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Photos: Héctor Santos/ Miguel Cotto Promotions, LLC
José López 122.8 vs. Jósean Figueroa 121
Charlie Clemente 108 vs. Israel Vázquez 107
Kevin Nieves 134 vs. Reynaldo Blanco 133
Alex De Jesús 144 vs. Javier García 146
Freddy Ortiz 124 vs. Rafael Padilla 123.8
Carlos Cotto 215 vs. Jimmy Suarez 231
Richy Rodríguez 120 vs. Edwin Rosado 119
Kelvin Nuñez 194 vs. Jonathan González 188
Derrick Cuevas 144 vs. Luis Ortíz 142
Venue: Guillermo Angulo Coliseum in Carolina, Puerto Rico
TV: UNIVISION PUERTO RICO
Promoter: Miguel Cotto Promotions, LLC/ H2 Entertainment, Inc
Price: $15.00 Side/ $12.00 Entrada General
Photo: Photo Wende
Micki Nielsen 199.5 vs Julio Cesar Dos Santos 196.4
WBC International Cruiserweight Championship
Anthony Yigit 145 vs Kim Poulsen 145.3
WBC Baltic Welterweight Championship
Dennis Ceylan 125.7 vs Cristian Montilla 123.9
Tim-Robin Lihaug 168.2 vs Farouk Daku 164
Kai Robin Havnaa 197.5 vs Merdjidin Yusinov 198.6
Abdul Khattab 159.8 vs Alexey Ribchev 160.1
Rashid Kassem 134.3 vs Gyula Tallosi 131.4
Simen Smaadal 166.7 vs Janos Olah 166.2
Alexander Hagen 174.4 vs Ivan Stupalo 170.6
Richard Commey 137.3 vs Mikheil Avakyan 137.3
Promoter: Sauerland Promotions
The season opener for the spring series of the successful series “Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford” will now kick off March 6 from the the traditional Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, FL, which has been home of the series for 14 years, the series debut in the building was on October 19, 2001 when former world champion Oscar “Chololo” Larios defeated then contender Angel “Avispa” Chacon.
The main event will pit another Puerto Rico-Mexico rivalry when former world title challenger Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo (24-4, 16 KOs) of Vega Alta, Puerto Rico faces national champion Gabino “Flash” Cota (17-3-1, 15 KOs) of Navojoa, Sonara, Mexico in a bout scheduled for 10 Rounds with the WBO Latino Featherweight title on the line. (more…)
Tonight’s ESPN2 Friday Night Fights will feature former junior middleweight titleholder Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora (27-3-2, 9 KOs) against Abie “The Sun City Warrior” Han (23-1, 14 KOs) in the 12-round middleweight clash for the USBA title at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. Mora was originally slated to challenge Jermain Taylor for his IBF middleweight world title on this card before Taylor suffered an injury and then got into legal trouble.
Sergio Mora: “My trainer took a look at Han. He reminds us a lot of an opponent we fought before named Archak TerMeliksetian. He’s tall, but he doesn’t fight tall. He fights compact and throws very strong, compact punches. He’s got a great record, so we can’t take him for granted.”
Abie Han: “It’s an honor to fight someone of Mora’s caliber. He is a former world champion. He’s very smart and he’s a veteran of the game of boxing. I’m looking forward to the challenge. I feel like if I am on my A-game, I can pull off the upset.”
