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There is a wait list for tickets for fans – and for press, for that matter – at the sold out Top Rank Live! fight card at Bally’s Atlantic City on Saturday night. Mike Jones of Philadelphia is going into his biggest fight, taking on Henry Bruselles of Puerto Rico. Tickets sold out last week. The deadline for credentials was last Friday. “We keep getting calls. This is unreal,” said Russell Peltz, co-promoter with Top Rank. “Like they said in JAWS, we need a bigger ship,” said Carl Moretti, VP-Operations for Top Rank. “This has been happening at all of our Top Rank Live! events – big crowds in every city,” said Bob Arum.
The final presser for the pay-per-view event titled ‘The Double Assault’ was held today in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. The event is being presented by PR Best Boxing in association with All Star Boxing, Sampson Boxing LLC, and SGG Promotions. The main event will feature Puerto Rico’s Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. (17-0-1, 14 KOs) vs. former world champion Marvin Sonsona (14-0-1, 12 KOs) of the Philippines. The two will square off for real this Saturday at the Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. For more details and photos click here…
The final presser for Saturday night’s “Double Assault” PPV-card was held today. “I am ready physically and mentally for this fight,” said Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr., who takes on Marvin Sonsona in the main event. “We taken training seriously and I’m in the best condition that I can be. We are focused on our opponent and when we get in the ring, Sonsona will see that wanting to fight me was wrong.”
Sonsona predicted an upset: “At this weight I feel great; stronger and my punch is stronger, too,” he said. “I think I have everything to beat Vazquez and I have much more experience than him. I’m going to win that title and show my skills in the ring.” (more…)
The latest installment of the critically acclaimed reality series from SHOWTIME Sports® — FIGHT CAMP 360°: Inside The Super Six World Boxing Classic — returns to SHOWTIME® with Episode 4, premiering Saturday, Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT. The 30-minute episode features an emotional interview with Jermain Taylor as he discusses his withdrawal from the tournament. Also, viewers will join the charismatic Super Six promoters as they candidly discuss Taylor’s replacement, the ultra-confident Allan Green. Viewers will join Arthur Abraham as he departs Germany for the United States in preparation for his Group Stage 2 bout against Andre Dirrell. Along the way, Abraham, the former middleweight titleholder, misplaces his cherished world championship belt and the hunt is on. Episode 4 also takes viewers to Flint, Mich., and inside the home of young Dirrell as he and his team study Abraham’s fighting style and begin to strategize for the tough challenge ahead of them. On Saturday, March 27, Abraham, the Super Six World Boxing Classic leader will face Dirrell in a 12-round match, live on SHOWTIME at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). (more…)
WBA #13 ranked heavyweight Manuel Charr suffered an injury near the Universum Gym in snowy Hamburg, where the streets had been full of snow and ice during the last weeks. He injured his left knee and has a cruciate ligament rupture and a broken kneecap. He underwent surgery few days ago. Manuel Charr: “I fell on my knee. I’m doing better now but I will have a long recovery time. I’m devastated but I’m coming back even stronger then before. That’s sports! Docters told me that it will take five months to recover. Have your fingers crossed that I can return to the ring very soon. Take care, Manuel!”
By Chris Cozzone
There can be only one “King of the Border,” says Team Escalante. And Friday night, that king will be top contender Antonio Escalante. Promoted by Golden Boy and televised on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” from the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas, Escalante (22-2, 14 KOs) will put his high ratings on the line to face cross-border rival Miguel “Mickey” Roman (28-6, 20 KOs), of Juarez. “Everybody has been waiting for this fight for years,” Escalante said at a press conference held yesterday. “You don’t see fights like this very often. But I’m prepared to give 100% – and I know that Mickey, too, will give it all in the ring.”
“I’ve had a real good camp and I’m ready to bring out the best in me Friday night,” Roman said. (more…)
For unbeaten Filipino lightweight sensation, Mercito “No Mercy’ Gesta (16-0-1, 7 KOs), 2010 is the year he breaks out of obscurity and into big name fights.
“I am ready for the big fights,” the Don Chargin promoted Gesta said. “Things have been worked out with my promoter and he told me this is the year . . . Click here for more
By Alexey Potapov
K2 East Promotions has been dissolved after the Klitschko brothers have split with K2 East partner Vadym Bukhkalov. K2 East was created in November 2007 through the partnership of the Klitschkos’ K2 Promotions and National Box Promotion. A new entity, K2 Promotions Ukraine, was established where brothers are the single owners. Why the Klitschkos left the company is not known. The fighter roster of K2 East is split with heavyweight Alexander Ustinov among those going with the Klitschkos and Yuri Nuzhnenko and Zaurbek Baysangurov among those remaining with Bukhkalov. The promotional status of some boxers may be in dispute. The first K2 Ukraine event is scheduled for April 24 in Kiev.
