WBA Prez Mendoza Japan press conference

WBA Prez Mendoza Japan press conference

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda WBA president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza today (Wednesday) made a significant press conference with influential Asian promoters in ...

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Nguyen stops Flores in spectacular upset

Nguyen stops Flores in spectacular upset

Super featherweight veteran Dat Nguyen (20-3, 7 KOs) scored a stunning sixth round TKO over previously undefeated prospect Miguel Flores (21-1, 9 ...

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Peterson dethrones Avanesyan, photos and quotes

Peterson dethrones Avanesyan, photos and quotes

Photos: Sumio Yamada Lamont Peterson (35-3-1, 17 KOs) narrowly edged WBA (regular) welterweight world David Avanesyan (22-2-1, 11 KOs) in an entertaining 12-round ...

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Broner edges Granados, photos and quotes

Broner edges Granados, photos and quotes

Photos: Sumio Yamada Adrien Broner and Adrian Granados battled in a close, back-and-forth main event Saturday on SHOWTIME, with the four-division world champion ...

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Full Report: Quintana, Castillo victorious in Hobbs

Full Report: Quintana, Castillo victorious in Hobbs

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Rios update

Photos: Chris Farina – Top Rank

Former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios,Oxnard,Ca., does an interview Thursday for his upcoming World Lightweight title fight against Cuban gladiator and WBA interim lightweight champion Richard Abril on Saturday, April 14 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, live on Pay Per View. Also on this championship double-header telecast is Juan Manuel Marquez, who will go for an historic fourth world title in as many different weight divisions when he takes on WBO European junior welterweight champion Sergey Fedchenko for the vacant WBO interim 140-pound world title. Márquez-Fedchenko will take place in Mexico City.

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Photos: Chris Farina – Top Rank Former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios,Oxnard,Ca., does an interview Thursday for his upcoming …


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Magdalano, Beltran last words

Photo: German Villasenor/Top Rank

Unbeaten, world-ranked super featherweight Diego Magdaleno (21-0, 7 KOs) and Fernando Beltran Jr. (36-7-1, 20 KOs) spoke about their Showtime-televised showdown tonight at the Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Arizona. Both fighters are southpaws.

Diego Magdaleno: “Fighting a lefty won’t be an issue. I know he’s a late replacement but that doesn’t force me to change anything in my game. My movement is the key for me to create openings against any opponent. So we’re prepared for this. My goal is to be the 130-pound world champion. I hope to earn a mandatory title shot by the end of this year, but first I have to take care of business here.”

Fernando Beltran Jr: “My contracted weight for last week’s fight (that was cancelled) was 126. But that doesn’t worry me. I have experience and Diego Magdaleno does not. You can’t substitute for experience. He’s also never fought a lefthander and I am a natural southpaw. This is not about Diego Magdaleno. This is about me and a great opportunity that has come my way. I’ve been training since Jan. 3 and I am prepared for anything.”

Unbeaten, world-ranked super featherweight Diego Magdaleno (21-0, 7 KOs) and Fernando Beltran Jr. (36-7-1, 20 KOs) spoke about their Showtime-televised …



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Bute: English Road will have thorns

By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada

Photo: Dave Spencer

As Lucian Bute gets ready to depart for his Florida training camp on Monday, some revealing words from trainer Stephane Larouche on how they plan to approach the fight that takes the undefeated IBF super-middleweight champion away from his comfort zone of Montreal to Nottingham, England. He will be bothered according to the trainer, “I know there are things that will bother Lucian,” Larouche told FightNews, “But he knows it. He knows there may be people who may spit on him; people may throw their glass of beer at him as he walks to the ring. People will yell at him. People will insult him. He won’t get that positive energy walking to the ring, we already know that. Leaving the dressing room will be positive energy, the team around him will be positive. Then when the fight starts, all the presentations are over, it will be one against one.” (more…)

By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada As Lucian Bute gets ready to depart for his Florida training camp on Monday, some revealing …


Boxing Result

Biosse defeats Armenta

Searching for his first win in 11 months, super middleweight prospect Vladine Biosse delivered Thursday night in front of a standing-room only crowd at the Twin River Event Center, earning a hard-fought, 59-54, 59-54, 59-55 unanimous-decision victory over George Armenta in the main event of Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports’ “Home Invasion” show, the official launch of CES’ 2012 Thursday Night Fight Series. “I feel great, but I’m not satisfied,” said Biosse, who improved to 12-1-1 with the win. “We did what we came to do, which was win, but I want to finish the fight on my terms. (more…)

