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By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA is expecting to receive signed contracts for the WBA bantamweight world title clash between Panamanian champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (29-1-1, 10 KOs) and former WBA interim champion (19-1, 11 KOs) Nehomar Cermeño of Venezuela. The rematch date will be August 14 at the Roberto Duran Arena in Panama City and the event will be presented by Promociones y Eventos del Istmo. This time Moreno, who won their first fight by controversial split decision over Cermeño on March 27th in La Guaira, Venezuela, will have the home country advantage, although Cermeño lives and trains in Panama, as well.
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Former WBA light welterweight champion Andriy Kotelnik (31-3-1, 13 KOs) was the featured guest on the Internet-TV “RingSide Show” hosted by Fightnews.com writer Alexey “Oscar” Potapov. The former champ became a free agent on January 24th after campaigning under the Universum banner. He spoke about his last fight against Amir Khan, working with legendary promoter Don King, and about a possible fight on August 7th against WBC/IBF light welterweight champion Devon Alexander. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
The Baltimore Pro Boxing card that will take place on Saturday, May 8 at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore is an interesting mix of fighters returning after a long absence and boxers making their pro debuts. The main event, however, is a classic matchup of youth versus experience. Undefeated Catonsville, MD cruiserweight Steve “Show Stealer” Wheeler will battle veteran Ariel “Iron” Espinal of Brooklyn, NY in the six-round main event. (more…)
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It’s getting close to fight time and the three time welterweight champion of the world, Antonio “The Tijuana Tornado” Margarito is very anxious to get in the ring and fight for the first time in over 15 months. “I’ve have been working in the gym all time but it’s not the same to get into the ring and fight. Saturday night can’t get here soon enough for me,” said Margarito today, during an International Satellite tour from his hotel in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Margarito will battle Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia in the 10 round main event of “Latin Fury 14″ a big championship card the will televised live on pay-per-view from the Plaza de Toros Monumental in Aguascalientes in the final weekend of the San Marcos Fair. For more details and photos click here…
Byron Mitchell 174.8 vs Otis Griffin 173
(USBA light heavyweight championship)
Michael Grant 257 vs Kevin Burnett 277
Venue: Oheka Castle, Huntington, New York
Promoter: X-Cel Worldwide/Bang Productions
Jason Pires 139 vs Michael Clark 139.5
(NABA/US junior welterweight belt)
Jesse Barboza 230 vs Winston Thorpe 223
David Bauza ?? vs Richard Grant 158
Keith Kozlin 166.5 vs Greg McCoy 166.5
Rick Dawson 167.5 vs Damion Reed 168
Vladine Biosse 172 vs Joe Gardner 171.5
Edwin Soto 142 vs Carlos Hernandez 141.5
Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes 150 vs Natoya Ervin 145
Venue: Twin River Event Center, Lincoln, RI
Promoter: Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports
Middleweight Billy Lyell (21-8, 4 KOs) returns on Friday night after a short break following his unsuccessful world title shot in January against IBF middleweight champion Sebastian Sylvester. Lyell will take on Martinius Clay (13-24-4, 5 KOs) at the new Morgantown Event Center in Morgantown, WV. Lyell weighed in at 155, while Clay scaled in at 154.25. The card is promoted by Simons Promotions.
“This fight with me and (Kermit) Cintron will be a real classic fight,” said two-division world champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams. “I respect Cintron as a man, but when we get in that ring on Saturday night I’m gonna try my best to hurt him ‘cause I know he’s gonna try and hurt me. I’m gonna hit him with everything I got and he’s gonna have to fight me with everything he’s got because I’m gonna be on him. It’s real close to the fight. I don’t want to talk to no one. I just want to do my thing and get ready for Saturday night.
“It’s gonna be a war and I’m preparing myself for a war. In my mind I’m gonna have no sympathy for him in the ring. After the fight is over, okay, I hope he’ll be all right. I wish him all the luck but, come Saturday night when it’s time to get in that ring I’m gonna try and break his ribs, his jaw and I’m gonna try and kill him to death. That’s how I really feel. All the time I spent in training camp away from my family and my friends, it’s in my mind I’m gonna go get him, hands down. And I’m not gonna say no more.”
WBC bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel was presented with his new world championship green belt by WBC president Jose Sulaiman in Mexico City. Montiel seized the title on April 30 dethroning long time champion Hozumi Hasegawa in Tokyo, Japan. Click here for more photos.
Felix Chavez at the scales
For tomorrow night’s Golden Boy / Romero card at Isleta:
Yordanis Despaigne 173 1/4 vs. Richard Hall 177 1/2*
* Hall was 2 1/2 pounds heavy; has 2 hours to lose.
