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Adding intrigue to Cory Spinks’ defense of his IBF junior middleweight crown in St. Louis on June 12 against IBF mandatory challenger Cornelius Bundrage is the fact that Bundrage will be trained for the first time by International Boxing Hall of Fame member Emanuel Steward while Spinks’ new trainer is former two-time world champion James “Buddy” McGirt.
Maybe the most interesting fact of all is that the globe-trotting Steward—who may be best known now for his longtime role as a boxing analyst for HBO Sports—will be making his first visit to the Gateway City. “Believe it or not, I’ve never stepped foot in the city other than making a connection at the airport,” Steward said. “The closest I’ve ever been to St. Louis is drinking a Bud Light, my favorite beer. I’m looking forward to seeing the Gateway Arch, which is something I have always wanted to see.” (more…)
Miguel Cotto and Oscar de la Hoya have joined forces to present Solo Boxeo Tecate in Puerto Rico. Former World Champion, Miguel Cotto announced today the strategic alliance with Oscar de la Hoya in order to move boxing forward in Puerto Rico to the next level. The alliance between Miguel Cotto Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions is already up and running. Their first “Solo Boxeo Tecate” show, aired by Telefutura, will take place on June 4th, in Juncos, Puerto Rico. “We know that this event will be a huge success”, emphasized Cotto. Powerful undefeated young talents will star in this event. The main events will be in charge of hot prospects Luis ‘El Artesano’ Cruz (13-0, 10 KO’s) and Jayson ‘La Maravilla’ Vélez (12-0, 10 KO’s). The next date in calendar is July 16th, in Cataño, Puerto Rico. (more…)
Former Notre Dame Boxing Captain and 2009 Chicago Golden Gloves Champion Mike Lee has wrapped up training in Houston, Texas and is headed to his highly anticipated pro debut this Saturday night at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. Lee’s four round light heavyweight bout against Emmitt Woods is one of the feature bouts at the Chicago debut of TOP RANK LIVE, presented by Top Rank Incorporated and Chicago’s 8 Count Productions. The 22 year old Lee has been training with noted trainer Ronnie Shields since January in Houston. (more…)
UFC Undisputed 2010 Hits Stores Today: The next installment in the Undisputed series comes to Playstation® 3 and Xbox 360®
Rampage, Rashad, Carwin and More In New UFC Mag: Rampage discusses his return to the Octagon and the feud with Rashad Evans, plus an interview with Shane Carwin. On newsstands now!
UFC Fight Club Presale For Salt Lake City Begins Tomorrow: Join today for first access to tickets for the UFC’s first trip to Utah – featuring Jon Jones vs Vladimir Matyushenko, plus Yushin Okami vs Mark Munoz. Presale starts at 10am MST
Two Fightnews photographers made the line-up at this year’s Boxing Writers Association of America photo “Barney’s.” Ed Mulholland placed third in the feature category for a photo of Lucian Bute leaping in celebration while Chris Cozzone won an honorable mention for a shot of Manny Pacquiao. Cozzone also won an honorable mention in writing.
HBO photog Will Hart won first place in Feature for a shot of Juan Manual Lopez walking to the ring while Zanfer/Top Rank photog Rafael Soto picked up the top spot in Action for an uppercut thrown by Jose Luis Castillo.
South Florida promoter Jeff Gibson’s Elite Promotions will return on June 19 with an interesting card at the Deauville Beach Resort in Miami Beach. Headliners include jr middleweight Eromesele Albert (22-4-1, 10 KOs), jr middleweight Joey Hernandez (15-1-1, 8 KOs) and cruiserweight “Ding-A-Ling Man” Darnell Wilson (23-9-3, 20 KOs). Tickets are $100, $75 Ringside and $30 with ringside VIP tables also available. Call 561-629-6212.
Preview by Brady Crytzer
Following the completion of his “A-Team” remake, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has returned to the fistic fantasy world of the UFC to finally do battle with light heavyweight star “Sugar” Rashad Evans . . . Click here for more
By Karl Freitag
Although WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (39-2, 37 KOs) is focused on defending his world title against Euro champion Albert Sosnowski (45-2-1, 27 KOs) on Saturday night, he also had a chilling message for WBA titleholder David Haye on Monday.
“I want to fight David Haye very much,” said Vitali. “Wladimir wants to fight against him also. I want to fight David Haye because he has the WBA world title. Wladimir wants to fight him because it’s personal. Wladimir says he’s not interested in his title. David Haye touched him so deeply that Wladimir wants to shut his mouth in the ring.
“David Haye understands the fact that the Klitschko brothers will be the end of his career,” he continued. “The fight against me will be much shorter than against Wladimir because Wladimir will beat him badly all twelve rounds and then knock him out. I will give him a much easier proposal. I’ll knock him out in three, maximum four rounds!” (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Manny Pacquiao is leaving for Los Angeles on June 1 with his family for a much-needed break and in time for his attendance in the Boxing Writers Association of America awards night at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York on June 4. Pacquiao, who is going to be discharged anytime Tuesday from the Cardinal Santos Memorial Hospital in San Juan, Metro Manila, is also gracing the June 5 bout between Miguel Cotto and Yuri Foreman at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. The boxing star had to be admitted early Sunday morning for severe stomach pain. Doctors later revealed that it was an recurrence of his acid reflux. The past few days, Pacquiao has received a steady stream of visitors, including former action star Philip Salvador and actor-turned-politician Dennis Roldan. Providing instant entertainment for Pacquiao and his friends is the champ’s adorable daughter Princess. Pacquiao’s people are working with the camp of Floyd Mayweather for a Nov. 13 fight.
