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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.
Current WBA super lightweight champion Marcos “El Chino” Maidana will join trainer Robert Garcia and his team, Team Maidana announced today. “This is a great move for my career so I’m excited about it. By joining a trainer like Robert and his team I’ll be able to make all the necessary adjustments that are required for me to take me to the next level,” Maidana said from Argentina.
The Oxnard, California-based Garcia, who also trains the likes of Nonito Donaire, Brandon Rios, Kelly Pavlik and Miguel Angel “Mickey” Garcia, is considered one of the best trainers of the new generation. (more…)
World-rated welterweight Ronald Cruz fights for the second time in his backyard when he collides with Prenice Brewer, of Cleveland, OH, in a scheduled 12-round contest on Friday evening, June 1, on the inaugural boxing show in the new 1,800-seat Events Center at the Sands Resort Casino Bethlehem.
The seven-fight card, which will be televised live as part of the NBC Sports Network Fight Night series, also features King Gabriel Rosado, of Philadelphia, PA, against Joel Julio, of Monteria, Colombia, in a 10-round junior middleweight contest between top contenders. (more…)
Richard Schafer, the CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, will be one of the featured speakers at the Fight Promoter University VIII session set for June 5-8 in Costa Mesa, California it was announced today by FPU founder Roy Englebrecht. Schafer, who has spoken at all the previous Fight Promoter University sessions over the past three years, will bring a strong power point presentation title “Building A Fight Promotions Company” on Wednesday afternoon, June 6th.
“Richard’s presentation is compelling and has students riveted as he outlines all the components necessary to be successful in the fight promotions business,” stated Englebrecht. In just 10 short years of existence, Schafer has guided Golden Boy Promotion into becoming one of the leading fight promotions companies in the world.
Schafer is one of 18 guest speakers that will be featured over the four day FPU VIII session, with the complete FPU schedule and registration information online at www.fightpromoteruniversity.com
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel announced today the referees and judges who will work on the world title bouts between Lukas Konekny against Salim Larbo and Christina Hammer versus Julie “Queen” Tshabalala tomorrow at the Vodova Arena, Brno, Czech Republic.
For the vacant WBO Interim junior middleweight title between Konecny (47-3, 22 KOs) and Larbi (17-1-1, 4 KOs), the referee will be Andre Van Grootenbruel. The judges for the Konekny-Larbi fight are Paul Thomas, Manuel Oliver Palomo and Zoltan Enyedi. WBO supervisor for this bout will be Istvan Kovacs.
For the Hammer’s (11-0, 7 KOs) third defense of the WBO Female Middleweight title against Tshabalala (4-1-1, 1 KOs), the referee will be Paul Thomas. The judges are Zoltan Enyedi, Andre Van Grootenbruel and Manuel Oliver Palomo. WBO supervisor will be Istvan Kovacs.
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 completely overwhelmed and overpowered champ in recess Tomonobu Shimizu (19-4-1, 9 KOs), Japan, en route to a fine TKO victory at 2:15 of the ninth rounds 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 to come)
Orlando “Siri” Salido the WBO featherweight champion took a victory lap last weekend with visits to Mexico City and Miami. The Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico native, arrived in Mexico City Friday, March 30th and visited with the Mexican Media on Friday, before appearing in studio on the very popular boxing show “Golpe a Golpe” and with three-time world champion Juan Manuel Marquez host on ESPNDeportes.
Salido then flew to Miami on Saturday, to appear on Sunday, in “Republica Deportiva” in highest rated sports show in the Univision National Network at the invitation of his fine producer Rick Seara. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Rafael Soto / Zanfer
Looking ripped and ready, three division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez (53-6-1, 39 KOs) is ready for the first fight in his hometown in nearly 18 years when he takes on Serhiy Fedcehnko (30-1, 13 KOs) in a PPV clash for the vacant WBO interim jr welterweight title in the New Arena Mexico in Mexico City.
Despite a temperature of over 95 degrees inside the hot Romanza Gym in Iztacalco, Juan Manuel exudes optimism, claiming that his fans will be convinced that he still has plenty left in the tank at the age of 38. “We will end the strongest part of the preparation this Friday, as you know, we don’t have weight problems, so we’re just focused on acquiring lost of speed, in defense and in combinations to do a good job to make the people happy on April 14.” (more…)
Photos: Team SES
Here is a photo gallery of the public workout in Brno, Czech Republic, where locals hope Lukas Konecny will be their first professional world champion when he takes on Salim Larbi for the vacant WBO interim light middleweight world championship.
In the co-feature, WBO/WBF middleweight world champion Christina Hammer takes on Queen Tshabalala.
Power Punching super featherweight prospect Joel Diaz Jr (8-0, 7KOs) of Palmdale, California will be a special featured attraction on April 28th when he takes on Russian Georgi Kevlishvili (10-3, 3 KOs) in a scheduled eight round bout. The site of the bout will be the Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort in Chester, West Virginia and be promoted by Roy Jones Jr.’s Square Ring and TNT Sports Promotions.
Very good things were being said of Diaz Jr. leading up to his Sho-Box debut this past January against fellow unbeaten Guy Robb. Dropped early in the bout Diaz Jr. stormed back to floor Robb twice in route to a dazzling 7th TKO victory.
