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By Ron Jackson
At a luncheon held at the Wanderers Club near Johannesburg on Thursday Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions announced the final bill for the first tournament of the South African boxing year which will be held at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park on January 27. The tournament is a tribute to Baby Jake Matlala and also to help him pay off his huge medical bills after being struck down with illness.
In an all-South African clash Hekkie Budler (17-0, 5 KOs) will be making the second defence of his IBO junior flyweight belt against IBO strawweight champion Gideon Buthelezi (10-2, 4 KOs). Buthelezi and Budler have met on two occasions as amateurs with Budler winning both fights. If Buthelezi loses the fight there is a possibility that he will be stripped of his strawweight belt. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
On January 22 at Estadio Neza 86 in Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, just outside Mexico City, four world championships will be on the line on the same night (three of them for female belts).
They expect 10,000+ fans attending the card to support the Mexican fighters seeks a world titles.
The lineup features:
Hugo Ruiz (Mexico) vs Alvaro Perez (Nicaragua)
WBA Interim Bantamweight World Title
Ana Maria Torres (Mexico) vs Naoko Yamaguchi (Japan)
WBC Super Flyweight World Title
Irma Sanchez (Mexico) vs Kathia Gutierrez (Mexico)
IBF Light Flyweight World Title
Arely Muciño (Mexico) vs Chantel Cordova (U.S.)
IBF Flyweight World Title
The event will be presented by HG Boxing, which promoted 30 boxing cards with 16 world championship fights at 12 different venues in Mexico in 2010.
Legendary rival promoters Bob Arum and Don King are set for their first co-promotion in five years. Next week, Arum and King will be officially announcing a pay-per-view extravaganza headlined by WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto defending his world title against two-division world champion Ricardo Mayorga on March 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. It will be produced and distributed live on SHOWTIME PPV. Joining Cotto and Mayorga at the news conference will be former WBA super welterweight champion Yuri Foreman and his opponent Pawel Wolak, plus female legend Christy Martin who will be featured on the pay-per-view broadcast going for her landmark 50th professional victory.
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Photos: Marianne Müller
WBA Middleweight Champion Felix Sturm (34-2-1, 14 KOs) and his challenger Ronald Hearns (26-1, 20 KOs) met face-to-face for the first time at the kick-off press conference for their February 19th world title clash at the Porsche-Arena in Stuttgart, Germany. Both fighters expressed their confidence at the presser.
“Everybody knows that Marvin Hagler is my boxing idol,” Sturm said. “The fight between Hagler and Ronald’s father Thomas was a brutal war and one of the greatest fights in the history of boxing. But Hagler destroyed Hearns – and now I will do the same to his son.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Ex-WBA flyweight champ Takefumi Sakata has announced to hang up gloves for good today (Thursday) in Tokyo, Japan. Having failed to win back his WBA 112-pound belt from compatriot Daiki Kameda this September, Sakata, 30, was deeply considering whether to go on fighting. The busy-punching fighter managed to win the WBA belt in his fourth attempt, having lost twice to Lorenzo Parra both by a majority decision here and to Roberto Vasquez by a split verdict in Paris. The persistent Japanese finally gained the world belt by stopping his grudge rival Parra in Tokyo in 2007. Since then, the gutsy and game late bloomer kept it four times against another rival Vasquez (W12), Denkaosen Kaowichit (D12), Shingo Yamaguchi (W12) and Hiroyuki Hisataka (W12). But it was his previous challenger Denkaosen of Thailand that annihilated and dethroned Sakata with a single lethal shot on the very last day of 2008. He sank quickly in round two. Sakata scored four victories since prior to his final attempt to win the throne again from Daiki Kameda, but already forfeited his sharpness and stamina only to lose to the younger champ via unanimous nod three months and a half ago. His overall mark was 36-6-2, 17 KOs. Though not vastly talented, he always tried to show his best performance with his best physical condition after training strenuously. People described his tremendous durability as if he would be able to fight even in fifteen or twenty rounds. He had been loved by our fight fans.
