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A press conference was held Wednesday at the Rothenseer Autohaus in Magdeburg for the April 17 “Universum Champions Night” world title twinbill at the famous Bördelandhalle. On hand were WBC interim middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik (28-0, 10 KOs), WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (37-2, 23 KOs) and Stieglitz’ unbeaten mandatory challenger Eduard “Eddy” Gutknecht (18-0, 7 KOs), along with their respective trainers. Zbik’s foe Domenico Spada (30-2, 15 KOs) was not present. Click here for quotes and more photos.
Unbeaten flyweight contender Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (25-0, 18 KOs) of Empalme, Sonora, Mexico, will take on Richie Mepranum (15-2-1, 3 KOs) from Sarangani, Philippines, in the main event this Friday night in the Texas Ballroom of the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas. In the co-main event former world champion Samuel Peter (33-3, 26 KOs) will take on Nagy Aguilar (15-2, 10 KOs) in an IBF heavyweight eliminator. Fox Sports Net and Fox Sports en Espanol will televise the card.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former heavyweight challenger Joe Bugner who battled the best heavyweights of the 1970′s, 80′s and 90′s will turn sixty years of age on March 13 and to celebrate there will be a testimonial held at the Wentworth hotel in Sydney, NSW, Australia next Saturday with his former opponent Smokin Joe Frazier in attendance. Known in Australia as “Aussie Joe,” he holds a solid record of (69-13-1, 41 KOs). Bugner talks to Fightnews and tells of his fights with Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Henry Cooper, Ron Lyle, Ernie Shavers, Jimmy Ellis, James Tillis and James Bonecrusher Smith as well as his fierce sparring session with Jerry Quarry. (more…)
Light heavyweight contender Chris “Hard Hittin’” Henry has patiently waited an extra month to get a shot at former 2-time WBA light heavyweight champion Hugo Hernan “Pigu” Garay in their March 27th WBA Light Heavyweight eliminator . . . Click here for more
As the Ultimate Fighting Championship® heads back to the East Coast, the fans have responded once again, and welcomed the UFC® back with open arms. Tickets are officially sold out for UFC 111: ST-PIERRE vs. HARDY, which is presented by TapouT and is taking place Saturday, March 27th from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. (more…)
Surrounded by the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders, WBO welterweight champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and challenger Joshua Clottey pose during the final press conference Wednesday for their upcoming PPV clash on Saturday at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Looks like a showdown between WBA lightweight champion Paulus Moses of Namibia (25-0, 17 KOs) and WBA interim lightweight champion Miguel Acosta of Venezuela (26-3-2, 20 KOs) will be happening in May. No specific date has been singled out yet, but Caracas, Venezuela is the likely site for the bout.
WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco “Captain” Huck and challenger Adam Richards exchanged a few niceties today when they came face-to-face after the official press conference. Huck made fun of Richards’ nickname “Swamp Donkey”. He said: “He looks like a donkey and he behaves like a donkey – he is a donkey! There is no way a donkey will take the title away from me. He thinks he can just come here and beat me but he is terribly wrong. I will punish him on Saturday.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The World Boxing Association will make a decision by next week regarding the controversial fight between Gabriel Campillo and Beibut Shumenov. The WBA will review arguments submitted by representatives of both fighters after observing the video. In the fight, which took place on January 29th in Las Vegas, Shumenov was favored by judges Patricia Jarman (117-111) and Jerry Roth (115-113), while Campillo was seen as the winner by Levi Martínez (117-111).
Carlos “El Indio” Quintana registered 160.2 lbs in his WBC 30-day safety weigh-in, held today in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The weight was within the mandated 10% over the 147 pound limit. The ceremony was supervised by Attorney Herman Colberg, representing the WBC. Quintana will challenge WBC Welterweight Champion Andre Berto, this coming April 10th in Sunrise, Florida.
He might’ve been his most devastating conqueror, but Alfonso Gomez owes a lot to Miguel Cotto.
Two years ago, Gomez, in his sole world title fight, was systematically broken down by Cotto through five rounds. The loss ended a four-year win streak for the Guadalajara, Mexico native . . . Click here for more
If anybody is ready to take their turn under the spotlight, it is WBC super featherweight champion Humberto Soto (50-7-2, 32 KOs) of Los Mochis, Mexico.
