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By Alexey Sukachev
Starting from this article, Fightnews opens new regular series devoted to the full-scale review of Russian pro boxing and its most interesting representatives, both celebrities and lesser-known talent. The opening episode features up-and-coming Top Rank middleweight prospect and former amateur star Matvey Korobov (4-0, 4 KOs), clearly one the brightest products of the Russian amateur boxing system in recent years. (more…)
By Matt Richardson at ringside
Crowd pleasing local heavyweight Vinny Maddalone sent his fans home happy on Thursday night at Russo’s on the Bay restaurant in Howard Beach, New York when his opponent, journeyman Benji Baker, did not come out for the fifth round of a scheduled eight in the main event of a card promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing. Maddalone (32-5, 23 KO’s) dominated the fight; knocking Baker down in the first, third and fourth rounds. It was the first fight for Maddalone since losing a decision to unbeaten heavyweight Denis Boystov last November. It was also the first time Baker (18-7, 9 KO’s) had fought since 2001. While he didn’t fight particularly well (he may have won the second round) he was more competitive than his record or recent activity rate would have suggested prior to the encounter. In the co-feature, super middleweight contender Curtis “Showtime” Stevens won an eight-round unanimous decision over journeyman Dan Mouton. (More to come)
Bob Duffy’s Ring Promotions presents a ten bout fight card on May 8th at the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square, NY. The show, which is almost sold out, has fewer than 100 tickets left. The card features Daniel Sostere (8-3, 3 KOs) taking on Tommy Rainone (12-2, 4 KOs) in the main event for the New York State welterweight belt. “We have sold out our last four events and this show will probably sell out also, so I am concerned that people who wait till the last minute will wind up empty-handed,” said Duffy. Featured on the undercard will be dominican heavyweight Nagy Aguilera (11-1, 7 KOs) against Zack Page (17-23-2, 5 KOs), Chris Algieri (5-0, 3 KOs) will face Eric Rodriguez (4-3, 2 KOs) in a six round bout, Brooklyn heavyweight Will Rosinsky (6-0 6 KOs) takes on Andre Hemphill (7-9-2, 4 KOs), Kasim Howard (7-0, 7 KOs) faces Brooklyn, NY’s Mazur Ali (6-2, 3 KOs), and popular Irish jr. middleweight James Moore (16-2, 10 KOs) takes on Joseph De los Santos (4-3-3, 2 KOs). Remaining tickets available are priced at either $100 or $50 and can be purchased by calling Plattduetsche Park Restaurant at 516-354-3131 or by visiting www.ringpromotions.com. Plattduetsche Park Restaurant is conveniently located at 1132 Hempstead Turnpike, just 1/2 mile east of Belmont Racetrack.
Undefeated middleweight George “Comanche Boy” Tahdoaahnippah headlines the May 15th “Sock ‘Em Rock ‘Em” event at the Comanche Nation Casino in Lawton, Oklahoma. Tahdooahnippah (18-0) battles Dan “Flawless” Wallace of Adrian, Michigan. Also featured is Lawton’s other native son jr middleweight Grady “Bad Boy” Brewer (24-13) plus up and coming Native American Marcus Oliveria (17-0) of Lawrence, Kansas in a light heavyweight contest. “I am very excited to be back in my hometown,” Tahdooahnippah said. “This is the Southern plains and it’s Comanche country. Dan Wallace is coming a long way from Michigan to be the first to beat me. I respect all my opponents, but him and I are at war and I will be victorious!” “Sock ‘Em Rock ‘Em” features six bouts with doors opening 6:30 and the first bout begins at 8pm Tickets are $50 (general admission) or $75 (VIP) and are now available at the Comanche Nation Casino, ticketstorm.com or by calling 866-966-1777. The promoter is Bill Zuhdi of CATBox Entertainment and the matchmaker is Bobby Dobbs. The Comanche Nation Casino is located at 402 SE Interstate Drive in Lawton, OK.
Today’s complete photo gallery in Las Vegas: Manny Pacquiao arrives at the Mandalay Bay; Ricky Hatton hits the MGM Grand; and Pacquiao goes through a light workout at the IBA Gym . . . Click here for exclusive photos by Chris Cozzone
After the media frenzy of his grand arrival earlier today at the Mandalay Bay, Manny Pacquiao closed the doors at Tony Rila’s IBA Gym for a quiet, first workout in Las Vegas. Stay tuned for a photo gallery later tonight with more photos of today’s arrival and Pacquiao’s workout.
