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Boxing superstars Manny Pacquiao and “Sugar” Shane Mosley won’t be the only big names on SHOWTIME PPV’s huge May 7 telecast. SHOWTIME Sports® held a media conference call on Thursday to announce the superstar talent behind the mic.
James Brown, the host of the popular weekly series Inside The NFL on SHOWTIME and THE NFL TODAY on CBS, will quarterback the May 7 SHOWTIME PPV four-fight telecast. The last boxing event he worked was between Shane Mosley and Fernando Vargas in 2006. An enthusiastic mainstay on CBS and SHOWTIME, Gus Johnson will call all the action from ringside. Al Bernstein, a well-respected boxing historian who has called more than 2,500 fights during his 30 years behind the ringside microphone, will provide the fight analysis alongside Antonio Tarver, a former undisputed light heavyweight world champion who has taken to his television role as “third man in the booth.” The Emmy® Award-winning Jim Gray will serve as the back-stage, ringside and in-ring reporter for the event. (more…)
Weights and photos by Chris Cozzone
For tomorrow night’s ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” card at the Cosmopolitan, promoted by Warriors Boxing:
Carlos Molina 152.5 vs. Allen Conyers 150*
* Molina is 1.5 lbs. heavy; has two hours to lose.
Hylon Williams Jr. 134 vs. Marcos Herrera 135
Tim Coleman 142.5 vs. Sergio Rivera 144
Ranches Barthelemy 132.5 vs. Rynell Griffin 135.5
Evgeny Gradovich 125 vs. Aalan Martinez 126
Glendy Hernandez 238.5 vs. Ken Frank 287
Yuieski Gonzalez 188 vs. Carlos Reyes 196*
* Reyes 1 pound heavy; has two hours to lose.
Note: An eight-round light-heavyweight bout was scratched when undefeated Russian Sergey Kovalev did not get one of his required meds in on time.
By Paulina Brindis/WBC
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
In the last press conference today in Mexico City the charismatic light flyweight WBC world champion Gilberto Keb Baas said that the crown will stay in Merida Yucatan Mexico, promising that this will be an explosive encounter against Adrian Hernandez. By understanding the words of the champion and sure of himself, Adrian “El Confesor” Hernandez proclaimed himself the new world champion, with the seriousness that characterizes the boxer, and said to the media he is not going to let go the opportunity to realize his dream. This is how this coming April 30 in the celebrations of the “Feria del Caballo” in Texcoco Mexico, the Don King Coliseum will witness a battle that promises centering the heart of the fans. Click here for more photos…
Photos: Pierre Girod
Carlos Takam 242 vs. Gbenga Oloukun 237.6
Sophie Mathis 145.2 vs. Duda Yankovich 140.8
Venue: Espace Roger Boisrame, Pontault Combault, Seine-et-Marne, France
Promoter: Joseph Germain
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Welsh legend Joe Calzaghe performed the draw for Prizefighter International Heavyweights as eight men with over 160 knockouts between them fight to become the first ever International Prizefighter Champion on May 7 at London’s Alexandra Palace.
Mike Perez vs Fres Oquendo
Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson vs Gregory Tony
Michael Sprott vs Tye Fields
Juan Carlos Gomez vs Konstantin Airich
Super bantamweight contender Jonathan Oquendo and prospect Camilo Perez now have opponents for their fights in the series “A Puño Limpio” to be held April 6th at the Coliseo Pedrin Zorrilla in San Juan, Puerto Rico in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) presentation that will shown live on WAPA America. Oquendo (20-2, 13 KOs), who is ranked #3 by the WBO at 122 pounds, will face dangerous Thomas “KO” Snow (14-1, 9 KOs) for the WBO NABO super bantamweight title in a 10 round bout. Meanwhile, Pérez (2-0, 2 KOs), Gold Medalist in the Central American and Caribbean Games 2010, will face Eliezer Agosto (1-0, 1 KO) in a four round 122lb fight. Also on the show, former amateur world champion McWilliams Arroyo (7-1, 6 KOs) will fight in a flyweight six round bout against a rival to be announced. Five more fights will complete the card. “A Puño Limpio” will be seen live on WAPA America at 9:00 p.m. Tickets start at $12.
