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Quotes from today’s Daniel Ponce De Leon-Omar Estrella final press conference for Saturday’s Golden Boy Promotions from La Bodega Del Boxeo in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. De Leon vs. Estrella is a 12-round fight for the vacant WBC USNBC Featherweight title.
Daniel Ponce De Leon: “I trained really hard physically and mentally for this fight. Losing is not an option. I see myself winning, but I also know that my opponent has trained really hard and it’s going to be a very competitive fight.”
Omar “Dinamita” Estrella: “I’m very thankful for this great opportunity. It’s good for the fans to know the underdog fighters. We all know the quality of fighter that Daniel Ponce de Leon is and so I trained harder than ever. I have a family and I have to win this fight for them so I can bring food home. Because of that, I know I’m going to win this Saturday.” (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Professional boxing returns to Orange County on February 4th with a pair of eight round bouts headlining a Golden Boy Promotions card. In the main event of the “Solo Boxeo Tecate” card, Ronny Rios (16-0, 7 KOs) of Santa Ana, CA will take on Jeremy McLaurin (9-2, 5 KOs) at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA. In his last bout on September 30th, Rios defeated former fringe contender Roger Gonzalez over eight rounds. An intriguing eight round bout will take place when Alejandro Perez will take on Derrick Wilson. Perez, (15-3-1, 10 KOs) of Salinas, CA, dropped Diego Magdaleno in the first round of his last bout, but eventually lost a 10 round unanimous decision to the unbeaten southpaw. Four months prior, Perez knocked out former contender Antonio Escalante in the first round. Wilson, (9-2-2, 3 KOs) of Fort Myers, FL, knocked out Mario Lacey in his last bout two weeks ago. Tickets, priced at $50 and $30, can be purchased online at www.flavorus.com/soloboxeo Doors open at 6:00PM, with first bell scheduled for 7:00PM local time. TeleFutura will its broadcast at 11:00 pm ET/PT.
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
IBF lightweight champion Miguel “Títere” Vazquez (29-3, 13 KOs) and official challenger Ameth “Cloroformo” Diaz (30-10, 21 KOs) faced off Wednesday in a crowded press conference in advance of their showdown on Saturday at the Coliseo Olímpico de la Universidad de Guadalajara.
Vazquez: “Since I was advised by my company that my defense against Diaz would be in Guadalajara, I felt very happy and motivated. I’ve always dreamed that I would appear in Guadalajara as a champion of the world…I will win whatever the cost!”
Diaz: “I will not return to Panama empty-handed. It’s a difficult fight, but I have the talent and the preparation needed to defeat him. I am better than Vázquez. It doesn’t intimidate me to be in the house of the champion. On the contrary it motivates me to take away his belt.” (more…)
By Johnny B’
Super middleweight Sammy Merza (16-1, 12 KOs) says he is retiring at age 35 after five eye surgeries and will now concentrate on being a full time boxing promoter. His next project is on Friday February 17th when Merza will bring a professional boxing card to Cicero Stadium, 1909 S. Laramie, Cicero, Illinois. The main event will feature IBF female super featherweight champion Amanda Serrano (13-0, 9 KOs) vs. TBA in a ten rounder. Other undefeated boxers include 122 lb. Joel Diaz Jr. (6-0, 5 KOs), former amateur heavyweight star Joey Dawejko (6-0, 2 KOs), super middleweight Mike Gavronski (5-0, 4 KOs), middleweight Ninos Abraham (6-0-1, 2 KOs), middleweight Ramon Valenzuela (6-0, 1 KO) and lightweight Bryan Akaba (2-0, 1 KO). For tickets call 773-716-9111.
Osvaldo “Chucky” Razon 105 vs Ivan “Pollito” Meneses 105
(Vacant WBC Latin jr. flyweight title)
Miguel “Chorchas” Dominguez 108 vs. Miguel “Mickey” Dominguez 108
Edgar “Toluquito” Lozano 118 vs. Carlos Flores 118
Jorge Hernandez 154 vs. Edgar Ortega 154
Javier Salinas 146 vs. Ernesto Nava 147
Luis Alberto Huilot 135 vs. Ivan Lopez Hernandez 133
Venue: Auditorio Plaza Condesa in Mexico City
Promoter: All Star Boxing/Tuto Zabala Jr.
Word is Floyd Mayweather Jr. called Manny Pacquiao Wednesday night and had a brief conversation. “I said just give me a 50-50 split in revenue and there would be no problem, anytime. It’s up to you. We’ll wait for your answer,” Pacquiao told ABS-CBN. The Mayweather camp confirmed the conversation but did not go into details.
