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The second UFC® On FX event emanates live from Sydney, Australia, on Friday night. The explosive night of Friday night fights features an expected war between two top welterweights as well as the two semi-final bouts in the UFC flyweight title tournament.
The four best 125-pound fighters in the world will battle it out in two matches to decidewhich fighters will compete for the newly-minted UFC flyweight title later this year. First, Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson, 14-2 in his mixed martial arts career, takes on highly-rated UFC newcomer Ian “Uncle Creepy” McCall, 11-2; and in the second semi-final, Joseph Benavidez, the 15-2 buzzsaw who took Dominick Cruz to a split decision for the bantamweight world title, takes on Japanese sensation Yasuhiro Urushitani, 19-4, who has long been considered the best 125lbs fighter in the world. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Multi-division boxing superstar Floyd “Money” Mayweather and WBA super welterweight world champion Miguel Cotto were joined by WBC super welterweight world champion Canelo Alvarez and former world champion Sugar Shane Mosley at Hollywood’s world famous Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Thursday to wrap up their coast-to-coast press tour for their May 5 megafight.
Floyd Mayweather: Miguel Cotto is one solid, tough cookie and I know that going out there on May 5 this is a guy you can’t overlook…we chose Olympic-style blood testing to keep the sport of boxing clean. We want to be on an even playing field.
Miguel Cotto: I’m anxious to start training for this fight…I don’t want to stop training hard for this fight until I find the tool to beat Mayweather on May 5.
Canelo Alvarez: When I first started boxing, I used to watch film, I used to see fights of Shane Mosley, and now that I’m fighting him it’s like a dream. You’re gonna see the best of me on May 5.
Shane Mosley: People say ‘do you wanna be on an undercard?’ I know me and Saul can probably hold our own on our own card, but this is a spectacular event and I’m very honored to be a part of this.
On March 16 Gary Shaw Productions and ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” bring another televised boxing event to the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, Calif. In the main-event, light welterweights Kendall Holt (27-5, 15 KOs) and Tim Coleman (19-2-1, 5 KOs) battle in a 10-round bout. In the eight-round co-feature, undefeated featherweight prospect Abraham Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs), of La Puente, Calif., will take on Gabriel Tolmajyan (12-1-1, 3 KOs) of Glendale, Calif. In a six-round bout, hard-punching lightweight Alejandro Luna (8-0, 6 KOs, of Whittier, Calif., returns to action when he faces Mexico’s Jose Mendoza (7-4, 3 KOs). In a rematch, Los Angeles’ Roy Tapia (2-0-0, 1 KOs) and Jose Garcia (1-5, 1 KO) of Bakersfield, CA, collide in a four-round super bantamweight bout. Featherweights, Derrick Murray (1-0-0, 1 KO) from St. Louis, and Tucson, Arizona’s Cesar Valenzuela (2-0-1) battle to keep their undefeated records intact. Also unbeatens Julian Williams (8-0-1, 4 KOs), of Philadelphia, Los Angeles’ Ray Rivera (2-0-0, 1 KOs) and Roman Morales (8-0, 5 KOs) of San Ardo, CA, will box opponents to be announced.
Tickets priced $35 & $55 are on sale now and can be purchased at the Morongo Casino Box office or by calling the Box office hotline at (951) 755-5391. Tickets are also available by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745- 3000 or online at ticketmaster.com.
