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Even in some of the more impoverished streets of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Hector Camacho Jr. finds signs of encouragement. A morning jog results in a chance encounter with champions both past and present – Miguel Cotto, Juan Manuel Lopez – all of whom train regularly in their native Puerto Rico, which Camacho Jr. calls “an island for fighters.”
“Every so often you run by them and yell, ‘Keep it up, champ!’ and they acknowledge you back,” said Camacho Jr., who’ll return to the United States later this month to face World Boxing Council U.S. National Boxing Council (WBC USNBC) middleweight champion Elvin Ayala (25-4-1, 11 KOs) of New Haven, Conn., in a 10-round title bout on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” March 30th, 2012 at the Foxwoods Resort Casino’s MGM Grand Theater, presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports.
“We want to see each other win. We back each other. It’s great motivation.” (more…)
Even in some of the more impoverished streets of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Hector Camacho Jr. finds signs of encouragement. …
The series debut of The Ultimate Fighter® Live on FX got off to a strong start Friday night (3/9/12, 9:00-11:38 PM) delivering 1.28 Million Total Viewers, 953,000 Adults 18-49 and 538,000 Adults 18-34, and ranking among the top five cable programs on Friday in Men 18-34 (#2), Adults 18-34 (#3), Men 18-49 (#4), and Adults 18-49 (#5). (more…)
The series debut of The Ultimate Fighter® Live on FX got off to a strong start Friday night (3/9/12, 9:00-11:38 …
IBF #2/WBA #7/WBC #9/WBO #12 ranked super middleweight Adonis “Superman” Stevenson, takes on WBC #2 Noe “El Carbonero” Gonzalez on April 20 on ESPN Friday Night Fights in a unification fight, as part of another installment of the popular Fast and Furious Series, live from the famed Bell Centre in Montreal. At stake in the 12-round main event will be a lot of hardware, including Stevenson’s IBF Inter-Continental, NABO and NABA 168-pound belts, as well as Gonzalez’ WBC Silver title.
The IBF ordered an eliminator match-up last week between the heavy-handed Stevenson and three-time world title challenger Librado Andrade (30-4, 23 KOs) for the IBF # 1 position to determine the mandatory challenger for IBF super middleweight king Lucian Bute (30-0, 24 KOs). Andrade passed on the opportunity to fight “Superman” without even inquiring about the purse.
“Adonis could have waited until the IBF appointed another opponent,” noted Stevenson’s promoter Yvon Michel, president of Group Yvon Michel (“GTM”), “but he is on a mission to become world champion. If he has to fight this eliminator to be the top contender in order to better position himself to become world champion, he will do just that and a win over Gonzalez would be a major step in that direction.” (more…)
IBF #2/WBA #7/WBC #9/WBO #12 ranked super middleweight Adonis “Superman” Stevenson, takes on WBC #2 Noe “El Carbonero” Gonzalez on …
This Saturday, St. Patrick’s Day, middleweight kingpin Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez will look to defend his crown against Ireland’s top-rated contender Matthew “Mack The Knife” Macklin at the famed Theater at Madison Square Garden. Martinez-Macklin is scheduled for twelve rounds. Before both combatants enter the ring in front of what is expected to be a sold-out arena, they will be taking time out of their busy training schedules to meet and interact with fans, beginning with a meet-and-greet/autograph session today at 4:30PM at Legends Bar located on 6 West 33rd Street between 5th Avenue and Broadway in New York City. Martinez is scheduled to arrive first at 4:30PM with Macklin set to arrive at 5:30PM. Fans are encouraged to come early to assure that they have an opportunity to meet the champion and challenger.
This Saturday, St. Patrick’s Day, middleweight kingpin Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez will look to defend his crown against Ireland’s top-rated contender …
For a boxer who suffers a loss, especially a boxer whom has been in contention for a world title, the next bout is usually the most important in his career.
For Baltimore, MD junior welterweight Tim “Pitbull” Coleman, his Friday, March 16 nationally televised bout at the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa in Cabazon, CA against former WBO champion Kendall “Rated R” Holt of Paterson, NJ is just another day at the office – this after his seventh-round knockout loss to Vernon Paris on August 5 in Santa Ynez, CA. (more…)
Story by Gary “Digital” Williams Photo by Chris Cozzone For a boxer who suffers a loss, especially a boxer whom …
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBA world champion Samuel “Sammy Guty” Gutierrez (31-7-2, 21 KOs) is being mentioned as a possible challenger in the first defense of IBF interim light flyweight world champion Jonriel Casimero (16-2, 10 KOs). The proposed bout would take place in Cebu, Philippines in May at an event presented by Promociones del Pueblo and Sampson Boxing. Casimero won the world title last month in Mar del Plata, Argentina, against former IBF champion Luis Lazarte in the bout that turned into a full scale riot at the conclusion.
