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Promoter Greg Cohen has left The Empire Sports and Entertainment Inc. and formed Greg Cohen Promotions. He will continue to promote former heavyweight champion Hasim “The Rock” Rahman (49-7-2, 40 KOs), WBA 154-pound champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout (22-0,13 KOs), jr middleweight contender “Mean” Joe Greene (22-1, 14 KOs) lightweight prospect Mikey Faragon (14-0, 7 KOs), former multi-division world champion James “Lights Out” Toney (73-6-3, 44 KOs), among others. GCP will also be working with FOX Sports Net on supplying them with boxing programming.
Rahman is also coming onboard as a partner in the company. Top trainer and former light heavyweight champion Eddie Mustafa Muhammad will serve as Vice President of Boxing Operations.
By Ron Jackson
Mzonke Fana has withdrawn from his IBF junior lightweight title defense against Argenis Mendez of the Dominican Republic scheduled for Carnival City, Brakpan, on June 11 because the champion from Khayelitsha near Cape Town, says he does not have a trainer and adequate training facilities to be ready in time for the mandatory defence. The IBF may strip Fana of his belt. Promoter Branco Milenkovic has announced that the fight will be replaced by an IBF junior featherweight eliminator between Jeffrey Mathebula and Oscar Chauke.
Hekkie Budler, who lost his IBO junior flyweight belt to Gideon Buthelezi on January 27, will return to action at the Orient Theatre in East London on May 29. After suffering his first defeat against Gideon Buthelezi in January this year, Budler will drop to strawweight to fight in an eight-rounder. Promoter Mzi Mnguni will announce his opponent shortly.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Miami based heavyweight Evans Quinn (20-5-1, 18 KOs) will clash with Seth Mitchell (21-0-1,15 KOs) over ten rounds at Buffalo Bill’s Star Arena in Primm, Nevada on Friday. Quinn is confident of victory and said, “I’ve been training hard in Nicaragua in preparation for this fight. I’ve had some good sparring and I’m ready to go the distance if necessary. My speed will win me the fight. I’m looking forward to putting on a great show for the fans. I fought Serhei Liakhovich on 9 days’ notice. I still should have won that fight despite just turning up and fighting. He (Seth Mitchell) can’t show me nothing I haven’t already seen. He is in a lot of trouble.” (more…)
Main Events CEO, Kathy Duva, today officially announced a new opponent for Joel Julio’s May 20th welterweight bout. Julio (36-4, 31KOs) will take on Anges Adjaho, of Cotonou, Benin (Africa), 17-5, 9KO’s. Antwone Smith was forced to withdraw from his fight against Joel Julio because of an elbow injury. For Julio this fight is particularly important because it will be his first test back at the 147 weight class.
Held in the intimate boxing club environment of Prudential Center’s AmeriHealth Pavilion, Newark, New Jersey, the fight will be broadcast on ESPN 2, 9-11 pm EST. The Brick City Boxing Series fight is promoted by Main Events. (more…)
Photo and report by Ricardo Conde
Fightnews caught up with WBO Inter-Continental junior welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse (28-1, 26 KOs) at the World Crown Sports Training Center in Oxnard, California to talk to him about his upcoming fight with former WBC/IBF junior welterweight champion Devon Alexander ‘The Great’ (21-1, 13 KOs) of Saint Louis, Missouri that takes place June 25th at The Family Arena in Saint Louis, Missouri, which will be shown live on HBO’s ‘Boxing After Dark’, his fight with current IBF junior welterweight champion Zab ‘Super’ Judah, and a lot more, here’s what he had to say… (more…)
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Highly talented and hard hitting junior welterweight Karim ‘KC’ Martinez (6-0, 4 KOs) of Humble, Texas will step back into the ring this Thursday, May 12th against Robert ‘Hitman’ Hill (3-10, 1 KO) at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas which is being headlined by WBC USNBC junior middleweight champion Juan Carlos Candelo (31-10-4, 20 KOs) of Baytown, Texas by way of Colombia taking on Justin Flanagan (9-1, 5 KOs) of Charleston, Arkansas in a 12-round bout, the fight card is being presented by Steve Crosson Promotions. For more details and photos click here…
Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins impressed the sports world last December when he challenged Light Heavyweight World Champion Jean Pascal in an attempt to break George Foreman’s record as the oldest fighter in boxing history to win a significant world title. After Hopkins’ December 18, 2010 fight with Pascal ended in a controversial draw decision, Hopkins is looking to make history again in a rematch with Pascal, but this time he will be 192 days older than Foreman was when he beat Michael Moorer for the Heavyweight World Championship on November 5, 1994.
