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Story & photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
To Philadelphia boxing fans, Eric “Outlaw” Hunter is without question one of the most talented boxers currently on the scene. As an amateur, he was outstanding. He won numerous tournaments, became an Olympic alternate, and amassed an astounding record of 187-4. Coming out of the amateurs, everyone believed that it was just a matter of time before Hunter became a world champion. However, with a 17-3, 9 KOs, record, and after nine years in the professional ranks, many would say that the West Philadelphian has yet to live up to his potential. Some predict that he never will.
On Friday night, Hunter gets another chance to take a step toward reaching his potential. He faces Yenifel Vicente, a Miami-based Dominican, for the vacant USBA featherweight championship. The fight is the 10-round main event on the latest Joey Eye Boxing show at Harrah’s Casino in Chester, PA. (more…)
By Jeff Zimmerman
Exciting super middleweight Samuel “The Main Event” Clarkson (10-2, 6KO) is no longer the main event on Paulie Ayala’s upcoming show this Saturday, March 22nd at the Cendera Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Top Rank came looking for an opponent for their hot prospect Jesse Hart (12-0, 10KO) for their ESPN card April 11 in Vegas ahead of Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley big rematch the following night and found one in the entertaining Clarkson. (more…)
Boxers Adrian Firkins and Ricky Welsby recently fought to a draw in England, then celebrated by proposing to their girlfriends in the ring. More
Former great Evander Holyfield is talking about coming out of retirement to fight Gary Cornish in Scotland. More
Manny Pacquiao vows to show his killer instinct against Timothy Bradley. More
Carlos Molina is not finished, says promoter Leon Margules. More
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former multi-division world champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (62-8-2, 35 KOs ) will reappear against undefeated Dominican prospect Juan Carlos Abreu (16-0, 15 KOs) on Saturday at the Sports Centenario in Los Mochis in an event presented by Promociones del Pueblo. Soto is the current WBC super lightweight International silver champion and if he beats Abreu, he could be in line for a world title fight. Abreu is managed by Sampson Lewcowickz and was previously training in Mexico City to be one of the participants in the WBC World Cup.
On the same card, local hero and former WBA world champion Hugo “Cuatito” Ruiz will meet Ramón “Cobra” Maas in a super bantamweight matchup and Mahonri “Russito” Montes faces Jesús “Cinco” Valenzuela in a super lightweight clash.
Former world champion “Vicious” Vivian Harris (31-9-2, 19 KOs) has arrived in Monterrey, Mexico for Saturday’s clash with Jorge “Maromerito” Páez Jr (37-4-1, 22 KOs). In his first meeting with the press, the former world champion appeared confident, despite taking the fight on short notice.
“I’m not without training or anything,” he said. “I was preparing for a fight in the United States on March 29. I’m confident that I’ll silence all the Mexican fans with a knockout.”
Last Saturday’s Showtime Championship Boxing telecast continued the flagship series’ upward ratings trend, with the main event between unified super lightweight world champion Danny Garcia and Mauricio Herrera generating a peak audience of 1.1 million viewers. Garcia’s star-power continues to rise with this appearance on SHOWTIME, with Saturday’s bout attracting nearly 20% more viewers than his last appearance on a Showtime telecast (April 27, 2013 against Zab Judah). The Garcia vs. Herrera bout attracted an average audience of 972,000 viewers.
After completing his first week of training camp at his Hollywood-based Wild Card Boxing Club with Manny Pacquiao, Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach had a few observations he wanted to share as they prepare for their rematch challenge of undefeated WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley. “Manny started the week a little slow due to jetlag but finished off strong on Saturday. He was just brilliant in his sparring on Saturday. His footwork was effortless, his hand speed was blazing and his power is as good as it’s ever been.
“We are training for big game in this fight. Manny knows he is going to have to hunt Bradley down and close the show this time. The first fight with Bradley was so easy for Manny that after six rounds he just took it easy on him. Not this time. Our mantra is ‘Close the show. No mercy.’ You don’t have don’t have to be a groundhog to know that Bradley’s days as welterweight champ are numbered. It’s last call for Bradley on April 12. (more…)
In the aftermath of the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) organization’s 20th anniversary, the UFC is kicking off its next two decades with a fresh twist on its storied reality television series, The Ultimate Fighter®. For the first time ever, the series’ 20th season will feature an all women cast in the UFC’s newest weight division and a new title for the winner – that of UFC champion. (more…)
WBA #8 light heavyweight contender Lionell “Lonnie B.” Thompson (15-2-0, 9 KOs) boxes unbeaten Radivoje Kalajdzic (14-0, 10 KOs) in a 10-rounder next Saturday topping the undercard for the HBO-televised WBO light heavyweight titel defense of champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (23-0-1, 21 KOs) against undefeated challenger Cedric “L.O.W.” Agnew (26-0-0, 13 KOs) at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
Also in an eight-round junior middleweight match, Wilky Campfort (16-1-0, 9 KOs) takes on Khurshid Abdullaev (6-0-1, 3 KOs).
