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Photo: Newly-crowned bantamweight king Nonito Donaire dropped in on BrandonRios during a media workout, today at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas. In pure Rios fashion, “Bam Bam” gave Donaire a smothering kiss on the neck, prompting the bantam champ to call for his wife to “neutralize” Rios’ germs. Donaire chatted with the press about the knockout victory over Fernando Montiel last weekend, saying, “I still can’t believe he got up from that punch.” Stay tuned for more from today’s event.
Unbeaten welterweight Jessie Vargas (13-0, 7 KOs) will now face journeyman Cristian Favela (19-30-7, 10 KOs) in Thursday night’s 2011 opener of “Fight Night Club” at L.A. LIVE’s Club Nokia. The is the third opponent for the Roger Mayweather-trained Vargas, who was first slated to face Lanard Lane (12-1, 7 KOs), and then former WBC interim lightweight world champion Jose Armando Santa Cruz (28-5, 17 KOs). Leading up to the main event will be a six round super middleweight co-feature showcasing Las Vegas knockout puncher Bastie Samir (9-0, 9 KOs) against Seattle’s Eddie Hunter (5-4-2, 2 KOs).
Continuing to distinguish itself as the most savvy social media organization in all of professional sports, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that it will once again stream live UFC® fights on Facebook.
In this action-packed broadcast taking place on Saturday, Feb. 26 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, sports fans are invited to watch the featherweight battle between China’s Tiequan Zhang and gritty veteran Jason Reinhardt, as well as an intense light heavyweight battle between Australia’s Antony Perosh and England’s Tom Blackledge. Both fights will be streamed live and free at www.facebook.com/ufc.
By simply “liking” the UFC Facebook Page, fans will gain access to the live broadcast of the fights from the sold out Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia, home to Saturday’s UFC® 127: PENN vs. FITCH Pay-Per-View event. UFC 127 airs live on Pay-Per-View and UFC.TV at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. (more…)
Two-time European middleweight champ, Matthew Macklin, who wasn’t able to attend Tuesday’s kick-off press event for his April 9 showdown with Ronald “Winky” Wright in Los Angeles, today acknowledged the achievements of the 39-year-old Wright over the last decade, but warned, “…this is my time to make a big impact in the U.S. and this is the perfect fight to do that in. I know that it will be a huge challenge but that’s what appeals to me about this fight and I’m very confident about the outcome. I originally agreed to fight Winky last summer but for whatever reason he never agreed terms then but thankfully it’s on now. I’ve always believed I’ve the ability to go right to the very top in the sport and where better to prove that than against a living legend of the sport.”
Heavyweight contender Eddie Chambers (36-2, 18 KOs) recently scored a twelve-round victory in an IBF title eliminator against Derric Rossy in Atlantic City. The win put Chambers closer to a rematch with IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KOs). However when asked if there was anyone in particular that he would like to fight, Chambers didn’t hesitate. “David Haye,” he said. “I believe it would be a great way for the winner to then earn the right to fight Klitschko. Haye is the one I would love to get inside the ring now!” (more…)
WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck (31-1, 23 KOs) joined celebrities and VIPs at the CineStar Potsdamer Platz in Berlin on Tuesday night to watch the first screening of “Der ganz große Traum”, a football movie featuring top German actor Daniel Bruhl. Captain Huck showed his footballing skills on the carpet, which was green instead of red. Also attending where Dr. Theo Zwanziger, the president of the German Football Association (DFB), former national team keeper Jens Lehmann and Oliver Bierhoff, amongst many others. “I’m a big football fan,” Huck said. “I used to play all the time when I was younger. These days we still play football in training camp, which is always a lot of fun and can get very competitive. I really enjoyed the movie. I’m sure it will be a big hit in cinemas all over the country.”
Huck then skipped the aftershow party. “I am training hard for my fight against Fragomeni in Halle on April 2,” he added. “One of the reasons for my success has always been my hard and meticulous preparation. It will be no different this time out.”
Photographer Mary Ann Owen can remember a time when you could find an all-women’s card in Las Vegas, or, the very least, a female bout on nearly every show.
