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While at Yankee Stadium earlier this week, chief trainer Manny Steward told Miguel Cotto “…we’re in a tough, difficult, challenging fight against Yuri Foreman. “I now know why Manny Pacquiao and his team passed on Yuri,” Steward told boxing press before Cotto went to the batting cage at Yankee Stadium. “We’re looking at a 50-50 fight going in. Yuri is a good, hard-working champion.” Steward added he has been working on Cotto’s balance and has tweaked punching angles for “more accurate, harder direct hits.” Steward added “…Cotto knows how important this fight is for his career.”
Ticket sales have surged since Cotto appeared at Yankee Stadium where he spoke to Yankees star players including Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter. Cotto is now back in Tampa, Fla. to complete training. Foreman, the WBA super welterweight champion, has his Media Day on May 25 at Gleasons Gym in New York. Cotto vs Foreman on June 5 at Yankee Stadium is promoted by Top Rank, Cotto Promotions and will be available on HBO.
Unbeaten jr middleweight Shawn Porter (14-0, 11 KOs) returns Saturday night at the Fitzgerald’s Casino & Hotel in Tunica, Mississippi. Porter square off with Robert Kliewer (10-10, 6 KOs). Porter, a 2008 US Olympic boxing team alternate, is coming off an impressive first round KO in a nationally televised ShoBox bout. In the co-feature, middleweights Dominic Wade (6-0, 5 KOs) and Michael Faulk (2-0) face off. The doors will open at 7:00 PM and the first bout will begin at 7:30 PM. Tickets still available.
The Virgin Islands’ three professional boxers, John Jackson, Julius Jackson and Samuel Rogers, have traveled to Mexico for against local Mexican boxers. The weigh-in was on Thursday, with John Jackson weighing in at 153 lbs. His opponent, Alvaro Ayala of Mavojoa Senora, Mexico weighing in at 156 lbs. Julius Jackson weighed at 163 lbs with his opponent, Noe Flores of Los Mochis, Mexico weighing in at 165 lbs. Samuel Rogers weighed in at 153 lbs. with his opponent, Carlos Maldonado of Hermosillo, Mexico weighing in at 154 lbs. These bouts will be televised nationally in Mexico and the US on Azteca America tonight at 8:30pm. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg
Former world title challenger and current USBA middleweight champion Lajuan “Simply Marvelous” Simon (22-2-2, 12 KOs), of Philadelphia, PA will face Jose Angel “Silver Boy” Rodriguez (15-1-1, 2 KOs), of Bronx, NY in a ten round non-title bout at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino on Saturday June 26. Simon, rated #8 in the IBF and #13 in the WBA, received high marks for his March 14, 2009 strong effort against then-IBF middleweight champ Arthur Abraham. Rodriguez is coming off a nice win over Darnell Boone in January. Promoter Dave Escalet of Fisticuff Productions said, “Rodriguez is a tough fighter, and Lajuan has to win these types of fights to get ready for another title opportunity.” (more…)
Oscar De La Hoya’s “Fight Night at Sundance Square” has become a boxing tradition in downtown Fort Worth over the past six years. Now, De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions is set to return for the 7th time tonight. A festive outdoor arena setting in the Chisholm Trail Mural Parking Lot (corner of 4th St. & Main St.) will be the site of the event, which will feature a seven-bout professional fight card, starting at 7:30 p.m. The event will be nationally televised on the Telefutura network. Unbeaten lightweight Sharif Bogere (15-0, 9 KOs) will be facing veteran Columbian boxer Ilido Julio (40 -17-1, 35 KOs) in the feature bout. (more…)
WBO world featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez spends some family time at his home in Puerto Rico with wife Barbara and their five kids as he prepares for his upcoming fight against world-ranked Bernanbe Concepcion, Philippines. Lopez vs Concepcion will be televised live on SHOWTIME, Saturday, July 10 from the Coliseo De Puerto Rico in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Word is that Mexican ring legend Erik “El Terrible” Morales (49-6, 34 KOs) could make the next step in his comeback against former U.S. Olympian Vicente Escobedo (22-2, 14 KOs) on July 17 at the Estadio Caliente in Morales’ hometown of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. Sources report that the bout would be for the WBC International welterweight title won by Morales against Nicaraguan José Alfaro in March. No contract has been signed at this point, but things are far enough along that press conferences in Los Angeles, Tijuana and Mexico City are being arranged for the bout, which would be televised in Mexico by Televisa.
