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By Francisco Salazar
It has been known for the past few weeks in Southern California that a fight card will take place at the Galen Center on the campus of USC in Los Angeles on Friday, February 24th. However, Thompson Boxing Promotions matchmaker Alex Camponovo told Fightnews.com on Wednesday that a Thompson Boxing card will take place at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario on the same night. (more…)
WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (40-2, 23 KOs), WBO/WIBF/WBF female super featherweight champion Ramona Kuehne (18-1, 5 KOs) and their teams spent Thursday with a lengthy stroll around the beautiful southern German city of Offenburg. On Saturday Stieglitz defends against WBO #14 Henry Weber (15-0-1, 3 KOs) and Kuehne faces late sub Renata Dömsödi (7-1, 3 KOs)
Robert Stieglitz: “Because of the cancellation of the Kessler fight, I had a long break. The Magdeburg SES fighter Robert Stieglitz confident: “Due to the cancellation of the Kessler fight I had a long break. All the more why I’m happy to be back in the ring in a packed house. I want to show good boxing! I am the champion and must win. I don’t underestimate Henry Weber but I want to further validate my position as a world champion. What comes after this? We’ll see, proceed step-by-step – but the fight against Mikkel Kessler or the other champions is my big goal in 2012.”
Ramona Kuehne: “The new opponent Renata Dömsödi comes from the same training group as the now injured Agota Ilko. Both are equally strong, have the same preparation, and even exactly the same record. It’s fortunately no big change. I’m just happy to be boxing again!”
Less than three days into the sale of Kell Brook’s fight with Matthew Hatton at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield on March 17 and the ticket sales have smashed through the 5,000 barrier. Promoter Eddie Hearn announced the huge all-British Welterweight clash between Brook and Hatton on Wednesday afternoon and the phone lines at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield and at Matchroom Sport have been buzzing ever since with fans snapping up tickets for the event. The Arena was set up for 9,000 fans but after the huge demand for tickets, it is likely that Hearn will open up the full capacity at some point next week.
On February 25 in Stuttgart, WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck wants to become the first German world heavyweight champion since the great Max Schmeling when he takes on WBA regular champion Alexander Povetkin of Russia. “I’m very happy about the chance to fight the heavyweight world championship,” says Huck. “That to me is like winning the lottery. I really want to be the heir to Schmeling. But actually I see Povetkin only as a stopover on the way to the Klitschko brothers….I don’t understand why Povetkin has never taken the chance to climb into the ring against Wladimir. I think he’s afraid of the Klitschko brothers. I’m not.” (more…)
Story by Boxing Bob Newman
Photo: Ricardo Conde
IBF Lightweight king Miguel Angel Vazquez, “El Titere” (The Puppet), makes the fourth defense of his crown on January 21 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. His opponent, Panama’s hard hitting Ameth Diaz will bring a 30-10, 21 KOs record into the Coliseo Olimpico, matching his skills against Vazquez, with a 29-3, 13 KOs mark. Vazquez took time out of his training wrap-up before leaving for Mexico on Saturday morning to talk with Fightnews about his upcoming defense, his rocky start in the boxing game and where his future may lie… (more…)
Story and photos by Felipe Leon
On Thursday afternoon, Tijuana’s Zanfer Promotions announced their first fight card of the new year at the La Corriente Restaurant situated in the heart of the border city. Guillermo Brito, chief operating officer for the company led by Fernando Beltran, mentioned that the event scheduled for this Saturday night at the Tijuana Municipal Auditorium and headlined by the ten round super bantamweight clash between Alejandro Lopez (22-2, 7KOs) and Jose Palma (14-4, 9KOs) is one of “quality boxing compromised of a great cast. The Mexican boxing public deserve this kind of fight card, one that will bring great boxing action to the Azteca channel airwaves.” (more…)
Frank Warren has won the right to stage George Groves’ British and Commonwealth Super Middleweight Title defense against Kenny Anderson. The two fighters still have unfinished business after their first fight in 2010, when rising star Groves recovered from the only knockdown in his career to stop the Scotsman. Anderson had managed to draw the heavily favoured Groves in to an out-and-out war, looking the stronger of the two for the first five rounds of the contest, which was part of a David Haye undercard. The resilient Groves however showed that he was made of stern stuff by coming back and landing a series of body blows in the sixth round to force a stoppage. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The Nevada Athletic Commission has revoked the boxing license of former world champion Joel Casamayor after he tested positive for marijuana following his KO8 loss to Timothy Bradley last November. The 40-year-old Casamayor must pay a fine of $10,000 and may not request a new Nevada license for 12 months.
