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Carlota Santos 111 vs. Ruby Lozano 111
Luis Quintana 118 vs. César Saucedo 118
Damiana Duran 103 vs. Leidys Martinez 103
Venue: Fantastic Casino La Doña, Panama
Promoter: Premium Boxing Promotions
By Robert Coster
Boxing is slowly returning to the sunny Island of Jamaica and tomorrow will be the final of the Wray & Nephew Ltd Contender Series, a highly successful boxing reality show on Jamaican TV that is being followed on the island by record numbers of viewers. The concept of the series started a couple of months ago with four unbeaten Jamaican middleweight prospects: Tsetsi Davis (4-0), Devon Moncrieffe (2-0), Sakima Mullings (4-0) and Ricardo Smith (2-0). Moncrieffe surprised favorite Davis, stopping him in two rounds, while Smith outpointed Mullings over 8 rounds. So the grand finale will therefore pit over 10 rounds the smooth boxing Smith (now 3-0) against Moncrieffe (3-0, 2 KOs), the more powerful puncher. (more…)
All New TUF, Plus Don’t Miss The Final Stop Before UFC 129: Team Lesnar deals with internal struggles, plus one fighter’s career is threatened by a injury – tonight at 9pm on SPIKE, 10pm on Rogers Sportsnet (in Canada). Plus, GSP and Jake Shields arrive in Toronto as they begin their final preparations for Saturday night – UFC Primetime Part 3 – tonight at midnight on SPIKE (7pm on Sportsnet in Canada)
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FIGHT CAMP 360°: PACQUIAO vs. MOSLEY – Episode 3
Premieres THIS SATURDAY at 8PM ET/PT on CBS
With the May 7 megafight between Manny Pacquiao and “Sugar” Shane Mosley only ten days away, the critically acclaimed camera crews take fight fans deeper into Pacquiao’s rags to riches story and documents the mounting intensity of Mosley’s Training Camp in Big Bear for this hour-long network premiere of FIGHT CAMP 360°: PACQUIAO vs. MOSLEY – Episode 3.
Former WBO title challenger Michael “Cold Blood” Clark (41-5-1) has completed camp and is set for his return to the ring on May 5th at The Crowne Plaza in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Undefeated in his last seven bouts, Clark will face veteran Carson Jones (29-8-2) over 12 rounds for the vacant USBA welterweight title. In the last year, Clark has defeated both Jason Pires (22-4-1) and Brian Camechis (19-4) in regional title fights and with another victory, Clark aims to land another world title shot. The six-bout card is being presented by HD Boxing and Holden Productions. The undercard will feature the returns of Contender Season II champ Grady Brewer (26-12) and former IBF middleweight title challenger Billy Lyell (22-9) in separate bouts.
On Thursday May 5th, welterweight prospect Edgar Santana (24-3, 15 KOs), returns to the ring in front of his hometown fans in the Bronx in the main event of the first of Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing’s five scheduled 2011 shows at the historic Paradise Theater on Grand Concourse. Santana is set to square off against Robert “Wolf” Jones (8-8-1, 3 KOs) in a scheduled eight rounder. Santana’s last fight was a win over current NABF light welterweight champ Joselito Lopez on Showtime’s Showbox: The New Generation back in April of 2008, but he has been out of the ring since then dealing with legal issues involving a drug bust.
The WBA has cancelled a scheduled purse bid for WBA cruiserweight champion Guillermo Jones and interim champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez due to a tentative agreement between Don King Productions and Sauerland Events. This frees Jones to face WBA #8 rated Ryan Coyne on June 25th at the Family Arena in St. Louis, Missouri. The Jones/Coyne winner must face Hernandez in a place and date to be determined. Headlining the DKP show will be former WBC jr welterweight champion Devon Alexander vs Lucas Matthysse.
