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By Rey Colon – The Sport Press
Universal Promotions, Gary Shaw Promotions and DiBella Entertainment will announce the signing of Purto Rican lightweight super talent Jose Pedraza to a promotional contract next Tuesday at the San Juan Hotel and Casino, in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico. Pedraza, a 2008 Olympian and one of the most decorated and sought-after amateurs ever, is said to have agreed to a signing bonus second only to Miguel Cotto for a fighter from the island. At the press conference, promoters Javier Bustillo, Gary Shaw and Lou DiBella will share details of their plans for the boxer’s career, and will reveal his first fight for 2011.
Sensational welterweight prospect Leti Leti makes his North American debut this Saturday night, January 6th at the ROCKY MOUTAIN RUMBLE at the Island Grove Park Exhibit Hall in Greeley, Colorado.
An outstanding amateur in New Zealand and Samoa where he won numerous national titles, the 23 year old Leti has been based in Las Vegas for the past five months under the tutelage of renowned trainer Kenny Adams. In November, he was one of the main sparring partners for Marcos Maidana as he prepared for his world title challenge with Amir Khan. (more…)
Kathy Duva, CEO Main Events, confirmed, “Contracts have been emailed to Kaizer Mabuza’s promoter, Branco Milenkovic. The contract specifies the Judah-Mabuza IBF Jr. Welterweight title fight will be held March 5th.” According to the rules of the IBF purse bid that Main events won last week, Mabuza has two weeks from day of the purse bid to sign the contract. Duva expects the executed contracts back by next Thursday. It has been confirmed the fight will be the inaugural event for the Amerihealth Pavilion at Prudential Center, Newark, NJ. Kaizer Mabuza of Johannesburg, South Africa has a record of 23-6-3, 14 KOs, Zab Judah, Brooklyn, NY, 40-6, 27 KOs.
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Three time world champion Danny Green could be forced to retire – but is happy to be alive after being “horrifically misdiagnosed” by a West Australian doctor. Green is in Perth’s St John of God hospital after undergoing emergency surgery to remove an abscess “the size of a softball,” which had gone undetected in his stomach for seven years. “Could it all be over? Yeah, definitely,” Green conceded. “What’s happened to me, it’s all pretty crazy and no one is sure what recovery I’ll make. But I’m just relieved to be here, to know that I can still play a role in my kids’ lives. What if I had been in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race as planned? Or out in the bush? If a few things had gone differently over the past couple of days … yeah, right now I could be brown bread.” Green was impressive in defending the IBO cruiserweight title against B.J Flores in a recent defense of the crown winning a clear twelve round decision. Green is a former WBA light heavyweight champion and a former WBC super middleweight interim champion.
Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
Weights from Fairfield, California, for the city’s first nationally-televised (Telefutura) boxing card:
Main event: Brandon Gonzales (13-0, Sacramento), 160, vs. Lester Gonzalez (11-1-1, San Diego), 162, eight rounds; Allan Sanchez (5-2-1, Fairfield), 146 , vs. Cristian Favela (28-30-7, Mexico), 146, eight rounds. Promoted by Don Chargin in association with Golden Boy Promotions.
By Karl Freitag
Below is the text of the January 6 letter from WBC President Jose Sulaiman addressed to WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal, WBC emeritus champion Bernard Hopkins, WBC #1 contender Chad Dawson:
The WBC Board of Governors has voted in favor of ordering the immediate rematch between WBC champion Jean Pascal and Emeritus Champion Bernard Hopkins for the WBC light heavyweight championship of the world, where the WBC Diamond Belt will be awarded to the winner.
The winner of this fight has the obligation to fight Chad Dawson immediately without any intervening contest.
Serve this letter as the official initiation of the 30 day-free negotiation period for the immediate rematch between WBC champion Jean Pascal and Emeritus Champion Bernard Hopkins and if there is no agreement a purse will be held in Mexico City on Friday, February 4, 2011.
Please accept my sincere regards.
Jose Sulaiman Ch.
Copies were sent to the WBC Board of Governors, Yvon Michel, Richard Schaefer, Gary Shaw, Robert Lenhardt, Gaby Peñagaricano and Mauricio Sulaiman.
