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Super welterweight contender Lukas Konecny’s dream of reaching for the WBO championship belt almost a reality. Konecny (47-3, 22 KOs) fights for the interim WBO world title against Salim Larbi (17-1-1, 4 KOs) at the Vodova Arena in his hometown of Brno in the Czech Republic.
Quotes from Monday’s press conference:
Lukas Konecny: “Finally, I’m glad that I now have a real opponent and I can grab the championship belt. It is especially nice to be able to realize my dream here in front of my fans in Brno, in my hometown. I can and will deliver a great experience to my loyal fans here in the Czech Republic!”
Salim Larbi: “Although I am much younger in years than Konecny, but this will not prevent me from taking my chance against this experienced man and great champion. I will use this challenge. I can beat him – I am top prepared!” (more…)
UBO middleweight beltholder Bronco “Superman” McKart (53-9-1, 32 KOs) is set to defend his title on April 28 at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio against streaking Mexican Jose “Stinger” Medina (17-9-1, 7 KOs). The fight, which was officially announced at a press conference in Toledo this past Friday, will headline a card promoted by Turner Boxing Productions in association with living legend Thomas “Hitman” Hearns and Knockout Entertainment. (more…)
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Jr welterweight Serhiy Fedchenko (30-1, 13 KOs) had barely set foot on Mexican soil, but lost no time working out at the Gimnasio Nuevo Jordan to begin to put the final touches on his preparations for his April 14 showdown against Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez at the Arena Ciudad de México in Mexico City. Serhiy jumped rope for ten minutes, did four rounds of shadow boxing and four rounds of sparring, showing good use of the jab and uppercuts with both hands, hurting his sparring partner on more than one occasion and showing good physical condition. He closed his preparation hitting the heavy bag. (more…)
By Ricardo Conde
Fightnews.com spoke to undefeated WBA junior middleweight champion Austin ‘No Doubt’ Trout (24-0, 14 KOs) of Las Cruces, New Mexico, this past weekend to find out the latest in his career, his last fight, among other things and here’s what he had to say:
On March 29th you were scheduled to have a purse bid with Anthony Mundine but that didn’t happen, can you talk to us a little about what happened there?
Well, our people were there for the purse bid and he had a guy show up but he wasn’t authorized or licensed to bid so it didn’t happen, but our people were there for the bid. It’s kind of good that it didn’t happen, not that I don’t want to fight Mundine because I would love to fight him but we just added Al Haymon to the picture, we recently signed with Al Haymon and now Mundine is small time now compared to what’s being worked on. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Current WBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (46-2, 33 KO) will probably be back in the ring in June, but he will not be battling against “Magic Man” Antonio Tarver (29-6, 20 KO) as he expected. Tarver instead decided to defend his IBO belt against Lateef Kayode (18-0, 14 KO). The “Magic Man” defends his change of heart saying that Włodarczyk had other fight obligations, but “Diablo” promoter Andrzej Wasilewski, CEO of 12rounds KnockOut Promotions, is painting different scenario… (more…)
A new welterweight contender will emerge on Friday, June 1 at the Pearl at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas when rising stars Jake Ellenberger and Las Vegas resident Martin Kampmann lock horns in a pivotal five-round main event. Plus, a phenomenal season of The Ultimate Fighter® Live will come to an end as the UFC® crowns its next Ultimate Fighter with a six-figure contract to compete in the world’s premiere mixed martial arts organization. The event will air live on FX at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. (more…)
On April 27th, the night before Hopkins-Dawson II, the boxing weekend in Atlantic City kicks off with a USBA title clash between Omar Sheika (33-11, 21 KOs) and Yusaf Mack (29-4-2, 17 KOs) at the Resorts Casino/Hotel in Atlantic City. Undefeated super middleweight Derrick Webster (12-0, 7 KOs) in an eight round co-feature. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
After Saturday’s unexpected TKO loss, former two-division world champion Jorge Linares said, “I’m thinking about what happened in this fight with Thompson and some situations outside the ring. I will continue in boxing but we must make some changes and among those changes may be a new trainer. I also hope to meet with Golden Boy Promotions to discuss my future.” Linares’ fight against Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson was halted in the second round due to a cut last Saturday at the Oasis Cancun Resort, but the former champion is dissatisfied and upset with the way the fight was stopped. Linares returns to Los Angeles today.
