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The undercard has been announced for the world title defense of IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute against former champ and Super Six finalist Carl Froch on May 26 at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England. Chief support comes from Belfast’s unbeaten Commonwealth super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton who faces Raul Hirales for the vacant IBF Inter Continental super bantamweight title. Erick Ochieng defends his English light middleweight title against Nottingham’s AA Lowe, Bute’s fellow Canadian and IBF Inter-Continental light welterweight champion Pier Olivier Cote makes his UK debut and exciting unbeaten stars John Ryder, Ryan Aston and Team GB star Scotty Cardle will also see action.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
One British tabloid is reporting that the rematch between IBF/WBA Junior Welterweight champion Lamont Peterson and former champion Amir Khan slated for Saturday, May 19 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas is “on the brink of being called off.” The Sun newspaper is not giving a reason as to why the bout may be cancelled but quotes a source close to the Khan camp as saying “everything is up in the air and Amir is just hoping it can be resolved as he knew he was going to regain his belts in spectacular fashion.”
There is another report that Peterson may have failed a recent drug test and that may be the reason for the pending cancellation. According to ESPN.com, an attorney for Peterson is saying that he tested positive for a “banned substance.” We will keep you posted as the Peterson team tries to confirm the findings.
The following is a statement from Andre Johnson, a spokesperson for the Peterson camp:
“We have tremendous respect for VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency) and its mission. Lamont, Barry and the entire team emphatically support random drug testing in the most comprehensive manner possible. We are working expeditiously with a team of pathologists and other medical specialists to confirm the origin of the test result and in full compliance with the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
“Lamont has never had a positive drug test either before or after this isolated occurrence and we plan to submit the medical findings by close of business Tuesday reflecting the actual facts in support of Lamont’s good faith intentions and the requirements of the commission.”
By Phil Doherty
Video: Segundo Rivera
Dominican lightweight Argenis Mendez (19-2, 10 KOs) and undefeated featherweight Claudio “Matrix” Marrero (11-0, 9 KOs) putting in hard work at Herman Caicedo’s gym for their ten-round main and co-main events at The Seminole Hard Rock May 18th. Mendez takes on Mexican Hector Velázquez (51-17-3, 35 KOs) while Marrero will battle Jose Angel “Pepe” Beranza (34-23-2, 26 KOs). Ticket prices are $34, $54, $74 and $104. VIP tables are still available for just $2,500. Broadcast to be streamed online for free at www.proboxeodr.com. Subscribers may access the video feed simply by registering online beginning May 1st. Fox Sports will rebroadcast the event within 1 month. Doors open at 6:30, first fight at 7:00PM.
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao opens his US training camp at the Wildcard Boxing Club Monday in preparation for his upcoming world welterweight title mega-fight against undefeated Jr. Welterweight champion Timothy “The Desert Storm” Bradley Jr. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Tecate, AT&T and MGM Grand, Pacquiao vs Bradley will take place, Saturday, June 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, live on HBO Pay Per View. (more…)
“There’s no doubt about it I was robbed this weekend,” said IBF #13 heavyweight Maurice Harris (25-16-2, 11 KOs) after his controversial decision loss to undefeated local favorite and hometown hero Edmund Gerber (20-0, 13 KOs) on Saturday in Erfurt, Germany. The scorecards read 78-74 and 79-73 twice, all in favor of Gerber. “Gerber landed maybe five punches the entire fight,” continued Harris. “I was too slick for him and he couldn’t touch me. I landed more punches and everyone who saw the fight knew I should have won. Like everyone says, if you fight overseas, you better get the knockout, because the judges are going to favor the hometown guy. I would love to fight Gerber here in America, but I don’t think it will happen because he knows deep down inside his mind that he lost to me already. I’ll be back soon.”
