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It’s not a tragic love story, but the growing rivalry between East Coast based Team Renzo Gracie/Frankie Edgar and West Coast based Xtreme Couture is rising to Shakespearean heights, taking on a Romeo and Juliet plotline, pitting the Montagues of New Jersey against the Capulets of Las Vegas. . . Click here for more by Mike Staka, UFC.com
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By Gabriel F. Cordero in association with Óscar Zardaín, Miguel de Pablos & Ben Jacobs
Middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (46-2-2, 25 KOs) and undefeated junior middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk (37-0, 23 KOs) meet Saturday at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut for the vacant WBC Diamond middleweight belt. Dzinziruk has been mentioned for a few years as a potential opponent for “Maravilla.”
“That’s true,” said Sergio. “Since he was in Germany around 2006, 2007 I wanted to fight him but we were never able to come to an agreement with Universum and the fight didn’t happen. After that I fought Saúl Román in a WBC eliminator for the 154lbs belt and I took a different path to the one he was taking. I would have beaten him then and I will beat him now. He is a cold boxer, lineal, typically Eastern European. I hope he’s ready to put on a good show. But whatever he does he won’t have even the slightest chance to beat me.” (more…)
By Pasi Taavitsainen
Super lightweights Denis Shafikov (26-0-1, 15 KOs) and Giuseppe Lauri (51-7, 31 KOs) will fight for the European championship in April in Italy. The exact date and place of the match will be announced later. The 25-year-old Shafikov has fought 12 times in Finland under manager Pekka Mäki’s P3 banner. He hopes to dupliate the feat of stablemate Amin Asikainen, who won the European championship in 2006 as a visiting fighter in Germany. “I believe that Shafikov would defeat Lauri anyplace and that’s why we didn’t need to do the match in Finland or Russia,” explained Mäki. We believe Shafikov is a true world-class fighter and now he must prove it by defeating Giuseppe Lauri as a visitor in the ring.”
Last Saturday, Shafikov defeated Nugzar Margvelashvil in Helsinki by TKO in the fifth round. In October 2010, he fought Italian Brunet Zamora to a draw in a battle for the WBA Intercontinental title in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
The 34-year-old Lauri will be hoping to finally break through and win the European title in his fourth try.
By Karl Freitag
Now that newly crowned IBF junior welterweight champion Zab Judah has regained a world title, there is already speculation on what he’ll do next. On Tuesday, Zab stated that he’s ready to fight any of the top dogs in the 140 pound division and is looking to land “the biggest money fight.”
“The goal now is big fights,” said promoter Kathy Duva. “He’s a pay-per-view fighter and he should be in pay-per-view fights. There are a few big names out there and right now there aren’t a lot of big fights in boxing and that’s what it needs. Marquez seems to be the only one available at the moment as a pay-per-view fighter so he would be a logical choice.
“I like the Marquez fight,” commented Judah. “I like what he is. I like what he’s going to bring to the table. That’s the kind of fight I’m looking for.”
Regarding Marquez’ uncertain promotional status with Golden Boy, Duva stated “I think Marquez clearly has to sort out his promotional situation, but when he does we will be happy to offer the fight to whoever he decides he’d like us to offer it to. Zab is the champion, if Marquez is available this summer, that fits perfectly with our schedule.”
Tuesday at Portobellos in New York City, Havoc Boxing Promotions held the kick off press conference for their boxing event that will take place on April 2nd at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, New York. In the main event, light heavyweight contender Elvir “The Kosovo Kid” Muriqi (38-5, 23 KOs) will take part in a ten rounder. “I love fighting,” stated Muriqi. “Can I make it without fighting? Yes but I love fighting and winning. I have the ability to one day be world champion. I feel like I haven’t lost since 2004 but sometimes things don’t go your way. I promise in April 2nd I will come in better shape than I did the last time. Everybody knows that I come to fight every time.” Muriqi’s foe is TBA.
Members of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) have gathered in from of Mike Tyson’s Las Vegas gated community to protest the ex-heavyweight champion’s new reality TV series on the Animal Planet network. The show depicts Tyson’s love for pigeons and pigeon racing, a sport which the organization cites as cruel to pigeons.
