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Promoter Bob Arum revealed today that Top Rank is planning a major pay-per-view telecast on February 21 featuring WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik defending his title, plus two division champion Miguel Cotto fighting for the world title. The telecast will be split between two locations. Pavlik is expected to face Marco Antonio Rubio, while Cotto is expected to face Michael Jennings for the WBO welterweight belt vacated by Paul Williams.
WBA jr. welterweight champion Andreas Kotelnik (30-2-1, 13 KOs) has informed Fightnews.com that he will fight against Argentinian puncher Rene Maidana (25-0, 24 KOs) in February. “I can inform that on February 7th I will fight against Maidana,” stated Kotelnik. “The fight contract is not signed yet, but he is my mandatory challenger. I don’t know about him much yet, but I will study him during preparation in Germany. Now I have begun preparations for the fight in the Ukraine. Why won’t I fight with Salita? First, I’ll knock out Maidana and then I’ll do a fight against Salita. If he wants this fight I’ll accept a call.”
Former WBO heavyweight champion “Relentless” Lamon Brewster (34-4, 30 KOs) remains very confident approaching his 12-round clash with former WBA heavy champ Bruce Seldon (39-8, 35 KOs) on Saturday at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. “I’m feeling relaxed and ready,” Brewster said. “I’ve done everything I could do to prepare for Seldon. I’m a man of God and I’m going to leave it all in His hands. I feel very good about this fight. I expect him to come in guns blazing and be at his best. He realizes this is an opportunity to make a name for himself. It’s going to be a showdown. He’s no one to take lightly, his record speaks for himself. He’s beaten some big names in the past and it’s my job to not become a statistic. I feel like this is destiny for me to be fighting in front of my hometown. I am determined to put on a great fight and to show that I am truly the best heavyweight out there.”
Loads of heavyweights on the undercard. “Fast” Fres Oquendo (29-4, 18 KO) faces Gabe Brown (18-9, 12 KO); Danny Batchelder (25-6-1, 12 KOs) will face Otis Tisdale (25-22-1, 15 KOs); Chris Koval (24-4, 18 KOs) goes against Cruz Quintana; and local favorite Enrique “Yaqui” Ruiz, (20-4, 16 KO) will also be in action. In addition, former IBF cruiserweight champion Kelvin “Concrete” Davis (24-9, 17 KOs) will face James Brock and former light-heavyweight title challenger George “Honey Boy” Blades (21-4, 15 KOs) will face TBA. The show is the sophomore effort of Brewster’s own Relentless Events in association with Colin Bates’ CBelieve. For tickets ($17 to $152) call 317-239-5151.
43-year-old former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis says he will return for a rematch with Vitali Klitschko if someone coughs up $100 million. “It is not and it has never been about the money,” Lewis claimed to the London Independent. “I’ve had big offers again and again since the first day that I retired and I always say ‘No’. It is about respect and the glory. I have nothing to prove.”
All Star Boxing, Inc. “The New Generation, Tuto Zabala, Jr. and Deportes TELEMUNDO will close their 2008 season on December 5th at the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming in Miami, FL. The main event will feature hot 18-year-old Mexican prospect Saul “El Canelo” Alvarez (22-0-1, 15 KOs), who will be defending his WBA FEDECENTRO welterweight title against power-punching challenger Raul “El Tendero” Pinzon (16-1, 15 KOs) in clash scheduled for twelve rounds. Also in action is jr. lightweight Orlando Gonzalez (12-1-1, 3 KOs), jr. middleweight Derrick Ennis (16-2-1, 12 KOs), and welterweight Sergio “The Cuban Kid” Garcia (8-6, 5 KOs) in separate bouts. Their opponents will be announced shortly. Seven fights are scheduled, doors open at 7:00 PM, first bout 8:00 PM. Tickets are already on sale at the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming 500 SW 177 Ave. Miami, FL, by calling their ticket office at 1-877-242-6464 or at all Ticketmaster locations www.ticketmaster.com The main event will be televised live at 11:35 PM by the Telemundo Network.
In a WBA flyweight eliminator, Mexican Francisco “Chiquita” Rosas and Venezuelan Jean Piero Perez battled to a twelve round draw on Saturday night in Monterrey, Mexico. In another battle, featherweight Ernesto Morales scored a second round knockout against Fernando “Torito” Torres in a bout for the Mexican national championship and an opportunity to contend for the WBA world championship.
WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Hugo Garay: “I’ve had two bad experiences with fights in Germany. Therefore, I prepared even more intensively and decided to fight with my heart. Now I would like a title unification and to get revenge against Zsolt Erdei.
Challenger Jürgen Brähmer: I didn’t properly use my mobility. He imposed his tactics on me. That was very clever. Already in the first three rounds I didn’t fight how we really wanted to fight. I wanted to fight, but that’s not really my boxing style. I really counted too much on catchng him with something hard. But the experience of such a fight is very important for me. I will learn from it. We must take these fights to get to the top and that’s what I want. I started boxing to become a world champion and not only European champion. so I will continue to work on this dream. And I will do it. That I am sure. I can still be better. I noticed this in training. If I go on working hard, I get quickly get where I want to be. (more…)
In front of a standing room only crowd at the 4 Bears Casino & Lodge in New Town, North Dakota, three of CES’ rising stars, Matt Godfrey, Aaron Williams and Hank Lundy all put on impressive performances in securing victories on Saturday night. Godfrey (18-1, 10 KOs), the reigning NABF cruiserweight champion, added the brand new Sovereign Nations Boxing Council crown to his resume with an impressive shut-out performance over Eddie Gutierrez (15-6-1, 6 KOs). Scores were 100-90 twice and 99-91. Cruiserweight Aaron Williams (19-1-1, 13 KOs) scored a seventh round KO against David Williams (5-2-1, 2 KOs), and rising lightweight prospect Hank Lundy (12-0-1, 6 KOs) topped Ben Odamattey (13-12-2, 5 KOs) over six.
Four-time world champion Manny Pacquiao gives away 500 turkeys to his many loyal fans at the Lake Street Park in Historic Filipino Town in Los Angeles Sunday. Pacquiao wished Happy Thanksgiving to all of them and said the turkeys were his gift to them for their support. Pacquiao is in training for his upcoming world welterweight rumble ‘Dream Match’ against the ‘Golden Boy’ Oscar De La Hoya on Saturday,December 6 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Golden Boy and Top Rank present De La Hoya vs. Pacquiao which will available on HBO Pay Per View.
Most fighters have a hard time returning to the scene that delivered their most heartbreaking loss. Ricky Hatton was soundly pummeled and knocked out by Floyd Mayweather Jr. just one year ago at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas. After the beating, questions arose of Hatton’s status in the boxing world. Some said he was simply overrated while others stated he was nearing the end of his rope. Judging by Saturday night’s brilliant performance back at the MGM against the No. 2 junior welterweight in the world, Paulie Malignaggi, the naysayers may have been a bit premature in their assumptions . . . . Click here for more
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