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Just in: Tomorrow night’s 12-rounder between Joan Guzman (29-0-1, 17 KOs) and Ali Funeka (30-2-3, 25 KOs) is still on – but it will not be for the IBF lightweight title, at least for one of the fighters. Earlier today, Guzman weighed in nine pounds heavy, at 144, while Funeka made weight at 135. A deal was struck between camps allowing the fight to go on – providing that Guzman does not weigh more than 150 lbs. tomorrow morning at 7 a.m. If Funeka defeats the overweight Guzman, he will also be allowed to bring the IBF lightweight title home to South Africa.
From the Hard Rock’s Wasted Space nightclub in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s Golden Boy-promoted, HBO-televised “Title Night” card:
Marcos Maidana 140 vs. Victor Cayo 140
* For the WBA Interim Super Lightweight title
Ali Funeka 135 vs. Joan Guzman 144*
* Guzman an astounding nine pounds overweight. Has two hours to lose nine pounds. The vacant IBF Lightweight title will most likely not be at stake – if the fight happens at all.
Daniel Jacobs 166.5 vs. Jose Rodriguez 164.5
Jermell Charlo 149 vs. Gerardo Prieto 148
Omar Figueroa 137 vs. Edgar Portillo 136
Diego Chavez 147 vs. Edvan Dos Santos 150
By Pasi Taavitsainen at ringside
Unbeaten WBA #12 heavyweight Robert Helenius moved to 12-0 with 7 KOs after an eight round unanimous decision over Gbenga “Bang Bang” Oloukun (17-4, 10 KOs) on Friday night at the Töölö Sporthall in Helsinki, Finland. Scores were 79-76, 78-77 and 77-75. Helenius showed a good jab and was a bit more active. Oloukun was strong and hit hard, but Helenius was just a little more effective. No knockdowns in the bout. The decision verdict breaks a string of six consecutive KO victories for Helinius, including an impressive eighth-round stoppage of former WBO heavyweight champion Lamon Brewster. More photos…
In preparation for his April 17th IBF world title fight against Lucian Bute, Edison Pantera Miranda has been training in Van Nuys, CA with his new trainer Joe Goossen. The two have now been working together for nine months, and Miranda claims his training is going perfect. “I connected with Joe the first day we met, and I have seen myself get better and better over the months. I believe Joe has been the missing ingredient for me to get the belt. Now that he’s in my corner, I realize I can achieve whatever I want.” (more…)
The World Boxing Association has rejected a request for a rematch made on behalf of former champion, Gabriel Campillo, who lost his WBA light heavyweight title to Beibut Shumenov by a 12-round majority decision this past January 29. Shumenov will next fight official challenger Vyacheslav Uzelkov.
Erik Morales 147 vs Jose Alfaro 147
Hugo Hernan Garay 175 vs Chris Henry 175
(WBA light heavyweight title eliminator)
David Rodriguez 246.4 vs Daniel Dos Santos 224.8
Venue: La Explanada Del Palacio Municipal, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Promoter: KO Entertainment and Box Latino
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Kingsley Ikeke will make the first defense of his North American Boxing Association super middleweight title against Zane Marks on April 3 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma. Ikeke, currently ranked No. 10 by the World Boxing Association, captured the NABA crown with a 10-round split decision over Mark Woolnough on Aug. 29, 2009 and brings a record of 26-3-0 with 14 KOs into the 10-round championship bout. A native of Nigeria who now calls Los Angeles home, Ikeke has won three consecutive fights since dropping back-to-back bouts to current WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal and top-ranked super middleweight Arthur Abraham. Both defeats came in 2005 with the latter being for the vacant IBF middleweight title. The 25-year-old Zane Marks is 17-4-1 with 10 KOs.
Highlighting the five-bout undercard will be undefeated heavyweight George Foreman III (6-0-0). Foreman, the son of former world champion George Foreman, has scored all six of his professional wins by knock out, including five first-round KOs. The 27-year-old Foreman will meet Dale Mitchell in the four-round contest. The first bout is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the Emerald Queen Casino box office and any TicketMaster location.