Searching for his first win in 11 months, super middleweight prospect Vladine Biosse delivered Thursday night in front of a …




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Seldin added to March 31 Long Island card

“The Hebrew Hammer” Cletus Seldin heads back to the ring on March 31st in the co-feature at The Paramount in Huntington, Long Island. The 25-year-old Seldin has turned heads in the New York City area with his stunning knockouts in his last three bouts, raising his record to 6-0, 5 KOs since turning pro in July 2011. He will face off against Marcus Hall (5-4-1, 2 KOs) in a scheduled six round welterweight tilt. The main event is a welterweight eight-rounder between unbeaten Chris Algieri and Winston Mathis. A full undercard will be announced shortly by Star Boxing.

“The Hebrew Hammer” Cletus Seldin heads back to the ring on March 31st in the co-feature at The Paramount in …


Scale Watch

Full Weights from Tucson

Diego Magdaleno 129.4 vs. Fernando Beltran Jr. 130
Yordenis Ugas 142 vs. Johnny Garcia 140
Andy Ruiz Jr 253 vs. Homero Fonseca 291.6
Abie Han 159.8 vs. Rahman Yusubov 158.6
Jose Roman 135 vs. Javier Garcia 135.4
Hanzel Martinez 116.2 vs. Jose Miguel Tamayo 113.8
Trevor McCumby 173.2 vs. Jose Rico 176
Andrey Klimov 134.6 vs. Robert Rodriguez TBA
Venue: Casino Del Sol, Tucson, Arizona
Promoter: Top Rank in association with Showdown Promotions
TV: Showtime
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Diego Magdaleno 129.4 vs. Fernando Beltran Jr. 130 Yordenis Ugas 142 vs. Johnny Garcia 140 Andy Ruiz Jr 253 vs. …


UFC

UFC brings out the heavy hitters on Memorial Day

The BIGGEST collection of heavyweight title contenders will be on display this Memorial Day weekend as the Ultimate Fighting Championship® presents UFC® 146: DOS SANTOS vs. OVEREEM from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 26. (more…)

The BIGGEST collection of heavyweight title contenders will be on display this Memorial Day weekend as the Ultimate Fighting Championship® …


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Harrison Camp Statement

The March 31 comeback fight of troubled former WBO featherweight champion Scott Harrison is off after Harrison was arrested for alleged shoplifting from a Glasgow supermarket. As a result, promoter Frank Maloney has reportedly dropped Harrison, who was slated to fight fro the first time in seven years.

The following is a statement from Peter Harrison, father and trainer of Scott Harrison.

“Regarding the cancellation of Scott’s fight, which was scheduled for Saturday the 31st of March in Blackpool, I would like to make it clear that Scott did not pull out of the fight. Scott trained as usual on Tuesday afternoon in the gym. There has been a lot of media coverage regarding an incident in the early hours of Wednesday morning and it would be inappropriate to comment on that at the moment. However, Scott resumed training on Wednesday by running from Cambuslang to the Cathkin Braes and remained committed to boxing in Blackpool on Saturday the 31st of March. It is public knowledge there is a legal battle over who does and does not have a legal right to promote Scott. Because of this there was a possibility that moves would have been made to prevent Scott boxing in Blackpool. This has weighed heavily on Scott’s mind and caused a great deal of stress over the last two weeks. It took quite a while for Scott to regain his boxing licence and after all the time and effort it looked as though he was set to make his return to the ring. Then the legal battle started and, with all the speculation, it had a negative impact and Scott was faced with the scenario that he might not be able to box. Scott has three young children and a fiancée to support and is determined to box so he can earn money to provide for them. The prospect of him being denied the opportunity to do this has clearly been very damaging. Although it will not be on the 31st of March, Scott still intends to continue his boxing career as soon as possible.”

The March 31 comeback fight of troubled former WBO featherweight champion Scott Harrison is off after Harrison was arrested for …



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Weights from Tucson

Top Rank in association with Showdown Promotions, Tecate and Casino Del Sol

Diego Magdaleno 129.4 vs. Fernando Beltran Jr. 130
Yordenis Ugas 142 vs. Johnny Garcia 140

Top Rank in association with Showdown Promotions, Tecate and Casino Del Sol Diego Magdaleno 129.4 vs. Fernando Beltran Jr. 130 …


Interview

Paris: “I Will Knock Zab Out!”

