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Four days ahead of their title fight at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Germany, WBO cruiserweight champion Marco “Captain” Huck (31-1, 23 KOs) and challenger Ran Nakash (25-0, 18 KOs) participated in an open work-out today. “The belt will remain in Germany,” Huck said. “I am the world champion and I will still be the world champion after Saturday night. Nakash cannot beat me.” Huck worked the pads with coach Ulli Wegner, who expects a tough night for his hard-hitting champion. “Marco must not underestimate his opponent,” Wegner said. “Nakash is unbeaten and will therefore enter the arena with a lot of confidence. It will be an interesting match-up, but if Marco sticks to the game plan, he will leave the ring victorious.” For more details and photos click here…
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Former world champion Martin ‘El Gallo’ Castillo (35-4, 18 KOs) of Mexico, under the guidance of long time trainer Mando Huerta at the Maywood Boxing Club in Maywood, California, will step back into the ring this Friday, April 1st for the long awaited rematch against former world champion Eric ‘Little Hands of Steel’ Morel (43-2, 21 KOs) of Puerto Rico, in what is one of boxing’s biggest and longest rivalries, Mexico vs. Puerto Rico, at the Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino in Indio, California which will be televised on the latest edition of Telefutura’s ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’, Martin Castillo vs. Eric Morel II ‘The Rematch’ is being presented by Golden Boy Promotions. For more details and photos click here…
The threat of prison time hanging over the head of WBO light heavyweight Jurgen Brähmer has gone away after a controversial conviction was thrown out on appeal due a lack of evidence. The champion was initially given a 16 month prison sentence for allegedly hitting a woman in a bar fight, but he was remained free while the verdict was appealed. “I always said that I was innocent,” said Brähmer, “the first proceeding was a joke.” Brähmer can now give his full attention to preparations for his May 21 defense in London against interim titlist Nathan Cleverly.
The undercard for Saturday night’s highly-anticipated rematch in Mexicali between WBO light flyweight champion Giovani “El Guerrero Azteca” Segura and former 108-pound king, Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon, has been officially announced. The 12 round co-feature matches a pair of former world title challengers from Mexico, Jorge “Baby Face” Lacierva (38-7-6, 26 KOs) and Fernando “Wary” Beltran, Jr. (35-4-1, 19 KOs), in an IBF featherweight eliminator. Veteran Ricardo “Piolo” Castillo (39-9-2, 26 KOs), a three-time world title challenger, battles Joksan “El Torito” Hernandez (21-3, 14 KOs) in a 12-round bout for the IBF Latino Featherweight Championship. Castillo is the younger brother of two-time world lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo. Also on the card, undefeated Mexican super bantamweight prospect Ramon “Cobra” Maas (24-0, 15 KOs) takes on dangerous Enrique “Duende” Bernache (15-2, 7 KOs) in a 10 rounder. Time permitting, additional bouts will air on the PPV telecast.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
Former WBO world champion Jhonny Gonzalez traveled to Japan on Tuesday night for his next bout on April 8 against WBC featherweight champion Hozumi Hasegawa in the World Memorial Hall in Kobe, Hyogo. Gonzalez traveled accompanied by trainer Nacho Beristain. González is the current IBO featherweight world champion while Hasegawa has won the WBC featherweight belt against Mexican Juan Carlos Burgos. Gonzalez is the mandatory challenger. Click here for more photos…
Manchester fighter John Murray (30-0, 18 KOs) says he will enjoy defending his European lightweight title on Kevin Mitchell’s London turf this Saturday night. Murray was due to meet Mitchell (31-1, 23 KOs) on April 2 at Wembley Arena, but the fight fell through. Now the unbeaten Mancunian will put his belt on the line for a second time against Spaniard Karim El Ouzaghari (11-1-2, 4 KOs) at York Hall.
