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#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…
Due to a left biceps injury sustained while training on Monday, January 30, Andre Berto will be unable to compete in his scheduled February 11 SHOWTIME televised bout against Victor Ortiz at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., forcing a cancellation of the event on that date. All parties involved are actively seeking a possible postponement date for Ortiz vs. Berto II.
Information regarding previously purchased tickets being honored for a possible postponement date will be released as it becomes available or, alternatively, ticketholders can contact their place of purchase for refunds.
More information will be announced as it becomes available.
Photos: PR Best Boxing Promotions/José Pérez
Four of the best Puerto Rican prospects, McJoe Arroyo, McWilliams Arroyo, Jonathan “Bomba” González and Luis Joel González, will have the headline bouts of the first 2012 “A Puño Limpio” show to be held at the Luis Aymat Cardona coliseum in San Sebastian, Puerto Rico, this Friday, February 3, in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP), in association with Top Rank, to be televised live on WAPA America. Former Olympian and World Championship bronze medalist, McJoe Arroyo (9-0, 5 KOs) healines the card in a 115 pounds and six rounds fight versus Kadel Martinez (2-2), from Cuba. For more details and photos click here…
By Joe Koizumi | Photo: Boxing Beat
Should you be the promoter/manager of a newly crowned world champ, will you book such a dangerously hard-punching challenger in your boy’s voluntary first defense as Vic Darchinyan? Akihiko Honda of Teiken Promotions seems to love such an adventurous mathup as will greatly stun and attract our aficionados. We attended a deluxe press conference in Tokyo yesterday (Monday). Unbeaten WBC bantam champ Shinsuke Yamanaka (15-0-2, 11 KOs), with a knockout streak of last nine wins, will risk his belt against Darchinyan (37-4-1, 27 KOs), an Armenian “Raging Bull” residing in Australia, in Tokyo, Japan, on April 6. Yamanaka seized the vacant belt renounced by Nonito Donaire when he dispatched Mexican Christian Esquivel in eleven furious rounds last November.
The headliner is WBC super-feather titlist Takahiro Aoh (22-21, 10 KOs), a Japanese southpaw, will also put his throne on the line against WBC top ranked contender Terdsak Jandaen (46-3-1, 31 KOs), a hard-hitting Thailander, in the main event. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC president Jose Sulaiman reported that he has received the letter from the representatives of boxer Marco Antonio ¨Veneno¨ Rubio, Osvaldo and Reginald Kuchle, which requested the change to an international referee, but that the WBC has full confidence in Mexican referee Guadalupe Garcia, who has been ratified to work Saturday’s middleweight world title bout between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Rubio. “The appointment of Lupe Garcia was in agreement with Dick Cole, head of the Commission of Texas. And it was a great achievement that referees from other countries are accepted to work in WBC title bouts in Texas. It’s a great opportunity we have awaited for years and it’s great news that we will not reject,” stated Sulaiman. “The WBC gives a vote of confidence to Lupe Garcia who will be our representative and we are confident that everything will be OK.”
Lightweight Kevin Mitchell (32-1, 24 KOs) is relishing his London return on February 10th at a sold-out York Hall. The Dagenham Destroyer will face Dominican Felix Lora (14-8-5, 8 KOs) over ten rounds in his first fight since his thrilling win over John Murray last July. With a potential showdown with Scottish rival and WBO World Champion Ricky Burns in the pipeline, WBO Intercontinental champion Mitchell is looking to put on a sparkling performance. “It’s going to be a massive East End crowd at the York Hall and I can’t wait to put on a knockout show in front of my fans against Lora,” said Mitchell. “This is the first time since the Michael Katsidis fight in 2010 that I’ve fought in London and I’ve had a cracking win against Murray in Manchester so this will be a nice homecoming for me. A fight with Burns is a massive incentive to make sure I’m looking at my best on the night and it’s a fight I’d love to have next.”
