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By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBO welterweight world champion Miguel Cotto has announced that Puerto Rican countryman Joe Santiago is his new trainer. The change came after Cotto parted ways with his uncle and longtime trainer Evangelist Cotto in a highly publicized incident last week. Santiago and Cotto began training this week in Tampa, Florida for the first defense of his title against IBF champ Joshua Clottey on June 13 in Madison Square Garden. Santiago has been with Cotto for a number of years as a nutritionist. Evangelista Cotto had been with Miguel for nearly 16 years.
By Francisco Salazar
Ten time world champion in six weight divisions and future boxing hall of famer, “Golden Boy” Oscar de la Hoya announced his retirement at a press conference moments ago in Los Angeles. A very emotional Oscar stated, “These last four months have been very difficult for me. I’m announcing my retirement. I’ve been doing this since I was five years old. Boxing is the love of my life, boxing is my passion, boxing is what I was born to do. When I can’t compete, it’s not fair to me and it’s not fair to my fans. I’ve come to the conclusion it’s over inside the ring for me. My decision is based on a lot. Now I understand why athletes have a hard time. My life will continue to help the sport grow.” The ultra-popular 36-year-old ends with a record of 39-6, 30 KOs, and he is the highest grossing fighter in boxing history. His fight against Floyd Mayweather is the highest grossing boxing match of all time. Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer stated that a special tribute to Oscar’s career will take place on September 19. (more…)
Feature story by Brady Crytzer
Heavyweight contender Brian Minto is ready to take on the world . . . literally.
Although he has a scheduled defense of his WBA Fedecentro title on the books for Friday, April 17th in Butler, PA against Matthew “The Gator” Greer, Minto has had enough of the veritable traffic jam of contenders and mandatory challengers that exists at the top of the division. Unlike his heavyweight colleagues, “The Beast” is not willing to simply sit back and wait for his chance . . . Click here for more
WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto and IBF welterweight champion Joshua Clottey faced off at a news conference in New York City today to officially announce their world championship rumble on June 13 at Madison Square Garden. The bout will continue Cotto’s tradition of fighting on the eve of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade.
Just eleven days out from the biggest fight of his life, Deandre “The Bull” Latimore was cool as the breeze Monday afternoon after a sparring session under the watchful eye of master trainer Kenny Adams and strength coach Ray Franklin at the Top Rank gym in Las Vegas. Latimore will battle Cory Spinks on Friday, April 24th for the vacant International Boxing Federation junior middleweight championship at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Their long awaited cross-town showdown will be broadcast on Shobox “The New Generation” beginning at 11pm ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). (more…)
Promociones del Pueblo will announce a title fight with former bantam champ Jhonny Gonzalez and the return of Rafael Marquez, later today in Mexico City. The card will be staged May 23 at the Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. The main event headlines Gonzalez (40-6, 34 KOs) who will challenge WBC Super Bantam Champ Toshiaki Nishioka (33-4-3, 20 KOs) for his belt. Nishioka defeated Genaro Garcia for the title in January-and he has not suffered a loss for over five years now. In the co-main, former champ Rafael Marquez (37-5, 33 KOs) will make his return, most likely, against ex-champ Mauricio Martinez (35-9-1, 23 KOs), in a WBC eliminator at 122. Marquez has not fought since his final episode with Israel Vazquez. Also scheduled to fight: Chihuahua’s Victor Zaleta (8-1, 5 KOs) takes on Francisco Arce (28-5-2, 19 KOs); Juarez’s Javier “Zorro” Castro (19-2, 17 KOs) returns to lightweight after suffering a loss to Antonio Diaz, to take on Guadalupe Rosales (28-4, 16 KOs); and Marco “Dorado” Reyes (11-0, 10 KOs), fresh off a win to Yory Boy Campas, takes on TBA. – Chris Cozzone
Jermain Taylor doesn’t want his fight with Carl Froch to even go the maximum 12 rounds — he wants to knock out Froch much earlier. Still, for Taylor, it’s nice to know he can go 16 rounds if necessary. Taylor is in the tapering-down stage of training camp now, less than 12 days before his WBC Super Middleweight title bout with Froch on April 25 at the MGM Grand Theater at MGM Grand at Foxwoods. The fight card is being promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Hennessy Sports. Tickets are on sale and priced at $200, $100, $75 and $50. Tickets are available at www.mgmatfoxwoods.com your local Ticket Master and MGM Grand Box Office 866-646-0609. SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING will telecast live at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). (more…)
