Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and Dominic Britsch face to face in Monterrey

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and Dominic Britsch face to face in Monterrey

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Jones-Gunn: Skill vs. Will

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Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey at the scales

Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey, which is headlined by the Strikeforce women’s bantamweight title bout between Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey and the lightweight bout between KJ Noons and Josh Thomsen, airs live on SHOWTIME from Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio at 10pm ET / PT. Fans can also tune in to SHOWTIME EXTREME to see all prelim bouts at 8pm ET / PT.

MAIN EVENT – Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Championship
Ronda Rousey (134.5) vs Miesha Tate (134.5)

KJ Noons (156) vs Josh Thomson (155)
Kazuo Misaki (169.5) vs Paul Daley (171)
Lumumba Sayers (185) vs Scott Smith (186)
Bristol Marunde (184) vs Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (184.5)

Alexis Davis (135.5) vs Sarah Kaufman (135.5)
Roger Bowling (170) vs. Brandon Saling (170.5)
Pat Healy (155) vs Caros Fodor (155.5)
Conor Heun (155) vs Ryan Couture (154)
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For more info on Strikeforce, visit www.Strikeforce.com

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Weights from Tijuana

Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer

Raúl García 106.2 vs. Michael Landero 105.8
Tomas Rojas 120 vs. Julio Zarate 120
Daniel Sandoval 146.2 vs. José María Valdez 146.2
Guadalupe Rosales 127.9 vs. Carlos Guzmán 130
Rogelio Romero 110.2 vs. Sergio Núñez 112
Rafael Guzmán 136.7 vs. Rodolfo Arévalo 136.7
Antonio Ballado 116.8 vs. Saúl Hernández 114.6
Daniel Nava 138.2 vs. Luis Contreras 138.9

Venue: Auditorio Municipal de Tijuana
Promoter: Zanfer

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Weights from Mazatlan

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Fernando Montiel 122 vs. Angy Angkota 122
Samuel “Guty” Gutiérrez 106.75 vs. Carlos Ruiz 108
(IBF light flyweight title eliminator)
Jorge “Demonio” Cota 160 vs. Francisco Madrigal 160
Cristopher Pérez 128 vs. Jesús Guerrero 129.80

Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo. Kochul Montiel and Zapari Boxing
Venue: German Evers Gym
TV: Televisa

Boxing News

Charges filed against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

From TMZ

WBC middleweight champ Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. — son of the legendary Julio Cesar Chavez — will have to fight to stay out of jail … ’cause he was just charged with DUI stemming from an arrest earlier this year. TMZ has learned … the L.A. City Attorney has decided to hit Chavez with 3 misdemeanor charges … 2 for drunk driving and 1 for driving without a valid license. If convicted on all counts, JCC could face up to a year in county jail and a $1,000 fine. He’s due back in court to face the judge later this month.

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Rios has weight issue under control

By Francisco Salazar

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

The images are hard to accept. Or believe for that matter.

Watching Brandon Rios get on a scale the day before he was to face John Murray at Madison Square Garden in New York City was difficult to watch. Rios looked drained and uncharacteristically thin in an attempt to make the 135-pound weight limit. He would fail in three attempts to make the weight, thus losing his WBA world title belt in the process. What is more unbelievable or hard to accept is that Rios did not have any solid foods to eat in four days. A few sips of water were all that Rios drank during that time frame leading up to the weigh-in.

Despite struggling during the middle rounds, Rios would eventually stop Murray in the 11th round the next night. Because of his difficulty in attempting to make 135 pounds and the fact that he keeps growing, many boxing pundits thought that the next chapter of Rios’ career would be to go up to 140 pounds.

