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It has been a long road, but last Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Pawel “The Raging Bull” Wolak officially put his stamp as one of the top contenders in the junior middleweight division with a one sided, sixth round stoppage of Yuri Foreman.
The bout was televised around the world as the co-feature on the Cotto-Mayorga undercard and Wolak’s popularity has grown exponentially since the decisive victory . . . Click here for more
Urijah Faber is in New Jersey and aims to spread “California Love” around Saturday night at Prudential Center.
“I think they’ll love it in Jersey,” said the 31-year-old, referring to his entrance anthem, a classic jam by Dr. Dre and the late, great 2Pac. “I think Jersey will welcome California with open arms. I hope the fight matches the song and that I show them how to rock n’ roll.” . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, UFC.com
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Fidel Maldonado Jr 136.6 vs. TBA
Bobby Chavez 152.2 vs. Stephen Rubalcava 151
J.J. Ambrose 166.6 vs. Stephan Lugo 165.2
Antonio Orozco 140.8 vs. Manuel Aguilar 140.4
Luis Ramos Jr 139.4 vs. Jose Hernandez 135.2
James Kirkland 163.4 vs. Jhon Berrio 161.6
Francisco Contreras 133.8 vs. Adolfo Landeros 133
Jose Manuel Sanchez 127.2 vs. Humberto Zatarain 127.6
Venue: Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
Photos: Teddy Blackburn/DBE
The “East-West Showdown,” featuring World Boxing Council (“WBC”) Welterweight World Champion Andre Berto and WBC #5 rated challenger “Vicious” Victor Ortiz, was held yesterday at The Palm West Restaurant in New York City. The two featured fighters and representatives from their respective camps were in attendance at yesterday’s event.
“East-West Showdown: Berto vs. Ortiz” is presented by DiBella Entertainment, in association with Golden Boy Promotions. The bout will be televised live on HBO’s World Championship Boxing starting at 9:45 PM/ET 6:45 PM/PT. The broadcast kicks off with Amir “King” Khan (24-1, 17 KOs) defending his WBA Super Lightweight World Title against Paul “Dudley” McCloskey (22-0, 12 KOs) from the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England. (more…)
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Welterweight and knockout artist Hugo “The Boss” Centeno (6-0, 6 KOs) of Oxnard, CA will step back into the ring on Thursday, April 21st against Jiovanni Rubio (7-14, 4 KOs) of Santa Rosa, California at the Hangar at the Orange County Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa, California, in the next edition of ‘Fight Club OC’ which is being presented by Roy Englebrecht Promotions. For more details and photos click here…
Reporting from Montreal, Showtime Sports gets the latest from Canadian sensation Lucian Bute and his challenger, the impressive Irish southpaw, Brian Magee. Don’t miss Bute vs. Magee, following a special broadcast of Cotto vs. Mayorga on SHOWTIME. Sat. Mar 19th at 10pm ET/PT.
Fernando Aguilar 116 vs. Gustavo Sotomayor 115
David Carmona 112 vs. Jorge Amador 112
Cesar Juarez 118 vs. Gallo Carlos Flores 118
Josue Veraza 126 vs. Pluma Armando Cardona 126
Dante Jardon 130 vs. Jr. Ligero Humberto Martinez 132
Jonathan Duran 147 vs. Welter Rodrigo Mejia 147
Julio Ler 121 vs. Jesus Ruiz 121
Venue: Jose Cuervo Salon, Polanco, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Promoter: AllStar Boxing
Darryl Cunningham 158.6 vs. Marcos Primera 162.8
Willie Fortune 159.4 vs. Ivan Ledon TBA
Alexis Hloros 160 vs. Alan Moore 160
Miguel Gonzalez 139.8 vs. Eric Ricker 139.8
Chris Grays 157.4 vs. Michael Moore 160.2
Adam Alvarez 132.2 vs. James Smith 129.8
Jafar Kirtley 122.8 vs. Raymond Torres 118.4
Charles Brown 174.8 vs. Anthony Kelly 164.2
Brown and Kelly to re-weigh to attempt to get within state regulations of no more than seven pounds difference.
