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IBF/WBO/IBO world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and his opponent Eddie Chambers faced off at a press conference yesterday at ESPRIT arena Düsseldorf, where their fight will take place on March 20.
Klitschko: “This is a great arena and the idea of more than 50.000 spectator gives me additional motivation. After a break of 7 months I am really looking forward to stepping back into the ring. Chambers is a very strong and quick opponent; therefore he is the number 1 in the WBO ranking. But for me, there is no doubt that I will win the fight and keep my belts.”
Chambers: “Sure, Klitschko is the favorite. But I will surprise him and shock the boxing world when I take his titles to the US on March 20.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
This Saturday is the dealine for promoters of the Venezuelan WBA interim bantamweight Nehomar Cermeño and Panamanian WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno to arrive at an agreement to fight for the absolute WBA world title. Several sources indicate that the camps are not communicating and plan to go to a purse bid. “The promoters of Cermeño and Moreno to this moment have not mentioned any agreement to the WBA,” said WBA vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza. “The time limit is January. If they do not agree, in the next 10 days we’ll call a purse bid.”
Preview by Andreas Hale
When Jesse Brinkley (34-5, 22 KOs) and Curtis Stevens (21-2, 15 KOs) meet on Friday night in their super middleweight battle at the Grand Casino Resort in Reno, both fighters know that they are the “gatekeeper” to their opponents’ future.
Brinkley is the #6 ranked contender by the IBF and Stevens is the #10 ranked contender by the IBF. The winner will capture the number two mandatory spot with the IBF world rankings and earn a title shot at champion Lucian Bute . . . Click here for more
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former world champion Miguel Cotto may be hooking up with a new head trainer. Sources have mentioned names like Buddy McGirt, Ronnie Shields and others. Cotto is expected to return on June 12 at Madison Square Garden to challenge WBA super welterweight champion Yuri Foreman. Current trainer Joe Santiago, also the matchmaker of Miguel Cotto Promotions, and conditoning coach Phil Landman will remain on the Cotto staff. “We are seeking opportunities to improve in the corner and to seek the best preparation for the next fights,” said Cotto legal advisor Gaby Peñagarícano.
Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions will enter it’s thirteenth year as the “Home of the Best in Chicago Boxing” this Friday night, January 29th with “Windy City Fight Night ” an outstanding evening of ten world class bouts of professional boxing.
Said Pesoli, “I’m truly honored that each year brings continued success to 8 Count Productions. The Chicago sports fans have continued to show their loyalty to us and we’re thrilled to present a huge night of boxing this Friday night at the UIC Pavilion as we enter our thirteenth year of promoting.” (more…)
Despite all of the pre-fight posturing and trash talk he has engaged in over his nearly 13-year mixed martial arts career, Frank Trigg is surprisingly honest about his place in the grand scheme of MMA.
At 37 years old and heading into his second bout of four on his current contract against Matt Serra at UFC 109 on February 6, Trigg is cognizant that the fight represents an invariable crossroads in his career. Either it will bring him to the end of the road that was his MMA career or it will lead him to start the climb back up the mountain of the UFC’s stacked welterweight class, where he hopes to reach the pinnacle before he runs out of road . . . Click here for more by Mike Russell, UFC.com
Undefeated, hard-hitting prospect Chris Avalos weighed in at 118 pounds and once-beaten Jose Nieves tipped the scales at 119 pounds during Thursday’s weigh in at the Jockey Club at the Downs of Albuquerque in Albuquerque, N.M. Unbeaten, hometown favorite Archie Ray Marquez weighed in at 131 pounds and Derrick Campos measured 132 pounds for the ShoBox co-feature. The aggressive Avalos (14-0, 11 KOs) of Lancaster, Calif., will make his main event debut when he when he faces Nieves (17-1-3, 8 KOs) of Carolina, Puerto Rico, in a 10-round match tonight on ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME ® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
