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Current WBA super lightweight champion Marcos “El Chino” Maidana will join trainer Robert Garcia and his team, Team Maidana announced today. “This is a great move for my career so I’m excited about it. By joining a trainer like Robert and his team I’ll be able to make all the necessary adjustments that are required for me to take me to the next level,” Maidana said from Argentina.
The Oxnard, California-based Garcia, who also trains the likes of Nonito Donaire, Brandon Rios, Kelly Pavlik and Miguel Angel “Mickey” Garcia, is considered one of the best trainers of the new generation. (more…)
World-rated welterweight Ronald Cruz fights for the second time in his backyard when he collides with Prenice Brewer, of Cleveland, OH, in a scheduled 12-round contest on Friday evening, June 1, on the inaugural boxing show in the new 1,800-seat Events Center at the Sands Resort Casino Bethlehem.
The seven-fight card, which will be televised live as part of the NBC Sports Network Fight Night series, also features King Gabriel Rosado, of Philadelphia, PA, against Joel Julio, of Monteria, Colombia, in a 10-round junior middleweight contest between top contenders. (more…)
Richard Schafer, the CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, will be one of the featured speakers at the Fight Promoter University VIII session set for June 5-8 in Costa Mesa, California it was announced today by FPU founder Roy Englebrecht. Schafer, who has spoken at all the previous Fight Promoter University sessions over the past three years, will bring a strong power point presentation title “Building A Fight Promotions Company” on Wednesday afternoon, June 6th.
“Richard’s presentation is compelling and has students riveted as he outlines all the components necessary to be successful in the fight promotions business,” stated Englebrecht. In just 10 short years of existence, Schafer has guided Golden Boy Promotion into becoming one of the leading fight promotions companies in the world.
Schafer is one of 18 guest speakers that will be featured over the four day FPU VIII session, with the complete FPU schedule and registration information online at www.fightpromoteruniversity.com
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel announced today the referees and judges who will work on the world title bouts between Lukas Konekny against Salim Larbo and Christina Hammer versus Julie “Queen” Tshabalala tomorrow at the Vodova Arena, Brno, Czech Republic.
For the vacant WBO Interim junior middleweight title between Konecny (47-3, 22 KOs) and Larbi (17-1-1, 4 KOs), the referee will be Andre Van Grootenbruel. The judges for the Konekny-Larbi fight are Paul Thomas, Manuel Oliver Palomo and Zoltan Enyedi. WBO supervisor for this bout will be Istvan Kovacs.
For the Hammer’s (11-0, 7 KOs) third defense of the WBO Female Middleweight title against Tshabalala (4-1-1, 1 KOs), the referee will be Paul Thomas. The judges are Zoltan Enyedi, Andre Van Grootenbruel and Manuel Oliver Palomo. WBO supervisor will be Istvan Kovacs.
By Joe Koizumi
In a WBA super-flyweight unification bout, full champ Tepparith Kokietgym (18-2, 11 KOs), 114.75, a hard-punching Thailander, impressively unified the belts as he completely overwhelmed and overpowered champ in recess Tomonobu Shimizu (19-4-1, 9 KOs), Japan, en route to a fine TKO victory at 2:15 of the ninth rounds on Wednesday in Yokohama, Japan.
Also, WBA bantam champ Koki Kameda (28-1, 17 KOs), 118, barely kept his throne by eking out a debatable unanimous decision (115- 113, 117-110 and 118-110) over WBA#11 overmatched Indonesian Nouldy Manakane (24-11-1, 15 KOs), 116.25, over lousy and monotonous twelve rounds. (More to come)
Orlando “Siri” Salido the WBO featherweight champion took a victory lap last weekend with visits to Mexico City and Miami. The Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico native, arrived in Mexico City Friday, March 30th and visited with the Mexican Media on Friday, before appearing in studio on the very popular boxing show “Golpe a Golpe” and with three-time world champion Juan Manuel Marquez host on ESPNDeportes.
Salido then flew to Miami on Saturday, to appear on Sunday, in “Republica Deportiva” in highest rated sports show in the Univision National Network at the invitation of his fine producer Rick Seara. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Rafael Soto / Zanfer
Looking ripped and ready, three division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez (53-6-1, 39 KOs) is ready for the first fight in his hometown in nearly 18 years when he takes on Serhiy Fedcehnko (30-1, 13 KOs) in a PPV clash for the vacant WBO interim jr welterweight title in the New Arena Mexico in Mexico City.
