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By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
Elongated Japanese, WBC#11/IBF#8/WBO#11 Hisashi Amagasa (26-4-2, 16 KOs), 125.75, retained his OPBF featherweight belt as he floored top contender Vinvin Rufino (34-16-3, 16 KOs), a southpaw Filipino, twice in the third round and finally halted him with a flurry of punches to prompt the referee’s intervention at 0:46 of the eighth session on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. For Amagasa, it was his initial defense since he dethroned Retsuri Lee in a hard-fought battle last October. Amagasa, a head taller than the challenger, didn’t utilize his advantageous reach and height but mixed it up with the shorter hard-hitting lefty. Rufino showed his recovery in rounds five and six, but Amagasa displayed a fierce retaliation en route to a stoppage. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat
Unbeaten formerly two-time champ Kazuto Ioka (14-0, 9 KOs), Japan, will have an ambitious shot at the IBF flyweight belt against also unbeaten Thailander Amnat Ruenroeng (12-0, 5 KOs) in Osaka, Japan, on May 7. Having already won the WBC 105-pound and WBA 108-pound titles, Ioka, still 25, will attempt to capture his third belt in the 112-pound category against Amnat who acquired the vacant IBF throne by defeating Filipino Rocky Fuentes on points in Thailand last January. It will be the first defense for Amnat, 34, who reportedly once beat Ioka when they were amateurs. Previously there were triple-class champions, but it might be the quickest should Ioka win the third in his fifteenth bout.
IBF minimum champ Katsunari Takayama (26-6-0-1NC, 10 KOs), a fast-moving Japanese, will make his second defense against compatriot Shin Ono (17-5-2, 2 KOs), a puzzling southpaw, in a supporting card of the same show.
Adonis “Superman” Stevenson’s promoter Yvon Michel has explained Stevenson’s move from HBO to Showtime on his Facebook page:
First we want to thanks HBO for the ride with Adonis in 2013. They gave him his first chance and they have raised him to the star status. We only have great comments for all HBO’s executive with whom we have worked very well and have established great relationship. I have presented what I believed was an excellent multi fight deal offer to Adonis from HBO with a deadline set for March 11th for approval. After discussions we have decided to pass and we got a better offer Showtime. HBO had the right to match any offers so we sent them a copy. They had until today to match it but have decided otherwise. This was pure business decision for all parties involved, nothing personal or immoral. We wish to praise M. Steven Espinoza of Showtime for his ambition to do business Adonis and GYM which was reflected into the offer he has presented, we are thankful to him. We are looking forward for a fruitful association. Adonis Stevenson was the fighter of the year for many websites and publications in 2013 and feels he is treated that way. His goals are to keep fighting and winning spectacular fights by knockout, to unify the light heavyweight titles and raised his recognition to the top 5 pound for pound this year. The next step is May 24th at the Montreal Bell Center against young #1 IBF/WBO and #3 WBC contender Andrzej Fonfara.
The four-fight May 3 SHOWTIME PPV event, “THE MOMENT: Mayweather vs. Maidana,” is now complete with the addition of two 10-round bouts. Opening the pay-per-view event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas will be a super middleweight matchup between unbeaten J’Leon Love (17-0, 10 KOs) and former title challenger and Mexican Olympian Marco Antonio Periban (20-1-1, 13 KOs), followed by a junior welterweight bout featuring former three-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner (27-1, 22 KOs) against Carlos Molina (17-1-1. 7 KOs). Note: this isn’t Carlos Molina the IBF jr middleweight champion who is currently incarcerated, but jr welterweight prospect Carlos Molina, whom Amir Khan fought in his comeback fight in 2012. Molina has not fought since the Khan bout.
