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Before there was Manny Pacquiao, there was Kid Kulafu
Trainer Freddie Roach cancels Pacquiao sparring session to prevent overtraining
A century before nixing MMA, New York debated boxing
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
While Western people enjoyed Easter holidays, we saw no less than nine shows in Japan—two in Tokyo, six in Osaka and one in Kokura. This reporter hereby describes just important results as there were many preliminary bouts that only our fight fans might pay attention to.
OSAWA FINISHES INDONESIAN CHAMP BLADER
Former OPBF feather champ, WBA world-rated Hiroshige Osawa (27-3-4, 16 KOs), 126, finally demolished a durable Indonesian interim champ Arief Blader (20-16-1), 126, at 2:25 of the ninth round on Friday in Osaka, Japan. Osawa’s vicious body shot after fast combinations to the face was a haymaker. (more…)
Photos: HoganPhotos/Golden Boy Promotions
Texas knockout artist James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland (32-1, 28 KOs) today hosted a media workout in San Antonio in advance of his face-off against Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) on May 9 at Minute Maid Park in Houston live on HBO World Championship Boxing ®. In attendance were James Kirkland’s trainers, Bay Bay McClinton and Rick Morones and Leija*Battah Promotions’ Mike Battah in addition to Texas boxing legend Jesse James Leija.
Texas fighters featured in the non-televised undercard for May 9 were also at today’s media workout including James Leija Jr., the son of Texas Boxing Legend Jesse James Leija; Austin’s Curtis Meeks (9-1-2, 3 KOs), San Antonio’s Cresencio Ramos (2-0, 1 KO), Cut and Shoot, Texas’s light heavyweight Alfonso “El Tigre” Lopez (23-3, 18 KOs), Houston lightweight Antonio Capulin (14-0, 6 KOs), and San Antonio’s Joseph Rodriguez (8-0, 2 KOs), all participated in the media workout. (more…)
Photos: Pete Susens/Top Rank
World ranked Jessie Magdaleno of Las Vegas and up and two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico have arrived in Laredo, Texas for their bouts this Saturday night at the Laredo Energy Center that will be telecast by Unimas on the “Solo Boxeo Tecate” series at 11:00 p.m. (East/Pacific).
Magdaleno (20-0, 15 KOs) will take on John Mark Apolinario (18-5-3, 5 KOs) of the Philippines in the main event scheduled for eight rounds in the super bantamweight division.
“I feel that I am very close to fighting for a world championship and want to get the win and look good to show everyone that I ready to challenge for a world title,” said Magdaleno during a media workout here in Laredo.
Valdez (15-0, 13 KOs) will take on the tough Jose Ramirez (25-5-3, 15 KOs) of Mazatlan, Mexico in an eight round featherweight bout. (more…)
Photos by Joel Colon/PRBBP
Two warriors of the countries with most boxing tradition faces this Saturday, April 11, when the Mexican Orlando “Siri” Salido defends his World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior lightweight belt against former two time world champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez, from Puerto Rico, in “The War”, that will be held at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico Jose Miguel Agrelot in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in a presentation of PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) in association with Promociones Zanfer and will be broadcast on Pay Per View in Puerto Rico, United States and Canada for all Cable TV and Satellite systems.
The Salido-Martínez clash mark a new chapter in the world battles between Mexico and Puerto Rico, well-known in world boxing history and also this is the return of world boxing at Coliseo de Puerto Rico, which had as its most recent show on July, 2010, when Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez beat the Filipino Bernabe Concepcion with a second round KO. (more…)
WBA #4/WBC #7 super lightweight contender Amir Imam (16-0, 14 KOs) will aim to move one step closer to a world title opportunity when he makes his second start of 2015 against fellow power-puncher Walter Castillo (25-2, 18 KOs) in the 10-round co-feature of Showtime Championship Boxing on Showtime April 18. In the main event from StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., Mexican superstar Julio Cesar Chavez (48-1-1, 32 KOs) faces exciting brawler Andrzej Fonfara (26-3, 15 KOs), of Chicago by way of Poland, in a 12-round light heavyweight bout. “I know Walter is a tough fighter, he comes forward and throws a lot of punches,” Imam said. “But I will figure him out quickly once I get inside the ring. I’m working on a lot of different things for this training camp, lots of tricky moves that are going to excite the fans. It’s great to fight outdoors at StubHub Center and to showcase my talents on Showtime. I’m here to entertain and prove I’m ready for that title shot.”
Text and pictures: Przemek Garczarczyk
“What kind of sparring partners I had in my camp before the Chavez fight? Guys with big balls, who are not afraid to mix it up. Just like Jr.,” said Andrzej Fonfara (26-3, 15 KOs) in a Fightnews.com interview just 10 days before his April 18 Showtime-televised bout against former WBC super middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (48-1, 32 KOs).
It’s a quiet training camp in Chicago. There’s more behind the scenes stuff from you than from Chavez Jr., but you’ve never been a big fan of this all pre-fight media noise anyway…
Winning counts – nothing else. I’m fighting for my supporters of course, but press conferences and interviews aren’t my thing. I don’t need extra motivation. Being in the ring, fighting – that’s what drives me. (more…)
Everything is always bigger in Texas and that will certainly be the case when it comes to the undercard of one of the most anticipated fights of the year, Canelo vs. Kirkland at Minute Maid Park in Houston on Saturday, May 9. Chinese heavyweight sensation Taishan (3-0, 2 KOs), 2012 U.S Olympian Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz Jr. (15-0, 10 KOs) and top contender Joshua “Grand Master” Clottey (38-4, 22 KOs) will headline the non-televised undercard. In addition, some of Texas’ top talent will be featured on the card as well including the professional debut of welterweight James Leija Jr., the son of Texas Boxing Legend Jesse James Leija.
In the previously announced main event of the evening, Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) will face off against Texas knockout artist James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland (32-1, 28 KOs), and former three-time world champion Humberto “La Zorrita” Soto (65-8-2, 35 KOs) will battle unbeaten star Frankie “Pitbull” Gomez (18-0, 13 KOs) in the co-main event, both set to air live on HBO World Championship Boxing ® starting at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. (more…)
Photo courtesy WBC
Norwegian undisputed female welterweight world champion boxer Cecilia Brækhus today announced a new management and representation consortium including IMG and K2 Promotions and Klitschko Management Group (KMG), Wladimir Klitschko’s boxing promotional and management companies. Brækhus’ own promotion and management companies, First Lady Promotions (FLP) and First Lady Sport (FLS), will work alongside IMG and K2 Promotions / KMG.
Brækhus, 33, currently holds the WBA, WBC, IBF, and WBO titles simultaneously. The consortium will work together to arrange and promote fights inside and outside of Norway, and optimise her media profile and sponsorship opportunities.
The Norwegian parliament has only recently reinstated boxing as a legal sport in Norway, paving the way for Brækhus to fight in her homeland for the very first time. The sport was banned in January 1982. (more…)
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