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By Gabriel F. Cordero
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Hot Mexican prospect Saul “Canelo” Alvarez continues to receive the unconditional support of the Hispanic audience and certainly looks like the new face of Mexican boxing. Alvarez’ workout at the Westside Boxing Gym in Los Angeles was a madhouse as everyone wanted to catch a glimpse of “Canelo.” Among them was former world champion Ricky Hatton, whose brother Matthew faces Alvarez Saturday for the WBC super welterweight crown. (more…)
Former WBC super middleweight champion Robin Reid came through his first fight in over three years on Saturday night to continue his preparation for Prizefighter Super-Middleweights II at Liverpool’s Olympia on Wednesday 23 March. The 40 year-old claimed a points decision against Jamie Ambler at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton, with the ‘Grim Reaper’ tasting action for the first time since losing a British title fight against Carl Froch in November 2007.
Reid was heavily linked with a spot in the line-up of the last event – the Light-Heavyweights II in February – and after conversations with Matchroom Sport’s managing director Eddie Hearn, he decided that he wanted to get back into action when the 17th edition of the eight-man, one-night tournaments is staged at the Liverpool Olympia. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Johnny Muller retained his South African light heavyweight title on a ninth round technical knockout when Roedolf Venter injured his knee in the ninth round and was unable to continue, at Emperors Palce near Kempton Park on Tuesday night.
In an exciting toe-to-toe encounter Venter (79.34kg) twisted his knee as he turned away from a right hand thrown by Muller (78.82kg) in the ninth round and went down in agony in the neutral corner. He was unable to continue as referee David van Nieuwenhuizen waved the fight off at 2:36 into the round. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Tim Barry
Former WBA light heavyweight champion Danny Green is contemplating retirement as he battles to recapture full fitness following recent surgery to remove his appendix. Green was operated on in January to remove a large absess from his appendix. “I’ve just got to wait and see how my body holds up,” Green said.”The desire to fight is there but I really don’t know whether I’ll be able to. The doctors have left it up to me. They’ve advised me to just see how I feel and really the ball’s in my court. If I can go on I’d like to, if I can’t, well then I’m a realist. I realize that it wouldn’t be easy to just walk away from it but I’ll have to do what my body’s telling me to do. I’m not going to make any stupid decisions. I’ve been doing a little bit of work in the gym but I honestly don’t know the immediate future of my boxing career …”
Green’s last fight was on November 17, when he defeated American BJ Flores in a hard-fought unanimous points win in Perth. Green currently holds IBO cruiserweight title.
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Undefeated WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez (30-0, 27 KOs), confirmed that 2011 will be his last year at 126 pounds and he will be headed up to the junior lightweight division in 2012. “We have two fights at 126, Orlando Salido and a rematch with Rafael Marquez,” stated Juanma. “I hope to go to 130 pounds for 2012.” He added that he expects to make stops in the 135lb and 140lb divisions, as well. A bout with Yuriorkis Gamboa could come late this year or in 2012, but Gamboa must first face the dangerous Chris John.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Illinois attorney and boxing judge, Jerry Jakubco from Evanston, Illinois has been at ringside in the decision making seat for about forty years. Fightnews talks with Mr. Jakubco to ask him what he has seen, and what boxing can look forward to in the near future. Jakubco, an Illinois attorney, started judging amateur bouts in the early 1970’s he has worked professional bouts since the mid eighties. Fightnews looks for his veteran opinion as a professional boxing judge who has been around the sport for decades. (more…)
By Phil Doherty
The talent-laden Dream Team Boxing squad left Miami Tuesday morning bound for Managua, Nicaragua to participate in an upcoming 12-bout card on March 4th at Casino Pharaohs. The fights will take place as part of a tribute to legendary fallen Nicaraguan champion, Alexis “El Flaco Explosivo” Argüello (82-8, 65 KOs).
Dream Team promoter Henry Rivalta held true to his word to keep this stellar stable of fighters busy ever since last month’s inaugural press conference. That event also doubled as an occasion to sign rising welterweight talent Ed “The Lion” Paredes (26-3-1, 16 KOs).
