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By Karl Freitag
Former world champion Amir Khan said today that he still hopes to land a rematch with WBA/IBF super lightweight champion Lamont Peterson, but Peterson has to agree to a rematch in two or three days or he’ll take another fight. “We’ll probably give him another 48 hours to get back with us and then we’ll move on to someone else. I’m going to move up to the next weight category and look at someone else because I’m not going to be wasting my time. I think everyone knows that I want a rematch and I deserve a rematch, so we’re just waiting on Lamont Peterson and his team at the moment.
“I’ve offered them a great deal. 50% of worldwide revenue so it’s going to be the most he’s ever going to get in a fight. If he’s going to take on Marquez, he’s going to get half of what I’m giving him, so it’s up to him. If he really thinks he beat me in the first fight then I’m sure he’ll take the rematch.”
By Rolando Salazar at the scale
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr 159.5 vs. Marco Antonio Rubio 159
(WBC middleweight championship)
Nonito Donaire 121.6 vs. Wilfredo Vazquez Jr 122
(WBO super bantamweight championship)
Vanes Martirosyan 153.5 vs. Troy Lowry 153.75
(WBC silver super welterweight title)
Raul Hirales 122.5 vs. Shawn Nichol 122.5
Wale Omotoso 147.25 vs. Nestor Rosas 146.5
Adam Lopez 115.75 vs. Richard Hernandez 114.5
Ivan Najera 136.5 vs. David Castillo 136.5
Alex Saucedo 146.75 vs. Jean Colon 143.5
Jeremy Longoria 126 vs. Richard Valencia 125
Venue: Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
Promoter: Top Rank
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Scottish middleweight Craig McEwan is back in training and looking to get his career back on track after successive defeats at the hands of top contenders Andy Lee and Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin. McEwan has started working with strength and conditioning coach Andrew McIntyre at Napier University’s Sports Center in Edinburgh, as well as training at his father’s Clovenstone Boxing Club. McEwan, who has been out of action since his November defeat to Quillin, is now eager to get back in the ring. He said he had asked Oscar De La Hoya to match him with Jermain Taylor as he knows Taylor is on the comeback trail but nothing materialized. He is now in talks with Alex Arthur about appearing on his AAA Promotions Meadowbank Show in Edinburgh on April 14 and revealed he is excited at the thought of appearing in his hometown. (more…)
With the possibility of promoting a major fight show in June, Fight Promoter University founder Roy Englebrecht has decided to move the four day Fight Promoter University VIII session from April to June. FPU VIII was originally set for April 10-13 in Southern California.
“As I am working on a major show that should take place in June, I wanted to be able to allow FPU VIII attendees to be part of this experience, so we changed dates,” said Englebrecht. “I would like to think that we will have a major announcement by late February or early March on this show, which will then allow me to also announce the dates for the FPU VIII session.”
Photo: Photo Wende
Here are the weights from Frankfurt, Germany:
Yoan Pablo Hernandez 198.4 vs. Steve Cunningham 197.5
(IBF Cruiserweight Title)
Enad Licina 195.1 vs. Alexander Alekseev 198.6
(European Cruiserweight Title)
Eduard Gutknecht 174.8 vs. Vyacheslav Uzelkov 174.8
(European Light Heavyweight Title)
Mateusz Masternak 196.2 vs. Michael Simms 200
Troy Ross 191.6 vs. Lukas Rusiewicz 199.5
Edison Miranda 174.5 vs. Isaac Chilemba 174
Hylon Williams Jr. 130 vs. Rances Barthelemy 130
Magomed Abdusalamov 227 vs. Pedro Rodriguez 243
Roberto J. Acevedo 163 vs. Velvet Malone 163
Evgeny Gradovich 127 vs. Robert Osiobe 129.5
Cameraon Kreal 136.5 vs. Jesus Gutierrez 136
Lamar Russ 162 vs. Roberto Yong 157.5
Venue: Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel, Las Vegas
Promoter: Warriors Boxing/Sampson Boxing
TV: ESPN2/ESPN Deportes
Carl Frampton will make the second defence of his Commonwealth super bantamweight title as the chief-support bout on the undercard of Kell Brook vs. Matthew Hatton at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield on March 17.
