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Paco Presents in association with A&T Gym, Don Chargin, Golden Boy Promotions and San Diego-based Barron Entertainment, is happy to announce the second edition of its popular boxing series titled “Ringside at Del Mar” taking place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on April 11, 2014. The 8-round main event will feature the return of former world title challenger, Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (26-1, 14 KOs), as he faces an opponent to be announced in the lightweight division. Gesta, who resides in San Diego, by way of Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines, is eager to get back in the ring since his last fight in December of 2012, a world title bout against Miguel Vasquez on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez IV. (more…)
Photo: Mary Ann Owen
IBF jr middleweight champion Carlos Molina, who is scheduled to defend his belt against Jermall Charlo on Saturday’s Canelo-Angulo undercard, was arrested by Las Vegas police for an outstanding warrant and has been held in the Clark County Detention Center since Tuesday. He made his “grand arrival” on Tuesday but wasn’t present at Wednesday’s workout. He is scheduled to appear at today’s press conference, although on the Clark County Detention Center website Molina is still listed as being in custody.
WBO president Paco Valcarcel has denied that the WBO is planning to suspend British boxing judge Paul Thomas for his score on Saturday’s Abraham-Stieglitz fight. “I have never said that,” Valcarcel told BILD. “I don’t know where BDB President Thomas Pütz got such information. For suspensions, we have very clear regulations. There are committees that decide this and surely not me alone as a president.”
Heavyweight contender Odlanier Solis has arrived in Istanbul (Turkey). The 2004 Olympic gold medalist will face US veteran Tony “Tiger” Thompson on March 22nd in Tekirdag. It is the clash of two former Klitschko foes: In March 2011 Solis lost to then WBC champion Vitali Klitschko in Cologne (Germany) due to a knee injury; Thompson had already two shots at Vitali’s younger brother Wladimir in 2008 and 2012 but lost both fights.
“The winner of this bout will get another shot at the world title”, says promoter Ahmet Oner. “With Vitali in retirement and Wladimir facing stiffs like Alex Leapai it’s about time to bring back some action to the heavyweight scene. Both guys have a lot to win but even more to lose. So I am sure that it will be a hell of a fight.” (more…)
By Chris Morris/Rocky Mountain Boxing
Photos: Michael V. Ornelas
Steve ‘Match Makin’ Mestas and Airtight Boxing put on a good show in front of standing room only crowd of about 600 last Saturday at Aurelio Martinez’ venue the Denver Boxing Academy. Fight fans were treated to the rematch between super lightweights Daniel ‘Kaos’ Calzada (10-9-1, 2 KOs) and Alfred ‘Tornado’ Romero (6-3, 5 KOs), with Calzada winng a seven round unanimous decision. Fans also got a glimpse of featherweight prospect Chris Galvadon, who looked very sharp in his second pro bout. (more…)
Ondrej Pala (32-4, 22 KOs) has been confirmed as the latest opponent for British heavyweight David Price (16-2, 14 KOs). The pair will meet in an eight-round contest on the Huck-Larghetti undercard at the Velodrom in Berlin on March 29th.
David Price: This is exactly the type of fight I need. Pala is a guy who isn’t afraid to come forward and trade. We saw this when he fought Chisora. Although Dereck got the stoppage, Pala was holding his own and I don’t think he was ever in any real trouble, he just got spun into the corner and the fight was waved off. Now its my turn. I’m in great shape. Everything has been going really well in the gym with Tommy (Brooks). I am looking forward to getting in there and exchanging blows with this guy. I am confident that on March 29th I am going to get the job done.
Former world champion Joshua “The Grand Master” Clottey will head to Newcastle, Australia on April 2 to clash with former two time WBA Champion and local favorite Anthony “The Man” Mundine in a twelve round junior middleweight clash, it was confirmed today by Joe DeGuardia, Founder and President of Star Boxing.
“It’s an excellent opportunity for Joshua, and we are glad that after extended negotiations with Brendan Bourke from BOXA Promotions this fight is officially on,” said DeGuardia. “He’s been training since his last victory in September looking for a big fight and Mundine presents a high risk/high reward type of fight. A win over Mundine will put him right back on track for a major fight in the United States.”