Joy and elation for Cruiserweight Yoan Pablo Hernandez (23-1, 12 KOs) at the start of 2011: The 26-year-old WBA World Rankings leader in the Cruiserweight division will challenge Steve Herelius (21-1-1, 12 Kos, France) in Mülheim/Duesseldorf on February 12. “After Hernandez successfully obtained the right to a mandatory challenge from the World Boxing Governing Body WBA with a KO victory over Ali Ismailov in Berlin in December, the opportunity to fight Herelius soon emerged,” explained Sauerland Event CEO Chris Meyer. “We immediately tried to realise this opportunity and we managed to bring this fight to Germany.” (more…)
The UFC is hosting a press conference today at Madison Square Garden in New York City to announce plans for shows to New York. Taking part will be UFC president Dana White, UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta and UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar. The presser will be streamed online at UFC.com at UFC.com today at 2 PM ET/11 AM PT. For more info, click here
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel/WBC
On Wednesday at the facilities of Dolphin Discovery at Six Flags in Mexico City, an unusual press conference was held for the WBC light flyweight world title fight between champion Gilberto Keb (34-20-4, 21 KOs) and former champ Jose Antonio Aguirre (34-9-1, 20 KOs). HG Boxing and Cancun Boxing will present the fight on February 26th at the Polyforum Zamna in Merida, Mexico.
WBC President Jose Sulaiman, and the Governor of Yucatan Ivonne Ortega Pacheco were on hand to announce the fight outdoors amongst a scene of dolphins and history of the Mayan culture in Mexico. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBO super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr., could defend against former world champion Jorge Arce on May 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on the Pacquiao-Mosley card. “Nothing has been agreed yet,” said WV2’s promoter Tuto Zabala Jr. “There has been talks about it and yes we are interested in fighting under such a big fight card with Top Rank. Arce is a great former world champion and a big name in boxing and we know this could be a huge step up in Junior’s career and bring it to another level. It’s a fight we want. We received and offer from Top Rank which we did not accept. We are in negotiations. Hopefully we can come to terms with them since we have a great relationship and we are interested. Also we have another offer for one of the top 15 contenders to defend our title on March 7.”
Arce, who is seeking to become the first Mexican boxer to win four world titles in different weight categories, has also been rumored to be under consideration for a possible rematch against Cristian Mijares in April in Torreon, Mexico, however he is very interested in facing Vazquez. “I’m focused on the name of Wilfredo’ Papito ‘Vazquez and have long been talking about a fight with him,” said Arce.
Martinez – Dzinziruk it’s on
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Boxing superstar and WBC middleweight champion Sergio Gabriel Martinez (46-2-2, 25 KOs) will fight against WBO junior middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk (37-0, 22 KOs) on March 12th at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Speaking from his training camp in Kiev, Ukraine, Dzinziruk gave the following comment to Fightnews.com.
“About fight with Martinez on HBO, I’ll sign the contract in the near future when I arrive in the USA,” said Dzinziruk. “I’ll prepare for the fight in America. The first month I will work on physical conditioning, and the second month I’ll spend in sparring sessions with 2-3 sparring partners a day. Regarding Martinez’s statements, I think that he underestimates me. I hope after fight he will change the opinion. I plan to study the details of Sergio’s weakness in more detail, but right now I can tell that he’s slow, tightened, clumsy and rigid … he doesn’t have the amateur background that I have. I’m fast and I won’t allow him to do what he wants. I currently feel very good and I train every day. Yes, even through the New Year’s holidays, but it doesn’t bother me. I’m focused on fight against Martinez and I want to train hard to present an entertaining fight to fans of boxing.”
WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation (CABOFE) light welterweight champion Jose Reynoso (13-3-1, 2 KOs) will still make his 2011 debut on February 25th but he now has a new opponent. Reynoso of Riverside, California will now face Rodolfo Armenta (9-3-1, 7 KOs) of Mexico instead of Angel “Baby Boy” Flores (9-4, 3 KOs) of Las Vegas, Nevada. The main event bout will be 10 rounds with Reynoso defending his title. Site of the bout will be the Double Tree Hotel in Ontario, California.
By Phil Doherty
Photos by Sam Cohen
Pugilistic Promotions proudly welcomed assembled media, fight teams, and friends to the upscale Italian restaurant, Randazzo’s, in Coral Gables today to announce this Friday night’s fight card. The event served an enthusiastic secondary purpose: the announcement of promoter Ramiro Ortiz’s pending induction to the Florida Boxing Hall-of-Fame.
