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By Graham Houston
Lightweight champ Edwin Valero is one of those “force of nature” fighters. He isn’t classy, nor is he especially quick, but he brings an almost frightening power and intensity to his fights. Valero is difficult to discourage and it is hard to hold him off. He has shown a patience and maturity in his recent fights after starting his professional career with 18 first-round knockouts. On Saturday in Mexico Valero defends his WBC title for the second time when he meets Antonio DeMarco in an all-southpaw fight, with Showtime televising.
Valero is fighting on his opponent’s home territory, but this is unlikely to worry him too much. He has won in Mexico before, and he didn’t let a particularly hostile crowd affect his performance when he knocked out Vicente Mosquera in a ferocious fight in Panama. The 28-year-old Venezuelan is very confident in his ability to hurt and stop the other man. Indeed, it is possible that his boxing technique has suffered a little as opponent after opponent has fallen. Valero, though, always gives me the impression that he knows exactly what he is doing, at all times, in the ring. He might look a bit crude and even raw, but when he gets a man going the end usually is imminent. (more…)
With one sudden, dramatic right hand, once-beaten Freddy “El Riel’’ Hernandez (28-1, 19 KOs) of Lynwood, Calif. broke open an entertaining, dead-even fight to brutally knock out former world champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop’’ Corley (36-13-1, 21 KOs) of Washington, D.C., at 1:48 of the fifth round Friday in the main event on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME®. In the co-feature at Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif., power-punching, undefeated Dominican Francisco Contreras (13-0, 12 KOs), of Livingston, N.J., registered a 1:38, first-round knockout over Juan Castaneda, Jr. (16-3, 12 KOs), of La Paz, Mexico, in a scheduled eight-round junior welterweight bout. Click Here for More Photos
By Joe Koizumi
Boxing is a game that healthy young men exchange gloves, but it might be a new tradition that our Japanese contestants often wear a mask to avoid any virus infection. So did Daiki Kameda (15-2, 11 KOs), who will fight a rematch with the WBA flyweight champ Denkaosen Kaowichit (48-1-1, 20 KOs) of Thailand tomorrow (Sunday) in Kobe, Japan. They fought last October to a majority decision (115-113 twice and 114-114) in favor of the 33-year-old veteran Thailander. Since Kameda Promotions strongly asked for a direct rematch, the WBA finally sanctioned it after the convention in Colombia in November.
The 21-year-old Daiki, the younger brother of the WBC flyweight kingpin Koki Kameda, attempts to follow the footstep of the Klitschko brothers dominating the world belts in the same category at the same time. Today there was a weigh-n ceremony, where the champ tipped the beam at 110.75 to the 112-pound class limit for the challenger. (more…)
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Fightnews.com caught up with world class trainer Freddie Roach earlier today to discuss the Pacquiao–Mayweather fiasco, Joshua Clottey, Shane Mosley and the newest addition to Roach’s stable of champions, WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm from Cologne, Germany. The 49-years old Roach also talks about his past as an active fighter, his motivation about being a trainer and his battle with Parkinson disease.
What can you tell us about the whole Manny Pacquiao–Floyd Mayweather, Olympic style drug testing fiasco?
The thing is I am not giving in to Mayweather. He is not running the sport, the commissions do. If you let him run the sport, it’s like giving the first two rounds away. He doesn’t make the rules, the commissions and the sanctioning bodies make the rules. They have been doing that for a long time. Who the hell is Mayweather to tell us what to do? That’s not going to happen. (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Manny Pacquiao, boxing’s No. 1 attraction, has forged a commercial partnership with Albertsons, a major grocery chain in the US. According to Pacquiao’s adviser Mike Koncz, a shopper who pays a minimum of $50 worth of items in a participating branch in the Dallas area, will go home with a signed poster of the March 13 Pacquiao-Joshua Clottey fight. “Manny is very pleased with his partnership with Albertsons,” said Koncz. “This goes to show that Manny’s popularity has grown outside of the boxing ring.” Pacquiao is currently in the thick of training at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood under guru Freddie Roach. Pacquiao is expected to arrive in Dallas on March 7 or 8 for the final phase of his preparation.
Colombian amateur Samuel Vargas will make his pro debut against Todd Furler, this Saturday, February 6th at the Montreal Casino in Quebec, Canada in a scheduled four round welterweight bout.
