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By Gabriel F. Cordero
A reliable source has indicated three-division world champion Miguel Cotto (37-2, 30 KOs) is at the top of the list of possible Manny Pacquiao opponents. Other candidates are Timothy Bradley, Lamont Peterson and Juan Manuel Marquez. Proposed date is June 9 in a temporary 38-40,000-seat arena near the strip in Las Vegas.
Meanwhile, there is also a possibility that Marquez could move up to jr welterweight to challenge reigning WBA/IBF jr welterweight champion Lamont Peterson at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas in a date to be determined with the winner in line for Pacquiao. Marquez is still waiting to see if the WBA will reinstate him as lightweight super champion.
After seeking an opponent for the past two months and not being able to come up with anything suitable, the Team of Andy Lee has announced that they will be coming off the May 17 card St. Patrick’s Day card and HBO appearance at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, and now it is rumored he could be the next opponent for WBA Middleweight Champion Felix Sturm with a tentative date scheduled in Germany for April 13th.
“It is with great regret that I have to withdraw from the March 17 St Patrick’s Day Promotion at MSG Theater,” stated Lee. “Unfortunately due to the unavailability of a suitable world ranked opponent Team Lee have collectively decided it is in my best career interest to pass on a fight on this occasion. I would like to thank my promoter, Lou DiBella and HBO for planning to have me on the card and for their efforts to secure a suitable opponent for me from the limited boxers available.”
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Miguel Vazquez 135 vs. Ameth Diaz 135
(IBF lightweight championship)
Ricardo Alvarez 136.5 vs. Adrian Rodriguez 138
Daniel Sandoval 148 vs. Juan Jesus Rivera 148
Joselyn Arroyo 111 vs. Salma Canales 113
Venue: Coliseo Olimpico de la U de G
TV: TV Azteca (more…)
Photos and report by Felipe Leon
You would think getting into the ring with one of the biggest knock out kings in boxing today might be the toughest thing a fighter might have to do but for featherweight Omar “Dinamita” Estrella (15-3-2, 10 KOs), it might be the second. This Saturday night, the twenty-four year old Estrella will face hard hitting and former world champion Daniel Ponce de Leon (41-4, 34 KOs) of Chihuahua by way of Huntington Park, CA, for the vacant WBC USNBC title. The title bout will be the main event of Mexico’s “Sabados de Corona” televised live on Televisa. For more details and photos click here…
Hot prospect McWilliams Arroyo (9-1, 8 KOS) will not fight because there were some problems with opponent Felipe Rivas’ visa. Arroyo will fight on one of PR Best Boxing Promotion’s next shows.
Javier Gallo 116 vs. David Quijano 115
Edgardo Rivera 130 vs. Regino Canales 134
Radamés Vélez 140 vs. Rafael González 138
Andy Crespo 135 vs. Jussein Cruz 136
Emmanuel Santos 129 vs. Jesús Pastrana 131
Mathew Robinson 138 vs. Reynaldo Ojeda 138
José Santiago 131 vs. Iván Vázquez 130
Venue: Coliseo Pedrin Zorrilla, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Promoter: PR Best
TONIGHT – Guillard vs Miller Headlines The UFC’s Debut On FX: The UFC hits FX on Friday night, with a lightweight main event battle between Melvin Guillard and Jim Miller – plus, Duane “Bang” Ludwig takes on Josh Neer and heavyweights Pat Barry and Christian Morecraft collide! UFC on FX live tonight at 9pm ET / 6pm PT
See The Prelims Live On FUEL TV: Six fights kick off tonight’s action – see all of them starting at 6pm ET / 3pm PT on FUEL TV!
UFC Primetime Diaz vs Condit Premieres Tonight On FX: Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit prepare for their championship showdown in Las Vegas! Get closer than ever before with an in depth look at these two welterweight contenders as they continue on their collision course to the Octagon on February 4th! Premieres tonight at 11pm on FX, following Guillard vs Miller
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By Francisco Salazar
It has been a long time coming. Maybe too long. Alas, the long-awaited return of the Southern California Fight Scene is here, updating fight fans about upcoming cards and boxers that live and train in Southern California.
Whereas the first half of January was a little light on the boxing schedule, it is sure to pick up in the next month or two, bringing a smile to the diehard and casual fight fan.
Last week, Top Rank matchmaker Brad Goodman told Fightnews.com that all indications point toward unbeaten lightweight Brandon Rios fighting at the Home Depot Center in Carson on March 3rd. A few fighters were mentioned as possible opponents for the hard-hitting Oxnard fighter, including lightweight contenders John Molina of Covina and Brit Kevin Murray .