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World ranked super middleweight Jesse Brinkley watched with interest this Saturday night as Carl Froch came from behind with seconds to go in the 12th and final round to stop former middleweight world champion Jermain Taylor and retain his WBC Super Middleweight title. The back and forth battle was broadcast live on SHOWTIME from the Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, CT . . . Click here for more
By Rick Scharmberg
Former world champions and ring legends Hector “Macho” Camacho Sr. (79-5-2, 38 KOs) and Luis Ramon “Yory Boy” Campas (92-14, 74 KOs) will collide in the main event on Saturday, May 9 in the Mark G. Etess Arena at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Camacho, still formidable at age 47, is 16-1-1 in his last eighteen bouts, dating back to 1998. Campas, meanwhile, is only two bouts removed from his 74th career knockout, a first round destruction of former world champion Alejandro “Terra” Garcia. The card, “Nations Collide 2”, is available live on pay-per-view. The promoters are Dee Lee Promotions, Unlimited vision Productions, and Real fighting Championships. (more…)
The mob of fans at the MGM Grand that greeted Ricky Hatton might not have been as large as the one at Mandalay Bay, that came to see Manny Pacquiao, but it was made up of fans who were just as rowdy. Manchester’s “Hitman” arrived on the scene at 1:30 today, for his PPV-televised showdown with Pacquiao Saturday night.
Top Rank publicist Lee Samuels called it “The greatest ring entrance in the history of Las Vegas.” Manny Pacquiao arrived in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay today at 12:30 before a mob of fans, for his Saturday showdown against Ricky Hatton, to be held at the MGM Grand. Plans to sign autographs and greet the crowd were quickly changed due to the size of the pushing, pulling mob, and Pacquiao had to be escorted through the casino to his hotel room.
Oscar de la Hoya’s sixth annual FIGHT NIGHT at SUNDANCE SQUARE in Forth Worth, Texas on May 8
will feature local hero and “Contender” star Brian Vera (16-2, 10 KO’s) against undefeated Craig McEwan (14-0, 9 KO’s) of Edinburgh, Scotland in a 10 round, middleweight bout. Also on the card are jr middle Charles Hatley (2-0), lightweight Adrian Bronner (8-0) and jr lightweight Carlos Velazquez (9-0) against opponents to be named.
Carl Froch, the undefeated World Boxing Council (WBC) super middleweight champion from Nottingham, England, came to America determined to make a lasting impression on U.S. fight fans. And that, to say the least, he did last Saturday night on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING when he rallied in the later rounds to register a dramatic, come-from-behind 12th-round knockout over the universally known and respected challenger Jermain Taylor. Froch, after getting decked in the third round and being outboxed for much of the match, entered the last round trailing Taylor, a former undisputed middleweight titleholder, by four points on two of the judges’ scorecards. Froch needed a knockout to avoid a split decision loss and claim victory in only his second professional fight on U.S. soil. To the astonishment of a packed theater at MGM Grand at Foxwoods and surely to everyone watching on SHOWTIME, he got it – in emphatic fashion, too. The determined Brit dropped Taylor with less than one minute remaining in the 12th. Taylor beat the count and Froch unleashed a furious barrage of finishing punches, forcing referee Michael Ortega to stop the fight with a mere 14 seconds remaining. The must-see fight will re-air on SHOWTIME 2 on Wednesday, April 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The bout will long be remembered for Froch’s final-round heroics, a session that became an instant candidate for “Round of the Year’’ and “Comeback of the Year.”
Current WBO 140lb champion and former WBC champion Tim Bradley’s email response to the WBC sent today after it was announced exclusively by Fightnews.com that Bradley had been stripped.
It has been a privilege representing the World Boxing Council as its super lightweight champion for the past 12 months and no one was more proud to wear that illustrious green belt than I. The WBC believed in me and recognized my victories, advancing my ratings accordingly. Because of your support I was able to challenge Junior Witter for the WBC title last year and defend it and unify it, and for that I will always be grateful. It is important that unified champions should be encouraged thus eliminating the title confusion that permeates the sport or the media that cover it and the fans who follow it. However, because the WBC has issued an edict to choose between titles, it is with a heavy heart that I relinquish my WBC title and allow the contenders below me to challenge for it. I will always cherish my reign as WBC super lightweight champion and I hope to have the opportunity to fight for that honor again.
