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By Miguel Maravilla
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Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38KOs) and Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (28-0, 12KOs) kicked off the press tour for their welterweight showdown Tuesday afternoon at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Pacquiao vs. Bradley will be for Pacquiao’s WBO Welterweight title live on pay per view and will take place Saturday June 9, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Hall of Fame Boxing Promoter Bob Arum as he welcomed the media in attendance at the Crystal Ballroom at the Beverly Hills Hotel. “We are going to see a boxing classic. I don’t have to oversell this fight. You have seen both fighters, how good they are and they come to fight.” (more…)
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Undefeated Jr. Welterweight champion Timothy “The Desert Storm” Bradley Jr.(R) arrives in New York late Tuesday night with his trainer Joel Diaz(L) on the cross-country media tour to promote his upcoming World Welterweight title mega-fight against superstar Manny Pacquiao. Bradley is in town for a Thursday press conference at Chelsea Piers-Pier 61. 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 Pay Per View. more photos
Some of the best prospects and contenders will collide next March 10 on the show “Juanma López vs Orlando Salido 2, The Rematch”, at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico, that presents former two time champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez facing Orlando Salido for the WBO Featherweight title in a Top Rank presentation, in association with PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP), Promociones Zanfer and San Juan City. Lopez (31-1, 28 KOs) will be looking for his revenge after lose his 126 lbs title against Salido (37-11-2, 25 KOs) last year, in the headline bout. The co-feature fight presents world contender Miguel Angel “Mikey” Garcia (27-0, 23 KOs), facing former world title challenger Bernabe Concepcion (34-4-1, 17 KOs) in a 10 round bout for the WBO NABO Featherweight title.
Meanwhile, #5 WBO Lightweight ranked Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez (18-0, 13 KOs) will defend his WBO Latino Lightweight title versus a foe to be announced in a 10 rounder. In another 10 rounder, former Olympian and former Amateur World Champion, McWilliams Arroyo (10-1, 9 KOs) will face veteran Luis “Titi” Maldonado (36-7-1, 27 KOs) for the WBO Latino Flyweight title. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Ismayl Sillakh (17-0, 14 KO), a young, 26-year old Ukrainian making his home in Los Angeles, California just wants to fight. The negotiations for the second World Boxing Council ordered fight with Jean Pascal ended the same way that the first one did – with Pascal’s promoters deciding that they are not interested in fighting the most talked about contender in the light heavyweight division. It was a surprise, because it looked like both sides were close to making a deal and puts Pascal in an uncomfortable position because there are reports that his preferred option – fighting the 37- year old Zsolt Erdei – has been rejected by Showtime. (more…)
Former unified UFC & PRIDE light heavyweight champion ‘Rampage’ Jackson is pumped to finally be fighting again in Japan – where he made his legend – after an absence of exactly six years.
Jackson last fought in the Land of the Rising Sun in February 2006, defeating elite judo competitor Yoon Dong-Sik at the PRIDE® 31 event. Since then, Jackson has predominantly fought in Las Vegas, where the Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization is headquartered; and he is reveling in finally getting another chance to return to the scene of some of his career-defining victories. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo: Werner Kalin
Former world super middleweight contender Les “Lock and Load” Sherrington (27-6, 17 KOs) will return to ring action on March 9 when he will clash with Argentina’s, Oscar Daniel Veliz (29-17-2, 5 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Murray Basketball stadium, Townsville, Queensland, Australia. Sherrington has scored wins over former world challenger Rubin Williams of the USA and former world rated Australians Nader Hamdan and Shannan Taylor. (more…)
Photo and report by Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Samoan born and Australian based heavyweight Alex “Lionheart” Leapai (25-3-3, 20 KOs) is confident and he can become the second Samoan born boxer to win a world title if he can defeat highly regarded Kevin Johnson on March 18, in Brisbane, Australia. “Samoan middleweight Masilino Masoe travelled to America and captured the WBA middleweight title,” said Leapai. “I am confident I will become the second Samoan to hold a world crown and I am prepared to travel to Germany and challenge both Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko on their home turf.” For more details and photos click here…
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WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck (34-1, 25 KOs) has predicted a KO victory over WBA Heavyweight Champion Alexander Povetkin (23-0, 16 KOs) when they clash at Stuttgart´s Porsche Arena on Saturday night. “I plan to show my fans a great fight, which will end in a KO victory for me,” Huck said at today´s public training. “Povetkin is a great champion but I will defeat him and finally accomplish my goal of becoming word heavyweight champion.” (more…)
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Manny Pacquiao and Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley, Jr. kicked off their two-city, coast-to-coast media tour today with a Los Angeles news conference at The Beverly Hills Hotel. Pacquiao, Bradley, their respective trainers Freddie Roach and Joel Diaz, and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum officially announced the June 9 fight, which will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and be a blockbuster pay-per-view event. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
No problems in the WBC’s required one month pre weigh-in for the fight between WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco against his compatriot Miguel “Mickey” Roman on March 16. In Tijuana, DeMarco weighed 144 pounds, while in Mexico City Miguel Roman weighed 147 pounds.
