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By Felipe Leon
Tijuana’s Box Latino is offering a triple threat as the main dish of their “Sangre y Patria (Blood and Country” this Saturday night at the Tijuana Municipal Auditorium. In the main event, Mexico City’s Oscar “Finito” Gonzalez (27-1, 20KOs) faces the hard hitting late sub Gerardo “Locomotora” Espinoza (28-12, 26KOs) for the vacant WBC International super bantamweight title while popular local junior flyweight Javier “Cobra” Mendoza (15-2-1, 12KOs) defends his WBC Continental Americas strap against Armando “Chiquita” Gonzalez (20-7, 4KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico. In a special attraction, undefeated super flyweight Ivan “Niño Maravilla” Morales (15-0, 10KOs) will match up against the experienced Ricardo “Rocky” Armenta (15-13-1, 7KOs) in an eight rounder. Ivan is the younger brother of Erik “Terrible” Morales and former WBO 115 lbs. champ Diego “Pelucho” Morales. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Unbeaten junior welterweight Antonio Orozco will fight Rodolfo Armenta at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on February 24th, manager Frank Espinoza told Fightnews.com on Wednesday afternoon. Golden Boy Promotions matchmaker Eric Gomez also confirmed on Thursday night that the Orozco-Armenta bout will be part of a “ShoBox: the New Generation” card that will feature unbeaten junior welterweight Jessie Vargas and light middleweight contender Deandre Latimore in separate televised bouts. Orozco, (12-0, 8 KOs) from San Diego, CA, won a one-sided six round unanimous decision over Fernando Gonzalez in his last bout on September 17th. Armenta, (11-5, 9 KOs) who hails from Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, stopped Pablo Becerra in the fourth round of his last bout in December. Armenta has faced two notable fighters in the past couple of years. He lost a four round majority decision to Omar Chavez in February 2009 and six months later, was stopped by unbeaten lightweight Sharif Bogere in the second round. According to the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino website, tickets to the card are already on sale. Vargas is promoted by Mayweather Promotions.
Adil Anwar (10st 2lb 13oz)
Dean Harrison (10st 2lb 15oz)
Mark Lloyd (10st 2lb 9oz)
Dale Miles (10st 14oz)
Barry Morrison (10st 2lb 10oz)
Young Mutley (10st 1lb 5oz)
Tyrone Nurse (10st 2lb 15oz)
John Watson (10st 2lb 3oz)
Danny Connor (10st 1lb 15oz)
Jerome Wilson (10st 1lb 8oz)
Kell Brook and Matthew Hatton (who fight on March 17) will perform the live draw for Prizefighter Light Welterweights II at the sold-out Civic Hall in Wolverhampton, England. This is the 23rd edition of Matchroom Sport’s eight man, one night tournament. The winner collects £32,000.
While Manny Pacquiao signed off early this week on the clash with Timothy Bradley June 9 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, it was the Bradley camp holding things up. However, Bradley has now verbally agreed to do the fight and said a contract could be signed as early as today. Bradley spoke about the fight with the Los Angeles Times. “He can be beat,” Bradley said. “I just need to get in there and follow my game plan. I know his weaknesses, his favorite combinations. In my mind, I’m definitely going to win. I’ll take it to this guy.”
Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz 126 vs. Alejandro “Pique” Delgado 126
(WBO Latin featherweight title)
Luis “Big Thing” Ortiz 236 vs. Epifanio Mendoza 215
(WBO Latin, WBA FEDELATIN and NABA heavyweight titles)
William Pagan 133 vs. John Wampash 132
Danny Pastrana 163 vs. Fadoul Louis 161
Jonathan Robles 162 vs. Isaac Holder 160
Amir Iman 139 vs. Devarise Crayton 139
Trevor Bryan vs. Chris Barnett 319
Venue: Palm Bay Community Center, Palm Bay, Florida
Promoter: All Star Boxing/Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr.
Tickets: 321-951-9998 (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale is preparing for the hardest fight of his career against the Ghana born and Chicago based IBF#1 Osamunu Adama on March 7 at Derwent Entertainment Center, in Hobart, Tasmania. Am impressive win could see the Launceston-born 160-pound champ in million dollar fights against the cream of the middleweight division which includes Sergio Martinez, Felix Sturm and Dimitry Pirog. Guided by Bill Treacy and leading American promoter Gary Shaw, many feel Geale is on the cusp of superstardom. But first he must defeat Adama.
