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If you listen really carefully, you could hear the sound of laughter. Where is it coming from? From the Palm Springs area in the Southern California desert.
Still do not have an idea who it is coming from? Well, he was criticized by the media and diehard boxing fans for passing up on a guaranteed payday against Amir Khan last year and is about to step inside the ring against Manny Pacquiao this Saturday night.
Timothy Bradley had heard all the criticisms before, yet stood steadfast on his decision and the hope that there would be a big payday down the road. (more…)
Top Rank announced today that the June 9 Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley world welterweight championship event at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, will be available live on both pay-per-view television and online. The four-bout pay-per-view card, produced and distributed live online by Top Rank for $54.95, boasts interactive features unique to the digital platform through MLBAM’s (MLB Advanced Media) technology. The enhanced and unique viewing offers a four-shot, multi-angle dynamic player that will allow viewers to interact and feel an enriched experience. The live online pay-per-view is exclusive to U.S. viewers. (more…)
By Brett Bonetti
Three Time World Champion Danny “The Green Machine” Green (31-5, 27 KO’s) held a press conference at the Incontro Restaurant in South Perth today to announce his next fight where he will face “The Bronx Bomber” Danny Santiago (31-5-1, 19 KO’s) on Wednesday July 25 at Challenge Stadium in Perth Australia. Green will drop down in weight to face Santiago. “Most probably this will be the last time I fight in Western Australia, so it means a hell of a lot to me and we’ve chosen a very exciting guy in Santiago” Green said.
Green hasn’t fought since his TKO loss to WBC World Cruiserweight Champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk in November where he had a comfortable lead on all judges’ scorecards at the time of the stoppage in round 11. Santiago’s last fight was also an unsuccessful World Title challenge which was for the WBA Light Heavyweight title against current champion Beibut Shumenov. (more…)
Former Middleweight world champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik (38-2, 33 KOs) and Scott “Cujo” Sigmon (22-3, 12 KOs) will meet in the 10-round super middleweight main event on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on the eve of the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley PPV extravaganza. Pavlik enters Friday’s fight coming off a March second-round TKO win over Aaron Jaco, while Sigmon has won his last six fights. “The two guys that have been successful against Pavlik (Bernard Hopkins and Sergio Martinez) moved laterally a lot, counterpunching and timing. But I’m not that guy, so I’m going to have to do it a different way than it’s ever been done… If this fight plays out the way I think it will, this will be an early candidate for ‘Fight of the Year.’”
Friday’s co-feature will pit Featherweights Jesse Magdaleno (9-0, 6 KOs) against Carlos Valcarcel (12-4-4, 5 KOs). Las Vegas’ Magdaleno is coming off a first-round knockout win over Timothy Fast, while Valcarcel, a 2000 Olympian for Puerto Rico will look to rebound after a 10-round unanimous decision loss to Roberto Marroquin in his last fight.
Also on Friday’s card undefeated Light Heavyweight Mike Lee of Chicago will meet Denver’s Isaiah Barela (3-2, 2 KOs) in a Light Heavyweight matchup. The card is presented by Top Rank.
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (44-2, 40 KOs) will fight against WBC International Silver heavyweight titlist Manuel Charr (21-0, 11 KOs) on September 1 at the Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex in Kiev, Ukraine. Klitschko will fight for the second time in Ukraine, and the first time since 1998 when he knocked out Italian Francesco Spinelli in the first round. Now he’ll enter the ring in the main football stadium in Ukraine in the presence of 70,000 people. It is likely the last fight of Vitali’s career as he finally plans to go into politics. On October 28, he and the Punch” party (rus. UDAR – Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform) will take part in parliamentary elections in Ukraine.
Before a student body that included newly retired fighter and future fight promoter Sugar Shane Mosley, UFC Vice President and former WEC founder Reed Harris, delivered the keynote address at the opening session of Fight Promoter University VIII in Costa Mesa, CA. FPU VIII runs thru this Friday, with Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schafer speaking on Wednesday.
