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By Gary “Digital” Williams
The 2010 Beltway Boxing season in DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia begins quickly with two cards already scheduled to take place with in a three-day period. Ballroom Boxing will have its first card of 2010 on Friday, January 29 at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD. And yes, the date does fall on a Friday – the first time that has happened in 14 years. Most Ballroom Boxing cards have been held on Thursdays. After a number of recent cards that has brought in strong, young talent from across the country, Ballroom Boxing promoter Scott Wagner has decided to go “back to basics,” by loading this card with popular, local boxers – and no Beltway Boxer has been more popular in the Ballroom than the former USBA cruiserweight champion, Darnell “The Ding-A-Ling Man” Wilson who will headline this card and make his 15th appearance on a Ballroom Boxing card. (more…)
Victor Vasquez 133 vs Gustavo Dailey 133.5
Coy Evans 128 vs Vineash Rungea 128
Tony Ferrante 175.5 vs Andre Hemphill 176
Tommie Speller 164 vs Dave Cook 164.5
Derrick Webster 159.5 vs Antonio Walls 158
Charles Heyward 191.5 vs Zeferino Albino TBA
Venue: Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Promoter: Power Productions
As part of the program “Kids Free of Drugs,” the World Boxing Organization represented by its International commissioner Luis Perez and WBO representative in Nicaragua Carlos Estrada in cooperation with Tuto Zabala Jr. of All Star Boxing, Inc made donations in Managua, Nicaragua this past week. The first stop was Hogar de Ninas Abusadas Cristo Obrero where a $2,000 donation was given. This center takes care of girls who were sexually abused from the ages of 3 to 18 years old, this is the second year in a row that the WBO helps the center. The second stop was a $3,100 donation in boxing equipment to 3 gyms that were in need, Ciudad Sandino, Condega and Rivas, this was coordinated by the Nicaraguan Boxing Commissioner Coronel Juan Alberto Molinares. The third stop was at the Roger Deshon Gym in Managua were the group donated $2,400 in Everlast boxing equipment for 3 gyms in the city in an event coordinated by Councilman and journalist Enrique Armas. The donation tour will continue this Saturday in Barranquilla, Colombia and Monday in Panama City, Panama. President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel will be present in the final part of the tour. Click here for more photos…
IBF#14 middleweight contender Billy Lyell (21-7) returns to the ring versus veteran Bruce Rumbolz (22-19) on January 29 at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown, West Virginia. A winner of five of his last six, including an upset over previously unbeaten middleweight contender John Duddy (27-1), Lyell looks to stay sharp and busy against the upset-minded Rumboltz. To his credit, Rumboltz upset previously world ranked super middle Shawn Hammack (19-6) less than one year ago. Beginning at 8 pm, the card is being promoted by Simons’ Promotions. In addition to the eight round Lyell/Rumbolz main event, the undercard will showcase several prospects from Ohio and Pennsylvania.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A new super heavyweight division will be one of the items on the agenda when principal members of the IBF, WBA and WBC meet on Friday in Cancun, Mexico. Those in attendance are to include WBC President José Sulaimán, WBC Executive Secretary Mauricio Sulaimán, WBC legal advsor Gabriel Peñagarícano, IBF President Marian Muhammad, IBF advisor Larry Hazzard, WBA Executive Vice-President GIlberto Jesus Mendoza and WBA ratings director Oliver Gómez. (more…)
Attention Manny Pacquiao fans. Pacman arrives at LAX at 5:15pm this Sunday evening on Philippine Airlines Flight 112 from Manila.
