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Montreal-based Romanian Lucian Bute took time out of his busy fight-week training schedule to answer a few questions from SHOWTIME. The 29-year-old undefeated Bute risks his International Boxing Federation (IBF) super middleweight crown against hard-hitting Fulgencio Zuniga on ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, March 13 (live on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) at the Bell Centre in Montreal. (more…)
By Dave Spencer — Fightnews Canada
Tuesday marked the second time Fulgencio Zuniga had been to Montreal. The first was last September when he brought to the city to help prepare IBF champion Lucian Bute keep his world super-middleweight title with some scheduled sparring. This time out, the Colombian slugger has exactly the opposite in mind. “I’m coming with a great hunger to win this fight. I’m coming to Quebec to win the belt and to bring it back to Columbia.” But while both boxers renewed acquaintances before this Friday’s fight at the Bell Centre, both were very quiet and reserved and the thunder was stolen by Alfredo Marchio, promoter to the challenger who threatened to pull out if Montreal referee is the third man in the ring when the bell rings. (More)
By Boxing Bob Newman
Boxing returns to Paradise in sunny St. Thomas, USVI as 340 promotions and Sampson Boxing in association with Warriors Boxing and Arano Box Producciones present “Boxing In Paradise II” at the UVI Sports and Fitness Center on Friday, March 27. It goes without saying that the local attraction will be the brothers Jackson – John and Julius, the offspring of two-division world champion Julian Jackson, fresh off their January 30, 2009 pro debuts. Headlining the seven bout card will be a WBA Fedelatin welterweight title bout between defending champion, Argentine Hector Saldavia and Indonesian challenger Daudy Bahari, scheduled for eleven rounds. (more…)
By Jose Reyes
Unbeaten former WBC Youth welterweight champion “King” James De La Rosa (18-0, 12 KOs) has solidified himself as a true prospect in the thick welterweight division. At the age of 21, “King” James De La Rosa is a five-year professional prize fighter that has become better known for his hard-hitting body attacks that leave opponents gasping for dear life. “King” James is a Mexican-African-American and younger brother of “The Contender” Season One, Juan “El Gallo Negro” De La Rosa (19-3-1, 15 KO’s), and both live in the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas. James De La Rosa is now trained by veteran trainer Danny Smith who has trained the likes of former world champions, Fernando “El Feroz” Vargas, Diego “Chico” Corrales, and Ishe Smith to name a few. Danny is now training former undisputed middleweight champion (WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO) Jermaine “Bad Intentions” Taylor (28-2-1, 17 KO’s) who is preparing for his April 25th WBC super middleweight title challenge against unbeaten current champion Carl Froch (24-0, 19 KO’s) at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. (more…)
WBO #7/WBA #9/WBC #12 ranked cruiserweight BJ Flores (22-0-1, 14 KOs) will face Columbian banger Jose Luis Herrera (16-5-1, 16 KOs) on March 21st in Pensacola, Florida. The bout will be a twelve-rounder for the NABO title. “I’m very excited for this opportunity, Herrera is a very hard hitting veteran, I saw what he did on ESPN with his great win over Aaron Williams last year and know that I’ll have to be at my very best to beat him” said Flores. ‘He’s a legitimate force in the division and has never gone the distance, either he knocks me out or I knock him out which should make for an action packed fight for the fans.” The Flores/Herrera bout is the co-main event underneath the Roy Jones Jr. vs Omar Sheika clash at the Pensacola Civic Center.
WBO #2 jr middleweight Lukas Konecny (38-3, 19 KOs) will challenge current EU champion Jimmy Colas (25-4, 11 KOs) on SES’ March 28th card at the Sport Arena Grossziethen in Berlin-Schönefeld. A victory against the Colas could bring the native Czech to the official challenger position. Konecny is seeking a rematch against WBO champion Sergiy Dzinziruk, whom he dropped a controversial to in April 2008. Also scheduled are female title bouts featuring champions Natascha Ragosina and Ramona Kuehne.
