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WBC super flyweight champion Thomas “Gusano” Rojas has returned to Japan to make the first defense of his title in the land where he won the belt last September. “Gusano” (34-12-1, 23 KOs) meets former WBA champ Nobuo Nashiro (14-2-1, 9 KOs) at the Prefectural Gymnasium in Osaka. Rojas is scheduled to start his promotional activities today with a public workout. The final press conference is Thursday. Rojas is accompanied by his trainer Oscar Omar Lagunes, manager Javier Altamirano and sparring partner Freddi Ballado.
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New time for Saturday’s special Super Bowl Eve “Top Rank Live!” telecast from the Maywood Activities Center in Maywood, California. The show will now begin at 9PM ET/6PM PT on Fox Sports Net and Fox Deportes. Broadcasters Rich Marotta and Genaro Hernandez will call the action live on FSN. Super middleweight Francisco Sierra (23-3, 21 KOs) meets Dyah Ali Davis (18-2, 9 KOs) in the main event. For fans attending the event, first Bell is at 4:15PM.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo courtesy Team Mirovic
Former Australian heavyweight champion Bob Mirovic (30-22-2, 21 KOs) will return to ring action on Friday when he will clash with Alipate Liava’a (4-5, 2 KOs) over six rounds at the Croation Club in Punchbowl, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Mirovic has boxed several world class heavyweights including former world champion Francois Botha who he dropped in a twelve rounds decision in 2007 also losing a disputed decision to Timo Hoffman in 2005. In 2003 he took Nikolay Valuev the distance but was stopped by Danny Williams in four rounds. In other bouts, middleweight Jarrod Fletcher (5-0, 5 KOs) will punch it out with Indonesian Aswin Cabuy (11-21-1, 4 KOs) over six rounds. Rugby League football star Joey Williams (6-0, 3 KOs) will meet Nedini Nedorisi over six rounds. The promoter is former Australian lightweight and welterweight contender Paul Nasari.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA #7 flyweight Ricardo “El Matematico” Nuñez and opponent Liborio Solis are set for tonight’s over-the-weight match tonight at the Venetto Hotel in Panama City presented by the new G & V Entertainment promoter Diego Victoria, The weigh-in was attended by WBA President Gilberto Mendoza, who expressed happiness to be in Panama again and attend this evening full of up-and-coming boxing talent.
Ricardo Núñez 115 vs. Liborio Solís 116
Everardo Castillo 120 vs. Elvis Saldaña 124
Carlos Ortega 103 vs. Jesús Santos 106
José García 118 vs. Javier Bethancourt 122
Arístides Quintero 139 vs. Leovigildo Siris 136
Jorge Navarro 155 vs. José Santamaría 147
David Price will to spend two weeks with Odlanier Solis helping the Cuban prepare for his showdown against WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko. The 6’8 Olympic bronze medallist will fly to Germany to help Solis after his ten round Commonwealth title eliminator against South African Osborne Machimana (18-6-1) at Brentwood Centre on Saturday (February 5). It is the second time the Liverpudlian has been called in to help a challenger prepare for the older Klitschko, havnh also spent time with Albert Sosnowski before he lost to Vitali last year. Solis faces Klitschko in March and Price’s promoter Frank Maloney said: “It is wonderful experience for David to be in such an environment. He can also gauge how far he is from that level when he gets rounds with these type of fighters. It will be interesting to see what opinion he forms of Solis because a lot of people believe he is the man to break their monopoly.”
Former world champion Robin Reid will make his boxing comeback in his hometown of Liverpool when he lines up in “Prizefighter Super-Middleweights II” on March 23. The ex-WBC king who will be 40 by fight night, steps out of retirement at Liverpool Olympia live on Sky Sports in the 17th edition of Matchroom Sport’s eight-man, one night tournaments, and warned prospective opponents that he still packs a punch despite leaving the game four years ago.
“I pack a punch and I’m not one of those guys who will say, ‘I’m going to knock all three guys out’ but that’s what I’m in there for,” said Reid. “I’m knocking on a bit, but I’ve kept myself in good shape – even when I retired four years ago, I stayed in the gym and I’m in this to win it. I know that if I catch somebody they are going to go and from what I’ve seen, the quicker you get them out of there the better – you have more time to recover and touchwood you get no cuts, and you are in good shape to progress.” (more…)
Photo: Enrique “Quique” Vázquez/Promociones Miguel Cotto
Unbeaten super bantamweight Jonathan “Pitbull” Vidal improved his record to 13-0 with 8 KOs with a unanimous decision win over Aneuri Matos last night at the Palacios De Los Deportes in Santiago De Los Caballeros, Dominican Republic. Also, super flyweight Luis “Rocky” Cosme (6-1, 3 KOs) annihilated Gregorio Lebrón (0-1) with a KO victory in the 4th round.
