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The question was “Who R U Picking?” and after twelve rounds it was apparent that “Sugar” Shane Mosley picked the wrong fighter to step in the ring with on Saturday night in front of 15,117 at MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, NV. A bevy of celebrities ranging from Jay-Z and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson witnessed arguably this era’s greatest fighter as Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. turned in a virtuoso performance as he defeated Mosley by unanimous decision in their highly anticipated welterweight bout . . . Click here for more
Boxing is considered as a brutal sport that is affectionately coined as the hurt business. But on Saturday night in front of 15,117 at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, NV, Floyd “Money” Mayweather put on an artful demonstration utilizing superior choreography to orchestrate a brilliant 12-round unanimous decision over “Sugar” Shane Mosley. It was truly a thing of beauty . . . . Click here for more
Floyd Mayweather: “If Manny Pacquaio wants to fight, it is not hard to find me. We were going to make the fight a couple of months back but it didn’t happen. I take my hat off to Mosley. He had problems in the past but he’s a warrior. He took the blood and urine tests. I just want everyone to be on an even playing field. If every athlete is clean in the sport of boxing, take the test. If Manny Pacquaio takes the blood and urine tests, we can fight. If he doesn’t, we won’t make the fight. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Filipino Randy Suico (29-5-1, 25 KOs) acquired his third OPBF belt in the 140-pound division—after his reign in the super-feather and light classes—when he registered a TKO victory over Kyungsuk Kwak (8-3, 5 KOs), Korea, at 1:02 of the fifth round in the twelve-round elimination bout on Saturday in Onyang, Korea. Suico once fought in a quest for the WBA lightweight throne, losing to Juan Diaz via ninth round TKO in Las Vegas, and moved up to the super-light category. His shot at the OPBF belt against Jungbum Kim was slated in Cheju during the WBC convention last December, but was unfortunately postponed due to financial problems of the local promotion. Then, Kim decided to renounce his OPBF belt to jump up two classed to the 154-pound division. The OPBF#1 Suico was forced to meet Kim’s replacement Kwak who moved down from the super-welter division. From the outset Suico took the initiative and put on a give-and-take performance with the durable and game Korean. In the fatal fifth, referee Pinit Pradsab, Thailand, declared a halt to Kwak who had absorbed much punishment. Suico became the second Asian that gained three OPBF belts in as many different classes, following Crazy Kim (retired) of Japan (who had once won the 154-pound, 168-pound and 175-pound thrones).
By Joe Koizumi
Just a day after the leading Japanese boxer Hozumi Hasegawa’s forfeiture of his WBC bantam belt, a dual national title bout took place at the Korakuen Hall. WBA#10/WBC#13 minimum Akira Yaegashi (13-2, 7 KOs), 105, came off the canvas in the first round and barely kept his national belt by being awarded a hairline unanimous verdict over the JBC top contender Kosuke Takeuchi (10-2-1, 4 KOs), 105, over ten fast rounds on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. The lanky challenger’s left hook on shifting to southpaw stance beautifully decked the champ in the first round, but the fast-handed champ came back and completely dominated the second half to be in command the second half with his busier combinations.
Game and durable Yota Sato (18-2-1, 9 KOs), 115, overcame the first two round dominated by previously unbeaten WBC#11/WBA#11 Goh Onaga (15-1-1, 11 KOs), 115, and accelerated his pressure to acquire the vacant national interim belt by a TKO victory caused by Onaga’s badly swollen left optic at 0:32 of the seventh round in a scheduled ten. Sato’s desperate retaliation had the early starter’s left optic swollen and a JBC physician saw Onaga was unfit to go on due to the almost closed eye. Promoter: Ohashi Promotions.
