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The Magdeburg based boxing world champion Robert Stieglitz (39-2, 23 KOs) is looking for the biggest challenge so far. “I want to fight against the best of the best. It is a decision of who is on top of the world. There is only one champion”, the WBO champion states refererring to his next fight. On April 9 the SES fighter will face the current WBA world champion Dimitri Sartison (27-1, 17 KOs) at the Bördelandhalle Magdeburg. Sartison claimed his title in the same year as Stieglitz. Sartison defeated Stjepan Bozic for the WBA championship on November 21 2009 and has since defended the title successfully one time. His only defeat stands against former world champion Mikkel Kessler but this is nearly three years ago. He has continiously work hard and he will now challenge WBO king Robert Stieglitz in Magdeburg. (more…)
IBF, WBO, IBO Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko and WBA Champion David Haye have both agreed to participate in a unification fight this summer. The fight will happen either on June 25 or July 2. In Germany, potential venues could be the football arenas of German Bundesliga clubs Dortmund, Kaiserslautern or Schalke.
Wladimir Klitschko: “I am happy that a fight Klitschko vs Haye has finally been realized. It is my brother’s and my dream to unify all four belts in the Klitschko family. I will not let this chance go by. Haye has twice dropped out of a fight with us and now he has already started to do a lot of trash talking again. It is time to let our fists speak!”
David Haye: “I always believed we’d one day fight and I am glad we have cut through the nonsense and put together the most important fight in the heavyweight division,” he said. “This is an inevitable fight with an inevitable conclusion. Wladimir Klitschko is getting violently knocked out.” (more…)
SHOWTIME Sports® announced today that SHOWTIME EXTREME – the sports and action focused multiplex channel – will broadcast the live weigh-in and select fighter interviews from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Friday, March 11 at 6 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) in anticipation of the March 12 SHOWTIME PPV® “RELENTLESS” headlined by Miguel Cotto and Ricardo Mayorga.
Ines Sainz of TV Azteca and Jimmy Lennon Jr. will host the half-hour program featuring all eight fighters on the pay-per-view card, including Cotto, Mayorga, Yuri Foreman, Pawel Wolak, Miguel Vazquez, Lenny Zappavigna, Tommy Zbikowski and Richard Bryant.
“SHOWTIME continues to explore different ways to expand the reach of boxing and televising the weigh-in of a major pay-per-view card is just one of the many innovations we will be exploring,” said Ken Hershman, Executive Vice President and General Manager of SHOWTIME Sports. “Earlier this year, SHOWTIME EXTREME relaunched as the place to find SHOWTIME Sports telecasts after their original airings on SHOWTIME. By adding live content for the first time, we are bolstering the channel’s value to our subscribers even more.” (more…)
British super-middleweight champion James DeGale has been added to this Saturday’s world title bill at the Braehead Arena, Glasgow. The 2008 Olympic champion will feature in a special attraction to Ricky Burns’ WBO World Super-Featherweight title defence against Joseph Laryea. His fight – a non title affair – will be over eight rounds, live on Sky Sports 1HD in the UK. And it will give Scottish fight fans the chance to see DeGale for the first time in a professional ring. DeGale joins the likes of Naseem Hamed, Joe Calzaghe and Amir Khan among English stars to fight north of the border.
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (46-2-2, 25 KOs) of Oxnard, CA, by way of Quilmes, Argentina arrived in Connecticut, having departed after his final day of training camp at the World Crown Sports Training Center in Port Hueneme, CA on Sunday, for his showdown with undefeated junior middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk (37-0, 23 KOs) of Ukraine which takes place this Saturday, March 12th at the MGM Grand Arena at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut for the vacant WBC Diamond middleweight title which will be shown live on HBO’s ‘World Championship Boxing’. For more details and photos click here…
By Joe Koizumi
Once-beaten prospect having recently scored six consecutive stoppages, 23-year-old Japanese Koki Eto (10-1, 7 KOs), 114.5, had a tough time coping with OPBF#14 Thai national champ Suriya Chuwattana (18-9, 9 KOs), 115, hit the deck in the seventh but barely earned a close but unanimous nod (77-75, 77-74 and 78-74) over eight give-and-take rounds on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. (more…)
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Italian light middleweight Lenny Bottai (13-1, 4 KOs) won the IBF-Int. title on Friday night at the PalaMacchia in Livorno, Italy, with a unanimous twelve-round win over Estonian vicious warrior Sergei Melis (17-4, 6 KOs). Bottai came forward in his usual style and used his superior ring craft with an orthodox jab to gain the control of the clash and his superior boxing skills were clear. Melis tried to re-enter in the fight but he did not have the power to counter Bottai’s pressing and persistent attacks. Bottai was simply too strong and consistent and punctuated his win stepping up gears during the last five rounds and cruised to a deserved unanimous decision win. The judges Paco Garcia, Mario Maianti and Raffaele Argiolas scored the bout 117-111, 118-110 and 117-112 for the new IBF-Int. 154lb champ.
