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Story by Andreas Hale
Jesse Brinkley dreams of one day becoming a world champion.
The former contestant on “The Contender” has yet to see those dreams materialize, but it hasn’t stopped him from working towards that goal. Five years removed from the reality show, Brinkley is again in the national spotlight as he prepares for his upcoming fight with Curtis Stevens when ESPN’s Friday Night Fights broadcasts from Reno, Nevada on January 29 . . . click here for more
By Graham Houston
Exciting bantamweight banger Chris Avalos returns to ShoBox on Friday in potentially his toughest test against Jose Nieves, the Puerto Rican southpaw who has lost only once in 21 fights. (The show also marks the return to ShoBox commentary duties for Nick Charles, the respected and much-loved broadcaster who is making a comeback after a courageous struggle against a cancer that is now in complete remission. A personal fight such as this puts everything in perspective, including boxing.) . . . Click here for more
Between UFC 109: Relentless and the Super Bowl, the weekend of Feb. 6 is no time to party like a rock star — it’s time to party like a sports fanatic who serves snacks like a champ. To help you with all your weekend hosting responsibilities, we asked the men fighting at UFC 109 for their suggestions on what to serve your guests. . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
Longtime WBA featherweight super champion Chris “The Dragon” John is all for Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum’s suggestion of seeing who owns the featherweight division. “I like the idea,” said John. “I want to test myself. [WBO champion Juan Manual] Lopez and [WBA regular champion Yuriorkis] Gamboa are very good boxers. It will be a great tournament, the fans will be very happy and I have to be at my best. I am confident I will win.” (more…)
Jimenez Communications Inc. and Rafael Soto Comunicaciones announced today that Boxeo La Revista is now a monthly publication with its first edition becoming available this Saturday in Mexico City in the boxing card where three-time world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce will battle Angky Angkota for the WBO Super Flyweight crown. The magazine which had been published as the official program of the “Latin Fury” boxing series will now be available as a monthly magazine that will cover upcoming fights, results of fights and will have reports on past boxing stars and stars of the future. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world heavyweight contender Shane Cameron (23-2, 20 KOs) of New Zealand will return to ring action on March 18 in Mebourne, Victoria, Australia against John Hopoate (12-4, 11 KOs). Cameron lost by knockout in two rounds to fellow countryman David Tua in 2009 but is confident of a successful comeback under the expert guidance of Ken Reinsfield. Hopoate defeated Bob Mirovic but lost to former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver McCall in 2009. On the same show, comebacking former IBF 135 pound champion Philip Holiday (38-6-1, 22 KOs) will return to the ring weighing in at welterweight poundage in a twelve round contest against Samuel Colomban (14-3, 6 KOs) formerly of the Cameroon with the WBO Oriental title up for grabs. Holiday formerly of South Africa but now based in Brisbane, Queensland captured the IBF world title by stopping Miguel Julio in ten rounds in 1995. In 1996 he stopped Jeff Fenech in two rounds of an IBF title defense and lost the championship to boxing great Shane Mosley in 1997 via points decision. The 39-year-old Holiday’s last fight was in January 2003.
Boxing fans, get ready to climb “Through the Ropes” with the #1 boxing news radio show hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld! This week we’re talking the business of boxing with Joe DeGuardia, President of the Boxing Promoters’ Association and IBO President Ed Levine. Call or email your questions to email@example.com. Through The Ropes airs live coast to coast on Thursday nights from 9:00 – 10:00 ET on 75 affiliates of the Sports Byline USA Broadcast Network, including great radio stations like KSHP 1400 AM in Las Vegas and WNSR 560 AM in Nashville. The one-hour show will also be heard on American Forces Network, Sportsbyline.com and Fightnews.com. Fightnews readers can listen live by clicking here tonight at 9PM ET.
Danny Williams has withdrawn from his British Heavyweight title defense against Derek Chisora at Wembley Arena on February 13 citing that he has a viral infection. Promoter Frank is now in talks with two boxers who hold wins over Williams to face Chisora instead on the huge Night of the Champions show. Williams caused confusion last week when after accepting to fight Chisora – who replaced the injured Sam Sexton – he then failed to turn up at a press conference to announce the Chisora bout, leaving his manager Micky Helliet to say that Williams “needed some time to get his head around the change.” However, Williams confirmed last Friday that he was going ahead with the fight against the unbeaten puncher. “It’s very disappointing and frustrating after last week’s antics for Danny to once again pull out of the fight leaving Derek in the lurch,” said Warren. (more…)
Former world champion Eric Morel (41-2, 21 KOs) of San Juan Puerto Rico had an open workout yesterday in Puerto Rico. Morel is preparing for his upcoming fight with former two-divisional world champion Gerry Peñalosa (54-7-2, 34 KOs) of Cebu, Philippines. The bout will take place on February 13th and is scheduled for 12 rounds and is for the WBO interim bantamweight title. The PR Best Boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera) promoted Morel was very confident and in excellent shape as he spoke after his workout. (more…)
WBO welterweight world champion Manny Pacquiao and promoter Bob Arum were spotted at the Hair People Salon in Hollywood, California. Also on hand was Manny’s lawyer Franklin “Jeng” Gacal. Click Here for more photos
WBA heavyweight champion David Haye will face mandatory challenger John Ruiz on April 3 at the MEN Arena in Manchester England.
