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Story by Francisco Salazar
Although knockouts are great and spectacular, John Molina knows it will take more than that to win world titles. The young 26-year-old fighter may be gifted with the strength that few young super featherweights in the world could match. However, Molina understands that a fighter who is one-dimensional cannot survive in this sport . . . Click here for more
Interview by David Finger
It’s been a long road since April of 2004, when a highly-touted fighter with one of the most famous last names in boxing made his professional debut in the city that made his father, Tommy “Hitman” Hearns, famous. At the time, Ronald Hearns seemed like numerous other fighters who had famous fathers . . . Click here for more
A reputation is a tough thing to shake. Just ask Sam Stout. Abandoning a successful professional kickboxing career to dedicate himself to fighting professionally in mixed martial arts in 2003, Stout has since been unable to escape being pigeonholed as a “kickboxer” by pundits and fans of the sport.. . . Click here for more by Mike Russell, UFC
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® is proud to announce its first-ever event in Nashville, Tennessee, April 1, live on Spike TV at 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET/PT! In the main event, Carlos Condit, in his UFC debut, takes on Martin Kampmann. Click here for more info
Undefeated Carl “The Cobra” Froch and Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor participated in a press conference on Wednesday in London – Froch was joined by a host of U.K. journalists and television crews, while Taylor took part via satellite from his training camp in Miami, Fla. In a highly anticipated world title fight on Saturday, April 25, Froch will look to make a major statement — and enhance his reputation in America — when he defends his WBC super middleweight title against Taylor, a former undisputed middleweight titleholder, live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) from the MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Conn. (more…)
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Former two time world boxing champion Giovanni Parisi has died at the age of 41. Parisi died in Voghera, Italy, this evening in a car accident, he was born December 2, 1967 in Vibo Valentia, is one of the greatest Italian boxers. He was Gold Medalist at featherweight in 1988 Seoul Olympic Games and world champion at lightweight and junior welterweight limit. Parisi fought from 1989 to 2006, and retired with a record of 41 wins (29 KOs), 5 losses and 1 draws. He was an icon, a true great fighter and a great representative of the Italian sport. Sad day for all Italian boxing people.
By Felipe Leon
Fernando Beltran, the principal of Tijuana’s Zanfer Promotions, performed double duty today at the Red Circle bar in downtown San Diego, CA, as he gathered the cheif participants for “Latin Fury 8-Tijuana Thunder” along with Tijuana’s mayor, Jorge Ramos. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., current WBO super flyweight champion Fernando Montiel and WBC super featherweight title holder Humberto Soto were on hand to give their thoughts on Saturday’s mega fight card which is being presented by Top Rank in association with Zanfer Promotions and the city of Tijuana, MX. With only twenty miles between the location of the press conference and the international border, much was said about the current safety concerns regarding travel in Tijuana. Mayor Ramos assures that those who choose to travel across the border are not going to be in jeopardy. (more…)
Unbeaten in 25 fights with 18 knockouts, and ranked in the top five by three of the four major world sanctioning bodies, Maywood, California’s Urbano Antillon has more than earned a major fight on premium cable television or for a world championship, but says the top names at 135 pounds are avoiding him. “I paid my dues,” said the 26-year old. “Now I want my shot. I keep seeing fighter after fighter without my credentials getting these big opportunities, and I’m tired of it. I’m putting out the word to the public right now – I’ll fight any of these guys any place at any time, and I will knock any of them out.” (more…)
By Lee Bates
Puerto Rico’s Jose ‘Carita’ Lopez (38-7-2, 32 KOs) goes for his fifth attempt at winning a world title when he battles Thailand’s Pramuansak Posuwan (45-1-1, 24 KOs) this Saturday at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. The two will be fighting for the vacant WBO super flyweight title. The event titled ‘Night of Champions’ will be promoted by PR Best Boxing and televised on Direct TV. Though Lopez’ previous four attempts have been unsuccessful he is confident none the less of winning that elusive world title this time around. “I’m extremely focused and in excellent condition for this fight and simply won’t be denied of winning the world title this time” stated Lopez. (more…)
Miguel Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment announced the nine bouts that’ll take place on Friday at the Roger Mendoza Coliseum in Caguas, in the second edition of Boxeo Boricua en Caguas. In the main event, Jayson “La Maravilla” Vélez, from Juncos, PR, will take on Mexican Juan Jaramillo in the super batamweight division. “He is a great boxer, but we have all the skills needed to win”, said Vélez, who has an undefeated record of 6-0, 6 KOs. Welterweight Wilfredo “Papín” Negrón will be in the co-featured bout of the night. “Both Jayson and Papín are real warriors on the ring and know how to give a great show to the audience,” said promoter Miguel Cotto, who also assured that this fight card will please all fans of good boxing.
