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Although all the participants at today’s RELENTLESS: Cotto vs. Mayorga undercard press conference managed to keep their shirts on, the fighters offered up some interesting commentary in anticipation of the March 12 SHOWTIME PPV event on Saturday at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Also on hand Thursday morning for a media roundtable discussion were the trainers of Cotto and Mayorga, Emanuel Steward and Al Bonanni, who made some of the day’s most intriguing assertions and recollections.
Emanuel Steward: “Cotto is the biggest hero in Puerto Rico. I thought [Felix] Trinidad was the biggest hero but even with those losses (to Antonio Margarito and Manny Pacquiao), Cotto is the biggest hero in that country. He holds the Madison Square Garden (attendance) record. Let’s say his next fight took place at the Garden, whether it was with Margarito or something like that, he’d break his own record.”
Al Bonanni: Bonanni has trained Mayorga on and off for years. After experiencing a few too many antics in camp, Bonanni recalled leaving… “I always had enough money to walk away from aggravation and I always had a bad enough temper to shoot somebody…so I left. Mayorga is tough.” For more details and photos click here…
By Thomas Carrage
Rachid el Hadak 199.6 vs. Levan Jomardashvili 198
Salim Larbi 153.7 vs. David Makaradze 151
Venue: Stadium P. Maisonniale, Saint-Etienne, Loire, France
Promoter: Herve Jacques
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The final “Diamond Elite” press conference was held today at Comix in Foxwoods Casino Resort. The WBC middleweight diamond belt showdown on HBO featuring Sergio Martinez and Sergiy Dzinziruk, will be on HBO World Championship Boxing along with Andy Lee vs. Craig McEwan in a “Celtic War.” All four fighters and representatives from their respective camps were in attendance. (more…)
Photo: Etzel Espinoza/Golden Boy Promotions
It’s back to the familiar for Erik “El Terrible” Morales, who is training at the Centro Ceremonial Otomí in Toluca Estado, the site he where trained for many of his most memorable fights including his legendary trilogies against Barrera and Pacquiao. Morales ended his two-year retirement 11-months ago and has scored three consecutive wins. Now, he is preparing for one of the biggest tests of his 18-year career, 12 rounds against Marcos Maidana on April 9th in Las Vegas.
“Everything in the gym has been great,” said Morales. “I am preparing for a battle. I am doing everything according to Maidana’s skill level.” (more…)
Text & photo by Chris Cozzone
A press conference highlighting the undercard of Saturday’s Miguel Cotto vs. Ricardo Mayorga was held today at the MGM in Las Vegas. In the co-main, former champ Brooklyn’s Yuri Foreman (28-1, 8 KOs) takes on Pawel “Raging Bull” Wolak (28-1, 18 KOs), of New Jersey, in a ten-rounder at 154. Wolak told the press that he sees a knockout win while Foreman said he would play matador to the Polish “Raging Bull.” Look for more photos and a full report on today’s presser later today.
The WBO and its President, Francisco “Paco” Valcárcel, recenty gives the junior flyweight title to Colombian Jesus Geles in an event that was held in the Caribe Hotel in Cartagena, Colombia. Geles (12-1-1, 5 KOs) became 108 pound interim champion on October 30, 2010, when defeated Puerto Rican Omar “Pastor” Soto by majority decision in Cartagena, Colombia, and defended succesfully the title on February 5, 2011, with a win over Mexican Ramon Garcia Hirales by split decision. Also present were Luis Pérez, Chairman of the Ratings Committee and International Commissioner, Alfonso Muneras, First Vice President, José Castillo, WBO Colombia Representative, members of the Colombia Boxing Authorities and Geles Team. Geles, 23, is one of the main Colombian prospects. Click here for more photos…
By Bob Ryder
Detroit’s own Darryl Cunningham returns to the ring Friday, March 18 as he takes on Marcos Primera in the ten round main event at the Royal Oak Music Theatre. Cunningham is currently riding a 15 bout win streak in building his record to (22-2, 10 KO’s). With most of his previous wins coming as a super middleweight, the Primera fight marks Cunningham’s entry into the middleweight division. Feeling that the middleweights may provide a faster road to a major fight, Cunningham related that he has no problem making the 160 pound limit and is anxious for an opportunity at one of the major belt holders. (more…)
The British Boxing board have today announced that British Heavyweight mandatory challenger Tyson Fury will finally get his chance to come face to face in the ring with current British champion Dereck Chisora. The Stewards have decided to put the contest out for purse bids, which are to be submitted to the British Boxing Board’s Head Office by 12.00noon on Wednesday, 13th April 2011, the contest has to take place by the end of July 2011. Tyson said, “If he doesn’t finally get stripped of his title by the Southern Area board for his run in with the law last year it won’t matter, I’m going to strip the title away from him along with the zero on his record. Can’t wait for this fight, it’s been a long time in the making, but one thing is for sure, it’s not going to take me as long to finish him off, expect another brutal knock out delivered from this 22 year old.”
