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An untimely back injury sustained by IBF Bantamweight World Champion Joseph Agbeko earlier this week has forced him out of Saturday’s scheduled title defense—and the SHOWTIME Bantamweight Tournament Final—against Abner Mares. The co-main event bout featuring former world champions Vic Darchinyan vs. Yonnhy Perez will go on as planned for the vacant IBO Bantamweight Championship this Saturday, April 23, at Nokia Theatre televised live on SHOWTIME at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
Agbeko and Mares plan to attend Thursday’s Bantamweight Tournament Final press conference to address members of the media—at ESPNZone L.A. LIVE at Noon local time.
Bantamweight Yonnhy Perez is not a mean person by any means of the imagination. Outside of the ring, Perez is a soft-spoken, humble family man who minds his business.
One would think otherwise as they watch the Colombian-born fighter in the ring unleash brutal barrage of hooks to the body or right hands to the head . . . click here for more
The chance to ask questions to some of the top executives, officials and personalities associated with the sport of mixed martial arts is presented at the UFC® Fan Expo at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto on April 29 and 30. The Ultimate Fighting Championship® confirmed the following Q&A sessions taking place on the main stage over the course of the two-day festivities: (more…)
Former multiple-weight world champion, ring legend, and future Hall of Famer Oscar De La Hoya has announced that he will attend the 86th annual awards banquet of the Boxing Writers Association of America. The affair, honoring the outstanding boxers and boxing journalism of 2010, will be held on May 6, 2011, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The following evening at the same venue, Manny Pacquiao boxes Shane Mosley. (more…)
Interview By Scott Ploof
Photography by Emily Harney
2008 U.S. Olympian and undefeated junior middleweight Demetrius Andrade (12-0, 8 KOs) continues to take the next step in his professional career as he will take on Omar Bell (8-1, 5 KOs) in the open bout of the ESPN2 Friday Night Fights live from the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT this Friday night. “This will be his (Demetrius) fourth time fighting at Mohegan Sun and already his seventh time fighting on ESPN since turning pro. He’s received great exposure on the national level, and I am also pleased that we have been able to showcase him right at home here for his fans on the east coast,” stated Joe DeGuardia, CEO of Star Boxing. “Demetrius is moving along well and has a very bright future ahead of him. This will be his third scheduled eight rounder and by the year’s end we expect him to be moving up to ten-rounders and distancing himself from the other top 154 pounders in the world.” FightNews had an opportunity to speak with Andrade about his extensive amateur career, his undefeated professional career, the fight and his future. (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Eight-division world champion Congressman Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao hosted what many in attendance described as boxing’s #1 pound for pound media day workout. A standing room only crowd of national and international media packed the Wild Card Boxing Club on Wednesday to interview Pacquiao, five-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum about Pacquiao’s May 7 WBO welterweight title defense, at the sold-out MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev., against three-division world champion Sugar Shane Mosley.
The Pacquiao vs. Mosley world title fight is the main event of a four-fight telecast that will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV® beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT. The mega-event will be available in HD-TV for those viewers who can receive HD. For Pacquiao vs. Mosley fight week updates, log on to www.sports.SHO.com or www.toprank.com .Closed circuit tickets, priced at $50, are on sale and available at all Las Vegas MGM Resorts properties.
The energetic Pacquiao trained for more than two hours immediately following an equally long interview session. (more…)
Photos and report by Jeffrey Pamungkas
Muhammad Rachman (64-10-5, 33 KOs) who just sensationally won the WBA mini-flyweight title by KO in round nine over the defending champion Kwantai Sithmorseng (31-1-1, 17 KOs) was completely self-trained for the world championship fight. A former IBF champion in the same division, the 39-year-old Rachman proved that he’s still harder than a rock. He wakes up early at 4AM running as far as 10 KM (around 6 miles) on a soccer stadium near his home in Blitar, Indonesia, alone. “I run on the grass field, and I think it feels like a ring canvas,” said Rachman. After running he does routine physical training such as push-ups, sit-ups, etc. and still all alone.
