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Illinois’ Brian Ebersole always told himself to “be patient” when it came to getting a call to compete in the UFC. What he probably didn’t know was that such patience would take him through 11 years of competition and over 60 professional fights before he got that call . . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi , UFC.com
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NABF light heavyweight champion Ismayl Sillakh (14-0, 12 KOs) of the Ukraine is all ready and set to meet fellow unbeaten Yordanis Despaigne (8-0, 4 KOs) of Cuba March 4th. ESPN2 Friday Night Fight Series will televise the main event. The bout is a rarity these days as such promising prospects usually don’t meet at this stage of their careers. Both fighters bring a wealth of amateur experience to the table. Despaigne is a former 2004 Olympian for Cuba and Sillakh won over 300 amateur bouts for his native Ukraine. The match-up on paper is for sure the toughest for each to date. “There is no doubt about it that this is a serious fight but I know I have the better guy,” stated Sillakh trainer Shadeed Suluki. Sillakh has been based in Southern California for a few years now where he has trained with Suluki since turning professional. Suluki gained major notoriety for leading a prime Lamon Brewster to his monumental upset of Wladimir Klitschko in 2004. Fightnews caught up with Sillakh as he is now winding down his training camp. (more…)
Light welterweight Ashley Theophane (29-4-1, 7 KOs) is fresh off his points win over Lenny Daws (21-2-2, 9 KOs) this past Saturday where he lifted the British title. Upon reading the recent comments on Fightnews by unbeaten Frankie Gavin (9-0, 8 KOs), a brief statement was released by Theophane’s management. “Frankie Gavin is definitely a very skilled fighter and comes with a lot of credentials from his highly decorated amateur career. However, he and Ashley are at different stages of their careers right now. Where Gavin is a promising prospect, Theophane is a legitimate world ranked contender. Our company’s immediate goals are set on a world title fight or a fight that will set up a world title fight. At this stage, Frankie Gavin is not in our immediate plans but we want to wish him the very best.”
James O’Pharrow also known as Jimmy O passed away Sunday night at the age of 85 of a reported heart-related issue. O’Pharrow is well known for having founded the Starrett City Boxing Club of Brooklyn, New York in 1978. Former world champions Zab Judah, Shannon Briggs, Riddick Bowe, and Louis Collazo are just a few names who have trained out of the famed gym. Fightnews sends its condolences to all the family and friends of O’Pharrow.
Until now, Poland has been vastly under appreciated in MMA circles. But the central European nation is quietly emerging as a hotbed for the skyrocketing fight sport. Do not be surprised if, within the next few years, UFC president Dana White starts publicly referring to the land of potatoes, sausage and sauerkraut in the same glowing terms as fight-crazy nations such as the United States, Canada and Australia.. . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri , UFC.com
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Story and photos: Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
At a press conference today in Mexico City it was announced that WBC flyweight champion Simona Galassi (14-0-1, 3 KOs) from Italy will defend her belt against WBC interim flyweight champion Mariana Juarez (27-5-3, 13 KOs) from Mexico on March 11 at the Jose Cuervo Salon in Mexico City and be televised by Sky Sports Channels 501 and 1501 (HD) to all Mexico, Central America and the Dominican Republic.
By Johnny B’
On Wednesday night, the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in Chicago will host the 2nd Rocky Marciano Amateur Boxing Tournament featuring the best amateur prospects from the Chicagoland area and Northwest Indiana. Boxing personality Bert Sugar will also be in attendance to present Chicago’s Ring Heroes, a reunion of over 40 of the best fighters from Chicago dating back to the 1950s. Scheduled to appear are Craig Bodzanowski, Luke Capuano, Jake Carollo, Kenny Corcoran, John Collins, Sean Curtin, Rocky DiFazio, David Diaz, Mike Garcia, Montell Griffin, Bobby Hitz, Nate Jones, Mike Joyce, Johnny Lira, Lenny Lapaglia, Mike Landini, Pat LaCassa, Primo LaCassa, Jeff Lanas, Young Joe Louis, Louie Lomeli, Rocky Martinez, Jeff Mason, Louie Mateo, Terry McGroom, George Mostardini, Leroy Murphy, Donnell Nicholson, John Nocita, Brian O’Shea, Rory O’Shea, Tommy O’Shea, Nick Petraica, Eddie Perkins, Pete Podgorski, Alonzo Ratliff, Marc Randazzo, Joey Ruiz, Henry Sims and Ernie Terrell among others.
