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- Weights from Atlanta
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- "The Hebrew Hammer" fights tonight
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- Weights from Washington DC; Camacho Jr. fight scratched
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- Cuadras, Salgado make weight
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By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
The record of Baltimore welterweight James “Keep ‘Em Sleepin'” Stevenson remained perfect tonight with a second round TKO over Westminster, MD’s Ken Dunham in the main event of the Baltimore Pro Boxing card at Martin’s West in Woodlawn, MD. Stevenson dropped Dunham four times using a strong barrage of body shots before referee Gary Camponeschi stopped the contest at 2:35 of the second round. Stevenson is now 7-0, seven KO’s while Dunham is now 5-8, three KO’s. The knockout earned Stevenson the East Coast Championship and an extra $500. (more…)
The Garage Sports Bar and Grill, 2241 Crowne Point Dr., in Cincinnati will host the “open to the public” weigh-in for “3 THE HARD WAY” at 5 pm on Friday afternoon. Featured fighters who will be present at the weigh-in include welterweight contender and 2000 Olympic Silver Medalist Ricardo Williams Jr., Sensational Welterweight prospect Rashad Holloway and current amateur phenom and 2-Time US Olympian Rau’Shee Warren.
Advance tickets, priced at $82.75, $43.75 and $26.75, for “3 THE HARD WAY” can be purchased online through Ticketmaster atwww.ticketmaster.com or by phone at 513-562-4949.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Jean Pascal (21-1 14KO) returns home to his Montreal fans for the first time in over a year-and-a-half as he headlines the April 4th show at the Casino de Montreal. This marks the first fight for the super-middleweight since his championship loss versus Carl Froch as he looks to get back on track against fellow title contender Pablo Nievas (22-5-1 15KO) of Argentina. “This is the fight where we see where he can go and what he has learnt,” said promoter Yvon Michel of Pascal who went twelve versus Froch for the vacant WBC title and came out on the wrong end of a unanimous decision. (more…)
By Scott Ploof and Billy “Loops” Luppert at ringside
For the first time since 1967, big time boxing has returned to Worcester, MA’s own Mechanics Hall as it was a “Homecoming” of sorts for Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriquez as he was successful in his first professional fight in his hometown and in front of a packed audience as he stopped veteran Patrick Thompson in the second round at 2:11 after Thompson’s corner threw in the towel. Rodriguez (10-0, 7 KOs) was relentless and went right after Thompson (15-14-1, 5 KOs). He dropped Thompson with a sharp right hook early in the second and then finished him off just a short time later. The “Homecoming” fight card is promoted by DiBella Entertainment. The card is being taped for later broadcast on the popular New York City boxing series, “Broadway Boxing.”
Junior lightweight Ryan Kielczewski improved to (4-0, 1 KO) with a third round TKO over Aaron Chavez. Kielczewski was in control the whole fight, firing away on Chavez. Chavez (2-2) showed a solid chin in withstanding some hard shots. In round three however, Kielczewski drilled Chavez with a right uppercut that he never saw coming and Chavez was out on his back. Chavez tried to beat the count, but the referee determined Chavez was in no condition to continue. Time of the stoppage 2:44.
Middleweight Philip Jackson Benson improved to (3-0, 3 KOs) with a second round TKO over Dameon Marshall (0-2). Marshall was out of gas at the end of round one, and in the second was dropped by a big right hand. He was able to beat the count but was cracked with another huge right hand that sent him down to the canvas and referee Carmelo Oquendo waived off the fight at 1:32 of the round.
Junior middleweight Dustin Reinhold (1-0, 1 KO) was impressive in his first professional bout as he stopped Valdrin Muriqi (0-1) in the fourth round at :42. The fight could have been stopped in round two by referee Bob Benoit as Reinhold landed hook after hook over the taller Muriqi. Reinhold had Muriqi hurt throughout most of the fight and was able to put him away in the final round.
Light heavyweight Valar Boise (1-0, 1 KO) was successful in his first professional bout as he stopped veteran Houston Crayton (0-4) in the second round at 1:17 after his corner threw in the towel. Boise delivered the better punches and out-landed Crayton throughout.
Ireland’s own Stephen Ormond (3-0, 1 KO) now fighting out of Long Island, NY made short work out of Philadelphia’s Jonathan Ocasio (0-4) by stopping him after one round of boxing. Ormond dominated that round landing solid punches. Ocasio, on advice from the ringside physician, was unable to come out of his corner for round two and thus the fight was stopped by referee Bob Benoit.
