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By Graham Houston
The seemingly unstoppable force that is Manny Pacquiao faces a living legend in Sugar Shane Mosley, and the fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday has captured the imagination. Pacquiao is the wide betting favourite in the welterweight championship bout that will be televised on Showtime PPV, but great fighters sometimes have one last great fight left in them, and it is the possibility that Mosley might be able to reach down within himself and produce a performance for the ages that has in part led to the fight’s appeal.
Then again, there is the sense that in Pacquiao boxing has one of those fighters who come along once in a lifetime. People want to be able see him, to enjoy him while they can before he leaves the sport for a new battle, to fight poverty in his new role as a congressman in the Philippines.
I think it is fair to call Pacquiao a phenomenon. What other fighter in ring history won his first world title in the flyweight division and yet, 12 years later, was looking just as fast but much bigger and stronger as a welterweight champion? (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
WBO #6 Solomon Egberime (21-3, 11 KOs) has the skills to defeat former WBO world champion Michael Katsidis (27-4, 22 KOs) according to Egberime’s manager, former two-time world champion Lovemore Ndou. “Katsidis said on Fightnews he wants to fight in Australia and I want him to know that Solomon Egberime would welcome a bout with him,” Ndou said. “Katsidis showed in his most recent bout against Robert Guerrero that he is one-dimensional and can be outboxed by a smart fighter. Egberime defeated world rated Daudy Bahari in his last fight and will do the same to Katsidis.”
Solomon Egberime is originally from Nigeria but has been based in Australia for several years. He is a former Australian junior welterweight and welterweight champion.
Both “Sugar” Shane Mosley and Manny Pacquiao arrive into the eye of the media hurricane and the cameras of FIGHT CAMP 360° capture every moment. Catch the final chapter of the series before the May 7th battle. Episode for premieres on SHOWTIME, May 6 at 10pm ET/PT
Also see: Live from Las Vegas to your computer, SHOWTIME PPV and Top Rank bring you the boxing event of the year online. Check out the high-quality interactive way to experience Pacquiao vs. Mosley
Also see: Two days before the boxing event of the year, James Brown and SHOWTIME Sports report from Las Vegas.
Also see: The MGM Grand has become the epicenter for rabid boxing fans and the May 7th showdown between Manny Pacquiao and “Sugar” Shane Mosley has brought them out in full force. Check out the fan armies of Team PacMan and Team Mosley.
WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa was arrested on Thursday morning by Miami-Dade police and charged with domestic violence. The champion allegedly forcibly kept his wife and son from leaving their Miami home. She told police she was leaving because she suspected that Gamboa was having an affair.
In his first bout since April 2008, former welterweight prospect Edgar Santana (25-3, 16 KOs) stopped journeyman Robert Jones (8-9-1, 3 KOs) in round two on Thursday night at the Paradise Theater in the Bronx, NYC. After a slow first round, Santana opened up and floored Jones in the second stanza. The bout was waved off during Santana’s follow up barrage. Time was 1:20.
Unbeaten light heavyweight Jason Escalera (11-0, 10 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Mustafah Johnson (8-12-1, 2 KOs). Time 1:13
Stevins Bujaj KO1 Chuck Dillard (cruiserweight)
Emmanuel Gonzalez TKO1 Jacob Thorton (superfeather)
Stephen Owusu W4 Juan Perez (welterweight)
Issouf Kinda KO3 Jorge Ruiz
Weights and photos by Chris Cozzone
At the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s Top Rank card:
Diego Magdaleno 130 vs. Gilberto Sanchez Leon 130
Mike Lee 176.5 vs. Gilbert Gastelum 174
Bernabe Concepcion 128 vs. Juan Carlos Martinez 127
Jesse Magdaleno 121.5 vs. Jonathan Alcantara 122
Anthony Lenk 143.5 vs. Martin Vierra 144
Abie Han 156 vs. Taronze Washington 155
Marlon Tapales 114 vs. Alejandro Solorio 113
Pictured: The three fighting Magdaleno brothers, from left to right, Jesse, Diego and 15-year-old Marcos, still in the amateurs.
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Heavyweight Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson has pulled out of Saturday’s Prizefighter: International Heavyweights tournament in London after he was refused exit from the States due to non-payment of child maintenance. He will be replaced by 6’9 Evgeny Orlov (13-8-1, 8 KOs).
