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By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA has vacated their lightweight “super” title from Juan Manuel Marquez due to the expiration of 18 months without facing a mandatory challenger as required by the organization’s rules. In the new November and December ranking published January 4 by the WBA, the title is listed as vacant. Marquez won the belt in February 2009 against Juan Diaz, then fought a non-title fight with Floyd Mayweather in September 2009, a defense/rematch against Juan Diaz in July 2010, and his last defense against WBO interim beltholder Michael Katsidis on November 27, 2010. After that he fought a non-title bout against Likare Ramos and a welterweight bout against Manny Pacquiao.
Marquez will be informed of the news by his advisers and and we’ll see if he uses his right to a reconsideration by the WBA.
The new WBA rankings now list all interim titleholders as #1 in their weight divisions. In the current lightweight ratings interim titlist Richard Abril is #1, Jorge Linares is #2 and Brandon Rios is #3.
Talk about having a death wish — TMZ has learned, someone broke into Mike Tyson’s Vegas hotel room this weekend while the ex-boxing champ was sleeping … but lucky for the intruder, he escaped before Tyson could break his face in. Sources tell TMZ, Mike was staying at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Saturday night — where he and his family crashed after attending Stevie Wonder’s New Year’s Eve concert.
We’re told Tyson was sleeping like a baby … when all of a sudden, he awoke to rustling sounds and saw a flashlight. But by the time Iron Mike realized what was happening, the intruder had already run out of the room. According to sources, security at the hotel was called and they are currently investigating the situation. Nothing was reported stolen from the room. A rep for the hotel tells TMZ, “We have received a report of an incident that is currently under investigation. As always, guest safety is of the utmost importance.”
Former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (51-6-1, 45 KOs) has decided to end his retirement from boxing. Not only is Briggs returning to the ring as a fighter but as a promoter, as well. Briggs who is employed and a partner of the Florida-based online marketing powerhouse Acquinity Interactive, will debut as a promoter this coming Saturday at the Westin Diplomat Resort in Hollywood, Florida. Telefutura’s popular weekly “Solo Boxeo Tecate” boxing series will air the event.
Briggs last fought in October 2010 when he dropped a decision to WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko. Its hard enough to fight Klitschko with two good arms but to do it with one is mission impossible. This is what Briggs was faced with as he severely tore his left bicep early in the bout. Fast forward more than a year after such a grueling fight and Briggs will look to beat the odds and become heavyweight champion of the world again and an elite promoter. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
Former world champion Edgar Sosa (43-7, 23 KOs) of Mexico will defend his WBC International flyweight title against Filipino Roil Golez (13-7, 5 KOs) on Saturday night in the Polanco Forum in Mexico City. “I’m waiting to have a new opportunity for a world flyweight title,” said Sosa at today’s presser. Sosa, who is starting fresh with a new promoter, Ricardo Maldonado/Promociones Maldonado, was defeated in his last fight in October 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand by WBC flyweight champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam. More presser photos…
It was announced today that on January 21 IBF lightweight champ Miguel “Titere” Vazquez (29-3, 13 KOs) makes the third defense of his belt against Ameth Diaz (30-10, 21 KOs) at the Coliseo Olímpico de la U de G. in Guadalajara, Mexico. In the co-feature, welterweight KO artist Daniel “Galeno” Sandoval (22-2, 22 KOs)collides with Alvaro Aguilar (20-2-1, 16 KOs) in a ten rounder. Also, Ricardo “Dinamita” Alvarez (12-1-2, 6 KOs) and unbeaten “Princesa Tapatía” Jocelyn Arroyo (6-0, 1 KO) will see action.
In an unprecedented turn of events, the Daniel Ponce de Leon versus Omar Estrella ten round featherweight bout is now scheduled for Tijuana, Baja California Norte, Mexico, on Saturday, January 21st. Originally the contest was set for Mexico City but now it will be set for the Tijuana Municipal Auditorium with the full support of the Tijuana Mayor Carlos Bustamante, the director of the Tijuana Boxing and Martial Arts Commission Juan Carlos Pelayo and the Tijuana Boxing Commissioner Alejandro “Terra” Garcia. The Ponce de Leon-Estrella bout will be televised live in Mexico by Televisa and presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Erik Morales’ Box Latino. “Now that I have been told that the fight will be in my hometown, my motivation has just increased by 1000%,” Estrella stated minutes after the change of venue relayed to him. He is trained by two-time world champion Raul “Jibaro” Perez at the Gaspar “Indio” Ortega gym in the tough neighborhood of the Zona Norte, the same neighborhood that gave birth to current WBC 140 lbs. champ Erik “Terrible” Morales who happens to be Estrella’s promoter.
