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Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Undefeated featherweight prospect and former Cuban Olympian Luis Franco and knockout artist Leonilo Miranda collide tonight at Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif. Franco is on the inside track to challenge for a world title in 2011, but he’ll have to get past Miranda first.
Freddie Roach-trained knockout artist Lateef Kayode will be looking for his 15th consecutive knockout against the once-beaten Nicholas Iannuzzi in ten-round cruiserweight co-feature.
By Felipe Leon
Photo: Felipe Leon
The three-time world champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (54-7-2, 32KOs) of Los Mochis, MX, is back in the gym after a short hiatus during the holiday season after his “Fight of the Year” candidate brawl versus Urbano Antillon (28-2, 20KOs) in which he earned a close but convincing unanimous decision late last year in defense of his WBC lightweight title.
Soto spent his first day in the gym inside the CREA gym of Tijuana, MX, under the tutelage of his trainer, Bobby Quirarte, and he went three tough rounds against up and coming Tijuana featherweight Omar Estrella (13-3-2, 8KOs) in a quicksparring session. Estrella, despite his short pro career, has helped other world champions such as Erik “Terrible” Morales and Antonio Margarito among others during their respective camps. Soto mentioned that no negotiations have taken place for a much anticipated go around with Antillon and now is preparing himself for a stay busy fight later this year. (more…)
Photo: Emily Harney
Unbeaten super middleweight Vladine Biosse (9-0, 4 KOs) weighed in at 168lbs while Santiago Samaniego (37-12, 30 KOs) scaled in at 169 for tonight’s eight-rounder at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The six-round co-feature pits former world-title challenger Elvin Ayala (20-5, 9 KOs) against Mustafah Johnson (8-9-1).
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
World middleweight contender Daniel Geale (24-1, 15 KOs) scored his most impressive win in October 2010 when he dominated and stopped former world champion Roman Karmazin in twelve rounds in Sydney, Australia to become the IBF#1 middleweight contender and will now meet Sebastian Sylvester for the IBF 160 pound championship. Geale was very happy with this win but also says he has the skills to defeat the WBC champion Sergio Martinez.
“I beat Roman Karmazin who was one of the best in the middleweight division,” said Geale. “I have become a more rounded fighter and I am stronger with the great preparation I get from the Grange Gym and trainer Graham Shaw. Martinez is the guy I would love to come up against. My style has been compared to his and we box very similar – only he is a southpaw.”
Geale concluded, “I am sure I could take it to Martinez and take his titles off him. The champions are wary of this little guy from Australia and I want the chance to shock them all.”
By Felipe Leon
Photo: Team Gesta
The pride of San Diego, CA, by way of Cebu, Phillipines, returns to the ring and the airwaves when quick fisted Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (20-0-1, 10KOs) takes on Genaro Trazancos (22-13-1, 13KOs) of Mexico City, MX, Friday, February 18th, at the Longshoremen’s Hall in San Francisco, CA. The eight round lightweigh bout will mark the second time the men face each other in the main event of Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate”. In the first last August, Gesta scored a highlight reel knock out in the seventh round with a straight left that sent Trazancos crashing down to the canvas never to get up again in the fight.
“I was told earlier that our first choice, Hector Velazquez backed out of the fight and now I will rematch will be versus Trazancos,” Gesta said minutes after getting the news. “I wanted a tougher opponent but all we contacted did not want to fight.” (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Luis Franco 126 vs Leonilo Miranda 126
Lateef Kayode 199 vs Nicholas Iannuzzi 198
Venue: Chumash Casino Resort, Santa Ynez, Calif.
