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By Johnny B’
Barney Harrell from Chicago’s Southside, a longtime amateur and professional timekeeper for the State of Illinois, passed away this past Monday May 26th. As an amateur boxer, Harrell was a Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Champion in 1954 at Middleweight (160 lbs.) and while in the military, Harrell was a 165 lb. champion in 1961. Barney also officiated amateur boxing as a judge and referee for several years, and from 1999 – 2003 saw some action as a judge and referee in the professional ranks. Arrangements TBA R.I.P. Barney Harrell.
In early spring, DiBella Entertainment announced the signing of highly touted middleweight prospect Ivan Golub to an exclusive co-promotional contract with Fight Promotions, Inc. Not looking to stop there, DBE has just added fellow Ukrainian amateur standout Sergiy Derevyanchenko to its stable. Like Golub, Derevyanchenko will be co-promoted by Fight Promotions, Inc. and the two Ukrainian middleweights will make their much-anticipated DBE debuts on an upcoming Broadway Boxing card this summer. Derevyanchenko represented his native Ukraine at the 2008 Olympics and has been fighting in the World Series of Boxing, where he posted a 23-1 overall record.
Former WBC junior middleweight world champion and “The Contender” champion, WBA #10-rated Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora (25-3-2, 8 KOs) will take on once-beaten Samuel Rogers (14-1, 8 KOs) on Saturday night in a special attraction 10-round middleweight bout at the newly renovated Tropicana Resort in Las Vegas. While the bout against Rogers is off-TV, it is a very important fight at this point of Mora’s career. If he is to ever get another world championship opportunity, the 33-year-old Mora not only has to continue winning but do so in impressive fashion.
“We realize that just winning isn’t enough anymore,” said Mora. “Promoters and TV execs, even fans have changed the name of the game from the Sweet Science to ‘Entertainment’. Guys getting knocked out are getting more TV dates because they lose in grand fashion. I am not willing to lose, but in order to get the TV dates nowadays, I am willing to adapt to what is needed. Entertaining can be dangerous, but I chose a dangerous profession. (more…)
Freddie Roach during today’s Miguel Cotto media day at the Wild Card Gym: “They say the fight goes nine rounds I think we win in four rounds. Miguel’s ring generalship alone will win this fight. We have two more days of sparring, then four rounds of work and that’s it. We are ready to fight.”
By Karl Freitag
WBO junior welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov and his challenger undefeated Chris Algieri hosted an international media conference call Wednesday to talk about their June 14 HBO clash at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
Ruslan Provodnikov: This is a great opponent and a great fight…all my career I’ve had to fight guys taller than me with longer wingspans and all I can do is try to get them and try to pressure them. It’s no secret what my plan is, of course I’m going to pressure. They all try to box me and they all try to move and jab, but I’m going to follow my plan and break the person down from a distance, from up close, anywhere.
Provodnikov Trainer Freddie Roach: We always take fights seriously and we get ready for every fight 100%. At the level we’re at right now, at the world title level, you can’t take anyone for granted and we’re in great shape for this fight.
Chris Algeiri: I haven’t had those big name fights yet, I’ve only been on TV a couple of times, but I’ve been working very hard throughout my entire career getting ready for this opportunity and on June 14 everyone’s gonna see who I am and what I bring to the table and that’s when everyone can see what Chris Algieri’s all about.
England’s Martin Murray won’t be attending this weekend’s superfight in London – he’s too busy focusing on preparation for his June 21 fight that tops the Golden Gloves “KO at the Casino” tournament in Monte Carlo. The smooth-hitting middleweight (27-1-1, 12 KOs) meets Max Bursak (29-2-1, 12 KOs) of the Ukraine in a fight for the WBC Silver title. With Murray’s ambitions squarely on a touted world championship fight in November, he knows anything but a convincing victory won’t be good enough.
Speaking from his home in St Helens, in the north of England, Murray said he had taken just a week off since his return from South Africa five weeks ago. While there, he produced a routine sixth-round stoppage of Ghana’s Ishmael Tetteh in a “keep-busy” fight. “I’m at a high level of fitness and my nutrition is spot-on. I’ve done plenty of work and am on track with just a few weeks to go. Sparring has been great . . . I can’t wait to get out there.” (more…)
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Patrick Nielsen (22-0, 11 KOs) challenges Dmitry Chudinov (12-0-2, 8 KOs) for the interim WBA World Middleweight title on Sunday June 1st at the Mytishchi Arena in Moscow, Russia. At today’s final press conference the two undefeated boxers shared their thoughts on the upcoming World Championship clash.
