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The fight between Luan Krasniqi and NABF champion Johnathon Banks has been cancelled. The two heavyweights were supposed to fight in the Ludwigsburg Arena in Germany next Saturday, February 26. The tickets for the fight night were already sold out. In his final days of training camp Krasniqi got a severe sinus infection and therefore has to cancel his bout against Banks. “I am extremely disappointed and feel very sorry for my fans but a fight next Saturday is simply not possible”, says Krasniqi.
Banks was supposed to fly to Germany today but did not enter the plane. “I was really looking forward to having this fight in Germany as the main event on RTL German television. I hope the fight will be re-scheduled”, says Banks. Banks’ promoter Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions: “This was a great opportunity for Johnathon to show his ability on a big show like this against a veteran boxer like Krasniqi. Many boxing fans were looking forward to seeing this fight in Germany.” The entire fight night in Ludwigsburg is called off.
Being a professional athlete and a father leaves Jorge Rivera with a tight schedule. Even though his days are packed with workouts and as much family time as he can manage, he makes the time to plan out a top notch diet during his training camp that fuels his workouts and promotes efficient recovery from tough sessions in the gym . . . Click here for more by PR Cole MS, RD , UFC.com
Tonight’s interesting super featherweight clash between Alejandro Sanabria (26-1-1, 21 KOs) and Rocky Juarez (28-7-1, 20 KOs) for the vacant WBC Continental Americas title can be seen live on WBCBoxing.tv. The free webcast begins at 11:30PM ET/8:30PM PT and is not available in Mexico. The event takes place at the Auditorio Ernesto Rufo in Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Johnny Muller will make the first defence of his South African light heavyweight title against Roedolf Venter at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park on March 1. The 20-year-old Muller (8-0-2, 6 KOs) from Roodepoort won the vacant title in November last year when he stopped Ronnie Lategan in the first round. The Benoni-based Venter (11-3, 5 KOs) who previously fought as a middleweight made a comeback after four years in the light heavyweight division and in two contests last year was most impressive in scoring wins over Ben Moakamela (ko 5) and Rudi Brewer (tko 5). (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
While Fernando Montiel and Nonito Donaire battle for the world bantamweight championship to the north, Canelo Promotions presents presents a clash for the NABF bantamweight belt with Tomoki “Mexicanito” Kameda (17-0, 12 KOs) and German Meraz (29-17-1, 12 KOs) colliding in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico. Kameda weighed in at 117.7 lbs and Meraz tipped the beam at 118. More photos…
Photo and report by Ron Jackson
Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions presents a five title fight bill which includes some of the best young talent in South African boxing on March 26 at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park. Heading the bill will be Thomas Oosthuizen (11-0-1, 8 KOs) who will be having his second crack at the IBO super middleweight belt when he faces Ruben Acosta (24-4-5, 8 KOs) of Argentina for the vacant belt. Isaac Chilemba from Malawi meets Namibian Vitko Pita Meroro for the vacant WBC International light heavyweight belt and Sipho Taliwe faces Vinvin Rufino of the Philippines in a return match after their controversial first fight. Rufino will be defending the vacant WBC International junior lightweight belt. The talented Tshifwa Munyai who is a former Commonwealth bantamweight champion meets Filipino Daniel Pena in a clash for the vacant IBO super bantamweight belt. Unbeaten heavyweight prospect Flo Simba and Ariel Machado of Brazil clash in a scheduled over ten round bout for the vacant IBO Youth heavyweight title.
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Former WBO welterweight champion Carlos “El Indio” Quintana successfully returned to the ring to stop Yorgi Estrella by TKO at :38 of round nine. Referee Luis Pabon intervened with Estrella in bad shape and just taking shots. Quintana, who had not fought since losing to WBC welterweight king Andre Berto in April last year, returned this time in the junior middleweight division where he hopes to stay for a while before going up to 160 pounds.
On the undercard, Jonathan ‘Mantequilla’ González, Thomas Dulorme and Luis Orlando del Valle successfully defended their unbeaten marks with stoppage wins. Junior middleweight Gonzalez raised his record to 12-0 with 12 KOs after a 2:49 first round demolition of Chad Greenleaf (13-8 -1). Dulorme (9-0, 8 KOs) finished Jorge Delgado at 49 seconds of the second round. Del Valle (12-0, 10 KOs) knocked out Irvin Hernandez (2-4-1, 1 KO) at 2:49 of the sixth round.