Promoter: Gary Shaw Productions
TV: SHOWTIME 11PM ET/PT
Undefeated featherweight prospect and former Cuban Olympian Luis Franco and knockout artist Leonilo Miranda both weighed in at 126 pounds during Thursday’s weigh in at Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif. Franco (8-0, 5 KOs) will square off with Miranda (26-2, 25 KOs) in his toughest test to date in the 10-round featherweight main event of ShoBox: The New Generation tomorrow/Friday, Feb. 4, LIVE on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). Lateef Kayode (15-0, 14 KOs) tipped the scales at 199 pounds and Nicholas Iannuzzi (16-1, 9 KOs) measured 198 pounds for their 10-round cruiserweight co-feature. The crowd-pleasing and Freddie Roach-trained Kayode will be looking for his 15th consecutive knockout against Tampa’s Iannuzzi. (more…)
Report/Photos: Boxing Bob Newman
A capacity crowd at Albany’s Empire State Convention Center saw local favorite Mike “The Baby-Faced Beast” Faragon keep his unbeaten record intact with an eight round unanimous decision against battle tested veteran Shamir Reyes on the Pugnacious Promotions “Valentine’s Day Crush(ers)” card. From the moment Reyes took off his robe, it was apparent he was woefully out of shape, having tipped the scales at a chunky 143 lbs., six more than the fit and trim Faragon. It was clear early that Reyes’ only hope was to land a haymaker off the ropes, which he tried often, or inflict an injury via roughouse tactics, which he also employed frequently. (more…)
All the shots from today’s UFC 126 public workout at Mandalay Bay, featuring Anderson Silva, Vitor Belfort, Miguel Angel Torres, Rich Franklin, Forrest Griffin, Jon Jones and Ryan Bader: Click here for slideshow by Chris Cozzone
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Although he had offers from several companies, unbeaten junior featherweight Raul Hirales Jr. (12-0-1, 7 KOs) has signed an exclusive five year contract with Zanfer Promotions. Hirales Jr. won a major victory last week over prized prospect Charles Huerta (16-2, 9 KOs) in a fight that was televised nationally. Hirales is a cousin of current WBO jr flyweight world champion Ramon “El Príncipe” Garcia and current WBO strawweight world champion Raul “Rayito” Garcia.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® and NeuLion, Inc. (TSX:NLN), the leading service provider of live and on-demand international, sports and variety programming delivered via broadband, today announced a partnership to launch a brand new service for UFC® offering the most interactive, far-reaching digital experience yet. (more…)
Photos: Promociones Miguel Cotto
Mike Pérez 136lbs vs. Marcos Herrera 135lbs
Jayson Vélez 123.5lbs vs. John Alberto Molina 123lbs
Daniel Jiménez 139.5lbs vs. Miguel Angel Mungía 142.5lbs
Miguel Robles 125lbs vs. Felipe Almanza 124lbs
Eddie Gómez 157lbs vs. Ramón Sánchez 156lbs
Mikael Zewski 157lbs vs. Joseph De Los Santos 158lbs
Braulio Santos 127lbs vs. TBA
Camilo Pérez 125lbs vs. TBA
Venue: Félix Méndez Acevedo Coliseum in Lares, Puerto Rico
Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions, Promociones Miguel Cotto, H2 Entertainment
Next week fighters and promoters are set to announce on Tuesday that The Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All featuring Joseph Agbeko (28-2, 22 KOs) vs. Abner Mares (21-0-1, 13 KOs) and Vic Darchinyan (35-3-1, 27 KOs) vs. Yonnhy Perez (20-1-1, 14 KOs) will take place on April 23 live from the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Downtown Los Angeles and be televised live on SHOWTIME.
Sampson Boxing LLC in association with Best Box promotions has announced a February 26 clash at the Roberto Duran Arena in Panama between WBA bantamweight champion, Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno, (30-1-1, 10 KOs) and former world champion Lorenzo “Lencho” Parra (31-2-1, 18 KOs). For Moreno, this is his eighth WBA belt defense following victories in two very closely scored decisions.
The fight card will consist of ten bouts that includes a national and international list of fighters: Dominican Republic’s #2 ranked 140 lb. Welterweight, Victor “Mermelada” Cayo with a record of 26-1-0 with 18 K.O.’s vs. Mexico’s Jesus Burrel. Including: Robert “La Arana” Vasquez, Rafael “El Torito Concepcion, Roinet “El Mus” Caballero, Azael Cosio, Jose “El Tigre” Forero, Julio “Kikiriki” Escudero, to name a few. Additional fights may added to the fight card that will later be announced.
