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By David Hudson
Floyd “Money” Mayweather expressed confidence in his ability to keep his undefeated record and lustrous legacy intact when he squares off against the dangerous and fellow pound-for-pound great Juan Manuel Marquez on September 19th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. “I bring excitement and flash back to the sport of boxing and I honestly believe I will do that on September 19th,” he said. “It is really important for me to do well and dominate.” Mayweather insists the long layoff will not cause him any problems with ring rust, saying that it gave him a needed break, time to heal and that he grew “stronger as a person mentally.” He deftly parried questions about separate, out-of-the-ring controversies involving him and his trainer-uncle Roger Mayweather, saying: “I just focus on positive things; we don’t focus on the negative.” He also refused to commit himself to an eventual showdown with Manny Pacquaio: “All roads lead to Floyd Mayweather, I don’t have to chase any fighter.”
By Alexey Sukachev
WBO #7 and IBF #13 ranked junior welterweight Sergey “professor” Fedchenko (23-0, 11 KOs) will make his next appearance on Sep. 17 at the Meteor Sports Arena in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. 28-year-old Fedchenko is set to defend his IBF I/C title against an ever dangerous TBA on the next installation, organized by one of the best Ukrainian promotional companies K2 East Promotion. Supporting the titlist will be a number of K2 East best representatives, including former world champion Yuri Nuzhnenko (28-1-1, 13 KOs), who is ranked #7 by the WBA at 147lb, ex-European title challenger Vitaly Rusal (23-1, 16 KOs) and unbeaten welterweight Dmitry Nukulin (18-0, 5 KOs). (more…)
By Robert Coster
Former WBA super bantamweight champion Ricardo “Maestrito” Cordoba (34-2-2, 21 KOs) will be returning to ring action on October 9th in a card presented by Premium Boxing Promotion at the Roberto Duran Arena in Panama City. Cordoba’s comeback was announced in a press conference held by Premium Boxing president Hector Villarreal. Ricardo’s opponent will be hard-hitting Colombian prospect Eddy Julio (10-1-1, 9 KOs). On March 21th of this year, Cordoba lost his title via a surprising 11th round TKO loss to Bernard Dunne in Dublin. “The past is the past,” declared Ricardo. “I have to move ahead. Being a champion also means coming back from adversity and learning from your mistakes.” On the same card, WBA bantamweight champion (and Cordoba’s stablemate) WBA bantamweight champ Anselmo Moreno (26-1-1, 8 KOs) will be in the co-feature facing tough 122lb contender Marlon Aguillar (21-7-1, 16 KOs) of Nicaragua.
Story by David Finger
It will probably go down as the golden age of boxing for Eastern Europe. In the last decade it seemed every noteworthy heavyweight (and for much of the decade every champion) hailed from a former Soviet republic.
The Slavic overload might have caused a backlash from American boxing fans who seem to have difficulty sorting many of these Eastern European fighters apart from one another. Although there were many losers from this somewhat ethnocentric view of the heavyweight division, none was more noteworthy that the former WBO heavyweight champion Siarhei Liakhovich . . . Click here for more
Former pro fighter Joey Roach, 47, of Las Vegas, Nevada, younger brother of our good friend Freddie Roach, passed away in his sleep Saturday morning in his home in Las Vegas. Survivors include wife Jacquelyn Roach, mother Barbara Roach, siblings Allen Roach, Cindy Road, Pepper Roach and Paul Roach and niece Nicole Roach. (more…)
The Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission voted unanimously Wednesday afternoon that it was a punch in the fourth round from Donnell Holmes that caused the cut to side of the left eye of Brian Minto during their August 14th contest therefore the initial ruling of a technical decision has been changed to a no contest. Rick Lazes – promoter of Holmes – stated: “This decision is a testimony to the fairness of the Pennsylvania Boxing Commission, and sets a world class standard for fair play in the sport of boxing.” (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Miguel Cotto is not taking any chances in so far as his preparation for the Nov. 14 super fight with Manny Pacquiao is concerned. Phil Landman, who is Cotto’s conditioning coach, told Fightnews and Manila Bulletin that the Puerto Rican puncher is right on track in training. “We finished the first week well,” Landman wrote in an email. “The work Miguel has done leading in to this training has been and will continue to be very beneficial. In the coming weeks we have a program set forth leading up to our departure to Tampa, focusing on the strength and conditioning side and building on the base Miguel has carried in to this camp.” (more…)
