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From the Camino Real, downtown El Paso for tomorrow night’s “King of the Border” card at the Don Haskins Center, El Paso:
Antonio Escalante 126 vs. Miguel Roman 126
Danny Garcia 141 vs. Ashley Theophane 140 3/4
Osvaldo Rojas 146 1/4 vs. Luis Grajeda 147 1/4
Saul Morales 134 1/4 vs. Julian Rodriguez 137 3/4
Sharif Bogare 136 1/4 vs. Jose Hernandez 136 1/4
Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions
Televised on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights”
The Floyd “Money” Mayweather vs. Sugar Shane Mosley press tour is rumbling through a city near you next week making stops in New York City, Washington, DC and Los Angeles. All press conferences are OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and free of charge. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
World heavyweight contender David “Tuaman” Tua (50-3-1, 43 KOs) is confident of stopping big punching Las Vegas based Nigerian Friday Ahunanya (24-5-3, 13 KOs) when they clash over twelve rounds at the Trusts Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand on March 31. “I want to destroy Friday. I want it to be destructive. It has to be because I need people in the States to hear some noise from Down Under,” Tua said. (more…)
Photo: Rodel “Bantang Mandaue” Mayol stretching out before a workout in preparation for his title defense Saturday night against No. 1 contender Omar “Giant Killer” Nino in Guadalajara, Mexico. Mayol-Nino is one of two world title fights airing on “The Double Assault” split site pay-per-view, distributed in North Amrican by Integrated Sports media, live from Mexico and Puerto Rico.
The pay-per-view event will begin at 9pm ET/6pm PT on both cable and satellite. The PPV cost will be $34.95 and available in Puerto Rico, U.S., Canada, Philippines, Central and South America. Tickets can be purchased by calling (787) 792-5000 or online at www.tcpr.com. Tickets are priced at $20, $40, $75, $125, $150 and $300.
The WBO has scheduled two purse bids to take place March 2 at their headquarters in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Registered promoters can bid on a WBO jr flyweight championship clash between super champion Ivan Calderon and interim champion Jhonreil Casimero (minimum bid $80,000) and/or a WBO interim lightweight title bout between titleholder Michael Katsidis and Kevin Mitchell (minimum bid $150,000). WBO President Francisco Valcárcel will preside over both purse bids.
After running miles on a South Florida beach, Joshua Clottey did a national conference call and then went straight to the Carter Park Contender Boxing Gym on Sunrise Ave. in Ft. Lauderdale. “I want to train hard and be completely prepared,” Clottey said after the media call. “Beating Pacquiao will mean a lot to my country Ghana and will put me on top of the world.” Clottey plans to break camp on this weekend, then return home to New York City. Beginning Monday, Clottey will work out at a gym in the Bronx. Click here for more photos…
A major snowstorm has hit Northern New Jersey, however Top Rank says everything is a definite go for Saturday’s show at Bally’s Atlantic City. “All of our televised fighters are in Atlantic City and we’re all set for the Saturday night card,” said Carl Moretti, VP-Operations for Top Rank. Unbeaten welterweight Mike Jones of Philadelphia will take on Henry Bruseles of Puerto Rico in the main event. Jones-Bruseles will be televised live on FSN (10 pm eastern, 7 pm pacific).
“I know who I’m gonna fight and I know it’s not gonna be easy,” Joshua Clottey said about his March 13 showdown in Dallas with Manny Pacquiao, this morning on a national teleconference. “But I am coming all-out. I’m coming to be my best and to show my power in the ring.”
Clottey did not argue about entering the ring as an underdog, saying that Pacquiao “is the best. But if I beat him, I’m gonna be top of the world. I will get respect for me and my country.”
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On Pacquiao’s speed: “He throws a lot of punches but I have very good defense. I throw punches to cause damage. I always see my opening.”
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On steroids: “I respect him too much (to demand further testing). He’s a very nice guy and I feel comfortable around him. I don’t think Manny Pacquiao do that thing.” Stay tuned for a full report.
Renowned boxing trainer Fritz Sdunek has stepped down from his duties at Universum Box-Promotions. The 62-year-old trainer informed promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl of his decision today.
