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SHOWTIME Sports and Al Bernstein report from Los Angeles as Vic Darchinyan and Yonnhy Perez prepare to give boxing fans a slugfest on Saturday, April 23rd following the injury which sidelined Bantamweight Tournament headliner, Joseph Agbeko.
Photo and weights by Bob Caico
Guillermo Sanchez 135 vs. Eddie Ramirez 135
Nick Casal 144.4 vs. Martin Tucker 143
Lionell Thompson 179.2 vs. Angel Gonzalez 176
Amanda Serrano 128.2 vs. Ela Nunez 130.4
Excell Holmes 229.8 vs. Taffo Asongwed 234.2
Jordan Gaines 139 vs. John Dipolito 136.8
Jamell Tyson 136.4 vs. Bryan Abraham 137.4
Venue: Hamburg Casino at the Fairgrounds, Hamburg, NY
Promoter: Juan Santiago (Don Juan Fighting Promotions
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Shots from the press conference for Saturday’s clash featuring former world champions Vic Darchinyan vs. Yonnhy Perez for the vacant IBO bantamweight championship at Nokia Theatre to be televised live on SHOWTIME at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
IBF bantamweight world champion Joseph Agbeko and SHOWTIME bantamweight tournament finalist Abner Mares also attended Thursday’s press conference to address members of the media-at ESPNZone L.A. LIVE. Click here for more photos…
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Legendary comedian Don Rickles, affectionately known as “The Merchant of Venom” and “Mr. Warmth” stops by the Wildcard Boxing Club in Hollywood Thursday to share a laugh with superstar Manny Pacquiao. Pacquiao is in preparation for his upcoming World Welterweight mega fight against “Sugar” Shane Mosley on Saturday, May 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. 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: Star Boxing
Bayan Jargal 138 vs. Breidis Prescott 140
Demetrius Andrade 155.75 lbs. vs. Omar Bell 155
Kevin Rooney Jr. 154 lbs. vs. David Navarro 152.25
Joe Hanks 244.5 vs. Terrell Nelson 249.5
Nick Lavin 177.25 vs. Kevin Cobbs 181.25
Venue: Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT
Promoter: Star Boxing
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The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today the remaining bouts for its long-awaited debut in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. UFC® 129: ST-PIERRE vs. SHIELDS, presented by TapouT®, takes place Saturday, April 30 live from Rogers Centre and brings 12 total fights, including two title fights.
Following the announcement of the UFC welterweight championship match between Georges St-Pierre and Jake Shields and the UFC featherweight championship battle between champion Jose Aldo and challenger Mark Hominick, the UFC confirms 10 additional bouts for UFC® 129: ST-PIERRE vs. SHIELDS: (more…)
Photo: Leopoldo Gonzalez
The brothers Kameda, Koki and Tomoki, will conclude their training for their May 7th assignment at the Perfectual Gymnasium in Osaka, Japan. Tomoki “El Mexicanito” Kameda will take on Filipino Nathan Bolcio in a bantamweight ten rounder. In two and a half years as a professional, Tomoki (18-0, 12 KOs) has captured five titles, the FECARBOX, CABOFE, Intercontinental, Youth and NABF, and his dream is to be a world champion like his brothers Koki and Daiki. Bolcio (10-2-1, 4 KOs) recently won the Intercontinental WBC Youth Intercontinental super flyweight over Pichitchai Twin Gym only weeks ago but is more than ready to go after the younger Kameda. (more…)
After the hype comes the hard work of training …and no one hits the gym with the intensity of Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley. Preview the second episode to see Pacquiao and Mosley training for their May 7th showdown.
Photo: Team Salita
Dmitriy Salita and Chad Dawson training at the Kronk GYM. Dmitriy is back in the gym after an impressive win on April 13, while Chad is training for a fight against Adrian Diaconu on May 21 in Canada. Both fighters are trained by legendary trainer Emanuel Steward. Dmitriy’s promotional company will have its next event on May 19 at Roseland Ballroom in NYC.