With only a couple of days left before Miguel Cotto and Ricardo Mayorga step into the ring for Cotto’s WBA “super” world ligh middleweight title, Mayorga made his final stand to get underneath the Puerto Rican’s skin at the final press conference at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas . . . Click here for more
Eight rounds have not been enough to settle the score between UFC® lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and number one contender Gray Maynard. On Memorial Day weekend, they will get five more to prove to the world who the top 155-pound fighter in mixed martial arts truly is, as they meet for the third time in the main event of UFC® 130: Edgar vs. Maynard III, live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, May 28, 2011 and presented by Bud Light. (more…)
New Jersey is not Bon Jovi. New Jersey is not Snooki or The Situation. New Jersey doesn’t smell.
New Jersey is a state of fighters. It’s a swath of America raised on the heart of Arturo Gatti. It’s a length of tireless gyms housing the next generation of Frankie Edgars. It is a land of grit, determination and work ethic that produces a breed of athletes that do not relent and do not quit. It also has Buzz Aldrin, Bruce Springsteen, Princeton University, 127 miles of beachfront property and, on March 19th, New Jersey will have the UFC. . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC.com
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBA interim super lightweight world champion Marcos “Chino” Maidana continues to train at full speed in his training camp in Mexico City for his big showdown against ring legend Erik Morales on April 9. Maidana trains in the Dr. Fausto Daniel Garcia’s “Boxeo de Gala” Gym with the Mexican trainer Rudy Perez. Since he arrived in Mexico City on February 12, Maidana has sparred with local fighters Alejandro Barrera, Johnatan Peña, Daniel Estrada and others. The fight plan designed by Rudy Perez is said to be both strategic and very dynamic. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg
IBF light middleweight champion Cornelius “K-9” Bundrage (30-4, 18 KOs) will attend Saturday’s Miguel Cotto – Ricardo Mayorga pay-per-view card at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, where he plans to call out the winner. Hall-of-Fame trainer Emanuel Steward trains both Bundrage and Cotto, while Mayorga’s promoter, Don King Productions, also promotes Bundrage. Who would K-9 rather see win? “If I can get a fight with Miguel Cotto, then I want to see him win. If I can get a fight with Ricardo Mayorga, then I want to see him win,” said the engaging champion. “I want to unify the belts.”
When pressed, Bundrage, of Detroit, Michigan, favors Cotto – a 10 to 1 favorite – to win the fight. “Cotto had a choice of four fighters, and one of them was me. They eliminated me first. This fight should be an easy fight for Cotto. They hand picked Mayorga. I have a lot of respect for Miguel Cotto. He will fight anybody and everybody. He is one in a million.” (more…)
Having suffered two losses in his last three fights, albeit to top-flight opposition, 39-year-old former two-time world champion Joel Casamayor (37-5-1, 22 KOs) admits that every fight from here out is potentially career ending. Casamayor will face once-beaten Mexican Manuel Leyva this Friday, March 11 at the Theatre for the Performing Arts at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, in a fight he knows he must win to stay relevant in the super lightweight division. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
Mexican star Mariana Juarez and undefeated Italian female legend Simona Galassi faced off again at Wednesday’s press conference in advance of their showdown on Friday night for the absolute WBC flyweight world championship at the “Jose Cuervo” Hall in the Polanco neighborhood of Mexico City. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Photo: Tim Barry
Australian lightweight Lenny Zappavigna (25-0, 17 KOs) will challenge Miguel Vazquez (27-3, 12 KOs) for the IBF lightweight championship at the MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday. Zappavigna has trained at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card gym in Los Angeles and has been in great form in impressive sparring sessions with several boxers including Paul Malinaggi.
