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Twenty-year old southpaw super flyweight Ivan “Niño Morales” Morales (17-0, 12KOs) took a step towards history last night when he devastatingly stopped Anahuac, Chihuahua’s Edgar “Destroyer” Martinez (9-6, 5KOs) in the first round to capture the vacant WBC Youth super flyweight title in front of over 1,500 home town fans at the Tijuana Municipal Auditorium. Morales, the younger brother of seven-time world champion Erik “Terrible” Morales and former super flyweight WBO champ Diego “Pelucho” Morales, was the headliner for the “La Dinastia Continua (The Dynasty Continues)” fight card presented by Box Latino. With the win, the young Tijuana fighter is on his way to along with his brothers, becoming the first set of siblings to become world champions. (more…)
The ‘will they?’ or ‘won’t they?’ game surrounding a much-hyped-but-not -happening mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao is like Christmas Day to boxing fans—except the calendar remains stuck on Christmas Eve. It’s not that either fighter has been fighting bums, but the public wants what it wants, when it wants it and Christmas Eve doesn’t quite cut the mustard when your eye is on the gift under the tree.
Christmas Even will come around once again May 5, as Miguel Cotto will try his hands at becoming the first man to defeat “Money” Mayweather as a pro. (more…)
By Anthony Springer Jr.
The long awaited rematch between reigning UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen will still take place–just not on the champ’s home turn of Brazil, the UFC announced today.
Due to scheduling conflicts with a United Nations event in the country, the world’s biggest MMA promotion is pulling its blockbuster main event and moving it to July’s UFC 148 card in Las Vegas. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
IBO super middleweight champion Thomas Oosthuizen faces a tough one when he meets American Marcus Johnson in a 10-round non-title bout at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami Oklahoma on Friday night. The southpaw Oosthuizen (18-0-1, 13 KOs) will be having his second fight in the US. In September last year in Biloxi the 24-year-old South African outpointed Aaron Pryor Jr by wide margins, despite fighting under the handicap of a badly cut and swollen right eye. (more…)
Photos: Eroll Popova
SES boxing returns to the Brandenburg-Halle in Frankfurt (Oder) on May 16th. In the headlineer, “Killer Queen” Susi Kentikian (29-0, 16 KOs) defends her female lightweight belts against Melissa McMorrow (6-3-3, 0 KOs), heavyweight Francesco Pianeta (25-0-1, 14 KOs) will lock horns with the “White Buffalo” Francois Botha (48-7-3, 29 KOs). Here are some quotes from the press conference in Frankfurt: (more…)
Today on the field of Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas, undefeated world middleweight champion and the Son of the Legend, Julio César Chávez, Jr. and #2 world-rated middleweight contender Andy Lee will host an El Paso News press conference to discuss the details on their June 16 world title clash at the Sun Bowl. Joining Chávez Jr. will be Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum and Fernanado Beltran. Lee will be with Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward and Ron Rizzo of DiBella Entertainment. The news conference begins at 1:00 p.m. MT. Boxing fans are invited to attend.
The IBF Super middleweight champion Lucian Bute, who is training for a May 26 clash with Super Six finalist and mandatory challenger Carl Froch in Nottingham, England, met the press on Monday at West Palm Beach, Florida. Here are some quotes from Lucian and his trainer Stephan Larouche.
– By saying yes to fight Carl Froch in his hometown, I’m showing the world that I can fight anybody anywhere. I expect a tough fight; I’m working harder at the gym to be ready physically and mentally. I’m really looking forward to defend my Title for the tenth time. it’s going to be an amazing experience!
– I started my training camp about 7 weeks ago and now with just under 5 weeks remaining my training going very well. I am exactly where I should be. The sparring is started too, I have good sparring partners and I’m satisfied. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
Former light heavyweight world champion current television boxing analyst Antonio “The Magic Man” Tarver (29-6, 20 KOs) and unbeaten opponent Lateef “Power” Kayode (18-0, 14 KOs) held a press conference Monday afternoon at the J.W. Marriot Hotel at LA Live in Downtown Los Angeles for Showtime’s quadrupleheader on June 2 at the Home Depot Center in Carson California.
