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Photos: Joel Colon
Miguel Cotto has temporarily moved his training camp from Hollywood, California, to Las Vegas as trainer Freddie Roach is with Cotto’s Wild Card gym mate Manny Pacquiao for “fight week” in the gambling mecca. Cotto and Roach went through a full blown workout on Wednesday in the famous private Top Rank Gym. The duo will resume training in Hollywood following Saturday’s Pacquiao-Bradley 2 clash.
Cotto is preparing for a June 7 WBC middleweight title challenge against world champion Sergio Martinez at Madison Square Garden.
In other Cotto-Martinez news, Martinez advisor Sampson Lewkowicz officially announced that a rematch between Marvin Sonsona and Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. for the NABF featherweight title is official for the June 7 undercard. Click here for giant Cotto workout photo gallery
A rite of passage for any fighter entering the UFC after an illustrious career outside the Octagon is finding out that to casual fans, there is the UFC and nothing else. Of course the hardcore followers of the sport know who you are, but to many, your first UFC fight is your first MMA fight . . . click here for more at UFC.com
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach is confirmed to be in the corner of Russian WBA cruiserweight world champion Denis Lebedev for the rematch against Panamanian WBA cruiserweight world champion (in recess) Guillermo “El Felino” Jones on April 25 in Moscow, Russia. Lebedev has been training with Roach for the past month at the famous Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California. Jones is expected to travel to Russia on April 16, accompanied by his son Guillermo Jr.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
“I knew when I signed Joshua to a promotional agreement he would still be a major force in the junior middleweight division,” said Star Boxing CEO and founder Joe DeGuardia after Joshua Clottey comprehensively defeated Anthiony Mundine on Wednesday night in Newcastle, NSW, Australia. As for the future, DeGuardia stated, “Joshua has the ability to defeat any junior middleweight in the world and this win sets up potentially major fights for Joshua with the likes of Canelo Alvarez, Erislandy Lara, and my junior middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade. I am looking forward to Joshua’s journey back to the world championship.”
Story and photos by Hesiquio Balderas
Tomoki Kameda wants to become one of the best fighters in the world if not the best. Training in Miami, Florida the undefeated WBO bantamweight champion, who holds a Profesional record of (29-0, 18 KOs), is set to defend his title in Mexico on May 10th against his mandatory challenger Pungluang Sor Singyu (46-2, 31 KOs). Tomoki expects a very tough fight, but his goal after defending his championship belt is to conquer America. Tomoki spoke exclusively to fightnews.com
“That has always been my dream, when I first went to Mexico at the age of 15, I always dreamed of becoming a world champion, conquering the love of the Mexican people as well as my people from Japan and then move forward and becoming a star in the United States, I hope I can do it and I know I can do it,” Said Tomoki. His nickname is “El Mexicanito” which translates to ‘the little Mexican’ due to his Mexican fighting style, the years that he spent in Mexico and his perfect Spanish.
“My parents always taught me that I had to sacrifice many things in order to become a good person and a better athlete and I’ve been following their advice and so have my brothers who are current world champions. I know I have to sacrifice a lot to make my dream a reality, that’s why I’m preparing like never before. To be training alongside Guillermo Rigondeaux and Yuriorkis Gamboa is a big plus for me and make me that much hungrier to defeat Singyu,” said Kameda (more…)
Erick Bone 145.2 vs Francisco Figueroa 146.8
Bryant Cruz 132 vs Willshaun Boxley 132
Louis Cruz 138 vs Tony Walker 138
Junior Younan 167.8 vs Dustin Parrish 165
Shemuel Pagan 140 vs James Gooding 139.6
Ryan Gamache 145 vs Ryan Picou 147
Ievgen Khytrov 163 vs Jas Phipps 160
Kiun Evans 126.6 vs Pedro Toledo 128
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
Venue: BB King Blues Club and Grill, New York, NY
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Mary Ann Owen
Former champion Manny Pacquiao and undefeated WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley faced off during the final press conference at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Wednesday for their eagerly-anticipated rematch on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Both Pacquiao and Bradley promised an exciting fight, but it was Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum who rocked the building, expressing his displeasure over the MGM’s heavy promotion of the Mayweather-Maidana fight taking place next month in the same venue as Pacquiao-Bradley 2. Arum pulled no punches, introducing Richard Sturm, President of MGM Grand Entertainment and Sports, as “the president of hanging posters and decorations for the wrong fight.”
