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The UFC 172 main card on April 26 is likely to get off to a rousing start, as always-exciting lightweights Jim Miller and Bobby “King” Green have verbally agreed to meet in Baltimore. New Jersey’s Miller has won two of his last three bouts, defeating Joe Lauzon and Fabricio Camoes. Green has been on a nearly unstoppable hot streak, winning seven straight, including UFC victories over Jacob Volkmann, James Krause, and Pat Healy.
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By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez
Fernando Beltran’s Zanfer Promotions, arguably the best and largest promoter in Latin America, began its February with a bang offering a marathon eleven-bout fight card at the new home for Tijuana boxing, the Tecate Box Tour tent, located in the spacious parking of the historic Caliente Racetrack. The 3,000-plus arena specifically built to host boxing was half full but with an enthusiastic audience as they welcomed a majority of out of town fighters but none the less enjoyed the show. The main event might have featured a future star when hard hitting and undefeated Carlos “Chuko” Diaz (13-0, 7KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico, came from behind and spectacularly stopped grizzled veteran Miguel “Barreterito” Beltran (28-3, 18KOs) of Los Mochis, Mexico, in the sixth round of a scheduled ten.
After the original opponent fell out, the super featherweight Diaz came in on two weeks notice and many local boxing pundits suspected the Guadalajara fighter was coming in to cash in against the much more rugged and experienced Beltran. Despite Diaz handing out the first losses to two top prospects, Sergio Nuñez and Angel Rodriguez, in his last couple of fights, Beltran had faced the much stiffer opposition in former champs Roman “Rocky” Martinez, Juan Carlos Salgado and Miguel “Mikey” Roman. (more…)
Fidel Maldonado Jr 141.8 vs. John Nater 142.2
Errol Spence 147 vs. Peter Oluoch 146.8
Terrell Gausha 157.8 vs. George Sosa 156.6
Kendo Castaneda 141.8 vs. Randy Fuentes 141.2
Travell Mazion 137 vs. Justo Vallecillo 135.6
Joseph Rodriguez 127 vs. Jesus Garza 126.8
Luis Torres 146.8 vs. Milton Ramos 146
Mario Barrios 122.2 vs. Manuel Rubalcava 123
Marco Solis 137.2 vs. Daniel Sanchez 140
Justin DeLoach 153.2 vs. German Valdez 150
Venue: Cowboys Dancehall, San Antonio, Texas
Promoter: Golden Boy/Leija*Battah
TV: Fox Sports 1
By Victor Lee
Photos: Ulysses Sato and Aaron Jang
Nineteen-year-old slugger Mako Yamada (7-0, 2 KOs), of Fukuoka, Japan wrested the WBO female minimumweight title from formerly undefeated defending southpaw champion Su-Yun Hong (9-1, 5 KOs) this afternoon in snowy Chuncheon, South Korea by split decision scores of 97-93, 96-94 (for Yamada) and 97-96 (for Hong). Yamada employed a persistent body attack that weakened Hong over the first half of the boufemale minimumweight titlet. Yamada upped her work rate in the later rounds, throwing full-force hooks to the head that had Hong holding on for dear life. Not expecting to win a decision on the former champion’s home turf, Yamada burst into tears when the decision was announced. With this victory, Yamada became the first Japanese WBO female champion, and the first woman from Kyushu to win a world title. In the semifinal bout, former amateur standout southpaw Ja-Ik Goo (3-0, 3 KOs) stopped rugged defending South Korean Super Lightweight Champion Taek-Min Kim (15-7, 10 KOs) on cuts to win the national belt. Full report to come.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBA featherweight champion Jonathan Barros (37-4-1, 21 KOs) scored a first round TKO over Brazilian Cid Edson Bispo Ribeiro (13-4, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the FAB Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The fight had no intensity and seemingly no significant punches landed when Brazilian suddenly crumpled to the canvas. The match resumed but Ribeiro was soon on the canvas again from looked like more of a push. Ribeiro then seemed not interested in continuing and the bout was waved off. Barros defended his IBF Latino featherweight title. Fans in attendance and watching on national TV couldn’t have been happy with Ribeiro effort in this one.
Fight fans are welcome to attend today’s weigh-in for Monday Night’s FS1 Golden Boy Live! telecast headlined by Fidel Maldonado Jr. against John Nater at Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio, Texas. The weigh-in is at 2:00 p.m. at the Home Depot on 435 Sunset Road West.
