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By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
IBF #9 Benjamin “Iron Ben” Simon (20-1, 19 KOs) will clash with former world WBA super middleweight challenger Sam “King” Soliman (39-11, 17 KOs) over twelve rounds in an IBF elimination bouton April 1 at the Trabrennbahn Karlshorst in Berlin, Germany. The hard punching German impressed boxing fans during 2010 with four dominant wins. He outscored Rashid “Snake Boy” Matumla (41-12-2) of Tanzania over twelve shutout rounds, stopped Italy’s Fabio Liggieri (12-6-4) in six rounds, stopped Russian Magomed Abdurakhmanov (15-4) in five rounds, and finished former world title challenger Zoltan Kalocsai (42-11) in six rounds. Simon was promoted by Eva Rolle in several of his bouts and is expertly managed by Robert Rolle. (more…)
Exciting junior featherweight boxing sensation Rico “Suavecito” Ramos (18-0, 10 KOs) will risk his #1 world ranking when he takes on former world title challenger Alejandro Valdez (23-4-3, 17 KOs), of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico in a scheduled 10-round bout this Friday, February 11 at Bally’s in Atlantic City. The opening televised 8-round bout showcases undefeated super middleweight Cornelius “Da Beast” White (16-0, 15 KOs), of Houston, TX against another knockout artist Don “Da Bomb” George (20-1-1, 17KOs) who hails from Chicago, IL. Both bouts can be seen on SHOWTIME at 11PM ET/PT.
Just added to the event, in an off-TV twelve-round rematch is an IBF heavyweight title elimination bout between the IBF’s #2 top rated contender Eddie Chambers (35-2, 18 KOs) and IBF #9 Derric Rossy (25-2, 14 KOs). Also, former 2000 US Olympic Silver Medalist, Ricardo Williams (16-2, 9 KOs) returns against former world champion John Brown (24-18-2, 11 KOs) in a six-rounder. Promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions, tickets priced at $75 and $50 call 800-745-3000.
By Phil Doherty
Photos by Reynaldo Sanchez, courtesy of Sam Cohen
Irish southpaw middleweight Andy Lee (24-1, 18 KOs) pounded out another solid day of training today at the Heavyweight Factory gym in Hollywood FL. Under the watchful eye of Hall of Fame trainer Emmanuel Steward, Lee sparred with fellow Kronk gym super middleweight Dominique Dolton (10-0, 6 KOs). Amazingly; according to Steward, these two Kronk fighters served the past 3 years as sole sparring partners to their heavyweight champion stable mate Wladimir Klitschko. For more details and photos click here…
By Phil Doherty
Photo: Reynaldo Sanchez, courtesy of Sam Cohen
A quiet storm is brewing in Miami. In a non-descript warehouse next to Tamiami Airport, experienced boxing trainers Osmiri “El Moro” Fernandez and Herman Caicedo feverishly work with a young, talented and growing group of fighters. That storm just grew in intensity with the addition of super featherweight John “Action” Jackson (15-1-1, 13 KOs).
Dream Team Boxing is the brainchild of Enrique “Henry” Rivalta; currently boxing director at the Heavyweight Factory in Hollywood, FL. Rivalta excitedly explains: “This has been my dream: to develop these young champions and create a group that lives up to the vision and truth of the name Dream Team.” (more…)
With a hand injury forcing Lanard Lane to withdraw from his scheduled February 24 fight against unbeaten junior welterweight Jessie Vargas (13-0, 7 KOs), former WBC interim lightweight champion Jose Armando Santa Cruz (28-5, 17 KOs) has stepped up to face Vargas in the main event of the 2011 premiere of “Fight Night Club” at L.A. LIVE’s Club Nokia.
