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Live from Puerto Rico, native son Juan Manuel Lopez will defend his WBO Featherweight title against tough-as-nails contender Orlando Salido. Saturday, April 16th at 10:30pm ET/PT on SHOWTIME.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Team Morales
Former Mexican world champions Erik “Terrible” Morales and Humberto Gutierrez and current WBC interim super bantamweight female world champion WBC Jackie Nava are currently training together at the Otomi Ceremonial Center in Mexico State. All doing the conditioning phase of their training with the famous Mexican trainer Raul Robles, working on endurance and speed at high altitude.
“Terrible” Morales faces Marcos Maidana on April 9 in Las Vegas, Gutierrez meets WBC super featherweight world champion Takahiro Aoh in Japan on April 8, and Nava will take on Ana Maria Torres on April 16 in Veracruz in a major women’s match. more photos
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Junior lightweight José Pedraza (1-0, 1 KO), the highly touted 2008 Olympian and former amateur star who turned pro in his last fight, will face Corbin Page (1-1) in the main event on March 29 the BB King Blues Club in New York City. He is co-promoted by Javier Bustillo, Gary Shaw and Lou DiBella.
Undefeated Vanes Martirosyan (29-0 18 KO’s) is focused on winning a world championship in 2011. He took the first step towards that goal by scoring a second round knockout on Saturday night over Bladimir Hernandez (18-5, 16 KO’s). Despite his opponent coming in over 6 pounds over the originally contracted weight, Martirosyan had no trouble dispatching his opponent. Less than a week after the knockout victory, the fighter of Armenian decent will be back in the gym on this week as he prepares for the Mexican Saul Roman (34-8, 29KOs) whom he faces on April 23d for the WBC Silver junior middleweight title. The bout will head line a Top Rank Live card that will be televised by Fox Sports. It takes place at the WinStar Casino in Thackerville, OK. (more…)
Simons Promotions will present a seven-bout card billed as “Jason vs. Jason” on April 30 at the New Morgantown Event Center in Morgantown, West Virginia. In the main event, Jason “Ironman” Bergman (15-9, 11 KOs) from Washington, PA and winner of 6 straight bouts, will take on Huntington WV’s undefeated Jason Pettaway (7-0, 4 KOs) in the heavyweight Division. “It’s hard to find guys around here that want to fight either one of the Jasons, so we are going to put them in there with each other and see who the best is,” said promoter Steve Simons. “Pettaway has had 170 amateur bouts and is a 4x Golden Gloves champion, Bergman has been knocking everybody out. It’s going to be one hell of a good fight.”
Also scheduled on the card is lightweight KO sensation Chris Hazimihalis (5-0, 5 KOs) Youngstown, OH and local light heavyweight Eric Watkins (2-0) in separate bouts.
By Andreas Hale
On today’s conference call featuring Michael Katsidis, Robert Guererro and James Kirkland, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer announced that due to Juan Manuel Marquez status being up in the air, April 9th’s bout between Katsidis and Guerrero may be an interim bout for both the WBO and WBA lightweight titles that Marquez holds.
Katsidis: (On taking on another top level fighter after losing to Marquez)
“Why not? It’s for a world title and this is what I’m in the game for. You want to achieve what you can while you are fighting. If the opportunity is there you take it. This is what I do, I fight. I’m not here for a holiday.”
(On When He Overcome The Loss To Marquez)
“(I got over the loss) That night. You get the results and you’re back at it again. I’m happy that I’m fighting again against the #1 lightweight in the world. I’m very happy to hear that this may be for the interim title.”
Guerrero: “It’s going to be a great fight. I’m excited about the fight. This is the first time I’ve been in an actual camp (note: Guerrero has moved his training camp away from home to Las Vegas). You’re going to see a whole different Robert Guerrero. I’m pleased with how training camp is going and everything is falling into place. My thing is to be 100% focused and doing what I have to do to prepare for the fight. I can’t wait to come out and put on a show and showcase a whole new Robert Guerrero.”
Kirkland: “I have a desire for boxing that is unbelievable to the point that I know that I’m going to make it because I now have positive people around me. I know I’ll be world champion. It’s just my drive and desire to fight that will get me there. I’m a true champion because I’ve overcome jail and I know what it takes to win and be a champion. When my time comes I will be world champion.
