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USA Olympian Jose Ramirez and Boyd Henley weigh in for their clash on Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo telecast.
Alejandro Perez 127 vs. Juan Carlos Martinez 127
Jose Ramirez 141 vs. Boyd Henley 141
Brian Viloria 113 vs. Juan Herrera 112
Jose Benavidez 145 vs. Prince Doku Jr 145
Egidijus Kavaliauskas 146 vs. James Harrison 146
Victor Pasillas 123 vs. Jerry Guevara 122
Toka Kahn-Clary 127 vs. Chris Lopez 127
Michael Finney 148 vs. Jaime Herrera 148
Venue: Texas Station in Las Vegas
Promoter: Top Rank
The semifinal round of the Boxcino lightweight tournament took place Friday night at the 4 Bears Casino & Lodge in New Town, North Dakota.
In semi-final #1, Fernando Carcamo (17-5, 13 KOs) won an eight round majority decision over Miguel Gonzalez (23-4, 16 KOs). Carcamo dropped Gonzalez in round one, then gave better than he got for the rest of the fight. Scores were 76-76, 78-74, 77-75.
In semi-final #2, Petr Petrov (34-4-2, 15 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Chris Rudd (13-2, 8 KOs). The aggressive Petrov pressured Rudd from the opening bell. The bout was finally waved off in the fourth with Rudd taking heavy fire on the ropes. Time was :51.
Carcamo and Petrov advance to the Boxcino Finals on May 23 at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Adrián “Diamante” Estrella 129 vs Balweg Bangoyan 129
WBC super featherweight International title
Jairo “Doberman” López marcó 134.70 vs Jonel Gadapan 134.70
Julio César “Pingo” Miranda 117.70 vs Arturo “Rey” Santos 119
Nery “Pantera” Saguilán 134.20 vs Adrian Briones 134.20
Venue: Casino Apodaca
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
Photos: Miguel Cotto Promotions
Jose López 122 vs. Leivi Brea 123
Charlie Clemente 108 vs. Omar Soto 108
Rashidi Ellis 149 vs. Orlando Falcon 148
Bryan Perez 118 vs. Elliot Rios 116
O’Nell Negron 134 vs. Irvin Hernandez 133
Harold Reyes 116 vs. Luis M. Rivera 119
Christian Rivera 136 vs. Bryan Montalvo 138
Joshua Pagan 128 vs. Jose Roman 126
Ashley Elias 127 vs. Jose Ramos 126
Bryan Chevalier 118 vs. Jean C. Molina 115
Promoter: Cotto Promotions with H2 Entertainment & Top Rank
TV: WAPA 2 Deportes / WAPA America
Venue: Cosme Beitia Coliseum in Cataño, Puerto Rico
Story and Photos by Scott Foster
After globetrotting through six different countries with mixed results since May 2011, Nate “The Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell (36-11, 26 KOs) became convinced he had finally located the elixir to his current woes: A healthy dose of hometown cooking from his own backyard. This Saturday (March 29th), Campbell returns to his home state headlining a card from Destin, FL, located in the beautiful vacation mecca of The Emerald Coast.
Campbell’s promotional company, Galaxxy Fire Promotions, in conjunction with The Palms of Destin Resort & Conference Center and the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort, proudly presents “The March Of Destiny” weekend, a three-day multi-faceted event. Roy Jones Jr. kicked off festivities on Thursday with an outdoor concert, followed by a celebrity basketball event Friday night, culminating with an eight-bout card Saturday featuring the ex-lightweight champion Campbell who will face journeyman Gilbert Venegas (12-13, 8 KOs). (more…)
Jun bests Baat, defends WBC Asia Continental super bantamweight title; “Molecule from Hell” Orlov wins WBC Asia Continental heavyweight title
By Loren Goodman
In the twelve-round main event in Daying, China, up-and-coming prospect Qiu Xiao Jun (12- 2, 4 KOs) displayed an impressive repertoire of boxing skills to defend his WBC Asia Continental super bantamweight title against tenacious Japan-based Filipino southpaw Jonathan Baat (25-5-3, 12 KOs) on Friday in Daying, China. While Jun sent Baat to the canvas in round three, Baat rallied in the later rounds. Jun emerged victorious by scores of 116-112, 119-111, 116-113.
