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Katsidis “The Great” Promotions in association with Smithy’s Gym have announced that a rematch between two-time world champion Michael Katsidis and Graham Earl has been verbally agreed to. At 2am this morning Katsidis’ Manager Brendon Smith finalized details with Graham Earl’s camp to have a fight down under. Earl and his team have been chasing the Katsidis’ camp for close to four years now on the promise of a rematch after their epic five round World title battle at Wembley Arena in London in 2007. In a fight that was full of action, Katsidis not only came out the victor, but this battle was awarded the coveted round and fight of the year. (more…)
WBC Super Middleweight Champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch and former World Champion Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson and their respective camps held their final press conference Wednesday at the Edison Ballroom in New York City to discuss their Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinal at the Adrian Phillips Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Saturday, June 4 and televised LIVE on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).
Both fighters were respectful to each other, but they are predicting radically different outcomes of Saturday’s highly anticipated fight. Froch feels he will dominate every round, while Johnson and his team feel that Froch is in way over his head with a lighter, faster Glen Johnson.
The following are quote highlights made by all the speakers on Wednesday: (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Manager Rolando Arellano has released an exclusive statement to FightNews.com in response to Andre Berto’s statements on Twitter that Victor Ortiz allegedly used performance enhancement drugs leading up to their April 16th welterweight showdown:
“Victor has never in the past or present taken any performance enhancement drugs. We will take any test from any commission or world anti-doping organization before or after any fight. We will even take a test during training or on vacation.” In one of the best fights of 2011 thus far, Ortiz captured the WBC welterweight title when he won a twelve-round unanimous decision over Berto. Arellano concluded: “Victor beat Andre at 70 percent of his full capacity. I wonder what Andre would complain about if Victor beats him at 100 percent. We respectfully ask that he cease and desist immediately of making any more accusations as it hurts Victor’s reputation.”
By Matt Richardson
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
After ten fights, eight fighters and two years, Showtime’s innovative “Super Six” round-robin tournament will be boiled down to two fighters and one fight. After Saturday night, that is.
The tournament, featuring the top super middleweights in the world (and one of the former top light heavyweights) will enter the second stage of the semi-finals this weekend at the Adrian Phillips Ballroom of Atlantic City New Jersey’s Boardwalk Hall when current WBC title-holder Carl Froch fights former 175-pound champ Glen Johnson.
The winner will face rising star Andre Ward, who secured his berth last month with a lopsided decision win against Arthur Abraham. (more…)
Explosive details from the biggest night of boxing revealed by the cameras of SHOWTIME Sports. Watch the thrilling epilogue of FIGHT CAMP 360°: Pacquiao vs. Mosley on Saturday, June 4th at 8:45pm ET/PT on SHOWTIME.
By Francisco Salazar
Unbeaten featherweight Miguel Angel Garcia has a new opponent for his 10 round bout on Saturday night. Garcia will now face hard-hitting Mexican contender Rafael Guzman at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Top Rank Vice President of Operations Carl Moretti told Fightnews.com. The bout will be the opening televised bout on HBO’s “Boxing After Dark.” Garcia was originally scheduled to take on Miguel Beltran Jr., but Beltran suffered an injury to his hand during training over the weekend. “It turned out to be a fracture and he (Beltran) tried to see if it would heal,” said Moretti. “The doctors looked at it yesterday and they did not approve of Beltran to fight.” (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Earlier today Hall of Fame Promoter Bob Arum introduced both Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (42-0-1 30KOs) and Sebastian Zbik (30-0, 10KOs), as they met for the final press conference held at the Golden State Ballroom at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in Los Angeles.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will be fighting in Los Angeles for the first time in six years. His first bout in Los Angeles was on the undercard of his father Julio Cesar Chavez vs. Ivan Robinson. On that night Junior knocked out Adam Wynant in one round. With only three days away from his first world title shot, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (42-0-1, 32KO’s) looks focused and determined on becoming the next WBC Middleweight Champion.
“I have prepared well for this fight, I know I have a tough fight I am going up against the champ, but I have prepared myself to win” Chavez Jr. addressed the media. (more…)
Photos: Maxwell Brown/City of Philadelphia and Swanson Communications
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter honored newly crowned WBC light heavyweight world champion Bernard Hopkins today for his championship win over Jean Pascal which took place May 21. The mayor presented Hopkins with a Liberty Bell replica and made a proclamation saluting Hopkins and acknowledging his history making accomplishment of becoming the oldest world champion in the history of boxing. (more…)
Photos: Marco Perez/MPS Sport Images
At a press conference today, promoter Tuto Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc, Pugilistic Promotions and Deportes Telemundo announced the return of the popular series “Boxeo Telemundo”, to the City of Miami on June 24 where they will present a show at the Miami Dade County Auditorium which is celebrating its 60th Anniversary with a double championship twinbill.
