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Hard Hittin’ Promotions has a seven fight card at the Lion’s Den in Middletown, Connecticut on March 2nd. In the main event, Meriden, CT prospect Danny Aquino (9-1) battles undefeated Philadelphia prospect Coy Evans
(10-0-1) for the UNBC super bantamweight title. In the co-feature, New Haven, CT’s undefeated Edwin Soto (7-0-2) takes on Bryan Abraham in a rematch. Their first fight ended in a draw.
4 rds: Nate Green vs. Jose Rivera
4 rds: Oscar Bonilla vs. TayShaun Autry
4 rds: Ahmad Mickens vs. TBA
4 rds: Dominic DeSanto vs. TBA
Rudy Markussen (37-2, 24 KOs) is convinced he has the power to beat WBA Super-Middleweight World Champion (Interim) Brian Magee (35-4, 24 KOs) at the first Nordic Fight Night in Copenhagen on Saturday night. The Hardhitter is looking to complete a spectacular comeback after a long break from boxing between 2006 and 2010. “This is my last chance and I will make the most of it,” the 34-year-old said at today´s final press conference at Broendby Hall. “My comeback has gone very well thus far. I have a lot of confidence. I am ready and I am in great shape. I know I have the power to beat him on Saturday night.”
Magee said he was looking for another victory on Danish soil. “I have great memories of Denmark,” he stated. “I have won here many times as an amateur and also defeated Mads Larsen. I cannot afford any slip-ups. I am prepared to face Markussen. I am in top shape, the best ever, and I am here to defend my title.” (more…)
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IBF President Daryl Peoples has informed Argentina Boxing Federation President Osvaldo Bisbal that the IBF has banned Luis Lazarte from participating in any future IBF-related fight due to his behavior in Saturday’s Lazarte-Casimero bout in Mar De Plata, Argentina. In round six of that bout, Lazarte threatened referee Eddie Claudio while receiving a points deduction, asking him “Do you want to get out of here alive?” After the bout, some of Lazarte’s backers attacked Claudio, Lazarte’s opponent Johnriel Casimero and Casimero’s team in the ring. Lazarte later claimed he was retiring.
Below is the letter sent from Peoples to FAB President Osvaldo Bisbal:
February 15, 2012
Osvaldo Bisbal – Presidente
Federación Argentina de Boxeo
Castro Barros 75 (CP 1178)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Dear Mr. Bisbal:
First I would like to inform you that we are pleased with our increased activity in Argentina and look forward to developing it further this year. Argentina is a country with a strong boxing heritage and we aim to become an integral party of its history.
With that being said, I take this opportunity to address you in regards to the deplorable acts of violence that transpired after the Lazarte-Casimero bout. This type of violence has no place in a boxing match, or any sporting event for that matter, as it completely goes against the grain of what competition is about. Surely you agree to that. It is important that all of us in the boxing community, because this act in not exclusive to Argentina, utilize this experience as one to learn from and develop better ways to protect the perimeter around the ring and the people that are in it, while also insuring the safety of all those attending a boxing match. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Venezuelan promoter Boxtrack was hoping to put together a world championship boxing card in that country on March 31 in La Guaira featuring Venezuelan WBA interim world champions Johan “Terrible” Perez and Ogleidis “La Niña” Suárez, plus two-division former world champion Jorge “Nino de Oro” Linares. However, according to a source Golden Boy Promotions prefers that Linares pass on a proposed fight with Mexican Noe Bolanos and instead focus on a rematch against Antonio Demarco. Perez and Suárez also will not defend their world titles due to the short preparation time for the event
Due to a lack of boxing events, Venezuelan professional boxing is currently going through a crisis. Currently the country has about 30 professional boxers but all have to move to other countries to continue their careers.
