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Photo: Lawrence Lustig
IBF World super middleweight champion Lucian Bute and former WBC champion Carl Froch faced off at a press conference today to announce their May 26 showdown at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England.
Here’s what they had to say:
Carl Froch: “It’s great to be back in Nottingham – it’s been too long. I am so pumped up for the fight and I’ve got to give Lucian Bute credit. I’ve given him stick in the past for not fighting the top opposition, he didn’t enter the Super Six but he beat who was put in front of him. He’s not often fought out of his hometown so to put his title on the line in my backyard he’s either very confident or very stupid – I think he’s very confident and he’s the champion, so why not be confident. I’m coming into the fight on the back of a loss, and when I did that after the Kessler defeat I was so tuned in to beating Arthur Abraham and it was a whitewash – and that’s how I feel about this fight. I’ve got a lot of respect for Lucian – he is a top level athlete and so am I, there’s no needle between us and there doesn’t need to be, as the fight speaks for itself.”
Lucian Bute: “Very happy and excited to be here today – I would like to thank Carl for accepting the fight and stepping in the ring with me. Big fights take time to negotiate but I’m glad that this fight has come. Both Carl and I have had similar careers so far, for me it’s the right time to come away from home and defend my belt and in my heart I believe I will be victorious. I’ve been criticised for not fighting away from home. I remember when Joe Calzaghe fought away from home at the end of his career he received the respect he deserved for doing that and that’s what I am looking to do. Carl is a good strong aggressive fighter. He will have 9,000 cheering for him and not many for me. It has all the ingredients for a great fight.”
Tickets are on sale now priced £40, £60, £80, £100, £150 and £200 from the Capital FM Arena Nottingham website www.capitalfmarena.com and on 08444 124624.
The biggest dream for a boxer besides winning a world title is to perform as a champion of their division in front of their hometown fans, family and friends. That dream became a reality Saturday night for WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (26-2, 20KOs) in a big way as he became the first man to knock former title challenger Miguel “Mickey” Roman (37-10, 28KOs) in the fifth round of a scheduled twelve in the first defense of the title he captured late last year with a come from behind knock out victory over Venezuela’s Jorge Linares. (more…)
Two compelling matchups will get the Summer of 2012 off to a rousing start as the June 22nd UFC on FX event will see a five round lightweight main event battle between Clay Guida and Gray Maynard, and UFC 148 on July 7th will feature a middleweight showdown between former champion Rich Franklin and striking standout Cung Le. Both bouts have been verbally agreed to, and more information on both cards will be announced shortly. – Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Promoter Joe DeGuardia, founder and CEO of the Bronx-based Star Boxing, will be the special guest speaker at this Tuesday’s monthly RING 8 meeting at the historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City.
Ring 8 will also hold a clothing drive at this meeting. Coats are being collected, in association with the Mark Breland Foundation, to donate to needy boxers. (more…)
The date of June 5th thru June 8th is now set as the time for the eighth session of Fight Promoter University, and the four day conference will be held in conjunction with the June 7th Fight Club OC hybrid show in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Events Center. The announcement made by FPU founder Roy Englebrecht firms up the June date for this unique course that has graduated close to 150 future fight promoters who have come from seven foreign countries and 38 states to learn all aspects of the fight promotions business.
Cost for the four day gathering, which will include three nights lodging, all meals, all classroom instruction, the 265 page FPU Manual, media credential, and apparel, is $1,399, with a Special Team discount of $1,000 for a second person attending. (more…)
By Graham Houston
Matthew Macklin’s courage and commitment predictably wasn’t enough to overcome the remarkable skills of Sergio Martinez but the St. Patrick’s Day middleweight fight provided excitement for HBO viewers in the States and Sky Sports’ subscribers in the U.K. It was only in the late rounds that Martinez started to outclass Macklin. By the ninth Macklin’s hopes of victory were fast receding but it looked as if he might at least have the satisfaction of completing the 12 rounds. In the 10th, though, Martinez was really blasting the British challenger (with Irish ancestral roots), and two knockdowns in the 11th ended a gritty challenge.
