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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former world champion Félix ‘Tito’ Trinidad and promoter Don King had a meeting in the Hotel Ritz Carlton of Isla Verde, Puerto Rico to try to set up a rematch between Trinidad and Bernard Hopkins. Trinidad, now 36, suffered his first defeat against Hopkins, now 44, in 2001. Sources assure that Don King and Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer are near an agreement for a fight in November. Trinidad needs to train for five or six months.
At the final press conference on Wednesday supporting Friday night’s Don King-promoted fight card (SHOWTIME 11 p.m. ET/PT), St. Louis boxing stars Cory Spinks and Deandre Latimore headed off to Busch Stadium where they received some help from Cardinals mascot “Fredbird” before throwing out ceremonial pitches prior to a night game against the Mets. The former four-time world champion Spinks will take on once-beaten Latimore on Friday for the vacant IBF junior middleweight championship. WBC No. 1-ranked super welterweight Devon Alexander will take on Jesus Rodriguez in the co-feature.
King’s Promotions is proud to announce “Pain on Penn Street” scheduled for May 30 at the Sovereign Performing Arts Center in Reading, PA . In the main event, highly-regarded heavyweight prospect Travis Kauffman (16-0, 13 KOs) will make his first appearance in his hometown since being featured on national television this past December. In his Showtime debut, Kauffman knocked out Malachy Farrell in three rounds. He has since scored two more impressive knockouts, dominating Ken Murphy and Cliff Couser in succession. Kauffman was initially slated to perform on an earlier date but a minor injury pushed back his ring return. (more…)
The principals for Saturday night’s highly anticipated world title fight on SHOWTIME participated in a final press conference on Wednesday at Gallagher’s Steak House in Manhattan. Undefeated Carl “The Cobra” Froch will defend his WBC) super middleweight title against Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor, a former undisputed middleweight titleholder, live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) from the MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Conn. Froch (24-0, 19 KOs), of Nottingham, England, will be making the first defense of the vacant 168-pound crown he gained in his last outing with a unanimous 12-round decision over Jean Pascal on Dec. 6, 2008. Taylor (28-2-1, 17 KOs), of Little Rock, Ark., has had a prolific pro career since winning a bronze medal for the United States in the 2000 Olympic Games. The six-foot-one-inch, 30-year-old Taylor is the only boxer to twice defeat future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins. Senior VP and General Manager of Sports and Event Programming for SHOWTIME, Ken Hershman, Froch and Taylor discussed the upcoming match and fielded questions from the media. (more…)
By Craig Watt
On Sunday former WBA light-heavyweight and WBC interim super-middleweight champion Danny Green (25-3, 22KO’s) returns to the boxing ring after an eighteen month absence following the announcement of his retirement in March 2008. In the promotion entitled, “Unfinished Business” he takes on experienced South African Anthony Van Niekerk (21-6-2, 13KO’s) at the Challenge Stadium in Perth, Western Australia. This is the first fight in the Australian’s planned comeback, targeting former two-time WBA super-middleweight Anthony Mundine in perhaps Australia’s most lucrative fight in history when they plan to face off in front of 40,000 fans at the Subiaco Oval in Perth, early in 2010. Both of Sunday’s matched fighters met at the head to head press conference at the Rendezvous Hotel in Scarborough, Perth Wednesday and faced the media. (more…)
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WBC super middleweight champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch and Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor faced off today in New York City at their final pre fight press conference ahead of their massive world title fight at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut this Saturday night. SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING will televise at 9PM ET/PT. The two fighters finally came face to face after having traded barbs across the Atlantic for the past few months. (More to come.)
