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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican Robinson Castellanos (17-9, 11 KOs) will defend his WBC silver world featherweight crown against Panamanian former two division world champion Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero (36-4, 23 KOs) on April 20 in Panamá. Castellanos was waiting for a fight againts WBC featherweight world champion his compatriot Daniel Ponce De Leon, but sine that fight couldn’t be made he’ll face Caballero in a fight will also be a WBC featherweight final eliminator to become official challenger to Daniel Ponce De Leon
The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit last Friday (15 February 2013) dismissed the appeal by Straight-Out Promotions LLC and Chris Webb against the previous dismissal of their claims against Frank Warren and others over the sale of the foreign TV rights to the fight between Mike Tyson and Danny Williams. The US District Court for the Southern District of New York had previously also dismissed a claim by Mike Tyson’s estate in bankruptcy against Mr Warren and others over the sale of such rights. Warren said today that he was ‘delighted’ to receive confirmation (i) that neither Mike Tyson nor Straight-Out Promotions LLC and Chris Webb had any claim against him and (ii) that the US Courts had accepted that he had no liability to any of them. Warren added that he would like to thank his attorney in the appeal Howard Karasik, Esq.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Cesar Ceron
Boxing world champions Jhonny Gonzalez, Juan Carlos Salgado and Mariana Juarez competed on Saturday and Sunday at the famous sporting event called Spartan Race as part of their preparation for their upcoming fights — Gonzalez Feb. 23 in Ixtapa against the Nicaraguan Eusebio Osejo, Salgado on March 2 in Los Angeles risking the crown against the Dominican Argenis Mendez and Juarez who will fight in March or April.
The tour is 7KM with unexpected obstacles in all types of terrain to test the endurance and skill of the competitors. (more…)
By Sam Geraci
“I don’t know about you all, but I want to have sex.”
Aside from Adrien Broner’s declaration of his plans immediately following the post-fight press conference, much like his bout with Gavin Rees (37-2-1, 18 KOs) in which Broner (26-0, 22 KOs) was more than a 30-1 favorite by some, nothing addressed in the post-fight press conference should have come as much of a surprise to those who have followed Broner’s career.
“The kid was good. I felt like he would beat a couple of fighters,” said Broner. “I’m just at another level. He was tougher than a steak that was cooked too long.”
Although Rees, who did not attend the post-fight press conference, tried to put up a fight for the first two rounds, like each of Broner’s opponent since his controversial unanimous decision over current WBC 126 pound champion Daniel Ponce De Leon (44-4, 35 KOs) in March of 2011, Broner simply overpowered and outclassed Rees.
“You got a young, fresh, fly, flashy, young African American on top,” said Broner. “[There are] high expectations for me to really take over boxing after Floyd Mayweather and Pacquiao hang up their gloves.” (more…)
Photography By Emily Harney
In front of a packed electric crowd, former world title challenger Delvin Rodriguez put the deeply talented junior middleweight division on notice Friday night with a dominating performance over game George “Comanche Boy” Tahdooahnippah culminating in a sixth round stoppage. More…
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Zou Shiming, two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time World Amateur Champion trains with trainer Freddie Roach during his first day of training at the historic Wildcard Boxing Club in Hollywood,California. Shiming is scheduled to make his professional Top Rank boxing debut on April 6, at The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel in Macau.
Grand Forks, N.D. amateur boxer J.J. Moen is in critical condition after collapsing after a bout held Saturday night. Moen suffered a brain injury and is currently in a coma. Read more in the Grand Forks Herald
Top Rank’s latest signed star, Zou Shiming, will be sparring with Brian Viloria at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles this week. The amateur star will make his pro debut on April 6 in Macou.
Speaking of Top Rank, WBC boss Jose Sulaiman and trainer Nacho Beristain are advising Juan Manuel Marquez to skip a fifth fight with Manny Pacquiao.
