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By Francisco Salazar
Photos: Ricardo Rodriguez/Team Dulorme
Throughout the years, there are certain young athletes that we come across. The baseball players that sleep with their mitts. Or the basketball players that constantly dribble a ball throughout the house. It is those athletes that are so passionate about their sport that they live it every waking moment, hoping to one day become the professional athlete they dream about. Hard work and dedication are not just words they repeat over and over, but they actually put into action in a gym, which shows a great deal of maturity on their end. One professional boxer almost mirrors these qualities daily. Whether it is training three times in one day or constantly watching film of the sport, Thomas Dulorme looks like that one fighter who puts actions into words. Not only is he winning, but he thinks he is ready to swim in the deep end of a talented welterweight division.
Dulorme will take on late-replacement Aris Ambriz in a 10 round fight tonight at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, CA. The bout will headline a seven-bout “ShoBox: The New Generation” card, promoted by Gary Shaw Productions. (more…)
Photos: Johnny Chaichotchuang
In a nationally televised bout, IBF Pan Pacific light welterweight champion Patomsuk “Easan Warrior” Pathompothong (16-1-1, 10KOs) stopped Indonesian national champion Wellem Reyke (14-5-3, 5KOs) in two rounds to retain the title, at the Petkasem Technical College, Bangkok, Thailand on Wednesday. Pathompothong forced the action from the opening bell and staggered the rangy Indonesian with a solid right hand to the jaw in round one. In round two, a power right to the solar-plexus, dropped Reyke and referee Somsak Sirianant counted the import out. Time 1:43. (more…)
Photos: Promociones Miguel Cotto, Inc
Promoter and World Champion Miguel Cotto announced today Boxeo Boricua in Caguas: Next Level, that will feature the undefeated top prospect Abner “Pin” Cotto (12-0, 5KOs) vs. Hevinson Herrera (15-7-1, 10KOs) in a 10 round bout for the WBC’s Lightweight FECARBOX title and the WBB’s Americas title. The clash Cotto vs. Herrera will be the main-event of the “Solo Boxeo Tecate” series broadcasted on Telefutura this Saturday, February 18 at the Roger Mendoza Coliseum in Caguas. Also in action will be the Super Flyweight FECARBOX champion Miguel “El Loco” Robles against Luis Angel Paneto, and top featherweight prospect Braulio Santos. “We are very excited to bring boxing back to my hometown of Caguas. (more…)
Unbeaten junior featherweight Randy Caballero (13-0, 7 KOs) and lightweight Omar Figueroa Jr. (14-0-1, 11 KOs) will co-headline a March 16 Golden Boy Promotions card at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. In a ten-rounder, Caballero will face an opponent to be determined as he defends his WBC Youth Intercontinental super bantamweight title. Figueroa will take on Mexico’s Ramon Ayala (23-2-1, 11 KOs) in a ten round clash for Figueroa’s WBO Intercontinental Youth lightweight title. Caballero’s opponent and a full lineup of undercard fights will be announced shortly.
By Rocco Morales at ringside
A capacity crowd was on hand at The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center as Jose “Loco” Hernandez (12-5-2, 5KO) outworked 56 fight veteran, Jaime Orrantia (26-25-5, 14KO) to earn a unanimous decision in a six round lightweight main event bout. Hernandez won the first two rounds big with ripping left hooks to the body but Orrantia showed a big heart and fought back strongly in the third round to earn Hernandez’ respect. Although Hernandez appeared to be the much more skilled fighter with superior speed, power, size and physique, Orrantia refused to take a step backward and was right in front of Hernandez throughout the bout. Hernandez punished Orrantia in the sixth and final round but Orrantia’s will was too strong for his own good as he endured a lot of punishment. Judges scored the bout, 60-54, 60-54 and 59-55, all in favor of Hernandez. (more…)
By Jeff Zimmerman
Photo: Tim Warner/texasboxingreport.com
The junior welterweight clash between Mike “The Silent Assassin” Dallas Jr. and Miguel “Silky Smooth” Gonzalez was switched to main event status on ten days notice after an IBF eliminator between John Molina Jr. and Marvin Quintero was called off. The bout will be the first ever boxing event held at University of Texas at Arlington’s brand new 6,200-seat College Park Center, which opened its doors this past December and air on ESPN “Friday Night Fights.”
