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Some fighters say that being in the UFC Octagon for the first time makes you feel like your heart just stopped. Sean Pierson felt like his was beating out of his chest . . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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On Saturday, boxers Librado Andrade, Enrique Ornelas and Randy Caballero will be on hand at a public appearance at the La Quinta, Calif. Home Depot from 12:00pm to 2:00pm PT where they will sign autographs, pose for photos and talk with fans in attendance. All three will be in action on May 6 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. Brothers Andrade and Ornelas will to fight on the same card for the first time in over six years (the last time was December 16, 2004 at the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles) on TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo.” Andrade (29-3, 22 KO’s) faces Aaron Pryor, Jr. (15-3, 11 KO’s) in a 10-round light heavyweight main event while younger brother Ornelas (30-7, 20 KO’s) will fight an opponent to be announced in the eight round light heavyweight co-feature. Coachella’s undefeated junior featherweight star, Caballero (9-0, 5 KO’s) will face an opponent to be determined in a six round fight.
Promoters Javier Bustillo, Gary Shaw and Lou DiBella have announced the signing of the Puerto Rican 140-pound prospect Hector “El Flaco” Sanchez (19-1, 9 KOs). Sanchez has victories over Mexican standout Albert Rodriguez and DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley among others. ‘El Flaco’ will appear on one of two shows being presented by Universal Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions and DiBella Entertainment on June 10th or 11th in New York City, on the weekend of the Puerto Rican Day Parade.
Photos and report by Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
In a special ceremony the WBC president Jose Sulaiman gave the popular fighter Saul “Canelo” Alvarez from Mexico his green and gold belt that proved his super welterweight championship. At the same time Saul Alvarez gave to Jose Sulaiman the pants and the robe that he used when he was crowned super welterweight world champion against Matthew Hatton from England, and said that his clothing was very valuable for him but he gave them to the WBC because of the support of this organization in his boxing career. Click here for more photos…
WBC light flyweight world champion Gilberto Keb Baas vs. Adrian Hernandez headlines a card on Saturday night at the Coliseo de la Feria de Texcoco in Texcoco, Estado Mexico, Mexico, presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Grupo Publica and Pepe Gomez. In the co-featured bout of the evening, Mexico City’s undefeated top prospect Marco Antonio Periban will face Argentine Jose Alberto Clavero. The Televisa broadcast in begins at 10:30pm CT. Doors open at 6:00 pm CT and the first bell rings at 7:00 pm CT.
Fight fans in the United States will be able to watch the April 30 world title fight thanks to a newly formed relationship between Golden Boy Promotions and AT&T. AT&T is exclusively delivering the series across three screens (TV, Online and Mobile) to AT&T U-verse members. Beginning April 30, fans can access boxing from Mexico on the screen of their choice, with fights on AT&T U-verse® TV, U-verse Online at www.att.net/boxeoand, for subscribers to the U-verse Live TV mobile application, on qualifying mobile phones. The April 30 U-verse broadcasts will air live at 9:30pm ET/6:30pm PT.
By Andreas Hale
(On Why People Still Watch Shane Mosley)
“People see my power and they know it will be an exciting fight. When opponents get past the power they think they can win. The fans choose to see knockouts. This fight is very risky for Pacquiao to fight someone with power in both hands like myself. People want to see who’s going to get knocked out in this one. The unpredictability in the fight is what gets a rise out of people around the world, anything can happen.”
(On Pacquiao’s Speed)
“I look at the Margarito fight and he landed the most punches ever on Pacquiao but Margarito couldn’t land those punches on me. If Margarito could hit Pacquiao, then I know that Pacquiao isn’t too fast for me.”
(On Being The Underdog)
“They said Margarito was going to kill me. People said they were scared for my health and all that crap. I had about three different things going on in my life including the divorce. But I just listened to myself and came out with the victory.”
Trainer Nazeem Richardson
(On Mosley’s Age)
“We keep counting these older fighters out. These aren’t old fighters, these are legends. Even when Michael Jordan slowed down he could still make the starting five on most NBA teams today. When special gets old, he can still be extraordinary.”
(On Preparing For Pacquiao’s Offensive Onslaught)
“I have to prepare for a defensive fighter with everyone he fights. When Shane cracks you, you become a defensive fighter. Look at what happened when Floyd got rocked. They have to all be aware of Shane Mosley’s power. So we prepare for the offensive to turn defensive.”
