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By Team Maidana
After a one-and-a-half-year working relationship, former WBA Super Lightweight champion Marcos “El Chino” Maidana and trainer Miguel Diaz have parted ways, Team Maidana informed on Thursday. “I’ve thought I needed a change, but I’m grateful to Miguel. We had a good time together,” Maidana said.
“Marcos will start a new era in his career. He has an enormous potential and is ready to take his career to the next level. He learned many things from Miguel and I’m sure he will keep learning” Maidana’s advisor Sebastian Contursi said.
Maidana’s new trainer’s name will be disclosed shortly.
In what should be an intriguing fight for the Philippines, Leimpetch Sor Veerapol of Thailand who had multiple experiences in regional bouts against respected opponents in the Orient said that he is out to avenge his losses in the Philippines. Sor Veerapol, who has inked to fight Froilan “The Sniper” Saludar on February 19 in Imus Cavite for the WBO Youth flyweight world title, has vowed that this time it will be war and he will come out on the winner side as translated by Veerapol’s representative Michael Do. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Danie Venter and Bully Muravha, who have both lost their most recent fights, hope to get their careers back on track when the meet for the vacant Gauteng heavyweight title at the Nasrec Indoor Arena near Johannesburg on Sunday. The 31-year-old Venter, who has a professional; record of 10-4, with 7 knockouts, was an outstanding amateur. He won the SA middleweight title in 1998 and 1999, and as a light-heavyweight was national champion in 2000 and 2001. (more…)
WBO World Light-Heavyweight champion Jurgen Braehmer (36-2, 29 KOs) will defend against interim champion Nathan Cleverly on April 2 in London at Wembley Arena. The fight was confirmed today at a London press conference by promoter Frank Warren. “I’m delighted that I’ve been able to secure home advantage for Nathan,” said Warren. “It wasn’t cheap to get Braehmer over here, but it will be worth it because I really believe in Nathan and he has a big future ahead of him. It looked like the fight was going to go to purse bids, but we made a substantial offer the night before and it was enough to persuade Braehmer to say yes. Nathan has worked incredibly hard for this opportunity, and waited patiently to get his shot. He’s getting this fight at exactly the right time, and it could be a massive moment in his career. This is a huge fight. Braehmer is a proven champion and belongs at elite level, while Cleverly is young and hungry and could be the next big thing in the UK. Don’t forget that light-heavyweight is a very sexy division right now. You’ve got Chad Dawson, Bernard Hopkins, Tavoris Cloud and Jean Pascal out there, and Nathan has the chance to make a name for himself both here and in the States.” (more…)
Oscar de la Hoya, president of Golden Boy, sent a communication to the WBC office requesting the approval of the March 5th fight between WBC silver super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Euro welterweight champ Matthew Hatton to be for the vacant WBC 154lb championship formerly held by Manny Pacquiao, with the winner being committed to make his next defense against the official challenger designated by the WBC. WBC President Jose Sulaiman is putting the matter into consideration of the WBC Board of Governors and will have a decision within a week. Alvarez is already the WBC’s automatic official challenger to the WBC super welterweight title by virtue of his silver belt.
Premieres Saturday, April 2, 12 Noon ET/ 9 a.m. PT on CBS With Three Episodes Airing on America’s Most Watched Network – Including a Prime Time Telecast on Saturday, April 30
SHOWTIME Sports is producing a four-part documentary series titled FIGHT CAMP 360°: Pacquiao vs. Mosley to air on both CBS and SHOWTIME® that will give fight fans unprecedented access into the lives of boxing superstars Manny Pacquiao and “Sugar” Shane Mosley. The SHOWTIME critically acclaimed series will follow both fighters through their unique preparations leading up to the year’s biggest event on the boxing calendar—the forthcoming WBO welterweight championship clash and SHOWTIME PPV® blockbuster event on May 7 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
“This series will open a lot of eyes and surprise casual television viewers as well as boxing enthusiasts,” said Ken Hershman, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports. “These athletes are global personalities that transcend sports, and their path to an event of this scope is complex, provocative and quite entertaining. From Pacquiao’s home and life as a Congressman in the Philippines to Mosley’s high-altitude training camp in Big Bear, Calif., and into the offices of Top Rank Inc. in Las Vegas, FIGHT CAMP 360°: Pacquiao vs. Mosley will turn a powerful backstage spotlight on this marquee boxing event.”
