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With the training camp for his June 2nd clash against unbeaten Lateef Kayode heating up, former light heavyweight champion and current IBO cruiserweight champion/TV boxing analyst Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver took time out from his busy schedule to check in with his thoughts on another high-profile matchup – the May 5th meeting between Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto.
“I think that Mayweather’s coming in with all the natural God-given ability and talent, and Cotto comes in with the physical game,” said Tarver. “But we’ve seen Cotto beat, and beaten bad on two occasions. He was outclassed against (Manny) Pacquiao, and he took a beating against (Antonio) Margarito. We haven’t seen that with Floyd Mayweather yet. I think he (Mayweather) is at the top of the game right now, and he’s gonna have more options to do the things that he does in the ring.” (more…)
Cleveland’s once-beaten Willie “The Great” Nelson (17-1-1, 11 KOs) will step in to face Cuba’s Yudel Jhonson (12-0, 8 KOs) in the 10-round junior middleweight main event of the ShoBox telecast on May 11 from the Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel in Las Vegas. Original Jhonson opponent, Freddy Hernandez, has been forced to pull out with an injury.
In addition, East Los Angeles lightweight Aalan Martinez has also been forced to pull out of his eight-round bout against Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy. Barthelemy (15-0, 11 KOs) will still fight an opponent to be determined but his bout will not be televised as the telecast will now go forward as a doubleheader.
The eight-round co-featured battle of undefeated super middleweights Badou Jack “The Ripper” (10-0, 8 KOs) of Sweden and Colombia’s power-punching Alexander Brand (17-0, 15 KOs) will go on as scheduled.
Photos: Karina Hessland
Normally at a press conference only the fighters of the main event are in the spotlight. But this was not the case on Wednesday afternoon in Erfurt. The spectators of the big fight night on May 5 are also keen to find out which trainer comes up with the better strategy for the world championship bout between the cruiserweights Marco Huck and Ola Afolabi.
Hence the two training legends of German boxing, Ulli Wegner and Fritz Sdunek, did not hold back at the conference. But before they got started, the WBO champion himself had a few things to say. “Ola Afolabi is a really tough guy. But mentally I am very strong. Therefore he won´t get my title,” said Huck. This is the second time that the 27-year-old will be boxing at the Messehalle in Erfurt and he is extremely happy to do so. His first fight here, back in August 2010, ended with a KO victory over the American Matt Godfrey. “The fans here are extremely enthusiastic about boxing so it is amazing that they will get to witness such a great show.” (more…)
Manny Pacquiao arrives in the U.S. on Saturday. Pacquiao, Hall of Fame-elect trainer Freddie Roach and the rest of Team Pacquiao are scheduled to land at LAX International on Philippine Airlines Flight 102 at 8:05PM PT (ironically about the same time Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto square off in Las Vegas). Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs), boxing’s only eight-division world champion and the lone congressional representative from the Sarangani province in the Philippines, will begin his four-week U.S. training camp, on Monday, May 7, at Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, Calif. Pacman will be defending his WBO welterweight championship crown against undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (28-0, 12 KOs).
The Pacquiao vs. Bradley welterweight championship collision will take place Saturday, June 9, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, in Las Vegas, Nev., and will be produced and distributed Live by HBO Pay-Per-View®, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
By Phil Doherty
Welterweight prospect Ed “The Lion” Paredes (30-3-1, 20 KOs) of Hollywood FL was released from a local hospital this week after admission for lung problems. The 27-year old claimed he felt: “like a million bucks and 10 years younger,” but acknowledged he cannot headline Acquinity Sports’ “Dominican Domination II” card from The Seminole Hard Rock on May 18th as scheduled. Paredes was slotted to defend his WBC and WBO Latino welterweight belts against former light welterweight world champion “Vicious” Vivian Harris (29-7-2, 19 KOs). Paredes thanked his huge local fan base for all their support, stating: “When something happens to me I manage to get back and become stronger—so I will be.” Although the medical scare prevents him from participating on the May 18th card, Paredes promised to be back in time for Acquinity’s next show at the Hard Rock on July 21st. The realignment bumps up the 10-round co-main event between Dominican lightweight Argenis Mendez (19-2, 10 KOs) and southpaw Mexican slugger Leonilo “Veneno” Miranda (32-4, 30 KOs) to top billing.