“Training has been going great in the gym – there have been no injuries, there is nothing to report,” said Geale. “I have watched Adama on tape against Roman Karmazin, Marcus Upshaw and Don George. We know we’re in for a tough fight against a quality middleweight. I am expecting the toughest fight of my career and I am doing everything in my power to make sure I stay the champion after March 7.” (more…)
Photos: Ed Diller/Star Boxing
The official weigh-in was held today for tomorrow evening’s ESPN Friday Night Fights show, presented by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade 153.5 vs Angel “Toro” Hernandez 152.5
(NABO Junior Middleweight Championship)
Raymond “Tito” Serrano 142.5 vs Kenny Abril 146.5
(* Abril to be re-weighed in 2 hours)
“Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis 142 vs Shaka Moore 144
Emanuel Gonzalez 129.7 vs Jesus Tyson 134
Joseph “Chip” Perez 133.7 vs Jamell Tyson 134
Jair Ramos 142 vs Miguel Rodriguez 139.5
Charles Foster 168 vs Borngood Washington 168
Venue: Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT
Promoter: Star Boxing
TV: ESPN Friday Night Fights
Dana White, President of the Ultimate Fighting Championship© organization, has issued the following statement on the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s report on UFC 143 interim welterweight championship contender Nick Diaz.
“I am beyond disappointed that he tested positive for marijuana,” said White. “It is now in the hands of the Nevada State Athletic Commission.” (more…)
Photo: Arano Box Producciones
Lucas Martin Matthysse 138.6 vs Angel Martinez 139
(vacant WBC Latino light welterweight title)
Venue: Gimnasio Municipal Nº 1, Trelew, Chubut, Argentina
Promoter: Mario Arano (Arano Box)
TV: Argentina Direct TV
Unbeaten heavyweight Malik Scott (32-0, 11 KOs) is back after over three years out of the ring. The 31-year-old Scott will be fighting Kendrick Releford (22-15-2, 10 KOs) on February 18 at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas on the card headlined by Paul Williams, Tavoris Cloud and Chris Arreola in separate bouts. Scott previously won a unanimous decision over Releford in 2006. “I’ve come back strong from a lot of adversity and climbed a lot of obstacles to get to this point, physically and mentally,” said Scott. “I’m totally reincarnated, and a completely different fighter than I was before, and I’m ready to show the people that a powerful American in the heavyweight division is right here, and I’m prepared to reintroduce them to that person next Saturday.” Scott’s bout can be seen on Showtime Extreme.
Aris Ambriz (16-2-1, 8 KOs) of Azusa, Calif., will replace the injured Jose Reynoso and face unbeaten Thomas Dulorme (13-0, 10 KOs), of Carolina, Puerto Rico, for the vacant NABF welterweight title in the main event on Showtime February 17. Ambriz, 26, accepted the fight Thursday after Reynoso withdrew with a hip injury. Like Dulorme, Ambriz will be making his ShoBox and 2012 debut in a bout with a contracted weight limit of 143 pounds. Unlike Dulorme, this will be his first scheduled 10-round fight. Ambriz turned professional in June 2007.
The co-feature at Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif., remains in tact: power-punching Puerto Rican, Jonathan “Mantequilla” Gonzalez (14-0, 13 KOs), of San Juan, versus Billy Lyell (24-10-2, 5 KOs), of Youngstown, Ohio, in a 10-round junior middleweight match.
Video: Joel Colón/PR Best Boxing Promotions
Looking in great shape, former two-time world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez weighed today 30 days from his March 10 title rematch with world champion Orlando “Siri” Salido to be held at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Lopez (31-1, 28 KOs), weighed in 143 pounds of a 144.9 pounds maximum allowed by the Puerto Rico Boxing Commission. “We are working hard. I’m feeling good, very good”, Lopez said. “This time will be different (against Salido).”
Also WBO Latino super bantamweight beltholder Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo (22-2, 15 KOs), who is also the #2 ranked by the WBO at 122 pounds, weighed in 137.7 of a 140.3 maximun. Oquendo will face a foe to be announced for his regional title in a ten-round fight. And WBO Latino lightweight titlist Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez (18-0, 13 KOs) weighed in at 152.8 pounds of a 155.25 maximum. Gonzalez, #5 ranked by the WBO in the lightweights, will defend his regional belt against a rival to be determined in a ten-round fight.