Born in Bogota, Colombia, Vargas immigrated to Canada at age 16 in search of a better life. Arriving in Toronto, Vargas started boxing under the guidance of famed Canadian trainer Chris Johnson.. . . Click here for more
Preview by Brady Crytzer
There is nothing more difficult to watch than an aging champion battling two opponents at once. At UFC 105, the MMA world watched as former heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Randy Couture struggled against both Brandon “The Truth” Vera and Father Time. While Couture came out on top in November, his aging comrades weren’t so lucky. Although Mark Coleman, Frank Trigg, and Matt Serra have shown signs of aging in their most recent Octagon outings, the UFC has finally allowed for these living legends to truly showcase their skills . . . by matching them up against each other . . . . Click here for more
In an IBF light heavyweight eliminator, 41-year-old former world champion and current #3 rated Glen Johnson (50-13-2, 34 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over #7 rated Yusaf Mack (28-3-2, 17 KOs) on Friday night at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The aggressive Johnson steadily broke down Mack, finally dropping him three times in round six before referee Frank Gentile waved it off. Time was 2:21. Johnson is now in line for a shot at IBF world champion Tavoris Cloud.
Unbeaten two-time Olympic gold medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux (5-0, 4 KOs) needed just 28 seconds to demolish Adolfo Landeros (20-13-1, 9 KOs) in a super bantamweight bout. A left hand to the body put Landeros down for several minutes.
Welterweight Ed Paredes (23-3-1, 15 KOs) scored a spectacular second round KO over previously unbeaten Joey Hernandez (15-1-1, 8 KOs). Paredes leveled Hernandez for the count with a left hook at the 1:53 mark. They previously fought to a draw last August.
2004 Olympic silver medalist Yudel Jhonson (5-0, 3 KOs) scored a first round TKO over comebacking Dorian Beaupierre (12-6-2, 6 KOs) in a junior middleweight bout. After Jhonson dropped Beaupierre in round one the bout was waved off shortly after. Time was 2:18.
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Welterweight Freddy “El Riel” Hernandez (28-1, 19 KOs) scored a spectacular fifth round KO over former world champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley (36-13-1, 21 KOs) on Friday night at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif. A very competitive, good action fight ended suddenly when Hernandez laid out Corley with a huge right hand. Time was 1:48.
Hard-hitting, undefeated junior welterweight Francisco Contreras (13-0, 12 KOs) passed his toughest test in spectacular fashion, scoring a first round knockout of Juan Castaneda, Jr. (16-3, 12 KOs). A sharp combination finished Castaneda after 98 seconds. (more…)
Unbeaten lightweight Brandon Rios of Oxnard, Ca. is looking to get off to a quick start on Saturday night. “We’re in tough, taking on Jorge Luis Teron,” said Robert Garcia, chief trainer for Rios. “The game is to jump right on Teron and get off to a quick start and not let up. Teron is a pretty big puncher. Our first goal is be aggressive and get control of the fight.” (more…)
From the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Weights by Andreas Hale and Anthony Springer Jr.
Mark Coleman 205 vs. Randy Couture 205
Chael Sonnen 185 vs. Nate Marquardt 186
Paulo Thiago 170 vs. Mike Swick 171
Dan Miller 185 vs. Demian Maia 186
Frank Trigg 171 vs. Matt Serra 169
Prelims on Spike
Justin Buchholz 156 vs Mac Danzig 156
Ronys Torres 156 vs Melvin Guillard 155
Undercard (may not be broadcast)
Rob Emerson 155 vs Phillipe Nover 155
Phil Davis 205 vs Brian Stann 205
Chris Tuchscherer 263 vs Tim Hague 263
Rolles Gracie 247 vs Joey Beltran 238
#1 Contender Joshua Clottey hits the mitts with corner man Bismarck Bruce as he prepares for his upcoming world welterweight championship against Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao. Top Rank’s “The Event,” will be held on Saturday, March 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas,Texas and televised live on HBO pay-per-view. Click here for more photos…
By John Cannon at the scale
Jorge Luis Teron 134.2 vs Brandon Rios 135
Juan Ruiz 124 vs Tomas Villa 126
Robert Guillen 121.7 vs Roberto Marroquin 123
Morris Chule 126.7 vs Jerry Belmontes 126.5
Gilberto Elizondo 144.7 vs Humberto Trinidad 145
Abdrew Greeley 250 vs Eric Molina 211.5
Arturo Herrera 129.7 vs Jose Roman 132.5
Orlando Gomez 131.7 vs Jesse Roman 131.7
Venue: Convention Center, McAllen, Texas
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: Fox Sports Espanol
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By Alexey Sukachev and Evgueny Solodov (at the scales)
Timur Ibragimov 239.5 vs. Awadh Tamim 225
(Vacant IBA Intercontinental heavyweight title)
Dmitry Pirog 159.2 vs. Eric Mitchell 158.4
(WBO Asia Pacific middleweight title)
Vitaly Demyanenko 146.5 vs. Jorge Daniel Miranda 145.4
(WBO Asia Pacific and PABA welterweight titles)
Sahib Usarov 124.8 vs. Ilhom Rahimov 125
Magomed Abdusalamov 256.5 vs. Raymond Ochieng 221
Roman Simakov 175.7 vs. Vasily Kondor 174
Alexey Soloviev 226.7 vs. Emin Gyulmamedov 238.7
Venue: Aquarium Hotel, Crocus-Expo, Moscow
TV: NTV+ (9 PM LT). Doors open at 6 PM.
