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By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Lucian Bute 167.4 vs. Fulgencio Zuniga 167.7
(IBF Super-Middleweight World Title)
Renan St-Juste 159.4 vs. Roberto Hernan Reuque 159.2
(WBC Continental Americas/ NABA Middleweight Title)
Benoit Gaudet 131.7 vs. Genaro Trazancos 131.9
Jo Jo Dan 143.6 vs. Cesar Soriano 143.8
Sebastien Gauthier 117.5 vs. Jorge Andres Cardenas 117.7
Pier-Olivier Cote 132.6 vs. Jesus Antonio Guitierrez 131
Eric Martel 241.6 vs. Igor Konnov 227.9
Natalie Forget 118.2 vs. Wendy Roy 121.2
Location: Bell Centre Montreal
First Bell: 7pm
Televsion: SHOWTIME (11pm)
By Joe Koizumi
Japanese lefty prospect Takahiro Aoh (17-1-1, 8 KOs), 126, impressively captured the WBC featherweight belt as he aggressively battered defending champ, Mexican warrior Oscar Larios (64-6-1, 40 KOs), 126, all the way and dropped him in the final session to score a unanimous decision (119-107, 118-109 and 116-111) over twelve lopsided rounds on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan. (More to come)
In Kobe, Japan, WBC bantam ruler Hozumi Hasegawa (26-2, 10 KOs), 117.75, kept his throne as he made short work of official challenger Vusi Malinga (18-3-1, 11 KOs), 115.5, South Africa, flooring him with fast combinations three times en route to a quick TKO win at 2:37 of the opening session in a contest of southpaws. It was the Japanese champ’s eighth defense since he dethroned Veeraphol Nakhornluang-Promotion of Thailand via unanimous verdict in 2005. (More to come)
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By Nick Giongco
Fightnews: Pacquiao is trying to invade your territory and how does it feel like a once puny fighter is hurling a challenge to the boss of the 140-pounders?
Ricky Hatton: I think it is a fact that some fighters move up and down the scales a lot more than others and why that is I just don’t know. I have always been a light-welter and I will always be a light-welter, don’t ask me why. Most fighters get bigger with age but I don’t. Manny obviously has because he started off as a flyweight and fought Oscar at 147 which is incredible really. But one of the greatest fighters of all time Sugar Ray Leonard started off as something like a welterweight and ended up winning the light heavy world title. Roy Jones Jnr was a middle wasn’t he and won the world heavyweight title, so there you go. It is horses for course. Some fighters put on the pounds because they get naturally bigger and others don’t. It just so happens I don’t and Manny does. But that doesn’t mean I am in for an easy night does it? He is a great fighter end of story and he showed what he could do at welter against Oscar. Anyone who can do that to one of the pound for pound greatest fighters of all time deserves respect and Manny has got my respect no doubt about it. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg
Romanian-born Lucian Bute (23-0, 18 KOs), now living in Montreal, Canada, will make the third defense of his IBF super middleweight title against IBF #13-ranked Fulgencio Zuniga (22-3-1, 19 KOs), of Barranquilla, Colombia, this Friday at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Bute, 29, won the title on October 19, 2007, with an 11th round stoppage of Alejandro Berrio, with successful defenses coming against William Joppy (TKO 10) and Librado Andrade (UD 12). Zuniga is a former world title challenger, who dropped a decision to Russian Denis Inkin in a try for the vacant WBO super middleweight title last September. The Bute – Zuniga bout will be featured on a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation, televised on SHOWTIME. (more…)
Looks like WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik will return against ex-WBC super welterweight champion Sergio Mora on a pay-per-view card this summer. Nothing is finalized, but word is it will be another Top Rank-produced split-site event with Pavlik’a portion taking place in Altantic City and other fights taking place from a site in Mexico.
By Felipe Leon
Former IBF minimumweight champion Roberto “Mako” Leyva’s next fight might be for more than a win or a loss on his record. It might be for his career. The hard hitting “Mako” (25-8-1, 20KO) will be facing Filipino super flyweight sensation Z Gorres (28-2-2, 15KO) this coming Saturday at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu City, Philippines for the vacant WBO Oriental bantamweight title. The southpaw Leyva, of Ensenada by way of Puerto Peñasco, MX, trains out of the Raul “Jibaro” Perez gym located near the international border between Tijuana, MX, and San Diego, CA. Perez, a bantamweight champion himself in the late 80’s, feels that this should be Leyva’s last fight, win, lose or draw. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Puerto Rican referee Luis Pabon will replace Panamanian referee Guillermo Perez Pineda in Saturday’s clash for the WBA interim bantamweight title between Venezuelan Nehomar Cermeño and the Mexican Cristian Mijares. The fight will take place in Torreon, Cohauila, Mexico and be promoted by by The business KO Entertainment. The Mijares camp protested to the WBA against the appointment Panamanian referee Pérez Pineda because Cermeño resides and trains in Panama and Pineda has been referee in four of Cermeño’s fights. Another change was also announced. Judge Raúl Caiz (California) was replaced by Peter Podgorsky (Illinois). The other judges will be Glenn Feldman (Connecticut) and Nelson Vázquez (Puerto Rico). The supervisor of the fight will be the WBA vice president Gilberto Mendoza Jr.
