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Report and photo by Joe Koizumi
WBC#3 Yota Sato (23-2-1 12 KOs), former Japanese super-fly champ having defended his belt five times, will have an ambitious shot at the WBC 115-pound throne against Thailand’s Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (20-4-1 7 KOs) at the Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan, on March 27. Suriyan is a 22-year-old upcoming fighter who dethroned Mexican Tomas Rojas by an upset verdict and kept it against ex-titlist Nobuo Nashiro—both in his home turf. Though standing only 5’3”, the tiny Thailander displayed tremendous agility and footwork to outspeed the more experienced Rojas and Nashiro to his credit. Sato, a lanky speedster four inches taller than the champ, has been unbeaten for six years despite experiencing some tough battles. (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Manny Pacquiao told Fightnews and Manila Bulletin on Wednesday that he has turned down Floyd Mayweather’s newest proposal, an offer that the Filipino ring hero found to be ridiculous. Pacquiao said Mayweather continues to insist on getting the lion’s share of the revenue but he immediately expressed his disapproval, putting negotiations in danger of collapsing completely. Mayweather had called on Pacquiao last week and urged him to fight him. Pacquiao said it is just right that they equally share the revenue, something that did not augur well with Mayweather. Reports have it that Mayweather is now willing to make it 60-40. Still, Pacquiao is not impressed and might very well explore other possibilities, including a rematch with Miguel Cotto on June 9. “I still believe that I am being reasonable in asking for 50/50,” said Pacquiao.
The following is one of the weekly “Hook to the Body” columns by WBC President Dr. José Sulaimán that are published in El Universal every Sunday. From January 22, translated from Spanish:
HOOK TO THE BODY
By José Sulaimán
I feel the need today of talking briefly about me. Every human being, as modest or powerful as he might be, has his natural reactions of happiness or sadness, of tranquility or depression. The problems of a dignitary are felt the same as those of lower levels of life. I have felt them all in boxing, feeling just the same nervousness of a six-round boxer or a champion when going into the ring. Raton Macías used to tell me of the feeling in his stomach when walking into the ring until the time that the bell rang, in fear of not responding to the fans. (more…)
East Rutherford, New Jersey could well be home to Fight of the Year this May 5 on FOX, as two of the best lightweights in the world collide to move closer to a title shot. New Jersey’s own Jim Miller, coming off of a Submission of the Night win over Melvin Guillard, will take on Nate Diaz, who is coming off a Fight of the Night-winning victory over Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
Andre Berto (28-1, 22KOs) is only two weeks from the rematch against “Vicious” Victor Ortiz (29-3-2, 22KOs). Berto continued his preparation Tuesday at the Ten Goose Boxing Gym in Van Nuys, California. As he will get the shot to redeem himself, after suffering the first defeat of his career against Ortiz in one of the best fights of 2011. Now Andre Berto, is ready for to redeem himself against Victor Ortiz come February 11 in a Welterweight showdown scheduled for 12 rounds at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
“Training camp has been pretty good for this fight the most important thing is to make sure my health is good,” Berto told Fightnews.com
Berto began preparing for the rematch in Winter Haven, Florida and relocated training camp to Southern California where he has been training at the Ten Goose Boxing Gym. (more…)
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
The announcement that WBA super welterweight king Miguel Cotto and WBC welterweight monarch Floyd Mayweather Jr. will meet on May 5 could occur in the next few days. Cotto, now a free agent, had several meetings with long time promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank, but no agreement was reached. The Sport Press learned that Golden Boy Promotions, who does business with Mayweather Jr., made a juicy offer to Cotto immediately after efforts failed to make a bout between the ‘Pretty Boy’ and Manny Pacquiao. In fact, José Sulaimán, president of the WBC, announced in Mexico that Mayweather Jr and Pacquiao will fight in November in Qatar, United Arab Emirates, therefore the date of May 5 is free for Mayweather Jr to face Cotto.
