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Hard Hittin’ Promotions president Jacqueline Cartelli announced today that “The Willie Pep Boxing Classic” will be held on April 9th at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Connecticut. The company plans to put on a show every three months. Headlining the initial show will be popular heavyweight Tony Grano (17-2-1, 13 KOs), on the comeback trail following an upset TKO defeat to Nicolay Firtha in his last bout. Before that, Grano scored an upset of his own when he stopped previously unbeaten Travis Kaufmann in the third round on a ShoBox televised card.
The co-feature has former IBF world lightweight title challenger Israel “Pito” Cardona (36-10) against Luis Maysonet (32-11). The featured undercard match will pit extremely popular unbeaten super featherweight prospect Joey “Chip” Perez (5-0) against former amateur star Charles Vanderveer. Perez is trained by former IBF world light heavyweight title challenger “Iceman” John Scully. Tickets are $40, $60, $80 and $100. Call 860-402-4838.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC light flyweight world champion Gilberto Keb Baas and his challenger WBC former world champion Jose Antonio ¨Jaguar¨ Aguirre are in the their final stages of training for their match on February 26 at Poliforum Zamna in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. Keb has been preparing with WBC silver flyweight beltholder Wilbert “Huracan” Uicab and Jose “Taquerito” Ramirez and is nearing the fight weight. Fighters must arrive in Merida by Sunday. The event, billed as “Prueba de Fuego” is presented by promoters José “Pepe” Gomez, HG Boxing Hector Garcia and Juan Diego Arjona of Arjona Promotions.
Tickets are now on sale for WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer’s mandatory title defense against interim beltholder Nathan Cleverly on April 2nd at Wembley Arena in London. European lightweight champion John Murray tops an undercard featuring top British prospects. Seats are £50, £75, £100 and £150 available from Ticketmaster.
By Brett Bonetti
Fightnews caught up with Australia’s heavyweight Boxing prospect Mark “The Dominator” who is back in Australia for a short time. (more…)
InterBox has announced that it has reached an agreement with Alfredo Marchio, promoter of Fulgencio Zuniga (24-5-1, 21 KOs) of Colombia, to have Zuniga box against Repentigny, Quebec’s Renan St-Juste (22-2-1, 15 KOs) in the semi-final spot of the InterBox March 19th show that will take place at Montreal’s Bell Centre. A significant victory by current NABO champion Renan St-Juste would propel him up towards a major fight before the end of 2011. The main event of this gala will feature IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (27-0, 22 KOs) making his Showtime Championship Boxing debut against southpaw Brian Magee (34-3-1, 24 KOs) of Lisburn City, Northern Ireland. Bute will be looking for his 7th consecutive title defense. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA featherweight titleholder Jonathan Victor Barros will defend his crown against Mexican challenger Miguel Roman in Mendoza, Argentina on March 12 at an event organized by promoter Osvaldo Rivero. Sources say Rivero reached an agreement with Roman’s representatives Promociones del Pueblo. “Mickey” Roman has won his last five fights and has never been stopped. Barros was scheduled to defend against Mexican Marcos Lopez on February 19 or 26 February in Panama but that bout fell through.
For undefeated lightweight contender Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (20-0-1, 10 KOs), 2011 is the year – not just any year but the year that he will leave his mark in the boxing world.
His first step towards that comes this Friday night, February 18th, when Gesta faces Genaro Trazancos (22-13-1, 13 KOs) in an eight-round main event from the Longshoreman’s Hall in San Francisco, and broadcast on Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate”. The fight card is presented by Golden Boy Promotions with Don Chargin Promotions in association with Jorge Marron Productions . . . Click here for more
The January announcement that former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar was going to coach season 13 of The Ultimate Fighter was met with a blitz of positive press and an equally enthusiastic response from fans . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
Photos: Rafael Soto / Zanfer
Three-time world champion and current WBO and WBC bantamweight champion. Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel trained today at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas. Montiel will defend his titles this Saturday against Nonito Donaire at the Mandalay Bay and will be telecast by HBO. more photos
By Gary “Digital” Williams
On Saturday, the 12th of March, Great Falls, VA’s Jimmy Lange will headline his 12th show at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA. The opponent for Lange will be the “Fighting Schoolteacher” Jimmy Holmes of DeMotte, IN. The bout will be a scheduled 10-rounder that will be fought at 160 pounds. Lange (34-4-2, 24 KO’s) is coming off the 2010 Beltway Boxing Knockout of the Year — a 10th round stoppage of Joe Wyatt November 6 at the Patriot Center. Lange won the NABA Junior Middleweight title with the win, but he will not be defending the title in this bout. Holmes (19-1-2, one NC, 10 KO’s) scored a first-round TKO over Joseph Harden on December 17 in Hammond, IN. Holmes is indeed a schoolteacher as he teaches physical education at an elementary school in Roselawn, IN.
