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The March 31 comeback fight of troubled former WBO featherweight champion Scott Harrison is off after Harrison was arrested for alleged shoplifting from a Glasgow supermarket. As a result, promoter Frank Maloney has reportedly dropped Harrison, who was slated to fight fro the first time in seven years.
The following is a statement from Peter Harrison, father and trainer of Scott Harrison.
“Regarding the cancellation of Scott’s fight, which was scheduled for Saturday the 31st of March in Blackpool, I would like to make it clear that Scott did not pull out of the fight. Scott trained as usual on Tuesday afternoon in the gym. There has been a lot of media coverage regarding an incident in the early hours of Wednesday morning and it would be inappropriate to comment on that at the moment. However, Scott resumed training on Wednesday by running from Cambuslang to the Cathkin Braes and remained committed to boxing in Blackpool on Saturday the 31st of March. It is public knowledge there is a legal battle over who does and does not have a legal right to promote Scott. Because of this there was a possibility that moves would have been made to prevent Scott boxing in Blackpool. This has weighed heavily on Scott’s mind and caused a great deal of stress over the last two weeks. It took quite a while for Scott to regain his boxing licence and after all the time and effort it looked as though he was set to make his return to the ring. Then the legal battle started and, with all the speculation, it had a negative impact and Scott was faced with the scenario that he might not be able to box. Scott has three young children and a fiancée to support and is determined to box so he can earn money to provide for them. The prospect of him being denied the opportunity to do this has clearly been very damaging. Although it will not be on the 31st of March, Scott still intends to continue his boxing career as soon as possible.”
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Diego Magdaleno 129.4 vs. Fernando Beltran Jr. 130
Yordenis Ugas 142 vs. Johnny Garcia 140
Interview and photos by Bob Ryder
Detroit’s Vernon Paris took some time from his training to speak with Fightnews.com regarding his March 24th fight with Zab Judah.
Vernon, you gave a lot of credit for your win over Tim Coleman to your dedicated training camp. For this fight you have been away in camp in Kalamazoo. How has this camp gone compared to that first one?
It’s been a real good camp. Being away keeps me focused, keeps me eating and drinking right. From now on this is the way we are going to do it for all my fights. (more…)
There’s an old adage in sports about second chances, and how rare they are. But for former heavyweight champion Siarhei Liakhovich (25-4, 16 KO’s), it looks like he has bucked the odds.
When his NBC televised fight against top ranked contender Eddie Chambers fell through at the last minute, Liakhovich was furious at the Philadelphia native. Recognizing his golden opportunity to explode back into the heavyweight picture on national TV just disappeared; Liakhovich was an angry fighter who seemingly saw his last chance at glory slip away through no fault of his own. Sure, Liakhovich was the underdog, but he’d been the underdog before and pulled off the upset. If he could pull the trick against Eddie Chambers then a title fight was hardly out of the question. (more…)
From Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico
By Gabriel F. Cordero | Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer Promotions
Before hundreds of fans, fighters headlining Saturday’s “Clash of Champions: Mexico vs. Philippines” fight card at the Multipurpose Center (CUM) in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico, demonstrated the results of weeks of hard preparation. WBA flyweight champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (32-2, 25 KOs) will defend his title for the third time against former world champion Rodel Mayol (30-5-2, 22 KOs) and Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada (22-1-0, 17 KOs) meets Richie Mepranum (25-2-1, 5 KOs) in a pair of mouth-watering showdowns between Mexican and Filipino fighters. See workout photos
From Maribor, Slovenia
Here’s are some images from Thursday’s public workout with “Mr Sympathicus” Jan Zaveck and Bethel “Tyson” Ushona in the “Hotel City” in Maribor, Slovenia. They collide Saturday at the sold out Tabor Arena. See workout photos
From North Bergen, New Jersey
By Przemek Garczarczyk | Photos: Wojtek Kubik
National and international media and quite sizable numbers of boxing fans attended an open media workout for “Heavyweight New Generation at the Global Boxing Gym in North Bergen, N.J. Fighters like WBC International heavyweight beltholder Mariusz Wach, (26-0, 14 KOs), unbeaten heavyweight Artur Szpilka (9-0, 7 KOs), undefeated super featherweight Kamil Laszczyk (7-0, 5 KOs) and former NABO middleweight beltholder Przemek Majewski (17-1, 11 KOs) were on hand and available for photographers and interviews to promote “Heavyweight New Generation,” scheduled for Saturday at the Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. See workout photos
Integrated Sports Media, the pound-for-pound king of sports distribution in North America, announced today that it will distribute the World Boxing Association (“WBA”) Welterweight Championship fight between undefeated champion Vyacheslav Senchenko and No. 2-ranked challenger Pauli “Magic Man” Malignaggi, April 29 live from Donboss Arena in Donetsk, Ukraine.