Former top contender Diobelys Hurtado (40-3-1, 25 KOs), now training out of Brighton, Colo., has signed to fight Carlos Molina (15-4-1, 5 KOs) at the Miccosukee Casino in Miami, Fla., April 3. The two will fight for the vacant WBA Latino welterweight championship. The Cuban-born Hurtado, fighting under Top Notch Boxing now, is hoping to get a title shot within one or two more shots, should he get by Molina.
Ringside by Kurt Wolfheimer, photos by Mike Greenhill
Undefeated hometown featherweight Carney “Beeper” Bowman (13-0, 5 KOs) was able to pound out an awkward eight-round unanimous decision victory over former world title challenger Jesus Salvador Perez (25-24-3, 14 KOs), dropping him two times in front of a near capacity crowd at the Valencia Ballroom in York, Pa., Saturday night . . . click here for more
IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute and challenger Fulgencio Zuniga met at today’s press conference in advance of their SHOWTIME-televised clash clash on Friday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal. The Zuniga camp made some waves when promoter Alfredo Marchio threatened to pull his man out of the the fight if local referee Marlon Wright is assigned as the referee. The IBF has not yet announced the officials for the fight.
By Kurt Wolfheimer
KEA boxing is set to bring professional boxing back after a 35 year absence to the beautiful town of Wilkes-Barre, PA on April 11th at the beautiful Woodlands Inn and Resort. The card will feature the return of heavyweight prospect Jason Gavern (16-5-3, 8KO’s) in the six round main event. Gavern the former 2001 PA State super heavyweight champion, recently scored a unanimous decision over Butler PA’s Jim Emrick (7-3-1, 2KO’s) and will look to take that next step up as he moves toward national contention when he faces the always dangerous Bernard “Bad A–” Brown (6-5-2, 3KO’s) of Baltimore, Maryland. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
Photo: Sovetskiy Sport
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The eighth of March is a special day, which is marked with a red color in Russian calendar and is celebrated as the International Women’s Day (IWD) in the country. Started as a political event, the holiday blended in the culture of many countries, but primarily the states of former Soviet bloc, i.e. Eastern Europe. In Russia, the day lost its political flavor, and became simply an occasion for men to express their love to the women around them in a way somewhat similar to Mother’s Day and St. Valentine’s Day mixed together.
Marco Antonio Barrera held a press conference today in England for his lightweight showdown Saturday night against Amir Khan to be shown on PPV in North American. Here is the future Hall of Famer before he went inside to the presser.
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Kiel played host to a star-studded media work-out on Tuesday afternoon as IBF Middleweight Champion King Arthur Abraham, WBA/WBC Welterweight Contender Cecilia Braekhus and “Relentless” Lamon Brewster gave the boxing fans a first impression of their talents. In Saturday´s main fight, King Arthur looks to further improve his stunning record of 28 victories (23 KOs) without defeat. He takes on unbeaten Lajuan Simon (21-0, 12 KOs). “I am highly motivated,” King Arthur said. “The fact that he has never tasted defeat before has further enhanced my motivation. After fighting me, he will know what it is like to leave the ring as the loser.” (more…)
Former WBA bantamweight world champion Wladimir Sidorenko and WBO cruiserweight title challenger Alexander Alekseev will return to the ring on May 2 in Bremen, Germany. The “Mini-Power Station” Sidorenko will face current WBA champion Anselmo Moreno (24-1-1, 8 KOs) is a rematch of his controversial points loss one year earlier. “I feel I was cheated out of the win,” said Sirorenko at a press conference at the Maritim-Hotel in Bremen. “I want to take my belt back.” Cruiserweight Alexander Alekseev (16-1, 15 KOs) also wants to get back on track after being upset by Victor Ramirez in January in a bout for the vacant WBO interim belt. Alekseev will now take on Contender Season Three contestant Max Alexander (14-4-2, 2 KOs). “I don’t always want to remain a contender, but to become the world cruiserweight champion, he said. “Here in Bremen I want to take the first step on the way.”
Headlining the card is the popular unbeaten WIBF/WBC featherweight world champion Ina Menzer (23-0, 9 KOs) defending her belt against Franchesca “The Chosen One“ Alcanter (18-8-1, 9 KOs). The photogenic Menzer aims to keep her status as a ZDF successor to legendary Regina Halmich. Universum is returning to Bremen nearly ten years after the appearance of Dariusz “Tiger” Michalczewski in the same city.