Hall of Fame matchmaker Russell Peltz shares his insight into the undercard bouts on January 21st at the Asylum Arena in Philadelphia, PA, headlined by heavyweights Eddie Chambers and Sergei Liakhovich. The show will be the opening night of the NBC Sport Network Fight Night series. Peltz describes these matchups as “truly great fights that match styles – not records.” (more…)
This Friday night, the Bronx’s fast-rising junior middleweight prospect Steven Martinez (11-0, 9KO’s) will be in the most important fight of his young career when he takes on Denis Douglin (13-1, 8KO’s) in an eight-round contest in the opening televised bout of the 2012 Season Premiere of ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights”, from Mallory Square in beautiful Key West, Florida. The card, promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with D & J Management Productions, is headlined by world-rated Dyah Davis (20-2-1, 9KO’s) taking on Alfonso Lopez (22-1, 17KO’s) in a 10-round super middleweight showdown. ESPN2/ESPN3 will begin live coverage at 9PM ET. (more…)
Undefeated welterweight Ronald Cruz, of Bethlehem, PA, faces hard-hitting Allen Conyers, of the Bronx, NY, in the scheduled 10-round main event Saturday evening, Feb. 25, in the Grand Ballroom at Ballys Atlantic City. First fight is 7.30 pm. This will mark Cruz’ first main event in Atlantic City, where has won seven fights, six at Bally’s, one at Caesars. (more…)
UFC Returns To Omaha – Tickets On Sale This Week: Welterweights Diego Sanchez and Jake Ellenberger go head-to-head in the main event, plus Stefan Struve and Dave Herman return to the Octagon for a heavyweight showdown! UFC on FUEL – Wednesday, February 15 – Live at the Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, NE – UFC Fight Club presale starts Wednesday, January 4 at 10am CT
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STRIKEFORCE® will host an exciting middleweight championship bout in the fight capital of the world, Las Vegas, Nev., on Saturday, Jan. 7, when champion Luke Rockhold battles UFC® veteran Keith Jardine in the night’s main event, live from The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. (more…)
On January 14, former world champion and Super Six fighter Arthur Abraham (32-3, 26 KOs) returns to the ring against Pablo Oscar Natalio Farias (19-1, 11 KOs) at the Baden Arena in Offenburg, Germany. It will be his first bout since losing to Andre Ward in May 2011. After three defeats in the Super Six tournament, he has received a lot of criticism. “Well, if you lose, there is criticism,” said King Arthur. “That’s alright. You have to live [with it]. But now I don’t think about it anymore. I’m finished with it. For me, it’s what’s coming.”
Explaining his Super Six defeats, Abraham said, “I wouldn’t really say that I boxed badly or made many mistakes. I was just too passive in the fights.” For the bout against Farias, Abraham trained through the holidays and is well prepared. He vows to be more active and to punch more. When asked what his goals are for 2012, he stated, “There is only one goal, I want to be world champion!”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
After his arrival on Monday in Guadalajara, Mexico, former WBA interim super featherweight titleholder Jorge ¨Coloradito¨ Solis is thinking of about retirement following his KO loss on December 31 in Japan by the reigning WBA “regular” beltholder in the division Takashi Uchiyama. “My career has been boxing, but I think I’m about to close an important part of my life,” said Solis. “I’m willing to return if I get a chance at a world title fight, and if not I prefer to leave this beautiful but dangerous sport.” The most likely opportunity for the 32-year-old Solis to get another shot would be against current IBF super featherweight world champion Juan Carlos Salgado, who is also promoted by Zanfer.
Congratulations to regular Fightnews.com contributor Pepe Rodriguez, whose Canelo Alvarez highlights video rolled over the one million view mark on YouTube Tuesday.