By Jose E. Santiago
As of today’s Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission meeting, the “French Invasion” card headlined by former French welterweight champion Frank Haroche Horta (29-8-5, 10 KOs) and former Contender Series Star Grady Brewer (29-14, 16 KOs) at the Macon City Auditorium in Macon, Georgia, is not happening. Promoter Rufus Beddingfield did not have his paperwork, up to and including a promoter’s license or match permit with the Georgia Commission and the commission strongly recommended that he withdraw his event plans stating that if he promotes this event he will be breaking the law. After allowing Beddingfield to leave the meeting and make his decision, he came back and withdrew his event. Beddingfield later issued a statement promising “The show will be rescheduled.”
After battling the best in the world everywhere from 130 pounds, where he won his world title in 2000, all the way up to 150 pounds, where he faced Oscar De La Hoya in 2008, former world champion Steve “2Pound” Forbes will make his return to the ring in his optimum weight class – junior welterweight – in a Fight Club OC headlining bout against veteran Emanuel Augustus on Thursday, April 12th. This junior welterweight showdown, which is presented by Roy Englebrecht Promotions, will take place in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California.
“Anyone who knows Steve is aware that he’s at his best at 140 pounds, and he’s going to show that on April 12th,” said Forbes’ new advisor, John White. “Emanuel Augustus is a tough test, but Steve knows that it’s now or never if he wants to move forward in his career.” (more…)
Carl Froch’s IBF World super middleweight title fight with Lucian Bute at the Capital FM Arena Nottingham on May 26 is racing to a sell-out after over 5,000 tickets were sold in the first 48 hours. The Cobra aims to become a three-time World Champion when he faces the unbeaten Canadian, who is making the tenth defence of his title. Froch is fighting in the UK for the first time since beat Andre Dirrell in the Super Six opener at the same Arena in October 2009. Tickets went on sale at 2pm on Monday when Froch and Bute came face-to-face at a press conference at the venue, and the demand for the hottest ticket in town was instant, with a huge queue forming at the Arena, and the phones and website were hot with fight fans snapping up the seats. Inside the first two days over 5,000 tickets for the fight in the 9,000 seat Arena were sold, and promoter Eddie Hearn expects the fight to be sold out in the next few days.
WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck (34-2, 25 KOs) will make his mandatory defence against interim champion Ola Afolabi (19-2-3, 9 KOs) in Erfurt, Germany on May 5. It will be the second time the two fighters face each other in the ring, with Huck clinching a close points victory in their first meeting in December 2009. “I had just won the title against Victor Emilio Ramirez and then had to make my first defence against Afolabi,” Huck said. It was a tough fight and I won on points. Afolabi has been victorious in all of his fights ever since. He seems to have gotten stronger. I will be prepared for a hard night on May 5.” (more…)
It’s become almost impossible to argue with UFC President Dana White’s stance that Canadian fight fans are the best in the world.
