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All Star Boxing, Inc and Telemundo Network return to Mexico City on March 16 with their successful “Boxeo Telemundo” series from the recently renovated Auditorio Plaza Condesa. In the main event, WBO #11/WBC Latin flyweight titleholder Glenn “Boyet” Donaire of General Santos City, Philippines (18-4-1, 10 KOs) will now face two-time world title challenger Omar Salado (24-4-2, 15 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico in a clash scheduled for twelve Rounds with the vacant WBC Latin super flyweight title at stake. Donaire was originally slated to face Omar “Lobito” Soto.
First bell at 8:00 PM, six more fights round off the card. The main event will be televised live by Telemundo Network at 11:35 PM and by Televisa Deportes Network in Mexico and Central America. (more…)
Former WBC super featherweight champion Vitali Tajbert (22-2, 6 KOs) has parted ways with former trainer Magomed Schaburow and is now working with Universum head trainer Michael Timm. “I want to try something new,” stated Tajbert. “Michael Timm is an excellent, experienced trainer and I think a lot of both of him personally and his work. He has made so many boxers into world champions. From that I’m guaranteed to benefit.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican WBA interim bantamweight champion Hugo “Cuatito” Ruiz (29-1, 26 KOs) will defend his crown on March 31 against Filipino John Mark Apolinario (17-2-1, 4 KOs) in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur headlining an event presented by Promociones del Pueblo, HG Boxing and Sampson Boxing. On that same night, WBC female super flyweight champion Ana Maria Torres (27-3-3, 15 KOs) defends against American Mary Ortega (31-6-2, 8 KOs). The event will be broadcast on Televisa.
Moments ago a deal was finalized for IBF #6 world ranked Maurice “Sugar Mo” Harris (25-15-2, 11 KOs) to face unbeaten German Edmund Gerber (19-0, 13 KOs). The bout will take place May 5th in Erfurt, Germany and is scheduled for eight rounds. The fight will be a major step up in competition for Gerber who has yet to face a world ranked fighter. A win for Harris would give him a solid chance to move up further in the IBF rankings in pursuit of his goal to challenge for the world title. Sauerland Events will promote.
Former IBF world champion Amanda Serrano (14-0-1, 9 KOs) will challenge WBC super featherweight champion Frida Wallberg (10-0, 2 KOs) of Sweden at the Cloetta Center in Linkoping, Sweden on April 27th. The unbeaten Serrano never lost her title in the ring but instead made a business decision to give up the strap to challenge Wallberg.
Photos: Pete Susens
Featherweights Bernabe Concepcion and Allan Tanada worked out at The Barrio Obrero Gym in San Juan, Puerto Rico for their bouts Saturday at the Roberto Clemente Stadium on the undercard of the Orlando Salido vs. Juan Manuel Lopez return WBO title bout. Concepcion will take on undefeated Miguel Angel Garcia for the NABO and NABF featherweight titles, while Tanada will face local favorite Gamalier Rodriguez in a six round bout on the undercard. more photos
Story and photos by Ricardo Conde
With less than 2-weeks until fight night, middleweight champion Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martinez (48-2-2, 27 KOs) of Oxnard, California by way of Argentina, is in tremendous shape as he continues his preparations under the guidance of former junior welterweight champion Pablo Sarmiento at Sarmiento’s Boxing Gym in Oxnard, California for his upcoming bout against top-rated middleweight contender Matthew ‘Mack the Knife’ Macklin (28-3, 19 KOs) of Birmingham, England which takes place on St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday March 17th, the fight card titled ‘The Real Middleweight Championship’ will be broadcast live on HBO’s ‘World Championship Boxing’ from Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. (more…)
Super bantamweight Randy Caballero’s first ShoBox bout promises to be the toughest of his career. Caballero (13-0, 7 KOs) faces Mexico’s Jose Luis “Tapitas” Araiza (29-5-1, 20 KOs) in defense of his WBC Youth Intercontinental title in a 10 round bout on March 16 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Lightweight Omar Figueroa Jr. (14-0-1, 11 KOs) faces Ramon Ayala (23-2-1, 11 KOs) in the main event.
