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WBC super flyweight champion Tomas “Gusano” Rojas promised that he would knock out his newest challenger Juan Jose “Goofy” Montes on Saturday, May 21st, at the brand new Metropolitan Arena in the Mexican state of Chiapas during the announcing press conference today in Mexico City. “Like always, I will be ready for twelve rounds if not fifteen. It’s about time I score another knock out and this would be the perfect opportunity since my opponent doesn’t have many fights,” Rojas of Veracruz, MX, stated to the assembled media. “I am happy to fight in Mexico once again after my fights in Japan. I know he is a strong fighter but I am hungry and I will come out to win.” (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Super featherweight Marvin Quintero (21-3, 17 KOs) will now face late sub Juan Santiago (13-6-1, 8 KOs) in a scheduled ten rounder on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” from the Pechanga Resort and Casino. Quintero was supposed to face hard-hitting former title challenger Ji Hoon Kim (22-7, 18 KOs) but that face-off was scratched after Kim was diagnosed with a detached retina earlier this week. He was then slated to face Gabriel “The Ghost” Tolmajyan (10-1, 3 KOs) but that bout also fell out.
Photo: Tom Hogan/Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
Four of the world’s most talented and exciting bantamweights participated in a media conference call to discuss The Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All on Saturday, April 23 LIVE on SHOWTIME® (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight world champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko (28-2, 22 KOs), of Accra, Ghana, will defend his title against the fast-rising, undefeated Abner Mares (21-0-1, 13 KOs), of Hawaiian Gardens, Calif. by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, in the tournament final. Mares’ WBC Silver bantamweight belt will also be on the line. (more…)
Photo and report by Ricardo Conde
WBC Silver super middleweight champion Noe ‘El Carbonero’ Gonzalez (26-1, 18 KOs) of Uruguay, training out of the renowned World Crown Sports Training Center in Oxnard, California, met the pre-weight requirement today and registered in at 173 pounds, the weight was within the mandated 10% over the 168 pound super middleweight limit. Gonzalez will step back into the ring and make the first defense of his title on Friday, May 13th against Ruben ‘Cloroformo’ Padilla (18-2-1, 17 KOs) of Mexico at the Estadio Cr. Gaston Guelfi/ Palacio Peñarol in Montevideo, Uruguay which is being presented by Best Box and Sergio Marquez Promociones. (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
The four fighters who will compete in this Saturday’s doubleheader on SHOWTIME® (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) participated in the final press conference Wednesday at the Verdanza Hotel here. In the main event on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, Juan Manuel Lopez (30-0, 27 KOs) will risk his unblemished record and World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight title against former International Boxing Federation (IBF) 126-pound titleholder Orlando “Siri’’ Salido (34-11-2, 22 KOs), of Ciudad Obregon, Mexico.
The co-feature from Ruben Rodriguez Coliseo in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, will pit promising, undefeated Luis Cruz (17-0, 14 KOs), of Philadelphia by way of Las Piedras, Puerto Rico, versus late substitute and No. 8 IBF contender, Martin “El Brochas’’ Honorio (29-5-1, 15 KOs), of Mexico City, in a 10-round junior lightweight bout. Bob Arum’s Top Rank, Inc. will promote the doubleheader. (more…)
One of Puerto Rican boxing’s native sons, Juan Manuel Lopez returns to the gym where he trained as a young boy. Take a tour with JuanMa through Caguas Municipal Gym and meet the trainers developing the next generation of fighters. Lopez vs. Salido: Sat. April 16th at 10:30pm ET/PT.
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WBO Featherweight Champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” López is confident in a win against mexican and former IBF Featherweight Champion Orlando Salido this Saturday, April 16th, at the Rubén Rodríguez Coliseum in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, in a Top Rank and PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) presentation to be televised by Showtime.