El Dorado Restaurant in Oxnard will host a meet and great with “Bam Bam” Brandon Rios this Sunday Feb. 13th at 601 S. Oxnard Blvd. The event will be from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and is open to the public. Free pictures will be available for Brandon to autograph and he will also be available to take pictures with his fans. Also on hand will be his trainer and former world champ, Robert Garcia. This event will be the last public appearance for Brandon as he intensifies his preparation for his title shot scheduled for Feb. 26 at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas. Bam Bam has an undefeated record of 26-0-1 (19 Ko’s) and will face Miguel Acosta for the WBA Lightweight title on SHOWTIME. Rios trains out of the famous Robert Garcia Boxing Academy.
Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Former world champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (30-11-2, 22 kos) of Mexico has arrived in San Juan, Puerto Rico for the official announcent of his championship clash with Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (30-0, 27 kos) who will defend his WBO featherweight title against Salido on April 16 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico and it will televised by SHOWTIME.
Danny Davis, who has been Bernard Hopkins’ strength & conditioning coach for eight years, has been added in that capacity to Mike Jones’ team as Jones, the undefeated welterweight contender from Philadelphia, prepares for his rematch vs. Jesus Soto-Karass on Feb. 19 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. “I push and challenge Mike and bring out the best in him,” said Davis, who credits Hopkins, trainers Freddie Roach and John David Jackson and fitness nutritional specialist Mackie Shilstone as major influences. “Mike’s a hard worker who wants to go to the highest level and never complains about what he’s asked to do. That’s what makes a champion. (more…)
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced that rising light heavyweight star Jon “Bones” Jones will replace Rashad Evans in the main event of UFC® 128 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. on Saturday, March 19. (more…)
Photos by Anna Anderson
Female super bantamweight Christina Ruiz (6-3-1, 4 KOs) scored a brutal third round knockout over previously unbeaten Emily Klinefelter (9-1, 3 KOs) on Saturday night at the Johnson County Fairgrounds in Iowa City, Iowa. After being counted out, Klinefelter was unresponsive, remaining flat on her back. Paramedics rushed her by stretcher to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
“Emily is at the hospital and is doing well,” said promoter Adam Pollack in a statement released the day after the fight. “The doctors feel that there is a high probability of a strong recovery. She is speaking and is cogent and responsive, though in and out of sleep as they monitor her. Things are looking up, but the optimism is naturally guarded for the first 72 hours, which is the most critical time.” Click here for more photos…
Ringside by Francisco Salazar
Photos by “Big” Joe Miranda
After his 10-round fight against Francisco Sierra on Saturday night, super middleweight Dyah Davis was confident he had done enough to win a convincing decision over the hard-hitting Mexican fighter.
When Davis heard ring announcer Lupe Contreras not announce him as the winner, Davis left the ring wondering what more he could have done in a bout that all members of the assembled media had him winning . . . Click here for more
At the last minute, Ty Cobb (12-2, 8 KOs) has pulled out of Friday’s fight in El Paso, Texas, against David Rodriguez, claiming a shoulder injury. According to promoter Zeferino Ramirez “I believe that as the fight approached, Cobb was feeling the heat, and not wanting to have another loss on his record, he pulled out. I cannot express my frustration and disappointment by him doing this, with only one week before fight night.”
Instead of Cobb, Rodriguez (33-0, 31 KOs) will now be facing Las Vegas’ Matt Hicks (13-5, 12 KOs). Promoter Ramirez says “I feel that Hicks will be a good match against David. Hicks have notable fights against the likes of Lou Savarese and BJ Flores. Hicks comes with all he has and leaves it all in the ring. Hick’s will be ready, but so will David.”