Middleweight contender Andy Lee (27-1, 19 KOs), who pulled out of a March 17 HBO-televised fight, will instead fight a week earlier on March 10 at the at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan. Lee is slated to face Alexis Camacho (17-3, 16 KOs). If all goes well, Lee is tentatively scheduled to challenge WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on June 2 in an HBO-televised bout. Lee vs. Camacho also heralds the return of Kronk Fight Night in the Detroit area, promoted by Emanuel Steward of Kronk Gym. The new crop of Kronk fighters include Tony Harrison, LeAndre White, Jacob Bonas, Ernie Garza of Saginaw, MI and Wade Tolle Jr. of Monroe, MI. (more…)
By Jose E. Santiago
On Friday, March 2nd, at the classy Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta GA, Greg Barckhoff’s Sports Fan Properties along with Shea Bailey Promotions is all set to pick up where they left off last year; bringing Atlanta fans excellent boxing action. Co-promoter Shea Bailey said “We had an amazing 2011 and we’re looking to continue in our success with boxing promotions in Atlanta in 2012.” The main event will feature a sure bet battle as local favorite Georgia Boxing Championship (GBC) lightweight title holder Antonio “T-Rex” Davis (28-7 13KO) takes on Mexico’s Jose Hernandez (11-8-1 5KO). (more…)
Víctor Bisbal 238 vs. Robert Daniels 217
Carlos Negrón vs. Francisco Mireles TBA
Osenohan Vázquez 141 vs. John Figueroa 140
Christian López 108 vs. Israel Vázquez 107
Gabriel Díaz 139 vs. Carlos López 140
Efigenio Pérez TBA vs. Harold Cartagena 147
Luis Declet 117 vs. Eric Pabón 114
Ismael Aulet 149 vs. Bernny Ruiz 149
Brian González 123 vs. Manuel Pillot 125
Venue: Coliseo Angel “Cholo” Espada, Salinas, Puerto Rico
Promoter: PR Best in association with Top Rank
TV: WAPA America
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer and others
With hundreds of attendees and an international closed circuit audience, Mexican boxer and flyweight world champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (32-2, 27 KOs) was star of the WBA annual awards night in Panama City at the luxurious Miramar International Hotel. WBA president Gilberto Mendoza recognized Marquez as Fighter of the Year, beating out world stars like Miguel Cotto, Amir Khan, Vitali Klitschko, Roman Gonzalez, Chemito Moreno and Felix Sturm. Marquez’ April 2, 2011 knockout of “Nica” Concepción was acknowledged as Fight of the Year.
“Our goal is to keep doing the best for the boxing world and contributing ideas to improve the quality standards of boxing and boxers. It’s time to change the destiny of the sport,” stated Mendoza. (more…)
Dereck Chisora’s promoter Frank Warren has ripped into WBC President Jose Sulaiman for issuing an indefinite ban on Chisora for slapping Vitali Klitschko at a pre-fight weigh-in, spitting in Wladimir Klitschko’s face moments before his fight with Vitali, then initiating a brawl with David Haye at the post-fight press conference. In an open letter published by London’s Sun tabloid, Warren writes:
I wish I could accuse you of having double standards. But I can’t, because I question whether you have any standards at all.
The way you have banned Dereck Chisora indefinitely, without even having the decency to call a hearing to establish the facts surrounding his recent bout against Vitali Klitschko, in my opinion shows you as a posturing, self-righteous egotist.
I learned of your decision through the media. You didn’t even let the British Boxing Board of Control, myself or Dereck know before you spoke to the world’s Press.
In any democracy, any man is innocent until proven guilty. But you appear to have set yourself up as judge, jury and executioner as far as Dereck is concerned.
By Karl Freitag
Word is the just announced fight between IBF super middleweight champion Lician Bute and Carl Froch, to take place in a European timezone, is not to the liking of Showtime, which had been airing all recent fights of Bute and Froch. A few weeks ago, InterBox president Jean Bedard insisted that they wanted a Bute-Froch matchup, and would do it without U.S. TV if Showtime isn’t on board. As of now we hear from multiple sources that there is no U.S. TV deal in place.
The latest boxer to make the leap from fighter to promoter is WBC #15 heavyweight Manuel Charr (20-0, 11 KOs). Charr’s “Diamond Boy Promotions” will present his March 30 clash against formerly world-rated Taras Bidenko (28-4, 12 KOs) in a “gala dinner boxing show” at the Maritim Hotel in Cologne, Germany. Charr will be defending his WBC International Silver belt. Charr is working with Jean Marcel Nartz Jr. EC Boxing will arrange the undercard.
An interesting all-German middleweight showdown between WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm and former WBC middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik is set for April 13 at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany. The fight will be officially announced next week. Zbik is already preparing for the bout with his trainer Artur Grigorian at Zakopane, a famous Polish mountain resort.
