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By Ricardo Conde
With only two weeks away from his world middleweight championship fight against Kelly Pavlik, WBC junior middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez continues his preparations. Martinez (44-2-2, 24 KOs) will be challenging WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik (36-1, 32 KOs) on Saturday, April 17th at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ which will be shown live on HBO World Championship Boxing and is being promoted by Top Rank in association with DiBella Entertainment. Tickets are priced at $350, $200, $100 and $50 and are available at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-736-1420. Click here for more photos…
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Sakio Bika will clash with Jesse Brinkley before June 16th for the IBF #1 position, and if he wins will eventually fight for the IBF super middleweight championship against Lucian Bute. Bika talks to Fightnews and tells of his respect for Brinkley’s ability, but says he is confident he will defeat the American and then challenge Bute in a rematch that he is also confident of winning (more…)
The first Sky Ute Casino card of the year is set to go in Ignacio, Colo., tomorrow night. In the main event, Four Corners’ champion Elco “The Animal” Garcia (22-7, 11 KOs) will take on Mohammad Said (33-8-1, 24 KOs), of Sao Paulo, Brazil in a ten-round middleweight bout. Said is on an eight-bout win streak since 2008. In the co-main, Bloomfield, NM light heavyweight Victor Filerio (2-0, 1 KO) takes on Mike Montoya (2-1, 2 KOs), of Colorado Springs, Colo. Also on the lineup: Brittany Cruz (6-2-1) goes four with Albuquerque Jessica Sanchez (1-1-2); New Mexico heavyweight Reginald Jackson (1-1) goes four with debuter Lawrence Ashurst; local jr. middleweight Servando Lopez (1-0) takes on Jamal Hodges (1-7-1) in a four-rounder; and, in a four-round bantam bout, New Mexico’s Aaron Fernandez (0-2) takes on Las Vegas’ David Springer (2-1-3). For tickets, call 888.842.4180.
Former five time world champ Johnny Tapia is back in jail for failing a urine test. KOB TV in Albuquerque, N.M. broke the story this morning, reporting that Tapia returned to jail yesterday after his urine tested positive for cocaine. The urine test was part of his conditions for an early release in January into a community custody program rather than fulfill the length of a sentence for a probation violation.
WBA heavyweight champion David Haye and challenger John Ruiz took to the scales this afternoon ahead of their title showdown in Manchester, England tomorrow night. Champion Haye looked in magnificent shape and tipped the beam at 222lbs (15 stone 12lbs) while Ruiz, who refused to take his t-shirt off, weighed 231 lbs (16 stone 7 lbs). The fight is being broadcast live in the UK on Sky Box Office.
By Craig Watt
IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green (28-3, 25KO’s) is in the final stages of his training camp in Sydney for his upcoming title defence on April 14th. He takes on Manny Siaca (22-6, 19KO’s) from Puerto Rico in a bout that is sold out at the Challenge Stadium in Green’s hometown of Perth, Western Australia. This is a “homecoming” fight for the popular Australian who is a three weight world champion having previously won the WBA light-heavyweight and interim WBC 168 pound titles. The 5,500 capacity crowd was sold out in just two hours in his hometown city when tickets went on sale last month.