Promoter Mario Yagobi, “Edmund Gerber was outclassed this weekend by Harris. There’s no way Gerber should have gotten the decision, as he literally only landed a hand full of punches on Maurice throughout the whole fight. I will be talking to the IBF in regards to Maurice’s ranking.”
Hitz Boxing’s fight card scheduled for May 25 at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, will feature a battle of unbeaten cruiserweights KO artists in the co-featured bout. Terry Martin (5-0, 5 KOs) will face Donta Woods (8-0, 7 KOs) in a six-rounder underneath the 10-round WBA Fedelatin Heavyweight Championship main event between “Fast” Fres Oquendo (33-7, 21 KOs) and Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell (28-5, 27 KOs).
“Someone’s 0 will go and probably by a knockout in this fight,” said event promoter, Bobby Hitz of Hitz Boxing. “When power punchers like these two meet up, it’s always a treat for the fans and we’re happy they have both agreed to fight.” (more…)
Following last week’s blockbuster Floyd Mayweather vs. Miguel Cotto PPV, this weekend’s biggest TV fight card will feature four of the leading flyweight boxers in the world. Saturday’s “Island Assault 4: The Battle” pay-per-view-event is headlined by Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria vs. Omar Nino Romero III, live from Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines. In addition to Viloria-Romero III, the co-feature showcases former world champions Julio Cesar “Pingo” Miranda (37-6-1, 29 KOs) and Rodel “Kid Rapido” Mayol (30-5-2, 22 KOs), in a 10-round bout with future world flyweight title fight implications.
“Island Assault 4:The Battle,” presented by Solar Sports, is being distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 9:00 PM/ET – 6:00 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, DISH Network and Avail-TVN for a suggested retail price of $29.95. “Island Assault 4: The Battle” will also be available in Canada to Super Channel subscribers. For on-line PPV viewers go to Ustream.tv at http://www.ustream.tv/integratedsportsppv. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The possibility exists that the WBA flyweight world champion and “2011 WBA Fighter of the Year” Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (33-2-1, 25 KOs) will defend his title against Filipino Ardin Diale (18-6-3, 5 KOs) on June 23 in Hermosillo, Sonora in an event organized by Zanfer Promotions and TV Azteca. Also it’s expected that IBF light flyweight champion Ulises “Archie” Solis will return to defend against an opponent to be named. The same source indicated that Zanfer is looking to put Mexican prospect Felipe Orocuta (23-1, 19 KOs) in against the Venezuelan WBA interim super flyweight beltholder Liborio Solis (14-3-1, 7 KOs) in the near future.
Lucian Bute has been bothered by an infection in his foot since last Saturday. However, the condition is improving and InterBox and Lucian Bute are confident that Lucian will be able to fight according to schedule. A specialist/doctor has prescribed antibiotics to Lucian Bute to treat the infection. He will meet with doctors again later this week to ensure that the foot is healing according to schedule.
Former WBA super welterweight champion has returned to Puerto Rico after his brave performance against Floyd Mayweather on Saturday night. Cotto declined interviews after the fight and also didn’t speak to reporters upon his return to Puerto Rico. He did, however, express his feeling on the fight via Twitter. “I feel great,” he tweeted. “Just resting in my SkyLoft with my family. Nothing to be down about. I respect the judges dec. but I completely disagree.”
Meanwhile, Cotto’s legal advisor Gabriel Peñagarícano confirmed to El Nuevo Dia that Cotto thinks he won the fight and his silence was a kind of protest against the decision rendered by the judges. “He made a great fight. It was a close fight that I think that he won and there is a discomfort and disagreement with the decision of the judges, but it must be respected. The decision did not reflect what happened there. The whole world saw it and the boxing world is talking about and knows what happened there….the way that the judges saw the fight is an insult to the reality of what happened there.”
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten pride of Indonesia, Chris John (47-0-2, 22 KOs), 125.8, impressively kept his WBA featherweight belt for the sixteenth time as he continually battered game and gallant Japanese Shoji Kimura (24-4-2, 9 KOs), 125.4, to pound out a lopsided decision over twelve fast rounds on Saturday in Singapore.