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Teon Kennedy 121.5 vs. Chris Martin 121.5
Yordenis Ugas 141.5 vs. Esteban Almarez 142
Jesse Magdaleno 122 vs. Shawn Nichol 122
Angel Flores 144 vs. Rohan Wilson 141.5
Gabino Saenz 125 vs. Gil Garcia 128
Anthony Lenk 145.5 vs. Wendel Henley 143
Venue: Hard Rock Hotel-Casino, Las Vegas
Promoter: Top Rank
First Bell: 5PM PT more photos
UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo and opponent Chad Mendes face off during the final UFC 142 pre-fight press conference at the Copacabana Palace Hotel on January 12, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
JUNIOR DOS SANTOS, UFC heavyweight champion
On being in Brazil this weekend and his break down of the main and co-main event: “It feels so great to be with the fans in Rio. I’ve only been champion for a short time, but this feeling (of support) will never get old. I love it. This is the first big UFC event of the year and it’s very important for us in Brazil, the fans in America and people everywhere.” (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina – Top Rank
In a special Thursday afternoon boxing card at the Las Vegas Convention Center during the currently ongoing 2012 Consumer Electronics Show, unbeaten welterweight KO artist Javier “El Chino” Flores (8-0, 8 KOs) stopped Alex Viramontes (10-9, 3 KOs) in the third round. Southpaw Flores dropped Viramontes with a straight left hand in round one and got the stoppage from referee Kenny Bayless in round three. Time was 1:09. (more…)
By Matt Thompson
For the first time in two and half years, the infamous Eric “Butterbean” Esch (77-8-4, 58 KOs) of Jasper, Alabama will step into the ring Friday night to take on Louisville native Curt Allan (7-1-1, 3 KOs) in a four round heavyweight rematch of their bout that took place 15 years ago at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on the PPV undercard of Oscar De La Hoya’s junior welterweight title defense against Miguel Angel Gonzalez. Butterbean won that bout by 3rd round TKO and Allan hopes tomorrow to upset the popular rotund fighter.
The rematch is at the Horseshoe Casino in Elizabeth, Indiana on a show that is a benefit for Allan’s former trainer Larry Alvey, who is suffering from cancer. (more…)
Tom Brown, Goossen Tutor Promotions matchmaker, has added a special 8-round super featherweight attraction between two undefeated prospects Guy Robb (7-0, 3 KOs) and Joel Diaz Jr. (6-0, 5 KOs) after Brandon Gonzales pulled out of his January 20 fight against Caleb Truax due to a leg injury. The card, which will be held at the Pearl at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nev. and broadcast on SHOWTIME, is headlined by a world title bout between WBA super bantamweight world champion Rico Ramos (20-0, 11 KOs), who takes on WBA interim champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux (8-0, 6 KOs). Opening the ShoBox telecast, undefeated Matthew Villanueva (6-0-1, 6 KOs) will fight Mike Ruiz (8-1-1, 3 KOs) in an 8-round junior bantamweight bout.
In a non-televised undercard bout, Javier Molina (9-1, 4 KOs), a 2008 U.S. Olympian will try to get back in the win column in a 6-round welterweight bout. There will also be two other 4-round bouts featuring heavyweights and jr. middleweights.
WBO interim lightweight champion Ricky Burns will make his first defense of his belt against former WBA champion Paulus Moses on March 10 at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow, Scotland. Burns, who became Scotland’s first two-weight world champion in twenty years when he sensationally defeated Michael Katsidis last year, makes the first defence of the title on home soil after a year on the road.