Highly touted former Olympian jr lightweight Jose Pedraza successfully debuted with a first round KO over Felix Manuel Rivera. Pedraza is promoted by Universal Promotions in conjunction with Lou DiBella and Gary Shaw.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos by Mike Greenhill
Unbeaten NABF middleweight titleholder Fernando Guerrero (21-0, 16 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Derrick “Superman” Findley (17-5, 11 KOs) on Friday night at the Wicomico Civic Center in Salisbury, Maryland. Guerrero dominated early and Findley slid into survival mode midway. Scores were 99-91, 99-91, 100-90 for Guerrero. Unbeaten NABF welterweight beltholder Shawn Porter (18-0, 13 KOs) outworked Anges Adjaho (25-5, 14 KOs) over ten rounds. Scores were 99-91, 99-91, 97-93. For full details and photos click here…
Photos by Laura De la Torre
Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (21-0-1, 11 KOs) lived up to his nickname as he battered Genaro Trazancos (22-14-1, 13 KOs) for three rounds on Friday night at the Longshoreman’s Hall in San Francisco, California. The bout was stopped on the advice of the ring doctor between rounds three and four after Trazancos somehow survived Gesta’s brutal assault in round three.
Unbeaten junior lightweight Eloy Perez (20-0, 5 KOs) was too quick for veteran Roger “Speedy” Gonzalez (27-4, 18 KOs), winning a shutout eight round unanimous decision by scores of 80-72 on all cards. Click here for more photos…
Photos by Mike Greenhill
Unbeaten NABF middleweight titleholder Fernando Guerrero (21-0, 16 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Derrick “Superman” Findley (17-5, 11 KOs) on Friday night at the Wicomico Civic Center in Salisbury, Maryland. Guerrero dominated early and Findley slid into survival mode midway. Scores were 99-91, 99-91, 100-90 for Guerrero. For more details and photos click here…
Alejandro Sanabria 130 vs Rocky Juarez 129.4
Pablo Cesar Cano 135 vs Jorge Romero 135
Ivan Morales 118.4 vs Patricio Camacho 115.6
Javier Gomez 144 vs Francisco Amezquita 148
Mario Padilla 140.4 vs Ivan Cano 138.4
Jose Escarsega 124.4 vs Cesar Hernandez 124.4
Eduardo Alicea 160 vs Gabriel Greenber 156
Venue: Gimnasio Municipal Ernesto Ruffo Appel in Rosarito, Mexico
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Televisa (Mexico)
Photos: Bob Barton/Rumble Time Promotions
Angel Hernandez 142.5 vs. Jake Giuriceo 140
Harrison Cuello 137 vs Dannie Williams 137
Justin Williams 153 vs Michael Moore 157.5
Zack Swallen 177 vs Aaron Dufor 176.5
Mike Glenn 179.5 vs Demar Singleton 179.5
Miguel Gonzales 140 vs Martin Tucker 141
Venue: Byzantine Center, Youngstown, Ohio
Promoter: Rumble Time Promotions
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All the shots from today’s weigh-in at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas: Fernando Montiel, Nonito Donaire weigh in, Mike Jones & Jesus Soto-Karass heats up at the scales, and more . . . Click here for full slideshow
IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck (31-1, 18 KOs) retained his belt with a fifth round TKO over Paul Delgado (25-10-1, 4 KOs) on Friday at the sold-out Sportspark Arena in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Zaveck dropped Delgado twice in round two, and finished him in round five in the one-sided bout. Referee Benny Decroos finally waved in off in the fifth as the cut and battered Delgado sank to his knees. Zaveck, who made his third successful defense, has now set his sights on invading the USA in search of big fights.
Unbeaten female middleweight star Christina Hammer (9-0, 7 KOs) punished Diana Kiss (6-3-1, 5 KOs) en route to an eighth round TKO. The battered and bloodied Kiss did not come out for round eight, allowing Hammer to claim the vacant WBF belt. Hammer is also the WBO champion.
Light heavyweight Denis Simcic (26-1, 14 KOs) defended his WBF International belt with a ten round unanimous decision over Sandro Siproshvili (24-8, 11 KOs). Some question about the scoring, but Simcic was up at least of seven points on all cards entering the tenth.
