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By Malte Müller-Michaelis
Don King shocked Sauerland Event and K2 Promotions by not only surprisingly showing up for the purse bid for the WBO cruiserweight championship between Marco Huck and Ola Afolabi in Miami on Tuesday morning but winning the bid by a wide margin. King’s 1,500,000.- US$ easily outpriced Huck’s promoter Sauerland (914,000.- US$) and Afolabi’s promoter K2 (375,000.- US$). Apparently, DK is planning to stage the world title fight in Huck’s home country Germany on May 25th.
Co-promoters DiBella Entertainment and 50 Cent’s SMS Promotions have announced the full undercard supporting this week’s ESPN Friday Night Fights event, featuring IBF Featherweight Champion Billy “The Kid” Dib (35-1-0-1NC, 21 KOs) defending his title against undefeated Russian challenger Evgeny Gradovich (15-0, 8 KOs), airing live (9 p.m. ET start) from the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. (more…)
Story and photos by Ricardo Conde
Unbeaten and fast-rising prospect Hugo ‘The Boss’ Centeno (17-0, 9 KOs) of Oxnard, California works out at the KO Boxing & Fitness Gym as he is set to take on Keandre ‘Lightning’ Leatherwood (12-1-1, 8 KOs) on Friday March 8th in the main event on the latest edition of ShoBox: The New Generation in an 10-round junior middleweight bout live from the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California which is being presented by Golden Boy Promotions.
When asked his opinion and what he knew about his opponent, Centeno said “I know he’s a good, strong fighter but other than that I don’t really know too much about him, I know they call him ‘Lighting’ because supposedly he’s got fast hands but March 8 we’ll see how fast and good he really is. I’m having a great training camp for this fight, I’ve been sparring a lot at the Wild Card Gym in L.A. and we’re getting some great work out there. I never take any fighter lightly, every fight is important to me and I know March 8 we’re going to put on a great show for the fans.” In his last outing, Hugo Centeno, who is managed by Joel De La Hoya, brother of 10-time world champion Oscar De La Hoya, defeated Allen Conyers (12-8, 9 KOs) when Conyers failed to come out for the start of the 7th round at the legendary Los Angeles Sports Arena this past December. photos
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A source revealed to Fightnews.com about the possibility that the former world champion Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz could be returning to boxing at age 29 and after hanging up his gloves in 2010. According to the source, Diaz has been training for a possible return to boxing and could even be fighting in March and April. According to the source Diaz is training with Derwin Richards and fitness trainer Brian Caldewell and would be fighting under the Golden Boy banner.
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez made a special guest appearance on “ESPN Deportes – A Los Golpes” show with hosts: Bernardo Osuna, Julio Cesar Chavez and David Faitelson at the ESPN studios in downtown Los Angeles Monday. Valdez is in preparation for his upcoming special attraction fight on the undercard of Timothy Bradley vs Ruslan Provodnikov.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Banner Promotions, Tecate, Bradley-Provodnikov will take place, Saturday, March 16 at The Home Depot Center in Carson,Calif. and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
Ahead of his March 23 fight at Glow, Bluewater, Kent, England, WBC silver super-middleweight champion James DeGale MBE talks training and hopes for the future. The fight will be televised in the U.S. on Wealth TV and WealthTV.com.
WealthTV is available nationally on Verizon FiOS TV channel 169 and 669 in HD, AT&T U-Verse TV channels 470 and 1470 in HD, along with over 100 cable systems across the country as well as on line viewing via computer and numerous connected devices and via www.wealthtv.com.
As a kid growing up on the Hawaiian island of Kailua, Brad Tavares dreamed of one day seeing the world. The ambition to do so was never in short supply, but the idea of traveling the globe and the means to bring this goal to fruition, at times appeared to be as distant as the sun setting across the western horizon . . . Click here for more on UFC.com by Duane Finley
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Yet another 2013 boxing postponement. Heavyweight Chris Arreola has reportedly pulled out of the March 9 WBC eliminator against Bermane Stiverne citing to bronchitis. The bout will be rescheduled for the third time.
The fight will take place at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.
— ABNER MARES (@abnermares00) February 26, 2013
By David Robinett at ringside
Photos: Craig Bennett / Showtime
Super featherweight Alejandro “El Alacran” Perez pulled off the mild upset over previously unbeaten Art “Lionheart” Hovhannisyan, scoring a close unanimous decision victory over ten rounds in the main event on ShoBox: The Next Generation at the Morongo Casino Resort in Cabazon, California. Scores were 96-93, 96-93, and 95-94, including one point deducted from Perez for a low blow in round five. One of the main storylines coming into this fight was the familiarity between these two fighters, who estimated that they sparred about 80 rounds together in recent years. “We’ve sparred a lot, we know each other well and we’re friends,” explained Hovhannisyan before the fight. “But business is business and once the bell sounds, the fight is on.” (more…)
By Jeff Reiners ringside
Photos: Jose Murillo
Welterweight Gilbert Venegas (12-8-3, 8 KOs) left Davenport having retained “King of the Quad” status, stopping Muscatine prospect Lance Williams (4-1, 4 KOs) in the third round.
The seasoned Venegas fought patiently, while Williams stayed the busier man in rounds one and two.
Venegas, a 35 year old veteran, closed the distance in the third and roughed up Williams along the ropes, dropping Lance to a knee with a body attack and overhand right. After a prolonged evaluation, referee Pete Henkels waived the contest over at 1:48 of the third.
“I walked him down, made him spend more energy than he was used to. I touched him to the body, set him up for the right hand,” said the victorious East Moline fighter.
