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Middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (46-2-2, 25 KOs) of Argentina, but now residing in Oxnard, CA, continues his preparations under 2010’s ‘Trainer of the Year’ Gabriel Sarmiento at the World Crown Sports Training Center in Port Hueneme, CA. Martinez will step back into the ring on Saturday, March 12th against WBO junior middleweight champion Sergei Dzinziruk (37-0, 23 KOs) of Ukraine at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT which will be shown live on HBO’s ‘World Championship Boxing’. For more details and photos click here…
By Francisco Salazar
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Boxing writers and fight fans know Luis Franco as the star amateur fighter and as a contender in a talent-filled featherweight division. Now Luis Franco could be known as a fighter who has the heart to come back from being hurt in a fight. Fighting back from being hurt in the first round by the hard-hitting Leonilo Miranda, Franco was able to win a close 10 round split decision victory before a sold-out crowd at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, CA. (more…)
Unbeaten jr welterweight Frankie Gavin (8-0, 7 KOs) has vowed to become the first boxer to halt French journeyman Mounir Guebbas (12-17-2, 8 KOs). Gavin will meet him in an eight-rounder at London’s York Hall on February 19 and he’s after a commanding performance to secure a British title shot later this year. Britain’s only-ever amateur world champion says he expects Guebbas to be a “tough opponent” despite managing just four wins in his last 20 fights. “He’s fought more than 30 times and he has never been stopped,” stated Gavin. “But I’m going to be the one to change all that. I’ve only been taken the distance once in my career, and I regard that as a blemish on my record. By the way I’m punching, Guebbas is going to get taken out in a couple of rounds.”
On March 17th (St Paddy’s Day), Star Boxing wil present a boxing card at the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Long Island, New York. Headlining the “March Mayhem” card is undefeated jr. welterweight prospect Chris Algieri (10-0, 5 KOs) against Martin Tucker (7-7, 3 KOs) in an eight rounder. Algieri and Tucker were originally scheduled to fight in September, but Algieri was forced to pull out after breaking his hand in training. Now the hand is fully healed and Algieri looks to continue on his climb up the 140lb division ladder. Tickets start at $50. Call 718-823-2000.
By Jeff Pamungkas
Undefeated and longtime WBA featherweight king Chris John (44-0-2, 22 KOs) has finally accepted the repeated challenges of his young fellow countryman Daud Cino Yordan, 23, on April 17 in Jakarta, Indonesia. “I’m a professional, and I will fight anybody including Yordan. I’ve suggested that he chase another world title belt, but he keeps asking us to test me, so let’s get it on!” said John with high enthusiasm. Yordan (27-1, 21 KOs). who has idolized John since when he was an amateur, expressed his optimism to defeat John, the most successful Indonesian boxer in history. “This is a historical bout, and we are proud to be the part part of the history,” said Raja Sapta Oktohari, the promoter of the bout. Being asked about the fight with Yuriorkis Gamboa, Sampson Lewkowicz, the representative of both fighters, said that the winner of this bout will face Gamboa. Yordan is now rated #6 WBA and #8 WBO in the featherweight division. This bout will be John’s 14th title defense.
Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
One of boxing’s best and brightest young prospects will get a chance to show if he’s worthy of a world title shot in 2011 when undefeated and WBA #1 ranked super bantamweight Rico Ramos takes on former world title challenger Alejandro Valdez on Friday, Feb. 11, LIVE on ShoBox: the New Generation on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West coast).
In the co-feature, a pair of super middleweight prospects will tangle as unbeaten rising knockout artist Cornelius White (16-0, 15 KOs), of Houston, faces Chicago’s Don George (20-1-1, 17 KOs) in a 10-round affair from Bally’s Grand Ballroom in Atlantic City, N.J.
Ramos, of Los Angeles, will look to keep his perfect 18-0 (10 KOs) record in tact when he faces Valdez (24-4-2, 17 KOs), of Ciudad Obregon, Mexico, in a 10-round 122-pound main event. Both Ramos and White are both represented by the show’s promoter Goossen Tutor Promotions. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
After arriving home in Las Cruces, New Mexico, new WBA super welterweight world champion Austin Trout spoke a few minutes with Fightnews.com to acknowledge the support shown for a long time by boxing fans worldwide. “I feel like my dream has came true. God is awsome. He has allowed me to go against all odds and made my dream come true. I’m looking forward to solidifying my legacy as a great champ and great fighter by using this belt to get big names and beating them in the ring,” said Trout. (more…)
WBC mandatory challenger Odlanier Solis and his team have already spent one week in their high altitude camp in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. “La Sombra,” his trainer Pedro Luis Diaz and Jose Perez arrived in camp only one day after the press conference in Germany announcing his March 19th clash against WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko in Cologne. The three-time world amateur champion and 2004 Olympic gold medalist is currently training 8,000 feet above sea level to get ready for his first world title shot in the pro ranks.
