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By Ricardo Conde
World ranked welterweight contender Alfonso Gomez (22-4-2, 11 KOs) of Mexico, training under the guidance of his father Alfonso Gomez Sr. at the Maywood Boxing Club in Maywood, California, will headline and take on Calvin Green (21-5-1, 13 KOs) of Baytown, Texas on Saturday May 21st at the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa in Cabazon, California in a 10-round welterweight bout which is being presented by Top Rank.
Gomez famed for season one of the reality show ‘The Contender’ was scheduled to face ‘The Son of the Legend’ Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (42-0-1, 30KOs) in a 12-round title fight back in December at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA but was forced to withdraw from the fight after an MRI detected a ligament tear in his left elbow, this will be his first bout since suffering that injury. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
English boxing trainer Rian Munton, who is now based in Thailand training IBF #6 bantamweight Tantong Kiattaweesuk and formerly world rated Fahsai Sakkreerin, talks to Fightnews about how he is confident his fighters can win world titles and also about their training camp in Bangkok.
2007 Amateur world champion and 2008 US Olympian Demetrius Andrade (12-0, 8KO’s) will look to take another step up the jr. middleweight ranks when he opens up the April 22nd ESPN “Friday Night Fights” telecast against once beaten, Omar Bell (8-1, 5KO’s) at Mohegan Sun, in Uncasville, CT. Headlining the show, which is promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, will be an intriguing ten round match-up between jr. welterweights Bayan “The Mongolian Mongoose” Jargal (15-1-3, 10KO’s) and “Khanqueror” Breidis Prescott (23-2, 19KO’s).
Story by Mariano A. Agmi
Luis Collazo (30-4, 15 KOs) makes his eagerly anticipated return to the ring on Wednesday, April 13, against journeyman Franklin Gonzalez (13-8, 9 KOs) at the Coney Island’s Oceana Restaurant in Brooklyn, New York.
The last time fans saw Collazo, the crafty southpaw pushed WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto to the limit in an HBO televised “Fight of the Year” candidate to kick off 2009 . . . Click here for more
In a battle between former world title challengers, Rey Bautista (30-2, 23 KOs) of the Philippines will face Heriberto Ruiz (46-10-2, 28 KOs) of Mexico June 11th in a rematch. The bout is scheduled for 12 rounds and the IBF International featherweight title. Site of the match will be the Cebu City Waterfront Hotel & Casino, Barangay Lahug, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines. The two fought in 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada where Ruiz dropped Bautista in round three of that bout in route to winning a unanimous decision.
After a spirited 60-minute media workout Monday at the Activity Center here, former IBF bantamweight champion Yonnhy Perez (20-1-1, 14 KOs), of Santa Fe Springs, proclaimed himself fit and ready for his important 12-round fight against two-division world champion Vic Darchinyan (35-3-1, 27 KOs), of Sydney, Australia, in The Bantamweight Tournament: Winner Takes All on Saturday, April 23 LIVE on SHOWTIME® (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles.
In the tournament finals, Joseph King Kong Agbeko (28-2, 22 KOs), of the Bronx, N.Y. will defend his IBF 118-pound title against undefeated rising star Abner Mares (21-0-1, 13 KOs), of Hawaiian Gardens, Calif. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Photo: Felipe Leon
A growing number of boxing writers, particularly on the West Coast, have been taking notice of lightweight Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (21-0-1, 11 KOs), fighting out of San Diego by way of Cebu in the Philippines. One such writer calls Gesta, “The best Filipino boxer you’ve never heard of.” While others consider that it is a question of time before the young Filipino southpaw follows the foot steps of Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire. “We are not there yet, but I can assure you that Mercito is the next Filipino sensation and world champion,” says manager Vince Parra confidently. (more…)
Gary Shaw of Gary Shaw Productions is proud to announce the signing of Venezuelan former WBA Interim Bantamweight Champion and current WBA #6 super bantamweight Nehomar Cermeño (20-3, 12 KOs) to a co-promotional deal with Panama-based Rogelo Espino of Promociones Y Eventos del Istmo. 31-year-old Cermeño is a former Olympian and one of Venezuela’s most popular fighters. He is best known for two close split decision losses to WBA champ Anselmo Moreno.