Also on hand were former world champion Winky Wright (51-5-1, 25 KOs) as well as undefeated middleweight Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (26-0, 20 KOs), WBA super welterweight champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout (24-0, 14 KOs) and rising prospect Leo Santa Cruz (19-0-1, 11 KOs). (more…)
Photo: Chris Farina / Top Rank
WBC Middleweight Champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. hits El Paso,Texas with his legendary father Monday night for a press conference Tuesday, to announce his upcoming title defense against top middleweight contender Andy Lee of Limerick,Ireland, Saturday,June 16 at the Sun Bowl in El Paso ,Texas. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions, DiBella Entertainment, At&T and Tecate, this championship card will be televised live on HBO Championship Boxing.
Golden Boy Promotions and FOX Sports Media Group announced a multi-year, multi-media agreement with Golden Boy Promotions to provide live boxing content in the United States and internationally. One originally produced boxing event per month from the United States will air live on FOX Deportes, FUEL TV and FOX Sports regional networks. Additionally, live boxing events from cities throughout Mexico will be carried on FOX Deportes. The first U.S. event is scheduled for May 4 from The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and features former world champion Daniel Ponce De Leon against Eduardo “El Chucky” Lazcano for the vacant USNBC super featherweight title. In the co-feature, Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith faces Derrick Ennis in a 10-round junior middleweight bout.
During the first year of the partnership, FOX Deportes is scheduled to air a total of 44 live events originating in both the United States and Mexico; for every year thereafter, the network airs 36 live events.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA will hold a purse bid for the a mandatory defense of WBA featherweight champion Celestino Caballero and #1 rated Miguel Angel “Mikey” Garcia on May 3rd at the at Miami Marriott Dadeland. WBA President Gilberto Mendoza and WBA Executive Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza will oversee the purse bid.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Two DC/Maryland/Virginia-area boxers have national TV exposure coming up in the next two months. As previously mentioned on Fightnews.com, undefeated Brandywine, MD heavyweight Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell will face Chazz Witherspoon on Saturday, April 28 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. The bout will be the HBO co-feature to the Bernard Hopkins-Chad Dawson main event.
Then on Friday, June 8 unheralded Bedford, VA super middleweight Scott “Cujo” Sigmon takes the biggest step of his career when he faces former world champion Kelly Pavlik in a 10-round bout at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. The bout will be televised by ESPN2 and it will be Sigmon’s first bout on national television. (more…)
Legendary Boxing Figure Emanuel Steward, and his famed Kronk Boxing, return on May 11 to Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California. In the main event, unbeaten jr middleweight Tony “Super Bad” Harrison (6-0, 6 KOs) takes on Ishwar Amador (11-9, 7 KOs). Harrison is considered Kronk’s next big star and has won all six of his fights by KO. “The fans are in for a special treat with Tony Harrison,” said Steward, “He’s very similar to Thomas Hearns. He comes to fight, he is fearless in the ring, he doesn’t fight in reverse like many young fighters of today, he has a lot of poise and confidence, and he has a crowd-pleasing fighting style that Southern Californian fans will appreciate.” Also featured on the card is featherweight Walter “Schoolboy” Sarnoi (10-2, 5 KOs) against Jonathan Alcantara (5-7-2, 1 KO). Tickets available at Pechanga Resort & Casino Box Office, by telephone at 1-877-711-2946, and at www.pechanga.com.
Top junior lightweight prospect Andrew “Chango” Cancio (13-1-2, 11 KOs) has passed the tests placed in front of him thus far, but the biggest test of his career will come on June 2 when he faces six-time former world title challenger and 2000 Olympic Silver Medalist Rocky Juarez (28-9-1, 20 KOs) in the main event of TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate,” at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California.
IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute spars with Dhafir Smith in preparation for his May 26 clash with Super Six finalist and mandatory challenger Carl Froch. To prepare the champion for the deafening crowd support Froch will receive at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England, Bute’s trainer Stephan Larouche has piped in sound from previous Froch fights. Sparring partner Smith also helped Andre Ward prepare for his fight with Froch.
