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By Phil Doherty
Above photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Other photos: Sam Cohen
The tired, old adage about boxing’s dying popularity took it on the chin today as hordes of media gathered to witness WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto (35-2, 28 KOs) perform an open media workout at the Heavyweight Factory gym in Hollywood FL. Cotto and his family joined Top Rank chief Bob Arum, Hall of Fame trainer Emmanuel Steward and the broadcast crew from Showtime Boxing to field questions regarding Cotto’s upcoming March 12th Showtime PPV clash with Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga (29-7-1, 23 KOs).
Showtime landed the fight as part of a package deal when Arum shifted long-time allegiance from HBO for the upcoming May 7th Pacquiao-Mosley bout. The fact Top Rank is co-promoting the Cotto-Mayorga bout in partnership with Mayorga promoter Don King, (and Miguel Cotto Promotions) demonstrates drastic improvements underway in the “sweet science.” (more…)
Photos: Pete Susens
Trainer Freddie Roach puts Amir Khan through his workout on Tuesday at The Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California. (more…)
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
Golden Boy Promotions held a press conference Tuesday in Los Angeles to announce the April 9 pay-per-view event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas featuring legendary three-division world champion Erik “El Terrible” Morales taking on former WBA interim super lightweight champion Marcos “El Chino” Maidana in the main event. The telecast also features the return of former undisputed junior middleweight king Winky Wright against European middleweight beltholder Matthew Macklin as well as former world champions Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero and Michael Katsidis “The Great” squaring off in a lightweight clash. Macklin and Katsidis did not attend. Here’s what Morales, Maidana, Wright and Guerrero had to say. (more…)
By Ricardo Conde
Hard hitting junior welterweight prospect Karim ‘KC’ Martinez (5-0, 4 KOs) of Humble, Texas steps back into the ring this Friday, February 25th at the Austin Music Hall in Austin, Texas against Derrick Jones (1-2) of Fort Worth, TX which features former heavyweight champion George Foreman’s son, George “Monk” Foreman III (10-0, 9 KOs) of Houston, Texas and as well as female boxing champion Ann Wolfe’s daughter, Jennifer Wolfe (5-0, 2 KOs) of Cedar Creek, Texas, in separate bouts, the fight card dubbed “Legends, The Next Generation” is being presented by Joe Dumas Productions. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos by Scott Mallon
In a nationally televised promotion, featherweight star Padjai Yongyuthgym (10-0-1, 8 KOs) connected with a power right to the jaw of Mongolia’s Ganhyagu Ganzorig (10-3, 1 KO) to successfully defend his PABA belt for the second time in three months at the Rangsit Stadium Bangkok, Thailand on Tuesday. Yongyuthgym completely outboxed Ganzorig in the first round before dropping him with a single punch in the following round. Ganzorig rose on unsteady legs at the count of eight but the referee crowned the Thai to save the import from further punishment.” Yongyuthgym was impressive today,” said Promoter Daniel Potter. ” Padjaj trains very hard at the Top Rated gym and will be ready for top class opponent in his next ring outing.” For more details and photos click here…
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced that unbeaten light heavyweight star Phil Davis will fight Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in the main event of UFC®Fight Night™ Live on March 26 from KeyArena in Seattle. The 8-0 fighter from Harrisburg, Pa. replaces Tito Ortiz, who was forced to withdraw from the bout due to injury. (more…)
Legendary promoters Don King and Bob Arum get together for dinner on Tuesday night at Morton’s Steakhouse in Hollywood, Florida.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that three UFC® 127: PENN vs. FITCH preliminary fights will air live on ION Television on Saturday, Feb. 26 starting at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT.
The fights are: Nick Ring vs. Riki Fukuda in a middleweight contest, James Te Huna vs. Alexander Gustaffson in light heavyweight action and Ross Pearson vs. Spencer Fisher in a lightweight clash. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA lightweight champion Miguel “Aguacerito” Acosta has been wrapping up his training workouts in Las Vegas at the famous Top Rank Gym for the clash this Saturday against challenger Brandon Rios. At the end of his training session, Acosta climbed on the scale and weighed exactly 136 pounds. He’s in great shape and mentally keen to step into the ring for the fight. “I’m happy with the work we did. I expect a hard fight because Bam Bam Rios is very strong, but thanks to my preparation everything will go well,” stated Acosta. Saturday’s fight takes place at the Pearl Theater in the Palms Casino and Resort Hotel in Las Vegas and can be seen on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing. Click here for more photos…
In advance of the upcoming UFC® 127: PENN vs. FITCH event scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 26 live on Pay-Per-View, the UFC 127 press conference will air LIVE on UFC.com today at 4PM PT/7PM ET.
