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Photo: Peter Frutkoff
Legendary boxing writer Bert Randolph Sugar has reportedly passed away today at the age of 74 from lung cancer. According to CBS New York, he died surrounded by family at Northern Westchester Medical Center in Mount Kisco, NY. He was much sought after for his views on boxing and was instanttly recognizable with his ever present fedora and cigar. Fightnews sends condolences to the Sugar family.
“He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot will be victorious.” – Sun Tzu, Art of War
If there is a man in the last twenty years who would be more than qualified to write boxing’s version of Sun Tzu’s Art of War, it would be Tijuana’s Erik “Terrible” Morales. The fighter from the tough neighborhood of the Zona Norte, has proven with superb skill, courage and bravado what a true warrior is and in a nineteen year pro career has won the hearts of his beloved Mexico’s fight fans as well thousands around the world.
On Saturday night, the thirty-five year old Morales (52-8, 36 KOs) walked out of the ring in his last hurrah, at least in the United States, on tired legs but his head held high as a little less than six thousand fans witnessed Philadelphia’s Danny “Swift” Garcia (23-0, 14 KOs) win the WBC light welterweight title via a unanimous decision at the Reliant Arena in Houston, Texas. (more…)
Hard punching veteran Antonio Pitalua, 42, looked in excellent condition as he stopped local prospect Alvaro “Tyson” Robles in the 8th round to capture the vacant WBC FECARBOX Title in front of the hostile local crowd at the Mexicali Gymnasium. Pitalua dominated the action dropping Robles twice in round 2, once in the 3rd, twice in the 4th and finally once in the 8th when the referee decided that it was enough. Pitalua raised his record to 53-6-1-47 KOs while the younger Robles dropped to 13-2-11 KOs. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Photos: Martin Avila Maria
“Old warriors never die” the saying goes and it was certainly true Saturday night for former world champion Nate Campbell as he pulled out an upset ninth round TKO victory over local favorite IBF #6 jr welterweight Victor “Mermelade” Cayo in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Campbell (35-9-1, 26 KOs), a battle-scarred 40-year-old who had lost four of his last five fights, was considered a fairly safe opponent for Cayo (27-3, 19 KOs) and it certainly appeared to be so in the first four rounds with the young Dominican playing torreador to Campbell’s bull. The old, self-styled “Galaxy Warrior” was constantly being beaten to the punch by Cayo and it even seemed that referee Roberto Ramirez might even stop the fight. Then, in the fifth round, occured the dramatic turnabout. One of Campbell’s wild, desperate looping right hands landed flush on Cayo’s jaw. Victor fell to the mat with such force that it looked like he might not get up but he did. A suddenly fired-up Campbell went for the kill and the local fighter was again knocked down. Cayo miraculously survived the round but the rounds that followed were pure hell, as Nate just poured it on, punishing the Dominican boxer with body shots, uppercuts and his trademark looping rights. A succesion of punches left Cayo completely dazed on his feet in the ninth round and referee Ramirez wisely decided to call off the carnage. A real stunner. For more details and photos click here…
By Ron Jackson
Jeffrey Mathebula beat Takalani Ndlovu on a 12 round split decision to win the IBF junior featherweight belt at the Carnival City Casino near Brakpan on Saturday night. However, the fight was closer than the scorecards handed in by judges Neville Hotz and Jaap van Nieuwenhuizen who had it 117-112 and 116-112 for Mathebula. Judge Alfred Buqwana scored it 115-113 for Ndlovu.