“I had a great night,” Cosme said. “I trained very hard for this fight and we had a tremendous victory. Now I will come back to the gym to get ready for my next fight.”
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Heavyweight prospect Bryant “Bye Bye” Jennings, of Philadelphia, PA, goes for his sixth win in as many pro fights when he takes on veteran Terrell “Baby Bull” Nelson, of Plainfield, NJ, in a scheduled six-round contest Saturday evening, Feb. 26, in the Grand Ballroom of Bally’s Atlantic City.
Gabriel Rosado and Jamaal Davis collide in the all-Philadelphia junior middleweight main event, set for 12 rounds. Ronald Cruz, of Bethlehem, PA, and Dillet Frederick of Fort Myers, FL, square off in the scheduled eight-round junior welterweight semifinal. (more…)
Albuquerque’s Archie Ray Marquez (10-0, 7 KOs), scheduled to fight Marvin Quintero (20-3, 16 KOs) this Friday on Showtime’s ShoBox card from the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, Calif., has been forced to pull out due to an injury. Last week, Marquez sustained an injury while sparring and when the pain did not subside, local physicians were consulted. A hernia is suspected.
Update: An MRI has revealed that Archie Ray Marquez has suffered from a sports hernia. The bad news? He’s out of this weekend’s fight. The good news? No surgery will be required and a rest period of four to six weeks should heal the damage.
I typically break down the top matchups for each fight card. Not this one. No Xs and Os. No keys to victory. Not this time.
Rich Franklin versus Forrest Griffin isn’t that type of fight. Sure, it is a marquee matchup involving two former champions still in their competitive prime. It deserves as much promotional attention, in my opinion, as the main event between pound-for-pound ruler Anderson Silva and one of the sport’s favorite sons, Vitor Belfort . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC
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Hatton Promotions boxer Anthony ‘Million Dollar’ Crolla will challenge John Watson for the vacant British lightweight title in Liverpool on Saturday February 12. Crolla, 24, is stepping up a weight division and accepted the short notice job after Gavin Rees decided to vacate. Although the exciting Mancunian has just two weeks to prepare for his shock chance, he has been preparing to face Carl Johanneson in late February. Hatton Promotions Director of Boxing Richard Poxon: “It is a fantastic opportunity for Anthony and one he didn’t hesitate to accept. “Of course, he would have got a shot at the British super-featherweight championship if he defeated Carl, but this is a job he really fancies.” (more…)
Photos by Rafael Soto/Top Rank
Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel believes that his next fight is the most important of his career and that is why he must win it, and that is also the reason that he is working so hard in his native city of Los Mochis, looking to put together the best training camp possible that will give him the perfect fight when he takes on Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire on Saturday, February 19 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Resort in Las Vegas. For more details and photos click here…
By Robert Coster
Photo: Knockout Publicity
In only his second pro bout, Newark, NJ lightweight Michael Angelo Perez, then 18, was signed up by Golden Gloves Promotions. He had just destroyed Tommy Garcia in one round and impressed Bernard Hopkins, no less, who recommended him to Golden Boy. Remembers Hopkins, “I saw a lot of talent in that young man.” Now, almost three years later, Perez (11-0-1, 5 KOs) is getting ready to headline a Telefutura card in Lares, Puerto Rico on April 4th. “I’m born in Newark,” says Michael, “But my family is from Lares. Fans in Puerto Rico really know boxing and I’m training hard to impress my folks back home.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat
Unbeaten WBA super-feather champ Takashi Uchiyama (17-0, 14 KOs), 130, kept his belt as he came off the canvas in the third, took back the initiative and hurt game southpaw compatriot Takashi Miura (20-2-2, 16 KOs), 130, with stinging lefts to score an abrupt stoppage after the eighth round on Monday in Tokyo, Japan.
Miura claimed that he had lost his vision on the right optic, so his corner declared he would give up going on. The loser was so crestfallen that he gloomily said in the dressing room, “Had I continue fighting, I would lose (not only my eyesight but) my life.” It might be his excuse addressed to his supporters and the audience.
