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By Phil Doherty
Photos: Sam Cohen
Some young men possess wisdom well beyond their years. They often find expression for their youthful energies outside the conventional “wisdom” of our instant gratification society. They quickly become leaders precisely due to this ability. At just 28 years of age, welterweight boxer Dimitriy “Star of David” Salita (32-1-1, 17 KOs) is one such man. This Jewish transplant from Odessa, Ukraine by way of Flatbush, Brooklyn hearkens back to a golden age of tough Jewish fighters out of New York’s “boxing borough”. Orthodox in his religious and professional stance, Salita is a true throwback fighter who once claimed: “If anyone wants a whupping from me, they got to wait after sundown.”
Fightnews caught up with Salita recently as he wound down training at the Heavyweight Factory Gym in Hollywood FL for his upcoming bout on April 13th in Brooklyn to honor Jimmy O’ Pharrow. “Jimmy O” first opened the doors of his well-respected gym, the Starret Boxing Club to then 13-year old Dimitriy. For more details and photos click here…
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
The always colorful and electric Don King — joined by fellow Hall of Fame Promoter Bob Arum for their first co-promotion in more than five years — entertained the Los Angeles press corps on Monday as “Relentless: Cotto Vs. Mayorga” Fight Week kicked off with a press conference at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel.
“My fighter Ricardo Mayorga is a crazy man, he’s absolutely insane,” King said. “But when he steps in the ring Miguel Cotto will be saying his Hail Mary’s. Someone has to be sacrificed on Saturday night and it has to be Cotto and I feel so bad about this. But Miguel is young and he will come back. He’s a great Puerto Rican and a great combatant and a great fighter. But on March of the 12th, beware the Ides of March.
“This is a vintage Don King performance,” said Arum. (more…)
The long awaited rematch between WBO/WBA light flyweight champion Giovani Segura (26-1-1, 22 KOs) and Ivan Calderon (34-1-1, 6 KOs) wll take place in Mexicali, Baja California. The Auditorio del Estado is the expected venue. Mexicali is located on the Mexico/USA border 165 miles east of San Diego.
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Hear it yourself. All the taunts, diatribes and trash talk from today’s Cotto-Mayorga presser in Los Angeles:
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto refused to let Ricardo Mayorga get under his skin on Monday at a Los Angeles press conference. Cotto would neither look at Mayorga, nor would he acknowledge any of his taunts. Here’s what was said:
Miguel Cotto: “I have two messages here and I’m going to be pretty quick. The first message is for Don King. He talks about sacrifices and he’s pretty used to sacrificing because he was involved in one of the recent events involving Devon Alexander with Timothy Bradley. He had to sacrifice Alexander. It’s going to be the same on March 12th with different characters because it’s not Devon Alexander or Bradley this time around, it’s Miguel Cotto and Ricardo Mayorga and it will be deja vu, as (Mayorga) will be the one sacrificed. I’m pretty comfortable with my preparation. I’m pretty good with my corner.
“The second thing that I have to say, when you send an idiot to do a smart thing, like Don King sending Mayorga to the mic, the only thing you can expect is an idiot, nothing else.”
Ricardo Mayorga: “I’d like to thank God and everyone present. I’ve trained from the heart, I put in 100% and I’m coming here not only to beat Cotto but to knock him out. People around the world only know the two greatest promoters of all times which are Don King and Bob Arum. By beating and knocking Cotto out I’m putting a stamp on this fight after my victory that Don is the best promoter and Bob is number two.
“Coming into the ring the majority of all Puerto Ricans watching the fight live are going to be on my side, and after the fight the ones that weren’t on my side will be on my side. And I’m putting money on myself that I’m going to knock him out. I’m the best. I’m better than Cotto. His best moments, his best time of his career is when he was fighting 135/140 but when he came up to 147/154 that’s when he made a mistake. Jimmy (Lennon, Jr.), I ask you a favor, when you introduce me as the ‘new world champion’ do it with all your heart, ‘four time world champion.’
