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In an unprecedented turn of events, the Daniel Ponce de Leon versus Omar Estrella ten round featherweight bout is now scheduled for Tijuana, Baja California Norte, Mexico, on Saturday, January 21st. Originally the contest was set for Mexico City but now it will be set for the Tijuana Municipal Auditorium with the full support of the Tijuana Mayor Carlos Bustamante, the director of the Tijuana Boxing and Martial Arts Commission Juan Carlos Pelayo and the Tijuana Boxing Commissioner Alejandro “Terra” Garcia. The Ponce de Leon-Estrella bout will be televised live in Mexico by Televisa and presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Erik Morales’ Box Latino. “Now that I have been told that the fight will be in my hometown, my motivation has just increased by 1000%,” Estrella stated minutes after the change of venue relayed to him. He is trained by two-time world champion Raul “Jibaro” Perez at the Gaspar “Indio” Ortega gym in the tough neighborhood of the Zona Norte, the same neighborhood that gave birth to current WBC 140 lbs. champ Erik “Terrible” Morales who happens to be Estrella’s promoter.
Hall of Fame matchmaker Russell Peltz shares his insight into the undercard bouts on January 21st at the Asylum Arena in Philadelphia, PA, headlined by heavyweights Eddie Chambers and Sergei Liakhovich. The show will be the opening night of the NBC Sport Network Fight Night series. Peltz describes these matchups as “truly great fights that match styles – not records.” (more…)
This Friday night, the Bronx’s fast-rising junior middleweight prospect Steven Martinez (11-0, 9KO’s) will be in the most important fight of his young career when he takes on Denis Douglin (13-1, 8KO’s) in an eight-round contest in the opening televised bout of the 2012 Season Premiere of ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights”, from Mallory Square in beautiful Key West, Florida. The card, promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with D & J Management Productions, is headlined by world-rated Dyah Davis (20-2-1, 9KO’s) taking on Alfonso Lopez (22-1, 17KO’s) in a 10-round super middleweight showdown. ESPN2/ESPN3 will begin live coverage at 9PM ET. (more…)
Undefeated welterweight Ronald Cruz, of Bethlehem, PA, faces hard-hitting Allen Conyers, of the Bronx, NY, in the scheduled 10-round main event Saturday evening, Feb. 25, in the Grand Ballroom at Ballys Atlantic City. First fight is 7.30 pm. This will mark Cruz’ first main event in Atlantic City, where has won seven fights, six at Bally’s, one at Caesars. (more…)
UFC Returns To Omaha – Tickets On Sale This Week: Welterweights Diego Sanchez and Jake Ellenberger go head-to-head in the main event, plus Stefan Struve and Dave Herman return to the Octagon for a heavyweight showdown! UFC on FUEL – Wednesday, February 15 – Live at the Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, NE – UFC Fight Club presale starts Wednesday, January 4 at 10am CT
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STRIKEFORCE® will host an exciting middleweight championship bout in the fight capital of the world, Las Vegas, Nev., on Saturday, Jan. 7, when champion Luke Rockhold battles UFC® veteran Keith Jardine in the night’s main event, live from The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. (more…)
On January 14, former world champion and Super Six fighter Arthur Abraham (32-3, 26 KOs) returns to the ring against Pablo Oscar Natalio Farias (19-1, 11 KOs) at the Baden Arena in Offenburg, Germany. It will be his first bout since losing to Andre Ward in May 2011. After three defeats in the Super Six tournament, he has received a lot of criticism. “Well, if you lose, there is criticism,” said King Arthur. “That’s alright. You have to live [with it]. But now I don’t think about it anymore. I’m finished with it. For me, it’s what’s coming.”
