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New England light heavyweight champion Joe Gardner (7-1-1, 1 KO) will defend his title against “Irish” Joey McCreedy (11-5-2, 6 KOs) on March 16th in the eight-round main event at the Royale in downtown Boston (formerly known as The Roxy). The six-round co-feature is a rubber match between welterweight Sean Eklund (8-4, 1 KO) – the nephew of Micky Ward and Dicky Eklund, the inspirations behind the Academy Award-winning film, “The Fighter” – and Eddie Soto (12-2, 4 KOs). The two originally fought in February of 2009 with Soto winning a disputed split decision before Eklund won the rematch this past March with a unanimous-decision. The card is promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Sebastian Andrzejczyk/Ringpolska
Reigning WBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Włodarczyk (44-2, 31 KOs) guarantees a win in his April 2 (Bydgoszcz, Poland) mandatory title defense against undefeated Puerto Rican Francisco “Wizard” Palacios (20-0, 13 KOs). “I know that Palacios can hit hard, winning lots of his fights by KO,” he said. “He’s also very difficult to fight, because of his somewhat unconventional style. But I can guarantee that the cruiserweight title and the WBC belt will stay in Poland.” (more…)
By Pasi Taavitsainen at the scale
Amin Asikainen 167.3 vs. Piotr Wilczewski 167.7
(European super middleweight championship)
Juho Haapoja 198.4 vs. Mantas Tarvydas 197.5
Denis Shafikov 143.7 vs. Nugzar Margvelashvili 139.1
Edis Tatli 137.1 vs. Stuart Green 138
Andreas Evensen 130.7 vs. Jordan Vasilev 127.6
Eva Wahlström 130.7 vs. Kristine Shergold 130.7
Jussi Koivula 146.3 vs. Konstansins Sakara 147
Venue: Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland
Promoter: P3 Boxing
Referee Pete Podgorski, of Chicago, will be the third man in the ring when IBF Super Middleweight Champion Lucian Bute defends his title against Brian Magee, March 19th at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Quebec judges Pasquale Procopio and Benoit Roussel will be joined ringside by Englishman Mickey Vann to deliver a decision should the fight go to the scorecards, while the IBF supervisor at ringside will be Hiawatha Knight.
The main event has changed for the Hitz Boxing Fight Night event on Saturday, April 9, at the Venue in the Horseshoe Casino, in Hammond, Indiana. Undefeated Ghanaian knockout artist Abdulai Amidu (19-0, 17 KOs) will now face Brandon “The Business” Baue (12-5, 10 KOs) for the WBC Continental Americas Junior Middleweight Title. Amidu was originally slated to face Carlos Molina (17-4, 5 KOs).
The night’s undercard is packed with up-and-coming young contenders, mostly from the Chicago area. Scheduled to appear are: Hammond’s own Ruben “Modern Day Warrior” Galvan (27-15-4, 10 KOs) in a welterweight match-up; Abdulai Amidu’s brother Yakubu “Black Mamba” Amidu (19-2-1, 16 KOs); Chicago middleweight Mike Kurzeja (4-0, 4 KOs); Chicago super middleweight Ninos Abraham (5-0, 2 KOs); Chicago heavyweight Dave Latoria (7-0, 3 KOs); Chicago junior lightweight Paulie Settepani making his pro debut; and Chicago light welterweight Russell Fiore (4-0-1, 4 KOs) in separate bouts.
Every morning, before he scraps with the renowned Jackson’s MMA team in Albuquerque, Diego Sanchez goes back in time . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi. UFC.com
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Looks like former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (36-2, 32 KOs) will return against unbeaten, but unknown Texan Alfonso Lopez (21-0, 16 KOs) on the undercard of the May 7 Pacquiao-Mosley PPV clash in Las Vegas. Pavlik’s trainer Jack Lowe confirmed to the Youngstown Vindicator that Kelly’s handlers have approved Lopez to be his first foe since losing his title to Sergio Martinez 11 months ago. In the interim, Pavlik spent some time in rehab to deal with a drinking problem, but he’s now rearing to go.
