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After a 10 round majority decision loss to Edgar Santana three years ago, Josesito Lopez stepped away from boxing and analyzed his future in the sport. After a lot of soul searching, he decided to give boxing another go. Based on his recent success, especially in his last fight, he is glad he stuck to boxing. Riding a seven-fight winning streak and becoming a legitimate contender in the process, Lopez returns to the ring on May 27th against once-beaten Steve Chambers in Reno, NV, promoter Dan Goossen told Fightnews.com on Monday afternoon. The bout will headline an ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” card. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos: Tim Barry
Former IBF, WBC, WBA super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan (35-3-1, 27 KOs) has predicted he will score a knockout over former IBF bantamweight champion Yonnhy Perez (20-1-1, 14 KOs) when the clash over twelve rounds at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, California with the IBO bantamweight title up for grabs on April 23 on the SHOWTIME bantamweight special that will also feature current IBF bantamweight champion Joseph Agbeko vs. Abner Mares. Darchinyan is confident the fight will not go the distance. Darchinyan talked to Fightnews and said, “Training has gone very good and I am sure I will KO Perez when we fight.” Darchinyan continued, “I do not want to leave it to the judges. I have been doing two thousand push ups every day and have never been stronger.” Darchinyan dropped a disputed split decision to Abner Mares in December 2010.
By Bob Caico
Don Juan Fighting Promotions will hold their inaugural professional boxing event on April 22nd in Hamburg, NY, a Buffalo suburb. Promoter Juan Santiago in association with the Hamburg Casino at the Fairgrounds will present “Unfinished Business” featuring Buffalo lightweight prospect Guillermo “The Vampire” Sanchez (12-2-1) against Carlos Claudio (10-6-3) for the vacant WBC Youth lightweight title. Sanchez and Claudio battled a year ago and the bout was stopped by a cut resulting in a draw. Also scheduled is an eight-round contest with Niagara Falls hopeful Nick Casal (20-4-1) who is looking to get his once promising career back on track. Former five-time NYS Golden Glove champion Lionell Thompson (5-0) of Buffalo is scheduled for a six-round light heavyweight bout. Amanda Serrano and Ella Nunez will battle for the third time in their careers in a six rounder, Serrano holds the edge with a win and a draw. Heavyweight Excell Holmes (1-0-1) and lightweight Jordan Gaines (debut) round out the card.
Tickets are priced at $65, $45 and $25 and can be purchased at Tickets.com or the Fairgrounds Event Center.
By Scott Ploof
The Paxton Promotions fight card previously scheduled for April 9th and headlined by Worcester’s own former three-time world champion, Jose Antonio Rivera (39-6, 24 KOs) has been postponed and rescheduled for Friday night May 20th at the Worcester Palladium in downtown Worcester, MA. Tickets purchased for the April 9th show will be honored on Friday May 20th or can be refunded if you cannot make the show May 20th. Limited seats are still available and can be purchased at the Worcester Palladium box office, any FYE store, or at tickets.com More information still to come!
Former world title challenger, Deandre “Bull” Latimore returns to battle on Saturday, April 16th in an eight round junior middleweight bout against Bayonne, New Jersey’s Dennis Sharpe at the Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, it was announced today by Steve Smith, President of St. Louis’ Rumble Time Promotions. “Deandre’s ready for a huge 2011. He wants another title shot and is willing to march through any of the other 154 pound contenders to get it” said Steve Smith. “We’ve been talking to Lara’s people for a long time. James Kirkland, Alfredo Angulo, Vanes Martirosyan, we’re ready for any of them. All these so-called killers, they just need to put up or shut up. Deandre is the most avoided fighter in boxing. He’s in the best shape of his career with a world class team of trainers and promoters behind him.” (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
IBF bantamweight champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko participated in a media workout today at John’s Boxing Gym in the Bronx, N.Y. as he prepares for Abner Mares in the eagerly anticipated final of The Bantamweight Tournament: Winner Takes All on Saturday, April 23 LIVE on SHOWTIME (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles.
