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USA fight fans are in luck as ESPN3.com has picked up Saturday’s clash in Stuttgart, Germany between WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm and Ronald Hearns, the son of famed of former two-time middleweight champion Tommy “The Hitman” Hearns. The live webcast is scheduled to begin at 3:30 PM ET. “The one thing that was not lost from generation to generation was the devastating right hand,” said Hearns’s promoter Lou DiBella. “I believe that once Ronald lands that right hand, we will be crowning a new WBA champion.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former IBF featherweight world champion Orlando Salido is currently training at the Destroyer Boxing Club in Tucson, Arizona with the trainers Victor Barron and Santos Moreno for his April 16th SHOWTIME clash with undefeated WBO featherweight world champion Juan Manuel Lopez. “I’m here trying to find the best possible conditions because is an important fight and a second chance. I have to improve many things and besides Lopez is left handed and fast. I’m working with other lefties and hoping to step it up. I know I have many possibilities and will work on more technique and speed,” said Salido. Lopez-Salido will take place at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm and challenger Ronald Hearns both made weight in advance of their title showdown tomorrow evening at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, Germany, at today’s official weigh in. Sturm tipped the scale at 159.2 lbs. Hearns came in a little lighter at 159.1 lbs. Both fighters looked to in tremendous shape and ready to go.
With their highly anticipated world championship confrontation less than one month away, boxing fans will get exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to the training camps and lives of boxing superstars Miguel Cotto and Ricardo Mayorga when “Relentless,” a 30-minute preview of the first major pay-per-view world championship boxing event of 2011, premieres tonight/Friday, Feb. 18, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME®.
Cotto, the Pride of Puerto Rico, will defend his World Boxing Association (WBA) super welterweight title against two-division world champion Mayorga on Saturday, March 12, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Cotto vs. Mayorga will be produced and distributed LIVE by SHOWTIME PPV®, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
“Relentless” provides exclusive interviews and reactions from their explosive, trash-talking, kickoff press conference in New York, where Mayorga promised to force Cotto to retire following the March 12 showdown. (more…)
Photos: Team Klitschko
Vitali Klitschko (43-2, 38 KOs), of Kiev (Ukraine) and Hamburg (Germany), participated yesterday in a media work out in his training camp in Austria. He is preparing for his upcoming WBC heavyweight title defense against Odlanier Solis (17-0, 12 KOs), of Miami, FL. The eagerly anticipated heavyweight championship will take place on Saturday, March 19, at Lanxess Arena Cologne, Germany. In Germany, the fight will be broadcast live and exclusively on RTL, in the US on the EPIX channel and on EpixHD.com LIVE at 6PM ET, followed by a replay at 10PM ET. Tickets, starting at € 25, can be purchased online at www.eventim.de or by phone +49-221-80 20. Click here for more photos…
Mexican contender Gabriel “Rey” Martínez (27-1-1, 14 KOs) says he is ready for his Mexico vs. Philippines clash on the undercard of the Fernando Montiel vs. Nonito Donaire bill this weekend in Las Vegas. Martinez will face fellow welterweight contender Mark Melligen (20-2, 14 KOs), in a 10 round fight he says, given the skills and records, could steal the spotlight. If he comes out victorious, Martínez, promoted by Latin Sports, knows that he will get close to a title shot – and that has him motivated and eager to win and shine in boxing’s world capital.
In the past two years, the state of Alabama has once again defined excellence in NCAA football, birthing two national championship teams led by two Heisman trophy winners.
