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By Gabriel F. Cordero
The World Boxing Association will present its 19th annual awards dinner tonight in Panama City. A large number of fans, media, guests and world champions have arrived in Panama for the occasion. Among those onhand are Kina Malpartida, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Hernan Marquez, Vyacheslav Senchenko, John Ruiz, Leo Gamez, Bryan Vazquez, Hanna Gabriel, Jackie Nava, Kahosai Galaxy, Chris John, Amir Khan and Ricky Hatton and Takashi Uchiyama who were met by Roberto “Mano de Piedra” Duran and WBA vice-president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza. A gala production will take place in the Grand Ballroom of the Miramar International Hotel and the WBA board members are looking forward to an attractive presentation.
Integrated Sports Media, the pound-for-pound king of sports distribution in North America, announced today that it will distribute the WBO flyweight championship between defending champion Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria and challenger Omar Nino Romero, March 31 live from Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines. “Island Assault 4:The Battle,” presented by Solar Sports, is being distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 9:00 PM/ET – 6:00 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, DISH Network and Avail-TVN, as well as on-line PPV
By Ron Jackson
Tommy Oosthuizen defends his IBO super middleweight belt when he faces Serge Yannick at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Saturday night. Oosthuizen makes the fourth defence of his IBO super-middleweight belt when he faces Serge Yannick, a 29-year-old who was born Serge Yannick Mvoue in Cameroon but now fights out of Australia.
The taller South African had a good 2011. He won the vacant IBO belt in March with a ninth-round stoppage win over Colombian Evert Bravo and retained it by beating William Gare and Aaron Pryor Jr on points over 12 rounds and stopping Francisco Sierra in the eleventh.
Oosthuizen is now ranked No 7 by the IBF and ninth by the WBC. Yannick is 27th on the IBO list and 13th on the WBA’s.
Yannick has been a professional since March 2007 when he beat Wayne Parker Jr on points. His record now stands at 14-1, with 7 knockouts. His only loss was in his fifth fight, in December 2009, when Mike Bolling beat him in a clash for the vacant Australian super-middleweight title. Bolling was well beaten by Isaac Chilemba when they met for the vacant IBO super-middleweight belt in June 2010 at Emperors Palace. (more…)
The March 17 Sauerland Event card at Arena Nord in Frederikshavn , Denmark, has been postponed to April 21 after WBA/WBC/WBO female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus came down with a case of tonsillitis. The new date is April 21. The card will remain the same.
By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat
WBC#3/WBA#9 Japanese southpaw Nihito Arakawa (22-1, 14 KOs), 135, successfully retained his OPBF lightweight belt as he kept peppering WBC#8/WBA#12 ex-OPBF ruler Ryuji Migaki (17-3, 13 KOs), 135, withstood critical moments in the tenth and finally emerged victorious with a hard-fought unanimous verdict (116-112, 117-112 and 118-111) over twelve heats on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan.
It was a highly anticipated encounter of our top-notch compatriots as Migaki had renounced his regional belt due to his perennial hand injury and Arakawa acquired the vacant throne in an eliminator last October. The shaven skulled southpaw Arakawa never wore the championship belt, saying “Without defeating Migaki I’m not a champ yet.” From the start it became a total war with Arakawa busy-punching and Migaki switching between orthodox and southpaw. (more…)
WBO minimum weight champion Moises Fuentes (14-1-0, 6 KOs) will not defend his title next Saturday in Tijuana due to a fractured right hand suffered while sparring. Fuentes was slated to make his first defense against Michael Landero (15-5-4, 4 KOs), who will now fight two-time former world champion Raul “Rayito” Garcia (31-2, 19 KOs). Injuring permitting, Fuentes may return April 28 against the legendary Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon in Puerto Rico.
WBC Statement: Jose Sulaiman, Mexico, president of The World Boxing Council has followed strictly all the actions related to the misconduct of Derek Chisora, that is considered one of the worst behaviors ever by a professional boxer , and we stand strongly with the BBB of C and the BDB to resolve this case immediately. The WBC is absolutely condemning behaviors that are not to be accepted in boxing under any circumstances and will act as soon as it can proceed to impose the fines and sanctions as we consider necessary.
