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By Francisco Salazar
Confirming what has been rumored for a few weeks, Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto will square off on June 23rd at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer confirmed to Fightnews.com on Thursday. The fight was originally scheduled to take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on February 11th. However, Berto suffered a bicep injury a few weeks prior to the fight, thus postponing the bout and the entire card. Although the card was originally rescheduled to June 30th, Golden Boy Promotions thought it was best to move the card to Los Angeles and reschedule it a week earlier. With so many fight cards taking place in Las Vegas, the magnitude of Ortiz-Berto may diminish. (more…)
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Ivan Calderon (35-2-1, 6 KOs), who expected to fight on April 28 for the WBO 105lb crown that was once his for long time, will have to wait until late May to try to regain the title from Mexican champion Moises Fuentes (14-1, 6 KOs). “There was a change of date,” said Calderon. “We are talking the end of next month. It was postponed because the Palacio de los Deportes in Mayagüez was not available for April 28 and as it was very close to the fight of Juanma Lopez (March 10) Peter (Rivera) couldn’t do business. It was too early to set up the event properly so they postponed it for a month.”
However, the venue is no longer the Palacio de los Deportes and the event could land at the Coliseo Mario Morales ‘Quijote’ in Calderon’s hometown of Guaynabo.
“While I’m training I’m keeping 10 or 12 pounds above the weight and no longer lowering,” ‘The Iron Boy’ added. “Before they told me that the fight was delayed, I was leaving the gym at 112, only seven pounds above.”
By Robert Coster
Florida’s up and rising boxing promotional company, Acquinity Sports, has announced the signings of IBF #3 Argenis Mendez (Jr lightweight) and former Olympic champion Felix Diaz (welterweight). Mendez and Diaz are joining a growing team of boxers led by former two-division world champion IBF# 8 Joan Guzman (jr welterweight). Others on the team are WBC #9, WBA #12 Ed Paredes (welterweight) and Dominican Olympians Claudio Marrero (lightweight) Juan Carlos Payano (bantamweight), Lennin Castillo (light-heavyweight). The only non-Dominican fighter in the group is Cuban-born Umberto Savigne (super-middleweight). (more…)
Thompson Boxing’s “PATH TO GLORY” series returns this Friday to the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California with a headliner featuring undefeated Colombian slugger Darley Perez (24-0, 18 KOs) battling Tijuana’s Alain “Konan” Hernandez (18-9-1, 10 KOs) as the 8-round lightweight main event.
The co-main event boasts Riverside’s Jose “El Niño” Reynoso (15-2-1, 2 KOs) as he steps back in the ring after a short injury time out and fights James Hope (6-9-1, 4 KOs) of South Carolina in an 8-round junior welterweight clash. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Former WBC bantam and feather champ Hozumi Hasegawa (30-4, 13 KOs), 125.5, successfully made a comeback after a twelve-month hiatus when he chalked up a TKO victory over previously unbeaten Mexican Felipe Carlos Felix (18-1, 10 KOs), 126, at 2:28 of the seventh round in a scheduled 10-round bout on Friday in Tokyo, Japan.
The Japanese southpaw, 31, forfeited his second WBC throne in the feather category to Jhonny Gonzalez with a single right shot in the fourth despite winning on points last April.
