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By Joe Koizumi
Just after the weigh-in for three female world title bouts there happened such a horrible earthquake on March 11 that the event on the next day was inevitably postponed for eight weeks until today (May 8). Takaharu Hayashi, the organizer of the triple-header, said at the press conference today, “I was dejected and crestfallen by the cancellation of the March 12 event, but your warm supports are thus going to realize it tomorrow.” For more details and photos click here…
A press conference to hype the Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinalists, and their upcoming bouts on Saturday, May 14 and Saturday, June 4, live on SHOWTIME, was held today at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Andre Ward (23-0, 13 KOs), of Oakland, Calif., will defend his WBA title against European superstar and former world champion Arthur Abraham (32-2, 26 KOs) to kick off the Semifinals on May 14 (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). Three weeks later, Carl Froch (27-1, 20 KOs) will defend his WBC title against former world champion Glen Johnson (51-14-2, 35 KOs) on June 4 (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
The Ward-Abraham winner advances to the tournament Final against the winner of the Froch-Johnson showdown. The tournament winner earns the inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic Cup and global recognition as the world’s No. 1 168-pound fighter. Stay tuned for a full report on Monday.
By Joe Koizumi
Newly crowned WBA bantamweight champ Koki Kameda (25-1, 16 KOs), 118, kept his belt as he took the initiative from the outset, decked a lanky Nicaraguan, #14 Daniel Diaz (18-3, 13 KOs), 117.25, in the eighth and finally halted him at the end of the eleventh round on Friday in Osaka, Japan.
Taller by three inches and longer also by three inches at reach, the lanky Diaz wasn’t such a nuisance for Kameda who had acquired the vacant WBA 118-pound belt by defeating Alexander Munoz on points last December. The Nicaraguan was simply slower than Kameda who easily came close to him at will, landing southpaw combinations whenever he liked. Diaz occasionally responded to the champ’s attack with sickle-like uppercuts that occasionally caught Kameda with insufficient power to hurt him. (more…)
Former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (51-6-1, 45 KOs) poses with Norton Herrick and a Kentucky Derby Horse participant. Briggs is in town for today’s Derby and with his good friend Herrick. Herrick is a very successful businessman and reportedly in the elite group of billionaires. The now retired Briggs has beaten the odds of the negative stereotype placed on a lot of boxer’s following their careers . Briggs has done well with his money and is multimillionaire with an acting career and a successful marketing business. ” There is life after boxing and now I’m an entrepreneur.”
By Francisco Salazar
Trainer Freddie Roach announced early Saturday morning that he and USA Boxing, along with the U.S. Olympic Committee, have formed a partnership for the 2012 games in London. “It will be a privilege to be a part of the Olympic team,” said Roach.
The top amateur fighters will have access to the services of one of the most sought after trainers in the world. The fighter will also have access to Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, which is a USA Boxing registered club since 1997.
“I wanted to help the United States get some gold medals back to the United States. I feel like I have the experience and knowledge to help.”
Roach first experienced the Olympics games as an amateur champion back in 1976 in Montreal.
Roach made the announcement early Saturday morning, prior to the Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley showdown at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Diego Magdaleno was never known as a heavy hitter early in his career. But as of late, the Las Vegan has fought like he has summoned the Hammer of Thor as he shredded another opponent in spectacular fashion with a 3rd round TKO of Gilberto Sanchez Leon at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas in the headliner of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights . . . Click here for more
Take a seat at the table of the pre-fight “fighter talent” meetings for tonight’s Pacquiao vs. Mosley PPV on SHOWTIME. In this bonus video from FIGHT CAMP 360°, the cameras of SHOWTIME Sports capture a confident Manny Pacquiao, while Team Mosley, led by trainer Nazeem Richardson, takes a bold stance against the odds placed in Manny Pacquiao’s favor.
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Very pleasant has been the stay for the WBC super welterweight world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in the mountains of Big Bear, California, where he is physically and mentally preparing himself to defend his title against the southpaw Ryan Rhodes from England on June 18 in Guadalajara, Mexico. From his heigh-altitude camp, Edison and Chepo Reynoso report that the WBC super welterweight king is sparring with Craig McEwan three and four rounds a day. Juan Pablo Montes de Oca, a fighter with very similar characteristics to Rhodes’ style, will also be joining the camp. Saul and his team, run every morning at 7AM in the forest, two hours after breakfast and in the afternoon by 4PM get into the gym for an average of 90 minutes. Everything goes according to the plan they have for Alvarez to successfully defend his green and gold WBC belt in the ring to be installed at the Arena VFG of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico on June 18.
