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By Ricardo Conde
Photo: Thompson Boxing
Former bantamweight world champion Yonnhy ‘El Colombiano’ Perez (20-1-1, 14 KOs) of Santa Fe Springs, California by way of Colombia will take on Vic ‘Raging Bull’ Darchinyan (35-3-1, 27 KOs) this Saturday, April 23rd at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, California in the co-feature bout of SHOWTIME’s Bantamweight Tournament Final ‘Winner Takes All’ which will be broadcast live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing and is being presented by Don King Productions, Gary Shaw Productions, Golden Boy Promotions and Thompson Boxing Promotions. (more…)
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Former IBF 105lb boss Muhammad Rachman (64-10-5,33 KOs) became the new WBA minimumweight titleholder as he stopped the now former champion Kwanthai Sithmorseng (31-1-1,17 KOs) in round nine on Tuesday at Bangkokthonburi University in Bangkok, Thailand. Previously, it seemed not so hard for the Thai fighter as he dropped the former IBF champ in round two and mostly gained the score except round five and six. But unexpectedly in round nine, the experienced Rachman reached his big opportunity when he landed a well-timed right hook following by vicious combinations which sent Kwanthai to the canvas. Not missing the chance, the Indonesian viciously hunted his foe and he successfully closed the show with a right bodyshot which destroyed Thai fighter for a full ten count at 1:29.
In other action, former WBA 122lb title holder Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym (44-2,30 KOs) scored a six round technical decision over Eric Barcelona (51-20-4,19 KOs) to capture the PABA 122lb title. An accidental headclash in round six rendered the Filipino unable to continue so the fight was sent to the scorecard which the Thai fighter comfortably leaded by 58-55, 59-54 and 59-54. Poonsawat is scheduled to challenge for the WBA crown again during the WBA annual convention in Bangkok this October.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Jr middleweight contender David “The Destroyer” Lopez may have the opportunity to fight for the WBA super welterweight championship against unbeaten world champion Austin Trout in June. HG BOXING President Hector Garcia informed us that he expects to make this fight for June 11th at a site to be named. Candidates are Sonora, Mexico City and Mexico state. Lopez defeated compatriot Michel Rosales in a WBA eliminator on March 19 in Tampico, Tamaulipas to earn this title shot.
That same night, Mexican female star Arely Muciño defends her IBF female flyweight world crown for the second time against an opponent to be revealed in the coming days.
On April 28, boxing action returns to L.A. LIVE’s Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles with local jr welterweight favorite Frankie “The Pitbull” Gomez (8-0, 6 KOs) headlining. Lightweight Ramon Valadez (7-1, 4 KOs) and 2008 Olympian jr middleweight Alfonso Blanco (4-0, 2 KOs) also compete in featured bouts. Opponents for Gomez, Blanco and Valadez will be announced at a later date.
By Robert Coster
Mexico-based Canelo Promotions’ Japanese connection is growing. Edison Reynoso, chief executive of Canelo, has announced the signing of Japanese super-flyweight prospect Masamichi Nozaki. The 22-year-old Nozaki (11-2, 3 KOs), started off his career with two controversial decision losses in 2007 but has since then rebounded with 11 straight victories, 4 of them over unbeaten opposition. “Nozaki is a slick, skilled young boxer,” commented Reynoso, “and we believe that he will progress considerably by pursuing his career in Mexico.”
Mexican fans will have a chance to get their first glimpse of Nozaki as he will step in the ring on the third week of May against an opponent TBA. The other Japanese boxers Canelo Promotions has signed are former WBA interim jr middleweight champion Noburo Ishida, who recently stunned the boxing world with a one round destruction of James Kirkland, and bantamweight contender Tomoki Kameda, the youngest of the famed Kameda brothers. Said Reynoso, “We plan to continue looking for good boxers and prospects in Japan. Boxers over there are similar in many ways to Mexican boxers: they are disciplined, love to train and have heart.”
He currently sits in a lofty spot on the mythical pound-for-pound list, he has an amazing backstory, an infectious personality, and, oh yeah, he can fight a little bit too. But to some UFC fans, Jose Aldo won’t be a reality until he sets foot in the Octagon for the first time . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBA flyweight world champion Luis ‘El Nica’ Concepcion returned to training on Monday after losing to Hernan “Tyson” Marquez on April 2 in Panama City. Concepcion, now classified WBA #5 in its flyweight rating, began his training in the “Los Rockeros” gym with an exercise routine. Concepcion is trained by renowned local trainer Rigoberto Garibaldi, one of his two trainers.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican junior lightweight prospect Salvador Sanchez II (21-4-3, 11 KOs) returns to the ring again in Mexico City on a Saturday night called “Feria del Nocaut III” at the Don King Arena in Texcoco, Mexico on a Boxeo de Gala Promotions show presented by Dr. Fausto Daniel Garcia. Sanchez II, a lookalike for his legendary uncle Salvador Sanchez, made his final preparations at the Pino Suarez Gym in Mexico City with trainer Rudy Perez and has been bringing in bus loads of fans in rapidly becoming a star attraction in Mexico.
