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Full Report: Sosa upsets Fortuna; Cermeno acquires WBA title

Full Report: Sosa upsets Fortuna; Cermeno acquires WBA title

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada Unheralded Jason Sosa (19-1-4, 15 KOs), US, surprisingly dethroned previously unbeaten WBA super-featherweight champ Javier Fortuna (29-1-1, ...

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Rodriguez defeats Quijano

Rodriguez defeats Quijano

Photos: Scott Foster In a clash between world ranked super flyweight contenders, WBO #15 Ricardo “Meserito" Rodriguez (14-3-4, 4 KOs) of Mexico City ...

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UniMas Weights from Dallas

UniMas Weights from Dallas

By Jeff Zimmerman Photos: Top Rank Mike Alvarado 147.75 vs. Josh Torres 147.75 Matt Korobov 162.75 vs. Brian Vera 162.4 Erick De Leon 130.25 vs. Carlos ...

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Sosa upsets Fortuna to win WBA 130lb belt; Cermeno acquires vacant WBA 122lb title in China

Sosa upsets Fortuna to win WBA 130lb belt; Cermeno acquires vacant WBA 122lb title in China

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada Unheralded Jason Sosa (19-1-4, 15 KOs), US, surprisingly dethroned previously unbeaten WBA super-featherweight champ Javier Fortuna ...

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Thurman and Porter make weight

Thurman and Porter make weight

Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime Keith Thurman 146 vs. Shawn Porter 147 (WBA world welterweight title) Porter stripped naked and was right on the limit. Jarrett ...

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Boxing News

Rafa Marquez returns May 5 in Tijuana

Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer


By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former two-division world champion Rafael Marquez (40-7, 36 KOs) is expected to reappear against Nicaraguan Eusebio Osejo (20-10-2, 7 KOs) in a 10-rounder on May 5 in Tijuana on an event presented by Zanfer Promotions. Osejo previously had been chosen to face Marquez last July, but Marquez ended up facing Eduardo Becerril instead. That same night current WBA super bantamweight world champion Jackie “Aztec Princess” Nava (26-4-3, 11 KOs) will defend her crown against Colombian Diana Ayala (12-6-3, 7 KOs) and former WBO world champion Julio Cesar “Pingo” Miranda (37-6-1, 29 KOs) meets former WBA world champion Jean Piero Perez (18-4-1, 13 KOs) in a ten round super flyweight clash. Also former WBC super featherweight world champion Humberto Gutierrez (28-3-1, 20 KOs) will face TBA. Fightnews.com wants to congratulate Jacke Nava on her 32nd birthday today.



April 11th, 2012

Feature Story

Rios: Abril goes “back to the dumpsters”

Story by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone

At the media workouts for Brandon Rios, the former WBA lightweight champion addressed the altercation at Monday’s presser in Los Angeles and what he figures will transpire on Saturday night when he faces Richard Abril at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

“I’m bringing the press conference back,” Rios joked about the near brawl with Abril in LA. ” Nowadays the press conferences are boring. F*ck that. I hate this guy right now and I talk sh*t.” (more…)



April 11th, 2012


Feature Story

Ioka, Yaegashi meet for unification

By Joe Koizumi

WBC 105-pound champion Kazuto Ioka (9-0, 6 KOs) and WBA counterpart Akira Yaegashi (15-2, 8 KOs) will meet in a sensational unification bout in Osaka, Japan, on June 20. It was announced with both champs in attendance in Osaka yesterday (Monday). Ioka said, “I wish to prove who’s the number one.” Yaegashi, making his first defense, also said, “Ioka will be a star player in Osaka, while I may take a supporting role. But the winner should take a stellar role in the ring.”

Yaegashi, 29, is a senior to Ioka, 23. Yaegashi, an aggressive hard-puncher, won the national amateur championship and then turned professional in 2005, and Ioka followed his footstep as he also gained good achievements as an amateur and turned to paid ranks, winning the WBC belt in his only seventh pro bout.

Ioka failed to become the Japanese representative in the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008, and turned pro in the next year. Ioka, whose amateur mark was 95-10, 64 stoppages, may move up to the heavier division in the near future, so he was eager to face his senior champ Yaegashi while he is also a 105-pounder.

Their respective managers, ex-two-class champ Hiroki Ioka, 43, and formerly WBA/WBC ruler Hideyuki Ohashi, 47, were supposed to face each other, but it didn’t unfortunately materialize while they were active. Their pupils will thus meet for unification of the 105-pound category. The promoter is Ioka Promotions in Osaka.