Frampton delivered a punch-perfect performance in his first defense on Saturday with a stunning seventh round knockout of Kris Hughes at York Hall, Bethnal Green. Barry McGuigan’s protégé moved to 12-0, 8 KOs as a pro in front of a sold-out east London crowd and the 24 -year-old will fight in front of the biggest crowd of his career so far on March 17 before Brook and Hatton meet in their welterweight clash.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Omar Narvaez (35-1-2, 19 KOs) could defend his WBO super flyweight crown on March 31 in Argentina against an opponent to be named. The fight could land in Trelew, Puerto Madryn or Buenos Aires. For Narvaez it would be his first fight since suffering his first loss in a weak performance in his U.S. debut against Nonito Donaire for the WBO/WBC bantamweight title last October at Madison Square Garden.
The International Boxing Federation is deeply saddened and extends its sincerest condolences to the family of boxing referee Wayne Kelly, 63, who passed away this Wednesday, February 1, from a heart attack. Kelly’s passing has come as a shock to many in the boxing community. He was an active and long-time member of the IBF, regularly attending the organization’s annual conventions and had been a speaker at the referee’s seminar for the convention in 2010. Wayne will be missed very much and by many in the organization. (more…)
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
During the press conference to Chavez Jr-Rubio at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Mexican promoters Reginaldo and Oswaldo Kuchle representing Marco Antonio Rubio have reported that Rubio will enter the ring under protest because the WBC did not accept their request to change referee Guadalupe Garcia. “We must comply with the contract and respect the aspirations of the boxer to fight, but it is under protest. We’ve told Rubio to not stop throwing punches and to be very offensive in this fight. We don’t want the fight to be stopped without reason.” say the Kuchles. Rubio added, “I’m the one in the ring and know what to do. I have waited long for this fight and I’m well prepared and looking for the knockout. I’m grateful to Chavez Jr and to God for this second chance.”
WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is about a 4:1 favorite to defeat #1 rated Marco Antonio Rubio on Saturday night in San Antonio. Will the new, improved Freddie Roach-trained Junior get the job done? Or will the man that took down previously unbeaten David Lemieux add the Son of the Legend to his hit list?
In what is sure to be a thrilling brawl, “Dangerous” Dorin Spivey will battle Victor Vasquez in the featured bout of “Super Brawl I” promoted by Diane Fischer’s Dee Lee Promotions, LLC in association with the Tropicana Casino and Resort on Feb. 4 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The vacant NABA Lightweight Championship will be on the line when Spivey (40-6-0, 29 KOs) and Vasquez (14-5-1, 7 KOs) collide in the Tropicana Showroom.
Staying busy, this will be Spivey’s third fight in six months. The former NABA lightweight title holder, 38, won two unanimous decision victories in 2011. Fightnews spoke with Spivey on January 25 at the Bushido Mixed Martial Arts Academy in his hometown Portsmouth, Virginia after a training session. . . Click here for more
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® presents its seventh UFC Fan Expo® event on Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. UFC® President Dana White made the announcement today during a press conference to promote UFC® 143, which takes place this Saturday from the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
“We love giving UFC fans ultimate access to our sport and athletes,” UFC President Dana White said. “This July, we’re putting together our best UFC Fan Expo yet. We’re going to have dozens of our fighters in attendance to sign autographs and meet fans, and we’re going to have some of the world’s top vendors and exhibitors. This is an absolute can’t-miss event for UFC fans around the world!” (more…)
A huge crowd of media and fans crowded into Exhibition Hall at The Times Union Center in Albany, New York on Thursday afternoon as Star Boxing held a final press conference for “KO AT THE TU” an evening of world class professional boxing set for this Saturday night, February 4th. Both main event participants, Joe “The Future” Hanks and monstrous Cuban Rafael Pedro expressed full confidence heading into their ten round heavyweight battle for Hank’s IBA Heavyweight belt.
Also ready for battle at the press conference were world ranked bantamweights Sahib Usarov of Moscow, Russia and Cuban Yan Barthelemy who will be featured in the co-main event for the WBO Inter-Continental World Title. (more…)
World ranked light heavyweight contender, Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba (18-1-1, 9 KOs), looks to shine on ESPN Friday Night Fights tomorrow as he battles the hard punching Edison “Pantera” Miranda (35-6, 30 KOs) in a 10-round main event bout.
