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Tonight Juergen Braehmer (45-2, 33 KOs) defends his WBA light heavyweight title against top rated Robin Krasniqi (43-3, 16 KOs) at the StadtHalle in Rostock, Germany. Ahead of the all-German affair, online sportsbooks have Braehmer heavily favored at -1400 on average. Krasniqi backers can get +700. “The Moment of Truth: Braehmer vs. Krasniqi” is available to watch live on SAT.1 in Germany and Sky Sports in the UK.
Super featherweights Emanuel “Pollo” Lopez (17-4-1, 6 KOs) and Carlos “Batey” Padilla (15-1-1, 9 KOs) will collide tonight for the vacant WBA super featherweight title formerly held by Takashi Uchiyama, who was promoted to WBA 130lb super champion status in February. The bout will take place during the WBA “KO Drugs” event in Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico, and be televised on the popular Unimas “Solo Boxeo Tecate” series.
Emanuel Lopez: “I have the opportunity of a lifetime, in front of my hometown fans, and I’m not going to waste it…for two months I’ve dedicated myself completely to boxing. This fight is very big and important. Thank God I have this opportunity. Going out with my hand raised in my own house motivates me very much.”
Carlos Padilla: “For me it’s a big challenge to face a fighter like the ‘Pollo’ and although he has 17 wins and it will be a very important fight, like I said, we’re coming with everything to win by knockout and take the title to Colombia.”
Former lightweight world title challenger Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (28-1-1, 16 KOs) and Carlos Molina (17-2-1, 7 KOs) will battle it out on Thursday, April 30 looking to crash their way into the 140-pound title picture in the 10-round Golden Boy Live! FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes main event at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Filipino fighter Gesta has won two straight since suffering his only loss to Miguel “Titere” Vazquez in an IBF light title fight in 2012. Norwalk, California’s Molina, not to be confused with the former IBF champ with the same name, has dropped consecutive fights to top talent in Amir Khan and Adrian Broner. Tickets for the April 30 Gesta vs. Molina card start at $25 and went on sale Friday.
Considered to be one of the best pure Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu players in the UFC, an unofficial accolade that has been part of his resume since his Octagon debut in 2007, Demian Maia is also one of the most notable representatives of what has been described as “The Gentle Art.” . . . click here for more
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Photos: Pablo Lozano Reyes
Former WBO interim world bantamweight champion and hometown favorite Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez (29-11-2, 15 KOs) pounded out a ten round unanimous decision over countryman Martin “Pini” Casillas (15-5, 8 KOs) of Cocotitlan, Mexico on Friday night at the Auditorio Blackberry in Mexico City. “Payasito” had all he could handle with the aggressive Casillas, but came away with a 97-93, 97-93, 98-92 verdict to claim the vacant WBC Latino bantamweight title.
In other action, Mexican heavyweight Vicente “Bufalo” Sandez (13-4, 8 KOs) upset previously unbeaten Thanasis Michaloudis (8-1, 7 KOs) by fourth round TKO to claim the vacant WBO Latino heavyweight title. Michaloudis tried to bum rush Sandez, ran out of gas and was eventually finished by the unheralded Sandez at :52 of the fourth round.
By David Robinett at ringside
In a stirring battle of attrition, Alfonso Gomez, (25-6-2, 12 KOs), outlasted Yoshihiro Kamegai, (25-3-1, 22 KOs), over ten grueling rounds in the main event of the evening on Friday night at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. The two fighters slugged it out with increasing intensity as the fight progressed, with the judges favoring Gomez by an unfairly wide margin of 98-91 on all three cards.
Gomez, the former Contender star who had repeatedly stated his desire to rely more on his boxing skills coming into this fight, tried to control the action with his jab and movement while circling around Kamegai in rounds one and two, but the Japanese pugilist’s relentless pressure repeatedly forced Gomez to stand and trade in long, violent exchanges. On several occasions Gomez would land quick, light-hitting combinations and try and move out of Kamegai’s range, but inevitably he would get drawn back into close quarters as Kamegai walked him down.
In round four a seemingly inadvertent forearm by Gomez to the head of Kamegai as the fighters came together cost Gomez a point without any prior warning. That point loomed potentially significant once the fighters both made it to the final bell, but it ultimately turned out moot due to the inexplicably wide scorecards, even if the win itself for Gomez was well-deserved. The eighth round was a round of the year candidate, with both men trading bombs for nearly the entire stanza. With the victory Gomez remains in the hunt for one more meaningful fight in an already memorable career and Kamegai’s stock should not suffer much in light of his tremendous effort. (more…)
On Saturday, March 28, New Legend Boxing will return to the Resorts World Casino New York City in Jamaica, NY with another night of professional boxing.
