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WBC interim middleweight interim world champion Sebastian Zbik during a training session with former world champion Artur Grigorian a the legendary Universum Gym in Hamburg.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
The first African-American boxer to hold a world championship in the gloved era of boxing –“The Old Master” Joe Gans will be honored with a fundraiser on Friday, February 26. The event will be held at the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards in his hometown of Baltimore, MD from 8 to 11 PM. Funds from the event will go towards the creation of a wax statue to honor Gans. Tickets for the event are $50 for General Admission and $100 for VIP tickets. VIP tickets allow you to spend some time with some of the many celebrities that are slated for the event. (more…)
Highly regarded lightweight amateur standout Antton Slaughter has signed exclusive promotional and managerial contracts with promoter Terry Trekas of One Punch Productions and former world champion Nate Campbell’s VooDoo Management. The 5′ 6″ twenty year-old Slaughter, compiled an impressive amateur record of 125-5 with 40 KOs during which he won the Ohio State Golden Gloves 7 times and fought in the 2008 Olympic trials. “I know I won the Gonzalez fight, but the judges didn’t see it my way” said Slaughter. “I could try for the 2012 Games, but I think my style is better suited for the pros, so it’s time to make the move.”
Spike TV will telecast live undercard bouts from UFC 111: ST. PIERRE vs. HARDY on Saturday, March 27 at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT from the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. The one-hour telecast will run with limited commercial interruption. UFC 111 will air on pay-per-view at 10:00 PM ET. (more…)
By Jason Ford at ringside
Two-time world heavyweight title challenger Fres Oquendo (32-5, 21 KOs) moved closer to earning another title shot with an impressive TKO over the usually very durable Demetrice King (15-18, 13 KOs) this past Saturday at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. Oquendo, the NABA champion and ranked #14 by the IBF, captured the vacant USBA title with his victory over King. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Bobby D. Presents in association with Jorge Marron Productions are ready to set sail on their 2010 boxing season with their first fight card of the year billed as “Philippines vs. Mexico”. Unbeaten Filipino lightweight sensation Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (16-0-1, 7KO) takes on tough journeyman Cristian Favela (17-24-6, 10KO) of Los Mochis, MX, in the eight round main event on Thursday, February 25th. The five bout fight card will be held at the Four Points by Sheraton in Kearny Mesa, a suburb of San Diego, CA. (more…)
Puerto Rico’s Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. (17-0-1, 14 KOs) squares off against former WBO super flyweight champion Marvin Sonsona of the Philippines (14-0-1, 12 KOs) this Saturday, February 27th. The bout will be the main event and take place at the Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. The event titled ‘Making History’ is being presented by PR Best Boxing in association with All Star Boxing, Sampson Boxing LLC, and SGG Promotions. (more…)
By John Cannon
Mission native Guadalupe De Leon is looking to extend his current win streak to two. De Leon (8-9) ended a seven fight losing streak as he upset undefeated Golden Boy prospect Derrick Wilson (5-1) on December 2nd of 2009. Now De Leon will try to pull off another upset as he faces Los Angeles native Charles Huerta (12-1, 7 KO’) in an eight round co-main event of the Victor Ortiz and Hector Alatorre fight Thursday night at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on Fox Sports Net. (more…)
Preparation is in high gear for the unveiling of a big bronze Joe Louis statue on this Saturday (2/27) in LaFayette, Alabama. The eight-foot bronze statue rests on a base of Alabama red granite on the west side of Chambers County Courthouse. A large crowd is expected to view the unveiling at 2 p.m. CST on Saturday. Joe Louis is regarded by many as the most famous individual to emerge from this east Alabama locale. Joe Louis Barrow Jr., son of the Brown Bomber, and other family members, as well as several sports notables, are expected to take part in the weekend events. (more…)
Report by Brady Crytzer
In the main event of UFC 110: Nogueira vs. Velasquez, the young wrecking machine Cain Velasquez knocked out former world heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira in just 2:20 with a devastating three punch combination.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has made it clear that 2010 will be one of international expansion and great fights. In its first show down under it delivered with a heavyweight showdown pitting an aging former champion with hopes of regaining the world title against a young wrecking machine hailed as “the next big thing” . . . Click here for more
Unbeaten WBO #2 rated jr featherweight Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (17-0-1, 14 KOs) appears on the popular Telemundo program “Titulares y Mas” with Edgar Lopez, Karim Mendiburu and Mirella Grisales. Vazquez, or “WV2″ as he is becoming known, will take on Marvin Sonsona (14-0-1, 12 KOs) for the vacant WBO junior featherweight title on Saturday in a pay-per-view showdown from Bayamon, Puerto Rico.
