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By Francisco Salazar
Light flyweight Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez will defend his world title belt against Ramon Garcia Hirales on April 28th at the Fairplex in Pomona, CA, Top Rank matchmaker Ray Alcorta told Fightnews.com Wednesday afternoon. The Gonzalez-Hirales bout will headline a Top Rank Live card that will be televised on Azteca America. Top Rank and Zanfer Promotions will co-promote the card.
Gonzalez fought just last month in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico, knocking out Manuel Jimenez in the first round of a scheduled 10 round non-title bout. The Nicaraguan-born Gonzalez (31-0, 26 KOs) will hope to successfully defend the title for the fourth time over Hirales since the winning the title in October of 2010 over Francisco Rosas. (more…)
Paul McCloskey will now face DeMarcus Corley on May 5 at the King’s Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The former WBO light welterweight World champion replaces Julio Diaz as Dudey’s opponent after the Mexican raised concerns about making the 140-pound weight limit. WBC #15 Corley won his world title in 2001 with a first round stoppage of Felix Flores and made two successful defences against Ener Julio and Randall Bailey before dropping a split decision to Zab Judah in July 2003. Corley proved he still has plenty to offer as he claimed the NABF light welterweight title against previously unbeaten New Yorker Gabriel Bracero in the Big Apple in January.
“Chop Chop is a former world champion and is coming off a great comeback win against an undefeated fighter,” said DiBella. “He is eager to take a shot at McCloskey. If McCloskey were to defeat DeMarcus though, and after Ajose Olusegun wins the title from Danny Garcia, an Olusegun-McCloskey match-up would certainly be very attractive for all fight fans, particularly those in the U.K. and Ireland.”
On Saturday in Vicenza, Italy OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) will promote a boxing show with two titles on the line. IBF female super flyweight champion Simona Galassi (16-1-1, 3 KOs) will defend her title against WBF bantamweight champion Renata Szebeledi (15-8, 8 KOs) while Giuseppe “The End” Lauri (53-9, 31 KOs) will face Michele Di Rocco (32-1-1, 13 KOs) for the vacant European Union super lightweight title.
On the undercard, European and WBC super featherweight official challenger Devis Boschiero (29-1-1, 14 KOs) will fight Hungarian lightweight champion Istvan Kiss (8-2, 4 KOs) and heavyweight Emanuele Leo (6-0, 3 KOs) will fight tough journeyman Sandor Balogh. For Boschiero is the first fight since the controversial split decision loss against WBC super featherweight champion Takahiro Aoh. Sportitalia 2 will broadcast the show live from 9 PM.
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (39-0-1, 29 KOs) and “Sugar” Shane Mosley (46-7-1, 39 KOs) held their media workout Wednesday in Big Bear, California for their May 5 WBC super welterweight title fight on the Mayweather-Cotto undercard at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Interestingly both fighters have set up training camp headquarters in the mountains in Big Bear just a block away from each other.
Saul Alvarez: “Mosley is a complete fighter that is what I liked about him watching him fight when I was a kid. He is a great fighter.”
Shane Mosley: “Canelo has a good style with his hand speed, power and he is young but he still has a lot to learn.”
Saul Alvarez: “He is 40 years old and fights like a 25-year-old.”
Shane Mosley: “May 5th is kind of like my holiday. I seem to fight this day every year. I will be very hungry, focused, strong and willing to scrap.”
Saul Alvarez: “I am preparing for a great Shane Mosley. It will be a great fight and I look forward to having my hand raised as the winner.” (more…)
Niagara Falls-native Nick Casal (22-4-1, 17 KOs) will take on Russian Ruslan Provodnikov (22-1-0, 14 KOs) June 29th. The main event bout is scheduled for ten rounds with a max weight limit of 140 pounds allowed. The WBO intercontinental title will be on the line. ESPN 2 Friday Night Fight Series will televise. The site of the event will be the Seneca Niagara Events Center in Niagara Falls, New York. “I just found out this news and I’m very excited. I have not fought in Niagara Falls since 2002 as an amateur and this will be my first time as a professional fighting here,” said Casal. Casal’s promoter Boxing360 will co-promote the event.
