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Unbeaten Mike Jones (19-0, 16 KOs), of North Philadelphia, has settled into training camp 30 miles outside of Philadelphia in Langhorne, PA, for his Feb. 27 match at Bally’s Atlantic City, NJ, with former world title challenger Henry Bruseles, of Gurabo, Puerto Rico, for the NABA welterweight title. Jones splits his workouts between the Newtown Athletic Club in Newtown, PA, and the Hard Rock Gym in Langhorne. Jones, 27, is ranked WBA #8, IBF #11 and WBC #16. (more…)
Story by Brady Crytzer
Legends collide on Saturdary when former UFC heavyweight and PrideFC Grand Prix champion Mark “The Hammer” Coleman shows down with fellow hall-of-famer Randy “The Natural” Couture.
Although this fight had the potential to be defining for the sport of mixed martial arts had it taken place ten years ago, the significance is not lost to Coleman and he still hopes that this light heavyweight showdown will be a benchmark in his long career . . . . Click here for more
Super middleweight contender Jesse Brinkley’s valiant IBF eliminator win over Curtis Stevens won’t get him an immediate shot at IBF champion Lucian Bute, even though a deal had been worked out. Apparently HBO is “insisting” that Bute defend against Edison Miranda instead for their April 17 telecast.
Word is heavyweight Frez Oquendo will return again against Demetrius King on February 20th in Chicago.
PRIZEFIGHTER returns later this month with the first ever light-middleweight competition. The event will be staged at the York Hall in Bethnal Green in east London on February 26. The eight-man lineup includes ex-Commonwealth champion Bradley Pryce and former British beltholder Neil Sinclair. This will be the tenth Prizefighter event where four quarter-finals, two semi-finals and the final, each lasting a maximum of three rounds, take place in one evening.
Heavyweight David Tua’s March 31 clash against Friday Ahunanya has landed at the Trusts Stadium Arena in Auckland, New Zealand.
Jose Benavidez, the teenage phenom from Phoenix, will box on Top Rank’s Latin Fury 13/Pinoy Power 3 title card on Feb. 13 at the Las Vegas Hilton. Benavidez, 17, won a number of amateur championships including a National Golden Gloves title at 141 pounds, then decided to turn pro. In his first professional bout two weeks ago he stopped Steven Cox in one round on a nationally-televised Top Rank Live! event on Fox Sports Network. He is training with Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, CA.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBA/WBC super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan is after a rematch with Nonito Donaire, the current WBA interim super flyweight champion. Donaire, who holds a KO win over the hard-punching Australian-based Armenian, and will defend his belt against Gerson Guerrero on a February 13 pay-per-view card in Las Vegas.
“Donaire needs to stand up and fight someone who can actually throw some punches back at him,” stated Darchinyan. “Since he fought me, who has he fought? Bums that either shouldn’t be boxing or should be retired. I am praying he wins his next fight and comes through with no injuries, I don’t want him making excuses when I finish his career. Don’t go looking for Arce and make that a excuse of why won’t fight me. Get through your next fight and it’s me and you, anytime, anywhere. (more…)
It was announced Wednesday that because of large demand, the floor seating has been rearranged to provide a few dozen more $253 ringside seats for Saturday’s Tomasz Adamek-Jason Estrada clash at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Tickets can be purchased at the ox Office or TicketMaster. Here are additonal quotes from Wednesday’s presser at the Hudson Bread/Global Boxing Gym in North Bergen, NJ:
Tomasz Adamek: “I never underestimate anyone, ever. This is boxing; you have to be prepared every time because you can lose not only the fight but also your health. I know what’s at stake on Saturday – for me and for Jason.” (more…)
