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Today, a Nevada federal district court denied a bid to dismiss Manny Pacquiao’s defamation lawsuit. Pacquiao sued Oscar de la Hoya, Golden Boy’s CEO Richard Schaefer, and Floyd Mayweather, and others for falsely accusing him of taking performance enhancing drugs. The defendants responded to the lawsuit by asking the judge to dismiss it, saying their statements were merely opinions. A federal judge disagreed, and the case will now go forward.
Pacquiao is represented by Daniel Petrocelli and David Marroso of Los Angeles-based O’Melveny & Myers. Petrocelli said, ” We are extremely pleased with the Court’s decision. Manny is looking forward to his day in court and to put an end to these irresponsible accusations.”
Dominican IBF No. 3 junior welterweight Victor Cayo (26-1, 18 KOs), whose only loss is to Marcos Maidana, is likely to fight No. 3 Tim Coleman (18-1-1, 5 KOs), of Baltimore, Maryland, in an IBF elimination bout April 29 in the main event of a card held at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. The eliminator is slated to be the main event of an ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” card.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Kamil Krzaczyński
“Vitali Klitschko needed to fight Odlanier Solis to be prepared for smaller, quicker fighters – like me. Three minutes in the ring did not help WBC champ at all. Maybe this is why his manager wants to have him fight again, in June, just three months before our scheduled fight in Poland. But I wonder if this will actually happen”-said Tomasz Adamek (43-1, 28 KOs), preparing for his upcoming fight against Kevin McBride (35-8, 29 KOs) in Pennsylvania and sharing his thoughts about what happened in Cologne and why upcoming months will decide which Klitschko brother he will fight in his native country. (more…)
Many of the most exciting boxers today reside in the sports’ lighter weight divisions and on March 26 in the Adrian Phillips Ballroom at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, six of them will take center stage and battle for titles in “Featherweight Fury!” Yuriorkis Gamboa will defend his WBA featherweight title against interim Super Featherweight Champion Jorge Solis; undefeated NABF & NABO champion Matt ‘Sharp Shooter’ Remillard of Manchester, Conn. will defend his featherweight titles against #1-ranked Mikey Garcia of Oxnard, Calif.; and Teon Kennedy of Philadelphia will defend his USBA Jr Featherweight crown against Jorge “Exit 9” Diaz of New Brunswick, N.J. Also Tommy Zbikowski, former Chicago Gold Gloves finalist, Notre Dame football team captain and All-American, third-round pick of and current Baltimore Ravens safety, keeping busy during the NFL lockout, will fight for the second time in three weeks. (more…)
Sampson Boxing LLC President, Sampson Lewkowicz has announced a rematch between WBO Jr. Middleweight Champion Hanna Gabriel, of Costa Rica, and Mexico’s Melisenda Pérez, to take place Thursday, March 31 during Inauguration Week at the Costa Rica National Stadium in San José, Costa Rica. In the co-main, for the IBF super bantamweight title, Las Vegas’ Melinda Cooper will take on Ada “Ace” Velez, of Hollywood, Fla. (more…)
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® returns to the Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas on Saturday, June 4 with a stacked card headlined by a pivotal lightweight clash between Anthony “Showtime” Pettis and Clay “The Carpenter” Guida. The winner of this highly-anticipated bout is expected to emerge as a top contender to the UFC lightweight title.
A winner of two straight and 10 of his last 11 fights, WBO#11 Tommy Karpency (21-2 14kos) is ready and willing to step in as the challenger for WBO champ Marco Huck (30-1) in his title defense on April 2 in Germany. Karpency’s longtime manager Pat Nelson states, “After coming off a 1st round destruction of durable Philly veteran Andre Hemphill last month, Karpency returned right back to the gym; he is both passported and presently at weight,” Nelson added.
By Francisco Salazar
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
An attractive bout between unbeaten fighters will not be taking place on Friday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA. Efrain Esquivias (12-0, 8 KO’s) will now be facing veteran John Albert Molina in the eight round main event on the Thompson Boxing Promotions card.
Sherali Dostiev, who was a two-time Olympian for Tajikistan, was scheduled to face Esquivias in a battle of former amateur standouts. According to Thompson Boxing General Manager Alex Camponovo, Dostiev’s management made unrealistic and unprofessional demands for his fighter leading up to the fight. (more…)
Super middleweight champ, Lucian Bute hung on to his belt despite a tenacious opponent, Brian Magee, who kept fans on the edge of their seats by rebounding through multiple knockdowns by Bute to advance to the 10th round. Catch the replay Tuesday, March 22 at 10PM on SHOWTIME EXTREME.
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko has published a video where he states his view on his one round win against Odlanier Solis last Saturday in Cologne, Germany.