The Current Lineup:
Quarter-final one: Mike Perez vs Kerston Manswell
Quarter-final two: Evgeny Orlov vs Gregory Tony
Quarter-final three: Michael Sprott vs Tye Fields
Quarter-final four: Lucian Bot vs Konstantin Airich
Super middleweight contenders Librado Andrade and Aaron Pryor, Jr. looked ready for battle as they weighed in for their Friday night clash in the Telefutura main event at the Fantasy Spring Casino in Indio, CA. Andrade (29-3, 22 KOs) came in a fit and trim 169.2 lbs., while Pryor (15-3, 11 KOs) tipped the scales at 170.6 lbs.
Enrique Ornelas 175.2 vs. Hector Hernandez 170.8
Randy Caballero 120 vs. Francis Ruiz 119
Deontay Wilder 216.6 vs. Regino Pena 218
Sergey Kovalev 174 vs. Terrance Woods 173.6
Hugo Ramos 125.6 vs. Juan Sandoval 126
Venue: Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
“I only know one thing and that I am going to win by knockout.”
After the all-too-humble, all-too-respectful words spoken back and forth between Manny Pacquiao and “Sugar” Shane Mosley, Jorge “Travieso” Arce’s fighting words at today’s undercard press conference, held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, were a welcome change . . . Click here for more
Photos: PR Best Boxing Promotions/José Pérez
McWilliams Arroyo 113 vs. Rigoberto Casillas 113
Camilo Pérez 124.25 vs. Sigfredo Medina 125
Keivy Arce 142 vs. Carlos López 141
Yaniel Rivera 107 vs. Julio Irizarry 108.5
Gadiel Andaluz 135.5 vs. Regino Canales 135
Jorge Meléndez 156 vs. TBA
Benjamín Cardoza 119 vs. José Aguirre 124
Ángel Pascual 132 vs. Carlos Velázquez 136
Alexis Báez 119 vs. Ángel Rampolla 117.5
Venue: Pedrin Zorrilla Coliseum, San Juan
Promoter: PR Best Boxing Promotions
TV: WAPA America
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By Paulina Brindis/WBC
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
After imposing her superiority against Simona Galassi and becoming the absolute WBC flyweight world champion last March 11, Barbie, as many fans call her, gets ready to go go back into the ring risking her crown for the first time against the national champion from Uruguay, Gabriela Bouvier, who is undefeated in her last 8 fights. Boxeo de Gala and its leader Dr. Fausto Daniel Garcia announced this afternoon at a crowded press conference the bout titled “Gala de Monarcas” a fight between Mexico vs. Uruguay that promises lots of surprises for the boxing fans. For more details and photos click here…
Text & photos by Chris Cozzone
A press conference introducing the three opening PPV-televised bouts and undercard for Saturday night’s Manny Paquiao-Shane Mosley card was held today at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. In the co-main, WBO Super Bantamweight Champion Wilfredo Vazquez (20-0-1, 17 KOs) will take on former champ Jorge Arce (56-6-2, 43 KOs). Former middleweight king Kelly Pavlik (36-2, 32 KOs) makes his long-awaited return against undefeated Alfonso Lopez (21-0, 16 KOs) in a ten-round super middleweight bout; and in the opening PPV bout, Mike Alvarado (29-0, 21 KOs) takes on Ray Narh (25-1, 21 KOs) for the WBC Continental Americas title. Pictured: Arce tells Vazquez to hush his promises of victory Saturday night.
Kelly Pavlik: “I’m fighting a kid who’s hungry, undefeated and I did not take him lightly. I’m pumped and feel the best in my whole career.”
Alfonso Lopez: “We all know what Kelly Pavlik brings to the table, but I did what I had to do in the gym. I came here to win.”
Jorge Arce: “Only thing I know is, I’m winning by knockout.”
Wilfredo Vazquez: “He is talking about a knockout – he is crazy. It isn’t going to happen. I will be victor Saturday night.”
Mike Alvarado: “This fight will bring me to the next level. I’m ready for the champions out there.”
Ray Narh: “I’m here to take care of business. My hands will be raised high on Saturday night. Let’s do this.”
There isn’t much left to say that hasn’t been said already.