Manny Pacquiao: “Everything is all said. Both camps have almost finished our training and we’re ready for Saturday and I think on Saturday it’s going to be a good fight and only God knows what’s going to be, but both fighters are doing our best to do our job in the ring to make you guys happy and to give a good fight to make people happy. This fight is very important to me and to my boxing career. Of course, my opponent is also claiming that this fight is very important, so it’s going to be a very, very good fight on Saturday so don’t miss it.”
Timothy Bradley: [after endless thank yous] “Everything’s been said in the media. It doesn’t really matter what we say, it only matters what we do. This Saturday all that matters is what we do in the ring and we’re gonna put on a great show for the fans and all the millions around the world. There’s not going to be a fan in the arena or a soul around the world that’s going to be disappointed. Me and Manny Pacquiao basically went through hell in training camp to put on a great show for the fans. I’m excited for this challenge and this opportunity and I’m definitely going seize the moment.”
[Bradley to promoter Bob Arum] “Did I say all the right things?”
Bob Arum: “Why don’t you ask the guy whose picture is up all over building when he’s going to fight somebody real?”
Arum then commented, “In the Venetian (in Macao) they wouldn’t make a mistake like this. They knew what fight was scheduled in three or four days and they wouldn’t have a 12:1 fight all over the building that’s going to take place three weeks from next Saturday. But, that’s why one company makes a billion dollars a quarter and the other hustles to pay its debt. There it is. Say it like it is.” (more…)
Official Statement: Hennessy Sports confirms that at the end of last week James DeGale terminated his Promotional Rights Agreement with the company. The contract was due to run for several more years. DeGale has been exclusively promoted by Hennessy Sports since September 2012 and in that time has successfully fought six times, all of his UK bouts having been broadcast under the “Hennessy Sports” banner live on Channel 5 including his successful challenge for the WBC Silver super middleweight title. (more…)
Golden Boy has announced that FOX Deportes will air Saturday night’s card from the Grand Oasis Arena in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico, headlined by unbeaten WBC silver super lightweight beltholder Roberto “Massa” Ortiz (30-0-1, 23 KOs). Ortiz will defend his title against Ramiro “Xixime” Alcaraz (14-3-1, 8 KOs). The WBA #4 Ortiz, who is rapidly closing in on a shot at Danny “Swift” Garcia’s world championship, will be making the ninth defense of his silver belt.
In the 10-round co-main event, female junior flyweight Anabel “Avispa” Ortiz (12-3, 2 KOs) battles Ivonne “Chiquita” Rosas (10-6-1, 2 KOs).
The global community is well aware that on November 8, 2013 Typhoon Haiyen (Yolanda) made landfall on the Philippines, taking many lives and causing major destruction. Ormoc City, hometown of IBF Junior Flyweight Champion Johnreil Casimero, was severely impacted by this natural disaster.
On May 21, 2014, during the IBF/USBA 31st Annual Convention, Casimero will be recognized for his 3 successful title defenses. The International Boxing Federation/United States Boxing Association is taking this recognition a step further and is running a fundraising campaign in Johnriel Casimero’s name to assist the victims of Typhoon Haiyen (Yolanda) in Ormoc City. The campaign, “Casimero Aid to Ormoc City,” will raise funds for the IPI Foundation, a Philippine-based charitable organization chosen by Casimero. The IPI Foundation has been in existence for 20 years, first as the Don Go Lam Foundation and the last eight years as the IPI Foundation. It is owned and operated by International Pharmaceuticals Incorporated. The foundation has active initiatives in healthcare, environmental programs, educational aid and livelihood programs. (more…)
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