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USA Olympian Jose Ramirez works out during media day in Las Vegas for his upcoming super lightweight feature fight against Boyd Henley on Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate telecast on UniMas at the Texas Station Hotel and Casino, Saturday, March 29.
The highly regarded Ramirez is 8-0 with 6 KOs.
It’s not that often that a fighter coming off a loss gets a fight that he couldn’t have picked much better if he had picked it himself, but that’s more or less what happened to lightweight Isaac Vallie-Flagg – albeit in a roundabout way. Originally slated to fight Danny Castillo at UFC 172, Vallie-Flagg will instead be fighting UFC and PRIDE legend Takanori Gomi on the same card on April 26 in Baltimore . . . click here for more at UFC.com
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Photo: Team SES / P. Gercke
An important light heavyweight bout with world title ramifications will be streamed live right here on Fightnews.com TODAY at 2PM ET, 11AM PT. The event takes place in Potsdam, Germany and features WBO #8 rated Robin Krasniqi (40-3, 15 KOs) against unbeaten #13 rated Emmanuel Dansu (20-0, 18 KOs) in a ten round clash for the vacant WBO International light heavyweight title. The winner could be on the short list to challenge WBO champion Sergey Kovalev more sooner than later.
Krasniqi, a former world title challenger, says he’s improved after coming up short against then-champion Nathan Cleverly 12 months ago. Dansu is an unknown quantity, having never previously fought outside Ghana. Bringing a 90% KO ratio, Dansu compares his style to Mike Tyson. We’ll see.
Also featured on the card is WBO #12 rated light heavyweight Dominic Boesel (14-0, 5 KOs), who meets Miguel Velozo (17-1-2, 5 KOs) for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental belt.
The card also features the return of heavyweight KO artist Steffen Kretschmann (16-2, 15 KOs) in his first bout since September 2012. Kretschmann faces tough guy Samir Kurtagic (12-5, 8 KOs), who has gone the distance with big punchers like Denis Boytsov, Alexander Dimitrenko and Carlos Takam and never been stopped. (more…)
Photos: Rich Graessle/Main Events
On Thursday amidst all the press about a potential fight with Adonis Stevenson, Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (23-0-1, 21 KOs) faced the media and his opponent Cedric “L.O.W.” Agnew (26-0-0, 13 KOs) at Caesars to discuss the fight in front of them Saturday night at the Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City and live on HBO Boxing After Dark.
Main Events’ CEO Kathy Duva Duva addressed questions about why Kovalev is fighting on HBO. She said, “Sergey Kovalev is fighting on HBO because it is the network of champions. HBO is the network that built each and every legendary fighter in the last 30 years. In the United States during the last 30 years no superstar has been built on any other network. Sergey’s plan is to become a legend. That is why he is fighting on HBO.” (more…)
Laggoune, Hubert, Yengoyan, Nefzi and Merhy ready!
Bilal Laggoune will go after his first international title when he faces Laszlo Hubert for the vacant WBC Mediterranean cruiserweight title. Laggoune, together with Merhy, has been for about a month in training in Miami and is totally focussed on this fight. Hubert replaces Ivica Baccurin, who lost his last fight against Juan Carlos Gomez.
Sasha Yengoyan will face Ayoub Nefzi in a much awaited Belgian showdown. The hard hitting Yengoyan starts as a slight favorite but Nefzi has a lot of experience to make it difficult for Yengoyan.
Hot prospect Ryad Merhy is looking to add another stoppage win to his record when he faces Paata Berikashvili over 6. Merhy, probably the best prospect for years in Belgium, is managed very carefully and many boxing fans are awaiting for his first real test.
Local star Ismail Abdoul will face Levan Jomardashvili also over 6.
Domien Van Gansbeke versus Jean Pierre Habimana and female Elfi Philips versus Najat Hasnouni will complete the show.
Venue: Sporthal Vlaanderen, Gent, Belgium
Promoter: Claude Vandenheede, BGB promotion
By Sam Geraci
This Saturday, Cedric “L.O.W” Agnew (26-0, 13 KOs) of Chicago, IL, makes his television debut on HBO’s “Boxing After Dark” when he challenges Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (23-0-1, 21 KOs) of Russia, for Kovalev’s WBO light heavyweight championship at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. Although Agnew has never been televised, has faced limited or aging opposition and is challenging a man who considered by many to be the sport’s most feared puncher, Agnew remains steadfast in his assertions that he is a great fighter who will shock the boxing world on Saturday.