Three opponents have tried and three opponents have failed to make it out of the first round against Moscow power hitter Magomed Abdusalamov. On Friday, March 27th, Dothan, Alabama’s Larry White will attempt to be the first fighter to test the unbeaten heavyweight prospect when they clash on the undercard of Star Fight Production’s Fight Night at the Pavilion at the A La Carte Pavilion in Tampa, Florida. A two-time Russian amateur champion, the 28-year-old Abdusalamov’s return comes courtesy of Seminole Warriors Boxing and the Yuri Fedorov Sports Lab, who have been pleased by the progress of the 6 foot 3, 260 pound prospect, who has blasted his first three opponents out in a combined four minutes and 48 seconds. “Magomed has been frighteningly impressive so far as a pro, and the scary part is, he’s just going to keep getting better,” said Leon Margules, Executive Director of Seminole Warriors Boxing. “He’s big, he’s strong, and he can knock you out with either hand. Once he gets some more experience under his belt, watch out.”
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
On April 25, Felix Sturm will defend his WBA middleweight title for the sixth time against hard-hitting Koji Sato from Japan. Sturm, at age 30, is already a three-time world champion at middleweight, winning the WBO belt in 2003, just to lose it in very controversial fashion one year later against legendary Oscar De La Hoya. His second world title came in 2006, when he scored a unanimous decision over Masolino Masoe to seize the WBA title for the first time. Just four months later, he lost a huge upset to ex-champion Javier Castillejo. Sturm recaptured the WBA belt in 2007 with a clear cut unanimous decision victory over Castillejo in their rematch, silencing his critics. Since then, Sturm went on to beat the likes of Randy Griffin or Sebastian Sylvester to cement his status as one of the best middleweights in the world. Fightnews had a chance to visit Sturm in his training camp in Cologne, Germany, and ask him about Koji Sato, his future, a possible fight with IBF-champ Arthur Abraham and his training regime. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
The second installment of the “Boxing in Paradise” series will take place this Friday, March 27th in beautiful St. Thomas, USVI at the UVI Fitness Center. Headlining the show will be Argentine Hector David Saldivia, 28-1, 22 KOs, against Indonesia’s Daudy Bahari, 38-2, 14 KOs in a WBA Fedalatin Welterweight title bout over 11 rounds. The show promoted by 340 Promotions, Sampson Boxing in association with Warriors Boxing will also feature the second pro bouts of local sons John and Julius Jackson, the offspring of St. Thomas’ 3-time former champion Julian “The Hawk” Jackson. The eeder Jackson took time out of his busy schedule to tell Fightnews about his sons’ progress, the future of the Caribbean boxing scene and more… (more…)
A very good boxing show just became a great boxing show, as promoter Roy Englebrecht announced today that he has added a Championship Bout to the Irvine Marriott’s Battle In The Ballroom show set for Wednesday, April 8th. This title fight will feature undefeated and world ranked Manny Roman (14-0, 5 KOs) as he puts his perfect record on the line facing Perris’s Anthony Villerreal (8-2, 4 KOs) for the WBC Youth Intercontinental Title. This mega title bout will be the main event of the five bout pro card.
