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Incomparable Hall of Fame promoters Bob Arum and Don King hold a Q&A Media Roundtable discussion Thursday night in Las Vegas about their upcoming Miguel Cotto vs. Ricardo Mayorga blockbuster fight card on Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Cotto vs. Mayorga is promoted by Top Rank in association with Don King Productions and will be televised on SHOWTIME Pay Per View.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
In the final press conference in Mendoza, Argentina, challenger Miguel “Mickey” Roman did not hesitate to say: “I think it will be a good fight. I don’t know it will go, but I will return to Mexico with the crown.” WBA featherweight champion Jonathan Barros reponded, “In my division nobody wins [the belt]. I guarantee that the title remains in Argentina.”
It will be Roman’s first shot at a world title and he’s supremely confident in victory. “Mendoza is a beautiful city and then you want a rematch here, I’ll be glad to do it.” He dedicated the fight to Mexico and especially all the people in Ciudad Juarez, which is going through difficult times.
Barros said he was in the best shape of his career and will stated that his skill and accurate punching will carry the day. “I’m a smart fighter and fast, so I hope there will be no need for a rematch.”
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Ricardo Mayorga reacts to being snubbed by WBA Super Welterweight Champion Miguel Cotto at a press conference to promote the Saturday March 12 pay-per-view event.
“It’s a great, great New York fight,” was how Top Rank boss Bob Arum put Saturday night’s co-main event in Las Vegas.
Pairing up former ex-champ and boxing technician Yuri Foreman (28-1, 8 KOs), of Brooklyn, with New Jersey brawler Pawel “Raging Bull” Wolak (28-1, 18 KOs), the ten-round light middleweight bout tops off the undercard for the Miguel Cotto-Ricardo Mayorga “Relentless” card on Showtime PPV . . . Click here for more
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Sam Cohen
Glendy Hernandez 242.2 vs. Francisco Mireles 268.5
Azea Augustama 179.5 vs. JC Peterson 178.2
Yunieski Gonzalez 187.2 vs. Reggie Peña 191.5
Chris Velez 145 vs. Mateo Acosta 138.2
Cesar Cisneros 131.2 vs. Jesus Lule 130.5
Larry Yanez 139.5 vs. Autrell Reed 136.7
Luis Torres 151.5 vs. Ivan Kostiuk 152.7
Venue: Magic City Casino, Miami, Florida
Promoter: Pugilistic Promotions
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
Simona Galassi 111.1 vs. Mariana Juárez 111.7
Gamaliel Diaz 129.8 vs. Rafael Urias 132
Daniel Estrada 134.6 vs. Arturo Gómez 134.64
Salvador Sánchez 129.8 vs. Francisco Olvera 128.2
Carlos Cárdenas 132 vs. Hugo Morales130.9
Venue: Jose Cuervo Salon, Polanco, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Promoter: Dr. Fausto Daniel Garcia
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Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Although all the participants at today’s RELENTLESS: Cotto vs. Mayorga undercard press conference managed to keep their shirts on, the fighters offered up some interesting commentary in anticipation of the March 12 SHOWTIME PPV event on Saturday at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Also on hand Thursday morning for a media roundtable discussion were the trainers of Cotto and Mayorga, Emanuel Steward and Al Bonanni, who made some of the day’s most intriguing assertions and recollections.
Emanuel Steward: “Cotto is the biggest hero in Puerto Rico. I thought [Felix] Trinidad was the biggest hero but even with those losses (to Antonio Margarito and Manny Pacquiao), Cotto is the biggest hero in that country. He holds the Madison Square Garden (attendance) record. Let’s say his next fight took place at the Garden, whether it was with Margarito or something like that, he’d break his own record.”