In other action, unbeaten welterweight Sergio Vartanov (9-0, 4 KOs) stopped Jeis Tovmaszjan (2-7, 1 KO) in round three. Time was 2:20.
By Matt Richardson
Photos by Chris Cozzone
WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel and two-division world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire both weighed 118 lbs at their official weigh-in Friday at Mandalay Bay’s Mizuya Lounge in Las Vegas. Undefeated NABO/NABA/WBC Continental Americas welterweight champion Mike Jones weighed 147 for his clash against top-ten contender Jesus Soto Karass, who scaled in at 146.
Gabriel Martinez 146.5 vs Mark Melligan 148
Dean Harrison 141 vs Mike Alvarado 139
Jose Hernandez 131 vs Mickey Bey 131.5
Ignacio Garcia 146 vs Armando Dorantes 141.5
Gerald Jordan 150 vs Rodrigo Garcia 151
Carlos Musquez 144 vs Yordenis Ugas 145
With nearly 500 pounds between them, the heavyweight matchup between unbeaten Polish star Mariusz Wach and Jonathan Haggler on Saturday night at Essex County College has fireworks written all over it. The 6’7″ Wach, 31, (23-0, 11 KO) of Krakow, Poland weighed in at 249 pounds, while the 6’4″ Haggler, 38, (23-3, 18 KO) of Winston-Salem, NC checked in at 244. The ten round WBC Baltic heavyweight title match will headline “Brick City Brawl”, which is promoted by Global Boxing and Prize Fight Promotions. (more…)
By Ricardo Conde
Photo: Thompson Boxing Promotions
Hard hitting featherweight prospect Abraham Lopez (12-0, 10 KOs) of La Puente, CA will step back into the ring against veteran Felipe “La Avispa” Almanza (18-21-4, 9 KOs) of Colombia on Friday, February 25th at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA which is being headlined by junior welterweight Jose “El Niño” Reynoso (13-3-1, 2 KOs) of Riverside, CA defending his WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation junior welterweight title against Santos Pakau (27-6-2, 10 KOs) of New Zealand in a 10-round bout and is being presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions. (more…)
A clash of heavyweight titans matching 6’9 Tye Fields (44-2, 40 KOs) and 6’7 Michael Grant (46-4, 34 KOs), plus a battle between former world champions Joel Casamayor (37-5-1, 22 KOs) and Mike Anchondo (30-3, 19 KOs) highlight a pay-per-view card on March 11 at the Planet Hollywood Theatre for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas. Also on the six-bout card presented by Sterling Promotions in association with American Dream Presents and Heads Up Entertainment will be light heavyweight Ron Johnson (11-1, 3 KOs) vs Garrett Wilson (9-5-1, 4 KOs) and cruiserweight Aaron Williams (20-3-1, 13 KOs) against TBA. All four fights are scheduled for ten rounds. A fifth bout on the card features undefeated super welterweight Dante Moore (6-0-1, 4 KOs) vs TBA in a six rounder.
By Felipe Leon
From the Poliforum Zamna in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, three IBA championship titles will be disputed on Saturday night. In the main event, home town favorite light welterweight SIlverio “Chamaco” Ortiz (22-13, 10KOs) will defend his title versus the experienced Efren Hinojosa (30-8-1, 17KOs) of Lakeside, CA, in a twelve round match up. Ortiz captured the vacant title last year by defeating via Fernando Angulo via a unanimous decision. Since then, Ortiz has defended the title once before, stopping Elvin Perez in the second round with a scorching body shot. Hinojosa, who has faced the much better opposition such as Robert Guerrero, John Molina and Miguel Angel Huerta, has disputed for other regional titles before such as the NABF lightweight title and the USBA title. (more…)
USA fight fans are in luck as ESPN3.com has picked up Saturday’s clash in Stuttgart, Germany between WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm and Ronald Hearns, the son of famed of former two-time middleweight champion Tommy “The Hitman” Hearns. The live webcast is scheduled to begin at 3:30 PM ET. “The one thing that was not lost from generation to generation was the devastating right hand,” said Hearns’s promoter Lou DiBella. “I believe that once Ronald lands that right hand, we will be crowning a new WBA champion.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former IBF featherweight world champion Orlando Salido is currently training at the Destroyer Boxing Club in Tucson, Arizona with the trainers Victor Barron and Santos Moreno for his April 16th SHOWTIME clash with undefeated WBO featherweight world champion Juan Manuel Lopez. “I’m here trying to find the best possible conditions because is an important fight and a second chance. I have to improve many things and besides Lopez is left handed and fast. I’m working with other lefties and hoping to step it up. I know I have many possibilities and will work on more technique and speed,” said Salido. Lopez-Salido will take place at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm and challenger Ronald Hearns both made weight in advance of their title showdown tomorrow evening at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, Germany, at today’s official weigh in. Sturm tipped the scale at 159.2 lbs. Hearns came in a little lighter at 159.1 lbs. Both fighters looked to in tremendous shape and ready to go.
