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Cotto: We’re working on defeating Geale without a problem

Cotto: We're working on defeating Geale without a problem

By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Hector Soto/Miguel Cotto Promotions & Roc Nation Sports WBC middleweight world champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) is a little ...

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The New Kronk Gym opens

The New Kronk Gym opens

By Lindy Lindell Photos: Bob Ryder After countless stops and starts, the new Kronk has finally opened. The latest incarnation (#4) of the world ...

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Khan-Algieri Fight Week underway

Khan-Algieri Fight Week underway

Photos: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment Fight week for Friday's Premier Boxing Champions on Spike event kicked off today with Amir Khan (30-3, 19 KOs)and ...

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Browne stops Kiatchanachai

Browne stops Kiatchanachai

By Ray Wheatley - World of Boxing Photos: Peter McDermont Former Australian champion Dave Browne Jnr (21-1-1, 7 KOs) stopped Denkamoi Kiatchanachai (22-5, 13 ...

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WBC #4 Rey Vargas still unbeaten

WBC #4 Rey Vargas still unbeaten

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photo: Pepe Rodriguez Unbeaten WBC #4, IBF #5, WBO #8 super bantamweight Rey Vargas (24-0, 20 KOs) hammered out a ...

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Column

San Diego/Tijuana Fight Scene

By Felipe Leon

If you were to drop a quarter right on the border between San Diego, CA, and Tijuana, Mex, and mapped out a 25-mile radius, I believe you would have difficulty to do that anywhere else in the world and find more former champions, world class ranked fighters and up and coming prospects than in this boxing rich chunk of the globe. It is understandable that Tijuana would be shock full of boxing hopefuls as it sits right across the border from the land of plenty. What is surprising is that in the city on the other side of the most crossed border in the world with over one million commuters a day going from one side to the other, you will find a couple of professional fighters ranked high up in the world rankings. With that said, I offer a new series on Fightnews where notes and news of the San Diego/Tijuana boxing scene will be shared with the rest of the world.

WBC light welterweight champion Erik “Terrible” Morales (52-7, 36KOs) will make a quick stop in his hometown of Tijuana on Thursday before embarking to Houston, Texas, early next week for his first defense of his title versus undefeated youngster Danny “Swift” Garcia (22-0, 14KOs) on Saturday, March 14th, at the Reliant Arena. The bout will headline the HBO broadcast with light middleweight James Kirkland facing Carlos Molina in the support bout. Morales has been Otomi Ceremonial Training Center for the better part of six weeks, just like he has done for roughly the last fifteen years or so. Morales will continue his training through out the weekend at the Zona Norte boxing gym that saw him grow. (more…)



March 14th, 2012



Boxing News

“The Third Generation” of Spinks makes pro debut

By Brian Grammer

Leon “The Third Generation” Spinks III is jumping into the family business this Friday when he makes his professional debut on the Rumble Time Promotions “March Mayhem” card at the Ameristar Casino and Spa in St. Charles, Missouri. Spinks, the grandson of former world heavyweight champion and Muhammad Ali conqueror Leon Spinks, had a successful amateur career and is now ready to take the headgear and t-shirt off to wage war as a pro. “Excited” is how Spinks described his mood going into Friday and that it is “All or nothing!”

“Rumble Time is excited to showcase the pro debut of Leon ‘The Third Generation’ Spinks III” said promoter Steve Smith. “St. Louis has had been proud to have world champions such as Leon and Michael Spinks, then Cory Spinks and now ‘The Third Generation’ goes for superstardom as the young Leon Spinks III steps into the ring this Friday!” (more…)



March 14th, 2012

Boxing Result

Kuroda keeps Japanese 108lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

WBA#7/WBC#11 Masayuki Kuroda (21-3-1, 13 KOs), 107.75, barely kept his Japanese national light-flyweight belt as he was held to a split draw (96-95, 95-96, 95-95) by WBA#14 Ryoichi Taguchi (16-1-1, 7 KOs), 107.75, over ten hustling rounds on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. It was disappointing from the technical point of view, as they pushed each other rather than mixed it up—from the beginning to the end—without landing effective shots. Kuroda, making his third defense, was an aggressor in the close quarter in the first four rounds, but didn’t look so effective despite the volume of his positive attack. Taguchi, a switch-hitter, occasionally shifted from orthodox to southpaw, but couldn’t display effective aggression only to make it a dull affair. The drawn verdict might be a good suggestion for their future improvement, if possible. Kuroda had better remember his previous hit-and-run tactics to keep his belt against top-notch challengers. Promoter: Kawasaki Nitta Promotions.