Al Bonanni: Bonanni has trained Mayorga on and off for years. After experiencing a few too many antics in camp, Bonanni recalled leaving… “I always had enough money to walk away from aggravation and I always had a bad enough temper to shoot somebody…so I left. Mayorga is tough.” For more details and photos click here…
By Thomas Carrage
Rachid el Hadak 199.6 vs. Levan Jomardashvili 198
Salim Larbi 153.7 vs. David Makaradze 151
Venue: Stadium P. Maisonniale, Saint-Etienne, Loire, France
Promoter: Herve Jacques
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The final “Diamond Elite” press conference was held today at Comix in Foxwoods Casino Resort. The WBC middleweight diamond belt showdown on HBO featuring Sergio Martinez and Sergiy Dzinziruk, will be on HBO World Championship Boxing along with Andy Lee vs. Craig McEwan in a “Celtic War.” All four fighters and representatives from their respective camps were in attendance. (more…)
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It’s back to the familiar for Erik “El Terrible” Morales, who is training at the Centro Ceremonial Otomí in Toluca Estado, the site he where trained for many of his most memorable fights including his legendary trilogies against Barrera and Pacquiao. Morales ended his two-year retirement 11-months ago and has scored three consecutive wins. Now, he is preparing for one of the biggest tests of his 18-year career, 12 rounds against Marcos Maidana on April 9th in Las Vegas.
“Everything in the gym has been great,” said Morales. “I am preparing for a battle. I am doing everything according to Maidana’s skill level.” (more…)
Text & photo by Chris Cozzone
A press conference highlighting the undercard of Saturday’s Miguel Cotto vs. Ricardo Mayorga was held today at the MGM in Las Vegas. In the co-main, former champ Brooklyn’s Yuri Foreman (28-1, 8 KOs) takes on Pawel “Raging Bull” Wolak (28-1, 18 KOs), of New Jersey, in a ten-rounder at 154. Wolak told the press that he sees a knockout win while Foreman said he would play matador to the Polish “Raging Bull.” Look for more photos and a full report on today’s presser later today.
The WBO and its President, Francisco “Paco” Valcárcel, recenty gives the junior flyweight title to Colombian Jesus Geles in an event that was held in the Caribe Hotel in Cartagena, Colombia. Geles (12-1-1, 5 KOs) became 108 pound interim champion on October 30, 2010, when defeated Puerto Rican Omar “Pastor” Soto by majority decision in Cartagena, Colombia, and defended succesfully the title on February 5, 2011, with a win over Mexican Ramon Garcia Hirales by split decision. Also present were Luis Pérez, Chairman of the Ratings Committee and International Commissioner, Alfonso Muneras, First Vice President, José Castillo, WBO Colombia Representative, members of the Colombia Boxing Authorities and Geles Team. Geles, 23, is one of the main Colombian prospects. Click here for more photos…
By Bob Ryder
Detroit’s own Darryl Cunningham returns to the ring Friday, March 18 as he takes on Marcos Primera in the ten round main event at the Royal Oak Music Theatre. Cunningham is currently riding a 15 bout win streak in building his record to (22-2, 10 KO’s). With most of his previous wins coming as a super middleweight, the Primera fight marks Cunningham’s entry into the middleweight division. Feeling that the middleweights may provide a faster road to a major fight, Cunningham related that he has no problem making the 160 pound limit and is anxious for an opportunity at one of the major belt holders. (more…)
The British Boxing board have today announced that British Heavyweight mandatory challenger Tyson Fury will finally get his chance to come face to face in the ring with current British champion Dereck Chisora. The Stewards have decided to put the contest out for purse bids, which are to be submitted to the British Boxing Board’s Head Office by 12.00noon on Wednesday, 13th April 2011, the contest has to take place by the end of July 2011. Tyson said, “If he doesn’t finally get stripped of his title by the Southern Area board for his run in with the law last year it won’t matter, I’m going to strip the title away from him along with the zero on his record. Can’t wait for this fight, it’s been a long time in the making, but one thing is for sure, it’s not going to take me as long to finish him off, expect another brutal knock out delivered from this 22 year old.”
With only a couple of days left before Miguel Cotto and Ricardo Mayorga step into the ring for Cotto’s WBA “super” world ligh middleweight title, Mayorga made his final stand to get underneath the Puerto Rican’s skin at the final press conference at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas . . . Click here for more
Eight rounds have not been enough to settle the score between UFC® lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and number one contender Gray Maynard. On Memorial Day weekend, they will get five more to prove to the world who the top 155-pound fighter in mixed martial arts truly is, as they meet for the third time in the main event of UFC® 130: Edgar vs. Maynard III, live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, May 28, 2011 and presented by Bud Light. (more…)
New Jersey is not Bon Jovi. New Jersey is not Snooki or The Situation. New Jersey doesn’t smell.