Zappavigna’s trainer Tommy Mercure said “I am very confident Lenny will defeat Vazquez. We have studied Vazquez on tape and I know Lenny has the skills to defeat him.” (more…)
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Sam Cohen
Pugilistic Promotions kicked off fight week Wednesday with a press conference for the fifth installment of their Badia Spices Friday Night Fights. Former heavyweight Marc Randazzo warmly welcomed assembled press and fight teams to his fashionable Italian restaurant, Randazzo’s-located in the heart of Coral Gables. The popular Magic City casino fight series continues to attract growing crowds thanks to some shrewd matchmaking and tough, competitive action in the ring. The tradition continues as Pugilistic promoter and Florida Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Ramiro Ortiz announced the seven scheduled bouts. For more details and photos click here…
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Two-division world champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (46-2-2, 25 KOs) of Oxnard, CA, by way of Quilmes, Argentina takes on undefeated junior middleweight champion Sergei Dzinziruk (37-0, 23 KOs) of Ukraine this Saturday, March 12th on the latest edition of HBO’s ‘World Championship Boxing’ at the MGM Grand Arena at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut for the WBC Diamond middleweight title, Sergio Martinez vs. Sergei Dzinziruk “Diamond Elite” is being presented by DiBella Entertainment. For more details and photos click here…
All the shots from today’s final press conference for Cotto vs. Mayorga at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, featuring Miguel Cotto and Ricardo Mayorga. “Relentless: Cotto vs. Mayorga” will be promoted by Top Rank, in association with Cotto Promotions, Don King Productions, Tecate and MGM Grand, and produced and distributed LIVE by SHOWTIME PPV, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on Saturday, March 12.
Remaining tickets, priced at $400, $300, $200, $100 and $50, not including applicable service charges, can be purchased at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). Tickets sales are limited to 16 per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000. Tickets are also available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
For more information on this event, visit www.toprank.com or www.sports.sho.com.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® is pleased to announce the remaining bouts for its return trip to Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. on March 19. The UFC® again brings a star-studded lineup to New Jersey featuring must-see matchups in every division. (more…)
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
For a marquee pay-per-view affair entitled “Relentless,” Nicaraguan boxing superstar Ricardo Mayorga remains determined to live up to the event’s name with unyielding trash talk toward WBA Super Welterweight champion and the Pride of Puerto Rico, Miguel Cotto until the first bell of their championship matchup on Saturday, March 12 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT LIVE on SHOWTIME PPV.
At Wednesday’s final press conference from the Media Center at MGM Grand, the mouthy former two-division world champion delivered some final verbal blows in his last official appearance behind the microphone before Saturday’s scrap. Cotto, though more reserved than Mayorga, provided his share of quips as well. As Mayorga taunted Cotto to take the traditional face off shot from the dais, Cotto responded, “You can take the picture with your mother,” and left the press conference.
Below are some highlights from the loud, spirited news conference, including quotes from Hall of Fame promoters Bob Arum, Don King and Cotto’s trainer Emmanuel Steward. For more details and photos click here…
Former United States Lightweight Champion Marty Jakubowski was one of eight inducted last night into the Hammond, Indiana Sports Hall of Fame in ceremonies held at The Civic Center. Jakubwoski, career record 113-7, 31 KOs, held the Indiana State, Midwest Boxing Association and the United States Boxing Association Titles during his 12 year professional career. As an amateur, Jakubowski had 150 bouts and was a two time Chicago Golden Gloves runner-up. He lost three attempts at a World Title with a 12 round decision losses to Artur Grigorian in Germany for the WBO title, Miguel Angel Gonzalez of Mexico in 1995 for the WBC belt and was stopped in seven rounds in his first attempt in Casablanca against Khalid Rahilou for the WBA crown. Jakubowski also lost two battles to all time great Julio Cesar Chavez of Mexico. He beat Charlie McClellan for the MABA title in 1993 and decisioned Anthony Boyle for the USBA belt in 1994 in Philadelphia. Jakubowski currently enjoys spending time with his wife and three children. For the last 15 years he has worked with the Whiting Park Department.
Photo: Despite Ricardo Mayorga’s best efforts to coax Miguel Cotto into posing for a face-off, at today’s final press conference held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the feisty challenger glared in anger as the champion told him to “go take a picture with your mother.” After Cotto walked off the dais, Mayorga mouthed off a string of insults, calling Cotto a “maricon” (homosexual) for disrespecting the media. Stay tuned for more photos, quotes and a story.