Ever since it gained worldwide notice in 1996, women’s boxing has produced a series of great fighters, but two iconic names stand above the rest – Christy Martin and Mia St. John. This summer, nearly a decade after their first bout in 2002, Martin and St. John will meet again, in “Final Victory,” only this time the stakes will be even higher, as these two champions will fight for the final time and it will be for the WBC World Super Welterweight Belt in a big night of championship boxing on Tuesday evening, June 19th that will be presented by Table Mountain Casino, in association with Roy Englebrecht Promotions. (more…)
IBF mandatory challenger Tony Thompson (36-2, 24 KOs) says he was’t impressed by WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko’s easy KO of Jean Marc Mormeck Saturday in Germany. “It was an infomercial at best,” said Thompson, whom Wlad must fight by mid-July. “Mormeck is a tough cruiserweight but he’s not an impressive opponent for the heavyweight champion of the world…it was interesting that it seemed that Wladimir mentioned everyone in the division but me. I knew my shot was next, and I’m doing everything to solely focus on beating him. I just want to fight, point blank. It doesn’t matter to me where it takes place. If he wants to come over here, great. If he wants to fight in Germany thats great too.”
Klitschko previously KO’d Thompson in 2008, but Thompson claims injuries prevented him from entering that bout at 100%. Now Thompson says he’s healthy. “I’m ready,” he stated. “I’m done waiting for this part of my life to be over and I’m looking forward to becoming the heavyweight champion of the world.”
Former world lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios was on hand on Monday at the Versailles Restaurant on Calle Ocho in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami, for the kick-off press conference to announce his April 14 showdown with former featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa in Las Vegas. Surprisingly Gamboa was a no-show. There is another press conference scheduled for tomorrow in Los Angeles. Top Rank says tomorrow’s LA press conference is 100% confirmed. Will Gamboa show up at that one?
Lightweight knockout specialist “Dangerous” Dannie Williams (20-1, 16 KOs) will break training camp in Youngstown, Ohio, later this month and head east to challenge NABF beltholder “Hammerin’ Hank” Lundy (21-1-1, 11 KOs) in the ESPN Friday Night Fights 10-round main event at MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Williams is the mandatory challenger for Lundy’s title. Lundy is rated WBC #4, WBO #7 and IBF #12.
“I feel fantastic,” WBC #10-rated Williams said from camp, where he’s working with his head trainer, Jack Loew. “I don’t want to take anything away from Lundy. He’s the NABF champ and a good fighter, but I’m coming with it and he better not forget that. He talks a lot. I guess he’s trying to get in my head but it’s not going to work. When we get it on, all the talking will be over. I posted something on my Facebook page promoting our fight to get people interested to watch it at Foxwoods or on ESPN. No trash talking at all. He then went on my page and put up a lot of stuff trying to stir things up. Nobody cares. I’ll see him fight night. He hasn’t talked too much lately because he knows this fight is real. (more…)
Saturday’s world title defense of WBO jr middleweight champion Zaurbek Baysangurov against mandatory challenger Lukas Konecny in Kiev, Ukraine has been canceled after Baysangurov allegedly suffered a back injury in training. Baysanguro-Konecny will be rescheduled as soon as possible according to Konecny’s promoter Ulf Steinforth. This is another bitter pill for Konecny, who last year had a planned world championship fight and rematch with then-WBO champion Serhiy Dzinziruk canceled after Dzinziruk suffered an injury in training 13 days before the fight.
