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Photo: Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero gets some between-round instruction from father/trainer Ruben at the Pound for Pound Boxing Gym in Las Vegas today. Guerrero (28-1-1, 18 KOs) is preparing for a showdown with Michael Katsidis (27-3, 22 KOs) on the April 9 Golden Boy card at the MGM Grand. Katsidis suffered a small cut last week in train that threatened a pullout but the fight will go on. Stay tuned for a full story on Guerrero later this week.
Boxing legend Oscar de la Hoya, who has a storied ring career and a history of performing community service, recently added a new title to his list of accomplishments – USO celebrity volunteer. The 1992 Olympic Gold Medalist and former 10-Time World Champion in six weight divisions is currently participating in his first USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour to the Middle East. Joining De La Hoya are some of boxing’s most exciting up-and-coming fighters in Adrien Broner, Danny Jacobs and Seth Mitchell. The group kicked off their tour by lifting the spirits of more than 500 service members stationed in Kuwait. Busy signing autographs, sharing boxing techniques and extending their appreciation to America’s heroes, so far the fighters have visited Camp Arifjan and are scheduled to visit more bases over the next few days. (more…)
Integrated Sports, North America’s leading distributor of international pay-per-view events, has two big shows planned for next month:
On April 2 it’s “La Revancha,” the rematch between Giovani “El Guerrero Azteca” Segura (26-1-1, 22 KOs) and Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon (34-1-1, 6 KOs) from Mexicali, Mexico for the WBO junior flyweight championship. Announcers will be Benny Ricardo & Al Bernstein, with Gilbert Godoy commentating in Spanish.
On April 9th, it’s “The Last Big Hurdle” as top heavyweight contender Tomasz “Goral” Adamek (43-1, 28 KOs) faces Kevin “The Clones Colossus” McBride (35-8-1, 29 KOs) in Newark, New Jersey. Next up for Adamek would be Vitali Klitschko if all goes as planned. Announcers will Tony Paige & Jameel McCline.
World rated junior middleweight knockout artist James Kirkland (26-0, 23 KOs) takes on Colombia’s Jhon Berrio (15-8, 11 KOs) in an eight round battle on the TV opener of Friday’s Telefutura show in “The Hangar” at the O.C. Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California. In the main event, lightweight Luis Ramos Jr. (17-0, 8 KOs) faces Jose Hernandez (10-4-1, 4 KOs) in an eight rounder.
Unbeaten IBF Super Middleweight Champion Lucian Bute (27-0, 22 KOs) will make his eagerly anticipated first start since signing a multi-fight agreement with SHOWTIME Sports when he makes the seventh defense of his 168-pound crown against former European titleholder Brian Magee (34-3-1, 24 KOs), of Belfast, Ireland, live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING this Saturday on SHOWTIME® at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. The telecast will begin with the rebroadcast of the March 12 action-packed SHOWTIME PPV® fight between WBA Super Welterweight champion Miguel Cotto and Ricardo Mayorga.
Bute, who signed with SHOWTIME in November 2010, is one of the most talented pound-for-pound and popular fighters of this era. He has won all but one of his title defenses by knockout, including four consecutive victories inside the distance. (more…)
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and his mandatory challenger Odlanier Solis participated today in the fight week press conference in Cologne, Germany. The two will meet in the ring this Saturday, March 19 at LANXESS arena. A capacity crowd of 19,000 fans is expected for this mega event.
The fight will be broadcast live and exclusively on RTL in Germany, on EPIX in the US, and in more than 120 countries worldwide. The EPIX broadcast starts live at 6 pm EST. Click here for more photos…
Tommy Zbikowski, former Chicago Gold Gloves finalist, Notre Dame football team captain and All-American, third-round pick of and current Baltimore Ravens safety, improved his professional boxing record to 2-0 on Saturday night in Las Vegas with a first-round knockout. Minutes after the win it was announced that his next bout will take place on Saturday, March 26 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on “Featherweight Fury” headlined by Gamboa vs. Solis World Featherweight Championship.