Hall of Fame promoters Bob Arum and Don King recently had dinner together at “Morton’s The Steakhouse” in Ft Lauderdale, Florida. Listening to these two giants of the fight game (and legendary rivals) talk business and reminisce for the better part of two hours was pure gold. Here’s a short video clip that captured a few moments of the magic on that warm winter night.
Undefeated WBC number one cruiserweight contender, Francisco ‘The Wizard’ Palacios ( 20-0,13KO’s ) weighed exactly 210 pounds during the 30 day pre-weigh ceremony for his upcoming fight against current WBC champion, Krzysztof ‘Diablo’ Wlodarczyk ( 44-2, 32 KO’s ) on April 2, 2011 in Bydgoszcz, Poland. “I have to thank God for giving me the strength and health for being here today. We are gonna do our thing in Poland, and bring back that green belt to Puerto Rico, were it belongs” stated a confident Palacios who is trained by Josué Aguilar and Gil Maldonado. The last Puerto Rican to hold a world WBC title was Félix ‘Tito’ Trinidad in 1999 by defeating Oscar de la Hoya in Las Vegas. Francisco Palacios is part of the ‘Don King Productions’ stable.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The Puerto Rico Professional Boxing Commission of Puerto Rico along with WBA Gilberto Mendoza recognized the best of 2010 in the town of Santurce, Puerto Rico. One of the highlights was an emotional Mendoza presenting at a time with much emotion, presented super featherweight champion Samuel Serrano to replace one he had lost. The committee recognized Juan Manuel Lopez as the fighter of the year award for the third time. The best fight of the year was Ivan Calderon vs. Giovanni Segura. Luis Pabon was named referee of 2010. (more…)
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
Yesterday Saul Alvarez had center stage, today was European welterwight champion Matthew Hatton’s turn to show his stuff to the press. Hatton, along with brother Ricky Hatton and promoter Oscar de la Hoya were on hand Wednesday at the Wild Card Gym. Also in attendance were undefeated prospect Adrien Broner and middleweight contender Daniel Jacobs. More photos…
Zab “Super” Judah and Kaizer Mabuza faced off today in advance of their IBF junior welterweight title clash on Saturday night at the Prudential Center’s AmeriHealth Pavilion in Newark, NJ.
Zab Judah: “Pernell has been a great influence. I think we are going to Def Comedy Jam after this! Not only has Pernell Whitaker brought great skills to me, but he tweaked my whole world. He also brought humor, entertainment and kept the camp happy. He brought a lot of excitement, joy and fun. We had a great training camp in Las Vegas. We trained very, very hard for this fight. He came in for a six weeks of training camp, but I’d been training myself long before that. I kind of skipped Christmas and New Years and focused on Kaizer Mabuza. I kept my mind focused on the plan. I mean, I’m ready.” (more…)
45-year-old former heavyweight title challenger Bert Cooper (38-22, 31 KOs) won a split decision over 362-pound Gabe Brown (18-14-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday at Club Europe in Atlanta, Georgia. Cooper, who lost a title shot against Evander Holyfield in 1991, won by scores of 57-56, 58-54 on two cards, while Brown prevailed 57-56 on the third card. Copper returned last year after an eight year retirement and is now 2-0 in his comeback.
In the main event, heavyweight Travis Walker (35-6-1, 28 KOs) took an eight round unanimous decision over cruiserweight title challenger Darnell “The Ding-a-ling Man” Wilson (23-11-3, 20 KOs) by scores of 79-72, 76-75, 78-75.
Also, local jr middleweight favorite Xavier Tolliver (23-6, 16 KOs) topped Timothy Hall (5-10, 4 KOs) over six by scores of 60-54 (twice) and 59-55.
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KOs) and WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (25-1, 23 KOs) have reached a preliminary agreement for a unification clash on July 2. The fight will take place in England or Germany. Wladimir spoke Fightnews.com about the news in Kiev, Ukraine during a master-class for talented children participating in the “Sports Ukraine Build Together” program.
