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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican three-time world champion Erik “Terrible” Morales conducted a public training session on Wednesday at the Otomi Ceremonial Center in Temoaya, Mexico State. He’s been focusing for more than two months on training for his upcoming bout against Argentinian Marcos “Chino” Maidana on April 9th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Morales hopes to become the first Mexican fighter to win four world titles in different divisions from super bantamweight, featherweight and super featherweight, he now has his sights on the WBA super lightweight interim world title. Erik is in good physical and mental shape which is very obviously important for this big fight. “It’s a great fight and I’m going to give my best because it’s all or nothing. Maida is young and strong, I will use all my experience with intelligence and strategy,” said Morales. Click here for more photos…
By Jose E. Santiago
Last week Cedric “The Boz” Boswell took one step closer in his quest to obtaining a world heavyweight title. In a ten round one sided unanimous decision Boswell picked apart former heavyweight champ Oliver McCall in Hollywood, Fla. Fightnews caught up with Boswell to discuss what the immediate future holds for the current NABA and WBC Latino champion. For more details and photos click here…
Javier Maciel 156.2 vs. Dmitry Pirog 159.2
(WBO Middleweight title)
Venue: DIVS, Ekaterinburg, Russia
TV: TyC Sports/ESPN3
Promoter: German Titov Boxing Promotion) / GT & KP Promotion
Tim “Pitbull” Coleman was about to do what he’s not supposed to do.
At a conference to announce his upcoming elimination bout against once-beaten Victor Cayo on April 29 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Coleman (18-1-1, 5 KOs) made his intentions clear: when handed the mic, he was going to openly look past Cayo and call out current IBF Super Lightweight Champion Zab Judah, the man he would potentially face next.
The mood at the conference was light and the narrative was clearly supposed to be that both young fighters were honored by the right to face such a great champion as Judah. Explaining that while he does respect his accomplishments, he is personally not a fan of Judah’s, Coleman was going to upset the apple cart by taunting a reigning world champion while he was supposed to be talking about his fight with Cayo. (more…)
Photos: Eroll Popova
Alexander Dimitrenko 253 vs Albert Sosnowski 224.5
European heavyweight championship
Susi Kentikian 111.5 vs Ana Arrazola 111.7
(WIBF flyweight championship)
Rachim Tschachkijew 200 vs Alex Mogylewski 200.75
Marcel Meyerdiercks 125.6 vs Andre Kostin 125.8
Venue: Universum Gym, Hamburg, Germany
Promoter: SES Boxing, Universum
Tonight super bantamweight Efrain Esquivias is battling veteran Jhon Alberto Molina for the vacant WBA Fedelatin title in the main event of Thompson Boxing Promotions “Path to Glory” event. Last week it had been announced by Thompson Boxing that Esquivias would face two-time Tajikstan Olympian Sherali Dostiev (8-0-1, 2 KOs) but on Monday it was publicized that Dostiev “was pulled from the fight by manager Craig Engler for unknown reasons.”
Longtime boxing promoter/manager/cutman Craig Engler responded to FightNews: “I had a couple of conversations two to three weeks ago with Alex Camponovo (VP of Operations at Thompson Boxing). My kid is signed with Don King so after the first conversation I called Dana Jamison (VP at Don King Productions) to inform her about the offer but Alex called back before she returned my call saying they weren’t interested now in fighting Dostiev. We never had a contract. It would have been a good win for my kid but how can I ‘pull out’ of a fight that was never made in the first place? Dostiev would fight Esquivias anytime, anywhere!”
Story by Gerardo Martinez
Photos by Jose Leon Castillo
Randy “Savage” Arrellin gets somewhat melancholic when asked about how he’s not only salvaged his career, but will now be fighting for his first title . . . Click here for more
Preview by Anthony Springer Jr.
It’s that time again. The UFC rolls into Seattle’s Key Arena this Saturday for Ultimate Fight Night 24. With a main and co-main event that both promise fireworks in the light heavyweight and welterweight division respectively, fans are in for a treat. With that said, let’s take a look at the two marquee matchups. (more…)
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Baltimore Ravens safety and former Notre Dame captain Tommy Zbikowski, Chicago wishes undefeated WBA/IBF featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa, Miami, Florida good luck during media day in Atlantic City Thursday. Gamboa gets set to battle challenger Jorge Solis, Guadalajara, Mexico on Saturday, March 26, at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Zbikowski will also take on Caleb Grummet in a special attraction heavyweight bout. Highlights from Zbikowski’s fight will be shown during the telecast. Gamboa vs Solis is promoted by Top Rank, in association with Arena Box and Caesars Atlantic City and will be televised on HBO’s Boxing After Dark.