The 37 year old “Green Machine” comes off his most impressive win to date when he stopped future Hall of Famer Roy Jones Junior in 122 seconds in December which shocked the boxing world. After possible fights against Bernard Hopkins and Antonio Tarver fell through he turned his attention to a lucrative potential rematch with two time WBA super-middleweight champion Anthony Mundine. (more…)
IBF Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester (33-3, 16 KOs) will return to the ring on June 5 when he takes on mandatory challenger Roman Karmazin (40-3, 26 KOs) in Germany. While Sylvester comes off an 10th-round TKO victory over Billy Lyell, Karmazin knocked out Dionisio Miranda to earn the right to challenge Sylvester. Bash Boxing had won the purse bid for the clash. “Roman Karmazin and I are extremely grateful for the support of our friends and colleagues at RusLoto in St. Petersburg, Russia,” commented Bash Boxing President Steven Bash. “In light of some timing obstacles surrounding a summer promotion in Russia, we look forward to working together with Sauerland Event in co-promoting this historic fight and making it available to boxing fans in Russia and all around the world. Roman Karmazin, a true road warrior in every sense of the word, is eager to come back to Germany and become the first Russian boxer in history to win a world title in two different weight classes.” (more…)
By Mariano A. Agmi
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Showtime Sports General Manager Ken Hershman invited the media to the Renaissance New York Times Hotel on Tuesday for a round-table discussion about the “Super Six World Boxing Classic” tournament his network is delivering as well as the general state of boxing. In addition to Hershman, panelists included tournament promoters Lou DiBella, Dan Goossen, Mick Hennessy, Kalle Sauerland, Chris Meyer and Gary Shaw.
The revolutionary tournament pits six of the best super middleweights in the world against one another, with three boxers from the US and three from Europe participating. (more…)
“I really feel like every fight is a stepping stone to winning a world title. Hopefully, I’ll win my first world title in 2010,” said confident undefeated Cuban junior middleweight rising star Erislandy Lara (10-0, 6 KOs), who faces dangerous veteran Danny Perez (34-6, 17 KOs) tonight in the ten round main event on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME. “I just want to prove myself,” Lara continued. “Tonight is just the beginning. This is just the start of my great career.” The 33-year-old former world title challenger Perez stated “Training has been perfect. My weight is where it’s supposed to be. Fighting on SHOWTIME is perfect for me. I have a lot of respect for my opponent, but once we get in the ring it’s a different ballgame. I trained hard so when we get in there I’ll go at it.” (more…)
WBC CABOFE beltholder and current WBC #8 heavyweight contender Manny “El Toro” Quezada (29-4-1, 18 KOs) is making final preparations for his first fight of 2010 against veteran Jason Gavern (18-7-3, 8 KOs). The April 8th card will be the first of four scheduled shows at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California this year presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions. The 32-year old Quezada, who hails from nearby Wasco, California, will be making his 18th appearance at his “Home Away From Home” at Tachi. He will be seeking his 19th consecutive victory. (more…)
On April 24, Hollywood Casino in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi will host one of biggest heavyweight fights the Gulf Coast has seen in nearly a decade when crowd pleaser “Big Fred” Kassi (15-1, 8 KOs) returns for a ten round bout with veteran Leo Nolan (27-2, 10 KOs). “The Kassi-Nolan fight will be the biggest fight held on the Gulf Coast since the Etienne vs. Botha fight that was held in the New Orleans Arena and televised on Showtime on July 22, 2002,” said promoter Les Bonano. “This will be a real test for Kassi, and his performance could lead him to being rated and open some big doors for him in the boxing world.” In the co-feature, light heavyweight Anthony Doughty (7-1) will battle it out with undefeated Justin Verdin (9-0) in a six-rounder. “I was surprised that Doughty accepted this match,” said Bonano. “Most fighters typically attempt to build and improve their record and do not necessarily move up to challenge an unbeaten fighter until they make a large payday. In this case, he is willing to step up to the challenge without the bigger payday.” Tickets are $20, $50 and $100. Call 1-800-229-2683. Must be at least 21 to attend.