Al Bernstein reports from Los Angeles where the press assembled to cover one of the most anticipated matchups of the year. Israel Vazquez and Rafael Marquez will weigh in today at 1p PT at STAPLES Center and make history tomorrow night on SHOWTIME, Saturday May 22nd at 9pm ET/PT. To view the pair’s first three fights (in entirety), visit sports.sho.com. Vazquez vs. Marquez IV airs live on SHOWTIME this Saturday at 9pm ET/PT
The WBO has ordered a very attractive jr. middleweight championship bout between champion Sergij Dzinziruk and interim champion Alfredo Angulo. Promoters for fighters have been given 15 days to reach an agreement or the bout will go to purse bid (minimum bid is $200,000). Angulo is promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and Dzinziruk is promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and Banner Promotions.
WBO junior featherweight champion Wilfredo Vázquez, Jr. of Puerto Rico (18-0-1, 15 KOs) is about a week from his first title defense on May 29 against unbeaten Universum-promoted Zsolt Bedak (15-0, 5 KOs) of Hungary. Vázquez, Jr. showed his appreciation to his native Puerto Ricans as he hit the streets on Thursday by way of caravan and foot to greet and meet as many people as he could. This is very rare and uncommon for a world champion to do something like this, especially so close to a big fight. For more details and photos click here…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The May 29 fight in Namibia between WBA interim lightweight champion Miguel “Aguacerito” Acosta of Venezuala and WBA lightweight champion Paulus Moses Namibia is in doubt. The Acosta Team has not travelled from Venezuela to Namibia claiming that the contract they received from Don King Promotions (which won a WBA purse bid) binds them to DKP for one year. The Acosta Team says they do not accept these terms. According to the WBA, if DKP doesn’t send a revised contract, they will call another purse bid without DKP’s participation.
Ruslan Chagaev 231 vs. Kali Meehan 230
(WBA heavyweight eliminator)
Vitali Tajbert 130 lbs vs. Hector Velazquez 130
(WBC super featherweight world champion)
Igor Michalkin 175 vs. Aleksy Kuziemski 175
Pal Bedak 113 vs. Pedro Cardenas 114
Jack Culcay 155 vs. Isak Tavares 155
Sebastian Köber 223 vs. Markus Tomala 225
Sergei Liakhovich 230 vs. Evans Quinn 220
Venue: Stadthalle, Rostock, Germany
Promoter: Universum Box-Promotion/DKP
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By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
K2 Promotions Ukraine is planning a July 26 show in Kiev headlined by unbeaten EBA (European Boxing Association) heavyweight champion Alexander Ustinov (20-0, 16 KOs) against former Euro champ Paolo Vidoz (26-8, 15 KOs).
Three-time world champion Israel Vazquez says he will definitely be the winner when he and two-division world champion Rafael Marquez collide for a fourth time on Saturday’s highly anticipated “Once And Four All” fistic extravaganza at STAPLES Center on SHOWTIME. “My motivation to win is like none I have had before,” said Vazquez. “Mentally and physically, I feel like a new man. If Marquez is saying he is going to knock me out, he is making a big mistake. I am going to win this fight, no doubt about it. I can’t say how, that’s a mystery. But whether it goes the distance or ends early, I will be the winner again.” Vazquez currently leads the epic series, 2-1.