I’m sure that Macklin wished to continue, but his trainer, Buddy McGirt, did the right thing in retiring his man. Macklin was starting to look bloody and battered — cut over the left eye and on the right side of his scalp, a mouse forming under the right eye. There really was no point in letting the fight continue. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
On Saturday at the Resorts Casino and Hotel in Atlantic City, the main event will still be WBC International heavyweight title between beltholder Mariusz Wach (26-0, 14 KOs) and Tye Fields (49-4, 44 KOs). But the spotlight will also shine on one of the most talented heavyweights of the young generation, Poland’s Artur Szpilka (9-0, 7 KOs). The 22-year old, who has gotten rave reviews from Lennox Lewis and Monte Barrett, will face Terrance “Big Jim” Marbra (6-1, 5 KOs), and if you believe their verbal exchanges, looks like fans of boxing will have nice war in the ring – guaranteed.
“Nobody hits harder than Artur. This guy has a great future in front of him,” said Aleksiej Solowiew (18-0, 12 KOs), one of Szpilka’s recent sparring partners who had to come back home with broken ribs after just a couple of days in Szpilka’s training camp in Warsaw. (more…)
By Dennis Maley
Hollywood couldn’t script a better beginning to the story. A boxer, China “The Dragon” Smith, who begins a comeback in the eponymous year of the Chinese zodiac. 2012 is indeed the Year of the Dragon, and the Bradenton Florida heavyweight is hoping it will mark the renaissance of his once-promising career as a prizefighter. After a five-year hiatus, Smith has announced that he will be returning to the ring later this spring, intent on picking up where he left off and finally landing the career-defining fight on the big stage that has thus far eluded him. The humble and personable fighter fell of the map after putting together a three-fight win streak in late 2006 that upped his record to 33-4 with 26 KOs. (more…)
Ringside Report: Mariano A. Agmi and Matt Richardson
Photos: Ed Mulholland
When the going gets tough and an outcome is in doubt, legendary fighters adjust and turn their activity up a notch to win a bout decisively. “Sugar” Ray Leonard did it in his see-saw battle against Tommy Hearns. Oscar de la Hoya did it in his best wins over Ike Quartey and Fernando Vargas. Floyd Mayweather did it after a fast start by Zab Judah. And Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez did it once again on St. Patrick’s Day, scoring a spectacular eleventh round technical knockout over an inspired Matthew “Mack the Knife” Macklin, impressively ending a close contest in front of 4,671 fans inside of a sold-out Madison Square Garden Theater in New York City. (More)
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute landed in London, England this weekend in advance of Monday’s press conference in Nottingham with Super-six finalist Carl Froch. Tickets for the May 26 title bout also go on sale today. After Monday’s initial meeting, the pair will cross the Atlantic for similar gathering in Montreal later this week.
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Saturday night at Bally’s Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, former NABF super middleweight title holder Farah “The Quiet Storm” Ennis (19-1, 12 KOs) survived one of the toughest tests of his career, with hard fought ten round unanimous victory over Dion Savage (11-3, 6 KOs) by scores of 98-92, 97-92 and 96-93 to keep his quest for world title aspirations on track. All three judges had Ennis ahead by wide margins, but the scores did not indicate the closeness of the fight. In the co-feature of the seven bout card promoted by Pound for Pound Promotions, unbeaten welterweight prospect Vitaliy Demyanenko (20-0, 12 KOs) made an impressive east coast debut with a one sided unanimous decision victory over a befuddled but dangerous Ayi Bruce (21-6, 13 KOs). (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat
Unbeaten OPBF super-bantam champ Yukinori Oguni (8-0, 2 KOs), 122, kept his regional belt as he dropped ex-titlist Hiromasa Ohashi (24-1-3, 15 KOs), 121.25, with a smashing right in the opening session, piled up points steadily, withstood the challenger’s retaliation and then was awarded a unanimous technical decision (88-83 twice and 88-84) at 0:21 of the ninth round in a scheduled twelve rounder on Sunday in Kariya, Japan. It was a gory affair as Oguni, a tall and stylish boxer, opened a gash over the right eyebrow with solid rights in the fifth, while he suffered a worse laceration caused by a head-collision in the seventh. Ohashi, a Vito Antuofermo bleeder, began to roughly mix it up and the time almost turned in his favor, but the referee had the champ’s bad cut examined by the ringside physician, who recommended a stoppage then and there. Oguni will defend his throne against ex-WBA ruler Akifumi Shimoda in Tokyo next, which may be a tough trial of his fists. Promoter: Heiwa Promotions.
