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By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Heavy-handed lightweight Ji-Hoon Kim (20-5, 17 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Tyrone Harris (24-6, 16 KOs) on Friday night at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California. Harris got off to a good start, but as the bout progressed the relentless Kim began to punish Harris, flooring him in round five and getting the stoppage moments later. Harris complained that the stoppage of referee Wayne Hedgepeth was too early. Time was 1:52. For more details and photos click here…
NABO lightweight titleholder Martin “El Brochas” Honorio (27-4-1, 14 KOs) returns on March 5th against undefeated Wilton “Pretty Warrior” Hilario (12-0-1, 9 KOs) in the Grand Ballroom of the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California. The 30-year old Honorio, a Mexico City native, put on one of his best performances of his 11-year pro career in his unanimous decision win over previously undefeated hot prospect John Molina, Jr. in the main event broadcast on SHOWTIME last November.
Note: For today only, the Pechanga Resort & Casino is having a 2 for 1 special on the March 5 tickets. This offer is good at the Box Office only (no phone or internet sales) and is good for any seats to the March 5 event. That means the already low price of $30 general admission can be had for $15/ticket today only. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Returning to his native Venezuela this week, WBC lightweight champion Edwin Valero was his usual talkative, ebullient self and made no bones about upping his level of opposition and wanting to fight the biggest name fighters. “I think I proved against Antonio DeMarco that I can box as well as punch. It was definitely my best fight,” stated a jubilant Edwin. As for Valero’s hit list, the unbeaten “KO King” suggested Juan ‘Baby Bull’ Diaz as his next foe, but “he seems to have a bout already scheduled.” Another name he mentioned is Juan Manuel Marquez, ” a great fighter and it would make for an exciting bout. I really would like to face Juan Manuel.” But Valero’s main target is, of course, Manny Pacquaio. “I’m ready to go up to whatever weight Manny wants in order to fight him and, furthermore, I will not require that he be tested for anything. I just want to get in the ring with Manny. Whoever beats Pacquiao becomes the top dog in boxing. Pacman is my main objective for 2010.”
By Damrong Simakajornboon
WBC #6 super lightweight Prawet Singwancha (38-3-2, 23 KOs) impressively kept his WBC international 140 lb crown as he stopped the Philippines 140 lb champion Eusebio Baluarte (15-2, 9 KOs) in round five on Friday at the municipality of Thaima in Nonthaburi, Thailand. This was an exciting bout as both fighters have quite good performances on their boxing careers. Prawet, also ranked #14 by the WBA, had challenged for the WBA 135 lb title two times drawing with Jose Miguel Cotto in May 11, 2007 and losing a split decision to Jose Alfaro in December 29, 2007. Baluarte, a former WBO Asia-Pacific youth 140 lb title holder and ranked in the top-15 by the WBO, is now the GAB 140 lb champion who has scored six KOs in his last seven consecutive wins. For more details and photos click here…
Weights and photo by Chris Cozzone
Nonito Donaire 115 vs Manuel Vargas 114
(WBA Interim Super Flyweight Championship)
Fernando Montiel 118 vs Ciso Morales 118
(WBO Bantamweight Championship)
Gerry Penalosa 118 vs Eric Morel 117
(WBO Interim Bantamweight Championship)
Bernabe Concepcion 126 vs Mario Santiago 126
Matt Korobov 161 vs. Lamar Harris 160
Diego Magdaleno 130 vs. Floriano Pagliara 130
Jose Benavidez 137 vs. John Vega 136
Mark Melligen 146 vs. Raymond Gatica 145
Hector Marengo 132 vs. Edgar Portillo 131
Bruno Escalante 112 vs. Takashi Okada 112
Venue: Las Vegas Hilton Hotel-Casino
Promoter: Top Rank
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Rumble Time Promotions, DiBella Entertainment, Warriors Boxing and Holden Productions have announced the rematch of Deandre “The Bull” Latimore (20-2, 16 KOs) and Sechew “Iron Horse” Powell (25-2, 15 KOs) for the IBF #1 ranking in the junior middleweight division. The bout will take place on March 19 at the Choctaw Casinos’ Durant Resort in Durant, Oklahoma and will be featured on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights. Latimore derailed the then #1 ranked Powell’s march to a title shot with an upset seventh round TKO in June 2008. Latimore went on to lose a split decision against Cory Spinks in a bout for the vacant IBF title the following year. (more…)