By Alexey Sukachev
During a presser, held yesterday at the ITAR-TASS media centre in Moscow, Igor Mazurov who serves as an executive secretary of the Professional Boxing Federation of Russia ended his speech with the following official statement for reporters in attendance. (more…)
WBO junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ Lopez (27-0, 24 KOs) is about a week away from his January 23rd challenge against WBO featherweight champion Steven Luevano (37-1-1, 15 KOs). The bout will take place at the famed Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York with HBO televising. Having now arrived in New York the PR Best Boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera) and Top Rank promoted Lopez is ready to handle the task at hand in winning his second world title in as many divisions. Lopez spoke with Fightnews regarding his upcoming bout. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
The air was shivering with noise and the room was like a crowded square yesterday at ITAR-TASS media-centre in Moscow during a huge presser, staged there by well-known Russian promoter/manager Vladimir Hryunov and officials of the Professional Boxing Federation of Russia. The reason was obvious from the first look at the shining and gorgeous prize, pending to be awarded to someone in attendance, as well as a number of posters and various papers advertising the certain tournament to be announced in the shortest span of time. (more…)
Unbeaten in six fights in his adopted hometown of El Paso, Texas, highly ranked contender Antonio Escalante will look for El Paso win number seven on Friday, February 26, as he tests the waters at 126 pounds against rugged Mexican warrior Miguel “Mickey” Roman in the main event of ESPN’S “Friday Night Fights” at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. This bout, which headlines a high-impact night of professional boxing, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and will be broadcast live on ESPN “Friday Night Fights” beginning at 10:00 pm ET / 8:00 pm MT / 7:00 pm PT on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN360.com. Doors open at 6:00 pm MT., with the first bell ringing at 7:00 pm MT. Click here for more photos…
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Highly regarded middleweight contender Gennady Golovkin says he will not honor his contract with promoter Universum Box-Promotion/Spotlight Boxing. “Bouts against well-known and interesting opponents were held out in prospect,” Golovkin said. “But I haven’t got such a fight so far. A possible fight against WBC interim champ Sebastian Zbik was rejected because Universum allegedly has other priorities. Even the current offer to fight Felix Sturm for a world title is, in my opinion, nothing but smoke and mirrors. Sturm said over and over again that he would never again box for Universum.” Golovkin won a silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, ending a truly great amateur career. He turned pro in 2006 under the Universum/Spotlight-banner and is currently undefeated in 18 bouts, with 15 wins coming by way of knockout. His last ring appearance was a second round KO victory over previously unbeaten Mikhail Makarov in November. He is rated no. 1 by the WBC and the WBO, 2 by the WBA and 6 by the IBF. A statement from Universum might follow soon.
After reading comments made to the Puerto Rican press by the President of Golden Boy Promotions, Oscar de la Hoya, stating that Kermit Cintron is “a great choice” to take on Floyd Mayweather, Jr. in the spring, Cintron has set out to make sure de la Hoya knows the interest is mutual. Mayweather (40-0, 25 KOs) has been recognized as one of boxing’s best pound-for-pound fighter for several years, but has recently come under scrutiny for not taking on the perceived toughest opposition. However, there will be no such public umbrage over a bout with Cintron (32-2-1, 28 KOs), who has twice held the welterweight crown and whose only losses have come at the hands of Antonio Margarito, a fighter currently under suspension for tampering with his gloves. (more…)
Vanes “Nightmare” Martirosyan says he does all his talking in the ring.
But, Thursday afternoon at the Hard Rock Hotel’s The Joint in Las Vegas, he just couldn’t resist: “I’m going to turn ‘The Dream’s’ dream into a nightmare,’ he promised . . . Click here for more
Professional boxing is often called the theatre of the unexpected.
Nothing could be more true for WBC #2 ranked undefeated featherweight Juan Carlos Burgos (23-0, 16KO). As the Tijuana-born fighter was preparing to face Carlos Oliveira in his first nationally broadcast bout on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights on January 15th, the rug was pulled from under him when his south American opponent was scrapped and the tough Juan Carlos Martinez (17-11-1, 7KO) was put in his place . . . Click here for more
Top Rank President Todd DuBoef announced today at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, the official signing of amateur standout Jose Benavidez, of Phoenix, Ariz. Trained by Freddie Roach, Benavidez is the 2009 Golden Gloves National jr. welterweight champion and compiled a record of 120-5 as an amateur. Benavidez will make his pro debut on the Martirosyan-Ouma card Saturday night, against Steven Cox (1-0, 1 KO), of Independence, Mo.
Photo: Undefeated Vanes “Nightmare” Martirosyan (26-0, 17 KOs) squares off with former champ Kassim “The Dream” Ouma (26-6-1, 16 KOs) at a press conference held at the Hard Rock Hotel’s The Joint in Las Vegas. Opening up the new “Top Rank Live” series for Fox Sports En Espanola, the two will headline a show Saturday night at the Hard Rock. Stay tuned for a report later today.
