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Former title challenger Omar Sheika is back in action tonight as he goes toe-to-toe with durable Charles Hayward in the main event of “Saturday Night Fights at the Hamilton Manor” in Hamilton, NJ. Also in action is exciting undefeated super middleweight Derrick “Take it to the Bank” Webster (11-0, 6 KOs) facing upset-minded Brian Bernard (10-10-2, 6 KOs). (more…)
Photos: German Villasenor/Top Rank
The undefeated WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. is putting the final touches in his preparations for #1 contender Marco Antonio Rubio on February 4 at the Alamodome in San Antonio. The “Son of the Legend” had this to say Friday at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood. “Being a world champion is a big responsibility and that why I have work so hard during this camp. This fight is very important to me and I need to be at my best”
“He’s a very experienced fighter and very strong, but not the overall boxer that Sebastian Zbik is. I know this is a very tough fight and a great challenge for me, but I feel that I am not only ready for these types of fights, but to also win them.” (more…)
WBA interim champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux (9-0, 7 KOs) scored a spectacular sixth round knockout over previously unbeaten WBA super bantamweight champion Rico Ramos (20-1, 11 KOs) on Friday night at the Pearl Theatre at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Rigondeaux got Ramos’ respect early by dropping him with a straight left in round one. The former amateur star dominated every minute of the fight until putting Ramos down for the count with a left to the body in round six. Time was 1:29. After the fight, Rigondeaux called out Nonito Donaire. (more…)
Photos: AllStar Boxing
Late sub Osvaldo “Chucky” Razon (13-3, 8 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Ivan “Pollito” Meneses (16-10-2, 9 KOs) in a clash for the vacant WBC Latin jr. flyweight title on Friday night at the recently renovated Auditorio Plaza Condesa in Mexico City. Razon knocked down Meneses in the twelfth round to punctuate a clear unanimous decision. Razon stepped in for Luis De La Rosa on two days notice. Click here for more photos…
Daniel Ponce De Leon 125.5 vs. Omar Estrella 126
Leo Santa Cruz 119.6 vs. Alejandro Hernandez 123.2
Marco Antonio Periban 169 vs. Antonio Arras ??
Khabir Suleymanov 123.6 vs. Roberto Lopez 122.4
Eduardo Gonzalez 139.2 vs. Mario Padilla 141
Jose Torres 149 vs. Javier Gomez 145.8
Venue: Bodega Del Boxeo, Ensenada, BC, Mexico
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Televisa/ATT U-Verse
Maurice Byarm 244.5 vs. Bryant Jennings 220
(10 round heavyweights)
Rest of card weighs-in Saturday morning 9am
Venue: Asylum Arena, Philadelphia, PA
Promoter: Main Events, Peltz Boxing, Greg Cohen Promotions
TV: NBC Sports Network Fight Night
First bout 7pm, TV 9-11pm
Tickets available at $45 & $65
Joel Godfrey 197.5 vs. Henry Namauu TBD
Nate Serrano 146 vs. Roberto Crespo 147
Randell Corpuz 139.5 vs. Rashad Hughes 143
Dave Courchaine 162 vs. Brandon Adams 161.5
Adrian Hermann 176.5 vs. Len Bentley 176.5
Jose Rico 178.5 vs. Josh Hewson 197.5
*Namauu to weigh in tomorrow at 5 pm
Venue: Emerald Queen Casino
Promoter: Halquist Productions
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Omar Sheika 175.5 vs. Charles Hayward 175.5
Derrick Webster 167 vs. Brian Bernard 167.5
William Santiago 199 vs. Ramadan Yasser 200
Jose Javier Calderon 146 vs. Yehudy Vargas 141
Juan Rodriguez Jr. 147 vs. Carlos Ramos 147.5
Alando Swain 159 vs. Russ Niggemyer 159
David Roman 154 vs. Gregory Bankston 150
Marcus Smith 135 vs. Linwood Hurd 136.5
Venue: Hamilton Manor, Hamilton Township, New Jersey
Promoter: Nedal Promotions
Gabriel Bracero 140 vs. DeMarcus Corley 137
Ran Nakash 201 vs. Derek Bryant 196
Luis Del Valle 122 vs. Jose Angel Beranza 122
Alex Perez 146 vs. Josh Sosa 144.5
Seanie Monaghan 175 vs. Billy Bailey 176
Danny McDermott 142 vs. Terry Buterbaugh 140
Sonya Lamonakis 222 vs. Carlette Ewell 208
Boyd Melson 155 vs. Sean Rawley 154.5
Thomas Hardwick 218 vs. Richard Mason 201.5
Venue: Roseland Ballroom, NYC
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A reliable source has indicated three-division world champion Miguel Cotto (37-2, 30 KOs) is at the top of the list of possible Manny Pacquiao opponents. Other candidates are Timothy Bradley, Lamont Peterson and Juan Manuel Marquez. Proposed date is June 9 in a temporary 38-40,000-seat arena near the strip in Las Vegas.
