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By Rizwaan Zahid / Fightnews Canada
Troy Ross, boxing’s newest star, caught up with Fightnews to discuss his experiences on The Contender and the future for him. The Brampton Ontario native took part in this past season’s Contender in Singapore and impressed with fight after fight knocking out three out of the four opponents he faced including Ehinomen Ehikhamenor in the finals for the Contender championship. Ross has been hidden on the radar for quite some time. He is a former two-time Olympian for Canada participating in the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games. He’s a hungry 33 year old cruiserweight and at one point, retired briefly in 2005 because he was unable to book any fights. The soft-spoken, modest, hard-hitting southpaw is no longer just a fighter that only a small amount of Canadian boxing fans would know. He is now a household name and a name that would be recognized all over North America for his powerful aggressive style and the fact that he now truly is a contender.
By Pete Moscardi
Fahsai Sakkreenin, the Thai super-featherweight who holds the IBF Pan-Pacific featherweight title, refused to take a blood test at the pre-fight medical just three days before his fight against Zolani Marali for the vacant IBO super-featherweight title, scheduled to take place in Johannesburg on 21 March. Sakkreenin’s actions left Golden Gloves promoter, Rodney Berman stunned and disappointed. As a result of Sakkreenin’s strange refusal the tournament, which also featured two All-Africa title fights, was immediately cancelled. (more…)
By Eric Duran at ringside
Jim ‘Smitty’Smith and Poor Boys presented, “St Paddy’s Punch Out,” which included live boxing coupled with an auction for members of the Denver Athletic Club on Tuesday night. In the main event, Colorado super flyweight prospect Joey Silva (9-1) returned to action following his first professional loss 9 months ago to take a split decision over Francisco Dominguez (6-4-1) of Juarez, Mexico. (more…)
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Unbeaten WIBF/WBA female flyweight world champion Susi “Killer Queen” Kentikian (23-0, 16 KOs) and highly regarded contender Elena “Baby Doll” Reid (19-4-6, 5 KOs) met for the first time on Tuesday during a press conference at the Cinemaxx in Hamburg, Germany. They collide on Friday night at the Sporthalle Hamburg. “This fight is something special,” said Kentikian. “I’m looking forward to the fight against Elena. She had a good fight against Regina [Halmich] and put her under a lot of pressure. It was a close fight. Now against Elena I must show what’s inside of me and my show my qualities. She’s not only a strong boxer, she’s the strongest opponent I’ve ever had.” (more…)
Sensational junior middleweight prospect Rashad Holloway has arrived in his native Cincinnati, Ohio for his feature bout this Saturday night at the U.S. Bank Arena as part of “3 THE HARD WAY”, an outstanding evening of world class boxing presented by TKO BOXING Promotions and TMAX EVENTS. . . . click here for more
Guilderland lightweight prospect Mike Faragon, Troy heavyweight Shannon Miller and other Capital Region fighters will be featured Friday, March 20th when Pugnacious Promotions returns to the Washington Avenue Armory in Albany, N.Y. for a special St. Patrick’s Day holiday pro boxing event. Faragon (5-0, 1 KO) will step up in a six-round contest with Mexican gatekeeper Mario Garcia (7-9-1, 3 KOs). Miller (15-4, 9 KOs) goes six rounds with tough, Cleveland brawler Ryan Thompson (9-6, 6 KOs). Other local talent will be in action. The fight card is promoted by Lisa Elovich’s Pugnacious Promotions. Pugnacious Promotions also is working with is the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at the event, helping to raise awareness about the organization which supports leading-edge research to find new therapies and cures for blood cancers. Tickets are still available at the Armory box office, 518-694-7160, or through Ticketmaster by phone, 518-476-1000. Doors open at 6pm and first bout is at 7pm. Ringside tickets are $75 and Reserved are $40, both on the floor. General Admission open seating in the bleachers is $30.
The official weigh-in and final press conference for “Homecoming,” promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Manfredo’s Gym, featuring Worcester, MA’s undefeated prospect Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (9-0, 6 KOs) taking on Patrick Thompson (15-13-1, 5 KOs) in the main event will be held this Wednesday at 4 PM/EST at the Irish Times Pub on 244 Main Street in Worcester, MA. The fight card will be taped for broadcast as part of Dibella Entertainment’s “Broadway Boxing” series. Featured on the undercard is Buddy McGirt trained prospect Dat ‘Dat Be Dat” Nguyen (14-1, 6 KOs) against former world title challenger, Alex Baba (26-14-1, 19 KOs). There are several other bouts on the card featuring up and coming local talent. Tickets are priced at $50.00, $75.00, $60.00, $100.00, and $150.00, go on sale tomorrow at the Mechanics Hall box office, Manfredo’s Gym in Pawtucket (RI), and the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester. Fight night is this Thursday at Mechanics Hall on Main Street in Worcester, MA. Doors open at 6:30 PM/ET and the first bout is scheduled for 7:00 PM/ET.
