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By Bob Caico
Former heavyweight contender “Baby” Joe Mesi will be inducted into the Buffalo Boxing Hall of Fame in ceremonies this August. Mesi finished his career with a record of 36-0, 29 KOs, which saw him climb to the #1 rankings by the WBC in 2003. A brain injury forced him to miss two years during his prime and after a seven-fight comeback he decided to hang up the gloves for good. Currently Mesi is an appointed deputy commissioner with the NYSAC and is enjoying his new career selling medical supplies for St. Jude Medical. “I am extremely excited and honored that my boxing career is appreciated and I want to thank all the members of Ring 44 and especially president Jack Green for inducting me in this year’s Hall of Fame,” said Joe. Mesi is content with his boxing career and is very proud of his family that includes his recently turned one-year-old daughter Juliet and his 13-year-old stepdaughter Hope. “I always wanted to make myself proud and my community proud of my boxing career and I’m grateful I had the chance to bring boxing back in an exciting way to the City of Buffalo.”
Also to be inducted are Alan “Pony Boy” Kemp who currently trains fighters in California, Harry Fuller and Dick Loadman.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Three time world champion Danny Green who talks to Fightnews about his scheduled IBO world cruiserweight title bout with Antonio Tarver on July 20 at Sydney Entertainment Center. Danny also recollects his KO win over Roy Jones Jr. and sparring session with James “Lights Out” Toney.
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Unbeaten WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez had a busy Thursday, spending time with his promoter, Bob Arum, and the Mayor of Bayamon, Ramon Luis Rivera, at the Mayor’s Office, and then working out at Jose “Cheo” Aponte Torres Gym in Caguas, Puerto Rico. His trainers are Alex Caraballa (dark shirt) and Louis Gonzalez (light shirt).
In this Saturday’s main event at Ruben Rodriguez Coliseo in Bayamon on SHOWTIME® (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), the popular, exciting Puerto Rican will defend his WBO 126-pound belt against former IBF champion Orlando Salido of Mexico.
In the co-feature on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, undefeated Luis Cruz of Puerto Rico faces Mexico’s world-ranked Martin “El Brochas’’ Honorio in a 10-round junior lightweight bout. Click here for more photos…
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Boxing trainer Todd Makelim talks to Fightnews about his 1999 bout with Manny Pacquiao.
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
The 95 degrees that the thermometer marked in Boca Del Rio, Veracruz, Mexico, did not match the heat that came when both the interim WBC super bantamweight champion Jackie Nava and WBC super flyweight champion Ana Maria Torres faced off earlier today in the final press conference before their ten round face off this Saturday night. No words were minced between both female warriors as each promised a win in the main event of “Queens at War” presented by HG Boxing and Zanfer Promotions in a classic boxer versus brawler match up. For more details and photos click here…
By Boxing Bob Newman
Emmanuel Lucero 128 vs. Carlos Rivera 131*
New York State super featherweight title
*Rivera not eligible to win title due to being 1 lb. over the limit
Jackie Trivilino 124 vs. Nydia Feliciano 121
New York State female featherweight title
Sarah Kuhn 144 vs. Kuulei Kupihea 145
Shawn Miller 175 vs. Gerald Taylor 172
Detroy Jones 287 vs. K.C. Cunningham 226
Llyas Aksabaev 140 vs. Marcus Hall 144
Venue: McDonagh Field House, Mohawk Valley Community College, Troy, New York
Promoter: Ares Promotions
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After his hard-fought victory last Saturday against Erik Morales, newly crowned WBA interim super lightweight champion Marcos Maidana returned to his native Argentina, where he was received like a hero by his fans. On Wednesday afternoon, Maidana spoke before 120-plus boxing writers in attendance where he gave some thoughts on the fight against Morales and his future.
“I cannot be happier to be world champ again,” said Maidana. “Me and my team were the first one to know and say that Morales would be a tough foe. We repeated that all during training camp to every writer. He gave me such a tough fight, but I am the champion. It was a close fight and but think I won it in the last two rounds. And I guess boxing fans can be happy with this kind of fight. Like I said in the ring after the fight, if he wants the rematch, I’ll give it to him anytime. He deserves it.”