This is the third installment of Pugilistic Promotions Badia Spices “Friday Night Fight” series at Miami’s Magic City Casino. The impressive match-ups demonstrate matchmaker Richard Dobal’s commitment to provide local fight fans the most “bang” for their buck. Indeed, eight undefeated fighters will risk their unbeaten status; some of them head-to-head. Mr. Ortiz could not conceal his enthusiasm for the entire card, confiding to Fightnews, “In the main event, somebody’s got to lose their zero… As a fight fan, these are fights I can’t wait to see.” For more details and photos click here…
Junior Middleweight Denis “Da Mommas Boy” Douglin (12-0, 8 KOs) has signed an exclusive agreement with world renowned advisor Al Haymon, widely regarded as one of the most influential figures in professional boxing, Haymon’s impressive clientele includes Floyd Mayweather, Paul Williams, Andre Berto, Daniel Jacobs and Antonio Tarver amongst others. His fighters all have appeared in lucrative bouts and on the biggest fight cards to ensure maximum exposure, which is exactly what Douglin was looking for. Douglin’s next bout is scheduled for February 18 in Salisbury, MD on an ESPN 2 Friday Night Fights undercard.
By Bob Ryder
Devon Alexander and Timothy Bradley fielded questions from the media during a teleconference presser on Wednesday and both were clear that their upcoming January 29th contest at the Pontiac Silverdome near Detroit, MI is more than just a big fight, it is their chance at fistic immortality.
Bradley was especially emphatic on what he hopes to accomplish in boxing, with the Alexander fight as the jumping off point. “I want the best fights. My biggest goal in boxing is to be remembered. I want to be talked about years from now. You do that by fighting the best.” Tim compared his and Alexander’s willingness to put their records on the line with the great match-ups of the past mentioning Ali-Frazier, Pryor-Arguello, and Leonard-Duran. “This is what boxing needs,” he observed. “Best fighting the best.”
Alexander also was clear on his goals for this fight and beyond. “I’m Alexander the Great, I’m seeking greatness. Ain’t nobody beat me-ain’t nobody going to beat me. This is like the old days, when everyone wanted to fight the best.” (more…)
By Rey Colon – The Sport Press
Negotiations for a rematch betwen Fres Oquendo and former heavyweight champion Oliver McCall may take place on March 11 in Memphis, Tennessee on a card featuring Roy Jones Jr. “We’re negotiating with people from McCall to give me a rematch,” said Oquendo, who lost by controversial split decision on December 7. McCall, however, has to deal with the law again after he was arrested shortly after the fight for various offenses. “I hope everything is resolved and we can fight on that date,” said Oquendo.
It was a whirlwind year for UFC® lightweight star Anthony Pettis in 2010. Unbeaten in four fights last year, Pettis added the WEC® lightweight title to his resume, as well as a nationally-televised appearance on MTV’s hit show “World of Jenks.”
Those accomplishments, plus his work in the community, have earned the 23-year-old an official proclamation from his hometown of the city of Milwaukee, Wisc. Pettis will receive the proclamation during a meeting with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett on Thursday, Jan. 13 at 3:45pm CT at the Mayor’s Office. (more…)
ARK Promotions today announced the undercard for the January 22 Evander Holyfield vs Sherman Williams card in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. The ten round co-feature pits heavyweight Cedric Boswell (32-1, 25 KOs) against Dominique Alexander (19-9, 9 KOs). Also former heavyweight contender Monte Barrett (34-9, 20 KOs) meets journeyman Charles Davis (19-21-2, 4 KOs) in a ten-rounder and heavyweight Marshall Kauffman (21-1, 16 KOs) faces 7-footer Julius Long (15-14, 13 KOs) in an eight-rounder.
Other bouts are unbeaten middleweight Domonique Dolton (9-0, 7 KOs) against Marcos Primera (20-22-2, 13 KOs), junior welterweight Miguel Gonzalez (12-2, 11 KOs) against Ramon Guevara (9-20-2, 6 KOs), and middleweight Donatas Boundoravas (10-1-1, 3 KOs) against Willie Fortune (9-0, 5 KOs).
In a crossroads fight former interim WBA world super featherweight champion Likar Ramos (23-3, 17 KOs) of Colombia will take on veteran Humberto Toledo of Ecuador February 19th. The bout will be scheduled for 12 rounds and the WBA lightwieght Fed-latino title. The site of the fight will be Quito, Ecuador.
