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Promoters Mark Porter and Packy Collins of Celtic Pride Promotions, in association with Mark Vaz Boxing, will present it’s second annual “St Patrick’s Day Boxing Show” at the Dorchester Armory on Saturday, March 14th. The main event will feature Dublin’s Patrick Hyland putting up his undefeated record against Nicaragua’s Carlos Guevara (12-8-1, 9 KOs) in a ten-round bout for the vacant jr lightweight title. Guevara lost a close decision to Orlando Cruz for the IBA title in Puerto Rico last year. (more…)
A purse bid for an IBF cruiserweight eliminator between Steve Cunningham and Wayne Braithwaite scheduled for tommorrow has been canceled. Don King Productions will promote this fight on April 19. A site is yet to be announced.
Coming off one of the most controversial victories in years, undefeated Lucian Bute will return to SHOWTIME® to risk his IBF super middleweight crown against hard-hitting Fulgencio Zuniga on a special World Championship edition of ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, March 13 (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) at the Bell Centre in Montreal. (more…)
Hard-hitting Dairo Esalas, a Colombian welterweight living in Miami, FL, replaces the injured Larry Mosley against unbeaten prospect Mike Jones in the scheduled 10-round main event Friday evening, March 6, at the Legendary Blue Horizon, 1314 North Broad Street. Mosley, 29, injured his back sparring Saturday in Los Angeles and will need several weeks to recover. Esalas, 35, who had been training in Miami, jumped at the chance when contacted Sunday evening. (more…)
Scott Wagner’s Ballroom Boxing and Chet Koerner’s TKO BOXING Promotions, have teamed up for 2009 to present six world class professional boxing events this year at Baltimore’s Michael’s Eighth Avenue as part of the nationally known “HOMETOWN HEROES TO WORLD CHAMPIONS” series . . . Click here for more
Preview by Brady Crytzer
The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to Columbus, Ohio on Saturday, March 7th where it presents UFC 96: Jackson vs. Jardine.In the main event of UFC 96, former light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson looks to get back into the title picture when he takes on the tough perennial contender Keith Jardine. With serious title implications, UFC 96 matches up a pair of 205 pound dynamos responsible for some of the most exciting fights in recent UFC history. Let’s see how they match up . . . . Click here for more
Former UFC® Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson was at his devastating best last December as he settled his score with Wanderlei Silva via a chilling first round knockout. On Saturday, March 7, Jackson will look to move one step closer to regaining his title when he takes on the man who beat both Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin, Keith “The Dean of Mean” Jardine. For the third year in a row, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® is heading back to Columbus, Ohio for UFC 96: JACKSON vs. JARDINE, live from the Nationwide Arena on Saturday, March 7, 2009. Click here to visit the official UFC 96 website!
The fighting pride of York, Pennsylvania, Carney Bowman, will host a public/media workout tomorrow, Tuesday, March 3rd at 5pm in advance of his headlining return to the Valencia Ballroom this Saturday night at the “BATTLE OF YORK 3″.
The open workout will take place at Bowman’s home gym, the Lincolnway Sportcenter, located at 2601 W. Market St. in York . . . Click here for more
Promoter Dan Goossen has inked 2008 United States Olympian junior welterweight Javier Molina to an exclusive promotional contract with his company, Goossen Tutor Promotions, that begins with Molina’s professional debut on March 27th at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. The 19-year-old Molina joins Olympic teammate Shawn Estrada on the Goossen Tutor roster, which also includes 2004 Olympic gold medalist Andre Ward. Headlining the March 27 card is former WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter against Eddie Chambers.
The 12-round main event March 14th between 22-year-old lightweight prospect Amir Khan and Hall of Fame bound multiple world champion, “The Baby Faced Assassin” Marco Antonio Barrera, shapes up as a potential classic at The M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, United Kingdom . . . Click here for more
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
The pride of Denver, undefeated junior welterweight contender Mike Alvarado, returns to the ring on Saturday at the Mile High Event Center, located directly across from Mile High Racing Park in Commerce City, Colorado. The top-15 contender will be taking on crafty Emmanuel Clottey, in a 10-round rumble, headlining an action-packed eight-bout bout. Promoted by Bob Arum’s Top Rank in association with Delgado Promotions, the Alvarado-Clottey brawl will be televised nationally on Azteca America. Alvarado (24-0, 17 KOs), has knocked out seven of his last eight opponents. (more…)
Long considered the most prestigious title in mixed martial arts, the UFC® Heavyweight Championship currently rests in the hands of two men – Champion Brock Lesnar and interim belt holder Frank Mir. On Saturday, May 23rd, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, Lesnar and Mir will meet to not only determine an Undisputed UFC Heavyweight Champion, but to settle some very personal business they began in this same arena over a year ago. . . Click here for full report
Report by Brady Crytzer & Robert Casaus
Last year, Mike Brown shocked the MMA world when he dethroned long-running WEC Featherweight Champ Urijah Faber at UFC.