Heavyweight Theron Johnson steps in against unbeaten Bryant “Bye Bye” Jennings in a scheduled six-round contest Saturday evening in the Grand Ballroom at Bally’s Atlantic City. Johnson replaces Terrell “Baby Bull” Nelson who suffered a pinched nerve in his neck last week while sparring. The 31-year-old Johnson is coming off a pair of wins over local heroes—a first-round knockout over Jed Phipps last Sept. 17 in Baltimore and a six-round decision over Billy Mofford three weeks ago at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT. (more…)
Happy birthday to famed trainer and cutman Miguel Diaz, who turned 73 years old today. Miguel is spending his birthday training female ring legend Christy Martin at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas.
Another happy birthday wish goes to WBC middleweight champion “emeritus” Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez who celebrates his 36th birthday today. “I’m happy to be celebrating my 36th birthday while I’m in the prime of my boxing career,” Martinez said from his training camp in Oxnard, California. “I’d like to thank everyone for sending me birthday wishes and I’m really looking forward to my March 12th fight…”
Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions has announced the signing of three undefeated prospects to exclusive promotional contracts. Joining the 8 Count Productions roster are Chicagoans’ junior welterweight Adrian Granados (5-0, 3 KOs), welterweight Achour Esho (10-0, 7 KOs) and junior welterweight Ramiro Carrillo (4-0, 2 KOs).
Riverside featherweight prospect Michael “Lil Warrior” Franco returns to action this Thursday from the San Manuel Indian Casino in San Bernardino, CA against an opponent TBA. In the main event, heavyweight James “Lights Out” Toney meets Damon Reed for the IBA belt.
Unbeaten Dominican knockout specialist Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (13-0, 10 KOs) will be fighting for the vacant WBC Youth featherweight belt on the March 12 card headlined Sergio Martinez against Sergiy Dzinziruk at the MGM Grand Arena at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Fortuna’s opponent is Derrick Wilson (8-1-2, 2 KOs) in an eight-round off-TV bout. Fortuna is handled by the same advisor/head trainer combination as his stablemate Martinez, Sampson Lewkowicz and Gabriel Sarmiento.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian middleweight Peter Mitrevski Jr (23-8-1, 11 KOs) suffered a gun shot injury to the leg on Monday in Sydney. A gunman fired a volley of shots when Mitrevski was at a collision repair shop in Marrickville, Sydney, NSW, Australia. It is reported that Mitrevski is in satisfactory condition. Mitrevski clashed with current IBF middleweight champion Sebastian Sylvester in 2006 losing in eight rounds. In 2010, he challenged unsuccessfully for the Commonwealth middleweight title losing via twelve round decision to Mark Murray in London, England. Mitrevski is the son of three time Australian champion Peter Mitrevski Sr.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The former bantamweight and featherweight champion Rafael Marquez suffered a cut on his right arm after falling while running this morning in the Conejo Valley, State of Mexico, so it he won’t be able to fight in Mexico on April 9th as planned. Marquez received fifteen stitches and will be out of circulation for at least 20 days. He was eager to to get back in the ring and had already begun training with the legendary Daniel Zaragoza in addition to his daily run at dawn. Rafael is hoping his ring return will only be postponed two or three weeks, but that will depend on the medical authorization.
By Rick Scharmberg
Friday night’s card at the Rollins Center in Dover Downs Hotel & Casino has officially sold out, according to public relations specialist Lisa Butler. The main event will feature Mike “No Joke” Stewart (46-7-2, 24 KO) continuing his comeback against David “El Torrito” Torres (21-2-1, 13 KOs) in a ten round bout for the vacant NABA light welterweight title. Stewart has won four straight since taking more than a year off following a decision loss to Robert Frankel in 2007. In the co-feature, Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (11-0, 8 KOs) takes on Alexis Mejias (11-6, 5 KOs) in an eight round heavyweight bout. Mansour scored two eye-catching KOs in his previous two fights at the Rollins Center. (more…)
TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” returns to the Four Points Sheraton in San Diego, California on Friday undefeated junior welterweight Danny “Swift” Garcia (19-0, 13 KOs) returns to the ring. Garcia began to make his move prospect to contender in 2010 after notable victories over Ashley Theophane (W10), Jorge Romero (TKO9) and Mike Arnaoutis (KO4). He opens 2011 against journeyman John Figueroa (7-8-3, 3 KOs). The co-feature looks to be an interesting and competitive matchup as unbeaten super middleweight prospects Marco Antonio Periban (10-0, 7 KOs) and Dion Savage (10-0, 6 KOs) colliding in an eight round battle.
Ringside by Robert Hough
Photos by Laura de la Torre
Lightweight Eloy “The Prince” Perez (20-0-2, 5 KOs) cruised to an easy win over Roger “Speedy” Gonzalez (27-4, 18 KOs), firing off a slew of crisp, accurate jabs and slipping out of range to win every round on all the scorecards in the main event of this past week’s Friday Telefutura event (promoted by Golden Boy Promotions) at the Longshoreman’s Hall in San Francisco . . . click here for more
Moment of total honesty. I’m not going to pull punches. And I’m not going to sugarcoat it.
