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Two time world champion Michael Katsidis is one step closer to his dream of bringing a world title fight down under with his Manager/Trainer Brendon Smith today confirming that they have issued a challenge to Mexican world champion Miguel Vazquez. “The call was made last night to Vazquez’s people to let them know our intentions with the fight. Both camps know how good a fight this is,” Smith said.”
Vazquez is no stranger to big name fights as he won a split decision over Breidis Prescott (the only man to beat world champion Amir Khan) and more recently took the scalp of Australia’s own Lenny Zappavigna, but none of this worries Katsidis. “Kevin Mitchell also beat Breidis Prescott, and I KO’d him in three rounds,” Katsidis said. “This will be a huge fight for the Australian people, I would love nothing more than to bring a world class fighter like Vazquez to Australia. It will be great to repay the favour for beating my Aussie mate.” (more…)
Tony Bellew has stepped in to face big rival Nathan Cleverly this Saturday at The O2 in London. Bellew, 28, will challenge for Cleverly’s WBO light heavyweight title after Braehmer was stripped of the title and the Welshman installed as champion. Following yesterday’s events when Braehmer pulled out of his fight against Cleverly by failing to arrive in London and then later claiming a cut eye, promoter Frank Warren has been searching for an opponent for Cleverly. Bellew, the current Commonwealth Champion, registered his interest straight away by posting on social-networking sites that he wanted the fight against Cleverly. (more…)
By Chris Davis at ringside
Photos: John Booz
Middleweight contender Andy Lee (25-1, 19 KOs) pounded out a ten round unanimous decision over veteran Alex “The Technician” Bunema (31-8-2, 17 KOs) on Wednesday night at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. Lee prevailed by scores of 100-90 on all cards. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (42-0-1 ,30 KOs) will have the opportunity to fight for the WBC Middleweight Title as he takes on world champion Sebastian Zbik (30-0, 10 KOs) of Germany on June 4 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. This will be the third fight for Chavez Jr. under famed trainer Freddie Roach. The two hooked up last year in June before Chavez’ twelve round unanimous decision over John Duddy at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, followed by a ten round unanimous decision over Billy Lyell in Culiacan Sinaloa Mexico this past January.
“Against Duddy he was not a complete fighter, for the last fight we had against Lyell we only had three weeks to prepare and this time we have more time to prepare, he is much better now in terms of technique,” Roach told Fightnews.com on working with Chavez Jr. in preparation for his upcoming title bout. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero at Puebla
The afternoon of this Wednesday in San Martín Texmelucan, Puebla, Mexico the WBA miniumweight world champion the Mexican, Samuel Gutierrez and challenger to the crown, Nicaraguan, Juan Palacios, and other boxing stars as Jorge “Maromero” Paez Jr., the WBC Golden Belt champion Jose “Piston” Lopez, WBC the silver king Oscar “ceviche” Ibarra, among other stellar made public training.
The Boxing Night event is sponsored by Promociones del Pueblo, sponsored by Grupo Modelo and broadcast by Televisa, in his “Saturday Corona” and expected a strong participation of local fans. (more…)
Photos and story by Ricardo Conde
Super bantamweight Charles Huerta (16-2, 9 KOs) of Paramount, California will headlines this Friday May 20th as he takes on world ranked contender Christopher ‘S.D. Kid’ Martin (21-0-2, 6 KOs) of Chula Vista, California in a 10-round super bantamweight bout at the Hangar at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, California on latest edition of ‘Fight Club OC’ which will be shown live on Telefutura’s ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate.’ In the co-feature bout, super featherweight Ronny Rios (13-0, 6 KOs) of Santa Ana, California takes on Georgi Kevlishvili (12-1, 3 KOs) of Russia, which will also be televised and is being presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Roy Englebrecht Promotions. (more…)
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Photos by Marianne Müller
WBA Middleweight Champion Felix Sturm (32 2-1, 15 KOs) and hard-hitting challenger Matthew Macklin (28 2, 19 KOs) met for the first time today at the opening press conference in advance of their June 25 world title clash at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany. Both fighters displayed confidence and promised a victory, but showed respect for each other as well. (more…)
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By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
They both threw the same punch, but it was Bernard Hopkins who got off first at today’s final press conference in advance of Saturday’s rematch between The Executioner and WBC Champion Jean Pascal set for the Bell Centre in Montreal.