Photo: UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva works out before a big crowd today at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Stay tuned for stories and a full photo gallery.
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In anticipation of what promises to be one of the most historic events in UFC® history, UFC® 129: ST-PIERRE VS. SHIELDS on April 30, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today it will host a press conference and free fan event at Rogers Centre on Tuesday, February 8. UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and featherweight champion Jose Aldo will be joined by No. 1 contenders Jake Shields and Mark Hominick, along with UFC President Dana White and Canadian Director of Operations Tom Wright, for a press conference at 1 p.m. ET followed by a special Q&A period and autograph session for fans from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET. (more…)
The Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC) is currently on a fact-finding mission regarding a professional boxing event held January 29 at Shiprock High School in Shiprock, New Mexico. Shiprock is located within the boundaries of the Navajo Nation. According to current information, the New Mexico State Athletic Commission, which without an invitation from the Navajo Nation does not have regulatory jurisdiction within Navajo lands, did not regulate the event. Questions have arisen pertaining to the results and identities of some of the boxers involved with the event. The Native American Boxing Council, a sanctioning body headed up by Gerald Wofford, may have sanctioned the main-event title fight for a female version of the NABC championship belt, as well as directed the regulation of the entire event. Federal Law prohibits such activities.
The Professional Boxing Safety Act, as amended by the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act (15 U.S.C. §6301, et seq.) calls for regulation or oversight by a duly authorized state or tribal boxing commission. It doe not allow for sanctioning organizations to regulate events. The ABC drafted a letter and forwarded it to United States Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales, of Albuquerque, New Mexico for appropriate enforcement measures, pursuant to 15 U.S.C. §6309.
The Top Rank Live / FSN official weigh-in will take place at 1PM on Friday at the Maywood Activity Center in Maywood, California. The weigh-in will be OPEN to the public and fans are welcomed to attend. The Maywood Activity Center is located at 4801 East 58th Street, Zip 90270 in Maywood, California. On Saturday, the doors will open at 3:30PM with the first bell ringing at 4:15PM. Tickets are priced at $35, $50 and $75 dollars. Call 323-595-3662.
Hard-hitting WBO #10 super middleweight Francisco Sierra (23-3, 21KOs) takes on Dyah Davis (18-2, 8 KOs) in the ten round main event of the evening. Sierra counts Donovan George and former WBO welterweight champion Jose Luis “Maestrito” Lopez among his victims in his last three fights. Lightweight Oscar “Estudiante” Meza (20-4, 17 KOs) will be in the co-featured bout facing Leo Martinez. Also quick fisted heavyweight Andy Ruiz (7-0, 5 KOs) will take on Kelsey Arnold.
Story/video: Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
WBC light flyweight champion Gilberto Keb Baas satisfactorily complied with the regulatory weight of 53.9 kilos 30 days of his meeting with former champion Jose Antonio “Jaguar” Aguirre on February 26 in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. “Baby Luis V,” as many call him, strutted to the scale with WBC representative Victor Cota presiding over the ceremony. “The work has been hard and steady,” said Keb. “I know my opponent’s weaknesses and although he is a very experienced boxer, I have full confidence that I will retain my title that night.”
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
With three weeks left to their premiere show, there has been a split in SP Promotions, the upstart Montreal company that was banking on names from boxing’s past to fill the roster of its shows. Director of Operations Jean Marc Emond announced his resignation Thursday via email stating that the current philosophy was not what was agreed on three months ago. Emond had been responsible for trying to bring in names such as former world champions Tommy Morrison and Ray Mercer along with former title challenger Joe Gatti. Morrison had spent a week in the city doing promotional work but in the end did not do the necessary blood work that was required to acquire a boxing license. No word as of yet as to if and how the February 25th show will go on.
By Karl Freitag
During a media teleconference on Wednesday, IBA heavyweight beltholder James Toney (72-6-3, 44 KOs) spoke about his return to boxing against Damon Reed (45-14, 32 KOs) on February 24 at the San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino in San Bernardino, California. Toney spoke about his place in the heavyweight division picture plus gave his opinion on the Klitschkos, David Haye and heavyweight contender Chris Arreola recently kissing an opponent in the ring.