Promoter: Yuri Fedorov Sports Lab (with assistance of Kirill Pchelnikov and German Titov)
Notes: 1. Khabib Allakhverdiev withdrew from original fight list due to an injury. 2. Ibragimov – Tamim fight was presented only as a fight for IBA Intercontinental title. No IBF/WBA International titles were announced.
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Gerson “Nene” Guerrero knows that he is not the most well-known boxer in the world, but neither was Nonito Donaire a few years back when he demolished Vic Darchinyan and became a world champion. “I know that this is the most important fight of my life and I know how good Donaire is, but I know I can beat him,” said Guerrero. Guerrero will take on Donaire in the main event of “Latin Fury 13/Pinoy Power 3,” a big championship pay-per-view card that Top Rank will telecast live from the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas. (more…)
WBA interim super featherweight champion Likar Ramos and his defiant challenger Jorge “Coloradito” Solis both made weight for their world title bout Saturday night at the Unidad Deportiva Inalámbrica in Merida, Yucatán, Mexico.
Likar Ramos 129.85 vs. Jorge Solís 129.85
(WBA interim super featherweight championship)
Ramón Maas 121.47 vs. Germán Meraz 121.97
José Pinzón 149.91 vs. Josué Mendoza 151.89
Moisés Eb 107.36 vs. Ricardo Toribio 107.36
Enrique Bernache 121.69 vs. Alberto Chuc 121.69
Julián Yedras 105.82 vs. Irving Requena 109.12
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By Felipe Leon at the scale
WBC lightweight champion Edwin Valero and interim champion Antonio DeMarco both weighed in at 135 pounds for their much anticipated world title showdown on Saturday night in Monterrey, Mexico. The bout will be televised on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING (9PM ET/PT)
Edwin Valero 135 vs. Antonio DeMarco 135
Luis Carlos Abregu 147 vs. Richard Gutierrez 147
Marvin Quintero 136 vs. Luis Gonzalez 132
Michel Rosales 148 vs. Orlando Escobar 148
Michael Medina 154 vs. Roberto Valenzuela 154
Jose Luis Zertuche 163 vs. Jesus Arras 161
Arely Mucino 114 vs. Anahi Torres 110
Juan Pablo Lopez 141 vs. Leonardo Resendiz 148
Carlos Perez 108 vs. Moises Calleros 108
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Former WBA light heavyweight champion Gabriel Campillo filed an appeal Friday morning with the WBA – including all of the necessary documents and fees – to contest the split decision that was rendered for his January 29th title fight with Beibut Shumenov. Shumenov won a controversial split decision which was widely criticized by ringside observers and the television commentators. The WBA was also critical of the selections of the judges chosen by the Nevada State Athletic Commission because the sanctioning body had recommended several judges that had received special schooling and instructions at seminars that were designed to reduce the possibility of controversial scoring and/or inept judging but the NSAC selected only one of the judges referred by the WBA for the January 29th Beibut-Shumenov rematch. The NSAC-appointed judges Patricia Jarman and Jerry Roth respectively scored the bout at 117-111 and 115-113 in favor of Shumenov while the judge suggested by the WBA – Levi Martínez – had Campillo ahead at 117-111.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The IBF has decided to vacate the super bantamweight title held by Panamanian Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero after two purse bids for his IBF mandatory defense against South African Takalani Ndlovu went off without the participation of either fighter’s promoter. Caballero, who who still holds the WBA super bantamweight super world championship, is finishing up the last eight months of a contract with Warriors Boxing. Considered by many experts as one of the better boxers pound for pound, the nearly six-foot Caballero continues to train under Jeff Mayweather in Las Vegas.
Heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek weighed in at 220.5 today for his clash against Jason Estrada on Saturday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Estrada weighed 237.
Peter Quillin 163.5 vs. Fernando Zuniga 164
Sadam Ali 145 vs. Jason Thompson 146
Przemyslaw Majewski 165 vs. Anthony Pietrantonio 164
Denis Douglin 162 vs. Eddie Hunter 167
Ismayl Sillakh 185.5 vs. Larry Pryor 188.5
Patrick Farrell 202 vs. Jon Schneider 192
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Saturday’s card at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Altlantic City featuring welterweight Shamone Alvarez against Alexis Camacho has been called off due to a heavy snowstorm that blanketed the area with a foot of snow. The card, promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, will now take place on March 6.
Hollywood action hero Steven Seagal, star of A&E’s hit reality series “Steven Seagal Lawman,” was a dinner guest of seven-division world champion Manny Pacquiao earlier this week. 7th degree black belt/Aikido master Seagal and Pacquiao had plenty of common interests to discuss. “We had a great time together. The time just flew by,” said Pacquiao. “We discussed the possibility of working together in movies and making joint concert appearances. We also discovered that we share a bond in Asian philosophy and philanthropy. I invited Steven to be with me at Jerry Jones’ Cowboys Stadium on March 13 when I defend my world welterweight title against Joshua Clottey and he accepted.”
Undefeated junior welterweight prospect Francisco “The Phenom” Contreras hits Southern California this Friday night to battle Juan Castaneda Jr. at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California in the opening bout of ShoBox: The New Generation on Showtime (11pm ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
Signed to the rapidly growing, international boxing promoter, TKO Boxing Promotions, the 25 year old Contreras, 12-0-0 (11KO’s), a native of the Dominican Republic, burst onto the US boxing scene last year with a brutal first round stoppage of Gustavo Mejia on June 18th in front of a stunned crowd at Michael’s Eighth Avenue, outside of Baltimore . . . Click here for more
World ranked flyweight contender Rayonta “Stingray” Whitfield will battle Sergio Espinoza for the NABO Flyweight Title on Saturday, February 27th at the Bell Auditorium, it was announced today by TKO Boxing Promotions
Advance tickets will go on sale at 10am Friday morning, February 5th, priced from $27 to $102 (including a $2.00 facility fee), through the Augusta Entertainment Complex Box Office, (www.georgialinatix.com, by phone at 1-877-4AUGTIX or in person at the Augusta Entertainment Complex Box Office, 601 Seventh Street). (more…)
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By Robert Coster
“I want to knock Mayol out,” says former world champion Omar Nino as he is getting set for his February 27th showdown against WBC light flyweight champion Rodell Mayol of the Philippines in Mexico City. Those are bold words from Nino (28-3-1, 11 KOs), reputed to be more of a pure boxer than puncher. But the Guadalajara-born fighter seems intent on making his countrymen proud and winning the title “which I should never have lost in the first place.” (more…)
Roy Jones Jr. on radio row at the Super Bowl in Miami. Jones and Bernard Hopkins are at the media center today doing radio interviews promoting their April 13 fight at Mandalay Bay live on pay-per-view.
