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Former world champion Miguel Cotto unleashes a vicious right hand during a training session on Monday in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Kennan Collins, one of Cotto’s sparring partners, said “he is moving really fast, putting in some great hands, the work in the gym has been excellent. He is definitely ready for Jennings.” Cotto meets Jennings on February 21 at Madison Square Garden for the WBO welterweight title.
“Two World Title Fights,One Night” — “Ireland’s” undefeated Middleweight John Duddy(L) greets Hall of Fame Top Rank promoter Bob Arum Monday night after arriving in New York. Duddy is in New York for a press conference Tuesday at Madison Square Garden to promote his upcoming feature fight against Matt Vanda at Madison Square Garden on Top Rank’s “Two World Title Fights,One Night” Pay-Per-View. Two-time world champion Miguel Cotto and WBC World Middleweight Champion Kelly Pavlik will headline this double-header extravaganza on Saturday, Feb. 21 where both superstars will host two world title fights in two different cities ,on the same night and on the same live telecast. Cotto will take on Michael Jennings for the vacant WBO Welterweight Championship at Madison Square Garden and Pavlik will fight #1-rated challenger Marco Antonio Rubio at the Chevrolet Centre in Youngstown, Ohio. Also joining Duddy at the news conference will be his opponent Matt Vanda, top-rated Lightweight Anthony Peterson and undefeated female contender Maureen Shea.
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and his mandatory challenger Juan Carlos Gomez met at Hamburg airport yesterday for the first time before stepping into the ring on March 21st in Stuttgart, Germany. Klitschko’s ‘warm reception': “Juan, my friend, I am sorry that I have to beat you up!” The “Black Panther” answered: “I’m so fast, you won’t even hit me – I will beat you up!” (more…)
By Craig Watt
Former two time WBA super-middleweight champion Anthony Mundine (34-3, 23 KO’s) entered into his usual pre-fight “trash” talking yesterday in Sydney at the press conference for his February 11th fight with fellow Aussie Shannon Taylor (48-6-3, 34 KO’s). The 33 year old from Sydney was controversial in his outburst, “I have one message for you Shannon, I want everyone to listen – the mouth is an open grave.” The 36 year old Taylor from Wollongong responded by saying, “It’s is you that mouths off all the time. That is why little old ladies hate you. Ninety-five per cent of people don’t like you. They only come to watch you to see you get beat.” (more…)
Three-time world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce arrived in Anaheim, California tonight for his world title fight against Vic Darchinyan on Saturday at the Honda Center to be telecast by Showtime. “I’m very happy to be here and I’m looking forward to the fight on Saturday. I have come to shock the world with a victory and take home all the belts,” said Arce upon his arrival. Arce landed in Tijuana on Sunday, trained in Tijuana on Monday, and arrived in Anaheim with his team on Monday night. Arce will take part on various promotional activities leading up to the big fight on Saturday. “I feel great and I will show a lot of people that I belong with the elite in this division,” said Arce, looking confident and sure of himself as he predicted a victory over the current champion.
By Alexey Sukachev and Anton Gorunov
2008 was a breakthrough year for K2 East Promotions, one of the biggest and, surprisingly, the youngest boxing groups in Eastern Europe. Ten regular events have been arranged in a number of Ukrainian cities; Yuri Nuzhnenko has elevated his status of WBA interim welterweight titlist by becoming a regular one, while a bunch of highly touted prospects, including Vyacheslav Uzelkov and Sergey Fedchenko, is on a verge of joining him. Not a bad result for a newly created promotional company, which was started in November 2007, from the former National Box Promotions with a solid help and under aegis of Klitschko brothers. Fightnews sat down with K2 East general director Alexander Krasyuk to know more about its recent activities and future plans. (more…)
World rated light heavyweight Joey “KO Kid” Spina, former USNBC and IBF Intercontinental champion, has rededicated himself for his loyal fans as he prepares for his next fight February 6 at Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island. Spina (23-1-1, 16 KOs), rated No. 14 by the WBO and No. 15 by the WBC, takes on Kansas veteran Matt Gockel (12-9, 7 KOs) in the 8-round main event. The veteran Gockel replaces Steve Walker. Spina, who holds victories against former world champion Carl Daniels and super middleweight contender Jesse Brinkley, has had a somewhat sputtering pro career that he’s vowed to turn around starting Feb. 6.