Promoter and five-time world champion in four divisions Miguel Cotto and his promotional banner Miguel Cotto Promotions has made an alliance with the Univision Puerto Rico television network to present a modern concept of televised professional boxing events named “Boxeo Al Maximo” that will feature the Puerto Rico’s top prospects. “Boxeo Al Maximo is a new event concept that we design for the enjoyment of fans and bring the most exciting bouts and developing our prospects. We are pleased to announce our partnership with Univision Puerto Rico who will broadcast our events and reach every household in Puerto Rico,” Cotto said. (more…)
By Gabriel F.Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
Thousands of fans, national and international celebrities, politicians, entertainers and sports people converged on Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico on Thursday to honor former Mexican world champion Julio Cesar Chavez with the unveiling of a statue in his honor. Among those on hand to celebrate Chavez’ legendary 25-year pro boxing career were promoters Oscar de la Hoya and Don King, WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman, WBA President Gilberto Mendoza and boxing stars like Jose Luis Ramirez, Jesse James Leija, Ricardo Lopez, Humberto Gonzalez, Fernando Montiel, Marco Antonio Barrera, Mario Martinez, Ruben Castillo and many more including Mexican national team head coach Miguel “Piojo” Herrera. (more…)
Undefeated lightweight Ryan “Blue Chip” Martin (10-0, 6 KOs) will face Carlos Valenzuela (6-2, 3 KOs) on Saturday night in a six round clash at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. “We are hoping Ryan gets rounds out of this match with Valenzuela. He has been making quick work of his opponents and we need to see more of the great tools he has before going into 8-round bouts,” said longtime Matchmaker Sean Gibbons. “This fight will give us a bigger picture on how fast we can move him throughout 2015.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian heavyweight prospect Willis Meehan (3-0, 2 KOs) has the potential and pedigree to reach the very top according to his father Kali “Checkmate” Meehan, who lost a razor close split decision to Lamon Brewster, one of three heavyweights to stop current champion Wladimir Klitschko. Kali who recently scored a very impressive win over formerly rated Shane Cameron said, “He has it all, I mean, he can fight southpaw. He can fight orthodox. He can brawl. He can punch hard, He can read fights. He can take a punch. I have sparred all around the world and I can honestly tell you the hardest I have had to work is against Willis.” (more…)
With Raphael Assuncao forced out of his March 21 headliner against Urijah Faber due to injury, there will be a new main event at the Ginasio do Maracanazinho in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as number seven-ranked welterweight Demian Maia faces unbeaten New Yorker Ryan LaFlare . . . click here for more
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As previously reported, Billy Joe Saunders, the WBO World Middleweight mandatory title challenger and number one ranked contender, has stepped aside to allow world champion Andy Lee to make a voluntary title defense against Peter Quillin (subject to approval from the WBO) expected to be in New York, and may make his glittering American debut on the undercard. Saunders will fight the winner – that he and promoter Frank Warren both hope will be Irish rival Lee.
Warren believes that a Lee-Saunders world title clash is a massive attraction and deserves to be staged at a premier location like a football stadium, but with the unpredictability of the weather at this time of the year, coupled with the availability of grounds, it is more beneficial to wait until the summer. (more…)
By Rocky Morales at ringside
WBC #4 ranked heavyweight Mike Perez (21-1, 13 KOs) obliterated Darnell “The Ding-A-Ling Man” Wilson (25-19, 21 KOs) on Thursday night in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California. Perez sent Wilson to the canvas with the very first punch of the fight, a crushing right hook. Wilson rose on unsteady legs only to be sent to the canvas twice more in the first round. Somehow, Wilson survived the onslaught but a perfectly landed left cross by Perez sent Wilson down for good and ended the bout at 0:59 of the second round. Perez looked as fit as he ever has been at 231 pounds and he’s now being trained by Robert Garcia.
Perez got back in the winning column after a disappointing 2014 that first saw him fight to a majority draw with the very tough, Carlos Takam, and then lose a razor thin split decision to Bryant Jennings. Whether it was the result of the switch to trainer Robert Garcia or the softer opposition, Perez looked more aggressive than ever against Wilson.
“This year is my year!” proclaimed Perez afterward. Wilson stated he believes Perez will be a future world champion. Next up for Perez is likely a WBC eliminator with Alexander Povetkin. (more…)
“If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere,” Wladimir Klitschko quotes Frank Sinatra.
Production begins for “The Bleeder,” a movie about legend Chuck Wepner.
Ricky Hatton gets robbed while away for the weekend.
Anthony Mundine talks Austin Trout.
