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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former Commonwealth featherweight champion Jackson Asiku (23-3,12 KOs) will clash with former IBF jr lightweight champion Gairy St Claire on Sunday at the Challenge Stadium, Perth, Western Australia with the IBF Australasian jr lightweight title up for grabs. St Claire defeated Asiku in 2003 over eight rounds but since then Asiku has captured the Commonwealth featherweight crown in England in 2005 by stopping Marc Callaghan in round one. He defended the championship in England successfully by stopping Jamie McKiever also in round one. Asiku is trained and managed by Craig Christian who also trains WBA featherweight champion Chris John. St Claire captured the IBF 130 pound title in 2006 by outpointing Cassius Baloyi but lost to Malcolm Klassen via decision also in 2006. St Claire recently was in action against Aussie jr welterweight star Lenny Zappavigna in 2009 and English star Amir Khan in 2008. He lost to world champions Leonard Dorin, Vivian Harris and Diego Corrales all by decision.
By Alexey Sukachev
After a short technical break, German Titov, 2008 Russian promoter of the year, is once again aiming at the future sound collisions for his fighters, which include many world rated contenders. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Classy Kenyan-born 168 pounder Kariz Kariuki (17-7-2,16 KOs) will punch it out over twelve rounds with Sonni Michael Angelo ((15-7-2, 5 KOs) at the National Convention Center, Canberra, ACT, Australia with WBO Asia Pacific title up for grabs on Friday. (more…)
Not only does Joe Gomez plan to win Saturday night, against rival Four Corners area headliner, Elco Garcia, but he plans to do it in a way no one would guess. “I’m going to bang it out with him,” says Gomez . . . Click here for more by Chris Cozzone
Longtime Durango, Colo. veteran Elco “The Animal” Garcia considered his fight with Joe “Ironman” Gomez, of Bloomfield, N.M., “just another fight.” Until heard about Gomez’s account of a sparring session two years ago . . . Click here for more by Cozzone
A Four Corners area showdown between Elco “The Animal” Garcia (20-7, 9 KOs), of Durango, Colo., and Joe “Ironman” Gomez (16-1-1, 8 KOs), of Bloomfield, N.M., will open up boxing season for the Sky Ute Casino in Ignacio, Colo. They will go ten rounds at 155 lbs on April 25. in the main event of a five-bout card.
The full line-up has been announced for the May 23 “Combinacion Letal” card in Monterrey, Mexico headlining the return of Rafael Marquez and the WBC 122-pound title fight between Jhonny Gonzalez and champ Toshiaki Nishioka.
The co-main is a special ten-round bout at 122 featuring the return of Rafael Marquez (37-5, 33 KOs), who will take on Jose Francisco Mendoza (21-2-2, 17 KOs), of Bogota, Colombia. The fight will be a title eliminator. (more…)
Antonio Escalante, 122 vs. Gary Stark Jr., 121.5
Daniel Jacobs, 161 vs. Jose Varela, 161
Deontay Wilder, 215 vs. Joseph Rabotte, 264
Ivan Popoca, 142 vs. Sebastien Hamel, 143
Leo Martinez, 133 vs. Oscar De La Cruz, 135
Noe Perez, 127 vs. Ronnie Howell, 126
Ramiro Carrillo, 136 vs. Steve Hall, 132
Enobong Umohette, 230 vs. Theron Johnson, 233
Venue: UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL
Promoter: Golden Boy/8 Count
Tickets: 312-226-5800 or at the door
Swede amateur standout Donatella “DynOmite!” Hultin, now fighting out of Las Vegas under the Infinity Boxing banner, is set to make her pro debut May 9 on the Chad Dawson-Antonio Tarver II card at the Palms.
“We have a potential world champion here,” says Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, who trains Hultin at Johnny Tocco’s Gym. “She’s even at the gym before me-that shows you she wants to learn the game.” Born and raised in Sweden, Hultin began boxing at 13. While Vic Darchinyan was training in Vegas, Hultin was able to go a few rounds with the champ. The sparring was filmed for a promotional trailer. The angle was this: “Darchinyan is so ready for Arce, he’s sparring with a girl.”
Story & photos by Chris Cozzone
If you’ve already beaten someone, if you got to do it again, do it with a knockout.
