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One of the top marketing executives in the business of mixed martial arts, Andrew Ebel, will be a guest speaker of Fight Promoter University VIII, set for June 5-8 in Costa Mesa, California it was announced today by FPU founder Roy Englebrecht. Ebel, is the former Director of Business Operations for Strikeforce, and before that was the Director of Marketing and Promotions for HP Pavilion in San Jose. This is his second guest appearance at FPU and will speak on Thursday afternoon, June 7th. (more…)
Golden Boy Promotions and their CEO Richard Schaefer has agreed to a long-term contract extension. “I am thrilled to have Richard commit to a long-term contract extension with Golden Boy, as he is not only my trusted Chief Executive Officer but he is one of my closest friends,” said Golden Boy President Oscar de la Hoya. “This is a very important day for the company and another, and very exciting, chapter in our storied path. We have achieved so much already and I can’t wait to announce the many endeavors Richard and I have been working on over the past months to ensure our continued growth and success.”
Schaefer was hired in 2000 by De La Hoya to run Golden Boy Enterprises. In 2003 he and De La Hoya formed Golden Boy Promotions with Schaefer being named CEO. “I am excited to extend my contract and look forward to working with the company for many years to come,” said Schaefer. “Oscar is a visionary leader who has inspired millions as a fighter in the ring and now he is doing the same thing outside of the ring with his ‘yes we can’ attitude. I am proud of him, our Golden Boy staff, our partners and shareholders and most importantly our fighters, who make the company what it is. Our success speaks for itself. Together we have built the company into a global promotions powerhouse and we will continue to make history every day. We have a great team of young, energetic and creative people working for and with us. I am looking forward to breaking new records together with them.”
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Next week’s “Fast and Furious” card from the Bell Centre in Montreal and broadcast live on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights is all but set according to promoter Yvon Michel. Headlining will be IBF#2 Adonis ‘Superman’ Stevenson (17-1 14KO) taking on WBC#2 Noé Gonzales (28-1 20KO). The fight marks Stevenson’s second fight with acclaimed Hall of Fame trainer Emanual Steward. “Adonis Stevenson is one the best pure punchers I have ever met in my entire life,” remarked Steward after the southpaw’s destruction of Jesus Gonzales in a mere 99 seconds in his last fight. “In addition to his boxing skills, he’s an unbelievable puncher. He’s got the fans excited because nothing sells like knockouts. This is what sells.” (More)
An important heavyweight fight has been added Don King’s first boxing card on Saturday at the all-new Casino Miami Jai-Alai. WBC #1-ranked contender Bermane “B-Ware” Stiverne (21-1-1, 20 KOs), a Haitian fighting out of Miami, will face Willie Herring (13-10-3, 4 KOs), from Orlando. Herring has shown the ability in the past to defeat favored fighters on numerous occasions. Stiverne’s eye-popping 20 knockouts have generated much interest in him, and a world title match looms for him if he can get past Herring.
The headliner is headlined super welterweight Joey “Twinkle Fingers” Hernandez (20-1-1, 11 KOs) against Shakir “The Assassin” Ashanti (16-12, 4 KOs), from New Bern, SC. Hernandez has become a local favorite in South Florida by fighting in a crowd-pleasing style and for winning all but one of his matches. He will be up against a live underdog in Ashanti, who has availed himself well in his last three fights opposing Derek Ennis, Cory Spinks and George Rivera. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former two-division world champion Rafael Marquez (40-7, 36 KOs) is expected to reappear against Nicaraguan Eusebio Osejo (20-10-2, 7 KOs) in a 10-rounder on May 5 in Tijuana on an event presented by Zanfer Promotions. Osejo previously had been chosen to face Marquez last July, but Marquez ended up facing Eduardo Becerril instead. That same night current WBA super bantamweight world champion Jackie “Aztec Princess” Nava (26-4-3, 11 KOs) will defend her crown against Colombian Diana Ayala (12-6-3, 7 KOs) and former WBO world champion Julio Cesar “Pingo” Miranda (37-6-1, 29 KOs) meets former WBA world champion Jean Piero Perez (18-4-1, 13 KOs) in a ten round super flyweight clash. Also former WBC super featherweight world champion Humberto Gutierrez (28-3-1, 20 KOs) will face TBA. Fightnews.com wants to congratulate Jacke Nava on her 32nd birthday today.
