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By Przemyslaw Garczarczyk
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There was a time when nobody cared about Paweł Wolak (29-1, 19 KOs). “I was working his fights five, even two years ago, sending stories and pictures but there were no takers, no interest, even in the Polish media. People asked ‘who is this Wolak guy?’ and the conversation was over. Now, after his performance against Yuri Foreman the story is much different,” says Wojtek Kubik, an accomplished New York based photographer and writer who has been following the career of the Polish version of “Raging Bull” for many years. (more…)
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
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Miguel Cotto added another title to his illustrious career when he became the first champion of the newly created World Boxing Board (WBB). “The WBB was created in San Juan, Puerto Rico and its purpose is to rebuild confidence of the fans and the media. We will promote the creation of world titles to be awarded only to boxers who actually earn them through their performance,” said chief operating officer Santiago Albanese.
The first fight to be sanctioned was Cotto-Mayorga held on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, where Cotto was presented with the super middleweight belt. Albanese said that beginning in April, the WBB will be issuing monthly ratings. The group will soon provide additional details of its creation and its future plans.
Well known matchmaker Chris Middendorf has launched United Boxers, a new promotional company which will present its first event on Friday, April 15th at the Maryland Sportsplex in Millersville, just south of Baltimore. The inaugural United Boxers event will showcase an all-star card of the area’s best young talent including cruiserweight Russ “The Hammer” Shiflett (9-0-1, 5 KOs), who will be featured in the main event.
Also battling will be fellow undefeated prospects; welterweight Emmanuel “The Tranzformer” Taylor (10-0, 8 KOs), welterweight James “Keep’em Sleepin” Stevenson (13-0, 10 KOs) and cruiserweight “Slick” Nick Kisner (7-0, 5 KOs).
Rounding out the event will be longtime Baltimore area favorites; super middleweight Mike “The Persecutor” Paschall (21-2-1, 4 KOs), junior middleweight Ishmael “The Arsenal” Irvin (15-2-4, 7 KOs) and middleweight Jesse “The Beast” Nicklow (20-1-3, 7 KOs). (more…)
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Sam Cohen
Sometimes it’s difficult to tell who displays more nimbleness with opponents in boxing. Is it the fighters themselves or their promoters? Today’s press conference at the Seminole Hard Rock leaned a little towards the promoter’s corner as Heavyweight Factory boxing director Henry Rivalta announced some intriguing last-minute changes to this week’s edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights. Although last-minute changes can often work against a fighter (and promoter), the Heavyweight Factory showed some amazing “counter punching” ability in lining up quality replacements for their co-main event and undercard. For more details and photos click here…
By Robert Coster
Unusual is certainly the case of undefeated super middleweight Michael Oliveira (13-0, 11 KOs). The 20-year-old prospect, born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, raised in Miami, is one who steps into the ring for the pure love of boxing, not out of financial necessity. His father Carlos Oliveira is a wealthy textile industrialist who shares his son’s passion and manages his career. Together they are united in an adventure that may seem puzzling to many. Yet, young Michael will tell you that he has boxing in his blood since his grandfather was one of the great Eder Jofre’s favorite sparring partners. (more…)
Broadway Boxing, New York City’s longest running and most successful boxing series, returns March 29 to the most intimate venue for boxing in the country, the BB King Blues Club in Times Square. In the main event is junior lightweight José Pedraza, who turned pro in his last fight in his native Puerto Rico. Pedraza (1-0, 1 KO) is a highly touted 2008 Olympian and former amateur star. In the co-feature is junior welterweight Willie Monroe Jr. (10-0, 4 KOs), whose father was a middleweight fighter in the 90s, and his great uncle was the famous middleweight contender out of Philadelphia, Willie “The Worm” Monroe. Also in action is unbeaten light heavyweight Seanie Monaghan (6-0, 4 KOs). Tickets start at $55. Call 212-947-2577.
With their IBF Super Middleweight clash just days away, boxing superstar and unbeaten champ Lucian Bute and European titleholder Brian Magee participated in a media teleconference call Tuesday to discuss their upcoming fight for Bute’s belt on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Saturday, March 19 live on SHOWTIME® at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.
Bute, who signed a multi-fight agreement 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…)
Per Gustavo Aparicio/DIAaDIA of Panama media an official offer has been made to WBA featherweight champion Jonathon Barros (32-1-1, 18 KOs) of Argentina to defend his title in Panama against former world champion Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero (34-3, 23 KOs) of Panama. Though June 4th was being discussed as the possible date for the fight the end of May is now being considered.
