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The Ultimate Fighting Championship® has announced ticket information for UFC® 129: ST-PIERRE vs. SHIELDS scheduled for Toronto’s Rogers Centre on Saturday, April 30.
Tickets for UFC® 129: ST-PIERRE vs. SHIELDS, which is presented by TapouT®, range from $300-$800 on the floor and from $50-$225 in the stands. Tickets will go on sale to the public on Saturday, Feb. 12 at 10 a.m. ET. UFC® Fight Club™ members will have the first chance to buy tickets on Thursday, Feb. 10 at 10 a.m. ET, followed by UFC newsletter subscribers on Friday, Feb. 11 at 10 a.m. ET. Fans can sign up for the UFC® Fight Club™ at www.ufcfightclub.com. (more…)
Photos and report by Bob Ryder
It was Devon Alexander’s turn to take to the fabled Kronk Gym ring in Detroit as he went through a final workout for the media in preparation for his contest with Tim Bradley at the Pontiac Silverdome on Saturday night. Looking sharp and fast Alexander worked several brisk rounds of shadow boxing before trainer Kevin Cunningham put on the mitts for a round of power and speed target practice. Alexander had stated “I’m ready to rock and roll!” and he beat a steady and driving rhythm, firing off his combinations at Cunningham’s gloves. For more details and photos click here…
Photo: Public Address/Arena
At today’s first press conference for the March 19th showdown at Germany’s biggest indoor arena (Lanxess Arena) in Cologne, WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko showed a lot of respect for his next opponent, Odlanier Solis.
“I have fought a lot of strong opponents but I have never been in the ring with an Olympic gold medallist,” said Klitschko. “I expect a very tough and close fight against a very talented young boxer who comes to take the belt from me. I won’t let that happen though. I will show why I am the champion and defend my title.”
Solis didn’t look too impressed by the champion’s physique (Klitschko is six inches taller). When asked how he feels going into the toughest fight of his professional career so far against a true champion, “La Sombra” smiled and asked: “What makes you think that this will be my toughest fight? Can you tell me what makes a boxer a strong or superior boxer? So far all guys I fought had two arms and two legs. I would understand your question if I would fight an opponent with three fists for the first time…” (more…)
Promoter Felix “Tuto” Zabala Jr./All Star Boxing has filed a lawsuit in the Miami-Dade County Circuit Court against unbeaten welterweight Saul Alvarez and Golden Boy Promotions alleging that Alvarez breached a four-year promotional agreement and that Golden Boy engaged in tortious interference for “influencing, inducing or coercing” Alvarez to breach his contract and states that “Golden Boy’s interference was willful, malicious, direct and intentional.” All Star Boxing is seeking damages and a trial by jury on all issues so triable.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
On Tuesday the new leadership of the Professional Boxing Association Officials of Puerto Rico was chosen for 2011 to 2013.
President: Nelson Vazquez
Vice President: Cesar Ramos
Secretary: Carlos Colon
Treasurer: Jose Roberto Torres
Spokesman: Raul Nieves
Vasquez is a recognized boxing official with 34 years of experience and has worked 120 world title fights including Margarito-Mosley, Pacquiao-Clottey, Hopkins-Trinidad, Trinidad-Jones Jr., Calzaghe-Lacy, Cotto-Judah, Klitschko-Mercer and many more. He has been named “official of the year” seven times by the Puerto Rico Boxing Commission. Recently Vasquez was named WBA official of the year for 2010.
Also referee Luis Pabon was appointed chairman of the training committee.
By Francisco Salazar
Heavyweight Chris Arreola may have all the advantages to secure a victory over hard-hitting Joey Abell on Friday night. Fighting about 45 minutes from his hometown, having fought the better opposition of the two, and the ability to come back from a knockdown, as was evident in his comeback victory over Travis Walker. One would think that Arreola would be satisfied to play with those cards on Friday, but the popular Mexican-American fighter may have found an ace in his deck now that he has respected trainer Ronnie Shields in his corner.
Arreola will face Abell in a 10 round Heavyweight bout this Friday at the Pechanga Casino Resort in Temecula, CA. The bout, which will be televised on ESPN2’s popular “Friday Night Fights,” will headline a six-bout card, presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions. (more…)
Former world champion Jeff Lacy has released a statement on the terrible tragedy that struck the St. Petersburg, Florida community this past Monday. Lacy’s older brother Hydra Lacy Jr, was involved in a shootout with police in which St. Petersburg Police Sgt. Thomas Baitinger and Office Jeffrey Yaslowitz were killed. Hydra Lacy Jr. also died during the shootout. Police in St. Petersburg had been looking for Hydra Lacy, Jr. since November after he skipped out on a trial for a 2009 domestic violence charge.