This event is no different as the team will sign 19-year old WBO #1-ranked (#6 WBA) Nicaraguan mini-flyweight Carlos “El Chocorroncito” Buitrago (17-0, 12 KOs). Buitrago is the co-main event headliner on the card which has three regional titles at stake. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
After a short hiatus, undefeated junior welterweight Antonio Orozco (8-0, 5KOs) of San Diego, CA, returns to the ring on Friday, March 18th at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, CA, on a fight card presented by Golden Boy Promotions with Roy Englebrecht. Orozco will face southpaw Manuel Aguilar (6-1, 5KOs) of Agua Prieta, MX, for a scheduled six rounder in his first bout of the year after being out with an injury to his mid section.
“I’ve taken a couple of body shots and I feel good,” Orozco stated of the sore rib he suffered late last year during a sparring session. “I think we have put it to the test and it passed.” (more…)
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Promoter Oscar de la Hoya poses with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Daniel Ponce De Leon on Tuesday at the Westside Boxing Gym in Los Angeles More photos…
WBO jr. middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk spoke to reporters today about his March 12 clash with middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez at the MGM Grand Arena at Foxwoods. “It’s a lifetime opportunity for me,” stated Dzinziruk. “I’m looking forward to fighting Sergio Martinez. So far, no problems with my weight, and I feel comfortable with this weight. I’m fighting big sparring partners. Yes, I’m a 154-pounder but I’m going to fight at 160 and let’s see what happens. I feel very confident with this weight.” (more…)
By Steve Pratt
World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Welterweight Champion Miguel Cotto, two-division World Champion Ricardo Mayorga and Cotto’s trainer, Emanuel Steward, participated in a national media conference call to discuss the upcoming, highly anticipated world championship event on Saturday, March 12, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, produced and distributed LIVE on SHOWTIME PPV, beginning at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT. (more…)
TThe Ultimate Fighting Championship® is giving its fans yet another opportunity to watch live fights on Facebook®. UFC® officials announced today that two highly-anticipated clashes will be featured this Thursday, March 3, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Both fights will be streamed live and free at www.facebook.com/ufc. (more…)
Story and photos by Ricardo Conde
Middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (46-2-2, 25 KOs) of Oxnard, CA, by way of Quilmes, Argentina, continues his preparations under the watchful eye of 2010’s ‘Trainer of the Year’ Gabriel Sarmiento at the World Crown Sports Training Center in Port Hueneme, CA. Sergio Martinez will step back into the ring on Saturday March 12th against undefeated junior middleweight champion Sergei Dzinziruk (37-0, 23 KOs) of Ukraine at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT which will be shown live on HBO’s ‘World Championship Boxing.’ (more…)
If you’re a parent, you didn’t envy Joe Stevenson in the aftermath of his knockout loss to Mac Danzig at UFC 124 last December. Sure, it’s easy to explain the ins and outs of the fight game to your children when things are going well, but what about when you have to let them know that despite being knocked out, you’re still okay? . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi. UFC.com
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Former WBA super welterweight champion Yuri Foreman and his new trainer Al Certo hosted a media workout today at Kingsway Gym in New York City. Foreman (28-1, 8 KOs) is deep in training for his comeback fight against Top-10 contender Pawel Wolak (28-1, 18 KOs). Foreman is one of the many fighters on the March 12 SHOWTIME PPV card from MGM Grand in Las Vegas with an amazing story of perseverance. In the last year, Foreman lost his WBA Super Welterweight World Championship, tore his ACL, had a child with his wife and lost his long time manager and friend, Murray Wilson. (more…)
European lightweight Champion John Murray heads to the capital and now headlines the York Hall on Saturday 2nd April. The unbeaten Manchester star makes the second defense of his title against the reigning Spanish champion Karim El Ouazghari from Barcelona. Murray follows the path of fellow Mancunian Ricky Hatton who topped the famous London boxing venue in 2000 on his way to super-stardom. “I’m really excited to be coming to London again and showing the fans that I’m the best talent around,” said the 27-year-old, who has not fought in the capital for more than four years. “There is always an electric atmosphere at York Hall, and it will be no different on April 2. It’s every fighter’s dream to headline at the home of London boxing, and I’ll be looking to put on a very special display for the fans. Hatton put on a devastating performance against Guiseppe Lauri when he fought at the York Hall, I was just a teenager at the time and remember watching it on TV and he had the fans rocking. “I want to do the same. I need to put in an explosive performance to keep on building my fan base because I want to be well supported all over the country, not just in Manchester, and I can promise that no one will go home disappointed.”
