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By Enrico ‘Erik’ Crociati
British boxing rising star, light heavyweight Nathan Cleverly (15-0, 5 KOs) retained his Commonwealth title at the Oasis Leisure Centre in Swindon on Friday night, stopping challenger Samson Onyango (18-4, 12 KOs) of Kenya in less than three minutes. Cleverly was simply too strong for the African fighter, he started match very strongly and with a perfectly timed body shot dropped Onyango for the full count of referee Mark Green. The end came at 2:15 of the first round. It was the second title defense for the 22-year-old Welsh warrior once again looked impressive, he has the looks, the charisma, the size, the ability and the physical and mental toughness required to go all the way and who might now be ready for a top British title fight. Sports Network promoted, with Sky Sports televising.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Venezuelan KO artist Edwin Valero is satisfied to be with Top Rank and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, and is planning on big money matchups with Juan Manuel Marquez, Manny Pacquiao and Juan Diaz among others. Valero, a former WBA super featherweight monarch, and now official lightweight challenger will next fight for the WBC interim belt. “The fight will be April 4 in the city of San Antonio, Texas,” said Valero. “I know that my rival Antonio Pitalúa is strong because I have seen him fight. But I assure him that he does not punch batter than me and he will not be able to handle my offense. Valero is currently in Venezuela resolving personal matters but sources indicate that he’s there to attend the political elections this weekend.
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By Ron Jackson
South Africa’s Patrick Malinga had to come back from a second round knockdown before he knocked out Romeo Jako from the Philippines in the fourth round of a scheduled ten round lightweight contest at the Nasrec Indoor Arena in Johannesburg on Friday night. (more…)
Mexican Manuel “Chango” Vargas and Walter “Ratón” Tello from Panamá have made weight for the Saturday night fight where the WBO minimumweight championship will be defended by Vargas at the EXPO FORUM in Hermosillo, Sonora, México. After the weight ceremony was held at the Holiday Inn Hotel.
Manuel Vargas 102.7 vs. Walter Tello 103.1
Rogelio Medina 156.5 vs. Joel Juárez 155.8
Alejandro Barrera 148.5 vs. Gonzalo Juzaino 144.7
Javier Gallo 116.4 vs. Marino Montiel 120.1
Miguel Beltrán 126.7 vs. Arturo Camargo 126.7
Carlos Maldonado 141.9 vs. Aaron Domínguez 139.9
Jose Carlos Vargas 117.9 vs. Quinke Tamayo 117.9
Omar Estrella 131.6 vs. Jorge Pimentel 137.5
David Sánchez 117.7 vs. Cesar Rodríguez 117.7
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF #8 lightweight Yodsanan 3K Battery Sor Nanthachai (58-3-1, 47 KOs) was impressive in stopping Indonesian Jonathan Simamora (21-8-4, 8 KOs) in three rounds in Bangkok, Thailand on Thursday. Nanthachai controlled the contest as he scored with accurate head and body shots in round one and two. In round three, Nanthachai connected with a barrage of punches that dropped the import for the full ten count. Nanthachldai is a former WBA jnr lightweight champion and now has his sights on the IBF 135 pound championship. (more…)
Friday night’s bout between Jose “El Gallo” Reyes (23-5, 8 KOs) and Efren “El Huracan” Hinojosa (29-5, 17 KOs) ended in a no contest at the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming in Miami. Reyes hit Hinojosa in the back of the head at the end of round one and Hinojosa went to the canvas for several minutes. He was eventually taken from the ring on a stretcher. Despite the fight-ending foul, the bout was ruled a no contest.
Welterweight Carlos Molina (15-4-1, 5 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over KO artist Alexis Camacho (17-2, 16 KOs) Friday night at New York City’s famed Roseland Ballroom in mid-town Manhattan. Molina outworked Camacho to take a 97-93, 98-92, 100-90 win.
In a clash of unbeaten jr welterweights, “The New” Ray Robinson (10-0, 4 KOs) scored an impressive third round TKO over Darnell Jiles (8-1-1, 3 KOs). Robinson punished Jiles in round three and Jiles remained on the stool at the end of the round. Jiles may have suffered a hand injury.
Light heavyweight Yathomas Riley (6-0, 3 KOs) scored a four round unanimous decision over Julius Jackson (2-3). Jackson was dropped twice in round one but went the route. Scores were 40-34 on all cards.