“I am very happy to be here in Moscow and I am grateful for the opportunity to fight for the WBA title,” said Patrick Nielsen. “I know that Chudinov will be a tough opponent and I am expecting a close fight but I will be ready for the challenge.
“Physically and mentally I am in the best shape of my career. I am 100% focused on winning. In my mind there can be only one outcome and that is me bringing the title back to Denmark.”
“This is the most important fight of my life,” said the reigning champion Dmitry Chudinov. “My training has gone great and I am ready to defend my belt. I have a lot of respect for Patrick for agreeing to fight me in Moscow but he will not win.” (more…)
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® is bringing the Octagon® back to Atlantic City on Wednesday, July 16 at Revel Casino Hotel. In the evening’s main event, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone takes on New Jersey’s own Jim Miller in a five-round bout featuring two of the sport’s most exciting lightweights. (more…)
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Heavyweights Francesco Pianeta, Steffen Kretschmann and Tom Schwarz, all featured fighters on Friday’s all heavyweight card at the EnergieVerbund Arena in Dresden, Germany, showed their skills to a large crowd of spectators at the Altmarkt Galerie.
Recent world title challenger Pianeta (29-1-1, 16 KOs) meets Mickael Vieira (14-3-1, 7 KOs) for the WBO European belt, Kretschmann (17-2, 15 KOs) faces Özcan Cetincaya (21-8-2, 14 KOs) for the vacant International German belt, and 19-year-old Schwartz (5-0, 3 KOs) completes in a four-man, one night “Prizefighter-like” tournament. More photos
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Four-division world champion and 2012 Fighter of the Year Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire (ctr) poses with “Featherweight Fury” fighters: (L-R) Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan, WBA featherweight champion Nicholas Walters, IBF featherweight champ Egveny Gradovich and Esquiva Falcao during ‘grand arrivals’ to standing-room-only crowds at the The Venetian Macao Resort Wednesday.
Donaire takes on WBA undisputed featherweight world champion Simpiwe “V12” Vetyeka of South Africa, Saturday, May 31 from the Cotai Arena at The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau,China. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Tecate, PS4 and Foreman Boys Promotions, “Featherweight Fury- Donaire vs Simpiwe” will be televised in the US on HBO, same day at 4pm ET/PT.
By Ron Jackson
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
South Africa’s Simpiwe Vetyeka faces the toughest challenge of his career when he makes the first defence of his WBA ‘super” featherweight belt against former multi-weight world champion Nonito Donaire at the Cotai Arena at Venetian in Macao, China on Saturday. The 33-year-old Vetyeka 26-2; 16 won the title in a major upset when he stopped Indonesian Chris John in December last year in Australia. John had held the belt for more than ten years and this was his first defeat in 51 fights.
Donaire, 31, from the Philippines who has a record of 32-2; 21 has won world titles in three divisions and was considered pound-for-pound one of the top fighters in the world until he was upset by the Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux in April last year. Seven months after the setback against Rigondeaux, Donaire who has held the IBF flyweight, WBC/WBO bantamweight and WBO/IBF super bantamweight belts had to come from behind before stopping Vic Darchinyan in the ninth round. (more…)
Despite earning a first-round submission win over Ultimate Fighter veteran Bubba McDaniel in his promotional debut back in March, Sean Strickland still doesn’t necessarily identify himself as a UFC fighter . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Photos: Lawrence Lustig
George Groves pulls no punches on tonight’s Behind The Ropes on Sky Sports – describing Carl Froch’s technique as ‘awful’ and rejecting the champion as a fighting man ahead of their clash for Froch’s WBA and IBF world super middleweight titles on Saturday at Wembley Stadium connected by EE, live on Sky Sports Box Office and HBO. Groves called their first meeting a ‘daylight robbery’ when Froch survived a first round knockdown and a furious onslaught in a sixth round that the Londoner called ‘the worst round in Carl Froch’s career’, only for the Nottingham star to retain his titles with a controversial ninth round stoppage.
The rivalry between the pair has escalated rapidly since the first fight was announced, and Groves raises the stakes again as in tonight’s show, ruthlessly dissecting The Cobra’s ‘awful style.’