However, Rios will fight at least once more at the lightweight limit, when he takes on hard-hitting unbeaten Yuriorkis Gamboa at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on April 14th. Ironically, both will be fighting for the vacant WBA lightweight title belt, which was previously held by Rios. (more…)

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Lonnie Smith: This fight means everything

Photo: Ray Kasprowicz

Super-featherweight prospect “El Negro Mexicano” Lonnie Smith (14-2-2, 10 KOs) will face off against former world title challenger Vicente Escobedo (24-3, 14 KOs) on Saturday night in Woodland, CA for the WBO NABO jr. lightweight title. The Smith vs. Escobedo bout is scheduled for ten rounds and will headline Telefutura’s Solo Boxeo Series. This is by far the most important fight in Lonnie Smith’s career. Even after a string of bout fall-outs, nothing deterred him from continuing to work hard in the gym. The 24-year-old is excited and prepared for this opportunity. (more…)

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Juanma scales in at 133.3

Photo: Jose Perez/PR Best

Former two time world champion, Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez weighed today 133.3 pounds before his Ggym training for the rematch versus Orlando Salido, continuing in his plan for the fight to be held March 10 at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Lopez (31-1, 28 KOs), who is looking for his revenge after losing his 126 lbs title against Salido (37-11-2, 25 KOs) last year, said “we have a plan to lose the pounds strategically. I’m feeling very good, I’m eating very well and am very focused. I hope to make the 126 next Thursday, a day before the official weigh in.”

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Klitschko outweighs Mormeck by 29 lbs

By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Photo: by Team Klitschko

Wladimir Klitschko 246.7 (111.9 kg) vs Jean-Marc Mormeck 217.4 (98.6 kg)
(IBF/WBO/WBA heavyweight championship)
Ola Afolabi 198.2 (89.9 kg) vs Valery Brudov 186.1 (84.4 kg)
(WBO interim cruiserweight title)

Venue: ESPRIT-arena, Düsseldorf,Germany
Promoter: K2 Promotion
TV: RTL (Germany), Box Nation (UK), Epix available on some cable systems (USA)

Boxing News

Rosado-Julio headline June 1

The NBC Sports Network and Main Events officially announced today that they have added a new date – June 1st – to the schedule of the network’s popular nationally televised “Fight Night” boxing series. The new show will originate from the Events Center of the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA. Headlining the card co-promoted by Peltz Boxing will be a 10-round junior middleweight fight between “King” Gabriel Rosado of Philadelphia, 19-5, 11 KOs, and Miami’s Joel Julio, 37-4, 31 KOs. Julio, the hard-hitting veteran known as “The Love Child” has twice fought for a world title, and is coming off a points win over tough Anges Adjaho last May.

Rosado is the rising star in the 154-pound division who stole the show in the very first “Fight Night” broadcast in January. Rosado stopped the rugged Jesus Soto Karass in that bout, his most impressive victory to date. The win elevated Rosado to the #7 spot in the IBF rankings.

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Marquez says he’ll retire in 2012

Photo: Zanfer Promotions

By Gabriel F. Cordero

38-year-old three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez says that he expects to retire from boxing in late 2012. “I’ve done a lot of sacrifice and effort for 28 years but I feel that now is the time to say goodbye and begin a new phase in my life. My family is asking me and what I want to do is spend time with them.” Marquez is expected to fight either April 14 or 21 in the New Mexico City Arena against undefeated Argentinian Cesar Cuenca in a clash for the WBO super lightweight interim world title. That fight could be finalized this weekend.

“I’ll possibly do a rematch with Pacquiao, but I’ve gained a good position in the boxing world and when it comes time to retire it will be difficult but I accept it. For now, plans are to fight in April and then in July and finally in November but you know how boxing is. Nothing is certain until the night of the fight.”

Boxing Result

Jaro KOs Pongsaklek, wins WBC fly belt

In a shocker, WBC flyweight champion and future Hall of Famer Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (83-4-2, 44 KOs) of Thailand was knocked out in round six by unheralded Filipino underdog Sonny Boy Jaro (34-10-5, 25 KOs). Pongsaklek was down in rounds one and three. Jaro was ahead 38-36 on all cards after four rounds. Jaro floored the 34-year-old champion again in the sixth, then battered him mercilessly to the deck for the fourth and final time.


Dominick Cruz kicks off TUF in high gear

The Ultimate Fighting Championship®’s bantamweight champion, and one of this season’s The Ultimate Fighter® Live coaches, Dominick Cruz, is headed to Phoenix to act as Honorary Pace Car Driver for the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500™ on Sunday, March 4 at Phoenix International Raceway. (more…)

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Tomasz Adamek open workout

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Mike Gladysz/Team Adamek

For Tomasz Adamek (44-2, 28 KO), whom will be back after six months of boxing hiatus, his open workout before Nagy Aguilera (17-6, 12 KO) fight on March 24 in Brooklyn’s Aviator Sports Complex felt like coming home. “Ziggy Rozalski, my manager, owns World Boxing and Fitness Center for more than 18 years and this is the first place I went after moving to the U.S. from Poland two years ago. So, no matter how many reporters are here, this is still my home away from home.”