In the ten-round semifinal for the vacant WBC Asia Continental heavyweight title, Evgeny “Molecule from Hell” Orlov (15-12-1, 11 KOs) stopped former OPBF Heavyweight champion Peter Okello (21-8, 19 KOs) when Okello retired in the corner after round nine.
More to come
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
WBA #2 108 pounder Randy “Razor” Pelacorin (21-1-1, 15 KOs) stopped Samranasak Singmanasak (35-22-1, 27 KOs) in round two of a scheduled ten round main event at the Malvern Town Hall, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Referee Chris Anderson crowned Pelacorin at 1:04 after the Thai had been on the canvas. Pelacorin previously stopped Singmanasak in 2013. The Filipino is managed by Peter Maniatis, who is chasing a world title shot for his charge
Former WBA rated light heavyweight Manny Vlamis (12-3, 9 KOs) stopped Thai, Kiatchai Singwancha (34-12, 23 KOs) in round seven. Referee Allan McColl crowned Vlamis at 2:34 after Singwancha was counted out. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Peter Gercke/Team SES
In an important light heavyweight bout with world title ramifications, WBO #8 rated Robin Krasniqi (42-3, 16 KOs) schooled then KO’d previously unbeaten #13 rated Emmanuel Dansu (20-1, 18 KOs) in a clash for the vacant WBO International light heavyweight title on Friday night at the MBS Arena in Potsdam, Germany. The more experienced Krasniqi, a former world title challenger, showed good boxing skills against Dansu, who brought a 90% KO ratio but had never fought outside Ghana. The end came in round seven when Krasniqi floored Dansu with a right uppercut to the jaw. Time was 1:55. Krasniqi, who lost a decision to then-champion Nathan Cleverly 12 months ago, is now back in the picture and could now be on the short list to challenge WBO champion Sergey Kovalev.
In an entertaining fight, heavyweight KO artist Steffen Kretschmann (17-2, 15 KOs) returned for the first time since September 2012 with an eight round unanimous decision over iron-jawed journeyman Samir Kurtagic (12-6, 8 KOs). Things got interesting in round five, when Kurtagic was warned for a low blow, then deducted a point for a rabbit punch. Kretschmann looked to be in some distress the rest of the way complaining about his neck. He was briefly examined by the ring doctor in round six after which Kurtagic got more aggressive and tried to end it. Kretschmann was dropped in round seven, then immediately knocked down Kurtagic. Kurtagic rocked Kretschmann again at the bell. Scores were 78-74, 78-75, 75-74. Kurtagic had previously gone the distance with big punchers like Denis Boytsov, Alexander Dimitrenko and Carlos Takam and has never been stopped. (more…)
WBA light heavyweight “super” champion Beibut Shumenov wants to set the record straight on claims that he was defeated by Sergey Kovalev-challenger Cedric Agnew in the amateurs. In an exclusive statement to Fightnews.com, Shumenov commented “Probably Agnew got knocked out a lot in the amateurs. That is why he is delusional and he doesn’t even remember with whom he fought. I have never met Agnew and I have never fought him.”
Photos: Rich Graessle/Main Events
Update: Cedric Agnew returned to the scale and officially weighed in at 174.4 lbs. The fight is on!
Sergey Kovalev 174.3 vs. Cedric Agnew 175.8
(WBO light heavyweight championship)
Agnew stripped and reweighed, but his weight wasn’t announced. He has 45 minutes to lose the weight .8 lb.
Karim Mayfield 139.6 vs Thomas Dulorme 139.8
Mayfield and Dulorme got into it during the face-off and the stage had to be cleared. It looked like Mayfield tried to lick Dulorme in the chest and Dulorme didn’t appreciate it, setting off a near brawl.