By Francisco Salazar
After much debate of where the Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.-Sebastian Zbik fight will take place, it looks like the City of Angels will host the world title bout. Zbik, an unbeaten middleweight world titleholder will defend his belt against Chavez on Saturday, June 4th in Los Angeles, CA. Top Rank Vice President of Boxing Operations Carl Moretti told Fightnews.com that the bout will either take place at the STAPLES Center or at Dodger Stadium, located just north of downtown Los Angeles. It would be the first time the 56,000 seat stadium, home to the Los Angeles Dodgers, would host professional boxing since Emile Griffith lost to Luis Manuel Rodriguez in June of 1963. “We will hope to finalize the deal at the end of the week,” said Moretti.
In his last bout in January, Chavez (42-0, 30 KO’s) won a 10 round unanimous decision over Billy Lyell. Zbik (30-0, 10 KO’s) successfully defended his title in July, winning a 12 round unanimous decision over Jorge Sebastian Heiland.
Noted boxing author Thomas Hauser will be the special guest speaker this Tuesday night (March 15th) for RING 8’s monthly meeting at the historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City.
Hauser has written numerous books and countless columns about the “Sweet Science” during the past 20-plus years. In 1991, his biography about “The Greatest” – “Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times” – was named the William Hill Sports Book of the Year.Thomas’ debut book in 1978 – The Execution of Charles Horman: An American Sacrifice” – was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. (more…)
The WBC has announced that representatives of middleweights David Lemieux and Marco Antonio Rubio have reached an agreement to fight in an official eliminator. Contracts are due in the WBC office by March 21. The winner between the two contenders will be the official challenger in the division to the winner of the June 4 fight between WBC champ Sebastian Zbik and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
For decades the mantra “Yes we can!” and its Spanish equivalent “Si se puede!” have served as rallying cries for union workers, civil rights organizations and rabid Mexican soccer fans and players. Those three empowering words even became a theme for President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign for the White House . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, UFC.com
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Grill 57 in downtown Worcester, MA was the site this past Thursday as Paxton Promotions announced that they are bringing the “Homecoming of The Champ” to the Palladium on Main Street in Worcester on Saturday April 9th, featuring the return of native son and two-time world champion Jose Antonio Rivera (39-6-1, 24 KOs). In the main event, Rivera will compete against durable challenger Abel Perry (13-4, 5 KOs) of Colorado. The “Homecoming of The Champ” was put together by promoter Jimbo Isperduli along with matchmaker Ted Panagiotis.
Feeling rejuvenated after working in the gym and teaching kids at the Worcester Boys and Girls club the art of boxing, Rivera is ready to return to the ring after a 2 1/2 year layoff. Rivera feels that he still has fights left in the tank and at age 37, he still has the same ferocious spirit and positive attitude that made him a world champion. (more…)
Forza, LLC, a subsidiary of Zuffa, LLC, which owns the Ultimate Fighting Championship® brand, announced today that it has purchased the assets of Explosion Entertainment, LLC dba Strikeforce®. Under the terms of the deal, all Strikeforce fighter contracts will be honored, as will its broadcast agreement with Showtime® Networks, Inc. Strikeforce will continue to operate as a separate business and current Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker has signed a long-term employment agreement with the company. (more…)
Next Friday’s boxing card at the Seminole Hard Rock Live received some finishing touches this week; identifying opponents for three Heavyweight Factory heavyweights and adding another to the event. Cedric “The Bos” Boswell (33-1, 26 KOs) of Atlanta takes on power-punching veteran “Smokin” Bert Cooper (38-22, 31 KOs) in a 10-rounder. Boswell hopes to generate some world title contention momentum since his big win over veteran Owen Beck here at the Hard Rock last December. (more…)
Sources out of Argentina are saying that WBA featherweight champion Jonathon Barros (32-1-1, 18 KOs) of Argentina will defend his title next against former world champion Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero (34-3, 23 KOs) of Panama on June 4th. On Saturday night, Barros successfully made the first defense of his title by way of unanimous decision over Miguel Roman of Mexico. Immediately after that bout Barros put on a t-shirt that read “Voy por ti Pelenchín” (I’m coming for you Pelenchin). A site for the Barros-Caballero bout will be announced shortly.
Undefeated super middleweight Lucian Bute joins the powerhouse lineup of Showtime Championship Boxing to defend his title against Irish southpaw Brian Magee on Saturday, March 19th at 10pm ET/PT.
