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World champion Ulises “Archi” Solis of Mexico is ready to make his ninth title defense when he takes on Brian Viloria on April 18 in the Philippines as part of Top Rank’s “Global Supremacy” event, a big championship pay-per view card to be held at the Arenata Coliseum in greater Manila that will be headlined by IBF flyweight champion Nonito Donaire. “I’m in great shape and I feel very strong and fast and the key to the fight will be to stay aggressive against an opponent who we know is strong and likes to come forward,” said Solis. (more…)
Arthur Curry, Director of Boxing Talent Relations at HBO Sports, has passed away in New York City. “If ever there was a person who was a perfect fit for his job, it was Artie,” said HBO Sports President Ross Greenburg. “He loved boxers, and they loved him back. Artie was in many ways our personal ambassador to the boxing community, and he will be sorely missed by all of the people that he touched. He will be missed by all of his friends and colleagues at HBO Sports, who looked forward to his friendly greeting every day. This is a big loss for everybody who knew Artie. I am grateful that for two decades he represented HBO Sports and distinguished himself every day.”
It is a “Homecoming” for former super middleweight champion Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy (24-2, 17 KOs) as he continues his comeback this Friday at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida against “The Next Great Champ” winner Otis “Triple OG” Griffin (19-4-2, 7 KOs). This is the return to the ring for Lacy coming off his hard fought decision loss to Jermain Taylor in November 2008 and his first fight in the bay area in nearly three years since a capacity crowd witnessed his thrilling knockout of Robin Reid at the St. Pete Times Forum on August 6, 2005. “I wanted my first fight back to be right here in Tampa,” said the St. Pete native. “It really don’t matter who I fight, I’m just looking to get back in action!” Looking ahead, Lacy has talked about a cross-state showdown with Pensacola’s own Roy Jones Jr. “The Jones fight would be a huge fight for Florida,” observed Lacy. Lacy had called out Orlando native Antonio Tarver but Tarver refused the fight. “His head is lost in the clouds,” explained Lacy. (more…)
WBC Super Middleweight champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch will set up shop in Canada while preparing for his April 25 showdown with former undisputed Middleweight champion, Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor. The Nottingham-based undefeated Froch will ready his body and mind for battle at the five-star White Oaks Resort and Spa, in Niagara Falls, Ontario. The bout, being billed as “Continents Collide,” will be broadcast live in the US on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING from the MGM Grand Theatre at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods, in Ledyard, Connecticut, at 9 PM Eastern. “This place is just perfect for what I need to dominate Jermain,” said Froch. “This is my chance to show the rest of the world what I’m capable of doing, and a training camp like this suits my purposes perfectly. I’ll be able to focus at the task at hand, without any distractions, and with the resort located on Taylor St., you know I won’t forget for a second why I’m here.” When he isn’t utilizing the spa’s famous amenities, “The Cobra” will be lacing up the gloves at Niagara Falls’ Fight Club Canada, which is owned by two-time world title challenger Billy “The Kid” Irwin, and former Canadian Olympian Mike Strange.
By Craig Watt
With just 24 days left until his IBO light-welterweight title defence against Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Ricky Hatton is supremely confident he can defeat the generally recognised “pound for pound” champion from the Phillipines. He spoke exclusively to Fightnews today from his base in Vegas about the key aspects of his upcoming fight. The 30 year old Hatton (45-1, 32 KOs) is refreshed and re-generated following his link with new trainer Floyd Mayweather Snr, with the central high activity and pressure style now complemented with an increased focus on defence, his jab and combination work. Hatton is generally recognised as the “king” of the 140 pound division and is undefeated in 43 fights over a twelve year period at this weight. He is not under-estimating his challenge against the 30 year old Manny Pacquiao (48-3-2, 36 KOs) who has an enviable list of wins against recognised champions in his success as a four weight world champion. The fight promises to be one of the biggest in 2009 to date with Hatton’s vast army of traveling fans from the UK ready to invade Las Vegas on May 2nd. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
The 10th of April will be marked as a special date for the entire post-Soviet professional boxing, and especially for its Ukrainian stronghold. For the first time in almost twenty years since the paid boxing made its entrance into the former Soviet Union, two local fighters will clash against each other for the legitimate world championship in their Homeland, when the WBA regular welterweight champion Yuri Nuzhnenko (28-0-1, 13 KOs) steps into the ring versus WBA #3 ranked contender Vyacheslav Senchenko (28-0, 20 KOs) in what seems to be the most sound battle to be held in Ukraine. This contest will headline a huge pugilistic show, promoted by the Union Boxing Promotions, which is set for this Friday at “Druzhba” Sports Palace in Donetsk, the heart of eastern Ukraine. (more…)
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Three-Time World Champion Winky Wright and Two-Division World Champion Paul Williams have arrived at at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. They collide Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
Current IBF mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin (17-0, 12 KOs) scored a hard-fought ten-round unanimous decision over Jason Estrada (15-2, 3 KOs) on Saturday night at the Burg-Wächter Castello in Düsseldorf, Germany. Next up could be a fight for the European title between Povetkin and Universum heavyweight Alexander Dimitrenko (29-0, 19 KOs). A purse bid for this battle will be held on April 21. The winner will be named the double mandatory challenger for WBO/IBF/IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko (52-3, 46 KOs).
