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Rivals James DeGale and George Groves today performed the draw for Prizefighter Super-Middleweights II at Liverpool Olympia on March 23. The super-middleweight pair who also announced their clash in May today, joined Matchroom Sport’s Eddie Hearn on the show to decide the fate of the eight fighters in the 17th edition of the eight-man, one night tournaments.
Patrick J Maxwell kicks off the night against Scotsman Kenny Anderson and the winner of that bout between will face either Liverpool’s Joe Ainscough or tough Sheffield fighter Wayne Reed. The bottom half of the draw sees former world champion Robin Reid fight unbeaten Welsh prospect Tobias Webb – Reid could potentially face fellow Liverpudlian Carl Dilks who faces Leicester boxer Jahmaine Smyle in the fourth quarter-final.
Prize Fight Promotions has announced that it is expecting its 89th consecutive sell out of a casino boxing show with Saturday’s installment of “Fights At The Fitz” at the Fitz Hotel & Casino in Tunica, Mississippi. The card will feature an eight round middleweight clash between unbeaten Jesse Lubash (14-0, 8 KOs) and veteran Germaine Sanders (27-8, 17 KOs). The co-feature is a six-round rematch between jr welterweights Dedrick Bell (6-4, 3 KOs) and power punching Tyrone “TNT” Chatman (6-1, 5 KOs). Also, on tap is six-round rematch between super middleweights Morgan Fitch (3-0, 1 KO) and Nathan Bedwell (3-6, 2 KOs). For tickets call 901-525-1515.
Hot prospect Jonathan Gonzalez already has an opponent for his expected debut next April 1st in the card “A Puño Limpio” to be held at the Coliseo Hector Sola Bezares in Caguas, Puerto Rico, in a presentation of PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) to be televised by WAPA America to the United States. González, a 19-year-old Gold Medalist in the Youth World Championships in 2008 and Gold Medalist in the Central American and Caribbean Games last year in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, will face namesake Jonathan Gonzalez, from Vega Alta, Puerto Rico, in a four round bout at 112 pounds.
A bout between David Quijano (13-1, 9 KOs) and Juan Mercedes (24-3, 17 KOs), will headline the card in a fight for the WBO Latino super flyweight title, and the in co-feature former amateur world champion and Olympian McWilliams Arroyo (6-1, 5 KOs) faces Erickson Martell (4-2-1, 3 KOs) in an eight round 112 pound clash.
Jr lightweight contender Antonio Escalante (23-3, 15 KOs) and hometown jr featherweight hero Manuel “Tino” Avila (2-0, 1 KO) that will headline the March 25th TeleFutura card at the Sports Center in Fairfield, California. Escalante faces Alejandro Perez (14-2-1, 9 KOs) in a ten rounder, while Avila risks his unbeaten record against Frank Gutierrez (2-8-2, 1 KO) in a scheduled six.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Panamanian referee Gustavo Padilla will be the third man in the ring when Nicaraguan WBA light flyweight world champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (27-0, 23 KOs) and Mexican WBO former world champion Manuel “Chango” Vargas (29-7-1, 14 KOs) meet at Puebla, Mexico on Saturday. The three judges are Sergio Caiz (U.S.), Levi Martinez (U.S) and Jesus Cova (U.S.). The fight supervisor is Miguel Prado (Panama).
The enthusiasm for boxing shown by the citizens and officials in the city of Laredo, Texas, has several veteran boxing men predicting an unforgettable night on Friday, April 8. That’s when Showtime’s ShoBox “The New Generation” cameras will roll in for the “Rumble on the Rio” boxing event at the Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas.
Rumble on the Rio is being presented by Antonio Leonard Productions, in association with DiBella Entertainment; Warriors Boxing; Keeppunching Entertainment and is brought to Laredo by C.Y. Benavides. It will feature three sensational nationally televised match-ups between up-and-coming contenders, as undefeated Houston, Texas, super middleweight Marcus “Too Much” Johnson (20-0, 15 KOs) takes on Florida’s Dyah Davis (18-2-1, 9 KOs), 6′ 3″ welterweight Willie Nelson (16-0-1, 10 KOs) goes against once-beaten Vincent Arroyo (10-1, 7 KOs) and undefeated light welterweight Danny O’Connor (14-0, 3 KOs) faces also undefeated Gabriel Bracero (14-0, 1 KO). (more…)
Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
It’s no secret that the last man standing once the final bell sounds ending the SHOWTIME® Super Six World Boxing Classic could very likely be looking at a matchup with one of boxing’s most exciting fighters, Montreal’s immensely popular and undefeated Lucian Bute.