Chilemba, enthused about his opportunity to fight on national television stated, “I’ve traveled half way around the world to make a statement here in America. Edison Miranda doesn’t have a clue of what he’s up against. I don’t see this fight going the distance. I have something to prove to everyone watching on ESPN. This is my opportunity to show the world what I’m made of and nothing is going to stop me from achieving my goal of becoming a world champion. Beating Miranda gets me one step closer to a world title fight. It’s my time to shine!” (more…)
By Bill Hillmann
Services for legendary trainer Angelo Dundee will take place on Friday, February 10 at Countryside Christian Center located at McMillen Booth Road in Clearwater, Florida. Viewing from 10AM followed by a noon funeral. Four-time former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali will attend.
A press conference was held today to discuss the Warriors Boxing and Sampson Boxing ESPN Friday Night Fights-televised boxing event entitled “Superbrawls”, scheduled for tomorrow, (Friday, February 3), in the Dallas Events Center at the Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel in Las Vegas.
Superbrawls will be topped by a 10-round light heavyweight main event between Colombian powerhouse Edison “Pantera” Miranda and South Africa’s WBC #6, WBA #13, and WBO #14-rated Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba, and also feature two up-and-coming warriors in the eight-round co-main event: Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (14-0, 11 KOs) against fellow undefeated Hylon Williams Jr. (15-0, 3 KOs). (more…)
On Saturday night, live from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Pay-Per-View, elite welterweights Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit throw down for the interim UFC 170lbs championship in what some are predicting will be the fight of the year. Also on the stacked card, heavyweight contenders Roy Nelson and Fabricio Werdum collide and former UFC welterweight title challenger Josh Koscheck returns to action to face fellow NCAA Division I grappler Mike Pierce. (more…)
Story and photos by Ricardo Conde
Two-division world champion and considered widely by many to be one of the best pound for pound fighters in the world, middleweight champion Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martinez (48-2-2, 27 KOs) of Argentina but now residing in Oxnard, California, continues his preparations for his upcoming bout against top-rated middleweight contender Matthew ‘Mack the Knife’ Macklin (28-3, 19 KOs) of Birmingham, England which takes place on St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday March 17th, the fight card titled ‘The Real Middleweight Championship’ will be broadcast live on HBO’s ‘World Championship Boxing’ from Madison Square Garden in New York, New York.
Fightnews caught up with Sergio Martinez and the rest of his team for their early morning roadwork and workout. “We’re only three weeks into camp and Sergio is in great shape.” said chief trainer Pablo Sarmiento. “Sergio’s work ethic, intensity, his drive is like no other; he’s very focused for this fight and with over a month left until the fight he’s definitely going to be ready for Matthew Macklin on the 17th.” continued Sarmiento. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA Championships Committee has called off the purse bid for the fight between WBA world middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and interim champion Hassan N’Dam. According to information from WBA executive vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, there were no representatives from either of the fighters involved. The purse bid was scheduled for Thursday in Panama, however Mendoza announced that the WBA reserves the right to impose regulatory sanctions relevant to this situation.
Moscow vs. Los Angeles
Moscow Dynamo Basket-Hall, Russia ● Fri., Feb. 3, 2012
Live on Pay Per View – 10:00 PM/ET 7:00PM/PT
Anvar Yunusov vs. Ivan Figurenka (bantamweight)
Adlan Abdurashicov vs. Mirtilek Sherov (lightweight)
Aleksandr Ivanov vs. Gamadarov Kazbek (middleweight)
Eduard Yakushev vs. Mikhail Kationov (light heavyweight)
Maxim Babanin vs. Yan Sudzilouski (heavyweight)
(All fights & fighters subject to change)
The Moscow vs. Los Angeles, airing this Friday (Feb. 3) from Moscow, will be distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 10:00 PM/ET – 7:00 PM/PT on satellite pay-per-view via DirecTV, DISH Network, iN DEMAND and Avail-TVN, for a suggested retail price of only $24.95. The show will also be available via on-line PPV on Ustream.tv at http://www.ustream.tv/integratedsportsppv.
