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By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
Montreal promoter Yvon Michel is hopeful of a coming out party for undefeated slugger David Lemieux Friday night. Not only will a victory assure a crack at the WBC middleweight title, but hopefully a shot onto a bigger stage within North America. It will mark the fourth time Lemieux will appear on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights, and like most of his appearances, they have been brief in duration.
“I know that the level of discussions I’ve already had with HBO and Showtime that they’ll be watching,” said Michel. “It’s the first time I’ve had a boxer that I don’t have to knock at their door, they know who he is, they’ve seen him on ESPN. Other promoters know him as the best prospect who has yet to fight on HBO or Showtime. He’s getting known and everybody’s watching.”
Michel is expecting a capacity crowd of close to 4,000 people to see Lemieux as he rivals to become the next big star to come out of Montreal following in the footsteps of Jean Pascal and Lucian Bute. (more…)
Photos: Mary Ann Owen
Jessie Vargas 143 vs. Vivian Harris 146
Eddie Gomez 150.5 vs. Roberto Lopez 150.5
Bastie Samir 161.5 vs. Lester Gonzalez 163
Alexander Flores 225.2 vs. Quantrine Hill 219.5
Kai Zama 139 vs. Paul Green 136.5
Tatini Anderson 139 vs. Lissette Medel 138
Venue: Buffalo Bill’s Star of the Desert, Primm, Nevada
Promoter: Golden Boy
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By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Australian based Nambian middleweight, Johannes Mwetupunga (10-2, 4 KOs) will make the third defense of the Australian 160 pound championship against Omar Shaick (8-6, 6 KOs) over ten rounds at the Mansfield Tavern, Brisbane, Queesnland, Australia. Shaick at 5’9 is three inches shorter than the champion and at 23 years old is eleven years younger than the 6′ Mwetupunga. Shaick is a southpaw and suffered only one defeat to Ben McCulloch in 2010. (more…)
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
Both sides are predicting a knockout at the Bell Centre in Montreal Friday night (ESPN2) in the headline bout featuring undefeated knockout artist David Lemieux (25-0, 24 KOs) and two-time world title challenger Marco Antonio Rubio (49-5-1, 42 KOs). “The little French I do understand is knockout, knockout, knockout,” said Rubio’s co-manager Julio Gudino early this week. “I think fight night, there will be a knockout; hopefully it will be on our side.” Lemieux’s trainer Russ Anber told Fightnews much the same thing, with expectations of a spectacular fight. “It’s going to be a goddamn nuclear war in there,” said the trainer who has guided the powerful slugger since he was nine years old. (more…)
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Reynaldo Sanchez
Damian Frias 147.5 vs. Daniel Sostre 145.2
Xavier Burgos 141.5 vs. Osenohan Vazquez 143.7
Leduan Barthelemy 122.7 vs. Anthony Fraguada 117.5
Michael Santander 140 vs. Jose Rivera 136.5
Jessy Cruz 118.5 vs. Lance Rogers 118.2
Jesus Lule 131.2 vs. Elijah Linder 132.5
Cesar Cisneros 137.2 vs. Jose Segura Torres 141
Wilson Feliciano 148.5 vs. Carlos Ramos 149.7
Venue: Magic City Casino, Miami, Florida
Promoter: Pugilistic Promotions
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Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Here’s what the fighters had to say on Thursday, one day before the exciting tripleheader on ShoBox: The New Generation LIVE on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West coast).
Marcus Johnson: “I don’t feel like Davis is anything special. He’s not his dad. I don’t care about legacy. I don’t care about any of that. I just have to fight him. To prove myself as a top super middleweight, I would fight (Lucian) Bute. I’d fight in Canada if I had to. I’ve got the same mentality as my last fight: knock him out. He’s a safety first fighter but I’ll push him to the limit.”
Dyah Davis: “At this stage, I don’t need softees. It’s not going to propel me. Fighting tough opponents, this is the route we’re comfortable with. I’ve never tried to trade on my father’s career and I won’t now. When I’m in the ring with Marcus, it will be all me. This is my life. This is a business. And I’m here to take care of it. That’s why I am here — not to trash talk.” (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Photo: Looking something between the Joker and the Toxic Avenger, Michael Katsidis showed up for today’s “Action Heroes” presser in Las Vegas decked out Aussie style – way-Outback. Spitting out a trail of pumpkin seeds around the media room, Katsidis kept the glare of the media room’s fluorescents, the flies and everyone else away with extra-dark sunglasses, neon war paint and corks hanging down from his hat.
