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Pacman Fever hit MGM Grand this morning with one of the biggest ticket runs in Las Vegas boxing history. Between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. PT, 16,000 tickets were sold to the Manny Pacquiao vs. Sugar Shane Mosley world welterweight championship. Barely 1,000 seats remain for Pacquiao’s return to the Fight Capital of the World, where he hasn’t fought since 2009. “Incredible. Simply incredible,” exclaimed Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum when he heard the news today. “I have never promoted a fight that has sold so many tickets so quickly. Manny Pacquiao never ceases to amaze the world with his achievements. The excitement he generated today with the initial ticket sales makes it feel like fight week already!”
Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs) defends his WBO welterweight title against three-division world champion and future Hall of Famer Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KOs) on May 7 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Remaining tickets, priced at $1,000, $750, and $300, can be purchased through Ticketmaster. To charge by phone, with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000. Tickets are also available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com. Ticket sales at $1,000, $750, and $300 are limited to 10 per person. Pacquiao vs. Mosley will be produced and distributed Live on SHOWTIME PPV®, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
Sampson Boxing LLC has announced that WBO female jr. middleweight champion Hanna Gabriel will be part of the week long inauguration of the new Costa Rican National Stadium in San Jose, Costa Rica. The much honored and idolized female boxing symbol of Costa Rica will be defending her title on March 31. “I am very proud to be part of this historical event in Costa Rica that brings honor to both Hanna Gabriel and the highly anticipated inauguration of this beautiful stadium,“ said promoter Sampson Lewkowicz. The news was unveiled at a press conference in the San Jose Palace Hotel in Costa Rica. Gabriel will fight at the new stadium, against a fighter later to be announced. Gabriel’s fight will be part of a card that will include seven fights. Four of the bouts will be home grown local boxing talent. A total of three female world champions will be part of the evening‘s fight card. Ticket prices will be: 52,000, 36,400, 26,00, 15,600 and 5,200 Colones. Tickets will go on sale on February 18.
By Joe Koizumi
Southpaw speedster Akifumi Shimoda (23-2-1, 10 KOs), 121.5, impressively captured the WBA super-bantam belt as he finely floored defending champ Retsuri Lee (AKA Ryol-Li Lee; 17-2-1, 8 KOs), 121.5, on three occasions, though hitting the deck himself once, and pounded out a unanimous decision over twelve hard-fought give-and-take rounds on Monday in Tokyo, Japan.
All judges were of the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC). Takeshi Shimakawa and Biney Martin (ex-Japanese junior middle champ out of Ghana living here) both saw the hot affair 118-109, and Takeo Harada (ex-national junior bantam boss) 115-111, all for the aggressive lefty challenger. The referee was Rafael Ramos (US) who well handled such busy-moving contestants.
It was really an extravaganza as they kept swapping solid shots toe-to-toe all the way. Shimoda, formerly OPBF and national champ, looked much faster than the taller counterpunching champ, taking the initiative from the outset. The third session witnessed Shimoda drop the champ with a beautiful southpaw left but Lee deck him back with a well-timed right in the closing seconds of the round. Shimoda had the champ on the deck in the fifth and eighth to confirm his triumph. Shimoda has thus become the third current world champ out of Teiken Gym, along with WBC 122-pound champ Toshiaki Nishioka and WBC 130-pound ruler Takahiro Aoh. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
On Friday, Golden Boy Promotions flew out former three-time world champion, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (28-1-1, 18 KO’s), to discuss his future with the company. The potential April 9th bout between future Hall of Famers, Juan Manuel Marquez and Erik Morales is not officially signed, so Guerrero has made clear to GBP that he’d be willing to step in and fight either one.
“I’ve come to the realization that Marquez absolutely wants no part of me,” said Guerrero. “I’m his mandatory and he’s choosing to fight Morales. I don’t want to hear any nonsense that I don’t have a big enough name, or that he’s not going to make the money he wants fighting me. I’m a three-time world champion, I’ve fought on national TV numerous times, and more importantly I believe this is a fight the fans want to see. So I’m not going to wait around for Marquez, I’m just going to move forward with my career, and strive for that fourth world title. I take him avoiding me and not willing to fight as a victory… If Morales wants to step in the ring then please send me the contract.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBC has announced the officials for the February 26th world championship battle between current champion Gilberto Keb Baas and former champion Jose Antonio Aguirre at the Poliforum Zamna in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. Roberto Ramirez Diaz (Puerto Rico) will be the third man in the ring and the judges are Jose Manzur Arguelles (Mexico), Juan Carlos Pelayo (Mexico) and Raul Nieves Rivera (Puerto Rico). The WBC supervisor will be Mario Gutiérrez (USA). The card is billed as “A Prueba de Fuego.”
