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By Matt Richardson
First quotes from Wednesday’s press conference…
Amir Khan: “I’m happy to fight someone like that (Malignaggi) to shut him up. I’m looking forward to it. Paulie needs shutting up.”
Paulie Malignaggi: “This is what I’ve been waiting for. This is a big, big redemption for me. I’ve been training real hard.”
Victor Ortiz: “It’ll speak for itself Saturday night. I’m ready, as I’m sure Nate is.”
Nate Campbell: “I’m not going to make any idle threats. I’m going to do what I have to do and that’s win.”
Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer said the card is “heading for a sell out” although there are still some tickets available.
By Ricardo Conde
Frank Espinoza is one of the top managers in the boxing game right now, having won the World Boxing Hall of Fame’s “Manager of the Year Award” back in 2007 and inducted into the California Boxing Hall of Fame that same year. His vast stable of fighters include three-time world champion Israel “El Magnifico” Vazquez (44-4, 32 KOs), former super flyweight champ Martin “El Gallo” Castillo (35-3, 18 KOs), bantamweight contender Abner Mares (20-0, 13 KOs), lightweight contender Luis Ramos (15-0, 8 KOs) as well as many others. (more…)
Rudy Markussen today gave a taste of his famed and feared punching power during a public work-out in Herning. The former European super middleweight champion headlines the first-ever TV 2 Fight Night on Saturday when he comes face-to-face with Frenchman Christophe Karagoz. “I am in great shape,” Markussen stated. “I have trained very hard and very long for the comeback. I am ready and I am really eager to get back into the ring.” For more details and photos click here…
Don King Productions returns to the Gateway City of St. Louis on Saturday, June 12 to present a world championship fight card featuring hometown star Cory “The Next Generation” Spinks defending his International Boxing Federation title against IBF No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger Cornelius “K9″ Bundrage at Chaifetz Arena at Saint Louis University. Tickets priced at $28, $50, $87, and $200 go on sale on Saturday (May 15) at 10 a.m. at MetroTix.com, the Chaifetz Arena Box Office, MetroTix outlets at select Schnucks and Macy’s stores, or charge by phone at (314) 534-1111. This will be the first world championship boxing match at Chaifetz Arena. (more…)
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Today in Moscow, a press conference was held by the team of unbeaten Alexander Povetkin (19-0, 14 KOs), the official IBF heavyweight challenger. Sauerland Event Managing Director Chris Meyer: “The IBF has established special terms during which we should agree with the Klitschko party. Our negotiations should begin on May 17th, at once upon termination of negotiations between Klitschko and Haye (Fightnews.com informed that negotiations for the Klitschko-Haye fight will be finished on Sunday). We have 30 days for negotiations. If we cannot finish them within thirty days, a purse bid will take place. Whoever offers more money will win. I’ve teen talking with very important people in Russia who want that fight was in Moscow. Kitschko-Haye probably will not take place in 2010 . We’re working on promoting Kitschko-Povetkin.”
Wladimir Hrunov, Povetkin’s manager: “We want that the boxers pass the WADA doping tests. It’s not a requirement, but a wish. It’s necessary to have this difficult negotiating process. This fight is waited for by millions fans of boxing in all countries. We would like Wladimir Klitschko to address the request for doping control in accordance with the WADA code. The doping history with the Floyd Mayweather – Manny Pacquiao fight has shown problems and has let us know that something in professional boxing should be changed. For today I do not have any doubts that Wladimir Klitschko does not take banned substances and goes through a competently organised training process and the mountain air doesn’t help him.”
UFC Primetime Rampage vs Evans Premieres Tonight on SPIKE: Rampage and Rashad take the war of words to primetime – premieres tonight at 11pm ET/PT after an all new episode of The Ultimate Fighter®
All New TUF: The Last Preliminary Bout, Plus The Wild Cards Are Chosen: Joe Henle and Seth Baczynski collide in the final preliminary bout, plus each team chooses their Wild Card entrant to see who will battle for the eighth quarterfinal spot. 10pm ET/PT on SPIKE
Photo: Former champ Johnny Tapia displays the goods he earned in his last bout, against the New Mexico Dept. of Corrections. Yesterday, Team Tapia officially announced the rubber match between Tapia (57-5-2, 29 KOs) and former nemesis Frankie Archuleta (26-7-1, 14 KOs), at the newly-opened Team Tapia Gym in Northeast Albuquerque, N.M. In two of the state’s most significant fights of the decade, Tapia lost to Archuleta in Las Vegas, N.M., in 2003, then won the rematch two years later, in Albuquerque. The “Final Chapter,” as the card is billed, takes place June 12 at the Ohkay Casino in Espanola, N.M. Stay tuned for a full report and more photos from the presser later today.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Sources report that Golden Boy Promotions is trying to line up a clash between former two-division world champion Jorge Linares and reigning WBA interim super featherweight titleholder Jorge “Coloradito” Solís. Zanfer Promotions of Mexico represents Solis, who won a unanimous decision over Mario Santiago in his first defense last Saturday in Aguascaliente, Mexico. Linares is coming off a unanimous decision over Francisco Lorenzo in La Guaira, Venezuela on March 27, his comeback fight after losing his full WBA 130lb title by knockout in October 2009 to Juan Carlos Salgado, who subsequently was dethroned by Takashi Uchiyama.