Last night at WEC 39, held in Corpus Christi, Texas, the defending champ shocked Leonard Garcia’s world when he took out the No. 1 contender in less than two minutes . . . Click here for full report
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Everywhere he goes pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao is surrounded by a swarm of Filipino fans who wave flags, take pictures, ask for autographs and who try to touch their national hero. “I never knew there were so many Filipino fans in London and in Manchester,” said Pacquiao after a very large, friendly crowd of fans surrounded his car when he arrived today at the Philippines Embassy. “I think we are all stunned about the number of Filipino fans here and their love for Manny,” said Bob Arum. “He really is a superstar, the national treasure of the Philippines.” (more…)
Unbeaten jr featherweight prospect Wilfredo “WV2″ Vazquez, Jr. (15-0-1, 12 KOs) defended his WBO Latin and WBA Fedcentro titles against former WBC Continental Americas Champion Jose “Pepe” Beranza (31-15-2, 25 KOs) via twelve round unanimous decision on Friday night at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida. Scores were 118-109, 119-108, 120-107.
Light heavyweight contender Jürgen Brähmer (31-2, 25 KOs) and French champion Rachid Kanfouah (29-6, 23 KOs) faced off today at a press conference in Dresden, Germany, in advance of Saturday’s showdown for the vacant European championship. Brähmer, who is returning less than three months from a decision loss in a world title shot, stated, “My goal remains: I want to become the next German world champion. The Euro title is a big step on the way!” (More to come)
Herbie Hide’s upcoming fight with Sandro Siproshvili in Cuxhaven on Friday wasn’t the only thing on Herbie Hide’s mind at the press conference today. The former two-time WBO heavyweight champion is also celebrating the release of his autobiography. The book, aptly titled “Nothing But Trouble” tells the story of his upbringing in Norwich and his time in boarding schools in Norfolk after arriving in England at the age of ten, before detailing his roller coaster boxing career and his numerous escapades outside of the ring. “My book tells it like it is,” says Herbie. “Lots of people bring out a book, but nobody has a story like mine. I’m the original bad boy. Everything is in there. You’ll laugh and cry when you read it. I’ve been through so much in my 37 years and my life really has been nothing but trouble, as the title says. But I haven’t finished yet because now I’m going to beat Siproshvili and then go on to be world champion for a third time.”
On March 7th Star Boxing’s world rated light welterweight contender, The Pride of Greece, “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (21-2- 2,10KO) will meet ESPN.com’s 2008 prospect of the year “Vicious” Victor Ortiz (23-1- 1,18KO) in a 12 round light welterweight championship. The Arnaoutis vs. Ortiz battle will be part of that evening’s live triple header on HBO and will take place at The Tank in San Jose, CA. At stake will be both the USBA light welterweight title, held by Arnaoutis and the NABO light welterweight title, which is held by Ortiz . . . Click here for more
Leonard Gardner, Larry Merchant, and the late John Lardner have been named by the Boxing Writers Association of America as winners of the A.J. Liebling Awards. Bestowed since 1995 by the BWAA, the award honors the elegant New Yorker stylist, who chronicled the sport for decades and whose work was subsequently collected in the timeless boxing books The Sweet Science and A Neutral Corner. The Liebling Awards will be presented at the BWAA’s annual dinner in New York on June 12th.
On March 6th, Delvin Rodriguez (23-2-2, 14KO) will look to defend his USBA welterweight championship, and earn the number two ranking in the IBF world ratings when he takes on highly touted welterweight contender Shamone “The Truth” Alvarez (20- 1, 11KO). The bout will take place at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, CT and be broadcast live as that evening’s ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” main event. . . . Click here for more
Friday night at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida, former world light heavyweight champion Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson finally got his chance to put his controversial 2003 draw with Daniel Judah to rest, and he made the most of his opportunity, scoring a near shutout ten round decision over his opponent in the main event of ESPN2 Friday Night Fights. “It was great to get this victory and right a wrong from six years ago,” said Johnson, who improved to 49-12-2 (33 KOs) with the 99-90, 99-90, 99-89 win that included a first round knockdown of Judah. “Now I’m moving on to right one of the other wrongs of my career, the decision that was taken away from me against Chad Dawson.” (more…)
Is the camp of WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch may be having second thoughts about facing ex-middleweight champion Jermain Taylor? The Taylor camp has announced that Taylor will fight Froch on April 25 at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, and SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING is already onboard to televise the clash. The Froch camp, however, has denied that a deal is done. Froch had previously publicly called out Taylor and proclaimed that “they will need to drag Taylor to the ring kicking and screaming because I don’t think he wants any part of me,” and offered to come to the U.S. to fight him. Taylor warned over the weekend, “Froch has been running his mouth a lot, now it’s time to shut him up!” Stay tuned…
Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton pose with the IBO belt during a press conference at the Imperial War Museum in London, England on Monday during one of the stops on their mega UK media tour to officially announce their upcoming “East vs West” world junior welterweight championship fight on May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Pacquiao vs Hatton is presented by Top Rank and Golden Boy and will be available on HBO Pay Per View.