Photos: P. Gercke / SES Boxing
SES Boxing returns March 28 at the MBS Arena in Potsdam, Germany, with a card headlined by triple world champion Ramona Kuehne (21-1, 7 KOs) against Gina Chamie (8-0, 4 KOs). Also on the card, former light heavyweight world title challenger and current WBA #4/WBO #8 contender Robin Krasniqi (40-3, 15 KOs) fights WBO #14 Emmanuel Danso (20-0, 18 KOs) for the WBO International belt, unbeaten WBO #13 light heavyweight Dominic Boesel (14-0, 5 KOs) meets Miguel Velozo (17-1-2, 5 KOs) for the WBO Intercontinental belt and heavyweight Steffen Kretschmann (16-2, 15 KOs) will fight again under the SES banner.
Ramona Kuehne: You can say this is a duel between old and young, but I’m still dynamic. The Hungarian will come forward gear and hit hard, but with my experience of many championships and the great audience here in Potsdam backing me I’m very optimistic. I’m home here!
Robin Krasniqi: I’m hot and impatient for the fight. Danso is a man with a great knockout ratio, but that doesn’t scare me. With a victory I have many options and I want a world title fight as quickly as possible.
Former British and European champ Paul McClosky has pulled out of the scheduled fight with unbeaten prospect, Bradley Saunders, due to a knee injury. The fight was arranged for Saturday 29th March in Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle on the undercard of the British cruiserweight title clash between champion Jon Lewis Dickinson and challenger Neil Dawson. The Irish southpaw stated on Twitter earlier this week, “Regrettably I will not be fighting on 29th March Newcastle due an injury on my knee, on medical advice I’ve been advised to withdraw #gutted.”
Saunders shared his disappointment on hearing the news, “Not sure what’s happened, I was training my heart out for it. They said there was an injury but I think he just didn’t fancy it at all.” (more…)
Tickets for Carl Froch and George Groves’ rematch for the WBA and IBF World Super Middleweight titles at Wembley on Saturday May 31 will go on sale at midday on Monday March 10. Froch and Groves meet at the national stadium to settle the score from their epic first encounter in Manchester in November, a fight that sold-out within 15 minutes of going on sale. Tickets will be on sale at midday from SeeTickets (maximum 6 tickets). Prices are £30, £40, £60, £80 and £100 while pitch seating prices are £60, £80, £100, £200, £300 and £500.
The UFC will go London calling this weekend when the promotion heads back to the United Kingdom for a UFC Fight Night event peppered with talent from around the world. The undercard in particular is littered with fighters who are looking to make an impact big enough to land in a featured bout in the future . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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Story and photos by Felipe Leon
On Wednesday afternoon in the seaside suburb of Birdrock in San Diego, All In Entertainment held a quick public workout at the Pacific Training Center to promote and inform about this Friday, March 7th ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” from the Pala Casino and Resort in Pala, CA. The event is presented by Gary Show Productions in association with All-In Entertainment and Cohen Promotions. In the ten round main event, Russian lightweight Rustam Nugaev (26-6-1, 16KOs) will face tough Tijuana southpaw (25-4, 21KOs) while fellow Eastern Bloc native Khabir Suleymanov (16-3, 6KOs), now living in Los Angeles, will look to test undefeated prospect Ramon Morales (17-0, 9KOs) in the eight round super bantamweight semi-main event.
Present at the public workout was the telecast’s opener Dusty Hernandez-Harrison (20-0, 11KOs) who will face Hawaii’s Michael Balasi (10-3, 7KOs) in a scheduled eight round welterweight clash.