After eight grueling weeks of intense training, Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan (37-4-1, 27 KOs) says he’s ready to leave everything in the ring when he challenges WBC bantamweight champion, Shinsuke Yamanaka (15-0-2, 11 KOs) for his title on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. Having won world titles in the flyweight and super flyweight divisions, Darchinyan seeks another championship in his third weight class. “The training is done and I’m ready to dethrone Yamanaka,” said Darchinyan. “It was an exhausting training camp, but I paid the price and I’m in excellent shape. Getting a victory in Japan will be a difficult task, except my determination to bring home another world title is driving me like never before. I’m confident that I’ll be crowned world champion once again.” (more…)
By Jeffrey Pamungkas
Muhammad des Afrizal (currently known as Afrizal Cotto), the former PABA featherweight champion and the former Indonesian champion in the superfeatherweight division, collapsed and then underwent brain surgery due to the brain hemorrhage after a 12-round unanimous decision loss to Irvan Barita Marbun for Afrizal’s national title defense on Saturday night (3/31) in Jakarta, Indonesia. “Afrizal walked to his dressing room, and he was checked by the ring doctor, everything seemed to be normal. Several minutes after the medical checking finished, he vomited. Then the doctor instructed to bring him the the nearest hospital immediately. Based on the CT-scan result, Afrizal suffered from brain hemorrhage and he conducted a surgery in his head to remove the blood cloth on Sunday morning,” explained Erick Irawan, the promoter of the fight. The operation went sucessfully, and now Afrizal stays at the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) room of UKI Hospital, Indonesia. His condition is reported stable but still unconscious.
Story and photos by Ricardo Conde
Unbeaten and fast-rising prospect Hugo ‘The Boss’ Centeno (12-0, 6 KOs) of Oxnard, California returns to the ring on Saturday April 7th as he takes on Gerardo Cesar Prieto (7-12-1, 0 KOs) in the co-feature bout on latest edition of Telefutura’s ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’ live from the Phoenix Club in Anaheim, California in an 8-round junior middleweight bout which is being presented by Golden Boy Promotions.
In the main event, undefeated junior lightweight Ronny Rios (17-0, 8 KOs) of Santa Ana, California will take on Guillermo Sanchez (13-5-1, 5 KOs) in an 8-round bout. (more…)
WBO Interim cruiserweight world champion, Ola Afolabi just arrived in Germany today to start the final preparation for his May 5 rematch with WBO Cruiserweight champion Marco Huck. Both fighters will be present at the official press conference scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, April 3 in Erfurt, Germany. Afolabi, 19-2-3 with 9 KOs, started his preparation two weeks ago for this much anticipated rematch. He has been training with fitness expert Harold Parker at the world famous Gold’s Gym in Venice, California. He will continue with the second phase of his training in Germany with world renowned boxing trainer, Fritz Sdunek. Afolabi lost a close points decision in the first fight with Huck in December 5, 2009. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Saburo Arashida, the chairman of Kyodo Tokyo, passed away of kidney disease at the age of seventy-nine on March 19. Arashida once positively participated in the boxing world and actually materialized many WBC title bouts in 1970’s, but gradually retired from the boxing business. Kyodo Tokyo has been a leading entertainment enterprise in Japan, having booked Beatles, Michael Jackson, Madonna, etc. May his soul rest in peace.
Ex-OPBF middleweight champ and ex-world challenger Naotaka Hozumi, already retired at 37, was shamefully arrested by the Metropolitan police last week for threatening his acquaintance to plunder him of 300,000 Yen (some $3,600). It was the fifth arrest for him since the police first caught him for alleged violence in 1998. He became the second Japanese boxer that had an ambitious crack at the world middleweight championship only to lose to William Joppy via tenth-round TKO in 2002. The talented bad boy was arrested for interference with a policeman in executing his duty in 2008, and then was indefinitely banned by Japan Boxing Commission (JBC). In Japan we have neither wife-beating boxers nor drug addicts in the boxing fraternity, so Hozumi is a very rare case to cause such a social crime.