For all the talk leading into the fight, each combatant uttered just three words each after taking the microphone, “Enjoy the Fight.” The usually talkative Hopkins took to the stage first and after uttering death threats in previous outings, kept it short and sweet with the, “Enjoy the fight,” greeting.
Pascal who had demanded drug testing of Hopkins in their initial press conference to announce the fight was also a man of few words matched the 46 year-old fighter word for word when called upon to speak.
When fielding questions from the media, Hopkins when asked about his legacy, again stuck to the same three-word combination, “Enjoy the fight,” at which point both fighters beat a hasty retreat to the exits.
Promoter Don King will bring Devon Alexander “The Great” (21-1, 13 KOs) back to the St. Louis area on June 25 to face a significant test in his hometown from noted Argentine knockout artist and WBO #3 ranked contender Lucas Matthysse (28-1, 26 KOs) at The Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo.
King will support the Alexander-Matthysse main event with a history-making fight card that will mark the first time four world championships have been presented in Missouri during a single event.
Undefeated International Boxing Federation light heavyweight champion Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud (21-0, 18 KOs) will defend his title against IBF #1-ranked mandatory challenger Yusaf “Mack Attack” Mack (29-3-2, 26 KOs); rising heavyweight Bermane “B-Ware” Stiverne (20-1-1, 19 KOs), will square off in a WBC heavyweight elimination bout opposing Ray “The Rainman” Austin (28-5-4, 18 KOs); WBA cruiserweight champion Guillermo “El Felino” Jones (37-3-2, 29 KOs) will meet undefeated WBC USNBC titleholder Ryan “The Irish Outlaw” Coyne (16-0, 6 KOs) and IBF junior middleweight champion Cornelius “K9” Bundrage (30-4, 18 KOs) will defend his title against IBF #1-ranked mandatory challenger Sechew Powell. (more…)
Alex Bunema 158 vs. Andy Lee 160
(NABA/NABF middleweight titles)
Yakubu Amidu 132 vs. Damon Antoine 134
Henry Coyle 161 vs. Keith Collins 160
Russell Fiore 136 vs. Aaron Lucky 142
Felix Abner 226 vs Keon Graham 234
George Esho 136.5 vs Nalo Leal 136.5
Ramon Valenzuela 159 vs. TBA
David Latoria 230 vs. Phillip Jewel 213
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois
Promoter: Hitz Boxing
Photo courtesy of Peter Frutkoff / www.PeterFrutkoff.com
Award-winning boxing writer and SHOWTIME television announcer Steve Farhood was the guest speaker at Tuesday’s Ring 8 meeting at the Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City. Farhood spoke to the attendees about his lists for “Top 10 All Time Heavyweights” and his “Top 10 Fighters of All Time.” Afterwards, there was an energetic discussion by the audience on his picks. Pictured is promoter Tommy Gallagher, Ring 8 spokesperson Tony Mazzarella, Farhood, and Ring 8 President Bob Duffy. RING 8 is a non-profit organization dedicated to lending a helping hand to those in the boxing community who are less fortunate. Visit www.Ring8ny.com for more information.
Frank Warren has branded WBO light heavyweight champion Jurgen Braehmer “unprofessional” and a “disgrace” after he pulled out of Saturday’s clash with Nathan Cleverly. “Braehmer was due to fly into the UK on Tuesday,” explained the promoter. “We got a call saying that he had missed his flight, but would land in the UK on Wednesday at 12pm. We sent a car to pick him up from the airport, but he didn’t show up. I then read on the internet that he has a cut and won’t be fighting. We then found out that his team had emailed their hotel at 8:30am on Wednesday morning and cancelled their rooms. Neither Braehmer nor his promoters have picked up the phone and had the decency to explain to me what is going on. He is completely unprofessional, and the WBO should impose the ultimate sanction, which is to strip him of his title. It’s one of the most unprofessional things I have seen in my time in boxing. It’s a complete joke, an utter disgrace.”