The 33 year old Jeff Lacy is a lifelong resident of St. Petersburg. He had left Florida two days prior to Monday’s tragedy for a previously scheduled surgical procedure and will be returning as soon as his doctor clears him to fly.
“I know this is an emotional time for everyone. I want to send my deepest sympathy to the families and loved ones of Sgt. Tom Baitinger and Officer Jeffrey Yaslowitz. I am truly sorry for your loss and cannot imagine the anger and pain you are feeling.” (more…)
WBA heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and mandatory challenger Odlanier Solis faced off Wednesday in Cologne, Germany at a press conference to kickoff their March 19 clash at the Lanxess Arena.
Vitali Klitschko: “I have great respect for my opponent. But I will prove that the belt belongs to me. I am confident for this fight. My goal is a knockout win.”
Klitschko trainer Fritz Sdunek: “Solis is a very successful amateur, but still no great boxing opponent.”
Odlanier Solis: “We will see the best fight of all time.”
Solis promoter Ahmet Öner: “We will make history and put an end to the era of Klitschko.”
Steve Cunningham (23-2, 12 KOs) will make a first defence of his IBF Cruiserweight Title in Mulheim, Germany on February 12 when he takes on mandatory challenger Enad Licina (19-2, 10 KOs). The clash was originally scheduled for January 22 but had to be postponed after IBF Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester caught a virus infection, forcing Team Sauerland to cancel the entire card in Neubrandenburg. In the main event in Mulheim, Cuban cruiserweight sensation Yoan Pablo Hernandez (23-1, 12 KOs) will challenge WBA Interim Cruiserweight Champion Steve Herelius (21-1, 12 KOs).
Cunningham has returned to Philadelphia to continue his preparation. “The small delay is no problem for me,” the 34-year-old stated. “I will be in top shape. I think Licina is a good fighter. He is not to be underestimated, and he will not. He is the number one contender, this is a serious level of boxing and I take him and this fight very serious.”
Licina, who defeated Felix Cora Jr. in an eliminator in November, is also brimming with confidence. “I have performed very well in sparring,” he said. “That´s why I go into this fight with a lot of confidence. I know that a lot of people keep underestimating me and don´t think I can beat Cunningham. But everybody is beatable. Cunningham is a great champion but I will find a way to be victorious.”
Book Review of Jacobs Beach: The Mob, the Fights, the Fifties: Long before the networks put a rear naked choke on boxing; before there were 1,001 champs fighting for 1,001 titles under 1,001 sanctioning bodies, there was New York, Madison Square Garden, one major promoter and a handful of hoods who controlled the game.
Golden era? You bet. Was the fix in? Oftentimes, yeah . . . Click here for more by Chris Cozzone
Demetrious Johnson is beginning to stand out in the UFC bantamweight division and it’s not just because of the uncommon spelling of his first name or his cartoon character alias. The Matt Hume protégé dealt New York’s Nick Pace the first loss of his career, and followed that up by stunning red-hot Damacio Page. At UFC 126 the speedy 24-year-old will try to play spoiler once again when he collides with Japanese sensation Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto (18-3, 1 NC), arguably Asia’s most popular mixed martial artist . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, UFC
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Another highlight for Sauerland Event’s big February 12 show at the RWE Sporthalle in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany, In addition to the WBA cruiserweight title clash between Steve Herelius and WBA #1 rated Yoan Pablo Hernandez, IBF cruiserweight champion Steve “USS” Cunningham will defend against mandatory challenger Enad Licina. That bout was originally planned for January 22. Super Six star and former world champion Arthur Abraham will also fight on the card against former world title challenger Stjepan Bozic. Euro cruiser champion Alexander Frenkel is off the card due to a hand injury that hasn’t completely healed.
Heavyweight Jason “The Ironman” Bergman (14-9, 10 KOs) takes on Horace Ray Grant (15-2, 9 KOs) in the ten round main event on February 4th at the New Morgantown Event Center in Morgantown, WV. Bergman is coming off a very successful 2010 where he went 5-0 with 4 KOs, while Grant enters with three straight wins, two by knockout. “These two fighters hit extremely hard,” said promoter Steve Simons. “The winner of this bout will take a nice ‘step up’ towards the top. Ringside tables are filling up faster than ever before. I can’t wait to see it.” Also on the card is Youngstown Ohio’s Chris Hazimihalis (4-0, 4 KOs) in a lightweight four-rounder. The seven-bout card is being presented by Simons Promotions. For tickets call 304-290-0291.