In an eagerly awaited showdown this Saturday, Feb. 6, on SHOWTIME®, Valero of Venezuala will put his amazing record of (26-0, 26 KOs) and his world title belt on the line against Tijuana’s DeMarco (23-1-1, 17 KOs), who has won 12 and a row and is unbeaten in his last 16 (15-0-1), in the main event on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). For more details and photos click here…
Over the last two days, Bob Arum of Top Rank and Jerry Jones owner of the Dallas Cowboys visited Mexico City and Monterrey to promote the “The Event,” a championship card headline by the worlds best boxer, Manny Pacquiao to be held at the new Cowboys Stadium, in Arlington, Texas on Saturday, March 13 and to be telecast by HBO pay-per-view. Arum and Jones understand the importance of boxing to the Mexican people both in Mexico and in the United States and the passion of all Hispanics toward the sport. In Mexico City they were hosted by TV Azteca and the World Boxing Council (WBC) in a grand setting in one the main rooms of the new St Regis Hotel where over 300 media and guest gathered for the press conference. For more details and photos click here…
By Hilmar Rojas Erazo
In a humid and cold environment, WBC lightweight champion Edwin Valero ended preparations for the second defense of his belt this Saturday in the Arena Monterrey against interim champion Antonio DeMarco. Valero sparred a total of 120 rounds in the gym against three lefties who helped him improve his speed, strength and of course, strategy. “The Great Battle” as the card is being called here, will be televised in the U.S. on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, in Mexico on Televisa and in Venezuala on Meridiano TV. “What I tell all the fans is do not miss this match because I will get an important victory. No doubt about it. I hope all of my fans enjoy it, as well as Venezuelans in general,” said the 135 pound monarch. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
With more than 150 fans and media in attendance at the new Global Boxing Gym in North Bergen, New Jersey, Tomasz Adamek (39-1, 27 KOs) and Jason Estrada (16-2, 4 KOs) met for the final press conference before their February 6 heavyweight fight at the Prudential Center in Newark. Both speak about their upcoming bout. (more…)
WBA interim super flyweight champion Nonito Donaire (22-1, 14 KOs), of General Santos City, Philippines, hosted a media workout at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas today. On Saturday, the “Filipino Flash” defends his title against top-rated contender Gerson Guerrero (34-8, 26 KOs), of Mexico City, in the main event of “Latin Fury 13 / Pinoy Power 3.” Produced and distributed Live on Pay-Per-View by Top Rank, in association with PR Best Boxing, ABS-CBN and the Las Vegas Hilton, “Latin Fury 13 / Pinoy Power 13″ will take place Saturday, February 13, at the Las Vegas Hilton. Stay tuned for a full story on Donaire.
In what will be one of the biggest nights in MMA history, World Extreme Cagefighting® presents its most explosive card ever. On Saturday, April 24, live on Pay-Per-View from the ARCO Arena in Sacramento, Calif., hometown hero “The California Kid” Urijah Faber attempts to capture the featherweight title from feared Brazilian knockout artist and ESPN’s 2009 Fighter of the Year Jose Aldo. (more…)
Home to two of the first five Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) events, Charlotte, North Carolina will once again host the premier organization in mixed martial arts on Wednesday, March 31st, as the UFC returns to Charlotte for the first time in nearly 15 years with a spectacular card at the Bojangles Coliseum featuring the lightweight showdown between two-time title challenger Kenny Florian and Japanese superstar and former PRIDE champion Takanori Gomi. This bout will headline the latest edition of Spike TV’s hit UFC® Fight Night™ series, which airs at 8 p.m. ET/PT. (more…)
Canada’s Super Channel will broadcast an evening of action packed professional boxing this Wednesday night, February 3rd, featuring NABF Title bouts between middleweights Peter Manfredo Jr., and Matt Vanda and featherweights Matt Remillard and Rafael Lora in addition to sensational Canadian prospect Arash Usmanee.