Olympic Gold Medalist Audley Harrsion has been forced to postpone his comeback bout with Ali Adams, scheduled for April 14 at the Brentwood Centre, Essex. It will now take place 6 weeks later on 26th May at the same venue. Audley had begun sparring last week Monday and during a heated sparring session, damaged his right elbow. He sought treatment and resumed sparring on Friday, but the injury became worse. (more…)
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel announced today the referee and judges who will work on the world title bout between WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido vs Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez this Saturday, March 10, at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The referee will be Roberto Ramirez Sr., from Puerto Rico. Judges are Michael Pernick and Denny Nelson, from United States, and Raul Nieves, from Puerto Rico. WBO supervisor for this fight will be Jorge Molina, from Argentina.
WBO #5 heavyweight Ondrej Pala (30-2, 21 KOs) meets IBF #15 Konstantin Airich (22-5-2, 16 KOs) on Friday night in the Turkish port city of Tekirdag. The bout will be a rematch of their 2009 clash won by Pala via majority decision. Pala’s WBO European Champion belt will be at stake, as well as Airich’s IBF Intercontinental title. Promoter Ahmet Oner vows that this will be a better fight than last Saturday’s heavyweight title clash between world champion Wladimir Klitschko and Jean-Marc Mormeck. (more…)
With two world titles already on his resume, WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns is now primely placed to reap the material rewards of his labors. But with a lucrative summer showdown against London rival Kevin Mitchell beckoning, and possible unification openings thereafter, this most unassuming of champions stresses to boxing writer Glynn Evans that there can be no room for complacency when he faces off with top grade Namibian Paulus Moses at Braehead Arena next Saturday. (more…)
In a sparsely-attended fight card held at the Tijuana Municipal Auditorium, former WBC super flyweight champion Tomas “Gusano” Rojas (38-13-1, 25KOs) danced his way to a unanimous decision win over former world title contender Julio “Sombra” Zarate (28-6-2, 17KOs) in the ten round super bantamweight main event of another marathon event presented by Tijuana’s Zanfer Promotions. Originally scheduled to be headlined by the first defense of newly crowned WBO champion Moises Fuentes, that bout got scratched when Fuentes suffered a hand injury earlier this week. (more…)
Photos: Marty Rosengarten/www.ringsidephotos.com
Former World Light Heavyweight and Cruiserweight Champion Tomasz Adamek (44-2, 28 KOs) spoke to the media last week about his March 24th showdown with Nagy Aguilera (17-6, 12 KOs) at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn on the undercard to Zab Judah’s Homecoming bout against undefeated Vernon Paris. “I’ve already forgotten about the last fight (against Vitali Klitschko),” said Adamek. “I lost on Saturday and on Monday I came back to my family and my life in America. I was ready to get back to work. I quickly came back to the gym and went back to work. Twice, I went to Roger’s house and worked on my technique more than anything. I needed to prepare to get back in the ring. I’m a mountain boy and I wasn’t about to quit. I knew I had to win tougher fights so I could get another chance. I can’t think about retiring. Not now. I still have to fight.” (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Bobby D. Presents, San Diego’s premier promoter, achieves another first when along with Jorge Marron Productions he presents “Champions of Tomorrow II” at 31,000 square feet Wyland Center at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on Friday, March 9th. The night will mark the first time a boxing event is held at the Center and the return of professional fisticuffs to the fairgrounds after four years. The event will also be a fundraiser for the Athletes of the Future Foundation with a percentage of the proceeds being donated to the organization which is dedicated to encouraging, supporting, counseling and providing opportunities for young people facing a variety of challenges and helping them reach their potential.
