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Dominican southpaw Fernando Guerrero (23-1, 18 KO’s) of Salisbury, Md., suffered a partially torn left biceps in training camp, forcing him to withdraw from his upcoming fight against Chris “The Irish Ghost” Fitzpatrick. The previously announced 10-round super middleweight fight between Guerrero and Fitzpatrick was tabbed to open a three-fight telecast on Showtime, which will now be a doubleheader from Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Miss. The main event will feature former undisputed 160-pound World Champion Jermain Taylor (29-4-1, 18 KO’s) facing undefeated Caleb “Golden” Truax (18-0-1, 10 KO’s) in a 10-round middleweight bout. In the 10-round junior middleweight co-feature, former Cuban amateur standout Erislandy Lara (15-1-1, 10 KO’s) takes on former world title challenger Ronald Hearns (26-2, 20 KO’s).
After six-to-one underdog Albert Mensah (25-3-1 10KOs) defeated Australian contender Michael Katsidis (28-6, 23 KOs) by majority decision last Friday on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights, Fightnews gave Mensah and his camp a call in the wake of their big win.
Junior welterweight Albert Mensah was born and raised in Accra, Ghana, the oldest of five children. (more…)
He is, by most accounts, the chosen one.
Just 24 years old, Jon Jones is the reigning UFC light heavyweight champion. He became the youngest man to ever win UFC gold when he defeated Mauricio “Shogun” Rua 13 months ago. And he has seemed pretty close to unbeatable in two fights that followed – one-sided submission wins over former champions Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Lyoto Machida . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
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Paul McCloskey’s May 5 clash with DeMarcus Corley has taken a new twist after he was named as a possible opponent for Juan Manuel Marquez’s July 14 fight in Texas. The WBO interim light welterweight champion takes over Cowboys Stadium that night and the four-weight king has been linked with a fight with Dudey after his promoter suggested his preference for a southpaw opponent. McCloskey faces the former WBO champ ‘Chop Chop’ Corley on May 5 at the King’s Hall in Belfast in a huge night for boxing for the city, with the all-Irish middleweight Betfair Prizefighter, Martin Lindsay and Jamie Conlan all in action, and now McCloskey’s promoter Eddie Hearn says the show has taken on even greater significance with the former unbeaten European champion in the running for a shot at the pound-for-pound Mexican great. “Paul’s name has been mentioned by JMM’s team in the last week and I reached out to Top Rank yesterday to let them know that we’d love the fight,” said Hearn. “I think we are in with a decent chance but a convincing win against Corley in front of a packed King’s Hall crowd would strengthen our case for a July clash with Marquez.”
Lightweight Anthony Crolla has targeted winning a Lonsdale belt outright before becoming world champion. The popular Mancunian makes the second defence of his British crown against Derry Mathews (29-6-1) at Oldham Sports Centre on Saturday night. If Crolla (23-2) beats his Liverpool rival he’ll be just one notch away from claiming a Lonsdale belt for keeps (three successful defenses are required).
Crolla knows the world title scene is wide open. The WBA belt is vacant and Scot Ricky Burns is among the other champions. “I am not distracted by talk of world title fights because the fight I am preparing for is the most important,” he stated. “If the next one goes wrong against Mathews talk of European and world title fights down the line go out of the window.”
In what will be his fourth defense of his WBC super welterweight title, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (39-0-1, 29 KOs) is only two weeks away from his showdown against former six-time world champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley (46-7-1, 39 KOs) at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas. Before relocating to Las Vegas, Alvarez spent the majority of his camp at Big Bear, California.
“I feel great,” says Alvarez. “We are working very hard, and I am ready.”
Alvarez looked sharp and top shape at a recent media day at Big Bear, as he did four-minute rounds in his sparring session in high altitude.
“My weight is good, my sparring partners are great fast, intelligent,” said Alvarez. “I had to adjust at first. They helped me out a lot.”
“I like it here in Big Bear. I am happy and relaxed here. It helps me stay focused, physically and mentally.”
For Alvarez, he is facing his biggest name up to date in “Sugar” Shane Mosley as Mosley has faced the best names in boxing with the likes of Oscar Dela Hoya, the late Vernon Forrest, Winky Wright, Fernando Vargas, Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito, Floyd Mayweather, and, most recently, Manny Pacquiao. Mosley has never been stopped in his career and is undefeated against all Mexican fighters he has faced in his career. (more…)
Pomona’s “Sugar” Shane Mosley (46-7-1, 39KOs) looks to, once again, become world champion for the seventh time as he prepares for another world title shot against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (39-0-1, 29 KOs) for Alvarez’ WBC super welterweight title at Big Bear, California.