Hasegawa took the leadoff from the outset, and steadily piled up points as he battered the nervous Mexican upstairs and downstairs. But Felix withstood the ex-champ’s assault and occasionally responded to his rally with solid rights. Hasegawa sustained a gash caused by a headbutt in the fifth, but finally caught Felix with a flurry of punches, dropping him midway in the seventh. The ex-champ furiously followed it up to prompt the referee’s intervention, but he failed to show his previous sharpness, which will be shown on his future comeback trail.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
Boxing returns to Cancun Saturday night with three notable fights. The main event features current WBC flyweight silver champo Wilbert Uicab (33-6-1, 18 KOs) defending against former WBC champion Edgar Sosa (44-7, 27 KOs) in a twelve rounder. Three-time world champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (57-7-2, 34 KOs) takes on Brazilian Caludinei Lacerda (14-2, 10 KOs) 10-round in a super lightweight bout. Soto is waiting a possible fight with Argentinian Lucas Matthysse. Hot prospect Dante “Crazy” Jardon (19-2, 17 KOs) battles Nicaraguan Berman “Cobra” Sanchez (26-3-3, 18 KOs) for the vacant WBC international super featherweight belt. The event is presented by Promociones del Pueblo, Promociones Deportivas Maldonado and local promoter Pepe Gomez. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
People have heard the phrase of “acting mature beyond their years.” That phrase applies to unbeaten super featherweight Ronny Rios, who turned 22 years of age a few months ago. Although he is unbeaten, Rios works hard to “improve and be almost perfect” after every workout session. Mature enough in that his long-term goal for 2012 is to buy a home for his single mother. While many people are still trying to find themselves at the age of 22, even after they graduate from a university or finished serving in the military, Rios wants to show why he wants to be considered one of the top young fighters today.
Rios will take on Guillermo Sanchez in an eight round bout on Saturday night at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA. The bout will headline a “Solo Boxeo” card and will be televised on Telefutura. (more…)
Thunderous punching Australian Heavyweight prospect Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne is looking forward to the next chapter in his exciting career. Standing an imposing 6’4” and weighing around 118kg or 260lbs, Browne will make his international debut by fighting in Oldham, England on April 21st on a Hatton Promotions card. His opponent will be Paul Butlin, who has twice lasted the distance with Dereck Chisora and has faced a long line of Heavyweight prospects including Albert Sosnowski, Johnathon Banks, Edmund Gerber and Johann Duhaupas. Browne, who is the Australian Heavyweight champion and owns an impressive 11-0 (10 KO) record, came to the attention of Hatton Promotions after blasting out Colin Wilson in impressive fashion back in February. (more…)
WBA bantamweight champion Koki Kameda says he suffered an injury to his right fist in the second round that kept him from delivering the kind of performance he wanted in his title defense against Indonesian Nouldy Manakane on Wednesday in Yokohama, Japan. “I felt very pleased that I was able to defend, only that my fist didn’t let me do what I wanted so I didn’t manage to shine as we wanted, but the most important thing was that we got the win and that makes me feel good,” he said. Now, Kameda plans to take a rest to heal the injury completely then look for the big names of the division. “In August I’m looking to do a very good fight and I want to find an opponent with a recognized name.” He concluded with a message to his fans. “To my fans, I would like to thank you for all your support and interest in my professional and personal life and know that I will not fail you, as well. What comes next in my career will be better and I will prepare myself and concentrate 100%”
The main event boasts the highly rated, WBA #5, IBF #8, WBO #8, WBC #12 Colombian pugilist Darley Perez (24-0, 18 KOs) as he takes on Tijuana’s Alain “Konan” Hernandez (18-9-1, 10 KOs). The preceding bout features, Riverside’s Jose “El Niño” Reynoso (15-2-1, 2 KOs) versus James Hope (6-9-1, 4 KOs) in an 8-round junior welterweight clash. Opening for the featured fights is Ontario’s fan favorite Super Bantamweight Jonathan “Lil’ Thund’r” Arellano (11-0-1) take on Jose Angel Cota (8-6, 6 KOs) in an 8-round bout.
Darley Perez 134 vs. Alain Hernandez 134.5
Jose Reynoso 141 vs. James Hope 141
Jonathan Arellano 121 vs. Jose Angel Cota 121
Isaac Zarate 120 vs. Francisco Camacho 120
Joshua Conley 152 vs. Eduardo Herrera 148
Carlos Chavez 123.5 vs. Mauro Brenes 124.5
Alex Chavez 123 vs. Edgar Flores 125
Venue: Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, California.