That’s the goal in mind for “Bad” Chad Dawson when he steps into the ring May 9 at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas. In what will be his HBO debut, Dawson, 27-0 (17 KOs), will be rematching Antonio Tarver, 27-4 (19 KOs) for a pair of light heavyweight belts . . . . Click here for more
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Cory Spinks 152.75 vs Deandre Latimore 153.5
(Vacant IBF Junior Middleweight Championship)
Devon Alexander 140 vs Jesus “Chuy” Rodriguez 141
DaVarryl Williamson 225 vs Carl Davis 238
Bermane Stiverne 254 vs Charles Davis 218
Mark De Mori 233 vs Jason Barnett 233
Evans Quinn 224 vs Harvey Jolly 206
Kahramon Arzykulov 117 vs Robert DaLuz 117
Dannie Williams 130 vs Ryan Pederson 132
Sharif Bogere 137 vs Courtney Landis 137
Venue: Scottrade Center, St Louis, Missouri
Promoter: DKPTV: SHOWTIME 11PM ET/PT
Click for quotes obtained today from Cory Spinks, Deandre Latimore, Devon Alexander and Jesus Rodriguez. (more…)
Light heavyweight sensation Beibut Shumenov, arguably the most ambitious fighter in the world, has targeted WBO champion Zsolt “Firebird” Erdei after his May 9th clash against former IBF super middleweight champion Alejandro “Naco” Berrio, outdoors at Khadjimukan Stadium in Shumenov’s hometown of Chimkent, Kazakhstan. (more…)
These selected photos were taken by award-winning SHOWTIME photographer Tom Casino during a SHOWTIME feature shoot on Wednesday in New York City.(more…)
By Rick Scharmberg
This Friday marks the return of former junior welterweight contender, and former Contender star Michael “No Joke” Stewart. He will face Luis Alberto Santiago (18-8-2, 11 KOs), of Philadelphia, PA at the Rollins Center inside Dover Downs Hotel and Casino in Dover, DE. Stewart (47-7-2, 23 KOs), of New Castle, DE, looks to return to the form that led him to the top of the IBF rankings where he faced the likes of Ricky Hatton in a title eliminator, and Sharmba Mitchell for the interim IBF light welterweight title in 2004. Stewart and Santiago will be fighting for the WBF intercontinental welterweight title. The promoter is Capital City Promotions. (more…)
Boxing fans, get ready to climb “Through the Ropes” with the #1 boxing news radio show hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld! This week Showtime’s Nick Charles climbs Through the Ropes. Call or email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Through The Ropes airs live coast to coast on Thursday nights from 9:00 – 10:00 ET on 75 affiliates of the Sports Byline USA Broadcast Network, including great radio stations like KSHP 1400 AM in Las Vegas and WNSR 560 AM in Nashville. The one-hour show will also be heard on American Forces Network, Sportsbyline.com and Fightnews.com. Fightnews readers can listen live by clicking here tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET.
Former world champion Clarence “Bones” Adams (43-6-4, 19 KOs) and title contender Almazbek “Kid Diamond” Raiymkulov (27-2-1, 15 KOs) headline a “Sterling Night of Fights” presented by Sterling Promotions of Las Vegas Friday, June 12, in The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort. Adams meets Anthony Napunyi (14-4, 7 KOs) in a 10-round super featherweight co-main event and Raiymkulov faces Joshua Allotey (16-7, 14 KOs) in the other co-main, a 10-round lightweight bout. Also on the six-bout card will be former heavyweight title challenger Charles Shufford (20-8-1, 9 KOs) and undefeated super lightweight Sharif Bogere, super lightweight Renell Griffin (6-0, 3 KOs) and super middleweight Thomas Rittenbaugh. The card June 12 starts at 6:30 p.m. with doors to The Pearl opening at 5:30. Tickets, priced at $25, $50 and $75, are available at The Pearl box office from noon to 7 p.m. daily; by calling The Pearl box office at 702-944-3200.
California State Athletic Commission Assistant Executive Officer Bill Douglas has accepted a position within the Department of Consumer Affairs (which CSAC falls under) in the Department’s Division of Legislative and Policy Review. He will begin May 18. This is a position he sought – he was in no way “terminated,” or removed, or asked to resign from his post. With the departure of Douglas, plus longtime Chief Inspector Dean Lohuis who was fired by Douglas effective April 21, and the state interviewing candidates for the Executive Officer position formerly held by Armando Garcia, there is currently a huge question mark on who will head the regulation of boxing in the Golden State, which the busiest state for boxing.
