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Fightnews was informed moments ago that former world champion Luis Collazo (30-4, 15 KOs) is officially a free agent as of 12:01AM today. That is when Collazo’s contract officially expired with long time promoter Don King. Collazo has not fought since June of 2009. “I’m just hoping for the best possible situation for Louie and a very good 2011 for him,” stated Nirmal Lorick who is Collazo’s trainer/advisor. Lorick has worked with Collazo since Luis was 11 years old.
Former world title challenger Juan Carlos Burgos (25-1, 18 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico will make his 2011 debut on February 25th. Burgos will face veteran Frankie Archuleta (27-7-1, 14 KOs) of New Mexico at the Million Dollar Elm Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The match will be televised on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights series. The scheduled ten-rounder will be fought at a contracted weight not to exceed 128 pounds making it a super featherweight contest.
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
The Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley press tour started in Los Angeles today where over 300 media members packed the Rodeo Ballroom at The Beverly Hills Hotel.
Pacman and Sugar Shane will continue their coast-to-coast U.S. media tour on Saturday with a Las Vegas news conference that’s not only open to the public but open to the public’s questions. It all takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena (3799 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, Nev. 89109), beginning at 3PM PT. At the conclusion of the press conference, fans in attendance will be invited to step up to the microphone and pose questions to their favorite fighter, their trainers and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. (more…)
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Sam Cohen
Eromosele Albert 159.5 vs. Lester Gonzalez 159.5
Rances Barthelemy 133.5 vs. Anthony Woods 137.75*
Leduan Barthelemy 122.75 vs. Shane Tenney 122.25
Jessy Cruz 118 vs. Ricardo Hernandez 115.5
Chris Velez 142.5 vs. Alejandro Artola 143.75
Glendy Hernandez 245 vs. Larry Butler 289.75
Puro Pairol 136.5 vs. Jean Petit-Homme 139.5 **
Yunieski Gonzalez 176.5 vs. Chris Kahn 176.25
*Woods came in 3 ¼ lbs. over weight; dropped ½ lb. on 2nd attempt. Barthelemy accepted the weight.
**Petit-Homme was 2 ¼ lbs. over weight on first attempt. Dropped 2 ¾ lbs to make weight on 2nd attempt.
By Joe Koizumi
As there’s a mountain, man tries to climb up to the summit. As there’s a record, man tries to break it. There’s a record of winning a world belt in a shortest career in Japan, previously established by ex-WBC bantam ruler Joichiro Tatsuyoshi and former WBA super-fly champ Nobuo Nashiro in their eighth pro bout. Unbeaten 21-year-old prospect Kazuto Ioka (6-0, 4 KOs), ex-amateur national champ with a 95-10 mark, will make an ambitious crack—in his seventh bout—at the WBC strawweight title against also unbeaten defending champ Oleydong Sithsamerchai (35-0-1, 13 KOs), a slick-punching Thailander, today (Friday) in Kobe, Japan. (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Both undefeated WBA #1 ranked super bantamweight Rico Ramos and former world title challenger Alejandro Valdez weighed in at 122.5 pounds during Thursday’s weigh in at Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel & Casino. Ramos, of Pico Riviera, Calif., will look to keep his perfect 18-0 (10 KOs) record intact and move one step closer to a world title when he faces Valdez (24-4-2, 17 KOs), of Ciudad Obregon, Mexico, in a 10-round 122-pound main event of ShoBox: The New Generation tomorrow/Friday, Feb. 1, LIVE on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
Unbeaten rising knockout artist Cornelius White (15-0, 14 KOs) tipped the scales at 167 pounds and once-beaten Chicago native and fellow super middleweight prospect Don George (20-1-1, 17 KOs) measured 168 pounds for their 10-round super middleweight co-feature. Friday’s fights will originate from Bally’s Grand Ballroom in Atlantic City, N.J., and are promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions. (more…)
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcárcel reacted today to the highly publicized vacancy of the WBC 154-pound title previously held by Manny Pacquiao. “Unfortunately, we have to clarify that the WBC words about the removal of Pacquiao’s title are not true, because Pacquiao said after he won the 154-pound title that he will not fight in the junior middleweight division and came back to 147 pounds,” Valcárcel said. “Pacquiao remains as the WBO welter champion and is going to defend his title next May 7 against Shane Mosley in Las Vegas. Pacquiao’s figure deserves more respect.”
Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KOs) won the WBC 154-pound title when he beat Antonio Margarito last November 2010. However, Pacman also is the current WBO welterweight champion, having won the belt in November of 2009 dethroning Miguel Cotto and defending it against Joshua Clottey in March 2010. “I want to say that the WBC should be more careful because with these words of the alleged removal and vacancy of Pacquiao’s title, which is hard on their credibility. They did the same thing with Timothy Bradley, our 140-pound champion, when Bradley sent a letter to tell them that he didn’t want to fight for the WBC title,” Valcarcel stated.
By Team Maidana
After confirming that his fight against legend Erik Morales next April 9th at the MGM Grand hotel in Las Vegas is a done deal, Argentinean knockout artist Marcos “El Chino” Maidana made a few comments about it. “I’m very excited to fight again in Las Vegas. And I’m excited to face a warrior like Erik Morales. No matter what some people might say about him not fighting much lately, he’s a legend and you have to respect a legend. Especially if he’s Mexican. Yet, I won’t respect him is when we meet on the ring, of course,” Maidana said. “Erik likes going to war. I like going to war, too. So, guess what? We have a war here. Dont’ expect us to have a verbal war before the bout but a brutal boxing war in the ring on April 9,” he added. “I’m excited to have this new opportunity that Golden Boy Promotions gives me along with Universum Box Promotions and HBO. I won’t disappoint anyone,” El Chino said.
Manny Pacquiao: “Shane doesn’t look like he is 39. I look at him as a much younger fighter who has a lot of power. He has much more experience than I do. Those things worry me. I will train extra hard.”
Shane Mosley: “I am fighting a warrior, a real warrior in the ring. I still have power. I go for knockouts. My punches can hurt and wobble you. Manny is a nice guy, so likeable, but all of that goes aside when we are inside the ring.”
Shane said he will train in Big Bear, California.
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Rico Ramos 122.5 vs. Alejandro Valdez 122.5
Cornelius White 167.5 vs. Don George 168
Eddie Chambers 208 vs. Derric Rossy 237.5
(IBF heavyweight eliminator)
John Brown 146 vs. Ricardo Williams 147.5
Anthony Williams 153.5 vs. Thomas Lamanna 155.5
Venue: Bally’s Atlantic City
Promoter: Goossen Tutor
TV: SHOWTIME 11PM ET/PT
Weights and photos by Chris Cozzone
From The Black Pearl, downtown El Paso for tomorrow night’s Zeferino Entertainment card at the Don Haskins Center:
David Rodriguez 252 vs. Matt Hicks 265
Hector Camacho 166 vs. Juan Astorga 159
Jennifer Han 125.75 vs. Geni Taylor 127.5
Oscar Valenzuela 144.75 vs. Javier Nunez 144
David Castillo 138 vs. Carlos Villa 140
Taking the fight on five days notice and replacing Ty Cobb, Las Vegas Matt Hicks told the crowd, “I may have taken this short notice, but I’m coming to fight. I can hit pretty hard.” After weighing in, Rodriguez countered with, “You may hit hard, but I can hit a lot f***in’ harder.”