WBO mandatory middleweight challenger Billy Joe Saunders has agreed to step aside and allow WBO middleweight champion Andy Lee to defend against former titleholder Peter Quillin. According to Saunders he received a six-figure number to step aside and a promise to face the winner. Quillin previously vacated that same belt last year. Lee-Quillin is expected to land on the April 11 Garcia-Peterson card on NBC.
Weights & photos: Phil DiMaria
Ronnie Austion 146.6 vs. Charlie Dubray 143.4
Mike Portillo 147.8 vs. Gustavo Rodriguez 153.2
Ernesto Garza 133.2 vs. Thomas Deleon 135.4
Craig Lewis 222.8 vs. Gary Kelley 359.2
Ed Williams 149.8 vs. Antoine Elerson 148.6
James Lester Jr 134.6 vs. Dwayne Wisdom 130.4
Eric Moon 180.4 vs. PJ Cajigas 178.4
Mohammad Adam 130.4 vs. Mateo Soto 128.8
Ahmed Mahmood 126.4 vs. Carlos Alcala 124.2
Venue: Masonic Temple
Promoter: Antonio Gates (AG Promotions)
Matchmaker: Carlos Llinas
Tickets: ticketmaster.com or by phone 800-745-3000
Doors 7 PM, First Bout at 8
Sergio Mora 160 vs. Abie Han 160
(USBA middleweight championship)
Erickson Lubin 153 vs. Michael Finney ??
Ahmed Elbiali 176.2 vs. Dustin Echard 178.8
Domonique Dalton 155.4 vs. Juan Carlos Rojas 155.4
Stephen Lovett 178 vs. James Johnson 178.8
Isiah Thomas 198.8 vs. Brad Austin 179.2
Dennis Galarza 128.4 vs. Manuel De Los Reyes Herrera 130.2
Leo Hall 175.4 vs. Dakota Dawson 173.8
Ryan Karl 146 vs. Brett Simmons 143.2
Justin Deloach 153 vs. Cesar Vila 153.8
Darwin Price 138.2 vs. Christian Steele 139.6
Steven Ortiz 135.2 vs. Evan Woolsey 136
Venue: Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
Undefeated Mexican brawler Antonio “Relentless” Orozco (21-0, 15 KOs) will have to wait to make his 2015 debut. Orozco was injured on Monday, Feb 2. when he suffered a deep cut near the right eye while sparring during training camp. His personal doctor determined the cut was too deep in dimension and would not heal fast enough for his scheduled bout on March 12. Orozco withdrew from participation as the co-main event for Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas (21-0-1, 15 KOs) versus “Wild” Will Tomlinson (23-1-1, 13 KOs) from the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, Texas on Thursday, March 12th, airing live on HBO Latino. (more…)
Photos: Ruben Cortez/Top Rank
Unbeaten welterweight Alex ‘El Cholo’ Saucedo (left) of Oklahoma City and unbeaten main event fighter Ivan ‘Bam Bam’ Najera of San Antonio appeared at today’s Top Rank press conference in Hidalgo, Texas. Saucedo will box Eduardo Flores of Ecuador to open the Solo Boxeo Tecate telecast on UniMas at the the State Farm Arena. Najera takes on Robbie Cannon in the main event on Saturday night.
World contender Diego Magdaleno of Las Vegas today re-signed with Top Rank. Carl Moretti, VP of Boxing Operations at Top Rank, made the announcement today. Diego has a 27-1, 11 KO record and is rated WBO 3, WBA 6 in the junior lightweight division. He is managed by Frank Espinoza and trained by Joel Diaz.
“Top Rank is where I want to be. This is a great day for me and my family,” Diego said.
“It’s great to have Diego re-sign because 2015 is going to be a great year for Diego in both the junior lightweight and lightweight divisions. We plan to announce his next bout shortly,” Moretti said.