By Lee Bates
As evidence in this picture of Carlos Negron (4-0, 4 KOs) going on a run, he is definitely going to stand out in a crowd. If you were at a boxing event and saw Negron attending as a spectator right away one might assume that he is a college or professional basketball player rather than a professional boxer. Those who have seen him fight know that he is a fighter 100%. Though he has a towering appearance at 6’6, he speaks in a respectful and calm demeanor. However, this should not be misinterpreted for being soft as Negron fights very aggressively, putting a lot of power behind his punches. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Sam Soliman recently captured the IBF Australasian title and has battled the best middleweights and super middleweights in a distinguished career. His profile was lifted after he gave Winky Wright one of his toughest fights and he also lost a controversial loss to Anthony Mundine in 2008 when punch stats had him out working the WBA title holder. Soliman talks to Fightnews and says that trainer Dave Hedgecock and manager Stuart Duncan were instrumental in his success, how he is looking forward to the birth of his son and that he will retire in 2012. (more…)
WBO light flyweight champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon (32-0-1, 6 KOs) defend on September 12 against No. 1 contender Rodel “Kid Rapido” Mayol (25-3-1, 19 KOs) in the 12-round main event headlining the “Undefeated Champions” pay per view event, airing live in the United States from the Coliseum of Puerto Rico in San Juan. Calderon-Mayol is a rematch of a brawl this past June held in Madison Square Garden that ended in a six-round technical draw because Ivan was unable to continue due to a cut from an accidental head butt he suffered in the fourth round.
“The fight at the time of the stoppage was very tight,” Calderon said from training camp in Puerto Rico. “I started very slow but, between rounds, I was getting my rhythm. The fight was my first in Madison Square Garden and I felt pressure to look good and put on a good performance. Mayol has fast hands. He came to box, not to try for a knockout like everybody else. He’s one of the best fighters in the world right now in the 108-pound division.” (more…)
September 11th is the last Thompson Boxing card of the summer of 2009 with Josesito Lopez, Patrick Lopez, Daniel Hernandez, Aaron Garcia, and Jesus Hernandez all returning to action at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. In the eight round main event, hot junior welterweight prospect Josesito Lopez (25-3, 14 KOs) will return to action against always tough Anthony Mora (15-3, 10 KOs). (more…)
Scott “Cujo” Sigmon (7-1, 3 KOs) scored a third-round TKO over Nicholas Schleich of Columbus, Nebraska (7-3, 3 KOs) at The Lynchburg City Armory in Lynchburg, VA. Sigmon began the bout by going right at Schleich and working the body of his 6’4″ foe. “That body was a big target and I knew I had to take away his jab,” said Sigmon. “After a few hard rounds downstairs I picked up the pace upstairs and went for the knockout.” Sigmon dropped Schleich midway through the third round with a hard overhand right. The determined Schleich was trying to get to his feet when referee Chris Wollenson waived off the bout. (more…)
Former IBF lightweight champion PAUL “The Pittsburgh Kid” Spadafora will return to the ring for the second time in three months on September 30 in a ten round junior welterweight bout at Heinz Field-VIP Tent in Pittsburgh. Spadafora (42-0-1, 17 KOs) will face an opponent to be named. The undercard will feature undefeated lightweight Rod Salka (8-0, 2 KOs), heavyweight Tommy Poe (1-0) and heavyweight prospect Paul Zalus (2-0, 2 KOs). Tickets are $25-$100 and go on sale Thursday.
TKO Boxing Promotions has signed all action featherweight Vietnamese prospect Dat “Be Dat” Nguyen, it was announced today by its President, Chet Koerner.
