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“Are You Ready?”
Boxing fans have been hearing Golden Boy Promotions announcer Joe Martinez use that phrase before main events for years now. But if you were paying attention to the pre-fight announcements for the Khan-Maidana card on HBO, it was Martinez manning the mic for a worldwide audience at that major event, as well. “It was like a dream come true,” he reflected on his first HBO appearance. “I was a little nervous but mostly I was excited that something I’ve envisioned for so long is becoming a reality.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBA super-flyweight6 champ Hugo Cazares (34-6-2, 24 KOs), 115, a Mexican switch-hitter, kept his belt as he pounded out a unanimous decision over counter-punching Japanese Hiroyuki Hisataka (19-9-1, 8 KOs), 114.75, over twelve gory rounds on Thursday in Osaka, Japan.
The official tallies were as follows: Russell Mora (US) and Gustavo Padilla (Panama) both 117-111, and Sergio Caiz (US) 116-112, all for the defending champ Cazares. The referee was Luis Pabon (Puerto Rico).
The 32-year-old Cazares registered his third defense since he dethroned Japan’s Nobuo Nashiro in their rematch at the same arena this May. (more…)
Undefeated super middleweight Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (17-0, 13 KOs) won’t be able to complain about lack of quality sparring when he faces Aaron Pryor, Jr. on the January 14th ESPN2 Friday Night Fights telecast from Key West, Florida. Rodriguez has recently worked ten days with IBF middleweight mandatory challenger Daniel Geale in Australia, followed by 10 days in England with WBC super middleweight champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch, followed by two weeks in Miami with WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal. “It’s been a great experience,” said Rodriguez. “I’m at the point now where I want to get where they are. I’ve learned from working with all of them but the most important lesson is that elite athletes do not put on more than 10 pounds walking around weight between fights.”
Undefeated light heavyweight Ismayl “The Black Russian” Sillakh (14-0, 12 KOs) is scheduled to face fellow unbeaten Yordanis Despaigne (8-0, 4 KOs) in an attractive March 4 clash on ESPN2. Both Sillakh and Despaigne were amateur boxing stars. As an unpaid competitor, Sillakh won the U17 world championships in 2001, and took silver in the 2005 and 2007 World Amateur Boxing Championships while Cuba’s Despaigne won a world amateur championships bronze medal.
Undefeated heavyweight prospect Mariusz “The Polish Giant” Wach (23-0, 11 KO) has signed a promotional agreement with Global Boxing Promotions. The 6-foot-7 and 260 pound Wach of North Bergen by way of Krakow, Poland will also be co-promoted by Prize Fight Promotions, with former three-time heavyweight champion Michael Moorer taking over as Wach’s trainer. Wach will leave next week to train at the Prize Fight Gym in Memphis, TN with Moorer and his next fight will be announced shortly.
This past year, mixed martial arts fans from around the world were treated to some of the finest fights of all-time. To commemorate these epic bouts, World Extreme Cagefighting® and VERSUS have announced that four of the year’s best fights will be featured on WEC: Best of 2010, airing on Dec. 23 at 7pm ET/4pm PT. (more…)
By Paolo Consiglio
Veteran Danish-based Congolese Lolenga Mock (30-12-1, 12 KOs) retained the European Union 168lb title in Penne, Abruzzo, Italy, scoring a dominant unanimous decision over local favorite Lorenzo Di Giacomo (40-4-1, 20 KOs). It was a one-sided affair as Mock applied unrelenting pressure from the outset dictating the pace throughout the twelve rounds. Sporting a swollen left eye from very early in the bout, fighting above his natural weight class, Di Giacomo seemed to have no answer for the 38-year-old Mock’ superior strength and condition. The Italian was able to land some decent shots here and there and, albeit clearly outgunned, gamely lasted the distance on sheer effort but overall seemed too slow and fatigued to catch Mock with fight-altering punches. The only glimpse of hope for Di Giacomo came in the ninth round when Mock was briefly wobbled by a counter left hook, only to regain control of the proceedings seconds later. In the end Mock prevailed by scores of 118-110, 117-111 and somewhat surprising 117-113 (Fightnews had it 119-109). Team De Clemente promoted with Rai Sport 1 televising.
The Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) have re-elected Jack Hirsch for their 2011 president. In addition, Don Steinberg, Sean Sullivan, Ron Borges and Tim Dahlberg have been named vice-presidents.
By. Gabriel F. Cordero
Today the official weigh-in for the WBA super flyweight world championship between Mexican Hugo Cazares (33-6-2, 24 KOs) and Japanese challenger WBC Silver champion Hiroyuki Hisataka (19-8-1, 8 KOs). Hugo Cazares weighed at 114.62 and Hisatake Hiroyuki weighed at 114.40. Both showed good physical condition. This event is organized by Green Tsuda Boxing Gym in Osaka and will be televised live on Sky-A. more photos
Las Vegas hosts its first world title fight of 2011 when world bantamweight champion Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel defends his title against two-division world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire, in the latest chapter of the storied México-Philippines rivalry on February 19 at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. Also on the card will be a rematch between undefeated welterweight champion Mike Jones and Jesus Soto-Karass reprising their exciting battle which took place on November 13 under the Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito pay-per-view extravaganza.
Looking for a great last-minute Christmas gift? Tickets to Montiel vs. Donaire, priced at $250, $125, $50 and $25 go on-sale Thursday December 23, at Noon PT at all Ticketmaster locations. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Mandalay Bay at (877) 632-7400 or Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also will be available for purchase at www.mandalaybay.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
Boxing 360 has announced the signing of WBC #3 rated super bantamweight Leon “Hurry Up” Moore to an exclusive promotional contract. The 31-year-old southpaw Moore (27-2, 22 KOs), from Guyana, is the reigning PABA and WBC CABOFE super bantamweight champion, as well as the former NABA, Guyanese and CABOFE bantamweight titlist.
Z Entertainment will headline the return of unbeaten heavyweight David Rodriguez (33-0, 31 KOs) on a card Feb. 11 in El Paso’s Don Haskins Center. Rodriguez takes on Ty Cobb (11-2, 8 Kos). Jr. middleweight Juan Astorga (14-5-1, 9 KOs) takes on TBA in the co-main, for a minor belt. The undercard: welterweight Marvin Cordova (21-2-1, 11 Kos) takes on Bernardo Guereca (15-10-1, 3 KOs) in a sixer; lightweight Jennifer Han (1-1-1) fights Geni Taylor (2-1, 1 KO) in a four-rounder; Socorro jr. welter David Castillo (2-1) fights debuter Carlos Avila in a four-rounder; El Paso jr. welter Oscar Valenzuela (2-0, 1 KO) vs. Joaquin Abila (0-1), four rounds; and heavyweight Joe Sullivan (3-4, 3 KOs) fights Eric McElroy (0-1) in the opener.
Promoter Oscar De La Hoya stood by his fighter Lucas Matthysee (27-1, 25 KOs) of Argentina after his narrow loss to former multi-divisonal champion to Zab Judah (40-6, 27 KOs) last month. De La Hoya spoke on the phone with Marcelo Gonzalez (media advisor of Arano Box Argentina), who in turn relayed the phone conversation to Fightnews. De La Hoya stated “I would like to see him back in the ring in the not to distant future against a solid test like former world champion Demarcus “Chop Chop” Corley.” The 28 year old Matthysee will now meet Corley in Mendoza, Argentina January 21st in a 10 round junior welterweight main event. The fight will take place in the auditorium Angel Bustelo. The 36 year old Corley (36-15-1, 22 KOs) gave then WBA super lightweight interim champion Marcos Maidana all he could handle in losing a very competitive decision this past August. The Matthysee-Corley bout will air on HBO Plus in Latin America and Telefutura in the U.S.
European super bantamweight title Willie ‘Big Bang’ Casey (11-0, 7 KOs) and his team are confident they’ll upsets WBA super bantamweight Guillermo Rigondeaux (7-0, 5 KOs) when they meet in Ireland in mid March. “Of course we are confident in causing an upset, that’s why we took the fight,” said Casey’s trainer Phil Sutcliffe. “I believe Willie has the tools to beat Rigondeaux. We know all about Rigo, two Olympic Gold’s, two World Championships and now a World Title so he is the real deal. I still think Willie can do it, he’s one of the hardest hitters in the world at his weight, it’s going to be a fantastic fight.”