Here are weight’s for tomorrow’s Fight Club OC show in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center:
Danny Martinez 130 vs Ricardo Garcia 128.2
Steffan Lugo 164.8 vs Jose Alvarez 165.2
Mario Navarro 137 vs German Baltazar 135.8
Alexander Flores 223.4 vs Giavanni Sarren 215.4
Kevin Hoskins 130 vs Ramon Valadez 129.8
Steve Forbes’ opponent, Emanuel Augustus this morning did not pass one of the required California Medical tests, and will not be allowed to fight, so this fight will not happen. Promoter Roy Englebrecht is looking to put Steve on another show within the next two weeks.
Doors open at 6:30pm first bout at 7:40pm. Tickets at www.fightcluboc.com.
Nearly two years has passed since unbeaten lightweight Danny “El Travieso” Hernandez (10-0, 6 KOs) cheated death by surviving a stray bullet wound to his head. The incident occurred at a party when bullets fired were intended for someone else but instead hit him. Hernandez was left for dead at an inoperative medical clinic. After a seven hour brain surgery the prognosis was grim. Doctors informed his parents that Daniel would suffer partial paralysis and the inability to hear or speak.
Fast forward three weeks and miraculously the fighter walked out of the hospital on his own two feet. His determination and desire set the pace for his fast recovery as well as the pace for quick return to the ring. In what will be his first fight since January of 2010, Hernandez will be put to the test as he faces off against Mexico’s Jorge Resendiz (5-2, 4 KOs) in a 6-round lightweight bout at Foro Polanco in Mexico City.
Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing returns to Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York on May 2nd with VIP BOXING III, headlined by popular heavyweight Vinny Maddalone (34-7, 25 KOs) against Chris Koval (25-8, 18 KOs) in a ten-rounder. The co-main event will be an eight round junior welterweight clash between former world title challenger “Mighty Mike” Arnaoutis (23-7-2, 18 KOs) and Broderick Antoine (11-12-1, 5 KOs).
The full service VIP event will kick off promptly at 7pm with an hour-long cocktail reception followed by a four course elegant dinner along with the first bout starting at 8pm. An open bar will run for the course of the dinner and evening’s bouts. “We’re very excited to bring a terrific night of professional boxing once again to the beautiful Russo’s On The Bay venue. This is our third VIP BOXING event and just like the last two it will be a wonderful evening of food and cocktails along with action packed fights,” said DeGuardia. Advance tickets are available in tables of ten at $3500 and $2000. A limited number of individual table tickets are also available for $200.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
In an emotional news conference today in Mexico City, Mexican boxing idol Juan Manuel Marquez (53-6-1, 39 KOs) and his Ukrainian rival Sergheiy Fedchenko (30-1, 13 KOs) met for the first time in advance of their WBO title showdown on Saturday at the impressive “New Arena Mexico.” The bout will be the main event on Top Rank’s big two-venue show that also features Brandon Rios against Richard Abril from Las Vegas.
Juan Manuel Marquez: “18 years ago I had my last fight in Mexico City and since that time wonderful things have happened to my career and now I have the opportunity to return and with a large load of good vibes for everyone. This excites me and motivates me to give more than of all my abilities in the ring….Everyone knows over and over that I won all three fights with Pacquiao, but now more than ever I want the fourth fight with him and I have the full backing of Zanfer and Fernando Beltran to achieve this, but first I have to defeat the Ukrainian.”
Serghiy Fedchenko: “I will only say that on Saturday I will speak in the ring with my performance and that I’m more than 100% prepared to face Juan Manuel. I’m not intimidated by anybody, including the public. I’ll just do my job against the Mexican.” (more…)
After today’s highly charged Las Vegas press conference that was so intense the fighters weren’t allowed anywhere near each other, Cuban-born Miami resident WBO interim lightweight champion Richard Abril stated, “I ride horses, listen to Mexican music and speak the language. I am more Mexican than Rios!”