Marco “Captain” Huck (29-1, 22 KOs) made a successful third defence of his WBO Cruiserweight Title when he stopped Brian “The Beast” Minto (34-4, 21 KOs) in the tenth round of their clash in Oldenburg, Germany. “It was a spectacular fight and I really take my hat off to Minto,” Huck said. “I was surprised how many shots he could take. I knocked him down three times but he refused to give up. He has a big heart and you have to give him a lot of credit for carrying on. I am very pleased with my performance. It was the third defense and I am keen to inflict some more damage to my opponents at cruiserweight and unify the belts.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
A shockwave of WBC bantam champ Hozumi Hasegawa’s annihilation by Mexican Fernando Montiel has extended as we now realize that the Japanese hero suffered a fracture on the jaw bone. It wasn’t produced by Montiel’s coup-de-grace, a devastating left hook, just prior to the 2:59 stoppage of the fourth but by an unrecognized punch during the opening session. The ex-champ reflected, saying “I began to feel an acute pain at the molar tooth in the first round when I took Montiel’s uppercut. I didn’t care and kept fighting. As the exam proved my jaw was broken, I realize it happened in the opening session.” He hurriedly returned to his native Kobe city and will undergo a surgery to fix it there. His manager/trainer Masato Yamashita strongly expressed his wish for a rematch with Montiel, though Hasegawa himself hopes to take a rest and consider what to do. Before his surgery is done, they will make a final decision on the dethroned champ’s future.
By Andreas Hale and Francisco Salazar at ringside
Unbeaten boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather (41-0, 25 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over WBA welterweight champion Shane Mosley (46-6, 39 KOs) on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Not many connects in round one, but Mosley rocked Mayweather with some hard shots in round two. It was all Mayweather after that. Floyd boxed well in round three and four as Mosley was unable to catch him. A lot of feinting but not much fighting in round five – advantage Floyd. Mosley was unable to deal with Floyd’s speed as Floyd picked him apart. Knowing he’s down on the cards, Mosley tried to force exchanges, but Floyd’s counters did more damage. Floyd was able to hit Mosley at will down the stretch as Shane was just unable to figure him out. Scores were 119-109, 119-109, 118-110. After the fight, Mayweather said he would not fight Pacquiao unless Pacquiao agrees to blood testing. It is believed Mosley’s WBA belt will be vacated as Floyd was not fighting for the WBA title. This leaves little known Vyacheslav Senchenko as WBA champion.
Former interim super flyweight champion Tomas Rojas (33-11, 23 KOs) scored a one-sided four round blowout of Jorge ‘Veneno’ Cardenas (14-11, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Deportivo La Inalámbrica in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. Rojas scored two knockdowns in round one, another in round three, and twice more in round four before the bout was waved off at the 2:48 mark.
In a clash for the WBC Youth super lightweight championship, Jaime ‘El Indio’ Barboza (15-3, 6 KOs) scored a spectacular seventh round stoppage of previously unbeaten Jose Pinzon (16-1-1, 10 KOs). Barboza was dropped at the end of round six, but he came back to floor Pinzon in the seventh and the bout was waved off. Time was :48.
Jr flyweight Jose Segovia (403, 4 KOs) shocked previously unbeaten Eduardo Estrella (7-1, 5 KOs) with a first round TKO. Time was 2:48.
By Andreas Hale and Francisco Salazar at ringside
Unbeaten junior middleweight Saul Alvarez (33-0-1, 24 KOs) survived a scare, but won a ninth round TKO over Jose Miguel Cotto (31-2-1, 23 KOs). Cotto, the older brother of Miguel Cotto, staggered Alvarez with a left hook in round one, but Alvarez survived the round. Alvarez then dropped Cotto in round two and took over the bout thereafter. Tony Weeks finally waved it off at 2:51 of round nine.
Former world champion Daniel Ponce De Leon (39-2, 32 KOs) scored a workmanlike ten round unanimous decision over Cornelius Lock (19-5-1, 12 KOs) in a featherweight bout. Scores were 96-94, 97-93, 96-94
In a wild welterweight clash, Said Ouali (27-3, 19 KOs) scored a first round KO over Hector Saldivia (31-2, 24 KOs). Saldivia dropped Ouali in the first twenty seconds, but Ouali came back to drop Saldivia twice. Time was 1:47.
By Andreas Hale and Francisco Salazar at ringside
Undefeated Jessie Vergas used clean and effective punching to eventually break down Arturo Morua and earn a 6th round TKO stoppage in his toughest test to date. A left hook, straight right hand combination sent Morua reeling into the ropes as referee Tony Weeks called a halt to the bout at 1:20.
Junior Lightweight Eloy Perez (17-0-2, 4 KO’s) won a 10 round majority decision over Gilberto Sanchez-Leon. The shorter Perez landed the harder and effective punches, although Leon (23-8-2, 7 KO’s) did have his moments. One judge had a ridiculous score of 95-95, while the other two judges scored the bout 97-93 and 96-94 for Perez. With the victory, Perez retained his regional title.