Unbeaten light welterweight Dean “Irish Lightning” Byrne’s dream to fight in New York is only delayed, not shattered, after the recent announcement that “Erin Go Brawl II,” scheduled for March 16 at WaMu Theater in Madison Square Garden, had been canceled. Byrne (10-0, 4 KOs), fighting out of Los Angeles by way of Dublin, was supposed to fight in an eight-round bout on the card headlined by his friend, Andy Lee, and featuring his hero, Wayne McCullough. Dean, who has Freddie Roach as his trainer, works out at Roach’s famed Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, where he has sparred with Manny Pacquiao, Amir Khan and Juan Marquez. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF#14, WBC#12,WBO#5 middleweight Daniel Geale (25-11-3, 14 KOs) made short work of Canada’s Ian MacKillop (25-11-3, 14 KOs) when he stopped in the import in round one at The Cube, Campbelltown, NSW, Australia on Wednesday. Geale jumped on MacKillop at the bell and scored with accurate combinations that dropped his opponent and referee Gary Dean counted him out at 1.58. MacKillop holds a knockout win over world rated middleweight Shannan Taylor who went the distance against IBF 160 champion arthur Abraham and Anthony Mundine. Geale is scheduled to meet Mundine on May 27.
In the main supporting bout, world class jr welterweight Lenny Zappavigna (18-0, 13 KOs) scored the biggest win of his career when he easily outpointed former IBF 130 pound champion Gairy St Claire (41-9-2, 18 KOs) over twelve to retain the IBF Pan Pacific jr welterweight title. Zappavigna connected with power head and body shots consistently that had the clever St Claire on the backmove. St Claire was hurt from a hard right hand to the head in round six and in round seven both boxers exchanged accurate combinations. In round ten St Claire boxed aggressively but he could not match the power and work rate of Zappa.Judges scores at the conclusion 120-107, 119-109 and 120-108.
Former IBO 130 pound world champion Billy Dib (22-1, 11 KOs) captured the IBF Pan Pacific Youth and WBC interim Youth title when he was awarded eight round technical decision over Davey Browne (15-1-1,4 KOs). Dib controlled rounds one and two but Browne came back in rounds three and four to score well. Browne suffered a cut over the eye in round seven and in round eight Doctor Alex Lewis ruled it too severe to continue. Scores were split. 69-65 and 68-65 for Dib. 67-66 for Browne. (WBA welterweight champion Shane Mosley was at ringside to cheer his friend Billy Dib)
“Big Roy” a.k.a. Roy Jones Sr., trainer and father to Roy Jones, Jr., spoke to reporters today about RJJ’s fight against Omar Sheika on March 21 at the Civic Center in Pensacola, FL. The elder Jones is back in camp with Roy for the first time since 2005. “Roy asked me to come and help him in camp so I said sure. It was about 6 weeks ago,” he stated. (more…)
On Saturday at the Doubletree Hotel in Orange County, Thompson Boxing Promotions’ third annual “Night of Champions” event will be highlighted by a celebration of the career of former world junior lightweight champion Genaro “Chicanito” Hernandez as well as four live bouts. In the main event, Salinas’ Alejandro Perez (12-1-1, 7 KOs) takes on Victor “Tommy Gun” Martinez (14-4, 10 KOs) of Matamoros, Mexico in an eight round super bantamweight bout. (more…)
The city of Kiel is preparing for a spectacular Sauerland Event fight night on Saturday which will feature three world title fights plus the return of former WBO heavyweight champion Lamon Brewster. In the main event, undefeated IBF middleweight champion King Arthur Abraham is looking to make a successful ninth defence of his title. “Even though it is my ninth defence, I am still hungry and highly-motivated,” the 29-year-old (28-0, 23 KOs) said at today´s press conference. “Lajuan Simon has no chance to win.” Naturally, the American challenger (21-0, 12 KOs) holds a different view. “I have worked and trained very hard for this fight,” Simon said. “I will beat Abraham to win the title.” (more…)
Australian Olympian Paul Fleming, a highly-decorated amateur ranked #1 as a featherweight in Australia, has signed with Top Rank. Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank, made the announcement today. Fleming, 20, is very popular in the SunCoast area of Australia. “He’s exciting, a very tough southpaw with a whole lot of pop in his gloves,” said co-manager Cameron Dunkin. Fleming, born in Tully, North Queensland, Australia, had an amateur record of 83-17. He won many gold medals and was only the third Australian fighter to medal (bronze) in the 2006 World Junior Championships. Fleming was the first Australian to win the gold at the Pre-Olympic Chemistry Cup. At Bejing, Fleming lost 13-9 to silver medalist Khedafi Djekkhir of France. Fleming is the only Australian Olympian to sign a contract with a major promotional company. He has a 1-0 professional record.
