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By Craig Watt
The trainer and manager of long-time WBA Featherweight champion Chris John, Craig Christian spoke to Fightnews today about the training camp for the undefeated Indonesian fighter who is now 44-0 and making the 14th defence of his title in an all Indonesian clash with Daud Cino Yordan (27-1, 21KO’s) in Jakarta on April 17th. Such is the interest in this fight in Indonesia, Christian has taken his fighter deep into the jungle area of Banya Wangy to maintain his focus away from his huge fan base of the unbeaten champion. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican middelweight contender Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio (49-5-1, 42 KOs) has declared himself ready to take on unbeaten Canadian David Lemieux (25-0, 24 KOs) in Friday’s WBC eliminator at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Rubio has closed his training in the Instituto del Deporte del Estado de Coahuila (Inedec). and will travel to Canada on a direct flight from Mexico City with his trainer Jorge ‘ Mapimí’ Rodriguez and team. In preparation for Lemieux sparred with compatriots Francisco ‘Pantera’ Reza and Édgar Viramontes. “I have trained hard,” said Rubi. “I need this victory. It’s a difficult fight but I consider myself to be a good boxer with enough quality to get the victory.”
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Francisco “Wizard” Palacios (20-1, 13 KO) candidly talking about his disappointment and fight experience with Polish reporters after his split decision defeat in Poland against WBC cruiserweight titleholder, Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk (45-2, 32 KO).
If Erik Morales can block punches Saturday night as effectively as he’s fended off endless questions from aggressive boxing writers asking why-oh-why is he fighting Marcos Maidana, the future Hall-of-Famer might not be in for the slaughter many are expecting.
And if self-confidence factors into the equation, fight fans are due for upset of the year when Morales and Maidana clash April 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas . . . Click here for more
The IBF family was shocked and saddened by the news that boxer Rola El-Halabi was shot by her stepfather this past Friday, April 1, just before her scheduled bout for the female IBF Lightweight championship in Berlin, Germany. While she did survive the attack, it is troubling that this violent and unjustified act could likely end this young woman’s career as a boxer. Miss El- Halabi had a great record (11-0, 6 KOs), already had two titles and showed great promise for a successful career. We wish her well on her road to recovery and hope that she and her family can heal from this tragic event.
Ringside Report by Scott Ploof
Photography by Emily Harney
“Hammering” Hank Lundy (20-1-1, 10 KOs) won not only a unanimous decision over his opponent Patrick Lopez (20-4, 12 KOs) in front of a packed crowd at the Fox Theatre and live on the ESPN2 Friday Night Fights telecast, but he also captured the vacant NABF lightweight title with the victory. Former world middleweight title challenger, Elvin Ayala (22-5-1, 10 KOs) of New Haven, CT continued his adaptation to the ranks of the super middleweight division by stopping a game challenge from Rhode Island’s Joe Gardner (7-2-1, 1 KO). Also in action, super middleweight “Mr. Providence” Vladine Biosse (11-0, 6 KOs) remained undefeated with a fifth round stoppage of Tim Connors (10-3, 7 KOs ). Click here for the entire ringside report and action packed photogallery.
The main event has changed again for the Hitz Boxing Fight Night event on Saturday at the Venue in the Horseshoe Casino, in Hammond, Indiana. Yakubu “Black Mamba” Amidu (19-2-1, 16 KOs) will now face Louisiana’s John Revish (10-2-2, 8 KOs) for the NABA-US Super Lightweight Title.
Previously, Amidu’s brother Abdulai Amidu (19-0, 17 KOs) was slated to face Carlos Molina, then Brandon Baue, before Yakabu stepped in to face Revish. 26-year-old Amidu’s only losses have come to current WBO champion Ricky Burns and multiple-time world championship challenger Ali Funeka. “This is shaping up to be a great fight between these two,” said Bobby Hitz, Founder of Hitz Boxing. “They can both punch and they’ve both been in with good opposition.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
There is a strong possibility that a WBA KO to Drugs event will be held in Mexico in the month of June. Promoter Hector Garcia that made a big effort in Panama over the weekend in order to lock down a deal. HG Boxing has reached an agreement with international representative Ricardo Rizzo for Austin Trout to defend his WBA super welterweight world crown against David “The Destroyer” Lopez. Other participants could be Juan Carlos Salgado, Arturo de los Santos, Ray Vargas, Rafael Guzman and Eduardo Escobedo among others. There is also a possibility of another WBA KO to Drugs event the same month in Managua, Nicaragua.
The World Boxing Association organizes the annual KO Drugs Festival to encourage new values in the boxing world and campaign for the protection of children and young people against drugs.
Photo: Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
Three-Division world champion Erik Morales speaks to fans and members of the media on Sunday at Placita Olvera in Los Angeles, California at a fan rally in advance of Saturday’s fight against former world champion Marcos Maidana at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, which will be televised on pay-per-view.
