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Photos and report by Wolfgang Schiffbauer
WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm and challenger Ronald Hearns met for the final press conference in advance of their title bout on Saturday night in Stuttgart, Germany, yesterday at the Hilton Garden hotel. Both fighters were very respectful but promised victories. “He is a great boxer”, Sturm said. “But I’ll be going for the knock out. I promise an exciting show, I feel better than ever before. I believe that the fans will see the best Felix Sturm of all time.” Only a few tickets are left for the middleweight showdown, Sturm added. “I’m excited about fighting here [in Stuttgart]. The fans are really great.” For more details and photos click here…
There was a purse bid procedure held in the IBF office today for the IBF jr. flyweight championship mandatory defense between champion Luis Lazarte and Ulises Solis. The winning bidder was K.O. International with a bid of $300,000. Top Rank bid $226,000. K.O. International has 90 days to put the fight on.
Photos: PR Best Boxing Promotions/José Pérez
The sequel of the memorable candidate for “Fight of the Year 2010″, Giovani Segura vs Iván Calderón is a reality and there will go to Campeche, México, on April 2, when Segura will defend his WBO junior flyweight championship against Calderón in a PR Best Boxing Promotions and Promociones Zanfer presentation to be televised on pay-per-view. At a press conference today held at the Museo del Deporte de Puerto Rico in Guaynabo, PRBBP announced that Calderón vs Segura II “The Revenge” will be held at the Estadio 20 de Noviembre in Campeche, México, a venue with a 5,000 capacity. For more details and photos click here…
Story and photos by Tri Nguyen
Congressman Manny Pacquiao, the congressional representative from the Sarangani province in the Philippines and eight-division world champion, met with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada at the U.S. Capitol this morning to talk and exchange national flags.
Pacquiao described his visit as “an incredible moment” and hopes that the friendship between the United States and the Philippines “will continue to grow.” Reid said “I always respect anyone who gets in the ring, either in boxing or in politics.”
Pacman was scheduled to have lunch with President Barack Obama after the press conference. Click here for more photos…
NABF Heavyweight Champion Johnathon Banks, 25-1-1 with 17 KOs, is getting ready to leave for Germany this Saturday to take on the popular Luan Krasniqi. Banks, rated #6 in the WBC and #13 in the IBF, will fight Krasniqi on February 26 in Ludwigsburg, Germany. The fight will take place in the Arena Ludwigsburg and will be televised live on RTL in Germany, the television partner of the Klitschko brothers. Former two times European Champion Krasniqi, 30-4-1 with 14 KOs, is very popular in Germany and accepted the fight with Banks in order to move into the position to fight for the heavyweight world title. (more…)
Top rated US amateur star Miguel Cartagena is set to make his highly anticipated professional debut Saturday, March 26th at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City as part of the undercard of the Yuriokis Gamboa-Jorge Solis card promoted by Top Rank.
Cartagena has set his mark in the amateurs with a sparkling record 114-11, which includes several championship titles in both the United States and Europe. Now the 2009 National Golden Gloves Champion looks to use his well honed skills to work towards his lifelong dream of becoming a world champion. (more…)
I have never played rugby, but I enjoy watching it on television every once in a blue moon.
Or so I thought until I chatted with Anthony Perosh.
A little background: I remember a few occasions, after midnight, laying in bed studying “Aussie” rules football on ESPN2. Though the American in me didn’t totally comprehend the sport’s rules or scoring system, the non-stop speed, palpable grit and poetic chaos of the game instinctively fascinated me. . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, UFC.com
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
World championship judge Glen Hamada talks to Fightnews about how he first became interested in boxing watching Friday Night Fights on TV during the 1950’s which featured Floyd Patterson, Luis Rodriguez and Gene Fullmer in action, and how he has worked on world title bouts since 1984 featuring outstanding world champions such as Larry Holmes, Bernard Hopkins, Kostya Tszyu and Michael Nunn. Glen also talks about the Vic Darchinyan vs. Abner Mares bout which he worked, how Ike Ibeabuchi could have been champ and also the work he does for the IPRO. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo by Wojtek Kubik
“McBride can punch, as we all could see when he was fighting Mike Tyson and more recently Tomek Adamek’s countryman Andrew Gołota who, at least in the first couple of rounds, felt the power of this 260+pound fighter. And McBride knows that most likely this is his last chance to have a shot at big fight, so of course we treat him very seriously,” said Roger Bloodworth, Adamek’s trainer, who speaks about his fighter’s next fight at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, and the upcoming challenge for the heavyweight championship against Wladimir or Vitali Klitschko in Poland. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Taller southpaw Makoto Fuchigami (15-6, 6 KOs), 158.75, kept his Japanese middleweight belt as he battered top contender Fukutaro Ujiie (16-8-1, 11 KOs), 160, from all angles, decked him with a smashing left in the third and finally halted him at 1:52 of the eighth session in a scheduled ten rounder on Monday in Tokyo, Japan.