“On account of the state of my health, I would like to reduce my workload as a professional trainer and only look after Vitali Klitschko for the time being,” said Sdunek. “I’ve recovered well from my hip operation in January, but the other hip still needs to be operated on. This is why I want to finish my collaboration with Universum for the time being. Once I’ve gotten past everything and if the need is there, we can gladly speak about another collaboration. After 16 successful years, it hasn’t been easy for me to make this decision. On Saturday, it would have been 16 years here. Of course, I’ll still be available to all the boxers and trainers for help and advice, and will show up often in the gym. Now I wish Universum and all the boxers a lot of success and health in the future. And, of course, the necessary good luck also!“ (more…)
By Alexey Potapov
At a press conference in Kiev, Ukraine, promoter Vadim Bukhkalov, head of “National Box Promotion” informed the media that WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko has left K2 East Promotions, which was created in November 2007 through a partnership between the Klitschkos’ К2 Promotions and National Box Promotion. “I always was proud of our cooperation with Vitali Klitschko, and I am grateful to him for it,” said Bukhkalov. But today Vitali no longer with K2 East Promotion. I know why he made his decision, but I can’t talk about it. That should come from Klitschko.” (more…)
WBO, IBF, IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir “Dr. Steelhammer” Klitschko is set to defend his belts on March 20th against #1 ranked and mandatory challenger “Fast” Eddie Chambers. The battle will be witnessed by an audience of 50,000 fans in the sold out ET Esprit Arena in Duesseldorf, Germany. The bout will be accessible in the US, Canada & Puerto Rico on pay-per-view at Klitschko.com for $14.95. (more…)
Preview by Kurt Wolfheimer
There is a chill in the air as a possible snowstorm may hit the east coast on Thursday, but the Arena in South Philadelphia, Pa. will be hot and cozy on Friday night when Philly fan favorite Victor Vasquez (11-3, 6 KOs) takes on the always dangerous Carlos Vinan in a six-round lightweight slugfest. The nine-bout card promoted by KEA Boxing has a wide variety of prospects matched evenly in what is sure to be an evening that you won’t forget. (more…)
Chicagoland fan favorite, heavyweight Mike Mollo headlines “Windy City Fight Night 9”, an outstanding evening of professional boxing, on Friday, March 26th at the UIC Pavilion, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, Home of the Best in Chicago Boxing. (more…)
WBA #3 heavyweight Ruslan Chagaev, WBA/WBO/WIBF flyweight champion Susi Kentikian, WBO #3 cruiserweight Alexander Alekseev, WBO #2 super middleweight Eduard Gutknecht, WBC interim super featherweight champion Vitali Tajbert and WBA super middleweight champion Dimitri Sartison are currently training in the snowy mountains of Austria. More photos…
Word is that former WBO heavyweight champion Ray Mercer will fight former cruiserweight kingpin Jean Marc Mormeck in France at the end of April. After a two-year layoff, Mormeck returned to the ring in December campaigning as a heavyweight and won a comfortable decision over gatekeeper Vinny Maddalone. Mercer’s last fight was a decision win over ‘Dutch Sonny Liston’ Richel Hersisia (then 30-2, 34 KOs) in September 2007.
Former world welterweight and jr middleweight champion Ricardo Mayorga will fight Din Thomas in a MMA bout on May 15.
Floyd “Money” Mayweather celebrated his 33rd birthday yesterday!
Boxing fans, get ready to climb “Through the Ropes” with the #1 boxing news radio show hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld! This week’s guests are WBC super lightweight champion Devon Alexander and Fightnews Managing Editor Flattop. Call or email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Through The Ropes airs live coast to coast on Thursday nights from 9:00 – 10:00 ET on 75 affiliates of the Sports Byline USA Broadcast Network, including great radio stations like KSHP 1400 AM in Las Vegas and WNSR 560 AM in Nashville. The one-hour show will also be heard on American Forces Network, Sportsbyline.com and Fightnews.com. Fightnews readers can listen live by clicking here tonight at 9PM ET.
By Ron Jackson
In an intriguing matchup between a relative novice and a hardened pro Hekkie Budler faces Filipino southpaw Juanito Rubillar for the vacant IBO junior flyweight belt at the Emperors Palace Casino, Kempton Park on Saturday night. The tournament is presented by Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions. The wide divide between the 21-year-old Budler and the 33-year-old Rubillar is shown when you realize that Budler was only five years old when Rubillar made his pro debut in 1994 and by the time Budler had his first pro fight in July 2007 the Filipino already had 59 professional fights under his belt. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
Tomasz Babilonski of Babilon Promotion staged a little show on Sunday night at ROKiS, Radzymin, in Poland. Babilon’s brightest star Krzysztof Cieslak (15-0, 5 KOs) both retained his IBF Youth and captured a vacant Polish international title with a very narrow majority decision over previously unbeaten Frenchman Philippe Frenois (11-1-1) with scores: 96-94, 96-95 and 95-95. Also successful were prospects Krzysztof Szot (9-0, 1 KO) and Mariusz Welc (4-0, 1 KO). (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green will switch his scheduled world title bout against Manny Siaca from Sydney to Perth after Western Australian government have agreed to provide backing. The bout will be at the Challenge Stadium, Perth on April 14. Sports Minister Terry Waldron said, “There were some misunderstandings. That was unfortunate. The last fight (Jones vs Green ) was in Sydney and that’s been and gone. “The great thing about gaining this fight here is that it puts us in a good position to perhaps get the fight – and I’m sure it will happen – between Danny Green and Anthony Mundine. Manny Siaca is the man that beat Mundine back in 2003.” (more…)
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko will not be facing 7-foot former WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev in his next fight. “Valuev is dead,” Klitschko-Manager Bernd Bönte told BILD regarding the negotiations between K2 and DKP. “Promoter Don King is crazy. He makes demands for Valuev that are simply not acceptable.” Klitschko could face WBC #2 ranked Odlanier Solis instead.