By Francisco Salazar
Unbeaten lightweight Carlos Molina will face former two-time world title challenger Angel Chacon on May 20th, manager Frank Espinoza told Fightnews.com. The bout will take place at the Hangar on the grounds of the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, CA. The bout will be scheduled for eight rounds and will be televised on Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate.” (more…)
Quotes from WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto in advance of Saturday’s title defense at Foxwoods against Victor Orti from his training camp in Winter Haven, Florida:
“This training camp has to be one of my best thus far, simply because I have been staying in shape during my off time with my strength-and-conditioning coach, Cleveland Berto. So, when training camp came around, I got in rhythm within the second week. As the weeks go on, I’m feeling stronger, faster and more conditioned. I am ready to get in the ring.”
“I always work hard in training camp. He’s a southpaw with power, so we have to prepare and tweak a couple of things to get ready for the fight.”
“I work harder and harder as fight night gets closer. We do two-a-days, swim three times a week, run and go to the boxing gym every day.”
“I need to do what I’ve been doing: stay sharp, smart and, of course, be the last man standing.”
Following in the footsteps of Puerto Rican legends like Gomez, Trinidad, and Cotto, the undefeated Juan Manuel Lopez has taken the boxing world by storm. Watch the best of JuanMa’s 27 KOs, and prepare for his latest match against Orlando Salido on April 16th at 10:30pm ET/PT on SHOWTIME.
WBO interim light heavyweight titlist Nathan Cleverly has been sparring exclusively with southpaws to prepare for his May 21 challenge to WBO world champion Jurgen Braehmer at The O2 in London. “I think I’ve watched every fight that Braehmer has ever had, and I’ve had guys in the gym replicating his style,” stated Cleverly. “I’m going to get some quality sparring with one of the best southpaws in the country with James DeGale. And I think I learned at the hands of the master as well when I grew up with Joe Calzaghe. He’s one of the best southpaws of all time, and the experience I got from facing him in the gym when I was just 18 will stand me in good stead against Braehmer. “I’ve always enjoyed facing southpaws. I’ve not come up against too many in the pros, but I’ve dealt with them in the gym, and I’ll deal with Braehmer on May 21.”
Tickets are on sale now for the Super Six semifinal clash between WBC super middleweight champion Carl “Cobra” Froch and Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson at the Adrian Phillips Ballroom at historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Tickets, priced at $300, $150, $100, and $50, can be purchased through the Boardwalk Hall ticket office and Ticketmaster. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.ticketmaster.com/, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, at any Ticketmaster retail outlet or in person at Boardwalk Hall box office.
“The Super Six is all about exciting fights, and no one brings the excitement like Glen Johnson and Carl Froch,” said Lou DiBella. “No fight fan will forget being in the building for this event.” Froch vs. Johnson, The Super Six World Boxing Classic semifinal, is presented by DiBella Entertainment and Warriors Boxing, in association with Caesar’s Atlantic City. The bout will be televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing.
Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing will bring live professional boxing back on a regular basis to the historic Paradise Theater starting on Thursday May 5th. “I’m thrilled to get the Punchin at the Paradise series up and running on a regular basis. There is nothing more enjoyable to me then to be able to produce quality boxing events right here in the Bronx,” stated DeGuardia, who was born and raised in the Bronx, and has run his successful law firm and Star Boxing out of the borough since 1992. “We have five dates locked in already,” added DeGuardia, who believes the series has the potential to be “one of the most popular boxing series on the entire East Coast.”
