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The March 31 TOP RANK LIVE telecast on the Azteca America network takeng place in the Illusions Theater at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, will feature Alejandro Lopez (23-3, 7 KOs) in a ten round featherweight clash with undefeated prospect Evegeny Gradovich (12-0, 6 KOs). The 24-year-old Lopez has won eight of his last nine, including a career best victory over then unbeaten Philadelphia prospect Teon Kennedy in August 2011 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The win earned Lopez the NABF super featherweight title.
The opening televised bout will feature junior lightweight Casey Ramos (15-0, 4 KOs) facing off against Gerardo Robles (15-10, 7 KOs). Also on the card is the return to action of former middleweight champion, Kelly Pavlik (37-3, 32 KOs) against Aaron Jaco (15-2, 5 KOs) in a scheduled ten round tilt. (more…)
The March 31 TOP RANK LIVE telecast on the Azteca America network takeng place in the Illusions Theater at the …
Hard-hitting German heavyweight contender Konstantin Airich returned back home to Hamburg after stopping WBO #6 Ondrej Pala in the ninth round of an exciting brawl in Tekirdag, Turkey, on Friday night. With this win the “Sandman” added the WBO European championship to the IBF intercontinental championship which he had won by annihilating Varol Vekiloglu in one round in Regensburg (Germany) last October. At the airport Airich was welcomed by his nine-year-old twins Alexia and Max. “This is the moment I have been fighting and working for”, said proud dad Airich after his arrival. “Once you look into these eyes you know that it’s been worth all the sweat, blood, tears and pain. I had to promise to my son that I will come home with two belts so I have one for each of my kids. I cannot say how proud and happy I am that I managed to keep my word. Now I will take off some time to spend with my family, I think we all earned this.” (more…)
Photo: Arena Hard-hitting German heavyweight contender Konstantin Airich returned back home to Hamburg after stopping WBO #6 Ondrej Pala in …
Legendary “Sugar” Ray Robinson, arguably the greatest boxer of all-time, leads a star-studded list of 12 boxers and eight non-participants to be formally inducted.
Boxers joining Robinson in the inaugural class are Mike Tyson, Jake LaMotta, Carmen Basilio, Riddick Bowe, Carlos Ortiz, Vito Antuofermo, Emile Griffith, Mike McCallum and the late Gene Tunney, Benny Leonard and Tony Canzoneri. (more…)
The inaugural New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF) induction dinner, sponsored by Ring 8, will be held Sunday, …
With the Klitschko brothers and WBA champion Alexander Povetkin having defended their respective titles over the past several weeks, the question now turns to “Whose next?”
But with boxing in the middle of a heavyweight drought in the United States, and with heavyweight contenders the world over getting less and less exposure, it is a question that becomes increasing more difficult to answer.
How many American’s had ever heard of top ten heavyweight contender Eric Molina before he fought Chris Arreola? How many boxing fans outside of England and Finland were familiar with Dereck Chisora before his fight with Vitali Klitschko?
Maybe, just maybe, the next Rocky Balboa will emerge from the great unknown to excite boxing fans again, and show the world why heavyweights matter.
With that in mind, FightNews is proud to introduce its newest monthly feature “Rocky Lives!” . . . Click here for more
By David Finger With the Klitschko brothers and WBA champion Alexander Povetkin having defended their respective titles over the past …
By Graham Houston
I doubt if we will see a better fight this year than the featherweight championship war in Puerto Rico on Saturday night when Orlando Salido repeated his previous stoppage win over Juan Manuel Lopez. It was a fight that had everything, with shifts of fortune, knockdowns — and a commitment to victory by Salido that was quite extraordinary. Salido fought furiously and wouldn’t be denied. He was relentless in his attack. Down in the closing moments of the fifth, he came storming back to batter Lopez around the ring in the next round and finally overpowered him in the 10th.
