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By Przemek Garczarczyk
WBA cruiserweight world champion Denis Lebedev and his #1 rated challenger Youri Kalenga faced off for the first time on Wednesday afternoon at the Wild Card Boxing Gym in Hollywood, California. Both are opening up training camps in Southern California as Kalenga heads to Big Bear Lake with the guidance of Abel Sanchez and Lebedev under the watchful eye of Freddie Roach in Hollywood.
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Photos: Zanfer Promotions
David Sánchez 115 vs Juan Alberto Rosas 114.7 libras
Adrián Young 130 vs Josué Veraza 128
Gilberto Parra 107.8 vs. Maximino Flores 107.8
Luis Castro 112 vs Antonio Rodríguez 112
Jonathan Sánchez 116 vs Jesús Limones 115
Víctor Méndez 122 vs Román Meléndez 123
Anel Chávez 112 vs Guadalupe Bojórquez 112
Juan Montiel 148 vs Victor Esquer 150
Venue: Palenque de la Expo, Hermosillo, Sonora
TV: TV Azteca
Promoter: Zanfer, A2
By Miguel Maravilla
Golden Boy Promotions featuring the latest newly signed hot prospects held a press conference Wednesday afternoon at the historic Belasco Theatre in downtown Los Angeles to announce the return of LA Fight Club series. LA Fight Club returns Friday night March 6 as local prospect and standout 2012 U.S Olympian super bantamweight Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz Jr. (14-0, 9 KOs) of South El Monte takes on Mexico City’s Giovanni Delgado (15-2, 9 KOs) at the Belasco in the main event live on Fox Sports 1. “We are really excited for March 6 to bring back Fight Club. This platform for Golden Boy Promotions and the fighters who are beginning their careers are establishing themselves. Most importantly it’s important to the fan being up close and personal experiencing the action that is what LA Fight Club is all about,” Oscar de la Hoya said in starting off the press conference. “LA Fight Club will be a farm system for fighters to eventually graduate to the big stage rather its HBO, Showtime, or Pay Per View.” (more…)
Report and photo: Stacey Verbeek
The Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas, Texas, was once again converted into a boxing venue on Thursday night for the annual “A Night to Fight” fundraiser to benefit the Ring of Hope Boxing Club. In the main event, bantamweight Oscar Mojica (6-1, 1 KO) won a clear eight round unanimous decision over Alejandro Moreno (24-33, 11 KOs) in a clash for the Texas bantamweight title. Mojica won 80-72 on all three cards.
In other action, super lightweight Alex Del Bosque (6-2, 4 KOs) stopped Steve Trumble (13-34, 8 KOs) in round two. Time was 1:02. Also jr welterweight Jose Rodriguez (8-1, 4 KOs) halted Hector Garza in round one. Time 2:12.
Sauerland Event Statement on Robert Helenius: Team Sauerland is delighted to hear that Robert Helenius (19-0, 11 KOs) has voiced his desire to return to the ring. “Robert is one of the biggest heavyweight talents out there,” Sauerland Event CEO Chris Meyer said. “It´s a pity that he hasn´t fought in almost two years. We understand he has now announced that he wants to return on a show in Tallinn. Of course he can do whatever he wants, however, if he intends to fight again, he needs to talk to us first. We have an existing promotional agreement which we expect him to honour. We will take legal action against everybody who is undermining our contract with him. I think it would be to the benefit of everybody, especially the fight fans, if Robert focused on breaking jaws rather than laws.”
By Gabriel F.Cordero
WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman met with officials in Pakistan formalizing their affiliation with the WBC through the Continental federation ABCO (Asian Boxing Council). Activities included a massive press conference, a visit to the municipal gym to meet the first boxers and trainers, a judges and referees seminar and a WBC Cares visit to a children’s hospital. Amir Khan has been appointed as the honorary ambassador of the program. The official certificate of affiliation will be presented on Saturday at the closing ceremony of the Punjab Youth festival with a World Guinness Record of 4 million kids participating. Pakistan will become the 166th WBC affiliate.