When speaking of celebrated Cuban prizefighters, some of the names that readily come to mind are Jose “Mantequilla” Napoles, “Kid’ Chocolate, “Kid” Gavilan, Luis Manuel “El Feo” Rodriguez, Ultiminio “Sugar” Ramos and Joel Casamayor. It would be premature to suggest that Yuriorkis Gamboa is in that class – yet – but “The Cyclone” has certainly created a commotion and one would be hard-pressed to find anybody who doesn’t think the Miami-based Cuban has the potential to become a definite world champion and perhaps an all-time great. The 2004 Olympic Games gold medalist, 2009 Prospect of the Year and WBA No. 3-ranked contender, Gamboa (14-0, 12 KOs) will face second-ranked Jose “Cheo” Rojas (25-6-1, 17 KOs) of Caracas, Venezuela, for the interim WBA featherweight title this Friday on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). (more…)
By Lee Bates
Neworld Promotions and II Feathers Promotions will put on a fight card displaying Southern California talent on May 16th. The event will take place at American Sports University’s FOX Theater in San Bernardino, California. The main event will feature unbeaten prospect Michael ‘Lil Warrior’ Franco (14-0, 9 KOs) in a scheduled ten round bout for the vacant NABF bantamweight title against an opponent to be announced. The semi-main event will feature Anthony Villarreal against an opponent to be announced. Villarreal (9-2, 4 KOs) is fresh off of his upset of then unbeaten Manuel Roman for the WBC Youth Intercontinental flyweight title. Also on the card will be 2008 U.S. Olympian alternate Malcom Franklin (1-0). At least three other bouts are also scheduled. It will be an all day event including a car show in the parking lot, live music, beverages, and food. For tickets call 909-889-5555 or 760-559-6419.
Last fall in Chicago, UFC 90 quickly became the talk of the town in one of America’s toughest cities. Headlining the event was the man widely considered to be the best fighter on the planet taking on an opponent with a limited, but dangerous, skill set. When envisioning what world middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva would do with a one dimensional slugger in Patrick Cote, images of Silva’s 2006 obliteration of Chris Leben quickly came to the forefront . . . Click here for more by Brady Crytzer
UFC middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva returns to the Octagon on Saturday, April 18th to defend his crown against No. 1 contender Thales Leites in the main event of UFC 97. Also featured in the UFC’s return to Canada is the light heavyweight showdown fans have waited for years to see, as UFC legend Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell squares off against Brazilian superstar Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. UFC 97: REDEMPTION is live on Pay-Per-View Saturday, April 18 from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Check out 97.ufc.com for more info.
Former world champ Kassim Ouma (26-5-1, 16 KOs) says he’s ready to get back to the top level. “I don’t care who I fight,” he said. “I just want to fight and fight top men and regain my world championship. I want to prove to everyone that I’m still as good as I was when I won the junior middleweight belt in 2004.” Ouma, who had lost three straight fights before beating journeyman Martinus Clay last October, will have a tougher assignment against Gabriel “King” Rosado (10-3, 6 KOs) on April 24th at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Rosado likes his chances to pull an upset. “Me and trainer Billy Briscoe talked about this fight for weeks before we signed the papers. Billy and I feel I have all the tools to win the fight and I’m dedicating myself one hundred percent to winning,” stated Rosado. The bout will be the co-feature on a card headlined by middleweight contender John Duddy against Billy Lyell. The Main Events card also features two other excellent matchups with middleweight James Lubash (13-1, 6 KOs) facing Przemyslaw Majewski (9-0, 6 KOs) and super lightweight Jason Cintron (10-0, 3 KOs) taking on Henry Lundy (12-0-1, 6 KOs). A pre-fight Fan Festival will be held at Entry Plaza on Edison and Mulberry Streets from 6-8pm, with food, beverages and live entertainment. Doors open for fight at 8pm. Tickets, priced at $38, $53, $78, $103 and $253, can be purchased at Prudential center Box Office or TicketMaster.
By Joe Koizumi
WBC#5/WBA#11 light-fly Munetsugu Kayoh (17-2-3, 9 KOs), 108, making his fifth defense, very barely kept his Japanese national 108-pound belt as he was again held to a technical decision draw (78-74, 75-78 and 77-77) with WBC#10 ranked ex-world challenger Takashi Kunishige (19-3-2, 2 KOs), 107.5, because of the gory champ’s big lacerations over both eyebrows at 2:22 of the eighth round on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. The southpaws had battled in the national mandatory title go fourteen months before only to end in a technical decision draw (48-48 twice and 49-49). Both again repeated head-collisions, clinches and slips down to the canvas together to make the rematch so lousy as their first encounter that it greatly disappointed the jeering spectators. The fifth saw the referee penalize a point from Kunishige for neck-holdings, which eventually prevented the taller challenger from capturing the national belt. Who wishes to watch their rubber battle?
