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The WBC Board of Governors has voted to approve placing WBC super middleweight world champion Andre Ward as “Champion in Recess” until the time that he has recovered from a broken hand and is ready to resume his career.
The Board of Governors has also accepted to sanction the fight between #1 ranked Anthony Dirrell and #3 ranked Nikola Sjekloca for the WBC super middleweight world championship.
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov, photo by K2 Promotion
Today WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (57-3, 50 KOs) held a press conference in Kiev, Ukraine to formally announce his July 7 rematch against Tony Thompson at the Stade de Suisse Stadium, Berne, Switzerland “I’ve already knocked out Thompson four years ago,” said Klitschko. “I promise to do it again. Remembering that fight with him for me it was an ordeal, Tony showed good boxing, but I was better. Four years later, I’ve gotten better.”
All boxing fans interested in the question of how long Wladimir will to stay on top heavyweight division. “I feel the strength and motivation to be in professional boxing 3-4 more years. I think I can still improve my boxing and delight my millions of fans all over Ukraine.” (more…)
With Alfonso Gomez forced to withdraw from his scheduled May 5 bout against undefeated rising star Jessie Vargas (18-0, 9 KOs) on the “Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto” pay-per-view undercard due to a back injury, the call went out for someone willing to step up and face the unbeaten rising star on short notice. Former World Champion Steve “2 Pounds” Forbes (35-10, 11 KOs) answered the call without hesitation, ready to step into the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas to face Vargas in a 10-round welterweight bout.
On May 4th, veteran Dhafir “No Fear” Smith (25-22-7, 4 KOs) has stepped in for the injured Tommy Karpency and will face Tony “Boom Boom” Ferrante (12-3, 7 KOs) for the Pennsylvania State Light Heavyweight championship at Harrahs in Chester, Pennsylvania. Smith holds a win over former IBF Super Middleweight champ Jeff Lacy. Ferrante is coming off a ten round loss to former four time world title challenger Omar Sheika in what many are hailing as one of the best fights in Pennsylvania in recent years. The show is promoted by Joey Eye Boxing.
The Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley, Jr. World Welterweight Championship pay-per-view undercard on June 9 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas will feature undefeated #1 welterweight contender Mike Jones battling two-time world champion and current #2 contender Randall Bailey For the vacant IBF welterweight title; undefeated WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux defending his title against world-rated Teon Kennedy, and multi-division world champion and Méxican icon Jorge “Travieso” Arce, in his first fight in a Las Vegas ring in more than one year, taking on Puerto Rican knockout artist Jesus Rojas in a 10-round junior featherweight fight.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Stoyan Vassev
“I would like to beat Bernard Hopkins for the championship, but it will probably not happen and I would have to fight Chad Dawson who is the favorite to win a WBC belt this Saturday. But I also know that I have to look good this Friday to prove to all fans that I belong in the light heavyweight elite,” said #2 WBC ranked light heavyweight Ismayl Sillakh (17-0, 14 KOs), who will look to prove his worth and talent against undefeated Russian Dennis Gratchev (11-0, 7 KOs) on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights from Austin, Texas. (more…)
IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute talks about invading hostile territory to fight Super Six finalist and mandatory challenger Carl Froch at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England on May 26.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
World champions Jhonny Gonzalez, Elio Rojas and Juan Carlos Salgado conducted a public workout for fans and the press on Wednesday in the center of the city of Cancun, Mexico. Before about 4,000 boxing fans all main participants showed their skills and physical condition for their fights this Saturday to be held in Cancun’s Grand Oasis Arena.
“I feel really good. I’m on the weight and now nothing but wait for the first minute of the fight. I am prepared to give a great fight and advance in search of better opponents and opportunities,” says Gonzalez. The opinions of boxing experts vary for the Rojas-Gonzalez fight, but Gonzalez’ activity in the last 2 years as opposed to Rojas who has been out with an injury. (more…)
Photo: German Villasenor/Top Rank
One of the best boxers in the world, Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez of Nicaragua, will take on Raul “Principe” Garcia of Mexico this Saturday in the main event of a boxing card presented by Top Rank and Showdown Promotions at the Pomona Fairplex in Pomona, California. Gonzalez will defend his WBA 108-pound title against the former world champion Garcia of La Paz, Baja California, Mexico.
