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Former super bantamweight world champion Daniel Ponce De Leon 42-4, (35 KO’s) is intent on becoming a two division titlist. De Leon currently campaigns as a featherweight and considered one of the hardest punchers in the game. He spoke to us before starting training camp for his next fight on the Mayweather vs. Cotto pay per view card from Las Vegas.
Tell us about your last fight against Omar Estrella.
It was a good fight for me. He’s a fast, young fighter, but once he felt my power he couldn’t handle it. Eventually I wore him down and got the knockout in the sixth round.
What’s your goal for 2012?
My goal is to keep winning so that I can eventually get a shot at a world title. I’m putting in a lot of work and I’m ready for any of the champions. I have a real desire to be champion again. Ask any of my sparring partners. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Jon Elits – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
“I’m very well prepared, very well trained, and ready to fight this difficult fight against a very young man who’s hungry and who dreams of ripping my title away and sending me into retirement,” said 35-year-old WBC super lightweight world champion Erik “Terrible” Morales (52-7, 36 KOs), who faces unbeaten 24-year-old challenger Danny Garcia (22-0, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Reliant Arena in Houston, Texas.
“I’ve always been a fighter who accepts the biggest and best challenges,” continued the four-division world champion. “I don’t win much from this, just knowing that I’m alive and ready to keep going for bigger fights.” As for the future, Erik simply says, “There are some fights that I want to do, but before I do those I want to make sure I’m 100% ready to go. And these types of fights will let me know if I’m ready.”
Morales, Garcia and the other featured fighters on Saturday’s fight card held a media workout Wednesday at Houston’s Savannah Boxing Club. Click here for photos…
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Referee Roberto Ramirez says the apology of former WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel López seemed sincere, but stopped short of satisfying him. “…it didn’t meet our expectations,” said Ramirez. “We were hoping that he should say in the same emphatic way that there was defamation, and he had no evidence that we (father and son) are betters. We had hoped to reach an agreement with him where he would indicate that and we’d have a joint press conference and that would be the end. If he states specifically that he has no evidence of what he said, we commit to not sue civilly.”
Ramirez added that Lopez was not clear with his apology and reiterated that if Juanma publicly admits that he has no proof of what he said, they will not sue. “If he admits it, we have no interest in moving ahead,” explained the veteran official, who is being represented by attorney Julio Cesar Miranda. “We just want to clean up our reputation and image. Today (Tuesday) it was not cleaned at that press conference. He apologized for what happened but not the facts.”
Photos: Tom Casino/Showtime
Undefeated Diego Magdaleno (21-0, 7 KOs) works the speed bag during a light workout Wednesday. The talented, popular world-ranked super featherweight will face fellow southpaw Fernando Beltran Jr. (36-7-1, 20 KOs) in the 130-pound main event this Friday, March 23, in the main event at the Conference Center at Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Ariz. Also in a battle of unbeaten junior welterweights, former international amateur standout and 2008 Cuban Olympic Bronze Medalist Yordenis Ugas (11-0, 5 KOs) will be opposed by Johnny Garcia (11-0, 8 KOs), of Holland, Mich. in an eight-round bout. Tickets for the Top Rank event, priced at $100, $75, $50 and $35, are available at the casino box office and on www.casinodelsol.com. Showtime will televise.
Vladine Biosse 169 vs. George Armenta 166
Eddie Soto 146 vs. Jason Pires 143
Benny Costantino 161 vs. Yolexcy Leiva 158
Ashleigh Curry 143 vs. Aleksandra Lopes 145
Johnathan Vazquez 147 vs. Jeff Anderson 152
Troy Artis 159 vs. Thomas Falowo 159
Kevin Cobbs 178 vs. Ahmad Mickens 180
John Downey 178 vs. Alex Amparo 176
Carlos Hernandez 139.5 vs. Robert Brando-Hunt 137
Venue: Twin River Casino, Lincoln, R.I.
Promoter: Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports
Note: Twin River has waived its 18+ rule for this event. Anybody under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must enter through the West entrance.