Managing the career of a burgeoning mixed martial artist is tough. Molding a future champion is even tougher.
It is imperative to bring the athlete along at the proper pace. Matchmaking is critically important. Young fighters must be continually challenged without getting them in over their head, so they can learn the necessary lessons and continue up the developmental curve . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC
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A fiasco of a card, promoted by Red Fist Promotions and unsanctioned by any known commission, took place on Saturday, Jan. 29, at the Shiprock High School in Shiprock, N.M. In the main event, Thaddine Swifteagle Johnson (7-0, 6 KOs) defended a collection of ambiguous featherweight belts (WPBA, WIBU, WIBC, NABC) to knock out a total unknown, in what might be the mismatch of the decade for New Mexico. The fighter was Daisy Vazquez and though she was announced as “12-2” by the ring announcer, she fought like she’d never tried on a pair of gloves.
Fightnews.com is sad to report that pro debuting heavyweight Anthony Jones passed away Sunday morning just hours after after a second round KO loss to Quincy Palmer (2-0, 2 KOs) on Saturday night at Fitness Unlimited in Benton, Arkansas. An autopsy will be performed to see if Jones entered the bout with pre-existing medical problems and to determine the exact cause of death.
According to KATV in Little Rock, Arkansas, Jones is survived by an aunt and a brother. Donations for his funeral can be made to the First Baptist Church in El Dorado, Arkansas. (870-863-7177)
In a fight that fell far short of expectations in, both, action and suspense, Timothy Bradley took Devon Alexander’s WBC super lightweight title while successfully defending his own WBO crown in garnering a technical decision after Alexander, who could not continue from the effects of an unintentional head butt in the tenth round. Many in the crowd at the Pontiac Silverdome booed as the scores of judges Duane Ford (97-93), Omar Minton (98-93), and Tom Miller (96-95) were read in favor of Bradley – not out of disagreement but of disappointment.
Endings of this sort tend to leave everyone feeling somewhat cheated, but Bradley did what he needed to do to remain undefeated (27-0, 11 KOs) while tacking the first loss on Alexander’s record (21-1, 13 KOs) . . . click here for more
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten WBA super-feather champ Takashi Uchiyama (17-0, 14 KOs), 130, kept his belt as he came off the canvas in the third, took back the initiative and hurt game southpaw compatriot Takashi Miura (20-2-2, 16 KOs), 130, with stinging lefts to score a stoppage after the eighth round on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Miura claimed that he had lost his vision on the right optic, so his corner declared he would give up going on. (More to come)
By Joe Koizumi
Southpaw speedster Akifumi Shimoda (23-2-1, 10 KOs), 121.5, impressively captured the WBA super-bantam belt as he finely floored defending champ Retsuri Lee (AKA Ryol-Li Lee; 17-2-1, 8 KOs), 121.5, on three occasions, though hitting the deck himself once, and pounded out a unanimous decision (118-109 twice and 115-111) over twelve hard-fought give-and-take rounds on Monday in Tokyo, Japan.
It was really an extravaganza as they swapped solid shots toe-to-toe all the way. Shimoda, formerly OPBF and national champ, looked much faster than the taller counterpunching champ, taking the initiative from the outset. The third session witnessed Shimoda drop the champ with a beautiful southpaw left but Lee deck him back with a well-timed right in the closing seconds of the round. Shimoda had the champ on the deck in the fifth and eighth to confirm his triumph. Shimoda has thus become the third current world champ out of Teiken Gym, along with WBC 122-pound champ Toshiaki Nishioka and WBC 130-pound ruler Takahiro Aoh. (More to come)
For someone who will be fighting rust, a hostile hometown, uncooperative promoters, a lunatic sanctioning body, elevation and nearly a year-and-a-half of delays, Feb. 5 in Guadalajara, Mexico, Austin “No Doubt” Trout shows remarkable composure going into his first world title fight.
His opponent, WBA Light Middleweight Champion Rigoberto “Espanol” Alvarez, brother to acclaimed prodigy Saul “El Canelo,” just may be the least of his concerns, and when he finally steps into the ring to hear the first round bell, it may be with a sigh of relief . . . Click here for more
By Przemek Garczarczyk
By Rey Colon – The Sport Press
Former WBO 108lb champion Ivan Calderon will allegedly have a rematch with reigning WBO/WBA champion Giovanni Segura on April 2 in Mexico according to credible sources. The television money weighed in this decision, which should be announced in the coming days.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“On January 30, we received signed contract from Kevin McBride (35-8, 29 KOs) and I can officially say, that he will fight Tomasz Adamek (43-1, 28 KOs). Not later than February 2, after finishing our negotiations with our partners in Poland and United States, we will decide the venue and the exact date of the fight, expected to happen in April” – said Zyggi Rozalski, manager and advisor of former Polish light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion of the world, who already signed contract to fight in September one of the Klitschko brothers in his native Poland.