Ndlovo (55.18kg) made a good start, scoring with stinging lefts and rights to the head though rounds one to five and could have been three points ahead at the end of round six. However, from round seven Mathebula (55.32kg) picked up the pace to land with flurries of punches from the outside as he used his longer reach to advantage. As Mathebula picked up his work rate the champion began to tire and he clearly won the last three rounds to grab the belt after the disputed decision in their first fight. Ndlovu, was making the second defence of his belt as he saw his record drop to 33-7, including 18 knockouts. Mathebula, a former Olympian, improved his record to 26-3-2, 14 KOs. (more…)
Photo: Hatton Promotions/Mark Robinson
Super featherweight Gary Buckland sent a warning to Europe’s top 130-pounders in Sheffield, England Saturday night. The Newport traveller made a successful first British title defense with a unanimous points win against brave Paul Truscott at sold-out Ponds Forge Arena. Buckland dropped his Middlesbrough challenger with a body shot in round ten and took his record to 25-2 with the judges’ scoring 120-108, 119-109 and 118-110. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Rafael Soto / Zanfer
WBA flyweight champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (33-2, 25 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over late, late replacement Richie Mepranum (25-3-1, 5 KOs) in a non-title bout on Saturday night at the Centro de Usos Multiples in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico. In what seemed like a real life telenovela, after original opponent Rodel Mayol pulled out on short notice, Marquez was set to face Mepranum, then Juan Francisco “El Gallo” Estrada, and finally Mepranum again in a matter of hours. It was an interesting matchup as Mepranum had previously handed Marquez his first pro defeat by unanimous decision 24 months ago, but this time “Tyson” gained his revenge by knocking down Mepranum in rounds two and seven en route to a ten round 95-93, 96-92, 97-91 win.
“I was very disappointed in the out of control attitude of Mayol,” Marquez said afterward, “but it allowed me to avenge my first defeat that I had against Mepranum in 2010. I am very sorry about what Mayol did. Nobody deserves that attitude. The WBA supervisor endorsed my weight and he [Mayol] had a responsibility to be a professional and face me, but fortunately we were able to keep our promise to the fans. I hurt my right hand in the fifth round, but we got the victory.” (more…)
By Felipe Leon at ringside
Photos: Scott Foster
Unbeaten Danny Garcia (23-0, 14 KOs) claimed the vacant WBC super lightweight world title with a twelve round unanimous decision over four-division world champion Erik Morales (52-8, 36 KOs) on Saturday night at the Reliant Arena in Houston, Texas. Garcia outworked Morales over the second half of the fight knocking down him down with a left hook in the eleventh to win by scores of 117-110, 116-112, 118-109. Morales lost the WBC super lightweight world title on the scale Friday.
Super welterweight James Kirkland (31-1, 27 KOs) won by tenth round disqualification over Carlos Molina (19-5-2, 6 KOs). Kirkland dropped Molina in the tenth and Molina’s corner entered the ring thus prompting referee Jon Schorle to DQ Molina. At the time of the DQ Molina was up 88-83, 87-84 on two cards. Kirkland was up 86-85 on the third card. (more…)
Photos: Miguel Cotto Promotions
With an impressive performance, Jayson “La Maravilla” Vélez had the most important victory of his career outscoring Mexican veteran José Angel Beranza by winning a unanimous decision over 10 rounds. Judges scored the bout 98-92, 96-94 and 96-94. “I feel very happy and proud of my performance tonight,” Jayson said. “I trained really hard to beat Beranza and we got the victory. I’m really the best featherweight in Puerto Rico.” With the win, Vélez improves his record to 18-0, 13 KOs.
In the co-main bout of the night, unbeaten bantamweight Jonathan Vidal (15-0, 8 KOs) scored a unanimous decision over Felix Pérez. Judges scored it 59-57, 59-55 and 59-55. (more…)
By Mariano A. Agmi at ringside
Photos: Ed Mulholland
Former two-division world champion Zab Judah (42-7, 29 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO over previously unbeaten Vernon Paris (26-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, New York. Time was 2:27. Judah was too fast and too powerful as he dominated the fight, which was an IBF jr welterweight eliminator.
Former WBC light heavyweight and IBF cruiserweight champion Tomasz “Goral” Adamek (45-2, 28 KOs) successfully returned to the ring in his first bout since challenging Vitali Klitschko for the WBC heavyweight title, winning a ten round unanimous decision over Nagy Aguilera (17-7, 12 KOs). Scores were 100-90 (2x) and 99-91.