Photo: Promociones Miguel Cotto
Top prospect and undefeated featherweight sensation Jayson “La Maravilla” Vélez (17- 0, 13 KOs) is ready to face the biggest challenge of his career this Saturday, March 24th at Roger Mendoza Coliseum in “Boxeo Boricua In Caguas: It’s My Time”, when he faces dangerous veteran Jose Angel Beranza (34-22-2,26 KOs) in a 10-round bout. Jayson Vélez is coming off a convincing fifth round KO against Mexico’s Jonathan “El Diamante” Arias. Immersed in the final part of his preparation, Jayson said that he is in a great physical condition to face Beranza, who has been characterized by providing exciting fights, even seizing important undefeated prospects in the likes of Christopher Martin, Juan Carlos Velázquez and Jesús Rojas . “This fight motivates me even more because I know good things are coming for my career. I am 110% prepared and ready for the big names in my division. I will defeat Beranza,” commented an excited Jayson Vélez. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: Miguel Salazar
A week after his arrival in the mountains of Big Bear, California, unbeaten WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has began his sparring sessions. The new icon of Mexican boxing is training for his fight with former three-division world champion Shane Mosley on May 5 in Las Vegas. The training of Alvarez for his fourth title defense is once again supervised by Chepo and Edison Reynoso. Everyone is feeling less cold now on the California mountain where the snow fell last Sunday.
Official Statement: Today was released by the media outlets a note where the agent of our WBC middleweight diamond champion, Sergio Martinez, says that negotiations with Chavez’ agent have ceased. When Chavez conquered the WBC middleweight title, discussions started where even our president, Don Jose Sulaiman, was offended, but the WBC has stuck to what was ordered during its last convention in Las Vegas, the same as both boxers. The negotiation period for the parties began on March 19th and will conclude on April 9th, to then have a public auction on April 16th. If Sergio Martinez doesn’t take part on the negotiations he will be disqualified as mandatory challenger, but if Julio Cesar is the one who doesn’t take part he will be disqualified as champion. The president of the WBC is worried for this matter because both boxers have been supported in great way during their careers by the WBC. The WBC will wait for the negotiation period and the auction to conclude to decide what to do.
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
Stephane Larouche (trainer Lucian Bute): This is what boxing needs real fights. What needs do be done now is to defend the belt in England and it won’t be easy. We’ll have to prepare perfectly, correctly, like we always do. Carl Froch has shown the will to win many times, he’s one of the most spectacular fighters in the division. He was always involved in the best fights when the Super-six was on.we know that. We know what it will be like for him to be home.we know what that is. Sometimes in boxing there is what you might call a miracle. We might say it was a miracle when Lucian stood up and finished the fight against Librado Andrade. Some people thought he lost the fight, that he got knocked out. If you think that, that’s fine, let’s say he lost he fight. But the future remains the same! He knocked out everybody except Glen Johnson, so we’re either 30-0, or 29-1, it’s up to you, but the future remains the same. I was there when Carl was on the floor in the second versus Jermain Taylor. He got a little bit lucky, Jermain Taylor got a little bit tired and he pulled out a miracle. They both were able to pull out a miracle, so I think we’re even on this. We have a major task on the table, we know that, but we’re not stupid, we know what we can do. In boxing, speed is hard to beat, and we will rely on our speed.
Carl Froch: Stephane knows what he is talking about, but there are a few things I disagree with. I don’t believe in miracles. I don’t think winning a fight by climbing off the canvas and forcing a stoppage against a great fighter like Jermain Taylor is a miracle. It has nothing to do with luck, it has to do with preparation, will to win, heart desire strength, courage. Anything but luck. A real man makes his own luck.
Lucian Bute didn’t partake in the Super-Six against the other best fighters in the world and was sitting back waiting. The natural fight for me after the final with Andre Ward was with Lucian Bute, that’s the fight I wanted. Unfortunately I lost a close decision against Ward, it was a very difficult awkward night for me, I wasn’t myself, but as you can see after my loss against Kessler, I came back firing on all cylinders to become WBC two-time champion. Coming off the back of the Super-Six final, I have the hunger and desire, the commitment and the courage to do everything I need to become victorious in my hometown, I said I didn’t believe in miracles but Eddie (promoter Eddie Hearn) pulled off a miracle to get Lucian to come to hometown of Nottingham. But big respect to Lucian Bute, he’s been a great champion, he is undefeated, he means business and I’ve got a lot of respect for him, but I’m here to win the fight.