“This is only my second fight in the United States and I want to give a good fight for the fans”, said Gonzalez, today.
Garcia, who is the brother of another former champion Raul Garcia, is looking forward to the challenge. “I know Gonzalez is a great fighter with a lot of power, but I am a good boxer and my style will give him trouble. This is a good fight for both us to show the fans what great fights the little guys can give them,” said Garcia. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Mike Gladysz / Team Adamek
“Roger Bloodworth, my trainer, arrived in New Jersey 24 hours later than planned because of airport delays but we know each other well enough, so I knew what to do in the gym,” said heavyweight Tomasz Adamek (45-2, 28 KO), who on Tuesday started his final training camp before how June 16 fight against Eddie Chambers (36-2, 18 KO) in Newark’s “Prudential Center”, televised live by NBC Sports Network.
“We decided to stay in Jersey City. I know that Eddie is from Philadelphia, has a lot of friends here, but I will advise not to play with my trainer and sneak into the gym when we will work. Roger is a nice guy, until… he’s not so nice,” said laughing “Góral.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Everything is ready for the WBA XXV KO Drugs Festival this Saturday at the Rafael Romero Bolivar Gym in Maracay, Venezuela. Venezuelan WBA super flyweight interim champion Liborio Soliss and WBA interim female featherweight beltholder and top model Ogleidis “La Niña” Suárez will be making the first defenses of their belts against Santiago Acosta and Pamela Benavidez. In addition, another model will see action in Venezuelan Alys “China” Sanchez and the prospect Ismael Sanchez Barroso. (more…)
By Andreas Hale
“When Cotto or any fighter looks at my UStream workouts, they have to say “I can’t watch this.” It will throw their focus off if they watch how hard I work. There’s no fighter that’s dedicated like I’m dedicated. I have the will to win.”
“I’m the reason why they don’t talk about heavyweights anymore.”
“I don’t worry about the (Pacquiao) fight not happening. If it was really all about Pacquiao then i wouldn’t have had to fight 42 other opponents. I’d just fight Pacquiao and become the greatest in the world. But it isn’t just about Pacquiao. It’s about everyone I’ve fought.”
“Manny Pacquiao has done a lot in the sport but he should also be standing behind me to clean up the sport.”
“I try to turn a negative into a positive. When I see my family, my team and fans support me it’s motivation. Going to jail can only make me mentally stronger. This is just an obstacle. Everyone has their good and bad days.”
This Friday night at Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, Omar Sheika battles Yusaf Mack for the USBA light heavyweight title, but before the main event, Nedal’s Boxing Promotions and Andre Kut’s KEA Boxing has put together a massive 11 bout undercard that will feature no less than seven undefeated fighters.
In the eight round co-feature, Super Middleweight, Derrick “Take it to bank” Webster (12-0, 7 KOs) of Glassboro, NJ takes on Sabou Ballagou (8-4, 3 KOs) of Paris, France. (more…)
Video: Union Boxing Promotion
WBA welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko (32-0, 21 KOs) and former IBF junior welterweight champion Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi (30-4, 6 KOs) show their skills with some padwork. Paulie also speaks to the media (translated by Michael Bash). Senchenko and Malignaggi clash Sunday at Donbass Arena in Donetsk, Ukraine. Presented by Union Boxing Promotion, the championship fight card is being distributed LIVE in the United States by Integrated Sports Media at 1:00 PM/ET – 10:00 AM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, DISH Network and Avail-TVNfor a suggested retail price of $29.95.
By Francisco Salazar
Junior lightweight contender Vicente Escobedo will fight Juan Ruiz in a 10 round bout on May 12th, Golden Boy Promotions matchmaker Eric Gomez confirmed to Fightnews.com Wednesday morning. The bout will take place at the Community Senior Center in Woodland, CA, located about 20 miles outside of Sacramento. Escobedo will return to the same venue where he knocked out Lonnie Smith in the first round of his last bout on March 3rd. Escobedo dropped Smith three times in route to getting the knockout victory at 2:20. Escobedo (25-3, 15 KOs), who was born and raised in Woodland, trains under Joel Diaz at Boys and Girls Club in the Southern California desert city of Indio. Should he come out victorious, Escobedo has been discussed as a possible opponent for junior lightweight world title belt holder Adrien Broner. That fight could possibly take place in late summer or early fall. (more…)
Video: Mary Ann Owen
Taken Tuesday at the Mayweather Gym in Las Vegas.