“What I didn’t like about Morales is him calling me a dirty fighter. I know he says some things for the business but he knows I won the fight, a close one, but he knows I beat him,” El Chino added. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Undefeated WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez hits the mitts during final preparations Thursday in Caguas, Puerto Rico for his upcoming title match against former world champion Orlando Salido on Saturday, April 16 at the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Lopez vs. Salido is promoted by Top Rank in association with PR Best Boxing Promotions and will be telecast on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing. Click here for more photos…
By Boxing Bob Newman
Ares Promotions will present Fight Night IV this Friday evening, April 15 at Troy, New York’s Hudson Valley Community College. The main event will pit Ares fighter Emmanuel “El Carnicero” Lucero against Carlos “El Rayo” Rivera for the New York State Super Featherweight title in a scheduled eight rounder. “El Carnicero,” or “The Butcher” in English, is looking for his second consectuive win after topping Oscar Suero on Ares’ last show in January. Lucero has been in tough with top class fighters such as Rocky Juarez, Jason Litzau, and world champs Daniel Ponce de Leon, Valdemar Pereira and current pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao in an attempt at the IBF Super Bantamweight back in 2003. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Six undefeated Baltimore-area boxers will highlight the United Boxers Promotions card on Friday at the Maryland Sportsplex in Millersville, MD.
Cruiserweight Russ “The Hammer” Shiflett (10-0-1, five KO’s) will headline the card in a six-round contest against Willie “Blackout” Chisholm of Gainesville, FL (6-10, three KO’s). Shiflett won his last bout by four-round disqualification over Ariel Espinal on March 26 in Ranson, WVA. Chisholm is coming off a six-round decision loss to Shane Benfield on March 26 in Rock Hill, SC. (more…)
Starting Friday, TeleFutura’s weekly “Sólo Boxeo” boxing telecast will be expanded from 90 minutes to two hours. In this two-hour format premiere, which will air live from Longshoreman’s Hall in San Francisco, unbeaten contender Eloy “The Prince” Perez continues his assault on the 130-pound weight class when he defends his NABO junior lightweight title against Mexico’s highly-regarded Alejandro Rodriguez in a 10-round bout. In the co-featured bout Capitol Heights, Maryland’s 2008 U.S. Olympian and top prospect Gary Russell Jr. squares off against veteran Adolfo Landeros is an eight round junior lightweight matchup. The two-hour TeleFutura broadcast begins at 11:30pm ET/PT.
Photos: Universal Promotions
WBO super flyweight champion Omar Narvaez (33-0-2, 19 KOs) and challenger Cesar Seda (20-0, 15 KOs) both made weight for their title showdown at the Club Estudiantes de Bahia Blanca in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Narvaez weighed 114.8, while Seda scaled in at 114.73. Click here for more photos…
Kermit Cintron, a hard-punching former world champion, has signed with Top Rank. Bob Arum made the announcement today at a press conference in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Cintron, born in Carolina, Puerto Rico, is a hard puncher who is rated WBO #4, IBF #7 at 154 pounds. “Kermit can fight at either 147 pounds or 154 pounds,” said his co-manager Josh Dubin. “He was in the welterweight division for a long time when we got opportunities to fight at a higher weight, starting when we took a short-notice fight to take on Sergio Martinez at super welterweight.” Dubin and James Prince are co-managers of Cintron who has a record of 31-2-1 with 27 knockouts.
“Kermit is a big puncher with knockout power,” said chief trainer Ronnie Shields. “I’ve been with Kermit for his last five fights. He can take you out with either hand. There is a lot of excitement when Kermit gets into the ring.” Kermit said “I have loved boxing since I was a little kid. My uncle took me to the gym for the first time. I started boxing when I was around 19 years old. I had 27 amateur fights and won 23 of those. As a pro, I’ve been in a lot of big fights.” Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank, said Cintron’s debut fight with Top Rank will soon be announced.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Panamanian referee Gustavo Padilla will be the third man in the ring when Peruvian WBA super featherweight world champion Kina Malpartida (12-3, 3 KOs) and American challenger Rhonda Luna (12-2-2, 2 KOs) meet at Estadio Monumental at Lima, Peru on Saturday. The three judges are David Singh (Panama), Reina Urbaez (Venezuela) and Gustavo Estrella (Argentina). The fight supervisor is George Martinez (Canada).