(Comparing Mosley & Pacquiao’s power)
“I felt that Pacquiao would beat Margarito by decision. Margarito has an exceptional chin. But I also felt that Shane was going to knock him out and he did. The damage he can do is limitless. There’s nothing he can do to another opponent that we’ll be surprised at.”
Countdown to UFC 129 Premieres Tonight: GSP and Jake Shields continue their journey to a welterweight title bout in Toronto, Jose Aldo and Mark Hominick get ready to do battle for the featherweight championship, and Randy Couture prepares to take on The Dragon, Lyoto Machida – tonight at midnight on SPIKE
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All pro Baltimore Ravens defensive back Tommy Zbikowski passed a drug test today at a certified lab in Chicago. The results of the test have been forwarded to the Chickasaw Nation Boxing Commission as requested, and Tommy Z is expected to be cleared and OK’d to resume his boxing career immediately. Zbikowski’s original test was apparently positive for marijuana.
Photo: Miguel Salazar
Unbeaten prospect Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (23-0, 17 KOs), breaks camp today at Big Bear and arrives tomorrow in Reno for Friday night’s showdown against past world title challenger Jesse Brinkley (35-6, 22 KOs) in the 10 round main event, airing live on Telefutura, for the vacant USBO super middleweight championship. Find training camp notes and quotes from the 27-year-old Quillin, who was born in Chicago, raised in Grand Rapids, and moved a year ago from Brooklyn to Los Angeles… (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former WBC, WBA, IBF, light heavyweight champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (28-6, 19 KOs) is confident he will defeat IBO cruiserweight champion Danny “Green Machine” Green (31-3, 27 KOs) when they clash for the championship over twelve rounds on July 20 at the Sydney Entertainment Center in Sydney, NSW, Australia. Both Green, 38 years and Tarver, 42 years hold the distinction of stopping boxing legend Roy Jones, Jr. Tarver doing the job in two rounds back in 2004 with Green stopping him in round one in 2009. For more details and photos click here…
The biggest weekend in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship® and the sport of mixed martial arts will now feature another truly memorable event. For the first-time ever, all seven UFC® world champions will gather for a presentation at the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto on Friday, April 29 at 3:15 p.m. ET. The event brings together the “Super 7” reigning UFC champions for a truly unique media and fan experience. (more…)
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Italian bantamweight titlist Rodrigo Bracco (13-3, 5 KOs) successfully retained for the first time his national belt last week at the Local Sport Hall in Agnosine, Italy, outscoring tough challenger Pio Antonio Nettuno (7-2, 1KO) after ten brounds of boxing. It was a give-and-take affair starting from the opening minute, Bracco knocked down his contender in the ninth round and got a majority decision through scores of 96-93; 95-93 and 94-94. (more…)
A total of five fighters participating on Saturday’s boxing card at the WinStar Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma, have been suspended by the Chickasaw Nation Boxing Commission for 45 days and must provide a negative drug test from a certified lab or have “failed drug test suspended pending a hearing” placed in their FightFax record. Popular Baltimore Ravens defensive back Tommy Zbikowski is among those listed. The others include heavyweight Andy Ruiz Jr., lightweight John “Action” Jackson, lightweight Terrance Roy and light heavyweight David Robinson. Most commissions normally only test fighters participating in title fights, however for Saturday night’s card they tested all the fighters.
WBA super welterweight champion Austin Trout (22-0, 13 KOs) says he’s ready to make a statement when he defends his title for the first time on June 11 against mandatory challenger David “The Destroyer” Lopez (40-12, 23 KOs) at a site to be named in Mexico. “I’m going to pick him apart and try to discourage him with counters, and effective aggression,” said Trout, “he’s tall so I will have to use angles to get in and stay in….I feel good I’ve been training roughly a month already and just excited to get back in the ring aka my office. David Lopez is a good tough strong fighter, and I want to make a statement against him.”
Trout also had some choice words for WBC super welterweight champion Saul Alvarez. “Immediately after [me] beating his brother, Saul Alvarez challenged me to fight for my belt. I accepted then and there, although I didn’t agree to going back to Mexico to do it. After winning his WBC title over Matthew Hatton all that revenge talk stopped. I would love to fight Canelo but that wouldn’t be a good career move for him right now.”