Marcos Maidana was a runaway winner on most independent polls, but Amir Khan has pulled way ahead on Floyd Mayweather’s official poll. Current results have Amir Khan with 57% (19727 votes) and Marcos Maidana at 43% (15055 votes). Floyd says he’ll fight the poll winner.
There is talk of WBO jr lightweight champion Mikey Garcia moving to lightweight to take on interim beltholder Yuriorkas Gamboa on May 17, with the bout talking place in Los Angeles area at the fabulous Forum in Inglewood.
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez and Alma Montiel
WBC light flyweight champion Adrian “Confesor” Hernandez (29-2, 18 KOs) retained his title with a third round TKO over Janiel Rivera (10-2-2, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at the Caballerizas de Huixquilucan in Huixquilucan, Mexico. Hernandez was in seek and destroy mode from the opening bell and brutally attacked Rivera until referee Vic Drakulich waved it off at 1:37 of the third round. It was Hernandez’ fourth defense in his his second reign as WBC 108lb beltholder. Rivera was unsuccessful in his attempt to become the only Puerto Rican to currently hold a world title.
In other action, bantamweight Julio “Pollito” Ceja (26-1, 24 KOs) stopped Jesus “Chovy” Acosta (14-3-2, 10 KOs) in round four, WBA female bantamweight champion Irma “Torbellino” Garcia (9-1-1, 1 KO) outpointed Nasly Maldonado (1-4, 0 KOs) in a non title bout, and world-rated light flyweight Saul “Baby” Juarez (19-3, 11 KOs) decisioned Luis “Gallito” Ceja (24-5-3, 20 KOs) over eight. photos
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
In a surprise, unbeaten super featherweight Carlos “Chuko” Diaz (13-0, 7 KOs) scored a spectacular sixth round KO over two-time world title challenger Miguel “Barreterito” Beltran (28-3, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at the Arena Tecate in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. After being given a boxing lesson for five rounds, Diaz rushed Beltran and unloaded a barrage of punches that sent Beltran to the canvas for the count. Time was :59.
In the co-feature, super bantamweight Raul “Rayito” Hirales (21-2-1, 10 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over Fernando “Ferocito” Vargas (26-8-3, 18 KOs). Hirales showed no effects from his tragic KO over Frankie Leal last October as he aggressively battered Vargas until the bout was waved off after eight rounds of punishment. Time was 1:34. photos
By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat
The Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) announced on Friday that it would not have licenses of Kameda Gym’s club owner Shinji Yoshii and its manager Satoshi Shima renewed because of its responsibility of having caused serious confusion on the aftermath of the previous IBF/WBA super-flyweight unification bout between IBF champ Daiki Kameda and WBA titlist Liborio Solis last December. It means the JBC actually suspended the activities of Kameda gym’s staging promotions featuring Kameda brothers of former WBA bantam champ Koki, current WBO bantam titleholder Tomoki and IBF super-fly ruler Daiki—inside of Japan.
Also, an unidentified JBC staff filed a lawsuit with Koki Kameda and Tomoki Kameda for having confined him in a room after the rules meeting and threatened him with their violent behavior. He claims a payment of 10,000,000 Yen (some 100,000 USD) for mental damage he suffered in Takamatsu, where Daiki participated in an IBF 118-pound elimination bout with Rodrigo Guerrero and acquired the vacant belt last September. Kameda brothers strongly refuted the JBC staff for the gloves required by Guerrero party despite the previous agreement. (more…)
Canadian welterweight champion Steve ‘The Dragon’ Claggett (19-2-1, 13 KOs) scored a telling second round knockout over reigning Hungarian welterweight champion Gyula Vajda (15-5, 10 KOs) Friday night at the Chinese Cultural Centre in Calgary, Alberta. The 24 year old Chinese-Canadian charge was all business from the opening bell, boxing with poise behind a stiff jab. Claggett scored a knockdown in the closing moments of Round 1 and finished the job with a compact, short and sharp right hand counter punch just 23 seconds into Round two. The big punching Vajda was in the process of throwing some wild haymakers when Claggett snuck in the brilliant chopping counter right that dropped the Hungarian like a stone. The bout was immediately waved off giving Claggett his first win in 2014.