With the New Year comes the return of Thompson Boxing Promotions “New Blood” as it re-emerges with the best prospects in the Inland Empire area including welterweight contender Artemio “King” Reyes who makes his way back to Ontario after a spectacular win on national television. The “King” along with a court of pugilists like Aron Martinez, Richard Contreras and Sindy Amador are ready to perform in 2012. (more…)
For people who enjoy collision competition, nothing will beat this upcoming first Saturday and Sunday in February. On Sunday, it’s the final NFL game of the season: Super Bowl XLVI between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots. But the night prior, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, UFC 143 will be the proving ground for two of the top heavyweights in the world: Fabricio Werdum and Roy Nelson. Before the nation crowns a new Super Bowl champion, the big boys of the UFC will clash to see who is one step closer to a title shot. For “Big Country”, nothing could be sweeter than another win in his hometown, which puts him that much closer to UFC gold . . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC.com
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Super bantamweight contender Scott Quigg is being lined up for a world title eliminator if he successfully defends his British title against Jamie Arthur this weekend. The unbeaten Quigg is ranked third in the latest IBF and WBA ratings, far higher than any of his domestic rivals. Hatton Promotions Director of Boxing Richard Poxon is in talks with various global contacts for a bout that could see Quigg become a mandatory challenger for a world title. Quigg, 23, insists the chances of mixing it with some of the 122lb division’s best will help him focus even more on his 12 round clash against Arthur at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium on Saturday. “There is no danger of taking my eyes away from Arthur. If I cannot beat him it will be a struggle to reach the level I believe I can,” said Quigg. Hatton Promotions head Ricky Hatton added: “There is no shortage of options for Scott at the highest level, but first he has a tough assignment this weekend.”
Also in action on Saturday’s card is former Commonwealth and European super-bantamweight champion Rendall Munroe who boxes Argentinian Jose Saez in a non-title eight rounder.
Photo: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Undefeated WBC World Middleweight Champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. arrives in San Antonio, Texas, Monday night for his upcoming world title defense against #1 ranked Marco Antonio Rubio, 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.
UPDATE: The Las Vegas Review Journal is reporting that Berto ruptured his left biceps while sparring and surgery is going to be required. Multiple sources are saying the fight is off. Via Twitter, Victor Ortiz’ promoter Oscar De La Hoya wrote “Son of a chalupa oh well. Let’s just hope Berto gets well soon or else Victor needs to fight soon.”
Various sources are reporting that Andre Berto suffered an arm injury on Monday that was serious enough to require a trip to the hospital for an MRI. The injury could jeopardize his February 11 rematch with Victor Ortiz at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas which is scheduled for SHOWTIME. An announcement is expected shortly.
By Mark Vaz
Legendary trainer Goody Petronelli if Brockton, MA passed away at his home in Bridgewater, MA on Sunday at 88. Petronelli, who trained and co-managed Marvelous Marvin Hagler throughout his career, spent 70 years in the sport, following his service in the United States Navy. Petronelli boxed professionally before opening his own gym, training his nephew Tony Petronelli during his run at the Jr. Welterweight title in the early 70’s. Goody, along with bother Pat, co-managed numerous fighters including Hagler’s brother Robbie Simms, a top middleweight in the post-Hagler era. In recent years, Petronelli continued to operate his gym in Brockton, working primarily with young amateurs, although he was also co-trainer for Kevin McBride in his winning fight over Mike Tyson.