By Joe Koizumi
By any coincidence this reporter happened to begin summarizing data of our Japanese boxing fraternity for last four years from 2008 on the first anniversary of the unforgettably horrible earthquake and tsunami that miserably killed some 20,000 people. Yours truly, on behalf of our boxing world, hereby express our great thanks for your warm support to our sorrowful victims after the disaster.
Viewing a table attached downstairs, we realize that our licensed professional boxers are decreasing year after year since 2008. We had 2,820 boxers licensed by the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) in 2008, but the number is reducing to 2,670, 2,633 and 2,538. We, however, still have more than 2,500 boxers licensed so that they actively fight in the paid ranks. Some 150 foreign boxers from Asia (Thailand, Philippines, Korea, Indonesia, etc.) and other countries (Mexico, Venezuela etc.) have been licensed by our commission for international matchups every year. (more…)
Former welterweight champion Vicious Victor Ortiz, 25, completed the Los Angeles Marathon today running a personal best 3 hours 27 minutes and finishing in the top third of an estimated 30,000 starters. Ortiz is scheduled to fight former welterweight Champion Andre Berto on June 23. “It was such great fun running with all these world class marathoners,” Ortiz exclaimed. “I know that made me run better than ever. In many way it couldn’t be any more different that boxing. I mean nobody is punching you in the nose, the gut, the kidneys and on the chin and up the side of your head,” Ortiz explained.
“But in other ways doing this very much relates to boxing. Conditioning the lungs, the legs and building endurance. That’s why all fighters do road work. But 26-plus miles is something else. I won’t say going 12/3 minute championship rounds is easy Anything but. But Berto must know how prepared I’ll be when he hears I ran this well three months before our fight. I’m very happy.” (more…)
Yesterday in the municipality of Villa González in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic, César “Junito” Seda (22-1, 16 KOs) defeated former world title contender, Domingo Guillen (38-12-1, 34 KO’s) by technical knockout in the first round, in a bout set for 8 rounds at 118 lbs. Seda dominated, successfully connecting enough body shots against his opponent. 2 minutes, 30 seconds into the first round, the referee stopped the fight after “Junito” landed a strong left hook to the face that drops Guillen, who got up in bad shape. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Nestor “Plomo” Espinosa the longtime trainer of ring legend Roberto “Mano de Piedra” Duran, has passed away in Panama at the age of 81. Espinosa started with Duran at eight years of age and was in his corner during each of Duran’s four world title victories in different weight categories. He began his career as a trainer in 1956 and worked with world champions Luis Ibarra, Wilfredo Gomez, Alfonso Lopez and Jorge Lujan among others, but will be remembered most for his 40 year association with Duran. Duran also used other trainers like Ray Arcel, Freddie Brown and others, but always, from his first fight until his last, Espinosa was in his corner.
Photo: Ed Mulholland
World middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez was losing on all three scorecards after a controversial knockdown in round seven before scoring a dramatic come-from-behind knockout of Matthew “Mack the Knife” Macklin Saturday night in the Theater at Madison Square Garden. “It was a complicated fight,” Martinez admitted. “He wasn’t open on defense. I knew it was a 12-round fight. I knew that it was only a matter of time. It’s like chopping a tree – little by little – and I knew he would fall.”
“Buddy stopped the fight,” stated Macklin. “I wanted to continue.” Macklin’s co-promoter Brian Peters said “We called it in the corner. There are more days.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Welterweight Omar Chavez (28-1, 20 KOs) won by TKO when Colombian Emilio Julio (20-8-2, 13 KOs) didn’t come out for round nine on Saturday night at the Palenque de Gallos in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico. Chavez was returning to the ring for the first time after his first career loss last December against compatriot Jorge “Maromerito” Paez Jr. “I felt very good,” said Chavez. “A little rough in taking care of my opponent, but all went well. We’re back on the road to success and the people of Culiacan were satisfied with my performance and that motivates me and makes me more eager.”