Photo: Emily Harney/Team Remillard
The fight to determine America’s leading featherweight, pitting unbeaten NABF and NABO champion Matt “Sharp Shooter” Remillard against undefeated IBF # 1 contender Mikey Garcia, is the 10-round co-feature on Top Rank’s “Featherweight Fury,” March 26 on HBO After Dark live from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The 24-year-old Remillard (23-0, 14 KOs) is at his Passaic, New Jersey in training camp with his new head trainer, Michael “Mike Red” Skownowski. The WBA #3, WBO #4 and WBC #5 rated Remillard puts his NABF and NABO title belts on the line against USBA titlist Garcia (24-0, 20 KOs). (more…)
Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank
WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto winds down his final week of training as he prepares to do battle with two-division world champion Ricardo Mayorga on Saturday, March 12, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Cotto vs. Mayorga is promoted by Top Rank, in association with Cotto Promotions, Don King Productions, Tecate and MGM Grand and will be televised on SHOWTIME Pay-Per-View. Click here for more photos…
Photos: Team Wolak
Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, Pawel “The Raging Bull” Wolak (28-1, 18 KOs) is primed and ready for the biggest fight of his career when he tussles Yuri Foreman (28-1, 8 KOs) in a ten round main support bout on the Top Rank pay per view extravaganza, featuring Miguel Cotto against Ricardo Mayorga. For more details and photos click here…
All the shots from today’s grand arrivals at the MGM, featuring Miguel Cotto and Ricardo Mayorga . . . Click here for full gallery by Chris Cozzone
When Saul “Canelo” Alvarez defeated Matthew “Magic” Hatton for the vacant WBC super welterweight title, the 20-year-old Mexican phenom made a statement to the boxing world waiting for the arrival of its next star. Attendance at the Honda Center in Anaheim was 11,674, making it the second largest boxing crowd in the history of the venue, surpassing the throng of 9,612 that viewed Julio Cesar Chavez’s 1996 win over Joey Gamache (when it was known as the Arrowhead Pond) and being second only to the 12,262 that watched Marco Antonio “Baby Faced Assassin” Barrera defeat Daniel “Cobra” Jimenez in 1995.
The HBO Boxing After Dark telecast was the most watched main event in the past two years (roughly 1.4 million viewers), and Televisa’s broadcast of Canelo’s fight in Mexico produced the highest rating for a boxing program on the network in the last three years.
Photo: Expected to tip the scales at a combined weight of 540 pounds Thursday, 6’8″ Tye “Big Sky” Fields (45-2, 41 KOs) and 6’7″ “Big” Michael Grant (46-4, 34 KOs) face off at a press conference held at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. Fields and Grant fight a ten-rounder Friday night. Former champ Joel Casamayor (37-5-1,22 KOs) takes on Manuel Leyva (20-1, 12 KOs) in the co-main.
From the network that brought boxing fans the blockbuster fights of Mike Tyson and Julio Cesar Chavez, SHOWTIME returns to the pay-per-view business with a cast and crew of veterans. The March 12 card headlined by Miguel Cotto vs. Ricardo Mayorga will be called by Steve Albert with Al Bernstein and Antonio Tarver serving as expert analysts and Jim Gray reporting from ringside. David Dinkins Jr. is the executive producer for SHOWTIME Sports® with Ray Smaltz producing and Bob Dunphy directing. All of whom bring to the table a tremendous amount of pay-per-view experience to the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev., LIVE on SHOWTIME PPV, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
The veteran SHOWTIME announcing crew has some words of advice and keys to victory for the world championship event between Cotto and Mayorga: (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
World title holders Timothy Bradley and Amir Khan have spent the last couple of weeks calling each other out. The back and forth jostling between the two top 140-pound fighters has been a broken record of sorts on the media and fight fans who want to see whom will reign supreme in this dream matchup. Now it appears as though both fighters can do away with their sales pitches through the media and on television. Both fighters are signed on to face each other on Saturday, July 23rd at a still to be determined location, promoter Gary Shaw told Fightnews.com.
“It’s done,” said Shaw late Monday night, clarifying a feature article on Amir Khan earlier this week. “There is an agreement between Richard Schaefer and myself that both Amir and Timothy will fight each other on July 23rd.”