The LAPD have cracked a robbery case that netted the return of three championship belts to pro boxer Jennifer Grooms . . . more
Former pro boxer Graham Brett has been sentenced to seven years for killing a man in a bar with a single punch. More
From UFC 157 to Chris Martin vs. Jose Angel Beranza, boxing is heating up in Southern California . . . more
UFC 158′s welterweight tournament will continue — with a slight reshuffling of the participants — as Rory MacDonald has been injured and forced out of his anticipated rematch with Carlos Condit.
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Over the weekend, Top Rank and Zanfer Promotions announced they will partner with Zapari Boxing to promote undefeated middleweight contender Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramírez. Ramirez (24-0, 19 KOs), from Mazatlan, Sinaloa, México, captured the WBC Youth middleweight title in 2010 and has successfully defended it six time throughout his three-year reign. Currently world-rated #4 by the WBC and #6 by the WBA, Ramiíez, 21, is a former Méxican Junior National Champion and a three-time National Méxican National Amateur Champion in the Elite Division.
“This is a huge signing for Top Rank and Zanfer and words cannot express how excited we are to be promoting him,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. “The sky is the limit for Gilberto. I expect him to have a glorious reign as world champion.” (more…)
By James Slater
2008 Olympic gold medallist and reigning WBC Silver super-middleweight champ James DeGale has his next fight set – against 25-year-old Pablo Farias of Argentina, on March 23rd in Kent – and promoter Mick Hennessey has gone on record as saying he hopes his fighter will land a massive fight against the likes of Carl Froch, Mikkel Kessler or Andre Ward in 2013. DeGale-Farias can be seen live on WealthTV and WealthTV.com.
Speaking with The Daily Mail, Hennessey said, “This is the year when James will be chasing the big names like Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler. Froch knows what it’s like to be avoided because he could never get his dream fight with Joe Calzaghe before he retired. We are hoping he won’t do to James what Joe did to him. It’s a big year him. (more…)
The popular series of “Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford” will make its 2013 debut on Florida’s Space Coast with a show Friday at the Palm Bay Community Center in Palm Bay, FL. This year the series format will consist of three seasons of four consecutives shows. The first series continues March 1st from Foro Polanco in Mexico City, March 8 at Plaza Condesa in Mexico City and March 15 from the Kissimmee Civic Center. The second season will be in the summer and the third in the fall.
In Friday’s main event, WBO Intercontinental bantamweight champion and #5 contender Jose “Miau” Nieves (21-2-3-10 KO’s) of Carolina, Puerto Rico, will put his ranking and title on the line against former WBC Mundo Hispano Champion Danny “El Venado” Flores (14-2-8 KO’s) of Merida, Yucatan, Mexico in a bout scheduled for 12 rounds in another classic battle of Puerto Rico Vs. Mexico. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Oswaldo Kuchle, Promociones del Pueblo company director, has confirmed to Fightnews.com unbeaten super flyweight Carlos “El Principe” Cuadras (27-0, 22 KOs) and two-time world title challenger Victor “Nene” Zaleta (23-1, 10 KOs)) will face off March 2 in Tamaulipas, Mexico. Cuadras’ WBC silver super flyweight title will be on the line. Cuadras-Zaleta promises to be an interesting fight and the most serious and difficult test to date for Cuadras.
Always looking to put his best foot forward, newly inducted California state hall of fame promoter Bobby DePhilippis and his company Bobby D. Presents has put an international flair to his first fight card season of the 2013 season when he returns to the home of San Diego professional boxing, the Four Points Hotel by Sheraton, on Thursday, February 21st. Showcased on the multi-bout night “Champions of Tomorrow” are fighters from different points of Asia, U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean. The event is in association with Jorge Marron Productions and A&T Gym. (more…)
Promoter Eddie Hearn says that Gavin Rees’ fearless performance against Adrian Broner for the WBC World lightweight title in Atlantic City on Saturday will lead to another World title challenge in 2013. Hearn has already begun plotting Rees’ next move and said that the reaction to Rees performance could prompt a return to America, but that a big UK fight is also a possibility as ‘The Rock’ continues his quest to become a two-weight world champion. “Gavin’s performance won him many admirers in America,” said Hearn. “He is a true warrior and we have already been approached about further fights for Gavin in the US in early summer. His stock however has also been raised significantly in the UK and there are still some big domestic opportunities available to him here. All in all the future is very bright for Gavin and the plan is too pick up another World title shot before the end of 2013.”