The World Boxing Organization (WBO) had its annual bicycle and toys give-away today at the Centros Sor Isolina Ferré in Playa De Ponce, Puerto Rico. This was the 10th consecutive year the WBO has held the event where they do the give-away to children aging from 5 to 17. “It brings us great joy and hope for the future when we see the happiness in the faces of these children when they receive these gifts,” stated WBO President Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcárcel. In attendance were former world champions Miguel Cotto, Alfredo ‘Salsero’ Escalera, Álex ‘El Nene’ Sánchez, and also fighters Wilfredo Vázquez Jr, Juan González, Luis Cruz, and twins McWilliams & McJoe Arroyo. In attendance for the WBO was Valcárcel,Manuel Marrero Hueca, Luis Pérez, Adolfo Flores and Mario Rivera Martinó. Click here for more photos…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
“My goal is to return to the top in world boxing,” says highly regarded former WBA super featherweight champion Jorge Linares, who was shockingly KO’d by unheralded Juan Carlos Salgado in 73 seconds last October. Linares says he was not properly prepared for that fight, but will not make that mistake again. “As a world champion, many things change around us and from time to time we aren’t prepared for this because we don’t know how to control those situations. Now I’m ready to continue my career in boxing and I believe that I can do well in my personal life, as well. That night I destroyed years of work and efforts and that minute was the saddest in my life,” he said. (more…)
Prizefighter winner Audley Harrison has vowed to ‘gatecrash the boxing big-time’ by winning the European Heavyweight Championship in April. Harrison, 38, saved his career by triumphing in “Prizefighter Heavyweights 3” in October and will now meet Poland’s Albert Sosnowski for the European belt. Former Olympic Gold medalist Harrison hopes the fight, scheduled for April 9 at London’s Alexandra Palace, leads to a shot at a world title. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Albert Scott, the first South African to fight at Madison Square Garden in New York, has died in Port Elizabeth. He was 76. The tough and determined Scott, who was born Albert Jacobus on February 2, 1933, fought as a middleweight in the 1950s, and met top-class opponents when he was based in the south of Johannesburg. Scott trained at the Johannesburg Central Fire Station where he was guided by Harry Best and Herby Jones. Best was also the long-time trainer of Olympic bronze medallist and SA heavyweight champion Johnny Arthur. Scott fought Shorty Smook, the SA amateur light-middleweight champion, before making his professional debut in Johannesburg on July 6, 1953 when he stopped Don Riggs in the first round. He then drew with “Irish” Teddy Quinn, one of the toughest welterweights around. Quinn had his jaw and his nose broken early in his career but was never knocked out. (more…)
After much deliberation Ricky Hatton has confirmed he will return to the boxing ring in 2010. His last fight was in May 2009 against Manny Pacquiao and since then he has taken time out to consider his options. Ricky told Hatton TV that the decision has not been reached lightly. “It will probably be around summertime but there is no date or opponent confirmed just yet,” said Ricky. “I’ve had some good time to reflect and put that last fight behind me. I think after the Mayweather defeat I jumped back into action straight away and I didn’t really perform as I would have wanted to. (more…)
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 Marc is in San Francisco and will have Andre Ward coming into the studio to join him as special guest co-host. Call or email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Any warrior will say that when he is preparing for a battle inside a ring, his sparring partners are a very important ingredient for his success and for the interim WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (23-1-1, 17KO), who is preparing for his title bout against the absolute champion Edwin Valero (26-0, 26KO), it isn’t any different. “It is very important, the sparring partners help me with my work and they are willing to do anything. The partners I am using right now have the right style for Valero,” DeMarco of Los Mochis but living in Tijuana, MX, said. “They are pressuring me and they are making me work. I am working on my reflexes and working me hard, at full capacity.” (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg
Boxing returns to the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York on Friday, February 26, after a four-year hiatus. In the main event, unbeaten Isaac Rodriguez (16-0, 13 KOs), of Belem, Brazil will face former “Contender” participant Brian Vera (16-3, 10 KOs), of Austin, Texas in a ten round middleweight bout. In the co-feature, Brian Miller (6-0, 2 KOs), of Schenectady, New York will meet Jose Guzman (5-6-1), of Bronx, New York in an eight round lightweight bout. Stars-R-Out Productions is promoting the 7-bout card. (more…)