Presented by TKO Boxing Promotions and Hennessy Sports, the outstanding card took place at the Mohegan Sun Casino in front of over 6,000 fight fans. (more…)
It’s official. Six-time world champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather made his upcoming fight with welterweight mega-star and five-time world champion Sugar Shane Mosley, official today when he signed the contract that pits the two fighters against each other on May 1 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in a mega-bout which will be televised live on HBO Pay-Per-View. “This one is definitely for the fans as I wasn’t going to waste anyone’s time with a meaningless tune-up bout and asked to fight Shane immediately,” said Mayweather. “I have said ever since I came back to the sport that I only wanted to fight the best. I think Shane is one of the best, but come May 1, he still won’t be great enough to beat me.” (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
It is with a sad heart that Fightnews.com reports on the unfortunate and unexpected passing of former cruiserweight prospect Darius Watson of Los Angeles. Watson was running on the beach on Sunday evening when he suffered an apparent heart attack. He was rushed to a local hospital, where he passed away on Monday morning. Watson finished with a professional record of seven victories (with three knockouts) to go with one defeat. One of Watson’s career highlights was a 12 second knockout victory over Robert Green in January of 2002. The one defeat was in his last fight in May of 2006, a disputed split decision loss to Richard Paige. Watson was a physical education teacher at a junior high school in South Los Angeles. Watson stopped boxing after being diagnosed with a heart condition. He recently was working as a second in corners of fighters from a local gym. Fightnews.com sends their heartfelt condolences to Watson’s family and friends.
Shortley after it was announced that WBO junior middleweight champion Sergei Dzinziruk (36-0, 22 KOs) had been released by Universum Box-Promotion, it was announced that the Ukrainian-born stylist would now be promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and Banner Promotions. Dzinziruk’s four-year title reign has included five successful defenses. Shaw stated that Dzinziruk will make his U.S. debut this spring and is setting up his base of operations in Los Angeles.
Rick Hatton trainer Lee Beard has decided to move to America and will no longer be connected with Hatton Promotions Ltd, Ricky or Matthew Hatton. As of now, Ricky Hatton has not made any decision as to who will be replacing Floyd Mayweather Sr. as his chief trainer. He will address this issue on his return from holiday. Meanwhile Hatton’s brother Matthew Hatton will continue his training for his fight at Fenton Manor, Stoke on the February 19 under the wing of Bob Shannon.
Manny Pacquiao challenger Joshua Clottey is currently training in New York City. “Joshua was training for awhile in Ghana. He’s in top condition,” said his manager, Vinny Scolpino. Team Clottey will soon be off to their main training headquarters in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Clottey will take on Pacquiao at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas on March 13. Pacquiao vs. Clottey will be available on HBO Pay Per View.
WBO junior middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk and Universum Box-Promotion have parted ways. Below are the statements of both:
Sergiy Dzinziruk: “Universum and I have both agreed to part ways. We have had constructive conversations and have found a way to dissolve my contract. I am grateful to Universum for my success in recent years and for the ability to become a professional boxer. Under Klaus-Peter Kohl I became the WBO world Champion and I am extremely grateful to him for that. I would like to stress that the statements made about Universum and me in various media outlets in the past are false and have not originated from me personally. Universum has always been a reliable partner and is one of the world’s elite promoters.”
Universum Managing Director Stefan Braune: “After the courts affirmed the validity of our contract, Sergiy asked that it be canceled by mutual agreement. We were able to reach an agreement about this in recent weeks. We do not want to be an obstacle to Sergiy and now wish him all the best and especially good health. We are gretaful to Sergiy for the many great matches that he fought under our banner.”
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Former light heavyweight world champion Glen Johnson (49-13-2, 33 KOs) closes out his training camp during a drill with his trainer Orlando Cuellar. Johnson will take on Yusaf Mack (28-2-2, 17 KOs) this Friday in the main event on an edition of ESPN2’s Friday Night Fight series. Johnson knows the high stakes of this bout in terms of his career moving forward and expressed it. “I completed training camp and I’m good to go. This a fight that I have to have and there will be no mercy for Mack on my behalf come Friday night,” said the man known as ‘The Road Warrior.’
