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Top Rank today announced today that WBC #3-ranked lightweight Urbano Antillon of Maywood, Ca., will headline the first-ever boxing event at the 2,986-seat The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on May 1 – on the eve of the Pacquiao vs. Hatton mega fight. Antillon is a strong, skilled puncher with a record of 25-0 with 18 knockouts. There will be six bouts. The very popular prospect Diego Magdaleno, trained by Pat Berry, of Las Vegas is on the undercard. Azteca America will televise.
As he prepares to defend the WEC® bantamweight title against Japanese star Takeya Mizugaki on April 5 in his hometown of Chicago, IL, Miguel Angel Torres (35-1) has had the opportunity to train with some of the world’s finest mixed martial artists. From interim UFC® heavyweight champion Frank Mir to UFC middleweight contender Jason Day, the 5’9”, 135-pound Torres has sparred, rolled, and grappled with a who’s who of professional fighters . . . Click here for more
With 10 days to go for his next fight, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is just about ready take on undefeated Luciano Cuello of Argentina in the main event of “Tijuana Thunder” the big championship pay per view card slated for Saturday, March 28 in the Plaza de Toros Monumental in Tijuana. “I’m really looking forward to this fight and to be the headliner in a card in Tijuana, a city I consider my second home. I‘m training very hard because in Tijuana I want to show everyone that I’m ready to fight for a world championship and I just can’t wait to get into the ring to prove to everyone how ready I am to take the next step,” said Chavez Jr from his camp in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico. (more…)
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WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and mandatory challenger Juan Carlos Gomez engaged in a public workout today in Stuttgart. They clash on Saturday in what is expected to be a highly charged bout, which can be seen live in the USA on ESPN.
By Alexey Sukachev
It has been confirmed today, that two of the most notable names on Thai fight scene, junior welterweight Yodsonan Sor Nanthachai (58-3-1, 47 KOs) and lightweight Saddam Kietyongyuth (18-0, 14 KOs), would see action in separate promotions this May. Both fighters are promoted by AsiaBox Promotions and are scheduled to take on their toughest opponents in recent years. (more…)
An open to the public media workout will take this Thursday afternoon, March 19th, at 1pm at the Mt. Auburn Recreation Center, 270 Southern Avenue, in Cincinnati in advance of “3 THE HARD WAY”, the world class boxing event this Saturday night at the US BANK ARENA. Featured fighters who will be present at the workout are welterweight contender and 2000 Olympic Silver Medalist Ricardo Williams Jr., Sensational Junior Middleweight Prospect Rashad Holloway and current amateur phenom and 2-Time US Olympian Rau’Shee Warren . . . click here for more
WBC #6 middleweight and former Contender alum Miguel Espino (19-2-1, 8 KOs) is eager to get back in the ring after almost a year off, puts his ten-fight win streak on Saturday at the famous Playboy Mansion against former world champion Alejandro “Terra” Garcia (26-4-1, 24 KOs) in a ten-rounder which will be nationally televised live on TV Azteca America. Also, unbeaten featherweight Alejandro Lopez (10-0, 3 KOs) takes on Yogli Herrera (21-7, 15 KOs).
The “I Am A Fighter” series, developed by SHOWTIME Sports, introduces Timothy Bradley and Kendall Holt. Please click on this link to view two brief yet revealing video features on these two world champions. Learn how their very different upbringings ultimately have led them to the same place, the top of the 140lb division. On Saturday, April 4, they collide in a huge unification bout live on SHOWTIME (10:45 p.m. ET/PT).
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Current IBO super middleweight champ and Contender: Season 3 gold medalist Sakio Bika spoke out about his frustration at the lack of challengers. Speaking from his home in Sydney, Australia, Bika stated “I read about Bernard calling out to Joe Calzaghe who has retired – I say that Joe summed it up nicely in telling me and the media that I am the hardest hitting oppnent he had faced. This has obviously spooked him as he doesn’t want to know nothing about me. I gave Joe more troubles than B-Hop so why not fight me? Are you scared? Instead of calling out a champ who has retired, take me on and you will join Joe in retirement. B-Hop was my idol 10 years ago but he is a long, long way from the Executioner of old. Bernard knows if he faces me it will be his last fight because I won’t just beat him I will knock him out.” (more…)
By Eugene Carnachan
Confirmation has come through that the all-New Zealand heavyweight superfight between David Tua and Shane Cameron is being postponed. In a tune up fight against Robert Davis earlier this month, Cameron sustained three fractures to his right hand. The injury will require surgery. Originally scheduled for June 6th there is no exact date set for the fight proper as that depends on how Cameron recovers from surgery. However August with all things going well has been mooted as the potential month that these two heavy hitters can finally get it on.