It’s been a while since The Ultimate Fighter 19 alum Pat Walsh fought in the middleweight division, but he’s about to do it again as the UFC returns to Broomfield, Colorado for UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Thatch on Saturday . . . click here for more
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Ricardo Pinell 154 vs. John Thompson 154.25
Stanyslav Skorokhod 153.75 vs. Michael Moore 154.75
Brandon Adams 155 vs. Alex Perez 152.5
Vito Gasparyan 155 vs. Simeon Hardy 154.25
***Thompson replaces Cleotis Pendarvis who could not make weight
Eddie Caminero 157.25 vs. Jimmy Williams 156.25
Khiary Grayvs.Pitts 164.25 vs. Rodrigo Almeida 172.5
Angel Martinez 132.25 vs. Oscar Bonilla 133
Promoter: Banner Promotions in association w/Jimmy Burchfield’s CES Boxing
Venue: Mohegan Sun,
TV: ESPN 2 (9PM), 1st Bell: 7:45 PM
Jesus Navarro 126.2 vs. Gary Stark Jr. 125.4
Rafael Gonzales 140.4 vs. John Jackson 142.2
Angel Luna 125.8 vs. Jhovany Collado 125.6
Marcos Forestal 121.8 vs. Ignac Kassai 123
Ryan Picou 137 vs. Dean Burrell 135.4
Mikkel Lespierre 145.6 vs. Christopher Porter 146
Paola Ortiz 107.4 vs. Susan Reno 106.8
Maxito Sainvil 148.6 vs. Dusty Parrish 150.2
Venue: Five Star Banquet Hall in Long Island City, Queens, NY
Promoter: Uprising Promotions
Former three-division world champion Abner Mares (28-1-1, 15 KOs) returns to the ring to face 2008 Mexican Olympian Arturo Santos Reyes (18-4, 5 KOs) on Saturday, March 7 live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas in the primetime debut of the Premier Boxing Champions series on NBC and NBCSN. The fight is part of the event promoted by Goossen Promotions featuring Keith Thurman vs. Robert Guerrero and Adrien Broner vs. John Molina, Jr. that will air live on NBC. The Mares-Reyes bout will be televised live on the NBC show or on the NBCSN telecast.
Billy Joe Saunders has declined an opportunity to fight for the IBF world middleweight championship to remain on course for his WBO world title shot. Undefeated Saunders, the IBF number four ranked contender, was this week offered a showdown for the Vacant IBF crown against the number one ranked Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam, after Felix Sturm also passed on the opportunity. The British, Commonwealth, European and WBO International titleholder is the mandatory and number one ranked WBO challenger and has a signed contract with the WBO to fight the winner out of WBO champion Andy Lee and former champion Peter Quillin who fight in April.
Saunders said, “I was honored to be asked to fight for the IBF World title, which has been held by some of the greatest fighters in the sports history, and it was not an easy decision to make. But I have a signed contract with the WBO to fight the winner out of Lee and Quillin and I want to go down that route. I’m in boxing to prove that I’m a great and bring more world titles back to Britain so I hope that the IBF title is one the I can challenge for in the future in some big unification fights.”
Next in the IBF ratings is David Lemieux. Is N’Dam vs. Lemieux on the horizon?
Fifteen months ago, heavyweight Joey Dawejko was so far down that when he looked up he saw the bottom. That was then and this is now and as Dawejko, winner of five in a row and nationally ranked, prepares to fight Unobong Umohette, of Nigeria, on Friday evening, March 6, at the 2300 Arena, he concedes it’s been a wild ride. “It’s hard to believe the way things turned out,” Dawejko said, “but I’m not complaining. I started in the outhouse, and while I’m surely not in the penthouse yet, at least I am pointed in the right direction.”
When Dawejko was stopped in the third round by unbeaten lefty Charles Martin on Nov. 14, 2013, it marked his third loss in five fights and the first time he had been on the floor as an amateur or pro. “When I got the call to fight Charles Martin, I was working on a roof in Atlantic City,” Dawejko said. “The fight was seven days away. I hadn’t been in the gym and there was no time to train after I got the call since I needed to keep roofing to pay bills. I went out there (Hollywood, CA) with my trainer and my brother and I had nothing. I could tell when the fight started. I got knocked down for the first time in my life and my trainer threw in the towel at the end of the third round.
“After the fight, I knew my dreams of becoming a contender were over, but I figured I could always make money as an opponent. Since I was still working as a roofer, I knew I could always fall back on that.” (more…)
The UFC’s first visit to the Philippines on May 16 will have a main event fight fans have wanted to see for years, as former UFC world lightweight champion Frankie Edgar takes on former WEC featherweight champ Urijah Faber in a meeting of two lighter weight class pioneers . . . click here for more
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Photos: Ivan Ojeda/PRBBP
It’s official. On Saturday, April 11, World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior lightweight champion Orlando “Siri” Salido, from Mexico, will face two-time former WBO champion at 130 pounds, Roman “Rocky” Martinez, from Puerto Rico, in “The War”, to be held at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) presentation in association with Promociones Zanfer. The expected Siri Salido vs Rocky Martinez clash will be air exclusively on “Pay Per View” in Puerto Rico, United States and Canada to all the Cable TV and Satellite systems.