WBA light flyweight world champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (26-0, 16 KOs) won by first round KO over Manuel “Menny” Jiménez (11-3-1, 7 KOs) in a non-title fight. Jimenez simply took a knee and was counted out by referee Alvaro Garcia at 2:58. The Culiacan Boxing Commission and Zanfer Promotions retained the purse of Jimenez. more photos
Photo: Lawrence Lustig
Welterweight Kell Brook says he’s ready to fight countryman Amir Khan after producing a dominant display to beat Matthew Hatton at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield on Saturday night. “No-one can touch me domestically now – I’ve proved I’m ready for a world title push,” said Brook. “I want Khan now. He thought Matthew was the better fighter and I proved him wrong, and I would smash Amir.”
Promoter Eddie Hearn added, “”We are ready for Khan now. Money talks and I am ready to arrange that. If this fight doesn’t happen then it’s them who have bottled it. We’d sell bundles and bundles of tickets for the fight – it would bring back pay-per-view for Sky Sports and both fighters would make a fortune. So the question is – will Amir take it?”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
In high speed demonstration, WBC super bantamweight Alicia Ashley (18-9-1, 1 KO) retained her title by winning unanimous ten round decision over Maria Elena Villalobos (12-6-1, 5 KOs) on Saturday night at the Sindicato de Trabajadores del Metro in Mexico City. Scores were 99-92, 98-92 and 99-91.
Other results on the Boxeo de Gala promotion:
Jr welterweight Reyes “Rey” Sanchez (23-4-2, 13 KOs) battled ten intense rounds to take a majority decision over Edgar Lomeli (6-1-2, 3 KOs) by scores of 97-93, 96-95 and 95-95.
Super featherweight Fermin de los Santos (20-13-1, 13 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Moises Delgadillo by scores of 97-93, 95-94, 96-93.
Super featherweight Juan Antonio Rodriguez (21-3, 19 KOs) win by disqualification in the sixth round against Gilberto Bolanos (25-20-1, 22 KOs). more photos
Photo: Ed Mulholland
WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (27-2-1, 20 KOs) retained his title with a explosive fifth round knockout over Miguel “Mickey” Roman (37-9, 28 KOs) on Saturday night at the Polideportivo Centenario in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. A barrage of punches finished Roman.
By Matt Richardson and Mariano A. Agmi at ringside
Photos: Ed Mulholland
Middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (49-2-2, 28 KOs) scored a spectacular eleventh round TKO over Matthew Macklin (28-4, 19 KOs) on Saturday night before a sellout crowd inside The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. In a much closer fight than people expected, Martinez recovered from a seventh round knockdown to outbox Macklin down the stretch before blasting Macklin to the deck twice in round eleven. Macklin’s corner stopped the fight after the round. Macklin was a bloody mess at the end. Martinez was leading by one point on two cards and behind by three points on the third card entering the eleventh round.
Unbeaten super middleweight Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (20-0, 14 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Don “Da Bomb” George (22-2-1, 19 KOs). Rodriguez outboxed George and never let him in the fight until George launched an all out assault in the last round. Scores were 96-94, 99-91, 97-93. (more…)
Middleweight Raul “El Tigre” Casarez (19-2, 9 KOs) scored a wild eight round unanimous decision over former world title challenger J.C. Candelo (32-11-4, 21 KOs) on Saturday night at the Pharr Convention Center, Pharr, Texas. It became a very heated fight after Casarez twice put Candelo on the canvas with hard low blows, which Candelo didn’t appreciate at all. Lots of heavy exchanges over the last three rounds with the hometown favorite getting the edge on the cards.
Unbeaten jr welterweight Carlos Molina (16-0-1, 7 KOs) topped Angino Perez (11-4, 9 KOs) over ten rounds by unanimous decision. Molina hurt Perez in the first round but had to go the full distance to win by scores of 98-92, 98-92, 97-93.
