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“I applaud Joe’s decision. It’s obvious he and his family gave it a lot of thought. Timing is everything and to leave center stage at his peak is rare and certainly comparable to the retirements of Rocky Marciano and Jim Brown. Joe left on his own terms. What could be better? He held the super middleweight championship longer than anyone, successfully defended it a record-21 times, unified the titles, and then moved up to light heavyweight beating two future Hall of Famers. He has been a man for all seasons and will be an inspiration to me as I look to meet and beat his records. On behalf of all your boxing fans I say, ‘Thank you, Joe.’ And now I am ready to succeed Joe as the new king. I have dethroned two world champions in Tomasz Adamek and Antonio Tarver and defended the title against Glen Johnson. I’m only 26 years old and I’m ready to fight the best at 175 pounds for a very long time. Welcome to the Dawson era.”
From the Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla.:
Jeremy Stephens (156) VS Joe Lauzon (156)
Josh Neer (156) VS Mac Danzig (154.5)
Denis Stojnic (246) VS Cain Velasquez (239)
Anthony Johnson (171) VS Luigi Fioravanti (171)
Rob Emerson (153.5) VS Kurt Pellegrino (155)
Nick Catone (184) VS Derek Downey (185.5)
Matt Grice (156) VS Matt Veach (156)
Rich Clementi (156) VS Gleison Tibau (155.5)
Jake Rosholt (185.5) VS Dan Miller (186)
Matt Riddle (171) VS Steve Bruno (171)
Tomorrow night: Joe Lauzon vs. Jeremy Stephens headlines UFC Fight Night live on SPIKE TV . . . Click here for more
“First, it would have been one of the highlights of my career to be in the ring with a champion who has proven himself like Joe Calzaghe! The best always want to fight the best, and I wanted to fight Joe. As a fellow champion and warrior, I know the price we have to pay in the ring. Joe retired healthy, wealthy and with a Hall of Fame career. Although I am disappointed that we won’t face each other, I applaud his decision to leave on his own terms, and wish Joe the best of luck. As for Carl Froch, he is no Ray Leonard, and certainly no Joe Calzaghe, and can’t be mentioned in the same breath as those two great champions.Carl Froch never earned the right to be on the same canvas as Joe Calzaghe! Other than in his hometown, a bare few know the name Carl Froch, and how to spell it or pronounce it.”
By Francisco Salazar
The hottest ticket in Southern California on Saturday night could be for the much anticipated Vic Darchinyamn-Jorge Arce fight at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA. “We have already sold 4,000 thus far for Saturday night,” said Top Rank publicist Ricardo Jimenez. Showtime will televise the Darchinyan-Arce fight along with the 12 round Lightweight bout between Antonio DeMarco and Almazbek “Kid Diamond” Raiymkulov. Jimenez did go on to state that, over two years ago, half of the over 7,000 tickets sold at Honda Center headlining Arce on January 27th, 2007 were sold on Friday and Saturday night. Arce faced Julio David Roque Ler, while Kelly Pavlik took Jose Luis Zertuche. Doors open at 3PM local time, with first bell at 3:30PM. Showtime will begin its broadcast at 9PM ET.
Two-time world champion Jorge Arce of Mexico and unified super flyweight world champion ‘Mighty’ Vic Darchinyan of Australia both weighed in at 115lb for their upcoming IBF/WBC/WBA Super Flyweight championship fight on Saturday at The Honda Center in Anaheim, CA. Darchinyan vs Arce is promoted by Top Rank and Gary Shaw Productions and televised live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.
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Ruslan Chagaev 227 vs Carl Davis Drumond 229
(WBA Heavyweight Championship)
Andreas Kotelnik 139.5 vs Marcos Rene Maidana 140
(WBA Light Welterweight Championship)
Denis Boytsov 220.5 vs Israel “King Kong” Garcia 256
(WBA Intercontinental heavyweight title)
Eduard Gutknecht 167.7 vs Rubin Williams 170.8
Marcel Meierdiercks 125.6 vs Vitaly Shivanov 126.7
Vladimir Tereshkin 235.4 vs Manu Ntoh 206.1
Mariusz Wach 255.7 vs Remigijus Ziausys 212.7
Venue: Stadhalle, Rostock, Germany
Promoter: Universum Box Promotion
TV: Distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports for live viewing at 2PM ET/11AM PT on cable pay-per-view via iN Demand and TVN for a suggested retail price of only $24.95. A same day replay will be shown at 9PM ET/6PM ET. The event will also be available in Canada on TSN.