Fresh off the biggest win of his career, Billy Lyell is looking toward bigger and better fights. After beating previously unbeaten WBO#2, WBC#3, IBF#6 “Irish” John Duddy (26-1) this past Friday, Team Lyell is exploring viable options for Lyell’s next middleweight bout which includes trying to land a fight with WBO and WBC middleweight champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik. Lyell’s manager, Pat Nelson, has been bombarded with offers since the fight with Duddy ended. Nelson states, “My phone was ringing before we left the ring. Most notably, we’ve been offered a rematch with Duddy this summer in Dublin, Ireland. Also, offers have come from Golden Boy Promotions and Sauerland Event, the German based company who promotes IBF middleweight champ Arthur Abraham. However, a fight with Pavlik seems to make the most sense.” (more…)
Both Nikolai Valuev and Ruslan Chagaev claimed to be the true WBA heavyweight champion when they met at a press conference in Helsinki today. Their May 30 showdown will be more than just the first-ever heavyweight title fight on Finnish soil. It will also be the chance for the Russian Giant to avenge the only loss of his career, which came in April 2007 when Chagaev shocked the boxing world by clinching a close majority decision. “I am coming to Helsinki to show that I am the real champion,” Valuev (50-1, 34 KOs) said. “I have made a lot of key changes since the defeat two years ago. I have appointed a new head coach, Alexander Zimin. He has changed my training routine completely and has made me a much better fighter. I have improved a lot. I have no doubts that I will leave the ring victorious this time out.” (more…)
Pound-for-pound king Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and IBO world junior welterweight champion Ricky “Hitman” Hatton will kick-off fight week today with their official red carpet grand arrivals! Both events are open to the public and fans are encouraged to come out and support their favorite fighter. Pacquiao, the five-division world champion from the Philippines, along with trainer world-famous Freddie Roach will arrive at the front entrance of Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino at noon. Hatton, the defending world champion from England, and his trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr., will arrive at the front entrance of the MGM Grand at 1:30 p.m.
By Alexey Potapov
Unbeaten WBO light middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk (36-0, 22 KOs) has given an exclusive interview to Fightnews.com in which he spoke about potential fights against James Kirkland, Paul Williams and more. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
Three weeks ago, WBC Super Lightweight Champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley scored the biggest win of his career as he came off the floor to unanimously outscore WBO champion Kendall Holt in the unification bout. In breaking developments, the WBC has contacted Fightnews exclusively to inform the boxing world that it is stripping Bradley for reneging on his promise to defend against #1 rated Devon Alexander after the Holt fight. Read on to see the explanation of WBC president Sulaiman as well as Bradley’s earlier communication to the WBC expressing his loyalty and requesting same from the organization. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
The odds are heavily stacked against South Africa’s Jeffrey Mathebula when he challenges Celestino Caballero of Panama for the IBF and WBA super bantamweight belts at the Arena Roberto Duran in Panama City on Thursday. The 32-year-old Caballero 31-2; 22 has just come off an outstanding victory over Steve Molitor in November last year when he added the IBF belt to his WBA belt that he won in October 2006 when he stopped Somsak Sitchatchawal in the third round. (more…)
All participants for Star Boxing’s “VIP Boxing” show weighed-in today at the NYS commission’s office. Below are the listed weights for Tuesday night’s show which will take place at the elegant Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, NY.