In the co-main, Camacho had to relinquish a big chunk of his $5,000 purse after weighing in six pounds over contract. “We’ve now won the first two rounds,” Astorga’s camp told this reporter, referring to Tuesday’s posedown in which Astorga pulled off two shoves to Camacho’s none. Having trained for nearly eight months for Camacho, Astorga says he will pull off the upset. For more photos click here
By Felipe Leon
With his next bout right around the corner, up and coming lightweight prospect Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (20-0-1, 10KOs) just logged in his second week at the world famous Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, CA. Gesta is there in preparation for his February 18th eight round main event rematch versus Genaro Trazancos (22-13-1, 13KOs) of Mexico City, Mex. The bout will be televised by Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate” and presented by Golden Boy Promotions with Don Chargin Promotions in association with Jorge Marron Productions. (more…)
Looking to fight his way back into the world title picture in 2011, perennial contender Rocky Juarez (28-7-1, 20 KOs) will make his Mexico debut against rising star Alejandro “Flaquita” Sanabria (24-1-1, 19 KOs) in a 12 round main event on February 19 at the Gimnasio Ernesto Ruffo Appel in Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico. In the ten round co-feature unbeaten junior welterweight Pablo Cesar Cano (20-0-1, 15 KOs) battles Jorge “Koky” Romero (17-5, 15 KOs). Both bouts are presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Box Latino de Erik “Terrible” Morales and sponsored by Corona. The doors open at 4:00pm PT, the first bout starts at 6:00pm PT and the Televisa broadcast begins at 10:30pm CT. Tickets, priced at 100 pesos, 200 pesos, and 300 pesos, go on sale tomorrow, Friday, February 11 at 1:00pm PT and available for purchase at the Gimnasio Ernesto Ruffo Appel Box Office.
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and “Sugar” Shane Mosley kicked off their coast-to-coast U.S. media tour for their mega world championship PPV fight on May 7th in Las Vegas with a Los Angeles News Conference luncheon moments ago in the Rodeo Ballroom at The Beverly Hills Hotel.
Manny Pacquiao: This is a good fight on May 7…all I can say [to Shane] is I hope you train hard for this fight and I will train hard for this fight.
Shane Mosley: This is one of the biggest fights of my career…if not THE biggest.
Photos by Sumio Yamada
Oleydong Sithsamerchai 104.2 vs. Kazuto Ioka 104.9
Venue: World Memorial Hall, Kobe, Hyogo, Japan
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By Ron Jackson
The acting CEO of Boxing SA Loyiso Mtya has released the list of nominees for the major awards for South Africa’s annual boxing awards which will be made on February 19 at the International Convention Centre in Durban. It has been reported that the awards will be sponsored by the KwaZulu Natal government. (more…)
WBA #11, WBC #12, WBO #14 light heavyweight Tommy Karpency (20-2-1, 13 KOs) returns to the ring this Saturday at the Zembo Shrine in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He will face durable veteran Andre Hemphill (10-16-2, 5 KOs) of Philly in the eight round main event. Karpency looks to stay busy while the upset-minded Hemphill looks to build on his two fight winning streak. The six round co-feature will pit local junior welter Stevie Weimer (5-0) versus Julias Edmonds (7-9), while Karpency’s younger brother, Jeremiah, will put his perfect (3-0) record on the line in a heavyweight four rounder against local William Miranda (1-1). The 6 bout card is being presented by Payton Promotions, and tickets can be purchased by calling (717) 585-1993.
By Team Maidana
After a one-and-a-half-year working relationship, former WBA Super Lightweight champion Marcos “El Chino” Maidana and trainer Miguel Diaz have parted ways, Team Maidana informed on Thursday. “I’ve thought I needed a change, but I’m grateful to Miguel. We had a good time together,” Maidana said.
“Marcos will start a new era in his career. He has an enormous potential and is ready to take his career to the next level. He learned many things from Miguel and I’m sure he will keep learning” Maidana’s advisor Sebastian Contursi said.
Maidana’s new trainer’s name will be disclosed shortly.