Mike Dallas Jr (17-2-1, 7 KOs)
On what he knows about his opponent: He’s a southpaw, a good boxer. I had mostly trained with right handers, but recently I have been working with southpaws. I have been working with top talent to get ready, Eloy Perez and Karim Mayfield.
His plan for the fight: To get the win and have an impressive performance.
Shawn Estrada (13-0, 12 KOs)
Although a knockout artist to start his career, he is preparing to go the distance: I have been training a lot of rounds, hours. I’m looking for eight rounds, if the KO is there, I will go for it. My opponent is tough, I expect him to give me rounds.
On his landing in Texas: As soon as I got off the plane, the people have showed me love. As they say, everything is bigger in Texas.
Goal for 2012: I want to continue to move up the rankings, keep fighting. I aiming for a title shot and along with my promoter Goossen Tutor and management, we will make that decision.
On what drives him: It was a dream come true with my father to go for the Olympics and now my father passed away so now I am pursuing my pro career without him – while he’s resting, I’m working.
Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME
A packed crowd attended the final press conference on Thursday at American Bank Center Arena to witness the jarring between promoters Don King and Dan Goossen and the fighters participating on Saturday’s SHOWTIME card. In the main event, former world champion Paul Williams (40-2, 27 KOs), of Aiken, S.C., will face Nobuhiro Ishida (24-6-2, 9 KOs) of Osaka, Japan. Ishida has won his last two bouts via first-round stoppage, including an upset over then-undefeated James Kirkland in April of 2011, while Williams owns victories over Sergio Martinez and Antonio Margarito.
In the co-feature, undefeated Tavoris Cloud (24-0, 19 KOs), of Tallahassee, Fla., will risk his International Boxing Federation (IBF) light heavyweight title for a third time when he faces former world champ Gabriel Campillo (21-3-1, 8 KOs) of Madrid, Spain. For more details and photos click here…
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Thomas Dulorme 143 vs. Aris Ambriz 144
Jonathan Gonzalez 156 vs. Billy Lyell 153
Rufino Serrano 126 vs. Rodrigo Aranda 128
Roman Morales 120.5 vs. Ernie Marquez 120
Roy Tapia 123 vs. Brice Yeneke 120.5
Azat Hovhannesyan 126 vs. William Fisher 128
Promoter: Gary Shaw Productions
Venue: Chumash Casino
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Mike Dallas Jr. 140 vs. Miguel Gonzalez 139
Shawn Estrada 196 . Vvs. Terrance Woods 177
Luis Yanez 117.5 vs. Jamal Parram 121.25
Ray Ximenez 118.5 vs. Lamar Charlton 118.25
Jose Rodriguez 131 vs. Alexander Lopez 132
Angel Sigala 160 vs. Corey Washington 164.5
Matt Patton 139 vs. Waylon Dumas 138.5
Venue: College Park Center, University of Texas at Arlington
Promoter: Goossen Tutor
Thomas LaManna 15.1.8 vs. Daniel Crabtree 148.7
Richard Pierson 166.6 vs. Anibal Acevedo 165.5
Johnson Thompson 158.4 vs. Laureano Laracuente 157.4
John Lennox 227.7 vs. Miles Kelly 199.3
Godson Noel 158.2 vs. Satchell James 158.7
Alantez Fox 155 vs. Fitzgerald Johnson 158
Aaron Kinch 258.2 vs. Donnie Crawford 223
Leandro Acevedo 163.5 vs. Marcus Clay 166.6
Jose Javier Calderon 141.5 vs. Jonathan Garcia 142.3
PROMOTER: Gabe LaConte’s First Round Promotions
VENUE: Nutley High School
The World Boxing Organization led by its President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel and WBO Ratings Chairman Luis Perez made today its 3rd anual donation to Hogar de Ninas Cristo Obrero in Diriomo, Granada, Nicaragua as part of their succesful WBO Kids Drug Free Program.