The undercard has been finalized for this Friday (April 29) ESPN2 Friday Night Fights broadcast from the deck of the Boulevard Pool at ultra-luxurious The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. In support of the excellent Carlos Molina vs. Allen Conyers main event will be several stiff tests for undefeated prospects looking to climb boxing’s ladder to stardom against tough opponents looking for an upset. (more…)
Seven seconds. Ahead on two of the three judges’ scorecards in his UFC 115 bout against Carlos Condit last June, that’s all Rory MacDonald needed to walk away with the biggest victory of his career against a former WEC champion.” . . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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By Ron Jackson
Mzonke Fana will make the first defence of his IBF junior lightweight belt against mandatory challenger Argenis Mendez from the Dominican Republic on June 11 at Carnival City, Brakpan, South Africa. The 37-year-old Fana (30-4, 12 KOs) from Khayelitsha won the vacant belt on September 1 last year when he outpointed Cassisus Baloyi over 12 rounds.
Mendez (18-1, 9 KOs) who fights out Brooklyn, New York won the right to meet Fana when he out pointed Baloyi in January this year. This will be tough test for the veteran Fana against the 24-year-old Mendez whose only loss was on an eight round split decision against Jaime Sandoval in October 2008. Since this setback Mendez who is the USBA super featherweight champion has racked up wins against Arturo Gomez, Anthony Napunyi, Morris Chule, Martin Honorio, Shamir Reyes and Baloyi.
The tournament is presented by Branco Milenkovic of Branco Sports Productions.
According to the Sun tabloid, lightweight Kevin Mitchell (31-1, 23 KOs) and his mother were arrested at their family home in London on suspicion of possessing cocaine and running a cannabis farm.
Frank Warren Promotions has issued the following statement: “Kevin Mitchell has been arrested and released on Police bail, but has not been charged. Kevin Mitchell denies all charges, but has been asked to report back to Dagenham Police Station in June. His fight against John Murray is still due to take place in the summer, and a date will be announced shortly.”
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Welterweight Gilbert “Boogie” Vera (10-3-1, 5 KOs) faces Larry “Slomoshun (slow motion)” Smith (9-2, 6 KOs) in an eight-round Texas shootout on Saturday at the Fort Worth Convention Center Ballroom in Fort Worth, Texas. The Austin-based Vera, brother of well known Brian Vera, stopped the previously undefeated and Dallas fan favorite Jesse Lara in his last fight in 2009. Tickets start at only $11 and are available at Central Ticket Office in Fort Worth. Call 800.462.7979.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former world champion and WBA #1 flyweight Juan Carlos Reveco will challenge WBA interim beltholder Jean Piero Perez on May 27 in Mendoza, Argentina. Reveco (26-1, 15 KOs) still has a pending legal situation with promoter Osvaldo Rivero, including having to give up the WBA light flyweight title. Perez (18-3-1, 13 KOs) will be making the first defense of the title he won in January against Jesus Jimenez in Guadalajara. One source indicates that an agreement was reached between representatives of Perez and Reveco and that promoter Mario Arano’s Arano Box Producciones will stage the fight and that contracts have already been sent to the WBA for review.
Frankie Gomez 141.8 vs. Jason Davis 150.8
Ramon Valadez 130.2 vs. Rafael Lora 129.6
Fidel Maldonado Jr 135.8 vs. Jorge Cordero 138.6
Alfonso Blanco 154.8 vs. Juan Carlos Diaz 151.2
Ernesto Ocon 146.6 vs. Miguel Pizarro 146.6
Venue: Club Nokia, Los Angeles
Promoter: Golden Boy
Showdown Promotions has announced that lightweight John Molina (21-1, 17 KOs) will be back in the squared circle on May 28th in the ten round main event at the BlueWater Resort & Casino located on the Colorado River in Parker, Arizona. Molina will face an opponent to be named. Nine months ago, in his biggest win to date Molina out-gutted previously unbeaten Hammerin’ Hank Lundy on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights.” Scheduled to watch from ringside is former world champion Antonio Margarito supporting for his brother-in-law, undefeated Hanzel “El Tornadito de Tijuana” Martinez, who will also be in action.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today the debut of UFC Central, a news and analysis show that will air just in time for UFC® 129: ST-PIERRE vs. SHIELDS this Saturday, April 30. Available live and exclusively on UFC.TV, UFC Central will be hosted by Todd Harris, along with fight analysts Stephen Bonnar and Kenny Florian. Molly Qerim will join the show as the backstage reporter during the entire broadcast. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Dr. Fausto Daniel Garcia, president of the Mexico City promotional firm “Boxeo de Gala,” says that starting in May he hopes to present world championship fights title every month. Toward this end, he is looking to work closely with the global organizations to try to further develop Mexican boxing and Mexican boxers. The kick-off May 21 title card will feature WBC female flyweight world champion Mariana Juárez defending against TBA.