By Andreas Hale
(On Pacquiao Knocking Mosley Out)
“Shane’s a tough guy and durable. It would be incredible if (Manny) stopped him. It would prove that he’s better than the other guy who couldn’t stop him. We’re going to force the action and go for it this time. If it comes, it comes. I think Manny is definitely the guy to do it.”
(On Nazeem Richardson)
“Nazeem knows how to get to his fighters. He gets the best out of his people. It’ll be a big challenge to come up with a better gameplan than he does. I respect him a lot and that’s why I expect Shane to be at his best on May 7th.”
(On If This Fight Will Feature More Action Than His Bout With Margarito)
“It’s the kind of fight that’s better than Margarito because Mosley moves fast and has great foot speed and power also. That’s what I want. He throws a lot of punches and that’s good for us to give the fans a good fight. ”
(On Knocking Out Mosley)
“We’re not really focused on the knockout. We work hard and if it comes, it comes. We have prepared ourselves to fight 12 rounds. If the knockout comes I would be excited about it.”
“It’s hard to judge him. I don’t know what his reason is for not fighting me. I really don’t have an idea why or what the reason is that he won’t fight me.”
By Francisco Salazar
After switching around fighters to box on specific dates, Golden Boy Promotions will have fighters fight near their hometowns. Golden Boy Promotions matchmaker Robert Diaz explained to Fightnews.com that the Carlos Molina-Angel Chacon bout will now take place at the Sports Arena in Pico Rivera on May 27th. The Molina-Chacon bout was scheduled to take place on May 20th at the Hangar at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, CA. Now the main event on the 20th will be Ronny Rios, from nearby Santa Ana, taking on an opponent to be determined.
“We’re currently narrowing it down from two or three opponents for Ronny,” said Diaz, a former adviser to Marco Antonio Barrera and manager to former world titleholder Manuel Medina and current super featherweight Dominic Salcido. “We’ll finalize something soon.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Promociones del Pueblo of Mexico and Prodesa form Nicaragua have reached an accord to co-promote the fight for the WBA minumweight world championship between reigning world champion Samuel Gutierrez and mandatory challenger and former world champion Juan Palacios on May 21 in San Martin Texmelucan, Puebla with the support of Grupo Modelo (Corona) and the television network Televisa. Few days before the WBA put the bout up for purse bid, Oswaldo and Reginaldo Kuchle (Promociones del Pueblo) and Silvio Conrado (Prodesa) agreed to present the fight in Mexico. Also planned is super flyweight Oscar “Ceviche” Ibarra defending his WBC silver belt against Filipino Juanito Rubillar.
The line-up for “Prizefighter: International Heavyweights,” the 18th edition of Matchroom Sport’s eight-man, one night tournament at London’s Alexandra Palace on May 7 is now complete with former WBC cruiserweight champion and heavyweight contender Juan Carlos Gomez, who will join former Prizefighter winner Michael Sprott, Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson, unbeaten Mike Perez, Fres Oquendo, 6’8 Tye Fields, Gregory Tony and Konstantin Airich.
The British Boxing Board of Control have passed a proposed rule change for reserves in Prizefighter. Now should a winning boxer in Prizefighter fail to pass a medical to progress to the next stage, the losing fighter can go through in their place subject to the Board’s medical offices clearing them to do so.
By Francisco Salazar
Fight fans on the Central Coast of California will enjoy the upcoming May 13th fight card at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez. Four weeks later, they will be able to double their pleasure with another fight card at the same venue. Gary Shaw confirmed to Fightnews.com that unbeaten cruiserweight contender Lateef Kayode will take on Matt Godfrey in a 10 round bout on Friday, June 10th. Also on the “ShoBox: the New Generation” card will be a battle of unbeaten lightweights, as Archie Ray Marquez faces Art Hovhannisyan in an eight round bout. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Ex-WBA flyweight champ Takefumi Sakata, who fought his last bout seven months ago, was elected councilor of Inagi city, Tokyo, Japan on Sunday. The 31-year-old Sakata participated in the municipal election campaign with warm supports of such former world titlists as Guts Ishimatsu, etc. Sakata proudly says, “I’d like to contribute to the activation of our city through sports.” Along with stepping into politics, Sakata also entered Senshu University and will start his school life from today (Tuesday). Bon voyage.