Nobody was terribly surprised that both Adamek and his trainer Roger Bloodworth did not show anything that could help Aquilera, but “Goral” did not waste his opportunity to send a message for his rival. “I read the Aguilera interview,” said former WBC light heavyweight, and IBF cruiserweight champion. “I’m happy to know that he will not run, that he wants to fight me punch for punch. I just hope he will do in the ring what he is saying now to the press,” said Adamek. (more…)

Boxing Result

Mamadjonov upsets Clark by split decision

Former WBO world title challenger Michael “Cold Blood” Clark (42-7) dropped an 8 round split decision to Bahodir Mamadjonov (9-0) in a 140 pound WBC USNBC title eliminator at the Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio on Thursday night. A knockdown of Clark from a straight left by Mamadjonov in the final round proved to be the difference. Scores were 76-75 Clark, 76-75 and 77-75 Mamadjonov who is now the mandatory challenger for WBC USNBC champ Robert Frankel (30-11).

Highlighting the undercard, heavyweight John L Smith (10-0), trained by Buster Douglas, won a six round split decision over Jason Massie (7-2). Scores were 59-55 58-56 Smith, and 58-56 for Massie. The show was promoted by Troy Speakman in conjunction with the Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports Festival which runs through March 4.

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Weights from Atlanta

Photo: Jose E. Santiago

By Jose E. Santiago at the scales

Antonio Davis 134.5 vs. Jose Hernandez 135
(Georgia Boxing Championship (GBC) Lightweight Title
Jesus Tavera 152 vs. Darnell Jones (TBD)
Joe Mullens 181 vs. Tracey Johnson (TBD)
Djuan Hughley 229 vs. Tobias Rice 216
D’Quan Morgan 177.5 vs. Lekan Byfield 169
George Hayes 138 vs. Greg Faust 137
Joseph Benjamin 158 vs. Quatavious Cash 160
Venue: Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta, GA
Promoter: Greg Barckhoff’s Sports Fan Properties/Shea Bailey Promotions

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Weights from Hollywood, FL

Photo: Reynaldo Sanchez

Joan Guzman 140 vs. Jesus Pabon 139.5
Ed Paredes 147 vs. Manuel Leyva 147
Juan C Payano 118 vs. Jose Silveira
Claudio Marrero 125.75 vs. Gerardo Zayas 125.75
Jessy Cruz 121 vs. Yuniel Ramos 123
Taureano Johnson 160 vs. Evann Dos Santos 158.25
Umberto Savigne 170.25 vs. Franck Paines 171
Anthony Castellon 146.5 vs. Tommy Bryant 143.25
Abdulah Dobey 175.75 vs. Jerrod Caldwell 173.25
Venue: Westin Diplomat Hotel, Hollywood, Florida
Promoter: Acquinity Sports

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Weights from Connecticut

Danny Aquino 122 vs. Coy Evans 122.5
(UNBC Super Bantamweight Title)
Edwin Soto 145.5 vs Bryan Abraham 145.5
Jose Rivera 118 vs Nate Green 118
Charles Foster 170 vs Jeremie Parks 171.5
Oscar Bonilla 135 vs Gabriel Diaz 136.5

Venue: Lions Den Training Center, Middletown, Connecticut
Promoter: Hard Hittin’ Promotions/Jacqui Cartelli
Matchmaker: Danny Sheehan


UFC on FX at the scales

UFC on FX, which is headlined by the welterweight bout between Thiago Alves and Martin Kampmann and the first two flyweight bouts in UFC history, airs live on FX from Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia at 9pm ET / 6pm PT. Fans can also tune in to FUEL TV for six prelim bouts at 6pm ET / 3pm PT, and those who “like” the UFC on Facebook can see the opening prelim bout at 5:30 pm ET / 2:30 pm PT.

