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Preview and photos by Chris Cozzone
After a six-month layoff, Crown Boxing returns to action with a four-bout card at The Rio’s Pavilion in Las Vegas.
On a six-bout win streak, Las Vegas cruiserweight Henry Namauu (9-3, 5 KOs) will headline his third straight Crown card in a ten-round bout for a minor IBA trinket. Opposing Namauu will be Victor Barragan (11-6, 3 KOs) of Oxnard, Calif. . . . Click here for more
Photo: Tom Barnes/Tomba-Images
Donovan George, 168 vs. Maxell Taylor, 166.5
12 Rounds, Vacant USBA Title
Sergey Kovalev, 174 vs. Julius Fogle, 173
Genaro Mendez, 134 vs. Javier Loya, 134
Joe Linenfelser, 154 vs. Jeremy Marts, 152
Luis Santiago, 148 vs. William Bokhart, 146.5
Jeremias Correa, 128, vs. Anthony Linenfelser, 129
Ramon Valenzuela, 160 vs. William Chouloute, 161.5
Venue: UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL
Promoter: 8 Count Productions
Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Unbeaten Juan Manuel “Juanma’’ Lopez has caught the attention of most everybody in boxing with his exciting, explosive style and unwavering charisma. Following in the footsteps of his countrymen like Puerto Rican superstars Felix Trinidad, Wilfred Benitez and Miguel Cotto, Lopez has been virtually unstoppable as he’s compiled a record of 30-0 with 27 knockouts. On Saturday, April 16, Lopez, of San Juan, returns to SHOWTIME® to defend his World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight title against former International Boxing Federation (IBF) 126-pound belt-holder Orlando “Siri’’ Salido (34-11-2, 22 KOs), of Ciudad Obregon, Mexico, in the main event live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
In an excellent co-feature from Ruben Rodriguez Coliseo in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, undefeated Luis Cruz (17-0, 14 KOs), of Philadelphia by way of Las Piedras, Puerto Rico, will take on fellow world-ranked Puerto Rican and former WBO champion Roman “Rocky’’ Martinez (24-1-1, 15 KOs), of Vega Baja, in a 12-round junior lightweight bout. Top Rank, Inc. will promote the doubleheader. (more…)
Photo: Emily Harney
Hank Lundy 134.8 vs. Patrick Lopez 135
(NABF lightweight championship)
Vladine Biosse 168 vs. Tim Connors 167.2
Elvin Ayala 168.4 vs. Joe Gardner 169.1
Thomas Falowo 163 vs. John Watson 160.6
Dominic Desanto 142.4 vs. Bryan Abraham 136.6
Greg Mccoy 167 vs. Tafari Lawton 168.6
Rick Dawson 167.4 vs. J.C. Peterson 168.8
Christian Lao 140.6 vs. Joal Alarcon 143.6
Venue: Foxwoods Resort Casino
Promoter: Jimmy Burchfield/CES
By Graham Houston
Photos: Joel A. Colón/PR Best Boxing
Last August Giovani Segura and Ivan Calderon waged one of the greatest fights seen in the lighter weight classes in years, a searing battle of almost non-stop action that the younger, bigger, stronger Segura won in the eighth round.
That fight was on Calderon’s home turf in Puerto Rico. They meet again on Saturday but this time in Mexicali, in Segura’s Mexican homeland. Everything — the result of the first fight, the location, the ages and the size of the fighters — points to another win inside the distance for Segura. It might not be quite that simple, though, and I am eagerly anticipating the rematch, which will be televised on PPV. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Boxing returns on Saturday night to the Inland Empire area of Southern California with a card featuring local prospects in competitive bouts. In the main event, welterweight prospect Arman Ovsepyan will face local fighter Alex Viramontes in a six round bout at the Finish Line Sports Grill in Pomona, CA. The bout will headline a card presented by Ray Alcorta Boxing, in association with II Feathers and All World Promotions. (more…)
Photo: New York’s Jill Emery (10-4, 4 KOs) puts the finishing touches with trainer Michael Kozlowski, in preparation of her April 2 showdown with Norway’s Cecilia Braekhus (16-0, 4 KOs). Emery will challenge Braekhus for the WBO, WBA and WBC female welterweight belts at the Herning Kongrescenter in Herning , Denmark. The weigh-in is scheduled for tomorrow at Murphy’s Pub in Herning. Legend Evander Holyfield will be a guest at the weigh-in and fights.