Lucian Bute: I’m very happy to have this opportunity to fight Carl Froch. It’s good timing for me to fight him. Carl has a lot of experience, yes he’s strong fighter, he has good power with both hands, I know that. He is very slow though and I think the difference will be my speed. And my ability too. He is a very aggressive fighter, a very tough fighter, a very strong fighter. He has a good chin. For my mind now, all I have is Carl Froch, I’m concentrating everything on him, after that, we’ll see, maybe Andre Ward, maybe up to 175.
A press conference was held today in Maribor, Slovenia for Saturday’s clash between Slovenian national hero and former IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck (31-2, 18 KOs) and WBO Africa beltholder Bethuel Tyson Ushona (25-1, 8 KOs) from Namibia. It will be Zaveck’s first fight since losing his world title to Andre Berto on a cut last September in Biloxi, Mississippi. The Tabor Arena with over 5,000 seats is completely sold out.
Jan Zaveck: “In preparation, we focused deliberately on my strengths. Ushona is a good fighter, of course, WBO African champions and now he’s the current WBO #5. He is also very awkward to box, but I’ll deal with that with my strengths: better boxing technique, better stamina and, of course, my wonderful fans backing me. I will win!”
Bethuel Tyson Ushona: “We have the same dreams. Jan Zaveck wants once again to be and I want to be world champion. But, I have boxed and defeated anyone who stood in the way for my dream. It will be the same for Zaveck!”
In the co-feature, light heavyweight Denis Simcic will have to adjust to a new opponent as Adam Hubinger is unable to fight due to an illness. A new opponent will be announced shortly. (more…)
The entire tropical paradise of the Dominican Republic is lit up with excitement over this Saturday’s professional boxing event at the Palacio de Los Deportes in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The Sampson Boxing and Manguita Promotions main event will feature Santo Domingo’s own Victor “Mermelada” Cayo (27-2, 19 KOs) taking on former unified lightweight world champion Nate “The Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell (34-9-1, 25 KOs) over 10 rounds. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican middleweight contender Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio, who was defeated in a world title try by WBC champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., could return to the ring in May. “There is a possibility of fight taking place at the Feria de San Marcos in Aguascalientes, but don’t know the name of the opponent or what weight it would be at. The important thing is to fight again and to seek a new world title chance,” said Rubio. Sources indicate that the Rubio Team is eyeing a possible at the WBO middleweight title, where the current world champion is unbeaten Russian Dmitry Pirog (19-0, 15 KOs).
Former French welterweight champion Frank Haroche Horta (29-8-5, 10 KOs) will battle Contender Series Star Grady Brewer (29-14, 16 KOs) for the IBO Inter-Continental jr. middleweight title on Saturday at the Macon City Auditorium in Macon, Georgia. The card will take place during the city’s annual International Cherry Blossom Festival which attracts people from all over the world. Promoter Rufus Beddingfield of Beddingfield Boxing Promotions said, “We have worked hard to put together a very competitive and fan-friendly card that I guarantee will result in a great night of professional boxing.”
The co-main event is Martin Tucker vs. Robert Daluz in a six-round lightweight contest. Also, scheduled are Bradon Spencer vs. Curtis Harper, in a four-round heavyweight battle, Clarence Booth vs. William Rodriguez in a four-round lightweight match-up and Antomio Nieves vs. Anthony Fraguada in a bantamweight contest. Advance ringside tickets are $67.50, floor seats are $57.50, balcony seating is $30. First bell: 7PM.
