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By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
Adonis Stevenson 167.4 vs. Noe Gonzalez 168
WBC Silver, NABA, NABO, and IBF Intercontinental
Eleider Alvarez 178.4 vs. Rayco Saunders 178.8
Oscar Rivas 235.2 vs. Kendrick Releford 236.2
Baha Laham 134.4 vs.Leonus Francoise 131
Eric Barrack 240.6 vs. Sandy Permbroke 248
Schiller Hyppolite 173.4 vs. Martin Desjardins 172.8
Venue: Bell Centre Montreal
Promoter: Group Yvon Michel
First Bell: 7pm
Story and photos by Ricardo Conde
Hard hitting featherweight and current WBC #8 ranked contender Javier ‘El Abejon’ Fortuna (18-0, 13 KOs) of the Dominican Republic, training under the tutelage of former junior welterweight champion Pablo Sarmiento at the Maravilla Box Boxing Gym in Oxnard, California, returns on Friday April 27th in a battle of undefeated fighters, taking on Yuandale Evans (16-0, 12 KOs) in a 10-round co-feature bout on ESPN2’s ‘Friday Night Fights’ live from the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas which is being presented by Roy Jones Jr.’s Square Ring Promotions.
In his last outing, Fortuna defeated Miguel ‘Mikey’ Roman (37-10, 28 KOs) of Mexico, scoring a 10-round unanimous decision this past December at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. (more…)
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel announced today the officials who will work on the world title bout between Omar Narvaez and Jose Cabrera to be held this Saturday, April 21, at San Juan, San Juan, Argentina a O.R Promotions and HG Boxing presentation. The referee will be Jose H. Rivera, from Puerto Rico. The judges are Rose Lacend Vargus, from United States, Carlos Colon, from Puerto Rico and Ramon Cerdan, from Argentina. WBO supervisor for this bout will be Valcarcel himself.
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Manny Pacquiao is off to a fast start in training – power, speed, movement – says chief trainer Freddie Roach. Pacquiao is in his high-altitude phase of training in Baguio City. “Now I believe what I had been reading,” Roach said. “Manny was working hard in training before I got here.” Pacquiao told reporters he is re-charged with a change of lifestyle and is eager to take on undefeated Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, June 9. Bradley is training in his hometown of Palm Springs, California.
Pacquiao has been running for miles each morning at Burnham Park in Baguio City. Yesterday in training Pacquiao hit the mitts with Roach, then did work on the heavy bag, double end ball and speed bag. Trainers in camp include Buboy Fernandez who oversaw Pacquiao’s earlier workouts in General City. Pacquiao is scheduled to arrive into Los Angeles during the first weekend in May. He will work out at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California.
Photo: Team Sauerland
Gaston Vega (17-4, 6 KOs) believes he has gotten into the head of Patrick Nielsen (13-0, 7 KOs) ahead of the WBA Intercontinental Middleweight Title clash at the Nordic Fight Night in Frederikshavn on Saturday. The 28-year-old Argentinian wore a jersey with the words “The Nielsen Slayer” on his back during yesterday’s press conference in Copenhagen. “I think the Argentina shirt made him nervous,” Vega said after today’s press conference at Arena Nord in Frederikshavn. “That is good. It was my plan to make him nervous and unsettle him. I think I have succeeded, Patrick did not look into my eyes today. I will knock him out and take the title on Saturday.” (more…)
From the Klitschkos on down, Ukrainians rank among the best contemporary boxers in the world. American fans will now get their first collective look at some of these standout fighters on the undercard of the April 29th WBA welterweight world title fight between undefeated world champion Vyacheslav Senchenko (32-0, 21 KOs) and challenger Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi (30-4, 6 KOs), airing live on pay per viewfrom Donbass Arena in Donetsk, Ukraine. Senchenko vs. Malignaggi, presented by Union Boxing Promotion, is being distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 1:00 PM/ET – 10:00 AM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, DISH Network and Avail-TVN for a suggested retail price of $29.95.
“Boxing is an international sport and we’re very happy to introduce some possible future world champions from Ukraine, as well as France and South America, to boxing fans in the United States,” Integrated Sports Media president Doug Jacobs said. “Not only will they be treated to a tremendous fight between Senchenko and Malignaggi, they will enjoy a full afternoon of world-class boxing.” (more…)
Former middleweight world title challenger Ronald Hearns (26-2, 20KOs) will be dropping down in weight and looking to establish himself as a force in the junior middleweight division when he takes on former Cuban amateur standout Erislandy Lara (15-1-1, 10 KOs) Friday night at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Miss. For Hearns, the son of all-time great Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns, it will be the first time back in the ring since losing to “Super” WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm in February 2011. “This fight can open up the doors for me to fight some of the top guys in both weight classes, 154 or 160,” said Hearns. “Lara is a very talented fighter. I am grateful for the opportunity.” (more…)
Last night at Newark, New Jersey’s Robert Treat Hotel, in front of hundreds of hometown fans, super middleweight prospect Richard Pierson (11-2, 8 KO) put on a show for three and a half rounds before dropping late sub Charles Hayward (7-5, 3 KOs) with a vicious right that ended the fighter’s night. Pierson was originally set to face Joshua Snyder for the New Jersey 168lb belt, but Snyder pulled out only days before the bout. The win was Pierson’s second consecutive KO victory following a near 19-month layoff.
