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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
Photos: Team Soto Karass
In his mind Jesus Soto Karass has no doubt that he beat Mike Jones last year in their fight at the Cowboy Stadium in Dallas, but he also knows that he will have to be better if he wants to beat Jones when they meet this Saturday at the Mandalay Bay in a fight to be televised by HBO. For more details and photos click here…
Although this has been known for awhile now, Golden Boy officially announced the April 9 PPV card at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. In the main event, five-time and three-division World Champion Erik “El Terrible” Morales (51-6, 35 KOs) returns to the pugilistic forefront when he faces power-punching Argentinean Marcos “El Chino” Maidana (29-2, 27 KOs) in a classic battle for pride, honor and glory. Also featured will be former Undisputed Junior Middleweight World Champion and future Hall of Famer Winky Wright (51-5-1, 25 KOs) returning to the ring to face exciting European Champion Matthew Macklin (28-2, 19 KOs) in a classic crossroads battle. The event will also showcase what promises to be a slugfest between former World Champions Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (28-1-1, 18 KOs) and Michael Katsidis “The Great” (27-3, 22 KOs).
Photos: Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel and Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire gave the media a sneak peek of their fitness today at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas. Montiel worked the speed bag and shadow boxed a couple rounds while Donaire revealed his six-pack. Stay tuned for a photo gallery later today.
Photo: Looking more like a light-heavyweight than a welterweight, Mike Jones worked gave the media a workout today at the Top Rank Gym in las Vegas. Pumped and psyched for Saturday, Jones says he is ready for his rematch with Jesus Soto-Karass. Stay tuned for more photos from today’s workout of Nonito Donaire and Fernando Montiel. Soto-Karass is expected to hit Vegas tonight sometime.
This Friday night at Coliseo Pachin Vicens in Ponce, Puerto Rico, former WBO Welterweight Champion Carlos “El Indio” Quintana (27-3, 21 KOs) will face Ghana’s Ishmael Tetteh (21-6-2, 10 KOs) in a 10-round junior middleweight main event. The undercard will feature the highly anticipated lightweight pro debut of 2009 World Championships silver medalist and 2008 Olympian José Pedraza, as well as undefeated junior middleweight KO artist Jonathan “Mantequilla” Gonzalez (11-0, 11 KOs). Both Pedraza and Gonzalez are part of the “Team Puerto Rico” promotional alliance between, among others, Gary Shaw Productions and DiBella Entertainment.
Algerian promoters, with government authorization, have fixed March 25th as a definite date for the WBC final elimination bout in the super lightweight division between Ali Chebah (35-1, 28 KOs) and Ajose Olusegun (Nigeria 29-0, 14 KOs) to be held in Algeria. The late Prince Adeboye, member of the WBC Board of Governors, worked up to the last moment so that Olusegun had an opportunity to fight for the WBC world title.
Prize Fight’s Fernando Guerrero and Shawn Porter are no strangers to live television, having been some of the most nationally exposed young prospects in boxing today. They return Friday in 3D in the inaugural telecast of ESPN Friday Night 3D Fights from Guerrero’s hometown of Salisbury, MD. The uber-popular Guerrero (20-0, 16 KOs) puts his NABF title and his world ranking on the line at the the Wicomico Civic Center against Derrick “Superman” Findley (17-4, 11 KOs) in the ten-round main event. Porter (17-0, 13 KOs) will put his NABF welterweight strap on the line against Anges Adjaho (25-4, 14 KOs). Also unbeaten middleweight Dominic Wade (10-0, 8 KOs) faces undefeated southpaw Grover Young (4-0, 2 KOs). Doors open at 7:00 p.m. with the first fight at 8:00 p.m. The ESPN broadcast will start at 9:00 p.m. To see the fight in 3D, you need 1) a 3D-ready TV, 3D glasses and a special 3D-ready box from your cable provider.
In the presence of WBC President Jose Sulaiman and WBC Executive Director Mauricio Sulaiman, the purse bid for the rematch between WBC Lightheavyweight world champion Jean Pascal and challenger Bernard Hopkins was conducted with Golden Boy Promotions winning with a bid of $1,911,500. GYM (Groupe Yvon Michel) bid $1,700,000. The WBC light heavyweight title as well as the WBC Diamond belt will be on the line in the bout. The date that was mentioned as likely to hold the fight is May 21st, and in a few days the place will be announced.
Photo: Gerry Weber World
Marco Huck (31-1, 23 KOs) has promised his fans another spectacular KO victory. The WBO Cruiserweight Champion makes a sixth defence of his title at Halle´s Gerry Weber Stadium on April 2 when he comes face-to-face with former champion Giacobbe Fragomeni (27-3-1, 11 KOs). “There is a reason why I am the champion and not you,” Huck said at today’s official press conference. “I am better and stronger and I will put you down. This is where I grew up, so I will have a lot of fans supporting me, and I will deliver them a spectacular night of boxing.” (more…)
By Felipe Leon
During this morning’s Saul “Canelo” Alvarez-Matthew “Magic” Hatton tele-conference, it was confirmed that the WBC had accepted Golden Boy Promotions’s request to name the twelve round bout for the vacant WBC super welterweight title. Here are a few quick quotes:
Oscar De La Hoya: “We are very happy and grateful that the fight is for the WBC super welterweight title that Manny Pacquiao vacated. We are expecting a great fight. The two participants are preparing for a war and styles make fights. The WBC did the right thing. Alvarez is ranked #1 and ‘Perro’ Angulo has some visa issues, Margarito is fighting Cotto for the WBO title. This is the logical thing.”
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez: “I am happy to dispute for the title. I was already motivated but this only adds to it. I am not motivated in trying to shut people mouths, I do it for my career. This is what were have been working for. I expect to win this fight and I know it is going to be tough. I have said that this is the year I go after the big names.”
Matthew “Magic” Hatton: “This is fantastic news. Every kid that laces up gloves has a dream to become a world champion. In boxing you never know what is going to happen. I feel ready to fight for a world title. It’s a fantastic opportunity. I think I am not only in the position to fight for the super welterweight title but to win it.”
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