Photos: Don de Guzman
Pound for pound best Manny Pacquiao trains at the Shape Up Gym in Baguio City, Philippines. His May 7 WBO welterweight title defense against Shane Mosley is now just 47 days away. Click here for more photos…
Photo by G Lemiechowicz
The red and white colors of Poland will proudly be on display in Philadelphia on April 1 when undefeated Polish boxers Patrick “The Machine” Majewski and Kamil Laszczyk return to action in separate bouts at the Asylum Arena as part of KEA Boxing’s “Unfinished Business” card. Majewski, a 31-year-old middleweight with a record of (15-0, 10 KOs), of Atlantic City, NJ by way of Radom, Poland bears a striking resemblance in appearance and fighting style to Polish national boxing icon Tomasz Adamek. Majewski’s most recent performance – a final round knockout of Eddie Caminero in December of last year – came on an Adamek undercard, which further bolstered Majewski’s growing popularity with boxing fans. (more…)
IBF Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester (34-3-1, 16 KOs) will return to the ring on May 7 when he defends his title against mandatory challenger Daniel Geale (24-1, 15 KOs) in Neubrandenburg, Germany. The two camps struck a deal last weekend before the official purse bid was due. It will be Sylvester´s first fight since a clear points victory over Mahir Oral last October. A virus infection forced him to pull out of his clash with Mehdi Bouadla in January. “It was not a good start to the year but I took a long break and now I am ready to fight again,” Sylvester said. “I really look forward to returning to Neubrandenburg. I have to make up for the late cancellation last time with an entertaining performance and a big win.”
Geale comes off a spectacular TKO victory over former world champion Roman Karmazin in his home country Australia. He boasts a record of 24 victories with just one loss (15 KOs). “I am prepared for a tough challenge,” Sylvester added. As the top-ranked contender, Geale poses a big threat. But I will defend my title.”
WBO cruiserweight champion Marco “Captain” Huck is looking for a new opponent after Giacobbe Fragomeni suffered a cut while sparring. Huck is scheduled to defend on April 2 at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle / Westfalen, Germany. “This weekend we received the information that Fragomeni was a cut in sparring and won’t heal fast enough,” said Chris Meyer, Sauerland Event’s Managing Director. “We immediately began searching for other potential opponents who are in training. We’re confident that we’ll soon be able to announce another challenger.”
The event at the Gerry Weber Stadium will definitely go ahead with a major heavyweight bout featuring unbeaten Robert Helenius against former WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter, as well as a clash for the vacant European light heavyweight championship between Artur Hein and Tony Averland.
“It’s important that viewers get a good fight to see,” stated Huck. “I doesn’t who I am in the ring against. The main thing is that the fans get their their money’s worth and on April 2 I will do my paert to help in any case.”
Former world heavyweight champion and 1996 Bellarusian Olympian, Sergei “The White Wolf” Liakhovich, has some unfinished business to take care of starting when the consummate boxer-puncher returns to the ring April 9th for the first time in nearly a year.
The 34-year-old Liakhovich (25-3, 16 KOs), rated No. 13 by the WBC, takes on Johnnie White (22-4, 18 KOs) in the ten round co-feature on the Main Events “The Last Big Hurdle” card headlined by Tomas Adamek versus Kevin McBride, at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.
Report by Rob Kravantka
Photos by Ed Mulholland
As the UFC continues its pursuit to get sanctioned in New York, with events and billboards in the most famous city during the week, the culminating events of UFC 128 wrote a storybook finale as Jon “Bones” Jones at the young age of 23 defeats Mauricio “Shogan” Rua for the Light Heavyweight belt in the UFC . . . Click here for more
By Tracy Morin at ringside, Memphisboxing.com
The March edition of Fights at the Fitz offered up five bouts that showcased a range of styles, from hard-hitting heavyweights to slippery southpaws. The welterweight main event saw Jesse Lubash (14-0, 8 KOs) outpoint the more experienced Germaine “Silky” Sanders (27-8, 17 KOs) over eight rounds. (More)
By Joe Koizumi
OPBF#7 super-fly, Filipino Louie Bantigue (19-14-7, 9 KOs), 115, swarmed over less experienced Japanese prospect Ippei Aoki (6-2, 4 KOs), 115, from the outset, caught him with solid overhand rights and badly dropped him twice prior to a well-received stoppage at 2:27 of the second session on Monday in Osaka, Japan.
Bantigue looked better than his mediocre credentials indicated, and repeatedly connected with right crosses to the taller Japanese. The second round witnessed Bantigue explode a devastating right to have Aoki sprawling to the deck. Aoki barely beat the count but still looked shaky and groggy enough to visit the canvas again with the Filipino’s onslaught. Though Aoki gamely resumed fighting, the third man saw him unfit to go on and called a halt. The Filipino victor decked his third victory in as many bouts here, all within the distance.