Philadelphia’s Bryant Jennings (13-0, 6 KOs) impressively took apart former world champion Sergei “The White Wolf” Liakhovich (25-5, 16 KOs) by technical knockout after 9 completed rounds. In only his 13th pro fight, Jennings, 219 ½, displayed superior hand speed and technique to rattle and bloody Liakhovich, 231, throughout the fight with powerful combinations. Referee Eddie Claudio stopped the bout on the recommendation of the ringside doctor after Liakhovich took yet another shellacking in round nine. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian super middleweight champion Omar Shaick 10-2, 6 KOs) retained the title with a shutout ten round decision over Australian-based Nigerian Friday Nwaiwu (3-3) at the Mansfield Tavern, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on Friday. Shaick, boxing from the southpaw stance, was supremely fit and dominated Nwaiwu in every round round. In round seven, a five-punch combination had the Nigerian on wobbly legs but he survived to hear the bell. Nwaiwu connected with a solid straight left to the head of Shaick in round eight that split the champion’s nose. Scores 100-89, 100-89, 100-88. World class Sakio Bika and Les Sherrington are top contenders for Shaick’s national title. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
In a clash of 6’8 heavyweights, unbeaten Mariusz Wach (27-0, 15 KOs) showed he’s a force to be reckoned with after scoring a sixth round KO over Tye Fields (49-5, 44 KOs) on Saturday afternoon at the Resorts Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City. Wach sent Fields crashing to the canvas at 1:44 with a series of right hands to end it. Good give-and-take action up to that point.
Unbeaten and highly regarded heavyweight prospect Artur Szpilka (10-0, 8 KOs) destroyed Terrance Marbra (6-2, 5 KOs) in the first round. After Szpilka dropped Mabra with a straight left, he got him out of there with his follow up barrage. Time was 2:46.
Former Olympian Jerson Ravelo (21-5, 12 KOs) surprised Joey “The KO Kid” Spina (26-2-2, 18 KOs), taking an eight round split decision in a light heavyweight clash. Scores were 79-73, 77-75 for Ravelo, 77-75 for Spina.
Unbeaten super featherweight Kamil Laszczyk (8-0, 5 KOs) won a scrappy eight round unanimous decision over Tevin Farmer (4-3-1, 1 KO) in a clash for the vacant WBO Youth belt. Scores were 79-73, 77-75, 78-74.
Cruiserweight Stivens Bujaj (7-0, 5 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Joshua Harris (8-6-2, 6 KOs). Bujaj dropped Harris in round two and the bout was waved off at 1:49.
Photos: Eroll Popova
Former IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck (32-2, 18 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Bethuel Tyson Ushona (25-2-1, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Tabor Arena in Maribor, Slovenia. Scores were 117-109, 117-109, 119-110. Zaveck said afterward that the victory is the first step towards re-capturing the world championship he lost to Andre Berto last September.
Light Heavyweight Denis Simcic (28-1, 14 KOs) outpointed Fatjon Murati (13-2-2, 3 KOs) over twelve rounds to claim the WBO European championship. Scores were 117-110, 117-111, 116-111. Murati deducted a point in round eleven.
Obviously the third time is a charm for Jelena Mrdjenovich. The Edmonton fighter made up for two close decisions in a hurry Friday night as she stopped Lindsay Garbatt (7-5-1 4KO) at 1:45 of the opening round at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton Alberta. Mrdjenovich had lost pair of close decisions to the visiting fighter in the past, dropping a split decision on home turf in 2010 and then reliving the disappointment again last year with a majority decision loss in Barrie Ontario. (more…)
The Ultimate Fighter® Live episode 3 – “Old School vs New School” – aired Friday evening and saw Team Cruz take a 2-0 lead as number one overall pick – Justin Lawrence – knocked out Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu veteran Cristiano Marcello with a solid left hook at 3:16 of the second round. (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Unbeaten, world-ranked super featherweight Diego Magdaleno (22-0, 8 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over late sub Fernando Beltran Jr. (36-8-1, 20 KOs) at Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Arizona. Beltran knocked down Magdalano in round four, which infuriated Magdaleno who got up and battered Beltran for the rest of the round. Magdaleno floored Beltran in the seventh and Beltran’s corner threw in the towel shortly after. Time was 2:28.
