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David Rodriguez will be training for his up incoming battle in a workout open to the public and media, this Friday January 28th, at The Backstreet Gym (4798 N Mesa) in El Paso. The workout begins at 2 p.m. The undefeated Rodriguez is preparing for his return to El Paso, Friday, Feb. 11, at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, against brawler “Big” Ty Cobb.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that tickets to UFC® 126: SILVA vs. BELFORT at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas are sold out. (more…)
By Phil Doherty
Photos by Sam Cohen
The Heavyweight Factory gym in Hollywood Florida moves to the center of the boxing universe this week. WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto (35-2, 28 KOs) reunited with Hall of Fame trainer Emmanuel Steward at the gym this afternoon. Cotto makes his first title defense against Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga (29-7-1, 23 KOs) on March 12th in Las Vegas on a Showtime PPV card. The Klitschko brothers are expected to join Steward at the gym later this week in preparation for their own title defenses. For more details and photos click here…
Photos and report by Bob Ryder
Tim Bradley engaged in a light workout at the Kronk Gym in Detroit in final preparation for his Saturday night fight with Devon Alexander at the Pontiac Silverdome as well as fielding questions from the media. Looking fit and trim Bradley proclaimed, “I’m ready to go 12 hard rounds. I’m going to give it everything I got.” When queried if he there was anything personal between himself and Alexander, Tim replied, “he’s trying to take food off my table. Anyone doing that has got to go, I got to get rid of him.” Bradley revealed that he worked hard in training utilizing southpaw sparring partners in preparation for Devon’s right handed stance. Trainer Joel Diaz stated that his charge was at 141 pounds and weight would be no issue. Diaz looked on as Kronk’s most famous alumnus Thomas Hearns, climbed in the ring and donned the pads. Not surprisingly “The Hitman” seemed to be concentrating on giving Bradley tips on maximizing his power. After several rounds of skipping rope to wind up his workout Bradley asked Hearns for some final advice. “Stay focused” was Tommy’s reply. For more details and photos click here…
UBO All-America lightweight titleholder “Rock Hard Mighty” Mason Menard (14-1, 12 KOs) will defend his belt on March 12 at the Hilton Towers Ballroom in Lafayette, Louisiana. Promoter Chad Broussard is working on finalizing a suitable opponent for his 22-year-old charge, and is hoping to be able to announce the name within a few weeks. Also appearing on the Boxncar Promotions show will be up-and-comers Bobby Bryant (9-0), Todd Manuel (4-0), Jarred Leblanc (12-1), Bailey Bobbit (4-0), Jessie Patin (4-1) and debutant Nate Heaven.
Former two-time world heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs, who spent 12 days in a German hospital after sustaining a wicked, 12-round beating at the hands of current world champion Vitali Klitschko in October, is fighting back. But, this time, the Brooklyn born and raised Briggs is not targeting an opponent in the ring. Briggs claims that he has been a victim of a “ripoff” on two fronts by his former promoters and business partners, part and parcel of which includes documents in which his signature was “forged.”
On Tuesday, Briggs filed a lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court, alleging breach of fiduciary duty, conversion, unjust enrichment and breach of contract against Gregory D. Cohen, Shelly Finkel and Barry Honig, and their boxing and entertainment promotional company, Empire Sports & Entertainment. In the legal filing, which seeks compensatory and punitive damages, Briggs said that he agreed to fight the powerful Klitschko with the understanding that he would be paid a purse of $750,000, but that he wound up with a mere $25,000, after he returned to the United States after the prolonged hospital stay in Hamburg. (more…)
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Cuban heavyweight title challenger Odlanier Solis arrived in Cologne, Germany, Monday morning for tomorrow’s press conference for his March 19th showdown against WBC world champion Vitali Klitschko. “It’s time for a new chapter in heavyweight history,” said Solis’ promoter Ahmet Oner. “Solis will end the Klitschko era and start his own legacy.“ For their “project world championship,“ Team Solis started training right away. Regardless of the transatlantic flight Solis and former Cuban national coach Pedro Luis Diaz Benitez already did two training session yesterday at MayLife Boxing Club. It was also the reunion of former Olympic gold medalist when Solis who won heavyweight gold in Athens 2004 met gym owner Torsten May, a 1992 light heavyweight Olympic champion. May has also known Pedro Diaz for a long time from several amateur training camps in Cuba. (more…)
The official press release was sent out today for the March 12 fight between WBC champion emeritus Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez against WBO jr middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut. The winner will get the WBC Diamond belt. Here are the quotes attributed to the fighters:
Sergio Martinez: “I believe my next fight could be my best fight of my career because my boxing is getting better, I am physically stronger, and I am stronger mentally,” said Martinez. “My rival is a great fighter and a great champion for several years now but on March 12 he will fight the best Sergio Martinez and the fans will witness a spectacular show and the best fight of my career.”
