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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.
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…
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