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Heavyweight and knockout artist Magomed ‘Mago’ Abdusalamov (12-0, 12 KOs) of Russia, but now residing in Oxnard, California, and under the tutelage of former junior welterweight champion Pablo Sarmiento at Sarmiento’s Boxing Gym, will return to action this Friday February 3rd at the Texas Station Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada in an 8-round televised fight on ESPN2’s ‘Friday Night Fights’ against Pedro Rodriguez (8-0, 6 KOs) of Cuba. For more details and photos click here…
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Superstar Three-Time World Champion Nonito “the Filipino Flash” Donaire Arrives in San Antonio,Texas, Monday 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…
By Clint Rosser at ringside
Photos: David Martin Warr/DKP 2012
WBO #3 cruiserweight BJ Flores (27-1-1, 16 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over comebacking 40-year-old former welterweight title challenger Hugo Pineda (39-6-1, 28 KOs) on Saturday night with an enthusiastic hometown crowd at the Shrine Mosque in Springfield, Missouri. Flores dominated the entire bout with Pineda not able to connect on anything significant in the six plus rounds. Flores looked exceptionally sharp and did not give Pineda an easy target to hit and at times it looked as if Flores knew what Pineda was going to throw. Both fighters were tentative in the first, each carefully measuring the other and keeping at a safe distance, however, early in the 3rd Flores connected with a thunderous left hand to drop Pineda but he was able to continue. The Missouri native then began to work Pineda’s body and from this point forward, it seemed to take the starch out of him. For more details and photos click here…
Russell Crowe, in his career-defining role as Maximus in the box office bonanza “Gladiator,” made famous a line that has been uttered more than once to a crowd by UFC ring announcer Bruce Buffer in the off-camera moments just before a pay-per-view broadcast kicks in . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
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By Przemek Garczarczyk
For all those heavyweight fans starving for the new blood that could challenge Klitschko Brothers domination, there’s good news. On March 24 in Atlantic City, Mariusz Kołodziej (Global Boxing Promotions), together with the biggest Polish promoter Andrzej Wasilewski (12round Knockout Promotions) and Britain’s Frank Maloney (Frank Maloney Promotions) will present “Heavyweight Regeneration, Part 1,” featuring at least three of the new wave of heavyweight challengers. “This is a new idea, presenting the fans with the new breed of heavyweight challengers and bringing them to the US. Promoters should work together to bring the loyal fans what they want. It’s the only way.” The series will include at least three boxing events in United States.
The March 24 card already has the fans buzzing. Featured fights include an WBC International title fight between two of boxing’s big men: unbeaten WBC #9 ranked 6’8 Mariusz “Viking” Wach (29-0, 14 KOs) versus 6’8 Tye Fields (49-4, 44 KOs), undefeated 6’8 British heavyweight hope David Price (12-0, 10 KOs) against Josue Blocus (16-2, 14 KOs) and always exciting Polish prospect Artur “The Pin” Szpilka (9-0, 7 KOs) against Terrence “Big Jim” Marbra (6-1, 5 KOs). (more…)
Heavyweight hopeful Travis Kauffman of Reading, PA is recovering from his second consecutive surgery to correct a fracture in his right hand. The surgery took place this past Thursday and will sideline the 26-year-old for the next few months, leaving him unable to compete on King’s Promotions “Heavyweight Explosion” card at the Rodeway Inn in Allentown, PA on Saturday, February 25. Kauffman (22-1, 17 KO), will have screws in his hand for the next 4-6 weeks, followed by physical therapy. He was advised that he won’t be able to punch for the next 3-4 months, but hopes to return to the ring before the end of the year after fighting just once in 2011.
“Heavyweight Explosion” will be headlined by crowd favorite William “Big Stuff” Miranda (4-4-1) of Allentown in a six-round contest against battle-tested David Williams (6-5-1, 2 KO) of Philadelphia. In the six-round co-featured bout, junior middleweight Keenan Collins (13-7-2, 9 KO) of Reading, PA will face Julio Cesar Lanza (7-17-6, 1 KO) of Managua, Nicaragua.
IBF cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (25-1, 13 KOs) says he is a better fighter than two-time world champion Steve “USS” Cunningham (24-3, 12 KOs) and if there are any doubts, he will erase them in their hotly-anticipated rematch in Frankfurt on Saturday night. The IBF ordered a rematch after Hernandez-Cunningham I was controversially stopped due to a cut that wasn’t bleeding. “Well, it wasn’t me who stopped the fight, but the referee after consulting the ring doctor,” said Hernandez. “One of the cuts was very deep, the risk of getting a serious injury would have been too big in my opinion. And the blood was affecting my vision. Who knows what could have happened?” Hernandez is also upset that everybody discusses the ending of the fight, in which he knocked down Cunningham in the first round. “I performed well on that night and I deserved to win. Everybody should respect that. Cunningham should have respected that, too.”