The Octagon’s love affair with the Great White North began on April 19th, 2008, with a UFC 83 event headlined by a welterweight title fight between Matt Serra and Georges St-Pierre. Over the past four years, the UFC has held eight events in Canada, in three different cities (Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver), with over 200,000 fans in attendance, and a live gate totaling over $40 million. White’s declaration that Canada is the “new Mecca of mixed martial arts” will be a self-fulfilling prophecy, as the UFC announced the Octagon will be crossing into Canadian territory three times in 2012, including an inaugural event in “The Heart of the New West”: Calgary. . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC.com
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Former super bantamweight world champion Daniel Ponce De Leon 42-4, (35 KO’s) is intent on becoming a two division titlist. De Leon currently campaigns as a featherweight and considered one of the hardest punchers in the game. He spoke to us before starting training camp for his next fight on the Mayweather vs. Cotto pay per view card from Las Vegas.
Tell us about your last fight against Omar Estrella.
It was a good fight for me. He’s a fast, young fighter, but once he felt my power he couldn’t handle it. Eventually I wore him down and got the knockout in the sixth round.
What’s your goal for 2012?
My goal is to keep winning so that I can eventually get a shot at a world title. I’m putting in a lot of work and I’m ready for any of the champions. I have a real desire to be champion again. Ask any of my sparring partners. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Jon Elits – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
“I’m very well prepared, very well trained, and ready to fight this difficult fight against a very young man who’s hungry and who dreams of ripping my title away and sending me into retirement,” said 35-year-old WBC super lightweight world champion Erik “Terrible” Morales (52-7, 36 KOs), who faces unbeaten 24-year-old challenger Danny Garcia (22-0, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Reliant Arena in Houston, Texas.
“I’ve always been a fighter who accepts the biggest and best challenges,” continued the four-division world champion. “I don’t win much from this, just knowing that I’m alive and ready to keep going for bigger fights.” As for the future, Erik simply says, “There are some fights that I want to do, but before I do those I want to make sure I’m 100% ready to go. And these types of fights will let me know if I’m ready.”
Morales, Garcia and the other featured fighters on Saturday’s fight card held a media workout Wednesday at Houston’s Savannah Boxing Club. Click here for photos…
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Referee Roberto Ramirez says the apology of former WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel López seemed sincere, but stopped short of satisfying him. “…it didn’t meet our expectations,” said Ramirez. “We were hoping that he should say in the same emphatic way that there was defamation, and he had no evidence that we (father and son) are betters. We had hoped to reach an agreement with him where he would indicate that and we’d have a joint press conference and that would be the end. If he states specifically that he has no evidence of what he said, we commit to not sue civilly.”
Ramirez added that Lopez was not clear with his apology and reiterated that if Juanma publicly admits that he has no proof of what he said, they will not sue. “If he admits it, we have no interest in moving ahead,” explained the veteran official, who is being represented by attorney Julio Cesar Miranda. “We just want to clean up our reputation and image. Today (Tuesday) it was not cleaned at that press conference. He apologized for what happened but not the facts.”
Photos: Tom Casino/Showtime
Undefeated Diego Magdaleno (21-0, 7 KOs) works the speed bag during a light workout Wednesday. The talented, popular world-ranked super featherweight will face fellow southpaw Fernando Beltran Jr. (36-7-1, 20 KOs) in the 130-pound main event this Friday, March 23, in the main event at the Conference Center at Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Ariz. Also in a battle of unbeaten junior welterweights, former international amateur standout and 2008 Cuban Olympic Bronze Medalist Yordenis Ugas (11-0, 5 KOs) will be opposed by Johnny Garcia (11-0, 8 KOs), of Holland, Mich. in an eight-round bout. Tickets for the Top Rank event, priced at $100, $75, $50 and $35, are available at the casino box office and on www.casinodelsol.com. Showtime will televise.
Vladine Biosse 169 vs. George Armenta 166
Eddie Soto 146 vs. Jason Pires 143
Benny Costantino 161 vs. Yolexcy Leiva 158
Ashleigh Curry 143 vs. Aleksandra Lopes 145
Johnathan Vazquez 147 vs. Jeff Anderson 152
Troy Artis 159 vs. Thomas Falowo 159
Kevin Cobbs 178 vs. Ahmad Mickens 180
John Downey 178 vs. Alex Amparo 176
Carlos Hernandez 139.5 vs. Robert Brando-Hunt 137
Venue: Twin River Casino, Lincoln, R.I.
