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By Przemek Garczarczyk from Newark, NJ
Photos: Wojtek Kubik
With his typical sense of humor, Kevin McBride (35-8, 29 KO) was ready before we even reached “The Last Big Challenge” press conference site, Brick City Grill in Newark, just across Prudential Center, where this Saturday he will fight Poland’s Tomasz Adamek (43-1, 28 KO). I’m 375 pounds, and can’t walk more than 50 yards without being exhausted,” said the “Clones Colossus,” laughing at the reports that he will not be a formidable opponent for heavily favored Adamek. “Góral” was also in the great mood, laughing with reporters and presenting his hand speed, but when it come to talking about Saturday he was himself again – dead serious. (more…)
WBC supervisor Mauricio Sulaiman made such an excellent opening speech that he emotionally moved the audience in attendance at the press conference of a forthcoming WBC world title tripleheader on Wednesday in Kobe, Japan. “Two years ago Mexico suffered a terrible influenza named H1N1, but there took place the WBC super-bantam title bout between Toshiaki Nishioka and Jhonny Gonzalez, as scheduled, which proudly showed to all over the world that Mexico was OK. We then really appreciated Nishioka’s coming to Mexico under such a condition with his manager/promoter Mr. Honda’s resolution, and now it’s time for us and for the WBC to respond to the previous gratitude by whole-heartedly supporting this event after the unfortunate and sorrowful disaster of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The WBC believes that the WBC tripleheader will successfully prove that Japan is all right. It will certainly encourage Japan and its people.” (more…)
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Photo: Michael Katsidis was one of eight fighters giving media a sneak-peek during a workout today at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Katsidis’ opponent, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, main eventers Erik Morales and Marcos Maidana, Paulie Malignaggi, Jose Miguel Cotto, James Kirkland and Nobuhiro Ishida also provided workouts to hype Saturday night’s “Action Heroes” card promoted by Golden Boy and televised on HBO PPV. Stay tuned for a full photo gallery later today.
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Unbeaten WBC middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik of Germany and #1 contender Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. pose during a press conference, Wednesday at Staples Center in Los Angeles for their upcoming WBC world middleweight title fight. Zbik vs. Chavez Jr. is promoted by Top Rank in association with Zanfer Promotions and Universum Media Network and will take place on Saturday, June 4 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and be televised on HBO. Click here for more photos…
Photos: PR Best Boxing Promotions/José Pérez
Unbeaten Luis “El Artesano” Cruz showed his confidence this afternoon before his upcoming clash against former WBO junior lightweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez next April 16th in the Ultimate Rivalry show, starred by WBO featherweight Champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez versus former champion Orlando Salido at the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon in a Top Rank presentation, in association with PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) to be televised on SHOWTIME. Cruz (17-0, 14 KOs) will face Martinez (24-1-1, 15 KOs) in a 12 round bout qualifying for the WBO junior lightweight title, held by Scotland Ricky Burns. “I’m very confident because of the training camp we have. I’ve been training since December for Roman Martinez and I’m ready,” Cruz said, before he started training with trainer Freddie Trinidad in the Caimito Gym. Cruz worked today in floor exercises, shadows, sparred with his trainer and hit the punching bag. For more details and photos click here…
WBO Jr. Featherweight Champion Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. will have his 30 day weigh-in and a public workout tomorrow (April 7) at the Miguel J. Frau Gym, adjacent to the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. The weigh-in will be at noon followed by the workout in preparation for his upcoming mandatory title defense against former three-time world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce to be held May 7 at the MGM in Las Vegas. Currently visiting Vazquez’ training camp is his promoter Tuto Zabala, Jr of All Star Boxing, Inc., who joked “Mr. Arum visited Pac Land in the Philippines a couple of weeks ago to check out Manny and now I’m visiting WV2 Land in Bayamon to check out Jr.” The bout is part of the undercard of Paquiao-Mosley promoted by Top Rank.
Five days before the WBO world championship clash between Robert Stieglitz and Khoren Gevor, the Gevor team has asked for a new set of judges “We don’t want anyone to assume anything,” said manager Peter Schulze, “but I think in the interest of fair and honest sport, the same judges shouldn’t always be assigned every time Robert Stieglitz steps into the ring. The judges proposed for Saturday are almost identical to Robert’s last fight. The WBO should pay better attention that different personnel is used. This is ultimately about the credibility of the organization and the sport itself. We’re assuming no evil intentions, but we’re addressing the issue now – in advance of the fight – so it isn’t discussed after the fight, if there should be a close decision.”
