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Mexico’s Gabriel “Rey” Martinez (24-1-1, 13 KOs), who suffered a severe injury in his fight with Jesus Soto-Karass (24-4-3, 16 KOs), last weekend in Chicago, says he is hoping for a rematch after his cut heals. In the fight, an accidental head butt in round one forced the ringside physician to call off the ten-round welterweight bout, resulting in a “no contest” ruling. Following the suturing of the cut, Martinez received instructions of no physical contact for 30 days.
“I would love to get the fight with Soto-Karass again,” says the disappointed Martinez. “I think that with that first round, the public was able to see that we were going to engage in a good fight. Of course I feel I would’ve won the fight and moved on to bigger things.”
The Official Weigh-In for “Stadium Slugfest” at Yankee Stadium will be open to the public and admission will be free. The gates to the Great Hall will open at 2:30 p.m. with the main event and co-main event stepping on the scale, beginning at 3:00 p.m., followed by the undercard. Concession stands selling food and fight merchandise will be open.
Three world titles in two different divisions isn’t the only legacy Miguel Cotto boasts. The Pride of Puerto Rico is also New York’s #1 box office attraction. Miguel’s six fights at Madison Square Garden, dating back to 2005, with many coming on the eve of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, have sold approximately 93,000 seats, easily making him New York’s most popular – and bankable – fighter for the past decade. On June 5, Miguel will become New York’s first and only fighter to have sold over 100,000 tickets in this millennium. The breakdown is as follows: Muhammad Abdullaev – 12,000 (June 11, 2005), Paulie Malignaggi – 15,000 (June 10, 2006), Zab Judah – 21,000, a complete sellout (June 9, 2007), Shane Mosley – 18,000 (November 10, 2007), Michael Jennings – 12,000 (February. 21, 2009) and Joshua Clottey – 15,000 (June 13, 2009). 30,000+ are expected Saturday at Yankee Stadium.
By Christian Schmidt
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
The Chavez last name is definitely no stranger to the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. It is there where Julio Cesar Chavez fought Pernell Whitaker to a controversial twelve round draw in front of more than 63,000 fight fans. To this day, that fight is one of the top five most attended boxing events in US history. One June 26th the Chavez name returns to the Alamodome. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (40-0-1) will take on what many consider to be his toughest opponent to date in John Duddy (28-1) from Ireland. At last Thursday’s press conference in the Alamodome, Fightnews got the chance to sit down with the son of whom many consider Mexico’s greatest pound for pound fighter to gather his thoughts on his opponent, what it is like working with new trainer Freddie Roach, and who he would like to call out of retirement and why? (more…)
Photos by SES Boxing
SES heavyweight contender Timo Hoffmann had chosen to prepare for upcoming fight in the rural atmosphere near his hometown of Aschersleben. This Friday the “German Oak” will return to the ring in Aschersleben after taking a year off as he took time to enjoy his fatherhood. It will be the first time that he will fight so close to his hometown. Therefore and without a question he is able to get in shape for the fight against Harry Duiven Jr. at home at the “Eichenhof” in Bösenburg. For more details and photos click here…
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF#4 featherweight Billy Dib (26-1, 14 KOs) and Thailand’s Wacharakrit Senaharn (17-2-1, 9 KOs) who will clash for the vacant IBF Pan Pacific featherweight title over twelve both weighed in on the 126 pound limit Tuesday for Wednesday’s title bout. The manager of Senaharn, Jimmy Chaichotchuang said. “I want to thank the promoter Mr Bill Treacy for giving Senaharn the opportunity to challenge former world champion Billy Dib for the IBF Pan Pacific championship. My boxer took the fight on short notice but is ready for a tough fight.” (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Lightweight David Rodela admits to being stubborn and does not take well to instruction. With Freddie Roach in his corner for the first time in his career, Rodela was smart enough to put his stubbornness aside to listen to the future Hall of Fame trainer assist him towards a hard-fought victory. Rodela won an eight round split-decision victory over Eric Cruz last Thursday night before a crowd of 1,769 at Club Nokia at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, CA. (more…)
Undefeated WBA world super welterweight champion Yuri Foreman prepares during media day Tuesday in New York City for his upcoming world super welterweight championship against three-time world champion Miguel Cotto at the Yankee Stadium on Saturday, June 5 on HBO Championship Boxing. Click here for more photos…
Three-time world champion Miguel Cotto hits the heavy bag during media day on Tuesday in New York City for his upcoming world super welterweight championship against undefeated WBA world super welterweight champion Yuri Foreman at the Yankee Stadium, on Saturday, June 5 on HBO Championship Boxing. Click here for more photos…
IBF Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester and mandatory challenger Roman Karmazin today conducted a public training session in Neubrandenburg, Germany. The two fighters will clash on Saturday night, with Steve Cunningham and Troy Ross also meeting for the vacant IBF Cruiserweight Title. Sylvester looked in great shape during today’s session with head coach Karsten Rower. “I am still a little tired from all the hard training sessions in the past weeks but I am slowly but surely reaching 100 percent for Saturday,” Sylvester said. “I look forward to fighting in front of my home crowd again. After all, the Jahnsportforum is like my living room. The fans have helped me big time in the last couple of fights and I hope to put on an exciting performance against Karmazin. He is a tough challenger, who is very skilled, strong and fast, but I will defeat him.” (more…)
Miguel Cotto who arrived on Sunday night in New York City for his much anticipated world championship fight against Yuri Foreman this Saturday, June 5 at Yankee Stadium, Cotto visited the Studios of Mega 97.9 FM for a live interview this morning to be a guest in the national syndicated show “El Vacilon de la Manana” and then was to host a media workout at the Trinity Boxing Club near Wall Street. Cotto will also be making a couple of public appearances in New York, today at 4:00 p.m. (Eastern time) he will do a meet and greet in Times Square for Everlast at Modells Time Square (234 West 42nd Street). On Thursday, June 3 Cotto will do a meet and greet at the AT&T Store at the Gateway Center at the Bronx, right across from Yankee Stadium he will be there at 5:00 p.m. (Eastern time).