Article/Photo by Peter Lim
Undefeated super middleweight Alfonso Lopez, 21-0 (16 KOs), will be plucked from obscurity and thrown into the limelight against former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik, 36-2 (32 KOs), tonight on the Pacquiao-Mosley undercard. A self-described “boxer-counterpuncher,” Lopez appears to be one of those guys who’s well-rounded and more than adequate in every facet of the game, but has not, thus far at least, excelled in any one particular department. He is a former two-time Texas Golden Gloves champion and silver medalist at the 2006 USA Boxing nationals, but his level of opposition as a pro has been mediocre at best. Lopez declined to reveal the amount of his purse for the fight only to say it was the biggest payday “by far” of his career to date. (more…)
All the shots by Chris Cozzone from today’s jam-packed Pacquiao-Mosley weigh-in at MGM Grand in Las Vegas: Click here
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
In a crossroads light heavyweight clash, Aaron Pryor Jr. (15-4, 11 KOs) pounded out a ten round majority decision over three-time world title challenger Librado Andrade (29-4, 22 KOs) on Friday night in front of a crowd of 1,100 at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Scores were 96-94, 96-94 for Pryor and 95-95.
Even though light heavyweight Enrique Ornelas (31-7, 20 KOs) went down from a surprising uppercut from Hector Hernandez (10-4-2, 4 KOs) in the first round, he went on to win a unanimous decision by scores of 78-73 on all cards.
Unbeaten heavyweight prospect and 2008 U.S. Olympic bronze medalist Deontay Wilder (16-0, 16 KOs) destroyed Regino Pena (6-7, 1 KO) in less than a round. more + photos
Photos: Jose Perez / PR Best
Super flyweight McWilliams Arroyo (8-1, 6 KOs) scored a TKO over Rigoberto Casillas (2-5-1, 1 KO) on Friday night at the Coliseo Pedrín Zorrilla in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. Early in round seven, Referee Luis Pabon gave Casillas a standing eight count and at Pabon stopped the fight, round seven at 1:52
The former amateur world champion Arroyo, stepped into the main event slot on late notice after Jonathan Oquendo pulled out with an injury. more + photos
Ringside by Scott Ploof
Photography by Emily Harney
Super middleweight Denis Grachev (10-0-1, 5 KOs) made a very impressive statement at the Fox Theater inside of the Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, CT as he defeated Providence RI’s Vladine Biosse, handing him the first defeat of his professional career. Grachev landed well to the body and that opened up Biosse as Grachev landed several unanswered hooks to the head of Biosse. Grachev knocked Biosse (11-1, 6 KOs) to the canvas three times during the fight en route to a fourth round stoppage at 2:56 after referee Joey Luppino stopped the bout. The seven bout fight card was promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports.
Super middleweight and former world title challenger Elvin Ayala won his third fight in a row as he battered veteran George Armenta over four rounds of action. However for Armenta, the beating was too much for him to handle as he was unable to come off of his stool to start round number five. With the fourth round TKO victory, Ayala continues his ascent in the division as he improves to (23-5-1, 11 KOs), while Armenta who has battled tough competition throughout his career, falls to (13-7, 11 KOs).
“Slick” Rick Dawson, brother of former light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson, won a four round unanimous decision over Odias Dumezil (3-6, 1 KO). Scores of the bout were 40-36, 40-37, and 39-37 all in favor of Dawson. Dawson, although not the more powerful of the two fighters, won the bout with his speed and finesse. With the victory, Dawson improves his perfect record to (4-0, 1 KO). (more…)
By Francisco Salazar and Andreas Hale at ringside
Unbeaten super featherweight Diego Magdaleno (19-0, 6 KOs) won by third round TKO over Gilberto Sanchez Leon (31-9-2, 11 KOs) on Friday night on the eve of Pacquiao-Mosley at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Magdaleno, the NABF champion, delivered a left to the head to Leon knocking him down in the second round. Early in the third round, he knocked him down for the second time and referee Vic Drakulich stopped the fight after the third knockdown at :49 seconds of round three.
