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WBO featherweight champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (37-11-2, 25 KOs) and former WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (31-1, 28 KOs) hosted a news conference today to officially to announce their world featherweight championship rematch. Lopez-Salido II will take place March 10 and will be televised live from Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, P.R. on SHOWTIME.
“I expect a very different fight. I know he will be better then last time,” said Salido. “But I don’t see him changing much. He might try in the beginning to fight in a different style but he will come back to his strengths. He is going to feel that he is the better and stronger man, and that he is not. I want to show that my first win was not a fluke. I came back to fight in Puerto Rico because he gave the opportunity to me to fight for a world championship here and I have never had any problem winning in an opponents’ home base.”
“I am very happy to have the opportunity to fight in the Roberto Clemente Coliseum where my idol Tito Trinidad had so many fights and this is a dream come true for me,” commented Juanma. “I want to thank Salido for coming back to Puerto Rico and giving me this opportunity. I knew Salido was a tough fighter and he came prepared and beat me and I offered no excuses. This fight is the most Important of my career and I will train very hard to regain my title.” (more…)
WBA #8/WBC #15/ IBF #15 super middleweight contender Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (16-1, 13 KOs) will defend his IBF Inter-Continental belt against IBF #12, WBC #14 Jesus “El Martillo” Gonzales (27-1, 14 KOs) in the 12-round main event on February 18 at the Bell Centre in Montreal. The bout will also be an IBF super middleweight voluntary eliminator fight for the #2 rating. “The winner of the Stevenson-Gonzalez voluntary eliminator fight will better position himself for a world title fight in 2012,” promoter Yvon Michel said. “Stevenson is targeting the IBF belt. To succeed he has no intention of hoping for a favor, he will do it the old fashion way, he will earn it! This is the reason why a win against Gonzales is a must at this point of his career.”
Light heavyweight Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (7-0, 5 KOs), the reigning NABO title-holder from Colombia and 2008 Olympian faces former USBA champion Otis “Triple OG” Griffin (23-9-2, 9 KOs), winner of Oscar de la Hoya’s The Next Great Champ television reality show, in the eight-round co-feature. (more…)
Two undefeated Philadelphia heavyweights have agreed to move up into the spotlight and put their perfect records on the line this coming Saturday at Philadelphia’s legendary Asylum Arena on the inaugural broadcast of the NBC Sports Network’s “Fight Night” boxing series. Maurice “Freight Train” Byarm (13-0-1, 9 KOs) and Bryant “Bye Bye” Jennings (11-0, 5 KOs) in the ten-round co-main event. Byarm and Jennings will risk their undefeated records on short notice. The originally scheduled main event, featuring heavyweights Eddie Chambers and Sergei Liakhovich, was scrapped when Chambers revealed on Friday that he had suffered two broken ribs in training.
“This series is about giving the fans exciting, action-packed fights where the outcome is in doubt,” said promoter Kathy Duva of Main Events. “It is truly a shame that Chambers and Liakhovich cannot fight on Saturday, but athletes get injured. We tried all weekend to find a suitable replacement to face Liakhovich, but truly competitive opposition could not be found on such short notice. Last night we decided that it would be in the best interests of the fans and the series to go in another direction and present a fight that will live up to the standards that we have set for this project. We are thrilled to have come up with such a compelling bout. The fans in Philadelphia and those watching on TV will have plenty to cheer about on Saturday night.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The 10-round battle between Argentinian jr welterweight contender Lucas Mattthyse and Mexican Silverio “Chamaco” Ortiz slated for Friday in Nuevo Palacio Aurinegro, Puerto Madryn, Chubut, Argentina has been postponed until February 10. Ortiz-Matthysse will be televised live throughout Latin America.
WBO featherweight champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (37-11-2, 25 KOs), from Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, México, and former WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (31-1, 28 KOs), from Caguas, Puerto Rico, will host a news conference today to officially to announce their world featherweight championship rematch. Lopez-Salido II will take place Saturday, March 10 and will be televised live from Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, P.R. on SHOWTIME. If the rematch is anything like their first rumble, more than palm trees will be swaying when these two warriors start throwing. The telecast will open with undefeated #1 featherweight contender Mikey Garcia (27-0, 23 KOs), from Oxnard, Calif., risking record and rating as well as his impending world title shot in a 10-round featherweight battle.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with PR Best Boxing Promotion, Zanfer Promotions and the city of San Juan, tickets to Lopez-Salido II go on sale today Prices are $400, $200, $100, $75, $50 and $25, tickets can be purchased at www.tcpr.com or by phone charge by calling Ticket Center at (787) 792-5000.