One of the sport’s most highly respected executives, Bob Goodman, has agreed to join Square Ring Promotions as Chief Operating Officer, it was announced today by Chief Executive Officer John S. Wirt. Goodman will be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, N.Y. on June 14, joining his legendary father Murray Goodman as a member. He has been a matchmaker, promoter, publicist and manager over his 50 some odd years in boxing. “We’re very proud to have Bob Goodman on our team,” said Square Ring President Roy Jones, Jr. “He’s a great addition and shows how serious we are about the future of our Company.” Goodman, who will turn 70 on June 8, was the Vice President of Boxing Operations and Public Relations for Don King Productions for many years at his last post. He was also the head at Madison Square Garden Boxing, where they developed many champions, including, James “Buddy” McGirt, Kevin Kelley, “Poison” Junior Jones, Aaron “Superman” Davis, Tom “Boom Boom” Johnson, Tracy Harris Patterson, Lonnie Bradley, Julio Cesar Green and Hector Acero Sanchez. “I’m happy to join Square Ring, headed by such a great champion as Roy,” said Goodman from his home in New Jersey. “This is a great opportunity and challenge for me to do what I love with people I like and respect. I’m excited about being with this young dynamic company and the prospects for the future.”
With more boxing shows scheduled in 2009 than any other promoter in California and Nevada, promoter Roy Englebrecht announced today that he will now place at least one heavyweight bout on every show he promotes. “Boxing promoters need to be proactive and do everything they can to resurrect the heavyweight division for our sport, so I have decided to showcase a heavyweight bout on each and every show that we will promote in 2009,” said Englebrecht. “I want every young heavyweight out there to contact my matchmaker Arnold Berber so that we can start scheduling bouts, and with 20 shows in 2009 we can keep a lot of heavyweight boxers busy.” Englebrecht is the promoter of the highly successful Battle In The Ballroom series at the Irvine Marriott, the Worlds Collide series at Buffalo Bill’s Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, Nevada, and the new boxing series at HP Pavilion in San Jose. All 2009 shows are available at www.battleintheballroom.com. Interested heavyweight boxers or trainers can contact Roy Englebrecht Promotion’s Manager of Fighter Relations and Head Matchmaker Arnold Berber at email@example.com.
By Alex Dombroff
Photos: David Greene
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World heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (52-3, 46 KOs) and David Haye (22-1, 21 KOs) were in NYC Thursday to discuss their June 20 title bout, which sold 30,000 tickets in the first day of sales in Germany. Once again Haye showed up wearing a shirt that depicted him in the middle of the ring holding up Wladamir’s and Vitali’s decapitated heads.
Haye: I came out from the first bell and I throw bombs. That’s exactly what you’re going to get on June 20th. Just look at the way the tickets have sold, 47,000 in under two days. It’s not because people want to come see Wladamir jab all night long, hell no. I’m healthy, I’m happy, and I’m in my prime. This is my time to shine.
Klitschko: To be honest, I love to perform. That’s why I have so many fights. He’s laughing about my jab. Keep laughing. He will get a pizza face from this jab. I will knock him out in the 12th. I hope and I wish it will be the 12th. I will enjoy the press conference. At the press conference after the fight, I will make you eat your words and your t-shirt.
By Lee Bates
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Willy Blain (20-0,3 KOs) has traveled a long distance from Germany to Puerto Rico where he seeks to win the WBO interim title this Saturday. Blain will take on fellow contender unbeaten Lamont Peterson (26-0, 12 KOs). Fightnews caught up with Blain at his hotel in Puerto Rico. Blain commented on whether he needed to be the aggressor to win this fight, adjusting to the time difference from Germany to Puerto Rico, and making his U.S. debut on HBO. (more…)
By Marc Lichtenfeld
Former junior middleweight champion Kassim “The Dream” Ouma wants nothing more than to put the past away and look forward. His fight Friday night against Gabriel Rosado in Newark, New Jersey is a step in that direction. Yet he is constantly asked to revisit his past. By now Ouma’s story is well known. He was abducted at 7 years old by rebels in his native Uganda and forced under threat of death to witness and perform unspeakable acts. While his life hasn’t exactly been a fairy tale since defecting to the United States, he won a world title, put siblings through college, supported numerous family members in Africa and brought his mother and son to America. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Undefeated Eldersburg, MD light heavyweight prospect Mark “TNT” Tucker will face his most experienced opponent in the Friday, April 24 main event contest at the Shipley Arena in Westminster, MD. Tucker (8-0, seven KO’s) will take on veteran Ross “The Boss” Thompson (27-12-2, 17 KO’s) of Buffalo, NY in an eight-round contest. (more…)
By Dave Spencer/John Robbins, FightNews Canada
If former IBF super-bantamweight champion Steve Molitor wishes to make his next Casino Rama appearance a title elimination fight as originally scheduled, a run to the border may be in order. The #3 ranked Molitor who meets #8 Heriberto Ruiz on June 26th has also been penciled in to make an appearance in just over one weeks time on Friday May 1st in Yucatan Mexico according to Spanish language website OEM (Organizacion Editorial Mexicana). So why a six round fight so far from home and so close to an important fight? Simple, per IBF rules, Molitor cannot participate in a title elimination fight coming off a knockout loss. The ‘Canadian Kid’ suffered his first loss last time out in a title unification bout versus WBA champ Celistino Caballero last November where he was stopped in the fourth round. The Mexican border run against a so-far unnamed opponent would presumably fill that loophole for Molitor who is presently training and sparring in his hometown of Toronto. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Top Rank’s big June 13 card at Madison Square Garden on the eve of New York City’s annual Puerto Rican Day Parade, headlined by the welterweight unification showdown between Miguel Cotto and Joshua Clottey, may also have another big star from the island in the ring. The possibility exists that unbeaten WBO jr flyweight world champion Iván Cauldron (32-0, 6 KOs) will defend his crown as well. Filipino Rodel Mayol has been discussed as a possible opponent for the “Iron Boy.”
World heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko will face David Haye in front of an expected 63,000 sell out crowd at the Veltins Arena, the home of FC Schalke, in Germany. Thomas Spiegel, a spokesman for the stadium, told Setanta Sports News that demand had been “amazingly big.” He said: “We’ve sold 50,000 tickets in the first week since the official sale of the tickets began. It’s been quite a success; we’re expecting a sell-out crowd of over 60,000 people in our stadium. We weren’t expecting the tickets to be sold quite so quickly. We knew that Wladimir Klitschko was popular in Germany, despite being a Ukrainian. This fight has created an amazing buzz.” Spiegel revealed that plans were afoot to increase the stadiums capacity to accommodate the thousands of fans wanting a ticket. He added: “Right now there’s a space where usually the pitch is. There are plans to create space for another 6000, 7000 people. There will be more tickets made available. Right now there are no more tickets available because all the tickets we had prepared for the first phase sold. But there will be another allocation available in the next few days. There’s no need to buy them on the black market.”
Helsinki´s Hartwall-Arena will host the first-ever heavyweight title fight on Finnish soil when WBA champion Nikolai Valuev takes on Ruslan Chagaev in an eagerly anticipated rematch on May 30. The Russian Giant (50-1, 34 KOs) is determined to avenge the only loss of his career. “The day has come to settle the score,” Valuev said. “I have been waiting for two years to make amends. Only a victory over Chagaev can put my mind at rest.” To this day, Chagaev is the only person ever to have beaten the Russian Giant, who has won all of his four fights since their meeting in April 2007. “I know everything there is to know about Chagaev,” Valuev said. “This is the fourth time I am actually preparing for a fight with him.” Last summer, Chagaev twice pulled out of scheduled rematches due to injury problems, which prompted the WBA to vacate the title. Valuev defeated John Ruiz in August to become the new WBA heavyweight champion, while Chagaev has been listed as “champion in recess” ever since. “Now is the time to end all this confusion,” Valuev said. “There will only be one WBA heavyweight champion after May 30 – and that will be me.” The local promoter of the event will be Tailor Events in cooperation with Live Nation and Pekka Maki´s P3 Boxing. Ticket sales will start on May 4 through Eventim.
Gearing up for the biggest fight in WEC® history against “The California Kid” Urijah Faber, featherweight champion Mike Brown will provide an exclusive blog for the WEC website, www.wec.tv. Over the next month, Brown will write about his experiences training with the renowned American Top Team in Coconut Creek, FL, as well as life as a professional fighter. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
WBO #13 and IBF #15 junior welterweight Sergey “Professor” Fedchenko defended his IBF intercontinental title in style by dismantling Argentinean guest Diego Jesus Ponce (16-5-2, 2 KOs) in seven easy-fought rounds tonight at “Lokomotiv” Palace of sports in Kharkiv, Ukraine. After a slow start, Fedchenko started to dominate inside the squared ring since the fourth round. In the seventh stanza, Fedchenko suddenly unleashed a brutal combo of left hook – right hook – left uppercut, and Ponce slowly sank down to be counted out by the referee. Fedchenko, one of the most gifted Ukrainian technicians around, is now 23-0, with 11 KOs. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
According to the Championat.ru web portal, Roman Karmazin (38-3-1, 24 KOs) will face Brazilian veteran Luiz Augusto Dos Santos (24-15, 20 KOs) on May 9 in Chimkent, Kazakhstan. This fight will top a huge undercard of a big show, promoted by KZ Event Productions, the newly created Kazakh promotional group led by Shumenov brothers. In the main event, uniquely-fast-rising light heavyweight prospect Beibut Shumenov (7-0, 5 KOs) will take on the former world champion Alejandro Berrio (28-5, 27 KOs) in a scheduled twelve-rounder.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former world champion Félix ‘Tito’ Trinidad and promoter Don King had a meeting in the Hotel Ritz Carlton of Isla Verde, Puerto Rico to try to set up a rematch between Trinidad and Bernard Hopkins. Trinidad, now 36, suffered his first defeat against Hopkins, now 44, in 2001. Sources assure that Don King and Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer are near an agreement for a fight in November. Trinidad needs to train for five or six months.
