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Espinoza Boxing has announced the signing of former world champion Vic Darchinyan.
Ukranian Timur Akhundov and French national champion Bastien Rozeaux will fight for the vacant World Boxing Federation World Featherweight title on March 30 at the AKKO International in Kiev.
Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero will appear live on ESPN’s Sports Center today during the 9:00 P.M. ET / 6:00 P.M. PT hour.
Photos: Rene Perez
WBA bantamweight champion Koki Kameda (29-1, 17 KOs) prepares for his next bout against Thai Panomroonglek Kaiyanghadaogym (36-1, 19 KOs) on April 7th in Osaka Japan. Kameda Camp is taking this training extra seriously because his challenger is left-handed and the last time Koki faced a lefty was three years ago when he suffered his only loss. That was against Pongsaklek Sitkanongsak who belonged to the same team as Panomroonglek. The fight will take place at the Prefectural Gymnasium in Osaka in Osaka, Japan. Kameda workout photo gallery
Early this evening at the elegant Casino de Monte Carlo in beautiful Monaco, Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves, hosted the final press conference and V.I.P meet-and-greet, for Saturday’s much anticipated event in Monaco. The event, promoted in association with Monte Carlo SBM Hotel and Casino, is headlined by red-hot WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (25-0, 22KOs) defending his title against former world champion Nobuhiro Ishida (24-8-2, 9KOs). The opening round of the Super 4 tournament matches Edwin Rodriguez (22-0, 15KOs) against Argentinean Olympian Ezequiel Osvaldo Maderna (19-0, 13KOs) and former two-division world champion Zsolt Erdei (33-0, 18KOs) squaring off against Denis Grachev (12-1-1, 8KOs). The card will be distributed in the United States and Canada on PPV. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
The odds are stacked against Isaac Chilemba, who fights Tony Bellew in Liverpool, England at the Echo Arena on Saturday night. Chilemba, a Malawian who fights out of Johannesburg, challenges the local favourite for his WBC silver light-heavyweight title. The 30-year-old Bellew, from Merseyside, has a record of 19-1, including 12 wins inside the distance.
Chilemba, 25, has built up an impressive record of 20-1-1, 9 KOs since making his professional debut in October 2005. He trains at the Alan Toweel Jr gym in Linden, Johannesburg. (more…)
The Quarterfinals Begin Tonight On The Ultimate Fighter
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WBO middleweight champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (28-0, 20 KOs) puts his title belt and unbeaten record on the line April 27 in his much-anticipated first world title defense against challenger Fernando Guerrero (25-1, 19 KOs) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Quillin was originally schedule to defend against Guerrero on February 9, however, the entire show was postponed due to an injury suffered by headliner Danny Garcia.
Quillin, who now lives in New York City (Manhattan) but trains for fights in Los Angeles, returns home to fight again in Brooklyn where he lived for several years. “I’m fortunate to have my fight shown around the world through Showtime and to be going back to fight in New York City where I built my name,” Quillin said. “There’s not too much else in my thought process other than working hard to defend my title belt. Everyone will see me at my best on April 27th because every camp is about getting better. (more…)
Rising undefeated junior middleweight prospect Alantez Fox (10-0-1, 4 KOs) will be making his third appearance of the year on April 20th against Djolevi Ballogou (8-4, 6 KOs) at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. The Maryland native Fox will square off with Ballogou in a scheduled 6 rounder. He is promoted by Boxing 360.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican prospects Andres “Jaguar” Gutierrez (25-0, 21 KOs) and Salvador Sanchez II (30-5-3, 18 KOs) will face off for the vacant WBC super bantamweight silver title on April 20 in San Antonio, Texas on the undercard of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez against Austin Trout. The Gutierrez-Sanchez winner could be close to a shot at a world championship.
HBO Sports will produce an all-new installment of the acclaimed Legendary Nights boxing documentary series, celebrating the most memorable fights in the network’s 40 years of presenting the sweet science. The one hour show will feature a retrospective on the three-fight slugfest between Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward.
“With June 2013 marking the tenth anniversary of the third fight of the landmark Gatti vs. Ward trilogy, we believe now is the ideal moment to revisit this classic rivalry,” says Ken Hershman, president of HBO Sports. “This retrospective will offer new perspectives and deliver revealing insights on the two ring warriors who produced this all-time great moment in boxing history. We plan to present the special on a night with a major fight on HBO, ensuring a memorable night of boxing programming.”