Rigondeaux is expected to return to his training camp with trainer Freddie Roach next week to prepare for his first defense since defeating Ricardo Cordoba.
By David Greene
Above photo by Ed Diller
Over a 100 pro and amateur boxers – including fan favorite Elvir “Kosovo Kid” Muriqui and former world champion Lou Del Valle – were displaced from the community fixture in the Bronx, NY when a fire gutted the community fixture on Tuesday, December 22, 2009. The gym was rebuilt with generous donations by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and boxing glove maker Everlast. Click here for more photos…
On Monday, Lindsey E. Tucker, Jr., Championship Chairman of the IBF/USBA sent a letter to representatives of former WBC Heavyweight Champion Samuel Peter, as well as representatives of former cruiserweight/light heavyweight champion and current heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek inquiring if the two would be available to fight for the #2 spot in their rankings.
The winner of the proposed bout would then fight the winner of a box-off between “Fast” Eddie Chambers and Derrick Rossy (who will battle for the #1 position) for the mandatory shot at IBF champion Wladimir Klitschko. “Samuel got an early Christmas present from the IBF in the form of this elimination fight and we’ve been going back and forth with Main Events about making it happen,” said Peter’s long-time manager Ivaylo Gotzev. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Fightnews.com spoke to WBA Executive Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza regarding the state of affairs with boxing and the sanctioning bodies. (more…)
Fightnews.com has confirmed that Manny Pacquiao will face Shane Mosley on May 7. The bout will be for Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight title (no catch weight) and will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Mosley officially signed to do the fight today. Promoter Bob Arum said he turned to Mosley after Floyd Mayweather Jr. was unresponsive to doing the fight. Mosley, a partner with Oscar De La Hoya and Bernard Hopkins in Golden Boy Promotions, went rogue and negotiated the fight on his own against the wishes of Golden Boy, which preferred to have Juan Manuel Marquez face Pacman.
Chicago’s “Windy City Fight Night” professional boxing series kicks off the New Year with a bang in its 15th installment as former WBC lightweight champion David Diaz (35-3-1, 17 KOs) returns to battle in the main event on January 28th at the UIC Pavilion. Light heavyweight prospect Andrzej “The Polish Prince” Fonfara (15-2, 6 KOs), welterweight “King” Carlos Molina (17-4, 5 KOs), welterweight Achour Esho (9-0, 6 KOs), junior welterweight Aslanbek Kozaev (13-0, 5 KOs) and welterweight Anton Novikov (18-0, 6 KOs) are also scheduled. Opponents will be named. Presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, advance tickets starting at $31 are available at 312-226-5800.
Unbeaten junior middleweight Erislandy Lara (14-0, 9 KOs) will return to action on January 14 at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in near Palm Springs, California against Arkansas’ Delray Raines (18-8-1, 13 KOs) on TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo” series in a ten-round main event bout. Also appearing on card will be a trio of hot prospects with junior welterweight Frankie Gomez, featherweight Randy Caballero and light heavyweight Trevor McCumby all taking on TBAs.
Photos: Norma Nieves / WBO
For the 12th year in a row, the WBO made their traditional bike and toy giveaway to the children of the Centro Sor Isolina in Ponce, with the presence of World Champions Miguel Cotto and Wilfredo Vázquez Jr., along with WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcárcel as part of the “Kids Drug Free” program. (more…)
Promoter Don King has continued his 46-year tradition of giving away turkeys to families during the holiday season with 15,000 birds distributed to those in need during his annual “Turkey Tour” that made stops this year in Cleveland, South Florida, New Jersey and New York. Four thousand turkeys were distributed near King’s Deerfield Beach, Fla., headquarters, fanning out to the cities of Miami, Little Haiti, Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach; over 5,000 birds were handed out in King’s birthplace city of Cleveland and in nearby Orwell, Ohio; and 3,000 turkeys were made available to those in need in both New York and New Jersey.
“Of all the traditions I have taken part in during my life, none has brought more joy to me than the spirit of giving that takes place during our annual Turkey Tour,” King said. “No matter how good or bad it is perceived to be for most Americans during the holidays, there are always people in need. It has been my experience that a turkey on the table brings families and communities together with much joy.”
