs Ray Craig 161
Javier Molina 144.5 vs Jaime Cabrera 142
Francisco Santana 153 vs Antonio Johnson 154
Ismayl Sillaakh 180 vs Carlos Reyes 179
Promoter: Goossen Tutor
Venue: Nokia Theater, Los Angeles
In his first fight since his stirring loss last December to Carl Froch for the vacant WBC Super Middleweight title, world rated Jean Pascal (21-1, 14 KOs) faces former world title challenger Pablo Daniel Zamora Nievas (22-5-1, 15 KO’s), of Argentina, on Saturday April 4 LIVE from the Casino de Montreal In undercard action, undefeated world-ranked Montreal super bantamweight Oliver Lontchi (17-0-2, 7 KO’s) faces the stiffest test of his career in three-time world title challenger Cecilio Santos (23-9-3, 13 KO’s), and unbeaten lightweight prospect Logan Cotton McGuinness (5-0, 3 KO’s) continues his bruising matriculation against Cesar Figueroa (1-2, 1 KO). (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Saturday night, March 28th at the Buffalo Run Casino, in Miami, Oklahoma, undefeated junior middleweight “Lightning Harry Joe Yorgey (21-0-1, 9KO’s) will put his IBF North American junior middleweight belt on the line against Ronald “The Chosen One” Hearns (21-0, 17KO’s) which will be televised live at 11PM EST on Showtime’s ShoBox: The New Generation. Fightnews had the chance to go one on one with the champ as he approached the biggest fight of his career, against the son of the legendary Tommy “The Hitman” Hearns. (more…)
Former junior middleweight champion Winky Wright opened the doors to his training camp today at the TKO Boxing Gym in Las Vegas, Nev. Wright is preparing for his upcoming April 11 showdown against Paul Williams, at the Mandalay Bay. Pictured: Wright hits the mitts with Pepper Roach. Look for a full story on Winky early next week.
The final two installments from SHOWTIME Sports online video features of World Champions Timothy Bradley and Kendall Holt are now available for your review.
Behind The Scenes with Kendall Holt
Go behind the cameras at Kendall’s feature video shoot with the SHOWTIME Sports. TV is not ALL smoke and mirrors, but there are those elements.
Timothy Bradley Workout
Bradley is your typical California carnivore before training camp begins. But once camp starts, nutrition, diet and his unusual training regime set him apart from most American athletes.
The world champions will collide in a 140-pound title unification bout on Saturday, April 4, live on SHOWTIME at a special time of 10:45 p.m. ET/PT (to accommodate the conclusion of the 2009 NCAA Men’s Final Four).
Ronald Hearns loves March and all the madness that goes with it. The son of legendary eight-time world champion Thomas “Hit Man” Hearns, Ronald earned his college degree in criminal justice from American University in Washington D.C. While in college, Hearns played for the basketball team. This year American University’s basketball team won the Patriot League and advanced to the exclusive tournament field of 64 for the 2009 NCAA® Division I Men’s Basketball Championship for the first time. But this Saturday night, Hearns will be nowhere near a court; rather, he’ll be in the ring when he faces fellow unbeaten junior middleweight Harry Joe Yorgey in a 10-round bout on a special Saturday edition of ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Hundred of boxing people today (Thursday) attended a funeral service of Masatate Tsuji, Japanese top ranked 105-pound contender, who passed away on Tuesday because of brain hemorrhage after his come-from-behind defeat in a national elimination bout with Yuji Kanemitsu in Tokyo, Japan, last Saturday. Tsuji, 30, had swept almost all rounds before he abruptly succumbed in the tenth and final session. He was the thirty-fifth ring victim since the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) was established just prior to the first world title bout between Dado Marino and Yoshio Shirai in 1952. It was a horrible shock wave to the Japanese boxing fraternity. (more…)
Story by Chris Cozzone
When Javier Castro was a kid, he loved Zorro movies so much, he’d wear a mask to bed. Having left an impression on Castro as a nickname, “Zorro,” in a pugilistic incarnation, seeks to leave his mark upon the boxing world—and opponent—Saturday night in Tijuana, Mexico . . . . Click here for more
Boxing’s pound for pound king Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and world junior welterweight champion Ricky “Hitman” Hatton invite their fans to the famous Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, California on Monday (March 30) where they will walk the red carpet and speak to their fans before hosting their only U.S. news conference for their championship epic, “The Battle of East and West!” Fans are encouraged to arrive at the front entrance of the Roosevelt Hotel (7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, Calif. 90028), which will feature search lights worthy of a Hollywood premiere, beginning at 7 p.m. Pacquiao, Hatton and their respective trainers Freddie Roach and Floyd Mayweather, Sr. will arrive in their limousines at 7:30 p.m. and will speak to the crowd over the public address system before heading inside to the news conference.