Below are the scheduled dates for the 2011 Paradise Series:
1. Thursday May 5th
2. Thursday July 7th
3. Thursday October 6th
4. Thursday December 1st
5. Open date – roaming date for TV
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican female world champions Ana Maria “La Guerrera” Torres and Irma “Guerita” Sanchez and their teams have arrived in Veracruz, for their world title defenses on Saturday. Torres, the WBC super flyweight champion, will meet WBC interim super bantamweight champion Jackie Nava for the vacant WBA super bantamweight belt at a catch weight of 120lbs. Sanchez defends her IBF female light flyweight belt against Jessica Chavez. The card is billed as “Reinas en Guerra” (Queens at War) and will be presented by Zanfer and HG Promotions at the World Trade Center in Boca del Rio, Veracruz.
David Haye’s sparring partner Fres Oquendo will fight in Prizefighter International Heavyweights on Saturday 7 May at London’s Alexandra Palace – after the Hayemaker recommended him to promoter Eddie Hearn. “Adam made the call saying that David thought Fres deserved a shot at Prizefighter,” said Hearn. “Fres has been in with some of the biggest names in boxing and how can I turn down a request from our own Heavyweight champion!” Oquendo is coming off a split decision loss to Oliver McCall in December. Other named competitors are Michael Sprott, Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson, Mike Perez and Konstantin Airich.
A year ago, undefeated prospect Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin packed his bags and headed West, moving from Brooklyn to Los Angeles in what can only be described as a culture shock experience. Quillin, who was rated as high as IBF #5 before a series of unfortunate circumstances (broken hand, hairline fracture of eye socket and emergency appendectomy) shelved him for 18 months, is now handled by multiple Trainer of the Year, Freddie Roach, at his famed Wild Card Gym.
“I moved to LA for my boxing career and it’s made a huge difference,” the personable son of a Cuban father and African-American mother said. “Quality sparring is the big difference. Anytime you’re in Wild Card you could end-up sparring with world champions, former champions or up-and-comers. I’ve sparred with Gennady Golovkin (WBA middleweight champion), Julio Chavez Jr. (WBC middleweight title challenger), Mathew Macklin (European middleweight champion), Craig McEwan and others.” (more…)
South Side Promotions, in association with American Fighting Organization, DiBella Entertainment and Mark Vaz Boxing present the first professional boxing card for 2011 in the State of Massachusetts on April 16th at the Massachusetts National Guard Armory in Dorchester. (more…)
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Former welterweight and junior middleweight champion Daniel Santos (32-4-1, 23 KOs) will return to action on June 10 in New York City on a card coinciding with the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade. Santos has not fought since losing his title against Yuri Foreman in November 2009, but recently resumed his career, sparring with Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martinez who went on to score a resounding knockout in his fight with Sergei Dzinziruk.
By Matt Richardson
Welterweight contender Dmitriy Salita remembers the words clearly. “You know how to take care of yourself now,” Salita’s longtime corner man and trainer Jimmy O’Pharrow told him before his two most recent fights. O’Pharrow, long a staple in the career of Salita, did not attend the former title challenger’s last two bouts.
“Jimmy O, the great man and visionary that he was, did not work my corner for the last two fights and prepared me to be functional when such a day would come,” Salita recalls. “He called me before my last two fights and told me that he will be at home a few miles away praying for me.” (more…)
Last Friday at Club Cicilista Juninense, Junín, Buenos Aires, Marcelino “Nino” Lopez (21-0, 9 KOs) retained his WBC Latino lightweight title after beating Alberto “Puma” Santillán (17-7, 5 KOs) by split decision in a rematch, which is a hot candidate for “national fight of the year”, according to the experts. Lopez won the first fight by majority decision.
In addition, former WBA light heavyweight world champion Hugo “Pigu” Garay (34-5, 18 KOs) returned after 8 months of inactivity, to beat by decision Martin “Whip” Islas (11-24, 3 KOs) in a six rounder clash at cruiserweight. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Despite initial fears of a broken orbital bone, middleweight David Lemieux was given a clean bill of health over the weekend. The 22 year-old slugging sensation who suffered a stunning 7th round TKO defeat to Marco Antonio Rubio after winning and dominating the first five rounds had a severely swollen jaw following the fight and his team had feared the worst. “I’m glad to report that after careful and thorough examination, the only damage may be to his ego,” joked Lemieux’s trainer Russ Anber to FightNews. (more…)
By Graham Houston
There probably weren’t many who believed he could do it, but Erik Morales almost turned back the years with his courageous performance against Marcos Maidana on HBO PPV from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday night. The 34-year-old veteran from Tijuana was right in the fight for 10 rounds and the younger, stronger Maidana needed a big finish in the last two rounds to make sure of victory.
