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Story by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone
On February 19th, what could be a “Fight of the Year” contender will take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV when Nonito Donaire (25-1, 17 KOs) squares off against Fernando Montiel (44-2-2, 34 KOs) for Montiel’s WBC and WBO bantamweight titles. Both fighters are red hot as Donaire has knocked out eight of his last nine opponents, his hit lsit including Vic Darchinyan, Rafael Concepcion and a dominant showing against Wladimir Sidorenko this past December. But Montiel shouldn’t be written off as just another opponent either. The Mexican has knocked out five out of his last six opponents, including a devastating wreckage of heavily favored Hozumi Hasegawa last April to claim the WBC bantamweight title . . . click here for more
It took one year to nail down, but Omar Sheika, of Paterson, NJ, and Garrett Wilson, of Philadelphia, PA, meet for the second time when they collide in a scheduled 12-round contest Saturday evening, April 23, in the Palladium Ballroom at Caesars Atlantic City. At stake, in addition to revenge for Wilson, will be the vacant USBA cruiserweight title. The first of seven fights begins at 7.30 p.m. in the 1,450-seat ballroom, the first time it has been used for boxing. (more…)
Rising Caribbean cruiserweight Shawn “Sniper” Cox (13-1, 12 KOs) added another KO win to his record on Sunday night at the Jean Pierre Complex in Trinidad. The hard hitting southpaw from Barbados started very quickly and hurt Jamaican Carlton Bailey (0-6) with a short right hook to the head. Bailey tried to counter while on the retreat but was pursued by the muscular built Cox who floored the Jamaican with excellent four punch combination that sent him crashing to the canvas. As the referee Tommy Thomas was waving off the bout Bailey’s corner was throughing in the towel. The Sniper said he is ready for any of the top ten cruiserweights in the world. “I am going to step beyond all my opponents and thump them to the ground.” Cox who is the current WBC CABOFE cruiserweight titleholder said he is focused on defending his belt against one of the top rated cruiserweights next month.
Crown Boxing will return with a card April 1 at the Rio in Las Vegas. In the main event, Las Vegas cruiserweight Henry Namauu (9-3, 5 KOs) will take on Victor Barragan (11-6, 3 KOs) of Oxnard, Calif., for the IBA Americas cruiserweight title. Barragan is coming off back-to-back losses while Namauu is on a six-bout winning streak. In other bouts: featherweight Rocco Santamauro (6-0, 0 KOs), of Las Vegas, vs. TBA; super bantam Mandy LaPointe (3-1-2, 1 KO), of Las Vegas, vs. Phoenix’s Allison Cole (1-3, 1 KO); featherweight Brian Battease (6-3-2, 1 KO), of Las Vegas, vs. TBA; and Rocco Espinoza, of Phoenix, vs. Armando Gonzales of Tucson. Tickets start at $30 at 702.504.0423.
Promoter Bob Arum announced the PPV undercard for the May 7 Manny Pacquiao vs. Shane Mosley megafight during a press conference today in New York City. The line-up includes two world title fights. WBC lightweight champion Humberto Soto defends against Urbano Antillon is a rematch of their 2010 fight of the year candidate, and WBO super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. defends against three-time world champion Jorge Arce. The final spot is being held for the return of Kelly Pavlik.
About 230 tickets remain for the clash at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Pacquiao remains a -700 favorite, while Shane is +500.
Event sponsor Tecate Beer will be offering a $25 mail-in rebate that can be used toward the pay-per-view telecast in special Pacquiao-Mosley 12-packs.
Venerable boxing journalist and historian Bert Sugar will be the special guest speaker this coming Tuesday night (Feb. 15 starting at 7 PM/ET) for RING 8’s monthly meeting at the historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City. (more…)
Jorge Rivera may never be mentioned in the same sentence as the greats of mixed martial arts, but if you look down a record that includes the names Anderson Silva, Rich Franklin, Travis Lutter, David Loiseau, Chris Leben, Martin Kampmann, Dennis Hallman, Nate Quarry, and Kendall Grove, just to name a few, it would be hard to find a fighter who has been more willing to test himself against the top middleweights in the game than “El Conquistador.” . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
Photo courtesy Photo Wende
On April 2, Marco “Captain” Huck (31-1, 23 KOs) will return to the place where he celebrated the biggest success of his career. The 26-year-old will defend his WBO Cruiserweight Title at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Germany, taking on former WBC champion Giacobbe Fragomeni (27-3-1, 11 KOs). Back in August 2009, Huck wore down then-champion Victor Emilio Ramirez to clinch the WBO title. “I look forward to returning to Halle,” said Huck. “I have very special memories of the Gerry Weber Stadium. I will never forget the day I became world champion. The crowd was fantastic and I will put on another spectacular show on April 2.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Hot Mexican contender Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has announced that his company Canelo Promotions will present a boxing event on Saturday at the Disco “Collage” in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico where Tomoki “Mexicanito” Kameda will face German Meraz in a 12-rounder for the vacant NABF belt. This is already the fourth show for Canelo Promotions in 2011. Alvarez has been doing his roadwork on the beaches of Puerto Vallarta in preparation for Matthew Hatton on March 5 in Anaheim, California. It is likely that Alvarez-Hatton will fight for the vacant WBC Super welterweight championship formerly held by Manny Pacquiao. Alvarez is the #1 ranked WBC super welterweight.