Promoter: Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports
Note: Twin River has waived its 18+ rule for this event. Anybody under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must enter through the West entrance.
Photo: Promociones Miguel Cotto
Top prospect and undefeated featherweight sensation Jayson “La Maravilla” Vélez (17- 0, 13 KOs) is ready to face the biggest challenge of his career this Saturday, March 24th at Roger Mendoza Coliseum in “Boxeo Boricua In Caguas: It’s My Time”, when he faces dangerous veteran Jose Angel Beranza (34-22-2,26 KOs) in a 10-round bout. Jayson Vélez is coming off a convincing fifth round KO against Mexico’s Jonathan “El Diamante” Arias. Immersed in the final part of his preparation, Jayson said that he is in a great physical condition to face Beranza, who has been characterized by providing exciting fights, even seizing important undefeated prospects in the likes of Christopher Martin, Juan Carlos Velázquez and Jesús Rojas . “This fight motivates me even more because I know good things are coming for my career. I am 110% prepared and ready for the big names in my division. I will defeat Beranza,” commented an excited Jayson Vélez. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: Miguel Salazar
A week after his arrival in the mountains of Big Bear, California, unbeaten WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has began his sparring sessions. The new icon of Mexican boxing is training for his fight with former three-division world champion Shane Mosley on May 5 in Las Vegas. The training of Alvarez for his fourth title defense is once again supervised by Chepo and Edison Reynoso. Everyone is feeling less cold now on the California mountain where the snow fell last Sunday.
Official Statement: Today was released by the media outlets a note where the agent of our WBC middleweight diamond champion, Sergio Martinez, says that negotiations with Chavez’ agent have ceased. When Chavez conquered the WBC middleweight title, discussions started where even our president, Don Jose Sulaiman, was offended, but the WBC has stuck to what was ordered during its last convention in Las Vegas, the same as both boxers. The negotiation period for the parties began on March 19th and will conclude on April 9th, to then have a public auction on April 16th. If Sergio Martinez doesn’t take part on the negotiations he will be disqualified as mandatory challenger, but if Julio Cesar is the one who doesn’t take part he will be disqualified as champion. The president of the WBC is worried for this matter because both boxers have been supported in great way during their careers by the WBC. The WBC will wait for the negotiation period and the auction to conclude to decide what to do.
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
Stephane Larouche (trainer Lucian Bute): This is what boxing needs real fights. What needs do be done now is to defend the belt in England and it won’t be easy. We’ll have to prepare perfectly, correctly, like we always do. Carl Froch has shown the will to win many times, he’s one of the most spectacular fighters in the division. He was always involved in the best fights when the Super-six was on.we know that. We know what it will be like for him to be home.we know what that is. Sometimes in boxing there is what you might call a miracle. We might say it was a miracle when Lucian stood up and finished the fight against Librado Andrade. Some people thought he lost the fight, that he got knocked out. If you think that, that’s fine, let’s say he lost he fight. But the future remains the same! He knocked out everybody except Glen Johnson, so we’re either 30-0, or 29-1, it’s up to you, but the future remains the same. I was there when Carl was on the floor in the second versus Jermain Taylor. He got a little bit lucky, Jermain Taylor got a little bit tired and he pulled out a miracle. They both were able to pull out a miracle, so I think we’re even on this. We have a major task on the table, we know that, but we’re not stupid, we know what we can do. In boxing, speed is hard to beat, and we will rely on our speed.
Carl Froch: Stephane knows what he is talking about, but there are a few things I disagree with. I don’t believe in miracles. I don’t think winning a fight by climbing off the canvas and forcing a stoppage against a great fighter like Jermain Taylor is a miracle. It has nothing to do with luck, it has to do with preparation, will to win, heart desire strength, courage. Anything but luck. A real man makes his own luck.
