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With the July 2 date being grabbed by the heavyweight unification clash between IBF/WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KOs) and WBA champion David Haye (25-1, 23 KOs) in Hamburg, middleweight champion Felix Sturm has decided to move his next fight, which was originally planned to take place the same day. Sturm (35-2-1, 15 KOs) will now meet Matthew Macklin (28-2, 19 KOs) on June 25 at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany.
Photos: Inna Lagun
Heavyweight contender Denis Boytsov (28-0, 23 KOs) has declared himself fully recovered from two surgeries on his right hand and is back in full training at the Universum Gym in Hamburg.
“I am overjoyed that the long period of suffering is over, and that I can again do what I want to do most,” said the 25-year-old understudy of trainer Artur Grigorian. Even around Easter he will take no break in training. I am hot to to get in top form as fast as possible to be for my next fight. I plan to have a big year.”
He should have his next fight in June in either Germany or the USA. More photos…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former IBF and WBC world champion Rafael Marquez hopes to meet Mike Oliver on June 4 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Oliver-Marquez fight would be part of the undercard for the big Julio Cesar Chavez Jr vs Sebastian Zbik WBC middleweight title clash.
One obstacle to the fight is Marquez recently suffered a hand injury that derailed his training in Mexico City.
Meanwhile, newly crowned WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez named Marquez as an opponent he’d like to face.
Photos: Tom Casino
Two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan and former International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight champion Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez will clash in the new main event on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING this Saturday, April 23, live on SHOWTIME® (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. The 12-rounder for the vacant International Boxing Organization (IBO) 118-pound title between Darchinyan (35-3-1, 27 KOs), of Sydney, Australia, by way of Armenia, and Colombia’s Perez (20-1-1, 14 KOs), of Santa Fe Springs, Calif., was elevated to main event status after a fight between IBF champion Joseph Agbeko and undefeated WBC Silver Belt champion Abner Mares was postponed after Agbeko suffered what doctors diagnosed as likely the sudden onset of sciatica earlier in the week. For more details and photos click here…
Photo: Team Maidana
Newly crowned WBA super lightweight Interim champ Marcos “El Chino” Maidana had yet another reason for joy on Wednesday as he had a huge welcome party in his native little town of Margarita, in Argentina. Nearly 3,000 people went out to the streets of Margarita to receive their hero, who made a triumphal entrance on the firefighters’ car and proudly offered the WBA belt he won after beating Erik Morales last Aril 9. In a very emotional parade, a huge line of cars, bikes and motorcycles formed a 3-block line to follow El Chino, who was greeted after the parade by local mayor Riben Lizak. The local amphitheater was named after Maidana to close the show. Click here for more photos…
SHOWTIME Sports and Al Bernstein report from Los Angeles as Vic Darchinyan and Yonnhy Perez prepare to give boxing fans a slugfest on Saturday, April 23rd following the injury which sidelined Bantamweight Tournament headliner, Joseph Agbeko.