By Alexey Sukachev
The Professional Boxing Federation of Russia has officially announced the cream of the Russian pugilistics in 2009. Several winners in various nominations were defined and the biggest victor was undoubtedly cruiserweight Denis Lebedev (19-0, 14 KOs) who went right from obscurity to eye-popping results at the top of the 200 lb division. (more…)
WBA interim super light weight champion Marcos Madaina (27-1, 26 KOs) will defend his title against challenger Victor Cayo (24-0, 16 KOs). Looks like the bout will take place in San Francisco on March 27th.
Mikkel Kessler (42-2, 32 KOs) has moved his training camp from Copenhagen to Berlin. He is working out at the famous Max-Schmeling-Gym at Team Sauerland´s headquarters near the Olympic Stadium. “I enjoy being in Berlin,” the Viking Warrior said. “The facilities are great and we train very hard. I will be in perfect shape when I take on Froch.” Kessler will battle it out with WBC Champion Carl Froch in the second round of the Super Six World Boxing Classic in April. Training with Kessler in Berlin is gifted Danish youngster Patrick Nielsen (2-0, 2 KOs).
Story by Anthony Springer, Jr.
Going into Saturday’s main event bout with fellow UFC legend Mark “The Hammer” Coleman, Randy “The Natural” Couture (17-10) is all smiles.
Tucked away on the southwest end of Las Vegas at his famous Xtreme Couture gym, the five-time UFC champion is living up to his nickname. After wrapping up a workout, Couture, drenched in his own sweat entertains a group of reporters.. . . . Click here for more
A winner of 12 in a row and unbeaten in his last 16 (15-0-1) dating to May 2006, World Boxing Council interim champion Antonio DeMarco (23-1-1, 17 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico, will challenge devastating Venezuelan and WBC lightweight belt-holder, Edwin Valero (26-0, 26 KOs), in the main event this Saturday, Feb. 6, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). The event at Arena Monterrey will mark the first time a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING broadcast has aired from Mexico since March 7, 1998, when Julio Cesar Chavez boxed a draw with Miguel Angel Gonzalez. It’s the first card on SHOWTIME from Monterrey in more than 15 years, or since Chavez stopped Tony Lopez on Dec. 10, 1994. SHOWTIME caught up with DeMarco for his thoughts on this Saturday’s scheduled 12-round bout. (more…)
One night before two-time world champion Edwin Valero (26-0, 26 KOs) defends his World Boxing Council (WBC) lightweight crown against WBC 135-pound interim titleholder Antonio DeMarco (23-1-1, 17 KOs) in Monterrey, Mexico, on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT), once-beaten Freddy “El Riel’’ Hernandez (27-1, 18 KOs), of Lynwood, Calif., will take on former world champion, southpaw DeMarcus “Chop Chop’’ Corley (36-12-1, 21 KOs), of Washington, D.C., in the main event on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). In the co-feature this Friday, Feb. 5, at Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif., hard-hitting, undefeated Dominican Francisco Contreras (12-0, 11 KOs), of Livingston, N.J., should get what definitely will be the toughest test of his career when he faces Juan Castaneda, Jr. (16-2, 12 KOs), of La Paz, Mexico, in an eight-round junior welterweight bout. (more…)
Two-time world champion Jose Luis Castillo and middleweight contender Ireland’s John Duddy will each box on the Pacquiao vs. Clottey ‘The Event’ Pay Per View championship event March 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Salvador Sanchez, nephew and namesake of the former world champion, will be featured on the international broadcast. Bob Arum of Top Rank and Jerry Jones, owner of the NFL Dallas Cowboys, made the announcement today at a press conference in Mexico City. For more details and photos click here…
By Gary “Digital” Williams
The ICE Promotions Boxing card slated for Saturday, March 6 at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA is loaded with talent from the Beltway region and a few of the matches have Beltway Boxers facing each other. The main event for the card has already been announced — the 12-round WBC USNBC junior middleweight title bout between champion Jimmy Lange of Great Falls, VA (31-3-2, 21 KOs) and “The White Tiger” Chase Shields of Houston, TX. (29-3-1, 14 KOs) This will be Lange’s ninth consecutive main event at the Patriot Center. (more…)