Meanwhile, there is also a possibility that Marquez could move up to jr welterweight to challenge reigning WBA/IBF jr welterweight champion Lamont Peterson at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas in a date to be determined with the winner in line for Pacquiao. Marquez is still waiting to see if the WBA will reinstate him as lightweight super champion.
After seeking an opponent for the past two months and not being able to come up with anything suitable, the Team of Andy Lee has announced that they will be coming off the May 17 card St. Patrick’s Day card and HBO appearance at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, and now it is rumored he could be the next opponent for WBA Middleweight Champion Felix Sturm with a tentative date scheduled in Germany for April 13th.
“It is with great regret that I have to withdraw from the March 17 St Patrick’s Day Promotion at MSG Theater,” stated Lee. “Unfortunately due to the unavailability of a suitable world ranked opponent Team Lee have collectively decided it is in my best career interest to pass on a fight on this occasion. I would like to thank my promoter, Lou DiBella and HBO for planning to have me on the card and for their efforts to secure a suitable opponent for me from the limited boxers available.”
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Miguel Vazquez 135 vs. Ameth Diaz 135
(IBF lightweight championship)
Ricardo Alvarez 136.5 vs. Adrian Rodriguez 138
Daniel Sandoval 148 vs. Juan Jesus Rivera 148
Joselyn Arroyo 111 vs. Salma Canales 113
Venue: Coliseo Olimpico de la U de G
TV: TV Azteca (more…)
Photos and report by Felipe Leon
You would think getting into the ring with one of the biggest knock out kings in boxing today might be the toughest thing a fighter might have to do but for featherweight Omar “Dinamita” Estrella (15-3-2, 10 KOs), it might be the second. This Saturday night, the twenty-four year old Estrella will face hard hitting and former world champion Daniel Ponce de Leon (41-4, 34 KOs) of Chihuahua by way of Huntington Park, CA, for the vacant WBC USNBC title. The title bout will be the main event of Mexico’s “Sabados de Corona” televised live on Televisa. For more details and photos click here…
Hot prospect McWilliams Arroyo (9-1, 8 KOS) will not fight because there were some problems with opponent Felipe Rivas’ visa. Arroyo will fight on one of PR Best Boxing Promotion’s next shows.
Javier Gallo 116 vs. David Quijano 115
Edgardo Rivera 130 vs. Regino Canales 134
Radamés Vélez 140 vs. Rafael González 138
Andy Crespo 135 vs. Jussein Cruz 136
Emmanuel Santos 129 vs. Jesús Pastrana 131
Mathew Robinson 138 vs. Reynaldo Ojeda 138
José Santiago 131 vs. Iván Vázquez 130
Venue: Coliseo Pedrin Zorrilla, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Promoter: PR Best
TONIGHT – Guillard vs Miller Headlines The UFC’s Debut On FX: The UFC hits FX on Friday night, with a lightweight main event battle between Melvin Guillard and Jim Miller – plus, Duane “Bang” Ludwig takes on Josh Neer and heavyweights Pat Barry and Christian Morecraft collide! UFC on FX live tonight at 9pm ET / 6pm PT
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By Francisco Salazar
It has been a long time coming. Maybe too long. Alas, the long-awaited return of the Southern California Fight Scene is here, updating fight fans about upcoming cards and boxers that live and train in Southern California.
