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Top Rank announced today the signing of amateur sensation Toka Kahn-Clary, from Providence, Rhode Island. Kahn-Clary, 20, who boasts speed, power and a “pro style of fighting” is trained by Peter Manfredo Sr. and managed by Mike Criscio, who discovered and managed light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson. Kahn-Cary will make his pro debut, as a junior lightweight, on Friday, June 8, at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, on a card headlined by the Kelly Pavlik vs. Scott Sigmon super middleweight bout.
“Everyone at Top Rank is excited and what a great way for Toka to start, fighting on the Kelly Pavlik card at the Hard Rock,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. (more…)
Juan Carlos “Zurdito” Sanchez (13-1-1, 7 KOs) will expose his IBF super flyweight world championship for the first time next Saturday at the Tecate Box Tour in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco against experienced and former world champion Juan Alberto “Topo” Rosas (36-6, 27 KOs).
Sanchez surprised the boxing world last February in his hometown of Los Mochis, where by clear decision he dethroned Rodrigo “Gato” Guerrero who was considered a solid world champion. Juan Carlos has been training in Los Mochis under the supervision of his father Juan Carlos “Zurdo” Sanchez, trainer Edgardo Lucero and Tiburcio Garcia.
Rosas won the four fights he was in on 2011, most recently beating South African Zolani Tete in an elimination bout to become the mandatory challenger.
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
There’s been a last minute change in Dierry Jean’s (21-0 14KO) opponent for Saturday night in Montreal as the undefeated will be facing off against Lanardo Tyner (25-7-2 15KO) instead of the originally scheduled Cosme Rivera. Promoter Camille Estephan of Eye of the Tiger Promotions cited visa problems as what forced a change from former world title challenger Rivera to Tyner who has lost his last three, all to undefeated opponents including Canadian Kevin Bizier. Despite not having fought at 140 pounds for close to four years, the bout will still be for the vacant NABF light-welterweight title. “He is a very strong opponent,” promises the promoter. “He fought 12 rounds with Jessie Vargas last February and faced guys such as Lamont Peterson and Canelo Alvarez not that long ago.
“We were concerned about paperwork for Rivera for a while so he was on standby for quite some time. He fought at 147 for his last few fights yet apparently he is a natural 140. I’m told he’s the type of fighter who is always in the gym ready for opportunities.”
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Tom Loeffler, managing director of K2 Promotions, spoke to Fightnews.com after undefeated WBA and IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (23-0, 20 KOs) defended his belt by dispatching Makoto Fuchigami (19-7, 10 KOs) in three short rounds on Saturday in Kiev, Ukraine. Fightnews also asked about future of WBC champion Vitali Klitschko (44-2, 40 KOs).
How good is Gennady Golovkin?
This is the whole thing – we know how good Gennady is right now but we also know that he’s just scratching the surface of his true potential. He’s something special, a one of a kind middleweight. (more…)
IBF #12, WBO #11 rated heavyweight Konstantin Airich arrived in the United States yesterday to adjust to time and weather conditions for his IBF intercontinental championship bout against Odlanier Solis this Saturday at the Convention Center in Pharr, Texas. Airich and his trainer, former German national coach Hans-Juergen Witte, flew from Germany to Miami where they conclude their preparation for the Solis fight with a couple of lighter training sessions before heading to McAllen International airport on Thursday.
