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- Crawford takes another step toward stardom
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- Bradley-Marquez photo shoot
- World title tripleheader in Panama August 10
- Malignaggi: I could have knocked out 20 garbage men or laundromat workers too, but I chose to fight real opponents in my career
- Froch to be honored in Nottingham
- Mora ready for 'chess match' against Proksa
- Yordan on Thunderdome II
Weights & photo by Alex Potapov
Timur Akhundov 125.6 vs Khavazhy Khatsyhau 125.6
(vacant WBF featherweight title)
Daniyar Hanyk 138.9 vs Volodymyr Harabuga 138
Jaba Gatsiashvili 176.3 vs Serhiy Chichikalov 176
Vepkhia Tchilaia 176 vs Konstantin Novikov 167.5
Volodymyr Baranovskyy 136.7 vs Victor Bogodukhov 134.5
Dmytro Zayats 200 vs Alexander Okhrey 202.8
Alexander Benidze 145.5 vs Stanislav Savarin 143.3
Venue: AKKO International, Kiev, Ukraine
Promoter: Global-Box Promotion
“This is the Greatest Nation in the world…No matter what the outcome of my return to the Fourth District Court of Appeal may be, the victory for the great people of Florida in the future is that the real estate law has been established and upheld. The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ruled 6 to 1 that oral agreements modifying written contracts for a real estate sale are invalid. The ambiguity and confusion has been removed. No more ‘He said, I said’ or ‘I believe this one, but I don’t believe that one.’ If it’s important enough to agree to something verbally, it’s important enough to write it down. God Bless America and God Bless the Florida Supreme Court. Thanks to my fantastic lawyers Alvin Davis and Tom Egan of Squire Sanders & Dempsey.”
Photos: Sean Gibbons
Boxers Zou Shiming, Brian Viloria, Diego Magdaleno, and Juan Estrada formally arrived today for a gala reception at the Venetian Macau for the big April 6th Fists of Gold Fight Night.
Viloria and Estrada will face each other for Viloria’s WBA/WBO flyweight belts, Magdelano will challenge WBO jr lightweight champion Rocky Martinez, and two-time Olympic gold medalist Shiming will make his pro debut in the main event. The above bouts will be televised on HBO2.
Lightweight contender Marvin Quintero (25-4, 21 KOs) is out of his IBF lightweight final eliminator against Ammeth Diaz (31-11, 22 KOs). Quintero was forced to pull out of the April 5th bout — which was scheduled to be the main event of ESPN Friday Night Fights — after breaking his nose in camp. The main event has been revamped and fans in attendance at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, California will get an opportunity to see fast rising lightweight Jonathan Maicello (19-0, 11 KOs) as he squares off with Russian lightweight Rustam Nugaev (22-6-1, 12 KOs) in a 10 round catch weight of 137lbs. The card’s co-feature remains as scheduled with Puerto Rican knockout artist Jorge Maysonet Jr. (11-0, 10KOs) taking on southpaw Gabriel Tolmajyan (13-2-1, 3KOs) in a lightweight contest scheduled for 10 rounds.
First and foremost, I want everyone to know that I did not knowingly take any P.E.D., nor do I believe I unknowingly took any P.E.D.
The facts are as follows:
My camp, at my instruction, requested WADA level testing in connection with my bout with Lamont Peterson. Post bout urine samples were sent to the WADA accredited laboratory testing lab in Salt Lake City. We repeatedly attempted to obtain the lab results from the D.C. Commission, with no success until yesterday. We did, however, receive an email from the Commission stating that both fighters had passed their test. Nonetheless we wanted the actual lab results. (more…)
From Sadie’s in Albuquerque for Saturday night’s Johnny Tapia Presents card at Crowne Plaza Hotel:
Hector Munoz 147.6 vs. Bernardo Guereca 152.8
Cristian Cabral 143.8 vs. Donald Sanchez 148.6
Ricky Villafuerte 172.4 vs. Adrian Lopez 174.8
Diego Bautista 134.8 vs. Paul Castillo 134.8
From the YDI Wool Warehouse in Albuquerque, NM for tonight’s “Friday Night Fights WareHouse Rumble III.”