World Boxing Council President Jose Sulaiman, announced today that the Mexican Federation of Boxing Commissions, the Boxing Commission of Tijuana, and the WBC Offices in Mexico, have agreed to face up together the situation of Mexican fighter, Antonio Margarito, who has had his boxing license revoked (suspended) for a year by the California State Athletic Commission, and defend him; such Commission was one of the Commissions that founded the WBC back in February 1963, and is a Commission with which the organization has had excellent relations and reached agreements of mutual cooperation. (more…)
Unbeaten junior welterweight contender Victor Manuel Cayo was in top form on January 30th, as he scored a near-shutout nine round decision victory over his toughest foe to date in Noe Bolanos, thrilling a packed house at the UVI Sports & Fitness Center in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. “The fans were great in St. Thomas and they really pushed me to one of my best performances ever,” said Cayo. “Bolanos was tough, but I knew he couldn’t beat me.” The 90-79, 89-81, and 88-82 victory lifted the 24-year old Cayo’s stellar professional record to 20-0 (14 KOs) and allowed him to retain his WBA Fedecaribe junior welterweight title for the second time. Now the native of Santo Domingo, who is world ranked by the WBA, has his sights on bigger game at 140 pounds. “I’m ready for a world title shot,” said Cayo. “I’ve paid my dues, I’ve beaten everyone who has been placed in front of me, and now I believe it’s time to fight one of the champions. I know I’m young, but I will prove to all my fans that I have what it takes to become a world champion.”
By Jason Kotar
WBO/IBF lightweight champion Nate Campbell initially weighed in at 138 lbs. for Saturday’s bout against Ali Funeka. He was given two hours to lose 3 lbs., but arrived back at the scale slightly after the two hours had expired. Campbell weighed 137.5 upon his return, and thus loses both titles. The bout will still take place, and if Funeka wins, he will claim the vacant title. Funeka weighed in 133.5 on the first try. Ironically, Campbell’s previous fight with Joan Guzman was cancelled when Guzman didn’t make weight.
WBC interim super welterweight champion Sergio Martinez weighed 153.25 while Kermit Cintron weighed 154.25. Cintron went back on the scales 15 minutes later and weighed exactly 154.
Alfred Angulo 153.5 and Cosme Rivera 151.5 both made weight for their bout.
Ray Austin 237.5 vs Julius Long 293.25
Bermane Stiverne 254.5 vs Robert Hawkins 250
Francisco Palacios 193.75 vs Lawrence Chapman 187.25
Ivan Kirpa 148.5 vs Frankie Santos 154.75
Anges Adjaho 142.5 vs Fernando Angulo 141.5
John Jackson 132 vs Ricardo Medina 129.5
Angelo Santana 134.5 vs Mario Garcia 136.5
Gary Russell Jr 126.5 vs John Wampash 126.5
Anthony Dirrell 166.5 vs Jose Medina 171.75
Venue: BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Florida
Integrated Sports will distribute a world-class pay-per-view card, headlined by Amir Khan versus “The Baby Faced Assassin” Marco Antonio Barrera, Saturday, March 14 live from The M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, United Kingdom.
