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Former 2004 Olympian Alex “El Pollo” de Jesus (20-1, 13 KOs), who was released from prison last December after serving four years and two months for domestic violence in the correctional institution in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, will resume his career in a six-round bout against Mexican welterweight Gerardo Pipino Cuevas, Jr. (17-11, 5 KOs), the son of former world champion Pipino Cuevas, on Thursday night to Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Also, there was a change in the main event for the Iron Mike Productions card. Florida light heavyweight Rowland Bryant (17-3, 12 KOs takes on Pittsburgh veteran Rayco “War” Saunders (23-22-2, 10 KOs) in an eight-rounder. Bryant is a late replacement for recently injured Dominican light heavyweight Lenin Castillo (11-0, 7 KOs). (more…)
Former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs crashed today’s Wladimir Klitschko-Alex Leapai press conference in Oberhausen, Germany, ripping off his shirt and hurling insults at Klitschko and Leapai for nearly ten minutes. Briggs repeatedly called Leapai a “bum” and declared that he’s the real champion while Klitschko is a fabricated champ. “Why you so scared of me?” Briggs demanded to know.
As Briggs became more agitated, he punched the podium and threw his shirt at Klitschko, who stayed steely calm throughout the incident. An enraged Leapai, however, challenged Briggs to fight right then and there, and had to be held back by Klitschko himself. The shirtless Briggs then did some pushups before he left.
“I’ve never had to hold back my own opponent at a press conference,” Klitschko commented.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A source has told Fightnews.com that Mexican WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman and WBA Executive Vice President Gilberto Mendoza Jr. are looking to bring the leaders of the WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO together to discuss various issues in world boxing. Among the topics expected to come up are boxer safety, social causes, and the multitudes of interim world champions.
IBF World Bantamweight Champion Stuart Hall and undefeated challenger Paul Butler met head-to-head for the first time today to discuss their big summer “Rampage” showdown at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena on June 7th. Hall puts his title on the line for the second time against a British challenger – in March he retained his title against Martin Ward on technical decision in round two after a clash of heads opened a cut above Ward’s eye – and is promising a devastating performance with a conclusive win against Butler.
Stuey Hall: I’ve grown into being a world champion and I’m not letting my world title go. Paul’s a good young fighter, but this opportunity has come too soon for him. I’m too big and strong for him and it will show on the night. I’ll never underestimate him, but I’ll guarantee that I’ll be leaving the ring with the world title on the night.”
Paul Butler: Since I was 10 years this is the moment I’ve dreamed of and to be fighting a British fighter, who’s the world champion, and for his world title is fantastic. I’m over the moon that the fight is in Newcastle, I wanted to fight him here in his backyard and beat him in his hometown in front of his own fans.
Cruiserweight BJ Flores has announced that his new team of manager Al Haymon and advisors Louie Decubas and Mike Boreo have landed him an eight-rounder the May 10th ESPN card headlined by Chris Arreola vs. Bermane Stiverne at the Galen Center in Los Angeles.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC interim middleweight world champion Marco Antonio “El Veneno” Rubio could defend his crown for the first time in late July in Mexico. Candidates mentioned are Bryan Vera, Bronco McKart and Ricardo Mayorga, with the most interest in a defense against Mayorga. For Mayorga to get the fight, he would be required to pass a full medical examination, then apply for a special permit which would be put to a vote before the WBC governing board.
Lightweight Bobby Green has been forced to withdraw from his UFC 172 bout against Jim Miller due to injury. Stepping in for the April 26 bout against the New Jersey standout is Hawaii’s Yancy Medeiros. Medeiros was originally scheduled to face Joe Ellenberger on the Baltimore card. A new opponent for the debuting Ellenberger will be announced shortly.A career in mixed martial arts is a rigorous trade by any measure and there are numerous elements that can create pressure and strain in both the physical and mental realms. Therefore, it is crucial for fighters to have a release – a place where peace of mind can be found – in order to recharge their resources and keep themselves dialed in and focused . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Heavyweight Sherman “Tank” Williams has been kicked out of the training camp of heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. According to Williams, Klitschko’s trainers had to intervene to prevent the champion from being punished by Williams’ bodywork during sparring. “Every shot I’ve hit him with was clean body shots,” Williams told AAP. “I’ve hit him with vicious liver shots and he’s bawling, claiming he’s getting hit on his nuts. At the moment, I think he’s ready to be beaten. He’s ready to be knocked out. If Alex [Leapai] is prepared physically and he’s mentally and spiritually together, the Aussies can have a new champion come next week.”
In other “Tank” news, Williams has pulled out of his bout with unbeaten New Zealand prospect Joseph Parker (7-0, 6 KOs), which was to be the co-feature on the Klitschko-Leapai undercard this Saturday in Oberhausen, Germany. The Parker camp isn’t happy about the late scratch considering all the trash talking Williams did in the build-up, but they have now lined up Marcelo Nascimento (17-5, 15 KOs) as a replacement.