Promoter: Thompson Boxing
Tickets: $75, $45, and $30 (call 714-935-0900)
Doors open at 6:30 pm, and the first bell rings at 7:30 pm.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A former Playboy model who filed a $5 million lawsuit against ring legend Oscar de la Hoya claiming she was assaulted during a drug-fueled sex party was dealt a KO punch today in a New York City courtroom. Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Paul Wooten fined both Angelica Marie Cecora and her lawyer $500 for filing a frivolous lawsuit and ordered her to pay Oscar’s legal bills, which should amount to over $20,000.
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Eroll Popova
In a clash for the vacant interim WBO jr middleweight title, former European champion and hometown favorite Lukas Konecny (48-3, 23 KOs) took advantage of his long awaited world title fight by scorng a seventh round KO over Salim Larbi (17-2-1, 4 KOs) on Thursday night at the Vodova Arena in Brno, Czech Republic. Konecny pressured Larbi from the opening bell. In round three, both fighters stood toe-to-toe with Konecny getting the better of it, although he came out of it with cuts over the left eye and the bridge of the nose. That was pretty much Larbi’s last hurrah as the cuts spurred Konecny to up his aggression even more in rounds four and five. A right hand to the body in the seventh finally put Larbi on the deck and as referee Andre Van Grootenbruel reached the count of ten.
Long time mandatory challenger Konecny was originally slated to face WBO jr middleweight champion Zaurbek Baysangurov last month in Kiev, Ukraine, but Baysangurov suffered a back injury in training shortly before the fight. Last year Konecny had a title shot against then-WBO champion Serhiy Dzinziruk canceled an injury in training shortly before the fight.
In the co-feature, WBO/WBF female middleweight champion Christina Hammer (12-0, 7 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Julie “Queen” Tchabalala (4-2-1, 1 KO) by scores of 100-90, 99-91, 100-90. more photos
By Gabriel F. Cordero
After performing his morning roadwork in Big Bear, California, WBC super welterweight world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez conducted the 30-day pre-weighing in advance of his fight with former world champion Shane Mosley on May 5 in Las Vegas. Alvarez scaled in at 165.5 pounds in the presence of WBC supervisor Rudy Tellez. The maximum allowable weight is 169.4 (10% above the limit of their division). “Canelo” and his team of Chepo and Edison Reynoso are training in the mountains of Big Bear, California, which is forecast to have highs in the 60s this weekend.
Three-division world champion and Méxican icon Juan Manuel Márquez (53-6-1, 39 KOs), of México City, and undefeated former world lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (29-0-1, 22 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., along with Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, hosted an international media conference call to talk about Top Rank’s big April 14 world championship pay-per-view event 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 WBA interim lightweight champion Richard Abril for the vacant WBA lightweight title at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Here’s what they had to say…
Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) and Multi Screen Media (MSM) – a subsidiary of Sony Pictures Television, announced their partnership to broadcast UFC programming in India and the rest of the sub-continent. MSM’s new sports channel – SIX, will deliver the world’s largest brand of mixed martial arts to Indian fans across the country by airing live UFC events, taped specials, and exciting bouts from the vast UFC library. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
In a WBA super-flyweight unification bout, full champ Tepparith Kokietgym (18-2, 11 KOs), 114.75, a hard-punching Thailander, impressively unified the belts as he overwhelmed and overpowered WBA champ in recess Tomonobu Shimizu (19-4-1, 9 KOs), Japan, en route to a fine TKO victory at 2:15 of the ninth round on Wednesday in Yokohama, Japan.