By Phil Doherty
If you ask most American boxing fans the names of the current top-ten heavyweights, some will mention the Klitschko brothers immediately, followed by…silence. The division’s visibility and popularity over the past decade has atrophied while other weight classes gained market share. It’s widely accepted this would all change with the emergence of an American heavyweight champion. At this point, many American fans would welcome an American challenger who could topple any of the fighters in the top-10 rankings.
One brave Florida-based fighter hopes to do just that tomorrow night in Russia. He is Jason “The Sensation” Gavern (21-9-4, 10 KO’s). Gavern tangles with the 6’8’’ Alexander Ustinov (26-0, 20 KOs) at the SportPalace in Kharkov, Ukraine on a Klitschko brothers’ K2 Promotions card for the vacant IBO InterContinental heavyweight belt. We caught up with Jason as he celebrated his 35th birthday and made final preparations for the big fight yesterday. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Antonio Margarito will fight Abel Perry in a 10 round junior middleweight bout on May 26th, manager Sergio Diaz told Fightnews.com Wednesday morning. The bout will headline a Top Rank Live card that will take place at the Casino Del Sol in Tucson, AZ. Diaz said the card will televised on Spanish-language Azteca America.
Margarito (38-8, 27 KOs) is hoping to rebound from his 10th round stoppage loss to Miguel Cotto on December 3rd at Madison Square Garden in New York City. That bout was a rematch of their July 2008 bout that Margarito won by technical knockout in the 11th round. The victory over Cotto has put Margarito been under a cloud of suspicion due to whether he may or may not have used doctored handwraps. An illegal substance was found under the hand wraps prior to Margarito stepping inside the ring against Shane Mosley six months later. Margarito would lose to Mosley by technical knockout in the ninth round.
Diaz also went on to say that Margarito will train in Tijuana for this fight and not at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard. (more…)
Former IBF junior welterweight champion Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi (30-4, 6 KOs) is excited about his world title challenge this Sunday against WBA welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko (32-0, 21 KOs), airing live in the United States on Integrated Sports Meida pay-per-view, live from Donbass Arena in Donetsk, Ukraine.
“I think it’s great because American fans don’t always get an opportunity like this to see fights held overseas,” said Malignaggi, who arrived in the Ukraine today from his training camp in Milan. “This is a high-level fight and not expensive pay-per-view. My fans will be able to watch. This is a good style match-up. Fans will see what Paulie Malignaggi has left and if Senchenko is for real. No matter which way you look at it, fans can get together as a group to watch, or order it individually at home. Boxing fans want to see world title fights and this one they’ll see me beat Senchenko.”
Senchenko vs. Malignaggi, presented by Union Boxing Promotion, is being distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 1:00 PM/ET – 10:00 AM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, DISH Network and Avail-TVN for a suggested retail price of $29.95. (more…)
Photos: Public Address
WBO Interim cruiserweight world champion Ola Afolabi (19-2-3, 9 KOs) held a media training today in Hamburg, Germany. With his trainer Fritz Sdunek he showed his perfect shape and talked about his preparation and his opponent, WBO Cruiserweight champion Marco Huck. Afolabi will face off with Huck on May 5 in a rematch at the Messehalle Erfurt, Germany. Afolabi lost a close points decision in the first fight with Huck in December 5, 2009.
Ola Afolabi: “I am not thinking of losing at all. Marco Huck is a tough fighter but tacticwise he is not very smart. With K2 and the Klitschkos as well as trainer Fritz Sdunek I have a great team and I am much more professional than in 2009. I am the youngest of 8 brothers and thus I always had to fight, it is in my genes. I am mentally and physically ready for Huck. He needs a gun to beat me.” (more…)
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