By Butch Gottlieb / www.boxinginlasvegas.com
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A press conference was held today at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas to officially announce the rematch between IBF/IBO light heavyweight champion “Bad” Chad Dawson and former champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver. The fight will be held on May 9th in the new “Joint” concert venue which will seat 4,000 and be televised on HBO. Tickets priced at $250, $175, $150, $75, $50, $35 went on sale today. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Things heated up between today between former WBA junior lightweight world champion Edwin Valero (24-0, 24 KOs) and lightweight contender Antonio Pitalua (46-3, 40 KOs), who meet on April 4 for the WBC interim lightweight title in the headliner Golden Boy Promotions’ “Lightweight Lightning” all lightweight pay-per-event taking place in Austin, Texas.
“It was causing me a lot of trouble, a lot of sacrifice to make 130 lbs., Valero stated in response to a question by Fightnews.com. “We felt it was time to move up, that’s why we vacated the belt, and moved up to 135, gained a little weight and feel strong and good here.” When we asked him if he expects to be 25-0, 25 KOs after his fight with Pitalua, Valero responded, “That’s what we’re looking forward to on April 4th, to have the hand raised, and Antonio Pitalua brings the perfect style for him to fall and get knocked out. He’s perfect for me. Antonio Pitalua is perfect.” After that bold promise we had to get Pitalua’s reaction. “I respect Valero’s words,” he said, “but I haven’t lost since 2000. I’ve been winning by knockouts (13 straight) since then. All his words, whatever he says, the wind takes it. I don’t get damaged or hurt from his words. We’ll see on April 4th. He says I bring the perfect style. Well you know what? He brings the perfect style for me too, and we’ll see who brings out the best of whom!”
With one whistling right hand, newly crowned WBO Interim cruiserweight champion Ola “Kryptonite” Afolabi (14-1-3, 6 KOs) knocked out former champion Enzo Maccarinelli to complete an eleven month journey from obscurity to champion. “I told you!” shouted the 28-year-old transplanted Californian. “I said this would be my coming out party and that’s exactly what it was!” Promoter Dino Duva is already calling out the other champions in the division. “He is ready to conquer the entire cruiserweight division, starting with the champions,” stated Duva. “This means you Giacobbe Fragomeni (WBC), Guillermo Jones (WBA), Tomasz Adamek (IBF) and Victor E. Ramirez (WBO).”
By Lee Bates
Former IBF junior middleweight champion and current NABF middleweight champion Roman Karmazin (37-3-1, 23 KOs) will take on three-time world title challenger Antwun Echols (31-9-4, 27 KOs) this Saturday at the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, California. The bout will be scheduled for ten rounds and for Karmazin’s NABF middleweight title. Echols twice challenged Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins twice for his middlweight title and later WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine for his title. Karmazin then upset IBF junior middleweight champion Kassim Ouma back in 2005 and defeated former junior middleweight world champion Bronco McKart to win the vacant NABF middleweight title in his last fight December 2008. A limited amount of tickets are still available for purchase at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
This Saturday’s scheduled card in Trois Rivieres Quebec has been cancelled and rescheduled for May14th. The main event was to have been a heavyweight rematch between former Canadian champion Patrice L’Heureux and Stephane Tessier. “We’ll have those two back on in May,” said promoter Claude Boivin, “I’m calling all the other boxers tonight to let them know.” The original card had six fights scheduled including a total of three Quebec title bouts.