The co-feature will be a 10-round rematch between former three-time WBA Middleweight champion William Joppy and Maryland State Super Middleweight titleholder Cory “Black Ice” Cummings. The two men met on November 6 at the Patriot Center and fought to a spirited 10-round majority draw. Joppy got the nod on one of the scorecards, 96-94, while the other two judges saw an even contest at 95-95. (more…)
Ringside report by Gerardo Martinez
Photos by Raymond Mares
Saturday night, the boisterous crowd at the Sky Ute Casino Events Center in Ignacio, Colo., waited close to year to see their hometown favorite, Elco “The Animal” Garcia (24-7, 12 KO’s), add a another fourth straight TKO to his record, but Nebraska’s Patrick “Big Pat” Thompson (16-16-1, 6 KO’s) wanted no part of it . . . Click here for more
On a five-bout winning streak since his “Fight of the Year” candidate with Antonio Escalante a year ago, Juarez contender Miguel “Mickey” Roman (33-7, 25 KOs) has earned himself a shot at the WBA World Featherweight Champion Jonathan Victor Barros (31-1-1, 18 KOs). Rated No. 9 by the WBA, Roman will journey either to Barros’ country of Argentina, Mexico or Panama for the fight. Roman’s promoter, Promociones del Pueblo, is negotiating with Barros’ camp on the location.
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
While Manny Pacquiao was making the rounds in Washington DC, Sugar Shane Mosley worked the New York City scene. Mosley appeared as guest on Boomer and Carton radio show, then hit the Opie and Anthony show, and Hip Hop Nation Ear Candy with his trainer Naseem Richardson. After that Mosley showed NY Knick star Amare Staudemire some fancy ball handling at Knicks Training Facility in Tarrytown, before stopping for a bite to eat in at 7 Brothers Dinner in Yonkers en route to ESPN Headquarters in Bristol CT. (more…)
ESPN 3D will present boxing in 3D for the first time on Friday with ESPN’s Friday Night Fights telecast at 9 p.m. ET from Salisbury, Md. The fight will also be televised on ESPN2. To see the fight in 3D, you need 1) a 3D-ready TV, 3D glasses and a special 3D-ready box from your cable provider.
Jr. Middleweight Harry Joe Yorgey (21-1, 10 KOs) will fight in an off-TV bout against journeyman Taronze Washington (14-14, 7 KOs) on the undercard of the February 25 Friday Night Fights show in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Condolencses to Fightnews.com feature writer Felipe Leon, whose father passed away this past Friday.
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Boxing superstar and Filipino Congressman Manny Pacquiao and wife Jinkee pose in front of the Capitol after meeting with Senate Majority leader Harry Reid today in Washington as part of a goodwill tour. Pacman and Jinkee are now meeting President Obama, no reporters or photographers allowed.
Photos by Miha Simnovec
IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck (30-1, 17 KOs) will defend his title for the third time on Friday against Paul Delgado (24-9-1, 4 KOs) in Sportpark Arena, Ljubljana, Slovenia. At the pre-fight press conference, both fighters promised victory.
“I’m glad to be able to finally box against an American,” stated Zaveck. “With my victory in this fight, I’ll get the attention of the worldwide boxing experts.” (more…)
Photos and report by Wolfgang Schiffbauer
WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm and challenger Ronald Hearns met for the final press conference in advance of their title bout on Saturday night in Stuttgart, Germany, yesterday at the Hilton Garden hotel. Both fighters were very respectful but promised victories. “He is a great boxer”, Sturm said. “But I’ll be going for the knock out. I promise an exciting show, I feel better than ever before. I believe that the fans will see the best Felix Sturm of all time.” Only a few tickets are left for the middleweight showdown, Sturm added. “I’m excited about fighting here [in Stuttgart]. The fans are really great.” For more details and photos click here…
There was a purse bid procedure held in the IBF office today for the IBF jr. flyweight championship mandatory defense between champion Luis Lazarte and Ulises Solis. The winning bidder was K.O. International with a bid of $300,000. Top Rank bid $226,000. K.O. International has 90 days to put the fight on.
