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After putting on some of the biggest fights in boxing history together and separately, legendary promoters Don King and Bob Arum are set to do it again this Saturday as Ricardo Mayorga and Miguel Cotto do battle at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
But before the two pugilists get it on, the promoters gave their thoughts on the bout in a historic roundtable hosted by Showtime . . . Click here for more
The billboards and the posters and the press releases may be promoting the HBO-televised matches featuring Yuriorkis Gamboa vs. Jorge Solis and Matt Remillard vs. Miguel Angel Garcia, but many of the fans who jam the 2,700-seat ballroom at Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall on Saturday evening, March 26, will be coming to see another fight which will not be part of the telecast.
It’s the scheduled 12-round contest between USBA super bantamweight champion Teon Kennedy, of Philadelphia, PA, and challenger Jorge Diaz, of New Brunswick, NJ. Both men are undefeated and both men bring large contingents of die-hard followers. (more…)
On March 17th, St. Paddy’s Day, Star Boxing, brings live professional boxing back to Long Island at the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square, NY. In an interesting bout just added, WBC #3/WBO #13 rated jr. featherweight Leon “Hurry Up” Moore (27-2, 22 KOs) will also see action when he takes on Jason Rorie (6-11-2, 3 KOs) over six scheduled rounds. Moore originally hails from Guyana but now lives and trains in New York City.
Headlining the show is undefeated jr. welterweight prospect Chris Algieri (10-0, 5KOs) as he takes on Philadelphia’s Julius Edmonds (7-10) in an eight-rounder. Also fighting in his first bout since he was shot and nearly killed last year will be the former four-time national champion, Adam “Showtime” Willett (1-1). Willett, who was the number one ranked heavyweight in the US for three consecutive years and was an alternate to the 2008 US Olympic Team, was shot once in the chest while working as a High School Security Guard and defending two of his female students who were being harassed by two older men. Willett is fighting Sharieff Hayes (0-2).
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Looks like ultra-popular WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez could return to the ring two more times in 2011. Promoter Golden Boy Promotions is eyeing a June 18 date in Guadalajara, the hometown of Canelo, and another on September 17 in Las Vegas, both likely on pay per view. The 20-year-old Mexican phenom drew big numbers in terms of attendance and TV ratings in his fight against Matthew Hatton at the Honda Center in Anaheim.
Photo: Marcin Ladka/BOKSER.ORG
Unbeaten Mateusz Masternak (21-0, 15 KOs) of Poland will face his biggest test today in Russia based former world title challenger Ali Ismailov (18-4-1, 13 KOs) The main event bout will take place at the Urania Hall, al. Pilsudzkiego 44, in Olsztyn, Poland. The International Boxing Organization Inter-Continental cruiserweight title will be at stake. The 23 year old Masternak has been solid thus far in his young career winning not only in Poland but in Germany and the U.S. as well. Ismailov dropped a very competitive split decision to then champion Victor Ramirez of Argentina in Argentina in 2009. Masternak weighed in at 195 pounds while Ismailov weighed in at 199 pounds.
It’s a rarity, finding yourself at a roundtable discussion with opposing trainers who not only agree on most points, essentially, but are not unrealistic about their fighter’s chance of victory.
Veteran trainers Emanuel Steward and Al Bonanni joined the press Thursday morning to discuss their fighters, Miguel Cotto and Ricardo Mayorga, who clash Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas . . . Click here for more
By Gabriel F. Cordero
For two-time former world champion Jorge “Niño de Oro” Linares, the defeat of his Venezuelan compatriot Miguel “Aguacerito” Acosta to Brandon Rios in a WBA lightweight title fight in Las Vegas last week will produce a double effect on his career because he’s pressing to get a lightweight title shot in the near future and to start fighting regularly again. “Juan Manuel Marquez, Humberto Soto, Brandon Rios, Michael Katsidis, Robert Guerrero and Antonio DeMarco, these are the names I want because they are the best lightweights,” said Linares. “To me this is a great challenge to my ability both as a boxer and a person. I’m training hard but so far no date, venue and opponent. I’m concentrating on the biggest challenges.”
Linares’ career has been guided by the famous Japanese promoter Akihiko Honda and there is a promotional partnership with Golden Boy Promotions for the development of Linares in the United States. Sources report that GBP had a possible fight between Linares vs Jason Litzau at super featherweight on the April 9 Morales-Maidana card, but the weight was the determining factor for not taking the fight.
“I don’t want to play in the CFL. I want to play in the NFL.”