April 11th, 2012

Feature Story

Q&A: Felix Sturm

WBA Middleweight Champ: “Zbik has to pay the price.”

By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Photo by Team Sturm

On Friday night, WBA Middleweight Super Champion Felix Sturm (36-2-2) will face former WBC kingpin Sebastian Zbik (30-1) in an all-German mega-fight (billed as “Bad Blood”) at the 20,000 seat Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany. In the months and weeks leading up to the bout, both combatants showed their genuine dislike for each other. FightNews.com caught up with the three-time middleweight champion Sturm, 33, today to discuss his preparation, the changes he made in training camp, his feelings towards Zbik, 30, and his mindset just a couple days before the big fight. (more…)



April 11th, 2012


Boxing News

Nieves, Melendez in action Friday

All the fighters are in town and everything is ready to go for the return of the successful series “Boxeo TELEMUNDO” to the Kissimmee Civic Center this Friday. In the main event, WBO #12 contender and Latin champion Jose “Miau” Nieves (19-2-3, 8 KOs) of Carolina, Puerto Rico will defend his jr. featherweight title against WBC Mundo Hispano champion Alejandro “Pique” Delgado (15-5, 7 KOs) of Cuidad Neza, Mexico in another classic matchup between Puerto Rico and Mexico scheduled for 12 Rounds .

Also in action WBO #13 Jr.Middleweight contender and Latin Champion Jorge “The Destroyer” Melendez (21-2-1, 20 KOs) of Manati, Puerto Rico will defend his title against dangerous Marcus Willis (11-1-2, 3 KOs) of Ft. Myers, FL in a bout scheduled for 10 rounds. (more…)



April 11th, 2012

Boxing News

Gqokoma defends Eastern Province title

By Ron Jackson

Unathi Gqokoma will be making the second defence of his Eastern Province junior bantamweight title when he faces Zukile Matyumza in a return match in East London on Sunday afternoon. The southpaw Gqokoma who has a record of 18-5-1; 5 lost to Lindile Petse on his pro debut on June 24, 2005. However, after this setback he won his next nine fights before capturing the Eastern Province junior bantamweight title in October 2006 when he outpointed Mbulelo Nyanda over ten rounds. (more…)



April 11th, 2012

UFC

Bahadurzada ready to introduce himself

UFC on Fuel TV: Gustafsson vs. Silva live on April 14

If you’re a veteran fighter with a decade of professional experience, but one that hasn’t gotten the call to the UFC, it can be cause for alarm. Then alarm leads to a lack of focus, a lack of focus leads to a loss against a lesser opponent, and the Octagon grows even more distant . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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April 11th, 2012

Feature Story

Q&A: Trainer Graham Shaw

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Werner Kalin

Leading Australian boxing trainer Graham Shaw talks to Fightnews.com about his boxer, IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale and how he feels his charge has the skills to defeat Sergio Martinez, Felix Sturm and Dimitry Pirog.

Fightnews: Congratulations on Daniel Geale’s recent win over Osamunu Adama in an IBF title bout in Hobart, Tasmania. It seemed to be a much improved Geale from his win over Eromosele Albert in 2011.

Shaw: I think it was the hand problem held him back against Albert but he was 100% right for Adama and put in a top performance. He done the weight better this time and also preparation was better. (more…)



April 11th, 2012

Boxing News

Sosa, Ocasio to settle unfinished business

There is a score to be settled in the main event of Greg Robinson’s Power Productions “Philly Barn Burner 3” card on Friday night April 20th at the National Guard Armory in Northeast Philadelphia, when rising lightweight stars, Angel Ocasio (6-0-1, 1KO) and Jason Sosa (4-1-2, 1KO) square off in a highly anticipated eight round rematch.

Both fighters originally stepped into the ring back on January 13th with thoughts of getting a signature victory strapped to their resumes. The highly contested six round battle teetered back and forth, with Mak Boxing Management’s and North Philly lightweight sensation Angel Ocasio using his superior power to bang out the early rounds, and Camden, New Jersey’s Jason Sosa using his hand speed to take the middle rounds. The fight went down to the wire as the near capacity crowd stood on their feet, watching Ocasio and Sosa slug away right until the final bell, putting it in the judge’s hands. The scores were tallied and the majority draw was announced, which sent the crowd into a crescendo of boos at the unlikely decision. (more…)



April 11th, 2012

Photo Gallery

Rios, Abril, Herrera, Gesta, Alvarado work out

Photos by Chris Cozzone

All the shots and quotes from today’s workout at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas, featuring Brandon Rios, Richard Abril, Mike Alvarado, Mercito Gesta and Mauricio Herrera.