“Canelo has a good style,” says Mosley. “He is very strong but has a lot to learn.” (more…)
Photos: Carlos Delgado – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
As previously reported, the rematch between former world champions “Vicious” Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto originally scheduled for February 11 in Las Vegas, but postponed when Berto sustained an arm injury on January 30, has been rescheduled for June 23 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, this time for the vacant WBC Silver Welterweight Championship. In the co-main event, scheduled for 12 rounds in the super lightweight division is former three-division world champion Humberto Soto squares off against Argentine knockout artist Lucas Matthysse.
Victor Ortiz: “I will not underestimate Andre Berto because of his injury. I hope and expect a new and improved Andre Berto. I am training for the greatest Andre Berto ever. I want to give the fans the best fight because that’s what they expect from both of us. I am going to be world champ again, there is no doubt about that. There is only one option for me…victory!”
Andre Berto: “The arm is feeling great and I’m ready to get in there and handle some unfinished business on June 23. This is guaranteed to be an explosive fight that you don’t want to miss. Los Angeles has become a second home to me, so I’m excited to perform for all the fans at STAPLES Center this summer.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The bitter cold that continues in the mountains of Big Bear, California has forced the Mexican WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez to move to Las Vegas to continue his training for his May 5 fight with Shane “Sugar” Mosley at the MGM Grand Arena. Alvarez starts training in Vegas today after four weeks in Big Bear at a training camp located one block from Mosley’s camp.
By Rick Scharmberg and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Chris Toney
IBF #7-ranked Garrett “The Ultimate Warrior” Wilson (13-5-1, 7 KOs) successfully defended his USBA cruiserweight title for the second time, and won the vacant NABF belt with a devastating twelfth round KO over Andres “Taylor Made” Taylor (20-2-2, 7 KOs) at Bally’s in Atlantic City, NJ. Wilson and Taylor previously fought to a disputed draw in a September 2010 bout. In the co-feature, Christopher Finley (5-4, 4 KOs) took a unanimous six round decision over hometown favorite Osnel “The Prince” Charles (9-3, 1 KO) in an exciting lightweight bout. Peltz Boxing Promotions presented the 7-bout card. (more…)
Report and photo by Brett Bonetti
WBA Fighter of Decade Chris “The Dragon” John (46-0-2, 22 KOs) visited popular radio station 96FM in Perth Australia today. The undefeated WBA world featherweight champion requested the radio station play one of his favorite songs “Eye of the Tiger”, but also suggested to radio host Mark “Smiley” Pascoe that they should make a song called “Eye of the Dragon.”
John, will make the 16th defense of his title at The Marina Bay Sands Resort in Singapore against Japan’s Shoji Kimura (24-4-2, 9 KOs) on Saturday 5th May, 2012.
Rising light heavyweight Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (7-0, 5 KOs), a 2008 Colombian Olympian who now lives in Montreal, takes on battled-tested veteran Rayco “War” Saunders (22-15-2, 9 KOs) in this week’s new ESPN Friday Night Fights co-feature at the famed Bell Centre in Montreal. IBF #2-ranked Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (17-1, 14 KOs) headlines in a 10-rounder against WBC #2 Noe “El Carbonero” Gonzalez (28-1, 20 KOs). Another Colombian Olympian also living in Montreal, unbeaten heavyweight prospect Oscar “Kaboom” Rivas (9-0, 6 KOs), meets veteran Kendrick “The Apostle” Releford (22-16-2, 10 KOs) in an eight-round bout.
Also fighting on the undercard is super featherweight Baha Laham (8-0, 3 KOs) vs. Leonis Francois (8-6, 2 KOs) in an eight-round bout, heavyweight Eric Barrack (6-0, 5 KOs) vs. Sandy Pembroke (2-4, 1 KO) in a six-round match, and Montreal light heavyweight Schiller Hyppolite (2-0, 1 KO) vs. Martin Desjardins. All fights and fighters are subject to change.
Two of California’s top athletic commission officials will speak at Fight Promoter University VIII, this coming June 5-8 in Costa Mesa, California it was announced today by FPU founder Roy Englebrecht. Set to speak will be the Executive Officer of the California State Athletic Commission George Dodd, and from the California Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Organization, its president JT Steele.