By Joe Koizumi
WBC#4 Japanese super-fly champ Daigo Nakahiro (20-2, 8 KOs), 115, kept his national belt as he pounded out a nearly lopsided decision (100-89, 99-91 and 98-91) over mandatory challenger Kenji Saegusa (18-8-1, 9 KOs), 114.5, over ten frames on Thursday in his native Hiroshima, Japan. Nakahiro, an intelligent sharpshooter (graduate of Hiroshima Univ.), quickly floored the game challenger with a well-timed left hook in the opening session, and continually took the initiative all the way. Saegusa inexplicably changed his stance to southpaw in this bout and kept on fighting in his unfamiliar stance only to lose almost every round. The speedy champ had him at bay in the last three sessions but failed to finish the fading but still game opponent.
Undercard: Koji Itagaki (8-1, 3 KOs), 108, came off the canvas twice in the third, and earned a majority duke (77-74 twice and 75-75) over ex-OPBF champ Genki Ohnaka (15-5-1, 8 KOs), 108, a tall and lanky southpaw, over eight. Itagaki fought back hard from the fourth on and battered the ex-champ to the punch down the stretch. Promoter: Hiroshima Sanei Promotions.
By Joe Koizumi
Ex-Japanese flyweight champ Kenji Yoshida (14-9, 5 KOs), 114.25, showed a quite different style in outjabbing Jockeylek Sithsoei (10-10-1, 2 KOs), 108.5, winning a shutout decision (80-74 twice and 80-73) over eight on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. Yoshida, a notorious bull-fighter always boring in from the head, didn’t display his favorite third punch but kept jabbing and outpunching the game but mediocre Thai opponent all night. But Yoshida seemed to have left his usual zip in a dressing room. Japanese #6 feather Retsuri Lee (12-1-1, 7 KOs), 128, overwhelmed stylish Thailander Daochai Sithsoei (9-7-1, 2 KOs), 125.75, had him on the deck twice and halted him at 1:35 of the fifth round in a supporting eight. Daochai, formerly an excellent amateur boxer, failed to become an Olympian out of Thailand, but looked short of necessary durability and power to be successful in the paid ranks. Promoter: Yokohama Hikari Promotions.
Thursday was media day in Cincinnati as the featured local fighters on “3 THE HARD WAY”, held a public workout and hit the television and radio stations with thoughts on this Saturday night’s world class boxing event at the U.S. BANK ARENA . . . click here for more
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) is proud to confirm the remaining bouts for its first-ever event in Nashville, Tennessee. Ryan Bader, Carmelo Marrero, Tyson Griffin, Rafael dos Anjos, Cole Miller, Junie Browning, Gleison Tibau, Jeremy Stephens, Ricardo Almeida, Matt Horwich, Brock Larson, Jesse Sanders, Tim Credeur, Nick Catone, Jorge Rivera, Nissen Osterneck, Rob Kimmons, Joe Vedepo, Tim McKenzie, Aaron Simpson, Ryan Jensen and Steve Steinbeiss complement a stellar main event between former WEC® welterweight champion Carlos Condit and Martin Kampmann at UFC Fight Night™ Live on Spike TV Wednesday, April 1 at 9:00p.m. ET/PT from the Sommet Center . . . Click here for more
For Humberto “Zorrita” Soto of Los Mochis, Mexico the first defense of his WBC Super Featherweight title couldn’t have come at a better place, since Tijuana is where he has been preparing for his fights for most of his professional career. “I want to look good in Tijuana, because this is the place where I spent most of my time training and I spent a lot time here and have enjoyed my time in this city. It will be like a homecoming fight for me no doubt about it,” said Soto, who again is training at the CREA gym in Tijuana for his first title defense. Soto will take on Antonio Davis on Saturday, March 28 in the big championship card “Tijuana Thunder” to be telecast on pay-per-view by Top Rank and headlined by Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and Luciano Cuello. (more…)
A hotly-contested 140-pound world title unification fight between confident, talented world champions Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley and Kendall “Rated R” Holt will take place on Saturday, April 4, live on SHOWTIME at 10:45 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). In what is being called the biggest international boxing event in Montreal, Canada, since Roberto Duran defeated Sugar Ray Leonard nearly 30 years ago, Bradley and Holt will meet at the historic Bell Centre to unify their respective WBC and WBO titles. In the co-feature on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, Librado Andrade (27-2, 21 KOs) returns to Montreal to take on Ukraine’s Vitali Tsypko (22-2, 12 KOs) in an IBF super middleweight elimination bout. The main event fighters and their promoters spoke on an international media conference call Thursday. (more…)
Promoter Kathy Duva of Main Events officially announced on St. Patrick’s Day at the Legends bar and restaurant in New York City that middleweight contender John Duddy (26-0, 17 KOs) will go toe-to-toe with veteran Billy Lyell (18-7, 3 KOs) on Friday, April 24th at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Duddy and cruiserweight Patrick Farrell – who is also fighting on the undercard – signed autographs for the fans but did not partake in the traditional celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. “I’m in training in Miami and of all the nights to have to go back they have to pick tonight,” said Duddy. “So have a pint for me!” Duva said: “I am happy to return to the Prudential Center with another installment of the ‘Main Event Boxing Series’ featuring one of today’s most exciting fighters. I know John Duddy’s fans will be as loud and colorful as the Polish fans were when Adamek fought at the Prudential Center!” In February, Duva promoted the first defense of IBF cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek against Johnathon Banks at the Prudential Center. She was also the promoter when Adamek captured his title from Steve Cunningham in December 2008 at the same location. An exciting undercard showcasing world-class and top local fighters will be announced shortly. Tickets are $38, $53, $78, $103, or $253, and can be purchased at Prudential Center Box Office or by calling TicketMaster at 201-507-8900.
