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Photo: Fighters on Saturday night’s “Action Heroes” card promoted by Golden Boy and televised on HBO PPV, made their grand arrivals today at the MGM in Las Vegas. From left to right: Paulie Malignaggi, James Kirkland, Robert Guerrero, Erik Morales, Marcos Maidana, Michael Katsidis and Jose Miguel Cotto. Look for more photos later today.
By Ron Jackson
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Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions has announced the four fights involving only South African fighters, in what could be one of the best ever tournaments staged in South African in recent years. The tournament takes place at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park on Saturday, June 4. In the main event IBO Youth heavyweight champion Flo Simba (10-0, 9 KOs) meets former IBF heavyweight champion Francois Botha (47-5-3, 29 KOs). Berman reckons this is the biggest fight to be held on South African soil since Hasim Rahman knocked out Lennox Lewis in the fifth round in Brakpan on April 22, 2001. (more…)
Undefeated welterweight prospect Willie Nelson will ride deep into the heart of Texas this week for his network debut against New York City’s Vincent Arroyo on Friday night, April 8th. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Nelson, 15-0-1 (6KO’s) will face Arroyo at the Energy Center Arena in Laredo, Texas in an eight round battle as part of a Showtime’s acclaimed ShoBox “The New Generation” boxing series. Start time for the broadcast is 11pm ET/PT. (more…)
Former PRIZEFIGHTER winner Michael Sprott has been added to the “Prizefighter International Heavyweights” tournament on May 7 at London’s Alexandra Palace. Joining Sprott in the tournament are Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson, Mike Perez, and Konstantin Airich. A pair of former British champions previously announced to be in the lineup by Matchroom Sport will not be on the card. Fans can contact Matchroom Sport on 01277 359900 to request a refund.
Undefeated Canadian middleweight David Lemieux (25-0, 24 KOs) is prepared to make a serious statement when he faces Marco Antonio Rubio (49-5-1, 42 KOs) in a WBC middleweight title eliminator this Friday, April 8 from the Bell Centre in Montreal. The Lemieux vs. Rubio fight, which is the final installment of Groupe Yvon Michel’s acclaimed “Fast and Furious” fight series, will be the main event of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights.
“Rubio is the best opponent I have fought to date,” said Lemieux, whose list of conquests includes Hector Camacho Jr. whom he beat in a first round knockout. “It is going to be interesting to see what Rubio brings to the table. He is a big puncher and has a lot more experience than I do. I am ready to give it my all and I am preparing for war.” (more…)
Photos: Eroll Popova
Scenes from today’s public workout at the Central Bus Station in Magdeburg with the headlining fighters WBO super middleweight world champion Robert Stieglitz and challenger Khoren Gevor as well as WIBF/WBO/WBF female super featherweight world champion Ramona Kühne and challenger Michelle Larissa Bonassoli. Special guest was former world title contender Axel Schulz. Click here for more photos…
In a crossroads fight of significant interest, local heavyweight favorite Tony “TNT” Grano (17-2-1, 13 KOs), the 2005 U.S. Nationals amateur champion, takes on veteran “Diamond” Dominque Alexander (20-10-1, 10 KOs) in the eighth-round main event on Saturday’s “Willie Pep Boxing Classic” card, presented by Hard Hittin’ Promotions (“HHP”), at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, CT. Bantamweight prospect Danny Aquino (5-1, 1 KO) meets James Owens (4-2, 2 KOs) in the six-round co-feature.
There will also be a special wheelchair boxing exhibition match wheelchair boxer Ian Cannon, an 18-year-old college student who meets former New England Golden Gloves champion Luis Reynoso, of Springfield (MA), in a three-round wheelchair boxing exhibition under amateur boxing rules (headgear, large gloves, etc.).
The “Jason vs. Jason” matchup between heavyweights Jason “Ironman” Bergman and unbeaten Jason Pettaway has been postponed until June 10 at a site to be determined. Bergman sustained a stress fracture to his foot while preparing for the April 30 bout originally to be held at the Morgantown Event Center in Morgantown, WV. “The interest from the boxing public in this fight has been unbelievable. It’s the classic “Boxer vs. Puncher” matchup and everyone around here can’t wait to see it. The six week postponement will go by quickly. We will announce the new venue very soon,” said Steve Simons of Simons Promotions.
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Photos by Andrey Bazdrev
Boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. (54-7, 40 KOs) today arrived in Moscow, Russia, where on May 22nd he will fight #1 cruiserweight Denis Lebedev (21-1, 16 KOs) at the Sport Complex Krylatskoe. On Thursday, Roy Jones will hold the first press conference with Lebedev. Then Jones will continue to prepare for fight in the USA.