By David Finger
World ranked heavyweight contender Chauncey Welliver (51-5-5, 19 KOs) looks to continue his climb up the world rankings next Saturday in his adoptive home of Auckland, New Zealand when he defends his WBO Asia Pacific heavyweight championship and his WBC Asia Council heavyweight title against tough African brawler Moyoyo Mensah (21-8-1, 9 KOs) at The Corporate Box in Auckland on January 28th.
Welliver, who is ranked at #6 by the WBC and #11 by the WBO hopes to land the coveted shot against one of the reigning champion Klitschko brothers in 2012, and recognizes that anything less than a dominant performance at this point could jeopardize that potential fight. (more…)
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Currently recognized pound for pound among the best in the world and thee true middleweight champion Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martinez (48-2-2, 27 KOs) of Oxnard, California by way of Argentina, began preparations last week under the guidance of former junior welterweight champion Pablo Sarmiento at Sarmiento’s Boxing Gym in Oxnard, California for his next bout. Martinez will step back into the ring on St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday March 17th, against top-rated middleweight contender Matthew ‘Mack the Knife’ Macklin (28-3, 19 KOs) of Birmingham, England at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. The fight card dubbed ‘The Real Middleweight Championship’ will be broadcast live on HBO’s ‘World Championship Boxing’ and is being presented by Lou DiBella’s, DiBella Entertainment. For more details and photos click here…
By Phil Doherty
There is a scene in the 1999 Hollywood sci-fi classic The Matrix in which the character Morpheus states to young Neo: “Unfortunately no one can be told what The Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself.”
During the co-main event of the Acquinity Sport’s Jan 7th Solo Boxeo season opener from Hollywood FL, boxing fans blinked in disbelief after witnessing a “Matrix” of a different kind. Undefeated Dominican southpaw featherweight Claudio “Matrix” Marrero (10-0, 9 KOs) had just easily controlled the first round of his 8-round WBC FECARBOX title defense against rugged fellow countryman Francis Ruiz (9-6, 4 KOs). Marrero backed his man to the ropes behind steady pressure and quick combination punching to start the second round, seemingly on his way to a shutout scorecard victory. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo: Werner Kalin
IBF middleweight champion Daniel “Real Deal” Geale (26-1, 15 KOs) is expecting the toughest fight of his career on March 7 when he defends the title against Osumanu Adama (20-2, 15 KOs) at the Derwent Entertainment Centre, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. “We know he is a capable opponent. We are not cutting any corners,” Geale said. “It’s going to be my toughest fight to date. This guy is strong. He comes to fight like most of the Africans. I definitely believe Adama will think he can just walk through me and be able to knock me out. That’s definitely not going to happen. My hand is 100 percent, my body is physically at my best for this next fight.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF featherweight champion Billy “the Kid” Dib (33-1, 20 KOs) will make the second defense of the title on March 7 when he will clash with Mexico’s Eduardo “Canilla” Escobedo (32-3, 23 KOs) at the Derwent Entertainment Centre, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. Dib said “The Mexican is unbeaten since 2007 and holds an impressive 32-3 record. He is the #1 contender. He has a great record. When you get a Mexican, you always have a good fight … they have that warrior mentality. Unfortunately for him he is coming up against someone who is willing and determined. I’ve got the title and he is not taking it anywhere.” (more…)
Promoter Ahmet Oner has shocked Sauerland Event by winning today’s purse bid for the intercontinental middleweight championship between Sauerland’s prospect Dominik Britsch and former i/c champion Benjamin Simon at the IBF office in New Jersey. Oner’s winning bid was $183,000 while Sauerland was hoping to get the nod with $131,400. “We had told Sauerland before that we have investors in Turkey who are interested in this bout,” says Oner. “We made them a very good offer but they refused because they said that they don’t want to fight in Turkey. I guess now they have to… Our date is set for March 9th in my hometown Tekirdag.”
