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Middleweight world title challenger Giovanni Lorenzo has filed a protest with the WBA in regards to the actions of WBA judge Stefano Corozza during Lorenzo’s interim middleweight title fight against Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam held on April 2 in Le Cannet, France. During the course of the fifth round, Lorenzo knocked N’Dam N’Jikam through the ropes and onto the ring apron with a right uppercut. Following N’Dam N’Jikam’s fall onto the apron, two people are clearly seen attempting to help him back into the ring, one an unnamed photographer and the second was Corozza. According to WBA rules, a boxer can be disqualified if he is given help to get back to his feet either by a cornerman or third party and referee Hubert Earle was within his rights at this point to declare Lorenzo the winner.
Team Lorenzo also alleges an attempt by N’Dam N’Jikam’s team to illegally wrap his hands, a point which was only noticed by Lorenzo’s trainer, Ray Farrait, despite WBA judge Philippe Verbeke overseeing the proceedings.
Finally, Team Lorenzo questions why despite dropping N’Dam N’Jikam in the fifth round, both Corozza and judge Juan Manuel Perez scored the round 10-9 for Lorenzo as opposed to the standard 10-8 when a knockdown occurs. Lorenzo is insisting that the WBA Championship Committee grant an immediate title rematch against N’Dam N’JIkam.
Photos: PRBBP/José Pérez
Orlando Salido 126 vs. Juan Manuel López 125
Martín Honorio 131 vs. Luis Cruz 129.8
Miguel Munguía TBA vs. José González 139
Willie Herring 213 vs. Víctor Bisbal 239
Emerson Bear 227 vs. Carlos Negrón 212
Yordenis Ugas 147 vs. Carlos García 147
Elvin Caldero 113 vs. Jonathan González 113
Epifanio Mendoza 197 vs. Sullivan Barrera 196
Luis Díaz 108 vs. Israel Vázquez 108
Venue: Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Promoter: Top Rank, PR Best Boxing Promotions
TV: SHOWTIME Championship Boxing
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By Randi Goodman Victor
This is Bobby’s daughter, Randi. He has asked me to compose this email to inform all of you of what’s been going on. A little over a month ago, he was admitted into the hospital for an infection in his knee replacement.
The infection lead to abnormal atrial fibulation, kidney failure, low oxygen levels and finally a blood transfusion. He was fine, had rehab for the knee, went home and four days later was having pain in his chest making it difficult to breathe. He was brought to the hospital via ambulance and readmitted. This time he was admitted for congestive heart failure, his diabetic numbers were 480 and all of his organs started to shut down….he doesn’t remember any of this by the way….they performed an emergency temporary pacemaker and since being admitted a week ago, he had a breathing tube and was on heavy sedation almost like a coma. He is getting a permanent pacemaker tomorrow morning sometime. He doesn’t remember everything so we don’t talk about it. He knows something wasn’t good because all four of his daughters came to see him from different states and his brother who he doesn’t see often came and his sister who he hasn’t seen for years came. It was very scary. He is doing very very well now and hopefully all goes well tomorrow. He specifically asked me to contact you. He is requesting that you spread the word throughout your community if you feel it necessary. He is at Atlantic Care Regional Medical Center in Galloway, NJ.
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Undefeated WBO Featherweight Champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez, Caguas, Puerto Rico and former world champion Orlando Salido, Sonora, Mexico pose during the weigh-in (Lopez 125 lb, Salido 126 lb) for their upcoming exciting title match on Saturday, April 16 at the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Lopez vs Salido is promoted by Top Rank in association with PR Best Boxing Promotions and will be telecast on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing.
Photo: Jimmy Hayes
Amir Khan 139 vs. Paul McCloskey 139
WBA light welterweight championship
Craig Watson 146 vs. Lee Purdy 146.5
Gary Buckland 133 vs. Oscar Chacin 133
Martin Murray 157.5 vs. John Carvalho 157
Rendall Munroe 121.7 vs. Andrei Isaeu 121
Dezzie Higginson 135 vs. Andy Murray 136
Jamie Kavanagh 137.5 vs. Sid Razak 137
Richard Towers 234 vs. Raman Sukhaterin 232
Adam Little TBA vs. Cassius Connor TBA
Kid Galahad TBA vs. Dai Davies TBA
Tasif Khan TBA vs. Pavels Senkovs TBA
Venue: M.E.N. Arena, Manchester, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Promoter: Golden Boy
Fight of the Year: Ismayl Syllagh vs Yordanis Despaigne
Fighter of the Year: Fernando Guerrero
Prospect of the Year: Shawn Porter
Matchmaker of the Year: Nate Yoder
Promoter cof the Year: Prize Fight Promotions
Nick Charles “Good Guy” Award: Holt McCallany
For further Convention info go to nabfnews.com
By Brett Bonetti at ringside
IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green hosted a successful night of boxing in “The Next Generation Fight Night” at the WA State Basketball Centre in Perth Western Australia tonight.