Interview and photos by Bob Ryder

Detroit’s Vernon Paris took some time from his training to speak with Fightnews.com regarding his March 24th fight with Zab Judah.

Vernon, you gave a lot of credit for your win over Tim Coleman to your dedicated training camp. For this fight you have been away in camp in Kalamazoo. How has this camp gone compared to that first one?

It’s been a real good camp. Being away keeps me focused, keeps me eating and drinking right. From now on this is the way we are going to do it for all my fights. (more…)

Interview and photos by Bob Ryder Detroit’s Vernon Paris took some time from his training to speak with Fightnews.com regarding …


Interview

Q&A: Siarhei Liakhovich

Interview by David Finger
Photo by Ed Mullohand

There’s an old adage in sports about second chances, and how rare they are. But for former heavyweight champion Siarhei Liakhovich (25-4, 16 KO’s), it looks like he has bucked the odds.

When his NBC televised fight against top ranked contender Eddie Chambers fell through at the last minute, Liakhovich was furious at the Philadelphia native. Recognizing his golden opportunity to explode back into the heavyweight picture on national TV just disappeared; Liakhovich was an angry fighter who seemingly saw his last chance at glory slip away through no fault of his own. Sure, Liakhovich was the underdog, but he’d been the underdog before and pulled off the upset. If he could pull the trick against Eddie Chambers then a title fight was hardly out of the question. (more…)

Interview by David Finger Photo by Ed Mullohand There’s an old adage in sports about second chances, and how rare …


Boxing News

Workout Photos: Mexico, Slovenia and the USA

From Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico

By Gabriel F. Cordero | Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer Promotions

Before hundreds of fans, fighters headlining Saturday’s “Clash of Champions: Mexico vs. Philippines” fight card at the Multipurpose Center (CUM) in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico, demonstrated the results of weeks of hard preparation. WBA flyweight champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (32-2, 25 KOs) will defend his title for the third time against former world champion Rodel Mayol (30-5-2, 22 KOs) and Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada (22-1-0, 17 KOs) meets Richie Mepranum (25-2-1, 5 KOs) in a pair of mouth-watering showdowns between Mexican and Filipino fighters. See workout photos

From Maribor, Slovenia

Photos: bostjansfoto.com

Here’s are some images from Thursday’s public workout with “Mr Sympathicus” Jan Zaveck and Bethel “Tyson” Ushona in the “Hotel City” in Maribor, Slovenia. They collide Saturday at the sold out Tabor Arena. See workout photos

From North Bergen, New Jersey

By Przemek Garczarczyk | Photos: Wojtek Kubik

National and international media and quite sizable numbers of boxing fans attended an open media workout for “Heavyweight New Generation at the Global Boxing Gym in North Bergen, N.J. Fighters like WBC International heavyweight beltholder Mariusz Wach, (26-0, 14 KOs), unbeaten heavyweight Artur Szpilka (9-0, 7 KOs), undefeated super featherweight Kamil Laszczyk (7-0, 5 KOs) and former NABO middleweight beltholder Przemek Majewski (17-1, 11 KOs) were on hand and available for photographers and interviews to promote “Heavyweight New Generation,” scheduled for Saturday at the Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. See workout photos

From Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico By Gabriel F. Cordero | Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer Promotions Before hundreds of fans, fighters headlining …



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Senchenko-Malignaggi on PPV April 29

Integrated Sports Media, the pound-for-pound king of sports distribution in North America, announced today that it will distribute the World Boxing Association (“WBA”) Welterweight Championship fight between undefeated champion Vyacheslav Senchenko and No. 2-ranked challenger Pauli “Magic Man” Malignaggi, April 29 live from Donboss Arena in Donetsk, Ukraine.

