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Photos: Rafael Soto
Humberto Soto 139.5 vs. Fidel Monterrosa 139
Alberto Rosas 116 vs. Jesús Vázquez 116.5
Felipe Urucuta 119 vs. José Tamayo 119
Miguel Beltrán 135 vs. Roberto Tamayo 135
Venue: Palenque De La Feria, Tepic
Promotor: Zanfer, Top Rank and Adan Casas Promotions
TV: TV Azteca, Fox Sports
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At Kingsway Gym in NYC, super welterweight Yuri Foreman appeared in top form as he trains for his upcoming match with Pawel Wolak as a part of the Cotto vs. Mayorga SHOWTIME pay-per-view event. March 12th at 9pm ET/6pm PT.
Baltimore Ravens safety Tommy Zbikowski (1-0, 1 KO) confirmed today that he will fight in the opening televised fight on the March 12 Cotto-Mayorga pay-per-view extravaganza at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Zbikowski is preparing for the fight with trainer Orlando Cuellar in Miami. Promoter Bob Arum said Top Rank will keep Zbikowski busy as long as he is available (meaning not playing football while a new collective bargaining agreement is being negotiated by the NFL and the NFL Players Association). Zbikowski was an amateur star before becoming an All-American football player at Notre Dame University. He had one pro fight before joining the NFL.
“It looks better than ever before,” Haye co-promoter Kalle Sauerland told SPOX. “Both sides are showing interest, the talks are in full swing.” Both Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye have recently confirmed that a July 2 clash is a possibility. “When an agreement seemed impossible, the pressure on both Haye and Klitschko increased. The fans, the TV networks, everyone wants to see the fight. So we’ve sat ourselves at the table.”
Brian Magee (34-3-1, 24 KOs, IBF #8) spoke to members of the North American media today via conference call from his training camp in Ireland, where he’s preparing for his March 19th showdown at Montreal’s Bell Centre with IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (27-0, 22 KOs). Here’s what the mild-mannered, yet hard-hitting challenger had to say about Bute; a fighter who many, Magee included, consider to be the best Super Middleweight in the world. (more…)
Derek Ennis 152.5 vs. Giorbis Barthelemy 155
Isiah Seldon 163.5 vs. Juan Zapata 165
Joey Tiberi 135 vs Shawn Hodson 135.5
Todd Eriksson 165 vs. Lawrence Jones 160.5
Yehudy Vargas 151 vs. Louis Cream 147.5
Althea Saunders 135 vs. Melissa St. Vil 136
Ali Santos 250 vs. Eric Newell 263
Edgardo Torres 135 vs. Marcus Smith 136.5
Venue: New Resort, Atlantic City
Promoter: DeeLee Promotions
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australian light heavyweight contender Blake Caparello (6-1, 2 KOs) scored the biggest win of his career when he outpointed former world IBO super middleweight challenger Michael Bolling (12-1, 10 KOs) over eight rounds at the Melbourne Pavillion in Flemington, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Caparello, boxing from the southpaw stance, dropped Bolling in round one with a left hand bomb. Bolling boxed aggressively but the more effective punches were being delivered by Caparello who consistently connected with solid left crosses and left uppercuts. (more…)
Welterweight Michael “Cold Blood” Clark (41-5-1) continued his winning streak last night by garnishing the Ohio State welterweight title over a game, but outclassed, Brian Camechis (19-4) at the Columbus Convention Center. With superior speed and skills, Clark used effective counter punching to earn the majority decision. Scores were 77-75 twice and 76-76. Clark’s longtime manager Pat Nelson states, “Michael now has a career mark of (6-1) as a welterweight with his lone defeat by majority decision against eventual IBF junior middle champ, Cornelius Bundrage. We are now looking for a major fight in either the welter or junior welter divisions,” Nelson added.
