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“I’ve seen how easy it is to beat Vitali,” said Odlanier Solis, in an interview with the Passauer Neuen Presse. “If the injury didn’t occur, I would have taken him apart. He is a boxing zero. I was surprised how weak he is.” Solis said the fight with Klitschko changed his perspective on boxing. “I used to only see boxing as a job. That’s changed. Now I have a dream, a goal for which I’m working. I want to become world champion and stay there a long, long time.”
The chance to train alongside a UFC Hall of Famer, a former two-division champion and one of the most dynamic strikers in history is presented at the UFC® Fan Expo at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto on April 29 and 30. The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell, former UFC two-division champion BJ Penn and the last WEC lightweight champion, Anthony Pettis will host Training & Development sessions at the festivities in Ontario. (more…)
On April 22nd Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing returns to the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT with an ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” show. In the main event, Bayan Jargal (15-2-3, 10 KOs) looks to make the leap into the mix at 140 pounds when he takes on Amir Khan-conqueror Breidis Prescott (23-3, 19 KOs) in a ten rounder. Kicking off the telecast will be 2008 U.S. Olympian Demetrius Andrade (12-0, 8 KOs) against Omar Bell (8-1, 5 KOs) in an eight round jr. middleweight showdown.
By Matt Richardson at ringside
Photos: Marty Rosengarten/ringsidephotos.com
Junior lightweight amateur sensation Jose Pedraza continued to transfer his success to the professional ranks on Tuesday night at BB Kings Blues Club and Grill in New York, New York with an easy first round stoppage of an overmatched Corben Page.
The fight was the main event of promoter Lou DiBella’s “Broadway Boxing” series.
Pedraza (2-0, 2 KO’s) from San Juan, Puerto Rico and the 2008 Olympics, knocked down Page with a crisp right hand in the opening round. Page (1-2) was slowly being broken down and soon began bleeding with his nose. He went down again shortly later after taking a body shot. He rose a second time but after absorbing a combination along the ropes, the fight was called off. more + photos
Photo: Emily Harney
Popular 226 lb. female heavyweight Sonya “The Scholar” Lamonakis has been added to the April 16 “East-West Showdown” card, featuring WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto against WBC # 5 rated challenger “Vicious” Victor Ortiz, at the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Lamonakis (4-0, 1 KO), a native of Greece, is a sixth-grade teacher at Harlem’s Family Academy who trains at the famed Gleason’s Gym in New York City. A four-time New York Golden Gloves champion, Sonya was a field hockey and softball player at Springfield College in Massachusetts. She will be matched in a six-round bout against an opponent to be determined.
Michael Katsidis and his trainer/manager Brendon Smith have wrapped up camp in Thailand in order to head back to Las Vegas and add the final touches to preparation for his April 9 bout against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero. The team will arrive in LA in the coming days, to a more civilized set up, but as trainer Brendon Smith reveals, the preparation is far from over; “The job is far from finished, we prepare right up until the fight, bouts such as this one, you need to peak at the right time, on the right day, at the right moment.” “Michael has again trained superbly for this fight, and that will definitely shine through on the night.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Puerto Rican referee Luis Pabon will be the third man in the ring when Panamanian WBA flyweight world champion Luis ¨El Nica¨Concepcion (22-1, 17 KOs) and Mexican challenger Hernan ¨Tyson¨ Marquez (29-2, 22 KOs) meet at Arena Roberto Duran on Saturday. The three judges are Ted Gimza(U.S.), Steve Weisfield (U.S.) and Manuel Rodriguez (Colombia).
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Puerto Rican referee Samuel Viruet will be the third man in the ring when Mexican WBO light flyweight world champion Giovanni Segura (26-1-1, 22 KOs) and WBO double former world champion Puerto Rican challenger Ivan Calderon (34-1-1, 6 KOs) meet at Auditorio del Estado, Mexicali, Mexico on Saturday. The three judges are Glenn Feldman (U.S), Rafael Iseneia(Rep.Dom) and Alfredo Polanco(Mexico). The fight supervisor is Alberto Rodriguez Perez (P.R. ).