It will be standing room only for tonight’s opening night of Fight Club OC’s fifth year in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center. A capacity crowd will witness perhaps the best fight show Orange County has seen in years. In the main event, WBC #4 ranked heavyweight in the world Mike Perez brings his 20-1-1, 12 KOs record to The Hangar to face dangerous veteran Darnell “Ding-a-Ling Man” Wilson (25-18-3, 21 KOs). Promoter Roy Englebrecht will put 40 Standing Room Only tickets at $30 each on sale this morning and they can be purchased by call 949-760-3131. Doors open tonight at 6:30pm and remember Happy Hour Specials at Baja Blues right next to The Hangar start at 5:30pm.
Photo: Team Sauerland
Micki Nielsen (16-0, 12 KOs) and Julio Cesar Dos Santos (27-3, 24 KOs) have arrived in Frederikshavn ahead of their WBC International Cruiserweight Championship clash at the Arena Nord on February 7.
On Saturday night, Nielsen has the opportunity to claim his first major title, and in doing so the young Dane aims to silence his critics and prove he is ready for another step up in class.
“I know that there are many people who doubt my boxing ability,” said Nielsen. “They believe that my strength lies only in my punching power. That doesn’t bother me, as I know it’s not true. I know what I’m capable of and I will prove them wrong. (more…)
WBC International Silver super-middleweight champion Luke Blackledge (18-2-2) kicks off his 2015 campaign with a six round contest at Guild Hall Preston on February 28th.
The opponent is yet to be confirmed but after a previous victory over Bulgarian, Konstantin Alexandrov (3-4-0) in Blackburn on November 22nd, Blackledge is hoping for a better test for him on the night.
The fight is part of a VIP Promotions show with headlining fight featuring unbeaten middleweight prospect Ricky Skelton (12-0-0).
Blackledge commented on what will be his 23rd professional contest since joining the paid ranks in 2010, “I think it’s six or an eight rounder on the 28th, still not got an opponent yet. My last fight was basically a last minute step in and ended up being an easy night’s work although they can still be risky those foreign journeymen. I want a harder fight for February.” (more…)
Undefeated Jono Carroll (6-0, 1 KO) and Jeff Saunders have joined Matchroom Sport.
Carroll was catapulted in the limelight after winning Prizefighter in December, entering the tournament as an unbeaten three-fight novice and seeing off Stephen Foster Jr, Gary Buckland and Michael Devine to claim the trophy at York Hall. The 22 year landed the shot in Prizefighter after an exciting win over Declan Geraghty in November in Dublin, and Carroll will appear on the April 11 bill in Leeds live on Sky Sports.
Saunders follows his older brother Bradley into the professional ranks after a glittering amateur career where he claimed a senior ABA title in 2013 and joins the paid ranks after leaving the army. The 23 year old makes his professional debut on Saturday night on a Matchroom Fight Pass show in Gateshead and will appear on the April 4 bill in Newcastle live on Sky Sports alongside his brother and also Olympic gold medal hero Anthony Joshua MBE. (more…)
By Jerry Glick
Photo: KMG/Will Hart
Proud papa, Wladimir Klitschko, who recently celebrated the birth of his daughter Kaya, was in New York to attend a press conference to announce the April 25th defense of his WBO, IBO, IBF, and WBA Super World Heavyweight titles against the undefeated top contender Bryant Jennings (19-0, 10 KOs). Admitting that having a child gives him even more to fight for, he said, “I was talking to another fighter who is a father, my brother (Vitali) who is the father of three,” said Wladimir, (63-3, 53 KOs). “‘You know, I punch even harder now'” said Wladimir quoting his brother. “I said that sounds good to me!”
He admitted that he feels more motivation now than ever before in the ring. “It doesn’t matter what I do, I definitely have more energy. Motivation is part of staying in boxing,” said the champion. “Health too, so April 25th is the next challenge that I’m going to take and I’m back in New York City. I can say it in one line, I’M BACK!” (more…)
WBA #6 heavyweight Shannon Briggs (57-6-1, 50 KOs) is rumored to be in the mix for a showdown with current unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko possibly in September. However Klitschko is first scheduled to face Bryant Jennings on April 25 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
At Wednesday’s press conference, it was Jennings’ promoter Gary Shaw who invoked the same of Shannon Briggs, stating “For the record. Jennings is no Shannon Briggs.”
