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The last time they met it was a pitch battle that many felt was the fight of the year in 2008. Now Hennessy Sports and Groupe Yvon Michel are pleased to announce that WBC Super Middleweight champion Carl Froch (24-0, 19 KO’s) and Montreal’s Jean Pascal (22-1, 15 KO’s) are working together for Froch’s title defense against former undisputed Middleweight champion of the world Jermain Taylor, set for April 25, at the MGM Theatre at The MGM Grand Foxwods. Call it round thirteen. “I know Jean is a class act, and a top-notch pro. I found that out last December,” Froch said of their grueling twelve round battle for the then-vacant WBC Super Middleweight title that Froch won via unanimous decision. “We both fought like our lives were on the line, and after going to war like we did, you get a real appreciation for a person. Besides, by the time camp with Jean is finished, I’ll be as ready as possible for Jermain Taylor.” Pascal is equally enthused about his new training partner. “After being in the same ring as Carl last December, I know first hand that he’s an elite warrior,” Pascal said. “And with a big fight of my own coming up in a few months, I know he’ll be great to help me prepare for battle.” Froch vs. Taylor, billed as “Continents Collide,” can be seen live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING beginning at 9 PM Eastern.
By Craig Watt
In the times of Eastern European domination in the heavyweight division, Australia is sending its top heavyweight prospect to the USA to enter the mix. Mark de Mori from Perth is an Australian with an Italian grandfather who is ready and willing to test himself on the world stage. In 2008 he signed up with Don King and has recently returned from Ohio from a two month training camp with King’s heavyweight team and he is now ready to pack his bags to appear on the under card of the April 24th IBF jr-middleweight championship fight between Cory Spinks and Deandre Latimore in St.Louis. The 27-year-old is just reaching his prime and has a record of 13-1-2 with eleven wins by knockout and is willing to travel anywhere and fight any of the top contenders to test himself in the heavyweight division. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Rising junior middleweight contender Derek “Pooh” Ennis (17-2-1, 12 KOs), will once again make his move into the national spotlight when he tangles with Ishmail Arvin (15-1-4, 7 KOs) on Saturday night for the USBA light middleweight title at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Fightnews had the opportunity to speak with Derek as he approaches quite possibly the biggest fight of his career. (more…)
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The big June 13 unification clash at Madison Square Garden in New York City between WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto and IBF welterweight champion Joshua Clottey will be officially announced at a press conference on Tuesday. For Cotto, it will be the fourth time in the last five years he has headlined a big card on the eve of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade at the “Mecca of Boxing.” In 2005 he faced Mohamad Abdulaev, in 2006 he took on Paul Malignaggi, and in 2007 it was Zab Judah.
By Alexey Sukachev and Alexey Uralets (Allboxing.ru) at ringside
German Titov, 2008 Russian promoter of the year, has staged another local show today at his Ural stronghold in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Headlining the show were two rising prospects from lighter weight classes. Uzbekistan native super featherweight Gayratjon Abdulhakimov moved to 9-0 with 6 KOs after a destructive second-round technical knockout of comebacking professional opponent Pavel ‘Macho’ Kubasov (4-32, 1 KO). Kubasov was down three times in the second stanza before the stoppage. Featherweight Georgi Kevilishvili (9-0, 3 KOs) floored his overmatched opponent Yuri Margaryan (0-2) with a vicious body-punch in the third round and finished him moments later with the same type of blow. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg
Derek “Pooh” Ennis (17-2-1, 12 KOs), of Philadelphia, PA squares off against Ishmail “The Arsenal” Arvin (15-1-4, 7 KOs), of Baltimore, MD in the solid ten round junior middleweight main event at Boardwalk Hall’s Adrian Phillips Ballroom in Atlantic City, NY. Ennis will be defending his USBA junior middleweight title. The “Brawl at the Hall” will feature eight additional bouts. Dee Lee Promotions and GNP Boxing are promoting the show. (more…)
By William Wilczewski