Story and photos by Boxing Bob Newman
This week’s edition of the ESPN2 Friday Night Fights is headlined by the relatively quick return of Brian Vera. Nine weeks after dispatching former WBO Jr. Middleweight champ Serhiy Dzinziruk in dominant fashion via a three-knckdown, tenth round TKO, Vera returns to the friendly confines of Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York to take on little known, Lithuanian-born, Chicago-based Donatas Bondorovas. Vera is 1-1 at the Upstate, New York venue- losing a hard fought majority decision to then 16-0 house fighter Isaac Rodrigues back in February of 2010 before returning to vanquish Dinziruk this past January 25th. The Austin, Texas resident took time out after his last sparring session this past weekend to talk to Fightnews about his upcoming fight and opponent, being without his head trainer for the second straight fight and his title aspirations and more… (more…)
Promoter Eddie Hearn announced today that WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns will fight mandatory challenger Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez (22-0, 17 KOs) at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Scotland on May 11. The show will be Burns’ first under the Matchroom Boxing banner. On March 19 the WBO ordered the Scottish star to face Gonzalez in view of ‘the failed opportunities’ given to Burns in recent times. Promoter Eddie Hearn was given five days to negotiate an agreement for the championship bout otherwise a purse bid would be ordered. Just hours before last night’s 12pm deadline, Hearn and Gonzalez’s promoter Peter Rivera agreed terms and contracts were signed for the May 11 bout.
“I’m really looking forward to May 11,” said Burns. “He’s a big puncher with a great KO record, but I’ve been in with big punchers before and that doesn’t worry me in the slightest. It’s great to have the date and name sorted now so I can just focus on getting myself in great shape for a big night in Glasgow.”
By Peter Kanjere
When Isaac ‘Golden Boy’ Chilemba take on Anthony Bellew at Echo Arena, Liverpool this Saturday in a WBC final light heavyweight eliminator, Malawi will certainly be at a stand still. Chilemba, 25, is Malawian but relocated to South Africa in 2003, hence the immense attention in the South East African nation ahead of Saturday’s twelve-rounder.
“He is our own and we will be partying after his win. I am talking about winning because there is no way this guy [Bellew] from England can defeat Isaac,” Chilemba’s cousin George said from the commercial city of Blantyre last Wednesday. (more…)
The following is one of WBC President Jose Sulaiman’s weekly “Hook to the Liver” columns that are published in El Universal every Sunday. From March 24, translated from Spanish:
By Jose Sulaiman
It is difficult for me to understand the aggressive society of today, when in politics, as well as in everyday life, all are against all; countries of brother blood fighting amongst each other; it’s just human nature.
We must pause to consider that we come from cavemen, clothed in animal skins, who fought for food, women, and for leadership among the tribes, so nothing has changed.
But, today it is done in smoking jackets for French dinners, democratic elections for good or for bad; with Lincoln limosines, instead of walking in bare feet, and for women scented with Chanel perfume and silk luxury dresses. The matter is that fighting was, and still is, a way of life … to get what we want. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
The other day as I was at the Elite MMA Academy in Santa Fe Springs, California to speak with Abner Mares on his upcoming fight with Daniel Ponce de Leon. I could not help but to glance over to see who was punching away as the sound was loud and heavy. From a distance I see trainer Clemente Medina holding the heavy punch pad and there was junior lightweight hard punching Mexican Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson (26-2, 24 KOs) punching away.
“Well this is a change in my team and camp to relocate here to Los Angeles. It is totally different training here compared to Mexico. In Mexico it’s all about sparring who is the toughest and strongest. Here it’s all about boxing, using more defense, working on strength and conditioning,” Thompson told Fightnews.com. (more…)
By Jeff Zimmerman
For the former 2008 U.S. Olympian Luis “The Latin Legend” Yanez, the sweet science has been anything but sweet since his much ballyhooed pro debut back in 2009, yet he remains as confident as ever and still dreams of a world title. Although still undefeated as a pro at 6-0-1, Yanez has fought mostly in obscurity around his home state of Texas for the last 5 years. Not exactly the path to a world title and the potential for big paydays that most former Olympians enjoy. A series of issues with sponsors, advisors and others put his once promising career on ice.