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten Japanese banger Ryo Akaho (16-0-2, 10 KOs), 115, impressively acquired the vacant OPBF super-flyweight belt as he floored previously unbeaten Australian champ Fred Mandraby (12-1-1, 6 KOs), 112.5, four times before his corner didn’t allow him to go on after the fifth round on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. Prior to the stoppage Akaho was widely leading on points: scoring referee Pinit Prayadsab (Thailand) and judge Frank Hadley (Australia) both 50-41, and judge Yuji Fukuchi (Japan) 49-42, all in the aggressive Akaho’s favor. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Colombian referee Uriel Aguilera will be the third man in the ring when Mexican WBA interim miniumweight champion Samuel Gutierrez (27-5-2, 18 KOs) defends against Nicaraguan Former World (27-3, 21 KOs) at San Martín Texmelucan de Labastida, Puebla, Mexico on Saturday. The three judges are Ignacio Robles (Panama) , Jayson Garcia (USA) and Sergio Caiz (USA). The fight Supervisor is Miguel Prado(Panama).
WBO light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer will not be able to defend his title against interim titlist Nathan Cleverly on Saturday in London after a cut suffered in training reopened on Tuesday. Braehmer will not be traveling to London today as scheduled.
Cleverly is still planning to fight a late substitute on Saturday night. Promoter Frank Warren is seeking to have the WBO strip Braehmer of the belt and have Cleverly elevated to full championship status.
This is the third straight fight Braehmer has pulled out of. First he pulled out of a July 2010 defense against Alejandro Lakatus in Schwein, Germany, citing a back injury. Then in January he pulled out of a title unification clash with WBA champ Beibut Shumenov in Kazakhstan after allegedly falling ill.
By Rick Scharmberg
Unbeaten Derrick Webster (7-0, 5 KOs), of Glassboro, NJ will face Louis Robinson (2-3-1, 1 KO), of Philadelphia, PA in the six round light heavyweight main event on Saturday, June 4 at the Hamilton Manor in Hamilton Township, NJ. In the co-feature, Philadelphia’s Charles Hayward (6-2, 2 KOs) takes on William Chouloute (1-3, 1 KO), of Chicago, IL in a six round super middleweight bout. Nedal Promotions is presenting the scheduled eight-bout show. (more…)
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Former WBO super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. will rest for one month and then start training gradually with the intention to return to a ten-rounder and then look for a title bout at 122 pounds in 2012 without ruling out a rematch with his conqueror Jorge ‘Travieso’ Arce as announced his trainer and father Wilfredo Vazquez.
Super prospect Jose Pedraza (2-0, 2 KOs) will fight on the June 10 “Boricua Invasion” show in New York City against Tomi Archambul (1-1) in a six rounder that and in all probability will be opening the ESPN2 telecast.
By Joe Koizumi
Teiken Promotions, presided by Hall of Famer promoter Akihiko Honda, announced on Monday that three boxers under its wing would fight abroad in the US and Mexico. Newly crowned WBA super-bantam champ Akifumi Shimoda (23-2-1, 10 KOs) will risk his belt against unbeaten mandatory challenger Rico Ramos (19-0, 10 KOs) in Atlantic City, NJ, on July 9. Shimoda, a fast-punching southpaw, dethroned Ryol-li Lee by dropping him three times this January, and will make his initial defense there. For more details and photos click here…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum told the LA Times that Juan Manuel Marquez has signed to fight Manny Pacquiao for a third time on November 12 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Golden Boy Promotions has the contractual right to match any offer to Marquez through next February, however, and Arum told the Times that Golden Boy has not yet issued its “approval and consent” for the fight to go ahead.