Unbeaten super bantamweight Teon Kennedy will face his most experienced opponent as a pro when he boxes crowd-pleasing southpaw Paulino Villalobos, of Veracruz, Mexico, in an eight-round contest Friday evening, March 6, at the Legendary Blue Horizon. Topping the seven-fight card will be Mike Jones’ first defense of his NABA welterweight title in a 10-round match with Larry Mosley. (more…)
By Bob Ryder at ringside
Veteran Demetrius Jenkins was unable to slow the progress of fellow Detroit native Darryl Cunningham and was stopped via a third round TKO. Time of the ending was 1:33. Cunningham (172) and Jenkins (167 1/2) fought the first two rounds on fairly even terms before Cunningham unloaded on Jenkins along the ropes, sending him crashing to the canvas. Jenkins was in no condition to continue upon rising and saw his record slide to 21-17-1. In winning the main event before a SRO crowd at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, Cunningham improves to 13-2, 6 KO’s. (more…)
Following his dominating world title unification victory over Christian Mijares, Vic Darchinyan asked reporters at the post-fight press conference “Did I keep my promise (to knock him out)? What about my pound-for-pound ranking? Mijares was No. 6.” Even after a career changing win, the 115-pound IBF, WBC and WBA champ’s fight against Jorge Arce, Feb. 7 on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, is still about respect. “Against Mijares, I promised to deliver a skillful, smart fight. I promised to destroy him and knock him out. And I did that,” Darchinyan said. “But I still don’t know if I get any respect.” (more…)
WBA heavyweight champion in recess Ruslan Chagaev, his challenger Carl Davis Drumond, WBA super light champion Andreas Kotelnik, his challenger Marcos Maidana, #11 rated heavyweight Denis Boystov and his opponent Israel “King Kong” Garcia were all on hand at today’s prefight press conference for Saturday’s “The Champion Returns” PPV card in Rostock, Germany. Click on the image below for more photos…
Photos: Eroll Popova
By Jeff Pamungkas
WBA featherweight Chris John and his trainer, Craig Christian, stopped by the gym at the Sultan’s Hotel in Jakarta today for some exercise. John and Christian are currently in Jakarta for a week from John’s training camp in Perth, Australia, before their departure tomorrow to Houston, Texas. John will defend against Rocky Juarez on February 28. It will be the first bout in the United States for the long time featherweight champion who has made ten successful title defenses since winning the title in 2003, including a victory over Juan Manuel Marquez.
Featherweight prospect Matt “The Sharp Shooter” Remillard, formerly promoted by CES, has signed an exclusive promotional agreement with Las Vegas based TKO BOXING Promotions. The 22-year-old Remillard is 16-0 with 8 KOs. Most recently he won a unanimous decision over former world champion Mauricio Pastrana in November 13, 2008. Details of Remillard’s first bout under the TKO BOXING Promotions banner will be announced shortly.
Unbeaten WBA heavyweight champion (in recess) Ruslan Chagaev (24-0-1, 17 KOs) and unbeaten challenger Carl Davis Drumond (26-0, 20 KOs) met for the first time today at a press conference held at a VW dealer in Rostock Germany. They will collide in a PPV showdown on Saturday at the StadtHalle in this beautiful Baltic city. This is Chagaev’s first fight since recovering from an achilles tenden operation. With this fight against the WBA #9 rated Drumond, Chagaev plans to test his form and ‘ring feel’ in advance of his rematch with current titleholder, seven-foot ‘Russian Giant’ Nikolai Valuev. (more…)
A decision will be made today on whether ring legend Marco Antonio Barrera will still be able to face Amir Khan on March 14 at the M.E.N. Arenea in Manchester, England. The bout wqs put in question after Barrera was cut during a tune-up bout on Saturday in Mexico. “I spoke to Don King and he told me that hopefully it will be OK,” promoter Frank Warren told The Times. “At the moment, we just don’t know. I am told it was a vertical gash, but we will find out more on Monday….I did not want this fight in Mexico to happen, but I think there was pressure on him to go ahead with it. If the worst comes to the worst, we will have to push it back a couple of weeks, but we don’t want to do that.” More than 15,000 tickets have already been sold for the card.