Of course, Lopez’s post-fight comments in the ring were regrettable. He has since apologised, but his verbal attack on referee Roberto Ramirez Sr. was an astonishing outburst that soured what had been a spectacularly good night for boxing. We saw the sport at its finest and then ill-chosen remarks tarnished the evening. (more…)
By Graham Houston I doubt if we will see a better fight this year than the featherweight championship war in …
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Anna Szałaj
“This country makes you harder,” says undefeated WBC International titleholder Mariusz Wach (25-0, 14 KOs), who on March 24 in Resorts Casino & Hotel in Atlantic City will be challenged by Tye Fields (49-4, 44 KOs). “I learned a lot about myself in the US. In the last two years I spent maybe six months with my family in Poland. Rest of this time I spend in the gym in the States. I dedicated my life to boxing, I want to be ready when my chance for the world title will come although I know, that it’s not entirely up to me.”
At 6’8 and 250lbs., Wach has the size to take on a Klitschko. The bout against the also 6’8 Fields will go a long way toward showing whether he also has the ring skills to match. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk Photo: Anna Szałaj “This country makes you harder,” says undefeated WBC International titleholder Mariusz Wach (25-0, 14 …
By Mariano A. Agmi
Photo: Chris Cozzone
Fightnews.com recently checked in with Zab “Super” Judah (41-7, 28 KOs) on a media teleconference to learn how preparations are going for his March 24th IBF Junior Welterweight title eliminator against Vernon “Ice Man” Paris at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, New York. “I’m feeling great,” stated a relaxed and confident Judah. “Training is going great, we have a tremendous training camp and a lot of young undefeated professionals that I am sparring with, and I’m preparing myself as if I’m preparing for one of the greatest fighters on earth. I’m looking to come here and fulfill our dream to become a six-time champ of the world.”
Judah, a three-time Junior Welterweight titlist and former undisputed Welterweight world champion, is ecstatic to fight in his hometown for the first time as a professional. “This is a great opportunity, because this is the first time that I will be fighting in Brooklyn as a professional. It’s a great feeling, and I think the last time I fought in Brooklyn, New York, was in the Golden Gloves.” (more…)
By Mariano A. Agmi Photo: Chris Cozzone Fightnews.com recently checked in with Zab “Super” Judah (41-7, 28 KOs) on a …
Photos and story by Brett Bonetti
Current undefeated WBA World Featherweight Champion Chris “The Dragon” John (46-0-2, 22 KOs) will defend his title against Japan’s Shoji Kimura (24-4-2, 9 KOs) at The Marina Bay Sands Resort in Singapore on Saturday 5th May, 2012. The IBO World Featherweight Title will also be on the line when Daud ‘Cino’ Jordan (28-2, 22 KOs) will face undefeated Filipino Lorenzo ‘Thunderbolt’ Villaneuva (24-0, 23 KOs). The promotional trail moved to Jakarta for a press conference in front of many fans and a huge number from members of the media.
Chris John, the “WBA Fighter of Decade” who will make the 16th defense of his title at The Marina Bay Sands Resort in Singapore said he has yet to learn much about his Japanese opponent, but he would never take his opponents lightly and would train hard for the upcoming bout against Kimura.
“I am targeting a KO or at least a TKO victory against Kimura, this is the Year of the Dragon. I’ve been practicing a special punch with my trainer Craig Christian that I call the Dragon Fist, which will surely knock him out,” John said. (more…)
Photos and story by Brett Bonetti Current undefeated WBA World Featherweight Champion Chris “The Dragon” John (46-0-2, 22 KOs) will …
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Referee Roberto Ramirez says the apologies of Juan Manuel López and Peter Rivera, Vice President of PR Best Boxing, through an email aren’t enough to repair the worldwide damage he suffered when Juanma lashed out at him when interviewed by Showtime, calling him and his son Roberto Ramirez Jr. gamblers. Ramirez says the apology has to be more forceful and personal — and take place on Showtime, social networks and YouTube.
“In the first fight his son stopped the fight and now he stopped it,” were the words of Lopez in the early hours of Sunday to Showtime. “And he and his son are two gamblers. They are betting with some people from the town where I live. They are two gamblers and the Commission knows. I told them that he was a gambler and it’s very irresponsible for the commission to put him as a referee knowing he has a gambling problem…I’m well aware of what I’m saying and I could have still continued.”
