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WBO Featherweight Champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” López and former IBF champion Orlando Salido faced off today for the first time in advance of their April 16 bout in the Rubén Rodríguez Coliseum in Bayamón, Puerto Rico in a Top Rank presentation in association with PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP), to be televised by SHOWTIME Championship Boxing. Lopez (30-0, 27KOs), will defend his title for the third time against Salido (34-11-2, 22 KOs). “Now, we are focuse for this fight,” López said in the press conference. “In this bout we are going to fight round by round, intelligent…if I can win by KO I’ll do it, but if we go to the distance it’s good too.” Meanwhile, Salido said “Juanma, if not the best in this weight, is one of the best. I know, it’s going to be a difficult fight, but it’s not impossible.” Tickets are availables in Ticket Center 1 787 792-5000 www.tcpr.com. Prices are $25, $50, $75, 150, $200 and $400. Click here for more photos…
Let’s Get It On Promotions has announced the signing of super featherweight prospect, “Lightning” Lonnie Smith (12-2-2, 9 KOs) to an exclusive promotional agreement. Smith is no stranger to Let’s Get It On Promotions’ shows, having appeared on three of them since 2009. He currently trains with Skipper Kelp. Smith’s next fight is being scheduled for Spring.
Video: Joel A. Colón
The WBC is in the process of declaring vacant the super welterweight championship, which is currently held by Manny Pacquiao, if the voting of the WBC Board of Governors returns a 2/3 vote in favor. Pacquiao has expressed that he does not want to defend the title and prefers not to fight in that weight division in the future. Rule 1.24 b) gives double-division champions 15 days to decide which title they want to relinquish. The WBC, as a courtesy, waited 87 days after Pacquiao’s fight against Antonio Margarito. The WBC, after knowing the result of the voting, will present a program to fill the vacancy.
Photo courtesy Team Sauerland
WBA Interim Cruiserweight Champion Steve Herelius (21-1, 12 KOs) and mandatory challenger Yoan Pablo Hernandez (23-1, 12 KOs) today participated in a public work-out in Mulheim. On Saturday night, they will headline Team Sauerland´s big show that also features the clash between IBF Cruiserweight Champion Steve Cunningham and mandatory challenger Enad Licina. While Hernandez gave the fans an in-depth look at his training with coach Ulli Wegner, Herelius had a little problem to solve. Neither his luggage nor his coach had made it to Mulheim in time. Without proper training gear, the champion entered the ring in street clothes and asked a fan to join him for some very light shadow boxing. “Right now, he is only missing his clothes and his trainer,” Yoan Pablo Hernandez said. “On Saturday, he will also be missing his belt.”
With undefeated heavyweight David Rodriguez making new changes in his camp by signing with Zeferino Entertainment and naming his father, David Rodriguez Sr. his manager, Rodriguez has turned to the expertise of his promoter Zef Ramirez for help in finding the perfect trainer. As Mr. Ramirez is close with Rafael Garcia and respects Mr. Garcia’s knowledge in these matters, it presented the perfect opportunity for Rodriguez to be trained at the next level of competition.
LIVE UFC 129 Press Conference from the Rogers Centre in Toronto with Dana White, GSP, Shields, Aldo and more is streaming now. Click here.
“Save me, Joe Louis! Save me, Joe Louis!”
As urban legend has it, those were the last words of a black death row prisoner, back in the ‘30s, as he breathed in fatal fumes in the gas chamber.
Not to make light of a dying man’s words (they weren’t true, anyway), the quote came to mind when I saw there was yet another book on the market on the long-running heavyweight champion . . . Click here for more
Former world champion and Southern California based Ugandian Kassim “The Dream” Ouma (27-7-1, 17 KOs) will face former world title challenger and Connecticut-based Delvin Rodriguez (25-5-2, 14 KOs) on April 22nd. The scheduled for 10 round main event bout will take place at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. The contracted weight for the fight will be 154 pounds. ESPN Friday Night Fight series will televise. Ouma will be fighting Rodriguez essentially in his backyard which will be nothing new for Ouma. In his last fight this past September 25th he upset former “Contender” reality television show participant Joey Gilbert to win the vacant NABA middleweight title in Gilbert’s native Reno, Nevada. Prior to the Gilbert fight, Ouma relocated to get away from any out of the ring distractions. He now trains in the isolated surroundings in the Riverside city area of California at the Capital Punishment Boxing Club. Ouma has remained in excellent condition since the Gilbert fight as his managers Ruben Castanon and Charlie Perez have kept him extremely mentally focused awaiting his next opportunity which will now come against Rodriguez.