In the must-win co-feature, former Two-Division World Champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan (35-3-1, 27 KOs), of Sydney, Australia, by way of Vanadzok, Armenia, and former IBF Bantamweight World Champion Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez (20-1-1, 14 KOs), of Santa Fe Springs, Calif., by way of Cartagena, Colombia, will square off in the tournament consolation bout. For more details and photos click here…
Photo: Fighters on Saturday night’s “Action Heroes” card promoted by Golden Boy and televised on HBO PPV, made their grand arrivals today at the MGM in Las Vegas. From left to right: Paulie Malignaggi, James Kirkland, Robert Guerrero, Erik Morales, Marcos Maidana, Michael Katsidis and Jose Miguel Cotto. Look for more photos later today.
By Ron Jackson
Photo: Jeff Ellis
Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions has announced the four fights involving only South African fighters, in what could be one of the best ever tournaments staged in South African in recent years. The tournament takes place at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park on Saturday, June 4. In the main event IBO Youth heavyweight champion Flo Simba (10-0, 9 KOs) meets former IBF heavyweight champion Francois Botha (47-5-3, 29 KOs). Berman reckons this is the biggest fight to be held on South African soil since Hasim Rahman knocked out Lennox Lewis in the fifth round in Brakpan on April 22, 2001. (more…)
Undefeated welterweight prospect Willie Nelson will ride deep into the heart of Texas this week for his network debut against New York City’s Vincent Arroyo on Friday night, April 8th. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Nelson, 15-0-1 (6KO’s) will face Arroyo at the Energy Center Arena in Laredo, Texas in an eight round battle as part of a Showtime’s acclaimed ShoBox “The New Generation” boxing series. Start time for the broadcast is 11pm ET/PT. (more…)
Former PRIZEFIGHTER winner Michael Sprott has been added to the “Prizefighter International Heavyweights” tournament on May 7 at London’s Alexandra Palace. Joining Sprott in the tournament are Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson, Mike Perez, and Konstantin Airich. A pair of former British champions previously announced to be in the lineup by Matchroom Sport will not be on the card. Fans can contact Matchroom Sport on 01277 359900 to request a refund.
Undefeated Canadian middleweight David Lemieux (25-0, 24 KOs) is prepared to make a serious statement when he faces Marco Antonio Rubio (49-5-1, 42 KOs) in a WBC middleweight title eliminator this Friday, April 8 from the Bell Centre in Montreal. The Lemieux vs. Rubio fight, which is the final installment of Groupe Yvon Michel’s acclaimed “Fast and Furious” fight series, will be the main event of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights.
“Rubio is the best opponent I have fought to date,” said Lemieux, whose list of conquests includes Hector Camacho Jr. whom he beat in a first round knockout. “It is going to be interesting to see what Rubio brings to the table. He is a big puncher and has a lot more experience than I do. I am ready to give it my all and I am preparing for war.” (more…)
Photos: Eroll Popova
Scenes from today’s public workout at the Central Bus Station in Magdeburg with the headlining fighters WBO super middleweight world champion Robert Stieglitz and challenger Khoren Gevor as well as WIBF/WBO/WBF female super featherweight world champion Ramona Kühne and challenger Michelle Larissa Bonassoli. Special guest was former world title contender Axel Schulz. Click here for more photos…
In a crossroads fight of significant interest, local heavyweight favorite Tony “TNT” Grano (17-2-1, 13 KOs), the 2005 U.S. Nationals amateur champion, takes on veteran “Diamond” Dominque Alexander (20-10-1, 10 KOs) in the eighth-round main event on Saturday’s “Willie Pep Boxing Classic” card, presented by Hard Hittin’ Promotions (“HHP”), at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, CT. Bantamweight prospect Danny Aquino (5-1, 1 KO) meets James Owens (4-2, 2 KOs) in the six-round co-feature.
There will also be a special wheelchair boxing exhibition match wheelchair boxer Ian Cannon, an 18-year-old college student who meets former New England Golden Gloves champion Luis Reynoso, of Springfield (MA), in a three-round wheelchair boxing exhibition under amateur boxing rules (headgear, large gloves, etc.).
The “Jason vs. Jason” matchup between heavyweights Jason “Ironman” Bergman and unbeaten Jason Pettaway has been postponed until June 10 at a site to be determined. Bergman sustained a stress fracture to his foot while preparing for the April 30 bout originally to be held at the Morgantown Event Center in Morgantown, WV. “The interest from the boxing public in this fight has been unbelievable. It’s the classic “Boxer vs. Puncher” matchup and everyone around here can’t wait to see it. The six week postponement will go by quickly. We will announce the new venue very soon,” said Steve Simons of Simons Promotions.