By Francisco Salazar
Middleweight king and one of the best fighters in the world today Sergio Martinez will return to the ring in early October, promoter Lou DiBella told Fightnews.com. Martinez has been penciled in to fight the winner of the Sebastian Zbik-Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. world title bout, which will take place on June 4th at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. DiBella is looking at three different venues to host the fight, depending on the fighter who wins the bout or against Marco Antonio Rubio. Last month, Rubio stopped hard-hitting middleweight David Lemieux in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, in a title eliminator bout.
Sampson Lewkowicz, advisor to Martinez, confirmed that the bout will take place in Connecticut should Zbik come out victorious next month. “Zbik has verbally accepted an offer to fight Martinez should he beat Chavez,” Lewkowicz told Fightnews.com. “If Chavez wins, then the WBC will dictate who he will fight.” (more…)
Photos and report by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
The arrival of world champion Thomas Rojas and his challenger, Juan José Montes caused a great uproar in the community of Tuxtla Gutiérrez. Rojas (35-12-1, 23 KOs) will be making the second defense of his WBC super flyweight title against Montes (19-1-1, 12 KOs) next Saturday, May 21st in what will be the opening of the brand new Metropolitan Arena in Chiapas, Mexico. The event is presented by Zanfer in coordination with the government of Chiapas and will be broadcast by TV Azteca and Fox Sports. Click here for more photos…
The WBO announced today the names of the officials who will work this Saturday in the light heavyweight title bout between champion Juergen Braehmer and interim titlist Nathan Cleverly, to be held at O2 Arena in London, England. WBO president, Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel reported that for this match the referee will be Mark Nelson, from Minnesota, while the judges are Minnesota’s Denny Nelson, Carlos Ortiz, from New York and Cesar Ramos, from Puerto Rico. This will be the second title defense for Braehmer (36-2, 29 KOs). Cleverly’s record is unbeaten 21-0, 10 KOs. WBO Supervisor for this fight will be John Duggan. Also on this card, Frank Gavin (9-0, 8 KOs) and Young Mutley (29-5, 14 KOs) will fight for the WBO Inter-Continental vacant title.
Award-winning boxing writer and television announcer Steve Farhood and “Light’s Out” star Holt McCallany are the speakers this Tuesday (May 17th) for the monthly RING 8 meeting at the historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City. In addition, 2011 New York Golden Gloves Tournament finalists who were unable to attend last month’s RING 8 meeting will be in attendance as honorary RING 8 members throughout this year. (more…)
Impressions of the Press Conference with Pro-Boxers Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye in Hamburg.
The Super Six World Boxing Class Semifinals continue on June 4 with a critical bout between Carl “The Cobra” Froch and the latest addition to the tournament of elite super middleweights, Glen Johnson.
Last week WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal and future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins held international media conference calls to discuss their world championship rematch on Saturday at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Their first fight, which took place December 18, 2010, ended in a controversial majority draw. Here’s the official transcript for both calls. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBA female super-fly champ Tsunami Tenkai (18-3, 7 KOs), 114, looked so impressive as she made her fourth defense by lopsidedly battering Petchsairoong Lookisaikongdin (13-10), 112.25, of Thailand, dropped the challenger with a flurry of punches in the second session and finally stopped the Thailander at 1:25 of the third session in a scheduled ten-rounder on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican super featherweight prospect Salvador Sanchez II is accelerating his training in Mexico City in preparation for a return to the ring on May 28 against a TBA. Sanchez trains daily in the Pino Suarez Gym with trainer Rudy Perez in pursuit of higher learning and developing a Mexican style for his boxing future. He travels daily from Toluca to Mexico City going one hour each way. (more…)
Photos: Team Tarver
Yesterday Antonio Tarver and Danny Green had their first press conference at the Sydney Entertainment Center, site of their July 20 IBF cruiser clash billed as “Judgment Day.” Both fighters were very respectful to each other, but also very confident about victory.
