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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.
By Karl Freitag
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko says it was Dereck Chisora’s spirited effort against Robert Helenius that earned him a world title shot. Chisora weighed in at a career high 261 in his dreadful loss to Tyson Fury, but came 18 pounds lighter against Helenius and seemingly did enough to win. Please don’t underestimate Chisora,” stated Vitali during a conference call Wednesday. “He’s young, very aggressive, he’s very hungry and he wants to be world champion very much. I was very impressed when I saw his last fight against Robert Helenius. Before their fight everybody would talk about Helenius like he was the next world champion and yes, of course, I saw the last fight and everybody (loved) Chisora. Chisora may have lost the decision, but many experts who saw the fight, saw Chisora dominate the fight. He beat Helenius, but in split decision, Helenius won. (more…)
By Matt Richardson
In recent years, and, unfortunately, what looks like some fights in the near future, there has been a lack on behalf of the powers that be in boxing to make consistently exciting, competitive fights for the fans. Instead, promoters will take two big names (or sometimes just one) and match them in a fight that most fans know the winner of beforehand and, worse, have little interest in watching in real time. Granted, sometimes the winner will be in doubt, but generally the style of the matched boxers leaves much to be desired.
To this end, promoter Lou DiBella says he is carefully working on circumventing the “stinkability” factor currently permeating the sport in favor of evenly-matched, thrilling matches. These fights may not always be the most meaningful or for the most titles, but they’re the types of fights fans and media remember, long after the dull, unification fight has faded from memory. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“I can confirm that today, February 15, Tomek Adamek signed a contract with Main Events,” said Adamek’s highly regarded advisor Zyggi Rozalski. Adamek (44-2, 28 KOs), the former light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion who is now campaigning as a heavyweight, stated “My place is in the ring, and I am looking forward to getting back to business on March 24. I’m not wasting any time. My trainer, Roger Bloodworth, has been with me since last Monday and we are already training. I’m not sure who my opponent will be on March 24, but I’m sure we will know more in the next days or even hours. I wanted to fight as soon as possible and not wait for my summer bout without a real test in the ring – this is why I decided to fight on the Zab Judah-Vernon Paris card in Brooklyn.” (more…)
Photo: Team Demarco
Baja Boxing, a promotional company out of Tijuana and led by the respected Antonio “Cañas” Lozada, has been tapped by Gary Show Promotions to be the lead promoter for WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco’s first defense of his newly acquired title in a city in Mexico to be named at a later date. The scheduled twelve round bout will be televised live in Mexico on Televisa’s “Sabados de Corona” boxing series held every Saturday night.
DeMarco (26-2-1, 19KOs) will be doing a voluntary defense and it will be the first time he will step into a ring in his native Mexico as a full-fledged champion. In his last bout in Mexico, DeMarco was the interim titleholder when he faced the late Edwin Valero in Monterrey, Mexico, in early 2010. (more…)
It would be hard to put together a bout between two tougher, more well-rounded welterweights, but UFC matchmaker Joe Silva managed to do just that in Wednesday’s UFC on FUEL TV main event at the Omaha Civic Auditorium by pairing cardio machine Diego Sanchez against knockout king Jake Ellenberger. The roaring hometown crowd desperately wanted one of Ellenberger’s knockout fists to somehow break through Sanchez’ granite chin, and although that didn’t happen, the local was consistent enough to score the unanimous decision win . . . Click here for more by Laura Gilbert, UFC.com
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By Felipe Leon
Julio Cesar Felix 105 vs. Cristian Aguilar 106
Emilio Bojorquez 144.5 vs. Eduardo Iñiguez 147
Luis Gomez 118.5 vs. Mario Lara 118.5
Christian Bojorquez 121 vs. Jose Iñiguez 121
Carlos Castañeda 130.5 vs. Juan Gomez 130
Reynaldo Russell 119.5 vs. Jose Cervantes 119.75
Francisco Flores 151.5 vs. Jonathan Medina 149.5
When: Thursday, February 16th, 8:00pm
Where: Las Pulgas Nightclub, Revolucion Ave., Tijuana, MEX
Promoter: Mayen Promotions
Alexander Flores 223 vs Yohan Banks 284
Jason Williams 159 vs Nick Reale 163.4
Abigail Castaneda 115.6 vs Maria Ruiz 114
Mike Arellano 154 vs Darren Smith 155.8
Eric Mendez 151.8 vs John Worthy 155
Jose Hernandez 138.4 vs Jaime Orrantia 138.8
Venue: The Hangar in Costa Mesa, CA
Promoter: Roy Englebrecht Promotions
Doors open at 6:30pm first bout at 7:30pm; Tickets $50
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By ‘Rowdy’ Ronda Rousey
In one month, on March 3 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, I will challenge for the women’s bantamweight championship of the world.