By Felipe Leon
Visibly excited and nervous, Antonio Lozada Jr, David De La Mora and Arturo “Fuerte” Badillo, the three main players of the “Sangre Nueva (New Blood)” fight card being held on Saturday, April 10th in Tijuana, MX, all agreed that they will not waste the opportunity afforded to them by newly minted promotional company, Baja Boxing. The three undefeated fighters were part of the first press conference hosted by Baja Boxing to announce the multiple bout fight card in which each one of them will be on their quest to capture their respective division’s WBC Fecarbox title. The three title fights will be televised by Televisa in all of Mexico. (more…)
Junior lightweight Dominic Salcido (17-2, 9 KOs) will look to rebound from two recent defeats when he takes on unbeaten Guillermo Sanchez (11-0, 5 KOs) in the co-featured bout on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” telecast May 14th at Buffalo Bill’s Casino & Resort in Primm, Nevada. As previously reported, former two-time lightweight champion Julio “The Kidd” Diaz moves up to junior welterweight to face former title challenger Hermann Ngoudjo in the main event. Tickets are $10 and $50. The venue is located 25 minutes south of Las Vegas on Interstate 15 at the Southern Nevada/California state line.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former WBC light heavyweight champion Jeff “Hit Man” Harding (23-2, 17 KOs) of Australia will be honored by the WBC at the Grange Gym Fox televised promotion featuring world-rated super middleweight Jamie Pittman (19-1, 8 KOs) vs Joseph Kwadio (13-1, 9 KOs) of Ghana over twelve rounds at the Le Montage Reception Center in Lilyfield, NSW, Australia on April 8th. Harding was recently inducted into the WBC Hall of Fame. (more…)
Boxing returns to Green Bay, Wisconsin on April 9th as the Oneida Casino along with John Petitjean’s Championship Productions presents a super middleweight battle between Milwaukee veteran Kendall Gould (12-14-1, 6 KOs) and Aaron Pryor, Jr. (12-2, 9 KOs) scheduled for eight rounds. Pryor, the son of former world champion and Hall of Fame junior welterweight Aaron “The Hawk” Pryor, has been training in Newark, New Jersey with his father who will be attending the fights. Pryor is co-managed by another Hall of Famer in trainer Emanuel Steward. (more…)
WBA super bantamweight champion Celestino Caballero’s trainer Jeff Mayweather has responded to comments made by unbeaten Daud Cino Yordan (25-0,19 KOs) of Indonesia, who has stated that he would crush Caballero (33-2, 23 KOs) when given the opportunity. The two square off April 10th in Sunrise, Florida for the WBA interim featherwight title. “Yordan will be the one getting knocked out,” said Mayweather. “He has not defeated anyone near the level of Celestino. Furthermore his own people think he is going to lose. I’ve received multiple messages on my Facebook from fellow countryman of his in Indonesia saying that Yordan is a nice guy but hasn’t fought anybody and will lose to Caballero.”
The Heavyweight Factory returns to the Hard Rock LIVE Arena in Hollywood, Florida on April 13 with former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (48-5-1, 42 KOs) taking on Rafael Pedro (20-8-1, 14 KOs) in a scheduled ten-round main event. Lightweight Richard Abril (12-2-1, 6 KOs) meets Darnell Jiles (8-1-1, 3 KOs) in the co-featured bout. The undercard is stacked with young talent, mostly heavyweights. Tickets are $105, $55 and $30. Call 305-917-5656.
It’s been over two years since Victor Lupo (17-1-2, 9 KO’s) last fought in Canada’s national hotbed of boxing, the Province of Quebec.
And despite the fact that Lupo stopped native son Leonardo Rojas in Montreal’s Bell Centre in February of 2008 to claim the Canadian Welterweight championship, the Romanian-born Toronto resident is returning to boxing-crazed Montreal with a point to prove. (more…)
From the Rio Casino in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s “Hometown Heroes” card. Doors open at 6 p.m., first bell is at 6:30.
Sharif Bogere 139 vs. Martin Tucker 143
Robert Rodriguez 124.5 vs. Manuel Delgado 124.5
Eddie Salas, 164 vs. Michael Alexander 164
Michael Finney 143.5 vs. Jordan Washington*
*will weigh in later
Bradley Blankenship 157 vs. Abram Espinosa 158
Fidel Maldonado 136 vs. Blake Franklin 137 (more…)
Prior to Roy Jones Jr (54-6, 40 KOs) and Bernard Hopkins (50-5-2 1NC, 35 KOs) settle their 17-year-old score on April 3rd at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, both Square Ring and Golden Boy will showcase their fighters on the undercard.