“This [surpassing of George Foreman’s record] is a hell of a milestone. This is something that not any old fighter gets to do, or most athletes from any sport for that matter. I am glad to be able to represent that at this stage of my career. I have been able to reach this milestone because of things I have overcome [in my life] and I am motivated by the legacy I will leave.” (more…)
The Heavyweight Factory presents a card in June 4 at The Seminole Hard Rock Live with heavy-handed heavyweight Cedric “The Bos” Boswell (34-1, 26 KOs) his WBC Latino, IBF Inter-Continental and NABA crowns against TBA in the evening’s 10-round main event. Meanwhile, fast-rising light middleweight Domonique “3D” Dolton (10-0, 6 KOs) from the world-famous Kronk gym in Detroit looks to notch his first regional belt in a 10-round co-main event. (more…)
The Son of the Legend, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., is training with Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, Calif. “Junior is working hard and getting prepared for his world title fight,” Roach said. “I am pleased as he is very focused.” Chavez Jr takes on undefeated world champion Sebastian Zbik of Germany in a WBC World Middleweight Championship bout at the STAPLES Center on June 4 in Los Angeles. “Zbik is solid, a champion who will be in top condition. That, I know,” Roach said. Zbik vs. Chavez Jr will be televised on HBO After Dark (10 pm et, 10 pm pt).
By Joe Koizumi
Japanese promoter Kazunori Miyakawa, 62, passed away of heat attack early on Saturday. He collapsed at the dormitory of his Yokohama Hikari Gym, and was urgently hospitalized by ambulance not to regain his consciousness. Miyakawa, a successful businessman, started to sponsor the gym managed by ex-Orient feather champ Mitsunori Seki in 1995 and serve as the promoter of his boxers since. As Seki passed away in 2008, Miyakawa became the club owner on his behalf and took the full responsibility of the gym and promotions. He handled WBA 130-pound/135-pound champ Takanori Hatakeyama, WBA minimum ruler Yutaka Niida and former WBA super-bantm kingpin Ryol-li Lee. Our boxing fraternity greatly missed the still young impresario, and a funeral service will take place in Kawasaki city tomorrow (Wednesday).
Zuffa, LLC, owner of the Ultimate Fighting Championship® brand, announced today that nearly 350 UFC® and STRIKEFORCE® independent contractor athletes will now be eligible for customized accident insurance coverage. The coverage will be underwritten by Houston Casualty Insurance Company and complement existing event coverage the company already provides its athletes. Never before has a combat sports promoter provided coverage to nearly 350 athletes, and this unprecedented policy will cover accidental injuries suffered by athletes while training, as well as non-training incidents such as automobile accidents. (more…)
Contenderes Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez, Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo, and prospect Jonathan “Bomba” González will headline the third edition of the series “A Puño Limpio”, to be held at the Antonio R. Barcelo coliseum in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, Friday, June 3, in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) presentation to be televised live on WAPA América. (more…)
Ringside Report by Scott Ploof
Photography by Emily Harney
As the old boxing saying goes, ‘somebody’s “0” must go’ and it did this past Friday night in front of just over 1000 fight fans at the Fox Theatre inside of Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, CT as Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports presented “Champion Breed.” In the main event of the evening, San Diego CA’s Denis Grachev (10-0-1, 5 KOs), a former Russian kickboxing champion, scored a fourth round TKO victory over the previously undefeated Providence RI super middleweight, Vladine Biosse (11-1, 6 KOs). Former world title challenger Elvin Ayala (23-5-1, 11 KOs) continued his ascent in the super middleweight division with a fourth round TKO at 3:00 as he won his third fight in a row by dominating veteran George Armenta. Click here for the entire ringside report and action packed photogallery.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Three-time world champion and Mexican ring legend Erik “Terrible” Morales is ready to begin training at the Otomi Ceremonial Center for his next fight, possibly on July 30 in Las Vegas or Mexico. Although Morales has no opponent lined up yet, the names of Zab Judah and Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero have come up, although Morales would prefer a rematch with Marcos Maidana.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
The rapid ascent of undefeated Brandywine, MD heavyweight prospect Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell looks to reach a goal when Mitchell faces Evans “The Sandman” Quinn of Miami, FL in a Showtime ShoBox 10-round main event on Friday, May 13 at the Buffalo Bill’s Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, NV. Mitchell (21-0, 15 KO’s) has scored knockouts in his last six and in eight of his last nine bouts. In his last outing, Mitchell registered a second-round technical knockout over Charles Davis at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA.