Martin Kampmann (170.5) VS Thiago Alves (170.5)

Yasuhiro Urushitani (125.5) VS Joseph Benavidez (125.5)
Ian McCall (125.5) VS Demetrious Johnson (125.5)
Costa Philippou (185.5) VS Court McGee (184.5)

Aaron Rosa (205.5) VS James Te Huna (206)
Nick Penner (203.5)VS Anthony Perosh (205)
Steven Siler (146) vs Cole Miller (146)
Andrew Craig (185) VS Kyle Noke (185)
Jake Hecht (171) VS TJ Waldburger (170)
Mackens Semerzier (146) vs Daniel Pineda (146)

Shawn Jordan (245.5) VS Oli Thompson (235)

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For more info on the UFC or UFC on FX, visit www.UFC.com


UFC comes back to Patriot Center in Virginia

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® is bringing an exciting night of action to the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. on Tuesday, May 15. It will mark the UFC’s second trip to the Patriot Center, with the first being held in front of a sellout crowd on Jan. 11, 2010. (more…)


UFC on FX: Flash quotes from Sydney

The second UFC® On FX event emanates live from Sydney, Australia, on Friday night. The explosive night of Friday night fights features an expected war between two top welterweights as well as the two semi-final bouts in the UFC flyweight title tournament.

The four best 125-pound fighters in the world will battle it out in two matches to decidewhich fighters will compete for the newly-minted UFC flyweight title later this year. First, Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson, 14-2 in his mixed martial arts career, takes on highly-rated UFC newcomer Ian “Uncle Creepy” McCall, 11-2; and in the second semi-final, Joseph Benavidez, the 15-2 buzzsaw who took Dominick Cruz to a split decision for the bantamweight world title, takes on Japanese sensation Yasuhiro Urushitani, 19-4, who has long been considered the best 125lbs fighter in the world. (more…)

Boxing News

Mayweather-Cotto LA Presser

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

Multi-division boxing superstar Floyd “Money” Mayweather and WBA super welterweight world champion Miguel Cotto were joined by WBC super welterweight world champion Canelo Alvarez and former world champion Sugar Shane Mosley at Hollywood’s world famous Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Thursday to wrap up their coast-to-coast press tour for their May 5 megafight.

Floyd Mayweather: Miguel Cotto is one solid, tough cookie and I know that going out there on May 5 this is a guy you can’t overlook…we chose Olympic-style blood testing to keep the sport of boxing clean. We want to be on an even playing field.

Miguel Cotto: I’m anxious to start training for this fight…I don’t want to stop training hard for this fight until I find the tool to beat Mayweather on May 5.

Canelo Alvarez: When I first started boxing, I used to watch film, I used to see fights of Shane Mosley, and now that I’m fighting him it’s like a dream. You’re gonna see the best of me on May 5.

Shane Mosley: People say ‘do you wanna be on an undercard?’ I know me and Saul can probably hold our own on our own card, but this is a spectacular event and I’m very honored to be a part of this.

Click here for more photos…

Boxing News

March 16 Morongo card lineup

On March 16 Gary Shaw Productions and ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” bring another televised boxing event to the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, Calif. In the main-event, light welterweights Kendall Holt (27-5, 15 KOs) and Tim Coleman (19-2-1, 5 KOs) battle in a 10-round bout. In the eight-round co-feature, undefeated featherweight prospect Abraham Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs), of La Puente, Calif., will take on Gabriel Tolmajyan (12-1-1, 3 KOs) of Glendale, Calif. In a six-round bout, hard-punching lightweight Alejandro Luna (8-0, 6 KOs, of Whittier, Calif., returns to action when he faces Mexico’s Jose Mendoza (7-4, 3 KOs). In a rematch, Los Angeles’ Roy Tapia (2-0-0, 1 KOs) and Jose Garcia (1-5, 1 KO) of Bakersfield, CA, collide in a four-round super bantamweight bout. Featherweights, Derrick Murray (1-0-0, 1 KO) from St. Louis, and Tucson, Arizona’s Cesar Valenzuela (2-0-1) battle to keep their undefeated records intact. Also unbeatens Julian Williams (8-0-1, 4 KOs), of Philadelphia, Los Angeles’ Ray Rivera (2-0-0, 1 KOs) and Roman Morales (8-0, 5 KOs) of San Ardo, CA, will box opponents to be announced.