Benjamin Simon and his trainer and manager Robert Rolle were happy with the purse bid result as well. “Actually we don’t care where we fight – as long as we get our hands on Britsch,” states Rolle. “We were preparing for February 25th and we were ready to fight at their show. But, of course, this is even better for us. Going to Turkey with Ahmet is like a home fight for us and we will take the belt from Britsch. We thank Ahmet and ARENA for their support and their trust in us.”
Eurosport will broadcast the show live on March 9th from Tekirdag.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Multi-division world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce may only fight a ten-round bout on February 18th in Durango, Mexico, because he has been unable to find a world-rated challenger to to make the first defense of his WBO bantamweight title. The WBO has already rejected Lorenzo Parra, Giovannu Andrade and William Prado. Sources say Arce will take a ten round fight and then take aim the winner of next Saturday’s fight between Nonito Donaire and Wilfredo Vazquez Jr for his former WBO super bantamweight world title. Arce will be in attendance at the fight.
Undefeated 2008 U.S. Olympian Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (15-0, 10 KOs) believes his February 10 main-event fight against Derek “Pooh” Ennis (23-3-1, 13 KOs) for the vacant NABO junior middleweight title, is a continuation of a well designed plan, eventually landing him a world title fight later this year or in early 2013.
Andrade believes he has been unfairly tabbed a safety-first fighter. “Sometimes, it’s funny to me that, when I win by a decision, some people get mad because I didn’t knockout my opponent,” Andrade explained. “But they still get mad when I win by knockout. Whenever I fight, I bring a different look and nobody can say I don’t. I beat (Grady) Brewer with my jab and I went to (Saul) Duran’s body with power punches until he quit. Each and every fight, I’m better, stronger – stepping-up against better competition – and I’m still winning.” (more…)
WBC President Jose Sulaiman says WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez is getting a bad rap. “Yesterday I spent several hours on Twitter and I sensed the negative effects on the Mexican fans produced by press releases of promoters saying that Chavez Jr. will fight against several boxers if he beats Marco Antonio Rubio, which is already a very tough fight. As President of the WBC and close friend of Julio Cesar Chavez Sr and his sons, I wish to emphasize that Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is in no way scared of Sergio Martinez. I know Chavez. I know he has the same brave heart just like his father. He’s a great boxer with power in his fists and he’s a Mexican idol, so let’s stop these attacks in regards that he doesn’t want to face his mandatory bout. The bout next February 4th between Julio Cesar and Marco Antonio Rubio will be a great bout full of courage and honor. With all respect to the Mexican fans, I inform you that Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has never said that he won’t face Martinez. He has even said that he’s willing to face any boxer because he is a WBC world champion and he will prove it against anybody.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
IBF super featherweight world champion Juan Carlos Salgado (24-1-1, 16 KOs) will defend his crown against his Mexican compatriot Martin Honorio (32-6-1, 16 KOs) in April at a venue to be determined. According to the IBF ratings Honorio will be the mandatory challenger of Salgado. Salgado’s last fight was in December 2011 making the first defense of his crown against Miguel Beltran Jr. That bout ended in a no contest after an accidental head butt in the second round. “I was informed about Martin Honorio will be my next opponent and we are already training for my next defense,” said Salgado. “I’m looking for big things in boxing and I must fight the best opponents.”
By Rick Scharmberg
WBA #12-ranked Edgar “El Chamaco” Santana (26-3, 17 KOs) will defend his NABA light welterweight title against Manuel Perez (16-7-1, 4 KOs) in the ten round main event on Friday, February 24 at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Delaware. In the co-feature, “Mighty” Mike Tiberi (18-1, 7 KOs) will take part in an eight round bout for the vacant WBF intercontinental super middleweight title against an opponent to be announced shortly. Santana, who is riding a 5-bout win streak, owns a win over world-rated Josesito Lopez, while Perez once fought recent world champion Brandon Rios to a ten round majority draw. Dover Downs Hotel & Casino is the show’s promoter.