Don King Productions and Sauerland Event have countered K2 Promotions latest offer to former two-time WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai “Giant Russian” Valuev (50-2, 34 KOs) to face WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (39-2, 37 KOs). “They approached us with a $1 million offer for Valuev to face Vitali, and Sauerland Event and I told them we would like $4 million for the fight,” King said. “Now they’ve come back to us with a $2 million guarantee. We countered with a 60-40 split of revenue. K2 is making the money more important than the attraction. They are promoting the money while I promote the attraction. The attraction recoups your investment and leads to profit. People-wise and money-wise, this is the way you have to think—and people-wise is the most important.” (more…)
Lonsdale, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of premier boxing equipment and sports fashion, today announced the signing of cruiserweight boxer Steve “USS” Cunningham to a multi-year endorsement deal. Under the agreement, Cunningham will be featured in Lonsdale’s multi-platform marketing campaign as 100 years of greatness meets American fight sports and will exclusively wear Lonsdale footwear, apparel and gloves (available at www.lonsdaleusa.com) for all professional fights and Lonsdale sponsored events, starting with his IBF Cruiserweight title fight against Matt Godfrey on March 19th at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, FL. (more…)
WBCBoxing.tv will present live boxing webcasts – free of charge – of two fight cards on February 13. Everyone is invited to watch. The webcasts are not available in Mexico. The first webcast, from Ciudad Neza, Mexico, will be begin at 9:00 to 10:30 P.M. (21:00 to 22:30 hrs) Central Standard Time, and will be televised in Mexico on Cadena Tres. In the main event scheduled for 10 rounds, WBC #20 bantamwight Christian “Italiano” Esquivel (15-2, 10 KOs), of Teomoya, Mexico, will face Reynaldo Cajina (7-2-2, 4 KOs) of Managua, Nicaragua, for the vacant WBC Continental Americas title.
The second webcast, from La Paz, Baja California, Mexico, will begin at 10:30 P.M. (22:30 hrs) Central Standard Time. It will be televised in Mexico on Televisa. In the main event scheduled for 12 rounds, WBC International light flyweight champion Ramon “El Principe Garcia” Garcia (11-1-1, 7 KOs), of La Paz, will defend the title against Michael Arango (29-7-3, 24 KOs) of Monteria, Colombia. WBC #6 Garcia has won nine fights in a row and is making his third defense of the title. Arango, a former Colombian strawweight champion, is ranked #9 by the WBC and is undefeated in his last eight fights (6-0-2). (more…)
Undefeated young light heavyweight prospect Ismayl “The Black Russian” Sillakh (11-0, 10 KOs) has signed a promotional agreement with Roy Jones, Jr.’s Square Ring Promotions, it was announced today by Chief Executive Officer John Wirt. “We’re extremely excited about signing this kind of young talent,” said Wirt. “We are making a statement by stepping up to sign this future star.” Jones, in Los Angeles for a press conference promoting his scheduled April 3 date in Las Vegas with rival Bernard Hopkins added “After meeting this hard-punching young Ukranian, I was very impressed. These kind of talents come around very rarely and we’re fortunate to have him join our team.” (more…)
World ranked flyweight Rayonta “Stingray” Whitfield is training at the Savannah Boxing Club in Houston, Texas, under the guidance of world renowned trainer Ronnie Shields, in preparation for his NABO Title battle against Sergio “The San Diego Sensation” Espinoza.
Their twelve round headline bout, part of an action packed evening of world class professional boxing set for Saturday, February 27th at the Bell Auditorium in Augusta , Georgia , is presented by TKO Boxing Promotions . . . Click here for more
The Super Six World Boxing Classic tournament group stage 2 fight between WBC Super Middleweight Champion Carl Froch and the Viking Warrior Mikkel Kessler at the MCH Messecentre, Herning in Denmark has been pushed back to April 24th. The fight will be televised in the United States on SHOWTIME® beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT. In Denmark, the fight will be broadcast on Viasat. Hennessy Sports will be announcing the UK TV broadcaster over the next week. “With the support of my great Danish fans, I will defeat Carl Froch and become world champion again,” Kessler said. “The atmosphere at MCH Herning is incredible. I only have the best of memories of the venue. The TKO victory over Perdomo last September confirmed my place in the Super Six. After a bad start, I am now out for a knock-out and the first three points.” Froch is concerned that the date change will affect his travelling fans. “I am upset for my fans with the change of date but this has been unpreventable due to scheduling issues. I just hope that my fans will understand this change and will still come in their thousands to support me in Herning. I am looking to be the first fighter to take Mikkel Kessler out before the final bell.”