Both are 31 years old and have had their share of wearing minor association title belts around their wastes. Now, both need an impressive performance to get a shot a major title belt. Problem is, only one can come out victorious when Nogales, Sonora, Mexico’s David “The Destroyer” Lopez and Accra, Ghana’s Ossie Duran headline ESPN’s Friday Night Fights card at Desert Diamond Casino near Sahuarita, Ariz. Duran (23-6-2, 9 KOs), who now calls Patterson, N.J., home, had his first big shot in the A-class ring when he laced ‘em against James Kirkland on June 1, 2007. After losing a 10-round unanimous decision, Duran took more than a year off before fighting to a draw with Eromosele Albert in September of the last year. Lopez (37-12, 25 KOs) will be his next test after nearly seven months of inactivity — but he says he’s prepared for it, despite Lopez’s home field advantage. (more…)
By Scott Foster at the scale
Jeff Lacy 170.5 vs. Otis Griffin 171.5
Kermit Gonzales 130.75 vs. Derrick Wilson 126.5
Adam Jaco 168.5 vs. Roberto Failey 167.5
Daniel Van Staden 141.25 vs. Henry Mitchell 140.25
Adawirky Lopez 123.25 vs. Catlin Dance 124.5
Wes Taylor 228.25 vs. Lenroy Thomas 244.5
Darnell Jones 146.25 vs. Said El Harrak 147.5
Venue: USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida
Promoter: Left Hook Promotions/One Punch Productions
Butch Gottlieb / www.boxinginlasvegas.com
Photos: Mary Ann Owen
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At today’s final press conference for Saturday’s HBO televised fight between the two fighters that no one wants to fight, Winky Wright and Paul Williams, there was more talk between the promoters and the respective fighters trainers. Richard Schaefer from Golden Boy Promotions started the press conference off by saying that he believes the odds on the fight should be a pick-em fight and not as listed in the sports book (Williams is the favorite at -200 and Wright is at +170). He said that respect should be shown to the two fighters that no one wants to face and that this should be a great night of boxing. (more…)
In celebration of UFC 100, Spike TV will present a 5-part special, “UFC’s Ultimate 100: Greatest Fights” highlighting the best 100 bouts in UFC history, as voted on by the fans. Voting will begin on May 1 on Spike.com (Ultimate100.spike.com) where fans can choose their top 100 fights from an extensive list of bouts selected by the UFC and Spike TV.
Each episode of “UFC’s Ultimate 100: Greatest Fights” will count down the top 100 with action-packed moments from each contest. The first one-hour installment will premiere Sunday, July 5 at 9:00pm ET/PT, with the next three episodes airing Monday July 6-Wednesday, July 8 at 9:00pm ET/PT. The final episode airs Saturday, July 11 at 9:00pm ET/PT which will conclude a re-broadcast of the entire voted UFC bout.
Returning home after a Las Vegas training camp with boxing superstar Winky Wright, heavyweight prospect Lenroy “TNT” Thomas will battle veteran Wes Taylor, Friday night, April 10th, in the six round co-main event at “HOMECOMING”, an action packed card at the Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida . . . Click here for more
One of the New England area’s top prospects will get the opportunity to perform in front of his local fans on Saturday, April 25th, when unbeaten Danny O’Connor steps into the ring on the undercard of the highly anticipated super middleweight championship fight between Jermain Taylor and Carl Froch at the MGM Grand Theater at MGM at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut. “April 25th is going to be a great night for fight fans, and we credit DiBella Entertainment for making it happen,” said Leon Margules, Executive Director of Seminole Warriors Boxing, O’Connor’s promoter. “Lou (DiBella) asked us if Danny was available for this card and we jumped at the chance to get him back in the ring. Danny is the future of this sport, and it will be a treat for his local fans to see him at this stage of his career.” (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
WBO #12 middleweight Gennady Martirosian (16-1, 6 KOs) will not be fighting WBO #6 Aaron Mitchell on April 24 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Mitchell had experienced visa issues and was forced to withdraw from the fight. “Unfortunately, Aaron became the second straight opponent who failed to collide with Gennady. However, we have been able to find a suitable substitution for Mitchell just in time for this bout not to be cancelled,” commented Jab Promotions’ vice-president Alexander Yagupov. Enter Croatian veteran Vedran Akrap (12-6, 6 KOs). In his last fight in December 2008, Akrap lost via eleventh-round TKO to hot Swiss prospect Yves Studer but before that he stopped former fringe contender Alexey Chirkov in five rounds. In his next outing, Chirkov faced Martirosian and lost him via third-round TKO in a brutal back-and-forth brawl, which has been name Russian best fight of 2008. Martirosian vs Akrap is scheduled for eleven rounds. Gennady’s PABA title will be at stake. Also, it has been confirmed that Finnish welterweight Jussi Koivula will not face local prospect Sherali Mamadaliev as it has been reported earlier. Instead 4-0 (with 2 KOs) Mamadaliev is pre-scheduled to clash against professional loser Abdumanon Kurbonov (0-7).
