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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Esmeralda Moreno and Salvador Sanchez II are the main fighters on tonight’s “Knock Fair III” event at the Don King Arena in Texcoco, Mexico presented by promoter Fausto Daniel Garcia. “La Joya” Moreno defends her WBC Silver belt for the first time against Maribel Ramirez with the winner to face champion Naomi Togashi.
Also Fermin “Zedaz” De Los Santos defends his CABOFE lightweight title against Juan Pablo “Lagarto” Sanchez. And in the night’s special event, “The Legend Continues” Sal Sanchez II meets Guadalupe Carmona. “I feel great hope to win my fight and continue my journey in boxing. It’s time to learn and find better fights,” says Sanchez Jr.
“I plan to knock out Vic Darchinyan early in the fight,” said the former IBF bantamweight titleholder Yonnhy Perez who is co-promoted by Thompson Boxing Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions. “I want fight fans to get the message…..There’s nothing more I want than to return to my country with a world title belt,” said Perez. “I’m sticking to what I trained to do throughout my camp and that’s to knock out Darchinyan.”
Tonight’s SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING broadcast from the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), between former IBF Bantamweight Champion Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez (20-1-1, 14 KOs) and two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan (35-3-1, 27 KOs) will have a lot on the line.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Here is the scale watch for tonight’s Hard Times Promotions card at DC Star in DC:
Maurice Byarm 249 vs. Willie Palms 264
Dwayne McRae 243 vs. James Porter 246
Brandon Quarles 157 vs. David Tomlin 153
Thomas Snow 126 vs. James Franks 121
Zain Shah 159 vs. Tevin Parker 159
Gary Jones 161 vs. Torrence King 165
Nick Kisner 199 vs. Andre Ward 196
Jeremiah Wiggins 154 vs. Alan Moore 157
Regardless of who wins tonight’s SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING broadcast from the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), between former IBF Bantamweight Champion Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez and two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan, promoter Gary Shaw says he’ll petition the IBF to sanction an Interim title fight between them and IBF #4-rated Abner Mares. Mares saw his title shot dissolve earlier this week when champion Joseph Agbeko was stricken with sudden-onset sciatica and their fight had to be cancelled.
“If Agbeko cannot fight in a timely fashion and defend his title, I will personally petition the IBF to let the winner of this fight for the title against Mares,” stated Shaw, who has a sole promotional agreement with Darchinyan and shares a co-promotional agreement with Thompson Boxing on Perez, and says it’s not just about advancing his fighters, it’s a matter of keeping one of boxing’s most talent-laden divisions moving. (more…)
Picture: Photo Wende
After a trip of 27 hours, Daniel Geale today arrived in Berlin to continue his preparation for his May 7 clash with IBF Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester. “He is very experienced but I have come here to win the title,” Geale said.
Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
Results from Friday night’s late Red Lion Hotel boxing-MMA card in Sacramento, promoter Nasser Niavaroni:
Cheered on by ex-champ and sparring mate James Toney, West Sacramento heavyweight Hector Martinez (6-5) won on all cards in six-round main over Yohan Banks (4-5-3) of Redwood City. Also: lightweight Max Becerra (5-0-1) of Vacaville scored two knockdowns to easily outpoint Chris Gonzalez (2-1) of Mexico in four and Sacramento lightweight Andre Kim (3-3) stopped Matt Mahler (0-3) of Manteca in three. In pro-debut prelims, three Sacramento fighters were swept. Heavyweight Larry Ward was knocked out in the first round by Josh Landers from the Wild Card Gym of Hollywood, middleweight Juan Luna lost by unanimous decision to Lee Reyes, also of Hollywood, and welterweight Will Walters lost by majority decision to Brett De La Torre of Vacaville.
Two world title fights are on tap for the April 30 “Top Rank Live!” card televised on Fox Deportes from the Foro Polanco in Mexico City. WBO mimimumweight champion Raul ‘Rayito’ Garcia (29-1-1, 17 KOs) defends against Rommel Asenjo (20-2, 16 KOs), WBO junior flyweight champion Jesus Geles (12-1-1, 5 KOs) faces Ramon ‘Principe’ Garcia Hirales (15-2-1, 8 KOs) in a direct rematch of their clash in February won by Geles via split decision. Also scheduled is a ten round bantamweight clash between Rodrigo ‘Gato’ Garcia (14-3-1, 9 KOs) and Leopoldo Arrocha (10-15-2, 6 KOs).