Tickets go on sale tomorrow – Saturday, January 8, noon – for the Miguel Acosta vs Brandon Rios world lightweight title fight Feb 26 at the Palms Casino Resort. Notre Dame champion Mike Lee of Chicago will also box on the Top Rank championship card. Lee, a three-time champion at Notre Dame, is trained by Ronnie Shields in Houston. Acosta, from Caracas, is the WBA lightweight champion. He has won 19 fights in a row and has been unbeaten the last seven years. He has defeated three undefeated fighters in his last eight bouts. Rios, from Oxnard, Ca., last year scored his biggest win, defeating Anthony Peterson at the Palms. He is managed by Cameron Dunkin and trained by Robert Garcia in Oxnard, Ca. Acosta vs. Rios will be televised live on Showtime Championship Boxing. The fight card will be held in the Pearl Concert Theatre. Tickets are $200, $100, $50 and available at the Pearl Box Office at the Palms. Call 702-944-3200, visit any Ticketmaster location, or call 1-800-745-3000, or go www.ticketmaster.com
Looks like WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal is between the proverbial “rock and a hard place.” Pascal, who already has a contractual obligation to face Chad Dawson next, has been ordered by the WBC to grant an immediate rematch to Bernard Hopkins with the camps to commence negotiations immediately. So unless some arrangement is made, Pascal would likely be sued by the Dawson camp for fighting Hopkins, or stripped by the WBC for fighting Dawson.
Beibut Shumenov 175 vs William Joppy 174.5
(WBA light heavyweight championship)
Ravshan Hudaynazarov 146.5 vs Jose Cruz 153.5
Alexandr Zhuravskiy 140 vs Ruben Galvan 144
Gayrat Ahmedov 175 vs Tursunboy Abdullakimov 165
Venue: The Ice Mansion, Shymkent, Kazakhstan
Promoters: Goossen Tutor Promotions and KZ Event Productions
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel/WBC
This Saturday at the Arena Coliseo in Mexico City, a professional boxing show will be presented by Boxeo de Gala. The Arena Coliseo is known as Mexico’s “Boxing Cathedral” and is one of the oldest boxing arenas. WBCBoxing.tv will present a live webcast – free of charge – on Saturday at 10:30PM CT. The webcast is not available in Mexico.
In the main event – scheduled for 12 rounds WBC Silver bantamweight champion Cristian “El Italiano” Esquivel, 20-2 with 14 knockouts, of Teomoya, Mexico, will make his first defense of the title against Eduardo “El Bambino” Garcia, 21-5-1 with 9 knockouts, of Naucalpan, Mexico. The bout is also a final eliminator to determine the mandatory challenger for the WBC bantamweight world title. (more…)
Prospects José “Chelo” González and McWilliams Arroyo will headline PR Best Boxing Promotions’ second 2011 show on February 5 on a card billed as “Future Champions 2″ at the Rubén Rodríguez Coliseum in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. González (13-0, 9 KOs) will fight in a ten-round lightweight bout against an opponent to be named, while Arroyo, a former amateur world champion, will fight in a flyweight six-rounder. Arroyo has a record of 5-1, 4 KOs. Tickets are available at Ticketcenter 1-787-792-5000. Prices are $40 for ringside and $20 general admission.
“Today’s decision is just a decision of the court of first instance. And this decision is wrong,” said Dr. Maximilian Hermann, manager WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin. “We will appeal against this judgement to the next instance as soon as we get the statement of grounds of the decision. The termination of the contract with Universum is still in effect and we are convinced we’ll be successful in the next instance. It is certain that Gennady will never fight for Universum again.”
By a vote of the officers and board of directors of the Boxing Writers Association of America, the recipient of the 2010 James A. Farley award for “Honesty and Integrity in Boxing” is Micky Ward. (more…)
Covering Melvin Guillard over the past five years has never been dull. In and out of the Octagon, “The Young Assassin” has survived a rollercoaster ride that would have crippled lesser men. But he’s still standing, still fighting, and headlining January 22nd’s Fight for The Troops 2 card in Texas against Evan Dunham. But before we look back at how Guillard got here, here’s a quote from 2006 which captured how the Louisiana native was looking at his fight career . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
In an explosive interview with Bokser.org, heavyweight contender Alexander Povetkin’s trainer Teddy Atlas spoke about his experiences (and it sounds like he won’t be with Povetkin much longer). Chris Meyer, managing director of Sauerland Event, Potetkin’s promoter, was unavailable for comment.
The Hamburg District Court today confirmed the validity of the contract between Universum Box-Promotion and WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin. As a result, Golovkin will continue to be contractually bound to Universum. The verdict is not finalized yet, however. “We look forward to continuing to working with Gennady,” said promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl. “Not only is he an outstanding boxer, but also a good kid. The decision shows what we have always said, that Gennady was incorrectly advised. This ruling is a very, very important ruling for the entire sport of boxing.”