Explaining his Super Six defeats, Abraham said, “I wouldn’t really say that I boxed badly or made many mistakes. I was just too passive in the fights.” For the bout against Farias, Abraham trained through the holidays and is well prepared. He vows to be more active and to punch more. When asked what his goals are for 2012, he stated, “There is only one goal, I want to be world champion!”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
After his arrival on Monday in Guadalajara, Mexico, former WBA interim super featherweight titleholder Jorge ¨Coloradito¨ Solis is thinking of about retirement following his KO loss on December 31 in Japan by the reigning WBA “regular” beltholder in the division Takashi Uchiyama. “My career has been boxing, but I think I’m about to close an important part of my life,” said Solis. “I’m willing to return if I get a chance at a world title fight, and if not I prefer to leave this beautiful but dangerous sport.” The most likely opportunity for the 32-year-old Solis to get another shot would be against current IBF super featherweight world champion Juan Carlos Salgado, who is also promoted by Zanfer.
Congratulations to regular Fightnews.com contributor Pepe Rodriguez, whose Canelo Alvarez highlights video rolled over the one million view mark on YouTube Tuesday.
Photo: Emily Harney
This Saturday Acquinity Sports Presents A Night of Professional Boxing with Hollywood, Florida-based Dominican Ed “The Lion” Paredes (28-3-1, 18 KOs) fighting in the main event. The event will take place Saturday night at the Westin Diplomat Resort in Hollywood, Florida. Telefutura’s popular weekly “Solo Boxeo Tecate” boxing series will air the event. The WBC Latino welterweight champion Paredes will take on former world title challenger Michael Lozada (39-9-1, 31 KOs) of Mexico. Paredes is unbeaten in his last 9 fights and ranked in the top 15 in the world by multiple sanctioning bodies. Fightnews spoke with Paredes as he is just days away from his upcoming fight. (more…)
On January 28th Percy “Buster” Custas Shulars Boxing Promotions presents a boxing show at the First District Plaza in Philadelphia featuring the return of heavyweight Gerald “The Jedi” Nobles (26-1, 21 KOs) in a six round bout against Marlon Hayes (23-10, 11 KOs). Nobles will be making his first start in five years. Nobles was to headline an October 28 card in Chester, PA, but that bout was scratched at the last minute. Nobles last fought in January 2007.
Also seeing action in six rounder will be undefeated jr. lightweight Frank “Nitty” Trader (8-0, 2 KOs) against Kywayne Hill (1-9) and Jeff Lacy conqueror Dhafir Smith (24-22-7, 4 KO’s) vs TBA.
Telefutura’s popular weekly “Solo Boxeo Tecate” weekly boxing series will be moving to a new night in 2012. Beginning with this week’s show, the series will air on Saturdays at 11PM. Another change will be that the dates will be spread among different promoters. As previously reported by Fightnews.com’s Phil Doherty, Saturday’s show will feature WBO Latino welterweight belt holder Ed Paredes (28-3-1, 18 KOs) vs. Michael Lozada (39-9-1, 31 KOs) from the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Florida.
Bernardo Osuna has been named ESPN’s Friday Night Fights new studio host. He replaces popular Brian Kenny, who bolted the network to become a sportscaster for the MLB Network. Osuna will make his debut when ESPN’s Friday Night Fights kicks off its 14th season on Friday. He will host from ESPN’s Connecticut studios, but occasionally will be on site at Friday Night Fights or in ESPN’s Los Angeles studios.
Star Boxing has a February 4 fight card lined up at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York, featuring undefeated heavyweight prospect Joe “The Future” Hanks (18-0, 12 KOs) against 6’7 Rafael “The Cajun Connection” Pedro (21-9-1, 15 KOs). Also featured is a cruiserweight clash between 43-year-old former world title challenger David Telesco (30-7-1, 25 KOs), who is looking to re-start his career after a two year layoff, and Puerto Rican prospect Vincent Miranda (14-1, 8 KOs), and Kevin Rooney Jr. (2-1, 1 KO) vs. TBA in a scheduled four rounder.
