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Former IBF world champion Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi (30-4, 6 KOs) travels to the Donbass Arena in Donetsk, Ukraine, to take on unbeaten reigning WBA welterweight world champion Vyacheslav Senchenko (32-0, 21 KOs) on Sunday. There is a lot riding on this fight for Paulie. If he is able to win a world championship in a second weight class, it’s a certainty that he would defend the belt on the first ever boxing card at the new Barclays Center in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York.
The undefeated Senchenko won the vacant WBA welterweight in an April 2009, pinning the first loss on then-unbeaten interim titleholder Yuriy Nuzhnenko. He has since made three successful defenses – all in Donetsk. The WBA #2 Malignaggi will give Senchenko much needed worldwide exposure and credibility against a well established name. (more…)
WBC Request to Texas Authorities and the University of Texas El Paso
The World Boxing Council respectfully presents its request to the government authorities of El Paso, the University of el Paso and all the boxing fans in that beautiful city to join so it can be approved that the WBC championship bout where the WBC middleweight champion, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will make the third defense on his title against Irish Andy Lee to be held in that city. This card will be considered as an act of union between of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez and so of The United States and Mexico, plus being the most important bout to be promoted next June 16, 2012.
Senator irked after UT officials cancel boxing match in El Paso
A decision by the University of Texas System to cancel a boxing match in UT-El Paso’s Sun Bowl stadium irked Sen. Jose Rodriguez, D-El Paso, especially since security concerns were cited because of border violence. Rodriguez has spoken out against what he believes are inflated reports of border violence, which have not affected metropolitan areas, such as El Paso.
A boxing match between Julio César Chávez Jr. and Andy Lee scheduled for June 16 has been cancelled because of security reasons, according to an El Paso Times story. “I strongly oppose the decision by the UT System to cancel this fight, especially without consulting local officials regarding any potential threat. This is just one more example of what happens when our state leaders disregard the facts by falsely calling border communities ‘war zones’ without any evidence to support their claims,” Rodriguez said. (more…)
WBC President Jose Sulaiman has announced that WBC middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has signed a commitment to defend his title against Sergio Martinez in September, if he defeats his next challenger Andy Lee in what will be the third defense of his title. Sergio Martinez has already signed the same document, as has Andy Lee. According to the WBC they have silently carried out continuous communications and negotiations with both parties, in spite of media reports that indicated the opposite. “I am convinced of the dignity, pride and honor that a World Boxing Council champion always has,” Sulaiman stated.
Hitz Boxing’s popular “Fight Night at the Horseshoe” series will return on May 25 at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, featuring Chicago’s own former heavyweight title challenger “Fast” Fres Oquendo (33-7, 21 KOs) in the 10-round main event. The undercard includes NABA-US lightweight champion Yakubu “Black Mamba” Amidu (20-3-1, 18 KOs), undefeated heavyweight crowd pleaser David “Diesel” Latoria (10-0, 5 KOs), and popular Chicago super-middleweight dynamo Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez (6-0, 3 KOs) against TBA’s in six-round bouts. All opponents will be announced shortly.
“Due to the tremendous success of these shows and the record-breaking crowd we welcomed at the last show, we are bringing back several of the most popular fighters and introducing some new talent as well,” said Hitz Boxing Founder, Bobby Hitz. “Boxing shows at the Horseshoe are like bringing Las Vegas to the Midwest. It’s a fantastic venue with terrific people to work with and we’re all very excited about this great event.”
By Karl Freitag
Just an hour before today’s kick-off press conference for the June 16 Julio Cesar Chavez vs. Andy Lee world middleweight championship fight at the 51,000-seat Sun Bowl, Top Rank was notified that due to “heightened security issues,” the University of Texas Board of Regents governing all UT schools made a decision to disallow the use of the stadium, located on the campus of the University of Texas at El Paso, even though UTEP was fully supportive of the event.
Top Rank matchmaker Carl Moretti informed Fightnews.com that the fight will likely be moved to Houston or San Antonio. The fighters have been told to continue training and the fight is definitely happening.