With the heavyweight division better than it’s ever been, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) is proud to confirm another blockbuster matchup that is sure to shake up the UFC Octagon® as well as the mixed martial arts community. Former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar faces the man with the most dangerous hands in the heavyweight division – Junior dos Santos – as The Ultimate Fighter®: Team Lesnar vs. Team dos Santos coaches collide at UFC 131: LESNAR vs. DOS SANTOS, live from Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on Saturday, June 11.
Photos: Rafael Soto / Zanfer
After Wednesday’s big media event in Los Angeles, a massive presser for the June 4 clash between WBC middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik and #1 challenger Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. took place today in Mexico City.
Sebastian Zbik: “I’m excited to take on Julio Cesar, son of a great idol Julio Cesar Chavez. I’m going into the ring with all the confidence that I’ll win on a big stage like the Staples Center. I have a great fight plan and I’m not worried at all about Chavez’s Jr.’s record or his knockouts. I’ve never been knocked out so my goal is to get a lot of training and defend my title.”
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr: “Since childhood I have dreamed of this, and for that and I’ve worked hard to prepare to defeat Zbik. It’s a tough fight, but nothing is free and I want to achieve my dream….my father gave many joys to Mexico, I want to continue giving such joy.” (more…)
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
WBC Silver super middleweight champion Noe ‘El Carbonero’ Gonzalez (26-1, 18 KOs) of Uruguay, has set up training camp in Oxnard, California and began preparations last month at the World Crown Sports Training Center for his next bout. Gonzalez will step back into the ring on Friday, May 13th and take on 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. For more details and photos click here…
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Photo: Werner Kalin
World rated welterweight Samuel Colomban (19-3, 9 KOs) will clash with Sapapetch Sor Sakaorat (22-7,12 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Melbourne Pavillion, Flemington, Victoria, Australia on Friday with the WBO Oriental title up for grabs. Colomban was last in action against New Zealand puncher Steve Heremaia in December winning a twelve round decision. Colomban’s last defeat was to IBF #11 Wale Omotoso in 2008 in the best Australian fight for that year. On undercard bouts, light flyweight Omar Kimweri (8-2, 3 KOs) will be in against Mongol Patanakan Gym (10-4, 5 KOs) over twelve for WBO Oriental title on the line. Classy super bantamweight Daniel Iannazzo (19-1, 6 KOs) and hard punching world rated featherweight Will Tomlinson (15-0-1, 11 KOs) will be in action against imports in ten round bouts. Promoter Brian Amatruda and Barry Michael.
By Andreas Hale
Marcos Maidana and Erik Morales face off at today’s final press conference held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for Saturday night’s “Action Heroes” card televised on HBO PPV. Maidana was a man of few words, promising only a good fight while Morales made the lengthy press conference worthwhile with his final words.
“After so many interviews, I had to question myself whether this was the right decision,” Morales told the press. “Am I the only crazy one, the only one who thinks I’m going to win? But when I’m alone at night, lying in bed, I know, I’m not wrong. I didn’t make a mistake in picking Maidana – and I’m gonna prove it on Saturday night.” Stay tuned for more photos and a full report.
Photos: David Martin Warr
It was a real feel good moment for all of boxing this week when legendary promoter Don King visited Texcoco, México, to attend the inauguration of the new boxing arena named the “Don King Coliseum.” Here are some more shots of the festivities. (more…)
Photos: All Star Boxing Inc./Mario Vayas
World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr., showed his great condition today during the 30 day pre-weigh in for his May 7th brawl versus former three time champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas on the Manny Pacquiao against Shane Mosley clash in a Top Rank presentation. Vázquez (20-0-1, 17 KOs) is going to make his third defense of the 122 pounds title versus Arce (56-6-3, 43 KOs), a veteran fighter with titles in 108, 112 and 115 pounds in his career. For more details and photos click here…
Video interview by Przemek Garczarczyk
Zyggi Rozalski, a very popular figure in the world of boxing, was a longtime advisor to heavyweight contender Andrew Golota and now he’s working with former WBC light heavyweight and IBF cruiserweight world champion Tomasz Adamek. On Saturday Adamek will fight Kevin McBride at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, and if everything goes according to plan, will face Vitali Klitschko for the WBC heavyweight championship on September 10 in Poland. Rozalski candidly speaks about his American experiences with both fighters, what Adamek’s success means to him and why he still calls both of them “my two special children.”