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
The long-awaited bout between WBO junior middleweight champion Zaurbek Baysangurov (26-1, 20 KOs) and the official challenger for the title Lukas Konecny (47-3, 22 KOs) will take place March 10 at the Ice Palace “Terminal” in Brovary (a suburb of Kiev) Ukraine, and will become the main event of the big boxing show of presented by the Klitschko Brothers’ K2 Promotions.
On February 23 in Kiev there will be a special press conference with Baysangurov and Konecny, the fight will be announced officially. Also at the press conference will be the names of other fighters on upcoming boxing event in Brovary.
By Karl Freitag
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko says it was Dereck Chisora’s spirited effort against Robert Helenius that earned him a world title shot. Chisora weighed in at a career high 261 in his dreadful loss to Tyson Fury, but came 18 pounds lighter against Helenius and seemingly did enough to win. Please don’t underestimate Chisora,” stated Vitali during a conference call Wednesday. “He’s young, very aggressive, he’s very hungry and he wants to be world champion very much. I was very impressed when I saw his last fight against Robert Helenius. Before their fight everybody would talk about Helenius like he was the next world champion and yes, of course, I saw the last fight and everybody (loved) Chisora. Chisora may have lost the decision, but many experts who saw the fight, saw Chisora dominate the fight. He beat Helenius, but in split decision, Helenius won. (more…)
By Matt Richardson
In recent years, and, unfortunately, what looks like some fights in the near future, there has been a lack on behalf of the powers that be in boxing to make consistently exciting, competitive fights for the fans. Instead, promoters will take two big names (or sometimes just one) and match them in a fight that most fans know the winner of beforehand and, worse, have little interest in watching in real time. Granted, sometimes the winner will be in doubt, but generally the style of the matched boxers leaves much to be desired.
To this end, promoter Lou DiBella says he is carefully working on circumventing the “stinkability” factor currently permeating the sport in favor of evenly-matched, thrilling matches. These fights may not always be the most meaningful or for the most titles, but they’re the types of fights fans and media remember, long after the dull, unification fight has faded from memory. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“I can confirm that today, February 15, Tomek Adamek signed a contract with Main Events,” said Adamek’s highly regarded advisor Zyggi Rozalski. Adamek (44-2, 28 KOs), the former light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion who is now campaigning as a heavyweight, stated “My place is in the ring, and I am looking forward to getting back to business on March 24. I’m not wasting any time. My trainer, Roger Bloodworth, has been with me since last Monday and we are already training. I’m not sure who my opponent will be on March 24, but I’m sure we will know more in the next days or even hours. I wanted to fight as soon as possible and not wait for my summer bout without a real test in the ring – this is why I decided to fight on the Zab Judah-Vernon Paris card in Brooklyn.” (more…)
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Baja Boxing, a promotional company out of Tijuana and led by the respected Antonio “Cañas” Lozada, has been tapped by Gary Show Promotions to be the lead promoter for WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco’s first defense of his newly acquired title in a city in Mexico to be named at a later date. The scheduled twelve round bout will be televised live in Mexico on Televisa’s “Sabados de Corona” boxing series held every Saturday night.