Happy Birthday today to WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Top Rank matchmaker Brad Goodman.
Meanwhile, WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly celebrates his 25th birthday tomorrow, but will delay B-day festivities until after his defense against Tommy Karpency next week at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena. “My weight is spot on and my training is going great so I couldn’t help but have a slice of cake today, but all other partying and celebrating are on hold until after Saturday night and I’ve knocked out Karpency,” he said.
Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley, Jr. will embark on a two-city, coast-to-coast media tour, beginning in Beverly Hills, Calif., next Tuesday, to announce and celebrate the Pacquiao vs. Bradley World Welterweight Championship. Pacquiao and Bradley, who have won 11 world titles between them, will go toe-to-toe for Pacquiao’s World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight championship on Saturday, June 9, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. The fight will be broadcast Live on Pay-Per-View. Joining Pacquiao and Bradley on the tour will be their respective trainers, Freddie Roach and Joel Diaz, and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Tecate, AT&T and MGM Grand, tickets to Pacquiao vs. Bradley will go on sale Next Friday! February 24 at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT, and will be priced at $1,200, $900, $600, $400, and $200. Ticket sales at $1,200, $900, $600 and $400 are limited to 10 per person and ticket sales at $200 are limited to two (2) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000. Tickets also will be available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com. (more…)
Who will be the first team to beat the Baku Fires? Could this be the time when the mighty Azeri outfit finally tastes defeat? With fortress Foro Polanco yet to be breached this season and with three fighters making their debuts for the visitors, the Mexico City Guerreros find themselves in a great position to do so. The Baku Fires, on their part, flew out six days before the match in order to give themselves the best chances of acclimatizing to the altitude. Several of the fighters went through a specialiszed training routine to get them into top-condition beforehand both physically and mentally ready to face the in-form Guerreros.
WHEN: Friday, February 17, 2012 – 10 PM/ET 7 PM/PT
WHERE: Foro Polanco, Mexico City, Mexico
PROMOTER: World Series of Boxing
PAY-PER-VIEW INFORMATION: The WSB show will being distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 10:00 PM/ET – 7:00 PM/PT on cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN DEMAND ,DirecTV, DISH Network and Avail-TVN for a suggested retail price of only $24.95. The WSB show will also be available via on-line PPV on Ustream.tv at http://www.ustream.tv/integratedsportsppv.
ANNOUNCERS: Hall of Famer Col. Bob Sheridan and veteran boxing color commentator Benny Ricardo.
PREVIEW SHOW VIDEO LINK: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/20329221
MORE INFORMATION: www.integratedsportsnet.com. Also follow Integrated Sports Media on Twitter @IntegratedPPV.
Five-division world champion Thomas “Hit Man” Hearns will join former world heavyweight champion Leon Spinks, and former top heavyweight contenders Earnie Shavers, Chuck Wepner and George Chuvalo, at a special autograph fan festival this Saturday, February 18, in the lobby of the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, Nev., from Noon to 2 p.m. PT. The fighters, who are in town to attend the gala honoring Muhammad Ali’s 70th birthday, benefitting the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and the Muhammad Ali Center, will be signing autographs for a fee. (more…)
Earlier this month, the WBC suspended Tomas “Gusano” Rojas for not appearing at a WBC hearing in Mexico City to explain quotes ha gave to a Mexican newspaper that he threw a fight to Jorge Arce for $8,000. The suspension is in effect until Rojas appears before the WBC.
In the latest developments, Promociones Zanfer announced that Rojas is scheduled to fight February 25th in Ensenada. Today the WBC announced that if this is confirmed, Promociones Zanfer will be also suspended by the WBC “because of indiscipline in such a serious matter like a fraud that allegedly happened and that was released in the press.”
Hard Hittin’ Promotions has a seven fight card at the Lion’s Den in Middletown, Connecticut on March 2nd. In the main event, Meriden, CT prospect Danny Aquino (9-1) battles undefeated Philadelphia prospect Coy Evans
(10-0-1) for the UNBC super bantamweight title. In the co-feature, New Haven, CT’s undefeated Edwin Soto (7-0-2) takes on Bryan Abraham in a rematch. Their first fight ended in a draw.