“I believe the junior welterweight division is the best in boxing, and I have no shortage of great fights here,” said IBF jr welterweight world champion Huan Urango. “I’d love to unify the title with the other champions, but my real goal is a rematch with Ricky Hatton so I can avenge my only loss. The result of our first fight is something I can’t accept, and after he fights Manny Pacquiao in May, win or lose, I want the opportunity to get even. In the meantime, line up the best in the division, and I’ll fight them.” (more…)
Star Boxing’s top welterweight contender Delvin Rodriguez (23-2-2,14KO) ranked #5 in the IBF will face off against Shamone “The Truth” Alvarez (20-1,11KO) ranked #15 in the IBF in a must see match-up of two of boxing’s top welterweights on March 6th at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT. The bout, for Rodriguez’s USBA Welterweight Championship, will be shown live as the main event on that evening’s ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” telecast . . . click here for more
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican superstar Jorge ¨Travieso¨ Arce has finished his training in the Municipal Gym in Temoaya, Mexico located 3,800 meters above sea level. In a special workout for the press Arce looked to be in good condition and with fast movements and precise and strong blows designed specifically to try to win by knockout against champion Vic Darchinyan to snatch the WBC, WBA and IBF super flyweight belts. Arce’s work team is now headed toward Anaheim, California, to take part in fight week promotional activities. Arce was very animated, saying ¨I feel with a lot of responsibility and confidence at the same time to be able to defeat Darchinyan,¨ said Arce, who added that this fight is for the pride and the dignity of all Mexicans. The eagerly anticipated world title fight between IBF/WBC/WBA 115-pound champion Vic Darchinyan (31-1-1, 25 KOs) and former two-time world champion Jorge Arce (51-4-1, 39 KOs) will highlight a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast that begins at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast) from Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
By Craig Watt
Former WBO interim Lightweight Champion Michael “The Great” Katsidis has targeted a re-match with Cuban veteran Joel Casamayor after his convincing points victory over Argentinean Angel Hugo Ramirez at the weekend. Although it has been rumoured that the 28 year old Aussie was due to face IBF#4 ranked Julio Diaz in April in California, it now seems a “homecoming bout” in Brisbane or Queensland is the preferred option. Katsidis, who moved his record to 24-2 with the unanimous decision over Ramirez told the Sun Herald in Australia, “It would be great for me to come back to Australia against a big-name opponent and Casamayor would be ideal.” (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer and Rick Scharmberg
Approximately nine hundred Philly boxing fans battled through sub-freezing temperatures to witness the return of Brian “The Bionic Bull” Cohen to his hometown at South Philadelphia High School on Saturday night in the ten round main event of the evening. However, it was his home town fans that would leave disappointed as late replacement Bill Bailey spoiled their evening, dropping Cohen three times, en-route to a commanding second round knockout. The card promoted by Bionic Bull Promotions had six undercard fights featured some nice local prospects. (more…)
Cruiserweight Juan Carlos Robles improved to (11-2, 5KO’s) with an impressive six round unanimous decision victory over Ed “The Iron Man” Gutierrez (15-7, 6 KOs) in front of a capacity crowd on Saturday night at the Staunton Armory in Staunton, VA. All three judges scored the bout 60-54. Robles dominated the fight from bell to bell with an impressive arsenal that showed his hand speed, athleticism, power, and boxing ability. “I think this is the smartest fight Juan has ever fought” says his Manager and Trainer Bruce Frank. “This was a real guy in there with Juan and he’s been in there with some of the best in the world in David Tua and Matt Godfrey and Juan dominated him. That really says something!” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
World rated jr middleweight Daniel Dawson (34-1, 23 KOs) stopped Ariel Gerado Aparicio (26-9, 10 KOs) in round three at the Italian Club, Perth, Western Australia on Sunday. Dawson attacked his opponent from the opening bell scoring with effective head and body shots that had the South American visibly hurt. A power body shot dropped Aparicio in round two and shortly after a punch below the belt dropped him for a second time. Referee Brad Vocale gave the visitor time to recover and at the bell both boxers were connecting with hard head and body shots. Dawson dropped Aparicio again in round three from accurate combination to the head and the referee crowned the Australian at 37 seconds of the round. Dawson captured the IBF Pan Pacific jr middleweight title. He was also defending the PABA title. (more…)
Edwin Valero, the 24-0, 24 KO super featherweight contender from Venezuela, has signed with Top Rank. Bob Arum made the announcement today. “Edwin Valero is one of the most exciting fighters in the world today,” Arum said. “We are very pleased he has signed with Top Rank. We are planning in the months ahead to showcase him so the public can see how talented he is.” Arum said Valero’s first bout with Top Rank will soon be announced. Valero will campaign at 130 pounds, the super featherweight division.