Former heavyweight champion James “Buster” Douglas will be the guest of honor at the HorseShoe Casino in Hammond IL, on February 20th headlined by “Fast” Frez Oquendo vs. Demetrice King for the NABA/USBA Titles. Douglas is currently basking in the 20 year anniversary of his unbelievable knockout upset against the then invincible “Iron” Mike Tyson.
Yuriorkis Gamboa promoter Ahmet Öner has been given a 120,000 Euro fine and 22 months on probation by the Hamburg District Court for a list of various infractions.
Congratulations to Jorge “Travieso” Arce and his wife Karime on the arrival of their son Jorge “Traviesito” Arce who was born Wednesday night in Tucson. Arce (53-6-1, 40 KOs) won the vacant WBO super flyweight title two weeks ago.
Fallen warrior Z Gorres is expected to be at ringside Saturday night for Top Rank’s Latin Fury/Pinoy Power card in Las Vegas. Gorres, who was critically injured in a bout on November 13, is now well enough to return to the Philippines on Sunday.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Puerto Rican referee Luis Pabon will be the third man in the ring when Mexican WBA miniumweight regular world champion Giovanni Segura (22-1-1, 18 KOs) and Panamanian challenger Walter “Raton” Tello (14-3, 6 KOs) meet at Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico on February 20. The three judges are Sergio Caiz (USA/California), Ruben Garcia (USA/Texas) and Enrique Portocarrero (Nicaragua). The fight supervisor is George Martinez (Canada).
The critically acclaimed reality series from SHOWTIME Sports®—FIGHT CAMP 360°: Inside The Super Six World Boxing Classic—returns to SHOWTIME with Episode 3, premiering Monday, Feb. 15, at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT. The 30-minute episode recaps all three Group Stage 1 bouts with unique angles, never-before-seen fight footage and ringside seats next to the promoters, fighter’s families and cornermen. Episode 3 follows each fighter after their respective match, as they recede from the spotlight in victory and defeat to prepare for the next Group Stage. Also hear from Jermain Taylor regarding his withdrawal from the tournament. (more…)
Ask Ben Rothwell what went wrong in his UFC debut against Cain Velasquez last October, and he almost chuckles as he answers.
“Besides everything?” he asks, not expecting an answer back because he already knows what it is. And though it really doesn’t matter what happened during his second round TKO loss to the unbeaten Californian, he responds anyway . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
By Rick Scharmberg
“Rockin” Ryan Belasco suffered an injured rib in training, and has been replaced by Mondre Pope in the co-main event at the Rollins Center in Dover, DE on Friday February 26. Pope, of Philadelphia, PA, steps in to face Julias Edmunds also of Philadelphia, in the six-round welterweight bout. The main event remains Mike “No Joke” Stewart taking on Brandon “The Business” Baue in an eight round welterweight bout, for Baue’s WBF belt. The promoter of the big 9-bout card is Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
Legendary Freddie Roach has recently added a new name to his training schedule. Russian 22-year old heavyweight prospect Vladimir Tereshkin (12-0-1, 7 KOs), who is promoted by the Union Boxing Management, will prepare at world famous Wild Card Gym for his next fights to be held both in Russia and abroad. 6’6’’ Tereshkin is best known for the performances during his stay in Germany.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Contender Season III champion Sakio “The Scorpion ” Bika (28-3-2, 19 KOs) has expressed disappointment that he was bypassed in favor of Allan Green (29-1, 20 KOs) as the replacement for Jermain Taylor in SHOTWTIME’s acclaimed Super Six 168 pound tournament. Bika was actually scheduled to fight Allan Green in a February 5 boxoff with the winner getting Taylor’s spot in the Super Six, however Bika said visa problems (now resolved) prevented that fight from happening, thereby opening the door for Green to enter the tournament directly. “I was the better option to replace Jermain Taylor,” maintains Bika. “If you compare Allan Green’s career to mine, I have had more experience and accomplishments in the ring.” (more…)
Exciting WBA super lightweight champion Amir Khan is scheduled to make his U.S debut on May 15 in Las Vegas against an opponent to be named. The preferred foe is Juan Manuel Marquez, but Marquez has thus far failed to agree to the bout and his camp is balking at the idea of Marquez again moving up in weight. If, however, Marquez were to take the fight and defeat Khan, he would make history as the first Mexican fighter to win a world title in four weight divisions.
