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Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
On what was supposed to be the biggest card in UFC history, Cain Velasquez was slated to face Frank Mir in a co-main event, title eliminator bout. When Mir got moved up to the main event—and the title shot that accompanied it—the former champion remained in the co-main event slot, though it’s unclear whether the bout is a title eliminator. (more…)
Photos: Team Spinks
Former multi-divisional world champion Cory Spinks (39-6, 11 KOs) is training hard for is upcoming rematch against current IBF junior middleweight champion Cornelius “K-9″ Bundrage (31-4, 18 KOs). “I am training tremendously hard for my upcoming fight. I can’t wait until June 30 for my fans to see me put on an awesome show. I am excited because that night I will be the new junior middleweight champion of the world and a world champion for the 6th time,” said Spinks. Spinks-Bundrage is scheduled for June 30th at the Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California with Showtime being said to air the bout. More photos
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBA flyweight world champion Luis ¨Nica” Concepcion (25-3, 19 KOs) of Panama won by technical knockout at 1:14 of the second round against young Mexican boxer Odilon Zaleta (14-2, 7 KOs) on Thursday night at the Roberto Duran Gym in Panama City. Concepcion is world ranked by all associations at flyweight.
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao arrives backstage at the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” ABC television show for his appearance Thursday night from Hollywood,Ca. Pacquiao prepares for his upcoming World Welterweight title mega-fight against undefeated Jr. Welterweight champion Timothy “The Desert Storm” Bradley Jr.. 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.
Facing the toughest test of his career, Vladine Biosse (13-1-1) fought what might’ve been his best fight, out-slugging and out-working veteran Joey Spina (26-3-2) in a 78-74, 78-74, 79-73 unanimous decision win Thursday night in front of a sold-out crowd at Twin River Casino to retain his New England super middleweight title.
Nicknamed “Mr. Providence,” Biosse won by landing the cleaner, harder punches and beating the “K.O. Kid” at his own game. Spina’s power – he entered the fight with 18 knockouts in 26 victories – was supposed to be the decided factor, but it was Biosse, arguably the more athletic of the two, who looked every bit like the knockout artist. (more…)
By Dave Spencer
While Carl Froch is promising to greet visitor Lucian Bute who makes the tenth defense of his IBF super-middleweight with a decibel hell this weekend in Nottingham England, the champion to plans crash the home-coming party for the former two-time world champion. “This is Carl Froch’s organized home-coming party,” says Bute’s trainer Stephane Larouche, “We’ve decided to come, we’re not welcome, but we know what role we have to play. The positive energy won’t be there, we know that when we’re in there, it’s going to be a maximum amount of effort for a minimum amount of reward and the opposite is true for your opponent, that for a minimum amount of efficiency, he’ll get a maximum amount of reward.”
Larouche who has had decisions go the wrong way before when fighting on the road has done everything he can to set the table for his fighter, but knows no matter what the preparation, it is still going to an arduous task for his fighter who will be out of his comfort zone come Saturday night, Bute’s first time as a professional going into truly hostile territory. “You can’t force things” advises the trainer who was at the wrong end of a controversial decision years ago in Germany that cost his fighter Eric Lucas his world title. “You have to trust the system unfortunately but most of the time the system is right. But you have to realize when you’re not at home, you have to give that little bit more. I told Lucian and he feels the same way that once he walks to the ring he’ll be putting the belt down and it will become vacant and he’ll have to work a little harder to gain it back.” continue reading
Fres Oquendo 219.5 vs. Joey Abell 240
WBA Fedelatin Heavyweight Title
Donatas Bondorovas 160 vs. Ramon Valenzuela Jr. 159
Mike Jimenez 168.5 vs. Adrian Hermann 176
David Martin III 224 vs. Tim Washington 275
Elijah McCall 221 vs. Stan Allen 238
Phillip Triantafillo 237 vs. Emerson Chasing Bear 226
Meegal Harper 156.5 vs. Aaron Lucky NA
Nick Ramirez 144.5 vs. Larenzo Wilson 146.5
Date: May 25, 2012
Venue: Horseshoe Casino, Hammond IN
Promoter: Hitz Boxing
Yessica Bopp (20-0, 9KOs) of Argentina retained her WBA/WBO light flyweight titles with a hard fought unanimous decision victory over former world champion Anabel Ortiz (10-3, 2 KOs) of Mexico. Bopp scored a knockdown of Ortiz in round 4 and scored more accurately of the two by far for the rest of the fight. 100-90, 99-90, 97-92 were the official judges scorecards.