Courtesy of Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
It took a new venue to do it, but Vicente Escobedo of Woodland (Calif.), who has appeared several times in nearby Sacramento, will finally realize a goal of fighting professionally in his hometown. The 2004 Olympian and junior-lightweight contender (24-3, 14 KOs), currently based in Southern California, is scheduled to be the top attraction of a March 3 boxing card at the Woodland Community & Senior Center. Escobedo will be facing promising prospect Lonnie Smith (14-2-2, 10 KOs) of Las Vegas, whose father Lonnie Sr. formerly reigned as a world junior welterweight champion. (more…)
World heavyweight champions Vitali Klitschko, Alexander Povetkin and Wladimir Klitschko will defend their respective championship crowns over three consecutive weeks, beginning February 18, and all three world heavyweight title fights will be televised live in the U.S. exclusively on EPIX, the multiplatform premium entertainment service. EpixHD.com will stream the fights live as part of a special free trial offer for boxing fans.
The EPIX heavyweight championship extravaganza will begin on Saturday, February 18 with Vitali Klitschko defending his WBC title against Top-10 contender Dereck Chisora at Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany. On Saturday, February 25, the undefeated Povetkin will defend his WBA belt against world cruiserweight champion Marco Huck in the Porsche-Arena in Stuttgart, Germany. The grand finale will take place on Saturday, March 3 in the ESPIRIT Arena in Düsseldorf, Germany, and will feature unified champion Wladimir Klitschko defending his WBO, IBF and WBA super crowns against two-time world cruiserweight champion Jean Marc Mormeck.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. denied Wednesday that he kicked or beat the mother of three of his children, even though he pleaded guilty to those charges in December. “You’ve seen the O.J. and Nicole pictures, the Chris Brown, Rihanna pictures,” Mayweather told the Las Vegas Review Journal. “You guys have to ask yourself, ‘Where are the pictures?’ But you know things happen. Do I apologize? Absolutely. Did I kick and beat her? Absolutely not.”
Mayweather stated he took a plea deal which led to a 90 day jail sentence to begin on June 1 because he didn’t want to “drag my family through a public dispute.”
Rendall Munroe will remain at super-bantamweight for his next fight after failing to lure a world class bantamweight into the ring. Britain’s best known binman will now concentrate on dumping Argentinian Jose Saez when he boxes a non-title eight rounder in the Premier Suite at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium on Saturday 4th February. Leicester’s former European champion showed he belonged at world level in October 2010 when he went the distance with WBC champion Toshiaki Nishioka. His promoter Ricky Hatton explained: “Due to Rendall’s exceptional performance in his world title challenge in Japan, he has landed himself in the ‘who needs him’ club. “He’s slick, southpaw, so the world champions don’t want to know. “He was moving to bantamweight but we have found the same problems there, such is his class.” Munroe, 31, has spent this week sparring at Hatton Health and Fitness in Hyde with English bantamweight champion Craig Lyon. Hatton added: “Rendall needs to keep performing and hopefully his dedication and hard work will eventually pay-off.” Saez, 36, boasts a record of 21 wins, 12 losses and six draws in a tough career spanning 14 years.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC silver lightweight beltholder Alejandro Sanabria (30-1-1, 23 KOs) defends against Balweg Bangoyan (17-4, 7 KOs) in a scheduled twelve-rounder on January 28 at the Manuel Bernardo Aguirre Gym in Chihuahua, Mexico.
Also in action are middleweight KO artist Marco “Dorado” Reyes (2-1, 20 KOs) against Isaac Mendez (11-3, 9 KOs) in a twelve-rounder for the WBC Fecombox belt, and former world super flyweight title challenger Victor Zaleta (19-2, 10 KOs) against Raul Hidalgo (15-4, 11 KOs) in a bout scheduled for eight rounds. The card is presented by Promociones del Pueblo.
Just two days away from the debut of UFC® on FX, six of the main card fighters met with the media in Nashville, Tennessee, and they had plenty to say. UFC® on FX: GUILLARD vs. MILLER airs live from Nashville, this FRIDAY on the network as part of a two-hour broadcast beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. (more…)
Showtime will produce two episodes of Fight Camp 360° to promote the February 11 Victor Ortiz vs. Andre Berto fight. The first episode will premiere on February 1 with a 15-minute wrap-up episode to premiere one week following the fight. “If you look at the level of promotion and support that we are putting into Ortiz-Berto II, you’d assume that Feb. 11 was a pay-per-view event,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBC and IBF world champion Cristian Mijares is expected to return March 17 in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico and hopes to fight for a regional title in search of a lofty spot in the super bantamweight world ratings. “I want a career at junior featherweight,” said Mijares. “My last fight I felt comfortable and I want to fight for the title of Toshiaki Nishioka and even a possible fight with Donaire or a rematch with Arce. We’ve started training and I have my goals set in my career.” Mijares also stated that he’s working with strength and conditioning coach Angel Heredia-Hernandez, who also works with three-time world champion Juan Manuel Marquez.