March 14th, 2012

Boxing News

Truscott vows to ‘be the boss’

Super featherweight Paul Truscott (18-2) is out to prove his fists can also talk when he challenges for Gary Buckland’s (24-2) British domestic crown at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge Arena on March 24. The former Commonwealth featherweight champion, 25, said: “Buckland is a top quality kid, but a quality kid against anybody apart from me. I can talk which a lot of fighters can’t do, and I can fight. I can box and I can make it boring, but at the end of the day I know what the fans want to watch and that’s excitement. But that doesn’t mean I’m going to go out there and be an idiot. I’m going to do what I’ve got to do to win and that’s to be the boss. It’s time to show my talent on the big stage.”



March 14th, 2012

Feature Story

Martinez plans to spoil St. Pat’s Day for Macklin

By Mariano A. Agmi
Photos: Marty Rosengarten/ringsidephotos.com

On Saturday, March 17th, World Middleweight Champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (48-2-2, 27 KOs) defends his lineal crown against Matthew “Mack the Knife” Macklin (28-3-1, 19 KOs) at the Madison Square Garden Theater in New York City. For Sergio, it is a thrill to perform at the legendary “Mecca of Boxing” after fighting on the east coast since 2007. “Like any world champion who has fought as long as I have, it is a dream to finally fight at Madison Square Garden,” states the champion. “I’m living a moment in my career that every boxer would like to experience.”

The less magical part of the dream however, is that the champion, who has fought exclusively in the United States for the past five years, will likely have the crowd against him at the venue against an Irish boxer who has fought in the United States only twice before. That is because this fight is taking place on St. Patrick’s Day, and the majority of the sell-out crowd will favor the Irishman from Birmingham, England. (more…)



March 13th, 2012

Boxing News

Photos: George-Fonfara last sparring session

Text and photos: Przemek Garczarczyk

A week before very important fights for both of them, Donovan George and Andrzej Fonfara got in one last sparring session against each other at the Chicago Boxing Club.

Super middleweight Donovan George (22-1, 19 KOs) fights another top prospect Edwin Rodriguez (20-0, 14 KOs) on Saturday in New York’s Madison Square Garden on HBO, while Andrzej Fonfara (20-2, 11 KOs) and undefeated as a light heavyweight with 8 straight KOs, fights on Friday in Chicago’s UIC Pavilion for the USBO/IBO title against Byron Mitchell (29-9, 22 KOs). (more…)



March 13th, 2012

Boxing News

Camacho Jr. being trained by dad in Puerto Rico

Even in some of the more impoverished streets of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Hector Camacho Jr. finds signs of encouragement. A morning jog results in a chance encounter with champions both past and present – Miguel Cotto, Juan Manuel Lopez – all of whom train regularly in their native Puerto Rico, which Camacho Jr. calls “an island for fighters.”

“Every so often you run by them and yell, ‘Keep it up, champ!’ and they acknowledge you back,” said Camacho Jr., who’ll return to the United States later this month to face World Boxing Council U.S. National Boxing Council (WBC USNBC) middleweight champion Elvin Ayala (25-4-1, 11 KOs) of New Haven, Conn., in a 10-round title bout on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” March 30th, 2012 at the Foxwoods Resort Casino’s MGM Grand Theater, presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports.

“We want to see each other win. We back each other. It’s great motivation.” (more…)



March 13th, 2012

UFC

FX’s premiere of TUF gets off to a strong start

The series debut of The Ultimate Fighter® Live on FX got off to a strong start Friday night (3/9/12, 9:00-11:38 PM) delivering 1.28 Million Total Viewers, 953,000 Adults 18-49 and 538,000 Adults 18-34, and ranking among the top five cable programs on Friday in Men 18-34 (#2), Adults 18-34 (#3), Men 18-49 (#4), and Adults 18-49 (#5). (more…)



March 13th, 2012

Boxing News

Stevenson-Gonzalez collide April 20

IBF #2/WBA #7/WBC #9/WBO #12 ranked super middleweight Adonis “Superman” Stevenson, takes on WBC #2 Noe “El Carbonero” Gonzalez on April 20 on ESPN Friday Night Fights in a unification fight, as part of another installment of the popular Fast and Furious Series, live from the famed Bell Centre in Montreal. At stake in the 12-round main event will be a lot of hardware, including Stevenson’s IBF Inter-Continental, NABO and NABA 168-pound belts, as well as Gonzalez’ WBC Silver title.