Heavy.com (www.heavy.com/Cotto), has announced the release of the Miguel Cotto reality show “Cotto: Road to the Bronx”. The show follows Cotto as he prepares for his fourth title in an historic fight at Yankee Stadium, the first in 34 years, against Yuri Foreman. Heavy has exclusive access to Cotto and get up close and personal with Cotto as he prepares mentally, physically and spiritually for one of the biggest fights of his career. “Miguel Cotto is a boxing champion, and a champion of the people. We are proud to have the opportunity to work with Miguel to document his road to the Bronx, and to a fourth world championship title.” said Simon Assaad, CEO of Heavy.com.
After nearly 9 years of absence in the Tampa area, “Boxeo TELEMUNDO” returns with a dynamic show this Friday, June 4 at the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, FL. In the main event Mercito “Guerrero” Gesta (17-0, 7 KOs) of Cebu, Philippines will face Oscar “El Estudiante” Meza (19-3, 17 KOs) of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico in a bout scheduled for 12 rounds with the WBO Youth World Jr. Welterweight Title at stake. Also local hero Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry (27-6-2, 15 KOs) of Tampa, FL will battle Ira Terry (24-3, 14 KOs) of Memphis, TN in a bout schedule for 10 rounds in the lightweight division. (more…)
The WBO has vacated the middleweight title held by Sergio Martinez citing a WBO rule that states
a champion who wins a non-WBO championship in weight class that is different than the weight class in which he holds his WBO Championship must decide within ten days of the non-WBO Championship which title in which weight class he will retain. No WBO Champion may hold a non-WBO Championship in a weight class that is different from the weight class of his WBO Championship.
To date, Martinez has not renounced his WBC 154lb belt. Martinez won the WBC and WBO middleweight titles on April 17th against Kelly Pavlik. He has 10 days to appeal.
Everlast Worldwide, Inc., Modell’s Sporting Goods and former WBO Welterweight World Champion Miguel Cotto have teamed up to create a limited edition Miguel Cotto “What Do You Fight For?” t-shirt benefitting the Fundación El Ángel de Miguel Cotto. On Tuesday, June 1st at 4:00 PM, in concert with Everlast’s “What Do You Fight For?” campaign, former WBO Welterweight World Champion Miguel Cotto will appear at Modell’s Sporting Goods in Times Square (234 West 42nd Street) to meet with the press, sign autographs for fans, and promote the release of his limited edition “What Do You Fight For?” t-shirt. (more…)
This Thursday night, June 3rd at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles, TKO Boxing Promotions presents “Fight Night at the Commerce 3: Fully Stacked,” an action packed evening of world class professional boxing.
Headlining the outstanding card is the return to the Commerce Casino of local fan favorite, super bantamweight prospect Leo “Teremoto” Santa Cruz. (more…)
A locally anticipated rematch between unbeaten Aris Ambriz (13-0-1, 8 KOs) and Jose Reynoso (11-3-1, 1 KO) will take place June 18th at the Double Tree Hotel in Ontario, California. The bout will be an 8 round main event fought at the 140 pound weight limit. Ambriz and Reynoso fought to a draw in January of this year. Their first bout was hosted by Ambriz’ promoter but this time the two will look to settle the score on the agreed upon neutral site.