Photo: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Trainer Freddie Roach ties the gloves of WBC Middleweight Champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. during training for his upcoming WBC World Middleweight Championship against top middleweight contender Andy Lee of Limerick, Ireland, Saturday,June 16 at the Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso,Texas. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions, DiBella Entertainment, At&T and Tecate, this championship card will be televised live on HBO Championship Boxing.
Former two time World Champion Anthony “The Man” Mundine (43-4-0) will take on former WBO and IBA Light Middleweight Champion, Bronco “Superman” McKart (54-9-1) in a ten round bout on July 14 inside the Pearl heatre at the Palms Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The card, billed as “When Worlds Collide,” will be presented by Millennium Events and televised on Wealth TV. In the co-main, WBO #1 and IBF #5 rated light heavyweight Dmitry Sukhotsky (18-1, 13 KOs) will be making his USA debut against Cornelius “Da Beast” White (19-1) for the IBF International belt in a twelve round bout. Also heavyweight Olanrewaju “God’s Power” Durodola (9-0, 8 KOs) faces Henry Namauu (10-4).
The brutal attack on Nigagara Falls, New York native jr welterweight Nick Casal a few weeks ago left world ranked Ruslan Provodnikov (21-1,14 KOs) without an opponent for his June 29th ESPN2 10 round main event date. Riverside, California resident by way of Mexico Jose Reynoso (16-3-1, 3 KOs) has stepped up to the challenge to face Provodnikov. Reynoso is a major ticket seller in the inland empire area of California and has gone unbeaten in his last 7 fights. Though this is a major step up in class, Reynoso was not the least bit hesitant when approached about this opportunity. “Let’s make the fight happen,” said Reynoso. No venue has be confirmed as of yet for the fight. Max weight for the fight is 140 pounds.
Story and photos by Przemek Garczarczyk
24 year old Andrzej Fonfara (21-2, 12 KOs) was in full display during the media training before his July 13 fight against former world lightweight champion, 43 year old Glen Johnson (55-16, 35 KOs). “There comes a time in a young fighter’s life when he has to play the death and life game. This moment will happen for the Polish Prince on July 13 in Chicago, during ESPN’s Friday Night Fights against Glen Johnson. He is ready, and I’m ready too. This will not only be for him but also for me one of the most important nights in our professional lives,” said Colonna. Fonfara won all of his nine fights in the light heavyweight division by KO, but never faced opposition with the skills and experience of Glen Johnson.
Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley made their “Grand Arrival” to hundreds of fans at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Tuesday today, for his upcoming World Welterweight title mega-fight. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Tecate, AT&T and MGM Grand, Pacquiao vs Bradley will take place, Saturday, June 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, live on HBO Pay Per View. For more photos . . . (more…)
The Federation Luxembourgeoise de Boxe (Luxembourg Boxing Federation) convened a special general meeting in Luxembourg tonight to discuss the European Boxing Union (EBU) vote and to decide whether they are remaining on course to back the David Haye v Dereck Chisora fight at West Ham United in London on Saturday 14th July and to develop the sanctioning of the show in the UK.
The vote of the 12 members was 8 votes IN FAVOUR and 4 votes against. Therefore the LBF is backing the show along with the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) and the World Boxing Association (WBA), who’s International and Intercontinental titles will be contested, and the promotion will definitely go ahead.
“I will defeat Canelo on Mexican Independence Day in front of his countrymen!” says former WBO welter champ Carlos “El Indio” Quintana, the latest fighter to say he’s ready to take down Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, who holds the WBC junior middleweight title. Thus far there is no set opponent being named yet as a replacement to take on Alvarez in his upcoming defense on September 15 (Mexican Independence Day). “It would be a great matchup between me and Canelo,” said Quintana. “Stylistically, we both like to come forward and mix it up and with the fight being on Mexican Independence Day. The longstanding rivalry between Mexico and Puerto Rico will only add to what promises to be an exciting fight.”
Mexico’s Champion Jorge Arce arrives in Las Vegas for his Saturday battle against Puerto Rican Jesus Rojas at The MGM Grand Casino. Arce is flanked by trainers Edgardo Lucero and Tiburcio Garcia.
