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By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC light flyweight world champion Gilberto Keb Baas and his challenger WBC former world champion Jose Antonio ¨Jaguar¨ Aguirre are in the their final stages of training for their match on February 26 at Poliforum Zamna in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. Keb has been preparing with WBC silver flyweight beltholder Wilbert “Huracan” Uicab and Jose “Taquerito” Ramirez and is nearing the fight weight. Fighters must arrive in Merida by Sunday. The event, billed as “Prueba de Fuego” is presented by promoters José “Pepe” Gomez, HG Boxing Hector Garcia and Juan Diego Arjona of Arjona Promotions.
Tickets are now on sale for WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer’s mandatory title defense against interim beltholder Nathan Cleverly on April 2nd at Wembley Arena in London. European lightweight champion John Murray tops an undercard featuring top British prospects. Seats are £50, £75, £100 and £150 available from Ticketmaster.
By Brett Bonetti
Fightnews caught up with Australia’s heavyweight Boxing prospect Mark “The Dominator” who is back in Australia for a short time. (more…)
InterBox has announced that it has reached an agreement with Alfredo Marchio, promoter of Fulgencio Zuniga (24-5-1, 21 KOs) of Colombia, to have Zuniga box against Repentigny, Quebec’s Renan St-Juste (22-2-1, 15 KOs) in the semi-final spot of the InterBox March 19th show that will take place at Montreal’s Bell Centre. A significant victory by current NABO champion Renan St-Juste would propel him up towards a major fight before the end of 2011. The main event of this gala will feature IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (27-0, 22 KOs) making his Showtime Championship Boxing debut against southpaw Brian Magee (34-3-1, 24 KOs) of Lisburn City, Northern Ireland. Bute will be looking for his 7th consecutive title defense. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA featherweight titleholder Jonathan Victor Barros will defend his crown against Mexican challenger Miguel Roman in Mendoza, Argentina on March 12 at an event organized by promoter Osvaldo Rivero. Sources say Rivero reached an agreement with Roman’s representatives Promociones del Pueblo. “Mickey” Roman has won his last five fights and has never been stopped. Barros was scheduled to defend against Mexican Marcos Lopez on February 19 or 26 February in Panama but that bout fell through.
For undefeated lightweight contender Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (20-0-1, 10 KOs), 2011 is the year – not just any year but the year that he will leave his mark in the boxing world.
His first step towards that comes this Friday night, February 18th, when Gesta faces Genaro Trazancos (22-13-1, 13 KOs) in an eight-round main event from the Longshoreman’s Hall in San Francisco, and broadcast on Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate”. The fight card is presented by Golden Boy Promotions with Don Chargin Promotions in association with Jorge Marron Productions . . . Click here for more
The January announcement that former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar was going to coach season 13 of The Ultimate Fighter was met with a blitz of positive press and an equally enthusiastic response from fans . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
Photos: Rafael Soto / Zanfer
Three-time world champion and current WBO and WBC bantamweight champion. Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel trained today at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas. Montiel will defend his titles this Saturday against Nonito Donaire at the Mandalay Bay and will be telecast by HBO. more photos
By Gary “Digital” Williams
On Saturday, the 12th of March, Great Falls, VA’s Jimmy Lange will headline his 12th show at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA. The opponent for Lange will be the “Fighting Schoolteacher” Jimmy Holmes of DeMotte, IN. The bout will be a scheduled 10-rounder that will be fought at 160 pounds. Lange (34-4-2, 24 KO’s) is coming off the 2010 Beltway Boxing Knockout of the Year — a 10th round stoppage of Joe Wyatt November 6 at the Patriot Center. Lange won the NABA Junior Middleweight title with the win, but he will not be defending the title in this bout. Holmes (19-1-2, one NC, 10 KO’s) scored a first-round TKO over Joseph Harden on December 17 in Hammond, IN. Holmes is indeed a schoolteacher as he teaches physical education at an elementary school in Roselawn, IN.
The co-feature will be a 10-round rematch between former three-time WBA Middleweight champion William Joppy and Maryland State Super Middleweight titleholder Cory “Black Ice” Cummings. The two men met on November 6 at the Patriot Center and fought to a spirited 10-round majority draw. Joppy got the nod on one of the scorecards, 96-94, while the other two judges saw an even contest at 95-95. (more…)
Ringside report by Gerardo Martinez
Photos by Raymond Mares
Saturday night, the boisterous crowd at the Sky Ute Casino Events Center in Ignacio, Colo., waited close to year to see their hometown favorite, Elco “The Animal” Garcia (24-7, 12 KO’s), add a another fourth straight TKO to his record, but Nebraska’s Patrick “Big Pat” Thompson (16-16-1, 6 KO’s) wanted no part of it . . . Click here for more
On a five-bout winning streak since his “Fight of the Year” candidate with Antonio Escalante a year ago, Juarez contender Miguel “Mickey” Roman (33-7, 25 KOs) has earned himself a shot at the WBA World Featherweight Champion Jonathan Victor Barros (31-1-1, 18 KOs). Rated No. 9 by the WBA, Roman will journey either to Barros’ country of Argentina, Mexico or Panama for the fight. Roman’s promoter, Promociones del Pueblo, is negotiating with Barros’ camp on the location.