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
WBC Middleweight Champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and top middleweight contender Andy Lee of Limerick, Ireland pose during a press conference Tuesday in El Paso,Texas to announce their upcoming WBC World Middleweight Championship to be held Saturday, June 16 at a site to be determined. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions, DiBella Entertainment, At&T and Tecate, this championship card will be televised live on HBO Championship Boxing. Click here for more photos…
Following his twelfth round KO loss to reigning WBA super middleweight champion Karoly Balzsay on Saturday night in Schwerin, Germany, former world titleholder Dimitri Sartison will now require a third surgery on his knee. He may undergo the operation as early as Monday. “I have always lived by the legs, by my mobility. Because of my bad knee it was just not there. In the last round, I simply eased my concentration. Otherwise it would have been different. But, I don’t blame anyone for this. I decided myself that I would box….twice I’ve boxed for a world championship when not fit, and twice I’ve lost. Against Kessler and Balzsay. This is very bitter.” After his knee is repaired, Sartison is hoping for a rematch.
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Now in his last week of heavy training for the defense of his WBC super welterweight championship, Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is seeking to optimize his speed to beat former world champion Shane Mosley at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 5. “We will have a complicated fight,” says trainer Edison Reynoso. “Shane Mosley is fast and dangerous with strong punches. He has a lot of experience but we’re working to overcome it.”
“El Canelo” and his team have carefully analyzed videos to pinpoint Mosley’s weaknesses and have a defined strategy for the fight.
“I am training hard and making great progress,” stated Alvarez. “The determination that I have in this training camp will lead me to victory on May 5. I’m not thinking about what I need to do and achieve in boxing. I’m 21 years old and I know that there will be many opportunities. But as I said, that does not affect me as a fighter now. I am proud of what I’ve accomplished to this point and will be proud of winning in May.”
Former World Middleweight Champion Kelly ‘The Ghost’ Pavlik will return to the ring on Friday, June 8, fighting in the main event on a Top Rank/ESPN Friday Night Fights boxing card in The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. In the co- feature, Mike Lee, the undefeated Notre Dame champion, will fight in a light heavyweight bout.
In the main event, Pavlik (38-2, 33 KOs), of Youngstown, Ohio will take on Scott Sigmon (22-3, 13 KOs), of Bedford, Virginia in a scheduled 10-round super middleweight bout. Pavlik, trained by Robert Garcia, is coming off a tremendous knockout stoppage over Aaron Jaco on March 31 in San Antonio, Texas. “I have the power to get right back where I want to get – to a title fight,” Pavlik said.
Mike Lee (8-0, 5 KOs), from Chicago, IL the Notre Dame Champion and undefeated as a professional, is a very popular fighter who is currently featured in national Subway commercials. Lee trains with Ronnie Shields in Houston, Texas.
The June 8 fight card will feature eight bouts in all. The undercard includes 20-year- old fan favorite Jesse Magdaleno (8-0, 5 KOs) of Las Vegas in a six-round super bantamweight bout. Doors open at 4:30 pm, first bell is at 5 pm and the televised bouts begin at 7 pm local time. Tickets, priced at $100, $50, $25 plus applicable fees, go on sale Tuesday, April 24 and are available at the Hard Rock Hotel Box Office.
Twenty-year old southpaw super flyweight Ivan “Niño Morales” Morales (17-0, 12KOs) took a step towards history last night when he devastatingly stopped Anahuac, Chihuahua’s Edgar “Destroyer” Martinez (9-6, 5KOs) in the first round to capture the vacant WBC Youth super flyweight title in front of over 1,500 home town fans at the Tijuana Municipal Auditorium. Morales, the younger brother of seven-time world champion Erik “Terrible” Morales and former super flyweight WBO champ Diego “Pelucho” Morales, was the headliner for the “La Dinastia Continua (The Dynasty Continues)” fight card presented by Box Latino. With the win, the young Tijuana fighter is on his way to along with his brothers, becoming the first set of siblings to become world champions. (more…)
The ‘will they?’ or ‘won’t they?’ game surrounding a much-hyped-but-not -happening mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao is like Christmas Day to boxing fans—except the calendar remains stuck on Christmas Eve. It’s not that either fighter has been fighting bums, but the public wants what it wants, when it wants it and Christmas Eve doesn’t quite cut the mustard when your eye is on the gift under the tree.
Christmas Even will come around once again May 5, as Miguel Cotto will try his hands at becoming the first man to defeat “Money” Mayweather as a pro. (more…)
By Anthony Springer Jr.
The long awaited rematch between reigning UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen will still take place–just not on the champ’s home turn of Brazil, the UFC announced today.