DeMarco (26-2-1, 19KOs) will be doing a voluntary defense and it will be the first time he will step into a ring in his native Mexico as a full-fledged champion. In his last bout in Mexico, DeMarco was the interim titleholder when he faced the late Edwin Valero in Monterrey, Mexico, in early 2010. (more…)
It would be hard to put together a bout between two tougher, more well-rounded welterweights, but UFC matchmaker Joe Silva managed to do just that in Wednesday’s UFC on FUEL TV main event at the Omaha Civic Auditorium by pairing cardio machine Diego Sanchez against knockout king Jake Ellenberger. The roaring hometown crowd desperately wanted one of Ellenberger’s knockout fists to somehow break through Sanchez’ granite chin, and although that didn’t happen, the local was consistent enough to score the unanimous decision win . . . Click here for more by Laura Gilbert, UFC.com
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By Felipe Leon
Julio Cesar Felix 105 vs. Cristian Aguilar 106
Emilio Bojorquez 144.5 vs. Eduardo Iñiguez 147
Luis Gomez 118.5 vs. Mario Lara 118.5
Christian Bojorquez 121 vs. Jose Iñiguez 121
Carlos Castañeda 130.5 vs. Juan Gomez 130
Reynaldo Russell 119.5 vs. Jose Cervantes 119.75
Francisco Flores 151.5 vs. Jonathan Medina 149.5
When: Thursday, February 16th, 8:00pm
Where: Las Pulgas Nightclub, Revolucion Ave., Tijuana, MEX
Promoter: Mayen Promotions
Alexander Flores 223 vs Yohan Banks 284
Jason Williams 159 vs Nick Reale 163.4
Abigail Castaneda 115.6 vs Maria Ruiz 114
Mike Arellano 154 vs Darren Smith 155.8
Eric Mendez 151.8 vs John Worthy 155
Jose Hernandez 138.4 vs Jaime Orrantia 138.8
Venue: The Hangar in Costa Mesa, CA
Promoter: Roy Englebrecht Promotions
Doors open at 6:30pm first bout at 7:30pm; Tickets $50
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By ‘Rowdy’ Ronda Rousey
In one month, on March 3 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, I will challenge for the women’s bantamweight championship of the world.
While I may only have four professional mixed martial arts bouts to my name, I’m far from inexperienced. You might think that, but you’d be wrong. Miesha Tate, my next opponent and current Strikeforce world bantamweight champion, is convinced I’m inexperienced and therefore undeserving of a shot at her belt on March 3rd. Again, she is wrong, deluded even, wary that I have the ability to make her look ordinary and one-dimensional, regardless of how many MMA bouts I may have taken part in. (more…)
Junior middleweight knockout artist Jonathan “Mantequilla” Gonzalez (14-0, 13 KOs) of San Juan, Puerto Rico, will be looking to make a statement against former world title challenger Billy Lyell (24-10-2, 5 KOs) of Warren, Ohio, in the 10-round Showtime televised co-feature from the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California, this Friday, February 17. Gonzalez vs. Lyell will serve as the chief supporting bout to the night’s main event, featuring fellow Puerto Rican Thomas Dulorme (13-0, 10 KOs) taking on Aris Ambriz (16-2-1, 8 KOs) for the vacant NABF welterweight title. (more…)
By Anthony Springer Jr.
Pssst! There’s a big fight…TODAY!
Flying low on the radar in between UFC 143’s back and forth between Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit and UFC144’s lightweight clash between champ Frankie Edgar and Benson Henderson lies a bout of epic proportions in the welterweight division. (more…)
Promoter Frank Maloney today won the purse bids for the British & Commonwealth Heavyweight Championship between David Price and Sam Sexton Maloney beat all other promoters at the bids held at the British Boxing Board of Control’s offices in Cardiff. A date and venue will be announced in the next few days.
Super Featherweight boxer Jerry Belmontes of Corpus Christi, Texas (15-0, 5 KOs), has signed a promotional deal with Northern New Jersey based Main Events, it was announced today by promoter Kathy Duva. Belmontes is expected to fight under the promoter’s banner for the first time in May in a bout to be televised on Telefutura’s Solo Boxeo. Details about the show will be released in the coming weeks.
Ring great Roy Jones Jr. will join junior welterweights Victor Cayo (27-2, 19 KOs) and former unified lightweight world champion Nate Campbell (34-9-1, 25 KOs) during a press conference on Tuesday in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Cayo and Campbell clash March 24 at the Palacio de Los Deportes in a ten-rounder.