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
In a clash of unbeaten lightweights, Arash Usmanee (18-0, 8 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over local favorite Chris Howard (14-1-1, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at the Grand Ballroom in Atlanta, Georgia. Usmanee did more to earn a 98-92, 100-90 and 98-92 verdict. Usmanee claimed the WBC Continental Americas belt with the win.
Usmanee has fought at the 135 pound level before, but he claims this is the first time he has faced a legit lightweight, a much bigger heavier boxer who comes down to make the weight. “He cut down quite a bit,” Usmanee told Fightnews figuring Howard normally walks around close to the 150 pound mark. “He was a tough guy who tried to muscle me, but I used my speed and skill to control things.” (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Super middleweight Farah Ennis (19-1, 12 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Dion Savage (11-3, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at Ballys Park Place Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey. Ennis dropped Savage in the third round but slowed down in the second half of the fight. The bout was closer than the 98-92, 97-93, 97-92 scores indicated.
Welterweight Vitaliy Demyanenko (20-0, 12 KOs) scored a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over Ayi Bruce (21-5, 13 KOs). Scores were 80-72 on all cards.
In an all-Italian clash for the vacant WBC cruiserweight silver title, Giacobbe Fragomeni (29-3-2, 12 KOs) and Silvio Branco (62-10-3, 37 KOs) battled to a twelve round majority draw on Saturday night at the PalaRavizza in Pavia, Italy. The bout awas close throughout as the 42-year-old former WBC cruiserweight champion Fragomeni was aggressive and took the fight to Branco, while the 45-year-old Branco, a two-time WBA light heavyweight champion, often landed quick combinations from the outside. Both fighters followed their battle plan from start to finish and left it for the judges to sort out. The end results was 115-115, 114-114 and 115-113 Branco.
Photos: Lawrence Lustig
Unbeaten WBO #2/IBF #5/WBA #6/WBC #6 welterweight Kell Brook (27-0, 18 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over WBA #9/IBF #10/WBC #11 Matthew Hatton (42-6-2, 16 KOs) on Saturday night in front on 10,000+ at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, England. Brook was too fast, accurate and powerful for Hatton, whom he knocked down in round nine and outlanded at a 3:1 rate. Scores were 118-109, 119-108, 119-107.
In a major upset, little known Kerry Hope (17-3, 1 KO) won a twelve round majority decision over previously unbeaten European middleweight champion Grzegorz Proksa (26-1, 19 KOs). It was a much closer fight than anyone expected, the big-punching Proksa suffered a cut over his left eye from a second round accidental head clash and seemed to be running out of gas in the middle rounds. Hope was deducted a point for an intentional headbutt at the end of round eight. Hope was fresher down the stretch and won on two cards 115-112, 114-113. The third card was 114-114. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Johnny Chaichotchang
Thai flyweight Rusalee Samor (15-3-2, 6 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round points decision over game Geboi Mansalayao (7-9-4, 2 KOs) of the Philippines, to defend the IBF Pan Pacific title successfully on Friday at the Thonburri University in Bangkok, Thailand. Samor, boxing from the southpaw stance, attacked Mansalayao from the opening bell and maintained pressure in every round, staggering his shorter opponent with a right hand to the jaw in round three. Round eight was the best round for the Filipino when he went toe-to-toe with the champion. Samor, who is based in South Thailand, stepped up a gear in the championship rounds to win by scores of 118-110, 118-110, 118-110. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Welterweight Jose Zepeda made quick work of overweight Sergio De La Torre late Friday night, stopping him in the second round of a scheduled six round bout at the Quiet Cannon in Montebello, CA. Despite being outweighed by seven pounds, Zepeda was in control over the shorter De La Torre throughout the fight. Zepeda, who is trained by Roberto Alcazar, was busier and landing the telling blows as De La Torre attempted to bob and weave and hold when necessary. In the second round, Zepeda dropped De La Torre with a left-right combination to the head. After De La Torre stood up, he was knocked down again from a left hook by Zepeda. Although De La Torre got up, his corner threw in the towel, prompting referee Zac young to stop the bout at 1:34. Zepeda, from nearby La Puente, goes to 9-0, 7 KOs, while De La Torre, from Escondido, CA, drops to 11-16-3, 1 KO. (more…)
Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson wants to take his one-man Las Vegas show to Broadway! Sources close to the boxing legend tell TMZ that even though the show has yet to open in Sin City, Iron Mike wants to take it on tour and then tackle the Great White Way. We’re told Tyson has always wanted to do a show on Broadway, and he feels this could be his chance. According to our sources, Tyson and his people are waiting to see how the Vegas show sells first before planning a tour of any kind (with NYC being the main stop). We’re told the show has sold well so far, but hasn’t sold out yet. “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth” runs from April 13-18 at the MGM Grand.
