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By Jeff Zimmerman
Joshua Clottey (35-3, 20ko’s) looked like he’s been here before, as he strolled around the ring and posed for the Dallas Fort Worth media today at the Gaylord Texan Hotel in preparation for the biggest fight of his life against 7-time world champion Manny Pacquiao (50-3-2 38ko’s) in The Event this Saturday, March 13th at Cowboys Stadium. Although he has never been on a stage quite this big, he has fought some of the biggest names of the last decade, including Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito. And if today was any indication, he appeared ever so ready to take on his greatest challenge, even catching Cowboy Owner Jerry Jones by surprise as he reached outside the ring to shake his hand. Clottey declared, “Nothing stresses me, no matter what.” (more…)
Canada will get their first dose of the Kimbo Slice phenomenon on Saturday, May 8th, when the Ultimate Fighter alumnus looks to make it 2-0 in the Octagon on the UFC 113: Machida vs Shogun 2 card at the Bell Centre in Montreal. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Current WBA bantamweight world champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno of Panama has intensified his training at Mexican trainer Ignacio “Nacho” Beristan’s famous La Romanza Gym in Mexico City. Moreno will be unifying the WBA belt with interim champ Nehomar Cermeño on March 27 in La Guaira, Venezuela. “This is a fight of pride, honor and dignity but above all is for my family, my country and those who have helped me in boxing. It has been a lot of sacrifice up to now and I’ll gave my best that night,¨ says Moreno. He is sparring with Mexican prospects Ray Vargas and Eduardo Escobedo among others. Moreno has his own team, but you can often hear input from Beristain, as well. Click here for more photos…
WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao spars with an unnamed sparring partner at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California in advance of Saturday’s PPV bout against Joshua Clottey in Dallas. Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum looks on.
Having been in Manchester, England for a little over 10 days now, Joan Guzman and his trainer Lee Beard are going over final preparations for his March 27th rematch against Ali Funeka. Guzman and Beard have been working hard on his tactics for this fight and have added world renowned nutritionist Kerry Kayes to help with his strength, conditioning and diet. Guzman completed 14 rounds of sparring on Friday and on Saturday he visited Leigh amateur boxing club where he met with the young boxers and took them through their paces sparring and covering training drills. Click here for more photos…
For years, SHOWTIME® has featured boxing’s top prospects and future World Champions on its hit series ShoBox: The New Generation, giving boxing fans a glimpse of the World Champions of tomorrow today. On Friday, April 2, live on SHOWTIME, Golden Boy Promotions will to present its first event on the series. Undefeated Cuban junior middleweight rising star Erislandy Lara puts his perfect record on the line against the always-dangerous Danny Perez in a 10-round main event and Puerto Rican featherweight standout Carlos Velasquez returns in the co-feature at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. (more…)
Challenger Joshua Clottey and two of his trainers during preparations in Dallas, Monday. Clottey is getting ready for the fight of his life against seven-time world champion and “Fighter of the Decade” Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao on Saturday, March 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas on HBO pay-per-view.
By Alexey Sukachev
Alexander Povetkin (18-0, 13 KOs) continues his preparation for an upcoming ten-rounder on Saturday night at Max Schmeling Halle in Berlin, Germany. The Russian top heavyweight prospect, rated IBF #1, WBO #2 and WBC #4, faces Mexican Javier Mora (22-5-1, 18 KOs) on a huge card, promoted by Sauerland Event. From left to right: Vladimir Povetkin, Teddy Atlas, Saul Avelar, Alexander Povetkin and his manager Vladimir Hryunov.
Hall of Fame-bound Erik “El Terrible” Morales returns to the ring March 27 after 2 ½ years of inactivity, headlining “The Champion Returns” pay-per-view event, on a mission to become the first Mexican boxer to capture world titles in four different weight classes . . . Click here for more
Ringside Report by Scott Ploof
Photography by Emily Harney
It took only two vicious uppercuts midway through the eighth round for 23 year old Devon Alexander (20-0, 13 KOs) to defeat Juan Urango (22-3-1, 17 KOs) and unify the WBC and IBF 140 pound titles on Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. Time of the stoppage by referee Benji Estedes was at 1:12 of round eight. Alexander was quicker to the punch throughout as Urango did his best to try and combat the speed of his opponent. Urango did his best to brawl when given the opportunity however Alexander used his footwork to get away from these exchanges as he out-boxed the brawler. The fight card was promoted by Don King Promotions and was televised live on HBO’s Boxing After Dark. In the co-feature attraction of the evening, New York prospect and current WBC USNBC heavyweight titlist, Derric Rossy scored a convincing unanimous decision victory over veteran Zack Page by scores of 117-110, 120-107, and 118-109. Rossy used a little bit of everything in this fight as he had a height and reach advantage over Page. Rossy went on to out-land and frustrate Page throughout the contest en route to the twelve round decision. Click here for the ringside report and action packed photogallery.