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Undefeated champion Juan Manuel Lopez figures to be tested this Saturday night when he takes on the two-time world champion Gerry Penalosa in “Champion vs. Champion” a championship card presented by Top Rank and PR Best Boxing Promotions this Saturday at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. “I welcome the challenge of this great champion and look forward to a great fight this Saturday. He has a lot of experience and has fought at a high level for a long time and it should be a great fight, but one that I expect to win to keep my world title,” said Juan Manuel Lopez, the WBO jr. Featherweight fight. (more…)
Julio Cesar “Pingo” Miranda Lopez said that he’s coming back to Mexico with the WBC flyweight, which will be on the line when he confronts legendary Pongsaklek Wonjongkam on Friday. At today’s press conference that took place in Radisson Hotel in Bangkok Thailand, Miranda (29-3-1, 22 KOs), managed by Promocione and Wonjongkam (71-3-1, 22 KOs) answered all the questions to the media. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Puerto Rican referee Luis Pabon will be the third man on the ring when German Felix Sturm and Japanese Koji Sato fight for the WBA middleweight title at the König Palast in Krefeld, Germany on Saturday. The three judges are David Singh (Panama), Pinit Prayadsab (Thailand) and Juan Manuel García Reyes (Spain). The fight supervisor is Guy Jutras from Canada.
Unbeaten Irish light welterweight sensation Dean “Irish Lightning” Byrne fights for the first time in 2009 when he battles Mexican southpaw Jose Reynoso (10-2, 1 KO) in a scheduled eight round bout on May 1 at South Point Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Not only will Byrne be making his debut in the glitz and glitter of Las Vegas, the 24-year-old Irishman will be fighting the night before the Manny Pacquiao-Ricky Hatton showdown in the same city with Manny’s trainer, Freddie Roach, also in his corner. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Unified world super flyweight champion Vic “Raging Bull’’ Darchinyan, who will attempt to become a world champion in a third weight class when he challenges IBF bantamweight champion Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko on Saturday, July 11, live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT), has replied to comments by Nonito Donaire and his promoter Bob Arum. “I will fight Nonito Donaire, anywhere and anytime, just make sure to bring a belt and don’t be afraid,” said Darchinyan. “Bob Arum likes to talk up his fighters, just to build them up. He was talking about me not being able to attract fans, more people came to watch me and Christian Mijares in the pouring rain than all his boys in the same division on the same night in Vegas.” (more…)
World-ranked, undefeated super middleweight Andre Ward (18-0, 12 KOs) meets hard-hitting Colombian Edison Miranda (32-3, 28 KOs) May 16 on a special Saturday primetime edition of ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. A victory in what most agree will be Ward’s toughest test could put the talented, classy 2004 Olympic Games gold medalist in position to fight the winner of this Saturday’s showdown between undefeated WBC 168-pound champion Carl Froch and former undisputed middleweight kingpin Jerman Taylor on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). (more…)
World Extreme Cagefighting® bantamweight champion Miguel Angel Torres will be honored for his third consecutive title defense by the Chicago White Sox during the team’s game against divisional rival Detroit on Wednesday, May 6 at 7:11PM CT. Torres, a native of nearby East Chicago, IN, will be on hand tothrow out the game’s ceremonial first pitch.
Fresh off a unanimous decision win over Japanese striker Takeya Mizugaki on April 5 at the UIC Pavilion, Torres is thrilled that the White Sox recognized his accomplishments. “The support that I receive in my hometown is phenomenal,” Torres, who improved to 36-1 with the win over Mizugaki, said. “The White Sox are a championship organization and I am looking forward to watching them contend for another World Series title this season.”
By Alexey Potapov
WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (52-3, 46 KOs) can’t wait to get at former WBC/WBA/WBO cruiserweight champion David Haye (22-1, 21 KOs) on June 20th in Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany. After the end of a wild press conference this week in London, the Ukrainian world champion has given an exclusive interview to Fightnews.com.
Hello Wladimir! After lots of offensive comments and a T-shirt with an image of him holding the severed heads of both Klitschko Brothers, what do you feel?
I am revolted! Believe me, he will answer to the Klitschko Family for everything. Both for the T-shirt and for his words. I don’t wish to spend the energy for trash talk as he is doing. I thought that gentlemen lived in England, but that’s not the case with Haye. I’m going to knock him out. I’m going to punish him all twelve rounds. I hope that he doesn’t fall too early.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Current WBO flyweight champion Omar Narváez may defend his crown for the 16th time in June in his home province of Chubut, Argentina. The bout against an opponent to be named could land in the city of Commodore Rivadavia. “Huracan” Narváez is 33 years old and has a record of 29-0-2 with 18 KOs). He has been world champion since July of 2002.