Showtime Networks Inc. and CBS have joined forces with Top Rank, Inc. to promote, produce and distribute the biggest boxing event of the year—the May 7th showdown between global superstar and Philippine Congressman Manny Pacquiao and three-division world champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley, it was jointly announced by Ken Hershman, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports®, and Bob Arum, Top Rank CEO.
The agreement brings together Pacquiao, the top athlete and personality in the sport, with SHOWTIME, the fastest growing premium television network in the U.S., and its parent company CBS Corporation whose programming and media assets span network and local television, pay and basic cable, radio, outdoor and online.
The campaign will include the SHOWTIME Sports documentary series FIGHT CAMP 360° in preview of Pacquiao vs. Mosley. The top rated CBS Television Network will participate by broadcasting a primetime special of the show in April. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Unofficially, current WBA/WBO lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez apparently has agreed to face Erik ‘Terrible’ Morales on April 9 in Las Vegas. It looks like Marquez had his financial demands met, but will not put his belts on the line. The WBC Diamond championship will likely be at stake. “The fight is a go,” said Morales. “He realized that he had no other option.” Morales is now training in his native Tijuana and soon plans to move to the refreshing mountain air of the Otomi Ceremonial Center where he has trained for many of his big fights. He will be accompanied by his father and trainer Jose “Olivaritos” Morales and fitness trainer Raúl Robles.
English champion Tyson Fury has put former amateur rival David Price at the top of his heavyweight hit list. Fury and trainer and uncle Hughie were surprised the British Boxing Board of Control blocked his proposed fight with Frans Botha at Wembley Arena on Saturday, February 19. As Hughie points out, only world champions Michael Moorer, Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Wladimir Klitschko and Evander Holyfield have beaten Botha in his 56-fight career. (more…)
Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Middleweight Billy Lyell (38-8, 4 KOs) has arrived in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico to try to spoil homecoming of local favorite Julio César Chávez Jr. (40-0-1, 30 KOs) on Saturday night. “I am aware that the entire audience that night will be rooting for him, but I’ve come mentally prepared. I know in the ring it will be just him and me,” stated Lyell. “I will ruin the party for Chavez.”
Photo/Report by Felipe Leon
Tijuana promotional company Baja Boxing will kick off their 2011 season in the quaint but beautiful seaside town of Rosarito, MX, where the unbeaten world ranked David “Morita” De La Mora (22-0, 15 KOs) of Tijuana, MX, will face off against the experienced German “Panteonero” Meraz (29-17-1, 12KOs) Agua Prieta, MX, for ten bantamweight rounds. The fight card is slated for March 5th held at the Ernesto Ruffo Appel Municipal Gym. De La Mora’s WBC FECARBOX title will not be at play. In the semi main event, the hard hitting Arturo “Fuerte” Badillo (19-1, 17KOs) of Tijuana will go against Ricardo Armenta (11-8-1, 4KOs) of Agua Prieta, MX, also for ten rounds also in the 118 lbs. division. (more…)
Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley interviews at Kronk Gym during his fight week media day. Bradley fights Devon Alexander “The Great” on Saturday at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan.