Gevor has his own opinion on the judges issue: “The best thing, of course, is if I knock Stieglitz out, then there’ll be no discussion. I also assume that I would win a clear unanimous decision, but such things can’t always be counted on. Unfortunately I’ve had quite a few bad experiences with judges, that’s why we’re so attentive to this point.”
With a famous given name and a bold self-proclaimed moniker, Willie “The Great” Nelson (16-0-1, 10 KOs) answers the age old question, “What’s in a name,” just days before his eight-round welterweight fight against Vincent Arroyo (10-1, 7 KOs) on ShoBox: The New Generation, Friday, April 8, in the first of three fights on an exciting tripleheader LIVE on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). (more…)
UPDATE: According to Andy Foster, Executive Director of the Georgia Athletic & Entertainment Commision), the fight is canceled, not postponed, and organizers of the event will not receive his recommendation for another permit – Jose E. Santiago
The Hector Camacho, Jr vs. Saul Duran fight scheduled for Friday has been postponed. The Georgia Boxing Commission ruled that both fighters must first have a complete new medical examination because of Saul Duran’s age (38) and Hector Camacho, Jr.’s total number of fights (59). “By this show being postponed all tickets will still be honored and exchanged for the new date of Friday, May 27th,” said the Atlanta Boxing Association President Waymon Harley.
Junior is hoping to avenge the upset loss of his father to Duran last year. The rescheduled event will take place at The Palladium Arena in Norcross,Ga 30093 off of I-85 and at Jimmy Carter Blvd exit at 6100 Live Oak Dr.
Photos by Eroll Popova
Prior to the upcoming WBO super middleweight world title fight this Saturday in Magdeburg both world champion Robert Stieglitz and his challenger Khoren Gevor, had their encounter in the Wild West town “Pullman City” in Hasselfelde, near Magdeburg.
For the production of a promotional trailer both fighters were dressed up in original cowboy costumes and they were filmed while playing the best of scenes of “High Noon”. Their weapons were obviously exchanged by boxing gloves.
The very confident world champion Robert Stieglitz said before his fourth title defense: “I will clearly defeat Khoren Gevor, this will be his last shot and the last chance for a world title.”
Khoren Gevor, who will have his fourth fight for a world title belt, was also very self-confident: “I can treat Robert with some sleeping pills for the next days. He will need them!”
Sitting in his cell watching time go by, Gabriel “Tito” Bracero couldn’t wait to get back to boxing. He spent so many lonely nights dreaming of a chance at the big time. On Friday, the dream will come true. “I got sidetracked and got in trouble. I went on a little vacation,” admits the likeable Bracero. “But now I’m a momma’s boy. I’m here next to my mom right now.” Since returning in 2009 after an eight-year absence, 30-year-old Bracero (14-0, 1 KO) has made the most of his time, fighting on DiBella Entertainment’s “Broadway Boxing” series and winning nine consecutive fights.
Bracero will look to make a major move toward a world title shot when he faces the also undefeated Danny O’Connor in an eight-round junior welterweight showdown to kick off the fantastic April 8 ShoBox: The New Generation Triple Header entitled “Rumble on the Rio” from the Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas (broadcast starts at 11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West coast). (more…)
Shane Mosley visits the New York Knicks and Amar’e Stoudemire. A bonus video from FIGHT CAMP 360°: Pacquiao vs. Mosley.
Heavyweight contender Odlanier Solis is still at “St. Wolfgang Hospital” in Bad Griesbach (Germany) waiting for his next knee surgery after suffering a bad knee injury in the WBC heavyweight champioship bout against Vitali Klitschko on March 19th. In a first surgery the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee had been replaced and his meniscus had been sewed. On April 15th the articular cartilage damage will be fixed. (more…)
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Unbeaten WBC Middleweight Champion Sebastian Zbik of Germany has hit Los Angeles for his big press conference Wednesday at Staples Center. Zbik takes on #1 contender Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Culiacan,Mexico on Saturday, June 4 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on HBO. Zbik vs Chavez Jr. is promoted by Top Rank in association with Zanfer Promotions and Universum Media Network.