Three 12-round championship bouts are featured for live viewing at 4 PM/ET – 1 PM/PT on cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, TVN, DirecTV and Dish Network in the United States, as well as Viewer’s Choice and Bell TV in Canada, for a suggested retail price of only $24.95. (more…)
Ulli Wegner is convinced that Arthur Abraham will be the undisputed middleweight king by the end of the year. The undefeated 28-year-old takes on Lajuan Simon on March 14 in what will be the ninth defense of the IBF title he won in December 2005. After WBA champion Felix Sturm allegedly avoided an all-German showdown with the hard-hitting crowd favourite, King Arthur has now set his sights on Kelly Pavlik´s belts. “Arthur has worked very hard in training. He has high goals for 2009,” Wegner lauded. “I am sure he will be the super-champion before the end of the year.” However, the coaching legend warned his fighter to take one step at a time. “We are not thinking too far ahead,” Wegner added. “Our full focus is on Simon now. He has not lost any of his 24 fights so we expect a hard battle. Arthur needs to be in top shape to defeat him.” (more…)
Ringside by Felipe Leon, photos by Paul Gallegos
Bobby D. Presents, with the help of Jorge Marron Promotions, showcased the first fight card of the year in San Diego, Calif., last night. Returning to their previous home, the Four Points Sheraton Hotel, Bobby D. and company welcomed a sold-out house of 980 fans to witness a five-bout fight card filled with young local talent . . . . Click here for full report & photos
In 1988 a young Morris Park boxer by the name of Joe DeGuardia won the New York State Golden Gloves open 147 lb. championship by defeating fellow New Yorker, Larry Barnes. While DeGuardia would hang up the gloves and choose to pursue a career in law before later forming the world renown boxing promotional company Star Boxing, Barnes turned pro, compiling an outstanding professional record of 44-3,17KO and in the process won the NABF and New York State welterweight championship, as well as challenging for the IBF world welterweight and light middleweight championships. While DeGuardia and Barnes never met again inside the ring as combatants the two did work together as companions with DeGuardia in the role of promoter and Barnes as boxer . . . . Click here for more
By Ron Jackson
South Africa’s Ali Funeka (30-1-2, 25 KOs) faces the biggest challenge of his boxing career when he takes on world champion Nate Campbell (32-5-1, 25 KOs) in a challenge for his IBF and WBO lightweight belts at the BankAtlantic Center, in Sunrise, Florida, on Saturday night. Even though Funeka is the underdog going into the fight, with his height and reach advantages, and as Campbell has been inactive for nearly a year, he is definitely in with a puncher’s chance provided he does not freeze on the night. (more…)
By Dennis Principe
Notwithstanding the three straight victories against three world champions that revitalized the career of Vic Darchinyan, conqueror Nonito Donaire Jr. believes he is still the man capable of again snatching the Australian’s three belts if given the chance of a return encounter. Interviewed by the daily morning Philippine radio show “Sports Chat” hosted by this writer Wednesday morning, Donaire said Darchinyan has become a bit slower and cautious in scoring an emphatic 11th round TKO win over Mexican superstar Jorge Arce last weekend at The Pond in Anaheim, California.
Before Arce, Darchinyan unified all three prestigious belts in the super flyweight division with spectacular wins over Russian Dimitri Kirilov and another Mexican superstar Cristian Mijares last year. (more…)
By Matt Richardson
Boxing will return to the Mecca, Madison Square Garden on Monday night, March 16th, the night before Saint Patrick’s Day to feature a bevy of Irish and Irish American boxers, it was announced at a press conference on Wednesday in New York City. Former WBC bantamweight title-holder Wayne McCullough is scheduled to fight on the card against an opponent to be determined. McCullough (27-7, 18 KO’s) hasn’t won a fight since 2004 and is determined to get back on the winning track. A similar story line will take place in the main event as middleweight prospect Andy Lee (16-1, 13 KO’s) will attempt to further distance himself from an upset loss last year to Brian Vera when he takes on multiple title challenger Antwun Echols. Echols, though, also hasn’t won a fight in five years and is just 0-4-3 in his last seven fights. Fightnews had a chance to catch up at the press conference with Lee’s trainer, Hall of Famer Emanuel Steward, to discuss the fight, Echols’ presumably small chance of an upset, Steward’s other fighters and much more. Read on to see what Steward had to say. (more…)
By Alexey Potapov
Former WBC super bantamweight world champion Israel Vazquez (43-4, 31 KOs) is continuing with his recovery from retina surgery. Easily one of the most exciting and beloved fighters today, Vazquez has given an exclusive interview to Fightnews.com in which he talks about his plans for the future, a possible fight against Vic Darchinyan and more. (more…)
By Dennis Principe
Former Philippine national amateur standout Mark Jason Melligen has taken one huge step, at least on the business side of his career, in making his much-awaited debut in the United States. Thursday in Las Vegas, Melligen and US benefactor Tony Martin met with Bob Arum inside his Top Rank office and discussed the Filipino’s first fight in the United States. In an interview with this writer, Martin said Arum stated during their meeting about his willingness to help Melligen get in getting a fight next month. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
More details for Don King’s “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” card on Saturday at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. The referee for the bout between IBF/WBO lightweight champion Nate Campbell and Ali Funeka will be Tommy Kimmons (Florida). Judges are Michael Pernick (Florida), Benoit Roussel (Canada) and Deon Dwarte (South Africa). IBF supervisor Peter Wilkins, WBO supervisor Phil Siegel.
Officials for the WBC interim super welterweight title clash between Sergio Martinez and Kermit Cintron are referee Frank Santore (Florida) and judges Ged O’Connor (Florida), Peter Trematerra (Florida) and Tom Kaczmarek (New Jersey). WBC supervisor Craig Hubble.