By Mark Vaz at ringside
US Olympic team alternate and Framingham, MA native, Danny O’Connor had a successful homecoming Saturday night at Celtic Pride’s St. Paddy’s Day Weekend boxing show at the Dorchester Armory just outside of Boston, MA. Before a packed enthusiastic crowd of over 600 fight fans, O’Connor (5-0, 2 KOs) stopped veteran Charles Wade (4-8) in the first round with a sharp counter right hook to the temple over a lazy jab. The young O’Connor, who is promoted by Seminole Warriors Boxing, showed patience as he was able to land his power shots over Wades jab. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Ex-WBC challenger and ex-OPBF champ, Akira Yaegashi (10-2, 7 KOs), 108, proved too strong for Thailander Worawut Wor. Por. Sisaket (8-4, 3 KOs), 108.5, as he dropped him in the second and third, and finally halted him with the referee’s intervention at 2:11 of the third session on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
Amidst rumors that Arthur Abraham’s next title defense will take place in the United States, current #5 ranked IBF middleweight Roman “Made in Hell” Karmazin (37-3-1, 23 KOs) has welcomed the IBF middleweight champion to fight in Karmazin’s adopted hometown of Los Angeles. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Romain Jacob is a young lightweight prospect from France, undefeated in 5 bouts with 3 KOs. His latest victory was on the undercard of the Monshipour-Machado bout last Friday, but what really sets the 21-year-old apart from his peers is the fact that he is the torchbearer of a famous boxing family whose history spans three generations. Bantamweight Jacques Jacob was the patriarch of the clan, a bantamweight who fought in the 50s and the 60s. Then followed Herve, Stephane, Thierry and Bruno, brothers and cousins, all top notch boxers in the 80s. Together, the fighting Jacobs brought glory to French boxing: one world title and four European belts. It is not surprising therefore that French boxing fans speak with reverence of ‘les Jacobs’ of the city of Calais. The most successful member of the clan was WBC featherweight champion Thierry Jacob who had his greatest day beating none other than Mexican boxing master Daniel Zarragoza. Thierry is the father of Romain and was in his corner on Friday. Romain likes to describe how it was growing up in a house full of boxing trophies and belts. “I was destined to be a boxer,” said the youngster. And boxing fans in France have little doubt that young Romain Jacob will be as successful as his elders, for the greatest glory of French boxing.
By Michael Sheffield, Memphisboxing.com
Undefeated Prize Fight lightweight Mark Davis (11-0, 4 KOs) outpointed tough, but frustrating opponent Adauto Gonzalez (10-6) over eight rounds by unanimous decision on Saturday night at Fitzgerald’s Casino & Hotel in Tunica, Mississippi. Scores were 79-73, 79-73, 80-72.
Also lightweight Tyrese Hendrix (16-0-1, 6 KOs) outclassed veteran Phillip “Bring The” Payne (16-22-1, 8 KOs) over eight rounds and won by unanimous decision, 80-72 on all cards. It was Payne’s first bout since 2006. He has now dropped eight straight.
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By Eugene Carnachan
Word on the street is the June 6th bout to be held in Hamilton, New Zealand between big hitting heavies Shane Cameron and David Tua could possibly be postponed due an injury sustained to Cameron’s right hand. Cameron sustained the injury in his keep busy bout against journeyman Robert Davis. Cameron hurt his hand early and knew immediately it wasn’t good but continued on to give his hometown Gisborne crowd a show. The injury probably accounted for the more measured approach given spectators are used to see Cameron walking forward throwing a lot of heavy shots while taking his fair share. Tua is expected to take a warm up bout himself but the Cameron injury could change his short term plans for the timing of that bout, given he could have more time to ready himself for his first bout in nearly 18 months; a big lay off for a compact unit like Tua and the more time he can invest in putting sweat on the boards the better for him and fight fans alike.
By Edgar Gonzalez
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Rumors were circulating all over the Internet and the Eastern European media that Wladimir Klitschko might defend against Chris Arreola. The rumors began last week when negotiations between Klitschko and former cruiserweight champ David Haye were stalled after a disagreement over the location of the bout. The postponement of a Goossen Tutor press conference to announce the Cristobal Arreola-Jameel McCline showdown didn’t help either. But those rumors came to an end when Goossen Tutor Promotions hosted a press conference today at the Sisley Italian Restaurant in Sherman Oaks, CA. to officially announce Cristobal “The Nightmare” Arreola’s WBC Continental Americas and NABF heavyweight title defense against four-time world title challenger Jameel “Big Time” McCline alongside the previously announced April 11th main event between three-time world champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams and former unified and undisputed world champion Ronald “Winky” Wright in a scheduled 12-round middleweight bout on HBO’s world championship boxing from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada. (more…)