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Promoter Mario Loreni will stage an explosive European Union title clash at the welterweight limit on Friday night at the Nelson Mandela Forum in Florence, Italy. Local hero Leonard Bundu (17-0-1, 6 KOs) and IBF Int. champ 154 lbs. Frank Haroche Horta (18-7-3, 5 KOs) are the co-challengers for the vacant crown. Both fighters are very hard and strong warriors. ‘Boom Boom’ Bundu, a former amateur star is extremely popular in Italy, due to his power and his aggressive style and will step into true international class after a very impressive 2008, but Frenchman Horta, is a real ‘ironman’ and is probably at the peak of his career. All in all, a very compelling matchup for a European Union belt. (more…)
IBF #3 junior welterweight and former world champion Randall Bailey (38-6, 34 KOs) will face #6 Francisco Figueroa (20-2, 13 KOs) in an IBF eliminator on April 3 in Memphis, Tennessee. The bout was scheduled to go to purse bid yesterday, but both sides reached an agreement. ESPN2 will televise.
On Saturday, former WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev will risk his mandatory challenger status against Rich Boruff (17-2) in the Republic of Mordovia. Oleg was heralded as a hero when he arrived in the country. In December ’08 the WBC ordered that the winner of the Vitali Klitschko-Juan Carlos Gomez bout must fight Oleg Maskaev next, but if Maskaev loses this fight, he loses his mandatory status.
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At the press conference today at the CINEMAXX in Krefeld, WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm and WBO super middleweight champion Karoly Balzsay spoke to the press about the big April 25 “Universum Champions Night” world title twinbill at the KönigPALAST. Sturm (31-2-1, 13 KOs) will defend against unbeaten WBC #6/WBA #14 Koji Sato (14-0, 13 KOs), while Balzsay (20-0, 14 KOs) will make his first defense against an opponent to be named. (more…)
On Saturday, Prize Fight Boxing is headed back to the Fitzgerald Casino in Tunica, Mississippi, with a card featuring three undefeated prospects. Memphis native, Mark Davis (10-0, 4 KOs) is set for a scheduled eight round featherweight match-up against Adauto Gonzalez (10-5, 3 KOs). Straight out of the ATL and recently signed Prize Fight prospect Tyrese “Head Honcho” Hendrix 15-0-1, 6KO’s will face Philip “Bring The” Pain (16-21-1, 8 KOs) in an eight round lightweight clash. And 2004 Beijing Olympic alternate, highly acclaimed and decorated amateur stand-out middleweight Shawn Porter (5-0, 4 KOs) looks to add another win to his budding record against veteran Abdias Castillo (12-22-1, 7 KOs). For tickets call 800-766-5825.
No sooner had the announcement been made that the March 16th “Erin Go Brawl II” show in New York City was canceled, Seminole Warriors Boxing informed its prize light welterweight, Danny O’Connor, of his repositioning on a show this Saturday night in Boston. The National Guard Armory in Dorchester (70 Liberty Ave.) isn’t a long drive for family, friends and fans from Framingham to watch O’Connor (4-0, 1 KO), 2008 U.S. Olympic first alternate, fight live against Charlie Wade (4-7, 1 KO). O’Connor is coming off of his impressive national television debut January 30, winning a 4-round decision in the opening bout on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights against light welterweight Jamar Saunders (2-1-1, 1 KO) at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. (more…)
By Jeff Pamungkas
Former IBF strawweight champion Muhammad Rachman (62-6-5, 31 KOs) of Indonesia has arrived in Cebu City, Philippines, today, for the scheduled 10 round of non title match against local hero Milan Melindo (17-0, 5 KOs) on March 14 at Waterfront Cebu City Hotel, Cebu City, Philippines. Rachman, 37, is also concentrating to be a parliament member for his country’s election in April. However, he said that he won’t quit from boxing even if he’s elected and pledged to gain another title belt before his retirement as a boxer. Coming to the Philippine Islands with his trainer Alex Rabadeta and namanger Martinez dos Santos, Rachman said to this writer that he will knock out the young undefeated Filipino Melindo in round seven. The main feature bout of the show will involve another IBF strawweight champion Roberto Leyva against the Philippine’s rising star Z. Gorres in a twelve-rounder for the WBO Oriental title.