By Boxing Bob Newman
Concetta, “Jennie” Brophy, 84, mother of International Boxing Hall of Fame director Ed Brophy, passed away this past Thursday, April 21. Mrs. Brophy was a life-long resident of Canastota, New York, affectionately known in the boxing world as “Title Town, USA” due in large part to being the home of the IBHOF and its two famous sons Carmen Basilio and his nephew Billy Backus, Canastota’s two world champions. Mrs. Brophy is also survived by children Richard Brophy, Daughter Grace Rapasadi, and nephew Jeff Brophy, all IBHOF staffers. Fightnews wishes to extend it’s condolences to the Brophys during this difficult time.
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Just as the Klitschko Brothers reign as world champions in the heaviest weight division, a par of brothers are hoping to equal the feat in the lightest divisions. Mexican brothers Raúl and Ramón García are ready to both leave the ring as world champions on Saturday night at the Forum Polanco in Mexico City. Raul Garcia (29-1-1, 17 KOs) will defend his WBO miniumweight world title against Philippine Rommel Asenjo (20-2, 16 KOs), while Ramon Garcia (15-2-1, 8 KOs) will attempt to regain his belt in a rematch with Colombian Jesus Gels (12-1-1, 5 KOs), who snatched the WBA light flyweight title from him in Colombia. If Raul keeps his crown and Ramon retakes his, it will be the first time that both are champions at the same time.
WBO president Francisco Varcacel will be present at the event. He is in town to present the WBO world championship belt to Orlando Salido, the newly crowned titleholder after surprising the previously undefeated featherweight sensation Juan Manuel “JuanMa” Lopez.
When talking about his first round submission win over Dustin Hazelett last December, lightweight contender Mark Bocek chuckles when he says “I wish they could all go like that fight,” yet he’s quick to qualify that statement with “but obviously they can’t.” . . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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By Ron Jackson
Anton Nel and Wiseman Dlomo clash for the vacant South African heavyweight title at the Olive Convention Centre in Durban on Friday night in what could possibly be one of the poorest heavyweight match-ups in recent years. The 42-year-old Nel and Dlomo will fight each other for the third time. The vacant SA title is at stake. Nel has a professional record of 16 wins, 12 by knockout, 11 defeats and 3 draws. Dlomo has a reported record of 7-8-2, 7 KOs. Spectators who attend the tournament will therefore not expect much from the main bout.
In their first fight, also in Durban, on December 7, 2002, Nell was in control before the fight was declared a technical draw in the fifth round. Dlomo was cut in a clash of heads and was unable to continue. In the return match, in Giyani on July 26, 2003, Nel dominated before stopping the overweight Dlomo 2 minutes 38 seconds into the sixth round. (more…)
The Super Six World Boxing Classic semi-final clash between WBA Super-Middleweight Champion Andre Ward and former tournament point leader King Arthur Abraham will be called off – if the Californian Boxing Commission refuses to honour an existing agreement over neutral officials. “Contrary to what has been previously agreed on, the Californian Commission all of a sudden insists on installing a Californian judge as well as a Californian referee. That is totally unacceptable,” Hall-of-Fame-Promoter Wilfried Sauerland said. “This turnaround comes as a huge and unpleasant surprise. Two months ago, everybody involved agreed that this tremendous fight would be served by neutral officials. We agreed to have one judge from California, one from Europe and one from neither Europe nor the US. The referee is supposed to be neither American nor European either. Unless this issue is sorted, King Arthur will not leave the country. We have put his flights on hold.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The city of Durango in Mexico has been announced as the host city for “Desafiando al Campeon” where three-time world champion Cristian “Diamante” Mijares (41-6-2, 18 KOs) will defend his IBF super flyweight belt for the first time against Raúl “Cobra “Martínez (28-1, 16 KOs) on May 14 at the Palenque de la Feria Nacional de Durango. Frenchman Malik Bouziane had previously been mentioned as the likely opponent for Mijares, however it was decided that Mijares would instead go into his mandatory defense. (more…)
Photos: Pete Susens/Top Rank
WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao looked sharp Tuesday in a hard workout with Raymundo Beltran and Shawn Porter under the watchful eye of trainer Freddie Roach at The Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California.