In the following interview, Agnew talks about his style, the Kovalev matchup, being a role model to black fighters in Chicago and whether or not he ever defeated WBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov as an amateur. (more…)
By Rocky Morales
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
The kickoff press conference for “Fight For Peace”, “Stiverne vs. Arreola II, Heavyweight History”, took place on Thursday morning in Heritage Hall on the campus of the University of Southern California to announce the May 10th rematch of Bermane Stiverne vs. Chris Arreola for the vacant WBC heavyweight championship at the 10,000 seat Galen Center at USC. After holding the coveted green WBC belt since 2008, Vitali Klitschko announced his retirement last December, setting the stage for #1 rated Bermane “B. Ware” Stiverne (23-1, 20KO) to fight #2 rated Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (36-3, 31KO) in a highly anticipated rematch of their April 2013 bout in which Stiverne won by unanimous decision after breaking the nose of Arreola early in the bout.
Amazingly, this will be the first time the heavyweight championship will be contested on American soil in nearly 5 years, since Vitali Klitschko handed Arreola the first loss of his career in September 2009 at the Staples Center. Since that time, there have been 20 heavyweight championship fights with all taking place in Europe or Russia, all with either a Vitali Klitschko, Wladmir Klitschko or Alexander Povetkin as defending champion. As far as the last time an American has held a piece of the heavyweight belt, it has been nearly a decade since Shannon Briggs held the WBO belt which he lost in his very first defense. (more…)
Legendary promoter Don King can still do it like no other. King and fellow promoter Dan Goossen engaged in some hilarious banter during Thursday’s Stiverne-Arreola press conference in Los Angeles. (Photo: Big Joe Miranda)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada
Patient and persistent Japanese Kohei Kono (30-8, 13 KOs), 115, impressively acquired the vacant WBA super-flyweight belt as he chalked up a fine KO victory over interim titlist Denkaosen Kaovichit (62-4-1, 26 KOs), 113.75, from Thailand, at 0:50 of the eighth round in an elimination bout on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. Everyone cannot be a Bill Gates or a Steve Jobs, but the less talented Kono’s ceaseless effort thus paid off. It was amazing that the 33-year-old Japanese still improved a lot technically and physically to seize the belt again in such a fine fashion. It was a clearcut knockout.
It was—in a sense—a bizzare fight as the contestants completely exchanged their roles. Previously Kono was well-known by his non-stop aggressive style, while Denkaosen, 37, was usually a shrewd counterpuncher. Kono, however, kept utilizing his footwork all the way, while Denkaosen kept going forward to finish his rival from the start. It was like Tom running and Jerry stalking. (more…)
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Photos: All Star Boxing
Marvin Mabait 116 vs. Alejandro Hernandez 117
(WBO Intercontinental bantamweight title)
Carlos Ruiz 131 vs. Ulises Moreno 133
Alberto Luna 132 vs. Hugo Ledesma 130
Victor Lopez 118 vs. Christian Soto 118
Luis Alberto Huilot 141 vs. Luis Vidales 140
Luis Alberto Andrade 104 vs. Luis Alberto Najera 105
Daniel Romero 107 vs. Raymundo Hernandez 107
Venue: Foro Polanco (Moliere 328 Colonia Polanco, Mexico DF, Mexico)
Promoter: Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc. in association with Producciones Deportivas and RB Producciones
TV: TELEMUNDO Network Main Event 11:35 PM in the US and Claro Sports in Mexico
Tickets: ticketmaster.com.mx or at the door, first fight 7:00 PM
By Jesse Kelley
Jamal James 147 vs. Angel Hernandez 147
Andy Kolle 160.5 vs. Ryan Davis 158.5
Aaron Green 282 vs. Byron Polley 251.5
Rob Brant 160.5 vs. Demetrius Walker 161.5
Jonathan Perez 124.5 vs. James Owens 128
DeLorian Caraway 148 vs. Damien Hill 150
Andre Tieva 146.5 vs. Guy Smith 145
Venue: Grand Casino, Hinckley, MN
Promoter: Rapacz Event Productions
By Dave Spencer
Photos: Eye of the Tiger Management
Antonin Decarie 149.6 vs. Pablo Munguia 147.2
Baha Laham 135 vs. Roody Pierre-Paul 134.8