He is well known as “giant killer” for being the one that defeated Brian Viloria, lt. flyweight champion of that time. It was October 10th, 2006 when Omar Niño Romero arrived as a new “victim” for Viloria, but he not only took the belt, he also gave Viloria the first defeat in his career. Sadly, following the fight Romero tested positive for amphetamines and he was suspended for a year by the Nevada Athletic Commision. Though following tests came up negative, the damage was done. Now, three years later, “Nino”, still loyal to the sport at 32 years, is ready to achieve fame and fortune he has been denied. On Saturday night, he will be recognized as the giant-killer he is. Romero and manager Miguel Ángel Rangel say that Mayol will be defeated as Viloria was. This Saturday, they say, the gloves will talk.
WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer (35-2, 28 KOs) will defend his world title for the second time on the April 24th “Universum Champions Night” at the Sporthalle Hamburg. His opponent will be WBO #8 ranked Mariano Nicolas Plotinsky (16-3, 8 KOs). The Argentinian challenger, nicknamed “The Destroyer,” is well known to German boxing fans, having knocked out Thomas Ulrich in March 2009.
For the first time in UFC® history, UFC fans can head to their local movie theater and take in all the action in the Octagon™, live and broadcast in high definition on the big screen starting with UFC 111: St- Pierre vs. Hardy on Saturday, March 27 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern / 7:00 p.m. Pacific. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
South Africa’s Zolani Tete faces the biggest test of his short career when he meets Richard Garcia from the Philippines in an IBF flyweight title eliminator over 12 rounds at the Nasrec Indoor Arena in Johannesburg on Friday night. The tournament is presented by Branco Milenkovic of Branco Sports Promotions. The 21-year-old Tete (12-0, 11 KOs) who fights from the southpaw stance made his pro debut on May 27, 2006 when he stopped Andile Solani in 99 seconds of the first round. He then won his next three fights on first round stoppages before beating Zukile Toko on a fifth round technical knockout. (more…)
Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
A boxing-MMA card scheduled for March 5 at Sacramento’s Red Lion Hotel has been postponed for at least a month. The lead bouts for the boxing portion of the show were to feature heavyweight Ashanti Jordan of San Francisco and Sacramento light heavyweight Ernesto Castaneda. Hotel owner Jeff Berger and promoter Nasser Niavaroni, who launched a series of small ballroom-sized cards at the hotel a few years ago to help develop area prospects, are looking to rebook the show by April, possibly outdoors. Looming as an all-local main event is a much-anticipated third meeting between Castaneda and fellow local Otis Griffin, who won their first two bouts but needed a last-round knockout to secure the second victory.
By Rick Scharmberg
Hard hitting super middleweight Isaac Rodrigues (16-0, 14 KOs), of Belem, Brazil will face former Contender participant Brian Vera (16-3, 10 KOs), of Austin, Texas this Friday night at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York. It will represent the biggest fight in his career, which includes winning the WBO Latino super middleweight title against Pablo Daniel Zamora Nievas. “This is a big fight for us,” said Rodrigues’ trainer Chino Rivas. “Brian Vera is a tough, tough opponent. If we want to get on ESPN or SHOBOX, we have to fight tough fights like this, and look good.” The card, which includes up-and-coming female star Amanda Serrano, is promoted by Dave Escalet. (more…)
When Sergio Espinoza (16-6-1, 5 KOs) meets Raynota Whitfield (23-1, 11 KOs)this Saturday for the NABO WBO flyweight title he will enter the ring as the underdog without a doubt. Espinoza however prefers the odds against him as it seems to bring out the best in him. In 2007 Espinoza was brought in as the opponent to fight then (25-1) Juan Alberto Rosas who was the promising prospect at the time. Espinoza beat the odds and decisively defeated Rosas by unanimous decision. Espinoza now finds himself with a major opportunity in front of him in the Whitfield fight. He knows with a victory it’s likely a world ranking will be waiting in the wings for him and keeps his dream alive for a world title fight. Espinoza spoke with Fightnews prior to his departure from San Diego to the site of the fight in Augusta, Georgia. (more…)
Styles make fights and Saturday night’s WBC light flyweight title bout between Filipino power puncher Rodel “Batang Mandaue” Mayol and stylish Mexican boxer Omar “Giant Killer” Nino shapes-up as a potential classic from Guadalajara, Mexico on “The Double Assault” pay-per-view extravaganza. The 12-round main event matches Mayol (26-4-1, 20 KOs) defending his crown against the WBC #1 contender, former WBC light flyweight titlist Nino (28-3-1, 20 KOs). Also airing on the entertaining Guadalajara card, presented by Boxeo De Gala, is a 10-round WBC Youth lightweight championship bout between defending champ Daniel “Tremendo” Estrada (21-1, 17 KOs) and veteran Angel Alirio “El Morocho” Rivero (21-7-1, 14 KOs).