With their highly anticipated world championship confrontation less than one month away, boxing fans will get exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to the training camps and lives of boxing superstars Miguel Cotto and Ricardo Mayorga when “Relentless,” a 30-minute preview of the first major pay-per-view world championship boxing event of 2011, premieres tonight/Friday, Feb. 18, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME®.
Cotto, the Pride of Puerto Rico, will defend his World Boxing Association (WBA) super welterweight title against two-division world champion Mayorga on Saturday, March 12, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Cotto vs. Mayorga will be produced and distributed LIVE by SHOWTIME PPV®, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
“Relentless” provides exclusive interviews and reactions from their explosive, trash-talking, kickoff press conference in New York, where Mayorga promised to force Cotto to retire following the March 12 showdown. (more…)
Photos: Team Klitschko
Vitali Klitschko (43-2, 38 KOs), of Kiev (Ukraine) and Hamburg (Germany), participated yesterday in a media work out in his training camp in Austria. He is preparing for his upcoming WBC heavyweight title defense against Odlanier Solis (17-0, 12 KOs), of Miami, FL. The eagerly anticipated heavyweight championship will take place on Saturday, March 19, at Lanxess Arena Cologne, Germany. In Germany, the fight will be broadcast live and exclusively on RTL, in the US on the EPIX channel and on EpixHD.com LIVE at 6PM ET, followed by a replay at 10PM ET. Tickets, starting at € 25, can be purchased online at www.eventim.de or by phone +49-221-80 20. Click here for more photos…
Mexican contender Gabriel “Rey” Martínez (27-1-1, 14 KOs) says he is ready for his Mexico vs. Philippines clash on the undercard of the Fernando Montiel vs. Nonito Donaire bill this weekend in Las Vegas. Martinez will face fellow welterweight contender Mark Melligen (20-2, 14 KOs), in a 10 round fight he says, given the skills and records, could steal the spotlight. If he comes out victorious, Martínez, promoted by Latin Sports, knows that he will get close to a title shot – and that has him motivated and eager to win and shine in boxing’s world capital.
In the past two years, the state of Alabama has once again defined excellence in NCAA football, birthing two national championship teams led by two Heisman trophy winners.
Alabama’s lone Olympic boxing medalist, Tuscaloosa native Deontay Wilder, labored hard during those same 24 months, striving to supplant the storied tradition of football in Alabama by championing for, and now ushering in, the State’s first Boxing Athletic Commission . . . click here for more
WBA #9 super middleweight Stjepan Bozic has been diagnosed with ligament damage to his index finger metacarpophalangeal joint – probably an old injury that was aggrevated when he punched Arthur Abraham’s elbow on February 12. On Thursday the Sauerland team received the official medical documentation and MRI results from Croatia and ring doctor Dr. Hubert Klauser, a specialist for orthopedics, surgery and hand surgery, confirmed the injury after viewing the supplied information, adding that Bozic should do no punching for at least six weeks and put stress on the hand only sparingly. The findings vindicate Bozic who was accused of faking the injury. “I’m no actor,” said Bozic. “I would have gladly given the fans a longer fight with an another, better ending. Unfortunately, with the injury it wasn’t possible, as confirmed by the MRI.”