Meanwhile, this Friday the company has a show at the Feria del Caballo in Texcoco, headlined by WBC super featherweight intercontinental youth beltholder Marco Lopez against Alfonso Perez. The card also features seven more fights, including two female flyweight clashes.
By Joe Koizumi
The Japan Professional Boxing Association (JPBA), consisting of all club owners here, named WBA#3/WBC#3 national bantamweight champ Shinsuke Yamanaka (14-0-2, 10 KOs) Boxer of the Champion Carnival on Wednesday after all the compulsory defenses of our national champs and mandatory challengers were successfully over. Yamanaka, 28, impressively kept his belt by halting previously unbeaten and highly regarded Ryosuke Iwasa via tenth round TKO at the Korakuen Hall on March 5. It was a sensational encounter of the unblemished southpaw prospects, but Yamanaka eventually had the upper hand over the aggressive but less experienced Iwasa.
The technique award was given to WBC#5/WBA#6 national super-fly champ Yota Sato (21-2-1, 11 KOs) who finely defeated two-time world challenger Yohei Kono by a unanimous decision this April. The fighting spirit award was rendered to WBA#7/WBC#10 Japanese lightweight ruler Nihito Arakawa (19-1-1, 13 KOs), who looked sharp in stopping Hiroshi Nakamori in eight rounds in January. The award-giving ceremony will take place at the Korakuen Hall on May 19, the Boxing Day in Japan, when Yoshio Shirai captured the world flyweight belt from Dado Marino to become this country’s first world champion fifty-nine years ago.
By Brian Grammer
Junior welterweight Tyrone “TNT” Chatman (7-1, 5 KOs) will headline the inaugural “Boxing at the Orpheum” series this Friday in the historic Roberts Orpheum Theater located in downtown St. Louis, MO. Fight Night Promotion, who handle the co-promotion of local favorite WBC USNBC cruiserweight champion Ryan Coyne (16-0, 6 KOs), recently signed an eight-card deal with the historic theater, creating a boxing series that is sure to excite fans of the Sweet Science in the Gateway to the West. Chatman, a 22 year old, right-hander from St. Louis will face Christopher Russell (2 -5-1, 1 KO) of Shattuck, OK in the main event. (more…)
Photo: Georges St-Pierre poses with Jake Shields during a press conference for UFC 129 on April 27, 2011 in Toronto, Canada.
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Contrary to Wilfried Sauerland’s comment in his press release of today when he states, “all of a sudden (California Commission) insists on installing a Californian judge as well as a Californian referee,” Wilfried would be 100% incorrect that the commission insisted on a California referee or acted in any manner inconsistent with our agreement with Sauerland.
Exactly what was agreed upon, the California Commission has granted, one Californian judge, one German judge, one neutral territory judge, and a neutral territory referee, which the California Commission was very helpful in supporting.
“As for Andre Ward, he is focused on preparing and continuing his rise towards the finals of the Showtime Super Six Tournament bout against Arthur Abraham regardless of the officials.”
