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24 hours after his unsuccessful title challenge against WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko, “The Black Panther” Juan Carlos Gomez returned from Stuttgart to Hamburg by train instead of driving in a ‘Maybach’ [a German luxury car with prices starting at $344,000], which promoter Ahmet Öner had promised him in case of a win. Öner is now already planning the next steps for Gomez. “After this fight Juan deserves to take a short break and recover from all the stress and the hard work. He proved to be one of the best heavyweight boxers in the world today. It’s no shame to lose to the best and Vitali showed that he is the best right now. I am sure that after this great heavyweight fight Juan will still appear in the top spots of the world ratings. We will try to match him with a top ranked man – maybe from the WBA ratings – in his next fight so we can hopefully get another shot at a world title. I think Juan would easily beat Nikolai Valuev or Ruslan Chagaev. He definitely has what it takes to become heavyweight champion of the world and he still has time to make his dream come true!”
Jimenez Communications Inc and Rafael Soto Comunicaciones announced today that the sixth edition of Boxeo La Revista will be available this Saturday as the official program of “Tijuana Thunder” to be held at the Plaza de Toros Monumental in Playas de Tijuana. The magazine includes stories on Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., his opponent Luciano Cuello, as well as features on world-champion Fernando Montiel and Humberto Soto. The 28-page glossy souvenir magazine also has stories on Tijuana’s rich boxing history and its champions and an in depth look at the greatest Tijuana champion ever, Erik “El Terrible” Morales. “We are excited about our first official program for 2009 taking place at a border city that has so much to offer and via our digital issue more fans all over the world will have an opportunity to enjoy this one in a lifetime edition,” said Rafael Soto, editor of Boxeo La Revista. See Tijuana Thunder’s digital edition.
All Star Boxing/Promoter Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr. will present an interesting boxing show on April 3 with the return to South Florida of former WBA world champion Diosbelys Hurtado at the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming. The event has been billed “The Homecoming” with Hurtado (40-3-1, 25 KOs) of Santiago, Cuba facing two-time world title challenger Arturo “El Silencioso” Morua (25-11-1, 14 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico in a clash scheduled for 12 rounds in the welterweight division. Also in action is undefeated Cuban prospect Lester “El Cubanito” Martinez, Orlando Gonzalez of Homestead and the US debut of Rodolfo “Epi” Gonzalez of Argentina. Seven fights are scheduled. Doors open at 7:30 PM, first bout 8:30 PM. Tickets are already on sale at the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming 500 SW 177 Ave., Miami, FL or by calling (877) 242-6464. They are also available in www.ticketmaster.com. The main event will be televised live at 11:35 PM by the Telemundo Network.
Feature story by Felipe Leon
With a broad grin displayed across his face, WBC Super Featherweight Champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto fits right in at the CREA Gym run by Romulo Quirarte and his two sons, Romulo Jr. and Bobby.
At CREA, Soto has been prearing for his first defense of his title this coming Saturday night, against Antonio Davis (26-4, 13KO) of Atlanta, Ga., one of four fights on the PPV-televised “Latin Fury 8-Tijuana Thunder” card . . . Click here for more
Unbeaten WBO super middleweight champion Karoly Balzsay (20-0. 14 KOs) will make his first world title defense against former WBA middleweight champ Masolino Masoe (29-5, 27 KOs) on the April 25 “Universum Champions Night” card at the KönigPALAST in Krefeld. Germany. The world title twinbill will also feature WBA middleweight Felix Sturm (31-2-1, 13 KOs) defending against unbeaten #14 power hitter Koji Sato (14-0, 13 KOs). Also scheduled is a very attractive bout between unbeaten middleweights WBA #3 Gennady Golovkin (15-0, 12 KOs) from the Spotlight Boxing Team and undefeated WBA #11 rated Tarvis Simms (24-0-1, 11 KOs). Popular heavyweight Markus Tomala (6-0, 3 KOs) faces Cuban Pedro Carrion (6-1, 4 KOs) in his toughest fight to date.
Report by Frank Coleman
Saturday night, a loud and enthusiastic crowd of 4,137, witnessed an outstanding night of boxing as Chet Koerner’s TKO BOXING Promotions, curator’s of the coast to coast “Hometown Heroes to World Champions” series and Cincinnati’s Tmax Events presented “3 The Hard Way” at the US Bank Arena . . . Click here for more.