One could describe the above statement as the mantra Eliot “The Fire” Marshall has been living by for the past year. It is a simple metaphor with a simple meaning: Eliot Marshall wants to fight in the UFC and will not accept any substitutes. After an unforeseen cut from the UFC, a full year in exile, a three fight win streak and an injury to another light heavyweight, “The Fire” Marshall is finally back and ready to play in the mixed martial arts version of the NFL . . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC.com
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By Francisco Salazar
If you are a fight fan living in Southern California, consider yourself lucky to live in an area where more fight cards take place than in any part of the country. Plenty of boxing action will take place in the coming weeks. Loaded with news on future world title fights, club shows, and newsworthy information on fighters, the Southern California Fight Scene hopes to satisfy the hunger of boxing fans. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Nicaraguan WBA light flyweight world champion, Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (27-0, 23 KOs) feels better than ever to face former WBO champion Manuel “Chango” Vargas (29-7-1, 14 KOs) on March 19 at the Tecate Boxing Tour in Puebla, Puebla, Mexico. “All’s well,” said Gonzalez. “I’m happy for this defense of my title and hope to win in impressive fashion. He’s a former world champion. I respect him as a fighter, but I’m eager to succeed and continue to improve,” said Gonzalez. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Themba Lesiba defends his Gauteng junior featherweight title against Sabelo Nokhele at the Nasrec Indoor Arena near Johannesburg on Sunday afternoon. Lesiba who has a reported record of 7-1-1 with 3 wins inside the distance won the 2007 Baby Champs title. He racked up six wins and a draw before challenging Macbute Sinyabi for the South African junior featherweight title in East London in May last year. However, it was a step too far for the unbeaten fighter and he was outclassed by the champion before being stopped in the sixth round. In his most recent fight in December last year he stopped Johannes Nthontho in seven. (more…)
From Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s PPV card:
Michael Grant 252 vs. Tye Fields 278
Joel Casamayor 144 vs. Manuel Leyva 143
Aaron Williams 199 vs. Shane Steele 195
Razvan Cojanu 265 vs. Robert Morales 294
Armed with a roster of seasoned veterans, contenders and rising prospects, promoter Jimmy Burchfield of Classic Entertainment & Sports is launching a New England tour guaranteed to pack two major venues in just 16 days. (more…)
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Incomparable Hall of Fame promoters Bob Arum and Don King hold a Q&A Media Roundtable discussion Thursday night in Las Vegas about their upcoming Miguel Cotto vs. Ricardo Mayorga blockbuster fight card on Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Cotto vs. Mayorga is promoted by Top Rank in association with Don King Productions and will be televised on SHOWTIME Pay Per View.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
In the final press conference in Mendoza, Argentina, challenger Miguel “Mickey” Roman did not hesitate to say: “I think it will be a good fight. I don’t know it will go, but I will return to Mexico with the crown.” WBA featherweight champion Jonathan Barros reponded, “In my division nobody wins [the belt]. I guarantee that the title remains in Argentina.”
It will be Roman’s first shot at a world title and he’s supremely confident in victory. “Mendoza is a beautiful city and then you want a rematch here, I’ll be glad to do it.” He dedicated the fight to Mexico and especially all the people in Ciudad Juarez, which is going through difficult times.
Barros said he was in the best shape of his career and will stated that his skill and accurate punching will carry the day. “I’m a smart fighter and fast, so I hope there will be no need for a rematch.”
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Ricardo Mayorga reacts to being snubbed by WBA Super Welterweight Champion Miguel Cotto at a press conference to promote the Saturday March 12 pay-per-view event.
“It’s a great, great New York fight,” was how Top Rank boss Bob Arum put Saturday night’s co-main event in Las Vegas.
Pairing up former ex-champ and boxing technician Yuri Foreman (28-1, 8 KOs), of Brooklyn, with New Jersey brawler Pawel “Raging Bull” Wolak (28-1, 18 KOs), the ten-round light middleweight bout tops off the undercard for the Miguel Cotto-Ricardo Mayorga “Relentless” card on Showtime PPV . . . Click here for more
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Sam Cohen
Glendy Hernandez 242.2 vs. Francisco Mireles 268.5
Azea Augustama 179.5 vs. JC Peterson 178.2
Yunieski Gonzalez 187.2 vs. Reggie Peña 191.5
Chris Velez 145 vs. Mateo Acosta 138.2
Cesar Cisneros 131.2 vs. Jesus Lule 130.5
Larry Yanez 139.5 vs. Autrell Reed 136.7
Luis Torres 151.5 vs. Ivan Kostiuk 152.7
Venue: Magic City Casino, Miami, Florida
Promoter: Pugilistic Promotions
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
Simona Galassi 111.1 vs. Mariana Juárez 111.7
Gamaliel Diaz 129.8 vs. Rafael Urias 132
Daniel Estrada 134.6 vs. Arturo Gómez 134.64
Salvador Sánchez 129.8 vs. Francisco Olvera 128.2
Carlos Cárdenas 132 vs. Hugo Morales130.9
Venue: Jose Cuervo Salon, Polanco, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Promoter: Dr. Fausto Daniel Garcia
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Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Although all the participants at today’s RELENTLESS: Cotto vs. Mayorga undercard press conference managed to keep their shirts on, the fighters offered up some interesting commentary in anticipation of the March 12 SHOWTIME PPV event on Saturday at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Also on hand Thursday morning for a media roundtable discussion were the trainers of Cotto and Mayorga, Emanuel Steward and Al Bonanni, who made some of the day’s most intriguing assertions and recollections.