“I had minor set back but I am back on May 3rd. Everybody needs to understand that I just took a loss. I haven’t lost it,” said Broner. “I’m still ‘The Problem and anyone CAN get it, whether you are AfriCAN, Puerto RiCAN, DominiCAN, CuBAN or MexiCAN.” (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
World-ranked Top Rank super middleweight Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (27-0, 21 KOs) of Mazatlan, Mexico worked out in Los Angeles Tuesday for his April 11 ten-round feature fight on ESPN “Friday Night Fights” at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Ramirez will face former world title challenger Giovanni Lorenzo (33-6, 24 KOs), of Bronx, New York. The fight will take place on the eve of Pacquiao-Bradley 2. Also on the card are Jesse Hart and Jessie Magdaleno. Unbeaten super middleweight Hart (12-0, 10 KOs) will face Samuel Clarkson (10-2, 6 KOs), while undefeated super bantamweight Magdaleno meets Cuatemoc Vargas (17-6-1, 11 KOs). Both bouts are eight rounders. Also featured is Russian Olympian light heavyweight Egor Mekontsev (2-0, 2 KOs), who goes against Lamont Williams (5-4-1, 2 KOs). photos
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA has ordered bantamweight “super” world champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno to start negotiations for the mandatory defense against mandatory challenger Juan Carlos Payano. According to WBA rules the negotiation period will be 30 days from March 25, 2014 until April 24, 2014. If representatives of Moreno and Payano do not reach an agreement, or are not willing to negotiate during this time, a purse bid will be called. Moreno received an approval from the WBA World Championships Committee for an optional fight last Saturday in Panama City against Javier Chacon on the condition that the winner face the highest ranked contender available.
According to various reports, Showtime has snapped up the May 24 fight between WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson and Andrzej Fonfara that HBO was planning on airing. This likely scuttles HBO’s plans for an eventual Stevenson-Kovalev showdown. Stevenson was being developed as one of HBO’s next generation of boxing stars. He fought three times on the network in 2013 and even has a page dedicated to him on HBO’s website. However, the writing may have been on the wall when Stevenson recently signed a management deal with Al Haymon, who works primarily with Showtime.
Las Vegas will be the center of the boxing universe Cinco de Mayo weekend and kicking it off a fight card at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino when FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes feature a tripleheader that includes two world championship bouts just one night before Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana” at the MGM Grand. In the 12-round main event, the WBA super welterweight title is on the line when Cuban star Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (19-1-2, 12 KOs) defends the belt against Las Vegas’ own former world champion Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith (25-6, 11 KOs).
Plus, lightweight Mickey “The Spirit” Bey Jr. (19-1-1, 10 KOs) will meet hard-hitting Mexican veteran Alan “Explosivo” Herrera (32-5, 21 KOs) in a 10-round matchup and in the televised opener, Argentina’s Jesus Cuellar (23-1, 18 KOs) squares off with former world champion Rico Ramos (23-3, 12 KOs) in a 12-round bout for Cuellar’s WBA interim featherweight world title.
Former multi-division world champion Manny Pacquiao, Freddie Roach and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum hosted an international media conference call from Pacquiao’s Hollywood training camp Tuesday to discussing the April 12 WBO welterweight championship rematch between Pacman and undefeated two-division world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley. This will also be Pacquiao’s first fight in the U.S. since 2012 as well as the first time he has ever challenged to regain a world title he formerly held.
Manny Pacquiao: We’re not focusing on a knockout. Our focus this time time is to put more aggressiveness and throw a lot of punches and if the knockout comes it comes. I just want to prove that I still have the hunger and the killer instinct.
Freddie Roach: Training is going very well. The Philippines worked out well. He’s really hungry. He’s sparred quite a few rounds. We had five different sparring partners and whatever Bradley brings to the table we’ll be ready for.
Bob Arum: This fight has been eagerly anticipated, a lot has been written about it, the two fighters are extraordinarily dedicated in their preparation. I really think this is going to be a monumental fight and I know from what I’m hearing from Freddie and Manny and watching at the Wild Card that Manny will be 100% prepared and will give a vintage Manny Pacquiao performance on April 12.
According to the Desert Sun, WBA interim welterweight champion Keith Thurman (22-0, 20 KOs) will face two-time former lightweight titleholder Julio Diaz (40-9-1, 29 KOs) on April 26 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Diaz, 0-2-1 in his last three, with a close decision loss to Amir Khan and a draw and loss to current IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter.