“Well all I can say about that is you have to be careful who you let in your circle. In a way though it has been a blessing, I fought for 10 years without a break and I had some nagging injuries that were finally able to heal. So just a combination of things but I’m ready now to take it to the next level.” (more…)
Famed 1950s fighter Gaspar Ortega will be a guest at the 24th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend set for June 6-9 in Canastota, N.Y.
David Haye will announce a two-fight comeback with a challenge against either Klitschko. More in The Telegraph.
A broken thumb has derailed top contender Vanes Matirosyan from fighting April 6 in Macau, China.
Macau’s first world championship boxing card becomes the first boxing event to have it’s own theme song and music video
The Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel is pulling out all stops for world championship boxing’s first-ever appearance in Macau by producing boxing’s first-ever music video featuring its own theme song. Performed by Stephanie Cheng (郑融), The “Fists of Gold” Theme Song Music Video (“皇金拳賽”主題曲MV) made its world premiere today and already it’s climbing up the charts.
“It’s a new era in boxing and Macau is the new frontier. Top Rank is proud to be a part of it with Sands China Ltd.,” said Hall of Fame promoter BOB ARUM. “A music video theme song for a boxing event? Incredible! Let the Shiming Dynasty begin!” (more…)
By Felipe Leon
This Friday, March 29th, V&B Promotions, led by San Diego-based trainer Joe Vargas and once Tijuana fighter Emilio Bojorquez, returns with their second offering at the Tijuana Municipal Auditorium with a fight card of promising talent from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. In the main event, Bojorquez’s little brother and Vargas trained super bantamweight Christian “Huevo” Bojorquez (9-0, 2KOs) will return to his native city to take on the gritty Cesar De La Mora (3-3-1, 2KOs) in an eight rounder.
Bojorquez has not seen action since late last year when he stopped Daniel Gonzalez in the first round but he really made his name when he won a controversial split decision against Walter “School Boy” Sarnoi in a war in which both men met the canvas twice. Now he will face the tough De La Mora whose record does not serve him justice. Despite his record being .500, De La Mora is known for being a tough out for anybody. (more…)
By Bill Green
Photo: Chris Cozzone
When fight fans tune into Saturday night’s highly anticipated rematch between Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios and Mike “Mile High” Alvarado on HBO, they may want to take note of the opening televised bout as undefeated Omaha, Nebraska prospect Terence “Bud” Crawford (19-0, 15 KOs) takes on Columbian power puncher Breidis Prescott (26-4, 20 KOs) in a scheduled ten round jr welterweight matchup.
Prescott’s original opponent, WBA world champion Khabib Allakhverdiev, injured his elbow thus opening the way for Prescott vs Crawford to materialize. Crawford agreed to step in, in hopes of showing HBO/Top Rank why he is considered to be one of the next young rising stars in boxing. FightNews spoke with Crawford before he takes on what most believe his toughest challenge to date. (more…)
Belgian female world champion Delphine Persoon take on Kremena Petkova in a WBC final eliminator next Friday in the Topsporthal Vlaanderen, Gent, Belgium. Petkova was recently beaten by Klara Svensson at 140lbs but now she comes back to her own division to face the local star. Persoon hopes a win will give her a fight against Erica Anabella Farias from Argentina for her green belt.
On the undercard of this excellent show will see action of Sasha Yengoyan against Estonion Sergei Melis. Former EBU champion Ermano Fegatelli will face Karim Chakim for the 3rd time. They won one each. Current EBU-EU champion Jackson “Sugar” Osei Bonsu faces a tough test against French champion Frank Haroche Horta. Ismael Abdoul goes over 8 rnds against Croation Tony Visic. Visic is known in Belgium for his win and close loss against WBC Youth champion Hervé Hubeaux.
Bilal Laggoune vs Joel Tambwe Djeko, Tony Ingelrest vs Astrando Arduin and Gian Carlo Liesdek vs Carlos Torres Suarez will complete the show.
Date: Friday March 29, 2013
Venue: Topsporthal Vlaanderen, Gent, Belgium
Promoter: Claude Vandenheede (International Boxing Event)
TV: SPORT10 and AVS
Sauerland Event has informed that the injury that caused Arthur Abraham’s eye to swell shut in his bout against Robert Stieglitz on Saturday is not serious. “No bone or eye damage, just swelling.”
Banner Promotions has signed welterweight Cornelius Whitlock (1-0-1, 1 KO) to a promotional contract. He will next fight on March 29th as part of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights undercard at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.