All four of the Super Six Semifinalists have praised Bute (27-0, 22 KOs) for his prowess and winning ways in the ring, which Bute hopes to continue Saturday night when he faces former European titleholder Brian Magee (34-3-1, 24 KOs) of Belfast, Ireland, for the IBF Super Middleweight Championship live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.
The fight marks Bute’s eagerly anticipated first start since signing a multi-fight agreement with SHOWTIME Sports® when he makes the seventh defense of his 168-pound crown. The telecast will begin with the rebroadcast of the March 12 action-packed SHOWTIME PPV® main event between WBA Super Welterweight champion Miguel Cotto and Ricardo Mayorga. (more…)
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Former world title challenger Demetrius “The Gladiator” Hopkins is primed and ready for battle against World Boxing Association’s #1 contender, Brad “King” Solomon this Friday night, March 18th at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The Hopkins/Solomon scheduled ten round clash, for the WBA International Welterweight Title, is the main event on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights.
With a record of 30-1-1, 11 KOs, the 30-year-old Philadelphia veteran Hopkins presents the toughest challenge of the undefeated Solomon’s heralded three year career in which he has compiled a record of 16-0-0 with seven knockouts.
“I’ve watched tapes of him and it’s like a fake Roy Jones. All that dancing in and out, maybe that’s worked to keep other fighters off balance but it won’t work against me” said Hopkins. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero & Pepe Rodriguez
Photos: Alma Montiel
Former WBC champion Edgar Sosa is coming back April 2th at the Arena Mexico in Mexico City against Japan’s Kenichi Horikawa. The announcement was made by the boxing promoter Fausto Daniel Garcia, accompanied by WBC execs Jose and Mauricio Sulaiman. “After this battle it could be a change in my boxing career,” said Sosa. “I will analyze the situation for the future, but I know I’m going to concentrate fully on winning this bout with Horikawa and then I’ll see what occurs with my situation but I’m open to any proposals.” Sosa is defending his WBC international flyweight belt. (more…)
Photo: Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
WBC President Jose Sulaiman and WBC Executive Director Mauricio Sulaiman enjoy a cerveza.
At a press conference to announce the WBO light heavyweight title clash between champion Jurgen Braehmer and interim titlist Nathan Cleverly on May 21 at the O2 Arena in London, promoter Frank Warren announced that he has added a super middleweight grudge match between Olympic gold medalist James DeGale and bitter domestic rival George Groves. “This will be one of the best shows that I have ever put together,” said Warren. DeGale-Groves was originally slated for April 9.
It’s confirmed that European champion Alexander Dimitrenko (30-1, 20 KOs) will return 109 days after blacking out moments before his first title defense against Albert Sosnowski. Dimitrenko will now defend against Sosnowski on March 26 at the Universum Gym in Hamburg. It was eventually decided that Dimitrenko collapse was caused by an upset stomach. “I’m done with the drama in Schwerin and I’m glad that I can now catch up on lost time. I’m super fit and prepared one hundred percent. I will offer my fans a better fight. The belt is, of course, staying in Hamburg,” assures Dimitrenko.
Undefeated WBO #1 junior middleweight Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan (28-0, 17 KOs) has arrived in Montreal, Canada. The 2004 U.S. Olympian is set to face Bladimir Hernandez (18-4, 16 KOs) on Saturday in a fight on the Lucian Bute-Brian Magee undercard at the Bell Centre. Martirosyan has been out of the ring since June of last year and can’t wait to step back inside the squared circle, “It’s been a long time coming and I can’t wait to get back in the ring. On Saturday I am looking to make a statement.” Following this fight Martirosyan already scheduled to return April 23rd versus Saul Roman (34-8, 29KOs) for the WBC junior middleweight silver belt. With a win there, and he hopes to land a fight versus one of the major players in the division.