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Rising superstar and current WBC Silver bantamweight world champion Abner Mares (21-0-1, 13 KOs) of Mexico, under the tutelage of renowned trainer Clemente Medina at the Maywood Boxing Club in Maywood, California, takes on IBF bantamweight world champion Joseph ‘King Kong’ Agbeko (28-2, 22 KOs) of Ghana on Saturday, April 23rd at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, California. In the co-feature bout, former bantamweight world champion Yonnhy ‘El Colombiano’ Perez (20-1-1, 14 KOs) of Colombia faces Vic ‘Raging Bull’ Darchinyan (35-3-1, 27 KOs) for the vacant IBO bantamweight title, the Bantamweight Tournament Final dubbed ‘Winner Takes All’ will be broadcast live on SHOWTIME and is being presented by Golden Boy Promotions, Don King Productions, Gary Shaw Productions and Thompson Boxing Promotions. For more details and photos click here…
Under the bright lights of Times Square, 2008 Puerto Rican Olympian Jose Pedraza won for the second time in as many pro bouts. Pedraza dismantled Corben Page in just one round on Tuesday night in the main event of DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing series from the BB King Blues Club in Times Square. Pedraza dropped Page to his knees with a straight right just moments into the contest. The hard-nosed Page, fighting out of Springfield, Oregon, rose to his feet and fought gamely, but hit the deck again just moments later as Pedraza landed a picture perfect jab. Although Page rose again, Pedraza proceeded to chase him around the ring until referee Joe Cusano waved off the contest at just 2:25 of the first round. (more…)
WBO NABO Super featherweight Champion Eloy Perez (20-0-2, 5 KOs) will now face Alejandro Rodriguez (12-1, 6 KOs) of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico in place of the original opponent Daniel Jimenez (20-3, 12 KOs) of Puerto Rico. The bout will be the Telefutura main event and take place April 15th at the Longshoremen’s Hall at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, California. The event is being billed as “Battle on Beach Street.” It will be the U.S. debut for Rodriguez who has had all of his professional fights to date in Mexico. No official word on why Jimenez is being replaced.
Two former world champions known for never backing down will meet at the crossroads in the main event on May 13 at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California when former WBO jr welterweight champion Kendall “Rated R” Holt (26-4, 14 KOs) and former IBF lightweight champion Julio “The Kidd” Diaz (38-6, 27 KOs) meet in a ten-rounder. In the 8-round co-main, undefeated knockout artist Jonathan Gonzalez (12-0, 12 KOs) will face the toughest test of his young career when he takes on Chicago’s power punching Rudy Cisneros (12-2, 11 KOs).
Photos: Craig Bennett/Goossen Tutor Promotions
Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinalists Andre Ward and Arthur Abraham participated in a press conference on Tuesday at Sisley Italian Kitchen in Sherman Oaks, Calif., to formally announce their May 14 showdown at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., live on SHOWTIME®. Ward will defend his WBA Super Middleweight title against the European superstar and former world champion to kick off the Semifinals of the groundbreaking tournament. Abraham, who is in the middle of training for the fight, was not able to attend the press conference from his home base in Berlin, Germany and joined via video conference.
The Ward-Abraham winner advances to the tournament Finals against the winner of the Carl Froch-Glen Johnson Semifinals showdown. The winner earns instant bragging rights as the world’s #1 168-pound fighter. (more…)
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
An animated press conference where local favorite Luis “Nica” Concepcion and Mexican KO artist Hernan “Tyson” Marquez were formally introduced to the national and international press was held to day in Panama. The match up between the twenty-two year old Marquez (29 2, 22 KOs) and Concepcion (22 1, 17 KOs), 26, was officially announced for the flyweight WBA title this coming Saturday night. The twelve round championship bout will be held at the 14,000 capacity Roberto Duran Arena. more + photos
Former world title challenger Luis Maldonado (35-5-1, 26 KOs) will step in now to face former world champion Eric Morel (43-2, 21 KOs) this Friday in Telefutura in the main event This Friday. Maldonado will replace former world champion Martin Castillo (35-4, 18 KOs) who is said to have injured his ankle jogging.