What can you say about the performance of Povetkin?
“Povetkin didn’t impress me in that fight. He didn’t have a good fight. Many others see it the same way as I do.“
What wasn’t good about it?
“It wasn’t on a world class level. He still has to train much more if he wants to fight for the world title. He had problems from the very beginning although his opponent was a no-name fighter. When Estrada got tired by the end Povetkin still couldn’t knock him out. That has surprised me. His opponent was much smaller than him and I believe if he wants to fight against Wladimir Klitschko he should face taller fighters like me.“
The purse bid for the Euro title clash is on April 21?
“Yes, that’s correct. But I’m hoping that he won’t avoid me and fight other opponents in order to challenge Wladimir in a world title fight. The EBU has made this decision for the fight. Povetkin provoked Klitschko verbally but he has to prove his quality inside the ring. He has this chance when he fights me I’m ready. My trainer Fritz Sdunek and I have taken a close look into the fight.“
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former IBF 140 pound champion Lovemore Ndou (46-11-1, 31 KOs) talks with Fightnews about the biggest win of his career, the night he defeated Noufell Ben Rabah to capture the world title. He also talks about his great losing battle against Miguel Cotto, tough twelve round bout against Junior Witter plus two bouts with Paul Malignaggi and why he would like to challenge Timothy Bradley. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
May 23 in Monterrey, Mexico is the date announced for the battle between WBC super bantamweight world champion Toshiaki Nishioka from Japan and the Mexican Jhonny Gonzalez. The bout will be presented by Promociones del Pueblo and take place in the Arena Monterrey, which has a capacity for 20,000 fans. Initially Cancun and Cuidad Juarez were considered as possible locations for the event.
The possibility exists that former two-time world champion Rafael Marquez will face former champion Mauricio Martinez of Panama in the May 23 co-feature. It has been mentioned that the winner could challenger the winner of Toshiaki-Gonzalez. It will be Marquez’ first fight since March 2008, his last fight in the legendary Israel Vasquez trilogy. Martinez lost his last fight in March by unanimous decision against Heriberto Ruiz in a bout for the vacant IBF I/C jr featherweight title.
By Alexey Sukachev
Highly regarded Ukrainian technician Sergey Fedchenko (22-0, 10 KOs) will headline the next K2 East tournament, which will be held at “Lokomotiv” Palace of Sports in Kharkov, Ukraine, on April 22. The opponent for the WBO #12 and the IBF #15 hasn’t been defined yet but Spaniard Hector Moreira (20-1, 12 KOs) seems to be the most probable solution. Fedchenko will put his IBF intercontinental belt at stake in that fight.
Also, Kiev-based Russian junior middleweight Zaurbek Baysangurov (19-1, 14 KOs) will make his ring return after a disappointing loss to American Cornelius Bundrage in the IBF eliminator for the #2 spot last December. His future opponent will be announced later. WBC #12 cruiserweight Vitaly Rusal (23-0, 16 KOs), lightweight Valentin Golovko (7-0, 5 KOs) and welterweight Victor Plotnikov (20-1, 10 KOs) will be showcased in separate contests against yet unidentified opposition.