Venue: Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, Michigan
Promoter: Carlos Llinas
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WBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov (11-1, 7 KOs) today filed a lawsuit against Goossen Tutor Promotions. The lawsuit asks the Nevada court to confirm that a promotional agreement between Shumenov and Goossen Tutor is terminated. Shumenov says terminated his agreement with Goossen Tutor Promotions in January of this year and alleges that Goossen Tutor Promotions violated its duties under the contract in different ways. The lawsuit charges breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and deceptive trade practices and seeks a judicial confirmation that the agreement is terminated. Shumenov seeks unspecified damages, including punitive damages.
Middleweight contender Peter “The Pride of Providence” Manfredo, Jr. had a ringside seat in MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods last Saturday night to witness the superlative performance turned in by WBC Emeritus 160-pound champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez, who dropped previously unbeaten WBO junior welterweight titlist Sergiy “Razor” Dzinziruk five times en route to an eighth-round knockout. Manfredo (37-6, 20 KOs) is riding a six-fight win streak since losing to super middleweight Saki Bika in 2008. The star of The Contender, Season One is currently rated #7 by the IBF and #9 by the WBC.
Now working fulltime sweeping floors at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, ironically where he headlined four major shows, Manfredo has been mentioned as a possible for WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm. However the popular Italian-American boxer seems more interested in having promoter Lou DiBella put him in with his stablemate Martinez instead. (more…)
Top Rank’s newest fighter Colin Fish McFadden of Canada will turn pro Saturday night on the Lucian Bute vs Brian Magee title card at Montreal’s Bell Centre. McFadden, 20, will make his Top Rank debut at light heavyweight, taking on Mike Buccanan of Vancouver.
Fightnews.com send its condolences to feature writer Phil Doherty, who lost his father this week. Nicholas Doherty, 66, passed away Wednesday morning. He is survived by his wife Katherine, his two sons, Phil and Nicholas, and daughter Kathy
Rivals James DeGale and George Groves today performed the draw for Prizefighter Super-Middleweights II at Liverpool Olympia on March 23. The super-middleweight pair who also announced their clash in May today, joined Matchroom Sport’s Eddie Hearn on the show to decide the fate of the eight fighters in the 17th edition of the eight-man, one night tournaments.
Patrick J Maxwell kicks off the night against Scotsman Kenny Anderson and the winner of that bout between will face either Liverpool’s Joe Ainscough or tough Sheffield fighter Wayne Reed. The bottom half of the draw sees former world champion Robin Reid fight unbeaten Welsh prospect Tobias Webb – Reid could potentially face fellow Liverpudlian Carl Dilks who faces Leicester boxer Jahmaine Smyle in the fourth quarter-final.
Prize Fight Promotions has announced that it is expecting its 89th consecutive sell out of a casino boxing show with Saturday’s installment of “Fights At The Fitz” at the Fitz Hotel & Casino in Tunica, Mississippi. The card will feature an eight round middleweight clash between unbeaten Jesse Lubash (14-0, 8 KOs) and veteran Germaine Sanders (27-8, 17 KOs). The co-feature is a six-round rematch between jr welterweights Dedrick Bell (6-4, 3 KOs) and power punching Tyrone “TNT” Chatman (6-1, 5 KOs). Also, on tap is six-round rematch between super middleweights Morgan Fitch (3-0, 1 KO) and Nathan Bedwell (3-6, 2 KOs). For tickets call 901-525-1515.
Hot prospect Jonathan Gonzalez already has an opponent for his expected debut next April 1st in the card “A Puño Limpio” to be held at the Coliseo Hector Sola Bezares in Caguas, Puerto Rico, in a presentation of PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) to be televised by WAPA America to the United States. González, a 19-year-old Gold Medalist in the Youth World Championships in 2008 and Gold Medalist in the Central American and Caribbean Games last year in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, will face namesake Jonathan Gonzalez, from Vega Alta, Puerto Rico, in a four round bout at 112 pounds.
A bout between David Quijano (13-1, 9 KOs) and Juan Mercedes (24-3, 17 KOs), will headline the card in a fight for the WBO Latino super flyweight title, and the in co-feature former amateur world champion and Olympian McWilliams Arroyo (6-1, 5 KOs) faces Erickson Martell (4-2-1, 3 KOs) in an eight round 112 pound clash.