Today, the Honorable Daniel Weinstein (ret.) enjoined Golden Boy Promotions from promoting Top Rank boxer Nonito Donaire for the duration of Top Rank’s exclusive promotional agreement with Donaire. Golden Boy had signed Donaire to a four-year promotional agreement in the face of Top Rank’s agreement with the up-and-coming star. The Arbitrator’s ruling paves the way for Top Rank to promote Donaire’s next bout and continued career, something the Las Vegas-based company had started arranging last month before Golden Boy signed Donaire.
Top Rank’s attorney, Daniel Petrocelli of O’Melveny & Myers LLP in Los Angeles stated, “We are pleased with Judge Weinstein’s carefully considered decision. Top Rank hopes it can put the lawyers and legal fight behind it and return to doing what it does best — promoting the most talented boxers and the most entertaining boxing matches in the world today.”
Slideshow: Marcos Maidana, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero and James Kirkland put on a show at the Pound 4 Pound Boxing Gym in Las Vegas today in preparation of their April 9 showdowns on the Golden Boy-promoted “Action Heroes” card at the MGM Grand, live on HBO PPV. Click here to see all the shots by Chris Cozzone from today’s training.
Andre Kut of KEA Boxing Promotions returns to the South Philly Asylum Arena on Friday, April 1st with “Unfinished Business” featuring the homecoming of welterweight prospect and North Philadelphia’s own Raymond “Tito” Serrano (14-0, 7 KOs) against Corey Alarcon (14-16-1, 4KOs) of Denver, CO. Serrano last fought in the “City of Brotherly Love” back in August 2008 when he steamrolled Jimmy LeBlanc, dropping him three times en-route to an impressive first round knockout! Since that time, the explosive prospect has reeled off seven consecutive victories. (more…)
By Bruce Trampler / Chief Matchmaker
Promoter Bob Arum today celebrated the 45th anniversary of his career as a promoter, having just returned from The Philippines where he observed the training camp of Manny Pacquiao. “Forty-five years is a good start,” Arum smiled as he looked at the schedule of upcoming bouts at his Top Rank office. “It’s been a lot of fun, and working with a great champion like Manny keeps me young.” Arum, 79, has Pacquiao fighting Shane Mosley on May 7 in Las Vegas, and has a full schedule of action with 12 more shows slated through July. “We have upcoming cards on Showtime Pay Per View, HBO, Fox, and ESPN,” he noted. Arum’s company has promoted 1,759 fight cards in his 45 year-career, which began on this date in 1966 when Muhammad Ali outpointed George Chuvalo in Toronto. “The first fight I ever saw in person was the first Ali-Chuvalo heavyweight championship. Ali (27 fights), Marvelous Marvin Hagler (20), George Foreman (14), and Manny (15 so far) are just some of my favorite fighters. “We’ve done over 500 world title bouts, and Top Rank has promoted in 40 states, 200 American cities, and more than 60 cities outside the United States. Our company has ambitious plans for what we consider a very bright future in the sport of boxing.”
Photo: Marcos Maidana, along with Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero and James Kirkland, worked out today at the Pound 4 Pound Boxing Gym in Las Vegas in preparation of their respective fights on the Golden Boy-promoted “Action Heroes” card April 9 at the MGM. Stay tuned for a full gallery later today.
Considered the most important fighter in mixed martial arts history, Royce Gracie is a legend in the sport he helped define. On May 10, Anchor Bay Entertainment will release UFC®: Ultimate Royce Gracie, an action-packed two-disc tribute to this UFC Hall of Fame member containing his most memorable fights and most spectacular submissions.
Photos: Mario Vayas/PR Best
A new televised boxing series “A Puño Limpio,” presented by PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) will kick off on Friday when David Quijano and Juan Mercedes meet in a ten round WBO Latino flyweight title bout on WAPA America live from 9-11PM at Coliseo Hector Sola Bezares in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Quijano (13-1, 9 KOs), from Caguas and a training partner of WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez, will have his hardest test against Mercedes (24-3, 17 KOs), a former 115 pound WBO Latino champion. more + photos
Klaus-Peter Kohl, promoter of WBA mandatory challenger Ruslan Chagaev, says a lawsuit against the WBA is a possibility. “Ruslan is still the WBA mandatory challenger for world champion David Haye,” Kohl told abendblatt.de. “I’m curious to see how the WBA justifies allowing Haye to take a title unification against Wladimir Klitschko. We will not simply accept this…the WBA sanctioned an eliminator, which Ruslan boxed in and I paid the fees. We demand this to be respected and not circumvented. Haye had until the end of April to make his mandatory defense. He will not meet this date. I think now a court will have to decide what we deserve.”