Often considered one of the most underrated fighters in the sport, “Zorrita” or sly little fox, is on the brink of joining only a handful of Mexican warriors who have captured three world titles in different weight classes . . . Click here for more
Former world champion Ricky Hatton has reportedly been talking retirement during a weekend drinking binge in Tenerife. The British boxing icon has been planning a tentative comeback on June 26, however he’s been walking around at near 200lbs and even his father/manager Ray Hatton has expressed uncertainty about “The Hitman’s” future in the ring. An announcement is expected.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
With the knockout streak out of the way and a Canadian championship safely in hand, unbeaten David Lemieux (21-0, 20 KOs) defends his super-middleweight belt versus rugged Walid Smichet (20-6-3, 14 KOs) on April 3 in what will be the final Casino de Montreal show for quite some time. Lemieux was able to reel off twenty straight knockouts before being forced to go the distance in winning the Canadian crown versus Jason Naugler. But whether the Lemieux match-up ends early or goes the distance, it will definitely be lights out at the Casino following the fight, when the Cabaret room that has hosted boxing regularly for the past six years shuts off its lights for good as a scheduled three year reconstruction takes place. (more…)
Manny Pacquiao (50-3-2, 38 KOs) created “Manny Mania” at his media and public workout in front of a throng of adoring fans and media types today at the Gaylord Texan Hotel, the home base for The Event: Pacquiao vs. Clottey, Saturday March 13th at Cowboys Stadium . . . Click here for more
Popular heavyweight prospect Tony “TNT” Grano values avenging his lone pro loss more than money and fame, which is precisely why he desperately wanted a rematch against Mark “Oak Tree” Brown, headlining the March 12th “Brace For Impact” card, presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc. (CES), in Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. (more…)
Two of the most dynamic Ultimate Fighting Championship® light heavyweights clash on Sunday, March 21, when Muay Thai ace Brandon “The Truth” Vera takes on dangerous 22-year-old phenom Jon “Bones” at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colo for UFC® on VERSUS. The fight will air live on VERSUS at 9 p.m. ET marking the debut of the world’s largest mixed martial arts organization on VERSUS and the first time that a live UFC event will air on a national sports cable network. (more…)
The World Boxing Council put to the vote of the WBC Board of Governors, the written appeal submitted by Hector Garcia, representative to Omar Niño, for a final and definitive resolution. The World Boxing Council has unanimously voted to ratify the decision announced last Saturday February 27th, in Guadalajara, Jalisco, being the result of the bout a technical draw and ordering a direct and immediate rematch between Rodel Mayol and Omar Niño. (more…)
Former world champion Byron Mitchell (28-5-1, 21 KOs) will take on Otis Griffin (21-6-2, 8 KOs) May 7th. The bout take place on Long Island, New York on May 7th and will be for the USBA light heavyweight title.
Former World Boxing Council lightweight champion David Diaz broke camp in his hometown of Chicago today and headed to Dallas, Texas where he will take on WBC super featherweight champion Humberto Soto on Saturday, March 13th at Cowboys Stadium. Diaz boarded a plane late Tuesday afternoon at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport with his manager/trainer Jim Strickland and co-trainer Mike Garcia.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Polish heavyweight Tomasz “Goral” Adamek (40-1, 27 KOs) has been preparing for his HBO fight on April 24 in Ontario, California and is training currently in Houston with Ronnie Shields. He talks about reaching 198 floors on the Stairmaster, swimming like Michel Phelps and why his style will be a real nightmare for the Chris “Nightmare” Arreola (28-1, 25 KOs). (more…)
By Jeff Zimmerman
WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (50-3-2, 38 KOs) hosted a public and media workout Tuesday at the Gaylord Texan Hotel in Dallas in advance of Saturday’s showdown with Joshua Clottey at Cowboys Stadium. “He’s bigger and stronger than me, but I’m quicker and I’ll be waiting,” said Pacquiao. Trainer Freddie Roach added, “We’ll take care of business on Saturday, and hopefully Floyd will stop being scared and fight us.” Pacquiao promised to give Mayweather a chance to fight him. More photos…
In anticipation of their world welterweight title clash at UFC 111: ST-PIERRE vs. HARDY, UFC® champion Georges St-Pierre and challenger Dan Hardy will be featured on UFC Primetime®, a weekly, three part series premiering Wednesday, March 10 at 10:00 PM ET/PT on Spike TV. (more…)
The 2010 Boxing Record Book, Volume 27 (442 pages) is now shipping. This limited edition features as its cover a reproduction of an original painting by LeRoy Neiman, and includes complete records of active boxers, including over 350 pages of male boxers’ records and over 200 female fighters’ records from all over the world. Split and majority decisions listed in records. The title bout section includes a complete breakdown round-by-round scoring of every IBF, IBO, WBA, WBC and WBO 2009 title bout, including referees, judges, promoters and more. There are also title bout records of judges and referees. A phone directory of Who’s Who in Boxing and a year-end listing of major boxing awards. The price is $55 plus shipping and handling.
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Joshua Clottey interview with the press on fight week. Clottey is preparing to fight pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao at Cowboys Stadium on Saturday March 13, 2010. A crowd of over 40,000 is expected.
By Alexey Sukachev
A purse bid procedure was held at the IBF headquarters today to determine who will promote the IBF middleweight championship mandatory defense fight. There were only two bidders, Bash Boxing, Inc and Sauerland Event GmbH. Bash Boxing won with a bid of $616,515 and Sauerland Event GmbH bid $521,414. The purse bid split will be 75% to the reigning champion Sebastian Sylvester (33-3, 16 KOs) of Germany and 25% to IBF #1 mandatory challenger Roman Karmazin (40-3-1, 26 KOs) of Russia. The fight must take place within 90 days of March 9, 2010 or no later than June 9, 2010.