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Piotr Duszczyk/Ringpolska
Paweł Kołodziej (27-0, 16 KOs) and Polish cruiserweight and experienced Felix Cora, Jr (22-4, 12 KOs) met today in Warsaw’s Hilton hotel before their Saturday WBA International title fight during “Wojak Boxing Night” in Krynica Zdrój (Poland). Kołodziej is promoted by Andrew Wasilewski “KnockOut Promotions”, who invited to the Warsaw’s press conference as a special guest, his current WBC cruiserweight champion – Krzysztof Włodarczyk (44-2, 31 KOs), who on April 2 will defend his belt against mandatory challenger, Francisco Palacios (20-0, 13 KOs) from Puerto Rico. Click here for more photos…
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Photos by Alma Montiel/WBC
Today at a press conference in Mexico City, the details of the fight that will have the two most important figures of Mexican female boxing, Ana María “La Guerrera” Torres and Jackie “La Princesa Azteca” Nava were announced. Through the combined efforts of Zanfer Promotions, and HG Boxing, on April 16th at the Port of Veracruz, Ana Maria Torres and Jackie Nava will climb into the ring. For more details and photos click here…
By Andreas Hale
Miguel Cotto: “The trash talking doesn’t matter because the only way he can beat me is with his skills. He doesn’t doesn’t have skills, he’s just a brawler and I’m prepared for anything he can bring. We’re pretty sure we will beat him no matter what. We’re going to capitalize on a lot of his mistakes and I know he’s going to make mistakes in this fight.”
Emanuel Steward: “Nobody has had an easy fight with Mayorga. It’s always been a difficult fight until the end when he was exhausted. It could be difficult. But I feel that the way Miguel has been looking in training and with his shoulder healed that he will put on an excellent performance. I don’t see this fight going four rounds.”
Don King: “I think Ricardo will knockout Cotto. Case closed. He’ll do what he has to do because he wants Pacquiao.”
Ricardo Mayorga: “This is the fight where I impose my will so much that if I don’t beat Cotto by knockout and I beat him by decision, I don’t feel like I deserve a fight with Pacquiao…..(Miguel Cotto and Emanuel Steward) are both clowns and failures. After this fight I will prove that they are both failures. That’s all I have to say.”
By Pasi Taavitsainen
Super middleweight contender Piotr Wilczewski prepares for Friday’s European title clash against Amin Asikainen. The bout takes place at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland.
The word out of the Philippines is that WBO minimumweight champion Donnie Nietes (27-1-3, 15 KOs) will vacate his title very soon. Its also been said that he will possibly challenge for the WBO world title at 108 pounds in the summer as he moves up one weight class. Nietes has reigned as champion since 2007.