Ringside by Francisco Salazar and Rocco Morales, photos by ‘Big’ Joe Miranda
Although he starred on the popular boxing series on television, Miguel Espino (20-2, 9 KOs) is quickly living up to being an actual contender in the middleweight division. Espino dropped two-time former world champion Alejandro “Terra” Garcia (26-5-1, 23 KOs) twice before Garcia quit on his stool after the completion of the sixth round at the Playboy Mansion in Bel Air, CA. With a possible title opportunity on the line in the near future, middleweight contender Roman Karmazin (38-3-1, 24 KOs) is not about to let anything get in his way. Not even the explosive hands of Antwun Echols. Karmazin was dropped by the hard-hitting Echols (31-10-4, 27 KOs), but began breaking the veteran down and eventually forced the referee’s stoppage in the seventh round of their scheduled ten round fight. The bout headlined a ten fight “Box Azteca” card, presented Top Rank, Bash Boxing, ESMG, Art of Boxing, Zanfer, Brian Halquist, and Rumbletime Promotions . . . Click here for more
By Alexey Potapov at ringside
Photos: Pavel Terekhov
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WBC heavyweight Vitali Klitschko (38-2, 37 KOs) won by technical knockout in the ninth round over official challenger Juan Carlos Gomez (44-2, 35 KOs) on Saturday night at Hanns-Martin-Schleyer Halle in Stuttgart, Germany. (more…)
Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel has been an elite boxer for a long time, but 2009 could be the year that he finally gets the recognition he richly deserves as a two-time world champion and one of the best Mexican champions of his era. “I have waited in two different weight classes to face the big names but they have never wanted to fight me. But I feel that this could be my year as I move up in the bantamweight division to seek those big fights that have eluded me in the past”, said Montiel from his hometown in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. On Saturday night, Montiel will take on Diego Silva of Argentina for the the WBO Interim bantamweight championship in “Tijuana Thunder” a big pay-per-view card promoted by Top Rank that will be held at the Plaza de Toros Monumental in Tijuana. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Promoter Brian Peters had warned that Bernard Dunne would “reach the top of the game of boxing ” on Saturday night in Dublin against Ricardo Cordoba. The Irishman won the WBA Jr Featherweight title with a come-from-behind, dramatic stoppage of the talented, favored Cordoba in what may have been the greatest night of Irish boxing. Brian Peters gambled on the upset and won. (more…)
For a young boxer with only 15 fights and a total of just 52 rounds of experience, Alfredo Angulo (15-0, 12 KOs) has been matched very tough in his recent bouts. Many promoters and boxers will not take that type of risk when just starting off. Undoubtedly that mindset comes from years of sparring with Antonio Margarito. Angulo was the main sparring partner for the Tijuana Tornado and their sessions have been proverbial gym wars. A rising star with a crowd-pleasing style, Angulo is intense and aggressive and perhaps even a little more of a complete fighter, having been an Olympian for his native Mexico. Angulo has certainly looked like a contender close to a championship fight in his last two bouts and now the undefeated junior middleweight will face former welterweight champion Kermit Cintron on May 30th. FightNews had the pleasure of speaking exclusively to the young star. (more…)
Former WBC Heavyweight Champion Samuel Peter (32-2, 23 KOs) is a man of his word. After losing his title to Vitali Klitschko last October in Germany, the powerful slugger vowed to redeem himself by taking on the best the division has to offer. Peter will jump right back into the thick of it against once-beaten and IBF #3 rated “Fast” Eddie Chambers (33-1, 18 KOs) this Friday, March 27, at the Nokia Theater in Downtown Los Angeles, California, and televised live on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights. “I’m excited and I just can’t wait to prove I am back,” said an eager Peter. “What happened in Germany was not me. Don’t judge me on my last fight. Tune in on Friday night to see the real Samuel Peter.”
By Ray Wheatley
Photos: Johnny Chaichotchuang
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IBF Pan Pacific Bantamweight champion Tantong Kiattaweesuk (10-0) defended the championship successfully when he stopped Singo Kinaro of Indonesia at Petchaburri, Thailand on Friday. Kiattweesuk dropped Kinaro from solid combinations for two counts in round two and was punishing him on the ropes when referee Somsak Sirianant terminated the bout at 2:36 of the round. (Kinaro is rated #1 contender in latest Indonesian Boxinig Assoccation ratings). In the main supporting bout, classy jr lightweight Vacharakrit Senahan (13-1) was impressive in outpointing Win Kilno Armase of Indonesia over eight rounds. Hard punching flyweight Ruslee Samoh (7-1) scored knockout in round one over Kongsak Sithsaithong. Promoter Jimmy Chaichotchuang. Televised throughout Thailand on Channel 7 television network.
