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By Mariano A. Agmi
Quotes from today’s teleconference featuring Andre Berto and Victor Ortiz:
Victor Ortiz: “Preparations have been as I anticipated: nothing easy about camp. Mike Tyson once said, ‘Everyone has a plan until he gets hit.’ Everyone says he’s powerful, well, so am I. He’s speedy, so am I. I’m taking that green belt at the end of the day. I’m going to do whatever it takes to bring that belt home with me. I know where I’m going, I know what I want. I don’t just want to be, but I must be champion of the world. Berto has been touted as being the next big thing. I completely disagree. I’m just trying to dare to be great. Berto was the only one to give me a shot, and I just want my belt. I’m going to be crowned no matter what.”
Andre Berto: “I caught the end of Victor’s call and it seemed like a lot of the guys asking questions were from his gym and they were really gassing him up. April 16 will be a reality check for him. His coaches can tell him anything they want, but the ring is a really cold place and he’s going to find out the truth. This fight is definitely not going the distance. At the end of the day, skills are gonna pay the bills. He can fight, but he’s very limited in a lot of areas. He has to be set on his feet to try to throw certain types of punches. If I would have hit him with the shots that Peterson hit him with, it would have been over in three [rounds]. (more…)
Weights & photo by Chris Cozzone
From The Rio’s Convention Center in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s Crown Boxing card:
Henry Namauu 199 vs. Victor Barragan 194
Rocco Santamauro 128 vs. Gabe Garcia 128
Mandy LaPointe 123 vs. Annette Agredano 123
Rocco Espinoza 126 vs. Armando Gonzales 127.5
Notes: The bout between Brian Battease and no-show Carlos Luque was nixed; Gonzales was a half-pound overweight; and Santamauro weighed in eating a slice of pizza.
Photo: German Villasenor/Team Segura
World Champion, Giovani “The Aztec Warrior” Segura and two-time world champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon, met for the first time in Mexicali during the final press conference leading up to their rematch this Saturday in the Auditorio Estatal in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico. Both spoke with much respect for their opponent, but both Segura and Calderon spoke about winning the fight. Segura, saying how much more difficult this second will be, and Calderon confident that this time the result will be different.
“I don’t see this second fight any different then the first one. I only know how to fight one way and thats to throw punches and put pressure on my opponent. I don’t doubt the Calderon will be better this time, because when you lose for the first time it makes you more determined and it makes you work harder, that I know for a fact,” said Segura, to a pack house in the main room of the Mexicali Sports Hall of Fame.
“This fight is like the Tom and Jerry cartoon. A cat chasing a mouse and that is not going to change. I admired Calderon’s boxing abilities and I respect his style, but to me boxing is about giving the fans a excitement and that is what I will bring the fans inside that ring on Saturday night,” said Segura.
For Calderon a long time 105 & 108 pound world champion it’s about revenge.
“No question that he got the best of me the first time. He was ready, he did his fight and won. But I feel better prepared now to face his style of fight and for me is always about moving, hitting and not getting hit. I don’t want anyone talking about a fight of the year type fight. I want to win, not get hit and go home with my belt,” said Calderon. (more…)
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Mexican flyweight Hernan “Tyson” Marquez stated he is anxious to climb into the ring and challenge current WBA champ Luis “Nica” Concepcion (22-1, 17 KOs) during a promotional tour today in Panama which took him to what is considered the world wide symbol of he Central American country, the Panama Canal. The twenty-two year old Marquez (29-2, 22 KOs) will look to rip the strap from the hands of the local favorite this Saturday night at the Roberto Duran Arena. The Arena is set up for 14,000 attendees and the organizers are looking forward to a complete sell out. For more details and photos click here…
WBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk’s open workout before Saturday’s defense against Francisco Palacios.