The hottest night of boxing demands the hottest ring girls! Take a peek inside the Miss Knockout contest of twenty women vying for coveted slots as MGM ring girls for the Pacquiao vs. Mosley fight.
By Brett Bonetti
Photo: Brett Bonetti
Three months out from IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green’s world title fight with former light heavyweight world champion Antonio Tarver in Sydney, Green has moved his focus temporarily to his company Green Machine Boxing in Perth, Western Australia. Green is hosting “The Next Generation Fight Night” this on Friday at the WA State Basketball Centre to throw his support behind some of the new boxing talent in Western Australia.
Green said that “Hopefully one day I will make a good trainer of sorts but I am not sure yet if that is what I would want to do, but if I can give some good advice to these guys and just pass on a bit of my experience, that’s what it’s all about, and hopefully they can learn from that.” After Friday night, “The Green Machine” with the help of his trainer Angelo Hyder will quickly turn his focus back to his upcoming fight with Tarver at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on July 20.
By Brett Bonetti at the scale
Peter Cronje 196.5 vs Shane Tilyard 199
(IBF Pan Pacific cruiserweight title)
Victor Oganov 192 vs Walter Papua 198
Steve Wills 139.5 vs Venance Mponji 138
(WBO Asia Pacific junior welterweight title)
Lucas Brown 262 vs Henry Taani 218
Clint Hoskins 139 vs Brendan Batty 138.5
Matt Garlett 127.75 vs Roberto Lerio 127.5
Sherwin Watkins 149.75 vs Jake Moulden 148.5
Venue: WA State Basketball Centre, Perth, Australia
Promoter: Danny Green/Green Machine Boxing
Super middleweight contender Khoren Gevor has been suspended for six months and fined 5,100 Euros by the BDB (German Boxing Federation) for attacking referee Manfred Kuechler, who had disqualified him in the tenth round of a WBO world title fight against Robert Stieglitz last weekend in Magdeburg, Germany. Gevor later personally apologized to Kuechler. “The fact that the suspension wasn’t harsher is due to Manfred Kuechler accepting Gevor’s apology and calling for no serious sanctions,” said BDB President Thomas Pütz. “In addition, in making our decision we considered that that Khoren understands and shows regret for his action. Also, we’ve known him for years as an impeccable sportsman, and so we accept this as an emotional act and set the penalty accordingly.”
“We accept the punishment,” said Gevor’s manager Peter Schulze. “Khoren behaved improperly and has to live with the consequences.” Schulze also called for an immediate rematch with Stieglitz when Gevor’s suspension expires because “at the moment, too many questions remain unanswered.”
The WBO has announced the officials who are going to work the world title bouts in Argentina and Puerto Rico this weekend with the defenses of champions Omar Narvaez and Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez, respectively.
WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel reported that Luis Pérez, Chairman Ratings Comitee and International Comissioner, will be the Supervisor for the clash between WBO super flyweight champion Omar Narvaez (33-0, 19 KOs) against Cesar Seda Jr. (20-0, 15 KOs) to be held at the Club Estudiantes de Bahía Blanca in Buenos Aires, Argentina, tomorrow. It will be the second defense for Narvaez. The referee for this fight will be Raúl Cáiz Jr. from California, while the judges are Levy Martínez from México, Donald Trella from Connecticut, and Luis A. Doffi from Argentina.
In Puerto Rico, where Lopez (30-0, 27 KOs) will defend the WBO featherweight championship versus former IBF titlist Orlando Salido (34-11-2, 22 KOs), Supervisor will be Manuel Marrero Hueca. Third man in the ring Roberto Ramírez Jr. Judges are Thomas Miller from Ohio, Lisa Giampa from Las Vegas, and José Roberto Torres from Puerto Rico. This show will be held at Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.
