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By Andreas Hale
Marcos Maidana and Erik Morales face off at today’s final press conference held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for Saturday night’s “Action Heroes” card televised on HBO PPV. Maidana was a man of few words, promising only a good fight while Morales made the lengthy press conference worthwhile with his final words.
“After so many interviews, I had to question myself whether this was the right decision,” Morales told the press. “Am I the only crazy one, the only one who thinks I’m going to win? But when I’m alone at night, lying in bed, I know, I’m not wrong. I didn’t make a mistake in picking Maidana – and I’m gonna prove it on Saturday night.” Stay tuned for more photos and a full report.
Photos: David Martin Warr
It was a real feel good moment for all of boxing this week when legendary promoter Don King visited Texcoco, México, to attend the inauguration of the new boxing arena named the “Don King Coliseum.” Here are some more shots of the festivities. (more…)
Photos: All Star Boxing Inc./Mario Vayas
World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr., showed his great condition today during the 30 day pre-weigh in for his May 7th brawl versus former three time champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas on the Manny Pacquiao against Shane Mosley clash in a Top Rank presentation. Vázquez (20-0-1, 17 KOs) is going to make his third defense of the 122 pounds title versus Arce (56-6-3, 43 KOs), a veteran fighter with titles in 108, 112 and 115 pounds in his career. For more details and photos click here…
Video interview by Przemek Garczarczyk
Zyggi Rozalski, a very popular figure in the world of boxing, was a longtime advisor to heavyweight contender Andrew Golota and now he’s working with former WBC light heavyweight and IBF cruiserweight world champion Tomasz Adamek. On Saturday Adamek will fight Kevin McBride at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, and if everything goes according to plan, will face Vitali Klitschko for the WBC heavyweight championship on September 10 in Poland. Rozalski candidly speaks about his American experiences with both fighters, what Adamek’s success means to him and why he still calls both of them “my two special children.”
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
There’s no denying that 22-year-old David Lemieux has power. Twenty-four knockouts in twenty-five fights is proof enough, but Friday from the Bell Centre in Montreal and live on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights should show exactly where the local fighter stands in terms of the middleweight division as he tackles his toughest challenge to date in Marco Antonio Rubio (48-5-1 42KO) in a WBC title elimination bout. In terms of raw punching power, Lemieux firmly believes he stands at the top of the heap as far as the 160 pound division goes. “I believe I’m the hardest hitter out of anybody in the rankings,” Lemieux told Fightnews. “I think I hit harder than any of them, I pretty much see myself on top of the food chain for hitting.” (more…)
By Dave Spencer
David Lemieux 159.6 vs. Marco Antonio Rubio 159.15**
(WBC middleweight title eliminator)
Adonis Stevenson 166.6 vs. Derek Edwards 167.13
Arash Usmanee 133.14 vs. AldoValtierra 133.15
Ahmad Cheikho 153.10 vs.Attila Molnar 153.6
Oscar Rivas 230.13 vs. Wilfrido Leal 260.15
Tyler Asselstine 125.14 vs. Mohamed Nouari 125.2
Eleider Alvarez 195.5 vs. Ernesto Zamora 195.2
Didier Bence 230.5 vs. Leonard Collier 288.2
**Rubio originally weighed in heavy at 160 pounds, 7 ounces and came back and made the middleweight limit
*The scheduled bout with Kevin Lavallee and James Carpio was scratched when Carpio didn’t show up.
Promoter: GYM (Group Yvon Michel)
Venue: Bell Centre
First Bell 7pm
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
WBC light flyweight world champion Gilberto Keb Baas will risk the crown for the second time against Adrian “Confessor” Hernandez on April 30 in Texcoco, Mexico, it was announced today by promoter Salvador Briman. The battle for the 108lb crown will be held in the new Don King Coliseum which has a capacity for five thousand people and prices will be accessible to the public commented Briman.