WBA super welterweight Yuri Foreman was in Long Beach, California, on Saturday conducting a boxing workshop with some college students in the gym at the Jewish Community Center. Foreman is expected to defend against former two division champ Miguel Cotto on June 12 in New York City. The schedule has been cleared at Yankee Stadium and the bout could land there. Click here for more photos
Puerto Rican boxing super star and former three-time world champion Miguel Cotto recently visited the training camp for MMA stars Kurt Pellegrino and Miguel Torres in Belmar, NJ, for a shooting for sponsor Ecko TV. Miguel taught some boxing skills and techniques to add to their arsenal and use in their upcoming fights in March. “It was a great experience working out with Kurt and Miguel . We had a fantastic sparring session,” Cotto said. UFC lightweight contender Kurt Pellegrino, who will be fighting on March 27th added, “It was a real honor for me having Miguel Cotto in my training camp. I learned real boxing techniques.” Top WEC fighter and former lightweight champion Miguel Torres who will be fighting on March 6th said, “It was a pleasure sparring with my favorite boxer and learning brilliant boxing moves from him.” More photos…
By Alexey Sukachev and Evgueny Solodov (at the scales)
Denis Lebedev 197.8 vs. Ignacio Esparza 199.5
(WBO I/C Cruiserweight title)
Alexander Bakhtin 117 vs. Nick Otieno 117.5
(WBC Bantamweight semi-eliminator)
Konstantin Piternov 175.5 vs. Samson Onyango 173.7
Azad Azizov 147 vs. Geoffrey Gaya 138.7
Ali Mammadov 151.5 vs. Safo Boboradzhabov 154
Igor Ivanov 138.5 vs. Sharof Altbaev 132.5
Gerey Gamedov 152 vs. Vusal Aliev 155.5
Venue: Izhevsk City Circus, Izhevsk, Russia
Promoter: Vladimir Hryunov
Click here for more photos…
By Alexey Sukachev
The temperature is lowering quickly in Udmurt capital. Izhevsk isn’t definitely the coldest place on the Earth but tonight it’s -30° Celsium, and tomorrow will hardly be any warmer. It was muvh hotter, however, in one of Izhevsk city megamalls during a huge open workout, performed by four headlining persons (Alexander Bakhtin, Nick Otieno, Denis Lebedev and Ignaio Esparza) and supported by pretty girls from one of local clubs. Click here for more photos
In his first defense, WBC featherweight champion Elio Rojas (22-1, 13 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over former champion Guty Espadas (45-8, 28 KOs) on Saturday night at the Zamna Poliforum in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. The champion was in command for the first seven rounds. Hometown favorite Espadas had his best round in the eighth, however, that was the last hurrah for the 35-year-old Espadas. Rojas got back on track in the ninth and cruised to victory. The ring announcer did not disclose the official scoring. Elio had superior hand speed but got a little overconfident in the later rounds, while Espadas looked as good as anyone has ever remembered him. UPDATE: Fightnews.com has learned that the scoring for Rojas was 120-108 and 119-109 twice.