“The Double Assault” pay-per-view action commences at 9 PM/ET live from Reben Rodriquez Coliseum in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, with hometown hero Wilfredo “WV2” Vazquez, Jr., who plans to make Puerto Rican history when he fights the 19-year-old Philippine sensation, “Marvelous” Marvin Sonsona, for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO junior featherweight title. PR Best Boxing Promotions, in association with All Star Boxing and Sampson Boxing LLC., is presenting the Puerto Rican segment of “The Double Assault” pay-per-view.
The unique, split site broadcast is being distributed in the United States and Canada by Integrated Sports for live viewing at 9 PM/ET – 6 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, TVN, DISH Network, Viewer’s Choice and Shaw PPV for a suggested retail price of only $34.95. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Akihiko Honda’s Teiken Promotions Inc. announced a sensational world title twinbill on Monday. WBC bantamweight champ Hozumi Hasegawa (28-2, 12 KOs), making his eleventh defense, will put his belt on the line against WBO ruler Fernando Montiel (40-2-2, 30 KOs), Mexico, in Tokyo, Japan, on April 30. WBC super-bantam champ Toshiaki Nishioka (35-4-3, 22 KOs) will defend his throne against unbeaten Filipino challenger Balweg Bangoyan (15-0, 7 KOs) over twelve rounds. Also, ex-WBC feather titlist Takahiro Aoh (18-2-1, 8 KOs) will engage in a tune-up go against Whyber Garcia (22-7, 15 KOs), Panama, prior to his WBC 130-pound title shot.
Hasegawa said, “I’m excited to face highly-reputed Montiel to prove my strength. It must be the most important fight in my career.” Nishioka said, “I welcome the fast-rising unbeaten challenger, whom I’ll fight with great care and concentration.” (more…)
The upcoming fights cast their shadows: on April 17 in Magdeburg (Zbik vs. Spada) and April 24 Hamburg (Kentikian vs. Raoui) Universum Box-Promotion will present two “Universum Champions Nights”. In order to be in perfect shape some Universum fighters have set up their training camp in the Austrian Alps to build up their fitness level. At the beginning of February trainer Magomed Schaburow took his team including Ruslan Chagaev, Susi Kentikian, Vitali Tajbert, Dimitri Sartison, Eduard Gutknecht and Alexander Alekseev to the skiing resort Soelden. Hansi Neuner and his team of Universum Partner of Boxing Austria have once again provided the best possible training opportunities. (more…)
WBC Champion Carl “the Cobra” Froch of Nottingham England, will defend his title against the “Viking Warrior” Mikkel Kessler of Denmark in the Super Six World Boxing Classic in one-half of a tournament doubleheader on Saturday, April 24 at the MCH Messecenter in Herning, Denmark. ”The ticket sales for Mikkel Kessler’s fight against Carl Froch has been impressive. Fans from all over Denmark and also the UK will descend on Herning to support the two amazing world-class fighters on April 24. We look forward to welcoming the Froch Army in Herning, and I am convinced there will be a fantastic atmosphere here in MCH for the Super Six-clash” says CEO, Georg Soerensen, MCH Messecenter Herning. Mick Hennessy added ”This is a fantastic event and tickets are selling very quickly and I advise any British fight fan who is looking to be in Herning on the 24th April to support the Cobra please purchase tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappoint before it becomes a sell out.” Tickets for the WBC & Super Six Group Stage 2 fight went on sale yesterday in Denmark and the UK.