Alabama’s lone Olympic boxing medalist, Tuscaloosa native Deontay Wilder, labored hard during those same 24 months, striving to supplant the storied tradition of football in Alabama by championing for, and now ushering in, the State’s first Boxing Athletic Commission . . . click here for more
WBA #9 super middleweight Stjepan Bozic has been diagnosed with ligament damage to his index finger metacarpophalangeal joint – probably an old injury that was aggrevated when he punched Arthur Abraham’s elbow on February 12. On Thursday the Sauerland team received the official medical documentation and MRI results from Croatia and ring doctor Dr. Hubert Klauser, a specialist for orthopedics, surgery and hand surgery, confirmed the injury after viewing the supplied information, adding that Bozic should do no punching for at least six weeks and put stress on the hand only sparingly. The findings vindicate Bozic who was accused of faking the injury. “I’m no actor,” said Bozic. “I would have gladly given the fans a longer fight with an another, better ending. Unfortunately, with the injury it wasn’t possible, as confirmed by the MRI.”
Your commute to work ain’t got nothing on Curt Warburton’s trek to Sydney, Australia for his UFC 127 bout against Maciej Jewtuszko. First, the lightweight prospect drove two and a half hours from his home in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, England to Manchester Airport. Then it was an hour flight to Heathrow, followed by flights to Bangkok and then Sydney, which clocked in at 12 and 10 hours, respectively. Yet you won’t hear any complaining from Warburton. . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
After confirmation of his April 2 title shot against WBA interim flyweight champion Luis “Nica” Concepción (22-1, 17 KOs), Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (29-2, 22 KOs) says he is very motivated and confident that he will bring Mexico and Sonorans the championship he’s dreamed of. Promociones y Eventos del Istmo officially announced the fight card Thursday, which will also feature a WBA female super bantamweight clash between Chantall “La Fiera” Martínez and Lisa “Bad News” Brown.
“This is my dream, my goal and this time I will be fighting at my natural weight,” said Marquez. “Concepción is a great champion, but I have no doubt I’ll win. I know he’s at home, but I trust that the judges and referee the WBA appoints will be impartial and it will be a great fight for the fans as we both like to trade blows.”
By Francisco Salazar
Not many athletes could proudly say that they gained more from a defeat. Although the goal is to be triumphant in competition, athletes can learn from their mistakes and make the most of a second opportunity. Welterweight Jesus Soto-Karass is one of those athletes, even though there were members of the media who thought that he should have had his hand raised and not Mike Jones back in November at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX.
The hard-hitting welterweight thinks he gained more fans and more appeal from networks from his 10 round majority decision defeat at the hands of the unbeaten Jones.
Soto-Karass will hope to gain a measure of revenge when he takes on Jones in a 10 round bout at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Saturday night. The bout, which will precede the highly-anticipated bantamweight showdown between Fernando Montiel and Nonito Donaire, will be televised on HBO’s “Boxing After Dark.” (more…)
Ring legend Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker spoke to reporters Thursday about Zab Judah’s training camp progress in preparation for his March 5th IBF jr. welterweight title against Kaizer Mabuza at the Prudential Center’s AmeriHealth Pavilion, Newark, NJ. Judah has been frequently compared to fellow southpaw, Whitaker, who was also promoted by Main Events, and “Sweet Pea” says he’s taking Zab to a whole new level. “You can’t even imagine the feelings I am having right now about this kid (Judah),” said Whitaker. “He’s like a student all over again, it’s like re-teaching the guy some of the best things about himself. Nobody probably knows better than me, other than his father, about his fight game. It’s been easy for me to give him the transformation to do all the things I know he can do very well, and to please the crowd.” (more…)
By Phil Doherty
His eyes still steely sharp, his hands still dense and quick, his arms still taut and muscled. He hunches slightly forward but evenly balanced just in case he needs to pivot a left hook. Chances are Morris Reif doesn’t need to summon the professional skills that earned him a spot in the long line of great Jewish boxers from New York.
But it’s nice to know (at 88 years of age) he still could.
Reif was born to the fighting streets of Brownsville, Brooklyn back when this was a separate city from New York. These same streets would harvest future heavyweight champions like Floyd Patterson, Riddick Bowe, Shannon Briggs and Mike Tyson. Reif fought almost daily in these streets for whatever spare money he could earn.
