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European lightweight Champion John Murray heads to the capital and now headlines the York Hall on Saturday 2nd April. The unbeaten Manchester star makes the second defense of his title against the reigning Spanish champion Karim El Ouazghari from Barcelona. Murray follows the path of fellow Mancunian Ricky Hatton who topped the famous London boxing venue in 2000 on his way to super-stardom. “I’m really excited to be coming to London again and showing the fans that I’m the best talent around,” said the 27-year-old, who has not fought in the capital for more than four years. “There is always an electric atmosphere at York Hall, and it will be no different on April 2. It’s every fighter’s dream to headline at the home of London boxing, and I’ll be looking to put on a very special display for the fans. Hatton put on a devastating performance against Guiseppe Lauri when he fought at the York Hall, I was just a teenager at the time and remember watching it on TV and he had the fans rocking. “I want to do the same. I need to put in an explosive performance to keep on building my fan base because I want to be well supported all over the country, not just in Manchester, and I can promise that no one will go home disappointed.”
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Piotr Duszczyk/Ringpolska
Paweł Kołodziej (27-0, 16 KOs) and Polish cruiserweight and experienced Felix Cora, Jr (22-4, 12 KOs) met today in Warsaw’s Hilton hotel before their Saturday WBA International title fight during “Wojak Boxing Night” in Krynica Zdrój (Poland). Kołodziej is promoted by Andrew Wasilewski “KnockOut Promotions”, who invited to the Warsaw’s press conference as a special guest, his current WBC cruiserweight champion – Krzysztof Włodarczyk (44-2, 31 KOs), who on April 2 will defend his belt against mandatory challenger, Francisco Palacios (20-0, 13 KOs) from Puerto Rico. Click here for more photos…
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Photos by Alma Montiel/WBC
Today at a press conference in Mexico City, the details of the fight that will have the two most important figures of Mexican female boxing, Ana María “La Guerrera” Torres and Jackie “La Princesa Azteca” Nava were announced. Through the combined efforts of Zanfer Promotions, and HG Boxing, on April 16th at the Port of Veracruz, Ana Maria Torres and Jackie Nava will climb into the ring. For more details and photos click here…
By Andreas Hale
Miguel Cotto: “The trash talking doesn’t matter because the only way he can beat me is with his skills. He doesn’t doesn’t have skills, he’s just a brawler and I’m prepared for anything he can bring. We’re pretty sure we will beat him no matter what. We’re going to capitalize on a lot of his mistakes and I know he’s going to make mistakes in this fight.”
Emanuel Steward: “Nobody has had an easy fight with Mayorga. It’s always been a difficult fight until the end when he was exhausted. It could be difficult. But I feel that the way Miguel has been looking in training and with his shoulder healed that he will put on an excellent performance. I don’t see this fight going four rounds.”
Don King: “I think Ricardo will knockout Cotto. Case closed. He’ll do what he has to do because he wants Pacquiao.”
Ricardo Mayorga: “This is the fight where I impose my will so much that if I don’t beat Cotto by knockout and I beat him by decision, I don’t feel like I deserve a fight with Pacquiao…..(Miguel Cotto and Emanuel Steward) are both clowns and failures. After this fight I will prove that they are both failures. That’s all I have to say.”
By Pasi Taavitsainen
Super middleweight contender Piotr Wilczewski prepares for Friday’s European title clash against Amin Asikainen. The bout takes place at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland.
The word out of the Philippines is that WBO minimumweight champion Donnie Nietes (27-1-3, 15 KOs) will vacate his title very soon. Its also been said that he will possibly challenge for the WBO world title at 108 pounds in the summer as he moves up one weight class. Nietes has reigned as champion since 2007.