Photo by Greenday Gibbons.
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (23-0, 20 KOs) says he will fight WBO middleweight champion Dmitry Pirog (20-0, 15 KOs) on August 25 at a site to be named in the USA. Golovkin made the announcement in an interview with Fightnews.com reporter Alexey Potapov on the RingSide Show in Kiev, Ukraine. “For me, it was important to fight Felix Sturm, but he signed a contract to fight against Daniel Geale. For me, the fight against Dmitry Pirog in the United States is a good opportunity to show myself in the mecca of professional boxing. I have long wanted to get into the ring in America. Pirog is a good boxer, a strong puncher, but I am too. This will be a great fight.” The boxers will fight for the Golovkin’s WBA/IBO belts, because Pirog was obliged to defend his title against Frenchman Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam.
Former WBO light middleweight champion Sergey Dzinziruk (37-1, 23 KOs) will also be fighting on the card against undefeated Puerto Rican KO artist Jonathan Gonzalez (15-0, 13 KOs).
Teon Kennedy (17-1-2, 7 KOs) of Philadelphia, who challenges WBA bantamweight titlist Guillermo Rigondeaux (9-0, 7 KOs), of Cuba, on June 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV as part of the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley championship card, has had to overcome two fairly recent family life-shattering incidents that would have broken less-resolute fighters.
Late in 2009, Kennedy knocked out Francisco Rodriguez, of Chicago, IL, in the 10th round of their scheduled 12-round contest for the vacant USBA super bantamweight title. Kennedy’s elation at winning was short-circuited when Rodriguez collapsed in his corner, was rushed to the hospital and died of a brain injury two days later. No one prepares a fighter for when the most tragic possible ending occurs in a fight. “When it first happened it was difficult, but as anyone in boxing knows that could happen,” said Kennedy, who was 13-0-1 and 23 years old at the time. “It could happen to me. Sometimes I do still think about it, but I try not to dwell on it.” (more…)
Prior to their scheduled 12 round bout on Saturday night, Antonio Tarver critiqued the style of unbeaten, yet untested Lateef Kayode.
The normally-jovial Kayode was angered by those comments, eager to hurt and punish the former undisputed light heavyweight world champion.
Following their split-decision draw before 4,589 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA, Tarver “constructively-criticized” his performance that might have cost him a victory, even though he thought he still did enough to win . . . Click here for more
On June 8th, 2012, Terence “Bud” Crawford 16-0 (12) will tangle with “Dangerous” David Rodela 16-5-3 (7) on the undercard of ESPN2’s main event featuring former Middleweight Champion, Kelly Pavlik 38-2 (33) vs Scott Sigmon 22-3 (12). The card will take place at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, and is promoted by Bob Arum (Top Rank). (more…)
Friday night at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, PA, IBF # 4/WBA #9 contender “King” Gabriel Rosado (20-5, 12KO’s) captured the biggest victory of his career, thus cementing himself as a contender for a possible world title implications in the near future by dropping IBF #9 Sechew Powell (26-5, 15KO’s) twice on his way to a convincing ninth round technical knockout in the main event of the evening. The win also earned him the WBO Inter-continental junior middleweight title. The seven bout card promoted main events in association with Peltz Boxing Promotions Inc and televised the by NBC Sports Network was the first boxing event in the lovely new and intimate Arena at the Sand Casino. The venue appears to be the perfect size for boxing, with spectacular views from almost anywhere in the arena. In the co-feature of the evening, The IBF #12 welterweight Ronald Cruz (17-0, 12KO’s) sent his large and raucous fan base home happy with a convincing twelve round unanimous decision victory over the slick boxing Prenice “Greatness” Brewer (16-2-1, 6KO’s) by scores of 118-110 across the board to capture the vacant WBC Continental America’s Welterweight Title . . . Click here for more
Every fighter hates to lose. It’s just that some hate it more than most. One of those fighters is Dustin Pague, and you can hear it in his voice when he talks about his recent setbacks against TJ Dillashaw and John Albert . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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