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By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Their April 13 fight is billed as “Bad Blood” and bad blood it was when WBA Super World Middleweight Champion Felix Sturm, 33, and former WBC World Middleweight Champion Sebastian Zbik, 29, came face-to-face for the first time at today’s press conference at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany, the venue of their fight. After the usual introductions, Zbik (30-1, 10 KOs) took the stage: “I’m glad to be here. It was about time that Felix grew some balls and took this challenge. I’m a real fighter and come April 13, I’ll win the championship.”
Sturm (36-2-2, 16 KOs) responded quickly: “Well, I’m happy that you finally grew some balls.” He then looked at Zbik and continued: “Tell me again how you became a world champion? You won the interim title, right? Which is nothing more than a Mickey Mouse title. And whom did you beat to become the full champ? No one, right. They awarded you the title. And well, you lost it again in your very first defense. So why do you disrespect me and my former opponents?” (more…)
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the referee and judges who will work on the world title bout between WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns and Paulus Moses this Saturday, March 10, at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow, Scotland. The referee will be Mark Nelson, from the United States. The judges are John Stewart, from the United States, Jose I. Martinez, from Spain, and Phil Edwards, from the United Kingdom. WBO supervisor for this fight will be Dennis Gilmartin.
The live webcast on WBCBOXING.TV, that was scheduled to show Daniel Geale vs. Osumanu Adama for free, was being shown around the world against the agreement of Gary Shaw Productions, forcing the stream to be cut off in the U.S. and on the WBCBOXING.TV website.
Gary Shaw states, “The WBC has violated the agreement that was set in place to show the stream live in the U.S .for free. Because the WBC opened up the feed to the World, GSP had to kill the signal. The WBC website was only given permission to stream the feed in the U.S. and opening of the signal to the World created problems. On behalf of GSP, we apologize for the confusion.”
A verbal agreement has been made for interim WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (23-1, 17 KOs) of Russia to defend against Barbados native Shawn ‘The Sniper’ Cox (16-1, 15 KOs). The bout between the two southpaws will take place April 4th at the Crocus City Hall in Myakinino, Russia. Lebedev is coming off of his 12 round unanimous decision over former multi-divisonal world champion James Toney this past November. Cox will enter the bout fresh off of his first round destuction of former world champion Wayne Braithwaite less than two weeks ago in Braithwaite’s native Guyana.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Louie Abigail
IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale (27-1, 15 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Osumanu Adama (20-3, 15 KOs) on Wednesday night at the Derwent Entertainment Centre in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. Geale outworked Adama to win by scores of 117-111, 115-113, 118-110.
IBF featherweight champion Billy Dib (34-1, 21 KOs) retained his title with a seventh round TKO over Eduardo Escobedo (32-4, 23 KOs). Dib’s aggressive body attack broke down Escobedo who didn’t come out for round seven.
In an upset, heavyweight Travis Walker (39-7-1, 31 KOs) scored a TKO in the sixth round against Kali Meehan (38-5, 31 KOs) in a clash for the IBF Pan Pacific title. Meehan’s corner threw in the towel after Walker hurt and pummeled him. more photos
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Unbeaten former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (29-0-1, 22 KOs) was in attendance Tuesday afternoon at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles for his WBA lightweight title showdown April 14 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. However, the mystery remained as to why Yuriorkis Gamboa (21-0, 16 KOs) was not present at Monday’s kickoff press conference in Miami or on Tuesday at the Los Angeles press conference. Many have began to wonder about the status for April 14. Rumors are swirling around that Gamboa has been training in Las Vegas and gotten tight with Mayweather Promotions.
“We are both obligated for this fight,” Top Rank President Todd duBoef told Fightnews.com. “The burden is on him (Gamboa). He made the commitment. He agreed to terms.” (more…)
Last Thursday Oscar de la Hoya tweeted that on Tuesday he would have a major announcement “that will shake the boxing industry in a major way.” So far today, this seems to be it.
Photos: Jose Perez / PR Best
WBO Featherweight Champion Orlando Salido (37-11-2, 25 KOs) trained today at the al gimnasio del Residencial Luis Llóréns Torres in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Salido will defend against former world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” López this Saturday at the el coliseo Roberto Clemente de San Juan, Puerto Rico. The bout will be a rematch from last year where Salido stopped Lopez in a shocker in Puerto Rico. Top Rank will promote the event in association with PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP), Promociones Zanfer and the Municipio de San Juan. Showtime and Showtime Extreme will televise the event. more photos
By Bill Hillmann
USBA champion Osumanu Adama (20-2, 15KOs) is the most highly-rated unknown middleweight in the world. Since Adama’s exciting UD loss to Donovan George (22-1-1, 19KOs) in 2010 on Showbox, the Ghanaian has gone on a run of terror. He signed with his manager Wasfi Tolaymat and Cynthia Tolaymat’s CFC Promotions. “I could see that he was a warrior, if can he fight this good against George,” Wasfi told Fightnews. “And he was very nice when we met him. I think maybe we can help this guy. Maybe we can help him be champion!”
