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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Future Hall of Famer Shane Mosley is in Australia and will be ringside Wednesday to witness his good friend and world rated featherweight Billy Dib challenge Davey Browne for the IBF Pan Pacific Youth featherweight crown at The Cube, Campbelltown, NSW, Australia. Leading Australian promoter Fidel Tukel arranged to have Shane in Australia for Billy Dib’s championship challenge. Tukel said. “It was a pleasure to bring Shane to Australia for Billy’s bout against Davey Browne. Shane and Billy have been good friends for some time now so I am sure it will help him to perform at his best.” Shane Mosley jumped on the scales where he weighed in at 76kg (167.6 lbs) fully dressed. Mosley said, ” it’s always great to come to Australia. I have been here before and enjoy myself each time. This is important fight for Billy so I am happy to be here.” Regarding his fight against Antonio Margarito, Mosley was asked if the Mexican could punch. Mosley said, “I don’t know – he never hit me.”
Middleweight contender Andy Lee’s disappointment over a scheduled Madison Square Garden date falling through has proven to be short lived after he secured a place on the Hunky Dorys World Title Fight Night at The O2, Dublin on March 21st. Lee was set to top the bill at the famous New York venue on March 16th but despite that show falling through Lee’s training won’t go to waste with promoter Brian Peters adding him to an already star studded line-up at The O2 on Saturday week. The main event features Dublin’s own Bernard Dunne challenging for Ricardo Cordoba’s WBA Super Bantamweight title in the first World title fight on Irish soil in 13 years. (more…)
By Craig Watt
When British boxer Amir Khan won the Silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics at lightweight he captivated the UK boxing public, partly as he was just 17 years of age. Viewing figures in the UK were in excess of 15 million for his final when he lost to Cuban veteran Mario Kindelan 30-23 on the scorecards. When he turned professional with Frank Warren and Sports Network in 2005 he was destined to become one of the UK’s top fighters in a period when Joe Calzaghe and Ricky Hatton had elevated the country’s boxing pedigree to new heights. (more…)
By Craig Watt
Former Australian Heavyweight champion Vince Cervi was shot dead in Preston, Melbourne, Australia last night after an altercation ended in his shooting. The 41 year old Cervi retired in 1997 from the sport after being Australian Heavyweight Champion in 1995 when he secured the title with a third round stoppage of James Grima in Melbourne. Inside the ring he is perhaps best known for his fight with Joe Bugner in September 1995 when he lost a twelve round decision to the former world heavyweight title challenger. This fight was the first in Bugner’s comeback after over 8 years in retirement. He also fought infront of 38,000 fans in 1992 on the undercard of the Jeff Fenech V Azumah Nelson bout in Melbourne when he drew with Steve Hudson. When paramedics arrived at the scene they tried to revive him but he died soon after their arrival. A man has been charged with his murder.
By Ron Jackson
South Africa’s Vusi Malinga faces the toughest challenge of his boxing life when he challenges Hozumi Hasegawa of Japan for the WBC bantamweight belt at the World Memorial Hall in Kobe, Japan on Thursday night. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
IBF #11-ranked Mike “MJ” Jones, 144, of Philadelphia, PA successfully defended his NABA welterweight belt with an impressive second round destruction of late sub Dario Esalas, 145.5, of Miami, FL last night at the Blue Horizon in Philadelphia. In the co-feature, Teon “The Mechanic” Kennedy, 121, of Philadelphia, showed what he was made of, coming off the floor and overcoming a nasty cut to take a split decision over tough southpaw Andre Wilson, 118.5, of St. Joseph, MO in an eight round super bantamweight bout. Peltz Boxing Promotions, in association with Joe Hand Promotions presented the sold-out, 7-bout show. (more…)
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Marco Antonio Barrera arrived in Manchester on Sunday from Mexico City for his showdown with British sensation Amir Kahn at the M.E.N Arena on Saturday. Today he participated in his first gym workout.
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Four-time world champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao trains at the Wildcard Boxing Club in Hollywood for his upcoming world jr. welterweight championship fight against Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton on May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao vs Hatton is presented by Top Rank and Golden Boy and will be available on HBO Pay Per View.
More than two centuries after the United States achieved its independence from England, friction between the two nations is about to flare up again when “The Ultimate Fighter: United States Vs. United Kingdom” premieres Wednesday, April 1 at 10:00 PM, ET/PT on Spike TV . . . Click here for more
Unbeaten prospect Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (9-0, 6 KOs) has been matched against veteran Patrick Thompson (15-13-1, 5 KOs) in the eight round main event on “Homecoming,” promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Manfredo’s Gym, Thursday night, March 19 at historic Mechanics Hall.