The first ShoBox telecast of 2010 will mark the return of respected ShoBox play-by-play announcer Nick Charles to his familiar ringside spot. Charles has been given the OK to return to action following a five-month battle with stage IV bladder cancer. It was announced in August that Charles was taking a leave of absence from his duties at SHOWTIME because of his illness. The last fight he worked was on July 31, 2009. (more…)
WBCBoxing.tv will present a live boxing webcast on Saturday. It is free of charge – everyone is invited to watch. The webcast will begin at 10:30 P.M. (22:30 hrs) Central Standard Time, and will last approximately two hours. Supporting bouts will be shown in addition to the main event. This webcast not available in Mexico or the United States, however the card can be seen on television. Headlining this Saturday’s show at the Restaurante Arroyo in Mexico City, Jorge “Travieso” Arce, 52-6-1 with 40 knockouts, of Los Mochis, Mexico, will battle Angky Angkota, 18-3 with 9 knockouts, of Semarang, Indonesia, in a 12-round super flyweight fight. (more…)
Jesus “Estrellita” Ruiz 118 vs Luis “Surtigas” Melendez 118
Octavio “Zurdo” Hernandez 123 vs Angel Aguilar 122
Hector “Cachorro” Morales 130 vs Ernesto Olarte 133
Mauricio Pintor 136 vs Omar Martinez 136
Adrian Quiroz 143 vs Martin “Pelon” Rivas 139
Antonio Laureano 109 vs Mario Andrade 109
Angel Molina 135 vs Ulises Moreno 136
Venue: Auditorio Plaza Condesa, Mexico DF, Mexico
Promoter: All Star Boxing, Inc., “The New Generation” & Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr., in association with Producciones Deportivas, Rafael Mendoza & Humberto “Chiquita” Gonzalez
TV: Telemundo 11:35PM ET/PT
Donovan George 167 vs. Phil Williams 169
Ivan Popoca 141 vs. Federico Flores 140
Andrzej Wawrzyk 230 vs. Harvey Jolly 203
Kenny Galarza 142 vs. Ilido Julio 141
Achour Esho 145 vs. Alexander Tousignant 142
Andrzej Fonfara 172 vs. Adan Leal 170
Antonio Avila 134 vs. Herbert Acevedo 134
Sergio Cristobal 119 vs. Sergio Montes De Oca 121
Bobby Jaskierny 134 vs. David Laque 132.5
Venue: UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL
Promoter: 8 Count Productions
Peter Manfredo Jr. 159.75 vs Matt Vanda 159.75
Matt Remillard 124.75 vs Rafael Lora 125.75
Arash Usmanee 130.25 vs Jorge Ruiz 135
Joseph Elegele 144 vs Chris Russel 142
Adelita Irizarry 143.5 vs Rachel Clark 137.75
Joseph Perez 132 vs Luis Quezada 131.25
J’Leon Love 165.25 vs Vince Burkhalter 163.25
Venue: Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut
Promoter: TKO Boxing Promotions
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Gabriel Campillo 175 vs Beibut Shumenov 174.5
(WBA light heavyweight championship)
Erislandy Lara 154.5 vs Grady Brewer 154.4
Eloy Perez 129.5 vs David Rodela 130
Carlos Molina 137 vs Tyler Ziolowski 138
Ronny Rios 127 vs Willshaun Boxley 126
Jessie Vargas 144 vs Rickey Kinney 144
Ravshan Hudaynazarov 152 vs Shadrack Kipruto 153.5
Gayrat Ahmedov 176 vs Harley Kilfian 177
Venue: Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Promoter: KZ Event Productions and Golden Boy Promotions
By Andreas Hale
Jesse Brinkley 167.5 vs Curtis Stevens 165
Raymond Serrano 146.5 vs Ronnie Warrior Jr 147
Tyler Hinkey 270 vs William Mitch Williams 215
Jack Montgomery 173 vs Carlos Gayton 171
Brandon Gonzales 163 vs. Dumont Welliver ??
Venue: Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, Nevada
Promoter: Lets Get it On/Star Boxing
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Bob Ryder at the scale
Vernon Paris 142.6 vs Corey Alacron, 143.4
Darryl Cunningham 165.2 vs Skyler Thompson*
Brian Mihtar 158.4 vs Jeremiah Jones, 164.2
Willie Fortune 163.2 vs Guy Packer 163.2
Jesse Carradine 131.6 vs Calvin Pritchard, 137.6**
Sidney Gurley 163 vs Cameron Allen, 163
Raynard Darden 167.2 vs Chris Grays, 162.8
Walter Burns 207.2 vs Bernell Stewart, 217.2
Ali Mansour 264.6 vs Todd Welcome, 314.6
Luigi Gjokaj 136.4 vs Eric Ricker, 135.2
Venue: Masonic Temple, Detroit, Michigan
Promoter: Carlos Llinas International Productions and Ron Remus Productions
*Thompson was unable to get to weigh in due to traffic and will get on the scales tomorrow.