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By Ron Jackson
South Africa’s Thomas Oosthuizen will have his second crack at winning the IBO super middleweight belt when he meets Evert Bravo of Colombia for the vacant belt at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park on Saturday night. In November last year the southpaw Oosthuizen was rather fortunate receive a draw against Malawian Isaac Chilemba in a clash for the vacant belt. (more…)
The Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinals are set to begin. Andre Ward, Arthur Abraham, Carl Froch and Glen Johnson are all one victory from the tournament final en route to 168-pound supremacy. On Saturday, May 14, Ward will defend his WBA super middleweight world title against European superstar Abraham to kick off the Semifinals of the groundbreaking tournament LIVE on SHOWTIME® at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
The event is co-promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions, Antonio Leonard Productions and Sauerland Event and sponsored by Corona. In the co-featured non-televised portion of the card at The Home Depot Center heavyweight world contender and popular Southern California slugger Cristobal Arreola will try to stay on track for another opportunity of a world championship when he takes on Nagy Aguilera of the Dominican Republic. (more…)
Unbeaten flyweight world champion Susi Kentikian (27-0, 16 KOs) and the former Amateur world champion Jack Culcay (7-0, 4 KOs), both formerly from the Universum stable, have signed a contract with Magdeburg based SES Boxing. They will join the successful team including super champion Natascha Ragosina, triple world champion Ramona Kühne and the youngest German world champion Christina Hammer as well as WBO titlist Robert Stieglitz, IBF champion Jan Zaveck and European champion Lukas Konecny.
The “Killer-Queen” will have her first appearance under the SES flag already this Saturday in Hamburg. The 23 year old WIBF/WBA/WBO champion will face the Mexican Ana Arrazola (19-5-3, 16 KOs) and the fight will be shown live on the internet at www.bild.de (more…)
The kick-off press conference for the first all-female boxing reality show “Todas Contra Mexico” (All Against Mexico) in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico gave the world its first glimpse into the show on Monday afternoon. All 16 of the combatants, which are comprised of eight Mexican female pros and eight from around the world, were dressed to the nines to field questions from the media.
The shows hosts – Female boxing star Maureen “The Real Million Dollar Baby” Shea and well-known Mexican actor Paulo Quevedo – were also on hand to promote the show, which will be produced by MapiTV. (more…)
New Jersey-based trainer Mike “Red” Skownowski reports that training unbeaten NABF and NABO featherweight champion Matt “Sharp Shooter” Remillard for his March 26 showdown against unbeaten IBF #1 contender “Mikey” Garcia, despite being together a little more than month, seems like they’ve been working together for a year. Remillard-Garcia is the 12-round co-feature on Top Rank’s “Featherweight Fury,” airing live on HBO After Dark from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
The 24-year-old Remillard (23-0, 14 KOs) has been at training camp with his new trainer, “Mike Red,” Skownowski, in Passaic, New Jersey. The WBA #3, WBO #4 and WBC #5 rated Remillard puts his NABF and NABO title belts on the line against USBA titlist Garcia (24-0, 20 KOs). (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBO #15 Ryan Waters (20-3-2, 12 KOs) will clash with former IBF world champion Gairy St Clair (42-10-2, 18 KOs) will clash over twelve rounds at the Cronulla Sutherland Leagues Club, Cronulla, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Friday with vacant WBA Pan African light middleweight title up for grabs. Waters talks to Fightnews about his most recent bout with former WBA 168 pound champion Anthony Mundine and also how he expects a tough fight from St Clair who held the world IBF title and had crowd pleasing fights with Diego Corrales and Vivian Harris.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The Uruguayan Boxing Federation decided on Monday to declare a no contest in Saturday’s bout in Montevideo, Uruguay, between Uruguayan Chris “Bombon Asesino” Namus (14-1, 6 KOs) and Spaniard Loly Muñoz (9-8-1, 6 KOs) after a very controversial majority decision win by the local boxer. Both fans and the press alike expressed outrage saying that Munoz had a ‘clear superiority’ throughout the fight and the outcome ‘hurt not only the credibility in the judges but the whole of Uruguayan boxing,’ prompting the government, through the ministry of Turisimo and Sports, to request the change.
Two of the three judges scored for Namus by 97-93 and 96-95 and a third had it a draw. The 23-year-old Namus is one of the country’s sports idols and holds the WPBF female light welterweight title.