Junior welterweight contender Victor Ortiz, featherweight prospect Charles Huerta, lightweight prospect Luis Ramos Jr. and jr welter prospect Carlos Molina hosted an open media workout on Monday at the Maywood Gym in preparation for their fights on Thursday at Club Nokia at L.A. LIVE. More photos…
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world heavyweight challenger Ed Mahone (24-9-2,23KO’s) of the USA will be in action on Saturday when he will clash with Australian heavyweight contender Justin Whitehead (4-0,2KO’s) at the Cranbourne Racetrack, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Mahone challenged Vitali Klitschko unsuccessfully in 1999 for the WBO title. In 2006 he lost to heavyweight contenders Eddie Chambers in four rounds and Alexander Povetkin in five rounds. Mahone has been based in New Zealand for several months.
Whitehead is a former 2000 Sydney Olympian and had the biggest win of his career in 2009 winning a split decision in ten over Solomon Haumono. (more…)
At the Mech Tech College Facilities in Caguas, Miguel Cotto Promotions in association with H2 Entertainment present their final press conference for next Saturday, February 27, “Boxeo Boricua In Caguas” show. The main event will be in the hands of Puerto Rican hot prospect Luis ‘El Artesano’ Cruz (12-0, 9 KOs) who will be making his second defense of the USNBC featherweight title against challenger Leon Bobo (18-4-1, 2 KOs), from St. Louis, Missouri in the main event of Boxeo Boricua. (more…)
The St. Patrick’s Day celebration will extend two days as Irish-American boxers, led by hot, unbeaten prospect Danny O’Connor, the popular “Irish” Joey McCreedy and 4-time world champion Jaime “Hurricane” Clampitt, will be in action March 19 on the “Shamrock’d” pro card, presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES), at Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, R.I. “Shamrock’d” kicks-off a recently signed multi-fight deal in 2010 between CES and Twin River that continues May 7, July 9, Sept. 3 and Nov. 12. (more…)
In Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. today challenger Joshua Clottey said he is in top condition for his upcoming title fight against Manny Pacquiao on March 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. “I’ve worked hard for weeks in Florida,” Clottey said. “When I win don’t call it an upset. We have a game plan which will give Pacquiao a lot of problems. No one is unbeatable including him. I personally know he’s worried about me, how big and strong I will be in the ring that night.” Pacquiao vs. Clottey will be available on HBO Pay Per View.
Former Jr. welterweight champion Vivian Harris released the following statement regarding his TKO loss in Saturday night’s bout with Lucas Matthysse in Mexico City.
“I just wanted to let everyone know that what happened in Mexico City was by far the worst injustice that I have ever experienced,” claimed Harris. “The fight between me and Lucas Matthysse was a close and competitive fight from the start. In the second round, I hit Matthysse with a right hand that caused severe swelling around his right eye. I’ll admit that I lost the third round. In the forth we exchanged punches, I got hit with a right hand, I was not hurt, my legs were fine, I wasn’t dizzy.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The World Championships Committee of the WBA carried out a purse bid this morning at Panama City for two world title fights. The purse bid was directed by WBA executives Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, Jose Oliver Gomez, Aurelio Fiengo and Miguel Prado.
The first purse bid was for the WBA lightweight title, between Paulus Moses and Miguel Acosta. Tony Gonzalez representing Don King Productions (DKP), submitted an offer of $151,000. No other bids were offered, so DKP won the bid. Per WBA rules, the champion will receive 55% of the purse and the challenger 45%. The minimum purse bid was $150,000. DKP offered Namibia, the USA and Germany as possible sites. The fight must take place in no less than 45 days and no more than 90 days.
The second bid was for the WBA cruiserweight title between champion Guillermo Jones and mandatory challenger Valery Brudov. Minimum bid was $200,000 (75% for the champion/25% for the challenger). Gonzalez (DKP), representing Jones, submitted a bid of $200,000. Sampson Lewkowicz, representing Brudov, also offered $200,000. A 30 minutes recess was taken for the WBA executive members to deliberate and make a decision on the tied bid. Aurelio Fiengo informed both parties that DKP was the winning bidder, since the deposit check submitted was certified in accordance with WBA rules. The deposit check submitted by Leckowicz was not a certified check.
During the recess, special guest 2004 Olympian and current WBA light heavyweight champion Biebut Shumenov received his brand new WBA belt from WBA Executive VP Gilberto Jesus Mendoza.
By Alexey Sukachev at ringside
Hard-punchung cruiserweight terror Denis Lebedev (20-0, 15 KOs) continued his string of scintillating kayos with the fourth round blowout of Mexican champion Ignacio Esparza (16-2, 12 KOs) on Monday night at the Udmurt Circus in Izhevsk, Russia. WBO #1 Lebedev, 2009 Russian fighter of the year, dropped Esparza with a wicked left to the head at the end of the first. The Mexican recovered well and gave Lebedev a tough battle till the end of the fourth. With ten seconds remaining in the round Lebedev charged forward with a monster-like left-right-left combination, which had Esparza down for the count. Lebedev retained his WBO I/C title in process. Time was 2:59 of the fourth.