“Today we make it official with the boxers, The War, Salido vs Martinez is official for April 11 in Puerto Rico. Everything is agreed for hosting this event, in which two of the fiercest fighters there in boxing, Orlando Salido and Rocky Martinez will face, two boxers who always give everything on in the ring and this April 11 will face for a belt that Salido own and Rocky will try to take,” promoter Ivan Rivera, president of PRBBP, said. “We call this show as “The War” because that is what we expect, a battle that has all the ingredients for it, plus another chapter in the rivalry between Mexico and Puerto Rico in boxing.”
Salido (42-12-2, 29 KOs), a native of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico, will make the first defense of the title he won on September 20, 2014, when beat Thai Terdsak Kokietgym by KO in 11 rounds in one of the most spectacular fights in which Kokietgym went to the canvas four times by three for the Mexican. Salido was a WBO and International Boxing Federation (IBF) world champion at featherweight (126 lbs).
The eagerly awaited non-title showdown between undefeated WBC/WBA super lightweight champion Danny “Swift” Garcia (29-0, 17 KOs) and IBF jr welterweight champion Lamont Peterson (33-2-1, 17 KOs) will take place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn as Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC returns to primetime on Saturday, April 11. Also confirmed was WBO middleweight world champion “Irish” Andy Lee (34-2, 24 KOs) taking on undefeated Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (31-0, 22 KOs) in a 12-round world title fight.
Danny Garcia: “It’s an honor to be fighting back in Brooklyn where I’ve experienced some of the best moments of my career. Fans have been asking for this fight for so long and on April 11 I’m planning on giving them the show they’ve been waiting for. Doing it live on NBC will make it even sweeter.”
Lamont Peterson: “This is an amazing opportunity for me fighting in Brooklyn and on national TV in front of millions of people. I’m going to go out there and give the performance of a lifetime. Danny Garcia better not underestimate me, because my time is now.”
Andy Lee: “I’m looking forward to returning to New York and defending my title against Quillin. I’m at the peak of my powers now. I cannot see myself losing to anyone. I want to be recognized as the best middleweight in the world and beating Quillin will go some way to proving that.”
Peter Quillin: “To be able to fight at home in Brooklyn and win a title on such a big stage is a dream come true. I’m honored and excited to be a part of something that is great for my career, but also for the sport of boxing as a whole. I know that I’m going to win on April 11, become champion once again, and then I’m going after anyone and everyone at 160 pounds.” (more…)
Former WBA featherweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. (33-3, 21 KOs) will move back down to the 122lb division where he held the WBO world title before being dethroned by Guillermo Rigondeaux in April 2013. Donaire will fight on a previously announced March 28 card at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines against Brazilian William Prado (22-4, 15 KOs). WBO jr flyweight king Donnie Nietes (34-1-4, 20 KOs) defends against Mexican Luis Ceja (25-5-2, 21 KOs).
By David Finger
Photos provided by Leon Panoncillo, WBO
Although Manny Pacquiao continues to dominate the headlines regarding his negotiations with Floyd Mayweather and a potential megafight on May 2, the Filipino superstar took a short break from the negotiations to receive the WBO Super Champion belt at his home in General Santos City. The $10,000 belt was presented to Pacquiao by WBO Vice President Leon Panoncillo. Distinct from other sanctioning organizations, the WBO Super Champion belt is only awarded to existing champions who meet certain criteria such as a minimum number of title defenses or title victories over distinguished opposition. It allows a champion more flexibility in regards to mandatory title defenses as well as additional consideration when seeking to be named as a mandatory challenger to a WBO champion in a higher weight. Pacquiao had recently won the WBO welterweight title last year and was also named WBO fighter of the decade. After the belt ceremony Pacquiao invited those in attendance to join him for dinner at his home. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBC bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (22-0-2, 16 KOs), a hard-punching southpaw Japanese, will make his eighth defense against unbeaten Argentine Diego Santillan (23-0, 15 KOs) in Osaka, Japan, on April 16. It was announced today by Teiken Promotions of Tokyo. Yamanaka, one of the most stable world champions here, acquired the vacant WBC throne by disposing of Mexican Christian Esquivel in eleven give-and-take rounds in November 2011, and impressively registered seven successful defenses including five KOs or TKOs since to his credit. The Argentine challenger, five years his junior at 27, previously seized the national, WBC Mundo Hispano and WBC Latino titles in the 118-pound category to extend his unblemished mark. It will be a highly expected encounter of the unbeaten bantams. Santillan is nicknamed “El Fantasma (the Ghost)” but will he be able to avert Yamanaka’s pulverizing left shot called “God’s Left”?