Today WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (27-0, 21 KOs) is remembering all the lives lost and innocent people affected by the catastrophic earthquake that shook Haiti a year ago on this date. Berto, a 2004 Haitian Olympian, was in training camp preparing for his matchup with Shane Mosley when he received word of the devastating earthquake and those lost within his own family. He chose to withdraw from the career-defining fight to travel Haiti and aid in the relief efforts. He had the following thoughts one year after the devastating national disaster. (more…)
Camp Location: I am back in Indio, Calif., where all of my camps have taken place. I have never found the need to go anywhere else as my family is not a distraction and does not get in the way of how my camp goes. My family is what keeps me strong. If I had to go somewhere else, I would not be able to focus the way I do because I would be worrying about them.
Training regiment: My training is Monday through Saturday and consists of running 45 minutes daily, sparring a few times during the week, strength training twice a week, and most of all doing my best to execute the plan.
Diet: My diet consists of grains, vegetables, and my protein sources come from tofu, tempeh, beans and nuts. Turning vegetarian for every training camp is nothing new for me. In fact, it is something that has worked for me for the past two years. Other fighters are even trying this now, so this just puts me ahead of the game.
Personal Sacrifice: This year did not feel much like Christmas because I am so focused for January 29th. I don’t really consider it a personal sacrifice because this is my job. I know what I have ahead of me. But my personality was not in the Christmas spirit like every other year and know that I had to set mind up for this. But even though this was the first Christmas I had to work, the real gift will be coming on Jan. 29th.
Camp Location: I am training in Las Vegas for this fight. While I have trained here before when I fought out of the Cory Spinks camp, for my last two fights my promoter, Don King, allowed me to live in the home where Mike Tyson lived when he trained in Vegas. I love it. It gives me inspiration to know I’m sleeping in the same bed “Iron” Mike slept in when he trained here.
Training Regimen: My trainer, Kevin Cunningham, took me up to the mountains outside Las Vegas last year to a little ski resort at the top of Mt. Charleston to run. I call it ‘The Monster’ and its one of my biggest challenges while training. I have to face and conquer it three times a week, and with snow on the ground now, it has become much tougher.
Every day, we go out for a six-mile run in the morning, and then head to the gym in the afternoon. My workouts include shadow boxing, mitt work, heavy bag, speed bag, sparring and jumping rope. I average 30 rounds per day in the gym, Monday through Saturday. And on the seventh day, I rest.
Diet: Basically as far as meat, I only eat salmon, tilapia, turkey breast and chicken breast. The rest of it is fruits and vegetables. It’s just fuel for me. I want to eat what will make me perform best.
Personal sacrifice: Eating light is not my only sacrifice during this training camp. Due to this fight being in January, I’ve had to give up the holidays with my friends and family back in St. Louis, which is hard. My kids will wake up on Christmas day without dad being there. I was in the gym on Christmas. Come January 29, that’s something else that Tim Bradley is going to have to pay for. I think about that every day.
For the fighter nicknamed ‘The Terminator’, the plan was simple in his Octagon debut against powerful Mike Pierce last August in Massachusetts – make the American wrestler pay every time he shot in for a takedown.
The planner, Amilcar Alves – who returns to the Octagon on January 22 against Charlie Brenneman in a welterweight bout on the Fight For The Troops 2 card – had it all worked out in his brain regarding what his opponent would do and how he would react to it. If he did what he was supposed to, it would be enough to simply terminate Pierce. He even prepared to deliver a flying knee when a gap appeared, adjusting the timing and capitalizing on the moment the way Pablo Garza did against Fredson Paixao in the TUF 12 Finale . . . Click here for more by Martins Denis, UFC.com
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
This Friday a purse bid auction will be held for the WBC title fight between WBC featherweight champion Hozumi Hazegawa and the Jhonny Gonzalez in the WBC offices in Mexico City. Promociones del Pueblo of Mexico (Gonzalez) and Teiken Promotions of Japan (Hasegawa) have both signaled interest in promoting the fight. Sources indicate there is a possibility that both companies can reach an agreement before the auction or that Teiken Promotions will make a large bid to bring the fight to Japan. Other sources indicate that Promociones del Pueblo may try to put Hasegawa-Gonzalez in the Arena Mexico in Distrito Federal and that would be the best chance to keep the fight in Mexico.
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
WBA super world middleweight champion Felix Sturm will face up- and coming prospect Ronald “The Choosen One” Hearns, the son of boxing legend Thomas Hearns, in his ninth title defense on February 19 at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, Germany. It will be the second fight for Sturm under his own promotional banner, Sturm Box-Promotion. The kick-off press conference is scheduled for today. Tickets for Sturm-Hearns are available online at www.eventim.de.