Guterrez was won his last fight by unanimous decision over Carlos “Bay Boy” Ruiz (11-2, 7 KOs) on March 3.
By Gabriel F. Cordero Former WBA world champion Samuel “Sammy Guty” Gutierrez (31-7-2, 21 KOs) is being mentioned as a …
After finally being able to call himself a champion on the night of October 15th, 2011, current WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (26-2-1) could have never dreamt that his nearly life long dream would have come true the way it did. Behind on all the cards, DeMarco of Tijuana, Mexico, by of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, stopped a bleeding two-time world champion Jorge Linares of Venezuela in the eleventh round to give DeMarco not only the vacant green and gold belt but one of the most talked about wins of 2011.
“My life has been different and October 15th has been etched in my life forever,” says the 26-year-old champ, who is reaping his rewards and enjoying the attention of his fellow Tijuanenses.
“When I am driving or I go to places and people wouldn’t really pay me any attention but now people ask me, ‘Are you DeMarco?’ and I tell them I am and they say, “You can’t be, you are too passive, too skinny and to well mannered to be a world champion.’ I am glad that people see me that way. I am how I am inside and outside the ring, I am del barrio like we say here. (more…)
Story and photos by Felipe Leon After finally being able to call himself a champion on the night of October …
On April 21st in Atlanta, Georgia’s Philips Arena, one of the most highly-anticipated championship bouts in recent years headlines UFC 145, as light heavyweight king Jon “Bones” Jones attempts to successfully defend his crown for the third time against former 205-pound titlist “Suga” Rashad Evans. It’s the latest chapter in the organization’s championship history, and one that fans hope will add to a pretty interesting tale thus far . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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At a kick-off press conference in the Hilton London Metropole for their May 19 rematch in Las Vegas, unified super lightweight world champion Lamont Peterson and former champion Amir Khan faced off for the first time since their controversial fight last December.
Lamont Peterson: I decided to take the rematch, it is not anything that Khan said or I feel I have to prove myself or anyone. We’re fighting the rematch because we all thought it was a great fight and we should do it again to please the fans. Seems like Team Khan still has problems that what happened in DC, I can only tell them that nothing shady happened in DC but I’m pretty sure they won’t take my word on it. So Team Khan, you all have the chance to make things right, I’m looking forward to a good fight, I’ll be training just as hard as you and you said you started in your training camp two weeks before you normally do, well I’ve been training since that day that we stepped out of the ring so I’ll be prepared and ready for it in the ring to keep these titles.
Amir Khan: This is the time we put things straight and make sure we don’t make the same mistakes we made the last fight in December and honestly think I won and will come back and win this next fight in May. Clearly we’ll prove to people who the champion is. It’s a tough fight and will show how focused we are in this fight. We’ll see on May 19th, people want to see this fight and it’s a time for me to prove (that I am the champion) and put things straight. We’re two good fighters in the ring and the second fight will be better than the first. I think that the referee and judges will be neutral and fair and a neutral commission, we didn’t have it the first time, but this time we will be treated fairly. We’re two good fighters in the ring and we want to be treated fairly and we’re sure we will be. more photos
Photos: Chris Hutty – Hoganphotos / Golden Boy At a kick-off press conference in the Hilton London Metropole for their …
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC super welterweight world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has wrapped up his training in Guadalajara, Jalisco and and will begin their training in the mountains of Big Bear, California and remain there for the up until the fight week for his duel with former world champion Shane Mosley on May 5 in Las Vegas. “The fitness achieved so far has been very good, everything has been good and our training schedule has been met with much satisfaction. The other week Alvarez began to box with the help of 3 or 4 sparring partners. We’re looking to develop speed in his hands and legs to be sure to beat Mosley,” said Edison Reynoso (Alvarez’ trainer). Alvarez, Jose and Edison Reynoso, and a chef were scheduled to travel on Monday to Los Angeles.
