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Undefeated, 24-year-old NABF and NABO champion Matt “Sharpshooter” Remillard (23-0, 13 KOs), arguably America’s leading featherweight, has signed a promotional contract with Top Rank. The Manchester, Connecticut fighter is rated #4 by the WBA and WBO, as well as #5 by the WBC. “Matt is a skilled, exciting fighter. We are pleased he has joined our company,” said Bob Arum of Top Rank. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Promoter Branco Milenkovic of Branco Sports Productions has decided to bring in additional security after the brawl that erupted between boxers Ruben Groenewald and Daniel Bruwer during a press conference at Carnival City on December when holds another press conference at the same venue on Tuesday, January 25. Bruwer and Groenewald were involved in a punch-up incident during the press conference announcing their January 29 cruiserweight clash to be held at Carnival City, Brakpan. (more…)
Move over, Clay Guida. There’s a new wild man on the UFC scene and he’s attracting fans at an alarming rate, which is somewhat remarkable considering that Cody McKenzie has logged just one official fight inside the Octagon. . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, UFC.com
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4-time world heavyweight champion and living legend Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield (43-10-2, 28 KOs) will be conducting open workouts today and Tuesday at 10AM in New York City at the Church St. Boxing Gym (25 Park Place). Evander is in town to promote his clash “Redemption in America” against veteran Sherman “Tank” Williams on January 22 at Colonial Hall, The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.
“Redemption In American,” presented by ARK Promotions in association with The Greenbrier, will be distributed in North American by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 9 PM/ET 6 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay per view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, Avail-TVN and DISH Network in the United States, as well as Viewer’s Choice and Shaw PPV in Canada, for a suggested retail price of only $29.95.
Ticket/hotel packages can be purchased at www.greenbrier.com or by calling 1.800.453.4858. Deadline to book reservations is January 21.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Chris Cozzone
Evander Holyfield, only five time heavyweight champion in boxing history, who will defend his World Boxing Federation title against Sherman “The Tank” Williams on Saturday, spoke with Fightnews.com about what still drives him to be a champion. “The Real Deal” also talks about his amateur coach’s words which still guide him to this day, his biggest challenge and gives some advice to the often compared to him “small” heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek before his expected September fight with WBO/IBO/IBF champion Wladimir Klitschko. (more…)
Photo: Jeff Julian/FightWireImages.com
Birthday greetings to former three time heavyweight champion of the world Muhammad Ali, who turns 69 years old today. The Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, KY will celebrate its founder’s birthday on Monday, January 17 with greatly reduced admission prices (and the opportunity to tour for free), signings by special guests, and a host of other exceptional events. Adult and student admission will be $2, and children 12 years and under will be admitted for FREE. Visitors have the opportunity to tour the Center’s award-winning exhibits for FREE if they bring in a cell phone that day for recycling. This incentive is part of the Alltech-Muhammad Ali Center Global Education and Charitable Fund announced last year, that was created to allow individuals an opportunity to give the gift of communication to others in third world countries where having a new phone is a luxury. Proceeds from the sale of the phones will go to the Fund which raises money to support a range of educational and humanitarian initiatives around the world.
By Matt Thompson
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
Polish junior middleweight contender Pawel “Raging Bull” Wolak (28-1, 18 KOs) once again will look to add that elusive signature victory on his resume, that could vault him into a world title shot when he faces former WBA champion Yuri Foreman (28-1, 8 KOs) on March 12th at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas Nevada. The fight will be a supporting bout for the Miguel Cotto-Ricardo Mayorga Showtime pay per view card promoted by Top Rank.
The signature victory could have happened back on December 4th when Wolak entered into a contract as a late replacement to fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. It was a roller coaster ride from the time the fight was signed. (more…)
A Monday press conference for upcoming clash between WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo ‘El Chacal’ Rigondeaux and Willie ‘Big Bang’ Casey on March 19th in Dublin, Ireland has been cancelled due to visa difficulties for Rigondeaux. The champion is expected to have things sorted out in 2-3 weeks.
Unbeaten lightweight Adrien “The Problem” Broner (19-0, 16 KOs) battered and knocked down John Revish (10-2, 8 KOs) in round one, then got the TKO win when Revish remained on his stool after the round on Saturday night at the Taft Masonic Center in Cincinnati Ohio. It was the ninth first round KO for Broner, who claimed the WBC US championship belt. Broner will now head to Las Vegas to spar with Devon Alexander.