The main event has changed for the Hitz Boxing Fight Night event on Saturday, April 9, at the Venue in the Horseshoe Casino, in Hammond, Indiana. Undefeated Ghanaian knockout artist Abdulai Amidu (19-0, 17 KOs) will now face Troy, Missouri, power puncher Brandon “The Business” Baue (12-5, 10 KOs) for the WBC Continental Americas Junior Middleweight Title. (more…)
WBO NABO Super Flyweight Champion César “Junito” Seda (20-0, 15 KOs) looked comfortable this morning at the Olympic Village in Salinas Puerto Rico, coming in at 128 1/4 pounds for his first pre-fight weigh-in for his world title fight against Omar Narvaez (33-0-2, 19 KOs) on April 15 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Seda had been required to weigh no more than 132.5 pounds (15% above 115). (more…)
Monthly meetings featuring high-profile speakers has spiked RING 8’s membership count as the New York-based group gathers at the historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City on the third Tuesday of each month, excluding July and August. (more…)
WBO NABO Super Flyweight Champion César “Junito” Seda (20-0, 15 KOs) looked comfortable this morning at the Olympic Village in Salinas Puerto Rico, coming in at 128 1/4 pounds for his first pre-fight weigh-in for his world title fight against Omar Narvaez (33-0-2, 19 KOs) on April 15 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (more…)
Two explosive fights showcasing four of the most exciting fighters in the world will serve as co-features for the live finale of Spike TV’s The Ultimate Fighter®: Team Lesnar vs. Team dos Santos on Saturday, June 4 at 9 p.m. ET. Emanating from the Pearl at The Palms Casino and Resort in Las Vegas, lightweights Anthony “Showtime” Pettis (11-1) meets Clay Guida (28-8), while Jeremy Stephens (19-6) takes on The Ultimate Fighter season 12 winner Jonatahan Brookins (13-3). (more…)
Today, a Nevada federal district court denied a bid to dismiss Manny Pacquiao’s defamation lawsuit. Pacquiao sued Oscar de la Hoya, Golden Boy’s CEO Richard Schaefer, and Floyd Mayweather, and others for falsely accusing him of taking performance enhancing drugs. The defendants responded to the lawsuit by asking the judge to dismiss it, saying their statements were merely opinions. A federal judge disagreed, and the case will now go forward.
Pacquiao is represented by Daniel Petrocelli and David Marroso of Los Angeles-based O’Melveny & Myers. Petrocelli said, ” We are extremely pleased with the Court’s decision. Manny is looking forward to his day in court and to put an end to these irresponsible accusations.”
Dominican IBF No. 3 junior welterweight Victor Cayo (26-1, 18 KOs), whose only loss is to Marcos Maidana, is likely to fight No. 3 Tim Coleman (18-1-1, 5 KOs), of Baltimore, Maryland, in an IBF elimination bout April 29 in the main event of a card held at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. The eliminator is slated to be the main event of an ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” card.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Kamil Krzaczyński
“Vitali Klitschko needed to fight Odlanier Solis to be prepared for smaller, quicker fighters – like me. Three minutes in the ring did not help WBC champ at all. Maybe this is why his manager wants to have him fight again, in June, just three months before our scheduled fight in Poland. But I wonder if this will actually happen”-said Tomasz Adamek (43-1, 28 KOs), preparing for his upcoming fight against Kevin McBride (35-8, 29 KOs) in Pennsylvania and sharing his thoughts about what happened in Cologne and why upcoming months will decide which Klitschko brother he will fight in his native country. (more…)
Many of the most exciting boxers today reside in the sports’ lighter weight divisions and on March 26 in the Adrian Phillips Ballroom at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, six of them will take center stage and battle for titles in “Featherweight Fury!” Yuriorkis Gamboa will defend his WBA featherweight title against interim Super Featherweight Champion Jorge Solis; undefeated NABF & NABO champion Matt ‘Sharp Shooter’ Remillard of Manchester, Conn. will defend his featherweight titles against #1-ranked Mikey Garcia of Oxnard, Calif.; and Teon Kennedy of Philadelphia will defend his USBA Jr Featherweight crown against Jorge “Exit 9” Diaz of New Brunswick, N.J. Also Tommy Zbikowski, former Chicago Gold Gloves finalist, Notre Dame football team captain and All-American, third-round pick of and current Baltimore Ravens safety, keeping busy during the NFL lockout, will fight for the second time in three weeks. (more…)
Sampson Boxing LLC President, Sampson Lewkowicz has announced a rematch between WBO Jr. Middleweight Champion Hanna Gabriel, of Costa Rica, and Mexico’s Melisenda Pérez, to take place Thursday, March 31 during Inauguration Week at the Costa Rica National Stadium in San José, Costa Rica. In the co-main, for the IBF super bantamweight title, Las Vegas’ Melinda Cooper will take on Ada “Ace” Velez, of Hollywood, Fla. (more…)
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® returns to the Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas on Saturday, June 4 with a stacked card headlined by a pivotal lightweight clash between Anthony “Showtime” Pettis and Clay “The Carpenter” Guida. The winner of this highly-anticipated bout is expected to emerge as a top contender to the UFC lightweight title.
A winner of two straight and 10 of his last 11 fights, WBO#11 Tommy Karpency (21-2 14kos) is ready and willing to step in as the challenger for WBO champ Marco Huck (30-1) in his title defense on April 2 in Germany. Karpency’s longtime manager Pat Nelson states, “After coming off a 1st round destruction of durable Philly veteran Andre Hemphill last month, Karpency returned right back to the gym; he is both passported and presently at weight,” Nelson added.