By Brett Bonetti
Mark “The Dominator” de Mori (18-1-2, 16 KO’s) destroyed American veteran Rob “All-American Prize-Fighter” Calloway (71-14-2, 57 KO’s) via 4th round TKO to claim the WBC Asian Heavyweight title at the Gladstone Entertainment Centre in Queensland Australia tonight. de Mori was in control from the outset and dropped Calloway with an overhand right in the first Round which had him in big trouble, but Calloway managed to make it out of the round. Calloway was taking huge punishment with De Mori unleashing power shots in round 2 and may have broken Calloway’s nose in round 3. Round 4 was only 24 seconds in when the referee asked the doctor to check Calloway’s nose. The brave Calloway wanted to continue with his face a mess, but the referee decided he had see enough and immediately stopped the fight declaring de Mori the winner. (more…)
By Brian Grammer and Clint Rosser at ringside
Photos: Bob Barton
It was an explosive night of knockouts at the Ameristar Casino and Spa in St. Charles, MO, Friday night as Steve Smith’s Rumble Time Promotions put on their “March Mayhem” contests. Leon “III Generation” Spinks (1-0, 1 KO), grandson of former heavyweight champion, Leon Spinks, convincingly won his professional debut, quickly dispatching of Casey Crane (0-4) in just 1:41, knocking him out with a beautiful right hook.
Spinks worked his jab early , landing it as he started to get into a rhythm. Crane tried to mix it up with Spinks, but as “III Generation” later said, “I was trying to spin him, and doing what I had to do to get the W!” Spinks was able to land a 3 punch combination followed by a four punch combo and Crane was immediately overwhelmed by Spinks’ speed. Coming off of a third combo, Spinks landed the right hook, and Crane dropped to the canvas. Crane got to his feet, but as he was doing so, he told referee Mike England that he would not continue, giving the latest family member in the Spinks Jinx tradition his first win. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
One source reported that WBA featherweight world champion Celestino “Pelenchín” Caballero (36-4, 23 KOs) will next make his mandatory defense against unbeaten rising star Miguel Angel “Mickey” Garcia (28-0, 24 KOs) based on a notification by the WBA. The information indicates that the WBA gives the Panamanian Caballero 30 days to negotiate the fight for the WBA featherweight crown.
Méxican legend and three-division world champion Juan Mánuel Márquez and undefeated former world lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios will headline a world championship pay-per-view event that’s so big its main events are originating from two different countries!
Márquez will go for an historic fourth world title in as many different weight divisions when he takes on WBO European junior welterweight champion Sergey Fedchenko for the vacant WBO interim 140-pound world title. Márquez-Fedchenko will take place in México City’s brand new Arena México. Rios will attempt to reclaim his old title when he rumbles with Cuban gladiator and WBA interim lightweight champion Richard Abril in a battle for the vacant WBA lightweight title, Saturday, April 14, at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The Márquez/Rios world championship event will be produced by Top Rank and distributed Live by HBO Pay-Per-View®, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.
The live pay-per-view telecast (SRP $44.95) will also feature a 10-round junior welterweight collision of top-10 contenders — “Mile High” Mike Alvarado and Mauricio Herrera — and open with undefeated Top-10 contender Mercito Gesta of the Philippines, in a 10-round lightweight fight. Boxing fans at Mandalay Bay will also see the Márquez-Fedchenko world title fight live, via closed-circuit, on a jumbo screen. (more…)
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