The only person stepping in between this matchup is unbeaten Paul McCloskey, who will take on Khan (24-1, 17 KO’s) at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England on April 16th. (more…)
Photo: After making his grand entrance at the MGM in Las Vegas today, Ricardo Mayorga stuck around to harass Miguel Cotto. While Cotto was being interviewed in the lobby’s makeshift ring, Mayorga climbed onto the apron to mock Cotto, and show the crowd his six-pack. Stay tuned for more photos later today.
Photos and reports by Ricardo Conde
Junior flyweight champion ‘El Guerrero Azteca’ Giovani Segura (26-1-1, 22 KOs) of Mexico continues his preparations, under the watchful eye of long time trainer Javier Capetillo at the Azteca Boxing Club in Bell, California, for the long awaited rematch against Ivan ‘Iron Boy’ Calderon (34-1-1, 6 KOs) of Puerto Rico, in what is one boxing’s biggest and longest rivalries, Mexico vs. Puerto Rico, which takes place on Saturday, April 2nd at the Auditorio del Estado in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico and will be televised live on Pay-Per-View, Ivan Calderon vs. Giovani Segura II “The Revenge” is being presented by PR Best Boxing Promotions and Promociones Zanfer. For more details and photos click here…
Heavyweight Jason Gavern (19-7-4, 8 KOs) will headline a boxing card on April 2 at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida. Gavern, who has a win over world rated Manuel Quezada and a draw against NABF titleholder Johnathon Banks in his last two fights, will defend his WBC CABOFE belt against TBA. The event is being billed as “Fight(s) for the Pink,” promoting breast cancer awareness. Other fighters include David Loy of Sweden, Shaun Bennit, Frank Gedeon, Todd Brown and female fighter Patricia “Patty Boom Boom” Alcivar against opponents to be named.
Photo: Team Bute
IBF super middleweight world champion Lucian Bute is wrapping up his training at the Angelo Dundee’s 5th Street Gym in Miami Beach. Pictured above with Lucian with Dino Spencer and Matt Baiamonte who gave him the opportunity to train at this gym. Bute is coming back in Montreal on Saturday to finalize his preparation to fight Brian Magee on March 19th.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo Courtesy Agencia Reforma
New WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez arrived Monday at the airport in Guadalajara in the midst of a celebration in honor of his victory Saturday over Matthew Hatton in Anaheim, California. Among those on hand were former WBA champion Rigoberto “Espanol” Alvarez, carried his 20-year-old brother on his shoulders, thousands of fans hoping for photos and autographs, a throng of journalists and even members of the Mexican army.
In regard to his critics, Canelo said “I respect the criticism and I should be prepared for it but I have a good state of mind and will move forward.” As for a possible showdown with fellow Mexican boxing idol Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Alvarez said “I want the best, such as Miguel Angel Cotto and Shane Mosley.”
Sampson Boxing in association with Sergio Marquez Producciones is proud to announce the UBO lightweight title defense of champion Cecilia “La Reina” Comunales (7-1-0, 5 KOs) from Paysandú, Uruguay against hardcore challenger Adriana “A Garota” Salles (11-6-1, 5 KOs) from Brazil on April 19th at the Rio Uruguay Amphitheatre in Paysandú, Uruguay. (more…)
Story by Mariano A. Agmi
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Middleweight World Champion Sergio Martinez (46-2, 25 KOs) defends his WBC Emeritus and Ring world titles against current WBO jr. middleweight champion Serhiy Dzinziruk (37-0, 23 KOs) on Saturday, March 12th at Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Mashantucket, CT . . . Click here for more
When the history of mixed martial arts is written years from now, they’re going to remember Urijah Faber. Regardless of what happens at UFC 128 on March 19 when he faces Eddie Wineland, or throughout the rest of his career, Faber’s legacy is already set simply for being the one lighter-weight fighter who introduced his peers to the masses . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Photo: Photo Wende
Unbeaten WBO Intercontinental Champion Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius (14-0, 9 KOs) will face the next huge test on his way up the heavyweight rankings when he collides with former world champion Sam “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter (34-4, 27 KOs) at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Germany on April 2. “This is a dream match-up of two nightmares,” promoter Kalle Sauerland said. “Robert has taken the heavyweight world by storm and will continue his path to glory with a victory over an accomplished champion like Peter.” (more…)
By Craig Watt
Perth boxing promoter Ty Colman completes his fourth professional boxing show in the city in the last ten months at the Italian Club, Northbridge on March 12th which features a high class card including IBF #4 ranked featherweight Billy Dib (30-1, 18 KOs), former WBO 154 pound title challenger Daniel Dawson (35-3, 24 KOs) and highly regarded middleweight prospect Robbie “Bad Boy” Bryant (13-1-1, 7 KOs). The 25 year old Colman is one of Australia’s youngest boxing promoters and has already delivered his first world title bout when unbeaten Australian female boxer Erin McGowen (14-0, 7 KOs) won the WBO lightweight title with a unanimous decision over Lyndsey Scragg (10-3, 3 KOs) in October last year in Joondalup, Perth. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBC Executive Secretary Rodrigo Salud has sadly passed away at the age of 72 after complications from surgery. Salud was one of the founding members of the WBC in the 60s, when the President was Justiniano Montano. Current WBC president Jose Sulaiman was the successor of Salud. The organization has declared three days of mourning in the boxing world. In addition to working in boxing, Salud headed the Philippine Basketball Association. Fightnews.com sends its condolences.
