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The city and local boxing scene of Albuquerque, N.M., continues to mourn the death of its “hometown champion,” Johnny Tapia. Team Tapia has opened up their doors 24/7 for anyone wishing to stop by the gym to pay respects and share memories of the fallen fighter. Though funeral services are not yet final, a memorial has been set for Albuquerque’s largest venue, The Pit at UNM, for Sunday night, June 3. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and a public viewing will begin at 6:30 to 7:45, followed by an 8 p.m. memorial service. The Tapia team and family request fans and friends to “Please come and celebrate Johnny’s life and remember who Johnny truly was: a loving and caring person who represented Albuquerque and boxing to the fullest.. God bless all of you and thank you everyone for your support.” For updates on the memorial service, call 505-221-5694. – Chris Cozzone. Photo by Jose Leon Castillo
Mads Larsen (51-3, 38 KOs) and Luke Blackledge (9-0, 3 KOs) today faced the press in Copenhagen before travelling on to Herning where they will collide at the Nordic Fight Night on Saturday. Promoter Nisse Sauerland is thrilled to see the “Golden Boy” back in the ring. “It´s great to have Mads back in action,” he said. “Our German coaches and his training partners in Berlin have all been full of praise for him. I can see why – he looks in great shape and I am sure he will take care of business against Blackledge on Saturday. If he wins, there will be a lot of interesting options, but first things first – a victory over Blackledge is a must.” (more…)
Jr. bantamweight David Quijano (14-2, 9 KOs) of Caguas, Puerto Rico will face Raul Hidalgo (17-6, 13 KOs) of Chihuahua, Mexico in another classic matchup between Puerto Rico and Mexico scheduled for twelve rounds with the vacant WBO Latin title at stake on June 15 at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida. The bout will headline a Boxeo Telemundo telecast.
Also in action are local prospects Luis “Cuatito” Torres of Kissimmee, FL via Mexico, Roger Rosa of Oviedo, FL via Brazil, Angel Martinez of Miami, FL via Puerto Rico and Federico Vega of Kissimmee, FL.
Doors open 7:30 PM, First bell at 8:30 PM. Telemundo Network available in HD will televise the main event at 11:35 PM EST live. The show is being presented by Tuto Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc. The Quijano-Hidalgo bout is in association with PR Best Boxing. Tickets are already on sale from only $15.00 at Kissimmee Civic Center 201 E. Dakin Ave, Downtown Kissimmee, FL or by calling 407-935-1412.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: Team Freitas
Everything is ready at the Conrad Casino and Resort in Punta del Este, Uruguay for Saturday’s clash between the last great figure of Brazilian boxing Arcelino “Popo” Freitas (38-2, 32 KOs) in his retirement fight against new Brazilian hero Michael Oliveira (17-0, 12 KOs). The 36-year-old Freitas, a former super featherweight and lightweight world champion with 15 world title fights, is returning as a middleweight after five years out of the ring. The fight is scheduled for ten rounds and Freitas has vowed to knock out the 14-years-younger Oliveira for trying to make a name for himself at Popo’s expense. Freitas is now a Brazilian congressman.
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel announced today the referees and judges who will work this Saturday, June 2, in the 105 and 108 pounds world title bouts to be held in Mexico and Philippines.
For WBO minimumweight champion Moises Fuentes (14-1, 6 KOs) first defense against #11 ranked Julio Cesar Felix (17-3, 7 KOs), the referee will be Russell Mora, from United States. The judges are Fabricio Lopez and Victor Salomon, from Mexico, and Raul Caiz Jr., from United States. WBO supervisor for this bout will be Rafael Lopez Santos.
For the fight between jr flyweight champion Donnie Nietes (33-1-3, 16 KOs) and #7 ranked Felipe Salguero (16-2-1, 9 KOs) the referee will be Raul Caiz Sr., from United States. The judges for the Nietes-Salguero bout, are Salven Lagumbay, Muhammad Rois and Sawaeng Thaweekoon. WBO supervisor for this fight will be Leon Panoncillo Jr.