In a WBC bantamweight semi-final eliminator, unbeaten WBC #2 Russian “Knight” Alexander Bakhtin (25-0, 11 KOs) earned a workmanlike twelve-round unanimous decision over hard-nosed Kenyan pressure battler Nick Otieno (20-5, 9 KOs) with the scores: 120-107 (twice – Gorstkov and Aleksic) and 120-108 (Puckov). Off-balance Otieno was down once at the end of the first after right hand of Bakhtin. Fightnews scored it 120-108 for the Russian. (more…)
World champion Juan Manuel Lopez of Puerto Rico is heading to Atlantic City, N.J. to root for his good friend welterweight Henry Bruseles. Bruseles is taking on the popular undefeated welterweight Mike Jones of Philadelphia on a Top Rank Live! fight card on Friday, Feb 27 at Bally’s Atlantic City. Jones, 19-0, and Bruseles, 28-3-1, are in the main event. The fight is sold out. Lopez, 28-0, is the WBO world featherweight champion. Jones vs. Bruseles will be televised live on FSN.
World-ranked contender “Sweetness” Allan Green (29-1, 20 KOs), of Tulsa, Okla., has officially been named to replace fellow American Jermain Taylor in the Super Six World Boxing Classic and will take on undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) 168-pound champion Andre Ward (20-0, 13 KOs) in one-half of a tournament doubleheader on Saturday, April 24, on SHOWTIME®, Ken Hershman, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports®, formally announced today.
Also on Saturday, April 24, undefeated Carl “The Cobra’’ Froch (26-0, 20 KOs) of Nottingham, England, defends his WBC world title against former WBA 168-pound champion Mikkel “Viking Warrior’’ Kessler (42-2, 32 KOs) of Denmark. All the action will be televised on SHOWTIME beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT (Froch vs. Kessler will be shown on same-day delay from MCH Arena, in Herning, Denmark, immediately followed by Ward vs. Green live from the U.S.). (more…)
Former IBF junior middleweight champon Steve Molitor (30-1, 12 KOs) has lashed out at IBF #1 Takalani Ndlovu (30-5, 18 KOs), whom he faces in a rematch on March 27 at Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario for the vacant belt. Citing Ndlovu’s claims that he received “shoddy treatment” prior to his TKO9 loss to Molitor in July 2007, Molitor said “Excuses are for losers. He knew the routine coming in. Nothing has changed at all, and nothing will change. He got his head handed to him the first time, and he’ll get his head handed to him again.”
Filipino sensation “Marvelous” Marvin Sonoma is hungry to capture another world title, as well as overcoming the after effect of losing his WBO super flyweight belt on the scales in his last fight, this coming Saturday night in the highly anticipated showdown against hometown hero Wilfredo “WV2” Vazquez, Jr. for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior featherweight championship. Vazquez, Jr.-Sonsona is one of two world title fights featured on the split-site “The Double Assault” pay-per-view broadcast, commencing at 9 PM/ET live from Reben Rodriquez Coliseum in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, the hometown Vazquez, Jr., who plans to make Puerto Rican history by defeating 19-year-old Sonsona. (more…)
By Rocco Morales
Last Friday afternoon at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California, a press conference to announce an exciting heavyweight battle between top 10 heavyweights, Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola and Tomasz Adamek. Dan Goosen, from Goosen Tutor Promotions, as well as Kathy Duva, from Main Events Promotions, were on hand with their respective fighters to discuss the upcoming matchup scheduled as the main event for the April 24th edition of Boxing After Dark on HBO television. In taking this dangerous fight, both fighters seem intent on catapulting themselves into a title shot in their next fight. For more details and photos click here…
WBC interim middleweight interim world champion Sebastian Zbik during a training session with former world champion Artur Grigorian a the legendary Universum Gym in Hamburg.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
The first African-American boxer to hold a world championship in the gloved era of boxing –“The Old Master” Joe Gans will be honored with a fundraiser on Friday, February 26. The event will be held at the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards in his hometown of Baltimore, MD from 8 to 11 PM. Funds from the event will go towards the creation of a wax statue to honor Gans. Tickets for the event are $50 for General Admission and $100 for VIP tickets. VIP tickets allow you to spend some time with some of the many celebrities that are slated for the event. (more…)
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