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Dave Cameron
WBA #12, WBO #15 cruiserweight Anthony McCracken (17-7-1, 8 KOs) will clash over twelve rounds with Samoa’s Vaitele Soi (24-1, 16 KOs) on March 28 at Christchurch, New Zealand at the next “Super 8″ tournament. McCracken, 31, who went 12 rounds with former world rated Kiwi Shane Cameron in a cruiserweight bout in 2010 but lost via unanimous decision, was confident of dealing Soi another defeat on March 28 after he had seen footage of him sparring with Cameron. “I’ve seen the YouTube clips of Cameron sparring Vaitele, he got dropped with 18oz gloves on,” McCracken said. “I went 12 rounds with Shane and he couldn’t hurt me, so really what does Soi think he’s going to be able to do – I’ll break him down just like I did to Aloua.”
Soi, 27, who is based in Samoa but does his training camps in Auckland under veteran trainer Lolo Heimuli, vowed revenge on Aloua’s behalf. “I am looking forward to claiming back the titles for New Zealand and Samoa, and to overcoming the man who beat my friend,” Soi said. (more…)
Unbeaten light heavyweight Erik Skoglund (22-0, 11 KOs) is on the road to recovery. The 23 year-old underwent surgery last Thursday (February 4) to repair a herniate disc in his back. The operation was a success, and one week later the Swedish boxing star is beginning his rehabilitation at home in Nyköping.
“The surgery went well,” said Skoglund. “My surgeon Gunnar Nyberg was really pleased with the results. He said it couldn’t have gone any better! At this stage, it’s still difficult to say for sure how long I’ll be out of the ring. It all depends on how my body responds to the rehabilitation, but it’s unlikely to be longer than six months. I’m already up walking and moving around, but that’s pretty much all I’m allowed to do. I will start some light work soon, just to activate my muscles, but I need to be really careful for the first month. I can’t risk pushing myself too hard and causing any further damage. I just have to take things slowly, step by step. If everything goes well, which I believe it will, I will be able to start some serious training in four months. Then I can use the summer to really push on, and get into even better shape than I was before the injury. Boxing is my life so it’s going to be a difficult time for me, but I have a great support network, with my family, friends and promoter Team Sauerland. I promise everyone that I will turn this into something positive and come back stronger than ever!”
This weekend the UFC returns to the state of Colorado for a UFC Fight Night card highlighted by former lightweight champion Benson Henderson bumping up a division to take on Brandon Thatch – a fighter often touted as the next big thing at 170 pounds . . . click here for more
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Once again the popular series of “Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford” returns to “The Boxing City” Tampa, Florida with a show on Friday, March 13th at the A La Carte Pavillion. In the main event, the rivalry continues when former WBO Latin champion Jonathan “Pitbull” Vidal (18-3, 10 KOs) of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico faces current WBC FECARBOX super flyweight champion Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez (10-2, 3 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico in a bout scheduled for 10 rounds with the vacant WBC Latin bantamweight title at stake. Both fighters went 1-1 on the “unofficial” tournament of the successful Boxeo Telemundo Series of 2014.
Also on the card local female flyweight sensation Noemi “La Rebelde” Bosques (8-1-2, 2 KOs) and local favorites light heavyweight Radivoje “Hot Rod” Kalajdzic (16-0, 10 KOs), welterweight Alfonso Black (8-1-1, 4 KOs), featherweight Ricky “The Cowboy” Tomlinson (4-0-2, 2 KOs) and super welterweight Omar Albanil (2-0, 2 KOs) amongst others. (more…)
Today Golden Boy Promotions announced and unveiled the new monthly Los Angeles-based boxing series, LA FIGHT CLUB, live from The Belasco Theater in Downtown Los Angeles. LA FIGHT CLUB will be featured as part of the popular, fan-favorite Golden Boy Live! serieson FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes and is set to premiere on Friday, March 6 with undefeated super bantamweight prospect and 2012 U.S. Olympian Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz Jr. (14-0, 9 KOs) facing off against Mexican brawler Geovanny “Lloviznas” Delgado (15-2, 9 KOs) in a 10-round super bantamweight bout.