The card has been finalized for the January 19 “Championship Boxing at the Hilton Garden Inn” at Nicotra’s Ballroom in the Hilton Garden Inn in Staten Island, New York, presented by Greg Cohen Promotions. Featured in the main event will be undefeated lightweight Michael “Baby Faced Beast” Faragon (16-0, 7 KOs) of Guilderland, New York, in a six-round showcase against Colombian veteran Andres “Andy Boy” Ledesma (16-19-1, 11 KOs).
In the co-main event, Washington DC’s Gary “Fast Hands” Jones (22-2, 8 KOs) will have the third fight of his comeback against California’s Ishwar Amador (11-9, 7 KOs) in a six-round super middleweight battle. Jones had been out of action for nearly eight years before returning in April 2011. (more…)
By Robert Hough
Photos: Alma Montiel
It’s a numbers game for Andre Ward — winning the Super Six, a second belt, a slew of fighter-of-the-year awards, three kids with another on the way and a wife to provide for, retirement when he has a certain amount of money, taking dozens of blows to his head every time he fights.
So much is unknown, the WBA and WBC super middleweight champion said recently: Why are some athletes severely affected by getting hit in the head and not others? Why are some people who aren’t athletes mentally sharp at 90 and beyond and some are severely impaired when they’re decades younger?
“It’s a concern,” Ward (25-0, 13 KOs) said after a press conference in San Francisco with one of his sons at his side, holding on to his leg. “It’s definitely a concern. I have a family.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
American referee David Fields will be the third man in the ring when Mexican IBF lightweight world champion Miguel “Titere” Vasquez (29-3, 13 KOs) defends against Panamanian challenger Ameth Diaz (30-10, 21 KOs) at the Coliseo Olimpico de la UG, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico on Saturday. The three judges are Lawrence Layton, Al Wilensky and David Hess, all from United States.
On April 14 at the Brentwood Centre Essex, former Olympic and European Champion and world title challenger Audley Harrison, makes his return to the ring when he faces the up and coming prospect Ali Adams in a 10 round Championship contest. Audley wants redemption for his performance against David Haye, where he has been the subject of mass criticism for his performance.
Audley said “I’ve never been more disappointed in myself as I felt that night…anyone can lose, but I didn’t lose with dignity, so I was never going to retire off that performance.” (more…)
Unbeaten jr middleweight Sergey Rabchenko is confident of ending Ryan Rhodes big time boxing career. The Hatton Promotions stablemates will meet for the vacant European light-middleweight in Ryan’s hometown, Sheffield on Saturday March 24 at Ponds Forge Arena. Belarusian Rabchenko, who is currently training with his national amateur team, is unbeaten in 19 fights – with 14 victories inside the distance. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA will call a purse bid for a title defense by WBA welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko against leading available contender Paul Malignaggi. The bidding will take place on Thursday, January 26th at 11AM at the WBA’s Panama City Headquarters. The bidding will be directed by WBA Executive Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza.
Marco Huck (34-1, 25 KOs) believes speed will be key to defeat WBA Heavyweight Champion Alexander Povetkin (23-0, 16 KOs) when they clash in Stuttgart on February 25. Having made eight successful defences of his WBO Cruiserweight Title, Huck is ready to move up. “I want to write boxing history and become the first German heavyweight champion since Max Schmeling,” Huck said at today´s press conference in Stuttgart. “Povetkin is a very strong opponent, he has won everything as an amateur and now is the world champion. But I know I can beat him. I have trained hard. I am much faster than him.” Added his coach Ulli Wegner: “This is a very special fight that means a lot to everybody. We fancy our chances. One thing is clear, though. Marco can only win if he will be faster than Povetkin.”