Moses, from Windhoek in Namibia, has no problem in travelling to challenge Burns in his backyard after winning the WBA world title in Japan against Yusuke Kobori in 2009. (more…)
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
Of all the UFC champions, Jose Aldo is not like the rest. No he’s not the smallest champion, (the honor goes to bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, though it should be noted that Cruz is taller than Aldo). The Brazilian terror is the only current champion to never headline a UFC event.
Yes, Aldo had top billing several times as the WEC featherweight champion, but he shared the top slot in his two previous UFC title defenses (one with Georges St-Pierre, the other with light weight kingpin Frankie Edgar). (more…)
InterBox has announced that its February 3rd event scheduled to take place in Quebec City must be postponed. Undefeated IBF 140 pound Intercontinental champion Pier-Olivier Cote has been informed by his doctor that he must immediately cease training for an undetermined period of time while doctors perform a battery of tests. Cote was preparing to fight IBF World #6 rated 140 lbs boxer Mauricio Herrera in the main event that was due to be broadcast live on the popular SHOWTIME series ShoBox: The New Generation.
“We are less than a month out of the most important fight in Pier-Olivier’s career and he could not train adequately in the gym. He wasn’t feeling well. I really do not want to speculate what could be wrong with him until he undergoes the necessary medical tests. The first doctor he saw told him he has to stop training and rest. Until we know more we are following his recommendations” states Cote’s trainer Francois Duguay. (more…)
“Right now there’s no development,” Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum told the Philippine Star in Manila. “Obviously we’re waiting to hear from the Mayweather people, but we’re prepared to do the fight in May. It will be late in May, but the problem remains the same in that no one from Mayweather’s side would guarantee his purse. I can only guarantee Manny’s purse, but if Floyd wants to make a deal with me then I’m open to that. I can guarantee his purse but I then I will have a share in his revenue.” Arum also told the paper that he needs to discuss an alternate opponent if the Mayweather fight doesn’t happen.
Meanwhile Pacquiao has stated the fight is no problem “as long as it’s a 50/50 split,” and both Arum and chief adviser Mike Koncz have ruled out the 17,000-seat MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, insisting on a special 40,000-seat temporary arena.
On the Mayweather front, Golden Boy has reportedly eliminated Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero from consideration as a possible Floyd opponent, should the Pacman fight not happen.
Athletes competing on this weekend’s UFC RIO™: ALDO vs. MENDES card landed today in Brazil and the city is already buzzing about the action-packed event. Headlined by a UFC featherweight title fight between champion Jose Aldo of Rio and top contender Chad Mendes, the event also features an outstanding middleweight co-main event pitting former UFC champion Vitor Belfort against rising middleweight prospect Anthony “Rumble” Johnson. (more…)
The NBC Sports Network today announced that Hall-of-Fame boxing trainer Freddie Roach and cruiserweight contender B.J. Flores team up with NBC’s veteran broadcaster Kenny Rice to provide commentary for the network’s new NBC Sports Network Fight Night Series. The first Fight Night broadcast will be on the new NBC Sports Network on Saturday, January 21st beginning at 9 p.m. ET when heavyweight contenders Eddie Chambers and Sergei Liakhovich face off live from Philadelphia’s historic Asylum Arena.
Crossroads, according to an online site, the official definition is: a road that crosses another road, or one that runs transversely to main roads. In the world of boxing, it is almost cliché to deem a bout a crossroads fight but in the case of Christopher Martin and Teon Kennedy, who meet Friday, January 13th, at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, it is anything but that type of fight.
The ten round super bantamweight match up is scheduled as the main event of ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” series. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A source from Zanfer Promotions has confirmed that the WBO will not approve a defense by by WBO bantamweight champion Jorge Arce against former WBA champ Lorenzo Parra because Parra is not ranked among the fifteen of the division. Zanfer Promotions wanted to do a rematch after a controversial draw between Parra and Arce in 2010 but the company accepts the WBO decision. They will now assess other challengers to face Arce on February 18 in Mexico.