The co-feature fight in Puerto Rico, for the WBO Latino junior lightweight title, between Luis “El Artesano” Cruz (17-0, 14 KOs) and Martin Honorio (29-5-1, 15 KOs), will have as Supervisor Adolfo Flores. Experienced Gino Rodriguez will be the referee with veteran judges Raul Nieves, Carlos Colon and Nelson Vazquez.
Based on the ring performances in the last couple of years, Victor Ortiz could easily be described as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
There was the knockout loss he suffered at the hands of interim world title holder Marcos Maidana at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles almost two years ago . . . Click here for more
Diego “The Dream” Sanchez is already a force in the UFC® welterweight division and has his sights set on the title currently held by Canadian superstar Georges St-Pierre. Now, the red-hot contender is out to prove that he is among the world’s most elite grapplers. The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that Sanchez will be among four competitors vying for the UFC® Fan Expo grappling tournament title at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto on April 29 and 30. (more…)
St-Pierre and Shields Get Ready For UFC Primetime: Follow welterweight champ GSP and his opponent Jake Shields as they prepare for their showdown in Toronto – premieres tonight at midnight on SPIKE (in the U.S.), 8:30pm on Sportsnet (in Canada)
Is There A Traitor In The TUF House? Plus the third preliminary bout – all new Ultimate Fighter Team Lesnar vs Team Dos Santos tonight at 9pm on SPIKE & Sportsnet
Tickets On Sale This Week For Lesnar vs Dos Santos: TUF coaches collide when former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar returns to the Octagon to face rising contender Junior dos Santos at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Saturday, June 11 – UFC Fight Club presale starts Thursday, April 14 at 10am PT Tickets>
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Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times took top individual honors in the 10th annual Boxing Writers Association of America writing contest, known as the “Barneys” in honor of Barney Nagler, the late former president of the BWAA. The contest period covered the 2010 calendar year. Winning entrants will be honored at the 86th annual BWAA Awards Dinner on May 6 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. (more…)
A decision on the fate of super middleweight Khoren Gevor is expected this week after his post-fight attack on 61-year-old referee Manfred Küchler. A suspension is expected, but not the lifetime ban some are calling for.
WBC #10 rated heavyweight Chauncey Welliver (46-5-5, 16 KOs) has been added to Danger-Fire Promotions’ April 23rd card at The Expo Centre in Topeka, Kansas. Welliver faces local fan favorite Galen “Bad Boy” Brown (35-15-1, 22 KOs) of St. Joseph, Missouri, in a ten-rounder.
Undefeated Miami-based middleweight Michael Oliveira (14-0, 11 KOs) is tentatively scheduled for June 4 clash against Eduardo “El Cheito” Flores (10-2, 7 KOs) at Mauro Pinheiro Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. After that, Globo TV has plans for a 5,000-seat portable arena to be constructed in the capital city of Brasilia for another Oliveira fight in September.
Argentina Notes: Former two-time WBA world flyweight champion Juan Carlos “Coton” Reveco (26-1, 15 KOs) trains hard in Mendoza, Argentina, where he will soon be announced in a fight at 112 pounds….former WBO super featherweight world champion Jorge Rodrigo “Hyena” Barrios (50-4-1-1 NC, 35 KOs) is preparing his return to the ring. Undefeated bantamweight Gaston Bustamante (5-0, 2 KOs) is sparring with him.
Fightnews.com sends condolences to matchmaker Ron Katz, whose mother Connie Katz passed away yesterday. She was 86-years-old.
Bobby Hitz and the Hitz Boxing Family are sad to announce the loss of Chicago native and once-beaten 39-year-old cruiserweight Kevin Cestone, who passed away suddenly earlier this week. Cestone (5-1, 3 KOs), who returned to boxing last May after 10-year retirement, was in the process of transitioning into a trainer and starting his own boxing gym when tragedy struck. The cause of death is still unknown.