By Jeremy Roseman
Photos courtesy of Team Beltran
Ray Beltran Jr. (23-4, 15 KOs) goes toe-to-toe with Carlos Vinan (10-8-2, 2 KOs) for the vacant USBA lightweight title this Friday in the main event of the “Warner Center War 3” card at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, California. Beltran, from Los Angeles, by way of Mexico, TKO’ed lightweight prospect David Torres in his last fight (January 2010) to earn a top 15 ranking in the NABO and USBA.
Vinan, from Newark, NJ by way of Ecuador, shocked former European lightweight champion Anthony Mezaache with an 8th round knockout this past July. Vinan is ranked by the IBF as the #15 contender at lightweight.
Beltran, who is a regular sparring partner for Manny Pacquaio and Amir Khan, trains out of Wildcard Boxing Club under the tutelage of Freddie Roach and former Olympian Pepe Reilly.
Beltran talked with FightNews earlier this week about his showdown with Vinan. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Southern California has seen plenty of rain and cold weather in recent days. As the weather has been erratic lately, professional boxing has been consistent with competitive fight cards lately. Stellar fight cards on the horizon, as two fight cards on Friday night and the big HBO card on Saturday night will highlight the action in the coming days. (more…)
Ismayl Sillakh 174.5 vs. Yordanis Despaigne 172.75
(NABF light heavyweight championship)
Ray Narh 144.5 vs. Freddie Norwood 143.5
Yuandale Evans 133 vs. Eddie Ramirez 134
Yunier Dorticos 197 vs. Epifiano Mendoza 200
Puro Pairol 137 vs. Corey Edwards 138
Venue: Jostens Center, Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Promoter: Square Ring
Results by Brady Crytzer
In the night’s main event Diego Sanchez defeated Martin Kampmann via unanimous decision. Kampmann, a former Danish National Kickboxing Champion, battered Sanchez badly in the first round scoring an impressive knockdown with a right cross. In the second Sanchez began to land with looping punches that stunned his taller opponent. In the third, with Sanchez badly bruised, bloodied, and swollen it was the takedowns of “The Nightmare” that appeared to have swayed the judges. Scorecards all read the same, 29-28 in favor of Sanchez. (more…)
Raymundo Beltran 134.2 Carlos Vinan 133.4
Otis Griffin 174.2 Yusaf Mack 174.4
Javier Gallo 117.8 Jose Tapia Araiza 121
Andrey Fedosov 228.6 Byron Polley 261.2
Anatoliy Dudchenko 193.8 Joe Broken Rope 188.6
Hugo Centeno Jr 147 Jesus Vallejo 145.2
Adrienne Alegria 110.6 Blanca Raymundo 112.6
Yolanda Ezell 130 Laura Deanovic 128.6
Promoter: Art of Boxing and Bash Boxing
Venue: Warner Center Marriott
Tickets: (626) 388-8888
By Rocco Morales
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Saul Alvarez: I come prepared, always. It’s going to be a tought fight but I’m going to demonstrate my abilities in the ring. Hatton’s a great warrior but the title is going home with me to Mexico after Saturday night.
Matthew Hatton: Opportunities mean nothing if you don’t take them. I’ve prepared well, trained harder than ever and I’m well capable of winning. As the fight approaches, I am more and more confident every day. I’m going to beat him. I have no doubt in my mind. It’s going to be a great fight and 100% I am going to be the winner.
Ricky Hatton, President, Hatton Promotions: Matthew is a fighter on a good roll. This is his first fight in the super welterweight division but seeing how he’s prepared, he is ready. I have 100% belief in my brother. He is the underdog but he’s made from the same fiber that I am. We’re not here for the payday. We’re here for the belt.
Jose Sulaiman, WBC President: Saul Alvarez and Matthew Hatton will be fighting for the belt that is the dream of many fighters. English fighters come to the ring to give their very very best just like Mexican fighters. They both fight proudly for their countries. Saul Alvarez is a hero in Mexico. He has as strong merits as anyone out there to fight for the title and all the merit in the world to fight for the championship despite the controversy being generated by Top Rank, Bob Arum and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. For more details and photos click here…
Juan Dominguez 124 vs. Gabriel Gomez 124
Mike Ruiz 148.5 vs. Jorge Barajas 147.5
Edward Valdez 132 vs. Angel Torres 134
Jonathan Cuba 137 vs. Eilud Torres 140
Patricia Alcivar 114 vs. Laura Gomez 118.5
Rafael Vazquez 128.25 vs. George Santiago 131
Kamil Laszczyk 128 vs. Emil Brooks 128
Vinny Celentano 228 vs. Richard Mason ??