The 33-year-old Santana will be fighting for the second time at the venue’s Rollins Center. (more…)
Ringside Report: Rick Scharmberg and Kurt Wolfheimer
Photos: Tri Nguyen/Tri Nguyen Photography
Bryant “Bye-Bye” Jennings (12-0, 5 KOs) took a unanimous ten round decision over fellow prospect Maurice “Freight Train” Byarm (13-1-1, 9 KOs) to win the vacant Pennsylvania State heavyweight title at the Asylum Arena in Philadelphia, PA. Jennings fought a tactical fight, boxing with movement, and unloading heavy combinations when the time was right. Byarm had his moments, but Jennings prevailed by scores of 97-93 and 96-94 (twice). In the co-feature, “King” Gabriel Rosado (19-5, 11 KOs) scored the biggest win of his career, stopping Jesus Soto-Karass (24-7-3, 16 KOs) at 2:06 of the fifth round of a scheduled ten round junior middleweight contest. Soto-Karass was taking heavy punishment along the ropes when referee Steve Smoger called a halt. The card was promoted by Main Events, in association with Peltz Boxing and Greg Cohen Promotions. (More)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
On Monday in Panama City, representatives of mandatory challenger Hasim Rahman and Alexander Povetkin/Marco Huck met in the WBA offices in Panama and resolved the situation involving Hasim Rahman. As scheduled, Huck will go to the ring on Feb. 25 against Russian WBA champ Alexander Povetkin in the Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, Germany.
The meeting was held in the Panama office of the WBA with International Manager Ricardo Rizzo, WBA president Gilberto Mendoza, promoters Gregory Cohen (GCP LLP) and Chris Meyer (Sauerland Event) and Gilberto Jesus Mendoza WBA Vice Executive President. It was agreed that the winner of the Povetkin-Huck fight must face Rahman within a period not to exceed 120 days.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that its event on Saturday, Jan. 28 at the United Center in Chicago is officially sold out. The UFC’s long-awaited return to the Windy City is headlined by a light heavyweight No. 1 contender fight between former champion Rashad Evans and unbeaten Phil Davis. In addition, middleweight contenders Chael Sonnen and Michael Bisping collide for the right to fight champion Anderson Silva later this year, while Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace Demian Maia meets red-hot 185-pound prospect Chris Weidman. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
One source has indicated the possibility that Peruvian Alberto Rossel (27-8, 13 KOs) will be the challenger of WBA interim light flyweight world champion Jose Rodriguez (28-0, 17 KOs) with a date and venue to be confirmed. For Rodriguez, it would be his first defense of the WBA title won by split decision last November in Mexico against the Thai Nethra Sasiprapa. For Rossel is his second title shot, previously losing by TKO9 against champ Hugo Cazarez in October 2010 in Mexico.
Rossel is the fourth Peruvian to try for a world title, following Orlando Romero, Oscar Rivadeneyra and Luis Ibanez. So far, Peru has no male world champion in its history but does have a female world champion in WBA super featherweight beltholder Kina Malpartida.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Justine Jachna/Team Fonfara
Undefeated as a light heavyweight (eight fights, eight KOs) Andrzej ‘Polish Prince’ Fonfara (20-2, 11 KOs) has promised that 2012 will be a breakthrough year. Fonfara, currently #9 in the WBO rankings, also wants to have chance to fight for the vacant IBO light heavyweight title. “There’s a real chance for Andrew to fight for the IBO title this year,” said Marek Fonfara, Andrzej’s brother, who is also the Polish 24-year-old’s manager. “This is why we decided to upgrade our next event. On March 17 in the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Andrzej will be fighting for IBO/USBO title. In the next couple of days, we will make an announcement about his opponent. March 17 is the most important fight in Andrzej’s young career. He understands that very well.” (more…)
At the conclusion of a private meeting held at the classic and antique Geneve Hotel in Mexico City, Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing and promoter Shiro Kameda of Kameda Promotions have announced that power-punching WBA Interim Bantamweight Champion Hugo “Cuatito” Ruiz (29-1, 26 KOs) will face WBA Bantamweight World Champion Koki Kameda in a title fight showdown later this year. The agreement, which already has the full blessing of the WBA, stipulates that each fighter will first make an interim title defense. Ruiz’s fight is scheduled for March 17. Kameda will fight in April 2012.