The IBF ordered an eliminator match-up last week between the heavy-handed Stevenson and three-time world title challenger Librado Andrade (30-4, 23 KOs) for the IBF # 1 position to determine the mandatory challenger for IBF super middleweight king Lucian Bute (30-0, 24 KOs). Andrade passed on the opportunity to fight “Superman” without even inquiring about the purse.

“Adonis could have waited until the IBF appointed another opponent,” noted Stevenson’s promoter Yvon Michel, president of Group Yvon Michel (“GTM”), “but he is on a mission to become world champion. If he has to fight this eliminator to be the top contender in order to better position himself to become world champion, he will do just that and a win over Gonzalez would be a major step in that direction.” (more…)



March 13th, 2012

Boxing News

Meet Martinez and Macklin

This Saturday, St. Patrick’s Day, middleweight kingpin Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez will look to defend his crown against Ireland’s top-rated contender Matthew “Mack The Knife” Macklin at the famed Theater at Madison Square Garden. Martinez-Macklin is scheduled for twelve rounds. Before both combatants enter the ring in front of what is expected to be a sold-out arena, they will be taking time out of their busy training schedules to meet and interact with fans, beginning with a meet-and-greet/autograph session today at 4:30PM at Legends Bar located on 6 West 33rd Street between 5th Avenue and Broadway in New York City. Martinez is scheduled to arrive first at 4:30PM with Macklin set to arrive at 5:30PM. Fans are encouraged to come early to assure that they have an opportunity to meet the champion and challenger.



March 13th, 2012

Feature Story

Coleman prepares for Friday night battle in California!

Story by Gary “Digital” Williams
Photo by Chris Cozzone

For a boxer who suffers a loss, especially a boxer whom has been in contention for a world title, the next bout is usually the most important in his career.

For Baltimore, MD junior welterweight Tim “Pitbull” Coleman, his Friday, March 16 nationally televised bout at the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa in Cabazon, CA against former WBO champion Kendall “Rated R” Holt of Paterson, NJ is just another day at the office – this after his seventh-round knockout loss to Vernon Paris on August 5 in Santa Ynez, CA. (more…)



March 13th, 2012

Boxing News

Casimero-Gutierrez for IBF title?

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former WBA world champion Samuel “Sammy Guty” Gutierrez (31-7-2, 21 KOs) is being mentioned as a possible challenger in the first defense of IBF interim light flyweight world champion Jonriel Casimero (16-2, 10 KOs). The proposed bout would take place in Cebu, Philippines in May at an event presented by Promociones del Pueblo and Sampson Boxing. Casimero won the world title last month in Mar del Plata, Argentina, against former IBF champion Luis Lazarte in the bout that turned into a full scale riot at the conclusion.
Guterrez was won his last fight by unanimous decision over Carlos “Bay Boy” Ruiz (11-2, 7 KOs) on March 3.



March 13th, 2012

Feature Story

DeMarco’s new life as a champion

Story and photos by Felipe Leon

After finally being able to call himself a champion on the night of October 15th, 2011, current WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (26-2-1) could have never dreamt that his nearly life long dream would have come true the way it did. Behind on all the cards, DeMarco of Tijuana, Mexico, by of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, stopped a bleeding two-time world champion Jorge Linares of Venezuela in the eleventh round to give DeMarco not only the vacant green and gold belt but one of the most talked about wins of 2011.

“My life has been different and October 15th has been etched in my life forever,” says the 26-year-old champ, who is reaping his rewards and enjoying the attention of his fellow Tijuanenses.