By Lindy Lindell
Photos: Dan Graschuck
He didn’t seem to be so tough any more. This was one of several messages that a victorious Tony Harrison wished to convey last night in Detroit’s Masonic Temple after he had dropped the normally durable Grady Brewer five times en route to a two-round stoppage in which the 17-0 (14) Harrison finally stepped up in his first local eight-rounder. “It took [Erislandy] Lara ten rounds to do what I was able to do in two,” Harrison pointed out to the crowd after scoring five knockdowns in those two rounds on a generally action-filled card put on by Kaltsas Productions with Carlos Llinas, matchmaker. The packed house was no surprise, even with a ticket price boost. That Harrison had been matched with the normally-tough Brewer was in the air (helped by some long-awaited press coverage)—in other words, the tension created by someone (Brewer) who could be counted on to fight back. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez
Exactly one month after their first fight card of the year and the first boxing event in Tijuana, Promociones PM led by former super flyweight champion Diego “Pelucho” Morales presented the first Tijuana fight card of the month at the Olivaritos Restaurant last night, February 7th. All four rounders, the ten fights varied in weight classes, from flyweights to heavyweights. In the main event, popular Tijuana heavyweight Sergio “Tota” Ramirez (2-0, 2KOs) returned to the ring to make quick work of the slightly taller Esteban “King Kong” Sosa (1-5), also of Tijuana, stopping him in the first round.
Sosa had his moments as he scored a number of left hooks to the body but it was the damage by Ramirez to the face that turned the fight to Ramirez’s favor. Hard over hand rights to the face would force Sosa to take several steps backs as “Tota” kept rushing forward. When it looked that Sosa was going to be able to survive the round, surprisingly it wasn’t the experienced referee Juan Morales Lee the one to pull the plug but actually the Tijuana commission who decided that Sosa had received too much punishment. Official time of the TKO was 2:59 of the first. (more…)
By Sam Geraci at ringside
Photos: Tom Barnes/Tomba-Images
In the main event of ESPN 2 FNF at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, IL, late replacement Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia (34-3, 22 KOs) of Weslaco, TX, scored a split decision against Norberto “Demonio” Gonzalez (20-3, 13 KOs) of Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico, in an entertaining ten round junior middleweight bout. Scores were 96-93 and 95-94 for Garcia while judge John McCarthy scored it 95-94 for Gonzalez. FightNews scored it 96-93 for Garcia.
Throughout the first, Gonzalez used his jab, feints and movement to keep Garcia from cutting off the ring. Although Gonzalez was more active, most of his shots were blocked. With the exception of the final seconds of the round, whenever Garcia managed to cutoff the ring, he was unable to let his hands go or land with anything of significance. In the final seconds, however Garcia landed a terrific left hook that buckled Gonzalez’ legs. It was the only cleans shot that Garcia landed and it should have been enough to take the round (10-9 Garcia). (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Friday night at the National Guard Armory in Northeast Philadelphia, seventeen year old highly decorated amateur superstar Milton “El Santo” Santiago made his professional debut in impressive fashion with a picture perfect first round knockout of five fight junior welterweight veteran Moses Molina (1-5, 1 KO). In the co-feature of the seven bout card promoted by Greg Robinson’s Power Productions, undefeated super middleweight Derek “Take it to the bank” Webster upped his record to 15-0, 8ko’s with a one sided fifth round TKO over Julio Garcia (6-6, 3KOs). The card was matched by none other than the boxing diva, Renee Aiken. (more…)
By James Slater
Tyson Fury, who is all set to fight late replacement foe Joey Abell a week today, has taken to Twitter to insist the cut eye he picked up in sparring yesterday will not prevent the fight from going ahead. Fury, sparring with “Fast” Eddie Chambers, picked up a small cut and posted a photo of himself on his Twitter page to show it.
And the unbeaten giant could not resist having a dig at the man he was twice set to fight in David Haye:
“Look I got a cut in sparring yesterday. Should I do a Hayemaker and & pull my next fight? Lol p***y. I’m still fighting.”
Fury will have his first fight in ten months when he rumbles with Abell, and if he emerges victorious he is expected to have a big stadium rematch with Dereck Chisora in the summer. However, how will plans be affected if Fury’s cut re-opens next Saturday?
By James Slater
Last night in Sheffield on Dave Coldwell’s “Pride of Yorkshire” card, super-flyweight prospect Haroon Khan improved to 4-0 (1 KO) as a pro with a wide 4-round points win over a tough and game Francis Croes. The 22-year-old brother of former world champion (and frontrunner to face Floyd Mayweather on May 3rd according to the latest results on Mayweather Promotions’ official poll) Amir Khan enjoyed his first victory of 2014.