BRANDON RIOS: “I’m not letting this unknown coming in and ruining eight years of hard work I put into building my professional boxing career. I beat Miguel Acosta when he was in his prime unlike Abril who beat him on his way down on short notice. (more…)



April 10th, 2012

Boxing News

Rios arrives in Vegas for battle with Abril

Photo by Chris Cozzone

Former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios hits the mitts with trainer Robert Garcia(R) during media day,Tuesday in Las Vegas, for his upcoming World Lightweight title fight against Cuban gladiator and WBA interim lightweight champion Richard Abril, Saturday, April 14 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, live on Pay Per View. Stay tuned for a full gallery.



April 10th, 2012

Feature Story

Marquez closes camp in Mexico City

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer

On Tuesday afternoon, three-time world champion Juan Manuel Marquez closed his training camp at the Romanza Gym in Mexico City with his Hall of Fame trainer Nacho Beristan and his team of Jose Luis Zaragoza, Raul de Anda and Angel Heredia. Marquez returns to a ring in his hometown of Mexico City for the first time in 18 years to face Ukrainian Serhiy Fedchenko this Saturday in the New Mexico City Arena in a clash for the interim WBO super lightweight world title.

“I feel very good for this fight,” said Marquez. “We worked hard as always and hope to make a good performance to be crowned world champion for the fourth time and join the greatest names of boxing history. It will be a very nice night with my fans in my homeland.” (more…)



April 10th, 2012

Boxing News

del Valle aims to continue family legacy

Luis “Orlandito” del Valle (15-0, 11 KOs) has championship blood running through his veins. In 1992, his cousin, Rafael del Valle, traveled to England and defeated local champion Duke McKenzie in the first round, becoming the WBO bantamweight world champion. “Orlandito is making a really good impression in boxing. His team is doing a great job by giving him more experience at each fight. When time comes for a world title shot, Orlandito will be more than ready. He has the talent to do so, and more important, he always listens,” says Rafael del Valle.

For “Orlandito”, his family is the most important thing, and this is especially true when it comes to his cousin. On Friday, April 27, in Miami, Oklahoma, the undefeated Boricua will take on another tough test, en route to continue this legacy. (more…)



April 10th, 2012

Boxing News

Cherry back in action Saturday

Former world title challenger Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry headlines this week’s Telefutura card from Cicero Stadium in Cicero, Illinois. Cherry (29-6-2, 16 KOs) will meet Juan Carlos Martinez (19-13-1, 7 KOs) the 10 round main event. This will be Cherry’s second outing in less than two months. He is riding a five fight (4 KOs) win streak, since losing a title bid against Timothy Bradley, most recently an eight round unanimous decision over Guillermo Sanchez on February 24th. “Edner is spot-on,” said Cherry’s trainer, Tony Morgan. We’ve had great sparring and spent the last five weeks working on sharpening and refining his skills. He’s on-weight and, as always, in great condition.”



April 10th, 2012

Feature Story

Escobedo to return May 12

By Francisco Salazar

Confirming rumors that have been circulating, junior lightweight contender Vicente Escobedo will return to action on May 12th in his hometown of Woodland, CA, Golden Boy Promotions matchmaker Eric Gomez told Fightnews.com on Saturday. No opponent has yet been confirmed for Escobedo, who has won his last three fights in a row, including his first round annihilation of Lonnie Smith in his last fight March 3rd. Escobedo (25-3, 15 KOs) has been mentioned as a possible opponent for current world title belt holder Adrien Broner in the near future. That could become more of a reality if Escobedo is victorious on May 12th. “That is the plan,” said Gomez. (more…)



April 10th, 2012

Feature Story

Sturm vs. Zbik: Final Presser

WBA champ Sturm and challenger Zbik express confidence in victory

Report & Photos by Wolfgang Schiffbauer

Their fight is billed “Bad Blood” and so far, both WBA Middleweight Super Champion Felix Sturm and his challenger Sebastian Zbik, the former WBC titlelist, have lived up to that motto. Starting with their first press conference a couple weeks back at the venue of the fight, the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany, both have had some harsh words to say about each other. Naturally, some of the reporters at hand at today’s final presser at luxury Hotel Im Wasserturm expected another war of words. That, however, did not happen.

