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WBC super lightweight world champion Amir Khan, who had been training at the Hollywood gym of trainer Freddie Roach for his U.S. debut on May 15th against Paulie Malignaggi at Madison Square Garden, has been forced to leave the country due to issues regarding a work visa. The champion is currently in Vancouver, Canada where he has reapplied. Roach has joined Khan in Canada. Reportedly Khan’s problems could stem from a series of driving violations in the U.K. Organizers are confident Khan will be allowed back into the country by fight week for the HBO-televised fight.
By Ricardo Conde
NABF lightweight champion “Bam Bam” Brandon Rios (24-0-1, 18KOs) of Oxnard, CA, trained by former junior lightweight champ, Robert Garcia is now off Latin Fury 14. Rios suffered a cut, on Wednesday, during sparring and a doctor determined today that the cut is too severe to go on with the bout. Rios was scheduled to take on Urbano Antillon (27-1, 20 KOs) of Maywood, CA on Saturday May 8th in the co-feature bout of Latin Fury 14, which features the return of the “Tijuana Tornado” Antonio Margarito taking on Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia (28-2, 21 KOs), in Aguascalientes, Mexico. The 23-year-old Rios was going to defend his NABF lightweight title for the first time. (more…)
Story by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Before Mayweather and Mosley settle their differences in what is considered one of the biggest fights of the decade, Golden Boy and Mayweather Promotions offer a series of undercard bouts in hopes of captivating boxing fans and building the next star.
The co-featured bout on May 1st will pit welterweight Saul Alvarez – who Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer coins as “The Mexican James Dean” – against Jose Miguel Cotto who is the older brother of Miguel. Alvarez currently sports a 31-0-1 record with 23 Knockouts and is well on his way to becoming a star at 19-years-old . . . Click here for more
World Boxing Council President Jose Sulaiman, the WBC Board of Governors, and the Federation of Boxing Commissions of Mexico (FECOMBOX) have unanimously agreed not to authorize Mexican boxers to leave the country to fight professionally in Arizona due to “the shameful, inhumane, and discriminatory anti-immigration law, which is no other thing than a flagrant violation to the basic principles of dignity and equality between races.” A WBC statement likened the new Arizona law cracking down on illegal immigration to apartheid in South Africa noting that great figures of boxing have fought in Arizona including Julio Cesar Chavez, Salvador Sanchez, Konstantin Tszyu, and “Coloradito” Lopez and that the WBC will not expose boxers “to suffer that degrading act, humiliating and inhumane, as racial discrimination is.” The prohibition will come into effect on May 1st, 2010, respecting retroactive contracts. The WBC also notes that they are certain that the Arizona State Boxing Commission will understand that this is “an action against politicians who do not have a just mind and do not respect human equality.” Click here to see the official statement
The Countdown To The Rematch Begins Tonight On Spike: Lyoto Machida and Shogun Rua prepare for their second battle for the light heavyweight title, Josh Koscheck and Paul Daley ready themselves for their welterweight showdown, and Kimbo Slice and Matt Mitrione are on a collision course to UFC 113. Tonight at 11pm ET/PT on SPIKE.
Friday’s official weigh-in for Mayweather vs. Mosley is open to the public. A capacity crowd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena is expected, so fans are encouraged to arrive early (doors open at 1PM). Mayweather, Mosley and undercard fighters will step onto the scale around 3PM.
New foe for super flyweight contender Tomas Rojas (32-11, 22 KOs) on Saturday’s “Top Rank Live!” telecast on Fox Sports Espanol in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. Rojas will now face Jorge “Veneno” Cardenas (14-10, 9 KOs).
Mayweather Promotions rising star Jesse Vargas (9-0, 4 KOs) takes on veteran Arturo Morua (25-13-1, 14 KOs) in a non-televised undercard bout on the Mayweather-Mosley card Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) super welterweight champion and future rabbi Yuri Foreman will make his U.S. network television debut on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, Tonight! (12:05 a.m. ET/PT). Foreman will then jet back to Brooklyn to resume training for his first title defense, against three-time world champion Miguel Cotto.
Ricardo “Pelon” Dominguez (31-5-2, 19 KOs) will challenge World Boxing Council (WBC) lightweight champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (51-7-2, 32 KOs) on May 15 in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. The bout will be broadcast in Mexico on TV Azteca, amd on “Top Rank Live” on Fox Sports in the United States.
A press conference held today at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas showcased the Pay-Per-View co-features and undercard of Saturday night’s “Mayweather vs. Mosley: Who R U Picking?” megafight. In the co-main, unbeaten, copper-topped welterweight Saul Alvarez (31-0-1, 23 KOs), heralded as the next big name out of Mexico, will take on once-beaten Puerto Rican, Jose Miguel Cotto (31-1-1, 23 KOs).