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Saturday night at Bally’s Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, undefeated super middleweight Alexander “The Great” Johnson (11-0, 4KO’s) put his name in the national spotlight with an impressive ten round majority decision victory over Farah “The Quiet Storm” Ennis (17-1, 11KO’s) by scores of 98-93, 97-93 and 95-95. The Pound for Pound Promotions show also had its’ share of explosive knockouts. In the co-feature Amir Mansour (13-0, 10KO’s) put himself into heavyweight contention with an explosive right hand which put Hector Ferreyro unconscious at the 1:18 mark of the opening round. He later sat up but was taken out on a stretcher for further observation. (more…)
Lightweight Gerardo “Lalo” Robles (15-9, 6 KOs) will face Leon Bobo (18-7-1, 2 KOs) on May 7th at the Beaumont Club in Kansas City, Missouri. Also featured is a super middleweight clash between Josh Luteran (11-1, 8 KOs) and 42-year-old former world title challenger Jimmy Crawford (40-12-2, 17 KOs) in Crawford’s first fight since 2005. Also heavyweight Dustin Schnakenberg (4-3, 3 KOs) meets Mario Munoz (5-2, 3 KOs) in a rematch. The Danger-Fire Promotions card will include ten bouts in all. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6pm, fights start at 7pm.
Looks like WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm (35-2-1, 15 KOs) will defend his belt against Matthew Macklin (28-2, 19 KOs) on either June 25 or July 2 at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany. Macklin pulled out of a WBA eliminator against Khoren Gevor on April 16 because of a contractual dispute. Looks to be a good move as he will now go directly to the title shot.
Unbeaten female lightweight Rola El-Halabi (11-0, 6 KOs) is recovering after being wounded by gunfire in her dressing room shortly before a scheduled fight on Friday in Berlin. El-Halabi was shot in the hand, knee and both feet by her stepfather and former manager whom she had broken ties with. Unfortunately the injuries are considered too severe for her to continue her career.
Sources from the Ukraine have confirmed that WBA welterweight champion Viacheslav Senchenko of the Ukraine will make his next defense of his title August 20 vs Marco Antonio Avendano (30-7-1, 22 KOs) of Venezuela. The bout will take place in the champion’s place of residence in Donetsk, Ukraine.
By Francisco Salazar
Top Rank Chief Matchmaker Bruce Trampler confirmed to Fightnews.com that unbeaten featherweight Michael Franco will take on hard-hitting Jose Angel Beranza at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, CA on May 21st. Franco (18-0, 12 KOs) saw action five weeks ago, stopping Martin Armenta in the fourth round in Tijuana. Hailing from nearby Riverside, he will be fighting in a scheduled eight round bout.
Beranza (33-19-2, 26 KO’s) has given prospects and contenders fits with his hard-nosed and aggressive style. He gave unbeaten Teon Kennedy fits last May an pulled off the upset in defeating previously-unbeaten Juan Carlos Velasquez in July of 2009.
Headlining the Top Rank card will be Alfonso Gomez taking on Calvin Green in a 10 round welterweight bout.
In an intriguing rematch, Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia (29-3, 21 KOs) of Texas will take on Calvin Odom (15-8, 11 KOs) of Southern California on May 6th at the Quiet Canyon in Montebello, California in an eight round junior middleweight main event. Ed Holmes’ AllStar Boxing will promote the event. Odom handed the now 31-year-old Garcia his first loss of his career 8 years ago in Garcia’s native Texas. Garcia will now seek to get his revenge in Odom’s backyard. A major advantage for Garcia this time around will be activity in the ring. Garcia has remained fairly active of late where Odom hasn’t fought in five years with some of his inactivity attributed to an incarceration. That being said the still young 29-year-old Odom has nothing to lose per promoter Ed Holmes. “I give a lot of credit to Garcia for taking this fight because all the pressure is on him. A loss will set him way back but I have the contracts signed by both fighters now and we have a fight. Tickets are already available,” said Holmes. For ticket information call 323 816 6200.