Local jr middleweight favorite Ismael Garcia (5-0-1, 3 KOs) and southpaw DuShane Crooks (6-0-0, 4 KOs) meet over six rounds.
Four round bouts: Wellington Romero (2-0-0, 1 KO), who represented the Dominican Republic in the 2012 Olympics, takes on Gerald Smith (3-0-0, 1 KO) in a junior welterweight match; popular heavyweight Adam Kownacki (5-0-0, 5 KOs) looks for his sixth knockout in six pro fights when he meets Excell Holmes (2-2-1, 1 KO); super middleweight Rafael Jastrzebski (4-7-1, 1 KO) faces Mike Mitchell (2-3-2).
Middleweight Chris Chatman (11-3-1, 5 KOs) will return against Grady Brewer (30-18, 16 KOs) on March 28th in the eight-round middleweight main event of Classic Entertainment & Sports’ upcoming professional boxing card at the Twin River Casino Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island. This is Chatman’s fourth fight at Twin River where he has become a fan favorite. Brewer, the 43-year-old Season 2 winner of the ESPN reality show “The Contender” in 2006, is looking to snap a four fight losing streak.
The card also features heavyweight Jesse Barboza (7-1-1, 5 KOs), unbeaten middleweight KJ Harrison-Lombardi (5-0-1), welterweight Nick DeLomba (2-0) and undefeated welterweight Zack Rasmey (6-0, 3 KOs). Tickets for the event are priced at $41, $76 and $126. Call 401-724-2253.
By Sam Geraci
Photo: Main Events
On March 17, top rated light heavyweight Cedric “L.O.W” Agnew (26-0, 13 KOs) completed his final preparations at the Main Boxing Gym in downtown Houston before departing to the East Coast to attend media engagements for his March 29th title fight in Atlantic City against WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (23-0-1, 21 KOs) that will be televised on HBO.
“We’ve had our best camp. I’m ready and now it’s time to head to the East Coast for some press conferences before I show the world who I am and what I can do,” said Agnew.
Despite being an accomplished amateur and undefeated as a pro, Agnew is relatively unknown and has been depicted by many outside of his hometown of Chicago and his adopted hometown of Houston as merely a stepping stone on the path to a Kovalev-Stevenson mega fight. (more…)
Undefeated middleweight Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna (13-0, 7 KOs) tackles his first eight-rounder and his toughest foe when he boxes Ahsandi Gibbs (10-3, 4 KOs) on April 12 in the Grand Ballroom at Bally’s Atlantic City. The LaManna-Gibbs contest will serve as the semifinal to the 10-round junior lightweight main event which features Jason Sosa against Michael Brooks.
Condolences to promoter Lou DiBella, whose father Louis P. DiBella passed away on Monday morning at the age of ninety. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to: Ronald McDonald House in Albany New York or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For information on the wake for Mr. Louis DiBella click here
Pedraza: Puerto Rico is looking for a hometown champion they can call their own and I want to be that man
Undefeated super featherweight contender, Jose “Sniper” Pedraza (15-0, 10 KOs) will battle Mexico’s, Alberto “Kichis” Garza (26-6-1, 21 KOs), for the vacant International Boxing Organization super featherweight title this Saturday at the Auditorio Juan Pachín Vicéns in Ponce, Puerto Rico.
Ranked WBC #9, IBF #8, WBA #11, and WBO #15, Pedraza stated “Puerto Rico is looking for a hometown champion they can call their own and I want to be that man. This Saturday I will continue to bring exciting fights to my fans. Garza is a very dangerous opponent, but that’s what motivates me to be the best. I’m ready for the Puerto Rico vs. Mexico battle. I want to fight the best and it starts with Garza.”