Bouts announced so far are:
In the main event, undefeated super bantamweight prospect Antonio “Carita” Nieves (10-0, 5 KOs) faces TBA in the in his first bout scheduled for eight rounds.
In the co-feature, lightweight Scott “Bang Bang” Burrell (9-2, 6 KOs) will be competing in his first eight-rounder vs. TBA.
Popular female junior lightweight Cindy “Checkmate” Serrano (22-5-2, 10 KOs) will see action in a six-round contest vs. Fatuma Zarika (24-9-1, 14 KOs).
Tickets are priced at $150, $125, $75 and $50.
2008 U.S. Olympian and undefeated welterweight contender Sadam “World Kid”Ali has renewed his promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions. The WBO NABO and WBO Intercontinental welterweight titlist caught the attention of many when he became the first Arab-American to represent the U.S. in the Olympics. Since then, the buzz on Ali has continued thanks to his record of 21-0, 13 KOs.
“The undefeated Sadam ‘World Kid’ Ali is, without a doubt, a top contender to be world champion one day,” said Oscar De La Hoya, President and Founder of Golden Boy Promotions. “I’m pleased Golden Boy Promotions will continue to work with him. We want to put on the best fights for the fans and I know Sadam is also committed to that goal, which is why he is a natural fit for Golden Boy Promotions. He is a tough fighter willing to fight anyone, and that’s what you need to do in order to become a champion.”
By Gabriel F.Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
Nery Saguilan 143 vs Marco Villasana Jr 137
Ibeth Zamora 113 vs Sury Tapia 109
Venue: Centro de Convenciones Tlanepantla
Promover: Promociones del Pueblo
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
Emanuel López 126 vs Carlos Padilla 126
(WBA super featherweight title)
Joselyn Arroyo 112 vs Maribel Ramírez 112
Mario Rodríguez 104 vs Carlos Buitrago 104
Román Morales 122 vs Eduardo Ramírez 122
Alejandro Barrera 146 vs Juan Montiel 146
Venue: Palenque de la Feria Mesoamericana de Tapachula, Chiapas
TV: Azteca 7
UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the welterweight bouts between Demian Maia and Ryan LaFlare and Erick Silva and Josh Koscheck, airs live on FOX Sports 1 from the Ginasio do Maracanazinho in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil beginning at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Four prelim bouts will air live on FOX Sports 2 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT, and the first two prelims will air exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS at 7pm ET / 4pm PT.
Ryan LaFlare (171) VS Demian Maia (171)
FOX SPORTS 1 MAIN CARD
Josh Koscheck (170) VS Erick Silva (171)
Tony Martin (156) VS Leonardo Santos (156)
Shayna Baszler (136) VS Amanda Nunes (136)
Alex Oliveira (155) VS Gilbert Burns (154)
Andre Fili (145) VS Godofredo Pepey (145)
FOX SPORTS 2 PRELIMS
Akbarh Arreola (156) VS Francisco Trinaldo (155)
Katsunori Kikuno (146) VS Kevin Souza (146)
Drew Dober (156) VS Leandro Silva (156)
Cain Carrizosa (155) VS Leonardo Mafra (155)
UFC FIGHT PASS EARLY PRELIMS
Christos Giagos (155) VS Jorge de Oliveira (156)
Fredy Serrano (125) VS Bentley Syler (126)
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By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Ringpolska / Plex Gym
The date is set. On March 29, southpaw heavyweight from Wieliczka, Poland Artur Szpilka (17-1, 12 KO) comes to America. 25 years young and always entertaining – in and out of the ring, Szpilka is coming to work, live and start new chapter of his career under Ronnie Shields tutelage in Houston’s “Plex” gym facilities. Szpilka, who is co-promoted by KnockOut Promotions and Warriors Boxing and managed by Al Haymon, is scheduled to be in the ring on Premier Boxing Champions, April 24 show in Chicago, televised live on Spike TV.
“I can’t wait to be in Houston and start my work with trainer Shields. This is what I always wanted – to prove myself in the US, where everything is harder, competition is the strongest but the rewards are biggest” said Szpilka, who in his last bout during Polsat Boxing Night in Krakow unanimously defeated former Polish light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion Tomasz Adamek. (more…)
WBA light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer weighed in at 173.3 lbs. and top rated mandatory challenger Robin Krasniqi weighed in at 173.9 lbs. for their all-German clash Saturday night at the Stadthalle in Rostock, Germany.