Not surprisingly, the fight between WBF heavyweight beltholder Franz Botha and Evander Holyfield to take place February 20 in Kamapala, Uganda, fell through. There are hopes the bout can be rescued at a site in the U.S.
Arena CEO Ahmet Öner, promoter of WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa is facing allegations of racketeering, assault and coercion in Germany according to the Hamburger Morgenpost. Öner has denied the charges.
The final press conference for the upcoming showdown between Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (21-2, 15 KOs) and Jesse Brinkley (34-5, 22 KOs) was held today at the Extreme Sports Bar in the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, Nevada. The fight, taking place Friday night, is promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Let’s Get It On Promotions. The bout, scheduled for twelve rounds in the super middleweight division, is an official IBF super middleweight eliminator for the number two ranking, and will also be for Brinkley’s USNBC super middleweight belt. ESPN’s popular “Friday Night Fight” series will broadcast the event live Friday, January 29th, starting at 10PM ET. For more details and photos click here…
By Mariano M. Agmi at ringside
Heavyweight Derric Rossy (23-2, 13 KOs) needed just 2:52 to destroy Alexis Mejias (10-3, 4 KOs) in the first round on Wednesday night at the M2 Ultra Lounge in New York City. Rossy rocked Mesias left hook then dropped him with a right hand. Mesias beat the count, but Rossy finished him with another right hand.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA strawweight world title holder Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez of Nicaragua and his Mexican challenger Ivan Meneses faced off today in advance of their showdown Saturday night at the Auditorio Siglo XXI in Puebla, Mexico. “I expect to retain my world title and to seek better opportunities,” said Gonzalez. “I want to show that I am the best champion in the division.” Also on the card is a WBA miniumweight eliminator between the Venezuelan former world champion Juan Landaeta and the Mexican challenger Francisco “Chiquit” Rosas. The Televisa Network will televise in Mexico. More photos…
Puerto Rican hot featherweight prospect Luis ‘El Artesano’ Cruz (12-0, 9 KOs), made 136.6 pounds in a required preliminary weigh-in for his second title defense to be held as the headliner on Boxeo Boricua In Caguas on Saturday February 27th. “I don’t know too much about my opponent, only that he is a southpaw., but I feel confident on a big victory. I feel prepared to face anyone,” emphasized Cruz. Luis ‘El Artesano’ Cruz will defend his USNBC featherweight title (a World Boxing Council regional title) against contender León Bobo (18-4-1, 2 KOs) from St. Louis Missouri, who made 134 pounds on the preliminary weigh-in. Boxeo Boricua In Caguas is promoted by Promociones Miguel Cotto, Inc. and H2 Entertainment. Tickets prices are $12, $25, $35 and are available at Ticket Center (787)792-5000.
