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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Sources indicate that two-division world champion Edwin Valero could be able to leave the San Juan de Dios psychiatric facility in Mérida, Venezuela as soon as Friday or Saturday. Valero’s lawyer Nilda Mora stated that Valero has reacted very well to rehab and won’t have to spend a lot of there since the process of detoxification goes quite fast. A Mérida judge ordered Valero into rehab after he allegedly assaulted his wife (which she denies), threatened medical staff at the Universitario de Los Andes Hospital and resisted arrest. Valero attributed his behavior to alcohol. Other sources indicate that Valero’s representative José Castillo is continuing to seek a United States visa to allow Valero to fight in the U.S.
By Mariano A. Agmi
Promoter Gary Shaw has provided an update on the condition of Andre Dirrell after the blow he suffered when Abraham landed a huge right hand to his head while he was down. “Andre suffered a concussion. One doctor thought he suffered a seizure. His thoughts were very scrambled. He went from yelling to everyone over at Showtime, ‘who called me a coward’ to yelling ‘they knocked me out’ to ‘where’s the fight? I want to fight,’” stated Shaw. Shaw explained that the Michigan State Athletic Commission should have taken additional precautions when a disheveled Dirrell seemed disoriented and confused following the incident. “I think the fact that Michigan has not done a lot of big fights created some problems within the ring,” explained the promoter. “[Andre] should have been taken from the ring in a stretcher and transported immediately to the hospital. Instead he walked to the dressing room and while there was absolutely scrambled”. (more…)
By Mariano A. Agmi at ringside
In a huge upset, journeyman jr welterweight Leo Martinez (15-12, 7 KOs) knocked out previously unbeaten and highly touted Joelo Torres (11-1-1, 7 KOs) on Wednesday night at BB King Blues Club & Grill in the heart of Times Square in New York City. Martinez laid out Torres for the count at 1:23 of the eighth round. Torres was taken from the ring on a stretcher. For more details and photos click here…
The Rio Casino hosted a public press conference on Wednesday afternoon for Hometown Heroes, a sensational evening of professional boxing set for this Friday night, April 2nd.
Amongst those in attendance were undefeated lightweight sensations Sharif Bogere and Terence Crawford, former UNLV amateur standout and pro debuting Bradley Blankenship, junior lightweight Lonnie Smith, bantamweight newcomer Robert Rodriguez, super middleweight Las Vegas native Eddie Salas, lightweight prospect Fidel Maldonado Jr. and welterweight prospect Michael Finney . . . Click here for more
(photo above: Lonnie Smith, Eddie Salas, Sharif Bogere)
Results by Brady Crytzer
Kenny “KenFlo” Florian gave former PrideFC champion Takanori Gomi an unkind welcome to the UFC by submitting him in the third round with a tight rear naked choke. Florian controlled the stand up portion of the fight with tight, accurate punches and a particularly effective jab. Gomi had no answer for the boxing of Florian and could only throw wild punches. In the third round, Gomi scored with a left hook prompting Florian to slam him to the mat. Florian quickly sunk in the fight ending rear naked choke at 2:52 of the third round.
The Ultimate Fighter 10 winner Roy “Big Country” Nelson made quick work of Stefan “Skyscraper” Struve in just :39 seconds with a crushing overhand right. (more…)
A combined 71 fights between them since they last faced each other.
Both have made their mark in the history books as they have been considered two of the greatest fighters of our era. For years fight fans have yearned for the rematch to take place. On April 3, Roy Jones Jr (54-6, 40 KOs) and Bernard Hopkins (50-5-2 1NC, 35 KOs) will finally settle their differences inside the ring at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas . . . Click here for more
With training camp coming to a close, Andre Berto (25-0, 19 KOs) and Carlos Quintana (27-2-0, 21 KOs) took time to discuss their training camps as they prepared to meet for the WBC world championship on April 10th at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. (more…)
Hall of Fame boxing announcer Al Bernstein will serve as ringside analyst on the April 10 pay per view telecast of the Evander Holyfield-Frans Botha match, live from the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Joining Al on the telecast will be play by play announcer Tripp Mitchell. Al said he is looking forward to this event for two reasons: “First, Holyfield and Botha are matched well, and this will be an interesting and competitive fight. Evander showed in his last fight with Valuev that minus the shoulder issues he had for a number of years—he can still be effective. He should have won a decision in that fight. Botha will be in front of him, which stylistically should make for a fun fight. Secondly, I have seen many Crown boxing cards and I know Crown’s matchmaker Frank Luca is one of the best matchmakers in boxing. He has created an exciting overall card for April 10 that will be entertaining to the fans in the arena and those who watch on pay per view. And I love that he’s done it while keeping the PPV and live ticket prices very reasonable, for fans to see a boxing legend for one of the last times.”