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (46-2-2, 25 KOs) of Argentina, but now residing in Oxnard, CA, continues his preparations under 2010’s ‘Trainer of the Year’ Gabriel Sarmiento at the World Crown Sports Training Center in Port Hueneme, CA. Martinez will step back into the ring on Saturday, March 12th against WBO junior middleweight champion Sergei Dzinziruk (37-0, 23 KOs) of Ukraine at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT which will be shown live on HBO’s ‘World Championship Boxing’. For more details and photos click here…
By Francisco Salazar
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Boxing writers and fight fans know Luis Franco as the star amateur fighter and as a contender in a talent-filled featherweight division. Now Luis Franco could be known as a fighter who has the heart to come back from being hurt in a fight. Fighting back from being hurt in the first round by the hard-hitting Leonilo Miranda, Franco was able to win a close 10 round split decision victory before a sold-out crowd at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, CA. (more…)
Unbeaten jr welterweight Frankie Gavin (8-0, 7 KOs) has vowed to become the first boxer to halt French journeyman Mounir Guebbas (12-17-2, 8 KOs). Gavin will meet him in an eight-rounder at London’s York Hall on February 19 and he’s after a commanding performance to secure a British title shot later this year. Britain’s only-ever amateur world champion says he expects Guebbas to be a “tough opponent” despite managing just four wins in his last 20 fights. “He’s fought more than 30 times and he has never been stopped,” stated Gavin. “But I’m going to be the one to change all that. I’ve only been taken the distance once in my career, and I regard that as a blemish on my record. By the way I’m punching, Guebbas is going to get taken out in a couple of rounds.”
On March 17th (St Paddy’s Day), Star Boxing wil present a boxing card at the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Long Island, New York. Headlining the “March Mayhem” card is undefeated jr. welterweight prospect Chris Algieri (10-0, 5 KOs) against Martin Tucker (7-7, 3 KOs) in an eight rounder. Algieri and Tucker were originally scheduled to fight in September, but Algieri was forced to pull out after breaking his hand in training. Now the hand is fully healed and Algieri looks to continue on his climb up the 140lb division ladder. Tickets start at $50. Call 718-823-2000.
By Jeff Pamungkas
Undefeated and longtime WBA featherweight king Chris John (44-0-2, 22 KOs) has finally accepted the repeated challenges of his young fellow countryman Daud Cino Yordan, 23, on April 17 in Jakarta, Indonesia. “I’m a professional, and I will fight anybody including Yordan. I’ve suggested that he chase another world title belt, but he keeps asking us to test me, so let’s get it on!” said John with high enthusiasm. Yordan (27-1, 21 KOs). who has idolized John since when he was an amateur, expressed his optimism to defeat John, the most successful Indonesian boxer in history. “This is a historical bout, and we are proud to be the part part of the history,” said Raja Sapta Oktohari, the promoter of the bout. Being asked about the fight with Yuriorkis Gamboa, Sampson Lewkowicz, the representative of both fighters, said that the winner of this bout will face Gamboa. Yordan is now rated #6 WBA and #8 WBO in the featherweight division. This bout will be John’s 14th title defense.
Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
One of boxing’s best and brightest young prospects will get a chance to show if he’s worthy of a world title shot in 2011 when undefeated and WBA #1 ranked super bantamweight Rico Ramos takes on former world title challenger Alejandro Valdez on Friday, Feb. 11, LIVE on ShoBox: the New Generation on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West coast).
In the co-feature, a pair of super middleweight prospects will tangle as unbeaten rising knockout artist Cornelius White (16-0, 15 KOs), of Houston, faces Chicago’s Don George (20-1-1, 17 KOs) in a 10-round affair from Bally’s Grand Ballroom in Atlantic City, N.J.
Ramos, of Los Angeles, will look to keep his perfect 18-0 (10 KOs) record in tact when he faces Valdez (24-4-2, 17 KOs), of Ciudad Obregon, Mexico, in a 10-round 122-pound main event. Both Ramos and White are both represented by the show’s promoter Goossen Tutor Promotions. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
After arriving home in Las Cruces, New Mexico, new WBA super welterweight world champion Austin Trout spoke a few minutes with Fightnews.com to acknowledge the support shown for a long time by boxing fans worldwide. “I feel like my dream has came true. God is awsome. He has allowed me to go against all odds and made my dream come true. I’m looking forward to solidifying my legacy as a great champ and great fighter by using this belt to get big names and beating them in the ring,” said Trout. (more…)
WBC mandatory challenger Odlanier Solis and his team have already spent one week in their high altitude camp in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. “La Sombra,” his trainer Pedro Luis Diaz and Jose Perez arrived in camp only one day after the press conference in Germany announcing his March 19th clash against WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko in Cologne. The three-time world amateur champion and 2004 Olympic gold medalist is currently training 8,000 feet above sea level to get ready for his first world title shot in the pro ranks.