The IBF has made Carl Froch the mandatory challenger to Lucian Bute’s super-middleweight title. The former two-time WBC champion had been linked to a “home and away” clash with Bute and now the 34 year-old looks set to challenge the Canadian for the title after the IBF installed him as the number one contender for the belt. Froch’s promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed that he has been in constant and constructive talks with Bute’s Interbox team since Froch completed his Super Six Boxing Classic journey in the final against Andre Ward in December, and he hopes that the projected two-legged contests between the pair could begin in Froch’s hometown of Nottingham in May.
“I’m delighted that Carl has been installed as the mandatory for Lucien Bute’s next bout,” said Hearn. “Positive discussions have been ongoing with Interbox since the Super Six final and we hope to get this fight made. It is Carl’s dream to have his next fight in the UK and that is something very important to both of us. After recent discussions, I believe we can bring Lucian here in May and we will be happy to give him the rematch in Canada once Carl has taken the IBF title from him.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
IBF super flyweight champion Rodrigo “El Gato” Guerrero (16-3-1, 10 KOs) will make the first defense of his title on Saturday against Juan Carlos “Zurdito” Sanchez (12-2-1, 7 KOs) in the new Arena Union in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. Sanchez is a local favorite and a finalist in the “Champion Azteca: Round 3″ tournament.
In the semifinal match, super flyweight Daniel “Bad Boy” Rosas (21-1-1, 17 KOs) takes on Fernando Vargas (18-5-2, 12 KOs) in a ten-rounder.
By Ron Jackson
Former SA champion Vusi Malinga is set to fight for the vacant IBF bantamweight belt shortly. Malinga and AJ Banal, a Filipino, will meet on a date and at a venue to be decided by their promoters within 30 days. If the promoters can’t come to an agreement, the fight will go to purse bids.
Malinga beat Michael Domingo, also from the Philippines, on points in a final eliminator in Mafikeng, now Mahikeng, on October 30, 2010. The South African, whose record now stands at 20-3-1, with 12 knockouts, was due to challenge Abner Mares of Mexico for his belt. But Mares, who won the belt from Joseph Agbeko of Ghana in August last year, has relinquished the belt. Malinga and Mares were scheduled to meet on September 30 but the IBF ordered a rematch in December between Agbeko and the champion after their foul-filled first bout. (more…)
A unique film on the final years of Joe Frazier’s life recently premiered on Hulu. The film is free to view on www.hulu.com throughout February. The direct link to the film is: http://www.hulu.com/watch/322857/joe-frazier-when-the-smoke-clears.
Over four years in the making, “Joe Frazier: When the Smoke Clears” tells the story Frazier’s life, career and the sad demise of his Philadelphia gym. Narrated by Joe’s son Marvis, the film has quite a story behind it. With unprecedented access to Joe’s life during his last years, the doc reveals a human side to the legendary fighter and shines a light on a unique icon.
Joe was due to attend the film’s festival premiere at New York’s DocNYC in November but in a sad and strange coincidence it turned out the premiere took place on the day Joe passed away. (more…)
If there’s one thing practically every mixed martial arts writer can say, it’s that there’s no such thing as a bad Diego Sanchez interview. When The Ultimate Fighter season one winner and former world title challenger gets rolling (and it usually doesn’t take much), it’s best to just set up your recorder and let him roll, because you’re about to get enough quotes to last you for a week’s full of stories. With his UFC on FUEL main event against Jake Ellenberger approaching a week from today, here’s a sampling of memorable musings from “The Dream.” . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Hot featherweight Mikey Garcia (27-0, 23 KOs) will risk his undefeated record, his NABF and NABO featherweight titles and his lofty WBA #1, WBC #2 and WBO #3 rating when he faces two-time world championship challenger Bernabe Concepcion (34-4-1, 17 KOs) on March 10 at Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Garcia-Concepcion featherweight clash will be the co-main event to the Juan Manuel Lopez vs. Orlando Salido world featherweight championship rematch. Both fights will be televised live on SHOWTIME.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A reliable source indicates that Venezuelan former two-division world champion Jorge Linares could fight in La Guaira, Venezuela, on March 31 probably against Mexican Noe “Platanito” Bolaños (24-5-1, 16 KOs). Linares, who is hoping to land a rematch with Mexican Antonio DeMarco, the current WBC lightweight world champion in the summer, would be returning to the same city he faced Dominican Francisco Lorenzo in March 2010, the last big event for Venezuelan boxing. Promoter BoxTrack will also try to include other world title fights with current Venezuelan world champions Johan Perez (WBA interim super lightweight), Liborio Solis (WBA interim super flyweight) and Ogleydis Suarez (WBA interim featherweight).
