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By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten Japanese, WBA female minimum champ Etsuko Tada (6-0-1, 2 KOs) left today (Thursday) for Trinidad & Tobago to face WBA interim titlist Ria Ramnarine (13-5, 2 KOs) in a unification 105-pound title bout there on April 24. Tada will stay a night in Houston and arrive at Port of Spain by a Continental flight at 7:40 pm on Friday. Tada, a game and fast-punching southpaw whose amateur mark was 47-3, is one of the best female boxers out of Japan. Tada, 28, is hoping to unify the WBA belts by defeating the 31-year-old rival Ramnarine and make a heroine’s return.
“It’s hard to change the style you used during your whole career in nine short months. When you’re in an intense situation you quickly turn back to your old habits,” states Lucian Bute (25-0-0, 20 K.-O.) about his opponent Edison Miranda (33-4-0, 29 K.-O.), who switched trainers and is now with the renowned Joe Goossen. Bute admits that Edison Miranda is a hard puncher and he will have to be very careful for the entire fight. The IBF super middleweight champion also stated, in English: “I’m very happy that HBO has come to Montreal and I’m hoping that they will stay with me for the future.” (more…)
Super middleweight Rudy Markussen (33-2, 20 KOs) will make his long-awaited return to the ring on May 15 when MCH Herning will host the historic first-ever TV 2 Fight Night. The former European champion will be in action for the first time since October 2006. He has passed all medicals and received a license from the Danish Professional Boxing Federation (DPBF). Markussen will take on Ilir Mustafa (27-10, 17 KOs). “I am thrilled to be back,” Markussen said. “I have worked hard to stay in perfect shape and I am ready to return to the ring. The TV 2 Fight Night Series promises to provide fantastic entertainment for sports fans all over Denmark and I am honored to headline in the first show of this groundbreaking series.” (more…)
Prior to his win Monday over WBC #13 Yousukezan Onodera, new Japanese super lightweight national champion Yoshihiro Kamegai (15-0, 13 KOs) was best known for his “Referee KO” fight against Yosuhiro Kondo in August 2007. The unlucky third man in the ring that night was Thai referee Ukrid Sarasas.
Pro boxing returns to Evansville, Indiana on June 5 at the National Guard Armory near Roberts Stadium. The featured bout of the evening will pit super middleweights David “King” Thomas (9-1-2, 7 KOs) against James Denson (4-5-1, 2 KOs) in an eight-rounder. Welterweight Brandon “Business” Baue (12-4, 10 KOs) will also see action in a six-rounder against TBA. For tickets call 317-525-2988.
By Bob Hough
Mikkel Kessler (42-2, 32 KOs) has lived, lost and, he said, learned. The super-middleweight, who lost his WBA title to Andre Ward (21-0, 13 KOs) in his last fight faces Carl Froch (26-0, 20 KOs) on April 24 in the second round of Showtime’s Super Six World Boxing Classic. Kessler said the late-2009 defeat led to serious changes in his training, frame of mind and fighting style. I learned from my mistakes after the Ward fight,” said Kessler, who has replaced longtime trainer Ricard Olsen with Jimmy Montoya. “I learned I made mistakes outside the ring. I had to pick my sparring partners better.” (more…)
By Craig Watt at ringside
Australian Danny Green (29-3, 26 KO’s) successfully defended his IBO cruiserweight title last night at Challenge Stadium, Perth when he stopped Puerto Rican challenger Manny Siaca (22-7, 19 KO’s) inside three rounds. The stoppage came from referee Jack Rees at 1.55 of the third round after Siaca was dropped for the second time in the bout. The fight was Green’s third defense of the title and he won in impressive fashion showing power in his right hand dropping Siaca in the second and then in the third with powerful right hooks to the temple.
Green stated after the fight, “I was disappointed the fight was so short as I wanted to punish him for twelve rounds but he felt the power of my right hand and once that happens then no one can live with my power.” (more…)
During a public training session earlier this week, WBC interim middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik and #2 contender Domenico Spada exchanged some heated words. “He wanted to tell me he’s winning the fight and the belt is his,” explained Zbik. “But it was very difficult to understand him and I had to correct his English once. In the end he can say what he wants. We’ll see on Saturday what his words are worth. Then I’ll show him his place. That he made a scene is a sign of insecurity.”
