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Photos: Team Tarver
Yesterday Antonio Tarver and Danny Green had their first press conference at the Sydney Entertainment Center, site of their July 20 IBF cruiser clash billed as “Judgment Day.” Both fighters were very respectful to each other, but also very confident about victory.
Antonio Tarver: “This is a big fight for both of us. I know he’s tough and not going to let me just walk in his backyard and take the title without making a strong showing for himself. I have to take it from him and I don’t expect the fight to go the distance. I’m not planning on going 12 rounds with this fight. I want to get him out early, because 12 rounds with Danny Green is a lot of work and he has knockout power. I have no plans being on Danny Green’s resume as a lost. I’m sure he’s going to try and test the waters with his aggressive style like he did against Roy Jones Jr., but I’m no Roy Jones Jr..”
Danny Green: “Antonio Tarver is going to be a hard fighter for me to hit. He has size, skills, experience and he’s a southpaw.. It’s going to be tough fight for me. I’m not planning on giving up my World Title. I have a lot of homework to do. This will no doubt be the hardest fight of my career. If I’m not prepared, I will lose this fight. What I like about this fight is it will allow me another opportunity to make my name and it will open other doors for me. I will be ready on July 20th.”
Nathan Cleverly has welcomed Carl Froch’s admission that he’s Froch’s radar, but is focusing first on his world title fight this Saturday night against WBO light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer at The O2 in London. “I’ve got nothing but respect for Froch and that would be a cracking fight down the line,” said Cleverly. “If Froch does intend to come up to light-heavyweight, then who better to fight than me with a world title on the line? I’ve got to get a big win on the world stage first, and it won’t come much bigger than Braehmer. He’s the only thing that I’m focused on at the moment, and I’m not taking my eye off the ball this Saturday because a win is crucial. First I’ve got to deal with Braehmer in style on Saturday night, then not only will Froch take me seriously, but so will the Americans. This is my chance to put myself in the spotlight and I intend to take it.” The fight can be seen live in the UK on Sky Box Office, in Germany via a PPV webcast on BILD.de, and in the USA on EPIX.
Chicago fight fans can meet middleweight contender Andy Lee and celebrity ring announcer Amy Hayes tonight at the at 6:30PM at the Real Time Sports Bar in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. All the fighters appearing on Hitz Boxing’s “Rosemont Rumble” event on Wednesday night at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, will being weighing in. In the main event, Lee (25-1, 19 KOs) takes on Alex Bunema (31-7-2, 17 KOs) in a 10-round battle for the NABF and NABA middleweight belts.
Chicago’s Polish Prince Andrzej Fonfara (17-2-1, 8 KOs) faces Anthony Russell on Friday in the ten round main event at Windy City Fight Night 17 at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion. The fight will be for the vacant WBO/NABO light heavyweight belt. The card is presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions.
By Jesse Kelley
6’5, 270lb former Minnesota Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards will make his professional boxing debut this Friday night at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN. Despite having no prior boxing experience, pro or amateur, the 26-year-old Edwards has sports fans buzzing in anticipation for the soon to be prizefighter to step off the gridiron and through the ropes. Edwards told Fightnews before the start of last year’s football season that he is not worried about the lack of ring experience because of the advantage his athletic background should bring. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican middleweight contender Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio will return on June 4 against Colombian Jairo Siris at the Auditorio Centenario in Gomez Palacio, Durango, Mexico. Rubio, who won a WBC eliminator against David Lemieux in April is staying busy as he waits to face the winner of the June 4 WBC 160lb title clash between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Sebastian Zbik. Promoter Oswaldo Kuckle said the Rubio-Siris card will be televised throughout Mexico and will also feature hot super featherweight prospect Dante “Crazy” Jardon against Adailton de Jesus and middleweight prospect Marco “Dorado” Reyes vs. TBA.
