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By Phil Doherty
If you ask most American boxing fans the names of the current top-ten heavyweights, some will mention the Klitschko brothers immediately, followed by…silence. The division’s visibility and popularity over the past decade has atrophied while other weight classes gained market share. It’s widely accepted this would all change with the emergence of an American heavyweight champion. At this point, many American fans would welcome an American challenger who could topple any of the fighters in the top-10 rankings.
One brave Florida-based fighter hopes to do just that tomorrow night in Russia. He is Jason “The Sensation” Gavern (21-9-4, 10 KO’s). Gavern tangles with the 6’8’’ Alexander Ustinov (26-0, 20 KOs) at the SportPalace in Kharkov, Ukraine on a Klitschko brothers’ K2 Promotions card for the vacant IBO InterContinental heavyweight belt. We caught up with Jason as he celebrated his 35th birthday and made final preparations for the big fight yesterday. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Antonio Margarito will fight Abel Perry in a 10 round junior middleweight bout on May 26th, manager Sergio Diaz told Fightnews.com Wednesday morning. The bout will headline a Top Rank Live card that will take place at the Casino Del Sol in Tucson, AZ. Diaz said the card will televised on Spanish-language Azteca America.
Margarito (38-8, 27 KOs) is hoping to rebound from his 10th round stoppage loss to Miguel Cotto on December 3rd at Madison Square Garden in New York City. That bout was a rematch of their July 2008 bout that Margarito won by technical knockout in the 11th round. The victory over Cotto has put Margarito been under a cloud of suspicion due to whether he may or may not have used doctored handwraps. An illegal substance was found under the hand wraps prior to Margarito stepping inside the ring against Shane Mosley six months later. Margarito would lose to Mosley by technical knockout in the ninth round.
Diaz also went on to say that Margarito will train in Tijuana for this fight and not at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard. (more…)
Former IBF junior welterweight champion Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi (30-4, 6 KOs) is excited about his world title challenge this Sunday against WBA welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko (32-0, 21 KOs), airing live in the United States on Integrated Sports Meida pay-per-view, live from Donbass Arena in Donetsk, Ukraine.
“I think it’s great because American fans don’t always get an opportunity like this to see fights held overseas,” said Malignaggi, who arrived in the Ukraine today from his training camp in Milan. “This is a high-level fight and not expensive pay-per-view. My fans will be able to watch. This is a good style match-up. Fans will see what Paulie Malignaggi has left and if Senchenko is for real. No matter which way you look at it, fans can get together as a group to watch, or order it individually at home. Boxing fans want to see world title fights and this one they’ll see me beat Senchenko.”
Senchenko vs. Malignaggi, presented by Union Boxing Promotion, is being distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 1:00 PM/ET – 10:00 AM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, DISH Network and Avail-TVN for a suggested retail price of $29.95. (more…)
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WBO Interim cruiserweight world champion Ola Afolabi (19-2-3, 9 KOs) held a media training today in Hamburg, Germany. With his trainer Fritz Sdunek he showed his perfect shape and talked about his preparation and his opponent, WBO Cruiserweight champion Marco Huck. Afolabi will face off with Huck on May 5 in a rematch at the Messehalle Erfurt, Germany. Afolabi lost a close points decision in the first fight with Huck in December 5, 2009.
Ola Afolabi: “I am not thinking of losing at all. Marco Huck is a tough fighter but tacticwise he is not very smart. With K2 and the Klitschkos as well as trainer Fritz Sdunek I have a great team and I am much more professional than in 2009. I am the youngest of 8 brothers and thus I always had to fight, it is in my genes. I am mentally and physically ready for Huck. He needs a gun to beat me.” (more…)
Fresquez Productions held a press conference today to announce the much-anticipated June 15 rematch between French knockout-artist Anne Sophie Mathis and Holly “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holm, universally considered the two best female boxers in the world, at Route 66 Casino Hotel in Albuquerque.
“The Reckoning,” presented by Fresquez Productions in association with Route 66 Casino Hotel, will showcase a stylistic match-up between invading knockout specialist Mathis and the consummate boxer, southpaw Holm. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Photo: Ed Diller / DiBella Entertainment
His last fight on March 17th, a flawless ten round unanimous decision over tough Donovan George, really thrust undefeated super middleweight IBF #3, WBC #5, WBA #8 Edwin Rodriguez (21-0, 14 KOs) to the threshold of a title challenge and has boxing sportswriters and pundits on the watch for his next appearance. Fightnews caught up with the articulate, 26-year-old contender to discuss his boxing past, present and what lays ahead. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
On Tuesday WBC world featherweight champion Johnny Gonzalez and his famous trainer Nacho Beristain arrived in Cancun. WBC featherweight champion in recess Elio “The Kid” Rojas is already in town, having arrived on Saturday with his trainers James McGirt and Terrence Blackmoore. Gonzalez stated that he would make it clear that he is the true world champion.