The series premieres on Saturday, April 2 on CBS (12:00 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT) before the network’s coverage of the Men’s NCAA Basketball Championship Final Four.
Below are the premiere dates and times for FIGHT CAMP 360° Pacquiao vs. Mosely
Episode 1 CBS Saturday, April 2 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT
Episode 1 SHO Saturday, April 16 10 p.m. ET/PT
Episode 2 SHO Saturday, April 23 10 p.m. ET/PT
Episode 3 CBS Saturday, April 30 8 p.m. ET/PT
Episode 4 SHO Friday, May 6 10 p.m. ET/PT
Episode 4 CBS Saturday, May 7 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT
FIGHT CAMP 360°: Pacquiao vs. Mosley will be available on SHOWTIME On Demand with multiple re-airings on SHO Extreme
FIGHT CAMP 360° launched in 2009 to follow the lives of the participants in the Super Six World Boxing Classic on SHOWTIME and was met by critical acclaim for its originality and revealing content. Created to connect viewers with fighters and not as a singularly focused promotional device, FIGHT CAMP 360° is the first-of-its-kind boxing series examining the entirety of the prizefighting business.
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GSP & Shields Battle For The Welterweight Title In Toronto: Georges St-Pierre defends the 170 lb. crown against Jake Shields on Saturday, April 30 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada! Plus, UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo makes his first title defense against Mark Hominick – tickets on sale this week. UFC Fight Club presale begins Thursday, Feb. 10 at 10am ET – join today for first access to tickets!
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The possibility exists that in the next few hours a fight between the three-time world champion Erik “Terrible” Morales and former WBA interim world champion Marcos “El Chino” Maidana will be officially announced for April 9 in Las Vegas. The bout would top a Golden Boy Promotions card televised by HBO. After WBA/WBO lightweight world champion Juan Manuel Marquez decided to pass on the fight with Morales, Golden Boy Promotions immediately began to seek quality opponents. Sources say it is likely that Morales-Maidana would be for the WBA interim super lightweight belt.
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Sam Cohen and Reynaldo Sanchez
Boxing at the Magic City Casino just got a little more “caliente” with the upcoming 4th installment of Badia Spices Friday Night Fights. Pugilistic Promotions promises some intense boxing action according to Florida Boxing Hall of Fame historian Enrique Encinosa at today’s final press conference. When asked the title for this Friday’s show, Encinosa replied simply: “One hell of a card.” Encinosa was joined by current Florida Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Ramiro Ortiz at Randazzo’s Italian restaurant in Coral Gables this afternoon to announce the fight particulars.
The main event features IBO Latin American middleweight champion Eromosele “Bad Boy” Albert (23-4-1, 11 KOs) against Cuban-born Californian Lester “El Cubanito” Gonzalez (11-2-1, 6 KOs) in a 10 round bout. Gonzalez won the 2004 Golden Gloves and frustrates opponents from his southpaw stance. Albert appeared unfazed by the prospect of his first title defense against this difficult challenger stating: “It’s going to be an exciting fight, but I’m ready. I’m ready to win this fight.” (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
On February 19 at the Essex County College in Newark, NJ, 6’9 heavyweight Mariusz “Polish Giant” Wach (23-0, 11 KOs), who training in Memphis with former heavyweight champ Michael Moorer, will have one of his most challenging fights. Wach takes on hard hitting southpaw Jonathan Haggler (23-3, 18 KOs). The WBC Baltic belt is in stake and Haggler wants to spoil the Polish Giant’s undefeated record to make name for himself. (more…)
As initially reported on Fightnews, former three-time world champion “Ferocious” Fernando Vargas (26-5, 22 KOs) will return to the ring. Vargas will meet Henry “Sugar Pooh” Buchanan (20-2, 13 KOs) on April 16th. The proposed location of the fight is the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds with a contracted weight of 171 pounds making it a light heavyweight contest. Vargas is reportedly being trained for the bout in Las Vegas by Floyd Mayweather Sr.