“I have a lot of respect for my rival but obviously, like every fight, I’m here to win,” said Alvarez. “That’s what I plan to do on Saturday night.”
Cotto’s trainer, Jose Santiago, promised an upset that would result in, both, Golden Boy matchmaker Eric Gomez and CEO Richard Schaefer, losing their jobs. ” I will prevail on May 1st and will have a big win,” said Cotto. “I’m not fighting in my weight. I accepted to fight and will fight at his weight. I hope that he comes in the same condition of me.” Stay tuned for a full report on today’s press conference by Andreas Hale, with a full photo gallery.
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Naoki Fukuda
WBC bantam champ Hozumi Hasegawa (28-2, 12 KOs), making his eleventh defense, will risk his belt against WBO ruler Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel (40-2-2, 30 KOs), a skillful Mexican hard-puncher, tomorrow (Friday) in Tokyo, Japan. The Japanese southpaw, 28, tipped the beam at 117.75, a quarter pound lighter than the 118-pound limit, which Montiel, 31, scaled in at.
In another WBC super-bantam title go, defending champ Toshiaki Nishioka (35-4-3, 22 KOs), Japan, will also put his throne on the line against unbeaten Filipino challenger Balweg Bangoyan (15-0, 7 KOs) over twelve frames. Both weighed in at the 122-pound class limit. (more…)
Furious Kevin Mitchell says he’ll finally punish Michael Katsidis for snubbing him when he was an up-and-coming fighter. The Dagenham star will aim to become a world champion when he fights the 29-year-old Australian for the interim WBO lightweight title on May 15 at West Ham’s Boleyn Ground at Upton Park in London. But it won’t be the first time the pair have come face to face after a frosty meeting at Wembley three years ago. That night, Katsidis impressed with a thrilling win over Graham Earl, while Mitchell got a solid victory on the undercard. At the end of the night, Mitchell approached Katsidis and praised him for the win but says Katsidis could barely be bothered to return the compliment. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBC/WBA super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan (34-2-1, 27 KOs) will be in action again on May 20 when he will clash with Filipino Richard Garcia (21-10-1, 5 KOs) at the Parramatta Leagues Club, Parramatta, Sydney, NSW, Australia. In his last ring outing – Garcia lost a twelve round points decision against Zolani Tete in an IBF elimination bout in 2010. Darchinyan scored a twelve round points victory over tough Mexican Rodrigo Guerro in March. (more…)
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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF #8, WBA #15 super middleweight Les “Lock N’ Load” Sherrington (26-5, 17 KOs) scored a fourth round stoppage of Rubin “Hollywood” Williams (29-9-1, 16 KOs) from the USA at the Broadbeach Reception Centre, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia on Thursday. Sherington took charge in round one as he connected with solid combinations. The Australian continued to dominate in rounds two and three. Williams was content to work off the ropes and counter. Round four had Williams hurt by a barrage. He suffered a cut over his right eye from a punch in this round and the ringside doctor ruled it too severe to continue. Referee Cyril Cairns crowned Sherrington the winner at 2:57. (more…)
Final press conferences are a necessary evil in boxing. They represent the final opportunity for the two combatants to speak in front of the media before they let their fists do the talking inside of the squared circle. In the case of “Sugar” Shane Mosley and Floyd “Money” Mayweather, there’s nothing else that needs to be said. Ever since Mosley intruded on Mayweather’s post fight interview after “Money” dismantled Juan Manuel Marquez last September, the two future hall of famers have traded barbs in interviews, HBO’s 24/7 and any other outlet they managed to speak to.
But at Wednesday’s final press conference for the May 1st welterweight showdown between Mayweather (40-0, 25 KOs) and Mosley (46-5, 39 KOs) didn’t feature either fighter badmouthing the other . . . . Click here for full report & gallery
By Przemyslaw Garczarczyk
What happened behind the scenes inside Tomasz Adamek’s training camp? What are his thoughts after the twelve round war against Chris Arreola and what does he think about the “Nightmare?” What are his best options for the future? All is revealed in this exclusive interview with the new Polish heavyweight sensation and his manager/corner man Zyggi Rozalski. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
IBF #7, WBO #10, WBC #14 middleweight Daniel Geale (22-1, 13 KOs) will clash with Kariz Kariuki (21-8-2, 18 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Wollongong Entertainment Center in Wollongong, NSW, Australia on June 2nd. Geale looked impressive in sparring sessions with the classy 154-pounder Robert Medley (27-3, 17 KOs) who will also be in action on the June 2nd card. (more…)
Four days after her split decision win over Nadia Raoui, unbeaten WBA/WBO/WIBF female flyweight world champion Susi Kentikian is taking it easy visiting her grandfather Hayk from Los Angeles and enjoying her new pink WBO weomen’s championship belt. (more…)
Promoter Tuto Zabala Jr. presented the featured fighters for Friday night’s Telemundo show at a press conference Wednesday at Miami’s El Tropico Restaurant. Click here for more photos.