Eric Morel 119 vs. Luis Maldonado 119.4
Randy Caballero 120.6 vs. Felix Perez 120.6
Ramon Valdez 131.8 vs. Rob Diezel 129
Adolfo Landeros 132.6 vs. Juan Beltran 131.2
Alfonso Blanco 153.8 vs. Ricardo Malfavon 151.8
Andrae Carthron TBA vs. Chad Davis TBA
Venue: Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
By Robert Coster
Brazilian businessman and boxing manager Carlos Oliveira revealed today that he had hired trainer Clemente Medina to be in the charge of his son, super middleweight prospect Michael Oliveira (14-0, 11 KOs). Medina, a colorful individual who likes to sing when he is not working as a trainer, is in the corner of figures like contenders Alfredo Angulo and Abner Mares and prospect Carlos Molina. One of the first tasks Medina announced was his aim to have 20-year-old Michael fight as a middleweight, down from his last fight at 168lbs. Oliveira, whose popularity is growing in Brazil, has a two-year contract with Brazilian TV giant TV Globo and is scheduled to fight in Sao Paulo, his hometown on June 24th.
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver Bantamweight Champion Abner Mares participated in a media workout today at Maywood Gym in Maywood, Calif. as he gets ready to face International Boxing Federation (IBF) Bantamweight World Champion Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko in the eagerly awaited Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All on Saturday, April 23 LIVE on SHOWTIME® (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. For more details and photos click here…
By Mariano A. Agmi
Quotes from today’s teleconference featuring Andre Berto and Victor Ortiz:
Victor Ortiz: “Preparations have been as I anticipated: nothing easy about camp. Mike Tyson once said, ‘Everyone has a plan until he gets hit.’ Everyone says he’s powerful, well, so am I. He’s speedy, so am I. I’m taking that green belt at the end of the day. I’m going to do whatever it takes to bring that belt home with me. I know where I’m going, I know what I want. I don’t just want to be, but I must be champion of the world. Berto has been touted as being the next big thing. I completely disagree. I’m just trying to dare to be great. Berto was the only one to give me a shot, and I just want my belt. I’m going to be crowned no matter what.”
Andre Berto: “I caught the end of Victor’s call and it seemed like a lot of the guys asking questions were from his gym and they were really gassing him up. April 16 will be a reality check for him. His coaches can tell him anything they want, but the ring is a really cold place and he’s going to find out the truth. This fight is definitely not going the distance. At the end of the day, skills are gonna pay the bills. He can fight, but he’s very limited in a lot of areas. He has to be set on his feet to try to throw certain types of punches. If I would have hit him with the shots that Peterson hit him with, it would have been over in three [rounds]. (more…)
Weights & photo by Chris Cozzone
From The Rio’s Convention Center in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s Crown Boxing card:
Henry Namauu 199 vs. Victor Barragan 194
Rocco Santamauro 128 vs. Gabe Garcia 128
Mandy LaPointe 123 vs. Annette Agredano 123
Rocco Espinoza 126 vs. Armando Gonzales 127.5
Notes: The bout between Brian Battease and no-show Carlos Luque was nixed; Gonzales was a half-pound overweight; and Santamauro weighed in eating a slice of pizza.
Photo: German Villasenor/Team Segura
World Champion, Giovani “The Aztec Warrior” Segura and two-time world champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon, met for the first time in Mexicali during the final press conference leading up to their rematch this Saturday in the Auditorio Estatal in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico. Both spoke with much respect for their opponent, but both Segura and Calderon spoke about winning the fight. Segura, saying how much more difficult this second will be, and Calderon confident that this time the result will be different.
“I don’t see this second fight any different then the first one. I only know how to fight one way and thats to throw punches and put pressure on my opponent. I don’t doubt the Calderon will be better this time, because when you lose for the first time it makes you more determined and it makes you work harder, that I know for a fact,” said Segura, to a pack house in the main room of the Mexicali Sports Hall of Fame.
“This fight is like the Tom and Jerry cartoon. A cat chasing a mouse and that is not going to change. I admired Calderon’s boxing abilities and I respect his style, but to me boxing is about giving the fans a excitement and that is what I will bring the fans inside that ring on Saturday night,” said Segura.
For Calderon a long time 105 & 108 pound world champion it’s about revenge.
“No question that he got the best of me the first time. He was ready, he did his fight and won. But I feel better prepared now to face his style of fight and for me is always about moving, hitting and not getting hit. I don’t want anyone talking about a fight of the year type fight. I want to win, not get hit and go home with my belt,” said Calderon. (more…)
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Mexican flyweight Hernan “Tyson” Marquez stated he is anxious to climb into the ring and challenge current WBA champ Luis “Nica” Concepcion (22-1, 17 KOs) during a promotional tour today in Panama which took him to what is considered the world wide symbol of he Central American country, the Panama Canal. The twenty-two year old Marquez (29-2, 22 KOs) will look to rip the strap from the hands of the local favorite this Saturday night at the Roberto Duran Arena. The Arena is set up for 14,000 attendees and the organizers are looking forward to a complete sell out. For more details and photos click here…
WBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk’s open workout before Saturday’s defense against Francisco Palacios.