BJ Penn’s UFC 127 bout with Jon Fitch may very well be the toughest stylistic matchup of his career. If I wanted to create a prototype welterweight to give Penn problems, it would be a very big, athletic wrestler who has endless cardio, good standup, and prefers to take down opponents and grind away a conservative victory. . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto , UFC.com
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Heavyweight Tyson Fury says he wants British heavyweight titlist Dereck Chisora stripped by the BBBC. Chisora is slated to challenge IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klistchko on April 30. “I’ve been mandatory challenger for six or seven months and I just want to fight for the British title because this is holding up my career and he will drag it into next year,” Fury told the Daily Star. “Chisora is fighting Klitschko for the world title but he’s not even the best fighter in this country….I’m not ready for Klitschko at the moment and neither is Chisora, who isn’t ready for it by a mile.”
Unbeaten Frankie Gavin has warned new British light-welterweight champion Ashley Theophane that his reign will be a short one. Gavin stopped late sub Michael Lomax in seven rounds at Bethnal Green’s York Hall on Saturday, while Theopane lifted the British title with a points win over Lenny Daws at Wembley on the same night. And now Gavin is demanding a shot at Theophane – and says he’ll knock him out if he’s given one. “It doesn’t really matter who holds that British title, I feel I am ready for anyone,” said the 2007 Amateur World Champion. “Congratulations to Theophane because he beat a good fighter in Daws to win that Lonsdale belt, but what would I have done to Daws. Theophane’s now got something that I want, and I am going to be coming after him big time to get it. I’ve seen his fights and he’s a class act. But I’ll beat him hands down if he step up to the plate and faces me. Hopefully my promoter Frank Warren can get me a British title fight within the next few months.”
By Graham Houston
Everyone wants to see the best meet the best, but sometimes when elite boxers face each other a much-anticipated fight can end with one punch, almost before it really gets started. That is what happened when Sergio Martinez nailed Paul Williams with a huge left hand in their middleweight title fight last November, and it happened again on Saturday night when Nonito Donaire blew away Fernando Montiel in the second round of their bantamweight title bout.
With two big punchers in the ring, the end can come at any time. Sometimes it can all come down to who makes the first error of judgement, but it seemed to me that Donaire was dominating Saturday’s fight up to the sudden finish.
Montiel looked muscular and strong at the weigh-in, and his fight-night weight — as recorded on HBO’s scales — was 134 pounds, to Montiel’s 126. Yet Donaire, to me, looked a weight division the bigger man as they came out for the first round. (more…)
Between the spread and the who’s who in attendance, nobody cared too much that WBC Lightweight Champion Humberto Soto did not make the somewhat informal Top Rank presser announcing his May 6 rematch with Urbano Antillon, Saturday at Mandalay Bay’s Lupo Trattoria Del Wolfgang Puck in Las Vegas.
Antillon was there – as was Jorge Arce and Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr., who share the co-billing on the Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley fight . . . Click here for more
By Scott Ploof
Fight fans will be treated with not one but two extremely popular fighters making a comeback on Saturday April 9th at the Palladium in downtown Worcester, MA. In the main event, Worcester’s own former three-time world champion “El Gallo” Jose Antonio Rivera (39-6-1, 24 KOs) will take on the durable challenge from 32 year old Colorado native, Abel Perry (13-4, 5 KOs). The always exciting Rivera, will be stepping into the ring for the first time in over two years. Rivera holds victories over Frankie Randall, Michael Trabant, and Alejandro “Terra” Garcia over his illustrious 46 fight career. Former cruiserweight contender, Richie “The Mountain” LaMontagne (29-7-1, 24 KOs) will do battle in the co-feature bout of the evening against the young and rugged Worcester native Adam Harris (10-4, 7 KOs). LaMontagne, who hasn’t fought in six years, has held several regional titles over his 37 fight career and will pose a good test for the up and coming Harris. This fight card will be promoted by Jimbo Isperduli’s Paxton Promotions, and will be a terrific event in part thanks to the hard work of matchmaker, Ted Panagiotis. Tickets, on-sale now are available at the Palladium in Worcester, at an FYE store near you, or at tickets.com and are priced at $50 ringside and $30 general admission.
Photo: All Star Boxing, Inc.
Junior welterweight Jesus Pabon (16-1, 10 KOs) meets Mexican Americo Santos (26-3-1, 22 KOs) this Friday in the Telemundo televised main event. The two will clash for the vacant WBO Latino belt. Tuto Zabala Jr. President of All Star Boxing, Inc. will promote the fight card. The Palm Bay Community Center in Palm Bay, Florida will host for the event.