All opponents have been announced Universum’s marathon boxing card on January 28 at the Elysee Grand Hotel in Hamburg, Germany. Fights featuring former heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev, heavyweight contender Denis Boytsov and comebacking ex-champ Jürgen Brähmer will all be eight-rounders.
Jürgen Brähmer vs. Jose Maria Guerrero (light heavyweight)
Ruslan Chagaev vs. Kertson Manswell (heavyweight)
Denis Boytsov vs. Darnell Wilson (heavyweight)
Firat Arslan vs. Orlando Farias (cruiserweight)
Rakhim Chakhkiev vs. Alexander Kotlobay (cruiserweight)
Vitali Tajbert vs. Jose Luis Graterol (super featherweight)
Marcel Meyerdiercks vs. Roberto Santos de Jesus (featherweight)
Ina Menzer vs. Milena Koleva (featherweight)
Rafael Bejaran vs. Daniel Urbanski (middleweight)
Vladimir Tereshkin vs. Evgeny Orlov (heavyweight)
Evgeny Tishchenko vs. Ihor Pylypenko (cruiserweight)
By Mike Bernier
Irish world-rated middleweight contender Andy Lee (27-1, 19 KOs) returns on DiBella Entertainment’s St. Patrick’s Day card (March 17th) that will take place at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Lee’s opponent has yet to be named. Headlining the show will be middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (48-2-2, 27 KOs) defending his crown against top-rated Irish middleweight contender, Matthew “Mack The Knife” Macklin (28-3, 19 KOs). Lee, who has won twelve straight, avenged his only loss against Brian Vera in his last fight. He is rated WBO #1, WBA #3 and WBC #6, and hopes to face the winner of Martinez-Macklin. (more…)
IBF intercontinental middleweight champion Dominik Britsch might face his mandatory challenger Benjamin Simon on March 9th in Turkey. Promoter Ahmet Oner confirmed today that a Turkish investor wants to bring the all-German middleweight affair to the city of Tekirdag. “Benjamin Simon scored a first-round k.o. victory on November 26th in Trabzon (Turkey),” says Oner. “He is a good looking kid in great physical shape and his performance impressed a lot of people in Turkey. We are currently working on our upcoming show for March 9th which will be broadcasted live on Eurosport. After people in Turkey explicitly asked me for Simon, it makes sense to bring the fight to Turkey. It seems a little strange that two German middleweight contenders might end up fighting somewhere else but in Germany. But after all the German boxing market is declining; and this fight might just be another sign for that.”
No contracts have been signed so far but Oner is optimistic that the deal will get done within the next days. “We made Sauerland an offer that they can hardly refuse,” states Oner. In case both sides don’t reach an agreement, the bout would go to purse bid next Tuesday (January 24th) at the IBF headquarter in New Jersey.
By Matt Richardson
As one of the most prolific hosts in the United States, boxing cards are routinely held in the majority of New York City’s boroughs. It is rare, however, for the Sweet Science to make a pit stop on Staten Island, the frequently forgotten fifth borough. In fact, there hasn’t been a professional boxing card on Staten Island in almost five years or since cruiserweight Darnell Wilson knocked out Emmanuel Nwodo at the Saint George Theater in June 2007. The previous card before that was in 1998 featuring former Mike Tyson victim Mitch Green. (more…)
Entering into its ninth consecutive year, DiBella Entertainment’s (DBE) Broadway Boxing series kicks off the 2012 schedule with a 10-bout card this Saturday night at New York City’s famed Roseland Ballroom. Headlining the card will be Brooklyn’s undefeated NABF light welterweight champion, Gabriel “Tito” Bracero (18-0, 3KO’s) defending his title against his toughest opponent to date, former junior welterweight world champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley (37-10-1, 22KO’s). The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds.
In addition, there are a number of DBE’s most promising up-and-coming prospects and contenders being featured on the card, including world-rated Ran Nakash (25-1, 18KO’s) and Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle (14-0, 11KO’s). (more…)
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today the addition of two new staff members who will play key roles in the organization’s television production efforts. Former ESPN Deportes coordinating producer Kieren Portley joins UFC as Vice President of Studio and Spanish Production, while former ESPN producer Zach Candito takes the role of Event Producer for UFC’s weigh-in, pre- and post-fight shows on FUEL TV. (more…)
WBC world ranked welterweight Artemio ‘King’ Reyes (14-1, 11 KOs) of Riverside returns to the ring February 24th.