By Jose E. Santiago
Sports Fan Properties and Shea Bailey Promotions present the next installment of the Georgia Boxing Championship on April 29 at the historic 200 Peachtree building (formerly known as the Macy’s Building) in downtown Atlanta. The last event sold-out prior to the doors opening on February 25th and now three of the biggest names on the local scene will be fighting as part of a tripleheader main event as recent IBF welterweight title challenger Paul Delgado (25-10-1, 4 KOs) meets Luis Galarza (16-2, 13 KOs) in an eight-rounder, lightweight Tyrese Hendrix (19-2-1, 8 KOs) faces David Armstrong (20-11-2, 12 KOs) in an eight-rounder, and three-time world title challenger Antonio “T-Rex” Davis (27-6, 13 KOs) returns against journeyman John Trigg (18-34-5, 6 KOs) for the state 135lb belt. Tickets start at $25.
The April 15th “Salute To Philly Boxers” card scheduled for the New Palladium in Philadelphia has been postponed. There will be a new date announced very shortly and all tickets that have been purchased will be honored on the new date. “There definitely will be a show in the next month or so and we plan to bring the fans a fight night fit for the great boxing fans of Philadelphia,” said Dave Wilkes of Wilkes Productions. Fighters that had been announced for the card include undefeated featherweight Coy “Pretty Boy” Evans (10-0-1, 2 KOs), female super bantamweight Melissa “Hurracan” Hernandez (14-2-3, 5 KOs) and jr welterweight Edgar Santana (24-3, 15 KOs) in separate bouts.
Video Interview by Ricardo Conde
Universally recognized middleweight champion Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martinez (47-2-2, 26 KOs) of Oxnard, California, by way of Quilmes, Argentina, will be departing from Oxnard later this week and will arrive at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada to take part in the broadcast team of HBO Latino’s pay-per-view fight between fellow countryman Marcos Maidana of Argentina and Mexico’s Erik Morales that takes place this Saturday. Fightnews caught up with Sergio Martinez at the World Crown Sports Training Center in Port Hueneme, CA to talk to him about his last fight, the upcoming fight between fellow countryman Marcos Maidana and Erik Morales, his future plans and a lot more. Here’s what he had to say…
By Chris Perry
Undefeated heavyweight George “Monk” Foreman III (11-0, 10 KOs) returns to the ring April 9 to challenge Eric Lindsey (3-10, 1 KO) in the featured bout of “The Legend Continues” event presented by Don Elbaum and John P. Gagliardi’s at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, Virginia. The Humble, Texas fighter, seeking his 12th victory is less than two years as a professional, will have his legendary father “Big” George Foreman in his corner for the six-round main event. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBA lightweight champion Miguel “Aguacerito” Acosta hopes to return to the ring as soon as possible and is eyeing a June or July date against a top opponent. Acosta recently lost his WBA belt to Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios on February 26 in Las Vegas. “I know I can return to the top,” said Acosta, “but to get back there I must fight and that’s what I want to do.”
Photo by Sat.1/Stephan Pick
A little artistic license used by German TV network Sat.1 promoting their boxing broadcast on Saturday night featuring the fourth title defense WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz against Khoren Gevor, taking place in Stieglitz’ hometown of Magdeburg.
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green will promote 6’5 Australian-based South African cruiserweight Pieter Cronjie (11-4-1, 7 KOs), who will have his first fight at the cruiserweight poundage when he will punch it out with Shane Tillyard (4-4, 4 KOs) over ten rounds at the Western Australian Basketball Centre, Mt Claremont, Western Australia on April 15. Cronjie is managed by Perth businessman Sam Davidson who said “Pieter has looked very good in sparring sessions as a cruiserweight and I am sure he will perform well on April 15.” World rated welterweight Steven Wills (15-0, 8 KOs) and hard punching Russian super middleweight Victor Oganov (30-4, 28 KOs) will be in the undercard fights. This card is promoted by Danny Green and Justin Manolikos of Green Machine Promotions.
Writer/photographer Chris Cozzone has inked a two-volume book deal with McFarland Press on the history of boxing in New Mexico. In between covering the big fights and local fight scenes in both New Mexico and Las Vegas, Cozzone has spent the last six years in heavy research. He inherited the project in 2005 from the late Jim Boggio, who will share the byline. Boggio began his research in the ’80s, logging in over 400 fight cards throughout N.M. history. Cozzone has brought brought that number to 2,300.
Volume I of the two-book set will cover 1868 to World War II and Volume II, from the ’40s to modern era. Featured fighters in the book include Johnny Tapia, Danny Romero, Bob Foster, Benny Chavez, Eddie Mack, Benny Cordova, Abie Chavez, Larry Cisneros, Art Aragon, Emilio Martinez, Julio Chiaramonte (pictured) and dozens more. Hall-of-Fame matchmaker Bruce Trampler will write the foreword. Cozzone expects Volume I’s completion later this year and to hit the sands in 2012. Stay tuned.