The WBC is imposing a serious fine to be finally determined after the hearing to be held under the supervision of our counsel representative attorney Stephen Beverly, the WBC will also take off from the WBC rankings, the name of Derek Chisora and declare an indefinite suspension against fighting again for a WBC title, while demanding Chisora to take an anger management medical treatment after which his suspension will be reconsidered. (more…)
Tickets go on sale this Friday for the April 14 WBA lightweight title clash between former world lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios and former featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Seats are priced at $250, $150, $100, $50 and $25 and go on sale March 2 at 1PM ET/10AM PT at all Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Mandalay Bay at (877) 632-7400 or Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also will be available for purchase at www.mandalaybay.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
By Francisco Salazar
In an attractive bout that had been in the works for some time, unbeaten Mike Alvarado will fight once-beaten junior welterweight Mauricio Herrera in a 10 round bout on April 14th, Top Rank matchmaker Brad Goodman confirmed to Fightnews.com on Monday night. “Herrera is in to face Alvarado,” said Goodman. The fight will open the telecast of an HBO telecast, which will precede the main event bout between hard-hitting unbeaten lightweight fighters Brandon Rios and Yuriorkis Gamboa. (more…)
On March 7, four-time New York Golden Gloves Champion, Will “Power” Rosinsky (14-1, 8KOs) will be returning to where he made his professional debut when he takes on Zane “The Train” Marks (17-6, 10KOs) in the co-feature bout on the latest installment of DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing series at BB King Blues Club and Grill in midtown Manhattan. Rosinsky-Marks is scheduled for eight rounds in the light heavyweight division. Headlining the card will be undefeated welterweight prospect Alex Perez (15-0, 9KOs) taking on former NABF junior welterweight champion Francisco “El Gato” Figueroa (20-3-1, 13KOs).
By Mike Bernier
Photos: Ed Mulholland
The second leg of the Mayweather-Cotto press tour took place today at Harlem’s world famous Apollo Theater to officially announce their WBA super welterweight world championship fight on May 5 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Floyd Mayweather: I’m not looking to cheat. I tell Miguel Cotto I don’t want to fight you at a catch weight. I want to fight the best Miguel Cotto. To be the best you’ve got to beat the best and he’s one of the best fighters out there today. I want to finish putting the rest of the pieces, you know, it’s a puzzle and you’ve got certain pieces that go to the puzzle and he’s one of the pieces so I can solidify myself as one of the best fighters to have ever lived….Pacquiao’s an amazing fighter, but all I’ve got to say is if you don’t got nothing to hide then take the test.
Miguel Cotto: I’m going to make this short. We have this stop in New York and Thursday in California. I want these days to pass quickly so I can start training and get focused for this fight. I guarantee you it’s going to be one of the biggest fights you’ve ever seen. I’m going to make every Puerto Rican proud.
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Former Olympians Victor Bisbal and Carlos Negron will have the headline bouts this Friday in the series “A Puño Limpio” to be held at the Angel “Cholo” Espada Coliseum in Salinas, Puerto Rico in a PR Best Boxing Promotions presentation in association with Top Rank to be shown live on WAPA America from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.(ET).
In the headline fight, hometown favorite Bisbal (19-1, 13 KOs), a former 2004 Olympian, will face veteran Robert Daniels (49-9-1, 41 KOs), a former cruiserweight world champion, in an eight round heavyweight bout. The other TV fight presents 2008 Olympian Negron (13-1, 9 KOs) in his first fight after his shock KO loss Epifanio Mendoza. The 6’6 Negron faces Francisco Mireles (13-6, 3 KOs) in a cruiserweight six-rounder.
Cruiserweights Garrett Wilson (12-5-1, 6 KOs) and Andres Taylor (20-1-2, 7 KOs) meet for the second time in less than 19 months as they battle for the vacant NABF title on April 14 at Bally’s Atlantic City. The Wilson-Taylor championship contest tops a seven-bout card which begins at 7.30 pm. in the 1,500-seat Grand Ballroom. The IBF #9 rated Wilson and Taylor met the first time on Sept. 11, 2010, in Johnstown, PA, in a scheduled eight-round fight which Wilson accepted on three days’ notice. The outdoor match was interrupted by rain after the fifth round and later resumed with one official voting for Wilson, one for Taylor, one for a draw. Tickets priced at $50 and $75.
The first sanctioned professional boxing event in the Quad Cities area in over 13 years will take place Saturday at the historic Danceland Ballroom (324 Scott St) in Davenport, Iowa. In the main event, Quad Cities fan favorite Troy “Country Boy” Weida (46-22-1, 33 KOs) will defend his Iowa Professional Boxing Association heavyweight title against veteran Galen “Bad Boy” Brown (36-19-1, 23 KOs). In the co-feature, former heavyweight title challenger “Fast” Fres Oquendo (32-7, 23 KOs) returns against Travis “Ironman” Fulton (15-26, 15 KOs).