Both fighters made a quick appearance, stating that they are in good shape and ready to win the fight. “I’ll let my fists do the talking. I’m sure I will defend my title come Friday night”, Sturm said. Zbik commented: “We have talked enough over the last couple weeks. Now it’s time to fight. I can’t wait to be champion again.” While Sturm’s coach Fritz Sdunek expressed confidence in his fighter in a quick statement, Zbik’s trainer, the former lightweight world champion Artur Grigorian, even refused to take center stage and say a few words. (more…)



April 10th, 2012

Interview

Katsidis ready for 140 pounds!

Interview by Ray Wheatley
Photos by Chris Cozzone

Former two time world champion Michael Katsidis (28-5, 23 KOs) clashes with Albert Mensah (24-3-1,10 KOs) at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on Friday, April 13th in the main event of this week’s ESPN2 Friday Night Fight series.

Katsidis talks to FightNews to say he is not looking past Mensah but would welcome a rematch with Juan Marquez plus he discusses his new trainer Justin Fortune. (more…)



April 10th, 2012

UFC

UFC updates

Tix On Sale This Week For The TUF Finale Live In Vegas: Welterweight powerhouses Jake Ellenberger and Martin Kampmann battle to see who will continue to rise up the 170-lb. ladder, plus the winner of the lightweight tournament will be decided! UFC Fight Club presale starts Wednesday at 10am PT, join today for first access to tickets!

Subscribe to UFC Magazine Today: Look for the new issue on newsstands, featuring covers with Jon Jones and Jim Miller

Keep Track of the TUF Live Tournament with the UFC.com TUF Bracket: Follow the matchups each week, or print it out and try to predict who will make it to the finale!

Tickets On Sale Now For UFC Fan Expo This July In Las Vegas: UFC Fan Expo returns to Las Vegas July 6-7 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center
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April 10th, 2012

Boxing News

Ex-champ Urango set for comeback

Former IBF jr welterweight world champion Juan “Iron Twin” Urango (22-3-1, 17 KOs) returns for his first fight in over two years on the April 26 KO Entertainment card at the Centro Bancomer in Mexico City. Urango will take on journeyman Cristian Chavez (23-18, 11 KOs) in a scheduled ten round welterweight clash. It will be Urango’s first fight since losing his title to Devon Alexander in March 2010.

Topping the card is WBC silver super lightweight titleholder Roberto “Massa” Ortiz (23-0-1, 20 KOs) against Javier Prieto (16-6, 11 KOs) in a twelve round battle. In a third featured bout, unbeaten hot prospect Tomoki Kameda (22-0, 14 KOs) tales on Javier Chacon (15-1, 3 KOs) for the vacant WBC silver bantamweight belt.



April 10th, 2012

Announcement

Michael Dann passes

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Australian boxing identity Michael Dann has passed away in Sydney at the age of 66 on April 7. Michael was integral part of Bill Mordey’s promotional team when “Break Even Bill” promoted Jeff Fenech and Kostya Tszyu biggest fights in Australia including the Jeff Fenech vs Azumah Nelson rematch in Melbourne which attracted over 37,000 fight fans. Michael would later work with Arthur Tunstall giving his time to help New South Wales amateur boxing.. Michael will be sadly missed by his family and the the Australian boxing fraternity.



April 10th, 2012

Boxing News

Rios-Abril feud moves to Vegas

After Monday’s highly charged press conference in Los Angeles, Rios-Abril fight week activities shift to Las Vegas starting today. The fighters were scheduled to work out for the media 90 minutes apart on Tuesday, so they probably won’t meet then. But they will definitely face-off during Wednesday’s final press conference and Friday’s weigh-in in advance of their showdown in the ring at Mandalay Bay on Saturday.

Before leaving LA, both fighters had a couple of parting shots…

Richard Abril: “I did what I did at the Miami press conference to tell Rios he should be fighting me, not Gamboa, because I am a real champion. Rios is not as good as what people say.”

Brandon Rios: “No unheard of fighter like Abril will ever beat me. He’s going to go down and go down real hard. In the boxing world Abril is in the darkness and I plan to keep him there. I haven’t forgotten what he did to me in Miami. He’s going to pay big-time for that.”



April 10th, 2012

Boxing News

Boxing back in Rising Sun, Indiana

Boxing returns to the Rising Star Casino Resort in Rising Sun, Indiana on April 21. The show’s main event features cruiserweight Willie “Biggunz” Herring (13-10-3, 4 KOs) in a ten-rounder against “The Viper” Olandrewaju Durodola, a 2008 Nigerian Olympic qualifier and undefeated as a pro at 6-0 with 5 KOs. The co-main event features undefeated “Buster” Douglas trained heavyweight John L. Smith Jr. (10-0, 3 KOs) in a clash against Ralph Lawrence (0-2). The undercard features five fights including Janks Morton’s heavyweight: Dewayne Mobley (1-0).

Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns is the special guest for the event and former world heavyweight champion James “Buster” Douglas and famed trainer Janks Morton will be on hand as they work their fighter’s corners. The event is promoted by Nate Tubbs Events & Promotions out of Cincinnati, Ohio.



April 10th, 2012

Boxing News

Mayweather-Cotto undercard announced

The “Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto” pay-per-view card is set with the official announcement of the other two fights on the PPV undercard. Undefeated rising star Jessie Vargas (18-0, 9 KOs) faces-off against former “Contender” star Alfonso Gomez (23-5-2, 12 KOs)) and, in the opening pay-per-view bout, exciting 154 lb. contender DeAndre “The Bull” Latimore (23-3, 17 KOs) takes on former world champion Carlos “El Indio” Quintana (28-3, 22 KOs). The two 10-round bouts will take place prior to the WBA super welterweight championship between Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto and the Canelo Alvarez vs. Sugar Shane Mosley WBC super welterweight title bout on May 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.



April 9th, 2012

Boxing News

Rios-Abril heats up in LA

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Fight week kicked of this Monday as things got heated up at today’s Los Angeles press conference featuring Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (29-0-1, 22 KOs) and WBA interim lightweight champion Richard ‘El Tigre” Abril (17-2-1, 8 KOs) at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. Rios and Abril were in attendance to kick off fight week for their WBA lightweight title bout Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

Abril welcomed everyone as he addressed the media on the opportunity. “I want to thank Top Rank for the opportunity to be in this fight” Abril told media. The WBA interim lightweight belt holder also explained his actions back in Miami in what was supposed to be a press conference for Brandon Rios against Yuriorkis Gamboa. “I want to say that what happened in Miami was a result of me being disrespected,” said Abril. “I don’t understand English that well but when someone says f–k to me in my face, that’s disrespectful.” (more…)



April 9th, 2012

Boxing News

Dawson ready for Hopkins rematch

Photo: Team Dawson

Former world champion Chad Dawson poses in the ring with trainer John Scully and strength coach Axel Murillo at their Florida training camp after a recent workout. “That’s the contraption on his shoulders that he utilizes sometimes to build up his strength and muscle resistance,” said Scully.

Dawson is set to take on WBC light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins in a highly charged rematch on April 28 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.



April 9th, 2012

Feature Story

Felix Sturm: I’m ready for Sebastian Zbik

WBA Middleweight Champ finishes training camp

By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Photos by Team Sturm

With only five days to go before his twelfth title defense, WBA Middleweight Super Champion Felix Sturm is poised and ready for next Friday nights German mega-fight against former WBC titlelist Sebastian Zbik at the 20.000 seat Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany. The three-time champion wrapped up a long and hard, but successful training camp last week, just in time for the Easter holidays.

“It was a great camp, I might just be in the best shape of my life”, Sturm said. “My weight is good, sparring went great. I’m ready for Sebastian Zbik and I will teach him some respect. He will feel my pressure, my speed and my power. He will be in for a hell of a night, especially in the late rounds.” (more…)



April 9th, 2012

Boxing News

Maldonado Jr. headlines April 28

In 2011, rising star Fidel Maldonado Jr. (13-0, 11 KOs) began to make his mark in the boxing world by winning the WBC Youth Lightweight World Championship. On April 28 at the Santa Ana Star Casino in his hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Maldonado will defend that title for the first time in the eight round main event of TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo” against Obregon, Mexico’s Fernando Carcamo (9-3, 6 KOs) .

In the co-featured fight of the evening, another local favorite, “Hurricane” Hector Munoz (19-7-1, 12 KOs) battles Louisiana’s John Revish (9-5-2, 8 KOs) in an eight round welterweight fight.



April 9th, 2012

Boxing News

Najera headlines in San Antonio

Jesse James Leija/Mike Battah Promotions will present their second professional boxing event on May 5th at Cowboys Dance Hall in San Antonio, Texas. Featured in a scheduled six rounder is junior welterweight prospect Ivan Najera. Just 19 years old, Najera (7-0, 6 KOs) has quickly impressed local boxing fans with his devastating knockouts. On March 31st at the first Jesse James Leija/Mike Battah Promotions card, Najera brutally stopped Detroit, Michigan native James Lester in the first round. “Our first show was a terrific success. The fans and media in San Antonio were incredibly supportive and we’re very proud to have the opportunity to promote world class events here on a regular basis,” said former two-time world champion and Texas boxing legend Leija. Advance tickets priced at $25 General Admission and $50 Ringside along with $100 for VIP Reserved are now on sale through Ticketmaster. Doors will open at 5pm with the first bell scheduled for 6pm.