By Karl Freitag
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
“I really think that great, great years are again coming for boxing in this decade,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum today in Los Angeles. “[There’s] a lot of interest in the sport. We have the prime fighter in the world who has taken the sport to another level where he’s written about outside of the sports pages, where people all over the world know him, where people are taking about the fact that he may be the future president of his country….so that’s elevating boxing and all of these fighters are going to benefit, everyone in boxing is going to be benefiting from the notoriety that Manny Pacquiao has brought to the sport.”
“People say that boxing’s in trouble because it only drew 5,000 people. Well they don’t have the background to realize that in the ’80s when boxing was on terrestrial television, that we used to put these fights on at Caesars Pavillion which had 4,200 seats. We sold out most of the good fights, but again we’re talking about 4,000 people. So now when you do 5,000 it’s not bad, it’s good! The problem is that these buildings are so big, so now we’re shrinking it down to 6,000, everybody will have a great, great seat, and we expect to sell all of the seats because boxing, not matter what anybody says, is popular, it’s more popular than it’s been in years, and it will be even more popular still if we can showcase great fights like we’ll be doing on February 19th.
“Back, I guess it was in the late ’70s, we did a show at Caesars Palace. Sugar Ray Leonard, undefeated, challenged for the welterweight title against the undefeated champion Wilfred Benitez. The undercard was a middleweight championship bout between Vito Antuofermo and Marvelous Marvin Hagler, who wasn’t yet marvelous. They didn’t use the name “Marvelous” then. And that show was also in the Pavillion at Caesars Palace which had 4,200 people….Boxing now with big venues and a lot of interest is as popular, if not more more so, as it was then.”
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
At 42 years old, former world heavyweight champion Tommy “The Duke” Morrison wants to show that he still has some fight left inside him. Whether the former Rocky V star has that fight is inside a Montreal boxing ring on February 25th as scheduled remains to be seen, but in a story that has more twists and turns than any Hollywood movie. Morrison is saying he is healthy, willing and able.
“I’ve as healthy as I’ve ever been and I’m going to shock the world,” said Morrison via telephone in an exclusive Fightnews interview. “I’m going to become heavyweight champion of the world, that’s if I can get one of them to fight me.”
Whether Morrison gets that chance in a fight versus local Montreal product Eric Barrack (3-0) remains to be seen. Despite claims that he is licensed in the Province of Quebec and in New Zealand, commissions of both jurisdictions disagree. “We didn’t approve anything,” Michel Hamelin of the Quebec Commission told Fightnews. “He is not licensed yet.” Hamelin told Fightnews that while nothing officially has been presented to him, he along the commission will have a lot of questions for many of the boxers scheduled to appear on the card including nearly 50 year-old Ray Mercer and 44 year-old Joe Gatti. (more…)
The most compelling fighter in the sport of mixed martial arts and the Ultimate Fighting Championship®, Brock Lesnar, will serve as a coach for the 13th season of Spike TV’s popular original series, The Ultimate Fighter®. Announced today by Dana White, UFC® President and host of the series, Lesnar will be opposed by hard-hitting top contender Junior dos Santos. (more…)
Middleweight knockout artist Bastie Samir (7-0, 7 KOs) has yet to let a professional opponent see the third round and the 2008 Olympian will continue his pro career in undercard action Friday night at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Samir takes on Philadelphia’s Greg Hackett (2-4) on January 14 in a six round bout. The event will be headlined by the ten round junior middleweight main event between unbeaten rising star Erislandy Lara (14-0, 9 KO’s) and Arkansas’ Delray Raines (18-8-1, 13 KOs) and will also feature a six round junior welterweight contest pitting East LA phenom Frankie Gomez (7-0, 6 KOs) against the Bahamas’ Hensley Strachan (5-8-1, 1 KO), as well as Coachella’s own, rising junior featherweight prospect Randy Caballero (6-0, 4 KO’s) who risks his perfect record in a six round fight against an opponent to be announced. Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar de la Hoya will be on hand taking in all the action from ringside.
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel (43-2-2, 33 KOs) and two-division champion Nonito Donaire (25-1, 17 KOs) were at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday wrapping up a two-day press tour announcing their February 19 fight at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. After meeting face-to-face yesterday in Las Vegas, the fighters remained respectful. Donaire promised fireworks and said both he and Montiel will give it all. Montiel vowed that the fight is going to be a war and a sensational fight. Promoter Bob Arum said the arena will be scaled for 6,000 fans and remaining tickets are priced at $250, $125, $50 and $25.
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