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By Gabriel F. Cordero
We have been informed that the Puerto Rican Boxing Commission has removed judge Raul Nieves from working the fight between Mexican WBO featherweight world champion Orlando Salido and WBO former world champion Juan Manuel Lopez on Saturday at Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, P.R. The move was made after a protest from Zanfer Promotions representing Salido. The name of the replacement judge has not been announced.
Jason Estrada 244.5 vs. Dominque Alexander 222
Brian Barbosa TBA vs. John Johnson TBA
Rich Gingras 189 vs. Adam Harris 193
Dustin Reinhold 154 vs. Jose Angel Ortiz TBA
Kali Reis 151.7 vs. Marva Dash 156
Joe Gardner 165 vs. Rameil Shelton 165.5
Venue: Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI
Promoter: Big Six Entertainment
Photo: Team Charr
Former world champions Graciano and Ralf Rocchigiani have joined the team of unbeaten WBA #11/IBF #14/WBC #15 heavyweight Manuel Charr (20-0, 11 KOs) to help the “Diamond Boy” prepare for his March 30 clash with Taras Bidenko (28-4, 12 KOs). The bout will headline a dinner show at the Maritim Hotel in Cologne, Germany. Charr will be defending his WBC International silver belt.
Video: Pepe Rodriguez
Middleweight prospect Raul “El Tigre” Casarez (18-2, 9 KOs) looks to keep his 10-fight winning streak going against longtime contender J.C. Candelo (32-10-4, 21 KOs) on March 17 in the eight-round main event of TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” live from the Pharr Convention Center in Pharr, Texas.
In the co-feature, scheduled for 10 rounds in the junior welterweight division, unbeaten Norwalk, California product Carlos Molina (15-0-1, 7 KOs) faces off against Santo Domingo’s Agino Perez (11-3, 9 KOs).
The decision has been made: After careful consideration and joint discussions with Hall of Fame promoter Wilfried Sauerland, trainer Ulli Wegner, Sauerland Event general manager Chris Meyer and sports director Hagen Doering, Marco Huck (34-2, 25 KOs) has decided to stay for now at cruiserweight and defend his WBO championship belt against mandatory challenger and interim champion Ola Afolabi (19-2-3, 9 KOs). “I would like to immediately invade the heavyweight division, however I’ve been persuaded to first continue in the cruiserweight division,” said Huck. “That’s okay with me. I’ll cut everyone there to bits starting with Afolabi. He’s a strong man, but to me he has no chance.” Sauerland Event has started talks with Tom Loeffler, Afolabi’s representative, and will shortly announce the date and venue.
Meanwhile, WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin must make a mandatory defense of his title against Hasim Rahman. A rematch between Huck and Povetkin, who had a great fight on February 25, could happen in the fall.
Ringside Report: Mariano A. Agmi at Ringside
Photos: Marty Rosengarten/RingsidePhotos.com
Undefeated welterweight Alex Perez (16-0, 9 KOs) registered the biggest win of his career on Wednesday at the sold out BB Kings Blues Club & Grill in midtown Manhattan, dropping and battering Francisco “Gato” Figueroa (20-4-1, 13 KOs) over ten rounds to win a clear unanimous decision. The fight was part of a nine-bout card promoted by DiBella Entertainment as part of its popular “Broadway Boxing” series. (More)
Former WBA lightweight champion Paulus Moses is highly motivated by the chance to become the first Namibian to win world titles with two different organizations when he takes on WBO lightweight belt holder Ricky Burns Saturday at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow, Scotland. “In boxing, there are no easy fights. Every match is tough, every match is dangerous but fighting up in Scotland will not present a problem,” Moses told boxing writer Glynn Evans. “The crowd was against me many times in South Africa, and also Japan and the Ukraine yet I won every time. Even up in Scotland, a lot of Namibian people from all over Britain have expressed a wish to come and see this fight.
“Training has gone very well and my weight is fine. I haven’t seen Ricky Burns fight yet but, according to his record, he must be a very good boxer. It’s sure to be very tough, every fight is. Still, if you want to be the champion, you need to beat the champion. I’m very confident. I train to win and, if I succeed, I will become a big, big hero back home in Namibia. I’ve beaten better fighters than Ricky Burns before. I’m coming to take his title by knockout!”