By Sam DiTusa
Super middleweight prospect Mark Woolnough (21-5, 8 KOs) opens the 2009 boxing season at Richmond BC’s beautiful River Rock Casino on March 27 against Steve Walker (24-20, 16 KOs). The fight will be promoted by Manny Sobral and Neil Pope’s “West Coast Promotions,” which has quickly become a big time player on the Pacific Northwest boxing scene, and it appears that Woolnough will be the first area fighter to sign a promotional deal with them. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
Recently created Russian promotional group Ural Box Promotions staged a show Saturday in Noginsk, Moscow region. In a co-mains event of the evening, rising middleweight prospect Anton Novikov (12-0, 5 KOs) captured a vacant WBC Youth crown, outpointing tough Ghanaian guest Isaac Sackey (4-4, 2 KOs) over ten heated rounds, while unbeaten Russian light middleweight Timur Nergadze (11-0, 2 KOs) topped Tursunboy Ablyakimov (10-2, 3 KOs) over twelve. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
Club “OQ-TEPA” in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, made headlines in local media after a huge eight-bout prizefighting card organized there yesterday by the leading national promotional group Favzul Munavvar. In a main event of the show, undefeated welterweight prospect Sherzodbek Alimjonov moved up to 14-0, 9 KOs, after a convincing ten-round unanimous decision over Filipino champion Arniel Tinampay (9-9-1, 3 KOs) with the scores: 99-92, 99-91 and 100-90.
Popular Connecticut heavyweight Tony “TNT” Grano (15-1-1, 12 KOs) made his much anticipated return, earning a six-round unanimous decision victory over Rochester, New York’s Jermell “The Truth” Barnes (18-19-2, 4 KOs) on Friday night at Ken Shamrock’s Lions Den Fitness Center in Middletown Connecticut. Grano was more than impressive in his first return to the ring since his September upset loss to Mark “Oak Tree” Brown, scoring a shutout victory over the seasoned veteran Barnes. (more…)
By Sam DiTusa
Former world champion Stevie Forbes (33-7, 9 KOs) will fight the 10 round main event on the inaugural boxing show at the Spirit Mountain Casino & Resort on March 6th. The casino is nestled in Central Oregon between Salem and the Pacific Coast, and has been the premier resort in Oregon for several years. Forbes’ opponent will be Jason Davis (11-2-1, 4 KOs) from nearby Vancouver, Washington. (more…)
By Brady Crytzer
The stars were big and bright Sunday night as World Extreme Cagefighting made its way to Corpus Christi, Texas to present Mike Brown’s inaugural defense of his world featherweight title against a very deserving Leonard Garcia. After a furious right hand, Brown submitted his young opponent with a tight arm triangle in the first round. The official time was just 1:57 of round one.
In the evening’s co-feature Ricardo Lamas kept his undefeated streak intact by scoring a three round unanimous decision over Bart Palaszewski. Judges scorecards all read 30-27.
In other results: Featherweight phenom Jose Aldo wasted no time in stopping an overmatched Chris Mickle in just 1:39 of the opening round with a flurry of punches.; In a lightweight contest “Razor” Rob McCullough defeated Marcus Hicks via majority decision. Judges scorecards read 29-29, 30-27 and 29-28; Bantamweight Damacio Page demolished Marcos Galvao in just :18 seconds with a devastating right hand. Galvao was unresponsive but was revived soon after receiving medical attention; Welterweight Johny Hendricks defeated Alex Serdyukov via unanimous decision; UFC veteran Alex Karalexis stopped newcomer Greg McIntyre in the first round with heavy punches from the top position; In a lightweight contest John Franchi won a three round split decision over Mike Budnik; and welterweight Mike Pierce scored a third round KO over Justin Haskins with a short left hook.
Ringside by Byron Spurlock & Jose Reyes
Photography by Chris Cozzone
Houston fans might not have been happy, but fight fans outside Texas witnessed a ‘Fight of the Year’ candidate, and the best doubleheader televised in years, last night at the Toyota Center in Houston.
The bouts, televised on HBO and promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, were witnessed by 14,571 fans who were rooting for hometown favorites Juan Diaz and Rocky Juarez.
In the main event, proving himself the new king of lightweights, Mexico City’s Juan Manuel Marquez (50-4-1, 37 KOs) scored a spectacular ninth round knockout over former unified champ Diaz (34-2, 17 KOs) to claim the vacant WBA, WBO and IBO lightweight titles while retaining his Ring Magazine honors . . . . Click here for full report and a giant photo gallery
Mayweather, Pacquiao or Hatton targeted;
Juarez vs. John—Rematch imminent
Postfight press report & photos by Chris Cozzone
Having solidified his claim at lightweight—if not pound-for-pound—supremacy last night at the Toyota Center in Houston, Tex., Juan Manuel Marquez, after knocking out Juan Diaz, says he wants to fight “only the best.” The “best,” as Marquez sees it, means Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, with Ricky Hatton a third choice, pending the outcome of his showdown against Pacquiao on May 2. “I’ve never ducked anybody,” proclaimed Marquez, taking a dig at his Filipino nemesis. “I’ve been trying to get a third fight with Manny Pacquiao but he does not want to fight me.” . . . . Click here for more
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