Things sure have changed . . . Click here for more
In Australia, the return of Dubbo native Kyle Noke this weekend for UFC 127 is a big deal. You can assume that it’s equally, if not more as, important to the fighter himself, but you won’t hear that from his mouth . . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi , UFC.com
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Super middleweight contender and longtime local fan favorite, Donovan “DA BOMB” George (21-1-1, 18 KOs), coming off a brutal first round knockout of Cornelius White on ShoBox February 11, will headline an April 1st 8 Count Productions fight card at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. George will face TBA. The undercard features unbeaten jr welterweights Adrian Granados (5-0, 3 KOs) and Ramiro Carrillo (4-0, 2 KOs) in separate bouts. Also seeing action are junior welterweight Genaro Mendez (3-0-1, 2 KOs), middleweight Ramon Valenzuela (3-0, 1 KO) and super middleweight “Bazooka” Joe Linenfelser (8-1-1, 6 KOs). Tickets start at $31. Call 312-413-5740.
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Former IBF 130 pound champion Barry Michael (48-9-3 , 15 KOs) talks to Fightnews about his big fights with WBA lightweight champion Claude Noel, Frank Ropis, Al Carter, Lester Ellis, Mark Fernandez, Jin Sik Choi, Najib Daho and Rocky Lockridge.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The possibility exists that the WBO super flyweight current world champion Omar Narvaez will defend his crown April 23 at the Polideportivo de Monte Hermoso against WBO #1 ranked mandatory challenger Cesar Seda. Narváez’s last fight was on February 12 when he successfully defended the title against Victor Zaleta, also in the Polideportivo de Monte Hermoso. Universal Promotions, representing Seda, had hoped to bring the fight to Puerto Rico, and made an offer to stage the fight in May at the Juan Pachin Vicens Coliseum in the city of Ponce, but apparently the respective camps did not reach an agreement.
By Phil Doherty
Above photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Other photos: Sam Cohen
The tired, old adage about boxing’s dying popularity took it on the chin today as hordes of media gathered to witness WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto (35-2, 28 KOs) perform an open media workout at the Heavyweight Factory gym in Hollywood FL. Cotto and his family joined Top Rank chief Bob Arum, Hall of Fame trainer Emmanuel Steward and the broadcast crew from Showtime Boxing to field questions regarding Cotto’s upcoming March 12th Showtime PPV clash with Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga (29-7-1, 23 KOs).
Showtime landed the fight as part of a package deal when Arum shifted long-time allegiance from HBO for the upcoming May 7th Pacquiao-Mosley bout. The fact Top Rank is co-promoting the Cotto-Mayorga bout in partnership with Mayorga promoter Don King, (and Miguel Cotto Promotions) demonstrates drastic improvements underway in the “sweet science.” (more…)
Photos: Pete Susens
Trainer Freddie Roach puts Amir Khan through his workout on Tuesday at The Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California. (more…)
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
Golden Boy Promotions held a press conference Tuesday in Los Angeles to announce the April 9 pay-per-view event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas featuring legendary three-division world champion Erik “El Terrible” Morales taking on former WBA interim super lightweight champion Marcos “El Chino” Maidana in the main event. The telecast also features the return of former undisputed junior middleweight king Winky Wright against European middleweight beltholder Matthew Macklin as well as former world champions Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero and Michael Katsidis “The Great” squaring off in a lightweight clash. Macklin and Katsidis did not attend. Here’s what Morales, Maidana, Wright and Guerrero had to say. (more…)
By Ricardo Conde
Hard hitting junior welterweight prospect Karim ‘KC’ Martinez (5-0, 4 KOs) of Humble, Texas steps back into the ring this Friday, February 25th at the Austin Music Hall in Austin, Texas against Derrick Jones (1-2) of Fort Worth, TX which features former heavyweight champion George Foreman’s son, George “Monk” Foreman III (10-0, 9 KOs) of Houston, Texas and as well as female boxing champion Ann Wolfe’s daughter, Jennifer Wolfe (5-0, 2 KOs) of Cedar Creek, Texas, in separate bouts, the fight card dubbed “Legends, The Next Generation” is being presented by Joe Dumas Productions. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos by Scott Mallon
In a nationally televised promotion, featherweight star Padjai Yongyuthgym (10-0-1, 8 KOs) connected with a power right to the jaw of Mongolia’s Ganhyagu Ganzorig (10-3, 1 KO) to successfully defend his PABA belt for the second time in three months at the Rangsit Stadium Bangkok, Thailand on Tuesday. Yongyuthgym completely outboxed Ganzorig in the first round before dropping him with a single punch in the following round. Ganzorig rose on unsteady legs at the count of eight but the referee crowned the Thai to save the import from further punishment.” Yongyuthgym was impressive today,” said Promoter Daniel Potter. ” Padjaj trains very hard at the Top Rated gym and will be ready for top class opponent in his next ring outing.” For more details and photos click here…
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced that unbeaten light heavyweight star Phil Davis will fight Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in the main event of UFC®Fight Night™ Live on March 26 from KeyArena in Seattle. The 8-0 fighter from Harrisburg, Pa. replaces Tito Ortiz, who was forced to withdraw from the bout due to injury. (more…)
Legendary promoters Don King and Bob Arum get together for dinner on Tuesday night at Morton’s Steakhouse in Hollywood, Florida.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that three UFC® 127: PENN vs. FITCH preliminary fights will air live on ION Television on Saturday, Feb. 26 starting at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT.