“He is ignorant enough that if he is getting hit as long as he is landing something he will keep punching,” said Groves. “Technically it’s terrible. It’s an awful, awful style you would never encourage a fighter to box that way, you would never encourage a young kid who’s just joined the gym to box like that. (more…)
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Multi-division world champion Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire, IBF featherweight champ Egveny Gradovich, multi-division world champion Vic Darchinyan and top five jr featherweight contender Chris “The Hit Man” Avalos have been out and about today in Macao, China, in advance of their high profile bouts on Saturday at The Venetian Macao Resort’s Cotai Arena.
Donaire challenges WBA featherweight “super” champion Simpiwe “V12” Vetyeka, Gradovich defends his IBF belt against Alexander Miskirtchian, Darchinyan challenges WBA featherweight “regular” champ Nicholas Walters and Avalos takes on Yasutaka Ishimoto in an IBF eliminator. Donaire-Vetyeka will be on HBO. Avalos-Ishimoto will be televised via same-day delay as the main event on Sólo Boxeo Tecate on UniMás, Gradovich-Miskirtchian and Walters-Darchinyan will be broadcast on TopRank.TV.
Golden Boy Promotions and Showtime PPV have announced the three bouts that will support the main event featuring Canelo Alvarez and Erislandy Lara on Saturday, July 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. In the co-main event, former three-division world champion Abner Mares returns to face Puerto Rico’s Jonathan Oquendo in a 10-round featherweight bout. In the opening PPV bout, Johan Perez defends his interim WBA junior welterweight world championship against Mauricio Herrera in s 12-round match up. Rounding out the four-fight pay-per-view event, Puerto Rican star and former world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez battles Mexico’s Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas in a 10-round bout for the WBO international super featherweight title.
Photo: Chris Farina / Top Rank
It’s back to the future for four-division world champion and 2012 Fighter of the Year Year Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire as he finishes off a training camp that hasn’t been this rigorous and back to basics since his stellar year in 2012. Donaire is moving up yet another weight division, this time to challenge World Boxing Association (WBA) Undisputed featherweight world champion Simpiwe “V12” Vetyeka.
Promoted by Top Rank and Sands China Ltd, in association with Tecate, PS4 and Foreman Boys Promotions, Vetyeka vs. Donaire will be televised from the Cotai Arena at The Venetian Macao, this Saturday, May 31, on HBO, beginning at 4:00 pm ET/PT. The telecast will also include the world super middleweight title rematch between defending champion Carl Froch and top contender George Groves, which will take place at Wembley Stadium in London.
“Last year I got away from what made me successful and I paid the price for that when I met Guillermo Rigondeaux. And even when I knocked out Vic Darchinyan in our rematch last year, that wasn’t the best me,” said a very candid Donaire. (more…)
By Graham Houston
There are times when a fight ends in such an unsatisfactory fashion that a rematch gets made by public demand. This is the situation with the return fight between Carl Froch and George Groves, which takes place at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, with Sky Sports televising on PPV in the U.K. while HBO will be showing the fight for viewers in the U.S. Froch, who will be defending his WBA “super world” and IBF 168lbs titles, felt he had proved superiority with last November’s ninth-round win — but few agreed.
Almost overwhelmingly, fans worldwide believe that Groves was an unlucky loser. Groves was certainly in trouble when referee Howard Foster intervened in the ninth round, but Groves hadn’t been down, and although definitely rocked in the ninth, and perhaps fading, he hadn’t been pounded into anything approaching a definitive defeat. While Froch was in the ascendancy when the fight was stopped, Groves, it appeared, had not been given the chance to hang on, get himself back on an even keel and perhaps stage a thrilling rally.
Yet was it really such a bad break for Groves? Although Groves was in front on all three judges’ cards after eight rounds, he had just a one-point margin on two of the scorecards. Assuming Groves had survived the ninth round without getting knocked down — and don’t forget there were still 87 seconds remaining in the round, sufficient time for Froch to do significant damage — the fact is that the boxers would have been level on two of the scorecards with three rounds to go, and Froch is known for coming on strongly late in fights. (more…)
By James Slater
The debate and the arguments over who will referee this Saturday’s huge Carl Froch-George Groves rematch have been settled: Macedon, NY’s Charlie Fitch will be the third man in the right at Wembley. Promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed this to Sky Sports News today. “There was another objection over the referee from Team Groves but the IBF made the decision last night that Charlie Fitch will referee the fight,” Hearn said. “The judges are now in place. No more dramas. Probably a few little mind games going back and forth but we’re all set, the fight’s on and we’re ready to go.”
