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By David Finger
In a WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight title fight in Jefferson City, Missouri last night, defending champion Chauncy Welliver inched closer to a world title fight with a tough, but lopsided unanimous decision over shopworn former contender “Smokin” Bert Cooper over ten rounds. Although the 46-year-old Cooper was not seen as a serious threat to the #6 ranked WBC heavyweight he was a fighter who had some personal history with the Welliver’s camp. In 1991 Cooper derailed the title hopes of a young heavyweight prospect named Joe Hipp when he stopped him in five rounds on the undercard of the Tommy Morrison-Ray Mercer fight in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Cooper would, in turn, receive a title fight against Evander Holyfield as a result of the win over Hipp, and although Hipp too would eventually fight for a world title, it did leave some unfinished business with the Philadelphia bomber. Hipp, who retired in 2005, is currently training Welliver, adding an interesting twist on the fight last night. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Looks like another prominent fighter will not only be training in Oxnard, CA, but will be trained by Robert Garcia. And it is another reason to visit the Boxing Academy, located in an industrial part in the south side of the city. Hard-hitting and former world title holder Marcos Maidana announced Wednesday on his twitter account that he will be trained by Garcia, who has become one of the more prominent trainers in boxing today. (more…)
One of the top boxing matchmakers of all time, Top Rank’s Bruce Trampler, will deliver the Keynote Address at the opening session of Fight Promoter University VIII, set for June 5-8 in Costa Mesa, California it was announced today by FPU founder Roy Englebrecht. Trampler,who was elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2010, and has been the chief matchmaker at Top Rank since 1981, will speak at FPU VIII on Tuesday evening June 5th.
“To have one of the most respected men in the sport of boxing, who has learned the business from every angle, and who has orchestrated the careers of such champions as Oscar Del La Hoya, Erik Morales, Floyd Mayeather Jr, and Miguel Cotto , is the kind of person future promoters need to hear from,” stated Englebrecht.
Trampler is one of 18 guest speakers that will be featured over the four day FPU VIII session, with the complete FPU schedule and registration information available online at www.fightpromoteruniversity.com
By Joe Koizumi
WBC super-feather champ Takahiro Ao (23-2-1, 10 KOs), 130, Japan, retained his belt as he scored a unanimous decision (116-112 twice and 118-110) over top contender Terdsak Kokietgym (46-4-1, 31 KOs), 129.5, Thailand, over twelve rounds on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. (More to come)
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten Japanese southpaw Shinsuke Yamanaka (16-0-2, 11 KOs), 118, successfully kept his WBC bantamweight belt as he maaged to avert early attacks of ex-titlist Vic Darchinyan (37-5-1, 27 KOs), 118, and scored with jabs and long lefts in later rounds, winning a unanimous verdict (116-112 twice and 117-111) over twelve fast rounds on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. (More to come)
By Francisco Salazar
Confirming what has been rumored for a few weeks, Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto will square off on June 23rd at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer confirmed to Fightnews.com on Thursday. The fight was originally scheduled to take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on February 11th. However, Berto suffered a bicep injury a few weeks prior to the fight, thus postponing the bout and the entire card. Although the card was originally rescheduled to June 30th, Golden Boy Promotions thought it was best to move the card to Los Angeles and reschedule it a week earlier. With so many fight cards taking place in Las Vegas, the magnitude of Ortiz-Berto may diminish. (more…)
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Ivan Calderon (35-2-1, 6 KOs), who expected to fight on April 28 for the WBO 105lb crown that was once his for long time, will have to wait until late May to try to regain the title from Mexican champion Moises Fuentes (14-1, 6 KOs). “There was a change of date,” said Calderon. “We are talking the end of next month. It was postponed because the Palacio de los Deportes in Mayagüez was not available for April 28 and as it was very close to the fight of Juanma Lopez (March 10) Peter (Rivera) couldn’t do business. It was too early to set up the event properly so they postponed it for a month.”
However, the venue is no longer the Palacio de los Deportes and the event could land at the Coliseo Mario Morales ‘Quijote’ in Calderon’s hometown of Guaynabo.
“While I’m training I’m keeping 10 or 12 pounds above the weight and no longer lowering,” ‘The Iron Boy’ added. “Before they told me that the fight was delayed, I was leaving the gym at 112, only seven pounds above.”