Seth Mitchell 241 1/2 vs. Johnnie White 228 1/4
Max Heyman 192 3/4 vs. Mike Alderete 189
Randy Arrellin 129 vs. Willie Villanueva 127 3/4
Josh Gomez 142 1/4 vs. Derrick Lopez 141
Jose Ramirez 176 vs. Lucas Galle 174 1/2
Freddie Montoya 153 1/2 vs. TBA
(Original opponent Israel Rodriguez out with detached retina.)
Amanda Crespin 129 3/4 vs. Clara De La Torre 129 1/2
On Friday night, OPI 2000, the Italian company led by Salvatore and Christian Cherchi, will stage a show in Selargius (Cagliari) on Sardinia Island. In the main event, European flyweight champion Andrea Sarritzu (30-4-4, 12 KOs), rated WBC #7, WBO/IBF #5 will defend his title against Frenchman Alain Bonnel. It will be the first defense of the EBU crown for Sarritzu.
On the undercard three OPI prospects, welterweight Luciano Abis (27-1-1, 13 KOs), lightweight Luca Giacon (9-0, 9 KOs) and super middleweight Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (16-1, 9 KOs) will fight in six rounders. Italian network Dahlia Sport 2 will broadcast the show starting at 9PM.
Former two-time world cruiserweight champion Jean-Marc Mormeck (34-3, 22 KOs) of France defeated USBA and NABA heavyweight champion Fres Oquendo of Puerto Rico (32-5, 21 KOs) by unanimous decision. Official scores were 96-95, 96-95, 96-94. The bout was promoted by Mormeck’s J3M Management in association with Roy Jones, Jr.’s Square Ring Promotions and took place at the Halle Carpentier Arena in Paris, France.
WBA super lightweight world champion Amir Khan and trainer Freddie Roach are still in Vancouver, BC, Canada, waiting for the U.S. Consulate to process his work visa prior to his May 15 showdown against Paul Malignaggi in New York City. Khan said today that he expects to get the visa later today or tomorrow. Khan is training at Sugar Ray’s Gym while in the Great Northwest.
Gonzalo Munguía (17-6-3, 13 KOs) of Nicaragua is very much ready for his upcoming challenge to WBO super featherweight champion Román ‘Rocky’ Martínez (23-0-1, 14 KOs) of Puerto Rico on May 29th. The bout will take place at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico with PR Best Boxing (Iván and Peter Rivera) in association with All Star Boxing’s Félix ‘Tutico’ Zabala promoting the event. (more…)
Stories by Chris Cozzone
Though Friday night’s ESPN2-card in Albuquerque, N.M. headlines undefeated Cuban light-heavyweight Yordanis Despaigne (5-0, 4 KOs) vs. 36-fight veteran Richard Hall (29-7, 27 KOs) in a ten-rounder; and Maryland heavyweight Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell (16-0-1, 10 KOs) vs. Johnnie White (22-1, 18 KOs). In the local main event, a battle of “Mad” cruiserweights, “Mad” Max Heyman (23-10-4, 13 KOs) against “Mad” Mike Alderete (6-4-2, 3 KOs), is capturing local interest in the Duke City:
Alderete “Mad” dog, not underdog: “Mad” Mike Alderete says you can forget about “Mad” Max Heyman’s 25-fight and seven-year advantage in experience Friday night . . . Click here for more
Max is “Mad” as hell: Fighting a guy like “Mad” Mike Alderete, says “Mad” Max Heyman, equates to taking a tune-up. At least, that was until the mad-dogging and smack talk elevated – or lowered – the bout into one of the nastiest grudge matches Albuquerque has seen in years . . . Click here for more
A fight anticipated like no other, before or since, the Jack Johnson-Jim Jeffries match is still cited as one of the most important sporting events of all time. And now, exactly 100 years later, the city of Reno will honor the legacy of this most famous of fights with a three-day celebration, July 2-4, 2010, featuring boxing celebrities, family members of those involved in the original fight, and boxing at the Grand Sierra Resort which will be aired by Fox Sports Net. (more…)
Get Inside The UFC 113 Action With MMA Live This Weekend: Featuring analysts Kenny Florian and Rashad Evans, including complete pre and post-fight coverage during UFC 113. On ESPN2 and ESPN.com
The Long, Strange Trip of Kimbo Slice: In the unpredictable world of professional mixed martial arts, you can always rely on one thing, and that’s a straight answer from Kimbo Slice.