Former pro boxing champ Kassim Ouma was arrested for battery in L.A. on Friday — after knocking out a man who was allegedly making gay advances toward him … TMZ Sports has learned. Law enforcement sources tell us … the former IBF junior middleweight champion is telling investigators … he was hanging out in Hollywood early Friday morning when he struck up a conversation with a guy he just met. Ouma says the two went back to the other man’s home for a drink … where the guy allegedly made a pass at the boxer. We’re told … Ouma claims he politely declined multiple advances … but says when he got up to leave, the guy made one final move — and Ouma shoved him away. The altercation then escalated … with Ouma allegedly knocking the guy out cold. Cops were called to the scene — where the victim was treated and transported to a nearby hospital. Ouma was ultimately arrested for felony battery causing great bodily harm.
History repeats itself with the pro debut of Shane Mosley, Jr. More
Trainer Virgil Hunter backs Amir Khan to face up to Floyd Mayweather . . . should Khan get by Luis Collazo, of course. More
How does it feel to trade punches over 12 rounds with someone who hasn’t showered for a week? That was asked of Manny Pacquiao. More
Ode to Walter “Peanuts” Arsenault, 114-bout veteran who passed away at the age of 78 on Friday. More
The season opener for Fight Club OC which saw a sold out crowd of 1,421 fill The Hangar at the OC Fair and Event Center to see heavyweight Giovanni Serran (5-6, 1 KO) handed Jesse West his first professional loss in a five-rounder. Serran won by split decision. West fell to 3-1.
In the opening fight, middleweight Tony Thompson of Anaheim defeated Elliott Seymour by unanimous decision in a four-round fight. All three judges scored it 40-36. This was Thompson’s professional debut.
Unbeaten jr middleweight Neeco “The Rooster” Macias closed the show with a majority decision, 40-36, 39-37, 38-38, over Julian Cruz. Macias improves to 4-0.
The next Fight Club OC show is set for June 19th.
On Saturday night, power punching Argentinian Lucas Matthysse, 34-3, 32KOs will be in the ring with John Molina, 27-3, 22 KOs in what looks to be an all-out war between two full-fledged KO artists. Molina will be looking for his third consecutive victory en route to a second world title attempt, while Matthysse is bouncing back from his first professional loss.
The match up will serve as a co-featured bout to the Thurman vs. Diaz WBA Welterweight world championship and will take place at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Matthysse is the clear cut favorite, but with both fighters in the midst of rejuvenating their careers, you can expect an all-out slug fest. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
This Saturday in Legionowo, Poland, former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver “The Atomic Bull” McCall (57-13, 37 KOs), who just today became 49 years young, will fight Marcin Rekowski (13-1, 11 KOs), who is thirteen years younger. Danell “Doc” Nicholson, his Chicago trainer and former IBO heavyweight titleholder explains to Fightnews.com why this time McCall will not need a split decision to get his 58th career win.
Italian Referee Giuseppe Quartarone will referee to the title fight rematch for the WBA cruiserweight championship between the Russian “regular” champion Dennis Lebedev and Panamanian “champion in recess,” Guillermo Jones, to be held on Friday April 25 at Dynamo Palace of Sport in Krylatskoye, Moscow, Russia. The judges are César Ramos (Puerto Rico), Jean Legland (France) and Carlos Sucre (Venezuela). The Supervisor will be Carlos Chavez from Venezuela.
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel today announced the officials who will work this Saturday in the world heavyweight title bout between the champion Wladimir Klitschko (61-3, 51 KOs) and the #1 ranked Alex Leapai (30-4-3, 24 KOs) from Australia, to be held at the Koenig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany in a K2 Promotions presentation. The referee will be Eddie Cotton from United States. The judges will be Glenn Feldman from United States, Zoltan Enyedi from Hungary, and Deon Dwarte from South Africa. The WBO supervisor for this fight will be President Paco Valcarcel himself.
After seven IBO World title super middleweight defenses, due to his difficulty in continuing to make the weight, IBO world super middleweight champion Tommy Oosthuizen (22-0-2, 13 KOs) has notified the IBO that he has moved up to the light heavyweight division. Oosthuizen was dropped earlier this year by promoter Rodney Berman after pulling out of a January 18 HBO appearance.
The vacant IBO world super middleweight title will now be sanctioned for the two leading available contenders.
By Karl Freitag
Photos: David Martin Warr/DKP
A lot a big names are in televised action this week, but the best fight is likely taking place off U.S. TV on Friday night at the Dynamo Palace of Sports in Krylatskoye, Moscow, Russia, where WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (25-2, 19 KOs) defends against champion in recess Guillermo Jones (39-3-2, 31 KOs).