OPBF super-middle champ Yuzo Kiyota (17-2-1, 15 KOs), 168, easily kept his regional belt by overpowering previously unbeaten Korean Jaemyong Lee (9-1, 7 KOs), 167.75, to halt him at 2:49 of the second session in a scheduled twelve. The muscular Kiyota, making his second defense, took a single solid left hook of Lee in the first, but displayed his advantageous power to have him reeling to the ropes and prompt the ref’s intervention. Promoter: Flash Akabane Promotions.
Hall of Fame Top Rank promoter Bob Arum greets WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto as he arrives in New York City Monday night for a press conference Tuesday at Madison Square Garden to announce his world welterweight championship fight against IBF welterweight champion Joshua Clottey,Ghana on Saturday, June 13 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Top Rank promotes this HBO Pay Per View televised event.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside.
Andre Kut of KEA Boxing, brought professional boxing back to Wilkes-Barre, PA for the first time in over twenty years with an entertaining seven bout card at the Woodlands Inn and Resort on Saturday night. It was a successful event for the Scranton-Wilkes-Barre fans as former Scranton police officer and heavyweight prospect, Jason Gavern (17-5-3, 8KO’s) put on a six round boxing clinic, capturing a one sided, six round unanimous decision victory over Michael “Big Daddy” Rhodes (3-5-3, 1KO). In the co-feature of the evening Old Forge, PA’s Anthony Cusumano (3-2-1, 2KO’s) moved above the five hundred mark with a second round stoppage of hard luck Philadelphian, Emmanuelle Rosas (0-5). (more…)
WBA World Featherweight Champion Chris John’s Agent/Advisor Sampson Lewkowicz, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer, President of Golden Boy Promotions Oscar de la Hoya and Los Angeles Indonesian Consul General Subijaksono Sujono meet on Monday in Los Angeles, California to discuss the promotion of Indonesian WBA World Featherweight Champion Chris John and his upcoming rematch against Rocky Juarez. The bout is slated to take place June 27 at the STAPLES Centre in Los Angeles. (more…)
Unbeaten WBO #3/WBC #5/WBA #8 welterweight contender Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (26-0, 19 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over Michel Rosales (19-3, 17 KOs) on Saturday night in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico. Alvarez dropped Rosales in round one and punished the very tough Rosales until the bout was stopped in round ten at the 2:54 mark.
Oscar de la Hoya, Shane Mosley, Ricky Hatton and Mike Tyson were some of the boxing luminaries on hand in Las Vegas on Saturday night to see Paul Williams’ win over Winky Wright.
They share the same last name and the same ambition: to be the best junior welterweight in the world. But when Josesito Lopez (23-3, 14 KOs) and Patrick Lopez (15-1, 10 KOs) meet in the main event of Thompson Boxing Promotions’ latest action-packed card this Friday, April 17th at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California, only one Lopez will move forward in one of boxing’s most competitive divisions. (more…)
By William “Ski” Wilczewski at ringside
The ‘Wizard of Oz’ made an appearance at Tucson, Ariz.’s Desert Diamond Casino yesterday. But the man behind the curtain — Accra, Ghana’s Ossie Duran — couldn’t quite conjure up enough magic to pull off a victory over Nogales, Sonora, Mexico’s David “The Destroyer” Lopez in the headline bout of ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights. In an action-packed 10-round bout, Lopez (38-12, 25 KOs) took a unanimous decision on all three judges’ scorecards (97-93, 96-94, 96-94) to up his current win streak to 14 straight. Duran (23-8-2, 9 KOs) and his corner men, though, took exception to the decision after leaving the ring relatively unmarked, compared to Lopez’s swollen and slightly bloody right eye. (more…)
By Sam DiTusa
After a short hiatus, Bob Oleson and C.A.M. Promotions returns to Ogden, Utah on April 17th at the Marriott Ballroom. The eight-fight pro-am will be headlined by highly ranked Alex” The Technician” Bunema going up against fifty fight veteran Mike McFail in the ten round main event. For Bunema (who was ranked as high as #3 in the WBC last year), it will be an opportunity to get back in the ring and shake off the disappointing loss to Sergio Martinez. Bunema has been hard at work under the watchful eye of former champion Curtis Cokes in preparation for this bout. Also appearing will be popular heavyweight Billy Zumbrun and 175-pounder Valente Tinajero in separate bouts. The amateur portion of the card will pit Utah vs Idaho in head to head competition. Tickets for the event are reasonably priced at $50 and $30 and can be purchased at all Smith Ticket Outlets, the Wine Cellar in Ogden, and at the Marriott. The doors open at 6:30 and the first bell is at 7:30.
