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A purse bid was held in the IBF office today for the vacant IBF lightweight title between Ali Funeka vs. Rolando Reyes. Branco Sports Production was the winning bidder with a bid of $140,000. Gotham Boxing, Inc. bid $76,000. The fight must take place within 90 days.
IBF middleweight champion Sebastian Sylvester and challenger Billy Lyell today participated in a public work-out in Neubrandenburg. A sell-out crowd of 4,500 fans will support local hero Sylvester on Saturday night in what will be the Hurricane’s first title defense. “I am looking forward to Saturday,” Sylvester said. “Lyell is a tough opponent, but he will not beat me. I will defend my title and put on a great show for my home fans.” For more details and photos click here…
Angky Angkota of Indonesia landed in Mexico City last Monday night and told the Mexican press that he is more the ready to take home the WBO super flyweight belt. Angkota will battle three-time world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce in the main event of “Top Rank Live” this Saturday night in “La Plaza de Toros Arroyo” in Mexico City. Arce vs Angkota will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Net (FSN) and Fox Sports en Espanol.
By Damrong Simakajornboon
WBA #2 light flyweight Wisanu Pornobnom (33-7-2, 12 KOs) stopped PABA #14 Danny Timor (reportedly 5-6-1) to retain his PABA 108 lb title on Friday at the town hall of Pakchong in Nakornrachasima, Thailand. The Thai fighter rapidly dropped the Indonesian with a sharp left hook and then he easily closed the show by displaying a one-side attack which destroyed his foe at the middle of round two. Wisanu is now targeting to challenge the WBA title against Juan Carlos Reveco or Giovanni Segura within this year. In other action, two time WBC champion and current WBO #8 flyweight Wandee Singwancha (61-11-1, 13 KOs) stopped Indonesian 108 lb interim champion Rino Ukru (reportedly 7-7) in round two in a six round non-title bout. WBC female light flyweight interim champion Nongmuay Sithkruleor (8-0-1) drew against Pornboonon Por Vongporramet in a six round non-title bout. And Amura Kokietgym (2-0) won a 98-92,98-92, 97-93 unanimous decision over WBC female #15 Lilly Rachaprachagym (5-8, 3 KOs) and captured the vacant OPBF female 102 lb title. This event was promoted by Kokiet Group Promotion. Click here for more photos…
One In A Million Boxing returns on February 26th to the Hammond Civic Center in Hammond, Indiana. In the main event, Michael “Midnight Stalker” Walker (19-2-2, 12 KOs) and Derrick “Superman” Findley (14-3, 9 KOs) will square off in a middleweight showdown. In other featured bouts, female lightweight “Merciless” Mary McGee (17-0, 10 KOs) takes on Brooke “No Mercy” Dierdorff (5-4-1, 3 KOs) and middleweight Angel Hernandez (30-7, 17 KOs) will face an opponent to be named. Also scheduled are super middleweights Josh Crouch (5-0, 5 KOs) and “Marvelous” Shay Mobley (17-10-1, 7 KOs) in separate bouts. Tickets are $30, $50 and $100. Call 866-438-7372.
Joshua Clottey said today his chief trainer will be Godwin Kotey of Bukom, Ghana, for the upcoming showdown against Manny Pacquiao at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas on March 13. Clottey last worked with Kotey in 2004. “Godwin is a very famous trainer in Ghana,” said Vinny Scolpino, manager of Clottey. “This is the trainer Joshua has been asking for to prepare for Pacquiao. It will be Godwin who puts together our game plan.” Kotey will arrive into New York on Friday night. Team Clottey will then prepare to head for training headquarters in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Pacquiao vs. Clottey is scheduled March 13 and will be available on HBO Pay Per View.
Former world champion Kendall Holt of Paterson, N.J. will take on Kaizer Mabuza of Johannesburg in an IBF Junior Welterweight Eliminator at Bally’s Atlantic City, N.J. on Saturday, Feb 27. This will be Holt’s first bout since losing his world title to Timothy Bradley last year in Montreal. Holt vs. Mabuza will be on a Top Rank Live! Fox Sports Net event featuring Mike Jones of Philadelphia against Henry Bruseles of Puerto Rico.