**Pritchard agreed to forfeit $200 of purse for being over contracted weight.
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One month before the mandatory fight between Omar Niño and Rodel Mayol for the WBC light flyweight championship, Niño complied with the pre-weigh-in mandated by the World Boxing Council. Today at noon, in Guadalajara, his hometown, Niño Romero weighed 52.000 kilograms, which means that he is in a weight that is more than optimum, as he is only three kilograms above the limit of his division. The WBC allows fighters to have a maximum overweight of 5 kilograms thirty days prior to the bout. “I am very motivated, mainly because my Promoter Hector Garcia has just told me that Mayol will be ready to fight me on the agreed date.” The battle between Niño and Mayol, scheduled to take place on February 27th, very likely in Mexico City, has been confirmed by the representative of the Filipino fighter a few hours after the WBC issued an ultimatum.
From the Downs’ Jockey Club in Albuquerque, N.M. for tomorrow night’s ShoBox card on Showtime.
Chris Avalos 118 vs. Jose Nieves 119
Archie Ray Marquez 131 vs. Derrick Campos 132
Vincent Mirabal 144.5 vs. Michael Coca-Gallegos 143.5
David Proa 120 vs. Adam Ochoa 119
Billy Zumbrun 228 vs. Maurice Harris 254.5
Amanda Crespin 128 vs. Nohime Dennison 126
Max Heyman 190 vs. Roy Ashworth 185
Carlos Sanchez 153.5 vs. Arturo Crespin 156
Promoter: Gary Shaw Productions
Televised on Showtime’s ShoBox at 11 p.m. ET/PT.
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA interim lightweight world champion Miguel “Aguacerito” Acosta is in Mexico to sign a promotional contract with promoter Ignacio “Nacho” Huizar’s KO Entertainment. Acosta had inked a contract last year with Top Rank but is looking to stay more active as he seeks to become full the WBA lightweight champion in 2010. “Mexico is important for me,” said Acosta. “It was here that I won my title against Urban Antillón and now I’m coming to continue my career here. I feel as though I’m Mexican since the public has treated me very well. I think I can do good fights for the people.” Acosta is hoping to defend his belt in March in Monterrey, Nuevo León against an opponent to be named. More photos…
The Association of Boxing Commissions, (ABC) has denied taking an official position on the future licensing of Antonio Margarito. In a statement issued today, ABC President Tim Lueckenhoff said, “This is to clarify that the ABC has had no official contact with the Texas Boxing and Wrestling Commission. The ABC has not issued any correspondence in reference to this matter….It is true that the ABC Legal Committee held a conference call on Tuesday and discussed this matter along with other agenda items. The ABC may make an official comment on the licensure of Mr. Margarito in the very near future.” Top Rank is hoping to get Margarito licensed in Texas to appear on the blockbuster Pacquiao-Clottey card on March 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas.
Jorge ‘Travieso’ Arce will pull on a black cowboy hat and put a cherry-flavored lollipop in his mouth when he heads for the ring on Saturday night. “I started doing the lollipop when I was 16, just starting out,” said Arce, 30. “I was always very excited and jumpy in the locker room, talking a lot to everyone. My trainer would give me a lollipop to settle me down. I only use the cherry ones. One night I walked into the ring with it. It became part of my ring entrance, that and a cowboy hat which represents what part of Mexico I am from.” Arce, from Los Mochis, Mexico, will go into his 15th world title fight when he takes on Angky Angkota of Indonesia on a Top Rank Live! telecast on Fox Sports Net. Arce has a 10-4-0 record in world title fights but knows he is in tough against Angkota. “I always like to entertain in the ring,” Arce said. “But I think this is going to be a rough one on Saturday night.” Arce vs. Angkota will box at the Plaza de Toros Arroyo in Ciudad, Mexico. Rich Marotta and Barry Tompkins will call the action on FSN. The live telecast begins 10 pm eastern/7 pm pacific.