Whereas the first half of January was a little light on the boxing schedule, it is sure to pick up in the next month or two, bringing a smile to the diehard and casual fight fan.
Last week, Top Rank matchmaker Brad Goodman told Fightnews.com that all indications point toward unbeaten lightweight Brandon Rios fighting at the Home Depot Center in Carson on March 3rd. A few fighters were mentioned as possible opponents for the hard-hitting Oxnard fighter, including lightweight contenders John Molina of Covina and Brit Kevin Murray .
Promoter Dan Goossen, who promotes Molina, told Fightnews.com last week that there had always been in an interest in Molina fighting Rios, even since last summer. However, Molina is scheduled to fight Marvin Quintero on February 17th at the College Park Center in Arlington , TX . Murray has run into some legal troubles that will prevent him from leaving England anytime soon.
There are still a number of legitimate fighters that could face Rios on that proposed upcoming card. In the meantime, Rios continues to work out at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in south Oxnard. (more…)
A date has been set for the highly anticipated WBC world championship fight between, Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan (37-4-1, 27 KOs) and Japan’s undefeated WBC bantamweight champion, Shinsuke Yamanaka (15-0-2, 11 KOs). The showdown will take place on April 6, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan. On the line will be Yamanaka’s WBC Bantamweight title.
Promoter Gary Shaw confirmed, “The date has been agreed upon for April 6. Darchinyan will have to travel into unfamiliar territory and show the world why he’s one of the best fighters walking the earth. Capturing a world title in three divisions will put Vic in the history books as one of the greatest.”
Viasat and Team Sauerland have announced they have struck a long-term partnership. The project was announced at a big kick-off press conference in Copenhagen on Thursday. In the next five years, TV3 / Viasat (Denmark), TV10 (Sweden) and Viasat Norway will broadcast between five and seven “Nordic Fight Nights” per year, featuring the biggest names and most promising talents in Nordic boxing. The shows will take place in various venues across Denmark. “This is a ground-breaking partnership that will lift Nordic boxing to the highest international level,” Kalle Sauerland said. “Our Nordic stars will compete against world-class opponents on a constant basis. We are very ambitious to bring the biggest events to Denmark. Our star fighters will win a lot of titles for Scandinavia.” (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Photo: Chris Cozzone
ESPN is reporting that Floyd Mayweather sent an email to SportsCenter newscaster Stan Verrett rejecting the 50/50 purse split that Manny Pacquiao insists is fair.
According to Verrett, Floyd wrote: “He asked about a 50/50 split and I told him no that can’t happen, but what can happen is you can make more money fighting me than you have made in your career. I also let him know I’m in control on my side and he needs to get on the same page as his promoter so we can make this fight happen.”
By Matt Richardson
Local residents warmly embraced the return of professional boxing to Staten Island, NY on Thursday night at the Hilton Garden Inn, packing the ballroom there to standing room only capacity for a five bout card headlined by unbeaten junior welterweight Mike Faragon.
Faragon (17-0, 7 KO’s) made easy work out of opponent Andres Ledesma; stopping him with a left to the body in the third round. Faragon had dominated the fight to that point by out boxing and simply being quicker to the punch than Ledesma. Ledesma (18-20-1, 13 KO’s) was game but still wound up losing his second fight in a row. Perhaps best known to local boxing fans for his violent upset knockout victory over Gary Stark in the spring of 2007, Ledesma has now only won two of his last 17 fights and should probably start considering another line of work. (more…)
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