Sergiy Dzinziruk: “First of all, it’s a great opportunity for everyone involved to fight such great champions” said Dzinziruk. “I really appreciate the opportunity to fight Sergio Martinez and show the world how good I am. I am looking forward to the fight and I am very excited. I have not tasted defeat yet and I want to keep it that way. My team and I know how much work was done by Banner Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions to make this fight and it is greatly appreciated. We’re looking forward to a great fight with Sergio Martinez.”
Promoter Lou DiBella: “March 12 is what world class boxing is all about. Sergio Martinez is proving that he has no interest in resting on his laurels by taking on an accomplished champion such as Sergiy Dzinziruk. Once again, ‘Maravilla’ will show why he is not only the 2010 Fighter of the Year, but also the people’s champion.”
By Team Maidana
More than one month after his loss to Amir Khan in what it was chosen as the best fight of 2010 by the Boxing Writers Associacion of America, Marcos Maidana got quite upset by a comment made by Khan, in which he said that “Maidana had asked for a stupid number to fight me and then came to his senses and accepted the second offer”.
“It’s been almost four or five months now since negotiations for my fight against Amir Khan concluded and he is still talking crap about it. First, he said that I didn’t want to go to England to face him. Then, he claimed that I had overpriced myself for that fight, which he is still saying today. Both are lies, big lies,” Maidana said.
“Obviously, my team asked for the kind of money I deserved at the time. And that money was not even going to be paid by Khan but by Golden Boy Promotions. What Khan did then was to push for Golden Boy to pay me less money in order for him to make more. What kind of bullsh*t is he saying now, that I came to my senses? Khan is the one who needs to come to his senses and understand that he is not the only one who can make good money here. He has to choose which side of boxing industry he wants to stay. Is he a boxer or a promoter? He is selfish and cheap by offering crap purses to his opponents,” “El Chino” explained. (more…)
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Looks like unbeaten WBO #1 super flyweight Cesar ‘Junito’ Seda (20-0, 15 KOs) will challenge WBO chapion Omar Narvaez (32-0-2, 19 KOs) in Panama in late March or early April according to promoter Javier Bustillo. “We’re going to fight in Panama. Gary Shaw is negotiating a fight with Narvaez and we’re trying to make in that country or the United States. I don’t think that the champion is asking for an astronomical amount of money and we need television in Puerto Rico. Narvaez will also reportedly to defend his title on February 12 in Argentina against Victor Zaleta (17-1, 9 KOs).
Unbeaten featherweight Gary Russell Jr. (13-0, 9 KOs) will face veteran Feider Viloria (23-7-2, 16 KOs) in the opening bout of Telefutura’s Solo Boxeo telecast on Friday. Jr featherweight Charles Huerta (16-1, 8 KOs) meets Raul Hirales Jr. (11-0-1, 7 KOs) in the main event. The card takes place at the Four Points Sheraton in San Diego.
The world’s leading mixed martial arts organization, the Ultimate Fighting Championship®, has announced two agreements that will further UFC’s development in Japan. (more…)
The British Boxing Board of Control has refused to sanction a bout between 42-year-old heavyweight Frans Botha as an opponent for unbeaten Tyson Fury on February 19 at Wembley Arena in London. The bout was announced three days ago by promoter Hennessy Sports.
An announcement on a date in April and a venue for a rematch between Australian “Contender” winner Garth Wood (10-1-1, 6 KOs) and former world champion Anthony Mundine (40-4, 24 KOs) is expected within 48 hours according to the Daily Telegraph. The last sticking point is the location of the fight. Wood began training for the return fight yesterday after vacationing in Hawaii, Las Vegas and Disneyland. He knocked out Mundine in December in a huge upset.