In what should be an intriguing fight for the Philippines, Leimpetch Sor Veerapol of Thailand who had multiple experiences in regional bouts against respected opponents in the Orient said that he is out to avenge his losses in the Philippines. Sor Veerapol, who has inked to fight Froilan “The Sniper” Saludar on February 19 in Imus Cavite for the WBO Youth flyweight world title, has vowed that this time it will be war and he will come out on the winner side as translated by Veerapol’s representative Michael Do. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Danie Venter and Bully Muravha, who have both lost their most recent fights, hope to get their careers back on track when the meet for the vacant Gauteng heavyweight title at the Nasrec Indoor Arena near Johannesburg on Sunday. The 31-year-old Venter, who has a professional; record of 10-4, with 7 knockouts, was an outstanding amateur. He won the SA middleweight title in 1998 and 1999, and as a light-heavyweight was national champion in 2000 and 2001. (more…)
WBO World Light-Heavyweight champion Jurgen Braehmer (36-2, 29 KOs) will defend against interim champion Nathan Cleverly on April 2 in London at Wembley Arena. The fight was confirmed today at a London press conference by promoter Frank Warren. “I’m delighted that I’ve been able to secure home advantage for Nathan,” said Warren. “It wasn’t cheap to get Braehmer over here, but it will be worth it because I really believe in Nathan and he has a big future ahead of him. It looked like the fight was going to go to purse bids, but we made a substantial offer the night before and it was enough to persuade Braehmer to say yes. Nathan has worked incredibly hard for this opportunity, and waited patiently to get his shot. He’s getting this fight at exactly the right time, and it could be a massive moment in his career. This is a huge fight. Braehmer is a proven champion and belongs at elite level, while Cleverly is young and hungry and could be the next big thing in the UK. Don’t forget that light-heavyweight is a very sexy division right now. You’ve got Chad Dawson, Bernard Hopkins, Tavoris Cloud and Jean Pascal out there, and Nathan has the chance to make a name for himself both here and in the States.” (more…)
Oscar de la Hoya, president of Golden Boy, sent a communication to the WBC office requesting the approval of the March 5th fight between WBC silver super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Euro welterweight champ Matthew Hatton to be for the vacant WBC 154lb championship formerly held by Manny Pacquiao, with the winner being committed to make his next defense against the official challenger designated by the WBC. WBC President Jose Sulaiman is putting the matter into consideration of the WBC Board of Governors and will have a decision within a week. Alvarez is already the WBC’s automatic official challenger to the WBC super welterweight title by virtue of his silver belt.
Premieres Saturday, April 2, 12 Noon ET/ 9 a.m. PT on CBS With Three Episodes Airing on America’s Most Watched Network – Including a Prime Time Telecast on Saturday, April 30
SHOWTIME Sports is producing a four-part documentary series titled FIGHT CAMP 360°: Pacquiao vs. Mosley to air on both CBS and SHOWTIME® that will give fight fans unprecedented access into the lives of boxing superstars Manny Pacquiao and “Sugar” Shane Mosley. The SHOWTIME critically acclaimed series will follow both fighters through their unique preparations leading up to the year’s biggest event on the boxing calendar—the forthcoming WBO welterweight championship clash and SHOWTIME PPV® blockbuster event on May 7 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
“This series will open a lot of eyes and surprise casual television viewers as well as boxing enthusiasts,” said Ken Hershman, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports. “These athletes are global personalities that transcend sports, and their path to an event of this scope is complex, provocative and quite entertaining. From Pacquiao’s home and life as a Congressman in the Philippines to Mosley’s high-altitude training camp in Big Bear, Calif., and into the offices of Top Rank Inc. in Las Vegas, FIGHT CAMP 360°: Pacquiao vs. Mosley will turn a powerful backstage spotlight on this marquee boxing event.”
The series premieres on Saturday, April 2 on CBS (12:00 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT) before the network’s coverage of the Men’s NCAA Basketball Championship Final Four.
Below are the premiere dates and times for FIGHT CAMP 360° Pacquiao vs. Mosely
Episode 1 CBS Saturday, April 2 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT
Episode 1 SHO Saturday, April 16 10 p.m. ET/PT
Episode 2 SHO Saturday, April 23 10 p.m. ET/PT
Episode 3 CBS Saturday, April 30 8 p.m. ET/PT
Episode 4 SHO Friday, May 6 10 p.m. ET/PT
Episode 4 CBS Saturday, May 7 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT
FIGHT CAMP 360°: Pacquiao vs. Mosley will be available on SHOWTIME On Demand with multiple re-airings on SHO Extreme
FIGHT CAMP 360° launched in 2009 to follow the lives of the participants in the Super Six World Boxing Classic on SHOWTIME and was met by critical acclaim for its originality and revealing content. Created to connect viewers with fighters and not as a singularly focused promotional device, FIGHT CAMP 360° is the first-of-its-kind boxing series examining the entirety of the prizefighting business.