However, the Nicaraguan-born Quinn (20-5-1, 18 KO’s) presents a formidable foe with knockout power of his own. Quinn’s last two bouts have ended in first-round knockouts. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
There is new information that current WBC lightweight world champion Humberto ‘Zorrita’ Soto will next defend his title against Japan’s Motoki Sasaki (36-8-1, 23 KOs). No date or venue named, but Oaxaca, Guanajuato and Queretaro are serious possibilities. Soto is currently in Temoaya at the Otomi Ceremonial Center with trainer Romulo Quirarte Jr. and boxers Rogelio Castañedas and Antonio Lozada Jr. Zorrita will celebrate his 31st birthday on Wednesday.
By Graham Houston
The initial reaction, it has to be said, was one of disappointment. Manny Pacquiao dominated Shane Mosley, outclassed him and beat him up in a one-sided 12-round decision. Boos cascaded down, though, from the upper reaches of the sold-out MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night. People didn’t want to see a drawn-out public flogging. They wanted more. What the crowd wanted was a spectacular finish. They had seen Mosley lose round after round, seen him dropped heavily, and now they wanted to see Pacquiao close the show.
It sounds cruel to say it, but what the crowd didn’t want was to see Pacquiao touching gloves and behaving like the gentleman he is. No, they wanted to see Pacquiao leave the nice guy part of him outside the ropes and get in there and get his 39-year-old opponent out of the fight. (more…)
After stopping champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr.in the final round on Saturday in Las Vegas to win his third world championship (plus one interim belt) in four different weight divisions, Jorge “Travieso “Arce underwent reconstructive surgery on the bridge of the nose where he suffered a bad cut. On Monday promoter Fernando Beltran took Arce to one of the best hospitals in San Diego, where he underwent minor surgery on the nasal septum, which has already had caused problems in his recent fights. “The operation was a success, doctors removed some cartilage that was damaged and misshapen as a result of many times that had been cut and sutured in previous fights. We’ve solved the root problem and all went very well,” said Beltran as the doctors discharged Arce, who will now take a deserved rest.
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Knockout artist and current WBO Inter-Continental junior welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse (28-1, 26 KOs) of Argentina has set up training camp in Oxnard, California and began preparations last week at the renowned World Crown Sports Training Center for his upcoming fight against former WBC/IBF junior welterweight champion Devon Alexander ‘The Great’ (21-1, 13 KOs) of Saint Louis, Missouri that will take place on Saturday, June 25th at The Family Arena in Saint Louis, Missouri and will be shown live on HBO’s ‘Boxing After Dark’. For more details and photos click here…
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
WBC Silver super middleweight champion Noe ‘El Carbonero’ Gonzalez (26-1, 18 KOs) of Uruguay finished training camp this past Sunday at the World Crown Sports Training Center in Oxnard, California and departed for Uruguay for his up coming fight against Ruben ‘Cloroformo’ Padilla (18-2-1, 17 KOs) of Mexico that takes place this Friday, May 13th at the Estadio Cr. Gaston Guelfi/Palacio Peñarol in Montevideo, Uruguay which is being presented by Sergio Marquez Promociones and Sampson Boxing. (more…)
Two Asians and two Europeans have been assigned by the WBC to work for the May 21 rematch between light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal and Bernard Hopkins at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Judges are Rey Danseco (Philippines), Anek Hontongkam (Thailand) and Guido Cavalleri (Italy). The third man in the ring will be 48-year old Ian John-Lewis (UK). The 46-year-old Hopkins aims to become the oldest man to ever win a championship in boxing while Pascal is looking to retain his belt plus win the vacant WBC Diamond belt.