Your commute to work ain’t got nothing on Curt Warburton’s trek to Sydney, Australia for his UFC 127 bout against Maciej Jewtuszko. First, the lightweight prospect drove two and a half hours from his home in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, England to Manchester Airport. Then it was an hour flight to Heathrow, followed by flights to Bangkok and then Sydney, which clocked in at 12 and 10 hours, respectively. Yet you won’t hear any complaining from Warburton. . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
After confirmation of his April 2 title shot against WBA interim flyweight champion Luis “Nica” Concepción (22-1, 17 KOs), Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (29-2, 22 KOs) says he is very motivated and confident that he will bring Mexico and Sonorans the championship he’s dreamed of. Promociones y Eventos del Istmo officially announced the fight card Thursday, which will also feature a WBA female super bantamweight clash between Chantall “La Fiera” Martínez and Lisa “Bad News” Brown.
“This is my dream, my goal and this time I will be fighting at my natural weight,” said Marquez. “Concepción is a great champion, but I have no doubt I’ll win. I know he’s at home, but I trust that the judges and referee the WBA appoints will be impartial and it will be a great fight for the fans as we both like to trade blows.”
By Francisco Salazar
Not many athletes could proudly say that they gained more from a defeat. Although the goal is to be triumphant in competition, athletes can learn from their mistakes and make the most of a second opportunity. Welterweight Jesus Soto-Karass is one of those athletes, even though there were members of the media who thought that he should have had his hand raised and not Mike Jones back in November at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX.
The hard-hitting welterweight thinks he gained more fans and more appeal from networks from his 10 round majority decision defeat at the hands of the unbeaten Jones.
Soto-Karass will hope to gain a measure of revenge when he takes on Jones in a 10 round bout at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Saturday night. The bout, which will precede the highly-anticipated bantamweight showdown between Fernando Montiel and Nonito Donaire, will be televised on HBO’s “Boxing After Dark.” (more…)
Ring legend Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker spoke to reporters Thursday about Zab Judah’s training camp progress in preparation for his March 5th IBF jr. welterweight title against Kaizer Mabuza at the Prudential Center’s AmeriHealth Pavilion, Newark, NJ. Judah has been frequently compared to fellow southpaw, Whitaker, who was also promoted by Main Events, and “Sweet Pea” says he’s taking Zab to a whole new level. “You can’t even imagine the feelings I am having right now about this kid (Judah),” said Whitaker. “He’s like a student all over again, it’s like re-teaching the guy some of the best things about himself. Nobody probably knows better than me, other than his father, about his fight game. It’s been easy for me to give him the transformation to do all the things I know he can do very well, and to please the crowd.” (more…)
By Phil Doherty
His eyes still steely sharp, his hands still dense and quick, his arms still taut and muscled. He hunches slightly forward but evenly balanced just in case he needs to pivot a left hook. Chances are Morris Reif doesn’t need to summon the professional skills that earned him a spot in the long line of great Jewish boxers from New York.
But it’s nice to know (at 88 years of age) he still could.
Reif was born to the fighting streets of Brownsville, Brooklyn back when this was a separate city from New York. These same streets would harvest future heavyweight champions like Floyd Patterson, Riddick Bowe, Shannon Briggs and Mike Tyson. Reif fought almost daily in these streets for whatever spare money he could earn.
Mostly he fought because he loved to fight. (more…)
Photos: Golden Boy
Eloy Perez 130 vs. Roger Gonzalez 133
Mercito Gesta 140 vs. Genero Trazancos 138.5
Adolfo Gonzalez 149 vs. Jose Leon 150
Richard Hargraves 151 vs. Clint Coronel 152.5
Joe Gumina 182 vs. Jose Hurtado TBA
Venue: Longshoreman’s Hall, San Francisco, CA
Promoter: Golden Boy
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Good friends don’t mean bad fights – just ask Nonito Donaire and Fernando Montiel.
Despite a mutual admiration and respect, on Saturday, Nonito, 25-1, 17 KOs, and Montiel, 43-2-2, 33 KOs, have agreed to knock each other out. The long-awaited showdown headlines an HBO-telecast on a card promoted by Top Rank from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas . . . click here for more
The majority of the time, a boxing promoter is the one breaking major news concerning a particular event. In the case of the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez versus Matthew “Magic” Hatton match-up slated for Saturday, March 5th, at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA, promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and broadcast live on HBO’s “Boxing After Dark,” it was a renown Mexican journalist who informed the participants of a teleconference yesterday that the WBC had accepted Golden Boy Promotions’ request to make the main event for the vacant WBC super welterweight title . . . click here for more
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