Former Cuban amateur star Erislandy Lara has made his mark in the professional ranks with the same speed and impact that his blistering combinations make on his opponents, and after just nine fights, he appears to be ready to graduate to the next level. On Friday, January 29, the undefeated rising star will be featured in a 10-round junior middleweight bout that will push Lara to the limit as he takes on 154-pound standout and the winner of the second season of “The Contender,” Grady Brewer. Lara vs Brewer will be the opening bout of the Fox Sports Net telecast headlined by Campillo vs Shumenov II from The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. (more…)
The two entities that pioneered the marriage between professional boxing and Las Vegas casinos are reuniting to present a special edition of “Latin Fury 13 / Pinoy Power 3.” Top Rank promoted the first world championship fight to ever take place in a Las Vegas casino, on February 15, 1978, at the Las Vegas Hilton. On that night Leon Spinks upset heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali. Nearly thirty-two years later to the day, Top Rank and the Las Vegas Hilton are going back to the future with a world championship triple-header, on Saturday, February 13, featuring two-division world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire defending his World Boxing Association (WBA) interim super flyweight title against knockout artist Gerson “El Nene” Guerrero; former world champions and current top contenders Eric “Little Hands of Stone” Morel and Gerry “Fearless” Peñalosa, battling for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) interim bantamweight title; WBO bantamweight champion Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel defending his crown against Ciso “Kid Terrible” Morales; and world title challengers Mario Santiago and Bernabe Concepcion battling in a 10-round featherweight rumble. These eight gladiators boast a combined record of 254-23-6 (163 KOs) – a winning percentage of 90% and victory by knockout ratio of 64%. (more…)
Jorge “Coloradito” Solis of Mexico will battle Likar Ramos of Colombia for the WBA interim super featherweight title on Saturday, February 6 in Merida Yucatan in a card promoted by Promociones Zanfer. The big card was announced today in Merida in a press conference. Solis (32-2-2, 27 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico is looking for his first world title fight against the champion Ramos (21-2, 15 KOs). Solis is the older brother of Ulises “Archie” Solis the former IBF junior flyweight champion. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Filipino Ariel “Machine Gun” Delgado (16-5-2, 6 KOs) will be back in the ring on Saturday when he will clash with Japanese Zaragoza Uema (13-4-4, 4 KOs) over ten rounds at the Sun Tec Conventional Hall in Singapore. Delgado, 25 years, had his last bout in June 2009 when he outscored Jun Eraham (9-16-4) over ten rounds. Southpaw, Delgado resides in Silay City Negros Occidental in the Philippines. Zaragoza Uema resides in Ginowan, Okinawa, Japan and was last in action against Satoshi Makino (9-5-3) who he outscored over eight rounds. WBC no. 11 Leon Moore (25-2, 22 KOs) of Guyana will punch it out with Maragin Marbun (19-6-1, 7 KOs) over twelve rounds on the same show. Promoter Daniel Potter pictured with Sott Mailon said, “This will be the first show we have promoted in Singapore but I am sure it will be successful. There will be special interest in Leon Moore who looks to be a future world champion.” Promoter: Top Rated.
The initial press conference was held today in Bayamón, Puerto Rico for the upcoming WBO Interim junior featherweight fight between un-beatens Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. (17-0-1, 14 KOs) of Bayamón, Puerto Rico and former WBO super flyweight champion Marvin Sonsona (14-0-1, 12 KOs) of the Philippines. The event titled ‘Making History’ will take place February 27 at the Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. Amongst those in attendance were PR Best Boxing (Iván Rivera & Peter Rivera), former three-division world champion and Vazquez Jr.’s father Wilfredo Vazquez Sr., Vice Mayor of Bayamón Rurico Pintado, Secretary of Recreation and Sports-Henry Neumann, WBO President-Francisco Valcárcel, President of the professional boxing commission Puerto Rico-Dommys Delgado Berty, and Promoters Félix ‘Tutico’ Zabala, Sammy Gello-Ani, and Sampson Lewkowicz. The bout is being presented by PR Best Boxing in association with All Star Boxing and Sampson Boxing LLC. For more details and photos click here…
WBC Welterweight World Champion Andre Berto, preparing for his January 30 unification showdown with WBA champ Shane Mosley, is devastated by the catastrophic earthquake that hit the island nation of Haiti on Tuesday. He had the following comments about the tragedy and rescue efforts he will be developing to assist the people in the island nation:
“I’m devastated by everything currently happening in Haiti. As everybody knows, I have a lot of family members in Haiti and proudly represented Haiti in the 2004 Olympic Games. Like many other Haitian-Americans, my family and I are working to reach my loved ones. From what we have learned to this point, some of my family members are still missing and we have already been informed that members of my family have passed away in the earthquake. We are currently working on starting our own Haitian relief efforts, and I will be releasing additional information on how everyone can help very soon. I am asking everyone for their continued thoughts and prayers for the people in Haiti during this devastating time.”