More quotes by Andreas Hale:
Miguel Cotto: “I can retire anytime I want. I don’t have to do this. I’m ready for the fight. (Mayorga) can check with his promoter to see if I’m a 6-1 or an 8-1 favorite. We both know (Don King) has bet on the other fighter many times. This is not a game. The real game starts for me on Saturday.”
Emanuel Steward: “You can talk all you want but Don King will only wave one flag on Saturday night, the white flag.”
Don King: “Mayorga is going to surprise everyone in the world. It will be categorically beautiful.”
Ricardo Mayorga: “I’d like to thank Bob Arum for allowing me to eat his sheep on Saturday night. . . After I beat you on Saturday, I heard Ricky Martin is hiring backup dancers, go help him out.”
WBA super welterweight champion Austin Trout has not forgotten that newly crowned WBC counterpart Saul “Canelo” Alvrez claimed to have wanted revenge after Austin beat Canelo’s brother Rigoberto Alvarez in a one-sided fight, to claim the WBA world title. “Look, I know that I have to prove to the fans that I am a real champion,” said Trout. “I don’t care about keeping my unbeaten record as much as I care about giving fans a fight that they want to see. I have a few names in line that I plan on fighting. Saul Alvarez is clearly one of them. He wanted to avenge the beating I gave his brother. I was willing to fight him before he won the WBC title, so it is not about him becoming a champion. He is a nice guy and I respect what he is doing for boxing…at the same time, the honeymoon is over. Every one of us holding a title will need to push ourselves by fighting solid competition. He has never faced anyone as good as me.”
SHOWTIME has an interesting ShoBox “The New Generation” tripleheader in the pipeline for April 8th at the Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas. In the main event, undefeated Houston, Texas, super middleweight Marcus “Too Much” Johnson (20-0, 15 KOs) will face Florida’s Dyah Davis (18-2-1, 9 KOs), son of 1976 Olympic gold medalist Howard Davis Jr., in an 10-round match-up. The other televised bouts will feature 6′ 3″ welterweight up-and-comer Willie Nelson (16-0-1, 10 KOs) taking on Buffalo’s once-beaten Vincent Arroyo (10-1, 7 KOs) in a potentially explosive eight rounder and undefeated Framingham, Massachusetts native Danny O’Connor (14-0, 3 KOs) going against Brooklyn’s undefeated Gabriel Bracero (14-0, 1 KO) in a terrific eight-round light welterweight duel. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Wojtek Kubik
“Don’t worry my Polish Adamek fans, after my win at the Prudential Center, I’ll give him a rematch. Maybe in my beloved Ireland. There’s a lot of Poles there and my supporters are ready to cheer me again,” says Kevin McBride (35-8, 29 KOs), who just started his New York part of the training camp. Th “Clones Colossus” is very optimistic about his chances versus IBF International titlist and top five heavyweight Tomasz Adamek (43-1, 28 KOs). “The Last Big Hurdle” event, promoted by Zyggi Promotions and Main Events, will happen on April 9 in Newark’s Prudential Center and will be televised live by Integrated Sports Media PPV for $29.95. For more, plus photos click here…
Photo: Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga shows off his goods at a special one-on-one media conference this morning preceding the official press conference at the MGM in Las Vegas. Mayorga predicted a knockout win by round four and says he’s prepared for Miguel Cotto in what has only been the fifth time he’s put 100% into training camp.
Undefeated super middleweight Michael Oliveira (13-0, 11 KOs) returns home for his second consecutive fight in his native Brazil, March 25 versus unbeaten Argentinean prospect Abel “El Principito” Nicolas Adriel (9-0-2, 1 KO) for the Interim WBC Latino belt, headlining the “International Boxing Challenge” pro-am event at Mauro Pinheiro Gymnasium in Sao Paulo. The 20-year-old Oliveira was born in Sao Paulo but he moved two weeks after birth with his family to Miami. In his Brazilian debut last November in Sao Paulo, Oliveira stopped rugged Junior Ramos (10-5) in the third round. Oliveira recently signed a contract with TV Globo to televise his next six fights in Brazil. General admission tickets to the event are free.
By Francisco Salazar
While the media and hardcore boxing fans know that April 16th is the projected date for Andre Berto and Victor Ortiz to meet inside the ring, there were questions on where the fight would take place. Looks like we will get an answer very soon. Promoter Lou DiBella told Fightnews.com that an announcement could be made as earlier as tonight as to where the fight would take place.