April 9th, 2012

Boxing News

Guerrero opponent named

Dominican southpaw Fernando Guerrero (23-1, 18 KOs) will face Chris “The Irish Ghost” Fitzpatrick (15-1, 6 KOs) in a 10-round super middleweight fight on April 20 at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Miss. The Guerrero vs. Fitzpatrick bout will open a Showtime telecast headlined by a 10-round middleweight fight between former undisputed 160lb world champion Jermain Taylor (29-4-1, 18 KOs) and undefeated Caleb “Golden” Truax (18-0-1, 10 KOs). The 10-round co-feature will pit former Cuban amateur standout Erislandy Lara (15-1-1, 10 KOs) against Ronald Hearns (26-2, 20 KOs).



April 9th, 2012

Boxing News

Senchenko v Malignaggi PPV Promo Spot

Here is a promotional video for the April 29th World Boxing Association Welterweight Championship bout between defending champion Vyacheslav Senchenko and challenger Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi, airing live in the United States from Donetsk, Ukraine, starting at 1 PM/ET. Senchenko vs. Malignaggi,” presented by Union Boxing Promotion, is being distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 1PM ET/10AM PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, DISH Network and Avail-TVNfor a suggested retail price of $29.95.



April 9th, 2012

UFC

Abedi stoked for homecoming

UFC on Fuel TV: Gustafsson vs. Silva live on April 14

“Trainers Hate Him.”

Chances are you’ve been a captive audience to that cheesy online headline before. Whether the musclebound freaks / cartoonishly ripped dudes featured in those ‘Get Buff’ ads are factual or fictitious, I have no idea. What I do know is that Papy Abedi could easily stump as poster boy for those outrageous promo . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, UFC.com
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April 9th, 2012

Boxing News

Salido to defend in June?

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBO Mexican featherweight world champion Orlando Salido could defend his world title on June 2 in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, against an opponent to be announced at an event presented by Zanfer Promotions. Salido is coming off his knockout win over Juan Manuel Lopez in Puerto Rico in March. Former world champion Antonio Margarito could also be on the card. Salido has recently been very active making appearances on TV and at events inside and outside of Mexico.



April 9th, 2012

Boxing News

Confirmed: Rojas-Gonzalez April 28

Photo: Alma Montiel

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez has made official in a press conference that his fourth defense of the title against champion in recess Elio Rojas on April 28 at the new Oasis Arena in Cancun, closing out a huge boxing month for the Yucatan resort paradise Gonzalez pledged one of his best performances. “The fight is complicated by Elio Rojas’ style,” said Gonzalez. “He runs a lot, has a difficult style, but we are preparing to beat him and defend our championship.”

The event is promoted by Promociones del Pueblo, Pepe Gomez and Don King Productions. “This is a team effort, not just one person. We are making great events with various promoters and are committed to bringing the best fights to the fans,” said Reginald Kuchle of Promociones del Pueblo.



April 9th, 2012

Boxing Result

Dzila wins third Youth belt

Reigning Swiss IBF/WBO Youth world champion Agron Dzila (15-1, 11 KOs) was crowned by WBC supervisor Rex Walker (a legendary cowboy) after his successful WBC Youth World cruiserweight title bid against Kenyan Peter Omondi (3-1-3, 1 KO) on Saturday night in the sold out Tennishalle in Elzach, Germany. Dzila pressured Omondi from the opening bell. In round seven, Peter Omondi got a one point deduction. A right hand to the head in the ninth finally put Omondi on the deck and as referee Daniel van de Wiele reached the count of ten. WBO #15 rated Dzila became the first Youth boxer ever to hold all the three WBC, IBF and WBO belts at once.



April 9th, 2012

Boxing News

Roberto Duran flick in the works

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The film “Hands of Stone” (“Manos de Pieda”) which tells the story of Panamanian ring legend Roberto Duran will begin filming June 4 in Puerto Rico according to sources involved in the film. Producers of the film are in Puerto Rico scouting for filming sites. Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal will star as Duran, with Robert de Niro playing trainer Ray Arcel and pop singer Usher as Sugar Ray Leonard.



April 9th, 2012




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