Fuchigami, making his first defense, utilized his speed and footwork, and piled up points so steadily that he was widely leading on points after the seventh: 70-63 twice and 70-62, as shown after the title go. The lefty champ had dethroned Tetsuya Suzuki via sixth-round TKO in Osaka last October, and thus displayed his good form against his grudge rival Ujiie over whom he had eked out a split verdict some two years ago. Accelerating his attack against the fading challenger, the ref Tsuchiya made a well-timed stoppage in the fatal eighth. (more…)
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
The rematch between the WBO 108lb champion Giovanni Segura and former champion Ivan Calderon will be held April 2 in Acapulco, Mexico. The event will be a co-promotion between Zanfer Promotions and PR Best Boxing. Segura (26-1-1, 22 KOs) handed Calderon (34-1-1, 6 KOs) his only loss in their first bout in August 2010.
By Nick Giongco
Pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao arrived in Washington, DC after a two hour and 49 minute train journey from New York City on Monday. Pacquiao, who faces Shane Mosley on May 7 in Las Vegas, was joined by his gorgeous wife Jinkee and the Top Rank inner circle led by master promoter Bob Arum on board the Acela Express. Also with Team Pacquiao and Top Rank were media representatives from the New York Times, New York Daily News, CBS, Wall Street Journal, Playboy, Manila Bulletin, Philippine Star and GMA7. Pacquiao was brought to the historic Hay-Adams Hotel, which is overlooking The White House. Pacquiao will meet up with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada on Tuesday. Washington will be the last stop of the four-city press tour after stops in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York.
Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
It has been confirmed today by promoter Fernando Beltran of Zenfer Promotions that WBC lightweight champion Humberto Soto (54-7-2, 32 KOs) will return on March 5 in a rematch against Fidel Monterrosa (25-2, 19 KOs) in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico. Soto defended his belt via unanimous decision over Monterrosa last September in Culiacan in a tough and sometimes dirty fight. The rematch will be a non-title ten rounder and a risky proposition being that Soto is already scheduled for a rematch against Urbano Antillon on the Pacquiao-Mosley undercard. Soto is currently training at the Gimnasio del Crea in Tijuana.
Overcoming the loss of his 10-year-old son 12 years ago, Vaughn Jackson, trainer of top welterweight contender Mike Jones, has turned tragedy into inspiration with the help of family, faith and boxing. Jackson is winding down his training with Jones, who meets Jesus Soto-Karass (a rematch of their November 13 fight, which Jones won by majority decision) on Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and on HBO’s Boxing After Dark.
“It was a devastating loss, the worst feeling a parent can ever have,” said the 41-year-old Jackson, whose first child, Vaughn Welcome Jackson, sustained a fatal vocal cord injury while playing by himself in his room in December, 1998. (more…)
Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao and his wife Jinkee get ready to board a train at Penn Station for the final stop in Washington D.C. on his national media tour for his upcoming world welterweight mega fight against “Sugar” Shane Mosley on Saturday, May 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Tuesday. Pacquiao vs. Mosley is promoted by Top Rank in association with MP Promotions, Sugar Shane Mosley Promotions, Tecate and MGM Grand. The Pacquiao vs. Mosley telecast will be available live on SHOWTIME Pay-Per-View. Click here for more photos…
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Global superstar and Philippine Congressman Manny Pacquiao and three-division world champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley continued their U.S. media tour on Valentine’s Day in New York on Monday at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers – Pier 61 with another open to the public news conference. Boxing fans got an up close and personal look at their favorites with some Pacquiao fans showing their support by waving Philippine flags while Mosley was also greeted by his share of loyal supporters. (more…)
On Saturday, former world champion and Super Six semi-finalist Arthur Abraham successfully returned to the ring in Mülheim, Germany. King Arthur looked good in the 4:01 his fight lasted against WBA #9 super middleweight Stjepan Bozic. Unfortunately for fight fans, the end wasn’t a highlight reel KO but instead a TKO caused when Bozic suffered an injury to his left hand. After the fight Bozic insisted that he had broken his broken his wrist although x-rays came back negative.