“I’ve been training very hard the last three months in Mexico City with Rudy Perez trainer,” said Sanchez. “I need to learn more about the technical aspects, defense and fast punching. We’re training for the future. I have to face the best to go to a world title shot in my career but now I have to learn too much. Fight by fight I feel better, I’m feeling my career advance.”
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
A contractually obligated rematch between WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido and ex-champ Juan Manuel Lopez may be held in August instead of November or December as originally stated by promoter Bob Arum. Salido, who stopped Lopez on Saturday night in a monumental upset, had hoped to make a defense in July in Sonora, Mexico, but apparently the people of Lopez are pushing for a rematch to take place as soon as possible.
At a meeting on Monday, the Panamanian Boxing Commission declared matchmaker and boxing representative Sampson Lewkowicz an undesirable person and warned every promoter, manager or member of the Panamanian boxing community that the commission will not accept any reationship with him for one year.
According to a letter from Commission President Alberto Guerra to the WBA, WBC, WBO and IBF, Lewkowicz allegedly told the management of WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo Moreno that their contract with Moreno would be terminated by the Commission for going against the interests of boxing if Moreno did not sign a promotional agreement with Golden Boy by April 5. Guerra confirmed a conversation with Lewkowicz about the commission’s powers to terminate a contract, but he claims he informed Lewkowicz that this was not the case between Moreno and his manager Roberto Grimaldo. The commission later confirmed that Grimaldo’s deal with Moreno would be in force until 2016.
On May 18, Hitz Boxing and its founder, Bobby Hitz, will return to where it all began, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. The night’s main event will feature popular Irish Middleweight contender Andy Lee (25-1, 19 KOs). Lee will be getting back in the ring just a couple months after scoring a sensational come-from-behind tenth-round knockout against the previously unbeaten Craig McEwan on national TV.
When Bobby Hitz first transitioned from heavyweight boxer to promoter, he embarked on what became a 12-year series of shows in Rosemont entitled the Ramada Rumbles.
“We are back to where it all started,” said an enthusiastic Hitz. “And in the spirit of going back to the glory days, we’ve got an old-school-type of fighter, Andy Lee, who is one of the most exciting sluggers in boxing in the main event. He’s not your usual big-name boxer. Andy doesn’t want to lay around. He wants to keep busy and stay sharp while he waits for his title shot.”
The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Albuquerque will hold a press conference on Tuesday to announce a June 4 boxing card that includes a rubber match between six-time world champion Johnny Tapia (58-5-2, 30 KOs) versus Frankie Archuleta (27-8-1, 14 KOs). Tapia and Archuleta split a couple of close decisions in their 2004 and 2005 fights.
WBC Silver welterweight champion and mandatory challenger Selcuk Aydin wants to fight the new WBC world champion Victor Ortiz immediately. “I congratulate Victor Ortiz to his victory and I hope that he is man enough to fight me”, says Aydin. “Ortiz should not forget that he only got his shot at the title because I stepped aside from my mandatory right to challenge Berto. Berto knew exactly why he didn’t want to fight me. He knows how strong I am and that I would have beaten him. He thought he would have better chances against Ortiz. Now I can only hope that Ortiz doesn’t run away from me like Berto did over the past two years.” (more…)
Last Friday, well known Mexican Promoter Fernando Beltran, filed a lawsuit for libel and defamation of character with the Tijuana, MX, attorney general against Michael Miller, the U.S. based lawyer for WBC lightweight champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto. Beltran is represented by one of the best law offices of Mexico who prepared the lawsuit and who will seek damages.
Beltran alleges that Miller made several false accusations against him to the media. “We will follow through with this case, the laws in our country and very just and clear and Mr. Miller broke many of them with his false declarations against me and my company,” Beltran said. “These declarations affect in one way or another the credibility that we have earned for so many years and after all the champions that Zanfer has produced for Mexico.”