In an entertaining clash of undefeated junior welterweights, Johnny Garcia (12-0, 8 KOs) won an eight round split decision over former international amateur standout and 2008 Cuban Olympic Bronze Medalist Yordenis Ugas (11-1, 5 KOs). Ugas dropped Garcia in round five, but Garcia was the aggressor and prevailed by scores of 76-75, 76-75 on two cards. Ugas was up 76-75 on the third card. (more…)
Mariusz Wach 247 vs Tye Fields 256
Kamil Laszczyk 130 vs Tevin Farmer 130
Artur Szpilka 228 vs Terrence Marbra 230.5
Joey Spina 175 vs Jerson Ravelo 170
Josh Harris 197 vs Stivens Bujaj199
Photos: Wojciech Kubik
Zab Judah 138 vs. Vernon Paris 138
(IBF jr welterweight eliminator)
Tomasz Adamek 222.5 vs. Nagy Aguilera 226.5
Siarhei Liakhovich 231 vs. Bryant Jennings 219.5
Santander Silgado 196 vs. Willie Herring 196
Curtis Stevens 162 vs. Romaro Johnson 160
Vinny O’Brien 143 vs. Jeff Lentz 144
Angel Garcia 130 vs. Alan Beeman 129.5
Venue: Aviator Sports and Events Center, Brooklyn, NY
Promoter: Main Events
TV: NBC Sports
Local welterweight Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia (31-3, 21 KOs) pounded out a ten round unanimous decision over Antwone Smith (21-4-1, 12 KOs) on Friday night at the Pharr Convention Center in Pharr, Texas. Scores were 98-92, 97-93, 97-93.
In a clash of jr middleweights coming off their first losses, James De la Rosa (21-1, 12 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Tyrone Brunson (21-2-1, 20 KOs). Brunson was credited with a knockdown in round two, but De la Rosa was in command for most the fight.
Former WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli (35-5, 27 KOs) claimed the British cruiserweight title with a twelve round unanimous decision over defending titlist Shane McPhilbin (8-3, 5 KOs) on Friday night at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall in Wolverhampton, England. Maccarinelli survived knockdowns in rounds one and three, then took command of the fight after that, winning by scores of 115-111, 116-111 and 115-110. Maccarinelli received an assist from the timekeeper in round one when the bell rang 47 seconds early giving him time to regain his senses after being leveled by a left hook.
Antonio Pitalua 147 vs. Alvaro “Tyson” Robles 147
(WBC FECARBOX welterweight title)
Susana “Toluquita” Vazquez 110 vs. Luz Elena Rodriguez 109.7
Victor Betancourt 127 vs. Juan Francisco Pequeno 128
Venue: Gimnasio de Mexicali, Mexicali, Mexico
First Fight: 7:00 PM
Promoters: Producciones Deportivas, RIcardo Maldonado Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc., Tuto Zabala, Jr. in association with RB Producciones and Promociones Internacionales
TV: Cadena Tres (Mexico)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer Promotions
Officially the weights were announced as 112. However, the camp of Rodel Mayol is threatening to pull out alleging that Marquez is two pounds heavy.
Hernan Marquez 112 vs Rodel Mayol 112
(WBA flyweight world title)
Juan Estrada 115 vs Richie Mepranum 112
(WBA NABA super flyweight title)
David Sanchez 115 vs Juan Carlos Vargas 112
Ricardo “Dinamita” Alvarez 134.50 vs Adriel Juzaino 135
Ruben Tamayo 126 vs German Meraz 125.6
Ramon Olivas 167.60 vs Rogelio Ruvalcaba 168
Venue: CUM Ciudad Obregom, Sonora
Promoter: Zanfer Promotions, Promoson y Larsa Comunicaciones
TV: TV Azteca
European lightweight champion Gavin Rees produced a fantastic performance in Anthony Mezaache’s backyard in France, forcing a seventh round stoppage to retain his Euro title in style. The Welshman travelled over to Paris for his second defence in the venue that former champion Mezaache’s last three fights had been in and was the aggressor from the opening bell. The 31 year old produced a classy, powerful and controlled display to dismiss the Frenchman’s challenge and move a step closer to his dream of becoming a two-weight World champion.
“I keep telling people I can punch at lightweight and giving the chance I think I can win another World title,” said Rees.