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
While Manny Pacquiao was making the rounds in Washington DC, Sugar Shane Mosley worked the New York City scene. Mosley appeared as guest on Boomer and Carton radio show, then hit the Opie and Anthony show, and Hip Hop Nation Ear Candy with his trainer Naseem Richardson. After that Mosley showed NY Knick star Amare Staudemire some fancy ball handling at Knicks Training Facility in Tarrytown, before stopping for a bite to eat in at 7 Brothers Dinner in Yonkers en route to ESPN Headquarters in Bristol CT. (more…)
ESPN 3D will present boxing in 3D for the first time on Friday with ESPN’s Friday Night Fights telecast at 9 p.m. ET from Salisbury, Md. The fight will also be televised on ESPN2. To see the fight in 3D, you need 1) a 3D-ready TV, 3D glasses and a special 3D-ready box from your cable provider.
Jr. Middleweight Harry Joe Yorgey (21-1, 10 KOs) will fight in an off-TV bout against journeyman Taronze Washington (14-14, 7 KOs) on the undercard of the February 25 Friday Night Fights show in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Condolencses to Fightnews.com feature writer Felipe Leon, whose father passed away this past Friday.
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Boxing superstar and Filipino Congressman Manny Pacquiao and wife Jinkee pose in front of the Capitol after meeting with Senate Majority leader Harry Reid today in Washington as part of a goodwill tour. Pacman and Jinkee are now meeting President Obama, no reporters or photographers allowed.
Photos by Miha Simnovec
IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck (30-1, 17 KOs) will defend his title for the third time on Friday against Paul Delgado (24-9-1, 4 KOs) in Sportpark Arena, Ljubljana, Slovenia. At the pre-fight press conference, both fighters promised victory.
“I’m glad to be able to finally box against an American,” stated Zaveck. “With my victory in this fight, I’ll get the attention of the worldwide boxing experts.” (more…)
Photos and report by Wolfgang Schiffbauer
WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm and challenger Ronald Hearns met for the final press conference in advance of their title bout on Saturday night in Stuttgart, Germany, yesterday at the Hilton Garden hotel. Both fighters were very respectful but promised victories. “He is a great boxer”, Sturm said. “But I’ll be going for the knock out. I promise an exciting show, I feel better than ever before. I believe that the fans will see the best Felix Sturm of all time.” Only a few tickets are left for the middleweight showdown, Sturm added. “I’m excited about fighting here [in Stuttgart]. The fans are really great.” For more details and photos click here…
There was a purse bid procedure held in the IBF office today for the IBF jr. flyweight championship mandatory defense between champion Luis Lazarte and Ulises Solis. The winning bidder was K.O. International with a bid of $300,000. Top Rank bid $226,000. K.O. International has 90 days to put the fight on.
Photos: PR Best Boxing Promotions/José Pérez
The sequel of the memorable candidate for “Fight of the Year 2010″, Giovani Segura vs Iván Calderón is a reality and there will go to Campeche, México, on April 2, when Segura will defend his WBO junior flyweight championship against Calderón in a PR Best Boxing Promotions and Promociones Zanfer presentation to be televised on pay-per-view. At a press conference today held at the Museo del Deporte de Puerto Rico in Guaynabo, PRBBP announced that Calderón vs Segura II “The Revenge” will be held at the Estadio 20 de Noviembre in Campeche, México, a venue with a 5,000 capacity. For more details and photos click here…
Story and photos by Tri Nguyen
Congressman Manny Pacquiao, the congressional representative from the Sarangani province in the Philippines and eight-division world champion, met with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada at the U.S. Capitol this morning to talk and exchange national flags.
Pacquiao described his visit as “an incredible moment” and hopes that the friendship between the United States and the Philippines “will continue to grow.” Reid said “I always respect anyone who gets in the ring, either in boxing or in politics.”
Pacman was scheduled to have lunch with President Barack Obama after the press conference. Click here for more photos…
NABF Heavyweight Champion Johnathon Banks, 25-1-1 with 17 KOs, is getting ready to leave for Germany this Saturday to take on the popular Luan Krasniqi. Banks, rated #6 in the WBC and #13 in the IBF, will fight Krasniqi on February 26 in Ludwigsburg, Germany. The fight will take place in the Arena Ludwigsburg and will be televised live on RTL in Germany, the television partner of the Klitschko brothers. Former two times European Champion Krasniqi, 30-4-1 with 14 KOs, is very popular in Germany and accepted the fight with Banks in order to move into the position to fight for the heavyweight world title. (more…)
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