Photos: Goossen Tutor
Top world rated heavyweight contender Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola was on hand at Saturday’s Galaxy game with David Beckham and Landon Donovan for the ceremonial coin toss and an autograph session at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Arreola is scheduled to return to The Home Depot Center this Saturday, May 14 to fight Nagy “Dominican Dynamite” Aguilera. The Heavyweight bout is the co-feature to the Super Six World Boxing Classic semi-final bout between WBA Super Middleweight Champion Andre Ward and former world champion Arthur Abraham. For more details and photos click here…
FIGHT CAMP 360°: Inside the Super Six World Boxing Classic returns TONIGHT/Monday with episode nine on SHO Extreme® at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
On Saturday, the four Semifinalists in the Super Six World Boxing Classic on SHOWTIME® participated in a press conference at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinals will begin this Saturday, May 14 (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) when undefeated Andre Ward (23-0, 13 KOs) will defend his WBA super middleweight world title against former world champion Arthur Abraham (32-2, 26 KOs) at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
On Saturday, June 4 (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) the Seminfinals will continue when Carl Froch (27-1, 20 KOs) risks his WBC super middleweight title against Glen Johnson (51-14-2, 35 KOs) at Adrian Philipps Ballroom of Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Current WBA interim super lightweight world champion Marcos Maidana was involved in an automobile accident this afternoon in Argentina. He lost control of his vehicle near the intersection of routes 11 and 3 in the city of Santa Fe de Vera but happily was unharmed because he was wearing a seat belt. Maidana said he was traveling in his red Volkswagen Vento and lost control and the car which was badly damaged. There were no other vehicles involved.
WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel said today that he will invite new champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce to Puerto Rico to get his belt and pay tribute to the fighter to become the first Mexican boxer with world titles in four different weight divisions (counting interim titles). “We are coordinating the date for bringing Arce to Puerto Rico for giving him his super bantamweight belt and also giving him a diamond ring for his three WBO titles,” Valcarcel said about the three WBO crowns Arce won at 108, 115 and 122 pounds. Arce (57-6-2, 44 KOs) won the WBO 122lb title last Saturday when he beat by TKO Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (20-1-1, 17 KOs) in round 12. His other belt was the WBC interim 112lb title.
Photo: Lars Ronbog, Sportsagency.dk
WBC Super Middleweight Champion Emeritus Mikkel Kessler (43-2, 32 KOs) will make his eagerly-awaited comeback on June 4 when he takes on WBO #5 Mehdi “Nightmare” Bouadla (22-3, 10 KOs) in front of his home fans at Parken Stadium. It will be the Viking Warrior´s first fight since his epic points victory over WBC Super Middleweight Champion Carl Froch in the Super Six World Boxing Classic in April 2010. In August, an eye injury forced him to pull out of the multi-million dollar tournament. Now he is fit to fight again. “I am excited to be back,” Kessler said. “I knew I had to take a rest to let my eye heal and I am happy that everything went according to plan. I am 100 percent fit and I can´t wait to get inside the ring again – I have really been missing it. The comeback at Parken with my home fans supporting me will be great.” (more…)
Junior Witter and Colin Lynes head the bill for the Prizefighter Welterweights II at York Hall, Bethnal Green on Tuesday June 7 – the final Prizefighter of the season. Former WBC light welterweight champion Witter could face Lynes at the same venue that they met in 2005 when Sheffield’s Witter successfully defended his Commonwealth, European and British titles against Londoner Lynes. Witter won his WBC crown in 2006 against DeMarcus Corley and defended it twice the following year before Timothy Bradley took it from him through a split decision in 2008. There’s a chance for double retribution for former IBO World, British and European champ Lynes, with that score to settle against ‘The Hitter’ as well as one with Prizefighter, after he lost the Light-Welterweights final to Gavin Rees in December 2009. Former British champion Kevin McIntyre, unbeaten prospects John Wayne Hibbert and Bobby Gladman, Yassine El Maachi, Peter McDonagh and Nathan Graham complete the line-up for the 19th edition of Matchroom Sport’s eight-man, one night tournaments.
IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and WBA heavyweight champion David Haye faced off at the kickoff press conference for their July 2 clash at Imtech Arena in Hamburg, Germany.
“I looked into his eyes and saw him beaten and broken. He’s never fought anyone with my attributes, it’s new territory for me and for him,” said Haye (25-1, 23 KOs). “He’ll do what he always does. I’ve fought these robots before – I’ve never lost, at amateur or professional level, to an eastern European fighter and that’s not going to change now…..He’s a fraud and I’m good at exposing frauds.”
