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By Karl Freitag
Former world champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch (28-2, 20 KOs) gives unbeaten IBF super middleweight champion Lucuan Bute (30-0, 24 KOs) credit for traveling to hostile territory to face him in his hometown of Nottingham on Saturday, but also vows that Bute will be going home with his first loss. “I promise that I’m going to beat Bute,” Froch said last week during a conference call with reporters. “He’s coming over here. He’s going to get beat. I’m going to be IBF champ. I’m going to do everything I can to make sure I win that belt.”
As for Bute coming to face Froch in Froch’s own backyard, ‘The Cobra’ stated, “I think he’s had to do that now. He’s been in the position to make ten title defenses and I think they’ve all been in Canada or North America. So, he’s never really traveled away. I think he fought in Romania early on in his career, but he’s never been on the road and defended his title like champions are supposed to do….and let’s not forget he’s got the rematch clause in the back of his mind, what it might be, might not be. I don’t know well enough to say what he’s thinking. But he’s probably got the comfort of the safety net of knowing that if he gets beat he’s got the rematch back in his hometown Montreal.”
Niagara Falls native and junior welterweight contender Nick Casal (22-4-1, 17 KOs) has been global news since word of a brutal attack on him was initially reported on Fightnews.com about week and half ago. To help clear up tons of speculation throughout the media on the incident, Casal gave an exclusive one on one interview to Fightnews.
Nick first of all how are you feeling?
I´m feeling good and looking forward to when I can start training again. My wounds are healing really well.
What are the extent to the injuries that you suffered?
I have over 100 stitches/staples in my head but I am scheduled to have them removed within the next few days. (more…)
Two middleweight warriors with similar aggressive styles collide when Partick Majewski (18-1, 12 KOs) and Chris Fitzpatrick (15-1-1, 6 KOs) meet in a scheduled 10-round contest for the vacant NABF middleweight championship on July 7 at Bally’s Atlantic City. In the co-feature, lightweight Osnel Charles, a stable-mate of Majewski’s, will try to rebound from his April 14 loss to Derrick Finley when he returns in a six-round contest. Tickets are priced at $50 and $75. Call 215-765-0922. The card is being promoted by Peltz Boxing Promotions.
On Saturday night at Sampson Boxing’s WBA KO Drugs event at Coliseo Miguel Grau in Callao, Peru, a packed house watched hometown hero Kina Malpartida (14-3, 4 KOs) successfully defend her WBA female super featherweight title with a TKO 6 over Thailand’s Sriphrae Nongkipahuyuth.
Jonathan Maicelo WUD 9 Fernando Angulo
WBA Fedecentro Lightweight Title
Mauricio Reynoso KO 1 Job Roberto Joel Mazeo
WBA Fedebol Super Middleweight Title
Yoandris Salinas TKO 6 Imer Velasquez
WBA Fedebol Super Bantamweight Title
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Johnny Chaichotchuang
Thailand 122 pounder Thangthong Kiattaweesuk (24-0, 17 KOs) became the IBF mandatory contender when he stopped rangy Macbute Sinyabi (18-2, 18 KOs) in ten rounds at the City Hall Ground, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand on Friday. Kiattaweesuk boxing from the southpaw stance proved too skillful for the big punching South African who had difficulty connecting on the elusive Thai who scored consistently with power shots to the head and body. In round two a left hand bomb dropped Sinyabi who never seemed to recover. Kiattaweesuk dropped Sinyabi again in round six and at 2:32 of round ten referee Gerard White crowned the Thai when the South African was down again. (more…)
“This was a great victory for me,” said Mikkel Kessler (45-2, 34 KOs) after his fourth round knockout of Allan Green (31-4, 21 KOs) on Saturday night in Copenhagen. “I had to get rid of the ring rust in the first round. But once I got going, everything went according to plan. I am glad I could give my fans a spectacular victory. Their support was fantastic.”