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Talks between the camps of IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye appear to have collapsed. Coupled in the cancelation of a Los Angeles press conference to announce the April 11th clash between Chris Arreola and Jameel McCline, Eastern European media is running wild with reports that Wlad may now defend against Arreola on June 20. Team Klitschko has made no official announcement on who Wladimir’s next opponent will be.
By Robert Coster reporting from Amneville-les-Thermes, France
The small town of Amneville (pop. 25,000) in the beautiful Moselle region, 25 kilometers from the German border, is feeling the crunch of the world economic crisis as steel mills are closing and people losing their jobs. This week however, the hard hit people of Amneville have something to cheer about. On Friday two former world champions clash in a dramatic bout that will send one of them into definitive retirement. French hero, former WBA junior featherweight champion Mayhar Monshipour (30-3-2, 20 KOs) squares off against former IBF jr bantamweight champion Felix Machado (25-9, 12 KOs) of Venezuela. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Despite our commission’s continual dissuasion and despite our boxing world’s strong opposition, ex-WBC bantam champ Joichiro Tatsuyoshi (20-7-1, 14 KOs), 118, went abroad again to continue fighting and miserably suffered a bad TKO defeat by a mediocre Thai opponent named Sakai Jockygym, 118.75, at 1:03 of the seventh round on Sunday in Bangkok, Thailand. Tatsuyoshi’s bad loss apparently tarnished his previous reputation as one of the most popular attractions ever produced in Japan. The three-time WBC champ, at his prime, surpassed even ticket-selling records of Fighting Harada and Yoko Gushiken. But Tatsuyoshi, already 38, is never what he used to be. The Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) declared his license forfeited because he cannot win over even a six-round boxer here in Japan. Tatsuyoshi previously suffered detached retina and have it operated by well-reputed ophthalmologists three or more times. He may lose his eyesight, if fighting on. (more…)
A household name in his native England, talented, undefeated Carl Froch will look to make a major statement — and enhance his reputation in America — when he defends his World Boxing Council (WBC) super middleweight title against one of the most highly regarded and recognizable fighters of this generation, former undisputed middleweight belt-holder Jermain Taylor, Saturday, April 25, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING from Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. A formal announcement was made by Ken Hershman, Senior VP and General Manager of Sports and Event Programming for SHOWTIME. (more…)
It was with great surprise that Team Sauerland heard about Universum’s press release regarding the fight between WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev and “champion in recess” Ruslan Chagaev. “Klaus-Peter Kohl´s remarks are untrue,” Sauerland Event General Manager Chris Meyer said. “While requesting so many special permits from the WBA, he must have lost his sense for reality. Universum are responsible for the heavyweight chaos. The WBA’s order was clear: Once Chagaev is fit again, he has to fight Valuev. However, Universum decided to take on Drumond instead. The fight was a farce. Drumond could have never become the official world champion because Valuev is the official champion!” (more…)
By Sam DiTusa at ringside
For the multitudes out there who wondered if former champ Stevie Forbes had seen his best days, this reporter is here to tell you he has plenty of petrol left in his tank. Forbes improved to 34-7, 10 KOs with a devastating second round demolition of Jason Davis in front of a SRO crowd at the Spirit Mountain Casino near the Oregon coast. The show was promoted by Roy Jones Jr and “Square Ring” who did a very nice job, and was received well by the crowd. (more…)
Fresh off a smashing victory over Steve Molitor in a world title unification fight last Nov. 20 on SHOWTIME, exciting southpaw Celestino Caballero (31-2, 22 KOs) of Panama will defend his WBA/IBF junior featherweight belts against mandatory challenger Jeffrey Mathebula (22-1-2, 12 KOs) of South Africa in the main event on a special World Championship edition of ShoBox: The New Generation Friday, April 24, on SHOWTIME. The event, which will air live at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast), will originate from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla. (more…)