Manny Pacquiao is supposed to win. “Sugar” Shane Mosley is too old to deal with Pacquiao’s speed and is a huge underdog. Pacquiao isn’t distracted by his seemingly endless amount of side activities. Mosley is ready to shock the world. If you listen to the talk surrounding the fight, it is a foregone conclusion what will transpire on Saturday night. But that’s why talk is cheap . . . Click here for more
By Bob Caico
Heavyweight Donnell “The Real Touch of Sleep” Holmes (32-1-2, 28 KOs) returns to the ring on May 20th at The Longbranch Entertainment Complex in Raleigh, North Carolina. He will be featured against an opponent to be named in the main event of Paul Marinaccio’s Jaw Breaker Promotions card. This will be Holmes’ second fight since losing a controversial technical decision to Brian Minto in 2009 and his first start in over a year. Also on the card will be Raleigh resident and Buffalo native John “Bang Bang” Butler (22-3) and undefeated Vernon Alston of Durham.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Manny Pacquiao, WBO welterweight world champion and elected congressman from the Philippine province of Sarangani, has announced that he will be wearing yellow gloves in the ring against Sugar Shane Mosley on Saturday night to support the Gawad Kalinga organization that has built more than 50,000 homes and helped more 500,000 people in poverty in the Philippines. Pacman says the yellow color symbolizes the fight against poverty. “The biggest fight of my life is not in boxing but is to end poverty in my country. On Saturday I will be using yellow gloves representing the drive to fight poverty and I encourage everyone to wear yellow on Saturday and help me carry this message of unity further.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
IBF super flyweight Cristian Mijares will not be facing mandatory challenger Raul Martinez on May 14th in Durango. Martinez pulled out after suffering a cut in sparring. IBF #15 Oscar “Ceviche” Ibarra has already said he’s ready to step in against Mijares instead. Oswaldo Kuchle of Promociones del Pueblo confirmed that ‘Ceviche’ is interested in the fight and has been training for several weeks. Ibarra is also the WBC silver titlist.
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Orlando Piñero, manager of former WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel López, has received a summary suspension pending the conclusion of an administrative hearing from the Boxing Commission of Puerto Rico to following the events of April 16 at the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum, Bayamon, where his previously undefeated fighter lost his belt to Orlando Salido. Piñero’s furious post-fight protest in the ring sparked a riot where the mayor of Guaynabo, Hector O’Neill, allegedly received a head wound from a thrown object.
By Bill Green
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Unbeaten boxing prospect Mike Alvarado (29-0, 21 KOs) will break from training camp and arrive in Las Vegas on Wednesday as he makes final preparations for this Saturday’s May 7th bout against “Sugar Ray Nahr (25-1, 21 KOs). Alvarado and Nahr will open the televised part of the Pacquiao-Mosley pay-per-view. The junior welterweight fight will be for the vacant WBC Continental Americas light welterweight title. Alvarado is coming off an easy TKO win over England’s Dean Harrison back on Feb 19th. The 30-year-old Colorado native boasts an impressive undefeated record of 29-0 with 21 KOs. Alvarado holds wins over former WBC lightweight champ Cezar Bazan (KO4) and former NABF champ Michael Clark (TKO1). (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
We are looking forward to watching no less than five world title bouts in a couple of weeks here in Japan. On Saturday, in Osaka, WBA bantam champ Koki Kameda (24-1, 15 KOs) will make his initial defense against Nicaraguan Daniel Diaz (18-2, 13 KOs) over twelve rounds.
On Sunday, in Tokyo (at the Korakuen Hall), there will be a female WBC title triple-header that was postponed for eight weeks from March 12 because of the earthquake happening just after the weigh-in ceremony. WBC 108-pound champ Naomi Togashi (8-0, 4 KOs) will defend her belt against Filipino Jujeath Nagaowa (9-9-1, 5 KOs) over ten two-minute rounds. WBC 102-pound titlist Momo Koseki (10-2-1, 2 KOs) will put her belt on the line against unbeaten Thailander Krikanok Islandmuaythai (4-0-1, 2 KOs). WBC 105-pound queen Anabel Ortiz (7-1, 1 KO), from Mexico, will face ex-amateur champ Nahoko Fujioka (5-0, 3 KOs) with her throne at stake. This event is presented by WBC Cares and Gen International.
On May 17, also at the Hall in Tokyo, WBA female super-fly champ Tsunami Tenkai will make her fourth defense against Thailander Petchsairoong Looksaikongdin over ten.
The busy fistic schedule may symbolize this country’s steady effort for restoration after the horrible earthquake and tsunami disaster.