Another exciting match-up is in the cards on May 5 in Erfurt: Light-Heavyweights Dustin Dirks and Thomas Ulrich, both from Germany, will square off in the Messehalle. Dirks is undefeated, having won all of his previous 23 fights (17 KOs). Ulrich on the other hand surprisingly lost his last bout back in April 2011 against the Lithuanian Sergej Razvadovskij. The record of the former European Champion stands at 32 victories (22 KOs) to six losses out of 38 fights. The fight in the Messehalle will determine who will play a bigger role in the future of the light-heavyweight division. (more…)
By Phil Doherty
It didn’t take long for Acquinity Sports to establish a boxing beachhead in South Florida this year. Acquinity literally came out swinging with their inaugural January 7th card from the Westin Diplomat Resort on Hollywood Beach. They followed that successful debut with a spectacular “D Day: Dominican Domination” card from the Diplomat on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fight series last month. That show was capped by an 8th-round knockout of the year-worthy effort by former two-division world champion Joan Guzman against Puerto Rican Jesus Pabon.
Now, much like the original D-Day, this newly-crowned “A-team” of South Florida boxing looks to break out inland and storm the 5,500-seat Seminole Hard Rock Live with a world-class card scheduled for Friday, May 18th. The 10-bout card features Hollywood’s own Dominican welterweight contender Ed “The Lion” Paredes (30-3-1, 20 KOs) in a 10-round battle against former light welterweight world champion “Vicious” Vivian Harris (29-7-2, 19 KOs). (more…)
Two of boxing’s fastest rising stars and part of the Mayweather Promotions team take time to visit and give back to The Boys and Girls Club. Both boxers once spend time playing and learning from this great national program that is design to keep kids off the streets and offer educational services. The Boys and Girls club is a place where our youth come to play, learn life skills and feel part of a family that inspires them. (more…)
A bout between two American heavyweights that has been in the works for more than a year finally comes to fruition with undefeated Brandywine, MD boxer Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell takes on Chazz “The Gentleman” Witherspoon of Paulsboro, NJ on Saturday, April 28 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ.
And Mitchell couldn’t be happier. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Former South African junior heavyweight champion Danie Venter won on a first round technical knockout over Alex Mbaya from the DRC in a scheduled eight at the Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg on Saturday night. Venter (94.24kg) a bronze medallist at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester wasted no time as he battered the lighter Mbaya (87.34kg) from the bell before the referee stepped in to call the fight off. The 33-year-old Venter improves his record to 12-5, 9 KOs and the 34-year-old Mbaya sees his record drop to 1-3, 1 KO.
Chazz “The Gentleman” Witherspoon (30-2, 22 KOs) is truly a gentleman – outside the ring, at least. He is soft spoken, well educated, and always dresses in a jacket and tie when he appears at Philadelphia-area fight cards to support his hometown fighters. On Saturday, April 28, at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ, Chazz takes on unbeaten knockout artist Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell (24-0-1, 18 KOs) in a twelve round battle for the vacant NABO heavyweight title. The bout is expected to be explosive, and will be featured on HBO Championship Boxing, supporting the rematch between “Bad” Chad Dawson and Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins. (more…)
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Photos by Wolfgang Schiffbauer & Team Sturm
Last Friday night, WBA Middleweight Super Champion Felix Sturm successfully defended his crown for the twelvth time against former WBC titlelist Sebastian Zbik in an All-German mega-fight at the Lanxess Arena In Cologne, Germany. The champion looked much better than in his previous outings against Matthew Macklin (a close split decision win) and Martin Murray (a draw) in scoring a ninth round stoppage win over his former stablemate Zbik. After an even start, Sturm got untracked in the third round and battered his challenger with his left jab and explosive combinations until Zbik and his corner decided to stop the bout after the ninth.
FightNews.com caught up with Sturm at his gym in Cologne. The longtime WBA kingpin was in a good mood and eager to talk about the Zbik bout, the week after the fight, his future as a boxer and a promoter, mandatory challenger Gennady Golovkin, a possible title unification and a return to America eight years after he came in as a huge underdog against living legend Oscar de la Hoya only to lose a hotly disputed and controversial twelve round decision. (more…)
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Kenny Bayless, considered one of the best referees in boxing today, is the leading candidate to officiate the May 5 bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas between WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto and four-division undefeated world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. Bayless, 62, was the referee in Cotto fights against Antonio Margarito in 2008 and Manny Pacquiao in 2009 and in Mayweather Jr. fights against Oscar de la Hoya in 2007 and Sugar Shane Mosley in 2010. Along with Bayless, it sounds like the name of Jay Nady is also under consideration.