Photos courtesy of:
Jason Bowers/SHOWTIME (Pacquiao)
Esther Lin/SHOWTIME (Mosley)
The FIGHT CAMP 360°: Pacquiao vs. Mosley camera crews are embedded and filming in the Philippines with Manny Pacquiao and Big Bear, Calif. with “Sugar” Shane Mosley, capturing the most intimate training camp moments as both fighters prepare for their May 7 showdown on SHOWTIME PPV®. Prior to joining both camps, the FIGHT CAMP 360° camera crews were allowed unfiltered access to the promotion’s coast-to-coast press tour and inside the Top Rank headquarters in Las Vegas. For more details and photos click here…
Photos: Marianne Mueller
Four days ahead of their title fight at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Germany, WBO cruiserweight champion Marco “Captain” Huck (31-1, 23 KOs) and challenger Ran Nakash (25-0, 18 KOs) participated in an open work-out today. “The belt will remain in Germany,” Huck said. “I am the world champion and I will still be the world champion after Saturday night. Nakash cannot beat me.” Huck worked the pads with coach Ulli Wegner, who expects a tough night for his hard-hitting champion. “Marco must not underestimate his opponent,” Wegner said. “Nakash is unbeaten and will therefore enter the arena with a lot of confidence. It will be an interesting match-up, but if Marco sticks to the game plan, he will leave the ring victorious.” For more details and photos click here…
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Former world champion Martin ‘El Gallo’ Castillo (35-4, 18 KOs) of Mexico, under the guidance of long time trainer Mando Huerta at the Maywood Boxing Club in Maywood, California, will step back into the ring this Friday, April 1st for the long awaited rematch against former world champion Eric ‘Little Hands of Steel’ Morel (43-2, 21 KOs) of Puerto Rico, in what is one of boxing’s biggest and longest rivalries, Mexico vs. Puerto Rico, at the Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino in Indio, California which will be televised on the latest edition of Telefutura’s ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’, Martin Castillo vs. Eric Morel II ‘The Rematch’ is being presented by Golden Boy Promotions. For more details and photos click here…
The threat of prison time hanging over the head of WBO light heavyweight Jurgen Brähmer has gone away after a controversial conviction was thrown out on appeal due a lack of evidence. The champion was initially given a 16 month prison sentence for allegedly hitting a woman in a bar fight, but he was remained free while the verdict was appealed. “I always said that I was innocent,” said Brähmer, “the first proceeding was a joke.” Brähmer can now give his full attention to preparations for his May 21 defense in London against interim titlist Nathan Cleverly.
The undercard for Saturday night’s highly-anticipated rematch in Mexicali between WBO light flyweight champion Giovani “El Guerrero Azteca” Segura and former 108-pound king, Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon, has been officially announced. The 12 round co-feature matches a pair of former world title challengers from Mexico, Jorge “Baby Face” Lacierva (38-7-6, 26 KOs) and Fernando “Wary” Beltran, Jr. (35-4-1, 19 KOs), in an IBF featherweight eliminator. Veteran Ricardo “Piolo” Castillo (39-9-2, 26 KOs), a three-time world title challenger, battles Joksan “El Torito” Hernandez (21-3, 14 KOs) in a 12-round bout for the IBF Latino Featherweight Championship. Castillo is the younger brother of two-time world lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo. Also on the card, undefeated Mexican super bantamweight prospect Ramon “Cobra” Maas (24-0, 15 KOs) takes on dangerous Enrique “Duende” Bernache (15-2, 7 KOs) in a 10 rounder. Time permitting, additional bouts will air on the PPV telecast.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
Former WBO world champion Jhonny Gonzalez traveled to Japan on Tuesday night for his next bout on April 8 against WBC featherweight champion Hozumi Hasegawa in the World Memorial Hall in Kobe, Hyogo. Gonzalez traveled accompanied by trainer Nacho Beristain. González is the current IBO featherweight world champion while Hasegawa has won the WBC featherweight belt against Mexican Juan Carlos Burgos. Gonzalez is the mandatory challenger. Click here for more photos…
Manchester fighter John Murray (30-0, 18 KOs) says he will enjoy defending his European lightweight title on Kevin Mitchell’s London turf this Saturday night. Murray was due to meet Mitchell (31-1, 23 KOs) on April 2 at Wembley Arena, but the fight fell through. Now the unbeaten Mancunian will put his belt on the line for a second time against Spaniard Karim El Ouzaghari (11-1-2, 4 KOs) at York Hall.