Ringside report & photos by Chris Cozzone
They don’t coddle their fighters in Mexico, at least not in Chihuahua. In fact, sometimes it seems as if they’re seeking to sink their rising stars in a sea of sharks. Last night, though, Chihuahua’s top two hopefuls, Marco “Dorado” Reyes and Victor “El Nene” Zaleta, not only swam with the sharks, but backed up the billed “Palabras Mayores” (Strong Words) card by letting their fists do the talking . . . Click here for full report and gallery
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Argentine welterweight Sebastián Luján (31-5-1, 19 KOs ) won a close fight against Venezuelan Charlie Navarro (17-3-0, 12 KOs) by majority decision in the main event of “Rosario de Nocauts” promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, Aranno Promotions and HBO. The event took place at the Newells Old Boys soccer stadium in Rosario, Argentina with nearly 4,000 fans on hand. Judges Edgardo Codutti and Adalberto Lleonart scored it 116-112 for Luján, Ramón Cerdán had it 114-114. Referee was Jorge Basile. All officials were from Argentina.
In the co-feature, unbeaten Lucas Matthysse (24-0, 22 KOs) scored a second round KO over Dominican Luís Ernesto José (29-6, 24 KOs) in a bout for the WBO Latino super lightweight title.
Lightweight Carlos “Buby” Rodríguez (20-2, 10 KOs ) was a winner by sixth round KO over Alberto Santillán (15-2, 3 KOs).
Other Results: Cruiserweight Rogelio Rossi (10-2, 5 KOs ) won a six round unanimous decision over Orlando Farías (16-7, 6 KOs); lightweight Pablo Barboza (6-0, 3 KOs) topped Eduardo Monge (4-5-1, 1 KO) by unanimous decision in a four-rounder; lightweight Alejandro Gómez (10-16-3, 2 KOs) took a four round split decision over Leandro Almagro (9-10-1, 2 KOs); lightweight Lucas Obregón (3-0) won a unanimous four-round decision over Oscar Mutuverría (5-5-1).
By Lee Bates
Former multi-division world champion James Toney says he has split with longtime promoter Goossen Tutor and will launch his own promotional firm, Light Out Promotions. Toney’s manager/cornerman John Arthur will run the new group, which plans a kickoff in the second week of May at a venue to be named. Fittingly, Toney will headline the debut card.
By Alexey Sukachev
WBA #6 and WBO #7 ranked heavyweight Denis Boytsov (24-0, 19 KOs) will defend his WBA intercontinental title for the first time on June 6 in Germany. Boytsov, who impressively stopped Puerto-Rican Israel Garcia in February, will take on slick American stylist Leo ‘Paco’ Nolan (27-1, 10 KOs). Nolan was earlier scheduled to face New Zealander Shane Cameron but that fight was scratched due to visa problems suffered by Nolan.
By Alexey Sukachev at ringside
Rising cruiserweight prospect Denis Lebedev (17-0, 12 KOs) made a sound statement today with an overwhelming fifth-round TKO over experienced Cuban Eliseo Castillo (20-3-1, 15 KOs). Castillo was down twice in the last round. The fight was held at “Mashinostroitel” Palace of Culture in Balashiha, Moscow Region. Lebedev is expected to be back into the squared circle on April 19 in England. More to come…
By Frank Coleman
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After two somewhat even rounds, Ricardo Williams Jr. (15-2, 8 KOs) brutally knocked out Harrison Cuello (18-9-2, 14 KOs) in third round of a welterweight contest Saturday at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio. Williams dropped Cuello three times in the third round, twice with crushing left hands to the jaw with the final knockdown at the 1:50 mark. Huge win for the former 2000 Olympic Silver medalist. This is his fifth consecutive win since his return in June 2008 after a three year layoff.
Rashad Holloway (10-1, 5 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Doel Carrasquillo (12-11-1, 10 KOs) in a junior middleweight six-rounder. It was an outstanding battle which was won on the inside by the fast, short punches of Holloway. Carrasquillo was a step slower but he was very game. The competitive battle kept the crowd of 4137 on their feet cheering throughout. The scores were 78-74, 78-74 and 77-75.