“Homecoming” will be taped live as part of DiBella’s “Broadway Boxing Series,” which will be shooting in New England for the first time, from the beautiful Mechanic’s Hall venue that hasn’t hosted pro boxing since 1967. (more…)
By Alex Dombroff and Billy “Loops” Luppert at ringside
Photography by Marty Rosengarten
Delvin Rodriguez (24-2-2, 14 KOs) overcame injury and an early deficit to win a unanimous decision over Shamone Alvarez (20-2, 11 KOs) Friday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville , Connecticut . Rodriguez, fighting in front of his hometown crowd, had all types of problems early on with Alvarez’s southpaw attack. It was a combination of the knockdown he scored in the eleventh and his ability to stay on his own two feet in round twelve that sealed the victory for Rodriguez by scores of 115-112, 114-113, and 114-113. Undefeated welterweight Raymond Serrano improved to (9-0, 5 KOs) with an entertaining six round decision over Jay Krupp (12-2, 5 KOs ). Scores of the bout were 60-53 twice and 58-55. ***Click here for the entire action-packed photo gallery***
By Mark Vaz at ringside
Photography by Emily Harney
Jason “Schoolboy” Pires (22-3, 9 KOs), an alternate on the 1996 US Olympic Team, continued his successful comeback after nearly a six-year absence from the ring with a unanimous decision win over veteran Louie Leija (21-10-1, 15 KOs) in an eight-round welterweight contest this past Friday in the main event of Jimmy Burchfield’s “Mayflower Madness” at the Memorial Hall in Plymouth, MA. ***Click here to for the full report and the action-packed photogallery!***
On March 28, Top Rank is promoting Latin Fury 8, featuring four of Mexico’s biggest names in boxing live on pay-per-view from the 21,000-seat Plaza de Toros Monumental bullring in Tijuana, Mexico. Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum; chairman of Top Rank, Fernando Beltran, Mexico’s top promoter; The Honorable Jorge Ramos, Mayor of Tijuana; and Oscar Escobedo, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, hosted a no-holds-barred media conference call today to address U.S. media reports and stories on the crime and safety in Tijuana. Here are highlights…
Khan won’t be passing on tips to Hatton – More by the Mirror
Maccarinelli hindered by another fight – More by the Times Online
Khan puts career on line – More by the Sunday Herald
Big fight countdown! – More by Sky Sports
Integrated Sports will distribute a world-class pay-per-view card, headlined by Amir Khan versus “The Baby Faced Assassin” Marco Antonio Barrera, Saturday, March 14 live from The M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, United Kingdom . . . Click here for more
WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev is eager to fight “champion in recess” Ruslan Chagaev as soon as possible to finally clear the confusion surrounding the belts. After twice pulling out of a meeting with the Russian Giant, the Universum fighter had been named “champion in recess” last summer. Valuev went on to capture the vacant title by defeating John Ruiz in Berlin before making a successful defence against Evander Holyfield in December. Even though the WBA ordered Valuev to defend against Chagaev on the latter´s return from injury to determine the unified champion, Chagaev requested a special permit from the WBA to fight Carl Davis Drumond instead. The special permit was granted, and Chagaev won, leaving the WBA with a “champion” as well as a rather active “champion in recess”. “Enough is enough,” Valuev said. “All this confusion has to end. There is just one way to determine the true champion and that is by meeting in the ring. I want to show the boxing world that I am the true WBA heavyweight champion. And I want to avenge the only loss of my career. I want to take on Chagaev as soon as possible.” (more…)
The Executive Board of the World Boxing Organization, pursuant to the recommendation of the WBO World Championship Committee, has named Juan Manual Marquez as a WBO super champion pursuant to Article 14 of the WBO regulations. The move will allow Marquez additional scheduling flexibility to achieve his place in boxing history and for the good of the sport. The vote was unanimous.
Marco “Captain” Huck (24-1, 19 KOs) will return to the ring in May to defend his European cruiserweight title against former world champion Firat Arslan (29-4, 18 KOs). Team Sauerland won today’s purse bid in Rome with an offer of 514,000 euros. “We are delighted that Marco will defend his title on a Sauerland show,” General Manager Chris Meyer said of the mandatory defense. “The fight will be staged in May. We will announce the date and the venue within the next two weeks.” Captain Huck, who has dusted Geoffrey Batello and Fabio Tuiach since winning the title from Jean Marc Monrose last September, is looking forward to the showdown against Arslan. “We are both under contract with German promoters,” the 24-year-old said. “That makes the fight very special. It will be very interesting for the German boxing fans. I am really looking forward to it.”
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world IBF jr lightweight champion Gairy St Claire (41-8-2, 18 KOs) who has lived in Australia for several years, is confident he will defeat hot Australian prospect Lenny Zappavigna (17-0, 13 KOs) when he challenges for the IBF Pan Pacific jr welterweight title at The Cube, Campbelltown, NSW, Australia on Wednesday. “Lenny has never met a boxer with my experience,” said St Claire. “I have boxed great boxers like Diego Corrales and Vivian Harris. I won the world title by defeating Cassius Baloyi in his home town in Africa. I have trained hard for Lenny and I will take him to school.” Australia’s No.1 promoter Bill Treacy said, “The Zappavigna vs St Claire bout will be a great bout. Both boxers bring a lot to the ring – Zappa looked fantastic in stopping two time world challenger Tommy Browne in 2008. Gairy will be a tough test for Lenny – he has boxed the very best featherweights and lightweights over several years. Lenny is only 21 years of age and has a big future.” Televised nationally on Foxtel Main Event Television.
