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A bill to regulate mixed martial arts recently passed through the West Virginia Legislature, making the state the 45th in the U.S. to approve the rapidly-growing sport. Today, officials at the Ultimate Fighting Championship® expressed their gratitude to local lawmakers who helped clear the way for mixed martial arts in “The Mountain State.” (more…)
Fan favorite Efrain Esquivias (12-0, 8 KOs) is set to make his main event debut, as well as fight for the vacant WBA Fedelatin super bantamweight title, when he takes on 46-fight veteran and two time world title challenger John Alberto Molina (28-15-3, 19 KOs) this Friday as Thompson Boxing Promotions returns to the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California with another installment of the popular “Path to Glory” series . . . Click here for more
Sauerland Event has found a quick replacement opponent for WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck. “Kapt’n Huck” will now face unbeaten Ran Nakash (25-0, 18 KOs) in April 2 in Halle/Westfalen, Germany. Nakash steps in for Giacobbe Fragomeni, who had to pull out with a cut. Nakash is rated by both the WBC and WBA.
Promoter Frank Maloney is planning a clash between close pals Rendall Munroe and Jason Booth this summer, providing Booth is successful in his European super bantamweight fight against Kiko Martinez in Madrid on April 15. Munroe returns to action an eight rounder against Chris Riley at Rainton Meadows Arena, Houghton-le-Spring on Saturday April 9 – his first fight since losing on points to WBC 122lb champion Toshiaki Nishioka in October. Provided the Leicester binman beats Riley he expects to become official challenger for the European crown he once held.
Maloney explained, “It is a fight that Jason and Rendall have been reluctant to talk about let alone contemplate. They except that business is business and there is now a real possibility that will have to face each other in the near future. Rendall wants to win back his old crown and Jason will not want to relinquish once he beats Martinez.”
Unbeaten lightweight John Murray (30-0, 18 KOs) is hoping a solid win on April 2 propels him towards a shot at long-term WBC champion Humberto Soto or WBA/WBO champion Juan Manuel Marquez. Murray is currently ranked #2 with the WBC, and is also inside the top 15 with the IBF and WBO. A KO victory against Karim El Ouazghari (11-1, 4 KOs) at Bethnal Green’s York Hall in Murray’s first fight for promoter Frank Warren would move that goal closer.
“I’d love a world title shot this year,” said current European champion Murray. “I’m not worried about facing any of the champions out there. Soto’s got a great record but if I want to win a world title then I’m going to have to beat the best. I’ve worked very hard for my rating with the WBC, and I want to get in a position where I can force a fight as mandatory challenger. It’s great that the world governing bodies are beginning to recognise my talent because I’ve always believed in myself. Now other people are sitting up and taking notice too. I really believe that I am ready for anyone in the world right now, including Juan Manuel Marquez.”
Despite coming off a knockout loss in his last fight against Carlos Condit, welterweight contender Dan Hardy didn’t hesitate to accept a bout with feared striker Anthony “Rumble” Johnson that takes place this Saturday night in Seattle . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
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By Robert Coster
Growing up in the remote town of Egrim, Siberia, junior lightweight Evgeny Gradovich (9-0,6 KOs) dreamed of becoming a sports star. His first choice was soccer but he was rejected by the local soccer school. Well, soccer’s loss turned out to be boxing’s gain as the unbeaten 24-year-old is starting to make a name for himself. His last fight was an impressive shutout ten round decision over tough Francisco Reyes (8-1) in Tacoma, Washington last Saturday. (more…)
On Friday, Zanfer Promotions will break the dry spell in boxing that has fallen over Tijuana, MX, when it presents the first fight card of 2011. Zanfer will showcase its local up and coming talent at the Municipal Auditorium. In the main event of “Night of Warriors”, unbeaten lightweight Misael Castillo (19-0, 17KOs) will travel the roughly 100 miles north from his native Ensenada, MX, to protect his perfect record against Mexico City’s Francisco “Panterita” Dianzo (21-7, 18KOs) in a scheduled ten rounder. The hard hitting Castillo is no stranger to Tijuana since this is where he was crowned the winner of the regional “Guante Azteca (Aztec Glove)” tournament last summer. Known for his high pressure style, Castillo is one of the best prospects in Baja California. Dianzo in his own right is a tough opponent with face offs against the likes of former featherweight Cristobal “Lacandon” Cruz, Takahiro Ao and Guadalupe Rosales among others. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Akihiko Honda, the promoter of Teiken Promotions, Inc., has definitely announced today (Thursday) that the world title tripleheader on April 8 is on as scheduled, but will move from the originally slated fight place of Tokyo to Kobe city on the same date. He considers that it is a good choice to shift the venue to the World Memorial Hall of the southern port city Kobe, some 500 kilometer (310 miles) west to the capital Tokyo, under current circumstances with partly limited electricity and other problems inside the Metropolitan area.