Hearn wouldn’t accept original choice for referee in Jack Reiss and as Hearn said Team Groves did not want Fitch to land the job. This is all old news now though, and 44-year-old Fitch will work what is a massive and extremely important fight. Among the big fights Fitch has worked in the past are Miguel Cotto-Austin Trout and Miguel Vazquez-Marvin Quintero.
By Dave Spencer
Photos: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME
The middleweight knockout sensation has been in this position before, a major fight on US television with a world championship shot dangling as the carrot at the end of the stick. The previous version featured a young 22-year-old slugger who had only been past the fourth round just twice, hammering away at a veteran who would ultimately bend, but refused to break. The setback was only supposed to be temporary, but it has been a long three year road to arrive upon the precipice of where he once stood before, vowing this time, things will be different.
Welcome to David Lemieux, Version 2.0.
“I’m in a new chapter in my life,” said Lemieux following the Saturday’s impressive KO win. “I’ve changed everything in my life to be the best in the ring and to make sure their are no flaws in the road to become world champion.” (more…)
Heavyweight Manuel “Diamond Boy” Charr and his team are in Moscow for Friday’s showdown at the Luzhniki Arena with former WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin . The fighters met for the first time Monday at the pre-fight press conference.
Manuel Charr: Alexander Povetkin will not stop me on my way to the world title. I very grateful to him, his team and especially promoter Andrey Ryabinsky that they have given me this chance. Unfortunately hardly anyone dares to fight me. Potvetkin isn’t afraid, but he will bitterly regret it. I will defeat him.
Alexander Povetkin: I take my hat off to Manuel Charr for coming here to Moscow to face me in the ring. He’s a good boxer and has proved that he has heart. But against my quality he has no chance. This is a great fight, but for me it’s just a transitional stage on the road to even more important fights.
A special guest at the fight is former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield.
The UFC will return to Germany for the first time in four years with this Saturday’s UFC Fight Night card, which is headlined live on UFC FIGHT PASS by a bevy of top middleweight talent as Mark Munoz and Gegard Mousasi face off in the five-round main event while CB Dollaway takes on Francis Carmont in the co-main event of the evening . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Carl Froch told Sky Sports’ Behind The Ropes that George Groves has been ‘dining out on his round one knockdown against The Cobra’ and that he won’t let the challenger get under his skin in their rematch for Froch’s WBA and IBF World Super Middleweight titles on Saturday at Wembley Stadium connected by EE, live on Sky Sports Box Office and HBO. Sky Sports gained exclusive access to both camps ahead of the huge clash and tonight on Sky Sports 1 at 7pm we see the first of the two-part 30 minute fly-on-the-wall looks at how these two bitter rivals are shaping up for the biggest fight in British boxing history.
Froch stopped Groves in controversial circumstances in Manchester in November having climbed off the canvas in the opening round to halt the Londoner in the ninth round. ‘The Cobra’ told Sky Sports that he believes that ‘Saint George’ has been living off the first round success in the build up to the rematch.
“George Groves has been going to the opening of an envelope, dinning out on his round one knockdown against The Cobra and giving it large,” said Froch. “But that’s his prerogative if he is enjoying the moment his little time his little five minutes of fame then you know he should do he should enjoy it, but really he should be concentrating on his fighting and his boxing.” (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Andre Kut’s KEA Boxing Promotions is set to bring boxing back to the luxurious Birchwood Manor in Whippany, New Jersey on Saturday night with a nine-bout card. The headliner will be a six round welterweight contest between former NABF title challenger Alex “The Brick City Bullet” Perez (17-1, 9 KOs) looks to put his name back in the welterweight elite, when he swaps punches with Jeremiah Wiggins (10-2-1, 5 KOs). (more…)
Five-time world title challenger Rocky Juarez (30-10-1, 21 KOs) claimed the WBC silver featherweight belt by dethroning defending titleholder Rene “Gemelo” Alvarado (20-2, 14 KOs) via hard fought twelve round unanimous decision on Monday night in front of the troops at Fort Bliss’ Stout Fitness Center in El Paso, Texas. Alvarado had the edge early, but Juarez came on to win a gritty fight by scores of 117-111, 116-112, 116-112. Fightnews had it 115-113 for Juarez.
Welterweight prospect KeAndre Gibson (10-0-1, 4 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over John Nater (13-6, 10 KOs). A body shot put Nater down for the count. Time was 2:02.
Debuting welterweight Ryan “Cowboy” Karl (1-0, 1 KO) stopped outgunned Wilbert Mitchell (1-11, 0 KOs) with a barrage of punches in round two. Time was 2:00.