Also expected to be featured on the Golden Boy Promotions card, are light welterweight star Lucas Matthysse (34-3, 32 KOs) vs. John Molina Jr. (27-3, 22 KOs) and WBC lightweight champion Omar Figueroa (22-0-1, 17 KOs) vs. Jerry Belmontes (19-3, 5 KOs).
On Wednesday, April 16, Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) fans will get their fill of the UFC’s long-running reality series, The Ultimate Fighter®, as FOX Sports 1 showcases the season-ending The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale live from Quebec City, followed by the two-hour premiere of the hotly anticipated 19th season headlined by former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and two-division champion BJ Penn. (more…)
The Association of Ringside Physicians (ARP) has announced it will be establishing a electronic medical record system to hold fighter medical information that can be available to all commissions. Once in place, it will save fighters from undergoing redundant testing as they travel from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. The group also issued recommendations for solving the problem of unhealthy and unsafe weight control practices. Read the full statement and discussion here.
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the referee and judges who will work this Saturday, March 29, in the world defense of the Light Heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev against Cedric Agnew, to be held at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in a Main Events presentation.
For this fight, the second title defense of the Kovalev’s (23-0-1, 21 KOs) 175 pounds belt when he faces the #14 ranked Agnew (26-0, 13 KOs), the referee will be Samuel Viruet, from United States. Meanwhile, the judges for the fight between Kovalev, from Russia, and Agnew, from United States, are Julie Lederman, John Stewart and Alan Rubenstein, all three from United States. The WBO supervisor for this fight will be Jose Izquierdo.
Undefeated light heavyweight Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (23-0-1, 21 KOs) has yet to go beyond eight rounds in any professional bout in his career, because 91% of the time he knocks out his opponent before the fight gets too far, but if Cedric “L.O.W.” Agnew (26-0-0, 13 KOs) hopes to defeat Krusher taking him into the later rounds may be his best shot for success on March 29 at Boardwalk Hall. For the scouting report for the March 29 fight for the WBO Light Heavyweight Championship at Boardwalk Hall on HBO Boxing After Dark, click here.
After a nearly four year absence, Peter Sobotta will make his return to the Octagon on May 31, and as a bonus he’ll get to do it in his home country of Germany, as he meets unbeaten newcomer Pawel Pawlak in a UFC Fight Night bout at the O2 World Berlin. . . click here for more at UFC.com
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By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Banner Promotions
Russian lightweight Peter Petrov (33-4-2, 15 KOs) is ready for the next round of the ESPN 2014 Boxcino lightweight tournament as he will take on Christopher Rudd (13-1, 8 KOs) this Friday on ESPN Friday Night Fights from the 4 Bears Casino & Lodge in New Town, North Dakota. Fightnews.com caught up with Petrov while preparing for this fight. He spoke about his participation in the Boxcino tournament, relocating to the U.S, and his upcoming fight.
“I have been in LA training for about two months. We have had a good preparation. Physically and technically everything is coming along good,” Petrov told Fightnews.com. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBO bantamweight world champion Tomoki Kameda and former WBA super flyweight champion Daiki Kameda (who gave up the belt last week due to weight issues) are now training at a gym in Miami called “Moro Jr & Kameda Promotion,” located in the suburb of Kendall. The third brother, former world champion Koki Kameda, is also expected to join the group. The Kamedas made history last year when they became the first trio of brothers to hold world titles at the same time. Ricardo Rizzo, representative of Kameda Team, informed Fightnews.com that the Kamedas are working with Cuban trainer Osmiri Fernandez. WBA #14 welterweight Akinoti Watanabe is also part of the training group. The brothers can no longer trainer at the Kameda Gym in Osaka after that facility was suspended by the Japanese Boxing Commission.
Photos: Sean Gibbons
Former WBO featherweight champion Orlando “Siri” Salido, who is now rated WBO #1 at junior lightweight, visited the set of ESPN Los Golpes on Monday with Bernardo Osuna, manager Sean Gibbons, Julio Cesar Chavez Sr, world rated contender Mauricio Herrera, and David Faitelson.