Povetkin, who stopped American veteran Cedric Boswell in his first defence last month, expects a hard fight. “I have a lot of respect for Huck,” he stated. “He is fast, tough and very aggressive. I will be prepared for his speed. I will enter the ring in top shape and defend my title.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Boxing Beat
Anything can happen in the ring. After a twenty-month inactivity, unheralded 34-year-old ex-national champ Shoji Kimura (24-4-2, 9 KOs), 125.75, produced an upset by eking out a split but well-received decision (97-95, 96-95 and 95-96) over WBA#5/WBC#7 ex-WBA super-bantam champ Ryol-li Lee (18-3-1, 9 KOs), 125.75, over ten surprising rounds on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.
Kimura, in May 2010, failed to win the WBA 122-pound belt via fourth-round knockout by Poonsawat Kratingdaeng-gym in Thailand and it was his last showing. People believed that he hung up gloves for good. It was Lee that upset and dethroned the formidable Poonsawat by making best use of his footwork in October that year. Lee, a Japan-born Korean, forfeited his WBA belt to compatriot Akifumi Shimoda, who yielded it to Rico Ramos in Atlantic City. The WBA 122-pound belt so busily changed hands that we wonder who’s the champ now. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBO bantamweight world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce could defend his crown against Brazilian veteran Giovanni Andrade (62-13, 50 KOs) on February 18 at the Palenque de la Feria in Durango, Mexico. Andrade would replace Arce’s originally planned foe, former world champion Lorenzo Parra, after Parra was rejected by the WBO.
Arce is training in his hometown of Los Mochis, Sinaloa at the Montiel Gym of his trainer Manuel Montiel and is sparring with Luis and Adan Lugo and Josesito Montiel. “I’m training hard and I will do well in this fight,” said Arce. “My goal is to face Donaire and we are awaiting the outcome of the Donaire-Vasquez fight next February 4.”
Art of Boxing and Bash Boxing’s professional boxing series, War At Woodland Hills, makes its 2012 debut this Friday January 20th with its usual mix of undefeated prospects, popular local fighters, and evenly matched bouts. A Who’s Who list of elite trainers including Freddie Roach, Robert Garcia, Shadeed Suluki, Justin Fortune, Eric Brown, and Ray Morales will bring some of their best prospects back to the San Fernando Valley.
Featured undefeated fighters include middleweight Donyil Livingston(7-0-1, 5 KOs) will face his most seasoned and dangerous opponent to date, Michael “Midnight Stalker” Walker (19-11, 12 KOs) and Russian welterweight Alexander Filichkin (9-0, 2 KOs), who will make his U.S. Debut against Hector ”The Mongoose” Alatorre (16-17-1, 5 KOs). (more…)
Heavyweight boxing legend Muhammad Ali turns 70 on Tuesday. He will be celebrating the landmark occasion in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. At a private fundraiser in the Muhammad Ali Center on Saturday night, Ali was cheered as he made an appearance from a balcony. His wife Lonnie told AP, “He’s glad he’s here to turn 70, but he wants to be reassured he doesn’t look 70.”
A trio of officials representing the upcoming 85th annual Daily News Golden will be the guest speakers at this Tuesday’s monthly RING 8 meeting at the historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City.
The speakers are Brian Adams, director of the Daily News Golden Gloves Tournament, U.S. Metros president Eddie Acevedo and Mickey Rosario, chief of officials. (more…)
By Anthony Springer Jr.
There are only a few occasions when the events leading up to a bout overshadow the actual bout.
The co-main event feature of UFC Rio between Anthony Johnson and Vitor Belfort was one such case.
Prior to the middleweight tilt, Johnson was a gigantic welterweight, cutting as much as 50-pounds to make the 170 limit. He missed weight twice as a welterweight. Common sense dictated that a move to 185 would alleviate the issue. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican WBC middleweight mandatory challenger Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio has finished his training in the mountains of the Mexico State as part of the first phase of his preparations for his bout on February 4 against WBC champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Rubio has now returned to his hometown in Torreon to continue his training. “I’m a strong fighter and I’ve had good activity during this time. I have trained hard for this fight. Experts and fans say that Chavez Jr isn’t the same as before when he faced little-known rivals in his last fights but I trust my punching power and experience, said Rubio who has vowed to win by KO. He has been sparring with Mexican prospects Marcos “Dorado” Reyes and José “Piston” Lopez.
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