Integrated Sports Media, the pound-for-pound king of sports distribution in North America, announced today that it will distribute the World …


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Brewer-Horta card cancelled

By Jose E. Santiago

As of today’s Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission meeting, the “French Invasion” card headlined by former French welterweight champion Frank Haroche Horta (29-8-5, 10 KOs) and former Contender Series Star Grady Brewer (29-14, 16 KOs) at the Macon City Auditorium in Macon, Georgia, is not happening. Promoter Rufus Beddingfield did not have his paperwork, up to and including a promoter’s license or match permit with the Georgia Commission and the commission strongly recommended that he withdraw his event plans stating that if he promotes this event he will be breaking the law. After allowing Beddingfield to leave the meeting and make his decision, he came back and withdrew his event. Beddingfield later issued a statement promising “The show will be rescheduled.”

By Jose E. Santiago As of today’s Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission meeting, the “French Invasion” card headlined by former …


Boxing News

Ex-champ Forbes to face Augustus April 12

After battling the best in the world everywhere from 130 pounds, where he won his world title in 2000, all the way up to 150 pounds, where he faced Oscar De La Hoya in 2008, former world champion Steve “2Pound” Forbes will make his return to the ring in his optimum weight class – junior welterweight – in a Fight Club OC headlining bout against veteran Emanuel Augustus on Thursday, April 12th. This junior welterweight showdown, which is presented by Roy Englebrecht Promotions, will take place in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California.

“Anyone who knows Steve is aware that he’s at his best at 140 pounds, and he’s going to show that on April 12th,” said Forbes’ new advisor, John White. “Emanuel Augustus is a tough test, but Steve knows that it’s now or never if he wants to move forward in his career.” (more…)

After battling the best in the world everywhere from 130 pounds, where he won his world title in 2000, all …


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Bute-Froch: 5,000 tickets sold in 48 hours

Carl Froch’s IBF World super middleweight title fight with Lucian Bute at the Capital FM Arena Nottingham on May 26 is racing to a sell-out after over 5,000 tickets were sold in the first 48 hours. The Cobra aims to become a three-time World Champion when he faces the unbeaten Canadian, who is making the tenth defence of his title. Froch is fighting in the UK for the first time since beat Andre Dirrell in the Super Six opener at the same Arena in October 2009. Tickets went on sale at 2pm on Monday when Froch and Bute came face-to-face at a press conference at the venue, and the demand for the hottest ticket in town was instant, with a huge queue forming at the Arena, and the phones and website were hot with fight fans snapping up the seats. Inside the first two days over 5,000 tickets for the fight in the 9,000 seat Arena were sold, and promoter Eddie Hearn expects the fight to be sold out in the next few days.

Carl Froch’s IBF World super middleweight title fight with Lucian Bute at the Capital FM Arena Nottingham on May 26 …



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Huck-Afolabi set for May 5

WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck (34-2, 25 KOs) will make his mandatory defence against interim champion Ola Afolabi (19-2-3, 9 KOs) in Erfurt, Germany on May 5. It will be the second time the two fighters face each other in the ring, with Huck clinching a close points victory in their first meeting in December 2009. “I had just won the title against Victor Emilio Ramirez and then had to make my first defence against Afolabi,” Huck said. It was a tough fight and I won on points. Afolabi has been victorious in all of his fights ever since. He seems to have gotten stronger. I will be prepared for a hard night on May 5.” (more…)

WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck (34-2, 25 KOs) will make his mandatory defence against interim champion Ola Afolabi (19-2-3, 9 …


UFC

UFC kicks off series of events with Calgary in July

It’s become almost impossible to argue with UFC President Dana White’s stance that Canadian fight fans are the best in the world.

The Octagon’s love affair with the Great White North began on April 19th, 2008, with a UFC 83 event headlined by a welterweight title fight between Matt Serra and Georges St-Pierre. Over the past four years, the UFC has held eight events in Canada, in three different cities (Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver), with over 200,000 fans in attendance, and a live gate totaling over $40 million. White’s declaration that Canada is the “new Mecca of mixed martial arts” will be a self-fulfilling prophecy, as the UFC announced the Octagon will be crossing into Canadian territory three times in 2012, including an inaugural event in “The Heart of the New West”: Calgary. . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC.com
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It’s become almost impossible to argue with UFC President Dana White’s stance that Canadian fight fans are the best in …


Boxing News

Q&A: Daniel Ponce De Leon

Photo: Team Ponce De Leon

Former super bantamweight world champion Daniel Ponce De Leon 42-4, (35 KO’s) is intent on becoming a two division titlist. De Leon currently campaigns as a featherweight and considered one of the hardest punchers in the game. He spoke to us before starting training camp for his next fight on the Mayweather vs. Cotto pay per view card from Las Vegas.

