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By Michael Bender
Photos: Ed Diller
The name Kevin Rooney needs no introduction if you are a fan of boxing. Not so much because of what Kevin Rooney accomplished as a fighter, though he did have a respectable record including a fight with Alexis Arguello, but more notably what he accomplished as a trainer. Kevin Rooney was the trainer of one of the most feared, dominant, and single well known and recognized fighters since Muhammad Ali: Mike Tyson! Iron “Mike” may have Kevin Rooney to thank for much of his prime pugilistic career. Where Cus D’Amato left off, Rooney picked up, leading the former street thug through the legendary training camps in the Catskills Mountains to his claim to the heavyweight throne and title as “Baddest Man on the Planet!” But with all this being said, it is not this Kevin Rooney who needs this introduction. That honor goes to his son, Kevin Rooney Jr. who steps into the ring tonight! In this exclusive interview the young pugilist speaks out on his career and more. For more details and photos click here…
By Francisco Salazar at the scale
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Vic Darchinyan 117.8 vs Yonnhy Perez 117.6
Davarryl Williamson 223.8 vs Michael Marrone 219.4
Vardan Gasparyan 150.8 vs Trenton Titsworth 144
Azat Hovhannesyan 128.7 vs Juan Reyes 130.6
Omar Figueroa 139.4 vs John Figueroa 140.3
Art Hovhannesyan 138 vs Jose Alfredo Lugo 136.8
Miguel Diaz 113 vs Alejandro Solorio 112
Venue: Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE
Promoter: Gary Shaw/Thompson Boxing
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Even without the 9-0 jr welterweight Antonio Orozco off the show due to food poisoning, the sold out crowd of 1,382 fans at the second installment of “Fight Club OC” filled The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, CA on Thursday night had an action-packed evening as two rising fighters keep their pro records prefect and former heavyweight champion Evander “Real Deal” Holyfield watched the action from ringside.
In the featured bout of the evening, undefeated welterweight Hugo “The Boss” Centeno Jr of Oxnard, CA ran his record to 7-0 with a unanimous decision over a much shorter Jovanni Rubio of Santa Rosa, CA who drops to 7-14. (more…)
By Andreas Hale
Quick Quotes From Kelly Pavlik Conference Call:
(On Who Made The Decision For Kelly Pavlik To Check Into Rehab)
“It was his decision to quit drinking. We didn’t put a gun to his head and make him stay in California. He did that on his own terms and he doesn’t get the credit he deserves for making his own decisions. I think people are going to see a totally different fighter on May 7th.”
(On Moving To Super Middleweight)
“We can finally train like a fighter again instead of training just to keep the weight down. We can spend more time in the gym working on boxing. The snap is back. The old Kelly is back. He feels good and the weight is good for him.”
(On Drinking & Rehab)
“I got caught up in the partying part. When you get caught up in that you’re going to have stress and unhappiness at home. I was caught up with everything involved and I had to make a change. If I can’t drink anymore, It’s not going to make me unhappy. We nipped it in the ass before it got too late.”
(On His Upcoming Fight With Lopez)
“I definitely think this is a very important fight where I have to go out there and look good. If I don’t come back and perform with my “A” game, it’s going to be brutal (in the press). It’s important for me to submit my name back to the public and prove that I’m still a top level fighter. This is the most important fight of my career believe it or not.”
(On Kelly fighting the top super middleweights)
“We’ll see how he does in this fight and then we’ll talk it over with the team and see who comes next. The super middleweight division is rich with talent and Kelly, I hope and believe, will fit right in.”
(On Kelly’s future)
“I think Kelly is a hero for overcoming this and a hero for even talking about it. Believe me, he’s going to end up bigger and better than he ever was. He’ll be a great example for so many people who suffer from addiction.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Rumors of big names landing on the June 4 Zbik-Chavez Jr. card in Los Angeles continue to be hot and heavy. Some sources suggest the possibility that current IBF lightweight world champion Miguel ‘Titere’ Vazquez may face ring legend Marco Antonio Barrera. The source indicated that Vazquez was meeting in Tijuana with his promoter Fernando Beltran to decide his next defense and Vazquez is prepared to defend against Barrera or any other foe. Vazquez defended his belt on March 12 against mandatory challenger Lenny Zappavigna.