The 25th WBO Annual Convention will take place in Budapest, Hungary this year, and a few months earlier than usual. The event will be held at the Intercontinental Budapest, from August 26 to August 30, 2013.
By Malte Müller-Michaelis
WBO cruiserweight world champion Marco Huck met 50 Cent in Berlin on Sunday night where the rap superstar, actor and boxing promoter presented his new movie “All Things Fall Apart.” 50 Cent said he’s a big fan of Huck because of his aggressive style. Huck invited the rapper to his upcoming fight against Ola Afolabi which will be promoted by Don King on May 11th in Hannover, Germany.
(The man on the left is Huck’s younger brother Kenan Huck.)
After being on the sore end of a controversial verdict against Shayne Singleton earlier this month, Driffield’s Curtis Woodhouse became a media phenomenon days later when he tracked down a social media abuser and forced the troll into an embarrassing backtrack. With a hectic period now behind him, Woodhouse is now looking forward and his next outing will take place on May 17th at Sheffield’s Pond Forge Arena. Dave Coldwell is looking forward to seeing his entertaining charge back in the ring. (more…)
By James Slater
Veteran Audley Harrison, who bounced back yet again in claiming the “Prizefighter” tournament for a second time last month, has reportedly been offered a big opportunity of a fight with unbeaten “Bronze Bomber” Deontay Wilder.
According to Pat Sheehan of U.K tabloid The Sun, 2000 Olympic gold medallist Harrison, 31-6(23) is “mulling over the offer.” The fight would go ahead on the under-card of the April 27th showdown between Amir Khan and Julio Diaz in Sheffield. (more…)
Tony Bellew talks about his WBC light heavyweight World title final eliminator against Isaac Chilemba on Saturday at the Echo Arena, Liverpool. The Bellew-Chilemba clash can be seen on Wealth TV and WealthTV.com.
Bellew-Chilemba will follow the eagerly anticipated rematch of last year’s British fight of the year: Derry Mathews vs. Anthony Crolla. Also on the card are a cracking pair of English title fights as Rocky Fielding defends his super middleweight title against Wayne Reed and unbeaten Liverpool starlet Jazza Dickens faces Jon Fernandes for the vacant super bantamweight title. (more…)
Team Sauerland has announced that Erik Skoglund (15-0, 9 KOs) will take on fellow unbeaten youngster Luke Blackledge (13-0-1, 5 KOs) for the WBC Youth light heavyweight title in Frederikshavn on April 13. Blackledge came to fame last June when he knocked out Danish star Mads Larsen in the fourth round. He was originally slated to face Rudy Markussen, but a neck injury forced Markussen to pull out of the fight. In the main event, WBA, WBC & WBO female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus will be defending her titles against Mia St. John.
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Friday night at the Ogden, Utah, Marriott Hotel Ballroom, undefeated West Jordan, Utah super-featherweight Jose Haro moved to 7-0 with a six-round decision over journeyman Juan Jaramillo, of Keziah, Ore. Haro’s movement and hand speed gave him a close edge in every round against the plodding Jaramillo 8-12-2, who attempted cut off the ring.
In the co-feature, undefeated Steve Rolls, a super-middleweight from Toronto, Canada, moved to 4-0 by stopping Simon Rucalvaba, South Lake Tahoe, Calif., in the fourth round. Rolls used a strong body attack to wear down Ruvalcaba 4-11-2. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
The following was posted on Sam Soliman’s web page regarding the doping allegations against him:
Doping rules exist to prevent unfairness in sports, including boxing. We applaud them. However, when organizations violate their own anti-doping rules and procedures, as has happened in this case, honest boxers like Sam Soliman can be falsely accused and suffer serious reputational harm. Mr. Soliman did not commit any doping offense whatsoever. He did not consume any substance outside the IBF rules of his bout, and conducted himself honorably, diligently, and in full compliance with the relevant IBF anti-doping provisions. The A-Sample did not test positive for any substance identified under the relevant rules, and testing of the B-Sample, as yet unopened, with identical results will in no way change that truth. The B-Sample should be opened by a licensed, trusted, and impartial laboratory in the United States and tested for the relevant, agreed-upon substances under the proper conditions. We look forward to Mr. Soliman’s full exoneration and the continuation of his career as an athlete of integrity.
Team Soliman Management. March 23, 2013.