Tell us about your last fight against Omar Estrella.
It was a good fight for me. He’s a fast, young fighter, but once he felt my power he couldn’t handle it. Eventually I wore him down and got the knockout in the sixth round.

What’s your goal for 2012?
My goal is to keep winning so that I can eventually get a shot at a world title. I’m putting in a lot of work and I’m ready for any of the champions. I have a real desire to be champion again. Ask any of my sparring partners. (more…)

Former super bantamweight world champion Daniel Ponce De Leon 42-4, (35 KO’s) is intent on becoming a two division titlist. …


Boxing News

Is Erik Morales looking past Danny Garcia?

By Karl Freitag
Photos: Jon Elits – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

“I’m very well prepared, very well trained, and ready to fight this difficult fight against a very young man who’s hungry and who dreams of ripping my title away and sending me into retirement,” said 35-year-old WBC super lightweight world champion Erik “Terrible” Morales (52-7, 36 KOs), who faces unbeaten 24-year-old challenger Danny Garcia (22-0, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Reliant Arena in Houston, Texas.

“I’ve always been a fighter who accepts the biggest and best challenges,” continued the four-division world champion. “I don’t win much from this, just knowing that I’m alive and ready to keep going for bigger fights.” As for the future, Erik simply says, “There are some fights that I want to do, but before I do those I want to make sure I’m 100% ready to go. And these types of fights will let me know if I’m ready.”

Morales, Garcia and the other featured fighters on Saturday’s fight card held a media workout Wednesday at Houston’s Savannah Boxing Club. Click here for photos…

By Karl Freitag Photos: Jon Elits – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy “I’m very well prepared, very well trained, and ready to fight …


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Referee not satisfied with Juanma apology

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press

Referee Roberto Ramirez says the apology of former WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel López seemed sincere, but stopped short of satisfying him. “…it didn’t meet our expectations,” said Ramirez. “We were hoping that he should say in the same emphatic way that there was defamation, and he had no evidence that we (father and son) are betters. We had hoped to reach an agreement with him where he would indicate that and we’d have a joint press conference and that would be the end. If he states specifically that he has no evidence of what he said, we commit to not sue civilly.”

Ramirez added that Lopez was not clear with his apology and reiterated that if Juanma publicly admits that he has no proof of what he said, they will not sue. “If he admits it, we have no interest in moving ahead,” explained the veteran official, who is being represented by attorney Julio Cesar Miranda. “We just want to clean up our reputation and image. Today (Tuesday) it was not cleaned at that press conference. He apologized for what happened but not the facts.”

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press Referee Roberto Ramirez says the apology of former WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel López …


Boxing News

Magdaleno sharp in quick workout

Photos: Tom Casino/Showtime

Undefeated Diego Magdaleno (21-0, 7 KOs) works the speed bag during a light workout Wednesday. The talented, popular world-ranked super featherweight will face fellow southpaw Fernando Beltran Jr. (36-7-1, 20 KOs) in the 130-pound main event this Friday, March 23, in the main event at the Conference Center at Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Ariz. Also in a battle of unbeaten junior welterweights, former international amateur standout and 2008 Cuban Olympic Bronze Medalist Yordenis Ugas (11-0, 5 KOs) will be opposed by Johnny Garcia (11-0, 8 KOs), of Holland, Mich. in an eight-round bout. Tickets for the Top Rank event, priced at $100, $75, $50 and $35, are available at the casino box office and on www.casinodelsol.com. Showtime will televise.

Photos: Tom Casino/Showtime Undefeated Diego Magdaleno (21-0, 7 KOs) works the speed bag during a light workout Wednesday. The talented, …


Scale Watch

Weights from Rhode Island

Vladine Biosse 169 vs. George Armenta 166
Eddie Soto 146 vs. Jason Pires 143
Benny Costantino 161 vs. Yolexcy Leiva 158
Ashleigh Curry 143 vs. Aleksandra Lopes 145
Johnathan Vazquez 147 vs. Jeff Anderson 152
Troy Artis 159 vs. Thomas Falowo 159
Kevin Cobbs 178 vs. Ahmad Mickens 180
John Downey 178 vs. Alex Amparo 176
Carlos Hernandez 139.5 vs. Robert Brando-Hunt 137
Venue: Twin River Casino, Lincoln, R.I.
Promoter: Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports
Note: Twin River has waived its 18+ rule for this event. Anybody under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must enter through the West entrance.