Promoter: Muto Promotions.
Former WBO light flyweight champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon has vowed to regain the WBO 108lb belt by decision when he faces current 108-pound king Giovani Segura in a rematch on April 2 at the Auditorio del Estado in Mexicali, Mexico. “I believe this fight will be different because I will box more,” says Calderon from his Puerto Rico-based training camp. “I will leave Mexico with my belt. Mexicans don’t like to watch my style of boxing but I don’t care if they yell or boo. I will fight my fight and make the judges love my style, so I get the decision.”
“Everything has been real good and I’m already at 110 pounds. I’m working hard in training to make sure that I do better than I did in the first fight against Segura. My fans will be in Mexico with me in spirit. I know a lot of people will be booing me there, but I know how to control that and remain focused in the ring. (more…)
British lightweight champion Anthony Crolla is now lined up to face former WBA Super Lightweight Champion Gavin Rees on the April 16 ‘King Khan Returns’ card taking place at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester. Amir “King” Khan will lead the bill as he returns home to defend his WBA Super Lightweight World Title against undefeated European Champion Paul McCloskey.
Crolla and Rees join a host of top quality fighters including world title contender and European middleweight champion Matthew Macklin who takes on savvy German Khoren Gevor, British welterweight champion Craig Watson who will defend his belt against Lee “Lights Out” Purdy and rising star Scott Quigg, lined up to face the tough Andrei Isaeu. (more…)
While Saturday’s live broadcast of the Vitali Klitschko vs. Odlanier Solis WBC heavyweight championship fight from Colgne, Germany on EPIX and the simulcast on a Times Square jumbotron went off without a hitch, the live streaming on EpixHD.com experienced some problems. “Due to the incredible volume of viewers logging in at the same time, just as the broadcast was about to begin at 5 p.m. ET, the system that we used to register them for the free two-week trial began to fail which caused many fans to miss the undercard fights,” said Mark Greenberg, President & CEO of EPIX. “We made the decision to put the main event, Klitschko vs. Solis, in the clear online, eliminating the need for registration to the site. We apologize to the boxing fans who had to endure this.
“Over 100,000 people tried to login to the live stream of the fights, with most of that volume coming at the same time. The fan attention behaved more like a pay-per-view event than a TV show. By putting Klitschko vs. Solis in the clear online, we were able to serve the vast majority of those streams. Though the problems with registration are unacceptable, the good news is it proved that the internet is a viable vehicle for broadcasting a good fight live.”
The replay of the EPIX broadcast, featuring the commentary of three-time heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, plus Sam Rosen and Tony Paige, is now available on EpixHD.com at http://www.epixhd.com/klitschko-vs-solis/ (main event) and
http://www.epixhd.com/klitschko-vs-solis-undercard/ (select undercard bouts).
Photos: Baja Boxing
Last Friday night Antonio Lozada’s Baja Boxing took a parade of their up and coming talent to the seaside port of Ensenada, MX, about 75 miles south of San Diego, CA, and presented a night of fisticuffs to the local fight fans at the Municipal Auditorium. In the main event, local favorite Antonio “Bazooka” Cervantes (16-5-5, 11KOs) successfully defended his lightweight WBC FECARBOX title against previously undefeated Reyes “Cholo” Velazquez (9-1-2, 7KOs) of Tijuana, MX, in a twelve round effort. The bout was an intense one with multiple exchanges and the momentum alternating between either fighter. Without much skill, both fighters had the same strategy, to connect the most amount of punches and to look for the knockout at all times. After Cervantes closed strong in the championship rounds, the official scores were read as 117-111, 116-113 and 118-115, all in favor of the defending champion. (more…)
Photos: Public Address
On Saturday night in Cologne (Germany) WBC no. 1 rated heavyweight Odlanier Solis was stopped on his way to dethroning champion Vitali Klitschko by a serious knee injury. “La Sombra” was brought to the hospital directly after the fight where an anterior cruciate ligament rupture, articular cartilage damage and meniscal tear in the right knee were diagnosed. “I haven’t seen a knee torn apart like this in a long time,” senior physician Dr. Joern Michael stated after doing an arthroscopy. For more details and photos click here…
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Sam Cohen
South of Miami International Airport near the Palmetto Expressway; literally on the other side of the tracks from pristine high-end telecom and data processing corporate offices sits a cluster of older, rougher warehouses baking in the sun. A snapping American flag stands sentry as a warehouse bay door yawns open; inviting a stiff breeze and sharp daylight to erase the lingering memory of sweat and sacrifice within. Unlike the neighboring auto body and car-repair businesses, this bay houses wares particular to the pugilistic profession. It is a boxing gym belonging to respected Miami-based trainer Herman Caicedo. Poised to step from the shadows amongst the group of tough young fighters seeking fistic fame and fortune within stands southpaw light middleweight Joey “Twinkle Fingers” Hernandez (17-1-1, 10 KOs). Hernandez and Caicedo train intensely as they prepare to face another Hernandez: Angel “El Toro” (30-9, 17 KOs) on March 25th in Chicago. For more details and photos click here…