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Photo: Team Lebedev
WBO # 1 rated cruiserweight Denis Lebedev (21-1, 16 KOs) continues to prepare for his “Battle of Two Empires” fight against legendary multi-division world champion Roy Jones Jr (54-7, 40 KOs) on May 21th at the Sport Complex Krylatskoe in Moscow, Russia. Lebedev is preparing with Hall of Famer Kostya Tszyu. Click here for more photos…
From TMZ: A man identified as a boxing promoter claims he was victimized by Nelson Mandela’s daughter over a botched effort to organize a Floyd Mayweather/Manny Pacquiao fight to celebrate her dad’s 93rd birthday. Duane Moody claims Zindziswa Mandela approached him several months ago to broker the fight — which she estimated would pull in $100 million. Moody claims in return for organizing the event, he would get 15% of the proceeds. According to the lawsuit filed in L.A. County Superior Court, Nelson’s daughter flaked out as he tried negotiating the deal. Things got so hinky, Moody claims he was kicked out of his Vegas hotel room because “Zindzi Mandela was not paying the bill as agreed.” The fight was ultimately scrapped, but Moody claims he’s owed $7.5 million — yes, we’re confused by the math as well.
By Ricardo Conde
Photos by Ricardo Conde
Rising star and current WBC Silver bantamweight world champion Abner Mares (21-0-1, 13 KOs) of Mexico, training under the watchful eye of renowned trainer Clemente Medina at the Maywood Boxing Club in Maywood, California, will take on IBF bantamweight world champion Joseph ‘King Kong’ Agbeko (28-2, 22 KOs) of Ghana this Saturday April 23rd at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, California and will be broadcast live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing, the Bantamweight Tournament Final ‘Winner Takes All’ is being presented by Golden Boy Promotions, Don King Productions, Gary Shaw Productions and Thompson Boxing Promotions.
In the co-feature bout, former bantamweight world champion Yonnhy ‘El Colombiano’ Perez (20-1-1, 14 KOs) of Colombia faces Vic ‘Raging Bull’ Darchinyan (35-3-1, 27 KOs) for the vacant IBO bantamweight title. For more details and photos click here…
Knockout artists Mike Alvarado (29-0, 21 KOs) and “Sugar” Ray Narh (25-1, 21 KOs) will battle for the vacant WBC Continental Americas super lightweight title on the pay-per-view undercard headlined by the Manny Pacquiao vs. Sugar Shane Mosley WBO welterweight championship rumble, Saturday, May 7, at the soldout MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The Pacquiao vs. Mosley pay-per-view undercard will also feature a 10-round super middleweight duel between former world middleweight champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik (36-2, 32 KOs) and undefeated WBC Continental Americas super middleweight champion Alfonso “El Tigre” Lopez (21-0, 16 KOs) and WBO junior featherweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. (20-0-1, 17 KOs) making his third title defense, against five-time world champion Jorge Arce (56-6-2, 43 KOs). Alvarado-Narh replaces the previously announced rematch between Humberto Soto and Urbano Antillon, which has fallen out.
European Union welterweight champion Luciano Abis (31-1-1, 14 KOs) retained his belt last Friday night in Capoterra (Cagliari), Italy by tecnical decision in the seventh round against English Mark Lloyd (15-4, 3 KOs). The 3 judges scored the bout 69-60 for Abis.
Lightweight prospect Luca Giacon (15-0, 15 KOs) impressed again by scoring a first round knockout against Nicaraguan Michael Isaac Carrero. The bout was schedule on 6 rounds.
WBC International welterweight champion Phil Lo Greco (21-0, 12 KOs) returned in the ring with a TKO win in round 4 against Semjons Moroseks. The bout was schedule on 6 rounds.
Former European flyweight champion Andrea Sarritzu (32-4-4, 12 KOs) decisioned Sergei Tasimov in 6 rounds.
Super middleweight Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (19-1, 10 KOs) decisioned Ruslans Pojonisevs in 6 rounds.
OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) promoted the show with SPORTITALIA televising it live.