Promociones Miguel Cotto and H2 Entertainment hot lightweight prospect and former silver medalist for the 2008 Pan American Games in Brazil, Abner Cotto (6-0, 4KO’s) is ready to show his great skills on Friday April 30th on the first Telefutura “Solo Boxeo” comeback show. Abner will fight the Mexican gladiator Juan Sandoval (1-2,1KO’s).”I feel really excited to be in Las Vegas again and fighting in Telefutura. I feel bless that Promociones Miguel Cotto and Golden Boy are working together and giving me this great opportunity” Abner Cotto said.
Robert Guerrero’s a happy guy. His wife’s doing well in her battle with leukemia, he returns to the ring on Friday and he’s going to the Mosley-Mayweather fight.
The former IBF junior lightweight champ, who’s making his debut at 135 pounds in a 10-round bought against Roberto Arrieta (35-15-4, 16 KOs) on Telefutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate,” will be even happier if people register for a bone marrow donation program—which saved his wife’s life . . . Click here for more
By Jeff Zimmerman at the scale
Casey Ramos 130.5 vs. Angel Rodriguez 130.5
Kirk Johnson 248.5 vs Douglas Robertson 229
Fernando Rodriguez 137.5 vs Forrest Curry 139.5
(contracted at 138/Curry has one hour to make weight)
Christina Ruiz 124 vs Gerboria Mayfield 121.5
Alberto Romero 131 vs Jose Ortiz 131
Venue: Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas
Promoter: Paulie Ayala Productions
Tickets are priced at $100 VIP, $35 Reserved and $20 General Admission. VIP tickets include a VIP pre-fight reception and premium seating. Tickets are available at the box office or call (817) 215-8500. The gates open at 6:30p and the first fight starts at 7:30p.
Photo: Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Jr. and “Sugar” Shane Mosley face off at the final presser, held today at the MGM’s Hollywood Theater in Las Vegas. There was very little trash talking at today’s presser, and, both, Mayweather and Mosley showed mutual respect for each other in regard to Saturday’s mega-fight showdown.
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Quick quotes by Andreas Hale
Mayweather: “Getting ready for a fight of this magnitude, you must be ready mentally and physically. I know what it takes. It takes hard work, dedication, prayers and belief in a good team. . . . May 1st I’m going to be Floyd Mayweather and do what I do best. That is be smart, be sharp and fight hard.”
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Floyd Mayweather Sr.: “My son is quicker, more clever and (Shane) doesn’t have any defense. Bad news!”
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Roger Mayweather: “I think my nephew is the greatest thing in life just like Jack Mosley thinks is son is the greatest thing in life. On May 1st, we’re going to have to put that opinion to rest. When that time comes and all is said and done, no matter what happens, (to Jack Mosley) you still can invite me over to the house so I can have dinner with you.”
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Shane Mosley: “I’m just happy to be able to show my talents and skills. I’m going to put everything on the line . . . . This will have to be one of the greatest fights of this decade and maybe even history.
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Naazim Richardson: “You have good fighters, you have champions, you have elite fighters and then you have guys who are special. In this fight you get the rare occasion where two special fighters will face each other.”
This Saturday night, May 1st in Iowa City, TKO Boxing Promotions’ Terence Crawford, J’Leon Love and Michael Finney will battle at “May Mayhem,” an action packed professional boxing event set for the Johnson County 4-H Fairgrounds.
The 22 year old Crawford, sporting an undefeated record of 10-0-0 with seven knockouts, will battle veteran lightweight Marty Robbins, 23-45-1 (15KO’s), in a scheduled six rounder. (more…)
Former NBA Star Kendall Gill will return to the professional boxing ring this Friday night at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion as one of the featured off-TV undercard bouts on the SHOWTIME-televised “Next Generation Of Super Middleweights”card. Gill, 3-0-0 (2KO’s), will square off against Miles Kelly, 1-1-0 (1KO), in a scheduled four round heavyweight bout. The televised tripleheader featurs Chicago’s Donovan George (19-0-1, 17 KOs) taking on Osumanu Adama, (14-1, 10 KOs), Marcus Johnson (18-0, 14 KOs) battling Derek Edwards (25-0, 13 KOs) and Edwin Rodriguez (14-0, 10 KOs) tangling with Kevin Engel (17-2, 14KOs). 11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast.