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Welterweight contender Alfonso Gomez (22-4-2, 11 KOs) of Anaheim, California by way of Mexico, finished preparations, under the guidance of his father Alfonso Gomez Sr., at the Azteca Boxing Club in Bell, California, for his upcoming fight that takes place this Saturday May 21st at the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa in Cabazon, California. Gomez will headline and take on Calvin Green (21-5-1, 13 KOs) of Baytown, Texas on the latest edition of ‘Top Rank Live’ on FOX Deportes in a 10-round welterweight bout which is being presented by Top Rank. For more details and photos click here…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBC interim world champion and Nicaraguan, Juan Palacios, arrived Monday in Mexico City, Mexico at the International Airport Benito Juarez. He told the media awaiting his arrival that he is confident and convinced that next Saturday in San Martin Texmelucan, Puebla, Mexico that he will snatch the WBA miniumweight belt away from champion Samuel Gutierrez. Palacios, (27-3, 21 KOs) has been defeated by former WBC world champ Jose Antonio Aguirre, Ernesto Castro, and against Thai Oleydong Sithsamerchai, however the results of all three losses were controversial and many consider Palacios to be the true victor. The fight is organized by Promociones del Pueblo with support from Grupo Modelo and will air on Televisa (Mexico).
A multitude of fans congregated in the city of Gilroy, California yesterday to honor their hometown hero, Five-Time World Champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, as May 15, 2011 was officially declared Robert Guerrero Day in the garlic capitol of the world and The Ghost was officially commended for his accomplishments in the ring and his roll as a community leader. (more…)
By: Rocco Morales and Francisco Salazar at Ringside
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
Andre Ward used his boxing smarts to overcome an aggressive start by challenger Arthur Abraham and retain his WBA super middleweight title by way of a clear cut unanimous decision victory Saturday at the Carson Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. more
Unbeaten Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez has an opponent rival for his June 3 fight in his hometown of Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, where he will headline the third edition of the series “A Puño Limpio” against Pipino Cuevas Jr. in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) presentation to be televised on WAPA America. Gonzalez (15-0, 11 KOs) will be looking for the WBO NABO lightweight title when facing Cuevas Jr. (14-6, 12 KOs), son of former welterweight champion Pipino Cuevas.
Also in action, WBO #3 super bantamweight Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo (20-2, 13 KOs), will defend his NABO 122lb title versus a fighter to be announced at 10 round. In a third TV fight, flyweight Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez (2-0, 2 KOs) will fight in a four round bout. Another five bouts will complete the show. “A Puño Limpio”, will be seen from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on WAPA América to the United States.
By Francisco Salazar
Lightweight John Molina has been itching to get back in the ring and build upon his victory from his last fight. He will be able to do that close to home. Molina will step back in the ring on Friday, June 24th when he takes on crafty fighter Robert Frankel in a 10 round bout at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, CA, promoter Dan Goossen confirmed to Fightnews.com on Saturday night. The bout will headline an ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” card. (more…)
Southern California fight promoter Roy Englebrecht will have his hands full this week as he does what he believes no other fight promoter has ever done before…promote four pro shows in just 48 hours! This marathon run of shows begins on Thursday, May 19th with two, yes, two shows on the same evening. Englebrecht will promote two private shows, the Rumble On The Range at Lakeside Golf Club in Burbank and the NAIOP Night At The Fights at the Hyatt Regency Irvine, and will split his staff so that both shows will be covered. Both of these private shows are sold out. Then on Friday, May 20th they will be the lead promoter in a co promotion with Golden Boy Promotions for a Fight Club OC Special Edition show to air on Telefutura, from The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center. A crowd of 1,200 is expected for this show. The 48 hour run will end on Saturday night May 21st with another show at The Hangar. “I would not normally book four shows in 48 hours, said Englebrecht, but one show changed dates on me and I didn’t want to lose the show.”
Last Friday in the Club Estudiantes, Rio Cuarto, Córdoba, Argentina, WBA #5, WBC #7 welterweight Sebastian “Iron” Lujan (37-5-2, 23 KOs) retained his WBC Latin title with an unanimous decision over Jorge “Chino” Miranda (42-11, 16 KOs). On the same card, the former world champion Alejandro “Locomotive” Oliveras (21-2-2, 8 KOs) won by TKO in the sixth round over the Argentinean-Brazilean Alicia Alegre (7-6, 7 KOs) at super featherweight. Oliveras will fight for the vacant lightweight title WBA on Friday 12 August.
Interview by Ricardo Conde
Fightnews sat down with welterweight contender Alfonso Gomez (22-4-2, 11 KOs) at the Azteca Boxing Club in Bell, California, to talk to him about his upcoming fight with Calvin Green (21-5-1, 13 KOs) of Baytown, Texas that takes place this Saturday May 21st on the latest edition of ‘Top Rank Live’ which will be shown on FOX Deportes from the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa in Cabazon, California, also about the fight with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. that fell through, who he’d like to face in the highly talented filled welterweight division and a lot more.