By Byron Spurlock
NABF light heavyweight champion Chris “Hard Hittin” Henry (23-1, 18 KOs) is fighting contender Yusaf Mack (26-2, 16 KOs) in the main event of tonight’s ESPN2 Friday Night Fights. Henry has proven himself with many exciting knockouts as he has stepped up the ladder of better quality competition. (more…)
Enzo Maccarinelli will now take on Ola Afolabi for the WBO interim cruiserweight title on March 14. The bout will feature on the same card as Amir Khan’s showdown against Mexican legend Marco Antonio Barrera at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester. Maccarinelli, the former WBO World champion, was due to face Argentine Victor Emilio Ramirez, but he will not be ready in time to face the big punching Welshman. Afolabi is ranked at number five by the WBO and holds the NABO title. The best win in his career was inflicting the first defeat to the then unbeaten prospect Eric Fields via a tenth round stoppage. What made the win more impressive was that he took it at only a month notice and it was his first bout in two years. Maccarinelli was supposed to fight Johnathon Banks for the WBO title last December, but the bout fell through when Banks injured his ankle. Francisco Alvarez stepped in to replace Banks but he then failed a medical at the weigh-in leaving Maccarinelli with no option but to step up to heavyweight and take on Mathew Ellis – whom he destroyed in two rounds. After another fight with Banks, and the fight with Ramirez fell through, Afolabi got the call. “I’m just looking forward to taking my anger out on someone and it will be Afolabi that will get the full brunt of it,” said Maccarinelli.
The boxing world lost a good man last night. Ex-fighter Ray Marconi informs that Boxing Hall of Fame icon Chuck Bodak passed away last night at the hospital in Orange County. Recently inducted to the WBC Legends of Boxing Museum, Bodak was known for his bright personality and was an ambassador to the sport having worked with over 50 world champions and world renowned fighters such as Rocky Marciano, Muhammad Ali, and Oscar De La Hoya to name a few. Boxing fans adored Chuck throughout the years and most notably when he started wearing pictures on his head when he walked in the ring with his fighters, the first being Jorge Páez. “Boxing will miss a great man and may we all remember him as a man who stood by his word and gave his life to boxing,” said WBC representative Rudy Tellez. Born in 1916 in the city of Gear Indiana, Chuck Bodak will be missed. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.
A talented, exciting fighter fans need to keep a close eye on, undefeated, world-ranked Andre Ward of Oakland, Calif., defends his NABO super middleweight title against once-beaten Henry “Sugar Poo’’ Buchanan of Chesterfield, S.C., tonight on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). Ward, the only boxer from the United States to capture a gold medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, will enter the 12-round bout, which is also for the NABF 168-pound crown, with a record of 17-0 with 12 KOs. Buchanan is 17-1 with 12 stoppages. (more…)
Joey Spina 177.5 vs Matt Gockel 174
Bobo Starnino 167.5 vs Joey McCreedy 167
(EBA super middleweight championship)
Eddie Soto 134.5 vs Sean Eklund 134.5
(EBA New England lightweight championship)
Adam Harris 195 vs David Williams 203
Jesus Caro 141 vs TBA
Keith Kozlin 171 vs Brandon Burke 172
Brian Macy 170.5 vs Anthony Pietrantonio 170.5
Rashad Minor 284 vs Shawn McLean 220
Josh Beeman 139 vs Jamar Saunders ??
