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In a battle of the undefeated, WBC middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik will defend his crown against the Son of the Legend, Julio César Chávez, Jr., the WBC’s #1 contender and mandatory challenger on June 4 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles – just a few blocks north of the Olympic Auditorium where the legendary Julio César Chávez won his first world title.
“The Son Also Rises: Zbik vs. Chávez, Jr.” will also feature a tribute to Chávez, Sr., who will be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame the following week, as well as the Los Angeles boxing debut of Baltimore Ravens safety and undefeated cruiserweight Tommy Zbikowski, and the return of WBC female super welterweight champion Christy Martin, seeking her landmark 50th career victory.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions and Universum, tickets are priced at $250, $150, $100, $75 and $50, and are on sale now. Available at Ticketmaster or at the STAPLES Center box office. Call 800-745-3000.
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Jhonny Gonzalez received his new WBC green belt from President Jose Sulaiman belt accrediting him as the new WBC featherweight monarch today the WBC Headquarters in Mexico City.
“I am very happy to have won this championship after four months of intense preparation and I think the effort was well rewarded with the belt of the world’s largest organization,” Jhonny said to the WBC Executive Secretary Mauricio Sulaiman.
Preview by Mariano A. Agmi
Andre Berto (27-0, 21 KOs) defends his WBC welterweight championship against “Vicious” Victor Ortiz (28-2, 22 KOs) on Saturday, April 16th at Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
The bout, dubbed “East-West Showdown,” pits two charismatic, explosive young fighters whom HBO previously identified as future stars in the sport against one another. However, despite all of the hype and natural talent, Berto and Ortiz have also suffered through steady criticism from the media and fans alike leading up to this fight, albeit for different reasons. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
The super welterweight elimination bout between contenders Vanes Martirosyan and Saul Roman will now take place on June 4th at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told Fightnews.com on Tuesday afternoon. “We had to push the fight back from April 23rd to June 4th because Vanes had a case of the flu recently,” said Arum. The Martirosyan-Roman bout was originally scheduled to take place at the WinStar Casino in Thackerville, OK. The bout was to headline a “Top Rank Live” card, but was pushed back five weeks due to Martirosyan’s illness. (more…)
Italian company OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) announced today in Milan at a press conference a long term deal with Italian TV network SPORTITALIA. In attendance at the press conference were former World champions Giacobbe Fragomeni and Silvio Branco plus WBC International welterweight champion Phil Lo Greco (20-0, 11 KOs) and prospects Luca “Black Mamba” Giacon (14-0, 14 KOs) and Antonio “Big” Moscatiello (10-0, 9 KOs).
Four-time world title challenger Khoren Gevor has personally apologized to referee Manfred Küchler, whom he threw several punches at and later ripped verbally after being disqualified in the 10th round of his WBO world super middleweight championship fight on Saturday against Robert Stieglitz.
“My emotions got the best of me,” said Gevor. “This has never happened to me before and should never happen in a boxing ring. I’ve apologized to Mr. Küchler. I shouldn’t have reacted that way. However, I also told him that I still can’t understand why I was disqualified. Robert and I clashed heads, then he clinched and we fell together. There was certainly no foul on my part and I think everybody who has seen the television replays can confirm this. I never headbutted Robert as we laid on the canvas. There are people claiming this, but this is wrong. Nevertheless, I shouldn’t have lost it like I did afterward. I am very sorry.” (more…)
Photo and report by Daniel Hiller/FIGOSport
Unbeaten former light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion Zsolt Erdei will make his second U.S. appearance on the June 4 card in Atlantic City headlined by the Super Six semi-final clash between Carl Froch and Glen Johnson. Erdeis opponent has not been named.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos: Johnny Chaichotchuang
Former world rated Fahsai Sakkreerin (33-2, 17 KOs) forced a stoppage win over Egyptian champion Mohammed Metualy (16-5, 3 KOs) at the conclusion of round five after the ringside doctor ruled the Egyptian boxer was not fit to continue due to injuries sustained with the IBF Pan Pacific 130 pound title up for grabs at the Bangkok Bus Terminal in Bangkok, Thailand on Monday. Metualy came to fight and swapped heavy blows with his Thai opponent from round one. In round five Sakkreerin stepped up a gear and attacked the body of Metualy and had him on the canvas but the visitor survived to hear the bell but was ruled unfit to continue. For more details and photos click here…
By Ricardo Conde
World ranked welterweight contender Alfonso Gomez (22-4-2, 11 KOs) of Mexico, training under the guidance of his father Alfonso Gomez Sr. at the Maywood Boxing Club in Maywood, California, will headline and take on Calvin Green (21-5-1, 13 KOs) of Baytown, Texas on Saturday May 21st at the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa in Cabazon, California in a 10-round welterweight bout which is being presented by Top Rank.