Dion Savage (8-0, 5 KOs) pounded out an eight round unanimous decision victory over the very game Tommie Speller (5-4) in Super Middleweight action. The Team Mayweather prospect nailed Speller with heavy punches from the opening round en route to an 80-72 score on all three judges’ scorecards.
Lightweight Luis Ramos (15-0, 8 KO’s) stopped Allen Litzau in the second round of a scheduled eight round bout. Ramos was in command the entire fight, working behind his right jab. Ramos dropped Litzau (13-5, 7 KO’S) with a left hand to the head in the second. Litzau stood up, but was rocked by a left-right combination. Although Litzau did not go down, referee Russell Mora stopped the bout at 55 seconds. Litzau protested the stoppage by screaming and even throwing himself onto the canvas.
By Karl Freitag
WBO cruiserweight champion Marco “Kapt’n” Huck (28-1, 21 KOs) scored a ninth roynd TKO over former heavyweight contender Brian Minto (34-3, 21 KOs) on Saturday night at the Weser-Ems-Halle in Oldenburg, Germany. The slimmed down Minto pressed the action as usual, but Huck landed most of the clean shots. A good exchange between the fighters to end round two. Huck dropped Minto with a big right hand in round three. Minto was down another time in the round, but that was ruled a slip by referee Robert Byrd. Huck dropped Minto again in round five after a furious exchange, but there was no quit in Minto, although he went to the wrong corner at the end of the round. The pace slowed as the bout progressed, although the pattern of Minto pressuring and Huck landing the better shots continued. Minto was decked again in the ninth and the bout was stopped by Minto’s corner at the beginning of round ten. (more…)
Robert Guerrero made a successful return to the ring after taking some time off to deal with his wife’s battle with a life threatening illness and scored a decisive 8th round TKO victory over Robert Arrieta in the main event at the Tropicana Casino in Las Vegas. Guerrero’s lightweight debut proved that “The Ghost” is just as effective at 140 as he was at 135.
After a short feeling out session, Guerrero (25-1-1, 18 KOs) would find success with the jab and use it as a range finder for the straight left hand . . . Click here for more
Golden Boy Promotions officially announced the rematch of Juan Manuel Marquez (50-5-1, 37 KOs) and Juan Diaz (35-3, 17 KOs) for July 31, at Mandalay Bay in Vegas. Trying to repeat the success of last year’s Fight of the Year, the two will both return to lightweight to fight for the WBA and WBO titles.
“A lot of people are saying this is a must-win fight for me,” said Diaz. “But I don’t see it that way. I see it as redemption. This fight has been in the back of my head and I’m going to pick up where I left off – the ninth round.”
“There are two reasons to fight Juan Diaz again,” said Marquez. “Number one: He’s a great fighter deserves a rematch. No. 2: People want to see this kind of fight. Last year it was Fight of the Year. Maybe, now in 2010, it will be it again.”
Marquez-Diaz II will be televised on HBO pay-per-view.
By Rick Scharmberg at ringside
Victor Vasquez (11-4-1, 6 KOs) and Paul Fernandez (5-2-2, 3 KOs) fought to a gory split draw in the six-round lightweight main event last night at The Arena in Philadelphia. Vasquez battled with a mask of blood after suffering a terrible cut on his left eye from an accidental clash of heads in round two. In the co-feature, Ardrick Butler (5-1, 2 KOs) destroyed Norman Allen (6-4, 3 KOs) 44 seconds into the opening round of a scheduled six round junior middleweight bout. Andre Kut’s KEA Boxing promoted the eight-bout card. (more…)
By Aydin Kozhahmet (ringside) and Leonid Yuryev
Kazakh promoter Batyrkhan Zhaksybaev of KazBoxing and leading Uzbek boxing personality Shuhrat Haydarov of Favzul Munavvar unified their efforts to produce a nice-packed little show Saturday night in Chimkent, a near-border city in Kazakhstan. (more…)
Three of America’s top super middleweight prospects dazzled Friday evening on a spectacular ShoBox: The New Generation card from the Windy City. Marcus Johnson kept his undefeated record intact with a workman-like performance over Derek Edwards, handing him the first loss of his career. In the co-feature hometown hero Don George stole the show with an explosive unanimous decision over Oumanu Adama and the night opened with an impressive knockout by Edwin Rodriguez over Kevin Engel.
