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Unbeaten heavyweight Robert Helenius (10-0, 6 KOs) is facing the “biggest challenge” of his life when he takes on former WBO Heavyweight Champion Lamon Brewster in Neubrandenburg, Germany on January 30. Coming off a spectacular third-round TKO victory over Taras Bidenko, the “Nordic Nightmare” is looking for the 11th victory in as many bouts. “I am excited to fight one of the biggest names in boxing at this early stage of my career,” Helenius said. “I have big plans and in order to accomplish them, I have to keep progressing. A victory over Brewster would be a giant stride into the right direction.” (more…)
By Chris Cozzone
For his March 6 return in Espanola, N.M., former five-time world champ Johnny Tapia (56-5-2, 28 KOs) will face Jorge Reyes (21-27-3, 17 KOs), of Juarez. Tapia will be coming off a three-year layoff and an eight-month prison sentence for parole violation; Reyes, 0-9-1 in his last ten, will also be comebacking, with an 18-month layoff. Tapia has now been released and resting up this week. On Monday, he will begin training. Ten amateur bouts and five pro bouts are slated for the “Battle of Redemption” card.
A special six-round heavyweight bout between Maurice Harris (20-14-2, 10 KOs), of East Orange, N.J. and Billy Zimbrun (23-10-1, 13 KOs), of Ogden, Utah, has been added to the Jan. 29 ShoBox card at Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque. The added sixer brings the card’s total to eight bouts, 46 rounds.
Holly Holm will headline the next card at Isleta, opponent TBA, on March 26. The Fresquez-promoted card also features Victoria Cisneros (3-8-2) vs. Terri Blair (11-14-3, 6 KOs) as a co-main.
Contractual disputes have derailed border lightweight Javier “Zorro” Castro (22-2, 18 KOs). Castro was lined up to fight Ameth Diaz (26-9, 19 KOs) in Panama next weekend but has been replaced with former champ Cesar “Cobrita” Soto (60-18-3, 41 KOs) until the legal battle is resolved.
In anticipation of their world welterweight title clash at UFC 111: ST-PIERRE vs. HARDY, UFC champion Georges St-Pierre and challenger Dan Hardy will be featured on UFC Primetime®, a weekly, three part series premiering Wednesday, March 10 at 10:00 PM ET/PT on Spike TV. (more…)
Balloom Boxing returns on January 29th at Michael’s Eighth Avenue. Featured fighters are former world title challenger Darnell “The Ding-a-Ling Man” Wilson (23-9-3, 20 KOs), lightweight sensation Thomas Snow (12-1) and the return of super middleweight Willie Williams (12-4). Call 410-766-7474 for tickets.
Super middleweight Curtis “Showtime” Stevens has vowed to KO former Contender star Jesse Brinkley in front of his hometown fans when they meet on January 29th at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, NV. The 12 rounder is an IBF Super Middleweight eliminator for the #2 ranking (Stevens is currently rated #10, while Brinkley is rated #6) and will be shown live as the main event on that evening’s ESPN “Friday Night Fights” telecast. “He will realize he made a mistake when he wakes up on his stool or back in his dressing room because I promise you I am going to knock him out cold,” claimed Stevens. “I’m going to catch him and when I do he is going to go to sleep. 2010 is going to be my year. I’m calling out all champions and contenders, you better be ready, because this is my time.” (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Saturday night at Madison Garden in New York City, junior middleweight contender Pawel Wolak looks to take that next step toward a highly coveted world championship when he squares off against Ishmail ”The Arsenal” Arvin. The eight round bout will be featured on the undercard of the HBO doubleheader bouts between Juan Manuel Lopez vs. Steven Luevano and Yuriorkis Gamboa vs. Rogers Mtagwa. Recently signed by Top Rank, Wolak (25-1, 17 KO’s) his continually upped his competition and is ready to take that next step when he faces Ishmail Arvin (15-1-4, 7KO’s). “He is a tough guy who will continually come right at me and not back down, so it will make for a tough and exciting fight,” said Wolak. (more…)
By Jeff Zimmerman