By Britt Freitag and Zach Young
Fight Night Champion is the closest thing you can experience to flat-out, brutal boxing action without actually toughing it through the punches. EA Sports continues to impress boxing fans around the world with smooth graphics and realistic action in the ring, all from the comfort of your own living room. Players have an enormous range when it comes to character selection, giving you the chance to pit legendary boxers such as Muhammad Ali, Julio Cesar Chavez, and Roberto Duran against current stars Wladamir and Vitali Klitschko, Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto. The game also hosts a create-your-own character feature with loads of customization, so although some fighters like Floyd Mayweather aren’t officially licensed to be in the game why not create your own Floyd to make Pacquiao-Mayweather happen on your own TV screen? (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
South Korean 122 pounder Jae Sung Lee (11-3-1, 7 KOs) outscored Filipino champion Ray Las Pinas (11-3-4, 6 KOs) over twelve rounds to capture the vacant IBF Pan Pacific jnr featherweight title in Seoul, South Korea on Sunday. The rangy 5.9″ Lee outworked the 5.5″ Las Pinas in round one but the aggressive Filipino got back into the fight as he connected with hard right hands and left hooks to the head of his opponent in rounds two and three. Lee stepped up a gear in round four, five and six to take charge of the bout but was on unsteady legs in rounds seven and eight when Las Pinas connected with right hand bombs to the head. The South Korean visibly hurt Las Pinas in the final rounds as he connected with accurate long range combinations to the head and body to win by majority decision by scores Won Tak Yoon 117-11, Rey Danseco 114-114, Wan Soo Yuh 115-113. (more…)
Catch the replay of Acosta vs. Rios on Showtime Extreme, tonight/Tuesday at 10:30pm ET/PT.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexicans David “The Destroyer” Lopez and Michel Rosales will do battle in a WBA welterweight championship eliminator on March 19 at the Gym UAT in Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico. The card was announced at a press conference by promoters Héctor García (HG Boxing) and Ernesto Caballero and Alejandro Barrenechea (Promociones Faja de Oro). The co-feature will be IBF female flyweight champion Arely Muciño defending her crown for the first time against Carolina “Fiera” Álvarez. In another bout, Tamaulipas prospect Sergio Torres, considered a serious prospect to win a world title, confronts Marlon “Rata ” Aguilar in a rematch. The event billed “Pegada Fulminante” will be televised in Mexico by Televisa Channel 5 on its traditional “Sabados de Corona” telecast.
Super bantamweight Rendall Munroe will return to action in April, in his first contest since challenging for the WBC title. Southpaw Munroe, 30, boxes a non-title eight rounder against a selected opponent at Houghton-le-Spring’s Rainton Meadows Arena on April 9. The Leicester binman proved he belonged in world class when he lost on points to Japanese superstar Toshiaki Nishioka last October. Munroe’s immediate aim is to regain the European crown he relinquished last year before mixing with the 122lb division’s big boys. Promoter Frank Maloney: “The European title is vacant right now, but if Rendall wins in April I hope that he will be made official challenger. Rendall proved he belonged in world class against Nishioka who is a very good champion and the WBC has kept him in their top five. I have no doubt that if Rendall can get another three good wins he will be get another world title fight.” In the main on the Sky Sports televised show, Darlington’s Stuey Hall (10-0-1) bids to win a Lonsdale belt outright when he risks his British bantamweight title against Liverpool’s John Donnelly (12-1)
After his impressive win over Genaro Trazancos last week in San Francisco, undefeated up and coming lightweight prospect Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (21-0-1, 11KOs) is more than ready to step up the level of competition. Having to face the overmatched Trazancos twice in less than twelve months because of a lack of willing opponents, the southpaw Gesta has a couple of fighters in his sights who he hopes to face off in a ring in the near future.
“I am ready for anybody. I would like to face Vicente Escobedo but I heard he might go down to 130 lbs.,” the twenty-three year old Gesta stated. “I would also like to face Luis Ramos. He is undefeated like me and I think our styles will match up for a great fight.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The possibility exists that WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire could fight WBA bantamweight world champion Anselmo ‘Chemito’ Moreno in a unification clash next. Sources report that Top Rank is interested in this bout for May 28th and staging it in Donaire’s backyard in the San Francisco Bay Area. Moreno had a pending defense against Lorenzo Parra for April 30 in Panama or Venezuela, but for various reasons has not been able to finalize this fight.
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Friday night at the Resorts Casino and Hotel, USBA junior middleweight champion Derek “Pooh” Ennis (22-2-1, 13KOs) will look to continue his rise to the top of the junior middleweight division when he squares off against the rugged Cuban southpaw Giorbis Barthelemy (24-8-2, 9KOs) in the ten round main event of the evening.