Vladine Biosse 169 vs. George Armenta 166 Eddie Soto 146 vs. Jason Pires 143 Benny Costantino 161 vs. Yolexcy Leiva …


Feature Story

Velez-Beranza Presser

Photo: Promociones Miguel Cotto

Top prospect and undefeated featherweight sensation Jayson “La Maravilla” Vélez (17- 0, 13 KOs) is ready to face the biggest challenge of his career this Saturday, March 24th at Roger Mendoza Coliseum in “Boxeo Boricua In Caguas: It’s My Time”, when he faces dangerous veteran Jose Angel Beranza (34-22-2,26 KOs) in a 10-round bout. Jayson Vélez is coming off a convincing fifth round KO against Mexico’s Jonathan “El Diamante” Arias. Immersed in the final part of his preparation, Jayson said that he is in a great physical condition to face Beranza, who has been characterized by providing exciting fights, even seizing important undefeated prospects in the likes of Christopher Martin, Juan Carlos Velázquez and Jesús Rojas . “This fight motivates me even more because I know good things are coming for my career. I am 110% prepared and ready for the big names in my division. I will defeat Beranza,” commented an excited Jayson Vélez. (more…)

Photo: Promociones Miguel Cotto Top prospect and undefeated featherweight sensation Jayson “La Maravilla” Vélez (17- 0, 13 KOs) is ready …


Boxing News

“Canelo” Alvarez Update from Big Bear

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: Miguel Salazar

A week after his arrival in the mountains of Big Bear, California, unbeaten WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has began his sparring sessions. The new icon of Mexican boxing is training for his fight with former three-division world champion Shane Mosley on May 5 in Las Vegas. The training of Alvarez for his fourth title defense is once again supervised by Chepo and Edison Reynoso. Everyone is feeling less cold now on the California mountain where the snow fell last Sunday.

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photo: Miguel Salazar A week after his arrival in the mountains of Big Bear, California, unbeaten …


Boxing News

WBC Statement on Chavez-Martinez

Official Statement: Today was released by the media outlets a note where the agent of our WBC middleweight diamond champion, Sergio Martinez, says that negotiations with Chavez’ agent have ceased. When Chavez conquered the WBC middleweight title, discussions started where even our president, Don Jose Sulaiman, was offended, but the WBC has stuck to what was ordered during its last convention in Las Vegas, the same as both boxers. The negotiation period for the parties began on March 19th and will conclude on April 9th, to then have a public auction on April 16th. If Sergio Martinez doesn’t take part on the negotiations he will be disqualified as mandatory challenger, but if Julio Cesar is the one who doesn’t take part he will be disqualified as champion. The president of the WBC is worried for this matter because both boxers have been supported in great way during their careers by the WBC. The WBC will wait for the negotiation period and the auction to conclude to decide what to do.

Official Statement: Today was released by the media outlets a note where the agent of our WBC middleweight diamond champion, …


Boxing News

Bute-Froch Montreal Presser Quotes

By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada

Photos: Dave Spencer

Stephane Larouche (trainer Lucian Bute): This is what boxing needs real fights. What needs do be done now is to defend the belt in England and it won’t be easy. We’ll have to prepare perfectly, correctly, like we always do. Carl Froch has shown the will to win many times, he’s one of the most spectacular fighters in the division. He was always involved in the best fights when the Super-six was on.we know that. We know what it will be like for him to be home.we know what that is. Sometimes in boxing there is what you might call a miracle. We might say it was a miracle when Lucian stood up and finished the fight against Librado Andrade. Some people thought he lost the fight, that he got knocked out. If you think that, that’s fine, let’s say he lost he fight. But the future remains the same! He knocked out everybody except Glen Johnson, so we’re either 30-0, or 29-1, it’s up to you, but the future remains the same. I was there when Carl was on the floor in the second versus Jermain Taylor. He got a little bit lucky, Jermain Taylor got a little bit tired and he pulled out a miracle. They both were able to pull out a miracle, so I think we’re even on this. We have a major task on the table, we know that, but we’re not stupid, we know what we can do. In boxing, speed is hard to beat, and we will rely on our speed.