One day after the incident, Ramírez has analyzed the whole situation and says he currently doesn’t have an intention of suing López but is requiring that Juanma’s apology be global and be at the same scale, i.e. on Showtime, the social networks and appear on YouTube. (more…)
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press Referee Roberto Ramirez says the apologies of Juan Manuel López and Peter Rivera, Vice …
Despite the high school gymnasium atmosphere felt in the hanger-like Wyland Center located at the Del Mar Fairground of De Mar, CA, the majority of the action inside the ring did not disappoint as Bobby D. Presents in association with Jorge Marron Productions once again offered a satisfying night of local boxing with a five bout fight card. In the main event, hometown super middleweights James “Choco” Parison (15-1-1, 4KOs) and Lester “Cubanito” Gonzalez (12-6-4, 6KOs) put on an explosive display of skill, tenacity and all out heart as they battled to a draw over eight back and forth rounds of a early candidate for fight of the year in the San Diego/Tijuana region. (more…)
Ringside report by Felipe Leon Photos by Paul Gallegos Despite the high school gymnasium atmosphere felt in the hanger-like Wyland …
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
A sellout crowd saw a number of Washington, DC-area boxers score impressive victories at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The eight-bout card also saw one local boxer announce his retirement as well as a marriage proposal during the intermission. The main event saw DC lightweight Ty Barnett win an eight-round unanimous decision over veteran Damon Antoine of Akron, OH. Barnett who was fighting in front of his hometown fans for the first time since May of 2007 and for the first time since his May 2011 knockout loss to Andrey Klimov, showed very little ring rust as he hammered body shots and landed sharp punches against Antoine. However, Antoine, as he has proven many times over, is a survivor with a tough chin and he never went down despite being staggered a few times. Two judges scored the bout 80-71 and one judge called it 80-72 for Barnett who is now 19-2-1, 12 KO’s while Antoine is 9-35-2, four KO’s. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside A sellout crowd saw a number of Washington, DC-area boxers score impressive victories at …
Former world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez has apologized to referee Roberto Ramirez after in postfight interviews he accused Ramirez of stopping his fight with Orlando Salido early due to gambling interests. In a written statement Juanma said:
“I want apologize to Roberto for the comments I made after the fight with Salido. Roberto is one of the best referees in the world and did a great job. I appreciate him protecting me because I was definitely hurt. Everyone knows how much I trained for this fight and all the sacrifices I made because I wanted to give a big victory to Puerto Rico. Perhaps in this frustration of failing in my country I said things that I don’t even remember now and want to take back, and again I’m grateful to Roberto for his work.”
Former world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez has apologized to referee Roberto Ramirez after in postfight interviews he accused Ramirez …
Sunday’s welterweight clash between former jr welterweight world champion Vivian Harris (29-7-2, 19 KOs) and David Barnes (25-2-2, 11 KOs) ended in a technical decision after a fifth round head clash left Barnes with a bad cut that left him unable to continue. The bout went to the referee’s scorecard which had it 48-48, thus a technical draw. The bout took place at the De Vere Whites Hotel in Bolton, England, and headlined a show presented by Coldwell Boxing.
Sunday’s welterweight clash between former jr welterweight world champion Vivian Harris (29-7-2, 19 KOs) and David Barnes (25-2-2, 11 KOs) …
By Sam DiTusa at ringside
Pro boxing returned to Shelton, Washington’s Little Creek Casino & Resort Saturday night, and two locals stole the show. The main event was a clash of unbeaten fighters for the Pacific NW super lightweight title belt with defending champion Virgil Green from nearby Vancouver, WA, suffering his first defeat against Oscar Andrade from Los Angeles. (more…)
By Sam DiTusa at ringside Pro boxing returned to Shelton, Washington’s Little Creek Casino & Resort Saturday night, and two …
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
Former world light heavyweight champion Julio Gonzalez passed away at the age of 35 after a motorcycle accident on Saturday in Mexico. Word is he was hit by a hit-and-run drunk driver and it took more than an hour to get help to him. The former world champion was working at his father’s ranch near Guerrero Negro, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Julio (41-8, 25 KOs) shocked the world in October 2003 when he won the WBO light heavyweight world championship dethroning long-reigning ring legend Dariusz Michalczewski in Germany. His 2001 slugfest with Julian Letterlough is considered to be one of the greatest fights of the last decade.