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
There’s no denying that 22-year-old David Lemieux has power. Twenty-four knockouts in twenty-five fights is proof enough, but Friday from the Bell Centre in Montreal and live on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights should show exactly where the local fighter stands in terms of the middleweight division as he tackles his toughest challenge to date in Marco Antonio Rubio (48-5-1 42KO) in a WBC title elimination bout. In terms of raw punching power, Lemieux firmly believes he stands at the top of the heap as far as the 160 pound division goes. “I believe I’m the hardest hitter out of anybody in the rankings,” Lemieux told Fightnews. “I think I hit harder than any of them, I pretty much see myself on top of the food chain for hitting.” (more…)
By Dave Spencer
David Lemieux 159.6 vs. Marco Antonio Rubio 159.15**
(WBC middleweight title eliminator)
Adonis Stevenson 166.6 vs. Derek Edwards 167.13
Arash Usmanee 133.14 vs. AldoValtierra 133.15
Ahmad Cheikho 153.10 vs.Attila Molnar 153.6
Oscar Rivas 230.13 vs. Wilfrido Leal 260.15
Tyler Asselstine 125.14 vs. Mohamed Nouari 125.2
Eleider Alvarez 195.5 vs. Ernesto Zamora 195.2
Didier Bence 230.5 vs. Leonard Collier 288.2
**Rubio originally weighed in heavy at 160 pounds, 7 ounces and came back and made the middleweight limit
*The scheduled bout with Kevin Lavallee and James Carpio was scratched when Carpio didn’t show up.
Promoter: GYM (Group Yvon Michel)
Venue: Bell Centre
First Bell 7pm
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
WBC light flyweight world champion Gilberto Keb Baas will risk the crown for the second time against Adrian “Confessor” Hernandez on April 30 in Texcoco, Mexico, it was announced today by promoter Salvador Briman. The battle for the 108lb crown will be held in the new Don King Coliseum which has a capacity for five thousand people and prices will be accessible to the public commented Briman.
By Jose E. Santiago
Sports Fan Properties and Shea Bailey Promotions present the next installment of the Georgia Boxing Championship on April 29 at the historic 200 Peachtree building (formerly known as the Macy’s Building) in downtown Atlanta. The last event sold-out prior to the doors opening on February 25th and now three of the biggest names on the local scene will be fighting as part of a tripleheader main event as recent IBF welterweight title challenger Paul Delgado (25-10-1, 4 KOs) meets Luis Galarza (16-2, 13 KOs) in an eight-rounder, lightweight Tyrese Hendrix (19-2-1, 8 KOs) faces David Armstrong (20-11-2, 12 KOs) in an eight-rounder, and three-time world title challenger Antonio “T-Rex” Davis (27-6, 13 KOs) returns against journeyman John Trigg (18-34-5, 6 KOs) for the state 135lb belt. Tickets start at $25.
The April 15th “Salute To Philly Boxers” card scheduled for the New Palladium in Philadelphia has been postponed. There will be a new date announced very shortly and all tickets that have been purchased will be honored on the new date. “There definitely will be a show in the next month or so and we plan to bring the fans a fight night fit for the great boxing fans of Philadelphia,” said Dave Wilkes of Wilkes Productions. Fighters that had been announced for the card include undefeated featherweight Coy “Pretty Boy” Evans (10-0-1, 2 KOs), female super bantamweight Melissa “Hurracan” Hernandez (14-2-3, 5 KOs) and jr welterweight Edgar Santana (24-3, 15 KOs) in separate bouts.
Video Interview by Ricardo Conde
Universally recognized middleweight champion Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martinez (47-2-2, 26 KOs) of Oxnard, California, by way of Quilmes, Argentina, will be departing from Oxnard later this week and will arrive at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada to take part in the broadcast team of HBO Latino’s pay-per-view fight between fellow countryman Marcos Maidana of Argentina and Mexico’s Erik Morales that takes place this Saturday. Fightnews caught up with Sergio Martinez at the World Crown Sports Training Center in Port Hueneme, CA to talk to him about his last fight, the upcoming fight between fellow countryman Marcos Maidana and Erik Morales, his future plans and a lot more. Here’s what he had to say…
By Chris Perry
Undefeated heavyweight George “Monk” Foreman III (11-0, 10 KOs) returns to the ring April 9 to challenge Eric Lindsey (3-10, 1 KO) in the featured bout of “The Legend Continues” event presented by Don Elbaum and John P. Gagliardi’s at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, Virginia. The Humble, Texas fighter, seeking his 12th victory is less than two years as a professional, will have his legendary father “Big” George Foreman in his corner for the six-round main event. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBA lightweight champion Miguel “Aguacerito” Acosta hopes to return to the ring as soon as possible and is eyeing a June or July date against a top opponent. Acosta recently lost his WBA belt to Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios on February 26 in Las Vegas. “I know I can return to the top,” said Acosta, “but to get back there I must fight and that’s what I want to do.”
