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By Phillip Doherty
Photos by Sam Cohen
Boxers remain some of the nicest guys you will ever meet in any sport. Most of them are affable, easy to approach blue collar types with a sincerity bordering on bashfulness. This stands to reason in a workplace where every professional misstep can result in career and life threatening finality. It is a vocation demanding humility; which even the elite of the sport possess. (Pacquaio, Mosley, et. al.) (more…)
Adding new meaning to his moniker of “Filipino Flash” and stealing the scene at today’s Top Rank presser was newly-crowned bantam king Nonito Donaire, who joined the camera crew in the trenches to rifle off a few shots with his Canon. Seen here, Donaire, sans flash, trades shots with Top Rank photog Chris Farina.
Sign of a possible fight to come? WBA heavyweight champion David Haye and former multi-division world champion Roy Jones Jr. faced off this week at the famous 5th Street Gym in Miami Beach.
Prize Fight has announced that the March 19 installment of “Fights At The Fitz” at the Fitz Hotel & Casino in Tunica, Mississippi will feature an eight round middleweight clash between unbeaten Jesse Lubash (14-0, 8 KOs) and veteran Germaine Sanders (27-8, 17 KOs). Also, on tap are six-rounder between super middleweights Morgan Fitch (3-0, 1 KO) and Grover Young (4-1, 3 KOs), plus a rematch between jr welterweights Dedrick Bell (6-4, 3 KOs) and power punching Tyrone “TNT” Chatman (6-1, 5 KOs). For tickets call 901-525-1515.
After 26 years of the Battle In The Ballroom at the Irvine Marriott, a new era of Orange County fight action begins tonight as Fight Club OC in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center launches!
“Without a doubt Fight Club OC will be the finest fight venue in Southern California for the fight fan,” said promoter Roy Englebrecht. “The Staples Center and Honda Center have Luxury Suites and Fight Club OC has Luxury Suites. The Staples Center and Honda Center have Jumbotron’s and Fight Club OC has a 40′ Video Board with HD projection. But the big difference is the that Fight Club OC’s worst seat in only 45′ from the ring while at The Staples Center and Honda Center their worst seats are 200′ away from the ring. Without a doubt Fight Club OC will be the premier club show in the USA, a club show with an arena feel and look.” (more…)
Photo: Facing off for the first time, WBA World Lighweight champion Miguel Acosta (28-3-2, 22 KOs) and challenger Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (26-0, 19 KOs) tease off during a posedown today at a press conference held at The Palms in Las Vegas. After Acosta mimicked a cutting-of-the-throat, Rios illustrated what the champ was going to look like knocked out after the two go to war on Showtime, Saturday night. Stay tuned for more photos and a press conference report.
Gary Shaw, promoter of WBC #2 super welterweight Alfredo Angulo has commented on the controversy regarding the vacant WBC title. “I’m reading all the challenges going around for the WBC 154 pound title. The fighter that deserves that chance is Alfredo Perro Angulo and no one else. I’m sure that the WBC will do the right thing and order an immediate defense of its 154 pound title, after Hatton gets beat. Angulo should be fighting for the title right now.”
The WBC ruled Angulo to be “unavailable” to fight for the vacant belt as he is currently tied up in legal proceedings trying to regain his U.S. visa.
By Francisco Salazar
After a long absence, the Southern California Fight Scene returns (thanks in part to time away from the classroom and the soccer field). The major headline will be the three fight cards taking place tonight within sixty miles of one another. On top of the action taking place on Thursday night, lots of boxing action will take place this weekend to satisfy the appetites of local fight fans. (more…)
WBC President Jose Sulaiman has commented on Juan Manuel Marquez’s criticism of the WBC’s decision to sanction Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Matthew Hatton to fight for the WBC super welterweight title. “[Marquez comments] seemed natural to me, because in boxing I have come across a kind of professional jealousy among some of the leading boxers throughout the history of the sport. Only professional jealousy could remove the moral obligation to support their fellow fighters, and in particular, one who is going to fight for the title. The fact that he’s the champion might have had some influence from a different organization other than the WBC, which had strongly supported him to gain popularity and money.”