“Julio always had a big smile and was always happy to see you,” remembered Fightnews.com photographer and longtime friend Big Joe Miranda. “He was known for his hard work in the gym. I once asked him why he was so hard on all his sparring partners. He responded ‘it’s my job.’ He didn’t want anyone to think they could beat him.” He leaves behind a wife and two children, as well as countless friends. Rest in peace champ.
Photo: Big Joe Miranda Former world light heavyweight champion Julio Gonzalez passed away at the age of 35 after a …
After the cancellation of his world title challenge against WBO super welterweight champion Zaurbek Baysangurov due to an injury to Baysangurov, European champion Lukas Konecny (47-3, 22 KOs) and will now take on Frenchman Salim Larbi (17-1-1, 4 KOs) for an interim WBO world belt. Promoter Ulf Steinforth announced that Konecny-Larbi will take place on April 5 at the Vodova Arena in Konecny’s hometown of Brno, Czech Republic. “After a long and hard preparation I was very disappointed after the cancellation. For the second time it fell through just twelve days before the fight. It’s great that the fight will take place in Brno. Now I can make my dream of becoming world champion come true at home!”
After the cancellation of his world title challenge against WBO super welterweight champion Zaurbek Baysangurov due to an injury to …
By Bob Logist/EBU President
I’ve received the sad and regrettable news of the death today of the beloved Roger Tilleman at the age of 68 who passed away after 10 days in intensive care in an artificial coma due to a sudden abdominal aortic aneurysm. Roger was a member of the Royal Belgian Boxing Federation and a well-known EBU and WBC ring official.
We send our condolences to his family and friends and recognize the loss of someone who was a great colleague to everybody and a man dedicated to boxing. Goodbye Roger, may you rest in peace.
By Bob Logist/EBU President I’ve received the sad and regrettable news of the death today of the beloved Roger Tilleman …
By Ahmed Santos
Undefeated Los Mochis, Sinaloa, México’s Mahonri “Russito” Montes looked spectacular by applying an electrifying first round KO to local Omar Aarón Domínguez, who due to his experience and craftiness was supposed to give some good work to his opponent, in the main event of a card staged at the Expo Forum of Hermosillo, Sonora, México. “Russito” (25-0-1, 20 KOs) simply showed his quality and level by starting to let his hands go in fast and accurate combinations, and quickly hurt and put down Domínguez (14-9-1, 8 KOs) with a hook to the liver, and right after he repeated the same blow even stronger to leave the beaten fighter on the canvas for about 5 minutes, marking this way the categorical end to the bout that was scheduled for 10 rounds at super lightweight. (more…)
By Ahmed Santos Undefeated Los Mochis, Sinaloa, México’s Mahonri “Russito” Montes looked spectacular by applying an electrifying first round KO …
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
In a back and forth bout between unbeaten flyweights, Miguel Diaz won a hard-fought eight round unanimous decision over Austreberto Juarez before a sold-out crowd at the Doubletree Hotel in Orange, CA. Both fighters had their moments in the first half of the fight. Juarez was able to land with straight right hands to Diaz’s head. Diaz was able to land combination on the inside. Juarez had not fought in about 20 months, which might have contributed to him slowing down towards the end of the fifth round. Diaz would snap Juarez’s head back at times by landing counter right hands. Sensing he was down on the scorecards, Juarez rallied in the eighth round by landing right hands to the head of Diaz. Whether stunned or tired, Diaz started slowing down in the round, grabbing onto Juarez. As Juarez was looking for that one punch to drop or finish his opponent, Diaz was able to make it to the final bell. All three judges scored the bout 78-74, 78-74, and 77-75 in favor of Diaz. Diaz, from Allentown, PA, goes to 8-0, 3 KOs, while Juarez, from Ventura, CA, falls to 10-1, 2 KOs. For more details and photos click here…
By Francisco Salazar at ringside Photos: Big Joe Miranda In a back and forth bout between unbeaten flyweights, Miguel Diaz …
By Lindy Lindell
Photos: Bob Ryder
It was Emanuel Steward’s first promotion of record and it was an unqualified success. They didn’t pack Novi’s Suburban Collection Showplace, but a large enthusiastic crowd gave a collective shout-out that can all but assure southeast Michigan boxing fans that more is to follow. It might not have been planned that way, and sometimes good fortune is the better part of luck, but who can complain when it works? For more details and photos click here…
By Lindy Lindell Photos: Bob Ryder It was Emanuel Steward’s first promotion of record and it was an unqualified success. …
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Peter Amador/Top Rank
In one for the ages, WBO featherweight champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (38-11-2, 26 KOs) fearlessly came back to Puerto Rico for his world title rematch against the previous beltholder Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (31-2, 28 KOs) on Saturday night at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan…and the end result was the same. A TKO, this time in the tenth round. After a feel-out first round, Salido upped the pressure in round two and outworked Juanma. Salido had a big round three as he bullied Lopez around the ring. Juanma seemed to find his rhythm in round four. Salido hurt Lopez in the five round, but Juanma then knocked Salido down as Salido went for the kill. The bell sounded as Salido regained his feet. Salido came back to rock Lopez with power shots in the sixth and seventh. Juanma decided to abandon his his plan to box tactically in the eighth and went toe-to-toe with the champion giving as good as he got. More toe-to-toe in the ninth as Juanma continued with the all-action style that has made him loved by boxing fans worldwide. The end came in round ten when Salido finally got to Juanma, flooring Lopez with an uppercut and the bout was waved off by referee Roberto Ramirez as Juanma reeled around the ring. Time was :32.