In the main event, Pieter Cronje (12-4, 8 KOs) claimed the vacant IBF Pan Pacific cruiserweight title when he stopped Shane Tilyard (8-5, 7 KOs) in Round two. The fight was action-packed from the opening bell as both fighters traded and landed bombs. Both fighters were in trouble in round one as the fight seemed it could end anytime and go either way. Cronje seemed in the bigger trouble until he caught Tilyard with a huge left hook when sent Tilyard to the canvas for an 8 count. Both fighters barely made it out of the round. More of the same action in round two, with it being anyone’s fight. While both fighters were trading heavy blows towards the end of the round, it was Cronje who landed consecutive bombs to push Tilyard back to the other side of the ring until he hit the canvas again. This time Tilyard was unable to beat the count and Cronje was declared the winner. Time was 2:53 of round two. (more…)
On April 22, undefeated heavyweight Joe Hanks (15-0, 10 KOs) will take on Terrell Nelson (8-11, 5 KOs) on the undercard of Star Boxing’s ESPN “Friday Night Fights” card at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT. Hanks-Nelson is scheduled for six rounds and will be one of the featured undercard bouts. Headlining the card is Bayan “The Mongolian Mongoose” Jargal (15-1-3, 10 KOs) taking on Amir Khan-conqueror Breidis Prescott (23-2, 19 KOs) in a ten round jr. welterweight showdown. Also on the card, Olympian Demetrius Andrade (12-0, 8 KOs) squares off against Omar Bell (8-1, 5 KOs) in an eight round jr. middleweight match-up.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Sources report that negotiations for a clash between former WBA/IBF super bantamweight champion Celestino “Pelenchín” Caballero and current WBA featherweight champion Jonathan Barros have so far not been successful. There is information that Caballero’s manager Rogelio Espino has made a request to the WBA for a purse bid. We’re now awaiting a response from the WBA.
Eloy Perez 129.5 vs. Alejandro Rodriguez 129
Gary Russell Jr 128 vs. Adolfo Landeros 128
John Chicas 140 vs. Maja Khalif 139
Joe Gumina 181 vs. Aaron Godaul 183
Lamont Williams 194 vs. Juan Hernandez 197
Bruno Escalante 120 vs. Shaun Solomon 121.5
Venue: Longshoremen’s Hall, San Francisco
Promoter: Golden Boy
SHOWTIME Sports’ FIGHT CAMP 360° traveled to the Philippines to visit the champion in his native land. Watch a bonus video from the trip before this weekend’s SHOWTIME premiere of episode 1.
WBC Welterweight Champion Andre Berto (27-0, 21 KOs) has seen and experienced a lot in his 27 years. The Haitian-American boxer is a family man, a fighter, a champion and to many in his parents’ native Haiti, a hero.
On Saturday, April 16th, the speedy boxer-puncher faces “Vicious” Victor Ortiz (28-2, 22 KOs), a young Mexican-American eager to redeem himself to the public after suffering a crushing defeat at the hands of Argentine brawler Marcos Maidana in 2009 . . . Click here for more
Undefeated junior welterweight prospect Ivan Popoca faces the biggest challenge of his career this Friday night against Russia’s Ruslan Provodnikov in the ten round main event of ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights from the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California. (more…)
On Friday, April 22nd, at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing will present that weeks ESPN “Friday Night Fights”. Headlining the card is “The Mongolian Mongoose” Bayan Jargal (15-1-3, 10KO’s) squaring off against the “Khanqueror” Breidis Prescott (23-2, 19KO’s) in a ten round jr. welterweight showdown. Also featured on the card will be 2008 US Olympian, and highly regarded undefeated jr. middleweight prospect, Demetrius Andrade (12-0, 8KO’s) taking on once beaten Omar Bell (8-1, 5KO’s). If the two featured ESPN bouts aren’t intriguing enough for you, Star Boxing’s Publicist, Kevin Rooney Jr. will be making his pro-debut on the undercard. (more…)
Photos: Bob Barton/Rumble Time Promotions
Dannie Williams 134.5 vs. Manuel Leyva 135
vacant WBC Continental Americas Title
Miguel Gonzalez 141 vs. Hector Alatorre 142
Jamal Parram 120 vs. Sergio Cristobal 120
Todd Brown 201 vs. Wesley Blanks 233.5
Keandre Gibson 144 vs. Matt Schaeffer 143
Venue: Ameristar Casino, St. Charles, Missouri
Promoter: Rumble Time Promotions more photos
Russell Shiflett 194 vs. Whillie Chisolm 201.5
James Stevenson 147.5 vs. Jose Roman 157
Jessie Nicklow N/A vs. Steven Walker NA
Nick Kisner 202.5 vs. Leo Bercier 203.5
Emmanuel Taylor 146 vs. Guadalupe Diaz 147
Angelo Ward 131 vs. Tevin Farmer 132.5
Mischa Christensen 156 vs. Stephen Franklin 155
Jarell Jackson 168.5 vs. Michael Tayner 165.5
*Nicklow and Walker will weigh-in today.