Although one judge had the fight a draw the two scores of 116-112 in Maidana’s favour seemed to be the correct ones. For me, it was Maidana early and late, with Morales fighting so well in the middle rounds that an upset looked possible in the junior welterweight title fight. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Photos: Herby Whyne
While it won’t go down in history as a game plan rivaling the Greek army conquering the city of Troy, Marco Antonio Rubio was nonetheless successful Friday night in weathering a brutal storm from hard-hitting 22 year-old David Lemieux before quickly turning things around and ending things in the 7th round. All three scorecards read 59-55 in favour of Lemieux who was credited with winning the first five rounds of the bout.
“I think my experience is what helped me win the fight,” said Rubio following the contest. “I have the experience, early in my career I was a knockout puncher, knocking guys out in the early rounds, but over time, my experience has shown me to be over anxious and over zealous to try and win every fight in the first and second round. I knew he was going to come out, he’s a young fighter, he doesn’t have the experience yet to understand, he came out thinking he was going to knock me out in the first and second round, he’s a hard puncher, but I knew my strategy coming in was to take it to the later rounds and it would be my fight. For more details and photos click here…
McKenzie to face Palaszewski at UFC 130: The master of the McKenzietine, TUF 12 alum Cody McKenzie, will get a tough test on May 28 in Las Vegas when he squares off against WEC vet Bart Palaszewski in a UFC 130 lightweight bout that was verbally agreed to today.
The Boxing Writers Association of America is pleased to announce that Showtime broadcaster Al Bernstein will host the BWAA’s 86th annual awards banquet at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 6, 2011. “We are ecstatic to have Al Bernstein as our master of ceremonies,” said BWAA President Jack Hirsch. “His presence will add greatly to the prestige of the affair.” (more…)
After five weeks of hard work in which he sparred more than 140 rounds, undefeated WBO-NABO Super Flyweight Champion Cesar “Junito” Seda, Jr. (20-0, 15 KO’s) has completed training camp at the Olympic Village in Salinas, Puerto Rico and left for Argentina. He will challenge WBO World Champion Omar Narvaez (33-0-2, 19 KO’s) on April 15 at the Club Estudiantes de Bahia Blanca in Bahia Blanca, Buenos Aires.
“This was the best camp of my life,” said Seda as he prepared to leave. “In previous fights, I would stay here for about two weeks in advance of fights, but this time we decided to stay almost six weeks in the village. This is the opportunity of a lifetime and for that reason I stayed longer.” (more…)
The day after losing an unanimous decision to Tomasz Adamek, Kevin McBride and his wife Danielle are talking about what’s next for tough Irish “Clones Colossus.”
“Looks like this is it for me. Adamek ended my career, just the way I did end Mike Tyson career,” said McBride talking about the fight with Adamek, what happened in the ring and Adamek chances against Vitali Klitschko.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
Australian junior welterweight Diana Prazak (5-1, 4 KOs) captured the vacant national crown (female) when she stopped Malin Morgan (1-3) in six rounds of a scheduled eight round contest on Sunday at the Grand Star Reception Center in Altona, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. In other action welterweight Todd Kidd (5-0, 2 KOs) was extended over six rounds against Alex Ahtong (5-10-3, 4 KOs) but won a majority decision. Also welterweight Jason Kanofki (14-6-3, 2 KOs) was awarded a six round majority decision against Brad Hemming (13-10-1, 5 KOs). Classy super bantamweight Mark Quon (10-3-1, 2 KOs) dominated Kong Kiatprasak Gym of Thailand over six rounds by scores of 60-54, 60-54, 60-54. Former Australian light middleweight champion Frank LaPorto stopped Indonesian Aswin Cabuy in five rounds. Promoter: Adam Wilcox of Fightcard Promotions. Click here for more photos…
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Wojtek Kubik
Heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KOs) proved all his qualities in beating Kevin McBride (35-9, 29 KOs) after twelve action-packed rounds on Saturday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. This is what he had to say just after his unanimous decision win and sixth straight victory as a heavyweight, setting up a September date with Vitali Klitschko.