The official tallies were as follows: Rafael Ramos (US) 77-74, Kazunobu Asao and Takeo Harada (both Japan) both 78-73, all in favor of the stylish defending champ. The referee was Takeshi Shimakawa, a Japanese veteran third man who did a good job. (more…)
This past Saturday night, heavyweight Franklin “Yah Yah” Lawrence scored an impressive tenth round stoppage over former U.S. Olympian Jason Estrada to capture the WBC interim Caribbean title at the Turning Stone Casino and Resort. It has been announced that Lawrence signed a promotional contract with Fisticuffs Productions. “We came to an agreement hours before the fight”, said Fisticuffs Productions chief Dave Escalet. “We had got some great feedback about Franklin through our matchmaker Nick Tiberi and I give him a lot of credit for seeing the talent in Franklin and giving us a heads up about him.” Lawrence, thirty-five years old of Indianapolis, Indiana has a record of 14-2-2 with nine knockouts.
“I said throughout fight week and after the fight, I am done calling people out,” states unbeaten WBC/WBO unified world junior welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (27-0, 11 KOs). “I am the people’s champion and I want to hear from the fans on whom they would like me to fight next. They’re buying the tickets and the premium channel subscriptions. They’re entitled to have a say in this. Let my promoters know. Let HBO know.”
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Former WBO 108lb champion Ivan Calderon says he’s willing to travel to Mexico for a proposed April 2 rematch with reigning unified WBA/WBO champion Giovanni Segura, noting that this time he’ll enter the ring in the best shape of his life. “If they make the fight and we have to go there, let’s go. No problem. If he came here, why can’t I go to Mexico? This time I’ll go well trained as a boxer and avoid some injuries that were present the last time and be in better condition,” he said.
He added that he’s not afraid of a hometown decision. “We’re not going with the mentality that judges are going to rob us. We’ll fight and I think they’ll make the right decision and I’ll raise my hand as the winner, just like here in Puerto Rico. Whoever deserves the victory will have his hand raised.”
Undefeated welterweight contender Mike Jones (23-0, 18 KOs) has taken advantage of the snowy conditions in Philadelphia to help prepare for his rematch with Jesus Soto-Karass (24-5-3, 16 KOs) on Feb. 19 at the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas. The Jones vs. Soto-Karass fight is being co-promoted by Top Rank and Peltz Boxing Promotions. “Shoveling snow at home has been an excellent workout for my arms,” said Jones, who has shoveled a-near-Philadelphia record of 37.8 inches of snow over the 12-13 days that it’s fallen to date this winter. “I’m glad I stayed home for training this time (Jones has gone away for training for his fights over the last two years). I focus better. I don’t drink, smoke or go out so there’s no problem with distractions at home. It’s soothing being home. Plus, the snow workouts have made me stronger.” (more…)
Mexican sensation Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has been the talk of the boxing world for the last two years, but on Saturday, February 5, his older brother Rigoberto Alvarez will be making some noise of his own when he defends his WBA Interim Super Welterweight World Title against El Paso, Texas’ unbeaten Austin Trout in the main event of Televisa’s Saturday night boxing series Sabados De Corona. The 12 round fight will take place at Arena Coliseo in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.
In the co-featured bout scheduled for 12 rounds, Nayarit, Mexico’s Jesus Silvestre and Managua, Nicaragua’s Yader Escobar will battle it out in a WBA junior flyweight title elimination bout. (more…)
Make the most of Fight Week in Las Vegas by taking advantage of all the fighter appearances going on in town for UFC 126. All activities are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
Thursday, February 3
Open Workouts with Silva, Belfort, Griffin, Franklin, Bader, Jones, Torres and Banuelos, from 12-2 PM at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South.
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Friday, February 4
Urijah Faber, Anthony Pettis and Mark Munoz Appearance, 11 AM-1 PM at the Las Vegas Fight Shop, Fashion Show Mall, 3200 S. Las Vegas Blvd. (more…)
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Highly talented and hard hitting super featherweight prospect Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (13-0, 10 KOs) of the Dominican Republic re-joins 2010’s ‘Trainer of the Year’ Gabriel Sarmiento and his growing stable of fighters at the World Crown Sports Training Center in Port Hueneme, CA. Fortuna is currently scheduled to return to the ring on Saturday, March 12th at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT against an opponent yet to be determined on the undercard of middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (46-2-2, 25 KOs), who faces junior middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk (37-0, 23 KOs) which will be shown live on HBO’s ‘World Championship Boxing’. For more details and photos click here…
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
World welterweight contender Wale “Lucky Boy” Omotoso (18-0, 16 KOs) is originally from Nigeria but has been based in Australia for several years where he turned professional under the expert guidance of Murray Thomson. IBF #12 Omotoso talks to Fightnews about his best wins over Tough American Emanuel Augustus and world rated Samuel Colomban and how his idol in boxing is the great Nigerian former world champion Dick Tiger and how he knows he will be world champion soon under manager and trainer Murray Thomson. (more…)
Pacman Fever hit MGM Grand this morning with one of the biggest ticket runs in Las Vegas boxing history. Between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. PT, 16,000 tickets were sold to the Manny Pacquiao vs. Sugar Shane Mosley world welterweight championship. Barely 1,000 seats remain for Pacquiao’s return to the Fight Capital of the World, where he hasn’t fought since 2009. “Incredible. Simply incredible,” exclaimed Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum when he heard the news today. “I have never promoted a fight that has sold so many tickets so quickly. Manny Pacquiao never ceases to amaze the world with his achievements. The excitement he generated today with the initial ticket sales makes it feel like fight week already!”
Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs) defends his WBO welterweight title against three-division world champion and future Hall of Famer Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KOs) on May 7 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Remaining tickets, priced at $1,000, $750, and $300, can be purchased through Ticketmaster. To charge by phone, with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000. Tickets are also available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com. Ticket sales at $1,000, $750, and $300 are limited to 10 per person. Pacquiao vs. Mosley will be produced and distributed Live on SHOWTIME PPV®, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
Sampson Boxing LLC has announced that WBO female jr. middleweight champion Hanna Gabriel will be part of the week long inauguration of the new Costa Rican National Stadium in San Jose, Costa Rica. The much honored and idolized female boxing symbol of Costa Rica will be defending her title on March 31. “I am very proud to be part of this historical event in Costa Rica that brings honor to both Hanna Gabriel and the highly anticipated inauguration of this beautiful stadium,“ said promoter Sampson Lewkowicz. The news was unveiled at a press conference in the San Jose Palace Hotel in Costa Rica. Gabriel will fight at the new stadium, against a fighter later to be announced. Gabriel’s fight will be part of a card that will include seven fights. Four of the bouts will be home grown local boxing talent. A total of three female world champions will be part of the evening‘s fight card. Ticket prices will be: 52,000, 36,400, 26,00, 15,600 and 5,200 Colones. Tickets will go on sale on February 18.
By Joe Koizumi
Southpaw speedster Akifumi Shimoda (23-2-1, 10 KOs), 121.5, impressively captured the WBA super-bantam belt as he finely floored defending champ Retsuri Lee (AKA Ryol-Li Lee; 17-2-1, 8 KOs), 121.5, on three occasions, though hitting the deck himself once, and pounded out a unanimous decision over twelve hard-fought give-and-take rounds on Monday in Tokyo, Japan.
All judges were of the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC). Takeshi Shimakawa and Biney Martin (ex-Japanese junior middle champ out of Ghana living here) both saw the hot affair 118-109, and Takeo Harada (ex-national junior bantam boss) 115-111, all for the aggressive lefty challenger. The referee was Rafael Ramos (US) who well handled such busy-moving contestants.
It was really an extravaganza as they kept swapping solid shots toe-to-toe all the way. Shimoda, formerly OPBF and national champ, looked much faster than the taller counterpunching champ, taking the initiative from the outset. The third session witnessed Shimoda drop the champ with a beautiful southpaw left but Lee deck him back with a well-timed right in the closing seconds of the round. Shimoda had the champ on the deck in the fifth and eighth to confirm his triumph. Shimoda has thus become the third current world champ out of Teiken Gym, along with WBC 122-pound champ Toshiaki Nishioka and WBC 130-pound ruler Takahiro Aoh. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
On Friday, Golden Boy Promotions flew out former three-time world champion, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (28-1-1, 18 KO’s), to discuss his future with the company. The potential April 9th bout between future Hall of Famers, Juan Manuel Marquez and Erik Morales is not officially signed, so Guerrero has made clear to GBP that he’d be willing to step in and fight either one.
“I’ve come to the realization that Marquez absolutely wants no part of me,” said Guerrero. “I’m his mandatory and he’s choosing to fight Morales. I don’t want to hear any nonsense that I don’t have a big enough name, or that he’s not going to make the money he wants fighting me. I’m a three-time world champion, I’ve fought on national TV numerous times, and more importantly I believe this is a fight the fans want to see. So I’m not going to wait around for Marquez, I’m just going to move forward with my career, and strive for that fourth world title. I take him avoiding me and not willing to fight as a victory… If Morales wants to step in the ring then please send me the contract.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBC has announced the officials for the February 26th world championship battle between current champion Gilberto Keb Baas and former champion Jose Antonio Aguirre at the Poliforum Zamna in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. Roberto Ramirez Diaz (Puerto Rico) will be the third man in the ring and the judges are Jose Manzur Arguelles (Mexico), Juan Carlos Pelayo (Mexico) and Raul Nieves Rivera (Puerto Rico). The WBC supervisor will be Mario Gutiérrez (USA). The card is billed as “A Prueba de Fuego.”
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