“Boxeo Telemundo” continues its silver anniversary year on the air this Friday when in the main event WBO Intercontinental bantamweight champion Marvin “Chavacano Disaster” Mabait of Zamboanga City, Philippines (20-1-2, 13 KOs) will face former two-time world title challenger Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez of Mexico City, Mexico (26-10-2, 14 KOs) in a fight scheduled for 12 rounds with Mabait’s WBO title at stake. Site of the fightcard will be the the Foro Polanco in Mexico City with Tuto Zabala’s Jr. All Star Boxing, Inc. in association with Ricardo Maldonado, Jr., Producciones Deportivas, RB Producciones presenting.
Mabait made a big splash in his Telemundo debut last October stopping former world title challenger Johnny Garcia in less than a round. The fight was also the first fight in his professional career outside of the Philippines. Mabait makes his 2014 debut returning to Mexico where the former two time world title challenger Hernandez will look to upset him and take his title. Fightnews caught up with Mabait in Hollywood, California where he is now training with Justin Fortune. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Rising young star Paul Kamanga smashed former South African lightweight champion Irvin Buhlalu to defeat in the first round of a scheduled six in a junior welterweight bout at the Orlando Communal Hall in Soweto, south of Johannesburg on Saturday afternoon. Kamanga from the DRC but now fighting out Johannesburg wasted no time as he came out fast at the opening bell to land smashing lefts and rights to the head that set the 39-year-old Buhlalu down and out. Kamanga improved his record to ten wins with seven coming inside the distance as Buhlalu saw his record drop to 27-9-1; 16. (more…)
Once again, Amir Khan is in the picture as an opponent for Floyd Mayweather . . . as long as he can get by Luis Collazo in May. More
Did Malik Scott throw the fight against Deontay Wilder? Scott addresses rumors. More
Vitali Klitschko faces biggest fight outside the ring – against Vladimir Putin. More
The top boxers of the Philippines will be honored Tuesday night at the 14th Annual Flash Elorde Awards. More
The April 19 Unimas “Solo Boxeo” boxing telecast will take place at the Bahia Shriners Event Center (2300 Pembrook Ave.) in Orlando, Florida. The card features undefeated Puerto Rico Olympian Felix ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo (11-0, 8 KOs) in a six round lightweight bout against Jeremy McLaurin (10-7, 5 KOs), along with former world featherweight title challenger Orlando Cruz (20-3-1, 10 KOs) against Gamalier Rodriguez (20-3-1, 10 KOs). The event is promoter by All Star Boxing and Top Rank.
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao and Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach greeted legendary champions: Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. and Marco Antonio Barrera at the Wild Card Boxing Club during training for his eagerly-anticipated rematch against undefeated WBO World Welterweight champion Timothy Bradley. Pacman also met actor Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight, Olympus Has Fallen) before his workout.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions and Tecate, Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 will take place, Saturday, April 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. photos
Dmitriy Salita’s Star of David Promotions along with Roy Jones Square Ring Promotions have announced the signing of jr. middleweight Steven Martinez (14-1, 11 KOs) to a co-promotional contract. Martinez, out of Bronx, NY, is a 3-time New York City Golden Gloves and National Champion. The highly touted prospect returned to the ring February 27th after a 14 month lay off, scoring a sixth round stoppage over Rahman Yusubov (9-14, 7 KOs).
“Steve is a very talented fighter with world class skills. He looked sharp and is ready for top names in the jr. middleweight division,” said Salita
Roy Jones Jr is equally excited about the signing. “Steve’s impressive amateur career and skills as a pro make him one of the best prospects in the world,” said the future Hall of Famer.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
WBC light heavyweight title challenger Andrzej Fonfara (25-2, 15 KO) will first face off with WBC champion Adonis Stevenson (23-1, 20 KO) during Thursday’s press conference in Montreal, but he is not wasting any time before May 24. “I’m on schedule, maybe even ahead. Looking forward to see Adonis on Thursday. Look into his eyes. Just extra motivation for me. Starting a three week sparring camp just after that,” said Fonfara, who will fly for press conference with his promoter Leon Margules (Warriors Boxing) and brother/manager Mark Fonfara.