Photos: PR Best Boxing Promotions/José Pérez
The sequel of the memorable candidate for “Fight of the Year 2010”, Giovani Segura vs Iván Calderón is a reality and there will go to Campeche, México, on April 2, when Segura will defend his WBO junior flyweight championship against Calderón in a PR Best Boxing Promotions and Promociones Zanfer presentation to be televised on pay-per-view. At a press conference today held at the Museo del Deporte de Puerto Rico in Guaynabo, PRBBP announced that Calderón vs Segura II “The Revenge” will be held at the Estadio 20 de Noviembre in Campeche, México, a venue with a 5,000 capacity. For more details and photos click here…
Story and photos by Tri Nguyen
Congressman Manny Pacquiao, the congressional representative from the Sarangani province in the Philippines and eight-division world champion, met with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada at the U.S. Capitol this morning to talk and exchange national flags.
Pacquiao described his visit as “an incredible moment” and hopes that the friendship between the United States and the Philippines “will continue to grow.” Reid said “I always respect anyone who gets in the ring, either in boxing or in politics.”
Pacman was scheduled to have lunch with President Barack Obama after the press conference. Click here for more photos…
NABF Heavyweight Champion Johnathon Banks, 25-1-1 with 17 KOs, is getting ready to leave for Germany this Saturday to take on the popular Luan Krasniqi. Banks, rated #6 in the WBC and #13 in the IBF, will fight Krasniqi on February 26 in Ludwigsburg, Germany. The fight will take place in the Arena Ludwigsburg and will be televised live on RTL in Germany, the television partner of the Klitschko brothers. Former two times European Champion Krasniqi, 30-4-1 with 14 KOs, is very popular in Germany and accepted the fight with Banks in order to move into the position to fight for the heavyweight world title. (more…)
Top rated US amateur star Miguel Cartagena is set to make his highly anticipated professional debut Saturday, March 26th at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City as part of the undercard of the Yuriokis Gamboa-Jorge Solis card promoted by Top Rank.
Cartagena has set his mark in the amateurs with a sparkling record 114-11, which includes several championship titles in both the United States and Europe. Now the 2009 National Golden Gloves Champion looks to use his well honed skills to work towards his lifelong dream of becoming a world champion. (more…)
I have never played rugby, but I enjoy watching it on television every once in a blue moon.
Or so I thought until I chatted with Anthony Perosh.
A little background: I remember a few occasions, after midnight, laying in bed studying “Aussie” rules football on ESPN2. Though the American in me didn’t totally comprehend the sport’s rules or scoring system, the non-stop speed, palpable grit and poetic chaos of the game instinctively fascinated me. . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, UFC.com
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
World championship judge Glen Hamada talks to Fightnews about how he first became interested in boxing watching Friday Night Fights on TV during the 1950’s which featured Floyd Patterson, Luis Rodriguez and Gene Fullmer in action, and how he has worked on world title bouts since 1984 featuring outstanding world champions such as Larry Holmes, Bernard Hopkins, Kostya Tszyu and Michael Nunn. Glen also talks about the Vic Darchinyan vs. Abner Mares bout which he worked, how Ike Ibeabuchi could have been champ and also the work he does for the IPRO. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo by Wojtek Kubik
“McBride can punch, as we all could see when he was fighting Mike Tyson and more recently Tomek Adamek’s countryman Andrew Gołota who, at least in the first couple of rounds, felt the power of this 260+pound fighter. And McBride knows that most likely this is his last chance to have a shot at big fight, so of course we treat him very seriously,” said Roger Bloodworth, Adamek’s trainer, who speaks about his fighter’s next fight at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, and the upcoming challenge for the heavyweight championship against Wladimir or Vitali Klitschko in Poland. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Taller southpaw Makoto Fuchigami (15-6, 6 KOs), 158.75, kept his Japanese middleweight belt as he battered top contender Fukutaro Ujiie (16-8-1, 11 KOs), 160, from all angles, decked him with a smashing left in the third and finally halted him at 1:52 of the eighth session in a scheduled ten rounder on Monday in Tokyo, Japan.
Fuchigami, making his first defense, utilized his speed and footwork, and piled up points so steadily that he was widely leading on points after the seventh: 70-63 twice and 70-62, as shown after the title go. The lefty champ had dethroned Tetsuya Suzuki via sixth-round TKO in Osaka last October, and thus displayed his good form against his grudge rival Ujiie over whom he had eked out a split verdict some two years ago. Accelerating his attack against the fading challenger, the ref Tsuchiya made a well-timed stoppage in the fatal eighth. (more…)
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
The rematch between the WBO 108lb champion Giovanni Segura and former champion Ivan Calderon will be held April 2 in Acapulco, Mexico. The event will be a co-promotion between Zanfer Promotions and PR Best Boxing. Segura (26-1-1, 22 KOs) handed Calderon (34-1-1, 6 KOs) his only loss in their first bout in August 2010.