Despite a temperature of over 95 degrees inside the hot Romanza Gym in Iztacalco, Juan Manuel exudes optimism, claiming that his fans will be convinced that he still has plenty left in the tank at the age of 38. “We will end the strongest part of the preparation this Friday, as you know, we don’t have weight problems, so we’re just focused on acquiring lost of speed, in defense and in combinations to do a good job to make the people happy on April 14.” (more…)
Photos: Team SES
Here is a photo gallery of the public workout in Brno, Czech Republic, where locals hope Lukas Konecny will be their first professional world champion when he takes on Salim Larbi for the vacant WBO interim light middleweight world championship.
In the co-feature, WBO/WBF middleweight world champion Christina Hammer takes on Queen Tshabalala.
Power Punching super featherweight prospect Joel Diaz Jr (8-0, 7KOs) of Palmdale, California will be a special featured attraction on April 28th when he takes on Russian Georgi Kevlishvili (10-3, 3 KOs) in a scheduled eight round bout. The site of the bout will be the Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort in Chester, West Virginia and be promoted by Roy Jones Jr.’s Square Ring and TNT Sports Promotions.
Very good things were being said of Diaz Jr. leading up to his Sho-Box debut this past January against fellow unbeaten Guy Robb. Dropped early in the bout Diaz Jr. stormed back to floor Robb twice in route to a dazzling 7th TKO victory.
Kevlishvili himself had his Sho-Box debut in July 2011 dropping a hard fought split decision to unbeaten Casey Ramos. Kevlishvili’s three losses were to opponents who had a combined record of 34-0 at the time he fought them.
By Robert Coster
When reviewing the boxing talents from the former Soviet Union that are seeking fame and fortune in American rings, experts should keep a very interested eye on one particular young man. He is Vitaliy Demyanenko, hailing from Kazakhstan, the 28-year-old welterweight has an unblemished record of 20-0 with 12 KOs and is ranked WBO #9. Vitaliy has yet to establish a name for himself in the US rings since he has fought here only twice. In 2008 he stopped journeyman Marteze Logan in three rounds and in his last fight on March 17th in Atlantic City he impressed onlookers by shutting out Ayi Bruce (21-5) over 8 rounds. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios wishes good luck to Mike Alvarado during media day Tuesday. Rios prepares for his upcoming World Lightweight title fight against Cuban gladiator and WBA interim lightweight champion Richard Abril and Alvarado takes on Mauricio Herrera on Saturday, April 14 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, live on Pay Per View. Also on this championship double-header telecast is Juan Manuel Marquez, who will go for an historic fourth world title in as many different weight divisions when he takes on WBO European junior welterweight champion Sergey Fedchenko for the vacant WBO interim 140-pound world title. Márquez-Fedchenko will take place in Mexico City. Click here for more photos…
By Jeffrey Pamungkas
Afrizal Cotto (born as Muhammad Afrizal) finally passed away today, April 4, around 5AM local time at UKI Christian University Hospital in Jakarta, Indonesia. Afrizal was immediately brought to the hospital Saturday night after a 12 round decision loss to Irvan Barita Marbun for Afrizal’s super featherweight national title. The doctors decided to conduct brain surgery to remove a blood clot shown by the CT Scan result. Afrizal remained unconscious after the surgery until he passed away. Sadly, he planned to use his fight purse for his wedding day scheduled for April 15.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former two-division champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez has been suspended by the Puerto Rican Professional Boxing Commission for one year, received a $10,000 fine and 100 hours of community service for false claims made by Lopez in the ring after his defeat March 10 against champion Orlando Salido, alleging that referee Roberto Ramirez stopped the fight because he’s a gambler. The penalty was the same as recommended by the commission’s examiner Alberto Arroyo. Peter Rivera, vice president of PR Best Boxing Promotions, told El Nuevo Dia that they plan to appeal the sanction because they consider it too long for any boxer. Juanma will be eligible to fight again on May 10, 2013.
Photo: David Martin Warr/Don King Productions, Inc.
Former multi-divisional world champion Cory Spinks is fresh off of his unanimous decision win this past January over Sechew Powell. The bout was a IBF junior middleweight title eliminator setting up the stage for a rematch betweens Spinks and current IBF junior middleweight champion Cornelius ‘K-9’ Bundrage on June 23rd, tentatively slated for a venue in south Florida. Since the announcement of the bout on Fightnews, the two have verbally sparring back and fourth swapping words. Continuing on with the trend, Spinks had a few more choice words in response to K-9, spoke on his new trainer, and expressed his loyalty to Don King. (more…)
By Robert Coster, Photo: Team Cox
Both WBA interim cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev and challenger Shawn Cox weighed in at the division limit of 200lbs for their clash Wednesday night at the Crocus City Hall in Myakinino, Russia.