Tickets priced $35 & $55 are on sale now and can be purchased at the Morongo Casino Box office or by calling the Box office hotline at (951) 755-5391. Tickets are also available by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745- 3000 or online at ticketmaster.com.

Boxing News

Andy Lee returns March 10 in Detroit

Middleweight contender Andy Lee (27-1, 19 KOs), who pulled out of a March 17 HBO-televised fight, will instead fight a week earlier on March 10 at the at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan. Lee is slated to face Alexis Camacho (17-3, 16 KOs). If all goes well, Lee is tentatively scheduled to challenge WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on June 2 in an HBO-televised bout. Lee vs. Camacho also heralds the return of Kronk Fight Night in the Detroit area, promoted by Emanuel Steward of Kronk Gym. The new crop of Kronk fighters include Tony Harrison, LeAndre White, Jacob Bonas, Ernie Garza of Saginaw, MI and Wade Tolle Jr. of Monroe, MI. (more…)

Boxing News

Davis vs. Hernandez on Friday Night

By Jose E. Santiago

On Friday, March 2nd, at the classy Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta GA, Greg Barckhoff’s Sports Fan Properties along with Shea Bailey Promotions is all set to pick up where they left off last year; bringing Atlanta fans excellent boxing action. Co-promoter Shea Bailey said “We had an amazing 2011 and we’re looking to continue in our success with boxing promotions in Atlanta in 2012.” The main event will feature a sure bet battle as local favorite Georgia Boxing Championship (GBC) lightweight title holder Antonio “T-Rex” Davis (28-7 13KO) takes on Mexico’s Jose Hernandez (11-8-1 5KO). (more…)

Boxing News

Weights from Puerto Rico

Photo: PR Best Boxing Promotions/José Pérez

Víctor Bisbal 238 vs. Robert Daniels 217
Carlos Negrón vs. Francisco Mireles TBA
Osenohan Vázquez 141 vs. John Figueroa 140
Christian López 108 vs. Israel Vázquez 107
Gabriel Díaz 139 vs. Carlos López 140
Efigenio Pérez TBA vs. Harold Cartagena 147
Luis Declet 117 vs. Eric Pabón 114
Ismael Aulet 149 vs. Bernny Ruiz 149
Brian González 123 vs. Manuel Pillot 125
Venue: Coliseo Angel “Cholo” Espada, Salinas, Puerto Rico
Promoter: PR Best in association with Top Rank
TV: WAPA America

Boxing News

WBA Annual Awards Night in Panama

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer and others

With hundreds of attendees and an international closed circuit audience, Mexican boxer and flyweight world champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (32-2, 27 KOs) was star of the WBA annual awards night in Panama City at the luxurious Miramar International Hotel. WBA president Gilberto Mendoza recognized Marquez as Fighter of the Year, beating out world stars like Miguel Cotto, Amir Khan, Vitali Klitschko, Roman Gonzalez, Chemito Moreno and Felix Sturm. Marquez’ April 2, 2011 knockout of “Nica” Concepción was acknowledged as Fight of the Year.

“Our goal is to keep doing the best for the boxing world and contributing ideas to improve the quality standards of boxing and boxers. It’s time to change the destiny of the sport,” stated Mendoza. (more…)

Boxing News

Warren lashes out at WBC

Dereck Chisora’s promoter Frank Warren has ripped into WBC President Jose Sulaiman for issuing an indefinite ban on Chisora for slapping Vitali Klitschko at a pre-fight weigh-in, spitting in Wladimir Klitschko’s face moments before his fight with Vitali, then initiating a brawl with David Haye at the post-fight press conference. In an open letter published by London’s Sun tabloid, Warren writes:

Mr Sulaiman,

I wish I could accuse you of having double standards. But I can’t, because I question whether you have any standards at all.

The way you have banned Dereck Chisora indefinitely, without even having the decency to call a hearing to establish the facts surrounding his recent bout against Vitali Klitschko, in my opinion shows you as a posturing, self-righteous egotist.

I learned of your decision through the media. You didn’t even let the British Boxing Board of Control, myself or Dereck know before you spoke to the world’s Press.