By Rizwaan Zahid / Fightnews Canada
Troy Ross, boxing’s newest star, caught up with Fightnews to discuss his experiences on The Contender and the future for him. The Brampton Ontario native took part in this past season’s Contender in Singapore and impressed with fight after fight knocking out three out of the four opponents he faced including Ehinomen Ehikhamenor in the finals for the Contender championship. Ross has been hidden on the radar for quite some time. He is a former two-time Olympian for Canada participating in the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games. He’s a hungry 33 year old cruiserweight and at one point, retired briefly in 2005 because he was unable to book any fights. The soft-spoken, modest, hard-hitting southpaw is no longer just a fighter that only a small amount of Canadian boxing fans would know. He is now a household name and a name that would be recognized all over North America for his powerful aggressive style and the fact that he now truly is a contender.
By Pete Moscardi
Fahsai Sakkreenin, the Thai super-featherweight who holds the IBF Pan-Pacific featherweight title, refused to take a blood test at the pre-fight medical just three days before his fight against Zolani Marali for the vacant IBO super-featherweight title, scheduled to take place in Johannesburg on 21 March. Sakkreenin’s actions left Golden Gloves promoter, Rodney Berman stunned and disappointed. As a result of Sakkreenin’s strange refusal the tournament, which also featured two All-Africa title fights, was immediately cancelled. (more…)
By Eric Duran at ringside
Jim ‘Smitty’Smith and Poor Boys presented, “St Paddy’s Punch Out,” which included live boxing coupled with an auction for members of the Denver Athletic Club on Tuesday night. In the main event, Colorado super flyweight prospect Joey Silva (9-1) returned to action following his first professional loss 9 months ago to take a split decision over Francisco Dominguez (6-4-1) of Juarez, Mexico. (more…)
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Unbeaten WIBF/WBA female flyweight world champion Susi “Killer Queen” Kentikian (23-0, 16 KOs) and highly regarded contender Elena “Baby Doll” Reid (19-4-6, 5 KOs) met for the first time on Tuesday during a press conference at the Cinemaxx in Hamburg, Germany. They collide on Friday night at the Sporthalle Hamburg. “This fight is something special,” said Kentikian. “I’m looking forward to the fight against Elena. She had a good fight against Regina [Halmich] and put her under a lot of pressure. It was a close fight. Now against Elena I must show what’s inside of me and my show my qualities. She’s not only a strong boxer, she’s the strongest opponent I’ve ever had.” (more…)
Sensational junior middleweight prospect Rashad Holloway has arrived in his native Cincinnati, Ohio for his feature bout this Saturday night at the U.S. Bank Arena as part of “3 THE HARD WAY”, an outstanding evening of world class boxing presented by TKO BOXING Promotions and TMAX EVENTS. . . . click here for more
Guilderland lightweight prospect Mike Faragon, Troy heavyweight Shannon Miller and other Capital Region fighters will be featured Friday, March 20th when Pugnacious Promotions returns to the Washington Avenue Armory in Albany, N.Y. for a special St. Patrick’s Day holiday pro boxing event. Faragon (5-0, 1 KO) will step up in a six-round contest with Mexican gatekeeper Mario Garcia (7-9-1, 3 KOs). Miller (15-4, 9 KOs) goes six rounds with tough, Cleveland brawler Ryan Thompson (9-6, 6 KOs). Other local talent will be in action. The fight card is promoted by Lisa Elovich’s Pugnacious Promotions. Pugnacious Promotions also is working with is the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at the event, helping to raise awareness about the organization which supports leading-edge research to find new therapies and cures for blood cancers. Tickets are still available at the Armory box office, 518-694-7160, or through Ticketmaster by phone, 518-476-1000. Doors open at 6pm and first bout is at 7pm. Ringside tickets are $75 and Reserved are $40, both on the floor. General Admission open seating in the bleachers is $30.