Photos and report by Gabriel F. Cordero
Unbeaten Mexican welterweight sensation Saul “Canelo” Alvarez continues his preparation for his March 5 showdown with European champion Matthew Hatton. The bout takes place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California where “Canelo” will be defending his WBC silver belt for the third time and fighting for the fifth time in the U.S. Alvarez is training in Guadalajara under Edison and Chepo Reynoso, who manage the career of Mexico’s hottest prospect. Click here for more photos…
The five-men Championship Committee of the World Boxing Federation, after consideration of all arguments, has decided against sanctioning the proposed second title defense of its world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield against Denmark’s Brian Nielsen. The main reason is that 46-year-old Nielsen, while sporting a glossy record of (64-2, 43 KOs) has been out of the ring for almost a decade. The Holyfield vs Nielsen fight is scheduled for May 7 in Copenhagen, Denmark and will be promoted by Sauerland Event. WBF president Howard Goldberg, who is part of the Championship Committee, said: “While Brian Nielsen a decade ago posed threats to heavyweights worldwide, he has not fought in nine years and thus does not qualify to contest a WBF world title at this point. We have no problem with this fight taking place, but certainly the WBF will not approve it as for our title.”
Jean Marcel Nartz, the vice president of the WBF, further explained the decision: “Although the WBF is a world boxing sanctioning body and although we are a business as well, our primary business is to ensure that our fights are quality matchups, that fighters are deserving of title opportunities and that the standards we aim for are not compromised in order to make a quick buck.” While Holyfield will remain WBF champion, should he lose to Nielsen his title will automatically be declared vacant.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
There is unofficial information that the fight between the Mexican Erik “El Terrible” Morales and Juan Manuel Marquez is at risk or can not be held on April 9 in Las Vegas as has been scheduled. Sources report that Marquez never signed or received the contract for the fight even if assured that Juan Manuel Marquez is seeking to resolve his contractual situation with Golden Boy Promotions, which concludes later this month. Marquez apparently expects a bigger purse and has stated “If they want me to stay, they must to treat me like a champion or there will be no April fight with Morales or anyone.” Other sources have indicated that Golden Boy has been trying to find a new opponent for Morales and the name of Marcos Maidana has been mentioned in a possible fight for the WBA interim super lightweight title.
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
IBF #9 Benjamin “Iron Ben” Simon (20-1, 19 KOs) will clash with former world WBA super middleweight challenger Sam “King” Soliman (39-11, 17 KOs) over twelve rounds in an IBF elimination bouton April 1 at the Trabrennbahn Karlshorst in Berlin, Germany. The hard punching German impressed boxing fans during 2010 with four dominant wins. He outscored Rashid “Snake Boy” Matumla (41-12-2) of Tanzania over twelve shutout rounds, stopped Italy’s Fabio Liggieri (12-6-4) in six rounds, stopped Russian Magomed Abdurakhmanov (15-4) in five rounds, and finished former world title challenger Zoltan Kalocsai (42-11) in six rounds. Simon was promoted by Eva Rolle in several of his bouts and is expertly managed by Robert Rolle. (more…)
Exciting junior featherweight boxing sensation Rico “Suavecito” Ramos (18-0, 10 KOs) will risk his #1 world ranking when he takes on former world title challenger Alejandro Valdez (23-4-3, 17 KOs), of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico in a scheduled 10-round bout this Friday, February 11 at Bally’s in Atlantic City. The opening televised 8-round bout showcases undefeated super middleweight Cornelius “Da Beast” White (16-0, 15 KOs), of Houston, TX against another knockout artist Don “Da Bomb” George (20-1-1, 17KOs) who hails from Chicago, IL. Both bouts can be seen on SHOWTIME at 11PM ET/PT.