Two world title fights are on tap Saturday at the Arena in the Grand Oasis Hotel in Cancun. In addition to the battle of champions between Gonzalez and Rojas, IBF super featherweight champion Juan Carlos Salgado defends against Martin Honorio. Both are mandatory challengers. The ever is presented by Pepe Gomez, Don King and Promociones del Pueblo.
All the shots from today’s Media Day at the Mayweather Gym, with Floyd Mayweather Jr., Jessie Vargas, Fifty Cents and DeAndre Latimore.
On May 5, seven-time, five-division world champion Mayweather takes on WBA Super Welterweight champ Miguel Cotto at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas which will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®. (more…)
Former IBF world champion Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi (30-4, 6 KOs) travels to the Donbass Arena in Donetsk, Ukraine, to take on unbeaten reigning WBA welterweight world champion Vyacheslav Senchenko (32-0, 21 KOs) on Sunday. There is a lot riding on this fight for Paulie. If he is able to win a world championship in a second weight class, it’s a certainty that he would defend the belt on the first ever boxing card at the new Barclays Center in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York.
The undefeated Senchenko won the vacant WBA welterweight in an April 2009, pinning the first loss on then-unbeaten interim titleholder Yuriy Nuzhnenko. He has since made three successful defenses – all in Donetsk. The WBA #2 Malignaggi will give Senchenko much needed worldwide exposure and credibility against a well established name. (more…)
WBC Request to Texas Authorities and the University of Texas El Paso
The World Boxing Council respectfully presents its request to the government authorities of El Paso, the University of el Paso and all the boxing fans in that beautiful city to join so it can be approved that the WBC championship bout where the WBC middleweight champion, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will make the third defense on his title against Irish Andy Lee to be held in that city. This card will be considered as an act of union between of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez and so of The United States and Mexico, plus being the most important bout to be promoted next June 16, 2012.
Senator irked after UT officials cancel boxing match in El Paso
A decision by the University of Texas System to cancel a boxing match in UT-El Paso’s Sun Bowl stadium irked Sen. Jose Rodriguez, D-El Paso, especially since security concerns were cited because of border violence. Rodriguez has spoken out against what he believes are inflated reports of border violence, which have not affected metropolitan areas, such as El Paso.
A boxing match between Julio César Chávez Jr. and Andy Lee scheduled for June 16 has been cancelled because of security reasons, according to an El Paso Times story. “I strongly oppose the decision by the UT System to cancel this fight, especially without consulting local officials regarding any potential threat. This is just one more example of what happens when our state leaders disregard the facts by falsely calling border communities ‘war zones’ without any evidence to support their claims,” Rodriguez said. (more…)
WBC President Jose Sulaiman has announced that WBC middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has signed a commitment to defend his title against Sergio Martinez in September, if he defeats his next challenger Andy Lee in what will be the third defense of his title. Sergio Martinez has already signed the same document, as has Andy Lee. According to the WBC they have silently carried out continuous communications and negotiations with both parties, in spite of media reports that indicated the opposite. “I am convinced of the dignity, pride and honor that a World Boxing Council champion always has,” Sulaiman stated.
Hitz Boxing’s popular “Fight Night at the Horseshoe” series will return on May 25 at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, featuring Chicago’s own former heavyweight title challenger “Fast” Fres Oquendo (33-7, 21 KOs) in the 10-round main event. The undercard includes NABA-US lightweight champion Yakubu “Black Mamba” Amidu (20-3-1, 18 KOs), undefeated heavyweight crowd pleaser David “Diesel” Latoria (10-0, 5 KOs), and popular Chicago super-middleweight dynamo Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez (6-0, 3 KOs) against TBA’s in six-round bouts. All opponents will be announced shortly.
“Due to the tremendous success of these shows and the record-breaking crowd we welcomed at the last show, we are bringing back several of the most popular fighters and introducing some new talent as well,” said Hitz Boxing Founder, Bobby Hitz. “Boxing shows at the Horseshoe are like bringing Las Vegas to the Midwest. It’s a fantastic venue with terrific people to work with and we’re all very excited about this great event.”
By Karl Freitag
Just an hour before today’s kick-off press conference for the June 16 Julio Cesar Chavez vs. Andy Lee world middleweight championship fight at the 51,000-seat Sun Bowl, Top Rank was notified that due to “heightened security issues,” the University of Texas Board of Regents governing all UT schools made a decision to disallow the use of the stadium, located on the campus of the University of Texas at El Paso, even though UTEP was fully supportive of the event.