Sacrifice comes in many forms for mixed martial arts fighters. There’s the time away from family and friends, the physical pain and mental strain endured, and dealing with the idea that the only way to move forward is by breaking yourself down on a daily basis . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Looks like WBA bantamweight super world champion Anselmo ‘Chemito’ Moreno will defend his title for the ninth time in June against former world champion Lorenzo Parra. The bout could land on June 18 in the Roberto Duran Gym in Panama City on an event organized by Promociones y Eventos del Istmo. The same source reported that Moreno has already agreed and they’re looking to get Parra on board. In the event Parra doesn’t take the fight, they will find another opponent. Moreno and Parra were originally scheduled to fight on February 18 but the match fell through. Moreno’s purse for this fight is said to be $100,000 tax free.
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan and former International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight champion Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez both made weight one day before their main-event meeting on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING this Saturday, April 23, live on SHOWTIME® (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. (more…)
By Bob Caico at ringside
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman
Don Juan Fighting Promotions put on their first boxing show at the Fairgrounds Event Center in Hamburg, NY on Friday night. In the feature bout of the evening for the vacant WBC Youth title, Guillermo Sanchez of Buffalo took home an eight-round unanimous decision from Eduardo Ramirez of Laredo, TX. In the second round the southpaw Sanchez found the straight left working and dropped Ramirez for a count of five just before the bell. Sanchez was content to box over the next four rounds. In the seventh a left hand hurt Ramirez but Sanchez could not put him down. The game Ramirez and Sanchez exchanged punches until the final bell. The scores were 80-71 twice and 79-72 for Sanchez who improves to 13-2-1 while Ramirez slides to 6-7-1. For more details and photos click here…
By Phil Doherty at the scale
Photos: Reynaldo Sanchez
Luis Ortiz 237 vs. Bert Cooper 237.25
Inocente Fiz 152 vs. Chris Henry 151.75
Yoandris Salinas 121.75 vs. David Green 121.5
Claudio Marrero 127.5 vs. Hipolito Rivera 128
Juan Carlos Payano 117.75 vs. Luis Angel Paneto 117
Humberto Savigne 168 vs. Marvin Jones 165.75
Pedro Rodriguez 194.5 vs. Juan Jose Ruiz 191.5
Kadel Martinez 119 vs. Zach Watkins 116.25
Venue: E Darwin Fuchs Pavilion Miami Dade Fair & Expo Center
Promoter: Dream Team Boxing
Ringside by Scott Ploof and Billy “Loops” Luppert
Photo: Emily Harney
In the main event of ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights from the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT, Breidis Prescott (24-2, 19 KOs) won a near shutout unanimous decision over a game Bayan Jargal (15-2-3, 9 KOs). Prescott worked his jab and landed the better power punches throughout the fight. Jargal had no answer to Prescott’s movement and hand speed. All three judges scored the bout for Prescott by scores of 99-91, 99-90, and 100-90. The five bout fight card was promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing.
Undefeated junior middleweight Demetrius “The Hammer” Andrade landed a solid left to the body of his opponent Omar Bell (8-2, 5 KOs) which sent him to the canvas in the middle of round two. Bell, although up on one knee, was unable to answer the ten count of referee Dick Flaherty. Andrade with the knockout improves to (13-0, 9 KOs), while Bell suffers only the second loss of his professional career.
Junior middleweight Kevin Rooney (1-0), who is known amongst boxing circles as the publicist for Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, made his professional debut a successful one as he dropped Philadelphia’s David Navarro (0-3) twice in the fight, once in the first round and once in the second round both with left hands. In the end, Rooney scored a four round unanimous decision win over Navarro by scores of 40-34 on all three cards. (more…)
Showdown Promotions and Top Rank have announced that undefeated Phoenix prospect Jose Benavidez Jr. (10-0, 9 KOs) will headline his first Arizona show on June 11 at Wild Horse Pass Casino’s Ovations Live Showroom Theater. “I can’t tell you how excited we are to be working with Top Rank to bring Jose to Arizona,” Showdown Promotions’ Gerry Truax said. “We’re coming back to Wild Horse Pass Casino, and we’re bringing our A-game. Imagine, one of boxing’s most exciting prospects is fighting for the first time at home. We’re so proud to be involved.”
