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Manny Pacquiao and Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley, Jr. wrapped up their two-city, coast-to-coast media tour today with a New York City news conference in The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers at Pier 60. The fighters, their respective trainers Freddie Roach and Joel Diaz, and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum discussed the June 9 fight, which will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and be a blockbuster pay-per-view event. (more…)
Povetkin: “I do not like to predict the outcome of a fight. I basically don´t care about being the favorite or the underdog. It is my purpose to be at my best when facing Marco Huck on Saturday and to make the fight attractive for all the fans that are going to watch it. Of course it is my goal to win.”
Huck: “Alexander Povetkin is a versatile boxer. He was not a World Amateur and Olympic Champion for nothing. On top of that, it is very hard to become world champion as a professional. The fight will live up to its hype and I will be the one standing tall at the end. The man with the bigger will and heart will win and that will be me. This is going to be a fighter’s fight, pure entertainment. A battle in which you have to give everything you got and even more to be victorious. It will be a fight which fans and experts will love to watch.” (more…)
Bantamweight Jamie McDonnell will now defend his European title against Spain’s Ivan Pozo after the withdrawal of Malik Bouziane. Despite the change in opponent, McDonnell’s title defense, his fourth of the EBU belt, remains scheduled for March 3 at the Hillsborough Leisure Centre in Sheffield, England. Frenchman Bouziane is no longer available after withdrawing with an unspecified injury. Pozo, ranked sixth by the EBU, is a former European flyweight champion and WBO title challenger but rarely fights outside of Spain. His record stands at 32-6-1.
Elsewhere on the Frank Maloney Promotions bill, heavyweight Tom Dallas makes his ring return against former world title challenger Matt Skelton. Dallas hasn’t fought since a knockout defeat to English heavyweight champion David Price but can establish himself back among Britain’s elite with victory over Skelton.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The World Boxing Association has ordered WBA regular cruiserweight champion Guillermo “El Felino” Jones and #2 rated Lateef Kayode to conclude negotiations for a world title clash or a purse bid will be held on March 14 at the WBA offices in Panama City. Denis Lebedev is the interim champion and mandatory challenger for Jones’ crown, while Kayode had been the highest ranked for a long time, so the WBA is giving Kayode the first crack at Jones.
“It feels real good to be able to eat!”, replied former IBF and WBC light welterweight champion Devon Alexander in response to the question about moving up in weight to the welterweight division.
Alexander (22-1, 13 KOs), in his final week of training for his first fight at 147 pounds, said that he is a lot less stressed out about making weight, while not losing muscle and strength, as he has in the past when ruling the light welterweight division. (more…)
(L-R) UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar and challenger Benson Henderson face off at the final UFC 144 pre-fight press conference at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel on February 23, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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By Miguel Maravilla
Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (28-0, 12KOs) was eager and ready as he sat at Tuesday’s press conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, to announce his June showdown against pound-for-pound king and current WBO welterweight champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (54-3-2 38 KOs). “I am ready for this challenge it will be hell in the ring with Pacquiao,” stated Bradley. “I really like Manny. He’s great in and out of the ring but I think June 9 it is my time you will see history being made!”
“I feel awesome about Pacquiao. He’s a great person, trains very hard, is determined and a warrior,” Bradley told Fightnews. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs) returns to the ring as he gets ready to take on undefeated challenger Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (28-0, 12 KOs) June 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Tuesday kicked off the press tour at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills. “Please watch the upcoming fight June 9,” said Pacman “It will be a good fight. Bradley is a good fighter and there will be a lot of action in the ring. Don’t miss it.”
Pacquiao is coming off another split decision win over his rival Juan Manuel Marquez last November. In that fight Pacquiao would once again have his hands full in a close fight which saw Marquez frustrating Pacquiao. After the fight many began to wonder and speculate about a rematch which would mean a fourth fight. However, when Floyd Mayweather started the buzz by tweeting Pacquiao to step up and fight May 5th, everyone began to wonder whether Pacquiao-Mayweather could possibly be made. Mayweather ultimately ended up facing Miguel Cotto and Pacquiao had to look for another opponent. (more…)
Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley will conclude their two-city, coast-to-coast media tour today with a New York news conference in The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers at Pier 60 (23rd Street and the Hudson River.) The news conference, which is open to the public, will begin at Noon ET. Pacquiao, Bradley, their respective trainers Freddie Roach and Joel Diaz, and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum will be discussing their upcoming world championship battle.