At the media workouts for Brandon Rios, the former WBA lightweight champion addressed the altercation at Monday’s presser in Los Angeles and what he figures will transpire on Saturday night when he faces Richard Abril at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
“I’m bringing the press conference back,” Rios joked about the near brawl with Abril in LA. ” Nowadays the press conferences are boring. F*ck that. I hate this guy right now and I talk sh*t.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBC 105-pound champion Kazuto Ioka (9-0, 6 KOs) and WBA counterpart Akira Yaegashi (15-2, 8 KOs) will meet in a sensational unification bout in Osaka, Japan, on June 20. It was announced with both champs in attendance in Osaka yesterday (Monday). Ioka said, “I wish to prove who’s the number one.” Yaegashi, making his first defense, also said, “Ioka will be a star player in Osaka, while I may take a supporting role. But the winner should take a stellar role in the ring.”
Yaegashi, 29, is a senior to Ioka, 23. Yaegashi, an aggressive hard-puncher, won the national amateur championship and then turned professional in 2005, and Ioka followed his footstep as he also gained good achievements as an amateur and turned to paid ranks, winning the WBC belt in his only seventh pro bout.
Ioka failed to become the Japanese representative in the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008, and turned pro in the next year. Ioka, whose amateur mark was 95-10, 64 stoppages, may move up to the heavier division in the near future, so he was eager to face his senior champ Yaegashi while he is also a 105-pounder.
Their respective managers, ex-two-class champ Hiroki Ioka, 43, and formerly WBA/WBC ruler Hideyuki Ohashi, 47, were supposed to face each other, but it didn’t unfortunately materialize while they were active. Their pupils will thus meet for unification of the 105-pound category. The promoter is Ioka Promotions in Osaka.
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Photo by Team Sturm
On Friday night, WBA Middleweight Super Champion Felix Sturm (36-2-2) will face former WBC kingpin Sebastian Zbik (30-1) in an all-German mega-fight (billed as “Bad Blood”) at the 20,000 seat Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany. In the months and weeks leading up to the bout, both combatants showed their genuine dislike for each other. FightNews.com caught up with the three-time middleweight champion Sturm, 33, today to discuss his preparation, the changes he made in training camp, his feelings towards Zbik, 30, and his mindset just a couple days before the big fight. (more…)
All the fighters are in town and everything is ready to go for the return of the successful series “Boxeo TELEMUNDO” to the Kissimmee Civic Center this Friday. In the main event, WBO #12 contender and Latin champion Jose “Miau” Nieves (19-2-3, 8 KOs) of Carolina, Puerto Rico will defend his jr. featherweight title against WBC Mundo Hispano champion Alejandro “Pique” Delgado (15-5, 7 KOs) of Cuidad Neza, Mexico in another classic matchup between Puerto Rico and Mexico scheduled for 12 Rounds .
Also in action WBO #13 Jr.Middleweight contender and Latin Champion Jorge “The Destroyer” Melendez (21-2-1, 20 KOs) of Manati, Puerto Rico will defend his title against dangerous Marcus Willis (11-1-2, 3 KOs) of Ft. Myers, FL in a bout scheduled for 10 rounds. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Unathi Gqokoma will be making the second defence of his Eastern Province junior bantamweight title when he faces Zukile Matyumza in a return match in East London on Sunday afternoon. The southpaw Gqokoma who has a record of 18-5-1; 5 lost to Lindile Petse on his pro debut on June 24, 2005. However, after this setback he won his next nine fights before capturing the Eastern Province junior bantamweight title in October 2006 when he outpointed Mbulelo Nyanda over ten rounds. (more…)
If you’re a veteran fighter with a decade of professional experience, but one that hasn’t gotten the call to the UFC, it can be cause for alarm. Then alarm leads to a lack of focus, a lack of focus leads to a loss against a lesser opponent, and the Octagon grows even more distant . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Werner Kalin
Leading Australian boxing trainer Graham Shaw talks to Fightnews.com about his boxer, IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale and how he feels his charge has the skills to defeat Sergio Martinez, Felix Sturm and Dimitry Pirog.
Fightnews: Congratulations on Daniel Geale’s recent win over Osamunu Adama in an IBF title bout in Hobart, Tasmania. It seemed to be a much improved Geale from his win over Eromosele Albert in 2011.
Shaw: I think it was the hand problem held him back against Albert but he was 100% right for Adama and put in a top performance. He done the weight better this time and also preparation was better. (more…)
There is a score to be settled in the main event of Greg Robinson’s Power Productions “Philly Barn Burner 3” card on Friday night April 20th at the National Guard Armory in Northeast Philadelphia, when rising lightweight stars, Angel Ocasio (6-0-1, 1KO) and Jason Sosa (4-1-2, 1KO) square off in a highly anticipated eight round rematch.