Due to scheduling conflicts with a United Nations event in the country, the world’s biggest MMA promotion is pulling its blockbuster main event and moving it to July’s UFC 148 card in Las Vegas. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
IBO super middleweight champion Thomas Oosthuizen faces a tough one when he meets American Marcus Johnson in a 10-round non-title bout at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami Oklahoma on Friday night. The southpaw Oosthuizen (18-0-1, 13 KOs) will be having his second fight in the US. In September last year in Biloxi the 24-year-old South African outpointed Aaron Pryor Jr by wide margins, despite fighting under the handicap of a badly cut and swollen right eye. (more…)
Photos: Eroll Popova
SES boxing returns to the Brandenburg-Halle in Frankfurt (Oder) on May 16th. In the headlineer, “Killer Queen” Susi Kentikian (29-0, 16 KOs) defends her female lightweight belts against Melissa McMorrow (6-3-3, 0 KOs), heavyweight Francesco Pianeta (25-0-1, 14 KOs) will lock horns with the “White Buffalo” Francois Botha (48-7-3, 29 KOs). Here are some quotes from the press conference in Frankfurt: (more…)
Today on the field of Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas, undefeated world middleweight champion and the Son of the Legend, Julio César Chávez, Jr. and #2 world-rated middleweight contender Andy Lee will host an El Paso News press conference to discuss the details on their June 16 world title clash at the Sun Bowl. Joining Chávez Jr. will be Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum and Fernanado Beltran. Lee will be with Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward and Ron Rizzo of DiBella Entertainment. The news conference begins at 1:00 p.m. MT. Boxing fans are invited to attend.
The IBF Super middleweight champion Lucian Bute, who is training for a May 26 clash with Super Six finalist and mandatory challenger Carl Froch in Nottingham, England, met the press on Monday at West Palm Beach, Florida. Here are some quotes from Lucian and his trainer Stephan Larouche.
– By saying yes to fight Carl Froch in his hometown, I’m showing the world that I can fight anybody anywhere. I expect a tough fight; I’m working harder at the gym to be ready physically and mentally. I’m really looking forward to defend my Title for the tenth time. it’s going to be an amazing experience!
– I started my training camp about 7 weeks ago and now with just under 5 weeks remaining my training going very well. I am exactly where I should be. The sparring is started too, I have good sparring partners and I’m satisfied. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
Former light heavyweight world champion current television boxing analyst Antonio “The Magic Man” Tarver (29-6, 20 KOs) and unbeaten opponent Lateef “Power” Kayode (18-0, 14 KOs) held a press conference Monday afternoon at the J.W. Marriot Hotel at LA Live in Downtown Los Angeles for Showtime’s quadrupleheader on June 2 at the Home Depot Center in Carson California.
Also on hand were former world champion Winky Wright (51-5-1, 25 KOs) as well as undefeated middleweight Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (26-0, 20 KOs), WBA super welterweight champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout (24-0, 14 KOs) and rising prospect Leo Santa Cruz (19-0-1, 11 KOs). (more…)
Photo: Chris Farina / Top Rank
WBC Middleweight Champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. hits El Paso,Texas with his legendary father Monday night for a press conference Tuesday, to announce his upcoming title defense against top middleweight contender Andy Lee of Limerick,Ireland, Saturday,June 16 at the Sun Bowl in El Paso ,Texas. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions, DiBella Entertainment, At&T and Tecate, this championship card will be televised live on HBO Championship Boxing.
Golden Boy Promotions and FOX Sports Media Group announced a multi-year, multi-media agreement with Golden Boy Promotions to provide live boxing content in the United States and internationally. One originally produced boxing event per month from the United States will air live on FOX Deportes, FUEL TV and FOX Sports regional networks. Additionally, live boxing events from cities throughout Mexico will be carried on FOX Deportes. The first U.S. event is scheduled for May 4 from The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and features former world champion Daniel Ponce De Leon against Eduardo “El Chucky” Lazcano for the vacant USNBC super featherweight title. In the co-feature, Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith faces Derrick Ennis in a 10-round junior middleweight bout.
During the first year of the partnership, FOX Deportes is scheduled to air a total of 44 live events originating in both the United States and Mexico; for every year thereafter, the network airs 36 live events.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA will hold a purse bid for the a mandatory defense of WBA featherweight champion Celestino Caballero and #1 rated Miguel Angel “Mikey” Garcia on May 3rd at the at Miami Marriott Dadeland. WBA President Gilberto Mendoza and WBA Executive Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza will oversee the purse bid.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Two DC/Maryland/Virginia-area boxers have national TV exposure coming up in the next two months. As previously mentioned on Fightnews.com, undefeated Brandywine, MD heavyweight Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell will face Chazz Witherspoon on Saturday, April 28 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. The bout will be the HBO co-feature to the Bernard Hopkins-Chad Dawson main event.