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Highly talented super bantamweight prospect Efrain Esquivias (12-0, 8 KOs) of Carson, California, under the guidance of one of, if not the best trainer in boxing today, Freddie Roach at the world-renowned Wild Card Boxing Gym in Hollywood, California, will headline and meet fellow undefeated super bantamweight Sherali Dostiev (8-0-1, 2 KOs) of Tajikistan on Friday March 25th at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California in an eight round bout, the fight card dubbed ‘New Blood’ is being presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions. For more details and photos click here…
WBA interim world super bantamweight champion Guillermo “The Jackal” Rigondeaux, arguably the greatest amateur boxer of all-time, arrived March 7 in Ireland to complete his extensive training for his first title defense this Saturday night (Mar. 19) in Dublin against Irish favorite, former European title holder Willie “Big Bang” Casey. The Guillermo-Casey title fight features a pair of unbeaten boxers headlining a show promoted by Top Rank, Nowhere 2 Hyde Promotions and Dolphil Promotions.
Rigondeaux (7-0, 5 KOs), a southpaw now fighting out of Miami, was a 2-time Olympic Gold Medalist, as well as a 7-time national champion who captured a pair of World Championship titles during his amazing 243-4 amateur career.
After breaking training camp in Houston, Rigondeaux traveled to Ireland for his third visit having experienced an Irish heart-warming welcome in January, when he held a public workout before hundreds of mightily impressed boxing fans at the luxurious Montenotte Hotel in Cork. (more…)
Photos: Enrique “Quique” Vázquez/Promociones Miguel Cotto, Inc
Undefeated WBO Latino junior lightweight champion and hot Puerto Rican prospect Luis “El Artesano” Cruz (17-0,14 KOs) has agreed to fight former World Champion Román “Rocky” Martínez (24-1-1,15 KOs) in the Showtime co-main event of Juan Manuel López vs. Orlando Salido card on Saturday, April 16th at the Rubén Rodríguez Coliseum in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. “This is the opportunity that I was waiting for. I feel really motivated for this fight, and I have the opportunity to show my people of Puerto Rico and to the world that I have what it takes to become the next great fighter from this Island. Five-time world champion and promoter Miguel Cotto said “This a really great fight for the fans, and will have two different styles above the ring. Luis has fantastic boxing skills and power to dominate Martínez, while Martínez is a ring veteran and a true warrior. I expect a great fight”. This fight is presented by Miguel Cotto Promotions, in association with Top Rank. Click here for more photos…
Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports, in association with Foxwoods Resort Casino, returns to Mashantucket, Connecticut on April 1 as part of ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights.” The card will be headlined by a ten-rounder between lightweights “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy (19-1-1, 10 KOs) and Patrick Lopez (20-3, 12 KOs) for the vacant NABF title. Former University of Rhode Island football star Vladine Biosse (10-0, 5 KOs) will battle Tim Connors (10-2, 7 KOs) in the super middleweight opener.
The undercard features several familiar names including veteran Elvin Ayala (21-5-1, 9 KOs) facing Samson Onyango (20-7, 13 KOs) in a six-round super middleweight bout and featherweight Mike Oliver (24-2, 8 KOs) will take on Sande Otieno (16-2, 7 KOs) in a six-round bout.
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Amir “King” Khan will lead a strong bill on April 16 as he returns home to defend his WBA super lightweight world title against undefeated European Champion Paul McCloskey at the M.E.N Arena. In the co-feature, European middleweight champion Matthew Macklin will take on two-time world title challenger Khoren Gevor. Macklin was originally slated to face Winky Wright on April 9 in Las Vegas, but Wright pulled out with an injury and Macklin was moved to this card. (more…)
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When Cuban heavyweight sensation Odlanier Solis challenges WBC champion Vitali Klitschko at Lanxess-Arena in Cologne this Saturday (March 19th) he has one man in his corner whom he has known for most of his life. Pedro Luis Diaz Benitez met Solis in Havana when he was still a young kid and immediately recognized his outstanding talent. “We compared him to Roberto Balado who was the best super heavyweight of the world at that time,” says Diaz. “It was obvious from the very first minute that the kid is special. He has got a spezial gift, he’s a natural born athlete. He would have been world class in whatever sport he would have decided to do. He is made for success and nothing but success.” (more…)
Jim Miller thought he was living in a bizarro world. Eight times he had toed the line in a UFC fight, and seven times he walked away with his hand raised in victory. The only man to defeat him, Gray Maynard, was fighting for the world lightweight championship. Miller’s last five fights were all wins, and if there was a short list of contenders for Frankie Edgar’s title, he was on it . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Patrick Nielsen (8-0, 5 KOs) will headline the fourth TV2 Fight Night in Herning when he comes face-to-face with Gary Boulden (4-1-2) on April 2. It will be a big step up for the unbeaten 19-year-old who has been cleared to fight eight rounds at three minutes for the first time of his career. The new law will be in effect when unbeaten Nielsen steps through the ropes for the next time. “We are very grateful for the Danish Professional Boxing Federation and their president Michael Seemann to have cleared all the details with the Danish authorities,” promoter Nisse Sauerland said. “The new law will be great for Danish boxing in general and for Patrick in particular as he can now prove his worth under much tougher conditions.” (more…)
By Graham Houston
Beating an outclassed opponent comfortably on points is perfectly acceptable, but to get him out of the fight is even better, and Miguel Cotto saved the best for last when hammering Ricardo Mayorga in the final round.
