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Mike Ruiz 146 vs Daniel Sostre 145
(NY State Welterweight Championship)
George Walton 159 vs Jose Angel Rodriguez 160
(NY State Middleweight Championship)
Will Rosinsky 178 vs Zeferino Albino 182
Isouf Kinda 142 vs Pablo Tejada 138.5
Joseph Llovett 135.75 vs Luquan Lewis 134.5
Mike O’Connor 167.5 vs Juan Zapata 165.25
Adam Willet 200 vs Andrew Hutchinson 196
Emmanuel Gonzalez 131.5 vs Alex Cooper 126.5
Venue: Huntington Hilton Hotel, Long Island, NY
Promoter: Bob Duffy’s Ring Promotions & Frankie G Productions
Tickets: $100, $75 and $40
By Alexey Sukachev
Professional Boxing Federation of Russia has finally summed up the results and announced the best of the best in Russian boxing over the last year. The “Fighter of the Year” trophy has been awarded to WBO #6 rated middleweight Dmitry Pirog (13-0, 11 KOs). During 2008, Pirog, who had previously been considered as one of this country’s best prospects, notched three sound victories and not surprisingly emerged as a bona-fide contender in the 160lb class. (more…)
Jesus “Destroyer” Jimenez 112 vs Salvador Montes 112
(WBC Latin flyweight title)
Venue: Foro Scotia Bank, Colonia Polanco, Mexico City
TV: Telemundo live at 11:35PM ET/PT
Promoters: All Star Boxing, Inc, Tuto Zabala Jr, Producciones Deportivas and Rafael Mendoza
By Bob Caico
Professional boxing is back in Buffalo, NY for the first time since 2003 and the first time sans “Baby” Joe Mesi on a card since 1992 when Nick Garone’s X-CEL promotions presents “The Return of Buffalo Boxing” on February 20th at the Buffalo Convention Center. The main event features former world super middleweight champion Byron Mitchell (26-4-1) going toe-to-toe with hardcore veteran Zach Walters (28-3) for the for the NABA light heavyweight belt. (more…)
By Matt Richardson
As we mentioned earlier in the week, with the amount of fights and fighters performing in New York over the next couple of weeks and months there are bound to be some changes to the schedule. So far, the only cancellation is a card that was slated to occur on March 15 at the Roseland Ballroom. The date for Monday, March 16, meanwhile, originally scheduled for the Hammerstein Ballroom, will now be held around the corner at Madison Square Garden’s Wamu Theatre. That show will be promoted by Irish Ropes in association with Gotham Boxing. Other dates added to the schedule include Friday, March 20 in Albany in a card promoted by Pugnacious Promotions and another all the way on Friday, July 31 at the Saratoga Springs City Center with the same promoter.
Dan Henderson will serve as coach of the American team for season nine of “The Ultimate Fighter: US vs. UK” premiering Wednesday, April 1 at 10:00pm ET/PT on Spike TV. Henderson earned the right to coach after defeating former middleweight champ Rich Franklin via split decision after an intense bout at UFC 93 last Saturday night. He will be opposed by British sensation Michael Bisping. Production for “The Ultimate Fighter: Team US vs. Team UK” begins this Friday, January 23 in Las Vegas . . . Click here for more
Weights by Chris Cozzone
From the Isleta Resort & Casino south of Albuquerque:
Holly Holm 145.5 vs. Myriam Lamare 144.5
Joe Gomez 155.75 vs. Jose Luis Cruz 158.5
Randy Arrellin 122.5 vs. Raymond Montes 119.25
Josh Torres 146.5 vs. Cornelius Shuler 146
Carlos Sanchez 153.5 vs. Mike Rodriguez 152
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Manny Pacquiao has reportedly agreed to accept existing terms to face Ricky Hatton on May 2 at MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Team Pacquiao member Rex ‘Wakee’ Salud informed PhilBoxing that Pacman is now on board with a $12 million guarantee with a 52-48 PPV split. Stay tuned…
By Edgar Gonzalez
WBA welterweight champion Antonio ‘The Tijuana Tornado’ Margarito and three-division world champion ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley pose during the press conference for their upcoming world welterweight championship on Saturday at Staples Center in Los Angeles on HBO’s World Championship Boxing. Former two-division Bernard Hopkins separates the two combatants.