“It should have been Kevin in the opposite corner on Saturday night and it’s a real shame we didn’t get it on, but rest assured, it wasn’t because I didn’t want it,” said Murray. “I’m in Mitchell’s backyard so I hope he comes out from his local Pie ‘n Mash shop and sees me in action to see what he’s missing out on. I’m really looking forward to coming down to the York Hall as I haven’t boxed there for five years and showing the London fans what I can do. After they have seen me they will know that I’m the real deal and that I’m the next big thing in British boxing.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Word is the contract proposal submitted by the international promoter Sampson Lewkowicz on behalf of Golden Boy Promotions to Panamanian WBA bantamweight super world champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno not signed by the Monday deadline imposed by Lewcowickz. The proposal was sent to the Moreno’s manager Roberto Grimaldo, who along with Moreno, could not make a final decision. The deal was reportedly for $1.2 million for four fights.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former WBC/IBF/WBA jr welterweight champion Kostya Tszyu will be training former WBO cruiserweight challenger Denis Lebedev for his May 22nd twelve round bout against Roy Jones Jr at the Sport Complex Krylatskoe in Moscow, Russia. Lebedev is coming off a split twelve round decision loss to Marco Huck who defeated him in a December WBO world title bout. Tszyu told Fightnews “I want to help Denis Lebedev in this fight by showing him how to think correctly in the ring. Roy Jones Jr is a good friend of mine whom I respect. This is only business in the boxing ring.” (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao and his sparring partners were supposed to take it nice and easy as one would on the driver’s seat of a car that just rolled out of the showroom. But while there was not enough time for Pacquiao and sparmates Shawn Porter and David Rodela to go full throttle, it was a four-round session that had all the trappings of a Pacquiao workout. “Manny did what he always does,” said Pacquiao’s Canadian adviser Mike Koncz from Baguio City, site of the Filipino’s preparation for the May 7 clash with Shane Mosley. “It was good considering that it’s just the first day (of sparring),” said Koncz. “They really went at it.” Pacquiao will rack up more rounds with sessions set for Thursday and Saturday, just before Team Pacquiao leaves for the US to resume the buildup at the Wild Card in Hollywood. Porter and Rodela are old hands in Pacquiao’s training camp but always put up their best whenever they share the ring with the eight-division world champion. Pacquiao is a huge 6-1 favorite to retain his WBO welterweight crown in a slambang showdown at the MGM Grand inn Las Vegas.
Promoter Steve Smith of Rumble Time Promotions returns to St. Louis on April 16 at the Ameristar Casino Resort Spa in St. Charles, Missouri. Headlining lightweight “Dangerous” Dannie Williams (16-1, 13 KOs) taking on tough Mexican veteran Manuel Leyva (18-2, 10 KOs) for the WBC Continental Americas title in a scheduled twelve rounder. Leyva just lost a very close ten round split decision to former world champion Joel Casamayor on March 11th in Las Vegas.
In other action, St. Louis junior middleweight fan favorite Ryan Davis (22-8-3, 8 KOs) will face Brad “The Firecracker” Hill (11-13-1, 9 KOs), and junior welterweight prospect Miguel “Silky Smooth” Gonzalez (15-2, 13 KOs) will battle Hector “The Mongoose” Alatorre (16-14, 5 KOs) in a pair of scheduled six rounders.
Advance tickets, starting at $35, may be purchased by calling 314-662-2000.
Photo: Danae Rainey
Carson Jones (29-8-2, 19 KOs) delivered a thrilling TKO for his local fans Saturday night. Jones stopped Rahman Yusubov (11-3, 9 KOs) in round 4 of their main event at Remington Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Yusubov had a solid round one but it was all downhill after that. A big right hand delivered by Jones in round four was the beginning of the end for Yusubov. Jones followed this up with a series of punches with Yusubov against the ropes where the referee jumped in. Yusubov moments later fell face first to the canvas so no count was necessary. Jones, still just 24 years of age, has been a pro since 2004 fighting respectable competition throughout that time. HD Boxing promoted the event with Bobby Dobbs matchmaking.
By Felipe Leon
With “America’s Finest City”, San DIego, CA, in a midst of a boxing renaissance, the southern California coastal city has seen a up tick of fighting action in the last twelve months. With Jorge Marron Productions leading the way in association with Golden Boy Promotions and Don Chargin Promotions with a constant presence of Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate”, now it is the turn for the man known as the first purveyor of professional fisticuffs in the region, Bobby DePhilippis. On Thursday, March 31st, Bobby D. Presents with the aforementioned Jorge Marron Productions present “Tomorrow’s Champions”, a six bout fight card stacked full of southern California talent proving their wares in what are sure to be four round wars. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBO #15 heavyweight Alex Leapai who will clash with Peter Okhello on April 17 in Jakarta, Indonesia talks to Fightnews about his recent wins over American Travis Walker and Owen Beck and how he feels he would defeat David Haye and also the Klitschkos.