In the main event WBO Latin jr. welterweight champion Jesus Pabon (17-1-11 KOs) of Carolina, Puerto Rico will defend his title against former WBA International Champion Javier “El Zorro” Castro (24-4-19 KOs) in a battle scheduled for 12 Rounds.
The co-feature will pit unbeaten former amateur world champion Sullivan Barrera (7-0-5 KOs) of Guantanamo, Cuba who will face Frank Paines (11-1-10 KOs) of St. Marteen via Colombia in a fight schedule for 10 Rounds with the vacant WBO Latino and WBA FEDELATIN light heavyweight titles. (more…)
Photo: Lars Ronbog, Sportsagency.dk
Team Bouadla is convinced that the 14-month layoff has made WBC super middleweight world champion Emeritus Mikkel Kessler rusty. On Saturday night, the Viking Warrior (43-2, 32 KOs) returns to the ring for the first time since his epic points victory over then-WBC Champion Carl Froch, taking on WBO #5 Mehdi Bouadla (22-3, 10 KOs). “In life, it’s all about timing, and now is the time to beat Kessler,” Boudla’s promoter Bernard Roos said at today’s final press conference at PARKEN Stadium. “Kessler is a great champion and in six months he would beat everybody, including Ward and Froch, but now after his long break Mehdi “The Bull” Bouadla will rise to the occasion and defeat him.” (more…)
Undefeated New York State super middleweight Lennox “2 Sharpe” Allen (15-0-1, 9 KOs) returned home to Georgetown, Guyana for an Independence Day showdown last Saturday night, in which he thoroughly dominated Kwesi Jones (7-2, 4 KOs) en route to a 12-round unanimous decision (120-108, 119-109, 118-110) for the vacant WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation title.
Unbeaten and world ranked Fernando Guerrero (21-0, 16 KOs) will meet “Contender” champion Grady Brewer (27-12, 15 KOs) for the NABF super welterweight championship on ESPN Friday Night Fights live from the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas, on June 17th. Guerrero, currently ranked #2 in the world as a middleweight, will be making his first appearance as 154 lb fighter and his first appearance as a professional in Texas. He is known for his ability to sell large live gate audiences in his hometown of Salisbury, MD, but will now attempt to endear Texas fight fans to his all out action style. The Guerrero vs Brewer main event will be 10 rounds and televised live on ESPN Friday Night Fights. The feature bout on the television broadcast will showcase fast rising welterweight prospect Karim Mayfield (13-0-1, 8 KOs) against former world title holder Steve Forbes (35-9, 11 KOs) in a 10 round welterweight match up.
The delayed return of former world heavyweight champion and 1996 Bellarusian Olympian, Sergei “The White Wolf” Liakhovich is on July 16 as the Bellarusian Olympian takes on highly-touted, undefeated Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius in Munich, Germany. The 35-year-old Liakhovich (25-3, 16 KOs), rated #13 by the WBC, was supposed to be back in action April 9 in Newark after nearly a year-long absence, but an injury suffered in the final week of training camp forced him to withdraw. Instead of taking an easy tune-up, or sign a more lucrative deal offered by K2 Promotions, Liakhovich chose to make his Main Events debut against Helenius (15-0, 10 KOs), who is world rated among the top four governing bodies (WBO #2, IBF #3, WBA #8 and IBF (IBF #15). Helenius is a Sweden/Finland native but he lives and fights out of Germany and knocked out Sam Peter in his last fight. (more…)
Son of the Legend, Julio César Chávez, Jr. (42-0-1, 30 KOs), of Culiacan, México, five-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum hosted an international media conference call on Tuesday to discuss Chávez Jr’s first world title shot on Saturday challenging undefeated WBC middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik (30-0, 10 KOs), of Germany. Here is the official transcript…
Live world championship boxing returns to EPIX with the WBA middleweight title fight between defending champion Felix Sturm and challenging contender Matthew Macklin, televised live to the U.S. from the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany, on June 25, exclusively on EPIX the multiplatform premium entertainment service. EpixHD.com, will stream the fight live as part of a free two-week trial offer. The live broadcast and the live stream on EPIX and EpixHD.com, respectively, will begin at 5 p.m. ET. As has become the custom, EPIX will once again present the closed-captioned simulcast of this world championship rumble on a jumbotron in Times Square (Broadway at 44th St.)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Looks like a proposed bout between current WBA/WBO lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez and former WBC champion David Diaz planned for July 2 might not happen. Sources report that Diaz didn’t accept the purse offered by Marquez to challenge for his two world belts. Marquez Boxing Promotions, which will promote the fight, offered $100,000 while Diaz wanted $300,000. The offer was reportedly upped to $150,000 and Diaz countered with $250,000. Marquez looking for a fight to defend his two world titles and prepare for his November 12 megafight against Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas.
