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Fightnews.com has confirmed that unbeaten American heavyweight hope Seth Mitchell (24-0-1, 18 KOs) will face Chazz Witherspoon (30-2, 22 KOs) on April 28 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
Jr welterweight David Barnes (25-2-1, 11 KOs) will face former WBA light welterweight champion Vivian Harris (29-7-1, 19 KOs) at the De Veres Hotel in Bolton, England on March 11th. Harris is hoping to end a four-fight losing streak.
Former world champion-turned promoter Ricky Hatton says his depression was so severe after his career-ending loss to Manny Pacquiao, that he considered ending his life. “I definitely contemplated suicide,” Hatton told BBC Radio Manchester. “It was over a long period of time I’d go out, have a night out, come home and I’d be getting the Stanley knife out. I’d be sat there with a Stanley knife going ‘go on, do it, go on, do it’. And I never did, but it eats away at you. Who knows one day I might have turned up and gone ahead with it. But it was getting most weeks I’d find myself sat on the settee at stupid o’clock in the morning thinking ‘go on just do it’. I’m sure people have started off the same way and sadly done it.”
By Ron Jackson
The biggest issue yet of the only boxing magazine in South Africa has gone on sale. Jeff Ellis, the publisher of African Ring, says the latest issue has 34 pages, more than any since the magazine was launched in May 2009. It carries an article about former IBF junior featherweight champion Vuyani Bungu, who should be considered for induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. The cover picture is of Kaizer Mabuza who meets unbeaten Steven Wills from Australia for the vacant IBO junior welterweight title at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on March 3. The issue also has articles about former SA heavyweight Gawie de Klerk, the historic heavyweight fight between Don McCorkindale and Young Stribling, Ashley Dlamini and Shannon Strydom. (more…)
It was officially announced today that Arthur Abraham (33-3, 27 KOs) will take on Piotr Wilczewski (30-2, 10 KOs) at the Sparkassen-Arena in Kiel, Germany on March 31. “It´s all or nothing for Arthur,“ promoter Kalle Sauerland said at a press conference in Kiel. “He needs to beat Wilczewski to put himself back in a position to fight for the world title.” Abraham, who celebrated a successful return in January when he knocked out Pablo Farias in the fifth round, knows it´s make or break. “I know there is a lot of pressure but I will make a good fight and beat Wilczewski,” he stated. “I have high goals. I want to be world champion again.” Added coach Ulli Wegner: “We don´t fight any push-overs or easy opponents. It´s very simple, I expect a good fight from Arthur and a victory.” Said Wilczewski, a former European Super-Middleweight Champion: “I´m coming here to win. Arthur is a strong guy but I will defeat him.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is already training hard to make the fourth defense of his WBC super welterweight world crown against three-division world champion Shane Mosley on May 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Alvarez trains daily in the Julian Magdaleno Gym in Guadalajara for his biggest and most risky fight to date. Canelo Promotions executive/Canelo’s trainer Edison Reynoso said they are doing great training and improving Alvarez offensive and defensive technique to beat Shane Mosley clearly. In the second week of March, Alvarez will move his camp to the mountains of Big Bear, California.
Court McGee is not the best athlete in the UFC middleweight division. He’s not the best striker either. There are others in the 185-pound weight class who are better grapplers than he is as well. The same goes for wrestling. The 27-year-old Ultimate Fighter winner is brutally honest when assessing how he matches up with his fellow middleweight competitors, and the fact that he’s not at the top of the list in any of the aforementioned fundamentals is fine with him . . . Click here for more by E. Spencer Kyle, UFC.com
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WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel has announced the officials who will work in the world title bouts between WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and Jean Marc Mormeck, and the interim WBO cruiserweight matchup between Ola Afolabi and Valery Brudov this Saturday at the ESPRIT Arena, Dusseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.