Airich (23-5-2, 17 KOs) is the big underdog against 2004 Olympic gold medalist and multiple times world amateur champion Odlanier Solis (17-1, 12 KOs). When working out in Miami, Airich wore a t-shirt stating “Nothing is impossible” which might as well be his motto for this fight. “Anything can happen in a boxing ring”, adds Airich. “Especially in the heavyweight division one single punch can decide a fight at any time. I consider Solis one of the best fighters in the world today but being the best fighter doesn’t help you when you lie flat on the ground.” (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Unbeaten lightweight Carlos Molina will return to the ring on Saturday, June 16th in Corpus Christi, TX, manager Frank Espinoza told Fightnews.com late last week. No opponent has been announced, but when contacted on Tuesday morning, Golden Boy Promotions matchmaker Robert Diaz said that he is in the process of “working on his opponent.” The 10-round bout will headline a Golden Boy Promotions card and will be televised on Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo.” In his last fight on March 17th, Molina, (16-0-1, 7 KOs) from Rosemead, CA, won a 10 round unanimous decision over Angino Perez in Pharr, TX. Prior to the March bout, Molina scored an impressive one-sided 10 round unanimous decision over Manuel Leyva at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA on December 3rd.
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Francesco Pianeta 242.5 vs. Oliver McCall 253.5
Susi Kentikian 112 vs. Melissa McMorrow 111.3
(WBO/WIBF female flyweight titles)
Dominic Bösel 174.2 vs. Steve Krökel 174.4
Sergio Vartanov 153.9 vs. Ali Hassanzadeh (TBA)
Felix Lamm 140 vs. Said Harkimov (TBA)
Danny Lehmann (TBA) vs. Zdenek Siroky (TBA)
Ronny Gabel 156.1 vs. Marcen Gierke (TBA)
Venus: Brandenburg-Halle in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany
Kell Brook’s IBF welterweight clash with Carson Jones on July 7 at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield promises fireworks after the pair clashed at today’s press conference at the venue. IBF #3 ranked Jones traveled from his Oklahoma home to Sheffield, England, to face hometown star Brook who is ranked two places below him at #5. With the vacant title to be decided by a June meeting between #1 ranked Mike Jones and #2 Randall Bailey, the winner of Brook and Jones’ clash is likely to be given mandatory challenger status when the belt is decided, and Brook admitted he was riled by the American who bragged that he would stop the unbeaten Ingle Gym product in front of his home fans.
“He’s very brash and has a lot to say, and he’s got under my skin if I’m honest,” said Brook. “Talk is cheap though and I’m not interested in what he claims he’s going to do to me in front of my fans. I can assure you though that he is not coming to my town to beat me up and he better get some sightseeing in as he will need some good memories to take back to the States as I’m going to be a nightmare for him on July 7. It’s not going to go 12 rounds. I was too nice against Matthew Hatton and this time you are going to see the nasty side of Kell Brook. He’s the final step towards a World title and he’s not going to get in my way.”
Jones – a year younger than Brook at 25 – has won his last eight fights inside the distance and vowed to silence Brook’s hometown fans and stretch that record to nine. “Inviting me to come over here to fight Brook is a big mistake,” said Jones. “He may have 9,000 fans on the night against five for me, but when we get in the ring it’s just me and him – he might think he’s a beast but I am a monster.” (more…)
Undefeated super middleweight contender Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (21-0, 14 KOs) is ready, willing and able to replace #1 contender Anthony Dirrell, who was recently injured in a motorcycle accident, and fight #2 rated Nikola Sjekloca for the vacant WBC 168-pound title. Sjekloca and Dirrell, who is out of action for a reported six months, were ordered to fight for the WBC title, after Andre Ward was declared “Champion in Recess.”
“This is why I signed with Lou DiBella,” Rodriguez said from Andy Lee’s training camp where he is sparring with the Irish middleweight contender. “It’s my time and I’m ready to replace Dirrell against Sjekloca. If anybody can get this opportunity for me it’s Lou.”
Sjekloca (24-0, 7 KOs), a 33-year-old Serbian who lives in Montenegro, has fought only once outside of Montenegro and Serbia, in 2010 against 8-24 Artem Vychkin in a win by six-round decision. The lone opponent of note Sjekloca has fought is four-time world title challenger and former European champion Khoren Gevor. “We’re ready for the best but it looks like Ward’s moving up in weight and (Lucian) Bute’s tied-up with (Carl) Froch,” Rodriguez’ manager Larry Army noted. “Right now, though, Edwin has earned a world title shot and we’re confident he’s ready to fight and beat Sjekloca.”