Plus on this great night of action Englebrecht has also announced a very special ticket offer, realizing that during these times people are looking for great bargains, so the 5 For $50 offer is born! For only $50 a fan will get a $40 ticket, a beer or soft drink, a food item, a newly designed Battle In The Ballroom T-Shirt, and a haircut from any Orange County Sports Clips shop. This offer, purchased separately would total $89, but the first 200 fans can purchase it for $50, a big $39 savings! To purchase the 5 For $50 offer, fans must call Drew at Roy Englebrecht Promotions at 949-760-3131. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Chris van Heerden makes the first defense of his South African welterweight title against Welcome Ntshingila on Friday night at the Matlosana Banquet Hall in Klerksdorp. The southpaw Van Heerden 11-0-1; 9 won the vacant South African title in December last year when he stopped Page Tshesane in the twelfth round in a bruising encounter. (more…)
Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy’s April 10 homecoming fight in Tampa, FL at the USF Sun Dome just got a bit more interesting. Original opponent Manuel Esparza (20-8) was scrapped, and is being replaced by “The Next Great Champ” winner Otis “Triple OG” Griffin (19-4) in the evening’s main event. “Griffin brings a bigger challenge to me than Esparza would have, so from that perspective I’m glad the switch was made. But it really don’t matter who I fight, I’m just looking to get them out of there” said a confident Lacy. “Homecoming” is presented by Left Hook Promotions and One Punch Productions, and features several Bay area notables on the undercard. Undefeated featherweight Kermit “Bazooka” Gonzalez (6-0-1) faces undefeated Derrick Wilson (4-0), and St. Pete heavyweight Lenroy “TNT” Thomas (11-1), Sarasota light heavyweight brawler Adam Jaco (4-2-1), and undefeated welterweight Said El Harrak (3-0) are also featured bouts. 9 bouts in all are scheduled, including a special attraction female bout featuring a rematch of an all-action war between Tampa featherweight Adawirky Lopez and Louisville, KY’s Caitlin Dance. Tickets are priced at $18.50, $40, $85, $135, and there are a limited number of $200 Platinum Ringside seats. Tickets are on sale now at all Ticketmaster locations, ticketmaster.com, and the USF Sun Dome box office. VIP packages are available by calling 813-503-8109.
Former World Champion Julio Diaz will now square off against Oxnard, California’s Rolando Reyes, who agreed to fight Diaz on the April 4th “Lightweight Lightning” card at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas after Joel Casamayor was forced to withdraw from the bout last week due to an acute lumbar spine sprain that will keep him out of action for six weeks. Rolando “Pochito” Reyes (30-4-2, 19 KOs) has won nine of his last ten bouts, including four in a row. He holds TKO wins over former world champs Stevie Johnston and John Brown.
The Vitali Klitschko WBC heavyweight championship title defense contested in Stuttgart on Saturday, was a big hit in Germany and throughout Europe. Vitali’s ninth round knockout victory over challenger Juan Carlos Gomez was watched by a sold out crowd of 12.500 spectators. An amazing total of 11.5 million television viewers watched the championship on German TV channel RTL, which was a market share of 55 percent. The Klitschko-Gomez world title tilt was broadcast in more than 100 countries worldwide, including ESPN Classic live, and replayed on ESPN2 in the United States.
By Alexey Sukachev at ringside
Photos: Victor Sokolov
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Rising cruiserweight prospect Denis Lebedev (17-0, 12 KOs) made a sound statement on Saturday with an overwhelming fifth-round TKO over experienced Cuban Eliseo Castillo (20-3-1, 15 KOs). This fight was held at “Mashinostroitel” Palace of Culture in Balashikha, Moscow Region, in the wake of a huge amateur tournament in honor of PBFR president Victor Petrovich Ageev. Lebedev – Castillo collision was the only pro boxing contest of the event but was witnessed by a notable number of boxing celebrities, including former amateur stars Yuri Alexandrov and Rufat Riskiev and Russian heavyweight hope Alexander Povetkin. (more…)
Over a span of 28 days SHOWTIME Sports will feature a frenzied fight schedule, with late March and April filled with championship fights and meaningful matchups. With two highly anticipated SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecasts and two installments of ShoBox: The New Generation, almost every weekend features a can’t-miss event. It kicks off when undefeated super middleweight prospect and 2004 Olympic Bronze medalist Andre Dirrell (17-0, 12 KOs) takes on Derrick Findley (13-2, 8 KOs) on Saturday, March 28, in a 10-round super middleweight fight in a special Saturday edition of ShoBox: The New Generation. Exactly one week later, SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING showcases a world championship unification bout when WBC 140-pound champ Timothy Bradley (23-0, 11 KOs) takes on WBO champ Kendall Holt (25-2, 13 KOs) on Saturday, April 4, live from the Bell Centre in Montreal with a special start time of 10:45 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) to accommodate fans watching the conclusion of the 2009 NCAA® Men’s Final Four®. On Friday, April 17, ShoBox brings fans another stylistic matchup with world title implications when Yuriorkis Gamboa (13-0, 11 KOs) squares off against Jose Rojas (25-6-1, 17 KOs) for the interim WBA featherweight title. To top off a spectacular month of April, SHOWTIME gives fans another world championship fight the following night on Saturday, April 25, when WBC super middleweight champ Carl Froch (24-0, 19 KOs) takes on former middleweight champ Jermain Taylor (28-2-1, 17 KOs) live from MGM Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Conn.