As the saying goes, everything is “Bigger in Texas,” and today’s press conference kicking off the Manny Pacquiao vs. Joshua Clottey super fight on March 13th at the new Dallas Cowboy Stadium was no exception. It’s not the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao mega fight that everyone craved, but this fight, dubbed “The Event” should still do well with pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao as the main draw. Dallas Cowboy Owner Jerry Jones, co-promoting the fight along with Top Rank Chief and Hall of Fame Promoter Bob Arum, showcased the new stadium for the large media contingent and several hundred fans in attendance, mostly pro Pacquiao. And Jones made sure his massive 160 foot long and 72 foot high HD video screen was also on full display making Pacquiao and Clottey look larger than life while highlighting some of the greatest fights in boxing history during the introductions. (more…)
Rising heavyweight star Derek Chisora has got a dream shot at the British heavyweight title after Sam Sexton was ruled out of his February 13 clash with Danny Williams with a hand injury. Sexton had been due to challenge British king Williams, but cut his hand during training. Instead unbeaten hot prospect “Del Boy” Chisora, who was due to meet Matt Skelton for the Southern Area title, will get to prove his himself against the experienced Brixton warrior. The pair had been due to meet for the British title last year, but the fight didn’t come off. Now it’s on though and Chisora, who holds already holds a win over Sexton, is promising a KO display. (more…)
Tickets to Manny Pacquiao vs. Emanuel Clottey go on sale this Saturday (January 23) at 10 a.m. CT. Priced at $700, $500, $300, $200, $100, and $50, tickets can be purchased in-person at the Cowboys Stadium box office in Arlington, Texas, or by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com. Cowboys Stadium will be configured for over 40,000 fans for THE EVENT with elevated floor seating similar to NBA games.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBA #15 super middleweight Les Sherrington (25-5, 16 KOs) will meet former world title challenger Antwun Echols (31-12-4, 27 KOs) of the USA over twelve rounds for the WBF interim title on March 6 at the Gold Coast Convention Center, Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia. Echols previously fought in Australia in 2003 when he lost a WBA world title challenge to Anthony Mundine. In Echols’ most recent bout he was stopped in six rounds by Angel Hernandez in August. Sherrington scored the biggest win of his career in November when he stopped world rated Shannan Taylor in five rounds. Promoter Jamie Myer.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
WBA #7 light heavyweight Tim Bell (17-5-1, 13 KOs) will be back in ring action against Ramon Pedro Moyano (27-9-3, 15 KOs) of Argentina on February 13 at the Tribal Punishment Gym, Epping, Victoria, Australia. Moyano is the son of former world middleweight champion Carlos Monzon regarded as one of the greatest 160 pounders of all time. Moyano lost in four rounds in his most recent ring outing against former WBC 168 champion Eric Lucas. Bell defeated Walter Pupu’a via a twelve round decision in 2009. Former Australian champion Will Tomlinson (10-0-1, 10 KOs) and Mark Quon (9-2, 2 KOs) appearing in undercard bouts. Promoter: Prestige Management and BHS Gym.
WBO featherweight champion Steven Luevano arrive today in New York City, where this Saturday, he will defended his world championship against WBO jr. Featherweight champion, Juan Manuel Lopez in the Theater at Madison Square Garden to be televised by HBO on “Boxing After Dark.” Luevano was accompanied by his wife, Marina three kids, Robert, Rebeca and Raymond, along with his trainer Eduardo Garcia, father of former world champion Robert Garcia and long time trainer of Fernando Vargas, also with him was his manager Greg Hanley. “I’m happy to be here. I have trained very hard for this fight and plan on taking back my belt to California. I expect a hard fight, but I also expect to win,” said Luevano. For more details and photos click here…
Amateur welterweight star Eric Mendez has signed an exclusive promotional contract with TKO Boxing Promotions, it was announced today.