The official weigh-in and final press conference for “Homecoming,” promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Manfredo’s Gym, featuring Worcester, MA’s undefeated prospect Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (9-0, 6 KOs) taking on Patrick Thompson (15-13-1, 5 KOs) in the main event will be held this Wednesday at 4 PM/EST at the Irish Times Pub on 244 Main Street in Worcester, MA. The fight card will be taped for broadcast as part of Dibella Entertainment’s “Broadway Boxing” series. Featured on the undercard is Buddy McGirt trained prospect Dat ‘Dat Be Dat” Nguyen (14-1, 6 KOs) against former world title challenger, Alex Baba (26-14-1, 19 KOs). There are several other bouts on the card featuring up and coming local talent. Tickets are priced at $50.00, $75.00, $60.00, $100.00, and $150.00, go on sale tomorrow at the Mechanics Hall box office, Manfredo’s Gym in Pawtucket (RI), and the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester. Fight night is this Thursday at Mechanics Hall on Main Street in Worcester, MA. Doors open at 6:30 PM/ET and the first bout is scheduled for 7:00 PM/ET.
By Butch Gottlieb / www.boxinginlasvegas.com
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A press conference was held today at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas to officially announce the rematch between IBF/IBO light heavyweight champion “Bad” Chad Dawson and former champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver. The fight will be held on May 9th in the new “Joint” concert venue which will seat 4,000 and be televised on HBO. Tickets priced at $250, $175, $150, $75, $50, $35 went on sale today. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Things heated up between today between former WBA junior lightweight world champion Edwin Valero (24-0, 24 KOs) and lightweight contender Antonio Pitalua (46-3, 40 KOs), who meet on April 4 for the WBC interim lightweight title in the headliner Golden Boy Promotions’ “Lightweight Lightning” all lightweight pay-per-event taking place in Austin, Texas.
“It was causing me a lot of trouble, a lot of sacrifice to make 130 lbs., Valero stated in response to a question by Fightnews.com. “We felt it was time to move up, that’s why we vacated the belt, and moved up to 135, gained a little weight and feel strong and good here.” When we asked him if he expects to be 25-0, 25 KOs after his fight with Pitalua, Valero responded, “That’s what we’re looking forward to on April 4th, to have the hand raised, and Antonio Pitalua brings the perfect style for him to fall and get knocked out. He’s perfect for me. Antonio Pitalua is perfect.” After that bold promise we had to get Pitalua’s reaction. “I respect Valero’s words,” he said, “but I haven’t lost since 2000. I’ve been winning by knockouts (13 straight) since then. All his words, whatever he says, the wind takes it. I don’t get damaged or hurt from his words. We’ll see on April 4th. He says I bring the perfect style. Well you know what? He brings the perfect style for me too, and we’ll see who brings out the best of whom!”
With one whistling right hand, newly crowned WBO Interim cruiserweight champion Ola “Kryptonite” Afolabi (14-1-3, 6 KOs) knocked out former champion Enzo Maccarinelli to complete an eleven month journey from obscurity to champion. “I told you!” shouted the 28-year-old transplanted Californian. “I said this would be my coming out party and that’s exactly what it was!” Promoter Dino Duva is already calling out the other champions in the division. “He is ready to conquer the entire cruiserweight division, starting with the champions,” stated Duva. “This means you Giacobbe Fragomeni (WBC), Guillermo Jones (WBA), Tomasz Adamek (IBF) and Victor E. Ramirez (WBO).”
By Lee Bates
Former IBF junior middleweight champion and current NABF middleweight champion Roman Karmazin (37-3-1, 23 KOs) will take on three-time world title challenger Antwun Echols (31-9-4, 27 KOs) this Saturday at the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, California. The bout will be scheduled for ten rounds and for Karmazin’s NABF middleweight title. Echols twice challenged Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins twice for his middlweight title and later WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine for his title. Karmazin then upset IBF junior middleweight champion Kassim Ouma back in 2005 and defeated former junior middleweight world champion Bronco McKart to win the vacant NABF middleweight title in his last fight December 2008. A limited amount of tickets are still available for purchase at email@example.com.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
This Saturday’s scheduled card in Trois Rivieres Quebec has been cancelled and rescheduled for May14th. The main event was to have been a heavyweight rematch between former Canadian champion Patrice L’Heureux and Stephane Tessier. “We’ll have those two back on in May,” said promoter Claude Boivin, “I’m calling all the other boxers tonight to let them know.” The original card had six fights scheduled including a total of three Quebec title bouts.