Photo: Emily Harney
This Saturday Acquinity Sports Presents A Night of Professional Boxing with Hollywood, Florida-based Dominican Ed “The Lion” Paredes (28-3-1, 18 KOs) fighting in the main event. The event will take place Saturday night at the Westin Diplomat Resort in Hollywood, Florida. Telefutura’s popular weekly “Solo Boxeo Tecate” boxing series will air the event. The WBC Latino welterweight champion Paredes will take on former world title challenger Michael Lozada (39-9-1, 31 KOs) of Mexico. Paredes is unbeaten in his last 9 fights and ranked in the top 15 in the world by multiple sanctioning bodies. Fightnews spoke with Paredes as he is just days away from his upcoming fight. (more…)
On January 28th Percy “Buster” Custas Shulars Boxing Promotions presents a boxing show at the First District Plaza in Philadelphia featuring the return of heavyweight Gerald “The Jedi” Nobles (26-1, 21 KOs) in a six round bout against Marlon Hayes (23-10, 11 KOs). Nobles will be making his first start in five years. Nobles was to headline an October 28 card in Chester, PA, but that bout was scratched at the last minute. Nobles last fought in January 2007.
Also seeing action in six rounder will be undefeated jr. lightweight Frank “Nitty” Trader (8-0, 2 KOs) against Kywayne Hill (1-9) and Jeff Lacy conqueror Dhafir Smith (24-22-7, 4 KO’s) vs TBA.
Telefutura’s popular weekly “Solo Boxeo Tecate” weekly boxing series will be moving to a new night in 2012. Beginning with this week’s show, the series will air on Saturdays at 11PM. Another change will be that the dates will be spread among different promoters. As previously reported by Fightnews.com’s Phil Doherty, Saturday’s show will feature WBO Latino welterweight belt holder Ed Paredes (28-3-1, 18 KOs) vs. Michael Lozada (39-9-1, 31 KOs) from the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Florida.
Bernardo Osuna has been named ESPN’s Friday Night Fights new studio host. He replaces popular Brian Kenny, who bolted the network to become a sportscaster for the MLB Network. Osuna will make his debut when ESPN’s Friday Night Fights kicks off its 14th season on Friday. He will host from ESPN’s Connecticut studios, but occasionally will be on site at Friday Night Fights or in ESPN’s Los Angeles studios.
Star Boxing has a February 4 fight card lined up at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York, featuring undefeated heavyweight prospect Joe “The Future” Hanks (18-0, 12 KOs) against 6’7 Rafael “The Cajun Connection” Pedro (21-9-1, 15 KOs). Also featured is a cruiserweight clash between 43-year-old former world title challenger David Telesco (30-7-1, 25 KOs), who is looking to re-start his career after a two year layoff, and Puerto Rican prospect Vincent Miranda (14-1, 8 KOs), and Kevin Rooney Jr. (2-1, 1 KO) vs. TBA in a scheduled four rounder.
Hall of Fame promoter Don Chargin, advisor for WBA light heavyweight World champion Beibut Shumenov, has responded to claims of Frank Warren Promotions that Shumenov turned down a unification offer to fight WBO titlist Nathan Cleverly. According to Chargin, he reached out to Warren, after reading stories that Cleverly was interested in a unification fight against Beibut. Chargin spoke twice to Warren’s matchmaker, Dean Powell, but Don didn’t hear back until he received an email yesterday.
“I thought that it was strange to get an email just yesterday asking what it would take to get Beibut to come to the UK, especially where we had been talking by phone, and they never responded to our offer weeks ago for Cleverly to fight Beibut in Las Vegas,” Chargin said. “The next day they announce a fight between Cleverly and Karpency? The truth of the matter is Beibut never turned down any fight against Cleverly because they didn’t make an offer to us. We offered them a fight against Shumenov in Las Vegas and they never even responded to that offer, which, to me, means they turned it down. To say Beibut wouldn’t be ready in time to fight Cleverly in two months is quite amusing. Beibut’s been ready to unify since he first won the WBA title. I am terribly disappointed that they would make false statements like that.”
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. had on his game face during a press conference on Tuesday to announce his world title defense against #1 contender Marco Antonio Rubio, which will take place Saturday, February 4, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
The reception between the fighters could be described as cold at best. “Rubio has said in the past that I would never face him. But I’m here now,” stated ‘The Son of the Legend.’ “If I have to die in the ring, then I’ll die in the ring, because this is a fight that I really want to win.”
Rubio, who had repeatedly called Chavez Jr. “a coward” in recent months, made no bold statements at the presser, simply promising a great fight.
There was no face-off between Chavez Jr. and Rubio following the press conference, although they did pose briefly together and with Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum between them before the proceedings began.
In contrast, both Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire and Wilfredo Vazquez Jr., who meet for the vacant WBO jr featherweight title, were cordial and friendly. Nonito promised fireworks, while WV2 vowed he would take the title back to Puerto Rico.