New Jersey is a state of fighters. It’s a swath of America raised on the heart of Arturo Gatti. It’s a length of tireless gyms housing the next generation of Frankie Edgars. It is a land of grit, determination and work ethic that produces a breed of athletes that do not relent and do not quit. It also has Buzz Aldrin, Bruce Springsteen, Princeton University, 127 miles of beachfront property and, on March 19th, New Jersey will have the UFC. . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC.com
For more info on UFC 128 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBA interim super lightweight world champion Marcos “Chino” Maidana continues to train at full speed in his training camp in Mexico City for his big showdown against ring legend Erik Morales on April 9. Maidana trains in the Dr. Fausto Daniel Garcia’s “Boxeo de Gala” Gym with the Mexican trainer Rudy Perez. Since he arrived in Mexico City on February 12, Maidana has sparred with local fighters Alejandro Barrera, Johnatan Peña, Daniel Estrada and others. The fight plan designed by Rudy Perez is said to be both strategic and very dynamic. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg
IBF light middleweight champion Cornelius “K-9” Bundrage (30-4, 18 KOs) will attend Saturday’s Miguel Cotto – Ricardo Mayorga pay-per-view card at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, where he plans to call out the winner. Hall-of-Fame trainer Emanuel Steward trains both Bundrage and Cotto, while Mayorga’s promoter, Don King Productions, also promotes Bundrage. Who would K-9 rather see win? “If I can get a fight with Miguel Cotto, then I want to see him win. If I can get a fight with Ricardo Mayorga, then I want to see him win,” said the engaging champion. “I want to unify the belts.”
When pressed, Bundrage, of Detroit, Michigan, favors Cotto – a 10 to 1 favorite – to win the fight. “Cotto had a choice of four fighters, and one of them was me. They eliminated me first. This fight should be an easy fight for Cotto. They hand picked Mayorga. I have a lot of respect for Miguel Cotto. He will fight anybody and everybody. He is one in a million.” (more…)
Having suffered two losses in his last three fights, albeit to top-flight opposition, 39-year-old former two-time world champion Joel Casamayor (37-5-1, 22 KOs) admits that every fight from here out is potentially career ending. Casamayor will face once-beaten Mexican Manuel Leyva this Friday, March 11 at the Theatre for the Performing Arts at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, in a fight he knows he must win to stay relevant in the super lightweight division. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
Mexican star Mariana Juarez and undefeated Italian female legend Simona Galassi faced off again at Wednesday’s press conference in advance of their showdown on Friday night for the absolute WBC flyweight world championship at the “Jose Cuervo” Hall in the Polanco neighborhood of Mexico City. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Photo: Tim Barry
Australian lightweight Lenny Zappavigna (25-0, 17 KOs) will challenge Miguel Vazquez (27-3, 12 KOs) for the IBF lightweight championship at the MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday. Zappavigna has trained at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card gym in Los Angeles and has been in great form in impressive sparring sessions with several boxers including Paul Malinaggi.
Zappavigna’s trainer Tommy Mercure said “I am very confident Lenny will defeat Vazquez. We have studied Vazquez on tape and I know Lenny has the skills to defeat him.” (more…)
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Sam Cohen
Pugilistic Promotions kicked off fight week Wednesday with a press conference for the fifth installment of their Badia Spices Friday Night Fights. Former heavyweight Marc Randazzo warmly welcomed assembled press and fight teams to his fashionable Italian restaurant, Randazzo’s-located in the heart of Coral Gables. The popular Magic City casino fight series continues to attract growing crowds thanks to some shrewd matchmaking and tough, competitive action in the ring. The tradition continues as Pugilistic promoter and Florida Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Ramiro Ortiz announced the seven scheduled bouts. For more details and photos click here…
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Two-division world champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (46-2-2, 25 KOs) of Oxnard, CA, by way of Quilmes, Argentina takes on undefeated junior middleweight champion Sergei Dzinziruk (37-0, 23 KOs) of Ukraine this Saturday, March 12th on the latest edition of HBO’s ‘World Championship Boxing’ at the MGM Grand Arena at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut for the WBC Diamond middleweight title, Sergio Martinez vs. Sergei Dzinziruk “Diamond Elite” is being presented by DiBella Entertainment. For more details and photos click here…
All the shots from today’s final press conference for Cotto vs. Mayorga at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, featuring Miguel Cotto and Ricardo Mayorga. “Relentless: Cotto vs. Mayorga” will be promoted by Top Rank, in association with Cotto Promotions, Don King Productions, Tecate and MGM Grand, and produced and distributed LIVE by SHOWTIME PPV, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on Saturday, March 12.