Here are selected “official” quotes distributed by the promoter of the event. (more…)
Unbeaten junior middleweight Denis “Da Mommas Boy” Douglin will look to take another step in the right direction when he battles cement fisted veteran Doel Carrasquillo (14-17-1, 12 KOs) on February 18 at the Wicomico Civic Center in Salisbury, MD. Douglin (12-0, 8 KOs), is scheduled to fight in an eight rounder for the first time as a professional. The Morganville, NJ native stopped his last five opponents, most recently demolishing 11-2 Matt Berkshire in less than two minutes on December 17. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA lightweight champion Miguel “Aguacerito” Acosta performed a pre-fight workout at the gym in a popular neighborhood called Petare in Caracas, Venezuela on Wednesday afternoon. Acosta sparred 10 rounds with Fernando Angulo, Jaider Parra, Marco Avendaño, Frank Lopez and Alfonso Pereez. He is preparing to defend his world title on February 26 against Brandon Rios at the Palm Casino in Las Vegas. “I am in good physical condition. I know that my biggest weapon is my speed and defense. It will be a great fight and I will do my best to get the win,” said Acosta. For more details and photos click here…
New York State featherweight titlist Luis “Orlandito” del Valle (11-0, 9 KOs) has been added to the February 18 “Boxeo de Campeones” card, held at the Juan Pachin Vicens Auditorium in Ponce, Puerto Rico. The undefeated Puerto Rican boxer, who trains in Newburgh, New York with trainer Raymond Rivera, will face Irvin Hernández (3-4-1, 1 KO). The event will feature the comeback of ex-world welterweight champion, Carlos ‘El Indio’ Quintana in the light middleweight division.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
In a nationally televised super middleweight bout, former Australian champion Les Piper (12-6-3, 3 KOs) will be in action against Josh Clenshaw (29-18, 14 KOs) over ten rounds at the Southport RSL club in Southport, Queensland, Australia on Friday. In 2008, Piper held the Australian 168 pound title and met world class middleweights Nader Hamdan and Sam Soliman in 2009. Clenshaw held the Australian middleweight title in 2000 and the Australian light middleweight title in 2002. In Clenshaw’s most recent bout in 2010 he extended world class light heavyweight Kariz Kariuki dropping a ten round majority decision. In other action 6’8 heavyweight John Szigeti (8-1, 4 KOs) will clash with 6’5 MMA star Lucas Browne (2-0, 2 KOs) over six rounds. Szigeti only loss to world rated heavyweight Alex Leapai in 2006. Former 2004 Athens Olympic representative Ryan Langham (12-2, 5 KOs) will have a rematch with tough Filipino Jack Asis (21-17-4, 10 KOs) over six rounds. Langham won a decision over Axis in 2010. The promoter is Jamie Myer. Televised on Fox Cable Television Network.
WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan’s management team made contact over the weekend with the handlers former WBC champion Junior Witter and sounded out if Witter would be interested in fighting Amir on April 16th. “My manager John Ingle spoke to me about the Khan offer. I’m up for this 100 percent,” said Witter. It would be an opportunity too good to turn down fighting for a world title again. I’m fighting on the 19th February in Canada at welterweight for the first time and I’m on the weight now at 147 lbs which is usually what I weigh 3 weeks before making the 140 lb limit, so I don’t see any problems doing it again. Training has been perfect and sparring the likes of Kell Brook has sharpened my skills. Khan, you have never boxed anyone with my experience, calibre and credentials so if you want to start playing with fire be careful you might get burnt.”
Juan Manuel “Juanma” López is back to his debut venue when the next April 16 he faces mexican Orlando Salido at the Rubén Rodríguez Coliseum in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, in a defense of his WBO featherweight championship in a Top Rank and PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) presentation to be televised by SHOWTIME. “It’s official, Juanma López versus Orlando Salido on April 16 in Bayamón,” said promotor Iván Rivera, President of PRBBP said.