Schiller Hyppolite 170.4 vs. Jermain Mackey 171.8
Pascal Villeneuve 170.2 vs. Francois Miville 166.4
Steven Butler 151 vs. Jean-Francois Plourde 151
Mitch Louis-Charles 165.8 vs. Guillaume Coude 167.4
Zachary Bunce 200 vs. Steven Harvey 224.2
Samer Barakat 197 vs. Matt Heim 198
Venue: Lac Leamy Casino, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
Promoter: Eye of the Tiger
Photo: Shane Sims/Banner Promotions
Fernando Carcamo 135.8 vs. Miguel Gonzalez 136
(Boxcino Lightweight Semifinals)
Chris Rudd 135.6 vs. Petr Petrov 135.6
(Boxcino Lightweight Semifinals)
Michael Seals 173.4 vs. Willis Lockett 191
Taras Shelestyuk 152 vs. Romon Barber 152.8
Donovan Dennis 224.8 vs. Travis Fulton will weigh in tomorrow
Ruben Ozuna 135.8 vs. Wayne Smith 134,6
David Laque 148 vs. Corey Land 145.2
Venue: 4 Bears Casino & Lodge, New Town, North Dakota
Promoter: Banner Promotions
TV: ESPN at 9 PM ET
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Ray Beltran of Mexico works out at the Wild Card West Boxing Club for his upcoming 12-round feature fight against Rocky Martinez of Puerto Rico on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley 2.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions and Tecate, Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 will take place, Saturday, April 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 pm ET/6:00 pm PT. photos
Bilal Laggoune 90,0 vs. Laszlo Hubert 90,7
vacant WBC Mediterranean cruiserweight
10rds: Sasha Yengoyan 69,3 vs. Ayoub Nefzi 69,9
6rds: Ryad Merhy 88,7 vs. Paata Berikashvili 89,9
6rds: Ismail Abdoul 90,7 vs. Levan Jomardashvili 92,8
4rds: Domien Van Gansbeke TBA vs. Jean Pierre Habimana 65,8
4rds: Elfi Philips TBA vs. Najat Hasnouni TBA
Venue: Sporthal Vlaanderen, Gent, Belgium
Promoter: Claude Vandenheede, BGB promotion
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
WBA #2 Randy Petacorlin 111.3 vs. Samranasak Singmanasak 111
Manny Vlamis 174.3 vs. Kiatchai Singwancha 166.8
Michael Zerafa 160.8 vs. Ekapop Poncharoen ??
Terry Tzouramanis 140.5 vs. Manapanoi Singmanasak 140.4
Marcos Amado 166.4 vs. Eric Diamandstein 166.8
Brad Weire 169.8 vs. Clint Alderton 174
Venue: Malvern Town Hall, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Promoter: Peter Maniatis
Live Stream: www.liveboxing.com.au
Undefeated two-division world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs), trainer Joel Diaz and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum hosted an international media conference call from Bradley’s Palm Springs training camp on Thursday to discuss Bradley’s eagerly-anticipated April 12 WBO welterweight championship PPV rematch against Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs). This will be Bradley’s third defense of the world title he won from Pacquiao in their previous fight.
Timothy Bradley: I’ve got a lot to prove in this fight. I’ve gotta prove that the first fight wasn’t a fluke. There’s a lot of things that happened in the first fight that weren’t right. This time I’ll be 110% ready.
I gained a lot of experience from my last two appearances on HBO, one in particular against Marquez, who is a great champion and great fighter, legendary, and also the fight of the year against Ruslan Provodnikov. So I’m a different fighter now, a different beast, a different animal and this time around I’m gonna prove it to the fans and everybody. The last time around I got the win but it felt like I lost because I didm’t get any credit from the fans and it’s very important to get the credit from the fans. I definitely gotta win by a wide margin.
Joel Diaz: We don’t really feel the support. Everybody goes to the Wild Card to see Manny Pacquiao train, he’s in great shape, he’s in great preparation… but nobody comes around to Tim Bradley’s gym to see how he’s doing. But in a way I like that because curiosity, it sometimes puts a little bit of fear. Nobody knows how Tim Bradley is training and he’s very ready to come to Vegas and ruin the party for a lot of people again.
Bob Arum: This rematch is special because the previous fight ended in a decision win for Timothy Bradley and a lot of people thought the decision could have gone the other way. That can be debated endlessly, so a rematch gives a definitive answer to who is the better fighter.