When South Africa’s world ranked light heavyweight contender, Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba (18-1-1, 9 KOs), steps in the ring on February 3 against Edison “Pantera” Miranda (35-6, 30 KO’s), he’s going to have bad intentions on his mind. Chilemba, DiBella Entertainment’s rising star, went on to say, “I have a great deal of respect Edison Miranda, he’s a worthy opponent, but I’m coming to make a statement come fight night. There is no room for error, and I’m not going to leave it up to the judges to decide the outcome. Make no mistake about it…I’m gunning for a knockout.” (more…)
Story and photos by Felipe Leon
Golden Boy Promotions in association with Erik Morales’ Box Latino presented an exciting night of action last Saturday night in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, as former super bantamweight world champion Daniel Ponce de Leon (42-4, 35KOs) brutally battered over matched Omar “Dinamita” Estrella (15-4-2, 10KOs) en route to a sixth round knock out win in the main event of the “Batalla En La Bahia (Battle at the Bay)” held at the brand new venue “Bodega del Boxeo”. With the win, Ponce de Leon captured the vacant WBC USNBC featherweight title. Over fifteen hundred fight fans filled the restored where house to the brink as they enjoyed a nine bout fight card. The event was televised live in Mexico by Televisa. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Looks like super featherweight contender Argenis Mendez will return to the ring on Saturday, February 11th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV, promoter Lou DiBella confirmed to Fightnews.com on Saturday afternoon. The Dominican-born Mendez (19-2, 10 KO’s) is currently training at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard, CA. Mendez challenged for a vacant world title bout in September against Juan Carlos Salgado, losing a controversial 12 round unanimous decision in a bout a majority of the press saw him win. In his last bout in November, Mendez stopped Alex Perez in the second round of a scheduled 10 round bout. Mendez will appear on the undercard of the Victor Ortiz-Andre Berto welterweight showdown, which will be co-promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and DiBella Entertainment. No opponent has been announced yet for Mendez. The bout will more than likely be televised on the Showtime Extreme channel.
As of Monday’s press conference, former WBO light heavyweight Champion Jürgen Brähmer (36-2, 29 KOs) is still scheduled to fight on Saturday at the Grand Elysee Hotel in Hamburg, Germany. After 18 months out of the ring and three late title defense cancellations in a row that led to him being stripped of his world title, Brähmer says he’s now ready to rumble. “The preparation was better than expected, and I’ve kept fit the whole time. Of course, the first week of sparring was a bit bumpy. I initially wanted to work with a lot of power, but then the timing quickly got better.”
Despite all the anguish of the recent cancellations, promoter Universum has extended Brähmer’s contract. “I am really glad and proud that Jürgen boxes with us,” said CEO Waldemar Kluch.
By Robert Coster
Former world champion Edgar Sosa (44-7, 27 KOs) squares off with Wilbert Uicab (33-6-1, 18 KOs) in an all-Mexican showdown at the Grand Oasis Hotel in Cancun on April 7th. The fight is being billed as a WBC flyweight title eliminator between WBC #2 and WBC flyweight International beltholder Sosa and WBC #5 and WBC silver titlist Uicab. Says co-promotor Ricardo Maldonado, “This bout is between two very talented boxers and it promises to be a real, all-out Mexican war that is as good as any world title fight. In fact, this bout is more competitive than many world title fights today.” (more…)
In a very intriguing matchup between world ranked super middleweights Donovan George (22-1, 19 KOs) and Edwin Rodriguez (20-0, 14 KOs) will square off March 17th. The bout will be the HBO opener 10 or 12 rounds prior to the Sergio Martinez vs Matthew Macklin St. Patrick’s Day main event in Madison Square Garden, New York, New York. Middleweight Andy Lee was originally slated to open the telecast, but pulled out to seek a possible world title shot. On paper, George-Rodriguez seems like for sure fireworks as both are decent punchers. And, both fighters are expected to sell a lot of tickets with George being of Irish decent and Rodriguez of Dominican.