“We have never so far not entered into negotiations with the team of Haye. David for several years has connected his name with Klitschko. This is what he gets. He is an excellent promoter, but in the ring you’ll see what kind of fighter he is. The contract is not signed yet, but we already have something important – a preliminary agreement on July 2. By the end of 2011, all the titles in the heavyweight divison will be mine and Vitali’s. The fight will be in Europe. We are both Europeans and I think that there will be more interest in the Klitschko-Haye in Europe than in the U.S.A. We will divide the money fifty-fifty.”
On April 30th, Wladimir Klitschko will defend against Dereck Chisora (14-0, 9 KOs) in Mannheim, Germany at the SAP-Arena.
Official weigh-in results for Thursday’s UFC on VERSUS: Sanchez vs. Kampmann event, headlined by the welterweight bout between Diego Sanchez and Martin Kampmann, and the middleweight showdown between Mark Munoz and CB Dollaway. UFC: Sanchez vs. Kampmann will air live on VERSUS from the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky, beginning at 9pm ET / 6pm PT.
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Martin Kampmann 171 vs. Diego Sanchez 171
Mark Munoz 186 vs. CB Dollaway 185
Chris Weidman 186 vs. Alessio Sakara 186
Damacio Page 136 vs. Brian Bowles 135
Cyrille Diabate 205 vs. Steve Cantwell 206
Danny Castillo 155 vs. Joe Stevenson 155
Shane Roller 156 vs. Thiago Tavares 156
Reuben Duran 136 vs. VS Takeya Mizugaki 136
Dongi Yang 186 vs. Rob Kimmons 185
David Branch 186 vs. Rousimar Palhares 186
Todd Brown 205 vs. Igor Pokrajac 204
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By Mariano A. Agmi
On facing Sergei Dzinziruk: “I don’t want easy fights – this year I want to be recognized as the best fighter pound for pound and since Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao won’t face me, Sergei Dzinziruk is the best challenge for me right now. Dzinziruk is a gifted technical fighter. He’s an intelligent counterpuncher, so I know he will come to box intelligently and wait for me to make a mistake.”
“Dzinziruk is a great fighter that the public does not know. Unfortunately, the public will not see the best Dzinziruk on March 12 because I’m coming to win in the best manner, which is by knockout. I think I’ll dictate the pace of this fight because I’m the champion and also the better fighter. I’m punching so hard in training camp that I think it’s likely I’ll win by knockout.”
On Dzinziruk saying that there is nothing special about Martinez: “I’m surprised he said that, I think I have something [special]. I hope that he’s overconfident, because if he is, he’ll be surprised on March 12th. This training camp has probably been the best and hardest of my career. I’m sparring with both current and former world champions, one of which is former two time world champion Daniel Santos.”
On his difficulty in finding opponents: “It’s a shame that it’s so hard for me to find opponents in my weight class, although I take it as a compliment because it is a result of how well I’ve performed in the ring. If Miguel Cotto and I both win on March 12, I think a fight with Cotto would be great for us, for the fans, and for boxing later this year.”
By Pasi Taavitsainen
Super middleweight contenders Amin Asikainen and Piotr Wilczewski face off at the final press conference for Friday’s European title clash at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland.