The evening of fights which aired on SHOWTIME® took place at UIC Pavilion and was co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Eight Count Productions. (more…)
By Robert Coster
WBA #11 middleweight Daniel “The Haitian Sensation” Edouard (23-2-2, 14 KOs) stopped Panamanian Jose Arosemena (12-6-2, 10 KOs) at 2:33 of the second round to retain his WBA Fedelatin middleweight championship in the main event of “De Vuelta a Colon”, an exciting boxing card presented by Premium Boxing Promotions at Hotel Melia, Colon, Panama.
Former WBA super bantam champion and WBA #2 Ricardo “El Maestrito” Cordoba (37-2-2, 23 KOs) won a lopsided unanimous decision over eight rounds against Nicaraguan Jose “El Brillo” Gutierrez (12-8-2, 10 KOs). Cordoba dropped Gutierrez in round seven to finally win by 8, 9 and 10 points on the scorecards.
Undefeated WBA #12 rated featherweight Jamaican Nicholas “The Axe Man” Walters (14-0, 11 KOs) stopped Panamanian Alexander Alonso (7-16-1, 3 KOs) by TKO on the sixth and final round of his fight. Walters’s WBA FEDELATIN featherweight title was not at stake. More results…
Weigh-in slideshow: All the shots from yesterday’s megafight weigh-in at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, by photographers Chris Cozzone and Ray Kasprowicz. Click here to view
By Cho Eun-sang/boxingnews.co.kr
Unbeaten 19-year-old WBA female featherweight champion “Defector Girl Boxer” Hyun-Mi Choi (4-0-1, 1 KO) retained her world title for the third time with by ten round split decision over interim champion Claudia Andrea Lopez (14-5, 3 KOs) on Friday night at the Sungkyunkwan University Gymnasium in Suwon, South Korea. Scores were 96-95, 96-95 for Hyun-Mi and 98-93 for Lopez. Click here for more photos.
By Andreas Hale at ringside
Former world champion Robert Guerrero (26-1-1, 18 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over Roberto Arrieta (35-16-4, 16 KOs) in a lightweight bout on Friday night at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Guerrero dropped Arrieta in rounds two and three and punished him until round eight when he dropped Adama again and the bout was waved off at :29 of the eighth.
18-year-old former amateur star Frankie Gomez (2-0, 2 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Ricardo Malfavon (0-2) in a welterweight bout. The bout was stopped at 1:06, shortly after Gomez dropped Malfavon.
In lightweight action, Abner Cotto (7-0, 4 KOs) remained undefeated by outpointing Juan Sandoval (1-3) via unanimous decision (40-36 on all three judges’ scorecards)
In a battle of Jr. Lightweights, Toddy Junior (2-0-1) and Rene Torres (0-1-1) battled to a majority draw. Scores were 39-37 for Torres with the other two judges scoring it 38-38.
WBO #8 bantamweight William “Chirizo” Gonzalez (25-3, 21 KOs) scored a spectacular second round TKO over WBO #15 Jose Luis “Tapitas” Araiza (31-2, 22 KOs) on Friday night at Miccosukee Resort & Gaming in Miami, Florida. Gonzalez dropped Araiza twice before the bout was waved off bt referee Tommy Kimmons at the 1:00 mark. Gonzalez retained his WBO Latin belt.
Unbeaten middleweight Michael Oliveira (12-0, 10 KOs) stopped game journeyman Jessie Davis (11-18, 8 KOs) in round four. Referee Tommy Kimmons waved it off to protect Davis from further punishment.
Unbeaten jr welterweight Xavier “X-Factor” Burgos (4-0, 1 KO) outpointed Amaury Torres (4-11-2, 1 KO) over four one-sided rounds.
2004 Olympian Sherali Dostiev (6-0, 2 KOs) won a four rounder against previously unbeaten Orlando Rizo (9-1, 8 KOs) in a super bantamweight bout. Scores were 39-37, 39-37, 40-36 for Dostiev.
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By Jacob Chavez
In a clash of unbeaten super middleweights, Marcus “Too Much” Johnson (19-0, 14 KOs) scored a workmanlike ten round unanimous decision over Derek “The Black Lion” Edwards (25-1, 13 KOs) on Friday night at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. Johnson’s better technique propelled him to a 98-92, 98-92, 97-93 victory. Johnson claimed the NABO belt.