By Alexey Sukachev
While sceptics question his remarkable determination and desire to be matched tough, Kazakh light heavyweight prospect Beibut Shumenov (7-0, 5 KOs) shows no signs of slowing down. Next for Shumenov, who is ranked #8 by the WBA, #9 by the WBO and#16 by the WBC, is a twelve-round clash against former IBF super middleweight champion Alejandro Berrio (28-5, 27 KOs) of Columbia. The contract between two respective parties was signed yesterday. This fight will most probably be held on the open air at Khadjimukan stadium in Chimkent, Kazakhstan, on May 9; however, the exact date depends on weather condtitions and can be moved slightly in future. A vacant IBA light heavyweight title will be for grabs. Power-punching Berrio, IBF #9 ranked contender, posted two easy victories over non-descript opposition in 2008 following his spirited TKO 11 loss to Lucian Bute in November 2007. He is to become the second former world champion after Montell Griffin to collide with Shumenov in his yet short but already sound pro career.
In coming up the hard way as a fighter, Derrick “Super” Samuels didn’t have the leisure of building up his record with handpicked opponents. This has caused his goal of reaching elite status in the Junior Welterweight division to hit a few speed bumps.
“When I fought Marvin Cordova, everyone in attendance knew who the real winner was” said Samuels, who lost a much disputed decision in Cordova’s hometown last August. “The outcome of the Richard Abril fight was extremely controversial as well.” “I got dropped by a good punch, got up within a few seconds of being knocked down and the referee called it off without warrant”, Samuels explained of his disappointing first round knockout loss. (more…)
By Jacob Chavez
Photography by John Booz
It is not everyday that fight fans get to see two of their area’s most popular fighters do battle in a must-win situation. But that is exactly what will happen Friday night when Chicago’s very own Miguel “Macho” Hernandez (20-8-0, 10 KOs) and Luciano “El Gallo Michoacano” Perez (16-9-1, 16KOs) meet for WBF All-America’s Middleweight Title. The venue hosting the “Windy City Fight Night” card will be the newly adopted home of Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, the UIC Pavilion. (more…)
By Drew Amendola at Ringside; Photos by Scott Foster
Roy Jones Jr. disproved the old adage that “you can never go home
again” on Saturday when he dominated two-time world title challenger Omar Sheika to force a referee stoppage in the fifth round of their scheduled twelve round fight at the Pensacola Civic Center in Pensacola, Florida. Jones captured the NABO light heavyweight title with his victory and rejuvenated his career (again). Click Here For The Full Report and Photo Gallery.
By Lee Bates
Puerto Rico’s Jose ‘Carita’ Lopez (38-7-2, 32KOs) and Thailand’s Pramuansak Posuwan (45-1-1, 24KOs) will battle for the vacant WBO super flyweight title this Saturday at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. The two combatants faced off Wednesday at their press conference in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. “My previous four world title attempts have all been on the road and this will be my first in my native Puerto Rico. I’m in excellent condition as I’m sure is Posuwan which will make for an explosive fight for the fans,” said Lopez. Posuwan stated, “I’ve prepared four months for this fight and I’m in excellent condition. I’m very confident I will win the world title in Puerto Rico this Saturday night.” The event titled ‘Night of champions will be promoted by PR Best Boxing and televised on Direct TV. Also featured on the card in separate bouts will be former world champions Eric Morel and Manny Siaca. Recently PR Best Boxing signed former Olympian Carlos Negron will be making his professional debut as well. Former world title challenger Henry Bruseles has been added to the card as well. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 787-792-5000.
Fight fans are invited to attend Thursday’s weigh-in for fighters in action on Friday night’s ESPN2 card at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. The scale will be set up in the Burgundy Bordeaux Room at the Crown Plaza Hotel LAX with former WBC heavyweight champion Sam “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter, IBF #3 heavyweight “Fast” Eddie Chambers, 2008 U.S. Olympians Shawn Estrada and Javier Molina, and lightweight sensation John Molina scheduled to weigh in at 11AM.