Jr lightweight contender Antonio Escalante (23-3, 15 KOs) and hometown jr featherweight hero Manuel “Tino” Avila (2-0, 1 KO) that will headline the March 25th TeleFutura card at the Sports Center in Fairfield, California. Escalante faces Alejandro Perez (14-2-1, 9 KOs) in a ten rounder, while Avila risks his unbeaten record against Frank Gutierrez (2-8-2, 1 KO) in a scheduled six.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Panamanian referee Gustavo Padilla will be the third man in the ring when Nicaraguan WBA light flyweight world champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (27-0, 23 KOs) and Mexican WBO former world champion Manuel “Chango” Vargas (29-7-1, 14 KOs) meet at Puebla, Mexico on Saturday. The three judges are Sergio Caiz (U.S.), Levi Martinez (U.S) and Jesus Cova (U.S.). The fight supervisor is Miguel Prado (Panama).
The enthusiasm for boxing shown by the citizens and officials in the city of Laredo, Texas, has several veteran boxing men predicting an unforgettable night on Friday, April 8. That’s when Showtime’s ShoBox “The New Generation” cameras will roll in for the “Rumble on the Rio” boxing event at the Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas.
Rumble on the Rio is being presented by Antonio Leonard Productions, in association with DiBella Entertainment; Warriors Boxing; Keeppunching Entertainment and is brought to Laredo by C.Y. Benavides. It will feature three sensational nationally televised match-ups between up-and-coming contenders, as undefeated Houston, Texas, super middleweight Marcus “Too Much” Johnson (20-0, 15 KOs) takes on Florida’s Dyah Davis (18-2-1, 9 KOs), 6′ 3″ welterweight Willie Nelson (16-0-1, 10 KOs) goes against once-beaten Vincent Arroyo (10-1, 7 KOs) and undefeated light welterweight Danny O’Connor (14-0, 3 KOs) faces also undefeated Gabriel Bracero (14-0, 1 KO). (more…)
Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
It’s no secret that the last man standing once the final bell sounds ending the SHOWTIME® Super Six World Boxing Classic could very likely be looking at a matchup with one of boxing’s most exciting fighters, Montreal’s immensely popular and undefeated Lucian Bute.
All four of the Super Six Semifinalists have praised Bute (27-0, 22 KOs) for his prowess and winning ways in the ring, which Bute hopes to continue Saturday night when he faces former European titleholder Brian Magee (34-3-1, 24 KOs) of Belfast, Ireland, for the IBF Super Middleweight Championship live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.
The fight marks Bute’s eagerly anticipated first start since signing a multi-fight agreement with SHOWTIME Sports® when he makes the seventh defense of his 168-pound crown. The telecast will begin with the rebroadcast of the March 12 action-packed SHOWTIME PPV® main event between WBA Super Welterweight champion Miguel Cotto and Ricardo Mayorga. (more…)
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Former world title challenger Demetrius “The Gladiator” Hopkins is primed and ready for battle against World Boxing Association’s #1 contender, Brad “King” Solomon this Friday night, March 18th at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The Hopkins/Solomon scheduled ten round clash, for the WBA International Welterweight Title, is the main event on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights.
With a record of 30-1-1, 11 KOs, the 30-year-old Philadelphia veteran Hopkins presents the toughest challenge of the undefeated Solomon’s heralded three year career in which he has compiled a record of 16-0-0 with seven knockouts.
“I’ve watched tapes of him and it’s like a fake Roy Jones. All that dancing in and out, maybe that’s worked to keep other fighters off balance but it won’t work against me” said Hopkins. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero & Pepe Rodriguez
Photos: Alma Montiel
Former WBC champion Edgar Sosa is coming back April 2th at the Arena Mexico in Mexico City against Japan’s Kenichi Horikawa. The announcement was made by the boxing promoter Fausto Daniel Garcia, accompanied by WBC execs Jose and Mauricio Sulaiman. “After this battle it could be a change in my boxing career,” said Sosa. “I will analyze the situation for the future, but I know I’m going to concentrate fully on winning this bout with Horikawa and then I’ll see what occurs with my situation but I’m open to any proposals.” Sosa is defending his WBC international flyweight belt. (more…)
Photo: Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
WBC President Jose Sulaiman and WBC Executive Director Mauricio Sulaiman enjoy a cerveza.
At a press conference to announce the WBO light heavyweight title clash between champion Jurgen Braehmer and interim titlist Nathan Cleverly on May 21 at the O2 Arena in London, promoter Frank Warren announced that he has added a super middleweight grudge match between Olympic gold medalist James DeGale and bitter domestic rival George Groves. “This will be one of the best shows that I have ever put together,” said Warren. DeGale-Groves was originally slated for April 9.