Promoter Dan Goossen, who promotes Molina, told Fightnews.com last week that there had always been in an interest in Molina fighting Rios, even since last summer. However, Molina is scheduled to fight Marvin Quintero on February 17th at the College Park Center in Arlington , TX . Murray has run into some legal troubles that will prevent him from leaving England anytime soon.
There are still a number of legitimate fighters that could face Rios on that proposed upcoming card. In the meantime, Rios continues to work out at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in south Oxnard. (more…)
A date has been set for the highly anticipated WBC world championship fight between, Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan (37-4-1, 27 KOs) and Japan’s undefeated WBC bantamweight champion, Shinsuke Yamanaka (15-0-2, 11 KOs). The showdown will take place on April 6, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan. On the line will be Yamanaka’s WBC Bantamweight title.
Promoter Gary Shaw confirmed, “The date has been agreed upon for April 6. Darchinyan will have to travel into unfamiliar territory and show the world why he’s one of the best fighters walking the earth. Capturing a world title in three divisions will put Vic in the history books as one of the greatest.”
Viasat and Team Sauerland have announced they have struck a long-term partnership. The project was announced at a big kick-off press conference in Copenhagen on Thursday. In the next five years, TV3 / Viasat (Denmark), TV10 (Sweden) and Viasat Norway will broadcast between five and seven “Nordic Fight Nights” per year, featuring the biggest names and most promising talents in Nordic boxing. The shows will take place in various venues across Denmark. “This is a ground-breaking partnership that will lift Nordic boxing to the highest international level,” Kalle Sauerland said. “Our Nordic stars will compete against world-class opponents on a constant basis. We are very ambitious to bring the biggest events to Denmark. Our star fighters will win a lot of titles for Scandinavia.” (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Photo: Chris Cozzone
ESPN is reporting that Floyd Mayweather sent an email to SportsCenter newscaster Stan Verrett rejecting the 50/50 purse split that Manny Pacquiao insists is fair.
According to Verrett, Floyd wrote: “He asked about a 50/50 split and I told him no that can’t happen, but what can happen is you can make more money fighting me than you have made in your career. I also let him know I’m in control on my side and he needs to get on the same page as his promoter so we can make this fight happen.”
By Matt Richardson
Local residents warmly embraced the return of professional boxing to Staten Island, NY on Thursday night at the Hilton Garden Inn, packing the ballroom there to standing room only capacity for a five bout card headlined by unbeaten junior welterweight Mike Faragon.
Faragon (17-0, 7 KO’s) made easy work out of opponent Andres Ledesma; stopping him with a left to the body in the third round. Faragon had dominated the fight to that point by out boxing and simply being quicker to the punch than Ledesma. Ledesma (18-20-1, 13 KO’s) was game but still wound up losing his second fight in a row. Perhaps best known to local boxing fans for his violent upset knockout victory over Gary Stark in the spring of 2007, Ledesma has now only won two of his last 17 fights and should probably start considering another line of work. (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Having drawn 1.4 million pay-per-view buys the last time, Manny Pacquiao said on Friday night that it is just fair and square that he and Floyd Mayweather equally share the revenue of a planned fight in May. Pacquiao’s rubber match with Juan Manuel Marquez generated that hefty number of buys, while Mayweather’s controversial kayo of Victor Ortiz only posted 1.25 million. “It’s just right that we share equally,” said Pacquiao. “Floyd has to look at the PPV numbers to understand why it be fair for us to split it in half,” added Pacquiao.
Mayweather spoke on the phone with Pacquiao on Thursday and the Filipino clearly told his caller that it has to be 50-50. If Mayweather doesn’t agree, Pacquiao said he will have no choice but to fight somebody else possibly on June 9.
Make room at the table in New Jersey for Thanksgiving dinner. The long lost brother of Jim and Dan Miller is coming home.
“We’ll be triplets,” laughed lightweight contender Melvin Guillard. “My mom just left me out in the sun a little bit longer.” . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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With European heavyweight champion Robert Helinius out of action for six months due to a shoulder injury requiring surgery, the EBU has vacated the belt and ordered Alexander Dimitrenko (32-1, 21 KOs) to face the highest ranked available contender, which is Kubrat Pulev (5-0, 7 KOs). Universum (Dimitrenko) and Sauerland Event (Pulev) will now have a free negotiation period and if no agreement is reached, the EBU will order a purse bid.