Canadian welterweight prospect Andre Gorges (11-1, 6 KOs) won an eight round split decision over faded former world champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley (37-17-1, 22 KOs) on Tuesday night at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto. Scores were 78-74, 78-74 for Gorges and 77-75 for Corley, who has now dropped four straight bouts. The bout took place at the annual Shaw Festival black-tie boxing fundraiser
Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
After three straight victorious appearances on ShoBox: The New Generation, Marcus Johnson hopes to make his fourth an eye-catching performance on the path from prospect to contender. Touted as a top American prospect on many boxing lists, Houston’s unbeaten and hard-hitting Johnson (20-0, 15 KOs) will make his fourth consecutive appearance on the popular series featuring boxing’s youngest and brightest stars as he goes up against another ShoBox alumnus in Boca Raton’s Dyah Davis (18-2-1, 9 KOs) on Friday, April 8, in a 10-round super middleweight main event as part of a spectacular triple-header LIVE on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West coast). (more…)
Photos: PR Best Boxing Promotions/José Pérez
Juan Mercedes 115 vs. David Quijano 115
Erickson Martell 113 vs. Mcwilliams Arroyo 113
Jonathan González 114 vs. Jonathan González 113
Héctor Marengo 136 vs. Luis Joel González 136
Carlos García 149 vs. Joanthony Vázquez 149
José Collazo 141 vs. Samuel Santana 139
José Torres 121 vs. Jiovanne Fuentes 118
Jonathan Cepeda 137.5 vs. Rafael González 136.5
Venue: Coliseo Héctor Solá Bezares, Caguas, PR
Promoter: PR Best
TV: WAPA America
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Baltimore Ravens safety Tommy Zbikowski returns to the ring on a Top Rank Live! championship event at the WinStar World Casino, Thackerville, Oklahoma, on Saturday, April 23. The fight card will be televised live by FSN. Zbikowski will take on Blake Warner of Oklahoma City in a four round bout. Zibikowski, former captain of the Notre Dame football team, will train in Detroit with Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward. “I love playing football,” said Tommy. “But I take my boxing very seriously.” In the main event, Vanes Martirosyan of Glendale, Ca. will take on Saul Roman of Mexico in a title fight. In the opening televised bout, unbeaten Texas contender Roberto Marroquin faces Frankie Leal of Mexico.
The fifth annual Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival will include the world premiere of “Klitschko.” According to the description, the film is “a documentary exploring the rise of six-foot-six Ukrainian brothers Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko who made history in 2008, becoming the first brothers in boxing to hold world titles at the same time. After emigrating to Germany to begin careers in heavyweight boxing in 1996, the sport was never the same. Through an engaging mix of candid interviews and absorbing fight footage, Klitschko offers a captivating glimpse into the makings of these champion boxing brothers.” The film is directed by Sebastian Dehnhardt and will run from April 20-May 1 during the Tribeca Film Festival in lower Manhattan.
“I’m going to come out throwing punches, guns blazing,” Marcos Maidana says about his April 9 showdown with Erik “El Terrible” Morales.
“If he can withstand it, great. If not – ‘Good night.’” . . . Click here for more
Famed manager/trainer/boxing commentator Gil Clancy passed away early this morning. He was 88.
Clancy began training young amateurs at the PAL boxing gym in Queens, New York and eventually rose to prominence as one of boxing’s great boxing trainers and managers. During his career Clancy worked with Ralph “Tiger” Jones, Rodrigo Valdes, Juan LaPorte, Johnny Persol, Jorge Ahumada, Harold Weston, Tom Bethea, Jerry Quarry, Gerry Cooney, Oscar De La Hoya and Hall of Famers Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman and Ken Buchanan. However, he is best known for his 20-year association with legendary Hall of Famer Emile Griffith, whom Clancy and Howie Albert guided to the welterweight and middleweight crowns. He was twice named Manager of the Year. From 1978 – 1981, Clancy was matchmaker for Madison Square Garden Boxing. He was also an award winning boxing analyst on MSG Network, CBS and HBO in the 1980s and 90s.
“Gil Clancy was one of boxing’s truly great minds,” said International Boxing Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy. “As a trainer and manager he was held in the highest regard by his peers.”
An ESPN2 card is set for April 15th at the Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula, California. The main event, scheduled for 10 rounds in the junior welterweight division, will feature Ruslan Provodnikov (18-1, 12 KOs) will fight undefeated Ivan Popoca (15-0-1, 10 KOs). The co-feature is a ten-rounder between former lightweight world title challenger Ji-Hoon “Volcano” Kim (22-7, 18 KOs) will fight Marvin “El Cachorro” Quintero (21-3, 17 KOs). Former heavyweight world champion Evander Holyfield will also be in attendance for photos and signing autographs for fans.