“On March 19th we will see the best Odlanier Solis since he turned pro in 2007,” says Diaz. “We have perfect conditions here in the mountains. I have been here a couple of times with different athletes. It’s a perfect place to get in perfect shape.”
The team will stay at the high-altitude camp until the end of February and do the first sparring sessions in the Sierra Nevada before returning to Cologne for the last phase of preparation.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
It has been announced that current WBA interim middleweight champion Hassam N’Dam (25-0, 17 KOs) will defend his title on April 2 in Canet, France against the Giovanni Lorenzo (29-3, 21 KOs). Lorenzo on points in his last fight against WBA middleweight super champion Felix Sturm last September in Cologne, Germany. “I’m going to train hard because it’ll be a very difficult opponent. I saw his fight with Sturm and it was very even. My title fight was difficult but I hope to improve and to learn a lot before Lorenzo,” stated N’Dam.
United States Olympic heavyweight Jason “Big Six” Estrada has requested, and been granted, a release from his promotional contract with the New York based Boxing 360, and signed an advisor agreement with matchmaker Ted Panagiotis. Estrada’s last fight was a very disappointing defeat at the hands of heavyweight Franklin Lawrence on January 29th. Estrada was the heavy favorite going in, but suffered two minor cuts en route to a 10th round TKO defeat. “We are not going to make excuses, Franklin Lawrence did what he had to do and Jason was flat from the first bell, but really showed a lot of heart,” said Panagiotis. “That being said, that is not the fight I would’ve picked. We had planned a perfect tune-up fight on January 13th in Oklahoma, and to be honest that is what he needed after such a long layoff and foot surgery. Travel and some lack of communication caused that fight to fall apart unfortunately.” The loss to Lawrence dropped Estrada’s record to 16-4, 4 KOs and was his second loss in a row.
There’s only one thing missing from David “Nino” Rodriguez’s resume.
Looks and physique he’s got. A perfect record? You can’t get much better than boasting 33 wins, no defeats, all but two victories coming by way of knockout.
What, then, is keeping the potentially most marketable heavyweight in America from becoming a champion? . . . Click here for more
IBF cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham (23-2, 12 KOs) arrived in Berlin, Germany last Friday for his rescheduled defense against mandatory challenger Enad Licina (19-2, 10 KOs) on Saturday. Cunningham was originally slated to face Licina on January 22nd, however that clash was delayed when an illness to IBF middleweight champion Sebastian Sylvester cancelled that card. Promoter Sauerland Event was then able to reschedule the bout for Saturday’s big show at the RWE Sporthalle in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany. “These things happen in boxing,” said Cunningham, who went back to the U.S. to train between fight dates “I’m glad that my title defense can already be made up on February 12….on Saturday I will be in top form.” The card will also feature WBA cruiserweight champion Steve Herelius (21-1-1, 12 KOs) against Yoan Pablo Hernandez (23-1, 12 KOs), plus Arthur Abraham (31-2, 25 KOs) against Stjepan Bozic (24-4, 15 KOs).
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
World heavyweight contender Kali Meehan (36-4, 29 KOs) talks to Fightnews about his career. Meehan recalls how he thought he defeated Lamont Brewster for the championship when he dropped a disputed split decision in 2004, his stoppage win over highly regarded heavyweight contender DaVarryl Williamson and more. Currently rated WBA #8 and IBF #15, Meehan says he’s about the same size and age as Wladimir Klitschko and knows what it will take to defeat him.
WBO flyweight champion Julio Cesar “Pingo” Miranda (34-5-1, 27 KOs) will face Filipino Arden Diale (15-5-1, 3 KOs) on February 26 in Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico. It will be the third defense for Miranda. Diale is rated WBO #8 and holds the WBO Oriental flyweight belt.