Tonight, Marc Lichtenfeld, ring announcer and host of Through the Ropes (heard Thursday nights right here on Fightnews), will be featured on America Public Media’s The Story. During the interview, Marc discusses how he got started ring announcing, the challenges of maintaining a “real” job while pursuing his career in boxing and what it was like to go 3 rounds with Kassim “The Dream” Ouma. American Public Media’s The Story is heard on over 130 stations around the country. For a listing of stations and times, click here. Fightnews readers can click here and scroll down to the bottom of the page to listen.
Marc will be back on the air on Fightnews tomorrow night at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT, hosting Through the Ropes. Thursday night’s guests will be HBO’s Jim Lampley and former welterweight champ Kermit Cintron.
Former two-time super middleweight champion Byron “Gator” Mitchell (28-5-1, 21 KOs) says he’s feeling “super” in final preparations for his showdown with Otis “Triple OG” Griffin. Mitchell and Griffin will square off in the main event of X-Cel Worldwide in association with Bang Productions’ “Hassle at the Castle” boxing benefit gala at Oheka Castle in Huntington, New York on May 7.
Coming off a TKO2 over former champion David Telesco last October, the hard-punching Mitchell is hoping a victory over Griffin will bring him closer to his dream of another world title fight. The 36-year-old Alabama native has won three of four since coming out of semi-retirement and signing a promotional deal with promoter Nick Garone’s X-Cel Worldwide in late 2008. Mitchell’s only loss was a short-notice stoppage to current WBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov. (more…)
With less than four weeks to go before his first world title defense, IBF jr. flyweight champion Carlos “El Olimpico” Tamara (21-4, 15 KOs) tells Fightnews.com that he has never, ever, felt better about a training camp and his preparation for his fight against IBF #6 ranked Argentinean Luis Alberto Lazarte (46-9-1, 18 KOs) on May 29th at the Club Once Unidos in Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina. “We have had great sparring sessions with jr. bantam Jose “Chili Willie” Rivera from the Bronx, bantamweight Raul “The Bronx Bomber” Lopez and also featherweight sensation Carlos “Mina” Zambrano. I would like to thank Everlast, Joe Grier’s Boxing Academy, my team Butch Sanchez, Angel “Pin Pin” De Jesus, my manager Nelson Fernandez and our promoter Universal Promotions of Puerto Rico for all they have done for me so far to enhance my boxing career. You have my promise that I will come back to (my adopted home of) North Bergen, New Jersey with my title after the Lazarte fight.”
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
The search continues for a dance partner for IBF super-middleweight champion Lucian Bute and his return to his native Romania on July 24th. According to Interbox officials, WBO champion Robert Stieglitz has turned down a potential chance at unification. “It is the biggest and most significant offer we’ve ever given to an opponent of Lucian Bute. We got the answer today and unfortunately the answer was no.” With a six pack of contenders being occupied by the current Showtime televised tournament, the pickings for potential opponents are slim within the 168 division. Off the fourteen listed IBF contenders, a full seven are boxers either involved in current tournament or people Bute has already beaten. The Montreal boxer awaits the winner of the #2 and #4 contenders Jesse Brinkley and Sakio Bika in a fight set for May, but there wouldn’t be enough turn around time for that fight to happen in July.
WBO bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel has a message for WBC champion Hozumi Hasegawa, whom he meets Friday: Hey Hasagawa! Are you a champion of the world or of your house? Let’s see if you’re as big as you think.
By Joe Koizumi
Wise men say only misunderstanding of the opponent’s real power may produce a superfight between superstars, but we cannot help thinking there might be an exception of each respecting and evaluating the rival’s credentials. WBC bantam champ Hozumi Hasegawa (28-2, 12 KOs), Japan, having scored ten defenses straight with latest five within a short distance, will put his belt on the line against WBO ruler Fernando Montiel (40-2-2, 30 KOs), Mexico, three-class champ of the fly, super-fly and bantam categories, on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. Akihiko “Only in Japan” Honda of Teiken Promotions has materialized this dream fight. More than twenty Mexican TV men and press people arrived here early this morning to show it live in Mexico and report it in a hot fashion from Tokyo. (more…)
WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco “Captain” Huck (28-1, 21 KOs) and American challenger Brian “The Beast” Minto (34-3, 21 KOs) came face-to-face today for the first time ahead of Saturday´s world title clash in Oldenburg, Germany. Just like yesterday at the press training, Minto was again wearing dark sunglasses – but only until Huck took them off him during the stare-down. “I wanted to see his eyes,” the champion said. “And he should get a good look at me so that he has an idea of what will be waiting for him on Saturday. I never underestimate any opponent, but Minto will not be leaving with my title, you can be sure of that.”