According to other media sources, Los Angeles (more specifically, the Home Depot Center in Carson), Las Vegas, and Atlanta were mentioned as possibilities for where the fight would take place. HBO will televise the fight, along with the Amir Khan-Paul McCloskey fight that is taking place in Manchester, England. (more…)
Report by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Despite only two losses in 37 fights, Miguel Cotto is still battling skeptics who feel the Puerto Rican is washed up and in the twilight of his career.
It’s a troubling claim for a 30-year-old who was at one time considered one of the top ten pound for pound fighters in the world, with victories over Zab Judah, Shane Mosley, Joshua Clottey, Paulie Malignaggi and Carlos Quintana under his belt. But he still has to prove himself so the critics will finally get off his back and believe that Cotto is much more than damaged goods after devastating losses to Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito . . . Click here for more
“Tye Fields is going to be the next heavyweight champion of the world.”
That was Bob Arum three years ago. Yesterday, we heard it again, only this time it was from Sterling McPherson and Ron Johnson, promoters of Friday night’s card at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas . . . Click here for more
It’s not a tragic love story, but the growing rivalry between East Coast based Team Renzo Gracie/Frankie Edgar and West Coast based Xtreme Couture is rising to Shakespearean heights, taking on a Romeo and Juliet plotline, pitting the Montagues of New Jersey against the Capulets of Las Vegas. . . Click here for more by Mike Staka, UFC.com
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By Gabriel F. Cordero in association with Óscar Zardaín, Miguel de Pablos & Ben Jacobs
Middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (46-2-2, 25 KOs) and undefeated junior middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk (37-0, 23 KOs) meet Saturday at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut for the vacant WBC Diamond middleweight belt. Dzinziruk has been mentioned for a few years as a potential opponent for “Maravilla.”
“That’s true,” said Sergio. “Since he was in Germany around 2006, 2007 I wanted to fight him but we were never able to come to an agreement with Universum and the fight didn’t happen. After that I fought Saúl Román in a WBC eliminator for the 154lbs belt and I took a different path to the one he was taking. I would have beaten him then and I will beat him now. He is a cold boxer, lineal, typically Eastern European. I hope he’s ready to put on a good show. But whatever he does he won’t have even the slightest chance to beat me.” (more…)
By Pasi Taavitsainen
Super lightweights Denis Shafikov (26-0-1, 15 KOs) and Giuseppe Lauri (51-7, 31 KOs) will fight for the European championship in April in Italy. The exact date and place of the match will be announced later. The 25-year-old Shafikov has fought 12 times in Finland under manager Pekka Mäki’s P3 banner. He hopes to dupliate the feat of stablemate Amin Asikainen, who won the European championship in 2006 as a visiting fighter in Germany. “I believe that Shafikov would defeat Lauri anyplace and that’s why we didn’t need to do the match in Finland or Russia,” explained Mäki. We believe Shafikov is a true world-class fighter and now he must prove it by defeating Giuseppe Lauri as a visitor in the ring.”
Last Saturday, Shafikov defeated Nugzar Margvelashvil in Helsinki by TKO in the fifth round. In October 2010, he fought Italian Brunet Zamora to a draw in a battle for the WBA Intercontinental title in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
The 34-year-old Lauri will be hoping to finally break through and win the European title in his fourth try.
By Karl Freitag
Now that newly crowned IBF junior welterweight champion Zab Judah has regained a world title, there is already speculation on what he’ll do next. On Tuesday, Zab stated that he’s ready to fight any of the top dogs in the 140 pound division and is looking to land “the biggest money fight.”
“The goal now is big fights,” said promoter Kathy Duva. “He’s a pay-per-view fighter and he should be in pay-per-view fights. There are a few big names out there and right now there aren’t a lot of big fights in boxing and that’s what it needs. Marquez seems to be the only one available at the moment as a pay-per-view fighter so he would be a logical choice.
“I like the Marquez fight,” commented Judah. “I like what he is. I like what he’s going to bring to the table. That’s the kind of fight I’m looking for.”
Regarding Marquez’ uncertain promotional status with Golden Boy, Duva stated “I think Marquez clearly has to sort out his promotional situation, but when he does we will be happy to offer the fight to whoever he decides he’d like us to offer it to. Zab is the champion, if Marquez is available this summer, that fits perfectly with our schedule.”
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