Lionell Thompson 178.2 vs. Radivoje Kalajdzic 173.4
Wilky Campfort 156.4 vs. Khurshid Abdullaev 154.4
Rafael Jastrzebski 166 vs. Michael Mitchell 163.8
Wellington Romero 138.6 vs. Gerald Smith 139.2
Ismael Garcia 156 vs. Dushane Crooks 153.4
Venue: The Ballroom, Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City
Promoter: Main Events
Manny Pacquiao will be a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! next Wednesday, April 2, on ABC, beginning at 11:35 P.M. ET / 10:35 P.M. CT. This will mark the eighth time Pacquiao has appeared on Kimmel’s popular late-night talk show — more than any other active fighter — in their series of entertaining appearances together dating back to November 3, 2009 (the week before Pacquiao vs. Miguel Cotto). It was on that night that Pacquiao unveiled his singing chops, belting out a rendition of the Dan Hill-penned hit ballad “Sometimes When We Touch.” Subsequent appearances featured Pacquiao singing duets with Kimmel and Will Ferrell, and an uproarious send-up of HBO Sports’ “24/7” reality franchise, starring Pacquiao and Kimmel sidekick Guillermo. This show will have a political theme as in addition to Pacquiao, a congressman in his native Philippines, former U.S. President Bill Clinton will be a guest.
By Dave Spencer
Adonis Stevenson held court in Montreal Thursday as the light-heavyweight champion and promoter Yvon Michel tried to hold off a barrage of questioning concerning , new advisor Al Haymon, HBO having the rug pulled out from under it in favour of Showtime and the dwindling hopes of an immediate Andrey Kovalev matchup. Lost in all the white noise was the official announcement of the Stevenson (23-1 20KO) defense of his WBC title against Andrzej Fonfara (25-2 15KO) for May 24th at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
As the relentless mosh pit surged forward demanding answers, #3 ranked WBC challenger Andrzej Fonfara was forced to play Jimmy Olsen to Stevenson’s Superman, wandering the large Casino stage alone while Stevenson and his team had the earmuffs held high, doing their best to fend off the onslaught. After traveling in from his hometown of Chicago, Fonfara was locked and loaded for an opponent who wasn’t there. (more…)
Fightcard: MBS Arena, Potsdam, Germany
Bout 1 – Jr Middleqweight
Mathias Zemski (11-1, 2 KOs) vs. Maik Taeubig (1-7)
Bout 2 – Super Middleweight
Vincent Feigenbutz (10-1, 9 KOs) vs. Misa Nikolic (18-26-2, 8 KOs)
Bout 3 – Heavyweight
Tom Schwarz (4-0, 2 KOs) vs. Frantisek Kynkal (3-3)
Bout 4 – Super Middleweight
Moritz Stahl (5-0, 4 KOs) vs. Petar Markovic (2-1)
Bout 5 – WBO Intercontinental Light Heavyweight title
Dominic Boesel (13-0, 4 KOs) vs. Miguel Velozo (17-1-2, 5 KOs)
Bout 6 – Heavyweight
Steffen Kretschmann (16-2, 15 KOs) vs. Samir Kurtagic (12-5, 8 KOs)
Bout 7 – WBO International Light Heavyweight title
Robin Krasniqi (40-3, 15 KOs) vs. Emmanuel Danso (20-0, 18 KOs)
Bout 8 – WBO, WIBF, WBF female super featherweight world championship
Ramona Kuehne (21-1, 7 KOs) vs. Gina Chamie (8-0, 4 KOs)
By Bob Caico
Photo: Larry Levanti/Main Events
28-year-old light heavyweight Lionell “Lonnie B” Thompson (15-2-0, 9KOs) is looking to keep his streak of three straight wins alive on the undercard of the Kovalev-Agnew fight at Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ on Saturday night.