Mostly he fought because he loved to fight. (more…)
Photos: Golden Boy
Eloy Perez 130 vs. Roger Gonzalez 133
Mercito Gesta 140 vs. Genero Trazancos 138.5
Adolfo Gonzalez 149 vs. Jose Leon 150
Richard Hargraves 151 vs. Clint Coronel 152.5
Joe Gumina 182 vs. Jose Hurtado TBA
Venue: Longshoreman’s Hall, San Francisco, CA
Promoter: Golden Boy
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Good friends don’t mean bad fights – just ask Nonito Donaire and Fernando Montiel.
Despite a mutual admiration and respect, on Saturday, Nonito, 25-1, 17 KOs, and Montiel, 43-2-2, 33 KOs, have agreed to knock each other out. The long-awaited showdown headlines an HBO-telecast on a card promoted by Top Rank from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas . . . click here for more
The majority of the time, a boxing promoter is the one breaking major news concerning a particular event. In the case of the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez versus Matthew “Magic” Hatton match-up slated for Saturday, March 5th, at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA, promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and broadcast live on HBO’s “Boxing After Dark,” it was a renown Mexican journalist who informed the participants of a teleconference yesterday that the WBC had accepted Golden Boy Promotions’ request to make the main event for the vacant WBC super welterweight title . . . click here for more
By Tri Nguyen
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) met with Manny Pacquiao, the eight time World Champion and current WBO Welterweight champion, at the U.S. Capitol Building in downtown Washington D.C. Although not immediately obvious, the two men from opposite sides of the planet have alot in common. Both love the sport of boxing. In fact, Harry Reid was an amateur boxer in his youth and still follows the sport today. Both are in politics, with Pacquiao the newly elected congressman representing the Sarangani province in the Philippines. As Reid put it, “Everyone knows how much I admire people who enter the ring, whether boxing or political.” (more…)
Fernando Guerrero 157.5 vs Derrick Findley 160
Shawn Porter 144 vs Anges Adjaho 149.5
(Adjaho given one hour to lose 2.5 lbs)
Dominic Wade 165.5 vs Grover Young 168
Alexis Guerrero 195 vs Rayshawn Myers 189
Joseph Elegele 143 vs Keuntray Henson 151
Denis Douglin 154.5 vs Doel Carrasquillo 154
Venue: Wicomico Civic Center
Doors Open: 7 PM
TV: ESPN Friday Night Fights
Promoter: Prize Fight
Photo courtesy Top Rank Inc.
Four of the world’s best lightweight boxers highlight the year’s first SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING event as unbeaten #1-ranked contender Brandon Rios (26-0-1, 18 KOs) challenges WBA lightweight champion Miguel Acosta (28-3-2, 22 KOs), while talented Mexican fighters Antonio DeMarco (24-2-1, 18 KOs) and Reyes Sanchez (20-3-1, 11 KOs) battle in the co-feature.
All the action takes place Saturday, Feb. 26 LIVE on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) at split sites with Acosta and Rios fighting at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas in a 12-round main event while DeMarco and Sanchez square off in a 12-rounder also at 135 pounds from the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island, Nebraska. (more…)
Photo and report by Ricardo Conde
Highly talented lightweight prospect Carlos Molina (14-0, 7KOs) of Norwalk, CA, under the guidance of renowned trainer Clemente Medina at the Maywood Boxing Club in Maywood, CA, will step back into the ring on Saturday, April 23rd on the undercard of the “Bantamweight Tournament Final” dubbed ‘Winner Takes All’ at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, CA against an opponent yet to be determined, which is being headlined by Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko (28-2, 22 KOs) of Ghana defending his IBF bantamweight title against fast rising star Abner Mares (21-0-1, 13 KOs) of Mexico, which will be broadcast live on SHOWTIME and is being presented by Don King Productions, Gary Shaw Productions, Golden Boy Promotions and Thompson Boxing Promotions. (more…)
Photo: Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire jokes around with former champ Jorge “Travieso” Arce at today’s presser held at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Arce (56-6-2, 43 KOs) is in town to promote his May 7 showdown with undefeated WBO Super Bantam Champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (20-0-1, 17 KOs).