Juergen Braehmer 173.3 vs Robin Krasniqi 173.9
WBA light heavyweight title
Vincent Feigenbutz 166.5 vs Balazs Kelemen 166.7
Denis Boytsov 214.3 vs Irineu Beato Costa Jr 266.9
Anthony Yigit 143.3 vs Timo Schwarzkopf 143.3
Agron Dzila 195.1 vs Bernard Adie 196.2
Stefan Haertel 169.1 vs Volodymyr Borovskyy 165.35
Ohara Davies 136.7 vs Jacek Wylezol 136.9
Promoter: Sauerland Event
Venue: Stadthalle, Rostock, Germany
Ricky Hatton says Kell Brook will shine in his first IBF World Welterweight title defense and land the big-money fights he is chasing as he takes on number one mandatory challenger Jo Jo Dan at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield on March 28, live on Sky Sports in the UK and SHOWTIME in the US.
Brook defends the belt he ripped from Shawn Porter in Los Angeles last summer, and former two-weight World champion Hatton has added his name to the list of fighting stars impressed with ‘The Special One’s win. (more…)
On Friday night in Milan at Fausto Colato’s showroom, the weigh-in took place for the fighters who will square-off on Saturday’s card promoted by OPI 2000 and Principe Boxing Events at the Principe Theater in Milan, Italy.
Luca Giacon 139.3 vs. Steve Jamoye 138.6
(WBC interim silver super lightweight title)
Anita Torti 133.3 vs. Maiva Hamadouche 132.2
Niklas Rasanen 173 vs. Marko Benzon 173
Matteo Rondena 200 vs. Aleksandar Petrovic 190.6
Silvia La Notte 110.2 vs. Mirela Barudzic 108
Catalin Paraschiveanu 160.7 vs. Goran Milenkovic 164.2
The card will be broadcast live by Kombat Sport in France, Digi Sport in Romania and FightKlub Polska in Poland. Giacon-Jamoye will be broadcast in Italy by national network Italia 1 with a short delay.
By Ron Jackson
South Africa’s Nkosinathi Joyi goes into a make or break fight when he meets IBO light flyweight champion Rey Loreto from the Philippines in a return match at the Mdantsane Indoor Sports Centre near East London on Sunday afternoon. In a battle of southpaws Joyi, 31, and Loreto, 24, met for the vacant IBO light flyweight title at Monte Carlo in February last year and in a big upset the underdog Loreto knocked out Joyi at 2 minutes 32 second into the third round.
Joyi 24-3-1nc (17) a former IBO strawweight and IBF mini flyweight champion has not fought since the loss to Loreto, who has had a non-title fight against Henri Amol (35-19-4) in October last year, winning on a seventh round knockout. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Here is the scale watch for the Shawstyle Promotions/Shabazz Brotherz Promotions card at Martin’s West in Woodlawn, MD:
Tori Nelson 147 vs. Kita Watkins 152 ½
Tyrieshia Douglas 110 ½ vs. Maria Suarez 110 ½
Jennifer Salinas 130 vs. Angel Gladney 130
Demond Nicholson 164 vs. Edgar Perez 175
Travis Reeves 193 vs. Lamont Capers 194
Joshua Davis 131 vs. Hilario Medina 128 ½
Devin Butcher 165 vs. David Rohn 165
Kwame Ritter 182 vs. Santos Martinez 184
Devar Ferhadi’s bout with Rashad Jones has been scratched because Jones weighed in 23 pounds over the contracted weight for the bout. Promoters are trying to find a late replacement opponent.
By Karl Freitag
WBC/WBA super lightweight champion Danny Garcia and IBF super lightweight champion Lamont Peterson spoke to reporters Thursday about their upcoming NBC bout taking place April 11 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The fighters gave their take on the bout being at a 143lb catch weight rather than a unification clash.
Danny Garcia: In order for the fight to be done in the time we had for it to be done, that’s the weight we had to fight at. At the end of the day, I feel that this is still a fight that the fans want to see. This is still a big fight, no matter with the belts or without the belts. I think if the media just lets it go already and just accepts that it’s gonna be a big fight without the belts, come April 11 I guarantee you the media and the fans won’t even be talking about that because the fight will be so good.