“I know Mosley’s style, he knows mine,” Margarito told reporters today. “He knows I’m not stepping back. I’ll be pressuring him to fight my fight. You will see a knockout!” Mosley promised a “special” performance. “My training has gone well and on Saturday you’ll notice a diference,” he stated. Golden Boy’s Bernard Hopkins, referencing his recent win over Kelly Pavlik, warned “Don’t think Mosley will lose because he’s older.” Margarito vs. Mosley is promoted by Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions.
2008 U.S. Olympian, Luis Yanez, now knows who will be standing between himself and his first professional victory when he makes his pro boxing debut at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, on Friday, February 20th. Yanez will take on San Antonio’s Julio Valadez (3-2), according to the event matchmaker, Wayne Harrison, who represents promoter — Mendelson Entertainment Group, LLC. The Yanez vs Valadez six-round Jr. Bantamweight main event, will headline a six-bout fight card, starting at 7:30 p.m. The remainder of the card is to be announced. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Fightnews has learned that both sides have agreed to a proposed fight between Canadian bantamweight champion Andrew Singh Kooner and hard hitting Sebastien Gauthier. “We’ve been contacted and have agreed,” said Stephane Larouche of Interbox. “We’ve got a proposed date for June and this could be fight of the year between these two,” promised Larouche. Kooner (9-1 4KO), a two-time Olympian, has rattled off five straight victories since suffering his only career defeat in England in 2006. to Gauthier is 15-1 with 11 knockouts (more…)
The Darwish Brothers Knockout Promotions card entitled “Knockout Night” that was scheduled for tonight at the Meadowlands Sheraton Hotel in East Rutherford, NJ has been postponed to Tuesday, February 3rd at same location. The Darwish Brothers released the following statement: “The fight was jeopardized because one of the fighters was unable to make weight and another one had an eye injury so we had to postpone it for two weeks from this week. Tickets already purchased for the event will be honored at the new date. Anyone who wishes to return their tickets can call 973.339.9611.”
Boxing action returns to Medieval Times in Lyndhurst, New Jersey on February 25 when cruiserweight Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” Gunn (21-3-1, 17 KOs) takes on Brad Gregory (11-2, 9 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round bout. Gunn will be defending his WBC USNBC belt. Also seeing action are former national champion Mike Perez (2-0, 2 KOs) and amateur featherweight star Carlos Zambrano (4-0). Tickets are $40 and $60.
Unbeaten welterweight prospect Mike Jones, of North Philadelphia, gets his stiffest test as a pro when he makes the first defense of his North American Boxing Association (NABA) title against Larry Mosley, of Los Angeles, CA, in the scheduled 10-round main event Friday evening, March 6, at the Legendary Blue Horizon, 1314 North Broad Street. (more…)
European Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck (23-1, 18 KOs) is determined to get the new year off to a winning start as he defends his title against Geoffrey Battelo (18-0, 15 KOs) on Saturday night. “If you want to reach the top, you have to defeat the best fighters out there,” Huck said. “It will be a tough fight but I know that I am better than him and that is why I will leave the ring as the winner.” (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Lucian Bute (23-0 18KO) will be making the third defense of his IBF Super-middleweight title this coming March 13th at the Bell Centre in Montreal versus knockout artist Fulgencio Zuniga (22-3-1 19KO) of Colombia. A full house of 16,000 looked on in shock in Bute’s last fight as they saw the hometown fighter hit the canvas for the first time in his career with mere seconds remaining in the contest against hard-charging opponent Librado Andrade. (more…)
DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing series makes its anticipated 2009 debut on February 25 with WBC # 6 rated light heavyweight and Brooklyn’s own Shaun George taking on former IBF Continental African cruiserweight titlist Jaffa “African Assassin” Ballogou, at the intimate BB King Blues Club & Grill, located in New York City’s Times Square. In addition to the George-Ballogou ten-round light heavyweight main event, unbeaten heavyweight Tor Hamer, from Harlem and middleweight prospect Philip Jackson Benson from Brooklyn, New York will see action. (more…)
Preview by Brady Crytzer
While its Ultimate big brother steals most of the attention on fight night, World Extreme Cagefighting always delivers action packed championship fights. With its best year behind it, WEC starts off 2009 in spectacular fashion as lightweight champion Jamie “The Worm” Varner defends his 155 lb. title against the unbeaten submission artist Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone . . . Click here for more
Time is running out to bid on tickets! UFC 94 is sold out but here’s your chance to see UFC Welterweight Georges St. Pierre defend his title against UFC Lightweight Champion B. J. Penn. Bid now to win tickets in the first three rows of this exclusive UFC auction . . . Click here for more
British welterweight Michael Jennings will give it “100%” when he takes on Miguel Cotto for the vacant WBO welterweight title at Madison Square Garden on February 21st. Jennings has hit out at claims in the American and Puerto Rican press that it was “a done fight”. Speaking to Setanta Sports News Jennings said, “They were trying to say that he’d already beaten me. Some Puerto Rican press asked me what I thought about Cotto having already arranged his next fight with Margarito in June I said ‘he shouldn’t count his chickens’.” Jennings described Cotto as his toughest opponent to date and is under no illusions that the odds are stacked against him. “People can say what they want about me getting knocked out. I know it’s going to be a hard fight. But I’m a proud English man. I’m not going over there lose, I’m going over there to win.”