Remaining tickets, priced at $400, $300, $200, $100 and $50, not including applicable service charges, can be purchased at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). Tickets sales are limited to 16 per person. 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.
For more information on this event, visit www.toprank.com or www.sports.sho.com.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® is pleased to announce the remaining bouts for its return trip to Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. on March 19. The UFC® again brings a star-studded lineup to New Jersey featuring must-see matchups in every division. (more…)
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
For a marquee pay-per-view affair entitled “Relentless,” Nicaraguan boxing superstar Ricardo Mayorga remains determined to live up to the event’s name with unyielding trash talk toward WBA Super Welterweight champion and the Pride of Puerto Rico, Miguel Cotto until the first bell of their championship matchup on Saturday, March 12 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT LIVE on SHOWTIME PPV.
At Wednesday’s final press conference from the Media Center at MGM Grand, the mouthy former two-division world champion delivered some final verbal blows in his last official appearance behind the microphone before Saturday’s scrap. Cotto, though more reserved than Mayorga, provided his share of quips as well. As Mayorga taunted Cotto to take the traditional face off shot from the dais, Cotto responded, “You can take the picture with your mother,” and left the press conference.
Below are some highlights from the loud, spirited news conference, including quotes from Hall of Fame promoters Bob Arum, Don King and Cotto’s trainer Emmanuel Steward. For more details and photos click here…
Former United States Lightweight Champion Marty Jakubowski was one of eight inducted last night into the Hammond, Indiana Sports Hall of Fame in ceremonies held at The Civic Center. Jakubwoski, career record 113-7, 31 KOs, held the Indiana State, Midwest Boxing Association and the United States Boxing Association Titles during his 12 year professional career. As an amateur, Jakubowski had 150 bouts and was a two time Chicago Golden Gloves runner-up. He lost three attempts at a World Title with a 12 round decision losses to Artur Grigorian in Germany for the WBO title, Miguel Angel Gonzalez of Mexico in 1995 for the WBC belt and was stopped in seven rounds in his first attempt in Casablanca against Khalid Rahilou for the WBA crown. Jakubowski also lost two battles to all time great Julio Cesar Chavez of Mexico. He beat Charlie McClellan for the MABA title in 1993 and decisioned Anthony Boyle for the USBA belt in 1994 in Philadelphia. Jakubowski currently enjoys spending time with his wife and three children. For the last 15 years he has worked with the Whiting Park Department.
Photo: Despite Ricardo Mayorga’s best efforts to coax Miguel Cotto into posing for a face-off, at today’s final press conference held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the feisty challenger glared in anger as the champion told him to “go take a picture with your mother.” After Cotto walked off the dais, Mayorga mouthed off a string of insults, calling Cotto a “maricon” (homosexual) for disrespecting the media. Stay tuned for more photos, quotes and a story.
More quotes by Andreas Hale:
Miguel Cotto: “I can retire anytime I want. I don’t have to do this. I’m ready for the fight. (Mayorga) can check with his promoter to see if I’m a 6-1 or an 8-1 favorite. We both know (Don King) has bet on the other fighter many times. This is not a game. The real game starts for me on Saturday.”
Emanuel Steward: “You can talk all you want but Don King will only wave one flag on Saturday night, the white flag.”
Don King: “Mayorga is going to surprise everyone in the world. It will be categorically beautiful.”
Ricardo Mayorga: “I’d like to thank Bob Arum for allowing me to eat his sheep on Saturday night. . . After I beat you on Saturday, I heard Ricky Martin is hiring backup dancers, go help him out.”
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