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Unbeaten cruiserweight contender Rakhim “The Machine” Chakhkiev (12-0, 9 KOs) underwent successful surgery today in Hamburg, Germany, to remove three bone fragments in his left elbow. Chakhkiev, who last Saturday defeated Alexander Kotlobay to win the WBC Baltic belt, was already experiencing pain in the elbow before the fight but wanted to go through with it. “I’m doing very well. Tomorrow I’ll leave the hospital and then begin training as soon as possible,” promised the 2008 Olympic Gold medal winner.
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Miguel Cotto (36-2, 29 KOs), who will defend his WBA 154-pound belt on May 5 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas against unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. (41-0, 25 KOs), will receive the best purse of his life with a 65/35 split of the pay-per-view. Cotto, who until December 31 was tied to Top Rank, traveled to Las Vegas a few weeks ago to hear the offer of Bob Arum before making a decision that was revealed on Wednesday by Mayweather Jr. to NSAC commissioners when he was approved for a 2012 boxing license.
The Sport Press revealed on December 13 that negotiations for the fight were moving forward during the WBC Convention in Las Vegas. The contract itself has not been signed but details are expected to be finalized in about two weeks. Golden Boy Promotions will be the lead promoter along with Mayweather Jr. and Cotto.
Undefeated WBC middleweight champion and the Son of the Legend Julio César Chávez, Jr. (44-0-1, 31 KOs), pound-for- pound superstar and three-division world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire (27-1, 18 KOs), #1 middleweight contender Marco Antonio Rubio (53-5-1, 47 KOs), former junior featherweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (21-1-1, 18 KOs) and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum will host their final San Antonio News Conference today on the Stadium Field Level of the Alamodome. The news conference, which will be open to the public, will begin at 2 p.m. CT.
Arum and the fighters will be discussing their world title doubleheader, featuring the Chávez Jr. vs. Rubio middleweight title fight and the Donaire vs. Vazquez Jr. WBO junior featherweight championship, which will take place on Saturday. Both fights will be televised live on HBO.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
There is a strong possibility that three-division world champion and Mexican superstar Juan Manuel Marquez will next challenge Lamont Peterson for the WBA and IBF super lightweight titles. Sources have indicated that the Peterson-Marquez fight could take place July 14 at Cowboys Stadium in Texas. Other dates are also under consideration. “I’m ready for whatever,” said Marquez. “What I want is to fight and seek a fourth world crown. I can’t keep waiting for Pacquiao my entire life. This is a good fight and a great opportunity for me.”
By Francisco Salazar
After spending long hours grading and grading mounds of my students’ assignments at the end of the semester, I finally got to write another edition of the Southern California Fight Scene. Now that business plans and final exams are out of the way, I could now focus on solid matchups in Southern California, area boxers fighting here or abroad, and my excitement of covering a fight card less than 15 minutes from my house.
Although the Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.-Marco Antonio Rubio and the Nonito Donaire-Wilfredo Vazquez fights highlight the HBO card in San Antonio, one Southern California fighter will also be on the card. Armenian-born and Glendale resident Vanes Martirosyan (31-0, 19 KOs) will defend a light middleweight title belt against Troy Lowry at the Alamodome on Saturday night. Although the fight will top the non-televised card, HBO will more than likely show highlights of the fight.
Martirosyan, who trains out of the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, is coming off a one-sided 10 round unanimous decision over Richard Gutierrez in October. (more…)
Photo: Jeff Julian
Legendary trainer Angelo Dundee passed away earlier today at the age of 90 in Tampa, Florida. “Angelo died suddenly and peacefully surrounded by family and friends,” Dundee’s friend Rachel Charles told Fightnews.com. “He was very happy he was able to celebrate Muhammad Ali’s birthday was able to attend the Boxing Hall of Fame. He still had a lot to do but led a full and extraordinary life.” Dundee trained 15 world champions including Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, George Foreman, Willie Pastrano, Jose Napoles and Carmen Basilio. Last September Angie celebrated the grand opening of the new 5th Street Gym in Miami Beach, mere steps away from where the fabled gym once stood. Angelo and his brother, Hall of Fame promoter Chris Dundee, opened the original gym in 1951.