By Britt Freitag and Zach Young
Fight Night Champion is the closest thing you can experience to flat-out, brutal boxing action without actually toughing it through the punches. EA Sports continues to impress boxing fans around the world with smooth graphics and realistic action in the ring, all from the comfort of your own living room. Players have an enormous range when it comes to character selection, giving you the chance to pit legendary boxers such as Muhammad Ali, Julio Cesar Chavez, and Roberto Duran against current stars Wladamir and Vitali Klitschko, Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto. The game also hosts a create-your-own character feature with loads of customization, so although some fighters like Floyd Mayweather aren’t officially licensed to be in the game why not create your own Floyd to make Pacquiao-Mayweather happen on your own TV screen? (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
South Korean 122 pounder Jae Sung Lee (11-3-1, 7 KOs) outscored Filipino champion Ray Las Pinas (11-3-4, 6 KOs) over twelve rounds to capture the vacant IBF Pan Pacific jnr featherweight title in Seoul, South Korea on Sunday. The rangy 5.9″ Lee outworked the 5.5″ Las Pinas in round one but the aggressive Filipino got back into the fight as he connected with hard right hands and left hooks to the head of his opponent in rounds two and three. Lee stepped up a gear in round four, five and six to take charge of the bout but was on unsteady legs in rounds seven and eight when Las Pinas connected with right hand bombs to the head. The South Korean visibly hurt Las Pinas in the final rounds as he connected with accurate long range combinations to the head and body to win by majority decision by scores Won Tak Yoon 117-11, Rey Danseco 114-114, Wan Soo Yuh 115-113. (more…)
Catch the replay of Acosta vs. Rios on Showtime Extreme, tonight/Tuesday at 10:30pm ET/PT.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexicans David “The Destroyer” Lopez and Michel Rosales will do battle in a WBA welterweight championship eliminator on March 19 at the Gym UAT in Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico. The card was announced at a press conference by promoters Héctor García (HG Boxing) and Ernesto Caballero and Alejandro Barrenechea (Promociones Faja de Oro). The co-feature will be IBF female flyweight champion Arely Muciño defending her crown for the first time against Carolina “Fiera” Álvarez. In another bout, Tamaulipas prospect Sergio Torres, considered a serious prospect to win a world title, confronts Marlon “Rata ” Aguilar in a rematch. The event billed “Pegada Fulminante” will be televised in Mexico by Televisa Channel 5 on its traditional “Sabados de Corona” telecast.
Super bantamweight Rendall Munroe will return to action in April, in his first contest since challenging for the WBC title. Southpaw Munroe, 30, boxes a non-title eight rounder against a selected opponent at Houghton-le-Spring’s Rainton Meadows Arena on April 9. The Leicester binman proved he belonged in world class when he lost on points to Japanese superstar Toshiaki Nishioka last October. Munroe’s immediate aim is to regain the European crown he relinquished last year before mixing with the 122lb division’s big boys. Promoter Frank Maloney: “The European title is vacant right now, but if Rendall wins in April I hope that he will be made official challenger. Rendall proved he belonged in world class against Nishioka who is a very good champion and the WBC has kept him in their top five. I have no doubt that if Rendall can get another three good wins he will be get another world title fight.” In the main on the Sky Sports televised show, Darlington’s Stuey Hall (10-0-1) bids to win a Lonsdale belt outright when he risks his British bantamweight title against Liverpool’s John Donnelly (12-1)
After his impressive win over Genaro Trazancos last week in San Francisco, undefeated up and coming lightweight prospect Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (21-0-1, 11KOs) is more than ready to step up the level of competition. Having to face the overmatched Trazancos twice in less than twelve months because of a lack of willing opponents, the southpaw Gesta has a couple of fighters in his sights who he hopes to face off in a ring in the near future.
“I am ready for anybody. I would like to face Vicente Escobedo but I heard he might go down to 130 lbs.,” the twenty-three year old Gesta stated. “I would also like to face Luis Ramos. He is undefeated like me and I think our styles will match up for a great fight.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The possibility exists that WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire could fight WBA bantamweight world champion Anselmo ‘Chemito’ Moreno in a unification clash next. Sources report that Top Rank is interested in this bout for May 28th and staging it in Donaire’s backyard in the San Francisco Bay Area. Moreno had a pending defense against Lorenzo Parra for April 30 in Panama or Venezuela, but for various reasons has not been able to finalize this fight.
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Friday night at the Resorts Casino and Hotel, USBA junior middleweight champion Derek “Pooh” Ennis (22-2-1, 13KOs) will look to continue his rise to the top of the junior middleweight division when he squares off against the rugged Cuban southpaw Giorbis Barthelemy (24-8-2, 9KOs) in the ten round main event of the evening.
Ennis recently defended the USBA title the USBA title with a scintillating twelve round majority decision victory over fellow Philadelphian “King” Gabriel Rosado (16-5, 9KOs). The win catapulted Ennis to number nine in the IBF ratings and things were looking up for the USBA champ and rising junior middleweight sensation. Ennis was ready to face the top brass of the junior middleweight division. However things are not always as it may seem as fights against top opponents have fallen out during negotiations. (more…)
By Jose Santiago
Last Friday night during the Georgia Boxing Championship card in Atlanta GA, promoters Greg Barckhoff of Sportsfan Properties along with Shea Bailey of Shea Bailey Promotions honored ring announcer Henry “Discombobulating” Jones with a lifetime achievement award. Jones is often seen across the country at different fight cards announcing. He as been seen on USA Tuesday Night Fights, ESPN and HBO over the past 21 years. He was the first ring announcer at Radio City Music Hall, has announced in Madison Square Garden, Trump Taj Mahal, Constitution Hall, Philly’s Blue Horizon, and other famous venues. He has received Mayoral Proclamations from Washington DC, Maryland, and NY for being the “first prominent African-American Ring Announcer in history. He was recently inducted into the Washington DC Boxing Hall of Fame, the only ring announcer ever to be so honored. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Jose Antonio “Jaguar” Aguirre has decide to hang up the gloves after his ninth round TKO loss to countryman and WBC light flyweight Champion Gilberto Keb Baas on Saturday. The 35-year-old Aguirre closes the curtain on a 16-year career that saw him fight some of the best boxers in the strawweight and light-flyweight class. Aguirre’s best success was in the strawweight division, where he reigned as WBC 105lb champion for over three years from 2000-2003 and defended his title nine times. During his golden years, Aguirre racked up a 31-1-1 record. He was less successful as a light-flyweight, losing title bids for the WBA, IBF and WBC crowns. Jose Antonio Aguirre retires with a final tally of 35-10-1 with 21 KOs.