Josh Torres 149.6 vs. Jose Sanchez 148.2
Matthew Baca 138 vs. Yordan Hernandez 140
Amanda Crespin, 126.2 (1.2 over) vs. Nohime Dennisson 123.4
Jason Sanchez 127.6 vs. Suanitu Houge 127
Photos: Sumio Yamada
Gennady Golovkin 159.3 vs. Nobuhiro Ishida 158.5
(WBA/IBO Middleweight titles)
Edwin Rodriguez 168 vs. Ezequiel Osvaldo Maderna 167.5
Zsolt Erdei 171.2 vs. Denis Grachev 174.8
Venue: Salle d’Etoile, Monte Carlo, Monaco
Promoter: Rodney Berman’s Golden Gloves
By Felipe Leon
Mario Rodriguez 105 vs. Katsunary Takayama 105
(IBF minimumweight title)
Pedro Guevara 107 vs. Raul Garcia 106
(Vacant WBC silver light flyweight title)
Abner Lopez 140 vs. Fernando Silva 141
Osvaldo Castro 119 vs. Javier Franco 118
Paul Salcido 128 vs. Marcos Hurquidez 131
Oscar Molina 152 vs. Francisco Sahuary 144
Charles Huerta 130 vs. Jesus Cruz Viviano 130
Marcos Mendez 159 vs. Charlie Soto 156
Jesus Acosta 123 vs. Jesus Santillan 120
David Gonzalez 141 vs. Martin Soto 134
Ramiro Flores 119 vs. Carlos Hanzel 123
Abel Cruz Rodriguez 127 vs. Cristian Rodriguez **
Enrique Lopez 114 vs. David Huerta **
**Will weigh in later today
When: Saturday, March 30th, 5pm
Promoter: Box Latino, Branco Sports, Promociones del Pueblo and Goosen Tutor
Where: Guasave Baseball Stadium
TV: Televisa (Mexico)
Tony Bellew 174 vs. Isaac Chilemba 173
(WBC light heavyweight eliminator)
Derry Mathews 134.75 vs. Anthony Crolla 134.5
Rocky Fielding 168 vs. Wayne Reed 165
Jazza Dickens 121.5 vs. Jon Fernandes 121
Tom Stalker 140 vs. Andrew Harris 138
Venue: Echo Arena, Liverpool, England
TV: Wealth TV and WealthTV.com
Tony Bellew fixed his gaze on Isaac Chilemba at today’s weigh in for tomorrow night’s showdown at the Echo Arena in Liverpool live on Wealth TV and WealthTV.com, and said he will go ‘to the trenches’ in their official final eliminator for the WBC light heavyweight title.
Bellew didn’t take his eyes off Chilemba as both men hit the scales inside the championship weight and Bellew lapped up the roar of the huge crowd as he vowed to put the Malawian to the sword tomorrow night.
“I am so close to that world title that I am ready to go into the trenches,” said Bellew. “I know that at some point in this fight I am going to have to go to the wall. I already know what it takes to go there – he doesn’t. I don’t think he contemplates how hard this fight is going to be. (more…)
By Brett Bonetti
Photo: Tony Tolj
Current undefeated WBA world featherweight champion Chris “The Dragon” John (48-0-2, 22 KOs) has left his training camp at Harry’s Gym in Perth, Australia and is now heading to Indonesia for the final preparation of his upcoming world title defence on April 14 at the Senayan Indoor Tennis Stadium.
The Dragon will defend his belt on the Dragon Fire Promotions card against Japan’s big punching Satoshi “Bazooka” Hosono (23-2, 17 KOs).
After twice successfully retaining his title at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore in 2012, John, the “WBA Fighter of Decade” will be making an incredible 18th defense of his title. (more…)
lightweight: Delfine Persoon vs. Kremena Petkova, 10×2 rnds
light middleweight: Jackson Osei Bonsu vs. Frank Haroche Horta, 8 rnds
light middleweight: Sasha Yengoyan vs. Sergei Melis, 8 rnds
super featherweight: Ermano Fegatilli vs. Karim Chakim, 8 rnds
cruiserweight: Ismail Abdoul vs. Toni Visic, 8 rnds
cruiserweight: Tony Ingelrest vs. Ivica Cukusic, 6 rnds
cruiserweight: Bilal Laggoune vs. Joel Tambwe Djeko, 6 rnds
light heavyweight: Gian Carlo Liesdek vs. Carlos Torres Suarez, 4 rnds
Venue: Topsporthal Vlaanderen, Gent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium
TV: Sport10 / AVS
Promoter: Claude Vandenheede
No shortage of important fights on Saturday. Below are the latest odds as posted on Bet365.com:
In Las Vegas: Jr welterweight Brandon Rios is a -500 pick to repeat his earlier win over Mike Alvarado +333, and jr welterweight Terence Crawford is a -275 favorite to beat Amir Khan-conqueror Breidis Prescott +200 in a step-up fight.