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Superstar three-time world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire shadow boxes during media day at the Jesse James Leija Gym in San Antonio,Texas, Wednesday for his upcoming world title fight against former world champion Wilfredo Vazquez,Jr., Saturday,Feb. 4, televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing from the Alamodome in San Antonio,Texas. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions, All Star Boxing and Tecate, Donaire battles Vazquez Jr. in this double-header blockbuster event and undefeated WBC World Middleweight Champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. defends his title against Marco Antonio Rubio in the other main event. Click here for more photos…
Moscow Dynamo-L.A. Matadors ‘World Series of Boxing’ PPV Replaces Postponed Mexico vs. Beijing match Friday Night
Friday night’s scheduled broadcast of the World Series of Boxing (“WSB”) event featuring Mexico City vs. Beijing has been postponed due to visa problems for members of the Chinese team. A WSB “Group A” match between the Moscow Dynamo and Los Angeles Matadors and will now been shown in place of Mexico vs. Beijing.
The Moscow vs. Los Angeles, airing this Friday (Feb. 3) from Moscow, will be distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 10:00 PM/ET – 7:00 PM/PT on satellite pay-per-view via DirecTV, DISH Network, iN DEMAND and Avail-TVN, for a suggested retail price of only $24.95. Both shows will also be available via on-line PPV on Ustream.tv at http://www.ustream.tv/integratedsportsppv. Another WSB match on Friday, Feb. 17, pitting the Mexico City Guerreros and Baku Fires, will also be available for viewing (Fri., Feb. 17) on the same PPV basis. (more…)
When it came to marketing, Scott Jorgensen wasn’t just good; he was damn good. A graduate of Boise State University who earned three Pac-10 wrestling titles in addition to his psychology degree, the Utah native was at a familiar crossroads for successful college athletes who don’t have a logical professional career (like the NFL or NBA) waiting for them in their sport as soon as school ends . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Southern California based fight promoter and Fight Promoter University founder Roy Englebrecht has announced that the next four day session of Fight Promoter University, FPV VIII, will be held April 10-13, 2012 in Southern California and will be held in conjunction with his April 12th Fight Club OC show.
“I am extremely excited to finally announce another FPU session,” said Englebrecht, “and I’m thrilled that attendees and future promoters will get to learn and experience all aspects of the fight promotions business, as well as be taught all the keys to the success of the new Fight Club OC concept that we launched a year ago. It is my hope that every student that attends FPU VIII will go back to their respective markets and launch their own fight promotions business, taking the business knowledge and fight promotions philosophy that they have been taught, and launch their own Fight Club series.” (more…)
Unbeaten IBA heavyweight beltholder Joe “The Future” Hanks (18-0, 12 KOs) takes on 6’7 Rafael Pedro (21-9-1, 15 KOs on Saturday at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York. The co-main event will feature a WBO Intercontinental clash between Sahib Usarov (17-0, 6 KOs) and Yan Barthelemy (12-2, 4 KOs). Among those rounding out the six bout Star Boxing card will be a junior middleweight bout headed by Kevin Rooney Jr., whose father, Kevin Rooney Sr. trained legendary heavyweight champion Mike Tyson to his first title.
It’s official. Boxing superstar Floyd “Money” Mayweather will return to the ring, step up in weight and challenge three-division World Champion Miguel Cotto for his WBA Super Welterweight World title in what will be a gargantuan showdown between two future Hall of Famers. Mayweather vs. Cotto will take place on Saturday, May 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. and will be televised live on pay-per-view. Both fighters have agreed to Olympic-style drug testing for the fight.
In related news, earlier today the Nevada State Athletic Commission voted unanimously to grant Mayweather a one-fight boxing license.
Mayweather: “It will be a challenge for me to compete with him at this weight, but this is the type of test I thrive on and gives me the motivation to train even harder. I have no doubt in my mind that my title belt collection will increase once again and Cotto’s reign as champion will come to an end on May 5.”