Canadian welterweight prospect Andre Gorges (11-1, 6 KOs) won an eight round split decision over faded former world champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley (37-17-1, 22 KOs) on Tuesday night at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto. Scores were 78-74, 78-74 for Gorges and 77-75 for Corley, who has now dropped four straight bouts. The bout took place at the annual Shaw Festival black-tie boxing fundraiser
Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
After three straight victorious appearances on ShoBox: The New Generation, Marcus Johnson hopes to make his fourth an eye-catching performance on the path from prospect to contender. Touted as a top American prospect on many boxing lists, Houston’s unbeaten and hard-hitting Johnson (20-0, 15 KOs) will make his fourth consecutive appearance on the popular series featuring boxing’s youngest and brightest stars as he goes up against another ShoBox alumnus in Boca Raton’s Dyah Davis (18-2-1, 9 KOs) on Friday, April 8, in a 10-round super middleweight main event as part of a spectacular triple-header LIVE on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West coast). (more…)
Photos: PR Best Boxing Promotions/José Pérez
Juan Mercedes 115 vs. David Quijano 115
Erickson Martell 113 vs. Mcwilliams Arroyo 113
Jonathan González 114 vs. Jonathan González 113
Héctor Marengo 136 vs. Luis Joel González 136
Carlos García 149 vs. Joanthony Vázquez 149
José Collazo 141 vs. Samuel Santana 139
José Torres 121 vs. Jiovanne Fuentes 118
Jonathan Cepeda 137.5 vs. Rafael González 136.5
Venue: Coliseo Héctor Solá Bezares, Caguas, PR
Promoter: PR Best
TV: WAPA America
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Baltimore Ravens safety Tommy Zbikowski returns to the ring on a Top Rank Live! championship event at the WinStar World Casino, Thackerville, Oklahoma, on Saturday, April 23. The fight card will be televised live by FSN. Zbikowski will take on Blake Warner of Oklahoma City in a four round bout. Zibikowski, former captain of the Notre Dame football team, will train in Detroit with Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward. “I love playing football,” said Tommy. “But I take my boxing very seriously.” In the main event, Vanes Martirosyan of Glendale, Ca. will take on Saul Roman of Mexico in a title fight. In the opening televised bout, unbeaten Texas contender Roberto Marroquin faces Frankie Leal of Mexico.
The fifth annual Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival will include the world premiere of “Klitschko.” According to the description, the film is “a documentary exploring the rise of six-foot-six Ukrainian brothers Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko who made history in 2008, becoming the first brothers in boxing to hold world titles at the same time. After emigrating to Germany to begin careers in heavyweight boxing in 1996, the sport was never the same. Through an engaging mix of candid interviews and absorbing fight footage, Klitschko offers a captivating glimpse into the makings of these champion boxing brothers.” The film is directed by Sebastian Dehnhardt and will run from April 20-May 1 during the Tribeca Film Festival in lower Manhattan.
“I’m going to come out throwing punches, guns blazing,” Marcos Maidana says about his April 9 showdown with Erik “El Terrible” Morales.
“If he can withstand it, great. If not – ‘Good night.’” . . . Click here for more
Famed manager/trainer/boxing commentator Gil Clancy passed away early this morning. He was 88.
Clancy began training young amateurs at the PAL boxing gym in Queens, New York and eventually rose to prominence as one of boxing’s great boxing trainers and managers. During his career Clancy worked with Ralph “Tiger” Jones, Rodrigo Valdes, Juan LaPorte, Johnny Persol, Jorge Ahumada, Harold Weston, Tom Bethea, Jerry Quarry, Gerry Cooney, Oscar De La Hoya and Hall of Famers Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman and Ken Buchanan. However, he is best known for his 20-year association with legendary Hall of Famer Emile Griffith, whom Clancy and Howie Albert guided to the welterweight and middleweight crowns. He was twice named Manager of the Year. From 1978 – 1981, Clancy was matchmaker for Madison Square Garden Boxing. He was also an award winning boxing analyst on MSG Network, CBS and HBO in the 1980s and 90s.
“Gil Clancy was one of boxing’s truly great minds,” said International Boxing Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy. “As a trainer and manager he was held in the highest regard by his peers.”