Jay Holland 197 vs Kevin Varnadore 206
Venue: Twin River Event Center, Lincoln, Rhode Island
Promoter: Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports
Tickets: $25, $35, $45, $65, $100 and $150. Call 401.724.2253/2254
Andre Ward 166.2 vs Henry Buchanan 167.6
John Molina 133 vs Joshua Kpakpo Allotey 132.6
Carina Moreno 109.2 vs Sharon Gaines 109.2
Manuel Quezada 228.8 vs Eric Boose 237.6
Mike Dallas, Jr. 139.2 vs Anthony Martinez 141.6
Arthur Williams 196.4 vs Dewey Cooper 199
Tony Hirsch 157.8 vs Anthony Cannon 160
Poppies Martinez 158.6 vs Flavio Cardoza 158
Justin Wines 164.4 vs Paul Mendes 162.4
James Ventry 138 vs Ruben Cuellar 133.8
Venue: Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, Lemoore, California
Promoter: Goossen Tutor
TV: SHOWTIME 11PM ET/PT
FightNews has been informed that world ranked cruiserweight contender BJ Flores has signed with Square Ring and that he will appear on the March 21st pay-per-view which is headlined by Roy Jones Jr. vs. Omar Shieka. Flores (22-0-1, 14 KOs) is currently ranked #2 by the IBF, #8 by the WBA, #11 by the WBC, #13 by the WBO and #13 by FightNews. “I am happy to be working with a promoter that will make the right moves so that I can fight for a world championship,” commented Flores. “It is very special to be working with someone like Roy Jones Jr. He was my idol growing up. I remember as a little kid taping his fight with Toney and I would run home everyday to watch that fight.” (more…)
Undefeated super welterweight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (38-0-1, 29 KOs), WBC super featherweight champion Humberto Soto (49-7-2, 29 KOs) and WBO junior bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel (38-2-1, 28 KOs) will headline “Latin Fury 8,” a March 28 pay-per-view extravaganza broadcast live from Tijuana, Mexico. Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum and Tijuana Mayor Jorge Ramos will officially announce the event on Monday in Los Angeles.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Tuesday night at the Meadowlands Sheraton in East Rutherford, New Jersey, boxing fans braved Icy conditions and heavy snow, sleet and rain to witness an entertaining night of professional boxing. In the main event of the five fight card promoted by The Darwish Brothers Knockout Promotions, former WBO junior welterweight champion Demarcus “Chop Chop” Corley (33-10-1, 19KOs) continued his road back with an impressive seventh round technical knockout of Wilson Enrique Galli (31-9, 13KOs). The undercard feature several local prospects and an eight round journeymen battle as William Gill captured a unanimous decision victory over Chuck Berry. (more…)
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
When the UFC rolls into Tampa for the first time this weekend for UFC Fight Night: Lauzon vs. Stephens at the Sun Dome, Florida fans and Spike TV viewers will be in for a lightweight main event that has the makings of an all-out slugfest. After Hermes Franca was forced off the card due to an injury, Jeremy “Little Heathen” Stephens (16-3) stepped up to face Joe Lauzon (16-4) . . . click here for more
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All four of the fighters who will be featured on Saturday’s excellent doubleheader on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING participated in a final press conference that was open to the media and the public. It was held at The Village at Orange in Orange, Calif. In what will be a slugfest from start to finish, Vic Darchinyan will defend his IBF, WBC and WBA super flyweight belts against Jorge Arce in Saturday’s main event live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). (more…)
WBC #2 welterweight Jesus Soto-Karass (22-3-3, 16 KOs) weighed in at 150 for his ten-rounder against Carson Jones (18-6-1, 10 KOs) at the Maywood Activity Center in Maywood, California. Jones scaled in at 148. The bout will be televised on Azteca America.
Miguel Angel Garcia 126.5 vs Lucien Gonzalez 128
Omar Chavez 142.5 vs Rodolfo Armenta 139
Michael Franco 120 vs Antonio Cochero 119.5
Diego Magdaleno 129.5 vs Rodrigo Aranda 127.5
Rufino Flores 132.5 vs Jose Roman 129.5
Joe Mills 168 vs Mario Evangelista 167.5
Tickets are $35.00 and can be purchased by calling 323-710-1489 or 323-233-2262
Dignity Promotions and Felko Promotions have added contender Derek Ennis (17-2-1, 12 KOs) and local favorite Archak “Shark Attack” Termeliksetian (16-7, 13 KO) to the fight card scheduled to take place on February 25 at the Medieval Times Castle in Lyndhurst, NJ. Opponents will be announced soon. Also on the card, cruiserweight Bobby Gunn (21-3-1, 17 KOs), defending his WBC-USNBC title against Brad Gregory (11-2, 9 KOs). Tickets are $40 and $60. Call 610-291-0806.