Pinit Prayadsab (Thailand) and Wansoo Yuh (Korea) both tallied 118-110, and Frank Martinez (New Zealand) saw it 117-110, all in favor of the defending champ. The referee was fast-moving Ferlin Marsh (New Zealand).
It had been ballyhooed as the fight of Dragon Punch (John) versus Hanagata Special Punch (Kimura with an alleged lethal weapon named after his manager and ex-world flyweight champ Susumu Hanagata). But it resulted in Chris John’s one-man show except in round seven, when Kimura badly rocked the champ with well-timed left hooks twice. Some 4,000 spectators at the Marina Bay Sands realized why John could defend his WBA belt on no less than sixteen occasions. He was fast, solid-punching, physically strong and technically excellent. John was a well-educated pupil of his long-time handler Criag Christian of Australia. (more…)
By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada
Arash Usmanee pounded upon a much smaller Cristian Faccio of Uruguay right from the opening bell on route to scoring a 3rd round stoppage victory moments ago at the Chapiteau CCSE Maisonneuve in Montreal, Quebec. Usmanee walked through the one time world title challenger, digging hooks to the body and landing upstairs when Faccio dropped his hands. Faccio came to fight but couldnt match the intensity or power of Usmanee. With their fighter under constant pressure, Faccio’s corner threw in the towel, signalling surrender at 1:58 of the third round of the scheduled 8 round contest. Usmanee improves to 19-0 (9KOs) while Faccio drops his 2nd in a row, slipping to 21-8. (More)
WBA #8 jr welterweight contender Paul McCloskey (23-2, 12 KOs) was looking to build on his win over Amir Khan-conqueror Breidis Prescott against DeMarcus ‘Chop Chop’ Corley (39-19-1, 23 KOs), but the resurgent Corley had other ideas, rocking the former undefeated European light welterweight champion and world title challenger with a crunching right hook that forced referee Ian John Lewis to end the contest in the tenth round.
DeMarcus ‘Chop Chop’ Corley: “I thought the stoppage may have been premature because he likes to play possum, trick you into thinking he’s hurt then bite right back. But I’ll definitely take it and I boxed right to plan. I rocked him a lot and that was tough because he’s hard to it and a really strong guy – he can bounce back but tonight was my night, I was confident I could do it and I’m confident I can fight for a world title again.”
Paul McCloskey: “I will have to sit down and figure out what went wrong. But you have to give DeMarcus a bit of credit. He is a quality operator. His record might tell a different story but he is a quality fighter. This was last chance saloon for this fellow so he came and gave it a good go. He caught me with a great shot. I thought I could have carried on but every fighter thinks he can fight on, so I am gutted. It is a massive, massive setback for me.”
The queen of Tijuana and quite arguably of female boxing, WBA super bantamweight champion Jackie Nava (27-4-3, 11KOs) put on an impressive performance as she defended her newly captured title versus San Pelayo, Colombia’s Diana “La Leona” Ayala (12-7-3, 7KOs) with a unanimous decision over ten championship rounds. The contest was the main event of “La Batalla En Tijuana (The Battle in Tijuana)”, a marathon fight card held at the Tijuana Municipal Auditorium and witnessed by over three thousand loyal Nava fans. The night was presented by Zanfer Promotions and broadcast live by Azteca in Mexico. (more…)
Las Vegas — Floyd Mayweather promised that he would give fans the exciting fights they have always wanted and on Cinco De Mayweather the man known as “Money” certainly disappoint as he endured a rugged twelve round dogfight with Miguel Cotto and earned a unanimous decision victory.
