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More fights have been announced for the January 28 Goossen Tutor Promotions card at the Pechanga Resort & Casino featuring heavyweight Cristobal Arreola vs. Joey Abell and the NABF junior welterweight clash between Michael Dallas, Jr. and Josesito Lopez. Undefeated U.S. Olympian super middleweight Shawn Estrada (10-0, 9 KOs) will be featured in a scheduled six-rounder against John “The Iron Man” Schmidt (10-1, 6 KOs) and #2 WBO and #10 WBA John Molina, Jr. (21-1, 17 KOs) will see action against TBA. Tickets prices start at $35. ESPN2 will televise the featured bouts.
Ricardo Mayorga: I will prove I am the man in this and you are a woman. I will knock you out in four rounds…hold my belt and polish it for me. I’ll pick it up in March….on March 12th your fans will be wearing black for your wake…I see fear in your eyes…look at your hands they are small and my hands are like a man.
Miguel Cotto: I’m a professional fighter and no one ever wins with their mouth…This will be Mayorga’s last fight… You’re a clown and your whole career is a joke!
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
WBA Super Welterweight champion Miguel Cotto and two-division world champion Ricardo Mayorga pose during a press conference in New York City Wednesday at B.B.King’s Blues Club in Times Square to announce their upcoming world title fight on March 12, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
For Hall of Fame promoters Bob Arum and Don King, this will be their first co-promotion in five years. Cotto vs. Mayorga will be promoted by Top Rank, in association with Cotto Promotions, Don King Productions, Tecate and MGM Grand, and produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV.
Former world heavyweight title challenger Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson has replaced an ill Travis Kauffman against dangerous Julius “Towering Inferno” Long (15-14, 13 KOs) in an 8-round bout on Saturday night’s “Redemption In America: The Journey Begins Now” Pay-Per-View event, headlined by living legend, Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield (43-10-2, 28 KOs) defending his World Boxing Federation heavyweight title against challenger Sherman “Tank” Williams (34-11-2, 19 KOs), live from America’s resort — The Greenbrier’s Colonial Hall — in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia . . . click here for more
Photos: Javier Quiroz
Declaring himself “more than ready,” former WBC lightweight champion David Diaz swung open the doors to his Chicago training camp in front of a large crowd of local media and fans on Tuesday afternoon. At his home base, the JABB Boxing Gym, Diaz looked very sharp as he worked numerous rounds on the mitts and speed bag under the watchful eyes of longtime trainer Mike Garcia and manager/trainer Jim Strickland. Diaz (35-3-1, 17 KOs) will battle the upset minded “Red Hot” Robert Frankel (27-9-1, 4 KOs) in the ten round main event on January 28th at the UIC Pavilion. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Correction: There was previously one Japanese boxer who held an IBF title. Satoshi Shingaki was IBF bantamweight champion from 4-15-84 to 4-26-85, when he lost his title to Jeff Fenech.
Katsunari Takayama of Japan is confident that he will beat South African Nkosinathi Joyi for his IBF mini flyweight belt and in so doing become the first Japanese fighter in more than 26 years to win an IBF title. The Japanese controlling authority only recognizes WBC and WBA title fights and will not sanction fights in Japan with any of the other alphabet bodies. The 27-year-old Takayama (24-4, 10 KOs) challenges Joyi (21-0, 15 KOs) for his belt at Carnival City in Brakpan on January 29 and will be bringing nine people with him including four reporters when he arrives in South Africa next Monday.
Takayama from Osaka, Japan, who is promoted in the Philippines by ALA Promotions, stopped South Africa’s Tshepo Lefe in the sixth round at Carnival City in September last year in a IBF final eliminator. Promoter Branco Milenkovic of Branco Sports Productions said that the huge Japanese entourage had taken him by surprise and they are obviously confident of victory. Joyi will be making the first defense of his IBF belt that he won when he outpointed the previously unbeaten Mexican Raul Garcia in East London in March last year.
In December, WBA and WBC #2, WBO #4 heavyweight Denis Boytsov (28-0, 23 KOs) had his problematic right hand operated on for the second time, but it looks like he’ll be able return to the ring in April. “It was foreseeable during the first operation that, perhaps, an other operation would be necessary, explained Universum doctor Michael Ehnert. “This was confirmed in his tune-up fight [in December]. He’s now come through the second operation, and the surgeon is satisfied with the healing process.