By Mariano A. Agmi at ringside
Unbeaten junior welterweight Gabriel “Tito” Bracero (14-0, 1 KO) scored an eight-round unanimous decision over Chris Fernandez (19-12-1, 11 KOs) on Wednesday night in front of a sold out crowd at BB King Blues Club in Times Square, NYC. Bracero’s volume punching earned him a 80-72, 80-72, 79-72 win. Fernandez was deducted a point for shouldering in round seven.
In the co-feature, unbeaten light heavyweight Mark Tucker (15-0, 7 KOs) won a good action six round unanimous decision over Ray Smith (9-5, 3 KOs). Scores were 59-55 on all cards. (more…)
By Rocco Morales
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The kickoff press conference announcing “The Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All”, took place Tuesday morning at The Conga Room at L.A. Live in Downtown Los Angeles. In the main event, Joseph King Kong Agbeko will put his IBF bantamweight title against undefeated rising star Abner Mares. In the bantamweight tournament consolation bout, Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan” meets the once defeated Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez. (more…)
Upon Manny Pacquiao’s removal as WBC 154lb champion, Saul Alvarez’ representatives immediately contacted the WBC to say that they are ready to fight for the title as soon as the WBC states. Meanwhile, the WBC has announced that it received “a very polite letter” from Pacquiao in which Pacman expresses his hopes of fighting in the future for another WBC title in any division below 147 pounds.
Story and photos by Chris Cozzone
Once upon a time, it was “Junior Time.”
Undefeated, the charismatic southpaw spawn of the “Macho Man” was being touted as the next big thing. But sometime between Jesse James Leija and Omar Weiss – nearly a decade past now – credibility fell as weight rose, while easier foes were lined up to take their turns hitting the canvas . . . Click here for full story
By Phil Doherty
Elite Promotions announced the boxing matches in their upcoming fight card taking place during the inaugural Fight & Fitness Expo in Miami on Saturday, February 26th. The event is part of a 4-day fitness extravaganza at the Wynwood Convention Center that also features bikini contests and live bands. Unbeaten junior welterweight Khabib Allekhverdiev (13-0, 6 KOs) tops the bill. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
Photo: Gankor Promotions
This Friday on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights, coming from Montreal’s Bell Centre, Romanian born, Montreal resident Ionut “Jo Jo Dan” Ion opens the show against former world champion Steve “Two Pound” Forbes, gaining his first real U.S. T.V. Exposure. With a difficult name to pronounce, his handlers decided to take the first syllable “Io” and replace it with the easier “Jo.” Iounut Dan Ion became “Jo Jo” Dan. Already ranked #3 by the WBC at welterweight, Dan looks to solidify that ranking, and burn his name into the consciousness of fight fans world wide, who until now, may not know much about the former 6-time Romanian national champ and bronze medalist at the 1997 European Junior games. Dan took time to talk to Fightnews about his upcoming opportunity. (more…)
Photo: Teddy Blackburn
The WBC middleweight diamond championship showdown on March 12 between Sergio Martinez and Sergiy Dzinziruk was formally announced today at a kick off press conference Wednesday afternoon from the BB King Blues Club in Times Square. Also in attendance were Andy Lee and Craig McEwan who will battle in a “Celtic War” in a televised undercard bout at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods
Below are quotes from the participants:
Sergio Martinez: I know Dzinziruk is the best champion at 154-lbs. and he will make for a great fight. This year will be the year that I become the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. I am training very hard to make sure that this is the best fight to bring to the fans.