The even took place at the Estadio F.A.B., Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina with Osvaldo Rivero (O.R. Promotions).
In the 8 round co-feature highly world ranked Roberto Sosa (23-0, 14 KOs) of Argentina kept his undefeated record in tact with an explosive 5th round TKO over Javier Armando Rodriguez 12-8, 11 KOs) of Mexico. A hard overhad right that connected behind the ear sent Rodriguez down. He beat the count but was in no condition to continue and the referee waved the bout off. Sosa is world ranked by the WBA, WBO, and IBF at 115 pounds.
Cleotis Pendarvis 138.6 vs. Robert Frenkel 140
(USBA & WBC USNBC light welterweight titles)
Loren Myers 174 vs. Tyrell Hendrix 171.4
Paul Mpendo 153.4 vs. Anton Novikov 151.2
Shawn Nichol 120.6 vs. Raymond Chacon 120.4
James Ventry 141.2 vs. Aslanbek Kozaev 146.8
Ricardo Malfavon 151.6 vs. Carlos Rodriguez 157.8
Venue: Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, CA
Promoter: Art Of Boxing Promotions in association with Bash Boxing, Pitbull Boxing, and Ural Boxing Promotions
By Francisco Salazar
Unbeaten featherweight contender Miguel Angel Garcia is one step closer to fighting for his first world title belt. Whether it is against Celestino Caballero remains to be seen. Garcia is tentatively scheduled to fight Caballero on July 28th at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA. Sampson Lewkowicz won a purse bid on Thursday, May 3rd in Miami to promote the fight between the two-division world champion from Panama and the unbeaten Garcia, who grew up in Oxnard, CA. Caballero holds the WBA World featherweight title.
Lewkowicz told Fightnews.com early last week that he sent out contracts on May 14th to Mayweather Promotions, which represents Caballero, and Top Rank, which represents Garcia. Cameron Dunkin, who manages Garcia, told Fightnews.com Thursday morning that Garcia signed his contract on Wednesday. On Wednesday, Lewkowicz verified Garcia signing his contract on his twitter account. (more…)
Photo: Bob Barton/Rumble Time Promotions
Ji-Hon Kim 135.0 vs Alisher Rahimov 134.5
Brandon McCrary 229.5 vs Ed Fountain 216.5
Steve Kollin 145.5 vs Chris Rapa 147.0
Joel Godfrey 209.5 vs Vince Thompson 236.5
Julius Fogle 177.5 vs Ryan Coyne 177.0
Nick Fannin 130.5 vs Samir Simpson -Bey 131.0
Mitchell Harris 198.5 vs Ian Warren 199.0
Charon Spain 145.0 vs Leon Spinks lll 143.5
Venue: Ameristar Casino, St. Charles, Missouri
On Saturday in Quartu S. Elena (Cagliari), Italy OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) will promote a boxing show with 2 titles on the line. European Union welterweight champion Luciano Abis (32-2-1, 15 KOs) will defend his title against Polish Rafal Jackiewicz (40-10-1, 20 KOs). This fight is a rematch. In February of 2009 in Poland, Jackiewicz beat Abis on points for the European title.
European Union super middleweight champion and WBC #12 and WBO #15 Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (21-1, 12 KOs) will defend his title against Spanish Jose Maria Guerrero (29-3-1, 11 KOs).
On the undercard former European flyweight champion Andrea Sarritzu (32-5-4, 12 KOs) will fight David Kanalas on 6 rounds.
Sportitalia 2 will broadcast the show live from 9 PM.
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Undefeated junior welterweight champion Timothy “The Desert Storm” Bradley Jr. gets his hands taped during a jam-packed media day Thursday in preparation for his upcoming world welterweight title mega-fight against superstar Manny Pacquiao. 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. For more details and photos click here…
Emmanuel Lucero has stepped in to face unbeaten rising star Joel Diaz on June 2 at the Emerald Queen Casino as part of Halquist Productions’ “Battle at the Boat 87” card in Tacoma, WA. Lucero (26-10-1, 14 KOs), who made headlines in 2003 when he faced boxing legend Manny Pacquiao for the IBF super bantamweight championship, replaces Guillermo Sanchez (13-6-1, 5 KOs).