Trainer Jimmy Montoya added, “Mikkel has always had a lot of power in both hands. He prepared Green well to the body. He opened him up and then he caught him. And that was not a lucky punch.”
Promoter Kalle Sauerland stated, “This KO – and the way he set it up by hitting Green with body shots – showed that Mikkel is still at the very top of the sport. I said before he needs to win and he needs to impress and today he delivered in impressive fashion. The people of Denmark can be very proud of their Viking Warrior. He has great fights coming up now.”
It was Kessler’s second fight since pulling out of the Super Six tournament due to double vision in August 2010. He returned in June 2011 to stop Mehdi Bouadla. He then suffered a hand injury that scuttled a fight with WBO champ Robert Stieglitz, before his spectacular return against Green.
What a difference a year makes.
In 2009, Jamie Varner was the defending WEC lightweight champion. In 2010, Varner lost the title to Benson Henderson via third round guillotine choke, had battled to an inexplicable draw with Kamal Shalorus, lost a “Fight of the Night” rematch by decision to rival Donald Cerrone, and suffered a first round submission loss in the final WEC event to Shane Roller. Last year, Varner returned to smaller circuit shows, where he scored two lightning quick wins and a hard-fought decision loss. Finally this year, he defeated Drew Fickett in 40 seconds, got the call from the UFC, and is in the best mindset he’s been in for a while to answer this big opportunity . . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC.com
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By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Chris Toney
Saturday night at Bally’s Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jew Jersey, junior middleweight veteran Jamaal “Da Truth” Davis (13-8-1, 6KOs) came from behind to capture a hard fought eight round majority draw over late replacement Eberto Medina (6-8-1, 1KO). The win avenged a previous draw against Medina and put him back on the winning track to fight once again with the elite of the junior middleweight division. In the co-feature of the seven bout card promoted by Peltz Boxing Promotions, light heavyweight contender Chuck Mussachio (18-2-2, 5KOs) bounced back from his failed USBA title attempt with a hard fought, but one sided eight round unanimous decision victory over hardnosed veteran Billy Bailey (11-15, 4KOs). (more…)
When Strikeforce’s Heavyweight Grand Prix began 16 months ago, Daniel Cormier was just a promising up and comer and not a member of the tournament’s field of eight. Saturday night at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Cormier became the Grand Prix champ after defeating Josh Barnett by way of a near-shutout five round unanimous decision that announced his arrival as one of mixed martial arts’ premier big men . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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IBF super flyweight champion Juan Carlos “Zurdito” Sánchez (16-2-1, 8 KOs) successfully made the first defense of his title, taking a twelve round unanimous decision over former champion Juan Alberto “Topo” Rosas (36-7, 27 KOs) on Saturday night inside the Tecate Box Tour arena in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico. Sanchez got off to a good start by dropping Rosas in round one. Rosas’ relentless pressure made Sanchez work every minute of every round, but “Zurdito” showed his class and was a clear-cut winner. Scores were 118-109, 118-109 and 120-107.
In a welterweight clash, Armando “Chato” Robles (20-1-1, 10 KOs) handed previously unbeaten Alejandro “Elegido” Barrera (19-1, 16 KOs) his first loss vis six round unanimous decision.
Photo: S. Yamada/ARENA
Former heavyweight title challenger Odlanier Solis (18-1, 12 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over over world rated Konstantin Airich (22-5-2, 16 KOs) in an important heavyweight bout on Saturday night at the Pharr Convention Center in Pharr, Texas. The 2004 Olympic heavyweight gold medalist was in control from the opening bell. He had Airich in trouble in the third when he pushed him to the ropes and landed some clean shots. Airich was dazed for a moment but hung in there and survived. After that, Solis focused on controlling the action. In the 11th and 12th Solis put on a little more pressure but couldn’t stop the dangerous Airich who just couldn’t get in the right distance to do any damage. Scores were 118-110, 119-109, 119-109.