Tonight’s (Tuesday, May 15, 7 PM / ET) featured guest speaker at the Ring 8 monthly meeting, held at the historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City, will be David Itskowitch, COO of Golden Boy Promotions. In 2007, Itskowitch was selected as the Chief Operating Officer for Golden Boy Promotions. The University of Wisconsin graduate previously served as Vice President of DiBella Entertainment and he also worked three years for HBO Sports.
Following his first career loss to Bryant Jennings in January, heavyweight Maurice “Freight Train” Byarm (13-1-1, 9 KOs) returns against another unbeaten fighter in the highly touted Magomed Abdusalamov (14-0, 14 KOs) on July 6 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.”He’s a decent fighter but I’ve seen a lot of flaws,” Byarm said of Abdusalamov. “I’m going to fight my fight and we’ve got a good game plan this time around. His record and knockouts don’t’ mean much to me because he hasn’t fought anybody of my caliber. He has punching power but I have punching power too. I know my will to win this fight is much higher than his. This will be my shot to show the world what I truly have to offer!”
Argentinean welterweight contender Hector “El Tigre” Saldivia (41-2, 32 KO) has signed a managerial agreement with middleweight champion Sergio Martinez’s Maravilla Box and re-signed another long-term promotional agreement with promoter Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing. The 28-year-old Saldivia, from Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina, is currently rated #4 in the IBF and #15 in the WBC. He will now be trained by Pablo Sarmiento. “We will be petitioning the IBF to fight an eliminator for the right to face the winner of the Mike Jones and Randall Bailey fight for the vacant title in June,” said Lewkowicz.
By Dave Spencer
It’s amazing how time flies in boxing sometimes. Considered the best Canadian heavyweight of his era, it’s been almost four years since Jean Francois Bergeron last stepped into the ring. Thankfully this isn’t another comeback story although there’s more than a handful of present day heavyweights that the 6’5″ southpaw who finished his career with a 27-2 mark could give problems to if given the chance. These days on fight nights Bergeron finds himself inside the ring for one minute at a time, as a trainer, something we’re seeing more and more of in recent months, especially now that the exciting Schiller Hyppolite is getting more fights. Hyppolite returns this Saturday as part of a stacked card at the Holiday Inn in Pointe Claire Quebec. So far the light-heavyweight has impressed in compiling a 3-0 record and it is somebody we expect to see more of as he has joined the Eye of the Tiger promotional team. We asked Bergeron about the move to training and his fighter Hyppolite and if there are any urges to lace the gloves back on. (More)
Story and photos by Felipe Leon
In professional boxing, it is typical for a fighter to either come from a boxing family or from such impoverished beginnings that he doesn’t see any other way out but with his fists. For twenty-two year old WBC USNBC super bantamweight champion Oscar “Fantasma” Gonzalez (27-1, 24KOs) it was something much more basic than that.
He just liked to fight.
Now Gonzalez will have the opportunity to do just that when this Saturday night he takes on his biggest challenge yet in former world title challenger Giovanni “Ruso” Caro (23-10-4, 18KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico, at the Monumental Plaza de Toros of his hometown of Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico. Gonzalez’s first defense of his latest title is the main event of Televisa’s “Sabados de Corona” and is presented by Erik Morales’ Box Latino. (more…)
There are a growing number of fighters in the UFC that can be classified as ‘must see’ performers. Then there’s Chan Sung Jung, a fighter with a category all of his own.
That’s not hype for his UFC on FUEL TV main event against Dustin Poirier on Tuesday either, though by the time you hear his qualifications you will most certainly tune in for this highly-anticipated featherweight bout . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Unbeaten heavyweight Francesco Pianeta (25-0-1, 14 KOs) was set for his biggest challenge on Wednesday at the Brandenburg Halle in Frankfurt/Oder, Germany, against the “White Buffalo” Francois Botha, however last week Botha suffered a hand injury in sparring and pulled out. With the cancellation Pianeta may be in even tougher as former world champion Oliver McCall (56-11, 37 KOs) stepped in on short notice as a new opponent.