By Mark Vaz at ringside
US Olympic team alternate and Framingham, MA native, Danny O’Connor had a successful homecoming Saturday night at Celtic Pride’s St. Paddy’s Day Weekend boxing show at the Dorchester Armory just outside of Boston, MA. Before a packed enthusiastic crowd of over 600 fight fans, O’Connor (5-0, 2 KOs) stopped veteran Charles Wade (4-8) in the first round with a sharp counter right hook to the temple over a lazy jab. The young O’Connor, who is promoted by Seminole Warriors Boxing, showed patience as he was able to land his power shots over Wades jab. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Ex-WBC challenger and ex-OPBF champ, Akira Yaegashi (10-2, 7 KOs), 108, proved too strong for Thailander Worawut Wor. Por. Sisaket (8-4, 3 KOs), 108.5, as he dropped him in the second and third, and finally halted him with the referee’s intervention at 2:11 of the third session on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
Amidst rumors that Arthur Abraham’s next title defense will take place in the United States, current #5 ranked IBF middleweight Roman “Made in Hell” Karmazin (37-3-1, 23 KOs) has welcomed the IBF middleweight champion to fight in Karmazin’s adopted hometown of Los Angeles. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Romain Jacob is a young lightweight prospect from France, undefeated in 5 bouts with 3 KOs. His latest victory was on the undercard of the Monshipour-Machado bout last Friday, but what really sets the 21-year-old apart from his peers is the fact that he is the torchbearer of a famous boxing family whose history spans three generations. Bantamweight Jacques Jacob was the patriarch of the clan, a bantamweight who fought in the 50s and the 60s. Then followed Herve, Stephane, Thierry and Bruno, brothers and cousins, all top notch boxers in the 80s. Together, the fighting Jacobs brought glory to French boxing: one world title and four European belts. It is not surprising therefore that French boxing fans speak with reverence of ‘les Jacobs’ of the city of Calais. The most successful member of the clan was WBC featherweight champion Thierry Jacob who had his greatest day beating none other than Mexican boxing master Daniel Zarragoza. Thierry is the father of Romain and was in his corner on Friday. Romain likes to describe how it was growing up in a house full of boxing trophies and belts. “I was destined to be a boxer,” said the youngster. And boxing fans in France have little doubt that young Romain Jacob will be as successful as his elders, for the greatest glory of French boxing.
By Michael Sheffield, Memphisboxing.com
Undefeated Prize Fight lightweight Mark Davis (11-0, 4 KOs) outpointed tough, but frustrating opponent Adauto Gonzalez (10-6) over eight rounds by unanimous decision on Saturday night at Fitzgerald’s Casino & Hotel in Tunica, Mississippi. Scores were 79-73, 79-73, 80-72.
Also lightweight Tyrese Hendrix (16-0-1, 6 KOs) outclassed veteran Phillip “Bring The” Payne (16-22-1, 8 KOs) over eight rounds and won by unanimous decision, 80-72 on all cards. It was Payne’s first bout since 2006. He has now dropped eight straight.
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By Eugene Carnachan
Word on the street is the June 6th bout to be held in Hamilton, New Zealand between big hitting heavies Shane Cameron and David Tua could possibly be postponed due an injury sustained to Cameron’s right hand. Cameron sustained the injury in his keep busy bout against journeyman Robert Davis. Cameron hurt his hand early and knew immediately it wasn’t good but continued on to give his hometown Gisborne crowd a show. The injury probably accounted for the more measured approach given spectators are used to see Cameron walking forward throwing a lot of heavy shots while taking his fair share. Tua is expected to take a warm up bout himself but the Cameron injury could change his short term plans for the timing of that bout, given he could have more time to ready himself for his first bout in nearly 18 months; a big lay off for a compact unit like Tua and the more time he can invest in putting sweat on the boards the better for him and fight fans alike.