Around 7AM he finishes his morning training then returns at his home, takes a shower and back as a normal life as a businessman. In the afternoon, after returning home, he does shadow boxing and hits the sandbags. He does it everyday and he prepares his own training program when he gets a fight invitation, including the WBA title fight with Kwantai Sithmorseng. “I only have one assistant in training, my wife,” he said. “She prepares good meals for me, and in the afternoon she becomes my timekeeper when I hit the sand bag.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
There is a possibility that Julio Cesar “Pingo” Miranda could defend the WBO flyweight title against Brian Viloria on June 4 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Sources indicate that Zanfer is interested in placing this fight on the card headlined by Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. against Sebastian Zbik for the WBC middleweight title. For Miranda, it would be his fourth defense and and also take care of his mandatory obligations. “Pingo” is currently training in Veracruz, Mexico but is expected to return to Monterrey to continue his training.
The first pro boxing show of 2011 in Massachusetts was a huge success this past Saturday with local star Ryan “The Polish Prince” Kielczewski (10-0, 2 KOs) winning a unanimous eight round decision over tough journeyman Robert DaLuz (13-34-3, 9 KOs) at the Massachusetts National Guard Armory in Dorchester.
Pressing the action from the opening bell, the 50-fight veteran DaLuz looked for openings to the body in hope of slowing down the slick-boxing Kielczewski. The fans of “The Polish Prince” cheered loudly as he landed lightening-quick counterpunches, stepping around DaLuz and showing brilliant defense. Neither fighter was hurt at any time during the contest but Kielczewski was impressive, leaving the crowd anxious for his next fight. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo: Jeff Pamungkas
Australian Craig Christian has guided the career of the WBA super featherweight champion Chris John since 2005 and through twelve successful world title fights. Christian talks to Fightnews and says that Jan Manuel Marquez rates as his greatest victory and that his win over Derrick Gainer also rates as one of his best. He also mentions that it was important that Chris John defeated Daud Yordan on Sunday and that WBA champion Yuriorkis Gamboa and WBO champion Orlando Salido are on the WBA 126 pound champions radar. (more…)
Don King Productions publicist Alan Hopper has informed FightNews that IBF bantamweight champion Joseph Agbeko (28-2, 22 KOs) has been forced to pull out of Saturday’s fight with SHOWTIME Bantamweight Tournament Final against undefeated WBC Silver titlist Abner Mares (21-0-1, 13 KOs) due a back condition called “sudden onset sciatica.” Agbeko collapsed Monday night in Los Angeles and after an examination, doctors said the fight is a no-go. It is not yet known if the card at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles will go on with a replacement opponent for Mares, just the other fights as scheduled or if the whole card will be postponed. Stay tuned.
Photo: Paulie Ayala Productions
Paulie Ayala Productions, led by former world champion and Fort Worth boxing legend Paulie Ayala, has signed Dallas lightweight amateur sensation Manuel Rey Rojas to his first pro contract and just in time for Ayala’s upcoming show, Battle of DFW, Saturday, April 30th at the Fort Worth Convention Center. Rojas compiled an exceptional amateur record of 86-17 that included the 2006 National Silver Gloves Championship, 2008 Junior Olympic State Championship, 2008 National Junior Olympic Finals, 2008 World Ringside Finals and 2009 National Silver Gloves Championship. Ayala is focused on developing talent and believes Rojas has a chance to be special. “I believe Manuel is young, talented and has a lot of potential. I want to help Manuel by developing him one fight at a time and keep him busy,” stated Ayala. Battle of DFW is headlined by another former Dallas amateur standout and 2008 U.S. Olympian Luis Yanez.
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao hits the mitts with trainer Freddie Roach at a jam-packed, standing room-only media day at the Wildcard Boxing Club in Hollywood, Wednesday in preparation for his upcoming world welterweight mega fight against “Sugar” Shane Mosley on Saturday, May 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Pacquiao vs. Mosley is promoted by Top Rank in association with MP Promotions, Sugar Shane Mosley Promotions, Tecate and MGM Grand. The Pacquiao vs. Mosley telecast will be available live on SHOWTIME Pay-Per-View. Click here for more photos…
After suffering a cut on his right eye while sparring against Ignacio Garcia, Jose Reynoso was forced to pull out of his scheduled WBC Cabofe title defense against junior welterweight Esteban Almaraz on April 29 at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. The original injury seems to have never healed properly and occurred when Reynoso squared off against Santos Pakau this past February. Ready to replace his injured Thompson Boxing stablemate and fresh from his stirring victory over Ruslan Provodnikov in January, highly-regarded junior welterweight Mauricio “Maestro” Herrera will try to extend his three fight winning streak when he battles veteran Cristian “Filoso” Favela in the main event of Thompson Boxing Promotions’ card.