The 19 year old Mendez, based in the Los Angeles suburb of Hawaiian Gardens, finished his outstanding amateur career with a record of 74-9 including a two-time first place finish at the highly regarded Desert Showdown Invitational Amateur Boxing Championships. (more…)
In what is shaping up to be a can’t-miss event for fitness enthusiasts and mixed martial arts fans alike, the first ever UFC® GYM™ will host its official Grand Opening this Saturday at 10AM PST. The flagship facility, which is located on 1975 Diamond Boulevard in Concord, will feature a star-studded lineup at the Grand Opening, including UFC President Dana White, UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell, as well as New Evolution Fitness Company (NEFC) founders and UFC Gym partners Mark Mastrov and Jim Rowley. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
IBF #4, WBC #6 Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika (28-3-2, 19 KOs) will clash with Allan “Ghost Dog” Green (29-1, 20 KOs) at Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California on February 5. Bika, 30 years, had only one bout in 2009 when he stopped Nestor Fabian Casanova in round one. He captured the IBO 168 pound title in 2008 when he blasted out Peter Manfredo in three rounds and in 2007 was crowned the Contender champion when he stopped Jaidon Codrington in eight rounds in one of the best fights of that year. Bika resides in Sydney, NSW, Australia but originally is from Douala, Cameroon. WBC #5, IBF #5 Allan Green, 30 years, defeated Tarvis Simms in 2009 to capture WBO/NABO 168 pound title but in 2007 suffered his only loss when Edison Miranda outscored him over ten rounds in Puerto Rico. Green knocked out Jaidon Codrington in round one in 2005. Bika will be sparring with IBF #8 160 pounder Daniel Geale on Thursday at the Grange Gym in Sydney in preparation for the Green bout.
By Jeff Zimmerman
Seven-division world champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, his trainer Freddie Roach, and former world welterweight champion and current #1 contender Joshua Clottey, along with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, hosted a news conference today at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas to officially announce the March 13 Pacquiao vs. Clottey pay-per-view event. Clottey stated “I have never been in a stadium like this. I like Manny, he’s my favorite fighter. It’s going to be a great fight.” He added that he will be hiring a new conditioning coach to help get ready. After thanking the organizers, Pacquiao stated “I feel like a football player. Please come March 13. It will be a good fight. Clottey is a tough fighter, but I will do my best to make people happy. MC Michael Buffer called today’s presser “the most amazing press conference I’ve seen in 28 years.” Click here for more photos…
Current WBC lightweight champion, KO artist Edwin Valero (26-0, 26KO) who just recently successfully defended his title on December 19th against Hector Velazquez of Tijuana, MX, is in Monterrey, Mexico to finish off the final phase of his preparation for his bout on February 6th in the same city against the interim WBC title holder Antonio DeMarco (23-1-1, 17KO) of Tijuana, MX, by way of Los Mochis.
Valero was accompanied by his family and last week when he arrived he was welcome by a good size contingent of fans who took the opportunity to take photos with the Venezuelan. (more…)
Light heavyweight Yusaf Mack is upset following the cancellation of the card on the 30th January, Mack has had a rough time over the last few months, first a contest with Karo Murat falling through and now the fight with Glen Johnson. “I understand why the show has been cancelled and my heart goes out to Berto and the whole country of Haiti, but I am disappointed I wasn’t given the chance to show the world the new Yusaf Mack, I have really turned my life around in the last two years with the help of my trainer John Tandy and my management team Rory Donadio and Greg Cipriano. I have won my last five fights and at last now I was given the opportunity to showcase myself in front of the world. I have been in camp since early November and I am in the best shape of my life, we have all worked really hard and I am disappointed that HBO didn’t feel the card was still strong enough to continue the show without Shane and Berto. Johnson and me would have been a classic fight, Daniel Ponce De Leon, Sergio Mora and Vivian Harris were all on the card as well which made for a great show even without Shane and Berto.” For more plus photos click here…
Professional boxing returns to Boston this Friday night as Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES) presents “Boston Pop,” headlined by exciting Philadelphia junior welterweight “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy against former Cuban amateur star Richard “El Tigre” Abril in the 10-round main event at The Roxy in the famed Theater District. Lundy (16-0-1, 10 KOs), fighting out of Philadelphia, has boldly predicted a win by third-round stoppage against Abril (12-1, 6 KOs), whose lone loss was by a 10-round split decision to Breidis Prescott, who in his following fight knocked out rising star Amir Khan in the opening round.
Online sportsbooks have pegged WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa (16-0, 14 KOs) as a huge -850 favorite to defeat challenger Rogers Mtagwa in their fight on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. Despite his recent strong showing against Juan Manuel Lopez, Mtagua (25-13-1, 15 KOs) is a +550 underdog against the unbeaten Olympic gold medalist.