In the chief support, veteran undefeated featherweight Alberto Servidei (30-0-2, 7 KOs) retained his National title. Former European champ Servidei outscored veteran contender Massimo Morra (21-5-3, 7 KOs) over ten chaotic and dirty rounds of boxing. Boxe Cavallari promoted, with RAISAT broadcasting live in Italy.
A clash of heavyweight titans, matching 6-foot-7-inch Michael Grant against 6-foot-9-inch Tye Fields, plus a battle between former world champion Joel Casamayor and late sub Manuel Leyva highlight a televised pay-per-view card on Friday in the Planet Hollywood Theatre for the Performing Arts at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Also on the card presented by Sterling Promotions in association with American Dream Presents and Heads Up Entertainment, in separate fights will be light heavyweight Ron Johnson and cruiserweight Aaron Williams, who’ll be fighting for the USNBC interim 200-pound title. All four fights are scheduled for 10 rounds. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
World super lightweight titleholder Amir Khan seems to have it all so far. A world title around his waist, the backing of a major promoter, and one of if not the most recognized trainers in boxing today in his corner in Freddie Roach. While Khan was impressive in winning a hard-fought 12 round unanimous decision over hard-hitting Marcos Maidana in December, he was eager to meet the winner of the Timothy Bradley-Devon Alexander unification bout.
Talks broke down between both sides, so Khan settled on facing unbeaten Paul McCloskey on April 16th at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England. This will be Khan’s third title defense. (more…)
No live boxing on ESPN2, Telefutura or Telemundo this week, however all isn’t lost for fight fans wanting Friday night TV fisticuffs. Many cable systems are offering a pay-per-view event featuring heavyweights Michael Grant against Tye Fields plus Joel Casamayor vs Mike Anchondo.
Middleweight Matthew Macklin and manager Brian Peters will meet with Golden Boy execs this week discuss the options after Winky Wright pulled out of the scheduled April 2 clash with a hand injury.
March 8, 2011 will mark the 40th anniversary of the historic “Fight of the Century” between Hall of Famers Muhammad Ali and Smokin’ Joe Frazier that took place at Madison Square Garden on March 8, 1971. To commemorate this landmark occasion, the Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, NY is offering free admission to all visitors through March 8th.
By Felipe Leon
Photo: Leopoldo Gonzalez
In an atmosphere of celebration with Banda music and a Norteño band in between fights, nearly twelve thousand southern California fight fans and millions watching HBO’s “Boxing After Dark” witnessed history as undefeated golden child Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (36-0-1, 26 KOs) became the youngest super welterweight to capture a title as he defeated Matthew Hatton (41-5-2, 16KOs) for the vacant WBC strap.
With the gold and green belt firmly on his shoulder, Alvarez addressed the substantial amount of media gathered in the bowls of Anaheim, CA’s Honda Center, “I am very happy in reaching this first dream. Matthew was a very good opponent, a tough opponent who had enough experience to know how to survive when I had him hurt.”
“There is no excuses but I’m a 20-year-old kid,” the Guadalajara, MX, native stated. “There were many things that tried to distract me, family problems, very personal issues and lawsuits. I want to prove that I will be here for a long time to come.” (more…)
Photo: Baja Boxing
David “Morita” De La Mora and Arturo “Fuerte” Badillo got through tough moments in each of their bouts last Saturday night in Rosarito, MX, but still came out with the win at the end of the night in the main and co-main event respectively in a card presented by Tijuana’s Baja Boxing Promotions. (more…)
Undefeated WBA #1-ranked welterweight contender Brad “King” Solomon (16-0, 7 KOs) defends his WBA International title against Demetrius “The Gladiator” Hopkins (30-1-1, 11 KOs) on March 18th at the Seminole Hard Rock Live. Solomon; who is also the WBC #6-ranked Latino champion, faces his stiffest test yet against Demetrius Hopkins (nephew of light heavyweight contender and former middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins.) The “King” scored a decisive 10-round unanimous decision victory against rugged veteran Anges Adjaho (25-5, 14 KOs) at the Hard Rock during his last outing in December. (more…)
Ringside by Francisco Salazar
Photos by “Big” Joe Miranda
A sign by a fan inside the Honda Center on Saturday simply read “Canelo vs. Chavez.”