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Heavyweights Bermaine Stiverne and Chris Arreola hosted a kickoff press conference on Thursday for their ESPN-televised May 10 showdown for the vacant WBC heavyweight title at the USC Galen Center in Los Angeles.
Chris Arreola: I’m ready for this fight. I’ve been waiting for this fight right after I got out of that ring and got my ass kicked by Bermaine Stiverne. I got caught by a punch that I didn’t see coming and what’s what happens when you fight a world class athlete like Bermaine Stiverne…My nose was broken after the third round. I was wounded. I should have been out of that fight. Any round after that he should have stopped me. Personally I’m not that kind of fighter. If I see someone wounded, if I see someone hurt, I’m taking his ass out. That’s my intention on May 10th, to do to him what he did to me…I guarantee you on May 10th I’m gonna come out with my hand raised.
Bermaine Stiverne: May 10th I will be crowned heavyweight champion of the world. It’s not about shape, it’s about skills. I have better skills and I’m always in shape. I don’t have anything personal against Chris. I do think the best heavyweights out there are Chris and I…I’m not saying I’m going to walk over Chris easily or a walk in the park. It’s going to be hard because I know what Chris brings to the table. It’s gonna be a good fight.
Unbeaten WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev and unbeaten challenger Cedric Agnew faced off Friday during Thursday’s final news conference in advance of Saturday’s HBO-televised world title showdown at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Sergey Kovalev: I will try to make good fight – perfect fight – and good show…I think this fight will be good because he is undefeated and I am also undefeated. But I’m gonna do my job.
Cedric Agnew: I’m ready to go out there and show the world what I’m capable of, show the naysayers who I am…There’s always gonna be naysayers out there. To those people I say nothing. I’m gonna keep doing what I’m doing.
Promoter Kathy Duva: Sergey Kovalev is fighting on HBO because it built every superstar over past 30 years. Perhaps fighters who aren’t on HBO should be asking their promoters why not.
Photos: P. Gercke / Team SES
Ramona Kuehne 128.75 vs. Gina Chamie 127.6
(WBO/WIBF/WBF female super featherweight title)
Robin Krasniqi 173.5 vs. Emmanuel Danso 170.6
Steffen Kretschmann 232.5 vs. Samir Kurtagic 233.4
Dominic Boesel 173.9 vs. Miguel Velozo 176.8
Moritz Stahl 168 vs. Petar Markovic 168
Tom Schwarz 227 vs. Frantisek Kynkal 287
Vincent Feigenbutz 168 vs. Vasile Dragomir TBA
Mathias Zemski 153.4 vs. Maik Taeubig TBA
Venue: MBS Arena in Potsdam, Germany
Promoter: SES Boxing
Juergen Braehmer (42-2, 31 KOs) will make the first defense of his WBA light heavyweight title against Enzo Maccarinelli (38-6, 30 KOs) on April 5 in Rostock, Germany. The reigning champion returns to Rostock for the first time since an ill-fated challenge for the WBA crown against Hugo Garay in 2008. With this defeat still fresh in his mind, Braehmer is adamant that history will not repeat itself when he faces Maccarinelli.
Your opponent has said that sparring with the legendary Joe Calzaghe makes him know more about southpaws than anyone else. Does that worry you?
Absolutely – not! When was the last time he sparred Calzaghe – a decade ago? And even if he knows him inside out, it will not help against me. I may be a southpaw but my style is totally different to his famous compatriot. He will find this out sooner rather than later. (more…)
During his career, former undisputed heavyweight champion and international star Mike Tyson fought on SHOWTIME 17 times, second only to Julio Cesar Chavez (21) for most appearances by a boxer in the history of the network. On Friday, April 18, Tyson returns in a different capacity when his Iron Mike Productions makes its promotional debut on the premium network with a three-fight card live on ShoBox: The New Generation (SHOWTIME, 10:45 ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from the Monroeville Convention Center in Monroeville, Pa., located outside Pittsburgh.
The telecast will feature three of Iron Mike Productions’ most highly regarded unbeaten fighters.
In the 10-round main event, heavy-hitting Cuban lightweight Alexei “The Hurricane” Collado (18-0, 16 KOs), of Miami, Fla., by way Cork, Ireland, and Havana, Cuba, will be opposed by his toughest opponent to-date, Pittsburgh-area crowd favorite “Lightning” Rod Salka (18-3, 3 KOs), of Bunola, Pa.