After the fight Juanma said he felt he was dominating the bout and alleged that the referee stopped the fight early due to a gambling problem. Salido stated he’s willing to fight Juanma a third time.
At the time of the stoppage, the judges had it 85-85 and 86-84, 86-84 for Lopez. (more…)
By Karl Freitag Photos: Peter Amador/Top Rank In one for the ages, WBO featherweight champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (38-11-2, 26 …
By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside
Ares Promotions put on FIGHT NIGHT 8 at the Empire Plaza Convention Center under “The Egg’ in Albany, New York. In Upstate, New York’s first pro show of 2012, new signee Jose “Stinger” Medina took on Michael Rayner in a middleweight eight rounder. Medina took a hard fought unanimous decision over eight rounds. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside Ares Promotions put on FIGHT NIGHT 8 at the Empire Plaza Convention Center under …
The following bouts were officially announced on Saturday. All will be televised nationally in the United States.
April 21: Former bantamweight world champ Abner Mares (23-0-1, 13 KOs) will make his super bantamweight debut against former flyweight kingpin Eric Morel (46-2, 23 KOs) and WBA bantamweight titlist Anselmo Moreno (31-2-1, 11 KOs) meets David De La Mora (24-1, 17 KOs).
May 26: IBO light heavyweight champ Antonio Tarver (29-6, 26 KOs) will face top cruiserweight prospect Lateef Kayode (18-0, 14 KOs).
June 23: Former world champion Humberto Soto (54-7-1, 34 KOs) faces Lucas Matthysse (30-2, 28 KOs) in a junior welterweight bout on the undercard of Ortiz-Berto II.
The following bouts were officially announced on Saturday. All will be televised nationally in the United States. April 21: Former …
Two-division world champion champion Ricky Burns (34-2, 9 KOs) defended his WBO lightweight belt with a twelve round unanimous decision over former WBA champion Paulus Moses (28-2, 19 KOs) before 6,000+ adoring Scottish fans on Saturday night at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow, Scotland. Neither fighter in any trouble as Burns methodically outworked Moses the whole way to win a mostly uneventful fight by scores of 119-110, 120-110, 117-111.
Local super featherweight favorite Paul Appleby (18-3, 11 KOs) won a controversial ten round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten but untested Stephen Ormond (11-1, 5 KOs) in a clash for the BBBC Celtic belt. Ormond seemingly did more but came up short as Appleby won by scores of 96-94, 96-94, 95-94.
Two-division world champion champion Ricky Burns (34-2, 9 KOs) defended his WBO lightweight belt with a twelve round unanimous decision …
Unbeaten WBA #6 middleweight contender Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (26-0, 20 KOs) says promoter Golden Boy Promotions is currently working on a date for his next fight. “It still could be May 5,” said Quillin. “There will be a May fight for me, maybe against Winky [Wright]….we both agreed but the Nevada Athletic Commission won’t approve his license because of his age and inactivity. It’s a risky fight I’m still willing to take. I weighed the risks and rewards. It’s a risk because I could lose but the reward is beating a big name on my record. It can also get me closer to my world title shot that I’ve worked so hard for.