Pacquiao will appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday night on ABC, beginning at 12:05 a.m. ET/PT. This is Pacman’s fourth appearance of the show.
Earlier that same day Pacman will release his first U.S. single CD/DVD of Sometimes When We Touch, the 1977 chart-topping hit. Pacquiao recorded the song with the same production team, including songwriter and original singer Dan Hill, and producers Matthew McCauley and Fred Mollin. Available on iTunes and Amazon.com, a preview of Pacquiao’s latest recording can be heard at www.mannysings.com
The highly anticipated episode three of FIGHT CAMP 360°: Pacquiao-Mosley will air This Saturday! April 30 on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Sizwe Sinyabi from East London will defend his South African junior flyweight title against mandatory challenger Monwabisi Ngundwana of Port Elizabeth at the City Hall in Port Alfred on Saturday. Sinyabi (19-8-2, 9 KOs) who is trained by Nick Durandt will be making the first defence of his title that he won on July 16 last year when he outpointed Mfundo Gwayana over 12 rounds in Port Elizabeth. Ngundwana who has a reported record of 9-3, 6 KOs has come off two good wins in 2010, against Thabo Sishwana (ko 1) and Zamuxolo Lukwe (TKO 4). Trainer Mzwandile Sidina is confident that Ngundwana has the tools to dethrone the champion. The tournament will be presented by the Ndlambe Municipality and promoter Gladys Tsenene of Rainbow Boxing Promotions.
South Africa’s Andrew Smale departs on Wednesday for France where he will be the supervisor for the vacant WBO Africa heavyweight title fight in Pontault Combault, Seine-et-Marne between Carlos Takam 22-1-0 from the Cameroon and Gbenga Oloukun 19-6 of Nigeria. The Nigerian who is based in Hamburg, Germany has had all his fights in Europe.
SA Boxing has received no bids from promoters to stage the SA mini-flyweight title fight between champion Tshepo Lefele and Siviwe Ntshiko. Promoters have also not shown interest in presenting fights between champion Tshepo Mashego and Page Tshesane for the SA junior middleweight title and between champion Xolani Sifama and Doctor Ntsele for the SA flyweight title. Ntshiko, Tshesane and Ntsele are all mandatory challengers. If no promoter is willing to present a fight, Boxing SA may order a champion to defend his title without payment in a gymnasium or another suitable venue. If the champion refuses or neglects to defend his belt, Boxing SA may declare the title vacant.
Irish middleweight contender Andy Lee’s opponent has been named for his Wednesday, May 18, main event at Hitz Boxing’s “Rosemont Rumble” at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. Lee (25-1, 19 KOs) will face tough veteran Alex “The Technician” Bunema (31-7-2, 17 KOs) in a 10-round battle for the NABF Middleweight Championship. (more…)
The opening bout of Gary Shaw Production’s outstanding “Showdown in the Valley”, a ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader broadcast from the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California, on June 10 has been announced. In a battle of unbeaten junior lightweights, Albuquerque, New Mexico’s Archie Ray Marquez will face Glendale, California, via Gyumri, Armenia’s Art “Lionheart” Hovhannesyan in an eight-rounder
29-year-old Hovhannesyan (13-0-1, 7 KOs) returned from 10 months off to score an impressive TKO 5 over veteran Jose Alfredo Lugo on the undercard of his countryman Vic Darchinyan’s victory over Yonnhy Perez at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles on April 23. 22-year-old Marquez (12-0, 8 KOs) was last seen scoring a unanimous eight-round decision over Las Vegas native Johnny Frazier at the Santa Ana Star Casino in Bernalillo, New Mexico on April 2.
