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Undefeated super middleweight Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell faces Derrick “Superman” Findley and Ronald “The Chosen One” Hearns meets “Lightning” Harry Joe Yorgey in a battle of unbeaten junior middleweights in the 10-round co-features tomorrow/Saturday, March 28, on a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). Dirrell (17-0, 12 KOs), of Flint, Mich., is 17-0 with 12 KOs; Findley, of Gary, Ind., is 13-2 with 8 KOs. The son of legendary Thomas “Hitman” Hearns, Ronald Hearns is 21-0 with 17 KOs while Yorgey, of Bridgeport, Pa., is 21-0-1 with 9 KOs.
The ShoBox doubleheader at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Okla., is promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, and DiBella Entertainment. The first live fight Saturday starts at 8 p.m. CT. The world-ranked Dirrell and Hearns are familiar faces to SHOWTIME Sports viewers. This will be Dirrell’s fifth appearance on the network and fourth in a row. He’s twice fought on ShoBox and SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. Hearns has fought three times on ShoBox, including two of his last three fights.
ANDRE DIRRELL — “I want to thank everybody, my promoter, grandfather and SHOWTIME – again – for putting me in my first main event and for giving me another opportunity to fight and for helping me get to this point. This is a great card and I hope you watch it if you can’t be here.
“I’m ready to make something happen. Findley is a strong guy and I am not taking him lightly. I have trained for this like it is a world title fight.
“There is no pressure for me to put on a spectacular performance, but I really feel I learned something after the Curtis Stevens fight, which is why I feel I’ve looked a lot better in my last few fights. So, yes, I am looking forward to a spectacular fight.
“I believe I am peaking at just the right time. My time is now and I feel I’m ready for anybody at 168.”
DERRICK FINDLEY — “I am a man of few words. I’m not into all the BS talk. I know that everybody is counting me out, but Dirrell is making a big mistake if he’s looking past me. I’m a good fighter, but everybody seems to look down on fighters from the Midwest.
“I am very excited about this fight and this opportunity. I have always lived and dreamed about getting this kind of fight. It is like fighting for a world title. I’m well prepared and ready to fight.
“Dirrell is a good fighter, but I’m not impressed. I’m not impressed by any fighters.”
RONALD HEARNS — “There’s no question that I feel blessed every time I fight on SHOWTIME. It gives me a chance to showcase my abilities. You always want to look good on television because so many people will be watching. I respect Yorgey, but I’m ready for anything he brings.
“Experience-wise, I feel I’ve grown into a true professional and I’ve felt really comfortable in my last 3-4 fights It’s true I’m still fighting in the shadows of my father, but the more opportunities I get like this, the more people will get to know and appreciate me as a fighter, and not just as the son of Thomas Hearns.
“I’ve dealt with pressure my whole life, going back to the days when I had to fight in the streets. Guys knew who I was and were like, ‘well, let’s see what he’s got.’ It didn’t take long for them to find out.
“My dad has been very supportive and I always remember three things he told me: (1) To make it in this sport, you have to be an entertainer; (2) everything you do in the ring starts with the jab and (3) you have to train harder than anybody else, that physical ability and talent don’t always guarantee success.”
HARRY JOE YORGEY — “I want to thank SHOWTIME for putting me on this card. It is going to be a great one – if you don’t have SHOWTIME, go out and get it.
“There is a lot at stake for both of us. I know I’m ready, and he’s ready. This is a great opportunity to fight on the big stage. This is going to be a great fight, maybe the fight of the night.”
THOMAS “HITMAN” HEARNS — “I’m so proud of my son for what he’s accomplished and the way he’s handled himself in and out of the ring. I have never seen anyone work harder. He’s a natural athlete who got a late start in boxing, but it hasn’t slowed him down. He continues to improve.
“It has never been easy for him, and I respect him so much for that. It’s extremely tough on any fighter to make it in this game, but trying to make and do what your dad did makes it even harder.
“But he has what it takes: the attitude, the enthusiasm. He’s always in shape. He knows he can’t cut corners and expect to get away with it.
“I know he wants to do this for me and to prove so many people wrong about him, but I keep telling him that it’s OK to pattern yourself after somebody but ‘it’s all about you.’ For me, now, it is a great pleasure watching him fight and it has always been almost like an honor to have him as a son. I really love him.’’
By Lee Bates
IBF jr welterweight Juan Urango (21-1-1, 16 KOs) will move up a division to challenge for the title of WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (24-0, 19 KOs). The bout will take place on HBO May 30 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. In the TV opener, unbeaten jr middleweight terror Alfredo Angulo (15-0, 12 KOs) will face former world champion Kermit Cintron (30-2-1, 27 KOs).