Hall of Fame promoter Don Chargin, advisor for WBA light heavyweight World champion Beibut Shumenov, has responded to claims of Frank Warren Promotions that Shumenov turned down a unification offer to fight WBO titlist Nathan Cleverly. According to Chargin, he reached out to Warren, after reading stories that Cleverly was interested in a unification fight against Beibut. Chargin spoke twice to Warren’s matchmaker, Dean Powell, but Don didn’t hear back until he received an email yesterday.
“I thought that it was strange to get an email just yesterday asking what it would take to get Beibut to come to the UK, especially where we had been talking by phone, and they never responded to our offer weeks ago for Cleverly to fight Beibut in Las Vegas,” Chargin said. “The next day they announce a fight between Cleverly and Karpency? The truth of the matter is Beibut never turned down any fight against Cleverly because they didn’t make an offer to us. We offered them a fight against Shumenov in Las Vegas and they never even responded to that offer, which, to me, means they turned it down. To say Beibut wouldn’t be ready in time to fight Cleverly in two months is quite amusing. Beibut’s been ready to unify since he first won the WBA title. I am terribly disappointed that they would make false statements like that.”
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. had on his game face during a press conference on Tuesday to announce his world title defense against #1 contender Marco Antonio Rubio, which will take place Saturday, February 4, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
The reception between the fighters could be described as cold at best. “Rubio has said in the past that I would never face him. But I’m here now,” stated ‘The Son of the Legend.’ “If I have to die in the ring, then I’ll die in the ring, because this is a fight that I really want to win.”
Rubio, who had repeatedly called Chavez Jr. “a coward” in recent months, made no bold statements at the presser, simply promising a great fight.
There was no face-off between Chavez Jr. and Rubio following the press conference, although they did pose briefly together and with Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum between them before the proceedings began.
In contrast, both Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire and Wilfredo Vazquez Jr., who meet for the vacant WBO jr featherweight title, were cordial and friendly. Nonito promised fireworks, while WV2 vowed he would take the title back to Puerto Rico.
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Promoter Frank Warren announced today at a press conference that WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (23-0, 11 KOs) will defend against Tommy Karpency (21-2-1, 14 KOs) on February 25 at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales. Warren stated in a press release that offers were sent to both WBA champ Beibut Shumenov and WBC champ Bernard Hopkins, but neither was available.
“I’ve got big plans for this year that I hope will include a unification fight, so I’ve got to keep busy and beat Karpency in style,” stated Cleverly.
Jackie Kallen, the “First Lady of Boxing” and one of the sport’s first and most successful female managers has relocated from Los Angeles back to her roots in Detroit with one of her main goals being to help resurrect the sport of boxing in the Motor City. Kallen is working in association with promoter Joseph Donofrio to put on a boxing show entitled “Winter Warfare” this Friday at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Having spent 33 years in the boxing world, first as Thomas Hearns’ publicist and then later as a manager, Kallen has guided the careers of six world champions including, most notably, James Toney’s, and was twice nominated as Manager of the Year. (more…)
2011 was a pivotal year in the history of the UFC, as it was when fighters from the Zuffa-owned WEC, and later Strikeforce, organizations began cementing their place in the Octagon. So when it came time to put together the 2011 slate of awards, it was almost unfair to put true Octagon rookies in with those who came over to the UFC after fully-established careers in the WEC or Strikeforce. In response, for the first (and likely last) time, we’re instituting the unofficial Import of the Year award for those standouts who may have debuted in the UFC in 2011, but who had already begun building their championship level resumes in two other top level promotions . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Undefeated heavyweight David Rodriguez is recovering from a knife wound that barely missed cutting his jugular. Without provocation, Rodriguez was assaulted by six men outside of a pizza parlor in Scottsdale, Ariz. on Friday night. Rodriguez told police that they were trying to cut his jugular – and they barely missed doing that, by half an inch. Rodriguez received 100 stitches for a jawline cut and lost a lot of blood, but is telling the press to pass it on, that he’s okay and recovering.
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