Spike TV’s telecast of “UFC® Fight For The Troops 2” from Fort Hood, Texas on Saturday, January 22 peaked at 2.5 million viewers. This special live UFC fight card, which was highlighted by tremendous performances by lightweight Melvin Guillard and heavyweight Matt Mitrione, raised funds for the brave men and women in the United States Armed Forces with traumatic brain injuries. (more…)
As first reported yesterday on Fightnews.com, Tomasz Adamek will challenge one of the world champion Klitschko brothers in Poland in September. The final decision whether it will be WBC Champion Vitali Klitschko or IBF/WBO/IBO Champion Wladimir will be announced in the upcoming weeks. Before the scheduled Adamek clash both Klitschkos will defend their titles. Vitali Klitschko fights WBC #1 ranked Odlanier Solis in Cologne (Germany) on March 19. His younger brother Wladimir will face off with British and Commonwealth Champion Dereck Chisora in Mannheim (Germany) on April 30. Also Adamek plans a fight in April. If both Klitschkos were to lose, the deal with Adamek would be dead. If one loses, Adamek would face the other brother. If both Klitschkos win, the choice of Adamek’s opponent would be decided by the Klitschko side. (more…)
Referee Frank Garza (Michigan) will be the third man in the ring when WBC super lightweight champion Devon Alexander and WBO junior welterweight champion meet in a much anticipated 140lb unification clash on Saturday at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan. Judges will be Duane Ford (Nevada), Tim Miller (Ohio) and Omar Mintun (Mexico). WBC Supervisor: Rex Walker. WBO Supervisor: John Duggan
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Ivan Rivera, president of the PR Best Boxing, did not rule out a rematch between current 108-pound WBO champion Giovanni Segura and Ivan Calderon taking place in Mexico at the end of March or the first week of April. He said they have received an offer from Zanfer and are in the process of submitting a counter offer. “But there is a strong possibility that may be made there [Mexico] as in Puerto Rico,” he said
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Sources say former IBF champion Orlando Salido will be the next opponent of undefeated WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez on April 16 at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico and the official announcement will make by Top Rank in the coming days. Undefeated welterweight prospect Mike Alvarado (28-0, 20 KOs) and heavyweight Victor Bisbal (18-1, 13 KOs) could also land on the card.
Global Boxing Promotions has announced that they are now a licensed promoter in the states of New York and New Jersey. The company, based out of North Bergen, NJ, will be promoting its second card on February 19th along with Mississippi-based Prize Fight Promotions at Essex County College in Newark, NJ. The show titled “Brick City Brawl” featuring undefeated heavyweight Mariusz Wach (23-0, 11 KO) of Krakow, Poland against Jonathan Haggler (23-3, 18 KO), will be televised by FoxSports. (more…)
David Rodriguez will be training for his up incoming battle in a workout open to the public and media, this Friday January 28th, at The Backstreet Gym (4798 N Mesa) in El Paso. The workout begins at 2 p.m. The undefeated Rodriguez is preparing for his return to El Paso, Friday, Feb. 11, at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, against brawler “Big” Ty Cobb.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that tickets to UFC® 126: SILVA vs. BELFORT at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas are sold out. (more…)
By Phil Doherty
Photos by Sam Cohen
The Heavyweight Factory gym in Hollywood Florida moves to the center of the boxing universe this week. WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto (35-2, 28 KOs) reunited with Hall of Fame trainer Emmanuel Steward at the gym this afternoon. Cotto makes his first title defense against Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga (29-7-1, 23 KOs) on March 12th in Las Vegas on a Showtime PPV card. The Klitschko brothers are expected to join Steward at the gym later this week in preparation for their own title defenses. For more details and photos click here…
Photos and report by Bob Ryder
Tim Bradley engaged in a light workout at the Kronk Gym in Detroit in final preparation for his Saturday night fight with Devon Alexander at the Pontiac Silverdome as well as fielding questions from the media. Looking fit and trim Bradley proclaimed, “I’m ready to go 12 hard rounds. I’m going to give it everything I got.” When queried if he there was anything personal between himself and Alexander, Tim replied, “he’s trying to take food off my table. Anyone doing that has got to go, I got to get rid of him.” Bradley revealed that he worked hard in training utilizing southpaw sparring partners in preparation for Devon’s right handed stance. Trainer Joel Diaz stated that his charge was at 141 pounds and weight would be no issue. Diaz looked on as Kronk’s most famous alumnus Thomas Hearns, climbed in the ring and donned the pads. Not surprisingly “The Hitman” seemed to be concentrating on giving Bradley tips on maximizing his power. After several rounds of skipping rope to wind up his workout Bradley asked Hearns for some final advice. “Stay focused” was Tommy’s reply. For more details and photos click here…
UBO All-America lightweight titleholder “Rock Hard Mighty” Mason Menard (14-1, 12 KOs) will defend his belt on March 12 at the Hilton Towers Ballroom in Lafayette, Louisiana. Promoter Chad Broussard is working on finalizing a suitable opponent for his 22-year-old charge, and is hoping to be able to announce the name within a few weeks. Also appearing on the Boxncar Promotions show will be up-and-comers Bobby Bryant (9-0), Todd Manuel (4-0), Jarred Leblanc (12-1), Bailey Bobbit (4-0), Jessie Patin (4-1) and debutant Nate Heaven.
Former two-time world heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs, who spent 12 days in a German hospital after sustaining a wicked, 12-round beating at the hands of current world champion Vitali Klitschko in October, is fighting back. But, this time, the Brooklyn born and raised Briggs is not targeting an opponent in the ring. Briggs claims that he has been a victim of a “ripoff” on two fronts by his former promoters and business partners, part and parcel of which includes documents in which his signature was “forged.”