The three best boxers in St. Louis will be showcased on the same Don King-promoted fight card at Scottrade Center on Friday, April 24. The main event will feature the long-awaited hometown showdown for the vacant International Boxing Federation junior middleweight championship between former four-time world champion Cory “The Next Generation” Spinks (36-5, 11 KOs) taking on IBF No. 6-ranked contender Deandre “The Bull” Latimore (19-1, 16 KOs). The co-feature showcases the Gateway City’s fastest-rising star, undefeated World Boxing Council No. 1-ranked super lightweight Devon Alexander “The Great” (17-0, 10 KOs) meeting an opponent to be announced. Both fights will be televised on ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME beginning at 11 p.m. ET/PT (10 p.m. CT, delayed on the West Coast). A full undercard will be presented. Doors open at 6 p.m. (more…)
By Alexey Potapov and Alexey Sukachev
Unbeaten WBA welterweight champion Yuriy Nuzhnenko (28-0-1, 13 KOs) weighed in at 147lbs even for his title defense against also unbeaten Vyacheslav Senchenko on Friday night at the Sportpalace Drusba in Donetsk, Ukraine. Senchenko (28-0, 20 KOs) scaled in at 146.6 lbs.
Oleg Yefimovich 126 vs Osman Aktas 125.5
(EBU featherweight title)
Vladimir Kravets 140 vs Yauhen Kruhlik 139
(EBU-EE light welterweight title)
Stas Merdov 125.5 vs Nikita Lukin 125.5
Stas Kashtanov 170 vs Andrey Ageev 170
Andrey Kudriavtsev 133.75 vs Nico Schroeder 135
Promoter: Union Boxing Promotions
Venue: Sport Palace “Druzhba”, Donetsk
TV: Eurosport + Megasport (Ukraine)
World champion Ulises “Archi” Solis of Mexico is ready to make his ninth title defense when he takes on Brian Viloria on April 18 in the Philippines as part of Top Rank’s “Global Supremacy” event, a big championship pay-per view card to be held at the Arenata Coliseum in greater Manila that will be headlined by IBF flyweight champion Nonito Donaire. “I’m in great shape and I feel very strong and fast and the key to the fight will be to stay aggressive against an opponent who we know is strong and likes to come forward,” said Solis. (more…)
Arthur Curry, Director of Boxing Talent Relations at HBO Sports, has passed away in New York City. “If ever there was a person who was a perfect fit for his job, it was Artie,” said HBO Sports President Ross Greenburg. “He loved boxers, and they loved him back. Artie was in many ways our personal ambassador to the boxing community, and he will be sorely missed by all of the people that he touched. He will be missed by all of his friends and colleagues at HBO Sports, who looked forward to his friendly greeting every day. This is a big loss for everybody who knew Artie. I am grateful that for two decades he represented HBO Sports and distinguished himself every day.”