Main Events and Super Judah promotions have announced they have entered into an agreement to co-promote former two-division world champion Zab “Super” Judah (38-6, 26 KO’s), who will return to the ring in mid-July, when he makes his first ever appearance at Newark’s Prudential Center. He has decided to go back down in weight and begin campaigning as a junior welterweight. The opponent, date and on sale info for Zab’s upcoming fight will be announced shortly.
By Christopher P. Cook
Former world title challenger Danny “The Bronx Bomber” Santiago (31-4-1, 19 KOs) defeated “The Billy Goat” William Bailey (10-7-0, 4 KOs) in a horse race of a match. Headlining One Punch Productions’ latest installment of their popular “Ballroom Brawl” series at the Tampa Westshore DoubleTree Hotel, Santiago showed both his age and ring experience in defeating the outmatched and unorthodox Bailey. After an exhilarating first round, the former title challenger kept the fight on the move, using the entire ring as his track to keep the forward fighting Bailey at a distance. (more…)
By Mark Vaz at Ringside
Photos by Emily Harney
Cheered on by 3,379 enthusiastic fans, the crowd-pleasing Peter “The Pride of Providence” Manfredo, Jr. captured the vacant IBO middleweight title with a tenth round stoppage over former world title challenger Angel “Toro” Hernandez of Chicago, IL this past Saturday at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. (More)
By Matt Richardson
Photos: Ed Mulholland
Former WBO heavyweight title-holder Shannon Briggs (50-5-1, 44 KO’s) continued his latest comeback Friday night at Capitale in New York City. Briggs easily beat the overmatched and apparently under motivated Dominique Alexander, knocking Alexander (19-9-1, 9 KO’s) out with two left hooks to the body just 20 seconds into the opening round. (More)
In just his first day of sparring sessions, triple world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce (54-6-1, 41 KOs) was cut on his right eyebrow and according to the medical diagnosis it will be practically impossible for him to be ready to fight on June 26 in San Antonio, Texas against WBO bantamweight champion Eric Morel. During an exchange of blows with sparring partner Luis Jorge Lugo, Arce took a left hook and immediately started to bleed just below his right eyebrow and quickly stopped the action. Arce was preparing in the Montiel Gym in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico in preparation to challenge for a world title in a fourth weight division.
The 30-year-old Arce was checked by trainer Manuel Montiel, who temporarily stopped the bleeding. Arce went to see Dr. Ariel Baldenegro who diagnosed a cut three inches deep, which required stitches. He recommended rest for two to three weeks to fully heal the injury. (more…)
Welterweight Vitaliy Demyaneko (19-0, 12 KOs) notched up the eighth defense of his PABA title in Moscow Sunday when he stopped late replacement Walter Gomez (22-9-1, 11 KOs) in the second round. The fight was also a defense of Vitaliy’s WBA Asia Pacific title. Demyaneko was originally slated to face WBO #15 Sam Columban who couldn’t make the fight due to visa delays getting into Russia. This fight will now take place either in the USA or Australia later in the year said Ring Stars spokesperson Anna Fedorova. “We have him now rated WBO #5, WBA #10 and WBC #9 and intend to fight at least two more times before the year is out. Our team matchmaker Stuart Duncan is confident he can put the Columban fight back on another date and if Zab Judah ever re-surfaces I know this is who Vitaliy and his trainer want badly.” (more…)
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
Dana White is never at a loss for words. If there’s one thing fans and the media can count on, it’s hearing White’s truth, uncensored. If you knew nothing about mixed martial arts, White’s take on UFC 114’s headlining bout between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and “Suga” Rashad Evans signals that he, like the rest of the world is expecting a war . . . Click here for more
Unbeaten Universum promoted Zsolt Bedak (15-0, 5 KOs) of Hungary worked out today in Guynabo, Puerto Rico. Bedak will challenge WBO junior featherweight champion Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. of Puerto Rico (18-0-1, 15 KOs) this Saturday, May 29th in a 12 round world title main event. The bout will take place at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico with PR Best Boxing (Iván and Peter Rivera) in association with All Star Boxing’s Félix ‘Tutico’ Zabala promoting the event titled ‘Undefeated Champions.’ For more details and photos click here…
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko is talking about his legacy, while challenger Albert Sosnowski is talking about an upset when they collide on Saturday.
“Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis had this belt. It’s not for nothing that I own it now!” said Klitschko at today’s press conference in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. “I want [the belt] to prove that I’m the best in the world.”
Sosnowski stated “I realize that all the experts consider me a longshot, but Klitschko will regret having given me this opportunity. He’s already passed his prime. Many of his fights have been against living punching bags who had already lost in the locker room. You only have an opportunity like this once in a lifetime and I want to use it. I’ll show Vitali and become be the first Polish heavyweight champion!”
Unbeaten welterweight Omar “Businessman” Chavez (21-0, 15 KOs) will have a litmus test in boxing when he faces the experienced Rodrigo Juarez (22-10-1, 11 KOs) in an eight-rounder on Saturday at the Sports Center Fair in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico. Chavez, the son of Mexican ring legend Julio Cesar Chavez, was originally slated to face Jose Arelis Lopez (7-9-2, 5 KOs) in a rematch of their spirited March 20th fight, but Lopez wasn’t 100% ready and the more experienced Juarez was brought in. The card also features middleweight José Luis “Elotero” Zertuche (21-5-3, 16 KOs) against Panchito Sierra (20-3, 19 KOs).
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