Photo and report by Phil Doherty
The Heavyweight Factory boxing gym in Hollywood Florida received a surprise visitor this afternoon when WBO, IBF, IBO and Ring magazine world heavyweight champion Wladimir “Dr. Steelhammer” Klitschko (55-3, 49 KO’s) stopped in for some “light” conditioning. Klitschko mercilessly assaulted one of the gym’s heavy bags for almost 20 straight rounds until the hapless sack tore off the iron cross beam securing it. No worries for Klitschko as he nonchalantly stepped to his right and continued pounding the next bag in line. (more…)
Former lightweight world champion Michael Katsidis has returned to Australia, setting up camp in his hometown of Toowoomba, Queensland. Despite back-to-back losses to the two men regarded as the best in the lightweight division, Juan Manuel Marquez and Robert Guerrero, the options for crowd-favorite Katsidis were many. However, he recently turned down the chance to fight in Las Vegas on July 30 where it was anticipated he would face Mexican great Erik Morales. But Katsidis said this week his focus was to lock in a date to fight in Australia, something he has not done since June 2006.
“My last 10 fights have been overseas and I think now is the time for me to come back to Australia and bring and bring an international opponent into my country,” Katsidis said. “This is something I’ve been looking forward to for a long time, but until now, the timing just hasn’t been right. It’s been a tough six months for me personally and I feel it is really important to come home and fight.” (more…)
Photo: OPI 2000
Former WBC cruiserweight world champion Giacobbe Fragomeni (28-3-1, 12 KOs) won the vacant WBC International cruiserweight title by TKO in round 7 against Laszlo Hubert (29-8, 19 KOs) last Saturday in Texcoco, Mexico. The fight was promoted by Salvador Briman and OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) and was televised by SPORTITALIA in Italy.
The opponents change, but the approach remains the same for super middleweight prospect Vladine Biosse. Coming off a major showcase victory on April 1st in front of 42 million homes on ESPN2, Biosse (11-0, 6 KOs) is preparing to face a much tougher test Friday, May 6th, 2011 against Denis Grachev (9-0-1, 5 KOs) in the main event of “Champion Breed,” presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports at Foxwoods Resort Casino’s Fox Theater in Mashantucket, Conn. (more…)
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Fast rising welterweight Hugo ‘The Boss’ Centeno (7-0, 6 KOs) of Oxnard, California will return to action on Friday, June 3rd at the Warner Center Marriot in Woodland Hills, California against an opponent yet to be determined in a 6-round welterweight bout which is being presented by Art of Boxing Promotions and Bash Boxing. In his last outing, the 20-year old Hugo Centeno defeated Jiovanni Rubio (7-14, 4 KOs) of Santa Rosa, California via unanimous decision last month, headlining for the first time in front of a sold out crowd of 1,382 fans at the Hangar at the Orange County Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa, California, in the second installment of Roy Englebrecht Promotions ‘Fight Club OC’. For more details and photos click here…
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By Andreas Hale
Manny Pacquiao and “Sugar” Shane Mosley pose for the media at today’s final press conference held at the MGM’s Hollywood Theater in Las Vegas.
J Prince: “It’s an honor and a privilege to be here today to witness one of the biggest upsets in the history of boxing; that’s “Sugar” Shane Mosley beating Manny Pacquiao.”
Nazeem Richardson: “All we keep hearing about is age and is age a factor. What we fail to forget is that we’re not talking about an ordinary guy getting older in the ring. We’re talking about a special guy. This guy is a legend. . . . Mosley is bringing his own set of weapons to the plate and Pacquiao is going to see difficulties that he has never seen before”
Shane Mosley: “This fight is going to be a terrific fight. We’re both warriors, we both love to fight and we’re both winners. When you get two winners in the ring you know it’s going to be a heck of a fight.”
Freddie Roach: “From day one Manny told me this would not be an easy fight and he’s been training his ass off from then until now. We know we’re in for a tough fight.”
Manny Pacquiao: “You heard I trained hard for this fight. You know why? Because Mosley is a good fighter. You think he’s old? He’s not old. He moves like he’s 31-years-old. He has handspeed, foot speed and he knocked Margarito out. I fought Margarito and we went twelve rounds. He has an advantage there.
“The biggest of my fight of my life is not in boxing. The biggest fight of my life is how to end poverty in my country.
“I’m so happy about this fight because there is no trash talking. This is a good example to the boxing fans and the children who idolize the fighters.”
Big time boxing returns to Liverpool’s Echo Arena on July 16th when WBO super featherweight champion Ricky Burns tops the bill in defense of his title. An opponent for Burns will be announced next week. For Burns it will be the third defense of the title he ripped away from Rocky Martinez in September and it will be his first time fighting outside of Scotland as a world champion. Promoter Frank Warren said, “Burns is one of only four world champions that Britain can boast of at the moment and the only one you can watch on these shores and he is every bit as exciting as Haye, Froch and Khan, all who are having their next fights abroad.”