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
WBC female flyweight champion Go Shindo (14-2, 9 KOs), 112, successfully retained her belt as she controlled the action from the outset, accelerated a two-fisted attack and finally halted #11 Kledpetch Lookmuangkan (6-3, 1 KO), 110.5, with a barrage of unanswered punches at 0:19 of the eighth round on Sunday in Wakayama, Japan. Shindo, 26, looked impressive and improved with sharp combinations to the Thai southpaw, who gamely retaliated despite her absorption of Shindo’s stronger combinations. Steadily piling up points in every session, Shindo went all out for a finish in the seventh, which Thai judge Anek Hongtongkam tallied 10-8 for the champ though there were no knockdowns therein. (more…)
Photos: Peter Amador / Top Rank
Sensational Puerto Rican prospect Felix ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo (12-0, 9 KO’s) will face Mexico’s Engelberto Valenzuela (8-1, 3KO’s) on the June 7th Cotto vs. Martinez undercard. Verdejo vs. Valenzuela will be the main event of the Cotto vs. Martinez undercard fights that will be televised in Puerto Rico on WAPA 2 Deportes and in the United States on WAPA America starting at 7:30pm ET. photos
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Four-division world champion and 2012 Fighter of the Year Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire works out during his first training session, Monday of fight week in Macau,China for his upcoming main event challenge against WBA undisputed featherweight world champion Simpiwe “V12” Vetyeka of South Africa, Saturday, May 31 from the Cotai Arena at The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau, China.
Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Tecate, PS4 and Foreman Boys Promotions, “Featherweight Fury” will be televised in the US on HBO, same day at 4pm ET/PT.
There are two other Featherweight title bouts on the card to be broadcast on TopRank.TV: WBA featherweight champ Nicholas Walters (23-0, 19 KOs), of Montego Bay, Jamaica, vs Vic Darchinyan (39-6-1, 28 KOs), of Sydney, Australia., as well as IBF featherweight champ Egveny Gradovich (18-0, 9 KOs), of Igrim, Russia, vs. Alexander Miskirtchian (24-2-1, 9 KOs), of Dinant, Belgium. photos
Matthew Saad Muhammad, perhaps the most entertaining light-heavyweight in boxing history, passed away over the weekend at the age of 59. Promoter J Russell Peltz, International Boxing Hall of Fame class of 2004, recalls his days with Saad.
I was in my car Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh with my wife, Linda, and our grand-children and we were on our way to see the Pirates play at PNC Park when the call came in over the car-phone speaker. It was Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, calling from Las Vegas, to tell us that Matthew Saad Muhammad had passed away the night before.
Eddie boxed several times for me in the 1970s and 1980s and we have a friendship based on mutual respect. Eddie has become a ‘keeper-of-the-flame’ for the fighters of his era and in January, 2011, he and his wife flew from Las Vegas to Philadelphia to attend Bennie Briscoe’s funeral, something I will never forget.
Saad Muhammad, the orphan who became world champion, gave you your money’s worth every time out and he did it during the light-heavyweight division’s finest era. There is no greater compliment you can give an athlete. (more…)
WBO #15 jr middleweight Javier “La Bestia” Maciel (28-3, 20 KOs) will now face Jorge “The Destroyer” Melendez (28-3-1, 26 KOs) on the June 7 Cotto-Martinez pay-per-view card from Madison Square Garden in New York City. Melendez was originally slated to face former WBA jr middleweight champion Yuri Foreman, who abruptly retired last week.
“The fight is already agreed. All parties have agreed and we are only missing minimum details,” confirmed Mario Margossian, head of Argentina Boxing Promotions and representative of Maciel.