Adama also began to train with former Ghanaian cruiserweight journeymen Joseph Owinongya. Owinongya trains at a garage gym in Joliet, Illinois. He decided to test Adama’s commitment to being a champion and drove him twenty miles to Bolingbrook. Owinongya dropped him off and told Adama, “Run back to the gym”. Adama did as he was told. Then they began to train. “I do it to break him down, but now after running that far he is still strong,” Owinongya said. Owinongya had some other ideas; he makes Adama push his mid-size van around a parking lot for half-hour stints. (more…)
With his opponent all but guaranteeing a victory, vocal lightweight champion “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy has issued a reply in hopes of ending the banter between he and Dannie Williams before the two settle their feud in the ring later this month. “This kid is a joke,” Lundy said in response to Williams’ promise that he’ll be “fighting for a knockout” March 30th when the two face one another for Lundy’s NABF on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” from the Foxwoods Resort Casino’s MGM Grand Theater in Mashantucket, Conn. “You can’t scare me. You can’t derail me, because I fight for a living. I’m going to hurt this boy. There’s an old saying that goes, ‘Your arms are too short to box with God.’ I’m not God, but in the ring I’m the closest thing to it.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez has confirmed to Fightnews.com that his next fight on April 14th against undefeated southpaw Argentinian Cesar Rene Cuenca (42-0, 1 KO) will be at the “New Mexico City Arena” in Mexico City for the WBO super lightweight world title. There is a possibility it could be for regular crown with Bradley fighting for the WBO welterweight title against Manny Pacquiao on June 9 in Las Vegas, but for now it’s assured that Marquez-Cuenca is for the WBO interim super lightweight world title.
The World Boxing Council has called for a hearing with boxing agent Hugo Correa, for him to explain the deal he made with Filipino promoter ALA Promotions. According to ALA Promotions president Michael Aldeguer, Correa was to deliver Mexican Genaro “Poblanito” Garcia as the opponent against Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista. However the fighter who arrived to fight Bautista was another boxer named Genaro Gutierrez Garcia. The WBC has vowed that this situation “will be investigated till last consequences.”
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Top Rank President Todd DuBoef stated today at a Los Angeles press conference that “we are going forward with the fight on April 14.” He also announced that an added $100,000 bonus will be given to the winner. Rios stated he is ready to fight “with him or without him.” He also showed a poster that had Gamboa pictured with the words “This coward never wanted to fight.”
Former two-time world champion and top-rated bantamweight Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko is now a promotional free-agent. Agbeko recently gained his freedom from Don King Productions. “I’m confident I am among the best in the world at 118 and 122. There are so many great fighters in each weight class,” Agbeko said. “I’m ready to fight anyone. I’m sure the TV networks and boxing fans will love the fights. I have a television friendly, all-action style. I really look forward to working with a new promoter and together making a real impact….I’m ready to take on any top boxer at 118 or 122. Wherever the big fights are, that’s the division I want to fight in. There are so many great fights for me and for boxing fans in both divisions. I respect all the top fighters. I just want the chance to show who is best in the ring. I would love to fight WBA champion Anselmo Moreno. We both beat Vic Darchinyan; so boxing fans need to know who is better, Moreno or me? Keep the business good by making the best fight for fans.”
On Saturday night March 17th, boxing returns to Ballys in Atlantic City when John Lynch’s Pound for Pound Promotions features once-beaten super middleweight Farah Ennis (18-1, 12 KOs) taking on Dion Savage (11-2, 6 KOs) in a ten round bout. In the eight round co-feature, undefeated Welterweight Vitaliy Demyanenko (19-0, 12 KOs) takes on rugged Ayi Bruce (21-5, 13 KOs). Also in a six round jr middleweight bout, Glen “Jersey Boy” Tapia (12-0, 6 KOs) will see action against Antonio Infrante (6-2, 4 KOs). (more…)
On April 18th, boxing returns to the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, New Jersey with a card that is promoted by Gabe LaConte’s First Round Promotions in association with Greg Cohen Promotions. In the main event, Super Middleweight Richard Pierson (10-2, 7 KOs) will see action in a eight round bout against TBA. In the six round co-feature, John Thompson (6-0, 2 KOs) will look to remain undefeated against Jamond Bourgeois (4-1, 1 KO). Also bantamweight Qa’id Muhammad (6-0, 5 KOs) and featherweight Joseliz Cepeda (5-2) will fight TBAs in six-rounders.