Former U.S. Olympic team captain Devin Vargas (18-2, 7 KOs) is set to challenge NABA-US heavyweight champ Jason “Ironman” Bergman (22-10, 15 KOs) for Bergman’s strap over 10 rounds on Friday March 28th at the Serbian American Cultural Center in Weirton, West Virginia. An accomplished amateur and professional, Vargas’ only two pro defeats have come at the hands of world title challengers Andrzej Wawrzyk (29-1) and Kevin Johnson (29-5). A 6’3 250 pound southpaw, Bergman captured the NABA-US title via a first round destruction of previously undefeated John L. Smith (13-1-1). The 10 bout Pro/Am card is being presented by Angelo Magnone’s MadeMen Promotions. For tickets ($30-$50) or tables ($300-$1000), call (304) 670-9406.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Panamanian WBA cruiserweight champion in recess Guillermo Jones informed Fightnews.com that his rematch against Russian WBA regular cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev will be held on April 25 at the Krylatskoe Sports Complex in Moscow, Russia. A source informed that last week Lebedev representatives were in Panama City to finalize contract details. It was previously thought the fight would go ahead on April 19.
It was announced yesterday that Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury will clash in a final eliminator for the WBO heavyweight title on July 26th at the Phones 4 U Arena in Manchester, England. The winner will get the number one spot for the right to fight WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko. The vacant British title will also be contested and and now Chisora’s European title has been added to the mix after Kubrat Pulev pulled out of a purse bid freeing the way for Chisora to put it on the line against Fury, who already was the next in line to fight Chisora for the EBU title.
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel announced today the referee and judges who will work this Saturday, March 22, in the world defense of the mini-flyweight titlist Merlito Sabillo facing Francisco Rodriguez Jr., to be held at the Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Nuevo leon, Mexico, in a Promociones Zanfer presentation.
For this fight, where Sabillo (23-0-1, 12 KOs), from Phillippines, is going to make the third defense of his WBO 105 pounds crown against the #9 ranked, Rodriguez Jr., from Mexico, the referee will be Eddie Claudio, from United States. The judges are Adalaide Byrd and Glen Feldman, both from United States, and Mexican Victor Salomon. The WBO supervisor for this fight will be Luis Perez.
Having regained his WBO Super Middleweight crown from Robert Stieglitz, “King” Arthur Abraham (39-4, 28 KOs) will make his first title defense against Nikola Sjekloca (26-1, 8 KOs) on May 3rd at the Velodrom in Berlin, Germany. “Finally, I have the WBO belt back around my waist and I don’t plan on giving it up anytime soon,” said Abraham, who following a short break is back in training . I gave so much blood, sweat and tears for my last fight – and it made me a world champion again. I will need to do the same to prepare for Sjekloca on May 3rd.” (more…)
The Cabazon Band of Mission Indians and Fantasy Springs Resort Casino are pleased to be hosting a benefit supporting injured Coachella boxer Angel Osuna on Wednesday, April 2nd.
This past December, the middleweight fighter was severely injured during his boxing match at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. Osuna spent the past several months recovering from his brain injury, where he was not able to support his young family. This fundraiser will help provide funds to Osuna and his family during this unfortunate time and alleviate strain with medical costs. (more…)
With a new champion being crowned and five fights being held in the weight class, there was no doubt that last Saturday’s UFC 171 card in Dallas was going to shake up top 15 of the welterweight division. And with the release Monday of the latest edition of the official UFC Fighter Rankings, that was certainly the case. So who’s up, who’s down and who’s out? Let’s find out . . . . click here for more at UFC.com
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Nonito Donaire will be honored at the 14th Annual Gabriel “Flash” Elorde Memorial Awards on March 25 in the Philippines. More
Attorneys are working to free still-jailed contender Carlos Molina, who lost out on a PPV spot last weekend in Vegas. More
Former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik declined a plea deal Monday on charges of driving while impaired. More
Forty-two-year-old Luis Ramon “Yory Boy” Campas is looking for one more big payday before retiring for good. More
Photos: Darryl Cobb Jr.
Monday afternoon at the Joe Hand Boxing Gym in Philadelphia, PA members of the media gathered for the kick-off press conference for the April 4th fight at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA between Steve “USS” Cunningham (26-6-0, 12 KOs) of Philadelphia, PA and Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (20-0-0, 15 KOs) of Wilmington, DE. The fight will be for the USBA heavyweight title and be broadcast live on NBCSN Fight Night.
Amir “Hardcore” Mansour: “It is ironic for me to fight Steve Cunningham; I was flabbergasted when they told me. When I got home in 2010 Steve was the first person I saw. He was fighting a southpaw and needed a sparring partner. I was so happy that I performed well with a world champion after an eight and half year layoff and I was literally crying. This is just a great opportunity for me to take advantage of. I know what kind of heart he has and what he brings to the table. I won this title with the flu, dehydrated and sick. I really hurt myself winning this title and I am prepared to hurt myself again before I lose this title. Gaining this title in the condition I was in, I’m just not willing to let anyone take it from me. Win, lose or draw we get to bring boxing back to Philadelphia. I am in great shape; I haven’t been in this great of shape since before the August fight. (more…)
Hard-hitting junior welterweight Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry has teamed-up with 2-time Trainer of the Year Dan Birmingham. Cherry has spent the last 10 weeks at Birmingham’s St. Pete gym. “I’m so happy to be working with Dan,” said Cherry after a recent workout. “I’ve learned a lot and have improved so much over the last few months.”