Venue: Corden Bleu
Promoter: New Legend Boxing Promotions
1st Bell: 7:30 pm
Legendary promoters Bob Arum and Don King took a stroll down memory lane on Thursday, recapping their 80-plus combined years as two of boxing’s biggest and most powerful promoters. The national media conference call also gave Arum and King a chance to discuss the upcoming, highly anticipated world championship event between boxing superstars Miguel Cotto and Ricardo Mayorga on Saturday, March 12, at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, produced and distributed LIVE on SHOWTIME PPV®, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. The event marks the first time in five years that the Hall of Fame promoters have joined forces for a promotion.
Here are some highlights of what Arum and King had to say on Thursday: (more…)
WBC female super welterweight champion Christy Martin suffered a severe training injury and has been forced to withdraw from her rematch against Dakota Stone. Martin-Stone II was scheduled to open the SHOWTIME PPV® broadcast of “Relentless” – headlined by the Miguel Cotto vs. Ricardo Mayorga WBA super welterweight championship – Saturday, March 12, at the MGM Grand. A replacement bout will be announced on Friday. (more…)
Photos: José Pérez/PR Best Boxing Promotions
Hot flyweight prospect Jonathan Gonzalez was announced today as the new member of the PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) family when the company, in association with Top Rank, signed the fighter. Gonzalez, a Gold Medal winner in the Youth World Amateur Championships in 2008 and a Gold in the Central American and Caribbean Games 2010 in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, is a 112 pounds and southpaw boxer, who is part of the Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez Team. “I want to thank PR Best Boxing and Top Rank for their confidence in my talent, and I am very grateful to my team, Orlando Piñero, Juanma Lopez, and specially to my father, Luis Gonzalez, who always has beenn with in my career”, Gonzalez said in a press conference held in the Museo del Deporte de Puerto Rico in Guaynabo. (more…)
NABF heavyweight champion Johnathon Banks has commented on the fact that his postponed bout against Luan Krasniqi will not be rescheduled at the moment. “I was looking forward to this fight in February and then in April, but now it looks like Krasniqi was pretty sick, so I’ll fight him when he is ready,” stated Banks. “I have trained very hard and will look to see what else is available.”
Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions added, “It’s too bad that this fight got postponed once again, we are all very disappointed, but probably no one more than Krasniqi. Johnathon is the NABF champion and we will look to put him in a fight on one of our other shows.”
By Daniel Hiller / FIGOSport.de
Organizers have been unable to reschedule the heavyweight fight between Luan Krasniqi and Johnathon Banks. Originally, the clash was set for February 26 in Ludwigsburg, Germany, but was postponed when Krasniqi pulled out on one week’s notice with an illness. Because Krasniqi’s health hasn’t improved sufficiently enough for him to resume training, he says he can’t be 100% until May. Unfortunately a fight beyond the end of April isn’t possible as there are no free TV dates available at RTL due to the summer break.
Felix Sturm’s recent bout against Ronald Hearns drew 4.74 million television viewers. The SAT1 network is so impressed that they’ve extended the deal with Sturm’s company Sturm Box-Promotion for another six fights. Sturm is expected to return in June topping a card in his hometown of Cologne against an opponent to be named.
Light heavyweight Elvir “The Kosovo Kid” Muriqi (38-5, 23 KOs) will take on an opponent to be named in a ten round bout on April 2nd at The Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, New York. The Havoc Boxing Promotions fight card will also include undefeated cruiserweight Santer Silgado (18-0, 16 KOs), undefeated jr. lightweight Joselito Collado (11-0, 3 KOs), undefeated light heavyweight Joel Castillo (7-0, 4 KOs) and popular jr. welterweight Tommy Rainone (13-4, 4 KOs) in separate bouts.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian super middleweight champion Michael Bolling (12-1, 10 KOs) who is trained by 1984 Los Angeles Olympian Brendan Cannon, talks to Fightnews about his scheduled bout with Blake Caparello on March 4 in Melbourne and his wins over former world rated Victor Ogamov (30-4,28KO) and Serge Yannick also his loss to Isaac Chilemba in South Africa.