Photos: Enrique “Quique” Vázquez
Jonathan Vidal 120 vs. Aneuri Matos 120
Luis Cosme 115 vs. Gregorio Lebrón 115
Venue : Palacios De Los Deportes in
Santiago De Los Caballeros, Dominican Republic
Promoter: Promociones Miguel Cotto
By Bob Ryder
Timothy Bradley maintained a steady lead on the scorecards against Devon Alexander for almost their entire bout on Saturday night at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan. Only after round three on the card of judge Tom Miller did Alexander ever forge ahead.
By Lindy Lindell
Photos by John Booz
Acknowledging all due respect for his opponent, Tim Bradley, now 27-0, and holder of two of the four major 140-pound belts (WBC and WBO) with his technical unanimous decision win after the fight was stopped due to a head butt sustained by Devon Alexander in the 10th round, enjoyed the fruits of victory Saturday night in winning a convicing unanimous decision over the then undefeated Devon Cunningham (21-1): “Give Alexander the time, he’ll box you to pieces. I didn’t give him that time.”
Bradley’s co-promoter, Gary Shaw, said, “With this win over a very capable, undefeated champion, Devon Alexander, Tim Bradley moves to the top of the very-talented 140-pounders in the world.” Shaw added that in the coming week that he would be meeting with Kery Davis and Ross Greenberg of HBO to begin prelimenary negitiations on what would be a probable matchup with Amir Khan of England, the WBA Champion. (more…)
There was a heavier than expected turnout, Friday at El Paso’s Backstreet Gym, for El Paso’s David Rodriguez when an estimated 250 to 300 “Nino” fans that showed with the media to see El Paso’s next heavyweight champion. The big, undefeated El Paso heavyweight is now less than two weeks from his return to the ring and his return to El Paso. The thunder-handed puncher is 33-0 with 31 knockouts. He will take on Ty Cobb, 12-2 (8 KOs) in a heavyweight slugfest Feb. 11 in the Don Haskins Center. (more…)
Ringside by Francisco Salazar and Felipe Leon
Photos by “Big” Joe Miranda
Prior to stepping inside the ring against Joey Abell on Friday night, heavyweight contender Chris Arreola spoke highly of trainer Ronnie Shields refining his mechanics on setting down on his punches.
With a newfound confidence, Arreola knows that his punches have more power and one punch could change the outcome in a fight, as was the case with Abell . . . Click here for more
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo by Tim Barry
Former WBA middleweight challenger Jamie “Mr Business” Pittman (21-2, 8 KOs) was impressive as he outscored Tim Kanofski (11-4) in an action bout over six rounds at the Gold Coast Convention Centre in Broad Beach Queensland, Australia on Saturday. Pittman, 6’1, boxing from the southpaw stance controlled the action in all the rounds as he connected, consistently with accurate combinations on his aggressive opponent. Kanofski came to fight but had no answer to the world class skills of the Athens 2004 Olympian. Pittman’s amateur record: (111-26). Pittman lost WBA middleweight challenge in 2008 when Felix Sturm stopped him in seven rounds. Pittman is managed by Bill Treacy and trained by Graham Shaw. “Pittman will be in regular action in 2011 and we will be looking for world rated opponent,” said Shaw. (more…)
Veteran New York journalist and author Pete Hamill has been selected by the Boxing Writers Association of America as the winner of this year’s A.J. Liebling Award. Bestowed since 1995 by the BWAA, the award honors the elegant New Yorker stylist, who chronicled the sport for decades and whose work was subsequently collected in the timeless boxing books The Sweet Science and A Neutral Corner. The Liebling Award will be presented at the BWAA’s annual dinner in Las Vegas on May 6th. (more…)
Report/photo: Boxing Bob Newman
WBC board member and NABF president Joe Dwyer celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary with his lovely wife Linda last night at the Frank Lawrence-Jason Estrada show in Verona, New York. Dwyer was on hand as supervisor of the match for the WBC Caribbean heavyweight title, won by Lawrence via TKO10. Fightnews wishes to extend a heartfelt congratulations to the Dwyers on their monumental achievement.