By Robert Coster
Jerome Thomas of France, a spectacular star in the amateur ranks but a flop as a pro, has decided to hang up the gloves after only 14 fights. The 33-year-old bantamweight’s story is unique, to say the least. Jerome was born with Poland Syndrome, a genetic disease that resulted in him having his left hand smaller than the right, his left arm smaller than the right and almost no pectoral muscle. Nevertheless, these handicaps did not stop the Frenchman from becoming one of the most successful amateur boxers of all times. He won gold in the flyweight class at the World Amateur Championships in Belfast 2001 and a silver medal in Bangkok 2003; a gold medal at the European Championships in 2003; a silver medal at the Olympics in Athens in 2004 and a bronze in 2000. Thomas displayed a set of skills perfectly suited for the amateur ranks: speed, movement, a classy jab and the ability to score points from a distance. Thomas however did not adapt to the rough style of professional boxing, being seriously limited by his lack of power and stamina. On January 29th in Agadir, Morocco, Thomas was stopped in the third round by Hassan Azaouagh (a 9-6 rival). The loss prompted his decision to end his career. Thomas retires with a final 12-1-1, 1 KO ledger.
Former IBA cruiserweight titlist Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” will be fighting current IBA heavyweight beltholder James “Lights Out” Toney on April 7 in a 12-round fight at the Landers Center in Southaven, MS. Gunn (21-4, 18 KO) has been inactive from the squared circle since his title fight against Tomasz Adamek in September of 2009. Since, Gunn has stepped away from the gloved sport and has focused on the reemergence of bare knuckle boxing. The 43-year-old Toney (73-7-3, 44 KOs) lost a unanimous decision to Denis Lebedev in a clash for the WBA interim cruiserweight belt in November.
Photos: Orlando Ramos
Promoters Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing and Cesar Mercedes of Manguita Promotions made good on their promise to hold one of the most notable press conferences in the history of professional boxing in the Dominican Republic today, as hundreds of fans and a large contingent of media showed up to meet all-time-great Roy Jones Jr and discuss the March 24 at the Palacio de Los Deportes in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In the headliner, Dominican Victor “Mermelada” Cayo (27-2, 19 KOs) will face former unified lightweight world champion Nate “The Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell (34-9-1, 25 KOs), while Dominican IBF Female Featherweight Champion Dahiana Santana (28-6, 12 KOs) will make a 10-round title defense against Miami, Florida’s Stacey Reile (10-4, 4 KOs), and IBF Female Junior Featherweight Champion Ada Velez (20-3-3, 6 KOs) will face Santo Domingo’s own once-beaten challenger Katy Wilson Castillo (14-1, 9 KOs). more photos
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Marcos Maidana, Devon Alexander, Adrien Broner and Eloy Perez worked out for the media and fight fans on Wednesday at the Cherokee Recreation Center in St. Louis. Maidana takes on Alexander in a non-title welterweight ten-rounder and Broner defends his WBO junior lightweight belt against Perez in a 12 round fight on Saturday at the Scottrade Center.
The final press conference (1PM Thursday at the Scottrade Center Main Concourse) and official weigh-in (5PM Friday at the St. Louis City Hall Rotunda) are both open to the public free of charge. More photos…
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Max Kellerman, host of HBO “Faceoff” talks with superstar Manny Pacquiao, undefeated Jr. Welterweight champion Timothy “The Desert Storm” Bradley Jr.,Bradley trainer, Joel Diaz and Pacquiao trainer, Freddie Roach during a filming in New York for their upcoming World Welterweight title mega-fight. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Tecate, AT&T and MGM Grand, Pacquiao vs Bradley will take place, Saturday, June 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, live on HBO Pay Per View. more photos
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Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins and “Bad” Chad Dawson hosted a press conference at Planet Hollywood in New York City to officially announce their upcoming light heavyweight championship rematch scheduled for Saturday, April 28 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Hopkins and Dawson met for the first time since the controversial ending to their October 15 championship bout in Los Angeles. Neither had a whole lot to say.
Chad Dawson: “I want a fair fight. I want Bernard to come out and fight.”