By: Chris Davis at Ringside
In the main event of “Windy City Fight Night 16″ at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, presented by promoter Dominic Pesoli of 8 Count Productions, local super middleweight Donovan “Da Bomb” George outgunned and stopped slick boxer Maxell Taylor in the eighth round. George (22-1-1, 19 KOs) pressed forward the entire contest, winging shots at his opponent’s head, body, arms, and elbows. Taylor (15-3-1, 6 KOs) from Baltimore, MD, circled throughout the fight, landing jabs and the occasional combination from the outside in an attempt to keep the heavy-handed George at bay. George’s relentless pressure paid off in the eighth when he caught Taylor in the corner, opening up with vicious lefts and rights that sent Taylor sprawling to the canvas. A game yet visibly shaken Taylor got to his feet before the count of ten, but soon after George pinned him to the ropes and let loose with a furious series of unanswered punches, forcing referee Gino Rodriguez to wave it off at 2:05 of the eighth round. George, who captured the vacant USBA super middleweight title with the win, announced his retirement from the center of the ring to a stunned audience – only to draw a huge sigh of relief from the appreciative crowd when he cracked a smile and shouted, “April Fool’s!” more photos
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Welterweight Arman Ovsepyan did not expect his scheduled six round bout against Alex Viramontes to end in the manner that it did. Neither did the fans in attendance, who braved the cold air in the outdoor venue. Ovsepyan scored a controversial third round stoppage before a disappointing large crowd at the Finish Line Sports Grill in Pomona, CA. The bout headlined a boxing/ Muay Thai card, presented by Ray Alcorta Boxing, in association with II Feathers Promotions and All World Promotions. The Armenian born Ovsepyan has been on a roll since losing his professional debut, a four round majority decision to Eberto Medina almost three years ago. He was coming off a four round unanimous decision over Francisco Rios Gil in December. For more details and photos click here…
Photos courtesy Photo Wende
WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco “Captain” Huck (32-1, 23 KOs) made his sixth successful title defence on Saturday night in Halle, Germany when he defeated brave challenger Ran Nakash on points. Fighting in front of 5,300 fans at the Gerry Weber Stadion, Huck was ahead 118-110, 118-110 and 116-112 after twelve hard-fought rounds. An aggressive Nakash moved forward from the first bell on, with Huck trying to get off his powerful combinations. From the fifth round onwards, Huck stamped his authority on the fight, landing hard uppercuts that bruised the face of his opponent. The crowd roared every time Huck launched one of his trademark assaults, but Nakash remained active and refused to go down. “He was a very dangerous opponent and I had to be on alert until the very end,” Huck said. “My uppercuts did the damage tonight. It was great to be in the ring in front of my home fans and give them an exciting fight.” For more details and photos click here…
Photos: Georg Moritz, Photo Wende
Patrick Nielsen (9-0, 5 KOs) clinched the next victory on his way up the rankings on Saturday night when he outclassed Gary Boulden (4-2-2) at the TV2 Fight Night in Herning. Against his aggressive opponent, the 20-year-old Dane was in full control throughout as he won every single round on the judges´ scorecards. In the last round, Nielsen was on verge of stopping a badly-cut Boulden, who went down from a body shot but scrambled back to his feet. The scores were 80-71, 80-71, 80-71. “This was a big step up for me against a tough opponent,” Nielsen said. “He was very aggressive and came to fight so I am happy I gave my fans a good victory. It was the first time I fought eight rounds at three minutes so I am pleased.” For more details and photos click here…
A change of date was becoming very possible for the April 15 Cesar Seda, Jr. vs. Omar Narvaez WBO Super Flyweight Championship fight; however, a venue change has instead been made. With the original site, Polideportivo Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, no longer available, it has been moved to the “Estadio Osvaldo Casanova” Club Estudiantes de la Ciudad de Bahia Blanca, in Buenos Aires.
“This is good news because this could interrupt concentration for ‘Junito’ in this fight and this is the fight of his life. He has to be clear-minded to ensure his victory,” explains Ceda’s co-promoter, Javier Bustillo, President of Universal Promotions (along with Gary Shaw of Gary Shaw Productions). (more…)
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
In an advertised match that was dropped from last night’s pay-per-view telecast from Mexicali, Joksan ‘Torito’ Hernández (22-3, 14 KOs) won a majority decision over Ricardo ‘Piolo’ Castillo (39-10-1, 26 KOs) in a bout for the IBF Latino featherweight title. Click here for more photos…
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Sam Cohen and Reynaldo Sanchez
Baseball and boxing competed long ago for the national sports consciousness, with boxing holding a distinct edge. Once upon a time, Jack Dempsey’s ring exploits received more press than Babe Ruth’s legendary home plate endeavors. Yet today baseball continues to be a “major league” sport while boxing struggles to get back on base. The normally nocturnal business of live boxing switch-hit yesterday to a bright afternoon at the Marlins and Cardinals baseball spring training home in Roger Dean Stadium. Promoter Rebecca Valenza of Botanileeko Promotions and boxing manager Thomas J. Hickey tirelessly campaigned to organize the Fight(s) for the Pink event on behalf of the South Florida affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Fight for the Cure®. For more details and photos click here…
The new opponent for WBO world champion Robert Stieglitz (39-2, 23 KOs) in his upcoming title defense is a very dangerous fighter. After the cancellation of the unification duel against WBA champion Dimitri Sartison due to injury, the SES champion Stieglitz will now face the southpaw contender Khoren Gevor (31-5, 16 KOs). “We were very lucky in finding a new opponent on such short notice,” promotor Ulf Steinforth said. The Armenian born and WBO# 11 rated Gevor was originally scheduled to fight against the current European champion Matthew Macklin on April 16 in Manchester in a WBA eliminator fight. But Macklin had called off the battle at the beginning of last week. “Khoren Gevor is in full training and prepared for the 12 rounds,” Steinforth added. (more…)
“Rising Stars Battle at the Bosque” turned “Falling Star Battered at the Bosque” last night when unbeaten Archie Ray Marquez came close to suffering his first professional loss against a last-minute sub.
The eight-round lightweight main event had originally featured the Albuquerque hopeful promoted by Gary Shaw against a no-hoper who’d dropped nine of his last ten bouts. Despite stepping in at the 11th hour, Nevada’s Johnny Frazier provided something of an upgrade, having lost only five of his last seven with none of those losses coming by way of knockout . . . Click here for more
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