Pay Per View Telecast
Main Event, 10 Rds., Super Welterweights
Antonio Margarito, 37-6, 27 KOs, Tijuana
Vs. Roberto Garcia, 28-2, 21 KOs, Weslaco, TX
12 Rds., WBA interim super featherweight title
Jorge Solis, 38-2-2, 28 KOs, Guadalajara
Vs. Mario Santiago, 21-2-1, 14 KOs, Ponce, PR
10 Rds., WBA lightweight eliminator
Urbano Antillon, 27-1, 20 KOs, Maywood, CA
Vs. Rene Gonzales, 27-1-1, 21 KOs, Nicaragua
6 Rds., Flyweights
Alonso Lopez, 4-0, 2 KOs, Mexico City
Vs. Oswaldo Sandoval, 1-1, 0 KOs, Mexico
Toprank.com Livestream Bouts
10 Rds., Featherweights
Mikey Garcia, 21-0, 18 KOs, Oxnard, CA
Vs. Pedro Navarrete, 24-7-3, 13 KOs, Mexico
8 Rds., Featherweights
Michael Farenas, 26-2-3, 23 KOs, Philippines
Vs. Marlon Aguilar, 23-9-1, 17 KOs, Nicaragua
4 Rds., Super Lightweights
Jose Benavidez, 4-0, 4 KOs, Phoenix, AZ
Vs. Arnaldo Pacheco, 2-3, 0 KOs, Mexico
Story by Andreas Hale
It’s no secret that when Paul Daley steps into the Octagon with Josh Koscheck at UFC 113 this weekend in Montreal, Quebec, Canada that the only thing on his mind is knocking the AKA fighter senseless.
After all, the Brit has gone 2-0 with two devastating knockouts against both Martin Kampmann and Dustin Hazelett since entering the UFC . . . Click here for more
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Popular heavyweight Timo Hoffmann (38-7-1, 22 KOs) returns to action on June 4 against an opponent to be named. The fight will take place in a ring constructed outdoors at the Aschersleben Garden Show. It’s the 35-year-old Hoffmann’s first bout since dropping split decision to Frans Botha in May 2009. WIBF female super featherweight world champion Ramona Kuehne (15-1, 4 KOs) will defend her belt in the co-feature.
By David Finger
Former WBO heavyweight champion Siarhei Liakhovich (24-3, 15 KO’s) has just announced that he will be fighting in a featured ten round fight on the undercard of the Ruslan Chagaev versus Kali Meehan fight on May 22 in Rostock Germany against noted Nicaraguan prospect Evans Quinn (18-3-1, 16 KO’s). Liakhovich began his comeback on November of last year with a first round knockout over Jeremy Bates, and although Quinn is not a ranked fighter, he is still seen as a dangerous foe and a clear step up from the journeyman Bates.
“He’s a young guy, full of energy,” commented Liakhovich on his opponent, “he comes straight to you. You need to expect the unexpected from him.” (more…)
Trendy LA eatery Sisley Italian Kitchen in Sherman Oaks was the site for today’s final press conference in advance of Saturday’s battle between former 3-time world champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams (38-1, 27 KOs) and former welterweight world champion Kermit “The Killer” Cintron (32-2-1, 28 KOs) at the outdoor Home Depot Center in Carson, California. “It’s not personal, but he’ll be out throwing punches and trying to hurt me, and I’ll be trying to hurt him,” said Williams. “If he catches me with his best shot, I’ll still be standing. When I catch him with my best shot, look out. It may be a different (scenario).”
The scheduled twelve-rounder will be contested at 154 pounds, a division higher than what Williams still claims is his natural 147-pound weight. (more…)
“Universum Champions Night” returns to the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart on July 3 with local hero and former WBA cruiserweight world champion Firat Arslan (29-4-1, 18 KOs) and WBC/WBO/WIBF female featherweight world champion Ina Menzer (26-0, 10 KOs) in headlining roles. Both fighters appeared before the local press on Wednesday.
Arslan, who hails from just outside Stuttgart, returns after nearly a two-year layoff to face Steve Herelius (19-1-1, 11 KOs) for the WBA interim belt. Click here for more, plus more photos.
Welterweight Danny “Swift” Garcia (16-0, 10 KOs) will take on veteran Christopher “Kid Kayo” Fernandez (18-9-1, 10 KOs) on Friday night at The Arena (formerly The New Alhambra) in Philadelphia. The ten-rounder will be the main event on TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate.” The co-featured bout will see lightweight Karl “Dynamite” Dargan (7-0, 3 KOs) in a six round bout against Jorge Ruiz (7-11-1), and back in action after a nearly five year layoff, 27-year-old junior middleweight Mike Dargan (1-1) battles Jason Montgomery (1-0).