Venue: Maryland Sportsplex, Millersville, Maryland
Promoter: United Boxers
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Promoter Gary Shaw, like his ]many current and past world champions, rarely holds punches when he talks to reporters. Gary is currently in Argentina where his undefeated super flyweight “Junito” Seda will take on WBO champion Omar Narvaez. He talks about the future of Gary Shaw Promotions, as well as having Chad Dawson, the only to defeat heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek. (more…)
By Bob Caico
Former heavyweight contender “Baby” Joe Mesi will be inducted into the Buffalo Boxing Hall of Fame in ceremonies this August. Mesi finished his career with a record of 36-0, 29 KOs, which saw him climb to the #1 rankings by the WBC in 2003. A brain injury forced him to miss two years during his prime and after a seven-fight comeback he decided to hang up the gloves for good. Currently Mesi is an appointed deputy commissioner with the NYSAC and is enjoying his new career selling medical supplies for St. Jude Medical. “I am extremely excited and honored that my boxing career is appreciated and I want to thank all the members of Ring 44 and especially president Jack Green for inducting me in this year’s Hall of Fame,” said Joe. Mesi is content with his boxing career and is very proud of his family that includes his recently turned one-year-old daughter Juliet and his 13-year-old stepdaughter Hope. “I always wanted to make myself proud and my community proud of my boxing career and I’m grateful I had the chance to bring boxing back in an exciting way to the City of Buffalo.”
Also to be inducted are Alan “Pony Boy” Kemp who currently trains fighters in California, Harry Fuller and Dick Loadman.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Three time world champion Danny Green who talks to Fightnews about his scheduled IBO world cruiserweight title bout with Antonio Tarver on July 20 at Sydney Entertainment Center. Danny also recollects his KO win over Roy Jones Jr. and sparring session with James “Lights Out” Toney.
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Unbeaten WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez had a busy Thursday, spending time with his promoter, Bob Arum, and the Mayor of Bayamon, Ramon Luis Rivera, at the Mayor’s Office, and then working out at Jose “Cheo” Aponte Torres Gym in Caguas, Puerto Rico. His trainers are Alex Caraballa (dark shirt) and Louis Gonzalez (light shirt).
In this Saturday’s main event at Ruben Rodriguez Coliseo in Bayamon on SHOWTIME® (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), the popular, exciting Puerto Rican will defend his WBO 126-pound belt against former IBF champion Orlando Salido of Mexico.
In the co-feature on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, undefeated Luis Cruz of Puerto Rico faces Mexico’s world-ranked Martin “El Brochas’’ Honorio in a 10-round junior lightweight bout. Click here for more photos…
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Boxing trainer Todd Makelim talks to Fightnews about his 1999 bout with Manny Pacquiao.
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
The 95 degrees that the thermometer marked in Boca Del Rio, Veracruz, Mexico, did not match the heat that came when both the interim WBC super bantamweight champion Jackie Nava and WBC super flyweight champion Ana Maria Torres faced off earlier today in the final press conference before their ten round face off this Saturday night. No words were minced between both female warriors as each promised a win in the main event of “Queens at War” presented by HG Boxing and Zanfer Promotions in a classic boxer versus brawler match up. For more details and photos click here…
By Boxing Bob Newman
Emmanuel Lucero 128 vs. Carlos Rivera 131*
New York State super featherweight title
*Rivera not eligible to win title due to being 1 lb. over the limit
Jackie Trivilino 124 vs. Nydia Feliciano 121
New York State female featherweight title
Sarah Kuhn 144 vs. Kuulei Kupihea 145
Shawn Miller 175 vs. Gerald Taylor 172
Detroy Jones 287 vs. K.C. Cunningham 226
Llyas Aksabaev 140 vs. Marcus Hall 144
Venue: McDonagh Field House, Mohawk Valley Community College, Troy, New York
Promoter: Ares Promotions
Exclusive Comments from Team Maidana:
After his hard-fought victory last Saturday against Erik Morales, newly crowned WBA interim super lightweight champion Marcos Maidana returned to his native Argentina, where he was received like a hero by his fans. On Wednesday afternoon, Maidana spoke before 120-plus boxing writers in attendance where he gave some thoughts on the fight against Morales and his future.