The event will include former two-division UFC champion B.J. Penn and UFC welterweight contender Jon Fitch, as well as co-main event fighters Michael Bisping and Jorge Rivera. Additionally, Australians George Sotiropoulos and Kyle Noke, as well as UFC U.K. President Marshall Zelaznik, will participate.
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Congressman Bill Posey (R-Rockledge) released the following statement commending the television network Telemundo for working to bring a major WBO sanctioned boxing night to Palm Bay:
“I applaud Telemundo’s efforts in bringing about this exciting night of boxing entertainment here in Palm Bay, Florida,” said Posey. “Events such as this one attract visitors from around the world, provide a boost to local businesses and help promote our area as a premier travel destination. I look forward to Telemundo continuing to take an active role in communities throughout the 15th Congressional District.”
The event is being telecast live nationally and through four continents worldwide on Friday, February 25th from the Palm Bay Community Center.
By Rey Colon – The Sport Press
The former WBO junior lightweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez (24-1-1, 15 KOs) will make his return to the ring on either April 9th or April 16th according to his trainer Papo Torres. “We fight in April,” he said. “After that tune-up fight, we’ll go for the 130lb title of [Ricky] Burns or whoever has it. Rocky is training hard. recovered and ready to fight.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Today in Mexico City, boxing photographer Alma Montiel Hernandez, whose photos are often seen here at Fightnews.com, presented a photo exhibition titled “The Sports” in the Distrito Federal Subway. The exhibition is supported by the WBC, the Association of Distirto Federal sportswriters and the National Union of Workers of Public Transport. Alma is one of the best photographers in Mexico and plays an important role in professional boxing in Mexico. Click here for more photos…
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Felix Promotion, headed by Felix Racz back in action after a four year layoff and in association with K.O. Promotions will stage the first WBO event in Slovakia on February 25th at The City Hall of Nitra, between local idol Tomas ‘Tomi Kid’ Kovacs (18-0, 13 KOs) and Hamza Wandera (12-1-2, 11 KOs) of Uganda what on paper looks as a tough and explosive fight between big punchers. The fight will be for the vacant WBO Europe light heavyweight title. The co-main event will feature an unbeaten Hungarian prospect, supermiddleweight Balazs Kelemen (7-0, 6 KOs) against veteran Zoltan Kiss (16-8-3, 2 KOs). The entire card will be televised Live by the Slovakian National TV.
Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank
WBA Super Welterweight champion Miguel Cotto, Caguas,Puerto Rico skips rope during media day for his upcoming world title fight against two-division world champion Ricardo Mayorga, Managua, Nicaragua on Saturday, March 12, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Cotto vs. Mayorga is promoted by Top Rank, in association with Cotto Promotions, Don King Productions, Tecate and MGM Grand and will be televised on SHOWTIME Pay-Per-View. Click here for more photos…
By Dmitriy Salita
Photo: Team Salita
With sadness and tears in my eyes my friend and mentor who was and is a huge influence on my life passed away on Sunday night. The great and one of a kind Jimmy O’Pharrow, who was affectionately known as Jimmy O. Jimmy O was 85 years old and is survived by his wife of over sixty-two years Ailean, and his two sons Mark and CJ. (more…)
Photo and report by David Finger
Froilan “The Sniper” Saludar (11-0-1, 8 KOs) continues to excite boxing fans in the Philippines, emerging as one of the most exciting prospects in a country that is currently on top of the boxing world. He is fresh off the heels of his dominant first round KO over veteran Liempetch Sor Veerapol this Saturday in Imus, Philippines. Coupled with Nonito Donaire’s stunning KO over Fernando Montiel this last weekend, it proved to be a great week for Philipino boxing fans the world over. However, the dominance of Saludar’s win, in which he captured the vacant WBO youth flyweight title had boxing insiders abuzz over this newest addition to the ranks of world class prospects. Verrapol, a former Thai champion, was coming in off a gritty seventh round TKO loss to former world champion Brian Viloria and had twice fought for the WBO Asia Pacific title. Few were expecting a short fight, even considering the “Sniper’s” dominant early knockouts over Rommel Obidos and Jecker Buhawe in 2010. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Just before NBA All Star Game in LA, HBO’s Max Kellerman talks about what he loves the most – boxing, especially the upcoming Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley clash and Tomek Adamek versus one of the Klitschko brothers.
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Former WBA super middleweight challenger Sam Soliman who will clash with Benjamin Simon in Berlin in an IBF eliminator on April 1st talks to Fightnews about his fights with Sakio Bika, Anthony Mundine and Winky Wright and how he is trained by Dave Hedgecock and managed by David Stanley.
Former IBF welterweight champion Joshua Clottey will return in a ten-rounder on the undercard of Cotto-Mayorga clash March 12 in Las Vegas. Clottey (35-4, 21 KOs) will face Calvin Green (21-5-1, 13 KOs).