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Montreal fight fans were treated to another outstanding performance from sensational junior lightweight prospect Logan McGuinness as he battled Mexican veteran Pedro Navarrete in an eight round war on Saturday afternoon.
Fighting at the Montreal Casino for the fifth time in his young professional career, the 22 year old McGuinness improved his unbeaten record to 10-0-0 (4 KO’s) as the Orangeville native displayed toughness belying his youth. (more…)
Story & photos by Felipe Leon
Despite 70 professional fights, titles won and lost, controversies inside and outside the ring and on the scales, Jose Luis “El Temible” Castillo (60-9-1, 52KO), who faces Alfonso Gomez (21-4-2, 10KO) Saturday night on the undercard of “The Event” at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, TX, will be best remembered for the epic battle he waged against the late Diego “Chico” Corrales on May 7th, 2005 at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev. . . . Click here for more
Ringside by Francisco Salazar
Photos by ‘Big’ Joe Miranda
Someone forgot to tell super flyweight Rodrigo Guerrero that he was just supposed to be an opponent on Saturday night against hard-hitting world champion Vic Darchinyan.
With a rematch against Nonito Donaire looming, Darchinyan needed someone to look good against. Instead, Guerrero gave Darchinyan fits throughout the fight and in the process made himself a player in the 115-pound division despite a losing, but commendable effort . . . Click here for more
Ringside by Rocco Morales
Photos by ‘Big’ Joe Miranda
In the 12-round main event at Pechanga Casino in Temecula, California, Friday night, Martin Honorio successfully defended his NABO lightweight championship belt with an impressive victory over previously-undefeated Wilton Hilario . . . Click here for more
Report by Brady Crytzer
After two furious rounds of action for the world bantamweight title 24 year old Dominick Cruz was awarded the victory when Brian Bowles was deemed unable to continue due to a broken hand after the conclusion of the second round . . . Click here for more
Ringside by Gerardo Martinez
Saturday night at the Ohkay Casino in Ohkay Owingeh, N.M., in a card billed as “Battle for Redemption”, Johnny Tapia proved he can come back from life’s setbacks, again, boxing bloodlines did not matter and knockouts dominated the fight card. The close-to-capacity crowd of 1,700 got its dollars worth of action with the six professional boxing matches and 11 amateur fights . . Click here for full report
Integrated Sports is one of the nation’s leading distributors of niche pay-per view and closed circuit sports events. The company has especially been making its presence known in the sport of boxing. They have televised numerous events over the last five years featuring some of boxing’s biggest names in major boxing events that otherwise would not have been seen in North America. In addition, Integrated Sports has given soccer fans the opportunity to watch many of the most important world matches on home television. Fightnews caught up with Doug Jacobs, the president of Integrated Sports, who spoke of the company and its future. (more…)
By Craig Watt
There is some impressive boxing talent currently training at the World Crown Sports training facility in Oxnard, California under the guidance of Adam Flores. WBC 154 pound champion Sergio Martinez (44-2-2, 24 KO’s) from Argentina and unbeaten 140 pounder Victor Cayo (24-0, 16 KO’s) are sharing the pads and sparring in preparation for their biggest fights of their careers in the next few weeks. (more…)
Two-time lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo, figures he has one last championship run in him and after fighting all over Mexico last year, he is ready to go back to the big leagues and look for one more shot at a world title. Castillo will begin 2010 with an important 10 round fight against Alfonso Gomez, on Saturday, March 13 at Cowboys Stadium as part of the televised card that will be broadcast on HBO pay-per-view and is headlined by boxing’s super star Manny Pacquiao who will defend his WBO welterweight championship against Joshua Clottey. (more…)
Two-time world champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto is just about ready for his world championship bout against former world champion David Diaz, a fight that will take place on Saturday, March 13 as the main undercard bout of “The Event,” the welterweight showdown between Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao and former world champion Joshua Clottey to be held at “Cowboys Stadium” and televised by HBO Pay-Per-view. (more…)