It has been brought to the attention of Hatton Promotions that false and inaccurate comments have been attributed to Ricky Hatton on a social networking site. The Facebook page in question has absolutely no links with Hatton Promotions or Ricky. Lawyers are now taking the necessary steps to have the offending remarks removed and all unofficial Facebook pages using Ricky’s and Hatton Promotions name closed down:
“This rubbish that has been printed makes me feel sick to my stomach. Please, please do not believe a word of it. Of course, I am well known as a Manchester City supporter but any rivalry I have with Manchester United is good humoured banter. I would never ever make nasty comments about their players or the club’s long history in private or public. My younger brother, Matthew is a United fan. I am friends with Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand. Wayne even carried my belt into the ring when I fought Jose Luis Castillo in Las Vegas.
“I can say 100% that I have never used Facebook in my life and that I am proud to say that I got as much support from Manchester United fans as I did Manchester City fans through my career. I can assure all Manchester United fans that I have nothing but respect for the club’s achievements although I do look forward to the day City pip them to the Premier League title. What has been posted has nothing to do with myself or any Hatton Promotions employee and this matter is being taken up with Facebook as a matter of urgency.”
By Gary “Digital” Williams
The Hard Times Promotions card on Saturday, April 23 at the DC Star (formerly DC Tunnel) Night Club in Washington, DC features two local heavyweights in separate six-round bouts.
Undefeated DC heavyweight Maurice “Freight Train” Byarm will take on veteran “Mr. P” Willie Palms of Jersey City, NJ in the main event. Byarm (10-0, seven KO’s) makes his first appearance in 2011. In his last outing, Byarm scored a fifth-round TKO over Winston Thorpe on December 11 in Pikesville, MD. Palms (10-9-1, five KO’s) has not fought since December of 2009 and will be trying to break an eight-bout losing streak.
Laurel, MD’s “The Big Ticket” Dwayne McRae also returns to action as he faces Terre Haute, IN’s James Porter. McRae (9-2, five KO’s) won his last bout at the DC Star on November 11 when he stopped Octavius Davis in the first round. Porter (5-14-2, one KO) fought Kyle Patrick to a four-round draw in his last outing on March 3 in Columbus, OH. (more…)
Photos: Rafael Soto/Top Rank
It’s has been a long time since Jorge “Travieso” Arce, has had an eight week training camp to prepare for a fight and not have to worry about weight issues or anything else for that matter. “I had about as good as camp as I had in a long time,” said Arce. “Everything is going very well and have that extra motivation for going for a fourth world title in four weight divisions” “I really want to win this fight. I very confident in my preparation for this fight and I believe my trainer Manuel Montiel Sr and his sons had given me the perfect plan to win this fight” Manuel Montiel Sr and his sons, Manuel Jr., Eduardo and Pedro, also train world champions Hugo Cazares and Hernan “Tyson” Marquez and of course the three-time world champion, Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel.” (more…)
Prior to leaving for his Big Bear training camp in final preparation for his April 29th showdown against Jesse Brinkley, undefeated prospect Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin used a Vortex machine at his strength-and-conditioning coach Brad Bose’s Anatomi gym in Santa Monica in order to increase his arm strength and power punching. The 27-year-old Quillin (23-0, 17 KOs), born in Chicago and raised in Grand Rapids (MI), moved a year ago from Brooklyn to LA, where he hooked-up with Roach and started training at his famed Wild Card Gym, in addition to signing an exclusive promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions.
“Kid Chocolate” headlines an April 29 show against former world title challenger Brinkley (35-6, 22 KOs) in Reno, Nevada, airing on Telefutura in a 10-round bout for the vacant USBO super middleweight title. (more…)
Chad Mendes didn’t look like your typical UFC rookie when he set foot in the Octagon in February to take on Japan’s Michihiro Omigawa. Far from it in fact, as he drilled out a shutout three round decision win to improve to 10-0 as a pro . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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By Scott Ploof
Former three time world champion and Worcester, MA’s own Jose Antonio Rivera (39-6, 24 KOs) will return to the ring for the first time in two and a half years on Friday May 20th at The Palladium in downtown Worcester, MA. Rivera will take on ring veteran and Connecticut native Luis Maysonet (32-11, 25 KOs), who himself has not fought in two and a half years as well, in the eight round main event. Both fighters have tremendous veteran experience which should make this a great fight between both competitors. Maysonet has been in the ring with the likes of Thomas Daamgard, Hector Camacho, and Ivan Robinson among others. Rivera has competed with Michael Trabant in Germany when he won the WBA welterweight title, Alejandro “Terra” Garcia, Daniel Santos, Travis Simms, and Luis Callazo among others. There will also be several local fighters from all over New England featured in undercard attractions. There are a limited amount of tickets left for this event, with less than 500 still remaining. Tickets from the originally canceled show that was to be held on Saturday April 9th will be honored on Friday May 20th. Remaining tickets can be purchased at The Palladium box office, tickets.com, and any FYE store. The fight card is being promoted by Jimbo Isperduli’s Paxton Promotions.