Mr. Sam Soliman is represented by an international team of sports-law experts: Michael Bates Esq. Melbourne, Kurt Emhoff, Brooklyn, New York, Rick Collins, Esq. Mineola, New York, and Prof. Dr. Rainer Cherkeh, Hanover, Germany.
Report and photos by Bob Ryder
It’s a common and accepted practice that after a young fighter like Vernon Paris has been out of the ring for a year after suffering his first loss, that you allow him an easy one in his return. Saturday night at Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, MI, promoter Greg Ahrens and matchmaker Carlos Llinas took the concept to the max as they put former top ten contender Paris in with perennial opponent Guy Packer from Battle Creek. As expected, Detroit’s Paris fighting at welterweight had an easy time of it in stopping Packer at 1:29 of round three. Guy tried as always, and is game, but the skill discrepancy between the two was significant. Paris took a couple of minutes to warm up in the first before scoring a knockdown near the end of the round. Vernon would score two more knockdowns in the second as he unloaded with his whole arsenal, landing body shots and uppercuts at will. Paris now (27-1,16 KO’s) scored yet another knockdown in the third and when he had Packer slumping and in distress along the ropes referee Steve Daher mercifully came in and stopped the slaughter. Packer falls to (4-39-2,1 KO). (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Koos Sibiya won the Gauteng junior lightweight title when he beat defending champion Nkosinathi Ntshangase on a majority points decision in an entertaining and fast paced ten round bout at the Orlando Community Centre in Soweto on Sunday afternoon. Judges Jaap van Nieuwenhuizen and Simon Mokadi scored it 97-93 and 96-94 whilst judge Joseph Chaane had it 95-95. However, the fight was closer than reflected on the scorecards. Using his height and reach advantages the 29-year-old Ntshangase (8-4-1, 6 KOs) jabbed his way to an early lead. The 30-year-old Sibiya who improved his record to (17-9-2, 1 KO) came on strong in the later rounds which possibly influenced two of the judges. Ntshangase weighed in at 58.70kg and Sibiya at 58.10kg. The referee was Simon Xamlashe. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
In an IBF junior featherweight title eliminator Jeffrey Mathebula won on a unanimous 12 rounds points decision over Takalani Ndlovu in a closely fought contest at the Carnival City Gambling Resort in Brakpan on Saturday night. The scores were 116-112 on all three judges scorecards.
In the co-feature Vusi Malinga outscored Filipino Diarh Gabuton over 12 rounds in an IBF bantamweight title eliminator. The scores were 117-111, 116-112 and 115-113. (more…)
Robert Guerrero will be a guest on “The 700 Club” hosted by Pat Robertson on Monday, March 25, with his wife, Casey, to talk about their faith and journey.
Filipino boxers Dayer Gabutan and Eduard Penerio didn’t fare too well in Johannesburg, South Africa, over the weekend. More
Worcester’s top pro, Edwin Rodrigue, and top amateur, Owen Minor, both have a big week ahead. More in their hometown paper.
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Onesongchai Boxing Promotion
WBO#8/WBA#13 feather Chonlatarn Or Piriyapinyo (46-1,29 KOs) impressively stopped PABA#13 Nathan Bolcio (11-5-2, 4 KOs) in round five on Friday at the OTOP Center of Khueangnai in Ubonrachathani, Thailand. This bout was the vacant PABA championship match of 126lb division in which Chonlatarn has also been the WBO Asia-Pacific title holder.
Filipino Bolcio made a good start when he surprisingly attacked Thai fighter, dominating at least two of the first three rounds. The tide was changed when experienced Chonlatarn weakened his foe with his vicious bodyshots and he almost floored his opponent with his tough left hooks at the last minute of round four. Finally, the bout was ended when the local hero speeded his assault, dropping the Filipino with his tough combinations. Although Bolcio could stand to break the count but he was not in a good condition, so referee Prommase Chaksuraka decided to stop the contest at 1:16 of round five. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Fighting in front of his home crowd for the first time in his young pro career, Frederick, MD junior middleweight Dillon “The Stalker” Hayman entertained a packed house at the Frederick Fight Club in and out of the ring.
The 19-year-old Hayman walked to the ring in total darkness with gothic-sounding chants playing over the PA system while wearing a black shroud. Once he entered the ring, Hayman entertained the crowd again as he fought and won a four-round majority decision in a very competitive bout against a very tough Stanley “The New Chinchecker” Harvey of San Diego, CA. (more…)
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