By Joe Koizumi
WBC#12 OPBF super-light champ Motoki Sasaki (36-8-1, 23 KOs), 139.5, kept his regional belt as he came off the canvas in the second and halted top-ranked Korean titlist Pansoo Kim (11-2-1, 7 KOs), 139.5, with a flurry of punches to prompt the referee’s intervention at 2:43 of the fifth round on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. The 35-year-old veteran had dethroned Filipino Randy Suico last year and successfully made his second defense against Kim, eleven years his junior.
OPBF middle ruler Koji Sato (19-1, 17 KOs), 163.75, floored Indonesian Ade Alfons (14-13-3, 4 KOs), 163.25, three times en route to a quick demolition at 2:35 of the opening session in a scheduled ten. Sato’s belt wasn’t at stake.
Japan-based Venezuelan middleweight Carlos Linares (8-1, 7 KOs), 160, needed just 116 seconds to stop Hiroshi Ohashi (7-6, 3 KOs), 158.75, in a scheduled eight. The six-footer Carlos is the younger brother of former world champ Jorge Linares who is gunning for a shot to regain his throne.
Promoter: Teiken Promotions.
By Rick Scharmberg
Franklin “Yah Yah” Lawrence (14-2-2, 9 KOs) and Jason “The Sensation” Gavern (20-7-4, 9 KOs) will meet in a heavyweight battle on Friday, May 27 at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Delaware. They will fight for the IBF Intercontinental heavyweight title. In the co-feature, heavyweight sensation Amir “Hardcore” Mansour will get a shot at the IBF North American heavyweight title against an opponent to be determined. Dover Downs Hotel & Casino is promoting the show. (more…)
Fight Night Promotions has announced the first installment of its Friday Night Fight Series at the Roberts Orpheum Theatre in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. In the main event, super middleweight “The Punching Policeman” Sam Hill (17-11-1, 10 KOs) returns home for the first time sine 2006. The 40-year-old Hill is best known for upsetting Olympic Gold Medalist David Reid in 2001. His last fight was in 2009. He will face TBA. (more…)
Photos: Carlos Baeza/Thompson Boxing
Undefeated WBC Silver Bantamweight Champion Abner Mares and two-division titleholder Vic Darchinyan participated in an open media workout Tuesday at Westside Boxing Gym with Oscar de la Hoya, president of Golden Boy Promotions/ Mares’ promoter in attendance. This Saturday, April 23, Mares and Darchinyan will compete in separate bouts in The Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes Alllive on SHOWTIME® (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. In the finals of the four-fighter, two-night tournament, Mares (21-0-1, 13 KOs), of Hawaiian Gardens, Calif., by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, will challenge defending champion Joseph Agbeko (28-2, 22 KOs), of Accra, Ghana, for the IBF 118-pound title. Mares’ WBC Silver bantamweight belt will also be at stake in the 12-round bout. For more details and photos click here…
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Reynaldo Sanchez
The American Dream starts with a vision. For many, that vision is to freely pursue a livelihood within one’s chosen passion. It is a dream that has propelled generations of exiles from oppressive societies to America’s shores. For Cuban-American promoter Henry Rivalta, that passion has always been boxing. Rivalta’s longtime dream to form his own promotional company and provide fans the types of fights he loves to watch is coming true. Today’s Dream Team Boxing Promotions press conference at Bongo’s Cuban Café in the American Airlines Arena revealed a passionate, experienced and tight-knit promotional team shooting for the big time. Rivalta announced the big time 12-fight card starting at 7:00 PM Saturday night at the E. Darwin Fuchs Pavilion in the Miami Dade Fair & Expo Center. Saturday’s appropriately-titled “Night of the Prospects” serves as a coming-out party for the impressive stable of fighters Rivalta has diligently assembled to represent his boxing brainchild. For more details and photos click here…
Earlier this week, the Panamanian Boxing Commission publicly declared prominent boxing representative Sampson Lewkowicz “Persona Non Grata” and stated that they “are prohibiting Lewkowicz (from having) any kind of relation or contact with this commission as well as with any Panamanian boxer since the relation will not be recognized” for a period of one year, for what they say is allegedly threatening the management of WBA Bantamweight Champion Anselmo Moreno that their contract with Moreno would be terminated by the Commission for going against the interests of their represented boxer if they didn’t persuade the fighter to sign a promotional agreement with Golden Boy Promotions by April 5. Now Lewkowicz is coming forward with his version of what happened. (more…)
Sauerland Event is planning a mega-doubleheader on June 25 featuring WBA interim cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez against WBA cruiser boss Guillermo Jones for the undisputed WBA belt, plus heavyweight Robert Helenius making a quick return following his sensational KO of former world champion Sam Peter.
