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The biggest weekend in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship® and the sport of mixed martial arts will now feature another truly memorable event. For the first-time ever, all seven UFC® world champions will gather for a presentation at the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto on Friday, April 29 at 3:15 p.m. ET. The event brings together the “Super 7” reigning UFC champions for a truly unique media and fan experience. (more…)
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Italian bantamweight titlist Rodrigo Bracco (13-3, 5 KOs) successfully retained for the first time his national belt last week at the Local Sport Hall in Agnosine, Italy, outscoring tough challenger Pio Antonio Nettuno (7-2, 1KO) after ten brounds of boxing. It was a give-and-take affair starting from the opening minute, Bracco knocked down his contender in the ninth round and got a majority decision through scores of 96-93; 95-93 and 94-94. (more…)
A total of five fighters participating on Saturday’s boxing card at the WinStar Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma, have been suspended by the Chickasaw Nation Boxing Commission for 45 days and must provide a negative drug test from a certified lab or have “failed drug test suspended pending a hearing” placed in their FightFax record. Popular Baltimore Ravens defensive back Tommy Zbikowski is among those listed. The others include heavyweight Andy Ruiz Jr., lightweight John “Action” Jackson, lightweight Terrance Roy and light heavyweight David Robinson. Most commissions normally only test fighters participating in title fights, however for Saturday night’s card they tested all the fighters.
WBA super welterweight champion Austin Trout (22-0, 13 KOs) says he’s ready to make a statement when he defends his title for the first time on June 11 against mandatory challenger David “The Destroyer” Lopez (40-12, 23 KOs) at a site to be named in Mexico. “I’m going to pick him apart and try to discourage him with counters, and effective aggression,” said Trout, “he’s tall so I will have to use angles to get in and stay in….I feel good I’ve been training roughly a month already and just excited to get back in the ring aka my office. David Lopez is a good tough strong fighter, and I want to make a statement against him.”
Trout also had some choice words for WBC super welterweight champion Saul Alvarez. “Immediately after [me] beating his brother, Saul Alvarez challenged me to fight for my belt. I accepted then and there, although I didn’t agree to going back to Mexico to do it. After winning his WBC title over Matthew Hatton all that revenge talk stopped. I would love to fight Canelo but that wouldn’t be a good career move for him right now.”
WBA/WBO lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez, who recently passed on a bout with Erik Morales and has also so far refused to sign off on a bout against IBF jr welterweight champion Zab Judah in July, may end up getting his wish to face Manny Pacquiao. According to reports surfacing from Mexico, Top Rank has sent a proposal to Marquez for a third match with Pacquiao, with whom he has a draw and close loss against in previous bouts. The bout would take place in October. More will be determined after Pacquiao faces Shane Mosley in a big May 7 pay-per-view event.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The name of Salvador Sanchez needs no introduction if you are a fan of Mexican boxing. Now his nephew Salvador Sanchez II is trying to follow in his footsteps. Sanchez II (22-4-3, 11 KOs), who fought last Saturday in Mexico City and won a split decision over Jose Carmona, speaks about his career and more. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Current WBA interim bantamweight champion Hugo “Cuatito” Ruiz (27-1, 25 KOs) will defend his crown against Mexican compatriot Francisco “Panchito” Arce (31-6-3, 22 KOs) on May 14 in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico at the Sports Center or the Auditorio Benito Juarez. The world title event is promoted by Zanfer promotions, HG Boxing and Sampson Boxing and will be broadcast by TV Azteca. This will be the first defense of his title for Ruiz who was originally expected to face former WBA world super flyweight champion in Panama.
Both Ruiz and Arce hail from Los Mochis.
Photo: Team Garcia
With less than five days to go, southern California featherweight Aaron “Gavilan” Garcia (10-1-2, 2 KOs) is all ready for his next assignment this Friday night when he faces undefeated Abraham “Chamaco” Lopez (13-0, 10 KOs) at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA, in a scheduled eight rounder as part of Thompson Boxing’s “New Blood” Series. Garcia has been training for little over two months and has taken advantage of having world ranked fighters Christopher Martin and Mercito Gesta nearby. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Photo courtesy Peruboxing
Peru is one Latin American country that is still awaiting to have its first (male) world boxing champion. But the Andean nation can now count on a trio of young boxers who have recently invaded the US scene. They are Jonathan Maicelo, Carlos Zembrano and Juan Zegarra. The leader of the pack is undoubtably Jonathan Maicelo (15-0, 9 KOs), a charismatic 26-year-old lightweight now residing in North Bergen, NJ. In his first appearance on US soil last year, Maicelo defeated tough Oscar Cuero (13-2) via a lopsided decision. (more…)
WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation light welterweight champion Jose “El Nino” Reynoso Jose Reynoso (14-3-1, 2 KOs) of Riverside will defend his title against Estaban Almaraz (10-4, 3 KOs) of Texas. The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds and will take place June 24th at the Double Tree Hotel in Ontario, California. The two were originally scheduled to meet April 29th but Reynoso was forced to pull out due to injury.
Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko were in New York City on Easter Sunday for the Premiere of the Documentary film “Klitschko.” The Film premiered as part of the Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) and is an in-depth look of the journey from their humble beginnings in the Soviet Union to achieving their goal of becoming heavyweight world champions.The Film received a great reaction from the audience and was very well received by the media. The BROADVIEW Pictures production, directed by Sebastian Dehnhardt, will be shown 3 more times during the Film Festival.
Limited tickets are still available for the following screenings in New York:
Tue, Apr 26, 10:00PMAMC Loews Village 7 – 2
Thu, Apr 28, 2:30PMAMC Loews Village 7 – 3
Sat, Apr 30, 10:00PMTribeca Cinemas Theater 1
Former world champion and southern california based Kassim Ouma (27-7-1, 17 KOs) will once again challenge for the world title. This time it will be at middleweight as he challenges WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (20-0, 17 KOs) June 18th at the Arena Roberto Duran, Panama City, Panama.
Ouma was written off by many having lost five of six fights in early 2010. An immediate change was needed to salvage his career so Ouma headed west from Florida to Riverside, California. There he hooked up with his new managers Charlie Perez and Ruben Castanon who own the Capital Punishment Boxing Club based in Riverside. With no distractions and 100% focus on his training Ouma upset “Contender” reality television show participant Joey Gilbert (20-2, 15 KOs) in his hometown of Reno, Nevada last September by way of 6th round TKO.
The win was very signficant as Ouma won the vacant NABA middleweight title which got him world ranked and eligible for this world title opportunity.
Ouma will again enter this fight as the underdog but co-manager Castanon vows to not count him out. “This will definitely be a tough fight for Ouma but it will be equally as tough for Golvkin. I hope he and his team are not looking at how many losses Ouma has because this Ouma is a much better and focused fighter,” said Castanon.
By Nick Giongco
Manny Pacquiao will not make Shane Mosley quit, but the Filipino star has more than what it takes to put him away for good. This is the belief of Pacquiao’s adviser Mike Koncz, who swears a fighter of Mosley’s caliber is someone to be taken seriously and not to be messed with. “I don’t think Mosley has the word ‘quit’ in his vocabulary,” Koncz told fightnews on Sunday night as Team Pacquiao enters the final two weeks of buildup for the May 7 clash with Mosley at the MGM Grand.
But Pacquiao certainly has what it takes to force the referee to decide to step in to prevent Mosley from getting busted up even more, according to Koncz, who has been with the pound-for-pound king since 2005. Koncz said that even if Mosley is pushing 40, “the age factor won’t be a factor in the early rounds.” (more…)
On Friday, April 29, 2011, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will present Molina vs. Conyers for the second occurrence of the series, “Fight Night at The Cosmopolitan,”to be televised live on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights.” (more…)
Thanks to tremendous growth in its Hispanic fan base in the United States, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that it will launch a website dedicated to bilingual UFC® fans.
UFCLatino.com, launching today, will serve bilingual UFC® fans by providing unique content in both Spanish and English. The site will cater to the culture of the blossoming audience of Hispanic fans who are drawn to the UFC’s fast-paced, exciting action. What’s more, the site will include news, video and special content featuring charismatic Hispanic stars such as UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, top welterweight Diego Sanchez, and Octagon® girl Arianny Celeste. (more…)
WBC President Jose Sulaiman has commented on the behind the scenes situation involving the recent fight between WBC female champions Jackie Nava and Ana Maria Torres, which was originally announced to be a WBA title fight, which caused some friction between the two organizations.
