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By Christopher P. Cook
Local middleweight favorite Quinton Willis (6-1-1, 3 KOs) takes on “Silky” Wilky Campfort (6-1-0, 4 KOs) in a match-up of Florida prospects. Willis is looking to reverse his fortune at the Tampa Westshore DoubleTree Hotel, as he is coming off two less than stellar performances. Willis’s last match ended in a majority decision win over a 2-8 fighter, and he lost the match prior to that. “Silky” Wilky has won five in a row, and looks to continue his winning ways over Willis. (more…)
DiBella Entertainment’s “Broadway Boxing” series returns on February 9 to the B.B. King Blues Club in the heart of Times Square in New York City. The card will feature popular unbeaten jr welterweight Gabriel Bracero (13-0, 1 KO) and unbeaten light heavyweight Mark Tucker (14-0, 7 KOs) in separate bouts. Opponents will be named.
By Ron Jackson
One of the legends of the South African ring Nkosana “Happyboy’ Mgxaji passed away in Durban on Thursday. He was 61. Happyboy was probably the best of the many outstanding fighters from the Eastern Cape. He was certainly one of the best South African boxers who never won a world title. Mgxaji had lost only once in 73 fights when, at the age of 30, he challenged Samuel Serrano of Puerto Rico for the WBA junior lightweight title. (more…)
Photo: Michael Lopez
Today former world title challenger Rey ‘Boom Boom’ Bautista (29-2, 22 KOs) of the Philippines weighed in at 124 pounds and his opponent Alejandro Barrera (21-4, 14 KOs) of Mexico 125 1/2 pounds in Cebu City, Philippines. The weight will limit for the 10 round main event rematch is the featherweight limit of 126 pounds. The bout will take place this Saturday in Cebu City at the Waterfront Hotel & Casino and be promoted by ALA Boxing Promotions.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Puerto Rican referee Roberto Ramirez will be the third man in the ring when Mexican challenger Jesus Jimenez (31-6, 22 KOs) and Venezuelan challenger Jean Piero Perez (17-3-1, 13 KOs) meet at Arena Coliseo de Guadalajara, Jalisco on Saturday for the vacant WBA interim flyweight title. The three judges are Gustavo Padilla (Panama), Uriel Aguilera (Colombia) and Carla Caiz (U.S). The fight supervisor is Miguel Prado (Panama).
2010 was supposed to be the biggest year in sports for the name, Cowboy. In Dallas, NFL owner Jerry Jones, who is the pied piper of the name, built a stadium so large that the world had to bow down to Cowboy blue. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on who you talk to) although the stadium will host the 2011 Super Bowl, his ‘boys will not do battle within it on that February day . . . Click here for more by Rhett Butler, UFC
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By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
WBO junior middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk (37-0, 23 KOs) spoke to Fightnews.com about his upcoming fight against WBC middleweight champion emeritus Sergio Martinez (46-2-2, 25 KOs) on March 12 at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut. The winner will get the WBC Diamond belt.
Camp Location: Preparation for the fight goes as we had planned, in Los Angeles. I am in training camp the second week. I’m working with a new trainer – James (Buddy) McGirt. He is an excellent trainer who has trained boxers like Antonio Tarver, Arturo Gatti, Nate Campbell, Vernon Forrest and Paul Malignaggi. In the past he was a great champion and in working with him I’ve received a lot that is useful to myself. He knows how to win big fights and Buddy will help me get recognition in America. Before this time I trained in Kiev, Ukraine. I’ve adapted to the time zones perfectly. I feel good. (more…)
By Peter Lim at ringside
Photo: Peter Lim
Featherweight Miguel Flores, 8-0 ( 5 KOs), returned from a six-month layoff due to a knuckle injury to stop previously undefeated Rheno Nieto, 2-1 (2 KOs), in the fourth round at the Houston Club. Flores, 18, mercilessly zeroed in on the torso with left hooks and straight rights from the opening bell, while Nieto, 21, ferociously returned fire with both fists. Seconds before the end of the first round, Nieto caught Flores with a right to the head that stopped him in his tracks. A crunching left hook to the ribcage dropped Nieto to a knee in the second round. Nieto beat the count, and although visibly still hurt, he gamely fought Flores off and survived the round. Flores continued to viciously pummel to the body in the third, and by the fourth Nieto was completely depleted and fighting on guts alone. After two more knockdowns courtesy of body punches, referee Gary Simon mercifully called a halt to the bout. The fight was staged by Savarese Boxing Promotions. (more…)
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Sam Cohen, Reynaldo Sanchez
Walk into the Heavyweight Factory gym in Hollywood FL. and you will see the words BLOOD, SWEAT, NO FEAR inked in large block letters along the north interior wall. Today that motto appears especially appropriate with the ongoing training camp of WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Angel Cotto (35-2, 28 KOs).