Carl Froch will challenge Lucian Bute for the IBF World super middleweight title at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham on May 26. The Nottingham star will fight in his hometown for the first time since October 2009 against the unbeaten Canadian-based Romanian who will defend his belt for the tenth time against The Cobra. Froch comes back home after fighting the best in the business on the road as part of the Super Six World Boxing Classic, facing Mikkel Kessler in Denmark, Arthur Abraham in Finland and a semi-final and final in Atlantic City against Glen Johnson and Andre Ward. The 34 year-old has championed a huge hometown show since teaming up with new promoter Eddie Hearn and he is delighted to be back fighting in front of a home crowd. (more…)
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Rey Sanchez
Acquinity Sports served up a heaping helping of heated hyperbole yesterday afternoon from the popular Duffy’s Sports Grill in North Miami Beach. Kicking off the final press conference for tomorrow’s ESPN Friday Night Fights-televised “D-Day: Dominican Domination” card, Acquinity promoter Henry Rivalta stated: “Acquinity Sports has the best fighter on the planet, Joan Baby Tyson” Guzman, proudly representing The Dominican Republic against the legendary fighting country of Puerto Rico. Fans will not want to miss this.”
The 10-round main event features light welterweight Guzman (31-0-1, 18 KOs) against southpaw puncher Jesus Pabon (17-2, 11 KOs) in what represents a comeback fight of sorts for the 35-year old Dominican former two-division world champion.
Having overcome prior weight issues, past promotional conflicts, a doping scandal, not to mention the death of his beloved mother, Guzman looked remarkably fresh and fit for Friday’s showdown. Guzman promised fans those troubles are behind him and reinforced his commitment to new promoter Acquinity Sports and his fans. (more…)
Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Miguel Cotto will hold a 1PM press conference at Hollywood’s World Famous Grauman’s Chinese Theater to officially announce their WBA super welterweight world championship fight taking place Saturday, May 5 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®. Mayweather and Cotto will be joined by Canelo Alvarez and Sugar Shane Mosley as they announce their May 5 pay-per-view televised co-featured WBC super welterweight world championship showdown.
Please note: This event is open to the PUBLIC and free. Fans are encouraged to arrive early and line up in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.
The decision to make the leap to a new weight class isn’t one to be taken lightly, and unfortunately, it’s usually done when a fighter has reached a dead end in his career predicated by a series of losses. A change in scenery can do you good, the story goes, but often even a drop of 10, 15, or 20 pounds doesn’t always do the trick . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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By Mariano A. Agmi
DiBella Entertainment hosted an open workout for the media on Wednesday afternoon at the Trinity Boxing Club in New York City, where Irishman Matthew Macklin is preparing to challenge Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez for the middleweight world championship at the Madison Square Garden Theatre on March 17th.
In good spirits and already close to the middleweight limit, the 29-year-old Macklin (28-3, 19 KOs) graciously spoke to Fightnews.com about his preparations for the bout, how he rates Martinez against his former foe Felix Sturm, and what it feels like to have his first main event in the United States come on St. Patrick’s Day in the Mecca of Boxing. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
IBF/WBO/WBA heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (56-3, 49 KOs) and his Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward held an international Media conference call Wednesday to discuss Klitschko’s world title defense against two-time cruiserweight champion Jean-Marc Mormeck (36-4, 22 KOs) on Saturday. Unfortunately the call was terminated abruptly after only four reporters asked questions.
Emanuel Steward: “Everyone says it’s a total mismatch, but styles make fights and in fighting Mormeck we’re fighting a guy with a bob-and-weave type style that Wladimir hasn’t fought…it’s the most difficult style for tall fighters.
“According to all of the experts if the fight goes over three or four rounds it’s a terrible performance. If Wladimir knocks him out in one minute, it’s what he was supposed to do, so we’re going into a no-win situation.”
Wladimir Klitschko: “What I’m hearing around that it’s a mismatch and the body size is so different, yes sizes matter, but in this case it doesn’t matter because to fight a shorter guy that is physically and automatically faster and lighter is not easy…to fight a shorter guy isn’t always an advantage.”