The exciting finish was just what Cotto needed. For 11 rounds we wondered if he had carried his punching power up with him to the junior middleweight division — and then Cotto landed a left hook that might have dropped anyone in the 154-pound weight class.
It was the type of finish that should send Cotto confidently into a projected rematch with Antonio Margarito. (more…)
By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos by Robert Hughes
Former World Champion, Fort Worth native Paulie Ayala (35-3, 12KO’s), was honored by his hometown last Friday night at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History in a private reception showcasing a new exhibit, aptly called Fort Worth Champions, honoring sport’s heroes from the Fort Worth area. Ayala’s championship belts, gloves and shoes were on display including a video narrated by Ayala highlighting some of his classic fights. (more…)
Many major boxing events have taken place in France over the years featuring a large list of top names. One fight that comes to mind right way was the 2007 thriller between then unified world champion Jean Marc Mormeck of France and challenger David Haye of England. Although there have been some title fights, their haven’t been any mega-fights in France since. Manager/Agent Christel Aujoux is doing her best to rejuvenate boxing in her native land. Aujoux has been involved in the boxing industry for nearly two decades working with the biggest promoters and boxers in France. Fightnews recently spoke with Aujoux, who shared her views on the current state of boxing in the country and her hopes of bringing boxing back to where it once was. (more…)
Ringside Report By:Mariano A. Agmi
Photography By Emily Harney
Middleweight world champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (47-2-2, 26 KOs) scored an impressive eighth round knockout over previously unbeaten WBO jr middleweight champion Sergiy “Razor” Dzinziruk (37-1, 23 KOs) on Saturday night at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. (More)
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
The WBC reports that an agreement for a fight between WBC super bantamweight champion Jackie Nava and WBC super flyweight holder Ana Maria Torres has been reached between the promoter and representatives of the respective camps. The fight between the two champions will take place April 16th at the World Trade Center in Veracruz. For Nava, the first WBC female world champion, this is the fifth defense of the title in her second title reign. Nava’s record is 24-3-2 with 11 KOs, Torres has a record of 24 3-2, 14 KOs.
By Robert Coster
Canelo Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions have joined forces to put on a competitive card involving talented young boxers in Xalapa, State of Veracruz, Mexico on March 26th. The main event will pit WBC #8, WBA #9 bantamweight Stephane Jamoye (20-2, 10 KOs) of Belgium in a toss-up battle against unbeaten Leo Santa Cruz (14-0, 6 KOs) for the WBC Continental Americas title. Jamoye,21, is remembered by Mexican fans for his razor-thin, controversial point loss to Mexico-based Japanese phenom Tomoki Kameda last year in a memorable twelve round war. For his part, Santa Cruz, 22, who fights out of California, has impressed with increased punching power in his last four fights, all victories by knockout. It is definitely a real crossroad fight for both ambitious young men. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Recently an official website was created in honor of Mexican boxing legend Salvador Sánchez Narváez, with the intention new and young boxing fans can learn about Sanchez’ life and boxing career. On February 2, 1980 Sanchez stunned the boxing world by stopping Danny “Little Red” Lopez via 13th round TKO. He then defended it nine times against the best including Lopez in a rematch, Juan Laporte and Azumah Nelson among others. His August 21, 1981 win over undefeated legend Wilfredo Gomez is considered the greatest victory in the famed Mexico vs Puerto Rico rivalry. Sanchez died in a car accident on August 12, 1982 in Mexico. Today his nephew Salvador Sanchez II is a professional boxer. The website is www.salvadorsanchez.com
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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