James Countryman (14-1, 8 KOs) won a unanimous decision over K. J. Noons (8-2, 5 KOs) in a six round middleweight bout. It was a terrific toe-to-toe six round war in which Countryman won most of the exchanges but Noons never gave up. The scores were 59-55, 58-56 and 58-56.
Heavyweights David Long (6-1-1, 3 KOs) and Kelsey Arnold (1-1-2, 1 KO) fought to a draw in an entertaining four rounder. The scores were 40-36, 37-39 and 38-38.
Featherweight Jesse Carridine (3-0, 2 KOs) knocked out Ramon Santos at 2:11 of the second round. Santos – who was making his pro debut – was down twice in the second round.
Junior welterweight Terrance Crawford (7-0, 4 KOs) knocked out Lucas Rodas (3-5, 1 KO) at 1:52 of the first round. Rodas was down twice.
This was the second installment of the coast-to-coast “HOMETOWN HEROES TO WORLD CHAMPIONS” series in Cincinnati. Saturday’s event was titled “3 THE HARD WAY” and was promoted by Max Brunis of TMAX Events and Chet Koerner of TKO BOXING Promotions.
Chihuahuan hopeful Marcos “Dorado” Reyes (11-0, 10 KOs) remains undefeated, scoring the biggest win of his career, over former champ Ramon “Yory Boy” Campas (94-14, 76 KOs), tonight in Chihuahua, Mexico at the Gimnasio Quevado on a Promociones del Pueblo card. Fighting on the move, Reyes outboxed Campas over 12 rounds, punishing him in the last round, to win the vacant WBC Fecombox middleweight title. Scores were 114-114, 117-111 and 116-112. In the co-main, Chihuahuan whirlwind Victor Zaleta (8-1, 5 KOs) scored a stunning third round knockout over former title challenger Gilberto Keb Baas (28-19-2, 16 KOs), to win the vacant WBC Fecombox super flyweight title. Look for a full report and photos tomorrow! –– Chris Cozzone
By Francisco Salazar & Rocco Morales at ringside
WBO #6/WBC #10 middleweight Roman Karmazin (38-3-1, 24 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over former world title challenger Antwun Echols (31-10-4, 27 KOs) on Saturday night at the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, California. Echols dropped Karmazin in round five, but the Russian came back strong in rounds six and seven, finally getting a stoppage with an accumulation of punches. Referee Wayne Hedgepeth waved it off at 1:52
WBC #6 middleweight Miguel Espino (20-2-1, 9 KOs) of “Contender: Season One” fame scored a sixth round TKO over former world champion Alejandro Garcia (26-5-1, 23 KOs). Espino dropped Garcia in rounds four and five. After a competitive round six, Garcia failed to come out for the next round citing a hand injury. (more…)
By Drew Amendola at ringside
Hometown hero and former four-division world champion Roy Jones Jr., (53-5, 39 KOs) outclassed Omar Sheika (27-9, 18 KOs) in winning a fifth round TKO in a light heavyweight clash on Saturday night at the Pensacola Civic Center in Pensacola, Florida. Jones was in command the whole way. Referee Tommy Kimmons waved it off almost immediately after Jones cut Sheika over the right eye. Time was 1:45. Jones adds the vacant NABO 175lb belt to his many world title straps. “I want to give thanks to Pensacola in the house,” Jones announced from the center of the ring after the fight. “I felt really good. I’m ready. With my father, Coach Merk and my team I’m more comfortable. Do you want me back? (Roy asked the crowd that responded with a thunderous yes). I’ll be coming back.”
Unbeaten WBO #7/WBA #9/WBC #12 cruiserweight BJ Flores (23-0-1, 14 KOs) outboxed dangerous Columbian banger Jose Luis Herrera (16-6-1, 16 KOs) over ten rounds. Scores were 98-92, 99-91, 99-91. Flores claimed the vacant NABO belt in his first bout fighting under the Square Ring banner.
Unbeaten bantamweight Kieyon Bussey (7-0, 4 KOs) won a highly controversial six round majority decision over Robert DaLuz (11-17, 9 KOs). Scores were 57-57, and 58-56, 58-56 for the hometown fighter Bussey who took a beating the last few rounds.