Photo: Universum Box-Promotion
Universum super bantamweight contender Zsolt Bedak (15-1, 5 KOs) has returned to Hamburg, Germany after his world title challange against WBO world champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (19-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday night in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Bedak put up a great effort against Vazquez, the son of former longtime WBA super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez, but the champion proved to to be too strong. Here’s what Bedek had to say. (more…)
By Christian Schmidt
Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Marco Antonio Barrera (65-7, 43 KOs) was once considered one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world. However, in November of 2003 something happened that no fight fan could have seen coming. A one-sided beating by and up-and-coming and for the most part unknown Manny Pacqiauo. Barerra may have got the worst of it that night, but he bounced backed nicely by beating top quality opposition such as Paulie Ayala, Erik Morales, and Rocky Juarez (twice). On June 26th Barrera is scheduled to continue his career when he takes on Adailton De Jesus (26-4, 21 KOs) of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. This fight will take place in the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. The exact same building he suffered the most shocking loss of his career against Pacquiao. The card is headlined by Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. John Duddy and will be shown on a Top Rank PPV. Fightnews got a chance to sit down with the future hall of famer at a recent press conference in the Alamodome. Barrera spoke on how much longer he wants to fight, if another fight between he and Morales is possible, and in what fight he feels as though he got robbed. (more…)
Heavyweight Timo Hoffmann (38-7-1, 22 KOs) will return to the ring under the stars on Friday night in Aschersleben, Germany. After a year off, The 35-year-old “German Oak” will take on 22-year-old Harry Duiven Jr. (14-6-1,12 KOs) in a ten rounder in the unusual setting of an open-air arena at the famed Aschersleben State Garden Show. “My mission is not yet fulfilled,” said Hoffman. “I want to want to be in the mix at the very top.” For more details and photos click here…
Three time world champion Miguel Cotto landed yesterday in NYC to finish his training for his upcoming super welterweight championship fight against Yuri Foreman. Early this morning Miguel Cotto had his usual morning run at Central Park in the company of his team and his young son. Click here for more photos…
Super bantamweight Willie ‘Big Bang’ Casey (8-0, 5 KOs) has targeted the European title after winning the Prizefighter event on Saturday at London’s York Hall. Casey, 28, from Limerick, Ireland, claimed the £32,000 winner’s prize with a unanimous points victory over Scottish substitute Paul McElhinney. McElhinney got his chance in the final after Welshman Ricky Owen was left in tears after a bad cut sustained during his semi-final win denied him a final appearance. “This victory means I’m up there at the top of the division and I’ve proved I can be with the best,” said a delighted Casey, who entered Prizefighter as a short-notice replacement after Wayne McCullough withdrew injured. “I only came here with five fights on my record but I beat everyone against all the odds…the best in Britain were in this competition including Esham Pickering and Jamie Arthur but I’m the one left standing. Who knows what the future holds? I might get a shot at the European title after winning Prizefighter. I’m very proud of everything I’ve done.”
ARENA will present the first-ever boxing world championship on Turkish soil in Istanbul on Saturday when rising welterweight star Selcuk Aydin takes on Canada based Romanian Ionut Dan Ion for the WBC Silver title. Both contenders are unbeaten in their professional career. Aydin – ranked #2 in the WBC 147 ratings – holds 19 wins in as many pro-fights including a split decision over Said Ouali and a ninth round KO against “Sugar” Jackson Osei Bonsu which earned him the European championship. “Jo-Jo” Dan is rated #1 at 140 lbs. He has won all of his 26 professional fights so far including 14 stoppages. “We expect a very tough and close fight” states promoter Ahmet Öner. “Selcuk is without a doubt the stronger man and I believe that he will overwhelm Ion with his physical skills. But the Romanian surely doesn’t come to Istanbul because of the good weather. He will give it his all and try to take the belt to Canada.” Aydin and his trainer Ismael Salas arrived in Istanbul last week after finishing their training camp in Miami, Florida. Ion is expected to arrive in Turkey this afternoon from Montreal.
Fighting for the fight time as a professional in Canada after a sensational amateur career, top welterweight prospect Mikael Zewski thrilled the huge crowd at the Pepsi Coliseum on Friday night with a stunning first round knockout of veteran John Hoffman.
On the undercard of the Eric Lucas/Librado Andrade super middleweight showdown, the 21 year old Zewski drilled Hoffman three times to the canvas before the bout was stopped at the 1:45 mark of the first round. With the win, the Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada native improved to 4-0 with three knockouts. (more…)
After a lengthy five-year grooming period, Vanes “Nightmare” Martirosyan has officially been unleashed from the Wild Card Gym, a true contender ready to run with the big boys at junior middleweight.
Rated in all four top ABCs (not that it means anything these days), battle-tested in his last fight with a former world champ everyone – Martirosyan included – assumed was shot, and going up against another undefeated fighter this weekend, the Armenian-born, made-in-America nightmare from Glendale, Calif. is ready to prove himself ready for a title, a marquee name and top billing . . . click here for more
One of these days, people will stop sleeping on “Suga” Rashad Evans.