Miguel is a boxer with the heart of a warrior. His epic battles against the best of the junior welterweight, welterweight and light middleweight divisions prove he leaves his all in the ring.
He leaves a lot of his heart with people outside the ring too. That’s because Cotto spends his time, energy and resources helping his fellow Puerto Ricans through two organizations. The first is “Miguel Cotto Promotions”: a boxing promotional joint venture with Héctor Soto and H2 Entertainment. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
In a poor excuse for a “world” title fight Gideon Buthelezi won the IBO junior flyweight belt when he beat Hekkie Budler on a split decision at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, on Thursday night. Judges Ace Makaluza (SA) and Matteo Montella (Italy) scored it 118-114 and 115-113 for Buthelezi and judge Lulama Mtya (SA) had it 117-113 for Budler. (more…)
Over 10,000 fans are expected for the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr vs. Billy Lyell showdown at the Banorte Soccer Stadium here in Culiacan. Advance sales have been very strong. Hundreds of fans have watched Chavez Jr and Lyell at their workouts during the week. Freddie Roach, chief trainer of Chavez Jr., has taken pictures with fight fans and has signed hundreds of autographs.
The Top Rank Live! broadcast will begin 9:30 pm eastern with a preview show on Fox DePortes. The opening bout will be Saul Roman of Culiacan against Michael Medina of Monterrey, Mexico. Chavez Jr., 41-0-1, of Culiacan will defend his WBC Silver Middleweight title belt against Lyell, 22-8-0, of Youngstown, Ohio.
Photo: Tom Barnes/Tomba Images
David Diaz 137.5 vs. Robert Frankel 136
Andrzej Fonfara 175 vs. Adam Jaco 173
Jaime Herrera 146 vs. Alex DeLeon 145
Genaro Mendez 139 vs. Keandre Gibson 140
Anton Novikov 149 vs. Dashon Johnson 150
Achour Esho 148 vs. Corey Rodriguez 148
Ramiro Carrillo 141.5 vs. Clifford McPherson 143
Aslanbek Kozaev 142.5 vs. Hector Alatorre 142
Venue: UIC Pavilion, Chicago
Promoter: 8 Count Productions
Doors 7pm, First Bell 8pm
Photo credit: Craig Bennett/Goossen Tutor
Chris Arreola 249.6 vs. Joey Abell 236.6
Mike Dallas Jr 139.8 vs. Josesito Lopez 140
Shawn Estrada 167 vs. Jon Schmidt 161.6
Joseph Elegele 142.8 vs. Manuel Aguilar 140.2
Matthew Villanueva 114.8 vs. Jose Luis Cardenas 115
Kevin Hoskins 129.2 vs. Ramon Flores 129.2
Venue: Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California
Promoter: Goossen Tutor
Photo: Carlos Baeza/Thompson Boxing
The final press conference for “The Super Fight” featuring undefeated 140-pound world champions Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (26-0, 11 KOs), from North Palm Springs, Calif., and Devon Alexander “The Great” (21-0, 13 KOs), from St. Louis, was held Thursday at the Motor City Casino in Detroit. This world championship unification match will take place on Saturday at the Silverdome in Pontiac. (more…)
Devon Alexander and Timothy Bradley’s final press conference on Thursday at the Motor City Casino in Detroit. Alexander fights Bradley in a world jr. welterweight unification bout at the SIlverdome in Pontiac, Michigan on Saturday.
By Felipe Leon at the scale
Photo: Felipe Leon
Charles Huerta 123.6 vs. Raul Hirales Jr 124
Gary Russell Jr 127 vs. Feider Viloria 126.8
Bastie Samir 163.4 vs. Loren Myers 167.8
Anthony Martinez 142.8 vs. Carlos Musquez 145.8
Manuel Robles 140 vs. David Morales 139.8
Amaris Quintana 108 vs. Blanca Raymundo 110
Venue: Four Points Sheraton Hotel, San Diego
Promoter: Golden Boy
Photos by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, is looking forward to his homecoming this Saturday in Culiacan, Mexico and Billy Lyell is looking forward to playing the spoiler in the main event of “Top Rank Live” that will be televised by Fox Deportes from the Banorte Soccer Stadium. “I have not fought at home since 2006 and I am really excited about this fight. I want to show everyone that I am ready to fight for a World Championship and to do that, I need to look great against Billy Lyell a tough guy who has fought a world title and was the first man to defeat John Duddy,” said Chavez Jr, today during the final press conference. For more details and photos click here…
Photos and report by Bob Ryder
Timothy Bradley and Devon Alexander met the media today in Detroit for the final time prior to their fight at the Pontiac Silverdome on Saturday night. Not surprisingly both had little to say except that they were ready and anxious to show who is the boss at 140 pounds, feeling that time for talk is over.