“On March 19th we will see the best Odlanier Solis since he turned pro in 2007,” says Diaz. “We have perfect conditions here in the mountains. I have been here a couple of times with different athletes. It’s a perfect place to get in perfect shape.”
The team will stay at the high-altitude camp until the end of February and do the first sparring sessions in the Sierra Nevada before returning to Cologne for the last phase of preparation.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
It has been announced that current WBA interim middleweight champion Hassam N’Dam (25-0, 17 KOs) will defend his title on April 2 in Canet, France against the Giovanni Lorenzo (29-3, 21 KOs). Lorenzo on points in his last fight against WBA middleweight super champion Felix Sturm last September in Cologne, Germany. “I’m going to train hard because it’ll be a very difficult opponent. I saw his fight with Sturm and it was very even. My title fight was difficult but I hope to improve and to learn a lot before Lorenzo,” stated N’Dam.
United States Olympic heavyweight Jason “Big Six” Estrada has requested, and been granted, a release from his promotional contract with the New York based Boxing 360, and signed an advisor agreement with matchmaker Ted Panagiotis. Estrada’s last fight was a very disappointing defeat at the hands of heavyweight Franklin Lawrence on January 29th. Estrada was the heavy favorite going in, but suffered two minor cuts en route to a 10th round TKO defeat. “We are not going to make excuses, Franklin Lawrence did what he had to do and Jason was flat from the first bell, but really showed a lot of heart,” said Panagiotis. “That being said, that is not the fight I would’ve picked. We had planned a perfect tune-up fight on January 13th in Oklahoma, and to be honest that is what he needed after such a long layoff and foot surgery. Travel and some lack of communication caused that fight to fall apart unfortunately.” The loss to Lawrence dropped Estrada’s record to 16-4, 4 KOs and was his second loss in a row.
There’s only one thing missing from David “Nino” Rodriguez’s resume.
Looks and physique he’s got. A perfect record? You can’t get much better than boasting 33 wins, no defeats, all but two victories coming by way of knockout.
What, then, is keeping the potentially most marketable heavyweight in America from becoming a champion? . . . Click here for more
IBF cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham (23-2, 12 KOs) arrived in Berlin, Germany last Friday for his rescheduled defense against mandatory challenger Enad Licina (19-2, 10 KOs) on Saturday. Cunningham was originally slated to face Licina on January 22nd, however that clash was delayed when an illness to IBF middleweight champion Sebastian Sylvester cancelled that card. Promoter Sauerland Event was then able to reschedule the bout for Saturday’s big show at the RWE Sporthalle in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany. “These things happen in boxing,” said Cunningham, who went back to the U.S. to train between fight dates “I’m glad that my title defense can already be made up on February 12….on Saturday I will be in top form.” The card will also feature WBA cruiserweight champion Steve Herelius (21-1-1, 12 KOs) against Yoan Pablo Hernandez (23-1, 12 KOs), plus Arthur Abraham (31-2, 25 KOs) against Stjepan Bozic (24-4, 15 KOs).
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
World heavyweight contender Kali Meehan (36-4, 29 KOs) talks to Fightnews about his career. Meehan recalls how he thought he defeated Lamont Brewster for the championship when he dropped a disputed split decision in 2004, his stoppage win over highly regarded heavyweight contender DaVarryl Williamson and more. Currently rated WBA #8 and IBF #15, Meehan says he’s about the same size and age as Wladimir Klitschko and knows what it will take to defeat him.
WBO flyweight champion Julio Cesar “Pingo” Miranda (34-5-1, 27 KOs) will face Filipino Arden Diale (15-5-1, 3 KOs) on February 26 in Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico. It will be the third defense for Miranda. Diale is rated WBO #8 and holds the WBO Oriental flyweight belt.