“I’m very well trained for this bout, I know Salido, a strong fighter a former world champion”, Lopez said during tha final press conference held today at Verdanza Hotel in Isla Verde, Carolina, Puerto Rico. (more…)
Photo and report by Ricardo Conde
Fast rising NABO super featherweight champion Eloy ‘The Prince’ Perez (20-0-2, 5 KOs) of Salinas, California, under the watchful eye of long time trainer Max Garcia, will headline and take on Alejandro ‘Soma’ Rodriguez (12-1, 6 KOs) this Friday, April 15th at the Longshoremen’s Hall at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, California on the latest edition of TeleFutura’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate”, the fight card dubbed “Battle on Beach Street” is being presented by Golden Boy Promotions, Don Chargin Productions and Jorge Marron Productions. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Super featherweight Marvin Quintero (21-3, 17 KOs) will now face late sub Gabriel “The Ghost” Tolmajyan (10-1, 3 KOs) in a scheduled ten rounder on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” from the Pechanga Resort and Casino. Quintero was supposed to face hard-hitting former title challenger Ji Hoon Kim (22-7, 18 KOs) but that face-off was scratched after Kim was diagnosed with a detached retina earlier this week.
Dmitry Salita 149 vs. Ronnie Warrior, Jr., 148
Also on the card: former WBA welterweight title-holder Luis Collazo and former Golden Gloves champion Rafael Vasquez. Tickets ranging from $125 to $40 can be purchased at dsalita.com
Venue: Oceana, Brooklyn, New York
Promoter: Dmitry Salita
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Former flyweight and super flyweight champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyanof Sydney, Australia, by way of Vanadzok, Armenia, says his experiment with being a boxer is now over. “I’m coming back to show everyone how strong I am,” he explains. “In my last fight, I wanted to prove I have skills by moving around and that’s not me. It was my first and last fight as a boxer. I’m back to show my aggression and destroy anyone in front of me!”
Fighting in the co-feature of “The Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All” event on Saturday, April 23, and live on SHOWTIME® (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, Darchinyan will be looking to rebound from a split decision loss to WBC Silver Champion Abner Mares by taking on former IBF Bantamweight Champion Yonnhy Perez. (more…)
Unbeaten two-divisional and current WBO super flyweight champion Omar “El Huracán” Narvaez (33-0-2, 19 KOs) of Argentina will defend his title this Friday at the Club Estudiantes de Bahia Blanca, Bahia Blanca, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Narvaez’ opponent will be unbeaten Cesar Seda (20-0, 15 KOs) of Puerto Rico. On paper it would appear to be Narvaez’ toughest fight in a few years but the champion always seems to rise to the occasion when tested like this. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Word id that three division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez is pondering a two-fight offer from Golden Boy Promotions. Marquez’ current deal with Golden Boy has run out, but the company has the right to match any offers Marquez gets until February 2012. Golden Boy is hoping to keep Marquez under its banner with a possible July 28 fight in Las Vegas against IBF jr welterweight champion Zab Judah or a clash with WBA and WBO interim lightweight champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero. There also remains the possibility of a showdown with Erik Morales, which would be very attractive after Morales’ strong performance against Marcos Maidana last Saturday.
Eduard Gutknecht will challenge European light heavyweight champion Danny McIntosh in Neubrandenburg, Germany on May 7. In the main fight of the night, IBF Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester will defend his title against mandatory challenger Daniel Geale. “I´m thrilled to be fighting for the European title in just my second fight for Team Sauerland,” Gutknecht said from his training camp base in Zinnowitz. “McIntosh is a strong fighter with a big heart. He won his title on the road, which shows that he can perform well under pressure. But I will defeat him and take the title.” Gutknecht (20-1, 8 KOs) joined Team Sauerland at the beginning of the year. McIntosh (13-1, 7 KOs) clinched the title on January 22 when he stopped Thierry Karl in France.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Some sources indicate that the Mexican prospect Marco Antonio “Dorado” Reyes might be the next rival for the WBA current super welterweight world champion Austin Trout, who could make his first defense in June in Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico. The same source reports that the contract with Austin Trout is already signed and the event would be presented in Mexico by Promociones del Pueblo. Reyes trains in in Mexico City at the famed Romanza Gym. Initially it was thought that Trout might face David “The Destroyer” Lopez or or an opponent from Argentina.