By Bob Hough
Arthur Abraham (31-0, 25 KOs) says he’s fine with covering ground, on planes and in the ring. The Armenian super-middleweight, who fights Andre Dirrell (18-1, 13 KOs) on March 27 to kick off Showtime’s Super Six World Boxing Classic Group Stage 2, was training in Palm Springs, Calif., for the fight which was set to happen there on March 6. Abraham flew home to Germany when the fight was postponed because Dirrell injured his back, and moved to Detroit, Mich. He expects to be on the move in the ring, too, in pursuit of his elusive opponent. “My sparring partners copy Andre Dirrell’s style every day and they run away a lot,” Abraham said in a recent teleconference, through an interpreter. “I’m prepared for that.” (more…)
Former World Boxing Council lightweight champion David Diaz held an open workout for fans and media Friday at JABB Boxing Gym in Chicago. Diaz is finishing preparations for his showdown with Humberto “ZORRITA” Soto for the vacant WBC Lightweight title on Saturday, March 13th at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas, headlining the pay-per-view undercard of THE EVENT: PACQUIAO vs. CLOTTEY, World Welterweight Championship. Diaz spoke about the fight with Soto, his preparations and fighting at Cowboys Stadium. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Elmer Anuran is the manager of several outstanding boxers from the Philippines including WBA #3 super flyweight Drian Francisco (18-0, 14 KOs) who will clash with WBA #2 Ricardo Nunez (17-1, 15 KOs) of Panama on March 26 in Manila, Philippines for the WBA #1 position. Anuran talks to Fightnews and tells of Francisco’s outstanding amateur career, who his best win was against, that he has Vic Darchinyan in his sights and that Francisco is the next big thing in Filipino boxing. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Joe Deguardia’s Star Boxing put together a very entertaining night of boxing at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Saturday night. In the main event of the evening, Atlantic City’s own Shamone Alvarez (21-2, 12KO’s) put himself back in welterweight mix with devastating 7th round knockout of Alexis Camacho 17-3, 16KO’s). Also, heavyweight slugger and crowd favorite Vinny Maddalone (33-6, 24KO’s) rebounded from his close loss to Jean Marc Mormeck by dropping a vastly outgunned Dominique Alexander (19-8-1, 9KO’s) four times, finishing the job in round five with a deep hook to the body. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
In a poor excuse for a title fight Osborne Machimana retained his South African heavyweight title for the fifth time when he stopped Bull Muravha at 2 minutes 47 seconds into the eighth round at the Nasrec Indoor Arena, Johannesburg on Sunday afternoon. The 31-year-old Machimana came into the ring with a tyre around his waist and weighed in at a flabby 122kg against the smaller and inexperienced Muravha who hit the scales at 98.02kg. (more…)
Ringside by Gerardo Martinez
Tonight at the Ohkay Casino on the San Juan Pueblo, N.M.: Ending a three-year layoff in a comeback attempt, former world champ Johnny Tapia (57-5-2, 29 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over former sparring partner, journeyman Jorge Reyes (21-28-3, 17 KOs). The end came at 1:09. It was Reyes’ first fight in a year-and-a-half and his 15th loss in 16 fights. In the co-main event Carlos “El Gallo” Sanchez (5-1, 2 KOs) defeated unwon Eric Bradford (0-5) of Lincoln, Nebraska, by KO in 0:31 seconds of the 2nd round. On the undercard: In a battle of Albuquerque bantams, Raymond “Hollywood” Montes (3-1, 2 KOs) survived a first round knockdown to defeat Alan Sanchez (2-1, 1 KO) by way of unanimous decision (37-34 twice and 38-34) after four rounds; Denver, Colorado’s John Grimaldo (3-0, 2 KOs) defeated Mitchell, Nebraska late sub Javier “Bombitas” Conde (0-1) by way of TKO in 2:05 of the 1st round; In a fight between debuting cruisers, cage fighter turn boxer Manuel “Mano” Otero (1-0, 1 KO) defeated Henry “Poison” Anaya III (0-1) in 1:38 of the 1st round. Anaya was down once before the stoppage; In the opening bout of the evening Albuquerque’s Matthew Salazar (1-1) defeated Johnny Tapia’s son, Johnathon Tapia, by unanimous decision after four rounds of boxing. Scores were 40-35 twice and 36-39.