“I felt that I had too much respect for Solis”, said a disappointed Airich after the fight. “I didn’t go in as aggressively as I could have because I know that he is an excellent counterpuncher. I just didn’t deserve to win this fight but I will be back.” (more…)
By Felipe Leon at ringside
Super flyweight Oswaldo “Waldo” Castro (14-4-1, 9KOs) earned a unanimous decision over the tough Jose Estrella (11-4-1, 9KOs) in an eight round war with out quarrel. Both fighters had their moments but Castro was able to outbox Estrella in the later rounds.
Brian Sanchez (11-0-1, 8KOs) remained undefeated with a second round knockout over local Marco Antonio Parra (4-3, 2KOs).
After a short lay off, Damian Gonzalez (2-0, 1KO) returned to the ring with a knock out win of Arturo Grajeola (3-1). Gonzalez sent Grajeola to the canvas three times in the second round to force the referee to call halt to the action. The bout was in the super middleweight division.
By Dave Spencer at ringside
Super-lightweight Dierry Jean (22-0 14KO) dominated from beginning to end in winning a unanimous decision over Lanardo Tyner (25-8-2 15KO) and capturing the vacant NABF belt in Montreal Saturday night. Scorecards read 119-109 across the board. Jean was simply too fast for Tyner who took the fight on short notice and was unable to make the 140 pound limit.
Nicholson Poulard (18-3 8KO) captured the vacant NABA light heavyweight title with a split decision victory over the previously undefeated Lionell Thompson (12-1 8KO). A sustained body attack by Poulard never let the talented Thompson fully into the fight as the Buffalo fighter was constantly out-worked on the evening. Scores in the bout were 97-93, 96-94 For Poulard and 97-93 for Thompson.
Ahmad Cheikho 60-54 60-54 60-54 Laszlo Komjathi
Ghislain Maduma TKO 1:49 Rnd 2 Aldo Valtierra
Ibrahim Kamal 58-56 58-56 59-55 Abou Bechelaghem
Baha Laham TKO 2:20 Rnd 1 Arpad Vass
Chris Plaitis 40-35 (x3) Csaba Toth
Schiller Hyppolite TKO 3:00 Rnd 1 Ferenc Sarkozi
Unbeaten 6’8 heavyweight David Price (13-0, 11 KOs) scored a spectacular fourth round TKO Over Sam Sexton (15-3, 6 KOs) to claim the vacant BBBofC British heavyweight title on Saturday night at the Aintree Equestrian Centre in Liverpool, England. The Olympic bronze medalist floored Sexton at the end of round three with a right hand, then Price put Sexton on the deck twice in round four and the bout was stopped. Time was 2:07.
In an upset, unheralded junior welterweight Darren Hamilton (12-2, 3 KOs) outworked WBC #11, IBF #11 rated Ashley Theophane (31-5-1, 9 KOs) over twelve rounds to surprisingly seize Theophane’s BBBofC British belt. Hamilton took the bout on less than a week’s notice and denied Theophane the chance to keep the Londsale belt outright. Scores were 117-112, 118-113 and 115-113.
By Alex Hermann
Photo by Photo Wende
Former WBC/WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler (45-2, 34 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over Allan Green (31-4, 21 KOs) on Saturday night at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark. Green dropped Kessler in round one but Kessler stayed out of trouble for the rest of the round. Kessler responded to rock Green in rounds two and three, then finished him with with a left hand to the chin in round four. Kessler claimed the vacant WBC Silver light heavyweight title. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
IBO 130 pound champion Will Tomlinson (19-0,12KO’s) defended the title successfully when he was awarded a technical decision after seven rounds over Mexico’s Daniel Ruiz (27-5-1, 19 KOs) in a scheduled twelve round bout at the Melbourne Pavillion, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. The fight was stopped prematurely due to a power failure that caused a blackout.