Roy Jones Jr attended the undercard press conference and spoke on not only being a fighter, but a promoter . . . Click here for more
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization, Canucks Sports and Entertainment and the City of Vancouver announced today that UFC 115 will take place in the City of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada at General Motors Place on Saturday, June 12. (more…)
From The Joint at the Hard Rock & Hotel in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s ShoBox card promoted by Golden Boy Promotions.
Erislandy Lara 156.5 vs. Danny Perez 155.5
Carlos Velasquez 127.5 vs. Ira Terry 128
Toddy Junior 129 vs. Luis Martinez 129
Hector Sanchez 145 vs. Cleotis Pendarvis 146
Deontay Wilder 215.5 vs. Tyson Cobb 254
Mike Perez 135.5 vs. Sergi Ganjelashvili 135.5
World Extreme Cagefighting® proudly confirms the remaining bouts of its pay-per-view card headed to ARCO Arena in Sacramento, Calif. on Saturday, April 24. If two world title fights featuring Jose Aldo vs. Urijah Faber and Ben Henderson vs. Donald Cerrone, as well as a clash between former featherweight champion Mike Brown and Manny Gamburyan weren’t enough, WEC General Manager Reed Harris has announced eight more explosive fights slated for this historic weekend.
Photo: Undefeated Sharif “The Lion Warrior” Bogere (14-0, 8 KOs) poses for a shot at today’s weigh-in at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. Tomorrow night, Bogere headlines the Hometown Heroes card promoted by TKO Boxing and Guilty. Bogere puts his clean record on the line against Ohio’s Martin Tucker (7-5, 3 KOs).
Delvin Rodriguez, Mike Arnaoutis and the rest of the participants of the Star Boxing promoted card weighed-in today at the Mohegan Sun. Rodriguez is defending his USBA welterweight championship against Arnaoutis in the main event on ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights.”
Delvin Rodriguez 146.25 vs. Mike Arnaoutis 146.25
Demetrius Andrade 153.25 vs. Geoffrey Spruiell 153.25
Roberto Benitez 120.25 vs. Yan Barthelemy 121.75
Yathomas Riley 172 vs. Walter Foster Jr. 175
Shqiprim Muriqi 164.25 vs. Fasika Bezabeh 165.75 (more…)
In a battle of former heavyweight world title challengers, Tony Thompson (33-2, 21 KOs) will take on Owen Beck (29-4, 20 KOs) on April 16th. The bout will be a scheduled ten round main event aired on an edition of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights boxing series. The ten round co-main event will feature a battle of unbeaten lightweights as Henry Lundy (17-0-1, 10 KOs) will meet Tyrese Hendrix (18-0-1, 7 KOs). The card will take place at the New Daisy Theater in Memphis, Tennessee. CES/Prizefight/Goosen Tutor will promote.
By Francisco Salazar
Quotes from today’s conference held in Los Angeles for the twelve-round super welterweight clash between Paul “The Punisher” Williams (38-1, 27 KOs) and Kermit “The Killer” Cintron (32-2-1, 28 KOs) to be held Saturday, May 8 at The Home Depot Center Tennis Stadium in Carson, CA.
Paul Williams: “I thank Kermit for giving me the opportunity for this fight. Why? Because everone else pulls out on me. I know that he’s a hard puncher and he’s going to bring it. He’s got a lot to prove. I like this fight because this is going to be a knockdown drag-out fight. This will be a good fight for fans to see.”