In the first world title fight on Irish soil in 13 years, local favorite Bernard Dunne (28-1, 15 KOs) knocked out reigning WBA junior featherweight champion Ricardo Cordoba (34-2-2, 21 KOs) in round eleven on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in Dublin, Ireland. A highly motivated Dunne dropped Cordoba late in round three with a hard left hook, but Cordoba survived the remaining seconds of the round. Cordoba came back strong to drop Dunne twice in the fifth round. Dunne recovered well in the sixth, and seemed to get increasingly stronger as the fight progressed. He finally floored Cordoba three times in the eleventh round to win the world title. Cordoba was taken from the ring on a stretcher.
Middleweight contender Andy Lee (17-1, 13 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Alexander Sipos (19-6-2, 9 KOs). Lee floored Sipos in round six and went on to win 99-91.
By Alexey Potapov at ringside
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (37-2, 36 KOs) scored an impressive ninth round TKO over mandatory challenger Juan Carlos Gomez (44-2, 35 KOs) on Saturday night at Hanns-Martin-Schleyer Halle in Stuttgart, Germany. Klitschko methodically broke down Gomez, an ex-cruiserweight world champion, cutting him above the right eye in rouind five. Klitschko was cut on the hairline in round six by a headbutt, but dropped Gomez in the seventh with a big right uppercut. After another dominant round eight, Klitschko dropped Gomez again in the ninth and the fight was soon waved off by referee Daniel van de Wiele. Time was 1:49.
Now fighting as a cruiserweight, former two-time heavyweight champion Chris Byrd (41-5-1, 22 KOs) won a fourth round TKO over little known Matthias Sandow (4-4).
Recent heavyweight title challenger Tony “The Tiger” Thompson (32-3, 21 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Adnan Serin (19-10-1).
Unbeaten heavyweight Alexander Ustinov (15-0, 13 KOs) has won a second round TKO over Byron Polley (23-9-1, 11 KOs).
Juarez/El Paso battler Javier “Zorro” Castro (19-1, 17 KOs) will replace Jose Luis Castillo on next weekend’s “Tijuana Thunder” card in Tijuana, Mexico. Castro will face former title challenger Antonio Diaz (45-5-1, 29 KOs), who’d been slated to fight Castillo. Castro was scheduled to fight tonight in Chihuahua, Mexico, but after his fight against Antonio Izquierdo fell out, quickly took up the offer to face Diaz. –Chris Cozzone
A Four Corners area showdown between Elco “The Animal” Garcia (20-7, 9 KOs), of Durango, Colo., and Joe “Ironman” Gomez (16-1-1, 8 KOs), of Bloomfield, N.M., will open up boxing season for the Sky Ute Casino in Ignacio, Colo. They will go ten rounds at 155 lbs on April 25. in the main event of a five-bout card. In the co-main, Farmington’s Victor Barela (9-1-1, 3 KOs) will seek a comeback at 122 lbs., against an opponent TBA, in an eight rounder. Also at eight rounds, welterweight Lucas “The Ghost” Galle (5-3), of Rio Rancho, N.M., will take on Colorado Springs’ Abel Perry (9-3, 3 KOs). At 180 lbs., standout amateur Victor Filerio (1-0), of Bloomfield, takes on TBA; and, in the opening bout, Albuquerque’s Vincent Mirabal (1-0) is up against Abraham Alvarez-Ozuna (0-1), of Mexico. An amateur card at 4:30 will precede the pro bouts, which begin at 7. For tickets call 970-563-7777. — Chris Cozzone
It doesn’t matter if it’s Colombia, Florida, or London, England – super middleweight standout Edison “Pantera” Miranda is a hit wherever he goes. That was certainly the case Friday night at York Hall in the Bethnal Green section of London, as Miranda made a spectacular UK debut with a fifth round stoppage of Joey Vegas. Miranda dropped Vegas twice in the third round before finishing his opponent two rounds later to improve to 32-3 with 28 KOs. Now the globe-trotting Colombian has his sights on the winner of the April 25th championship bout between Jermain Taylor and Carl Froch. “I’ve been chasing Taylor for years, but unless I cut off my legs and become a featherweight, he won’t fight me,” said Miranda. “I’m stunned that he’s actually fighting someone his own size in Froch, and I’d like to see him win so I can force him to fight me. As for Froch, I won over a lot of British fans tonight, and a lot of them told me that they want me to send you packing. I’m ready for that, and I’ll even do it in England, because after tonight, I feel like it’s a second home. All I’ll say is, may the best man win on April 25th, because on April 26th, I’ll be waiting.”