In the co-main event, rising super featherweight knockout artist Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez (8-0, 8 KOs) will face an opponent yet to be named in a six-round fight. Opening the televised action is a super featherweight clash between a pair of Los Angeles prospects, as Santiago “El Lobito” Guevara (8-0, 3 KOs) squares off against Carlos “The Solution” Morales (6-1-3, 3 KOs) in a six-round bout. Plus, Irish middleweight prospect Jason Quigley (3-0, 3 KOs) will be featured in a four round bout hoping to get television air time against Lanny Dardar (2-2-2, 1 KOs) of Houma, Louisiana. (more…)
On Saturday afternoon, February 28, Carl Frampton will make the first defense of the IBF super bantamweight title when he takes on mandatory challenger Chris Avalos in a bout that can be seen live and exclusively in the United States on AWE–A Wealth of Entertainment. The card will originate from the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland and is promoted by Cyclone Promotions.
“I’m going to be gunning for the knockout once the bell rings.” said Bronco Billy. “I’ve been training very hard to get in the best shape of my life. I really want to take my career to the next level in 2015 and sacrifices will be made to accomplish that goal. Domingos and I both posses a lot of power in our punches, so it’s fair to say this fight won’t be going the distance. Everyone watching this fight is going to experience a very entertaining heavyweight fight…that you can take to the bank!” Tickets priced $20 general admission, $35 and $50, are on sale now and can be purchased by calling (702) 524-3331.
It was surprising for this reporter to see former three-time world champion Hilario Zapata of Panama here in Japan as the 56-year-old ex-champ served cornerman/trainer of Venezuelans Breilor Teran and Luis Araguayan on Monday and Tuesday respectively. Zapata belonged to the league named “Artful Dodgers” that consisted of Young Griffo, Jack Johnson, Gene Tunney (65-1-1, 48 KOs; we should more evaluate The Fighting Marine), Willie Pep, Miguel Canto, Pernell Whitaker, Floyd Mayweather Jr., etc. Zapata used to be a household name in the Japanese squared circle, where he was undefeated in five bouts all with the world title at stake. The flexible Panamanian southpaw annexed the WBC 108-pound belt by a close but unanimous decision over defending titlist Shigeo Nakajima in Tokyo, Japan, in 1980. Since then, Japan was a lucrative market for his manager Luis Spada and Zapata. The lanky southpaw, in his third defense, stopped ex-champ Nakajima in eleven rounds of a rematch in Gifu.
A very flexible technician with excellent body work, Zapata lost his WBC belt to Amado Ursua, who, however, yielded his belt to Japan’s Tadashi Tomori, from whom Zapata regained the same belt via split duke in 1982. The Panamanian southpaw came back to Japan to face ex-champ Tomori, whom he badly halted in eight lopsided rounds in November of the same year. (more…)
IBF President Daryl J. Peoples announced today that the 32nd Annual IBF/USBA Convention will be held at Le Centre Sheraton in Montreal, Canada from May 17-21, 2015. “We, at the organization, are optimistic that this convention in Montreal will be a successful one. Montreal is an exciting city with so much to do. It is a city full of culture and history with something going on at all times. Our sport is also very much a part of the fabric of this city and we are enthused by this opportunity to connect with the boxing community there.”
Peoples also announced that Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC) certification for judges and referees will be offered during the convention. The referees seminar will be presented by Mark Nelson, and the judges seminar will be presented by Duane Ford.
Promoter Ahmet Öner confirmed to Fightnews that there were problems with the local promotion in Hungary, but says the rematch between heavyweights Tony Thompson and Odlanier Solis will definitely take place elsewhere on February 27th.
“Me and my partners invested a lot of money to bring the fight to Budapest and we thought that people would be happy to have a big show like this,” said Öner. “But now it seems that they don’t want us there. I have dealt with more difficult tasks in the past. I will find another venue in Europe so the fight can definitely go ahead on February 27 as planned. We have had too many postponements already because of medical problems. Both Tony Thompson and Odlanier Solis are well prepared and ready to fight. The sanctioning fees and flight tickets have been paid. So the fight will go ahead. I have a show in Adana (Turkey) this weekend (Feb. 14) and will present the new location for Solis vs. Thompson II within the next days.”
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