The deluxe show consists of the three WBC world title bouts, as follows: WBC feather title bout between Hozumi Hasegawa (29-3, 12 KOs) and Jhonny Gonzalez of Mexico (47-7, 41 KOs); WBC super-bantam title go of Toshiaki Nishioka (37-4-3, 23 KOs) and Mauricio Munoz of Argentina (21-2, 9 KOs); WBC super-feather title bout of Takahiro Aoh (20-2-1, 9 KOs) and Humberto Gutierrez of Mexico (28-2-1, 20 KOs).
Therefore, foreign boxing people including the WBC officials will arrive at Osaka/Kansai airport, about an hour by car to Kobe city, without coming to Tokyo. More information will follow on this subject.
Hometown underdog Rocky Fielding broke Prizefighter records as he stormed to victory in the Super-Middleweights II at Liverpool Olympia. Roared on by an army of fans, Fielding destroyed his three opponents in brutal fashion, becoming the first winner to win all three of his fights inside the distance on the way to collecting the £32,000 winner’s cheque and catapulting himself from three-fight novice to a name to watch.
“It’s just unbelievable,” said Fielding. “I was nowhere near the line-up nine or ten days ago but the second I knew I was in it I thought, ‘I’ll win that’.
“I’m always in great shape, I don’t fear anyone and I’ve got a good following so I’m ready to be in the big-time,” said Fielding. “I’m not going to jump the gun and say I want title shots and so-on – I’ve only had three fights before this and I know that – but as this showed, I’m always ready to fight and I’ll box anywhere and this will open big, big doors for me.” (more…)
By Przemyslaw Garczarczyk
Photos: Wojtek Kubik
26-year old former Notre Dame team captain and now Baltimore Ravens safety, Tommy Zbikowski is a busy guy. The same day he attended the media luncheon announcing his Saturday undercard fight on the Gamboa-Solis main event in Atlantic City, televised on HBO’s “Boxing After Dark”, he wasted no time and immediately started training at New York’s famous Kingsway Gym. Click here for more photos…
It all started October 19, 2001 when former world champion Oscar Larios defeated Angel “Avispa” Chacon in a “Mexico vs. Puerto Rico” battle when Tuto Zabala Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc and the TELEMUNDO Network landed for the first time at the Kissimmee Civic Center. Now almost 10 years later, the City of Kissimmee has become a boxing capital and Boxeo TELEMUNDO returns on April 29. In the main event is another classic “Puerto Rico vs. Mexico” showdown with Cuauhtémoc Vargas (15-4-1, 10 KOs) of Mexico City against Jose “Miau” Nieves (17-2-3, 8 KOs) of Carolina, Puerto Rico in a bout scheduled for 12 rounds with the WBO Latin jr. featherweight title at stake. (more…)
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® is pleased to confirm the full card for its first-ever trip to Seattle on Saturday, March 26. UFC®Fight Night™ Live, which will be held at KeyArena and broadcast live on Spike TV at 10 p.m. ET/PT, features a highly-anticipated light heavyweight main event battle between Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and undefeated Phil Davis. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Baltimore Ravens safety and former Notre Dame captain Tommy Zbikowski talks with his new Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward during a special media luncheon in New York City for his upcoming feature fight on the undercard of “Featherweight Fury” Gamboa vs. Solis on Saturday, March 26, at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Gamboa vs. Solis is promoted by Top Rank, in association with Arena Box and Caesars Atlantic City and will be televised on HBO’s Boxing After Dark.