In the history of professional boxing there has never been a division as much dominated by German fighters as the middleweight division right now. With Felix Sturm (WBA), Sebastian Sylvester (IBF) and Sebastian Zbik (WBC) there are three reigning world middleweight champions from Germany, and a fourth man is only waiting for his chance to get a shot at a title: IBF intercontinental champion Benjamin Simon will face Australia’s “King” Sam Soliman on April 1st in Berlin in an IBF Elimination fight for the #2 spot and a possible shot against Sylvester. “My goal is very simple: I want to fight for a world title this year and I want to become world champion,” states Simon. (more…)
Earlier today, Golden Boy Promotions Boxers Randy Caballero and Vicente Escobedo showed the media they are ready for Friday’s showdown against separate opponents at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. Both fighters train with the Diaz brothers at the Indio Boys & Girls Club gym. Speaking to broadcast television affiliates and to newspaper writers, main event contender Vicente Escobedo said, “This feels really good, to be in the main event. I’m ready and I hope my opponent is ready.” He’s fighting Walter Estrada of Columbia in a 10-round lightweight bout.” For more details and photos click here…
Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer Boxing
WBC lightweight champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (54-7-2, 32 KOs) left Monday for Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico where he will face Fidel Monterrosa (25-2, 19 KOs) in a non-title ten-rounder at the Palenque Tepic. Soto is accompanied by trainers Romulo Quirarte and Romulo Quirarte Jr., Dr. Roman Cruz and manager Antonio Lozada. Soto has promised a great performance and overwhelming win. “I know he will enter the ring better prepared than last time because he wants his revenge, he wants to beat the world champion and I have to keep winning because there are some very important fights coming in my career,” said Soto.
Also on the card is super flyweight Juan Alberto “Topo” Rosas (32-6, 26 KOs) in his first fight since losing the title to Cristian Mijares last December. Rosas meets experienced former world title challenger Everardo “Zihua” Morales (34-15-2, 23 KOs).
Both fights are rematches with Soto and Rosas both winning the first fights by decision.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® is proud to confirm the remaining bouts for its first-ever event in Louisville, Ky. on Thursday, March 3. The fastest growing sports organization in the world heads to the KFC Yum! Center with a loaded card featuring explosive bouts between top UFC® contenders. (more…)
Story by Felipe Leon
With all of his 20 years and with less than a week’s worth until his first title opportunity, many might say life is pretty sweet for Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. For many of his detractors, the fact that the undefeated Alvarez (35-0-1, 26 KOs) will be fighting for the vacant WBC super welterweight title versus Matthew Hatton (41-4-2, 16 KOs) on Saturday, March 5th, at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA, comes to soon and much easily but for Alvarez, it is right on time . . . Click here for more
People’s Champ Boxing (PCB) has announced the signing of featherweight Cornelius Lock (19-6-1, 12 KOs) to an exclusive promotional contract. Mike Leanardi, CEO of PCB had this to say when announcing the deal; “I am very excited to welcome Cornelius Lock to People’s Champ Boxing. Corn is truly a world-class fighter who has an electric style and is a great addition to our team.” Lock is currently ranked #11 at featherweight by the IBF. Lock joins Sande Otieno, Jermaine “Hawk” White and Jimmy “The Fightin’ School Teacher” Holmes in the PCB stable. Lock’s next bout will be announced in the near future.
Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz has announced undefeated WBO female jr middleweight champion Hanna Gabriel will defend against Melisenda Perez in a rematch on March 31 at the new Costa Rica National Stadium in San Jose, Costa Rica. In the co-feature, female super bantamweights Melinda Cooper and Ada Velez meet for the IBF female title. Also, female featherweight Dahiana Santana faces Stacey Reile.