Featured in the eight round main event, super middleweight James “Choco” Parison (15-1, 4KOs) is matched up against the rugged Lester Gonzalez (12-6-3, 6KOs) in a crosstown rival face off. The popular Parison, a San Diego native, is known as a slick boxer who is on a three fight win streak with his last “W” coming back in September with a split decision over Paul Mendez in an exciting back and forth clash. Parison’s biggest name on his resume is Craig McEwan who against “Choco” dropped a unanimous decision for his only loss back in ’09. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale is fully focused on defending the title against Ghana-born and American-based Osamunu Adama at the Derwent Entertainment Centre, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia on Wednesday but also knows he must be impressive if he hopes to be in one corner in million dollar bouts against Sergio Martinez and Felix Sturm. Geale has had the best preparation possible with sparring sessions against one of the toughest 168 pounders in the world in Sakio Bika. “These other big fighters around the world, they’re only looking at fighting other great fighters where there’s money involved,” Geale said. “If I have a bad performance they probably won’t look at me because there’s not much money to generate through the fight – a big performance will generate these big fights.” Daniel’s career is guided by Bill Treacy and Gary Shaw.
By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat
OPBF top ranked Japanese bantam champ Ryosuke Iwasa (11-1, 8 KOs), 118, registered his initial defense as he annihilated JBC#2 contender Yuki Murai (20-16-4, 6 KOs), 117.5, with a single southpaw left to the button at 3:00 of the opening session on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.
It reminded us of an unforgettable first-round demolition of Hiroyuki Ebihara over Pone Kingpetch with a similar southpaw left shot producing a dramatic coronation of the world flyweight championship in 1963. Iwasa, 22, had failed to win the national belt from current WBC ruler Shinsuke Yamanaka via tenth-round stoppage despite showing a grueling performance last March. As Yamanaka renounced the belt, Iwasa entered an elimination bout with Jerope Mercado to win the vacant throne. In the first defense Iwasa, a tall lefthander, exploded a picture-perfect left to the pinpoint of the chin, dropping the game challenger to the deck with a thud. Murai, 32 in his fortieth bout, desperately raised himself up and looked almost ready to go on. The ref showed a gesture of “come on”, so did Murai step forward. He then abruptly fell forward face first to the canvas to have the third man toll the fatal ten. Iwasa is gunning for a rematch with Yamanaka next time with the world belt on the line in the future. (more…)
While Amir Khan claims he is still WBA super lightweight “super” champion, WBA Vice President Gilberto J. Mendoza retweeted a tweet he made to ESPN stating that the WBA hasn’t reinstated Khan as super champion and he can get it back in the ring against Peterson.
By Karl Freitag
Photo: Chris Cozzone
Nothing official from the WBA yet, but Amir Khan claims he has been reinstated in place of Lamont Peterson as WBA super lightweight “super” champion.
Khan tweeted: “Great news WBA still have me as WBA Super Champion! I will be putting that title on the line on May 19th against Peterson.”
And on his web page he wrote:
“I’ve just been relaxing and doing other work away from the ring since my fight last December with Lamont Peterson. As you all know the rematch has been agreed but something you might not know is that I will be going into the ring as the WBA ‘Super’ Champion. I’m really looking forward to putting my WBA ‘super’ title on the line against Peterson, who will enter the ring as the IBF world champion.” (more…)
Ronda Rousey’s first armbar didn’t finish Miesha Tate Saturday night at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, but you had a feeling the second would, and it did, crowning “Rowdy” Ronda as the Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion via first round submission.
“I came here to put on a fight,” said Tate. “I didn’t like her so I wanted to come out here and come out hard. I got a little overzealous, she caught the arm. I do respect her as an athlete.” . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
By Ron Jackson
Tommy Oosthuizen battered Serge Yannick to defeat in the sixth round to retain his IBO super middleweight belt at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, on Saturday night. This was his fourth successful defence. The southpaw Oosthuizen (18-0-1, 13 KOs) produced one of his best performances since joining the professional ranks in February 2008 as he dominated from the first round against the gutsy Yannick (14-2, 7 KOs) who was born in Cameroon but fights out of Australia. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Brothers Frank and Alex Hamel were both winners Saturday night capping a successful evening presented by the St-Hyacinthe Boxing Club. The two cruiserweight fights highlighted a pro-am card an hour east of Montreal that saw eleven amateur bouts along with four professional contests. Alex scored his 2nd knockout in as many tries in the main event with a destruction of Patrick Tessier (4-15-2). It took Hamel just 1:23 to put down Tessier a total of three times to end the fight, coming straight forward and attacking the body and leaving the over-matched nowhere to go but down against the ropes. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Three-division world champion Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel (47-4-2, 37 KOs) scored a ninth round KO over Indonesian Angky Angkota (25-7, 14 KOs) in a jr. featherweight clash on Saturday night in Mazatlan. Montiel dropped Angkota for the count with a body shot in the ninth to get the win at 2:32.