At the age of seventeen, Hernandez-Harrison went pro after a successful amateur run of nearly 200 bouts. Dusty has been very active since then, fighting almost monthly since joining the pay ranks. In his last fight in late January, Hernandez-Harrison scored an impressive win over Tim Witherspoon Jr, son of the former heavyweight champ Tim Witherspoon. Hernandez-Harrison scored a unanimous eight round decision. (more…)
By Sam Geraci; Photos by Tom Barnes / Tomba-Images.com
IBF junior middleweight champion “King” Carlos Molina (22-5-2, 6 KOs) makes his first defense this Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas against the #14 IBF contender Jermall Charlo (17-0, 13 KOs). The Molina-Charlo showdown is a televised bout of the “Toe to Toe” pay-per-event featuring Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KOs) going toe-to-toe with Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (22-3, 18 KOs). This is Molina’s second consecutive appearance on the undercard of a Canelo PPV. Back in September, Molina captured the IBF crown from Ishe Smith when Canelo faced Floyd Mayweather Jr. (more…)
Camps of Gennady Golovkin and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. target a July date. More
Nigerian Helen Joseph gets a shot at a title in April. More
Omaha, Nebraska, honors Terence Crawford, the first Nebraskan in 100 years to bring home a boxing title. More
Dave Penalosa gets his toughest test this month in the Philippines. More
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
Unheralded underdog Takahiro Hosokawa (25-10-3, 8 KOs), 154, very astoundingly upset prohibitive favorite, five-class national champ Tadashi Yuba (45-9-2, 32 KOs), 154, to capture the Japanese super-welterweight belt by a majority but well-received decision (97-93, 96-94, 95-95) before the stunned crowd on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. The elongated defending champ, 37, looked sluggish, slow and stale from the outset only to be outhustled by the 29-year-old challenger who probably no one expected to draw such an upset and win the belt. Unfortunate was Yuba suffered a bad laceration on the forehead with which his face was covered with crimson from the fifth onward. The six-footer had the shorter but stocky Hosokawa reeling to the ropes with a vicious uppercut in the closing seconds of round nine, but couldn’t finish him to tide the turn then and there. Yuba, who had conquered the national light through middle belts, looked like another person than previously only to be battered by the game and gallant warrior. Yuba now lost his national belt for the fifth time and seemed fluctuating in good and bad form, but Yuba of this night looked most terrible in his career, frequently losing the balance to slip down by himself. Though not vastly talented as Yuba, Hosokawa’s long and steady effort paid off. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
A female tripleheader with world belts on the line took place on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. WBC atomweight champ Momo Koseki (15-0-1, 5 KOs), 101.75, registered her thirteenth defense as she finely stopped #10 Angor Onesongchaigym (5-1, 3 KOs), 102, at 1:43 of the ninth round in a scheduled ten. Koseki, a busy-punching southpaw, overwhelmed the less experienced Thailander from the outset and accelerated her attack to prompt the referee’s intervention. Koseki tied the Japanese record of former WBA junior flyweight champ Yoko Gushiken’s thirteen defenses, though she politely said, “The value of record is different from Mr. Gushiken’s great mark.” Gushiken, before the bout, kindly called Koseki to encourage her with warm words, which greatly motivated the 31-year-old gal champ. (more…)
WBA International welterweight beltholder Luis Collazo, coming off of his impressive Jan. 30 knockout win over Victor Ortiz at Barclays Center and recently signed with adviser Al Haymon, has called out Amir Khan. “I definitely proved that I should be considered part of the top tier of the welterweight division when I beat Victor Ortiz,” said Collazo. “Another name that has been a part of that conversation for a long time is Amir Khan and I know that a fight against him would be huge for both of us and huge for the fans. Khan wants a shot at Floyd Mayweather and so do I. It could be a sort of welterweight playoff that would get the boxing world talking. And mark my words, I will knock Khan out like I did against Ortiz.”
Photos: Esther Lin/Showtime
Mexican boxing superstar and former world champion Canelo Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KOs), hard-hitting countryman Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (22-3, 18 KOs) and pay-per-view undercard fighters worked out in front of a throng of media and adoring fans on Wednesday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena lobby. Below is what Canelo and Angulo said at the workouts:
Alfredo Angulo: I’m ready to chase him or fight him like a true Mexican warrior. I plan to test him like he’s never been tested before. I don’t think anyone has ever hit Canelo as hard as I’m going to hit him. I’m totally relaxed and confident. Camp was amazing and I am in unbelievably great shape. There were a couple times when I was in the immigration detention center (January-August 2012) that I wanted to quit. But my team of lawyers always motivated me, wouldn’t let me stay down for too long and kept telling me that justice would prevail and that I shouldn’t give up. I always dreamed of being a headliner on a major card, and here it is. I am so ready for Saturday.
Canelo Alvarez: Angulo presents a difficult challenge because he’s a fighter who can punch and take a great punch. I know I have to prepare and establish my game plan early. But you know how it can be with game plans. Sometimes, once a fight starts, you have to do what you have to do win and that’s what I am going to do on Saturday. Obviously a knockout would be beautiful; that’s what the fans like, an impressive knockout. But I never go into a fight looking for knockout. If it comes, it comes. Everyone says Angulo is the stronger guy, but I think I’m the strongest.
Fro the ninth straight time, current WBC Welterweight World Champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather will fight at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Tickets for Mayweather’s May 3 PPV fight against WBA Welterweight World Champion Marcos “El Chino” Maidana go on sale Saturday at 10AM. Tickets will be priced at $1,500, $1,000, $750, $550 and $350 and are limited to eight per person, with the exception of the cheapest seats ($350) which have a limit of two.