Light flyweight contender Carlos “El Olimpico” Tamara (20-4, 14 KOs) says he’s ready to dethrone IBF junior flyweight champion Brian Viloria when they face off on January 23 in Manila. “I’m bringing my A game into this fight and I know Viloria will do the same so may the best man win. I can assure everyone that I, as well as my country Colombia, will again have another world champion. Come January 23, 2010, I will be leaving the ring that morning with the IBF junior flyweight title.” Regarding a proposed unification fight between Viloria and WBO champ Ivan Calderon, Tamara’s manager Nelson Fernandez stated “We respect and admire both champions Brian Viloria and Ivan Calderon and what they have accomplished in our business not only as professionals but also in their stellar amateur careers as well, but please don’t count your chickens before they hatch! Tamara has had a tremendous camp and is mentally, physically and spiritually ready for his world title opportunity.”
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
IBO 147 pound champion Lovemore Ndou has responded to comments made by Mathew Hatton and their recent title bout in England which resulted in a drawn decision in his hometown. Ndou does not dispute that Hatton did throw more punches than he did but most of the Englishman’s blows were taken on arms and gloves. The Australian based South African is also amazed that Hatton thinks a fight between him and pound for pound legend Floyd Mayweather could be sold to the public. Ndou would be happy to fight Mayweather despite their friendship which goes back a few years ago when Floyd hired the former IBF 140 pound champion as a sparring partner. After sparring several rounds with Mayweather the current IBO title holder feels he can give the classy American the fight of his life. (more…)
Mikkel Kessler (42-2, 32 KOs) will rely on the coaching brilliance of Jimmy Montoya when he takes on WBC super middleweight champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch (26-0, 20 KOs) in the second round of the Super Six World Boxing Classic. Montoya, a living legend, has been appointed the new head trainer following the opening-round loss against Andre Ward. He is no stranger to the Danish superstar, having worked in his corner as an assistant trainer on countless of occasions. “I really look forward to working with Jimmy,” Kessler said. “Just like (Joe) Calzaghe, Ward managed to take my strengths away from me. Neither my corner nor I found any solutions during the fight. But I need to cope with theses kinds of situations, so I decided to make some changes. It was a very hard decision to part company with my dear friend Ricard Olsen, who has been in my corner in each and every fight of my career. Richard made me the fighter I am today — without him I would never have made it to this level. I owe him big time and will forever be in his debt for his great support.” (more…)
Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
WBC/WBA super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan will be back in the ring in California on March 6 against the American Raul Martinez (25-1, 15 KOs) and after that he will be after Noninto Donaire who holds a knockout win over the Australian based Armenian. Martinez’s only loss was in April last year and was to Donaire. Darchinyan will fight in Australia after the March fight. He will be in action again in April or May on a promotion that will also feature IBO cruiserweight world champion Danny Green. Darchinyan said, “I would love to fight in Australia, the Nonito Donaire rematch could be in June.” (Donaire stopped Darchinyan in five rounds in 2007) Darchinyan continues, “That’s what I want, I have been waiting for that fight (with Donaire) a long time already. I love fighting very often.” Darchinyan is managed by Elias Nasser and promoted by Gary Shaw.
Milan Melindo 109.5 vs Anthony Villareal 109
(WBC youth intercontinental flyweight title)
AJ Banal 118 vs Cecilio Santos 119
James Bacon 128 vs Thitichon Singwancha 128
Larry Canillas 122 vs Petch Twins Gym 122
Venue: Waterfront Cebu City Hotel in Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
Promoter: ALA Promotions
*Villareal brought entertainment to the weigh-in by eating a slice of pizza while weighing in.
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