Carl Froch: Stephane knows what he is talking about, but there are a few things I disagree with. I don’t believe in miracles. I don’t think winning a fight by climbing off the canvas and forcing a stoppage against a great fighter like Jermain Taylor is a miracle. It has nothing to do with luck, it has to do with preparation, will to win, heart desire strength, courage. Anything but luck. A real man makes his own luck.

Lucian Bute didn’t partake in the Super-Six against the other best fighters in the world and was sitting back waiting. The natural fight for me after the final with Andre Ward was with Lucian Bute, that’s the fight I wanted. Unfortunately I lost a close decision against Ward, it was a very difficult awkward night for me, I wasn’t myself, but as you can see after my loss against Kessler, I came back firing on all cylinders to become WBC two-time champion. Coming off the back of the Super-Six final, I have the hunger and desire, the commitment and the courage to do everything I need to become victorious in my hometown, I said I didn’t believe in miracles but Eddie (promoter Eddie Hearn) pulled off a miracle to get Lucian to come to hometown of Nottingham. But big respect to Lucian Bute, he’s been a great champion, he is undefeated, he means business and I’ve got a lot of respect for him, but I’m here to win the fight.

Lucian Bute: I’m very happy to have this opportunity to fight Carl Froch. It’s good timing for me to fight him. Carl has a lot of experience, yes he’s strong fighter, he has good power with both hands, I know that. He is very slow though and I think the difference will be my speed. And my ability too. He is a very aggressive fighter, a very tough fighter, a very strong fighter. He has a good chin. For my mind now, all I have is Carl Froch, I’m concentrating everything on him, after that, we’ll see, maybe Andre Ward, maybe up to 175.

By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada Stephane Larouche (trainer Lucian Bute): This is what boxing needs real fights. What needs do be …


Feature Story

Zaveck-Ushona Presser

Photos: bostjansfoto.com

A press conference was held today in Maribor, Slovenia for Saturday’s clash between Slovenian national hero and former IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck (31-2, 18 KOs) and WBO Africa beltholder Bethuel Tyson Ushona (25-1, 8 KOs) from Namibia. It will be Zaveck’s first fight since losing his world title to Andre Berto on a cut last September in Biloxi, Mississippi. The Tabor Arena with over 5,000 seats is completely sold out.

Jan Zaveck: “In preparation, we focused deliberately on my strengths. Ushona is a good fighter, of course, WBO African champions and now he’s the current WBO #5. He is also very awkward to box, but I’ll deal with that with my strengths: better boxing technique, better stamina and, of course, my wonderful fans backing me. I will win!”

Bethuel Tyson Ushona: “We have the same dreams. Jan Zaveck wants once again to be and I want to be world champion. But, I have boxed and defeated anyone who stood in the way for my dream. It will be the same for Zaveck!”

In the co-feature, light heavyweight Denis Simcic will have to adjust to a new opponent as Adam Hubinger is unable to fight due to an illness. A new opponent will be announced shortly. (more…)

Photos: bostjansfoto.com A press conference was held today in Maribor, Slovenia for Saturday’s clash between Slovenian national hero and former …


Boxing News

Cayo and Campbell Ready to Rumble

The entire tropical paradise of the Dominican Republic is lit up with excitement over this Saturday’s professional boxing event at the Palacio de Los Deportes in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The Sampson Boxing and Manguita Promotions main event will feature Santo Domingo’s own Victor “Mermelada” Cayo (27-2, 19 KOs) taking on former unified lightweight world champion Nate “The Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell (34-9-1, 25 KOs) over 10 rounds. (more…)

The entire tropical paradise of the Dominican Republic is lit up with excitement over this Saturday’s professional boxing event at …


Boxing News

“Veneno” Rubio Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Mexican middleweight contender Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio, who was defeated in a world title try by WBC champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., could return to the ring in May. “There is a possibility of fight taking place at the Feria de San Marcos in Aguascalientes, but don’t know the name of the opponent or what weight it would be at. The important thing is to fight again and to seek a new world title chance,” said Rubio. Sources indicate that the Rubio Team is eyeing a possible at the WBO middleweight title, where the current world champion is unbeaten Russian Dmitry Pirog (19-0, 15 KOs).