Winning by a score of 40-36, Khan got some good work in, courtesy of the durable Croes, who took everything Khan could dish out and kept coming. Khan, who won a Bronze at the 2010 Commonwealth games, said after last night’s fight that he hopes to step up to a six-rounder in his next outing. Croes, who has been stopped just three times, fell to 1-22 (1 KO)
Junior welterweight contender Thomas Dulorme (20-1, 14 KO’s) from Puerto Rico has just started his training camp in Oxnard, California, under the command of trainer Robert Garcia. “I needed to see a change in my workouts, learn new things, but I want to make clear that my former trainer José Bonilla, will always be a part of my team because I am very grateful for what he has done for me in my career, as a trainer and currently as a manager,” said Dulorme, who is also managed by Enrique Román.
About his new trainer Dulorme commented, “Garcia has a extensive world class experience. I’ll be grabing like a sponge all of his knowleadge, and let me not forget about the great quality sparring partners that are here.” (more…)
By Matheson Sports Media
Photo: Noel Thornberry
The message from the judge was like one of his jabs.
Short and succinct.
The man in the dock was 25 years old. He’d had something of a charmed life. He had a beautiful wife – Theresa, his high school sweetheart. She had given him three of the most precious things in his life – daughters Cyanne, Maria and Menime.
But there he was, very quickly coming to terms with the fact that for the first time in a long time, his fate was no longer in his own hands.
It was 2005, and Alex Leapai was in the court room facing a grievous bodily harm charge after his brutal attack on a couple of local bouncers.
The judge said the brutality – which left one of the men badly injured – warranted a four year prison term – and that’s what was delivered – but with a caveat. The judge, taking into account Leapai’s children, wife and his good work record gave him some hope. “If you behave yourself inside for six months, you will be released…” (more…)
By Sam Geraci at ringside
In a jr middleweight crossroads clash, Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia (34-3,1, 22 KOs) won a ten round split decision over Norberto “El Demonio” Gonzalez (20-3, 13 KOs) on Friday night at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois. Garcia pressed the action and landed the harder shots, while Gonzalez was busier. Garcia was deducted a point for pushing in round eight by referee Celestino Ruiz. Good exchanges the last two rounds. Scores were 95-94 Gonzalez, 96-93, 95-94 Garcia.
Undefeated WBO #3 featherweight Kamil “Szczurek” Laszczyk (16-0, 7 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision over former bantamweight world title challenger Daniel “El General” Diaz (20-6-1, 15 KOs). Laszczyk dropped Diaz in round one with a right hand, but was forced to go the distance. Scores were 79-72, 79-71, 78-73.
Undefeated welterweight Erickson Lubin (3-0, 3 KOs) won when overmatched journeyman Roberto Acevedo (13-13-3, 1 KO) quit after round one. Acevedo cited an injured left hand.
Undefeated super welterweight Patryk Szymanski (8-0, 2 KOs,) of Konin, Poland, scored two knockdowns with body shots en route to a TKO at 2:10 of the second against Daniel Hicks (5-5, 3 KOs) of Lansing, MI.
Undefeated cruiserweight Junior “Hurricane” Wright (10-0, 9 KOs) of Evanston, IL, scored a TKO at 21 seconds of the fourth against Galen Brown (40-26-1, 23 KOs) of St. Joseph, MO.
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Undefeated WBO World Welterweight champion Timothy Bradley and superstar Manny Pacquiao make a special visit to the famous “Rocky” statue at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the final stop of their media tour.
Both fighters are in town in promotion of their upcoming eagerly-anticipated rematch. Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with MP Promotions and Tecate, Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 will take place, Saturday, April 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
Miguel Beltrán 132.3 vs. Carlos Díaz 132.3
Raúl Hirales 123.5 vs. Fernando Vargas 123.5
Rafael Guzmán 140.2 vs. Raúl Hinojosa 140.2
Roberto Ramírez 135 vs. Fidel Rodríguez 135
Jesús Quijada 129.2 vs. Jorge Watanabe 130
Julio Barraza 130.5 vs. Maximiliano Galindo 129.2
Venue: Foro Tecate, Tijuana
Tv: Azteca 7
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
In his U.S. debut, South African welterweight Chris Van Heerden (21-1, 13 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over former world title challenger Cosme Rivera (35-18-3, 24 KOs) on Thursday night at the Florentine Gardens in Hollywood, California. The southpaw Van Heerden proved to be elusive as he countered the aggressive Rivera in the opening round. Van Heerden showed more aggressiveness in round two as he let his hands loose with combinations backing Rivera up. In round three Van Heerden began to cut off the ring as he began to land the straight left on the Mexican. There was no escape for Rivera as Van Heerden was stalking, connecting flush, cornering and backing him to the ropes. Referee Raul Caiz Jr. stopped the fight at the end of round four upon the advice from the physician. Rivera has now lost four straight.