Just added to the event, in an off-TV twelve-round rematch is an IBF heavyweight title elimination bout between the IBF’s #2 top rated contender Eddie Chambers (35-2, 18 KOs) and IBF #9 Derric Rossy (25-2, 14 KOs). Also, former 2000 US Olympic Silver Medalist, Ricardo Williams (16-2, 9 KOs) returns against former world champion John Brown (24-18-2, 11 KOs) in a six-rounder. Promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions, tickets priced at $75 and $50 call 800-745-3000.
By Phil Doherty
Photos by Reynaldo Sanchez, courtesy of Sam Cohen
Irish southpaw middleweight Andy Lee (24-1, 18 KOs) pounded out another solid day of training today at the Heavyweight Factory gym in Hollywood FL. Under the watchful eye of Hall of Fame trainer Emmanuel Steward, Lee sparred with fellow Kronk gym super middleweight Dominique Dolton (10-0, 6 KOs). Amazingly; according to Steward, these two Kronk fighters served the past 3 years as sole sparring partners to their heavyweight champion stable mate Wladimir Klitschko. For more details and photos click here…
By Phil Doherty
Photo: Reynaldo Sanchez, courtesy of Sam Cohen
A quiet storm is brewing in Miami. In a non-descript warehouse next to Tamiami Airport, experienced boxing trainers Osmiri “El Moro” Fernandez and Herman Caicedo feverishly work with a young, talented and growing group of fighters. That storm just grew in intensity with the addition of super featherweight John “Action” Jackson (15-1-1, 13 KOs).
Dream Team Boxing is the brainchild of Enrique “Henry” Rivalta; currently boxing director at the Heavyweight Factory in Hollywood, FL. Rivalta excitedly explains: “This has been my dream: to develop these young champions and create a group that lives up to the vision and truth of the name Dream Team.” (more…)
With a hand injury forcing Lanard Lane to withdraw from his scheduled February 24 fight against unbeaten junior welterweight Jessie Vargas (13-0, 7 KOs), former WBC interim lightweight champion Jose Armando Santa Cruz (28-5, 17 KOs) has stepped up to face Vargas in the main event of the 2011 premiere of “Fight Night Club” at L.A. LIVE’s Club Nokia.
El Dorado Restaurant in Oxnard will host a meet and great with “Bam Bam” Brandon Rios this Sunday Feb. 13th at 601 S. Oxnard Blvd. The event will be from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and is open to the public. Free pictures will be available for Brandon to autograph and he will also be available to take pictures with his fans. Also on hand will be his trainer and former world champ, Robert Garcia. This event will be the last public appearance for Brandon as he intensifies his preparation for his title shot scheduled for Feb. 26 at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas. Bam Bam has an undefeated record of 26-0-1 (19 Ko’s) and will face Miguel Acosta for the WBA Lightweight title on SHOWTIME. Rios trains out of the famous Robert Garcia Boxing Academy.
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Former world champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (30-11-2, 22 kos) of Mexico has arrived in San Juan, Puerto Rico for the official announcent of his championship clash with Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (30-0, 27 kos) who will defend his WBO featherweight title against Salido on April 16 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico and it will televised by SHOWTIME.
Danny Davis, who has been Bernard Hopkins’ strength & conditioning coach for eight years, has been added in that capacity to Mike Jones’ team as Jones, the undefeated welterweight contender from Philadelphia, prepares for his rematch vs. Jesus Soto-Karass on Feb. 19 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. “I push and challenge Mike and bring out the best in him,” said Davis, who credits Hopkins, trainers Freddie Roach and John David Jackson and fitness nutritional specialist Mackie Shilstone as major influences. “Mike’s a hard worker who wants to go to the highest level and never complains about what he’s asked to do. That’s what makes a champion. (more…)
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced that rising light heavyweight star Jon “Bones” Jones will replace Rashad Evans in the main event of UFC® 128 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. on Saturday, March 19. (more…)
Photos by Anna Anderson
Female super bantamweight Christina Ruiz (6-3-1, 4 KOs) scored a brutal third round knockout over previously unbeaten Emily Klinefelter (9-1, 3 KOs) on Saturday night at the Johnson County Fairgrounds in Iowa City, Iowa. After being counted out, Klinefelter was unresponsive, remaining flat on her back. Paramedics rushed her by stretcher to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
“Emily is at the hospital and is doing well,” said promoter Adam Pollack in a statement released the day after the fight. “The doctors feel that there is a high probability of a strong recovery. She is speaking and is cogent and responsive, though in and out of sleep as they monitor her. Things are looking up, but the optimism is naturally guarded for the first 72 hours, which is the most critical time.” Click here for more photos…
Ringside by Francisco Salazar
Photos by “Big” Joe Miranda
After his 10-round fight against Francisco Sierra on Saturday night, super middleweight Dyah Davis was confident he had done enough to win a convincing decision over the hard-hitting Mexican fighter.