In Liverpool: Light heavyweight Tony Bellew -275 is favored to win his WBC eliminator over Isaac Chilemba +220, while lightweight Anthony Crolla is -150 to avenge his 2012 British fight of the year defeat against Derry Matthews +120.
In Monte Carlo: WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin is a whopping -5000 pick to retain his title against Nobuhiro Ishida +1200. Light heavyweight Denis Grachev is a narrow -110 favorite to hand Zsolt Erdei -125 his first career loss, while super middleweight Edwin Rodriguez is a solid -450 to defeat Ezequiel Maderna +300.
In Guasave, Mexico: IBF minimumweight champion Mario “Dragoncito” Rodriguez is -350 to retain his belt against former WBA interim titlist Katsunari Takayama +250 and two-time minimumweight titleholder Raul “Rayito” Garcia is -175 to beat Pedro Guevara +125 in a light flyweight matchup.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver McCall (56-12, 37 KO) talks about his upcoming fight in Poland (May 18, Legionowo near Warsaw) against undefeated Polish heavyweight Krzysztof Zimnoch (14-0, 11 KO). “Atomic Bull” McCall talks also about the controversial ending to his last fight against Francesco Pianeta (who will challenge IBF/WBO/WBA/IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko on May 4) and what it means to fight on the same card as his son, Elijah.
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By Felipe Leon
Because of the holy week being celebrated in Mexico, a packed beach about forty-five minutes west of Guasave, Sinaloa, Mexico, witnessed a short but sweet public work out by the main participants of this Saturday’s championship bouts. Showing the assembled crowd a sampling of what they would be treated on Saturday, IBF minimumweight champion Mario “Dragoncito” Rodriguez of Guasave (15-6-4, 11KOs) as well as his mandatory challenger Japan’s Katsunai Takayama (24-6, 10KOs) both promised knockouts before shaking out for a few minutes. Also in attendance were former title challenger Pedro “Pedrin” Guevara (18-1-1, 13KOs) of Mazatlan, Mexico, and former champion Raul “Rayito” Garcia (33-2-1, 21KOs) of La Paz, Mexico, who will face off for the vacant WBC light flyweight title. The official weigh in will be at the same location mid-day on Good Friday. (more…)
Photo: Mark Robinson
Derry Mathews and Anthony Crolla say the rematch of their fight of the year clash at the Echo Arena on Saturday live on Wealth TV and WealthTV.com will steal the show on a bumper night of boxing in Liverpool. Mathews-Crolla is the chief support to Tony Bellew’s crunch official final WBC light heavyweight eliminator clash with Isaac Chilemba.
Mathews ripped the British title from Crolla in Oldham in April after six fast and furious rounds of boxing. The Liverpool man has home advantage this time and he predicts that he will repeat the feat with the Manchester fighter rocked by his devastating performance just under a year ago.
“The crowd will get me up for the fight,” said Mathews. “It will really get me fired up and I am excited now talking about it because what better way than to perform in front of 10,000 Scousers and win a Commonwealth title? You have 10,000 lunatic Scousers going mad so that is a massive bonus but once the bell goes you are on your own and it is just going to be me and Anthony in there. (more…)
Heavyweight contender Manuel Charr is calling out former world champion David Haye again. “I heard that Haye is still looking for an opponent for his next fight. There’s no need to look any further. I’m right here waiting. Haye himself said that Vitali Klitschko couldn’t beat me – instead Vitali’s doctor won the fight for him. I still want my rematch against Klitschko. And Haye is my way to get there. Let’s do an eliminator for Vitali. I’m ready when you are, David!” (more…)
By Alex Potapov
On Thursday in Kiev, organizers held a press conference for the showdown between WBF Intercontinental featherweight beltholder Timur Akhundov (14-2-1, 5 KOs) and Belorussian Khavazhy Khatsyhau (10-1, 6 KOs) for the vacant WBF featherweight title. This fight will take place on Saturday night at the AKKO International, Kiev, Ukraine.