Gomez famed for season one of the reality show ‘The Contender’ was scheduled to face ‘The Son of the Legend’ Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (42-0-1, 30KOs) in a 12-round title fight back in December at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA but was forced to withdraw from the fight after an MRI detected a ligament tear in his left elbow, this will be his first bout since suffering that injury. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
English boxing trainer Rian Munton, who is now based in Thailand training IBF #6 bantamweight Tantong Kiattaweesuk and formerly world rated Fahsai Sakkreerin, talks to Fightnews about how he is confident his fighters can win world titles and also about their training camp in Bangkok.
2007 Amateur world champion and 2008 US Olympian Demetrius Andrade (12-0, 8KO’s) will look to take another step up the jr. middleweight ranks when he opens up the April 22nd ESPN “Friday Night Fights” telecast against once beaten, Omar Bell (8-1, 5KO’s) at Mohegan Sun, in Uncasville, CT. Headlining the show, which is promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, will be an intriguing ten round match-up between jr. welterweights Bayan “The Mongolian Mongoose” Jargal (15-1-3, 10KO’s) and “Khanqueror” Breidis Prescott (23-2, 19KO’s).
Story by Mariano A. Agmi
Luis Collazo (30-4, 15 KOs) makes his eagerly anticipated return to the ring on Wednesday, April 13, against journeyman Franklin Gonzalez (13-8, 9 KOs) at the Coney Island’s Oceana Restaurant in Brooklyn, New York.
The last time fans saw Collazo, the crafty southpaw pushed WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto to the limit in an HBO televised “Fight of the Year” candidate to kick off 2009 . . . Click here for more
In a battle between former world title challengers, Rey Bautista (30-2, 23 KOs) of the Philippines will face Heriberto Ruiz (46-10-2, 28 KOs) of Mexico June 11th in a rematch. The bout is scheduled for 12 rounds and the IBF International featherweight title. Site of the match will be the Cebu City Waterfront Hotel & Casino, Barangay Lahug, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines. The two fought in 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada where Ruiz dropped Bautista in round three of that bout in route to winning a unanimous decision.
After a spirited 60-minute media workout Monday at the Activity Center here, former IBF bantamweight champion Yonnhy Perez (20-1-1, 14 KOs), of Santa Fe Springs, proclaimed himself fit and ready for his important 12-round fight against two-division world champion Vic Darchinyan (35-3-1, 27 KOs), of Sydney, Australia, in The Bantamweight Tournament: Winner Takes All on Saturday, April 23 LIVE on SHOWTIME® (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles.
In the tournament finals, Joseph King Kong Agbeko (28-2, 22 KOs), of the Bronx, N.Y. will defend his IBF 118-pound title against undefeated rising star Abner Mares (21-0-1, 13 KOs), of Hawaiian Gardens, Calif. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Photo: Felipe Leon
A growing number of boxing writers, particularly on the West Coast, have been taking notice of lightweight Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (21-0-1, 11 KOs), fighting out of San Diego by way of Cebu in the Philippines. One such writer calls Gesta, “The best Filipino boxer you’ve never heard of.” While others consider that it is a question of time before the young Filipino southpaw follows the foot steps of Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire. “We are not there yet, but I can assure you that Mercito is the next Filipino sensation and world champion,” says manager Vince Parra confidently. (more…)
Gary Shaw of Gary Shaw Productions is proud to announce the signing of Venezuelan former WBA Interim Bantamweight Champion and current WBA #6 super bantamweight Nehomar Cermeño (20-3, 12 KOs) to a co-promotional deal with Panama-based Rogelo Espino of Promociones Y Eventos del Istmo. 31-year-old Cermeño is a former Olympian and one of Venezuela’s most popular fighters. He is best known for two close split decision losses to WBA champ Anselmo Moreno.
By Francisco Salazar
Unbeaten lightweight Carlos Molina will face former two-time world title challenger Angel Chacon on May 20th, manager Frank Espinoza told Fightnews.com. The bout will take place at the Hangar on the grounds of the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, CA. The bout will be scheduled for eight rounds and will be televised on Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate.” (more…)
Quotes from WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto in advance of Saturday’s title defense at Foxwoods against Victor Orti from his training camp in Winter Haven, Florida:
“This training camp has to be one of my best thus far, simply because I have been staying in shape during my off time with my strength-and-conditioning coach, Cleveland Berto. So, when training camp came around, I got in rhythm within the second week. As the weeks go on, I’m feeling stronger, faster and more conditioned. I am ready to get in the ring.”
“I always work hard in training camp. He’s a southpaw with power, so we have to prepare and tweak a couple of things to get ready for the fight.”
“I work harder and harder as fight night gets closer. We do two-a-days, swim three times a week, run and go to the boxing gym every day.”
“I need to do what I’ve been doing: stay sharp, smart and, of course, be the last man standing.”