Reyes will defend his WBC Latino welterweight title versus Victor Hugo Correo (14-4, 9 KOs) of Mexico in the 10 round main event. The site of the event will be the Double Tree Hotel in Ontario, California. Reyes is riding a 13 bout win streak including his upset of previously unbeaten former olympian Javier Molina in his last bout in front of a live nationally televised audience.
Heavyweight Billy Zumbrun (24-12-1) will return to his hometown, Ogden, UT, on January 21, to battle the unpredictable Cliff Couser (26-21-2). Zumbrun is a tough journeyman who has fought contenders Chauncy Welliver, Michael Grant, Maurice Harris and Michael Mollo. Billy is best known for his fight against former World Heavyweight Champ Riddick Bowe, a fight most thought Billy won. Billy is also known for defeating Butterbean. Couser is known for his unpredictability and ability to pull out an upset. The card will be a mix of professional and amateur fights. The fights will be at the Ogden Eccles Center, promoted by CCC Promotions. Tickets are available by calling 801-467-1055.
Boxing returns February 11 to the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario as unbeaten welterweight Samuel Vargas (8-0-1, 2 KOs) meets Manolis Plaitis (17-1-1, 8 KOs) in the ten-round headliner presented by United Promotions in association with Hennessy Sports. The six-round co-feature will showcase middleweight fan favorite Brandon “Bad Boy” Cook (4-0, 2 KOs) against upset specialist Chris Aucoin (4-5-1). Also undefeated cruiserweight prospect Denton Daley (4-0, 2 KOs) meets former Mexican National Boxing Team invader Benito “El Asesino” Quiroz (6-1, 6 KOs) in a six-round bout. Tickets, priced at $30 and $50 are available at the Hersey Centre Box Office, or through Ticketmaster at 855.985.5000 or ticketmaster.ca.
Mikey Faragon 137 vs. Andres Ledesma 136
Diana Prazak 128 vs. Lucia Larcinese 131
Nicky Demarco 132 vs. Cesar Gonzalez 131
Tommy Rainone 155 vs. Josh Williams 154
Anthony Young 146.25 vs. Clifford McPherson 147
Venue: Hilton Garden Inn – Staten Island, New York
Promoter: Greg Cohen Promotions
Colombian contender Luis De La Rosa is out of this Friday’s main event at the recently renovated Auditorio Plaza Condesa in Mexico City, Mexico. In his place, WBC FECOMBOX Champion Osvaldo “Chucky” Razon of Ciudad Neza, Mexico (12-3-8 KO’s) will step in to face former world title challenger Ivan “Pollito” Meneses (16-9-2-9 KO’s) of Puebla, Mexico in a clash scheduled for 12 Rounds with the vacant WBC Latin Jr.Flyweight Title at stake. “Chucky” belongs to former world champion Jose Luis Bueno’s stable at Humberto “Chiquita” Gonzalez hometown of Ciudad Neza. (more…)
In a stunning announcement yesterday evening Amir Khan, through his promoter Golden Boy Promotions, withdrew his protest with the IBF ending his efforts to force an immediate rematch against World Champion, Lamont Peterson. The Peterson team aggressively responded with sound and factual supporting documentation to each of the various accusations which Khan used to dispute his loss of the World Championship to Peterson. This also included an unfounded allegation that a “mystery man” at ringside affected the outcome of the bout. (more…)
It is unfortunate that in the wake of Golden Boy’s withdrawal of their appeal of the Khan-Peterson championship bout, the International Boxing Federation finds itself in a position where its integrity must be defended and the measures set forth for this appeal must be justified, when every step to provide a fair and just hearing for both parties was taken and was given the utmost importance. (more…)
Boxer of the Year: Vitali Klitschko
World Champion of the Year: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez
Boxer of the Decade: Pongsaklek Wonjongkam
Bout of the Year: Victor Ortiz vs. Andre Berto
KO of the Year: Nonito Donaire vs. Fernando Montiel
Most Dramatic Bout of the Year: Ponmpayak Propramook vs. Adrian Hernandez
Exemplary Boxer of the Year: Jhonny Gonzalez
Comeback of the Year: Floyd Mayweather
Most Active Promoter of the Year: Golden Boy Promotions
Special Honor Award: Julio Cesar Chávez Jr.