Photo: Team Sauerland
King Arthur Abraham is convinced that the huge Armenian community in California will lift him to victory in his Super Six World Boxing Classic semi-final bout on May 14. The 31-year-old (32-2, 26 KOs), who takes on undefeated WBA Super-Middleweight Champion Andre Ward (23-0, 13 KOs) at The Home Depot Center, is currently shaping up on Usedom, a small German island in the Baltic Sea. Last week, SHOWTIME´s Fight Camp 360 crew caught up with the former tournament point leader in his training camp. “I am looking forward to returning to America and clinch a big victory on May 14,” King Arthur said. “Los Angeles has a huge Armenian community and I intend to put on a great fight for my loyal fans. Their passionate support really means a lot to me. It will give me additional motivation. Ward is a strong fighter but with the help of my countrymen I will defeat him.” (more…)
World ranked Las Vegas-based Tim Coleman (18-1-1, 5 KOs) contacted fightnews directly from his training camp in England upon reading the news of the cancelled April 29th IBF eliminator bout between Dominican Victor Cayo (26-1-1, 18 KOs) and Lamont Peterson (24-1-1, 14 KOs) of Washington DC. Cayo-Peterson was scheduled to be the main event on ESPN 2’s Friday Night Fights series.
“I’m not going to take a fight of this magnitdude on two weeks notice,” said Coleman. “The money isnt great but for the opportunity I was willing to do it with ample time. If Peterson can’t get a replacement to fight him in an eliminator on this kind of notice then I guess what comes around goes around.” (more…)
Competing in the UFC 129 main event on April 30th, both Jose Aldo and Mark Hominick compete in the UFC’s newly minted 145-pound division, a weight class crowded with whirling dervish-type fighters that often thrill fans with non-stop, video game-like action. Aldo is the division’s unquestioned king, receiving the belt in exchange for his WEC championship when Zuffa merged it into the UFC. Hominick is the guy hoping to bring about a sudden coup d’état . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC
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International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Larry Hazzard is the special guest speaker this Tuesday (April 19th) for the RING 8 monthly meeting at the historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City.
In addition, each of the 2011 New York Golden Gloves Tournament finalists have been invited along with a guest to attend Tuesday’s meeting, as well as becoming an honorary RING 8 member throughout this year.
Ringside Report by Scott Ploof and Mariano Agmi
Photography by Emily Harney
Over the years, the Foxwoods Resort and Casino, along with the newer MGM Grand Arena at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, CT have held numerous memorable fights over the course of their history. James Toney vs. Vassily Jirov, Carl Froch vs. Jermain Taylor, Vinny Paz getting his 50th career win over Tocker Pudwill, the two wars that Scott Pemberton had against Omar Sheika that were both ESPN fights of the year, Diego Corrales vs. Joel Casamayor, Diego Corrales vs. Acelino “Popo” Freitas, most recently, Sergio Martinez vs. Sergiy Dzinziruk, as well as many, many more. Now we can add yet another war into the history books of boxing at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods and the Fox Theatre, “Vicious” Victor Ortiz vs. Andre Berto. Click here for the entire ringside report and action packed photogallery.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Two-division former world champion Jorge Linares could have his next fight in Mexico on May 28. Potential opponents for Linares include Willie Lemond English and Sergio Priotti for the a proposed lightweight ten-rounder, but apparently Golden Boy is also looking for other candidates. One source indicated that after the fight in Mexico, Linares could return in the U.S. against Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz, Michael Katsidis or maybe even WBA interim lightweight titleholder Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero.
By Mariano A. Agmi
Victor Ortiz (29-2, 22 KOs) had a lot to prove going into the “East-West Showdown” at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT. Ortiz wanted to erase the memory of his 2009 loss to power punching Marcos “El Chino” Maidana and answer any questions that lingered about his chin or his heart. Ortiz did that and much more, engaging in a 4 knockdown firefight with Andre Berto (27-1, 21 KOs) to claim the WBC welterweight title in an instant fight of the year candidate.
“Should I come down there and smack you with this green belt?” asked Ortiz to the roar of the media at the post fight press conference in response to a question about this fight compared to the Maidana fight. “I’m totally messing with you,” joked the champ. “That was my past, it was a learning experience. I took it for what it was worth. I went to war. People say I gave up. I didn’t give up. The fight was stopped on my behalf. Life goes on and I woke up to another day, and check it out (lifting his new WBC welterweight championship belt).” (more…)
By Jeff Pamungkas at ringside
Photos: Jeff Pamungkas
The “Battle of the Indonesians” for the WBA featherweight title ended with a big win for the long time featherweight champion Chris John, who had kept the belt since 2003 and had defended the 14 times including Sunday night’s fight at the Jakarta International Expo, Jakarta, Indonesia. John, a true scholar in the boxing ring, gave a good lesson to his young challenger Yordan, who has excellent talent but needs more education in order to be an excellent fighter.