Cotto: “I am here to fight the biggest names in boxing. I’ve never ducked anyone or any challenge in front of me. I have accepted everything to give the fans what they like…great and exciting fights. That is what the sport of boxing is all about; making the fights that the fans want and deserve to see. On May 5, stay tuned, because I will convincingly beat Floyd Mayweather.”
Photo: Team Sauerland
Things got hot today at the final press conference prior to the rematch between IBF Cruiserweight Champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (25-1, 13 KOs) and Steve “USS” Cunningham (24-3, 12 KOs). “That is my belt, it is coming back to me,” Cunningham shouted during the face-off. “You better hug it tonight. I am the real champion. Nobody is going to help you this time. I live, eat, sleep boxing. Nobody ever helped me. No referee helped me up off the ground when I got knocked down. I am worried, I am worried for you! I am the real champ.”
After a controversial ending to the first fight, Cunningham is eager to set the record straight. Back in October, the 35-year-old American was knocked down in the first round but came back strong. Before the seventh round, the fight was stopped after headbutts had opened two cuts in Hernandez´ face. “It was the wrong decision to stop the fight,” Cunningham said. “All I ask for on Saturday is an equal playing field. Hernandez is a good fighter but I am better. I will prove that I am the best cruiserweight.”
Hernandez was unimpressed by Cunningham´s words. “That´s no problem for me. He is American and Americans talk a lot. We´re used to it. I look forward to the rematch. Cunningham is a top cruiserweight, a very strong opponent, but I deserved to win the first fight and I will beat him again. If there is any doubt left that I am better, I will erase all doubts on Saturday night.” (more…)
Matchroom Sport has with Coldwell Boxing for Tony Bellew’s British light heavyweight title defense against Danny McIntosh at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on April 14. Bellew holds a 16-1 record as a pro and scooped both the British and Commonwealth light heavyweight belts in 2010. Last year he also challenged for the WBO world light heavyweight title, dropping a decision to champion Nathan Cleverly. McIntosh, meanwhile, is 13-2 (7 KO) and won the English light-heavyweight title in just his eighth pro bout, and in January 2011, McIntosh shocked the world when travelling to France to knock out home hero Thierry Karl, lifting the European light heavyweight belt in the process.
This is probably the closest we’ll come to seeing this fight happen.
Pictured from left to right Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Meg Delor, CEO of Mayweather Promotions Leonard Ellerbe, seven-time World Champion Floyd Mayweather and Mayweather’s fiance Shantel Jackson as Mayweather presents Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas with a $50,000 check to support the Blitz Build project on January 31. Mayweather presented separate $50,000 checks to two Las Vegas charitable organizations, Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas and Three Square Food Bank.
“It was definitely an honor to support two great organizations doing excellent work in Las Vegas to provide housing and food assistance for needy families in the area,” said Mayweather. “Both Habitat for Humanity and Three Square have done amazing things in the community and I am happy to be able to make the financial commitment I did to both of them today.”
On January 18, Mayweather made a $100,000 donation and check presentation to the staff and Board of Directors of Susan G. Komen Southern Nevada Affiliate in recognition of their efforts.