By David Finger
In what promises to be one of the most eagerly anticipated American heavyweight matchups of the year, undefeated Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell (24-0-1, 18 KOs) looks to continue his meteoric rise up the heavyweight ladder with a win over former top prospect Chazz “Gentleman” Witherspoon (30-2, 22 KOs) this month in Atlantic City, NJ on the undercard of the Hopkins-Dawson championship fight on April 28th. It seems like ages since boxing fans could get legitimately excited for a heavyweight fight featuring two Americans, but the exciting style of Witherspoon and Mitchell has many fans wondering if this could be the spark that reignites the heavyweight division. It was not only interesting to fans because of the styles of both fighters, but because of the background of Witherspoon and Mitchell. Mitchell, a college graduate and former linebacker for the Michigan State Spartans, has already earned a reputation for being a breath of fresh air in the division and an all around classy guy. And Witherspoon? Well, his nickname of “Gentleman” is widely seen as well-placed for the cousin of former heavyweight champ Tim Witherspoon who also is a college graduate. (more…)
Main Events officially confirmed today they will bring a major boxing event, to be nationally televised on TeleFutura’s Sólo Boxeo series, to the Pharr Events Center in Pharr, Texas, on May 19, 2012. The show will be co-promoted by Main Events and Arena Promotions. Broadcast begins at 11PM ET/PT. Two excellent bouts top the card. Undefeated lightweight Jerry Belmontes (15-0, 5 KOs) takes on Ramesis Gil (7-3-5, 5 KOs) in an 8 round lightweight bout and Olympic heavyweight gold medalist Odlanier Solis (17-1, 12 KOs) faces Konstantin Airich (23-5-2, 17 KOs) in a 12 round battle. (more…)
Photo: David Martin Warr/DKP
Joey Hernandez (20-1-1, 11 KOs. Fighting Shakir Ashanti): It’s great to be fighting in my hometown on Saturday. I grew up watching and attending fights here at Miami Jai-Alai. I was always a big fan of boxing and never more than here in Miami.
I like to put on a good show. You can’t get up and get a drink of water when I fight because you never know what’s going to happen. I look forward to defeating Shakir Ashanti on Saturday and pleasing all my South Florida fans.”
Shakir Ashanti: (16-12, 4 KOs. Fighting Joey Hernandez): “I only know one way to approach anything I do. I work hard and give it all I’ve got. I’m a former Marine and war veteran, so I come to fight. I was born in blood, pain and struggle. I am a warrior.”
Bermane Stiverne: (21-1-1, 20 KOs. WBC No. 1 contender fighting Willie Herring): “I have fought in Florida before but never in Miami. I grew up here and my brother played football at University of Miami. It’s really great to be having my friends and family come see me fight. Many have never seen me fight in person. They will be an inspiration for a big win.”
Marcus Oliveira: “I am happy to be fighting in the United States. I am from Brazil and have fought there and in other places, but this is the best country in the world. South Florida has very large Brazilian population and they will all be out to support me….I want to show that I am one of the best and I want to become a world champion.”
Azea Augustama: “My Haitian fans are looking forward to being here at Miami Jai-Alai on Saturday night to see me fight. I always come to fight and I’m excited after signing with Don King. I will impress him and my fans.”
By Andreas Hale
Photos: Mary Ann Owen
Brandon Rios: He wasn’t talking sh!t at the last press conference but he is now. How can he do that when all he is going to do is run? He says he’s going to break my jaw but he has to fight me to do that and I doubt he’s willing to do that.
Richard Abril: I’m not afraid of Brandon Rios. I’m the one who wanted the fight. He talks a lot of sh!t but he’s not even 100% Mexican. Everyone who has said stupid sh!t about me, I will shut them up in the ring.
Mike Alvarado: I hope he can swing because I’m going to take him into deep waters. I’m a warrior and do what I have to do to win the fight.
Mauricio Herrera: I had a late start in boxing but this fight will make up for it. I’m ready and I hope he is too. I’m going to do it.
Note: No staredown due to Monday’s LA fiasco (more…)
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel announced the officials who will work the interim world title bout between Juan Manuel Marquez and Sergey Fedchenko to be held this Saturday at the New Mexico City Arena in Mexico City, Mexico. The referee will be Benjy Esteves, from the United States. The judges are Steven Weisfeld, from United States, Alejandro Lopez-Cid, from Mexico, and Rafael Isenia, from Dominican Republic. WBO supervisor for this bout will be Valcarcel himself.