In the main off-TV bout, former #1-ranked heavyweight Ray “The Rainman” Austin (26-4-4, 17 KOs) meets seven-footer Julius Long (15-10, 13 KOs) in a ten-rounder. Other notable bouts include welterweight Ivan “The Terrible” Kirpa (22-1, 14 KOs) vs Frankie Santos (16-6-4, 8 KOs), lightweight Anges Adjaho (24-1, 14 KOs) vs Fernando Angulo (22-4, 14 KOs), junior lightweight John “Action” Jackson (13-1, 13 KOs) vs Ricardo Medina (30-32-6, 17 KOs), and super middleweight Anthony Dirrell (14-0, 12 KOs) vs TBA.
The BankAtlantic Center will be configured in a fan-friendly half-house configuration with only the best seats in the lower bowl and floor areas being placed for sale. In addition, DKP has created a special “Valentine’s Day 2-for-1″ ticket promotion where everyone who buys a seat will get an additional ticket for free, starting at just $25 (except a small number of ringside seats).
Jose “Gallo” Reyes 135 vs Efren Hinojosa 134.5
Stalin Lopez 134.75 vs Karl Garcia 131.5
Lester Gonzalez 154 vs Quinton Whitaker 153
Genier Pit 126 vs Joshua Arocho 122.5
Rocky Daniel Alvarez 135 vs Pablo Barbosa 137
Jorge Ruiz 137.5 vs Rashad Ganaway 136
Amaury Torres 141.5 vs Jose Duran 141.5
Maximino Cuevas 149 vs Chris Gray 155.5
Venue: Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, Miami, Florida
Promoter: All Star Boxing/Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr.
TV: Telemundo 11:30PM ET/PT
Photos: David Martin Warr
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IBF/WBO lightweight champion Nate “Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell (32-5-1, 25 KOs) continued his verbal assault on Ali “Rush Hour” Funeka (30-1-2, 25 KOs), the man he will face in the main event on Saturday night at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. (HBO Boxing After Dark tripleheader, 10 p.m. ET/PT). “I listened and read what he [Funeka] was going to do to me,” Campbell said. “He talks trash over an ocean and then he gets here and doesn’t have nothin’ to say. I’m going to be doing the talking in the ring on Saturday night. He’s going to have to face me.” (more…)
Born in South Africa and based in England, Neil ‘Goliath’ Grove is a man who has lived. This towering heavyweight from Klerksdorp found life before he found fighting. He matured, browsed life’s yellow pages and then discovered this fighting lark may be right up his street . . . Click here for more by Elliot Worsell, UFC
UFC 95 is LIVE on FREE SPIKE TV, Feb. 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT: The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to London’s O2 Arena on Saturday, February 21st, and in the UFC 95 main event, it will be one of the most intriguing bouts of the New Year as exciting welterweight contender Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez makes his lightweight debut against former world title challenger Joe “Daddy” Stevenson. UK fans will also be treated to an all-star cast of the UFC’s finest international talent in pivotal bouts that can’t be missed. For more information, check out 95.ufc.com
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) proudly confirms the remaining bouts for UFC 96: JACKSON vs. JARDINE, live from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday, March 7, 2009 . . . Click here for more
From New York City’s famed Roseland Ballroom:
Alexis Camacho – 147 1/4 vs. Carlos Molina – 148
Ray Robinson 142 vs. Darnell Jiles – 142
Yathomas Riley – 185 1/2 vs. Julius Jackson – 189
Eddie Irizarry – 127 1/2 vs. Guillermo Sanchez – 127 1/2
Denis Douglin – 159 vs. Roberto Irizarry – 161
Bryant Pappas – 169 vs. Chris Ray – 172
Terrell Nelson – 255 vs. Wes Taylor – 217
Things heated up at Thursday’s Campbell-Funeka press conference in advance of their world lightweight title showdown on Saturday at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise Florida. Legendary Hall of Fame promoter Don King presided over the festivities as only he can.