Then on Friday, June 8 unheralded Bedford, VA super middleweight Scott “Cujo” Sigmon takes the biggest step of his career when he faces former world champion Kelly Pavlik in a 10-round bout at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. The bout will be televised by ESPN2 and it will be Sigmon’s first bout on national television. (more…)
Legendary Boxing Figure Emanuel Steward, and his famed Kronk Boxing, return on May 11 to Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California. In the main event, unbeaten jr middleweight Tony “Super Bad” Harrison (6-0, 6 KOs) takes on Ishwar Amador (11-9, 7 KOs). Harrison is considered Kronk’s next big star and has won all six of his fights by KO. “The fans are in for a special treat with Tony Harrison,” said Steward, “He’s very similar to Thomas Hearns. He comes to fight, he is fearless in the ring, he doesn’t fight in reverse like many young fighters of today, he has a lot of poise and confidence, and he has a crowd-pleasing fighting style that Southern Californian fans will appreciate.” Also featured on the card is featherweight Walter “Schoolboy” Sarnoi (10-2, 5 KOs) against Jonathan Alcantara (5-7-2, 1 KO). Tickets available at Pechanga Resort & Casino Box Office, by telephone at 1-877-711-2946, and at www.pechanga.com.
Top junior lightweight prospect Andrew “Chango” Cancio (13-1-2, 11 KOs) has passed the tests placed in front of him thus far, but the biggest test of his career will come on June 2 when he faces six-time former world title challenger and 2000 Olympic Silver Medalist Rocky Juarez (28-9-1, 20 KOs) in the main event of TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate,” at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California.
IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute spars with Dhafir Smith in preparation for his May 26 clash with Super Six finalist and mandatory challenger Carl Froch. To prepare the champion for the deafening crowd support Froch will receive at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England, Bute’s trainer Stephan Larouche has piped in sound from previous Froch fights. Sparring partner Smith also helped Andre Ward prepare for his fight with Froch.
Another exciting match-up is in the cards on May 5 in Erfurt: Light-Heavyweights Dustin Dirks and Thomas Ulrich, both from Germany, will square off in the Messehalle. Dirks is undefeated, having won all of his previous 23 fights (17 KOs). Ulrich on the other hand surprisingly lost his last bout back in April 2011 against the Lithuanian Sergej Razvadovskij. The record of the former European Champion stands at 32 victories (22 KOs) to six losses out of 38 fights. The fight in the Messehalle will determine who will play a bigger role in the future of the light-heavyweight division. (more…)
By Phil Doherty
It didn’t take long for Acquinity Sports to establish a boxing beachhead in South Florida this year. Acquinity literally came out swinging with their inaugural January 7th card from the Westin Diplomat Resort on Hollywood Beach. They followed that successful debut with a spectacular “D Day: Dominican Domination” card from the Diplomat on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fight series last month. That show was capped by an 8th-round knockout of the year-worthy effort by former two-division world champion Joan Guzman against Puerto Rican Jesus Pabon.
Now, much like the original D-Day, this newly-crowned “A-team” of South Florida boxing looks to break out inland and storm the 5,500-seat Seminole Hard Rock Live with a world-class card scheduled for Friday, May 18th. The 10-bout card features Hollywood’s own Dominican welterweight contender Ed “The Lion” Paredes (30-3-1, 20 KOs) in a 10-round battle against former light welterweight world champion “Vicious” Vivian Harris (29-7-2, 19 KOs). (more…)
Two of boxing’s fastest rising stars and part of the Mayweather Promotions team take time to visit and give back to The Boys and Girls Club. Both boxers once spend time playing and learning from this great national program that is design to keep kids off the streets and offer educational services. The Boys and Girls club is a place where our youth come to play, learn life skills and feel part of a family that inspires them. (more…)
A bout between two American heavyweights that has been in the works for more than a year finally comes to fruition with undefeated Brandywine, MD boxer Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell takes on Chazz “The Gentleman” Witherspoon of Paulsboro, NJ on Saturday, April 28 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ.