López (30-0, 27 KOs) will make the third defense of the title that he won in January 2010 when he knocked out Steven Luevano and then achieved KOs against Bernabé Concepción and Rafael Márquez. In Salido (34-11-2, 22 KOs), López will face a veteran fighter who was an IBF featherweight champion who fought versus former world champions as Alejandro “La Cobrita” González, César “La Cobrita” Soto, Robert Guerrero and Cristóbal Cruz, and actual champions like Juan Manuel Márquez and Yuriorkis Gamboa.
López made his proffesional debut in 2005 at the Rubén Rodríguez Coliseum, fighting there four times, the last in 2009 when he defeated Gerry Peñalosa by TKO.
By Joe Koizumi
A press conference of a world title bout in Japan is so customary and tedious that we usually cover it only with a sense of obligation, but Japanese challenger and ex-WBA 115-pound champ Nobuo Nashiro (14-2-1, 9 KOs) today (Thursday) stunned press people as he appeared in an old-fashioned style of Samurai (brave warrior) in Osaka, Japan. He also stunned WBC super-fly ruler Tomas “Gusano” Rojas (34-12-1, 23 KOs), from Mexico, and his representative Alejandro Brito Rodriguez who couldn’t stop smiling at the challenger’s costume. For more details and photos click here…
By Marc Lichtenfeld
After nearly six years and over 250 shows, Through the Ropes will answer the final bell tonight at 9 p.m. ET. It was a very difficult decision to make. But with a job in finance, a rising ring announcing career (look for me on Showtime Championship Boxing February 26th), a book project and a young family, it was getting increasingly difficult to manage it all. I’ve accomplished more than I ever dreamed with Through the Ropes and it’s time to move on.
During our nearly 6 years on the air, Through the Ropes was the only nationally syndicated boxing radio show. My guest list comprised of practically every big name in the sport including Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Ricky Hatton, Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto, Bernard Hopkins and the Klitschko Brothers. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBA#13 feather Satoshi Hosono (19-1, 13 KOs), 126, successfully kept his Japanese national 126-pound throne as he pounded out a unanimous decision (97-93 and 98-92 twice) over elongated boxer Kazumasa Kihara (12-2-1, 4 KOs) over ten hard-fought rounds on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan.
Hosono, nicknamed “Bazooka” due to his power-punching, failed to win the WBA 122-pound belt, losing a close majority nod (115-113, 117-113 and 114-114) to Poonsawat Kratingdaeng-gym here in January of the previous year, but acquired the vacant national belt by defeating Koji Umezu in his second comebacking bout last November. It had been renounced by Ryol-Li Lee who wrested the WBA belt by dethroning Poonsawat, though lately forfeiting it to Akifumi Shimoda this Monday. Kihara utilized his longer reach and advantageous height, scoring points at the early stage of the bout. But Bazooka’s right exploded in the fourth, and he began to control the close affair from then on. Kihara, apparently overpowered by the shorter Hosono, often grabbed him to keep him from coming close to him, and was penalized a point for holding in round nine. Promoter: Ohashi Promotions.
The hotly-anticipated “Legends of the Ring” showdown between Brian Nielsen (64-2, 43 KOs) and Evander Holyfield (43-10, 28 KOs) has been moved back to May 7. The two heavyweight superstars were to battle it out at DR´s Koncerthuset on March 5 but will now lock horns two months later because a cut injury has kept “The Real Deal” out of practice longer than originally anticipated. In his last fight on January 22, Holyfield was cut above his left eye following a headbutt from Sherman “The Tank” Williams. The encounter was stopped after the third round and ruled a “no contest”. “I had hoped to be fully fit to fight Brian on March 5 but after another close examination this week the doctor said I could not do sparring until the end of the month,” Holyfield said. “My good physical shape and my meticulous preparation have been my biggest advantages throughout my career, and I will not enter the ring against a determined opponent like Nielsen when I am not 100 percent prepared. I take Nielsen very seriously. I need a convincing victory to put myself back in line for another shot at the world title, so I will give the cut enough time to heal before resuming practice. I will be in top shape on May 7 and defeat Brian Nielsen.” (more…)
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