Nonito Donaire’s Media Day is this Saturday, 1PM at the Undisputed Gym in San Carlos, Calif. Fight fans are invited to attend. Donaire will head to Las Vegas on Sunday to wire in for his upcoming title bout vs. Gerson Guerrero on Top Rank’s Latin Fury 13/Pinoy Power 3 PPV on Feb 13 at the Las Vegas Hilton.
The official weigh-in for Friday’s WBA light heavyweight title rematch between champion Gabriel Campillo and Beibut Shumenov in The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas will take place at 5PM today in the casino’s “Wasted Space Club.” The public is invited.
Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former world heavyweight challenger Joe Bugner will celebrate his 60th birthday at a tribute and testimonial dinner that will be held of March 12 at the Sofitel Wentworth Hotel in Sydney. Aussie Joe, as he is known to Australians, settled in Australia during the 1980’s after an outstanding professional boxing career in London, England when he defeated English boxing legend Henry Cooper in 1971. He battled Muhammad Ali to a points decisions in 1973 in Las Vegas and in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 1975. He dropped a twelve round decision to former heavyweight champion “Smokin” Joe Frazier in 1973 but defeated another world heavyweight champion Jimmy Ellis in 1974. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Here is the lineup for Friday night’s Ballroom Boxing card at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD. Darnell “The Ding-a-Ling Man” Wilson is off the card because of an injury. Therefore, the main event will be the six-round super featherweight bout between Capitol Heights, MD’s Thomas “KO” Snow (11-1, 8 KOs) against Jason Rorie of Winston-Salem, NC (5-5-2, 2 KOs). (more…)
By Alex Dombroff
To advance a career that got going late, Derric Rossy is looking for some early performances. That is, fights that end early and impressively. Rossy, who less than a decade ago at Boston College was dreaming of doing his battles on a defensive line in the NFL, got just what he needed Wednesday night with a one round blitzkrieg of Alexis Meijas.
The bout headlined a 6-bout card at the M2 Ultra Lounge in New York, the first show put on by Winky Wright’s fledgling Winky Promotions. (more…)
Story by Andreas Hale
Jesse Brinkley dreams of one day becoming a world champion.
The former contestant on “The Contender” has yet to see those dreams materialize, but it hasn’t stopped him from working towards that goal. Five years removed from the reality show, Brinkley is again in the national spotlight as he prepares for his upcoming fight with Curtis Stevens when ESPN’s Friday Night Fights broadcasts from Reno, Nevada on January 29 . . . click here for more
By Graham Houston
Exciting bantamweight banger Chris Avalos returns to ShoBox on Friday in potentially his toughest test against Jose Nieves, the Puerto Rican southpaw who has lost only once in 21 fights. (The show also marks the return to ShoBox commentary duties for Nick Charles, the respected and much-loved broadcaster who is making a comeback after a courageous struggle against a cancer that is now in complete remission. A personal fight such as this puts everything in perspective, including boxing.) . . . Click here for more
Between UFC 109: Relentless and the Super Bowl, the weekend of Feb. 6 is no time to party like a rock star — it’s time to party like a sports fanatic who serves snacks like a champ. To help you with all your weekend hosting responsibilities, we asked the men fighting at UFC 109 for their suggestions on what to serve your guests. . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
Longtime WBA featherweight super champion Chris “The Dragon” John is all for Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum’s suggestion of seeing who owns the featherweight division. “I like the idea,” said John. “I want to test myself. [WBO champion Juan Manual] Lopez and [WBA regular champion Yuriorkis] Gamboa are very good boxers. It will be a great tournament, the fans will be very happy and I have to be at my best. I am confident I will win.” (more…)
Jimenez Communications Inc. and Rafael Soto Comunicaciones announced today that Boxeo La Revista is now a monthly publication with its first edition becoming available this Saturday in Mexico City in the boxing card where three-time world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce will battle Angky Angkota for the WBO Super Flyweight crown. The magazine which had been published as the official program of the “Latin Fury” boxing series will now be available as a monthly magazine that will cover upcoming fights, results of fights and will have reports on past boxing stars and stars of the future. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world heavyweight contender Shane Cameron (23-2, 20 KOs) of New Zealand will return to ring action on March 18 in Mebourne, Victoria, Australia against John Hopoate (12-4, 11 KOs). Cameron lost by knockout in two rounds to fellow countryman David Tua in 2009 but is confident of a successful comeback under the expert guidance of Ken Reinsfield. Hopoate defeated Bob Mirovic but lost to former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver McCall in 2009. On the same show, comebacking former IBF 135 pound champion Philip Holiday (38-6-1, 22 KOs) will return to the ring weighing in at welterweight poundage in a twelve round contest against Samuel Colomban (14-3, 6 KOs) formerly of the Cameroon with the WBO Oriental title up for grabs. Holiday formerly of South Africa but now based in Brisbane, Queensland captured the IBF world title by stopping Miguel Julio in ten rounds in 1995. In 1996 he stopped Jeff Fenech in two rounds of an IBF title defense and lost the championship to boxing great Shane Mosley in 1997 via points decision. The 39-year-old Holiday’s last fight was in January 2003.