It’s been 110 years since Joe Walcott, the legendary “Barbados Demon,” won the world welterweight title. Now Barbados, the stunningly beautiful Caribbean island known for its quality rum and for being the birthplace of famous singer Rihana, is hoping that native son Shawn Cox will become the country’s second world boxing champion. Cox (16-1, 15 KOs) will be challenging WBA interim cruiserweight titleholder Denis Lebedev (23-1, 17 KOs) Wednesday in Russia in a fight between two southpaw boxers that both pack tremendous power. Says Cox promoter Sam Layne, “Every red-blooded Bajan (native of the island) will be holding their breath praying thatShawn pulls it off and I really believe he can because of his dynamite power.” Cox displayed such power in his last fight with a one round destruction of former world champion Wayne Braithwaithe. Adds Layne, “If Cox wins, the whole island will be waiting to give him a hero’s welcome and while he will not become as famous as Rihana, he will certainly put us on the boxing map!”
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship® light heavyweight champion and current No. 1 contender “Suga” Rashad Evans visited Puerto Rico last week to promote
UFC® 145: JONES vs. EVANS and was greeted by hundreds of fans throughout his 24-hour tour of the Island.
On Friday, he held an open workout for media and fans where he was visited by Puerto Rican national hero and former three division world boxing champion Felix “Tito” Trinidad.
Top Rank President Todd duBoef announced today that Andy Lee will be the challenger for WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on June 16 at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas. HBO will televise.
Photos and story by Bill Hillmann at ringside
Sammy Merza Promotions filled the house at the Club in Burbank IL Saturday Night. Chicago’s Polish Community poured out in support their Polish-fighters. Sadly several of the fights were canceled at the last minute.
In the chief support, middleweight Mike Gavronski (9-0-1, 8KOs) stopped Alberto Mercedes (14-19-1, 10KOs) in the final round of their sixth rounder. Gavronski out-boxed Mercedes early although Mercedes began to find a home for his overhand right in the middle rounds. Gavronski landed a four punch combo that floored Mercedes in the 5th. Midway through the sixth Gavronski landed a straight right to the stomach and a left hook that opened a cut over Mercedes’ eye. Mecedes kneeled pawed at his eye, looked at his glove and did not beat the count. (more…)
The full lineup for Top Rank’s big split site PPV card on April 14 featuring Brandon Rios, Juan Manuel Marquez, Mercito Gesta and Mike Alvarado has been announced.
From the Nueva Arena de la Ciudd de México in Mexico City:
WBO Interim Light Welterweight Championship, 12 Rounds
Juan Mánuel Márquez (53-6-1, 39 KOs) vs. Sergey Fedchenko (30-1, 13 KOs)
From the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas:
WBA Lightweight Championship, 12 Rounds
Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (29-0-1, 22 KOs) vs. Richard Abril (17-2-1, 8 KOs)
10 Rounds, Jr Welterweights
Mike Alvarado (32-0, 23 KOs) vs. Mauricio Herrera (18-1-0, 7 KOs)
10 Rounds, Lightweights
Mercito ‘No Mercy’ Gesta (24-0-1, 12 KOs) vs. Oscar Cuero (15-7-0, 12 KOs)
Scheduled for the off-TV undercard is unbeaten welterweight Lucky Boy Omotoso (21-0, 18 KOs).
Photo: Team Sauerland
The “Captain” returns to the cruiserweight division. It will be the ninth time that Marco Huck (34-2, 25 KOs) will put his WBO title on the line when he steps into the ring on May 5. Huck still has fond memories of the Messe Erfurt, having won his previous fight at the same venue against the American Matt Godfrey back in August 2010 by KO in the fifth round.
His opponent in the capital of Thuringia is an old acquaintance – current interim world champion Ola Afolabi (19-2-3, 9 KOs) lost on points against Huck back in December 2009. He is desperate to take revenge. “Marco did not win the first fight, I lost it,” according to the Brit. “Back then the environment I surrounded myself with was not as professional but now I am with K2 and the Klitschkos. Fritz Sdunek is my coach. All this provides me with the mentality of a champion and I am ready to take out Huck.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBA super-flyweight champ in recess, Japan’s Tomonobu Shmizu (19-3-1, 9 KOs) passed the weigh-in, tipping the beam at the class limit of 115 pound, while WBA regular champ Tepparith Kokietgym (19-2, 12 KOs), from Thailand, scaled in at 114.75 pounds at the weigh-in ceremony on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. They will square off in a unification title bout. Also, WBA bantam ruler Koki Kameda (26-1, 17 KOs), Japan, weighed in at the 118-pound class limit to 116.25 for #11 Nouldie Manakane (24-10-1, 15 KOs) from Indonesia. The WBA twinbill will take place in Yokohama tomorrow (Wednesday).