On the same card, Lopez (27-0, 24 KOs) is a -500 favorite to seize the WBO featherweight crown of reigning champion Steven Luevano (37-1-1, 15 KOs). Luevano backers can get +300.
With the cancellation of the welterweight unificaton clash between Shane Mosley and Andre Berto, Golden Boy is hoping to match Mosley with Floyd Mayweather Jr. It’s unlikely that the matchup would land on March 13, the date Floyd was considering facing a lesser opponent. One very possible date for Mosley-Mayweather is May 1 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, a date Golden Boy has already reserved.
Story by Mariano A. Agmi
Last week WBO jr featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez (27-0, 24 KOs) took time out of his final preparations for his January 23rd challenge of WBO featherweight champion Steven Luevano (37-1-1, 15 KOs) to meet the press at Sazon Restaurant in New York City.
The proud Puerto Rican champion was gracious in assessing his opponent: “Luevano is a great fighter. I’ve seen him fight a number of times. He’s pretty polished and technical. He doesn’t lose control during a fight. I’ve seen that if you pressure him you can give him trouble, but you can’t take anything for granted before a fight.” . . . click here for more
By Alexey Sukachev
After tedious January, Russian fight scene will definitely warm up the next month and Feb. 22 tournament in Izhevsk seems to be its apotheosis. Fresh news is coming from the undercard part of the event. Russian super middleweight champion Konstantin Piternov (8-0, 1 KOs) will most probably collide with Ghanaian veteran James Obede Toney (23-3-1, 19 KOs) in a ten-round fight that has all tools to become a thriller, while Azad Azizov (22-2-1, 13 KOs) clashes against Kenyan hard nut Geoffrey Gaya (4-2, 1 KOs) in a scheduled eight-rounder.
One of the soundest names to be featured is Ukrainian Yuri Barashian (25-5, 17 KOs). This light heavyweight is best known for his spirited efforts in world title fights against WBO champion Zsolt Erdei last January and versus Hugo Hernan Garay in a clash for a vacant WBA 175lb belt a year and a half before. Despite having five losses on his resume the 30-year old Ukrainian has never been stopped and now, after a year-long layoff, he is ready to make another run at title. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican super flyweight national champion Marco Antonio “Bombardero” Hernández Uribe sadly passed away from lung cancer on Monday. Just 24, Marco Antonio also held the Cabofe and Fecarbox and was one of the most important prospects of the Boxeo de Gala promotiona firm. Trainer Julio “Cuervo” Gamboa said Hernández Uribe was “an example of professionalism, of dedication to his career, of love to the sport, a boy without vices, with a great nobility.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A purse bid scheduled for Monday at WBA Headquarters in Panama City for a showdown between WBA super lightweight champion Amir Khan and interim champion Marcos Maidana was canceled after the camps arrived at an agreement. The attractive showdown between big punchers will likely take place between the end of March and the middle of April at a site to be determined. Manchester and Las Vegas are possibilities.
WBC Welterweight World Champion Andre Berto stated in a personal press release earlier today that due to the catastrophic earthquake that struck Haiti and deeply affected his family who resides there, he is physically and emotionally unable to prepare for his Saturday, Jan. 30 bout with WBA Welterweight World Champion Sugar Shane Mosley and, as a result, will withdraw from the bout. Given the close proximity to the date of the event and the difficulty in finding a suitable replacement for Berto, the event will be cancelled entirely.
Mosley commented from his training camp in Big Bear, Calif. and said, “I’m disappointed that the fight has been called off, but I understand that Andre is going through a very difficult time. My heart goes out to him, his family and the people of Haiti during the aftermath of this terrible tragedy. I’m sorry for the losses that Andre and all of the Haitian people are suffering. I have everyone in my prayers.”
All tickets previously purchased for the Mosley-Berto fight can be refunded at the original point of sale.
Andre Berto’s Statement: Since the 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti on Tuesday evening, I have been focusing on my family and the Haitian people who are facing an inconceivable battle for survival while still trying to continue to prepare for an opportunity I have dreamt of since childhood. I lost several family members to the earthquake and after two days without word, was relieved to learn that my sister, Naomi and her daughter, Jessica survived, but were left homeless. I have seen the pain in my parents’ eyes as they attempt to understand what has happened to our homeland and recognize a place they once called home.