Boytsov stated, “I had the first operation and felt an improvement. I hope that now I’ll have further progression. I think in a few weeks I can do extensive training. For now I can only maintain my basic fitness. I still have big plans for 2011 and I’ll work hard.”
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An interim world title, a European championship and the comeback of King Arthur Abraham – Mülheim an der Ruhr waits for a classic boxing evening on February 12th at the RWE Sporthalle. Abraham will be returning against Stjepan Bozic after a disappointing performance against Carl Froch in the third round of the Super Six tournament in November. “Before the Super Six semi-final against Andre Ward, I absolutely wanted another fight to gear up both mentally and athleticly. Fortunately, this time the break between the fights isn’t as long as last year.” King Arthur described former super middleweight title challenger Bozic as a “a real fighter type” and added “this will certainly be no easy fight. But for me it is only about winning. A lot is at stake.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA super welterweight champion Rigoberto “Español” Alvarez (26-2, 19 KOs) will defend his title against unbeaten mandatory challenger Austin Trout (21-0, 13 KOs) on February 5th at the Sergio Leon Chávez Soccer Stadium in Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico. For Trout, this is good news and now he’s only waiting for fight night. According to manager Eddy Reynoso, all is in place for the bout which will take place at an altitude of 5,656 feet in Irapuato, which is located about 200 miles northwest of Mexico City.
Sources indicate that “Español” Alvarez is sparring with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and WBC Youth titleholder Gilberto Ramirez.
In other fights on the card, Jesus “Negrito” Silvestre (19-2, 15 KOs) faces Yader Escobar (23-3, 15 KOs) in a WBA miniumweight eliminator and super bantamweights Horacio Garcia (12-0, 10 KOs) and Orlando Rizo (11-2, 9 KOs) meet for the WBA international title.
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Unbeaten cruiserweight Francisco “The Wizard” Palacios (20-0, 13 KOs), who on April 2 will go to Poland in search of the WBC title against champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (44-2-1, 33 KOs), has reiterated that he will return to Puerto Rico as the third Puerto Rican to reign in that division, as did Carlos ‘Sugar’ Leon and Ossie Ocasio before him. “I’m going to Poland and I will win,” vowed Palacios. “I’ll bring the green crown for Puerto Rico. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime and will be the best gift for my son who will be born when I am gone. I will not be there for the birth of my first child on March 31 and this will be my gift. I’ll do for my son and to keep a promise to my brother before he was buried.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
On January 29, Canelo Promotions, headed by budding Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, will present a world title card at the Arena Coliseo de Guadalajara. In the main event, Jesus Jimenez (31-6, 22 KOs) will face Jean Piero Perez (17-3-1, 13 KOs) for the WBA Interim flyweight belt. In the co-feature, hot prospect Victor “Vikingo” Terrazas (28-2-1, 16 KOs) faces former WBA interim bantamweight champion Nehormar Cermeño (20-2, 12 KOs) in a WBA super bantamweight eliminator.
Promoter Frank Warren will hold a press conference to announce Ricky Burns’ second defense of his WBO super featherweight title. Burns will defend against Ghanaian Joseph Laryea (14-4, 11 KOs) who caused a huge upset when he defeated Paul Appleby in his last fight on Burns’ undercard. Glasgow, Scotland’s Braehead Arena the expected venue with a March date.
Everything is set for Friday’s 2011 debut of “Boxeo TELEMUNDO” at the famous Salon Jose Cuervo (former Salon 21) in Mexico City. In the main event, current WBC FECARBOX super flyweight champion Johnny “Laberinto” Garcia (16-1-1, 8 KOs) of Ciudad Neza, Mexico will face undefeated WBO Latin super flyweight champion William “El Barranquillero” Urina (17-0, 14 KOs) of Barranquilla, Colombia in a unification battle scheduled for 12 Rounds with both titles at stake.
Also on the card are world ranked bantamweight contender William “Chirizo” Gonzalez (25-3, 21 KOs) of Managua, Nicaragua and 18-year-old featherweight prospect Josue “Chino” Veraza (10-1-1, 9 KOs) of Mexico in separate bouts. Their opponents will be announced shortly. (more…)
The photos and posters on the walls of the Church Street boxing gym in downtown Manhattan are starting to fade away. Some of them are even peeling off.
Posters of fights long passed and fighters long retired, the canvassed walls are a reminder of everything and everyone that has come before.