Bozic has now returned to Croatia following the loss. “I’ve heard that a few people think I quit on account of the body shots before, but this isn’t right,” he stated angerly. “I’m a fighter, not an actor. I think everybody saw that I hit Arthur Abraham’s elbow with my left hand and then felt sudden strong pains. This continues to today, so I’m going to a doctor I can trust. He’ll be able to say with certainty whether it’s a joint, tendon or ligament injury.” The 36-year-old is sure everything will be cleared up. “I’ve been a boxer for 21 years. I’ve already boxed with a broken rib and other injuries. I am a Sportsman. To simply give up in such a way would be out of the question for me. I want to give the fans great fights. Everyone who knows me knows this. I repeat: I’m a fighter, not an actor!”
Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao and “Sugar” Shane Mosley pose during a press conference in New York City for their upcoming world welterweight mega fight on Saturday, May 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Pacquiao and Mosley are on a national media tour and will be making their next stop in Washington D.C. Tuesday. Pacquiao vs. Mosley is promoted by Top Rank in association with MP Promotions, Sugar Shane Mosley Promotions, Tecate and MGM Grand. The Pacquiao vs. Mosley telecast will be available live on SHOWTIME Pay-Per-View. Click here for more photos…
Photo courtesy Georg Moritz, Photo Wende
A sell-out crowd at Herning Kongrescenter and the viewers on TV2 were treated to another exciting evening of boxing action as the Danish talents pleased their fans in Herning, Denmark on Saturday. Middleweight Patrick Nielsen, jr welterweight Kasper Bruun, jr welterweight Kasper Bruun, and jr middleweight Ahmad Kaddour all posted wins. In other notable action, unbeaten heavyweight Kubrat Pulev (11-0, 5 KOs) outpointed Yaroslav Zavorotnyi (14-5, 12 KOs) over eight and in the shocker of the night, two-time middleweight title challenger Mahir Oral (28-4-2, 11 KOs) was unexpectedly stopped in two rounds by Jozsef Matolcsi (29-13, 19 KOs). (more…)
Story by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone
On February 19th, what could be a “Fight of the Year” contender will take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV when Nonito Donaire (25-1, 17 KOs) squares off against Fernando Montiel (44-2-2, 34 KOs) for Montiel’s WBC and WBO bantamweight titles. Both fighters are red hot as Donaire has knocked out eight of his last nine opponents, his hit lsit including Vic Darchinyan, Rafael Concepcion and a dominant showing against Wladimir Sidorenko this past December. But Montiel shouldn’t be written off as just another opponent either. The Mexican has knocked out five out of his last six opponents, including a devastating wreckage of heavily favored Hozumi Hasegawa last April to claim the WBC bantamweight title . . . click here for more
It took one year to nail down, but Omar Sheika, of Paterson, NJ, and Garrett Wilson, of Philadelphia, PA, meet for the second time when they collide in a scheduled 12-round contest Saturday evening, April 23, in the Palladium Ballroom at Caesars Atlantic City. At stake, in addition to revenge for Wilson, will be the vacant USBA cruiserweight title. The first of seven fights begins at 7.30 p.m. in the 1,450-seat ballroom, the first time it has been used for boxing. (more…)
Rising Caribbean cruiserweight Shawn “Sniper” Cox (13-1, 12 KOs) added another KO win to his record on Sunday night at the Jean Pierre Complex in Trinidad. The hard hitting southpaw from Barbados started very quickly and hurt Jamaican Carlton Bailey (0-6) with a short right hook to the head. Bailey tried to counter while on the retreat but was pursued by the muscular built Cox who floored the Jamaican with excellent four punch combination that sent him crashing to the canvas. As the referee Tommy Thomas was waving off the bout Bailey’s corner was throughing in the towel. The Sniper said he is ready for any of the top ten cruiserweights in the world. “I am going to step beyond all my opponents and thump them to the ground.” Cox who is the current WBC CABOFE cruiserweight titleholder said he is focused on defending his belt against one of the top rated cruiserweights next month.