Klitschko (55-3, 49 KOs) stated, “David Haye is going to be my 50th knockout. 49 fighters have been knocked out in the last 15 years and David Haye has completely disrespected them. I will show him that he is just going to be another like the 49 before, he will be number 50 on July 2nd.” more photos
Boxing returns to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. on June 3 as rising star Leo Santa Cruz (15-0-1, 7 KOs) battling former World Champion Jose “Carita” Lopez (39-9-2, 32 KOs) in a eight-round bantamweight fight and Coachella’s Randy Caballero fights in a six rounder against an opponent to be named. Telefutura will televise.
Word is Juan Manuel Marquez has rejected Top Rank’s initial offer to face Manny Pacquiao in November.
Late Result: Former New York State heavyweight titleholder Derric Rossy was stopped in five rounds by unbeaten Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev (12-0, 6 KOs) on the undercard of Holyfield-Nielsen on Saturday in Copenhagen, Denmark.
SHOWTIME will replay the Pacquiao-Mosley fight Saturday night along with the Super Six semifinal Andre Ward and Arthur Abraham.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
There is information that current WBC lightweight world champion Humberto ‘Zorrita’ Soto will next defend his title against Thailand’s Saddam Kietyongyuth (22-0, 18 KOs). No date or venue named, but Bahías de Huatulco in Oaxaca is a serious possibility. Soto is currently in Temoaya at the Otomi Ceremonial Center with trainer Romulo Quirarte Jr. and boxer Antonio Lozada Jr.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA #14 super flyweight Everth Briceño (33-6-1, 26 KOs) hammered out a ten round unanimous decision over Darwin Zamora on Saturday night in Managua, Nicaragua. Scores were 99-91, 99-92, 97-93. In the co-feature, former WBA lightweight champion Jose Alfaro (25-7, 22 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Eduardo Becerril (11-7-2, 3 KOs). The card was promoted by Prodesa at the Casino Pharaohs.
By Andreas Hale
Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
The war between Jorge Arce and Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. was easily the fight of the night on Top Rank’s big PPV extravaganza on Saturday night in Las Vegas. With his courage, determination and unbending will to win, Arce displayed the warrior spirit that Shane Mosley lacked against Manny Pacquiao in the main event. Badly cut on the nose by a punch in round three and knocked down in round four, Arce refused to give in to a strong, younger champion. Behind on the scorecards of judges Gary Merritt and Burt Clements entering round eleven, Arce launched an all out assault in the final two rounds to get a stoppage win in round twelve to win a world title in his third weight division. Click here to see the official Nevada State Athletic Commission Scorecard
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale and his trainer Graham Shaw arrive home at Sydney airport, Australia on Emirates Flight 0412 at 6am on Tuesday after a 24 hour flight from Frankfurt Germany with the IBF middleweight belt under his arm after defeating tough German Sebastian Sylvester over twelve rounds. Geale performed a boxing clinic as he outworked the German in most of the rounds with former world heavyweight contender Randy Neumann working as the third man in the ring having one of his easier nights in the ring as both fighters boxed within in the rules. Geale has received plaudits from Australia’s most successful boxing trainers Johnny Lewis who said the Tasmanian-born boxer did belong among the greats of Australian boxing which include Kostya Tszyu, Jeff Fenech and Jeff Harding all of which Lewis trained. Fellow Australians and world rated middleweights Garth Wood, Sam Soliman and Anthony Mundine are expected to put out challenges to the new IBF middleweight champion.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo: Tim Barry
Former WBA/WBC/IBF super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan talks to Fightnews about Jorge Arce who challenged him after his victory over Wilfredo Vasquez, Jr., to capture the WBO 122 pound title in Las Vegas on Saturday. “I think Jorge Arce must be crazy. He went and challenged me straight after his win. Does he think I am Vasquez, Jr., who is going to stand there in front of him and do nothing? I will punish Jorge more than I did when I fought him last. He thinks he is the only one who has improved by not making 112 and 115. I was very happy for him yesterday because he is a true Mexican warrior that always comes to fight.” (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Talented junior lightweight Jody Stiglingh is favoured to keep his unbeaten record when he faces the unknown Kupula Mbonuama in a scheduled six rounder at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park on Tuesday night. Stiglingh who is trained by Colin Nathan has a reported record of 12-0; 7 and should have been named as Boxing SA’s prospect of the year for 2010. (more…)
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