By Boxing Bob Newman
Boxing returns to New York state’s capital region this Saturday night, March 10 as Ares Promotions presents “Fight Night 8” at the Empire Plaza Convention Center, under “The Egg.” The venue has become the home of Albany boxing in recent years and was the location of Mike Tyson’s professional debut in Mach of 1985. Headlining the 8 bout card will be Jose “Stinger” Medina taking on journeyman Michael Rayner in a middleweight eight rounder. In a case of “If you can’t beat ’em, Join ’em,” Ares Promotions signed the “Stinger” after having been stung by Medina when he was brought in against Ares’ own Markus Williams, then 7-1, and Chris Fitzpatrick, then 14-0, and he beat them both. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“This is will my first visit in Atlantic City, a very important city for boxing, so I can’t wait to step into the ring and fight Wach. It will be a family affair, my Mom and my stepdaughter will be there celebrating my 50th win,” – said Tye Fields (49-4, 44 KO), who on March 24 at the Resorts Casino & Hotel in Atlantic City will fight against WBC International titleholder, #9 WBC ranked undefeated Mariusz Wach (26-0, 15 KO) from Poland.
Mariusz Wach remembers your well from the time, when you both worked as sparring partners for Samuel Peter in a Big Bear training camp…
We were roommates, we know a lot about each other. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
Mexican four-division world champion Erik “Terrible” Morales opened his training camp to the media on Wednesday at the Otomi Ceremonial Center in Mexico as he prepares for his next bout on March 24 against Danny Garcia in his first defense of his WBC super lightweight crown at the Reliant Arena in Houston, Texas.
“Once again I’m here in this beautiful place which has been my training camp for many years,” said Morales. “This time is a new challenge, this young fighter who wants to beat me and take my world title. I trained hard and I hope to give a good fight that night and prove myself for big fights. My experience, my boxing and my physical condition will help me win this fight…after beating Danny Garcia, I look for opportunities with Amir Kahn, Humberto Soto, Lucas Matthysse or Maidana.” (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“It’s movie time for me, so let’s talk” – said Roger Bloodworth, trainer of Tomasz Adamek when Fightnews called Tomasz Adamek trainer. By “movie time”, Bloodworth was of course talking about watching Nagy Aguilera (17-6, 12 KOs), the next opponent of Adamek (44-2, 28 KOs) on March 24 in Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn. “I fully expect Nagy to test Adamek. I read that he goes down to 230 pounds, takes the sport seriously and he knows that this is his chance; if he can beat Tomasz, he can take his place. We are not taking Nagy lightly and if he comes to fight, it will be a hell of a night. I will like to see a full ten rounds of good test for Tomek, but not sure he agrees with me”, said Bloodworth. He also talked about what to expect from Adamek, his ideas of rejuvenating the heavier weight classes and who could be ‘The Next’ after the Klitschko brothers. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBC welterweight champion Carlos “Tata” Baldomir (48-13-6, 14 KOs) will face local prospect Billi Godoy (24-0, 13 KOs) on April 14 in the city of Neuquén. Godoy is the current Argentinian and WBC/WBO Latin champion but these crowns will not be on the line that night. Baldomir won two bouts in 2011, both in Argentina.
By Mariano A. Agmi at ringside
Photo: Marty Rosengarten/ringsidephotos.com
In the main event of the night, undefeated Alex “The Brick City Bully” Perez (16-0, 9 KOs) proved to be too big and strong for the comebacking Francisco “Gato” Figueroa (20-4-1, 13 KOs), dropping Gato with a left hook, straight right combination in round 4 and battering his opponent throughout the 10 round welterweight bout to win by scores of 99-90, 98-91 and 96-93. (more…)
Photos and story by Brett Bonetti
A press conference was held today at The Marina Bay Sands Resort in Singapore to announce biggest fight card ever seen in Singapore. Indonesian superstar and current undefeated WBA World Featherweight Champion Chris “The Dragon” John (46-0-2, 22 KO’s) will make the 16th defence of his title against the might of Japan, Shoji Kimura (24-4-2, 9 KO’s) at The Marina Bay Sands Resort in Singapore on Saturday 5th May, 2012. Also on the card is rising star young Daud ‘Cino’ Jordan (28-2, 22 KO’s) who will face up against the undefeated Filipino Lorenzo ‘Thunderbolt’ Villaneuva (24-0, 23 KO’s) to see who will take home the IBO World Featherweight Title.