Lucian Bute didn’t partake in the Super-Six against the other best fighters in the world and was sitting back waiting. The natural fight for me after the final with Andre Ward was with Lucian Bute, that’s the fight I wanted. Unfortunately I lost a close decision against Ward, it was a very difficult awkward night for me, I wasn’t myself, but as you can see after my loss against Kessler, I came back firing on all cylinders to become WBC two-time champion. Coming off the back of the Super-Six final, I have the hunger and desire, the commitment and the courage to do everything I need to become victorious in my hometown, I said I didn’t believe in miracles but Eddie (promoter Eddie Hearn) pulled off a miracle to get Lucian to come to hometown of Nottingham. But big respect to Lucian Bute, he’s been a great champion, he is undefeated, he means business and I’ve got a lot of respect for him, but I’m here to win the fight.
Lucian Bute: I’m very happy to have this opportunity to fight Carl Froch. It’s good timing for me to fight him. Carl has a lot of experience, yes he’s strong fighter, he has good power with both hands, I know that. He is very slow though and I think the difference will be my speed. And my ability too. He is a very aggressive fighter, a very tough fighter, a very strong fighter. He has a good chin. For my mind now, all I have is Carl Froch, I’m concentrating everything on him, after that, we’ll see, maybe Andre Ward, maybe up to 175.
A press conference was held today in Maribor, Slovenia for Saturday’s clash between Slovenian national hero and former IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck (31-2, 18 KOs) and WBO Africa beltholder Bethuel Tyson Ushona (25-1, 8 KOs) from Namibia. It will be Zaveck’s first fight since losing his world title to Andre Berto on a cut last September in Biloxi, Mississippi. The Tabor Arena with over 5,000 seats is completely sold out.
Jan Zaveck: “In preparation, we focused deliberately on my strengths. Ushona is a good fighter, of course, WBO African champions and now he’s the current WBO #5. He is also very awkward to box, but I’ll deal with that with my strengths: better boxing technique, better stamina and, of course, my wonderful fans backing me. I will win!”
Bethuel Tyson Ushona: “We have the same dreams. Jan Zaveck wants once again to be and I want to be world champion. But, I have boxed and defeated anyone who stood in the way for my dream. It will be the same for Zaveck!”
In the co-feature, light heavyweight Denis Simcic will have to adjust to a new opponent as Adam Hubinger is unable to fight due to an illness. A new opponent will be announced shortly. (more…)
The entire tropical paradise of the Dominican Republic is lit up with excitement over this Saturday’s professional boxing event at the Palacio de Los Deportes in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The Sampson Boxing and Manguita Promotions main event will feature Santo Domingo’s own Victor “Mermelada” Cayo (27-2, 19 KOs) taking on former unified lightweight world champion Nate “The Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell (34-9-1, 25 KOs) over 10 rounds. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican middleweight contender Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio, who was defeated in a world title try by WBC champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., could return to the ring in May. “There is a possibility of fight taking place at the Feria de San Marcos in Aguascalientes, but don’t know the name of the opponent or what weight it would be at. The important thing is to fight again and to seek a new world title chance,” said Rubio. Sources indicate that the Rubio Team is eyeing a possible at the WBO middleweight title, where the current world champion is unbeaten Russian Dmitry Pirog (19-0, 15 KOs).
Former French welterweight champion Frank Haroche Horta (29-8-5, 10 KOs) will battle Contender Series Star Grady Brewer (29-14, 16 KOs) for the IBO Inter-Continental jr. middleweight title on Saturday at the Macon City Auditorium in Macon, Georgia. The card will take place during the city’s annual International Cherry Blossom Festival which attracts people from all over the world. Promoter Rufus Beddingfield of Beddingfield Boxing Promotions said, “We have worked hard to put together a very competitive and fan-friendly card that I guarantee will result in a great night of professional boxing.”
The co-main event is Martin Tucker vs. Robert Daluz in a six-round lightweight contest. Also, scheduled are Bradon Spencer vs. Curtis Harper, in a four-round heavyweight battle, Clarence Booth vs. William Rodriguez in a four-round lightweight match-up and Antomio Nieves vs. Anthony Fraguada in a bantamweight contest. Advance ringside tickets are $67.50, floor seats are $57.50, balcony seating is $30. First bell: 7PM.