Looks like WBA super lightweight champion Amir Khan will next defend against European champ Paul McCloskey on April 16 in the UK, pending approval of SKY Sports. The Khan camp turned to McCloskey after negotiations with Lamont Peterson’s handlers broke down. Michael Katsidis and Victor Ortiz remain possible options also.
Unbeaten junior welterweight Joan Guzman is facing a likely fine and/or suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission after testing positive for the banned diuretic Furosemide following his December bout against Jason Davis.
Guzman has previously won world title fights at 122 lbs and 130 lbs, but his recent battles with the scale have repeatedly damaged his career. In September 2008, Guzman’s world title challenge against unified lightweight champion Nate Campbell was cancelled after Guzman came in 3.5 lbs heavy. In March 2010, Guzman was an astonishing 9 lbs heavy for another lightweight title fight against Ali Funeka. Then after moving to jr welterweight in December 2010, Guzman still came in 4.5 lbs heavy for the above bout against Davis.
The NSAC previously suspended Funeka for nine months after he tested positive for Furosemide, so Guzman will likely be out of the ring for most, if not all, of 2011.
Looks like former IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham will take on Stjepan Bozic (24-4, 15 KOs) in a tune-up fight on February 12 in in Mühlheim an der Ruhr, Germany, according to BILD. Bozic is just 14 months removed from a world title fight against Dimitri Sartison for the vacant WBA super middleweight belt in November 2009. This bout will help Abraham get ready for his SUPER SIX semi-final showdown with Andre Ward, who currently shares a portion of the WBA belt with Sartison. Ward-Abraham could land on May 14. “I want to get rid of any rust,” King Arthur told BILD. “This is why I’m taking the fight against the Croatian. Otherwise the pause would be too long to me leading into this important fight against Andre Ward.”
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Sam Cohen
The state of boxing in the state of Florida keeps improving. Nowhere was that more evident than at the grand reopening of trainer Steve Canton’s SJC Boxing Gym in Ft Myers, Florida yesterday. The 2-day celebration kicked off with the formal announcement of this year’s inductees to the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame. This year’s class features a wide assortment of inductees; including Fightnews.com’s very own editor-in-chief Karl Freitag.
Canton (an inaugural inductee with the class of 2009) spoke of transitioning to the new site, stating: “The ghosts of the old gym made the trip here as well.” He also expressed his sincere thrill at hosting the official announcement of current inductees.
Florida Boxing Hall of Fame President Walter “Butch” Flansburg and Vice President Sam Cohen joined Canton next to the ring and spoke. Flansburg announced the inductees with a brief description of their achievements. Sam Cohen eloquently described the efforts of legions of people in boxing who will never achieve fame and fortune yet keep the sport alive. (more…)
Photos by Alma Montiel
WBC Silver super flyweight champion Oscar Ibarra (25-4, 16 KOs) successfully made his second defense of the title with a twelve round unanimous decision over Junichiro Sugita (16-5, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Jose Cuervo Salon in Polanco, Mexico. Sugita had his moments, especially late, but judges scored it 115-113, 115-113, 116-113 for Ibarra.