MO Productions president Carlos Oliveira announced today that the long rumored fight between retired Brazilian living legend, four-time world champion Acelino “Popo” Freitas, and undefeated World Boxing Council South American middleweight champion Michael “The Brazilian Rocky” Oliveira, will take place June 2 at Conrad Punta Del Este and Resort Casino in Uruguay. The 10-round Freitas-Oliveira main event will be contested at 154-pounds. The remainder of the card will be announced at a later date.
“Everything was finalized yesterday and ‘Popo’ signed the contract,” Carlos said from Sao Paulo. “We’re all very excited that the deal has been made for what will be a huge event for Brazilians. We have a beautiful venue in nearby Uruguay. The fight will air live on Global TV in Brazil and Uruguay television.” (more…)
According to Kelly Pavlik’s hometown newspaper, the Youngstown Vindicator, Pavlik has agreed to face Aaron Jaco (15-2, 5 KOs) on March 31 in San Antonio, Texas. If all goes well, he could then land a spot on the June 9 Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley super card in Las Vegas.
Watch Brandon Rios unload on Yuriorkis Gamboa during Monday’s Miami press conference, where Gamboa was a no show. The two are supposed to meet at a press conference today in Los Angeles and in the ring on April 14th in Las Vegas.
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All Star Boxing, Inc and Telemundo Network return to Mexico City on March 16 with their successful “Boxeo Telemundo” series from the recently renovated Auditorio Plaza Condesa. In the main event, WBO #11/WBC Latin flyweight titleholder Glenn “Boyet” Donaire of General Santos City, Philippines (18-4-1, 10 KOs) will now face two-time world title challenger Omar Salado (24-4-2, 15 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico in a clash scheduled for twelve Rounds with the vacant WBC Latin super flyweight title at stake. Donaire was originally slated to face Omar “Lobito” Soto.
First bell at 8:00 PM, six more fights round off the card. The main event will be televised live by Telemundo Network at 11:35 PM and by Televisa Deportes Network in Mexico and Central America. (more…)
Former WBC super featherweight champion Vitali Tajbert (22-2, 6 KOs) has parted ways with former trainer Magomed Schaburow and is now working with Universum head trainer Michael Timm. “I want to try something new,” stated Tajbert. “Michael Timm is an excellent, experienced trainer and I think a lot of both of him personally and his work. He has made so many boxers into world champions. From that I’m guaranteed to benefit.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican WBA interim bantamweight champion Hugo “Cuatito” Ruiz (29-1, 26 KOs) will defend his crown on March 31 against Filipino John Mark Apolinario (17-2-1, 4 KOs) in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur headlining an event presented by Promociones del Pueblo, HG Boxing and Sampson Boxing. On that same night, WBC female super flyweight champion Ana Maria Torres (27-3-3, 15 KOs) defends against American Mary Ortega (31-6-2, 8 KOs). The event will be broadcast on Televisa.
Moments ago a deal was finalized for IBF #6 world ranked Maurice “Sugar Mo” Harris (25-15-2, 11 KOs) to face unbeaten German Edmund Gerber (19-0, 13 KOs). The bout will take place May 5th in Erfurt, Germany and is scheduled for eight rounds. The fight will be a major step up in competition for Gerber who has yet to face a world ranked fighter. A win for Harris would give him a solid chance to move up further in the IBF rankings in pursuit of his goal to challenge for the world title. Sauerland Events will promote.
Former IBF world champion Amanda Serrano (14-0-1, 9 KOs) will challenge WBC super featherweight champion Frida Wallberg (10-0, 2 KOs) of Sweden at the Cloetta Center in Linkoping, Sweden on April 27th. The unbeaten Serrano never lost her title in the ring but instead made a business decision to give up the strap to challenge Wallberg.