Thompson has not lost since September 21, 2012 when he suffered a third round TKO at the hands of Main Events stable mate Sergey Kovalev, who is defending his WBO light heavyweight title in the main event. “After the Kovalev fight I came right back and I think a lot of people are overlooking that. A lot of guys take a loss and take like ten months off. I came out and dominated my next three opponents (who were a combined 47-3-2, 20 KOs),” said Thompson. (more…)
Marlon Sullivan, manager of jr welterweight Karim Mayfield, who is fighting Thomas Dulorme on Saturday night’s HBO opener, is on the run from authorities after being dinged with a number of federal charges. According to the SF Weekly, Sullivan is accused of involvement in a murder-for-hire conspiracy, gun trafficking, a drug-trafficking conspiracy and the sale of fraudulent credit cards. Mayfield was quoted as saying “Oh, what the hell? He was supposed to be meeting me out here today.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Filipino IBF light flyweight world champion John Riel Casimero (19-2, 11 KOs) will next defend his crown on May 3 against Colombian challenger Mauricio Fuentes (16-2, 10 KOs) at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu City, Philippines. Fuentes, who is rated IBF #12, has won his last 13 fights, but all were against opponents listed as having losing records with the exception of one pro debuter. He has never fought outside Colombia. Casimero will be making his fourth defense.
Photos: Mary Ann Owen / Top Rank
USA Olympian Jose Ramirez works out during media day in Las Vegas for his upcoming super lightweight feature fight against Boyd Henley on Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate telecast on UniMas at the Texas Station Hotel and Casino, Saturday, March 29.
The highly regarded Ramirez is 8-0 with 6 KOs.
It’s not that often that a fighter coming off a loss gets a fight that he couldn’t have picked much better if he had picked it himself, but that’s more or less what happened to lightweight Isaac Vallie-Flagg – albeit in a roundabout way. Originally slated to fight Danny Castillo at UFC 172, Vallie-Flagg will instead be fighting UFC and PRIDE legend Takanori Gomi on the same card on April 26 in Baltimore . . . click here for more at UFC.com
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Photo: Team SES / P. Gercke
An important light heavyweight bout with world title ramifications will be streamed live right here on Fightnews.com TODAY at 2PM ET, 11AM PT. The event takes place in Potsdam, Germany and features WBO #8 rated Robin Krasniqi (40-3, 15 KOs) against unbeaten #13 rated Emmanuel Dansu (20-0, 18 KOs) in a ten round clash for the vacant WBO International light heavyweight title. The winner could be on the short list to challenge WBO champion Sergey Kovalev more sooner than later.
Krasniqi, a former world title challenger, says he’s improved after coming up short against then-champion Nathan Cleverly 12 months ago. Dansu is an unknown quantity, having never previously fought outside Ghana. Bringing a 90% KO ratio, Dansu compares his style to Mike Tyson. We’ll see.
Also featured on the card is WBO #12 rated light heavyweight Dominic Boesel (14-0, 5 KOs), who meets Miguel Velozo (17-1-2, 5 KOs) for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental belt.
The card also features the return of heavyweight KO artist Steffen Kretschmann (16-2, 15 KOs) in his first bout since September 2012. Kretschmann faces tough guy Samir Kurtagic (12-5, 8 KOs), who has gone the distance with big punchers like Denis Boytsov, Alexander Dimitrenko and Carlos Takam and never been stopped. (more…)
Photos: Rich Graessle/Main Events
On Thursday amidst all the press about a potential fight with Adonis Stevenson, Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (23-0-1, 21 KOs) faced the media and his opponent Cedric “L.O.W.” Agnew (26-0-0, 13 KOs) at Caesars to discuss the fight in front of them Saturday night at the Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City and live on HBO Boxing After Dark.