New England light heavyweight champion Joe Gardner (7-1-1, 1 KO) will defend his title against “Irish” Joey McCreedy (11-5-2, 6 KOs) on March 16th in the eight-round main event at the Royale in downtown Boston (formerly known as The Roxy). The six-round co-feature is a rubber match between welterweight Sean Eklund (8-4, 1 KO) – the nephew of Micky Ward and Dicky Eklund, the inspirations behind the Academy Award-winning film, “The Fighter” – and Eddie Soto (12-2, 4 KOs). The two originally fought in February of 2009 with Soto winning a disputed split decision before Eklund won the rematch this past March with a unanimous-decision. The card is promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Sebastian Andrzejczyk/Ringpolska
Reigning WBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Włodarczyk (44-2, 31 KOs) guarantees a win in his April 2 (Bydgoszcz, Poland) mandatory title defense against undefeated Puerto Rican Francisco “Wizard” Palacios (20-0, 13 KOs). “I know that Palacios can hit hard, winning lots of his fights by KO,” he said. “He’s also very difficult to fight, because of his somewhat unconventional style. But I can guarantee that the cruiserweight title and the WBC belt will stay in Poland.” (more…)
By Pasi Taavitsainen at the scale
Amin Asikainen 167.3 vs. Piotr Wilczewski 167.7
(European super middleweight championship)
Juho Haapoja 198.4 vs. Mantas Tarvydas 197.5
Denis Shafikov 143.7 vs. Nugzar Margvelashvili 139.1
Edis Tatli 137.1 vs. Stuart Green 138
Andreas Evensen 130.7 vs. Jordan Vasilev 127.6
Eva Wahlström 130.7 vs. Kristine Shergold 130.7
Jussi Koivula 146.3 vs. Konstansins Sakara 147
Venue: Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland
Promoter: P3 Boxing
Referee Pete Podgorski, of Chicago, will be the third man in the ring when IBF Super Middleweight Champion Lucian Bute defends his title against Brian Magee, March 19th at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Quebec judges Pasquale Procopio and Benoit Roussel will be joined ringside by Englishman Mickey Vann to deliver a decision should the fight go to the scorecards, while the IBF supervisor at ringside will be Hiawatha Knight.
The main event has changed for the Hitz Boxing Fight Night event on Saturday, April 9, at the Venue in the Horseshoe Casino, in Hammond, Indiana. Undefeated Ghanaian knockout artist Abdulai Amidu (19-0, 17 KOs) will now face Brandon “The Business” Baue (12-5, 10 KOs) for the WBC Continental Americas Junior Middleweight Title. Amidu was originally slated to face Carlos Molina (17-4, 5 KOs).
The night’s undercard is packed with up-and-coming young contenders, mostly from the Chicago area. Scheduled to appear are: Hammond’s own Ruben “Modern Day Warrior” Galvan (27-15-4, 10 KOs) in a welterweight match-up; Abdulai Amidu’s brother Yakubu “Black Mamba” Amidu (19-2-1, 16 KOs); Chicago middleweight Mike Kurzeja (4-0, 4 KOs); Chicago super middleweight Ninos Abraham (5-0, 2 KOs); Chicago heavyweight Dave Latoria (7-0, 3 KOs); Chicago junior lightweight Paulie Settepani making his pro debut; and Chicago light welterweight Russell Fiore (4-0-1, 4 KOs) in separate bouts.