By Gabriel F. Cordero Mexican middleweight contender Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio, who was defeated in a world title try by …


Boxing News

Brewer-Horta collide Saturday

Former French welterweight champion Frank Haroche Horta (29-8-5, 10 KOs) will battle Contender Series Star Grady Brewer (29-14, 16 KOs) for the IBO Inter-Continental jr. middleweight title on Saturday at the Macon City Auditorium in Macon, Georgia. The card will take place during the city’s annual International Cherry Blossom Festival which attracts people from all over the world. Promoter Rufus Beddingfield of Beddingfield Boxing Promotions said, “We have worked hard to put together a very competitive and fan-friendly card that I guarantee will result in a great night of professional boxing.”

The co-main event is Martin Tucker vs. Robert Daluz in a six-round lightweight contest. Also, scheduled are Bradon Spencer vs. Curtis Harper, in a four-round heavyweight battle, Clarence Booth vs. William Rodriguez in a four-round lightweight match-up and Antomio Nieves vs. Anthony Fraguada in a bantamweight contest. Advance ringside tickets are $67.50, floor seats are $57.50, balcony seating is $30. First bell: 7PM.

Former French welterweight champion Frank Haroche Horta (29-8-5, 10 KOs) will battle Contender Series Star Grady Brewer (29-14, 16 KOs) …


Interview

Jennings ready to take off!

Interview by Rick Scharmberg
Photos by Tri Nguyen

They say lightning never strikes twice, but such was the case for Philadelphia, PA’s Bryant Jennings (12-0, 5 KOs), who will face his toughest opponent to date in former WBO heavyweight champion Siarhei “White Wolf” Liakhovich (25-4, 16 KO) this Saturday night at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, NY. The ten-round bout will be the co-feature to the Zab Judah – Vernon Paris IBF junior welterweight title eliminator. The card will be televised on NBC Sports Network’s Fight Night, and Jennings will be making his second straight appearance on the historic show. (more…)

Interview by Rick Scharmberg Photos by Tri Nguyen They say lightning never strikes twice, but such was the case for …


Feature Story

Garcia: I’m Gonna Steal Ugas’ Shine

Interview and photos by Bob Ryder

Holland, Michigan’s Juan (Johnny Garcia) took time out from his training to speak with Fightnews.com about his upcoming bout with Cuban Yordenis Ugas. The 8 round Ugas-Garcia bout will be the televised under card fight on Showtime this Friday under the Diego Magdaleno-Miguel Beltran, Jr main event. The telecast will emanate from the Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Arizona beginning at 10 PM EST.

Thanks for speaking with fightnews, first do you prefer Juan or Johnny?
My real name is Juan but I prefer Johnny.

Your fight on the 23rd will be your first on national television. Describe your feelings.
I am real excited. We have had 11 weeks to prepare. I have an opportunity to show the world what I can do in the ring. This fight is going to open a lot of doors for me. (more…)

Interview and photos by Bob Ryder Holland, Michigan’s Juan (Johnny Garcia) took time out from his training to speak with …


Boxing News

Inside the Adamek Camp

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Tomasz Adamek (44-2, 28 KOs) and Roger Bloodworth opened their training camp exclusively for Fightnews presenting the new and improved, more dynamic version of former WBC light heavyweight and IBF cruiserweight champ before his March 24 fight against Nagy Aguilera (17-6, 12 KOs) on NBC Sports Network’s “Fight Night” series. “There’s no doubt that Adamek comes back after seven month break with new energy, with more dynamic, crispier and more powerful punches from both hands,” said “Goral’s” trainer, Roger Bloodworth.

“I feel better than ever – stronger, quicker and with more power. But talk is cheap, I will prove my words coming Saturday in couple of days again Aguilera,” said Adamek, who lost his fight for an unprecedented third world title in the three heaviest weight classes last September against WBC champ Vitali Klitschko.

By Przemek Garczarczyk Tomasz Adamek (44-2, 28 KOs) and Roger Bloodworth opened their training camp exclusively for Fightnews presenting the …


Boxing News

Mares-Morel presser quotes

Photos: Dan Dalstra – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

Former World Champion Abner Mares and former Two-Time World Champion Eric Morel pose on March 20, 2012 in El Paso, Texas at the press conference to officially announce their April 21, 2012 fight for the vacant WBC Super Bantamweight World Championship at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas which will be televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing. What the participants had to say on Tuesday:

Photos: Dan Dalstra – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Former World Champion Abner Mares and former Two-Time World Champion Eric Morel pose on …










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