By Robert Coster
Florida’s up and rising boxing promotional company, Acquinity Sports, has announced the signings of IBF #3 Argenis Mendez (Jr lightweight) and former Olympic champion Felix Diaz (welterweight). Mendez and Diaz are joining a growing team of boxers led by former two-division world champion IBF# 8 Joan Guzman (jr welterweight). Others on the team are WBC #9, WBA #12 Ed Paredes (welterweight) and Dominican Olympians Claudio Marrero (lightweight) Juan Carlos Payano (bantamweight), Lennin Castillo (light-heavyweight). The only non-Dominican fighter in the group is Cuban-born Umberto Savigne (super-middleweight). (more…)
Thompson Boxing’s “PATH TO GLORY” series returns this Friday to the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California with a headliner featuring undefeated Colombian slugger Darley Perez (24-0, 18 KOs) battling Tijuana’s Alain “Konan” Hernandez (18-9-1, 10 KOs) as the 8-round lightweight main event.
The co-main event boasts Riverside’s Jose “El Niño” Reynoso (15-2-1, 2 KOs) as he steps back in the ring after a short injury time out and fights James Hope (6-9-1, 4 KOs) of South Carolina in an 8-round junior welterweight clash. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Former WBC bantam and feather champ Hozumi Hasegawa (30-4, 13 KOs), 125.5, successfully made a comeback after a twelve-month hiatus when he chalked up a TKO victory over previously unbeaten Mexican Felipe Carlos Felix (18-1, 10 KOs), 126, at 2:28 of the seventh round in a scheduled 10-round bout on Friday in Tokyo, Japan.
The Japanese southpaw, 31, forfeited his second WBC throne in the feather category to Jhonny Gonzalez with a single right shot in the fourth despite winning on points last April.
Hasegawa took the leadoff from the outset, and steadily piled up points as he battered the nervous Mexican upstairs and downstairs. But Felix withstood the ex-champ’s assault and occasionally responded to his rally with solid rights. Hasegawa sustained a gash caused by a headbutt in the fifth, but finally caught Felix with a flurry of punches, dropping him midway in the seventh. The ex-champ furiously followed it up to prompt the referee’s intervention, but he failed to show his previous sharpness, which will be shown on his future comeback trail.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
Boxing returns to Cancun Saturday night with three notable fights. The main event features current WBC flyweight silver champo Wilbert Uicab (33-6-1, 18 KOs) defending against former WBC champion Edgar Sosa (44-7, 27 KOs) in a twelve rounder. Three-time world champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (57-7-2, 34 KOs) takes on Brazilian Caludinei Lacerda (14-2, 10 KOs) 10-round in a super lightweight bout. Soto is waiting a possible fight with Argentinian Lucas Matthysse. Hot prospect Dante “Crazy” Jardon (19-2, 17 KOs) battles Nicaraguan Berman “Cobra” Sanchez (26-3-3, 18 KOs) for the vacant WBC international super featherweight belt. The event is presented by Promociones del Pueblo, Promociones Deportivas Maldonado and local promoter Pepe Gomez. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
People have heard the phrase of “acting mature beyond their years.” That phrase applies to unbeaten super featherweight Ronny Rios, who turned 22 years of age a few months ago. Although he is unbeaten, Rios works hard to “improve and be almost perfect” after every workout session. Mature enough in that his long-term goal for 2012 is to buy a home for his single mother. While many people are still trying to find themselves at the age of 22, even after they graduate from a university or finished serving in the military, Rios wants to show why he wants to be considered one of the top young fighters today.
Rios will take on Guillermo Sanchez in an eight round bout on Saturday night at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA. The bout will headline a “Solo Boxeo” card and will be televised on Telefutura. (more…)
Thunderous punching Australian Heavyweight prospect Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne is looking forward to the next chapter in his exciting career. Standing an imposing 6’4” and weighing around 118kg or 260lbs, Browne will make his international debut by fighting in Oldham, England on April 21st on a Hatton Promotions card. His opponent will be Paul Butlin, who has twice lasted the distance with Dereck Chisora and has faced a long line of Heavyweight prospects including Albert Sosnowski, Johnathon Banks, Edmund Gerber and Johann Duhaupas. Browne, who is the Australian Heavyweight champion and owns an impressive 11-0 (10 KO) record, came to the attention of Hatton Promotions after blasting out Colin Wilson in impressive fashion back in February. (more…)
WBA bantamweight champion Koki Kameda says he suffered an injury to his right fist in the second round that kept him from delivering the kind of performance he wanted in his title defense against Indonesian Nouldy Manakane on Wednesday in Yokohama, Japan. “I felt very pleased that I was able to defend, only that my fist didn’t let me do what I wanted so I didn’t manage to shine as we wanted, but the most important thing was that we got the win and that makes me feel good,” he said. Now, Kameda plans to take a rest to heal the injury completely then look for the big names of the division. “In August I’m looking to do a very good fight and I want to find an opponent with a recognized name.” He concluded with a message to his fans. “To my fans, I would like to thank you for all your support and interest in my professional and personal life and know that I will not fail you, as well. What comes next in my career will be better and I will prepare myself and concentrate 100%”
The main event boasts the highly rated, WBA #5, IBF #8, WBO #8, WBC #12 Colombian pugilist Darley Perez (24-0, 18 KOs) as he takes on Tijuana’s Alain “Konan” Hernandez (18-9-1, 10 KOs). The preceding bout features, Riverside’s Jose “El Niño” Reynoso (15-2-1, 2 KOs) versus James Hope (6-9-1, 4 KOs) in an 8-round junior welterweight clash. Opening for the featured fights is Ontario’s fan favorite Super Bantamweight Jonathan “Lil’ Thund’r” Arellano (11-0-1) take on Jose Angel Cota (8-6, 6 KOs) in an 8-round bout.