By Edgar Gonzalez
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Rumors were circulating all over the Internet and the Eastern European media that Wladimir Klitschko might defend against Chris Arreola. The rumors began last week when negotiations between Klitschko and former cruiserweight champ David Haye were stalled after a disagreement over the location of the bout. The postponement of a Goossen Tutor press conference to announce the Cristobal Arreola-Jameel McCline showdown didn’t help either. But those rumors came to an end when Goossen Tutor Promotions hosted a press conference today at the Sisley Italian Restaurant in Sherman Oaks, CA. to officially announce Cristobal “The Nightmare” Arreola’s WBC Continental Americas and NABF heavyweight title defense against four-time world title challenger Jameel “Big Time” McCline alongside the previously announced April 11th main event between three-time world champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams and former unified and undisputed world champion Ronald “Winky” Wright in a scheduled 12-round middleweight bout on HBO’s world championship boxing from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada. (more…)
“Rock This Box,” a mix of pro boxing and musical entertainment at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, has been postponed for tentatively two months. “With all the parts that need to be in place to make ‘Rock This Box’ the unique, trendsetting event that I envision, that of combining a top musical artist with top boxers, our original date of March 21 simply did not give all involved enough time to assemble the elements we want,” said Roy Englebrecht of Roy Engelbrecht Events Presents. Englebrecht has requested the Nevada State Athletic Commission for the date of May 16 at Planet Hollywood for the rescheduled “Rock This Box.” (more…)
The list of current or former world boxing champions who have made their pro debuts at the Irvine Marriott’s Battle In The Ballroom is impressive….Genaro Hernandez, Johnny Tapia, Carlos Famoso Hernandez, Mike Anchondo, and Sergio Mora to name a few. Now promoter Roy Englebrecht believes he has another champion in the making, and announced today that he has signed Hugo “The Boss” Centeno Jr to a promotional contract. Centeno, out of the Centeno’s Boxing Gym in Oxnard, will make his USA pro debut at the Irvine Marriott’s Battle In The Ballroom on Wednesday, April 8th. (more…)
World ranked super middleweight Jesse Brinkley has returned to the gym, one month after his blood filled destruction of Northern Nevada rival Joey Gilbert, and is looking to taking on the very best in his division . . . click here for more
Golden Boy Promotions’ prospect and 2004 U.S. Olympian Vicente Escobedo has agreed to step in and face Carlos Hernandez on the April 4th “Lightweight Lightning” pay-per-view event after former World Champion Jorge Barrios was forced to withdraw from the bout due to a right temporal bone fracture above the temple he suffered while training. The fight is part of a quadruple header at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas and rounds out a pay-per-view event that also features Edwin Valero vs. Antonio Pitalua in a 12 round bout for the vacant WBC Interim Lightweight Crown, Joel Casamayor vs. Julio Diaz in a 10 round lightweight bout, and Michael Katsidis vs. Jesus Chavez in a 10 round lightweight bout. (more…)
Rogers Mtagwa, coming off a match which was a candidate for worldwide Fight of the Year, and Ricardo Medina, who was involved in Philadelphia’s Fight of the Year for 2008, will collide in a battle of veteran war horses when they go at it for 10 rounds or less in the featherweight main event Friday evening, May 1, at the Legendary Blue Horizon, 1314 North Broad Street. (more…)
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WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (36-2, 35 KOs) and mandatory challenger Juan Carlos Gomez (44-1, 35 KOs) faced off at today’s prefight presser in advance of Saturday’s world title showdown at the Hanns Martin Schleyer Halle in Stuttgart. Germany. “I’ve heard a lot of statements from Gomez’ camp recently and all I can say is that they can dream on, they are all dreams,” said Vitali. “I can promise him the hardest fight of his life. I think he is a very good boxer, with technical skill, and he showed it all at cruiserweight. But heavyweight is something else. I will show him. It will be a lesson, but it won’t last long.” It was also announced that the Klitschko camp rejected the WBC’s appointment of a referee and judge. Gomez commented, “Vitali claims everywhere that he will knock me out, so why does he even care about the judges? To me, it completely makes no difference who is in the ring. I invite ‘Dr. Sissy’ to bring it, so I can outbox him and there will be no two opinions about the decision. On Saturday the ‘Black Panther’ will again be a world champion. He added, “I will beat his face in.”
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