Cleotis Pendarvis 145 vs. Jose Alfredo Lugo 140
Donyil Livingston 164 vs. Michael Walker 158.8
Alexander Filichkin 145.2 vs. Hector Alatorre 146.4
Celine Roman 124.8 vs. Claudia Amaro 120.2
Rebecca Garcia 111 vs. Adrienne Alegria 109.8
Zachary Wohlman 146.8 vs. Tatsuro Irie 146.8
Erik Ruiz 120 vs. Jesse Adame 119
Show: WAR AT WOODLAND HILLS 6
Date: Friday, January 20, 2012
Place: Warner Center Marriott Grand Ballroom in Woodland Hills, California
Time: Doors Open at 7pm; First Bout at 7:30pm
Tickets: (626) 388-8888 or www.bashboxing.com
Report and photos by Rich Hundley III
North Philly takes on South Philly in the main event of the inaugural edition of NBC Sports Network’s “Fight Night” Boxing Series. The final press conference was held at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA today. Heavyweights Maurice Byarm (13-0-1, 9 KOs) of North Philly and Bryant Jennings (11-0, 5 KOs) of South Philly will vie for the Pennsylvania State Heavyweight Championship according to Greg Sirb, Pennsylvania Boxing Commissioner. In the co-feature, welterweights Jesus Soto-Karass (24-6-3, 16 KOs) and Gabriel Rosado (18-5, 10 KOs) face off.
Bryant Jennings: “I think this is the opportunity for both of us to prove ourselves and make it better for the sport of boxing. You’re going to know who both of us are. Everybody’s gonna be watching, and me and this guy standing to my left are the future.”
Maurice Byarm: “This is going to be a great fight for me and Bryant, win lose or draw, it’s going to catapult us to higher elevation in our career. I think we’re going to bring out the best in each-other. At the end of this fight they’re gonna know who Maurice Byarm and Bryant Jennings, they’re going to know us both. Hats off to both of us for putting our undefeated records on the line for Philadelphia, we’re both fighting for the pride of Philadelphia. For more details and photos click here…
By Matt Richardson at ringside
Undefeated lightweight Michael “Baby Faced Beast” Faragon (17-0, 8 KOs) of Guilderland, New York scored a third round TKO over Andres “Andy Boy” Ledesma (16-20-1, 11 KOs) on Thursday night at Nicotra’s Ballroom in the Hilton Garden Inn in Staten Island, New York. (More to come)
Nicky DeMarco W U 4 Cesar Gonzalez
Diana Prazak W U 6 Lucia Larcinese
Tommy Rainone W U 4 Josh Williams
Anthony Young KO 2 Cliff McPherson
Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Rico Ramos 122 vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux 120.5
(WBA super bantamweight championship)
Guy Robb 128.5 vs. Joel Diaz Jr 129
Matt Villanueva 115 vs. Mike Ruiz Jr. 114.5
Javier Molina 147 vs. Albert Herrera 147
Razvan Cojanu 260 vs. Rodney Hernandez 231
Marcus Robinson 142 . vs. Yosmani Abreu 146
Venue: Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas
Promoter: Goossen Tutor
Ramos: “A lot of people are doubting me for this fight but who cares? It’s me and him in that ring. I came to keep that title. I’m the WBA champ and I will stay the champ. It’s hard work to stay the champion. I put a lot of hard work and dedication into this. I’m still moving, man. I’ve got my son, he’s two, that keeps me motivated. I’ve got my fans, my friends, my family, it all keeps me motivated.”
Rigondeaux: “Of course I should be the betting favorite. What should I expect from Ramos? He has to worry what to expect from me! I’m very happy for the opportunity to win a title with less than 10 pro fights. I’m ready for the challenge.”
At the scales for UFC on FX, which is headlined by the lightweight bout between Melvin Guillard and Jim Miller and the welterweight bout between Duane “Bang” Ludwig and Josh Neer, airs live on FX from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN at 9pm ET / 6pm PT. Fans can also tune in to FUEL TV for six prelim bouts at 6pm ET / 3pm PT.