By Lee Bates
World ranked Alex ‘Pollo’ De Jesus (19-1, 13 KOs) of Puerto Rico was handed his first defeat by Argentinian Cesar Cuenca (36-0, 1 KO) last night in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Several sources who were present for the fight stated that De Jesus had Cuenca in trouble several times throughout the fight and deserved the decision. In the end however the judges (Argentina, Uruguay, and Brasil) scores were 116-112, 117-113, and 118-115 in favor of Cuenca by 12 round unanimous decision. With the win Cuenca is now the WBO Latino junior welterweight champion.
Formerly world-rated Yuji Kanemitsu (12-2, 7 KOs), 105, acquired the vacant Japanese minimumweight belt (renounced by the current OPBF ruler Yasutaka Kuroki) as he dramatically scored a really come-from-behind knockout of top contender Masatate Tsuji (12-2-2, 3 KOs), 105, a slick-punching southpaw, at 1:09 of the tenth and final round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. (more…)
After his disastrous attempt to move to light heavyweight, 38-year-old, two-time heavyweight champion Chris Byrd (40-5-1, 21 KOs) will resurface today as a cruiserweight on the undercard of the Klitschko-Gomez heavyweight title fight in Stuttgart, Germany. After losing thee out of four by KO, Byrd shouldn’t have any problems tonight as he faces seven-fight novice Matthias Sandow (4-3) in an eight round bout. Also seeing action is recent heavyweight title challenger Tony “The Tiger” Thompson (31-2, 19 KOs), who faces veteran Adnan Serin (19-9-1, 7 KOs).
By Alexey Sukachev
Tonight, one of the best Russian fighters around Roman “Made in Hell” Karmazin (37-3-1, 23 KOs) will once again step into the ring to make a statement against well-known American veteran Antwun Echols (31-9-4, 27 KOs). At 36 years of age, Roman has no time to waste and so does his future opponent. The fight, which is scheduled for ten rounds, is billed for the NABF middleweight crown and will be featured as a special attraction in the huge boxing card, arranged at Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, California. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
Tonight’s WBC heavyweight title fight between champion Vitaly Klitschko and challenger Juan Carlos Gomez will be darkened by sad news coming from Stuttgart, the city where this bout will be held. It was reported earlier today that Edmund Lipinski, one of the most prominent figures in the Russian boxing community and a WBC vice-president, tragically passed away at age 74 while representing the WBC at the championship fight. Lipinski lapsed into coma yesterday morning, was taken to the hospital by ambulance but sadly died never regaining consciousness. (more…)
By Drew Amendola
Declaring himself “Primed and Pumped” for his cruiserweight showdown this Saturday, BJ “El Peligroso” Flores is ready to go toe-to-toe with Columbian banger Jose Luis Herrera for the vacant NABO cruiserweight title. “I have trained very hard and will be coming in well prepared,” said Flores. “This fight WILL not go the distance!” Flores (22-0-1, 14 KOs) is ranked #7 by the WBO and the WBA, #9 by the WBC and #12 by the IBF in addition to being ranked #13 by FightNews. The Miami based Herrera brings a record of 16-5-1 into the battle with Flores, all of his wins and losses coming by knockout. “I am very excited to be fighting for the NABO belt because it will get me closer to facing WBO champion Victor Ramirez,” commented Flores. The Flores vs. Herrera bout will be part of the “MARCH BADNESS” pay per view featuring the return to the ring of boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. in his bout against Omar Sheika. (more…)
Undefeated welterweight prospect Henry Crawford (21-0-1, 9 KOs) signed a managerial contract this past weekend with Pat Lynch. “I am very confident that signing with Pat will get me to that next level,” said Crawford. “He (Lynch) is very well known and respected in the boxing world and I am ready to fight for a title in the very near future—I already have the record to prove it.” Lynch sees a bright future ahead for the Paterson, NJ native; “I am excited to be working with Henry and I believe his talents are ready to be showcased on the national and world stage—he has the total package,” states Lynch.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
In a clenched filled contest at Casino Rama in Orillia Ontario, Heriberto Ruiz (41-7-2, 23 KOs) won a 115-113, 117-111, 116-112 unanimous decision over former world champion Mauricio Martinez (35-9-1, 23 KOs) of Panama. Ruiz who was cut over his right eye in the later rounds captures the IBF Intercontinental Junior Featherweight Title. With the victory, Ruiz gets a shot at former IBF champ Steve Molitor who was watching at ringside for the number one spot in the IBF on June 26th.
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