Top Rank announced today that middleweight Matt Korobov of Orutan, Russia will be on the undercard on the Latin Fury 13/Pinoy Power 3 Pay Per View card on Feb. 13 at the Las Vegas Hilton. Korobov, managed by Cameron Dunkin and trained by Kenny Adams, will be in a six-round bout.
The announce team of Rich Marotta and Barry Tompkins will be at ringside Saturday night in Mexico for the Top Rank Live! event at the Plaza de Torres Arroyo in Ciudad, Mexico. The popular and exciting Jorge ‘Travieso’ Arce of Los Mochis, Mexico will rumble with Angky Angkota of Indonesia in the main event. Arce vs. Angkota will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Net (FSN) and Fox Sports en Espanol. Marotta said he and Tompkins have worked as an announce team for 11 years. “We both love the sport and I think we have a great chemistry together,” Marotta said. “We have a good style of calling a fight, more of a conversation with each other, a give and go kind of a thing. We both a great respect for the athletes who get into the ring.”
Former WBO super-featherweight champion Jorge Barrios testified yesterday before a prosecutor in a murder case in which he is accused of killing a 20 year old pregnant woman called Yamila Vanesa González in a car accident in which six others were injured Sunday afternoon. Witnesses said Barrios, 33, ran a red light and struck another car in the coastal city of Mar del Plata, about 400 kilometers (250 miles) southeast of Buenos Aries. Barrios was driving a BMW X5 truck over the speeding limit when he lost control. The force of the crash carried the second vehicle into the path of seven pedestrians, killing González and her female six month fetus. Witnesses said Barrios fled the scene and struck another car as he drove away. Seven hours after he turned himself in at a police station with his lawyer accompanying him. His attorney says that Barrios has no criminal record and he expects the fighter will be set free on bail.
Junior middleweight Saul Roman, of Tijuana, Mexico, and Gabriel Rosado, of Philadelphia, PA, collide in a scheduled 10-round match Saturday evening, Feb. 27, at Bally’s Atlantic City. The Roman-Rosado fight will be the semifinal to the 10-round main event which features Mike Jones, of Philadelphia, PA, making the fourth defense of his North American Boxing Association (NABA) welterweight title against Henry Bruseles, of Gurabo, Puerto Rico. (more…)
Not to cue the violins or anything, but Stephan Bonnar hasn’t won a fight in the Octagon since UFC 77 in October of 2007—or 33 cards, a change in Presidential administrations and 439 days ago (numbers based as of February 20, 2010, when he fights Krzysztof Soszynski at UFC 110 in Australia). That’s when he beat his friend Eric “Red” Schafer with a ruthless ground-and-pound assault. It’s been tough sledding since that night in Cincinnati for one of the sport’s most popular figures. . . . Click here for more by Chuck Mindenhall, UFC
European Middleweight Champion Matthew Macklin will link up with new trainer Freddie Roach in Los Angeles next week as he begins preparations for the first defence of his title. Macklin defends his belt against the highly touted Dmitry Pirog in April and he will prepare for the unbeaten Russian at Roach’s legendary Wildcard Gym. Roach is generally regarded as one of boxing’s best trainers and has been the guiding force behind Manny Pacquiao’s rise to become the best pound for pound fighter in the World. Macklin believes linking up with Roach could prove crucial as he looks to make an assault on a World title in 2010. (more…)
Mikkel Kessler presented his new gym to the media today when he hosted an open training session in Copenhagen. The Viking Warrior cannot wait to get back in the ring and become world champion again. The 30-year-old will meet WBC Champion Carl Froch in the second round of the Super Six World Boxing Classic, and Kessler says he’s already looking forward to it. “I really had a bad night against Andre Ward, but I had a good rest, analyzed everything with my team and now I am ready for Froch,” he said. “I have just started my preparation with my new coach Jimmy Montoya. Things have been going really well. We are training very hard here in Copenhagen and will move camp to Berlin next week. I feel very hungry without a world title and I will take the WBC belt from Froch.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
British pretty girl WBA #8 Shanee Martin (9-4-1, 5 KOs) will come and have a shot at the WBA female super-flyweight belt against defending champ Tsunami Tenkai (13-3, 4 KOs) in Kobe, Japan, on February 7. It will be held beneath the WBA flyweight title go between defending titlist Denkaosen Kaowichit and Daiki Kameda at the World Memorial Hall there. The 27-year-old Martin is supposed to arrive in Tokyo with her trainer Rocky Dean on February 3 after her birthday on the last day of this month and move to the beautiful port city Kobe prior to a press conference a day before the title bout.