Antonio Tarver: “This is a big fight for both of us. I know he’s tough and not going to let me just walk in his backyard and take the title without making a strong showing for himself. I have to take it from him and I don’t expect the fight to go the distance. I’m not planning on going 12 rounds with this fight. I want to get him out early, because 12 rounds with Danny Green is a lot of work and he has knockout power. I have no plans being on Danny Green’s resume as a lost. I’m sure he’s going to try and test the waters with his aggressive style like he did against Roy Jones Jr., but I’m no Roy Jones Jr..”
Danny Green: “Antonio Tarver is going to be a hard fighter for me to hit. He has size, skills, experience and he’s a southpaw.. It’s going to be tough fight for me. I’m not planning on giving up my World Title. I have a lot of homework to do. This will no doubt be the hardest fight of my career. If I’m not prepared, I will lose this fight. What I like about this fight is it will allow me another opportunity to make my name and it will open other doors for me. I will be ready on July 20th.”
Nathan Cleverly has welcomed Carl Froch’s admission that he’s Froch’s radar, but is focusing first on his world title fight this Saturday night against WBO light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer at The O2 in London. “I’ve got nothing but respect for Froch and that would be a cracking fight down the line,” said Cleverly. “If Froch does intend to come up to light-heavyweight, then who better to fight than me with a world title on the line? I’ve got to get a big win on the world stage first, and it won’t come much bigger than Braehmer. He’s the only thing that I’m focused on at the moment, and I’m not taking my eye off the ball this Saturday because a win is crucial. First I’ve got to deal with Braehmer in style on Saturday night, then not only will Froch take me seriously, but so will the Americans. This is my chance to put myself in the spotlight and I intend to take it.” The fight can be seen live in the UK on Sky Box Office, in Germany via a PPV webcast on BILD.de, and in the USA on EPIX.
Chicago fight fans can meet middleweight contender Andy Lee and celebrity ring announcer Amy Hayes tonight at the at 6:30PM at the Real Time Sports Bar in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. All the fighters appearing on Hitz Boxing’s “Rosemont Rumble” event on Wednesday night at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, will being weighing in. In the main event, Lee (25-1, 19 KOs) takes on Alex Bunema (31-7-2, 17 KOs) in a 10-round battle for the NABF and NABA middleweight belts.
Chicago’s Polish Prince Andrzej Fonfara (17-2-1, 8 KOs) faces Anthony Russell on Friday in the ten round main event at Windy City Fight Night 17 at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion. The fight will be for the vacant WBO/NABO light heavyweight belt. The card is presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions.
By Jesse Kelley
6’5, 270lb former Minnesota Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards will make his professional boxing debut this Friday night at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN. Despite having no prior boxing experience, pro or amateur, the 26-year-old Edwards has sports fans buzzing in anticipation for the soon to be prizefighter to step off the gridiron and through the ropes. Edwards told Fightnews before the start of last year’s football season that he is not worried about the lack of ring experience because of the advantage his athletic background should bring. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican middleweight contender Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio will return on June 4 against Colombian Jairo Siris at the Auditorio Centenario in Gomez Palacio, Durango, Mexico. Rubio, who won a WBC eliminator against David Lemieux in April is staying busy as he waits to face the winner of the June 4 WBC 160lb title clash between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Sebastian Zbik. Promoter Oswaldo Kuckle said the Rubio-Siris card will be televised throughout Mexico and will also feature hot super featherweight prospect Dante “Crazy” Jardon against Adailton de Jesus and middleweight prospect Marco “Dorado” Reyes vs. TBA.
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Welterweight contender Alfonso Gomez (22-4-2, 11 KOs) of Anaheim, California by way of Mexico, finished preparations, under the guidance of his father Alfonso Gomez Sr., at the Azteca Boxing Club in Bell, California, for his upcoming fight that takes place this Saturday May 21st at the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa in Cabazon, California. Gomez will headline and take on Calvin Green (21-5-1, 13 KOs) of Baytown, Texas on the latest edition of ‘Top Rank Live’ on FOX Deportes in a 10-round welterweight bout which is being presented by Top Rank. For more details and photos click here…
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