Emanuel Steward: “Cotto is the biggest hero in Puerto Rico. I thought [Felix] Trinidad was the biggest hero but even with those losses (to Antonio Margarito and Manny Pacquiao), Cotto is the biggest hero in that country. He holds the Madison Square Garden (attendance) record. Let’s say his next fight took place at the Garden, whether it was with Margarito or something like that, he’d break his own record.”
Al Bonanni: Bonanni has trained Mayorga on and off for years. After experiencing a few too many antics in camp, Bonanni recalled leaving… “I always had enough money to walk away from aggravation and I always had a bad enough temper to shoot somebody…so I left. Mayorga is tough.” For more details and photos click here…
By Thomas Carrage
Rachid el Hadak 199.6 vs. Levan Jomardashvili 198
Salim Larbi 153.7 vs. David Makaradze 151
Venue: Stadium P. Maisonniale, Saint-Etienne, Loire, France
Promoter: Herve Jacques
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The final “Diamond Elite” press conference was held today at Comix in Foxwoods Casino Resort. The WBC middleweight diamond belt showdown on HBO featuring Sergio Martinez and Sergiy Dzinziruk, will be on HBO World Championship Boxing along with Andy Lee vs. Craig McEwan in a “Celtic War.” All four fighters and representatives from their respective camps were in attendance. (more…)
Photo: Etzel Espinoza/Golden Boy Promotions
It’s back to the familiar for Erik “El Terrible” Morales, who is training at the Centro Ceremonial Otomí in Toluca Estado, the site he where trained for many of his most memorable fights including his legendary trilogies against Barrera and Pacquiao. Morales ended his two-year retirement 11-months ago and has scored three consecutive wins. Now, he is preparing for one of the biggest tests of his 18-year career, 12 rounds against Marcos Maidana on April 9th in Las Vegas.
“Everything in the gym has been great,” said Morales. “I am preparing for a battle. I am doing everything according to Maidana’s skill level.” (more…)
Text & photo by Chris Cozzone
A press conference highlighting the undercard of Saturday’s Miguel Cotto vs. Ricardo Mayorga was held today at the MGM in Las Vegas. In the co-main, former champ Brooklyn’s Yuri Foreman (28-1, 8 KOs) takes on Pawel “Raging Bull” Wolak (28-1, 18 KOs), of New Jersey, in a ten-rounder at 154. Wolak told the press that he sees a knockout win while Foreman said he would play matador to the Polish “Raging Bull.” Look for more photos and a full report on today’s presser later today.
The WBO and its President, Francisco “Paco” Valcárcel, recenty gives the junior flyweight title to Colombian Jesus Geles in an event that was held in the Caribe Hotel in Cartagena, Colombia. Geles (12-1-1, 5 KOs) became 108 pound interim champion on October 30, 2010, when defeated Puerto Rican Omar “Pastor” Soto by majority decision in Cartagena, Colombia, and defended succesfully the title on February 5, 2011, with a win over Mexican Ramon Garcia Hirales by split decision. Also present were Luis Pérez, Chairman of the Ratings Committee and International Commissioner, Alfonso Muneras, First Vice President, José Castillo, WBO Colombia Representative, members of the Colombia Boxing Authorities and Geles Team. Geles, 23, is one of the main Colombian prospects. Click here for more photos…
By Bob Ryder
Detroit’s own Darryl Cunningham returns to the ring Friday, March 18 as he takes on Marcos Primera in the ten round main event at the Royal Oak Music Theatre. Cunningham is currently riding a 15 bout win streak in building his record to (22-2, 10 KO’s). With most of his previous wins coming as a super middleweight, the Primera fight marks Cunningham’s entry into the middleweight division. Feeling that the middleweights may provide a faster road to a major fight, Cunningham related that he has no problem making the 160 pound limit and is anxious for an opportunity at one of the major belt holders. (more…)
The British Boxing board have today announced that British Heavyweight mandatory challenger Tyson Fury will finally get his chance to come face to face in the ring with current British champion Dereck Chisora. The Stewards have decided to put the contest out for purse bids, which are to be submitted to the British Boxing Board’s Head Office by 12.00noon on Wednesday, 13th April 2011, the contest has to take place by the end of July 2011. Tyson said, “If he doesn’t finally get stripped of his title by the Southern Area board for his run in with the law last year it won’t matter, I’m going to strip the title away from him along with the zero on his record. Can’t wait for this fight, it’s been a long time in the making, but one thing is for sure, it’s not going to take me as long to finish him off, expect another brutal knock out delivered from this 22 year old.”
With only a couple of days left before Miguel Cotto and Ricardo Mayorga step into the ring for Cotto’s WBA “super” world ligh middleweight title, Mayorga made his final stand to get underneath the Puerto Rican’s skin at the final press conference at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas . . . Click here for more
Eight rounds have not been enough to settle the score between UFC® lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and number one contender Gray Maynard. On Memorial Day weekend, they will get five more to prove to the world who the top 155-pound fighter in mixed martial arts truly is, as they meet for the third time in the main event of UFC® 130: Edgar vs. Maynard III, live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, May 28, 2011 and presented by Bud Light. (more…)
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