“When I put my belt around my waist, you’ll see Miguel, when they put your belt around my waist ‘right here.’ This is where your belt’s going. Like Don (King) says, bet for the knock out, not just for the win, you’re going to win a lot of money.
“Cotto, I just ask one thing from you, don’t do the same thing that you did with Margarito. After he knocked you down the first time, the second time you went down without him even landing a punch. Stand there in front of me and let me keep punishing you and then go out, but don’t take a knee on me. For more details and photos click here…
Highly touted super featherweight prospect Dante “Crazy” Jardon will headline the March 18 “Boxeo TELEMUNDO” telecast from the famous Salon Jose Cuervo (former Salon 21) in Mexico City. Jardon (15-1, 13 KOs), who is the current WBC Youth titleholder, will face Humberto “Metralleta” Martinez (20-5-1, 14 KOs) in a unification battle scheduled for twelve Rounds with the WBO and WBC Latin super featherweight titles at stake. (more…)
While Sergio Martinez no longer holds the WBC middleweight championship, his fight on Saturday at Foxwoods Resort Casino against Sergiy Dzinziruk will be for the “WBC Diamond belt,” which the WBC created with the purpose of giving a bonus to the fights that have occurred recently among elite fighters, who fight with no title at stake.
The WBC explains it like this: “There are no rules. This is not a championship which has to be defended. It doesn’t have the same obligations as the world champion. It is a tribute to the fight, to both fighters and the winner takes it without having to defend it. It has no rankings. It’s simply a fitting recognition of a brilliant career.”
The green and gold belt is made with an 18 carat gold plate, 598 diamonds, 196 emeralds, rubies and 150 6 Swarovski gemstones. It has a cost of approximately $50,000.
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
IBF lightweight champion Miguel ‘Titere’ Vazquez (27-3, 12 KOs) of Mexico, under the guidance of long time trainer Javier Capetillo at the Azteca Boxing Club, will step back into the ring and defend his title this Saturday, March 12th against unbeaten and mandatory challenger Lenny Zappavigna (25-0, 17 KOs) of Australia at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada which is being headlined by the Pride of Puerto Rico WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (35-2, 28 KOs) against two-division world champion Ricardo ‘El Matador’ Mayorga (29-7-1, 23 KOs) which will be broadcast live on SHOWTIME PPV and is being presented by Top Rank, in association with Cotto Promotions and Don King Productions. For more details and photos click here…
Notre Dame Boxing Champion Mike Lee has touched down in Dublin, Ireland where he will resume training under the tutelage of renowned trainer Ronnie Shields over the next two weeks. Lee has traveled to Dublin as part of world champion Guillermo Rigondeaux’s camp which also includes his co-trainer Creed Fountain and strength and conditioning coach Brian Caldwell. WBA Super Bantamweight Champion Rigondeaux will defend his title against Willie Casey on Saturday, March 19th in Dublin.
In addition to his training, Lee is planning on some sightseeing in Dublin, this being his first trip to Ireland.
The 23 year old top light heavyweight prospect improved to 4-0-0 (3KO’s) with a first round destruction of Pablo Gomez on Saturday, February 26th at The Palms Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. The knockout victory came in front of a packed house of Notre Dame alums and Chicagoland supporters.
Details of Lee’s next bout are expected to be announced shortly.
Photos: Eroll Popova
The Magdeburg based boxing world champion Robert Stieglitz (39-2, 23 KOs) is looking for the biggest challenge so far. “I want to fight against the best of the best. It is a decision of who is on top of the world. There is only one champion”, the WBO champion states refererring to his next fight. On April 9 the SES fighter will face the current WBA world champion Dimitri Sartison (27-1, 17 KOs) at the Bördelandhalle Magdeburg. Sartison claimed his title in the same year as Stieglitz. Sartison defeated Stjepan Bozic for the WBA championship on November 21 2009 and has since defended the title successfully one time. His only defeat stands against former world champion Mikkel Kessler but this is nearly three years ago. He has continiously work hard and he will now challenge WBO king Robert Stieglitz in Magdeburg. (more…)
IBF, WBO, IBO Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko and WBA Champion David Haye have both agreed to participate in a unification fight this summer. The fight will happen either on June 25 or July 2. In Germany, potential venues could be the football arenas of German Bundesliga clubs Dortmund, Kaiserslautern or Schalke.