When Davis heard ring announcer Lupe Contreras not announce him as the winner, Davis left the ring wondering what more he could have done in a bout that all members of the assembled media had him winning . . . Click here for more
At the last minute, Ty Cobb (12-2, 8 KOs) has pulled out of Friday’s fight in El Paso, Texas, against David Rodriguez, claiming a shoulder injury. According to promoter Zeferino Ramirez “I believe that as the fight approached, Cobb was feeling the heat, and not wanting to have another loss on his record, he pulled out. I cannot express my frustration and disappointment by him doing this, with only one week before fight night.”
Instead of Cobb, Rodriguez (33-0, 31 KOs) will now be facing Las Vegas’ Matt Hicks (13-5, 12 KOs). Promoter Ramirez says “I feel that Hicks will be a good match against David. Hicks have notable fights against the likes of Lou Savarese and BJ Flores. Hicks comes with all he has and leaves it all in the ring. Hick’s will be ready, but so will David.”
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (46-2-2, 25 KOs) of Argentina, but now residing in Oxnard, CA, continues his preparations under 2010’s ‘Trainer of the Year’ Gabriel Sarmiento at the World Crown Sports Training Center in Port Hueneme, CA. Martinez will step back into the ring on Saturday, March 12th against WBO junior middleweight champion Sergei Dzinziruk (37-0, 23 KOs) of Ukraine at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT which will be shown live on HBO’s ‘World Championship Boxing’. For more details and photos click here…
By Francisco Salazar
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Boxing writers and fight fans know Luis Franco as the star amateur fighter and as a contender in a talent-filled featherweight division. Now Luis Franco could be known as a fighter who has the heart to come back from being hurt in a fight. Fighting back from being hurt in the first round by the hard-hitting Leonilo Miranda, Franco was able to win a close 10 round split decision victory before a sold-out crowd at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, CA. (more…)
Unbeaten jr welterweight Frankie Gavin (8-0, 7 KOs) has vowed to become the first boxer to halt French journeyman Mounir Guebbas (12-17-2, 8 KOs). Gavin will meet him in an eight-rounder at London’s York Hall on February 19 and he’s after a commanding performance to secure a British title shot later this year. Britain’s only-ever amateur world champion says he expects Guebbas to be a “tough opponent” despite managing just four wins in his last 20 fights. “He’s fought more than 30 times and he has never been stopped,” stated Gavin. “But I’m going to be the one to change all that. I’ve only been taken the distance once in my career, and I regard that as a blemish on my record. By the way I’m punching, Guebbas is going to get taken out in a couple of rounds.”
On March 17th (St Paddy’s Day), Star Boxing wil present a boxing card at the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Long Island, New York. Headlining the “March Mayhem” card is undefeated jr. welterweight prospect Chris Algieri (10-0, 5 KOs) against Martin Tucker (7-7, 3 KOs) in an eight rounder. Algieri and Tucker were originally scheduled to fight in September, but Algieri was forced to pull out after breaking his hand in training. Now the hand is fully healed and Algieri looks to continue on his climb up the 140lb division ladder. Tickets start at $50. Call 718-823-2000.
By Jeff Pamungkas
Undefeated and longtime WBA featherweight king Chris John (44-0-2, 22 KOs) has finally accepted the repeated challenges of his young fellow countryman Daud Cino Yordan, 23, on April 17 in Jakarta, Indonesia. “I’m a professional, and I will fight anybody including Yordan. I’ve suggested that he chase another world title belt, but he keeps asking us to test me, so let’s get it on!” said John with high enthusiasm. Yordan (27-1, 21 KOs). who has idolized John since when he was an amateur, expressed his optimism to defeat John, the most successful Indonesian boxer in history. “This is a historical bout, and we are proud to be the part part of the history,” said Raja Sapta Oktohari, the promoter of the bout. Being asked about the fight with Yuriorkis Gamboa, Sampson Lewkowicz, the representative of both fighters, said that the winner of this bout will face Gamboa. Yordan is now rated #6 WBA and #8 WBO in the featherweight division. This bout will be John’s 14th title defense.
Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
One of boxing’s best and brightest young prospects will get a chance to show if he’s worthy of a world title shot in 2011 when undefeated and WBA #1 ranked super bantamweight Rico Ramos takes on former world title challenger Alejandro Valdez on Friday, Feb. 11, LIVE on ShoBox: the New Generation on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West coast).
In the co-feature, a pair of super middleweight prospects will tangle as unbeaten rising knockout artist Cornelius White (16-0, 15 KOs), of Houston, faces Chicago’s Don George (20-1-1, 17 KOs) in a 10-round affair from Bally’s Grand Ballroom in Atlantic City, N.J.
Ramos, of Los Angeles, will look to keep his perfect 18-0 (10 KOs) record in tact when he faces Valdez (24-4-2, 17 KOs), of Ciudad Obregon, Mexico, in a 10-round 122-pound main event. Both Ramos and White are both represented by the show’s promoter Goossen Tutor Promotions. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
After arriving home in Las Cruces, New Mexico, new WBA super welterweight world champion Austin Trout spoke a few minutes with Fightnews.com to acknowledge the support shown for a long time by boxing fans worldwide. “I feel like my dream has came true. God is awsome. He has allowed me to go against all odds and made my dream come true. I’m looking forward to solidifying my legacy as a great champ and great fighter by using this belt to get big names and beating them in the ring,” said Trout. (more…)
WBC mandatory challenger Odlanier Solis and his team have already spent one week in their high altitude camp in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. “La Sombra,” his trainer Pedro Luis Diaz and Jose Perez arrived in camp only one day after the press conference in Germany announcing his March 19th clash against WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko in Cologne. The three-time world amateur champion and 2004 Olympic gold medalist is currently training 8,000 feet above sea level to get ready for his first world title shot in the pro ranks.
“On March 19th we will see the best Odlanier Solis since he turned pro in 2007,” says Diaz. “We have perfect conditions here in the mountains. I have been here a couple of times with different athletes. It’s a perfect place to get in perfect shape.”
The team will stay at the high-altitude camp until the end of February and do the first sparring sessions in the Sierra Nevada before returning to Cologne for the last phase of preparation.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
It has been announced that current WBA interim middleweight champion Hassam N’Dam (25-0, 17 KOs) will defend his title on April 2 in Canet, France against the Giovanni Lorenzo (29-3, 21 KOs). Lorenzo on points in his last fight against WBA middleweight super champion Felix Sturm last September in Cologne, Germany. “I’m going to train hard because it’ll be a very difficult opponent. I saw his fight with Sturm and it was very even. My title fight was difficult but I hope to improve and to learn a lot before Lorenzo,” stated N’Dam.
United States Olympic heavyweight Jason “Big Six” Estrada has requested, and been granted, a release from his promotional contract with the New York based Boxing 360, and signed an advisor agreement with matchmaker Ted Panagiotis. Estrada’s last fight was a very disappointing defeat at the hands of heavyweight Franklin Lawrence on January 29th. Estrada was the heavy favorite going in, but suffered two minor cuts en route to a 10th round TKO defeat. “We are not going to make excuses, Franklin Lawrence did what he had to do and Jason was flat from the first bell, but really showed a lot of heart,” said Panagiotis. “That being said, that is not the fight I would’ve picked. We had planned a perfect tune-up fight on January 13th in Oklahoma, and to be honest that is what he needed after such a long layoff and foot surgery. Travel and some lack of communication caused that fight to fall apart unfortunately.” The loss to Lawrence dropped Estrada’s record to 16-4, 4 KOs and was his second loss in a row.
There’s only one thing missing from David “Nino” Rodriguez’s resume.
Looks and physique he’s got. A perfect record? You can’t get much better than boasting 33 wins, no defeats, all but two victories coming by way of knockout.
What, then, is keeping the potentially most marketable heavyweight in America from becoming a champion? . . . Click here for more
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