By Lee Bates
World ranked junior flyweight contender Giovanni Segura (19-1, 15 KOs) will look to redeem himself this Saturday when he faces WBA interim light flyweight champion Cesar Canchila (27-1, 21 KOs) in Mexicali, Mexico. The two fought each other this past July in Las Vegas in a fight where Canchila won a unanimous decision and the vacant WBA interim title. Segura started off strong winning the first two rounds and even scored a knockdown in the second round but it would be Canchila who would take control of the fight from that point on in route to victory. Fightnews spoke with Segura as he finished one of his final training sessions before his rematch with Canchila. He spoke on his first bout with Canchila, a proposed May 23 fight between Canchila and Calderon, and where he’s gained extra motivation to win this rematch with Canchila. (more…)
By Craig Watt
Former WBA light-heavyweight and WBC interim super-middleweight champion Danny Green (25-3, 22 KO’s) announced today that he will return to the ring in his hometown of Perth, Western Australia on April 26th at the Challenger Stadium. He will take on 35 year old South African light-heavyweight Anthony van Niekerk (21-6-2, 13 KO’s) in the first fight of his comeback. Green has not fought since December 2007 when he outpointed Croatia’s Stipe Drews to win the WBA 175 pound title. Despite 16 months out of the ring the 36 year old Green has kept in good shape and this fight is the first of three bouts before he takes on former two-time WBA super-middleweight champion and current WBA#1 ranked middleweight Anthony Mundine(35-3, 24 KO’s) in a revenge grudge match of their 2006 fight which should be one of Australia’s richest fights in history, planned for the 40,000 seat Subiaco Oval, Perth, Western Australia in early 2010. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
It is a unique world title twinbill as one fight is held in Tokyo and another in Kobe and they will be shown by a same network Nippon TV on Thursday. The first to be shown will be the WBC featherweight title bout, where Oscar Larios (65-6-1, 41 KOs), a Mexican warrior, will put his belt on the line against Japanese southpaw prospect Takahiro Aoh (16-1-1, 8 KOs) at the Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan. The second on air will be the WBC bantamweight title go, in which Hozumi Hasegawa (25-2, 9 KOs), a Japanese southpaw champ, will risk his throne against official challenger Vusi Malinga (18-2-1, 11 KOs) at the World Memorial Hall in Kobe. Hasegawa is making his eighth defense since he dethroned Veeraphol Nakhornluang-Promotion in 2005. (more…)
Universum-Promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl is happy that WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev wants a rematch against WBA champion (in recess) Ruslan Chagaev. Sauerland-Boxer Valuev, who won the title after Chagaev was idled by an ankle injury, said in an official statement yseterday, “Enough is enough. All this confusion has to end.”
When will Chagaev-Valuev II take place?
Klaus-Peter Kohl: “That is up to the WBA. Last fall at the WBA Convention, we heard that the fight must take place by Summer 2009. Because Wilfried Sauerland and Valuev then requested and got approved a voluntary title defense against Evander Holyfield, the whole mess emerged that there were two WBA world champions at the same time. And this was despite the fact that we presented medical documents that Ruslan was fit at the start of the year and can fight again after his serious Achilles’ tendon injury.“
What is the new September deadline now?
Klaus-Peter Kohl: “Nikolai Valuev should have been named as only an interim champion. For us, he is no more than that. He clearly lost to Ruslan and will do so again. The Sauerland Team wanted in some incomprehensible way yet a second voluntary defense and the WBA gave us September 2009 as the deadline for the rematch. Now I am glad that Nikolai Valuev and his team have come to their senses. Their actions have only caused confusion. The boxing fans don’t understand it anymore. But it will soon be clear that Ruslan is the only true WBA heavyweight champion.”