Vinny Maddalone 233 vs. Benji Baker 232 1/2
Curtis Stevens 169 vs. Don Mouton 166
Anthony Irons 152 1/4 vs. Rashad Bogar 152 3/4
Dominick DeSanto 144 1/4 vs. Ashanti Hendrickson 147
Jacques Louis 254 1/2 vs. Vernon Jenkins 273 1/2
When Star Boxing’s fan favorite heavyweight Vinny Maddalone (31-5, 22KO) steps into the ring this Tuesday, April 28th against Benji “Boom Boom” Baker (18-6, 9KO) at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, NY it will mark his ten year anniversary boxing in the professional ranks. Maddalone successfully turned pro on April 23, 1999, stopping Kinard Thomas at one minute twenty four seconds of the very first round. (more…)
On April 28th, Joe DeGuardia’s premier installment of “VIP Boxing” gets underway at the elegant Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, NY with an intriguing double header featuring Star Boxing’s Vinny Maddalone (31-5, 22KO) and Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (19-2, 14KO). Maddalone will be taking on Benji Baker (18-6, 9KO) in an eight round heavyweight bout, while Steven’s squares off against Dan Mouton (9-3-1, 8KO) in an eight round super middleweight contest. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA minimumweight champion Brahim Asloum defeated Humberto Pool by knockout in the third round on Monday night at La Palestre, Le Cannet, Alpes-Maritimes, in the southeast of France. The battle was the first appearance for Asloum since December of 2007. He has not been able to carry out a single defense after 17 months of reign. Asloum kept the fight at medium distance until the third round before landing some strong blows to the body of Pool that sent him down for the final count.
The knockout is always in the back of Carlos Abregu’s mind, and with an 80 percent KO track record, he knows he is more then capable. Abregu will put his stellar, unblemished 26-0 record, with 21 knockouts, on the line Friday, May 1, on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). The Argentine will face Puerto Rico’s Irving Garcia (17-3-3, 8 KOs) in the 10-round welterweight main event at the Chumash Casino Resort at Santa Ynez, Calif. Garcia, 30, is the World Boxing Council (WBC) Latin American welterweight champion and is undefeated in his last five fights. In the co-feature, Marvin Quintero (15-1, 12 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico, will take on Wes Ferguson (20-3-1, 6 KOs) of Las Vegas in an eight-round lightweight bout. The event which will emanate from the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif., is promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Referee Benji Estevez from US will be the third man on the ring when former world champion Wladimir Sidorenko and reigning champion Anselmo Moreno fight for the WBA bantamweight title at the Halle 7 in Bremen, Germany on Saturday. The three judges are Silvestre Abainza (Finland), Alfredo Polanco (Mexico) and Mikael Hook (Sweden). The fight supervisor is Renzo Bagnariol from Nicaragua.
By Alexey Sukachev
Promoters German Titov, Cesar Moreira and Arturo Moral of Stock Eventos SL joined their efforts yesterday to stage a local show in Matosinos, Portugal. Several Eastern Europe-based fighters took their part in the show. WBO #13 junior middleweight Sherzod Husanov (13-0, 7 KOs) of Uzbekistan scored a workmanlike eight-round unanimous decision over Slovakian no-hoper Patrick Hruska (12-38, 4 KOs). Andrey Isaev of Belarus, who is ranked #4 by the WBO in featherweight division, is now 20-1 with 7 KOs following his TKO 6 victory over Araik Sachbazjan (12-6, 5 KOs). Also super middleweight Alexander Krasilov (6-0-1, 3 KOs) knocked out Latvian Ruslans Pojonishevs (4-3-1, 3 KOs) in the first round. Meanwhile, in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, local super flyweight Timur Shailezov (WBA #10 and WBA I/C titleholder) is now 15-2-1, 3 KOs, after the third-round TKO over debutant Urmat Modubaev. Akyl Beckbolotov promoted.
By Alexey Sukachev
In a battle of giants, big (6’7’’) Polish heavyweight Mariusz Wach extended his perfect record to 21-0 with 9 KOs after the seventh-round technical knockout over even more robust (7’1’’) American Julius Long (15-12, 13 KOs) this Friday night at MOSiR Hall in Jaroslaw, Poland. Long hit the deck in the third round and was totally outgunned, trailing 53-60 (twice) and 52-60 before the fight was mercifully stopped by the referee at 2:17 of the round seven. In a stunner, aging Finnish journeyman “Ironman” Kai Kauramaki (15-15, 9 KOs) scored the victory of the lifetime when his opponent Mariusz Cendrowski (17-2-1, 7 KOs) was forced to retire early in round eight (at 0:17) claiming an elbow injury. (more…)
Rising middleweight star and one of boxing’s hottest prospects, Daniel “The Golden Child” Jacobs has been added to the much anticipated May 2nd pay-per-view undercard of Manny Pacquiao vs. Ricky Hatton: “The Battle of East and West” at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The highly touted prospect will be featured in the third of four pay-per-view undercard bouts against former two-time world amateur champion Mike Walker, who was originally slated to face James Kirkland, before Kirkland was KO’d by legal problems.