Unbeaten Chicago super middleweight favorite Donovan “Da Bomb” George (20-0, 18 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision over Osumanu Adama (17-2, 13 KOs). George dropped Adama in round seven en route to a 79-72, 76-75, 77-74 win.
Unbeaten super middleweight Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (14-0, 10 KOs) busted up Kevin Engel (17-3, 14 KOs) before finishing him with a brutal body barrage at 2:35 of round six.
Former NBA Star Kendall Gill (4-0, 3 KOs) return to professional boxing to blow away Miles Kelly (1-2, 1 KO) in a heavyweight bout. Gill dropped Kelly in rounds two and three before the bout was halted 2:54 of round three.
Weights by Francisco Salazar & Andreas Hale
From the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s “Mayweather vs. Mosley: Who R U Picking?” megafight on PPV, promoted by Golden Boy Promotions:
Shane Mosley 147 vs Floyd Mayweather 146
Saul Alvarez 150 vs JM Cotto 149
Daniel Ponce de Leon 125 vs Cornelius Lock 125
Said Ouali 146 vs. Hector Saldivia 147.5
Arturo Morua 141 vs. Jessie Vargas 142
Gilberto Sanchez Leon 130 vs. Eloy Perez 129
Dion Savage 168 vs. Tommie Speller 166
Luis Ramos 136 vs. Allen Litzau 138*
* Contract was 135.
Daniel Reece 136 vs. Angel Soto 137
Having come from a boxing family and growing around the sport is not hard to believe the three-time world champion Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel once envision himself as winning a championship in Japan and beating one of the top fighters in the world. “I know is hard to believe, but when I very young and barely starting to learn to box. I had a dream that one day I would win a world championship in Japan against their top champion. It was a dream that I had many times when I was young, but something that became a goal as I got into the professional ranks and started to win championships,” said Montiel after the biggest win of his brilliant career. Today in Japan, Montiel stopped Hozumi Hasegawa in the fourth round to captured the WBC bantamweight championship in front of 10,000+. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
23-year old former amateur standout Jon-Lewis Dickinson (now 8-0, 2 KOs) became the most inexperienced champion in the history of Prizefighter series (so far) after the third-round stoppage of shock finalist Nick Okoth (9-28-5, 3 KOs). There were no doubts about the future winner as Dickinson, previously not known as a terrific puncher, started the bout with fire flooring Okoth with a short right hand and dominating him to a 10-8 in the initial round. In the second stanza Okoth did as much as he could but lost this period anyway. Finally, in round three Dickinson (5-0, no KOs at the starters) forced Okoth to take a knee two more times before the corner of his opponent threw in a towel at 1:08 of the third to crown Jon-Lewis Dickinson as a new Prizefighter cruiserweight champion.
WBC #3 and WBO #10 rated “Dancing Destroyer” Herbie Hide chose to withdraw from the tournament after suffering a bad cut over his forehead during his first-stage victory over Wayne Brooks. The prohibitive favorite of this Prizefighter tourney preferred not to risk his high ranking and made a difficult decision to quit. (more…)
Tomás “Gusano” Rojas 119 vs Jorge Cárdenas 120
José Pinzón 154 vs Jaime Barboza 154
(WBC Youth superwelter title)
Omar “Lobito” Soto 112 vs Juan Cantun 111.5
Ramón Mass 122 vs Oswaldo Juárez 124
Venue: Deportivo La Inalambrica, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico
Promoter: Top Rank, Zanfer And Maxboxing
TV: Fox Sports En Español and TV Azteca
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By Felipe Leon
On Saturday night, an interesting clash of light weltweights will take place when Fernando “La Fiera” Angulo (23-7, 15KO) of Caracas, Venezuela, travels to the hometown of Silverio “Chamaco” Ortiz (20-13, 9KO) of Merida, Yucatan, for the vacant IBA lightweight welterweight title over twelve rounds. In the semi main event, David Lopez (38-12, 23KO) of Nogales, MX, goes against Cesar Alberto Leiva (40-11, 20KO) of Mar de Plata, Argentina, for the also vacant IBA middlweight strap. The fight card will take place at the Poliforum Zamna of Merida, Yucatan. “We have two exciting bouts for titles and I sure it will be a great night of boxing,” Jorge Marron, the attending IBA supervisor, stated. “Soon we will have two new champions that I am sure will reprensent the association with honor.”