Highly regarded super bantamweight Jesse Magdaleno (4-0, 2 KOs), brother of main eventer Diego Magdaleno, won a unanimous decision over Jonathan Alcantara (4-4-2, 0 KOs) All three judges scored it the same 60-54 for Magdaleno.
Featherweight Juan Carlos Martinez pulled off the upset with an eight round split decision over former world title challenger Bernabe Concepcion. It was all Martinez (17-12-1, 5 KO’s) with his awkward style early, but Concepcion (30-4-1, 17 KO’s) rallied late with repeated right hands to the head. One judge had Concepcion ahead 77-75, but the other judges gave Martinez the nod with scores of 78-74 and 77-75. (more…)
Andreas Hale and Francisco Salazar at the scales
From the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas:
Manny Pacquiao 145 vs. Shane Mosley 147
Jorge Arce 122 vs. Wilfredo Vasquez 122
Kelly Pavlik 170 vs. Alfonso Lopez 169
Mike Alvarado 139 vs Ray Narh 140
Rodel Mayol 112 vs Javier Gallo 114
Jose Benavidez 140 vs. James Hope 141
Arizona Ambriz 140 vs. Pierre Cote 139
Randy Arrellin 135 vs. Karl Dargan 135
Photo: HD Promotions
The Oklahoma Boxing Commission is reviewing Thursday’s fight between Michael Clark and Carson Jones, which was ruled a no contest. Apparently Clark entered the ring wearing a football cup instead of a boxing foul protector. Carson hit him slightly below the belt line and because Clark wasn’t wearing a proper cup he developed a swelling or a whelp on his groin. The rules state that if a fighter is hit with an accidental low blow he has five minutes to recover and if he can not continue, he the victory is awarded to the opponent. The commission at the time ruled it the same as if it was an accidental headbutt and called the fight a no contest. The decision is being reviewed and the Jones camp believes it most likely will be overturned, pointing out that it was a low blow that Clark could not continue from because he came into the ring without a boxing cup on.
Former IBF super middleweight champion Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy officially signed on the dotted line to face Strikeforce champion Nick Diaz, who wants to pursue a professional boxing career in addition to his mixed-martial arts title reign. The boxing match will take place in the Fall of 2011. Promoter Don Chargin states, “This is a very dangerous fight for both men. Not only is this fight dangerous but stylistically it is very intriguing. I expected more resistance from fight fans and media in regards to this match-up but its amazing as to the hundreds of calls and e-mails I’ve received from fans on both sides wanting to see this match-up take place. I’ve received more than a few inquiries from some other very high-profile boxers that want to step up and fight Nick. It’s been a real whirlwind….I’ve been around boxing for quite some time and I’ve seen a lot of great, tough fighters in my six decades within the sport. I believe that if Nick had been one of those kids who had picked up boxing from a youth, he’d undoubtedly be a world-champion today. Sometime within the next 2 weeks I’ll be personally making the trek to Cesar Gracies gym to setup a private, closed door sparring session between Nick and a few nameless top-level contenders I have in mind.”
Photo: Lawrence Lustig
Mike Perez 244 vs. Kerston Manswell 252
Evgeny Orlovs. 308 vs. Gregory Tony 227
Michael Sprott 238 vs. Tye Fields 271
Lucian Bot 220 vs. Konstantin Airich 228
Venue: Alexandra Palace, Muswell Hill, London, United Kingdom
Photo: Photo Wende
Daniel Geale 158.9 vs. Sebastian Sylvester 159.6
Danny McIntosh 173 vs. Eduard Gutknecht 174.8
Otis Griffin 174.8 vs. Karo Murat 174.8
Venue: Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Germany
Promoter: Sauerland Event
Former IBF middleweight title challenger Billy Lyell (23-9) annihilated journeyman Brian Paul via a 1st round TKO Thursday at the Hyatt Regency in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Lyell dropped Paul twice with brutal body shots before the bout was halted at 54 seconds into the opening stanza.
In other action, Contender Season II champ Grady Brewer (27-12) won a six round unanimous decision over a Abel Perry, while heavyweight prospect Ty Cobb (13-2) won a six round decision over Jason Nicholson. Also, female welterweight Kelly Trance evened her mark to (1-1) with a second round TKO victory over Kim Dawson.