Photo gallery by Chris Cozzone
All the shots from today’s weigh-in at the Esplanada at City Hall, Tijuana, Mexico: Chavez, Jr. vs. Cuello, Soto vs. Davis, Montiel vs. Silva, special guests & more! Click here for photo gallery
If it’s a fight night at Desert Diamond Casino in Tucson, Arizona, you can almost guarantee that middleweight David “The Destroyer” Lopez (37-12, 25 KOs) will be on hand to thrill his legion of loyal fans. On April 10th, Lopez will fight at his home away from home for the 12th time when he takes on veteran Ossie Duran (23-6-2, 9 KOs) in the main event of ESPN2′s “Friday Night Fights”. Also in action in a televised bout will be highly touted undefeated junior welterweight prospect Hector Sanchez (17-0, 8 KOs) in the stiffest test of his young career when he squares off against former World Champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley (33-10-1, 19 KOs) in an eight-round bout. Making a special appearance will be “the Golden Boy” Oscar de la Hoya. ESPN2 will televise.
Lukas Konecny 153.8 vs Jimmy Colas 152.7
(EU super welterweight championship)
Natascha Ragosina 166.2 vs Iva Weston 166.2
(WIBF/GBU/WBC female super middleweight titles)
Ramona Kühne 128.3 vs Judy Waguthii 128
(WIBF female super featherweight title)
Tommy Altmann 148.5 vs Hawal Garib 148.5
Rico Müller 145.2 vs Marks Senf 157.6
Varol Vekiloglu 194.8 vs Marco Heinichen 196.4
Kirstin Schoenig 108.2 vs Evgenia Zablotskaja 105.3
Venue: Sportarena Großziehten, Schönefeld/Berlin, Germany
Promoter: SES Boxing
TV: DSF (Germany)
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By Anthony Springer Jr.
When the WEC rolls into Chicago April 5, bantamweight champion Miguel Torres can expect a hero’s welcome. The 35-1 champion made a name for himself fighting opponents in Chicago and the surrounding mid western cities. He’ll face a stiff test in Takeya Mizugaki (11-2-2), but feels that fighting on his home turf will be one more advantage when the cage door closes.
Pramuansak Phosuwan 114.3 vs José López 114.9
(WBO super flyweight world title)
Eric Morel 119.1 vs Roberto Bonilla 120.2
Manuel Siaca 159.8 vs George Klinesmith 159.5
Carlos Negrón 183 vs Miguel Ángel Jiménez 183.3
Henry Bruseles 146.6 vs Mario José Ramos 146.3
Jaime Palma 134.3 vs Marcos Jiménez 131
Eric Cruz 136 vs José González 136.7
Max Rivera 139 vs TBA
Luis Cosme 109.4 vs Erickson Martell 108.5
Miguel Robles 114.3 vs Luis Quiñones 111
Héctor J. Hernández 125.8 vs Nelson Casanova 125.6
Venue: Rubén Rodríguez Coliseum, Bayamón, PR
Promoter: PR Best
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By Kurt Wolfheimer at the scale
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
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Andre Dirrell 166.5 vs Derrick Findley 166
Ronald Hearns 151.5 vs Harry Joe Yorgey 155/153
Chazz Witherspoon 229.5 vs Travis Fulton ??
Bowie Tupou 262 vs Marcus Rhode 252
Carson Jones 164 vs Dan Wallace 158.5
Anthony Dirrell 165 vs Dominique Azeez 163.5
Jose Guzman 135 vs Juan Noriega 130
Isiah Thomas 179 vs Sam Norwood 176
Venue: Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment/Gary Shaw Productions
TV: SHOWTIME 11PM ET/PT
Julio Chavez Jr 154 vs Luciano Cuello 154
Humberto Soto 130 vs Antonio Davis 130
(WBC super featherweight championship)
Fernando Montiel 118 vs Diego Silva 117
(WBO bantamweight championship)
Antonio Diaz 144.5 vs Javier Castro 144.5
Venue: Plaza de Toros Monumental, Tijuana, Mexico
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: Pay-per-view, 9PM ET / 6PM PT
By Felipe Leon at ringside
Photos: Paul Gallegos
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Professional boxing returned to “America’s Finest City” once again with the “Champions of Tomorrow” fight card presented by Bobby D. Presents in association with Jorge Marron Promotions at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in the Kearny Mesa suburb of San Diego, CA. The bout card fell short of the regulated twenty six rounds required by the State of California with only twenty spread out in four bouts. Despite the shortage of action, the boxing hungry crowd of about 400 enjoyed the show filled with pro debutants and up and coming local fighters ready to make a statement in their home town. In the scheduled eight round super featherweight main event, two time Mexican national amateur champion Emilio Bojorquez (12-1, 10 KOs) of Tijuana, MX by way of Navajoa made his return to the ring after more than half a year lay off to score a fifth round stoppage of the much experienced Trinidad Mendoza (24-20, 19 KOs) of Guaymas, MX. (more…)
Hardened gauze pads confiscated from Antonio Margarito’s hand wraps contained calcium and sulfur, two of the primary elements of plaster of Paris, according to tests by a California State Department of Justice laboratory it has been reported by the LA Times. State supervising deputy attorney general Karen Chappelle told the paper that the State Athletic Commission’s decision to suspend Margarito and his trainer Javier Capetillo appear to be supported by the findings.