Veteran Derrick Campos will be the opponent for prospect José “Chelo” González next February 5 on a card billed as “Futuros Campeones 2″ to be held in the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum, Bayamon, Puerto Rico in a PR Best Boxing Promotions presentation. Campos (20-10, 11 KOs) is the most experienced foe González (13-0, 9 KOs) has faced to date. In the co-feature, another prospect McWilliams Arroyo (5-1, 3KOs) will fight versus a rival to be named in a six round flyweight clash. Also in action is Israel “El Heredero” Vázquez (1-0-1, 1KO), son of former three time World Champion Wilfredo Vázquez and brother of current WBO superbantamweight champion Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. Tickets are availables at Ticketcenter 1 787 792-5000 (www.tcpr.com). Prices are $40 and $20.
“The offer we made to Paul McCloskey is the biggest offer he’s ever going to get,” WBA super lightweight world champion Amir Khan told the Daily Mirror. “Why is it when someone wants to fight Amir Khan, they ask for a stupid number? “Marcos Maidana asked for a stupid number first time. Then he came to his senses and said ‘fine, I’ll take the second offer’. It’s the same with Paul McCloskey and I hope he takes our second offer and it is going to be higher. He should think ‘this is an opportunity for a world title fight and if I beat him, it will make me a big, big name.'”
Super featherweight Joseph Laryea (14-4, 11 KOs) of Ghana defeated Scotsman Paul Appleby (16-2, 11 KOs) in December at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow. In March 12th, he will be returning to the same venue to face Appleby’s countryman, WBO world champion Ricky Burns (30-2, 7 KOs). “I come to Scotland again to KO Ricky burns and take back the belt. He disrespected me last time I saw him and now I make him pay for this. Unless he says ‘sorry’ before we meet in the ring I will gut him like a pig. Appleby has already tasted my power and I will destroy him. I will see you on March 12 in the ring Mr. Burns, and be ready for war.”
Burns vs Laryea headlines an Frank Warren card that also features Michael Jennings against Edinburgh’s Gary McMillan in an eliminator for the British welterweight title, and the aforementioned Paul Appleby, who returns in a six round featherweight contest.
Tito Ortiz Returns To Take On Lil Nog In Seattle: The UFC hits the Key Arena in Seattle on Saturday, March 26 as former champion Tito Ortiz battles Antonio Nogueira, plus Dan Hardy and Anthony Johnson collide! UFC Fight Club Presale starts Thursday, Jan. 27 – join today for first access to tickets!
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WBA #5/WBC #14 middleweight Andy Lee (24-1, 18 KOs) in the WBC rankings will now face WBO #12 Craig McEwan (19-0, 10 KOs) on March 12, in the chief supporting bout to Sergio Martinez – Sergei Dzinziruk WBC world middleweight clash at Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States. Lee had originally been scheduled to do battle with fellow Irishman, John Duddy. But following Duddy’s shock retirement announcement last week the unbeaten McEwan stepped in to fill the void. The Ireland v Scotland ‘Celtic War’ between Lee and McEwan comes on the weekend before St Patrick’s Day. Lee expects a good turnout of Irish boxing fans at the Foxwoods Resort Casino arena to support him from across the East Coast of the US and from Ireland. (more…)
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Former world title challenger Eduard Gutknecht (19-1, 8 KOs) will make his first fight under the promotional banner of Team Sauerland on February 12 when he takes on Oleksandr Cherviak (9-1, 1 KO) in Mülheim, Germany. In the main event of the night, Yoan Pablo Hernandez challenges WBA Interim Cruiserweight Champion Steve Herelius. Gutknecht will be trained by eight-time German coach of the year Ulli Wegner and fight at light heavyweight. “I am looking forward to February 12,” Gutknecht said. “I had a very good start with Team Sauerland and can´t wait to show my potential in the ring.”
Chris Meyer, General Manager of Team Sauerland, believes that Gutknecht, a very successful amateur and former WBO Intercontinental Super-Middleweight Champion, has a golden future ahead. “In the mid- and long-term he will be fighting for European and World Titles,” Meyer said. “He is very charismatic and got what it takes to be a champion. Ulli Wegner will take care of the rest.” (more…)
Welterweight prospect Joseph Judah (5-1, 1 KOs) has just been added to the IBF Jr. Welterweight title fight card promoted by Main Events & Super Judah Promotions on March 5th at the Amerihealth Pavillion at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. In the main event, Zab “Super” Judah (40-6, 27 KOs) will face Kaizer Mabuza (23-6-3 14 KOs), for the vacant IBF Jr. Welterweight championship. In the co-feature, 2008 USA Olympian Saddam “World Kid” Ali (11-0, 6 KOs) will face TBA.