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican prospect Salvador Sanchez II (27-4-3, 15 KOs) returns Saturday against compatriot Mario Flores (10-7-1, 4 KOs) in a 10-rounder at the Sindicato de los Trabajadores del Metro in Mexico City Metro in an event presented by Boxeo de Gala and broadcast by Televisa. Sanchez II will defend his WBC Cabofe feathwerweight crown for the third time in his first bout of the year after eight ring appearances in 2011.
“I look forward to a good start in 2012,” said Sanchez II. “We are well prepared for good fights. I want to continue in my quest for a world title opportunity. I hope to do well in this fight and to try to fight again as soon as possible. “
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Boxing Bob Newman
In an exclusive Fightnews.com interview, highly respected international matchmaker Don Majeski talks about the new “Heavyweight Regeneration” boxing series, which will bring elite heavyweight contenders back to American boxing rings. “U.S. promoters decided that because there’s not a big American name in the heavyweight division, no fan following, there’s no point of doing events for heavyweights,” said Majeski. “A Catch-22 situation: Without heavyweight events, people are losing interest in this weight class which was so prominent for decades. This is why I’m so happy that Mariusz Kolodziej from Global Boxing, Jimmy Burchfield from CES, Frank Maloney who I know since his Lennox Lewis days and Andrzej Wasilewski from 12round KnockOut Promotions are working together to bring not one but a whole series of great heavyweight events to the U.S.”
The first event of the “Heavyweight Regeneration” series on March 24 in Atlantic City, will present the WBC International title defense 6’7 Mariusz Wach (26-0, 14 KOs) against 6’7 Tye Fields (49-4, 44 KOs), the U.S. debut of Great Britain’s new heavyweight star, 6’8 Olympian David Price (12-0, 10 KO) and 22-year old, but already getting a lot of attention from fans and boxing greats Artur Szpilka (9-0, 7 KO). (more…)
Report and photo by Przemek Garczarczyk
Well known Chicago trainer Sam Colonna is a happy man. The reason? He didn’t have to choose between being in the corner of hard-hitting WBO #9 ranked light heavyweight Andrew “Polish Prince” Fonfara (20-2, 11 KOs) or another of his proteges super middleweight Don “Da Bomb” George (22-1. 19 KOs). Previously, both fighters were scheduled to fight on the same day, March 17, George in New York’s Madison Square Garden Theater on an HBO show against another title contender Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (20-0, 14 KOs) and Fonfara at UIC Pavilion in Chicago against seasoned veteran Byron Mitchell (29-9, 22 KOs) for vacant USBO title.
Fortunately, promoters were able to move Fonfara’s bout to March 16 and Colonna will be a very busy man, flying almost directly from Fonfara’s fight in the Windy City to New York City. Fonfara and George are currently sparring against each other and both are happy to have Colonna at their side. “Boxers always want to have people we know and trust close when the fight time comes,” said George. “It would be unfair for Sam to choose between me or Andrew.”
Report and photos by Francisco Salazar
Former bantamweight and super bantamweight contender Jose Aguiniga (31-0, 14 KOs) will return to the ring against Juan Ruiz (23-8, 7 KOs) on Saturday, February 25th at the Oceanview Pavilion in Port Hueneme, CA. The eight-round bout will headline a scheduled seven-bout “Comeback” card, presented by El Dorado Entertainment. Both Aguiniga and Ruiz, along with notable fighters on the card, were present at the El Dorado Mexican restaurant in downtown Oxnard to formally announce the card.
The fight card will be the first to take in the Oxnard-area in about five years. Promoter Armando Renteria is promoting the card and hopes to put on more shows the fight fans of Ventura County. (more…)
Once again the popular series of “Boxeo TELEMUNDO” returns to Florida’s Space Coast with a show this Friday, February 10th at the Palm Bay Community Center in Palm Bay, FL. Something “BIG” has been added to the show, undefeated prospect, WBA FEDELATIN and WBC FECARBOX Champion Luis “Big Thing” Ortiz (14-0-12 KO’s) of Cuba will face spoiler Epifanio Mendoza (32-13-1-28 KO’s) of Barranquilla, Colombia in a ten round bout for the WBO Latin Heavyweight Title.
In the main event, WBO Latino featherweight champion and #6 contender Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz (17-2-1-8 KO’s) of San Juan, Puerto Rico, will put his ranking and title on the line against WBC Mundo Hispano Champion Alejandro “Pique” Delgado (15-5-7 KO’s) of Ciudad Neza, Mexico in a bout scheduled for 12 rounds. (more…)
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