Today in Mexico City, three-time world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce and Angky Angkota met for the first time in the final press conference in route to their big championship showdown this Saturday for the WBO super flyweight championship that will be held at the “Plaza de Toros Arroyo” and to be telecast in the United States by Fox Sports Net and Fox Sports en Espanol as part of the new boxing series “Top Rank Live”. Arce (56-6-1, 40 KOs) of Los Mochis, Mexico and Angkota (23-4, 14 KOs) of Indonesia promised a great show in the main event of the big card promoted by Top Rank and Promociones Zanfer. In Mexico it will televised by Tv Azteca as part of their very popular series “Box Azteca”. For more details and photos click here…
WBA light heavyweight champion Gabriel Campillo cannot wait for the rematch between himself and Beibut Shumenov this Friday January 29th at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. “I am really looking forward to beating him again this Friday. This time I will knock him out and the fans will see a true champion at work,” said Campillo. Since beating Shumenov in the very hostile environment of his own county of Kazakhstan, Campillo has anxiously waited for the rematch he readily agreed to. “I was treated improperly after the first fight, and I jumped at the opportunity to get to beat him again,” said the champion. (more…)
The main event of this season’s first “Fight Night Club” show features exciting top junior welterweight contender “Vicious” Victor Ortiz’ return to fight in front of his Southern California fans in a ten rounder against Hector Alatorre on February 25 at LA LIVE’s Club Nokia. In the co-featured bout, rising star Luis Ramos Jr. will see action against an opponent to be announced in a six round lightweight contest. Ortiz and promoter Oscar De La Hoya were on hand at a press event in Los Angeles to announce the event. (more…)
Riddick Bowe, the 42-year-old former two-time world heavyweight champion, wants to return to action as quickly as possible and has Juan Carlos Gomez, who is expected to fight in Hamburg in March, in his sights. “I want to get back in the ring as soon as I can and Gomez would be a good fight for me,” says Bowe from his Maryland home. “He already fought Vitali Klitschko and now it’s his last chance to prove he belongs with real world class. I’m even ready to come to Germany for him if that’s what he wants. My legal advisor in Germany, Roman Kolaczek, is ready to set it up for me.” Gomez is under contract with Arena Box-Promotion who recently agreed a contract with the German broadcaster Sat1.
Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (21-2, 15 KOs) battles Jesse Brinkley (34-5, 22 KOs) on Friday, January 29th in the main event of this week’s ESPN2 Friday Night Fights at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, NV, for the number two IBF ranking in the super middleweight division. Click here to read for his feedback on his training camp, Brinkley and the SHOWTIME “Super Six” tournament. (more…)
Former junior featherweight world champion and current featherweight contender Daniel Ponce De Leon (37-2, 31 KOs) battles Puerto Rican standout Orlando Cruz (16-1-1, 7 KOs) in a 12 round WBC Latino featherweight title bout on February 20 at the Foro Scotiabank in Mexico City. The co-featured bout will feature two of the junior welterweight division’s most devastating punchers – undefeated Lucas Matthysse (25-0, 23 KOs) and former World Champion Vivian Harris (29-3-1, 19 KOs) – as they collide in a bout not likely to last the scheduled 10 rounds. Undefeated Mexico City natives junior welterweight Pablo Cesar Cano and super middleweight Marco Antonio Periban will put their unbeaten records on the line against opponents to be announced in separate bouts. The card will air in Latin America on the HBO Plus service.
Story by David L. Hudson
Tommy and Terry Lane continue to make their names in the boxing game by carrying out the tradition of their famous father, Mills, by promoting high-quality boxing shows. This Friday they are promoting a card in their hometown Reno, Nevada, televised by ESPN2 that features an intriguing main event between former Contender participant Jesse Brinkley against the charismatic and talented Curtis Stevens . . . Click here for more
Heavyweight contender Derric Rossy is pictured with Abby Roberts of the Wounded Warrior Project donating autographed gloves at a Wounded Warrior fundraiser in New York. The purpose of the Wounded Warrior Project is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of severely injured service members, to help severely injured men and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. “Everyday I wake up and thank God for my life and existence, but we should not forget the men and women who sacrifice life and limb so we can live in freedom in this great country,” said Rossy. Rossy also donated tickets to his fight tonight at the M2 Ultra Lounge in New York City. Rossy (22-2, 12 KOs), the #10 ranked WBC contender, battles Alexis Mejias (10-2, 4 KOs) in the headliner of tonight’s “Knockout Fight Club” which is presented by Winky Promotions in association with Final Forum. Visit www.WoundedWarriorProject.org for more information of Wounded Warrior fundraisers.
With the clash of two active UFC Hall of Famers – Randy Couture and Mark Coleman – set to make history, the Ultimate Fighting Championship®(UFC®) confirms the remaining bouts for UFC 109: RELENTLESS, presented by Bud Light and live on pay-per-view on Saturday, February 6, 2010 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. (more…)
Sensational junior lightweight prospect Arash Usmanee will make his debut in the United States on Friday, January 29th at the Mohegan Sun Casino, it was jointly announced today by Hennessy Sports and TKO Boxing Promotions.