Venegas was fast to point out what he believed from the beginning, he was the bigger, stronger man.
“I’m a slow starter, but he paid the price for stepping up. My hard shots were the difference.” (more…)
Boxing Execs converge in Miami before tomorrow’s purse bid for the WBO cruiserweight title fight between Marco Huck and Ola Afolabi.
From left to right Tuto Zabala, Jr, Tutiking Zabala of All Star Boxing, Joe Hernandez of the WBO, Ricardo Rizzo of Rizzo Boxing, WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, Tom Loeffler of K2, and Chris Meyer of Sauerland Event.
Looks like Abner Mares and Daniel Ponce De Leon will clash April 20 on a Showtime card. Location TBA.
A South Dakota House committee has endorsed a bill that would create a state athletic commission to regulate contact sports.
Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao? Forget about it! At least that’s what Top Rank boss Bob Arum is telling the Filipino media. Arum is working on a fifth Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez bout while Mayweather has made it clear he’s wide open to fighting Pacman . . . that is, should Pacquiao avenge his losses to Marquez and Timothy Bradley.
Thompson Boxing Promotions, one of the busiest promoters in southern California, opened their 2013 season this past Friday with the fan favorite “Path to Glory” series at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA, in front of a sold out crowd.
Super bantamweight Christopher “Marvelous” Martin (26-2-3, 8 KOs) of San Diego made his shot at redemption a good one with a razor thin but hugely unpopular unanimous decision over previous conqueror Jose Angel Beranza (35-26-2, 27 KOs) of Mexico City in the main event. (more…)
On March 30th at the beautiful Monte Carlo Casino in Monaco, South Africa’s premier promoter Rodney Berman (Golden Gloves Pty), in association with the Principality of Monaco, will stage the opening round of the much-anticipated “Monte-Carlo Million Dollar Super Four” tournament.
The event, which is headlined by red-hot WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (25-0, 22KO’s) defending his title against former world champion, Nobuhiro Ishida (24-8-2, 9KO’s), matches Edwin Rodriguez (22-0, 15KO’s) against Argentinean Olympian Ezequiel Osvaldo Maderna (19-0, 13KO’s) and former two-division world champion Zsolt Erdei (33-0, 18KO’s) squaring off against Denis Grachev (12-1-1, 8KO’s) in the opening round of the tournament. The two finalists will split a $1,000,000 total purse on a 60-40 basis, in Monaco in July as part of the commemoration of Nelson Mandela’s 95th Birthday Celebration.
The European junior middleweight title bout between champion Sergei Rabthenko, of Russia, and Adriano Nicchi, of Italy, will also be featured. (more…)
A big opening night for Roy Englebrecht Promotions this Thursday just got bigger with the announcement today of a new broadcast agreement signed with TVC+ Latino, and now fans all over the world will be able to watch Fight Club OC. “I have been negotiating for the past four months with TVC+ Latino owner Jose Aquino and I’m am thrilled that we can launch our new relationship with Thursday’s big show, featuring our undefeated heavyweight rising star Alexander Flores,” said Fight Club OC promoter Roy Englebrecht. (more…)
By James Slater
Unbeaten lightweight/light-welterweight Denis Shafikov, 31-0-1(17) could certainly be regarded as that old cliché, one of the best kept secrets in boxing, but the Russian southpaw is confident he will soon get the big fights his talents deserve. Next up for the 27-year-old will be a March 16th fight with fellow Russian, Alisher Rahimov, 25-1(12), and after that, the man known as “Djingis Khan” is hoping to get a fight with current hot-shot/future superstar Adrien Broner. (more…)
Chicago fan favorite and perennial contender Donovan “Da Bomb” George (24-3-1, 21 KOs) will battle world title challenger David “The Destroyer” Lopez (43-13, 23 KOs) of Nogales, Mexico in a ten round middleweight bout on March 22 at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion. The George/Lopez clash will be featured as the main event broadcast on ESPN Friday Night Fights complimented by a ten round welterweight tilt between 2008 Mexican Olympic Team member and hot Chicago attraction Adrian “EL Tigre” Granados (11-2-1, 7 KOs) and former world champion Kermit Cintron (33-5-1, 28 KOs).
Tickets are priced at $150, $100, $50 and $30 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster (Ticketmaster.com, 1-800-745-3000), the 8 Count Productions Offices, 312-226-5800 or the UIC Pavilion Box Office, 312-413-5740.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo Courtesy: El Siglo
Ring legend Sugar Ray Leonard is in Panama visiting former nemesis Roberto “Mano de Piedra” Duran. This is the first time that Leonard has visited Panama. Leonard and Duran fought three times between 1980 and 1989 with Leonard compiling a 2-1 edge. Word is Leonard is in Panama to film a documentary in which both will participate.
Main Events announced today that they have signed middleweight hopeful Curtis “Showtime” Stevens to an exclusive promotional contract. Stevens, born and bred in Brownsville, Brooklyn, NY, has a strong amateur pedigree, a solid professional record of 23-3, 17 KOs, and is a hot commodity after his most recent bout. Stevens needed less than one round to finish off the seasoned and usually-durable Elvin Ayala last month in a nationally televised fight for the Vacant NABF Middleweight Title. Stevens brutally handled Ayala, dropping him twice in the opening round to send the message that he is ready to take on the best of the 160-pound division. It was the second consecutive first round knockout for Stevens, who halted Romaro Johnson after just 2:16, last March in his first middleweight bout. (more…)
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