Kathy Duva, your promoter from Main Events and your trainer Roger Bloodworth both agreed that as a heavyweight you’re moving better than when you were as a light heavyweight champion…
I have to do it this way. What other chances I have against a 6’10, more than 285 pound giant? Exchange punches, wait for clinches? It would make no sense. Roger (Bloodworth) was very clear about my duties: moving left and right, two jabs, right hand, changing position, do it again. It is my style, the only style versus fighters with McBride’s size. (more…)
By Chris Perry at ringside
Photos: Terri Degenaars/A-ListPhotography.com
George “Monk” Foreman III (12-0, 11 KOs) took another successful step in his career Friday evening in the featured bout of “The Legend Continues” event presented by Don Elbaum and John P. Gagliardi at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, VA. The unbeaten heavyweight from Humble, Texas, with his legendary father “Big” George Foreman in his corner, defeated Eric Lindsey (3-11, 1 KO) of Shreveport, Louisiana by knockout at 2:54 of the first round. (more…)
Ringside by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone
It was expected to be a slaughter in front of 7,154 rabid Mexican fans at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas as heavy-hitting Marcos Maidana took on living legend Erik Morales.
It was anything but . . . Click here for more
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Postfight press coverage and photos by Chris Cozzone
In much the same way most of press row will be dining on crow all week, having earmarked the return of Erik Morales something closer to a funeral than the epic battle it turned out to be, the campy billing of “Action Heroes” had most of us rolling our eyes.
“Waiter! I’ll have another heaping plate of crow, pronto!” . . . Click here for more
“I knew he was a great warrior and would put up a great fight,” were the first words out of Marcos Maidana after he made his entrance into the media room, an Argentinean flag draped over his shoulders.
“I never thought it was gonna be an easy fight. I expected a war and that’s what happened” . . . Click here for more
Erik Morales: “I want to acknowledge everyone who came to see this fight. I’m a good fighter. I fight for the people of Tijuana. I think he [Maidana] may have won a close fight, but not a clean win. I think that I won the fight because I landed the better punches. [I thought I could beat him] because I have a lot of speed. I have also have dignity and heart. I want a rematch. I thought I won. I’m better than him. I finished the fight with my heart. Viva Mexico!”
Marcos Maidana: “I am very happy to have won the [WBA interim super lightweight] title. We knew that Erik Morales was a great warrior and he was going to give a great fight. I never thought it was going to be an easy fight. I was expecting a war and that is exactly what happened. I was staying positive and trying to catch him with the counter. I was never tired. I would like the rematch, but there are other fighters in the division I would want to fight as well. It surprised me that he was able to take those punches. He was very difficult to knock out. In order to knock him out, you need a stick or a hammer or something. I like when fighters stand in front of me and are brave. Morales is a good fighter and a strong fighter. He can continue his career because he’ll do well. I really did find this [fight] close, but I came out as the winner at the end.”
Nobuhiro Ishida: “As you know, Japan had a very big earthquake. It makes me happy and proud to come to the United States and win for my country. He [Kirkland] didn’t expect this from me. He didn’t respect what we had. Kirkland kept coming forward at me and so I kept going with my right, my right, my right and it worked. I had my country on my side and now I’m ready for a world title shot.”
James Kirkland: “I don’t know why they stopped the fight. There is not a three knockdown rule in Vegas. I’m really upset right now. That was a messed up call. I was telling him I wanted to keep fighting. He [Ishida] wasn’t anything. He had no power. This was messed up.” (more…)
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