WBO World Featherweight Champion Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ Lopez and his wife Barbara arrive in Las Vegas from Puerto Rico Thursday night to attend the special edition of “Latin Fury 13/Pinoy Power 3″, a Top Rank Pay Per View on Saturday at the Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas. Lopez will be watching top-rated contender Mario Santiago of Ponce, Puerto Rico take on Bernabe Concepcion of the Philippines, with the winner possibly getting a shot at his title in the summer.
It was so good, the UFC® decided to do it again.
At UFC 104 last October, UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida and challenger Mauricio “Shogun” Rua engaged in a five round war that divided the mixed martial arts world when the unanimous decision verdict was rendered in Machida’s favor. On Saturday, May 8, these two warriors will have a chance to do it again and erase any doubt as to who is the best 205-pound fighter in the world, and both are vowing to take matters out of the judges’ hands, and into their own when The Ultimate Fighting Championship® heads back to Montreal for UFC 113: Machida vs. Shogun 2, live from the Bell Centre and only on Pay-Per-View. (more…)
It is quickly becoming one of the best rivalrity in boxing, Puerto RIco vs. the Phillipines and this Saturday, there willl be two more fights between warriors of this two countries as Eric Morel takes on Gerry Penalosa and Mario Santiago battles Bernabe Concepcion on the big championship card presented by Top Rank at the Hilton Hotel to be telecast on pay-per-view. (more…)
Story by Chris Cozzone
Nonito Donaire says he just wants to fight – he doesn’t care if it’s Gerson Guerrero, Manuel Vargas or the “yapping dog” himself, Vic Darchinyan.
After a coming close to losing out on headlining Saturday night’s Top Rank card at the Hilton – a hybrid “Pinoy Power–Latin Fury” marathon card with 80 scheduled rounds – the “Filipino Flash” will get the chance to defend his WBA super flyweight interim belt against a late sub . . . Click here for more
By Bob Ryder
Fight action returns to the west side of the state on Saturday, February 20 as Carlos Llinas International Productions (CLIP) and Greg Ahrens (TMS Fight Night) promote a scheduled nine bout card at The Orbit Room in Grand Rapids, MI. Local area favorites Derron Hernandez, Ruben “Junny” Troche, Rafael Hernandez and Alex Otero will appear in featured contests. Junior welterweight Jermaine White of Las Vegas and undefeated heavyweight Rich “Super” Power are also slated to perform. Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com or the Orbit Room box office. Doors open at 7 PM with first bell at 8.
WBC super featherweight champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto and former WBC lightweight champion David Diaz will meet for the vacant WBC lightweight title, headlining the pay-per-view undercard of the March 13 Pacquiao vs. Clottey pay-per-view telecast. The card will also feature 10-round rumbles between two-time world champion Jose Luis “El Terrible” Castillo in a welterweight battle against top-10 contender Alfonso Gomez and “Ireland’s” John Duddy in a middleweight duel with Michael “Myckol” Medina. “The pay-per-view undercard is a perfect complement to the main event, capturing the cultural flavor of Texas” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. “Each matchup will feature a world class fighter from a different region of Mexico or a Hispanic region in the United States. And the fans who watch the fight live at Cowboys Stadium will be treated to seeing Salvador Sanchez III, the nephew of the great champion Salvador Sanchez, and undefeated Dallas wunderkind Roberto Marroquin in separate non-televised undercard bouts.”
Manny Pacquiao will be hosting a Valentine’s Fans Day this Sunday (2/14) beginning at 1PM at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Glendale, California. “Over 1,000 fans are expected to attend one of Manny’s final major public appearances in Los Angeles before he heads to Dallas to defend his World Boxing Organization welterweight title against former world champion and current No. 1 contender Joshua Clottey,” said Ami Almerol of Silver Shadow Promotions, who is organizing the Pacquiao Valentine’s Fan Day. “In addition to Manny addressing his fans, he will be presented with a plaque of commendation from The Honorable Dianne Feinstein, California’s senior U.S. Senator. The event will also feature the sale of official Pacquiao vs. Clottey merchandise and Pacquiao memorabilia.” Admission is $20. Tickets can be purchased at the door, beginning at Noon, on the day of the event.
