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By Karl Freitag
Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, WBA Vice President: We are working on the matter reviewing possible decisions. At the moment the medical committee has all the paper work disclosed by Nevada in order to issue their opinion. Afterwards the legal advisor also will analyze it and finally it comes to the championship committee for a decision. We will not issue any decision without respecting the due process of any of the involved parties.
Lindsey Tucker, ITTF Championships Chairman: We are still waiting for all of the information before we make a decision. Plus, we have not spoke to anyone from Peterson’s camp yet.
No one was more shocked and upset by the cancellation of next week’s fight than me. I had been training hard for almost eight weeks and was ready to put on a dazzling performance and win my belts back. I know many of you purchased tickets for the fight and had planned to make the trip to Las Vegas next weekend. For any inconvenience or hardship this cancellation has caused, I am truly sorry. We’re working hard to schedule my next fight for some time during the early summer in the States and hope that you can find a way to reschedule your arrangements and come out support me with the enthusiasm that you always do. As you know, I always perform at my best when my fans are rooting me on. Thanks as always for your support.
IBF and WBA Light Welterweight Champion Lamont Peterson’s team issued the following statement in response to the cancellation of the Peterson vs. Khan II rematch:
Team Peterson is very disappointed and distraught by the decision to cancel the May 19th rematch against Amir Khan. This is an extremely difficult decision to accept. We have always taken the position of providing factual information rather than responding emotionally to rumors and innuendoes. We did everything that was asked of us in efforts to comply. To support our stance we provided the Nevada State Athletic Commission with a significant amount of factual medical data in response to these allegations. Lamont did a battery of tests this week and saw a number of independent board certified physicians. They all had the exact same conclusion as the doctor that initially treated and diagnosed Lamont’s medical condition. It began as a confidential medical matter between a patient and his physician; unfortunately, it has now become a public issue in efforts to clear the name and reputation of this young man. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A source indicated to fightnews.com that Golden Boy Promotions, through its matchmaker, Eric Gomez may have made a proposal to Reginaldo Kuchle, president of the Promociones del Pueblo company and promoter of current WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez. According to the source, a Gonzalez-Ponce De Leon could land in September on the same card as a Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fight. There is a good chance that the two companies will reach an agreement.
With Antonio Margarito out with an injury, Mexican strongman Jesus Soto Karass (24-7, 16 KOs) from Los Mochis, Sinaloa, will now be headlining May 26th at the Casino Del Sol AVA Ampitheatre. The always crowd pleasing Soto Karass be facing Said “The Messenger” El Harrak (10-1-1). The card will be televised by TV AZTECA. Supporting Soto Karass will be undefeated and highly ranked prospect, Hanzel “El Tornadito” Martinez (17-0, 14 KOs). The brother-in-law of the former three- time world champion, Antonio Margarito, will be facing German Cruz (21-6-1, 16 KOs) for one of the WBC’s regional titles.
Also featured is the much-anticipated return of Jose Benavidez Jr. (14-0, 12 KOs). Jose is returning to the ring after a six month layoff due to a hand injury that needed surgery.
Promoted by Showdown Promotions, in association with Top Rank, the card will feature eight fights in all. Doors to the AVA Amphitheater at Casino Del Sol Resort will open at 5:30 PM, with first bell scheduled to ring at 6:00. Tickets available at www.casinodelsol.com
By Francisco Salazar
Welterweight Aron Martinez (16-1-1, 3 KOs) is knocking on the door of becoming a contender in the welterweight division. He hopes another victory or two in 2012 will be the key to open those doors to fulfill that goal. Martinez will take on hard-hitting Joshua Marks (8-3, 8 KOs) in a scheduled eight round bout on Friday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA. The bout will headline a six-bout “Locked N’ Loaded” card, presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions. (more…)
As expected, it was confirmed today that unbeaten Kell Brook (27-0, 18 KOs) will face IBF #3 Carson Jones (34-8-2, 24 KOs) at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield on July 7. Jones is ranked at number three by the IBF – two spots above Brook – and the victor would move into pole position to fight for the world title in the fall. Current #1 Mike Jones and #2 ranked Randall Bailey collide for the vacant belt on June 9 in Las Vegas.
Kell Brook: It’s a step-up in class again and one that I’m truly ready for. Jones is experienced for his age and has been avoided, but I want a world title shot and in order to get it, I need to go through him.