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Photos by Andrey Bazdrev
Boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. (54-7, 40 KOs) today arrived in Moscow, Russia, where on May 22nd he will fight #1 cruiserweight Denis Lebedev (21-1, 16 KOs) at the Sport Complex Krylatskoe. On Thursday, Roy Jones will hold the first press conference with Lebedev. Then Jones will continue to prepare for fight in the USA.
“I am very happy to be here in Russia, I love the exoticism and adventure so I am here. Lebedev is a strong boxer, but I don’t advise him to underestimate me. I coming to win,” warned Jones. More photos
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Roberto Grimaldo, manager and legal representative of world champion Anselmo Moreno, says he has not yet received any formal proposal from Golden Boy Promotions with respect to a promotional contract to promote future fights for WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo Moreno, who he represents until 2015. Grimaldo says he was contacted by mobile phone on March 24 and was told that company representatives have been waiting for him to evaluate a promotional offer and consider the start of negotiations. “While there is no written communication between that company and myself, we understand that media statements made by those not authorized to do so may have a hidden agenda aimed at promoting some level of distance between two people (he and Moreno) that for over seventeen years have maintained an excellent relationship.
Lots of kids want to be just like their old man when they grow up. Dyah Davis was not one of them. “From the age of seven to first year of college I swore up and down I was going to be an NBA player some day,” recollects 29-year-old Davis, the son of Howard Davis Jr, who was the 1976 Olympic Games’ gold medal winner named Outstanding Boxer, and then a solid world-class professional.
“But then in college I saw Vitali Klitschko and Lennox Lewis fight on TV and I said ‘I can do that,’ so I called up my dad and said ‘pops I want to box.’ He said ‘Box what? Oranges and grapes?’ He asked me how much I weigh. I told him 225 and he said what?!? You’re going to have to start running. I thought I was a heavyweight. My father said ‘you’re only 6′ 1″, you’re no heavyweight.’ I started running and the weight started melting off. Before I knew it, I was making my debut at 175.” (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao hits the mitts with his chief trainer Freddie Roach at the Wildcard Boxing Club in Hollywood, Monday in preparation for his upcoming world welterweight mega fight against “Sugar” Shane Mosley on Saturday, May 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Pacquiao vs. Mosley is promoted by Top Rank in association with MP Promotions, Sugar Shane Mosley Promotions, Tecate and MGM Grand. The Pacquiao vs. Mosley telecast will be available live on SHOWTIME Pay-Per-Piew. Click here for more photos…
1. Don Elbaum, the first promoter/matchmaker to bring boxing to Atlantic City, originally from Ohio and a forty+ year New Jersey/Philadelphia resident. Elbum is also recognized as the one that had introduced Don King to boxing.
2. Anibal Miramontes, former international ring official and commissioner, originally form Buenos Aires, Argentina and a twenty one year New Jersey’s resident. Miramontes is the owner and President of Fight Fax.
3. Johnny “Red” DeFazio, a welterweight from Bayonne, fought a draw with former world champion Phil Terranova, Career 1947-1952, 48-22-8,8KO
4. Robert Hines, originally from Philadelphia, based in Atlantic City, IBF and USBA Jr. middleweight champion. Career 1981-1990, 25-3-1,17 KOs
5. George Khalid Jones, from Paterson. USBA, NABA and IBU light heavyweight champion, Career 1994-2005, 23-3-1,13KO
6. Billy Ketchell, a tough light heavyweight from Milville. Beat Jersey Joe Walcott and drew with him twice. Also beat former champion Pete Latzo. Career 1930-1938, 50-40-12,18KO
7. Art Rush, boxing historian, radio talk show and writer
8. Hilton Whitaker Jr., former boxer, and ring official, with over 15 international fights
9. Eugenia Williams, boxing judge with over 25 international fights
The ceremony will be held on November 1st
Photos: Eroll Popova
Khoren Gevor announced at today’s press conference in Magdeburg that he is perfectly prepared for Saturday’s challenge against WBO super middleweight world champion Robert Stieglitz. “I can give Robert some sleeping pills for the next days, he will definitely need them,” Gevor said towards Stieglitz.
The champion Robert Stieglitz was not impressed by this statement. “I’m not worried about the fight against Khoren Gevor,” Stieglitz replied.