By Brett Bonetti
IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green (31 wins/3 losses) will put his world title on the line when he steps onto the canvas to face former light-heavyweight world champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (28 wins/6 loses) at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on Wednesday, July 20. Green is returning to the boxing ring after he had an operation to remove his appendix and a large abscess the size of a softball after suffering severe stomach cramps whilst holidaying down south with family over Christmas and the New Year period that threatened to end his career, however the 38 year-old West Australian declared he is fighting fit and ready for the biggest challenge of his career.
“This has been a long process, but I’m elated today to announce that Green Machine Promotions is bringing another big name in world boxing to our shores for what is certain to be the biggest boxing event of the year” Green said at today’s press conference. (more…)
By Craig Watt
On April 13th at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Queensland, Australia WBA#9 Middleweight Garth Wood (10-1-1, 6KO’s) meets Anthony Mundine (40-4, 24KO’s) in a highly anticipated rematch over ten rounds. The 32 year old Wood shocked the Australian boxing public when he knocked out the former two time WBA 168 pound and IBO 160 pound champion Mundine in the fifth round in December 2010. The first fight was the contracted prize for Wood after winning the popular Australian “Contender” Series and he took the opportunity with a stunning left hook that knocked out Mundine.
Wood spoke to Fightnews from his camp about his preparation and his anger about Mundine’s excuses about why he lost in their first fight. (more…)
Rafael Soto, Top Rank’s Mexican-based photographer, earned top honors in the Boxing Writers Association of America’s 2010 photo contest, taking a first place in the feature category and second in the action category.
Slideshow by Chris Cozzone of today’s grand arrivals in Las Vegas featuring “Action Heroes” Michael Katsidis, Robert Guerrero, Jose Miguel Cotto, Erik Morales, Marcos Maidana, James Kirkland and Paulie Malignaggi . . . Click here for more
By Ricardo Conde
Photo: Espinoza Boxing Club
Hard hitting junior welterweight Antonio Orozco (9-0, 6 KOs) of San Diego, California by way of Mexico will step back into the ring on Thursday, April 21st against Hensley ‘The Bruiser’ Strachan (5-8-1, 1 KO) of the Bahamas at the Hangar at the Orange County Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa, California, in the next edition of ‘Fight Club OC’ which is being presented by Roy Englebrecht Promotions. Also, in action that night will be welterweight Hugo ‘The Boss’ Centeno (6-0, 6 KOs) of Oxnard, CA taking on Jiovanni Rubio (7-14, 4 KOs) of Santa Rosa, California and welterweight Holly ‘Lil Bear’ Lawson (0-1) of Los Angeles, California against Adriana Leal (0-0) of Coachella, California, as Leal makes her professional debut, as well as many others. (more…)
By Phil Doherty
Photo: Sam Cohen
Miami-based Dream Team Boxing officially added a “Mercedes” to its formidable fleet of fighters today with the acquisition of Cuban heavyweight Luis “El Mercedes” Ortiz (7-0, 5 KOs). Dream Team Boxing promoter Henry Rivalta proudly announced the signing this afternoon in association with Dade Promotions, stating: “We are extremely excited to sign El Mercedes. I want to say to all the top boxing networks seeking the next heavyweight sensation, look no further because this is your guy.” For more details and photos click here…
After a 10 round majority decision loss to Edgar Santana three years ago, Josesito Lopez stepped away from boxing and analyzed his future in the sport. After a lot of soul searching, he decided to give boxing another go. Based on his recent success, especially in his last fight, he is glad he stuck to boxing. Riding a seven-fight winning streak and becoming a legitimate contender in the process, Lopez returns to the ring on May 27th against once-beaten Steve Chambers in Reno, NV, promoter Dan Goossen told Fightnews.com on Monday afternoon. The bout will headline an ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” card. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos: Tim Barry
Former IBF, WBC, WBA super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan (35-3-1, 27 KOs) has predicted he will score a knockout over former IBF bantamweight champion Yonnhy Perez (20-1-1, 14 KOs) when the clash over twelve rounds at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, California with the IBO bantamweight title up for grabs on April 23 on the SHOWTIME bantamweight special that will also feature current IBF bantamweight champion Joseph Agbeko vs. Abner Mares. Darchinyan is confident the fight will not go the distance. Darchinyan talked to Fightnews and said, “Training has gone very good and I am sure I will KO Perez when we fight.” Darchinyan continued, “I do not want to leave it to the judges. I have been doing two thousand push ups every day and have never been stronger.” Darchinyan dropped a disputed split decision to Abner Mares in December 2010.