One of the top marketing executives in the business of mixed martial arts, Andrew Ebel, will be a guest speaker of Fight Promoter University VIII, set for June 5-8 in Costa Mesa, California it was announced today by FPU founder Roy Englebrecht. Ebel, is the former Director of Business Operations for Strikeforce, and before that was the Director of Marketing and Promotions for HP Pavilion in San Jose. This is his second guest appearance at FPU and will speak on Thursday afternoon, June 7th. (more…)
Golden Boy Promotions and their CEO Richard Schaefer has agreed to a long-term contract extension. “I am thrilled to have Richard commit to a long-term contract extension with Golden Boy, as he is not only my trusted Chief Executive Officer but he is one of my closest friends,” said Golden Boy President Oscar de la Hoya. “This is a very important day for the company and another, and very exciting, chapter in our storied path. We have achieved so much already and I can’t wait to announce the many endeavors Richard and I have been working on over the past months to ensure our continued growth and success.”
Schaefer was hired in 2000 by De La Hoya to run Golden Boy Enterprises. In 2003 he and De La Hoya formed Golden Boy Promotions with Schaefer being named CEO. “I am excited to extend my contract and look forward to working with the company for many years to come,” said Schaefer. “Oscar is a visionary leader who has inspired millions as a fighter in the ring and now he is doing the same thing outside of the ring with his ‘yes we can’ attitude. I am proud of him, our Golden Boy staff, our partners and shareholders and most importantly our fighters, who make the company what it is. Our success speaks for itself. Together we have built the company into a global promotions powerhouse and we will continue to make history every day. We have a great team of young, energetic and creative people working for and with us. I am looking forward to breaking new records together with them.”
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Next week’s “Fast and Furious” card from the Bell Centre in Montreal and broadcast live on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights is all but set according to promoter Yvon Michel. Headlining will be IBF#2 Adonis ‘Superman’ Stevenson (17-1 14KO) taking on WBC#2 Noé Gonzales (28-1 20KO). The fight marks Stevenson’s second fight with acclaimed Hall of Fame trainer Emanual Steward. “Adonis Stevenson is one the best pure punchers I have ever met in my entire life,” remarked Steward after the southpaw’s destruction of Jesus Gonzales in a mere 99 seconds in his last fight. “In addition to his boxing skills, he’s an unbelievable puncher. He’s got the fans excited because nothing sells like knockouts. This is what sells.” (More)
An important heavyweight fight has been added Don King’s first boxing card on Saturday at the all-new Casino Miami Jai-Alai. WBC #1-ranked contender Bermane “B-Ware” Stiverne (21-1-1, 20 KOs), a Haitian fighting out of Miami, will face Willie Herring (13-10-3, 4 KOs), from Orlando. Herring has shown the ability in the past to defeat favored fighters on numerous occasions. Stiverne’s eye-popping 20 knockouts have generated much interest in him, and a world title match looms for him if he can get past Herring.
The headliner is headlined super welterweight Joey “Twinkle Fingers” Hernandez (20-1-1, 11 KOs) against Shakir “The Assassin” Ashanti (16-12, 4 KOs), from New Bern, SC. Hernandez has become a local favorite in South Florida by fighting in a crowd-pleasing style and for winning all but one of his matches. He will be up against a live underdog in Ashanti, who has availed himself well in his last three fights opposing Derek Ennis, Cory Spinks and George Rivera. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former two-division world champion Rafael Marquez (40-7, 36 KOs) is expected to reappear against Nicaraguan Eusebio Osejo (20-10-2, 7 KOs) in a 10-rounder on May 5 in Tijuana on an event presented by Zanfer Promotions. Osejo previously had been chosen to face Marquez last July, but Marquez ended up facing Eduardo Becerril instead. That same night current WBA super bantamweight world champion Jackie “Aztec Princess” Nava (26-4-3, 11 KOs) will defend her crown against Colombian Diana Ayala (12-6-3, 7 KOs) and former WBO world champion Julio Cesar “Pingo” Miranda (37-6-1, 29 KOs) meets former WBA world champion Jean Piero Perez (18-4-1, 13 KOs) in a ten round super flyweight clash. Also former WBC super featherweight world champion Humberto Gutierrez (28-3-1, 20 KOs) will face TBA. Fightnews.com wants to congratulate Jacke Nava on her 32nd birthday today.
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