By Gerardo M. Avila-Planas
Miguel Cotto has issued a statement to the press concerning his incident with his uncle/trainer. The same, revealed through El Nuevo Dia Newspaper states the following…”This afternoon, after concluding my training session for my next fight, I sustained an incident with my uncle Evangelista Cotto. This is a family and very personal matter, which is why I ask that you give me the space and respect in my intimacy needed to cope with situation. Let it be known that as of this moment Evangelista Cotto will no longer form part of my corner, but at the same time, you should all rest assured that I will continue to work tirelessly for my next scheduled fight in June, where I will successfully defend my title with pride for all Puerto Ricans.”
Fightnews.com has confirmed that super middleweight contender Edison Miranda (32-3, 28 KOs) will return on a May 16 ShoBox telecast. “Pantera” will take on 2004 Olympian Andre Ward (18-0, 12 KOs). The “Pantera” Camp has agreed to travel to Oakland, California (Ward’s hometown) to take on the talented but largely untested gold medalist, who is stepping way up up in caliber of opposition.
By Gerardo Avila
According to all local newspapers, Miguel Cotto got into a fight with trainer/uncle Evangelista Cotto after a difference of opinion concerning Miguel’s training. It was reported that at approximately 3:00 P.M. local time Miguel and his trainer got into a heated discussion with regards to training strategies, which caused Miguel to fire his uncle. Allegedly Evangelista attacked Miguel and Cotto answered back with shots of his own. The fight first started at Bairoa Gym where the Cotto prepares for all his fights but the dispute continued in Miguel’s house in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Police intervened in the incident and charges might be filled against Miguel Cotto. Both Evangelista and Miguel Cotto, as well as Cotto’s father, Miguel Cotto Senior suffered minor injuries. This is not the first time that Miguel Cotto and his trainer have had disputes, although none have been reported to reach such a boiling point.
Three-time New Jersey Golden Gloves champion Michael Torres of Piscataway, N.J. today signed a promotional contract with Top Rank. Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank, made the announcement. Torrres, 24, has a professional record of 12-0 with 7 knockouts. He is managed by Cameron Dunkin who first saw Torres compete in the 2003 National Golden Gloves Championships in Las Vegas. “I liked Michael the instant I saw him in the ring,” Dunkin said. “Michael is so fast and so strong. He hits hard. He will fight for Top Rank in the lightweight division.” Torres was born in Yonkers, N.Y. He had an amateur record of 87-9, winning New Jersey Golden Gloves Championships in 2001, 2002 and 2003. He was ranked #2 in the U.S. as an amateur in his weight division. Torres is scheduled to fight on the Kelly Pavlik vs Sergio Mora world championship card at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.Y. on Saturday, June 27. Pavlik vs. Mora will be available on Pay Per View. The event is hosted by Caesars Atlantic City.
For the Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization’s historic UFC® 100 event on Saturday, July 11th at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, a stacked card featuring the best of the best in mixed martial arts is not only expected, but required. So to celebrate this once in a lifetime event, the UFC is pleased to announce three featured bouts that would be main events on their own anywhere in the world . . . Click here for more
Story by Mariano A. Agmi
The boxing year got off to a great start on January 17, 2009, when Luis Collazo challenged Andre Berto in a nip-and-tuck battle that many felt was a “Fight of the Year” candidate.
After 12 hard fought rounds where each fighter gave as good as he got, Andre Berto retained his WBC welterweight title by a narrow unanimous decision . . . Click here for more
When Cesar Marscucci and Paulo Santos stepped in the Octagon at UFC Brazil nearly 11 years ago, they entered themselves into a history that involves the biggest MMA show on the planet and the biggest country of South America . . . Click here for more by Martins Denis, UFC
World class professional boxing will return to the Sportsplex in Winchester, Virginia, as “TRIPLE THREAT: TOMORROW’S CHAMPIONS 11″ hits on Saturday, May 9th. Presented by Reno based “Let’s Get It On” Promotions, TKO BOXING Promotions of Las Vegas, Left Hook LLC and Pro-Motion Sports, advance tickets starting at $40 will go on sale this Friday, April 10th and can be reserved by calling 540-379-1532 or 540-868-2200 . . . Click here for more
WBC Youth and USNBC featherweight champion Matt “Sharp Shooter” Remillard, fighting for the first time as a pro outside of New England, enjoyed his expanded base experience and used his Maryland fight as a barometer to gauge his improvement in the past year. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Venezuelan superstar Edwin Valero arrived today in Venezuela where he was received by hundreds including representation from the government, the Department of Sport, and the press, alongside family, friends and fans. In his long-awaited return to a U.S. ring, Valero impressively won the WBC lightweight world title by blasting out Antonio Pitalua in two rounds. He is now 25-0, winning them all by knockout. “I feel very happy,” said the champion. “Thanks to my work and effort, I managed to do well and I dedicate this triumph to Venezuela. I also aspire to continue giving triumphs to Venezuela, as well as supporting and being example for the youth.” Valero said he’s targeting WBA/WBO lightweight champion Juan Manuel Márquez and P4P king Manny Pacquiao although the latter would require going up to a higher weight category. Valero will return to the U.S. for his next fight on July 25th.