“I had a great training camp, it was boiling in here tonight but I still felt fresh. I worked well on the jab and I was catching him with the right often and I think I did a great job tonight.” (more…)
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship® light heavyweight champion and current No. 1 contender, “Suga” Rashad Evans took time from training for UFC® 145: JONES vs. EVANS to meet Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) World No. 1 superstar Victoria Azarenka. The top athletes visited the MMA Masters facility in Miami and traded tennis and UFC gifts and expertise. Evans showed Azarenka some moves in the cage while Azarenka shared a few tennis tips with Evans. The Belarusian beauty is currently in Miami playing in the Sony Ericsson Open tennis tournament. (more…)
Seven years after its debut in the United States, in 2005, the first international edition of the famed reality TV show The Ultimate Fighter® begins in Brazil. Co-produced by Brazilian production company Floresta, the inaugural Brazilian version of the show is the first time a TUF series was filmed outside of the United States. (more…)
Photos: Promociones Miguel Cotto
Jayson Vélez 125 vs. Jose Angel Beranza 125
Jonathan Vidal 117 vs. Felix Pérez 118
Jeffrey Fontánez 132.8 vs Juan L.Meléndez 133
O’Nell Negrón 126 vs. Juan G.Cruz 128
Jonuel Tapia 153 vs. Daniel Rodríguez 155
Starling Cordero 119 vs. José Torres 117
José Martinez 115 vs. Rubén Rivera 114
Keith Tapia 208 vs. Heriberto Lorenzo 268
Emanuel Rivera 116 vs. Miguel Del Valle 113.4
José López 124 vs. Jonathan González 126.2
Emanuel Ramirez 114 vs. Luis Díaz TBA
Promoter: Miguel Cotto Promotions/H2 Entertainment
TV: Solo Boxeo Tecate / Univision Deportes
Venue: Roger Mendoza Coliseum in Caguas, Puerto Rico
Jan Zaveck 146.6 vs. Bethuel Tyson Ushona 146.8
(WBO Inter-Continental welterweight championship)
Denis Simcic 174 vs Fatjon Murati 174
(WBO European light heavyweight championship)
Both bouts will be streamed live on www.wboboxing.com
Official Statement: The World Boxing Council (WBC) deeply regrets that a great idol of our organization loses his title on the scale, as he could not make the limit of the super lightweight division today during the official weigh-in ceremony in Houston, Texas. Erik Morales is an honorable and responsible boxer who complied with the thirty-day pre-weigh-in registering 152.9 pounds, as well as with the seven-day pre-weigh-in last Saturday, registering 147 pounds on the scale. The human body is an enigma and this time our champion Erik Morales did not achieve to lose one more gram; therefore, he has lost his world championship on the scale. The fight will be carried out and officially sanctioned by the organization in accordance with our rules and regulations, if Danny Garcia wins the bout, he will be the new WBC super lightweight world champion; if Erik Morales wins the bout, the title will be declared vacant. We wish both fighters the best of luck and may God bless them.
By Robert Coster
Photos: Martin Avila Maria
Victor “Mermelade” Cayo 140 vs. Nate Campbell 140
Ada Velez 121.5 vs. Katy Pamela Wilson 121
(IBF female super bantamweight title)
Argenis Lopez 139.25 vs. Ramses Payano 137
Juan Carlos Abreu 142.75 vs. Ramon Duran 144
Julio De Jesus 139.25 vs. Fernando Montes De Oca 138
Kenny Casado 131 vs. Braulio Rodriguez 132
Jonathan Guzman 122.25 vs. Milciades Mosquera 122
Franklin Frias 131.5 vs. Orlando Gonzalez 132.5
Cayo: “I’m going to make some mermelade tomorrow night…out of Campbell.”
Campbell: “Victor’s got a big mouth. I’ll be doing my talking in the ring tomorrow night.”
Promoter: Manguita Promotions
Venue : Palacio De Deportes Santo Domingo
TV Coverage: TV Channel 4 & TV Channel 33
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
When IBF super-middleweight champion Lucian Bute travels to England in May to battle mandatory challenger Carl Froch, he will do so as a Canadian citizen. The undefeated star who turned 32 at the end of February will be sworn in Monday as a full Canadian citizen. Bute and 30 other new Canadian citizens from19 different countries will be sworn in in his hometown of Laval Quebec.
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Scott Foster
WBC super lightweight champion Erik Morales has lost his 140lb title on the scale. Even a few days ago it was known he was struggling to make weight and after weighing in at 142 he immediately drank water and left 30 minutes later.