Huck has predicted to personally make Minto pay for retiring German legend Axel Schulz back in 2006. “I cannot understand why he wants to do that,” Minto said. “This is a completely different fight and has nothing to do with Schulz. I am in great shape and I am here to win the title.” Yet Huck feels he owes one to Schulz. “I was a big fan of him and I really wanted to see him fight again, but Minto spoiled his comeback. Now I will make him pay big time.”
Meanwhile, Pat Nelson, Minto´s manager, expects an exciting battle. “Huck and Brian have very similar styles so it will be an
action-packed contest. Brian has not come all the way to Germany to lose – he is here to win the title.” Said Ulli Wegner: “Minto is a strong opponent, but Marco has continued his impressive development. He has matured as a fighter, inside and outside the ring. He certainly got what it takes to beat Minto, but he needs to stick to the game plan.”
On the undercard, WBO Intercontinental Light Heavyweight Champion Karo Murat (21-0, 13 KOs) defends his title against Tommy Karpency (19-1,12 KOs), while up-and-coming middleweight Dominik Britsch (18-0, 7KOs) takes on Alessio Furlan (24-15, 9 KOs).
By Miika Forsström
Former European middleweight champion Amin Asikainen (26-3, 17 KOs) of Finland starts his campaign at super middleweight division May 11th in Kirkkonummi, Finland. Asikainen, who has been inactive since his shocking loss to Matthew Macklin in September 2009, takes on unbeaten Dario Armando Matorras (12-0, 7 KOs) of Argentina in his hometown to start his career at super middleweight division. (more…)
Former heavyweight contender Kirk Johnson (36-2-1), who has fought the likes of Vitali Klitschko and John Ruiz, and his legendary trainer and former undisputed Welterweight World Champion and Hall-of-Famer Curtis Cokes were all smiles and full of laughter yesterday at Cokes’ Home of Champions Gym in south Dallas as Johnson prepares to fight on Thursday night on Paulie Ayala’s promotions, Speedway Fight Night at Texas Motor Speedway . . . Click here for more
The critically acclaimed HBO Sports documentary ‘Assault In The Ring’ from Live Star Entertainment, which revisits the infamous 1983 Billy Collins Jr.-Luis Resto boxing scandal, won the Sports Emmy for Outstanding Sports Documentary at the 31st Annual Sports Emmy Awards this past Monday. The film, which was written, directed and produced by Live Star’s Eric Drath, premiered on HBO in August 2009. FightNews feature writer David Hudson said, “‘Assault in the Ring’ is powerful, provocative and penetrating! You don’t have to be an aficionado of pugilism to appreciate the compelling human drama of this story!” A 2-disc special edition DVD of “Assault In The Ring” is available at www.AssaultInTheRing.com.
The World Boxing Organization hosted this past Saturday the “WBO Kids Drugs Free” event in Buenos Aires, Argentina for the fifth consecutive year. At the Boxing Federation of Argentina (FAB) Stadium, WBO President Francisco Valcárcel, Esq., and the Latino Region President for the WBO, Jorge Eugenio Molina, and the “Fundación Temas” organization gave 100 children backpacks and school supplies plus another group of 70 children all representing the pugilistic gyms, were given sportswear, such as bags, gloves, mitts, headgear, ropes and hand wraps. Valcárcel – affectionately known as “Paco” – also presented WBO mini-flyweight female champion Yessica Bopp with her championship belt. Bopp – who also holds the WBA belt – won the vacant WBO belt with a hard-fought decision over Ana Arrazola back in November 2009. “I am excited to visit the great country of Argentina to help promote a drug free environment for kids and to present the WBO belt to a great champion,” said Valcárcel.
Can Team Liddell Take Control On This Week’s Ultimate Fighter?: Team Ortiz earned their first victory in the preliminary round last week, but Team Liddell will be looking to prevent them from evening the score tonight at 10pm ET/PT on SPIKE! Followed by an all new episode of The Best of PRIDE Hosted by Kenda Perez at 11pm.
Watch The Aldo vs Faber Replay Now On UFCLive.com: See all the action from this past Saturday night, plus the battle Joe Rogan called “Fight of the Decade”
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