Manakane is a much easier challenger for Kameda in comparison with Vic Darchinyan for WBC bantam ruler Shinsuke Yamanaka on this coming Friday.
The WBA officials are as follows:
Referee Ferlin Marsh (New Zealand); judges Raul Caiz Jr. (US), Michael Lee (Korea) and Silvestre Abainza (Philippines).
Referee Raul Caiz Jr. (US); judges Ferlin Marsh (New Zealand), Michael Lee (Korea) and Silvestre Abainza (Philippines); supervisor Alan Kim (for both title bouts).
The May 26 Lucian Bute vs. Carl Froch IBF super middleweight championship will be televised live in the U.S., from Nottingham Arena, in Nottingham, England, exclusively on EPIX. EpixHD.com will stream the fight live as part of a special free trial offer for boxing fans. As has become the custom, EPIX will once again present the closed-captioned simulcast of this world championship rumble on the jumbotron in Times Square in New York City (Broadway between 44th and 45th).
The much-anticipated conclusion of the STRIKEFORCE® GRAND PRIX HEAVYWEIGHT TOURNAMENT has been announced for Saturday, May 19, as STRIKEFORCE® returns to HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. Former UFC® title holder Josh Barnett will meet two-time Olympic wrestler Daniel Cormier live on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast), to determine the eight-man tournament champion. (more…)
Photos: Ales Karasek
Super welterweight contender Lukas Konecny’s dream of reaching for the WBO championship belt almost a reality. Konecny (47-3, 22 KOs) fights for the interim WBO world title against Salim Larbi (17-1-1, 4 KOs) at the Vodova Arena in his hometown of Brno in the Czech Republic.
Quotes from Monday’s press conference:
Lukas Konecny: “Finally, I’m glad that I now have a real opponent and I can grab the championship belt. It is especially nice to be able to realize my dream here in front of my fans in Brno, in my hometown. I can and will deliver a great experience to my loyal fans here in the Czech Republic!”
Salim Larbi: “Although I am much younger in years than Konecny, but this will not prevent me from taking my chance against this experienced man and great champion. I will use this challenge. I can beat him – I am top prepared!” (more…)
UBO middleweight beltholder Bronco “Superman” McKart (53-9-1, 32 KOs) is set to defend his title on April 28 at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio against streaking Mexican Jose “Stinger” Medina (17-9-1, 7 KOs). The fight, which was officially announced at a press conference in Toledo this past Friday, will headline a card promoted by Turner Boxing Productions in association with living legend Thomas “Hitman” Hearns and Knockout Entertainment. (more…)
Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Jr welterweight Serhiy Fedchenko (30-1, 13 KOs) had barely set foot on Mexican soil, but lost no time working out at the Gimnasio Nuevo Jordan to begin to put the final touches on his preparations for his April 14 showdown against Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez at the Arena Ciudad de México in Mexico City. Serhiy jumped rope for ten minutes, did four rounds of shadow boxing and four rounds of sparring, showing good use of the jab and uppercuts with both hands, hurting his sparring partner on more than one occasion and showing good physical condition. He closed his preparation hitting the heavy bag. (more…)
By Ricardo Conde
Fightnews.com spoke to undefeated WBA junior middleweight champion Austin ‘No Doubt’ Trout (24-0, 14 KOs) of Las Cruces, New Mexico, this past weekend to find out the latest in his career, his last fight, among other things and here’s what he had to say:
On March 29th you were scheduled to have a purse bid with Anthony Mundine but that didn’t happen, can you talk to us a little about what happened there?