Tomlinson dropped Ruiz with a perfectly timed left hook in round one with respected American referee Steve Smoger applying the eight count to the visitor. Wild Will controlled the action in all the following rounds as he outworked his taller opponent connecting consistently with power left hooks and right hands that visibly hurt Ruiz. Tomlinson received a cut eye in round three due to an accidental head clash. Scores at the conclusion Gary Dean 70-62, Steve Scott 69-63, Adam Height 70-62. (more…)
By Mark Vaz
Derek Silveira 147 vs. Shahka Moore 146
*For the New England welterweight title
Bill Traft 168 vs. Luis Felix 165
Ricky Kielczewski 169 vs. Brandon Chagnon 147
Michael McLaughlin 146 vs. Noel Garcia 148
Simeon Dunwell 146 vs. William Correa 146
Carlos Candelario, Jr 139 vs. Antonio Chavez-Fernandes 145
Promoter: Granite Chin Promotions Presents
Event: MAYhem in Dorchester
Doors open at 6:30 and first bout is at 7:30pm
Tickets available at the box office
Venue: Dorchester Armory, Dorchester, ME
Continuing on his mission to provide quality pro boxing to Massachusetts fans, Boston promoter and active pro boxer Chris Traietti is presenting tonight’s “MAYhem in Dorchester” card at the Dorchester National Guard Armory 70 Victory Road in Dorchester. Traietti successfully ran three shows in 2011 and is looking forward to doing the same in 2012. (more…)
We knew it would be coming. Here is the response of Salvador Sanchez II to the scathing statement issued earlier by Promociones del Pueblo, promoter of WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez:
Salvador Sanchez II: “First of all I would like to make one thing clear, Salvador Sanchez ll is no coward. I would have never challenged world champion Jhonny Gonzalez in the press and publicly in his face if I didn’t want to fight him. Secondly, Promociones del Pueblo’s statements that they offered us $35,000 is a complete lie. They offered us 200,000 pesos, which equals a measly $15,000, which my manager Grant Elvis Phillips immediately turned down. Shortly after, they came back with another offer of $25,000 and my manager once again told them that Salvador Sanchez II will not take less than $50,000 to fight Jhonny, who is considered by some as the best featherweight in the world. We are ready to sign for the fight today and knock out Jhonny Gonzalez, who apparently knows what it’s like to be KO’d since he already has been three times. I am not going to fight for less than what I was receiving for eight-round fights in the States. I would like to thank my team and the WBC, especially Don Jose Sulaiman for supporting me. I will repeat the history of my uncle Salvador Sanchez Narvaez by winning the WBC Featherweight title.”
By Rick Scharmberg and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Christopher “Kid Kayo” Fernandez (20-15-1, 12 KOs) won the WBU welterweight title with an eight round unanimous decision over defending champion Mike “No Joke” Stewart (48-8-3, 25 KOs) at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Delaware. The scores were 80-72, 79-73, and 77-75. The bout was elevated to main event status after an irregularity was found on Mike Mollo’s MRI, causing his heavyweight bout with Franklin Lawrence to be scratched. In the co-feature “Queen” Ronica Jeffrey (10-0, 1 KO) won the women’s WBU featherweight title with an exciting eight round unanimous decision over Jackie “The Force” Trivilino (8-5-2, 1 KO). Dover Downs Hotel & Casino promoted the seven bout card.
Chris Fernandez won the biggest fight of his 15-year pro career against former USBA champ and one time Contender reality show star Stewart, and he did it in Mike’s “home” arena. In fact, Fernandez became the first fighter to defeat Stewart in his twelve fights at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. (more…)
Promoter Zeferino Ramirez of Zeferino Entertainment has announced that he and Hector “Machito” Camacho Jr. (53-4, 28 KOs) have reunited and entered into an exclusive promotional agreement. “I am excited to join forces with Camacho Jr. and see how serious he is,” said Ramirez. “He is definitely a slick, seasoned southpaw that deserves a fight with one of the top contenders of today. Hector has a fight scheduled in San Antonio, Texas on June 23rd and then we are looking for a significant fight with one of the top 5. The fighter that comes to mind would be Canelo Alvarez. Hector and I have had many conversations about the young Alvarez. We believe Jr. would easily outbox and outclass the young undefeated star. We are not certain if Alvarez is up for the challenge. If that fight does not materialize, we would love a fight one of the best like a Cotto, Chavez Jr, Shane Mosley or Antonio Margarito.”
