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By Anthony Springer Jr.
The long awaited rematch between reigning UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen will still take place–just not on the champ’s home turn of Brazil, the UFC announced today.
Due to scheduling conflicts with a United Nations event in the country, the world’s biggest MMA promotion is pulling its blockbuster main event and moving it to July’s UFC 148 card in Las Vegas. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
IBO super middleweight champion Thomas Oosthuizen faces a tough one when he meets American Marcus Johnson in a 10-round non-title bout at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami Oklahoma on Friday night. The southpaw Oosthuizen (18-0-1, 13 KOs) will be having his second fight in the US. In September last year in Biloxi the 24-year-old South African outpointed Aaron Pryor Jr by wide margins, despite fighting under the handicap of a badly cut and swollen right eye. (more…)
Photos: Eroll Popova
SES boxing returns to the Brandenburg-Halle in Frankfurt (Oder) on May 16th. In the headlineer, “Killer Queen” Susi Kentikian (29-0, 16 KOs) defends her female lightweight belts against Melissa McMorrow (6-3-3, 0 KOs), heavyweight Francesco Pianeta (25-0-1, 14 KOs) will lock horns with the “White Buffalo” Francois Botha (48-7-3, 29 KOs). Here are some quotes from the press conference in Frankfurt: (more…)
Today on the field of Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas, undefeated world middleweight champion and the Son of the Legend, Julio César Chávez, Jr. and #2 world-rated middleweight contender Andy Lee will host an El Paso News press conference to discuss the details on their June 16 world title clash at the Sun Bowl. Joining Chávez Jr. will be Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum and Fernanado Beltran. Lee will be with Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward and Ron Rizzo of DiBella Entertainment. The news conference begins at 1:00 p.m. MT. Boxing fans are invited to attend.
The IBF Super middleweight champion Lucian Bute, who is training for a May 26 clash with Super Six finalist and mandatory challenger Carl Froch in Nottingham, England, met the press on Monday at West Palm Beach, Florida. Here are some quotes from Lucian and his trainer Stephan Larouche.
– By saying yes to fight Carl Froch in his hometown, I’m showing the world that I can fight anybody anywhere. I expect a tough fight; I’m working harder at the gym to be ready physically and mentally. I’m really looking forward to defend my Title for the tenth time. it’s going to be an amazing experience!
– I started my training camp about 7 weeks ago and now with just under 5 weeks remaining my training going very well. I am exactly where I should be. The sparring is started too, I have good sparring partners and I’m satisfied. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
Former light heavyweight world champion current television boxing analyst Antonio “The Magic Man” Tarver (29-6, 20 KOs) and unbeaten opponent Lateef “Power” Kayode (18-0, 14 KOs) held a press conference Monday afternoon at the J.W. Marriot Hotel at LA Live in Downtown Los Angeles for Showtime’s quadrupleheader on June 2 at the Home Depot Center in Carson California.
Also on hand were former world champion Winky Wright (51-5-1, 25 KOs) as well as undefeated middleweight Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (26-0, 20 KOs), WBA super welterweight champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout (24-0, 14 KOs) and rising prospect Leo Santa Cruz (19-0-1, 11 KOs). (more…)
Photo: Chris Farina / Top Rank
WBC Middleweight Champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. hits El Paso,Texas with his legendary father Monday night for a press conference Tuesday, to announce his upcoming title defense against top middleweight contender Andy Lee of Limerick,Ireland, Saturday,June 16 at the Sun Bowl in El Paso ,Texas. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions, DiBella Entertainment, At&T and Tecate, this championship card will be televised live on HBO Championship Boxing.
Golden Boy Promotions and FOX Sports Media Group announced a multi-year, multi-media agreement with Golden Boy Promotions to provide live boxing content in the United States and internationally. One originally produced boxing event per month from the United States will air live on FOX Deportes, FUEL TV and FOX Sports regional networks. Additionally, live boxing events from cities throughout Mexico will be carried on FOX Deportes. The first U.S. event is scheduled for May 4 from The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and features former world champion Daniel Ponce De Leon against Eduardo “El Chucky” Lazcano for the vacant USNBC super featherweight title. In the co-feature, Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith faces Derrick Ennis in a 10-round junior middleweight bout.
During the first year of the partnership, FOX Deportes is scheduled to air a total of 44 live events originating in both the United States and Mexico; for every year thereafter, the network airs 36 live events.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA will hold a purse bid for the a mandatory defense of WBA featherweight champion Celestino Caballero and #1 rated Miguel Angel “Mikey” Garcia on May 3rd at the at Miami Marriott Dadeland. WBA President Gilberto Mendoza and WBA Executive Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza will oversee the purse bid.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Two DC/Maryland/Virginia-area boxers have national TV exposure coming up in the next two months. As previously mentioned on Fightnews.com, undefeated Brandywine, MD heavyweight Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell will face Chazz Witherspoon on Saturday, April 28 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. The bout will be the HBO co-feature to the Bernard Hopkins-Chad Dawson main event.