The referee for Klitschko-Mormeck will be Luis Pabon, from Puerto Rico. The judges are Clark Sammartino (USA), Manuel Maritxalar (Spain) and Philippe Verbeke (Belgium). Valcarcel himself will be the WBO supervisor.
The referee for Afolabi-Brudov will be Genaro “Gino” Rodriguez. The judges are Clark Sammartino, Luis Pabon and Manuel Maritxalar. WBO supervisor for this fight is Andrew Smale (South Africa).
Sports Fan Properties & Shea Bailey Promotions has announced that seven-time world champion and current International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns will be the special guest of honor at the Georgia Boxing Championship (GBC) on March 2 at The Buckhead Theatre, located at 3110 Roswell Rd NE in Atlanta, Georgia. Headlining the fightcard is Antonio Davis against Jose Hernandez for the GBC lightweight belt. Tickets start at $25.
Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Miguel “Junito” Cotto will hold a press conference Tuesday at Harlem’s World Famous Apollo Theater in New York City to officially announce their May 5th showdown at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. This event is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND FREE. First come, first served and seating is general admission. The line will form outside of the Apollo Theater beginning at 10:00 am ET.
Additionally, tickets for the May 5th Mayweather vs. Cotto superfight go on sale Tuesday 1p ET. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster online or at all outlets or by calling (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available at www.mgmgrand.com
Photo: Gabriel Gonzalez, Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
Seven-Time and Five-Division World Champion Floyd Mayweather (Left) and WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Miguel Cotto (Right) pose on February 27, 2012 in San Juan, Puerto Rico at a press conference to officially announce their May 5, 2012 world championship mega-fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada which will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®.
Miguel Cotto: “I will prepare as never before to defend my title on May 5 in Las Vegas and return to Puerto Rico on May 6 as champion. I guarantee it.”
Floyd Mayweather: “When it comes down to it, one man has to rise to the occasion and that will be me….Floyd Mayweather is not a cheater like Antonio Margarito and Manny Pacquiao.”
By Miguel Maravilla
Coming off his knockout of Eric Molina, heavyweight Chris “Nightmare” Arreola (35-2, 30 KOs) was in attendance last Friday for Thompson Boxing’s card at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. It took Arreola only one round to stop Molina in a scheduled twelve round heavyweight bout last week in Corpus Christi, Texas. However the biggest punch of the night was in his post-fight interview when he referred to Molina’s promoter Don King as a “f—ing a–hole and a racist,” prompting Showtime’s Jim Gray to immediately terminate the interview. “Honestly Don King called me a wetback, and other Mexicans,” Arreola told Fightnews.com. “That’s a strong word. It’s like me dropping N bombs. You don’t say things like that.” (more…)
Zanfer Promotions has a strong series of fights in the pipeline for the month of March, starting March 3 in Tijuana with a world title defense by WBO minimumweight champion Moisés Fuentes (14-1-0, 6 KOs) against Filipino Michael “Wildcard” Landero (15-5-4, 5 KOs). Also former WBC super flyweight champion Tomás “Gusano” Rojas (37-13-1, 25 KOs) continues his campaign in the bantamweight division against Julio “Sombra” Zarate (28-5-2, 17 KOs).
On March 10 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, is the WBO featherweight title rematch between Zanfer fighter Orlando “Siri” Salido and Juan Manuel “Juanma” López.
On March 17 in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico, Omar “Businessman” Chávez faces veteran Emilio Julio, plus WBA jr flyweight king Román “Chocolatito” González defends against Raúl “Rayito” García.
On March 24 in Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, Mexico, WBA flyweight champion Hernán “Tyson” Márquez defends against former world champion Rodel Mayol, plus hot prospect David “Tornado” Sánchez sees action.
Finally, on March 31 in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico, José “Barretas” Pinzon, trained by Ignacio “Nacho” Beristáin, faces an opponent to be named.