By Bob Caico
Professional boxing returns to Buffalo, NY on Thursday, May 29, at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. In the min event, former WBO Youth flyweight titleholder Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez of Puerto Rico (13-1, 11 KOs) battles Mike Ruiz Jr (9-4-1, 3 KO’s) of Fresno, California, in an eight-round super flyweight fight. Gonzales, who had an extensive amateur record, and an impressive professional record, will return to the ring after a nine month lay-off. He experienced his first lost to two-time world champion Giovani Segura in Mexico last August and he feels fully recovered from the setback and is now back on track and focused on his goal to be Puerto Rico’s next world champion. (more…)
WBA light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer (43-2, 32 KOs) is still aiming for big and career-defining fights. However, before all that can happen he has to defend his belt on June 7 in his hometown of Schwerin, Germany, against upset-minded Argentinian Robert “La Bestia” Bolonti (35-2, 24 KOs), who has sent the champion a stern warning: “Both of us might be 35 years of age but he has been in far tougher fights than me,” stated Bolonti. “I am simply fresher and not used up like him. When the fight between us starts to get tough, my advantages will get bigger and bigger over the rounds. In addition, I can punch hard with both my right and left hand. Braehmer will not know what is happening to him…I am a real warrior inside the squared circle, devote myself and fight on until the fight is over. I will make this clear to Braehmer as soon as the first bell rings…I will not respect Braehmer as the champion inside the ring and will wrest the title away from him. I will fulfill my dream – for my family, friends and fatherland. Viva Argentina!”
Photos: Team SES / P. Grercke
A press conference was held Monday at the “Cafe Restaurant Luisenhof“ in Dresden for Friday’s all-heavyweight card at the Energie Verbund-Arena.
In the headliner, recent world title challenger Francesco Pianeta (29-1-1, 16 KOs) meets Mickael Vieira (14-3-1, 7 KOs) for the WBO European belt. Also Steffen Kretschmann (17-2, 15 KOs) faces Özcan Cetincaya (21-8-2, 14 KOs) for the vacant International German belt, and 19-year-old Tom Schwartz (5-0, 3 KOs) completes in a four-man, one night “Prizefighter-like” tournament against Andre Bunga (1-1, 1 KO), Luke Filka (6-3, 5 KOs) and Ante Verunica (1-0, 1 KO).
Francesco Pianeta: I’m a calm person, am “chilled.” With my good preparation I will take this title. Then I will again be on my way toward my next world title fight. We worked hard on all areas. Vieira is a man who fights and is a good boxer without fear.
Mickael Vieira: You have to acknowledge with respect the performance of Francesco in recent fights. But, there’s only one thing: I want this title. (more…)
Photos: Wolfgang Schiffbauer/Team Sturm
The final press conference for the IBF world middleweight championship rematch between Felix Sturm and Sam Soliman took place earlier today at the Hotel Landhaus Milser in Duisburg, Germany. The bout will take place Saturday at the KoenigPALAST in Krefeld, Germany.
Felix Sturm, IBF World Middleweight Champion: “I’m not mad or anything. I don’t care about that whole doping theatre anymore. He and his team have to live with that. He’s trying to play games once again but that doesn’t matter to me. I had a perfect preparation and I am in tip-top shape.
I had to do this fight since he is my mandatory challenger. But that is a good thing because I can make things right. People will forget about the first fight after this one. Back after I fought Soliman last February, I changed my whole attitude towards the sport of boxing. I’m now eating clean and healthy, which makes training a whole lot easier. I know live like an athlete all year around and not only the ten or twelve weeks during training camp. That pays off as I’m in a much, much better shape than before.
I’m looking forward to a great evening and an exciting fight on Saturday. As you know, the first title defense is always the most difficult. But I am the champion and believe me – I will remain the champion.”
Sam Soliman, mandatory challenger of the IBF: “If a plan is working, you shouldn’t change it. You should fix it to make it even better. That’s what I have done. I’m grateful to be back in Germany and to be able to fight for the IBF world title. I had perfect sparring during my camp in Denmark. I’ll be even better than the last time around. I will fulfill the dream of family, who’ll be ringside on Saturday, and become world middleweight champion.” (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez
Despite her ring moniker of the “Aztec Princess”, Jackie Nava (29-4-3, 13KO) proved why she is the queen of not only of her hometown of Tijuana but of Mexico as she got up from a flash knockdown in the first to regain her bearing and annihilate Venezuelan Alys “China” Sanchez (12-2-1, 4KO) in the seventh round. With the win Nava, after twenty months of inactivity, mugged the interim WBA super bantamweight title from Sanchez in front of more than four thousand cheering fans at the Tijuana Municipal Auditorium. The electrifying performance topped a marathon thirteen-bout fight card with the main event broadcast live in Mexico by the Azteca channel.
In her last fight back in August of 2012 the thirty-four year old Nava defeated Lisa Brown via third round TKO. Nava then found herself away from the ring to give birth to her daughter Frida. Sanchez from Maracay, Venezuela, captured the interim strap by defeating Maria Elena Villalobos by ten round unanimous decision. In her last fight Sanchez lost a non-title fight by split decision to Carolina Arias back in October. (more…)
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