Carlota Santos 111 vs. Ruby Lozano 111
Luis Quintana 118 vs. César Saucedo 118
Damiana Duran 103 vs. Leidys Martinez 103
Venue: Fantastic Casino La Doña, Panama
Promoter: Premium Boxing Promotions
By Robert Coster
Boxing is slowly returning to the sunny Island of Jamaica and tomorrow will be the final of the Wray & Nephew Ltd Contender Series, a highly successful boxing reality show on Jamaican TV that is being followed on the island by record numbers of viewers. The concept of the series started a couple of months ago with four unbeaten Jamaican middleweight prospects: Tsetsi Davis (4-0), Devon Moncrieffe (2-0), Sakima Mullings (4-0) and Ricardo Smith (2-0). Moncrieffe surprised favorite Davis, stopping him in two rounds, while Smith outpointed Mullings over 8 rounds. So the grand finale will therefore pit over 10 rounds the smooth boxing Smith (now 3-0) against Moncrieffe (3-0, 2 KOs), the more powerful puncher. (more…)
All New TUF, Plus Don’t Miss The Final Stop Before UFC 129: Team Lesnar deals with internal struggles, plus one fighter’s career is threatened by a injury – tonight at 9pm on SPIKE, 10pm on Rogers Sportsnet (in Canada). Plus, GSP and Jake Shields arrive in Toronto as they begin their final preparations for Saturday night – UFC Primetime Part 3 – tonight at midnight on SPIKE (7pm on Sportsnet in Canada)
All New Start Time This Saturday For UFC 129 – 9pm ET / 6pm PT: The action begins this Saturday at 9pm ET / 6pm PT live on Pay-Per-View – also available on UFC.TV
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FIGHT CAMP 360°: PACQUIAO vs. MOSLEY – Episode 3
Premieres THIS SATURDAY at 8PM ET/PT on CBS
With the May 7 megafight between Manny Pacquiao and “Sugar” Shane Mosley only ten days away, the critically acclaimed camera crews take fight fans deeper into Pacquiao’s rags to riches story and documents the mounting intensity of Mosley’s Training Camp in Big Bear for this hour-long network premiere of FIGHT CAMP 360°: PACQUIAO vs. MOSLEY – Episode 3.
Former WBO title challenger Michael “Cold Blood” Clark (41-5-1) has completed camp and is set for his return to the ring on May 5th at The Crowne Plaza in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Undefeated in his last seven bouts, Clark will face veteran Carson Jones (29-8-2) over 12 rounds for the vacant USBA welterweight title. In the last year, Clark has defeated both Jason Pires (22-4-1) and Brian Camechis (19-4) in regional title fights and with another victory, Clark aims to land another world title shot. The six-bout card is being presented by HD Boxing and Holden Productions. The undercard will feature the returns of Contender Season II champ Grady Brewer (26-12) and former IBF middleweight title challenger Billy Lyell (22-9) in separate bouts.
On Thursday May 5th, welterweight prospect Edgar Santana (24-3, 15 KOs), returns to the ring in front of his hometown fans in the Bronx in the main event of the first of Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing’s five scheduled 2011 shows at the historic Paradise Theater on Grand Concourse. Santana is set to square off against Robert “Wolf” Jones (8-8-1, 3 KOs) in a scheduled eight rounder. Santana’s last fight was a win over current NABF light welterweight champ Joselito Lopez on Showtime’s Showbox: The New Generation back in April of 2008, but he has been out of the ring since then dealing with legal issues involving a drug bust.
The WBA has cancelled a scheduled purse bid for WBA cruiserweight champion Guillermo Jones and interim champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez due to a tentative agreement between Don King Productions and Sauerland Events. This frees Jones to face WBA #8 rated Ryan Coyne on June 25th at the Family Arena in St. Louis, Missouri. The Jones/Coyne winner must face Hernandez in a place and date to be determined. Headlining the DKP show will be former WBC jr welterweight champion Devon Alexander vs Lucas Matthysse.
By Andreas Hale
(On Pacquiao Knocking Mosley Out)
“Shane’s a tough guy and durable. It would be incredible if (Manny) stopped him. It would prove that he’s better than the other guy who couldn’t stop him. We’re going to force the action and go for it this time. If it comes, it comes. I think Manny is definitely the guy to do it.”
(On Nazeem Richardson)
“Nazeem knows how to get to his fighters. He gets the best out of his people. It’ll be a big challenge to come up with a better gameplan than he does. I respect him a lot and that’s why I expect Shane to be at his best on May 7th.”