By Joe Koizumi
Hard-punching southpaw swinger Akinori Watanabe (22-4, 20 KOs), 147, captured the OPBF and Japanese national welterweight belts when he furiously displayed his opening assault, floored defending champ Yo Inoue (18-2-2, 11 KOs), 147, five times and scored a quick knockout victory at 1:22 of the second session in a scheduled twelve rounder on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Watanabe, who once registered fifteen consecutive stoppages, previously failed to win the national belt, and gained a couple of thrones with a single triumph. His wicked and wild left was a haymaker.
WBA female interim 105-pound champ Ibeth Zamora, Mexico, arrived in Osaka, Japan, with his uncle and trainer Cruz Zamora last Saturday. Ibeth is going to face unbeaten WBA full champ Etsuko Tada, a Japanese southpaw, in a unification bout here on this coming Sunday. Her representative Francisco Gabriel Cordero arrived here on Monday to take care of her final training. Zamora, 22, showed her public workout and displayed her good condition at Muto Gym today (Wednesday). It will be a very competitive confrontation between Japan and Mexico, following a shocker of Jhonny Gonzalez and Hozumi Hasegawa last Friday.
A Japanese national title twinbill took place on Saturday at the Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan. Yota Sato (21-2-1, 11 KOs), 115, kept his super-flyweight belt as he decked an important win by a unanimous decision (97-93 twice and 96-93) over two-time world challenger and world-rated Kohei Kono (25-6, 9 KOs), 121.5, over ten heats. Mikihito Seto (31-8-2, 16 KOs), 121.25, acquired the interim national super-bantam title via close but unanimous nod (96-95, 96-94 and 97-93) over perennially highly-ranked contender Kyohei Tamakoshi (26-7-6, 10 KOs), 121.5, over ten.
By Craig Watt
Photos: Peter McDermont
Fomer two time WBA 168 pound champion Anthony Mundine (41-4, 24 KO’s) secured a revenge victory at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Queensland, Australia tonight with a unanimous points victory over Australian Contender winner Garth Wood (10-2-1, 6 KO’s). The 35 year old Mundine won by scores of 96-92 (twice) and 95-93 over ten rounds. This was sweet revenge for Mundine who was knocked out in five rounds of their first fight in December 2010. He clinched victory with two knockdowns in the final two rounds which edged the scorecards after the brave Wood seemed the more aggressive and enjoyed a higher work rate during the middle section of the fight. The fight lacked boxing finesse but was absorbing in terms of effort and drama with both fighters suffering cuts as a result of accidental head clashes. Click here for photos…
Story and photos by Felipe Leon
After defeating Nick Casal back in early ’09 on ShoBox: The Next Generation, the future looked bright for Tijuana super featherweight Marvin Quintero (21-3, 17 KOs). Once he got through Wes Ferguson, some months later, it was only a matter of time before Quintero followed in the footsteps of stablemate Antonio DeMarco and challenge for a title . . Click here for more
Preview by Brian Grammer
“Dangerous” Dannie Williams (16-1-0, 13 KOs) battles Mexican veteran Manuel Leyva (18-2-0, 10 KOs) this Friday for the vacant WBC Continental Americas lightweight title in the main event of the “Battle on the Banks” at the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles, Missouri.