Also “Killer Queen” Susi Kentikian (29-0, 16 KOs) defends her three title belts against Melissa McMorrow (6-3-3, 0 KO). All the fighters faced off at a press conference on Monday, in addition Botha and German ring legend Axel Schulz were on hand.
Francesco Pianeta: “Oliver McCall is a very experienced guy. He’s boxed against the best. But if I want to get to the top, I have to beat him.”
Oliver McCall: “Francesco Pianeta is a young guy. He’s still green. I want to show him that the old timers don’t belong on the scrap heap. I’ve studied him for a long time and he still makes many errors. It is my job to show him this. Also for me it’s always a special challenge to compete against an undefeated fighter. If I deliver a spectacular fight, maybe the Klitschkos will come knocking. They’ll come now at my age.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Filipino 130 pounder Ryan Sermona (17-3,10KO’s) caused upset when he scored a fifth round KO over previously unbeaten Roberto Gonzales (20-1, 15KO’s) to capture IBF Pan Pacific Youth title in beautiful resort Island of Puerto Galeria, Mindoro, Oriental, Philippines on Sunday. Gonzales who was born on Puerto Galeria Island was the superior boxer in rounds one and two as he used clever footwork and accurate combination punching to outscore the aggressive Sermona. In round three Sermona stepped up a gear attacking Gonzales but was met by fierce resistance of Gonzales, who staggered his opponent repeatedly. Round four had Sermona bleeding profusely from above the right eye as Gonzales picked him off with jarring left jabs. The ringside doctor visited Sermona’s corner at the conclusion of the round but he was ruled okay to continue. Round five had Sermona digging deep and continually attacking Gonzales and at 1.28 of the fifth round dropped Gonzales with a left hand bomb and referee Bruce McTavish crowned Sermona the new IBF regional champion.
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao hits the speed bag during training at the Wildcard Boxing Club Monday in preparation for his upcoming World Welterweight title mega-fight against undefeated Jr. Welterweight champion Timothy “The Desert Storm” Bradley Jr.. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Tecate, AT&T and MGM Grand, Pacquiao vs Bradley will take place, Saturday, June 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, live on HBO Pay Per View.
Weights from UFC on FUEL TV, which is headlined by the five round featherweight bout between Chan Sung Jung and Dustin Poirier and the welterweight bout between Amir Sadollah and Jorge Lopez, airing live on FUEL TV from the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia at 8pm ET / 5pm PT. Fans who “like” the UFC on Facebook can also see prelim bouts at 5:30 pm ET / 2:30 am PT.
Dustin Poirier (145) VS Chan Sung Jung (145)
FUEL TV MAIN CARD
Jorge Lopez (171) VS Amir Sadollah (171)
Jeremy Stephens (155) VS Donald Cerrone (155)
Jeff Hougland (135) VS Yves Jabouin (135)
Fabio Maldonado (205) VS Igor Pokrajac (205)
Tom Lawlor (186) VS Jason MacDonald (185)
Dongi Yang (186) VS Brad Tavares (185)
Marcus LeVesseur (155) VS Cody McKenzie (155)
Carlo Prater (155) VS TJ Grant (155)
Kamal Shalorus (155) VS Rafael Dos Anjos (156)
Johnny Eduardo (135) VS Jeff Curran (135)
Francisco Rivera (134) VS Alex Soto (135)
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Mikkel Kessler (44-2, 33 KOs) and Allan Green (31-3, 21 KOs) worked out in front of the Danish media in Copenhagen today. “It´s chilly here but I will heat it up on Saturday,” Allan Green stated ahead of the WBC Light Heavyweight World Championship (Silver) showdown. “I feel strong, I feel fast, I feel fit. I am full of energy and I am here to bring the belt home. Kessler is going down.”