In the co-feature, undefeated southpaw and Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz (14-0, 8 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., by way of Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic will box Emmanuel Lartey (15-1-1, 7 KOs), of Brooklyn by way of Ghana, in an eight-round welterweight bout.
In the opening bout of the telecast, local favorite and war veteran Sammy Vasquez, Jr. (13-0, 9 KOs), of Monesson, Pa., will meet fellow unbeaten Juan “The Beast” Rodriguez, Jr. (11-0, 5 KOs), of Union City, N.J., in an eight-round welterweight bout.
Former WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly will co-headline a Matchroom Boxing show at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff on May 17. Cleverly will make his debut at cruiserweight at the scene of his last outing, where he lost his 175lb world title to Sergey Kovalev in August, and the 27 year old is itching to get back into the groove. “I’m excited to get back into the ring on May 17,” said Cleverly. “There are some big fights in the division, I’ve had a great rest and had a chance to lead a normal life and I am ready now to start a new chapter.”
IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (12-0, 5 KOs) was impressive in winning the title against Rocky Fuentes recently will now defend the championship against Kazuto Ioka (14-0, 9 KOs) on May 7, 2014 in Osaka, Japan. The Japanese boxer has held world titles at 105 pounds as WBA and WBC champion and also at 108 pounds as the WBA champion and is attempting to become a three division world champion by defeating Ruenroeng to become IBF flyweight champion. The Thai world champion Ruenroeng defeated Ioka in the amateur ranks and has predicted to emulate that victory as a professional in Osakaon May 7.
“I defeated Kazuto Ioka in 2007 in Thailand and I am confident I will be victorious again on May 7 in Japan when we will clash for the IBF flyweight title,” said Ruenroeng. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Boxing is back at the historic Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, California as four-division world champion Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KOs) of Mexico, City is set to take on former WBO junior welterweight champion Mike “Mile High” Alvarado (34-2, 23 KOs) on May 17 live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
Marquez-Alvarado marks the return of boxing to the Forum, which hosted many great fights throughout the years. Some of the most memorable fights included unbeaten Mexican bantamweights Carlos Zarate vs. Alfonso Zamora, the rematch between Muhammad Ali and Ken Norton, Julio Cesar Chavez vs. Roger Mayweather 2, Chiquita Gonzalez vs. Michael Carbajal 2, Rafael Ruelas vs. Freddie Pendleton which was on the Gonzalez Carbajal undercard, and the birth of HBO Boxing After Dark when “The Baby Face Assassin” Marco Antonio Barrera stopped Kennedy McKinney in a memorable fight.
“There wouldn’t have been a Marco Antonio Barrera, Juan Manuel Marquez, or Chiquita Gonzalez without Forum Boxing,” Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum said. Arum co-promoted Ali-Norton 2 at the Forum back in 1973 and he shared his memories with us about the legendary venue Wednesday afternoon. (more…)
“Boxeo Telemundo’s” main event this Friday will feature two time world title challenger Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez of Mexico City, Mexico (26-10-2, 14 KOs) challenging current WBO Intercontinental bantamweight champion Marvin “Chavacano Disaster” Mabait of Zamboanga City, Philippines (20-1-2, 13 KOs). The bout is scheduled for 12 rounds with Mabait’s title at stake. Site of the fightcard will be the Foro Polanco in Mexico City, Mexico. Tuto Zabala’s Jr. All Star Boxing, Inc. in association with Ricardo Maldonado, Jr., Producciones Deportivas, RB Producciones are presenting the event. (more…)
ESPN’s “Boxcino” tournament has been a critical success so far. One of the men behind the scenes responsible for identifying much of the talent that has been on display is Banner Promotions matchmaker Eric Bottjer. Bottjer has been one of the most distinguished boxing matchmakers for the better part of two decades, signing and developing many world champions. For “Boxcino,” Bottjer lined eight lightweights and eight middleweights to compete in a single elimination event, which resumes Friday night at the 4 Bears Casino & Lodge in New Town, North Dakota, when the lightweight semifinals take place with 8-round bouts featuring Petr Petrov (33-4-2, 15 KOs) fighting Chris Rudd (13-1, 8 KOs) and Fernando Carcamo (16-5, 13 KOs) taking on Miguel Gonzalez (23-3, 16 KOs). (more…)
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Governor Cuomo appointments David Berlin as Executive Director of the New York State Athletic Commission
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the appointment of David Berlin to serve as Executive Director of the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC). Berlin’s appointment was unanimously approved by the NYSAC Board this afternoon. As Executive Director, Berlin will be responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the Commission, including the administrative and event-driven functions. He will assume the role on May 1, 2014. (more…)
Golden Boy has officially announced the April 26 tripleheader at StubHub Center in Carson, California. In the main event, Keith “One Time” Thurman defends his interim WBA welterweight belt against former lightweight titleholder Julio “The Kidd” Diaz. Also, Lucas “The Machine” Matthysse returns in a 10-round matchup against John Molina and Omar “Panterita” Figueroa Jr. defends his WBC lightweight title against Jerry “The Corpus Christi Kid” Belmontes.