Wladimir Klitschko: “I am happy that a fight Klitschko vs Haye has finally been realized. It is my brother’s and my dream to unify all four belts in the Klitschko family. I will not let this chance go by. Haye has twice dropped out of a fight with us and now he has already started to do a lot of trash talking again. It is time to let our fists speak!”
David Haye: “I always believed we’d one day fight and I am glad we have cut through the nonsense and put together the most important fight in the heavyweight division,” he said. “This is an inevitable fight with an inevitable conclusion. Wladimir Klitschko is getting violently knocked out.” (more…)
SHOWTIME Sports® announced today that SHOWTIME EXTREME – the sports and action focused multiplex channel – will broadcast the live weigh-in and select fighter interviews from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Friday, March 11 at 6 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) in anticipation of the March 12 SHOWTIME PPV® “RELENTLESS” headlined by Miguel Cotto and Ricardo Mayorga.
Ines Sainz of TV Azteca and Jimmy Lennon Jr. will host the half-hour program featuring all eight fighters on the pay-per-view card, including Cotto, Mayorga, Yuri Foreman, Pawel Wolak, Miguel Vazquez, Lenny Zappavigna, Tommy Zbikowski and Richard Bryant.
“SHOWTIME continues to explore different ways to expand the reach of boxing and televising the weigh-in of a major pay-per-view card is just one of the many innovations we will be exploring,” said Ken Hershman, Executive Vice President and General Manager of SHOWTIME Sports. “Earlier this year, SHOWTIME EXTREME relaunched as the place to find SHOWTIME Sports telecasts after their original airings on SHOWTIME. By adding live content for the first time, we are bolstering the channel’s value to our subscribers even more.” (more…)
British super-middleweight champion James DeGale has been added to this Saturday’s world title bill at the Braehead Arena, Glasgow. The 2008 Olympic champion will feature in a special attraction to Ricky Burns’ WBO World Super-Featherweight title defence against Joseph Laryea. His fight – a non title affair – will be over eight rounds, live on Sky Sports 1HD in the UK. And it will give Scottish fight fans the chance to see DeGale for the first time in a professional ring. DeGale joins the likes of Naseem Hamed, Joe Calzaghe and Amir Khan among English stars to fight north of the border.
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (46-2-2, 25 KOs) of Oxnard, CA, by way of Quilmes, Argentina arrived in Connecticut, having departed after his final day of training camp at the World Crown Sports Training Center in Port Hueneme, CA on Sunday, for his showdown with undefeated junior middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk (37-0, 23 KOs) of Ukraine which takes place this Saturday, March 12th at the MGM Grand Arena at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut for the vacant WBC Diamond middleweight title which will be shown live on HBO’s ‘World Championship Boxing’. For more details and photos click here…
By Joe Koizumi
Once-beaten prospect having recently scored six consecutive stoppages, 23-year-old Japanese Koki Eto (10-1, 7 KOs), 114.5, had a tough time coping with OPBF#14 Thai national champ Suriya Chuwattana (18-9, 9 KOs), 115, hit the deck in the seventh but barely earned a close but unanimous nod (77-75, 77-74 and 78-74) over eight give-and-take rounds on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. (more…)
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Italian light middleweight Lenny Bottai (13-1, 4 KOs) won the IBF-Int. title on Friday night at the PalaMacchia in Livorno, Italy, with a unanimous twelve-round win over Estonian vicious warrior Sergei Melis (17-4, 6 KOs). Bottai came forward in his usual style and used his superior ring craft with an orthodox jab to gain the control of the clash and his superior boxing skills were clear. Melis tried to re-enter in the fight but he did not have the power to counter Bottai’s pressing and persistent attacks. Bottai was simply too strong and consistent and punctuated his win stepping up gears during the last five rounds and cruised to a deserved unanimous decision win. The judges Paco Garcia, Mario Maianti and Raffaele Argiolas scored the bout 117-111, 118-110 and 117-112 for the new IBF-Int. 154lb champ.
