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By Felipe Leon
In tragic news, Tijuana junior welterweight Humberto Tapia (15-16-1, 8KOs) was gunned down at the Ulloa Gym where he trained late Tuesday night. No details are given except that he was shot by an individual who Tapia had issues with in the past. The twenty-five year old Tapia began his professional career in ’04 and was known as a tough out for many up and coming prospects such as Brandon Rios, Jeffrey Resto, Rock Allen, Danny Garcia, Carlos Molina and Antonio Orozco, going the distance against all of them. May he Rest in Peace.
By Francisco Salazar
Unbeaten junior welterweight Jesse Vargas has faced and defeated prospects and former world title challengers throughout his young career. Now he hopes to be victorious over a former world title holder. Golden Boy Promotions vice president and chief matchmaker Eric Gomez told Fightnews.com that Vargas will take on hard-hitting Vivian Harris on April 8th at Buffalo Bill’s Star Arena in Primm, NV. The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds and it will be Vargas’ toughest opposition on paper. The Vargas-Harris bout will be televised on Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate.” (more…)
After scoring two spectacular knockout wins in his return to the ring following a nearly two year absence, James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland (27-0, 24 KOs) has picked up where he left off. On the April 9 pay-per-view event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, the knockout artist will continue his highly anticipated comeback against former WBA interim junior middleweight titleholder Nobuhiro Ishida (22-6-2, 7 KOs). The main event is Erik Morales vs. Marcos Maidana in a 12-round junior welterweight bout, with Robert Guerrero vs. Michael Katsidis in a 12-round bout for the vacant WBA and WBO interim lightweight belts, James Kirkland vs. Nobuhiro Ishida in an 8-round middleweight bout and Paul Malignaggi vs. Jose Miguel Cotto in a 10-round welterweight bout.
By Przemek Garczarczyk in Bydgoszcz
Contrary to usual “just show the minimum of what we can do” style of most official media open training, cruiserweight Francisco “Wizard” Palacios (20-0, 13 KO) went the full 90 minutes of hight speed and intensity training before his WBC championship fight against titleholder Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk. More than 40 members of Polish media, television stations and reporters gathered at “Zawisza” training complex in Bydgoszcz, where on Saturday in “both fighters will show their skills in front of a sold-out, 8,000+ seat arena.
“This is one of the most anticipated fights in the recent history – Polish world champion versus undefeated, mandatory challenger from Puerto Rico. We are expecting, that more than million people will see this fight in Poland,” said president of 12 Round KnockOut Promotions, former international soccer referee, Piotr Werner. (more…)
Photos: Team Sauerland
On Saturday night, Marco Huck (31-1, 23 KOs) will return to the place where he celebrated the biggest success of his impressive career. Fighting in front of an enthusiastic crowd at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Germany, he dethroned WBO cruiserweight champion Victor Emilio Ramirez in August 2009. When the 26-year-old steps through the ropes in three days, he will already make his sixth title defense. “It has been a great time but the best is yet to come,” he said. “There is nothing like being the world champion. I constantly want to prove myself against the best and I will destroy whoever gets into my way. Nakash will be in for a tough evening. It will be an honor to give him a proper beating to please my home fans.” For more details and photos click here…
By Chris Cozzone
Fielding off endless questions about the legitimacy of their upcoming fight, April 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, both Erik “El Terrible” Morales and Marcos “El Chino” Maidana spoke to the press today on an international teleconference hosted by Golden Boy Promotions.
“People have to remember that I chose the fight with Maidana,” said future Hall-of-Famer Morales. “My technique is better than his. There are certain rules in fights – I just hope he follows them.”
Morales spoke about his last three fights, saying that each opponent had been chosen by design. “I had a game plan,” he said. “Every one of those fights moved me to this one. Now, I’m going to peak for Maidana. I assure you, I’m going to win this fight.”
Maidana admitted that Morales “may be at the tail end of his career,” but that he was training for the Morales of old. “It still should be a very good fight,” said Maidana. “It’s not going to be easy, but you’ll see the same ol’ Maidana come out, throwing punches, with guns blazing. If he can withstand it, great. If not, good night.”
Stay tuned for feature stories on Maidana and Morales.