For the first time in history, professional boxing is coming to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida on March 4. This event is being promoted by Roy Jones Jr’s promotional company Square Ring Promotions, Inc. and The Bluewave Group. In the main event, the current undefeated NABF light heavyweight beltholder Ismayl Sillakh (14-0, 12 KOs) will be defending his title against the also undefeated Yordanis Despaigne (8-0, 4 KOs). Tickets are priced at $100 and $35 and are on sale now.
Photo: WBC/WBO Bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel and two-time world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire pose during the final press conference for their upcoming world title fight to be held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Saturday,February 19, live on HBO Boxing After Dark. Top Rank promotes this event in association with Zanfer Promotion.
Montiel: “It’s been a question of opponents. I haven’t had the types of opponents that they’ve had, and that’s why they’re better known than me. After this fight, you know, I think that everyone will know more about me.”
Photos: Universal Promotions
Carlos Quintana 154 vs. Yorgy Estrella 152.5
José Pedraza 132 vs. Felix Rivera 131
Fernando Torres 135 vs. Carlos Claudio 135
Thomas Dulorme 147 vs. Jorge Delgado 148
Jonathan González 155 vs. Chad Greenleaf 157
Josean Serra 110 vs. Eliezer Torres 110
Orlando Del Valle 126.5 vs. Irving Hernández 128
George Meléndez 155 vs. Christopher Henry 154
Jorge Maysonet 138 vs. Miguel Álvarez TBA
Javier Pérez 142 vs. Alexis cintrón 142
Carlos Narváez 115.5 vs. Reynaldo Cintrón 115
Miguel Marrero 126 vs. Rubén Bayala 125
Venue: Coliseo Pachin Vicens, Ponce, Puerto Rico
Promoter: Universal Promotions/DiBella Entertainment/Gary Shaw
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Photo: Prize Fight
NABF middleweight champion Fernando Guerrero has become the #1 franchise in town, routinely selling out the Wicomico Civic Center in Salisbury, Maryland. The Dominican-born Guerrero (20-0, 16 KOs), who puts his NABF title and his world ranking on the line against Derrick “Superman” Findley on this week’s ESPN2 FNF telecast, has steadily climbed up the middleweight rankings with convincing wins over veteran journeyman Ishe Smith, and tough gatekeepers like Ossie Duran, Michael Walker and Gabe Rosado. Another big crowd is expected.
Little known premium entertainment channel EPIX, a video-on-demand and online service, brings heavyweight championship boxing back to the American airwaves when WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko defends against #1 ranked challenger Odlanier Solis on March 19 on the EPIX channel and on EpixHD.com LIVE at 6PM ET, followed by a replay at 10PM ET. “We are pleased to bring this exciting heavyweight championship to American boxing fans on television and online,” said EPIX President and CEO Mark Greenberg. Klitschko vs. Solis marks the first boxing event televised on EPIX, and the first time a Klitschko bout has aired live on American television since 2009. The service is available to over 30 million homes nationwide through distribution partners including Charter Communications, Cox Communications, DISH Network, Mediacom Communications, NCTC, Suddenlink Communications and Verizon FiOS. Notably missing are Comcast, the nation’s largest cable provider and DirecTV, the largest satellite provider.
This afternoon in Ljubljana, Slovenia, the official weigh-in took place for Friday night’s event at the Sportpark Arena. IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck weighed in at 146.8 while challenger Paul Delgado weighed 145.8.
In a clash for the vacant WBF female middleweight belt, unbeaten Christina Hammer weighed 158.2 and Diana Kiss weighed 157.8.
In the third title duel of the night, WBF international light heavyweight belt holder Denis Smicic scaled in at 174.3 and Sandro Siproshvili weighed 174.8.