The fights are: Nick Ring vs. Riki Fukuda in a middleweight contest, James Te Huna vs. Alexander Gustaffson in light heavyweight action and Ross Pearson vs. Spencer Fisher in a lightweight clash. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA lightweight champion Miguel “Aguacerito” Acosta has been wrapping up his training workouts in Las Vegas at the famous Top Rank Gym for the clash this Saturday against challenger Brandon Rios. At the end of his training session, Acosta climbed on the scale and weighed exactly 136 pounds. He’s in great shape and mentally keen to step into the ring for the fight. “I’m happy with the work we did. I expect a hard fight because Bam Bam Rios is very strong, but thanks to my preparation everything will go well,” stated Acosta. Saturday’s fight takes place at the Pearl Theater in the Palms Casino and Resort Hotel in Las Vegas and can be seen on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing. Click here for more photos…
In advance of the upcoming UFC® 127: PENN vs. FITCH event scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 26 live on Pay-Per-View, the UFC 127 press conference will air LIVE on UFC.com today at 4PM PT/7PM ET.
The event will include former two-division UFC champion B.J. Penn and UFC welterweight contender Jon Fitch, as well as co-main event fighters Michael Bisping and Jorge Rivera. Additionally, Australians George Sotiropoulos and Kyle Noke, as well as UFC U.K. President Marshall Zelaznik, will participate.
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Congressman Bill Posey (R-Rockledge) released the following statement commending the television network Telemundo for working to bring a major WBO sanctioned boxing night to Palm Bay:
“I applaud Telemundo’s efforts in bringing about this exciting night of boxing entertainment here in Palm Bay, Florida,” said Posey. “Events such as this one attract visitors from around the world, provide a boost to local businesses and help promote our area as a premier travel destination. I look forward to Telemundo continuing to take an active role in communities throughout the 15th Congressional District.”
The event is being telecast live nationally and through four continents worldwide on Friday, February 25th from the Palm Bay Community Center.
By Rey Colon – The Sport Press
The former WBO junior lightweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez (24-1-1, 15 KOs) will make his return to the ring on either April 9th or April 16th according to his trainer Papo Torres. “We fight in April,” he said. “After that tune-up fight, we’ll go for the 130lb title of [Ricky] Burns or whoever has it. Rocky is training hard. recovered and ready to fight.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Today in Mexico City, boxing photographer Alma Montiel Hernandez, whose photos are often seen here at Fightnews.com, presented a photo exhibition titled “The Sports” in the Distrito Federal Subway. The exhibition is supported by the WBC, the Association of Distirto Federal sportswriters and the National Union of Workers of Public Transport. Alma is one of the best photographers in Mexico and plays an important role in professional boxing in Mexico. Click here for more photos…
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Felix Promotion, headed by Felix Racz back in action after a four year layoff and in association with K.O. Promotions will stage the first WBO event in Slovakia on February 25th at The City Hall of Nitra, between local idol Tomas ‘Tomi Kid’ Kovacs (18-0, 13 KOs) and Hamza Wandera (12-1-2, 11 KOs) of Uganda what on paper looks as a tough and explosive fight between big punchers. The fight will be for the vacant WBO Europe light heavyweight title. The co-main event will feature an unbeaten Hungarian prospect, supermiddleweight Balazs Kelemen (7-0, 6 KOs) against veteran Zoltan Kiss (16-8-3, 2 KOs). The entire card will be televised Live by the Slovakian National TV.
Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank
WBA Super Welterweight champion Miguel Cotto, Caguas,Puerto Rico skips rope during media day for his upcoming world title fight against two-division world champion Ricardo Mayorga, Managua, Nicaragua on Saturday, March 12, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Cotto vs. Mayorga is promoted by Top Rank, in association with Cotto Promotions, Don King Productions, Tecate and MGM Grand and will be televised on SHOWTIME Pay-Per-View. Click here for more photos…
By Dmitriy Salita
Photo: Team Salita
With sadness and tears in my eyes my friend and mentor who was and is a huge influence on my life passed away on Sunday night. The great and one of a kind Jimmy O’Pharrow, who was affectionately known as Jimmy O. Jimmy O was 85 years old and is survived by his wife of over sixty-two years Ailean, and his two sons Mark and CJ. (more…)
Photo and report by David Finger
Froilan “The Sniper” Saludar (11-0-1, 8 KOs) continues to excite boxing fans in the Philippines, emerging as one of the most exciting prospects in a country that is currently on top of the boxing world. He is fresh off the heels of his dominant first round KO over veteran Liempetch Sor Veerapol this Saturday in Imus, Philippines. Coupled with Nonito Donaire’s stunning KO over Fernando Montiel this last weekend, it proved to be a great week for Philipino boxing fans the world over. However, the dominance of Saludar’s win, in which he captured the vacant WBO youth flyweight title had boxing insiders abuzz over this newest addition to the ranks of world class prospects. Verrapol, a former Thai champion, was coming in off a gritty seventh round TKO loss to former world champion Brian Viloria and had twice fought for the WBO Asia Pacific title. Few were expecting a short fight, even considering the “Sniper’s” dominant early knockouts over Rommel Obidos and Jecker Buhawe in 2010. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Just before NBA All Star Game in LA, HBO’s Max Kellerman talks about what he loves the most – boxing, especially the upcoming Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley clash and Tomek Adamek versus one of the Klitschko brothers.
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Former WBA super middleweight challenger Sam Soliman who will clash with Benjamin Simon in Berlin in an IBF eliminator on April 1st talks to Fightnews about his fights with Sakio Bika, Anthony Mundine and Winky Wright and how he is trained by Dave Hedgecock and managed by David Stanley.
Former IBF welterweight champion Joshua Clottey will return in a ten-rounder on the undercard of Cotto-Mayorga clash March 12 in Las Vegas. Clottey (35-4, 21 KOs) will face Calvin Green (21-5-1, 13 KOs).
Fast rising and exciting heavyweight prospect, Joe “The Future” Hanks (15-0, 10KO’s) has signed an exclusive long-term agreement with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing. The New Jersey native Hanks, who made his pro-debut on a DeGuardia promoted card, now looks to continue his career under the Star banner.
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Two-time world champion Daniel Santos is in Los Angeles sparring with middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez, who faces Sergiy Dzinziruk on March 12 at the Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut. Santos, a lefty like Dzinziruk (and Martinez), was beaten by the Ukrainian in a close fight back in December 2005.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The possibility exists that current IBF super flyweight world champion Cristian Mijares will defend in April against IBF #5/WBC #5 rated Malik Bouziane in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico. The 33-year-old Bouziane (13-1-1, 1 KO) battled then-reigning IBF champ Simphiwe Nongqayi to a majority draw decision last April in France. Bouziane was born in Algeria but became a naturalized French citizen. As an amateur he won the gold medal in the Asian Games and participated in the 2004 Athens Olympics. It would be the second time Mijares has faced a fighter from France. In October 2007, he annihilated Franck Gorjux in one round in Cancun, Quintana Roo, in what was his fifth title defense of WBC 115lb belt.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
This week, unbeaten Mexican prospect Saúl “Canelo” Alvarez moves into the “speed stage” of his preparations to fight for the vacant WBC super welterweight world championship on March 5 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Alvarez will run on a track daily and spar each third day to reach his peak physical form for facing the experienced Matthew Hatton. “Canelo” is looking to become the third Mexican fighter to claim the WBC 154lb crown, following Lupe Aquino in 1987 and two-time titleholder Oscar de La Hoya, who became a naturalized Mexican citizen in 2002. Team Canelo will head to California next weekend, after training in Guadalajara.
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