It is very rare that British boxers came here to have a world title shot against our world champs. Within this reporter’s memory, there were only three British boxers who fought for the world belts in Japan. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
JBC#4/OPBF#11 bantam Kinshiro Usui (19-2, 9 KOs), 119.25, made short work of Davide Kitamura (6-8, 3 KOs), 119, halting the overmatched opponent with his blitzkrieg at 0:50 of the second round in a scheduled eight on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Usui’s assault overwhelmed the loser from the outset, and badly decked him with a smashing left-right combination just after the second started. His furious follow-up logically promoted the referee Fukuchi’s well-time intervention. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former WBC flyweight challenger Xiong Zhao “Mini Mike Tyson” Zhong (13-3-1, 9 KOs) was impressive in stopping Thailand’s Herrio Patakom by third round knockout on Sunday at Kunming, China. Zhong extended WBC flyweight champion Faisuke Naito in 2009 losing via twelve round decision in Tokyo and is after another world title shot.
In a supporting bout at 130 pounds Xia Yu Qin (4-4-2) took seven rounds to KO a very tough Matsu Tomoya finishing with a terrific body blow. Qin lost in seven rounds to WBA rated featherweight Roy Muhklis in 2008.
The promoter of the event was Liu Gang of Zovi Boxing Promotions. Gang was 1992 Chinese Flyweight Barcelona Olympic representative). The Zovi Boxing Promotion hosted four WBC Asian International Championship fights and provided another great night of boxing, which is becoming more popular in China. The fights were partially sponsored by the China Sports Lottery. This was the first time the sports lottery was used to support professional boxing in China.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
We have learned that later this week the return of former world champion Erik Morales will be confirmed for a showdown with the WBA former world champion José Alfaro on March 27 in Mexico. World is the fight will be contested at 142 pounds or 144 at most, although other sources indicate that the contract weight is 147 pounds. Morales will be in Puebla, Mexico on Saturday for the fight between WBA strawweight champion Roman Gonzalez and challenger Ivan Meneses and the WBA jr. flyweight eliminator type between former WBA world champion Juan Landaeta and Francisco Rosas. We also have information that “El Terrible” Morales is expected to sign with Mexican promoter KO Entertainment, headed by Nacho Huizar.
