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By Ron Jackson
Promoter Branco Milenkovic of Branco Sports Productions has announced that South Africa’s Mzonke Fana is scheduled to defend his IBF junior lightweight belt against Argenis Mendez from the Dominican Republic, in South Africa in June at a venue to be announced. The IBF had ordered a purse bid for Tuesday night but prior to the bid Mendez’s promoter Lou DiBella accepted terms with Milenkovic, which allowed the fight to take place in South Africa.
The 24-year-old Mendez (18-1, 9 KOs) who was born in the Dominican Republic but fights out of Brooklyn, New York won a final eliminator at Carnival City, Brakpan in January this year when he outpointed Cassius Baloyi. The only loss on Mendez’s record was an eight round split points decision against Jaime Sandoval in October 2008.
Fana (30-4, 12 KOs) who will be 38 on October 29 won the IBF belt for the second time when he outclassed Baloyi in September last year, will possibly be facing the toughest battle of his distinguished career.
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Meanwhile Virgil Kalakoda (24-6-1, 16 KOs) from Cape Town who has only had one recorded fight since April 2004 fought on March 25 in Cronulla, Australia against Leroy Brown and was beaten on points over six rounds.
The weigh-in ceremony of tomorrow’s WBC world title triple-header was in jeopardy, but a Mexican boxer Humberto Gutierrez barely saved the event as he managed to reduce 500 gram (about one pound) by having his hair cut and working hard to finally make the weight on Thursday in Kobe, Japan. WBC super-feather champ Takahiro Aoh tipped the beam at 58.9 kilogram (the 130-pound class limit), while Gutierrez, at his first trip to the scale, failed to make the weight at 59.4 kilogram at 1 PM. He was given a two-hour allowance to reduce the weight. The pale Mexican came back to the weigh-in room of the Portpia Hotel, but was still 250 gram over the limit at 2:10 PM. Then, at 2:45 PM, the amazingly shaven-skulled Mexican could make the 130-pound limit. The show had been ballyhooed as a world title triple-header to be dedicated to the earthquake and tsunami victims. Gutierrez, ex-WBC champ gunning for regaining the belt, did just what he had to do as the challenger, barely made the weight but won the great hand-clapping praise by people concerned there. For more details and photos click here…
WBO NABO Super Flyweight Champion César “Junito” Seda (20-0, 15 KOs) had his
final pre-fight weigh-in before his April 15 world title fight against Omar Narvaez (33-0-2, 19 KOs) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Seda, who couldn’t weight more than 121 pounds (equivalent to 5% above the 115 required by Professional Boxing Commission) weighed in at 121 pounds at the Olympic Village in Salinas Puerto Rico. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Legendary boxing promoter Don King was in Mexico City Wednesday to join municipal authorities of Texcoco, Estado de Mexico, WBC President Jose Sulaiman and other key members of the WBC to inaugurate the new Don King Coliseum at the Feria Internacional del Caballo. Three world championship fights are already scheduled for the arena to be presented by Dr. Fausto Daniel Garcia’s “Boxing Gala” Promotions. King and Sulaiman have maintained a close relationship for many years that has led to several DKP events in Mexico. Click here for more photos…
Slideshow of Chris Cozzone’s shots from today’s media workouts at the MGM Grand featuring Michael Katsidis, Robert Guerrero, Jose Miguel Cotto, Erik Morales, Marcos Maidana, James Kirkland, Paulie Malignaggi and Nobuhiro Ishida . . . Click here for more
Bud Light and Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today a multi-year renewal of Bud Light’s official beer sponsorship of the UFC®, keeping the world’s best-selling beer in the center of the Octagon®.