Williams, the 2004 National Golden Gloves lightweight champion, hopes to follow the footsteps of St. Louis boxing greats such as the legendary Henry Armstrong, brothers Leon and Michael Spinks, or former WBC/IBF jr welterweight champion Devon Alexander. (more…)
By Brian Grammer
Junior middleweight contender Deandre “The Bull” Latimore (21-3-0, 17 KOs) climbs back into the squared circle Saturday, April 16th against the always ready Dennis Sharpe at the Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. The bout, which is co-promoted by Steve Smith of Rumble Time Promotions and Lou DiBella of DiBella Entertainment, is the chief support to the non-televised undercard of the Andre Berto versus Victor Ortiz welterweight championship contest that will be televised on HBO. (more…)
Four of the sport’s most talented heavyweights are set to collide when STRIKEFORCE® heads to American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas on Saturday, June 18 for the quarterfinals of its Grand Prix Heavyweight Tournament. STRIKEFORCE®: OVEREEM vs. WERDUM will air LIVE on SHOWTIME® at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). (more…)
Photos: Pete Susens
While the press was up high in the mountains Tuesday at “Sugar” Shane Mosley’s Media Day at Big Bear, California, WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao put in an intense day of training at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood. Pacman sparred with Kareen Mayfield and then Raymundo Beltran as he continued his preparations for his May 7 showdown with Mosley, which will be televised by SHOWTIME Pay-Per-View. (more…)
The private moments behind a truly dramatic night of boxing are revealed by the cameras of Showtime Sports. Go inside the fight camps of Agbeko, Mares, Darchinyan, and Perez and experience the tournament semifinals from a new perspective. Bantamweight Tournament Finals on Saturday, April 23rd on SHOWTIME.
Tuto Zabala Jr./All Star Boxing have kicked off its ten year celebration of bringing Boxeo Telemundo to Kissimmee, Florida by announcing that due to the economic struggles in Kissimmeet has decided to price tickets for the April 29th show at a very affordable price so no one is left out of the historic event. The Kissimmee Civic Center has been the breeding grounds to past and current world champions and with the city being a melting pot to large Puerto Rican and Mexican communities, it has created a bombastic rivalry amongst local fans throughout the years.
The main event will be another Pueto Rico vs Mexico war featuring Jose “Miau” Nieves from Carolina, Puerto Rico versus Cuauhtémoc Vargas of Mexico City, Mexico in a scheduled twelve rounder for the WBO Latino championship. In the co-feature, savvy veteran Jose “El Gallo” Reyes of Caguas, Puerto Rico will duel it out against up and coming Colombian prospect Darley Perez for a scheduled eight rounds. There are six additional fights. Tickets are $15 and $30 for ringside. For more information call 407-935-1412. Nieves-Vargas will be televised live by Telemundo on HD at 11:35 PM.
Michael Miller, the U.S. based lawyer for WBC lightweight champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto informed the champion’s manager Antonio “Cañas” Lozada that the contract between promoter Top Rank and Soto is over. Lozada is now in search of a TV date for Soto to defend his title at the end of May or early June.
Many Mexican states have shown interest in holding what would be the fourth defense of the green and gold title and Lozada has stated that soon the date, opponent and television network broadcasting the event will be announced. It is not clear what U.S. based promoter Soto will work with in the future but Lozada stated that Team Soto is open for offers.
Photos: Felipe Leon
Vista, CA’s featherweight Aaron “Gavilan” Garcia (10-1-2, 2 KOs) returns on Friday, April 29th, when he looks to spoil the perfect record of hard hitting Abraham “Chamaco” Lopez (13-0, 10 KOs) at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA, in the semi-main event of the Thompson Boxing promoted “New Blood” fight card. In the main event, Jose Reynoso (14-3-1, 2 KOs) will defend his WBC CABOFE junior welterweight crown versus Esteban Almaraz (10-3, 4 KOs). Both bouts will be televised by Fox Sports Net. (more…)
Photos: HG Boxing
After visiting the University of Veracruz during a tour to promote “Queens at War”, the students were divided between the current WBC super flyweight champion Ana Maria Torres and interim WBC super bantamweight Jackie Nava. The scheduled ten round championship bout will take place Saturday, April 16th, at the World Trade Center in Boca Del Rio, Veracruz, Mexico, for the interim WBC super bantamweight and the vacant WBA super bantamweight titles. “Ana Maria is a great warrior, she will surely stop Jackie Nava,” some of the students waiting in line for an autograph stated while others chose Nava who hails from Tijuana, MX. “This is a fight we are not going to miss.” For more details and photos click here…
Bob Arum announced today the Pacquiao vs Mosley megafight is ‘officially sold out” at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 7. Arum said closed circuit sales in Las Vegas “are very strong, with tickets available at MGM properties.”