Former WBO world title challenger Michael “Cold Blood” Clark (42-6) will face rising prospect Bahodir Mamadjonov (8-0) this Thursday March 1st in a 140 pound WBC USNBC title eliminator at the Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. The card is being promoted by Troy Speakman in conjunction with the Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports Festival which runs from March 1-4. Only once beaten in his last nine fights, Clark looks to impress in his hometown, while the upset minded Mamadjonov, a native of Uzbekistan, aims to remain unbeaten and build on his recent dominating win over Archie Ray Marquez (12-1). The winner of the bout will become the mandatory challenger for WBC USNBC champ Robert Frankel (30-11). (more…)
The World Boxing Council had finally a long audience with former world champion Tomas “Gusano” Rojas where he explained quotes he allegedly gave to a Mexican newspaper that he threw a 2007 fight against Jorge Arce for $8,000. The WBC determined that there’s no proof that he took a dive and that decision was ratified by a vote of the board of directors, who approved Rojas to fight again in professional boxing. The WBC recommended that Rojas use restraint on his statements and performances in order to avoid similar circumstances that can tarnish his career and the sport of boxing.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“In the past, I was my own worst enemy – having fun, clubbing instead of working hard – it cost me couple of times, against Arreola, Tarver. But now I’m a different man. I’m a father now. I understood that I have to provide for my family. I need to make money and to do this, to be back in rankings, I have to beat Adamek on March 24,” said 25-year-old heavyweight Nagy Aguilera (17-6, 12 KO), who will test former WBC light heavyweight and IBF cruiserweight champion and currently ranked as a top 5 heavyweight Tomasz Adamek (44-2, 28 KO) at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn. The bout will be televised by the NBC Sports Network and will also feature IBF an jr middleweight title eliminator between Zab Judah (41-7, 28 KO) and Vernon Paris (26-0, 15 KO) and another interesting heavyweight clash between Sergei Liakhovich (25-4, 16 KO) and Bryant Jennings (12-0, 5 KO). (more…)
By Mike Bernier
Photos: Ed Mulholland
The Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather (40-0, 26 KO’s) and Miguel Cotto (37-2, 30 KO’s) press tour made its first US stop at the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem, NY to announce their upcoming bout on May 5th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Mayweather’s undefeated record and Cotto’s WBA Jr. Middleweight World Title will be on the line. Cotto has been campaigning at 154 for his past three fights, all coming by way of TKO. This will be Mayweather’s second campaign at 154. The last time was in 2007 against De La Hoya when he tipped the scaled at 150. The fight is labeled ‘Ring Kings’ and may be both fighters stiffest challenge to date.
Both Mayweather and Cotto agreed to allow the fans to attend the NYC presser. There was a lot of energy inside the Apollo Theater for good reason. Both men have built careers within the same weight classes and have never fought each other. This is a fight that most fans are very excited to see. (more…)
Statement by Francisco Valcarcel regarding champion Marco Huck
Marco Huck’s representatives have informed me that he has yet to decide if he will stay a jr. heavyweight or choose the heavyweight division, but that his decision is imminent during the upcoming week. As I will be in Germany for the Klitschko and Afolabi bouts, I will be meeting with Marco Huck’s representative, Chris Meyer from Sauerland Events regarding this matter. Ola Afolabi is fighting for the jr. heavyweight interim title on March 3rd. If Marco Huck decides to stay in the jr. heavyweight division, he will face the winner of the Afolabi–Brudov bout within 120 days of said bout. If he decides to stay in the heavyweight division, the winner of the Afolabi-Brudov bout will automatically become the WBO jr. heavyweight champion.