By Hilmar Rojas Erazo
With only four days left before WBC lightweight world champion Edwin Valero makes his second defense against interim beltholder Antonio DeMarco, the Venezuelan is finishing up his last few days of preparations. Convinced he won’t have a problem holding onto the title, Valero is watching diet and taking care of various publicity commitments for the fight. He is comfortable in Monterrey, saying “they have treated me very well. They all are waiting for the fight to see me, and say to me that they are with me, and it’s incredible. They say that I am a very “regal” fighter, as they say in this region, which makes me feel good. Also, although I’m not a Mexican boxer, they want to see here and that makes more expectations.” (more…)
The rematch between heavyweights Tony “TNT” Grano and Mark “Oak Tree” Brown headlines the March 12 pro boxing card, “Brace For Impact,” presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Sports and Entertainment, Inc. (CES), in Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. Brown (15-2, 7 KOs) overcame two knockdowns to stop Grano, fighting out of Hebron (CT), in the eighth round of their first bout in September 2008. Grano (16-1-1, 13 KOs), a 2005 U.S. National Championships winner and National Golden Gloves Tournament runner-up, has won two in a row since suffering his lone loss as a pro. The popular power-puncher is coming off of a sensational, nationally-televised knockout of previously-undefeated prospect Travis Kaufman (18-0) last September. Brown’s eight-fight win streak was snapped last June on a short-notice fight when he lost to world-title challenger Fred Oquendo. Tickets for “Brace For Impact,” priced at $40, $60 and $100, are available to purchase by calling 401.724.2253/2254.
Story and photos by Felipe Leon
Despite his 25 fights under his professional belt, interim WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (23-1-1, 17KO) feels that the majority of his gained experience has been in his most recent bouts, wins over Almazbek “Kid Diamond” Raiymkulov and Anges Adjaho. Along with the experience, DeMarco displayed a patience that had not been seen before . . . click here for more
Welter/jr.welter/jr. middleweight champ Holly Holm (26-1-3, 7 KOs) will rematch Chevelle “Fists of Steel” Hallback (27-5-2, 11 KOs) March 26 at Isleta Casino and Resort south of Albuquerque. The card, billed as “Warrior Vengeance” and promoted by Fresquez Productions, will see Holm defend her WIBA light welterweight belt. In the co-main, an eight-rounder at jr. welter between two former Holm opponents, top contender Terri Blair (11-14-3, 7 KOs) will take on Albuquerque’s Victoria Cisneros (3-8-2). Also scheduled for the card: Albuquerque welter Josh “Pitbull” Torres (3-1, 2 KOs) stages a comeback against debuting Ben Acosta, also from the Duke City; fan favorite David Proa (7-1, 7 KOs), coming off a blazing kayo win last Friday, will take on an opponent TBA; comebacking heavyweight Fernando Reyes (0-1) takes on debuter Eric McElroy; Albuquerque super featherweights Randy “Savage” Arrellin (2-2, 1 KO) and Salvador Zamora (4-2) go four; and Albuquerque super bantam Sammy Piar (1-0) goes four with TBA. — Chris Cozzone
Story by Andreas Hale
It must have been difficult for Mike “Quick” Swick to watch his opportunity to fight Georges St. Pierre and a shot at welterweight title fade away after an unlikely turn of events that put him on the outside looking in.
Swick was originally scheduled to face Martin Kampmann at UFC 103. But when Swick went down with an injury, Paul Daley would step in, blowout Kampmann and shake up the welterweight division. . . . Click here for more
Undefeated light heavyweight Ismayl Silakh (10-0, 9 KOs), who hails from the Zaporozhye, Ukraine, but lives in California, is scheduled to appear against an opponent to be named on Saturday’s card at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, underneath heavyweights Tomas Adamek vs. Jason Estrada. Also featured on the card will be 2008 U.S. Olympian welterweight Sadam Ali (4-0, 2 KOs), a 2008 U.S. Olympian, who faces fellow unbeaten Jason Thompson (4-0, 2 KOs).
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