WBA heavyweight champion David Haye will now take aim at mandatory challenger Ruslan Chagaev after a proposed fight against IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko imploded due a conflict over television dates. “The Klitschko situation is dead,” Haye’s manager Adam Booth told The Sun tabloid. “I have asked Chagaev’s manager to supply medical records.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA super welterweight interim world champion Rigoberto ‘Español’ Alvarez is currently in his hardest period of training for his first defense against mandatory challenger Austin Trout. Sources say that the Alvarez-Trout fight will be held January 29 in Mexico under the Golden Boy Promotions banner with venues in Leon, Puerto Vallarta, Guadalajara and Tepic under consideration.
Two other Canelo Promotions prospects will see action, as well. WBA #4 super bantamweight Victor “Vikingo” Terrazas will face #2 ranked former WBA bantamweight champion Nehomar Cermeño and WBA #6 flyweight Jesus “Zurdo” Jimenez meets WBA #2 Jean Piero Perez. Both matches will be WBA eliminators.
WBA bantamweight super champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno, his manager Dr. Roberto Grimaldo and promoter Carlos Gonzalez, signed the contract for his next defense to be held at the Roberto Duran Arena on Saturday February 19. Panamanian Moreno will face former WBA Flyweight Champion Lorenzo Parra from Venezuela whose contract has been signed already.
Former world contender and British heavyweight champion Gary Mason (37-1, 34 KOs) was killed Thursday morning in a bicycling accident in London. Mason’s bicycle was hit by a van and he died at the scene. The van driver was booked for reckless driving. Mason’s only loss was to Lennox Lewis. He was just 48 years of age.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“Tomek Adamek has agreed to fight Wladimir Klitschko in a soccer stadium in Wroclaw, Poland, in September, in front of 52,000 fans. The deal is done, we just have to put some signatures on paper,” this blockbuster news from Adamek manager, Zyggi Rozalski changes a boxing landscape for 2011.
“I always promised my fans that I will try do something, what was never done in history of boxing: win world title in the three heaviest weight classes. I have two titles, in the light heavyweight and cruiserweight divisions. Just one, in the heavyweight division is left. I will be a heavyweight world champion,” said Adamek after agreeing to fight current IBF/WBO titleholder Wladimir Klitschko .
Rozalski added “We discussed this fight for long time, but in the last couple of days, talking we Shelly Finkel, we just decided to do it. We don’t have an exact date, it has to be agreed between HBO and German television, but it will be most likely in the late September. Both sides agreed that fight will take place in a soccer stadium in Wroclaw where we can have up to 52,000 fans. This way we can accommodate all the Adamek fans from Poland, and Klitschko supporters from Germany and Ukraine,” added Adamek’s manager.
“Like planned, I will have one more fight on April 16 before fighting Wladimir. My team will decide who I will be fighting in the next couple of days,” said Adamek. “Most important for me is the fact that I will be fighting for something I was always dreaming about. I will be ready. I will be a heavyweight champion of the world this September!”
Mauricio Herrera 140 vs Ruslan Provodnikov 140
Alberto Herrera 152 vs Demetrius Andrade 153.5
Venue: Cox Pavilion, Las Vegas
WBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov (10-1, 6 KOs) will still be defending his title on Saturday in Shymkent, Kazakhstan. However, instead of WBO champion Jürgen Brähmer who was a late scratch, Shumenov will now face 40-year-old former three-time WBA middleweight champion William Joppy (39-6-2, 30 KOs), who was scheduled to fight on the undercard. Joppy received emergency WBA approval for the fight despite being winless since 2007.
UFC On Demand Celebrates the Fighters to Watch 2011: With fights from rising stars like Brendan Shaub, Matt Mitrione, Phil Davis, Jim Miller, George Sotiropoulos and more.
UFC 128 Fight Club Presale Starts January 11, 2011: Tickets go on presale for Fight Club members this January 11th for the Light Heavyweight Championship battle between Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Rashad Evans. UFC 128 is Saturday, March 19th at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
UFC Live Presale Starts January 12, 2011: Tickets go on presale for Fight Club members January 12 for UFC Live Sanchez vs. Kampmann. UFC Live is Thursday, March 3rd, 2011 at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, KY.
UFC Undisputed 2010 on iPad/iPhone: Step into the Octagon® with more than 25 of the best UFC fighters in the world – get it now at the iTunes App Store for the special price of $1.99
“Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting” in Greeley, Colorado as TKO Boxing Promotions in association with Ghost Town Promotions present the “Rocky Mountain Rumble” at the Island Grove Park Exhibit Hall this Saturday night, January 8th.
Headlining this Saturday’s action packed seven bout card is Greeley fan favorite and former amateur standout Robert Rodriguez. Competing as a featherweight, Rodriguez has built his record to 5-0-0 (1KO) while impressing fans all over the country.