By Przemyslaw Garczarczyk
Cruiserweight contender Matt Godfrey gives his take on the big April 2 Wlodarczyk-Palacios WBC cruiserweight championship clash in Poland. Godfrey was a main sparring partner of Diablo Wlodarczyk.
Former junior welterweight champion Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi will step back onto the big stage against Puerto Rico’s Jose Miguel Cotto in a 10-round welterweight fight on April 9 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. “We promised to deliver the best fights for the April 9 pay-per-view and we are continuing to do that with the addition of the always-flashy and exciting Paulie Malignaggi against the experienced Jose Miguel Cotto,” said Oscar de la Hoya, president of Golden Boy Promotions. “It is going to be a clash of a boxer versus a puncher, plus Paulie is looking to avenge his loss to Jose Miguel’s older brother, Miguel Cotto, in a fight you won’t want to miss.” (more…)
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
The contract has been signed for the unification clash between IBF/ WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KOs) and WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (25-1, 23 KOs). Wladimir Klitschko himself informed Fightnews.com of the news. The fight will take place on June 25th or July 2th at a site in Europe.
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Yours truly, Alexey “Oscar” Potapov, now work a commentator for Ukrainian TV First National. Listen to my comments regarding the March 13 Avtandil Khurtsidze-Mariusz Cendrowski clash for the IBO middleweight championship here.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® continues to add firepower to its first-ever trip to Ontario, announcing today the UFC® Fan Expo will feature the largest collection of UFC® athletes to ever appear in Canada. The UFC® Fan Expo invades the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto on April 29 and 30. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC President Jose Sulaiman announced today at his weekly press meeting in Mexico City that Ryan Rhodes has been named as the official challenger of WBC super welterweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. Sulaiman also stated that the fight will take place in Alvarez’ backyard of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. (more…)
By Andreas Hale
April 9th’s pay-per-view card from the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas titled “Action Heroes” may be headlined by Marcos Maidana and Erik Morales, but it is expected that the fight of the night will be the lightweight clash between Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero and Michael Katsidis.
Considered by boxing pundits as one of the top lightweights in the world, Guerrero (28-1-1-2, 18 KOs) has been overlooked by the sanctioning bodies for a title shot. He looked to get a shot at Juan Manuel Marquez’ WBO championship, but Marquez shot the fight down as he continues to eyeball another fight with Manny Pacquiao. But with three straight wins against Joel Casamayor, Roberto David Arrieta and Vicente Escobedo following his layoff to care for his wife who was diagnosed with leukemia (but is now cancer free), Guerrero is ready to take the next step in become recognized as one of the best fighters in the world. (more…)
For those who missed “Hammerin'” Hank Lundy’s first and only professional loss to John Molina eight months ago, don’t plan on catching a repeat performance anytime soon. “That’s my last loss. I’ll put my life on it,” Lundy said. “‘Hammerin” Hank is never losing again.” The hard-hitting, 135-pounder will look to inch closer to a shot at a major title on April 1 when he faces Patrick Lopez (20-3, 12 KOs) for the vacant NABF lightweight championship in the 10-round main event of Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports’ “Coming Attractions” show at Foxwoods Resort Casino’s Fox Theater in Mashantucket, Conn.
Lundy’s showdown against Lopez – a product of Londonderry, N.H., by way of Venezuela – will be the prime showcase on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” broadcast, marking Lundy’s fourth consecutive bout on national television. Vladine Biosse (10-0, 5 KOs) of Providence, R.I., will battle Tim Connors (10-2, 7 KOs) of St. Louis in ESPN2’s 10-round super middleweight co-feature. (more…)
Four days after the WBC world heavyweight championship fight between Vitali Klitschko and Odlanier Solis, Solis promoter Ahmet Oner has apologized for his profanity-laced outburst at the press conference after the fight. “I simply overreacted and I’m sorry for that”, says Oner. “I lost control because of all the provocations and I shouldn’t have done it. Period. I already apologized to Vitali at the press conference. I respect him. He is a great champion. I also respect Fritz and his excellent work and Wladimir who reacted very well when Vitali was shouting at Solis in the ring because he thought Solis was faking his injury. I also agree with Vitali that personal problems between two people shouldn’t influence the sport. But that’s history anyways. Now the most important thing is that Solis will be able to fight again. We are doing all we can to get his knee fixed as soon as possible.”