By Francisco Salazar
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
An attractive bout between unbeaten fighters will not be taking place on Friday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA. Efrain Esquivias (12-0, 8 KO’s) will now be facing veteran John Albert Molina in the eight round main event on the Thompson Boxing Promotions card.
Sherali Dostiev, who was a two-time Olympian for Tajikistan, was scheduled to face Esquivias in a battle of former amateur standouts. According to Thompson Boxing General Manager Alex Camponovo, Dostiev’s management made unrealistic and unprofessional demands for his fighter leading up to the fight. (more…)
Super middleweight champ, Lucian Bute hung on to his belt despite a tenacious opponent, Brian Magee, who kept fans on the edge of their seats by rebounding through multiple knockdowns by Bute to advance to the 10th round. Catch the replay Tuesday, March 22 at 10PM on SHOWTIME EXTREME.
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko has published a video where he states his view on his one round win against Odlanier Solis last Saturday in Cologne, Germany.
Photos: Don de Guzman
Pound for pound best Manny Pacquiao trains at the Shape Up Gym in Baguio City, Philippines. His May 7 WBO welterweight title defense against Shane Mosley is now just 47 days away. Click here for more photos…
Photo by G Lemiechowicz
The red and white colors of Poland will proudly be on display in Philadelphia on April 1 when undefeated Polish boxers Patrick “The Machine” Majewski and Kamil Laszczyk return to action in separate bouts at the Asylum Arena as part of KEA Boxing’s “Unfinished Business” card. Majewski, a 31-year-old middleweight with a record of (15-0, 10 KOs), of Atlantic City, NJ by way of Radom, Poland bears a striking resemblance in appearance and fighting style to Polish national boxing icon Tomasz Adamek. Majewski’s most recent performance – a final round knockout of Eddie Caminero in December of last year – came on an Adamek undercard, which further bolstered Majewski’s growing popularity with boxing fans. (more…)
IBF Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester (34-3-1, 16 KOs) will return to the ring on May 7 when he defends his title against mandatory challenger Daniel Geale (24-1, 15 KOs) in Neubrandenburg, Germany. The two camps struck a deal last weekend before the official purse bid was due. It will be Sylvester´s first fight since a clear points victory over Mahir Oral last October. A virus infection forced him to pull out of his clash with Mehdi Bouadla in January. “It was not a good start to the year but I took a long break and now I am ready to fight again,” Sylvester said. “I really look forward to returning to Neubrandenburg. I have to make up for the late cancellation last time with an entertaining performance and a big win.”
Geale comes off a spectacular TKO victory over former world champion Roman Karmazin in his home country Australia. He boasts a record of 24 victories with just one loss (15 KOs). “I am prepared for a tough challenge,” Sylvester added. As the top-ranked contender, Geale poses a big threat. But I will defend my title.”
WBO cruiserweight champion Marco “Captain” Huck is looking for a new opponent after Giacobbe Fragomeni suffered a cut while sparring. Huck is scheduled to defend on April 2 at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle / Westfalen, Germany. “This weekend we received the information that Fragomeni was a cut in sparring and won’t heal fast enough,” said Chris Meyer, Sauerland Event’s Managing Director. “We immediately began searching for other potential opponents who are in training. We’re confident that we’ll soon be able to announce another challenger.”
The event at the Gerry Weber Stadium will definitely go ahead with a major heavyweight bout featuring unbeaten Robert Helenius against former WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter, as well as a clash for the vacant European light heavyweight championship between Artur Hein and Tony Averland.
“It’s important that viewers get a good fight to see,” stated Huck. “I doesn’t who I am in the ring against. The main thing is that the fans get their their money’s worth and on April 2 I will do my paert to help in any case.”
Former world heavyweight champion and 1996 Bellarusian Olympian, Sergei “The White Wolf” Liakhovich, has some unfinished business to take care of starting when the consummate boxer-puncher returns to the ring April 9th for the first time in nearly a year.
The 34-year-old Liakhovich (25-3, 16 KOs), rated No. 13 by the WBC, takes on Johnnie White (22-4, 18 KOs) in the ten round co-feature on the Main Events “The Last Big Hurdle” card headlined by Tomas Adamek versus Kevin McBride, at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.
Report by Rob Kravantka
Photos by Ed Mulholland
As the UFC continues its pursuit to get sanctioned in New York, with events and billboards in the most famous city during the week, the culminating events of UFC 128 wrote a storybook finale as Jon “Bones” Jones at the young age of 23 defeats Mauricio “Shogan” Rua for the Light Heavyweight belt in the UFC . . . Click here for more
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