The Jackson’s MMA fighter has been counted out more often than not during his professional MMA career.
They said he was too small on season two of The Ultimate Fighter; he won the show. They said Chuck Liddell would maul him; he knocked Liddell senseless. They said Forrest Griffin was too much; he finished Griffin and claimed the light heavyweight title . . . Click here for more
By Ricardo Conde
Former two time junior flyweight champion Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria (26-3, 15 KOs) of Waipahu, Hawaii, trained by former junior lightweight champion, Robert Garcia in Oxnard, CA, continues his preparations as he is set to step back into the ring on Saturday, June 26th in Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines against an opponent yet to be determined. Viloria will be making his run at a third world title, but this time at flyweight. This will be Viloria’s first fight after his devastating loss to Carlos Tamara (21-4, 15 KOs) of Columbia for the IBF junior flyweight title back in January of this year. Click here for more photos…
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australian 2009 Contender series super middleweight champion Garth “Woodsy” Wood ( 7-1, 3 KOs) will punch it out with tough as nails William “Hardcore” Hadlow (7-18-4, 2 KOs) over eight rounds at the Wollongong Entertainment Center in Wollongong, NSW, Australia on Wednesday Wood scored a major upset in September 2009 when he outscored Russian KO Artist Victor “The Destroyer” Oganov (30-2, 28 KOs) and then defeated former world rated Kariz Kariuki (21-7-2) in the final of the Contender Series. (more…)
By Chris Perry
Promoter Jack Fulton’s International Championship Boxing Knockout Series lived up to its name during their May 28 event at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia. Heavyweight contender Shannon Briggs and rising cruiserweight Adam Seal walked away with thrilling knockout victories in their respective main event bouts. Continuing his busy schedule fighting for the third time this year, Shannon Briggs earned his third consecutive first round knockout stopping veteran Rob Calloway by TKO 1:38 into the contest. Briggs (51-5-1, 45 KOs) rushed Calloway (75-12-2, 60 KOs) ripping heavy shots from the bell. A strong right hand sent the 18 year veteran to the canvas for the first time. For more details and photos click here…
By Ricardo Conde
Former WBO featherweight champion Steven Luevano (37-2-1, 15 KOs) of La Puente, CA, under the watchful eye of former junior lightweight champ, Robert Garcia in Oxnard, CA, began preparations this week and will be making his run at a second world title. Luevano will step back into the ring in July against an opponent yet to be determined. This will be Luevano’s first fight after his devastating loss to Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (28-0, 25 KOs) of Puerto Rico for the WBO featherweight title back in January of this year. Click here for more photos…
Three-time world champion Miguel Cotto, legendary trainer Emanuel Steward and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum recently hosted an international media conference call to talk about Cotto’s big fight on Saturday night against undefeated WBA super welterweight champion Yuri Foreman. The bout will take place at the new Yankee Stadium. Arum expects around 30,000 to be on hand for the first fight at the Bronx ballpark since Muhammad Ali fought Ken Norton at the old Yankee Stadium in 1976. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Nkqubela Gwazela beat Klaas Mboyane in a toe-to-toe battle to win the SA bantamweight title at the Orient Theatre in East London, South Africa on Saturday night. In a bout that could be a contender for the SA fight of the year, Gwazela won with scores of 118-112, 118-111 and 117-113. The scores handed in by the judges was not a true reflection of the fight as the defending champion had Gwazela in trouble on numerous occasions. Both fighters battered away at each other throughout as Mboyane faded in the middle rounds that cost him the fight. At the end both fighters showed damage from the fight with the champion bleeding from a cut over the right eye and Gwazela finishing with a bump on his head. Gwazela improved his record to 20-6, 14 KOs and Mboyane dropped to 13-8-2, 7 KOs.
“A country boy can survive.” For two-time UFC® welterweight champion Matt Hughes, those words echoed by singer Hank Williams Jr. don’t just serve as his inspiration before big fights. For the 36-year-old native of Hillsboro, Ill., those are words to live by. (more…)
After airing episodes for the first time this May, ESPN2 will continue to televise ESPN.com’s produced and distributed weekly MMA Live series dedicated to news, highlights and analysis from the sport of mixed martial arts through August, 2010. ESPN2 will continue to provide the first airing of the weekly MMA Live series Fridays at 1 a.m. ET (Thursday at 10 p.m. PT) with the ESPN.com version, featuring additional content, available shortly after the ESPN2 telecast. (more…)
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
WBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov (9-1, 6 KOs) returns on July 23 against mandatory challenger Vyacheslav Uzelkov (22-0, 14 KOs) at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California. The fight was confirmed to Fightnews.com by the General Director of K2 Promotions Ukraine Alexander Krassyuk.
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