Thomas Dulorme (13-0, 10 KOs), of Carolina, Puerto Rico, will face surging southpaw, Jose Reynoso (15-3-1, 2 KOs), of Riverside, Calif., by way of Mexicali, Mex., for the vacant NABF welterweight title in the main event on ShoBox: The New Generation on February 17. The headlining fighters will make their ShoBox debuts in a 10-round welterweight bout with a contracted limit of 143 pounds.
In the co-feature at Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif., the power-punching Puerto Rican, Jonathan “Mantequilla” Gonzalez (14-0, 13 KOs), of San Juan, will battle Billy Lyell (24-10-2, 5 KOs), of Warren, Ohio, in a 10-round junior middleweight match.
On Saturday, Feb. 18, Paul “The Punisher” Williams, Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud and Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola will bring their aggressive, knockout power and crowd-pleasing all-out action style to the great fans and city of Corpus Christi, Texas. The stacked fight card will emanate from the 9,200-seat American Bank Center Arena in an event presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions. The SHOWTIME Championship Boxing world championship doubleheader will feature Williams vs. Nobuhiro Ishida and Cloud vs. Gabriel Campillo. Arreola will battle Eric Molina to headline the preliminary bouts on SHOWTIME Extreme. The fights from Corpus Christi — which is a two-hour drive from the Mexican border — will begin at 6:30 p.m. CT, with Arreola stepping into the ring at 8 p.m. CT.
A six bout pro card, including an undefeated heavyweight and a female bout headline Opening Night of Fight Club OC in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Events Center, Thursday evening February 16th and tickets are now on sale to the public at the new look Fight Club OC website at www.FightClubOC.com. The featured bout will see 7-0 heavyweight Alexander “The Great” Flores, who’s had impressive knockout wins in his last two Fight Club OC bouts, facing his biggest opponent in 6’4 and 290lb Yohan Banks out of the Bay Area. Banks will be a good test for Flores, as Banks scored a KO win over then undefeated and former Miami Hurricane running back Quadrine Hill. In a good female bout, Santa Ana’s 1-0 Abby Castanada faces Brooklyn’s Susanna Mellone in a bantamweight battle. Good looking prospect 1-0 middleweight Eric Mendez will face pro debuter Josh Williams, and in a special featured six round bout, 11-5 Jose Hernandez from Fort Worth, who just signed a management contract with Espinoza Boxing will be also in action.
Promoter Roy Englebrecht has made available one all inclusive luxury suite for individual sales, where fans can enjoy a full evening of food, drink, and fight action for $150 a seat, and that includes unlimited food and drink, including beer, cocktails, wine,a full buffet, snacks, and a dessert and coffee cart. To order seats in the luxury suite contact Drew Englebrecht at 949 760-3131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Undefeated WBC middleweight champion and the Son of the Legend Julio César Chávez, Jr. (44-0-1, 31 KOs), pound-for-pound superstar and three-division world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire (27-1, 18 KOs), #1 middleweight contender Marco Antonio Rubio (53-5-1, 47 KOs), former junior featherweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (21-1-1, 18 KOs) and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum spoke today at the final news conference for Saturday’s fights at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.: This fight will leave no doubts that I am the top middleweight in the world.
Marco Antonio Rubio: “I want to thank and give respect to Julio Cesar Chavez. I’m gonna give all my heart in the ring.”
Nonito Donaire: “What I’ve heard so far is music to my ears. What they’ve said has really fired me up.”
Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. “I’m happy to here. I’m well-prepared. And you’re gonna have a new champion on Saturday.” (more…)
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
It’s hard to hate an honest fighter. Unless that fighter’s name is Josh Koscheck. Since his appearance on the original Ultimate Fighter, the wrestler turned knockout artist has been anything but a fan favorite. Despite taking fights on short notice and consistently cranking out good performances, fans have not taken to Kos. (more…)
Sad to report the sudden passing of referee Wayne Kelly from a heart attack. He refereed many important boxing matches including Bowe-Golota I. Services Wayne for Wayne will be at the New Hyde Park Funeral Home located at 506 Lakeville Road in New Hyde Park, New York. Viewing is February 3, 2-4:30PM and 7-9:30PM and February 4, 2-4:30PM and 7-9:30PM. The service will be February 4 at 8PM At New Hyde Park Funeral Home with interment at Calverton National Cemetery.