No KO in a battle of KO artists between WBC Youth super featherweight champion Dante “Crazy” Jardon (15-1, 13 KOs) and Rene Gonzalez (28-4-1, 22 KOs). The bout went the full ten rounds with Jardon winning by scores of 99-91, 98-92, 98-92. Click here for more photos…
It was freezing outside but there was no shortage of fire inside the Chinese Cultural Centre last night in downtown Calgary, Alberta, Canada. In the main event, Steve ‘The Dragon’ Claggett (11-0-1, 6 KOs) battered previously unbeaten Mexican Jose Julio Mendoza (7-1, 3 KOs) to capture the WBC light welterweight Youth Intercontinental Title. Claggett started out very quickly and boxed well as he took the fight to Mendoza with his pressuring style. The Calgary native scored two knockdowns in Round two, one from a right cross and the other from a left hook. A gallant Mendoza beat the count but was sent down again in the third by a debilitating left to the liver. The Mexican showed a lot of courage in getting to his feet but the referee waived the bout off at the 2:54 mark of round three. (more…)
Report and photo by Pasi Taavitsainen
Former EBU middleweight champion Amin Asikainen (28-3, 19 KOs) will face Piotr Wilczweski (28-1, 9 KOs) in an EBU super middleweight title fight on March 4th at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland. The last time Asikainen fought for a Euro title was at a lower weight class in 2009. Soon to be 35 years old, Asikainen had big weight problems at 160, however at super middleweight he has been unbeaten and won both bouts by KO. Wilczewski’s only loss was to Curtis Stevens in 2009. He has fought his whole career in the super middleweight division. “I remember Asikainen from our amateur days, and have seen most of his professional matches. He has a really good funamentals for boxing. This will really be a tough and crowd-friendly fight,” said Wilczewski. Asikainen also expects the fight to be tough and doesn’t predict a KO win. “I’m fighting a good fighter, Polish boxers are very physical, and I bet this fight will also be a tough fight. I’m ready to fight the full twelve hard rounds. Training has felt good, and I’m in good shape,” commented Asikainen, who is leaving for training camp in Tenerife, Canary Island.
According to promoter Frank Warren, the WBO has ordered light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer to start negotiations with interim champion Nathan Cleverly. Warren hopes to stage the fight in the UK, possibly in March. Brähmer was scheduled to face WBA champion Beibut Shumenov in a unification fight last week in Kazakhstan, but had to pull out due to illness on late notice. It’s now unlikely that bout will be rescheduled.
Universum is planning to move to a new training facility in the summer, closing down the famous “Universum Gym” on Walddörferstraße in Hamburg where many world champions have trained. “Lately there have been too many defeats for our boxers,” said promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl. “We must create more professional training facilities for our athletes so that they can do up-to-date training. Our heart bleeds, but rebuilding the old gym would be too big of an investment. We’re considering several possibilities and will make a decision on the best possible new location.”
By Karl Freitag
Seemingly ageless former world champion Bernard Hopkins (51-5-2, 32 KOs) celebrates his 46th birthday today. Thus far, “The Executioner” has shown few signs of slowing down as he gave WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal all he could handle last month. In 2011, Hopkins is in line for a WBC-mandated immediate rematch with Pascal and if he should emerge victorious, he would become the oldest man ever to win a major world title, breaking the record of George Foreman. He could well be the betting favorite going into the return match. Happy Birthday Champ!
WBCBoxing.tv will present a championship webcast – free of charge – tonight at 11:30PM ET/8:30PM PT. In the main event – scheduled for 12 rounds at Jose Cuervo Salon in Polanco, Mexico – WBC Silver super flyweight champion Oscar Ibarra, 24-4 with 16 knockouts, of Mexico City, will make his second defense of the title against Junichiro Sugita, 16-4 with 7 knockouts, of Tokyo, Japan. (Please note: the webcast is not available in Mexico.) (more…)
By Phil Doherty at ringside
Photos by Lisa Ross
Russian-born Denis “The Pirate” Grachev (9-0-1, 5 KOs) plundered the unbeaten record of Azea Augustama (9-1, 6 KOs) on Friday night in their light heavyweight main event at the Magic City Casino in Miami, Florida. Grachev scored an eight round majority decision. For more details and photos click here…
The Ultimate Fighting Championship®, in partnership with Spike TV and Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, is once again hosting a special live event to raise funds for the honorable men and women in the United States Armed Forces who suffer from traumatic brain injuries. Already featuring a main event pitting highly-ranked lightweight Evan Dunham against explosive knockout artist Melvin Guillard, UFC® Fight For The Troops 2 is shaping up to be a can’t-miss card. (more…)
People around the world are eager to be a part of history at The Greenbrier. We’re pleased to make single ticket pricing and additional packages available for the spectacular American comeback story starring Evander Holyfield.
Event Ticket Only: $500: (1) Silver Ticket to Redemption In America: The Journey Back Begins Now
Due to overwhelming demand, a limited number of additional Standard Packages have been made available. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Lovemore Ndou is a former two-time world champion who recently battled with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez over twelve rounds in Veracruz, Mexico. Ndou talks to Fightnews about his thoughts on Alvarez also his bout with Miguel Cotto and how Bernard Hopkins gives him inspiration as one of the world’s best pound for pound boxers at 46 years of age.