Two-time world champion Randall “The Knock-out King” Bailey (42-7, 36 KOs) finally gets an opportunity to exorcise years of demon-like frustrations on June 9 when he takes on unbeaten Mike Jones for the vacant IBF welterweight championship in the 12-round co-feature on the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley pay-per-view card in Las Vegas. “Randall Bailey has been frustrated most of his career,” his longtime manager Si Stern said. “He is unquestionably the strongest puncher in the world today and, I know this may sound crazy to some, maybe in boxing history. Just look at his knockout record. He’s been shunned by a lot of top fighters out there today. Why? They know Randall can take them out with one punch. History tells us that dangerous punchers like Randall have always been avoided. Jones (IBF #1) didn’t want to fight Randall (IBF #2), either. The IBF pushed the issue and said that Jones had to fight Randall or he’d lose his world title shot.” (more…)
Photos: Petchyindee Boxing Promotion
Kompayak CP Freshmart 108 vs. Jonathan Taconing 107
(WBC Light Flyweight title)
Venue: The City Hall of Buriram Province, Thailand
Promoter: Virat Vachirarattanawongsi of Petchyindee Boxing Promotion
Broadcast: Thailand Channel 7, May 3, 14:00-17:00 (GMT+7) (more…)
By Alex Hermann
Three fighters from Denmark, one from Norway, one from Sweden and one from Poland will be on the undercard to the WBC Silver light heavyweight clash between Mikkel Kessler and Allan Green on May 19 in Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Rising middleweight prospect Patrick Nielsen (14-0, 8 KO) will be back only four weeks after he won the WBA I/C title with a dramatic tenth-round KO victory over Gabor Vega. This time Nielsen face Italian Gaetano Nespro (19-8-1) in a non-title bout.
Nielsen’s brother, Micki Nielsen (3-0, 3 KO), will also be on the undercard, as well as very talented Torben Keller (3-0, 1 KO). Sweden’s Erik Skoglund (9-0, 5 KO), Norwegian Simen Smaadal (1-0, 1 KO) and world ranked Pole Mateusz Masternak (26-0, 20 KO) will also be on the card. The opponents are to be announced.
Promoter Gary Shaw is grieving with the loss of his mother, Iris Shaw, who passed away yesterday in Boca Raton, Florida. She was 90 years old, lived a wonderful life and left behind 2 children, Gary and Cheryl, 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. (more…)
Alan Belcher feels unstoppable.
After a prolonged absence from the Octagon due to an eye injury, the heavy-handed, 16-5 middleweight from Jonesboro, Arkansas made a triumphant return on the UFC Fight Night card last September against Jason MacDonald. More than 16 months earlier, “The Talent” scored a Submission of the Night victory over former number one contender Patrick Cote . . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC.com
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By Joe Koizumi
Japanese challenger Shoji Kimura (24-4-2, 9 KOs) arrived in Singapore on Tuesday to have an ambitious crack at the WBA super championship in the featherweight division against unbeaten Indonesian hero Chris John (46-0-2, 22 KOs) here on Saturday. It will be a fabulous promotion at the Marina Bay Sands, which became internationally famous with its unique architecture of a gigantic ship lying over three big towers (probably you cannot imagine the structure). It is very rare to have a world title bout staged in Singapore, where, however, Indonesian Elly Pical barely kept his IBF super-fly belt by a split verdict over Mike Phelps at the National Stadium here in 1989. (more…)
“Ring Kings” headliners made their “grand arrivals” today in the MGM Grand Hotel Lobby. Arriving first was Sugar Shane Mosley, followed by Canelo Alvarez, Miguel Cotto and Floyd Mayweather in 30-minute increments. (more…)
Super middleweights Vladine Biosse (12-1-1, 6 KOs) and Joey Spina (26-2-2, 18 KOs) will battle for bragging rights in the city of Providence on May 24th when Biosse defends his New England title against the “K.O. Kid” in the eight-round main event presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, R.I.