At the final press conference on Wednesday supporting Friday night’s Don King-promoted fight card (SHOWTIME 11 p.m. ET/PT), St. Louis boxing stars Cory Spinks and Deandre Latimore headed off to Busch Stadium where they received some help from Cardinals mascot “Fredbird” before throwing out ceremonial pitches prior to a night game against the Mets. The former four-time world champion Spinks will take on once-beaten Latimore on Friday for the vacant IBF junior middleweight championship. WBC No. 1-ranked super welterweight Devon Alexander will take on Jesus Rodriguez in the co-feature.
King’s Promotions is proud to announce “Pain on Penn Street” scheduled for May 30 at the Sovereign Performing Arts Center in Reading, PA . In the main event, highly-regarded heavyweight prospect Travis Kauffman (16-0, 13 KOs) will make his first appearance in his hometown since being featured on national television this past December. In his Showtime debut, Kauffman knocked out Malachy Farrell in three rounds. He has since scored two more impressive knockouts, dominating Ken Murphy and Cliff Couser in succession. Kauffman was initially slated to perform on an earlier date but a minor injury pushed back his ring return. (more…)
The principals for Saturday night’s highly anticipated world title fight on SHOWTIME participated in a final press conference on Wednesday at Gallagher’s Steak House in Manhattan. Undefeated Carl “The Cobra” Froch will defend his WBC) super middleweight title against Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor, a former undisputed middleweight titleholder, live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) from the MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Conn. Froch (24-0, 19 KOs), of Nottingham, England, will be making the first defense of the vacant 168-pound crown he gained in his last outing with a unanimous 12-round decision over Jean Pascal on Dec. 6, 2008. Taylor (28-2-1, 17 KOs), of Little Rock, Ark., has had a prolific pro career since winning a bronze medal for the United States in the 2000 Olympic Games. The six-foot-one-inch, 30-year-old Taylor is the only boxer to twice defeat future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins. Senior VP and General Manager of Sports and Event Programming for SHOWTIME, Ken Hershman, Froch and Taylor discussed the upcoming match and fielded questions from the media. (more…)
By Craig Watt
On Sunday former WBA light-heavyweight and WBC interim super-middleweight champion Danny Green (25-3, 22KO’s) returns to the boxing ring after an eighteen month absence following the announcement of his retirement in March 2008. In the promotion entitled, “Unfinished Business” he takes on experienced South African Anthony Van Niekerk (21-6-2, 13KO’s) at the Challenge Stadium in Perth, Western Australia. This is the first fight in the Australian’s planned comeback, targeting former two-time WBA super-middleweight Anthony Mundine in perhaps Australia’s most lucrative fight in history when they plan to face off in front of 40,000 fans at the Subiaco Oval in Perth, early in 2010. Both of Sunday’s matched fighters met at the head to head press conference at the Rendezvous Hotel in Scarborough, Perth Wednesday and faced the media. (more…)
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WBC super middleweight champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch and Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor faced off today in New York City at their final pre fight press conference ahead of their massive world title fight at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut this Saturday night. SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING will televise at 9PM ET/PT. The two fighters finally came face to face after having traded barbs across the Atlantic for the past few months. (More to come.)
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Undefeated champion Juan Manuel Lopez figures to be tested this Saturday night when he takes on the two-time world champion Gerry Penalosa in “Champion vs. Champion” a championship card presented by Top Rank and PR Best Boxing Promotions this Saturday at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. “I welcome the challenge of this great champion and look forward to a great fight this Saturday. He has a lot of experience and has fought at a high level for a long time and it should be a great fight, but one that I expect to win to keep my world title,” said Juan Manuel Lopez, the WBO jr. Featherweight fight. (more…)
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