By Ron Jackson
Promoter Branco Milenkovic of Branco Sports Productions has announced that South Africa’s Mzonke Fana is scheduled to defend his IBF junior lightweight belt against Argenis Mendez from the Dominican Republic, in South Africa in June at a venue to be announced. The IBF had ordered a purse bid for Tuesday night but prior to the bid Mendez’s promoter Lou DiBella accepted terms with Milenkovic, which allowed the fight to take place in South Africa.
The 24-year-old Mendez (18-1, 9 KOs) who was born in the Dominican Republic but fights out of Brooklyn, New York won a final eliminator at Carnival City, Brakpan in January this year when he outpointed Cassius Baloyi. The only loss on Mendez’s record was an eight round split points decision against Jaime Sandoval in October 2008.
Fana (30-4, 12 KOs) who will be 38 on October 29 won the IBF belt for the second time when he outclassed Baloyi in September last year, will possibly be facing the toughest battle of his distinguished career.
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Meanwhile Virgil Kalakoda (24-6-1, 16 KOs) from Cape Town who has only had one recorded fight since April 2004 fought on March 25 in Cronulla, Australia against Leroy Brown and was beaten on points over six rounds.
The weigh-in ceremony of tomorrow’s WBC world title triple-header was in jeopardy, but a Mexican boxer Humberto Gutierrez barely saved the event as he managed to reduce 500 gram (about one pound) by having his hair cut and working hard to finally make the weight on Thursday in Kobe, Japan. WBC super-feather champ Takahiro Aoh tipped the beam at 58.9 kilogram (the 130-pound class limit), while Gutierrez, at his first trip to the scale, failed to make the weight at 59.4 kilogram at 1 PM. He was given a two-hour allowance to reduce the weight. The pale Mexican came back to the weigh-in room of the Portpia Hotel, but was still 250 gram over the limit at 2:10 PM. Then, at 2:45 PM, the amazingly shaven-skulled Mexican could make the 130-pound limit. The show had been ballyhooed as a world title triple-header to be dedicated to the earthquake and tsunami victims. Gutierrez, ex-WBC champ gunning for regaining the belt, did just what he had to do as the challenger, barely made the weight but won the great hand-clapping praise by people concerned there. For more details and photos click here…
WBO NABO Super Flyweight Champion César “Junito” Seda (20-0, 15 KOs) had his
final pre-fight weigh-in before his April 15 world title fight against Omar Narvaez (33-0-2, 19 KOs) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Seda, who couldn’t weight more than 121 pounds (equivalent to 5% above the 115 required by Professional Boxing Commission) weighed in at 121 pounds at the Olympic Village in Salinas Puerto Rico. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Legendary boxing promoter Don King was in Mexico City Wednesday to join municipal authorities of Texcoco, Estado de Mexico, WBC President Jose Sulaiman and other key members of the WBC to inaugurate the new Don King Coliseum at the Feria Internacional del Caballo. Three world championship fights are already scheduled for the arena to be presented by Dr. Fausto Daniel Garcia’s “Boxing Gala” Promotions. King and Sulaiman have maintained a close relationship for many years that has led to several DKP events in Mexico. Click here for more photos…
Slideshow of Chris Cozzone’s shots from today’s media workouts at the MGM Grand featuring Michael Katsidis, Robert Guerrero, Jose Miguel Cotto, Erik Morales, Marcos Maidana, James Kirkland, Paulie Malignaggi and Nobuhiro Ishida . . . Click here for more
Bud Light and Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today a multi-year renewal of Bud Light’s official beer sponsorship of the UFC®, keeping the world’s best-selling beer in the center of the Octagon®.