Antonio Tarver has just been released from a Florida jail … and tells TMZ Sports he plans to hit the gym tomorrow to restart his boxing career so he can pay back his $200,000 debt. Tarver was locked up in FL on a warrant from Nevada — stemming from allegations he never repaid the Wynn Las Vegas on a $200,000 gambling marker from a 2012 gambling binge. But Wednesday evening, Tarver says famed boxing manager Al Haymon spotted him the cash to post bail — and he was released from the Pinellas County Jail. We confirmed Tarver has been released.
When we spoke with Tarver, the 45-year-old insinuated that Haymon ALSO spotted him the cash to repay the entire $200k debt to Wynn. “It was a debt that I had,” Tarver admits … “a hiccup in the road.” Tarver says he’s hard up for cash — and hasn’t “made a dime in two years” — but vows to repay his debt to Haymon with his fists.
“With Al, it’s all about friendship first … I’m gonna pay him back by becoming the next heavyweight champion.” Antonio — who fought back in November (and won) — says he plans to hit the boxing gym first thing Thursday morning. Stay tuned …
With original opponent Isaac Vallie-Flagg now meeting Takanori Gomi at UFC 172 on April 26, Danny “Last Call” Castillo will have a new dance partner in Baltimore, as he squares off with Charlie “The Spaniard” Brenneman in a lightweight matchup verbally agreed to Wednesday. Winner of five of his last seven bouts, Castillo is coming off an exciting three rounder with Edson Barboza last December that resulted in a majority decision defeat, but a Fight of the Night bonus as well. Against fellow wrestler Brenneman, who has won four of five since a 2012 loss to Kyle Noke, he will seek a return to the win column.
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Boxeo Telemundo Ford and All Star Boxing, Inc will present the second installment of the spring series on March 21, 2014 from the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, Florida. In the main event WBO Latin super flyweight champion Mathew “Mantequilla” Villanueva (11-0-1, 9 KOs) of Burbank, California via Puerto Rico will be making his second defense of his title against WBO Youth champion David “Severo” Cardona (16-2-4, 8 KOs) of Mexico DF, Mexico in a bout scheduled for 12 Rounds with Villanueva’s title at stake. This will be Villanueva’s second bout at A La Carte where he stopped local undefeated prospect Daniel Lozano in the last season. This will also be Carmona’s third. (more…)
German Boxing Federation President Thomas Putz told BILD that the WBO will suspend judge Paul Thomas for six months due to his scoring in last Saturday’s WBO super middleweight championship bout between Robert Stieglitz and Arthur Abraham. Thomas, who has turned in a number of controversial scores in the past, scored the bout 115-110 for Abraham. Judge Clark Sammartino scored it similarly at 114-111 for Abraham and judge Michael Pernick had it 113-112 for Stieglitz. The Stieglitz camp claimed robbery after the fight. There will be no WBO “review” of the fight, but Stieglitz will be placed high in the ratings with the possibility of quickly becoming mandatory challenger, this setting up a fourth showdown with Abraham.
As reported last week by Fightnews.com, welterweight Breidis Prescott (27-5, 20 KOs) will step in in place of Erik Morales against Jorge “Maromerito” Páez (37-4-1, 22 KOs) on March 22 in the Arena Monterrey. The bout will be a ten-rounder. In the co-feature, WBO minimumweight champion Merlito Sabillo (23-0-1, 12 KOs) faces local favorite Francisco “Titanium” Rodriguez (13-2-0, 9 KOs).
Unified super lightweight world champion Danny “Swift” Garcia and challenger Mauricio Herrera hosted an international media conference call in advance of their March 15 Showtime bout at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.
Danny Garcia: I’m really excited about fighting in Puerto Rico, it has always been a dream of mine….I’ve never fought in an arena where every single fan is mine. March 15th is going to be very special and I will deliver….I’ve done what I had to do in the gym and now its time to go in on March 15 and show my fans I’m one of the best in the world….I know Herrera wants to be a champion, but he’s not going to show me anything different than I already know.
Mauricio Herrera: Danny Garcia is going to have some pressure fighting Puerto Rico and I’ll have to use that to my advantage….I throw a lot of punches and use the jab very well. I don’t think Garcia is used to seeing that. Defense is the main key.