Photos: Michael Sterling Eaton/KMG
WBA/WBO heavyweight super champion and IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and challenger Jean-Marc Mormeck held their open workout at the Mercedes-Benz dealership in Düsseldorf (Germany). Over 900 fans showed up to watch both fighters showing off their boxing skills in preparation for their heavyweight championship fight this Saturday before 50,000+ at the ESPRIT arena in Düsseldorf, Germany. Klitschko looked to be in tremendous shape as Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward put him through the paces. Mormeck on the other hand did little, perhaps not wanting to show Wlad’s camp what he has in store for the champion. The fight will be broadcast live and exclusively on RTL in Germany, Box Nation in the UK and some cable systems in the US. More photos…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The World Boxing Association will present its 19th annual awards dinner tonight in Panama City. A large number of fans, media, guests and world champions have arrived in Panama for the occasion. Among those onhand are Kina Malpartida, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Hernan Marquez, Vyacheslav Senchenko, John Ruiz, Leo Gamez, Bryan Vazquez, Hanna Gabriel, Jackie Nava, Kahosai Galaxy, Chris John, Amir Khan and Ricky Hatton and Takashi Uchiyama who were met by Roberto “Mano de Piedra” Duran and WBA vice-president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza. A gala production will take place in the Grand Ballroom of the Miramar International Hotel and the WBA board members are looking forward to an attractive presentation.
Integrated Sports Media, the pound-for-pound king of sports distribution in North America, announced today that it will distribute the WBO flyweight championship between defending champion Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria and challenger Omar Nino Romero, March 31 live from Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines. “Island Assault 4:The Battle,” presented by Solar Sports, is being distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 9:00 PM/ET – 6:00 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, DISH Network and Avail-TVN, as well as on-line PPV
By Ron Jackson
Tommy Oosthuizen defends his IBO super middleweight belt when he faces Serge Yannick at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Saturday night. Oosthuizen makes the fourth defence of his IBO super-middleweight belt when he faces Serge Yannick, a 29-year-old who was born Serge Yannick Mvoue in Cameroon but now fights out of Australia.
The taller South African had a good 2011. He won the vacant IBO belt in March with a ninth-round stoppage win over Colombian Evert Bravo and retained it by beating William Gare and Aaron Pryor Jr on points over 12 rounds and stopping Francisco Sierra in the eleventh.
Oosthuizen is now ranked No 7 by the IBF and ninth by the WBC. Yannick is 27th on the IBO list and 13th on the WBA’s.
Yannick has been a professional since March 2007 when he beat Wayne Parker Jr on points. His record now stands at 14-1, with 7 knockouts. His only loss was in his fifth fight, in December 2009, when Mike Bolling beat him in a clash for the vacant Australian super-middleweight title. Bolling was well beaten by Isaac Chilemba when they met for the vacant IBO super-middleweight belt in June 2010 at Emperors Palace. (more…)
The March 17 Sauerland Event card at Arena Nord in Frederikshavn , Denmark, has been postponed to April 21 after WBA/WBC/WBO female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus came down with a case of tonsillitis. The new date is April 21. The card will remain the same.
By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat
WBC#3/WBA#9 Japanese southpaw Nihito Arakawa (22-1, 14 KOs), 135, successfully retained his OPBF lightweight belt as he kept peppering WBC#8/WBA#12 ex-OPBF ruler Ryuji Migaki (17-3, 13 KOs), 135, withstood critical moments in the tenth and finally emerged victorious with a hard-fought unanimous verdict (116-112, 117-112 and 118-111) over twelve heats on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan.
It was a highly anticipated encounter of our top-notch compatriots as Migaki had renounced his regional belt due to his perennial hand injury and Arakawa acquired the vacant throne in an eliminator last October. The shaven skulled southpaw Arakawa never wore the championship belt, saying “Without defeating Migaki I’m not a champ yet.” From the start it became a total war with Arakawa busy-punching and Migaki switching between orthodox and southpaw. (more…)
WBO minimum weight champion Moises Fuentes (14-1-0, 6 KOs) will not defend his title next Saturday in Tijuana due to a fractured right hand suffered while sparring. Fuentes was slated to make his first defense against Michael Landero (15-5-4, 4 KOs), who will now fight two-time former world champion Raul “Rayito” Garcia (31-2, 19 KOs). Injuring permitting, Fuentes may return April 28 against the legendary Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon in Puerto Rico.