They say lightning never strikes twice, but such was the case for Philadelphia, PA’s Bryant Jennings (12-0, 5 KOs), who will face his toughest opponent to date in former WBO heavyweight champion Siarhei “White Wolf” Liakhovich (25-4, 16 KO) this Saturday night at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, NY. The ten-round bout will be the co-feature to the Zab Judah – Vernon Paris IBF junior welterweight title eliminator. The card will be televised on NBC Sports Network’s Fight Night, and Jennings will be making his second straight appearance on the historic show. (more…)
Interview and photos by Bob Ryder
Holland, Michigan’s Juan (Johnny Garcia) took time out from his training to speak with Fightnews.com about his upcoming bout with Cuban Yordenis Ugas. The 8 round Ugas-Garcia bout will be the televised under card fight on Showtime this Friday under the Diego Magdaleno-Miguel Beltran, Jr main event. The telecast will emanate from the Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Arizona beginning at 10 PM EST.
Thanks for speaking with fightnews, first do you prefer Juan or Johnny?
My real name is Juan but I prefer Johnny.
Your fight on the 23rd will be your first on national television. Describe your feelings.
I am real excited. We have had 11 weeks to prepare. I have an opportunity to show the world what I can do in the ring. This fight is going to open a lot of doors for me. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Tomasz Adamek (44-2, 28 KOs) and Roger Bloodworth opened their training camp exclusively for Fightnews presenting the new and improved, more dynamic version of former WBC light heavyweight and IBF cruiserweight champ before his March 24 fight against Nagy Aguilera (17-6, 12 KOs) on NBC Sports Network’s “Fight Night” series. “There’s no doubt that Adamek comes back after seven month break with new energy, with more dynamic, crispier and more powerful punches from both hands,” said “Goral’s” trainer, Roger Bloodworth.
“I feel better than ever – stronger, quicker and with more power. But talk is cheap, I will prove my words coming Saturday in couple of days again Aguilera,” said Adamek, who lost his fight for an unprecedented third world title in the three heaviest weight classes last September against WBC champ Vitali Klitschko.
Former World Champion Abner Mares and former Two-Time World Champion Eric Morel pose on March 20, 2012 in El Paso, Texas at the press conference to officially announce their April 21, 2012 fight for the vacant WBC Super Bantamweight World Championship at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas which will be televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing. What the participants had to say on Tuesday:
Photo: Greenday Gibbons
Former world title challenger Fernando “Wary” Beltran, Jr. (36-7-1, 20 KOs) and manager/father Fernando Beltran, Sr. have arrived in town for Friday’s clash with undefeated Diego Magdaleno (21-0, 7 KOs) at the Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Arizona. The pair will battle 10 rounds for Magdaleno’s NABF super featherweight title. Beltran has stepped in at short notice to replace Eduardo “Chucky” Lazcano (24-2, 11 KOs) who was a late pullout.
The co-feature is an eight round showdown between unbeaten super lightweights Yordenia Ugas (11-0, 5 KO) and Johnny Garcia (11-0, 8 KOs). Also unbeaten heavyweight Andy Ruiz (13-0, 8 KOs) faces Homero Fonseca (9-4-3, 2 KOs) in another eight rounder.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer Promotions
WBA flyweight champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (32-2, 26 KOs) is ready to defend his WBA flyweight championship for the third time when he faces former WBC champion Rodel Mayol (30-5-2, 22 KOs) on Saturday at the Multipurpose Center in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico. The fight headlines an event called “Clash of Champions: Mexico vs. Philippines” presented by Zanfer Promotions, Larsa Communications and Promoson.
“I’ve done great training and had a good work plan that my trainer designed and we stuck to 100%. We’re just keeping our weight to avoid problems the day of weigh-in and then I’m eager to to meet Rodel Mayol,” said Marquez, the WBA’s 2011 Fighter of the Year. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Trash-talking American heavyweight Kevin Johnson (25-1-1, 11 KOs) has rescheduled his showdown with Australia’s KO King Alex Leapai (25-3-3, 20 KOs) at the Doomden Racecourse in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The fight, originally set for March 18, will now take place on April 1st after world title challenger Johnson told promoter Noel Thornberry he was suffering from the flu and needed two more weeks. Johnson made it as far as Los Angeles from his home in New Jersey last Thursday before turning back, but he denies he is running scared. “I hate to do it but I am going to end this boy’s career,” Johnson said. “Alex, your promoter is setting you up. You won’t make it through eight rounds.” In a email from Johnson’s brother, Brian Johnson, he told Thornberry, “Kevin is recovering fine and will be okay for April 1st.” Johnson will now arrive in Australia on March 23.