By James Slater
Today in the city of Manchester, promoter Eddie Hearn held a press conference to announce his April 19th card set for The Phones 4U Arena. The bill will be topped by Scott Quigg defending his WBA super-bantamweight title against Nehomar Cermeno, yet the chief supporting fight between lightweights Anthony Crolla and John Murray – which was made official today – could well prove to be the fight of the night. Already, fans – those in Manchester in particular – are excited about this potential thriller. The fight will contest Crolla’s WBO inter-continental title, but this one will really be all about bragging rights. (more…)
After snaring British, Commonwealth and WBA/WBO Intercontinental belts plus world rankings with all four major sanctioning bodies at super flyweight, Paul Butler storms the 118lb bantamweight division this weekend. It’s a gamble that he believes will culminate in a world title shot. The 25-year-old ‘Baby Faced Assassin’ Butler (14-0, 7 KOs) squares off against little known Argentine Oreste Bernebe Nieva (15-2-2, 6 KOs) at Aintree Racecourse on Saturday night,in what could prove a dry run to a huge domestic showdown with Darlington’s IBF bantam boss Stuey Hall later in the year.
“At the very lightest weights it’s far harder for British fighters to get to world level,” said Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren, who has managed and promoted Butler throughout his entire pro career. “In some divisions, you can be the best in Europe yet not in the top 30 in the world. They’ve got to be extra, extra special because all the competition is over in Latin America and south-east Asia. The fighters from those regions come from seriously hungry backgrounds where there’s no welfare state and they have to win just to eat and survive. (more…)
Heavyweight Manuel “Diamond Boy” Charr returns April 12 in the Telekom Dome in Bonn, Germany. The opponent is TBA. “I have promise WBC President Jose Sulaiman that I will champion. At the beginning of the year Don Jose died unfortunately, but I will continue to fight for him and win the title in his honor,” said Charr. The fight on April 12 is my next step on the road to the world title!”
Currently Charr is rated WBC #6. With his next victory he hopes to move into the top three and hopes to challenge the Stiverne-Arrela winner for the WBC title by the end of the year.
As hundreds of fans and media stood in lines that stretched from the sidewalk outside the main doors to the make-shift ring inside the lobby of MGM Grand in Las Vegas, popular Mexican boxing superstar and former world champion Canelo Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KOs) and his opponent Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (22-3, 18 KOs) made their official entry into the hotel Tuesday afternoon. Both boxers signed autographs, posed for photos and completed press interviews. They collide Saturday night in a PPV showdown in the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Alfredo Angulo: Every fight is important, but this one is more special because all of the fans in Mexico will know that the winner of this fight is the #1 Mexican fighter. It’s a huge fight for Mexico and it’s a huge fight for Canelo and me. Everyone can have their own opinion on who will win the fight. My fans know what I do in the ring and they know what to expect on Saturday night. My hand will be raised. I’m ready now and I will give the fans my best performance against Canelo. You will see the best Alfredo Angulo on Saturday. Amir [Khan] and Andre [Ward] told me that I’m ready. They told me this is my time.
Canelo Alvarez: I had a very relaxed camp, but, at the same time, I was very anxious to get back in the ring. More than the style difference [between Mayweather and Angulo], I’m just happy to be back in the ring. It’s a tough fight, but I’m very confident. I learned a lot from fighting Floyd, but I’m ready to get back in the ring to maintain the path that I was on before. This is what I love to do. I live to fight and we’re ready for Saturday. I’m fully concentrated on this fight. What happened in September is in the past. I’m focused on Saturday and Angulo. I’m here for the fans. That’s what I fight for.
Tony Bellew is under no illusions as to the task ahead of him as he prepares to make his bow at cruiserweight when he takes on Valery Brudov at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on March 15. ‘The Bomber’ moves up in weight on the back of a sixth-round stoppage defeat to Adonis Stevenson for the WBC Light Heavyweight title in November, and now wants to work his way to a World title shot at a weight he had been considering fighting at for some time.
“I am ranked number seven with the WBC at Cruiserweight already,” said Bellew. “I am coming into an exciting division with established World champions and I am hoping to make my mark in this division. My two goals in boxing are to earn a living for me and my kids, and to become a World champion. I will go in with Valery Brudov, who has had 45 fights and 41 wins, 28 by knockout – he has had more knockouts than I have had fights. He has a good record, he is a good fighter, and this is a dangerous fight, make no mistake. But if I am going to be anything in the Cruiserweight division I have to beat this guy and look good beating him. It is a test, and it should let me and everybody else know where I am in the cruiserweight division. (more…)
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