Two-time world champion Jorge Arce of Mexico and three-belt super flyweight world champion Vic Darchinyan of Australia pose during a press conference for their upcoming IBF/WBC/WBA super flyweight championship fight on Saturday at The Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Darchinyan-Arce is promoted by Top Rank and Gary Shaw Productions and televised live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.
Last night, Caguas, Puerto Rico gave a touching farewell to its favorite son Miguel Cotto and wished him success in his February 21 WBO title bout against Michael Jennings at Madison Square Garden. The Municipal Administration and the Criollas of Caguas organized this ceremony that allowed the people to applaud the career of the champion who has brought so many triumphs to this city and to Puerto Rico. “We are sure that this title is yours and we’ll be here to celebrate when you bring it back to your city,” said mayor William Miranda Marin. Cotto expressed his gratitude for the words of support and confidence.
In addition to Saturday’s heavyweight championship clash between Ruslan Chagaev and Carl Davis Drumond, there is another important world title fight in Rostock, Germany. In what is expected to be an explosive boxer-puncher duel for WBA junior welterweight crown, world champion Andreas Kotelnik (30-2-1, 13 KOs) takes on mandatory challenger Marcos Rene Maidana (25-0, 24 KOs). Both know each other well from the famed Universum Gym as Spotlight fighter Maidana, the unbeaten KO-machine from Argentina, has trained for one and a half years in Hamburg. “El Chino” has a particularly impressive KO rate for this weight class, winning 24 of his 25 fights early. Universum’s champion Kotelnik won the championship with a sensational twelfth round TKO over Gavin Rees, then defended the title in September 2008 in the Ukraine against Norio Kimura. Here’s what he had to say. (more…)
Golden Boy Promotions has announced a March 7 HBO tripleheader to take place at HP Pavilion at San Jose, California. The show will feature a great ten round junior middleweight showdown between knockout artists James Kirkland (24-0, 21 KOs) and Joel Julio (34-2, 31 KOs), two of boxing’s hardest punchers. “I’ve been waiting for a fight like this for a long time,” said Kirkland. “There’s going to be no running, no chasing, no holding. Me and Julio are going meet up in the center of that ring and we’re going to see whose chin is better.” Julio admits that Kirkland is a very good fighter, “but he hasn’t been tested yet….I’m in the best shape of my life and very happy to be fighting, again on HBO. I am looking forward to March 7th when I plan to knock Kirkland out.”
In one of the co-featured bouts, the NABO and USBA junior welterweight crowns will be on the line when Victor Ortiz (23-1-1, 18 KOs) takes on “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (21-2-2, 10 KOs). Opening the telecast will be two-time featherweight World Champion and Gilroy, California native Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (23-1-1, 16 KOs) in a ten round junior lightweight contest against undefeated Indonesian contender, Daud “Cino” Yordan (23-0, 17 KOs). Tickets ($200, $100, $60 and $25) go on sale Friday at 10AM PT at the HP Pavilion Ticket Office and Ticketmaster.
WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch has slammed Joe Calzaghe after Calzaghe announced his retirement from professional boxing. Speaking to Setanta Sports News, Froch said it was “a shame he’s not had a career defining fight…he’s got a good record but I’m not going to lose my mind and say ‘he’s Sugar Ray Leonard’ because he’s not. I said a few weeks ago that he should retire. He got put on his arse by 43-year-old and 40-year-old in his last two fights. I’m not stupid. Joe Calzaghe has been a great champion. He’s a warrior, he’s tough, he’s strong. He’s beaten everyone put in front of him. But, how old was Roy Jones Junior when he fought him? He was 40-years-old. Bernard Hopkins was 43. Roy Jones was at his best 15 years prior to when they fought.” Froch had unsuccessfully campaigned for years to fight Calzaghe during Joe’s long 168lb title reign.