On Tuesday, Briggs filed a lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court, alleging breach of fiduciary duty, conversion, unjust enrichment and breach of contract against Gregory D. Cohen, Shelly Finkel and Barry Honig, and their boxing and entertainment promotional company, Empire Sports & Entertainment. In the legal filing, which seeks compensatory and punitive damages, Briggs said that he agreed to fight the powerful Klitschko with the understanding that he would be paid a purse of $750,000, but that he wound up with a mere $25,000, after he returned to the United States after the prolonged hospital stay in Hamburg. (more…)
Photo: Public Address / ARENA
Cuban heavyweight title challenger Odlanier Solis arrived in Cologne, Germany, Monday morning for tomorrow’s press conference for his March 19th showdown against WBC world champion Vitali Klitschko. “It’s time for a new chapter in heavyweight history,” said Solis’ promoter Ahmet Oner. “Solis will end the Klitschko era and start his own legacy.“ For their “project world championship,“ Team Solis started training right away. Regardless of the transatlantic flight Solis and former Cuban national coach Pedro Luis Diaz Benitez already did two training session yesterday at MayLife Boxing Club. It was also the reunion of former Olympic gold medalist when Solis who won heavyweight gold in Athens 2004 met gym owner Torsten May, a 1992 light heavyweight Olympic champion. May has also known Pedro Diaz for a long time from several amateur training camps in Cuba. (more…)
The official press release was sent out today for the March 12 fight between WBC champion emeritus Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez against WBO jr middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut. The winner will get the WBC Diamond belt. Here are the quotes attributed to the fighters:
Sergio Martinez: “I believe my next fight could be my best fight of my career because my boxing is getting better, I am physically stronger, and I am stronger mentally,” said Martinez. “My rival is a great fighter and a great champion for several years now but on March 12 he will fight the best Sergio Martinez and the fans will witness a spectacular show and the best fight of my career.”
Sergiy Dzinziruk: “First of all, it’s a great opportunity for everyone involved to fight such great champions” said Dzinziruk. “I really appreciate the opportunity to fight Sergio Martinez and show the world how good I am. I am looking forward to the fight and I am very excited. I have not tasted defeat yet and I want to keep it that way. My team and I know how much work was done by Banner Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions to make this fight and it is greatly appreciated. We’re looking forward to a great fight with Sergio Martinez.”
Promoter Lou DiBella: “March 12 is what world class boxing is all about. Sergio Martinez is proving that he has no interest in resting on his laurels by taking on an accomplished champion such as Sergiy Dzinziruk. Once again, ‘Maravilla’ will show why he is not only the 2010 Fighter of the Year, but also the people’s champion.”
By Team Maidana
More than one month after his loss to Amir Khan in what it was chosen as the best fight of 2010 by the Boxing Writers Associacion of America, Marcos Maidana got quite upset by a comment made by Khan, in which he said that “Maidana had asked for a stupid number to fight me and then came to his senses and accepted the second offer”.
“It’s been almost four or five months now since negotiations for my fight against Amir Khan concluded and he is still talking crap about it. First, he said that I didn’t want to go to England to face him. Then, he claimed that I had overpriced myself for that fight, which he is still saying today. Both are lies, big lies,” Maidana said.
“Obviously, my team asked for the kind of money I deserved at the time. And that money was not even going to be paid by Khan but by Golden Boy Promotions. What Khan did then was to push for Golden Boy to pay me less money in order for him to make more. What kind of bullsh*t is he saying now, that I came to my senses? Khan is the one who needs to come to his senses and understand that he is not the only one who can make good money here. He has to choose which side of boxing industry he wants to stay. Is he a boxer or a promoter? He is selfish and cheap by offering crap purses to his opponents,” “El Chino” explained. (more…)
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Looks like unbeaten WBO #1 super flyweight Cesar ‘Junito’ Seda (20-0, 15 KOs) will challenge WBO chapion Omar Narvaez (32-0-2, 19 KOs) in Panama in late March or early April according to promoter Javier Bustillo. “We’re going to fight in Panama. Gary Shaw is negotiating a fight with Narvaez and we’re trying to make in that country or the United States. I don’t think that the champion is asking for an astronomical amount of money and we need television in Puerto Rico. Narvaez will also reportedly to defend his title on February 12 in Argentina against Victor Zaleta (17-1, 9 KOs).
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