Marco “Captain” Huck (27-1, 20 KOs) will return to the ring on March 13. The WBO Cruiserweight Champion will defend his title against American challenger Adam “Swamp Donkey” Richards (23-2, 15 KOs) in Berlin´s Max-Schmeling-Halle. It will be Huck´s second defence of the belt he won in August 2009 with a points victory over Victor Emilio Ramirez. “I am thrilled to defend my title in Berlin,” Huck said. “It will be the first time I enter the Max-Schmeling-Halle as a world champion. I certainly want to please my home fans. I think I have made a lot of progress in the past months and I am eager to put on another exciting performance on March 13.” (more…)
Team Sauerland would kindly like to invite all boxing fans to follow the Berlin-based boxing stable on Facebook. There will be constant video, photo and news updates from Abraham, Kessler, Valuev, Huck, Sylvester and Co. in the coming weeks. The Facebook page grants fans an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the happenings ahead of King Arthur Abraham´s Super Six clash with Andre Dirrell and Mikkel Kessler´s fight against WBC Super-Middleweight Champion Carl Froch. “We love to interact with boxing fans all over the world,” Team Sauerland General Manager Chris Meyer said. “I have become a Facebook addict myself. It is such a fantastic way of communicating with friends and fans all over the world.” (more…)
WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez of Caguas, Puerto Rico is arriving into Las Vegas today and will be at ringside at the Las Vegas Hilton on Saturday night. Lopez will be taking a look at the Bernabe Concepcion vs. Mario Santiago fight which will open Top Rank’s Latin Fury 13/Pinoy Power 3 PPV telecast. Lopez said he would like to fight the winner later this year. Concepcion is in the Manny Pacquiao stable of young fighters. “We have no problem taking on Juanma,” said Michael Koncz, chief advisor for Pacquiao. “Both are young, both are powerful and they have the right kind of style to make a very entertaining fight. Manny is very excited about this.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The possibility exists that former two-division world champion Jorge Linares will fight in his native Venezuela in March at a site to be named. Former world champion Carloe “Famoso” Hernandez is the rumored opponent. On the same card, the absolute WBA bantamweight title would be decided between interim champ Nehomar Cermeño and champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno.
Preview by Kurt Wolfheimer
Andre Kut’s KEA Boxing Promotions is set to bring an explosive night of professional boxing to the Arena in South Philadelphia on Friday, February 26. Headlining the card will be a six-round lightweight clash between the always-exciting Victor Vasquez (11-3, 6 KOs) and rugged Carlos Vinan (8-8, 1 KO).
Vasquez, of North Philadelphia, has put together quite a fan base due to his all-out action packed bouts, which leave everybody on the edge of their seats. In his last bout on January 15, at the very same arena, Vasquez sent his hometown fans home happy with an impressive fifth round stoppage of the Gustavo Dailey. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBC/WBA super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan has continued his vicious verbal assault on WBA interim champion Nonito Donaire, whom he hopes to avenge a KO loss against. “The more I hear about Donaire, the more it makes me feel he should be taking up a new job, maybe he should take up a new occupation, he can take care of those in need of retirement,” said the popular Australian-based Armenian. “He knows he got lucky and he wants nothing to do with fighting me. Arce is finished, he fought a bum for a vacant world title and he calls himself a champion, now Donaire wants to fight Arce. Give the fans what they want. You don’t see Manny Pacquaio fighting opponents with walking sticks. I’ve got two titles ready for you to take. You believe you’re the man? Come and be a unified champion. You can fight Arce after you fight me.” (more…)
By Rocco Morales
A sold out crowd of enthusiastic Southern California fight fans turned out at the always popular Battle In The Ballroom at the Irvine Marriott to see a six round heavyweight main event featuring undefeated Joe “The Future“ Hanks. From the opening bell it appeared as if Couser’s main intention was to find somewhere soft in the ring to lie, and he found the perfect spot to do so and was counted out by the referee at just 2:22 of the first round. Hanks kept his record perfect and moved to 11-0, 7 KOs without breaking a sweat over the shot Couser (26-21-2, 14 KOs) who dropped his ninth fight in a row. (more…)
By Craig Watt
IBO Cruiserweight champion Danny Green spoke to Fightnews today from his base in Perth, Western Australia and issued a direct challenge to arch rival Anthony Mundine. He stated, “I want the world to know this is no gimmick. This is a real offer – no B.S. I will come to Mundine’s backyard in Sydney and take him on in April on ANZAC Day . This is the biggest fight in Australian boxing history and after our first fight there is no other fight the fans want to see in our country. We have tried to bring Bernard Hopkins and Antonio Tarver to Australia but neither seem to want the challenge – perhaps they have been put off by what I did to Roy Jones Jr back in December. We offered good money to both these guys but now it is time to move on. The reason I came out of retirement was Mundine was calling me out for a re-match but he has been ducking me ever since. He has to accept this challenge if he wants to retain any boxing credibility in Australia or he should leave the country with his tale between his legs.” (more…)
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