They say lightning never strikes twice, but such was the case for Philadelphia, PA’s Bryant Jennings (12-0, 5 KOs), who will face his toughest opponent to date in former WBO heavyweight champion Siarhei “White Wolf” Liakhovich (25-4, 16 KO) this Saturday night at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, NY. The ten-round bout will be the co-feature to the Zab Judah – Vernon Paris IBF junior welterweight title eliminator. The card will be televised on NBC Sports Network’s Fight Night, and Jennings will be making his second straight appearance on the historic show. (more…)
Interview and photos by Bob Ryder
Holland, Michigan’s Juan (Johnny Garcia) took time out from his training to speak with Fightnews.com about his upcoming bout with Cuban Yordenis Ugas. The 8 round Ugas-Garcia bout will be the televised under card fight on Showtime this Friday under the Diego Magdaleno-Miguel Beltran, Jr main event. The telecast will emanate from the Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Arizona beginning at 10 PM EST.
Thanks for speaking with fightnews, first do you prefer Juan or Johnny?
My real name is Juan but I prefer Johnny.
Your fight on the 23rd will be your first on national television. Describe your feelings.
I am real excited. We have had 11 weeks to prepare. I have an opportunity to show the world what I can do in the ring. This fight is going to open a lot of doors for me. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Tomasz Adamek (44-2, 28 KOs) and Roger Bloodworth opened their training camp exclusively for Fightnews presenting the new and improved, more dynamic version of former WBC light heavyweight and IBF cruiserweight champ before his March 24 fight against Nagy Aguilera (17-6, 12 KOs) on NBC Sports Network’s “Fight Night” series. “There’s no doubt that Adamek comes back after seven month break with new energy, with more dynamic, crispier and more powerful punches from both hands,” said “Goral’s” trainer, Roger Bloodworth.
“I feel better than ever – stronger, quicker and with more power. But talk is cheap, I will prove my words coming Saturday in couple of days again Aguilera,” said Adamek, who lost his fight for an unprecedented third world title in the three heaviest weight classes last September against WBC champ Vitali Klitschko.
Former World Champion Abner Mares and former Two-Time World Champion Eric Morel pose on March 20, 2012 in El Paso, Texas at the press conference to officially announce their April 21, 2012 fight for the vacant WBC Super Bantamweight World Championship at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas which will be televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing. What the participants had to say on Tuesday:
Photo: Greenday Gibbons
Former world title challenger Fernando “Wary” Beltran, Jr. (36-7-1, 20 KOs) and manager/father Fernando Beltran, Sr. have arrived in town for Friday’s clash with undefeated Diego Magdaleno (21-0, 7 KOs) at the Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Arizona. The pair will battle 10 rounds for Magdaleno’s NABF super featherweight title. Beltran has stepped in at short notice to replace Eduardo “Chucky” Lazcano (24-2, 11 KOs) who was a late pullout.
The co-feature is an eight round showdown between unbeaten super lightweights Yordenia Ugas (11-0, 5 KO) and Johnny Garcia (11-0, 8 KOs). Also unbeaten heavyweight Andy Ruiz (13-0, 8 KOs) faces Homero Fonseca (9-4-3, 2 KOs) in another eight rounder.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer Promotions
WBA flyweight champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (32-2, 26 KOs) is ready to defend his WBA flyweight championship for the third time when he faces former WBC champion Rodel Mayol (30-5-2, 22 KOs) on Saturday at the Multipurpose Center in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico. The fight headlines an event called “Clash of Champions: Mexico vs. Philippines” presented by Zanfer Promotions, Larsa Communications and Promoson.