It was a celebration as Tijuana’s favorite daughter Jackie “Aztec Princess” Nava (26-4-3, 11 KOs) earned the right to call herself a champion once again when she completely dominated Panama’s Chantall “Fiera” Martinez (15-5, 6KOs) over ten rounds to capture the WBA super bantamweight title Saturday night at a bursting Tijuana Municipal Auditorium. Over five thousand raging fans brought Nava to tears with their chants and over whelming support through out her bout and event. The marathon event, which featured twelve professional bouts headlined by Nava’s coronation, was presented by Zanfer Promotions with the main event broadcast live in Mexico on the Azteca channel . . . Click here for more
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Middleweight contender Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio conducted his last workout in the Jorge “Mapirri” Rodriguez Gym in Terreon, Mexico for his fight next Saturday against WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. “I closed the sparring with 12 rounds with Alberto Soto and we’re ready to face Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. I’ll keep the weight and try to keep calm with this confidence and desire to win that I have deep inside of me. The fight has had a lot of different comments in the media which I am grateful, but I’m another type of person. I concentrated on this fight. I’ve waited a long time and I hope to win. It’s time to be world champ.” Rubio traveled Sunday to Ciudad Acuña to be with his wife and infant daughter Gariel. He is expected to arrive in San Antonio today and begin the week of events for the promotion of the fight.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA has announced that it will hold the annual awards dinner at the Hotel Intercontinental Miramar in Panama City on February 29. Previously the event was held in the United States, Venezuela and Argentina up to 2008. Recently the awards and recognition to the best of the last year took place at the annual conventions. “We want to give a little more emphasis to the boxers,” said WBA executive vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, “we want to get closer to them, that is one of our objectives this year. We are convinced that this is an icon and this is the right time to bring it back to life.” (more…)
Story and photo by Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Former heavyweight contender Alex “Lionheart” Leapai (25-3-3, 20KOs) will clash with Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (25-1-1, 11KOs) from the USA over twelve rounds in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on March 18. Samoan born but Australian based Leapai scored impressive wins over Americans Travis Walker, Darnel Wilson and Owen Beck, however Johnson at 32 years looks like a dangerous opponent, having taken Vitali Klitschko the distance in a WBC title bout in 2009 in the only fight he has lost. In 2011 Johnson defeated Harold Sconiers in round one and outpointed Julius Long.
Leapai is confident he can KO Johnson when he said. “Kevin Johnson will be a tough opponent but I am confident of scoring a knockout on March 18. Vitali Klitschko could not stop Johnson, but he cannot punch like me. After Johnson I would welcome fights against Robert Helenius and Tyson Fury in there hometowns if they will risk being KO’d.”
The promoter is Noel Thornberry who is the manager of Leapai. Thornberry guided another Samoan – Masilino Masoe to the WBA middleweight crown.
By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside
Photos: Robert Hughes
Paulie Ayala Productions, led by former world champion Paulie Ayala, took a major step last night in bringing back boxing to Fort Worth in a big way. Moving into the spacious 10,000 plus seat arena at the Fort Worth Convention Center Arena, Paulie Ayala and team hopes this will be the start of something big by bringing in top bands to perform and better known fighters to bring in a diverse audience and full night of entertainment starting with last nights first of the series – Gloves & Guitars.
The first Gloves & Guitars kicked off with a local flavor of boxing and music headlined by Fort Worth’s own Miguel Buendia (7-1-1, 4KO) against the always tough Angel Rodriguez (5-7-3, 4KOs) in a lightweight tussle followed by a live performance by the nationally recognized, Tejas Brothers, also from Fort Worth. Buendia also took a major step on this night fighting as the main event for the first time in an eight rounder against Rodriguez. Rodriguez however did not make the trip four hours up highway 45 from Houston to be anyone’s opponent. In what was definitely the fight of the night, Buendia barely escaped with a majority draw with the scores 78-74 for Rodriguez and 76-76 on the other two judge’s scorecards, much to the dismay of those in attendance. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale talks to Fightnews about March 7 IBF title bout against Osumanu Adama in Hobart, Queensland, Australia. Geale talks about his preparation, sparring partners and offers to fight WBA champion Felix Sturm and WBO champion Dimitry Pirog.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Graham Shaw who trains IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale, talks to Fightnews about Geale’s upcoming bout against Osumanu Adama on March 7 at the Derwent Entertainment Centre in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.