Photos: Top Rank
Roberto Marroquin 123.6 vs Frankie Leal 123.4
Tommy Zbikowski 196.8 vs Blake Warner 194.4
Casey Ramos 133 vs John Jackson 133.2
Matt Korobov 161.2 vs Marcos Primera 161.4
Andy Ruiz Jr. 246.8 vs Angel Herrera 246.2
Venue: WinStar Casino, Thackerville, Oklahoma
Promoter: Top Rank Inc.
TV: FOX Sports Network (FSN) & FOX Deportes
Photo: Peltz Boxing
Omar Sheika 185 vs Garrett Wilson 184
Ronald Cruz 146 vs Manuel Guzman 144 1/2
Bryant Jennings 224 vs David Williams 227
Jose Medina 175 1/2 vs Derrick Webster 169
Keane Davis 146 vs Dontre King 146
Antowyan Aikens 163 vs Willie Mack 161
Edgardo Torres 138 vs Korey Sloane 138
Venue: Caesars Atlantic City, Palladium Ballroom
Promoter: Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc.
Tickets: $75 & $50, first fight 7.30pm
By Francisco Salazar
Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Fightnews.com found out that Yonnhy Perez and Vic Darchinyan will be wearing black Reyes gloves when they step inside the ring at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Saturday night. As most in boxing are aware, Reyes is the puncher’s glove of choice.
By Francisco Salazar
Perez quotes to Fightnews:
On his fight with Darchinyan being elevated to the main event:
“It’s the same for me. All that happened during the week was on Agbeko and Mares. Nothing happened to my fight. I have the same desire to win on Saturday night.”
On making weight a week and a half prior to the weigh-in:
“It was easy for me to make 118 pounds because I watch what I eat. I do not starve myself or wait until the last minute.”
By Michael Bender
Photos: Ed Diller
The name Kevin Rooney needs no introduction if you are a fan of boxing. Not so much because of what Kevin Rooney accomplished as a fighter, though he did have a respectable record including a fight with Alexis Arguello, but more notably what he accomplished as a trainer. Kevin Rooney was the trainer of one of the most feared, dominant, and single well known and recognized fighters since Muhammad Ali: Mike Tyson! Iron “Mike” may have Kevin Rooney to thank for much of his prime pugilistic career. Where Cus D’Amato left off, Rooney picked up, leading the former street thug through the legendary training camps in the Catskills Mountains to his claim to the heavyweight throne and title as “Baddest Man on the Planet!” But with all this being said, it is not this Kevin Rooney who needs this introduction. That honor goes to his son, Kevin Rooney Jr. who steps into the ring tonight! In this exclusive interview the young pugilist speaks out on his career and more. For more details and photos click here…
By Francisco Salazar at the scale
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Vic Darchinyan 117.8 vs Yonnhy Perez 117.6
Davarryl Williamson 223.8 vs Michael Marrone 219.4
Vardan Gasparyan 150.8 vs Trenton Titsworth 144
Azat Hovhannesyan 128.7 vs Juan Reyes 130.6
Omar Figueroa 139.4 vs John Figueroa 140.3
Art Hovhannesyan 138 vs Jose Alfredo Lugo 136.8
Miguel Diaz 113 vs Alejandro Solorio 112
Venue: Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE
Promoter: Gary Shaw/Thompson Boxing
Click here for more photos…
Even without the 9-0 jr welterweight Antonio Orozco off the show due to food poisoning, the sold out crowd of 1,382 fans at the second installment of “Fight Club OC” filled The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, CA on Thursday night had an action-packed evening as two rising fighters keep their pro records prefect and former heavyweight champion Evander “Real Deal” Holyfield watched the action from ringside.
In the featured bout of the evening, undefeated welterweight Hugo “The Boss” Centeno Jr of Oxnard, CA ran his record to 7-0 with a unanimous decision over a much shorter Jovanni Rubio of Santa Rosa, CA who drops to 7-14. (more…)
By Andreas Hale
Quick Quotes From Kelly Pavlik Conference Call:
(On Who Made The Decision For Kelly Pavlik To Check Into Rehab)
“It was his decision to quit drinking. We didn’t put a gun to his head and make him stay in California. He did that on his own terms and he doesn’t get the credit he deserves for making his own decisions. I think people are going to see a totally different fighter on May 7th.”