“Not fighting on the May 5th Mayweather-Cotto card in Las Vegas had nothing to do with me and Winky. We both signed and everything was in place. You can’t stop haters, though. They’re trying to bring me down. They don’t understand the boxing business.”
Unbeaten WBA #6 middleweight contender Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (26-0, 20 KOs) says promoter Golden Boy Promotions is currently working …
By Jeff Zimmerman
Long time middleweight contender and Texas native Brian Vera (19-6, 12 KOs) will headline former world champion Paulie Ayala’s next show, “Gloves & Guitars: The Tejano Throwdown” on April 21st at the Fort Worth Convention Center Arena in Fort Worth, Texas. Vera will take on tough journeyman Taronze Washington (14-16, 7 KOs) for the “World Professional Boxing Federation” middleweight title.
Ayala has once again filled his card with the top prospects in the Dallas Forth Worth area which includes Miguel “The Fighting Marine” Buendia, Samuel “Main Event” Clarkson and Manuel “The Punisher” Rojas all fighting in separate bouts. (more…)
By Jeff Zimmerman Long time middleweight contender and Texas native Brian Vera (19-6, 12 KOs) will headline former world champion …
Photos: Jose Perez/WBO
On Friday, the World Boxing Organization (WBO) and its president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, gave diamond rings to Mexican Champions Juan Manuel Marquez and Jorge “Travieso” Arce. Marquez, the WBO lightweight super champion, and Arce, the WBO bantamweight champion, are multiple division titleholders. Joining in the festivities were ring legends Felix “Tito” Trinidad and Julio Cesar Chavez. The event was held in Puerto Rico.
Photos: Jose Perez/WBO On Friday, the World Boxing Organization (WBO) and its president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, gave diamond rings to …
By Gabriel F. Cordero
In an effort to expand the community social work it is committed to, the WBA will introduce its “KO Drugs” campaign in Canada tonight in a show promoted by “Steeltown Boxing Gym” in Ancaster, Ontario, Canada. In this first ground breaking event, the WBA is looking forward to working hand-in-hand with Boxing Ontario, which is the regulatory Organization for Amateur Boxing in Ontario.
By Gabriel F. Cordero In an effort to expand the community social work it is committed to, the WBA will …
Sixteen of the best unsigned fighters in the world took their first step towards glory Friday night as they won their first round tournament fights in the fast-paced premiere of The Ultimate Fighter® Live on FX.
The 32 UFC hopefuls arrived at the famed TUF Gym in Las Vegas ready to fight their way into the final 16, but they were met with a stunning announcement: all first round elimination bouts would consist of a single five-minute round. (more…)
Sixteen of the best unsigned fighters in the world took their first step towards glory Friday night as they won …
By Graham Houston
In theory, a boxer who stops his opponent should be able to win the rematch, perhaps more quickly, but ring history shows this simply isn’t so. Many times, the boxer who lost the first time gets his payback in the encore. Puerto Rico’s Juan Manuel Lopez will be seeking to turn the tables on Mexican veteran Orlando Salido in their eagerly awaited return bout on Saturday night, and the oddsmakers say he will get his revenge.
Lopez will again be on home turf, with a big crowd behind him. In the first fight, last April, Lopez stormed to an early lead on the judges’ scorecards, suffered a knockdown in the fifth round, seemed to be back on track in the seventh and then got caught by big punches in the eighth round and just “went”.
It is fights such as Saturday’s rematch (for the WBO featherweight title) that keep boxing aficionados endlessly intrigued, and Showtime viewers in the U.S. and fans watching on BoxNation in the U.K. might be witness to one of the most vivid fights of the year because there seems certain to be high tension in every round, and quite possibly some torrid exchanges, before one or the other fighter gains ascendancy. (more…)
By Graham Houston In theory, a boxer who stops his opponent should be able to win the rematch, perhaps more …
Someone remembered to test WBC world heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and challenger Derek Chisora after their February 18 clash in Munich, Germany. The WBC reports that the German Boxing Federation (BDB) sent them a copy of the antidoping laboratory tests, and both fighters tested negative.