Photo: OPI 2000
Today in Pavia, OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) held a press conference to announce the vacant WBC Silver World cruiserweight championship between Italians and former World champions Giacobbe Fragomeni (WBC #2) and Silvio Branco (WBC #4). The fight will take place on March 17 in Pavia (20 minutes from Milan), Italy. The co-feature bouts will see Luca “Black Mamba” Giacon (18-0, 17 KOs) defend his European Union title against Polish Krzysztof Szot (15-1-1, 5 KOs) and Antonio “Big” Moscatiello (13-0, 9 KOs) fights for the vacant Italian welterweight title. For tickets go to www.opi2000.com
After three consecutive late pull-outs that cost him his world title, former WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer (37-2, 30 KOs) finally made it back into the ring on Saturday night to score a fourth round TKO over outgunned José Maria Guerrero (29-3-1, 11 KOs) at the Grand Elysée in Hamburg, Germany. Here is the “100 Year Talent’s” first fight in 21 months.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
#9 WBO ranked light heavyweight Andrew ”Polish Prince” Fonfara (20-2, 11 KOs), living since 2006 in the Windy City, will fight former two-time super middleweight world champion Byron Mitchell (29-9, 22 KOs) for IBO-USBO title on March 16 in UIC Pavilion in Chicago. “We already have a verbal agreement with Mitchell,” said Fonfara’s brother and manager, Marek Fonfara. Fonfara’s trainer Sam Colonna added “Andrew is only 24 years old with great talent and needs to fight experienced fighters. Byron is the guy. He knows all the tricks in the book, was a world champion and I’m sure he’ll be able give Fonfara all he can handle, but we are very confident about the outcome.” (more…)
Photos: Team Klitschko
Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko participated in a joint open work out in Going/Austria. While WBC World Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko defends his title against Dereck Chisora in Munich on February 18, his younger brother Wladimir puts his IBF, WBA, IBO and WBO belts on the line against Jean-Marc Mormeck in Düsseldorf on March 3. In Germany, both fights will be broadcast live and exclusively on RTL, in the US they will be shown on EPIX. Remaining tickets for both events are available at www.eventim.de. Click here for more photos…
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel announced today the referee and judges who will work on the world title bout between three time world champion Nonito Donaire and former super bantamweight king Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. this Saturday at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The referee will be Rafael Ramos and judges are Levi Martinez from New Mexico, Donald Trella from Connecticut, and Ruben Garcia from Texas. WBO supervisor for this fight will be Luis Perez.
“Everyone has a game plan until they get hit,” says hard-hitting light heavyweight contender Edison “Pantera” Miranda (35-6, 30 KOs), who faces WBC #6, WBA #13, and WBO #14-rated Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba, on Friday night at the Dallas Events Center at the Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel in Las Vegas. “It’s one thing to study video, but then that leather hits your face and your plan goes out the window and survival mode kicks in. Before you know it, you get hit again and you’re lying on the canvas. What happened to your game plan?” (more…)
Southern California’s Inland Empire’s heated boxing beat just got a little hotter. Undefeated Efrain Esquivias (15-0, 9 KOs) has been added to the power packed Thompson Boxing Promotions February 24 edition of “New Blood”. The blockbuster card features Artemio “King” Reyes (14-1, 11 KOs) vs. Victor Hugo Correa (12-4, 8 KOs) in a 10-round main event welterweight war for the WBC Latino title. The card also co-features East L.A.’s Aron “Asesino” Martinez (15-1-1, 3 KOs) against Escondido’s Dashon “Fly Boy” Johnson (13-4-3, 4 KOs) in an eight-round welterweight bout. (more…)
Despite three surgeries on his knee that were costing him nearly two years of his prime as a mixed martial artist, Ed Herman knew that he would eventually come back to the UFC and life as a full-time fighter. That doesn’t mean there weren’t questions, both internally and externally, and days when everything just seemed to go wrong . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF featherweight champion Billy Dib talks to Fightnews about winning the IBF title by defeating Jorge Lacervia in 2011 also successful defense against Alberto Servedei and upcoming bout with Eduardo Escobedo
on March 7 at Derwent Entertainment Centre, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Former world champion Wilfredo Vazquez,Jr. was the last of the headlining fighters to arrive in San Antonio, Texas for Top Rank’s world title twinbill this Saturday. WV2 arrived from Puerto Rico on Tuesday night for his world title clash against superstar three-time world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire taking place at the Alamodome. The bout will be for the vacant WBO super bantamweight title formerly held by Vazquez.
The doubleheader also features undefeated WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. defending his title against mandatory challenger Marco Antonio Rubio in a highly charged showdown.
By Miguel Maravilla
“Vicious” Victor Ortiz (29-3-2, 22 KOs) celebrated his 25th Birthday on Tuesday with members of the media and the Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Ventura County at Knuckleheadz Gym in Ventura. Ortiz was also scheduled to have a media workout in preparation for his rematch with Andre Berto (28-1, 22 KOs), which is now off. “I feel good. I am 25 years old now and a year older,” Ortiz commented on his Birthday.