“Rock This Box,” a mix of pro boxing and musical entertainment at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, has been postponed for tentatively two months. “With all the parts that need to be in place to make ‘Rock This Box’ the unique, trendsetting event that I envision, that of combining a top musical artist with top boxers, our original date of March 21 simply did not give all involved enough time to assemble the elements we want,” said Roy Englebrecht of Roy Engelbrecht Events Presents. Englebrecht has requested the Nevada State Athletic Commission for the date of May 16 at Planet Hollywood for the rescheduled “Rock This Box.” (more…)
The list of current or former world boxing champions who have made their pro debuts at the Irvine Marriott’s Battle In The Ballroom is impressive….Genaro Hernandez, Johnny Tapia, Carlos Famoso Hernandez, Mike Anchondo, and Sergio Mora to name a few. Now promoter Roy Englebrecht believes he has another champion in the making, and announced today that he has signed Hugo “The Boss” Centeno Jr to a promotional contract. Centeno, out of the Centeno’s Boxing Gym in Oxnard, will make his USA pro debut at the Irvine Marriott’s Battle In The Ballroom on Wednesday, April 8th. (more…)
World ranked super middleweight Jesse Brinkley has returned to the gym, one month after his blood filled destruction of Northern Nevada rival Joey Gilbert, and is looking to taking on the very best in his division . . . click here for more
Golden Boy Promotions’ prospect and 2004 U.S. Olympian Vicente Escobedo has agreed to step in and face Carlos Hernandez on the April 4th “Lightweight Lightning” pay-per-view event after former World Champion Jorge Barrios was forced to withdraw from the bout due to a right temporal bone fracture above the temple he suffered while training. The fight is part of a quadruple header at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas and rounds out a pay-per-view event that also features Edwin Valero vs. Antonio Pitalua in a 12 round bout for the vacant WBC Interim Lightweight Crown, Joel Casamayor vs. Julio Diaz in a 10 round lightweight bout, and Michael Katsidis vs. Jesus Chavez in a 10 round lightweight bout. (more…)
Rogers Mtagwa, coming off a match which was a candidate for worldwide Fight of the Year, and Ricardo Medina, who was involved in Philadelphia’s Fight of the Year for 2008, will collide in a battle of veteran war horses when they go at it for 10 rounds or less in the featherweight main event Friday evening, May 1, at the Legendary Blue Horizon, 1314 North Broad Street. (more…)
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WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (36-2, 35 KOs) and mandatory challenger Juan Carlos Gomez (44-1, 35 KOs) faced off at today’s prefight presser in advance of Saturday’s world title showdown at the Hanns Martin Schleyer Halle in Stuttgart. Germany. “I’ve heard a lot of statements from Gomez’ camp recently and all I can say is that they can dream on, they are all dreams,” said Vitali. “I can promise him the hardest fight of his life. I think he is a very good boxer, with technical skill, and he showed it all at cruiserweight. But heavyweight is something else. I will show him. It will be a lesson, but it won’t last long.” It was also announced that the Klitschko camp rejected the WBC’s appointment of a referee and judge. Gomez commented, “Vitali claims everywhere that he will knock me out, so why does he even care about the judges? To me, it completely makes no difference who is in the ring. I invite ‘Dr. Sissy’ to bring it, so I can outbox him and there will be no two opinions about the decision. On Saturday the ‘Black Panther’ will again be a world champion. He added, “I will beat his face in.”
Super bantamweight Alejandro Perez wants nothing to do with the first defeat of his professional career. Based on his performance on Saturday night, it looks as though it is the furthest thing on his mind. Perez dropped normally-durable veteran Victor Martinez three times, the final time for good before about 400 at the Doubletree Hotel in Orange, CA. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
37-year-old Japanese veteran and ex-world challenger Takehiro Shimada (23-4-1, 16 KOs), 133.75, surprisingly and impressively scored an upset victory in demolishing WBA#13 Panamanian Ameth Diaz (25-9-1NC, 19 KOs), 135, at 1:47 of the fourth round on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Diaz, 25, had lost a unanimous decision to Joan Guzman in a WBA eliminator to decide the official challenger in Santo Domingo last December, but still remained in the WBA ratings and could fight with his hard-punching ability though less skillful and technical. From the outset Diaz threw long solid shots to attack the counterpunching Japanese. Shimada, who had failed to win the WBA 130-pound belt from Edwin Valero via sixth-round TKO last June, was fresh from the bad defeat that fractured his ribcage. The defensive Japanese, in round two, caught the aggressive Panamanian with a well-timed right cross and almost stunned him to turn the tide since. The third also saw Shimada catch him with a countering right to win another point. In the fatal fourth, the short-haired Shimada landed a wicked right cross and dropped him to the deck. Diaz barely raised himself to be obviously unavailable to go on. The ref Uratani tolled the fatal ten. It was amazing that the veteran who many fans thought he would hang up gloves after his Valero defeat thus revived his career with an unexpected triumph. Promoter: Yonekura Promotions.