With Martin Murray out of the picture, WBC #4, WBA #2 and WBO #2 middleweight Andy Lee (28-1, 20 KOs) is seeking a world title shot against WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on June 16 at the Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas. Team Lee claims a Chavez Jr. vs Lee fight was agreed to in principle, but Team Chavez changed their minds on Lee as an opponent because of his southpaw style. “I would relish the opportunity to fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. for the WBC title on June 16,” sid Lee. “I’m ready and available, let’s make the fight. It would be a tough fight but I believe I have the skills to beat him and end his reign as champion. The Irish and Mexican people like a good fight, so let’s get it on.”
Lee’s manager and trainer Emanuel Steward commented “Andy has established himself has an entertaining fighter in America and Europe. I think a fight between Andy and Julio would be a great fight. They are two young fighters burning with ambition and have a track record of being in exciting fights. Andy is the most prominent and visible middleweight contender resident in the United States at this time; it makes good sporting and business sense for HBO and promoters to make the fight between Andy and Julio.”
Team Lee is confident that a deal can be made with Top Rank, Team Chavez and HBO soon if Top Rank want to re-engage in discussions. (more…)
Veteran trainer Jack Loew believes NABF champ “Hammerin'” Hank Lundy (21-1-1, 11 KOs) is vastly overrated and predicts his dynamic lightweight, “Dangerous” Dannie Williams (20-1, 16 KOs), will stop Lundy in the March 30th ESPN Friday Night Fights’ 10-round main event at MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut. “Lundy is a very good, slick fighter,” the outspoken Loew said from Williams’ training camp in Youngstown (OH). “But he’s so overrated. I applaud his promoter and management team for picking good opponents for him to look good against. (John) Molina may be the only lightweight more overrated and he stopped Lundy. I don’t care if he was ahead; Lundy lost that fight and was knocked out. I’ve been a fan of two-time world champ David Diaz but he was a shot fighter a year before he fought Lundy. Diaz was a good champion but he was never a big puncher, yet, he hurt Lundy, a slick fighter who can box but isn’t a big puncher either. (more…)
Photos: Jose Perez/PR Best Boxing Promotions
Former two-division world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez appeared today before the Puerto Rican media to apologize to referee Roberto Ramirez for statements he made after his defeat against WBO lightweight champion Orlando Salido on March 10. “I would like to apologize and ask forgiveness from referee Roberto Ramirez for the things that I said after the fight with Salido. I’m embarrassed about what I said because I said things in a way I don’t even remember now,” said López, who was accompanied by promoter Peter Rivera, manager Orlando Piñero, trainer Alex Caraballo, conditioning coach Alexander Greaux and legal adviser Pedro Hernandez.
“I saw the fight afterwards and was really hurt and he stopped it, so I apologize and apologize to the people of Puerto Rico for what happened,” added Lopez. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Takalani Ndlovu from Soweto makes the second defence of his IBF junior featherweight belt in a rematch against the Limpopo born Jeffrey Mathebula in what could develop into a war after the disputed decision in their first match-up. They meet at Carnival City near Brakpan on Saturday night. In their first fight in an IBF title eliminator on September 1, 2010 in a toe-toe struggle, one judge scored it a ridiculous 118-109 for Ndlovu whilst the second judge favoured Ndlovu with a 114-113 card. The third judge made 114-113 for Mathebula. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
With so many fighters in the San Diego/Tijuana area, there is practically news every day. In the last week since the first report on Fightnews regarding the border region, there have been some interesting revelations and upcoming fight announcements.