Jayson Vélez 121.2 vs. Pedro Rincón 122
Abner Cotto 135 vs. Roberto Acevedo 137
Albert Cruz Jr. 135 vs. Kevin Arce 136
Emanuel Rivera 118.7 vs. Angel López 119.7
Miguel Robles 120 vs. Eduardo Meléndez 120
Jonuel Tapia 154.2 vs. Carlos García 153.5
Manuel Ramos 114 vs. José Guardiola 115
Venue: Coliseo Roger L. Mendoza, Caguas, Puerto Rico
Promoter: Promociones Miguel Cotto
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WBC President Jose Sulaiman has expressed concern on the free way that boxing organizations are using the approval of interim championships, when they should be used strictly when a champion leaves a title inactive for medical or legal problems. He plans to present a recommendation to the WBC Governors at the coming 48th annual convention to be held in Cancun, Mexico, from November 7 to the 13, in regards to instituting a WBC silver world championship, in substitution of an interim championship “that does not represent a real title, when it is approved only for a fight without real significance.”
Photo: UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre visited the Empire State Building’s 86th floor Observatory in New York City on Wednesday evening. Courtesy: Bryan Smith/Empire State Building. Tomorrow night at UFC 111, St-Pierre and Dan Hardy meet in the Octagon for the welterweight championship, and Frank Mir battles Shane Carwin for the interim heavyweight title. Live at 10pm ET / 7pm PT on Pay-Per-View, Yahoo! Sports and UFC.com
By Bob Ryder at the scale
Andre Dirrell 167.5 vs Arthur Abraham 168
Dominik Britsch 158.5 vs Matt Berkshire 158.5
Ronald Hearns 158.25 vs Marteze Logan 157.75
Vernon Paris 140 vs Oscar Leon 144.75
Lateef Kayode 198.5 vs Chris Thomas 193
Brian Mihtar 157 vs Robert Kamya 156
Darryl Cunningham 166 vs Pat Coleman 165
Rich Power 229 vs Ray Lopez (Lopez to weigh in on Saturday)
Ron Siler 121 vs Vicente Alfaro 121
Purnell Gates 156 vs Chris Grays 160
Venue: Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan
Promoter: Gary Shaw/Sauerland Event
TV: SHOWTIME 10:30PM ET/PT (Free preview weekend. This fight can be seen FREE in 54 million cable households.)
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After long discussions, Team Sauerland, Gary Shaw and the Michigan Boxing Commission have agreed on officials. The referee will be Laurence Cole (Texas). Judges are Anek Hontoncan (Thailand), Guido Cavalleri (Italy) and Frank Garza (Michigan). The Abraham camp had objected to the use of local officials, however, the well respected Garza was deemed acceptable.
Sixty-seven media members have weighed in on who they think will be victorious in Saturday night’s Group Stage 2 Super Six World Boxing Classic matchup on SHOWTIME® (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). Forty-three experts think German star Arthur Abraham (31-0, 25 KOs) will keep his tournament standings lead by beating the hometown hero while 24 feel that Andre Dirrell (18-1, 13 KOs) will reign victorious during a Free Preview Weekend on SHOWTIME.