Photo by Sat.1/Stephan Pick
A little artistic license used by German TV network Sat.1 promoting their boxing broadcast on Saturday night featuring the fourth title defense WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz against Khoren Gevor, taking place in Stieglitz’ hometown of Magdeburg.
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green will promote 6’5 Australian-based South African cruiserweight Pieter Cronjie (11-4-1, 7 KOs), who will have his first fight at the cruiserweight poundage when he will punch it out with Shane Tillyard (4-4, 4 KOs) over ten rounds at the Western Australian Basketball Centre, Mt Claremont, Western Australia on April 15. Cronjie is managed by Perth businessman Sam Davidson who said “Pieter has looked very good in sparring sessions as a cruiserweight and I am sure he will perform well on April 15.” World rated welterweight Steven Wills (15-0, 8 KOs) and hard punching Russian super middleweight Victor Oganov (30-4, 28 KOs) will be in the undercard fights. This card is promoted by Danny Green and Justin Manolikos of Green Machine Promotions.
Writer/photographer Chris Cozzone has inked a two-volume book deal with McFarland Press on the history of boxing in New Mexico. In between covering the big fights and local fight scenes in both New Mexico and Las Vegas, Cozzone has spent the last six years in heavy research. He inherited the project in 2005 from the late Jim Boggio, who will share the byline. Boggio began his research in the ’80s, logging in over 400 fight cards throughout N.M. history. Cozzone has brought brought that number to 2,300.
Volume I of the two-book set will cover 1868 to World War II and Volume II, from the ’40s to modern era. Featured fighters in the book include Johnny Tapia, Danny Romero, Bob Foster, Benny Chavez, Eddie Mack, Benny Cordova, Abie Chavez, Larry Cisneros, Art Aragon, Emilio Martinez, Julio Chiaramonte (pictured) and dozens more. Hall-of-Fame matchmaker Bruce Trampler will write the foreword. Cozzone expects Volume I’s completion later this year and to hit the sands in 2012. Stay tuned.
By Ron Jackson
Promoter Branco Milenkovic of Branco Sports Productions has announced that South Africa’s Mzonke Fana is scheduled to defend his IBF junior lightweight belt against Argenis Mendez from the Dominican Republic, in South Africa in June at a venue to be announced. The IBF had ordered a purse bid for Tuesday night but prior to the bid Mendez’s promoter Lou DiBella accepted terms with Milenkovic, which allowed the fight to take place in South Africa.
The 24-year-old Mendez (18-1, 9 KOs) who was born in the Dominican Republic but fights out of Brooklyn, New York won a final eliminator at Carnival City, Brakpan in January this year when he outpointed Cassius Baloyi. The only loss on Mendez’s record was an eight round split points decision against Jaime Sandoval in October 2008.
Fana (30-4, 12 KOs) who will be 38 on October 29 won the IBF belt for the second time when he outclassed Baloyi in September last year, will possibly be facing the toughest battle of his distinguished career.
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Meanwhile Virgil Kalakoda (24-6-1, 16 KOs) from Cape Town who has only had one recorded fight since April 2004 fought on March 25 in Cronulla, Australia against Leroy Brown and was beaten on points over six rounds.
The weigh-in ceremony of tomorrow’s WBC world title triple-header was in jeopardy, but a Mexican boxer Humberto Gutierrez barely saved the event as he managed to reduce 500 gram (about one pound) by having his hair cut and working hard to finally make the weight on Thursday in Kobe, Japan. WBC super-feather champ Takahiro Aoh tipped the beam at 58.9 kilogram (the 130-pound class limit), while Gutierrez, at his first trip to the scale, failed to make the weight at 59.4 kilogram at 1 PM. He was given a two-hour allowance to reduce the weight. The pale Mexican came back to the weigh-in room of the Portpia Hotel, but was still 250 gram over the limit at 2:10 PM. Then, at 2:45 PM, the amazingly shaven-skulled Mexican could make the 130-pound limit. The show had been ballyhooed as a world title triple-header to be dedicated to the earthquake and tsunami victims. Gutierrez, ex-WBC champ gunning for regaining the belt, did just what he had to do as the challenger, barely made the weight but won the great hand-clapping praise by people concerned there. For more details and photos click here…
WBO NABO Super Flyweight Champion César “Junito” Seda (20-0, 15 KOs) had his
final pre-fight weigh-in before his April 15 world title fight against Omar Narvaez (33-0-2, 19 KOs) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Seda, who couldn’t weight more than 121 pounds (equivalent to 5% above the 115 required by Professional Boxing Commission) weighed in at 121 pounds at the Olympic Village in Salinas Puerto Rico. (more…)
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