Darley Perez 134 vs. Alain Hernandez 134.5
Jose Reynoso 141 vs. James Hope 141
Jonathan Arellano 121 vs. Jose Angel Cota 121
Isaac Zarate 120 vs. Francisco Camacho 120
Joshua Conley 152 vs. Eduardo Herrera 148
Carlos Chavez 123.5 vs. Mauro Brenes 124.5
Alex Chavez 123 vs. Edgar Flores 125
Venue: Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, California.
Promoter: Thompson Boxing
Tickets: $75, $45, and $30 (call 714-935-0900)
Doors open at 6:30 pm, and the first bell rings at 7:30 pm.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A former Playboy model who filed a $5 million lawsuit against ring legend Oscar de la Hoya claiming she was assaulted during a drug-fueled sex party was dealt a KO punch today in a New York City courtroom. Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Paul Wooten fined both Angelica Marie Cecora and her lawyer $500 for filing a frivolous lawsuit and ordered her to pay Oscar’s legal bills, which should amount to over $20,000.
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Eroll Popova
In a clash for the vacant interim WBO jr middleweight title, former European champion and hometown favorite Lukas Konecny (48-3, 23 KOs) took advantage of his long awaited world title fight by scorng a seventh round KO over Salim Larbi (17-2-1, 4 KOs) on Thursday night at the Vodova Arena in Brno, Czech Republic. Konecny pressured Larbi from the opening bell. In round three, both fighters stood toe-to-toe with Konecny getting the better of it, although he came out of it with cuts over the left eye and the bridge of the nose. That was pretty much Larbi’s last hurrah as the cuts spurred Konecny to up his aggression even more in rounds four and five. A right hand to the body in the seventh finally put Larbi on the deck and as referee Andre Van Grootenbruel reached the count of ten.
Long time mandatory challenger Konecny was originally slated to face WBO jr middleweight champion Zaurbek Baysangurov last month in Kiev, Ukraine, but Baysangurov suffered a back injury in training shortly before the fight. Last year Konecny had a title shot against then-WBO champion Serhiy Dzinziruk canceled an injury in training shortly before the fight.
In the co-feature, WBO/WBF female middleweight champion Christina Hammer (12-0, 7 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Julie “Queen” Tchabalala (4-2-1, 1 KO) by scores of 100-90, 99-91, 100-90. more photos
By Gabriel F. Cordero
After performing his morning roadwork in Big Bear, California, WBC super welterweight world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez conducted the 30-day pre-weighing in advance of his fight with former world champion Shane Mosley on May 5 in Las Vegas. Alvarez scaled in at 165.5 pounds in the presence of WBC supervisor Rudy Tellez. The maximum allowable weight is 169.4 (10% above the limit of their division). “Canelo” and his team of Chepo and Edison Reynoso are training in the mountains of Big Bear, California, which is forecast to have highs in the 60s this weekend.
Three-division world champion and Méxican icon Juan Manuel Márquez (53-6-1, 39 KOs), of México City, and undefeated former world lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (29-0-1, 22 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., along with Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, hosted an international media conference call to talk about Top Rank’s big April 14 world championship pay-per-view event originating from two different countries.
Márquez will go for an historic fourth world title in as many different weight divisions when he takes on WBO European junior welterweight champion Sergey Fedchenko for the vacant WBO interim 140-pound world title. Márquez-Fedchenko will take place in México City’s brand new Arena México. Rios will attempt to reclaim his old title when he rumbles with WBA interim lightweight champion Richard Abril for the vacant WBA lightweight title at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Here’s what they had to say…
Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) and Multi Screen Media (MSM) – a subsidiary of Sony Pictures Television, announced their partnership to broadcast UFC programming in India and the rest of the sub-continent. MSM’s new sports channel – SIX, will deliver the world’s largest brand of mixed martial arts to Indian fans across the country by airing live UFC events, taped specials, and exciting bouts from the vast UFC library. (more…)
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