TV 2 Denmark and Sauerland Promotion have announced they have signed a long-term TV contract to lift Danish professional boxing to a new level. In the future, TV 2 and Sauerland Promotion will exclusively present between four and six “TV 2 Fight Nights” per year on prime time on Saturday night. Today Kalle Sauerland, Chris Meyer and TV 2 Head of Sports Frederik Lauesen presented the ground-breaking concept during a press conference in Copenhagen. “This is a historic day and great news for Danish boxing fans,” Kalle Sauerland said. “There is so much interest in boxing in Denmark. We are thrilled to have found a strong partner to present high-class boxing on free-to-air TV on a regular basis. The future certainly is bright for our Danish boxers and all boxing fans.” (more…)
After five weeks of intensive training in his home town of Guadalajara, Mexican challenger Jorge “Coloradito” Solis has arrived in Merida, home of the February 6 fight against Colombian champion Likar Ramos for the WBA interim super featherweight world title. The battle between Solis (37-2-2, 27 KOs) and Ramos (21-2, 15 KOs) is promoted by Zanfer and Max Boxing Promotions and will be aired in Mexico on TV Azteca. (more…)
By John Cannon
Even though Oklahoma native Carson Jones is eagerly awaiting his toughest test to date on March 13 against former world champion Antonio Margarito in the co-main event of the mega fight between Manny Pacquiao and Joshua Clottey in Dallas, he must first prepare for his tune up fight this week. Jones, who trains at Marines boxing gym in Edinburg, will face San Antonio’s Eloy Suarez (11-7, 5 KO’s) in a five-round fight as a part of a charity event in Oklahoma City this Thursday. (more…)
On January 29th, Star Boxing’s rising welterweight prospect, Raymond “Tito” Serrano (11-0, 6KO) will put his unbeaten record on the line when he takes on Ronnie “The Natural” Warrior Jr. (13-2-1, 4KO) at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, NV. Serrano-Warrior, scheduled for eight rounds in the welterweight division, will be the co-feature bout of the evening on ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights”. The card, billed as Reno Extreme Fights II, and promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Let’s Get It On Promotions, is headlined by Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (21-2, 15KO) taking on Reno’s favorite son, Jesse Brinkley (34-5, 22) in an Official IBF Eliminator for the number two ranking in the super middleweight division. (more…)
On the night of September 16, 2009, within the bowels of the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Phillipe Nover was ready to do battle with Sam Stout. That UFC Fight Night card should have been named “Rising Stars” due to the caliber of up and coming talent on the card and the main event of Melvin Guillard vs. Nate Diaz. However, the perfectly matched lightweight bout between Nover and Stout would never occur . . . Click here for more by Rhett Butler, UFC
Mariano A. Agmi and Matt Richardson at Ringside
Photography by Emily Harney
Juan Manuel Lopez (28-0, 25 KOs) patiently broke down Steven Luevano (37-2-1, 15 KOs) over seven rounds to capture the WBO featherweight championship this past Saturday at Madison Square Garden. In the co-main event, WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa (17-0, 15 KOs) demolished challenger Rogers Mtagwa 25-14-2, 18 KOs) inside of two rounds to setup a potential title unification Lopez. Several other prospects plus a few New York area favorites – including John Duddy – were also showcased on the undercard. (More)
Promising, undefeated bantamweight Chris Avalos (14-0, 11 KOs) of Lancaster, Calif., will make his main event debut when he when he faces Jose Nieves (17-1-3, 8 KOs) of Carolina, Puerto Rico, in a 10-round match on Friday, Jan. 29, on ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME ® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). The first ShoBox telecast of 2010 will mark the return of respected ShoBox play-by-play announcer Nick Charles to his familiar ringside spot. Charles has been given the OK to return to action following a five-month battle with stage IV bladder cancer. It was announced in August that Charles was taking a leave of absence from his duties at SHOWTIME because of his illness. The last fight he worked was on July 31, 2009. (more…)
Challenger Joshua Clottey announced today he will have his main training camp in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. to get prepared for his mega fight against Manny Pacquiao on March 13. Vinny Scolpino, manager of Clottey, said the team will be off to Florida this weekend. Clottey, from Accra, Ghana, lives in the Bronx, N.Y. “Joshua is in great fighting shape right now. He is anxious to get into the ring against Pacquiao,” said Scolpino. Pacquiao and Clottey will rumble on Top Rank’s ‘The Event’ title card at the Cowboys Stadium on March 13. The Pacquiao vs. Clottey fight will be available on HBO Pay Per View.