Team Oliveira has collectively decided to drop undefeated WBC South American middleweight champion Michael “The Brazilian Rocky” Oliveira down one weight class to junior middleweight, starting with his Brazilian mega-fight against four-time world champion Acelino “Popo” Freitas, which is tentatively scheduled for May 19 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 21-year-old Oliveira is listed as 5’9 but he always gave away height, reach and weight fighting as a middleweight. Michael’s father/promoter Carlos Oliveira (MO Productions) is scheduled to fly next week to Brazil to go over final details for Michael’s May 19 fight in Rio against Freitas. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
We have known the sad and unfortunate news of the death of Julio Shaik, who passed from a sudden heart attack at the age of 69 on Wednesday morning at his home in Panama City, Panama. He was a representative of the IBF in Panama and Latin America and also a commissioner and treasurer of the Panama Boxing Commission. He made many efforts to make sure Latin boxers were taken into consideration for the IBF rankings. Just recently Julio worked as supervisor of Miguel Vasquez vs Ameth Diaz IBF title fight on January 21 in Guadalajara, Mexico. We send our condolences to his family and recognize the loss of someone who was actually a friend and a person who supported us at all times.
Photo: Sauerland Event
WBA interim super middleweight beltholder Brian Magee believes he is in the shape of his life. The 36-year-old Belfast fighter held a media work-out at fitness.dk in Osterbro today. “I am in the best shape ever,” he said. “I have a lot of respect for Rudy Markussen but I believe I have more speed and skills than he has. I´ve seen a couple of his fights and I think he has good power but I have as much power. I am prepared for a tough fight and I will defend my title.”
Magee does not rate Markussen as the hardest-hitting fighter at super-middleweight. “I have fought against Carl Froch and I don’t think Markussen hits as hard as him but it´s always tough to compare,” he stated. (more…)
Vitali’s final preparations for Saturday’s WBC heavyweight title defense against Dereck Chisora in Munich, Germany.
Heavyweight contender Chris Arreola, two-time world champion Paul Williams and IBF light heavyweight world champion Tavoris Cloud worked out on Monday at the La Palmara mall in Corpus Christi, Texas. The three worked out and signed autographs for the fans in attendance in advance of their fights Saturday at the American Bank Center. Opponents Eric Molina, Nobuhiro Ishida and Gabriel Campillo are slated to workout today at the same place starting at 1:30PM. The event, billed as “Triple Threat” is promoted by Goossen Tutor in association with DKP and Golden Boy and can be seen on Showtime.
Photos: Klitschko Management Group
Vitali Klitschko and Dereck Chisora held their open work out at the Mercedes-Benz dealership in Munich (Germany). Over 1000 fans showed up to watch both fighters showing off their boxing skills in preparation for their heavyweight championship fight this Saturday, February 18. WBC Champion Klitschko and his contender Dereck Chisora will face off at the Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany.
The fight will be broadcast live and exclusively on RTL in Germany, in the US it will be shown on EPIX. Remaining tickets for Klitschko vs. Chisora are available on www.eventim.de. more photos
Bantamweight Jamie McDonnell (18-2-1, 7 KOs) will close in on a shot at a world title if he is successful in the defense of his European title against Malik Bouziane (13-1-1, 1 KO) on March 3rd at the Hillsborough Leisure Centre in Sheffield. Bouziane recently fought for the IBF super flyweight title against Simphiwe Nongqayi in France where he scored majority draw. Two judges scored it 114-114 and the third 115-113 in favour of Nongjayi. The former European bantamweight champion who won the title from Ian Napa in his back yard, gave up his belts after two defenses to challenged for the IBF super flyweight title and has had only one loss on his career record to date. McDonnell has not looked back since last being defeated in 2008. After a recent visit to the WBC Convention in Las Vegas with teammate David Price, McDonnell now has his sights firmly set on a crack at a world title. McDonnell said, “I believe I am ready for a shot at a world title and by convincingly beating Bouziane on March 3rd I will prove that.”