By Felipe Leon
Photo: Paul Gallegos
With less than a week to go, undefeated up-and-coming junior welterweight Antonio Orozco (8-0, 5 KOs) is ready for his comeback to the ring after a short hiatus. Orozco of San Diego, CA, by way of Tecate, MX, will face off against once defeated southpaw Manuel Aguilar (6-1, 4 KOs) of Agua Prieta, MX, in a six rounder on Friday, March 18th, at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, CA. The bout will be part of Golden Boy Promotions in association with Roy Englebrecht’s “OC Fight Club”. (more…)
By Johnny B’
A big professional boxing card comes to the outskirts of Chicago as Cynthia Tolaymat, CFC, Chicago Fight Club Promotions, presents a show on March 25th at the Hanging Gardens banquet hall in River Grove. Headlining the card will be Ghana native Osumanu Adama (18-2, 13 KOs) taking on Marcus Upshaw 13-4-1 in a 12 rounder for the vacant IBO Intercontinental middleweight title. This bout will also serve as an eliminator with the winner to be in line for an IBO title shot.
Other title action has “King” David Estrada (25-6) in a battle with Lanardo Tyner (24-5-1) for the vacant IBO Intercontinental welterweight belt.
Still another championship belt is on the line as Joey Hernandez 17-1-1 goes to war against Angel Hernandez 30-9 for the IBO USBO light middleweight title. (more…)
Photos: Bernie Crump
In a main event battle of Canadian nationals Junior Moar (9-3, 2 KOs) closely unanimously decisioned Michael Walchuk (9-3, 2 KOs) to win the Canadian light heavyweight title Saturday Night. The official scores of the bout were 97-93, 96-95, and 96-94. The fight card took place at the River Rock Casino, in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada and was promoted by Manny Sobral/West Coast Promotions. In attendance as a special guest was fan favorite and former fighter Mickey Ward. Click here for more photos…
WBO #9 ranked middleweight Javier Maciel (18-1, 12 KOs) of Argentina is less than two weeks away from his biggest fight to date. Maciel will challenge WBO middleweight champion Dmitry Pirog (17-0, 14 KOs) of Russia March 26th. Fightnews spoke with Maciel as he nears the end of training camp. (more…)
Former world title challenger Dmitriy Salita (32-1-1, 17 KOs) and former world champion Luis Collazo (30-4, 15 KOs) will headline in seperate bouts on April 13th at the Oceana in Brooklyn, New York, Salita will take on Chicago, Illinois-based Jermain White (17-4, 9 KOs) in a ten-round welterweight bout. Collazo, who just recently became a promotional free agent, will take on Dominican Franklin Gonzalez (13-8, 9 KOs) in an eight round bout fought at the junior middleweight limit. The bout will be Collazo’s first fight in nearly two years. “I’m hoping Louie can land a big fight sometime this year. He will be looking to fight any of the big names at 147-154,” stated Collazo’s trainer/advisor Nirmal Lorick. Lorick has been an advisor to Collazo since Collazo was a young teenager. Salita’s promotional company will present the event.
Cruiserweight Rachid el Hadak (22-8-1, 7 KOs) of France defeated Levan Jomardashvili (21-3, 16 KOs) of the country of Georgia on Friday night to retain his EBA (European Boxing Association) title. The official scores were 120-107 and 120-106 twice.
In the co-feature Salim Larbi (14-1-1, 3 KOs) of France unanimously decisioned David Makaradze (16-5, 7 KOs) of the country of Georgia to win the vacant EBA super welterweight title. The official scores were 118-110 and 118-111 twice.
The fight card took place at the Stadium P. Maisonniale, Saint-Etienne, Loire, France with Herve Jacques promoting.
By Ron Jackson
Themba Lesiba retained his Gauteng junior featherweight title when he stopped Sabelo Nokhele at 2 minutes and 4 seconds of the seventh round at the Nasrec Indoor Arena near Johannesburg before a handful of spectators on a hot Sunday afternoon. (more…)
Opening with a firefight between champion Miguel Cotto and Ricardo Mayorga, the main event of SHOWTIME Boxing’s pay-per-view event gave fans a 12-round thriller. Al Bernstein and Showtime Sports present the recap of Cotto vs. Mayorga.