Welterweight contender Mike Jones, of Philadelphia, PA, puts his unbeaten record and his world ranking on the line in a scheduled 12-round contest against Irving Garcia, of Vega Baja, Puerto Rico July 9, in the ballroom at Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall. Also at stake will be Jones’ NABA and NABO titles. Jones, 27, is 21-0, 17 KOs, and he is ranked among the Top 10 welterweights by all four major world sanctioning bodies: #3 WBO; #5 WBA; #7 IBF; #7 WBC. (more…)
The rematch between IBF featherweight champion Cristóbal “Lacandón” Cruz (39-11-2, 23 KOs) and Orlando “Siri” Salido (33-10-2, 22 KOs) is set for Saturday at the Estadio Tomas Oroz Gaytan in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico. Cruz, who beat Salido by split decision in 2008 to win the vacant belt, will be making his fourth defense. Salido, who has the hometown advantage in the rematch, has been aching for revenge ever since. They faced off during Tuesday’s presser. (more…)
By Christian Schmidt
“We are bringing you the biggest stars in Mexico,” stated event coordinator Lester Bedford at Tuesday’s “La Furia De Mexico” press conference in San Antonio, Texas. The June 26th “La Furia De Mexico” pay-per-view event will feature top Mexican warriors such as Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Marco Antonio Barrera, and Jorge Arce. (more…)
Matchroom Sport has announced the line-up for the latest Prizefighter event. Barry Hearn’s next eight-man, one-night tournament – Prizefighter Super-Bantamweights – will take place at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, east London on May 29. The betting favorite will certainly be 39-year-old Wayne McCullough, a former WBC world champion at bantamweight who also fought for world titles at two other weights. However, favorites do not always win Prizefighter, as former WBO Heavyweight Champion Herbie Hide found out when he had to withdraw at the semi-final stage in Prizefighter Cruiserweights II last month.
Here’s the full lineup: Wayne McCullough (27-7, 18 KOs), Esham Pickering (34-9, 13 KOs), Craig Lyon (10-0, 3 KOs), Mark Moran (11-1-1, 3 KOs), Ricky Owen (11-0, 4 KOs), Gavin Reid (6-5-1, 3 KOs), Chris Riley (2-2-2, 0 KOs), Josh Wale (9-2, 5 KOs). Once again the whole show will be broadcast live and in high definition on Sky Sports.
Undefeated WBA lightweight champion Paulus “the hitman” Moses (25-0, 17 KOs) is hard at work in preparation to defend his title on May 29 at the Kalahari Sands Hotel in Windhoek, the capital city of his native Namibia. Moses will take on WBA interim lightweight champion Miguel Acosta of Venezuela (26-3-2, 20 KOs). Prior to Moses’ current reign of world champion, the biggest name fighter from his country was former world champion Harry Simon who owns a win over a primed Ronald ‘Winky’ Wright. Moses knows with a win over Acosta he can look for bigger opportunities against bigger names. Fightnews caught up with Moses at his training camp in his native Nambia. (more…)
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
WBA middleweight world champion Felix Sturm invited the media, friends, family and celebrities to celebrate the grand opening of his brand new training facility in Cologne, Germany on Tuesday. Among the guests were Germany’s soccer superstar Lukas Podolski, a close friend of the 31-years old Sturm, and many TV, music and sports personalities. Sturm and his team are eyeing a ring return on either September 4 or September 11 in Cologne, likely in the 20,000 seat Lanxess Arena. An opponent will be set at a later date. First, the legal battle between Sturm and his former promoter Universum will continue on May 27 in front of the Hamburg district court. Team Sturm expects a positive verdict in July. (Photo: Felix Sturm poses with German soccer superstar Lukas Podolski and FightNews reporter Wolfgang Schiffbauer in front of his brand-new gym.)