By Gabriel F. Cordero WBC super welterweight world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has wrapped up his training in Guadalajara, Jalisco …
By Ron Jackson
Damian Michael of Showpony Promotions who staged the Fransie Botha versus Michael Grant WBF title fight at the Motecasino in November last year has announced that they will hosting a bumper box and dine bill at the Sandton Convention Centre in May. Heading the bill will be former South African welterweight champion and WBF welter and junior middleweight belt holder Bongani Mwelase 14-2, 12 KOs. (more…)
By Ron Jackson Damian Michael of Showpony Promotions who staged the Fransie Botha versus Michael Grant WBF title fight at …
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Leading British boxing referee Dave Parris talks to Fightnews about his career in boxing where he has worked 150 world title bouts.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Leading British boxing referee Dave Parris talks to Fightnews about his career in …
Unbeaten featherweight and explosive puncher Jayson “La Maravilla” Vélez (17-0, 13 KOs) will face the biggest challenge of his career when he steps into the ring with Mexican veteran José Angel Beranza (34-22-2, 26 KOs) on Saturday, March 24th in “Boxeo Boricua in Caguas: It’s My Time.” The show is presented by Miguel Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment. Vélez vs. Beranza will be the main event of the “Solo Boxeo” series that airs nationwide on Telefutura and will be for the vacant WBB Americas featherweight championship. “I’m ready for Beranza; I know him very well. It is a fight that has been in the oven and now it’s time to make it happen. I trust my abilities and condition and on Saturday, March 24th I will prove it and will KO Beranza,” Jayson said.
“Boxeo Boricua in Caguas: It’s My Time” is presented by Miguel Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment. Tickets are available visiting www.tcpr.com or (787)792-5000. Prices: $25, $15, $10.
Unbeaten featherweight and explosive puncher Jayson “La Maravilla” Vélez (17-0, 13 KOs) will face the biggest challenge of his career …
By Joe Koizumi
Having upset then WBC top ranked 130-pounder Dante Jardon via unexpected third-round stoppage in Mexico last December, WBC#11 Kyohei Tamakoshi (29-7-6, 11 KOs), 130, earned a unanimous decision (79-73, 80-73 and 80-74) over Thailander Petchnamchai Jittigym (7-6, 2 KOs), 128.75, over eight nearly lopsided rounds on Sunday in Kobe, Japan. The 31-year-old Japanese had failed to win the national 122-pound belt twice and the OPBF throne once, and then moved up to the feather category. He wasn’t regarded as such a strong boxer as to defeat up-and-coming prospect Dante Jardon, but produced such a stunning upset to make us realize once again that anything could happen in boxing. Tamakoshi may return to Mexico to meet Jardon in a rematch. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi Having upset then WBC top ranked 130-pounder Dante Jardon via unexpected third-round stoppage in Mexico last December, …
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
WBO President Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcarcel says former featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez is already suspended after his strong statements against referee Roberto Ramirez, whom he accused of being a gambler. “At the moment he is suspended for one year. In five days we are giving him the opportunity to convince us otherwise…and we did take the apology into consideration.” He added that Lopez’s unsportsmanlike conduct “cannot be tolerated.”
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press WBO President Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcarcel says former featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez is already …
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel announced today that the WBO Executive Committee voted and approved a resolution against Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez after his televised comments on referee Roberto Ramirez following his defeat versus Orlando Salido last Saturday. Valcarcel stated the WBO resolution said that Juanma Lopez should “show cause why he should not be suspended for one year, and neither appear in the WBO rankings or fight for any regional or world WBO title.”
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel announced today that the WBO Executive Committee voted and approved a resolution against Juan Manuel …
British super middleweight titleholder George Groves has withdrawn from his title defense against Kenny Anderson this Friday at London’s Wembley Arena due to unspecified medical reasons. Promoter Frank Warren said, “Of course, it’s bitterly disappointing for us and all the boxers involved, but in sport injuries occur and there is very little anyone can do about it. We had already lost Matthew Hall, who was due to box Sam Webb in a championship eliminator, because of an injury and now with George withdrawing from the main event I have had no option but to postpone the whole card until a later date. Once my team have spoken to Wembley about a new date I hope we can get this fight on very soon.”
The cancellation conveniently opens up Groves’ calendar for a possible world title shot against WBO champion Robert Stieglitz in Germany, as Groves has been named mandatory challenger and a purse bid for that bout took place earlier today in Hungary.
British super middleweight titleholder George Groves has withdrawn from his title defense against Kenny Anderson this Friday at London’s Wembley …
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC #15 rated Miguel “Mickey” Roman (37-9, 28 KOs) has boldly proclaimed that he will dethrone WBC lightweight world champion Antonio DeMarco (26-2, 19 KOs) in his first title will defend his world title defense on Saturday at the Centennial Sports in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. “DeMarco is a good champion but I have trained to win the title,” said Roman, who prepared for the fight in Mexico City with trainer Miguel ‘El Raton’ Gonzalez, the father of the current WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez. “I hope he exchanges blows with me and it will be a spectacular fight from the first round. I was Youth champion, national champion, Fecombox, international and now hope to win the most important, the world championship. This fight will be a war and I will be world champion.” The winner of the fight between DeMarco and Roman could face former WBA/WBC world champion Jorge Linares in June.