In the chief support, veteran undefeated featherweight Alberto Servidei (30-0-2, 7 KOs) retained his National title. Former European champ Servidei outscored veteran contender Massimo Morra (21-5-3, 7 KOs) over ten chaotic and dirty rounds of boxing. Boxe Cavallari promoted, with RAISAT broadcasting live in Italy.
A clash of heavyweight titans, matching 6-foot-7-inch Michael Grant against 6-foot-9-inch Tye Fields, plus a battle between former world champion Joel Casamayor and late sub Manuel Leyva highlight a televised pay-per-view card on Friday in the Planet Hollywood Theatre for the Performing Arts at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Also on the card presented by Sterling Promotions in association with American Dream Presents and Heads Up Entertainment, in separate fights will be light heavyweight Ron Johnson and cruiserweight Aaron Williams, who’ll be fighting for the USNBC interim 200-pound title. All four fights are scheduled for 10 rounds. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
World super lightweight titleholder Amir Khan seems to have it all so far. A world title around his waist, the backing of a major promoter, and one of if not the most recognized trainers in boxing today in his corner in Freddie Roach. While Khan was impressive in winning a hard-fought 12 round unanimous decision over hard-hitting Marcos Maidana in December, he was eager to meet the winner of the Timothy Bradley-Devon Alexander unification bout.
Talks broke down between both sides, so Khan settled on facing unbeaten Paul McCloskey on April 16th at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England. This will be Khan’s third title defense. (more…)
No live boxing on ESPN2, Telefutura or Telemundo this week, however all isn’t lost for fight fans wanting Friday night TV fisticuffs. Many cable systems are offering a pay-per-view event featuring heavyweights Michael Grant against Tye Fields plus Joel Casamayor vs Mike Anchondo.
Middleweight Matthew Macklin and manager Brian Peters will meet with Golden Boy execs this week discuss the options after Winky Wright pulled out of the scheduled April 2 clash with a hand injury.
March 8, 2011 will mark the 40th anniversary of the historic “Fight of the Century” between Hall of Famers Muhammad Ali and Smokin’ Joe Frazier that took place at Madison Square Garden on March 8, 1971. To commemorate this landmark occasion, the Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, NY is offering free admission to all visitors through March 8th.
By Felipe Leon
Photo: Leopoldo Gonzalez
In an atmosphere of celebration with Banda music and a Norteño band in between fights, nearly twelve thousand southern California fight fans and millions watching HBO’s “Boxing After Dark” witnessed history as undefeated golden child Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (36-0-1, 26 KOs) became the youngest super welterweight to capture a title as he defeated Matthew Hatton (41-5-2, 16KOs) for the vacant WBC strap.
With the gold and green belt firmly on his shoulder, Alvarez addressed the substantial amount of media gathered in the bowls of Anaheim, CA’s Honda Center, “I am very happy in reaching this first dream. Matthew was a very good opponent, a tough opponent who had enough experience to know how to survive when I had him hurt.”
“There is no excuses but I’m a 20-year-old kid,” the Guadalajara, MX, native stated. “There were many things that tried to distract me, family problems, very personal issues and lawsuits. I want to prove that I will be here for a long time to come.” (more…)
Photo: Baja Boxing
David “Morita” De La Mora and Arturo “Fuerte” Badillo got through tough moments in each of their bouts last Saturday night in Rosarito, MX, but still came out with the win at the end of the night in the main and co-main event respectively in a card presented by Tijuana’s Baja Boxing Promotions. (more…)
Undefeated WBA #1-ranked welterweight contender Brad “King” Solomon (16-0, 7 KOs) defends his WBA International title against Demetrius “The Gladiator” Hopkins (30-1-1, 11 KOs) on March 18th at the Seminole Hard Rock Live. Solomon; who is also the WBC #6-ranked Latino champion, faces his stiffest test yet against Demetrius Hopkins (nephew of light heavyweight contender and former middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins.) The “King” scored a decisive 10-round unanimous decision victory against rugged veteran Anges Adjaho (25-5, 14 KOs) at the Hard Rock during his last outing in December. (more…)
Ringside by Francisco Salazar
Photos by “Big” Joe Miranda
A sign by a fan inside the Honda Center on Saturday simply read “Canelo vs. Chavez.”