Former WBO super featherweight champion, “Mighty” Mike Anchondo (27-2, 19 KOs)
will make his return to the ring after a hiatus of almost two years when he faces veteran Hector “Mongoose” Alatorre (15-6, 5 KOs) on April 16 at the San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino in association with Roy Englebrecht Events. The 26-year-old Anchondo is an aggressive boxer who soared to the top of the 130-pound weight class in 2004 and is now eager to regain lost ground to get back on top. Alatorre, a 27-year-old from Tulare, California, is known for having an iron chin. (more…)
Former undisputed junior middleweight world champion Ronald “Winky” Wright (51-4-1, 25 KOs) and two-division world champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams (36-1, 27 KOs) hosted a media conference call today to discuss their fight on April 11th at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. “True champions fight each other,” said Winky who is fighting for the first time since his loss to Bernard Hopkins in July 2007. “I want to fight the best.” The Punisher vowed that he’s ready and said he’s happy that Winky agreed to fight him. “It will be the date the two most feared fighters meet,” commented Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer, who named Arthur Abraham, Vernon Forrest, Mikkel Kessler and Jermain Taylor as fighters who have passed on fights with Winky. Williams’ promoter Dan Goossen said, “Winky has been the most avoided fighter, Paul has been the most feared fighter.” He added that Williams is fighting at 160 lbs. because no one at 147 or 154 will fight him. He said Williams wants a fight with WBA welterweight champion Shane Mosley after this fight.
Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao has been named as one of the world’s most influential people by Time Magazine. The respected magazine has listed 100 finalists on their website and readers can vote for their choice. At press time, Pacman was rated #13, two spots behind President Obama and two spots above House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Click here to vote.
“I am going to prove on Saturday night that I belong in big fights” Julio Cesar Chavez Jr said at a Top Rank press conference in Los Angeles. “I never chase after any fighter, even De La Hoya. I fight for the people. In Mexico the people want to see De La Hoya and myself in the ring.” Chavez Jr., the Son of the Legend, of Culiacan, Mexico takes on undefeated Luciano Cuello of Argentina on Top Rank’s “Latin Fury 8 – Tijuana Thunder’ on Saturday night.
The Tijuana Thunder announce team will be Rich Marotta, Al Bernstein and Maureen Shea. This will be the announcing debut for Shea, a communications major at Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y. Maureen, a professional boxer, was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. Born in 1981, she was raised by a Irish father, a now retired NYPD Detective. Maureen’s mother, of Mexican heritage, worked in the airline industry and this afforded ample travel to Maureen. Maureen spent much of her youth growing up in the Bronx and in the Guadalajara area of Mexico. “Maureen is very charismatic and all of us at Top Rank are excited she is on the announce team,” said Bob Arum.
Jimmy Lennon will be the ring announcer. Chavez Jr vs. Cuello will be available on iNDEMAND, DirecTV and the Dish Network.
The WBC has declared reigning heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko to be “the greatest puncher ever in the heavyweight division.”
Official WBC Statement: “[Vitali] Klitschko proved that he is the best fighter in the world nowadays, pound for pound, after defeating Juan Carlos Gomez who had a record of 35 knockouts in 44 wins and only 1 loss. Klitschko has outdone all other fighters, no matter what division they belong to. The heavyweight world champion is the only one who can claim he is the greatest champion in the world of boxing as nobody can defeat him. With Vitali´s extraordinary wins, in fights that have been stunning to world fans, showing absolute control and power, our king of the heavyweights has silenced many mouths and media that had unfairly attacked him without any evidence, and been disrespectful to him, considering the great class he is showing. Jose Sulaiman, president of our organization, stated today that Klitschko is the pride the WBC as well as he is the pride of world boxing. Vitlai Klitschko’s record is now: 37 wins; 36 of them by knockout, and including his last win by KO, his percentage in this specialty went up to 97.2%, fact after which Klitschko is placed as the greatest puncher ever in the heavyweight division.”