Welsh ace WBO interim titleholder Nathan Cleverly says his fight with WBO light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer on Saturday night is his “defining moment.” The unbeaten Cleverly meets the dangerous German at The 02 in London. “Ricky Hatton fought Kostya Tyszu, Joe Calzaghe beat Jeff Lacy, this is a similar kind of fight,” said Cleverly. “My whole career has been building towards this moment, and I’m ready to take it with both hands…I’m so fired up for this fight and I believe that it’s my time. I was ringside for Calzaghe-Lacy. It was an evening when Joe made the world sit up and take notice of him. I’ll do the same against Braehmer.” (more…)
By Doug Rowe, FightNews Canada
Photo: John Rowe
Arash Usmanee made his homecoming a successful one as the undefeated Canadian super featherweight prospect stopped Mexico’s Alejandro Barrera in the 5th round Saturday night at the Capri Centre in Red Deer, Alberta. Trainer Daniel Trepanier’s game plan for Usmanee was to move forward against the very aggressive Barrera. The planned worked to perfection as the Canadian systematically broke down the Mexican fighter enroute to a KO victory. The fight, however, was by no means easy as Barrera, for the better part of five rounds, tried to answer everything Usmanee threw at him. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Saturday marked the return of the SHOWTIME Super Six World Boxing Classic super middleweight tournament at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA as the semi-final round kicked off with Andre Ward (24-0, 13 KOs) of Oakland, CA easily defeating “King” Arthur Abraham (32-3, 26 KOs) of Germany, by way of Armenia, with an unanimous decision to retain his WBA super middleweight title and to move into the finale of the ground breaking competition. (more…)
Photos: Felipe Leon
A year ago, San Diego, CA’s Christopher Martin (21-0-2, 6 KOs) found himself in Hinckley, Minnesota, ready to perform on the biggest stage of his career. Martin was tapped to be the latest fodder for hard hitting Chris Avalos on Showtime’s “ShoBox: The Next Generation”; just another opponent for Avalos to stream over, but Martin had other plans. After surviving Avalos’ early frenzied attack, Martin settled in out-boxing the highly touted prospect and upsetting the apple cart via a ten round split decision. After the win, Martin was expected to jump onto the boxing consciousness but instead found himself back at his usual haunt of Spanish language Telefutura. For more details and photos click here…
By Phil Doherty
Photo: Reynaldo Sanchez
The relationship between boxer and trainer is unique within the pantheon of sport. When a fighter steps into the ring to do battle, he literally places his life in his trainer’s hands. The trainer must possess the necessary skills to know when his man is hurt or about to be hurt and make split-second decisions during the heat of action. Sometimes that man is the fighter’s father, as we’ve seen with Tito and Papa Trinidad, Shane and Jack Mosley and most recently Wilfredo Vazquez Sr. and Jr. Other times, that man is a non-related former fighter himself. However, although these trainers are commonplace in boxing gyms throughout the country, they rarely achieve the Hall of Fame results of training luminaries like Angelo Dundee, Eddie Futch or Cus D’Amato. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Photo: MO Productions
Carlos Oliveira is a wealthy Brazilian textile industrialist. He is also a boxing promoter and manager who promotes and manages only one boxer, his son Michael Oliveira (14-0, 11 KOs), a 21-year-old middleweight, raised in Miami and Brazil’s top boxing prospect of the moment. Together, Carlos and Michael form a most unusual father-son duo in a most unusual story. Fightnews sat down with Carlos Oliveira to speak about him and his son’s unlikely foray into the world of boxing. (more…)
Photos: Sean Gibbons
WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios and trainer Roberto Garcia check out the action at the Home Depot Center on Saturday night. Rios will headline at The Home Depot against Urbano Antillon on Top Rank’s July 9th boxing card.
WBC middleweight champ Sebastian Zbik and his trainer former world champion Artur Grigorian were also on hand. Zbik will defend his middleweight title June 4th at The STAPLES Center against Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto could be seeking a world title in a fourth weight division in October provided that Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. beats WBC middleweight champion Sebsatian Zbik on June 4 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Cotto-Chavez fight would be made at a catch weight of 155 pounds, which is the formula that Manny Pacquiao has used, even against Cotto when they met a couple of years. Cotto (36-2, 29 KOs) is very active in Puerto Rico with his company Miguel Cotto Promociones and last Friday held a successful card in Ponce.