Legendary three-division world champion Marco Antonio Barrera (66-7, 43 KOs) returns February 12 at the Olympic Coliseum at the University of Guadalajara. Barrera faces the US-based Dominican, Jose Arias (15-1, 9 KOs) in his pursuit for an opportunity to became the first Mexican to win a world title in four divisions. Arias had seven KOs in seven fights in 2010 with six in the first round and the other in the second.
Leave it to Anderson Silva to make the toughest test in his career look like a cakewalk. “The Spider” defended his middleweight crown for a UFC record eighth consecutive time as he disposed of fellow Brazilian Vitor Belfort with a brutal front kick to the face in front of 10,893 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. It was as devastating as it was surreal as Silva capped off a loaded UFC 126 card with yet another brilliant highlight reel knockout.
If there were any doubters then, the foot to the face should have shredded that doubt by the end of the night. . . Click here for more
According to Ernesto Castellanos of Esto, former world champion Israel Vazquez (44-5, 32 KOs) is not retired and will look to return to the ring in April. Vazquez is currently training though no opponent has been announced. Its being said that Vazquez is hoping at some point that a fifth bout can be made between he and fomer world champion Rafael Marquez (39-6, 35 KOs). In Vazquez’ last bout in May of 2010 he was stopped in three rounds. The series currently tied with both fighters winning two fights apiece.
Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and “Sugar” Shane Mosley will embark on a coast-to-coast U.S. media tour, beginning Thursday in Los Angeles to announce their mega world championship rumble. Pacquiao and Mosley, who have won world titles in 11 weight divisions between them, will go toe-to-toe for Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight championship on May 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Pacquiao will be making his first ring appearance in The Fight Capital of the World since 2009. Joining Pacquiao and Mosley on the tour will be Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum and trainer Freddie Roach.
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February 12: Las Vegas
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February 14: New York City
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Chelsea Piers at Pier 60
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Postfight press report by Anthony Springer Jr.
Photos by Chris Cozzone
They questioned his dedication to fighting.After a near defeat to Chael Sonnen, they questioned if he was beginning to fall off.
Who is “they?” The media and many fans. Who is “he?” Middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva.
In last night’s UFC middleweight title bout against “The Phenom” Vitor Belfort, it took Silva just 3:25 to silence the critics. . . . Click here for more
Photo: Promociones Miguel Cotto
Super bantamweight sensation Jesús Rojas (16-1, 12 KOs) is training and getting ready in Miguel Cotto’s training camp in Hollywood, Florida, for his upcoming fight on March 12 on the Cotto vs. Mayorga undercard. Legendary trainer and Boxing Hall of Famer Emanuel Steward said “Rojas is a great boxer with tremendous skills, very strong and powerful. He will be a future PPV Star, he has what the fans love to see.” For more details and photos click here…
Jon “Bones” Jones is having the best week ever.
After thoroughly dismantling highly touted prospect Ryan “Darth” Bader, the New Yorker received some unexpected but welcome news. As a result of teammate Rashad Evan’s knee injury, Jones will claim the headlining spot against current light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 128 . . . Click here for more
Photo: Boxing Beat
WBC superflyweight champ Tomas Rojas connects against challenger Nobuo Nashiro during their world title clash on Saturday in Osaka, Japan. Rojas won a close but unanimous decision.
By Joe Koizumi
WBC#11/WBA#15 ex-Olympian Toshiyuki Igarashi (13-1-1, 10 KOs), 112, impressively acquired the vacant Japanese national flyweight belt when he made a good start, caught Takayasu Kobayashi (16-4-3, only 2 KOs), 112, with his southpaw left and accelerated his two-fisted attack to prompt the referee’s intervention at 2:07 of the third round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. The elimination bout took place on the same night as the WBA super-fly title go between Tomas Rojas and Nobuo Nashiro in Osaka, and the ex-Olympian and ex-interim champ Igarashi displayed a good form to seize the full championship this time. His manager/promoter Akihiko Honda says the he plans to have Igarashi have a crack at a world throne within this year. Igarashi is the seventh current champ out of Teiken Gym that now handles three world, two OPBF and two national champions.
Promoter: Teiken Promotions.
Octagonside by Andreas Hale & Anthony Springer Jr.
Anderson Silva proved why he is the best fighter in the world as he used a front kick to stop Vitor Belfort in the first round and retain his UFC middleweight championship. Many thought that this would be Silva’s stiffest test to date, but “The Spider” weathered an early attack from Belfort before thrusting a powerful front kick that landed squarely on Belfort’s face and dropped the former light heavyweight champion. Several follow up strikes later and it was Silva once again hoisting the middleweight title with his 9th title defense. The time of stoppage was 3:25.