Someone remembered to test WBC world heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and challenger Derek Chisora after their February 18 clash in …
2004 U.S. Olympian Jason “Big Six” Estrada made a strong statement Friday night, knocking out veteran “Diamond” Dominique Alexander in the second round at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, Rhode Island. After undergoing surgery to his elbow and ankle, Estrada (18-4, 5 KOs) showed more power than he had in the past against veteran Alexander (22-14-1, 10 KOs). “I felt good and knew that I was in good shape,” Jason said after the fight. “The big difference was the time between my last fight, December. That’s the big thing, staying active. I was lifting weights a lot with my father and it showed tonight. I hit him with a short right and left as he was going down. He was a tough kid who kept trying.”
Popular cruiserweight Rich Gingras (11-2, 7 KOs), one of the stars of The Contender IV, dropped Adam Harris (10-5, 7 KOs) with a left hook to the body for an exciting second-round knockout in the co-feature. An obviously pained Harris went down on one knee but was unable to beat the count. Gingras was fighting for the first time in 2-1/2 years. (more…)
2004 U.S. Olympian Jason “Big Six” Estrada made a strong statement Friday night, knocking out veteran “Diamond” Dominique Alexander in …
“I am very proud that I can bring another belt home to my son”, said the always exciting IBF #15 rated heavyweight Konstantin “Sandman” Airich after his come-from-behind ninth round TKO over WBO #6 rated Ondrej Pala on Friday night in Tekirdag, Turkey. “I thank everybody who kept on believing in me especially in the hard times I went through – foremost, of course, my family and my coach Hans-Jürgen Witte.” With the win, the German heavyweight added the WBO European championship to his IBF Intercontinental title and will surely move up in the world ratings.
“I am very happy for Konstantin,” says promoter Ahmet Oner. “He is a hard worker who really earned himself this win. After a spectacular performance like this he has bigger paydays coming up. It’s sad for Ondrej Pala that he couldn’t bring home the victory when he was leading on the scorecards but he’s only 27 years old. He will learn from this loss and come back stronger than ever.”
“I am very proud that I can bring another belt home to my son”, said the always exciting IBF #15 …
Former world middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik of Youngstown, Ohio returns to the ring on a Top Rank Live! fight card in the Illusions Theater at the Alamodome on Saturday, March 31. Pavlik, 37-2, 32 KOs, will take on Aaron Jaco, 15-2, 5 KOs, of Sarasota, Fla. in a 10 round bout. “Kelly has been working very hard at his training camp in Oxnard, Calif., and hopefully this will be the beginning of his re-emergence into boxing at the top level,” said Bob Arum of Top Rank. Chief trainer Robert Garcia commented, “Kelly is ready. He is strong and he wants to get back into the ring to compete.”
The Top Rank Live! telecast on the Azteca America network will feature featherweight Alejandro Lopez, 23-3, 7 KOs, of Tijuana against Russian-born Evegeny Gradovich, 12-0, 6 KOs. In the opening televised bout, super featherweight Casey Ramos, 15-0, 4 KOs, of Austin, Texas, will take on Gerardo Robles, 17-10, 9 KOs, of Kansas City. Texas fighters are the card include unbeatens Ivan Najera, Adam Lopez plus the return of big punching Alex Saucedo of Oklahoma City.
Tickets are $100 VIP, $50, $25 plus applicable fees and may be purchased at the Alamodome box office, all Ticketmaster outlet locations, through in the internet at www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000. Top Rank is promoting in association with Jesse James Leija and Mike Battah Promotions.
Former world middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik of Youngstown, Ohio returns to the ring on a Top Rank Live! fight card …
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Here is the scale watch for Saturday night’s Keystone Boxing card at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC:
Dusty Harrison 145 vs. Booker Mullins 144
Ty Barnett 138 vs. Damon Antoine 143 (may have to drop weight)
Ivan Ziglar 155 vs. Allen Perkins 156
Josh Rupard 155 vs. Michael Arnold 157
Kaelan Hollon 200 vs. Kasondra Hardnett 254
Abodurin Akinyanju 289 vs. DeAndre McCole 231
Zakki Scott 195 vs. Andre Ward 195
Renaldo Gaines 132 vs. Warren Huffman 130
By Gary “Digital” Williams Here is the scale watch for Saturday night’s Keystone Boxing card at the Walter E. Washington …