Carl Frampton sent out a chilling warning to his rivals with a stunning seventh round knockout of Kris Hughes as he defended his Commonwealth Super Bantamweight title on Saturday at York Hall, Bethnal Green. In the build up to the fight, much of the focus was on a potential fight with British champion Scott Quigg, but Frampton proved his focus was true as he put together a punch-perfect performance that culminated in a violent right hook at the start of the seventh round that ended the fight. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A source at Golden Boy Promotions has informed of the possibility of a mega event with three world championship fights in Mexico on April 21. Headlining could be IBF bantamweight world champion Abner Mares against former world champion Eric Morel. Another possible fight pits three-time world champion Humberto Soto against either Lucas Matthysse or WBA super lightweight interim beltholder Johan Perez. WBA bantamweight super world champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno and former world champion Jorge Linares are other fighters who could land on the card.
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Saturday night at the First District Plaza, Percy Custis of Shuler’s Gym Promotions had to work hard to put together a night of boxing and entertainment for the more than 400+ in attendance. Several fights fell out, forcing Percy to scramble to complete the card at the last minute. The originally proposed main event featuring veteran heavyweights Gerald Nobles and Marlon Hayes had to be scratched, forcing Percy to move 53-fight veteran super middleweight Dhafir “No Fear” Smith against young upstart Quinton “The Renegade” Rankin, who entered the ring with a record of 4-1, 3 KOs. Though the fight looked good on paper, it was a sloppy affair with Dhafir Smith 25-22-7, 4 KOs taking a hard earned six round unanimous decision victory over the slick counter-punching southpaw. (more…)
By Tim Hobscheid, Fightnews
In the main event, Rashad Evans earned a decisive victory over Phil Davis. Davis was aggressive throughout the fight, pushing forward and throwing a lot of punches, but Evans was true to his name. “Suga” was smooth on his feet and always a step ahead of the young Penn State wrestler. Throughout the build-up to this fight, Davis cited his wrestling pedigree and vowed that he would have the upper hand when the fight hit the ground.
Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. Evans used a great sprawl to stay away from Davis’ shots and was able to use an improved transitional jiu-jitsu game to secure positioning. On three occasions, Evans was able to position Davis in a crucifix and work strikes to his head, but the finish proved elusive to Evans. That seemed to be the theme of the evening for Rashad Evans. He was always in control, but was never aggressive enough to pull out a stoppage. (more…)
By David Finger
In a tougher than expected brawl, WBC and WBO ranked heavyweight contender Chauncy Welliver continued his climb up the world rankings in title defense Saturday for the New Zealand National Boxing Federation (NZNBF) heavyweight title, the WBC Asian Boxing Council heavyweight title and the WBO Asia Pacific heavyweight title in Auckland, New Zealand. Welliver won the fight with a dominant 10th round TKO over Ghana’s Moyoyo Mensah, but the African proved more than willing to brawl with the bigger man in the early rounds. Although Welliver admitted that the fight was “difficult” in the first half for the fight, his size and power began to wear the smaller man down, prompting Mensah to surrender in the tenth round. The fight, which goes down as a tenth round TKO for Welliver, puts him closer to a world title fight in 2012, and exciting development not only for American fight fans in the Pacific Northwest, but also boxing fans in New Zealand, where the popular American has made his second home. (more…)
When government funding ceased three years ago for the New York City Police Athletic League (“PAL”) Cops & Kids Boxing program, The Dr. Theodore A. Atlas Foundation absorbed operational costs, expanded its reach into education, and today it is making life-changing differences for hundreds of inner-city youths between the ages of 10 and 21.
Certified by USA Boxing, the Atlas Cops & Kids Boxing Program has been a knockout of a success, providing a safe place for city kids to go after school. Members not only learn how to box, some developing into team members for competitive tournaments like the famed Daily News Golden Gloves, but also build camaraderie, discipline, self-esteem and character. (more…)
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