By Kurt Wolfheimer
On Saturday night, Bionic Bull Promotions again brought pro boxing to South Philadelphia High School in Philadelphia, PA. The seven bout card featured the return of hard-punching junior middleweight “King” Gabriel Rosado (11-3, 7 KOs) and he did not disappoint, scoring a fifth round stoppage of Ariel Espinal (6-8-2, 2 KOs). Also on the card undefeated super middleweight Dennis “The Assassin” Hasson (8-0, 2 KOs) dropped Atlantic City, New Jersey’s Johnny Hayes (6-5-1, 2 KOs) once en-route to a one side six round unanimous decision victory. (more…)
By Lee Bates
WBO junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ Lopez (24-0, 22 KOs) is well ahead of schedule in training as he preparation for his title defense against WBO bantamweight champion Gerry Penalosa (54-6-2, 36 KOs). Lopez released the following statement upon hearing Penalosa’s comments that Lopez will suffer the same fate as former world champion Jhonny Gonzalez who was knocked out by Penalosa. “There is no comparison between his fight with Gonzalez and the fight he is going to have with me. Gonzalez is right handed and I’m a southpaw for one. Also, Gonzalez was well known to have been struggling to make the 118 pound weight limit for the fight with Penalosa whereas I make 122 pounds very comfortably. I respect Penalosa’s power but I’ve been in with strong fighters as well such as former world champion Daniel Ponce De Leon, who I defeated to win my world title. Penalosa is a come forward type of fighter which works perfect for me. I’m going to fight my fight as normal and fully expect a spectacular victory for me,” said Lopez. Lopez-Penalosa takes place on April 25th at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, and is promoted by The fight card is being promoted by Top Rank and PR Best Boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera).
By Robert Coster
Rafael de La Cruz is one of the best known boxers in the Dominican Republic, better known by his nickname, “Kalunga.” Record: 2-31. Weight class: hard to tell. So, why waste ink over such a professional loser ? Well, for one, promoters in the Carribean islands just love “Kalunga.” He is always ready to fight at any time, at any weight from 122 to 160(!), will always put up his best effort while giving young prospects a good scrap. Not the type of opponent to go in there and lay down, “Kalunga”comes to fight and will always try to earn his bucks (pesos, in this case). In his nine-year career as a crowd-pleasing loser, De la Cruz has fought boxers like Joan Guzman, Agapito Sanchez (world champions), Victoriano Sosa, Edison Miranda, Giovanni Lorenzo and more. (more…)
Jason “The American Boy” Litzau (23-2, 19 KOs) will return as a lightweight on April 18th at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It will be the exciting Litzau’s first fight since his devastating IBF featherweight title loss to Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero in February 2008. Litzau will face Daniel Mitchell (5-0-1, 2 KOs) in an eight round bout. In the main event, Matt “The Predator” Vanda (39-9, 22 KOs) is looking to get his career back on track against the “Bismarck Bomber” Tocker Pudwill (40-6, 14 KOs). Vanda has lost his last two fights by decisions against undefeated fighters John Duddy and Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. Also featured is the other half of “The American Boy” duo Allen Litzau (13-3, 7 KOs), who is hoping to spoil Wilton Hilario’s (10-0-1, 8 KOs) undefeated record and take home the IBA Super Featherweight America’s Belt title in a ten rounder. Tickets ($15, $25, $50 and $75) are on sale now at the Target Center box office and Ticketmaster. Call 651-989-5151.