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Plans are for the rematch between WBO featherweight champ Orlando Salido (37-11-2, 25 KOs) and former world champ Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (31-1, 28 KOs) to take place on March 10 in Puerto Rico. The fight will be held at Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan and will be promoted by PR Best Boxing Promotions. Salido and Lopez first fought on April 16, 2010 with Salido ending the unbeaten reign of Lopez with a knockout in the eighth round. A source close to the Mexican champion has revealed that the parties have not yet reached agreement on the purse of Salido.
By Mike Bernier
Photos: Marty Rosengarten/ringsidephotos.com
Inside Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, DiBella Entertainment hosted a press conference to announce “The Real Middleweight Championship” card featuring Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martinez (48-2-2, 27 KOs) from Argentina fighting out of Oxnard, CA vs. Matthew ‘Mack the Knife’ Macklin (28-3, 19 KO’s) from Birmingham, England now fighting out of NYC. The fight will take place on St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday, March 17th inside The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Macklin earned the spot to fight Martinez after his valiant performance against WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm. After his fight with Sturm in Germany, Macklin signed with DiBella Entertainment and relocated to NYC to continue his career in the sport. (more…)
Sad to report that famed Florida referee Eddie Eckert passed away on January 7. Eckert officiated his first pro fight in June 1961 and refereed his last fight in June 1995. In that 34-year span, some of the fighters he shared the ring with included the legendary Willie Pep (in 1965), Cleveland Williams, Jimmy Ellis, Michael Dokes, Alexis Arguello, Tim Witherspoon, Leon Spinks, Wilfredo Benitez, Vincente Rondon, Mike Quarry and Maurice “Termite” Watkins. One of the bigger fights he oversaw was the John Mugabi versus Terry Norris fight at the Sun Dome in Tampa in March 1990. Respected by his peers and by people who know and understand boxing, he was often paid the ultimate compliment a referee can receive. “You didn’t even know he was in the ring.” Eckert was inducted into the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame in 2011.
By Karl Freitag
Just a few weeks ago, middleweight champion Sergio Martinez called a press conference in Argentina to say among other things that he was was finished working with HBO. So it was an interesting moment Monday hearing the comments of Kery Davis, Senior Vice President of Programming at HBO Sports, during a press conference announcing Martinez’ fight against Matthew Macklin which will be televised by HBO. “Sergio Martinez has become must-see television and he is recognized as THE middleweight champion of the world,” stated Davis, “We couldn’t be happier to have him as one of the faces of HBO Boxing.”
Quite the about face considering that it was HBO’s refusal to televise Sergio’s mandatory fight against Sebastian Zbik that got him stripped of his WBC title (and HBO later accepted a fight between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and the same opponent for Martinez’ vacant title).
Earlier today, before a standing-room only crowd of media at Ainsworth Prime inside Madison Square Garden, Lou DiBella officially announced his St. Patrick’s Day card (Saturday, March 17th) that will take place at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Headlining the show will be middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (48-2-2, 27 KOs) defending his crown against top-rated Irish middleweight contender, Matthew “Mack The Knife” Macklin (28-3, 19 KOs). The card will also feature Ireland’s fellow world-rated contender, Andy Lee (27-1, 19 KOs) against TBA. The card is billed as “THE REAL Middleweight Championship – Get Your Irish Up.”
By Ray Wheatley
Photos: Johnny Chaichotchuang
In Thailand’s first promotion for 2012, former Bangkok prisoner Patomsuk “Esan Warrior” Pathompothong (15-1-1, 9KOs) captured the IBF Pan Pacific 140 pound title, when he stopped Michael “Speed” Sigarlaki (13-10-2, 12KOs) in four rounds, on Tuesday at Kaseem Pattana, Phitsanulok, Thailand; which is 377 km north of Bangkok. Indonesian, Sigarlaki, started the fight in top gear and connected with fast combinations on Pathompothong, but in round two, the Thai boxer stepped up a gear and gained control of the contest. In round three Pathompothong dropped Sigarlaki with a perfectly timed left hook to the jaw, and in round four, dropped his opponent three times, and at 2:49 the referee crowned Pathompothong. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
The Nevada State Athletic Commission unanimously approved on Wednesday afternoon a license for welterweight contender Victor Ortiz, Golden Boy Promotions matchmaker Robert Diaz told Fightnews.com. Ortiz’s manager, Rolando Arellano, also told Fightnews.com that Ortiz was a granted a conditional one-fight license by the five members of the commission. Before he was approved for the license, members grilled Ortiz for his actions in his September 17th fourth round loss to Floyd Mayweather, when he intentionally head butted the flamboyant unbeaten fighter. Ortiz also had to answer to the commission for comments he made last month in a televised interview, stating he attempted to break Mayweather’s nose when he butted him. The license will allow for Ortiz to face Andre Berto on February 11th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV in a rematch of their 12 round war in April, which was won by Ortiz. Golden Boy Promotions and DiBella Entertainment will co-promote the card.