A bout between Saul Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. would be a dream fight for all Mexicans, Mexican-Americans, and all boxing fans hope to one day see . . . Click here for more
Ringside by Rocco Morales
Photos by “Big” Joe Miranda
Coming off a 13 month layoff, IBF No. 7contender showed little ring rust in a dominating display against No. 6 IBF contender, Otis Griffin, winning a split decision to earn a title shot at IBF light heavyweight champion, Tavoris Cloud . . . Click here for more
By Robert Coster
Photo: Leopoldo Gonzalez
Unbeaten and four months shy of his 20th birthday, bantamweight Tomoki Kameda (18-0, 12 KOs) is one young boxer who undeniably stands out. Tomoki is the only Japanese fighter who makes his career in Mexico and so identifies with his adopted nation that he is nicknamed “El Mexicanito.” Then, there are Tomoki’s two brothers, Koki and Daiki, who have won world titles: Koki is the present WBA flyweight champion while Daiki was the WBC 112 lbs champion until he recently gave up that crown. “I want to make boxing history by also winning a world title–three brothers, three world champions,” says the brash Tomoki who also adds that he plans to be “the greatest of the Kameda brothers.” (more…)
WBA heavyweight champion David Haye has agreed terms to fight IBF/WBO/IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko on either June 25 or July 2 at a venue in Germany. The consensus top two heavyweights in the world finally struck a deal and signed contracts on Friday evening, setting the wheels in motion on the biggest boxing event of 2011. After years of negotiating and posturing, Haye and Klitschko are now set to officially collide in the most important heavyweight showdown for nearly a decade and, in doing so, will unify four of the recognised world heavyweight belts. (more…)
Dear Honorable Governor Cuomo:
Many boxers come from the most difficult of backgrounds. They have struggled and worked to try and make a better life for themselves. It isn’t a sport that someone can pursue successfully without total dedication. As President of the NABF, a former amateur boxer and a decorated Police Officer, I know this first hand.
To remove the position of NYS Athletic Commissioner, and more-so, to risk removing Melvina Lathan, a woman whose family has a long association with the sport, would be a terrible mistake. This is a job that takes complete focus and an inside appreciation of the sport. Melvina was a judge. Her husband is a respected ringside physician. Melvina has reestablished INTEGRITY to the NYSAC which had been sorely missing for many years. Further more, as the first African American person to serve as NYS Athletic Chair, she is an icon. The boxers who engage in the arena deserve as much.
If you make this a Per Diem job, that’s all it will be, a job. We need more. Don’t deliver the knock-out punch that would hurt all boxers. The consequences could be deadly.
Joseph Dwyer, NABF President
It’s official. As previously announced on Fightnews, WBO super flyweight champion Omar “El Huracán” Narváez (33-0-2, 19 KOs) of Argentina will defend his title against César “Junito” Seda (20-0, 15 KOs) of Puerto Rico. The bout will take place April 15th at the Polideportivo Municipal in the city of Monte Hermoso, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
By Rocco Morales and Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
In a clash for the vacant WBC super welterweight title, #1 rated Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (36-0-1, 26 KOs) scored a one-sided unanimous decision over European welterweight champion Matthew Hatton (41-5-2, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The heavy-handed 20-year-old punished the very game but outgunned Hatton the whole fight, but couldn’t stop the scrappy brother of Ricky Hatton. Alvarez was deducted a point for a low blow in round seven. All three judges scored it 119-108. Click here for more photos…
Unbeaten Ezequiel Osvaldo Maderna (13-0, 9 KOs) of Argentina won his biggest fight to date by defeating countryman and former wrold title challenger Ruben Eduardo Acosta (24-6-5, 8 KOs) by 10 round unanimous decision. The official scores were 98-96.5, 98-93, and 99-93.5. The main event bout was competively fought but Maderna clearly won. Maderna is extremely tall for a super middleweight standing at least 6’3 and showed he can fight inside and out. Acosta was a serious test for Maderna having only lost to world title winners. Maderna at 24 appears to definitley have a bright future. The bout took place at the Club Platense, La Plata, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Mario Margossian promoted the event.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos by Marty Rosengarten/www.RingsidePhotos.com
Former two-division world champion Zab “Super” Judah (41-6, 28 KOs) claimed the vacant IBF junior welterweight championship with an impressive seventh round TKO over over Kaizer Mabuza (23-8-3, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Now working with former champion Pernell Whitaker, Zudah put on a very “Sweet Pea”esque performance displaying outstanding speed and defensive skills for the first six rounds, then exploded in the seventh to put Mabuza out on his feet and get the stoppage with his follow up barrage. Time was :59. For more details and photos click here…
Photos by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
WBC lightweight champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (56-7-2, 32 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Fidel Monterrosa (25-3, 19 KOs) in a non-title on Saturday night at the Palenque de la Feria in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico. The fight was a rematch of Soto’s hard fought decision win over Monterrosa in last September. This time Soto dropped Monterrosa in round one and was in mostly in command. Monterrosa was deducted a point in round eight for hitting Soto low. Scores were 98-92, 100-90, 100-88.