By Ron Jackson
Unbeaten heavyweight Flo Simba, an engineering student, faces the toughest assignment in his young life when he faces the veteran former IBF heavyweight champion Fransie Botha in a scheduled ten round heavyweight fight at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park on Saturday night. Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions has done a fine job in putting together a Cracker Jack tournament involving all local talent.
This is an intriguing match-up between the old time campaigner Botha “The White Buffalo” and Simba the “Black Panther” with the charismatic Simba having the backing of most of the sell-out crowd. It is a massive domestic fight even though Simba was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, however he has spent most of his life in South Africa. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Boxing journalist and commentator Juan Carlos Tapia could be a candidate for President of Panama in the elections of May 2014. From his TV program, Tapia has been willing to challange the policies of various government agencies, officials even the President. Now he has expressed aspirations for running for the top job himself. Tapia began as a boxing commentator in 1975 when he launched “Lo Mejor del Boxeo” which is now the longest running boxing series on television. The show is known for transmitting boxing pay per views, totally free in Panama. He has also been a sales representative for Latin America with Don King Productions Inc. and ESPN.
It’s a move stuck in an endless loop on any true mixed martial arts fan’s permanent highlight reel, and something that can’t be avoided in discussion with the young man who performed it. So, Anthony Pettis, are you tired of talking about what’s simply referred to as “The Kick”? . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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By Karl Freitag
WBC #1 middleweight and “Son of the Legend” Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. spoke to reporters Tuesday about Saturday’s world title challenge against WBC middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
On stepping out of his father’s shadow:
This is the perfect opportunity for me to create my own history. My name is Julio Cesar Chavez, I’ll always have that name and I’m very proud to carry that name. I’m just looking forward to winning the title and starting my own legacy.
On Sebastian Zbik:
I’ve seen some tape on him. He looks like a real good boxer and I know he’s a tough guy. He’s undefeated and that always means something. I’m looking forward to the fight. You can never tell if a guy is a big puncher or not from watching on tape, you have to go in the ring and find out and that’s what I’m going to do….I feel like he’s dangerous because he’s a world champion. I know he’s a great boxer and he’s coming to fight. Just like it’s the most important fight of my career, I think it’s the most important fight of his career, as well. He wants to be well known, and this will give him the opportunity.
On the fight:
I don’t think about losing. I’m positive, I’m mentally prepared to win, I’ve come to win. I know how important the fight is, I know how hard I worked and I’m just thinking about winning the championship.
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Super welterweight Ryan Rhodes, the official challenger of WBC champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, is expected to reach the capital of the state of Jalisco, Mexico today (June 1) in order to acclimatize and put the finishing touches to his preparation prior to their fight for the WBC super welterweight world championship which will take place at the Arena VFG in Tlajomulco, Jalisco, México on June 18. The southpaw Rhodes (45-4, 31 KOs), who has not lost in the 154lb division, will arrive in Guadalajara, Mexico accompanied by his four-member team on Flight 691 from Atlanta.
Photo: Branco Sports Productions
South African promoter Branco Milenkovic will present a history- making female world title fight at the Carnival City Big Top Arena, Johannesburg, South Africa, on June 11. When New Zealand-based IBF women’s welterweight champion Daniella “The Diamond” Smith (10-1) defends her title against unbeaten South African challenger Noni “She Bee Stingin” Tenge (10-0-1, 8 KOs), it will be the first legitimate women’s world championship tournament ever staged the African continent. It won’t be the first time that the 38-year-old Smith ventures out of her home country to fight in front of a potentially hostile crowd. She annexed the IBF title on 12 November last year in Germany against the overwhelming hometown favourite Jennifer Retzke. Tenge, who is nine years her opponents’ junior, is a big favorite to capture the title.
WBA super lightweight champion Amir Khan (25-1, 17 KOs) and IBF junior welterweight champion Zab Judah (41-6, 28 KOs) are set for a July 23 title unification clash at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas. According to the Daily Mirror, the camps argeed to a 55-45 split in favor of Khan. The agreement came together after a proposed fight between Khan and WBC/WBO champ Tim Bradley fell through.
STRIKEFORCE® CEO Scott Coker made several major announcements this weekend while in Las Vegas for the UFC® 130: RAMPAGE vs. HAMILL event from the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
First, Coker confirmed that two legends of the sport of mixed martial arts will collide on Saturday, July 30 at Sears Centre Arena in Chicago when former PRIDE® heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko meets reigning STRIKEFORCE® light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson in a long-awaited summer superfight. The heavyweight bout will air LIVE on SHOWTIME® at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). (more…)
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