In an exciting, wildly entertaining one-sided slugfest, Vic “The Raging Bull’’ Darchinyan (34-2-1, 27 KOs) of Australia retained his WBC/WBA super flyweight crowns with a hard-fought, 12-round unanimous decision over Mexico’s Rodrigo “Gato’’ Guerrero (13-2-1, 9 KOs) in the main event on a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation Saturday on SHOWTIME®. “If I don’t train hard for this fight, if I take this guy lightly, this is a much harder fight and maybe I lose,” said Darchinyan, who is hopeful his next start with be a rematch with Nonito Donaire. “This kid is a very good fighter. I hit him with a lot of good punches, but he took them all and kept coming back. I have never had an opponent stand up to me like he did.” (more…)
Results by Brady Crytzer
After two furious rounds of action for the world bantamweight title 24 year old Dominick Cruz was awarded the victory when Brian Bowles was deemed unable to continue due to a broken hand after the conclusion of the second round. Cruz controlled the first round with crafty footwork and slick counterpunching. In round two, Bowles began to open up with wild punches but was unable to land cleanly on the patient challenger. After the end of the round the fight was stopped by a ringside physician when Bowles was deemed unable to continue.
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Two knockdowns, a solid game plan and some inadvertent faulty lighting allowed “The White Tiger” Chase Shields of Houston, TX to win a 12-round unanimous decision over hometown favorite Jimmy Lange of Great Falls, VA and capture the WBC USNBC Junior Middleweight title in front of 5, 312 at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA.
The knockdowns came in the 11th round and served as an exclamation point in the contest for the new champion. However, the knockdowns may not have happened without an eight-minute power outage in the arena during the ninth round, a round where Lange seemed to be in control. (more…)
Undefeated Devon Alexander “The Great” stunned Juan “Iron Twin” Urango with two knockdowns in the eighth round that led to a spectacular technical knockout win on Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn.. Alexander took Urango’s IBF title at 140 pounds and added it to his WBC super lightweight championship. “My coach told me to stay focused when Urango started bleeding [from the nose in the third round]. My coach said ‘Don’t stand there and get hit,’” said Alexander afterward. “His [Urango’s] punches did not hurt at all. I was surprised by that. Speed kills everything and that’s what I have.” (more…)
WBC #4/WBA #7/WBO #5 welterweight Saul “Canelo” Alvarez moved to 31-0-1, 23 KOs with a crushing third round KO over “The Golden Greek” Brian Camechis (19-3, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Palenque de la Feria, Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico. After dominating round one, Alvarez dropped Camachis twice in round two and finished him with a huge left hook early in round three. Alvarez retained his NABF title. For more details and photos click here…
Argentinian prospect Javier Maciel (15-1, 9 KOs) stopped countryman Ricardo Manuel Genero (15-9-3, 6 KOs) by way of seventh round TKO on Saturday night at the Club Union and Progreso, in Tandil, Buenos Aires, Argentina. The fight was fought at a rapid pace from the very beginning with Maciel being the aggressor while Genero returned fired with solid counters. Maciel was getting the better of Genero as the fight wore on and appeared to be breaking him down when Genero was unable to continue due to an apparent shoulder injury. Mario Margossian promoted the event.
WBC #3 lightweight Ricardo ‘Pelon’ Dominguez (31-4-2, 19 KOs) scored a third round TKO over late sub Leonardo Resendiz (22-24, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Auditorio Pablo Colin in Cuautitlan Izcalli, outside Mexico City. Resendiz surprisingly dropped Dominguez in round one, but Dominguez returned the favor, putting Resendiz down at the end of round two. Round three was all Dominguez and Resendiz did not come out for round four. Click here for more photos…
Ringside By Scott Ploof
WBC super lightweight Devon Alexander (20-0, 13 KOs) retained his title and captured the IBF title as he stopped former champion Juan Urango (22-3-1, 17 KOs) at 1:12 of round number eight at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, CT in the main event of HBO’s Boxing After Dark. Urango looked solid throughout the first seven rounds of the bout as he seemingly landed the better and harder punches during the fight. It was the right hand of Alexander that hurt and sent Urango to the canvas early in round eight. Urango was able to get up but didnt last long as a flurry from Alexander sent Urango right back to the canvas for the final time as referee Benji Estedes called a halt to the fight.
In a stunner, former world champion Steve Forbes (34-8, 10 KOs) lost an eight round majority decision to Harrison Cuello (19-12-3, 14 KOs). The bout took place in front of a nearly empty house after the Alexander-Urango bout.
Current WBC USNBC heavyweight titlist and New York state prospect Derric Rossy (25-2, 14 KOs) scored a very workmanlike twelve round unanimous decision over the game challenge of Zack Page (20-28-2, 7 KOs). Scores of the bout were 117-110, 120-107, and 118-109 all in favor of Rossy. (more…)
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