By Dave Spencer
With the talk of the natural rivalry with fellow Montrealer and IBF champion Lucian Bute still continuing, hard-hitting Adonis Stevenson and his team have opened up their options of “going green” on this Earth Day weekend. With the usual rabid media contingent trying to get their questions in, Stevenson’s promoter Yvon Michel was forced to answer from a slightly different source Friday night. “What would happen if Ward vacates the title as he said he might do? What would happen then?” Under normal circumstances, such a question might illicit murmurs or groans seeing as the promoter had just addressed it moments earlier, but seeing as the man with the microphone was Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward, Michel was given every courtesy to address the query, just in case the gathered masses missed it the first time.
“It means that Adonis will be fighting Anthony Dirrell for the vacant title,” said the promoter, reiterating what he had just said. Andre Ward who also owns the WBA title at 168 was thought to be penciled in for a June 2nd date in his hometown of Oakland California and has not officially abdicated the WBC belt, but he has all but assured he won’t be facing his mandatory challenger in the younger Dirrell brother. “I don’t have a lot of interest,” Ward recently told Sports Illustrated, “I consider Anthony a good fighter, a brother. But the networks won’t be interested.” It should be noted though that today’s L.A. press conference for the Bay area fight does not include the Super-six winner in what is already a stacked card. (More)
By Felipe Leon
Ivan Morales 114.8 vs. Edgar Martinez 115
Emilio Bojorquez 142 vs. Abner Lopez 142
Osvaldo Castro 115.7 vs. Luis Gonzalez 115.7
Pedro Melo 115.7 vs. Juan Jimenez 117.2
Pablo Armenta 131 vs. Wilbert Ortiz 129
Christian Bojorquez 126.9 vs. Benjamin Garcia 122.5
Adrian Vargas 140.4 vs. Gerardo Chavez 140.4
Javier Mendoza 116 vs. Cristian Aguilar 117.9
Cesar De La Mora 121 vs. Rosalio Alvarez 121.5
When: Monday, April 23rd
Where: Tijuana Municipal Auditorium
Promoter: Box Latino
World ranked junior middleweight contender Delvin “EL Peligro” Rodriguez has signed on to challenge defending WBA World Champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout on Saturday, June 2nd at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, it was announced today by Joe DeGuardia, President of Star Boxing. The twelve round Rodriguez/Trout clash will be broadcast on Showtime as part of their scheduled “quadruple header” evening of professional boxing that also features IBO cruiserweight titlist Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver against Lateef Kayode, middleweight Winky Wright against Peter Quillin and bantamweight Vusi Malinga against Leo Santa Cruz.
Jr welterweight Jessie Vargas and jr middleweight DeAndre Latimore – who are both promoted by Mayweather Promotions – recently shared their thoughts with FightNews regarding their respective bouts on the May 5th “Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto” pay-per-view event.
Are you excited about fighting on May 5?
Every time I step into the ring, I not only look at it as another opportunity to perform and showcase my skills, but to prove myself and gain more experience inside the ring. I know that “Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto” is the biggest fight of the year and I’m excited to be featured on the pay-per-view undercard. This is the second time I have fought on HBO Pay-Per-View®, which is something that some fighters never get to do in their careers, so I am not taking it for granted. I am ready to show the world what I’m about and what I have to offer. (more…)
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
FightNews caught up with former WBC light-heavyweight champion Jean Pascal this weekend and the Montreal fighter was charged now that his upcoming fight with Tavoris Cloud is all but a done deal. “I can’t wait for my next fight,” Pascal told FightNews, “We made a deal with Cloud, the deal is done, and we’re just waiting on a TV date from Showtime. I’m supposed to be fighting on either July 7th or August 11th and I can’t wait to get back in the ring.” While the negotiations were a long arduous process with Cloud and his promoter Don King, Pascal said he prepared to give everything to his preparation and another crack at supremacy at 175 pounds. “No doubt, no pain gain, I’m prepared to work hard and become champion for the second time. I think the match-up against Cloud will please the crowd, and you know me, I’m a crowd pleaser. It’s going to be a great fight, it’s going to be a war, I’ve been to hell, and I’m ready to go to hell again.”