Triple flyweight world champion Susi Kentikian (26-0, 16 KOs) returns on April 24 at the Sporthalle Hamburg. The undefeated “Killer Queen“ will be defending her WBA/WIBF/WBO belts against unbeaten challenger Nadia Raoui (11-0-1, 3 KOs) who holds the WIBA belt. “I’m always excited and very happy when I have a fight in my hometown,” said Kentikian. “It will be a difficult and tough fight but I’m used to that. Have your fingers crossed – so come and see my fight live!” The bout will be Kentikian’s first fight as the headlining fighter on the German ZDF network. Additional fights will be announced within the next few days.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley has seen it all. He has fought all around the world. He has won and lost world titles. So it was no big deal when the former WBO junior welterweight champion from Washington, DC received the call to face contender Freddy “El Riel” Hernandez tonight at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, CA. “I was scheduled to fight in Las Vegas last week and somehow, I was bumped off the card,” Corley said. “Then my people get a phone call about this bout and we took it.” The bout will be the main event on “ShoBox: The New Generation” on Showtime, a network where Corley has been successful. (More)
Lightweight Ignacio Mendoza (28-5-2, 18 KOs) has been taking tips from countryman Breidis Prescott ahead of his clash with unbeaten Kevin Mitchell (30-0, 22 KOs on February 13 at Wembley Arena in London. The Spain-based Colombian has vowed to avenge the defeat Mitchell inflicted on Prescott back in December. “Mitchell dented my country’s pride when he beat our national hero Breidis Prescott who destroyed Amir Khan,” said 26-year-old Mendoza. “I will be out for revenge when we meet at Wembley and I will do to Mitchell what Breidis did to Khan. Breidis said to me that he didn’t perform as he should have against Mitchell and has told me of his weaknesses.” (more…)
Story by Victor Perea
With a little less than a year left before his 30th birthday Brian Stann has achieved more noteworthy accomplishments than most people will their entire lives. After being birthed at the Yakota Air Base in Japan, Stann was brought back stateside and grew up in Scranton, Pa. After a stellar High School football career he went on to attend the United States Naval Academy where he continued his football career while earning a Bachelors of Science degree in Economics. After continuing his service to his country as an Officer in the Marines, Stann served tours in Iraq, earning a Silver Star for his action during an ambush. Fast forward a few years and after turning pro in 2007, yes 2007, and holding the WEC Light Heavyweight Title, “All American” Brian Stann (8-2) continues to fight, only now inside the UFC Octagon. . . . Click here for more
Vitali Klitschko may return in a summer showdown with seven-foot former WBA world champion Nikolai Valuev. According to BILD, the proposed bout would take place in the 61,000-seat Schalke Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, where brother and IBF/WBO/IBO heavtweight champion Wladimir Klitschko defeated Ruslan Chagaev last year. The current stumbling block is Valuev co-promoter Don King, who is holding out for a $4 million purse, a figure Klitschko’s manager Bernd Bönte told BILD was “Impossible even if Valuev had four belts and was undefeated.” He added that if Valuev doesn’t come aboard, there are other alternatives. Kalle Sauerland of Sauerland Event, Valuev’s other co-promoter, is optimistic that Klitschko-Valuev can be made. “This is an absolute must-fight,” he said. “We’ll find a solution. I think we’ll get this fight sorted out.”
Once-beaten welterweight Freddy “El Riel” Hernandez (27-1, 18 KOs) weighed 148 pounds for his 10-round fight with former world champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley (36-12-1, 21 KOs) tonight in the main event on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). Corley weighed 143 pounds. In the co-feature at Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif., hard-hitting, undefeated Francisco Contreras (12-0, 11 KOs) tipped scale at 136½ pounds the toughest test of his career against Juan Castaneda, Jr. (16-2, 12 KOs) in an eight-round junior welterweight bout. Castaneda weighed 137 (on his second attempt). For more details and photos click here…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
American referee Raul Caiz Jr. will be the third man in the ring when Colombian WBA super featherweight interim world champion Likar Ramos (21-2, 15 KOs) and Mexican challenger Jorge “Coloradito” Solis (37-2-2, 27 KOs) meet at Merida, Yucatan, Mexico on Saturday. The three judges are Ricardo Duncan (Panamà), Albert Wilenski (USA-FL) and Jose Roberto Torres (Puerto Rico). The fight Supervisor are Francisco Piña (Colombia) and Alfredo Polanco (Mexico) (Assistant Supervisor).
The always-exciting Edwin Valero will defend his World Boxing Council (WBC) lightweight title against undefeated, once-beaten WBC 135-pound interim titleholder Antonio DeMarco in the main event this Saturday, Feb. 6, on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). The undefeated knockout artist and two-time world champion Valero (26-0, 26 KOs), of Merida, Venezuela will be making the second defense of his WBC title against Tijuana’s DeMarco (23-1-1, 17 KOs), the WBC interim champion at the Arena Monterrey located in Mexico. For more details and photos click here…
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