Goossen Tutor will present the first of its four scheduled 2010 shows at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California on April 8 with a card headlined by WBC #8 heavyweight Manny “El Toro” Quezada (29-4, 18 KOs) who faces veteran Jason Gavern (18-7-3, 8 KOs). It’s promoter Dan Goossen’s plan to continue Quezada’s development at Tachi and get him a world heavyweight title shot – possibly there – later this year. Also featured are undefeated junior welterweight Michael “Silent Assassin” Dallas, Jr. (12-0-1, 3 KOs) and the pro debut of Fresno super bantamweight Michael Ruiz. A fourth locally raised product – Hanford’s Shawn Estrada – was scheduled to be featured on the show but unfortunately, the snake-bitten 2008 U.S. Olympian reinjured his hand preparing for his bout and was forced to withdraw but promised to be ringside to watch his stablemates. Tickets are $225, $60, $40, $35 and $20. Call 800-277-2255.
By Jeff Pamungkas
Daud Cino Yordan is training in Jakarta, Indonesia. He will stay in this city until his departure to the US on April 5th. Yordan said he’s ready for his clash against Celestino Caballero for the interim featherweight WBA title on April 10th. He also said to this writer confidently, “What I need is a chance, and I will crush him!” Yordan will be accompanied by his brother/trainer Damianus Yordan and manager Pino Bahari. They will enter USA through Atlanta and continue the journey to Florida, where the fight will take place.
A hand injury sustained by Alejandro Perez has forced a change in opponent for featherweight standout Carlos Velasquez who will now face Ira Terry in the co-featured attraction on Friday’s edition of ShoBox: The New Generation, live on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. In the main event of the evening, undefeated rising star Erislandy Lara puts his perfect record on the line against the always-dangerous Danny “Dynamite” Perez in the 10-round main event. Rounding out the off-TV portion of the show will be a trio of Golden Boy Promotions’ prospects, with Hector Sanchez, Deontay Wilder and Mike Perez looking to keep their unbeaten records intact.
Long time boxing manager and familiar face on the boxing circuit, Fred Kesch, revealed today, that 4 weeks ago he had brain surgery, to correct several problems he had been experiencing for the past few years. His team of high class surgeons at the Montifore Hospital, in the Bronx, NY, said the procedure went very well and Kesch is expected to make a full recovery. Kesch is best known for managing Oleg Maskaev into a series of high profile fights and a world championship.
While John Ruiz has taken a low key approach to Saturday’s world title fight against WBA champion David Haye, Haye has quite vocally promised to destroy Ruiz. “I wouldn’t bring my family either, if I knew I was going to get decapitated!” Haye told Sky Sports News. “He’s gonna get knocked out and maybe subconsciously he knows that. That’s why he told his family to stay at home…I’m bred to do this, I’m a fighter through and through. I know what it’s like to be in hard fights, I know what it’s like to dig dip and I’m expecting to have to dig deep. I’m mentally prepared for a tough, gruelling fight – but a fight he will end up unconscious in.”
Former world titlist John Ruiz spoke to reporters today at a media workout in advance of his WBA heavyweight title challenge against reigning world champion David Haye on Saturday in Manchester, England. (more…)
Photo: Roy Jones, Jr. (right) poses with an Easter bunny given to him by rival Bernard Hopkins at today’s final presser, held at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Hopkins presented the gift to Jones, calling him a rabbit for avoiding a rematch for 17 years. The two will clash Saturday at Mandalay Bay. Stay tuned for a full report and more photos.
Middleweight Derrick “Superman” Findley (15-3, 9 KOs) will return on May 7 to take on Miguel “Macho” Hernandez (20-10, 10 KOs), formerly a participant on “The Contender” at the Historic Hammond Civic Center in Hammond, Indiana. In May 2008, Findley won a bloody unanimous decision over Hernandez. “I’ll give Miguel a chance to get redemption on May 7th,” said Findley, “but I’m ready to move to the next level, so he’s my last step before I move up to fight the best in the world. Findley is coming off a career best win over “One In A Million Boxing” stablemate Michael “Midnight Stalker” Walker in February. Hernandez is hoping to reverse a five fight losing streak. Tickets, priced at $30, $50 and $100 go on sale Friday. Call 866-438-7372.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
WBO #3 David “Tuaman” Tua (50-3-1, 43 KOs) moved closer to a world title shot when he scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Nigerian Friday “The 13th” Ahunanya (24-5-3, 13 KOs) on Wednesday to retain the WBO Asia Pacific title at the Trusts Stadium in Auckland. Scores: Brad Vocale 120-108, Mick Heafey 119-109, Bob Gibson 117-111. Tua controlled all the rounds as he boxed aggressively connecting consistently with power shots to the head and body of Ahunanya who never looked hurt during the contest
After the fight Tua said, “I give Friday my full respect. He was better than what I expected. Tonight I am going to Burger King for a hamburger.” For more details and photos click here…
Last Saturday “The Black Panther“ Juan Carlos Gomez destroyed Ukrainian veteran Alex Mazikin with four knockdowns in three rounds. Not even two weeks later – on April 9th – the former WBC cruiserweight champion returns to the ring in Schwerin, Germany. Gomez wants to fight his way back to another title shot in the heavyweight division after losing to Vitali Klitschko last year. “I still have the goal to become the first Cuban world heavyweight champion in the history”, states Gomez. “Lots of people said that I was finished after losing to Vitali but I feel that there’s still a lot left in me. The Black Panther is back – It’s Showtime!” Besides Gomez, the fans in Schwerin will get to see “Sandman” Konstantin Airich facing off against Russian veteran Alexey Varakin. There will be 10 fights in total. Eurosport will broadcast the show live.