Tickets priced at $150, $75, $50 and $25, plus applicable taxes, fees and services charges, go on sale tomorrow/Thursday, March 27 at 10 a.m. PT and will be available online at AXS.com, by phone at 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849) and at StubHub Center Box Office (Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. PT to 6 p.m. PT).
Keith Thurman: “To headline a show like this against a former world champion is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, and that day is here. I respect Julio Diaz and I will not underestimate him. He knows that this may be his last shot, and I expect the best from him, but I’ll be the one leaving with the victory.”
Julio Diaz: “This is a big opportunity for me to face a fighter that is feared by many, but not by me. I have been in the ring with far more dangerous and experienced fighters in the past, and everyone knows that I come to fight. My previous opponents Amir Khan and Shawn Porter will tell you that.” (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Four-division world champion and Mexican icon Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez and former world junior welterweight champion “Mile High” Mike Alvarado hosted a news conference Wednesday announcing their 12-round welterweight rumble and the return of boxing to the Forum in Inglewood, California.
Mike Alvarado: “I want to thank Juan Manuel for the opportunity. Retiring a legend is gonna be huge!”
Juan Manuel Marquez: “I need to prepare very well because Alvarado is a strong fighter. It’s a big challenge. I’m very happy to fight in the place where I began my career. On May 17, the fans will see a great fight!”
Promoter Bob Arum announced that tickets go on sale April 1 and any $150 and $75 ticket purchased on April 1 between noon and 4PM will get an accompanying ticket free. “Not an April Fools Joke, it’s real,” said the Hall of Famer.
Chicago’s very own super middleweight prospect Donovan “Don Da Bomb” George (24-4-2, 21 KOs) will return to the ring on April 18, as he makes his “Fight Night at Horseshoe Hammond” debut as the headliner at the The Venue. Joining George as co-features on the card are exciting Chicago super middleweight Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez (13-0, 10 KOs) of Chicago and Russian heavyweight Andrey Fedosov (24-3, 19 KOs) who just relocated to the Windy City.
“Donovan is working hard and he is ready. There is no better place for him to return to the ring than The Venue and ‘Fight Night at Horseshoe Hammond,” said promoter Bobby Hitz. “This card is stacked with local fan favorites with great followings.” (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Former unified super lightweight world champion Amir “King” Khan and Luis Collazo hosted an international media conference call to discuss their recently announced co-main event bout of “THE MOMENT: Mayweather vs. Maidana” PPV event on May 3 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Amir Khan: “I really believe that I belong in the welterweight division…I’m going to own the welterweight division…I really believe that this fight between me and Luis could be the one that could steal the show.”
Luis Collazo: “It’s a fight that can take me to another level in the welterweight division and I’m humbled by the opportunity.”
Richard Schaefer: “This is the most expensive PPV card to ever be put together in boxing history…this is our sport’s version of the SuperBowl. I anticipate that any day we are going to announce a complete sellout.”
[On Khan-Collazo] “I see this as a real 50/50 fight. I can give you ten reasons why Amir Khan is going to win and ten reasons why Luis Collazo is going to win.”
Newly formed management group Sheer Sports in Los Angeles signed amateur standout Edwin ‘The Hitman’ Sandoval of Bakersfield, CA, who will campaign at 122lbs and undefeated super middleweight Ronald “Akeem” Ellis (6-0, 5 KOs) of Boston, Mass., to a management deal.
“Team Sheer is very excited to add these two talented young men to our stable, we are looking forward to announcing their first outings under our banner very soon,” said Ken Sheer of Team Sheer.
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