In other fights, former IBF super flyweight world champion Alberto “Topo” Rosas (33-6, 26 KOs) defeated Jesus “Taquerito” Vazquez (24-6-1, 17 KOs) via ten round decision in a hotly contested rematch. Click here for more results and photos…
By Rocco Morales and Francisco Salazar at ringside
In opening action, a scheduled eight round super middleweight bout, James Kirkland made a victorious return to the ring and wasted no time in unleashing a barrage of punches that sent the overmatched Ashandi Gibbs to the canvas for the 10 count At 0:34 of round one, the referee counted out Gibbs. With the victory, Kirkland improves to 26-0, 23 KOs while Gibbs falls to 10-3, 4 KOs).
In a scheduled 10 round super middleweight bout, once defeated contender Daniel Jacobs swarmed Robert Kliewer, pinning him against the ropes in the opening minute of the round before landing a hard right cross that dropped him hard to the canvas. Kliewer rose but not for long as Jacobs again pinned him on the ropes and landed an even harder right cross that dropped Kliewer for good. Referee, Ray Corona, immediately waved off the bout. Time of the stoppage was 1:44 of round one. Jacobs improves to 22-1, 19KOs while Kliewer drops to 11-13-2, 5 KOs.
In the semi main event, a ten-rounder for the vacant WBO inter-continental junior lightweight title, Adrien Broner scored his biggest win to date with a close unanimous decision victory over Daniel Ponce De Leon. By scores of 96-94, 96-94 and 99-91, Broner emerges victorious and stays undefeated at 20-0 with 16 KOs, joining Juan Manuel Lopez and Celestino Caballero as the only ones to defeat the 44-fight former champion, De Leon. With the hard fought loss, De Leon drops to 41-3, 34 KOs and may have better luck in the featherweight division.
Photos: Piotr Duszczyk/Ringpolska
WBA #4/WBC #6/IBF #6/WBO #11 cruiserweight Pawel Kolodziej (29-0, 16 KOs) prevailed over twelve rounds against Felix Cora Jr 22-5-2, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hala MOSiR in Krynica Zdroj, Poland. Cora was the agressor and Kolodziej was content to stay on the outside and work for a points win. Scores 118-110, 116-112, 118-110, all for Kolodziej.
“Felix Cora fought a very smart fight and was without the doubt one of the best fighters I have to fight,” said Kołodziej, who became a WBA International titleholder. “Every fight is a lesson for me. I know this one will make me better in the future fights,” added the 30-year-old fighter.
IBF #5 welterweight Rafal Jackiewicz (38-9-1, 19 KOs) scored a quick two round destruction of Tarik Sahibeddine (12-8, 2 KOs). Jackiewicz forced Sahibeddine to take a knee from a body punch in round two then dropped him again for the count with a right to the jaw.
WBC #2/WBA #5/IBF #5 light heavyweight Dawid Kostecki (36-1, 24 KOs) outpointed Juan Nelongo (21-12-1, 9 KOs) in a six rounder. For more details and photos click here…
Former world title challenger Ivan Pozo (32-6-1, 20 KOs) successfully defended his WBC Mundo Hispano bantamweight title winning a clear twelve round decision on points against former world champion Adonis Rivas (22-13-3, 10 KOs) on Friday night in Porriño, Galicia, Spain. Pozo is expecting to be named mandatory challenger for the Euro bantamweight belt in a short time.