However the other news of the day was disappointing, as Andre Berto suffered a torn bicep injury during training. Ortiz received the news Monday evening as his fight with Andre Berto had been postponed. “I was devastated when my manager Rolando Arellano told me. ‘I have some bad news,’ he explained to me, ‘Berto has injured himself,'” said Ortiz. (more…)
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Four top cruiserweights showcased their talents today in Frankfurt prior to Team Sauerland´s big show at the Fraport Arena on Saturday night. In four days, IBF Cruiserweight Champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (25-1, 13 KOs) and two-time world champion Steve Cunningham (24-3, 12 KOs) will meet again, while Enad Licina and Alexander Alekseev clash for the vacant European Cruiserweight Title. “I deserve to be world champion and I will prove my worth on Saturday night,” Hernandez told the press after today´s session. “He is good, but I don´t consider him a world champion,” Cunningham said of his opponent. “I am here to take home the title and become world champion for a third time.” (more…)
Promoter Frank Maloney has announced that former world title challenger Matt Skelton (25-6, 20 KOs) will face Tom Dallas (15-1, 11 KOs) over eight rounds on March 3 at the Hillsborough Leisure Centre in Sheffield, England. Skelton has been out of the ring since the final of the prize fighter tournament back in October 2010 but has been in the gym on regular basis.
“Britain has the best crop of young heavyweights in the world at the moment and I can’t wait to get back in the mix and start taking on the likes of Price and Fury,” said Skelton. (more…)
The old saying “diamonds are a girl’s best friend and a man’s worst enemy” goes double for the UFC’s featherweight division because it’s their most dangerous competition. The shiniest and sharpest jewel of the resident 145ers cut a three fight win streak in 2011 that announced the presence of the weight class’ newest rising star. Whether they’re from Antwerp or Africa, the only allotrope of carbon fight fans need to know about is the one born, raised, and training to get meaner in Lafayette, Louisiana: Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier . . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC.com
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The February 24 ten-rounder between Juan Carlos Burgos (28-1, 19 KOs) and former IBF featherweight champion Cristobal Cruz (39-12-3, 23 KOs), originally planned for Southern California has been moved to Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Delaware. The bout will be for Burgos’ WBC Silver super featherweight title. Two other title fights will be included on the card, which will be televised on ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights.”
On Saturday night, live from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, elite welterweights Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit will collide for the interim UFC 170lbs championship.
UFC superstar Georges St-Pierre will be a very interested – and conflicted – ringside observer to the UFC 143 main event. ‘GSP’ has been the undisputed welterweight king since the spring of 2008, but knee injuries have forced him to withdraw from scheduled bouts with both Condit and Diaz and so he must sit on the sidelines while the pair stake a claim to his crown. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
#1 Ranked Marco Antonio Rubio poses during media day at the Jesse James Leija Gym in San Antonio,Texas, Tuesday for his upcoming world title defense against undefeated WBC World Middleweight Champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Saturday, Feb. 4, televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing from the Alamodome in San Antonio,Texas. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions, All Star Boxing and Tecate, Chavez Jr. takes on Rubio and Nonito Donaire battles Wilfredo Vasquez Jr. in the other co-main event. Click here for more photos…
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Former WBA light heavyweight champion Gabriel ‘Chico Guapo’ Campillo (21-3-1, 8 KOs) of Spain, but now residing in Oxnard, California, will take on undefeated and current IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris ‘Thunder’ Cloud (23-0, 19 KOs) of Tallahassee, Florida on Saturday, February 18th in the co-feature bout of SHOWTIME’s ‘Championship Boxing’ which will be broadcast live from the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. Headlining the fight card will be former world champion Paul ‘The Punisher’ Williams (40-2, 27 KOs) taking on Nobuhiro Ishida (24-6-2, 9 KOs) in a 12-round junior middleweight bout. For more details and photos click here…
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