Devon Alexander looking very loose and relaxed stated, “I’m at 120%, this is what I’ve been waiting for since I was seven years old.”
Tim Bradley was very serious throughout the entire proceedings and with his game face already on was very brief in his comments. “I’m ready to fight” was his simple statement.
For more details and photos click here…
Dee Lee Promotions, Inc., in association with Resorts Casino Hotel present ‘The Next Generation,’ a historic evening of boxing showcasing several of the sport’s greatest blood-lines as the sons of George Foreman, Dave Tiberi and Bruce Seldon step into the ring on March 4 in Atlantic City in the new Resorts’ inaugural boxing event. USBA junior middleweight champion Derek ‘Pooh’ Ennis, (22-2-1, 13 KOs) is slated to fight a 10-rounder in the main event. Heavyweight George ‘Monk’ Foreman (10-0, 9 KOs), featherweight Joey Tiberi (2-1, 2 KOs) and super middleweight Isiah Seldon (3-0, 1 KO), as well as cruiserweight Jaywon Woods (8-1-1, 5 KOs), son of former heavyweight contender Darrol Wilson, also will be featured. It remains to be seen if the sons will match the storied past of their famous fathers, but all dads are planning to be ringside on March 4 to support their pugilistic progeny. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., with the first bout slated for 8:00 p.m. Tickets go on sale at noon on Feb. 5, 2011 and are priced at $40, $55, $75, and $100. Call 1-856-692-1206.
By Felipe Leon
Boxing returns with a bang to “America’s Finest City” San Diego, CA, when Golden Boy Promotions and Jorge Marron Productions return to the Four Points Sheraton Hotel to present “Test of Courage” televised by spanish language Telefutura’s weekly boxing series “Solo Boxeo Tecate” this Friday night, January 28th. In the eight round main event, highly touted featherweight Charles Huerta (16-1, 9KOs) makes the short trek south from Paramount, CA, to take on the undefeated Raul Hirales Jr (11-0-1, 7KOs) of La Paz, MX.
Since his only loss back in ’09, Huerta has strung together six consecutive wins including a sixth round KO of Jonathan Arias and in his last bout last December, a unanimous decision over Arturo Camargo. Hirales, who usually fights as a super bantamweight. has not faced opponents as strong as Huerta, with his toughest competition to date being Tijuana’s Fernando “Ferocito” Vargas who he fought to a draw late last year. (more…)
Three-time world champion “Ferocious” Fernando Vargas has announced that he is launching Vargas Entertainment Promotions (VEP) and promises to bring in some of the top boxers in the nation. Rumor has it that the 33-year-old may give the company a jump start by returning to the ring himself. In any event, “El Feroz” will be honored with his very own star on the “Las Vegas Walk of Fame” tomorrow at a press conference at the Palms Casino Resort. “I look forward to sharing my announcement with the world and bringing back the real definition of traditional boxing to the world thru VEP,” said Vargas.
Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
An apparent dispute involving the promoter and the International Boxing Federation has forced yet another postponement of a title-elimination fight between Sacramento light heavyweight Otis Griffin (23-6-2) and Yusaf Mack (28-3-2) of New York. Originally, the top-10 IBF contenders were supposed to fight Jan. 7 in Minneapolis, Minn., with the victor to challenge champion Tavoris Cloud. Severe weather, however, delayed the scheduled 12-rounder to Feb. 4 and to a new venue in Bloomington, Minn. Now the fight is up in the air once more, according to Griffin, because of differences between Tony Grygelko of Seconds Out Promotions and the sanctioning IBF.
Griffin would like to see the fight take place by March and switch to California. “Who knows?” he said of the specific reasons behind the newest snag.. “But I do have a contract to fight Mack when this is resolved.” Griffin, a correctional officer out of the ring, blamed a contract dispute for rejecting a direct chance to face Cloud for the 175-pound title late last year.
Christy Martin is training at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas to get set for her match against Dakota Stone on the Cotto vs. Mayorga Pay Per View event at the MGM Grand on March 12. …Miguel Diaz is the chief trainer for Christy….
Hot prospect Jesse Magdaleno of Las Vegas returns to the ring Feb 26, going onto the Miguel Acosta vs. Brandon Rios fight title card at The Palms Hotel Casino in Las Vegas. Jesse will box in a four round featherweight bout. Showtime will broadcast the main event.