It is a “Homecoming” for former super middleweight champion Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy (24-2, 17 KOs) as he continues his comeback this Friday at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida against “The Next Great Champ” winner Otis “Triple OG” Griffin (19-4-2, 7 KOs). This is the return to the ring for Lacy coming off his hard fought decision loss to Jermain Taylor in November 2008 and his first fight in the bay area in nearly three years since a capacity crowd witnessed his thrilling knockout of Robin Reid at the St. Pete Times Forum on August 6, 2005. “I wanted my first fight back to be right here in Tampa,” said the St. Pete native. “It really don’t matter who I fight, I’m just looking to get back in action!” Looking ahead, Lacy has talked about a cross-state showdown with Pensacola’s own Roy Jones Jr. “The Jones fight would be a huge fight for Florida,” observed Lacy. Lacy had called out Orlando native Antonio Tarver but Tarver refused the fight. “His head is lost in the clouds,” explained Lacy. (more…)
WBC Super Middleweight champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch will set up shop in Canada while preparing for his April 25 showdown with former undisputed Middleweight champion, Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor. The Nottingham-based undefeated Froch will ready his body and mind for battle at the five-star White Oaks Resort and Spa, in Niagara Falls, Ontario. The bout, being billed as “Continents Collide,” will be broadcast live in the US on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING from the MGM Grand Theatre at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods, in Ledyard, Connecticut, at 9 PM Eastern. “This place is just perfect for what I need to dominate Jermain,” said Froch. “This is my chance to show the rest of the world what I’m capable of doing, and a training camp like this suits my purposes perfectly. I’ll be able to focus at the task at hand, without any distractions, and with the resort located on Taylor St., you know I won’t forget for a second why I’m here.” When he isn’t utilizing the spa’s famous amenities, “The Cobra” will be lacing up the gloves at Niagara Falls’ Fight Club Canada, which is owned by two-time world title challenger Billy “The Kid” Irwin, and former Canadian Olympian Mike Strange.
By Craig Watt
With just 24 days left until his IBO light-welterweight title defence against Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Ricky Hatton is supremely confident he can defeat the generally recognised “pound for pound” champion from the Phillipines. He spoke exclusively to Fightnews today from his base in Vegas about the key aspects of his upcoming fight. The 30 year old Hatton (45-1, 32 KOs) is refreshed and re-generated following his link with new trainer Floyd Mayweather Snr, with the central high activity and pressure style now complemented with an increased focus on defence, his jab and combination work. Hatton is generally recognised as the “king” of the 140 pound division and is undefeated in 43 fights over a twelve year period at this weight. He is not under-estimating his challenge against the 30 year old Manny Pacquiao (48-3-2, 36 KOs) who has an enviable list of wins against recognised champions in his success as a four weight world champion. The fight promises to be one of the biggest in 2009 to date with Hatton’s vast army of traveling fans from the UK ready to invade Las Vegas on May 2nd. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
The 10th of April will be marked as a special date for the entire post-Soviet professional boxing, and especially for its Ukrainian stronghold. For the first time in almost twenty years since the paid boxing made its entrance into the former Soviet Union, two local fighters will clash against each other for the legitimate world championship in their Homeland, when the WBA regular welterweight champion Yuri Nuzhnenko (28-0-1, 13 KOs) steps into the ring versus WBA #3 ranked contender Vyacheslav Senchenko (28-0, 20 KOs) in what seems to be the most sound battle to be held in Ukraine. This contest will headline a huge pugilistic show, promoted by the Union Boxing Promotions, which is set for this Friday at “Druzhba” Sports Palace in Donetsk, the heart of eastern Ukraine. (more…)
Photos: Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
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Three-Time World Champion Winky Wright and Two-Division World Champion Paul Williams have arrived at at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. They collide Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
Current IBF mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin (17-0, 12 KOs) scored a hard-fought ten-round unanimous decision over Jason Estrada (15-2, 3 KOs) on Saturday night at the Burg-Wächter Castello in Düsseldorf, Germany. Next up could be a fight for the European title between Povetkin and Universum heavyweight Alexander Dimitrenko (29-0, 19 KOs). A purse bid for this battle will be held on April 21. The winner will be named the double mandatory challenger for WBO/IBF/IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko (52-3, 46 KOs).
What can you say about the performance of Povetkin?
“Povetkin didn’t impress me in that fight. He didn’t have a good fight. Many others see it the same way as I do.“
What wasn’t good about it?
“It wasn’t on a world class level. He still has to train much more if he wants to fight for the world title. He had problems from the very beginning although his opponent was a no-name fighter. When Estrada got tired by the end Povetkin still couldn’t knock him out. That has surprised me. His opponent was much smaller than him and I believe if he wants to fight against Wladimir Klitschko he should face taller fighters like me.“
The purse bid for the Euro title clash is on April 21?