Hovhannesyan vs. Marquez will serve as the televised opener in a night that features some of the most exciting prospects in boxing including bantamweight power puncher Chris Avalos and cruiserweight smasher Lateef “Power” Kayode in separate bouts. (more…)
By Raymond Mares
The “Duke City Showdown” countdown has now officially begun. With one card left to be filled, the event’s headliner, Holly Holm (29-1-3, 7 KOs) said she is ready to show her fans even more than they have seen before.
Holm’s next opponent, Cindy “Checkmate” Serrano (15-3-1, 7 KOs) was announced today at Route 66 but was unable to attend due to airline delays, said Lenny Fresquez, the fight’s promoter. Serrano was en route to the press conference and was still scheduled to make appearances with local television stations by the end of the day. (more…)
Some fighters say that being in the UFC Octagon for the first time makes you feel like your heart just stopped. Sean Pierson felt like his was beating out of his chest . . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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On Saturday, boxers Librado Andrade, Enrique Ornelas and Randy Caballero will be on hand at a public appearance at the La Quinta, Calif. Home Depot from 12:00pm to 2:00pm PT where they will sign autographs, pose for photos and talk with fans in attendance. All three will be in action on May 6 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. Brothers Andrade and Ornelas will to fight on the same card for the first time in over six years (the last time was December 16, 2004 at the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles) on TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo.” Andrade (29-3, 22 KO’s) faces Aaron Pryor, Jr. (15-3, 11 KO’s) in a 10-round light heavyweight main event while younger brother Ornelas (30-7, 20 KO’s) will fight an opponent to be announced in the eight round light heavyweight co-feature. Coachella’s undefeated junior featherweight star, Caballero (9-0, 5 KO’s) will face an opponent to be determined in a six round fight.
Promoters Javier Bustillo, Gary Shaw and Lou DiBella have announced the signing of the Puerto Rican 140-pound prospect Hector “El Flaco” Sanchez (19-1, 9 KOs). Sanchez has victories over Mexican standout Albert Rodriguez and DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley among others. ‘El Flaco’ will appear on one of two shows being presented by Universal Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions and DiBella Entertainment on June 10th or 11th in New York City, on the weekend of the Puerto Rican Day Parade.
Photos and report by Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
In a special ceremony the WBC president Jose Sulaiman gave the popular fighter Saul “Canelo” Alvarez from Mexico his green and gold belt that proved his super welterweight championship. At the same time Saul Alvarez gave to Jose Sulaiman the pants and the robe that he used when he was crowned super welterweight world champion against Matthew Hatton from England, and said that his clothing was very valuable for him but he gave them to the WBC because of the support of this organization in his boxing career. Click here for more photos…
WBC light flyweight world champion Gilberto Keb Baas vs. Adrian Hernandez headlines a card on Saturday night at the Coliseo de la Feria de Texcoco in Texcoco, Estado Mexico, Mexico, presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Grupo Publica and Pepe Gomez. In the co-featured bout of the evening, Mexico City’s undefeated top prospect Marco Antonio Periban will face Argentine Jose Alberto Clavero. The Televisa broadcast in begins at 10:30pm CT. Doors open at 6:00 pm CT and the first bell rings at 7:00 pm CT.
Fight fans in the United States will be able to watch the April 30 world title fight thanks to a newly formed relationship between Golden Boy Promotions and AT&T. AT&T is exclusively delivering the series across three screens (TV, Online and Mobile) to AT&T U-verse members. Beginning April 30, fans can access boxing from Mexico on the screen of their choice, with fights on AT&T U-verse® TV, U-verse Online at www.att.net/boxeoand, for subscribers to the U-verse Live TV mobile application, on qualifying mobile phones. The April 30 U-verse broadcasts will air live at 9:30pm ET/6:30pm PT.
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