Forty-eight-year-old Evander Holyfield surveys the four walls as he trains for his upcoming 56th professional fight. . . . Click here for more
Story by Andreas Hale
It was highway robbery on September 25th, 2010, and everyone knew it…except for the judges. Evan Dunham appeared to do enough to upend Sean Sherk at UFC 119 and keep his undefeated record intact. But when the scores were read, Dunham ended up on the wrong side of a split decision. His unbeaten streak ended at 11 and just about everyone was shocked at the judges’ decision . . . Click here for more
As initially reported on Fightnews, former world title challenger Zahir Raheem (31-3, 18 KOs) and Hector Camacho Jr. (52-4-1, 28 KOs) will headline in seperate bouts March 11th. The event titled “Latin Championship Night” will take place at the North Atlanta Trade Center and be presented by the Atlanta Boxing Association. The former 1996 U.S. Olympian Raheem will take on Estaban Almaraz (10-3, 4 KOs) of Texas in a 10 round junior welterweight bout for the vacant USBA Southern Regional title. Almarez scored the biggest win of his career with an upset over former world champion Nestor Garza in his last bout. Camacho Jr. will face former TV Series Season 1 “The Contender” participant Juan De La Rosa (20-3-1, 15 KOs) of Texas for the IBF Latino Light middleweight title. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
The ending may have not officially come for former world heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison and his licensing attempts with Quebec Boxing and Gaming Commission, but the Rocky V star looks to be in stand-off with the governing body in an attempt to fight in Montreal February 25th. “I’m not going to submit to a test that’s not going to tell me anything,” said Morrison in a press conference from Montreal on Tuesday.
The Commission after receiving a medical file from Morrison on Friday, had requested on Monday that a blood test requiring HIV and Hepatitis be done at an approved Montreal institution and be administered to the boxer accompanied by a member of the Commission.
Morrison in a letter sent to all media outlets asked that the Commission provide him with proof of positive test results for HIV from 1996. (more…)
Alicia “Slick” Ashley of Brooklyn, NY and Crystal Hoy of Las Vegas, NV both weighed in at 121 pounds for their historic junior featherweight title fight tomorrow (Wednesday) night at the Masonic Temple in Brooklyn, NY. The Ashley-Hoy fight will be the first female bout to headline a boxing event in New York City. (more…)
On Saturday, January 22nd future Hall of Fame inductee Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield returns to action when he takes on Sherman “Tank” Williams live on pay-per-view. Hosted by the world famous Greenbrier Resort in White Sulfur Springs, WV, the event titled “Redemption in America” will feature the heavyweight showdown atop an exciting undercard of promising newcomers. Though the two fighters will not meet until Saturday night, the pair of experienced veterans hosted a press conference on Monday to address the media . . . Click here for more
The Sky Ute Casino in Ignacio, Colo. will launch their 2011 with a Feb. 12 pro-am card headlining Four Corners favorites Elco “The Animal” Garcia and Joe “Ironman” Gomez. In the main event, Garcia (23-7, 12 KOs) will go eight rounds at middleweight with Patrick Thompson (16-15-1, 6 KOs). The co-main lines up Joe Gomez (17-3-1, 8 KOs) in a rematch with El Paso/Albuquerque’s Bernado Guereca (15-10-1, 3 KOs). Five more bouts are scheduled: Las Vegas welterweight Layla McCarter (32-13-5, 7 KOs) fights Cimberly Harris (5-15), six rounds at 145; Denver’s Brittany Cruz (7-4-1, 1 KO) takes on Las Vegas, NM’s Amanda “Boom Boom” Crespin (4-2-1, 1 KO) for the vacant WIBA featherweight youth belt; David Springer (3-1-3), of Las Vegas, fights Aaron Fernandez (0-4), five rounds at bantam; Jr. middleweight debuters Cris Leyva and Arthur Aragon in a four-rounder; and, in the opening bout, middleweight debuters Steve Victor and Herb Begay go four.
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto and two-division world champion Ricardo Mayorga pose during a video shoot in New York City Tuesday. Cotto and Mayorga are in town for a press conference Wednesday to announce their upcoming world title fight on March 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Cotto vs. Mayorga will be televised on SHOWTIME Pay Per View.