“I am very happy to be here in Russia, I love the exoticism and adventure so I am here. Lebedev is a strong boxer, but I don’t advise him to underestimate me. I coming to win,” warned Jones. More photos
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Roberto Grimaldo, manager and legal representative of world champion Anselmo Moreno, says he has not yet received any formal proposal from Golden Boy Promotions with respect to a promotional contract to promote future fights for WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo Moreno, who he represents until 2015. Grimaldo says he was contacted by mobile phone on March 24 and was told that company representatives have been waiting for him to evaluate a promotional offer and consider the start of negotiations. “While there is no written communication between that company and myself, we understand that media statements made by those not authorized to do so may have a hidden agenda aimed at promoting some level of distance between two people (he and Moreno) that for over seventeen years have maintained an excellent relationship.
Lots of kids want to be just like their old man when they grow up. Dyah Davis was not one of them. “From the age of seven to first year of college I swore up and down I was going to be an NBA player some day,” recollects 29-year-old Davis, the son of Howard Davis Jr, who was the 1976 Olympic Games’ gold medal winner named Outstanding Boxer, and then a solid world-class professional.
“But then in college I saw Vitali Klitschko and Lennox Lewis fight on TV and I said ‘I can do that,’ so I called up my dad and said ‘pops I want to box.’ He said ‘Box what? Oranges and grapes?’ He asked me how much I weigh. I told him 225 and he said what?!? You’re going to have to start running. I thought I was a heavyweight. My father said ‘you’re only 6′ 1″, you’re no heavyweight.’ I started running and the weight started melting off. Before I knew it, I was making my debut at 175.” (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao hits the mitts with his chief trainer Freddie Roach at the Wildcard Boxing Club in Hollywood, Monday in preparation for his upcoming world welterweight mega fight against “Sugar” Shane Mosley on Saturday, May 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. 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-Piew. Click here for more photos…
1. Don Elbaum, the first promoter/matchmaker to bring boxing to Atlantic City, originally from Ohio and a forty+ year New Jersey/Philadelphia resident. Elbum is also recognized as the one that had introduced Don King to boxing.
2. Anibal Miramontes, former international ring official and commissioner, originally form Buenos Aires, Argentina and a twenty one year New Jersey’s resident. Miramontes is the owner and President of Fight Fax.
3. Johnny “Red” DeFazio, a welterweight from Bayonne, fought a draw with former world champion Phil Terranova, Career 1947-1952, 48-22-8,8KO
4. Robert Hines, originally from Philadelphia, based in Atlantic City, IBF and USBA Jr. middleweight champion. Career 1981-1990, 25-3-1,17 KOs
5. George Khalid Jones, from Paterson. USBA, NABA and IBU light heavyweight champion, Career 1994-2005, 23-3-1,13KO
6. Billy Ketchell, a tough light heavyweight from Milville. Beat Jersey Joe Walcott and drew with him twice. Also beat former champion Pete Latzo. Career 1930-1938, 50-40-12,18KO
7. Art Rush, boxing historian, radio talk show and writer
8. Hilton Whitaker Jr., former boxer, and ring official, with over 15 international fights
9. Eugenia Williams, boxing judge with over 25 international fights
The ceremony will be held on November 1st
Photos: Eroll Popova
Khoren Gevor announced at today’s press conference in Magdeburg that he is perfectly prepared for Saturday’s challenge against WBO super middleweight world champion Robert Stieglitz. “I can give Robert some sleeping pills for the next days, he will definitely need them,” Gevor said towards Stieglitz.
The champion Robert Stieglitz was not impressed by this statement. “I’m not worried about the fight against Khoren Gevor,” Stieglitz replied.
SES-Promoter Ulf Steinforth is expecting a fight with a high explosiveness. “Khoren Gevor has been in the ring with some of the best fighters in the world and most of them didn’t look as the best against him. A fantastic fight – it’s make or break,” Steinforth continued. (more…)
By Craig Watt
Photo: Team Dib
Australian IBF#4 ranked featherweight Billy “The Kid” Dib (31-1, 19KO’s) confirmed to Fightnews today that he is in negotiations to take on IBF#1 ranked Mikey Garcia for the vacant IBF 126 pound title in July in the USA or Australia. He stated, “We are close to agreeing the finer details such as date, location and venue but we are both on the same piece of paper in that we are committed to fight each other for the IBF featherweight title in our next fight. Both our next fights will be see us in the opposite corner and this is a chance for me to prove I am one of the best featherweights in world boxing. Its been a new Billy Dib since my loss to Luevano for the WBO title and I am unbeaten in my last ten fights under the guidance of Billy Hussein. This fight could take place in the US but we are trying everything to bring the fight to Australia. We have had some great champions in Australia in recent years and there is now an opportunity for me to take up the mantle left by such greats as Jeff Fenech, Kostya Tszyu, Michael Katsidis, Danny Green and Anthony Mundine. It is now a chance for me to push Australian boxing to the next level – we are trying very hard financially to bring Garcia to Australia for the IBF title.” The IBF title at 126 pounds was declared vacant recently when Yuriorkis Gamboa was stripped of the title when he failed to make a mandatory re-weigh in for his recent fight with Jorge Solis on March 26th in Atlantic City.
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…
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