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside; photos by Ed Mulholland
Adrian “The Problem” Broner (26-0, 22 KOs) defended his WBC lightweight title by dropping Gavin Rees (37-2-1, 19 KOs) twice en-route to an impressive fifth round stoppage this Saturday at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. In the co-feature, former “The Contender” star Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika (30-6-2, 21 KOs) won a workmanlike but one-sided twelve unanimous decision victory over previously undefeated and #1 contender Nikola Sjeckloca (25-1, 7 KOs) in a WBC super middleweight title eliminator bout. With the victory, Bika became the mandatory challenger for champion Andre Ward. Along with the world title fight and the title eliminator, the card also featured a USBA title contest, plus the showcasing of several Olympians and future prospects. Click here for the full report and the action-packed photogallery…
Kevin Satchell is on course to become Britain’s first world flyweight champion for 20 years. Scot Pat Clinton was the previous world champion briefly holding the WBO in 1992 and 1993, but UK boxing has been starved of success in the 112lb division ever since. Satchell (9-0) makes the first defense of his British championship against Belfast’s Luke Wilton on Frank Maloney’s big bill at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on Saturday, which will be televised by Wealth TV and streamed live on WealthTV.com.
Manager Steve Wood and promoter Maloney believe that by the end of this year Satchell could be challenging for a version of the world title. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
IBF featherweight champion Billy “The Kid” Dib spoke to Fightnews about his IBF title defense against Evgeny Gradovich on March 1st at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut. Dib will depart Australia on Wednesday for Los Angeles and will train and spar there before finally leaving for New York for final preparation. “This is an important fight for me,” said Dib. “I will proudly defend my IBF belt and give the American fight fans an exciting fight. I’ve adjusted my style and it’s much more aggressive. I’ve worked hard to get back to America and will make the most of my opportunity.”
Manager and brother Emaid added, “It’s been a tough long road for Billy and he has shown me some special qualities. He has shown real toughness both mentally and physically. He’s a great boxer and can also punch. He’s made some great adjustment with this brilliant coach Billy Hussein, who since coming on board has guided him to 15 straight wins with 12 coming from KO.”
Unbeaten lightweights will face off in the main event on ShoBox April 12 when South Florida based by way of Cuba Angelo Santana (14-0, 11 KOs) takes on Ismael Barroso (13-0, 12 KOs) of Valenzuela. The main event bout is scheduled for 10 rounds. The site is TBA.
Big time boxing is back in the Los Angeles area Saturday as LA’s first big televised show on the year will be presented by Top Rank and televised on UniMas (formerly Telefutura) on their very popular “SOLO BOXEO” Tecate series at the C. Robert Lee Center in Hawaiian Gardens, CA. With super bantamweight bangers Chris Avalos (20-2, 15 KOs) and Jessie Magdaleno (13-0, 9 KOs) as headliners in separate bouts, fireworks are a certainty. Their respective opponents are Jose Luis Araiza (29-7-1, 22 KOs) and Leivi Brea (19-10-3, 10 KOs). (more…)
By Chris Morris / Rocky Mountain Boxing
Photos: Michael V. Ornelas
In front of a sold out crowd hometown favorite Raul ‘El Chino’ Carrillo was able to survive a tough test from Cesar ‘The Rattlesnake’ Holguin winning a majority decision over eight action packed rounds. The co main saw John Grimaldo have his way with Juan Santiago putting him down three times en route to a TKO victory. Credit to Raul ‘Ro’ Utajara and Ghost Town Gladiator’s matchmaking as the undercard was evenly matched and produced some great action as well. Fans were on their feet cheering nearly the entire night.