WBC #11 heavyweight Derric Rossy (23-2, 12 KOs) knocked down Joseph Harris (10-10, 7 KOs) in round two, and the referee stopped the fight later in that round after an unanswered barrage of at least 12 punches. Rossy retained the FECARBOX heavyweight championship with the TKO win. Click here for more results and photos
WBA mini flyweight champion Giovani Segura (23-1-1, 19 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Walter Tello (14-4, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at the Discoteca El Alebrije in Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico. Both fighters went right at each other in round one with both landing good shots. The champion had the upper hand as the two-way action continued and referee Luis Pabon finally jumped in to protect Tello in round three. Time was 1:56. (more…)
Results by Brady Crytzer
In the main event of UFC 110: Nogueira vs. Velasquez, the young wrecking machine Cain Velasquez knocked out former world heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira in just 2:20 with a devastating three punch combination. Velasquez scored early with two thunderous body punches and, after Nogueira stepped in to engaged, closed the show with a powerful left, right, left combination.
In a three-round shootout Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva was awarded a unanimous decision victory over Michael “The Count” Bisping. While the men traded blows throughout the fight, Silva dropped Bisping with a powerful right with less than ten seconds left in round three. Had the round not ended, it appeared that Bisping would’ve been stopped by the punch. Scores all read the same, 29-28. (more…)
By Jason Ford at ringside
Heavyweight contender “Fast” Fres Oquendo (32-5, 20 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO against banger Demetrice King (15-18, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. Oquendo claimed the NABA/USBA belts when King was unable to come out for round ten.
Former world champion Daniel Ponce De Leon (38-2, 33 KOs) of Mexico simply overpowered Orlando Cruz (16-2-1, 7 KOs) in route to a third round KO win on Saturday night at the Auditorio Plaza La Condesa in Mexico City, Mexico. The official time was 2:37 seconds, Ponce De Leon won the vacant WBC Latino featherweight title with the stoppage victory. In his biggest career win to date, unbeaten welterweight Lucas Martin Matthysse (26-0, 24 KOs) stopped former world champion Vivian Harris (29-4-1, 19 KOs) by way of 4th round TKO. The official time was 2:44. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Ex-WBA flyweight champ Takefumi Sakata (36-5-2, 17 KOs), 112, very impressively made short work of Indonesian titlist Eric Diaz Siregar (14-10-3, 2 KOs), 112, dispatching him with a couple of knockdowns at 2:44 of the opening session on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Sakata, 30, furiously swarmed over the nervous Indonesian from the start and quickly floored him with a vicious left to the side of the belly. Siregar gamely resumed fighting, but Sakata went all out for a kill and finally dropped him again with an effective left-right combination with the loser collapsing face-first to be unable to beat the count. (more…)
The return of Johnny Tapia is shaping up for March 6 at the Ohkay Casino in N.M. In the main event, Tapia (56-5-2, 28 KOs) will be taking on former sparring partner Jorge Reyes (21-27-3, 17 KOs), of El Paso/Juarez. This fight is NOT an exhibition as we were originally told by the Tapia camp. Despite Reyes having lost 17 out of his last 20, this fight has apparently been given the green light by the re-formed San Juan Athletic Commission, which last operated in 2005. The New Mexico Athletic Commission has nothing to do with this fight, which is held on tribal land on the San Juan Pueblo outside Espanola, N.M.
Tapia looking sharp: Despite a three-year layoff, the former five-time champ is looking sharp, according to trainer Henry Anaya, Jr. Anaya is not only training Tapia for this fight, but his son, Henry “Poison” Anaya III, who will be turning pro on the card. Anaya will face experienced MMA fighter-turn-boxer Manuel “Mano” Otero, who is 5-8 in the cage. Also making his pro debut will be Johnny Tapia’s son, Jonathan Chavez Tapia, who’s fought five times as an amateur. — Chris Cozzone
Ringside by Ryan Macalua
Photos by Scott Foster
The Triple-Header in Tampa promoted by TKO Productions and Fight Night Productions proved to be a highly successful event Friday night at the A La Carte Pavilion. In front of a sold out crowd, hometown favorites Edner “The Bomb” Cherry (26-6-2, 14 KOs), Lenroy “TNT” Thomas (15-1, 8 KOs) and Jenna “The Cowgirl” Shiver (10-4-1, 2 KOs) racked up impressive victories . . . click here for more
New Zealand amateur sensation Leti Leti has signed with TKO Boxing Promotions. The announcement was made by Leti’s Las Vegas-based manager Cameron Dunkin. A native of Samoa, Leti, 22, one of New Zealand’s most decorated amateur fighters, made his professional debut last month, in Auckland, New Zealand, knocking out Aaron Bartlett in the first round of their January 31st bout. Leti will be campaigning as a welterweight.