Jose Pedraza 131 vs. Corben Page 132
Willie Monroe Jr. 157 vs. Darnell Boone 159
Seanie Monaghan 174 vs. Michael Glenn 174.25
Travis Peterkin 171.25 vs. Abdellah Smith 169
Scott Burrell 132.25 vs. Jemell Tyson 132
Delen Parsley 153 vs. David Lopez 152
Gabriel DuLuc 140 vs. Joal Alarcon 137
Venue: BB King Blues Club & Grill, NYC
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
Photos: Joel A. Colón/PR Best Boxing
Iván “Iron Boy” Calderon made a hard training today in Mexicali, where this Saturday, April 2, he will face WBO junior flyweight champion Giovani Segura in a rematch to be held at the Auditorio del Estado in Mexicali, Baja California, México, in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) and Promociones Zanfer presentation to be televised on “Pay Per View”. Calderon (34-1-1, 6 KOs) worked in floor exercises, the rope, the punching bag an made some rounds of gloves with one of his trainers Felix Pagan Pintor. Also help Calderon in the Gym, head trainer Jose “Cheche” Sanchez and Angel Cotto for his bout versus Segura (26-1-1, 22 KOs), who beat him by TKO last year. Click here for more photos…
Former World Middleweight Champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik will make his long-awaited return to the ring when he takes on undefeated World Boxing Council (WBC) Continental Americas super middleweight champion Alfonso “El Tigre” Lopez, Saturday, May 7, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. The 10-round Pavlik-Lopez rumble will headline the Manny Pacquiao vs. Shane Mosley World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight championship undercard. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Sugar Shane Mosley Promotions, Tecate and MGM Grand, the four-fight Mosley-Pacquiao pay-per-view extravaganza will be produced and distributed live on SHOWTIME PPV®. (more…)
Tickets are on sale today for Top Rank’s fight card on May 6, on the eve of the showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Sugar Shane Mosley. Diego Magdaleno, Bernabe Concepcion, Mike Lee, Abie Han, Anthony Lenk and Jesse Magdaleno will be boxing on Friday, May 6 in the South Pacific Ballroom at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Tickets are $75, $50 and $25 and may be purchased at Mandalay Bay’s Contact Center – 877-632-7400 or at Ticketmaster – 1-800-745-3000. Magdaleno, Concepcion and Lee will be boxing on the live telecast of ESPN Friday Night Fights. Top Rank matchmaker Brad Goodman said he will soon announce the bouts.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Piotr Duszczyk/ringpolska
For the first time before their WBC cruiserweight championship clash on Saturday, WBC #1 and mandatory contender Francisco “The Wizard” Palacios (20-0, 13 KOs) had a chance to stand face to face with world champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (44-2, 32 KOs), who will defend his title.
“I will try to put the spell on him,” joked Palacios during the 12 Round KnockOut Promotions press conference at the Warsaw Hilton Hotel. “And of course I will put him to sleep, but it’s time to stop talking.”
Włodarczyk, with his marquee smile, was asked what his response was to the “Wizard’s” sleep prediction. He answered like seasoned politician: “I heard that Florida is a beautiful place right now,” making a remark to Palacios training and current home site. Click here for more photos…
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Photo: Dave Spencer
Tempers boiled over in Montreal this morning as Bernard Hopkins came face to face in advance of their May 21st return engagement at the Bell Centre in Montreal. “I wanted the fight here so I could kick his ass in his own backyard,” said Hopkins as the champion Jean Pascal sat back and yawned.
Things totally erupted when Pascal took the microphone and gave Hopkins all his championship belts. “I know you’re a thief, so I’m giving them to you now, but after May 21st, they’re staying here.” Pascal then upped the ante and accused the 46 year-old of cheating. “Are you willing to take a blood test for the fans and the rest of the world to prove you’re clean? You’re from the same family as Shane Mosley. Are you willing to take the test?”
As Hopkins got up to leave saying he would submit to any test the Quebec Commission required, Pascal stayed the aggressor and got into a shoving match and had to be physically restrained. “You’re a f-ing cheater,” the Montreal fighter screamed as Hopkins left the room.
By Karl Freitag
Jean Pascal: “I won in Quebec City last December 18 and I will decisively win the rematch. But this time when I send him to the canvas, I’ll make sure he doesn’t get up again. Hopkins isn’t getting any younger and he gave everything he had left in his body the last time. He can’t be any better. I’m ready to settle this once and for all here in Quebec in front of my fans.”
Bernard Hopkins: “I’m a threat and my age doesn’t matter, Pascal knows it. He was credited with two knockdowns and is almost 20 years younger than me and he still wasn’t able to win the fight. The fans know who really won. I gave Pascal an old-fashioned beating and I’ll do it again. Believe me, Pascal knows exactly what’s waiting for him on May 21 – it will be ‘execution time’ again.”
Photos: Motorsport Park
When WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz steps into the ring on April 9th at the Bördelandhalle against WBA champion Dimitri Sartison, he must rely on his fast feet and hands. At the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben he experienced a different type of speed. He took a seat in a BMW Z4 GT3 of Schubert Motors and was driven around the track by the arena driving instructor Patrick Bernhardt. He showed Stieglitz how to drive fast laps in racing speed. Afterwards the SES world champion changed into the driver seat and drove one lap on the track. An unforgetable experience for Stieglitz. (more…)
IBF #13 super middleweight Donovan “Da Bomb” George (21-1-1, 18 KOs) returns to action in his hometown of Chicago this Friday night against Maxell “The General” Taylor (15-2-1, 6 KOs) at the UIC Pavilion in twelve round clash for the vacant USBA title. George is coming off a crushing first round knockout of previously unbeaten Cornelius White on February 11th which was broadcast on Showtime. In the co-main event, Sergey Kovalev (13-0, 11 KOs) faces veteran Julius Fogle ( 15-6, 10 KOs) in an eight round light heavyweight bout. Also super middleweight “Bazooka” Joe Linenfelser (8-1-1, 6 KOs) meets Jeremy Marts (6-10, 4 KOs). Tickets start at $30 for the event presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions.