By Felipe Leon
It has been recently reported that general admission tickets for the PPV mega fight card “Latin Fury 8-Tijuana Thunder” being held at the Plaza de Toros Monumental in Tijuana, MX, on Saturday, March 28th will be free with a donation of canned goods or a kilo of dried food such as beans, rice or flour. The donations can be made at the Tijuana Municipal Palace, Mexico’s version of city hall or at La Mejor 97.7FM, a local regional radio station. It has also been reported that the floor of the 22,000 capacity venue has been set up as the VIP section with tickets being sold to the public. Preferred assigned seating runs from $75-$105 while the limited ringside seats are priced between $145-$175. (more…)
Unbeaten former lightweight champion Paul Spadafora (40-0-1, 16 KOs) has pulled out of his March 31 fight in Pittsburgh due to a sprained left ankle suffered while doing roadwork. Spadafora, who has reunited with former trainer Jesse Reid, was slated to face Carlos Mairena (20-11-1, 17 KOs). That bout may be shifted to another Mike Acri-promoted card on May 9 in Niagara Falls, NY.
The number of fighters who have become world champions after appearing on ShoBox The New Generation since its inception in July 2001 stands at 30. That means viewers likely will be witnessing a future world titleholder approximately every fourth telecast. So who’ll be the 31st ShoBox alum to graduate into greatness? Will it be the supremely talented Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell? Perhaps the rapidly improving Ronald “The Chosen One” Hearns? Or will one of their opponents elevate their status with an upset victory? Stay tuned. The unbeaten fighters return to SHOWTIME on March 28, when super middleweight Dirrell and junior middleweight Hearns face Derrick “Superman” Findley and “Lightning” Harry Joe Yorgey, respectively, in 10-round bouts on a special Saturday edition of ShoBox (live at 11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). (more…)
By Lee Bates
Saturday’s WBC heavyweight title fight between Vitali Klitschko and Juan Carlos Gomez has been bumped from ESPN and will now be seen on ESPN Classic live at 6PM Eastern. The bout will be also be reairing on short turnaround at 7PM Eastern on ESPN2.
Memphis based Prize Fight Boxing has inked middleweight former amateur standout Dominic Wade of Largo, Maryland to a multi-year promotional agreement. After three attempts for his pro debut, Wade finally entered the professional ranks in stunning fashion last weekend at the Fitzgerald Casino in Tunica, Mississippi. Wade’s bout took less than thirty seconds when he knocked out previously unbeaten Chris Davis (3-0, 1 KO). Just 18 years old, Wade had a decorated amateur background as he was a four-time Junior Olympic Champion and fought his way to the 2007 Olympic Boxing Trials. Wade is trained by Barry Hunter who also shares managerial responsibilities with Paul Wade, who is Dominic’s father. Hunter is known for bringing brothers Anthony and Lamont Peterson as well as Fernando Guerrero to boxing prominence.
Where will Aretha Franklin be celebrating her birthday this coming Wednesday? Where will Philip Anselmo of the platinum-selling world renowned, Pantera and Down, be partying loud and proud? Where will Jim Lampley of HBO fame be the master emcee? Answer: The Kronk Foundation’s mega fundraiser. It will be Metro Detroit’s biggest bash, and it will pack quite a punch. (more…)
Tickets are now sold out for Saturday’s WBA world super bantamweight title defense of champion Ricardo Cordoba againt Irish star Bernard Dunne at The O2 in Dublin, Ireland. The weigh in and final pre fight press conference take place Friday at 2PM in the Grosvenor Room at the Ballsbridge Court Hotel (formerly the Berkeley Court Hotel) and the event is open to the public.