Octagonside by Anthony Springer Jr., photos by Chris Cozzone
A sold-out show packed the house last night for one of the most anticipated rematches in MMA history, between UFC Welterweight Champion Georges “Rush” St. Pierre and UFC Lightweight Champion BJ “The Prodigy” Penn.
Everyone in attendance at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, was on their feet as the lightweight and welterweight champions made their respective walks to the Octagon. Both fighters had solid crowd support, with as many from, both, Canada and Hawaii making the journey to the City of Sin to witness history.
The rematch, however, wasn’t even close . . . . Click here for more
Report by Anthony Springer Jr., photos by Chris Cozzone
UFC 94 may not go down in history for being the most exciting MMA card in recent memory (an honor this writer believes goes to UFC 91 or 92), but it was the day that fans got to see two rising stars put on big performances . . . click here for more
Report by Anthony Springer Jr., photos by Chris Cozzone
In the run up to the epic rematch between Georges “Rush” St-Pierre and “The Prodigy” BJ Penn, UFC president Dana White said that the winner of the contest would walk out of the Octagon a superstar and be on his way to legendary status . . . click here for more
By Robert Coster
It is finally WBC#10 Kompayak Propamook (31-3, 22 Kos), Asian Boxing Council light-flyweight champion, who will meet WBC Champion Edgar Sosa on March 28th in Cuidad Victoria. The hard-punching, 26-year-old Thai boxer is said to present a dangerous challenge for the Mexican champion, having won 19 out of his last 20 bouts. The only blemish in Kompayak’s record over the past five years was a fourth round technical loss to flyweight contender Hussein Hussein in Australia in 2007, a bout in which he did floor Hussein in the first round.
Former Junior-Welterweight champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley (32-10-1, 18 KOs) will face Wilson Enrique Galli (31-8, 13 KOs) in the ten-round main event of the February 3 Darwish Brothers Knockout Promotions show entitled “Knockout Night” at the Meadowlands Sheraton Hotel in East Rutherford, NJ. “Hopefully he’s coming to fight because I’m coming to fight,” Corley says. “Come Tuesday night, there will be a knockout. Everybody is going to see a different Demarcus Corley. I badly want to be world champion again and Galli is standing in my way.” Tickets, priced $100 and $50 are on sale now and almost sold out. Call 973-339-9611.
The deafening cheers of the sold-out Montreal crowd still echo through the Bell Centre from UFC® 83. Now the Ultimate Fighting Championship® is heading back to Montreal with two more world-class matchups already inked.
Unstoppable UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva will meet his toughest test to date when he faces submission specialist Thales Leites at UFC 97: Silva vs. Leites, live from the Bell Centre in Montreal Canada on Saturday, April 18. Also on the card, former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell will trade punches with another dangerous striker when he takes on Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. . . . click here for more
2000 Olympic silver medalist Ricardo Williams Jr. (14-2, 7 KOs) won a workmanlike eight round unanimous decusion over journeyman Doel Carrasquillo (12-10-1, 1 KO) in a welterweight clash on Saturday night at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio. Scores were 79-73, 78-74 and 80-72. In the co-feature, super middleweight Aaron Pryor Jr. (12-1, 9 KOs) scored a second-round stopage of Will Prieto (5-4-2, 2 KOs). Pryor is the son of former world champion Aaron “The Hawk” Pryor. Attendance was 5000+ for the non-televised event.
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