Photos: HG Boxing
With those words the current interim WBC female super bantamweight champion Jackie Nava as well as Hollie Dunaway and Jessica Chavez greeted the boys and girls of the Regional Hospital of Veracruz who are suffering with the tragic illness of cancer. Guided by the Hospital’s Director Gloria Mendoza, the female fighters were witness to the battle the young warriors must fight every day in hopes of recuperating their health. For more details and photos click here…
By Mariano A. Agmi at ringside
Photos: Alex Gorokhov
Native New Yorkers Dmitriy Salita and Luis Collazo thrilled a packed house that included former world champions Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi and Iran “The Blade” Barkley at the Oceana Hall in Coney Island, Brooklyn in separate bouts on Wednesday night, each scoring decisive victories over their opponents.
Dmitriy Salita (33-1-1, 17 KOs), fighting for the third time in 8 months, worked behind a disciplined, busy jab to outbox Oklahoma City’s Ronnie Warrior Jr. (13-5-1, 4 KOs) over 8 rounds. Salita (149lbs) controlled the pace throughout the fight, landing multi-punch combinations and turning southpaw Warrior (148lbs) all night. Salita suffered a cut over his right eye in round 8 from a headbutt.
In the co-feature, former WBA welterweight champion Luis Collazo (31-4, 16 KOs) made a successful return to the ring, knocking out journeyman Franklin Gonazalez (13-9, 10 KOs) after only 3 rounds. Collazo (152lbs), fighting at junior middleweight after a two year absence, could not miss, dropping Franklin (151lbs) with a straight left hand at the end of round 2 and twice in round 3 from sharp left uppercuts. Referee Benji Esteves stopped the fight after a well placed left uppercut to the body dropped Gonzalez at 2:14 of round 3. For more details and photos click here…
Photo: Zanfer Promotions
WBC super flyweight champion Tomas “Gusano” Rojas promised that he would knock out his newest challenger Juan Jose “Goofy” Montes on Saturday, May 21st, at the brand new Metropolitan Arena in the Mexican state of Chiapas during the announcing press conference today in Mexico City. “Like always, I will be ready for twelve rounds if not fifteen. It’s about time I score another knock out and this would be the perfect opportunity since my opponent doesn’t have many fights,” Rojas of Veracruz, MX, stated to the assembled media. “I am happy to fight in Mexico once again after my fights in Japan. I know he is a strong fighter but I am hungry and I will come out to win.” (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Super featherweight Marvin Quintero (21-3, 17 KOs) will now face late sub Juan Santiago (13-6-1, 8 KOs) in a scheduled ten rounder on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” from the Pechanga Resort and Casino. Quintero was supposed to face hard-hitting former title challenger Ji Hoon Kim (22-7, 18 KOs) but that face-off was scratched after Kim was diagnosed with a detached retina earlier this week. He was then slated to face Gabriel “The Ghost” Tolmajyan (10-1, 3 KOs) but that bout also fell out.
Photo: Tom Hogan/Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
Four of the world’s most talented and exciting bantamweights participated in a media conference call to discuss The Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All on Saturday, April 23 LIVE on SHOWTIME® (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight world champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko (28-2, 22 KOs), of Accra, Ghana, will defend his title against the fast-rising, undefeated Abner Mares (21-0-1, 13 KOs), of Hawaiian Gardens, Calif. by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, in the tournament final. Mares’ WBC Silver bantamweight belt will also be on the line. (more…)
Photo and report by Ricardo Conde
WBC Silver super middleweight champion Noe ‘El Carbonero’ Gonzalez (26-1, 18 KOs) of Uruguay, training out of the renowned World Crown Sports Training Center in Oxnard, California, met the pre-weight requirement today and registered in at 173 pounds, the weight was within the mandated 10% over the 168 pound super middleweight limit. Gonzalez will step back into the ring and make the first defense of his title on Friday, May 13th against Ruben ‘Cloroformo’ Padilla (18-2-1, 17 KOs) of Mexico at the Estadio Cr. Gaston Guelfi/ Palacio Peñarol in Montevideo, Uruguay which is being presented by Best Box and Sergio Marquez Promociones. (more…)
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