Ricardo Cordoba: The title is coming back to Panama with me because I’m not going to give up this belt. I have worked too hard to become world champion to just throw it all away. I’m very confident and I feel in great shape. In fact the last time I felt as good before a fight was when I beat Celestino Caballero back in 2004 so if that’s anything to go by Dunne is in a lot of trouble.
Bernard Dunne: This is the big one but I’m the underdog so there’s no real pressure on me. I have everything to gain and he has everything to lose. The atomsphere in The O2 is going to be fantastic. My training camp has been the hardest of my career but I’ve really enjoyed it and the time’s flown. I just can’t wait to get in there now on Saturday night and do the business and make it a great day for Irish sport.
Photos: André Boge/Universum Box-Promotion
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Susi Kentikian 111.5 vs. Elena Reid 111.9
(WBA/WIBF flyweight world championship)
Sebastian Zbik 159.3 vs. Ruben Varon 159.1
(WBO Inter-Continental middleweight title)
Sebastian Köber 222.6 vs. Jean Claude Bikoi 210.3
Igor Michalkin 179 vs. Jose Tavares 180.7
Arthur Matern 154.9 vs. Michael Recloux 157.6
Venue: SportHalle Hamburg
Promoter: Universum Box-Promotion
TV: ProSieben (Germany)
By Alexey Sukachev
Russian cruiserweight hope Denis Lebedev (16-0, 11 KOs) is in for a tough test this Sunday night. Hard-hitting boxer-puncher Lebedev, 29, is scheduled to face well-known Cuban heavyweight-turned-cruiserweight Eliseo Castillo (20-2-1, 15 KOs) in a non-title eight-rounder, which will headline a huge amateur tournament, arranged in honor of the PBFR president and former unpaid ranks’ superstar Victor Petrovich Ageev. The fight, as well as the tournament, will be held at local Palace of Culture in Balashikha, several kilometers east to Moscow, and will start at approximate time 3 PM. (more…)
After hosting six successive world championship super bantamweight fights, Orion Sports Management are set to welcome a former world champion and former title challenger hoping to get back to the top of the 122 pound division this Friday March 20th at Casino Rama in Orillia Ontario. Mauricio Martinez (35-8-1 23 KO) of Panama, a former WBO bantamweight champion battles former title challenger Heriberto Ruiz (40-7-2 23KO) of Mexico as the main event in Rumble at Rama VII, the first fight card at the facility not to feature former IBF champion and hometown hero Steve Molitor. (more…)
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Marco “Captain” Huck will make the third defence of his European Cruiserweight Title in Bamberg on May 9 when he takes on former world champion Firat Arslan. “I have great memories of Bamberg,” Huck said. “In May 2007, I defeated Vadim Tokarev in a title eliminator. It was a great fight – the crowd support really was superb. I look forward to returning.” Huck´s meeting with Arslan will certainly be a special one, and it is sure to draw a lot of interest in Germany. “It is about the honour,” Huck said. “It will be the fight of two boxers who are under contract with German promoters. Such meetings are special. I will definitely not disappoint my manager and my coach. I am very confident of winning.” Captain Huck clinched the European title last September when he stopped Jean Marc Monrose in the 12th round. The explosive 24-year-old has knocked out Fabio Tuiach and Geoffrey Batello since then.
Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES) announced today that it has signed super middleweight prospect James McGirt, Jr. to an exclusive, multi-year promotional contract. The 26-year-old McGirt (19-2-1, 9 KOs), born in Brentwood, New York and now fighting out of Vero Beach (FL), is scheduled to make his CES debut on “River Rage” on May 22 at Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island. James is trained by his father, James “Buddy” McGirt, 2-time world champion and former Trainer of the Year. “CES doesn’t give-up on fighters after a loss as long as he has learned from a set-back and shown me he still has fire burning in his stomach to be a world champion,” Burchfield said.
By Alexey Sukachev
American Danny Batchelder is now off as Alexander Ustinov’s possible opponent on Saturday’s huge Stuttgart boxing card. Batchelder suffered a nasty cut and was forced to withdraw from the collision. Replacing him is Brazilian national champion Rafael Zumbano (20-4-1, 17 KOs), who will meet WBA-ranked Ustinov (14-0, 12 KOs) in a non-title eight-rounder. The main event of the show is the WBC heavyweight showdown between champion Vitaly Klitschko and mandatory challenger Juan Carlos Gomez.
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