Nonito Donaire, the interim WBA Super Flyweight champion, is preparing for his title defense against Gerson Guerrero of Mexico City on Top Rank’s Latin Fury 13/Pinoy Power 3 event at the Las Vegas Hilton on Feb. 13. Donaire, managed by Cameron Dunkin, has a record of 22-1, 14 KOs. He was born in General Santos, Philippines and now lives in San Leandro, Calif. He is training at the Undisputed Gym (883 East San Carlos Avenue, San Carlos, Calif., 94070) and fight fans are invited to attend a Media workout this Saturday beginning at 1PM PT.
Top Rank is donating $1 for each ticket sold throughout 2010 to the Clinton Bush Hati Fund. Bob Arum of Top Rank made the announcement this past weekend in New York. The donation began this past weekend on the Lopez vs Luevano, Gamboa vs. Mtagwa title card at Madison Square Garden. “Helping people is the right thing to do and we are hoping other promoters will join us,” Arum said.
Mikey Garcia, whose bout was cancelled two weeks ago, will box this Saturday, January 30, at the Plaza de Toros Arroyo in Mexico. Garcia, from Oxnard, Calif., will box featherweight Arturo Gomez. Jorge ‘Travieso’ Arce of Los Mochis, Mexico will be in the televised main event, taking on Angky Angkota of Indonesia. Arce and Angkota headline the Top Rank Live! title card on Fox Sports Espanol.
Unbeaten Las Vegas fighter Diego Magdaleno today was added to the Latin Fury 13/Pinoy Power 3 event at the Las Vegas Hilton on Feb 13.
As he prepares for his February 6 showdown in Newark against former world light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek, 2004 U.S. Olympian Jason “Big Six” Estrada’s nose is out of place and it doesn’t have anything to do with sparring sessions gone wrong. Estrada (15-2, 3 KOs) feels disrespected by Team Adamek but not, surprisingly, for Adamek looking past him to a reported April 24 fight against Chris Arreola, rather their apparent belief that Adamek (39-1, 27 KOs) has faster hands than Estrada, whose hand speed for a 240-pound heavyweight has been his calling card. “Looking past me towards Arreola doesn’t really bother me,” Estrada said. “I think it’s silly and they’ll hear about it after the fight. I never talk too much but I’m going to talk like never before after this fight. I hope they keep thinking about fighting somebody else. I’m keeping track of everything and got names of people to talk about after I beat Adamek. I’m going to shutdown his plans.” (more…)
On January 29th Jesse Brinkley (34-5, 22 KOs) will be in the national spotlight once again as he faces off against Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (21-2, 15 KOs) on the January 29th ESPN2 Friday Night Fights. The WBC-USNBC super-middleweight title currently held by Brinkley will be on line plus the winner will capture the IBF #2 ranking. (more…)
Eduardo “Chucky” Lazcano (18-1, 9 KOs) won the WBC Fecombox featherweight belt Saturday night on a Promociones del Pueblo card at the Gimnasio Municipal in Juarez, winning by TKO over Cristian “Veneno” Lopez (14-2-1, 13 KOs). The fight was stopped in round five due to a hand injury sustained by Lopez. Lazcano was ahead on the scorecards. In the co-main event, Mauro “Punos de Oro” Lucero (45-13-1, 31 KOs) scored a first round kayo over Joel “Dinamita” Juarez (23-8-1, 22 KOs), flooring him three times before the final count. Other results: Juarez flyweight Victor “Dragon” Pasillas (1-0-2) and Julio Cesar Cabrera (0-1-2) drew for the second time, in six rounds; Pedro Torres (3-2) defeated Juan Carlos Chavira (2-4) by decision; Francisco Dominguez (7-5, 1 KO) decisioned Arturo “La Sombra” Murillo (5-11-1, 3 KOs) in six; Oscar Uribe (1-0-1) and Mauricio Dominguez (0-0-1) fought a majority draw; and Uriel Gonzalez defeated Nestor Antonio Figueroa (0-2).
Preview by Chris Cozzone
Hoping to remain undefeated, two hopefuls face stern tests when Showtime hits Albuquerque, N.M. on Jan. 29 with the year’s first telecast of ShoBox.