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Highly talented junior welterweight prospect Karim ‘KC’ Martinez (4-0, 3 KOs) of Humble, Texas will step back into the ring this Thursday, January 27th at the Houston Club in Houston, Texas against an opponent yet to be determined. “I’m very excited to be fighting right away; we’re starting off the New Year right. I’m ready and I can’t wait.” said Karim Martinez. In his last outing, the 19-year old Martinez defeated Chris Russel (2-4-1, 1 KO) via unanimous decision last month at the Civic Center in Marshall, Texas. Click here for more photos…
By Peter Lim
A trio of Houston heavyweights are scheduled to do battle at the latest Savarese Boxing Promotions card at the Houston Club on Jan. 27. Steve Collins, 23-1 (16 KOs), Fred Allen, 9-0 (6 KOs), and Skip Scott, 11-1 (6 KOs) will fight separate bouts against opponents yet to be determined at press time. Undefeated featherweight Miguel Flores,7-0 (4 KOs), returns to action after a six-month layoff due to a knuckle injury inhis right hand. Also, junior welterweight Karim Martinez, 4-0 (3 KOs), attampts to remain undefeated in a four-round bout.
By Ron Jackson
Photo: Jeff Ellis
In a battle of the B’s, Hekkie Budler defends his IBO junior flyweight belt for the second time when he meets IBO strawweight champion Gideon Buthelezi at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Thursday night. (more…)
A tragic day for the family of former world super middleweight champion Jeff Lacy, as well as all in law enforcement. Lacy’s brother Hydra Lacy, Jr. was involved in a shootout with police in St. Petersburg, Florida that left two officers dead, and eventually Lacy was also found dead at the scene. Click here for full coverage.
By Jesse Kelley
Photo: Chris Cozzone
Super featherweight contender Jason Litzau (28-2, 21 KOs) has shot into the limelight following his shocking upset victory over highly regarded world champion Celestino Caballero on November 27th. Litzau overcame lopsided betting odds with the victory, in some cases as high as 13-1. Now rated in the top five by the WBC, WBA, and the IBF, Litzau admits he was surprised when told he was such a wide underdog in the hours leading up to the fight.
“Those kinds of odds are truly amazing” said Litzau looking back at the fight. “I guess I needed to prove myself, but I don’t think that will ever happen again. I tell you what though, to all my fans that bet on me, Merry Christmas! Santa came to town. And for everybody that bet on Caballero, I hope your broke as sh*t (laughing)! (more…)
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By Przemyslaw Garczarczyk
“I can officially announce that Monday evening I signed the contract to fight Wladimir Klitschko in September, in Poland for a heavyweight championship fight,” said Tomasz Adamek, the Polish light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion, who wants to become the first man in boxing history with belts in the three heaviest weight categories. “Everything worked out, we are all very happy with this development. Both sides agreed to all the points, and as far as we know, Wladimir already signed it too, so now we are waiting for television stations from US and Germany to setup the best possible date in September,” said Adamek’s longtime manager and advisor, Zyggi Rozalski.
“With my trainer Roger Bloodworth, we have eight months to prepare for Klitschko,” said Adamek. “I will fight one more fight before September, most likely in Poland. I will start my preparations in a couple of days, at the Poconos Mountains, although for the past two weeks I’ve already started my own training schedule. What I can say? I love boxing.”
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Undefeated featherweight prospect and former Cuban Olympian Luis Franco will look to take another giant step towards challenging for a world title in 2011 when he takes on veteran Leonilo Miranda in a 10-round bout to kick off an impressive run of boxing on SHOWTIME on Friday, Feb. 4 LIVE on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West coast). In a co-feature worthy of main event billing, crowd-pleasing and Freddie Roach-trained Lateef Kayode will be looking for his 15th consecutive knockout as he squares off against Tampa native Nicholas Iannuzzi in a 10-round cruiserweight bout. For more details and photos click here…
By Phil Doherty
Pugilistic Promotions announced the main event for the February 11th card at the Magic City Casino today. Nigerian middleweight Eromosele “Bad Boy” Albert (23-4-1, 11 KOs) makes his first defense of the IBO Latino middleweight belt against Lester “El Cubanito” Gonzalez (11-2-1, 6 KOs) in a 10 round bout. This will mark the fourth in a series of seven monthly cards sponsored by Badia Spices at the casino. Albert last fought here in November; earning an exciting ninth-round TKO victory over Joaquin Zamora (18-3-1, 12 KOs) to claim the vacant IBO Latino crown. (more…)
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