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Luciano Leonel Cuello respects Julio César Chávez Jr. and even he acknowledges his quality. But, Cuello assures that he will defeat Chavez simply because he is a better fighter than Chavez. “Julio César is a great boxer, got a wide varieties of punches and has a great techniques, but I am going to win because I am better. I come in very good shape, I have done hard training and by the time of the fight I will be showing everything I have learned,” said the Argentine fighter after checking into his hotel in the center of Tijuana. Cuello (23-0, 10 KOs) will face Julio César Chávez Jr. (38-0-1, 29 KOs) for the WBC Latin American super welterweight championship on Saturday in the main event of “Latin Fury 8: Tijuana Thunder” at the Plaza Monumental of Playas de Tijuana on a card promoted by Top Rank and Zanfer. (more…)
By Sam DiTusa
Carlos Molina looked like just another tough kid from The Windy City of Chicago until he fought Julio Caesar Chavez Jr to a hotly contested draw back in December of 2005. Since then, Molina has fought on ESPN twice, upset a string of opponents, and quietly found himself a home in of all places Tacoma, Washington at the Emerald Queen Casino. Molina,(15-4-1, 7 KOs) takes on another top prospect in Ed Peredes (21-2) on Saturday, April 11th in the ten-round main event at the71st edition of the “Battle at the Boat” series at the Emerald Queen Casino. Molina has captivated the Northwest fans with a rugged style which is hard to figure out. He doesn’t possess great punching power, and his boxing skills don’t remind anyone of Roy Jones or Shane Mosley. Yet Molina’s relentless style which utilizes constant pressure, a high output of punches, and good defense has made him a fan favorite. (more…)
By Jose Reyes
This Saturday, Peacemaker Promotions will present an eight-bout fight card billed as “Sons of The Valley” in the South Texas hotbed of boxing known as the Rio Grande Valley, Texas at the Harlingen Field ( White Wing Baseball Stadium ). The main event features the return of Harlingen’s own and former NBC’s “The Contender” participant, JP “El Gallo Negro” De La Rosa (19-2-1, 15 KOs) who makes his return back to the ring after a year absence when he faces Guadalupe “Man of Steel” Martinez (16-2, 9 KOs) in a battle of middleweights. The co-main event has JP’s younger sibling, up and coming welterweight prospect and former WBC Youth welterweight champion ”King” James De La Rosa (18-0, 12 KOs) versus Marteze Logan (26-35-2, 6 KOs). (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
Word has just come from the WBC offices that former World Bantamweight Champion Raúl “Raton” Macías Guevara has passed away a the age of 74. Macias was born on July 28, 1934 in Mexico City, Mexico. (more…)
By Lee Bates
Cleotis ‘Mookie’ Pendarvis (8-1-2, 2 KOs) will take a major step up in competition when he battles veteran Steve ‘ The Mongoose’ Quinonez (31-13-1, 13 KOs) this Friday at the Quiet Cannon in Montebello, California in a junior welterweight contest. The bout is scheduled for eight rounds and is being promoted by Ed Holmes Allstar Boxing. The two fighters are no strangers to each other having sparred multiple rounds last year in Glendale, California. Pendarvis is very confident of handling the stern test that awaits him. ” I just feel that their comes a point in a boxer’s career where you have to step up and see where you’re at in your career and I feel that time is now for me,” said Pendarvis. Quinonez has fought several former world champions including Jose Luis Castillo, Steve Forbes, and the late Diego Corrales. Eight other bouts are scheduled on the card with the doors opening at 6:30PM. For tickets call (323)816-6200.
This time, Jermain Taylor is training for one thing, and one thing only. He wants a championship belt again. Taylor, who held the middleweight championship from 2005 through 2007, will get his shot at the WBC super middleweight belt when he faces current WBC titleholder Carl Froch on Saturday, April 25, on Showtime Championship Boxing from MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. The telecast will air live at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). Taylor (28-2-1, 17KO”s) said the knowledge that he could be champion again is the only incentive he needs to train like he never has before for this fight. He has a new perspective and appreciation for boxing after more than nine years as a professional fighter. “Every time I get up in the morning, I say to myself, let’s go get that belt back,” Taylor said. “Every fighter wants to be world champion and have a belt. I have a sense of purpose and motivation to be a world champion again.” (more…)
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