By Matt Richardson
Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward has updated Fightnews.com on the status of the upcoming grudge match between WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye. “I think the deal is pretty much complete because I got a call on Tuesday from Wladimir asking me what size ring they should use because they’re completing the contract, so they must be finalizing June 20th in the 02 Arena in England,” stated Steward. As for his opinion about Haye? “I like the excitement he brings, the punch, the arrogance, not coming in intimidated like a lot of guys do because of Wladimir’s size. It’ll be a good, exciting fight.” Stay tuned for full interview to come…
The April 11th clash between two-division world champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams and former jr middleweight titlist Winky Wright at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas was officially announced today. The bout will be fought at middleweight. “It’s been a long time since I’ve been this motivated and I can’t wait until the bell rings,” said Wright. “Paul is one of the top young fighters in the game, but he hasn’t seen what I’ve seen or done what I’ve done. This is my time to shine and I won’t let this young fighter steal my spotlight.” Williams stated, “I am glad that the fight is on. This fight has got a big name. Wright has taken the titles from champions and I’d love to take his reputation. That would add to my legacy. All I know is that everyone says he has got a good defense and nice jab but that doesn’t matter to me – I’m going to get mine in. I’m gonna whoop him and get in there.” Tickets priced at $300, $200, $150, $100 and $50 go on sale Friday at 10AM at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations.
By Antonio Castro
Kelly “the Ghost” Pavlik took time away from his training schedule to talk with the media today. Pavlik is set to defend his WBC and WBO middleweight titles on February 21st at the Chevrolet Centre in Youngstown, Ohio against WBC #1 ranked Marco Antonio Rubio. It will mark the second defense of his titles.
Pavlik, coming off the first loss of his career to Bernard Hopkins last October, is ready to get back in the ring. “I’m definitely anxious to get back in there. I’ve got a lot of proving to do. Training camps been going great, we’ve been working on a lot of things and training hard as we always do. I’m ready to put on a great show on the 21st” said Pavlik.
The fight will be seen on a Pay-Per-View basis, and will serve as the headliner to a card that also features former welterweight titlist Miguel Cotto.
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum has commented on the Antonio Margarito situation:
“We want to publicly thank the president of the World Boxing Council, Jose Sulaiman, for his forthright and compelling statement regarding the Margarito bandaging situation. President Sulaiman is 100% correct in stating that Margarito should not be punished since he was totally unaware of the improper bandaging. The commission hearing established Margarito’s lack of knowledge and innocence. The commission punishment is based on the theory that the boxer is the captain of his team and is responsible for any wrongdoing of his trainer or any of his cornermen. This is not the law. When Roger Mayweather, trainer for Floyd Mayweather, entered the ring improperly during the Mayweather vs. Judah fight, Roger was punished but the Nevada commission quite properly never suggested that Floyd be punished. We in America should respect the law, fundamental legal principles and not be swayed by emotion. The ‘message’ sent by the California Athletic Commission is the wrong message. The correct ‘message’ is that a person should only be punished if he or she is guilty of wrongdoing. We hope that Margarito will appeal the unjust revocation of his California boxing license.”
SHOWTIME has already announced an attractive showdown between WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch and former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor in April. Froch says negotiations aren’t finalized but says he’s ready to face Taylor. “We’re very close to doing it,” Froch told the BBC. “I could say ‘if you’re not coming to England I’m not fighting,’ but I want to go over to the States and make it big over there anyway. It looks like it is going to be mid-late April, it’s going to be in America – he won’t come to England.”
By Alexey Sukachev
On March 14th, former WBC heavyweight titleholder Oleg Maskaev (35-6, 26 KOs) will conduct his second comeback fight in a row since a stoppage loss to Samuel Peter. The bout will be held in Saransk, capital of Mordvinia, one of a few republics in Russian Federation. This event was confirmed by Tatyana Emelianova, deputy director of the republic’s CSP today in her interview to All Sport media agency. “On Feb. 12th, a special conference of the organizing committee will be conducted as a part of the government’s meeting to determine an exact venue of the match. American veteran Rich Boruff (17-2-1, 10 KOs) is the most possible choice for a future opponent. However, Oleg is scheduled to fight on March 14th in our capital anyway, regardless of the opponent selected,” said Emelianova. WBC #6 and IBF #7 Maskaev, who will turn 40 years of age eleven days prior the bout, is of Mordvinian origin.
By Ron Jackson
Patrick Malinga returns to action for the first time since winning the South African lightweight title in August last year when he meets Romeo Jako from the Philippines. The Branco Sports Productions tournament is being staged at the Nasrec Indoor Arena in Johannesburg on Friday night. This begins an impressive run of big fights presented by promoter Branco Milenkovic. (more…)
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