As a result of this disaster, I am mentally and physically exhausted and therefore I have no choice but to withdraw from my bout on January 30.
Throughout the past six days, I have received an incredible outpouring of support, and I sincerely appreciate everyone’s prayers for the people of Haiti. I hope that everyone will continue to keep the Haitian people in their thoughts and prayers as we work to rebuild this proud nation. The rebuilding of Haiti is not something that will happen overnight, but I am fully dedicated to helping the Haitian people recover from this catastrophic event.
Two legendary names in the world of mixed martial arts return on Saturday, March 6 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio in what is shaping up to be one of the deepest World Extreme Cagefighting® cards ever. WEC General Manager Reed Harris confirmed today that former bantamweight champion Miguel Angel Torres (36-2) will face top-ranked contender Joseph Benavidez (11-1), while former UFC® lightweight champion and featherweight star Jens Pulver (22-12-1) begins his trek back to the top with a bout against seasoned veteran Javier Vazquez (13-3). (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
American referee Steve Smoger will be the third man in the ring when the Cuban WBA Interim featherweight world champion Yuriorkis Gamboa and WBA challenger Rogers Mtagwa from Tanzania meet at the Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States on Saturday. The three judges are Tom Schreck (US), Dave Winfield (US), and Nelson Vasquez (Puerto Rico).
Continuing on their path to becoming the leading international boxing promoter, TKO Boxing announced today the signing of Kenny Adams, long time trainer of numerous world champions to a long term, exclusive contract.
With the newly opened TKO Boxing Gym in Las Vegas, having a world class trainer like Kenny Adams work with their growing list of outstanding prospects and contenders was a perfect fit.. . . Click here for more
Australian super-featherweight Will Tomlinson (10-0, 10 KOs) is considered by many experts in Australia as one of the sports future stars and was recently awarded the title of “Prospect of the Year” for 2009 by the sport. The 23 year old, known as “Wild Will” is based in Sydney and unbeaten in ten pro fights with all those wins coming inside the distance. For more details and photos click here…
Five-time world champion Johnny Tapia (56-5-2, 28 KOs) will headline a March 6 card at the Ohkay Casino near Espanola, N.M. The former champ last fought three years ago and has been in prison on a parole violation since the summer. Tapia is due to be released this or next week, but tickets for the card go on sale today (click here). An opponent has not yet been named. Stay tuned. — Chris Cozzone
Despite losing a decision January 2 to Sam Stout, popular lightweight Joe “J-Lau” Lauzon (18-5, 5 [T]KOs, 13 submissions) hopes that his next fight will be this August in UFC’s debut in Boston. (more…)
Nick Charles, the award-winning blow-by-blow announcer on SHOWTIME’s “ShoBox: The New Generation,” will be a guest on WestwoodOne Radio’s “The Jim Bohannon Show,” Tonight! January 18, for a full hour beginning at 11:06 p.m. ET. Nick, who has been battling stage IV urothelial carcinoma, will discuss his career and how his life has been affected since being diagnosed with bladder cancer last summer. His chemotherapy has led to an 80% remission and Nick has been cleared by his doctors to return to “ShoBox” beginning January 29 (Showtime 11 p.m. ET/PT.) To listen to the interview live online or to find a list of WestwoodOne Radio affiliates airing the show, please go to: http://www.jimbotalk.net/ Listeners can call-in to comment or ask Nick questions at 1-866-505-4626.
In the past 48 hours, WBO junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ López’ (27-0, 24 KOs) voice and face has been all over New York from live appearances on radio shows, media round tables, one and one interviews, and an appearance at Madison Square Garden for a New York Knicks NBA basketball game where he was shown live on the “jumbo tron” for all to see. With his challenge of WBO featherweight champion Steven Luevano (37-1-1, 15 KOs) less than a week away, the PR Best Boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera) and Top Rank promoted López was back to business for a workout in the Bronx, New York today. The López-Luevano bout will take place at the famed Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York January 23rd with HBO televising. Click here for more photos…
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