Jim Miller (155) VS Melvin Guillard (156)
FX MAIN CARD
Josh Neer (171) VS Duane Ludwig (170.5)
Jared Papazian (135.5) VS Mike Easton (135)
Christian Morecraft (256) VS Pat Barry (242)
Eric Schafer (185) VS Jorge Rivera (185.5)
Khabib Nurmagomedov (155) VS Kamal Shalorus (155.5)
Daniel Roberts (170.5) VS Charlie Brenneman (170.5)
Tommy Hayden (155.5) VS Fabricio Camões (156*)
Pat Schilling (145) VS Daniel Pineda (145)
Nick Denis (135.5) vs Joseph Sandoval (135)
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Photo: Troy Nalls
Florida-based online marketing powerhouse, Acquinity Interactive made its biggest signing to date inking former three-division world champion Joan Guzman (31-0-1, 18 KOs). The signing took place moments ago in South Florida. Company partner Henry Rivalta feels they have made a major step toward making big things happen in boxing. ” I along with my partners Gary Jonas and Shannon Briggs are looking forward to bringing Guzman back to stardom in style giving him the absolute best opportunities possible. We just hope the big names at 140 will give him the opportunity to fight them. If given the chance he beats them all. I’m even bold enough to say that if Manny Pacquiao gave Guzman the chance, which we would take in a hearbeat, he’d beat him too.” said Rivalta. A March date is being targeted for Guzman’s return where he would be featured on an Acquinity promoted show.
From left to right Gary Jonas, Jose Nunez, Joan Guzman, Henry Rivalta, and Shannon Briggs
Quotes from today’s Daniel Ponce De Leon-Omar Estrella final press conference for Saturday’s Golden Boy Promotions from La Bodega Del Boxeo in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. De Leon vs. Estrella is a 12-round fight for the vacant WBC USNBC Featherweight title.
Daniel Ponce De Leon: “I trained really hard physically and mentally for this fight. Losing is not an option. I see myself winning, but I also know that my opponent has trained really hard and it’s going to be a very competitive fight.”
Omar “Dinamita” Estrella: “I’m very thankful for this great opportunity. It’s good for the fans to know the underdog fighters. We all know the quality of fighter that Daniel Ponce de Leon is and so I trained harder than ever. I have a family and I have to win this fight for them so I can bring food home. Because of that, I know I’m going to win this Saturday.” (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Professional boxing returns to Orange County on February 4th with a pair of eight round bouts headlining a Golden Boy Promotions card. In the main event of the “Solo Boxeo Tecate” card, Ronny Rios (16-0, 7 KOs) of Santa Ana, CA will take on Jeremy McLaurin (9-2, 5 KOs) at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA. In his last bout on September 30th, Rios defeated former fringe contender Roger Gonzalez over eight rounds. An intriguing eight round bout will take place when Alejandro Perez will take on Derrick Wilson. Perez, (15-3-1, 10 KOs) of Salinas, CA, dropped Diego Magdaleno in the first round of his last bout, but eventually lost a 10 round unanimous decision to the unbeaten southpaw. Four months prior, Perez knocked out former contender Antonio Escalante in the first round. Wilson, (9-2-2, 3 KOs) of Fort Myers, FL, knocked out Mario Lacey in his last bout two weeks ago. Tickets, priced at $50 and $30, can be purchased online at www.flavorus.com/soloboxeo Doors open at 6:00PM, with first bell scheduled for 7:00PM local time. TeleFutura will its broadcast at 11:00 pm ET/PT.
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
IBF lightweight champion Miguel “Títere” Vazquez (29-3, 13 KOs) and official challenger Ameth “Cloroformo” Diaz (30-10, 21 KOs) faced off Wednesday in a crowded press conference in advance of their showdown on Saturday at the Coliseo Olímpico de la Universidad de Guadalajara.
Vazquez: “Since I was advised by my company that my defense against Diaz would be in Guadalajara, I felt very happy and motivated. I’ve always dreamed that I would appear in Guadalajara as a champion of the world…I will win whatever the cost!”
Diaz: “I will not return to Panama empty-handed. It’s a difficult fight, but I have the talent and the preparation needed to defeat him. I am better than Vázquez. It doesn’t intimidate me to be in the house of the champion. On the contrary it motivates me to take away his belt.” (more…)
By Johnny B’
Super middleweight Sammy Merza (16-1, 12 KOs) says he is retiring at age 35 after five eye surgeries and will now concentrate on being a full time boxing promoter. His next project is on Friday February 17th when Merza will bring a professional boxing card to Cicero Stadium, 1909 S. Laramie, Cicero, Illinois. The main event will feature IBF female super featherweight champion Amanda Serrano (13-0, 9 KOs) vs. TBA in a ten rounder. Other undefeated boxers include 122 lb. Joel Diaz Jr. (6-0, 5 KOs), former amateur heavyweight star Joey Dawejko (6-0, 2 KOs), super middleweight Mike Gavronski (5-0, 4 KOs), middleweight Ninos Abraham (6-0-1, 2 KOs), middleweight Ramon Valenzuela (6-0, 1 KO) and lightweight Bryan Akaba (2-0, 1 KO). For tickets call 773-716-9111.