Ringside by Andreas Hale & Anthony Springer Jr.
Photos by Chris Cozzone
For weeks, Ricardo Mayorga set the table for a violent clash with Miguel Cotto. He barked and jawed at the Puerto Rican WBA super welterweight champion whenever they were in the same vicinity. As much as Cotto may have wanted respond, he kept his cool and refused to engage. The only thing he promised was to let his fists do all the talking for him when the two met in front of 7,427 fight fans at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
And oh, did those fists do the talking . . . Click here for GIANT gallery and report
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For bantamweight Joseph Benavidez (13-2), making his UFC debut at UFC 128 in Newark, New Jersey’s Prudential Center against Ian Loveland is no time for opening night jitters . . Click here for more by Mike Straka, UFC.com
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Story and photos by Chris Cozzone
If there’s ever been a stare colder than the one given Ricardo Mayorga at the many pre-fight events this last week, it was the one given Antonio Margarito by Miguel Cotto at last night’s post-fight press conference.
After making Mayorga eat his words in a near-distance fight, last night at the MGM Grand, forcing the profanity-spewing Nicaraguan into, both, a 12th round and career retirement, Cotto is likely to go into a July rematch with the man who may or not have beaten him down with wraps of stone in 2008 . . . click here for more
By Joe Koizumi
A national title twinbill was scheduled tomorrow (Monday), as WBA#5/WBC#8 Japanese super-fly champ Yota Sato was supposed to risk his belt against formerly two-time world challenger, WBC#4 Kohei Kono, and Japanese #1 super-bantam Mikihito Seto and #2 Kyohei Tamakoshi were to dispute the vacant national 122-pound belt at the Korakuen Hall. However, the dreadful earthquake last Friday inevitably postponed the doubleheader until April 9, since the Hall needs a total inspection.
Another show featuring WBA#5 flyweight contender Tomonobu Shimizu’s encounter with Thailander Petchek Sithkorpolkanpim slated at the Hall on this coming Tuesday was also put off until April 2.
An elimination bout in a quest for the vacant Japanese super-light belt was to be competed by Shinya Nagase and Kazuya Ito on this coming Thursday, but the Hall rejected the usage for its inspection, so it will be postponed until another date. Our impresarios have been desperate to look for alternative dates at the Hall, otherwise they would have been obliged to pay back to all customers that already purchased tickets from them.
All boxing people here in Japan are fine, including Masahiko Fighting Harada, Akihiko Honda of Teiken Promotions, JBC’s Tsuyoshi Yasukochi, all of our eleven world champs (seven male and four female titlists), etc. We really appreciate your concern from all over the world, although more than 10,000 victims by the earthquake and tsunami are sadly expected at this moment.
By Billy “Loops” Luppert
Photo: Emily Harney
Middleweight champion Sergio Martinez wants no easy fights. He’s said it before, and he reiterated it again Saturday night at the post-fight press conference after an impressive 8th round TKO over previously undefeated Sergiy Dzinzurik.
“Mayweather, Cotto, I want the best” was his reply when asked what he wanted next.
Martinez, the 2010 Fighter of the Year, after winning the middleweight championship from Kelly Pavlik and defending it in November with a sensational knockout over Paul Williams, looked impressive again on Saturday night as he had little trouble with 154 lb title holder Dzinzurik, who moved up to middleweight for the first time in his career to challenge Martinez. (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
The Cotto-Mayorga fight will be rebroadcast on Saturday, March 19 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME before Lucian Bute defends his IBF super middleweight belt against Brian Magee.
After months of an incident-filled, antagonistic promotion, Miguel Cotto and Ricardo Mayorga delivered an equally entertaining fight on SHOWTIME PPV® ending with a TKO victory for Cotto at 0:53 in the twelfth round. Cotto (36-2, 29 KOs), from Caguas, Puerto Rico, summed it up perfectly: “The whole fight was great but the finish was amazing.” In a fight that both camps predicted would end in less than four rounds, Cotto and Mayorga gave the 7,247 in attendance at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and boxing fans watching at home on pay-per-view more than their money’s worth by pushing the action-packed fight into the twelfth round. (more…)
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