A bout between Saul Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. would be a dream fight for all Mexicans, Mexican-Americans, and all boxing fans hope to one day see . . . Click here for more
Ringside by Rocco Morales
Photos by “Big” Joe Miranda
Coming off a 13 month layoff, IBF No. 7contender showed little ring rust in a dominating display against No. 6 IBF contender, Otis Griffin, winning a split decision to earn a title shot at IBF light heavyweight champion, Tavoris Cloud . . . Click here for more
By Robert Coster
Photo: Leopoldo Gonzalez
Unbeaten and four months shy of his 20th birthday, bantamweight Tomoki Kameda (18-0, 12 KOs) is one young boxer who undeniably stands out. Tomoki is the only Japanese fighter who makes his career in Mexico and so identifies with his adopted nation that he is nicknamed “El Mexicanito.” Then, there are Tomoki’s two brothers, Koki and Daiki, who have won world titles: Koki is the present WBA flyweight champion while Daiki was the WBC 112 lbs champion until he recently gave up that crown. “I want to make boxing history by also winning a world title–three brothers, three world champions,” says the brash Tomoki who also adds that he plans to be “the greatest of the Kameda brothers.” (more…)
WBA heavyweight champion David Haye has agreed terms to fight IBF/WBO/IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko on either June 25 or July 2 at a venue in Germany. The consensus top two heavyweights in the world finally struck a deal and signed contracts on Friday evening, setting the wheels in motion on the biggest boxing event of 2011. After years of negotiating and posturing, Haye and Klitschko are now set to officially collide in the most important heavyweight showdown for nearly a decade and, in doing so, will unify four of the recognised world heavyweight belts. (more…)
Dear Honorable Governor Cuomo:
Many boxers come from the most difficult of backgrounds. They have struggled and worked to try and make a better life for themselves. It isn’t a sport that someone can pursue successfully without total dedication. As President of the NABF, a former amateur boxer and a decorated Police Officer, I know this first hand.
To remove the position of NYS Athletic Commissioner, and more-so, to risk removing Melvina Lathan, a woman whose family has a long association with the sport, would be a terrible mistake. This is a job that takes complete focus and an inside appreciation of the sport. Melvina was a judge. Her husband is a respected ringside physician. Melvina has reestablished INTEGRITY to the NYSAC which had been sorely missing for many years. Further more, as the first African American person to serve as NYS Athletic Chair, she is an icon. The boxers who engage in the arena deserve as much.
If you make this a Per Diem job, that’s all it will be, a job. We need more. Don’t deliver the knock-out punch that would hurt all boxers. The consequences could be deadly.
Joseph Dwyer, NABF President
It’s official. As previously announced on Fightnews, WBO super flyweight champion Omar “El Huracán” Narváez (33-0-2, 19 KOs) of Argentina will defend his title against César “Junito” Seda (20-0, 15 KOs) of Puerto Rico. The bout will take place April 15th at the Polideportivo Municipal in the city of Monte Hermoso, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
By Rocco Morales and Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
In a clash for the vacant WBC super welterweight title, #1 rated Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (36-0-1, 26 KOs) scored a one-sided unanimous decision over European welterweight champion Matthew Hatton (41-5-2, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The heavy-handed 20-year-old punished the very game but outgunned Hatton the whole fight, but couldn’t stop the scrappy brother of Ricky Hatton. Alvarez was deducted a point for a low blow in round seven. All three judges scored it 119-108. Click here for more photos…
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