Well, our people were there for the purse bid and he had a guy show up but he wasn’t authorized or licensed to bid so it didn’t happen, but our people were there for the bid. It’s kind of good that it didn’t happen, not that I don’t want to fight Mundine because I would love to fight him but we just added Al Haymon to the picture, we recently signed with Al Haymon and now Mundine is small time now compared to what’s being worked on. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Current WBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (46-2, 33 KO) will probably be back in the ring in June, but he will not be battling against “Magic Man” Antonio Tarver (29-6, 20 KO) as he expected. Tarver instead decided to defend his IBO belt against Lateef Kayode (18-0, 14 KO). The “Magic Man” defends his change of heart saying that Włodarczyk had other fight obligations, but “Diablo” promoter Andrzej Wasilewski, CEO of 12rounds KnockOut Promotions, is painting different scenario… (more…)
A new welterweight contender will emerge on Friday, June 1 at the Pearl at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas when rising stars Jake Ellenberger and Las Vegas resident Martin Kampmann lock horns in a pivotal five-round main event. Plus, a phenomenal season of The Ultimate Fighter® Live will come to an end as the UFC® crowns its next Ultimate Fighter with a six-figure contract to compete in the world’s premiere mixed martial arts organization. The event will air live on FX at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. (more…)
On April 27th, the night before Hopkins-Dawson II, the boxing weekend in Atlantic City kicks off with a USBA title clash between Omar Sheika (33-11, 21 KOs) and Yusaf Mack (29-4-2, 17 KOs) at the Resorts Casino/Hotel in Atlantic City. Undefeated super middleweight Derrick Webster (12-0, 7 KOs) in an eight round co-feature. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
After Saturday’s unexpected TKO loss, former two-division world champion Jorge Linares said, “I’m thinking about what happened in this fight with Thompson and some situations outside the ring. I will continue in boxing but we must make some changes and among those changes may be a new trainer. I also hope to meet with Golden Boy Promotions to discuss my future.” Linares’ fight against Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson was halted in the second round due to a cut last Saturday at the Oasis Cancun Resort, but the former champion is dissatisfied and upset with the way the fight was stopped. Linares returns to Los Angeles today.
After eight grueling weeks of intense training, Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan (37-4-1, 27 KOs) says he’s ready to leave everything in the ring when he challenges WBC bantamweight champion, Shinsuke Yamanaka (15-0-2, 11 KOs) for his title on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. Having won world titles in the flyweight and super flyweight divisions, Darchinyan seeks another championship in his third weight class. “The training is done and I’m ready to dethrone Yamanaka,” said Darchinyan. “It was an exhausting training camp, but I paid the price and I’m in excellent shape. Getting a victory in Japan will be a difficult task, except my determination to bring home another world title is driving me like never before. I’m confident that I’ll be crowned world champion once again.” (more…)
By Jeffrey Pamungkas
Muhammad des Afrizal (currently known as Afrizal Cotto), the former PABA featherweight champion and the former Indonesian champion in the superfeatherweight division, collapsed and then underwent brain surgery due to the brain hemorrhage after a 12-round unanimous decision loss to Irvan Barita Marbun for Afrizal’s national title defense on Saturday night (3/31) in Jakarta, Indonesia. “Afrizal walked to his dressing room, and he was checked by the ring doctor, everything seemed to be normal. Several minutes after the medical checking finished, he vomited. Then the doctor instructed to bring him the the nearest hospital immediately. Based on the CT-scan result, Afrizal suffered from brain hemorrhage and he conducted a surgery in his head to remove the blood cloth on Sunday morning,” explained Erick Irawan, the promoter of the fight. The operation went sucessfully, and now Afrizal stays at the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) room of UKI Hospital, Indonesia. His condition is reported stable but still unconscious.
Story and photos by Ricardo Conde
Unbeaten and fast-rising prospect Hugo ‘The Boss’ Centeno (12-0, 6 KOs) of Oxnard, California returns to the ring on Saturday April 7th as he takes on Gerardo Cesar Prieto (7-12-1, 0 KOs) in the co-feature bout on latest edition of Telefutura’s ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’ live from the Phoenix Club in Anaheim, California in an 8-round junior middleweight bout which is being presented by Golden Boy Promotions.
In the main event, undefeated junior lightweight Ronny Rios (17-0, 8 KOs) of Santa Ana, California will take on Guillermo Sanchez (13-5-1, 5 KOs) in an 8-round bout. (more…)
WBO Interim cruiserweight world champion, Ola Afolabi just arrived in Germany today to start the final preparation for his May 5 rematch with WBO Cruiserweight champion Marco Huck. Both fighters will be present at the official press conference scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, April 3 in Erfurt, Germany. Afolabi, 19-2-3 with 9 KOs, started his preparation two weeks ago for this much anticipated rematch. He has been training with fitness expert Harold Parker at the world famous Gold’s Gym in Venice, California. He will continue with the second phase of his training in Germany with world renowned boxing trainer, Fritz Sdunek. Afolabi lost a close points decision in the first fight with Huck in December 5, 2009. (more…)
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