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Sam Cohen
Some young men possess wisdom well beyond their years. They often find expression for their youthful energies outside the conventional “wisdom” of our instant gratification society. They quickly become leaders precisely due to this ability. At just 28 years of age, welterweight boxer Dimitriy “Star of David” Salita (32-1-1, 17 KOs) is one such man. This Jewish transplant from Odessa, Ukraine by way of Flatbush, Brooklyn hearkens back to a golden age of tough Jewish fighters out of New York’s “boxing borough”. Orthodox in his religious and professional stance, Salita is a true throwback fighter who once claimed: “If anyone wants a whupping from me, they got to wait after sundown.”
Fightnews caught up with Salita recently as he wound down training at the Heavyweight Factory Gym in Hollywood FL for his upcoming bout on April 13th in Brooklyn to honor Jimmy O’ Pharrow. “Jimmy O” first opened the doors of his well-respected gym, the Starret Boxing Club to then 13-year old Dimitriy. For more details and photos click here…
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
The always colorful and electric Don King — joined by fellow Hall of Fame Promoter Bob Arum for their first co-promotion in more than five years — entertained the Los Angeles press corps on Monday as “Relentless: Cotto Vs. Mayorga” Fight Week kicked off with a press conference at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel.
“My fighter Ricardo Mayorga is a crazy man, he’s absolutely insane,” King said. “But when he steps in the ring Miguel Cotto will be saying his Hail Mary’s. Someone has to be sacrificed on Saturday night and it has to be Cotto and I feel so bad about this. But Miguel is young and he will come back. He’s a great Puerto Rican and a great combatant and a great fighter. But on March of the 12th, beware the Ides of March.
“This is a vintage Don King performance,” said Arum. (more…)
The long awaited rematch between WBO/WBA light flyweight champion Giovani Segura (26-1-1, 22 KOs) and Ivan Calderon (34-1-1, 6 KOs) wll take place in Mexicali, Baja California. The Auditorio del Estado is the expected venue. Mexicali is located on the Mexico/USA border 165 miles east of San Diego.
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Hear it yourself. All the taunts, diatribes and trash talk from today’s Cotto-Mayorga presser in Los Angeles:
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto refused to let Ricardo Mayorga get under his skin on Monday at a Los Angeles press conference. Cotto would neither look at Mayorga, nor would he acknowledge any of his taunts. Here’s what was said:
Miguel Cotto: “I have two messages here and I’m going to be pretty quick. The first message is for Don King. He talks about sacrifices and he’s pretty used to sacrificing because he was involved in one of the recent events involving Devon Alexander with Timothy Bradley. He had to sacrifice Alexander. It’s going to be the same on March 12th with different characters because it’s not Devon Alexander or Bradley this time around, it’s Miguel Cotto and Ricardo Mayorga and it will be deja vu, as (Mayorga) will be the one sacrificed. I’m pretty comfortable with my preparation. I’m pretty good with my corner.
“The second thing that I have to say, when you send an idiot to do a smart thing, like Don King sending Mayorga to the mic, the only thing you can expect is an idiot, nothing else.”