The WBA is planning a purse bid later this month for the Hernandez-Jones fight, however a deal could be worked out up until the last minute. Helenius will face an opponent to be named.
“We’re currently in discussions with several potential opponents. These are very high-calibre people,” stated Sauerland Sports Director Hagen Doering. “We we announce shortly who will go into the ring against Robert Helenius. We still have a bit of homework to do. Besides the venue, we will announce the ticket information during the coming days.”
Due to an unexpected food poisoning episode, undefeated jr. welterweight Antonio Orozco (9-0, 6KOs) had to pull out of his scheduled six round bout versus Hensley Strachan on Thursday, April 21st, at the Fight Club OC in Costa Mesa, CA. According to his manager Frank Espinoza, Orozco had a bad batch of tuna which led for him to feel ill on Tuesday evening.
“It’s just a stroke of bad luck. He was ready to go, Antonio had been training very hard for this fight and it’s a shame this happened,” Espinoza said minutes after informing Roy Englebrecht, the promoter of the fight card, of the cancellation. “I am sure he will be better in a couple of days and we’ll work on getting him on a card very soon.” Espinoza mentioned that more than likely Orozco of San Diego, CA, will be back on another Fight Club OC date in the near future.
Photo and report by Ricardo Conde
Undefeated junior welterweight world champion Timothy ‘Desert Storm’ Bradley (27-0, 11 KOs) of Palm Springs, California defeated previously unbeaten Devon Alexander ‘The Great’ (27-1, 13 KOs) of Saint Louis, Missouri via technical decision after Alexander could not continue from the effects of an unintentional head butt in the tenth round this past January on HBO’s ‘World Championship Boxing’ at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan and once again unified the WBC and WBO junior welterweight titles. (more…)
Fresh off of his dominant victory by eight-round decision against journeyman Dennis Sharpe last Saturday night on the Victor Ortiz-Andre Berto card at MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods, IBF #6-rated junior middleweight Deandre “The Bull” Latimore (22-3, 17 KOs) has targeted Paul “The Punisher” Williams for a summer showdown, predicting a career-defining win by knockout for himself. Williams (39-2, 27 KOs), once known as the most avoided man in boxing, reportedly needs a solid opponent for his July 9 return on HBO, in which he will attempt to rebound from his devastating Knockout of the Year loss last November to Sergio Martinez. Latimore says he is more than up to filling that slot if Williams is truly serious.