Fast rising and exciting heavyweight prospect, Joe “The Future” Hanks (15-0, 10KO’s) has signed an exclusive long-term agreement with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing. The New Jersey native Hanks, who made his pro-debut on a DeGuardia promoted card, now looks to continue his career under the Star banner.
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Two-time world champion Daniel Santos is in Los Angeles sparring with middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez, who faces Sergiy Dzinziruk on March 12 at the Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut. Santos, a lefty like Dzinziruk (and Martinez), was beaten by the Ukrainian in a close fight back in December 2005.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The possibility exists that current IBF super flyweight world champion Cristian Mijares will defend in April against IBF #5/WBC #5 rated Malik Bouziane in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico. The 33-year-old Bouziane (13-1-1, 1 KO) battled then-reigning IBF champ Simphiwe Nongqayi to a majority draw decision last April in France. Bouziane was born in Algeria but became a naturalized French citizen. As an amateur he won the gold medal in the Asian Games and participated in the 2004 Athens Olympics. It would be the second time Mijares has faced a fighter from France. In October 2007, he annihilated Franck Gorjux in one round in Cancun, Quintana Roo, in what was his fifth title defense of WBC 115lb belt.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
This week, unbeaten Mexican prospect Saúl “Canelo” Alvarez moves into the “speed stage” of his preparations to fight for the vacant WBC super welterweight world championship on March 5 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Alvarez will run on a track daily and spar each third day to reach his peak physical form for facing the experienced Matthew Hatton. “Canelo” is looking to become the third Mexican fighter to claim the WBC 154lb crown, following Lupe Aquino in 1987 and two-time titleholder Oscar de La Hoya, who became a naturalized Mexican citizen in 2002. Team Canelo will head to California next weekend, after training in Guadalajara.
Whenever the temperature falls below freezing, southpaw Antonio DeMarco (24-2-1, 18 KOs) wins.
The Los Mochis, Mexico, native is hoping for just that in his first test of 2011 when he faces the WBC Silverlightweight champion Mexico City’s Reyes Sanchez (20-3-1, 11KOs) on Saturday, February 26th, at the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island, Nebraska . . . Click here for more
Illinois’ Brian Ebersole always told himself to “be patient” when it came to getting a call to compete in the UFC. What he probably didn’t know was that such patience would take him through 11 years of competition and over 60 professional fights before he got that call . . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi , UFC.com
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NABF light heavyweight champion Ismayl Sillakh (14-0, 12 KOs) of the Ukraine is all ready and set to meet fellow unbeaten Yordanis Despaigne (8-0, 4 KOs) of Cuba March 4th. ESPN2 Friday Night Fight Series will televise the main event. The bout is a rarity these days as such promising prospects usually don’t meet at this stage of their careers. Both fighters bring a wealth of amateur experience to the table. Despaigne is a former 2004 Olympian for Cuba and Sillakh won over 300 amateur bouts for his native Ukraine. The match-up on paper is for sure the toughest for each to date. “There is no doubt about it that this is a serious fight but I know I have the better guy,” stated Sillakh trainer Shadeed Suluki. Sillakh has been based in Southern California for a few years now where he has trained with Suluki since turning professional. Suluki gained major notoriety for leading a prime Lamon Brewster to his monumental upset of Wladimir Klitschko in 2004. Fightnews caught up with Sillakh as he is now winding down his training camp. (more…)
Light welterweight Ashley Theophane (29-4-1, 7 KOs) is fresh off his points win over Lenny Daws (21-2-2, 9 KOs) this past Saturday where he lifted the British title. Upon reading the recent comments on Fightnews by unbeaten Frankie Gavin (9-0, 8 KOs), a brief statement was released by Theophane’s management. “Frankie Gavin is definitely a very skilled fighter and comes with a lot of credentials from his highly decorated amateur career. However, he and Ashley are at different stages of their careers right now. Where Gavin is a promising prospect, Theophane is a legitimate world ranked contender. Our company’s immediate goals are set on a world title fight or a fight that will set up a world title fight. At this stage, Frankie Gavin is not in our immediate plans but we want to wish him the very best.”
James O’Pharrow also known as Jimmy O passed away Sunday night at the age of 85 of a reported heart-related issue. O’Pharrow is well known for having founded the Starrett City Boxing Club of Brooklyn, New York in 1978. Former world champions Zab Judah, Shannon Briggs, Riddick Bowe, and Louis Collazo are just a few names who have trained out of the famed gym. Fightnews sends its condolences to all the family and friends of O’Pharrow.