Last year, the song “Coming Home” became a staple on the mixed martial arts circuit. Whether in their home state, province, city, or town, the man born Sean John Combs and his band Dirty Money echoed through countless venues, providing the soundtrack for numerous fighters as they made their walk to the cage . . Click here for more by E. Spencer Kyle, UFC.com
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Former WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Gabriel Campillo (21-3-1, 8 KOs) and his outstanding support team, landed in in Corpus Christi, Texas, at 4 pm yesterday, in advance of Campillo’s challenge for unbeaten Tavoris Cloud’s (24-0, 19 KOs) IBF championship at American Bank Center Arena this Saturday night. Campillo says he and trainer Pablo Sarmiento had a fantastic camp, working with middleweight champion (and Campillo manager) Sergio Martinez, who is also in heavy training for his upcoming fight. “Few people are giving me a shot in this fight and that just motivates me more to prove them wrong,” said the eager Campillo. “This won’t be the first time I’ve gone to another country and returned home an upset victor,” continued the Madrid, Spain, native.
Former WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli (33-5, 26 KOs) will challenge Shane McPhilbin (8-2, 5 KOs) in McPhilbin’s first defense of his British cruiserweight championship on March 23 at the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton, England. Should be an interesting fight as most of the exciting Maccarinelli’s fights end in a KO one way or the other. The card will be promoted by Frank Warren and PJ Rowson.
By Ron Jackson
Former WBF heavyweight champion Mike Bernardo has died in Cape Town. He was 42. He won the vacant WBF belt when he stopped Dan Jerling from Czechslovakia in the sixth round in May 2000. He retained the title with a 41-second knockout of American Peter McNeely in Cape Town on June 8, 2001, but was stripped of his belt in May 2002 because of inactivity. Bernardo was born in Cape Town on July 29, 1969. In his professional debut on February 28, 1993, he knocked out Delius Musemwa in the third round. In his next fight he was stopped in the first round by Anton Nel, who later won the SA heavyweight title. Bernardo won his next seven fights but was inactive from 1997 to 1999 before he knocked out Scott Connar in the second round in Chicago in January 2000. On May 12 that year, he beat Jerling in Szekszard, Hungary, to claim the vacant WBF heavyweight title. His fight against McNeely was his last and he finished with a record of 11-1, with one no-contest and nine knockouts. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Three division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez (53-6-1, 39 KOs) is set to return April 21 as he takes on Argentina’s Cesar Cuenca (42-0, 1 KO) in Mexico, it was reported earlier by Marquez promoter, Zanfer Promotions. Marquez was stripped of the WBA lightweight super title after fighting outside the division in 2011. Later it appeared that WBA 140lb champion Lamont Peterson could be his next opponent but Peterson instead will be meeting Amir Khan in a rematch on May 19 in Las Vegas. That left Marquez looking for another opponent and it appears he will be fighting Cuenca at 140. Marquez, coming off another close split decision loss to Manny Pacquiao, will now take on the undefeated Argentinian Cuenca, a slick southpaw rated WBO #1 in the junior welterweight division, who will be fighting outside his native Argentina for the first time in his career as he looks to make a splash against Marquez.
By Joe Koizumi
In an encounter of southpaws, top contender Shinya Iwabuchi (18-3, 15 KOs), 140, captured the national super-light belt as he finally caught elusive defending champ Yuji Wauke (15-4, 7 KOs), 140, with a solid left-right combination and finished him at 1:34 of the seventh round on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. The OPBF top ranked Wauke utilized his advantageous height and reach and attempted to outpunch the hard-hitting but lazy challenger in the first six rounds. Iwabuchi, however, turned loose in round seven, when he connected with solid lefts followed by a vicious southpaw right, which decked the champ prone and had him for the count. It was a dramatic coronation of the 26-yer-old hard-hitting southpaw, who had better learn to throw punches more smoothly.
In the main event WBC#10/WBA#11 Masaaki Serie (21-3, 9 KOs), 121.5, kept his national 122-pound throne, as he showed his unorthodox style to confuse and frustrate top contender Yasutaka Ishimoto (19-6, 3 KOs), 122, and pounded out a close but unanimous nod (96-95, 97-95 and 97-93) over ten. Serie, making his sixth defense, displayed his awkward attack to catch the orthodox but monotonous challenger.