WBA/WBO lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez, who recently passed on a bout with Erik Morales and has also so far refused to sign off on a bout against IBF jr welterweight champion Zab Judah in July, may end up getting his wish to face Manny Pacquiao. According to reports surfacing from Mexico, Top Rank has sent a proposal to Marquez for a third match with Pacquiao, with whom he has a draw and close loss against in previous bouts. The bout would take place in October. More will be determined after Pacquiao faces Shane Mosley in a big May 7 pay-per-view event.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The name of Salvador Sanchez needs no introduction if you are a fan of Mexican boxing. Now his nephew Salvador Sanchez II is trying to follow in his footsteps. Sanchez II (22-4-3, 11 KOs), who fought last Saturday in Mexico City and won a split decision over Jose Carmona, speaks about his career and more. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Current WBA interim bantamweight champion Hugo “Cuatito” Ruiz (27-1, 25 KOs) will defend his crown against Mexican compatriot Francisco “Panchito” Arce (31-6-3, 22 KOs) on May 14 in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico at the Sports Center or the Auditorio Benito Juarez. The world title event is promoted by Zanfer promotions, HG Boxing and Sampson Boxing and will be broadcast by TV Azteca. This will be the first defense of his title for Ruiz who was originally expected to face former WBA world super flyweight champion in Panama.
Both Ruiz and Arce hail from Los Mochis.
Photo: Team Garcia
With less than five days to go, southern California featherweight Aaron “Gavilan” Garcia (10-1-2, 2 KOs) is all ready for his next assignment this Friday night when he faces undefeated Abraham “Chamaco” Lopez (13-0, 10 KOs) at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA, in a scheduled eight rounder as part of Thompson Boxing’s “New Blood” Series. Garcia has been training for little over two months and has taken advantage of having world ranked fighters Christopher Martin and Mercito Gesta nearby. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Photo courtesy Peruboxing
Peru is one Latin American country that is still awaiting to have its first (male) world boxing champion. But the Andean nation can now count on a trio of young boxers who have recently invaded the US scene. They are Jonathan Maicelo, Carlos Zembrano and Juan Zegarra. The leader of the pack is undoubtably Jonathan Maicelo (15-0, 9 KOs), a charismatic 26-year-old lightweight now residing in North Bergen, NJ. In his first appearance on US soil last year, Maicelo defeated tough Oscar Cuero (13-2) via a lopsided decision. (more…)
WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation light welterweight champion Jose “El Nino” Reynoso Jose Reynoso (14-3-1, 2 KOs) of Riverside will defend his title against Estaban Almaraz (10-4, 3 KOs) of Texas. The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds and will take place June 24th at the Double Tree Hotel in Ontario, California. The two were originally scheduled to meet April 29th but Reynoso was forced to pull out due to injury.
Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko were in New York City on Easter Sunday for the Premiere of the Documentary film “Klitschko.” The Film premiered as part of the Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) and is an in-depth look of the journey from their humble beginnings in the Soviet Union to achieving their goal of becoming heavyweight world champions.The Film received a great reaction from the audience and was very well received by the media. The BROADVIEW Pictures production, directed by Sebastian Dehnhardt, will be shown 3 more times during the Film Festival.
Limited tickets are still available for the following screenings in New York:
Tue, Apr 26, 10:00PMAMC Loews Village 7 – 2
Thu, Apr 28, 2:30PMAMC Loews Village 7 – 3
Sat, Apr 30, 10:00PMTribeca Cinemas Theater 1
Former world champion and southern california based Kassim Ouma (27-7-1, 17 KOs) will once again challenge for the world title. This time it will be at middleweight as he challenges WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (20-0, 17 KOs) June 18th at the Arena Roberto Duran, Panama City, Panama.
Ouma was written off by many having lost five of six fights in early 2010. An immediate change was needed to salvage his career so Ouma headed west from Florida to Riverside, California. There he hooked up with his new managers Charlie Perez and Ruben Castanon who own the Capital Punishment Boxing Club based in Riverside. With no distractions and 100% focus on his training Ouma upset “Contender” reality television show participant Joey Gilbert (20-2, 15 KOs) in his hometown of Reno, Nevada last September by way of 6th round TKO.
The win was very signficant as Ouma won the vacant NABA middleweight title which got him world ranked and eligible for this world title opportunity.
Ouma will again enter this fight as the underdog but co-manager Castanon vows to not count him out. “This will definitely be a tough fight for Ouma but it will be equally as tough for Golvkin. I hope he and his team are not looking at how many losses Ouma has because this Ouma is a much better and focused fighter,” said Castanon.