By Alexey Potapov
Cruiserweight Alexander Alexeev (16-1, 15 KOs) lost a challenge for the WBO interim cruiserweight title and his unbeaten record via TKO to Victor Emilio “El Tyson del Abasto” Ramirez (14-1, 12 KOs) last Saturday. In an exclusive interview with Fightnews.com, Alekseev tells us what happened. (more…)
By Gabriel Cordero and Darrel Williams
WBA minimumweight world champion Roman “Chocolate” Gonzalez (22-0 20 KOs) of Nicaragua, is one of the diamonds that are the future of boxing that continue to emerge from poverty and hunger. Growing up in the barrios of Managua, poverty and hunger were his daily dose of life. “We were so poor, often only eating once a day,” he says. “My mother took care of us, cooking, cleaning, ironing other people’s clothes, just to make sure my four brothers and I could have food on the table and clothes on our back.” (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Howard Goldberg, the South African representative for the World Boxing Foundation, has announced that former IBF heavyweight champion Francois Botha (46-4-2, 28 KOs) will meet the 34-year-old Ron “Rocky” Guerrero (20-15-3, 14 KOs) of Mexico on February 6 in Secunda for the vacant WBF heavyweight belt. Botha, 40, had his last fight in August 2006 when he outpointed Bob Mirovic of Australia at the Carousel in Hammanskraal.
Heavyweight Alexander “Sascha” Dimitrenko has been named as official challenger of European heavyweight champion Matt Skelton by the European Box Union. The unbeaten Dimitrenko (29-0, 19 KOs) is the next world title candidate of Universum Box-Promotion, rated in the top three by three of the four major world sanctioning organizations. However potential title fights against Vladimir Klitschko (IBF and WBO world champion) and Vitali Klitschko (WBC champion) are blocked by mandatory defenses in the near future forcing “Sascha” to be patient. A fight against Skelton (22-2, 19 KOs) is not yet scheduled at this time.
“I am not fighting De la Hoya in this match,” said Manny Pacquiao addressing the implosion of his proposed May 2 super fight with Ricky Hatton. “There is no more rematch. Now, they have to put their facts right.” Pacquiao alleged that Golden Boy was bluffing, lying and trying to pressure him into sign a contract which was a little short of expectations. The following statement from Pacquiao was released to the media through Pacquiao camp member Winchell Campos. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Kaizer Mabuza makes the first defence of his South African junior welterweight title when he meets Mzukisi Mgidi at the Orient Theatre in East London on Friday night. Mabuza (19-6-3, 11 KOs), who also holds the WBA Pan African junior welterweight title, won the national title when he upset Samuel Malinga in Bloemfontein in October last year. Mgidi from East London who made his pro debut in June 1999 has a reported record of (17-3-2, 12 KOs) and is ranked at number one in the most recent Boxing SA rankings. (more…)
This week, former featherweight champ Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero and HBO’s Max Kellerman go “Through the Ropes.” Call or email your questions for Robert and Max firstname.lastname@example.org. Former IBF featherweight champ Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero fights for the first time in over a year, this Saturday night. Here what Robert has to say about his self imposed layoff and his plans for the 130 pound division. HBO commentator Max Kellerman had some pretty strong opinions about the scoring in last week’s Berto – Collazo bout. Hear what he has to say about it, along with his thoughts on Mosley – Margarito and all things boxing.