In front of a raucous 16,047 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Mayweather opted to stand toe to toe with Miguel Cotto and perhaps absorbed the most punishment in his career as he bled from his mouth and his nose. However, Mayweather gave back more than he took and delivered a thrilling performance that not only got him to 43-0 but also earned him the WBA Super Light Middleweight Title. (more…)
When Floyd Mayweather emerged in the press room after his unanimous decision over Miguel Cotto with his left eye slightly puffy, his world title belts set neatly across the conference tables, Roger Mayweather reclined to his right and 50 Cent seated to his left, he wore a smile on his face that said “I gave you guys exactly what you wanted.”
Yes, the man known as “Money” made sure that he earned every penny of his record setting $32 million purse.
Twelve grueling rounds of fighting is something many aren’t accustomed to in a Floyd Mayweather fight. Wars aren’t something that Mayweather allows himself to be a part of. But against Miguel Cotto, Mayweather stood in the pocket and traded punches with the bigger man. Instead of using his skill set to outbox the Puerto Rican, Mayweather opted to engage in heated exchanges where both fighters would give their best and see who was left standing. It was thrilling, it was exciting and it damn sure was dangerous. But at this point in his career, Mayweather isn’t simply about winning titles, he wants fans to enjoy his fights. (more…)
Photo: Photo Wende
Marco “Captain” Huck is the new and old WBO Cruiserweight World Champion. On Saturday night the 27-year-old fought to a draw against mandatory challenger Ola Afolabi in front of 5,500 fans at the Messehalle in Erfurt. After twelve drama-filled rounds, judge Zoltan Enyedi gave the fight to the German with 115:113. Both Ingo Barrabas and Paul Thomas scored the bout 114:114. “It was a good fight,“ said Huck. “I am a real fighter and warrior, which is why I still have my title.”
Huck’d trainer Ulli Wegner commented, “I am so happy that Marco showed his power at the end of the fight. Both sides should be pleased with the result. The fans saw an exciting and entertaining fight.”
Afolabi’s trainer Fritz Sdunek had a similar view: “At times Ola forgot to box. He was on top but let Marco surprise him. The result is alright but I am not happy with Ola’s performance,” he said at the post-fight press conference.
Photos: Naoki Fukuda/WBC
Floyd Mayweather: “Tonight we gave the fans what they wanted to see. We matched the best with the best. Cotto was a very tough competitor and he won some rounds. He pushed me to the limits and this is what it’s all about.
“Miguel Cotto fought his ass off tonight and I want to congratulate him and his team.
“You’ve seen me in flashy cars, but I want you to know that I do give back to the community. This is what it’s all about. It’s not about making a lot of money. It’s about giving back.
“I don’t want be on TV and not give you guys [the fans and media] what you deserve.
“Cotto is a good puncher. He didn’t win more than 30 fights for nothing. I was the first fighter to fight him at a weight that he was comfortable with. I actually came into the fight weighing 147. (more…)
The rise of Nate Diaz continued in the main event of UFC on FOX 3 at IZOD Center Saturday night, as the ever improving Californian systematically broke down fellow lightweight contender Jim Miller before submitting the local hero in the second round to earn his third consecutive victory.
Miller stayed busy as he closed the distance on Diaz, pinning him against the fence as the two traded knees. After breaking, Diaz tried to establish his long-range striking attack, but Miller’s kicks to the legs kept him from getting into a rhythm, prompting another clinch against the fence. As the two jockeyed for position, Diaz was able to get some knees off before separating, and he finally began to find his range in the final minute, dropping Miller with a quick left to the head. As Diaz looked to capitalize, Miller reversed effectively, but it was Diaz on top at the bell . . . click here for more on UFC.com
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Rafael Soto-Zanfer Promotions
In a clash of former world champions, featherweight fan favorite Rafael Marquez (41-7, 37 KOs) scored a first round TKO over Eric Aiken (16-9-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Auditorio Municipal in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.
In the main event, WBA female super bantamweight champion Jackie Nava (27-4-3, 11 KOs) retained her belt by shutting out Diana Ayala (12-7-3, 7 KOs) over ten. (more…)
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