Main Events’ CEO Kathy Duva Duva addressed questions about why Kovalev is fighting on HBO. She said, “Sergey Kovalev is fighting on HBO because it is the network of champions. HBO is the network that built each and every legendary fighter in the last 30 years. In the United States during the last 30 years no superstar has been built on any other network. Sergey’s plan is to become a legend. That is why he is fighting on HBO.” (more…)
Laggoune, Hubert, Yengoyan, Nefzi and Merhy ready!
Bilal Laggoune will go after his first international title when he faces Laszlo Hubert for the vacant WBC Mediterranean cruiserweight title. Laggoune, together with Merhy, has been for about a month in training in Miami and is totally focussed on this fight. Hubert replaces Ivica Baccurin, who lost his last fight against Juan Carlos Gomez.
Sasha Yengoyan will face Ayoub Nefzi in a much awaited Belgian showdown. The hard hitting Yengoyan starts as a slight favorite but Nefzi has a lot of experience to make it difficult for Yengoyan.
Hot prospect Ryad Merhy is looking to add another stoppage win to his record when he faces Paata Berikashvili over 6. Merhy, probably the best prospect for years in Belgium, is managed very carefully and many boxing fans are awaiting for his first real test.
Local star Ismail Abdoul will face Levan Jomardashvili also over 6.
Domien Van Gansbeke versus Jean Pierre Habimana and female Elfi Philips versus Najat Hasnouni will complete the show.
Venue: Sporthal Vlaanderen, Gent, Belgium
Promoter: Claude Vandenheede, BGB promotion
By Sam Geraci
This Saturday, Cedric “L.O.W” Agnew (26-0, 13 KOs) of Chicago, IL, makes his television debut on HBO’s “Boxing After Dark” when he challenges Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (23-0-1, 21 KOs) of Russia, for Kovalev’s WBO light heavyweight championship at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. Although Agnew has never been televised, has faced limited or aging opposition and is challenging a man who considered by many to be the sport’s most feared puncher, Agnew remains steadfast in his assertions that he is a great fighter who will shock the boxing world on Saturday.
In the following interview, Agnew talks about his style, the Kovalev matchup, being a role model to black fighters in Chicago and whether or not he ever defeated WBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov as an amateur. (more…)
By Rocky Morales
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
The kickoff press conference for “Fight For Peace”, “Stiverne vs. Arreola II, Heavyweight History”, took place on Thursday morning in Heritage Hall on the campus of the University of Southern California to announce the May 10th rematch of Bermane Stiverne vs. Chris Arreola for the vacant WBC heavyweight championship at the 10,000 seat Galen Center at USC. After holding the coveted green WBC belt since 2008, Vitali Klitschko announced his retirement last December, setting the stage for #1 rated Bermane “B. Ware” Stiverne (23-1, 20KO) to fight #2 rated Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (36-3, 31KO) in a highly anticipated rematch of their April 2013 bout in which Stiverne won by unanimous decision after breaking the nose of Arreola early in the bout.
Amazingly, this will be the first time the heavyweight championship will be contested on American soil in nearly 5 years, since Vitali Klitschko handed Arreola the first loss of his career in September 2009 at the Staples Center. Since that time, there have been 20 heavyweight championship fights with all taking place in Europe or Russia, all with either a Vitali Klitschko, Wladmir Klitschko or Alexander Povetkin as defending champion. As far as the last time an American has held a piece of the heavyweight belt, it has been nearly a decade since Shannon Briggs held the WBO belt which he lost in his very first defense. (more…)
Legendary promoter Don King can still do it like no other. King and fellow promoter Dan Goossen engaged in some hilarious banter during Thursday’s Stiverne-Arreola press conference in Los Angeles. (Photo: Big Joe Miranda)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada
Patient and persistent Japanese Kohei Kono (30-8, 13 KOs), 115, impressively acquired the vacant WBA super-flyweight belt as he chalked up a fine KO victory over interim titlist Denkaosen Kaovichit (62-4-1, 26 KOs), 113.75, from Thailand, at 0:50 of the eighth round in an elimination bout on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. Everyone cannot be a Bill Gates or a Steve Jobs, but the less talented Kono’s ceaseless effort thus paid off. It was amazing that the 33-year-old Japanese still improved a lot technically and physically to seize the belt again in such a fine fashion. It was a clearcut knockout.