Bud Light’s sponsorship renewal with Zuffa, LLC, owner of the UFC brand, will continue to immerse the beer into all areas of the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization. The sponsorship will increase the number of featured Pay-Per-Views (PPV) Bud Light is a presenting sponsor of from two to four annually, and the brand will remain a featured sponsor of all additional PPV and television broadcasts. Additionally, Bud Light and UFC will work together to present one special promotional event per year, beginning in 2011 with a live event in New Orleans airing on Spike TV Saturday, Sept. 17. (more…)
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Reynaldo Sanchez
Florida Boxing Hall of Fame promoter Ramiro Ortiz brought back Pugilistic Promotions last November to introduce local boxing prospects to the general public and reintroduce established fighters in need of a career jump-start. Always a man of his word, Ortiz managed to achieve both feats on the same card for this Friday’s 6th monthly installment of the Badia Spices Friday Night Fight series. As Ortiz announced the upcoming card from the delectable Randazzo’s Italian restaurant in Coral Gables, fresh-faced prospects mingled with grizzled veterans in anticipation of their upcoming tests. For some, like highly touted Cuban junior welterweight prospect Michael Santander, Friday night offers an opportunity to debut their skills in front of local friends and family. For more details and photos click here…
By Przemek Garczarczyk from Newark, NJ
Photos: Wojtek Kubik
With his typical sense of humor, Kevin McBride (35-8, 29 KO) was ready before we even reached “The Last Big Challenge” press conference site, Brick City Grill in Newark, just across Prudential Center, where this Saturday he will fight Poland’s Tomasz Adamek (43-1, 28 KO). I’m 375 pounds, and can’t walk more than 50 yards without being exhausted,” said the “Clones Colossus,” laughing at the reports that he will not be a formidable opponent for heavily favored Adamek. “Góral” was also in the great mood, laughing with reporters and presenting his hand speed, but when it come to talking about Saturday he was himself again – dead serious. (more…)
WBC supervisor Mauricio Sulaiman made such an excellent opening speech that he emotionally moved the audience in attendance at the press conference of a forthcoming WBC world title tripleheader on Wednesday in Kobe, Japan. “Two years ago Mexico suffered a terrible influenza named H1N1, but there took place the WBC super-bantam title bout between Toshiaki Nishioka and Jhonny Gonzalez, as scheduled, which proudly showed to all over the world that Mexico was OK. We then really appreciated Nishioka’s coming to Mexico under such a condition with his manager/promoter Mr. Honda’s resolution, and now it’s time for us and for the WBC to respond to the previous gratitude by whole-heartedly supporting this event after the unfortunate and sorrowful disaster of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The WBC believes that the WBC tripleheader will successfully prove that Japan is all right. It will certainly encourage Japan and its people.” (more…)
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Photo: Michael Katsidis was one of eight fighters giving media a sneak-peek during a workout today at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Katsidis’ opponent, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, main eventers Erik Morales and Marcos Maidana, Paulie Malignaggi, Jose Miguel Cotto, James Kirkland and Nobuhiro Ishida also provided workouts to hype Saturday night’s “Action Heroes” card promoted by Golden Boy and televised on HBO PPV. Stay tuned for a full photo gallery later today.
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Unbeaten WBC middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik of Germany and #1 contender Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. pose during a press conference, Wednesday at Staples Center in Los Angeles for their upcoming WBC world middleweight title fight. Zbik vs. Chavez Jr. is promoted by Top Rank in association with Zanfer Promotions and Universum Media Network and will take place on Saturday, June 4 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and be televised on HBO. Click here for more photos…
Photos: PR Best Boxing Promotions/José Pérez
Unbeaten Luis “El Artesano” Cruz showed his confidence this afternoon before his upcoming clash against former WBO junior lightweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez next April 16th in the Ultimate Rivalry show, starred by WBO featherweight Champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez versus former champion Orlando Salido at the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon in a Top Rank presentation, in association with PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) to be televised on SHOWTIME. Cruz (17-0, 14 KOs) will face Martinez (24-1-1, 15 KOs) in a 12 round bout qualifying for the WBO junior lightweight title, held by Scotland Ricky Burns. “I’m very confident because of the training camp we have. I’ve been training since December for Roman Martinez and I’m ready,” Cruz said, before he started training with trainer Freddie Trinidad in the Caimito Gym. Cruz worked today in floor exercises, shadows, sparred with his trainer and hit the punching bag. For more details and photos click here…
WBO Jr. Featherweight Champion Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. will have his 30 day weigh-in and a public workout tomorrow (April 7) at the Miguel J. Frau Gym, adjacent to the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. The weigh-in will be at noon followed by the workout in preparation for his upcoming mandatory title defense against former three-time world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce to be held May 7 at the MGM in Las Vegas. Currently visiting Vazquez’ training camp is his promoter Tuto Zabala, Jr of All Star Boxing, Inc., who joked “Mr. Arum visited Pac Land in the Philippines a couple of weeks ago to check out Manny and now I’m visiting WV2 Land in Bayamon to check out Jr.” The bout is part of the undercard of Paquiao-Mosley promoted by Top Rank.