Pabon is looking to make his long awaited step up from prospect to contender. By winning the WBO Latino junior welterweight title Pabon would likely be placed in the top 15 of the world rankings of the WBO. He is riding a six fight win streak and looks to extend it against Santos. Fightnews caught up with Pabon as he is just days away from his fight. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF bantamweight champion Susie Ramadan (20-0, 8 KOs) talks to Fightnews about winning the world title by defeating Terri Lynn Cruz (17-7-2, 8 KOs) on Sunday at the Reggio Calabria Club in Brunswick, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
Unbeaten Australian bantamweight Susie Ramadan (20-0, 8 KOs) clearly outscored Terri Lynn Cruz (17-7-2, 8 KOs) of the USA over ten rounds to capture the vacant IBF bantamweight womens world title at the Reggio Calabria Club at Brunswick, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Sunday. Ramadan controlled the bout with effective aggressiveness and connected consistently with accurate combinations. In round five Ramadan delivered a power a left hook to the head of Cruz that had her on unsteady legs and by round six the American was visibly tired. The Australian hurt Cruz with a solid right hand in round eight that had her holding to survive. At the conclusion of ten fast paced rounds, referee Tony Maretta raised the hand of Ramadan who won by scores of Ray Reed 99-91, Bob Gibson 99-91, Somsak Sirianant 99-91. (more…)
By Mike “Bulldog” Cefalde
Photos by Bob Barton/Rumble Time Promotions
A standing room only crowd at the Byzantine Center in Youngstown witnessed undefeated junior welterweight Jake “The Bull” Giuriceo defend his home turf with the best performance of his young career. Giuriceo (10-0-1, 3 KOs) scored an impressive third round TKO victory over Angel Hernandez (14-9). In the co-main event, lightweight Dannie Williams improved to 16-1 as he scored three knckdowns in an eight round unanimous decision over the always game Harrison Cuello (20-15-3). For more details and photos click here…
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Photos: Moritz Müller
WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm retained his belt with a dominating performance against tough challenger Ronald Hearns last night in front of 7000 fans at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, Germany. It was a fast-paced battle between Sturm and his American foe which ultimately ended after two right hands to Hearns’ head in round seven. The challenger was pinned in the corner and ready to go when the referee rightfully halted the action, making it a technical knockout win for Sturm. For more details and photos click here…
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photo by Ray Bailey
Undefeated Polish Heavyweight sensation Mariuz Wach (24-0, 12 KOs) successfully captured the vacant WBC Baltic Heavyweight title with a convincing third round knockout of Jonathan Haggler (23-4, 18KOs) at Essex County College in Newark, New Jersey before a crowd of approximately a thousand strong on Saturday night. The card also had an all out pierce six brawl in the co-feature as Osnel “Prince of Darkness” Charles (7-2) outslugged Danny “Little Mac McDermott (8-3-1, 3KOs) over six brutal rounds to captured the unanimous decision victory. The seven bout card was promoted by Prize Fight Promotions in association with Global Boxing Promotions. “The Boxing Diva” Renee Aiken matched the card. For more details and photos click here…
WBA Lightweight champion, Miguel “Aguacerito” Acosta landed in Las Vegas today for his big showdown against Brandon Rios next Saturday in Las Vegas. Acosta who will take on Rios at the Palms was accompanied by his father and trainer Rafael Acosta, his brother Enrique Acosta and his wife Karla. The fight will be telecast by Showtime.
Acosta, 28-3-2, (22 KOs) of Caracas, Venezuela, has won 19 fights in a row and for seven years, remains undefeated. Acosta has beaten three undefeated fighters in his last eight bouts. (more…)
Move over Manny Pacquiao.
Nonito Donaire reconfirmed his position as one of the best fighters in the Philippines and in boxing overall on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada when he dominated and stopped Fernando Montiel inside two short, violent rounds to win the WBC and WBO bantamweight titles. Montiel was violently knocked down after absorbing a hard left hook in the second round. Montiel attempted to rise but as soon as he got his feet planted, he fell backwards and hit the canvas again . . . Click here for more
The punch that knocked out Vic Darchinyan in 2007, launching Nonito Donaire into stardom might’ve been “pretty sweet,” according to the “Filipino Flash.”
But the shot that leveled Mexican legend Fernando Montiel, last night at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, crowning Donaire king of bantamweights and launching the Filipino on the path to super-stardom? “Now that punch,” says Donaire, “had to be the No. 1 punch of my career.” . . . Click here for more
“Fight real fighters – not busboys!”
Not quite as vicious as Nonito Donaire’s kayo punch of Fernando Montiel, but certainly as relentless as Jesus Soto-Karass was against Mike Jones last night was Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, who let loose with a volley of barbs on Golden Boy, Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto . . . click here for more
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