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Promoter Frank Warren announced today at a press conference that WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (23-0, 11 KOs) will defend against Tommy Karpency (21-2-1, 14 KOs) on February 25 at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales. Warren stated in a press release that offers were sent to both WBA champ Beibut Shumenov and WBC champ Bernard Hopkins, but neither was available.
“I’ve got big plans for this year that I hope will include a unification fight, so I’ve got to keep busy and beat Karpency in style,” stated Cleverly.
Jackie Kallen, the “First Lady of Boxing” and one of the sport’s first and most successful female managers has relocated from Los Angeles back to her roots in Detroit with one of her main goals being to help resurrect the sport of boxing in the Motor City. Kallen is working in association with promoter Joseph Donofrio to put on a boxing show entitled “Winter Warfare” this Friday at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Having spent 33 years in the boxing world, first as Thomas Hearns’ publicist and then later as a manager, Kallen has guided the careers of six world champions including, most notably, James Toney’s, and was twice nominated as Manager of the Year. (more…)
2011 was a pivotal year in the history of the UFC, as it was when fighters from the Zuffa-owned WEC, and later Strikeforce, organizations began cementing their place in the Octagon. So when it came time to put together the 2011 slate of awards, it was almost unfair to put true Octagon rookies in with those who came over to the UFC after fully-established careers in the WEC or Strikeforce. In response, for the first (and likely last) time, we’re instituting the unofficial Import of the Year award for those standouts who may have debuted in the UFC in 2011, but who had already begun building their championship level resumes in two other top level promotions . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Undefeated heavyweight David Rodriguez is recovering from a knife wound that barely missed cutting his jugular. Without provocation, Rodriguez was assaulted by six men outside of a pizza parlor in Scottsdale, Ariz. on Friday night. Rodriguez told police that they were trying to cut his jugular – and they barely missed doing that, by half an inch. Rodriguez received 100 stitches for a jawline cut and lost a lot of blood, but is telling the press to pass it on, that he’s okay and recovering.
A press conference was held Monday in Magdeburg, Germany, for Saturday’s SES Boxing card featuring light heavyweight, cruiserweight and heavyweight prospects. The opponent to be named for WBO Europa light heavyweight champion Robin Krasniqi (36-2, 12 KOs) was finally announced as Frenchman Hakim Zoulikha (16-2, 8 KOs). They collide in the twelve round main event.
Also WBO #11 light heavy Denis Simcic (26-1, 14 KOs) meets Czech fighter Tomas (not Tomasz) Adamek (17-5-1, 7 KOs), unbeaten heavyweight Francesco Pianeta (24-0-1, 14 KOs) takes on Zack Page (21-37-2, 7 KOs), the youngest German cruiserweight champion ever, Dennis Ronert (10-0, 8 KOs) faces unbeaten Aliaksei Marchenka (5-0, 5 KOs), and light heavy Dominic Boesel (4-0, 1 KO) battles John Mifuba (3-2, 1 KO).
The event will be nationally televised on SPORT1.
Unbeaten welterweight Kell Brook (26-0, 18 KOs) will make his first appearance of 2012 at the Sheffield Arena on March 17. The unbeaten local hero is back from his successful debut in America and promoter Eddie Hearn was quick to secure Brook to sign for another hometown show against an opponent to be named. “America was a great experience and a valuable one for the future, but I’m delighted to be headlining a massive show in Sheffield,” said Brook. “This is a huge night for me – the biggest show to come to Sheffield in many years and I’m ready to put in a devastating performance against a tough opponent.” Matthew Hatton has been rumored.
Looks like a clash between IBF lightweight champ Miguel “Titere” Vazquez (29-3, 13 KOs) and Ameth Diaz (30-10, 21 KOs) will not be taking place on January 28 at the Municipal Auditorium in Tijuana as expected. On Monday, it was announced by Zanfer Promotions that “Aztec Princess” Jackie Nava (25-4-3, 11 KOs) will headline that card in search of another world championship facing WBA super bantam female titlist Chantall “Fiera” Martínez (15-4-0, 6 KOs). In the co-feature, WBF flyweight champion Felipe Salguero (15-2-1, 10 KOs) will face Carlos “Shangai” Melo (21-13-1, 2 KOs) in a ten-rounder.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
After his victory in Japan against Satoshi Hosono on Saturday, Panamanian WBA “regular” featherweight world champion Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero says he hopes to take on good opponents. Caballero arrived Monday night in Panama City. “I would like to face the winner of the fight between Mexican WBC champion Johnny Gonzalez and the Dominican world champion in recess Elio Rojas. I had great success [in Japan] thanks to God, my family, Jeff Mayweather, my fans, my manager, my friends and my country,” stated Caballero on Facebook.