“When I am driving or I go to places and people wouldn’t really pay me any attention but now people ask me, ‘Are you DeMarco?’ and I tell them I am and they say, “You can’t be, you are too passive, too skinny and to well mannered to be a world champion.’ I am glad that people see me that way. I am how I am inside and outside the ring, I am del barrio like we say here. (more…)



March 13th, 2012

UFC

Championship matters

On April 21st in Atlanta, Georgia’s Philips Arena, one of the most highly-anticipated championship bouts in recent years headlines UFC 145, as light heavyweight king Jon “Bones” Jones attempts to successfully defend his crown for the third time against former 205-pound titlist “Suga” Rashad Evans. It’s the latest chapter in the organization’s championship history, and one that fans hope will add to a pretty interesting tale thus far . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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March 13th, 2012

Boxing News

Peterson-Khan London Presser

Photos: Chris Hutty – Hoganphotos / Golden Boy

At a kick-off press conference in the Hilton London Metropole for their May 19 rematch in Las Vegas, unified super lightweight world champion Lamont Peterson and former champion Amir Khan faced off for the first time since their controversial fight last December.

Lamont Peterson: I decided to take the rematch, it is not anything that Khan said or I feel I have to prove myself or anyone. We’re fighting the rematch because we all thought it was a great fight and we should do it again to please the fans. Seems like Team Khan still has problems that what happened in DC, I can only tell them that nothing shady happened in DC but I’m pretty sure they won’t take my word on it. So Team Khan, you all have the chance to make things right, I’m looking forward to a good fight, I’ll be training just as hard as you and you said you started in your training camp two weeks before you normally do, well I’ve been training since that day that we stepped out of the ring so I’ll be prepared and ready for it in the ring to keep these titles.

Amir Khan: This is the time we put things straight and make sure we don’t make the same mistakes we made the last fight in December and honestly think I won and will come back and win this next fight in May. Clearly we’ll prove to people who the champion is. It’s a tough fight and will show how focused we are in this fight. We’ll see on May 19th, people want to see this fight and it’s a time for me to prove (that I am the champion) and put things straight. We’re two good fighters in the ring and the second fight will be better than the first. I think that the referee and judges will be neutral and fair and a neutral commission, we didn’t have it the first time, but this time we will be treated fairly. We’re two good fighters in the ring and we want to be treated fairly and we’re sure we will be. more photos



March 13th, 2012

Boxing News

Alvarez headed to Big Bear

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBC super welterweight world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has wrapped up his training in Guadalajara, Jalisco and and will begin their training in the mountains of Big Bear, California and remain there for the up until the fight week for his duel with former world champion Shane Mosley on May 5 in Las Vegas. “The fitness achieved so far has been very good, everything has been good and our training schedule has been met with much satisfaction. The other week Alvarez began to box with the help of 3 or 4 sparring partners. We’re looking to develop speed in his hands and legs to be sure to beat Mosley,” said Edison Reynoso (Alvarez’ trainer). Alvarez, Jose and Edison Reynoso, and a chef were scheduled to travel on Monday to Los Angeles.



March 13th, 2012

Boxing News

Showpony returns with ‘Box and Dine’ event

By Ron Jackson

Damian Michael of Showpony Promotions who staged the Fransie Botha versus Michael Grant WBF title fight at the Motecasino in November last year has announced that they will hosting a bumper box and dine bill at the Sandton Convention Centre in May. Heading the bill will be former South African welterweight champion and WBF welter and junior middleweight belt holder Bongani Mwelase 14-2, 12 KOs. (more…)



March 13th, 2012

Boxing News

Q&A Dave Parris

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Leading British boxing referee Dave Parris talks to Fightnews about his career in boxing where he has worked 150 world title bouts.



March 13th, 2012

Boxing News

Velez to headline March 24 Telefutura card

Photo: Promociones Miguel Cotto

Unbeaten featherweight and explosive puncher Jayson “La Maravilla” Vélez (17-0, 13 KOs) will face the biggest challenge of his career when he steps into the ring with Mexican veteran José Angel Beranza (34-22-2, 26 KOs) on Saturday, March 24th in “Boxeo Boricua in Caguas: It’s My Time.” The show is presented by Miguel Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment. Vélez vs. Beranza will be the main event of the “Solo Boxeo” series that airs nationwide on Telefutura and will be for the vacant WBB Americas featherweight championship. “I’m ready for Beranza; I know him very well. It is a fight that has been in the oven and now it’s time to make it happen. I trust my abilities and condition and on Saturday, March 24th I will prove it and will KO Beranza,” Jayson said.