Pacquiao vs Mosley will available on SHOWTIME Pay Per View
By Francisco Salazar
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Three-division world champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley worked-out with trainer Nazim Richardson during a jam-packed media day at his high-altitude training compound in Big Bear, California Tuesday. Mosley is in intense preparation for his upcoming world welterweight mega fight against superstar Manny Pacquiao on Saturday, May 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. “I’m bigger and faster than anyone he has fought against in his career,” Mosley warned.
His comments regarding members of the media or boxing fans not giving him a chance against the reigning pound-for-pound king:
“There is a lot of motivation there. It psychs you out and it has an adverse effect on you. I really want to prove people wrong. I did it against (Antonio) Margarito and I will do it against Pacquiao. It’s going to be a good action-packed fight. I just feel that my power, speed, and movement is going to give him problems.” Click here for more photos…
Photos: José Pérez/PR Best Boxing Promotions
Former world champion Orlando “Siri” Salido arrived late last night in Puerto Rico and held a media workout today at the Wilfredo Gomez Gym in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, where he was welcome by two-time world champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon. Salido and his team, Jose Santos, Victor Barron and Armando Castro, met the media and worked about an hour, doing some mitts, speed bag and shadow boxing and said he was almost on weight.
It was also announced that in the co-feature, undefeated Luis Cruz will now face Martin Honorio of Mexico after former world champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez suffered an injury and had to pull out.
Here’s what Salido had to say about his fight with JuanMa. (more…)
In a battle of the undefeated, WBC middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik will defend his crown against the Son of the Legend, Julio César Chávez, Jr., the WBC’s #1 contender and mandatory challenger on June 4 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles – just a few blocks north of the Olympic Auditorium where the legendary Julio César Chávez won his first world title.
“The Son Also Rises: Zbik vs. Chávez, Jr.” will also feature a tribute to Chávez, Sr., who will be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame the following week, as well as the Los Angeles boxing debut of Baltimore Ravens safety and undefeated cruiserweight Tommy Zbikowski, and the return of WBC female super welterweight champion Christy Martin, seeking her landmark 50th career victory.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions and Universum, tickets are priced at $250, $150, $100, $75 and $50, and are on sale now. Available at Ticketmaster or at the STAPLES Center box office. Call 800-745-3000.
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Jhonny Gonzalez received his new WBC green belt from President Jose Sulaiman belt accrediting him as the new WBC featherweight monarch today the WBC Headquarters in Mexico City.
“I am very happy to have won this championship after four months of intense preparation and I think the effort was well rewarded with the belt of the world’s largest organization,” Jhonny said to the WBC Executive Secretary Mauricio Sulaiman.
Preview by Mariano A. Agmi
Andre Berto (27-0, 21 KOs) defends his WBC welterweight championship against “Vicious” Victor Ortiz (28-2, 22 KOs) on Saturday, April 16th at Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
The bout, dubbed “East-West Showdown,” pits two charismatic, explosive young fighters whom HBO previously identified as future stars in the sport against one another. However, despite all of the hype and natural talent, Berto and Ortiz have also suffered through steady criticism from the media and fans alike leading up to this fight, albeit for different reasons. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
The super welterweight elimination bout between contenders Vanes Martirosyan and Saul Roman will now take place on June 4th at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told Fightnews.com on Tuesday afternoon. “We had to push the fight back from April 23rd to June 4th because Vanes had a case of the flu recently,” said Arum. The Martirosyan-Roman bout was originally scheduled to take place at the WinStar Casino in Thackerville, OK. The bout was to headline a “Top Rank Live” card, but was pushed back five weeks due to Martirosyan’s illness. (more…)
Italian company OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) announced today in Milan at a press conference a long term deal with Italian TV network SPORTITALIA. In attendance at the press conference were former World champions Giacobbe Fragomeni and Silvio Branco plus WBC International welterweight champion Phil Lo Greco (20-0, 11 KOs) and prospects Luca “Black Mamba” Giacon (14-0, 14 KOs) and Antonio “Big” Moscatiello (10-0, 9 KOs).
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