4 rds: Nate Green vs. Jose Rivera
4 rds: Oscar Bonilla vs. TayShaun Autry
4 rds: Ahmad Mickens vs. TBA
4 rds: Dominic DeSanto vs. TBA
Rudy Markussen (37-2, 24 KOs) is convinced he has the power to beat WBA Super-Middleweight World Champion (Interim) Brian Magee (35-4, 24 KOs) at the first Nordic Fight Night in Copenhagen on Saturday night. The Hardhitter is looking to complete a spectacular comeback after a long break from boxing between 2006 and 2010. “This is my last chance and I will make the most of it,” the 34-year-old said at today´s final press conference at Broendby Hall. “My comeback has gone very well thus far. I have a lot of confidence. I am ready and I am in great shape. I know I have the power to beat him on Saturday night.”
Magee said he was looking for another victory on Danish soil. “I have great memories of Denmark,” he stated. “I have won here many times as an amateur and also defeated Mads Larsen. I cannot afford any slip-ups. I am prepared to face Markussen. I am in top shape, the best ever, and I am here to defend my title.” (more…)
Photo: Boxing Bob Newman
IBF President Daryl Peoples has informed Argentina Boxing Federation President Osvaldo Bisbal that the IBF has banned Luis Lazarte from participating in any future IBF-related fight due to his behavior in Saturday’s Lazarte-Casimero bout in Mar De Plata, Argentina. In round six of that bout, Lazarte threatened referee Eddie Claudio while receiving a points deduction, asking him “Do you want to get out of here alive?” After the bout, some of Lazarte’s backers attacked Claudio, Lazarte’s opponent Johnriel Casimero and Casimero’s team in the ring. Lazarte later claimed he was retiring.
Below is the letter sent from Peoples to FAB President Osvaldo Bisbal:
February 15, 2012
Osvaldo Bisbal – Presidente
Federación Argentina de Boxeo
Castro Barros 75 (CP 1178)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Dear Mr. Bisbal:
First I would like to inform you that we are pleased with our increased activity in Argentina and look forward to developing it further this year. Argentina is a country with a strong boxing heritage and we aim to become an integral party of its history.
With that being said, I take this opportunity to address you in regards to the deplorable acts of violence that transpired after the Lazarte-Casimero bout. This type of violence has no place in a boxing match, or any sporting event for that matter, as it completely goes against the grain of what competition is about. Surely you agree to that. It is important that all of us in the boxing community, because this act in not exclusive to Argentina, utilize this experience as one to learn from and develop better ways to protect the perimeter around the ring and the people that are in it, while also insuring the safety of all those attending a boxing match. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Venezuelan promoter Boxtrack was hoping to put together a world championship boxing card in that country on March 31 in La Guaira featuring Venezuelan WBA interim world champions Johan “Terrible” Perez and Ogleidis “La Niña” Suárez, plus two-division former world champion Jorge “Nino de Oro” Linares. However, according to a source Golden Boy Promotions prefers that Linares pass on a proposed fight with Mexican Noe Bolanos and instead focus on a rematch against Antonio Demarco. Perez and Suárez also will not defend their world titles due to the short preparation time for the event
Due to a lack of boxing events, Venezuelan professional boxing is currently going through a crisis. Currently the country has about 30 professional boxers but all have to move to other countries to continue their careers.
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
The long-awaited bout between WBO junior middleweight champion Zaurbek Baysangurov (26-1, 20 KOs) and the official challenger for the title Lukas Konecny (47-3, 22 KOs) will take place March 10 at the Ice Palace “Terminal” in Brovary (a suburb of Kiev) Ukraine, and will become the main event of the big boxing show of presented by the Klitschko Brothers’ K2 Promotions.
On February 23 in Kiev there will be a special press conference with Baysangurov and Konecny, the fight will be announced officially. Also at the press conference will be the names of other fighters on upcoming boxing event in Brovary.
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