“I will knockout Paul Williams,” Latimore confidently forecasted. “I take nothing away from him. He’s still one of the best fighters in the world but I’m near my prime and still getting better every day. It’s time for me to break through and beating Williams on HBO is the way to do that. I think me and Williams makes for a great TV fight, one that fans want to see, and it should be easy to make, too. I’m looking for a big opportunity on one of the major networks to showcase the new, complete Deadre Latimore. Williams says he is the most avoided fighter in boxing. Well, I’m not avoiding him, and he needs to put up or shut up. Let’s do it!” (more…)
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Highly talented welterweight and knockout artist Hugo ‘The Boss’ Centeno (6-0, 6 KOs) of Oxnard, California will headline and take on Jiovanni Rubio (7-13, 4 KOs) of Santa Rosa, California tomorrow Thursday April 21st at the Hangar at the Orange County Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa, California, in the next edition of ‘Fight Club OC’ which is being presented by Roy Englebrecht Promotions. “I trained really hard for this fight, I’m on weight and I feel strong, we’re ready for him. We don’t know too much about Jiovanni Rubio other than he has a lot more experience than I do but we’re ready for what ever he has to bring. I’m excited to be headlining, I’m planning on putting on a great performance for the fans. I have a lot of support in Southern California so I want to go in there and give everyone a great fight,” said Centeno. For more details and photos click here…
The Road To UFC 129 Continues Tonight, Plus A Hall Of Famer Stops By TUF: Matt Hughes makes a special appearance on an all new Ultimate Fighter at 9pm, plus part two of UFC Primetime St-Pierre vs Shields at midnight – on SPIKE (US) and Sportsnet (Canada)
UFC Heads To Pittsburgh, Marquardt Makes Welterweight Debut: Tickets on sale this week for UFC Live, Sunday, June 26 at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh – featuring Nate Marquardt vs Anthony Johnson, plus Cheick Kongo vs Pat Barry. UFC Fight Club presale starts tomorrow at 10am ET Tickets>
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THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) and Zuffa, LLC today announced a consumer sweepstakes surrounding UFC® 131: LESNAR vs. DOS SANTOS via UFC® Undisputed Fight Nation™, the official Facebook game based on the world’s leading mixed martial arts (MMA) organization, the Ultimate Fighting Championship®. Available for download at here, players may enter the sweepstakes through an on-screen pop-up display after training moves and competing against others with their virtual UFC fighters to reach Level 5 within the game. One grand prize winner will receive a trip for two to UFC 131, currently scheduled for June 11, 2011 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia. The trip includes two tickets to UFC 131, roundtrip airfare, hotel accommodations and a stipend for meals and/or spending money. One first prize winner will receive an autographed UFC poster and a $250 UFC gift certificate for use on ufcstore.com, while 10 second-prize winners will receive $50 UFC gift certificates for use on ufcstore.com. (more…)
As eight-time world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao prepares for his May 7 WBO welterweight title defense against Shane Mosley at the soldout MGM Grand in Las Vegas (Live on SHOWTIME PPV®), he’s also looking forward to a career move of a different kind: the release of his CD single/DVD Sometimes When We Touch, which will be available to the public next week, Thursday, April 28. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
The city of Wroclaw, Poland, with its state of the art, brand new stadium with 44,000 seats will host the September 10 WBC heavyweight championship between Ukrainian titleholder Vitali Klitschko (44-2, 39 KO) and former light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champ, Poland’s Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KO). “K2, the Klitschko brothers promotional company, made their decision – fight will happen in Wroclaw,” said Adamek’s longtime adviser Ziggi Rozalski.
“I’m happy with this venue and I’m sure it will be spectacular fight between me and Vitali, with thousands of his and my supporters cheering every minute of it,” said Adamek.
Wroclaw’s “Stadion Miejski” is managed by US company, SMG Worldwide Entertainment and Convention Venue Management and the Adamek-Klitschko fight will be the first ever event staged in this spectacular venue. SMG manages facilities that host – among other professional league teams – five NFL teams in the US. Although Wroclaw was a favorite to host one of the biggest fights in European history, there was a lot of speculations that fight will happen in even bigger venue, 55,000 seats “Stadion Narodowy” in Warszawa, Poland’s capitol.
The July 2 clash unification between IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and WBA heavyweight David Haye will take place in the 50,000-seat Hamburg Imtech Arena, Germany. The stadium is the homefield of the German Bundesliga soccer club Hamburger SV.
After months of negotiations and a cancellation of the bout in June 2009, finally the clash of the two knockout kings will happen.
Bernd Bönte, Managing Director of Klitschko Management Group: “We are very glad that this mega fight will finally come true. We expect more than 150 TV stations worldwide to show the fight live or on a delay. Klitschko vs. Haye is definitely one of the top highlights in sport.” (more…)
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