By Richard Scharmberg
Ahmed Kaddour 154.5 vs Jerome Ellis 155
Omar Sheika 181.5 vs Garrett Wilson 181
Alando Swain 165.5 vs David Brown 170
William Salsar 176 vs Joe njau 175.5
Isam Khalil 148 vs Terrence Cauthen 148
Ramon Ellis 136.5 vs Jason Sosa 133
Marcus Smith 136 vs Osnel Charles 137
Francisco Ortiz 123 vs Marcos Garcia 127
Venue: The Hamilton Manor, New Jersey
Promoter: Nedal’s Promotions
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former world heavyweight challenger David Tua (50-3-1, 43 KOs) said today his training camp had been one of the best ever and he was ready for Friday “The 13th” Ahunanya (24-5-3, 13 KOs) for the showdown at the Trusts Stadium in Auckland next Wednesday. Ahunanya was unhappy he was kept waiting for 45 minutes. Ahunanya said, “I was a little bit pissed off about it.” Tua was confident of victory next week when he said, “When you’re happy, you’re focused and determined, you have your mind right. When you have your mind right, you tend to be more devastating.” For more details and photos click here…
Vitali Klitschko (39-2, 37 KOs) and Albert Sosnowski (45-2-1, 27 KOs) participated yesterday in a press conference at VELTINS Arena in Gelsenkirchen. Klitschko will face the European Champion Sosnowski on May, 29. The VELTINS-Arena is the home field of famous German soccer team Schalke 04.
Vitali Klitschko: “I saw Sosnowski’s fights on DVD and must admit that he is a very experienced, quick and tough opponent. He will do anything to get my belt but I promise that this is not going to happen. I want to verify that I am still the strongest heavyweight in the world. I am full of energy, in a top shape and without injuries. I am looking forward to fighting in Germany again and at Schalke arena. I was in Wladimir’s corner when he beat Ruslan Chagev at the arena last June. I have to say that I was jealous on him and desperately wanted to fight here as well. Now, this dream comes true. This is an incredible arena with great fans. The atmosphere will be electrifying.”
Albert Sosnowski: “Vitali Klitschko’s last opponents were like living punching bags. They had already lost when they were still siting in their locker rooms. The arena is huge and impressive. I don’t care that I am not seen as the favorite for the fight. I will be the first Polish heavyweight champion of the world!” For more details and photos click here…
Former two-time heavyweight champion Hasim “The Rock” Rahman will begin his comeback tonight at the Beaumont Club in Kansas City, Missouri, on Danger Fire Promotions’ “March Mayhem” event. Rahman, who has been inactive since his December 2008 unsuccessful challenge for Wladimir Klitschko’s IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight titles, will face Missouri veteran Clinton Boldridge in a special-attraction bout. Tickets are $20, $40, $60 and $75 and can still be purchased at the door. Doors will open at 6 pm and the fights begin at 8 pm. Call 816.668.4752 or 785.221.2123.
UFC® 111 Live Tomorrow Night: Georges St-Pierre and Dan Hardy meet in the Octagon for the welterweight championship, and Frank Mir battles Shane Carwin for the interim heavyweight title. Live at 10pm ET / 7pm PT on Pay-Per-View, Yahoo! Sports and UFC.com
See UFC® 111 Live And In HD On The Big Screen: You can see Georges St-Pierre and Dan Hardy larger than life this Saturday in participating theaters. Hosted by UFC® fighters in select cities.
Before The Pay-Per-View Action Begins, See The Prelims Live On Spike: Ricardo Almeida vs Matt Brown, plus Nate Diaz vs Rory Markham. Beginning at 9pm ET / 6pm PT on SPIKE
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
After four years without a defense, it looks as if Canadian welterweight champion Victor Lupo will finally be defending his belt this coming June. Lupo is due to return to the ring next Saturday as he battles Jose Leonardo Corona at the Casino de Montreal. It will mark the 5th trip to Montreal in a row for the 8-10 (6KO) Mexican who landed an upset win against Stephane Desormiers his first time in but has been unable to duplicate that success since. Corona last visit was last September where he lost all six rounds versus Kevin Bizier, the man Lupo will meet in June. (more…)
Preview by Brady Crytzer
UFC 111 features the sport’s premier athlete facing off with an unheralded challenger hungry for a shot. Since regaining his title in 2008, world welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre has reinvented the wheel of cardiovascular capability and prefight dedication racking up three impressive wins . . Click here for more
With time ticking away prior to Rumble at Rama XI, topped by the rematch between Steve Molitor (30-1, 12 KO’s) and Takalani Ndlovu (30-5, 18 KO’s, IBF #1) for the vacant IBF Junior Featherweight championship, the six main combatants involved went face-to-face Thursday in Toronto for the final press conference. In the main event, Molitor will try to become a two-time world champion, and regain the title he lost to Celestino Caballero in November of 2008 via 4th round TKO. (more…)
Trainer Freddie Roach puts British World Champion Amir Khan through the paces at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California on Thursday.