“Leti is the goods and the hottest prospect to come out of the Samoa-New Zealand region since David Tua,” said Dunkin. “After winning many important amateur titles representing his countries, we thought it was important for him to make his professional debut in front of his countrymen before moving him to the United States where he will be exposed to a new audience and U.S. television. Leti is going to be a bright light on the international stage and TKO Promotions is the perfect promoter to make him a star.”
Leti had an amateur record of 89-8.
By Kurt Wolfheimer and Rick Scharmberg at ringside
Friday night at the Tri-State Sports Complex in Aston, PA, local fans came out to witness a long anticipated rematch between two tough local heavyweight scrappers as Danny “Two Gunz” Mullarkey and Jamie Campbell squared off in the six round main event. Campbell won their first skirmish three years ago by a controversial four round majority decision. Since that time neither fighter had fought, but that didn’t stop the sparks from flying as both fighters continually got under each other’s skin by throwing verbal jabs through the local media and at live events. Campbell (2-1, 1 KO) only needed 54 seconds to stop Mullarkey (5-3-1, 4 KOs). In the co-feature Melissa “Huracan” Hernandez captured a hard fought but one sided six round unanimous decision over a gritty and bloody Ela “Bam Bam” Nunez. The card was promoted by Al Thompson’s Football Stories Inc. and matched by Joey Cohen. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian 154 pounder Tyrone Tongia (13-2, 7 KOs) scored a fourth round disqualification win over Indonesian Aswin Cabuy (11-13-1, 4 KOs) in the man event at the Broncos Leagues Club, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on Friday. The referee disqualified the importation in round four after repeated infringements. Cabuy holds a 2008 victory over WBO-rated Samuel Colomban. Tongia is regarded as one of Australia’s best prospects. (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Top Rank publicist Lee Samuels revealed on Friday that Manny Pacquiao is arriving in Dallas on March 8 on board a private jet that Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum will send to Los Angeles in preparation for the March 13 fight with Joshua Clottey of Ghana at Cowboys Stadium. Clottey, who is now training in Fort Lauderdale in Florida, is checking in the day before the Filipino’s grand arrival, according to Samuels. Samuels said Clottey is going to host an open workout in New York on March 4 just before his team takes a flight to Texas. During fight week, Pacquiao and Clottey are set to host separate open workouts at the basement of the Gaylord Texan Hotel in Grapevine, Texas. Arum said a makeshift gym will be put up there so the fighters can work out without driving half an hour to the nearest gym. Clottey will have his open workout on March 9, while Pacquiao’s will take place the following day. The official press conference will be staged at the Cowboys Stadium on March 10 and the official weigh-in will also be held there as well at approximately 5 pm on March 12. Samuels added that the respective trainers are also doing roundtable discussions with the media on March 11 at the Gaylord Texan Hotel, the official residence of the entire promotion.
Tickets for the Kelly Pavlik vs. Sergio Martinez world middleweight championship on April 17 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. will
go on sale Monday at noontime. Pavlik will defend his WBC and WBO belts. Pavlik has a record of 36-1. Martinez is 44-2-2. Top Rank is promoting in association with DiBella Entertainment and Caesars Atlantic City. The championship fight will be broadcast on HBO. Tickets are $350, $200, $100 and $50 and are available at Ticketmaster.com and at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office. Ticketmaster may be reached at 800-736-1420.
Longtime Juarez and El Paso promoter Oswaldo Kuchle was arrested Wednesday on six counts of fraud, according to federal officials. Kuchle, of Promociones del Pueblo, was indicted Feb. 10 by a federal grand jury on charges that he defrauded the Export-Import Bank of the U.S., resulting in a $2.2 million loss for the bank. Allegedly, Kuchle used the money for personal use. Kuchle promotes Javier Castro, Gerson Guerrero, Jhohnny Gonzalez and Miguel Roman, who is scheduled to face Antonio Escalante on Feb. 26 on a Golden Boy-promoted card in El Paso.