Despite no official word just yet, it seems that the rematch between WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (27-2-1, 20KOs) and Venezuela’s Jorge Linares (31-2, 20KOs) is all but set for Saturday, July 7th. Word is that it might be held at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. After his spectacular knock out of “Mickey” Roman this past weekend in his home town of Los Mochis, Mexico, DeMarco, who lives in Tijuana, told Fightnews over breakfast that he was looking forward to the rematch and he wished Linares luck in his upcoming bout on March 31st in Cancun. DeMarco also made it a point to comment on some statements that were attributed to him on the internet which said that he would retire Linares in their rematch. Anybody has ever met the twenty-six year old knows that the comment was out of character for the humble and affable DeMarco and he insisted that he did not make that statement. (more…)
On Friday, March 23, in the third episode of The Ultimate Fighter® Live reality show on FX, Villa Ridge, Missouri native Justin Lawrence (4-0 in his pro mixed martial arts career) will take on Brazilian veteran Cristiano Marcello (13-3) of Curitiba, as they continue their quest to be the next Ultimate Fighter and receive a six-figure contract from the UFC and a Harley Davidson motorcycle. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
With such a short distance of only an hour by car, there happened a couple of OPBF title bouts in Nagoya and Kariya cities on Sunday. OPBF bantam ruler Rolly Matsushita Lunas (30-8-1, 18 KOs), 118, a Japan-based Filipino puncher, kept his belt as he needed only 90 seconds to dispose of Korean challenger Ji-Hwan Lee (5-2-1, 2 KOs), 117, in a scheduled twelve rounder in Nagoya, Japan. Rolly, making his second defense, previously went to Panama to make an ambitious shot at the WBA bantam belt against Ansermo Moreno only to lose a lopsided decision in 2008. He regained the vacant OPBF bantam throne by finishing another Filipino belonging to a Japanese gym, Zerofit Jerope Zuiyama Mercado, in eight rounds last July, and demolished Kohei Ohba in eleven heats of his initial defense. Rolly sent the Korean Lee sprawling to the deck three times to deck an automatic KO win based on the three knockdown rule (in Japan, it is registered as a knockout win, not a TKO). It will be interesting to see Rolly have a shot at the WBA belt against Koki Kameda should the champ accept his challenge.
The return of undefeated WBA #5, IBF #8, WBO #8, WBC #12 lightweight Darley Perez takes place on Thompson Boxing Promotions “PATH TO GLORY” card at Doubletree Hotel in Ontario on April 6. Perez (24-0, 18 KOs) takes on Tijuana’s Alain “Konan” Hernandez (18-9-1, 10 KOs) in the main event scheduled for eight rounds. In the co-main event, Jose “El Niño” Reynoso (15-2-1, 2 KOs) steps back in the ring after a short injury time out and fights James Hope (6-9-1, 4 KOs) in an 8-round junior welterweight clash. Also a super bantamweight showdown features undefeated Jonathan “Lil Thunder” Arellano (11-0-1) facing Calexico’s Jose Angel Cota (8-6, 6 KOs) in an eight round bout. Tickets for “PATH TO GLORY” are priced at $75, $45, and $30. They are available now and may be purchased by calling 714-935-0900.
Middleweight Martim Murray has been forced to withdraw from his WBC world middleweight title challenge against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr because he cannot obtain a visa in time that would allow him to enter the United States. The British, Commonwealth and WBA inter-continental champion was lined up to challenge the Mexican in El Paso, Texas on June 16th. Murray spent time in prison when he was younger and has turned his life around in recent years. However, his past has meant a delay in getting the necessary visa. Despite being a model citizen these days he cannot get the paperwork rubber stamped in time for a US and Mexican press tour later this month and the fight is now off.
Family man Murray, 29, said: “I’d signed the contract and everything was agreed so to be told I cannot box Chavez Jr because of my past is gut-wrenching. As a human being, I couldn’t have done any more to turn my life around over the last seven years. I have a fantastic wife, Gemma. We two wonderful children Archie and Amelia. They are my life and everything I do is for them.” (more…)
Promoter Frank Warren will stage the first world title show at the Royal Albert Hall in over a decade when British star Nathan Cleverly headlines the legendary venue on April 28. Unbeaten Cleverly, who defeated American Tommy Karpency last month, will make the fourth defence of his WBO World Light-Heavyweight title against the number four ranked Robin Krasniqi, subject to confirmation from the WBO. The 25-year-old from Cefn Fforest will be the first Welshman in a championship title fight at the venue since Joe Calzaghe defeated Stephen Wilson in 1995.