Following in the footsteps of Puerto Rican legends like Gomez, Trinidad, and Cotto, the undefeated Juan Manuel Lopez has taken the boxing world by storm. Watch the best of JuanMa’s 27 KOs, and prepare for his latest match against Orlando Salido on April 16th at 10:30pm ET/PT on SHOWTIME.
WBO interim light heavyweight titlist Nathan Cleverly has been sparring exclusively with southpaws to prepare for his May 21 challenge to WBO world champion Jurgen Braehmer at The O2 in London. “I think I’ve watched every fight that Braehmer has ever had, and I’ve had guys in the gym replicating his style,” stated Cleverly. “I’m going to get some quality sparring with one of the best southpaws in the country with James DeGale. And I think I learned at the hands of the master as well when I grew up with Joe Calzaghe. He’s one of the best southpaws of all time, and the experience I got from facing him in the gym when I was just 18 will stand me in good stead against Braehmer. “I’ve always enjoyed facing southpaws. I’ve not come up against too many in the pros, but I’ve dealt with them in the gym, and I’ll deal with Braehmer on May 21.”
Tickets are on sale now for the Super Six semifinal clash between WBC super middleweight champion Carl “Cobra” Froch and Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson at the Adrian Phillips Ballroom at historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Tickets, priced at $300, $150, $100, and $50, can be purchased through the Boardwalk Hall ticket office and Ticketmaster. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.ticketmaster.com/, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, at any Ticketmaster retail outlet or in person at Boardwalk Hall box office.
“The Super Six is all about exciting fights, and no one brings the excitement like Glen Johnson and Carl Froch,” said Lou DiBella. “No fight fan will forget being in the building for this event.” Froch vs. Johnson, The Super Six World Boxing Classic semifinal, is presented by DiBella Entertainment and Warriors Boxing, in association with Caesar’s Atlantic City. The bout will be televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing.
Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing will bring live professional boxing back on a regular basis to the historic Paradise Theater starting on Thursday May 5th. “I’m thrilled to get the Punchin at the Paradise series up and running on a regular basis. There is nothing more enjoyable to me then to be able to produce quality boxing events right here in the Bronx,” stated DeGuardia, who was born and raised in the Bronx, and has run his successful law firm and Star Boxing out of the borough since 1992. “We have five dates locked in already,” added DeGuardia, who believes the series has the potential to be “one of the most popular boxing series on the entire East Coast.”
Below are the scheduled dates for the 2011 Paradise Series:
1. Thursday May 5th
2. Thursday July 7th
3. Thursday October 6th
4. Thursday December 1st
5. Open date – roaming date for TV
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican female world champions Ana Maria “La Guerrera” Torres and Irma “Guerita” Sanchez and their teams have arrived in Veracruz, for their world title defenses on Saturday. Torres, the WBC super flyweight champion, will meet WBC interim super bantamweight champion Jackie Nava for the vacant WBA super bantamweight belt at a catch weight of 120lbs. Sanchez defends her IBF female light flyweight belt against Jessica Chavez. The card is billed as “Reinas en Guerra” (Queens at War) and will be presented by Zanfer and HG Promotions at the World Trade Center in Boca del Rio, Veracruz.
David Haye’s sparring partner Fres Oquendo will fight in Prizefighter International Heavyweights on Saturday 7 May at London’s Alexandra Palace – after the Hayemaker recommended him to promoter Eddie Hearn. “Adam made the call saying that David thought Fres deserved a shot at Prizefighter,” said Hearn. “Fres has been in with some of the biggest names in boxing and how can I turn down a request from our own Heavyweight champion!” Oquendo is coming off a split decision loss to Oliver McCall in December. Other named competitors are Michael Sprott, Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson, Mike Perez and Konstantin Airich.
A year ago, undefeated prospect Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin packed his bags and headed West, moving from Brooklyn to Los Angeles in what can only be described as a culture shock experience. Quillin, who was rated as high as IBF #5 before a series of unfortunate circumstances (broken hand, hairline fracture of eye socket and emergency appendectomy) shelved him for 18 months, is now handled by multiple Trainer of the Year, Freddie Roach, at his famed Wild Card Gym.
“I moved to LA for my boxing career and it’s made a huge difference,” the personable son of a Cuban father and African-American mother said. “Quality sparring is the big difference. Anytime you’re in Wild Card you could end-up sparring with world champions, former champions or up-and-comers. I’ve sparred with Gennady Golovkin (WBA middleweight champion), Julio Chavez Jr. (WBC middleweight title challenger), Mathew Macklin (European middleweight champion), Craig McEwan and others.” (more…)
South Side Promotions, in association with American Fighting Organization, DiBella Entertainment and Mark Vaz Boxing present the first professional boxing card for 2011 in the State of Massachusetts on April 16th at the Massachusetts National Guard Armory in Dorchester. (more…)
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Former welterweight and junior middleweight champion Daniel Santos (32-4-1, 23 KOs) will return to action on June 10 in New York City on a card coinciding with the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade. Santos has not fought since losing his title against Yuri Foreman in November 2009, but recently resumed his career, sparring with Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martinez who went on to score a resounding knockout in his fight with Sergei Dzinziruk.