Legendary three-division world champion Marco Antonio Barrera (66-7, 43 KOs) returns February 12 at the Olympic Coliseum at the University of Guadalajara. Barrera faces the US-based Dominican, Jose Arias (15-1, 9 KOs) in his pursuit for an opportunity to became the first Mexican to win a world title in four divisions. Arias had seven KOs in seven fights in 2010 with six in the first round and the other in the second.
Leave it to Anderson Silva to make the toughest test in his career look like a cakewalk. “The Spider” defended his middleweight crown for a UFC record eighth consecutive time as he disposed of fellow Brazilian Vitor Belfort with a brutal front kick to the face in front of 10,893 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. It was as devastating as it was surreal as Silva capped off a loaded UFC 126 card with yet another brilliant highlight reel knockout.
If there were any doubters then, the foot to the face should have shredded that doubt by the end of the night. . . Click here for more
According to Ernesto Castellanos of Esto, former world champion Israel Vazquez (44-5, 32 KOs) is not retired and will look to return to the ring in April. Vazquez is currently training though no opponent has been announced. Its being said that Vazquez is hoping at some point that a fifth bout can be made between he and fomer world champion Rafael Marquez (39-6, 35 KOs). In Vazquez’ last bout in May of 2010 he was stopped in three rounds. The series currently tied with both fighters winning two fights apiece.
Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and “Sugar” Shane Mosley will embark on a coast-to-coast U.S. media tour, beginning Thursday in Los Angeles to announce their mega world championship rumble. Pacquiao and Mosley, who have won world titles in 11 weight divisions between them, will go toe-to-toe for Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight championship on May 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Pacquiao will be making his first ring appearance in The Fight Capital of the World since 2009. Joining Pacquiao and Mosley on the tour will be Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum and trainer Freddie Roach.
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Postfight press report by Anthony Springer Jr.
Photos by Chris Cozzone
They questioned his dedication to fighting.After a near defeat to Chael Sonnen, they questioned if he was beginning to fall off.
Who is “they?” The media and many fans. Who is “he?” Middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva.
In last night’s UFC middleweight title bout against “The Phenom” Vitor Belfort, it took Silva just 3:25 to silence the critics. . . . Click here for more
Photo: Promociones Miguel Cotto
Super bantamweight sensation Jesús Rojas (16-1, 12 KOs) is training and getting ready in Miguel Cotto’s training camp in Hollywood, Florida, for his upcoming fight on March 12 on the Cotto vs. Mayorga undercard. Legendary trainer and Boxing Hall of Famer Emanuel Steward said “Rojas is a great boxer with tremendous skills, very strong and powerful. He will be a future PPV Star, he has what the fans love to see.” For more details and photos click here…
Jon “Bones” Jones is having the best week ever.
After thoroughly dismantling highly touted prospect Ryan “Darth” Bader, the New Yorker received some unexpected but welcome news. As a result of teammate Rashad Evan’s knee injury, Jones will claim the headlining spot against current light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 128 . . . Click here for more
Photo: Boxing Beat
WBC superflyweight champ Tomas Rojas connects against challenger Nobuo Nashiro during their world title clash on Saturday in Osaka, Japan. Rojas won a close but unanimous decision.
By Joe Koizumi
WBC#11/WBA#15 ex-Olympian Toshiyuki Igarashi (13-1-1, 10 KOs), 112, impressively acquired the vacant Japanese national flyweight belt when he made a good start, caught Takayasu Kobayashi (16-4-3, only 2 KOs), 112, with his southpaw left and accelerated his two-fisted attack to prompt the referee’s intervention at 2:07 of the third round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. The elimination bout took place on the same night as the WBA super-fly title go between Tomas Rojas and Nobuo Nashiro in Osaka, and the ex-Olympian and ex-interim champ Igarashi displayed a good form to seize the full championship this time. His manager/promoter Akihiko Honda says the he plans to have Igarashi have a crack at a world throne within this year. Igarashi is the seventh current champ out of Teiken Gym that now handles three world, two OPBF and two national champions.
Promoter: Teiken Promotions.
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