Unbeaten 6’9 heavyweight Tyson Fury will be taking on another undefeated knockout specialist in 6’5 Brazilian Marcelo Luiz Nascimento in a ten-rounder at Wembley Arena on Saturday. After Fury’s fight with Francois Botha was knocked back by the BBBofC, Fury did not hesitate in accepting “the Hammer,” whose record is 13-0 with 11 KOs, similar to Fury’s record of 13-0 with 9 KOs. “It angers me when you see so called heavyweight prospects keep having bums put in front of them every time,” said Fury. I don’t want to go through my career like that, I want to show them how it’s done, so I’m taking on this guy who has an unbeaten record and is a massive puncher, this is what you have to do to become a star.” Nascimento remains subject to medical approval by the BBBofC.
By Rick Scharmberg
Hard-hitting and unbeaten, Mike “M.J.” Jones (23-0, 18 KOs), of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has matured into a force to be reckoned with in the welterweight division. He is highly ranked across the board (#2-WBO, #3-IBF and WBA, and #4-WBC), and poised to receive his first title shot. First, he needs to get past his rematch with fellow contender Jesus Soto-Karass (24-5-3, 16 KOs), who Jones narrowly defeated by majority decision last November 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The rematch will take place next Saturday, February 19 at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, and will be televised live on HBO’s Boxing After Dark.
Their first fight, which took place in front of 42,000 fans on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao – Antonio Margarito, was scheduled for ten rounds, while the rematch is scheduled for twelve. (more…)
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
WBO junior middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk (37-0, 23 KOs) spoke to Fightnews.com about his upcoming fight against WBC middleweight champion emeritus Sergio Martinez (46-2-2, 25 KOs) on March 12 at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut. The winner will get the WBC Diamond belt.
Camp Location: I know that in Ukraine it’s now very cold, a lot of snow. But in my training camp in Los Angeles we have fine weather and sun. Now I’m finishing my physical preparation for the fight and all is going according to plan. My trainer Buddy McGirt and I are spending a lot of time together. I have problems with the English language, but it doesn’t hinder us as we understand each other well in boxing language. I’m getting a lot out of working with him and he’s one of the best trainers in the world. How he organizes the training process in my camp is interesting. These are the best conditions for preparing for a fight. (more…)
Story and photos: Big Joe Miranda
Saturday at The Maywood Boxing Club, Urbano Anttilon stepped back in to the gym to get back into rythm before he heads up to the heavy trainning of Big Bear, Ca. with trainer Abel Sanchez for his rematch fight with WBC lightweight Champ Humberto Soto on the undercard of Mosley vs Pacquiao. Urbanio said that he is hungrier than the first fight, “I let Soto get away with stealing some rounds late, but it’s not going to happen this time. I’m going to make him fight me.” Asked if he was going to do anything different he said that he wasn’t going to leave it up to the judges. And that you are going to have a early nominee for fight of the year. Hopefully we can steal the show. more photos
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Junior welterweight Ricky Duenas is not going to let an injury slow him down. Instead, he is going to make the most out of improving his ability to become a legitimate prospect. Duenas dropped Diamond Baier three times in the first round, the final time for good before a raucous crowd Saturday night at the Finish Line Sports Grill in Pomona, CA. The bout headlined a four bout card, presented by Ray Alcorta Boxing. (more…)
Photo: All Star Boxing
On Sunday afternoon in Miami, WBO jr. featherweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. received the 14th annual Golden Cup Award in the boxing division. The award was presented by Boxeo Telemundo blow by blow announcer Rene Giraldo and the Florida Marlins Mermaids.
By Chris Farina/Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao gives his wife Jinkee a special Valentine rose Sunday night after arriving in New York City for his press conference with “Sugar” Shane Mosley on Monday for their upcoming welterweight mega fight, Saturday, May 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. NYC fight fans are invited to attend Monday’s press event which begins at 11AM in the The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers – Pier 61 (23rd Street at the Hudson River, New York, NY 10011).
Statement from Adam Pollack, trainer and husband Emily Klinefelter, regarding her status:
Emily has been released from the hospital and is now recuperating at home. She is well on her way to a full recovery, and she wishes to thank everyone for the tremendous outpouring of support, care and concern throughout this difficult time.