While the NFL’s free agent signing frenzy makes headlines in sports sections around the United States, in Asia, all the chatter is about the UFC’s new signee, middleweight contender Yoshihiro Akiyama, who made his entrance into the Octagon official during press conferences in Tokyo and Korea last week . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
Barrera delivers Khan warning – Manchester Evening News
Prince Naseem’s ‘assassin’ is ready to dent Khan’s title hopes – Daily Mail
Amir picked ‘wrong opponent’ – Bolton News
Khan Warned That Defeat Will End His Career – Sky News
Khan easier than Hamed – Barrera – BBC Sport
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 . . . Click here for more
Fresh off an outstanding unanimous decision win this past Saturday night in York, Pennsylvania, lightweight prospect Terrance Crawford will head to Cincinnati on Saturday, March 21st, as one of the feature bouts at “3 THE HARD WAY”, an outstanding evening of world class professional boxing at the U.S. Bank Arena, presented by TKO BOXING Promotions and TMAX Events . . . click here for more
By Lee Bates
Fightnews caught up with Ramon ‘Rocky’ Martinez (21-0-1, 12 KOs) just days away from his challenge of WBO world champion Nicky Cook (29-1, 16 KOs). Martinez spoke on fighting in Cook’s native England, who has the power edge between he and Cook, and the importance of joining Puerto Rico’s large list of world champions. The bout can be seen on Saturday’s PPV card headlined by Amir Khan versus “The Baby Faced Assassin” Marco Antonio Barrera, live from The M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, United Kingdom. (more…)
Montreal-based Romanian Lucian Bute took time out of his busy fight-week training schedule to answer a few questions from SHOWTIME. The 29-year-old undefeated Bute risks his International Boxing Federation (IBF) super middleweight crown against hard-hitting Fulgencio Zuniga on ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, March 13 (live on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) at the Bell Centre in Montreal. (more…)
By Dave Spencer — Fightnews Canada
Tuesday marked the second time Fulgencio Zuniga had been to Montreal. The first was last September when he brought to the city to help prepare IBF champion Lucian Bute keep his world super-middleweight title with some scheduled sparring. This time out, the Colombian slugger has exactly the opposite in mind. “I’m coming with a great hunger to win this fight. I’m coming to Quebec to win the belt and to bring it back to Columbia.” But while both boxers renewed acquaintances before this Friday’s fight at the Bell Centre, both were very quiet and reserved and the thunder was stolen by Alfredo Marchio, promoter to the challenger who threatened to pull out if Montreal referee is the third man in the ring when the bell rings. (More)
By Boxing Bob Newman
Boxing returns to Paradise in sunny St. Thomas, USVI as 340 promotions and Sampson Boxing in association with Warriors Boxing and Arano Box Producciones present “Boxing In Paradise II” at the UVI Sports and Fitness Center on Friday, March 27. It goes without saying that the local attraction will be the brothers Jackson – John and Julius, the offspring of two-division world champion Julian Jackson, fresh off their January 30, 2009 pro debuts. Headlining the seven bout card will be a WBA Fedelatin welterweight title bout between defending champion, Argentine Hector Saldavia and Indonesian challenger Daudy Bahari, scheduled for eleven rounds. (more…)
By Jose Reyes
Unbeaten former WBC Youth welterweight champion “King” James De La Rosa (18-0, 12 KOs) has solidified himself as a true prospect in the thick welterweight division. At the age of 21, “King” James De La Rosa is a five-year professional prize fighter that has become better known for his hard-hitting body attacks that leave opponents gasping for dear life. “King” James is a Mexican-African-American and younger brother of “The Contender” Season One, Juan “El Gallo Negro” De La Rosa (19-3-1, 15 KO’s), and both live in the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas. James De La Rosa is now trained by veteran trainer Danny Smith who has trained the likes of former world champions, Fernando “El Feroz” Vargas, Diego “Chico” Corrales, and Ishe Smith to name a few. Danny is now training former undisputed middleweight champion (WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO) Jermaine “Bad Intentions” Taylor (28-2-1, 17 KO’s) who is preparing for his April 25th WBC super middleweight title challenge against unbeaten current champion Carl Froch (24-0, 19 KO’s) at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. (more…)
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