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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…)
This week in Aguascalientes, the three-time welterweight world champion Antonio “Tony” Margarito of Tijuana was given a hero’s welcome by the officials, fans and press of that city as he came into town to announce his upcoming fight on May 8 during the final weekend of the month long “Feria de San Marcos”, the largest and most famous fair in Mexico and all of Latin America. “As a kid growing up in Tijuana, we all knew how important and big the fair was in Aguascalientes, so for me to be a part of this event is just great. I will give the fans the kind of fight they expect from me and the kind of fight that an event like this deserves. I know that only the top talent of entertainers perform here and now they will have a top notch boxing card to go along with it,” said Margarito. (more…)
Golden Boy Promotions has announced that Saturday’s Bernard Hopkins vs. Roy Jones Jr. pay-per-view telecast will only be available on pay-per-view and will not be shown on a delayed broadcast by HBO the following week, as is commonly the case. The company also announced that the $49.95 pay-per-view telecast will be aggressively monitored on the internet and any piracy and/or infringements will be legally dealt with in a swift and immediate manner. The main event is scheduled to begin live immediately following the college basketball semi-finals.
By Ricardo Conde
IBF # 9 featherweight contender Miguel “Mikey” Garcia (20-0, 17 KOs) of Oxnard, CA, trained by his brother former junior lightweight champ Robert Garcia, headlines on the latest edition of “Top Rank Live” this Saturday April 3rd at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, TX. The twenty-two year-old Garcia will take on Tomas “El Norteño” Villa (22-6-4, 14 KOs) in a 12 round featherweight bout for the vacant USBA featherweight title, which will be show live on Fox Sports en Español and is being promoted by Top Rank. Also featured on the card will be Mike Alvarado (26-0, 18 KOs), Omar Henry (8-0, 7 KOs) and top prospects Jerry Belmontes (11-0, 3 KOs) and Alfonso Lopez (18-0, 15 KOs). Tickets are available at the American Bank Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 1-800-745-3000.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
In less than a month, on April 24, heavyweight contender Chris Arreola (28-1, 25 KOs) will have a defining fight with former two-division world champion-turned-heavyweight Tomasz Adamek (40-1, 27 KOs). Team Adamek is convinced that “The Nightmare” has never faced a boxer who fights the way the former light heavyweight and cruiserweight world titlist does. Henry Ramirez, Arreola’s trainer and friend acknowledges this, but is sure that the power and relentless attack of Chris will be enough to defeat the Polish fighter known for his granite chin. (more…)
Star Boxing’s light heavyweight prospect Yathomas Riley (7-0, 5KO) has been added to this Friday’s Star Boxing promoted card at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, CT. Headlining the card, which is being broadcast live on ESPN’s “Friday Night Fight” series, is Delvin Rodriguez (24-4-2, 14KO) defending his USBA welterweight championship against “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (22-4-2, 10KO).
The 2006 PAL and National Golden Gloves champion Riley is scheduled to meet Walter Foster (4-1-1, 4KO) in a six round light heavyweight contest. It will be Riley’s third appearance at Mohegan Sun since turning pro there in 2008. (more…)
May 22 will be the moment of truth for Ruslan Chagaev (25-1-1, 17 KOs). The former WBA heavyweight world champion (2007-2009) will return to fighting action at the StadtHalle Rostock in the Hanseatic city of Rostock, Germany when Universum Box-Promotion stages an official WBA heavyweight eliminator against tough Australian Kali Meehan (35-3, 29 KOs). The winner of this highly anticipated fight will be named the mandatory challenger for reigning WBA champion David Haye assuming he gets past John Ruiz on Saturday. (more…)
On Friday April 2nd, the Pride of Greece, “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (22-4-2, 10KO) will move up in weight as he looks to establish himself as a force to be reckoned with in the welterweight division when he challengers Delvin Rodriguez (24-4-2, 14KO) for the USBA welterweight championship in Rodriguez’s backyard at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino. The fight is scheduled for twelve rounds and will be the main event bout of the evening on that night’s ESPN “Friday Night Fights” telecast.
Arnaoutis recently sat down to talk about his upcoming fight, why he decided to move up in weight, and where he hopes to be by the end of this year. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Thompson Boxing Promotions returnson Friday, April 23rd at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA. In a bout featuring youth versus experience, junior welterweight Mauricio Herrera (13-1, 6 KO’s) will take on veteran Efren Hinojosa in the eight round main event. Herrera, from nearby Riverside, is coming off of an eight round split decision loss to former world champion Mike Anchondo in December. Herrera, who holds a regional title, will be fighting for the ninth time at the Doubletree Hotel. Hinojosa, (30-7-1, 17 KO’s) from Lakeside, CA by way of Mexico City, DF, Mexico, has lost five of his last six bouts. He was knocked out in the first round in September by lightweight John Molina in his last bout. (more…)
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Sources indicate that two-division world champion Edwin Valero could be able to leave the San Juan de Dios psychiatric facility in Mérida, Venezuela as soon as Friday or Saturday. Valero’s lawyer Nilda Mora stated that Valero has reacted very well to rehab and won’t have to spend a lot of there since the process of detoxification goes quite fast. A Mérida judge ordered Valero into rehab after he allegedly assaulted his wife (which she denies), threatened medical staff at the Universitario de Los Andes Hospital and resisted arrest. Valero attributed his behavior to alcohol. Other sources indicate that Valero’s representative José Castillo is continuing to seek a United States visa to allow Valero to fight in the U.S.
By Mariano A. Agmi
Promoter Gary Shaw has provided an update on the condition of Andre Dirrell after the blow he suffered when Abraham landed a huge right hand to his head while he was down. “Andre suffered a concussion. One doctor thought he suffered a seizure. His thoughts were very scrambled. He went from yelling to everyone over at Showtime, ‘who called me a coward’ to yelling ‘they knocked me out’ to ‘where’s the fight? I want to fight,’” stated Shaw. Shaw explained that the Michigan State Athletic Commission should have taken additional precautions when a disheveled Dirrell seemed disoriented and confused following the incident. “I think the fact that Michigan has not done a lot of big fights created some problems within the ring,” explained the promoter. “[Andre] should have been taken from the ring in a stretcher and transported immediately to the hospital. Instead he walked to the dressing room and while there was absolutely scrambled”. (more…)
By Mariano A. Agmi at ringside
In a huge upset, journeyman jr welterweight Leo Martinez (15-12, 7 KOs) knocked out previously unbeaten and highly touted Joelo Torres (11-1-1, 7 KOs) on Wednesday night at BB King Blues Club & Grill in the heart of Times Square in New York City. Martinez laid out Torres for the count at 1:23 of the eighth round. Torres was taken from the ring on a stretcher. For more details and photos click here…
The Rio Casino hosted a public press conference on Wednesday afternoon for Hometown Heroes, a sensational evening of professional boxing set for this Friday night, April 2nd.
Amongst those in attendance were undefeated lightweight sensations Sharif Bogere and Terence Crawford, former UNLV amateur standout and pro debuting Bradley Blankenship, junior lightweight Lonnie Smith, bantamweight newcomer Robert Rodriguez, super middleweight Las Vegas native Eddie Salas, lightweight prospect Fidel Maldonado Jr. and welterweight prospect Michael Finney . . . Click here for more
(photo above: Lonnie Smith, Eddie Salas, Sharif Bogere)
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