They collide Saturday in what should be a spirited grudge rematch on Universum’s big world title twinbill in Magdeburg. WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz defends against unbeaten Edward “Eddy” Gutknecht in the other world title matchup. (more…)
By David Finger
Judging from HBO’s recent treatment of the heavyweight division, you’d think boxing’s glamor division has been in a serious slump for several years, despite the fact that the reigning IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (54-3, 48 KOs) is so clearly a class above almost every contender in the division. Since winning the IBF title back in 2006 from Chris Byrd, he has arguably not lost a single round against the eight fighters he’s defended his title against, and even his harshest critics admit that he could easily continue that streak of dominance for several more years. (more…)
Up-and-coming tennis ace Caroline Wozniacki, the world number two and 2009 US open finalist, will be ringside on April 24th to support fellow Danish superstar Mikkel Kessler in his must-win Super Six World Boxing Classic clash with WBC super-middleweight champion Carl Froch. Wozniacki and Kessler have been good friends for a long time, and despite a very tight tournament schedule, the 19-year-old sensation will travel to Herning to cheer for the “Viking Warrior” in the most important fight of his career. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / FIghtnews Canada
Edison Miranda makes his fourth appearance on HBO this weekend and if his team is to be believed, the hard slugging Colombian’s lethal right hand will be only one element of what we’ll see in the ring against undefeated IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute on Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal. “He was a one trick pony when I got him,” said famed trainer Joe Goossen who has been working with the fighter since his loss to Arthur Abraham 11 months ago. “He stood straight, threw the big right, kept the same distance, everything was pretty one dimensional. He was fairly rudimentary and all he had was that forceful right hand.” (more…)
WBO junior featherweight champion Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. of Puerto Rico (18-0-1, 15 KOs) will make the first defense of his title this May 29th against unbeaten Universum promoted Zsolt Bedak (15-0, 5 KOs) of Hungary. The card is being titled ‘Undefeated Champions’ and will take place at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. The co-feature will have WBO super featherweight champion Román ‘Rocky’ Martínez (23-0-1, 14 KOs) of Puerto Rico defending against Gonzalo Munguía (17-6-3, 13 KOs) of Nicaragua. PR Best Boxing (Iván and Peter Rivera) in association with All Star Boxing’s Félix ‘Tutico’ Zabala will promote the event. (more…)
No pay-per-view numbers have been released on the April 3 Bernard Hopkins-Roy Jones Jr. bout, however attendance numbers released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission reports may be an indication. The fight at the 12,000-seat Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas drew a crowd of 6,551 with 2,311 of those being comped.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Nicaraguan referee Enrique Portocarrero will be the third man in the ring when Panamanian WBA interim flyweight world champion Luis “El Nica” Concepcion (19-1, 14 KOs) and Mexican WBC former jr. flyweight world champion Erick Ortiz (32-9-3 , 21 KOs) meet at Roberto Duran Arena in Panama City on April 22. The three judges are Luis Rivera (US), Francisco Martinez (New Zealand) and Roberto Ramirez (Puerto Rico). The fight Supervisor is Rodolfo Fortich (Colombia).
Promoter Les Bonano has announced that heavyweight Kendrick Releford (21-13-2, 10 KOs) will replace injured Leo Nolan in the main event to battle with “Big Fred” Kassi (15-1, 8 KOs) on April 24th at the Hollywood Casino in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. “Releford will be the best fighter that Kassi has ever fought in his professional career,” said Bonano. Nolan pulled out of the Kassi fight late last week with a back injury. He forwarded copies of his medicals from Henry Ford Medical Center. Nolan’s representative stated that the fight with Kassi will be rescheduled when Nolan obtains the approval medically to fight.
Three-time world champion Miguel Cotto has settled into his training camp in Tampa this week. Cotto is in camp with his new trainer Emanuel Steward, his physical trainer, Phil Landman and his assistant trainer Joe Santiago. “We have to take Miguel back to his days as a boxer, because for his fight against Yuri Foreman he will need to be quick to cut the ring off and fast to land his punches,” said Steward. Cotto will take on Foreman for the WBA super welterweight championship on June 5 at Yankee Stadium in a fight to be telecast live on HBO. Cotto will be seeking a world title in a third division. He has held the WBO Jr. welterweight and welter championship as well as the WBA welterweight championship.