The 26 year old Nguyen, a native of Bien Hoa, Vietnam, now living in Vero Beach, Florida, has amassed a record of 16-1-0 (6KO’s) since turning professional five years ago. He is trained by former world champion Buddy McGirt, managed by Jack Luce and co-promoted by Richie Capiello . . . Click here for more
By Alexey Sukachev
WBA welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko (29-0, 20 KOs), who is sharing the throne with a fighting legend and WBA super champion ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley, will put his portion of the belt at stake for the first time on October 3rd versus WBA #15 ranked contender Motoki Sasaki (32-7-1, 20 KOs) of Tokyo, Japan. This clash will head a ten-fight boxing card, promoted by Donetsk-based Union Boxing Promotion and arranged at Druzhba Palace of Sports. (more…)
Randall Bailey fell just short in his bid to wrangle the IBF junior welterweight title from Juan Urango on the ESPN2 Friday Night Fights season finale last Friday. However, after putting Urango on his back with a pulverizing straight right hand in the sixth round, he left little doubt that even at 34 years old, he remains one of boxing’s premiere punchers. Now, after over a decade of fighting at the 140-lb. limit and recently struggling to make weight, Bailey is ready for a change and a move up the welterweight division. “I have been fighting at 140 since I was a teenager,” said Bailey. “I know that at welterweight I will be bigger, even stronger, and when I put an opponent on the deck, they won’t get up.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBC#4 Japanese super-fly champ Daigo Nakahiro (21-2, 8 KOs), 114.5, barely kept his national 115-pound belt as he decked formerly two-time world challenger Hidenobu Honda (31-7, 14 KOs), 114.5, withstood his retaliation and dominated the contest down the stretch, winning a hairline majority nod (96-95, 97-93 and 95-95) over ten fast rounds on Saturday in Hiroshima, Japan. The slick-punching champ caught the veteran southpaw with a well-timed countering right and dropped him in the opening session, but didn’t follow it up so furiously. The man who furiously fought back from the second on was Honda, who desperately came one fighting to make it on even terms after the fourth. The challenger showed his vast experience in his failures in winning the WBC fly belt from Pongsaklek Wongjongkam in 2002 and the WBA super-fly throne from Alexander Munoz next year. But it was the home-towner Nakahiro that displayed good combinations with precision in the seventh and eighth, which carried him to the second defense of his national belt. People had thought it might be a mismatch in the champ’s favor, but it resulted in a highly competitive contest because of Honda’s swan song. Promoter: Hiroshima Sanei Promotions.
By Alexey Sukachev
Having come back from his business trip to Budapest, where he had taken part in the annual WBO Convention, Russian top promoter German Titov revealed his plans for the nearest future during an exclusive conversation with this reporter. “The trip was fruitful both for me and my fighters”, prefaced his speech the promoter. “I took part in several important negotiations with notable partners abroad; we also made some requests for our fighters to be ranked by the respective World Boxing Organization and for them also to participate in regional title fights under the WBO aegis.” The next big competition under Titov promotion will be held in Moscow on October 16. “I’m sure that’ll be a large card and it’s almost set and done, though the exact venue is still under consideration. It’ll replace the original tournament, which was scheduled on Sep. 25 also in Moscow. We decided to postpone it to make the card more consistent.” (more…)
Ringside report and photos by J.D. Meredith
Boxing returned to the Fitz Casino and Hotel Saturday night with a standing room only crowd entertained by a short but action-packed night of fights.
In the scheduled eight round main event, undefeated southpaw Fernando Guerrero (15-0, 12 KOs) faced off with fellow super middleweight Chris Archer (11-9, 7 KOs) . . . Click here for more
Ringside by Antonio Castro
Photos by Gary Sarti
Pro boxing made a successful return to Cleveland Saturday night on a highly competitive six bout card headlined by the jr. middleweight clash between Hector Camacho Jr. and Israel Cardona for the vacant WBC CABOFE title.
Co-promoters Zef Ramirez and Ronald Johnson, who was featured in the co-main event against WBC USNBC light heavyweight titlist Billy Bailey, not only brought boxing back to Cleveland, but also nationwide, as the card was featured live on IN Demand pay per view . . . click here for more
Octagonside by Andreas Hale
Photos by Joe Cordova
Randy “The Natural” Couture vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira was a legendary fight that fans of mixed martial arts have been begging for. The clash that has been talked about since Nogueira and Courture held the PRIDE and UFC heavyweight titles (respectively), took several years to come to fruition, but did not disappoint . . . Click here for more
Octagonside by Andreas Hale
Photos by Joe Cordova
In front of 16,088 rabid fans packed into the Rose Garden in Portland, two legends clashed in a fight that was considered long overdue. In the end, Antonio “Minotauro” Nogueira defeated Randy “The Natural” Couture by unanimous decision (judges saw it 30-27 twice and 29-28) in a fight that eclipsed many fans lofty expectations and became an instant classic . . . Click here for more
Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing returns on September 30th to the elegant Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, NY to present its second installment of VIP Boxing. The show will be headlined by heavyweight prospect Devin Vargas (17-1, 7KO) taking on Terrell Nelson (8-8, 5KO) in an eight rounder. A complete list of undercard bouts will be announced shortly. The show will kick off at 7PM sharp with an hour long cocktail reception. Immediately following the reception, a four course elegant dinner will start being served, at which time the first bout will go on. There will be cocktail service throughout, with an open bar running for the remainder of the evenings fights. All seats will include full VIP services. Tables of ten are available for purchase for $1500, $2500, and $3500. There will be a limited amount of individual seats at select tables available, with the cost for each seat at $150, $250, and $350. Call 718-823-2000.