The Puerto Rico Amateur Boxing Federation honored the life and dedication of Miguel A. Cotto Sr. in the inaugural acts for the famous “Cheo Aponte’s International Tournament” today in Caguas, Puerto Rico. “It is an honor for me, my mother Juana, my brothers Miguel and Juan Miguel, to receive this recognition made to my father. He worked really hard in this sport and for amateur boxing in Puerto Rico. His dedication, discipline, and determination will guide us for life,” said Jose Miguel Cotto.
Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank
Three time world champion Jorce Arce gets a kiss by the WWE Bella Twins during a promotional event at the DISH Network convention in San Antonio, Texas. Arce is in town to promote his upcoming WBO title fight against WBO Interim bantamweight champion Eric ‘Little Hands of Steel’ Morel where he will be going for his fourth world title. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions and Tecate , “Latin Fury 15″, will be televised on Top Rank Pay-Per-View, Saturday, June 26 from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Click here for more photos
Earlier today, three-time World Champion Israel “Magnifico” Vazquez, two-division world champion Rafael Marquez, undefeated IBF bantamweight world champion Yonnhy Perez and unbeaten top-rated contender Abner Mares participated in a media conference call to discuss their upcoming fights on May 22 at Staples Center on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING LIVE at 9 P.M. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) on SHOWTIME®. Here’s what the fighters had to say: (more…)
WBA super lightweight world champion Amir Khan during a media workout in New York City in preparation for Saturday’s world title defense against former super lightweight champion Paulie Malignaggi at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Click here for more photos…
Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank
WBO Interim bantamweight champion Eric ‘Little Hands of Steel’ Morel and three-time world champion Jorce Arce faced off during a press conference at Dave & Busters for their upcoming WBO title fight. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions and Tecate, “Latin Fury 15″, will be televised on Top Rank Pay-Per-View on June 26 from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The telecast will feature Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs John Duddy in the main event. Top Rank also today announced the two best fighters in San Antonio, Raul Martinez and Gabe Elizondo, will do battle on the card. For more details and photos click here…
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
In a battle of undefeated fighters Jo Jo Dan (26-0, 14 KOs) will be meeting Selcuk Aydin (19-0, 15 KOs) in Turkey June 5th for the WBC Silver (Interim) welterweight belt. “It’s a done deal,” Dan’s Romanian promoter Chris Ganescu of Gankor Promotions told Fightnews. Dan had been rated #1 at 140 pounds while Aydin occupies the number two position at welterweight behind Floyd Mayweather. Andre Berto holds the WBC belt at 147 pounds and would be obligated to face the winner of the bout. (more…)
Neven Pajkic and Greg Kielsa do it again as the two heavyweights headline the next chapter of Rumble at Rama set for Wednesday June 30th. Orion Sports Management confirmed Monday that Pajkic (12-0 5KO) who won virtually every round in the first contest and handed Kielsa (11-1 5KO) his defeat will waste no time in getting it on a second time. Kielsa will try to become the first Canadian heavyweight to regain his title on a rematch in almost 20 years. (more…)
Newly crowned WBO middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (center) officially received his WBO world title today in Puerto Rico. Amongst those in attendance and pictured are PR Best Boxing stablemates and world champions Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ López, Iván ‘Iron Boy’ Calderón, Román ‘Rocky’ Martínez. Also WBO junior featherweight champion Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. and his father Wilfredo Vázquez, WBO president president Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcárcel and boxing prospect Carlos Negron.
Three-time world champion Israel “Magnifico” Vazquez and two-division world champion Rafael Marquez spoke today about the fourth installment of their series fights. Both fighters were respectful toward each other and said they are physically fine after their first three incredibly brutal wars. “I’m very happy and motivated for this fight,” said Vazquez. Marquez commented, “It’s going to be a great fight, just like the other three!” That bout along with a clash between undefeated IBF bantamweight world champion Yonnhy Perez and unbeaten top-rated contender Abner Mares will take place May 22 at STAPLES Center on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING LIVE at 9 P.M. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) on SHOWTIME.
Undefeated World Boxing Association lightweight champion Paulus Moses (25-0, 17 KOs) will defend his title in the capital city of his native Namibia on May 29 in a showdown against WBA interim lightweight champion Miguel Acosta (26-3-2, 20 KOs). Don King Productions won the right to promote the match in a WBA purse bid of $150,000 and will present the event in association with Namibia-based Nestor Sunshine Promotions. Per WBA rules, the champion will received 55% of the purse and the interim champion 45%. (more…)
HBO Sports confirmed today that 1.4 million pay-per-view buys were generated from the May 1st welterweight fight between Floyd Mayweather and Sugar Shane Mosley at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The fight was promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions. The 1.4 million buy total generated $78.3 million in pay-per-view revenue. The pay-per-view buy total includes 740,000 from cable homes and 660,000 from satellite and telco homes.