Sadam “The World Kid” Ali (14-0, 8 KOs) returns to the ring for the first time in 9 months on June 2nd in a ten round welterweight bout against Dominican native Franklin Gonzalez (15-9, 10 KOs) at the Aviator Sports Complex in his hometown of Brooklyn, NY.
Ali, the first and only Arab-American boxer to represent the United States in the Olympics and the first New Yorker since former heavyweight champ Riddick Bowe to qualify for an Olympic team, will add another first to his resume on June 2nd, as the Bedford-Stuyvesant prospect will debut as a promoter on his own card. (more…)
It was the chocolate.
Specifically, the Hershey Kisses that rained over those in attendance at ringside.
That’s when it became clear that the fighter celebrating in the ring could be something special.
Of course, it was initially obvious that something special was happening by the skills displayed in the recently concluded fight.
But in the moments after his numerous victories in New York City, when middleweight Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin would dig deep into a big bag of chocolates to disperse to the audience, it became apparent that Quillin had the potential to be something besides just another talented fighter. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
The 29th Annual IBF Convention officially kicked off Tuesday night in Honolulu, Hawai’i. A cocktail reception got things underway on the Rainbow Patio of the host hotel Hilton Hawaiian Village on Waikiki Beach. IBF President Darryl Peoples welcomed ring officials, promoters and delegates from around the world as the governing body commences it’s thirtieth year of existence. Delegates began descending upen the tropical paradise during the last two days for meetings, ring officials seminar, medical seminar, and more. Later today will be a guided tour of Pearl Harbor and an evening “Meet the Champs” reception. Stay tuned for daily reports and photos. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
One source has indicated that the WBA Panamanian cruiserweight world champion Guillermo Jones is requesting special permission from the WBA to fight journeyman Joell Godfrey (14-7-1, 6 KOs) in a ten round heavyweight bout on June 23. However Jones is due to make a mandatory defense against Dennis Lebedev. The WBA will consider Jones’ request and respond within 10 days.
Vitali Klitschko’s long time trainer Fritz Sdunek has been quoted on a Russian boxing website stating that “Vitali Klitschko would eat Marco Huck alive.” WBO Cruiserweight champion Huck says he is surprised by the statement. “I respect Mr. Sdunek a lot but I am surely no snack for either Klitschko brother,” says Huck. “I guess there was a mistake in the translation. You only have to look at all the names currently discussed as possible opponents for Vitali for September to know that I would be a far better option than any of the guys they are talking about. At least I always come to fight.
“I know that I didn’t have my best day against Ola Afolabi – but I hung in there and defended my title. A fight against either Klitschko brother would be a completely different story. Afolabi was a mandatory fight, so I did what I had to do.
If Fritz Sdunek wants to know what a fight between me and Vitali would look like he should watch the tape of me beating up Alexander Povetkin. That is the kind of Marco Huck Vitali would need to be ready for. And he would look as clumsy as Povetkin who was a huge favourite against me as well. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao runs in Griffith Park in Los Angeles with Team Pacquiao in the early hours as he prepares for his upcoming world welterweight title mega-fight against undefeated jr. welterweight champion Timothy “The Desert Storm” Bradley Jr. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Tecate, AT&T and MGM Grand, Pacquiao vs Bradley will take place, Saturday, June 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, live on HBO Pay Per View. (more…)
IBO cruiserweight kingpin Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (29-6, 20 KO’s) hosted a workout for the Southern California media at The Rock in Carson, California, on Tuesday as he winds down preparations for Saturday’s Showtime-televised grudge match against unbeaten Lateef Kayode (18-0, 14 KO’s) at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.