In his weekly “Hook to the Body” column, Sulaimán wrote: “In Veracruz, Mexico, on the same night, two Mexican female lionesses met in the ring: Jackie Nava, the WBC super-bantam champion for five years, and Ana María Torres, the WBC super flyweight world champion, also for several years, in a bout that ended in a fair draw. It had been myself who had called Ana María the best female champion of the world after her tough but clear defeat of the great German female boxer Alesia Graf, a qualification or appointment that Jackie Nava went to Veracruz to take for herself. With the draw, Ana María confirmed being the best fighter in the world, but there is no question that Jackie Nava won in the ring. The qualification of being the best female professional BOXER in the world, after excelling in the ring with an outstanding performance of excellent boxing! And to think that some wanted to steal from the WBC this fight between two great long-reigning female champions fighting in our home, Mexico!
“It is here where I would like to extend my congratulations to my friend Gilberto Mendoza, President of the WBA, for his understanding this attempted low blow and calling me to let me know that the WBA would not approve such a fight, as it might have meant an intromission between two friendly organizations.”
In his first fight since his 9th round TKO loss against IBF champion Lucian Bute in a world title shot last October, IBF #7 super middleweight Jesse Brinkley (35-6, 22 KOs) will try to get back into the title picture on Friday night at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada. Brinkley faces undefeated Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (23-0, 17 KOs) in a clash for the vacant USBO belt.
“We don’t have time to rebuild. That’s why you have to take a fight with a top guy like Quillin,” stated the 35-year-old Brinkley. “I need this type of fight. If I beat Quillin, that can position me to another world title shot. I want to fight for a world title again. There is a lot on the line for me in this fight.”
Regarding his fight with Bute, Brinkley stated “I know I was an underdog, but I never imagined I would lose that fight. I haven’t stopped thinking about it since. I have to be back at that level.”
The city of Gilroy, California, hometown to five-time world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, is dedicating a special day to their accomplished hero. On Sunday May 15, 2011, family, friends and fans are encouraged to make their way to downtown Gilroy as the official Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero Day will be celebrated. Streets will be blocked off on 5th St. from Eigleberry St. to Monterey Road beginning at 12:00 with festivities till 6:00 P.M. Money raised from a $5.00 dinner plate, $5.00 autographed photos and raffled items will be donated to the “Leukemia and Lymphoma Society” and “Be The Match National Marrow Donor Program.” (more…)
It’s a family affair on Friday, May 6, as brothers Librado Andrade and Enrique Ornelas headline an intriguing doubleheader at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. The theme of family continues further with the main event, as Andrade will square off against Aaron Pryor Jr., the son of the legendary Hall of Fame boxer, Aaron Pryor, in a ten-round light heavyweight bout.
In the co-featured bout, scheduled for eight rounds in the light heavyweight division, Ornelas will face an opponent to be named. Also in action, unbeaten rising star and Coachella local hero, Randy Caballero, battles an opponent to be announced in a six round junior featherweight contest.
By Francisco Salazar
In a crossroads battle between young Southern California fighters, one fighter hopes to rebound from defeat in his last bout, while the other hopes to remain unbeaten. Golden Boy Promotions matchmaker Eric Gomez confirmed to Fightnews.com that Charles Huerta will drop down to 122 pounds and take on unbeaten Christopher Martin in a 10 round bout on May 20th. The bout will headline a Solo Boxeo Tecate card at the Hangar at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, CA. Also on the card is unbeaten Carlos Molina taking on former world title belt challenger Angel Chacon in an eight round bout.
“We might make the Huerta-Martin bout for a minor title,” said Gomez, who is also Golden Boy’s Vice President. Huerta, (16-2-1, 9 KO’s) from Paramount, CA, lost an eight round split-decision at the hands of unbeaten Raul Hirales, Jr. in January. The loss snapped a five-bout winning streak for Huerta. Making 122 pounds should not be difficult for Huerta as he has fought around 124 pounds in his last five bouts.
Martin, (21-0-2, 6 KO’s) from Chula Vista, CA, won an eight round unanimous decision over Yogli Herrera in December. The San Diego-based Martin is best remembered for his 10 round split decision victory over heralded Chris Avalos in August. The 24 year old Martin is ranked in the top 10 in two of the sanctioning bodies.
This is a Fight Club OC Special Edition show and a co promotion of Golden Boy Promotions and Roy Englebrecht Promotions. Tickets for the show are now available at $30 at www.fightcluboc.com.
Ringside Report by Scott Ploof and Billy “Loops” Luppert
Photography by Emily Harney
A determined and dedicated Breidis Prescott methodically battered, jabbed, and landed solid combinations on his opponent Bayan Jargal defeating him with a convincing unanimous decision in the main event of ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT, handing Jargal only the second loss of his professional career. All three judges scored the bout in Prescott’s favor by scores of 99-91, 99-90, and 100-90. 23 year old Providence junior middleweight and 2008 Olympian, Demetrius “The Hammer” Andrade continued his winning ways and kept his perfect record intact as he battered his opponent, Omar Bell over two rounds finally stopping him with a short left to the body of his opponent at 1:31 of the second round. Click here for the entire ringside report and action-packed photogallery.