Promoters Angelo Hyder and Raja Sapta Oktohari believe with the support of Marina Bay Sands, this double World Title Fight will be the beginning of the rise of Asian boxing. “The biggest and the best fights in Asia will now be in the best venue in Asia, The Marina Bay Sands.” Oktohari said. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Shaven-skulled slow-starter Yoshitaka Kato (21-4-1, 5 KOs), 135, barely kept his Japanese lightweight belt in his initial defense as he avenged his previous defeat on a split duke by eking out an also split verdict (97-94, 96-95, 94-97) over ex-champ Akihiro Kondo (16-3-1, 6 KOs), 135, over ten close rounds on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. Kondo, some two years ago, kept his belt by dropping Kato with a left hook and managed to win a hairline decision at the same venue. Now Kato was the defending titlist who acquired the vacant belt renounced by the current OPBF ruler Nihito Arakawa. The slick-punching and fast-moving Kondo displayed his favorite hit-and-run strategy, steadily piling up points in the first half, while Kato only kept going forward with his peek-a-boo guard. It looked like a one-sided affair, but the tide abruptly turned in the second half. Kato’s jabs bloodied Kondo’s nostrils and began to mix it up with Kondo’s footwork fading and his stinging lefts diminishing. It followed a similar pattern of the first encounter between Carmen Basilio and Sugar Ray Robinson with the rugged puncher Kato emerging victorious though the decision might be debatable. (more…)
Photos: Peter Amador/Top Rank
Television camera crews and reporters packed the Verdanza Hotel on Wednesday for the final press conference for Salido-Lopez II – the rematch of one of last year’s most shocking upsets – just three days before WBO featherweight champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (37-11-2, 25 KOs) defends his title against the man he dethroned, former world champ Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (31-1, 28 KOs) on Saturday at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
In the co-feature, undefeated #1 featherweight contender Mikey Garcia (27-0, 23 KOs) will face former featherweight title challenger Bernabe Concepcion (31-4-1, 17 KOs) in a 10-round featherweight bout. Both bouts can be seen on Showtime. (more…)
In the early 1970s, professional boxing in Woodland Hills, California was a regular occurrence when legendary Hall of Fame Promoter “Dandy” Don Fraser hosted a weekly show at the historic Valley Music Theater on Ventura Boulevard. On March 31, the spirit of the 70s will be welcomed back as Art of Boxing and Bash Boxing return to the Warner Center Marriott with the latest installment of the only regular pro boxing show in the San Fernando Valley. Started in 2007 by former NABO Super Flyweight Champion Kahren Harutyunyan, who later associated with boxing attorney and manager, Steve Bash, the “War at Woodland Hills” boxing series is now in its sixth year. The March 31 show will have a special 70s theme and fight fans are encouraged to bring their favorite bell bottoms and disco shoes.
Highlighting “Saturday Boxing Fever” will be the returns of Boxing360’s former National Amateur Champion and current undefeated pro Donyil Livingston, new local boxing phenomenon Zachary “Kid Yamaka” Wohlman, undefeated prospects from the famed Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard, Herbert Acevedo and Erik Ruiz, and highly regarded female boxer Celine Roman. (more…)
IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale (27-1, 15 KOs) says he’s ready to invade the U.S. market after his win over Osumanu Adama on Wednesday night at the Derwent Entertainment Centre in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. “A move to the U.S. could be next for me,” said Geale. “My promoter Gary Shaw is eager to get me some big fights with all the champions at middleweight. I have confidence in my ability to unify the titles and become the best middleweight in the world. I feel great right now and I’m extremely happy knowing big opportunities await me. My career is headed in the right direction and I’m looking forward to my next fight, whoever it may be. A fight with Jermain Taylor is also intriguing being that we were both Olympians in the 2000 Sydney Games. I’m ready to fight the best out there, including Sergio Martinez.”