Ennis recently defended the USBA title the USBA title with a scintillating twelve round majority decision victory over fellow Philadelphian “King” Gabriel Rosado (16-5, 9KOs). The win catapulted Ennis to number nine in the IBF ratings and things were looking up for the USBA champ and rising junior middleweight sensation. Ennis was ready to face the top brass of the junior middleweight division. However things are not always as it may seem as fights against top opponents have fallen out during negotiations. (more…)
By Jose Santiago
Last Friday night during the Georgia Boxing Championship card in Atlanta GA, promoters Greg Barckhoff of Sportsfan Properties along with Shea Bailey of Shea Bailey Promotions honored ring announcer Henry “Discombobulating” Jones with a lifetime achievement award. Jones is often seen across the country at different fight cards announcing. He as been seen on USA Tuesday Night Fights, ESPN and HBO over the past 21 years. He was the first ring announcer at Radio City Music Hall, has announced in Madison Square Garden, Trump Taj Mahal, Constitution Hall, Philly’s Blue Horizon, and other famous venues. He has received Mayoral Proclamations from Washington DC, Maryland, and NY for being the “first prominent African-American Ring Announcer in history. He was recently inducted into the Washington DC Boxing Hall of Fame, the only ring announcer ever to be so honored. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Jose Antonio “Jaguar” Aguirre has decide to hang up the gloves after his ninth round TKO loss to countryman and WBC light flyweight Champion Gilberto Keb Baas on Saturday. The 35-year-old Aguirre closes the curtain on a 16-year career that saw him fight some of the best boxers in the strawweight and light-flyweight class. Aguirre’s best success was in the strawweight division, where he reigned as WBC 105lb champion for over three years from 2000-2003 and defended his title nine times. During his golden years, Aguirre racked up a 31-1-1 record. He was less successful as a light-flyweight, losing title bids for the WBA, IBF and WBC crowns. Jose Antonio Aguirre retires with a final tally of 35-10-1 with 21 KOs.
In the history of professional boxing there has never been a division as much dominated by German fighters as the middleweight division right now. With Felix Sturm (WBA), Sebastian Sylvester (IBF) and Sebastian Zbik (WBC) there are three reigning world middleweight champions from Germany, and a fourth man is only waiting for his chance to get a shot at a title: IBF intercontinental champion Benjamin Simon will face Australia’s “King” Sam Soliman on April 1st in Berlin in an IBF Elimination fight for the #2 spot and a possible shot against Sylvester. “My goal is very simple: I want to fight for a world title this year and I want to become world champion,” states Simon. (more…)
Earlier today, Golden Boy Promotions Boxers Randy Caballero and Vicente Escobedo showed the media they are ready for Friday’s showdown against separate opponents at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. Both fighters train with the Diaz brothers at the Indio Boys & Girls Club gym. Speaking to broadcast television affiliates and to newspaper writers, main event contender Vicente Escobedo said, “This feels really good, to be in the main event. I’m ready and I hope my opponent is ready.” He’s fighting Walter Estrada of Columbia in a 10-round lightweight bout.” For more details and photos click here…
Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer Boxing
WBC lightweight champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (54-7-2, 32 KOs) left Monday for Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico where he will face Fidel Monterrosa (25-2, 19 KOs) in a non-title ten-rounder at the Palenque Tepic. Soto is accompanied by trainers Romulo Quirarte and Romulo Quirarte Jr., Dr. Roman Cruz and manager Antonio Lozada. Soto has promised a great performance and overwhelming win. “I know he will enter the ring better prepared than last time because he wants his revenge, he wants to beat the world champion and I have to keep winning because there are some very important fights coming in my career,” said Soto.
Also on the card is super flyweight Juan Alberto “Topo” Rosas (32-6, 26 KOs) in his first fight since losing the title to Cristian Mijares last December. Rosas meets experienced former world title challenger Everardo “Zihua” Morales (34-15-2, 23 KOs).
Both fights are rematches with Soto and Rosas both winning the first fights by decision.
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