Timur Akhundov: “I know my opponent’s style. He’s very experienced and a strong contender. I am very well prepared for this fight, which is the most important fight of my career. I have no room for error. I promise that I do the best I can and will try to please the fans. For me, I don’t care how I win, knockout or decision.” (more…)
Unbeaten jr lightweight prospect Joel Diaz Jr. (11-0, 10 KOs) is healthy and ready to make his 2013 debut on April 4th at the Bayou Event Center in Houston, Texas against Victor Sanchez (4-5-1, 1 KO). Diaz was scheduled to face Tyler Asselstyne on February 8th in the co-feature of ESPN Friday Night Fights until he was sidelined with a wrist injury. The injury is healed and Diaz is ready to resume his career.
On Thursday, April 4, DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing series returns to Roseland Ballroom in New York City with a stacked 10-bout card featuring an array of talent from top to bottom. As previously announced, the card will feature former WBA junior middleweight champion Yuri Foreman (29-2, 8KO’s), and top contenders Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle (16-1, 11KO’s), WBC #6-rated welterweight Ionut “Jo Jo” Dan Ion (30-2, 17KO’s) and Gabriel “Tito” Bracero (21-1, 4KO’s).
Foreman will square off against Gundrick King (18-9, 11KO’s) in a six-round junior middleweight matchup, while Del Valle, now training with Hall-of-Fame trainer Nacho Beristain, will see action against Andre Wilson (13-5, 11KO’s) in an eight-round featherweight contest.
Ion is set to meet Damian Frias (19-6-1, 10KO’s) in an eight-round welterweight showdown, while Bracero squares off against Pavel Miranda (19-9-1, 10KO’s) in an eight-round junior welterweight matchup. (more…)
A report on Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields that aired on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” back in February 2012, has recently won the prestigious Peabody Award for public radio production.
Promoter Don King won the first round in a nine-year legal dispute stemming from the sale of a Palm Beach County estate. The Florida Supreme Court Thursday ruled 6-1 in favor of King. More
An appeal by British heavyweight prospect Dillian Whyte to lift a two-year ban for failing a drugs test was denied this week by the National Anti-Doping Panel. More
By Eliud Vazquez Torres
Wilfredo Gomez began to show signs of improvement. This morning an artificial respirator was disconnected. Gomez, who was admitted to a hospital in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico yesterday due to respiratory failure, still has a tube inserted but has been in good countenance and alert. It is expected that the hall of fame fighter’s health will continue to improve in the next few hours.
By Felipe Leon
Christian Bojorquez 122 vs. Cesar De La Mora 123
Jesus Briseño 118 vs. Marino Cañete **
Pastor Elenes 150 vs. Adrian Gonzalez 150
Jose Toribio 113.5 vs. Cristian Ciciliano 118
Ulises Sierra 170 vs. Jose Luis Esparza 183
Prince Smalls 123 vs. Jose Hernandez 123
Rolando Perez 138 vs. Julio Cesar Nario 141
Erick Maderos 141 vs. Jose Arteaga 143
Angel Ramos 111 vs. Nolberto Espinoza 111
** = Cañete will weigh in morning of fight.
When: Friday, January 29th, 7:30pm
Where: Tijuana Municipal Auditorium
Who: V&B Promotions
Tickets are still available at the Tijuana Municipal Auditorium box office.
Weights and photo by Boxing Bob Newman
Brian Vera 160 vs. Donatas Bondorovas 159
Jackson Junior 175 vs. Umberto Savigne 175
Ryon McKenzie 173 vs. Steven Tyner 174
Taras Shelestyuk 152 vs. Kamal Muhammad 153
Evgeny Chuprakov 131 vs. Micah Branch 131
Lavais Williams * vs. Calvin Pritchard 143
Antoine Douglas 161 vs. John Worthy 159
*Lavais Williams late arrival, will weigh in later tonight
Venue: Turning Stone Resort & Casino
Promoters: Art Pelullo (Banner Promotions) & Greg Cohen (Greg Cohen Promotions)
Matchmaker: Eric Bottjer
T.V.: ESPN2 9:00 PM
Doors open: 6:30 PM
First bell off T.V.: 7:30 PM
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