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten Japanese heavyweight prospect Kyotaro Fujimoto (3-0, 2 KOs), 224, impressively chalked up a fine TKO victory over Afa Tatupu (7-3, 6 KOs), 221.25, at 0:47 of the second round on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan. OPBF#8 Fujimoto caught the New Zealander with a smashing straight right, floored him early in round two and furiously follow it up with accurate combinations. He had Tatupu staggering to the ropes to make him turn his back to prompt the referee’s intervention. Fujimoto, formerly a K-1 battler with karate experience, is still 25 years of age, having made a successful debut in the international style game last December. He is scheduled to meet Clarence Tillman, also of New Zealand, in his fourth pro bout beneath the WBC/WBA world title unification bout of Kazuto Ioka and Akira Yaegashi in Osaka on June 20. (more…)
On Friday evening’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter® Live, UFC President Dana White officially announced Renan Barao, 26-1 with 1 no-contest, will face Urijah Faber for the UFC Interim Bantamweight Title at UFC 148.
The fight card change comes on the heels of reigning UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz’s knee injury, and subsequent withdrawal, in early May.
The owner of the longest unbeaten streak in mixed martial arts (27 fights without a loss), the Brazilian ‘Baron’ has stormed his way to the top of the UFC’s 135lbs division beating – in succession – Cole Escovedo, Brad Pickett and Scott Jorgensen. (more…)
Promociones del Pueblo, the promoter of WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez, has issued a scathing statement ripping into #10 rated Salvador Sanchez II, who had been calling out Gonzalez, but then rejected an offer to fight him.
Promociones del Pueblo: Several times the nephew of the legendary Salvador Sanchez has requested a world title opportunity against current WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez whom we represent.
Now to take advantage of his #10 WBC ranking at featherweight, his manager and promoter advised him to insist publicly on a chance to face Jhonny Gonzalez for the WBC world featherweight crown, but Sanchez II simply rejected the opportunity.
Last Saturday before millions of viewers, Salvador Sanchez challenged one of the more solid world champions of the time. He did it at the end of his last fight where the Gonzalez was present, even taking the microphone to issue a live challenge. Promociones del Pueblo offered Sanchez the opportunity to face Gonzalez in recognition of his challenge, but not merits he has earned in the ring, offering a generous purse of $35,000 which was rejected out of fear as he had probably already listened to WBC experts who didn’t give him even the most remote chance of getting out of the first round alive. (more…)
Las Vegas, Nevada – The Ultimate Fighter® Live episode 11 – ‘Like a Spartan’ – aired Friday evening and saw favorites Vinc Pichel and Al Iaquinta win their quarterfinal bouts and move into the semifinals alongside James Vick and Michael Chiesa.
Sherman Oaks, California, resident Pichel won by majority decision, defeating Long Beach, California native, Chris Saunders. This was followed by a win for Iaquinta, of Wantagh, New York, who came into the Octagon® focused and ready to dominate and did so in stunning fashion, recording a big TKO win over Andy Ogle, of Newcastle, England, at 4:44 of the 1st round. (more…)
Kina Malpartida 129.5 vs. Sriphrae Nongkipahuyth 128
(WBA female super feather world title)
Jonathan Maicelo 135 vs. Fernando Angulo 135
(WBA fedecentro lightweight title)
Mauricio Reynoso 168 vs. Joel Mazeo 168
(WBA fedebol super middleweight title)
Yoandris Salinas 122 vs. Imer Velazquez 122
(WBA fedebol super bantamweight title)
Venue: Coliseo Miguel Grau,Callao, Peru
Promoter: Sampson Lewkowicz
By Francisco Salazar
Kina Malpaltida does her best to not let the pounding waves knock her down from her surfboard when she surfs at local beaches in Southern California and Peru. The same could be when she laces up the gloves, attempting to bob and weave her way from her opponents’ hooks and crosses. While she enjoys surfing, the thrill of boxing has allowed her to become a world title belt holder. (more…)
By Phil Doherty at ringside
photos: Photos: Carlos Suarez Jr./FightImages.com
Acquinity Sports stormed onto South Florida’s boxing shores beginning last January with a dynamic duo of fight cards from Hollywood Beach. Tonight, they moved a few miles inland and light years upwards in visibility with a scintillating six-bout show from the prestigious Seminole Hard Rock Live. The six-bout “D Day II: Dominican Domination” card featured four undefeated Dominican prospects itching to take the next big next step in their young careers. Each scratched that itch as Acquinity made a dominating statement during their debut show from the esteemed Hollywood boxing venue.