Photo and weights by Bob Caico
Guillermo Sanchez 135 vs. Eddie Ramirez 135
Nick Casal 144.4 vs. Martin Tucker 143
Lionell Thompson 179.2 vs. Angel Gonzalez 176
Amanda Serrano 128.2 vs. Ela Nunez 130.4
Excell Holmes 229.8 vs. Taffo Asongwed 234.2
Jordan Gaines 139 vs. John Dipolito 136.8
Jamell Tyson 136.4 vs. Bryan Abraham 137.4
Venue: Hamburg Casino at the Fairgrounds, Hamburg, NY
Promoter: Juan Santiago (Don Juan Fighting Promotions
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Shots from the press conference for Saturday’s clash featuring former world champions Vic Darchinyan vs. Yonnhy Perez for the vacant IBO bantamweight championship at Nokia Theatre to be televised live on SHOWTIME at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
IBF bantamweight world champion Joseph Agbeko and SHOWTIME bantamweight tournament finalist Abner Mares also attended Thursday’s press conference to address members of the media-at ESPNZone L.A. LIVE. Click here for more photos…
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Legendary comedian Don Rickles, affectionately known as “The Merchant of Venom” and “Mr. Warmth” stops by the Wildcard Boxing Club in Hollywood Thursday to share a laugh with superstar Manny Pacquiao. Pacquiao is in preparation for his upcoming World Welterweight mega fight against “Sugar” Shane Mosley on Saturday, May 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Pacquiao vs. Mosley is promoted by Top Rank in association with MP Promotions, Sugar Shane Mosley Promotions, Tecate and MGM Grand. The Pacquiao vs. Mosley telecast will be available live on SHOWTIME Pay Per View. Click here for more photos…
Photos: Star Boxing
Bayan Jargal 138 vs. Breidis Prescott 140
Demetrius Andrade 155.75 lbs. vs. Omar Bell 155
Kevin Rooney Jr. 154 lbs. vs. David Navarro 152.25
Joe Hanks 244.5 vs. Terrell Nelson 249.5
Nick Lavin 177.25 vs. Kevin Cobbs 181.25
Venue: Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT
Promoter: Star Boxing
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The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today the remaining bouts for its long-awaited debut in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. UFC® 129: ST-PIERRE vs. SHIELDS, presented by TapouT®, takes place Saturday, April 30 live from Rogers Centre and brings 12 total fights, including two title fights.
Following the announcement of the UFC welterweight championship match between Georges St-Pierre and Jake Shields and the UFC featherweight championship battle between champion Jose Aldo and challenger Mark Hominick, the UFC confirms 10 additional bouts for UFC® 129: ST-PIERRE vs. SHIELDS: (more…)
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The brothers Kameda, Koki and Tomoki, will conclude their training for their May 7th assignment at the Perfectual Gymnasium in Osaka, Japan. Tomoki “El Mexicanito” Kameda will take on Filipino Nathan Bolcio in a bantamweight ten rounder. In two and a half years as a professional, Tomoki (18-0, 12 KOs) has captured five titles, the FECARBOX, CABOFE, Intercontinental, Youth and NABF, and his dream is to be a world champion like his brothers Koki and Daiki. Bolcio (10-2-1, 4 KOs) recently won the Intercontinental WBC Youth Intercontinental super flyweight over Pichitchai Twin Gym only weeks ago but is more than ready to go after the younger Kameda. (more…)
After the hype comes the hard work of training …and no one hits the gym with the intensity of Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley. Preview the second episode to see Pacquiao and Mosley training for their May 7th showdown.
Photo: Team Salita
Dmitriy Salita and Chad Dawson training at the Kronk GYM. Dmitriy is back in the gym after an impressive win on April 13, while Chad is training for a fight against Adrian Diaconu on May 21 in Canada. Both fighters are trained by legendary trainer Emanuel Steward. Dmitriy’s promotional company will have its next event on May 19 at Roseland Ballroom in NYC.
Veteran boxing promoter Cedric Kushner, head of New York City-based Gotham Boxing, is recovering from spinal surgery yesterday that took nearly seven hours. He is resting comfortably at Mt. Sinai Hospital (room 315), located at Madison and 100th St., in New York City. He is expected to be there for a few days and then be transferred to another facility for physical rehabilitation. Get well wishes may emailed to him to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: Team Maidana
At the Governor’s House in the city of Santa Fe, newly crowned WBA Super Lightweight Interim champ Marcos Maidana was received by his native province’s Governor Hermes Binner, where he was appointed as “Santa Fe Sports Ambassador”. Governor Binner said: “It’s an honor for our province to have a quality fighter like Maidana, who proved once again that you can achieve anything if you commit yourself to hard work.”
“I’m quite proud to be back to my home province and honored to represent the sportsmen from here. I hope I can now defend my title before my people,” Maidana said.