By Ricardo Conde
WBC Silver bantamweight champion Abner Mares (21-0-1, 13 KOs) of Mexico faces IBF champion Joseph ‘King Kong’ Agbeko (28-2, 22 KOs) on Saturday April 23rd at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, California in the main event of SHOWTIME’s Bantamweight Tournament Final ‘Winner Takes All’. Abner Mares took time to talk to us about his upcoming fight with Joseph Agbeko and a lot more, here’s what he had to say:
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Today is the 68th birthday of Dr. Gilberto Mendoza, president of the World Boxing Association since 1982. The WBA, previously previously known as the Nation Boxing Association (NBA) is the oldest sanctioning institution in boxing. Many hope that Mendoza can be inducted into the Hall of Fame Boxing in Canastota, New York in the near future. He is a champion in life after having beaten cancer in recent years.
“I’ve seen how easy it is to beat Vitali,” said Odlanier Solis, in an interview with the Passauer Neuen Presse. “If the injury didn’t occur, I would have taken him apart. He is a boxing zero. I was surprised how weak he is.” Solis said the fight with Klitschko changed his perspective on boxing. “I used to only see boxing as a job. That’s changed. Now I have a dream, a goal for which I’m working. I want to become world champion and stay there a long, long time.”
The chance to train alongside a UFC Hall of Famer, a former two-division champion and one of the most dynamic strikers in history is presented at the UFC® Fan Expo at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto on April 29 and 30. The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell, former UFC two-division champion BJ Penn and the last WEC lightweight champion, Anthony Pettis will host Training & Development sessions at the festivities in Ontario. (more…)
On April 22nd Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing returns to the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT with an ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” show. In the main event, Bayan Jargal (15-2-3, 10 KOs) looks to make the leap into the mix at 140 pounds when he takes on Amir Khan-conqueror Breidis Prescott (23-3, 19 KOs) in a ten rounder. Kicking off the telecast will be 2008 U.S. Olympian Demetrius Andrade (12-0, 8 KOs) against Omar Bell (8-1, 5 KOs) in an eight round jr. middleweight showdown.
By Matt Richardson at ringside
Photos: Marty Rosengarten/ringsidephotos.com
Junior lightweight amateur sensation Jose Pedraza continued to transfer his success to the professional ranks on Tuesday night at BB Kings Blues Club and Grill in New York, New York with an easy first round stoppage of an overmatched Corben Page.
The fight was the main event of promoter Lou DiBella’s “Broadway Boxing” series.
Pedraza (2-0, 2 KO’s) from San Juan, Puerto Rico and the 2008 Olympics, knocked down Page with a crisp right hand in the opening round. Page (1-2) was slowly being broken down and soon began bleeding with his nose. He went down again shortly later after taking a body shot. He rose a second time but after absorbing a combination along the ropes, the fight was called off. more + photos
Photo: Emily Harney
Popular 226 lb. female heavyweight Sonya “The Scholar” Lamonakis has been added to the April 16 “East-West Showdown” card, featuring WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto against WBC # 5 rated challenger “Vicious” Victor Ortiz, at the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Lamonakis (4-0, 1 KO), a native of Greece, is a sixth-grade teacher at Harlem’s Family Academy who trains at the famed Gleason’s Gym in New York City. A four-time New York Golden Gloves champion, Sonya was a field hockey and softball player at Springfield College in Massachusetts. She will be matched in a six-round bout against an opponent to be determined.
Michael Katsidis and his trainer/manager Brendon Smith have wrapped up camp in Thailand in order to head back to Las Vegas and add the final touches to preparation for his April 9 bout against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero. The team will arrive in LA in the coming days, to a more civilized set up, but as trainer Brendon Smith reveals, the preparation is far from over; “The job is far from finished, we prepare right up until the fight, bouts such as this one, you need to peak at the right time, on the right day, at the right moment.” “Michael has again trained superbly for this fight, and that will definitely shine through on the night.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Puerto Rican referee Luis Pabon will be the third man in the ring when Panamanian WBA flyweight world champion Luis ¨El Nica¨Concepcion (22-1, 17 KOs) and Mexican challenger Hernan ¨Tyson¨ Marquez (29-2, 22 KOs) meet at Arena Roberto Duran on Saturday. The three judges are Ted Gimza(U.S.), Steve Weisfield (U.S.) and Manuel Rodriguez (Colombia).