“I think it is so important for new fight promoters to know what is expected from a state athletic commission and the rules that govern the sport in the state they will promote in,” said Englebrecht. “To have George Dodd speaking on what a Commission looks for in a new promoter, as well as the importance of a promotion establishing a good working relationship with any commission, is vital to a new promoter, so I am happy that George has agreed to speak at FPU VIII. Then with the rapid growth of amateur MMA it is a bonus to have JT Steele speak on what is required from a new promoter wanting to get into amateur mma promotion.”
Dodd and Steele are two of 18 guest speakers that will be featured over the four day FPU VIII session, with the complete FPU schedule and registration information available online at www.fightpromoteruniversity.com.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
The opponent for Pier Olivier Cote (18-0 12KO) has been announced for his fight in Nottingham England on May 20th on the undercard of the Lucian Bute versus Carl Froch bout. The undefeated Cote will face off against Mark Lloyd (15-5 3KO) of Telford England. Cote is fresh off his devastating 2nd round knockout of Jorge Teron last December that was featured on Showtime. The 36-year-old Lloyd has lost his last two including a shot at the European Union championship.
Chief support for the Bute-Froch tilt was announced to be undefeated super-bantamweight Carl Frampton (13-0 9KO) who will be defending his Commonwealth belt. Also on the card will be Erick Ochieng, John Ryder, Ryan Aston and Scotty Cardle.
When Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Miguel Cotto meet on May 5 there will be even more on the line than Cotto’s WBA super welterweight world championship belt. They will also be fighting for the vacant WBC super welterweight Diamond belt when they step into the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in less than three weeks. “The WBC belt has always been respected by boxers as one of the most prestigious title they can win, and to have the Diamond belt up for grabs in the ‘Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto’ main event adds even more to this great night,” said Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya. “When this fight is over, there will absolutely be no doubt as to who is the best 154-pounder in the world.”
Boxing stars joined a sold-out crowd of 500 at this past Sunday’s inaugural New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (“NYSBHOF”) induction dinner, sponsored by Ring 8, at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.
“Boxing in New York will not be forgotten,” NYSBHOF founder Tony Mazzarella said. “Boxers, cornermen, judges, promoters, announcers and others in boxing are being honored.”
This Saturday April 21, 2012, Gary Shaw Productions in conjunction Zanfer Promotions present a lightweight showdown between two hard punching southpaws. Tijuana, Mexico’s, Marvin “Cachorro” Quintero (24-3, 20 KOs) and Philippine native, Al “Captain A” Sabaupan (18-0-1, 13 KOs) square off in a 12-round IBF title elimination bout with the winner positioning himself as the No. 1 contender and mandatory challenger to face the champion, Miguel Vázquez (30-3, 13 KOs). The fight takes place at the Unidad Deportiva Centenario in Michoacán de Ocampo, Mexico. (more…)
WBO bantamweight queen Kaliesha “Wild Wild” West (15-1-3, 4KOs) traveled 150 miles south from her home town of Moreno Valley, CA, to successfully defend her crown versus the very tough and awkward Claudia Andrea “Chica 10″ Lopez (18-6, 4KOs) in a ten round championship bout held at the Ernesto Ruffo Appel Municipal Gymnasium in the coastal town of Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico, last Saturday night. The fight was presented by Erik “Terrible” Morales’ Box Latino with Golden Boy Promotions and broadcast live in Mexico by Televisa and in the United States by Fox Sports Net. (more…)
Some of the greatest names in the sport’s pantheon have held and fought for the UFC’s 205lbs title since its inception in 1997, including Hall of Famers Randy Couture and Chuck Liddell and iconic fighters including Vitor Belfort, Tito Ortiz and “Rampage” Jackson.
The light heavyweight title – which was called the middleweight title until May 2001 – has been contested in some of the biggest and most exciting bouts in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship organization: (more…)
By Robert Coster
He chased after his dream of becoming a world Champion for over 14 years and through three divisions. On Saturday in Lima, Peru, the dream became a reality for Alberto “Chiquito” Rossel of Peru. The 34-year-old underdog challenger became the WBA interim light flyweight champion with a carefully crafted 12 round unanimous decision over the highly favored unbeaten reigning titlist Jose “Torito” Rodriguez (28-0, 17 KOs). Why was the little (5’2) Peruvian considered a prohibitive underdog? The 22-year-old champion had youth, power, and an unblemished record going for him, while Rossel (27-8, 13 KOs) had lost all his previous career-defining, important fights – against Hugo Cazares, Luis Lazarte, Brian Viloria, Ivan Calderon. (more…)
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