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 on Thursday at 9:00 p.m. ET. Climb Through the Ropes tonight!
In describing the career of former UFC welterweight champion and current lightweight champ BJ Penn, it may be the man himself who said it best: “There’s just something about BJ Penn that gets people amped up. You don’t know what’s gonna happen, but something’s gonna happen though. He might disappoint you, he might make you happy, he might make you cry, he might make you jump out of your chair, but he’ll do something to you.” Read on for the seven defining moments from the career of “The Prodigy” . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
UFC 94 is live on PPV from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Jan. 31. Georges St-Pierre and BJ Penn are about to do it again. But this time, there’s much more at stake. UFC® lightweight champion BJ Penn looks to be the first fighter in history to hold two UFC® championships at the same time when he faces Georges St-Pierre for the UFC® welterweight championship at UFC® 94: ST-PIERRE VS. PENN 2. For more info, visit 94.ufc.com
Two IBF purse bids scheduled for tomorrow (1/22/09) have been cancelled. The auction for the cruiserweight eliminator for the #1 spot between current #2 B.J. Flores and #6 Wayne Braithwaite was canceled after Flores decided to go in another direction. The auction for the IBF bantamweight eliminator between Silence Mabuza and Yonnhy Perez was canceled after the two sides reached an agreement to promote the fight in South Africa on March 27th.
Story by Mariano A. Agmi
2009 got off to a great start at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Miss. on Saturday, as young WBC titlist Andre Berto engaged former WBA champion Luis Collazo in an all-action welterweight war to determine whether the 2004 Haitian Olympian is ready to compete with the elite of the division . . . Click here for more
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Looks like former WBO super bantamweight world champion Daniel Ponce de Leon could make his next ring appearance in March in Chihuahua, Mexico. Ponce de Leon is currently training at the Villa Juarez Avalos Gym in Chihuahua and is waiting for Golden Boy Promotions finalize his next fight and opponent. The probable date for the reappearance of Ponce de Leon is March 14th. He is coming off a fourth round KO of Damian David Marchiano last November in Chihuahua, Mexico. Sources close to Ponce de Leon indicate that after this next fight he will seek a showdown with countryman Rafael Marquez.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® has launched the official site for UFC 94: ST-PIERRE VS. PENN 2, featuring the UFC® welterweight championship main event between champion Georges St-Pierre and UFC lightweight champion and welterweight challenger BJ Penn live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, January 31. In what many say is the greatest mixed martial arts matchup of all time, former UFC welterweight champion BJ Penn, who dropped a controversial split decision to St-Pierre in their first matchup, looks to become the first fighter in history to hold two UFC belts at the same time. The fully interactive 3-D Microsite http://94.ufc.com provides all the angles, all the analysis and answers all the questions that mixed martial arts fans want to know . . . Click here for more
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Cristian Mijares and Jorge Linares will headline the 2009 “KO to Drugs” Festival taking place on March 14th at the Coliseo Centenario in Torreón, Coahuila, Mexico. The prestigious event is presented by the WBA and the State of Coahuila in coordination with KO Entertainment and various sponsors. The principal fights of the night will be Mijares against Nehomar Cermeño for the WBC interim bantamweight title and Linares defend his WBA super featherweight world crown against local favorite Josafat Perez.
By Alexey Sukachev
“2009 will be a special year for Denis Lebedev, one of the most talented Russian prospects around,” says his manager Vladimir Hrunov. “Only tough opponents, no gimmies will be considered. It’s time for a serious breakthrough for him.” Lebedev (16-0, 11 KOs) will fight a next on March 14th at M.E.N Arena in Manchester, England, on the big Amir Khan–Marco Antonio Barrera undercard. Several opponents are being mentioned for a scheduled ten-rounder, including Jaffa Ballogou (46-7, 40 KOs), Ola Afolabi (13-1-3, 5 KOs), Imamu Mayfield (25-9-2, 18 KOs) and Mathew Ellis (20-6-1, 9 KOs). Lebedev, promoted by Frank Warren, is now in preparation for an upcoming challenge under the guidance of Valery Belov, Alexander Povetkin’s head coach.
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