“These kinds of things happen in boxing,” promoter Brian Halquist said of the withdrawal. “Sometimes the replacement fight ends up being much better; and that is certainly the case in this situation. I’m glad we were able to get a suitable replacement and one that has a reputation for making great fights. Plus he has fought the best fighter on the planet, not to mention everybody and anybody along the way. I thank Emmanuel Lucero for his willingness to take on a bright young star like Joel Diaz on short notice. This has the making of one of the best fights we have had in a long while.”
Tickets start at $25 and are available at all Ticketmaster outlets (including online) or by visiting the EQC box office. The doors open at 6p and the first bell is at 7p.
By Miguel Maravilla
Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (26-0, 20 KOs) made it clear to everyone at the press conference last month at the J.W Marriot at LA Live in Los Angeles, that he would be going to Pluto for his upcoming fight with former world champion Winky Wright (51-5-1, 25 KOs) next Saturday at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. With a little over a week to go, Quillin looks ready for his mission to Pluto as he worked out for the media at the Wild Card Gym, in Hollywood California.
“This has been the best training camp I have ever been a part of with Eric and Freddie working with me, also doing strength and conditioning taking the work to another level,” Quillin told Fightnews.com
“He is ready to go, he is at his peak, the step up in class had to come sooner or later, Eric and I have put in the time to prepare him for Winky as well as the next level,” Freddie Roach told Fightnews.com (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
When Andre Berto tested positive last week for a banned substance for his rematch with Victor Ortiz, (29-3-2, 22KOs) revenge would be out of the picture for Berto and Ortiz was left without an opponent. This would have been the second fight in a row that would have been scratched for Victor Ortiz as last February’s rematch with Berto was postponed, due to a torn bicep injury suffered by Berto to what was supposed to be June 23. When the news broke about Andre Berto failed his drug test, that left Golden Boy Promotions along with Ortiz’ manager, Rolando Arellano scrambling for an opponent. Josesito Lopez (29-4, 17 KOs) was already slated to fight on June 22 against Kendall Holt on ESPN Friday Night Fights, but that fight was also cancelled when Holt pulled out of the fight. It was reported Sunday that Josesito Lopez would step in as Andre Berto’s replacement.
The press conference kicked off Wednesday to officially announce “Vicious” Victor Ortiz of Oxnard vs. Riverside’s California’s Josesito López at the Staples Center Starr Plaza for their June 23 bout at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, which will be televised live on Showtime. (more…)
Shane del Rosario is probably tired of talking about the worst year of his life, but he does it anyway. And when you hear him relate the details of his recovery from an April 2011 car accident in which he was blindsided by a drunk driver, losing nearly 14 months of his career as he recovered from injuries that ranged from several herniated to bulging discs in his back, you don’t hear any sense of ‘why me?’ though he would be more than entitled to feeling that way . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Boxncar Promotions has confirmed that UBO lightweight beltholder Mason Menard (19-1, 14 KOs) will make the first defense of his title on June 16 at the Evangeline Downs Casino in Opelousas, Louisiana against dangerous challenger “Lightning” Lonnie Smith (14-3-2, 10 KOs). Menard won the UBO title in August 2011 when he impressively stopped former WBO world title challenger Joseph Laryea from Ghana in four rounds, and he has since stayed busy with clear victories in non title fights over Rynell Griffin and Herbert Quartey. Residing in nearby Rayne Louisiana, Menard can expect massive support from his loyal fans on June 16. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Heavyweight contender Riverside’s Chris “The Nightmare”Arreola (35-2, 30KOs) will be returning to the Staples Center on Saturday, June 23 on the undercard of Victor Ortiz vs. Josesito Lopez. Arreola was on hand at Wednesday’s press conference to officially announce Ortiz vs. Lopez and his role on the undercard.
“It’s an honor to be fighting at the Staples Center again. The last time I left here I was dejected. I was in tears because I had just lost the biggest fight of my career. It was embarrassing, but I’m going to leave here with my hands in the air on June 23,” Arreola said at the press conference. (more…)
An important eight-round light-heavyweight attraction has been added to the June 1 boxing card at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem in Bethlehem, PA. Hard-hitting Sergey Kovalev (17-0-1, 15 KOs) and upset artist Darnell Boone (19-18-3, 8 KOs) meet in an eight-round rematch which could jump-start one of their careers. In the first fight between Kovalev and Boone on Oct. 10, 2010, in Atlanta, Kovalev was fortunate to escape with an eight-round split decision. All three scorecards were 76-75, two for Kovalev, one for Boone.