Antonio Tarver: “He’s never fought anyone with my speed, my power. The chin is not a muscle – when you get hit you get knocked out. He has a hell of a fight on his hands and I don’t think he’s prepared for it. He wouldn’t listen to my advice when I gave it to him [as a commentator] on ShoBox and now he’s going to go back to school. I’ll teach him a few things on Saturday.” (more…)
WBC middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has started his own boxing promotions company. It was announced yesterday in Junior’s hometown of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico, that the first card of “Chávez Jr. Promotions” will take place June 8 in the city’s Parque Revolución Arena. Headlining will be a middleweight ten-rounder between Saul Roman and Alfredo Contreras. The event was announced by promoter Lorena Beltran representing Chavez, who is away training for his June 16 clash with Andy Lee. Beltran stated that this is a project that Junior had in mind for two and a half years.
The Rose Garden Arena in Portland, Ore will host STRIKEFORCE® when it returns to the Pacific Northwest with STRIKEFORCE®: ROCKHOLD vs. KENNEDY announced for Saturday, July 14. Current STRIKEFORCE middleweight champ Luke Rockhold will meet U.S. Army Green Beret and number one contender Tim Kennedy for a five-round bout live on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Undefeated Jr. Welterweight champion Timothy “The Desert Storm” Bradley Jr. spoke with reporters during a jam-packed media day Tuesday at the Fortune Gym in Hollywood. Bradley is in the midst of his final preparations for his upcoming World Welterweight title mega-fight against superstar Manny Pacquiao. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Tecate, AT&T and MGM Grand, Pacquiao vs Bradley will take place, Saturday, June 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, live on HBO Pay Per View. More photos…
Welterweight prospects Joseph Elegele (12-1, 10 KOs) and Lanard Lane (13-1, 8 KOs) will meet in the co-main event of the card headlined by the WBA light heavyweight world championship fight between Beibut Shumenov and Enrique Ornelas on Saturday night at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev., both of which will be televised live on FOX Sports Net and FOX Deportes. In another notable bout, WBA #15 welterweight Ravshan Hudaynazarov (15-0, 12 KOs) fights current WBO Latino welterweight champion Euri “Millon” Gonzalez (20-1-1, 14 KOs).
Current Australian super welterweight champion Tyrone Tongia will put off his training for a week or, as he’ll board a plane from Brisbane, Australia next Monday, and head to Southern California to join nearly 20 other “future promoters” at the 8th session of Fight Promoter University, June 5-8.
Tongia, 29, sports a solid 18-2 pro boxing record including nine knockouts, isn’t finished with his career in the ring just yet, but he wants to prepare himself for this next career outside the ring, so he feels his investment in attending FPU will pay off nicely.
Space is still available at FPU VIII and for information and to register go to www.fightpromoteruniversity.com.
After reading reports that came out this weekend that Paul Williams was in a horrible motorcycle accident, which has left the former welterweight and junior middleweight world champion paralyzed from the waist down, a shocked and saddened middleweight champion, Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez commented on the tragic event.
“Upon learning of Paul’s injuries, I was deeply saddened,” said Martinez, who twice shared the ring with Williams, with their first epic battle being named Fight of the Year for 2010. “When you are in the ring with a real champion, you know it, and Paul Williams was a very great champion, in every sense of the word. Paul and his family are in my thoughts and prayers through this very difficult time.”
A light heavyweight world championship showdown has been confirmed for August 11 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada, when undefeated IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud (24-0, 19 KOs), of Tallahassee, Fla., defends his title against popular hometown favorite and former WBC light heavyweight titleholder Jean Pascal (26-2-1, 16 KOs). The co-feature will match budding Canadian knockout artist Adonis “Superman” Stevenson, (18-1, 15 KOs) of Montreal against an opponent to be announced in a super middleweight bout. Showtime will televise.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Looks like WBA regular flyweight world champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (33-2, 25 KOs) could next face WBA interim flyweight titleholder Juan Carlos Reveco (28-1, 16 KOs). A source revealed that the WBA has notified promoters Mario Arano (Reveco) and Fernando Beltran (Marquez) to commence negotiations for a mandatory bout between two boxers. According to the source talks shall begin on June 16 and run until July 16. If no agreement is reached, the WBA will call a purse bid. The fight would likely be held in Argentina or Mexico in September or October.
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