North Philadelphia’s 23 year old welterweight Kaseem Wilson (11-1-1, 3 KOs) will box veteran Louie Leija (21-10-1, 15 KOs) and junior middleweight Jamaal “Da Truth” Davis (9-6, 6 KOs) meets Jerome Ellis (11-9-2, 10 K0s) in a pair of eight-round fights Friday evening May 1 at the Legendary Blue Horizon, 1314 North Broad Street. Topping the seven-fight card is a ten round battle between world-ranked super bantamweight Rogers Mtagwa (25-12-2, 18 KOs), of South Philadelphia, and Ricardo Medina (31-33-5, 17 KOs), of Mazatlan, Mexico. Tickets are priced at $45 and $60. They are on sale at Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc. (215-765-0922) and Joe Hand Promotions, Inc. (215-364-9000). They also can be purchased online at www.peltzboxing.com.
WBC #7 flyweight contender Manny “Suavecito” Roman (14-0-1, 5 KOs) returns to action tonight against Anthony Villarreal (8-2, 4 KOs) in the main event at the “Battle in the Ballroom” event at the Irvine Marriott. The 21 year-old Roman and 22 year-old Villarreal will battle for the vacant WBC Youth Intercontinental flyweight title. Also in action, one of Southern California top amateur stars makes his pro debut, as Hugo “The Boss” Centeno Jr faces John Dunham (0-2) in a four-round welterweight contest. Centeno had an 85-5 amateur record plus he won Jr. Olympics and PAL national titles. The seven bout card features top local talent from across the State of California and the west coast.
Special guests include the legendary Sugar Ray Leonard, “Ferocious” Fernando Vargas, Jorge “The Clown Prince of Boxing” Paez, “Mighty” Mike Anchondo and current WBA female super featherweight champion Kina Malpartida. Englebrecht said: “This is the first time that I have had five former or current world champions at a ‘Battle in the Ballroom’ event.” The promoter was quick to note that over 36 current or former world champions have fought at the Marriott during in 25-year history of the “Battle in the Ballroom” series.
Another highlight of this special night will be the second induction ceremony for the “Battle in the Ballroom Hall of Fame” which will include former WBO junior lightweight champ “Mighty” Mike Anchondo; former California State super bantamweight champion George “Rocky” Garcia; former California State welterweight champion Ernie Chavez; 90’s light heavyweight standout the late Ernie Magdaleno; and promoter Don Frazier who was the first promoter at the Marriott. Both Garcia and Chavez won their State titles at the Marriott.
Less than a hundred tickets remain for tonight’s event! Doors open at 6:30pm and the first bell rings at 7:30pm. Tickets are available by calling 949-553-0100 or at the box office.
When Miguel Angel Torres defended the WEC® bantamweight title against Japanese striker Takeya Mizugaki at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, IL last Sunday, fans were treated to an early candidate for Fight of the Year. For five grueling rounds, Torres and Mizugaki traded leather and proved why the WEC’s 135-pound division is one of the most exciting in all of mixed martial arts. Tomorrow night, fans have the chance to witness the Torres-Mizugaki clash, plus the entire main card again on VERSUS at 8PM ET/5PM PT and at 11PM ET/8PM PT.
Former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor says he’s is bigger and stronger than he ever has been in his boxing career — and he wants Carl Froch to know it. Taylor, still in the middle of an intensive training camp in Miami, will fight as a super middleweight for the second time in his career when he tries to take Froch’s WBC Super Middleweight belt from the Englishman on April 25. “I will have a lot of power at 168 pounds,” Taylor said. “Pound-for-pound he’s not the fighter I am, and he knows it. He won’t be able to hold up to the firepower I’m bringing in the ring on April 25th.” Taylor dispatched Jeff Lacy in his first fight at 168 pounds, and is prepared to be the aggressor and take the fight to Froch for 12 rounds. The fight card is being promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Hennessy Sports. Tickets are on sale now and priced at $200, $100, $75 and $50. Showtime Championship Boxing will telecast live from MGM Grand Theater at MGM at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Conn. at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). (more…)
By Lee Bates
WBO bantamweight champion Gerry Penalosa (54-6-2, 36 KOs) is having a very solid training camp for his next bout. Penalosa will challenge WBO junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ Lopez (24-0, 22KOs) on April 25th at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Penalosa is currently training at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California. The bout will take place at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Penalosa is very confident of victory and responded to Lopez’ recent comments on saying he was hoping to stop Penalosa within 5-6 rounds. “I hope he trains very hard. Jhonny Gonzalez said the same thing and look what happened to him. The same will happen to Lopez. I will win this fight,” said Penalosa. Lopez-Penalosa is promoted by Top Rank and PR Best Boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera).
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