Top Rank matchmaker Carl Moretti informed Fightnews.com that the fight will likely be moved to Houston or San Antonio. The fighters have been told to continue training and the fight is definitely happening.
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
WBC Middleweight Champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and top middleweight contender Andy Lee of Limerick, Ireland pose during a press conference Tuesday in El Paso,Texas to announce their upcoming WBC World Middleweight Championship to be held Saturday, June 16 at a site to be determined. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions, DiBella Entertainment, At&T and Tecate, this championship card will be televised live on HBO Championship Boxing. Click here for more photos…
Following his twelfth round KO loss to reigning WBA super middleweight champion Karoly Balzsay on Saturday night in Schwerin, Germany, former world titleholder Dimitri Sartison will now require a third surgery on his knee. He may undergo the operation as early as Monday. “I have always lived by the legs, by my mobility. Because of my bad knee it was just not there. In the last round, I simply eased my concentration. Otherwise it would have been different. But, I don’t blame anyone for this. I decided myself that I would box….twice I’ve boxed for a world championship when not fit, and twice I’ve lost. Against Kessler and Balzsay. This is very bitter.” After his knee is repaired, Sartison is hoping for a rematch.
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Now in his last week of heavy training for the defense of his WBC super welterweight championship, Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is seeking to optimize his speed to beat former world champion Shane Mosley at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 5. “We will have a complicated fight,” says trainer Edison Reynoso. “Shane Mosley is fast and dangerous with strong punches. He has a lot of experience but we’re working to overcome it.”
“El Canelo” and his team have carefully analyzed videos to pinpoint Mosley’s weaknesses and have a defined strategy for the fight.
“I am training hard and making great progress,” stated Alvarez. “The determination that I have in this training camp will lead me to victory on May 5. I’m not thinking about what I need to do and achieve in boxing. I’m 21 years old and I know that there will be many opportunities. But as I said, that does not affect me as a fighter now. I am proud of what I’ve accomplished to this point and will be proud of winning in May.”
Former World Middleweight Champion Kelly ‘The Ghost’ Pavlik will return to the ring on Friday, June 8, fighting in the main event on a Top Rank/ESPN Friday Night Fights boxing card in The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. In the co- feature, Mike Lee, the undefeated Notre Dame champion, will fight in a light heavyweight bout.
In the main event, Pavlik (38-2, 33 KOs), of Youngstown, Ohio will take on Scott Sigmon (22-3, 13 KOs), of Bedford, Virginia in a scheduled 10-round super middleweight bout. Pavlik, trained by Robert Garcia, is coming off a tremendous knockout stoppage over Aaron Jaco on March 31 in San Antonio, Texas. “I have the power to get right back where I want to get – to a title fight,” Pavlik said.
Mike Lee (8-0, 5 KOs), from Chicago, IL the Notre Dame Champion and undefeated as a professional, is a very popular fighter who is currently featured in national Subway commercials. Lee trains with Ronnie Shields in Houston, Texas.
The June 8 fight card will feature eight bouts in all. The undercard includes 20-year- old fan favorite Jesse Magdaleno (8-0, 5 KOs) of Las Vegas in a six-round super bantamweight bout. Doors open at 4:30 pm, first bell is at 5 pm and the televised bouts begin at 7 pm local time. Tickets, priced at $100, $50, $25 plus applicable fees, go on sale Tuesday, April 24 and are available at the Hard Rock Hotel Box Office.
Twenty-year old southpaw super flyweight Ivan “Niño Morales” Morales (17-0, 12KOs) took a step towards history last night when he devastatingly stopped Anahuac, Chihuahua’s Edgar “Destroyer” Martinez (9-6, 5KOs) in the first round to capture the vacant WBC Youth super flyweight title in front of over 1,500 home town fans at the Tijuana Municipal Auditorium. Morales, the younger brother of seven-time world champion Erik “Terrible” Morales and former super flyweight WBO champ Diego “Pelucho” Morales, was the headliner for the “La Dinastia Continua (The Dynasty Continues)” fight card presented by Box Latino. With the win, the young Tijuana fighter is on his way to along with his brothers, becoming the first set of siblings to become world champions. (more…)
The ‘will they?’ or ‘won’t they?’ game surrounding a much-hyped-but-not -happening mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao is like Christmas Day to boxing fans—except the calendar remains stuck on Christmas Eve. It’s not that either fighter has been fighting bums, but the public wants what it wants, when it wants it and Christmas Eve doesn’t quite cut the mustard when your eye is on the gift under the tree.
Christmas Even will come around once again May 5, as Miguel Cotto will try his hands at becoming the first man to defeat “Money” Mayweather as a pro. (more…)
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