Forrest Griffin used his size advantage as he out-hustled Rich “Ace” Franklin en route to a unanimous decision victory. Griffin grounded Franklin early and never allowed the former middleweight champion to put his stellar stand-up into play. All three judges scored it 29-28.
Jon “Bones” Jones made it look easy as he choked out previously unbeaten Ryan Bader in the second round and earned a shot at the UFC light heavyweight title after it was announced that Rashad Evans was injured and would not be facing current champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Jones wasted no time taking Bader out of his game as he nearly secured a north/south choke in the first round and sunk in a guillotine in the second to elicit the tap out at the 4:20 mark. Stay tuned for full report and gallery on Sunday.
WBA super lightweight champion Amir Khan has announced that he has reached an agreement to fight undefeated European champion Paul McCloskey at the Manchester Evening News Arena on April 16th. “I am delighted that this fight has finally been put together following some tough negotiations,” stated Khan on his website. “This is a matchup the British public want to see and will be a fantastic fight between two of the best light-welterweights in the country.” Khan will leave for his US training camp on February 9th following press conferences in Manchester and Belfast.
Photos courtesy PR Best Boxing Promotions/José Pérez
Unbeaten lightweight Jose González (15-0, 11 KOs) won by TKO at 2:54 of the fifth round against Derrick Campos (20-12, 11 KOs) on Saturday night in the main event at the Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. Campos was down in the third round and the referee stopped the fight two rounds later.
Former amateur world champion McWilliams Arroyo (7-1, 6 KOs) won by TKO at 2:58 of the first round against Manuel Galaviz (3-5) in a flyweight bout. The fight ended after Arroyo knocked down Galaviz, who didn’t respond and the referee stopped the bout. For more details and photos click here…
Photos by Etzel Espinosa–Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
Mandatory challenger Austin Trout (22-0, 13 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over WBA interim super welterweight titleholder Rigoberto Alvarez (26-3, 19 KOs) on Saturday night at the Arena Coliseo in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico to claim the vacant WBA “regular” super welterweight belt. Scores were 119-108 on all cards. Alzarez is the brother of hot welterweight prospect Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Click here for more photos…
In an unusual bout between two fighters holding the same interim title of the same sanctioning body in the same division, WBO interim light flyweight champion Jesus “Cuchilla” Gelez (12-1-1, 5 KOs) won a twelve round split decision over WBO interim light flyweight champion Ramon “Principe” Garcia (15-2-1, 8 KOs) in a bout for the undisputed WBO interim light flyweight championship on Saturday night at the Coliseo Bernado Caraballo in Cartagena, Colombia. Garcia was the aggressor and bullied Gelez around the ring for most the fight, but in the end the hometown fighter prevailed 115-113, 115-113 on two cards, with Garcia up 115-113 on the third card.
Unbeaten super bantamweight Jonathan “Momo” Romero (15-0, 10 KOs) outpointed Mario “Huracan” Macias over ten rounds to claim the WBO Latino jr featherweight title. Scores were 99-91, 99-91, 98-95.
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
Super middleweight Dyah Ali Davis (18-2-1, 9 KOs), the son of former U.S. Olympian Howard Davis, held WBO #10 rated Francisco Sierra (23-3-1, 21 KOs) to a controversial draw on Saturday night at the Maywood Activities Center in Maywood, California. The big-punching Sierra, best known for his win over Don “DA BOMB” George, has never able to connect against Davis, who outworked Sierra by a score of 98-92 on one card, with the other two cards at 95-95, 95-95.
Lightweight Oscar Meza (21-4, 17 KOs) won a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over Leo Martinez (15-15, 7 KOs). Meza decked Martinez with a left hook in round seven and went on to a 80-72, 78-73, 79-72. For more details and photos click here…
Unbeaten local jr welterweight prospect Jake “The Bull” Giuriceo (9-0-1, 2 KOs) faces the stiffest battle of his career against veteran Angel Hernandez (14-8 11 KOs) on February 19 at the Byzantine Center in Youngstown, Ohio. The co-main event will feature Youngstown transplant, by way of St. Louis, Dannie Williams (15-1, 13 KOs) against Harrison Cuello (20-14-3) in a lightweight clash. Also featured on the card is undefeated Willie Munroe Jr. (9-0), Miguel Gonzalez (13-2), Michael Moore (6-0) and Damar Singleton (6-0). The event is presented by Lights Out Management and Warner Promotions and billed as “Winter Storm.” For tickets, call 330-787-4228.