In any democracy, any man is innocent until proven guilty. But you appear to have set yourself up as judge, jury and executioner as far as Dereck is concerned.

Click here to read Warren’s entire open letter.

Boxing News

Bute vs. Froch not on Showtime?

By Karl Freitag

Word is the just announced fight between IBF super middleweight champion Lician Bute and Carl Froch, to take place in a European timezone, is not to the liking of Showtime, which had been airing all recent fights of Bute and Froch. A few weeks ago, InterBox president Jean Bedard insisted that they wanted a Bute-Froch matchup, and would do it without U.S. TV if Showtime isn’t on board. As of now we hear from multiple sources that there is no U.S. TV deal in place.

Boxing News

Charr to face Bidenko March 30

The latest boxer to make the leap from fighter to promoter is WBC #15 heavyweight Manuel Charr (20-0, 11 KOs). Charr’s “Diamond Boy Promotions” will present his March 30 clash against formerly world-rated Taras Bidenko (28-4, 12 KOs) in a “gala dinner boxing show” at the Maritim Hotel in Cologne, Germany. Charr will be defending his WBC International Silver belt. Charr is working with Jean Marcel Nartz Jr. EC Boxing will arrange the undercard.

Boxing News

Sturm vs. Zbik on April 13

An interesting all-German middleweight showdown between WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm and former WBC middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik is set for April 13 at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany. The fight will be officially announced next week. Zbik is already preparing for the bout with his trainer Artur Grigorian at Zakopane, a famous Polish mountain resort.

Boxing News

Bute to defend against Froch in England

Carl Froch will challenge Lucian Bute for the IBF World super middleweight title at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham on May 26. The Nottingham star will fight in his hometown for the first time since October 2009 against the unbeaten Canadian-based Romanian who will defend his belt for the tenth time against The Cobra. Froch comes back home after fighting the best in the business on the road as part of the Super Six World Boxing Classic, facing Mikkel Kessler in Denmark, Arthur Abraham in Finland and a semi-final and final in Atlantic City against Glen Johnson and Andre Ward. The 34 year-old has championed a huge hometown show since teaming up with new promoter Eddie Hearn and he is delighted to be back fighting in front of a home crowd. (more…)

Feature Story

Dominican Domination Presser

By Phil Doherty
Photos: Rey Sanchez

Acquinity Sports served up a heaping helping of heated hyperbole yesterday afternoon from the popular Duffy’s Sports Grill in North Miami Beach. Kicking off the final press conference for tomorrow’s ESPN Friday Night Fights-televised “D-Day: Dominican Domination” card, Acquinity promoter Henry Rivalta stated: “Acquinity Sports has the best fighter on the planet, Joan Baby Tyson” Guzman, proudly representing The Dominican Republic against the legendary fighting country of Puerto Rico. Fans will not want to miss this.”

The 10-round main event features light welterweight Guzman (31-0-1, 18 KOs) against southpaw puncher Jesus Pabon (17-2, 11 KOs) in what represents a comeback fight of sorts for the 35-year old Dominican former two-division world champion.

Having overcome prior weight issues, past promotional conflicts, a doping scandal, not to mention the death of his beloved mother, Guzman looked remarkably fresh and fit for Friday’s showdown. Guzman promised fans those troubles are behind him and reinforced his commitment to new promoter Acquinity Sports and his fans. (more…)

Boxing News

Mayweather-Cotto LA Presser today

Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Miguel Cotto will hold a 1PM press conference at Hollywood’s World Famous Grauman’s Chinese Theater to officially announce their WBA super welterweight world championship fight taking place Saturday, May 5 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®. Mayweather and Cotto will be joined by Canelo Alvarez and Sugar Shane Mosley as they announce their May 5 pay-per-view televised co-featured WBC super welterweight world championship showdown.

Please note: This event is open to the PUBLIC and free. Fans are encouraged to arrive early and line up in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.


Reinventing Cole Miller

The decision to make the leap to a new weight class isn’t one to be taken lightly, and unfortunately, it’s usually done when a fighter has reached a dead end in his career predicated by a series of losses. A change in scenery can do you good, the story goes, but often even a drop of 10, 15, or 20 pounds doesn’t always do the trick . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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