Five days before the WBO world championship clash between Robert Stieglitz and Khoren Gevor, the Gevor team has asked for a new set of judges “We don’t want anyone to assume anything,” said manager Peter Schulze, “but I think in the interest of fair and honest sport, the same judges shouldn’t always be assigned every time Robert Stieglitz steps into the ring. The judges proposed for Saturday are almost identical to Robert’s last fight. The WBO should pay better attention that different personnel is used. This is ultimately about the credibility of the organization and the sport itself. We’re assuming no evil intentions, but we’re addressing the issue now – in advance of the fight – so it isn’t discussed after the fight, if there should be a close decision.”
Gevor has his own opinion on the judges issue: “The best thing, of course, is if I knock Stieglitz out, then there’ll be no discussion. I also assume that I would win a clear unanimous decision, but such things can’t always be counted on. Unfortunately I’ve had quite a few bad experiences with judges, that’s why we’re so attentive to this point.”
With a famous given name and a bold self-proclaimed moniker, Willie “The Great” Nelson (16-0-1, 10 KOs) answers the age old question, “What’s in a name,” just days before his eight-round welterweight fight against Vincent Arroyo (10-1, 7 KOs) on ShoBox: The New Generation, Friday, April 8, in the first of three fights on an exciting tripleheader LIVE on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). (more…)
UPDATE: According to Andy Foster, Executive Director of the Georgia Athletic & Entertainment Commision), the fight is canceled, not postponed, and organizers of the event will not receive his recommendation for another permit – Jose E. Santiago
The Hector Camacho, Jr vs. Saul Duran fight scheduled for Friday has been postponed. The Georgia Boxing Commission ruled that both fighters must first have a complete new medical examination because of Saul Duran’s age (38) and Hector Camacho, Jr.’s total number of fights (59). “By this show being postponed all tickets will still be honored and exchanged for the new date of Friday, May 27th,” said the Atlanta Boxing Association President Waymon Harley.
Junior is hoping to avenge the upset loss of his father to Duran last year. The rescheduled event will take place at The Palladium Arena in Norcross,Ga 30093 off of I-85 and at Jimmy Carter Blvd exit at 6100 Live Oak Dr.
Photos by Eroll Popova
Prior to the upcoming WBO super middleweight world title fight this Saturday in Magdeburg both world champion Robert Stieglitz and his challenger Khoren Gevor, had their encounter in the Wild West town “Pullman City” in Hasselfelde, near Magdeburg.
For the production of a promotional trailer both fighters were dressed up in original cowboy costumes and they were filmed while playing the best of scenes of “High Noon”. Their weapons were obviously exchanged by boxing gloves.
The very confident world champion Robert Stieglitz said before his fourth title defense: “I will clearly defeat Khoren Gevor, this will be his last shot and the last chance for a world title.”
Khoren Gevor, who will have his fourth fight for a world title belt, was also very self-confident: “I can treat Robert with some sleeping pills for the next days. He will need them!”
Sitting in his cell watching time go by, Gabriel “Tito” Bracero couldn’t wait to get back to boxing. He spent so many lonely nights dreaming of a chance at the big time. On Friday, the dream will come true. “I got sidetracked and got in trouble. I went on a little vacation,” admits the likeable Bracero. “But now I’m a momma’s boy. I’m here next to my mom right now.” Since returning in 2009 after an eight-year absence, 30-year-old Bracero (14-0, 1 KO) has made the most of his time, fighting on DiBella Entertainment’s “Broadway Boxing” series and winning nine consecutive fights.
Bracero will look to make a major move toward a world title shot when he faces the also undefeated Danny O’Connor in an eight-round junior welterweight showdown to kick off the fantastic April 8 ShoBox: The New Generation Triple Header entitled “Rumble on the Rio” from the Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas (broadcast starts at 11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West coast). (more…)
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