[On whether he can still make 140] I’m not saying I can’t make 140 again, but with the time off since August, I don’t want to cheat the fans. I want to give them my best.
[On vacating the WBC and WBA belts] Right now I have to stay focused on April 11. I’m not really worried about what’s gonna happen next. Either I’m gonna defend them in the summertime or vacate them.
Lamont Peterson: I’m cool with it. There’s too many belts, too many titles. At the end of the day you have two young top fighters who are willing to fight each other. I know a lot of times the fans want it their way, but sometimes you just gotta chalk it up and look at it. It’s a good matchup. We know what this fight means and I hope they can just push that aside and enjoy the fight and not worry about it.
[On their common opponent Lucas Matthysse, whom Garcia defeated and Peterson was stopped by in another non-title bout] “It makes no difference.”
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world champion Michael Katsidis “The Great” (31-7, 24 KOs) pounded out a six round unanimous decision over Rodynie Rafol (12-7-2, 5 KOs) in Thursday night at the Melbourne Pavilion in Flemington, Victoria, Australia. Scores were 58-56, 59-55, 58-56. The 34-year-old Katsidis was returning from a TKO loss against Tommy Coyle in the UK last October. He’s planning to be back in the ring in May.
By Karl Freitag
Promoter Eddie Hearn has confirmed that WBA bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell (25-2-1, 12 KOs) and WBO bantamweight champion Tomoki Kameda 31-0, 19 KOs) will meet on May 9th in San Antonio, Texas. “It’s a huge fight, a unification fight for the WBO and WBA titles,” Hearn told SKY Sports.
However, it appears unlikely the WBO will accept the bout as a unification clash since McDonnell is only WBA “regular” world champ with the WBA “unified” world champ being Carlos Payano. It’s not clear what gives Payano the “unified” designation as he only has the one world title. WBO President Paco Valcarcel tweeted “Not sure why there’s talk about Kameda-McDonnell. McDonnell not even ranked by WBO. The WBO recognizes Payano as the WBA champ.”
McDonnell-Kameda will be the co-feature for the jr welterweight clash between former world champions Omar “Panterita” Figueroa (24-0-1, 18 KOs) and Ricky Burns (37-4-1, 11 KOs). Both fights will be televised by CBS on an afternoon card starting at 4:30PM ET/1:30PM PT.
Later the same night on HBO, Canelo Alvarez meets James Kirkland 200 miles east in Houston.
Boxing is back in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Saturday, March 28th at the Belle of Baton Rouge. Unbeaten Justin Thomas (11-0, 6 KOs), who was born and raised in Baton Rouge, tops the card, facing Athens, Georgia’s Timothy Hall, Jr. (9-19, 5 KOs) in an eight round super middleweight contest. In the co-feature, Baton Rouge native Chris Singleton (14-1, 7 KOs) faces Fort Worth’s Jose Hernandez (14-9-1, 6 KOs) in a six round lightweight bout.
“Every boxing event we’ve had at the Belle has sold out,” said promoter Matt McGovern. “We’re going to see a lot of great fighters coming out of Baton Rouge in the years to come. The kids fighting in the amateurs see the professional fighters on the big stage, and they want to stay in the gym and work hard to get there as well.”
Photos by Pete Susens
Undefeated Greek heavyweight Thanasis Michaloudis (8-0, 7 KOs) fighting out of Roaton, Honduras will meet Mexican Vicente Sandez (12-4, 8 KOs) tonight at The Auditorio Blackberry in Mexico City tonight with the vacant WBO Latino heavyweight title on the line.
Both weighed in at Thursday at The Distrito Federal Boxing Commission. Michaloudis scaled 235 and “Bufalo” Sandez weighed 237.
In the main event, Payasito Hernandez takes on Martin Casillas for the WBC Latino Bantamweight title over ten rounds. The card is promoted by Felix “Tutico” Zabala of All Star Boxing and the Hernandez fight is televised on the Telemundo Network.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
American boxing manager Joseph Horn is now guiding the career of former Australian super lightweight champion Solomon Egberime (23-4-1, 11 KOs) who defeated Gerardo Cuevas (17-13, 15 KOs) over ten rounds at Fort McDowell, Arizona, last Friday. Egberime who was born in Nigeria but has been based in Sydney, Australia for several years and was coming off a ten round points loss to former IBF lightweight champion Paul Spadafora in 2012 but scored a one-sided eight round decision over Cuevas who is the son of Mexican great Pipino Cuevas.