The bout is a rematch of their 2013 Fight of the Year last May, spectacularly won by Jones via brutal 11th round KO. Jones was later stripped of the belt due to an alleged failed drug test and Lebedev was reinstated as champion. Promoter Don King later convinced the WBA to install Jones as champion in recess and here we are. Neither has fought since. If this fight is anything like their first encounter, it will be a war.
Top Rank, in association with Bash Boxing and Art of Boxing Promotions will bring Solo Boxeo Tecate on Unimas to boxing-rich Ventura County on Saturday night at the Oceanview Pavilion in Port Hueneme, California. In a special feature attraction, Shane D. Mosley Jr., the son of ring legend “Sugar” Shane Mosley, will make his professional boxing debut. The younger Mosley, who got a late start in boxing at the age of 16, will have his legendary father in his corner as trainer for his much-anticipated first bout as a professional.
In the Solo Boxeo main event, super lightweights Jose Zepeda (19-0, 16 KOs) and “Red Hot” Rob Frankel (32-14-1, 6 KOs) meet in an eight-rounder. The co-feature is a featherweight clash between featherweights Saul Rodriguez (12-0-1, 9 KOs) and Miguel Zamudio (29-3-1, 16 KOs).
By Ron Jackson
The highly rated middleweight Martin Murray from England who recently signed a promotional contract with Golden Gloves Promotions makes his South African debut when he faces Ghana’s Ishmael Tetteh over ten rounds at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Wednesday night.
The highly regarded Murray, 31, from St Helens, Merseyside won the interim WBA middleweight belt in November 2012 with a sixth round stoppage win over Jorge Navarro. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
Unbeaten Japanese southpaw, WBC bantamweight champ Shinsuke Yamanaka (20-0-2, 15 KOs) will make his sixth defense in Osaka, Japan, where he will cope with Belgian challenger Stephane Jamoye (25-4, 15 KOs) on Wednesday. Both already entered the fight place Osaka, which is near to Yamanaka’s native place Shiga prefecture from which some 3,500 adherents will come to hail his homecoming. On the same show, formerly WBC bantam and feather titlist Hozumi Hasegawa (33-4, 15 KOs) will attempt to acquire his third world belt as he will have an highly anticipated shot against IBF 122-pound ruler Kiko Martinez (30-4, 22 KOs) of Spain. (more…)
Johnathon Banks, trainer of heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, discusses Klitschko’s world title defense on Saturday in Germany against mandatory challenger Alex Leapai.
By Hesiquio Balderas
Photo: Boxing Beat
Ethnicity is a very important part of the boxing world. Fighters always want to be attached to the country they were born, and the boxing fans want a hero that can represent their country. But when a fighter has double citizenship, when they are born in a country that is not from their original roots, the boxing fans seem a bit confused until things change.
As once happened to the legendary Oscar de la Hoya, Carlos “Famoso” Hernandez (first World Champion representing his father’s country El Salvador] just to name a few, Randy “El Matador” Caballero has been dealing with the same situation, fighting not just for pride but also for country. (more…)
Lightweight Bobby Green has been forced to withdraw from his UFC 172 bout against Jim Miller due to injury. Stepping in for the April 26 bout against the New Jersey standout is Hawaii’s Yancy Medeiros. Medeiros was originally scheduled to face Joe Ellenberger on the Baltimore card. A new opponent for the debuting Ellenberger will be announced shortly.
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Thompson Boxing Promotions’ “Locked n’ Loaded” show on Friday at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California features super bantamweight contender Efrain Esquivias (17-2-1, 10 KOs) of Carson, Calif. and undefeated junior welterweight prospect Giovani Santillan (11-0, 7 KOs) of San Diego in separate eight-round bouts. Esquivias, still riding high after his ninth round stoppage of Mexican legend Rafael Marquez in September, faces Mexican veteran Ruben Tamayo (22-5-3, 15 KOs), while Santillan battles undefeated Daniyar Hanyk (10-0, 4 KOs) of Ukraine. The card also showcases lightweight prospect Jose Roman (15-1-1, 11 KOs) of Garden Grove, Calif. in an eight-round fight against an opponent to be named later. Tickets priced $100, $60 and $40 are on sale now.
Standing 8 Promotions’ first “Bud Light Pro Fight Series” card of 2014 will feature undefeated Fort Worth super bantamweight Tony Lopez (9-0, 3 KOs) against Mission, Texas’ Isaac Torres (5-0-1, 3 KOs) for the WBC Intercontinental super bantamweight title on Saturday night at the landmark Amon Carther Exhibit Hall in Fort Worth, Texas. In the co-feature, Tony Mack (9-1, 5 KOs), of Dallas, defends his Texas super middleweight title against Wichita Falls’ James “Boogie” Freeman 9-6, 7 KOs. Also, in a featured attraction British welterweight “Cracking” Craig Callaghan (4-0, 2 KOs) takes on Jerron Lockette 4-20 of Houston. Tickets start at $35.
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