WBO #2/WBA #4/IBF #5 bantamweight Abner Mares (20-0, 13 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Felipe Almanza (17-16-4, 8 KOs) on Thursday night at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles. An uppercut finished Almanza at the 2:23 mark. Next up for Mares is a shot at IBF champion Yonnhy Perez on May 22. Click here for more photos
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Welterweight Demetrius Hopkins (29-1-1, 11 KOs) dominated rugged former world title challenger Jesse Feliciano (15-9-3, 9 KOs) over ten one-sided rounds on Thursday night at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles, California. Hopkins was extremely sharp, battering the iron-jawed Feliciano almost at will. Scores were 100-90, 100-90, 100-91. Feliciano was a late sub for Hopkins’ original opponent, former world champion Freddie Norwood.
In his pro debut, former amateur flyweight sensation Randy Caballero needed just 49 seconds to annihilate Gonzalo Nicholas. Impressive pro debut for Caballero, who just signed with TKO Boxing Promotions.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
The negotiation period has begun for the vacant IBF cruiserweight championship between #1 ranked Steve Cunningham and #3 Troy Ross but don’t expect anything to be decided before at least Monday according to Yvon Michel, promoter for Ross. “We received a letter from the IBF on Tuesday,” stated Michel who has until April 23rd to consummate a deal before the fight goes to purse bid. Currently the promoter of Cunningham is Don King but that contract is due to expire on March 28th according to Michel. It is widely believed that Cunningham is expected to sign with Main Events who were willing to step in to promote Cunningham’s scheduled bout against Matt Godfrey that eventually fell through. (more…)
From today’s final presser:
Erik Morales: “I want to thank everyone who has supported us for this fight. I’m ready. I had a lot of preparation and I’m ready to fight again. I think two-and- a-half years of rest were enough. I have a lot of energy and will go back in the ring with a high level. I know I have a strong rival. It was motivating to train with great gusto and indeed everyone will see a big fight this Saturday at the Arena Monterrey.” . . . Continued
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Super Middleweight Fedor Chudinov (4-0, 3 KO’s) stopped Jeremiah Jones in the second round of a four round bout. Chudinov dropped Jones (1-3-1) in the first round with a counter right hand to the head. In the second, Chudinov ended matters with another right hand to the head, dropping Jones again, prompting referee Jerry Canti to stop the bout at 1:28.
Welterweight Mikael Zewski (2-0, 2 KO’s) won by knockout over Moises Alvizo after the third round of a scheduled four round bout. Zewski was just too much for Alvizo, who was making his professional debut. Zewski landed multiple left hooks to the head of Alvizo. After consulting with a ringside physician after the third round, referee Jerry Cantu stopped the bout.
Super Middleweight J’Leon Love (3-0, 3 KO’s) stopped overmatched Bryan Smith in the second round of a scheduled four round bout. Love dropped Smith both times in the second round, the final time with a left hook to the head. After Smith (0-2) went down from the punch, referee Raul Caiz, Jr. stopped the bout at 2:26.
Super Middleweight Dmitry Chudinov (4-0, 2 KO’s) won a four round unanimous decision victory over Fernando Calleros. Chudinov was busier and landed the more effective punches over Caballeros (1-1-1). All three judges had Chudinov winning by scores of 40-36.