It was—in a sense—a bizzare fight as the contestants completely exchanged their roles. Previously Kono was well-known by his non-stop aggressive style, while Denkaosen, 37, was usually a shrewd counterpuncher. Kono, however, kept utilizing his footwork all the way, while Denkaosen kept going forward to finish his rival from the start. It was like Tom running and Jerry stalking. (more…)
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Photos: All Star Boxing
Marvin Mabait 116 vs. Alejandro Hernandez 117
(WBO Intercontinental bantamweight title)
Carlos Ruiz 131 vs. Ulises Moreno 133
Alberto Luna 132 vs. Hugo Ledesma 130
Victor Lopez 118 vs. Christian Soto 118
Luis Alberto Huilot 141 vs. Luis Vidales 140
Luis Alberto Andrade 104 vs. Luis Alberto Najera 105
Daniel Romero 107 vs. Raymundo Hernandez 107
Venue: Foro Polanco (Moliere 328 Colonia Polanco, Mexico DF, Mexico)
Promoter: Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc. in association with Producciones Deportivas and RB Producciones
TV: TELEMUNDO Network Main Event 11:35 PM in the US and Claro Sports in Mexico
Tickets: ticketmaster.com.mx or at the door, first fight 7:00 PM
By Jesse Kelley
Jamal James 147 vs. Angel Hernandez 147
Andy Kolle 160.5 vs. Ryan Davis 158.5
Aaron Green 282 vs. Byron Polley 251.5
Rob Brant 160.5 vs. Demetrius Walker 161.5
Jonathan Perez 124.5 vs. James Owens 128
DeLorian Caraway 148 vs. Damien Hill 150
Andre Tieva 146.5 vs. Guy Smith 145
Venue: Grand Casino, Hinckley, MN
Promoter: Rapacz Event Productions
By Dave Spencer
Photos: Eye of the Tiger Management
Antonin Decarie 149.6 vs. Pablo Munguia 147.2
Baha Laham 135 vs. Roody Pierre-Paul 134.8
Schiller Hyppolite 170.4 vs. Jermain Mackey 171.8
Pascal Villeneuve 170.2 vs. Francois Miville 166.4
Steven Butler 151 vs. Jean-Francois Plourde 151
Mitch Louis-Charles 165.8 vs. Guillaume Coude 167.4
Zachary Bunce 200 vs. Steven Harvey 224.2
Samer Barakat 197 vs. Matt Heim 198
Venue: Lac Leamy Casino, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
Promoter: Eye of the Tiger
Photo: Shane Sims/Banner Promotions
Fernando Carcamo 135.8 vs. Miguel Gonzalez 136
(Boxcino Lightweight Semifinals)
Chris Rudd 135.6 vs. Petr Petrov 135.6
(Boxcino Lightweight Semifinals)
Michael Seals 173.4 vs. Willis Lockett 191
Taras Shelestyuk 152 vs. Romon Barber 152.8
Donovan Dennis 224.8 vs. Travis Fulton will weigh in tomorrow
Ruben Ozuna 135.8 vs. Wayne Smith 134,6
David Laque 148 vs. Corey Land 145.2
Venue: 4 Bears Casino & Lodge, New Town, North Dakota
Promoter: Banner Promotions
TV: ESPN at 9 PM ET
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Ray Beltran of Mexico works out at the Wild Card West Boxing Club for his upcoming 12-round feature fight against Rocky Martinez of Puerto Rico on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley 2.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions and Tecate, Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 will take place, Saturday, April 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 pm ET/6:00 pm PT. photos
Bilal Laggoune 90,0 vs. Laszlo Hubert 90,7
vacant WBC Mediterranean cruiserweight
10rds: Sasha Yengoyan 69,3 vs. Ayoub Nefzi 69,9
6rds: Ryad Merhy 88,7 vs. Paata Berikashvili 89,9
6rds: Ismail Abdoul 90,7 vs. Levan Jomardashvili 92,8
4rds: Domien Van Gansbeke TBA vs. Jean Pierre Habimana 65,8
4rds: Elfi Philips TBA vs. Najat Hasnouni TBA
Venue: Sporthal Vlaanderen, Gent, Belgium
Promoter: Claude Vandenheede, BGB promotion
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
WBA #2 Randy Petacorlin 111.3 vs. Samranasak Singmanasak 111
Manny Vlamis 174.3 vs. Kiatchai Singwancha 166.8
Michael Zerafa 160.8 vs. Ekapop Poncharoen ??