Danny Santiago 177 vs, William Bailey 177.5
Marcus Willis 151.25 vs. Stalinn Lopez 152
Christina Swanson 135 vs. Jaqueline Hernandez 132.5
Azea Augustama 178.75 vs. Adam Collins (177
Marquis Davis 159.75 vs. Donald Clark (159.25
Reynaldo Cepeda 146.75 vs. Steven Benjamine 145.25
Enrique Rios 122.25 vs. Yuniel Ramos 123
Venue: Tampa Westshore Doubletree Hotel
Promoter: One Punch Productions
Unbeaten Universum-promoted Zsolt Bedak (15-0, 5 KOs) of Hungary arrived at the airport in Puerto Rico on Thursday. Bedak will challenge WBO junior featherweight champion Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. of Puerto Rico (18-0-1, 15 KOs) on May 29th in a 12 round world title main event. The bout will take place at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico with PR Best Boxing (Iván and Peter Rivera) in association with All Star Boxing’s Félix ‘Tutico’ Zabala promoting the event titled ‘Undefeated Champions.’ (more…)
Former two-division world champion Jesus ‘El Matador’ Chavez (44-7, 30 KOs) will look to end a three fight losing streak as he takes on former world title challenger Daniel Attah (24-5-1, 8 KOs) who hopes to end a two fight slide. The bout will take place in Chavez’ hometown of Austin, Texas on June 11th and be a 10 round lightweight main event. Golden Boy Promotions will promote the fight card.
Shannon Briggs 258 vs Dominique Alexander 228
Mike Faragon 136.25 vs Francisco Palacios 137
Sean Monaghan 173.25 vs Simeon Trigueno 167
Sadam Ali 151 vs Martinus Clay 153
Hastings “Sting” Bwalya 149.25 vs Ashantie Hendrickson 148
Bowie Tupou 254 vs Alexis Mejias 238
Angel Concepcion 179 vs Charles Wade 180
Venue: Capitale New York in Manhattan
Promoter: The Empire
Tickets: $200, $150 and $50 General Admission. Doors open at 7 PM, and the first bout is at 8.
Today in Puerto Rico world ranked challenger, Bernabe Concepcion held a media workout at the Wilfredo Gomez Arena in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, before returning the Philippines to prepare for his world title challenge against WBO Featherweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez on July 10 in Puerto Rico. Click here for more + photos.
Undefeated WBC #2 ranked Juan Carlos Burgos has set up training camp in the Jalisco capital of Guadalajara, Mexico, as he prepares for his duel with experienced Ricardo Castillo on May 29th.
Burgos (24-0, 17 KO´s), will risk his high WBC ranking in the featherweight division against Ricardo Castillo (38-7-1, 25 KOs), a man that has had almost fifty fights and has twice challenged for a world title. (more…)
Israel Vazquez (44-4, 33 KO’s) and Rafael Marquez (38-5, 34 KO’s) will face off in the fourth installment of what is one of the greatest boxing rivalries of all-time on Saturday, May 22, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles,live on SHOWTIME® at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). Relive the first three wars, courtesy of Fightnews, below:
Undefeated Canadian junior lightweight prospect Logan McGuinness will make his debut in the United States this Saturday, May 22nd against Columbian veteran Walter Estrada as part of the TKO Boxing Promotions’ “Hometown Heroes to World Champions” event at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT.
“Hometown Heroes to World Champions” is headlined by an IBO Middleweight Title fight between Peter “The Pride of Providence” Manfredo Jr. and Chicago’s Angel “Toro” Hernandez.
After winning his five starts in 2009, the Ontario, Canada native McGuinness looked very sharp in his first start of 2010, defeating Mexican veteran Pedro Navarette on March 6th over eight rounds by unanimous decision. (more…)
“They picked the wrong guy, they think I’m old and slow, but they got it wrong. I trained properly for this fight, not just to lose weight like in the past, I’m here to beat Manfredo on Saturday night” said the native Chicagoan.