Sergiy Dzinziruk: I am very happy to be here. I want to thank everyone who worked on my behalf to make this fight happen. I am training very hard to make this opportunity and I want to make the most of it in the ring. (more…)
Former WBO Heavyweight Champion Siarhei Liakhovich and Main Events CEO Kathy Duva announced today that they have entered into a promotional agreement. Nicknamed “The White Wolf,” Liakhovich has earned a professional record of 25-3, 16 KO’s. As an amateur, the current Scottsdale, AZ resident compiled a record of 145-5, was a member of the ’96 Olympic team from his home in Belarus and won a bronze medal at the 1997 World Championships. Liakhovich won the WBO Heavyweight Title in 2006 when he scored a 12-round decision over Lamon Brewster in Cleveland, Ohio. In his most recent bout, Liakhovich scored a ninth round KO over Evans Quinn in Germany. (more…)
Photo: Team Sauerland
Yoan Pablo Hernandez (23-1, 12 KOs) has promised to make the fight of his life on Saturday night when he challenges WBA Interim Cruiserweight Champion Steve Herelius (21-1, 12 KOs) on Team Sauerland´s big show in Mulheim, Germany. The hard-hitting Cuban, who has not seen his family since fleeing the country six years ago, is keen to make his supporters proud. “If I win the title on Saturday night, everybody in Cuba will know about it – even though nobody will be able to see the fight,” he said. “I know how much there is at stake and I will make the biggest fight of my life once I step trough the ropes. It will be tough, but I am ready to accomplish my ultimate goal of winning the world title.” (more…)
WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation light welterweight champion Jose “El Nino” Reynoso (13-3-1, 2 KOs) of Riverside will now defend against Santos Pakau (27-6, 10 KOs) of New Zealand February 25. The ten round main event will take place at the Double Tree Hotel in Ontario, California. This will be at least the third proposed opponent for Reynoso for this fight date. The undercard will feature Reynoso’s Capital Punishment Boxing Club stablemate Artemio “King” Reyes (9-1 8 KOs) taking on veteran Francisco Rios Gil of Mexico in a six round welterweight bout. Reyes is a promising prospect with his only loss coming in his second fight to then-unbeaten Mike Dallas dropping a competively fought decision.
This Friday, #4 IBF ranked heavyweight contender “Fast” Eddie Chambers (35-2, 18 KOs) will take on the #11 heavyweight contender Derric Rossy (25-2, 14 KO’s) in an off-TV IBF title elimination bout on the undercard of the SHOWTIME ShoBox: The New Generation broadcast taking place at the world-famous Bally’s Atlantic City. The bout is a rematch of a 2007 encounter won by Chambers via seventh round stoppage. Here’s what Chambers had to say about the rematch. (more…)
The rematch between WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal and Bernard Hopkins will take place on May 21 according to Pascal’s promoter Yvon Michel. Michel told the Montreal Gazette that he’s looking to hold the fight once again at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City. Chad Dawson, whose camp threatened a lawsuit against Pascal if a rematch clause was not honored, may now fight on the undercard with a guaranteed shot at the winner.
The highly publicized career of Notre Dame boxing champion Mike Lee (3-0, 2 KOs) continues February 26th at the Palms Casino and Resort in Las Vegas. The 23-year-old Lee will face Pablo Gomez (1-2-1, 1 KO) in a four round light heavyweight battle on an off-TV undercard bout of the SHOWTIME televised lightweight world championship clash between Miguel Acosta and Brandon Rios. Lee is currently preparing with legendary trainer Ronnie Shields in Houston, Texas.
“The year 2010 is over for me. I’m not talking any more about the defeats. I’m only looking forward,” said King Arthur Abraham three days before his comeback fight against WBA #9 Stjepan Bozicin on Saturday at the RWE-Sporthalle in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany. He added that he doesn’t underestimate any opponent and plans to make 2011 his year. “I have two Super Six fights. First the semi-final, then the final. In the fight against Bozic, I will satisfy my fans again.”
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