Notre Dame Boxing Champion Mike Lee heads to the ice at the United Center on Wednesday night, December 22nd as the “special guest” of the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks. Lee will be honored as part of the Blackhawks “Celebrity Shoot The Puck” between the second and third periods of the game against the Nashville Predators. An undefeated light heavyweight professional boxer, the 23 year old Lee will return to the ring on Saturday, February 26th at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas on the Showtime undercard of the world lightweight championship. Lee graduated from the University Of Notre Dame in 2009 at the “top of his class”, with a degree in finance. He is a native of Wheaton, Illinois and a graduate of Benet Academy. After winning the Chicago Golden Gloves, Lee was signed by Top Rank.
In the same year Mike Tyson will be inducted in the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, NY, boxing will return to the place where Tyson’s pro career began. Pugnacious Promotions presents “Valentine’s Day Crush(ers)” on February 3rd at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany, NY. The event marks the return of boxing to the convention center, which hosted numerous fight cards in the 1980’s, including the pro debut of Tyson. The future heavyweight champion set a familiar pattern with a first-round TKO (1:47) win over Hector Mercedes on March 6, 1985.
Headlining the February 3 card will be undefeated lightweight prospect Mike Faragon (13-0, 6 KOs) who will take on the most experienced opponent in his career, veteran Shamir Reyes (18-7-2, 7 KOs), in an eight-round fight. (more…)
WBA heavyweight champion David Haye has agreed to a 50:50 of proceeds from a unification clash against WBO/IBF world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in 2011. The Klitschko Camp has set a deadline of January 4 to agree terms for the unification clash, and Haye’s trainer and manager Adam Booth claims all previous stumbling blocks have been removed. “We are now perfectly positioned to get together and make this fight with Wladimir Klitschko,” said Booth. “We have sorted out all the old problems and disagreements and are ready to sign the deal both (Klitschko’s manager) Bernd Boente and I discussed on Sky Sports’ Ringside show in November.
“Despite the fact we know we bring more UK television money to the table, David and I are happy to split the entire pot 50:50 and grant Wladimir the deal he has wanted since day one. We have offered them 50:50 on everything – just as they requested – and now see no reason why this tremendous fight can’t happen. The path is clear.” (more…)
Tune in tonight at 10pm ET/PT on SHO2 to relive the drama from Saturday night’s SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast featuring Jean Pascal vs. Bernard Hopkins.
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
WBA # 1 lightweight contender “Bam Bam” Brandon Rios (26-0-1, 19 KOs) of Oxnard, CA, trained by former junior lightweight champion Robert Garcia, began preparations this week at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy for his upcoming bout as he is set to take on WBA lightweight champion Miguel “Aguacerito” Acosta (28-3-2, 22 KOs) of Venezuela on Saturday, February 26th at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV which will be shown live on SHOWTIME and is being presented by Top Rank. For more details and photos click here…
By Craig Watt, Photo: Team Wood
Australian Contender winner Garth Wood (10-1-1, 6 KOs) pulled off one of the biggest boxing upsets in 2010 when he knocked out former three time world champion Anthony “The Man” Mundine (40-4, 24 KOs) with a left hook at the Acer Arena on December 8th. The fight was his prize for winning the Australian Contender show on Fox in January. He confirmed to Fightnews today that he has offered Mundine a rematch for April 2011 with a 50-50 income split.
He stated, “Its all gone a bit quiet from the Mundine camp after we made the offer to give him the chance of a rematch. Initially they wanted a 60-40 split but I refused as it was me who knocked him out, not the other way round. I don’t see why I should earn 40% when I was the victor. A split of 50-50 seems a fair offer to me.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Upon his arrival in Managua, Nicaragua, former two-division world champion Ricardo Mayorga announced that he has signed a contract to challenge WBA super welterweight world champion Miguel Cotto, with the bout possibly landing in Las Vegas on March 12. Mayorga has also been mentioned as a possible challenger for WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm on February 19 in Stuttgart, Germany. It was the first time Mayorga has been in his native country in nearly four years due to legal problems. “I dreamed for many months of returning to my country. I am very happy to return to Nicaragua, and I thank God, my mother, but most of all President Daniel Ortega for having supported me,” said the 37-year-old Mayorga, who in his first bout in over two years stopped Michael Walker in round nine Friday night in Miami.