Roman is training with trainer Miguel Angel Gonzalez. The first defense of DeMarco is being promoted by Baja Boxing and will be broadcast in Mexico on Televisa. The venue still to be confirmed.
Personally and professionally, 2011 was an arduous year for Jake Shields. Over the previous five-plus years, the American Jiu-Jitsu practitioner had defeated the likes of Martin Kampmann, Dan Henderson, and Carlos Condit to become one of the top pound-for-pound competitors in the sport. . . . Click here for more by E. Spencer Kyte
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
One source reported the possibility that the Mexican WBO minimumweight world champion Moises Fuentes (14-1, 6 KOs) would defend his world crown against Puerto Rican two-division former world champion Ivan Calderon (35-2-1, 6 KOs) on April 28 in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. Another source says that Fuentes could defend his crown March 3 in Tijuana against Michael Landero (15-5-4, 5 KOs) and if there are no setbacks then the fight against Calderon could still happen in late April.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“It’s official now, Nagy Aguilera just signed the contract to fight Tomasz Adamek on March 24 in Aviator Complex in Brooklyn,” said Adamek’s manager Ziggy Rozalski. Adamek (44-2, 28 KOs) vs. Nagy Aguilera (17-6, 12 KOs) will be part of second edition of NBC Sports Network boxing event, featuring in the main event junior welterweight IBF eliminator between Zab Judah (41-7, 28 KOs) and undefeated Vernon Paris (26-0, 15 KOs).
“I’m happy to know who I will fight. For us fighters, the worst thing in the world is waiting until the last minute, because no one wants to work, not knowing who will you face in the ring” – said Adamek, who received the news driving to another day of training camp in Jersey City. “I’m sure Roger has the same feelings. Now he can watch Aguilera tapes, prepare individual tactics and we can work on them the next day.”
After a four year drought, WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (23-0, 11 KOs) receives a well earned homecoming this Saturday when he defends his WBO belt for a third time against Pennsylvania’s Tommy Karpency (21-2-1, 14 KOs) at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales. An impressive victory will leave Cleverly primely placed for a huge outdoor blockbuster in the summer that could elevate him into an elite level earner.
Cleverly’s assessment top light heavyweights Bernard Hopkins, Chad Dawson, Jean Pascal, Beibut Shumenov and Tavoris Cloud:
For me, Hopkins is number one in our division. He’s the oldest world champion in the record books, a legend, but, with my youth and enthusiasm, I’d definitely fancy it. (more…)
Before the HBO cameras roll for Saturday’s doubleheader featuring hometown hero Devon Alexander “The Great” against Marcos “El Chino” Maidana and the WBO jr lightweight world championship fight between Adrien “The Problem” Broner and Eloy “Prince” Perez, a number of hot prospects will head up an eight-fight undercard that should keep fans at St. Louis’ Scottrade Center entertained all night long.
Heading up the non-televised portion of the Feb. 25 event is a 10-round junior welterweight battle between Sharif Bogere (21-0, 13 KOs) and Sergio Rivera (25-8-2, 16 KOs). 6’7 2008 Olympic super heavyweight bronze medalist Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (20-0, 20 KOs) faces Marlon Hayes (23-10, 12 KOs) in an eight round fight. Unbeaten jr middleweight Eddie Gomez (7-0, 6 KOs) faces Jose Ortiz (4-6-1, 1 KO) in a six round bout. Jr middleweight Keith “One Time” Thurman (15-0, 14 KOs) returns to the ring in an eight round battle against Chris Fernandez (19-14-1, 12 KOs). And former amateur star Christopher “Sweet” Pearson (2-0, 1 KO) faces Jeremy Wood (1-4, 1 KO)in a four round middleweight fight.
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the referee and judges who will work on the world title bout between WBO jr lightweight champion Adrien Broner vs Eloy Perez this Saturday at the Scottrade Center, Saint Louis, Missouri. The referee will be Genaro “Gino” Rodriguez, from Illinois/Puerto Rico. The judges for Broner-Perez are Michael Pernick from Florida, Ted Gimza from Illinois, and Jerry Griffin from Missouri. WBO supervisor for this fight will be John Duggan from Illinois.