Topping the card are two championship fights: Gabriel Rosado vs. Sechew Powell in a 12-round match for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental junior middleweight title, and Ronald Cruz vs. Prenice Brewer for the vacant WBC Continental Americas welterweight belt. NBC Sports Network will televise the twin 12-rounders as part of its Fight Night series.
In a battle of pound for pound box office attractions, eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao and television’s late-night comedy king Jimmy Kimmel will go one-on-one for the sixth time in their series of entertaining appearances together dating back to November 3, 2009. Pacquiao will appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live! tonight on ABC beginning at 12:05 a.m. ET/PT. Sold out for months, Thursday’s episode will also feature Academy Award®-winning actress Charlize Theron and a musical performance by Graffiti6. Kimmel, the self-proclaimed “lucky rabbit’s foot” of Pacman, has had the Filipino icon on his show before every fight for nearly three years.
Carl Froch believes he can get an early advantage over Lucian Bute at tomorrow’s public weigh-in at the Capital FM Arena. Froch and Bute will take to the scales ahead of Saturday night’s IBF super middleweight World title clash, and The Cobra wants his fans to turn out in force just like they did when 3,000 of them cheered him on at the weigh-in for his last fight in Nottingham against Andre Dirrell three years ago.
“Bute is going to feel the full force of my fans tomorrow – there’s nothing like The Cobra’s army in full force,” said Froch. “It looks like it’s going to be a beautiful day so I hope they come out in their thousands. When I weighed in for the Dirrell fight they definitely gave me an edge – he was intimidated by the huge numbers and then they started chanting for me. They created a real racket and they will tomorrow – and Lucian will get a little idea of what’s in store for him on Saturday night, but times by three.”
As per your letter regarding Oliver McCall let me state some FACTS;
The letter you received from the Florida Commission simply states that McCall is under no “Florida” suspension – this does not mean he is cleared to compete. You also state it was your understanding that McCall held a valid Florida license – he DOES NOT – that so-called license referenced in the letter simply meant that McCall has a current Federal Identification Card – this does not mean he has a valid boxing license.
Also your comments that “the BDB doesn’t even have a Fight Fax account” clearly states to me and I am sure to many US Boxing Commissions that the BDB is really NOT interested in accurately determining a Boxer’s win/loss record nor their medical suspensions. Fight Fax is recognized around the world as the authority on boxing records and medical and administrative suspensions. (more…)
Two undefeated prospects from the Ural Boxing Promotions stable, Anton Novikov (24-0, 10 KOs) and Aslanbek Kozaev (20-0, 6 KOs), will make their California debuts on the undercard of Friday’s War At Woodland Hills 8 boxing show at the Warner Center Marriott. Novikov, is currently ranked #7 in the WBC ratings and is the sanctioning body’s Baltic Welterweight Champion. Kozaev, is the EBU’s External European Welterweight Champion and recently introduced himself to Manny Pacquiao at Wildcard Boxing Club with several tough rounds of sparring in anticipation for his bout with Timothy Bradley.
Novikov and Kozaev’s 6-round bouts will be in support of the 12-round main event of Cleotis “Mookie” Pendarvis (14-3-2, 5KOs) vs. Robert “Red Hot” Frankel (30-11-1, 6KOs) for the vacant USBA Light Welterweight Title and Frankel’s WBC USNBC Light Welterweight title. Pendarvis and Frankel will start the Memorial Day weekend fireworks with a heated battle to determine which fighter earns a top 15 world ranking and a shot at an IBF or WBC world title. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexicans boxing stars Jhonny Gonzalez and Daniel Ponce de Leon will collide September 15 at the MGM Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas for the WBC featherweight world title of Gonzalez on the event organized by Golden Boy Promotions headlined by Saul “Canelo “Alvarez in defense of his WBC super welterweight championship against Paul Williams. This information has been confirmed to Fightnews.com from Promociones del Pueblo president Oswaldo Kuchle.
The Gonzalez Camp was considering an optional defense against Salvador Sanchez II on July 7, but today Promociones del Pueblo closed these conversations. “Gonzalez-De Leon is a fight we discussed for a few weeks with Golden Boy Promotions. It’s a great opportunity and will be a great night for Mexico and world boxing. We are showing that our company can get big fights inside Mexico and out, so we are working hard and presenting good events all over,” said Oswaldo Kuchle.
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