Conversations with the fight game’s movers and shakers from down under.
IBF#1 middleweight Daniel Geale talks to Fightnews about his May 7 showdown against IBF champion Sebastian Sylvester in Germany and also how he has Sergio Martinez on his radar…..trainer Graham Shaw talks about his charge Daniel Geale…..manager Noel Thornberry, who handles WBO #13 heavyweight Alex Leapai, talks about the Samoan-born Australian heavyweight’s focus on the world heavyweight championship.
By Andreas Hale
James Kirkland, Marcos Maidana and Robert Guerrero workout at the Pound 4 Pound gym in Las Vegas and talk about their respective fights on April 9th’s “Action Heroes” card at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV.
Photo and report by Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
IBF #11 middleweight Sam Soliman was disappointed that the IBF elimination bout scheduled for April 1st in Berlin, Germany has been suddenly postponed due to an injury suffered by IBF #9 Benjamin Simon recently. “The German boxer injured his left hand and his doctor has said he cannot fight for 6 to 8 weeks,” said Soliman. “I am naturally very disappointed but this does happen in boxing. We were only notified of Simon’s injury and cancellation of the April 1st promotion the same day I was to depart Melbourne for Germany. My trainer Dave Hedgecock and my manager Dave Stanley have done a great job in keeping me totally focused on defeating Benjamin Simon and I will be ready to make him pay for the postponements when I get him in the ring in June or July.” Soliman will start a hot favorite to defeat Simon as the Australian holds victories over several world rated boxers including super middleweight Sakio Bika and middleweight Enrique Ornelas and also dropped close decisions to Winky Wright and Anthony Mundine.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo: Brock Ellis
Australian light heavyweight Blake Caparello (6-0-1, 2 KOs) will be in action Friday when he will clash with Kongrit Nankorn (16-15, 6 KOs) at the Malvern Town Hall, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Caparello scored the best win of his career when he outpointed former IBO world title challenger Michael Bolling over eight rounds. On undercard fights, former Australian welterweight champion Eddie Delic (16-9-2, 3 KOs) will punch it out with Ventakasem Harikrishman (8-4-1, 1 KO) over eight rounds. Also in action will be super middleweight Pradeep Singh and light heavyweight Callan Orchard who will clash with imports. Promoter Peter Maniatis said, “This will be a great night of boxing with one of Australia’s best prospects Blake Caparello in the main event. Eddie Delic always comes to fight and he will be in an eight round fight. Fight fans get there early for a top night of boxing at it’s best!”
The off-TV undercard is nearly complete for the televised ShoBox event happening at the Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas, next week. The three main fights will be televised live at 11 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME: Marcus Johnson (20-0, 15 KOs) vs. Dyah Davis (18-2-1, 9 KOs), Danny O’Connor (14-0, 3 KOs) vs. Gabriel Bracero (14-0, 1 KO), and Willie Nelson (16-0-1, 10 KOs) vs. Vincent Arroyo (10-1, 7 KOs).
Also in action is once-beaten heavyweight Bowie Tupou (19-1, 15 KOs) against Andrew Greeley (14-35-2, 8 KOs). Also scheduled is an all Texas middleweight battle between former amateur standout Mike Martinez (9-2-1, 5 KOs) and Jevon Boisseau (3-4) in a six rounder. (more…)
Welterweights Ronald Cruz and Manuel Guzman, who live and train within forty miles of each other in Pennsylvania, will take their in-state rivalry to New Jersey when they meet in an eight-round contest Saturday evening, April 23, in the Palladium Ballroom at Caesars Atlantic City. The Cruz-Guzman fight will serve as the semifinal to the scheduled 12-round main event which features Omar Sheika, of Paterson, NJ, against Garrett Wilson, of Philadelphia, PA, for the vacant USBA cruiserweight title. The first of seven fights begins at 7.30 p.m. in the 1,450-seat ballroom, the first time it has been used for boxing. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Three division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez has again spoken to his promoter Golden Boy Promotions about a better financial offer and the possibility of four fight deal with fights against names like Robert ‘The Ghost’ Guerrero and Zab Judah among others. Marquez has been considering the possibility of leaving Golden Boy in search of a third match with Manny Pacquiao, however the 37-year-old maintains a desire to continue his career with GBP and is studying the offer and longing to continue to make his own boxing legacy.