Raul ‘El Chino’ Carrillo (11-1, 6KOs) survived a tougher than expected test from Cesar ‘The Rattlesnake’ Holguin (9-4-1, 3KOs) earning a majority decision in his hometown of Longmont, Colorado. There was no mistaking who the hometown fighter was as the ‘El Chino-El Chino’ chants started early and seldom stopped throughout the eight round battle. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Renzo Novara
World class boxing returned to Tijuana once again courtesy of hometown Zanfer Promotions along with Thompson Boxing and Gary Shaw Productions presented an IBF super bantamweight championship bout where undefeated Jonathan “Momo” Romero (23-0, 12KOs) took the hardware home by defeating Tijuana’s own Alejandro “Alex” Lopez (24-3, 7KOs) in front of over 3,500 fans at the Municipal Auditorium via a close split decision. The fight card was broadcast live in Mexico by Canal Azteca.
The hometown fighter Lopez, who earned the right to fight for the title that Nonito Donaire left vacant by defeating the tough Takalani Ndlovu in a title eliminator late last year, knew that he had to take the fight to the taller “Momo” Romero of Barranquilla, Colombia. Romero earned his shot but defeating Efrain Esquivias around the same time to become the IBF’s #2 ranked 118 pounder. Even though the shorter Lopez needed to push the fight, the slick Romero was the aggressor as he threw his piston-like jab and kept Lopez at the end of it to start off the bout. A hard left hook woke up Lopez in the second and he tried to return the favor but Romero was too elusive to get caught with anything meaningful. (more…)
By Robert Coster
New York-based hot Dominican prospect Juan “Baby Tito” Dominguez (13-0, 9 KOs) returned to his homeland to win the first title of his young career – the WBA Fedecentro super-bantamweigh belt – stopping overclassed Geicy Lorenzo (12-6, 4 KOs) in just two rounds. Dominguez dropped Lorenzo in the first round and was battering him in the second round when the referee decided to halt the one-sided affair.
On the same show, Amanda Serrano (16-1 ) of New York won the WIBA featherweight title with a one round knockout of Wanda Pena (8-5), while super bantamweight Leon Moore (29-2, 23 KOs) of Guyana won by TKO in five rounds over Gregorio Lebron. The 11 fight boxing card was held at the Arena del Cibao in Santiago, the Dominican Republic’s second city.
By Ron Jackson
Cleutus Mbhele retained his Gauteng bantamweight title with a majority ten round draw against Cebo Ngema in a closely fought contest at the Nasrec Expo Centre near Johannesburg on Sunday afternoon. Judge Alfred Buqwana scored it 97-93 for Mbhele whilst judges Phillip du Randt and Joe Chaane scored it 95-95. The drawn decision was a bit harsh on the 22 year-old Mbhele (52’82kg) who appeared to box his way to a comfortable decision with his better boxing skills throughout. Ngema, 23, made a fast start and possibly shaded the first two rounds before the champion picked up the pace in round three. Boxing from behind his southpaw right jab Mbhele was in control throughout piling up the points with some good counter punching as the aggressive Ngema (53.22kg) pressed forward. Mbhele takes his record 14-4-3; 7 and Ngema goes to 9-3-1; 6. (more…)
Report and photo by Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten Japanese heavyweight Rio Hidaka (10-0, 8 KOs), 216.75, defeated New Zealander Clarence Tilman (11-11-2, 6 KOs), 274, by a nearly lopsided decision (79-74 twice and 79-73) over eight hard-fought rounds on Sunday in Sanda, Japan. Hidaka controlled the contest with his constant pressure and solid overhand rights, but the much taller and heavier Tilman occasionally landed a vicious punch to the face at a time. Hidaka, too anxious to finish his foe, looked too tense and stiff to throw punches smoothly, but he was an aggressor all the way. The 6’4” Tilman withstood the shorter Japanese banger’s shots and attempted to land his wicked right cross. Hidaka, who had always asked for more bouts, has been already booked in Osaka this coming May. He stays busy, which may be good for him. Promoter: Green Tsuda Promotions.
Why is Nonito Donaire making plans for the future, beyond boxing? Check out the Philippine Star
Former champ Scott Harrison has parted ways with manager Alex Morrison. More in the Daily Record
Former greats Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield recently met again . . . more
The Press of Atlantic City’s take on last night’s Broner-Rees fight in Atlantic City: more
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