Photos: José Pérez / PR Best
Although a month away from his rematch against WBO junior flyweight champion Giovani Segura, former champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon is training hard and weighed in at 116.5 pounds today during a 30 day pre weigh in by the Puerto Rico Boxing Commission. Calderón (34-1-1, 6 KOs) and Segura (26-1-1, 22 KOs) will fight next April 2 at the Estadio 20 de Noviembre in Campeche, Mexico, in a rematch of their first bout on August 28, 2010, a bout that won Segura by TKO, but a fight that was a candidate for the Fight of the Year award. During the pre weigh in Calderon had a maximum of 124.2 pound limit, but the former 105 and 108 pounds champion weighed in 116.5
“I’m always near my weight for the fights, but I’m training too hard for Segura and working in some new and old things. I’m working now for more strength for Segura and his weight on the bout,” Calderon said from the Wilfredo Gomez Arena Gym in Guaynabo. more photos
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Rising Slovakian boxing star, light heavyweight Tamas Kovacs (19-0, 13 KOs) won the WBO European title last Friday night at The City Hall in Nitra, Slovakia. The undefeated local hero overcame two knockdowns to outscore Ugandan contender Hamza Wandera (12-2-2, 11 KOs) in a dramatic fashion over twelve entertaining and strong rounds of boxing. (more…)
Former WBO world title challenger and current NABA-US Champion, Michael “Cold Blood” Clark (40-5-1) returns to the ring tomorrow at the annual Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio. Undefeated in his last six, Clark will face Brian “The Golden Greek” Camechis (19-3) in the main event for the vacant Ohio State Welterweight Title. Beginning at 7PM, the undercard will feature locals Russ Niggemyer (2-0), Mondo Ancona (1-0), Kyle Patrick (5-4-1) and Ronald Green (1-2) in separate bouts. For tickets, call (614) 273-9075.
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: Carlos Delgado – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
Hot Mexican prospect Saul “Canelo” Alvarez continues to receive the unconditional support of the Hispanic audience and certainly looks like the new face of Mexican boxing. Alvarez’ workout at the Westside Boxing Gym in Los Angeles was a madhouse as everyone wanted to catch a glimpse of “Canelo.” Among them was former world champion Ricky Hatton, whose brother Matthew faces Alvarez Saturday for the WBC super welterweight crown. (more…)
Former WBC super middleweight champion Robin Reid came through his first fight in over three years on Saturday night to continue his preparation for Prizefighter Super-Middleweights II at Liverpool’s Olympia on Wednesday 23 March. The 40 year-old claimed a points decision against Jamie Ambler at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton, with the ‘Grim Reaper’ tasting action for the first time since losing a British title fight against Carl Froch in November 2007.
Reid was heavily linked with a spot in the line-up of the last event – the Light-Heavyweights II in February – and after conversations with Matchroom Sport’s managing director Eddie Hearn, he decided that he wanted to get back into action when the 17th edition of the eight-man, one-night tournaments is staged at the Liverpool Olympia. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Johnny Muller retained his South African light heavyweight title on a ninth round technical knockout when Roedolf Venter injured his knee in the ninth round and was unable to continue, at Emperors Palce near Kempton Park on Tuesday night.
In an exciting toe-to-toe encounter Venter (79.34kg) twisted his knee as he turned away from a right hand thrown by Muller (78.82kg) in the ninth round and went down in agony in the neutral corner. He was unable to continue as referee David van Nieuwenhuizen waved the fight off at 2:36 into the round. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Tim Barry
Former WBA light heavyweight champion Danny Green is contemplating retirement as he battles to recapture full fitness following recent surgery to remove his appendix. Green was operated on in January to remove a large absess from his appendix. “I’ve just got to wait and see how my body holds up,” Green said.”The desire to fight is there but I really don’t know whether I’ll be able to. The doctors have left it up to me. They’ve advised me to just see how I feel and really the ball’s in my court. If I can go on I’d like to, if I can’t, well then I’m a realist. I realize that it wouldn’t be easy to just walk away from it but I’ll have to do what my body’s telling me to do. I’m not going to make any stupid decisions. I’ve been doing a little bit of work in the gym but I honestly don’t know the immediate future of my boxing career …”
Green’s last fight was on November 17, when he defeated American BJ Flores in a hard-fought unanimous points win in Perth. Green currently holds IBO cruiserweight title.