Carson Jones: Basically Kell Brook is the last person standing in my way to fight for a world title. He will have to kill me to beat me because I have worked too hard to let anyone stop me from reaching my dream. It doesn’t matter if the fight is here, there or in Zimbabwe. I have made a living going to other people’s hometowns and knocking them out and this will be no exception. Kell Brook needs to be afraid, very afraid, because his fans are going to see him put to sleep on July 7.
The final press conference took place today for Saturday night’s “Island Assault 4: The Battle” pay-per-view-event, featuring the revenge match between WBO flyweight champion Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria (30-3, 16 KOs) and arch nemesis Omar Nino (31-4-2, 13 KOs), live from Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines. Nino has had Viloria’s number in two previous fights, handing the 2000 U.S. Olympian his first pro defeat and taking his WBC light flyweight championship by way of a 12-round unanimous decision in 2006. In a rematch three months later, Nino defended the belt against Viloria with a draw that was later changed to a “no contest” when Romero failed a post-fight drug test. Viloria is now looking revenge, as well as redemption.
“I really, really trained myself very hard for this fight,” stated Viloria at today’s press conference. “This is personal on my part….This is it. This third fight is happening because it gives me an opportunity to bounce back from the first two fights!”
Meanwhile, Nino was careful with his words not to give the champion anymore motivation than he already has. “He has turned into a great fighter,” he simply said. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The World Boxing Association has decided to vacate two world titles. The first one vacated is the interim super welterweight which was held by Australian Anthony Mundine. The Ratings Committee reported that it has implemented the rules adter Mundine’s camp failed to obey an order for a mandatory fight against world champion Austin Trout.
WBA also removed 105-pound the interim Thai world champion Paipharob Kokiemgym due to legal problems he faces that prevent him from defending.
For the past few years, two-time world champion Randall “The Knockout King” Bailey has been largely missing in action from American TV. Quite strange considering that Bailey is one of the most exciting fighters in the game due to his awesome punching power, which has put 36 of his 42 victims to sleep. However the 37-year-old Bailey gets an overdue opportunity on June 9 to capture his third world title as he takes on Mike Jones for the vacant IBF welterweight championship, in the 12-round co-feature on the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley pay-per-view card, live from MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
IBF #1 contender Jones (26-0, 19 KOs) passed on one opportunity to fight IBF #2 Bailey (42-7, 36 KOs), who earned his way into a mandatory title fight by stopping Jackson Osei Bonsu in the first round of their March 19, 2010, IBF title eliminator in Belgium. “We went down the list for that eliminator,” Bailey explained, “and Jones was ranked ahead of Bonsu but he (Jones) turned down the fight. Now, he’s in a position where he doesn’t have a choice but to fight me.” (more…)
The British Boxing Board of Control has threatened that any member who participates in the July 14 fight card in London featuring the grudge match between David Haye and Brian Chisora will be deemed to have terminated his/her membership of the BBBofC and his/her license. This includes promoters, undercard fighters, cornermen, managers, referees, judges, ring doctors and anyone else taking any steps directly or indirectly, to arrange, advertise, broadcast, facilitate or take part in the promotion in any way.
Below is the BBBC’s official statement:
CHISORA v HAYE
It has come to the attention of the Stewards of the British Boxing Board of Control that the Luxembourg Boxing Federation is considering putting on a promotion within the jurisdiction of the Board between Dereck Chisora and David Haye. The Stewards condemn any attempt by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation to do so. (more…)
In the late 80’s and early 90’s he was one of the the most feared heavyweights on the planet. Now, at age 48 and more than a decade removed from his last fight, Donovan “Razor” Ruddock (38-5-1, 29 KOs) is ready to reclaim the Canadian Heavyweight crown that he never lost in the ring, and ultimately earn the world title shot that was denied him some twenty years ago.