Gavin Rees will defend his European lightweight title against Anthony Mezaache in Paris on Friday March 23. The Welshman won the vacant belt in June against Andy Murray in Cardiff and the 31 year-old heads to the northwest of the French capital at the Gymnase Georges Racine in Clichy la Garenne, Hauts-de-Seine to retain the belt in his first pro fight outside the UK. Rees’ first defense ended in a draw after Derry Mathews sustained a broken nose after a clash of heads in the fourth round of their fight in Newport in October. The Newbridge fighter is looking to get back into World title contention after holding the WBA light welterweight title in 2007-08 but will face a stern task in Mezaache’s hometown. The Frenchman is seeking to hold the European belt for the second time having recovered brilliantly from a first round knock down to take it from Jon Thaxton in February 2009 in Norwich and defending it once before relinquishing. The 33 year-old claimed the vacant WBA Inter-Continental and IBF International belts in April in the same venue and followed that with another win there in December, his 21st pro victory from 30 contests.
Frank Espinoza Sr. is one of the most successful west coast boxing managers in the last decade. His astute handling of the careers of former world champions, Israel Vazquez and Martin Castillo, proved to the boxing industry that he’s a force to be reckoned with. The proud East L.A. native hasn’t stopped there. He recently guided Abner Mares to a world title and has a stable-full of undefeated prospects that are making waves on just about every major television network. We caught up with Frank and he answered some questions:
Tell us about your recent signings?
I signed Daniel Ponce De Leon who is a former world champion and one of the hardest punchers in the sport. He’s very exciting. We like exciting fighters and when he became available, we jumped at the chance to sign him. We hope to get him another title shot by the end of the year. The latest fighter I signed is Jose “Loco” Hernandez. He’s a real warrior in the ring. He’s a hard worker and has a style that will give anyone problems.
What’s going on with bantamweight champion Abner Mares?
Abner will be fighting on April 21st in Mexico. We’re hoping to get him some very big fights. Jorge Arce has expressed an interest in fighting him so he may be a possible opponent. We’re also targeting Nonito Donaire at the end of the year or early 2013. We want to do the Donaire fight at the right time. Timing is always important. (more…)
Pressure in the fight game is always relative. When someone is trying to punch you in the face or make you submit, that’s pretty rough in and of itself. So when you add in the ideas of trying to break a string where you were 1-4 in your last five fights, along with fighting in your home country for the first time in nearly two years, are those factors more pressure-laden than avoiding a punch in the face? . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBC and IBF Former world champion Cristian Mijares (44-6-2, 20 KOs) will face Mexican compatriot and former WBO world champion Cruz “Chucho” Carbajal (32-18-2, 26 KOs) on April 14 in Morelia, Michoacan, for the vacant WBC super bantamweight International title. Carbajal replaces Cristian “El Italiano” Esquivel.
Mijares is looking for a world title opportunity in the super bantamweight division against world champion Toshiaki Nishioka or Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno, current WBA bantamweight super champion.
As a nice distraction from the everyday training, WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz celebrated “Rose Monday” among the carnival revelers in Köthen, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, the hometown of his trainer Dirk Dzemski. The champion was invited to be guest of honor in the largest carnival parade in Central Germany. Just beginning his training camp for his April 14 clash with Mikkel Kessler in Copenhagen, this trip was a pleasant and above all fun change of pace. Tens of thousands were on hand to take part in the festivities as the parade moved through the city Köthen with Stieglitz right in the middle tossing sweets from a float, shouting “KU-KA-KÖ” and of course signing many autographs.
By Felipe Leon
As it was announced last week, newly minted WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (26-2-1, 19KOs) of Tijuana by way of Los Mochis, Mexico, will make his first defense of the title he captured late last year in one of the best comebacks in recent memory when down on all three judge’s cards, DeMarco stopped a badly bruised, beaten and bloodied Jorge Linares on the under card of Dawson-Hopkins at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. Late last week, the opponent was announced in Chihuahua’s Miguel “Mickey” Roman (37-9, 28KOs). The scheduled twelve round bout will be televised live in Mexico by Televisa on Saturday, March 17th, as part of their weekly boxing series, “Sabados de Corona” and presented by Baja Boxing in association with Gary Shaw Promotions. (more…)
2004 U.S. Olympian Jason “Big Six” Estrada (17-4, 4 KOs) returns to the ring March 9 at home, headlining at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence. Estrada will face an opponent to soon be approved and announced in the eight-round main event. He is coming off of a win by eight-round unanimous decision last December after being sidelined for 10 months after undergoing elbow surgery. “We’re very excited to bring this level of entertainment to Providence,” Big Six Entertainments president Artie DePinho commented. “Our goal is to provide local boxers with opportunities to improve and continue their careers, as well as to provide competitive fights for fans to watch. We had a great turnout for our last show and we plan to carry that momentum and success into this show.”