By James Slater
Photos: Scott Raven
Today in his hometown of Bolton at Gloves Gym, Amir Khan held an open workout in front of the media. The big announcement that Khan, the former WBA and IBF 140-pound king, will face former WBA welterweight champ Luis Collazo on May 3rd in Las Vegas was followed by Khan hitting the pads, jumping rope and shadow boxing.
Looking in great physical shape having filled out as a welterweight, Khan is excited about putting on a show in his 147-pound debut on the big Mayweather-Maidana card at The MGM Grand.
Both trainer Virgil Hunter and Amir Khan kindly did interviews with Fightnews.com: (more…)
All Star Boxing, Inc and “Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford” return to Mexico with their successful series this Friday, March 28 at the Foro Polanco in Mexico City. In the main event WBO Intercontinental bantamweight champion Marvin “Chavacano Disaster” Mabait of Zamboanga City, Philippines (20-1-2, 13 KOs) will face former two time world title challenger and National Champion Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez of Mexico City, Mexico (26-10-2, 14 KOs) in a fight scheduled for 12 rounds with Mabait’s WBO title at stake. “Payasito” is very popular on the series having fought 8 times and this will be be Mabait’s second.
First bell at 7:00 PM, 6 more fights round off the card. The main event will be televised live by Telemundo Network at 11:35 PM in HD. Tickets are already on sale at Foro Polanco (Moliere #328, Col. Polanco, Delegacion Miguel Hidalgo and also at ticketmaster.com.mx. The show is being presented by Tuto Zabala’s Jr. All Star Boxing, Inc. in association with Ricardo Maldonado, Jr., Producciones Deportivas, RB Producciones.
Looks like it might be WBC #3 rated Willie Nelson against James Kirkland on a May 24 HBO Boxing After Dark telecast. The Nelson camp is hoping to have everything thing done this coming week.
Police will not press charges against light heavyweight Jean Pascal in relation to a January 26 incident in which a woman alleged she was the victim of a sexual assault during a party held at Pascal’s home.
Unbeaten featherweight Julian Ramirez (10-0) will return April 14 on Fox Sports 1 against Carlos Rodriguez. By the way, yesterday Julian turned 21. Happy Birthday Julian!
It was announced today that British superstar and former unified super lightweight world champion Amir “King” Khan faces Brooklyn native aLuis Collazo in the 12-round welterweight co-main event of Mayweather-Maidana” on May 2 in Las Vegas.
Amir Khan: I’m looking forward to fighting in Las Vegas once again, and my intention on May 3 is to make a statement that I belong on this big stage. Luis Collazo might be coming off of a big win, but I am in incredible shape and am ready for this challenge. A win on May 3 is what I need to prove that I truly am one of the best welterweights in the sport.
Luis Collazo: Defeating Victor Ortiz in January was just the beginning. Facing and beating Amir Khan on the biggest stage in the sport is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I will take full advantage of this and put myself in the best position to face the winner of the main event. I hope Khan is ready because Brooklyn is coming to take him down.
Richard Schaefer: Both Amir Khan and Luis Collazo have made it known that they want a shot at the winner of the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana, so what better way for them to prove that they’re next in line than by fighting on “The Moment” card on May 3?
The WBC heavyweight championship rematch between top-rated world contenders, Bermane “B. Ware” Stiverne and Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola taking place on May 10 at the USC Galen Center in downtown Los Angeles will be billed as “Fight for Peace.” Hall of Fame Promoter Don King of Don King Productions and Dan Goossen of Goossen Tutor Promotions made the announcement jointly today.
“ESPN is in it to win it…and ‘win’ in it they have…hitting a grand slam home run in public opinion in welcoming the prodigal son of the sport of boxing – The WBC Heavyweight Championship of the World Title Event back to America – Halleluiah!” said the ever-enthusiastic Don King, promoter of Bermane Stiverne.