Four-time world champion pound-for-pound king Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao throws out the first pitch for the San Francisco Giants-San Diego Padres major league baseball game Tuesday during “Filipino Heritage Night” at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Manny ‘Bobbleheads’ were given away as gifts to the sold out crowd. Pacquiao is preparing for his upcoming “The Battle of East and West” IBO Jr. Welterweight championship PPV fight against Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton on May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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The Gateway City’s biggest boxing stars opened their workouts to the media today to promote Friday’s “Show Me in St. Louis” card at Scottrade Center (SHOWTIME 11 p.m. ET/PT, 10 p.m. CT, delayed on the West Coast). The main event features a hometown showdown for the vacant International Boxing Federation junior middleweight championship when Cory Spinks (36-5, 11 KOs) takes on hard-punching IBF No. 6-ranked contender Deandre “The Bull” Latimore (19-1, 16 KOs). The co-feature showcases undefeated World Boxing Council No. 1-ranked super lightweight Devon Alexander “The Great” (17-0, 10 KOs) meeting Jesus “Chuy” Rodriguez (19-3, 5 KOs), from Salinas, Calif., a winner in 11 of his last 12 outings. (more…)
After capturing the world’s attention, “The Battle of East and West”, the mega-fight between Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao and Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton on May 2nd at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, has officially sold out. For those not as fortunate as the thousands of fans who will be in the arena that night, there is still a chance to experience the action in Las Vegas as closed circuit tickets are still available at Mandalay Bay, Mirage, TI, Monte Carlo, Circus Circus, Luxor and New York-New York. “Given that the live gate for this event is sold out, coupled with the sellout of tonight’s San Francisco Giants baseball game where Manny is the guest of honor, indicates to me that ‘The Battle of East and West’ is on track to break all existing pay-per-view records,” said Bob Arum, Chairman of Top Rank. Tickets for the closed circuit telecast are priced at $50, not including handling fees. All seats are general admission and are now on sale at each individual property’s box office outlets or by phone with a major credit card at (866) 799-7711. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person.
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After landing in Puerto Rico on Monday night, two world champion Gerry “Fearless” Penalosa held a media workout today at the Wilfredo Gomez Gym in Guaynabo, as he puts on the final touches to his preparations for this Saturday Championship fight against local idol Juan Manuel Lopez. “I have trained very hard for this fight, because I know how hard this fight is going to be. Lopez is a great champion and I will have to be at my best to defeat him and I will be at my best on Saturday,” said Penalosa a former WBC 112 pound champion and the current WBO bantamweight king. (more…)
By Scott Ploof
Photography by Chris Cozzone
At just 30 years of age, former undisputed middleweight world champion Jermain Taylor (28-2-1, 17 KOs) has accomplished more in his eight plus years as a professional boxer than most fighters would dared to dream. Now he is back in the ring with a renewed strength, not only due to the eight pound weight increase from middleweight to super middleweight, but also because he has been working with his longtime trainer Ozell Nelson. Taylor is rejuvenated with a new sense of focus and determination. He is training for another shot at championship gold against undefeated WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch (24-0, 19 KOs) on April 25th at the MGM Grand Theatre inside of the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, CT. (more…)
A sold out crowd of 42,000+ have turned out for the Manny Pacquiao Bobblehead promotion at tonight’s Giants-Padres game in San Francisco. Normal crowd for a Tuesday night game is 27,000.
Oscar de la Hoya’s 6th annual “Fight Night at Sundance Square” returns to downtown Fort Worth on May 8th. The event, which will be televised live on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights, takes place in a temporary stadium erected on the Chisholm Trail Mural parking lot, located at the corner of 3rd and Houston St. in the heart of downtown Fort Worth. Fighters will be announced shortly.