Jose Aldo has something to prove on Saturday night. That got your attention, didn’t it? Follow along for a couple of paragraphs before getting all crazy in the comment section, because the reigning UFC featherweight champion certainly does have something to prove in my honest opinion. . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
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Hot prospect Jose Reynoso (15-3-1, 2 KOs) of Riveride by way of Mexicali, Mexico will take on fellow prospect Thomas Dulorme (13-0, 10 KOs) of Puerto Rico February 17th. The bout will be televised on ShoBox The Next Generation Series and is scheduled for 10 rounds and the NABF welterweight title. Contracted weight for the fight will be 143 pounds. Reynoso is unbeaten in his last six bouts against very solid competition. Reynoso is also a big ticket seller in Southern California and will have many supporters at the site of the event which will be the Chumash Casino, in Santa Ynez, California.
Teon Kennedy of Philadelphia and Chris ‘The San Diego Kid’ Martin are heading to Las Vegas today to battle on a Top Rank promoted ESPN Friday Night Fights card at the Hard Rock Hotel Casino on January 13.
“I’ve wanted to fight on ESPN for such a long time,” said Kennedy, a world-ranked super bantamweight. “I have seen Martin on a lot of video so I know what he’s all about.”
Kennedy and Martin are scheduled for 10 rounds. Kennedy has a record of 17-1-1, 7 KOs. Martin is 23-1-2, 6 KOs.
Martin said he “got the lowdown on Kennedy” when he went to Tijuana and sparred with Alejandro Lopez. Lopez decisioned Kennedy in a 12 round bout last year in Atlantic City, N.J. “I know Kennedy doesn’t like a lot of pressure,” Martin said. “He’ll see a lot of that on Friday night.” (more…)
Manny Pacquiao could decide today or tomorrow whether he will fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 5th — this according to Manny’s trainer. Freddie Roach just told TMZ Manny and promoter Bob Arum are in the Philippines, figuring out if they can put off several deals to fight other boxers … to clear the decks for a Mayweather fight in May. Roach is scoffing at Mayweather’s tweet, in which he calls Pacquiao a “punk,” saying, “He should look in the mirror. He’s been ducking us for 2 years.”
As for what weight class Pacquiao will fight Mayweather … Roach said 147 lbs — that’s the upper limit of welterweight. Of course, even if Pacquiao can rearrange his schedule, both sides have to agree on a financial deal. Roach says, “We’ll do it on even terms.”
Photo: Team Sauerland
King Arthur Abraham (32-3, 26 KOs) has promised to make a spectacular comeback on Saturday night when he takes on Argentinian Pablo Farias (19-1, 11 KOs) in front of a sell-out crowd at the Baden Arena in Offenburg, Germany. “I will start the year with a victory and also end the year with a victory,” the former IBF Middleweight Champion said at today´s final press conference. “I am determined to be world champion again in 2012.”
Ulli Wegner believes Abraham will make a winning return. “Arthur has worked hard in the preparation,” the German coaching legend said. “He will be in top shape on Saturday night. He needs to bounce back with a convincing performance.” (more…)
If anyone had earned a vacation from mixed martial arts, it was Gabriel Gonzaga. For years, the heavyweight standout had fought a wide selection of the best heavyweights of this era, from Randy Couture and Mirko Cro Cop to Shane Carwin and Junior dos Santos . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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