(On Moving To Super Middleweight)
“We can finally train like a fighter again instead of training just to keep the weight down. We can spend more time in the gym working on boxing. The snap is back. The old Kelly is back. He feels good and the weight is good for him.”
(On Drinking & Rehab)
“I got caught up in the partying part. When you get caught up in that you’re going to have stress and unhappiness at home. I was caught up with everything involved and I had to make a change. If I can’t drink anymore, It’s not going to make me unhappy. We nipped it in the ass before it got too late.”
(On His Upcoming Fight With Lopez)
“I definitely think this is a very important fight where I have to go out there and look good. If I don’t come back and perform with my “A” game, it’s going to be brutal (in the press). It’s important for me to submit my name back to the public and prove that I’m still a top level fighter. This is the most important fight of my career believe it or not.”
(On Kelly fighting the top super middleweights)
“We’ll see how he does in this fight and then we’ll talk it over with the team and see who comes next. The super middleweight division is rich with talent and Kelly, I hope and believe, will fit right in.”
(On Kelly’s future)
“I think Kelly is a hero for overcoming this and a hero for even talking about it. Believe me, he’s going to end up bigger and better than he ever was. He’ll be a great example for so many people who suffer from addiction.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Rumors of big names landing on the June 4 Zbik-Chavez Jr. card in Los Angeles continue to be hot and heavy. Some sources suggest the possibility that current IBF lightweight world champion Miguel ‘Titere’ Vazquez may face ring legend Marco Antonio Barrera. The source indicated that Vazquez was meeting in Tijuana with his promoter Fernando Beltran to decide his next defense and Vazquez is prepared to defend against Barrera or any other foe. Vazquez defended his belt on March 12 against mandatory challenger Lenny Zappavigna.
It has been brought to the attention of Hatton Promotions that false and inaccurate comments have been attributed to Ricky Hatton on a social networking site. The Facebook page in question has absolutely no links with Hatton Promotions or Ricky. Lawyers are now taking the necessary steps to have the offending remarks removed and all unofficial Facebook pages using Ricky’s and Hatton Promotions name closed down:
“This rubbish that has been printed makes me feel sick to my stomach. Please, please do not believe a word of it. Of course, I am well known as a Manchester City supporter but any rivalry I have with Manchester United is good humoured banter. I would never ever make nasty comments about their players or the club’s long history in private or public. My younger brother, Matthew is a United fan. I am friends with Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand. Wayne even carried my belt into the ring when I fought Jose Luis Castillo in Las Vegas.
“I can say 100% that I have never used Facebook in my life and that I am proud to say that I got as much support from Manchester United fans as I did Manchester City fans through my career. I can assure all Manchester United fans that I have nothing but respect for the club’s achievements although I do look forward to the day City pip them to the Premier League title. What has been posted has nothing to do with myself or any Hatton Promotions employee and this matter is being taken up with Facebook as a matter of urgency.”
By Gary “Digital” Williams
The Hard Times Promotions card on Saturday, April 23 at the DC Star (formerly DC Tunnel) Night Club in Washington, DC features two local heavyweights in separate six-round bouts.
Undefeated DC heavyweight Maurice “Freight Train” Byarm will take on veteran “Mr. P” Willie Palms of Jersey City, NJ in the main event. Byarm (10-0, seven KO’s) makes his first appearance in 2011. In his last outing, Byarm scored a fifth-round TKO over Winston Thorpe on December 11 in Pikesville, MD. Palms (10-9-1, five KO’s) has not fought since December of 2009 and will be trying to break an eight-bout losing streak.
Laurel, MD’s “The Big Ticket” Dwayne McRae also returns to action as he faces Terre Haute, IN’s James Porter. McRae (9-2, five KO’s) won his last bout at the DC Star on November 11 when he stopped Octavius Davis in the first round. Porter (5-14-2, one KO) fought Kyle Patrick to a four-round draw in his last outing on March 3 in Columbus, OH. (more…)
Photos: Rafael Soto/Top Rank
It’s has been a long time since Jorge “Travieso” Arce, has had an eight week training camp to prepare for a fight and not have to worry about weight issues or anything else for that matter. “I had about as good as camp as I had in a long time,” said Arce. “Everything is going very well and have that extra motivation for going for a fourth world title in four weight divisions” “I really want to win this fight. I very confident in my preparation for this fight and I believe my trainer Manuel Montiel Sr and his sons had given me the perfect plan to win this fight” Manuel Montiel Sr and his sons, Manuel Jr., Eduardo and Pedro, also train world champions Hugo Cazares and Hernan “Tyson” Marquez and of course the three-time world champion, Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel.” (more…)
Prior to leaving for his Big Bear training camp in final preparation for his April 29th showdown against Jesse Brinkley, undefeated prospect Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin used a Vortex machine at his strength-and-conditioning coach Brad Bose’s Anatomi gym in Santa Monica in order to increase his arm strength and power punching. The 27-year-old Quillin (23-0, 17 KOs), born in Chicago and raised in Grand Rapids (MI), moved a year ago from Brooklyn to LA, where he hooked-up with Roach and started training at his famed Wild Card Gym, in addition to signing an exclusive promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions.