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GSP & Shields Battle For The Welterweight Title In Toronto: Georges St-Pierre defends the 170 lb. crown against Jake Shields on Saturday, April 30 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada! Plus, UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo makes his first title defense against Mark Hominick – tickets on sale this week. UFC Fight Club presale begins Thursday, Feb. 10 at 10am ET – join today for first access to tickets!
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The possibility exists that in the next few hours a fight between the three-time world champion Erik “Terrible” Morales and former WBA interim world champion Marcos “El Chino” Maidana will be officially announced for April 9 in Las Vegas. The bout would top a Golden Boy Promotions card televised by HBO. After WBA/WBO lightweight world champion Juan Manuel Marquez decided to pass on the fight with Morales, Golden Boy Promotions immediately began to seek quality opponents. Sources say it is likely that Morales-Maidana would be for the WBA interim super lightweight belt.
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Sam Cohen and Reynaldo Sanchez
Boxing at the Magic City Casino just got a little more “caliente” with the upcoming 4th installment of Badia Spices Friday Night Fights. Pugilistic Promotions promises some intense boxing action according to Florida Boxing Hall of Fame historian Enrique Encinosa at today’s final press conference. When asked the title for this Friday’s show, Encinosa replied simply: “One hell of a card.” Encinosa was joined by current Florida Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Ramiro Ortiz at Randazzo’s Italian restaurant in Coral Gables this afternoon to announce the fight particulars.
The main event features IBO Latin American middleweight champion Eromosele “Bad Boy” Albert (23-4-1, 11 KOs) against Cuban-born Californian Lester “El Cubanito” Gonzalez (11-2-1, 6 KOs) in a 10 round bout. Gonzalez won the 2004 Golden Gloves and frustrates opponents from his southpaw stance. Albert appeared unfazed by the prospect of his first title defense against this difficult challenger stating: “It’s going to be an exciting fight, but I’m ready. I’m ready to win this fight.” (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
On February 19 at the Essex County College in Newark, NJ, 6’9 heavyweight Mariusz “Polish Giant” Wach (23-0, 11 KOs), who training in Memphis with former heavyweight champ Michael Moorer, will have one of his most challenging fights. Wach takes on hard hitting southpaw Jonathan Haggler (23-3, 18 KOs). The WBC Baltic belt is in stake and Haggler wants to spoil the Polish Giant’s undefeated record to make name for himself. (more…)
As initially reported on Fightnews, former three-time world champion “Ferocious” Fernando Vargas (26-5, 22 KOs) will return to the ring. Vargas will meet Henry “Sugar Pooh” Buchanan (20-2, 13 KOs) on April 16th. The proposed location of the fight is the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds with a contracted weight of 171 pounds making it a light heavyweight contest. Vargas is reportedly being trained for the bout in Las Vegas by Floyd Mayweather Sr.
By Mariano A. Agmi at ringside
Unbeaten junior welterweight Gabriel “Tito” Bracero (14-0, 1 KO) scored an eight-round unanimous decision over Chris Fernandez (19-12-1, 11 KOs) on Wednesday night in front of a sold out crowd at BB King Blues Club in Times Square, NYC. Bracero’s volume punching earned him a 80-72, 80-72, 79-72 win. Fernandez was deducted a point for shouldering in round seven.
In the co-feature, unbeaten light heavyweight Mark Tucker (15-0, 7 KOs) won a good action six round unanimous decision over Ray Smith (9-5, 3 KOs). Scores were 59-55 on all cards. (more…)
By Rocco Morales
Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
The kickoff press conference announcing “The Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All”, took place Tuesday morning at The Conga Room at L.A. Live in Downtown Los Angeles. In the main event, Joseph King Kong Agbeko will put his IBF bantamweight title against undefeated rising star Abner Mares. In the bantamweight tournament consolation bout, Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan” meets the once defeated Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez. (more…)
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