Enzo Calzaghe has backed his son Joe’s decision to retire from professional boxing. Earlier this evening Enzo said he was “over the moon” at the announcement. Speaking to Setanta Sports News Enzo Calzaghe said, “I said to Joe ‘the minute you want to retire I’ll be behind you because enough is enough’. Technically, and on the physical side of things, he could carry on for another five years. But more importantly it’s the mental side of things, the hunger for it. Lets be honest – he’s done all he can do. There’s nothing left to prove. He knows how to win.” Enzo Calzaghe paid tribute to Joe, describing him as “a wonderful human being.” He added, “As a fighter he’s something special. The goals he’s achieved. I have so many memories, from the first day he won the ABAs, right up to when he beat Eubank. I’ve been at every fight with him.”
Prize Fight Promotions are raking up their air miles this week with two big fight events on opposite sides of the world. On Saturday in Puerto Madryn, Argentina, WBO flyweight champion Omar Narvaez (28-0, 17 KOs) defends for the 14th time against unbeaten Rayonta “Stingray” Whitfield (22-0, 11 KOs). “It’s going to be an exciting fight, I can’t wait,” said Whitfield. “My training camp was the best I have ever had [and] we have a ironclad plan of how to defeat Narvaez. I am in it to win it!” In addition, on tomorrow night’s ESPN2 Friday Night Fights, light heavyweight Yusef Mack goes against NABF titleholder Chris Henry in a 12 round-title match up at the Wicomico Civic Center in Salisbury, MD, with undefeated Dominican middleweight Fernando Guerrero 12-0, 11 KOs also seeing action. (more…)
Undefeated world super-middleweight and light-heavyweight champion Joe Calzaghe announced his retirement moments ago on BBC Sport. “It was a difficult decision but I have achieved everything I wanted to achieve in boxing,” he said. “I’ve been world champion for 11 years. I’ve got no other goals to go for…..you can never say never in this game, but I can’t see myself boxing again. There’s loads of things I want to do. I’m proud to be one of only a few fighters in history to retire undefeated.”
Former world champion Winky Wright hasn’t been seen in a boxing ring since his loss to Bernard Hopkins in July 2007, however Winky was recently spotted at Busch Gardens in Tampa with his son hand-feeding a giraffe on the theme park’s Serengeti Safari tour. Although not yet officially announced, Wright is slated to return on April 11 against Paul Williams at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
Boxing fans, get ready to climb “Through the Ropes” with the #1 boxing news radio show hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld! This week, former welterweight champ Kermit Cintron, Olympic gold medalist and super middleweight contender Andre Ward and author Mike Silver. Call or email your questions for Kermit, Andre and Mike to email@example.com.
Former welterweight champion Kermit Cintron gets another shot at a belt next Saturday night against interim WBC Jr. Middleweight titlist Sergio Martinez. Hear what Cintron has to say about working with new trainer Ronnie Shields as well as his thoughts on Antonio Margarito, the only man to beat Kermit as a pro. Andre Ward has promised boxing fans that 2009 will be his year. Boxing fans think it’s about time. It’s been nearly 5 years since he captured gold in Athens and fans have been waiting for this talented boxer to make his move. Friday night he takes on Henry Buchanan in the ShoBox main event. Mike Silver is the author of “The Arc of Boxing, the Rise and Decline of the Sweet Science” published by McFarland & Company. Mike interviewed countless boxing experts and argues that today’s fighters couldn’t carry the spit buckets of the greats from yesteryear. Find out why Thursday night.
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, executive vice president of the WBA has confirmed that former unified super flyweight champion Cristian Mijares and Nehomar Cermeño will meet on March 14 in Coahuila de Zaragoza, Mexico for the WBA interim bantamweight title. Mendoza said all parties involved, including Roberto Grimaldo, who represents bantamweight champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno, had agreed to the interim title, although now the Moreno camp apparently isn’t so keen on the idea. Mendoza said WBA regulations allow for an interim title fight if there are economic benefits to the parties involved, champion included.
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