Pro and amateur boxing are on tap for Saturday night at the Harrington Raceway and Casino in Harrington, Delaware. Headlining the A & D Promotions show is Salisbury, Maryland’s Alex Guerrero (5-0-1, 2 KOs) in a four round cruiserweight feature against Harley Kilfan (8-6, 7 KOs). It will be the first main event for the older brother of super popular NABF middleweight titleholder Fernando Guerrero, who is also beginning to establish a fan base on his own. In the co-feature, welterweight knockout artist Emmanuel “Tranzformer” Taylor (10-0, 8 KOs) looks to extend his unbeaten record against Willie Walton (4-3, 4 KOs). Also, undefeated welterweight “Stone Cold” Stevie Weimer (6-0, 2 KOs) meets Gabriel Morris (3-8-2) and light heavy Lionel Thompson (4-0, 3 KOs) will tangle with William Gill (9-26, 7 KOs). For tickets call 302-745-4392.
WBA, WBC & WBO female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus (16-0, 4 KOs) will make another defense of her title collection on April 2 when she takes on Jill Emery (10-4, 4 KOs) at the TV2 Fight Night in Herning, Denmark. The unbeaten “First Lady” is looking to continue her winning streak which has lifted her to international stardom. Braekhus called Emery “a tough opponent” and stated that she’s prepared for a hard fight. Team Sauerland sports director Hagen Doering also expects a tough fight. “A clash between the world champion and the top challenger guarantees excitement and great boxing action,” he said. “It will be very interesting but I am sure that Cecilia´s superior boxing skills will lift her to another victory.”
Olympic Gold Medalist and former Ten-Time World Champion in six weight divisions Oscar de la Hoya touched down stateside Tuesday following a whirlwind seven-day USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour to Kuwait and Iraq. Accompanied by up-and-coming fighters Adrien Broner, Danny Jacobs and Seth Mitchell, De La Hoya led the group to the Middle East on March 8, where they went on to extend their thanks to troops and visit eight military bases. Among some of the installations visited were Camp Arifjan, COB Basra, Camp Victory, Camp Liberty, JSS Loyalty and JSS Justice. (more…)
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko, three-time world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, Mark Greenberg, President and CEO of EPIX, and Tom Loeffler, managing director of K2 Promotions, hosted an international media conference call Wednesday to discuss Klitschko’s upcoming WBC heavyweight title defense against undefeated #1 contender Odlanier Solis on Saturday in Germany. Lewis will be providing expert analysis and commentary for the live broadcast.
Here’s a transcript of what they had to say… (more…)
Las Vegas fighter Crystal Hoy (5-4-3, 2 KOs) has landed a spot on the first-ever female boxing reality show “Todas Contra Mexico” which began filming this week in Chiapas, Mexico. The show is produced by MapiTV and hosted by fighter Maureen Shea. Over a six-week period, Hoy will be part of a group taking on a team of Mexican fighters.
Gary Shaw Productions will be teaming up with Crespin’s Promotions and Mirabal Boxing for a card April 2 at the Santa Ana Star Casino in Bernalillo, N.M. Shaw-promoted fighter Archie Ray Marquez (10-0, 7 KOs) will headline, in a ten-round minor WBA title fight against Las Vegas’ Rodrigo Aranda (8-14-2, 2 KOs). Aranda has lost seven straight bouts and has dropped 9 of his last ten. Also scheduled to fight: Amanda Crespin vs. TBA; Vincent Mirabal (7-0, 1 KO) vs. Trenton Titsworth (3-10-1, 2 KOs), who’s also dropped 9 of his last 10 and, possibly, Arturo Crespin (6-1, 2 KOs).
Arturo Crespin is in Phoenix this weekend taking on former Canadian Olympian (4-0, 4 KOs). For a story on Crespin, click here.
Undefeated Golden Boy prospect Fidel Maldonado (8-0, 7 KOs) takes on Juan Montiel (5-3-2, 2 KOs) of Mexico in a six-rounder on Golden Boy’s card at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, Calif., this Saturday.
Former five-time world champ Johnny Tapia was a guest at last week’s Top Rank card headlining Miguel Cotto vs. Ricardo Mayorga. Tapia recently opened up a gym in Albuquerque. –– Chris Cozzone
Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
A ten round clash between featherweights Ricardo “Piolo” Castillo (39-9-1, 26 KOs) and Joksan “Torito” Hernández (21-3-0, 14 KOs) will be the co-feature on the April 2 “Mexico vs. Puerto Rico” PPV rematch between Giovanni “Guerrero Azteca” Segura and Iván “Iron Boy” Calderón at the Auditorio del Estado in Mexicali, BC, Mexico.