Ricardo Mayorga: “I’d like to thank God and everyone present. I’ve trained from the heart, I put in 100% and I’m coming here not only to beat Cotto but to knock him out. People around the world only know the two greatest promoters of all times which are Don King and Bob Arum. By beating and knocking Cotto out I’m putting a stamp on this fight after my victory that Don is the best promoter and Bob is number two.
“Coming into the ring the majority of all Puerto Ricans watching the fight live are going to be on my side, and after the fight the ones that weren’t on my side will be on my side. And I’m putting money on myself that I’m going to knock him out. I’m the best. I’m better than Cotto. His best moments, his best time of his career is when he was fighting 135/140 but when he came up to 147/154 that’s when he made a mistake. Jimmy (Lennon, Jr.), I ask you a favor, when you introduce me as the ‘new world champion’ do it with all your heart, ‘four time world champion.’
“When I put my belt around my waist, you’ll see Miguel, when they put your belt around my waist ‘right here.’ This is where your belt’s going. Like Don (King) says, bet for the knock out, not just for the win, you’re going to win a lot of money.
“Cotto, I just ask one thing from you, don’t do the same thing that you did with Margarito. After he knocked you down the first time, the second time you went down without him even landing a punch. Stand there in front of me and let me keep punishing you and then go out, but don’t take a knee on me. For more details and photos click here…
Highly touted super featherweight prospect Dante “Crazy” Jardon will headline the March 18 “Boxeo TELEMUNDO” telecast from the famous Salon Jose Cuervo (former Salon 21) in Mexico City. Jardon (15-1, 13 KOs), who is the current WBC Youth titleholder, will face Humberto “Metralleta” Martinez (20-5-1, 14 KOs) in a unification battle scheduled for twelve Rounds with the WBO and WBC Latin super featherweight titles at stake. (more…)
While Sergio Martinez no longer holds the WBC middleweight championship, his fight on Saturday at Foxwoods Resort Casino against Sergiy Dzinziruk will be for the “WBC Diamond belt,” which the WBC created with the purpose of giving a bonus to the fights that have occurred recently among elite fighters, who fight with no title at stake.
The WBC explains it like this: “There are no rules. This is not a championship which has to be defended. It doesn’t have the same obligations as the world champion. It is a tribute to the fight, to both fighters and the winner takes it without having to defend it. It has no rankings. It’s simply a fitting recognition of a brilliant career.”
The green and gold belt is made with an 18 carat gold plate, 598 diamonds, 196 emeralds, rubies and 150 6 Swarovski gemstones. It has a cost of approximately $50,000.
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
IBF lightweight champion Miguel ‘Titere’ Vazquez (27-3, 12 KOs) of Mexico, under the guidance of long time trainer Javier Capetillo at the Azteca Boxing Club, will step back into the ring and defend his title this Saturday, March 12th against unbeaten and mandatory challenger Lenny Zappavigna (25-0, 17 KOs) of Australia at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada which is being headlined by the Pride of Puerto Rico WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (35-2, 28 KOs) against two-division world champion Ricardo ‘El Matador’ Mayorga (29-7-1, 23 KOs) which will be broadcast live on SHOWTIME PPV and is being presented by Top Rank, in association with Cotto Promotions and Don King Productions. For more details and photos click here…
Notre Dame Boxing Champion Mike Lee has touched down in Dublin, Ireland where he will resume training under the tutelage of renowned trainer Ronnie Shields over the next two weeks. Lee has traveled to Dublin as part of world champion Guillermo Rigondeaux’s camp which also includes his co-trainer Creed Fountain and strength and conditioning coach Brian Caldwell. WBA Super Bantamweight Champion Rigondeaux will defend his title against Willie Casey on Saturday, March 19th in Dublin.
In addition to his training, Lee is planning on some sightseeing in Dublin, this being his first trip to Ireland.
The 23 year old top light heavyweight prospect improved to 4-0-0 (3KO’s) with a first round destruction of Pablo Gomez on Saturday, February 26th at The Palms Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. The knockout victory came in front of a packed house of Notre Dame alums and Chicagoland supporters.
Details of Lee’s next bout are expected to be announced shortly.
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