Vedran Akrap 157.4 vs. Thomas Hengstberger TBA
Sergio Vartanov 147 vs. Jegise Tovmaszjan TBA
Dominic Bösel 174.6 vs. Josef Obeslo 174.8
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By Chris Cozzone
Unbeaten jr. middlweight Abie Han (12-0, 10 KOs), of El Paso, is the latest fighter to ink a contract with Top Rank. Seen by many as the future of El Paso, Han is coming off a second round TKO over Orphius Waite in Las Vegas, Jan. 22. Han is scheduled to fight on two upcoming Top Rank cards: March 19 in Chiapis, Mexico and May 6 in Las Vegas.
Venerable boxing journalist and historian Bert Sugar was the guest speaker this past Tuesday at the RING 8 monthly meeting at the historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City. Sugar, one of the most recognizable characters and foremost authorities in boxing, spoke about his new book “The Ultimate Book of Boxing Lists” which he co-authored with Teddy Atlas. RING 8, a non-profit organization formed in 1954 by an ex-prizefighter Jack Grebelsky, is dedicated to lending a helping hand to those in the boxing community who are less fortunate and may require assistance in terms of paying their rent, medical expenses, or whatever justifiable need. The Ring 8 motto is “Boxers Helping Boxers.” Visit www.Ring8ny.com for more information about RING 8.
Phil Baroni isn’t just Riki Fukuda’s close friend and longtime training partner. Baroni also moonlights, rather proudly, as Fukuda’s English teacher.
So while Fukuda, a Tokyo native, relied on an English translator for a recent UFC.com interview, the “New York Bad Ass” insists it was totally unnecessary . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, UFC.com
Earlier this week, boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao hit Washington DC with much fanfare. Today it’s female boxing superstar Mia St. John who’ll be on Captitol Hill. Mia will join with Congresswoman Grace F. Napolitano and Los Angeles Lakers star Ron Artest to reintroduce the “Mental Health in Schools Act” and create awareness and support for mental health initiatives.
This initiative is just the opening salvo in a battle to aid young people dealing with mental health issues. On May 20, at the Playboy Mansion, Ms St. John will host “A Night of Knockouts” from 8pm to 1am. This charity boxing event is collaborated with female boxing promoter Claudia Ollis and designed to raise money during mental health awareness month, and many celebrities from the sports and entertainment world have already pledged their support. Individual tickets, which include dinner and an open bar, are priced at $1,000.
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Sugar Shane Mosley took the ESPN Studios in Hartford, Connecticut by storm this week. Click here for more photos…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBA champion Juan Carlos Salgado has just joined the ranks of the Mexican promotional firm HG Boxing headed Hector Garcia. He will fight under the HG Boxing banner February 26 in the Zamna Poliforum in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico against an opponent to be determined. “This association with HG Boxing has motivated me to give my best and try to regain a world championship, something that along with Hector Garcia can be crystallized by the end of this year,” said Salgado. He is training with the legendary “Nacho” Beristain at the famed La Romanza Gym honing his speed and sparring.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos by Johnny Chaichotchuang
Former world rated Fahsai Sakkreerin (31-2, 16 KOs) chopped down Roel Laguna ( 11-5-2, 7 KOs) of the Philippines in six action rounds in a nationally televised scheduled twelve round bout with the IBF Pan Pacific 130 pound title up for grabs at the Thonburi University, Bangkok, Thailand on Wednesday. Sakkreerin was at his best as he dropped the tough Filipino with a perfectly delivered left hook to the jaw in round two. Laguna was in trouble again in round four after the Thai connected with a right hand, left hook combination to the head. In round five an accidental head clash left Laguna with a cut over his left eye. In round six Laguna was in trouble on the ropes and could not defend himself when referee Sanong Au Im stopped the contest at 45 seconds of the round. For more details and photos click here…
All the shots from today’s workout at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas, featuring Mike Jones, Nonito Donaire and Fernando Montiel. Photos by Chris Cozzone: Click here to view
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