It will be a special evening at PARKEN, Denmark´s national football stadium, with the Champions League Final between Bayern Munich and Chelsea FC being shown on giant TV screens between the bouts. “It´s going to be a great night for sports fans,” Kessler stated. “I will make sure it´s a night to remember. I look forward to fighting at light heavyweight for the first time. I have been sparring with some big guys, so I´m ready for Green. He´s a good puncher but I am the much better boxer and with my fans behind me I will win the title on Saturday night.”
In a 10-round featherweight bout, former WBO Super Flyweight Champion “Marvelous” Marvin Sonsona (16-1-1, 13 KOs) will take on Orlando “El Fenómeno” Cruz (18-2-1, 9 KOs) in a showdown between proven southpaw warriors on July 6 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, and televised live on ESPN Friday Night Fights.
In the televised co-feature, Russian heavyweight power puncher Magomed “Mago” Abdusalamov (14-0, 14 KOs) will defend his WBC United States (USNBC) silver heavyweight championship in a 10-round battle against Maurice “Freight Train” Byarm (13-1-1, 9 KOs).
The card is promoted by Sampson Boxing and Greg Cohen Boxing.
WBC Statement: On July 20, 2011, the WBC ordered a final elimination bout between the #1 and #2 rated boxers, Alfredo Angulo and Vanes Martirosyan. The WBC intended to determine the mandatory contender of the division. Vanes Martirosyan declined to participate in the ordered final elimination fight. The WBC then sanctioned a semifinal elimination bout between Alfredo Angulo and James Kirkland with the condition that the winner would have to fight Vanes Martirosyan for the official challenger position. Kirkland defeated Angulo and on March 30, 2012, the WBC ordered a final elimination bout between Kirkland and Martirosyan.
When James Kirkland suffered an injury and reported to the WBC that he could not fight Martirosyan, the WBC accepted Erislandy Lara to fight Martirosyan in a final elimination bout. The winner of that fight would become the official challenger to champion Saúl Alvarez. Carl Moretti of Top Rank Promotions officially communicated to the WBC that Martirosyan declined to fight Lara for the position of mandatory challenger. (more…)
By Dave Spencer
After compiling a 27-3 career record in an eleven year career, former Olympian and world champion Adrian “The Shark” Diaconu has announced his retirement and is ready to hang up the gloves. Diaconu won the WBC light-heavyweight belt in 2008 in his native Romania on an emotionally charged night against an undefeated Chris Henry in front of the Country’s President at ringside and an ailing father in hospital. Diaconu would eventually lose his world title to fellow Montrealer Jean Pascal; the first time a world championship between two Canadians was ever contested on Canadian soil.
Typically stoic on the outside, Diaconu was always a pleasure to talk to and would serve as the ying to Jean Pascal’s flamboyant yang. “I don’t want to talk about boxing, I want to do boxing,” Diaconu once told FightNews. “I want to show people real boxing and real quality boxing. It’s not my style to talk, for me, talk is cheap. I want things to happen, not to talk about it.” (more…)
Reed Harris, the UFC’s Vice President of Community Relations will deliver the Commencement Address at Fight Promoter University VIII, this coming June 5-8 in Costa Mesa, California it was announced today by FPU founder Roy Englebrecht. Harris will deliver his address on Friday, June 8th at 11:30am just prior to the FPU students receiving their MBA (Master of Boxing Administation) certificates as part of the commencement ceremonies.
“Reed will be the perfect commencement speaker for our students as they get ready to graduate and head out to start their own promotions company,” said Englebrecht. “No one knows the fight promotions business any better than Reed, as he had to do it all as the co-founder of the WEC back in 2001. But like we teach at FPU, if you work hard, with integrity and honesty, you create something that someone else wants to buy, and that is what happened with Reed and the WEC.”