Veteran boxing promoter Cedric Kushner, head of New York City-based Gotham Boxing, is recovering from spinal surgery yesterday that took nearly seven hours. He is resting comfortably at Mt. Sinai Hospital (room 315), located at Madison and 100th St., in New York City. He is expected to be there for a few days and then be transferred to another facility for physical rehabilitation. Get well wishes may emailed to him to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: Team Maidana
At the Governor’s House in the city of Santa Fe, newly crowned WBA Super Lightweight Interim champ Marcos Maidana was received by his native province’s Governor Hermes Binner, where he was appointed as “Santa Fe Sports Ambassador”. Governor Binner said: “It’s an honor for our province to have a quality fighter like Maidana, who proved once again that you can achieve anything if you commit yourself to hard work.”
“I’m quite proud to be back to my home province and honored to represent the sportsmen from here. I hope I can now defend my title before my people,” Maidana said.
Mexico City’s Mariana Juarez (28-5-3, 13KOs) was recently informed that she will be defending her WBC female flyweight title for the first time on May 28th in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico against Aziza Oubaita of France by way of Casablanca, Morocco. “It is very important for my career to be active,” Juarez said. “To have the most amount of fights in a year.” Juarez who is also known as “Barbie” has been training for the last two weeks under the tutelage of her trainer Alejandro Camacho. Next week she will begin her sparring sessions to come up with the strategy to better help her defeat the #8 ranked Oubaita, “Everything is coming out as my promotor Fausto Garcia and I planned. I am very motivated and will continue to work hard.” Juarez defeated the previously undefeated Italian Simona Galassi last March 11th to capture the world title via unanimous decision. Juarez also mentioned that she is no hurry to unify her title unless it is against German undefeated Susi Kentikian, the actual WBO and WBA champion.
Vanes Martirosyan (29-0 18 KOs) is working hard in training camp as he prepares for his June 4th fight against tough Mexican Saul Roman (34-8 29 KOs). The fight takes place on the undercard of the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr versus Sebastian Zbik middleweight championship bout at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The WBC junior middleweight silver belt will be at stake.
The Martirosyan-Roman tilt was originally scheduled to take place this Saturday but was rescheduled when Martirosyan missed a portion of training camp due to illness. (more…)
Photos: Square Ring
Legendary eight-time world boxing champion and future hall-of-famer Roy Jones Jr. is currently training in Northwest Florida for his upcoming fight against Denis Lebedev scheduled for Saturday, May 21 in Moscow, Russia. The fight will be at the cruiserweight limit of 200 lbs. and is the only title between middleweight and heavyweight that has eluded Jones. After his training session, Roy stated, “I feel really great at this weight and camp couldn’t be going better. I’m looking forward to going to Russia and showing Lebedev and the rest of the world that Roy Jones, Jr. is still making his mark in the boxing world.”
Photo and report by Ricardo Conde
Heavyweight contender Manuel ‘El Toro’ Quezada (29-6, 18 KOs) of Waso, California will step back into the ring on Saturday May 14th against Bowie ‘Bo’ Tupou (20-1, 15 KOs) of Los Angeles, California at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California on the undercard of SHOWTIME’s Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinals which features undefeated WBA super middleweight champion Andre ‘S.O.G.’ Ward (23-0, 13 KOs) of Oakland, California taking on ‘King’ Arthur Abraham (32-2, 26 KOs), the fight card is being presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions, Antonio Leonard Productions and Sauerland Event. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Finally the WBA featherwight world title fight between the Argentinian champion Jonathan Barros and Panamanian challenger Celestino “Pelench√≠n¬®Caballero will be held in Argentina. In the agreement arrived at on Wednesday in Panama City, representatives Rogelio Espino (Caballero) and Osvaldo Rivero (Barros) agreed to implement the mandatory fight in Argentina. The challenger did not agree on a date for the fight, which was initially slated for July, and asked for a date in mid-June, making June 17 or 24 the likely date.
Richie Boy Promotions filed a lawsuit this past Tuesday in the 11th District Judicial Circuit Court in Miami against IBF light heavyweight Champion Tavoris Cloud, as well as his promoter Don King Productions and head trainer Al Bonanni. Richie Boy Promotions, which acquired contractual rights for Cloud from 8 Count Productions in February 2009, alleges that Cloud breached his contract by entering into another promotional contract with DKP. Complaints filed in the aforementioned lawsuit by Richie Boy Promotions against the three defendants include Breach of Contract (Cloud), Unjust Enrichment (DKP), Tortious Interference with Contract (DKP and Bonanni), Tortious Interference with Business Relationships (DKP and Bonanni, Fraudulent Misrepresentation (Bonanni), and Breach of Fudicuary Duty (Bonanni). Richie Boy Promotions has demanded a jury trial and judgment for monetary damages, and awarding such other and further relief as the Court deems just and proper.