Say what you will about Anderson Silva’s recent run of lackluster performances. It is tough to argue with the numbers. Twelve UFC bouts. Twelve wins. The streak stands alone in the UFC record books for most consecutive wins, whether to start a career or at any other time . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC
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By Ron Jackson
Nkosinathi Joyi retained his IBF mini-flyweight belt when his bout against Katsunari Takayama ended in a no-contest at Carnival City in Brakpan on Saturday night. The Japanese challenger was cut on top of the head in a clash of heads in the third round and referee Deon Dwarte on advice of the doctor stopped the fight 1 minute 59 seconds into the round. In terms of the IBF rules, as the fight had not gone four rounds, it was declared a no-contest. However, from where I was sitting at ringside the cut did not appear that bad and Takayama (47.60kg) was in no danger of suffering any damage to his eyes. It appeared as if he wanted an excuse to bale out. The referee is one who makes the final decision and does not have to accept the advice of the doctor and in this instance the referee possibly should have let the fight continue. Minutes after Takayama stepped out of the ring the cut was not even bleeding. (more…)
Timothy Bradley: “If that’s the best in the world, that’s weak. He didn’t want to get hit with the big shot. Throughout the fight, we were both coming in, back and forth. Devon is a tough, tough warrior. He will be champion again….Regarding the last headbutt, we were both coming in trying to land the big shot. Give Alexander time, and he will box you to pieces. I didn’t give him that time.”
Devon Alexander: “I couldn’t see after the headbutt. He’s got a big head, he came at me full force. My eye was burning, I couldn’t see….You can’t work on a headbutt [in the gym], only skills. He didn’t stop me from using my skills. No excuses….There’s a rematch clause in the contract, and I want a rematch with Timothy Bradley.”
Kevin Cunningham: (Alexander’s trainer) “I told the referee before the fight that Bradley’s last six opponents have been cut by headbutts. I told him, I told him, I told him.”
Frank Garza: (Referee) “I ruled it an accidental headbutt, completely different from the earlier headbutt. I stopped the fight after consultation with the ringside physician.”
Dr. Peter Samet: (Ringside Physician) “I told Devon that he had to open his right eye or the fight would be over. I asked him to open his eye three times, but he couldn’t do it. I feared temporary nerve damage or temporary paralysis was preventing him from opening his eye, so I recommended to the referee that the contest be stopped.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Venezuelan flyweight Jean Piero Perez (18-3-1, 13 KOs) won a unanimous twelve round unanimous decision over Mexican Jesus Silvestre (31-7, 22 KOs) to claim the vacant WBA interim flyweight world title at the Arena Coliseo in Guadalajara, Mexico. Judges: Uriel Aguilera (Colombia) 117-111, Karla Caiz (U.S.) 117-111 and Gustavo Padilla (Panama) 118-110 all in favor of Perez. The card was presented by Canelo Promotions.
By Bob Ryder and Lindy Lindell at ringside
Photos: David Martin Warr/DKP
Undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (27-0, 11 KOs) won a forgettable ten round technical decision over previously undefeated WBC super lightweight champion Devon Alexander “The Great” (21-1, 13 KOs) in a WBC/WBO world championship unification match on Saturday night at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan.
Bradley brought the fight to the southpaw Alexander, but all the rounds were highly technical and close. Alexander was cut over the right eye by an unintentional headbutt in round three. Bradley definitely landed more shots that brought oohs and aahs from the crowd. Two more head clashes in round eight. Early in round ten, another head clash rendered Alexander unable to continue, which sent the bout to the scorecards. Scores were 97-93, 96-95, 98-93.
Photos by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Unbeaten WBC #1 middleweight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (42-0-1, 30 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Billy Lyell (22-9, 4 KOs) on Saturday night before a crowd on 12,000+ at the Estadio Banorte in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico. Chavez was on a “seek and destroy” mission, looking to use his superior firepower to beat down the outgunned Lyell. The scrappy Lyell battled to the end, but Chavez prevailed 99-92, 96-94, 98-92. Chavez retained his WBC silver belt and is in line to face Sebastian Zbik for the WBC middleweight title.
Super welterweight Saul Roman (34-8, 29 KOs) recovered a second round knockdown with a vengeance, stopping WBC #11 Michael Medina (24-3-2, 19 KOs) with a violent assault in the same round. Time was 1:53.
WBC interim female super bantamweight champion Jackie Nava (23-3-2, 11 KOs) retained her belt with a ten round unanimous decision over Frede Gonzalez (6-7-1, 2 KOs). Scores were 99-91, 99-91 and 100-90. Click here for more photos…
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