SES-Promoter Ulf Steinforth is expecting a fight with a high explosiveness. “Khoren Gevor has been in the ring with some of the best fighters in the world and most of them didn’t look as the best against him. A fantastic fight – it’s make or break,” Steinforth continued. (more…)
By Craig Watt
Photo: Team Dib
Australian IBF#4 ranked featherweight Billy “The Kid” Dib (31-1, 19KO’s) confirmed to Fightnews today that he is in negotiations to take on IBF#1 ranked Mikey Garcia for the vacant IBF 126 pound title in July in the USA or Australia. He stated, “We are close to agreeing the finer details such as date, location and venue but we are both on the same piece of paper in that we are committed to fight each other for the IBF featherweight title in our next fight. Both our next fights will be see us in the opposite corner and this is a chance for me to prove I am one of the best featherweights in world boxing. Its been a new Billy Dib since my loss to Luevano for the WBO title and I am unbeaten in my last ten fights under the guidance of Billy Hussein. This fight could take place in the US but we are trying everything to bring the fight to Australia. We have had some great champions in Australia in recent years and there is now an opportunity for me to take up the mantle left by such greats as Jeff Fenech, Kostya Tszyu, Michael Katsidis, Danny Green and Anthony Mundine. It is now a chance for me to push Australian boxing to the next level – we are trying very hard financially to bring Garcia to Australia for the IBF title.” The IBF title at 126 pounds was declared vacant recently when Yuriorkis Gamboa was stripped of the title when he failed to make a mandatory re-weigh in for his recent fight with Jorge Solis on March 26th in Atlantic City.
By Craig Watt
The trainer and manager of long-time WBA Featherweight champion Chris John, Craig Christian spoke to Fightnews today about the training camp for the undefeated Indonesian fighter who is now 44-0 and making the 14th defence of his title in an all Indonesian clash with Daud Cino Yordan (27-1, 21KO’s) in Jakarta on April 17th. Such is the interest in this fight in Indonesia, Christian has taken his fighter deep into the jungle area of Banya Wangy to maintain his focus away from his huge fan base of the unbeaten champion. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican middelweight contender Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio (49-5-1, 42 KOs) has declared himself ready to take on unbeaten Canadian David Lemieux (25-0, 24 KOs) in Friday’s WBC eliminator at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Rubio has closed his training in the Instituto del Deporte del Estado de Coahuila (Inedec). and will travel to Canada on a direct flight from Mexico City with his trainer Jorge ‘ Mapimí’ Rodriguez and team. In preparation for Lemieux sparred with compatriots Francisco ‘Pantera’ Reza and Édgar Viramontes. “I have trained hard,” said Rubi. “I need this victory. It’s a difficult fight but I consider myself to be a good boxer with enough quality to get the victory.”
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Francisco “Wizard” Palacios (20-1, 13 KO) candidly talking about his disappointment and fight experience with Polish reporters after his split decision defeat in Poland against WBC cruiserweight titleholder, Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk (45-2, 32 KO).
If Erik Morales can block punches Saturday night as effectively as he’s fended off endless questions from aggressive boxing writers asking why-oh-why is he fighting Marcos Maidana, the future Hall-of-Famer might not be in for the slaughter many are expecting.
And if self-confidence factors into the equation, fight fans are due for upset of the year when Morales and Maidana clash April 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas . . . Click here for more
The IBF family was shocked and saddened by the news that boxer Rola El-Halabi was shot by her stepfather this past Friday, April 1, just before her scheduled bout for the female IBF Lightweight championship in Berlin, Germany. While she did survive the attack, it is troubling that this violent and unjustified act could likely end this young woman’s career as a boxer. Miss El- Halabi had a great record (11-0, 6 KOs), already had two titles and showed great promise for a successful career. We wish her well on her road to recovery and hope that she and her family can heal from this tragic event.
Ringside Report by Scott Ploof
Photography by Emily Harney
“Hammering” Hank Lundy (20-1-1, 10 KOs) won not only a unanimous decision over his opponent Patrick Lopez (20-4, 12 KOs) in front of a packed crowd at the Fox Theatre and live on the ESPN2 Friday Night Fights telecast, but he also captured the vacant NABF lightweight title with the victory. Former world middleweight title challenger, Elvin Ayala (22-5-1, 10 KOs) of New Haven, CT continued his adaptation to the ranks of the super middleweight division by stopping a game challenge from Rhode Island’s Joe Gardner (7-2-1, 1 KO). Also in action, super middleweight “Mr. Providence” Vladine Biosse (11-0, 6 KOs) remained undefeated with a fifth round stoppage of Tim Connors (10-3, 7 KOs ). Click here for the entire ringside report and action packed photogallery.