Bud Light’s sponsorship renewal with Zuffa, LLC, owner of the UFC brand, will continue to immerse the beer into all areas of the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization. The sponsorship will increase the number of featured Pay-Per-Views (PPV) Bud Light is a presenting sponsor of from two to four annually, and the brand will remain a featured sponsor of all additional PPV and television broadcasts. Additionally, Bud Light and UFC will work together to present one special promotional event per year, beginning in 2011 with a live event in New Orleans airing on Spike TV Saturday, Sept. 17. (more…)
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Reynaldo Sanchez
Florida Boxing Hall of Fame promoter Ramiro Ortiz brought back Pugilistic Promotions last November to introduce local boxing prospects to the general public and reintroduce established fighters in need of a career jump-start. Always a man of his word, Ortiz managed to achieve both feats on the same card for this Friday’s 6th monthly installment of the Badia Spices Friday Night Fight series. As Ortiz announced the upcoming card from the delectable Randazzo’s Italian restaurant in Coral Gables, fresh-faced prospects mingled with grizzled veterans in anticipation of their upcoming tests. For some, like highly touted Cuban junior welterweight prospect Michael Santander, Friday night offers an opportunity to debut their skills in front of local friends and family. For more details and photos click here…
By Przemek Garczarczyk from Newark, NJ
Photos: Wojtek Kubik
With his typical sense of humor, Kevin McBride (35-8, 29 KO) was ready before we even reached “The Last Big Challenge” press conference site, Brick City Grill in Newark, just across Prudential Center, where this Saturday he will fight Poland’s Tomasz Adamek (43-1, 28 KO). I’m 375 pounds, and can’t walk more than 50 yards without being exhausted,” said the “Clones Colossus,” laughing at the reports that he will not be a formidable opponent for heavily favored Adamek. “Góral” was also in the great mood, laughing with reporters and presenting his hand speed, but when it come to talking about Saturday he was himself again – dead serious. (more…)
WBC supervisor Mauricio Sulaiman made such an excellent opening speech that he emotionally moved the audience in attendance at the press conference of a forthcoming WBC world title tripleheader on Wednesday in Kobe, Japan. “Two years ago Mexico suffered a terrible influenza named H1N1, but there took place the WBC super-bantam title bout between Toshiaki Nishioka and Jhonny Gonzalez, as scheduled, which proudly showed to all over the world that Mexico was OK. We then really appreciated Nishioka’s coming to Mexico under such a condition with his manager/promoter Mr. Honda’s resolution, and now it’s time for us and for the WBC to respond to the previous gratitude by whole-heartedly supporting this event after the unfortunate and sorrowful disaster of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The WBC believes that the WBC tripleheader will successfully prove that Japan is all right. It will certainly encourage Japan and its people.” (more…)
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Photo: Michael Katsidis was one of eight fighters giving media a sneak-peek during a workout today at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Katsidis’ opponent, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, main eventers Erik Morales and Marcos Maidana, Paulie Malignaggi, Jose Miguel Cotto, James Kirkland and Nobuhiro Ishida also provided workouts to hype Saturday night’s “Action Heroes” card promoted by Golden Boy and televised on HBO PPV. Stay tuned for a full photo gallery later today.
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Unbeaten WBC middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik of Germany and #1 contender Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. pose during a press conference, Wednesday at Staples Center in Los Angeles for their upcoming WBC world middleweight title fight. Zbik vs. Chavez Jr. is promoted by Top Rank in association with Zanfer Promotions and Universum Media Network and will take place on Saturday, June 4 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and be televised on HBO. Click here for more photos…
Photos: PR Best Boxing Promotions/José Pérez
Unbeaten Luis “El Artesano” Cruz showed his confidence this afternoon before his upcoming clash against former WBO junior lightweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez next April 16th in the Ultimate Rivalry show, starred by WBO featherweight Champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez versus former champion Orlando Salido at the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon in a Top Rank presentation, in association with PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) to be televised on SHOWTIME. Cruz (17-0, 14 KOs) will face Martinez (24-1-1, 15 KOs) in a 12 round bout qualifying for the WBO junior lightweight title, held by Scotland Ricky Burns. “I’m very confident because of the training camp we have. I’ve been training since December for Roman Martinez and I’m ready,” Cruz said, before he started training with trainer Freddie Trinidad in the Caimito Gym. Cruz worked today in floor exercises, shadows, sparred with his trainer and hit the punching bag. For more details and photos click here…
WBO Jr. Featherweight Champion Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. will have his 30 day weigh-in and a public workout tomorrow (April 7) at the Miguel J. Frau Gym, adjacent to the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. The weigh-in will be at noon followed by the workout in preparation for his upcoming mandatory title defense against former three-time world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce to be held May 7 at the MGM in Las Vegas. Currently visiting Vazquez’ training camp is his promoter Tuto Zabala, Jr of All Star Boxing, Inc., who joked “Mr. Arum visited Pac Land in the Philippines a couple of weeks ago to check out Manny and now I’m visiting WV2 Land in Bayamon to check out Jr.” The bout is part of the undercard of Paquiao-Mosley promoted by Top Rank.