WBC Statement: Jose Sulaiman, Mexico, president of The World Boxing Council has followed strictly all the actions related to the misconduct of Derek Chisora, that is considered one of the worst behaviors ever by a professional boxer , and we stand strongly with the BBB of C and the BDB to resolve this case immediately. The WBC is absolutely condemning behaviors that are not to be accepted in boxing under any circumstances and will act as soon as it can proceed to impose the fines and sanctions as we consider necessary.
The WBC is imposing a serious fine to be finally determined after the hearing to be held under the supervision of our counsel representative attorney Stephen Beverly, the WBC will also take off from the WBC rankings, the name of Derek Chisora and declare an indefinite suspension against fighting again for a WBC title, while demanding Chisora to take an anger management medical treatment after which his suspension will be reconsidered. (more…)
Tickets go on sale this Friday for the April 14 WBA lightweight title clash between former world lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios and former featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Seats are priced at $250, $150, $100, $50 and $25 and go on sale March 2 at 1PM ET/10AM PT at all Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Mandalay Bay at (877) 632-7400 or Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also will be available for purchase at www.mandalaybay.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
By Francisco Salazar
In an attractive bout that had been in the works for some time, unbeaten Mike Alvarado will fight once-beaten junior welterweight Mauricio Herrera in a 10 round bout on April 14th, Top Rank matchmaker Brad Goodman confirmed to Fightnews.com on Monday night. “Herrera is in to face Alvarado,” said Goodman. The fight will open the telecast of an HBO telecast, which will precede the main event bout between hard-hitting unbeaten lightweight fighters Brandon Rios and Yuriorkis Gamboa. (more…)
On March 7, four-time New York Golden Gloves Champion, Will “Power” Rosinsky (14-1, 8KOs) will be returning to where he made his professional debut when he takes on Zane “The Train” Marks (17-6, 10KOs) in the co-feature bout on the latest installment of DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing series at BB King Blues Club and Grill in midtown Manhattan. Rosinsky-Marks is scheduled for eight rounds in the light heavyweight division. Headlining the card will be undefeated welterweight prospect Alex Perez (15-0, 9KOs) taking on former NABF junior welterweight champion Francisco “El Gato” Figueroa (20-3-1, 13KOs).
By Mike Bernier
Photos: Ed Mulholland
The second leg of the Mayweather-Cotto press tour took place today at Harlem’s world famous Apollo Theater to officially announce their WBA super welterweight world championship fight on May 5 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Floyd Mayweather: I’m not looking to cheat. I tell Miguel Cotto I don’t want to fight you at a catch weight. I want to fight the best Miguel Cotto. To be the best you’ve got to beat the best and he’s one of the best fighters out there today. I want to finish putting the rest of the pieces, you know, it’s a puzzle and you’ve got certain pieces that go to the puzzle and he’s one of the pieces so I can solidify myself as one of the best fighters to have ever lived….Pacquiao’s an amazing fighter, but all I’ve got to say is if you don’t got nothing to hide then take the test.
Miguel Cotto: I’m going to make this short. We have this stop in New York and Thursday in California. I want these days to pass quickly so I can start training and get focused for this fight. I guarantee you it’s going to be one of the biggest fights you’ve ever seen. I’m going to make every Puerto Rican proud.
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Former Olympians Victor Bisbal and Carlos Negron will have the headline bouts this Friday in the series “A Puño Limpio” to be held at the Angel “Cholo” Espada Coliseum in Salinas, Puerto Rico in a PR Best Boxing Promotions presentation in association with Top Rank to be shown live on WAPA America from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.(ET).
In the headline fight, hometown favorite Bisbal (19-1, 13 KOs), a former 2004 Olympian, will face veteran Robert Daniels (49-9-1, 41 KOs), a former cruiserweight world champion, in an eight round heavyweight bout. The other TV fight presents 2008 Olympian Negron (13-1, 9 KOs) in his first fight after his shock KO loss Epifanio Mendoza. The 6’6 Negron faces Francisco Mireles (13-6, 3 KOs) in a cruiserweight six-rounder.
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