By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat
Unbeaten bantam prospects encountered before a packed-house crowd at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan, on Saturday. WBA#3/WBC#9 Shinsuke Yamanaka (14-0-2, 10 KOs), 118, impressively kept his national bantam belt as he registered his eighth consecutive stoppage by halting previously unbeaten Ryosuke Iwasa (8-1, 6 KOs), a sensational ex-national high school champ, at 1:28 of the tenth and final session. (more…)
British super featherweight Gary Sykes (18-1, 4 KOs) retained his belt via twelve round unanimous decision over Carl Johanneson (30-5, 19 KOs) at the Leisure Centre in Huddersfield, England. Johanneson had his chance in round nine when he dropped Sykes with a right hand, but Sykes survived Johanneson’s attempt to finish him and went onto a 116-112, 115-112, 115-113 win.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC #9 featherweight Rafael Guzman (28-2, 20 KOs) is ready for a world title shot after scoring a a third round TKO over Mexican compatriot Jorge Ibarra (10-6-1, 4 KOs) in Friday night’s headliner at the Deportivo Trabajadores del Metro in Mexico City. From the beginning of the fight, “Chocho’s” superiority was evident as he floored Ibarra at the end of round two and battered him in the following round prompting a referee’s stoppage. (more…)
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Onesongchai Boxing Promotion
WBC #2 featherweight Chonlatarn Or Piriyapinyo (37-0,21KOs) successfully kept his WBC Asian Boxing Council (ABCO) 126lb title when he defeated PBF champion TI Yamagata Aguelo (14-4-1,8KOs) on Friday at Nongpralae Park in Lablae, Utraradith, Thailand. The source reported that experienced Thai fighter mostly controlled the show with his superior skills, almost dropping his foe many times in round 5,7 and 8, before he easily scored a 119-109,118-110,118-110 unanimous decision. After the bout, Chonlatarn’s promoter announced that her boy is scheduled to risk against WBC#6 Justin Savi for the WBC final elimination bout on June 4 in Bangkok. more + photos
By Joe Koizumi
Unheralded and unranked by the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC), Kyoichiro Shoji (8-2-4, 3 KOs), 147.75, amazingly scored an upset decision (80-73, 79-73 and 79-74) over OPBF top welterweight contender Dennis Padua (8-2-2, 4 KOs), 145.5, an elongated six-footer from the Philippines, over eight hot rounds on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. Shoji, a 33-year-old late bloomer handled by formerly two-time world champ Hideki Todaka, outhustled and outpunched the much taller Filipino in later rounds to cause an upset result. Padua, who had an experience in fighting Muaythai games in Thailand, was introduced as Padua D. Singwangcha named after the Thai sponsor. Promoter: Todaka Promotions.
IBF, IBO, WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has to cancel his title defense against British and Commonwealth titleholder Dereck Chisora. The bout was supposed to take place on April 30 in the SAP Arena Mannheim, Germany. The reason is the not yet fully healed injury Klitschko suffered last December. Originally the fight against Chisora was scheduled for December 11, 2010. A few days before the bout, three-time champion Klitschko suffered a torn abdominal muscle. After cancelling the fight, it was rescheduled for April 30, 2011. Since the recovery process is not yet in a stage that Klitschko can start training again, the fight has to be called off again.
Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt, the doctor in charge, is of the opinion that an intensive training period in preparation for a fight in April cannot be realized. “Considering the current clinical picture, it is difficult to predict a precise time of rehabilitation. The start of a training camp at this time for a fight in April would be too much of a high risk,” explains Müller-Wohlfahrt.
Wladimir Klitschko: “I am very sorry about cancelling the fight – especially for all fans in the already sold-out SAP arena in Mannheim. I have already fought there three times, 2006 I became World Champion in this arena. However, I am optimistic that soon we’ll have an event in Mannheim.”
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Photos: Ray Bailey
Friday night at the Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Cuban southpaw Giorbis Barthelemy (25-8-2, 10KO’s) shocked the near capacity crowd with completely unexpected second round knockout of USBA title holder Derek “Pooh” Ennis (23-3-1, 13KO’s) in the main event of the evening. The entertaining eight bout card promoted by Diane Fischer’s DeeLee Promotions, titled “The Next Generation showcased relatives of legendary fighters including Isiah Seldon (the son of Bruce Seldon) who scored a convincing third round knockout of Juan Zapata.
The main event was originally scheduled to be a USBA title defense for the ninth ranked IBF junior middleweight Derek “Pooh Ennis against Deandre Latimore, but it was scratched due to of the challenger having flue like symptoms. In stepped Cuban southpaw Giorbis Barthelemy in a ten round non title bout. Barthelemy was considered to be a runner who had tested top prospects such as, Kofi Jantuah, Willie Gibbs and Enrique Ornelas. It figured to be a nice test for Ennis. However things don’t always end as expected. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Kostya Tszyu talks about the IBF Pension Fund and why it is a very good thing for boxers.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
Video: Pepe Rodriguez
WBC female flyweight world champions, Simona Galassi of Italy and interim champion Mariana Juarez of Mexico both made the mandatory seven-day weight in advance of their showdown next Saturday. Galassi scaled in at 114.84 while Juarez was 115.72, both far below the WBC’s ceiling of 117.75. By Friday’s weigh-in both have to be not more than 112 pounds. (more…)
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