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
As a new edition of Spike TV’s hit reality show, The Ultimate Fighter gets under way, all eyes will be on this season’s legendary coaches who happen to not be too fond of each other. Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell and “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz will stand at opposite ends for the eleventh installment of the series that launched the careers of some of the UFC’s biggest stars. And true to what has become a TUF tradition in recent seasons, the two are scheduled to square off this summer . . . click here for more
On Friday April 2nd, Delvin Rodriguez (24-4-2, 14KO) looks to put himself back into the welterweight title picture when he takes on former world title challenger, “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (22-4-2, 10KO) on ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, CT.
Rodriguez recently took time out of his busy training schedule to talk about his upcoming fight, how he is looking to get past a bitter 2009, and where he sees himself at the end of this year. (more…)
Kenny Florian Battles Takanori Gomi Tonight On Spike: Plus, The Ultimate Fighter season 10 winner Roy Nelson faces off against Stefan Struve – UFC Fight Night Live® starting at 8pm ET/PT only on SPIKE
The Ultimate Fighter Premieres Tonight: Coaches Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz lead a new group of UFC® hopefuls – immmediately following UFC Fight Night® on SPIKE
The Rio Casino will host a public press conference for Hometown Heroes on Wednesday, March 31st at the Show in the Sky Stage at 5:00 pm. Hometown Heroes, presented at the Rio Casino on Friday, April 2nd features boxing’s finest young prospects including Sharif “The Lion Warrior” Bogere, Bradley Blankenship, Terence Crawford, Lonnie Smith, Eddie Salas, Michael Finney, Fidel Maldonado Jr. and Robert Rodriguez. The public is invited to attend and obtain photos and autographs from the fighters. (more…)
On Friday April 2nd, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” returns to the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, CT with a loaded five bout card headlined by Danbury’s own, Delvin Rodriguez (24-4-2, 14KO) defending his USBA welterweight championship against the Pride of Greece, “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (22-4-2, 10KO). (more…)
Longtime heavyweight contender David Tua (51-3-1, 43 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision against Friday Ahunanya (24-6-1, 13 KOs) on Wednesday night at Trusts Stadium in Auckland New Zealand. Scores were 119-109, 117-109 and 120-108. Tua was in command throughout. There were no knockdowns.
In the co-feature, Israel “King Kong” Garcia (20-3, 11 KOs) won by third round DQ over Brett Smith (13-7-2). The fight was waved off due to repeated fouls by Smith.
By Ron Jackson
Rupert van Aswegen from Boksburg won the vacant SA light heavyweight title on a split decision over Balimo Weliya of Mdantsane at the Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Tuesday night. Judges Tony Nyangiwe and David van Nieuwenhuizen scored the fight 117-113 and 116-113 for Van Aswegen whilst judge Boitumelo Madiba handed in a rather ridiculous card of 115-113 for Weliya. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
The aftermath of the WBC flyweight title bout of Pongsaklek Wonjongkam defeating Koki Kameda last Saturday has become more and more scandalous day after day here in Japan. Kameda’s father Shiro, under the JBC’s indefinite suspension, shouted at the WBC supervisor Edward Thangarajah, a highly respected executive member of the Council, accusing him of his supervision on the said title bout. Tokyo Sports front-paged this scandal that happened in the dressing room after Kameda’s well-received and obvious loss admitted by the whole crowd. Edward was quoted as saying, “I have never received such a disgusted humiliation by any boxing person in my forty-five-year boxing life of covering more than one thousand bouts. His barbarous behavior was a serious slander to the WBC. He disgracefully shouted and almost punched the JBC representative. He must understand that boxing is a sport of gentlemen. I’ll report all what really occurred that night in detail to our president Dr. Jose Sulaiman.” (more…)
WBA heavyweight champion David ‘The Hayemaker’ Haye has recently discovered that the pen is every bit as mighty as the sword – or glove. Haye has put his name and distinctive touch to HAYEMAKER MAGAZINE, a commemorative, 192-page, glossy sports magazine, to be released on Saturday. Fight fans can get their hands on the exclusive magazine at the Manchester Evening News (M.E.N) Arena, moments before Haye steps into the ring to defend his belt against mandatory challenger John Ruiz. “I always need some kind of project to work on before a fight,” says Haye. “Anybody that knows me will tell you that I’m always looking for direction and something to take my mind off the fight ahead. If you stay wrapped up in the fight too much, you’ll only drive yourself crazy. I needed something like this to keep my mind working in a productive way during training camp. Thankfully, it’s all finished now and I hope my fans enjoy the final product as much as I do. It was really fun interviewing, writing and spreading all the features out. Now my full attention is on spreading John Ruiz out across the ring canvas on April 3rd.”