By Joe Koizumi
OPBF#2 Filipino super-feather champ Aaron Melgarejo (16-6-1, 6 KOs), 129.25, displayed a quick demolition of local lefty prospect Masato Maedo (14-3-2, 6 KOs), 129.25, at 2:18 of the opening session on Sunday in Okinawa, Japan. Melgarejo applied strong pressure to the Japanese southpaw from the start, and decked him with a solid one-two combo. He floored him again this time with a right-left combination with a towel fluttering into the ring. Unbeaten OPBF#7 Reynaldo Belandres (11-0-2, 7 KOs), 126, overwhelmed Japanese Satoshi Makino (9-5-3, 3 KOs), 125.5, in the first, but the Filipino sustained such a nasty laceration that he couldn’t go on to see a technical draw at 1:12 of the second session in a scheduled ten. Promoter: Ryukyu Promotions.
By Joe Gradowski at ringside
Left Hook Promotions brought a six-bout card to the Winchester Sportsplex in Winchester, VA. The main event featured a boxer many consider to be a rising star. Undefeated lightweight “The Mongolian Mongoose” Bayan Jargal (138 lbs) from Arlington VA scored a third-round TKO over Saginaw MI’s Reggie “Two Guns” Nash (138 lbs). Slated for eight rounds, Jargal ended the first two rounds driving Nash back into his own corner. Although Nash did manage to knock him down in the second round with a rogue left hook, Jargal repaid the favor by steamrolling Nash to the floor in the next round and then scoring a devastating hook that floored Nash for good. Referee Steve Smoger called a halt to the bout at 1:09 of the third round. Jargal is now undefeated at 11-0 with eight KO’s to his credit. Nash is now 9-21-1, two KO’s. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer
The New Alhambra in South Philadelphia, PA changed its name to the Arena, but the fights inside continued to entertain as a nearly packed housed witnessed a well fought seven bout card promoted by Xtreme Promoters on Friday night. In the six round main event, Wilmington, Delaware’s Ryan Belasco (10-2-3, 3KO’s) fought a phone style war with hometown favorite Jesus Barbosa (4-2-1, 3KO’s) and had to pull out all the stops to squeeze out a razor thin unanimous decision victory. Also light heavyweight prospect Tony “Boom Boom” Ferrante (6-0, 3KO’s) continued his rise up the light heavyweight ladder with an impressive fifth round stoppage of Pittsburgh, PA’s Chris Archer (10-7, 6KO’s) in the co-feature of the evening. (more…)
Former 168 and 175-pound world champion boxer Joe Calzaghe has won a court case over his former promoter Frank Warren, being awarded £2 million in unpaid fees. While acknowledging money was owed to Calzaghe,
Warren pointed out that Calzaghe’s “exaggerated and fanciful” claim was reduced by £1.5 million and Sport Network plans to appeal. He also stated, “I am of course extremely disappointed that the Judge did not go further in accepting we had an agreement with Joe to promote his last fights. This is especially so as the Judge criticized Joe and his lawyer. The Judge found that Joe ‘chose to tell deliberate lies’ to the Court (paragraph 138 of the Judgment), and that his ‘evidence was also unsatisfactory in many respects.’
Las Vegas based TKO BOXING Promotions have signed former amateur standouts Cortez and Mickey Bey Jr.; it was announced today by their President, Chet Koerner . . . click here for more
In celebration of UFC 100, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization, along with Reed Exhibitions, today announced the launch of UFC® Fan Expo™, a two-day fan exposition of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) activities starting Friday, July 10th and leading right up to the start of the historic fights on Saturday, July 11th. UFC Fan Expo will take place inside the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, and will be the first event of its kind for UFC fans . . . Click here for more
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Promoter Dominic Pesoli looks to celebrate the upcoming 12-year anniversary of 8 Count Productions; not just with an exciting cross-town showdown between two of the area’s top warriors, but with a terrific new venue he can call home . . . Click here for more
Some changes on Friday’s Spotlight Boxing “ProSieben Fight Night” card at the Sporthalle Hamburg. Super featherweight Vitali Tajbert’s comeback fight has been derailed after the 2004 Olympian suffered a hand injury while sparring. Replacing Tajbert will be a light heavyweight bout featuring unbeaten Igor Michalkin, who is coming off a second round demolition of former title challenger DeAndrey Abron on March 7. An opponent will be named. There is also a new opponent for unbeaten heavyweight Sebastian Köber after former world title challenger Willi “De Ox ‘Fischer pulled out with a pinched nerve in his shoulder. Köber will now face Jean Claude Bikoi (15-10-1, 8 KOs). The headliner is a cracking women’s fight between WIBA/WBA female flyweight champion Susi Kentikian and Elena Reid. Also WBO #1/WBA #2/WBC #3 rated middleweight Sebastian Zbik will see action against former world title challenger Ruben Varon.
More and more elite fighters are using their own ringwalk music. Click the image above for a video of Kentikian’s new music video.
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