Fighting out of Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, Usmanee, 4-0-0 (2KO’s) won his first four professional bouts in 2009, after an outstanding amateur career which saw him compile a record of 130-20 on his way to becoming a five time Canadian National Amateur Champion . . . Click here for more
In Greek mythology, Theseus is best remembered as the man who was able to overcome an obstacle that seemed impossible. When he was a teenager, Theseus’ mother revealed that his destiny lay underneath a large boulder in a field near their house, and to claim it he would need to lift the rock, which would prove to be no easy task . . . . Click here for more by Mike Russell, UFC
By Joe Koizumi
More than two hundred boxing and media people attended an annual award-giving ceremony to celebrate our outstanding boxers who showed remarkable achievements in the previous year in Tokyo, Japan, on Wednesday. WBC bantam champ Hozumi Hasegawa, who registered three more defenses all by fine and fast stoppages en route to his creditable ten defenses, received the Boxer of the Year award for the fourth time. The champ said, “It is not certain yet whether I’ll stay in the bantam division or move up to the feather class, but would like to continue my winning way, hopefully by a knockout victory.” (more…)
IBF Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester will be counting on the ferocious support of his home fans in Neubrandenburg when he takes on Billy Lyell in his first title defence on Saturday night. The American is a late replacement for Pablo Navascues, who failed a random training drug test. “Preparing for a new opponent on short notice is no problem for Sebastian,” said coach Karsten Rower. “We have watched tapes of Lyell. His style is similar to the guys we had in sparring. Sebastian will be well-prepared and he will definitely defend his title.” (more…)
Tickets go on sale today for Febriary 10th opening night of the 26th season of Battle In The Ballroom shows at the Irvine Marriott, in Irvine, CA. With over 800 season seat holders who have renewed for 2010, the usual large crowd will be on hand to see undefeated heavyweight Joe Hanks (10-0) return against an opponent to be named. Also in a female battle, Chika Nakamura (8-1) returns to meet Jennifer Barber (9-1). Tickets are $32 and $40. Call 949-760-3131.
Tuesday in Mexico City, Jorge “Travieso” Arce and Angky “The Time Bomb” Angkota held separate workout for the local media a the legendary “Gimnasio Romanza” where Nacho Beristain has trained some of the best Mexican boxers over the past 30 years, including Gilberto Roman, Daniel Zaragoza, Humberto “Chiquita” Gonzalez, Ricardo “Finito’ Lopez, Juan Manuel Marquez and Rafael Marquez. Arce and Angkota will battle for the vacant WBO Super flyweight title on Saturday at the “Plaza de Toros Arroyo” in Mexico City in the main event of “Top Rank Live”, that will be televised in the United States on Fox Sports Net and Fox Sports en Espanol. (more…)
Yusaf Mack vs Glen Johnson has finally been confirmed as the main event on ESPN on the 5th of February in Glen Johnson’s hometown at the NSU Center Arena in Miami, Florida. The Super Bowl weekend fight is almost guaranteed to be a cracker, both fighters know this is there big chance to get back on top with the winner becoming the mandatory challenger to IBF champion Tavoris Cloud, a fight likely to happen in May. Yusaf Mack has been in camp since the 6th of November after he was originally scheduled to fight Karo Murat in late December. For more details and photos click here…
Heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek (39-1, 27 KOs) held a media workout Tuesday to promote his February 6th fight at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, against Jason “Big Six” Estrada (16-2, 4 KOs). Adamek is training at the World Boxing Gym and Fitness Center in Jersey City, NJ. In regard to Estrada’s comments that Adamek will have a problem with his hand speed, Adamek commented, “I’m fast too! I think I am stronger. He must know this: my jab is very strong and my right has the most power.” (more…)
Despite being in the middle of his intense preparation for his next bout against current WBC lightweight champion Edwin Valero (26-0, 26 KOs), interim WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (23-1-1, 17 KOs) is well aware of the comments that have been attributed to him that have caught the attention of the undefeated Venezuelan champion. (more…)
By Uwe Betker
On January 23, Arena Box Promotion staged its 5th boxing event in Cuxhaven, Germany. The card had numerous notable fights highlighted by heavyweight Ondrej Pala (25-2, 18 KOs) who outpointed veteran Robert Hawkins (23-13, 7 KOs) over over eight, heavyweight Konstantin Airich (12-2-2, 10 KOs) who fought to a second draw with Alex Mazikin (13-4-2, 3 KOs), unbeaten heavyweight Yakup Saglam (24-0, 21 KOs) who annihilated Yuri Lunev (5-12, 2 KOs) in two, middleweight contender Mahir Oral (27-2-2, 10 KOs), who barely got by Fabio Liggieri (10-5-4, 2 KOs), and the Germany debut of 2008 Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz (4-0, 3 KOs). (more…)
A purse bid was held in the IBF office today for the vacant IBF lightweight title between Ali Funeka vs. Rolando Reyes. Branco Sports Production was the winning bidder with a bid of $140,000. Gotham Boxing, Inc. bid $76,000. The fight must take place within 90 days.
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