“I’ve done great training and had a good work plan that my trainer designed and we stuck to 100%. We’re just keeping our weight to avoid problems the day of weigh-in and then I’m eager to to meet Rodel Mayol,” said Marquez, the WBA’s 2011 Fighter of the Year. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Trash-talking American heavyweight Kevin Johnson (25-1-1, 11 KOs) has rescheduled his showdown with Australia’s KO King Alex Leapai (25-3-3, 20 KOs) at the Doomden Racecourse in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The fight, originally set for March 18, will now take place on April 1st after world title challenger Johnson told promoter Noel Thornberry he was suffering from the flu and needed two more weeks. Johnson made it as far as Los Angeles from his home in New Jersey last Thursday before turning back, but he denies he is running scared. “I hate to do it but I am going to end this boy’s career,” Johnson said. “Alex, your promoter is setting you up. You won’t make it through eight rounds.” In a email from Johnson’s brother, Brian Johnson, he told Thornberry, “Kevin is recovering fine and will be okay for April 1st.” Johnson will now arrive in Australia on March 23.
With Martin Murray out of the picture, WBC #4, WBA #2 and WBO #2 middleweight Andy Lee (28-1, 20 KOs) is seeking a world title shot against WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on June 16 at the Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas. Team Lee claims a Chavez Jr. vs Lee fight was agreed to in principle, but Team Chavez changed their minds on Lee as an opponent because of his southpaw style. “I would relish the opportunity to fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. for the WBC title on June 16,” sid Lee. “I’m ready and available, let’s make the fight. It would be a tough fight but I believe I have the skills to beat him and end his reign as champion. The Irish and Mexican people like a good fight, so let’s get it on.”
Lee’s manager and trainer Emanuel Steward commented “Andy has established himself has an entertaining fighter in America and Europe. I think a fight between Andy and Julio would be a great fight. They are two young fighters burning with ambition and have a track record of being in exciting fights. Andy is the most prominent and visible middleweight contender resident in the United States at this time; it makes good sporting and business sense for HBO and promoters to make the fight between Andy and Julio.”
Team Lee is confident that a deal can be made with Top Rank, Team Chavez and HBO soon if Top Rank want to re-engage in discussions. (more…)
Veteran trainer Jack Loew believes NABF champ “Hammerin'” Hank Lundy (21-1-1, 11 KOs) is vastly overrated and predicts his dynamic lightweight, “Dangerous” Dannie Williams (20-1, 16 KOs), will stop Lundy in the March 30th ESPN Friday Night Fights’ 10-round main event at MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut. “Lundy is a very good, slick fighter,” the outspoken Loew said from Williams’ training camp in Youngstown (OH). “But he’s so overrated. I applaud his promoter and management team for picking good opponents for him to look good against. (John) Molina may be the only lightweight more overrated and he stopped Lundy. I don’t care if he was ahead; Lundy lost that fight and was knocked out. I’ve been a fan of two-time world champ David Diaz but he was a shot fighter a year before he fought Lundy. Diaz was a good champion but he was never a big puncher, yet, he hurt Lundy, a slick fighter who can box but isn’t a big puncher either. (more…)
Photos: Jose Perez/PR Best Boxing Promotions
Former two-division world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez appeared today before the Puerto Rican media to apologize to referee Roberto Ramirez for statements he made after his defeat against WBO lightweight champion Orlando Salido on March 10. “I would like to apologize and ask forgiveness from referee Roberto Ramirez for the things that I said after the fight with Salido. I’m embarrassed about what I said because I said things in a way I don’t even remember now,” said López, who was accompanied by promoter Peter Rivera, manager Orlando Piñero, trainer Alex Caraballo, conditioning coach Alexander Greaux and legal adviser Pedro Hernandez.
“I saw the fight afterwards and was really hurt and he stopped it, so I apologize and apologize to the people of Puerto Rico for what happened,” added Lopez. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Takalani Ndlovu from Soweto makes the second defence of his IBF junior featherweight belt in a rematch against the Limpopo born Jeffrey Mathebula in what could develop into a war after the disputed decision in their first match-up. They meet at Carnival City near Brakpan on Saturday night. In their first fight in an IBF title eliminator on September 1, 2010 in a toe-toe struggle, one judge scored it a ridiculous 118-109 for Ndlovu whilst the second judge favoured Ndlovu with a 114-113 card. The third judge made 114-113 for Mathebula. (more…)
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