Also, WBA bantam champ Koki Kameda (28-1, 17 KOs), 118, barely kept his throne by eking out a debatable unanimous decision (115-113, 117-110 and 118-110) over WBA#11 overmatched Indonesian Nouldy Manakane (24-11-1, 15 KOs), 116.25, over lousy and monotonous twelve rounds. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Wise men say a good card is made by each contestant’s misevaluation of the other’s real power. It might be rightly applied to the matchmaking of tomorrow’s WBC bantamweight title bout between defending champ Shinsuke Yamanaka (15-0-2, 11 KOs), Japan, and ferocious challenger Vic Darchinyan (37-4-1, 27 KOs) of Australia here in Tokyo. Yamanaka has scored nine consecutive KO wins and wishes to collect another victim in Darchinyan, while Raging Bull loudly boasts of his superiority in ring experience, punching power and speed. In short, it’s a very interesting encounter of hard-hitting southpaws. There was a weigh-in ceremony today (Thursday), when Yamanaka and Darchinyan each tipped the beam at the 118-pound class limit. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Promoters Yvon Michel and Don King have inched closer together on what has been a long and arduous negotiation process on a possible title match-up between IBF light-heavyweight champion and Tavoris Cloud and former WBC champion Jean Pascal. “I’m optimistic,” Michel told FightNews Thursday about the eventuality that the two will finally hook-up. “We’re finalizing TV and possible dates to stage the fight,” said Michel who is looking toward the end of June or early July to stage the bout, likely in Montreal or Quebec City.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® and Harley-Davidson® ride in to the BankAtlantic Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on Friday, June 8 with an outstanding UFC® event headlined by flyweight rivals Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson and Ian McCall. The winner of the fight will go on to fight Joseph Benavidez for the first-ever UFC 125-pound title later in the year. (more…)
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
The former WBA 168-pound champion Manny Siaca III will return on April 28 in Venezuela against Jorge Navarro for the WBA Latino middleweight title. Siaca III (24-7, 20 KOs) said that his next fight should be for the belt of WBA 160-pound world champion Félix Sturm. “That’s what I want,” said Siaca, “the world championship and to defend against Miguel Cotto if he want to move up, as well as Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martinez.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Undefeated super-lightweight Tony “Lightening” Luis (13-0 5KO) will have large noisy contingent behind him when he steps into the ring against Ferenc Szabo (14-16-2 7KO) at UGC 29 Saturday night. “We have a huge Cornwall contingent coming down,” the affable fighter told FightNews via telephone. “We have a couple of hundred trekking down and we’ve arranged a bus like last time so we’ll have a great local following.” (More)
Tony Bellew’s British light heavyweight title defense against Danny McIntosh at the Echo Arena in Liverpool has been postponed until Friday April 27 after McIntosh withdrew with a chest infection. The pair were due to clash for the belt on April 13 in Merseyside but McIntosh and injured undercard stars John Watson (rib) and Scotty Cardle (knee) will now have a further fortnight to prepare for the rescheduled date. “Illness and injury cannot be helped and it’s unfortunate as both Tony and Danny have been training hard for the fight,” said show promoter Dave Coldwell. “I’m sure Danny will be ready and in great shape on April 27, and it promises to be a great evening with a cracking card lined up.” Tickets purchased for the show remain valid for the rescheduled date.
By Brett Bonetti
Undefeated current WBA featherweight champion Chris “The Dragon” John (46-0-2, 22 KOs) along with his trainer Craig Christian spoke to radio station 882 6PR in Perth, Australia today. John will defend his title against Japan’s Shoji Kimura at The Marina Bay Sands Resort in Singapore on May 5.
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A boxing card billed as “Camino a la Gloria (Road to Glory)” promoted by Canelo Promotions and slated for April 14 in the city of Arandas, Jalisco, has become official. On this card, two Mazatlan fighters Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (20-0, 18 KOs) and Alan “Explosivo” Herrera (26-3, 17 KOs) will see action in eight and ten round fights, respectively. Ramirez will defend his WBC middleweight Youth Championship against Costa Rica’s Jaime “El Indio” Barboza (17-6, 8 KOs) while Herrera will face an opponent to be named later in the super featherweight division.
Both fighters are camped in Guadalajara, Jalisco, along with a team that includes world champion Jose “El Torito” Rodriguez, their manager and promoter Jesus Zapari and their trainer Hector Zapari. The card on the “Road to Glory” Series will be broadcast on “Sabados de Corona’s” Channel 5 of Televisa.