By Clint Rosser
“Which fighter moving up in weight will take the next step?” was the question as former junior welterweight champions Devon Alexander and Marcos Maidana clashed Saturday at the Scottrade Center in St Louis, Missouri. The answer was Alexander who dominated Maidana from the opening stanza to final bell who won every round but one round on one scorecard. “I believed in my skills,” Alexander said during the post-fight press conference. “That’s why we moved up to 147 pounds. I felt very strong at this weight.” Alexander was then asked about the cut over his eye and he responded: “I learned against Bradley that you’re going to get cut but you have to fight through it.”
Trainer/manager Kevin Cunningham was asked who is next for Alexander and he responded, “The winner of the Ortiz-Berto rematch makes sense.” He added, “We’re looking for big fights but we need to get with Robert Diaz [a matchmaker for Golden Boy] and see what makes sense.” (more…)
Ringside report by Gerardo Martinez
Photos by Jose Leon Castillo
It was a night of firsts and fists this past Friday night at the YDI Wool Warehouse. Chavez Promotions held their first of what they hope will be many fight cards. The capacity crowd of 450 at hand did not leave disappointed as they were treated to a festival of fists . . . Click here for more
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA’s annual awards dinner will be held on Wednesday, February 29, at the Miramar International Hotel in Panama City. The event will have special guest appearances by world champions, former world champions, promoters, managers, trainers and international celebrities. Those in attendance will include Felix Sturm, Andre Ward, Ricky Hatton, Austin Trout, Amir Khan, Hernan Marquez, Chris John, Gennady Golovkin, Roman Gonzalez, Takashi Uchiyama, Bryan Vasquez, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Marcos Maidana, Koki Kameda, Jackie Nava, Yessica Bopp, Hanna Gabriel, John Ruiz, Kina Malpartida, Kasao Galaxy, Richard Abril, Juan Carlos Reveco, Ricardo Lopez, Johan Perez, Pelenchin Caballero, Guillermo Jones, Eusebio Pedroza, Hilario Zapata, Jorge Lujan, Anselmo Moreno, Beibut Shumenov, and Roberto ¨Mano de Piedra¨ Duran among others. Also confirmed for the event is Mexican Hall of Fame trainer Nacho Beristain. Thousands of fans in that country will be on the lookout for important personalities from the world of boxing.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Two-division former world champion Jorge Linares (31-2, 20 KOs) will face the Mexican prospect Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson (21-2, 19 KOs) in a ten round non-title bouton March 31 in Cancun. The event will be presented by Golden Boy Promotions and local promoter Pepe Gomez. There were plans for Linares to fight on the same date in his native Venezuela on a big world championship card presented by Venezuelan promoter Boxtrack, but ultimately event fell apart.
Photos: Michael Eaton Sterling/KMG
Wladimir Klitschko (56-3, 49 KOs), and Jean-Marc Mormeck (36-4, 22 KOs), participated today in a press conference at the “Intercontinental Hotel Düsseldorf” and talked about their upcoming clash next Saturday. WBA/WBO super champion, IBO/IBF heavyweight champion Klitschko and his challenger Mormeck will face off at the ESPRIT arena in Düsseldorf, Germany. (more…)
By Graham Houston
Devon Alexander promised that he would be a different fighter with added poundage at welterweight and he lived up to his words by pounding out a unanimous 10-round decision over Marcos Maidana on Saturday night. As HBO’s Max Kellerman commented, no one has beaten Maidana this convincingly. Alexander boxed beautifully, looked strong at 147 pounds and simply would not allow Maidana to get into the fight. Alexander’s zest for combat was questioned after he seemingly bailed out of the fight against Timothy Bradley, but on Saturday night he showed mental toughness.