Former USBA/NABO middleweight champion Brian “The Bull” Barbosa (30-6, 22 KOs) continues his comeback against dangerous John Johnson (13-2, 10 KOs) in the six-round co-feature.
Cruiserweight Rich Gingras, one of the stars of The Contender, Season IV reality television show, will provide chief support in a six-round cruiserweight match. Gingras has relocated to Providence from New Hampshire.
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao and undefeated jr. welterweight champion Timothy “The Desert Storm” Bradley Jr. during the commercial shoot for their upcoming world welterweight title mega-fight. 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 Pay Per View.
WBC World Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko suffered a partial tear of a ligament in his left shoulder when he successfully defended his title against Dereck Chisora on Saturday night in Munich, Germany. Klitschko underwent an MRI on Sunday and further medical examinations on Monday. Besides the ligament, a nerve in his shoulder was affected in round three. As a result, he was not able to use his left hand as he wanted to. First fears it could have been the same shoulder ligament that tore apart and made him stop the fight against Chris Byrd in 2000 have not been confirmed. Klitschko will have to pause for 6 to 8 weeks before he can get back into full training. Despite the injury, Klitschko had dominated the fight against Chisora and won by unanimous decision.
It is with regret that I feel I have to issue this statement to clarify certain matters, following an unfortunate incident that occurred on Saturday night (February 18) in Munich, Germany at the Vitali Klitschko vs. Dereck Chisora post-fight press conference. I was in Munich to watch the WBC world heavyweight title bout between Klitschko and Chisora and provide punditry for BoxNation, and accredited as such.
During the post-fight press conference, I was stood at the back of the room. It wasn’t until Bernd Bonte said my name and involved me in the press conference that I commented. I was then happy to banter back and forth with Bonte and Klitschko, keen to ascertain whether he (Vitali) would stay true to his word and reiterate his desire to do what his younger brother couldn’t do – knock me out. I felt as though the public would want to hear more information about this potential bout and that we could both start beating the drum ahead of a showdown later this year.
However, at this point Chisora began firing insults at me from his position on the top table. In fact, he has recently made a habit of saying derogatory things about me in the press.
Moments before declaring he wanted to go face-to-face with me, Chisora assured the gathered media that he would give me ‘two slaps’. Chisora had, of course, already been shrouded in controversy that weekend. (more…)
Following the extensive media coverage that my WBC World Heavyweight title challenge against Vitali Klitschko in Munich at the weekend has attracted, I feel I must wholeheartedly apologise for my part in the regretable scenes both before and after what was to be the biggest night of my career.
Whilst my behaviour was inexcusable, there were many things that went on behind the scenes that ultimately caused my frustrations to boil over, however this is of course no excuse. I cannot go into the specific details at the moment as quite rightly the British Boxing Board of Control will be investigating this matter and also the altercation that took place between David Haye and myself where I was struck by a bottle.
Despite all of this, the bottom line is, I have let my family, my team and worst of all the sport I love down. I acknowledge that my actions were totally unprofessional, with or without provocation. Now, with a cool head and the benefit of hindsight, my actions at the weekend were regretable to say the least and I am deeply embarrassed at the scenes reported in the media.
I acknowledge that I have a duty as a professional boxer to conduct myself properly at all times, especially with boxing being a sport of controlled aggression. I have let lots of people down on Saturday night, including myself, and for that I am truly sorry.
In Munich I fully cooperated with the German authorities and as a result I was released without charge.
I will be making no further comment at this stage and will wait for any formal hearing to take place.