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
In September, millions of boxing fans could see a heavyweight collision between boxing superstars WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (54-3, 48 KOs) against WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (24-1, 22 KOs). Fightnews.com has been informed by K2 Promotions that negotiations could be wrapped up by Sunday. The IBF has agreed to allow Klitschko-Haye with the winner to face official challenger Alexander Povetkin (19-0, 14 KOs). Team Povetkin will hold a press conference tomorrow in Moscow.
By Piotr Momot/www.ringpolska.pl
Yesterday afternoon Giacobbe Fragomeni arrived in Poland where he will face Krzysztof Wlodarczyk on Saturday for the vacant WBC cruiserweight crown. Today the Italian held open workout for the media and looked as sharp as ever.
The Sarangani provincial board of canvassers is poised to declare Manny Pacquiao the winner of the heated election for the sole congressional seat in the region. With 85% of the votes counted, Pacquiao unofficially has 79,346 votes compared to political rival Roy Chiongbian’s 39,412. Pacquiao has already been projected as a landslide winner in local media, although the results aren’t yet official. The Chiongbian family has been a political dynasty that has ruled the province for decades.
Unbeaten Universum heavyweight Denis Boytsov (27-0, 22 KOs), rated #4 by all four sanctioning organizations, will be out of action until September after undergoing an operation on his right hand. Due to continuous pain in the right metacarpal, the 24-year-old power-puncher had a piece of bone from his hip moved to stabilize the hand at the Elim Hospital in Hamburg.
“For several years I’ve felt a lot of pain after my fights,” said Boytsov. “The operation was successful and I already notice a large effect. Everything feels much more stable. In the coming months, my punching power will prove to be higher.” (more…)
Rumor has it that the Floyd Mayweather-Shane Mosley PPV generated 1.4 million buys. Nothing official yet.
WBA World Middleweight Champion Felix Sturm could return in late summer against Ricardo Mayorga according to DKP, which is trying to stop Mayorga from competing in an MMA match this weekend.
48-year-old former world champ Hector “Macho” Camacho faces former world title challenger Saul Duran on Friday at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida.
German heavyweight prospect Sebastian Köber (19-1, 13 KOs) will return to the ring on March 22 at the Rostock Stadthalle in Rostock, Germany for the first time since his shocking loss to Zack Page in January. Köber, who still holds the German interim heavyweight title, will defend against Markus Tomala (6-2, 3 KOs) in a rematch of last October’s clash won by Köber via split decision. Köber-Tomala is added to a particularly loaded “Universum Champions Night” card headlined by the big WBA heavyweight eliminator between ex-world champion Ruslan Chagaev and longtime contender Kali Meehan. Also featured are the WBC super featherweight title defense of world champion Vitali Tajbert against Hector Velazquez, the comeback of former WBO heavyweight champion Siarhei Liakhovich against Evans Quinn, a clash between world rated light heavyweights Aleksy Kuziemski and Igor Mikhalkin, the fourth pro fight of amateur world champion Jack Culcay, plus all action flyweight Pal Bedak.
WBC USNBC welterweight champion Favio Medina (22-2-3, 8 KOs) of Sandpoint, Idaho will take on Floridian Damian Frias (16-3, 7 KOs) in a ten rounder on June 3rd. The bout will take place at the Coeur d’Alene Casino in Worley, Idaho.
Canadian middleweight prospect Renan St Juste (21-1-1, 14 KOs) will take on Florida’s Marcus Upshaw (12-4-1, 6 KOs) on March 28th in a scheduled ten-rounder at the Pepsi Colisee in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. The bout will open ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights telecast headlined by comebacking former world champion Éric Lucas (39-7-3, 15 KOs) of Canada against former 3-time world title challenger Librado Andrade (28-3, 21 KOs) in a ten round super middleweight clash.
Management of the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California, has decided to pull the plug on the eight year run of the popular “Fight Night at the Tank” series. The venue is still open to bringing high profile boxing events to the arena but regularly scheduled shows are on hold.
With 81% of the votes counted, Manny Pacquiao unofficially has 71,476 votes compared to political rival Roy Chiongbian’s 34,331 votes in the race for the Sarangani Province seat in the Philippine House of Congress. Barring something unusual, Pacman should become Congressman-elect Pacquiao shortly. The Chiongbian family has been a political dynasty that has ruled the province for decades.
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