“It should have been Kevin in the opposite corner on Saturday night and it’s a real shame we didn’t get it on, but rest assured, it wasn’t because I didn’t want it,” said Murray. “I’m in Mitchell’s backyard so I hope he comes out from his local Pie ‘n Mash shop and sees me in action to see what he’s missing out on. I’m really looking forward to coming down to the York Hall as I haven’t boxed there for five years and showing the London fans what I can do. After they have seen me they will know that I’m the real deal and that I’m the next big thing in British boxing.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Word is the contract proposal submitted by the international promoter Sampson Lewkowicz on behalf of Golden Boy Promotions to Panamanian WBA bantamweight super world champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno not signed by the Monday deadline imposed by Lewcowickz. The proposal was sent to the Moreno’s manager Roberto Grimaldo, who along with Moreno, could not make a final decision. The deal was reportedly for $1.2 million for four fights.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former WBC/IBF/WBA jr welterweight champion Kostya Tszyu will be training former WBO cruiserweight challenger Denis Lebedev for his May 22nd twelve round bout against Roy Jones Jr at the Sport Complex Krylatskoe in Moscow, Russia. Lebedev is coming off a split twelve round decision loss to Marco Huck who defeated him in a December WBO world title bout. Tszyu told Fightnews “I want to help Denis Lebedev in this fight by showing him how to think correctly in the ring. Roy Jones Jr is a good friend of mine whom I respect. This is only business in the boxing ring.” (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao and his sparring partners were supposed to take it nice and easy as one would on the driver’s seat of a car that just rolled out of the showroom. But while there was not enough time for Pacquiao and sparmates Shawn Porter and David Rodela to go full throttle, it was a four-round session that had all the trappings of a Pacquiao workout. “Manny did what he always does,” said Pacquiao’s Canadian adviser Mike Koncz from Baguio City, site of the Filipino’s preparation for the May 7 clash with Shane Mosley. “It was good considering that it’s just the first day (of sparring),” said Koncz. “They really went at it.” Pacquiao will rack up more rounds with sessions set for Thursday and Saturday, just before Team Pacquiao leaves for the US to resume the buildup at the Wild Card in Hollywood. Porter and Rodela are old hands in Pacquiao’s training camp but always put up their best whenever they share the ring with the eight-division world champion. Pacquiao is a huge 6-1 favorite to retain his WBO welterweight crown in a slambang showdown at the MGM Grand inn Las Vegas.
Promoter Steve Smith of Rumble Time Promotions returns to St. Louis on April 16 at the Ameristar Casino Resort Spa in St. Charles, Missouri. Headlining lightweight “Dangerous” Dannie Williams (16-1, 13 KOs) taking on tough Mexican veteran Manuel Leyva (18-2, 10 KOs) for the WBC Continental Americas title in a scheduled twelve rounder. Leyva just lost a very close ten round split decision to former world champion Joel Casamayor on March 11th in Las Vegas.
In other action, St. Louis junior middleweight fan favorite Ryan Davis (22-8-3, 8 KOs) will face Brad “The Firecracker” Hill (11-13-1, 9 KOs), and junior welterweight prospect Miguel “Silky Smooth” Gonzalez (15-2, 13 KOs) will battle Hector “The Mongoose” Alatorre (16-14, 5 KOs) in a pair of scheduled six rounders.
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