By David Finger
Photo: Ed Mulholland
It’s been called the theater of the absurd, and never has the title fit more aptly then in recent years. The Heavyweight division, the lifeblood of the sweet science, seemed to be sinking in quicksand. With every passing year it seemed like the major players in boxing’s most prestigious division were slipping further and further in obscurity in the eyes of casual sports fans. Suddenly, finding heavyweight fights on American TV became a rare occurrence, and often they profiled mismatches between young prospects on their way up. In fact, if you happened to have turned on the TV and watched a major heavyweight fight between a well established top rank contender and a dangerous former heavyweight champion, odds were you either had a great satellite package or you lived in Europe. But all that was suppose to change this week, when the highest rated American heavyweight, Eddie Chambers, was to face the dangerous former heavyweight champion Siarhei Liakhovich on January 21 in the inaugural main event of NBC Sports Network’s “Fight Night” card at the Asylum Arena in Philadelphia. It was a fight that promised more exposure with American fight fans as any in the last five years. But, as is often the case in heavyweight boxing, the worst case scenario was realized. With days before the fight was scheduled to occur, Eddie Chambers pulled out of the fight citing injured ribs. It was a move that infuriated the Belarussian, who saw his biggest opportunity to shine in front of American fight fans disappear in an instance. (more…)
Dereck Chisora has laughed off David Haye’s boast that he will be heavyweight champion again if he got the call to fight Vitali Klitschko. Londoner Chisora faces WBC king Klitschko on Saturday 18th February at the Olympiahalle Munich, Germany. The 28-year-old says Haye was humiliated by Wladimir Klitschko when he lost his WBA title in July last year and would be knocked out by Vitali if they met. “Haye had his chance to back up all the pre-fight bull he came out with against Wladimir, but he put up that embarrassing performance and then topped it by blaming it on injured little toe,” stormed Chisora.
“I can’t see how the British public will forgot about that and now he’s coming out with the same bull again by saying that he will go to war and win his title back if he gets Vitali. I think it’s just embarrassing, Wladimir made a laughing stock out of him and Vitali would knock him out. Haye should just stay retired and out of the sport, he had his time and failed on his biggest night, now I’m going to go out there and show him how to fight a Klitschko. One things for sure I won’t by going into the ring like a scared rabbit like Haye did, I’m going to give it everything I’ve got to win the world title.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
When Fighting Harada was our one and only world champion, everyone knew him. Haraada was a household name. The world championship had a special rarity value. But now we, in Japan, have had eight male champs and six female titlists. Even boxing fans sometimes fail to remember all names, missing some. Whether you like it or not, almost every month there are world title bouts, boxing losing the said rarity value here.
The number of our world titlists might increase more should we count interim champ, champion in recess, champ emeritus etc. in addition. Japan has affiliated with only the WBC and the WBA for quality control or for anti-proliferation, but should we recognize the WBO and the IBF, our world champs would easily become more than twenty in total. Such a phenomenon may occur that even hardcore fight fans won’t be able to mention all our world champs in the future. (more…)
A highly-anticipated and exciting title fight featuring two of the world’s elite mixed martial artists will take place when STRIKEFORCE® returns to Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday, March 3, when newly-crowned women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate makes her first title defense against undefeated sensation Ronda Rousey. (more…)
Continuing a commitment to the health and safety of its athletes, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that all potential UFC® and STRIKEFORCE® signees will be subject to a mandatory pre-contract screening for performance-enhancing drugs. Beginning Jan. 1, 2012, all incoming athletes will be tested prior to finalizing a contract with the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBO bantamweight champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce is having problems finding an opponent for his next scheduled fight on February 10 in Durango, Mexico. So far both Lorenzo Parra and Giovanni Andrade have not been approved as world title challengers by the WBO. “Andrade does not have the merits to be included in any of our rankings,” said WBO President Francisco Varcacel, “therefore the WBO will not sanction this fight. If we sanction a fight between Arce and Andrade, our organization will lose credibility among many. We must maintain a level of prestige. Title fights must be between fighters in our rankings and deserving of a title shot.”
Rudy Markussen (37-2, 24 KOs) will celebrate a special homecoming on February 18. Fighting in Copenhagen for the first time in more than five years, the “Hardhitter” will challenge WBA Interim Super-Middleweight Champion Brian Magee (35-4-1, 24 KOs) at Broendby Hall. “Rudy has knocked out everybody we have put in front of him,” promoter Nisse Sauerland said. “He has earned his world title shot and we are thrilled to bring him back to Broendby where he can count on the boisterous support of his hometown fans. Magee is incredibly tough but I am convinced that Rudy will beat him.” (more…)
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