By Nick Giongco
Manny Pacquiao will not make Shane Mosley quit, but the Filipino star has more than what it takes to put him away for good. This is the belief of Pacquiao’s adviser Mike Koncz, who swears a fighter of Mosley’s caliber is someone to be taken seriously and not to be messed with. “I don’t think Mosley has the word ‘quit’ in his vocabulary,” Koncz told fightnews on Sunday night as Team Pacquiao enters the final two weeks of buildup for the May 7 clash with Mosley at the MGM Grand.
But Pacquiao certainly has what it takes to force the referee to decide to step in to prevent Mosley from getting busted up even more, according to Koncz, who has been with the pound-for-pound king since 2005. Koncz said that even if Mosley is pushing 40, “the age factor won’t be a factor in the early rounds.” (more…)
On Friday, April 29, 2011, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will present Molina vs. Conyers for the second occurrence of the series, “Fight Night at The Cosmopolitan,”to be televised live on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights.” (more…)
Thanks to tremendous growth in its Hispanic fan base in the United States, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that it will launch a website dedicated to bilingual UFC® fans.
UFCLatino.com, launching today, will serve bilingual UFC® fans by providing unique content in both Spanish and English. The site will cater to the culture of the blossoming audience of Hispanic fans who are drawn to the UFC’s fast-paced, exciting action. What’s more, the site will include news, video and special content featuring charismatic Hispanic stars such as UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, top welterweight Diego Sanchez, and Octagon® girl Arianny Celeste. (more…)
WBC President Jose Sulaiman has commented on the behind the scenes situation involving the recent fight between WBC female champions Jackie Nava and Ana Maria Torres, which was originally announced to be a WBA title fight, which caused some friction between the two organizations.
In his weekly “Hook to the Body” column, Sulaimán wrote: “In Veracruz, Mexico, on the same night, two Mexican female lionesses met in the ring: Jackie Nava, the WBC super-bantam champion for five years, and Ana María Torres, the WBC super flyweight world champion, also for several years, in a bout that ended in a fair draw. It had been myself who had called Ana María the best female champion of the world after her tough but clear defeat of the great German female boxer Alesia Graf, a qualification or appointment that Jackie Nava went to Veracruz to take for herself. With the draw, Ana María confirmed being the best fighter in the world, but there is no question that Jackie Nava won in the ring. The qualification of being the best female professional BOXER in the world, after excelling in the ring with an outstanding performance of excellent boxing! And to think that some wanted to steal from the WBC this fight between two great long-reigning female champions fighting in our home, Mexico!
“It is here where I would like to extend my congratulations to my friend Gilberto Mendoza, President of the WBA, for his understanding this attempted low blow and calling me to let me know that the WBA would not approve such a fight, as it might have meant an intromission between two friendly organizations.”
In his first fight since his 9th round TKO loss against IBF champion Lucian Bute in a world title shot last October, IBF #7 super middleweight Jesse Brinkley (35-6, 22 KOs) will try to get back into the title picture on Friday night at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada. Brinkley faces undefeated Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (23-0, 17 KOs) in a clash for the vacant USBO belt.
“We don’t have time to rebuild. That’s why you have to take a fight with a top guy like Quillin,” stated the 35-year-old Brinkley. “I need this type of fight. If I beat Quillin, that can position me to another world title shot. I want to fight for a world title again. There is a lot on the line for me in this fight.”
Regarding his fight with Bute, Brinkley stated “I know I was an underdog, but I never imagined I would lose that fight. I haven’t stopped thinking about it since. I have to be back at that level.”
The city of Gilroy, California, hometown to five-time world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, is dedicating a special day to their accomplished hero. On Sunday May 15, 2011, family, friends and fans are encouraged to make their way to downtown Gilroy as the official Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero Day will be celebrated. Streets will be blocked off on 5th St. from Eigleberry St. to Monterey Road beginning at 12:00 with festivities till 6:00 P.M. Money raised from a $5.00 dinner plate, $5.00 autographed photos and raffled items will be donated to the “Leukemia and Lymphoma Society” and “Be The Match National Marrow Donor Program.” (more…)
It’s a family affair on Friday, May 6, as brothers Librado Andrade and Enrique Ornelas headline an intriguing doubleheader at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. The theme of family continues further with the main event, as Andrade will square off against Aaron Pryor Jr., the son of the legendary Hall of Fame boxer, Aaron Pryor, in a ten-round light heavyweight bout.