Maidana had been expected to put heavy pressure on Alexander and bully him, but instead Alexander backed up Maidana, hurt him to the body and even looked the puncher in the fight. Indeed, there were a couple of moments when Maidana seemed on the brink of giving up although he pulled himself together and came back slugging. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Three-time world champion Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel (46-4-2, 36 KOs) will be fighting for the WBC super bantamweight silver title against the Indonesian Angky Angkota (25-6, 14 KOs) on March 3 in the German Evers Gym in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico. The semifinal will be a IBF flyweight title eliminator between former WBA world champion Samuel “Sammy ” Gutierrez and former WBC world champion Omar Niño. Prospects Jorge Cota, Alan “Explosivo” Herrera, Alberto “Astro Boy” Sandoval and Rafael Rosas will also see action. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF #8 heavyweight Kali Meehan (38-4,31KO’s) will clash with American Travis Walker (38-7-1, 30 KO’s) in a twelve-rounder on the March 7 undercard of the IBF world title twinbill featuring IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale’s defense against Osamunu Adama and IBF featherweight champion Billy Dib’s defense against Eduardo Escobedo at the Derwent Entertaiment Center in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.
“I’m looking forward to facing Travis Walker on the night,” Meehan told Fightnews.com. “He’s a big strong guy who comes to fight. So I have to be on my ‘A’ game. So far everything in my preparation is going to plan. I know Travis has a point to prove because the last time he fought in Australia many feel the fight shouldn’t have been stopped the way it was in Leapai’s favor.” (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer
William “Big Stuff” Miranda (5-4-1) thrilled his hometown fans at the Rodeway Inn in Allentown, PA with a hard fought six round unanimous decision victory over the always dangerous heavyweight scrapper, Riley Brooks (1-4-1) of Baltimore, Maryland. In the co-feature of the very entertaining six bout card Promoted by Marshall Kauffman’s King Promotions, hard hitting York, PA junior middleweight Keenan Collins (14-7-1, 9KO’s) returned to the winning side of the ledger with a six round unanimous decision victory over Colorado Springs, Colorado’s Julio Cesar Lansas (7-18-6, 1KO). (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Louie Abigail
In a nationally televised promotion, 2006 Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist Jarrod “Left Jab” Fletcher (11-0, 7 KOs) scored a clear ten round decision over Johannes “Tito” Mwetupunga (11-3, 5 KOs) to capture the Australian middleweight crown on Friday at the Melbourne Pavillion, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Fletcher displayed outstanding ring skills as he used clever footwork and accurate combinations that had the aggressive champion missing continually and being counterpunched by the challenger effectively. Mwetupunga had no answer to the fast punching Fletcher, who looks destined for international recognition. Scores 98-92, 96-94, 97-93.
Fletcher said to Fightnews, “I had great preparation for this fight. You could count on one hand the times Mwetupunga hit me during the fight. My trainer Steve Dellar showed me in training how to defeat “Tito.” (more…)
Welterweight Devon Alexander “The Great” has always been the prototypical boxer. With slick, quick hands, head and feet, he is capable of getting in and out of range in the blink of an eye.
Saturday night, with blood streaming down his face and getting the dirty work done in the clinches, he did not give quarter at any time, becoming the fighter that many hoped he would be in his first effort at 147 . . . Click here for more
By Phil Doherty
During all four seasons, South Florida languidly soaks in the sunshine and salty breezes wafting from the Atlantic and Caribbean Seas. Yet this tropical paradise repeatedly betrays its image as a quiet, balmy backwater whenever the topic of boxing arises. Recalling golden days when recently and dearly departed trainer Angelo Dundee joined older-brother Chris to set up a pugilistic “Oz” at the corner of 5th and Washington Street in Miami Beach, champions continue walking its sunny, yellow-bricked road.