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By Andreas Hale
– I don’t think any fighter has a chance to beat me. There’s a blueprint on Shane, he has five losses. Nobody has beaten Floyd Mayweather. The ultimate goal is try to build a fight that can beat Mayweather.
– I think he’s out of character. We know the soft-spoken Shane Mosley. Now he’s 38-years-old getting tattooed? I think his divorce has played a major role and put a lot of pressure on Shane. I know what it takes. There’s no pressure on me. I do everything great.
– Mosley has been in the sport 18 years. WE don’t know how long Shane has been doing PED’s. All of these fighters have been cheating for years. People have been hurt by cheaters. I want to do the sport, and I want to do it clean. I’m the face of boxing and I’m here to clean it up.
– (On people saying his fights are “boring”) It’s not my fault that I’m so much better than the fighters that I’m facing. It’s always so one-sided. They want to see me fight in a toe- to-toe battle. I’m just a smart and a very intelligent fighter.
By Robert Coster
Jr welterweight Jhoan Perez (8-0, 7 KOs) is probably Venezuela’s hottest prospect. In his last fight, on the undercard of the Moreno-Cermano title bout, Perez greatly impressed onlookers by destroying fellow prospect Azael Cosio (then unbeaten at 8-0) of Panama in just two rounds, thus winning the WBA Fedecentro title. The lanky 5’11 Perez has one great asset and it’s called power with both hands. He has been compared in that department to Edwin Valero. Perez turned pro after a successful amateur career where he racked up a 100-17 record. (more…)
By Dave Spencer–Fightnews Canada
Lucian Bute and Edison Miranda raise the bar as far as fashion is concerned in advance of their IBF super middleweight title showdown set for Saturday for Montreal. “People ask why I haven’t bad-mouthed Lucian Bute,” said Miranda in front of a crowded media contingent. “I respect fighters who earn it and Lucian Bute has earned that respect.” For more details and photos click here…
In addition to their award winning boxing coverage, tonight SHOWTIME SPORTS presents “Inside NASCAR” giving fans of America’s No. 1 spectator sport weekly highlights and analysis every Wednesday at 10PM ET/PT on SHOWTIME. (more…)
By Ricardo Conde
Former two time junior flyweight champion Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria (26-3, 15 KOs) of Waipahu, Hawaii, under the watchful eye of former junior lightweight champ, Robert Garcia, will step back into the ring this coming June in the Philippines against an opponent yet to be determined. Viloria will be making his run at a third world title, but this time at flyweight and began preparations this week. This will be Viloria’s first fight after his devastating loss to Carlos Tamara (21-4, 15 KOs) of Columbia for the IBF junior flyweight title back in January of this year. For more details and photos click here…
Photo: A press conference held yesterday kicked off the upcoming Peter Manfredo-Angel Hernandez “Hometown Heroes” card May 22 at the Mohegan Sun. ‘ This is a very tough fight for me,” said Manfredo. “It seems like all of my fights have been hard fights and this one should be no different.”
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Who Will Be Sent Home? All New Ultimate Fighter Tonight On Spike: Team Liddell took the first victory in the competition – will Team Ortiz rebound and even the score? Plus, who will end up leaving the competition? Tune into an all new episode of The Ultimate Fighter tonight at 10pm ET/PT, followed by an all new Best of PRIDE® on SPIKE.
Before Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Sugar Shane Mosley heat up the Las Vegas night in their Saturday, May 1 mega-fight, some of the top contenders in boxing today will enter the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. In welterweight action, 19-year-old Mexican prodigy Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (31-0-1, 23 KOs) puts his unbeaten record on the line against veteran contender Jose Miguel Cotto (31-1-1, 23 KOs) in a 10-round bout, former world champion Daniel Ponce De Leon (38-2, 32 KOs) and Cornelius Lock (19-4-1, 12 KOs) will face off in a 10-round featherweight match-up, while Argentinean power puncher Hector David Saldivia (33-1, 26 KOs) takes on Las Vegas native Said Ouali (26-3, 18 KOs) in a 10-round welterweight fight.
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