“Yes, that’s correct. But I’m hoping that he won’t avoid me and fight other opponents in order to challenge Wladimir in a world title fight. The EBU has made this decision for the fight. Povetkin provoked Klitschko verbally but he has to prove his quality inside the ring. He has this chance when he fights me I’m ready. My trainer Fritz Sdunek and I have taken a close look into the fight.“
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former IBF 140 pound champion Lovemore Ndou (46-11-1, 31 KOs) talks with Fightnews about the biggest win of his career, the night he defeated Noufell Ben Rabah to capture the world title. He also talks about his great losing battle against Miguel Cotto, tough twelve round bout against Junior Witter plus two bouts with Paul Malignaggi and why he would like to challenge Timothy Bradley. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
May 23 in Monterrey, Mexico is the date announced for the battle between WBC super bantamweight world champion Toshiaki Nishioka from Japan and the Mexican Jhonny Gonzalez. The bout will be presented by Promociones del Pueblo and take place in the Arena Monterrey, which has a capacity for 20,000 fans. Initially Cancun and Cuidad Juarez were considered as possible locations for the event.
The possibility exists that former two-time world champion Rafael Marquez will face former champion Mauricio Martinez of Panama in the May 23 co-feature. It has been mentioned that the winner could challenger the winner of Toshiaki-Gonzalez. It will be Marquez’ first fight since March 2008, his last fight in the legendary Israel Vasquez trilogy. Martinez lost his last fight in March by unanimous decision against Heriberto Ruiz in a bout for the vacant IBF I/C jr featherweight title.
By Alexey Sukachev
Highly regarded Ukrainian technician Sergey Fedchenko (22-0, 10 KOs) will headline the next K2 East tournament, which will be held at “Lokomotiv” Palace of Sports in Kharkov, Ukraine, on April 22. The opponent for the WBO #12 and the IBF #15 hasn’t been defined yet but Spaniard Hector Moreira (20-1, 12 KOs) seems to be the most probable solution. Fedchenko will put his IBF intercontinental belt at stake in that fight.
Also, Kiev-based Russian junior middleweight Zaurbek Baysangurov (19-1, 14 KOs) will make his ring return after a disappointing loss to American Cornelius Bundrage in the IBF eliminator for the #2 spot last December. His future opponent will be announced later. WBC #12 cruiserweight Vitaly Rusal (23-0, 16 KOs), lightweight Valentin Golovko (7-0, 5 KOs) and welterweight Victor Plotnikov (20-1, 10 KOs) will be showcased in separate contests against yet unidentified opposition.
By Gerardo M. Avila-Planas
Miguel Cotto has issued a statement to the press concerning his incident with his uncle/trainer. The same, revealed through El Nuevo Dia Newspaper states the following…”This afternoon, after concluding my training session for my next fight, I sustained an incident with my uncle Evangelista Cotto. This is a family and very personal matter, which is why I ask that you give me the space and respect in my intimacy needed to cope with situation. Let it be known that as of this moment Evangelista Cotto will no longer form part of my corner, but at the same time, you should all rest assured that I will continue to work tirelessly for my next scheduled fight in June, where I will successfully defend my title with pride for all Puerto Ricans.”
Fightnews.com has confirmed that super middleweight contender Edison Miranda (32-3, 28 KOs) will return on a May 16 ShoBox telecast. “Pantera” will take on 2004 Olympian Andre Ward (18-0, 12 KOs). The “Pantera” Camp has agreed to travel to Oakland, California (Ward’s hometown) to take on the talented but largely untested gold medalist, who is stepping way up up in caliber of opposition.
By Gerardo Avila
According to all local newspapers, Miguel Cotto got into a fight with trainer/uncle Evangelista Cotto after a difference of opinion concerning Miguel’s training. It was reported that at approximately 3:00 P.M. local time Miguel and his trainer got into a heated discussion with regards to training strategies, which caused Miguel to fire his uncle. Allegedly Evangelista attacked Miguel and Cotto answered back with shots of his own. The fight first started at Bairoa Gym where the Cotto prepares for all his fights but the dispute continued in Miguel’s house in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Police intervened in the incident and charges might be filled against Miguel Cotto. Both Evangelista and Miguel Cotto, as well as Cotto’s father, Miguel Cotto Senior suffered minor injuries. This is not the first time that Miguel Cotto and his trainer have had disputes, although none have been reported to reach such a boiling point.
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