By Chris Farina/Top Rank
“Sugar” Shane Mosley arrives in New York City Sunday night for a press conference with superstar Manny Pacquiao on Monday for their upcoming World Welterweight mega fight, Saturday, May 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. NYC fight fans are invited to attend Monday’s event which begins at 11AM in the The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers – Pier 61 (23rd Street at the Hudson River, New York, NY 10011)..
Photo: Team Montiel
Three-time world champion and current WBC and WBO Bantamweight Champion, Fernando “Kochilito” Montiel arrived today in Las Vegas for his big showdown with Nonito Donaire. The Big Fight will take place Saturday, February 19 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center and it will televised by HBO. Montiel is looking forward to the challenge and to giving the fans the best fight possible. “I want to give the fans a fight they will remember for a long time,” said Montiel. Fightweek activities began Wednesday with a Media Workout at the Top Rank Gym.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo courtesy Sam Brizzi
Australian bantamweight Susie Ramadan (19-0, 8 KOs) will have the biggest test of her career when she will clash with Terri Lynn Cruz (17-6-2, 8 KOs) of the USA for the vacant IBF world championship bout over ten rounds at the Reggio Calabria Club in Brunswick, Victoria, Australia on February 20. Ramadan, 31 years, had her best wins in 2010 when she scored a shut-out eight round decision over Maria Jose Nunez of Uruguay in Melbourne. Nunez visited the canvas in round one of their fight. (more…)
By Phil Doherty
Photos by Sam Cohen
Dream Team Boxing Promotions gathered local media to Wajiro’s Cuban restaurant in Miami this past Friday to witness the signing of their newest fighter: #8-ranked WBC/WBO welterweight contender Ed “The Lion” Paredes (26-3-1, 16 KOs). Paredes currently holds the WBC Caribbean Federation welterweight and WBO Latino International welterweight belts. For more details and photos click here…
Photos courtesy Photo Wende
Yoan Pablo Hernandez (24-1, 13 KOs) is the new WBA Interim cruiserweight champion after stopping Steve Herelius (21-2, 12 KOs) in the seventh round. The hard-hitting Cuban knocked the Frenchman down twice – first with a thunderous right and then with a series of punches before the fight was waved off. “This is like a dream coming true,” Hernandez enthused. “I have worked very hard to become champion. I am very happy and proud.” For more details and photos click here…
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Photo: Jeff Julian
Professional boxing returned to the state capitol of Harrisburg PA on Saturday night for the first time in over eight years with an entertaining six bout card featuring some of the best up and coming prospects Pennsylvania has to offer. The highly competitive show promoted by Payton Promotions featured the cross state arrival of Adah, PA light heavyweight sensation Tommy Karpency (21-2, 14 KOs) who put on a one round beat down on late replacement Andre “Da Heat” Hemphill (10-17-2, 5 KOs). York PA junior welterweight sensation “Stone Cold” Stevie Weimer (6-0, 2 KOs) stepped up in class and was taken the distance and captured a hard fought six round split decision victory over tough Philly veteran Julius “Marvel” Edmonds (7-10) in the co-feature of the evening. (more…)
Funny how things change.
When the fight between Manny Pacquiao and “Sugar” Shane Mosley was announced, most media folk groaned. Mosley – who’d drawn with (another groan) Sergio Mora and lost to Floyd Mayweather, last year, was getting a shot at the No. 1 fighter in the world?
The fans didn’t seem to care. Neither did Top Rank. It certainly didn’t effect tickets, which sold out like a UFC event. After the landmark switch from HBO to Showtime and the added bonus of primetime network coverage on CBS was announced, the grumbling in the trenches came to a halt . . . Click here for more
By Ron Jackson
After outboxing Bully Muravha throughout the first nine rounds Danie Venter scored a knockout at 2 minute 58 seconds of the tenth and final round in a South African heavyweight title eliminator at the Nasrec Indoor Arena near Johannesburg on Sunday. A better conditioned Venter (105,45kg) showing the skills of many years as a top amateur boxed from the outside to score with stinging lefts and rights to the head of the sluggish Muravha (115kg) throughout most of the roads. The 23-year-old Muravha who boxes from the southpaw stance possibly won only one round and shaded another.
In round five a slashing right hand from the 31-year-old Venter slashed open a gash under the left eye of Muravha. After consulting with the fight doctors referee Phillip du Randt allowed the fight to continue. However, he erred by allowing Muravha’s second into the ring to wipe the blood away from the wound with a towel. This is against the rules. The handling of the cut by the cornermen was poor as they had no adrenalin solution and just kept wiping the blood away and applying Vaseline at the end of each round. Luckily for them the cut was under the eye and did not appear to bleed much.
Coming into the tenth and final round both fighters were showing signs of wear and tear and it came as quite a surprise when Venter launched a series of lefts and rights to the head with a final crushing right sending Muravha sliding down against the ropes where he was counted out by the referee. (more…)
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