After a year an a half retirement, Martin “Gallito” Castillo (35-3, 18 KOs) decided he couldn’t just step away. The itch was still there. He asked his manager Frank Espinoza to get him a couple fights. Now after getting two wins under his belt in 2009, the 33-year-old Castillo is ready to step up the pace and the quality of his competition. “I want to fight a couple more fights and then I want to start coming after any of the top fighters in the bantamweight division,” Castillo stated. “I always wanted a fight against Vic Darchinyan or Jorge Arce. Any of the top guys will do but I’m especially interested in those two.” For now, Castillo continues to work out at The Maywood Boxing Club under the care of trainer Charles Huerta Sr. as he awaits the call for his next fight.
By Ron Jackson
Jeff Ellis in conjunction with Golden Gloves Promotions produced an action packed development tournament before a packed Theatre of Marcellus at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park, South Africa on Monday night. In the main bout junior lightweight Grant Fourie was possibly a shade unlucky to lose a hard fought six round majority points decision against the taller Sydney Maluleka. The judges scored the fight 58-57, 58-56 and 57-57. Maluleke improved his record to 9-3 and Fourie dropped to 12-2-1. (more…)
By Bob Ryder, photos by John Booz
An excellent, solid fight at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena was brought to an unfortunate abrupt ending as Germany’s Arthur Abraham was disqualified at 1:13 of the 11th round for punching Andre Dirrell, Flint, Michigan, after Dirrell had slipped on water in his opponent’s corner. It was an unsatisfactory conclusion to what was shaping up as a compelling final two rounds. (More)
A press conference to officially announce a May 8 twelve-round super welterweight clash between Paul “The Punisher” Williams (38-1, 27 KOs) and Kermit “The Killer” Cintron (32-2-1, 28 KOs) will take place Thursday in Los Angeles. The HBO-televised bout will take place at The Home Depot Center Tennis Stadium in Carson, CA.
By Jeff Zimmerman
Former 2-time World Bantamweight Champion Paulie Ayala, now a promoter in his hometown of Ft Worth, Texas under Paulie Ayala Productions has launched a 3 fight boxing series at the Texas Motor Speedway, aptly called Speedway Fight Night. The first event will take place, Thursday, April 29th inside the luxurious Speedway Club overlooking the enormous racetrack that is better known for hosting 150,000 screaming fans for NASCAR. Click here for more, plus photos…
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr. held open, abbreviated workouts for fans and media today at the Mizuya Lounge at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas to kick off Fight Week. On Saturday, April 3, the two will meet in the ring 17 years after their original fight. ”The Rivals: Hopkins vs. Jones II,” broadcast live on pay-per-view beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT from the Mandalay Bay. Click here for fighter quotes…
Bob Arum describes Mike Jones as the ‘sensational welterweight from Philadelphia.” Russell Peltz, who promotes Jones, says the unbeaten welterweight “..has a chance to become a world champion.” Jones, 20-0-0, will take on Hector ‘Hurricane’ Munoz, 18-2-1, on the Kelly Pavlik vs. Sergio Martinez world title fight card April 17 at the historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. (more…)
Three former members of the legendary Cuban national amateur boxing team, now living in Miami, will appear in separate bouts on the “Fighting for Haiti” double world championship boxingt card at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida on April 10th. Sensational junior featherweight prospect Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux (5-0, 4 KOs) will be featured in a 10 round fight against veteran Reynaldo “El Denista” Lopez (30-7-3, 21 KOs). Trained by Freddie Roach, Rigondeaux is considered to be one of the greatest amateur boxers of all-time. He was the 2000 and 2004 Olympic gold medalist, the 2001 and 2005 World Championships gold medalist, and the 2003 and 2005 Pan American Games gold medalist.
Former Cuban team member Yudel Jhonson (5-0, 3 KOs) will be featured in a four-round welterweight bout, while teammate Yunier Dorticos (3-0, 3 KOs) will fight in a four-round cruiserweight bout. Both face opponents to be announced.
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