In the co-feature, former WBA champion “Sammy Guty” Gutierrez won an uneventful ten round unanimous decision over Carlos Dario Ruiz in a flyweight clash.
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Former world champions Tomás “Gusano” Rojas and Raúl “Rayito” García were both victorious on Saturday night at the Auditorio Municipal in Tijuana. Rojas (38-13-1, 25 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Julio “Sombra” Zarate (28-6-2, 17 KOs) in the main event. Scores were 97-93, 97-93, 99-92. Two-time former champion García (32-2-1, 20 KOs) battered Michael Landero (15-6-4, 5 KOs) until the fight was stopped at 1:49 of round three. (more…)
Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee at ringside
Vicente Escobedo (25-3) pulled off a smash homecoming victory Saturday night, blowing away Lonnie Smith (14-3-2) of Las Vegas with three quick-succession knockdowns en route to a first-round TKO in their junior-lightweight main event Saturday night at the Woodland Community & Senior Center.
It was the 15th KO victory for the 2004 Olympian, who barely flinched after an early body assault by Smith before unleasing pinpoint punches, ending the scheduled 10-rounder after only 2:20. Smith first hit the deck in his corner after a savage right to the chin, then went down in the center of the ring seconds later. Finally, he became defenseless against a volley of blows and was sagging in Escobedo’s corner when the referee mercifully ended it. (more…)
Former heavyweight title challenger Fres Oquendo (33-7, 22 KOs) returned to the ring for the first time in 15 months with a second round KO over Travis Fulton (15-27, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the Dance Land Ballroom in Davenport, Iowa. It was the 38-year-old Oquendo’s first fight since two consecutive controversial losses to Oliver McCall and Jean-Marc Mormeck in 2010.
The event was the first sanctioned professional boxing card in 13 years to be staged in the Quad-Cities according to promoter Phil Armer.
Last night at the Buckhead Theater in Atlanta, GA, Antonio “T-Rex” Davis (29-7, 13 KOs) and Jose Hernandez (11-9-1, 5 KOs) battled in front of a frenzied crowd. With his local Lightweight GBC (Georgia Boxing Championship) title on the line Davis squeaked by with a close six round split decision victory.
Jumping right into the fray at the sound of the opening bell, both fighters came out amped and began to land hard shots. It was however the south-paw Hernandez that looked to have wobbled Davis with a few hard shots. In a bit of desperation and surprise Davis let off a hard right that dropped Hernandez. The flash knockdown did not serious hurt Hernandez. He immediately got to his feet and waited for referee George Chip’s eight count . . . Click here for more
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Public Address
IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (57-3, 50 KOs) proved the pundits right as he demolished the much smaller former cruiserweight champion Jean-Marc Mormeck (36-5, 22 KOs) to get his 50th career knockout on Saturday night at the Esprit Arena in Düsseldorf, Germany. Klitschko dropped Mormeck with a right hand in round two and battered Mormeck the whole round. Round three was all Klitschko. The bout ended in round four when Klitschko dropped Mormeck again. Time was 1:12.
After the fight Wladimir named Tyson Fury (17-0, 12 KOs), David Price (12-0, 10 KOs), Alexander Povetkin (24-0, 16 KOs), Seth Mitchell (24-0-1, 18 KOs) and Chris Arreola (35-2, 30 KOs) as possible future opponents. (more…)
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