Formerly two-class world champ Vic Darchinyan, from Australia, loudly said last Friday, “I don’t come here to challenger the WBC bantam champ Shinsuke Yamanaka, but it’s Yamanaka that challenges me. I’m more experienced, more hard-hitting and faster.” At the public workout at the Teiken gym, Darchinyan’s big mouth fully entertained our press people despite showing his shadowboxing just a round. We don’t predict who the winner will be, but Darchinyan obviously won the verbal contest in the first session. They will actually square off on this coming Friday.
In the discussion of the most highly touted UFC prospects, Stephen Thompson is easily at the very top of that list, and rightfully so. Here are the quick facts: Thompson is the owner of a combined 57-0 record in professional and amateur kickboxing, a 6-0 pro MMA record, he scored a first round “Knockout of the Night” in his UFC debut against Dan Stittgen in February, and UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre has said “Wonderboy” is the best striker he’s ever seen. But what separates him from other possible Octagon icons are Thompson’s goals both in and out of the cage, as he wants to be an MMA star and spokesman for the next generation . . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC.com
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Photogallery by Emily Harney
NABF lightweight title holder “Hammering” Hank Lundy (22-1-1, 11 KOs) defeated Danny Williams (21-2, 17 KOs) handing him the second professional loss of his career on Friday night at the MGM Grand Arena at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, CT on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights in a near shutout unanimous decision. In the co-feature bout of the evening, Connecticut’s Elvin Ayala (25-5-1, 11 KOs) scored a solid eight round unanimous decision over Eric Mitchell (23-9-1, 11 KOs). Click here for the entire report and action packed photogallery.
IBF junior middleweight champion Cornelius ‘K-9′ Bundrage (31-4, 18 KOs) read some recent comments made by former multi-divisional world champion Cory Spinks (39-6, 11 KOs) on Fightnews and responded.
Regarding Spinks’ promised payback for K-9’s comments on promoter Don King: Cory Spinks can run 2000 miles a day and it wouldn’t make a difference. This fight is going to be a repeat of what happened the first time around (Bundrage won by TKO5 in August 2010). It’s plain and simple. I’ve got Cory Spinks’ number and it’s 911. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
At the WBC-required pre weigh-in, Wilbert Uicab weighed 114.65 and Edgar Sosa scaled in at 116.60 for their clash on Saturday for the WBC Silver flyweight title that will also serve was a WBC title eliminator. The bout takes place at the Oasis Hotel Complex, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
Sosa, a former WBC world champion, had a strong training camp and shows great physical condition and quickness. “I feel great and I trust my training. I have much experience and desire to be world champion again this year,” said Sosa.
Local hero Uicab stated, “Sosa and I have the same conditions and the same pressure. We want to win and with the same desire so we can be sure it will be a difficult bout with the difference for me being fighting in front of my people. I will be champion.”
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Boxing returned to the Warner Center in Woodland Hills, California Saturday night as Kahren Harutyunyan Art of Boxing in association with Steve Bash presented a special 70s theme edition of “War at Woodland Hills” billed as “Saturday Boxing Fever” at the Warner Center Marriott for a night of boxing and disco which included eight bouts. In the main event, Haitian middleweight Elie Augustama (6-4, 3 KOs) pulled off an upset, winning a six round split decision over previously unbeaten Donyil Livingston (8-1-1, 4 KOs). (more…)
The rain could not dampen the fistic action last Saturday night, as the fans enjoyed an evening of championship boxing presented by ShowDown Promotions in association with UBM (Union Boxing Management) at the Finish Line Sports Grill in Pomona California. Russian lightweight Andrey Klimov remained undefeated at 13-0 with 7KOs and retained his WBC U.S. Title by digging deep, banging it out in an all action eight round majority decision the very game and previously undefeated Robert Rodriguez 6-1 (2KOs) hailing from Greeley, Colorado. (more…)
Unbeaten jr welterweight Chris Algieri (14-0, 7 KOs) stopped Winston Mathis (7-5-1, 2 KOs) in the second round before a sold out, “loud and proud” hometown crowd at The Paramount on Saturday night. After Algieri blasted a devastating left hook to the body of Mathis in the third round, Mathis was unable to continue and referee Arthur Mercante Jr. waived off the bout at the 0:53 mark of the stanza. Algieri had controlled the action in the first two rounds as he used a piston like jab and sharp defense to score points. (more…)
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