On April 25, in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, promoter Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing and co-promoter 340 Promotions present “Boxing in Paradise 5″ featuring knockout artist John Jackson (12-0, 11 KOs) defending his WBC Youth super welterweight world title for the first time against fellow undefeated Jesus “Chino” Selig (14-0-1, 9 KOs) of Douglas, Arizona, in the 10-round main event.
In the co-main event, brother Julius (12-0, 8 KOs),will face Wilson “Kid Wonder” Theophile (8-3, 4 KOs) of Nassau, Bahamas, over 10 rounds for the vacant WBC Youth super middleweight silver title. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican super featherweight prospect Antonio Escalante (26-4, 17 KOs) has reached a promotional agreement with Golden Boy Promotions for three fights. Escalante had previously been with Golden Boy for five years, ending in 2011. He returns Saturday against unbeaten Francisco Camacho (7-0, 2 KOs) in an eight-rounder at the Don Haskins Convention Center in El Paso, Texas. The event billed as “Battle at the Border” features Abner Mares (23-0-1, 13 KOs) against Eric Morel (46-2, 33 KOs) for the WBC featherweight belt and WBA bantamweight super world champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (32-1-1, 11 KOs) defending his title for the tenth time against David De La Mora (24-1, 17 KOs).
By Jeff Zimmerman
At 30 years old and almost 10 years of pro boxing under his belt, Brian Vera (19-6, 12 KOs) has seen more twists and turns then a roller coaster at nearby Six Flags in Fort Worth, although you would never know it after spending some time with him. His even keeled nature is almost counterintuitive to his boxing style, more slugger than boxer. And it was his crowd-pleasing style that helped land him on Season 3 of the reality TV series “The Contender”, and in subsequent big fights with the likes of Andy Lee (twice), James Kirkland and Sergio Mora. Although he lacks in some of the pure boxing techniques as some of his contemporaries, he makes up with it in sheer will and determination, almost Gatti-like. While he has not been able to win some of the premier fights that may have taken his career to whole another level, he has remained a dangerous fighter in the crowded middleweight division. (more…)
Not that Mark Hominick really needed any reminders, but hearing the joyous noise coming from his nearly year old daughter Raeya in the background during an interview before his UFC 145 bout against Eddie Yagin this Saturday is a friendly nudge to let him know what’s important in life.
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So analysts and fight fans think that Abner Mares will easily defeat Eric Morel this Saturday night inside the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, TX.
That would be the conceived notion as Mares has fought and defeated some of the best fighters at 118 pounds. Not to mention Morel does not have a fan-friendly style and his best days were when he fought at 112 and 115 pounds. (more…)
The final press conference for Saturday’s world title doubleheader in El Paso, Texas, featuring Abner Mares against Eric Morel for the vacant WBC super bantamweight championship and WBA bantamweight titleholder Anselmo Moreno defending against David de la Mora, will take place today at 1PM in UTEP’s Don Haskins Center and will be open to the public.
The official weigh-in is also open to the public and will take place Friday at 1PM at The Garden, located at 511 Western Street. Doors open Saturday at 3PM, first fight will be at 4PM. Showtime will televise.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
Mexican prospect Salvador Sanchez II will return this Saturday April 21 against his compatriot Mariano Montes in Ocoyoacac, Mexico State. “It’s nice to fight in the Mexico State,” said the nephew of the Mexican legend of the same name. “I am looking for my goal to seek a world title fight. We try to advance in every fight and I feel I’ve matured and learned a lot at this time. This is a 7-year career and I feel I’m ready for big opportunities.” On the same night, Ibeth Zamora, the WBC Youth female light flyweight beltholder will face former Olympian Jessica Nery. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC featherweight champion in recess Elio Rojas is currently training hard in Hialeah, Florida at the “Xtreme Boxing” Gym and doing roadwork at Miami’s Tropical Park. “I feel great,” said Rojas. “I like to train in Miami. I’m having good physical preparation and it will be a great fight against a great champion. Jhonny Gonzalez should know that this belt was given to him. I’ve already said it several times, but the story will be different with me. I will take [the belt] back because I have the boxing skills and the quality to do it. It will be a great fight that day and the winner will be me!” Rojas and Gonzalez will fight April 28 at the Grand Oasis Resort in Cancun, Mexico for the WBC featherweight title in an event presented by the companies, Promociones del Pueblo, Pepe Gomez and HG Boxing and broadcast on Televisa.
Erik “Terrible” Morales’ Box Latino returns to the historic Tijuana Auditorium on Monday, April 23, for a card featuring undefeated twenty-one year old Ivan “Niño Maravilla” Morales (16-0, 11KOs) takes on Edgar “Destroyer” Martinez (9-5, 5KOs) of Anahuac, Chihuahua, for ten bantamweight rounds in his second fight of the year. In his first back in January, the southpaw Morales impressed his hometown fans with a third round stoppage of the durable Ricardo “Rocky” Armenta. Now, Morales, the younger brother of former world champions Erik and Diego, looks to take his first steps towards history as he looks to put together a successful campaign leading up to a world title and thus become part of the first set of three siblings to be crowned world champions. (more…)
WBA super welterweight world champion Miguel Cotto works out at his training headquarters in Orlando, Florida, as he prepares for his May 5 super fight with Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas.
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
If you’ve ever listened to two children argue non-stop for any extended length of time, you know there’s a cooling off period of sorts. The point where the anger slightly subsides but the feelings are still present.
That’s where UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and challenger Rashad Evans are. (more…)
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