By Lee Bates
WBO super flyweight champion Jose ‘Carita’ Lopez (39-7-2, 32 KOs) of Puerto Rico will look to successfully defend his title for the first time this Friday against Marvin Sonsona (13-0, 12 KOs) of the Philippines. The bout will take place at the Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario, Canada. Fightnews caught up with the PR Best Boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera) promoted Lopez as he closed out his training camp. Lopez spoke on his upcoming defense against Sonsona. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Legendary boxing promoter Cedric Kushner tells why he is looking forward to the long awaited all-New Zealand heavyweight collision between David Tua, whom he promotes, and countryman Shane Cameron on October 3rd in Hamilton, New Zealand. Cedric explains why Duco Events are promoting this great heavyweight clash, says that Tua has great skills besides outstanding power, questions the quality of recent Cameron opponents and believes that New Zealand boxing fans can look forward to outstanding boxing promotions in the future. (more…)
Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES) continues its expansion outside of New England, presenting “Fight Night At The Fair,” in association with the New York State Fair and International Boxing Hall of Fame (IHOF), Wednesday night, Sept. 2 at the Mohegan Sun Grandstand in Syracuse, N.Y. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green has been critical of Anthony Mundine and the opponents he selects to fight. Green said, “I’m not sure what his next fight is, I dare say it would be against someone that is going to be a relatively very safe option for him. It’s pretty much a pattern now.” Green was clearly defeated by Mundine over twelve rounds in 2006 in a bout that attracted a record live gate of over 30,000 fight fans. Mundine won a disputed split points decision over Daniel Geale in May to win the IBO middleweight title and has since been ordered by the IBO to give the classy Geale a rematch. Green has also been chasing a rematch with the former WBA 168 pound champion. Mundine said, “If Greeny has still got that cruiserweight after Roy Jones, he knows where I’m at.” The Danny Green vs Roy Jones Jr. IBO cruiserweight title bout is slated for November 29 with the most likely venue being the Sydney Entertainment Center.
Super middleweight Joey Gilbert got back in the win column on Saturday night with an outstanding performance against Pomona, California’s Ivan Stovall, earning a fifth round stoppage in front of a crowd of over 2,000 Northern Nevada fight fans at the Churchill County Fairgrounds in Fallon. Controlling the action from the opening bell, Gilbert was able to drop Stovall in the fourth, before referee Vic Drakulich called a halt to the action at the 1:05 mark of the fifth round of the scheduled eight rounder.
“I felt great in there, just focused on what I do best. The fans here in Fallon were very supportive and it was terrific to get back in the win column” said Gilbert who improved to 18-2 (14 KOs), while Stovall moved to 10-5 (7 KOs). (more…)
After a retirement of two years and three months, José Miguel Cotto returned to the ring and showed that he still has what it takes to shine in this sport. Without confronting any big trouble, Cotto TKO’d Anthony Woods at 2:24 in the fourth round. “It feels great! After all of the support that I’ve received from everybody, it was good to be back in the ring. I feel stronger and motivated to keep on going,” assured Cotto after elevating his record to (29-1-1, 21 KOs). (more…)
Birthday greetings to legendary Hall of Fame trainer Angelo Dundee, who turns 88 -years-old on Sunday. Born in South Philly in 1921, Angelo went on to train some of the biggest names in boxing including Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Carmen Basilio, George Foreman and many, many others. Highly regarded as one of the “nice guys” in boxing, Angelo has become one of the most respected personalities in the sport. Here he is shown with Kermit Cintron and Andre Berto at the recent Hall of Fame weekend in Canastota, NY.
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