In other Mayorga news, the boxer has flatly denied the truth of a Wikileaks cable that alleged that Mayorga agreed to publicly support Ortega and give a large portion of his earnings to the Sandinista National Liberation Front in exchange for making a 2004 rape charge go away. “Absolutely not true,” Mayorga stated.
IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (27-0, 22 KOs) will make his SHOWTIME debut on March 19 against reigning Euro champion Brian Magee (34-3-1, 21 KOs) at the Bell Centre in Montreal. IBF super bantamweight champion Steve Molitor (33-1, 12 KOs) will defend against Takalani Ndlovu (31-6, 18 KOs) in the co-feature. They have previously met twice with Molitor winning both times. Super middleweight Edison Miranda (33-5, 29 KOs) has also been lined up to face local hero Renan St. Juste (22-2-1, 15 KOs).
By Craig Watt, Photo: Team Dib
World ranked featherweight Billy “The Kid” Dib (30-1, 18 KOs) contacted Fightnews today to confirm that Team Dib are ready to put a deal together to bring unbeaten WBA 126 pound champion Chris John (44-0-2, 22 KOs) to Australia. He stated, “It was music to my ears to hear that Craig Christian is prepared to negotiate a match with his long serving champion and I confirm that all of Team Dib are focussed to make this fight happen. It would be a great fight for the Australian boxing fans and we are confident of making it happen in 2011. Our only concern is the sanctioning of the fight by the WBA with Gamboa sitting in the mandatory position currently. I have a WBA #12 ranking currently so it should be possible as a voluntary defense for Chris John.” (more…)
By Robert Coster
Slowly but surely, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania’s junior welterweight Ronald Cruz(10-0, 7 KOs) is starting to draw the attention of prospect-watchers. In his last fight, Cruz registered a noteworthy result with a six round stoppage of (14-1) Jeremy Bryan, the two-time National Golden Gloves champion, who was considered the favorite in that fight. And, before that, Ronald had impressively beaten tough trial-horse Juan Ramon Cruz (16-8-2), one who had fought the likes of Anthony Petersen and Urbano Antillon. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
WBC President Jose Sulaiman stated Sunday that while a rematch between WBC light-heavyweight champion Jean Pascal and Bernard Hopkins would be good for boxing, he personally was not going to order it. “It’s not up to me to order a rematch,” said the President Sunday from Quebec City. “That would be up to the WBC council.” Sulaiman seemed dismayed that remarks made privately were turned around so quickly to make a case for Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer to say he would “use our vast financial resources to sue the WBC and the Canadian Commission,” should an immediate rematch not be forthcoming. “It was a private conversation,” said Sulaiman of his words immediately after the fight, “I said though that for clarity, a rematch would be good and that I don’t think either boxer right now is satisfied…..It was a great fight, a possibility for fight of the year; I don’t want to spoil such a great event with controversy.”
After viewing the video tape, Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins has some new statements regarding Saturday night’s draw against WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal. “I knew if they could they take it from me they would and now that I have had the chance to review the fight on tape, I clearly know I won that fight,” said Hopkins. “Jean Pascal, his corner and all of the Canadians in the arena and on television know I won the fight too. The crowd was loud in the beginning but the silence was deafening as I dominated Pascal from the middle rounds all the way to the end of the fight. After the last round Pascal went back to his corner with his head and hands down. I am sure he is still hanging his head today to think he let a 45-year old man beat him up the way I did. If I were him, I would want to redeem myself and my reputation immediately after what happened Saturday night.” (more…)
Report and photo by Przemek Garczarczyk
Current top heavyweight contender and former light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek (42-1, 28 KOs), decided that his next fight will be in his native Poland on April 16 in the “Spodek Arena” in Katowice.
“I know it will be Poland on April 16, maybe two hour drive from my hometown Gilowice, so it will be like fighting at home,” said Adamek. “I don’t know who I will be fighting – this time it is up to International Boxing Federation, they will decide my next opponent. To be perfectly honest, I’m not losing any sleep thinking about possible candidates because I will be ready everybody who is on the IBF list. 2011 will be a very important year for me as a heavyweight and I would like to have best possible position in IBF rankings before challenging for a world title. This fight will be televised on Polsat TV, my Polish television partner bringing millions in front of their TVs. April 16 fight will also be available live for my US supporters through PPV.” (more…)
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