On Thursday, March 3, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® brings its prized thoroughbreds to the city made famous by the Kentucky Derby. For the first time ever, UFC® delivers its hard-hitting action to the Bluegrass State for UFC® LIVE, from the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville and broadcast on VERSUS at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
World championship referee Steve Smoger has been the third man in the ring on several ring classics including the Hopkins versus Trinidad, Mosley versus Forrest and Pavlik versus Taylor bouts. Steve talks to Fightnews and comments on the infamous “chair incident” the big fights he has worked and also his career as Municipal Court Judge in New Jersey and his career in the Air Force Reserves. (more…)
With a career crossroads fight for former #1-world ranked heavyweight contender Cristobal Arreola (29-2, 25 KOs) just three weeks away, Team Arreola brought in some reinforcements with the notable addition of highly-successful and respected, Houston-based trainer Ronnie Shields. Shields, who worked with Mike Tyson and guided the likes of Evander Holyfield, Pernell Whittaker, Meldrick Taylor , Vernon Forrest and Kermit Cintron to world titles, will share the corner with incumbent trainer Henry Ramirez at Arreola’s January 28 ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” main event against hard-hitting southpaw Joey Abell (27-4, 26 KOs) at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, CA. (more…)
It had been reported that former WBC super middleweight world champion Robin Reid would be the final boxer to join the line-up for Prizefighter Light Heavyweights II at Olympia in London on January 29. However, today it was confirmed that little known Jack “13” Morris (4-1) will get the eighth and final spot in the £32,000 one-day tournament. (more…)
Sources are reporting that the strong candidates to be the next opponents of WBO Featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez (30-0, 27 KOs) and WBA Super Featherweight world champion/IBF Featherweight world champion Yuriorkis Gamboa (19-0, 15 KOs) are the following:
For Lopez an offer has been made to former WBA super bantamweight interim Champion Ricardo Cordoba (37-3-2, 23 KOs) of Panama to fight Lopez in Puerto Rico April 16th on SHOWTIME. The final decision will be up to Cordoba as to if he will take the fight or not.
In the case of Gamboa, HBO ruled in favor of his next opponent being former world title challenger Jason Litzau (28-2, 21 KOs) instead of Cordoba on a date to soon be determined. This would be of no surprise to many being that Litzau scored what many feel is the upset of the year when he decisioned former world champion Celestino Caballero this past November on HBO.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: David Martin Warr/DKP
In 2011, undefeated cruiserweight contender Francisco “The Wizard” Palacios (20-0, 13 KOs) of Puerto Rico wants to accomplish what Carlos de Leon did many years ago for his country and fulfill his promise to his dead brother – became cruiserweight world champion. To make this possible, on April 2 in Gdansk, Poland, “The Wizard” will have to defeat a fighter who hasn’t lost a bout in the last three years and will be defending his WBC title in his home country, Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (44-2, 32 KO). (more…)
A boxing show billed as “Latin Championship Night” is being planned for March 11th at the North Atlanta Trade Center in Norcross, Georgia. Organizers say this will be the beginning of a monthly series at the venue. Local favorite Zahir Raheem (31-3, 18 KOs) will be fighting for the IBF/USBA belt in the featured fight, with Hector Camacho Jr and possibly Fres Oquendo also seeing action. The series is presented by the Atlanta Boxing Association and tickets are $25, $50, $75 and $200.
Looks like Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will return on January 29th against Billy Lyell (22-8, 4 KOs) in an outdoor soccer stadium in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico. It has also been mentioned that Chavez could fight for some form of the WBC middleweight belt on March 26 against interim champion Sebsatian Zbik. While Lyell would be good preparation for a Zbik fight, the matchup wouldn’t be without risk as Lyell has also beaten Chavez’ best opponent to date, John Duddy.
IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green has undergone emergency surgery to have his appendix removed. The 37-year-old is now recuperating in a hospital in Perth, Australia, and is expected to be able continue his career upon recovery, however it could take many weeks or even months before he could resume full training again.
The title defense of IBF, IBO, WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko against British and Commonwealth Champion Dereck Chisora has been rescheduled for April 30 at SAP Arena Mannheim, Germany. Originally, the fight was supposed to happen last year on December 11, also in Mannheim, but had to be cancelled due to an injury Klitschko suffered in training three days before the fight.
“I am very happy that we have found a new date for the fight so quickly. Chisora insulted me many times and that is why I still have unfinished business with him. He is a very good boxer but as a person he is a loser. Like I had done in December I will now teach him a lesson end of April,” says Klitschko. (more…)
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