Young rising star Roberto Marroquin of Dallas goes into his first main event on FSN (10 pm eastern) when he takes on featherweight Frankie Leal of Mexicali on a Top Rank Live! fight card at the WinStar Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma on Saturday, April 23. Marroquin, 21, has a record 19-0, 14 KOs. He is ranked WBO #12, IBF #14 at featherweight.
“I was born, raised in Dallas,” said Marroquin. “I have one brother, three sisters. I started boxing when I was eight years old. My dad encouraged me, saying he didn’t want me running around on the streets. The first time I boxed it was at a flea market – no kidding. But now I am prepared and ready for a big fight like this.” (more…)
Heavyweight Jason Estrada underwent successful elbow surgery on April 7th at the renown Lahey Clinic in Massachusetts. The procedure was performed to remove several bone chips that have hampered Estrada from the beginning of his career. “This has been bothering me for a long time,” said Estrada. “I fought through the pain because I felt that it would hamper the progress of my career. In retrospect, I should’ve had this surgery a long time ago. Dr. Tolo, who performed the surgery, was surprised I was walking around with, never mind fighting with, the huge bone chips he removed.” The Estrada team decided to correct the injury after a proposed ESPN2 fight on April 29th fell through. Estrada, now 16-4, 4 KO’s, has already begun physical therapy and is hoping to return to the ring sometime this summer.
IBF bantamweight champion Joseph Agbeko arrived in Los Angeles on Monday in preparation to defend his title on Saturday but has been forced to withdraw after suffering what doctors have diagnosed as likely the sudden onset of sciatica. Agbeko had advanced to the final of the SHOWTIME-televised “Bantamweight Tournament: Winner Takes All” and was to have appeared in what would have been the biggest fight of his career, the main event on Saturday at Nokia Theatre against undefeated Abner Mares of Los Angeles, which has now been postponed. (more…)
Photo by Eroll Popova
European super welterweight champion and SES fighter Lukas Konecny (46-3, 22 KOs) will have his first mandatory title defense on May 27 in his Czech hometown of Usti nad Labem. He will jeopardize his belt against Frechman Hussein Bayram (34-3, 19 KOs). The fight at the Zlatopramen Arena in Usti will also be a special moment for the first European champion in the Czech boxing history. Lukas Konecny, one longest members in the SES boxing team, will step into the ring in his 50th pro fight. “In this jubilee I want to shine especially in front of my fans. Bayram will have no chance. Besides I haven’t reached my biggest goal yet as I want to win the world title,” the 32 year old Konecny said. In order to increase his chances for a world title fight very soon he will also fight for the WBO interconti belt alongside his Euro title. He is currently on the short list of the EBU to be named “Athlete of the year.” As one of the most successful professional athletes of the Czech Republic he already receives a high recognition. Lukas Konecny has been named the national coach of the Czech Amateur boxing team. (more…)
An untimely back injury sustained by IBF Bantamweight World Champion Joseph Agbeko earlier this week has forced him out of Saturday’s scheduled title defense—and the SHOWTIME Bantamweight Tournament Final—against Abner Mares. The co-main event bout featuring former world champions Vic Darchinyan vs. Yonnhy Perez will go on as planned for the vacant IBO Bantamweight Championship this Saturday, April 23, at Nokia Theatre televised live on SHOWTIME at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
Agbeko and Mares plan to attend Thursday’s Bantamweight Tournament Final press conference to address members of the media—at ESPNZone L.A. LIVE at Noon local time.
Bantamweight Yonnhy Perez is not a mean person by any means of the imagination. Outside of the ring, Perez is a soft-spoken, humble family man who minds his business.