While I may only have four professional mixed martial arts bouts to my name, I’m far from inexperienced. You might think that, but you’d be wrong. Miesha Tate, my next opponent and current Strikeforce world bantamweight champion, is convinced I’m inexperienced and therefore undeserving of a shot at her belt on March 3rd. Again, she is wrong, deluded even, wary that I have the ability to make her look ordinary and one-dimensional, regardless of how many MMA bouts I may have taken part in. (more…)
Junior middleweight knockout artist Jonathan “Mantequilla” Gonzalez (14-0, 13 KOs) of San Juan, Puerto Rico, will be looking to make a statement against former world title challenger Billy Lyell (24-10-2, 5 KOs) of Warren, Ohio, in the 10-round Showtime televised co-feature from the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California, this Friday, February 17. Gonzalez vs. Lyell will serve as the chief supporting bout to the night’s main event, featuring fellow Puerto Rican Thomas Dulorme (13-0, 10 KOs) taking on Aris Ambriz (16-2-1, 8 KOs) for the vacant NABF welterweight title. (more…)
By Anthony Springer Jr.
Pssst! There’s a big fight…TODAY!
Flying low on the radar in between UFC 143’s back and forth between Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit and UFC144’s lightweight clash between champ Frankie Edgar and Benson Henderson lies a bout of epic proportions in the welterweight division. (more…)
Promoter Frank Maloney today won the purse bids for the British & Commonwealth Heavyweight Championship between David Price and Sam Sexton Maloney beat all other promoters at the bids held at the British Boxing Board of Control’s offices in Cardiff. A date and venue will be announced in the next few days.
Super Featherweight boxer Jerry Belmontes of Corpus Christi, Texas (15-0, 5 KOs), has signed a promotional deal with Northern New Jersey based Main Events, it was announced today by promoter Kathy Duva. Belmontes is expected to fight under the promoter’s banner for the first time in May in a bout to be televised on Telefutura’s Solo Boxeo. Details about the show will be released in the coming weeks.
Ring great Roy Jones Jr. will join junior welterweights Victor Cayo (27-2, 19 KOs) and former unified lightweight world champion Nate Campbell (34-9-1, 25 KOs) during a press conference on Tuesday in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Cayo and Campbell clash March 24 at the Palacio de Los Deportes in a ten-rounder.
Team Oliveira has collectively decided to drop undefeated WBC South American middleweight champion Michael “The Brazilian Rocky” Oliveira down one weight class to junior middleweight, starting with his Brazilian mega-fight against four-time world champion Acelino “Popo” Freitas, which is tentatively scheduled for May 19 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 21-year-old Oliveira is listed as 5’9 but he always gave away height, reach and weight fighting as a middleweight. Michael’s father/promoter Carlos Oliveira (MO Productions) is scheduled to fly next week to Brazil to go over final details for Michael’s May 19 fight in Rio against Freitas. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
We have known the sad and unfortunate news of the death of Julio Shaik, who passed from a sudden heart attack at the age of 69 on Wednesday morning at his home in Panama City, Panama. He was a representative of the IBF in Panama and Latin America and also a commissioner and treasurer of the Panama Boxing Commission. He made many efforts to make sure Latin boxers were taken into consideration for the IBF rankings. Just recently Julio worked as supervisor of Miguel Vasquez vs Ameth Diaz IBF title fight on January 21 in Guadalajara, Mexico. We send our condolences to his family and recognize the loss of someone who was actually a friend and a person who supported us at all times.
Photo: Sauerland Event
WBA interim super middleweight beltholder Brian Magee believes he is in the shape of his life. The 36-year-old Belfast fighter held a media work-out at fitness.dk in Osterbro today. “I am in the best shape ever,” he said. “I have a lot of respect for Rudy Markussen but I believe I have more speed and skills than he has. I´ve seen a couple of his fights and I think he has good power but I have as much power. I am prepared for a tough fight and I will defend my title.”
Magee does not rate Markussen as the hardest-hitting fighter at super-middleweight. “I have fought against Carl Froch and I don’t think Markussen hits as hard as him but it´s always tough to compare,” he stated. (more…)
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