As for WBC champion Ana Maria Torres negative comments on the fight, Sulaiman stated, “For me it was like a stab in the heart seeing that the WBC has been the cornerstone of her whole career. I believed it only because I was there and it happened right in front of my very eyes.”
Undefeated WBO #1 rated junior middleweight prospect Vanes Martirosyan (28-0, 17 KOs) will shake the rust off of his 9 month layoff when he takes on Bladimir Hernandez (18-4, 16KOs) on March 19 on the Lucian Bute-Brian Magee undercard. The bout takes place in Montreal, Quebec, at the Bell Centre.
Martirosyan will then immediately return to the ring on April 23rd when he takes on the rugged Saul Roman (34-8, 29 KOs) of Mexico for the WBC Silver junior middleweight title. The fight takes place at the WinStar Casino in Oklahoma and will be part of the Top Rank Live series and televised by Fox Sports. The winner of the bout will be the mandatory challenger to the winner of the Saul Alvarez-Mathew Hatton clash for the vacant WBC junior middleweight title.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Last Tuesday on a television program called Tribunal TD, Mexican prospect Saul “Canelo” Alvarez challenged compatriot and three-time world champion Juan Manuel Marquez to fight him. On the show, Marquez criticized the decision of the WBC to give an opportunity to “Canelo” and Matthew Hatton to fight for the vacant WBC super welterweight championship on March 5. “To be number one without fighting any rated super welter, I think there are boxers with more rights than him,” Marquez said.
“I respect Juan Manuel, who is a good fighter, and if all goes well in my fight against Hatton I’ll make a challenge to Juan Manuel Marquez to see whether I have the ability,” Alvarez responded. (more…)
As blunt as they come, UFC middleweight contender Michael Bisping has never been one to back down or shy away from a trash talking war with prospective opponents. Yet in recent fights, it’s been a quiet ‘Count’ representing the British Isles, as he’s let his fists do the talking in his wins over Dan Miller and Yoshihiro Akiyama. . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi , UFC.com
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WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto shows his form as he prepares for his March 12 title defense against former champion Ricardo Mayorga. The bout will be seen on SHOWTIME PPV.
Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward talks about Cotto-Mayorga, the dilemma of his fighter Andy Lee fighting on another card the same night and Wladimir Klitschko’s preparations for his upcoming fight with Dereck Chisora.
Nando Bailarin 118 vs Edward Cordoba 118
Barnie Argüelles 139 vs Jose Montenegro 140
Miguel Gonzalez 130 vs Jalfi Jimenez 126.5
Aurelio Acosta 128 vs Elias Mena 128
Jesus Muñoz 121 vs Luis Villagra 119
Venue: Fantastic Casino
Promoter: Premium Boxing
TV: TVMax (taped)
All the shots from today’s workouts at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas, featuring WBA Lightweight Champ Miguel Acosta, challenger Brandon Rios, Mike Lee and Jesse Magdaleno. Click here for photos by Chris Cozzone
Hector Serrano 138 vs Aris Ambriz 139.6
Brent Urban 192.6 vs Joseph Jones 196
Luis Salgado 184.8 vs Ozzie Alvarez 184.2
Quadtrine Hill 223.4 vs Chad Davis 214.6
Carlos Garces 150 vs Isaac Gutierrez 49.2
Oscar Andrade 135.6 vs Manuel Delcid 137
Danny Roman 117.8 vs Jensen Ramirez 117
Venue: The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center
Promoter: Roy Englebrecht Promotions
Tickets: $40 and $50 www.fightcluboc.com
Jesse Vargas 143.6 vs. Cristian Favela 147.8
Bastie Samir 162.8 vs. Eddie Hunter 160.8
Jamie Kavanagh 135.4 vs. Ramon Flores 135.6
Salvador Rios 144.6 vs. Ricardo Malfavon 144
Venue: Club Nokia, Los Angeles
Promoter: Golden Boy
Former Manny Pacquiao challenger Emmanuel “The Butcher” Lucero has signed an exclusive promotional contract with ARES Promotions. Lucero (25-6-1, 14KOs) most recently won over Albany boxing fans in the feature event on ARES January 22nd card, where he dominated in a 10-round unanimous decision against the Bronx’s Oscar Cuero (13-4-1, 10 KOs). Lucero will next fight for the NYS super featherweight title at ARES Fight Night IV on April 15 at the Hudson Valley Community College McDonough Field House in Troy. Lucero joins other local prospects that have signed contracts with ARES Promotions including Jaci Trivilino, Markus Williams, Shawn Miller, and Sarah Kuhn.