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Puerto Rican referee Samuel Viruet will be the third man in the ring when Mexican WBO light flyweight world champion Giovanni Segura (26-1-1, 22 KOs) and WBO double former world champion Puerto Rican challenger Ivan Calderon (34-1-1, 6 KOs) meet at Auditorio del Estado, Mexicali, Mexico on Saturday. The three judges are Glenn Feldman (U.S), Rafael Iseneia(Rep.Dom) and Alfredo Polanco(Mexico). The fight supervisor is Alberto Rodriguez Perez (P.R. ).
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Rising superstar and current WBC Silver bantamweight world champion Abner Mares (21-0-1, 13 KOs) of Mexico, under the tutelage of renowned trainer Clemente Medina at the Maywood Boxing Club in Maywood, California, takes on IBF bantamweight world champion Joseph ‘King Kong’ Agbeko (28-2, 22 KOs) of Ghana on Saturday, April 23rd at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, California. In the co-feature bout, former bantamweight world champion Yonnhy ‘El Colombiano’ Perez (20-1-1, 14 KOs) of Colombia faces Vic ‘Raging Bull’ Darchinyan (35-3-1, 27 KOs) for the vacant IBO bantamweight title, the Bantamweight Tournament Final dubbed ‘Winner Takes All’ will be broadcast live on SHOWTIME and is being presented by Golden Boy Promotions, Don King Productions, Gary Shaw Productions and Thompson Boxing Promotions. For more details and photos click here…
Under the bright lights of Times Square, 2008 Puerto Rican Olympian Jose Pedraza won for the second time in as many pro bouts. Pedraza dismantled Corben Page in just one round on Tuesday night in the main event of DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing series from the BB King Blues Club in Times Square. Pedraza dropped Page to his knees with a straight right just moments into the contest. The hard-nosed Page, fighting out of Springfield, Oregon, rose to his feet and fought gamely, but hit the deck again just moments later as Pedraza landed a picture perfect jab. Although Page rose again, Pedraza proceeded to chase him around the ring until referee Joe Cusano waved off the contest at just 2:25 of the first round. (more…)
WBO NABO Super featherweight Champion Eloy Perez (20-0-2, 5 KOs) will now face Alejandro Rodriguez (12-1, 6 KOs) of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico in place of the original opponent Daniel Jimenez (20-3, 12 KOs) of Puerto Rico. The bout will be the Telefutura main event and take place April 15th at the Longshoremen’s Hall at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, California. The event is being billed as “Battle on Beach Street.” It will be the U.S. debut for Rodriguez who has had all of his professional fights to date in Mexico. No official word on why Jimenez is being replaced.
Two former world champions known for never backing down will meet at the crossroads in the main event on May 13 at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California when former WBO jr welterweight champion Kendall “Rated R” Holt (26-4, 14 KOs) and former IBF lightweight champion Julio “The Kidd” Diaz (38-6, 27 KOs) meet in a ten-rounder. In the 8-round co-main, undefeated knockout artist Jonathan Gonzalez (12-0, 12 KOs) will face the toughest test of his young career when he takes on Chicago’s power punching Rudy Cisneros (12-2, 11 KOs).
Photos: Craig Bennett/Goossen Tutor Promotions
Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinalists Andre Ward and Arthur Abraham participated in a press conference on Tuesday at Sisley Italian Kitchen in Sherman Oaks, Calif., to formally announce their May 14 showdown at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., live on SHOWTIME®. Ward will defend his WBA Super Middleweight title against the European superstar and former world champion to kick off the Semifinals of the groundbreaking tournament. Abraham, who is in the middle of training for the fight, was not able to attend the press conference from his home base in Berlin, Germany and joined via video conference.