One would think otherwise as they watch the Colombian-born fighter in the ring unleash brutal barrage of hooks to the body or right hands to the head . . . click here for more
The chance to ask questions to some of the top executives, officials and personalities associated with the sport of mixed martial arts is presented at the UFC® Fan Expo at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto on April 29 and 30. The Ultimate Fighting Championship® confirmed the following Q&A sessions taking place on the main stage over the course of the two-day festivities: (more…)
Former multiple-weight world champion, ring legend, and future Hall of Famer Oscar De La Hoya has announced that he will attend the 86th annual awards banquet of the Boxing Writers Association of America. The affair, honoring the outstanding boxers and boxing journalism of 2010, will be held on May 6, 2011, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The following evening at the same venue, Manny Pacquiao boxes Shane Mosley. (more…)
Interview By Scott Ploof
Photography by Emily Harney
2008 U.S. Olympian and undefeated junior middleweight Demetrius Andrade (12-0, 8 KOs) continues to take the next step in his professional career as he will take on Omar Bell (8-1, 5 KOs) in the open bout of the ESPN2 Friday Night Fights live from the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT this Friday night. “This will be his (Demetrius) fourth time fighting at Mohegan Sun and already his seventh time fighting on ESPN since turning pro. He’s received great exposure on the national level, and I am also pleased that we have been able to showcase him right at home here for his fans on the east coast,” stated Joe DeGuardia, CEO of Star Boxing. “Demetrius is moving along well and has a very bright future ahead of him. This will be his third scheduled eight rounder and by the year’s end we expect him to be moving up to ten-rounders and distancing himself from the other top 154 pounders in the world.” FightNews had an opportunity to speak with Andrade about his extensive amateur career, his undefeated professional career, the fight and his future. (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Eight-division world champion Congressman Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao hosted what many in attendance described as boxing’s #1 pound for pound media day workout. A standing room only crowd of national and international media packed the Wild Card Boxing Club on Wednesday to interview Pacquiao, five-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum about Pacquiao’s May 7 WBO welterweight title defense, at the sold-out MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev., against three-division world champion Sugar Shane Mosley.
The Pacquiao vs. Mosley world title fight is the main event of a four-fight telecast that will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV® beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT. The mega-event will be available in HD-TV for those viewers who can receive HD. For Pacquiao vs. Mosley fight week updates, log on to www.sports.SHO.com or www.toprank.com .Closed circuit tickets, priced at $50, are on sale and available at all Las Vegas MGM Resorts properties.
The energetic Pacquiao trained for more than two hours immediately following an equally long interview session. (more…)
Photos and report by Jeffrey Pamungkas
Muhammad Rachman (64-10-5, 33 KOs) who just sensationally won the WBA mini-flyweight title by KO in round nine over the defending champion Kwantai Sithmorseng (31-1-1, 17 KOs) was completely self-trained for the world championship fight. A former IBF champion in the same division, the 39-year-old Rachman proved that he’s still harder than a rock. He wakes up early at 4AM running as far as 10 KM (around 6 miles) on a soccer stadium near his home in Blitar, Indonesia, alone. “I run on the grass field, and I think it feels like a ring canvas,” said Rachman. After running he does routine physical training such as push-ups, sit-ups, etc. and still all alone.
Around 7AM he finishes his morning training then returns at his home, takes a shower and back as a normal life as a businessman. In the afternoon, after returning home, he does shadow boxing and hits the sandbags. He does it everyday and he prepares his own training program when he gets a fight invitation, including the WBA title fight with Kwantai Sithmorseng. “I only have one assistant in training, my wife,” he said. “She prepares good meals for me, and in the afternoon she becomes my timekeeper when I hit the sand bag.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
There is a possibility that Julio Cesar “Pingo” Miranda could defend the WBO flyweight title against Brian Viloria on June 4 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Sources indicate that Zanfer is interested in placing this fight on the card headlined by Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. against Sebastian Zbik for the WBC middleweight title. For Miranda, it would be his fourth defense and and also take care of his mandatory obligations. “Pingo” is currently training in Veracruz, Mexico but is expected to return to Monterrey to continue his training.
The first pro boxing show of 2011 in Massachusetts was a huge success this past Saturday with local star Ryan “The Polish Prince” Kielczewski (10-0, 2 KOs) winning a unanimous eight round decision over tough journeyman Robert DaLuz (13-34-3, 9 KOs) at the Massachusetts National Guard Armory in Dorchester.
Pressing the action from the opening bell, the 50-fight veteran DaLuz looked for openings to the body in hope of slowing down the slick-boxing Kielczewski. The fans of “The Polish Prince” cheered loudly as he landed lightening-quick counterpunches, stepping around DaLuz and showing brilliant defense. Neither fighter was hurt at any time during the contest but Kielczewski was impressive, leaving the crowd anxious for his next fight. (more…)
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