“Sky is the limit for Daniel,” said promoter Gary Shaw. “Right now the goal is to bring Geale to the U.S. for a big fight on network television. He’s earned the right to fight any of the current champions at middleweight. Daniel is a fantastic fighter and I see him becoming the undisputed champion at 160. When I get back to the states, I will put everything in motion.”
Video: Joel A. Colón
The final press conference took place today for the hotly anticipated world featherweight title rematch between champion Orlando Salido and Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez, which takes place Saturday at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, PR. Mikey Garcia meets Bernabe Concepcion in the Showtime opener.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
The Keystone Boxing card slated for Saturday, March 10 at the Washington Convention Center in DC is just about together and there are eight bouts slated for the card. Undefeated DC welterweight “The Beltway Boricua” Dusty Harrison is one of the headliners on the card. The 17-year-old will face veteran Booker T. Mullins of Spartanburg, SC in a four-round contest. Harrison (3-0, one KO) fought his last bout at the Convention Center and scored his first pro knockout when he stopped Terrell Davis in the first round. Mullins (3-10, two KO’s) last fought in 2010 when he was knocked out in the first round by Perry Ballard in November 2010 in Fairfax, VA.
The co-feature bout marks the return of DC lightweight Ty Barnett, who has not fought in the Beltway region since he fought two bouts in Salisbury, MD in 2010. This will also be just the third time in Barnett’s pro career that he has battled in DC and his first since 2007. Barnett (18-2-1, 12 KO’s) has lost two of his last four–both by knockout. This includes his last bout — a third-round KO by undefeated Andrey Klimov on May 14 in Carson, CA. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
In an attractive lightweight bout, Kevin Hoskins will take on Juan Suazo at the Theatre Center in downtown Los Angeles this Thursday night. Hoskins (5-0, 4 KOs) from Moreno Valley, CA stopped Angel Torres in his last bout in January. He will be facing a fighter with a winning record for the first time in his career in Suazo, who lost a close eight round majority decision to Juan Garcia in his last bout last month. Suazo (8-6-3, 5 KOs) of Tucson, AZ was stopped by unbeaten Karl Dargan in his previous fight in August, but was coming off a win over Ramon Montano and a June draw with upstart Gabriel Tolmajyan. (more…)
Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports will promote three fight cards within a span of nine days this month between March 22nd and 30th. It starts March 22 with the official launch of its 2012 Thursday Night Fight Series at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, RI. March 24 is a heavyweight event at the Resorts Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. Then March 30 is an ESPN show at the Foxwoods Resort in Ledyard, CT. “Anyone who thinks boxing is dead should take a look at what we’re doing this month,” Burchfield said. “This sport is alive and well thanks to the loyal fans who pack arenas on a weekly basis, and our tripleheader this month will be no exception.”
The March 22 card features super middleweight Vladine Biosse (11-1-1, 6 KOs) and welterweight Jason “School Boy” Pires (22-4-1, 9 KOs) in separate bouts.
On March 24, undefeated WBC #6 heavyweight Mariusz Wach (26-0, 14 KOs) takes on Tye Fields (49-4, 44 KOs) in a PPV clash. Also formerly world-rated light heavyweight Joey Spina (26-1-2, 18 KOs) will return to the ring for the first time in a year in a half to face former “Contender” participant Jerson Ravelo (20-5, 12 KOs).
March 30, is the grudge match between “Hammerin'” Hank Lundy (21-1-1, 11 KOs) and “Dangerous” Dannie Williams (21-1, 17 KOs), plus middleweight Elvin Ayala (24-5-1, 11 KOs) against Hector Camacho Jr. (53-4-1, 28 KOs).
Welterweights Artemio ‘The King’ Reyes (15-1, 12 KOs) of Riverside, California will take on Alan Sanchez (9-2-1, 3 KOs) of Fairfield, California in an intriguing rematch of their all action affair back in June of 2010. The bout will be scheduled for 10 rounds with a 147 pound max weight limit. The date of the fight is April 13th. Site will be Las Vegas/venue to be named. Many on hand for their first fight described it as a thriller which ended with Reyes winning a tight decision in a battle between the two giants as both are listed at a towering 6’1, which is quite tall for this division. Both have gone unbeaten since their first fight with Reyes winning nine straight including a major upset of then unbeaten Olympian Javier Molina in October 2011. Sanchez has gone unbeaten in five bouts since fighting Reyes. The rematch will be the television co-feature opener on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights series where former world champion Michael Katsidis will be featured in the main event.