Erik Morales 142 vs. Danny Garcia 139.5
(WBC super lightweight championship)
James Kirkland 153.75 vs. Carlos Molina 153.75
Jose Luis Castillo 147.75 vs. Jose Miguel Cotto 144.5
Jamie Kavanagh 135.5 vs. Cesar Cisneros 133.5
Jermell Charlo 155 vs. Chris Chatman 154
Lanard Lane 143.5 vs. Milton Ramos 144.75
Jermall Charlo 153 vs. Shawn Wilson 153.5
Daquan Arnett 151.75 vs. Fabian Cancino 150.75
By Francisco Salazar
Featherweight contender Daniel Ponce De Leon is being considered to fight in the opening televised bout of the Floyd Mayweather-Miguel Cotto card on May 5th, Golden Boy Promotions matchmaker Eric Gomez told Fightnews.com on Thursday morning. Gomez played down rumors in the last couple of days that Ponce De Leon was already on the card that will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. “He is only being considered to fight on the card,” said Gomez. Frank Espinoza, who managed Ponce De Leon, is optimistic that the hard-hitting Mexican will appear on the card. “I really hope that he is able to fight on the card. I think he is deserving of fighting on such a big card as on May 5th,” Espinoza told Fightnews.com on Wednesday evening. In his last fight on January 21st, Ponce De Leon (42-4, 35 KOs) knocked out Omar Estrella in the sixth round in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. Ponce De Leon, who is part of the indigenous Tarahumara tribe in northern Mexico, now resides in Huntington Park, CA.
All Star Boxing, Inc, Promoter Tuto Zabala, Jr. and Telemundo Network will return with their successful series “Boxeo TELEMUNDO” to the Kissimmee Civic Center on April 13. In the main event former WBO #12 contender and Latin Champion Jose “Miau” Nieves (19-2-3-8 KO’s) of Carolina, Puerto Rico will defend his Jr. Featherweight title against WBC Mundo Hispano Champion Alejandro “Pique” Delgado (15-6-7 KO’s) of Cuidad Neza, Mexico in another classic matchup between Puerto Rico and Mexico scheduled for 12 Rounds.
“This will be a very good fight, Nieves is coming from two great wins in the 2011 series and Delgado fighting at a higher weight class was beating Orlando Cruz before getting stopped in the 11th round of a great fight, fighters from Puerto Rico and Mexico always bring their best ” said Zabala, Jr. First bell at 8:30 PM, 6 mores fights round up the card. Telemundo Network available in HD will televise the main event at 11:35 PM EST live. Tickets are already on sale at Kissimmee Civic Center 201 E. Dakin Ave, Downtown Kissimmee, FL or by calling 407-935-1412.
By Byron Spurlock
Photos: Jon Eilts – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
WBC light welterweight and legendary champion Erik “El Terrible” Morales (52-7, 36 KOs) and unbeaten challenger Danny Garcia (22-0, 14 KOs) faced off during the pre-fight press conference at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Thursday in advance of Saturday’s HBO-televised fight.
Erik Morales: A lot of people asked me why I would take a fight against an opponent that could be very dangerous. I don’t see it that way. I say why would I pick a fight against someone that I know I can’t beat? He’s a younger version of me when I was coming up; but I’m not fighting me, I’m fighting Garcia who doesn’t have a lot of experience against fighters like me.
Danny Garcia: This is a new era in boxing, Morales has had his time as a champion and his time has come and gone. It’s time that boxing get ready to see a new WBC champion come Saturday night. The referee is going to say “…and the NEW WBC light welterweight champion of the world!”
The TV-opener is a WBC jr middleweight eliminator between James Kirkland (30-1, 27 KOs) and Carlos Molina (19-4, 6 KOs) that television viewers won’t want to miss.
James Kirkland: I don’t need to say too much or do much talking. I’m going to let my actions speak, for actions speak louder than words and while I’m whooping his ass in the ring people are going to see who the best fighter is in the ring that night.
Carlos Molina: Yea he may be a big puncher but my team and I have a game to counter that. This is going to be my chance to use Kirkland as a stepping-stone so I can be the one everyone is talking about. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
A crowded press conference took place Thursday in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico as WBA flyweight champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez and challenger Rodel “Kid Rapido” Mayol proclaimed they will be the winners in the main event on Saturday night at the Centro de Usos Múltiples (CUM). Tyson Marquez and his trainer made mention of cuts caused by Mayol headbutts in several fights and will ask the referee and WBA supervisor to be very aware of that situation.
Michael Koncz, representing Filipino fighters Mayol and Mepranum, said “It’s a matter of style. they fight that way, going straight ahead looking to get past the guard of their opponents.”
Marquez was clear to predict his success. “I am the champion. If he wants to come for my belt, I’ll be waiting to pounce and finish the fight early, but we’ll look to win round by round to leave no doubt.” (more…)
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