Another thing that is helping Cherry is his spirited sparring sessions with interim Welterweight Champion, Keith Thurman, another Birmingham protégé. “Man, Keith is great,” said during a recent interview, referring to Thurman. “He’s been helping me a lot, too. There’s a great atmosphere at Dan’s gym and it’s been the best training camp of my career.”
Cherry (31-6-2 (17 KOs) will be back in the ring on April 4th, in Philadelphia, when he takes on the durable Robert Osiobe. (more…)
Photos: Emily Harney
Undefeated jr middleweight Julian “J-Rock” Williams (14-0-1, 8 KOs) scored a spectacular third round destruction of former contender Freddy “El Riel” Hernandez (30-6, 20 KOs) on a Monday night St. Patrick’s Day card at the House of Blues in Boston, Massachusetts. Williams knocked down Hernandez in round one, and put him down for the count in round three with a crushing left to the jaw. Time was :35.
Unbeaten heavyweight Alexis Santos (13-0, 11 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over Sylvester Barron (8-4, 3 KOs). A punishing three-punch combination put Barron down and out. Time was 2:08.
2012 Irish Olympian super featherweight John Joe Nevin won his pro debut against Alberto Candelaria (3-1-1, 2 KOs) taking a six round unanimous decision by a score of 59-55 on all cards.
Stevens, who just celebrated his 29th birthday on March 10th, vowed to stay busy this year, “This is my life and my job. I like to fight and I don’t want to have a break too long. I could get a little bit too relaxed. Hopefully I can go six times this year.” “Showtime” fought four times in 2013 with a 3-1 record with two knockouts. And after his first round knockout of Majewski on January 24th he is ready for Johnson, “I am back to the old Curtis. It looks like he likes to fight. He likes to stay in the paint, in the dog house and get it on. He looks like a more aggressive Derrick Findley so this fight I might just stay toe-to-toe.” (more…)
Tony “The Tiger” Thompson arrived in Istanbul, Turkey, this afternoon for his WBC International Championship bout against 2004 Olympic gold medalist Odlanier Solis this Saturday (March 22nd) in Tekirdag. The ring veteran from Washington, D.C. is used to traveling. The clash with Solis will be Thompson’s fifth consecutive fight outside of the USA. His last bout on home soil has been a third round TKO win over Maurice Harris almost three years ago. While “The Tiger” lost his last fight on the road – a lopsided 12 round unanimous decision to IBF #1 Kubrat Pulev in Schwerin in August 2013 – he also had some success fighting abroad recently, knocking out British prospect David Price twice in February and July 2013. (more…)
For the first time since UFC 77 in 2007, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® is bringing the Octagon® back to Cincinnati on Saturday, May 10 at U.S. Bank Arena. In the evening’s main event, Ohio’s own Matt Brown takes on Erick Silva in a five-round main event bout featuring two of the UFC’s most exciting welterweights . . . . click here for more at UFC.com
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Top Rank’s undefeated super lightweight contender, Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield (18-0-1, 11 KOs), talks about his training camp with Virgil Hunter, his upcoming bout against Puerto Rico’s rising star Thomas Dulorme (20-1, 18 KOs), fighting on HBO for the second time in his career and the Garcia vs. Herrera outcome. Mayfield vs. Dulorme, 10-round bout for the NABF Super Lightweight title, will take place in Atlantic City, New Jersey Saturday, March 29 on the undercard of Sergey Kovalev (23-0-1, 21 KOs) vs. Cedric Agnew (26-0, 13 KOs). Both fights will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark.
Mayfield on his fight against top rated contender Thomas Dulorme…
“Dulorme is a technical guy with a long jab who has some fast hands. He’s nothing special though. I’ve seen him get knocked out before so I know his chin is suspect. I’ve fought guys who are long and rangy just like him so I’m confident in my ability to land some powerful shots. If I touch that chin of his, there’s no doubt, he’s getting knocked out.” (more…)
Photos: Gary Shaw Productions
Super welterweight contender Thomas Dulorme (20-1, 14 KOs), who’s highly ranked in all sanctioning organizations, gives his thoughts on his upcoming fight with unbeaten Karim Mayfield (18-0-1, 11 KOs) in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on March 29. The bout will be a ten-rounder for the NABF super lightweight title on the undercard of Sergey Kovalev (23-0-1, 21 KOs) vs. Cedric Agnew (26-0, 13 KOs). Both fights will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark.