Former WBA world champion Clarence “Bones” Adams (44-7-4, 20 KOs) was stopped in round four by Mexican veteran Edel “Cuate” Ruiz (34-22-4, 24 KOs) on Friday night in front of another sold out crowd at Miccosukee Resort and Gaming in Miami, Florida. The bout was waved off after Ruiz had dropped Bones twice. Time was 1:55. Ruiz claimed the vacant WBO NABA belt.
Former world title challenger and WBA #9, WBO #12 and IBF #13 bantamweight William “Chirizo” Gonzalez (24-3, 20 KOs) pounded out a twelve round unanimous decision over Jesus “Taquero” Vazquez (19-4-1-17 KOs). The hard-hitting Gonzalez dropped Vazquez in round two and went on to win by scores of 117-110, 119-108, 119-108. With the win, Gonzalez claimed the vacant WBO Latin bantamweight title. (more…)
The Top Rank Live! event featuring welterweights Mike Jones and Henry Bruseles is sold out at Bally’s Atlantic City on Saturday, Feb 27. The big card will be televised live on FSN, Bob Arum said today. “We are getting big crowds for all of our Top Rank Live! boxing cards since the series got underway on Fox earlier this year,” said Bob Arum of Top Rank. “It’s a very hot series. Fighters want to be on it and fans want to see it. The key is to make strong, competitive fights which our matchmakers Bruce Trampler and Brad Goodman are doing.” Mike Jones, promoted by Russsell Peltz, of Philadelphia is undefeated and a huge ticket seller. He is in a tough match against Henry Bruseles of Puerto Rico. Kendall Holt, the former world champion, from Paterson, N.J., is featured on the undercard. Years ago Top Rank promoted big ballroom fights at Bally’s featuring champions such as Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Alexis Arguello. “There’s a lot of boxing history in this Bally’s ballroom,” Arum said. Top Rank and Peltz Boxing are co-promoting.
Put Antonio Rodrigo ‘Minotauro’ Nogueira in the same room with Wanderlei Silva, and they’re just not two fighters anymore; they’re two countrymen, two friends, laughing and joking with an ease that contradicts the actuality that they will soon step into the UFC Octagon with the task of proving once again why they are so revered in the sport of mixed martial arts . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
Fres Oquendo 225.4 vs Demetrice King 273.4
(USBA and NABA heavyweight title)
Achour Esho 147 vs Marteze Logan 152.6
John Lewus 148.2 vs Rodney Freeman 155
Derek Zugic 175.6 vs Jaddell Wells 183.2
Krzyzsktof Simnoch 216.4 vs Keon Graham 221.6
Terry Martin 188.2 vs Rodell Bolar 190.2
Venue: Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana
Tickets: At the box office (219-473-6060)
Special: Former heavyweight champion Buster Douglas is at ringside
“This is a tough fight,” said promoter Bobby Hitz. “You can throw out the record for Demetrice. He comes to fight and he has pulled off a couple of upsets over undefeated fighters.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA has announced that the purse bids scheduled for February 22nd at Panama City in the super-flyweight and heavyweight divisions have been canceled since agreements appear to be reached by the various parties. The purse bid are for a heavyweight eliminator between Kali Meehan and Ruslan Chagaev and super flyweight champion Nobuo Nashiro against #1 Hugo Cazares. Two other purse bids, for the cruiserweight title defense of Guillermo Jones against Valery Brudov and the clash between lightweight titleholder Paulus Moses and interim beltholder Miguel Acosta, will go on as scheduled.
By Ryan Macalua at ringside
Lightweight contender Edner Cherry (26-6-2, 14 KOs) needed just 1:49 to impressively annihilate Hevinson Herrera (14-5-1, 4 KOs) in round one on Friday night at the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, Florida. Cherry immediately attacked Herrera, who had no answer for Cherry’s vicious barrage of punches.
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