At Tuesday’s informal press gathering at the Providence Downtown Marriott, the two fighters stood toe-to-toe for the first time since signing their respective names on the dotted line. (more…)
The IBF junior middleweight world title rematch between former multi-divisional world champion Cory Spinks (39-6, 11 KOs) and current IBF junior middleweight champion Cornelius ‘K-9′ Bundrage (31-4, 18 KOs) has a new site and date of San Jose, California July 28. The bout will also air on Showtime Championship Boxing as the co-feature to the main event between Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero vs Selcuk Aydin for the WBC Silver welterweight title. The Spinks-Bundrage fight originally was being planned to happen June 23rd at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida. Upon hearing the news Spinks issued the following statement: “I didn’t care if the fight was in Florida, California or wherever, I just want my title back. I read what the supposed to be experts said but that doesn’t matter at all. They are going to be saying something different after I beat K-9 and get my belt back,” said Spinks.
Due to the emotional strain of having to relive the domestic violence victimization of being stabbed twice and then shot by her ex-husband, female boxing icon Christy Martin has asked promoter Roy Englebrecht if her WBC Super Welterweight World Championship fight against Mia St John could be postponed while she recuperates from the stress and trauma of the trial, conviction and sentencing of the ex-husband who tried to kill her. Both Englebrecht and Table Mountain Casino, which was to host the June 19th Final Victory show have understandably agreed to the postponement and have set Tuesday, August 14th as the new date for this championship show.
“I certainly understand the tremendous pressure and stress that Christy has been under, what with the national publicity from the trial, and having to testify and be in the courtroom with the man that wanted to kill her,” said Englebrecht. “Christy really wants to win her 50th fight, so after discussions with her trainer Miguel Diaz; they thought it best to take some time off to get her head cleared and then get back in training.” (more…)
Bobby Hitz, the promoter of long-time heavyweight contender “Fast” Fres Oquendo (33-7, 21 KOs), has announced that Oquendo’s next opponent, Minnesota’s Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell (28-5, 27 KOs). Oquendo and Abell will meet on May 25 for the WBA Fedelatin heavyweight championship in the 10-round main event of Hitz Boxing’s latest “Fight Night at the Horseshoe” event at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana (located 20 minutes from Downtown Chicago). The bout is presented by Hitz Boxing in conjunction with Roy Jones Jr.’s Square Ring Promotions.
When John Hathaway made his UFC debut in January of 2009, he was 21 years old and part of a small group of under-25 prospects that included the then-youngest fighter in the organization, his 20-year old opponent Tom Egan . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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By Francisco Salazar
Hoping to bank on their success from their inaugural show in February, El Dorado Entertainment returns to the Oceanview Pavilion in Port Hueneme, CA on Saturday, May 26th. In the main event of the seven-bout “Commotion by the Ocean” card, unbeaten Jose Aguiniga will face Eduardo Arcos in a scheduled 10 rounds super featherweight round bout. In the main supporting bout, unbeaten Roger Romo will take on Gregorio Viramontes in a six round bout. (more…)
WBO middleweight champion Dmitry Pirog (20-0, 15 KOs) pounded out a twelve round unanimous decision over Nobuhiro Ishida (24-8-2, 9 KOs) on Tuesday night at the Sport Complex Krylatskoe in Moscow, Russia. Pirog landed the better blows early on, doing most of the early damage with his right hand. Ishida connected with some nice combinations at times and was competitive in every round, but Pirog usualy did more en route to his third defense of the title. Scores were 119-109, 117-111, 120-108.
Unbeaten heavyweight Vyacheslav Glazkov (12-0, 9 KOs) scored a seventh round KO over Gbenga Oloukun (19-8, 12 KOs). A brutal body shot finished Oloukun at the 1:32 mark.
Dmitry Kudryashov KO1 Alexey Varagushin (cruiserweight)
Dmitriy Kadeykin W4 Fuad Muradov (light heavyweight)
Maxim Chemezov W4 Sergey Akimov (super middleweight)
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