The Ward-Abraham winner advances to the tournament Finals against the winner of the Carl Froch-Glen Johnson Semifinals showdown. The winner earns instant bragging rights as the world’s #1 168-pound fighter. (more…)
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
An animated press conference where local favorite Luis “Nica” Concepcion and Mexican KO artist Hernan “Tyson” Marquez were formally introduced to the national and international press was held to day in Panama. The match up between the twenty-two year old Marquez (29 2, 22 KOs) and Concepcion (22 1, 17 KOs), 26, was officially announced for the flyweight WBA title this coming Saturday night. The twelve round championship bout will be held at the 14,000 capacity Roberto Duran Arena. more + photos
Former world title challenger Luis Maldonado (35-5-1, 26 KOs) will step in now to face former world champion Eric Morel (43-2, 21 KOs) this Friday in Telefutura in the main event This Friday. Maldonado will replace former world champion Martin Castillo (35-4, 18 KOs) who is said to have injured his ankle jogging.
Today, the Honorable Daniel Weinstein (ret.) enjoined Golden Boy Promotions from promoting Top Rank boxer Nonito Donaire for the duration of Top Rank’s exclusive promotional agreement with Donaire. Golden Boy had signed Donaire to a four-year promotional agreement in the face of Top Rank’s agreement with the up-and-coming star. The Arbitrator’s ruling paves the way for Top Rank to promote Donaire’s next bout and continued career, something the Las Vegas-based company had started arranging last month before Golden Boy signed Donaire.
Top Rank’s attorney, Daniel Petrocelli of O’Melveny & Myers LLP in Los Angeles stated, “We are pleased with Judge Weinstein’s carefully considered decision. Top Rank hopes it can put the lawyers and legal fight behind it and return to doing what it does best — promoting the most talented boxers and the most entertaining boxing matches in the world today.”
Slideshow: Marcos Maidana, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero and James Kirkland put on a show at the Pound 4 Pound Boxing Gym in Las Vegas today in preparation of their April 9 showdowns on the Golden Boy-promoted “Action Heroes” card at the MGM Grand, live on HBO PPV. Click here to see all the shots by Chris Cozzone from today’s training.
Andre Kut of KEA Boxing Promotions returns to the South Philly Asylum Arena on Friday, April 1st with “Unfinished Business” featuring the homecoming of welterweight prospect and North Philadelphia’s own Raymond “Tito” Serrano (14-0, 7 KOs) against Corey Alarcon (14-16-1, 4KOs) of Denver, CO. Serrano last fought in the “City of Brotherly Love” back in August 2008 when he steamrolled Jimmy LeBlanc, dropping him three times en-route to an impressive first round knockout! Since that time, the explosive prospect has reeled off seven consecutive victories. (more…)
By Bruce Trampler / Chief Matchmaker
Promoter Bob Arum today celebrated the 45th anniversary of his career as a promoter, having just returned from The Philippines where he observed the training camp of Manny Pacquiao. “Forty-five years is a good start,” Arum smiled as he looked at the schedule of upcoming bouts at his Top Rank office. “It’s been a lot of fun, and working with a great champion like Manny keeps me young.” Arum, 79, has Pacquiao fighting Shane Mosley on May 7 in Las Vegas, and has a full schedule of action with 12 more shows slated through July. “We have upcoming cards on Showtime Pay Per View, HBO, Fox, and ESPN,” he noted. Arum’s company has promoted 1,759 fight cards in his 45 year-career, which began on this date in 1966 when Muhammad Ali outpointed George Chuvalo in Toronto. “The first fight I ever saw in person was the first Ali-Chuvalo heavyweight championship. Ali (27 fights), Marvelous Marvin Hagler (20), George Foreman (14), and Manny (15 so far) are just some of my favorite fighters. “We’ve done over 500 world title bouts, and Top Rank has promoted in 40 states, 200 American cities, and more than 60 cities outside the United States. Our company has ambitious plans for what we consider a very bright future in the sport of boxing.”
Photo: Marcos Maidana, along with Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero and James Kirkland, worked out today at the Pound 4 Pound Boxing Gym in Las Vegas in preparation of their respective fights on the Golden Boy-promoted “Action Heroes” card April 9 at the MGM. Stay tuned for a full gallery later today.
Considered the most important fighter in mixed martial arts history, Royce Gracie is a legend in the sport he helped define. On May 10, Anchor Bay Entertainment will release UFC®: Ultimate Royce Gracie, an action-packed two-disc tribute to this UFC Hall of Fame member containing his most memorable fights and most spectacular submissions.
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