A scheduled bout between Michael Clark (41-5-1) and Carson Jones (29-8-2) was stopped in the second round after repeated accidental fouls by Jones. Initially thought by many to be a DQ win for Clark, the result was determined and announced as a “no decision”. The five bout charity card was presented by HD Boxing.
Coming back after an eight year layoff, Super Brian Nielsen surprised everyone with his lowest weight in his entire career. Conversely for Holyfield it was the highest weight of his career.
Evander Holyfield 225 vs Brian Nielsen 238
Venue: Koncerthuset, Copenhagen, Denmark
Promoter: Sauerland Event
TV: PPV (Denmark)
Hennessy Sports has commented on the purse bid for the British Heavyweight title fight between challenger Tyson Fury and champion Dereck Chisora following the publication of a circular by the BBB of C on its website on 4 May stating that Mick Hennessy had failed to comply with the terms of the purse bid.
On Wednesday 13th April, Hennessy Sports won via purse bids with a substantial offer, the rights to stage the British Heavyweight title fight, and, in accordance with Regulation 9.31(b) of the BBB of C rules (which states: “The Promoter making the highest bid accepted by the Board shall, within fourteen days of that acceptance, supply the Board with a date and venue for the contest”), submitted these details to the Secretary of the Board, Robert Smith on Wednesday 27th April. (more…)
Simons Promotions has announced the signing of Morgantown, West Virginia light heavyweight Eric Watkins (4-0, 2 KOs) to a multi year promotional agreement. “Eric is one of the most determined fighters I have ever seen,” said promoter Steve Simons. “In his professional debut, he broke his right arm in the first round, and instead of quitting, he went on to win the bout using only one arm. The local media has branded him “the one arm bandit It was like something out of a movie. I’ll never forget it. We are proud to have him on the team.”
Heavyweight contender Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola is scheduled to make an appearance this Saturday, May 7 at the Galaxy Game at The Home Depot Center. Arreola will be on hand for an autograph session from 7:00-7:30pm and immediately after participate in the ceremonial “coin toss” at 7:45pm. Arreola will fight hard-hitting Nagy “Dominican Dynamite” Aguilera (16-5, 11 KOs) at The Home Depot Center on Saturday, May 14 as the co-featured bout to the Super Six World Boxing Classic semi-final bout between WBA Super Middleweight Champion Andre Ward and former world champion Arthur Abraham.
Shane Mosley sure can sell a fight.
No, he does need to stand on a table and shout derogatory remarks at his opponent at a press conference. Nor does he need to film himself talking smack about his opponent’s past . . . click here for more
Boxing returns to the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany, NY May 12th when Pugnacious Promotions presents “Spring Fever Fight Night at the Plaza,” featuring undefeated Guilderland lightweight prospect Mike Faragon (14-0, 6 KOs), Albanian cruiserweight champion Nasi Hani (5-0, 2 KOs), who trains in Catskill with Kevin Rooney, and other local pros. (more…)
The bout sheet is nearly complete for the May 18 Hitz Boxing “Rosemont Rumble” event at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. The night’s main event will feature red-hot Irish middleweight contender Andy Lee (25-1, 19 KOs) taking on tough veteran Alex “The Technician” Bunema (31-7-2, 17 KOs) in a 10-round battle for the NABF, and this just in: NABA Middleweight Championships. (more…)
By Graham Houston
The seemingly unstoppable force that is Manny Pacquiao faces a living legend in Sugar Shane Mosley, and the fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday has captured the imagination. Pacquiao is the wide betting favourite in the welterweight championship bout that will be televised on Showtime PPV, but great fighters sometimes have one last great fight left in them, and it is the possibility that Mosley might be able to reach down within himself and produce a performance for the ages that has in part led to the fight’s appeal.
Then again, there is the sense that in Pacquiao boxing has one of those fighters who come along once in a lifetime. People want to be able see him, to enjoy him while they can before he leaves the sport for a new battle, to fight poverty in his new role as a congressman in the Philippines.