Unbeaten middleweight Patrick Nielsen (13-0, 7 KOs) will be fighting for the vacant WBA Intercontinental title when Nordic Fight Night hits Frederikshavn on March 17. The 20-year-old Dane, who scored a spectacular 11-second KO against Jozsef Matolcsi on Saturday in Copenhagen at Broendby Hall, will face Gaston Alejandro Vega (17-4, 6 KOs) from Argentina at Arena Nord. “This will be the toughest fight of Patrick´s promising career,” promoter Nisse Sauerland said at a press conference in Frederikshavn. “But everybody who has seen him in action knows why we have the utmost of confidence in him. Winning the Intercontinental Title at such an early age would be massive. We have no doubts that Patrick is ready for the big stage.” (more…)
Due to an ATV accident, WBO super bantamweight #1 ranked Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo, suffered some injuries and will not fight on March 10, in the “López vs Salido 2, The Rematch” show, to be held at the Roberto Clemente coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Oquendo (22-0, 15 KOs) was supposed to face Jose “Miau” Nieves for the 122lbs WBO Latino title, but in the accident he injured the right elbow (with inflammation) and suffered minor injuries on the head. His girlfriend is seriously injured at hospital. “Definitely, Jonathan will not fight next March 10. We are going to watch for his recovery en route for his next opportunities”, Peter Rivera, PRBBP Vice-President said.
Former Olympian and amateur world champion McWilliams Arroyo will take Oquendo’s place in the March 10 card. Arroyo (10-1, 9 KOs) will fight in a flyweight and 8 round bout. (more…)
Veteran boxing writer Bobby Cassidy will be the special guest speaker for Ring 8’s monthly meeting this Tuesday evening (Feb. 21 @ 7 PM/ET at the historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City.
Cassidy is a well-known reporter for Newsday, as well as a playwright for the popular off-Broadway play, Kid Shamrock, he wrote about his father, Bobby Cassidy Sr., who also acts in the play. The boxing-themed play also starred 1984 Olympic gold medalist and two-time world champion Mark Breland, John Duddy, Seamus McDonough, the late Wayne Kelly, Tommy Rainone, and Mark McPherson. Former World Boxing Organization heavyweight champion Michael Bent was the director. (more…)
Mark Hunt has a big opportunity. At UFC 144 on Saturday night, he fights Cheick Kongo. France’s Kongo has won his last two fights and has long been in the verge of the title picture in the heavyweight division. In the UFC’s Octagon, the Frenchman has a better resume. But Hunt doesn’t see it as a step up . . . Click here for more by Phillip Ferraro
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By Graham Houston
There have been many disputed decisions in boxing’s long history. Some verdicts have been truly shocking, many debatable. The split decision in favour of Tavoris Cloud on Saturday was not one of the worst decisions I have ever seen, but there is not the slightest doubt in my mind that the underdog challenger Gabriel Campillo won the fight. I thought this was a close yet clear win for Campillo. I had the sound on Showtime muted to be barely audible, just to get a sense of the crowd’s involvement, because, in a fight such as this one, I find commentaries can be a distraction. I watched the fight with total concentration.
In every either-way round, I gave Cloud the benefit of the doubt. At the end of 12 rounds I had Campillo ahead, 114-112. As soon as I heard MC Jimmy Lennon Jr. say the words “split decision”, however, I knew that Campillo wouldn’t be returning to Madrid with the IBF light-heavyweight championship belt. I could be wrong, but there seemed just the hint of incredulity in Jimmy’s voice. (more…)
Universum has called a press conference to announce an April 21 card at the Sport und Kongresshalle in Schwerin, Germany. The main event is a WBA super middleweight title clash between reigning champion Karoly Balzsay (24-2, 17 KOs) against former champ Dimitri Sartison (27-1, 17 KOs), plus local favorite and ex-world light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer (37-2, 30 KOs) unbeaten featherweight Marcel Meyerdiercks (21-0, 5 KOs) and former cruiserweight champ “The Black Panther” Juan Carlos Gomez (49-3, 37 KOs).
I am shocked and deeply embarrassed by the actions of Dereck Chisora and his team over this past week. It saddens me how he represented the sport of boxing and disrespected the Champion of the World Vitali Klitschko at the weigh-in and fight night. But even more embarrassing and disgraceful to the sport was the post fight press conference.
With journalists from all over the world in attendance, this same man Dereck Chisora, got into a fight with Adam Booth, the trainer of David Haye, and David Haye himself. Dereck then promised out loudly multiple times right in front of the press to “personally SHOOT AND KILL David Haye!!!”
For all of the great Champions from the past that have been polishing the image of the sport of boxing and giving it the glamour, respect and recognition while setting a good example for the youth of the world to follow, this type of behavior kills all that hard work from the former champs and teaches disrespect for the sport and fellow human beings.
There has to be consequences for these kinds of actions and must never be tolerated by the boxing organizations, the media, fellow boxers and boxing fans. It must be stopped, otherwise the sport of boxing is going to go down the hill fast!
I just wanted to share my feelings and thoughts with you and hope some type of action is taken to show the world that the sport of boxing WILL NOT tolerate this kind of behaviour.
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