Heavyweight Steve Fierro stopped Mike Finney in the second round of a scheduled four round bout. Fierro (3-3-3, 1 KO) dropped Finney with a left hook to the head with seconds left in the first round. Fierro charged out at Finney (1-7, 1 KO) at the beginning of the second round, hurting him with a combination to the head, prompting referee Raul Caiz, Jr. to stop the bout at 27 seconds.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Hermann Ngoudjo will be meeting two-time world champion Julio Diaz on May 14th from the Buffalo Bill Casino in Primm Nevada promoter for Montreal super-lightweight confirmed on Wednesday. The matchup will be part of an ESPN2 broadcast of Friday Night Fights. Ngoudjo returned from a broken jaw and year off this past February with a TKO victory over Silverio Ortiz. “There’s an agreement in place but no signed contracts as of yet,” said Yvon Michel, promoter for Ngoudjo. “It’s a good fight for both fighters and particularly a good fight for Hermann. He proved in his last fight he was back and I think this kind of opposition will prove it to everybody. A win could launch him right back to another world title shot.” Ngoudjo (18-3, 10 KOs) has had a pair of title shots and come up short both times, losing a close decision to Paulie Malignaggi and going the distance with Juan Urango despite breaking his jaw in round three. Diaz (36-6, 26 KOs) lost out on his bid in 2007 to become unified champion to Juan Diaz and has gone 2-2 since, including a loss last July to undefeated Victor Cayo.
There were no macho boasts, no shoves, not even a single mean staredown.
While it’s true, not every press conference sets a stage for dramatics, when you mix a pair of Dominicans, an Argentinean and a South African on one dais, chances are, someone’s temper or machismo is bound to surface . . . Click here for more
First images are coming in from Monterrey, Mexico. Click here for more.
Weights by Raymond Mares
From Isleta Casino & Resort for Friday night’s “Warrior Vengeance” card headlining Holly Holm vs. Chevelle Hallback.
Holly Holm 139.75 vs. Chevelle Hallback 138.5
Victoria Cisneros 136 vs. Terri Blair 140.5
David Proa 119.5 vs. Yonathan Arias 118
Salvador Zamora 125.75 vs. Randy Arrellin 133.75
David Castillo 151.0 vs. Josh Torres 147.0
Sammy Piar 131.75 vs. Edwin Rosado 127.0
Fernando Reyes 261.5 vs. Eric Ballejos 205.5
Photo: Contenders and champs fighting on Saturday night’s “Title Night” card on HBO pose after a final press conference held today at the Hard Rock’s Wasted Space in Las Vegas. Pictured, from left to right: Ali Funeka, Marcos Maidana, Victor Cayo and Joan Guzman. Stay tuned for a write-up and more photos from today’s presser.
Four of the top 108 pounders in the world will in action this Saturday in “Top Rank Live” when former world champion Ulises “Archi” Solis takes on Bert Batawang in an 108 pound IBF world title eliminator and current world champion Giovani Segura takes on Roland Ramos in a non title bout. The show will take place in the “Plaza Pueblo Antiguo” and will televised by Fox Sports en Espanol at 9PM ET/6PM PT. The fight card will be open to the public free of charge. (more…)
The Americans, Andre Ward and Allan Green, give their compatriot, Andre Dirrell, a slight edge to upend unbeaten Arthur Abraham in a Group Stage 2 bout in the Super Six World Boxing Classic this Saturday, March 27, at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit on SHOWTIME® (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). The Europeans — Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler — anticipate a tight fight, too. However, they aren’t so certain who will prevail in what will be a fiercely contested, scheduled 12-round match that will be televised during a Free Preview Weekend on SHOWTIME. (more…)
TKO Boxing Promotions nationally acclaimed “HOMETOWN HEROES TO WORLD CHAMPIONS” boxing series will return to the Mohegan Sun Casino on Saturday, May 22nd in Uncasville, CT. In the main event, Peter “The Pride of Providence” Manfredo Jr. will battle Angel “ EL Toro ” Hernandez of Chicago, IL for the vacant IBO middleweight title. The co-feature will see Hartford ’s Matt “The Sharp Shooter” Remillard defending his NABF featherweight title. Ticket information and further details will be announced shortly.
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