During Wednesday’s open workout, Paulie Malignaggi spoke about May 15 showdown with Amir Khan at Madison Square Garden. “I believe I’m the faster fighter. If I get hit on chin, I’m not going to wobble. If Amir Khan starts wobbling, I hope they have a pillow for him in the corner, because he’s going to sleep. I’m going to enjoy sinking my punches into Khan. Some fights are just business, but not this one. I’m going to enjoy every punch I land.” Click here for more plus photos.
Today in the morning, two-time world champion, WBC Superwelter and Middleweight, Sergio “Marvel” Martinez visited the Basilica of our Lady of Guadalupe in order to thank the Virgin for his successful career that has led him to have his current position. Click here for more plus photos.
Preview by Brady Crytzer
UFC 113 offers fans a lot to think about. Aside from the main event rematch between Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, UFC 113 offers fans a glimpse into the future as welterweight contenders Josh Koscheck and Paul “Semtex” Daley do battle in a explosive 170 pound match up. With title implications on the line, and the next shot at Georges St. Pierre looming, this co-feature has excitement written all over it . . . Click here for more
Angel “Toro” Hernandez celebrated “Cinco De Manfredo” on Wednesday in Chicago as he prepared for his IBO Middleweight Title showdown with Peter “The Pride of Providence ” Manfredo Jr. on Saturday, May 22nd at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT.
“It’s called Cinco De Mayo, but this year we’ve changed the name slightly. I’m ready for Manfredo and come May 22nd he will feel every bit of the Chicago heat” said Hernandez, a native of San Luis Potosi, Mexico. (more…)
The WBO has called two purse bids for May 10th at the Sofitel Budapest Hotel in Budapest , Haugary. The first is for a WBO jr heavyweight (cruiserweight) eliminator between Denis Lebedev and Aleksandr Alekseev. Minimum bid is $300,000. The second is for a WBO light heavyweight eliminator between Karo Murat and Nathan Cleverly. Minimum bid is again $300,000. In accordance with the WBO Championship Rules & Regulations, WBO President Francisco Valcárcel has appointed István Kovács to preside over the purse bid.
Official Statement: Golden Boy Promotions has requested issuance of a visa that permits Amir to box professionally in the United States. This request was approved initially by the Department of Homeland Security and, as is standard procedure, we have requested that the U.S. Consulate in Vancouver, Canada complete the process. At the present time, we have been told by these authorities that the visa is being processed through the proper administrative channels. They are aware of Amir’s upcoming fight and we await their response.
At present Khan remains in Vancouver, Canada.
Three time welterweight world champion Antonio “Tony” Margarito and Roberto “Amenaza” Garcia promises a great fight this Saturday when they will meet in the main event of “Latin Fury 14” a big pay per view boxing card presented by Top Rank Inc. “I am really looking forward to this fight like it was my first. I am still very hungry and still have a lot to accomplish in my career. This fight Saturday against Garcia is very important because I want to come back and give the fans a great fight.” said Margarito. Click here for a full report and more photos.
WBO jr. middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk (35-0, 23 KOs) has a new opponent for his sixth world title defense – Daniel Dawson (34-1, 24 KOs) will replace originally scheduled Sherzod Husanov of Russia. The fight will headline the ShoBox card on May 14 at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California. Due to a delay at the local consulate in Ekaterinburg, Russia, Husanov will not receive his passport in time for the fight. In the co-featured bout scheduled for eight rounds, 21-year-old undefeated junior lightweight prospect Archie Ray Marquez (9-0, 6 KOs) will face Juan Santiago (12-3-1, 7 KOs).
Former three-division world champion Hector ‘Macho’ Camacho Sr. (79-5-3, 38 KOs) makes his 2010 debut as he takes on former two-time world title challenger Saul Duran (36-16-2, 30 KOs) of Mexico. The ten round main event bout will take place May 14th at the Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida. The 47-year-old Camacho is entering his 29th year as pro. Camacho drew with former world champion Luis Ramon ‘Yori Boy’ Campos in his last bout nearly a year ago. Reyes-Macho Time Productions will promote.
Michael Katsidis has arrived in the UK – and says he can’t wait to batter Kevin Mitchell in front of his own fans. The Aussie met the press today dressed in his full ancient Greek warrior outfit – a nod to his Mediterranean heritage – ahead of his May 15 clash with Mitchell at Upton Park live on Sky Sports HD1. Katsidis’ Interim WBO world lightweight title will be on the line in the east end, and he says he’s not going home without it. (more…)
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