Middleweight contender John Duddy has announced that he is retiring from boxing effective immediately, thus rejecting a $100,000 purse for a proposed March 12 showdown with Irish compatriot Andy Lee. “After a great deal of soul-searching, I have decided to retire from boxing,” said Duddy in a statement. “I no longer have the enthusiasm and willingness to make the sacrifices that are necessary to honor the craft of prizefighting. I used to love going to the gym. Now it’s a chore. I wish I still had the hunger, but I don’t. The fire has burned out. And I know myself well enough to know that it won’t return….I give you my word, I will not come back.”
Fernando Beltran, president of Promociones Zanfer presented his company’s year-end review book that relives the shows that the renown Mexican boxing company was part of in 2010 and is further evidence of why they are considered one of the most successful boxing company in the entire world today. The digital version of the book can be seen in this link. “We have a made a commitment to the boxing fans, our boxers and our sponsors to bring the best boxing possible and I believe we did that in 2010 and will look forward to bring even better and more entreating events to everyone in 2011,” said Beltran. (more…)
Steve “The Canadian Kid” Molitor (33-1, 12 KOs) will not box at the Bell Centre on March 19th as previously expected, due to an IBF technicality. Top Rank had won a November 30th purse bid to present the Molitor vs. Takalani Ndlovu (31-6, 18 KOs) bout, and decided to work together with InterBox to place the fight on InterBox’s March 19th 2011 Showtime boxing card. However, according to IBF Rule 10.F.1, the winning bidder had the obligation to promote the bout within 90 days of the opening of the bids. The March 19th date surpassed this period by a little over 2 weeks. This opened the door for Ndlovu’s promoter to appeal to the IBF. (more…)
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Highly talented and hard hitting lightweight prospect Francisco Contreras (15-0, 13 KOs) of the Dominican Republic joins former junior lightweight champion Robert Garcia and his ever growing stable of fighters, at Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard, CA. The 26 year-old Contreras wasted no time getting accustomed to his new surroundings having already began training and assisting WBA # 1 lightweight contender “Bam Bam” Brandon Rios (26-0-1, 19 KOs) prepare for his upcoming fight against WBA lightweight champion Miguel Acosta (28-3-2, 22 KOs), which takes place February 26th. For more details and photos click here…
By Phil Doherty
Sometimes the simplest answer is the right answer. Lost somewhere in the hullabaloo surrounding the Bernard Hopkins-Jean Pascal-Chad Dawson triangle lies a very simple, albeit potentially painful resolution. Three is definitely a crowd when it comes to the tangled scenario currently playing out in the light heavyweight division. (more…)
On March 4th, the first ever show promoted by New Legend Boxing Promotions will take place at the Cordon Bleu Banquet Hall in Woodhaven, New York (part of the NYC borough of Queens). In the main event, former amateur standout and undefeated super middleweight Will Rosinsky (13-0, 7 KOs) will see action in an eight round bout against Alfredo Trevino (6-1, 1 KO). There will be three six round-co features that will have some great local talent on display. In a super bantamweight bout, undefeated Juan Dominguez (6-0, 4 KOs) will take on an opponent to be named. Light heavyweight Joel Castillo (7-0, 4 KOs) of the Bronx, New York will also see action in a six rounder. Also, after a four-and-a-half year layoff, Light heavyweight Aneudi Santos (12-5, 9 KOs) will return in a light heavyweight bout.
Light heavyweight Blake “The Candyman” Prevost (15-2-1, 5 KOs) is intent on showing former world title challenger Will “Kidfire” McIntyre (40-4-1, 14 KOs) what happens when you try to dip your toe into a brutal sport like boxing when the two meet in the 10-round main event this Saturday night (January 22) at the Hollywood Casino in Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi. Currently at the tail end of what he calls a “perfect” training camp, Prevost says he’s going spoil McIntyre’s first return to the ring in two years.
“I’m offended they even chose me for his comeback opponent,” admitted Prevost. “I hope he does think that because I lost my last fight I’m going to be an easy mark. It’ll make it that much better when I stop him. You don’t sit out two years and then take on a guy like me. He’s not Sugar Ray Leonard.” (more…)
Photo by Chris Farina/Top Rank
Hall-of-Fame Top Rank promoter Bob Arum and promoter Don King appear at a promotional interview in New York City, Tuesday to announce their first co-promotion in five years. Arum and King will be announcing a SHOWTIME Pay-Per-View extravaganza, headlined by WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto defending his title against two-division world champion Ricardo Mayorga, Saturday, March 12, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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