“Hammerin'” Hank Lundy (22-1-1, 11 KOs), who vaulted to #2 among lightweights in this month’s WBC rankings after beating Dannie Williams this past Friday, says he appreciates being #2, but he’s not satisfied. “I’ll be satisfied when I win that world title. Then we can talk. Right now, I ain’t done nothing yet.”
Mexico’s Sergio Thompson (22-2, 20 KOs), who upset Jorge Linares Saturday night in a WBC world title eliminator jumped to #1, but it’s still uncertain whether or not Thompson will get a mandatory shot at DeMarco’s title. The Lundy camp points out that Thompson, who entered April ranked #16 in the world among super featherweights, hadn’t fought above 130 pounds since June, and among those three bouts, only one came against an opponent with a winning record.
Lundy is holding out hope that he’ll get the call when DeMarco is ready to fight “He’s tailor-made for me,” Lundy said of DeMarco, who is scheduled to defend his belt against an opponent to be determined on July 7 in California. “I need that fight. I want that fight. He stands right in front of you and makes a lot of mistakes. I’m not going to run my mouth, but that’s the fight I want.” (more…)
IBF President Daryl Peoples himself will supervise the IBF flyweight eliminator between Panamanian Ricardo “El Matemático” Nunez and Colombian Carlos “El Olimpico” Tamara on April 26 at the Arena Roberto Duran in Panama City, Panama. The referee will be Rickie Gonzalez (USA) and the judges assigned are Samuel Conde (PR), William Ray (USA) and Ric Bays (USA). The event is promoted by Promociones y Eventos del Istmo.
WBC President Jose Sulaiman has been appointed as a “Non Violence Global Ambassador” by the Non Violence Foundation. The Foundation, launched in 1993, is a Swiss-based, non-profit international youth education and leadership initiative promoting social change under ex-Beatle John Lennon’s “spirit and legend.”
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Wojtek Kubik
Tomasz Adamek (45-2, 28 KO) and Eddie Chambers (36-2, 18 KO) were always considered “smaller” heavyweights and now they will have chance to settle some scores on June 16, when they headline the fourth edition of the successful “Fight Night” NBC Sports Network series. “I signed the contract to fight Eddie and I hope that all the fans watching TV and seeing us live in Newark will get their money’s worth,” said Adamek in an exclusive Fightnews interview.
Eddie Chambers and Kevin Johnson were frontrunners to fight against you on June 16 – are you happy with the “Fast Eddie” choice?
Tomasz Adamek: For me the most important part of the fight is the question how the fight will look in the eyes of fans of boxing. Everybody who knows my career since I got my first light heavyweight title in 2005 knows that I will always deliver an entertaining bout. Kevin and Eddie are both great fighters, but Chambers wants to mix it up little bit more, prefers a more open style and Johnson is more defensively oriented. Just my opinion. And one more fact – I never said “no” to any opponent, although I know that styles make fights and sometimes you just cannot look good – even when you are winning the fight. (more…)
Former world champion Jorge “La Hiena” Barrios has been sentenced to four years in prison in Argentina for causing the death of a 20-year-old pregnant woman in a hit and run traffic accident in January 2010. The three judge tribunal in Mar del Plata (240 miles south of Buenos Aires), found Barrios guilty of “homicide and wrongful injury.” Barrios was also banned from driving for eight years. The court considers Barrios to be a flight risk and ordered his immediate arrest. After the sentencing, a group of people dissatisfied with the ruling attacked the trial prosecutor.
WBA welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko plans to make a major statement in his April 29 world title defense, live on pay per view from Donboss Arena in Donetsk, Ukraine, against former IBF junior welterweight titlist Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi.
“I want to give American fight fans what they like by being aggressive and attacking Malignaggi,” Senchenko said from the Wild Card Gym. “They won’t be disappointed by my style. I hope that, after this fight, American television people will see my boxing skills and offer me big fights.