Terry Tzouramanis 140.5 vs. Manapanoi Singmanasak 140.4
Marcos Amado 166.4 vs. Eric Diamandstein 166.8
Brad Weire 169.8 vs. Clint Alderton 174
Venue: Malvern Town Hall, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Promoter: Peter Maniatis
Live Stream: www.liveboxing.com.au
Undefeated two-division world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs), trainer Joel Diaz and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum hosted an international media conference call from Bradley’s Palm Springs training camp on Thursday to discuss Bradley’s eagerly-anticipated April 12 WBO welterweight championship PPV rematch against Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs). This will be Bradley’s third defense of the world title he won from Pacquiao in their previous fight.
Timothy Bradley: I’ve got a lot to prove in this fight. I’ve gotta prove that the first fight wasn’t a fluke. There’s a lot of things that happened in the first fight that weren’t right. This time I’ll be 110% ready.
I gained a lot of experience from my last two appearances on HBO, one in particular against Marquez, who is a great champion and great fighter, legendary, and also the fight of the year against Ruslan Provodnikov. So I’m a different fighter now, a different beast, a different animal and this time around I’m gonna prove it to the fans and everybody. The last time around I got the win but it felt like I lost because I didm’t get any credit from the fans and it’s very important to get the credit from the fans. I definitely gotta win by a wide margin.
Joel Diaz: We don’t really feel the support. Everybody goes to the Wild Card to see Manny Pacquiao train, he’s in great shape, he’s in great preparation… but nobody comes around to Tim Bradley’s gym to see how he’s doing. But in a way I like that because curiosity, it sometimes puts a little bit of fear. Nobody knows how Tim Bradley is training and he’s very ready to come to Vegas and ruin the party for a lot of people again.
Bob Arum: This rematch is special because the previous fight ended in a decision win for Timothy Bradley and a lot of people thought the decision could have gone the other way. That can be debated endlessly, so a rematch gives a definitive answer to who is the better fighter.
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Heavyweights Bermaine Stiverne and Chris Arreola hosted a kickoff press conference on Thursday for their ESPN-televised May 10 showdown for the vacant WBC heavyweight title at the USC Galen Center in Los Angeles.
Chris Arreola: I’m ready for this fight. I’ve been waiting for this fight right after I got out of that ring and got my ass kicked by Bermaine Stiverne. I got caught by a punch that I didn’t see coming and what’s what happens when you fight a world class athlete like Bermaine Stiverne…My nose was broken after the third round. I was wounded. I should have been out of that fight. Any round after that he should have stopped me. Personally I’m not that kind of fighter. If I see someone wounded, if I see someone hurt, I’m taking his ass out. That’s my intention on May 10th, to do to him what he did to me…I guarantee you on May 10th I’m gonna come out with my hand raised.
Bermaine Stiverne: May 10th I will be crowned heavyweight champion of the world. It’s not about shape, it’s about skills. I have better skills and I’m always in shape. I don’t have anything personal against Chris. I do think the best heavyweights out there are Chris and I…I’m not saying I’m going to walk over Chris easily or a walk in the park. It’s going to be hard because I know what Chris brings to the table. It’s gonna be a good fight.
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