Amir Khan talks extensively about his showdown with Marco Antonio Barrera . . . . More
The Mexican legend talks about his fight with the young phenom, Amir Khan . . . . More
Integrated Sports will distribute a world-class pay-per-view card, headlined by Amir Khan versus “The Baby Faced Assassin” Marco Antonio Barrera, Saturday, March 14 live from The M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, United Kingdom . . . Click here for more
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Future Hall of Famer Shane Mosley is in Australia and will be ringside Wednesday to witness his good friend and world rated featherweight Billy Dib challenge Davey Browne for the IBF Pan Pacific Youth featherweight crown at The Cube, Campbelltown, NSW, Australia. Leading Australian promoter Fidel Tukel arranged to have Shane in Australia for Billy Dib’s championship challenge. Tukel said. “It was a pleasure to bring Shane to Australia for Billy’s bout against Davey Browne. Shane and Billy have been good friends for some time now so I am sure it will help him to perform at his best.” Shane Mosley jumped on the scales where he weighed in at 76kg (167.6 lbs) fully dressed. Mosley said, ” it’s always great to come to Australia. I have been here before and enjoy myself each time. This is important fight for Billy so I am happy to be here.” Regarding his fight against Antonio Margarito, Mosley was asked if the Mexican could punch. Mosley said, “I don’t know – he never hit me.”
Middleweight contender Andy Lee’s disappointment over a scheduled Madison Square Garden date falling through has proven to be short lived after he secured a place on the Hunky Dorys World Title Fight Night at The O2, Dublin on March 21st. Lee was set to top the bill at the famous New York venue on March 16th but despite that show falling through Lee’s training won’t go to waste with promoter Brian Peters adding him to an already star studded line-up at The O2 on Saturday week. The main event features Dublin’s own Bernard Dunne challenging for Ricardo Cordoba’s WBA Super Bantamweight title in the first World title fight on Irish soil in 13 years. (more…)
By Craig Watt
When British boxer Amir Khan won the Silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics at lightweight he captivated the UK boxing public, partly as he was just 17 years of age. Viewing figures in the UK were in excess of 15 million for his final when he lost to Cuban veteran Mario Kindelan 30-23 on the scorecards. When he turned professional with Frank Warren and Sports Network in 2005 he was destined to become one of the UK’s top fighters in a period when Joe Calzaghe and Ricky Hatton had elevated the country’s boxing pedigree to new heights. (more…)
By Craig Watt
Former Australian Heavyweight champion Vince Cervi was shot dead in Preston, Melbourne, Australia last night after an altercation ended in his shooting. The 41 year old Cervi retired in 1997 from the sport after being Australian Heavyweight Champion in 1995 when he secured the title with a third round stoppage of James Grima in Melbourne. Inside the ring he is perhaps best known for his fight with Joe Bugner in September 1995 when he lost a twelve round decision to the former world heavyweight title challenger. This fight was the first in Bugner’s comeback after over 8 years in retirement. He also fought infront of 38,000 fans in 1992 on the undercard of the Jeff Fenech V Azumah Nelson bout in Melbourne when he drew with Steve Hudson. When paramedics arrived at the scene they tried to revive him but he died soon after their arrival. A man has been charged with his murder.
By Ron Jackson
South Africa’s Vusi Malinga faces the toughest challenge of his boxing life when he challenges Hozumi Hasegawa of Japan for the WBC bantamweight belt at the World Memorial Hall in Kobe, Japan on Thursday night. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
IBF #11-ranked Mike “MJ” Jones, 144, of Philadelphia, PA successfully defended his NABA welterweight belt with an impressive second round destruction of late sub Dario Esalas, 145.5, of Miami, FL last night at the Blue Horizon in Philadelphia. In the co-feature, Teon “The Mechanic” Kennedy, 121, of Philadelphia, showed what he was made of, coming off the floor and overcoming a nasty cut to take a split decision over tough southpaw Andre Wilson, 118.5, of St. Joseph, MO in an eight round super bantamweight bout. Peltz Boxing Promotions, in association with Joe Hand Promotions presented the sold-out, 7-bout show. (more…)
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Marco Antonio Barrera arrived in Manchester on Sunday from Mexico City for his showdown with British sensation Amir Kahn at the M.E.N Arena on Saturday. Today he participated in his first gym workout.
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Four-time world champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao trains at the Wildcard Boxing Club in Hollywood for his upcoming world jr. welterweight championship fight against Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton on May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao vs Hatton is presented by Top Rank and Golden Boy and will be available on HBO Pay Per View.
More than two centuries after the United States achieved its independence from England, friction between the two nations is about to flare up again when “The Ultimate Fighter: United States Vs. United Kingdom” premieres Wednesday, April 1 at 10:00 PM, ET/PT on Spike TV . . . Click here for more
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