Five days before the WBO world championship clash between Robert Stieglitz and Khoren Gevor, the Gevor team has asked for a new set of judges “We don’t want anyone to assume anything,” said manager Peter Schulze, “but I think in the interest of fair and honest sport, the same judges shouldn’t always be assigned every time Robert Stieglitz steps into the ring. The judges proposed for Saturday are almost identical to Robert’s last fight. The WBO should pay better attention that different personnel is used. This is ultimately about the credibility of the organization and the sport itself. We’re assuming no evil intentions, but we’re addressing the issue now – in advance of the fight – so it isn’t discussed after the fight, if there should be a close decision.”
Gevor has his own opinion on the judges issue: “The best thing, of course, is if I knock Stieglitz out, then there’ll be no discussion. I also assume that I would win a clear unanimous decision, but such things can’t always be counted on. Unfortunately I’ve had quite a few bad experiences with judges, that’s why we’re so attentive to this point.”
With a famous given name and a bold self-proclaimed moniker, Willie “The Great” Nelson (16-0-1, 10 KOs) answers the age old question, “What’s in a name,” just days before his eight-round welterweight fight against Vincent Arroyo (10-1, 7 KOs) on ShoBox: The New Generation, Friday, April 8, in the first of three fights on an exciting tripleheader LIVE on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). (more…)
UPDATE: According to Andy Foster, Executive Director of the Georgia Athletic & Entertainment Commision), the fight is canceled, not postponed, and organizers of the event will not receive his recommendation for another permit – Jose E. Santiago
The Hector Camacho, Jr vs. Saul Duran fight scheduled for Friday has been postponed. The Georgia Boxing Commission ruled that both fighters must first have a complete new medical examination because of Saul Duran’s age (38) and Hector Camacho, Jr.’s total number of fights (59). “By this show being postponed all tickets will still be honored and exchanged for the new date of Friday, May 27th,” said the Atlanta Boxing Association President Waymon Harley.
Junior is hoping to avenge the upset loss of his father to Duran last year. The rescheduled event will take place at The Palladium Arena in Norcross,Ga 30093 off of I-85 and at Jimmy Carter Blvd exit at 6100 Live Oak Dr.
Photos by Eroll Popova
Prior to the upcoming WBO super middleweight world title fight this Saturday in Magdeburg both world champion Robert Stieglitz and his challenger Khoren Gevor, had their encounter in the Wild West town “Pullman City” in Hasselfelde, near Magdeburg.
For the production of a promotional trailer both fighters were dressed up in original cowboy costumes and they were filmed while playing the best of scenes of “High Noon”. Their weapons were obviously exchanged by boxing gloves.
The very confident world champion Robert Stieglitz said before his fourth title defense: “I will clearly defeat Khoren Gevor, this will be his last shot and the last chance for a world title.”
Khoren Gevor, who will have his fourth fight for a world title belt, was also very self-confident: “I can treat Robert with some sleeping pills for the next days. He will need them!”
Sitting in his cell watching time go by, Gabriel “Tito” Bracero couldn’t wait to get back to boxing. He spent so many lonely nights dreaming of a chance at the big time. On Friday, the dream will come true. “I got sidetracked and got in trouble. I went on a little vacation,” admits the likeable Bracero. “But now I’m a momma’s boy. I’m here next to my mom right now.” Since returning in 2009 after an eight-year absence, 30-year-old Bracero (14-0, 1 KO) has made the most of his time, fighting on DiBella Entertainment’s “Broadway Boxing” series and winning nine consecutive fights.
Bracero will look to make a major move toward a world title shot when he faces the also undefeated Danny O’Connor in an eight-round junior welterweight showdown to kick off the fantastic April 8 ShoBox: The New Generation Triple Header entitled “Rumble on the Rio” from the Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas (broadcast starts at 11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West coast). (more…)
Shane Mosley visits the New York Knicks and Amar’e Stoudemire. A bonus video from FIGHT CAMP 360°: Pacquiao vs. Mosley.
Heavyweight contender Odlanier Solis is still at “St. Wolfgang Hospital” in Bad Griesbach (Germany) waiting for his next knee surgery after suffering a bad knee injury in the WBC heavyweight champioship bout against Vitali Klitschko on March 19th. In a first surgery the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee had been replaced and his meniscus had been sewed. On April 15th the articular cartilage damage will be fixed. (more…)
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Unbeaten WBC Middleweight Champion Sebastian Zbik of Germany has hit Los Angeles for his big press conference Wednesday at Staples Center. Zbik takes on #1 contender Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Culiacan,Mexico on Saturday, June 4 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on HBO. Zbik vs Chavez Jr. is promoted by Top Rank in association with Zanfer Promotions and Universum Media Network.