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Looks like former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (36-2, 32 KOs) will return against unbeaten, but unknown Texan Alfonso Lopez (21-0, 16 KOs) on the undercard of the May 7 Pacquiao-Mosley PPV clash in Las Vegas. Pavlik’s trainer Jack Lowe confirmed to the Youngstown Vindicator that Kelly’s handlers have approved Lopez to be his first foe since losing his title to Sergio Martinez 11 months ago. In the interim, Pavlik spent some time in rehab to deal with a drinking problem, but he’s now rearing to go.
Hall of Fame promoters Bob Arum and Don King recently had dinner together at “Morton’s The Steakhouse” in Ft Lauderdale, Florida. Listening to these two giants of the fight game (and legendary rivals) talk business and reminisce for the better part of two hours was pure gold. Here’s a short video clip that captured a few moments of the magic on that warm winter night.
Undefeated WBC number one cruiserweight contender, Francisco ‘The Wizard’ Palacios ( 20-0,13KO’s ) weighed exactly 210 pounds during the 30 day pre-weigh ceremony for his upcoming fight against current WBC champion, Krzysztof ‘Diablo’ Wlodarczyk ( 44-2, 32 KO’s ) on April 2, 2011 in Bydgoszcz, Poland. “I have to thank God for giving me the strength and health for being here today. We are gonna do our thing in Poland, and bring back that green belt to Puerto Rico, were it belongs” stated a confident Palacios who is trained by Josué Aguilar and Gil Maldonado. The last Puerto Rican to hold a world WBC title was Félix ‘Tito’ Trinidad in 1999 by defeating Oscar de la Hoya in Las Vegas. Francisco Palacios is part of the ‘Don King Productions’ stable.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The Puerto Rico Professional Boxing Commission of Puerto Rico along with WBA Gilberto Mendoza recognized the best of 2010 in the town of Santurce, Puerto Rico. One of the highlights was an emotional Mendoza presenting at a time with much emotion, presented super featherweight champion Samuel Serrano to replace one he had lost. The committee recognized Juan Manuel Lopez as the fighter of the year award for the third time. The best fight of the year was Ivan Calderon vs. Giovanni Segura. Luis Pabon was named referee of 2010. (more…)
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
Yesterday Saul Alvarez had center stage, today was European welterwight champion Matthew Hatton’s turn to show his stuff to the press. Hatton, along with brother Ricky Hatton and promoter Oscar de la Hoya were on hand Wednesday at the Wild Card Gym. Also in attendance were undefeated prospect Adrien Broner and middleweight contender Daniel Jacobs. More photos…
Zab “Super” Judah and Kaizer Mabuza faced off today in advance of their IBF junior welterweight title clash on Saturday night at the Prudential Center’s AmeriHealth Pavilion in Newark, NJ.
Zab Judah: “Pernell has been a great influence. I think we are going to Def Comedy Jam after this! Not only has Pernell Whitaker brought great skills to me, but he tweaked my whole world. He also brought humor, entertainment and kept the camp happy. He brought a lot of excitement, joy and fun. We had a great training camp in Las Vegas. We trained very, very hard for this fight. He came in for a six weeks of training camp, but I’d been training myself long before that. I kind of skipped Christmas and New Years and focused on Kaizer Mabuza. I kept my mind focused on the plan. I mean, I’m ready.” (more…)
45-year-old former heavyweight title challenger Bert Cooper (38-22, 31 KOs) won a split decision over 362-pound Gabe Brown (18-14-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday at Club Europe in Atlanta, Georgia. Cooper, who lost a title shot against Evander Holyfield in 1991, won by scores of 57-56, 58-54 on two cards, while Brown prevailed 57-56 on the third card. Copper returned last year after an eight year retirement and is now 2-0 in his comeback.
In the main event, heavyweight Travis Walker (35-6-1, 28 KOs) took an eight round unanimous decision over cruiserweight title challenger Darnell “The Ding-a-ling Man” Wilson (23-11-3, 20 KOs) by scores of 79-72, 76-75, 78-75.
Also, local jr middleweight favorite Xavier Tolliver (23-6, 16 KOs) topped Timothy Hall (5-10, 4 KOs) over six by scores of 60-54 (twice) and 59-55.
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