The Hernandez/Manfredo bout headlines an action packed ten bout HOMETOWN HEROES TO WORLD CHAMPIONS card presented by TKO Boxing Promotions. (more…)
With the highly anticipated return of UFC® Fan Expo™ taking place in conjunction with UFC 114 Rampage vs. Rashad this Memorial Day weekend, the Ultimate Fighting Championship®, in partnership with Reed Exhibitions, today announces its third UFC Fan Expo set to take place at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Massachusetts on Friday, August 27 and Saturday, August 28, 2010. (more…)
By Ricardo Conde
Former two time junior middleweight champion “Ferocious” Fernando Vargas (26-5, 22 KOs) of Oxnard, CA will be promoting his first event, “Melee at McDermont”, under the Vargas Entertainment Promotions banner, along with Roy Englebrecht Promotions, on Saturday, June 19th that will feature former super flyweight champion Martin “El Gallo” Castillo (35-3, 18 KOs) in the main event taking on Vernie Torres (27-12, 15 KOs) of the Philippines at the McDermont Field House in Lindsay, CA. Vargas reached super-stardom early on in his career by becoming the youngest champion in the junior middleweight division’s history and by always putting on an exciting show for the fans with his aggressive style, having fought the likes of Shane Mosley, Oscar De La Hoya, Felix Trinidad as well as many others. He now looks to do the same outside the ring as a promoter. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg
When USBA super bantamweight champion Teon “The Technician” Kennedy made his pro debut on January 11, 2007, the knowledgeable fight crowd at the former New Alhambra in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania were quick to compare him with the great hall-of-fame bantamweight champion, “Joltin'” Jeff Chandler. While such praise is premature, one can easily envision the unbeaten Kennedy (14-0-1, 6 KOs) as a future world champion. “Hopefully, I am one-and-a-half years away from a big title shot,” stated Teon, who hopes to move one step closer on Saturday night, when he faces Jose Angel Beranza (32-17-2, 25 KOs), of Mexico City at Bally’s in Atlantic City. (more…)
By Matt Thompson
Undefeated Schenectady, New York lightweight Michael “Baby Face” Faragon (10-0, 4 KOs) will have his first fight for his new promoters, The Empire Sports and Entertainment, on their debut show, Capitale Punishment this Friday (May 21) at Capitale in Manhattan. Faragon will fight his first eight rounder as one of the main supporting bouts to former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs main event against Dominique Alexander. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg
Jim Bores, of Rising Stars Athletics informed Fightnews.com that his company has signed former USBA cruiserweight champion Emmanuel Nwodo (23-5, 19 KOs) to a promotional contract. Nwodo, of Baltimore, MD via Enugu, Nigeria won the vacant USBA crown with a third round TKO over Chris Thomas on July 1, 2006, but lost it to Darnell “Ding-a-Ling-Man” Wilson by highlight-reel knockout in his very next bout. “He is thirty-six years old, and we realize time is not on our side,” stated Bores. “But Emmanuel is rejuvenated. He is ready, willing, and able to fight anyone worldwide. We hope to get him a shot at a regional belt this summer against someone in the top-15.”
Legendary boxing promoter Don King enjoys a German beer and a traditional German eisbein (pickled ham hock) today in Rostock, Germany. King is town in support of his fighter Kali Meehan, who faces former heavyweight world champion Ruslan Chagaev on Saturday in a WBA eliminator. Click here for more photos…
World Extreme Cagefighting® bantamweight star Miguel Angel Torres will be recognized by his hometown of East Chicago, Ind. on Friday, June 4. East Chicago city officials announced today that June 4, 2010 will serve as “Miguel Angel Torres Day” in the city, with the former 135-pound champion set to take part in various activities throughout the day. (more…)
A hand injury has forced Wayne McCullough to withdraw from Prizefighter Super-Bantamweights at York Hall, Bethnal Green on Saturday May 29. Former WBC world champion McCullough had been training hard to make his comeback in Barry Hearn’s latest eight-man, one night tournament but the 39 year-old has been advised that he will be unable to fight for at least two months. “I am really devastated to be missing out on Prizefighter but the hand injury is pretty bad,” said McCullough. “My Doctor has advised me not to use the hand at all for training or fighting for the next 6-8 weeks. We are all packed and ready to go and we really wanted to be there but this is boxing and these things happen.” McCullough’s misfortune has thrown a golden opportunity to young Irish fighter Willie “Big Bang” Casey (5-0, 4 KOs) who will now take his place.
WBC/WBA super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan (35-2-1, 27 KOs) stepped up to bantamweight to take the vacant IBO bantamweight belt against Eric Barcelona (51-18-4, 19 KOs) on Thursday night at the Leagues Club in Parramatta, NSW, Australia. Darchinyan dropped Barcelona three times en route to a 120-103, 118-105 and 116-108 win. Barcelona was also deducted two points from low blows. More to come from Ray Wheatley…
WBA super bantamweight champion Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym (41-1, 29 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over challenger Shoji Kimura (23-4-2, 9 KOs) on Thursday in Maha Sarakham, Thailand. It was the second defense for Poonsawat following his crushing second round KO over Bernard Dunne last September.
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