With the July 2 date being grabbed by the heavyweight unification clash between IBF/WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KOs) and WBA champion David Haye (25-1, 23 KOs) in Hamburg, middleweight champion Felix Sturm has decided to move his next fight, which was originally planned to take place the same day. Sturm (35-2-1, 15 KOs) will now meet Matthew Macklin (28-2, 19 KOs) on June 25 at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany.
Photos: Inna Lagun
Heavyweight contender Denis Boytsov (28-0, 23 KOs) has declared himself fully recovered from two surgeries on his right hand and is back in full training at the Universum Gym in Hamburg.
“I am overjoyed that the long period of suffering is over, and that I can again do what I want to do most,” said the 25-year-old understudy of trainer Artur Grigorian. Even around Easter he will take no break in training. I am hot to to get in top form as fast as possible to be for my next fight. I plan to have a big year.”
He should have his next fight in June in either Germany or the USA. More photos…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former IBF and WBC world champion Rafael Marquez hopes to meet Mike Oliver on June 4 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Oliver-Marquez fight would be part of the undercard for the big Julio Cesar Chavez Jr vs Sebastian Zbik WBC middleweight title clash.
One obstacle to the fight is Marquez recently suffered a hand injury that derailed his training in Mexico City.
Meanwhile, newly crowned WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez named Marquez as an opponent he’d like to face.
Photos: Tom Casino
Two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan and former International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight champion Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez will clash in the new main event on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING this Saturday, April 23, live on SHOWTIME® (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. The 12-rounder for the vacant International Boxing Organization (IBO) 118-pound title between Darchinyan (35-3-1, 27 KOs), of Sydney, Australia, by way of Armenia, and Colombia’s Perez (20-1-1, 14 KOs), of Santa Fe Springs, Calif., was elevated to main event status after a fight between IBF champion Joseph Agbeko and undefeated WBC Silver Belt champion Abner Mares was postponed after Agbeko suffered what doctors diagnosed as likely the sudden onset of sciatica earlier in the week. For more details and photos click here…
Photo: Team Maidana
Newly crowned WBA super lightweight Interim champ Marcos “El Chino” Maidana had yet another reason for joy on Wednesday as he had a huge welcome party in his native little town of Margarita, in Argentina. Nearly 3,000 people went out to the streets of Margarita to receive their hero, who made a triumphal entrance on the firefighters’ car and proudly offered the WBA belt he won after beating Erik Morales last Aril 9. In a very emotional parade, a huge line of cars, bikes and motorcycles formed a 3-block line to follow El Chino, who was greeted after the parade by local mayor Riben Lizak. The local amphitheater was named after Maidana to close the show. Click here for more photos…
SHOWTIME Sports and Al Bernstein report from Los Angeles as Vic Darchinyan and Yonnhy Perez prepare to give boxing fans a slugfest on Saturday, April 23rd following the injury which sidelined Bantamweight Tournament headliner, Joseph Agbeko.