Yordan’s predictable movements, attacks and defense were not a big problem for John, who delivered one of the best performances in his career. This served notice that Chris John still has it, following probably his worst career performance last December when he decisioned Fernando Saucedo of Argentina. (more…)
Irish Outlaw Boxing has announced unbeaten WBA #8 rated Ryan ‘The Irish Outlaw’ Coyne (16-0, 6 KOs) has signed a contract to challenge WBA cruiserweight world champion Guillermo Jones (37-3-2, 29 KOs) for the WBA title. In order to properly train for this world title bout, Ryan has withdrawn from his currently scheduled bout on April 29th at the Orpheum Theatre in St. Louis. The bout between Coyne and Jones is tentatively slated for July 27.
Sources close to the situation have stated that Dominican Victor Cayo (26-1-1, 18 KOs) has pulled out of his April 29th IBF light welterweight eliminator with Lamont Peterson (24-1-1, 14 KOs) of Washington DC. The bout was scheduled to be televised on ESPN 2 Friday Night Fights Series as the main event. No official word on the reason why Cayo will not be fighting. Cayo opponent Tim Coleman (18-1-1, 5 KOs) has been offered the opportunity to step in to fight Peterson. Coleman is currently in England training with Lee Beard who formerly trained former world champion Ricky Hatton amongst others. An answer from Coleman is expected on Monday. Stay tuned.
SHOWTIME Sports presents the official recap from the April 16th Lopez vs. Salido event. Watch Orlando Salido upset Juan Manuel Lopez. Plus, the undercard match of Luis Cruz and Martin Honorio.
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum went straight to the point and said that distractions in both his public life and personal life affected the performance of now former world champion Juan Manuel Lopez. “JuanMa” lost his unbeaten record and WBO belt in an eighth round TKO loss against Mexican Orlando Salido on Saturday at the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon.
“The distractions did the job,” said Arum. “Look at Miguel Cotto, who has never been better since he left to train outside of Puerto Rico. And he doesn’t get out of shape between fights. That’s what happened to this guy….he was overweight. He was like 180 or 190 pounds when he was in the Philippines [for Manny Pacquiao’s birthday party in December]. And I know that personal problems affected this boy. Boxing is a serious business and you have to be in great physical condition between fights, you have to have the best life between fights, and when you have training camp for a fight, like Cotto, you should leave the island.”
By Jeff Pamungkas at ringside
Unbeaten longtime WBA featherweight champion Chris John (45-0-2, 22 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over countryman Daud Cino Yordan (27-2, 22 KOs) in a full, action packed bout on Sunday at the Jakarta International Expo in Jakarta, Indonesia. No knockdowns. It was John’s 14th successful defense of the belt he has held since 2003. More to come…
By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat
Unbeaten WBA female champ Etsuko Tada (8-0-2, 2 KOs), a Japanese southpaw, impressively unified the WBA 105-pound championship as she cleverly and constantly kept punching interim ruler Ibeth Zamora (11-3, 4 KOs), Mexico, to win a unanimous decision over ten rounds in Osaka, Japan. Judges Silvestre Abainza (Philippines) and Dr. Michael Lee (Korea) both had it 98-92 and 98-93, and Chalerm Prayadsab (Thailand) 96-94, all for the defending champ Tada. Referee was Ferlin Marsh (New Zealand) who handled the fast-moving girls very well. (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
After thirty fights of stunning crowds with his ability to neglect defense and always come back to score the victory, Juan Manuel Lopez’ streak ended. Orlando Salido captured the WBO Featherweight Championship via eighth-round technical knockout (referee stoppage) after connecting with countless right hands including one that landed “JuanMa” on the canvas in the fifth round. In the co-featured bout, Luis Cruz claimed a unanimous decision over Martin Honorio with the scores of 100-90, 98-92 and 96-94 from Ruben Rodriguez Coliseo in Bayamon, Puerto Rico on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. For more details and photos click here…
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Tijuana, MX’s Jackie Nava (24-3-3, 11 KOs) and Ana Maria Torres (24-3-3, 14 KOs) put forth a great battle that ended in a draw at the World Trade Center of Boca Del Rio, Veracruz, Mexico, Saturday night in front of 10,000 fans. Official scores were 95-95 three times. Torres took control in the first couple of rounds of the action packed bout but then Nava found her rhythm and kept boxing. Soon, Torres’ nose began to bleed from the fourth round on from the constant jab that Nava kept landing while Nava’s left eye began to swell from the power punches she was receiving from the WBC super flyweight champion. The middle rounds were a toe to toe war with Nava showing better defense but Torres scoring with the harder punches as she looked for the knock out. The crowd in attendance rose to their feet for the last couple of rounds as both women gave their all to pull out the win. For more details and photos click here…
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