On Wednesday, Mexicali Mayor Francisco José Pérez Tejada Padilla welcomed the event “with open arms” during a press conference that also included commission officials Alvaro Andrade and Armando Apodaca, as well as Zanfer operationns director Guillermo Brito.
Photo: Mauricio Rua (L) and Jon Jones have a face-off during the UFC 128: press conference at Radio City Music Hall in New York City today.
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Photos: Norma Nieves/WBO
The WBO and president Francisco “Paco” Valcárcel paid tribute to four veteran official who have worked more than 100 world title bouts. Those honored were Roberto Ramírez, César Ramos, Nelson Vázquez and Luis Pabón, who have judged or refereed bouts around the world.
Ramirez is the most senior among the group has 173 world title bouts in his 40 year career. Ramos, who started as judge in 1972, has 160 world title bouts, while Vazquez, a judge since 1980, has 120 world title bouts. Pabon, the youngest at 44, has 103 world title bouts as a referee and judge. For more details and photos click here…
Photo: Star Boxing
All participants for Star Boxing’s “March Mayhem” card at the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square, NY (Long Island) weighed-in today at the NYS commission’s office. Below are the weigh-in results:
Chris Algieri 141.25 vs. Julias Edmonds 137.5
Adam Willett 204 vs. Sharieff Hayes 189
Danny Valle 132 vs. Sidell Blocker 133
Joseliz Cepeda 128 vs. Corey White 130.25
Kamil Laszczyk 134.5 vs. Luquan Lewis 136.25
Note: The Issouf Kinda vs. Jorge Ruiz bout was cancelled due to problems with Ruiz’s medicals.
Photo: KMG/Dmitriy Abramov
Vitali Klitschko (41-2, 38 KOs), and Odlanier Solis (17-0, 12 KOs), participated today in a public workout at Mercedes Benz Center Cologne in front of 1,000 boxing fans. WBC World Heavyweight Champion Klitschko and WBC mandatory challenger Solis will face off Saturday at LANXESS arena in Cologne, Germany.
In the co-feature of the event Ola Afolabi (UK, 15-2-3, 6 KOs) will be fighting in a 12 round bout against Lubos Suda (Czech Republic, 23-4-1, 15 KOs) for the WBO Intercontinental Cruiserweight Title. Afolabi is promoted by K2 Promotions. For more details and photos click here…
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Unbeaten IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (27-0, 22 KOs) and 168-pound contender Brian Magee (34-3-1, 24 KOs) showed each other great respect at Wednesday’s press conference from Boutique Videotron in Montreal, Canada leading up to their title bout on Saturday, March 19 on SHOWTIME® at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from the Bell Centre in Montreal. The telecast will begin with the rebroadcast of the March 12 action-packed SHOWTIME PPV® fight between World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Welterweight champion Miguel Cotto and Ricardo Mayorga. For more details and photos click here…
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Photo: Alma Montiel/WBC
Dante Jardon is very confident to come out with a victory for his next fight to be held on Friday night at the “Jose Cuervo Saloon” in Mexico City against Colombian Humberto Martinez and he expects to add two more titles in his boxing career, the Latino WBC and WBO at 130 pounds. Jardon said this after finishing the press conference of this afternoon in Mexico City. “I’m going out with the same courage as usual. I will win by knockout or decision, to correspond the confidence that All Star Boxing of the promoter Tutico Zavala has placed in me, and continue step by step in the sport of fists.”
In the picture from left to right: Dante “Crazy” Jardon, promoters Tuto Zabala Jr and Ricardo Maldonado Jr, and Jesus “Estrella” Ruiz of Mexico who will face Angel Aguilar on Saturday and televised in Mexico on Cadena 3. Both shows will be held at Salon Jose Cuervo in Mexico City, Mexico and be promoted by All Star Boxing, Inc, Producciones Deportivas and RB Productions. Tickets for both are on sale at www.ticketmaster.com.mx
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Junior middleweight contender Roberto ‘La Amenaza’ Garcia (28-3, 21 KOs) of Weslaco, Texas, under the tutelage of Eric Brown at the world famous Wild Card Boxing Gym in Hollywood, California, will headline and take on former world title challenger Jose ‘Shibata’ Flores (45-10, 26 KOs) of Los Angeles, California on Friday, March 25th at the Commerce Casino in Commerce, California in a 10-round junior middleweight bout, the fight card titled ‘All In’ is being presented by All Star Promotions. For more details and photos click here…
Undefeated super middleweight Lucian Bute takes on Brian Magee Saturday on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing.