And Mitchell couldn’t be happier. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Former South African junior heavyweight champion Danie Venter won on a first round technical knockout over Alex Mbaya from the DRC in a scheduled eight at the Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg on Saturday night. Venter (94.24kg) a bronze medallist at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester wasted no time as he battered the lighter Mbaya (87.34kg) from the bell before the referee stepped in to call the fight off. The 33-year-old Venter improves his record to 12-5, 9 KOs and the 34-year-old Mbaya sees his record drop to 1-3, 1 KO.
Chazz “The Gentleman” Witherspoon (30-2, 22 KOs) is truly a gentleman – outside the ring, at least. He is soft spoken, well educated, and always dresses in a jacket and tie when he appears at Philadelphia-area fight cards to support his hometown fighters. On Saturday, April 28, at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ, Chazz takes on unbeaten knockout artist Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell (24-0-1, 18 KOs) in a twelve round battle for the vacant NABO heavyweight title. The bout is expected to be explosive, and will be featured on HBO Championship Boxing, supporting the rematch between “Bad” Chad Dawson and Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins. (more…)
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Photos by Wolfgang Schiffbauer & Team Sturm
Last Friday night, WBA Middleweight Super Champion Felix Sturm successfully defended his crown for the twelvth time against former WBC titlelist Sebastian Zbik in an All-German mega-fight at the Lanxess Arena In Cologne, Germany. The champion looked much better than in his previous outings against Matthew Macklin (a close split decision win) and Martin Murray (a draw) in scoring a ninth round stoppage win over his former stablemate Zbik. After an even start, Sturm got untracked in the third round and battered his challenger with his left jab and explosive combinations until Zbik and his corner decided to stop the bout after the ninth.
FightNews.com caught up with Sturm at his gym in Cologne. The longtime WBA kingpin was in a good mood and eager to talk about the Zbik bout, the week after the fight, his future as a boxer and a promoter, mandatory challenger Gennady Golovkin, a possible title unification and a return to America eight years after he came in as a huge underdog against living legend Oscar de la Hoya only to lose a hotly disputed and controversial twelve round decision. (more…)
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Kenny Bayless, considered one of the best referees in boxing today, is the leading candidate to officiate the May 5 bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas between WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto and four-division undefeated world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. Bayless, 62, was the referee in Cotto fights against Antonio Margarito in 2008 and Manny Pacquiao in 2009 and in Mayweather Jr. fights against Oscar de la Hoya in 2007 and Sugar Shane Mosley in 2010. Along with Bayless, it sounds like the name of Jay Nady is also under consideration.
By Dave Spencer
With the talk of the natural rivalry with fellow Montrealer and IBF champion Lucian Bute still continuing, hard-hitting Adonis Stevenson and his team have opened up their options of “going green” on this Earth Day weekend. With the usual rabid media contingent trying to get their questions in, Stevenson’s promoter Yvon Michel was forced to answer from a slightly different source Friday night. “What would happen if Ward vacates the title as he said he might do? What would happen then?” Under normal circumstances, such a question might illicit murmurs or groans seeing as the promoter had just addressed it moments earlier, but seeing as the man with the microphone was Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward, Michel was given every courtesy to address the query, just in case the gathered masses missed it the first time.
“It means that Adonis will be fighting Anthony Dirrell for the vacant title,” said the promoter, reiterating what he had just said. Andre Ward who also owns the WBA title at 168 was thought to be penciled in for a June 2nd date in his hometown of Oakland California and has not officially abdicated the WBC belt, but he has all but assured he won’t be facing his mandatory challenger in the younger Dirrell brother. “I don’t have a lot of interest,” Ward recently told Sports Illustrated, “I consider Anthony a good fighter, a brother. But the networks won’t be interested.” It should be noted though that today’s L.A. press conference for the Bay area fight does not include the Super-six winner in what is already a stacked card. (More)
By Felipe Leon
Ivan Morales 114.8 vs. Edgar Martinez 115
Emilio Bojorquez 142 vs. Abner Lopez 142
Osvaldo Castro 115.7 vs. Luis Gonzalez 115.7
Pedro Melo 115.7 vs. Juan Jimenez 117.2
Pablo Armenta 131 vs. Wilbert Ortiz 129
Christian Bojorquez 126.9 vs. Benjamin Garcia 122.5
Adrian Vargas 140.4 vs. Gerardo Chavez 140.4
Javier Mendoza 116 vs. Cristian Aguilar 117.9
Cesar De La Mora 121 vs. Rosalio Alvarez 121.5
When: Monday, April 23rd
Where: Tijuana Municipal Auditorium
Promoter: Box Latino
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