On March 4, lightweight contender and former U.S. Olympian Vicente Escobedo (22-3, 14 KOs) and streaking veteran Walter Estrada (38-13-1, 25 KOs) will meet in the 10 round main event at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Also junior featherweight prospect Randy Caballero (7-0, 4 KOs) faces TBA in a six rounder. Telefutura will televise.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former Miss Universe entrant and world water ski champion Lauryn Eagle talks to Fightnews about her new career as a professional boxer and how two-time world champion Lovemore Ndou trains and manages her, Vic Darchinyan is a sparring partner and Bill Treacy of Grange Gym is her promoter.
By Rocco Morales at ringside
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
In the main event, southpaw middleweight Erislandy Lara annihiliated Delray Raines, dropping him to the seat of his pants with a perfect right hook, straight left cross combo that bloodied him in the process. Raines was counted out at 2:59 of the opening round and, in victory, Lara stays perfect and raises his record to 15-0, 10 KOs while Raines drops to 18-9-1, 13 KOs.
In the co-feature, a scheduled six round jr. welterweight contest, Frankie Gomez, despite his best efforts was unable to put away trial horse Luis Lugo, a loser of 9 of his previous 10 bouts, and was instead stretched the distance for the second consecutive time in winning an uninspired unanimous decision victory. With the victory, Gomez improves to 8-0, 6 KOs while Lugo drops to 11-15-1, 6 KOs. For more details and photos click here…
Photos by Bob Barton/www.BobBartonPhotography.com
IBF #9, WBC #11 middleweight Peter Manfredo Jr. (37-6, 20 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Daniel Edouard (23-4-2, 14 KOs) on Friday night outdoors on a clear 64° January night at Mallory Square in Key West, Florida. Edouard started strong, but Manfredo turned the fight around when he dropped Edouard with a right hand in round four and outpunched Edouard the rest of the way. Scores were 97-92, 98-91, 98-91. Manfredo was a finalist and star in the first season of the TV reality series The Contender. Edouard said he would retire if he lost this fight.
Unbeaten WBA #15 super middleweight Edwin Rodriguez (18-0, 13 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Aaron Pryor Jr. (15-3, 11 KOs). Scores were 96-93, 98-91, 97-92. Pryor, the son and namesake of the 1996 International Hall of Fame inductee Aaron Pryor (who was in his corner) was deducted a point in round eight. Click here for more photos…
Photos: Stefan Springer (box-info.net)
Today, IBF cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham looked sharp as he finished his training at the Max Schmeling Halle located at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. Cunningham is making final preparations for his upcoming fight with Enad Licina, which will be held January 22 in the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany. More photos…
By Karl Freitag
The new Alabama Athletic Commission has issued boxing license 001 to unbeaten Olympian Deontay Wilder, who will headline Alabama’s first sanctioned professional boxing card on February 19th card at Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa. The promoter of the card is Skyy Promotions, headed by Wilder’s trainer Jay Deas.
WBA heavyweight champion David Haye is currently working out at the famed 5th Street Gym in Miami Beach.
Ring legend Sugar Ray Leonard has agreed to serve as the honorary mayor of Pacific Palisades, California. Mayor Leonard takes office in June replacing the Love Boat’s Gavin MacLeod.
The March 12 Miguel Cotto-Ricardo Mayorga will be the first Showtime-distributed PPV fight since the November 2007 clash between Mayorga himself and Fernando Vargas. (Big thanks to Jody Partin)
Nice article about Fightnews.com photographer Emily Harney in the Salem News. Congratulations Emily!
Trainer Steve Canton will open the new SJC Boxing Gym this weekend in Fort Myers. The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2011 inductees will be announced at the event.
Mike Tyson’s pigeon reality show will debut March 6 on Animal Planet.
Heavyweight Eric “Drummer Boy” Molina (16-1, 12 KOs) has signed with DKP and is scheduled to appear on the March 12 Cotto-Mayorga card. He will be trained by Al Bonanni.
WBA super flyweight champion Hugo Cazares is considering giving up his 115-pound belt and moving to bantamweight.
Fightnews.com sends our deepest sympathies to frequent contributor Pepe Rodriguez, whose mother passed away this morning.
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