Story by Andreas Hale
Photo by Emily Harney
Boxing has always had a “what have you done for me lately” attitude. Fans and journalists alike often neglect the accomplishments of any fighter should they lose a (God forbid) a fight or disappear from the spotlight for an extended period of time. Kelly Pavlik is the perfect example of this attitude . . . Click here for more
I said I would not do it again.
I might have even promised — no crossed fingers or anything silly like that. Actually, I guaranteed it. Go back and read my UFC 124 post mortem. After predicting that Georges St-Pierre would suffer an upset loss at the hands of Josh Koscheck, I stated without equivocation I would not pick against Georges St-Pierre in another fight, unless his opponent happened to be Anderson Silva. . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
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By Graham Houston
Every now and again, a fight that looks evenly balanced on paper turns out to be a mismatch, and so it was on Saturday night when Vic Darchinyan destroyed Yonnhy Perez in five rounds on Showtime. Although the fight ended anti-climactically on a technical decision, Darchinyan had been dominant in every round and seemed sure to stop Perez in another two or three rounds.
Darchinyan had promised before the fight that he would go back to his old power-punching method after experimenting with a more elusive style, and he delivered on his words. It seemed that Darchinyan hadn’t packed a great deal of punching power in previous bantamweight bouts against Joseph Agbeko and Abner Mares. This was different, though — this was a brutal battering of a fighter who was considered to be durable. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Super featherweight Alejandro Gómez (11-21-4, 3 KOs) was disqualified for biting the ear of world ranked contender Vicente Martin Rodriguez (33-2, 19 KOs) on Saturday night at the Club Vecinal Vec in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In round six Gómez chomped on Rodriguez’ left ear in Mike Tysonesque fashion, leaving Rodriguez with a deep cut on his earlobe. Referee Rodolfo Stella viewed incident on TV replays and immediately DQ’d Gómez. Rodriguez is currently rated WBO #5 and WBC #11.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Some sources indicate that there is a possibility that current WBC lightweight champion Humberto ‘Zorrita’ Soto will defend his belt against #5 rated Daniel ‘Tremendo’ Estrada on either June 4th or 25th at a venue to be determined in Mexico. Word is negotiations are underway and we expect to find out this week if this fight is finalized. Soto recently pulled out of a title rematch against Urbano Antillon scheduled for the May 6 Pacquiao-Mosley undercard and declared himself a free agent. It would be Soto’s fourth defense of the lightweight crown.
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Two local heavyweights scored fifth-round techinical knockouts in front of their home fans Saturday night on the inaugural Hard Times Promotions card at the DC Star Nightclub in Washington, DC.
The main event saw DC heavyweight Maurice “Freight Train” Byarm remain undefeated with a fifth-round TKO over “Mr. P” Willie Palms of Jersey City, NJ. Byarm, who was born in Philadelphia and the son of Lionel Byarm, Evander Holyfield’s opponent in Holyfield’s pro debut, was in complete control of the contest and he exchanged in the corners with the game Palms. The bout was stopped in a strange way. In the fifth round, Byarm hit Palms with a bodyshot that drove Palms slumping in the neutral corner. Referee Dr. Joe Cooper called it a knockdown saying the corner stopped Palms from hitting the canvas. Palms was angered by the call and walked disgustedly to his corner before the bell rang, forcing Cooper to stop the contest at 1:50 of the fifth. Byarm is now 11-0, eight KO’s while Palms’s record evens at 10-10-1, five KO’s.
In the co-feature, Laurel, MD heavy “The Big Ticket” Dwayne McRae scored a fifth-round technical knockout over James Porter of Terre Haute, IN. Both men scored knockdowns in the bout. Porter stayed in the bout despite having four points taken from him for low blows and one point deducted for continually dropping his mouthpiece. Eventually, the heavy hands of McRae proved to be the difference as Porter stayed against the ropes and did not fight back. The bout was stopped at 1:59 of the fifth. McRae is now 10-2, five KO’s. Porter is 5-14-2, one KO. (more…)
SHOWTIME Sports’ official recap of the April 23rd match between bantamweights Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan and Yonnhy Perez.