Boxing fans, get ready to climb “Through the Ropes” with the #1 boxing news radio show hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld! This week we’re talking the business of boxing with Joe DeGuardia, President of the Boxing Promoters’ Association and IBO President Ed Levine. Call or email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Through The Ropes airs live coast to coast on Thursday nights from 9:00 – 10:00 ET on 75 affiliates of the Sports Byline USA Broadcast Network, including great radio stations like KSHP 1400 AM in Las Vegas and WNSR 560 AM in Nashville. The one-hour show will also be heard on American Forces Network, Sportsbyline.com and Fightnews.com. Fightnews readers can listen live by clicking here tonight at 9PM ET.
Danny Williams has withdrawn from his British Heavyweight title defense against Derek Chisora at Wembley Arena on February 13 citing that he has a viral infection. Promoter Frank is now in talks with two boxers who hold wins over Williams to face Chisora instead on the huge Night of the Champions show. Williams caused confusion last week when after accepting to fight Chisora – who replaced the injured Sam Sexton – he then failed to turn up at a press conference to announce the Chisora bout, leaving his manager Micky Helliet to say that Williams “needed some time to get his head around the change.” However, Williams confirmed last Friday that he was going ahead with the fight against the unbeaten puncher. “It’s very disappointing and frustrating after last week’s antics for Danny to once again pull out of the fight leaving Derek in the lurch,” said Warren. (more…)
Former world champion Eric Morel (41-2, 21 KOs) of San Juan Puerto Rico had an open workout yesterday in Puerto Rico. Morel is preparing for his upcoming fight with former two-divisional world champion Gerry Peñalosa (54-7-2, 34 KOs) of Cebu, Philippines. The bout will take place on February 13th and is scheduled for 12 rounds and is for the WBO interim bantamweight title. The PR Best Boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera) promoted Morel was very confident and in excellent shape as he spoke after his workout. (more…)
WBO welterweight world champion Manny Pacquiao and promoter Bob Arum were spotted at the Hair People Salon in Hollywood, California. Also on hand was Manny’s lawyer Franklin “Jeng” Gacal. Click Here for more photos
WBA heavyweight champion David Haye will face mandatory challenger John Ruiz on April 3 at the MEN Arena in Manchester England.
Not surprisingly, the fight between WBF heavyweight beltholder Franz Botha and Evander Holyfield to take place February 20 in Kamapala, Uganda, fell through. There are hopes the bout can be rescued at a site in the U.S.
Arena CEO Ahmet Öner, promoter of WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa is facing allegations of racketeering, assault and coercion in Germany according to the Hamburger Morgenpost. Öner has denied the charges.
The final press conference for the upcoming showdown between Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (21-2, 15 KOs) and Jesse Brinkley (34-5, 22 KOs) was held today at the Extreme Sports Bar in the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, Nevada. The fight, taking place Friday night, is promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Let’s Get It On Promotions. The bout, scheduled for twelve rounds in the super middleweight division, is an official IBF super middleweight eliminator for the number two ranking, and will also be for Brinkley’s USNBC super middleweight belt. ESPN’s popular “Friday Night Fight” series will broadcast the event live Friday, January 29th, starting at 10PM ET. For more details and photos click here…
By Mariano M. Agmi at ringside
Heavyweight Derric Rossy (23-2, 13 KOs) needed just 2:52 to destroy Alexis Mejias (10-3, 4 KOs) in the first round on Wednesday night at the M2 Ultra Lounge in New York City. Rossy rocked Mesias left hook then dropped him with a right hand. Mesias beat the count, but Rossy finished him with another right hand.
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