By Craig Watt
On Wednesday March 11th Garrie Fransico of Grange School Boxing puts on perhaps one of the highest calibre Australian boxing promotions in the last five years with four major bouts that can be seen on Main Events PPV from 7pm AEDT. Each bout is well matched and worthy of main event status in a night of boxing at the impressive Campbelltown Convention Entertainment Centre in Sydney. This is the first of three scheduled PPV events that are planned for 2009 under the guidance of Grange School Boxing. Unbeaten IBO Middleweight champion Daniel Geale (20-0, 12 KO’s) headlines the show in an intriguing match against Canadian veteran Ian MacKillop (25-10-3, 14 KO’s) who has a sixth round stoppage win over WBA#10 ranked middleweight Shannon Taylor in July 2006, in Taylor’s hometown of Wollongong. (more…)
An mix of boxing and musical entertainment align March 21, at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev., when Roy Englebrecht Events presents in association with American Dream Promotions “Rock This Box.” The 12-round main event features Ron Johnson of Las Vegas facing John Johnson of Batesville, Miss., for the World Boxing Foundation vacant light heavyweight championship. The 10-round semi-main event matches undefeated Melinda Cooper of Las Vegas against Monica Lovato of Albuquerque, N.M., for the International Female Boxing Association vacant bantamweight championship. (more…)
Fightnews.com has learned that Floyd Mayweather Jr. was in the gym sparring last week, adding fuel to the speculation that the “Pretty Boy” will be coming out of retirement more sooner than later.
Looks like WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto could unify with IBF welter king Joshua Clottey in June at Madison Square Garden. No deal is finalized, however.
WBO super middleweight champion Karoly Balzsay has been added to the big April 25 “Universum Champions Night“ card in Krefeld, Germany featuring WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm in the headliner.
By David Robinett
Photos: Armando Roldan
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Following Saturday night’s HBO Boxing After Dark tripleheader at HP Pavilion in San Jose, California, the focus was on the future of Golden Boy Promotions’ victorious fighters, James Kirkland, (25-0, 22 KOs), and Victor Ortiz, (24-1-1, 19 KOs), as well as local hero and main draw Robert Guerrero, (23-1-1, 16 KOs), and his opponent, Indonesian prospect Daud Yordan, (17-0, 12 KOs), whose scheduled ten-round bout was cut short due to an accidental headbutt in the second round. “We had a wonderful show here in San Jose and what can I say about all the fighters,” said Golden Boy’s Oscar de la Hoya at the post-fight press conference. “We’re definitely going to come back [to San Jose] and definitely going to bring back HBO.” (more…)
By David Robinett at ringside
The San Francisco Bay Area played host to one of its biggest nights of boxing in recent years as unbeaten junior middleweight James Kirkland (25-0, 22 KOs) stopped Joel Julio (34-3, 31 KOs) after six one-sided rounds in the headline bout of Saturday nights HBO’s Boxing After Dark from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. In the evening’s second televised bout and co-main event, “Vicious” Victor Ortiz, (24-1-1, 19 KOs), continued his march up the 140 pound ladder as he stopped the normally durable Mike Arnauotis, (21-3-1, 10 KOs ) in a twelve round junior welterweight bout for the NABO and USBA junior welterweight titles. The first televised bout of the evening was also listed as a co-main event but was the main attraction for most of the fans in attendance, as local star and former IBF featherweight champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero faced off against undefeated Indonesian prospect Daud Yordan (17-0, 12 KOs) in a ten-round junior lightweight bout for the vacant NABO title. ***CLICK HERE FOR THE ENTIRE REPORT AND PHOTOGALLERY
WBO#10, WBA#15 heavyweight contender Brian “The Beast” Minto (32-2 21 KOs) will return to the ring on Friday April 17. Minto’s fight will be the main event in his hometown of Butler, Pennsylvania at the Days Inn Convention Center. Current WBA Fedecentro Heavyweight champ and winner of 5 straight by knockout, Minto is looking for a durable challenger for his April homecoming event. The eight bout card is being promoted by Beatdown Promotions and will also feature local middleweight prospects Dave Cook (3-2), Sam Suska (debut) and heavyweight debuter Paul Zalus. Tickets ($35 general admission and $750 tables) will be available starting Wednesday at The Days Inn Convention Center in Butler or by calling 724-287-6761.
By Lee Bates
WBO #1 contender Ramon ‘Rocky’ Martinez (21-0-1, 12KOs) arrived in England for his challenge of champion Nicky Cook this Saturday March 14th at the MEN Arena in Manchester. It was a long trip for Martinez, but the focused challenger is all business. “It was a long trip but I’m here now. I will rest, get up early in the morning and work out, and also maintain my weight,” said Martinez.
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