In the co-main event Heavyweight Charles Martin continued his knockout streak as he scored a stoppage over Maurenzo Smith in a scheduled six round bout. A straight left by the southpaw Martin dropped Smith in the opening moments of the first round. Smith slipped shortly after he got up as Martin was on the attack hitting him while he was down, referee Jack Reiss warned Martin as he gave Smith time to recuperate. However in round three the straight left once again dropped Smith as he got up but fled from Martin’s attack surviving the round. Referee Jack Reiss waived the bout at the end of round upon the advice from the physician. With the win Charles Martin remains unbeaten and goes to 14-0, 12 KOs. Maurenzo Smith falls to 12-8-2, 9 KOs. (more…)
No announcement from Classic Entertainment & Sports, but Ricardo Mayorga has been pulled from the February 21 CES card at the Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island. Apparently DKP put the kibosh on the fight claiming Mayorga is still under contract.
ESPN Friday Night Fights analyst Teddy Atlas taped tonight’s “Fight Plan” segment Thursday at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium. Atlas’ sparring partner this week is ESPN stage manager Saul Avelar.
The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame will announce its second set of inductees, the 2014 Class of Inductees, on Tuesday, February 11 at 2PM. The announcement will be made at a press conference at Richard Steele’s Health Center in North Las Vegas.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos by Pepe Rodriquez and Alma Montiel
Adrian Hernandez 107.8 vs. Janiel Rivera 106.7
(WBC light flyweight world title)
Julio Ceja 118.8 vs. Jesus Acosta 118.8
Irma Garcia 115.5 vs. Nazly Maldonado 117.7
Luis Ceja 109 vs. Saul “Baby” Juarez 109
Venue: Caballerizas de Huixquilucan
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa Deportes (Mexico)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Roger Bloodworth
“I like the “Crossroads” poster for my fight with Glazkov. It shows how important this fight is – for both of us,” – said top heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek (49-2, 29 KO), who on March 15 (Sand Casino Bethlehem, live on NBC Sports Network) will face Ukrainian Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov (16-0, 11 KO). “We – my trainer Roger Bloodworth and my team – know exactly what’s at stake. But I’ve been in this situation before and pressure never gets to me. Maybe for Glazkov, this is an crossroads fight, but for me it’s just something I have to take care of before another championship challenge. This fight is for #2 IBF spot, maybe facing Kubrat Pulev for right to fight Wladimir Klitschko for his belt. We all know that, but March 15 it’s still day at the office for me. We expecting Monte Barrett in our camp coming Monday. He’s a very tough, seasoned world class competitor, so every sparring is a mini-war, but this is exactly what what we both want.”
Winner of four of his last five bouts, Puerto Rican prospect John Nater will step up to test welterweight prospect Fidel “The Atrisco Kid” Maldonado Jr. this Monday, Feb. 10 in the main event of FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes’ Golden Boy Live! series at the Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio, TX. Nater replaces former world champion Steve Forbes, who was pulled from the bout due to a failed pre-fight medical exam.
In the eight-round welterweight co-main event, unbeaten 2012 U.S. Olympian Errol Spence Jr. takes on Florida’s Peter Olouch and opening the televised portion of the card fans will see an intriguing 10-round junior middleweight showdown between rising star Julian “J-Rock” Williams and longtime contender Alex Bunema. (more…)
Bobby Hitz announced today that Hitz Boxing has signed light heavyweight Ryan “The Irish Outlaw” Coyne (21-2, 9 KOs) of St. Louis to a promotional contract. “Adding Ryan to our already stacked roster of fighters gives the Hitz stable another dangerous big man to go along with Fres Oquendo and Andrey Fedosov,” said Hitz. “He is a perfect addition to our team.”
Coyne, who has previously held the WBC US cruiserweight as well as the WBA Fedelatin cruiserweight titles expressed his excitement in joining the Hitz Boxing team. “Bobby is a boxer’s promoter, who goes the distance for his fighters,” said Coyne. “I know I am with a great organization.”