Dulorme on his fight against undefeated contender Karim Mayfield…
“Mayfield is a great fighter but he’s never faced the type of punches that I’ll be throwing at him. I posses speed and power unlike any of Mayfield’s past opponents. His awkward style will not be a problem. He also has physical disadvantages that I will exploit. I know he thinks he’s unbeatable but I will prove him wrong.” (more…)
By Victor Lee
Photos: Boram Park
In a ten-round non-title main event just over the featherweight limit, current Korean super bantamweight champion and OPBF #1 super bantam Jaesung Lee (16-3-2, 9 KOs) faced off against JBC #8 featherweight Takuya Watanabe (20-4-1, 8 KOs). Lee, having bested three Japanese opponents on their home turf in 2011 and 2012, hoped to add a fourth Japanese victim to his ledger last October in a bid for the vacant WBO Asia super bantamweight title. However, opponent Akihiko Katagiri proved tougher than expected, battling to a draw, and the title remained vacant. (more…)
By Eric ‘Sugar Foot’ Duran
Photos by Michael V. Ornelas
Jim ‘Smitty’ Smith and Poor Boys Boxing put on a good card in front of a sold out show at the Denver Athletic Club last Friday night on a beautiful Colorado night. The private show with no tickets available to the public was a fundraiser for the ‘Squash for Kids’ Club housed at the DAC. There were several items of memorabilia auctioned off including a great shot of Colorado native Ron Lyle against Muhammad Ali and an autographed photo of Gatti and Ward. In the main event, Giovanni “Predator” Merceron (4-1, 2 KOs) shut out Joel “Pirata” Vargas (4-14-2, 4 KOs) in a four-rounder with a 152lb contract weight. (more…)
Showtime officially announced today that IBF welterweight champion Shawn “Showtime” Porter against former two-time and two-division word champion and current Showtime analyst Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi has been added to the April 19 telecast that also features title fights between Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins against Beibut Shumenov and Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin against Lukas Konecny, making the telecast a world title tripleheader at the D.C. Armory in Washington, D.C.
Shawn Porter: I fought hard to get this title. Paulie says he wants it, but is he willing to go through me to get it?. Fighting Malignaggi is like fighting Alexander. They don’t have the strength or power to keep me away, and I will steamroll Paulie on my way to victory April 19.
Paulie Malignaggi: I’m excited to be back in a title fight so soon after my win over Zab Judah. I will become a three-time world champion on April 19. Porter is a good fighter and I’m sure he’ll be a champion again in the future, but he doesn’t have the tools.
British heavyweight David Price (16-2, 14 KOs) will now face Ondrej Pala (33-4, 23 KOs) on April 12th in Denmark. The fight originally scheduled for March 29th in Berlin has been moved to Team Sauerland’s Nordic Fight Night show at the Blue Water Dokken in Esbjerg, Denmark. Despite the change of date and location, Price remains confident of securing the victory over his Czech opponent. “This is exactly the type of fight I need,” said Price. “Pala is a guy who isn’t afraid to come forward and trade. I am looking forward to getting in there with him and exchanging blows. I’m in great shape and I am confident that I am going to get the job done.”
In addition, middleweight contender Andy Lee (31-2, 22 KOs) will also be in action against an as yet unnamed opponent, while in the main event Swedish light heavyweight Erik Skoglund (19-0, 10 KOs) will defend his EU title against former Italian champion Danilo D’Agata (12-1-1, 3 KOs).
Story and photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Philadelphia’s Julian Williams has taken the slow and steady route in his boxing career.
Over the past four years, he has quietly built his record (14-0-1, 8 KOs, 1 NC) and developed into one of the Philly’s best prospects by fighting and beating an increasingly tougher parade of competitors.
After an excellent 2013, “J-Rock” is on the verge of a big breakthrough in the junior middleweight division. (more…)
By James Slater
It has just been made official how British heavyweights Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora will meet in a rematch of their 2011 clash on July 26th. The rematch, which will be an official WBO final eliminator, will take place in Manchester at The Phones 4U Arena.
Unbeaten 25-year-old Fury (22-0, 16 KOs) outpointed 30-year-old Chisora (20-4, 13 KOs) three years ago, but Chisora was carrying excess weight and “Del Boy” has promised he will be in tip-top shape this time. Both men want a shot at Wladimir Klitschko and a win on July 26th will take either man a big step closer to that.
Fury-Chisora II has been dubbed “The Fight for The Right.” BoxNation TV channel in the UK will show the fight live.
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