Super featherweight Monty Meza-Clay (30-3, 20 KOs) won an eight round split decision over Oscar Cuero (13-6, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at Stage AE in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Scores were 78-74, 77-75 for Meza-Clay and 77-75 for Cuero. It was the 30-year-old Meza-Clay’s first fight since recovering from a torn tricep that required surgery.
In other action, cruiserweight Andres Taylor (18-1-2, 7 KOs) took a six round majority decision over Kamarah Pasley (5-6, 2 KOs).
Based on Vic Darchinyan’s performance against Abner Mares, bantamweight contender Yonnhy Perez stated that he was going to shut the door on the career of the hard-hitting Armenian fighter.
Based on his impressive performance, Darchinyan not only swung the door open, but re-entered the room full of bantamweight world title holders and top contenders . . . Click here for more
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Ray Bailey
Saturday night at the Paladium Ballroom in The Caesars Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, Garrett “The Ultimate Warrior” Wilson (10-5-1, 4 KOs) captured the vacant USBA cruiserweight title with an impressive twelve round unanimous decision upset victory over Omar Sheika (30-11, 21 KOs). It was a career defining victory for Wilson, who is a take on all comers kind of fighter and appears to be improving as his confidence soars. In the eight round co-feature, of the seven bout card promoted by Peltz Boxing Promotions, junior welterweight prospect Ronald Cruz (12-0, 9 KOs) of Bethlehem PA, sent his raucous fans home happy with a third round retirement of tough veteran and local rival, Manuel Guzman (7-11-2, 3 KOs) of Allentown PA. (more…)
Claude Patrick is tired of talking about his near-death experience in 2008. All the Torontonian really cares to discuss is his fast-approaching battle with Daniel Roberts at UFC 129 . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, UFC.com
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Photos: Big Joe Miranda
After witnessing Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan’s dominant performance against former champion Yonnhy Perez Saturday night at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, promoter Gary Shaw says the two-time world champion will have several options. “Vic was sensational tonight,” said Shaw. “He’s always magnificent when he’s coming off a loss. He comes back better and that’s what happened again tonight. I respect Yonnhy Perez very much for taking all of Vic’s punches, because Vic maintained he was stronger than ever and he was right. He was an animal tonight.” Shaw says that while he plans to petition the IBF to sanction an interim title fight for Darchinyan, and in the process give him the rematch against Abner Mares he badly craves, if that doesn’t work out tonight’s performance has given the Armenian plenty of options. For more details and photos click here…
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
In one of the most powerful performances of his career, two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan dominated former IBF bantamweight titlist Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez en route to winning a fifth-round technical decision and the vacant IBO 118-pound title Saturday on SHOWTIME®. The diminutive Darchinyan was in total command from the outset of a scheduled 12-round bout at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, scored a knockdown in the second and was ahead 50-44 on the three scorecards when the one-sided slugfest was halted due to an accidental headbutt at 1:44 of the round.
Southpaw Darchinyan, of Sydney, Australia, by way of Armenia, improved to 36-3-1 with 27 knockouts while Colombia’s Perez, of Santa Fe Springs, Calif., fell to 20-2-1 with 14 KOs after losing his second consecutive start.
By winning a fight elevated to main event status after a bout between IBF champion Joseph Agbeko and undefeated Abner Mares was postponed after Agbeko withdrew after suffering what doctors diagnosed as likely the sudden onset of sciatica earlier in the week, Darchyinan sets himself up for possible rematches with both Agbeko and Mares, both of whom he lost decisions to.
It also likely means another possible appearance on SHOWTIME for the crowd-pleasing Darchinyan, who made his 13th appearance on the network Saturday night. He is #3 on the all-time list for network appearances behind Julio Cesar Chavez (17) and Evander Holyfield. (more…)
By Phil Doherty at ringside
Photos: Reynaldo Sanchez
Dream Team Boxing Promotions served notice to the South Florida boxing scene tonight with their debut card in front of a packed house at the Miami-Dade Fair & Expo Center. The celebratory atmosphere resulted from years of experience and enthusiasm as well as serious hard work from promoter Henry Rivalta. Judging by the electricity in the standing-room only arena and the competitive bouts in the ring, Rivalta and his gregarious business partner, Carlos Rodriguez look to be living the Dream.
Cuban southpaw heavyweight sensation Luis “El Mercedes” Ortiz (8-0, 6 KOs) destroyed Philadelphia veteran “Smokin” Bert Cooper (38-23, 31 KOs) by TKO at 1:29 in the second round of their scheduled 10-round main event. (more…)
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