Date and venue are set for Marco Huck’s (37-2-1, 26 KOs) next title defense. The WBO World Cruiserweight Champion will lace his gloves again on May 3 at the MHP Arena in Ludwigsburg, Germany. Moreover, this one could feature a special occasion: If Huck wins, he would equal the record for most title defenses at cruiserweight! “I am excited to have my next bout in Ludwigsburg,” said the 29-year-old titlist, who beat Firat Arslan just two weeks ago in Stuttgart – a 30 minutes car ride from the MHP Arena. “The atmosphere at the Arslan fight was of the charts and I expect nothing less come May 3.” (more…)
While Marcos Maidana was a landslide winner in Fightnews.com’s independent poll, Amir Khan has overcome Maidana’s lead in Mayweather Promotions’ official poll. Khan now has 13,681 votes (51%) to Maidana’s 13010 votes (49%). Khan’s surge in the voting began when he began promoting the poll to his nearly 1.5 million Twitter followers. Floyd stated he would let the fans decide whether he fights Khan or Maidana on May 3.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. will promote a February 28 ShoBox card at the Turning Stone Resort Casino Event Center in Verona, New York. Undefeated middleweight contender J’Leon Love (16-0, 9 KOs) will compete in the main event and the co-feature bout will include lightweight prospect Mickey Bey (19-1-1, 10 KOs). The February 28 event will mark the eighth nationally televised boxing event held at Turning Stone in the past 18 months, and comes on the heels of former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson’s world debut as a promoter at Turning Stone in August 2013.
Tickets for the February 28 SHOBOX event at the Turning Stone Resort Casino Event Center are on sale now. Tickets are priced at $60, $35, $25 and $15. Call the Turning Stone box office at (315) 361-7469 to order tickets directly, or visit http://www.Ticketmaster.com..
Milton Santiago Jr. 138.5 vs. Moses Molina 136.5
Anthony Flores 138.6 vs. Ramesis Gil 139.2
Sulton Statan 138 vs. Mike Eroza 137.5
Frank Trader 130.8 vs. Israel Suarez 128.5
Emanuel Folly 122 vs. Michael Varela 129.5
Derrick Webster 164.2 vs. Julio Garcia 169
Antonio DuBose TBA vs. Michael Haigood 125.5
Promoter: Greg Robinson’s Power Power Productions
Venue: National Guard Armory
1st Bell: 7:30 pm est
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Panamanian WBA bantamweight super world champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (34-2-1, 12 KOs) will defend his title against the Argentinian challenger Javier Chacon (19-1 4 KOs) on March 22 at the Arena Roberto Duran in Panama City. Moreno and his promoter Sampson Lewkowicz held a press conference in this city to present the fight in an event called “Clash of Warriors” where Moreno will make the twelfth defense of the world title he won in May 2008.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The only way to reduce fatalities in the ring is strict attention to prevention, said WBC Executive Secretary Mauricio Sulaiman, when asked about the passing of boxer Oscar “Fantasma” Gonzalez. “I was there at the arena and the truth is that it wasn’t a hard fight. It was a tough accident, which was nobody’s fault. Oscar had passed all the medical tests,” Mauricio said. He stressed that Oscar was a very clean living, decent young man and a great boxer. “This sad story must help us further improve our prevention programs. We have got to eradicate these situations.” Mauricio added that the WBC is gathering every single scrap of information available to assess what caused Oscar Gonzalez’s death. He assured that the WBC will give $50,000 USD of the life insurance to Gonzalez family. “Money can’t buy a life but this is something Oscar left to his wife. This life insurance has been established by the WBC since 1982.”
On Saturday, March 1st, WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns will defend his world title against Terence Crawford in a bout that will be shown LIVE on AWE TV. Crawford is promoted by Top Rank. Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum talks about the much anticipated showdown.
By Sam Geraci
In the main event of tonight’s ESPN2 Friday Night Fights, Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia (33-3, 22 KOs) of Weslaco, TX, takes on Norberto “Demonio” Gonzalez (20-2, 13 KOs) of Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico, in a ten round junior middleweight bout at the UIC pavilion in Chicago. Garcia is a late replacement who signed to fight Gonzalez on less than two weeks noticeafter Puerto Rico’s Jonathan “Mantequilla” Gonzalez (17-0-1, 14 KOs) withdrew because of an injury during sparring.
Garcia is a rugged, come-forward Mexican-American who lacks recognition as a contender at junior middleweight despite being ranked at one time by the WBC and IBF, headlining televised cards, challenging former world champion Antonio Margarito in 2010 and defeating Antwone Smith in March of 2012. In the following interview, Garcia discusses his desire to be ranked, the challenges he’s faced outside the ring, his dedication to his family and more. (more…)
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