By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside
Photos by Stacey Verbeek
Middleweight contender Brian Vera (20-6, 12 KOs) got back to his winning ways with a workmanlike 8 round unanimous decision against the tough and durable Taronze Washington (14-17, 7 KOs) for the WPBF International middleweight title on Saturday night at the Fort Worth Convention Center Arena in Fort Worth, Texas. After only 3 weeks with new trainer Ronnie Shields, Vera got back to basics to score the one-sided victory. The scores read 79-73 twice and 80-72.
Vera was happy to get out of his former hometown with a win although he was not completely satisfied with his performance.
“I feel like I did alright, it’s a work in progress, I got hit too much overall. I am doing things I am supposed to be doing, so it’s a work in progress so far,” Vera stated after the fight. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Fightnews.com sends its fondest well-wishes to one of the truly great people in this business — ace photographer Mike Greenhill. Mike recently suffered a heart attack and is recovering at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. According to his family, Mike is recovering very rapidly and has been moving around his hospital room. Talking is still an issue but his memory and, indeed his love of sports, is still intact. Mike has been a fixture at many boxing cards up and down the East Coast and into Canada.
Ringside by Ricardo Trujillo
Photos courtesy of Tom Casino/Showtime
Moving up in weight to fight at a catchweight of 120 lbs for the 122 WBC super bantam title, Abner Mares totally dominated Puerto Rican rival, former champ Eric Morel, in a classic Puerto Rican vs. Mexican matchup. “Battle of the Border,” promoted by Golden Boy and staged at the Don Haskins Center on the University of Texas at El Paso campus, was a treat for the 4,000 fans in attendance and the Showtime international audience. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos: Johnny Chaichotchuang
Thailand 140 pounder Patomsuk Patompothong (17-1-1, 11 KOs) stopped Filipino Mike “Tyson” Tumbaga (12-16-2) in round two of a scheduled twelve round IBF Pan Pacific championship bout at Sarape School in Chiangmai, Thailand that was televised nationally on channel seven network, on Friday. Both boxers went toe-to-toe in round one and in round two Tumbaga was dropped by a power shot to the head and shortly after at 2:18 the referee crowned Patompothong. “Patomsuk showed good power to stop Tumbaga who had boxed world rated Prawett Singwancha and Thai Tor Silachai,” said Promoter Jimmy Chaichotchuang. For more details and photos click here…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
Mexican prospect Salvador Sanchez II (28-4-3, 17 KOs) knocked out compatriot Marino Montiel (33-17-2, 17 KOs) with a two-punch combination at 1:46 of the third round to retain his WBC Featherweight CABOFE title for the fourth time in front of about 4,000 spectators on Saturday night at the Estadio Jose Lerma Perez in Ocoyoacac, Mexico. “It’s a new victory and more to my people but I want to fight as soon as possible and I feel I am very close to a world title opportunity. I’ve been moving and I’m training hard for that night. I’m not so new after seven years and I’m pushing my limits with my effort and desire,” said Sanchez II. Click here for more photos…
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
Australian middleweight champion Jarrod “Left Jab” Fletcher (12-0, 7 KOs) retained the title with a clear ten round decision over Les Piper (14-10-3, 3 KOs) that was televised throughout Australia on Foxtel cable television network on Friday from the Grand Star Receptions in Altona North, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The aggressive Piper made Fletcher work for every point but at the conclusion of ten action rounds the skilled Fletcher won by scores: Dale Westerman 100-92, Samantha Bulner 99-91, Ignatius Missaliadis 99-91. Fletcher is a former 2006 Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist who defeated current world rated IBF #15 Adonis Stevenson in the final and also IBF #14 James DeGale. Fletcher is trained by Steve Dellar and looks destined for international professional recognition. For more details and photos click here…
By Oliver Duetschler
GBU light welterweight champion Gabor Veto (28-0-0, 22 KOs) scored a second round KO over former champion “The Destroyer” Justin Juuko (40-11-1, 30 KOs) to retain his title on Saturday night at the Hotel Marsoel in Chur, Switzerland. Veto dropped Juuko in the second round, sending him to the canvas with a powerful right hook and referee Jozo Gabric counted Juuko out.
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