Photos: Pete Susens
Featherweights Bernabe Concepcion and Allan Tanada worked out at The Barrio Obrero Gym in San Juan, Puerto Rico for their bouts Saturday at the Roberto Clemente Stadium on the undercard of the Orlando Salido vs. Juan Manuel Lopez return WBO title bout. Concepcion will take on undefeated Miguel Angel Garcia for the NABO and NABF featherweight titles, while Tanada will face local favorite Gamalier Rodriguez in a six round bout on the undercard. more photos
Story and photos by Ricardo Conde
With less than 2-weeks until fight night, middleweight champion Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martinez (48-2-2, 27 KOs) of Oxnard, California by way of Argentina, is in tremendous shape as he continues his preparations under the guidance of former junior welterweight champion Pablo Sarmiento at Sarmiento’s Boxing Gym in Oxnard, California for his upcoming bout against top-rated middleweight contender Matthew ‘Mack the Knife’ Macklin (28-3, 19 KOs) of Birmingham, England which takes place on St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday March 17th, the fight card titled ‘The Real Middleweight Championship’ will be broadcast live on HBO’s ‘World Championship Boxing’ from Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. (more…)
Super bantamweight Randy Caballero’s first ShoBox bout promises to be the toughest of his career. Caballero (13-0, 7 KOs) faces Mexico’s Jose Luis “Tapitas” Araiza (29-5-1, 20 KOs) in defense of his WBC Youth Intercontinental title in a 10 round bout on March 16 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Lightweight Omar Figueroa Jr. (14-0-1, 11 KOs) faces Ramon Ayala (23-2-1, 11 KOs) in the main event.
Ever since it gained worldwide notice in 1996, women’s boxing has produced a series of great fighters, but two iconic names stand above the rest – Christy Martin and Mia St. John. This summer, nearly a decade after their first bout in 2002, Martin and St. John will meet again, in “Final Victory,” only this time the stakes will be even higher, as these two champions will fight for the final time and it will be for the WBC World Super Welterweight Belt in a big night of championship boxing on Tuesday evening, June 19th that will be presented by Table Mountain Casino, in association with Roy Englebrecht Promotions. (more…)
IBF mandatory challenger Tony Thompson (36-2, 24 KOs) says he was’t impressed by WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko’s easy KO of Jean Marc Mormeck Saturday in Germany. “It was an infomercial at best,” said Thompson, whom Wlad must fight by mid-July. “Mormeck is a tough cruiserweight but he’s not an impressive opponent for the heavyweight champion of the world…it was interesting that it seemed that Wladimir mentioned everyone in the division but me. I knew my shot was next, and I’m doing everything to solely focus on beating him. I just want to fight, point blank. It doesn’t matter to me where it takes place. If he wants to come over here, great. If he wants to fight in Germany thats great too.”
Klitschko previously KO’d Thompson in 2008, but Thompson claims injuries prevented him from entering that bout at 100%. Now Thompson says he’s healthy. “I’m ready,” he stated. “I’m done waiting for this part of my life to be over and I’m looking forward to becoming the heavyweight champion of the world.”
Former world lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios was on hand on Monday at the Versailles Restaurant on Calle Ocho in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami, for the kick-off press conference to announce his April 14 showdown with former featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa in Las Vegas. Surprisingly Gamboa was a no-show. There is another press conference scheduled for tomorrow in Los Angeles. Top Rank says tomorrow’s LA press conference is 100% confirmed. Will Gamboa show up at that one?
Lightweight knockout specialist “Dangerous” Dannie Williams (20-1, 16 KOs) will break training camp in Youngstown, Ohio, later this month and head east to challenge NABF beltholder “Hammerin’ Hank” Lundy (21-1-1, 11 KOs) in the ESPN Friday Night Fights 10-round main event at MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Williams is the mandatory challenger for Lundy’s title. Lundy is rated WBC #4, WBO #7 and IBF #12.
“I feel fantastic,” WBC #10-rated Williams said from camp, where he’s working with his head trainer, Jack Loew. “I don’t want to take anything away from Lundy. He’s the NABF champ and a good fighter, but I’m coming with it and he better not forget that. He talks a lot. I guess he’s trying to get in my head but it’s not going to work. When we get it on, all the talking will be over. I posted something on my Facebook page promoting our fight to get people interested to watch it at Foxwoods or on ESPN. No trash talking at all. He then went on my page and put up a lot of stuff trying to stir things up. Nobody cares. I’ll see him fight night. He hasn’t talked too much lately because he knows this fight is real. (more…)
Saturday’s world title defense of WBO jr middleweight champion Zaurbek Baysangurov against mandatory challenger Lukas Konecny in Kiev, Ukraine has been canceled after Baysangurov allegedly suffered a back injury in training. Baysanguro-Konecny will be rescheduled as soon as possible according to Konecny’s promoter Ulf Steinforth. This is another bitter pill for Konecny, who last year had a planned world championship fight and rematch with then-WBO champion Serhiy Dzinziruk canceled after Dzinziruk suffered an injury in training 13 days before the fight.
Olympic Gold Medalist Audley Harrsion has been forced to postpone his comeback bout with Ali Adams, scheduled for April 14 at the Brentwood Centre, Essex. It will now take place 6 weeks later on 26th May at the same venue. Audley had begun sparring last week Monday and during a heated sparring session, damaged his right elbow. He sought treatment and resumed sparring on Friday, but the injury became worse. (more…)
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