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Their April 13 fight is billed as “Bad Blood” and bad blood it was when WBA Super World Middleweight Champion Felix Sturm, 33, and former WBC World Middleweight Champion Sebastian Zbik, 29, came face-to-face for the first time at today’s press conference at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany, the venue of their fight. After the usual introductions, Zbik (30-1, 10 KOs) took the stage: “I’m glad to be here. It was about time that Felix grew some balls and took this challenge. I’m a real fighter and come April 13, I’ll win the championship.”
Sturm (36-2-2, 16 KOs) responded quickly: “Well, I’m happy that you finally grew some balls.” He then looked at Zbik and continued: “Tell me again how you became a world champion? You won the interim title, right? Which is nothing more than a Mickey Mouse title. And whom did you beat to become the full champ? No one, right. They awarded you the title. And well, you lost it again in your very first defense. So why do you disrespect me and my former opponents?” (more…)
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the referee and judges who will work on the world title bout between WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns and Paulus Moses this Saturday, March 10, at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow, Scotland. The referee will be Mark Nelson, from the United States. The judges are John Stewart, from the United States, Jose I. Martinez, from Spain, and Phil Edwards, from the United Kingdom. WBO supervisor for this fight will be Dennis Gilmartin.
The live webcast on WBCBOXING.TV, that was scheduled to show Daniel Geale vs. Osumanu Adama for free, was being shown around the world against the agreement of Gary Shaw Productions, forcing the stream to be cut off in the U.S. and on the WBCBOXING.TV website.
Gary Shaw states, “The WBC has violated the agreement that was set in place to show the stream live in the U.S .for free. Because the WBC opened up the feed to the World, GSP had to kill the signal. The WBC website was only given permission to stream the feed in the U.S. and opening of the signal to the World created problems. On behalf of GSP, we apologize for the confusion.”
A verbal agreement has been made for interim WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (23-1, 17 KOs) of Russia to defend against Barbados native Shawn ‘The Sniper’ Cox (16-1, 15 KOs). The bout between the two southpaws will take place April 4th at the Crocus City Hall in Myakinino, Russia. Lebedev is coming off of his 12 round unanimous decision over former multi-divisonal world champion James Toney this past November. Cox will enter the bout fresh off of his first round destuction of former world champion Wayne Braithwaite less than two weeks ago in Braithwaite’s native Guyana.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Louie Abigail
IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale (27-1, 15 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Osumanu Adama (20-3, 15 KOs) on Wednesday night at the Derwent Entertainment Centre in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. Geale outworked Adama to win by scores of 117-111, 115-113, 118-110.
IBF featherweight champion Billy Dib (34-1, 21 KOs) retained his title with a seventh round TKO over Eduardo Escobedo (32-4, 23 KOs). Dib’s aggressive body attack broke down Escobedo who didn’t come out for round seven.
In an upset, heavyweight Travis Walker (39-7-1, 31 KOs) scored a TKO in the sixth round against Kali Meehan (38-5, 31 KOs) in a clash for the IBF Pan Pacific title. Meehan’s corner threw in the towel after Walker hurt and pummeled him. more photos
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Unbeaten former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (29-0-1, 22 KOs) was in attendance Tuesday afternoon at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles for his WBA lightweight title showdown April 14 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. However, the mystery remained as to why Yuriorkis Gamboa (21-0, 16 KOs) was not present at Monday’s kickoff press conference in Miami or on Tuesday at the Los Angeles press conference. Many have began to wonder about the status for April 14. Rumors are swirling around that Gamboa has been training in Las Vegas and gotten tight with Mayweather Promotions.
“We are both obligated for this fight,” Top Rank President Todd duBoef told Fightnews.com. “The burden is on him (Gamboa). He made the commitment. He agreed to terms.” (more…)
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