As current Dominican kingpin Joan “Baby Tyson” Guzman provided color commentary from ringside, his young countrymen dominated and dismantled a bevy of stubborn and experienced Mexican, Puerto Rican and Jamaican opposition. (Guzman eyes a return to the ring for Acquinity Sport’s next card at the Hard Rock July 21st after suffering a broken right hand during his 8th round KO victory over Jesus Pabon in March.) (more…)
Junior welterweight Ivan “Macanon” Cano (22-3, 15 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over previously undefeated 18-year-old prospect Mauricio “El Trompas” Pintor (17-1-1, 11 KOs), nephew of Mexican Legend Lupe Pintor, on Friday night at the recently renovated Auditorio Plaza Condesa in Mexico City. Cano set the tone for the fight when he dropped Pintor in round one. Pintor had a point deducted in round three for hitting on the break. Pintor hit Cano with a rabbit punch in round six and Cano took the full five minutes to recover (no point deduction). Neither fighter did much down the stretch. With the win, Cano claimed both the vacant WBO and WBC Youth jr. welterweight world titles.
Garth Somers, former boxing promoter from Winnipeg, passed away earlier this week at St. Boniface Hospital of lung cancer. Somers had been involved in the local pro boxing scene throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s with boxers Mark Riggs, Brooke Wellby, Terry Jesmer and many others. He once promoted a show with former heavyweight Frank “Gator” Lux in Rapid City, South Dakota that made almost $800, but unfortunately, Garth had to donate the profit to Lux’ hospital bills after the local star suffered a broken jaw in his main event bout against Vampire Johnson. He claimed it was the only time he turned a profit in boxing. “Garth was a real character and a good friend to a lot of fighters,” said Lux. “He was a real stand up guy.”
Pictured: Former Western Canadian Middleweight Champion Terry Jesmer with promoter Garth Somers at The Knucklehead Convention 2007 in Winnipeg.
In a clash of undefeated junior welterweights, WBO #9 Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield (16-0-1, 10 KOs) scored an explosive fifth round TKO over Raymond “Tito” Serrano (18-1, 8 KOs) on Friday night at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York. Mayfield dropped Serrano in round three and absolutely leveled him at the bell in round four. Serrano barely made it to his corner, but unfortunately his cornermen were completely disorganized and did little to revive him. A still woozy Serrano came out to be mercilessly battered in the fifth. The bout was waved off by referee Eddie Claudio at :47.
Undefeated middleweight Jason “Monstruo” Escalera (12-0-1, 11 KOs) and Nick “The Machine Gun” Brinson (9-1-2, 5 KOs) battled to a hard fought eight round draw. Scores were 76-75 for Escalera, 76-75 for Brinson, and 76-76.
Local middleweight favorite Kevin “KID” Rooney Jr. (4-2, 2 KOs), son of famed trainer Kevin Rooney, was surprised by Anthony Jones (2-0-1, 0 KOs). Knockdowns scored by Jones in rounds one and two earned him a unanimous 39-35, 38-36, 38-36 win in the four round contest.