By Gabriel F. Cordero WBC #15 rated Miguel “Mickey” Roman (37-9, 28 KOs) has boldly proclaimed that he will dethrone …
Welterweight contender Kell Brook insists that he is fully focused on beating Matthew Hatton on Saturday at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, England. “Matthew is a very dangerous opponent and one that I am full of respect for,” said Brook. “I know that if I take him lightly he will beat me so I have been 100 per cent focused on him – I’ll let others do the talking about these fights in the future, right now it’s all about Hatton.”
Promoter Eddie Hearn added “It’s my job to look beyond this fight for Kell, but I know he certainly won’t be doing that. Khan, Ortiz, Berto, Maidana and Alexander are all fights that we want to make this year. We will have 10,000 fight fans in the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield for Brook vs. Hatton, so what sort of numbers do you think a fight with Amir Khan would do?”
Welterweight contender Kell Brook insists that he is fully focused on beating Matthew Hatton on Saturday at the Motorpoint Arena …
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Nelson Vazquez, President of the Association of Professional Boxing Officials, has let it be known that a formal complaint will be filed with the president of the Boxing Commission of Puerto Rico, Dommys Delgado Berty, over the televised allegations by Juan Manuel Lopez that referee Roberto Ramirez was a gambler, which toured the globe in a matter of minutes. Vazquez, a retired police inspector, called Juanma’s comments frivolous, defamatory, and sickening and stated that Ramirez is a proven, honest official. When Lopez lost to Orlando Salido the first time, Juanma also made gambling accusations against Ramirez’ son, Roberto Ramirez Jr., who refereed that fight. Lopez and promoter Peter Rivera then retracted the statement shortly afterwards. “We aren’t satisfied,” said Vazquez. “This is the same thing. They’ve already apologized, but the comments were made and have already spread around the world. All fans of boxing worldwide are aware of this. They are bad losers and we have to stop these situations.”
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press Nelson Vazquez, President of the Association of Professional Boxing Officials, has let it be …
Story and photos by Ricardo Conde
Universally recognized pound for pound among the best in the world and thee true middleweight champion Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martinez (48-2-2, 27 KOs) of Oxnard, California by way of Argentina, finished training camp, under the watchful eye of former junior welterweight champion Pablo Sarmiento, at the Maravilla Box Boxing Gym this past Saturday and departed for New York early Sunday morning for his upcoming fight against top-rated middleweight contender Matthew ‘Mack the Knife’ Macklin (28-3, 19 KOs) of Birmingham, England. Martinez and Macklin are scheduled to meet on St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday March 17th, the fight card dubbed ‘The Real Middleweight Championship’ will be broadcast live on HBO’s ‘World Championship Boxing’ from Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. (more…)
Story and photos by Ricardo Conde Universally recognized pound for pound among the best in the world and thee true …
With the pull-out of Mikkel Kessler, the WBO has made #3 rated George Groves (14-0, 11 KOs) the next mandatory challenger for WBO super middleweight world champion Robert Stieglitz. A WBO purse bid was held today in Budapest, where SES Boxing won the rights to promote the Stieglitz-Groves fight. “It’s unfortunate that Mikkel Kessler had to cancel again. The boxing fans have been waiting for this fight,” said Stieglitz promoter Ulf Steinforth. “I’m glad that we could get the next defense for Robert Stieglitz in Germany.”
With the pull-out of Mikkel Kessler, the WBO has made #3 rated George Groves (14-0, 11 KOs) the next mandatory …
Team Sauerland has announced that Mikkel Kessler’s next fight in Copenhagen has been postponed to May 19. The Viking Warrior has not yet regained the necessary fitness following last year´s hand surgery, forcing him to pull out of the April 14 clash with WBO Super-Middleweight Champion Robert Stieglitz. Details about the new opponent will be announced at a press conference next week. “I hate to keep my fans waiting and I am really sorry about the delay,” Kessler said. “As a boxer, my fists are my biggest weapon. To fight and to win at the highest level, I need my hand to be fully recovered. Unfortunately, the April 14 date comes just a little too early but I will be ready on May 19. I have kept my shape and can´t wait to be fighting again in front of my Danish fans.” (more…)
Team Sauerland has announced that Mikkel Kessler’s next fight in Copenhagen has been postponed to May 19. The Viking Warrior …
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 …