By Alexey Sukachev
Sergey Fedchenko 138 vs Diego Jesus Ponce 138
(IBF I/C junior welterweight title)
Zaurbek Baysangurov 160 vs Mikheil Khucishvili 159
Victor Plotnikov 147 vs Alexander Benidze 151
Valentin Golovko 136 vs Oleg Tolochko 134.5
Artem Ayvazidi 142.5 vs Dmitry Bogachuk 139
Andrey Rudenko 246 vs Igor Gorbenko (to weigh-in later)
Dmitry Semernin 152.5 vs Igor Nehay 149
Venue: “Lokomotiv” Palace of Sports, Kharkiv
Promoter: K2 East Promotions
TV: Megasport (Ukraine)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
It looks like trainer Miguel Diaz will not be in the corner with Miguel Cotto for his upcoming June 13 fight with Joshua Clottey and also may not be part of the Cotto training camp. The respected Diaz had been in the corner for several of Cotto fights. José Cotto, Miguel’s brother, has been mentioned as possibly joining Cotto’s team. Joe Santiago, new trainer of Cotto, has neither denied nor confirmed if José Cotto will be added to the main team of Miguel Cotto, which is currently training in Florida.
Super middleweight prospect Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (19-2, 14 KOs) takes on dangerous spoiler Don Mouton (9-3-1, 8 KOs) on the April 28th card at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, NY. In his last fight, Mouton he knocked out Olympian Jerson Ravelo. He also holds a win over Walid Smichet. The event is headlined by heavyweight fan favorite Vinny Maddalone (31- 5, 22KO) against Benji “Boom Boom” Baker (18-6, 9 KOs) in a scheduled eight rounder.
Team Sauerland has announced that they had to pull out of the EBU purse bid for an Alexander Povetkin-Alexander Dimitrenko bout due to a scheduling conflict. With no free TV slot available on Germany’s ARD network prior to the summer break, Sauerland decided not to bid for the heavyweight fight. European cruiserweight champion Marco Huck and WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev will fight in May before IBF middleweight champion King Arthur Abraham will return to the ring in June. “The EBU rulebook dictates that a fight has to take place within 60 days following the purse bid,” Sauerland Event General Manager Chris Meyer stated. “Unfortunately, our TV schedule is already full. That is why we had no opportunity to stage this bout. And to let Alexander fight on a Universum card was no option at all.” (more…)
Feature story by Felipe Leon
Now that WBC Super Featherweight Champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto has reached the mountain top, he looks back down and the view is not pretty.
“I was one of one hundred that wanted to beat the champion-now there is one hundred that want to beat me,” says the champ . . . Click here for more
Junior middleweight contender Anthony “THE MESSENGER” Thompson will return to the ring against Luis “EL LOBO” Lopez on Saturday, May 2nd in one of the feature bouts at “FISTS OF THUNDER II” at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, it was announced today by Chet Koerner, President of TKO BOXING Promotions . . . Click here for more
By Alexey Potapov
WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and former WBC/WBA/WBO cruiserweight champion David Haye continued their bitter feud at a press conference in London. As he did last week in Germany, Haye wore a T-shirt with an image where he holds the severed heads of both Klitschko Brothers. “He sucks, he’s crap. I don’t like his style. I don’t like what he represents,” Haye said. Haye’s continued insults have angered the normally reserved Wladimir to such an extent that he lashed out at his challenger, calling his actions shameful and unsportsmanlike, and promising to punish Haye in the ring before he knocks him out on June 20th in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. “He needs to be taught how to behave,” stated Wlad. “He’s a loser and I want to shut his mouth!” (more…)
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A press conference was head Monday in advance of Saturday’s huge “Universum Champions Night“ world title twinbill at the KönigPALAST in Krefeld, Germany. The event, which already has 8,000+ tickets sold, is particularly interesting due to the bold prediction made on national TV last Saturday by challenger Koji Sato (14-0, 13 KOs) who proclaimed he would score a first round knockout over reigning WBA world middleweight champion Felix Sturm (31-2-1, 13 KOs). (more…)
By Christian Schmidt
According to the Austin American Statesman, Austin boxer, James Kirkland (25-0, 22 KOs) was arrested by police on Sunday in Austin, Texas. The highly regarded Kirkland, who is slated to meet Michael Walker (19-1-2, 12 KOs) on the May 2 Ricky Hatton-Manny Pacquiao card in Las Vegas, has been charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon on the website of the Travis County Sheriff Department. He is still being held.