Promociones del Pueblo has decided to terminate talks for a possible fight between WBC world featherweight champion Johnny Gonzalez against countryman Salvador Sanchez II in July in Mexico. Gonzalez is looking for was looking to make a fifth defense before taking a big fight in the U.S. back in September against the likes of Orlando Salido or Daniel Ponce De Leon. WBC #10 Sanchez II, the look-a-like nephew of Mexican ring great Salvador Sanchez, had repeatedly called out Jhonny and Gonzalez’ Team finally agreed to defend against him provided Sanchez II beat Juan Beltran last Saturday in Mexico City with Jhonny at ringside watching the fight. However during the ensuing week boxing experts and the media attacked Sanchez II questioning his skills and ability to face a top champion like Jhonny Gonzalez.
Photo: Emily Harney
Andre Berto was recently advised that he has tested positive for low levels of 19-norandrosterone, a metabolite of nandrolone or nandrolone precursors. So far, neither Andre Berto nor his lawyer have been provided with any laboratory documentation other than a 1-page, summary report of the laboratory’s findings. Berto’s lawyer Howard Jacobs has requested the complete laboratory documentation package, including all chain of custody documentation and scientific data supporting the laboratory’s summary report.
Andre Berto statement: “At the present time, I cannot explain the positive drug test, which was provided as part of a voluntary anti-doping program in which I agreed to participate. I know that I have never used any steroids or other banned substances, and I am investigating all possible causes of the positive test with my attorney Howard Jacobs. I have never cheated, and all of my success has come from hard work and dedication.”
By John Cannon
Odlanier Solis 267.50 vs. Konstantin Airich 225.75
(IBF Intercontinental Heavyweight Title)
Jerry Belmontes 129.5 vs. Ramesis Gil 130
Raul Tovar 145 vs. DeShaun Williams 142
Oscar Tovar 123 vs. Gilbert Cancino 122.25
Angel Hernandez 126.75 vs. Ramiro Torres 131
Fight Date: Saturday, May 19, 2012
Venue: Pharr Events Center
Promoter: Main Events Boxing and Cavazos Boxing
NOTE: According to Main Events, highlights of the twelve round Solis-Airich clash for the vacant IBF Inter-Continental heavyweight title will be shown on TeleFutura’s Solo Boxeo Tecate “time permitting.” So if the eight-rounder and two four-rounders scheduled to be seen live end early, the battle between world-rated heavyweights might get a snippet of air time.
Jr welterweight Nick Casal (22-4-1, 17 KOs) who was brutally attacked last week was released a few days ago from the hospital. Casal has received a huge support from the cities of Buffalo and his native Niagara Falls, New York since this story went global after being initially reported by Fightnews.com. Casal is in good spirits and recovering well from his injuries. The attacker is now in police custody as of the last few hours and being charged with first degree assault with no bail set. Casal is currently on his way to the police station to positively identify the attacker.
Former BALCO chief Victor Conte, who has been working with Andre Berto, is tweeting up a storm on the topic of Berto testing positive for a forbidden steroid. Here’s some of what he is saying…
“Andre Berto’s postive test for nandrolone has absolutely nothing to do with me or any supplements I provided. Likely trace contamination.”
“Andre has admitted to taking supplements other than what I provided without my knowledge. Apparently, something was contaminated.”
“This shows that VADA is highly effective. I encouraged Andre to enroll in VADA & he comes up positive. An investigation is being conducted.”
“Several hundred positive tests for nandrolone. I don’t believe they are from using it with intent to cheat. Always from trace contamination.”
“Lots of uneducated people. Nandrolone is the longest lasting steroid known to man. No athlete would ever use it with intent to cheat.” (more…)
By Bob Ryder
The “Quake At The Lake” boxing card scheduled for Saturday night featuring hometown favorites Johnny Garcia and Jordan Shimmell has been canceled. According to one source there were several paperwork issues unresolved with the state boxing commission. No new date for the show has been announced.
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