By Matt Richardson
Welterweight contender Dmitriy Salita remembers the words clearly. “You know how to take care of yourself now,” Salita’s longtime corner man and trainer Jimmy O’Pharrow told him before his two most recent fights. O’Pharrow, long a staple in the career of Salita, did not attend the former title challenger’s last two bouts.
“Jimmy O, the great man and visionary that he was, did not work my corner for the last two fights and prepared me to be functional when such a day would come,” Salita recalls. “He called me before my last two fights and told me that he will be at home a few miles away praying for me.” (more…)
Last Friday at Club Cicilista Juninense, Junín, Buenos Aires, Marcelino “Nino” Lopez (21-0, 9 KOs) retained his WBC Latino lightweight title after beating Alberto “Puma” Santillán (17-7, 5 KOs) by split decision in a rematch, which is a hot candidate for “national fight of the year”, according to the experts. Lopez won the first fight by majority decision.
In addition, former WBA light heavyweight world champion Hugo “Pigu” Garay (34-5, 18 KOs) returned after 8 months of inactivity, to beat by decision Martin “Whip” Islas (11-24, 3 KOs) in a six rounder clash at cruiserweight. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Despite initial fears of a broken orbital bone, middleweight David Lemieux was given a clean bill of health over the weekend. The 22 year-old slugging sensation who suffered a stunning 7th round TKO defeat to Marco Antonio Rubio after winning and dominating the first five rounds had a severely swollen jaw following the fight and his team had feared the worst. “I’m glad to report that after careful and thorough examination, the only damage may be to his ego,” joked Lemieux’s trainer Russ Anber to FightNews. (more…)
By Graham Houston
There probably weren’t many who believed he could do it, but Erik Morales almost turned back the years with his courageous performance against Marcos Maidana on HBO PPV from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday night. The 34-year-old veteran from Tijuana was right in the fight for 10 rounds and the younger, stronger Maidana needed a big finish in the last two rounds to make sure of victory.
Although one judge had the fight a draw the two scores of 116-112 in Maidana’s favour seemed to be the correct ones. For me, it was Maidana early and late, with Morales fighting so well in the middle rounds that an upset looked possible in the junior welterweight title fight. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Photos: Herby Whyne
While it won’t go down in history as a game plan rivaling the Greek army conquering the city of Troy, Marco Antonio Rubio was nonetheless successful Friday night in weathering a brutal storm from hard-hitting 22 year-old David Lemieux before quickly turning things around and ending things in the 7th round. All three scorecards read 59-55 in favour of Lemieux who was credited with winning the first five rounds of the bout.
“I think my experience is what helped me win the fight,” said Rubio following the contest. “I have the experience, early in my career I was a knockout puncher, knocking guys out in the early rounds, but over time, my experience has shown me to be over anxious and over zealous to try and win every fight in the first and second round. I knew he was going to come out, he’s a young fighter, he doesn’t have the experience yet to understand, he came out thinking he was going to knock me out in the first and second round, he’s a hard puncher, but I knew my strategy coming in was to take it to the later rounds and it would be my fight. For more details and photos click here…
McKenzie to face Palaszewski at UFC 130: The master of the McKenzietine, TUF 12 alum Cody McKenzie, will get a tough test on May 28 in Las Vegas when he squares off against WEC vet Bart Palaszewski in a UFC 130 lightweight bout that was verbally agreed to today.
The Boxing Writers Association of America is pleased to announce that Showtime broadcaster Al Bernstein will host the BWAA’s 86th annual awards banquet at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 6, 2011. “We are ecstatic to have Al Bernstein as our master of ceremonies,” said BWAA President Jack Hirsch. “His presence will add greatly to the prestige of the affair.” (more…)
After five weeks of hard work in which he sparred more than 140 rounds, undefeated WBO-NABO Super Flyweight Champion Cesar “Junito” Seda, Jr. (20-0, 15 KO’s) has completed training camp at the Olympic Village in Salinas, Puerto Rico and left for Argentina. He will challenge WBO World Champion Omar Narvaez (33-0-2, 19 KO’s) on April 15 at the Club Estudiantes de Bahia Blanca in Bahia Blanca, Buenos Aires.
“This was the best camp of my life,” said Seda as he prepared to leave. “In previous fights, I would stay here for about two weeks in advance of fights, but this time we decided to stay almost six weeks in the village. This is the opportunity of a lifetime and for that reason I stayed longer.” (more…)
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