Photo and weights by Bob Caico
Guillermo Sanchez 135 vs. Eddie Ramirez 135
Nick Casal 144.4 vs. Martin Tucker 143
Lionell Thompson 179.2 vs. Angel Gonzalez 176
Amanda Serrano 128.2 vs. Ela Nunez 130.4
Excell Holmes 229.8 vs. Taffo Asongwed 234.2
Jordan Gaines 139 vs. John Dipolito 136.8
Jamell Tyson 136.4 vs. Bryan Abraham 137.4
Venue: Hamburg Casino at the Fairgrounds, Hamburg, NY
Promoter: Juan Santiago (Don Juan Fighting Promotions
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Shots from the press conference for Saturday’s clash featuring former world champions Vic Darchinyan vs. Yonnhy Perez for the vacant IBO bantamweight championship at Nokia Theatre to be televised live on SHOWTIME at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
IBF bantamweight world champion Joseph Agbeko and SHOWTIME bantamweight tournament finalist Abner Mares also attended Thursday’s press conference to address members of the media-at ESPNZone L.A. LIVE. Click here for more photos…
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Legendary comedian Don Rickles, affectionately known as “The Merchant of Venom” and “Mr. Warmth” stops by the Wildcard Boxing Club in Hollywood Thursday to share a laugh with superstar Manny Pacquiao. Pacquiao is in preparation for his upcoming World Welterweight mega fight against “Sugar” Shane Mosley on Saturday, May 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Pacquiao vs. Mosley is promoted by Top Rank in association with MP Promotions, Sugar Shane Mosley Promotions, Tecate and MGM Grand. The Pacquiao vs. Mosley telecast will be available live on SHOWTIME Pay Per View. Click here for more photos…
Photos: Star Boxing
Bayan Jargal 138 vs. Breidis Prescott 140
Demetrius Andrade 155.75 lbs. vs. Omar Bell 155
Kevin Rooney Jr. 154 lbs. vs. David Navarro 152.25
Joe Hanks 244.5 vs. Terrell Nelson 249.5
Nick Lavin 177.25 vs. Kevin Cobbs 181.25
Venue: Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT
Promoter: Star Boxing
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The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today the remaining bouts for its long-awaited debut in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. UFC® 129: ST-PIERRE vs. SHIELDS, presented by TapouT®, takes place Saturday, April 30 live from Rogers Centre and brings 12 total fights, including two title fights.
Following the announcement of the UFC welterweight championship match between Georges St-Pierre and Jake Shields and the UFC featherweight championship battle between champion Jose Aldo and challenger Mark Hominick, the UFC confirms 10 additional bouts for UFC® 129: ST-PIERRE vs. SHIELDS: (more…)
Photo: Leopoldo Gonzalez
The brothers Kameda, Koki and Tomoki, will conclude their training for their May 7th assignment at the Perfectual Gymnasium in Osaka, Japan. Tomoki “El Mexicanito” Kameda will take on Filipino Nathan Bolcio in a bantamweight ten rounder. In two and a half years as a professional, Tomoki (18-0, 12 KOs) has captured five titles, the FECARBOX, CABOFE, Intercontinental, Youth and NABF, and his dream is to be a world champion like his brothers Koki and Daiki. Bolcio (10-2-1, 4 KOs) recently won the Intercontinental WBC Youth Intercontinental super flyweight over Pichitchai Twin Gym only weeks ago but is more than ready to go after the younger Kameda. (more…)
After the hype comes the hard work of training …and no one hits the gym with the intensity of Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley. Preview the second episode to see Pacquiao and Mosley training for their May 7th showdown.
Photo: Team Salita
Dmitriy Salita and Chad Dawson training at the Kronk GYM. Dmitriy is back in the gym after an impressive win on April 13, while Chad is training for a fight against Adrian Diaconu on May 21 in Canada. Both fighters are trained by legendary trainer Emanuel Steward. Dmitriy’s promotional company will have its next event on May 19 at Roseland Ballroom in NYC.
Veteran boxing promoter Cedric Kushner, head of New York City-based Gotham Boxing, is recovering from spinal surgery yesterday that took nearly seven hours. He is resting comfortably at Mt. Sinai Hospital (room 315), located at Madison and 100th St., in New York City. He is expected to be there for a few days and then be transferred to another facility for physical rehabilitation. Get well wishes may emailed to him to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: Team Maidana
At the Governor’s House in the city of Santa Fe, newly crowned WBA Super Lightweight Interim champ Marcos Maidana was received by his native province’s Governor Hermes Binner, where he was appointed as “Santa Fe Sports Ambassador”. Governor Binner said: “It’s an honor for our province to have a quality fighter like Maidana, who proved once again that you can achieve anything if you commit yourself to hard work.”
“I’m quite proud to be back to my home province and honored to represent the sportsmen from here. I hope I can now defend my title before my people,” Maidana said.