The undercard will feature heavyweight prospect Randy Johnson (8-2, 6 KOs) against Clinton Boldridge (9-18-1), lightweight Lance “Lay’em Down” Williams (2-0, 2 KOs) faces Josh “Jungleman” Jungjohann and former amateur standouts Travis Thomas (lightweight) and Donovan Dennis (heavyweight) will all feature in four-rounders.
General admission tickets for the Armer Boxing, KO Fighting and Calkins Sports Productions event can be purchased at the door for $20 the night of the fight. For fight or ticket information, call 563-579-7499. Fights begin at 7:30PM.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
The IBF has appointed officials to work the IBF middleweight title bout featuring champion Daniel Geale defending against Osamunu Adama and the IBF featherweight title bout between champion Billy Dib and Eduardo Escobedo on March 7 at Derwent Entertainment Center, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia,
For Geale-Adama the referee will be Jack Reiss (USA). Judges are Dave Paris (England), Ian Scott (New Zealand), and Pawel Kardyni (Poland). IBF Supervisor Ray Wheatley.
For Dib-Escobedo the referee will be Ernie Sharif (USA). Judges are Sanong Au Im (Thailand), Adelaide Byrd (USA) and Pawel Kardyni (Poland). IBF Supervisor Ray Wheatley.
Promoter Gary Shaw and Bill Treacy. Televised on Fox Main Event Pay Per View
Fightnews.com has confirmed that unbeaten American heavyweight hope Seth Mitchell (24-0-1, 18 KOs) will face Chazz Witherspoon (30-2, 22 KOs) on April 28 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
Jr welterweight David Barnes (25-2-1, 11 KOs) will face former WBA light welterweight champion Vivian Harris (29-7-1, 19 KOs) at the De Veres Hotel in Bolton, England on March 11th. Harris is hoping to end a four-fight losing streak.
Former world champion-turned promoter Ricky Hatton says his depression was so severe after his career-ending loss to Manny Pacquiao, that he considered ending his life. “I definitely contemplated suicide,” Hatton told BBC Radio Manchester. “It was over a long period of time I’d go out, have a night out, come home and I’d be getting the Stanley knife out. I’d be sat there with a Stanley knife going ‘go on, do it, go on, do it’. And I never did, but it eats away at you. Who knows one day I might have turned up and gone ahead with it. But it was getting most weeks I’d find myself sat on the settee at stupid o’clock in the morning thinking ‘go on just do it’. I’m sure people have started off the same way and sadly done it.”
By Ron Jackson
The biggest issue yet of the only boxing magazine in South Africa has gone on sale. Jeff Ellis, the publisher of African Ring, says the latest issue has 34 pages, more than any since the magazine was launched in May 2009. It carries an article about former IBF junior featherweight champion Vuyani Bungu, who should be considered for induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. The cover picture is of Kaizer Mabuza who meets unbeaten Steven Wills from Australia for the vacant IBO junior welterweight title at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on March 3. The issue also has articles about former SA heavyweight Gawie de Klerk, the historic heavyweight fight between Don McCorkindale and Young Stribling, Ashley Dlamini and Shannon Strydom. (more…)
It was officially announced today that Arthur Abraham (33-3, 27 KOs) will take on Piotr Wilczewski (30-2, 10 KOs) at the Sparkassen-Arena in Kiel, Germany on March 31. “It´s all or nothing for Arthur,“ promoter Kalle Sauerland said at a press conference in Kiel. “He needs to beat Wilczewski to put himself back in a position to fight for the world title.” Abraham, who celebrated a successful return in January when he knocked out Pablo Farias in the fifth round, knows it´s make or break. “I know there is a lot of pressure but I will make a good fight and beat Wilczewski,” he stated. “I have high goals. I want to be world champion again.” Added coach Ulli Wegner: “We don´t fight any push-overs or easy opponents. It´s very simple, I expect a good fight from Arthur and a victory.” Said Wilczewski, a former European Super-Middleweight Champion: “I´m coming here to win. Arthur is a strong guy but I will defeat him.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is already training hard to make the fourth defense of his WBC super welterweight world crown against three-division world champion Shane Mosley on May 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Alvarez trains daily in the Julian Magdaleno Gym in Guadalajara for his biggest and most risky fight to date. Canelo Promotions executive/Canelo’s trainer Edison Reynoso said they are doing great training and improving Alvarez offensive and defensive technique to beat Shane Mosley clearly. In the second week of March, Alvarez will move his camp to the mountains of Big Bear, California.
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