Osvaldo “Chucky” Razon 105 vs Ivan “Pollito” Meneses 105
(Vacant WBC Latin jr. flyweight title)
Miguel “Chorchas” Dominguez 108 vs. Miguel “Mickey” Dominguez 108
Edgar “Toluquito” Lozano 118 vs. Carlos Flores 118
Jorge Hernandez 154 vs. Edgar Ortega 154
Javier Salinas 146 vs. Ernesto Nava 147
Luis Alberto Huilot 135 vs. Ivan Lopez Hernandez 133
Venue: Auditorio Plaza Condesa in Mexico City
Promoter: All Star Boxing/Tuto Zabala Jr.
Word is Floyd Mayweather Jr. called Manny Pacquiao Wednesday night and had a brief conversation. “I said just give me a 50-50 split in revenue and there would be no problem, anytime. It’s up to you. We’ll wait for your answer,” Pacquiao told ABS-CBN. The Mayweather camp confirmed the conversation but did not go into details.
Courtesy of Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
It took a new venue to do it, but Vicente Escobedo of Woodland (Calif.), who has appeared several times in nearby Sacramento, will finally realize a goal of fighting professionally in his hometown. The 2004 Olympian and junior-lightweight contender (24-3, 14 KOs), currently based in Southern California, is scheduled to be the top attraction of a March 3 boxing card at the Woodland Community & Senior Center. Escobedo will be facing promising prospect Lonnie Smith (14-2-2, 10 KOs) of Las Vegas, whose father Lonnie Sr. formerly reigned as a world junior welterweight champion. (more…)
World heavyweight champions Vitali Klitschko, Alexander Povetkin and Wladimir Klitschko will defend their respective championship crowns over three consecutive weeks, beginning February 18, and all three world heavyweight title fights will be televised live in the U.S. exclusively on EPIX, the multiplatform premium entertainment service. EpixHD.com will stream the fights live as part of a special free trial offer for boxing fans.
The EPIX heavyweight championship extravaganza will begin on Saturday, February 18 with Vitali Klitschko defending his WBC title against Top-10 contender Dereck Chisora at Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany. On Saturday, February 25, the undefeated Povetkin will defend his WBA belt against world cruiserweight champion Marco Huck in the Porsche-Arena in Stuttgart, Germany. The grand finale will take place on Saturday, March 3 in the ESPIRIT Arena in Düsseldorf, Germany, and will feature unified champion Wladimir Klitschko defending his WBO, IBF and WBA super crowns against two-time world cruiserweight champion Jean Marc Mormeck.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. denied Wednesday that he kicked or beat the mother of three of his children, even though he pleaded guilty to those charges in December. “You’ve seen the O.J. and Nicole pictures, the Chris Brown, Rihanna pictures,” Mayweather told the Las Vegas Review Journal. “You guys have to ask yourself, ‘Where are the pictures?’ But you know things happen. Do I apologize? Absolutely. Did I kick and beat her? Absolutely not.”
Mayweather stated he took a plea deal which led to a 90 day jail sentence to begin on June 1 because he didn’t want to “drag my family through a public dispute.”
Rendall Munroe will remain at super-bantamweight for his next fight after failing to lure a world class bantamweight into the ring. Britain’s best known binman will now concentrate on dumping Argentinian Jose Saez when he boxes a non-title eight rounder in the Premier Suite at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium on Saturday 4th February. Leicester’s former European champion showed he belonged at world level in October 2010 when he went the distance with WBC champion Toshiaki Nishioka. His promoter Ricky Hatton explained: “Due to Rendall’s exceptional performance in his world title challenge in Japan, he has landed himself in the ‘who needs him’ club. “He’s slick, southpaw, so the world champions don’t want to know. “He was moving to bantamweight but we have found the same problems there, such is his class.” Munroe, 31, has spent this week sparring at Hatton Health and Fitness in Hyde with English bantamweight champion Craig Lyon. Hatton added: “Rendall needs to keep performing and hopefully his dedication and hard work will eventually pay-off.” Saez, 36, boasts a record of 21 wins, 12 losses and six draws in a tough career spanning 14 years.
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