This Saturday night at Mississauga’s Hershey’s Centre, Ruddock will make his comeback official, and give the crowd a sneak peek at one of the most startling athletic transformations in recent memory. A spectacularly chiselled Ruddock says he’s is ready to breathe new life back into the heavyweight scene. “I’ve never been in this shape in my life,” the 211 lb. Ruddock beamed. “I always got by on my ability, and trained as hard as I knew how back in the day. But now I know so much more. Not just about boxing, but myself as well.” (more…)
Shujaa El-Amin – aka Dion Savage (12-3, 6 KOs) – spoiled tonight’s “Homecoming” for popular brawler “Irish” Joey McCreedy (13-6-2, 6 KOs), who was fighting in front of his hometown fans for the first time as a professional boxer. El-Amin, however, dominated the action from the opening round against the game McCreedy, capturing the vacant United States Boxing Organization (“USBO”) super middleweight title in the main event at Lowell Memorial Auditorium. The Flint, Michigan-invader won nine of 10 rounds on two judges’ scorecards and swept all 10 on the other. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
At the postfight press conference held after his disappointing loss at the fists of Danny Garcia last March, seven-time world champion Erik “Terrible” Morales (52-8, 36KOs) was hesitant to state if he would continue his legendary career. As of last month, he personally shared with me that he would. As of yesterday, Morales asked thru his twitter account (@terrible100) what would happen if he were to face Ukrainian Serhiy Fedchenko (30-2, 13KOs) somewhere in Mexico. He in returned received numerous replies of support. Fedchenko is best known for being the latest victim on one Juan Manuel Marquez in a unanimous decision win where Marquez captured the interim WBO light welterweight title. As far as a much anticipated Morales-Marquez match up? Morales has confided to insiders that he doesn’t see it in the cards since Marquez’s promoters do not do business with Golden Boy Promotions, a company that Morales is affiliated with, and Marquez is tied in with the Mexican channel Azteca while Morales with rival Televisa. Morales looks to return on June 23rd in a Mexican city to be determined. (more…)
A failed pre-fight drug test administered by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA), coupled with the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s (NSAC) legal inability to hold a formal hearing on the matter of licensing Lamont Peterson for his Saturday, May 19 rematch against Amir Khan until Tuesday, May 15, has forced the cancellation of the event.
Ticket refunds for “Peterson vs. Khan II” will be available at your point of purchase. Ticketmaster may be reached at (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com. Event ticket refunds for fans traveling from the United Kingdom are available at www.sportscorporation.comor by calling +44 (0)845 163 0845.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican prospect Salvador Sanchez II (29-4-3, 17 KOs), nephew of Mexican ring legend Salvador Sanchez, returns this Saturday against an opponent to be determined after a break of only 21 days after his last victory by third round TKO against Marino Montiel. Sanchez will defend his WBC Cabofe featherweight crown in a special boxing event at the Hotel Presidente Intercontinental, Polanco, Mexico City, Mexico. “I hope to do my best in this new fight. I want to fight with the brightest names and look for a world title fight. I don’t care about names but I’d like Jhonny Gonzalez give me the opportunity for the WBC featherweight crown,” stated Sanchez who is hoping for a world title fight this year.
By Bob Ryder
Johnny Garcia, fresh off his big upset win over Yordenis Ugas on national TV, looks to keep his unbeaten record intact in front of his hometown fans as he fights in the main event on promoter’s Tony Arsulowicz’ “Quake At The Lake” card at the Holland Civic Center, Holland, MI on Saturday, May 19. Arsulowicz most familiar to Michigan boxing fans for his in ring announcer duties, puts on the promoter hat for this one and has a planned 8 bout card on tap. Tentatively scheduled to face Garcia in the 8 round main event is James Ventry from Niagara Falls. Should Ventry not be able to make this date (much will depend on the outcome of his fight in New England on May 9), other possible foes for Garcia have been lined up. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Professional boxing returns to the Inland Empire as Showdown Promotions presents a scheduled six-bout card at the Finish Line Sports Grill in Pomona, CA on Saturday night. In the main event of the “Champions of the Tomorrow” card, welterweight Ricky Duenas will take on Lawrence Hughes in a six round welterweight bout.
In his last bout on March 31st, Duenas (10-1, 4 KOs) knocked out Rufino Torres in the second round of a scheduled six round bout. He has won his last 10 bouts in a row since losing his professional debut to Isauro Tapia in September of 2008. Duenas resides in El Monte, CA. (more…)
Interview & photo by Przemek Garczarczyk
The idea was a simple one. Former light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion and current heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek (45-2, 28 KOs) will be asked a question and must answer in his typical ring manner – quick. We started with some thoughts about his next foe on June 16 in Newark, NJ’s Prudential Center, “Fast” Eddie Chambers (36-2, 18 KOs)…
Eddie is convinced that he has quicker hands than you…
It’s about PRECISION and speed. Not just speed. (more…)
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