Heavyweight Travis Walker (36-6-1, 28 KOs) defeated Alonzo Butler (28-2-1, 21 KOs) Saturday night to win the vacant NABA USA title by way of majority decision. Two judges favored Walker 94-89 and 96-92. While the other saw it even at 93-93. The bout took place at the AmericasMart Bldg 3, in Atlanta, Georgia
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A proposed grudge rematch between Antonio Margarito and Miguel Cotto is on the shelf for the moment. In addition to the broken orbital socket Margarito suffered in his brutal loss to Manny Pacquiao last November, “The Tijuana Tornado” also suffered a detached retina in that fight. The injury could force Margarito to retire from the sport.
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Undefeated WBA champion Andre Ward moved one win away from claiming the ground-breaking inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic Cup with a convincing 12-round unanimous decision over “King” Arthur Abraham at The Home Depot Center Saturday on SHOWTIME®. Ward (24-0, 13 KOs) will face the winner of the June 4 Super Six Semifinal on SHOWTIME between World Boxing Council (WBC) super middleweight champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch (27-1, 20 KOs) and former world champion Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson (51-14-2, 35 KOs) of Miami, Fla., for the right to fight for the Super Six title and 168-pound world supremacy sometime in the fall.
Fighting outside the comfortable confines of Oakland, Calif., for the first time in 20 months spanning three fights, Ward defended his WBA belt for the third time in what SHOWTIME expert analyst Al Bernstein called one of Ward’s “most complete wins he’s ever had in his career.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
IBF super flyweight champion Cristian Mijares (42-6-2, 18 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over a game Carlos Rueda (16-5-1, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the Palenque de la Feria Nacional in Durango, Mexico. Mijares was in command all the way, winning 120-108, 120-108 and 118 to 110. Click here for more photos…
By Francisco Salazar and Rocco Morales at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
WBA super middleweight world champion and the Super Six top-seeded Andre Ward (24-0, 13 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over former IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (32-3, 26 KOs) on Saturday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Abraham came out aggressively and took the fight to Ward for the first three rounds. However, Ward upped his work rate in round four, which kept Abraham mostly covering up after that. Abraham started looking to land desperation haymakers from round eight on, but it wasn’t to be as Ward went on to a one-sided victory by scores of 120-108, 118-110, 118-111. (more…)
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
WBA interim bantamweight champion Hugo “Cuatito” Ruiz (28-1, 25 KOs) won a hard fought twelve round unanimous decision over hometown hero Francisco “Panchito” Arce (31-7-3, 28 KOs) Polideportivo Centenario in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. Ruiz dropped Arce in round five and knocked him completely out of the ring in round eleven en route to a 114-109, 114-109, 112-111 verdict.
Ruiz is the brother of the well known boxing twins Edel and Heriberto Ruiz, while Arce is the brother of three-division world champion Jorge Arce. Click here for more photos…
By Francisco Salazar and Rocco Morales at ringside
Looking slimmer at 234 pounds, heavyweight contender Chris Arreola (31-2, 27 KO’s) stopped Nagy Aguilera in the third round of a scheduled 10 round bout. Arreola stunned Aguilera early in the first round, but Aguilera (16-6, 1 KO’s) was able to recover. Both fighters traded heavy punches in the second round with Arreola getting the better of the exchanges. Arreola stunned Aguilera early in the third round, but Aguilera was able to grab onto Arreola or attempt to fight back. Arreola finally pinned Aguilera against the ropes, staggering him with a combination, prompting referee Raul Caiz, Jr. to intervene and stop the bout at 1:58.
In a light heavyweight versus super middleweight contest, the overweight 174 pound former Olympian, Shawn Estrada, walked right through the much smaller 166 pound Jospeh Gardner and bull rushed him en route to landing a monstrous left hook for the knockout at 1:27 of the first round. Gardner appeared as if he may have suffered a broken nose and the referee called the fight the moment he went down. Estrada looked even bigger than the eight pound weight advantage he had at yesterday’s weigh in. With the knockout victory, Estrada improves to 12-0 (11KO) while Gardner falls to 7-3-1 (1KO). (more…)
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