By Nick Giongco
Pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao arrived in Washington, DC after a two hour and 49 minute train journey from New York City on Monday. Pacquiao, who faces Shane Mosley on May 7 in Las Vegas, was joined by his gorgeous wife Jinkee and the Top Rank inner circle led by master promoter Bob Arum on board the Acela Express. Also with Team Pacquiao and Top Rank were media representatives from the New York Times, New York Daily News, CBS, Wall Street Journal, Playboy, Manila Bulletin, Philippine Star and GMA7. Pacquiao was brought to the historic Hay-Adams Hotel, which is overlooking The White House. Pacquiao will meet up with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada on Tuesday. Washington will be the last stop of the four-city press tour after stops in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York.
Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
It has been confirmed today by promoter Fernando Beltran of Zenfer Promotions that WBC lightweight champion Humberto Soto (54-7-2, 32 KOs) will return on March 5 in a rematch against Fidel Monterrosa (25-2, 19 KOs) in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico. Soto defended his belt via unanimous decision over Monterrosa last September in Culiacan in a tough and sometimes dirty fight. The rematch will be a non-title ten rounder and a risky proposition being that Soto is already scheduled for a rematch against Urbano Antillon on the Pacquiao-Mosley undercard. Soto is currently training at the Gimnasio del Crea in Tijuana.
Overcoming the loss of his 10-year-old son 12 years ago, Vaughn Jackson, trainer of top welterweight contender Mike Jones, has turned tragedy into inspiration with the help of family, faith and boxing. Jackson is winding down his training with Jones, who meets Jesus Soto-Karass (a rematch of their November 13 fight, which Jones won by majority decision) on Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and on HBO’s Boxing After Dark.
“It was a devastating loss, the worst feeling a parent can ever have,” said the 41-year-old Jackson, whose first child, Vaughn Welcome Jackson, sustained a fatal vocal cord injury while playing by himself in his room in December, 1998. (more…)
Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao and his wife Jinkee get ready to board a train at Penn Station for the final stop in Washington D.C. on his national media tour for his upcoming world welterweight mega fight against “Sugar” Shane Mosley on Saturday, May 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Tuesday. 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-View. Click here for more photos…
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Global superstar and Philippine Congressman Manny Pacquiao and three-division world champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley continued their U.S. media tour on Valentine’s Day in New York on Monday at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers – Pier 61 with another open to the public news conference. Boxing fans got an up close and personal look at their favorites with some Pacquiao fans showing their support by waving Philippine flags while Mosley was also greeted by his share of loyal supporters. (more…)
On Saturday, former world champion and Super Six semi-finalist Arthur Abraham successfully returned to the ring in Mülheim, Germany. King Arthur looked good in the 4:01 his fight lasted against WBA #9 super middleweight Stjepan Bozic. Unfortunately for fight fans, the end wasn’t a highlight reel KO but instead a TKO caused when Bozic suffered an injury to his left hand. After the fight Bozic insisted that he had broken his broken his wrist although x-rays came back negative.
Bozic has now returned to Croatia following the loss. “I’ve heard that a few people think I quit on account of the body shots before, but this isn’t right,” he stated angerly. “I’m a fighter, not an actor. I think everybody saw that I hit Arthur Abraham’s elbow with my left hand and then felt sudden strong pains. This continues to today, so I’m going to a doctor I can trust. He’ll be able to say with certainty whether it’s a joint, tendon or ligament injury.” The 36-year-old is sure everything will be cleared up. “I’ve been a boxer for 21 years. I’ve already boxed with a broken rib and other injuries. I am a Sportsman. To simply give up in such a way would be out of the question for me. I want to give the fans great fights. Everyone who knows me knows this. I repeat: I’m a fighter, not an actor!”
Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao and “Sugar” Shane Mosley pose during a press conference in New York City for their upcoming world welterweight mega fight on Saturday, May 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Pacquiao and Mosley are on a national media tour and will be making their next stop in Washington D.C. Tuesday. 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-View. Click here for more photos…
Photo courtesy Georg Moritz, Photo Wende
A sell-out crowd at Herning Kongrescenter and the viewers on TV2 were treated to another exciting evening of boxing action as the Danish talents pleased their fans in Herning, Denmark on Saturday. Middleweight Patrick Nielsen, jr welterweight Kasper Bruun, jr welterweight Kasper Bruun, and jr middleweight Ahmad Kaddour all posted wins. In other notable action, unbeaten heavyweight Kubrat Pulev (11-0, 5 KOs) outpointed Yaroslav Zavorotnyi (14-5, 12 KOs) over eight and in the shocker of the night, two-time middleweight title challenger Mahir Oral (28-4-2, 11 KOs) was unexpectedly stopped in two rounds by Jozsef Matolcsi (29-13, 19 KOs). (more…)
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