Mexico City’s Mariana Juarez (28-5-3, 13KOs) was recently informed that she will be defending her WBC female flyweight title for the first time on May 28th in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico against Aziza Oubaita of France by way of Casablanca, Morocco. “It is very important for my career to be active,” Juarez said. “To have the most amount of fights in a year.” Juarez who is also known as “Barbie” has been training for the last two weeks under the tutelage of her trainer Alejandro Camacho. Next week she will begin her sparring sessions to come up with the strategy to better help her defeat the #8 ranked Oubaita, “Everything is coming out as my promotor Fausto Garcia and I planned. I am very motivated and will continue to work hard.” Juarez defeated the previously undefeated Italian Simona Galassi last March 11th to capture the world title via unanimous decision. Juarez also mentioned that she is no hurry to unify her title unless it is against German undefeated Susi Kentikian, the actual WBO and WBA champion.
Vanes Martirosyan (29-0 18 KOs) is working hard in training camp as he prepares for his June 4th fight against tough Mexican Saul Roman (34-8 29 KOs). The fight takes place on the undercard of the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr versus Sebastian Zbik middleweight championship bout at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The WBC junior middleweight silver belt will be at stake.
The Martirosyan-Roman tilt was originally scheduled to take place this Saturday but was rescheduled when Martirosyan missed a portion of training camp due to illness. (more…)
Photos: Square Ring
Legendary eight-time world boxing champion and future hall-of-famer Roy Jones Jr. is currently training in Northwest Florida for his upcoming fight against Denis Lebedev scheduled for Saturday, May 21 in Moscow, Russia. The fight will be at the cruiserweight limit of 200 lbs. and is the only title between middleweight and heavyweight that has eluded Jones. After his training session, Roy stated, “I feel really great at this weight and camp couldn’t be going better. I’m looking forward to going to Russia and showing Lebedev and the rest of the world that Roy Jones, Jr. is still making his mark in the boxing world.”
Photo and report by Ricardo Conde
Heavyweight contender Manuel ‘El Toro’ Quezada (29-6, 18 KOs) of Waso, California will step back into the ring on Saturday May 14th against Bowie ‘Bo’ Tupou (20-1, 15 KOs) of Los Angeles, California at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California on the undercard of SHOWTIME’s Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinals which features undefeated WBA super middleweight champion Andre ‘S.O.G.’ Ward (23-0, 13 KOs) of Oakland, California taking on ‘King’ Arthur Abraham (32-2, 26 KOs), the fight card is being presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions, Antonio Leonard Productions and Sauerland Event. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Finally the WBA featherwight world title fight between the Argentinian champion Jonathan Barros and Panamanian challenger Celestino “Pelench√≠n¬®Caballero will be held in Argentina. In the agreement arrived at on Wednesday in Panama City, representatives Rogelio Espino (Caballero) and Osvaldo Rivero (Barros) agreed to implement the mandatory fight in Argentina. The challenger did not agree on a date for the fight, which was initially slated for July, and asked for a date in mid-June, making June 17 or 24 the likely date.
Richie Boy Promotions filed a lawsuit this past Tuesday in the 11th District Judicial Circuit Court in Miami against IBF light heavyweight Champion Tavoris Cloud, as well as his promoter Don King Productions and head trainer Al Bonanni. Richie Boy Promotions, which acquired contractual rights for Cloud from 8 Count Productions in February 2009, alleges that Cloud breached his contract by entering into another promotional contract with DKP. Complaints filed in the aforementioned lawsuit by Richie Boy Promotions against the three defendants include Breach of Contract (Cloud), Unjust Enrichment (DKP), Tortious Interference with Contract (DKP and Bonanni), Tortious Interference with Business Relationships (DKP and Bonanni, Fraudulent Misrepresentation (Bonanni), and Breach of Fudicuary Duty (Bonanni). Richie Boy Promotions has demanded a jury trial and judgment for monetary damages, and awarding such other and further relief as the Court deems just and proper.
Young rising star Roberto Marroquin of Dallas goes into his first main event on FSN (10 pm eastern) when he takes on featherweight Frankie Leal of Mexicali on a Top Rank Live! fight card at the WinStar Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma on Saturday, April 23. Marroquin, 21, has a record 19-0, 14 KOs. He is ranked WBO #12, IBF #14 at featherweight.