The main event has changed again for the Hitz Boxing Fight Night event on Saturday at the Venue in the Horseshoe Casino, in Hammond, Indiana. Yakubu “Black Mamba” Amidu (19-2-1, 16 KOs) will now face Louisiana’s John Revish (10-2-2, 8 KOs) for the NABA-US Super Lightweight Title.
Previously, Amidu’s brother Abdulai Amidu (19-0, 17 KOs) was slated to face Carlos Molina, then Brandon Baue, before Yakabu stepped in to face Revish. 26-year-old Amidu’s only losses have come to current WBO champion Ricky Burns and multiple-time world championship challenger Ali Funeka. “This is shaping up to be a great fight between these two,” said Bobby Hitz, Founder of Hitz Boxing. “They can both punch and they’ve both been in with good opposition.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
There is a strong possibility that a WBA KO to Drugs event will be held in Mexico in the month of June. Promoter Hector Garcia that made a big effort in Panama over the weekend in order to lock down a deal. HG Boxing has reached an agreement with international representative Ricardo Rizzo for Austin Trout to defend his WBA super welterweight world crown against David “The Destroyer” Lopez. Other participants could be Juan Carlos Salgado, Arturo de los Santos, Ray Vargas, Rafael Guzman and Eduardo Escobedo among others. There is also a possibility of another WBA KO to Drugs event the same month in Managua, Nicaragua.
The World Boxing Association organizes the annual KO Drugs Festival to encourage new values in the boxing world and campaign for the protection of children and young people against drugs.
Photo: Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
Three-Division world champion Erik Morales speaks to fans and members of the media on Sunday at Placita Olvera in Los Angeles, California at a fan rally in advance of Saturday’s fight against former world champion Marcos Maidana at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, which will be televised on pay-per-view.
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Saturday night at Bally’s Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, undefeated super middleweight Alexander “The Great” Johnson (11-0, 4KO’s) put his name in the national spotlight with an impressive ten round majority decision victory over Farah “The Quiet Storm” Ennis (17-1, 11KO’s) by scores of 98-93, 97-93 and 95-95. The Pound for Pound Promotions show also had its’ share of explosive knockouts. In the co-feature Amir Mansour (13-0, 10KO’s) put himself into heavyweight contention with an explosive right hand which put Hector Ferreyro unconscious at the 1:18 mark of the opening round. He later sat up but was taken out on a stretcher for further observation. (more…)
Lightweight Gerardo “Lalo” Robles (15-9, 6 KOs) will face Leon Bobo (18-7-1, 2 KOs) on May 7th at the Beaumont Club in Kansas City, Missouri. Also featured is a super middleweight clash between Josh Luteran (11-1, 8 KOs) and 42-year-old former world title challenger Jimmy Crawford (40-12-2, 17 KOs) in Crawford’s first fight since 2005. Also heavyweight Dustin Schnakenberg (4-3, 3 KOs) meets Mario Munoz (5-2, 3 KOs) in a rematch. The Danger-Fire Promotions card will include ten bouts in all. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6pm, fights start at 7pm.
Looks like WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm (35-2-1, 15 KOs) will defend his belt against Matthew Macklin (28-2, 19 KOs) on either June 25 or July 2 at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany. Macklin pulled out of a WBA eliminator against Khoren Gevor on April 16 because of a contractual dispute. Looks to be a good move as he will now go directly to the title shot.
Unbeaten female lightweight Rola El-Halabi (11-0, 6 KOs) is recovering after being wounded by gunfire in her dressing room shortly before a scheduled fight on Friday in Berlin. El-Halabi was shot in the hand, knee and both feet by her stepfather and former manager whom she had broken ties with. Unfortunately the injuries are considered too severe for her to continue her career.
Sources from the Ukraine have confirmed that WBA welterweight champion Viacheslav Senchenko of the Ukraine will make his next defense of his title August 20 vs Marco Antonio Avendano (30-7-1, 22 KOs) of Venezuela. The bout will take place in the champion’s place of residence in Donetsk, Ukraine.
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