Briggs responded with the following: “I have known Gary Shaw for many years. I give him a lot of credit for stating on record the obvious truth. That his fighter Bryant Jennings is no Shannon Briggs. Jennings hasn’t faced or defeated any Hall of Famers like I have. I’m a former two-time world champion, 50 knockouts in my 57 victories, and on top of that a large majority of fans by vote wanted me to fight Wlad next. (Note: A poll by German media giant BILD had 72% wanting Klitschko to fight Briggs next). So it appears I’m quite a bit more popular, as well. The reality is that Wlad, a former Olympic gold medalist, world champion for more than a decade, and a veteran of more than 60 pro fights, will next fight Jennings who had like 17 amateur fights total, 19 pro fights, and no disrespect to Jennings but he has no serious following to speak of, let alone in my home state of New York. So the fans have two more months to get excited for this matchup. Thanks for the compliment Gary. Way to tell it like it is. Such honesty is so refreshing in today’s sport of boxing. We are in complete agreement Gary. Bryant Jennings is no Shannon Briggs.”
19-year-old WBO #6 rated super middleweight Vincent Feigenbutz (18-1, 17 KOs) will take on unbeaten WBO #7 rated Balazs Kelemen (22-0, 13 KOs) on March 21 at the Stadthalle in Rostock, Germany. Feigenbutz says after he takes care of the 6’4 Kelemen, he wants to fight for a WBO interim super middleweight title.
In the main event, WBA light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer (45-2, 33 KOs) defends against Robin Krasniqi (43-3, 16 KOs). Also on the card is a cruiserweight clash between Agron Dzila (21-1, 17 KOs) and Bernard Adie (12-2, 8 KOs).
The UFC Fight Night card on Saturday, April 4 now has a co-main event, and it’s an important one for the lightweight division as longtime contender Jorge Masvidal meets Al Iaquinta at Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia . . . click here for more
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Undefeated and promising Mexican prospect, Miguel ‘Zurdo’ Sánchez from Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico has signed with Roc Nation Sports and is now a member of the long list of elite boxers and athletes that have signed with the newly developed sports promotional company which was founded by Jay Z in spring of 2013, and launched their boxing division in August of 2014. The 25-year-old Sanchez (9-0, 7 KOs), who is campaigning in the welterweight division, trains at the ‘House of Boxing Training Center’ located in San Diego, California under the tutelage of veteran trainer Carlos Barragan, who also trains the undefeated junior welterweight Antonio Orozco.
“I am very satisfied with my team and with myself because of all the hard work we do,” stated Miguel Sanchez. “In less than a year and with less than 10 fights, I signed with a huge company that is giving me full support and in return I will do the same in the gym by training as hard as I can. I will not disappoint my people or the opportunity that Roc Nation Sports has given me.” (more…)
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Photo: Roy Englebrecht Promotions
Mike Perez 231.6 vs. Darnell Wilson 235
Luis Mora 140.2 vs. Dwain Victorian 139.6
Michael Hunter 218 vs. Avery Gibson237.2
Malcolm McAllister 163.4 vs. David Courchaine 163.6T
Ruslan Madiev 137 vs. Cesar Martinez 137.2
Gabe Lopez 149 vs. Gustavo Lopez 148
Venue: The Hangar in Costa Mesa, CA
Date: Thursday, February 5th, first bout at 7:30pm
Promoter: Roy Englebrecht Promotions
WBO #12 rated jr flyweight Luis “Gallito” Ceja (26-5-3, 21 KOs) will challenge longtime WBO champion Donnie Nietes (31-1-4, 20 KOs) on March 28 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines. The 32-year-old Nietes hasn’t lost in over ten years and has been a world champion in the 105lb or 108lb divisions since 2007. Ceja enters with some shaky credentials, going 5-4 over his last nine fights. In his most recent bout, Ceja won a split decision over a 3-4 fighter in an eight-round affair in his hometown.
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