Bantamweight Abner Mares (19-0, 12 KOs), rated in the top five by the WBO, WBA and IBF, is closing in on a world title shot in 2010. But before he can challenge for a championship belt, he will have to get through another tough battle, this time against Colombian veteran Felipe Almanza (17-15-4, 8 KOs) in the ten-round main event of the March 25 edition of the hit series “Fight Night Club” at L.A. LIVE’s Club Nokia. Also in action will be junior featherweight prospect Derrick Wilson (5-1-1, 2 KOs) facing undefeated Khabir Suleymanov (9-0, 4 KOs) in the televised co-featured bout, plus undefeated featherweight prospect Ronny Rios (9-0, 4 KOs). An opponent for Rios, as well as a full undercard will be announced at a later date.
Seven-time world champion and “Fighter of the Decade” Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao takes a morning run with his dog ‘Pacman’ Tuesday morning for his upcoming world welterweight championship against challenger Joshua Clottey on Saturday, March 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas on HBO pay-per-view. Click here for more photos…
Christian Cherchi of OPI 2000 and Richard Poxon of Hatton Promotions announced today that the vacant European welterweight title will be contested between Gianluca Branco (43-2-1, 22 KOs) and Matthew Hatton (38-4-2, 15 KOS). The fight will take place on March 26 in Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham, England. The winner will face Yuri Nuzhnenko. Hatton Promotions will promote the fight with SKY SPORTS televised live in UK and DAHLIA TV in Italy.
Another boxing highlight for Hamburg as “Universum Champions Night” returns on April 24th at the famous Sporthalle with triple flyweight champion Susi Kentikian and WBO light heavyweight world champion Jürgen Brähmer. Today, the main players met for a kickoff press conference and photo shoot at the “Michel,” a famous Hamburg landmark. (more…)
WBC #10/IBF #10/WBO #10 welterweight contender Alfonso Gomez (21-4-2, 10 KOs) from Whittier, CA, famed for season one of “The Contender” reality show, will face Jose Luis Castillo (60-9-1, 52 KOs) on Saturday, March 3rd at the Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, TX on the Pacquiao vs. Clottey “The Event” undercard which will be shown live on HBO PPV and is being promoted by Top Rank. For more details and photos click here…
WBC president Jose Sulaiman issued the following statement from Bangkok, Thailand, on the sensational encounter of WBC bantamweight champ Hozumi Hasegawa and Mexican Fernando Montiel on April 30 in Japan, as follows:
“I’m very happy and greatly satisfied with the fight between Hasegawa and Montiel to materialize. Hasegawa, the great champ, made ten defenses to his credit and is going to receive an award from the WBC for being one of the very best world champions of 2009 . Montiel, the top and excellent Mexican champion, has been expecting to fight for the WBC belt for several years with the opportunity finally coming to him in one of the most interesting promotions in professional boxing. This fight has taken special attention by the Mexican press as well as Mexican boxing fans, and especially by the WBC. We would like to congratulate the promoter Akihiko Honda, for having signed such a good fight for the benefit of Japanese fans and also for the great revelation of Hasegawa as one of the very best boxers in the world today.”
WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco “Captain” Huck, American challenger Adam Richards, IBF mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin as well as cruiserweight hopeful Alexander Frenkel and IBF Intercontinental Cruiserweight Champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez all participated in a public work-out today in Berlin´s famous Axel-Springer-Passage. All fighters will be in action on Saturday night when Captain Huck makes a second defence of his WBO title. His opponent presented himself in strong shape on Tuesday afternoon despite a horror trip from Houston, which had left him stranded in Amsterdam after missing his connecting flight. After a long wait, Richards (23-2, 15 KOs) made it to Berlin and eventually to his downtown hotel on late Monday night. “Everything is fine now,” he said. “It was a long journey but I am here and that is all that matters. I will be ready for Huck. It will be an exciting fight with two bulls going forward all the time.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBC#3/WBA#9 bantam, unbeaten Kohei Ohba (27-0-1, 11 KOs), 121, Japan, was befuddled by non-stop punching of OPBF#2 Filipino lefty veteran Eric Barcelona (50-17-5, 18 KOs), 119.5, but countered him with precision to earn a unanimous decision (97-93, 97-94 and 97-95) over ten hot rounds on Sunday in Nagoya, Japan. Ohba, a Floyd Mayweather stylist, often enjoyed swaying back and averting Barcelona’s versatile combinations with his back to the ropes, and landed a fewer but more effective counters to the face and midsection. The shifty Japanese became aggressive in the eighth, when he caught the fading Filipino with good rights and stopped him from recklessly boring in. Though his performance was less satisfactory this night, Ohba is still one of the most talented 118-pounders here in Japan.
WBC#8 bantam Mikio Yasuda (16-4-2, 13 KOs), 118, gained the vacant Japanese national 118-pound throne by scoring a quick stoppage of JBC#1 ranked Takuro Kodama (21-7-5, 15 KOs), 117.5, at 0:30 into the second session of a scheduled ten. Yasuda’s explosiveness was shown in the opening round, when he caught him with a trade-mark right and had him fall on all fours. Kodama couldn’t recover from the damage only to be halted just after the second commenced. Promoter: Hatanaka Promotions.
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