“La Sombra” will undergo surgery tomorrow (Thursday, March 24) at the hospital of Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Eichhorn who is specialized on professional athletes and knee injuries. (more…)
Story and photos by Brett Bonetti
Three-time world champion and current IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green has declared he will fight again and was back in the ring today for the first time since his surgery in early January. Green had an operation to remove his appendix and a large abscess the size of a softball after suffering severe stomach cramps whilst holidaying down south with family over Christmas and the New Year period.
Today’s sparring session with heavyweight Pieter Cronje who is in the main event for the “Next Generation Fight Night” next month in Perth Australia, gave the world champ a chance to see how his body will react against getting hit in the stomach and to see how the body will pull up over the next couple of days.
And after making it through the tough six-round sparring session on Wednesday, Green was convinced his body could still handle the rigors of professional boxing. (more…)
Dmitriy Salita talks about his upcoming fight which will take place April 13 in Oceana Hall, Brooklyn NY. Co-headlining is former world champion Luis Collazo.
23-year-old Buffalo welterweight Vincent Arroyo (10-1, 7 KOs) is practically chomping at the bit to get at his next opponent. The power-punching Arroyo will face 6’ 3” welterweight up-and-comer Willie Nelson (16-0-1, 10 KOs) in an eight-round televised bout on Showtime’s fantastic ShoBox “The New Generation” Triple Header entitled “Rumble on the Rio” from the Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas.
“Training is going very well for me and I’m excited about this fight coming up because it’s a chance for me to show people what I’ve got,” says Arroyo in a tone of voice reflecting intensely focused determination. “I want to test my will and my boxing skills and this is a good fight to do it in. I want to see what he’s got. He better have a lot. They call me “Vinsanity” for a reason.” (more…)
The Boxing Commission of Panama has issued a ruling in support of the Dr. Roberto Grimaldo, which recognizes him as the only representative of WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo Moreno until August 2015. Moreno has recently had a contentious relationship with Grimaldo and had enlisted new representatives in hopes of inking a $1.2 million deal with Golden Boy to join the lucrative 118lb competition currently unfolding in the USA with Nonito Donaire and the SHOWTIME bantamweight tournament.
By Ron Jackson
Branco Milenkovic of Branco Sports Productions presents two IBF title fights at the Nasrec Indoor Arena near Johannesburg on Saturday night with Steve Molitor defending his IBF junior featherweight belt against Takalani Ndlovu and IBF flyweight champion Moruti Mthalane defending his belt against Johnriel Casimero
Molitor –Ndlovu three was originally scheduled to take place on March 19 at the Bell Centre in Montreal. However, the March 19 date fell beyond the IBF’s 90-day rule, and a new purse bid was scheduled which resulted in Milenkovic winning the bid and bringing the fight to South Africa. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Wojtek Kubik
With at least 10 pounds less on his big frame since he began his training in New York Universal Boxing Gym and still a great Irish smile, 37-year old Kevin McBride (35-8, 29 KOs) showed his great enthusiasm before his tough fight against heavy favorite, 34-year old Tomasz Adamek (43-1, 28 KO) during “The Last Big Challenge” event on April 9th in Newark’s Prudential Center. Taking part in an open media training session, “Clones Colossus” was very encouraged about his recent sparring sessions. “I know now how to win against Adamek. I worked hard for this chance and I will do my best to prove it in the ring” – said McBride. For more photos click here…
Live from Puerto Rico, native son Juan Manuel Lopez will defend his WBO Featherweight title against tough-as-nails contender Orlando Salido. Saturday, April 16th at 10:30pm ET/PT on SHOWTIME.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Team Morales
Former Mexican world champions Erik “Terrible” Morales and Humberto Gutierrez and current WBC interim super bantamweight female world champion WBC Jackie Nava are currently training together at the Otomi Ceremonial Center in Mexico State. All doing the conditioning phase of their training with the famous Mexican trainer Raul Robles, working on endurance and speed at high altitude.