“Boxeo Boricua in Caguas: It’s My Time” is presented by Miguel Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment. Tickets are available visiting www.tcpr.com or (787)792-5000. Prices: $25, $15, $10.



March 12th, 2012

Boxing Result

Tamakoshi defeats Petchnamchai

By Joe Koizumi

Having upset then WBC top ranked 130-pounder Dante Jardon via unexpected third-round stoppage in Mexico last December, WBC#11 Kyohei Tamakoshi (29-7-6, 11 KOs), 130, earned a unanimous decision (79-73, 80-73 and 80-74) over Thailander Petchnamchai Jittigym (7-6, 2 KOs), 128.75, over eight nearly lopsided rounds on Sunday in Kobe, Japan. The 31-year-old Japanese had failed to win the national 122-pound belt twice and the OPBF throne once, and then moved up to the feather category. He wasn’t regarded as such a strong boxer as to defeat up-and-coming prospect Dante Jardon, but produced such a stunning upset to make us realize once again that anything could happen in boxing. Tamakoshi may return to Mexico to meet Jardon in a rematch. (more…)



March 12th, 2012

Boxing News

WBO: Juanma already suspended

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press

WBO President Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcarcel says former featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez is already suspended after his strong statements against referee Roberto Ramirez, whom he accused of being a gambler. “At the moment he is suspended for one year. In five days we are giving him the opportunity to convince us otherwise…and we did take the apology into consideration.” He added that Lopez’s unsportsmanlike conduct “cannot be tolerated.”



March 12th, 2012

Boxing News

WBO considering sanctions against Juanma

WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel announced today that the WBO Executive Committee voted and approved a resolution against Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez after his televised comments on referee Roberto Ramirez following his defeat versus Orlando Salido last Saturday. Valcarcel stated the WBO resolution said that Juanma Lopez should “show cause why he should not be suspended for one year, and neither appear in the WBO rankings or fight for any regional or world WBO title.”



March 12th, 2012

Boxing News

Groves pulls out of fight; is Stieglitz next?

British super middleweight titleholder George Groves has withdrawn from his title defense against Kenny Anderson this Friday at London’s Wembley Arena due to unspecified medical reasons. Promoter Frank Warren said, “Of course, it’s bitterly disappointing for us and all the boxers involved, but in sport injuries occur and there is very little anyone can do about it. We had already lost Matthew Hall, who was due to box Sam Webb in a championship eliminator, because of an injury and now with George withdrawing from the main event I have had no option but to postpone the whole card until a later date. Once my team have spoken to Wembley about a new date I hope we can get this fight on very soon.”

The cancellation conveniently opens up Groves’ calendar for a possible world title shot against WBO champion Robert Stieglitz in Germany, as Groves has been named mandatory challenger and a purse bid for that bout took place earlier today in Hungary.



March 12th, 2012

Boxing News

Roman says he’s ready for DeMarco

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBC #15 rated Miguel “Mickey” Roman (37-9, 28 KOs) has boldly proclaimed that he will dethrone WBC lightweight world champion Antonio DeMarco (26-2, 19 KOs) in his first title will defend his world title defense on Saturday at the Centennial Sports in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. “DeMarco is a good champion but I have trained to win the title,” said Roman, who prepared for the fight in Mexico City with trainer Miguel ‘El Raton’ Gonzalez, the father of the current WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez. “I hope he exchanges blows with me and it will be a spectacular fight from the first round. I was Youth champion, national champion, Fecombox, international and now hope to win the most important, the world championship. This fight will be a war and I will be world champion.” The winner of the fight between DeMarco and Roman could face former WBA/WBC world champion Jorge Linares in June.



March 12th, 2012

Boxing News

Brook focused on Hatton

Welterweight contender Kell Brook insists that he is fully focused on beating Matthew Hatton on Saturday at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, England. “Matthew is a very dangerous opponent and one that I am full of respect for,” said Brook. “I know that if I take him lightly he will beat me so I have been 100 per cent focused on him – I’ll let others do the talking about these fights in the future, right now it’s all about Hatton.”

Promoter Eddie Hearn added “It’s my job to look beyond this fight for Kell, but I know he certainly won’t be doing that. Khan, Ortiz, Berto, Maidana and Alexander are all fights that we want to make this year. We will have 10,000 fight fans in the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield for Brook vs. Hatton, so what sort of numbers do you think a fight with Amir Khan would do?”