Unbeaten super-fly sensation, WBC#21 ex-amateur prospect Yohei Tobe (4-0, 2 KOs), 14.75, kept throwing faster combinations to shorter Filipino Ryan Bito (21-9-3, 7 KOs), 114, ex-WBC international flyweight ruler, winning a unanimous verdict (80-73, 79-74 and 79-75) over eight.
Promoter: B-Tight Promotion.
UFC on FUEL, which is headlined by the welterweight bout between Diego Sanchez and Jake Ellenberger and the heavyweight bout between Stefan Struve and Dave Herman, airing live on FUEL TV from the Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, NE at 8pm ET / 5pm PT. Fans who “like” the UFC on Facebook can also see prelim bouts at 6:20 pm ET / 3:20 pm PT.
Jake Ellenberger (170) VS Diego Sanchez (170)
Dave Herman (234) VS Stefan Struve (256)
Ronny Markes (185) VS Aaron Simpson (186)
Phil De Fries (241) VS Stipe Miocic (240)
Walel Watson (135) VS T.J. Dillashaw (136)
John Albert (135) vs Ivan Menjivar (135)
Vagner Rocha (145) VS Jonathan Brookins (145)
Sean Loeffler (185) VS Buddy Roberts (184)
Justin Salas (155) VS Anton Kuivanen (156)
Bernardo Magalhaes (155) VS Tim Means (155)
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WBA Super-Middleweight World Champion (Interim) Brian Magee (35-4, 24 KOs) has arrived in Denmark. Four days ahead of his clash with Rudy Markussen (37-2, 24 KOs) at Broendby Hall, the Northern Irish veteran landed at Copenhagen airport on Tuesday night. “It´s good to be back in Denmark,” he said. “I have great memories and I have won a lot of fights here. On Saturday, I will defeat Rudy Markussen and defend my title. He has a lot of power but I also have a lot of power. I have as many knockouts as he has. It will be a great fight.”
Earlier today, Markussen conducted a media work-out in downtown Copenhagen. “I am hungry and I am ready,” the Hardhitter stated. “This is the chance I have been waiting for. The big day has finally arrived. I am in very good shape. I don´t think Magee really knows how hard I can punch. Once he finds out, it will be too late for him. His title will stay in Denmark.”
The White Wolf, Sergei Liakhovich will take on Philadelphia’s hot Bryant Jennings in a 10-round co-feature, while heavyweight Tomasz Adamek makes his first ring appearance since facing Heavyweight King Vitali Klitschko on Saturday, March 24th when the NBC Sports Network’s “Fight Night” boxing series comes to Brooklyn’s Aviator Sports Complex. In the main event of the evening, Brooklyn’s Zab Judah takes on unbeaten Junior Welterweight Vernon Paris in a mandated fight for the #1 position in the IBF. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Missouri State Office of Athletics Executive Director Tim Lueckenhoff has informed the camps of both Marcos Maidana and Devon Alexander that an anti-doping testing will be performed before and after their fight on February 25th at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, even though Maidana-Alexander is not a world title bout. “We were notified about the doping test today by Mr. Lueckenhoff. In order to eliminate any doubts it’s always healthy and transparent that anti-doping tests are performed. Especially, after what happened in the Chávez Jr. vs. Rubio fight a few days ago. We are willing to take the test as usual,” stated Maidana’s advisor Sebastian Contursi.
Welterweight contender Martin Kampmann goes by the nickname “The Hitman,” but you might as well have changed that to “The Surgeon” the way he carved up Diego Sanchez in the first round of their March 2011 bout. Battered and bloodied, Sanchez returned to his corner at the bell, and for 95% of the fighters out there, that first five minutes would have been cause for severe concern . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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