If the action inside the ring is remotely close to the ongoing war of words that has been waged outside of it, then the Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley and Kendall “Rated R” Holt showdown will be a strong contender for “Fight of the Year.” In what is being called the biggest international boxing event in Montreal, Canada, since Roberto Duran defeated Sugar Ray Leonard nearly 30 years ago, Bradley and Holt will meet at the historic Bell Centre to unify their respective WBC and WBO 140-pound titles. The champions will clash Saturday, April 4, 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®. In the co-feature, Ukraine’s Vitali Tsypko (22-2, 12 KOs) will take on Librado Andrade (27-2, 21 KOs) in an International Boxing Federation (IBF) super middleweight eliminator. (more…)
Photos: David Martin Warr
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Promoter Don King has filed a protest with the British Boxing Board of Control, World Boxing Organization and World Boxing Association on behalf of Marco Antonio Barrera claiming his accidental clash of heads with Amir Khan during the first round of their match should have resulted in the fight being ruled no contest. The five-time world champion Barrera and rising 22-year-old British star Khan had barely begun to fight in front of a sold-out crowd of 20,000 at M.E.N Arena on March 14 in Manchester, England, when the two boxers’ heads inadvertently slammed together while trying to land punches. The accidental meeting of heads occurred during the second minute of the fight, opening a huge gash on the left side of Barrera’s head. The deep scalp cut began to bleed profusely and immediately caused a virtual blood waterfall to spill into Barrera’s left eye. (more…)
Photo: Rafael Soto, Top Rank/Promociones Zanfer
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Undefeated prospect Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. trained Wednesday in Tijuana as he gets ready for his upcoming fight on Saturday Night against Luciano Cuello of Argentina in the main event of “Tijuana Thunder” a championship card presented by Top Rank on pay-per-view in the United States. “It feels good to be here in Tijuana. This City has been very good to our family and I’m really looking forward to the fight on Saturday”, said Chavez Jr. after working out in a local gym for about ninety minutes. Chavez Jr is looking forward to having a big night as he looks to bigger and better things in 2009. “This fight will be key to my career as I must demonstrate to everyone that I’m ready for bigger challenges ahead”, said Chavez Jr. (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Joe Cortez, the New York-born Puerto Rican referee, is the one being eyed by Freddie Roach to referee the May 2 fight between Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton, the celebrated trainer from Hollywood told Manila Bulletin on Wednesday. “Cortez is strict and he will not allow Hatton’s excessive holding,” Roach said. But since Hatton’s people and fans thought that Cortez’ penchant to break up fighters will not suit the Briton’s attacking style, he won’t be surprised if Cortez’s name will not be on a list that will be submitted for appointment. “They (Hatton’s people) blamed Cortez for that loss,” said Roach. The identity of the referee and the three judges won’t be known until the final two weeks of the fight but Roach has an option. “If Cortez is not appointed, there’s Jay Nady, who is also strict like Cortez and who won’t allow too much holding.” Roach has been widely quoted that Hatton’s does a lot of holding during in-fighting and he is working hard with Pacquiao to prevent that from taking place in the actual fight. Still, Roach can’t help but express his concern over the choice of the third man on the ring.
By Alexey Sukachev
K2 East, seemingly the biggest Ukrainian promotional group, welcomes a new sound name to its team. Vyacheslav Glazkov, who was a bronze medalist at 2008 Beijing Olympics in super heavyweight division, has recently signed an agreement with Klitschko brothers’ affiliated company. Glazkov, 24, was to face Chinese Zhang Zhilei in semifinals after two preliminary wins but was forced to withdraw with an elbow injury. He was also a silver medalist in the 2007 amateur championship in Chicago, USA, losing only to future champion and Olympic gold medalist Roberto Cammarelle of Italy.
UFC® Interim Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir has faced some of the toughest competition in the world. From 6’3”, 265-pound monster Brock Lesnar to the likes of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Tim Sylvia, Mir has defeated his opponents using precision punching and superior Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. With such an impressive resume, Mir is rightfully regarded as one of the sport’s best fighters. . . . Click here for more
Interview by Jesse Kelly
Anthony “The Bullet” Bonsante (32-10, 18 KOs) of Shakopee, Minn. will defend his Minnesota state middleweight title this Saturday against rival Andy Kolle (17-2, 12 KOs) of Fergus Falls in a 10-round bout at the Grand Casino in Hinckley . . . click here for more
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