It is being reported by TMZ that Nelson Mandela’s daughter just lost a $7.5 million battle in court — because that’s how much a judge ordered her to pay an L.A. boxing advisor … after she allegedly flaked on a deal to organize a Pacquiao/Mayweather fight. TMZ broke the story … a man identified as Duane Moody sued Nelson’s daughter Zindziswa Mandela for $7.5 million earlier this year — claiming she hired him to organize a Pacquiao/Mayweather bout for her father’s birthday … but ultimately flaked on the deal … and the fight never materialized. The fight was expected to rake in $100 million — and Duane claims Zindziswa promised to pay him a 15% commission on all proceeds … but fell off the radar as he was trying to organize the match. (more…)
By John Cannon
Even since he was a teenager, Juan V. Trevino of Weslaco had a dream that one day he would achieve his goal of becoming a boxing promoter. Well, Trevino’s dream will become a reality on January 7th as his faction, Valley Promotions presents “Border Wars: The Heat Is On” at the Casa De Amistad in Harlingen.
“I have been a big boxing fan since I was 14 years old and had visions of one day becoming involved in the sport,” said Trevino. “Originally, I wanted to be a boxer but couldn’t make it happen because I had heart problems and a bad case of asthma as well.” (more…)
By Karl Freitag
38-year-old heavyweight gatekeeper Zack Page (21-37-2, 7 KOs) of Warren, Ohio, will face an undefeated fighter for the eighth consecutive time and 18th time in his career when he meets unbeaten Francesco Pianeta (24-0-1, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Maritim Hotel in Magdeburg, Germany. Page has had some success fighting in Germany. Last time he fought there in December 2010, he lost a controversial majority decision to unbeaten Manuel Charr and before that he upset previously unbeaten and highly regarded Sebastian Koeber in this same city almost two years ago to the day. During his career, Page has surprised some “names” such as Kevin McBride, Cisse Salif and former world champ Lou Del Valle. If he can beat Pianeta, it would halt an eight fight losing streak.
WBC/WBA #9 super middleweight contender “Dangerous” Dyah Ali Davis (20-2-1, 9 KOs), son of 1976 U.S. Olympic Gold medalist Howard Davis, will headline the first ESPN Friday Night Fight broadcast of 2012 against Alfonso “The Tiger” Lopez (22-1, 17 KOs) this Friday night outdoors at Mallory Square in Key West, Florida. Blow-by-blow commentator Joe Tessitore and ringside analyst Teddy Atlas will return to the January-August series and once again ESPN’s ultra slo-mo camera will be used on select cards. A total of 30 dates are planned for 2012.
The World Boxing Federation has declared themselves to be the most serious contender to challenge the WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO after sanctioning 40 bouts in 2011. “We bring sanity back into boxing by not bringing in ridiculous and meaningless titles which no fan really wants or having regional titles with ineligible fighters competing for it, simply to earn a sanction fee,” claims WBF President Howard Goldberg of South Africa. It was also announced that the WBF will introduce a new “Gaelic/Celtic” title. Meanwhile, WBF middleweight champion Karama Nyilawila (13-7-2, 6 KOs) defends his “world” title against Cagri Ermis (12-10-2, 4 KOs) on February 11 in Hamburg, Germany.
By Karl Freitag
The first world championship fight card in January 2012 comes on January 14 in Offenburg, Germany when WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (40-2, 23 KOs) defends his belt against Henry Weber (15-0-1, 3 KOs). Former middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (32-3, 26 KOs) will also be on that card against Pablo Oscar Natalio Farias (19-1, 11 KOs).
On January 20 at the Palms in Las Vegas, WBA super bantamweight champion Rico Ramos v(20-0, 11 KOs) defends against WBA interim belt holder Guillermo Rigondeaux (8-0, 6 KOs) in what is probably the most interesting world title fight of the month.
Finally on January 28, IBF lightweight champ Miguel “Titere” Vazquez (29-3, 13 KOs) makes the third defense of his belt against Ameth Diaz (30-10, 21 KOs) at a site to be named in Mexico.
January 28 was also the date scheduled for WBC super lightweight king and future hall of gamer Erik “Terrible” Morales to defend against Danny Garcia in Houston, but that bout was pushed back to March 24 after Morales had to undergo emergency gall bladder surgery the week before Christmas.
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