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Chris Toney
Saturday night at the beautiful Harrington Raceway and Casino in Harrington, Delaware, cruiserweight sensation Alex Guerrero (6-0-1,3 KOs) put together a nearly flawless performance, dropping Menominee Wisconsin’s Harley “The Sandman” Kilfan (8-7,7 KOs) three times en-route to a convincing third round technical knockout. The highly entertaining Pro-Am card promoted by A & D promotions, had several spirited bouts on the undercard that left the near sellout crowd extremely satisfied. In the co-feature of the evening, undefeated “Stone Cold” Stevie Weimer (7-0, 2 KOs) of York PA, continued his rise up rise up the welterweight ladder with a hard fought six round unanimous decision victory over Toledo, Ohio’s Gabriel Morris (3-9-2) by scores of 58-56, 59-55 and 60-54 respectively. For more details and photos click here…
Octagonside by Rob Kravantka
Photos by Ed Mulholland
Questions were answered in Newark, NJ Saturday night at the Prudential Center and history was made when 23-year-old Jon “Bones” Jones stopped Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in the third round via TKO to become the youngest title holder in UFC history . . . Click here for more
Former World Boxing Association lightweight champion Paulus “The Hitman” Moses (27-1, 19 KOs) bolstered his chances of another title shot on Saturday by scoring a first-round knockout over Argentine opponent Miguel Lombardo at the Windhoek Country Club Resort in Namibia. Moses landed a picture-perfect body shot near the end of the opening stanza that sent Lombardo to the mat where the referee counted him out at just 2:59 into the contest.
“I love fighting in my hometown of Windhoek in front of the people who know me best and support me most,” Moses said after the victory. “My goal is to fight for another world championship, and the people of Windhoek provide me all the inspiration I need. (more…)
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Photos: Team Klitschko
Boxing fans and experts were divided into two parties before Saturday nights WBC heavyweight title bout between champion Vitali Klitschko (42-2, 39 K.o.’s) and mandatory challenger Odlanier Solis (17-1, 12 K.o.’s). Some predicted a Klitschko win, either by clear cut decision or late technical knockout after punishing Solis. Others felt that the Olympic champion from Cuba might be able to outbox and outsmart the elder Klitschko brother. However, virtually no one expected the fight to be over within a single round.
But this is exactly what happened.
In front of over 19.000 fans at the sold-out Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany, Vitali Klitschko connected with a right hand to Odlanier Solis’ temple just before the bell of the first round to end matters quick and early. The crowd was obviously disappointed and booed heavily when Michael Buffer announced the official time of 3:00 minutes. The punch that floored the challenger from Cuba was on the mark but did not look devastating – although it is hard to discuss the impact of a punch without actually being hit by it. Solis got back on his feet but his legs buckled and the referee rightfully called a halt to the action. (more…)
Note: Bute-Magee will be rebroadcast on Tuesday, March 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME and be available On Demand from March 22 through April 4, 2011.
IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute successfully defended his title for the eighth time with a 10th-round TKO over Brian Magee from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. In front of 12,219 adoring fans, Bute (28-0, 23 KOs) put on a punching clinic that featured brutal body blows and unforgiving uppercuts. His opponent Magee, however, had no plans to give up easily after waiting until the age of 35 to score his first title shot. (more…)
By Shamus Young at ringside
Lightweight Evgeny Gradovich extended his unbeaten record to 9-0 with an impressive ten round unanimous decision over Francisco Reyes (8-2) at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA. The difference in the fight was the level of activity of each fighter. Local favorite Reyes rarely punched first and when he did it was usually a single shot. Gradovich outworked his man by stringing together combinations, often starting with a lead left hook. Reyes also went back to a habit that he had earlier in his career where he would paw out the jab, which opened up opportunities for Gradovich to counter. Scores were 99-91 twice and 100-90. Fightnews had it 99-91. The fight was more entertaining than the lopsided scores might suggest. Both fighters made adjustments and in the few rounds when Reyes let his hands go, he made rounds close. It was the consistent work rate of Gradovich that still won him most of those rounds in the eyes of the judges.
In the co-main event, Lithuanian Middleweight Donatas Bondoravas (12-2-1) won a six round shutout over Paul Mpendo that was every bit as lopsided as the scores suggest. Mpendo was considerably slower than his opponent, so Bondoravas was landing first, even if his punches were somewhat wide. Bondovaras controlled every minute of the action. Scores were 60-54 on the cards of all judges and Fightnews. (more…)
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