“I was born, raised in Dallas,” said Marroquin. “I have one brother, three sisters. I started boxing when I was eight years old. My dad encouraged me, saying he didn’t want me running around on the streets. The first time I boxed it was at a flea market – no kidding. But now I am prepared and ready for a big fight like this.” (more…)
Heavyweight Jason Estrada underwent successful elbow surgery on April 7th at the renown Lahey Clinic in Massachusetts. The procedure was performed to remove several bone chips that have hampered Estrada from the beginning of his career. “This has been bothering me for a long time,” said Estrada. “I fought through the pain because I felt that it would hamper the progress of my career. In retrospect, I should’ve had this surgery a long time ago. Dr. Tolo, who performed the surgery, was surprised I was walking around with, never mind fighting with, the huge bone chips he removed.” The Estrada team decided to correct the injury after a proposed ESPN2 fight on April 29th fell through. Estrada, now 16-4, 4 KO’s, has already begun physical therapy and is hoping to return to the ring sometime this summer.
IBF bantamweight champion Joseph Agbeko arrived in Los Angeles on Monday in preparation to defend his title on Saturday but has been forced to withdraw after suffering what doctors have diagnosed as likely the sudden onset of sciatica. Agbeko had advanced to the final of the SHOWTIME-televised “Bantamweight Tournament: Winner Takes All” and was to have appeared in what would have been the biggest fight of his career, the main event on Saturday at Nokia Theatre against undefeated Abner Mares of Los Angeles, which has now been postponed. (more…)
Photo by Eroll Popova
European super welterweight champion and SES fighter Lukas Konecny (46-3, 22 KOs) will have his first mandatory title defense on May 27 in his Czech hometown of Usti nad Labem. He will jeopardize his belt against Frechman Hussein Bayram (34-3, 19 KOs). The fight at the Zlatopramen Arena in Usti will also be a special moment for the first European champion in the Czech boxing history. Lukas Konecny, one longest members in the SES boxing team, will step into the ring in his 50th pro fight. “In this jubilee I want to shine especially in front of my fans. Bayram will have no chance. Besides I haven’t reached my biggest goal yet as I want to win the world title,” the 32 year old Konecny said. In order to increase his chances for a world title fight very soon he will also fight for the WBO interconti belt alongside his Euro title. He is currently on the short list of the EBU to be named “Athlete of the year.” As one of the most successful professional athletes of the Czech Republic he already receives a high recognition. Lukas Konecny has been named the national coach of the Czech Amateur boxing team. (more…)
An untimely back injury sustained by IBF Bantamweight World Champion Joseph Agbeko earlier this week has forced him out of Saturday’s scheduled title defense—and the SHOWTIME Bantamweight Tournament Final—against Abner Mares. The co-main event bout featuring former world champions Vic Darchinyan vs. Yonnhy Perez will go on as planned for the vacant IBO Bantamweight Championship this Saturday, April 23, at Nokia Theatre televised live on SHOWTIME at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
Agbeko and Mares plan to attend Thursday’s Bantamweight Tournament Final press conference to address members of the media—at ESPNZone L.A. LIVE at Noon local time.
Bantamweight Yonnhy Perez is not a mean person by any means of the imagination. Outside of the ring, Perez is a soft-spoken, humble family man who minds his business.
One would think otherwise as they watch the Colombian-born fighter in the ring unleash brutal barrage of hooks to the body or right hands to the head . . . click here for more
The chance to ask questions to some of the top executives, officials and personalities associated with the sport of mixed martial arts is presented at the UFC® Fan Expo at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto on April 29 and 30. The Ultimate Fighting Championship® confirmed the following Q&A sessions taking place on the main stage over the course of the two-day festivities: (more…)
Former multiple-weight world champion, ring legend, and future Hall of Famer Oscar De La Hoya has announced that he will attend the 86th annual awards banquet of the Boxing Writers Association of America. The affair, honoring the outstanding boxers and boxing journalism of 2010, will be held on May 6, 2011, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The following evening at the same venue, Manny Pacquiao boxes Shane Mosley. (more…)
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