Then on Friday, June 8 unheralded Bedford, VA super middleweight Scott “Cujo” Sigmon takes the biggest step of his career when he faces former world champion Kelly Pavlik in a 10-round bout at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. The bout will be televised by ESPN2 and it will be Sigmon’s first bout on national television. (more…)
Legendary Boxing Figure Emanuel Steward, and his famed Kronk Boxing, return on May 11 to Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California. In the main event, unbeaten jr middleweight Tony “Super Bad” Harrison (6-0, 6 KOs) takes on Ishwar Amador (11-9, 7 KOs). Harrison is considered Kronk’s next big star and has won all six of his fights by KO. “The fans are in for a special treat with Tony Harrison,” said Steward, “He’s very similar to Thomas Hearns. He comes to fight, he is fearless in the ring, he doesn’t fight in reverse like many young fighters of today, he has a lot of poise and confidence, and he has a crowd-pleasing fighting style that Southern Californian fans will appreciate.” Also featured on the card is featherweight Walter “Schoolboy” Sarnoi (10-2, 5 KOs) against Jonathan Alcantara (5-7-2, 1 KO). Tickets available at Pechanga Resort & Casino Box Office, by telephone at 1-877-711-2946, and at www.pechanga.com.
Top junior lightweight prospect Andrew “Chango” Cancio (13-1-2, 11 KOs) has passed the tests placed in front of him thus far, but the biggest test of his career will come on June 2 when he faces six-time former world title challenger and 2000 Olympic Silver Medalist Rocky Juarez (28-9-1, 20 KOs) in the main event of TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate,” at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California.
IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute spars with Dhafir Smith in preparation for his May 26 clash with Super Six finalist and mandatory challenger Carl Froch. To prepare the champion for the deafening crowd support Froch will receive at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England, Bute’s trainer Stephan Larouche has piped in sound from previous Froch fights. Sparring partner Smith also helped Andre Ward prepare for his fight with Froch.
Another exciting match-up is in the cards on May 5 in Erfurt: Light-Heavyweights Dustin Dirks and Thomas Ulrich, both from Germany, will square off in the Messehalle. Dirks is undefeated, having won all of his previous 23 fights (17 KOs). Ulrich on the other hand surprisingly lost his last bout back in April 2011 against the Lithuanian Sergej Razvadovskij. The record of the former European Champion stands at 32 victories (22 KOs) to six losses out of 38 fights. The fight in the Messehalle will determine who will play a bigger role in the future of the light-heavyweight division. (more…)
By Phil Doherty
It didn’t take long for Acquinity Sports to establish a boxing beachhead in South Florida this year. Acquinity literally came out swinging with their inaugural January 7th card from the Westin Diplomat Resort on Hollywood Beach. They followed that successful debut with a spectacular “D Day: Dominican Domination” card from the Diplomat on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fight series last month. That show was capped by an 8th-round knockout of the year-worthy effort by former two-division world champion Joan Guzman against Puerto Rican Jesus Pabon.
Now, much like the original D-Day, this newly-crowned “A-team” of South Florida boxing looks to break out inland and storm the 5,500-seat Seminole Hard Rock Live with a world-class card scheduled for Friday, May 18th. The 10-bout card features Hollywood’s own Dominican welterweight contender Ed “The Lion” Paredes (30-3-1, 20 KOs) in a 10-round battle against former light welterweight world champion “Vicious” Vivian Harris (29-7-2, 19 KOs). (more…)
Two of boxing’s fastest rising stars and part of the Mayweather Promotions team take time to visit and give back to The Boys and Girls Club. Both boxers once spend time playing and learning from this great national program that is design to keep kids off the streets and offer educational services. The Boys and Girls club is a place where our youth come to play, learn life skills and feel part of a family that inspires them. (more…)
A bout between two American heavyweights that has been in the works for more than a year finally comes to fruition with undefeated Brandywine, MD boxer Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell takes on Chazz “The Gentleman” Witherspoon of Paulsboro, NJ on Saturday, April 28 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ.
And Mitchell couldn’t be happier. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Former South African junior heavyweight champion Danie Venter won on a first round technical knockout over Alex Mbaya from the DRC in a scheduled eight at the Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg on Saturday night. Venter (94.24kg) a bronze medallist at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester wasted no time as he battered the lighter Mbaya (87.34kg) from the bell before the referee stepped in to call the fight off. The 33-year-old Venter improves his record to 12-5, 9 KOs and the 34-year-old Mbaya sees his record drop to 1-3, 1 KO.
Chazz “The Gentleman” Witherspoon (30-2, 22 KOs) is truly a gentleman – outside the ring, at least. He is soft spoken, well educated, and always dresses in a jacket and tie when he appears at Philadelphia-area fight cards to support his hometown fighters. On Saturday, April 28, at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ, Chazz takes on unbeaten knockout artist Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell (24-0-1, 18 KOs) in a twelve round battle for the vacant NABO heavyweight title. The bout is expected to be explosive, and will be featured on HBO Championship Boxing, supporting the rematch between “Bad” Chad Dawson and Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins. (more…)
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Photos by Wolfgang Schiffbauer & Team Sturm
Last Friday night, WBA Middleweight Super Champion Felix Sturm successfully defended his crown for the twelvth time against former WBC titlelist Sebastian Zbik in an All-German mega-fight at the Lanxess Arena In Cologne, Germany. The champion looked much better than in his previous outings against Matthew Macklin (a close split decision win) and Martin Murray (a draw) in scoring a ninth round stoppage win over his former stablemate Zbik. After an even start, Sturm got untracked in the third round and battered his challenger with his left jab and explosive combinations until Zbik and his corner decided to stop the bout after the ninth.
FightNews.com caught up with Sturm at his gym in Cologne. The longtime WBA kingpin was in a good mood and eager to talk about the Zbik bout, the week after the fight, his future as a boxer and a promoter, mandatory challenger Gennady Golovkin, a possible title unification and a return to America eight years after he came in as a huge underdog against living legend Oscar de la Hoya only to lose a hotly disputed and controversial twelve round decision. (more…)
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