By Alexey Sukachev
A huge show, labeled “Pro Boxing Show – VI” was organized this past Saturday at “Druzhba” Palace of Sports in Donetsk, Ukraine, by the local company “Union Boxing Promotion” (Yuri Ruban). The tournament featured ten fights, four of them being for various titles. In the main event of the show, two once-beaten Eastern European featherweights – local hero Oleg Yefimovich (18-1, 11 KOs) and Belorussian Andrey Isaev (22-2, 7 KOs) – collided in an important crossroad fight for the European (EBU) title, previously owned by the WBC #6 and the WBO #10 Ukrainian. Both fighters delivered their best performances but Yefimovich was a bit more consistent and deservedly got a unanimous decision (118-110, 118-110 and 118-111) over WBO #5 Isaev, who suffered a serious cut in the eighth round. Yefimoich retained his title for the fourth time. (more…)
Mercito Gesta 138 vs. Cristian Favela 138
Jose Arias 118 vs. Benji Garcia 117
Antonio Orozco 141 vs. Jaime Orrantia 141
Ricky Gutierrez 129 vs. Pablo Armenta 129
Chris Chatman 159 vs. Steve Macomber 169
The Bobby D. Presents in association with Jorge Marron Productions “Philippines vs. Mexico” fight card will take place at the Four Points by Sheraton in Kearny Mesa, a suburb of San Diego, CA. For ticket info, please dial 619.743.0698
Carlos Molina 137.6 vs. Hensley Strachan 140.4
Victor Ortiz 143.8 vs. Hector Alatorre 143
Jessie Vargas 142 vs. Robert Luna 141.8
Luis Ramos Jr. 135 vs. Walter Estrada 135.2
Charles Huerta 125.8 vs. Guadalupe De Leon 126.2
Karl Dargan 135 vs. Jose Alfredo Lugo 135.4
Ricky Lopez 123 vs. Hugo Ramos 122.8
Venue: Club Nokia, Los Angeles, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
WBO flyweight champion Omar Narvaez of Argentina (31-0-2, 19 KOs) dominated fellow countryman Santiago Ivan Acosta (16-5-2, 7 KOs) en route to a 10 round unanimous decision. The official scores by the judges were 100-92, 100-91.5, 100-91. The bout was fought above the flyweight limit and was a non title defense for Narvaez. The site was the Estadio Socios Fundadores, Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina with Osvaldo Rivero promoting. (more…)
Damien St.Pierre at the scales
Mason Menard 134.5 vs Thomas Dardar 135
*Louisiana State Lightweight Title*
Jarred LeBlanc 154 vs Rohan Nanton 153.5
Bobby Bryant 146.5 vs Ricky Dinkins
*Dinkins will weigh later
Todd Manuel 167 vs William Johnson 172.5
*Contract weight was 170, Johnson will reweigh*
Jesse Patin 177.7 vs Tyrone Dowdy 170.5
Baily Bobbitt 176 vs Ernest Parfait
*Parfait will weigh later*
Promoter – BoxNCar Promotions (Chad Broussard)
Venue – Civic Center – Rayne, Louisiana
Time – 7:00pm
Tickets – BoxNCar.com
Challenger Joshua Clottey said he plans to charge and attack early when he takes on ‘Fighter of the Decade’ Manny Pacquiao at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas on March 13. “I plan to go right at him. There’s no way he’s chasing me around the ring,” Clottey said at his training camp in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. “I’ll be the one on the attack – not Pacquiao.” Clottey revealed he doesn’t have a single boxing video of Pacquiao in camp. “I already know what he’s all about. He’s a great champion. This is a difficult fight. But I am going for the win right away, as soon as the bell rings,” Clottey said. “I know personally he talks about me all of the time and there is a lot of concern in his camp.” Pacquiao vs. Clottey is promoted by Top Rank in association with MP Promotions and Tecate. Pacquiao vs. Clottey ‘The Event’ will be available on HBO Pay Per View. Click here for more photos…
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.
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