The tradition continues this Friday night, fittingly, from the beach a few miles north at the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood. Proving hurricanes have company in the “tropical storm” department, promoter Acquinity Sports delivers undefeated former two-division world champion Joan “ Baby Tyson” Guzman (31-0-1, 18 KOs) of The Dominican Republic in a 10-round career resurrection bout. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former Australian super middleweight champion Les Piper (14-9-3, 3 KOs) edged Zac Awad (17-2-1, 6 KOs) over twelve action rounds at the Orion Function Center, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Friday to capture the IBF Pan Pacific title. Piper came to fight and controlled the contest in most of the rounds. The super-fit Piper punched consistently to stay in front on the scorecards. Piper suffered a cut over the right eye in round three caused by a punch. The ringside doctor inspected the cut at the conclusion of round seven but ruled it okay to continue. Awad was hurt by a perfectly delivered straight left/right combo in round ten that had the champion on unsteady legs, who responded with a solid attack to the head and body of the challenger. Piper was deducted a point in round ten because of use of the elbow. At the conclusion scores were split 117-113, 114-113 (Piper) and 114-113 (Awad). (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg
Edgar “El Chamaco” Santana (26-4, 17 KOs) may have lost his NABA junior welterweight title to an inspired “Manny “Manos” Perez (17-7-1, 4 KOs) last Friday at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, in Dover, Delaware, but his fighting heart cannot be questioned. Immediately after the fight, the ringside physician examined Santana’s hands at the commission’s table. After the exam, the doctor stated that both hands were indeed broken, and that the bone in his left hand was practically coming through the skin. Santana’s promoter, Dave Escalet of Fisticuff Promotions, stated that Edgar broke his right hand in the third round, and his left during the sixth round. Still, Santana stayed in the fight, and even engaged in a firefight with Perez in the final round, much to the delight to the live and ESPN2-televised audiences. Take nothing away from Manny Perez, though, because he fought the fight of his life. As for Santana, we will look forward to his return after what is hopefully a speedy recovery.
By Johnny B’ at ringside
Former world title challenger Edner Cherry (29-6-2, 16 KOs) quietly returned Friday night on a small untelevised card in Chicago. Cherry survived a first round knockdown to edge Guillermo Sanchez (13-5-1, 5 KOs) in an eight round super featherweight bout. Judges scores were: Mike Fitzgerald (Wisconsin) 77-74, Jerry Jakubco, (Evanston Ill.) 76-75 and Pat Morley (Chicago) 76-75. Referee Pete Podgorski, Chicago, controlled the action. It was Cherry’s first fight since moving his homebase to the Windy City. (more…)
The biggest fight card in the English-speaking Caribbean took place Saturday night at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in Georgetown Guyana. Five WBC CABOFE champions were crowned on a show which delivered an absolutely exciting night of fistic action. In the main event, a new star was born when hard-punching Shawn “the Sniper” Cox (16-1, 15 KOs) of Barbados knocked out local hero and former world champion Wayne “Big truck” Braithwaite (24-5, 20 KOs) in the first round of the scheduled 12 round championship fight. Up for grabs was the WBC CABOFE heavyweight title. Both boxers were moving up from cruiserweight to challenge for the vacant heavyweight title which offers the winner an opportunity to enter the WBC world cup tournament which is scheduled to start in May. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Ayanda Yaphi retained his Eastern Cape junior lightweight title on a sixth round stoppage when he beat Mandilakhe Sontlaba at the Orient Theatre in East London on Sunday. In one of the poorest title fights seen in recent years, the champion clutched and wrestled his way to a win over the challenger, who came in as a late substitute. However, the spectators who arrived at the Orient Theatre on a hot afternoon enjoyed a few entertaining preliminaries. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
In a very close fight, Juan Jose “Goofy” Montes (22-2, 14 KOs) won the WBF and IBF International super flyweight titles with a unanimous decision over Oscar “Ceviche” Ibarra (27-6, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at the Olympic Coliseum U of G. Scores were 117-109, 116-111 and 114-113, all in favor of “Goofy” Montes
In the co-feature, former IBF female flyweight world champion Arely “Machine Gun” Muciño (15-1-1, 8 KOs) won the WBA’s interim flyweight belt by split decision over Melissa McMorrow (6-3-3, 0 KOs). Scores were 97-93 for McMorrow and 97-93 and 98-92 for Muciño. (more…)
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