Bernard Hopkins: “All was said.” More photos…
Rising star Jessie Vargas is an impressive 17-0 with 9 KOs. More importantly, he fights under Floyd Mayweather’s promotional banner, which gives Vargas extra attention whenever he fights. The 22-year-old will be making his welterweight debut as part of a double main event on ShoBox against Larando Tyner (25-6-2, 15 KOs). Prior to his fight on February 24, Vargas spoke to FightNews about Tyner, taking a step up in competition, Amir Khan and if he’s ready to takeover once Floyd Mayweather decides to hang up his gloves. (more…)
On December 16th, 2010, with one minute remaining in a hotly contested five round WEC lightweight championship bout that would also be the final fight of the company’s storied tenure, arguably the most sensational athletic move was attempted and successfully delivered: the ‘Showtime kick.’ . . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark
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WBA Heavyweight Champion Alexander Povetin (23-0, 16 KOs) and WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck (34-1, 25 KOs) faced the media today at the final press conference ahead of their showdown in Stuttgart on Saturday night. “I´m ready to become heavyweight champion,” Huck said. “I would not have taken the fight if I didn´t believe in myself. Povetkin is good, but I can beat him. We once did sparring together and he has bad memories of me. On Saturday I will be the new champ. He is going down!”
While Huck tried his best to provoke Povetkin, the 32-year-old Russian remained calm. “At first I was surprised about Huck´s challenge because he has never fought at heavyweight before. But I am happy to defend my title against anybody out there. I am in great shape and I will win.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican boxer Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio has filed a formal protest to the WBC citing numerous violations of WBC rules in the period before, during and after his February 4 title fight against WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Among the issues are the lack of drug testing, Chavez’ massive weight fluctuations and “various breaches that occurred at ringside during the fight.” Rubio wants the result of the fight changed to no-decision and a rematch ordered.
On Saturday, February 25th at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, two time WBA junior welterweight champion Marcos “El Chino” Maidana (31-2, 28 KOs) faces former unified WBC/IBF junior welterweight titlist Devon “The Great” Alexander (22-1, 13 KOs) in a 10 round welterweight bout.
The HBO-televised bout is a move up to the welterweight limit for both pugilists, who have each spent practically their entire careers successfully campaigning in the 140lb weight class. While the power-punching Maidana enters the bout having decisioned the legendary Erik Morales and knocking out the unknown Petr Petrov in 2011 after losing a close decision to Amir Khan, it is the talented southpaw Alexander who must show the world that he is still a rising star in the sport after sub-par performances against Andriy Kotelnik (W12), junior welterweight king Timothy Bradley (L10) and Lucas Matthysse (W10). (more…)
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
WBA welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko (32-0, 2 KOs) has announced that he will fight against former IBF light welterweight champion Paul Malignaggi (30-4, 6 KOs) on April 29 at the Donbass-Arena in Donetsk, Ukraine. Malignaggi will be one of the most well-known boxers to fight in Ukraine.
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the referee and judges who will work on the world title bout between WBO light heavyweight champion Mathan Cleverly and Tommy Karpency Saturday at the Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom. The referee will be Terry O’Connor, from the United Kingdom, while the judges are Waleska I. Roldan, from United States, Fernando Laguna-Yanes, From Spain, and Richie Davies, from England. WBO supervisor for this fight will be Dennis Gilmartin from United Kingdom.
In breaking down 2011, you have to wonder what was more painful for Tokyo middleweight Riki Fukuda: injuring his knee in a June car accident or his UFC debut loss to Nick Ring in February via highly controversial decision . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi
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Another title is on the line on February 25 at Porsche-Arena in Stuttgart, Germany, when regional hero Dominik Britsch (26-0, 9 K.O.) is trying to win the vacant EBU-EU middleweight title versus Roberto Santos (17-6-1, 9 K.O.) from Spain. “It’s pretty cool to fight right on my doorstep as lots of fans are going to show up supporting me. I can’t wait for it!” says the 24 year-old Neckarsulm-native. His promoter Sauerland Event was clearly aiming for such a homecoming. “Dominik is one of the fastest rising fixtures in German Boxing and we are pleased to present this fight in Stuttgart” states its CEO Chris Meyer with continuing, “Dominik has a bright future ahead of him as the EBU-EU belt can easily be a stepping stone to a European Championship or even a World Championship fight.”
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38KOs) and Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (28-0, 12KOs) kicked off the press tour for their welterweight showdown Tuesday afternoon at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Pacquiao vs. Bradley will be for Pacquiao’s WBO Welterweight title live on pay per view and will take place Saturday June 9, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Hall of Fame Boxing Promoter Bob Arum as he welcomed the media in attendance at the Crystal Ballroom at the Beverly Hills Hotel. “We are going to see a boxing classic. I don’t have to oversell this fight. You have seen both fighters, how good they are and they come to fight.” (more…)
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