Photo: Ed Mulholland
Photos: Team Klitschko
WBC Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko and WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO and “The Ring Magazine” World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko are both preparing for their next title defenses in Austria. After a joint work out they spoke to the press about their upcoming opponents Dereck Chisora (Vitali, Feb 18 in Munich) and Jean-Marc Mormeck (Wladimir, Düsseldorf on March 3) and their workout. In Germany, both fights will be broadcast live and exclusively on RTL, in the US they will be shown on EPIX. Remaining tickets for both events are available at www.eventim.de. For more details and photos click here…
Photos: PRBBP/Jose Perez
Kadel Martínez TBA vs. Mcjoe Arroyo 114
Samuel Gutiérrez 112 vs. Jonathan González 113
Gilberto Mendoza TBA vs. Mcwilliams Arroyo 110
Ramesis Gil TBA vs. Luis Joel González 138
Emilio Salas 212 vs. Keith Tapia 202
Javier Ramos 131 vs. Jonathan Torres 132
Emmanuel Jiménez 129 vs. Harry Pérez 128
William Lorenzo 145 vs. Jesse Montalvo 142
Joseph Santos 121 vs. Christian Rodríguez 124
Venue: Coliseo Luis Aymat Cardona, San Sebastian
Promoter: PR Best Boxing Promotions in association with Top Rank
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Listening to him talk, you’d think UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre was the one fighting on Saturday night. Forced out of action with an ACL injury, the champ has plenty of reason to be cage side as Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit battle for the interim welterweight strap—he fights the winner next.
After Diaz trashed the Canadian, St-Pierre seems motivated to get back in the cage to face the former Strikeforce champion. Gone are the usual pleasantries from the usual St-Pierre sound bites. He sounds excited to be in the sport again. That’s what a Diaz victory on Saturday brings: an enthusiastic St-Pierre. (more…)
Unbeaten cruiserweight contender Rakhim “The Machine” Chakhkiev (12-0, 9 KOs) underwent successful surgery today in Hamburg, Germany, to remove three bone fragments in his left elbow. Chakhkiev, who last Saturday defeated Alexander Kotlobay to win the WBC Baltic belt, was already experiencing pain in the elbow before the fight but wanted to go through with it. “I’m doing very well. Tomorrow I’ll leave the hospital and then begin training as soon as possible,” promised the 2008 Olympic Gold medal winner.
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Miguel Cotto (36-2, 29 KOs), who will defend his WBA 154-pound belt on May 5 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas against unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. (41-0, 25 KOs), will receive the best purse of his life with a 65/35 split of the pay-per-view. Cotto, who until December 31 was tied to Top Rank, traveled to Las Vegas a few weeks ago to hear the offer of Bob Arum before making a decision that was revealed on Wednesday by Mayweather Jr. to NSAC commissioners when he was approved for a 2012 boxing license.
The Sport Press revealed on December 13 that negotiations for the fight were moving forward during the WBC Convention in Las Vegas. The contract itself has not been signed but details are expected to be finalized in about two weeks. Golden Boy Promotions will be the lead promoter along with Mayweather Jr. and Cotto.
Undefeated WBC middleweight champion and the Son of the Legend Julio César Chávez, Jr. (44-0-1, 31 KOs), pound-for- pound superstar and three-division world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire (27-1, 18 KOs), #1 middleweight contender Marco Antonio Rubio (53-5-1, 47 KOs), former junior featherweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (21-1-1, 18 KOs) and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum will host their final San Antonio News Conference today on the Stadium Field Level of the Alamodome. The news conference, which will be open to the public, will begin at 2 p.m. CT.
Arum and the fighters will be discussing their world title doubleheader, featuring the Chávez Jr. vs. Rubio middleweight title fight and the Donaire vs. Vazquez Jr. WBO junior featherweight championship, which will take place on Saturday. Both fights will be televised live on HBO.
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