Albanian Krasniqi, who is based in Germany, has a top record of 37 wins from 39 fights and his only two losses were on points early in his career. He won the European WBO title last October with a fourth round stoppage of Abdelkahim Derghal and defended it against Hakim Zoulikha in January, stopping him in the twelfth round. (more…)
European Light Heavyweight Champion Eduard Gutknecht (23-1, 9 KOs) will defend his title against Tony Averlant (17-5-2,4 KOs) on Team Sauerland´s show in Kiel on March 31. It will be Gutknecht´s third title defence since winning the belt in May 2011. The 30-year-old last defeated Vyacheslav Uzelkov in Frankfurt in February. “That was an important victory for me,” Gutknecht stated. “I did exactly what my coach Mr Wegner asked of me. Now I am prepared for a tough fight against Averlant. I was ringside when he won the EU title against Artur Hein last year. He impressed me, he is a good boxer and comes forward all the time. I will be prepared for him and defend my title.” In the main event of the night, Arthur Abraham (33-3, 27 KOs) will take on Piotr Wilczewski (30-2, 10 KOs).
European Super-Middleweight Champion James DeGale (11-1, 8 KOs) will make his mandatory defence against Cristian Sanavia (45-5-1, 13 KOs) on April 21 in Frederikshavn, Denmark. The fight will be co-promoted by Team Sauerland and Italian promoters Round Zero. “DeGale versus Sanavia will be an exciting battle for the European crown,” promoter Nisse Sauerland said. “This is a great addition to the Nordic Fight Night. We are delighted to bring the very best of European boxing to Frederikshavn.” DeGale, who won the gold medal for Great Britain at the 2008 Olympics, will make a first defence of the title he clinched with a majority decision against Piotr Wilczewski in Liverpool last October. Sanavia, a former WBC Super-Middleweight Champion, is convinced that the experience of 51 fights will lift him to victory. “DeGale had a great amateur career but he has never been inside the ring with somebody as experienced as me,” he stated. “This is my last chance to get back to where I belong, which is the very top of the super-middleweight division. I will win on April 21.”
Photos: Box Latino
Four time world champion in as many divisions and current WBC light welterweight champion Erik “Terrible” Morales arrived in Houston, Texas, on Sunday evening for his next assignment and first defense of his title on Saturday. Morales landed with his team comprised of his trainer and father Jose “Olivaritos” Morales, chief second Fernando Fernandez as well as assistants Armando Cardona and Jorge “Choko” Murillo. Morales (52-7, 36KOs) of the Zona Norte of Tijuana, Mexico, will be facing undefeated young lion Danny “Swift” Garcia (22-0, 14KOs) of Philadelphia in a twelve round bout.
On Monday afternoon, Morales made his way to the Savannah Boxing Club to fine tune the last details for his Saturday night engagement. More photos…
It’s been almost fourteen years since Oscar De La Hoya defended his world title at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas. The June 13, 1998, event is still the most watched sporting event in the history of El Paso, with 49,000 fans in attendance and a world-wide TV audience of over 50 million. The Sun Bowl returns to the spotlight Wednesday morning when officials from HBO conduct a site survey of the facilities. According to Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, HBO’s stamp of approval on the Sun Bowl is the last step in finalizing a Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. vs Martin Murray world middleweight championship at the Sun Bowl on June 16.
Should HBO approve the Sun Bowl as the site of the event, El Paso would be showcased live on the network, as well as to over 100 foreign countries. The anticipated world-wide audience would be over 80 million viewers.
Report/photos by Bill Hillmann
Chicagoan Carlos Molina (19-4-2 6 KOs) is set to face James Kirkland (30-1 27 KOs) in his home state of Texas. The bout is a title eliminator for Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s WBC Light Middleweight belt. The bout will air as the co-main event on HBO this Saturday March 23rd. Molina has come up the hard way as much as fighter in the game.
As a child, Molina’s family would gather at their home in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood to watch Julio Cesar Chavez fight. “All our uncles and cousins and cousins’ of cousins would get together the house and cook-up food, the whole day. It was just a big party and everybody get together to see Chavez.” Carlos’s cousin Junior told Fightnews. “Chavez was the man back in the day. He was a huge inspiration to Carlos and all of us.” (more…)
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