It’s confirmed that European champion Alexander Dimitrenko (30-1, 20 KOs) will return 109 days after blacking out moments before his first title defense against Albert Sosnowski. Dimitrenko will now defend against Sosnowski on March 26 at the Universum Gym in Hamburg. It was eventually decided that Dimitrenko collapse was caused by an upset stomach. “I’m done with the drama in Schwerin and I’m glad that I can now catch up on lost time. I’m super fit and prepared one hundred percent. I will offer my fans a better fight. The belt is, of course, staying in Hamburg,” assures Dimitrenko.
Undefeated WBO #1 junior middleweight Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan (28-0, 17 KOs) has arrived in Montreal, Canada. The 2004 U.S. Olympian is set to face Bladimir Hernandez (18-4, 16 KOs) on Saturday in a fight on the Lucian Bute-Brian Magee undercard at the Bell Centre. Martirosyan has been out of the ring since June of last year and can’t wait to step back inside the squared circle, “It’s been a long time coming and I can’t wait to get back in the ring. On Saturday I am looking to make a statement.” Following this fight Martirosyan already scheduled to return April 23rd versus Saul Roman (34-8, 29KOs) for the WBC junior middleweight silver belt. With a win there, and he hopes to land a fight versus one of the major players in the division.
Pro and amateur boxing are on tap for Saturday night at the Harrington Raceway and Casino in Harrington, Delaware. Headlining the A & D Promotions show is Salisbury, Maryland’s Alex Guerrero (5-0-1, 2 KOs) in a four round cruiserweight feature against Harley Kilfan (8-6, 7 KOs). It will be the first main event for the older brother of super popular NABF middleweight titleholder Fernando Guerrero, who is also beginning to establish a fan base on his own. In the co-feature, welterweight knockout artist Emmanuel “Tranzformer” Taylor (10-0, 8 KOs) looks to extend his unbeaten record against Willie Walton (4-3, 4 KOs). Also, undefeated welterweight “Stone Cold” Stevie Weimer (6-0, 2 KOs) meets Gabriel Morris (3-8-2) and light heavy Lionel Thompson (4-0, 3 KOs) will tangle with William Gill (9-26, 7 KOs). For tickets call 302-745-4392.
WBA, WBC & WBO female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus (16-0, 4 KOs) will make another defense of her title collection on April 2 when she takes on Jill Emery (10-4, 4 KOs) at the TV2 Fight Night in Herning, Denmark. The unbeaten “First Lady” is looking to continue her winning streak which has lifted her to international stardom. Braekhus called Emery “a tough opponent” and stated that she’s prepared for a hard fight. Team Sauerland sports director Hagen Doering also expects a tough fight. “A clash between the world champion and the top challenger guarantees excitement and great boxing action,” he said. “It will be very interesting but I am sure that Cecilia´s superior boxing skills will lift her to another victory.”
Olympic Gold Medalist and former Ten-Time World Champion in six weight divisions Oscar de la Hoya touched down stateside Tuesday following a whirlwind seven-day USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour to Kuwait and Iraq. Accompanied by up-and-coming fighters Adrien Broner, Danny Jacobs and Seth Mitchell, De La Hoya led the group to the Middle East on March 8, where they went on to extend their thanks to troops and visit eight military bases. Among some of the installations visited were Camp Arifjan, COB Basra, Camp Victory, Camp Liberty, JSS Loyalty and JSS Justice. (more…)
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko, three-time world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, Mark Greenberg, President and CEO of EPIX, and Tom Loeffler, managing director of K2 Promotions, hosted an international media conference call Wednesday to discuss Klitschko’s upcoming WBC heavyweight title defense against undefeated #1 contender Odlanier Solis on Saturday in Germany. Lewis will be providing expert analysis and commentary for the live broadcast.
Here’s a transcript of what they had to say… (more…)
Las Vegas fighter Crystal Hoy (5-4-3, 2 KOs) has landed a spot on the first-ever female boxing reality show “Todas Contra Mexico” which began filming this week in Chiapas, Mexico. The show is produced by MapiTV and hosted by fighter Maureen Shea. Over a six-week period, Hoy will be part of a group taking on a team of Mexican fighters.
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