World champions Juan Manuel Lopez, Michael Carbajal and Fernando Vargas were the Top Rank Live! event last Saturday at the Texas Station Gambling Hall & Casino in Las Vegas. Carbajal, the great champion from Phoenix, was there to take his first look at Jose Benavidez, the unbeaten prospect from Phoenix.
Happy birthday to Fightnews.com feature writer Ricardo Conde.
The Son of the Legend, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., will be featured on a 30-minute preview show before he takes Billy Lyell on Fox Deportes on Saturday, January 29 in Culiacan, Mexico. Highlights of previous Chavez Jr fights, including his victory over Irish John Duddy, and training footage will be on the preview show which was produced by Marty Corwin, Director of TV Production for Top Rank. The preview show will begin at 9:30 pm eastern as a prelude to the main event. Chavez Jr., 41-0-1, 30 KOs, of Culiacan, will take on Lyell, 22-8-0, 4 KOs, of Youngstown, Ohio at 10 pm eastern/10 pm pacific. The bout will be at the Banorte Soccer Stadium in Culiacan.
Fightnews.com is sad to inform the boxing community that longtime photographer Roger Williams passed away yesterday in Phoenix, Ariz. Williams, 69 or 76, depending on the source, was part of the Fightnews team for many years, and had been a familiar face at ringside for over 20 years. He was also a UPI, Washington Post and White House photographer. Services for Williams are pending.
Paul McCloskey’s promoter Barry Hearn accused Amir Khan of using his fighter to get a cheap world title defence after closing the book on their deal to fight in Manchester. McCloskey and Khan were in negotiations to fight for Amir’s WBA Light-Welterweight belt at the MEN Arena on April 16 but with both parties failing to agree on terms for the fight, the 31 year-old will now turn his attention to his next fight. McCloskey’s promoter Barry Hearn said that Khan’s offer was “totally derisory” to his fighter, after the 24 year-old Bolton man and his people refused to budge on ticket sales commission and pay-per-view revenue shares. Hearn said that McCloskey would be a big ticket seller for the fight and he would also push pay-per-view sales in Northern Ireland and Ireland, but that Khan was unwilling to offer a fair share of money largely driven by McCloskey’s presence.
“Amir Khan lives in America and wants to earn a living popping over here and underpaying British fighters,” said Hearn. “The deals placed on the table were an insult to Paul, an undefeated fighter and a European champion. Amir cannot fight himself, and I’m afraid you have to pay opponents to step in the ring with you, and pay them fairly.” (more…)
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and mandatory challenger Odlanier Solis participated yesterday in a press conference at LANXESS Arena in Cologne, Germany to announce their fight on March 19. The arena is the home field of the Cologne Sharks ice hockey team. “Solis is an Olympic gold medalist, therefore I give him respect,” stated Klitschko. “He’s a very good and strong fighter. I like that because it means it is going to be a tough fight. But he is lacking experience and that is why I will knock him out. It is going to be a real battle. But there is no doubt that I will leave the ring still as world champion.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA lightweight world champion Miguel “Aguacerito” Acosta met the pre-weight requirement in Caracas, Venezuela, one month ahead of his first defense of the world belt on February 26 at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas, against Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios. Under the supervision of the National boxing chief Nicolás Hidalgo and accompanied “Aguacerito” scaled in at exactly 145.20 pounds. “I respect Brandon Rios,” said Acosta. “I have no problem with having the fans on his side, because I’m used to that. But the fans won’t be in the ring that night, it’ll just be me and Rios. He’s a tough fighter and I hope it will be a great fight for boxing. We’re relying on our physical condition.”
Photo courtesy Gary Hyde
WBA interim super bantamweight champion Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux (7-0, 5 KOs) has been cleared to enter Ireland. A previous press conference for his March 19 clash with Willie Casey (11-0, 7 KOs) was cancelled due to Rigondeaux visa difficulties. However the press event has been rescheduled for Monday in Thomond Park, Limerick, Ireland and the champion will be on hand. Click here for more photos.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: Marcelino Castillo
The vacant WBA interim flyweight title will be on the line on Saturday night in Guadalajara, Mexico, when Jean Piero Perez (17-3-1, 13 KOs) meets Jesus Jimenez (31-6, 22 KOs) in a scheduled twelve rounder at the Arena Coliseo, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. The co-feature is a WBA super bantamweight eliminator between Mexican Victor “Vikingo” Terrazas (28-2-1, 16 KOs) and former WBA interim bantamweight titlist Nehomar Cermeño (20-2, 12 KOs).
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