An ESPN2 card is set for April 15th at the Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula, California. The main event, scheduled for 10 rounds in the junior welterweight division, will feature Ruslan Provodnikov (18-1, 12 KOs) will fight undefeated Ivan Popoca (15-0-1, 10 KOs). The co-feature is a ten-rounder between former lightweight world title challenger Ji-Hoon “Volcano” Kim (22-7, 18 KOs) will fight Marvin “El Cachorro” Quintero (21-3, 17 KOs). Former heavyweight world champion Evander Holyfield will also be in attendance for photos and signing autographs for fans.
Conversations with the fight game’s movers and shakers from down under.
IBF#1 middleweight Daniel Geale talks to Fightnews about his May 7 showdown against IBF champion Sebastian Sylvester in Germany and also how he has Sergio Martinez on his radar…..trainer Graham Shaw talks about his charge Daniel Geale…..manager Noel Thornberry, who handles WBO #13 heavyweight Alex Leapai, talks about the Samoan-born Australian heavyweight’s focus on the world heavyweight championship.
By Andreas Hale
James Kirkland, Marcos Maidana and Robert Guerrero workout at the Pound 4 Pound gym in Las Vegas and talk about their respective fights on April 9th’s “Action Heroes” card at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV.
Photo and report by Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
IBF #11 middleweight Sam Soliman was disappointed that the IBF elimination bout scheduled for April 1st in Berlin, Germany has been suddenly postponed due to an injury suffered by IBF #9 Benjamin Simon recently. “The German boxer injured his left hand and his doctor has said he cannot fight for 6 to 8 weeks,” said Soliman. “I am naturally very disappointed but this does happen in boxing. We were only notified of Simon’s injury and cancellation of the April 1st promotion the same day I was to depart Melbourne for Germany. My trainer Dave Hedgecock and my manager Dave Stanley have done a great job in keeping me totally focused on defeating Benjamin Simon and I will be ready to make him pay for the postponements when I get him in the ring in June or July.” Soliman will start a hot favorite to defeat Simon as the Australian holds victories over several world rated boxers including super middleweight Sakio Bika and middleweight Enrique Ornelas and also dropped close decisions to Winky Wright and Anthony Mundine.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo: Brock Ellis
Australian light heavyweight Blake Caparello (6-0-1, 2 KOs) will be in action Friday when he will clash with Kongrit Nankorn (16-15, 6 KOs) at the Malvern Town Hall, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Caparello scored the best win of his career when he outpointed former IBO world title challenger Michael Bolling over eight rounds. On undercard fights, former Australian welterweight champion Eddie Delic (16-9-2, 3 KOs) will punch it out with Ventakasem Harikrishman (8-4-1, 1 KO) over eight rounds. Also in action will be super middleweight Pradeep Singh and light heavyweight Callan Orchard who will clash with imports. Promoter Peter Maniatis said, “This will be a great night of boxing with one of Australia’s best prospects Blake Caparello in the main event. Eddie Delic always comes to fight and he will be in an eight round fight. Fight fans get there early for a top night of boxing at it’s best!”
The off-TV undercard is nearly complete for the televised ShoBox event happening at the Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas, next week. The three main fights will be televised live at 11 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME: Marcus Johnson (20-0, 15 KOs) vs. Dyah Davis (18-2-1, 9 KOs), Danny O’Connor (14-0, 3 KOs) vs. Gabriel Bracero (14-0, 1 KO), and Willie Nelson (16-0-1, 10 KOs) vs. Vincent Arroyo (10-1, 7 KOs).
Also in action is once-beaten heavyweight Bowie Tupou (19-1, 15 KOs) against Andrew Greeley (14-35-2, 8 KOs). Also scheduled is an all Texas middleweight battle between former amateur standout Mike Martinez (9-2-1, 5 KOs) and Jevon Boisseau (3-4) in a six rounder. (more…)
Welterweights Ronald Cruz and Manuel Guzman, who live and train within forty miles of each other in Pennsylvania, will take their in-state rivalry to New Jersey when they meet in an eight-round contest Saturday evening, April 23, in the Palladium Ballroom at Caesars Atlantic City. The Cruz-Guzman fight will serve as the semifinal to the scheduled 12-round main event which features Omar Sheika, of Paterson, NJ, against Garrett Wilson, of Philadelphia, PA, for the vacant USBA cruiserweight title. The first of seven fights begins at 7.30 p.m. in the 1,450-seat ballroom, the first time it has been used for boxing. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Three division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez has again spoken to his promoter Golden Boy Promotions about a better financial offer and the possibility of four fight deal with fights against names like Robert ‘The Ghost’ Guerrero and Zab Judah among others. Marquez has been considering the possibility of leaving Golden Boy in search of a third match with Manny Pacquiao, however the 37-year-old maintains a desire to continue his career with GBP and is studying the offer and longing to continue to make his own boxing legacy.
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