“I signed Solomon to a management contract and brought him to train with world renowned trainer Luis Tapia,” Horn said. “In 10 weeks we had Sol in top form and ring ready for his battle with rugged Gerardo Cuevas, known for his knockout power. The goal has always been to bring Solomon to the USA and expose some of the 140-147 lb fighters who hold themselves out as a top contenders. It is our plan to know match Stylin’ Sol with these fighters and work our way into title contention shortly.” (more…)
As far as auditions go, this wasn’t one for the memory book, though Andre Fili doesn’t forget October 2, 2010.While not an official tryout by any means, Fili, then 20 years old, wanted to train with the Team Alpha Male squad in Sacramento, just 20 minutes away from where he lived and home – even back then – to the top lighter weight fighters in the game . . . click here for more
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Scott Alexander 232 vs Rodney Hernandez 245
Leon Spinks III 136.5 vs Cesar Garcia 143
Ernesto Martinez 167.5 vs Jose Alvarez 170
Ngoc Truong 140.5 vs Miguelito Marti 133
Isaac Freeman 150 vs Jeff Tabrizi 150
When: Friday, March 20th, 7:30PM
Where: Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, San Diego, CA
Promoter: Bobby D. Presents
Ticket Info: SanDiegoFights.com or (619) 420-8866
The Huffington Post on the richest man in boxing
Floyd Mayweather hires a chef for $1,000 a plate
Trainer Freddie Roach laughs at Mayweather’s chef
Speaking of $1,000 … more on the tickets for Mayweather-Pacquiao
The camp of Manny Pacquiao is miffed that Floyd Mayweather pushed for stringent drug testing, but wouldn’t agree to a $5 million penalty if either side tests dirty. “I’m a little puzzled and a little dismayed that they wouldn’t agree to something this simple,” Pacquiao advisor Michael Koncz told the Los Angeles Times.
Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe responded that the drug testing conditions were “rigorously negotiated for weeks” and “if you’re supposed to be the manager, you need to read the language in the contract before you let your fighter sign. That’s why, in my opinion, Michael Koncz is the biggest idiot in all of boxing.”
After dominating the amateur ranks during two entire Olympic cycles, Russian prospect Artur Beterbiev is now ready for pro boxing’s elite, even though he has only fought seven times as a professional. The Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) jewel will continue his journey April 4 in Quebec City, airing live on CBS and TVA Sports, against former world champion Gabriel Campillo, of Spain. “The journalists won’t be happy since I did not KO anybody today,” laughed Beterbiev after a public training session today in Quebec City. He demonstrated his skills with his sparring partners, Englishman Bob Ajisafe and Australian Blake Caparello.
“I really think it will be a short night for Campillo,” Caparello said after sparring Beterbiev. “This guy has some incredible brute force. He could even chase and hunt down a strong Sergey Kovalev in the ring.”
Beterbiev (7-0, 7 KOa) will face former WBA light heavyweight world champion Campillo (25-6-1, 11 KOa), a slick 6’2 southpaw who has fought 211 rounds as a professional, in a preliminary bout before the WBC light heavyweight world title fight between defending champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson and Sakio Bika. (more…)
Photos: Golden Boy Promotions
Alfonso Gomez 149.2 vs. Yoshihiro Kamegai 149.6
Ronny Rios 127 vs. Sergio Frias 125.8
Jamie Kavanagh 135.6 vs. Miguel Zamudio 135.6
Jason Quigley 161.8 vs. Tolutomi Agunbiade 162
Rafael Gramajo 123.6 vs. Salvador Perez 127.4
Abraham Lopez 128 vs. Juan Carlos Martinez 127
Alberto Herrera 148 vs. Jose Marrufo 146.4
Venue: Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, CA
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Fox Sports 1
Photos: All Star Boxing
“Payasito” Hernandez 118 vs. Martin Casillas 118
Eric Andres Cruz 118 vs. Temoatzin Landeros 118
Daniel Garcia 110 vs. Luis Fernandez 113
Gabriel Acosta 118 vs. Luis Angel Delgadillo 118
Julio Cesar Juarez 126 vs. Sebastian Diaz 126
Javier Sanchez 119 vs. Pedro Castillo 114
Venue: Auditorio Blackberry, Mexico City
Promoter: All Star Boxing
Big fight card on tap for May 30 at the O2 Arena in London. WBC lightweight champion Jorge Linares will defend his title against Kevin Mitchell, IBF featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich defends his title against Lee Selby, and unbeaten heavyweight sensation Anthony Joshua faces Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson in their rescheduled encounter. Olympic gold medal hero Joshua also has a fight scheduled in Newcastle on April 4 ahead of the May 30 clash.