Former world title challenger Jason Booth (36-6, 15 KOs) retained his British super bantamweight title with a twelve round split decision over Jamie Arthur (18-5, 4 KOs) on Saturday at the Leisure Centre in Brentwood, England. Scores were 115-113 and 117-112 for Booth, 115-114 for Arthur. It was Booth’s first fight since unsuccessfully challenging IBF 122lb world champion Steve Molitor in September.
Also Olympic super heavyweight bronze medalist David Price (9-0, 7 KOs) dropped Osborne Machimana (18-7-1, 13 KOs) in round one and finished him in round three.
By: Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Sebastian Andrzejczyk/ringpolska.pl
Poland’s Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (44-2-1, 32 KOs), who will defend his WBC cruiserweight belt against mandatory challenger from Puerto Rico, Francisco “The Wizard” Palacios (20-0, 13 KO) on April 2, says he is fully recovered from knee surgery and is now working on his strength. “I will be ready for everything Palacios wants to show in the ring,” said ‘Diablo.’ “My WBC belt will stay in Poland.” The bout will take place in Bydgoszcz, Poland. more photos
By Phil Doherty
Miami junior middleweight Joey “Twinkle Fingers” Hernandez (17-1-1, 10 KOs) has signed to fight IBO #52-ranked Mexican middleweight veteran Angel “El Toro” Hernandez (30-9, 17 KOs) of Chicago for the vacant IBO International junior middleweight belt. The fight will take place in Chicago on March 25th. Joey Hernandez stopped Mexican Saul Duran (37-18-2, 30 KOs) during the second round of his last fight in October at the Seminole Hard Rock casino in Hollywood Florida. Angel Hernandez looks to rebound from two consecutive losses; including a stoppage suffered against Peter Manfredo (37-6, 20 KOs) at the Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville, Connecticut last May. The fight is contracted at the light middleweight limit of 154 pounds. No TV is announced at this time.
Courtesy of Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
It appears light heavyweights Otis Griffin (23-6-2, 9 KOs) of Sacramento and Yusaf Mack (28-3-2, 17 KOs) of New York have finally found a home for their twice postponed title-eliminator. The new date and site is March 4 at the Marriott Hotel in Woodland Hills, Calif. The fight between the top-10 contenders is to determine a mandatory challenger for International Boxing Federation champion Tavoris Cloud.
It was originally supposed to happen Jan. 7 in Minneapolis, Minn., but severe weather forced a delay to Feb. 4 in Bloomington, Minn. That plan subsequently went by the wayside when, as explained to Griffin, the Minnesota promoter failed to comply with IBF regulations. Now, the scheduled 12-rounder has resurfaced in Southern California and will be promoted by Steve Bash.
Griffin, concerned about the delays, sounds relieved the fight finally seems set, and in his home state. “I think it works to my benefit,” he said. “I won’t have far to travel and I have more time to focus on my opponent.” Griffin, a correctional officer out of the ring, had a chance to face Cloud for the 175-pound belt late last year, but couldn’t agree on contract terms with promoter Don King.
Jason “Ironman” Bergman (15-9, 11 KOs) from Washington, PA is the New American East Coast heavyweight champion, winning by way of TKO at 1:40 into the second round over Horace Ray Grant (15-3, 9 KOs) from Bowie, MD. The record crowd at the New Morgantown Event Center in Morgantown, West Virginia, witnessed a dominating performance as Bergman dropped Grant just 20 seconds into the bout with a solid right hook. Grant rose quickly though, and fought back hard as Bergman pressed the action the rest of the round. One minute into the second round Bergman dropped Grant again, this time with a straight left hand. Grant rose to his feet at the count of 8, but Bergman was not to be denied as he landed a series of unanswered punches to the head and body of Grant forcing referee Tim Wheeler to step in and stop the contest.
“That makes six straight wins, five by KO for Bergman,” said promoter Steve Simons. “His trainer, Jack Conway, has him doing all the right things. He’s definitely getting better with every performance.”
Also, lightweight prospect from Youngstown, OH. Chris Hazimihalis, won his fifth bout, all five by KO, as he stopped William Bokhart, now 0-3, out of South Bend, IN. via TKO in the second round.
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