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Undefeated WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez (30-0, 27 KOs), confirmed that 2011 will be his last year at 126 pounds and he will be headed up to the junior lightweight division in 2012. “We have two fights at 126, Orlando Salido and a rematch with Rafael Marquez,” stated Juanma. “I hope to go to 130 pounds for 2012.” He added that he expects to make stops in the 135lb and 140lb divisions, as well. A bout with Yuriorkis Gamboa could come late this year or in 2012, but Gamboa must first face the dangerous Chris John.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Illinois attorney and boxing judge, Jerry Jakubco from Evanston, Illinois has been at ringside in the decision making seat for about forty years. Fightnews talks with Mr. Jakubco to ask him what he has seen, and what boxing can look forward to in the near future. Jakubco, an Illinois attorney, started judging amateur bouts in the early 1970’s he has worked professional bouts since the mid eighties. Fightnews looks for his veteran opinion as a professional boxing judge who has been around the sport for decades. (more…)
By Phil Doherty
The talent-laden Dream Team Boxing squad left Miami Tuesday morning bound for Managua, Nicaragua to participate in an upcoming 12-bout card on March 4th at Casino Pharaohs. The fights will take place as part of a tribute to legendary fallen Nicaraguan champion, Alexis “El Flaco Explosivo” Argüello (82-8, 65 KOs).
Dream Team promoter Henry Rivalta held true to his word to keep this stellar stable of fighters busy ever since last month’s inaugural press conference. That event also doubled as an occasion to sign rising welterweight talent Ed “The Lion” Paredes (26-3-1, 16 KOs).
This event is no different as the team will sign 19-year old WBO #1-ranked (#6 WBA) Nicaraguan mini-flyweight Carlos “El Chocorroncito” Buitrago (17-0, 12 KOs). Buitrago is the co-main event headliner on the card which has three regional titles at stake. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
After a short hiatus, undefeated junior welterweight Antonio Orozco (8-0, 5KOs) of San Diego, CA, returns to the ring on Friday, March 18th at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, CA, on a fight card presented by Golden Boy Promotions with Roy Englebrecht. Orozco will face southpaw Manuel Aguilar (6-1, 5KOs) of Agua Prieta, MX, for a scheduled six rounder in his first bout of the year after being out with an injury to his mid section.
“I’ve taken a couple of body shots and I feel good,” Orozco stated of the sore rib he suffered late last year during a sparring session. “I think we have put it to the test and it passed.” (more…)
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
Promoter Oscar de la Hoya poses with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Daniel Ponce De Leon on Tuesday at the Westside Boxing Gym in Los Angeles More photos…
WBO jr. middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk spoke to reporters today about his March 12 clash with middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez at the MGM Grand Arena at Foxwoods. “It’s a lifetime opportunity for me,” stated Dzinziruk. “I’m looking forward to fighting Sergio Martinez. So far, no problems with my weight, and I feel comfortable with this weight. I’m fighting big sparring partners. Yes, I’m a 154-pounder but I’m going to fight at 160 and let’s see what happens. I feel very confident with this weight.” (more…)
By Steve Pratt
World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Welterweight Champion Miguel Cotto, two-division World Champion Ricardo Mayorga and Cotto’s trainer, Emanuel Steward, participated in a national media conference call to discuss the upcoming, highly anticipated world championship event on Saturday, March 12, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, produced and distributed LIVE on SHOWTIME PPV, beginning at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT. (more…)
TThe Ultimate Fighting Championship® is giving its fans yet another opportunity to watch live fights on Facebook®. UFC® officials announced today that two highly-anticipated clashes will be featured this Thursday, March 3, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Both fights will be streamed live and free at www.facebook.com/ufc. (more…)
Story and photos by Ricardo Conde
Middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (46-2-2, 25 KOs) of Oxnard, CA, by way of Quilmes, Argentina, continues his preparations under the watchful eye of 2010’s ‘Trainer of the Year’ Gabriel Sarmiento at the World Crown Sports Training Center in Port Hueneme, CA. Sergio Martinez will step back into the ring on Saturday March 12th against undefeated junior middleweight champion Sergei Dzinziruk (37-0, 23 KOs) of Ukraine at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT which will be shown live on HBO’s ‘World Championship Boxing.’ (more…)
If you’re a parent, you didn’t envy Joe Stevenson in the aftermath of his knockout loss to Mac Danzig at UFC 124 last December. Sure, it’s easy to explain the ins and outs of the fight game to your children when things are going well, but what about when you have to let them know that despite being knocked out, you’re still okay? . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi. UFC.com
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