In the co-feature, Commonwealth light heavyweight beltholder Tony Bellew aims to add the vacant British title in a rematch with Ovill McKenzie.
By Ron Jackson
Des Williams, the last surviving member of the outstanding 1948 SA Olympic boxing team, has died at the age of 83. Williams was living at the St Michaels Retirement Village in Weltevreden Park, near Johannesburg, until he passed away after a short illness. (more…)
Photo: Team Sauerland
IBF middleweight champion Sebastian Sylvester (34-3-1, 16 KOs) evoked the names of former IBF 160lb titlists Marvin Hagler, Roy Jones Jr., Bernard Hopkins, Jermain Taylor and Arthur Abraham at a press conference today in Neubrandenburg, Germany. “Hagler, Jones, Hopkins, Taylor, Abraham etc. – they are all illustrious names. And I am proud to be one of them. I think that a triumph on Saturday would take me another step further forwards. I want to show that I deserve to be among this group of names, and leave the ring victorious as the IBF Champion against Daniel Geale,” said the confident title holder. “Geale is strong, but he is not going to win in my living room, the Jahnsportforum,” added Sylvester.
IBF #1 rated Geale (24-1, 15 KOs) stated “My preparation went according to plan,” he said. “Of course I know that Sylvester is very accomplished, but I want to make my dream of being champion become reality.” (more…)
Over four years removed from their first clash, UFC® stars Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber are set to meet again – this time for the UFC bantamweight championship. Ultimate Fighting Championship® officials announced today that on Saturday, July 2 live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Cruz will defend the UFC bantamweight title against his heated rival Faber in one of the most anticipated title bouts of the summer. The 26-year-old Cruz is out to avenge a 2007 featherweight title loss to “The California Kid” and now looks to settle the score in the highly-entertaining 135-pound division. (more…)
Story by Andreas Hale
Ever since it was announced that Manny Pacquiao would be taking on “Sugar” Shane Mosley, it was a foregone conclusion to many that boxing’s pound for pound king would smash the green-eyed 39-year-old to smithereens. But despite what anyone thinks about Shane Mosley, Manny Pacquiao and Freddie Roach aren’t taking the former three division world champion any lighter than . . . say . . . Floyd Mayweather Jr . . . Click here for more
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian middleweight Daniel Geale (24-1, 15 KOs) will challenge Sebastian Sylvester (34-3-1, 16 KOs) on Saturday for the IBF middleweight crown when they clash over twelve rounds at Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany. IBF supervisor is Aaron Kizer from Phoenix, Arizona who is also an IBF Board member. Referee is Randy Neumann from New Jersey. Judges are Berit Andreasen of Denmark, Steve Epstein from Connecticut and Marcus McDonell from London, England. Geale scored an impressive twelve round stoppage over former IBF 154 pound champion Roman Karmazin in October 2010 to become the IBF mandatory contender. Sebastian Sylvester was awarded a twelve round draw against Roman Karmazin in June 2010 to retain the championship.
Matchroom Sport haas announced that Carl ‘The Cobra’ Froch has signed a five-fight promotional deal. The WBC Super-Middleweight champion spoke with both Barry and Eddie Hearn earlier this month and the work starts straight away with Froch heading to the States to fight Glen Johnson on June 4 in the semi-final of the Super Six in Atlantic City. The 33 year-old Nottingham star has wowed fight fans with his stunning performances against Jean Pascal, Jermaine Taylor, Andre Dirrell and Arthur Abraham, and now he plans to become a household name after years of frustration in the shadows.
“I’m so excited to be working with Matchroom,” said Froch. “When you are fighting at your peak it’s about raising your profile and securing TV time and that’s where I am. When you sit down with Barry and Eddie, you can tell they have the power and the resources to maximise your potential so I’m really excited about the rest of my career. (more…)
Photos: Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
Three-time world title challenger Librado Andrade, top contender Enrique Ornelas and unbeaten local prospect Randy Caballero worked out for the media on Tuesday at the Coachella Boxing Club as they prepare for their upcoming bouts on Friday’s TeleFutura-televised card at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. Andrade (29-3, 22 KOs) faces Aaron Pryor, Jr. (15-3, 11 KOs) in a ten round light heavyweight main event while younger brother Ornelas (30-7, 20 KOs) will take on Hector Hernandez (10-3-2, 4 KOs) in the eight round light heavyweight co-feature. (more…)
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