(On If This Fight Will Feature More Action Than His Bout With Margarito)
“It’s the kind of fight that’s better than Margarito because Mosley moves fast and has great foot speed and power also. That’s what I want. He throws a lot of punches and that’s good for us to give the fans a good fight. ”
(On Knocking Out Mosley)
“We’re not really focused on the knockout. We work hard and if it comes, it comes. We have prepared ourselves to fight 12 rounds. If the knockout comes I would be excited about it.”
“It’s hard to judge him. I don’t know what his reason is for not fighting me. I really don’t have an idea why or what the reason is that he won’t fight me.”
By Francisco Salazar
After switching around fighters to box on specific dates, Golden Boy Promotions will have fighters fight near their hometowns. Golden Boy Promotions matchmaker Robert Diaz explained to Fightnews.com that the Carlos Molina-Angel Chacon bout will now take place at the Sports Arena in Pico Rivera on May 27th. The Molina-Chacon bout was scheduled to take place on May 20th at the Hangar at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, CA. Now the main event on the 20th will be Ronny Rios, from nearby Santa Ana, taking on an opponent to be determined.
“We’re currently narrowing it down from two or three opponents for Ronny,” said Diaz, a former adviser to Marco Antonio Barrera and manager to former world titleholder Manuel Medina and current super featherweight Dominic Salcido. “We’ll finalize something soon.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Promociones del Pueblo of Mexico and Prodesa form Nicaragua have reached an accord to co-promote the fight for the WBA minumweight world championship between reigning world champion Samuel Gutierrez and mandatory challenger and former world champion Juan Palacios on May 21 in San Martin Texmelucan, Puebla with the support of Grupo Modelo (Corona) and the television network Televisa. Few days before the WBA put the bout up for purse bid, Oswaldo and Reginaldo Kuchle (Promociones del Pueblo) and Silvio Conrado (Prodesa) agreed to present the fight in Mexico. Also planned is super flyweight Oscar “Ceviche” Ibarra defending his WBC silver belt against Filipino Juanito Rubillar.
The line-up for “Prizefighter: International Heavyweights,” the 18th edition of Matchroom Sport’s eight-man, one night tournament at London’s Alexandra Palace on May 7 is now complete with former WBC cruiserweight champion and heavyweight contender Juan Carlos Gomez, who will join former Prizefighter winner Michael Sprott, Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson, unbeaten Mike Perez, Fres Oquendo, 6’8 Tye Fields, Gregory Tony and Konstantin Airich.
The British Boxing Board of Control have passed a proposed rule change for reserves in Prizefighter. Now should a winning boxer in Prizefighter fail to pass a medical to progress to the next stage, the losing fighter can go through in their place subject to the Board’s medical offices clearing them to do so.
By Francisco Salazar
Fight fans on the Central Coast of California will enjoy the upcoming May 13th fight card at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez. Four weeks later, they will be able to double their pleasure with another fight card at the same venue. Gary Shaw confirmed to Fightnews.com that unbeaten cruiserweight contender Lateef Kayode will take on Matt Godfrey in a 10 round bout on Friday, June 10th. Also on the “ShoBox: the New Generation” card will be a battle of unbeaten lightweights, as Archie Ray Marquez faces Art Hovhannisyan in an eight round bout. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Ex-WBA flyweight champ Takefumi Sakata, who fought his last bout seven months ago, was elected councilor of Inagi city, Tokyo, Japan on Sunday. The 31-year-old Sakata participated in the municipal election campaign with warm supports of such former world titlists as Guts Ishimatsu, etc. Sakata proudly says, “I’d like to contribute to the activation of our city through sports.” Along with stepping into politics, Sakata also entered Senshu University and will start his school life from today (Tuesday). Bon voyage.
By Boxing Bob Newman
Concetta, “Jennie” Brophy, 84, mother of International Boxing Hall of Fame director Ed Brophy, passed away this past Thursday, April 21. Mrs. Brophy was a life-long resident of Canastota, New York, affectionately known in the boxing world as “Title Town, USA” due in large part to being the home of the IBHOF and its two famous sons Carmen Basilio and his nephew Billy Backus, Canastota’s two world champions. Mrs. Brophy is also survived by children Richard Brophy, Daughter Grace Rapasadi, and nephew Jeff Brophy, all IBHOF staffers. Fightnews wishes to extend it’s condolences to the Brophys during this difficult time.
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