March 12th, 2012

Boxing News

Officials Assn. to file complaint against Juanma

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press

Nelson Vazquez, President of the Association of Professional Boxing Officials, has let it be known that a formal complaint will be filed with the president of the Boxing Commission of Puerto Rico, Dommys Delgado Berty, over the televised allegations by Juan Manuel Lopez that referee Roberto Ramirez was a gambler, which toured the globe in a matter of minutes. Vazquez, a retired police inspector, called Juanma’s comments frivolous, defamatory, and sickening and stated that Ramirez is a proven, honest official. When Lopez lost to Orlando Salido the first time, Juanma also made gambling accusations against Ramirez’ son, Roberto Ramirez Jr., who refereed that fight. Lopez and promoter Peter Rivera then retracted the statement shortly afterwards. “We aren’t satisfied,” said Vazquez. “This is the same thing. They’ve already apologized, but the comments were made and have already spread around the world. All fans of boxing worldwide are aware of this. They are bad losers and we have to stop these situations.”



March 12th, 2012

Boxing News

Martinez ready for Macklin

Story and photos by Ricardo Conde

Universally recognized pound for pound among the best in the world and thee true middleweight champion Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martinez (48-2-2, 27 KOs) of Oxnard, California by way of Argentina, finished training camp, under the watchful eye of former junior welterweight champion Pablo Sarmiento, at the Maravilla Box Boxing Gym this past Saturday and departed for New York early Sunday morning for his upcoming fight against top-rated middleweight contender Matthew ‘Mack the Knife’ Macklin (28-3, 19 KOs) of Birmingham, England. Martinez and Macklin are scheduled to meet on St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday March 17th, the fight card dubbed ‘The Real Middleweight Championship’ will be broadcast live on HBO’s ‘World Championship Boxing’ from Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. (more…)



March 12th, 2012

Boxing News

Stieglitz-Groves now in the works

With the pull-out of Mikkel Kessler, the WBO has made #3 rated George Groves (14-0, 11 KOs) the next mandatory challenger for WBO super middleweight world champion Robert Stieglitz. A WBO purse bid was held today in Budapest, where SES Boxing won the rights to promote the Stieglitz-Groves fight. “It’s unfortunate that Mikkel Kessler had to cancel again. The boxing fans have been waiting for this fight,” said Stieglitz promoter Ulf Steinforth. “I’m glad that we could get the next defense for Robert Stieglitz in Germany.”



March 12th, 2012

Boxing News

Kessler pulls out of Stieglitz fight

Team Sauerland has announced that Mikkel Kessler’s next fight in Copenhagen has been postponed to May 19. The Viking Warrior has not yet regained the necessary fitness following last year´s hand surgery, forcing him to pull out of the April 14 clash with WBO Super-Middleweight Champion Robert Stieglitz. Details about the new opponent will be announced at a press conference next week. “I hate to keep my fans waiting and I am really sorry about the delay,” Kessler said. “As a boxer, my fists are my biggest weapon. To fight and to win at the highest level, I need my hand to be fully recovered. Unfortunately, the April 14 date comes just a little too early but I will be ready on May 19. I have kept my shape and can´t wait to be fighting again in front of my Danish fans.” (more…)



March 12th, 2012

Boxing News

Lopez-Gradovich headlines March 31

The March 31 TOP RANK LIVE telecast on the Azteca America network takeng place in the Illusions Theater at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, will feature Alejandro Lopez (23-3, 7 KOs) in a ten round featherweight clash with undefeated prospect Evegeny Gradovich (12-0, 6 KOs). The 24-year-old Lopez has won eight of his last nine, including a career best victory over then unbeaten Philadelphia prospect Teon Kennedy in August 2011 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The win earned Lopez the NABF super featherweight title.

The opening televised bout will feature junior lightweight Casey Ramos (15-0, 4 KOs) facing off against Gerardo Robles (15-10, 7 KOs). Also on the card is the return to action of former middleweight champion, Kelly Pavlik (37-3, 32 KOs) against Aaron Jaco (15-2, 5 KOs) in a scheduled ten round tilt. (more…)



March 12th, 2012




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