The card will be a major event celebrating the opening of the new Costa Rica National Stadium, which is a gift from the Chinese government to the people of Costa Rica. The President of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla will be in attendance as well as other government dignitaries. In addition, the festival will host a soccer match featuring Argentina vs. the Costa Rica national team.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® and VERSUS announced today that the UFC® event airing this Thursday, March 3, will be broadcast in 3D for the first-time ever. The highly-anticipated card, which is headlined by a welterweight clash between Diego Sanchez and Martin Kampmann, emanates from the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky. and will air live at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. (more…)
By Pasi Taavitsainen
Super middleweight contender Amin Asikainen prepares for Friday’s European title clash against Piotr Wilczewski. Thebout takes place at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland.
Photos: Carlos Delagado – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
Mexican boxing phenom and top rated contender Saul “Canelo” Alvarez made a personal appearance/autograph session on Sunday at the Anaheim Marketplace in advance of next Saturday’s fight against Matthew Hatton for the vacant WBC Super Welterweight World Title at Honda Center in Anaheim. More photos…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
New WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios could face ring legend Marco Antonio Barrera in his first defense. Rios’ next opponent will be decided by manager Cameron Dunkin and trainer Robert Garcia, but the match is expected to be against a good name. Before any defense takes place, however, Rios has to recover from a fractured right hand suffered in his thrilling win over reigning titlist Miguel Acosta.
By Felipe Leon
Undefeated world ranked and FECARBOX champion David “Morita” De La Mora (22-0, 15KOs) finished off the intense phase of his training camp last Friday for his, Saturday, March 5th bout slated for Rosarito, MX. De La Mora will face a tough test in experienced journeyman Victor “Pantera” Rodriguez (22-19, 11KOs) in a scheduled ten round bantamweight contest. (more…)
Photos and report by Rocco Morales
In main event action, an eight round junior welterweight contest, once defeated Aris Ambriz put on a beautiful boxing display to wear down the slightly favored Hector “Teco” Serrano. By unanimous decision victory 79-73, 79-73, 77-75, Ambriz improves to (15-1-1, 8 KOs) while Serrano drops to (13-2, 5 KOs). Although there were no knockdowns, Serrano was a bloody mess for the majority of the fight and Ambriz was moments away from stopping him when the fight ended. For more details and photos click here…
Photos and report by Jesse Kelley
“Golden” Caleb Truax (17-0-1, 10 KOs) of Osseo, MN remained undefeated Saturday night at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN with a hard fought majority decision win over Phil “The Drill” Williams (11-4-1, 10 KOs) of Minneapolis, MN. Truax and Williams battled to a 10 round draw on April 23rd of last year. Both fighters fought cautiously for the better part of the first meeting and after three rounds Saturday night, it seemed fans were in for another cautious chess match. For more details and photos click here…
Looks like the clash between WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer and interim champ Nathan Cleverly set for April 2 in London could be postponed for undisclosed reasons according to figosport.de. The new date is said to be May 21. The possibility exists that Cleverly might still fight on April 2 with former cruiserweight Enzo Maccarinelli, who would move to light heavyweight, being mentioned.
Postfight report by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone
There stood Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios in his locker room, surrounded by friends, family, cameras and journalists after his exciting 10th round TKO victory over Miguel Acosta to claim the WBA lightweight title at The Palms in Las Vegas . . . Click here for more
Photo: Chris Cozzone/Top Rank
WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto arrived Sunday at McCarron Airport in Las Vegas on American Airlines from Fort Lauderdale via Dallas. He spoke to a horde of fans awaiting his arrival, posed for pictures, and signed autographs before heading to the MGM Grand. On Saturday March 12, Cotto will defend his title against Ricardo Mayorga on SHOWTIME Pay Per View at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk and Legacy Boxing
On April 2 in Bydgoszcz, Poland, undefeated #1 rated cruiserweight Francisco “The Wizard” Palacios (20-0, 13 KOs) will challenge WBC titleholder Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (44-2, 32 KO). “There is only reason Włodarczyk is fighting me – I’m a mandatory challenger, he just has no other choice” – said Palacios. “I’m getting better every minute of my training and will be unstoppable in the ring. Whatever he will try to do, he cannot be prepared for what I will bring – speed, power, agility, you name it, I have it. My training camp is going great and I’m ready to bring a cruiserweight title to Puerto Rico. I want to be as great as our boxing hero Carlos DeLeon.”
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Photos: Ray Bailey
Saturday night before a packed house in the Grand Ballroom at Bally’s Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, rising junior middleweight contender “King” Gabriel Rosado (16-5, 9KO’s) captured the interim NABA junior middleweight title with a hard fought twelfth round stoppage of fellow Philadelphian Jamaal “Da Truth” Davis (12-8, 6KO’s). Also on the seven bout card promoted by Peltz Boxing Promotions, undefeated junior welterweight prospect Ronald Cruz (11-0, 8KO’s) continued to impress with a third round stoppage of Dillet Frederick (7-4-3, 4KO’s). For more details and photos click here…
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