In the main event, bantamweight Chris Avalos (14-0, 11 KOs), of Lancaster, Calif., will fight his first 10-rounder, against Puerto Rico’s Jose Nieves (17-1, 8 KOs) . . . Click here for more
Twenty-eight of the best up-and-coming middleweight mixed martial artists from around the world have convened in Las Vegas in pursuit of one goal, to claim the title of the “ULTIMATE FIGHTER” and the guaranteed six-figure contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship® that comes with it. (more…)
IBF/WBO/IBO world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (53-3, 47 KOs) defends his titles against Eddie Chambers (35-1, 18 KOs) on March 20th at ESPRIT arena Düsseldorf, Germany. Chambers is the current WBO #1 and the official challenger. On fight night, the arena, homefield of 2. Bundesleague Club Fortuna Düsseldorf, will have a capacity of 51.000 seats. “I am really happy to be back in the ring,” said Klitschko. “I have only good memories of Düsseldorf, my only fight there I won by TKO. This fight is going to take place in a giant stadium. The audience of over 50,000 spectators is a further motivation for me. Chambers is currently the best heavyweight boxer from the US.” (more…)
Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao played basketball on Sunday night in Burbank, California. More photos…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Finally, the fight for the WBA super featherweight interim world title between Colombian champion Likar Ramos and Mexican challenger Jorge “Coloradito” Solís is a go for February 6 in Mexico. The WBA was sanctioned the fight upon verifying that all due payments have been received and that the Championships Committee has accepted Solís in the WBA super featherweight ranking. “The fight is on,” said Ramos’ manager Juan Devia from Barranquilla, Colombia. “Next week the medical checkups will be done.”
By Alex Dombroff
If Juan Manuel Lopez and Yuriorkis Gamboa established themselves as the top two featherweights in the world with impressive wins Saturday night, there seems to be no rush to definitively answer who is number one. It was the second time in four months that Lopez and Gamboa co-headlined a show from the theatre inside New York City’s Madison Square Garden. And for the second time in four months, it was thought to be their penultimate contests en route to a showdown between the two. (more…)
By John Cannon
Corpus Christi native and Top Rank prospect Jerry Belmontes said that he is proud to call the Valley his home away from home for now. “I have been training here for quite some time now and feel very comfortable in the Valley,“ said Belmontes. “I have fought twice here as a pro and a lot as an amateur and really enjoyed it. I look forward to fighting in front of the Valley fans again and I know they will show their support. This is a great card and I am proud to be a part of it.” (more…)
By Jose E. Santiago
Last night at The Pit in Atlanta GA, Yahya “The Yah-ster” McClain (25-7-2, 17 KOs) took one step closer in getting his eagerly desired title shot in the cruiserweight division as he completely dominated Leo “Busido” Bercier (8-12-1, 4 KOs) of Great Falls, MT for six rounds. In the first round McClain came out un-customarily aggressive; standing his ground and taking the lead with lead jabs followed by straight rights to the body. Known for his great counter-punching an aggressive McClain dominated the round as Bercier had absolutely no answer. For more details and photos click here…
By Damien St. Pierre/gulfcoastboxing.com
It took rising heavyweight Fred Kassi a couple of rounds to warm up Saturday night at the Les Bonano promoted event at the Hollywood Casino in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, but when he did he made it count. The southpaw stance of Tampa, Florida’s Moises Droz (13-9) took a while to figure out for New Orleans, Louisiana heavyweight Kassi. The opening round saw both fighters in the “feeling out” process, which resulted in multiple stance changes by both fighters. The 2nd round was most of the same but a little more action. Towards the end of round 3 Kassi saw and opening and attacked. Kassi repeatedly snapped the 245lb Droz’s head back with powerful shots. Droz would go down from a flurry of shots. He would then get back up to one knee and take the full 10 count from the official. With the win Kassi moves to 15-1 and has now won 3 straight bouts since his lone setback. (more…)
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