“Fight for Peace” was chosen as an international tribute to the fight for the title previously held by longtime champion Vitali Klitschko who stepped away from boxing officially in December 2013 to focus on the 2014 Ukrainian Presidential Election where he is seeking to become the country’s leader.
“Vitali was a great champion, in and out of the ring, and the winner of this fight will have big shoes to fill wearing the green belt around their waist,” said Dan Goossen promoter of Arreola. “Chris will definitely be going into this fight with his back against the wall. It’s that type of do-or-die situation I believe when he’s the most motivated and dangerous. To top off this history making, and what is sure to be great event, is ESPN’s participation, the home to all major sporting events, putting additional broadcast significance to this Heavyweight World Championship fight.” (more…)
By James Slater
Today at Amir khan’s Gloves gym in his hometown of Bolton it was officially announced how Khan will face former WBA welterweight champ Luis Collazo on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather vs Marcos Maidana. Khan worked out with trainer Virgil Hunter with gathered members of the media in attendance. An interview with Khan to follow…
The 27th WBO Annual Convention will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, from October 27 to October 31, as announced today the WBO President, Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel. This year the famous Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas will host the traditional WBO Convention after a 2013 when the event took place in Budapest, Hungary. The Convention is back to Las Vegas where it took place in 2005. As always, in the WBO Annual Convention is expected the presence of some of the WBO Champions, former Champions, contenders, prospects, known trainers, managers, promoters, officials, and other political, social and cultural personalities. At the Congress will be discussed various topics as rules, rankings, among others.
Gary Shaw Productions undefeated middleweight contender, Tureano Johnson (14-0, 10 KOs) is training hard for his upcoming bout with Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (26-4-0, 19 KOs) taking place at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA on Friday, April 4th. Johnson vs. Stevens, a ten-round bout, will be will be televised on NBCSN “Fight Night” as the co-feature to Steve “USS” Cunningham (26-6-0, 12 KOs) vs. Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (20-0-0, 15 KOs). Johnson, who resides in Hollywood, Florida, by way of Nassau, Bahamas, was part of the 2008 Bahamas Olympic Team. After having a decorated amateur career in which he worked alongside the Cuban National Team for the eight years, Johnson has developed into an outstanding professional, winning convincingly in all of his fourteen pro fights. He feels confident in his ability to defeat Stevens, who’s ranked #11 by the WBC and IBF. (more…)
Tyson Fury is backing bantanweight contender Martin Ward to make history on Saturday by becoming the first Traveller to win a world title (Travellers are similar to Gypsies). Ward challenges IBF bantamweight king Stuart Hall at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena and unbeaten heavyweight Fury is convinced his fellow Traveller can turn on the style and relieve Ward of the belt.
Tyson Fury: “I met up with Martin last week and we had a good chat. He is looking really, really confident. The travelling community is a closely knit one and we will all be cheering Martin on in what looks like being a terrific contest. He can do it, of course he can. Then I will be following suit when I get my shot at the world heavyweight title.”
The 26-year-old Ward, who has won 18 of his 20 contests, is the Commonwealth champion and is positively oozing with confidence.
Martin Ward: “This is the great chance for me to make history in the travelling community and become a world champion. It would mean so much to be able to go to Appleby Fair this summer with a world title belt, and my stock would rise among my own people. It is a challenge, but I have sparred with Stuey and I know what I have got to do to beat him. Stuey is a terrific fighter with a lot of heart but I know I can beat him. I am raring to go and pick up that belt, believe me.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez could make the first defense of his crown on May 24 in Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico against an opponent to be confirmed. Gonzalez had agreed to a rematch with former champ Abner Mares in early 2014, however for various reasons the fight was cancelled. Mares has recently been rumored to be seeking a shot at WBC super featherweight champion Takashi Miura. Unofficially, possible challengers include WBC #6 Viorel Simion of Romania and WBC #12 Clive Atwell of Guyana.
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