Mexico City’s Mariana Juarez (28-5-3, 13KOs) was recently informed that she will be defending her WBC female flyweight title for the first time on May 28th in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico against Aziza Oubaita of France by way of Casablanca, Morocco. “It is very important for my career to be active,” Juarez said. “To have the most amount of fights in a year.” Juarez who is also known as “Barbie” has been training for the last two weeks under the tutelage of her trainer Alejandro Camacho. Next week she will begin her sparring sessions to come up with the strategy to better help her defeat the #8 ranked Oubaita, “Everything is coming out as my promotor Fausto Garcia and I planned. I am very motivated and will continue to work hard.” Juarez defeated the previously undefeated Italian Simona Galassi last March 11th to capture the world title via unanimous decision. Juarez also mentioned that she is no hurry to unify her title unless it is against German undefeated Susi Kentikian, the actual WBO and WBA champion.
Vanes Martirosyan (29-0 18 KOs) is working hard in training camp as he prepares for his June 4th fight against tough Mexican Saul Roman (34-8 29 KOs). The fight takes place on the undercard of the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr versus Sebastian Zbik middleweight championship bout at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The WBC junior middleweight silver belt will be at stake.
The Martirosyan-Roman tilt was originally scheduled to take place this Saturday but was rescheduled when Martirosyan missed a portion of training camp due to illness. (more…)
Photos: Square Ring
Legendary eight-time world boxing champion and future hall-of-famer Roy Jones Jr. is currently training in Northwest Florida for his upcoming fight against Denis Lebedev scheduled for Saturday, May 21 in Moscow, Russia. The fight will be at the cruiserweight limit of 200 lbs. and is the only title between middleweight and heavyweight that has eluded Jones. After his training session, Roy stated, “I feel really great at this weight and camp couldn’t be going better. I’m looking forward to going to Russia and showing Lebedev and the rest of the world that Roy Jones, Jr. is still making his mark in the boxing world.”
Photo and report by Ricardo Conde
Heavyweight contender Manuel ‘El Toro’ Quezada (29-6, 18 KOs) of Waso, California will step back into the ring on Saturday May 14th against Bowie ‘Bo’ Tupou (20-1, 15 KOs) of Los Angeles, California at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California on the undercard of SHOWTIME’s Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinals which features undefeated WBA super middleweight champion Andre ‘S.O.G.’ Ward (23-0, 13 KOs) of Oakland, California taking on ‘King’ Arthur Abraham (32-2, 26 KOs), the fight card is being presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions, Antonio Leonard Productions and Sauerland Event. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Finally the WBA featherwight world title fight between the Argentinian champion Jonathan Barros and Panamanian challenger Celestino “Pelench√≠n¬®Caballero will be held in Argentina. In the agreement arrived at on Wednesday in Panama City, representatives Rogelio Espino (Caballero) and Osvaldo Rivero (Barros) agreed to implement the mandatory fight in Argentina. The challenger did not agree on a date for the fight, which was initially slated for July, and asked for a date in mid-June, making June 17 or 24 the likely date.
Richie Boy Promotions filed a lawsuit this past Tuesday in the 11th District Judicial Circuit Court in Miami against IBF light heavyweight Champion Tavoris Cloud, as well as his promoter Don King Productions and head trainer Al Bonanni. Richie Boy Promotions, which acquired contractual rights for Cloud from 8 Count Productions in February 2009, alleges that Cloud breached his contract by entering into another promotional contract with DKP. Complaints filed in the aforementioned lawsuit by Richie Boy Promotions against the three defendants include Breach of Contract (Cloud), Unjust Enrichment (DKP), Tortious Interference with Contract (DKP and Bonanni), Tortious Interference with Business Relationships (DKP and Bonanni, Fraudulent Misrepresentation (Bonanni), and Breach of Fudicuary Duty (Bonanni). Richie Boy Promotions has demanded a jury trial and judgment for monetary damages, and awarding such other and further relief as the Court deems just and proper.
Young rising star Roberto Marroquin of Dallas goes into his first main event on FSN (10 pm eastern) when he takes on featherweight Frankie Leal of Mexicali on a Top Rank Live! fight card at the WinStar Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma on Saturday, April 23. Marroquin, 21, has a record 19-0, 14 KOs. He is ranked WBO #12, IBF #14 at featherweight.
“I was born, raised in Dallas,” said Marroquin. “I have one brother, three sisters. I started boxing when I was eight years old. My dad encouraged me, saying he didn’t want me running around on the streets. The first time I boxed it was at a flea market – no kidding. But now I am prepared and ready for a big fight like this.” (more…)
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