Crown Boxing will return with a card April 1 at the Rio in Las Vegas. In the main event, Las Vegas cruiserweight Henry Namauu (9-3, 5 KOs) will take on Victor Barragan (11-6, 3 KOs) of Oxnard, Calif., for the IBA Americas cruiserweight title. Barragan is coming off back-to-back losses while Namauu is on a six-bout winning streak. In other bouts: featherweight Rocco Santamauro (6-0, 0 KOs), of Las Vegas, vs. TBA; super bantam Mandy LaPointe (3-1-2, 1 KO), of Las Vegas, vs. Phoenix’s Allison Cole (1-3, 1 KO); featherweight Brian Battease (6-3-2, 1 KO), of Las Vegas, vs. TBA; and Rocco Espinoza, of Phoenix, vs. Armando Gonzales of Tucson. Tickets start at $30 at 702.504.0423.
Promoter Bob Arum announced the PPV undercard for the May 7 Manny Pacquiao vs. Shane Mosley megafight during a press conference today in New York City. The line-up includes two world title fights. WBC lightweight champion Humberto Soto defends against Urbano Antillon is a rematch of their 2010 fight of the year candidate, and WBO super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. defends against three-time world champion Jorge Arce. The final spot is being held for the return of Kelly Pavlik.
About 230 tickets remain for the clash at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Pacquiao remains a -700 favorite, while Shane is +500.
Event sponsor Tecate Beer will be offering a $25 mail-in rebate that can be used toward the pay-per-view telecast in special Pacquiao-Mosley 12-packs.
Venerable boxing journalist and historian Bert Sugar will be the special guest speaker this coming Tuesday night (Feb. 15 starting at 7 PM/ET) for RING 8’s monthly meeting at the historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City. (more…)
Jorge Rivera may never be mentioned in the same sentence as the greats of mixed martial arts, but if you look down a record that includes the names Anderson Silva, Rich Franklin, Travis Lutter, David Loiseau, Chris Leben, Martin Kampmann, Dennis Hallman, Nate Quarry, and Kendall Grove, just to name a few, it would be hard to find a fighter who has been more willing to test himself against the top middleweights in the game than “El Conquistador.” . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
Photo courtesy Photo Wende
On April 2, Marco “Captain” Huck (31-1, 23 KOs) will return to the place where he celebrated the biggest success of his career. The 26-year-old will defend his WBO Cruiserweight Title at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Germany, taking on former WBC champion Giacobbe Fragomeni (27-3-1, 11 KOs). Back in August 2009, Huck wore down then-champion Victor Emilio Ramirez to clinch the WBO title. “I look forward to returning to Halle,” said Huck. “I have very special memories of the Gerry Weber Stadium. I will never forget the day I became world champion. The crowd was fantastic and I will put on another spectacular show on April 2.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Hot Mexican contender Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has announced that his company Canelo Promotions will present a boxing event on Saturday at the Disco “Collage” in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico where Tomoki “Mexicanito” Kameda will face German Meraz in a 12-rounder for the vacant NABF belt. This is already the fourth show for Canelo Promotions in 2011. Alvarez has been doing his roadwork on the beaches of Puerto Vallarta in preparation for Matthew Hatton on March 5 in Anaheim, California. It is likely that Alvarez-Hatton will fight for the vacant WBC Super welterweight championship formerly held by Manny Pacquiao. Alvarez is the #1 ranked WBC super welterweight.
Unbeaten 6’9 heavyweight Tyson Fury will be taking on another undefeated knockout specialist in 6’5 Brazilian Marcelo Luiz Nascimento in a ten-rounder at Wembley Arena on Saturday. After Fury’s fight with Francois Botha was knocked back by the BBBofC, Fury did not hesitate in accepting “the Hammer,” whose record is 13-0 with 11 KOs, similar to Fury’s record of 13-0 with 9 KOs. “It angers me when you see so called heavyweight prospects keep having bums put in front of them every time,” said Fury. I don’t want to go through my career like that, I want to show them how it’s done, so I’m taking on this guy who has an unbeaten record and is a massive puncher, this is what you have to do to become a star.” Nascimento remains subject to medical approval by the BBBofC.
By Rick Scharmberg
Hard-hitting and unbeaten, Mike “M.J.” Jones (23-0, 18 KOs), of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has matured into a force to be reckoned with in the welterweight division. He is highly ranked across the board (#2-WBO, #3-IBF and WBA, and #4-WBC), and poised to receive his first title shot. First, he needs to get past his rematch with fellow contender Jesus Soto-Karass (24-5-3, 16 KOs), who Jones narrowly defeated by majority decision last November 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The rematch will take place next Saturday, February 19 at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, and will be televised live on HBO’s Boxing After Dark.
Their first fight, which took place in front of 42,000 fans on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao – Antonio Margarito, was scheduled for ten rounds, while the rematch is scheduled for twelve. (more…)
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