By Felipe Leon
Amaris Quintana 109 vs. Katarina de la Cruz 111.5
Lionel Davis 246 vs. Cornell Davis 271
Adrian Vargas 140.25 vs. Alejandro Garcia 143
Emmanuel Robles 140.25 vs. Frankie Martinez 140.25
Federico Martinez 135.75 vs. Salvador CiFuetes 135
Erin Beach 155 vs. Brandon Adams 155
Venue: Four Points Sheraton, San Diego, CA
Promoter: Bobby D. Presents and Jorge Marron Productions
Tickets and Info: 619.420.8866
As the countdown to May 7th begins, Showtime brings you its four-part documentary, going inside the lives of Manny Pacquiao and “Sugar” Shane Mosley as they prepare for their World Welterweight Championship Matchup. Don’t miss the first episode on Saturday, April 2nd at 12:00pm ET on CBS.
By Joe Koizumi
Three foreign challengers participating in a world title triple-header on April 8 arrived on Wednesday in Kobe, Japan. Jhonny Gonzalez (47-7, 41 KOs), from Mexico, will have a mandatory shot at newly crowned WBC feather champ Hozumi Hasegawa at the World Memorial Hall here. Mauricio Munoz (21-2, 9 KOs), of Argentina, will face WBC super-bantam ruler Toshiaki Nishioka. Mexican Humberto Gutierrez (28-2-1, 20 KOs) will try to regain the WBC super-feather belt from Takahiro Aoh. (more…)
Nando Bailarin 120 vs. Jose Luis Calvo 118.5
Noriela Paz 100 vs. Yaditza Perez 103
Barnie Arguelles 138 vs. Leovigildo Siris 139
Richard Reittie 153.5 vs. Rafael Delgado 152.5
Luis Quintana 117 vs. Japheth Perez 117
Venue: Fantastic Casino La Doña, Panama City
Promoter: Premium Boxing Promotions
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By Felipe Leon
In tragic news, Tijuana junior welterweight Humberto Tapia (15-16-1, 8KOs) was gunned down at the Ulloa Gym where he trained late Tuesday night. No details are given except that he was shot by an individual who Tapia had issues with in the past. The twenty-five year old Tapia began his professional career in ’04 and was known as a tough out for many up and coming prospects such as Brandon Rios, Jeffrey Resto, Rock Allen, Danny Garcia, Carlos Molina and Antonio Orozco, going the distance against all of them. May he Rest in Peace.
By Francisco Salazar
Unbeaten junior welterweight Jesse Vargas has faced and defeated prospects and former world title challengers throughout his young career. Now he hopes to be victorious over a former world title holder. Golden Boy Promotions vice president and chief matchmaker Eric Gomez told Fightnews.com that Vargas will take on hard-hitting Vivian Harris on April 8th at Buffalo Bill’s Star Arena in Primm, NV. The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds and it will be Vargas’ toughest opposition on paper. The Vargas-Harris bout will be televised on Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate.” (more…)
After scoring two spectacular knockout wins in his return to the ring following a nearly two year absence, James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland (27-0, 24 KOs) has picked up where he left off. On the April 9 pay-per-view event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, the knockout artist will continue his highly anticipated comeback against former WBA interim junior middleweight titleholder Nobuhiro Ishida (22-6-2, 7 KOs). The main event is Erik Morales vs. Marcos Maidana in a 12-round junior welterweight bout, with Robert Guerrero vs. Michael Katsidis in a 12-round bout for the vacant WBA and WBO interim lightweight belts, James Kirkland vs. Nobuhiro Ishida in an 8-round middleweight bout and Paul Malignaggi vs. Jose Miguel Cotto in a 10-round welterweight bout.
By Przemek Garczarczyk in Bydgoszcz
Contrary to usual “just show the minimum of what we can do” style of most official media open training, cruiserweight Francisco “Wizard” Palacios (20-0, 13 KO) went the full 90 minutes of hight speed and intensity training before his WBC championship fight against titleholder Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk. More than 40 members of Polish media, television stations and reporters gathered at “Zawisza” training complex in Bydgoszcz, where on Saturday in “both fighters will show their skills in front of a sold-out, 8,000+ seat arena.