“Kid Chocolate” headlines an April 29 show against former world title challenger Brinkley (35-6, 22 KOs) in Reno, Nevada, airing on Telefutura in a 10-round bout for the vacant USBO super middleweight title. (more…)
Chad Mendes didn’t look like your typical UFC rookie when he set foot in the Octagon in February to take on Japan’s Michihiro Omigawa. Far from it in fact, as he drilled out a shutout three round decision win to improve to 10-0 as a pro . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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By Scott Ploof
Former three time world champion and Worcester, MA’s own Jose Antonio Rivera (39-6, 24 KOs) will return to the ring for the first time in two and a half years on Friday May 20th at The Palladium in downtown Worcester, MA. Rivera will take on ring veteran and Connecticut native Luis Maysonet (32-11, 25 KOs), who himself has not fought in two and a half years as well, in the eight round main event. Both fighters have tremendous veteran experience which should make this a great fight between both competitors. Maysonet has been in the ring with the likes of Thomas Daamgard, Hector Camacho, and Ivan Robinson among others. Rivera has competed with Michael Trabant in Germany when he won the WBA welterweight title, Alejandro “Terra” Garcia, Daniel Santos, Travis Simms, and Luis Callazo among others. There will also be several local fighters from all over New England featured in undercard attractions. There are a limited amount of tickets left for this event, with less than 500 still remaining. Tickets from the originally canceled show that was to be held on Saturday April 9th will be honored on Friday May 20th. Remaining tickets can be purchased at The Palladium box office, tickets.com, and any FYE store. The fight card is being promoted by Jimbo Isperduli’s Paxton Promotions.
With the July 2 date being grabbed by the heavyweight unification clash between IBF/WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KOs) and WBA champion David Haye (25-1, 23 KOs) in Hamburg, middleweight champion Felix Sturm has decided to move his next fight, which was originally planned to take place the same day. Sturm (35-2-1, 15 KOs) will now meet Matthew Macklin (28-2, 19 KOs) on June 25 at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany.
Photos: Inna Lagun
Heavyweight contender Denis Boytsov (28-0, 23 KOs) has declared himself fully recovered from two surgeries on his right hand and is back in full training at the Universum Gym in Hamburg.
“I am overjoyed that the long period of suffering is over, and that I can again do what I want to do most,” said the 25-year-old understudy of trainer Artur Grigorian. Even around Easter he will take no break in training. I am hot to to get in top form as fast as possible to be for my next fight. I plan to have a big year.”
He should have his next fight in June in either Germany or the USA. More photos…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former IBF and WBC world champion Rafael Marquez hopes to meet Mike Oliver on June 4 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Oliver-Marquez fight would be part of the undercard for the big Julio Cesar Chavez Jr vs Sebastian Zbik WBC middleweight title clash.
One obstacle to the fight is Marquez recently suffered a hand injury that derailed his training in Mexico City.
Meanwhile, newly crowned WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez named Marquez as an opponent he’d like to face.
Photos: Tom Casino
Two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan and former International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight champion Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez will clash in the new main event on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING this Saturday, April 23, live on SHOWTIME® (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. The 12-rounder for the vacant International Boxing Organization (IBO) 118-pound title between Darchinyan (35-3-1, 27 KOs), of Sydney, Australia, by way of Armenia, and Colombia’s Perez (20-1-1, 14 KOs), of Santa Fe Springs, Calif., was elevated to main event status after a fight between IBF champion Joseph Agbeko and undefeated WBC Silver Belt champion Abner Mares was postponed after Agbeko suffered what doctors diagnosed as likely the sudden onset of sciatica earlier in the week. For more details and photos click here…
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