On Saturday, May 16, Rome will be back as the Italian capital of world boxing, thanks to OPI 2000 led by Salvatore and Christian Cherchi. At the prestigious Gran Teatro (3,040 seats), WBC world cruiserweight champion Giacobbe Fragomeni (26-1 with 10 KOs), will make his first defense against ‘El Diablo’ Krzysztof Wlodarczyk. (41-2 with 31 KOs). Born in Milan on August 13, 1969, Fragomeni is currently the most popular boxer in his country. On October 24, 2008, he won the vacant WBC crown defeating on points Rudolf Kraj. After eight action-packed rounds, the doctor stopped Fragomeni because of a cut; all the judges scored 77-74 in favor of Giacobbe who became champion in front of 3,500 screaming fans. It has to be noticed that Fragomeni sold-out the Palalido after 12 years. That’ s why a sell-out is expected in Rome too. (more…)
WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo Moreno (24-1-1, 8 KOs) and former champion Wladimir Sidorenko (21-1-2, 7 KOs) faced off today in Bremen, Germany, in advance of Saturday’s rematch. Moreno won their first fight on points in a closely contested affair. Both fighters promised a clear result this time. (More to come)
By Ron Jackson
Promoter Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions has announced that Australian based former IBF junior welterweight champion Lovemore Ndou will meet South Africa’s Phillip Ndou on a bumper bill at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on July 11. On the undercard two of South Africa’s brightest young prospects Tommy Oosthuizen and Jared Lovett will clash over ten rounds for the vacant IBO Youth light heavyweight title. Also featured will be South African bantamweight champion Simphiwe Vetyeka who returns to action after a long lay-off against Eric Barcelona from the Philippines in a match for the vacant IBO bantamweight title. The Ndou vs. Ndou bout is a most exciting attraction that will pull in the fans. (more…)
Pound-for-pound king Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and IBO world junior welterweight champion Ricky “Hitman” Hatton will kick-off fight week tomorrow with their official red carpet grand arrivals! Both events are open to the public and fans are encouraged to come out and support their favorite fighter. Pacquiao, the five-division world champion from the Philippines, along with trainer world-famous Freddie Roach will arrive at the front entrance of Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino at noon. Hatton, the defending world champion from England, and his trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr., will arrive at the front entrance of the MGM Grand at 1:30 p.m.
Former WBA heavyweight champion Greg Page has passed away at the age of 50 at his Louisville, Kentucky. In his final fight in 2001, Page suffered a a brain injury and during post-fight surgery suffered a stroke. Page’s wife told WHAS TV in Louisville that the ex-champ passed shortly after 5AM from multiple complications due to boxing injuries and paralysis. Page compiled a career record of 58 wins, 16 losses and one draw with 48 KOs.
Ringside Report by Billy “Loops” Luppert and Alex Dombroff
Photography by Emily Harney
Coming into Saturday night’s fight against former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor, there were three things that Carl Froch (25-0, 20 KOs) had never accomplished in his career. He never headlined a card in America , never defended a world title, and had never tasted the canvas both as an amateur or professional. Now he can add all three of these to his resume. Froch got up from a third round knockdown to score the biggest win of his career with a late twelfth round technical knockout over Taylor (28-3-1, 17 KOs). in dramatic fashion. He needed a knockout going into the final round and got exactly that as Froch knocked Taylor down late. Froch then pinned him against the ropes to finish him off as referee Michael Ortega waived off the bout with just 14 seconds left. With the win, Froch defended his WBC 168 lb. title for the first time after he won the vacant belt back in December with a points win over Jean Pascal. “Sweetness” Allan Green (28-1, 20 KOs) knocked down Carlos DeLeon, Jr. (21-3-2, 14 KOs) four times in the second round before referee Joe Lupino had finally seen enough and called a halt to the bout. The sold out seven bout fight card at the MGM Grand Theater inside of the MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, CT was promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Hennessy Sports. Click here for the entire ringside report and photo gallery.
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