Kermit Cintron: “I have nothing bad to say about Paul Williams. He’s a great champion. It will be a great night on May 8th for two great champions. I know that I will be coming into this fight in the best shape ever. This fight will not be like Pacquiao-Clottey. Let the best man win.” For more details and photos click here…
Report by Brady Crytzer
Photos courtesy of Josh Hedges, UFC
Kenny “KenFlo” Florian gave former PrideFC champion Takanori Gomi an unkind welcome to the UFC by submitting him in the third round with a tight rear naked choke.
Questions were set to be answered Wednesday night in Charlotte at the Bojangles Coliseum as Japanese superstar Takanori “The Fireball Kid” Gomi was making his UFC debut against two time title challenger Kenny Florian . . . Click here for more
Former world champion Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield and WBF world heavyweight champion Frans “The White Buffalo” Botha will meet for Botha’s title on Saturday, April 10th at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas. Both fighters and some of the supporting card fighters including the female “Baby Faced Assassin” Crystal Hoy will be doing a meet and greet for the public on Monday, April 5th at Findlay Toyota, 7733 Eastgate Road in Henderson, Nevada. Holyfield is scheduled to appear at noon and Botha is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. As a bonus, if you purchase or lease any vehicle at Findlay between now and April 5th you will receive 2 tickets to the fight. — Butch Gottlieb
InterBox and TKO Boxing Promotions have confirmed that top welterweight prospect Mikael Zewski will mark his Canadian professional debut on Friday, May 28th as he returns to his home province to battle at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City.
The 21 year old native of Trois-Rivières, Quebec, will be the featured undercard bout to the highly anticipated showdown between legendary Quebec former world champion Eric Lucas and perennial contender Librado Andrade. The rest of the undercard will be stacked with Quebec City boxers Pier-Olivier Côté, Eric Martel and also Benoit Gaudet from Drummondville, Québec. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
Highly regarded (WBO #2, IBF #10 and WBA #14) Russian middleweight Dmitry Pirog will make his next ring appearance on April 27 in St. Petersburg as a part of a huge tournament, which will be arranged by local Jab Promotion (president Vitaly Supichenko). Accroding to Allboxing.ru, Pirog (15-0, 12 KOs), who is himself promoted by Kirill Pchelnikov and German Titov Promotions, is set to fight Estonian Sergey Melis (15-1, 5 KOs) in a scheduled ten-rounder. This contest will crown a decorated undercard of the cross-roader between Alexander Kotlobay (18-1-1, 12 KOs) and Enzo Maccarinelli (31-4, 24 KOs) for a vacant European cruiserweight title. (more…)
Sharif “The Lion Warrior” Bogere will face off against veteran Martin Tucker in an eight round lightweight showdown in the main event of Hometown Heroes, set for tomorrow night, April 2nd at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. (more…)
Photo: Rocky Juarez (28-5-1, 20 KOs), of Houston, poses with opponent Jason Litzau (26-2, 21 KOs), of St. Paul, Minn. Juarez and Litzau will face off in the co-main of The Rivals: Hopkins vs. Jones II Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, for the NABF super featherweight title. Stay tuned for a full report from today’s undercard press conference.
WBA heavyweight champion David Haye and former champ John Ruiz faced off at a prefight presser today in advance of Saturday’s world title clash in Manchester, England. Haye proclaimed that he plans to KO “The Quiet Man,” whereas Ruiz stated he’s heard it all before and he expects to reclaim the belt. Click here for fighter quotes…
The charismatic and popular world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce will return to the ring on Saturday, April 24 to take on Cecilio Santos in the main event of “Top Rank Live” to be telecast by Fox Sports Net and Fox Sports en Español. The 12-round battle will take place at the new Multi Use Center of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico and will include the 2010 debut of the undefeated contender Miguel “Barreterito” Beltran of Los Mochis who will take on tough guy Jockson Hernandez of Ensenada in a 10 round super featherweight bout. Arce (53-6-1, 40 KOs) of nearby Los Mochis is the current WBO junior bantamweight champion; a title he won in January in Mexico City by stopping Angky Angkota, also on “Top Rank Live.” (more…)
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