Until now, Poland has been vastly under appreciated in MMA circles. But the central European nation is quietly emerging as a hotbed for the skyrocketing fight sport. Do not be surprised if, within the next few years, UFC president Dana White starts publicly referring to the land of potatoes, sausage and sauerkraut in the same glowing terms as fight-crazy nations such as the United States, Canada and Australia.. . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri , UFC.com
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Story and photos: Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
At a press conference today in Mexico City it was announced that WBC flyweight champion Simona Galassi (14-0-1, 3 KOs) from Italy will defend her belt against WBC interim flyweight champion Mariana Juarez (27-5-3, 13 KOs) from Mexico on March 11 at the Jose Cuervo Salon in Mexico City and be televised by Sky Sports Channels 501 and 1501 (HD) to all Mexico, Central America and the Dominican Republic.
By Johnny B’
On Wednesday night, the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in Chicago will host the 2nd Rocky Marciano Amateur Boxing Tournament featuring the best amateur prospects from the Chicagoland area and Northwest Indiana. Boxing personality Bert Sugar will also be in attendance to present Chicago’s Ring Heroes, a reunion of over 40 of the best fighters from Chicago dating back to the 1950s. Scheduled to appear are Craig Bodzanowski, Luke Capuano, Jake Carollo, Kenny Corcoran, John Collins, Sean Curtin, Rocky DiFazio, David Diaz, Mike Garcia, Montell Griffin, Bobby Hitz, Nate Jones, Mike Joyce, Johnny Lira, Lenny Lapaglia, Mike Landini, Pat LaCassa, Primo LaCassa, Jeff Lanas, Young Joe Louis, Louie Lomeli, Rocky Martinez, Jeff Mason, Louie Mateo, Terry McGroom, George Mostardini, Leroy Murphy, Donnell Nicholson, John Nocita, Brian O’Shea, Rory O’Shea, Tommy O’Shea, Nick Petraica, Eddie Perkins, Pete Podgorski, Alonzo Ratliff, Marc Randazzo, Joey Ruiz, Henry Sims and Ernie Terrell among others.
Heavyweight Theron Johnson steps in against unbeaten Bryant “Bye Bye” Jennings in a scheduled six-round contest Saturday evening in the Grand Ballroom at Bally’s Atlantic City. Johnson replaces Terrell “Baby Bull” Nelson who suffered a pinched nerve in his neck last week while sparring. The 31-year-old Johnson is coming off a pair of wins over local heroes—a first-round knockout over Jed Phipps last Sept. 17 in Baltimore and a six-round decision over Billy Mofford three weeks ago at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT. (more…)
Happy birthday to famed trainer and cutman Miguel Diaz, who turned 73 years old today. Miguel is spending his birthday training female ring legend Christy Martin at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas.
Another happy birthday wish goes to WBC middleweight champion “emeritus” Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez who celebrates his 36th birthday today. “I’m happy to be celebrating my 36th birthday while I’m in the prime of my boxing career,” Martinez said from his training camp in Oxnard, California. “I’d like to thank everyone for sending me birthday wishes and I’m really looking forward to my March 12th fight…”
Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions has announced the signing of three undefeated prospects to exclusive promotional contracts. Joining the 8 Count Productions roster are Chicagoans’ junior welterweight Adrian Granados (5-0, 3 KOs), welterweight Achour Esho (10-0, 7 KOs) and junior welterweight Ramiro Carrillo (4-0, 2 KOs).
Riverside featherweight prospect Michael “Lil Warrior” Franco returns to action this Thursday from the San Manuel Indian Casino in San Bernardino, CA against an opponent TBA. In the main event, heavyweight James “Lights Out” Toney meets Damon Reed for the IBA belt.
Unbeaten Dominican knockout specialist Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (13-0, 10 KOs) will be fighting for the vacant WBC Youth featherweight belt on the March 12 card headlined Sergio Martinez against Sergiy Dzinziruk at the MGM Grand Arena at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Fortuna’s opponent is Derrick Wilson (8-1-2, 2 KOs) in an eight-round off-TV bout. Fortuna is handled by the same advisor/head trainer combination as his stablemate Martinez, Sampson Lewkowicz and Gabriel Sarmiento.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian middleweight Peter Mitrevski Jr (23-8-1, 11 KOs) suffered a gun shot injury to the leg on Monday in Sydney. A gunman fired a volley of shots when Mitrevski was at a collision repair shop in Marrickville, Sydney, NSW, Australia. It is reported that Mitrevski is in satisfactory condition. Mitrevski clashed with current IBF middleweight champion Sebastian Sylvester in 2006 losing in eight rounds. In 2010, he challenged unsuccessfully for the Commonwealth middleweight title losing via twelve round decision to Mark Murray in London, England. Mitrevski is the son of three time Australian champion Peter Mitrevski Sr.
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