Ringside by Andreas Hale
Photos by Mary Ann Owen
When two fighters who nobody else wants to encounter step into the ring with each other, the victor’s spoils are bittersweet. If nobody would want to fight him then, imagine what a decisive victory over a similarly labeled fighter would earn the winner now?
Ronald “Winky” Wright is the type of fighter that nobody looks good against – win or lose. When Paul Williams punctured holes in the celebrated Winky defense and looked magnificent en route to a dominant 12 round unanimous decision, there’s only one question that anyone has to ask.
Who really wants to fight Paul Williams now? Click here for more
By Rick Scharmberg at ringside
Kamarah Pasley and Chuck Berry stepped up to create an all-Philadelphia cruiserweight main event after the original main event fell through last night at the Boardwalk Hall’s Adrian Phillips Ballroom last night in Atlantic City, NJ. Pasley rose to the occasion by winning his fourth straight fight, stopping Berry with a vicious left uppercut at 1:38 of the sixth and final round. The seven bout card produced a full night of boxing that featured some crowd-pleasing knockouts, and showcased the talent of two outstanding young Atlantic City prospects. No one complained when promoter Diane Fischer, of Dee Lee Promotions, announced to the crowd that the main event between Derek Ennis and Ishmail Arvin collapsed, after Ennis could not come close to making weight for their scheduled 154-pound USBA junior middleweight title bout. (more…)
In what will be a brutal battle of pure power punchers, Vic “Raging Bull’’ Darchinyan will attempt to become a world champion in a third weight class when he challenges International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight champion Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko on Saturday, July 11, live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). The event is being co-promoted by Don King Productions and Gary Shaw Productions, LLC. Agbeko (26-1,22 KOs), of New York by way of Ghana, will be making the second defense of the 118-pound crown he won with a seventh-round TKO over Luis Perez in August 2007. A winner of five in a row, Agbeko is coming off a 12-round decision over William Gonzalez on Dec, 11, 2008. Darchinyan (32-1, 26 KOs) solidified his status as the No. 1 super flyweight in the world – and one of the top boxers pound-for-pound – with back-to-back impressive victories over Jorge Arce last Feb. 7 on SHOWTIME and Christian Mijares on Nov. 1, 2008, on SHOWTIME. (more…)
Sauerland Events will promote the WBA heavyweight championship rematch between world champion in recess Ruslan Chagaev and world champion Nikolai Valuev. Universum Box-Promotion (represented by Stefan Braune) and Sauerland Events (represented by Hagen Doering) submitted offers today at a purse bid ceremony, which took place at the European Boxing Association (EBA) office in Vitoria, Spain. Sauerland Events’ bid of $2,814,414 topped the bid of $2,164,660 from Universum Box-Promotion. The three possible dates and places from the winning offer are:
1st: Helsinki, Finland – May 30th 2009
2nd: Nürnberg, Germany – May 30th 2009
3rd: Halle-Westfalen, Germany – May 30th 2009
“We are very happy to have won the bid and we are pleased to promote this fight for Nikolai,” said Sauerland Event General Manager Chris Meyer. “We intend to stage the bout on May 30. We have targeted Helsinki, Finland as the location but will announce further details in the next days. Effective June 1 there will just be one WBA heavyweight champion. All boxing fans will finally know who the real champion is. We thank the WBA for the quick course of action. This gives us the chance to put the record straight on May 30.”
Valuev, who is currently shaping up in Japan, was pleased about the outcome. He cannot wait to get back into the ring with Chagaev. “I have been waiting for this day for two years,” said the WBA heavyweight champion. “I will finally make amends for only loss of my career.”
By Lee Bates
The showdown between WBO junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ Lopez (24-0, 22 KOs) and WBO bantamweight champion Gerry Penalosa (54-6-2, 36 KOs) is less than two weeks away and the anticipation of the bout is showing in ticket sales. “We have already sold 50 percent the tickets for this fight. We are expecting a full house for this event with more than 12,000 fans expected to be in attendance. This really demonstrates just how much Juanma’s popularity has grown in Puerto Rico and how much Puerto Rican fans want to see him fight live in person,” said PR Best President Ivan Rivera. The event entitled ‘Champion vs Champion’ is being promoted by Top Rank and PR Best Boxing. HBO will televise the event live Saturday April 25th from the Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. In the televised semi-main event, Top Rank’s Lamont Peterson (26-0, 12 KOs) will take on Universum Box-Promotion’s Willie Blain (20-0, 3 KOs) in a 12 round bout for the WBO interim junior welterweight title. Tickets can still be purchased by calling the Ticket Center at 787) 792-5000.
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