“Terrible” Morales faces Marcos Maidana on April 9 in Las Vegas, Gutierrez meets WBC super featherweight world champion Takahiro Aoh in Japan on April 8, and Nava will take on Ana Maria Torres on April 16 in Veracruz in a major women’s match. more photos
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Junior lightweight José Pedraza (1-0, 1 KO), the highly touted 2008 Olympian and former amateur star who turned pro in his last fight, will face Corbin Page (1-1) in the main event on March 29 the BB King Blues Club in New York City. He is co-promoted by Javier Bustillo, Gary Shaw and Lou DiBella.
Undefeated Vanes Martirosyan (29-0 18 KO’s) is focused on winning a world championship in 2011. He took the first step towards that goal by scoring a second round knockout on Saturday night over Bladimir Hernandez (18-5, 16 KO’s). Despite his opponent coming in over 6 pounds over the originally contracted weight, Martirosyan had no trouble dispatching his opponent. Less than a week after the knockout victory, the fighter of Armenian decent will be back in the gym on this week as he prepares for the Mexican Saul Roman (34-8, 29KOs) whom he faces on April 23d for the WBC Silver junior middleweight title. The bout will head line a Top Rank Live card that will be televised by Fox Sports. It takes place at the WinStar Casino in Thackerville, OK. (more…)
Simons Promotions will present a seven-bout card billed as “Jason vs. Jason” on April 30 at the New Morgantown Event Center in Morgantown, West Virginia. In the main event, Jason “Ironman” Bergman (15-9, 11 KOs) from Washington, PA and winner of 6 straight bouts, will take on Huntington WV’s undefeated Jason Pettaway (7-0, 4 KOs) in the heavyweight Division. “It’s hard to find guys around here that want to fight either one of the Jasons, so we are going to put them in there with each other and see who the best is,” said promoter Steve Simons. “Pettaway has had 170 amateur bouts and is a 4x Golden Gloves champion, Bergman has been knocking everybody out. It’s going to be one hell of a good fight.”
Also scheduled on the card is lightweight KO sensation Chris Hazimihalis (5-0, 5 KOs) Youngstown, OH and local light heavyweight Eric Watkins (2-0) in separate bouts.
By Andreas Hale
On today’s conference call featuring Michael Katsidis, Robert Guererro and James Kirkland, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer announced that due to Juan Manuel Marquez status being up in the air, April 9th’s bout between Katsidis and Guerrero may be an interim bout for both the WBO and WBA lightweight titles that Marquez holds.
Katsidis: (On taking on another top level fighter after losing to Marquez)
“Why not? It’s for a world title and this is what I’m in the game for. You want to achieve what you can while you are fighting. If the opportunity is there you take it. This is what I do, I fight. I’m not here for a holiday.”
(On When He Overcome The Loss To Marquez)
“(I got over the loss) That night. You get the results and you’re back at it again. I’m happy that I’m fighting again against the #1 lightweight in the world. I’m very happy to hear that this may be for the interim title.”
Guerrero: “It’s going to be a great fight. I’m excited about the fight. This is the first time I’ve been in an actual camp (note: Guerrero has moved his training camp away from home to Las Vegas). You’re going to see a whole different Robert Guerrero. I’m pleased with how training camp is going and everything is falling into place. My thing is to be 100% focused and doing what I have to do to prepare for the fight. I can’t wait to come out and put on a show and showcase a whole new Robert Guerrero.”
Kirkland: “I have a desire for boxing that is unbelievable to the point that I know that I’m going to make it because I now have positive people around me. I know I’ll be world champion. It’s just my drive and desire to fight that will get me there. I’m a true champion because I’ve overcome jail and I know what it takes to win and be a champion. When my time comes I will be world champion.
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