“I cannot be happier to be world champ again,” said Maidana. “Me and my team were the first one to know and say that Morales would be a tough foe. We repeated that all during training camp to every writer. He gave me such a tough fight, but I am the champion. It was a close fight and but think I won it in the last two rounds. And I guess boxing fans can be happy with this kind of fight. Like I said in the ring after the fight, if he wants the rematch, I’ll give it to him anytime. He deserves it.”
“What I didn’t like about Morales is him calling me a dirty fighter. I know he says some things for the business but he knows I won the fight, a close one, but he knows I beat him,” El Chino added. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Undefeated WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez hits the mitts during final preparations Thursday in Caguas, Puerto Rico for his upcoming title match against former world champion Orlando Salido on Saturday, April 16 at the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Lopez vs. Salido is promoted by Top Rank in association with PR Best Boxing Promotions and will be telecast on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing. Click here for more photos…
By Boxing Bob Newman
Ares Promotions will present Fight Night IV this Friday evening, April 15 at Troy, New York’s Hudson Valley Community College. The main event will pit Ares fighter Emmanuel “El Carnicero” Lucero against Carlos “El Rayo” Rivera for the New York State Super Featherweight title in a scheduled eight rounder. “El Carnicero,” or “The Butcher” in English, is looking for his second consectuive win after topping Oscar Suero on Ares’ last show in January. Lucero has been in tough with top class fighters such as Rocky Juarez, Jason Litzau, and world champs Daniel Ponce de Leon, Valdemar Pereira and current pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao in an attempt at the IBF Super Bantamweight back in 2003. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Six undefeated Baltimore-area boxers will highlight the United Boxers Promotions card on Friday at the Maryland Sportsplex in Millersville, MD.
Cruiserweight Russ “The Hammer” Shiflett (10-0-1, five KO’s) will headline the card in a six-round contest against Willie “Blackout” Chisholm of Gainesville, FL (6-10, three KO’s). Shiflett won his last bout by four-round disqualification over Ariel Espinal on March 26 in Ranson, WVA. Chisholm is coming off a six-round decision loss to Shane Benfield on March 26 in Rock Hill, SC. (more…)
Starting Friday, TeleFutura’s weekly “Sólo Boxeo” boxing telecast will be expanded from 90 minutes to two hours. In this two-hour format premiere, which will air live from Longshoreman’s Hall in San Francisco, unbeaten contender Eloy “The Prince” Perez continues his assault on the 130-pound weight class when he defends his NABO junior lightweight title against Mexico’s highly-regarded Alejandro Rodriguez in a 10-round bout. In the co-featured bout Capitol Heights, Maryland’s 2008 U.S. Olympian and top prospect Gary Russell Jr. squares off against veteran Adolfo Landeros is an eight round junior lightweight matchup. The two-hour TeleFutura broadcast begins at 11:30pm ET/PT.
Photos: Universal Promotions
WBO super flyweight champion Omar Narvaez (33-0-2, 19 KOs) and challenger Cesar Seda (20-0, 15 KOs) both made weight for their title showdown at the Club Estudiantes de Bahia Blanca in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Narvaez weighed 114.8, while Seda scaled in at 114.73. Click here for more photos…
Kermit Cintron, a hard-punching former world champion, has signed with Top Rank. Bob Arum made the announcement today at a press conference in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Cintron, born in Carolina, Puerto Rico, is a hard puncher who is rated WBO #4, IBF #7 at 154 pounds. “Kermit can fight at either 147 pounds or 154 pounds,” said his co-manager Josh Dubin. “He was in the welterweight division for a long time when we got opportunities to fight at a higher weight, starting when we took a short-notice fight to take on Sergio Martinez at super welterweight.” Dubin and James Prince are co-managers of Cintron who has a record of 31-2-1 with 27 knockouts.
“Kermit is a big puncher with knockout power,” said chief trainer Ronnie Shields. “I’ve been with Kermit for his last five fights. He can take you out with either hand. There is a lot of excitement when Kermit gets into the ring.” Kermit said “I have loved boxing since I was a little kid. My uncle took me to the gym for the first time. I started boxing when I was around 19 years old. I had 27 amateur fights and won 23 of those. As a pro, I’ve been in a lot of big fights.” Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank, said Cintron’s debut fight with Top Rank will soon be announced.
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