After more than two decades the IBF/USBA is returning to Las Vegas, Nevada when its 28th Annual Convention takes place at the Paris Hotel & Casino May 31 – June 4, 2011. Las Vegas was the host city in 1990 when the organization held its 7th Annual Convention at the Maxim Hotel & Casino. “I expect that we will do well with attendance at this year’s convention,” stated IBF/USBA President, Daryl J. Peoples. He went on to add, “Not only is Las Vegas the ‘fight capital of the world’, it is a very popular tourist destination drawing visitors from all over the world.” (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
After almost 200 amateur contests and numerous championships, 16-year-old Dusty Harrison of DC will take the plunge into the next level. Fightnews.com has learned that Harrison has signed a pro contract with Prize Fight Promotions of Memphis, TN and may make his pro debut in early June as a welterweight. According to Harrison’s father, Buddy, the owner of the Old School Boxing Gym, the family fielded numerous offers from promoters across the country, but felt Prize Fight was the best fit for them. “Our recent trip to Memphis, TN (where Prize Fight’s headquarters are) confirmed that this was the best choice for Dusty,” said Buddy Harrison. “Brian Young, Russ Young and Nate Yoder are a class act and run a professional operation.” (more…)
On April 15th Telefutura returns to the Longshoremen’s Hall at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco for an event billed as “Battle on Beach Street.” The main event will feature fast-rising undefeated super featherweight Eloy “The Prince” Perez (20-0, 5 KOs) versus Daniel “Azuquita” Jimenez (20-3, 12 KOs). The undercard will comprise of local talent including knockout artists Joe “The Punisher” Gumina, Juan “No Compasion” Hernandez, and the professional debut of Jonathan “El Carismatico” Chicas.
By Craig Watt
Photos: Team Tomlinson
Unbeaten WBO #4 ranked super-featherweight Will Tomlinson (15-0, 11 KOs) is seen by many experts as one of Australia’s top boxing prospects after an impressive start to his professional career. He has impressed in each outing of his fifteen fight unbeaten run to date and takes on Indonesian Billy Sumba (18-3-1, 4 KOs) on April 8th at the Melbourne Pavillion, Flemington, Victoria. With his WBO #4 ranking he now has Scottish world champion Ricky Burns in his sights and hopes for a shot at the world title in the next twelve months. For more details and photos click here…
By Craig Watt
Photo: Team Mundine
On April 13th at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Queensland, Australia former two time WBA 168 pound champion Anthony “The Man” Mundine (40-4, 24 KOs) attempt to take revenge on the only boxer to defeat him in the last five years. He takes on the “Australian Contender” winner Garth Wood (10-1-1, 6 KOs) in a rematch of their December 2010 match up at the Acer Arena in Sydney when the 32 year old Wood knocked out Mundine with a left hook in the fifth round. This was considered by many experts the boxing shock of the year in Australia in a fight Mundine was expected to win easily against a relatively inexperienced opponent. (more…)
Photo: Prime Time
Middleweight Benjamin Simon has been forced to pull out of Friday’s IBF eliminator against Sam Soliman due to an injury to the middle knuckle on his left hand. He will be out of action for six to eight weeks. The main event for the Arena Box-Promotion show, which takes place at the Pferdesportpark in Berlin will be former WBA cruiserweight champion Firat Arslan against Michal Bilak.
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Sam Cohen
We all want to be the best at what we do; whatever our profession. It is an inherent human need to strive for the perceived glory commensurate with championship-level achievement. Unfortunately, the cold, mathematical reality of life dictates only the most infinitesimal percentage of us ever breathe such rarefied air. Does that mean the rest of us are to be considered failures Definitely not. The argument rightfully exists that a noble and more universal struggle to overcome these professional “deficiencies” can exalt the layman, the journeyman, the everyman. The sport of boxing consists of thousands of such men who continue to answer the bell and perform their job to the best of their abilities. They may never hold a world championship belt around their waists, but their efforts legitimize the lucky few who do. Fightnews recently had the opportunity to speak with one such fighter, Kissimmee heavyweight Jason “The Sensation” Gavern (19-7-4, 8 KOs). For more details and photos click here…
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