By Brett Bonetti
IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green (31 wins/3 losses) will put his world title on the line when he steps onto the canvas to face former light-heavyweight world champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (28 wins/6 loses) at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on Wednesday, July 20. Green is returning to the boxing ring after he had an operation to remove his appendix and a large abscess the size of a softball after suffering severe stomach cramps whilst holidaying down south with family over Christmas and the New Year period that threatened to end his career, however the 38 year-old West Australian declared he is fighting fit and ready for the biggest challenge of his career.
“This has been a long process, but I’m elated today to announce that Green Machine Promotions is bringing another big name in world boxing to our shores for what is certain to be the biggest boxing event of the year” Green said at today’s press conference. (more…)
By Craig Watt
On April 13th at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Queensland, Australia WBA#9 Middleweight Garth Wood (10-1-1, 6KO’s) meets Anthony Mundine (40-4, 24KO’s) in a highly anticipated rematch over ten rounds. The 32 year old Wood shocked the Australian boxing public when he knocked out the former two time WBA 168 pound and IBO 160 pound champion Mundine in the fifth round in December 2010. The first fight was the contracted prize for Wood after winning the popular Australian “Contender” Series and he took the opportunity with a stunning left hook that knocked out Mundine.
Wood spoke to Fightnews from his camp about his preparation and his anger about Mundine’s excuses about why he lost in their first fight. (more…)
Rafael Soto, Top Rank’s Mexican-based photographer, earned top honors in the Boxing Writers Association of America’s 2010 photo contest, taking a first place in the feature category and second in the action category.
Slideshow by Chris Cozzone of today’s grand arrivals in Las Vegas featuring “Action Heroes” Michael Katsidis, Robert Guerrero, Jose Miguel Cotto, Erik Morales, Marcos Maidana, James Kirkland and Paulie Malignaggi . . . Click here for more
By Ricardo Conde
Photo: Espinoza Boxing Club
Hard hitting junior welterweight Antonio Orozco (9-0, 6 KOs) of San Diego, California by way of Mexico will step back into the ring on Thursday, April 21st against Hensley ‘The Bruiser’ Strachan (5-8-1, 1 KO) of the Bahamas at the Hangar at the Orange County Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa, California, in the next edition of ‘Fight Club OC’ which is being presented by Roy Englebrecht Promotions. Also, in action that night will be welterweight Hugo ‘The Boss’ Centeno (6-0, 6 KOs) of Oxnard, CA taking on Jiovanni Rubio (7-14, 4 KOs) of Santa Rosa, California and welterweight Holly ‘Lil Bear’ Lawson (0-1) of Los Angeles, California against Adriana Leal (0-0) of Coachella, California, as Leal makes her professional debut, as well as many others. (more…)
By Phil Doherty
Photo: Sam Cohen
Miami-based Dream Team Boxing officially added a “Mercedes” to its formidable fleet of fighters today with the acquisition of Cuban heavyweight Luis “El Mercedes” Ortiz (7-0, 5 KOs). Dream Team Boxing promoter Henry Rivalta proudly announced the signing this afternoon in association with Dade Promotions, stating: “We are extremely excited to sign El Mercedes. I want to say to all the top boxing networks seeking the next heavyweight sensation, look no further because this is your guy.” For more details and photos click here…
After a 10 round majority decision loss to Edgar Santana three years ago, Josesito Lopez stepped away from boxing and analyzed his future in the sport. After a lot of soul searching, he decided to give boxing another go. Based on his recent success, especially in his last fight, he is glad he stuck to boxing. Riding a seven-fight winning streak and becoming a legitimate contender in the process, Lopez returns to the ring on May 27th against once-beaten Steve Chambers in Reno, NV, promoter Dan Goossen told Fightnews.com on Monday afternoon. The bout will headline an ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” card. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos: Tim Barry
Former IBF, WBC, WBA super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan (35-3-1, 27 KOs) has predicted he will score a knockout over former IBF bantamweight champion Yonnhy Perez (20-1-1, 14 KOs) when the clash over twelve rounds at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, California with the IBO bantamweight title up for grabs on April 23 on the SHOWTIME bantamweight special that will also feature current IBF bantamweight champion Joseph Agbeko vs. Abner Mares. Darchinyan is confident the fight will not go the distance. Darchinyan talked to Fightnews and said, “Training has gone very good and I am sure I will KO Perez when we fight.” Darchinyan continued, “I do not want to leave it to the judges. I have been doing two thousand push ups every day and have never been stronger.” Darchinyan dropped a disputed split decision to Abner Mares in December 2010.
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