Golden Boy Promotions has announce the signing of two-division world champion Nonito Donaire (26-1, 18 KOs) to its roster of fighters. The 28-year-old native of the Philippines is coming off of a dominant second round stoppage of Fernando Montiel on February 19, which earned him the WBC and WBO bantamweight titles fighting under the banner of promotional rival Top Rank. “The Filipino Flash” has signed an exclusive, multi-year agreement with Golden Boy Promotions. “I’m honored to be joining so many great fighters and champions on the Golden Boy Promotions team, with,” said Donaire. “I’m going to fight my heart out every time I’m in the ring and will give fans the fights they want to see.”
“Nonito Donaire is one of the top boxers in the world today and we’re going to make sure he gets the chance to defend his world titles and stays as active as possible,” said Oscar de la Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions. “The bantamweight division is becoming one of the most competitive and exciting divisions in boxing and we look forward to promoting Nonito in great fights in the coming years.”
Photos: Sumio Yamada
Below are quotes from the official press announcement issued today for the April 16 clash between WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto and #5 rated “Vicious” Victor Ortiz at the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut. The HBO broadcast kicks off with a same day replay of Amir “King” Khan (24-1, 17 KOs) defending his WBA super lightweight belt against Paul “Dudey” McCloskey (22-0, 12 KOs) from the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England.
Andre Berto: “This fight is exactly what boxing needs right now. Two young fighters in their primes going head-to-head. I’m excited and I know this is going to be a tremendous fight. I look forward to fighting in the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods. I heard it’s a great facility and we plan to pack it and put on a great show. This is going to be a great fight that no one should miss.”
Victor Ortiz: “I’m going to knock him out.” For more details and photos click here…
EPIX will present a closed captioned simulcast of WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko’s defense against Odlanier Solis on a jumbotron screen in Times Square on Saturday beginning at 6PM. “EPIX believes the heavyweight championship of the world is very big and very important to the sport of boxing and its fans,” said Mark Greenberg, president and CEO of EPIX. “That is why we are broadcasting it live, streaming it live, and for free, and putting it on the big screen in Times Square.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Good possibility that Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez could make the first defense of his WBC super welterweight title in Mexico with potential sites being Guadalajara and Puebla and a possible date of June 18. Sources report that Canelo Promotions is still negotiating a venue, but it’s almost confirmed that Alvarez will making their first defense in Mexico. On Tuesday, WBC president Jose Sulaiman ruled out the possibility of an eliminator to find a mandatory challenger for Alvarez, saying he would fight the top available contender which appears to be England’s Ryan Rhodes.
Classic Entertainment & Sports has inked 21-year-old southpaw welterweight Dominic DeSanto (5-0-1, 5 KOs) to a promotional deal. He’ll make his CES debut on April 1 in a four-rounder against Kenny Gerald (1-1, 1 KO) on the undercard of a nationally-televised ESPN2 at Foxwoods Resort Casino’s Fox Theater.
Unbeaten lightweight Hylon Williams Jr. (12-0, 3 KOs) returns after over a year of inactivity in a non-televised six-rounder on the undercard of the ESPN2 Friday Night Fights show at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. He has signed on with promoter Luis DeCubas of Blue Wave Group and relocated to Las Vegas.
Female flyweight world champion Susi Kentikian returns to the ring on March 26 against Ana Arrazola in a bout that can be seen live and exclusive on www.Bild.de. Today was a big day for the “Killer Queen” who has a new book in stores titled “I Was Given Nothing” detailing her life from child refugee to world boxing champion.
Story by Andreas Hale
After the announcement that shocked the MMA world hit the web on Saturday as Dana White announced that the UFC’s parent company, Zuffa LLC, has purchased the rights to their biggest active competitor, Strikeforce, Dana White, Zuffa CEO Lorenzo Feritta and Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker gave some clarity on the recent acquisition during a conference call.
White quickly shot down any notion of the UFC and Strikeforce merging as he continuously pushed that both companies will be ran as separate entities. (more…)
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