“I want to showcase my talents in America, which is known as one of the best places in the world to box. Not boxing there would be a disappointment. I want to have a couple of fights in the US, not just one, but any fight has to be the right fight for me. My promoter, Yuri Raban (Union Boxing), will decide who my next opponent will be and where. It’s important for any boxer to be on US television. Every boxer has that dream. Even thought this fight is happening in the Ukraine, I am very happy that Integrated Sports Media will be broadcasting this fight live so people in the US will be able to watch me fight.” “I want to give American fight fans what they like by being aggressive and attacking Malignaggi,” Senchenko said from the Wild Card Gym. “They won’t be disappointed by my style. I hope that, after this fight, American television people will see my boxing skills and offer me big fights. (more…)
Photos: Eroll Popova
Lukas Konecny 153.7 vs. Salim Larbi 153.2
(WBO interim welterweight title)
Christina Hammer 159.4 vs Queen Tshabalala 159.4
(WBO/WBA female middleweight title)
Venue: Vodova Arena, Brno, Czech Republic
Promoter: SES Boxing
Zanfer Promotions has announced the undercard fights taking place on April 14 at the Nueva Arena México in Mexico City in support of the WBO interim jr welter clash between Juan Manuel Márquez and Sergey Fedchenko. The undercard will feature three interesting ten-rounders. Middleweight Saúl “Fiera” Román (34-9, 29 KOs) faces Richard Gutiérrez (26-8-1, 16 KOs), welterweight Daniel “Galeno” Sandoval (26-2, 26 KOs) takes on Michel Rosales (32-4, 26 KOs) and super flyweight Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada (20-1-1, 16 KOs) takes on Jonathan Lecona (10-10-2, 4 KOs). Also scheduled are Jorge Lacierva and Alonso López, the son Mexican ring legend Ricardo “Finito” López, in separate bouts.
Márquez-Fedchenko will be seen on Top Rank’s split-site PPV telecast that also features Brandon Rios vs. Richard Abril and other bouts from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The undercard bouts from Mexico City will be shown in Mexico on TV Azteca.
In a clash of southpaw KO artists, WBA interim cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (24-1, 18 KOs) destroyed #15 Barbadian challenger Shawn Cox (16-2, 15 KOs) scoring a spectacular second round KO on Wednesday night at the Crocus City Hall in Myakinino, Russia. The 37-year-old Cox bloodied Lebedev’s nose in the first round, but Lebedev came out aggressively in round two and battered Cox to the deck where he took the full count. No time announced.
Unbeaten WBA #5 super bantamweight Alexander Bakhtin (29-0, 11 KOs) outpointed WBA #11 Nehomar Cermeno (20-5-1, 12 KOs) over twelve one-sided rounds in a clash for the vacant WBA International title. Scores were 119-109, 117-111, 119-109. Cermeno, a former WBA interim beltholder is now 1-5-1 in his last seven fights.
Jr middleweight Oleg Liseev (4-2, 2 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Artur Akavov (6-1, 0 KOs). The previously unbeaten Akavov was down from a body shot to the ribs in round four and deducted a point for holding in round five.
Heavyweight Denis Bakhtov (34-7, 23 KOs) won a hard fought eight round split decision over Jonte Willis (8-3-1, 3 KOs).
Former NYSAC Commissioner and former CKP matchmaker Ron Scott Stevens, who is also a talented playwright, has written a new play titled “Paper Tiger II.” The play is a two-character dramedy about a loan shark who has given up the street life at the urging of his wife in order to open a small car rental business. The first reading of the play will take place April 17th at the Polaris North in New York City. “I am fortunate to have two wonderful actors, Diane Tyler and Robert Adrian along with director Leslie Lynn Meeker to help bring Paper Tiger II to life for the first time,” said Stevens. Polaris North is located at 245 West 29th Street (between 7th & 8th), 4th floor. Seating is limited. For more information, call 718-875-9866.
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