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Naoki Fukuda
Mexican star Fernando Montiel (41-2-2, 31 KOs), 118, astoundingly captured the WBC bantamweight throne as he came back from a losing pace, abruptly exploded vicious left hooks and badly hurt defending champ Hozumi Hasegawa (28-3, 12 KOs), 117.75, a Japanese hero making his eleventh defense, to cause the referee’s intervention at 2:59 of the fourth round on Friday in Tokyo, Japan.
Hasegawa, a Japanese southpaw, was dominating the proceedings thanks to his advantageous speed, as shown by the official tallies: Duane Ford (US) 30-27, Steve Morrow (US) and Daniel Van de Wiele (Belgium) both 29-28, all for the WBC champ. Positively stalking the retreating Montiel, Hasegawa might become a little too careless to avert the Mexican’s compact but effective countering left hooks. Hasegawa’s legs looked gone, as he momentarily became stationary with his back to the ropes, while Montiel kept raining a fusillade of punches to the groggy Japanese. The ref Laurence Cole declared a halt to save Hasegawa from further punishment just a second remaining in the fatal fourth. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Naoki Fukuda
WBC super-bantam champ Toshiaki Nishioka (36-4-3, 23 KO’s), 122, impressively kept his belt as he scored his fourth defense, all by KO, by halting previously unbeaten Filipino challenger Balweg Bangoyan (15-1, 6 KO’s), 122, at 1:14 of the fifth round on Friday in Tokyo, Japan.
Nishioka, a sharp-shooting Japanese southpaw, caught the game and reckless Filipino with his trademark left hand and badly dropped him in the beginning of the fifth. Bangoyan looked seriously hurt with rubbery legs though he resumed fighting. The champ immediately swarmed over the fading opponent to prompt the referee’s well-received stoppage. (more…)
Photo: Former boxing greats “Sugar” Ray Leonard and Thomas “Hitman” Hearns pose for a shot after talking to the media today about Mayweather-Mosley, in the MGM’s press room in Las Vegas. Both, Leonard and Hearns lean toward Mayweather for the victory. They also agreed that though tomorrow night’s megafight may be a scorcher, the drama would probably not exceed their own battles in the ring.
Marco Huck 199 vs Brian Minto 198.4
(WBO cruiserweight championship)
Karo Murat 174.6 vs Tommy Karpency 174.2
(WBO Intercontinental light heavyweight title)
Dominik Britsch 160.5 vs Alessio Furlan 159.8
Kubrat Pulev 245 vs Evgeny Orlov 316
Erik Skoglund 186.3 vs Istvan Laboda 197.1
Venue: Weser-Ems-Halle, Oldenburg, Germany
Promoter: Sauerland Event
TV: ARD (Germany)
WBC super featherweight champion Vitali Tajbert (19-1, 6 KOs) will make his first title defense against Mexican veteran Hector Velazquez (51-14-2, 35 KOs) on May 22 in Rostock, Germany. The 35-year-old Velazquez, who is coming off a world title challenge against the late Edwin Valero in December, is also known for his 2005 clash with boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao. “This will be a very exciting fight,” said Universum VP Dietmar Poszwa. “An absolute treat for any boxing fan. Vitali is clearly inexperienced, but a very talented world champion. Exactly the opposite of Hector Velazquez, an old fox who has almost 70 fights. An incredibly experienced guy who has been in with the best, like Pacquiao and Valero. His ring experience, Mexican fighting spirit and an impressive right hand make him very, very dangerous. A difficult task for Vitali, because the first title defense is always something special. He can learn a lot in this fight. I expect a tough match, but naturally assume that Vitali will remain world champion.”
The card will also feature a WBA heavyweight eliminator between former world champion Ruslan Chagaev and Kali Meehan, a crossroads clash between light heavyweight contenders Aleksy Kuziemski and Igor Michalkin, plus the next fight of 2009 amateur world champion Jack Culcay.
Undefeated WBA super welterweight champion and future rabbi Yuri Foreman made his U.S. network television debut on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! which aired at 12:05 a.m. ET/PT this morning. After mining gold with his good humor during his segment, Foreman grabbed a few hours sleep and is now headed back to Brooklyn on a 6 a.m. PT flight to resume training for his first title defense, against three-time world champion Miguel Cotto. Cotto vs. Foreman will headline “Stadium Slugfest” — the inaugural brawl at Yankee Stadium on June 5.
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