Top light heavyweight champion “Bad” Chad Dawson (27-0, 17 KOs) hosted an open media workout at Johnny Tocco’s Gym in Las Vegas this afternoon for his May 9th rematch showdown with Antonio Tarver (27-5, 19 KOs) televised on HBO. Pictured, Dawson lands a left on sparring partner Aaron Williams. Stay tuned for a story and gallery tomorrow on Dawson.
By Alex Dombroff
How’s Carl Froch feeling at the end of the day, and is he sad he is all alone in Canada preparing for the biggest fight of his career? No, Froch is getting by with a little help from his friend. That friend is Jean Pascal, a former foe, and the opponent Froch wrestled his version of the super middleweight championship from last year. It’s an interesting definition of friend used by Froch (24-0, 19 KOs), but as he readies for his fight this Saturday with former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain Taylor, it’s a relationship that he finds invaluable. “A lot of people think that because you fight each other, you hate each other,” said Froch. “But it’s a sport. I took his best shots, and he took my best shots. I came out victorious because I did the better work on the night.” (more…)
Pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao is off to San Francisco for a ‘Filipino Heritage Night’ hosted by the Giants baseball team at AT&T Park on Tuesday, April 21. Thousands of Manny’s ‘Bobbleheads’ will be given away. “There has been an incredible response. Fans are very excited that Manny is coming to our ballpark,” said Faham Zakariaei, the Giants special events director. Bob Arum, Pacquiao, trainer Freddie Roach and other Pacquiao team members will take a private jet from Los Angeles to San Francisco. During the pre-game Manny will be on a stage to speak to his Filipino fans. At 7:07 pm local time, Manny will head for the mound and throw out the first pitch. Manny will then head to the press box to watch the Giants take on the San Diego Padres. Pacquiao vs. Ricky Hatton is scheduled May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The megafight will be available on HBO Pay Per View.
Cruiserweight prospect “Awesome” Aaron Williams (19-1-1, 13 KOs) is in Las Vegas, sparring with unbeaten light heavyweight champion “Bad” Chad Dawson, in preparation for his potential career-changing fight May 9 against former Cuban amateur champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez at Jako-Arena in Bamberg, Bayern, Germany. “I’m going over there to win,” Williams said. “I have to do what I do best and nothing else matters. Fighting him over there, once the bell rings, everything goes out the window. I know he’s highly rated but I take every fight the same. Sparring with Chad helps a lot because he’s a tall southpaw like Hernandez. I helped Chad get ready for his first title win and now we’re helping each other out.” Hernandez’ lone loss as a pro was to former world champion Wayne Braithwaite by 12-round technical knockout a year ago. Presently riding a 4-fight win streak, Yoan Pablo is rated in the top 15 of all four major boxing organizations – WBC #9, WBA #12, WBO #13 and IBF #14.
Tomorrow’s EBU purse bid for a fight between unbeaten heavyweights Alexander Povetkin and Alexander Dimitrenko has been cancelled. Universum general manager Stefan Braune learned about the cancellation on the way to EBU headquarters in Rome. “This is very unfortunate,” sais Braune. “It would have been a great fight that we would have been happy to have presented to the public.” Dimitrenko expressed deep disappointment in the news. “For me, it’s particularly unfortunate, because I would have been very pleased with this fight. In Russian media, I’ve read provocative quotes from Povetkin’s Russian manager. He said that sometimes the Universum boxer would cancel just before the fight. I find this outrageous. Something like this is not my style. So now I’m doubly disappointed that the Povetkin camp backed out. I had a premonition about this after his last fight. I just wonder how he expects to beat Wladimir Klitschko, when he’s already ducking me. But, maybe our paths will cross again. Everything is in God’s hands.” Povetkin is Klitschko’s IBF mandatory challenger.
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