Both Jayson “La Maravilla” Vélez and Wilfredo “Papín” Negrón, headliners for the second edition of Boxeo Boricua en Caguas, made their respective divisions during the weigh-in for the event organized by Miguel Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment. Mexican Juan Jaramillo, who was supposed to fight Vélez couldn’t make it due to problems with his travel visa. Now “ La Maravilla” will face Javier Ramos. To Vélez the change of fighter will not affect his performance. “ I’m well trained and I’ll do my work as always” assured the 20 year old boxer, who has been in the sport for almost a decade.
By Lee Bates at the scale
Derrick Samuels 138.5 vs Roberto Valenzuela 139.8*
Magomed Abdusalamov 261 vs Larry White 255
Nicholas Iannuzzi 199 vs Dave Saunders 195
Adam Hubinger 172 vs Jose Medina 174
Venue: The West Shore Hotel Tampa, Florida
Promoter: Starfight Productions
* Note: Valenzuela intially weighed in over the 140 pound weight limit at 141.8 but weighed in at 139.8 less than an hour later.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBC announced the following officials for the fight between Edwin Valero and Antonio Pitalua on April 4th at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. The referee is Laurence Cole (Texas). Judges are Ken Morita (Japan), Juergen Langos (Germany) and Gale Van Hoy (Texas). On Thursday, Valero looked very sharp at a public training session at the Urbina Westside Boxing Gym in Los Angeles. Valero will travel the next Monday to Austin with his trainer Robert Alcazar and the rest of the team. Valero-Pitalua is the main event on Golden Boy Promotions’ “Light Lightning” pay-per-view card.
By Ron Jackson
After an absence of eight months former WBF flyweight champion Zolani Tete returns to action when he faces Filipino Rexon Flores in a scheduled ten rounder at the Orient Theatre in East London on Sunday afternoon. Tete suffered a mysterious illness in September last year and was forced to relinquish his WBF belt. However, he has subsequently been declared fit to fight. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Norman Motsoaledi who fought as a welterweight in the professional ranks from 1958 to 1970 passed away after a long illness in Meadowlands, Soweto last Sunday. He was 73. Motsoaledi who was born in Alexandra Township near Sandton on October 10, 1935 joined the professional ranks on July 4, 1958 with a four round points win over Peter Sekoalo. (more…)
Miguel Hernandez 162 vs Luciano Perez 157
Henry Coyle 159 vs Dave Saunders 158
Danny Williams 131 vs Jose Guzman 129.5
Mike Kurzeja 168 vs Tony Dewey 172
Andrzej Fonfara 168 vs Kendall Gould 167
Juan Bailon 127.5 vs Marsay Buggs 127
Sergio Montes De Oca 122 vs David Cano 122
Rita Figueroa 138 vs Tammie Johnson 137
Foster Nkodo 157 vs Lamar Harris 156
Venue: UIC Pavilion
Promoter: 8 Count
By Boxing Bob Newman
Another successful officials seminar was conducted Thursday at the luxurious Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort & Spa in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, ahead of tomorrow’s Boxing In Paradise II show presented by 340 Promotions. The seminar was presented my Roberto Ramirez Sr., Puerto Rico’s preeminent ring official, and supervised by Anibal Miramontes of FightFax. Immediately following the seminar were the weigh-ins for tomorrow’s show. The weights were as follows:
Hector Saldivia 146.5 vs. Daudy Bahari 146
(WBA Fedelatin welterweight title)
John Jackson 153.5 vs. Steven Grove 152.5
Fernando Quintero 131 vs. Alberto Amaro 131.5
Evan Nedd 199 vs. Reggie Peña 190
Samuel Rogers 154 vs. Mike Thomas 152
Julius Jackson 166.5 vs. William Ganes 161
Boxing In Paradise II is being promoted by 340 Promotions, in association with Warriors Boxing. Doors open at the UVI Fitness Center at 6:30 p.m., first bell at 7:30 p.m.
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