By Bob Caico
Don Juan Fighting Promotions will hold their inaugural professional boxing event on April 22nd in Hamburg, NY, a Buffalo suburb. Promoter Juan Santiago in association with the Hamburg Casino at the Fairgrounds will present “Unfinished Business” featuring Buffalo lightweight prospect Guillermo “The Vampire” Sanchez (12-2-1) against Carlos Claudio (10-6-3) for the vacant WBC Youth lightweight title. Sanchez and Claudio battled a year ago and the bout was stopped by a cut resulting in a draw. Also scheduled is an eight-round contest with Niagara Falls hopeful Nick Casal (20-4-1) who is looking to get his once promising career back on track. Former five-time NYS Golden Glove champion Lionell Thompson (5-0) of Buffalo is scheduled for a six-round light heavyweight bout. Amanda Serrano and Ella Nunez will battle for the third time in their careers in a six rounder, Serrano holds the edge with a win and a draw. Heavyweight Excell Holmes (1-0-1) and lightweight Jordan Gaines (debut) round out the card.
Tickets are priced at $65, $45 and $25 and can be purchased at Tickets.com or the Fairgrounds Event Center.
By Scott Ploof
The Paxton Promotions fight card previously scheduled for April 9th and headlined by Worcester’s own former three-time world champion, Jose Antonio Rivera (39-6, 24 KOs) has been postponed and rescheduled for Friday night May 20th at the Worcester Palladium in downtown Worcester, MA. Tickets purchased for the April 9th show will be honored on Friday May 20th or can be refunded if you cannot make the show May 20th. Limited seats are still available and can be purchased at the Worcester Palladium box office, any FYE store, or at tickets.com More information still to come!
Former world title challenger, Deandre “Bull” Latimore returns to battle on Saturday, April 16th in an eight round junior middleweight bout against Bayonne, New Jersey’s Dennis Sharpe at the Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, it was announced today by Steve Smith, President of St. Louis’ Rumble Time Promotions. “Deandre’s ready for a huge 2011. He wants another title shot and is willing to march through any of the other 154 pound contenders to get it” said Steve Smith. “We’ve been talking to Lara’s people for a long time. James Kirkland, Alfredo Angulo, Vanes Martirosyan, we’re ready for any of them. All these so-called killers, they just need to put up or shut up. Deandre is the most avoided fighter in boxing. He’s in the best shape of his career with a world class team of trainers and promoters behind him.” (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
IBF bantamweight champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko participated in a media workout today at John’s Boxing Gym in the Bronx, N.Y. as he prepares for Abner Mares in the eagerly anticipated final of The Bantamweight Tournament: Winner Takes All on Saturday, April 23 LIVE on SHOWTIME (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles.
In the must-win co-feature, former Two-Division World Champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan (35-3-1, 27 KOs), of Sydney, Australia, by way of Vanadzok, Armenia, and former IBF Bantamweight World Champion Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez (20-1-1, 14 KOs), of Santa Fe Springs, Calif., by way of Cartagena, Colombia, will square off in the tournament consolation bout. For more details and photos click here…
Photo: Fighters on Saturday night’s “Action Heroes” card promoted by Golden Boy and televised on HBO PPV, made their grand arrivals today at the MGM in Las Vegas. From left to right: Paulie Malignaggi, James Kirkland, Robert Guerrero, Erik Morales, Marcos Maidana, Michael Katsidis and Jose Miguel Cotto. Look for more photos later today.
By Ron Jackson
Photo: Jeff Ellis
Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions has announced the four fights involving only South African fighters, in what could be one of the best ever tournaments staged in South African in recent years. The tournament takes place at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park on Saturday, June 4. In the main event IBO Youth heavyweight champion Flo Simba (10-0, 9 KOs) meets former IBF heavyweight champion Francois Botha (47-5-3, 29 KOs). Berman reckons this is the biggest fight to be held on South African soil since Hasim Rahman knocked out Lennox Lewis in the fifth round in Brakpan on April 22, 2001. (more…)
Undefeated welterweight prospect Willie Nelson will ride deep into the heart of Texas this week for his network debut against New York City’s Vincent Arroyo on Friday night, April 8th. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Nelson, 15-0-1 (6KO’s) will face Arroyo at the Energy Center Arena in Laredo, Texas in an eight round battle as part of a Showtime’s acclaimed ShoBox “The New Generation” boxing series. Start time for the broadcast is 11pm ET/PT. (more…)
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