Kevlishvili himself had his Sho-Box debut in July 2011 dropping a hard fought split decision to unbeaten Casey Ramos. Kevlishvili’s three losses were to opponents who had a combined record of 34-0 at the time he fought them.
By Robert Coster
When reviewing the boxing talents from the former Soviet Union that are seeking fame and fortune in American rings, experts should keep a very interested eye on one particular young man. He is Vitaliy Demyanenko, hailing from Kazakhstan, the 28-year-old welterweight has an unblemished record of 20-0 with 12 KOs and is ranked WBO #9. Vitaliy has yet to establish a name for himself in the US rings since he has fought here only twice. In 2008 he stopped journeyman Marteze Logan in three rounds and in his last fight on March 17th in Atlantic City he impressed onlookers by shutting out Ayi Bruce (21-5) over 8 rounds. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios wishes good luck to Mike Alvarado during media day Tuesday. Rios prepares for his upcoming World Lightweight title fight against Cuban gladiator and WBA interim lightweight champion Richard Abril and Alvarado takes on Mauricio Herrera on Saturday, April 14 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, live on Pay Per View. Also on this championship double-header telecast is Juan Manuel Marquez, who 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 Mexico City. Click here for more photos…
By Jeffrey Pamungkas
Afrizal Cotto (born as Muhammad Afrizal) finally passed away today, April 4, around 5AM local time at UKI Christian University Hospital in Jakarta, Indonesia. Afrizal was immediately brought to the hospital Saturday night after a 12 round decision loss to Irvan Barita Marbun for Afrizal’s super featherweight national title. The doctors decided to conduct brain surgery to remove a blood clot shown by the CT Scan result. Afrizal remained unconscious after the surgery until he passed away. Sadly, he planned to use his fight purse for his wedding day scheduled for April 15.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former two-division champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez has been suspended by the Puerto Rican Professional Boxing Commission for one year, received a $10,000 fine and 100 hours of community service for false claims made by Lopez in the ring after his defeat March 10 against champion Orlando Salido, alleging that referee Roberto Ramirez stopped the fight because he’s a gambler. The penalty was the same as recommended by the commission’s examiner Alberto Arroyo. Peter Rivera, vice president of PR Best Boxing Promotions, told El Nuevo Dia that they plan to appeal the sanction because they consider it too long for any boxer. Juanma will be eligible to fight again on May 10, 2013.
Photo: David Martin Warr/Don King Productions, Inc.
Former multi-divisional world champion Cory Spinks is fresh off of his unanimous decision win this past January over Sechew Powell. The bout was a IBF junior middleweight title eliminator setting up the stage for a rematch betweens Spinks and current IBF junior middleweight champion Cornelius ‘K-9’ Bundrage on June 23rd, tentatively slated for a venue in south Florida. Since the announcement of the bout on Fightnews, the two have verbally sparring back and fourth swapping words. Continuing on with the trend, Spinks had a few more choice words in response to K-9, spoke on his new trainer, and expressed his loyalty to Don King. (more…)
By Robert Coster, Photo: Team Cox
Both WBA interim cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev and challenger Shawn Cox weighed in at the division limit of 200lbs for their clash Wednesday night at the Crocus City Hall in Myakinino, Russia.
It’s been 110 years since Joe Walcott, the legendary “Barbados Demon,” won the world welterweight title. Now Barbados, the stunningly beautiful Caribbean island known for its quality rum and for being the birthplace of famous singer Rihana, is hoping that native son Shawn Cox will become the country’s second world boxing champion. Cox (16-1, 15 KOs) will be challenging WBA interim cruiserweight titleholder Denis Lebedev (23-1, 17 KOs) Wednesday in Russia in a fight between two southpaw boxers that both pack tremendous power. Says Cox promoter Sam Layne, “Every red-blooded Bajan (native of the island) will be holding their breath praying thatShawn pulls it off and I really believe he can because of his dynamite power.” Cox displayed such power in his last fight with a one round destruction of former world champion Wayne Braithwaithe. Adds Layne, “If Cox wins, the whole island will be waiting to give him a hero’s welcome and while he will not become as famous as Rihana, he will certainly put us on the boxing map!”
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship® light heavyweight champion and current No. 1 contender “Suga” Rashad Evans visited Puerto Rico last week to promote
UFC® 145: JONES vs. EVANS and was greeted by hundreds of fans throughout his 24-hour tour of the Island.
On Friday, he held an open workout for media and fans where he was visited by Puerto Rican national hero and former three division world boxing champion Felix “Tito” Trinidad.
Top Rank President Todd duBoef announced today that Andy Lee will be the challenger for WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on June 16 at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas. HBO will televise.
Photos and story by Bill Hillmann at ringside
Sammy Merza Promotions filled the house at the Club in Burbank IL Saturday Night. Chicago’s Polish Community poured out in support their Polish-fighters. Sadly several of the fights were canceled at the last minute.
In the chief support, middleweight Mike Gavronski (9-0-1, 8KOs) stopped Alberto Mercedes (14-19-1, 10KOs) in the final round of their sixth rounder. Gavronski out-boxed Mercedes early although Mercedes began to find a home for his overhand right in the middle rounds. Gavronski landed a four punch combo that floored Mercedes in the 5th. Midway through the sixth Gavronski landed a straight right to the stomach and a left hook that opened a cut over Mercedes’ eye. Mecedes kneeled pawed at his eye, looked at his glove and did not beat the count. (more…)
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