Report and photos by Francisco Salazar
Former unified middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik, who has battled personal problems within the last year, hopes a change of scenery will allow him to focus on boxing again and hopefully pursue another shot at a world title belt. That change of scenery is far away from the familiar surroundings of his hometown of Youngstown, OH, where some say have contributed to his recent troubles. Instead, he traveled westward to Oxnard, CA, where he has been training at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy since last Monday.
Unlike Youngstown, OH, Pavlik could blend in with the almost 200,000 people that call Oxnard home. Whereas Pavlik may be the main sports story in his hometown, he could take a back seat to other well-known fighters in Ventura County, such as Sergio Martinez, Brandon Rios, and Victor Ortiz. Not to mention the top high school soccer programs in Oxnard, which have dominated the local sports pages in recent weeks.
Pavlik (37-2, 32 KOs) can live with that. (more…)
By David L. Hudson Jr.
The incomparable Muhammad Ali, former three-time world heavyweight champion, just turned 70. A cultural icon on a global scale, Ali transcends sports. But he’s more than a popular former champion and world hero. He and his life story exemplify the freedoms found in the First Amendment. Ali freely exercised his religious faith. He regularly spoke provocatively on a variety of topics. The press was abuzz with coverage and criticism. Thousands assembled in support of him, and the champion himself took part in rallies, parades and marches. Some petitioned the government to redress the injustice of his conviction for refusing military service, which resulted in his being exiled from the boxing ring for his beliefs. (More)
Story by David L. Hudson
He never won a UFC world title. He never even fought for a world title in the UFC. He lost seven times in the Octagon, including stoppage losses to the likes of Michael Bisping, Terry Martin and Chris Leben. But, this game warrior also won eight bouts in the UFC, including his UFC debut back in September 2003. He fought 15 times in the Octagon and proved himself a tough warrior – whether he fought in the prelims or on the main, televised bouts. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican flyweight prospect Luis “Gallito” Ceja (21-1-3, 17 KOs) won via twelve round unanimous decision (115-113, 116-112 and 116-112) over Argentinian Carlos “Bad Boy” Ruiz (11-1, 7 KOs) to retained the WBC Fecarbox title in the main event of “Clash of Nations” on Saturday night at the Jilotepec Convention Center, State of Mexico in an event organized by Baja Boxing and broadcast by Televisa.
In the co-feature, undefeated Julio “Pollito” Ceja (18-0, 17 KOs) stopped experienced former world title challenger Ronald Barrera (30-9-2, 19 KOs) of Colombia at the 2:21 of the fourth round to be crowned WBC bantamweight Fecarbox champion.
Story by David L. Hudson
Pat Barry made some sweet music of his own in Music City, delivering a highlight reel knockout of Christian Morecraft in a heavyweight clash. The 5-11’ Barry returned to the winning column over his 6-6’ opponent after dropping his previous two fights against Cheick Kongo and Stefan Struve. (more…)
By Shamus Young at ringside
Cruiserweight Henry Namauu improved to 10-4 with a unanimous decision over Joell Godfrey (now 13-6-1) over ten rounds at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA. Godfrey had a reach advantage and could win exchanges in the middle of the ring, but he chose to rope –a-dope for long stretches of rounds. Perhaps Godfrey was doing rope-a-dope as a tribute to Ali’s 70th birthday, but it was an ineffective tribute. Godfrey’s defense wasn’t tight enough, so plenty of scoring blows came through. And when he wasn’t on the roles, Godfrey just wasn’t moving his hands often enough to win the round. Namauu just piled up points. Scores were 99-91, 97-93, and 96-94. Fightnews had it 96-95 for Namauu. (more…)
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