“This is a huge night for British boxing and today’s announcement is just the beginning,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “I’m delighted to deliver shots for Kevin and Lee in the UK and they have every chance of becoming world champions on May 30. Linares is an incredible fighter, a three-weight world ruler, but Kevin has been exceptional with us and I truly believe he is going to do it. Lee has been virtually punch-perfect over the last few years but now it’s his moment against one of the best fighters in the division in Gradovich. Kevin is a big step for Anthony Joshua and signifies his first real challenge in the pro ranks, he brings personality and attitude as well as plenty of ring craft – I’m buzzing for this show already and fans can expect plenty of other major announcements for the card.”
By David Finger
Photos: Tom Hogan-HoganPhotos/Goldenboy Promotions
For a fighter as popular and well liked as Alfonso Gomez (24-6-2, 12 KOs) there certainly was an easier road to a world title fight. But if there is anything we have learned about Gomez after an exciting career that has thus far spanned nearly fourteen years it is this: he has never shied away from a challenge. Gomez is looking to position himself for one more title fight in 2015, and he is not afraid to get his hands dirty on the way to the top as he takes on hard punching Japanese contender Yoshihiro Kamegai (25-2-1, 22 KOs) tomorrow at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Boxing Beat
HASEGAWA TO MAKE A RISKY COMEBACK
Former WBC bantam and feather champ Hozumi Hasegawa (33-5, 15 KOs), 34, will make a comeback against strong criticisms and face unbeaten Mexican, WBC#9 super-bantam Horacio Garcia (29-0, 21 KOs), ten years his junior, in Kobe, Japan, on May 9. It was announced by Shinsei Promotions presided by Masato Yamashita. Asked why he dares to meet such a dangerous youngster, Hasegawa replied, “I don’t like to fight an easy opponent but a strong foe that will test my current power, which will certainly motivate me to work hard.” Having been demolished by Kiko Martinez in quest of the IBF 122-pound belt at stake in April of the previous year, Hasegawa, after a one-year hiatus, will risk his fistic future against the up-and-coming Mexican handled by Canelo Promotions. Good luck, ex-champ. (more…)
Photos: Sebastian Heger
Here are quotes from Wednesday’s final press conference ahead of Saturday night’s all-German WBA world light heavyweight championship clash between champion Juergen Braehmer (45-2, 33 KOs) and #1 challenger Robin Krasniqi (43-3, 16 KOs) at the StadtHalle in Rostock, Germany.
Juergen Braehmer: Krasniqi is a young ambitious fighter who wants to take my title away from me. But that’s not going to happen. As always, I will defeat my opponent and retain my title.”
[On the possibility of an early KO] “Sometimes a single punch is all it takes. Whether this comes in the first round or twelfth round, it’s impossible to predict at this level. But when the opportunity does come, I will take it!”
Robin Krasniqi: “This is the most important fight of my life! A win on Saturday would change everything and I can write sports history. I would be the first professional boxing world champion from Munich and Bavaria and also in the countries where I come from, Kosovo and Albania.
[On his unsuccessful attempt at the WBO belt in 2013] “That opportunity may have come to soon for me. But now, I’m ready for the perfect match!” (more…)
By Karl Freitag
“I think after this fight I’m going down to 168 and stay at that weight for one or two years rather than move to 175 right now,” former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. told reporters yesterday. “I don’t think my body is 175. Now my body is 168, but after one year off that’s why we’re fighting at 172.”
Junior said he’s going to make 172 for sure because otherwise he’d have to pay $100,000 per pound if he’s heavy. “I’ve never been more than 172 in a fight. The only fight at 172 was with Bryan Vera the first fight. In all my career, in all my championship bouts I never missed 160, and I don’t know why I’d miss 172. I never missed making weight in 12 years. I don’t have a problem. If he doesn’t make the weight, maybe we’ll have $100,000.”
Fanfara said he expects to make the weight also.
“I’m a light heavyweight fighter,” said Fonfara. “Because I’m fighting with Chavez, that’s why we have that catch weight, that’s why I go down….it’s not tough for me to go two or three pounds down. When I fought Stevenson last year I was 173.”
Chavez and Fonfara collide on April 18 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, live on Showtime.
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