In the co-featured bout, scheduled for eight rounds in the light heavyweight division, Ornelas will face an opponent to be named. Also in action, unbeaten rising star and Coachella local hero, Randy Caballero, battles an opponent to be announced in a six round junior featherweight contest.
By Francisco Salazar
In a crossroads battle between young Southern California fighters, one fighter hopes to rebound from defeat in his last bout, while the other hopes to remain unbeaten. Golden Boy Promotions matchmaker Eric Gomez confirmed to Fightnews.com that Charles Huerta will drop down to 122 pounds and take on unbeaten Christopher Martin in a 10 round bout on May 20th. The bout will headline a Solo Boxeo Tecate card at the Hangar at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, CA. Also on the card is unbeaten Carlos Molina taking on former world title belt challenger Angel Chacon in an eight round bout.
“We might make the Huerta-Martin bout for a minor title,” said Gomez, who is also Golden Boy’s Vice President. Huerta, (16-2-1, 9 KO’s) from Paramount, CA, lost an eight round split-decision at the hands of unbeaten Raul Hirales, Jr. in January. The loss snapped a five-bout winning streak for Huerta. Making 122 pounds should not be difficult for Huerta as he has fought around 124 pounds in his last five bouts.
Martin, (21-0-2, 6 KO’s) from Chula Vista, CA, won an eight round unanimous decision over Yogli Herrera in December. The San Diego-based Martin is best remembered for his 10 round split decision victory over heralded Chris Avalos in August. The 24 year old Martin is ranked in the top 10 in two of the sanctioning bodies.
This is a Fight Club OC Special Edition show and a co promotion of Golden Boy Promotions and Roy Englebrecht Promotions. Tickets for the show are now available at $30 at www.fightcluboc.com.
Ringside Report by Scott Ploof and Billy “Loops” Luppert
Photography by Emily Harney
A determined and dedicated Breidis Prescott methodically battered, jabbed, and landed solid combinations on his opponent Bayan Jargal defeating him with a convincing unanimous decision in the main event of ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT, handing Jargal only the second loss of his professional career. All three judges scored the bout in Prescott’s favor by scores of 99-91, 99-90, and 100-90. 23 year old Providence junior middleweight and 2008 Olympian, Demetrius “The Hammer” Andrade continued his winning ways and kept his perfect record intact as he battered his opponent, Omar Bell over two rounds finally stopping him with a short left to the body of his opponent at 1:31 of the second round. Click here for the entire ringside report and action-packed photogallery.
Story by Andreas Hale
Photo by Emily Harney
Boxing has always had a “what have you done for me lately” attitude. Fans and journalists alike often neglect the accomplishments of any fighter should they lose a (God forbid) a fight or disappear from the spotlight for an extended period of time. Kelly Pavlik is the perfect example of this attitude . . . Click here for more
I said I would not do it again.
I might have even promised — no crossed fingers or anything silly like that. Actually, I guaranteed it. Go back and read my UFC 124 post mortem. After predicting that Georges St-Pierre would suffer an upset loss at the hands of Josh Koscheck, I stated without equivocation I would not pick against Georges St-Pierre in another fight, unless his opponent happened to be Anderson Silva. . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
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By Graham Houston
Every now and again, a fight that looks evenly balanced on paper turns out to be a mismatch, and so it was on Saturday night when Vic Darchinyan destroyed Yonnhy Perez in five rounds on Showtime. Although the fight ended anti-climactically on a technical decision, Darchinyan had been dominant in every round and seemed sure to stop Perez in another two or three rounds.
Darchinyan had promised before the fight that he would go back to his old power-punching method after experimenting with a more elusive style, and he delivered on his words. It seemed that Darchinyan hadn’t packed a great deal of punching power in previous bantamweight bouts against Joseph Agbeko and Abner Mares. This was different, though — this was a brutal battering of a fighter who was considered to be durable. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Super featherweight Alejandro Gómez (11-21-4, 3 KOs) was disqualified for biting the ear of world ranked contender Vicente Martin Rodriguez (33-2, 19 KOs) on Saturday night at the Club Vecinal Vec in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In round six Gómez chomped on Rodriguez’ left ear in Mike Tysonesque fashion, leaving Rodriguez with a deep cut on his earlobe. Referee Rodolfo Stella viewed incident on TV replays and immediately DQ’d Gómez. Rodriguez is currently rated WBO #5 and WBC #11.
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