Photo: BJ Penn (L) and Jon Fitch (R) pose down during a press conference ahead of UFC 127 at Star City in Sydney, Australia.
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WBC President José Sulaimán has ripped into critics of the WBC’s recent handling of the 154lb title, in which the belt was stripped from Manny Pacquiao and Saul Alvarez’s clash with Matthew Hatton was quickly sanctioned for the newly vacant belt.
“…human nature is formed by positive and unavoidable detractors,” wrote Sulaiman in his “Hook to the Liver” column that is published in El Universal every Sunday. “Last week was impacted by a couple of happenings, like the disqualification of Manny Pacquiao as a WBC champion, the appointment of Alvarez vs. Hatton to fill the vacancy, and the appointment of J.C.Chávez vs. Sebastian Zbik for the middleweight championship. (more…)
Photo: WBA World Lightweight Champion Miguel Acosta showed off his moves with a lengthy shadowboxing workout today at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas. On Saturday, Acosta (28-3-2, 22 KOs) puts his title up for grabs by taking on Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (26-0-1, 19 KOs) at the Palms, to be televised by Showtime. Stay tuned tonight for a full gallery of tonight’s workouts featuring Acosta, Rios, Mike Lee and Jesse Magdaleno.
Photo: Newly-crowned bantamweight king Nonito Donaire dropped in on BrandonRios during a media workout, today at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas. In pure Rios fashion, “Bam Bam” gave Donaire a smothering kiss on the neck, prompting the bantam champ to call for his wife to “neutralize” Rios’ germs. Donaire chatted with the press about the knockout victory over Fernando Montiel last weekend, saying, “I still can’t believe he got up from that punch.” Stay tuned for more from today’s event.
Unbeaten welterweight Jessie Vargas (13-0, 7 KOs) will now face journeyman Cristian Favela (19-30-7, 10 KOs) in Thursday night’s 2011 opener of “Fight Night Club” at L.A. LIVE’s Club Nokia. The is the third opponent for the Roger Mayweather-trained Vargas, who was first slated to face Lanard Lane (12-1, 7 KOs), and then former WBC interim lightweight world champion Jose Armando Santa Cruz (28-5, 17 KOs). Leading up to the main event will be a six round super middleweight co-feature showcasing Las Vegas knockout puncher Bastie Samir (9-0, 9 KOs) against Seattle’s Eddie Hunter (5-4-2, 2 KOs).
Continuing to distinguish itself as the most savvy social media organization in all of professional sports, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that it will once again stream live UFC® fights on Facebook.
In this action-packed broadcast taking place on Saturday, Feb. 26 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, sports fans are invited to watch the featherweight battle between China’s Tiequan Zhang and gritty veteran Jason Reinhardt, as well as an intense light heavyweight battle between Australia’s Antony Perosh and England’s Tom Blackledge. Both fights will be streamed live and free at www.facebook.com/ufc.
By simply “liking” the UFC Facebook Page, fans will gain access to the live broadcast of the fights from the sold out Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia, home to Saturday’s UFC® 127: PENN vs. FITCH Pay-Per-View event. UFC 127 airs live on Pay-Per-View and UFC.TV at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. (more…)
Two-time European middleweight champ, Matthew Macklin, who wasn’t able to attend Tuesday’s kick-off press event for his April 9 showdown with Ronald “Winky” Wright in Los Angeles, today acknowledged the achievements of the 39-year-old Wright over the last decade, but warned, “…this is my time to make a big impact in the U.S. and this is the perfect fight to do that in. I know that it will be a huge challenge but that’s what appeals to me about this fight and I’m very confident about the outcome. I originally agreed to fight Winky last summer but for whatever reason he never agreed terms then but thankfully it’s on now. I’ve always believed I’ve the ability to go right to the very top in the sport and where better to prove that than against a living legend of the sport.”