Reed Harris is just one of 18 guest speakers that will be featured over the four day FPU VIII session that will be available online with FPU PPV or as an attending student for the four day session. The complete FPU schedule and registration information is available online at www.fightpromoteruniversity.com.
By Ron Jackson
In a an international bantamweight contest South African junior bantamweight champion Miniyakhe Sithyatha scored a unanimous ten round points decision over Filipino Marjohn Yap at the Orient Theatre in East London on Saturday. The 21-year-old Sityatha from Mdantsane boxing from behind his educated jab was in control throughout against the gutsy 23-year-old Yap from Cebu City who never threatened the South African through ten interesting rounds. Judges Mtya and Mbini both scored it 98-93 and judge Matika had it 99-93. Sityatha improves his record to 14-2, 7 KOs and Yap drops to 16-8, 9 KOs. Sityatha who was having first international fight won the South African junior bantamweight title in April 2011 with a tenth round stoppage win over Unathi Gqokoma and has made successful defences against Mncedi Yokose (tko 8) and Thembelani Maphuma (tko 9). The Filipino was having his first fight in 2012.
By Dave Spencer
The last time they had boxing at the Holiday Inn in west-island Montreal, Jean Pascal was involved in a barn-burner of a fight with Adonis Stevenson. Anybody who was there that night still remembers the epic battle at the Canadian amateur championships in 2003 that had fans on their feet for the duration of the fight. This Saturday should be no less exciting as a stacked card including two North American title fights. “It’s a top level show,” promoter and manager Camille Estephan tells FightNews. “In the eight fights, fifteen of the sixteen fighters have winning records. Only one guy has a losing record and he’s going up Chris Plaitis who is making his pro debut. It’s a top quality show and the fight with (Nicholson) Poulard is a 50-50 fight, nobody knows which way that one is going to go,” Estephan says of the fight with Poulard (17-3-1 8KO) who battles Lionell Thompson (12-0 8KO) for the vacant NABA light-heavyweight title. The headliner will feature undefeated Dierry Jean (21-0 14KO) battling for the vacant NABF light-welterwight title versus veteran Cosme Rivera (35-14-3 24 KO). (More)
By Tracy Morin at ringside, memphisboxing.com
The main event featured hard-hitting heavyweight Quincey Palmer (3-0, 3 KOs) and Chris Miller, who was making his pro debut. Miller was able to make his first pro boxing fight a success by using his legs and jabbing at the plodding Palmer, who absorbed nearly every shot thrown, thanks to nonexistent head movement or footwork. Though Palmer’s shots carried firepower, he looked for one knockout shot rather than putting together an offense–a tactic that went unrewarded in the four-rounder, as all judges (Gerald Deming, Mack Thornton and Reccia Mullins) scored the contest 39-37 for Miller. (More)
Promoter Zeferino Ramirez of Zeferino Entertainment announced that WBC #15 ranked heavyweight David “El Nino” Rodriguez (36-0, 34 KOs) has agreed to face former WBC Caribbean heavyweight champion Manuel ” El Toro” Quezada (29-7, 19 KOs) for the WBC FECOMBOX title. The Rodriguez versus Quezada showdown will be a pay-per-view event distributed by Integrated Sports that will take place at The Firelake Grand Casino in Shawnee, Oklahoma. The undercard and ticket details will be announced shortly.
FUEL TV is rapidly becoming the perfect platform to help market some of the UFC’s lesser-known, but extremely skilled, talent. Tuesday night’s card in Fairfax, Virginia is no different.
The six fight main card is headlined by Chan Sung Jung versus Dustin Poirier, a match pitting two featherweights hoping to fight their way into a title shot in a division still seeking a full embrace from the viewing public . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
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Carl Froch believes his loyal fans with be the twelfth man when he takes on IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham on May 26. The Cobra fights in his hometown for the first time since beating Andre Dirrell in a WBC world title defense in October 2009. Froch has been on the road since that night in some gruelling battles, and the 34 year old says he will take the IBF belt from the unbeaten champ to reward his followers for coming out in force – with the final batch of 400 tickets for the fight now released.