Both fighters originally stepped into the ring back on January 13th with thoughts of getting a signature victory strapped to their resumes. The highly contested six round battle teetered back and forth, with Mak Boxing Management’s and North Philly lightweight sensation Angel Ocasio using his superior power to bang out the early rounds, and Camden, New Jersey’s Jason Sosa using his hand speed to take the middle rounds. The fight went down to the wire as the near capacity crowd stood on their feet, watching Ocasio and Sosa slug away right until the final bell, putting it in the judge’s hands. The scores were tallied and the majority draw was announced, which sent the crowd into a crescendo of boos at the unlikely decision. (more…)
All the shots and quotes from today’s workout at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas, featuring Brandon Rios, Richard Abril, Mike Alvarado, Mercito Gesta and Mauricio Herrera.
BRANDON RIOS: “I’m not letting this unknown coming in and ruining eight years of hard work I put into building my professional boxing career. I beat Miguel Acosta when he was in his prime unlike Abril who beat him on his way down on short notice. (more…)
Former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios hits the mitts with trainer Robert Garcia(R) during media day,Tuesday in Las Vegas, for his upcoming World Lightweight title fight against Cuban gladiator and WBA interim lightweight champion Richard Abril, Saturday, April 14 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, live on Pay Per View. Stay tuned for a full gallery.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
On Tuesday afternoon, three-time world champion Juan Manuel Marquez closed his training camp at the Romanza Gym in Mexico City with his Hall of Fame trainer Nacho Beristan and his team of Jose Luis Zaragoza, Raul de Anda and Angel Heredia. Marquez returns to a ring in his hometown of Mexico City for the first time in 18 years to face Ukrainian Serhiy Fedchenko this Saturday in the New Mexico City Arena in a clash for the interim WBO super lightweight world title.
“I feel very good for this fight,” said Marquez. “We worked hard as always and hope to make a good performance to be crowned world champion for the fourth time and join the greatest names of boxing history. It will be a very nice night with my fans in my homeland.” (more…)
Luis “Orlandito” del Valle (15-0, 11 KOs) has championship blood running through his veins. In 1992, his cousin, Rafael del Valle, traveled to England and defeated local champion Duke McKenzie in the first round, becoming the WBO bantamweight world champion. “Orlandito is making a really good impression in boxing. His team is doing a great job by giving him more experience at each fight. When time comes for a world title shot, Orlandito will be more than ready. He has the talent to do so, and more important, he always listens,” says Rafael del Valle.
For “Orlandito”, his family is the most important thing, and this is especially true when it comes to his cousin. On Friday, April 27, in Miami, Oklahoma, the undefeated Boricua will take on another tough test, en route to continue this legacy. (more…)
Former world title challenger Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry headlines this week’s Telefutura card from Cicero Stadium in Cicero, Illinois. Cherry (29-6-2, 16 KOs) will meet Juan Carlos Martinez (19-13-1, 7 KOs) the 10 round main event. This will be Cherry’s second outing in less than two months. He is riding a five fight (4 KOs) win streak, since losing a title bid against Timothy Bradley, most recently an eight round unanimous decision over Guillermo Sanchez on February 24th. “Edner is spot-on,” said Cherry’s trainer, Tony Morgan. We’ve had great sparring and spent the last five weeks working on sharpening and refining his skills. He’s on-weight and, as always, in great condition.”
By Francisco Salazar
Confirming rumors that have been circulating, junior lightweight contender Vicente Escobedo will return to action on May 12th in his hometown of Woodland, CA, Golden Boy Promotions matchmaker Eric Gomez told Fightnews.com on Saturday. No opponent has yet been confirmed for Escobedo, who has won his last three fights in a row, including his first round annihilation of Lonnie Smith in his last fight March 3rd. Escobedo (25-3, 15 KOs) has been mentioned as a possible opponent for current world title belt holder Adrien Broner in the near future. That could become more of a reality if Escobedo is victorious on May 12th. “That is the plan,” said Gomez. (more…)
Report & Photos by Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Their fight is billed “Bad Blood” and so far, both WBA Middleweight Super Champion Felix Sturm and his challenger Sebastian Zbik, the former WBC titlelist, have lived up to that motto. Starting with their first press conference a couple weeks back at the venue of the fight, the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany, both have had some harsh words to say about each other. Naturally, some of the reporters at hand at today’s final presser at luxury Hotel Im Wasserturm expected another war of words. That, however, did not happen.
Both fighters made a quick appearance, stating that they are in good shape and ready to win the fight. “I’ll let my fists do the talking. I’m sure I will defend my title come Friday night”, Sturm said. Zbik commented: “We have talked enough over the last couple weeks. Now it’s time to fight. I can’t wait to be champion again.” While Sturm’s coach Fritz Sdunek expressed confidence in his fighter in a quick statement, Zbik’s trainer, the former lightweight world champion Artur Grigorian, even refused to take center stage and say a few words. (more…)
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