Heavyweight contender Eddie Chambers (36-2, 18 KOs) recently scored a twelve-round victory in an IBF title eliminator against Derric Rossy in Atlantic City. The win put Chambers closer to a rematch with IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KOs). However when asked if there was anyone in particular that he would like to fight, Chambers didn’t hesitate. “David Haye,” he said. “I believe it would be a great way for the winner to then earn the right to fight Klitschko. Haye is the one I would love to get inside the ring now!” (more…)
WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck (31-1, 23 KOs) joined celebrities and VIPs at the CineStar Potsdamer Platz in Berlin on Tuesday night to watch the first screening of “Der ganz große Traum”, a football movie featuring top German actor Daniel Bruhl. Captain Huck showed his footballing skills on the carpet, which was green instead of red. Also attending where Dr. Theo Zwanziger, the president of the German Football Association (DFB), former national team keeper Jens Lehmann and Oliver Bierhoff, amongst many others. “I’m a big football fan,” Huck said. “I used to play all the time when I was younger. These days we still play football in training camp, which is always a lot of fun and can get very competitive. I really enjoyed the movie. I’m sure it will be a big hit in cinemas all over the country.”
Huck then skipped the aftershow party. “I am training hard for my fight against Fragomeni in Halle on April 2,” he added. “One of the reasons for my success has always been my hard and meticulous preparation. It will be no different this time out.”
Photographer Mary Ann Owen can remember a time when you could find an all-women’s card in Las Vegas, or, the very least, a female bout on nearly every show.
Things sure have changed . . . Click here for more
In Australia, the return of Dubbo native Kyle Noke this weekend for UFC 127 is a big deal. You can assume that it’s equally, if not more as, important to the fighter himself, but you won’t hear that from his mouth . . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi , UFC.com
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Super middleweight contender and longtime local fan favorite, Donovan “DA BOMB” George (21-1-1, 18 KOs), coming off a brutal first round knockout of Cornelius White on ShoBox February 11, will headline an April 1st 8 Count Productions fight card at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. George will face TBA. The undercard features unbeaten jr welterweights Adrian Granados (5-0, 3 KOs) and Ramiro Carrillo (4-0, 2 KOs) in separate bouts. Also seeing action are junior welterweight Genaro Mendez (3-0-1, 2 KOs), middleweight Ramon Valenzuela (3-0, 1 KO) and super middleweight “Bazooka” Joe Linenfelser (8-1-1, 6 KOs). Tickets start at $31. Call 312-413-5740.
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Former IBF 130 pound champion Barry Michael (48-9-3 , 15 KOs) talks to Fightnews about his big fights with WBA lightweight champion Claude Noel, Frank Ropis, Al Carter, Lester Ellis, Mark Fernandez, Jin Sik Choi, Najib Daho and Rocky Lockridge.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The possibility exists that the WBO super flyweight current world champion Omar Narvaez will defend his crown April 23 at the Polideportivo de Monte Hermoso against WBO #1 ranked mandatory challenger Cesar Seda. Narváez’s last fight was on February 12 when he successfully defended the title against Victor Zaleta, also in the Polideportivo de Monte Hermoso. Universal Promotions, representing Seda, had hoped to bring the fight to Puerto Rico, and made an offer to stage the fight in May at the Juan Pachin Vicens Coliseum in the city of Ponce, but apparently the respective camps did not reach an agreement.
By Phil Doherty
Above photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Other photos: Sam Cohen
The tired, old adage about boxing’s dying popularity took it on the chin today as hordes of media gathered to witness WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto (35-2, 28 KOs) perform an open media workout at the Heavyweight Factory gym in Hollywood FL. Cotto and his family joined Top Rank chief Bob Arum, Hall of Fame trainer Emmanuel Steward and the broadcast crew from Showtime Boxing to field questions regarding Cotto’s upcoming March 12th Showtime PPV clash with Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga (29-7-1, 23 KOs).
Showtime landed the fight as part of a package deal when Arum shifted long-time allegiance from HBO for the upcoming May 7th Pacquiao-Mosley bout. The fact Top Rank is co-promoting the Cotto-Mayorga bout in partnership with Mayorga promoter Don King, (and Miguel Cotto Promotions) demonstrates drastic improvements underway in the “sweet science.” (more…)
Photos: Pete Susens
Trainer Freddie Roach puts Amir Khan through his workout on Tuesday at The Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California. (more…)
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