“I have to beat Lucian on May 26 – losing in front of my own fans is just something I cannot contemplate,” said Froch. “They have travelled thousands of miles to watch me during the Super Six, and now they have a massive world title fight on their doorstep as a thank you – but it has to be a party and the only way it will be is if I keep the title here.” (more…)
WBO #11, IBF #12 heavyweight Konstantin Airich (23-5-2, 17 KOs) is headed to the United States for the biggest fight of his pro career. On Saturday at the Covention Center in Pharr, Texas, Airich meets Cuban Olympic gold medalist Odlanier Solis (17-1, 12 KOs) in Solis first bout since his world title shot against Vitali Klitschko 14 months ago. Coming off two impressive KO wins, Airich sees no reason he won’t keep his streak going. “Why not?” asks Airich. “I’m well prepared for this fight. Solis also has only two fists. Naturally I know that he is a very good boxer. But I also know what can I do myself. I wouldn’t fly to America to fight against him if I thought I had no chance.”
Konstantin Airich and trainer Hans-Jürgen Witte left from Düsseldorf Airport a few days early to get acclimated to the time change. Witte points out that although Airich can’t match Solis’ amateur pedigree, “as a professional he has been through a lot and got to know the ups and downs well. That he traveled as an underdog to the United States makes him even more relaxed. In his last fight against Ondrej Pala, Konstantin was also the underdog and showed what he can do. And with Solis you don’t know what kind of physical and mental condition he’s after his long break.”
Short documentary of Gennady Golovkin’s TKO win against Makoto Fuchigami in Kiev (Ukraine) on May 12th 2012 including Vitali Klitschko visiting Gennady in the locker room.
By Robert Coster
Dominican super flyweight prospect Eliezer Aquino (9-0, 5 KOs) won the WBA Fedecentro belt from titleholder Juan Carlos Guzman (18-4, 9 KOs) with a spirited unanimous ten round decision this Saturday in La Romana, Dominican Republic. This was Aquino’s first fight after a three year layoff, against Guzman, a man walking into the ring with an 18 fight winning streak, so it came as a surprise to the fans that Eliezer jumped right on his rival from round one. Aquino’s superior speed and relentless pressure were the key to success in an action-packed bout. The judges saw Aquino win by a margin of 6, 5 and 4 points.
Another noteworthy result saw junior welterweight prospect Juan Carlos Abreu (8-0, 7 KOs) being taken the distance for the first time, winning a decision over difficult veteran Franklin Frias in six rounds.
On Friday, WBC #6 cruiserweight Rakhim “The Machine” Chakhkiev (14-0, 11 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over veteran Zack Page (21-39-2, 7 KOs) in an off-TV bout in Göppingen, Germany. Chakhkiev, the 2008 Olympic heavyweight gold medalist, dropped Page in rounds one, five and six before the bout was waved off. “I always wanted a KO from the beginning I have to confess,” stated Chakhkiev. Page had previously gone the distance with the likes of Seth Mitchell, Mike Perez, Edmund Gerber, Manuel Charr, Michael Sprott, Juan Carlos Gomez and Tyson Fury among others. When asked if he’s ready to fight any of the world champions, Chakhkiev commented “Okay, no problem.” He especially wants to face WBO champion Marco Huck. “I would knock him out!” he proclaimed.
Also in action on the Göppingen card was heavyweight Juan Carlos Gomez (51-3, 37 KOs), who outpointed Maksym Pedyura (14-6-1, 11 KOs) over eight. The 38-year-old Gomez is a former WBC cruiser champion.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA has called for a purse bid for a mandatory fight between WBA super middleweight world champion Karoly Balzsay and the interim WBA world champion in that division Brian Magee. The proceeding will be led by WBA executive vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza and Aurelio Fiengo of the Championships Committee on May 21 at WBA Headquarters in Panama.
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