“This is one of the most anticipated fights in the recent history – Polish world champion versus undefeated, mandatory challenger from Puerto Rico. We are expecting, that more than million people will see this fight in Poland,” said president of 12 Round KnockOut Promotions, former international soccer referee, Piotr Werner. (more…)
Photos: Team Sauerland
On Saturday night, Marco Huck (31-1, 23 KOs) will return to the place where he celebrated the biggest success of his impressive career. Fighting in front of an enthusiastic crowd at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Germany, he dethroned WBO cruiserweight champion Victor Emilio Ramirez in August 2009. When the 26-year-old steps through the ropes in three days, he will already make his sixth title defense. “It has been a great time but the best is yet to come,” he said. “There is nothing like being the world champion. I constantly want to prove myself against the best and I will destroy whoever gets into my way. Nakash will be in for a tough evening. It will be an honor to give him a proper beating to please my home fans.” For more details and photos click here…
By Chris Cozzone
Fielding off endless questions about the legitimacy of their upcoming fight, April 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, both Erik “El Terrible” Morales and Marcos “El Chino” Maidana spoke to the press today on an international teleconference hosted by Golden Boy Promotions.
“People have to remember that I chose the fight with Maidana,” said future Hall-of-Famer Morales. “My technique is better than his. There are certain rules in fights – I just hope he follows them.”
Morales spoke about his last three fights, saying that each opponent had been chosen by design. “I had a game plan,” he said. “Every one of those fights moved me to this one. Now, I’m going to peak for Maidana. I assure you, I’m going to win this fight.”
Maidana admitted that Morales “may be at the tail end of his career,” but that he was training for the Morales of old. “It still should be a very good fight,” said Maidana. “It’s not going to be easy, but you’ll see the same ol’ Maidana come out, throwing punches, with guns blazing. If he can withstand it, great. If not, good night.”
Stay tuned for feature stories on Maidana and Morales.
By Ricardo Conde
WBC Silver bantamweight champion Abner Mares (21-0-1, 13 KOs) of Mexico faces IBF champion Joseph ‘King Kong’ Agbeko (28-2, 22 KOs) on Saturday April 23rd at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, California in the main event of SHOWTIME’s Bantamweight Tournament Final ‘Winner Takes All’. Abner Mares took time to talk to us about his upcoming fight with Joseph Agbeko and a lot more, here’s what he had to say:
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Today is the 68th birthday of Dr. Gilberto Mendoza, president of the World Boxing Association since 1982. The WBA, previously previously known as the Nation Boxing Association (NBA) is the oldest sanctioning institution in boxing. Many hope that Mendoza can be inducted into the Hall of Fame Boxing in Canastota, New York in the near future. He is a champion in life after having beaten cancer in recent years.
“I’ve seen how easy it is to beat Vitali,” said Odlanier Solis, in an interview with the Passauer Neuen Presse. “If the injury didn’t occur, I would have taken him apart. He is a boxing zero. I was surprised how weak he is.” Solis said the fight with Klitschko changed his perspective on boxing. “I used to only see boxing as a job. That’s changed. Now I have a dream, a goal for which I’m working. I want to become world champion and stay there a long, long time.”
The chance to train alongside a UFC Hall of Famer, a former two-division champion and one of the most dynamic strikers in history is presented at the UFC® Fan Expo at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto on April 29 and 30. The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell, former UFC two-division champion BJ Penn and the last WEC lightweight champion, Anthony Pettis will host Training & Development sessions at the festivities in Ontario. (more…)
On April 22nd Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing returns to the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT with an ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” show. In the main event, Bayan Jargal (15-2-3, 10 KOs) looks to make the leap into the mix at 140 pounds when he takes on Amir Khan-conqueror Breidis Prescott (23-3, 19 KOs) in a ten rounder. Kicking off the telecast will be 2008 U.S. Olympian Demetrius Andrade (12-0, 8 KOs) against Omar Bell (8-1, 5 KOs) in an eight round jr. middleweight showdown.
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