I think it is fair to call Pacquiao a phenomenon. What other fighter in ring history won his first world title in the flyweight division and yet, 12 years later, was looking just as fast but much bigger and stronger as a welterweight champion? (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
WBO #6 Solomon Egberime (21-3, 11 KOs) has the skills to defeat former WBO world champion Michael Katsidis (27-4, 22 KOs) according to Egberime’s manager, former two-time world champion Lovemore Ndou. “Katsidis said on Fightnews he wants to fight in Australia and I want him to know that Solomon Egberime would welcome a bout with him,” Ndou said. “Katsidis showed in his most recent bout against Robert Guerrero that he is one-dimensional and can be outboxed by a smart fighter. Egberime defeated world rated Daudy Bahari in his last fight and will do the same to Katsidis.”
Solomon Egberime is originally from Nigeria but has been based in Australia for several years. He is a former Australian junior welterweight and welterweight champion.
Both “Sugar” Shane Mosley and Manny Pacquiao arrive into the eye of the media hurricane and the cameras of FIGHT CAMP 360° capture every moment. Catch the final chapter of the series before the May 7th battle. Episode for premieres on SHOWTIME, May 6 at 10pm ET/PT
Also see: Live from Las Vegas to your computer, SHOWTIME PPV and Top Rank bring you the boxing event of the year online. Check out the high-quality interactive way to experience Pacquiao vs. Mosley
Also see: Two days before the boxing event of the year, James Brown and SHOWTIME Sports report from Las Vegas.
Also see: The MGM Grand has become the epicenter for rabid boxing fans and the May 7th showdown between Manny Pacquiao and “Sugar” Shane Mosley has brought them out in full force. Check out the fan armies of Team PacMan and Team Mosley.
WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa was arrested on Thursday morning by Miami-Dade police and charged with domestic violence. The champion allegedly forcibly kept his wife and son from leaving their Miami home. She told police she was leaving because she suspected that Gamboa was having an affair.
In his first bout since April 2008, former welterweight prospect Edgar Santana (25-3, 16 KOs) stopped journeyman Robert Jones (8-9-1, 3 KOs) in round two on Thursday night at the Paradise Theater in the Bronx, NYC. After a slow first round, Santana opened up and floored Jones in the second stanza. The bout was waved off during Santana’s follow up barrage. Time was 1:20.
Unbeaten light heavyweight Jason Escalera (11-0, 10 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Mustafah Johnson (8-12-1, 2 KOs). Time 1:13
Stevins Bujaj KO1 Chuck Dillard (cruiserweight)
Emmanuel Gonzalez TKO1 Jacob Thorton (superfeather)
Stephen Owusu W4 Juan Perez (welterweight)
Issouf Kinda KO3 Jorge Ruiz
Weights and photos by Chris Cozzone
At the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s Top Rank card:
Diego Magdaleno 130 vs. Gilberto Sanchez Leon 130
Mike Lee 176.5 vs. Gilbert Gastelum 174
Bernabe Concepcion 128 vs. Juan Carlos Martinez 127
Jesse Magdaleno 121.5 vs. Jonathan Alcantara 122
Anthony Lenk 143.5 vs. Martin Vierra 144
Abie Han 156 vs. Taronze Washington 155
Marlon Tapales 114 vs. Alejandro Solorio 113
Pictured: The three fighting Magdaleno brothers, from left to right, Jesse, Diego and 15-year-old Marcos, still in the amateurs.
For more photos . . .
Heavyweight Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson has pulled out of Saturday’s Prizefighter: International Heavyweights tournament in London after he was refused exit from the States due to non-payment of child maintenance. He will be replaced by 6’9 Evgeny Orlov (13-8-1, 8 KOs).
The Current Lineup:
Quarter-final one: Mike Perez vs Kerston Manswell
Quarter-final two: Evgeny Orlov vs Gregory Tony
Quarter-final three: Michael Sprott vs Tye Fields
Quarter-final four: Lucian Bot vs Konstantin Airich
Super middleweight contenders Librado Andrade and Aaron Pryor, Jr. looked ready for battle as they weighed in for their Friday night clash in the Telefutura main event at the Fantasy Spring Casino in Indio, CA. Andrade (29-3, 22 KOs) came in a fit and trim 169.2 lbs., while Pryor (15-3, 11 KOs) tipped the scales at 170.6 lbs.
Enrique Ornelas 175.2 vs. Hector Hernandez 170.8
Randy Caballero 120 vs. Francis Ruiz 119
Deontay Wilder 216.6 vs. Regino Pena 218
Sergey Kovalev 174 vs. Terrance Woods 173.6
Hugo Ramos 125.6 vs. Juan Sandoval 126
Venue: Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
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