Osamanu Adama 160 vs Marcus Upshaw 157
(USBA, IBO I/C middleweight title)
Angel Hernandez 154 vs Joey Hernandez 154
(Vacant USBO I/C jr. middleweight title)
Lanardo Tyner 147 vs Adrian Granados 148
Antonio Canas 140 vs Andrew Hartley 145
Eric Estrada 131 vs James Lester 130
Mike Jimenez 167 vs Cameron Allen 165
Brooke Dierdorff 132.5 vs Ashleigh Curry 133
Venue: Hanging Garden Banquets, River Grove, Illinois
Promoter: CFC Promotions LLC
Some of the most exciting boxers today reside in the sport’s lighter weight divisions and Saturday in the Adrian Phillips Ballroom at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, four of them will take center stage and battle for titles in “Featherweight Fury!” Yuriorkis Gamboa will defend his WBA and IBF titles against interim WBA super featherweight champion Jorge Solis, plus undefeated NABF/NABO champion Matt ‘Sharp Shooter’ Remillard meets #1-ranked Mikey Garcia in the HBO TV opener. Yesterday Gamboa spoke to the media. (more…)
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Photo: Pepe Rodriguez
Mexican boxing promoter Salvador Briman is in negotiations for the WBC light flyweight championship between Gilberto “Baby” Keb Bass and Adrian “El Confesor” Hernandez, and soon he will disclose the date and place for the bout. Briman, representative of Adrian Hernandez, is a passionate promoter of boxing and said; “El Confesor” beat Keb Baas in the past and he should repeat it this time again. We are aware that the champion is motivated, has taken his second wind and he’s dangerous, but Adrian is working in the gym with great determination.”
Salvador added that the battle against Keb Baas is in negotiations with the promoter Pepe Gomez from Cancun and there are only details to be agreed, and at any time they will announce the date and place. It could be in Merida Yucatan or Mexico City.
Unbeaten welterweight Javontae “Tae” Starks (4-0, 4 KOs) has signed with Prize Fight Promotions and will make his Prize Fight debut on May 14 in Little Rock, AR.
According to ESPN, 42-year-old ring legend Roy Jones Jr. will take a very dangerous fight against WBO #1 cruiserweight Denis Lebedev (21-1, 16 KOs) on May 22 in Lebedev’s native Russia. Official announcement to come.
Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna returns April 2 at Bally’s Atlantic City.
Former world champion Luis Collazo will take on Franklin Gonzalez in an eight round bout on April 13 at Oceana Ballroom in Brooklyn, NY. Dmitriy Salita meets Jermaine White in the main event.
Antonio Escalante 130 vs. Alejandro Perez 130
Clint Coronel 150.5 vs. Carlos Musquez 149.5
Manuel Avila 121 vs. Frank Gutierrez 120
Trevor McCumby 183 vs. Nathan Ortiz 182
Guy Robb 131 vs. Manuel Morales 136
Roman Morales 123 vs. Danny Pantoja 125
Venue: Sports Center, Fairfield, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
Weights & photo by Chris Cozzone
From the Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool Deck in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights card promoted by Warrior Boxing:
Erislandy Lara 153 vs. Carlos Molina 152
Yudel Jhnoson 153 vs. Richard Gutiérrez 156
Rances Barthemly 131 vs. James Hope 139
Hylon Williams Jr. 135 vs. Jorge Cordero 136
Yunier Dorticos 199 vs. Jose Luis Herrera 202
Puro Pairol 136 vs. Frankie Rey Martinez 138
Hiromitsu Miura 174 vs. Todd Manuel 173
Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer Promotions
Flyweight Hernan “Tyson” Marquez of the northern Mexican State of Sonora finished up his six week training camp in the boxing hotbed of Los Mochis, MX, in preparation of his April 2nd challenge of Luis “Nica” Concepcion (22-1, 17 KOs) for the WBA flyweight title in Panama. The 22-year-old Marquez (29-2, 22 KOs) will spar for twelve rounds today, Thursday, and depart to Panama tomorrow with his trainer Manuel Montiel where he will hope to take advantage of seven days acclimating himself to the weather and time change of Panama. (more…)
The 24th WBO Annual Convention, to be held in Puerto Rico in 2011, is scheduled from October 24th to 29th it was announced today by WBO President, Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel. The traditional WBO Convention, started in 1988, will take place on that date, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel located in Isla Verde, Carolina. 2010 WBO Convention was held at the Hotel Caribe in the city of Cartagena, Colombia. This year, PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) headed by brothers Ivan and Peter Rivera will present a world title show during the convention. As always, the presence of some of the WBO champions, former champions, other boxers, famous trainers, managers, promoters, officials, and other political, social and cultural personalities will be on hand.
The World Boxing Council has granted world champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam of Thailand, the authorization to make a voluntary defense having as a deadline May 30, the same liberty that was granted to Edgar Sosa, of Mexico, to make a voluntary defense of his WBC International title. However, the free negotiation period will start on June 1st and a purse offer would be conducted on July 1st if no agreement is reached. Continental Federations ABCO and NABF have already been advised as well as the representatives to the aforementioned fighters.
Marco “Captain” will defend his WBO cruiserweight title against Ran Nakash on April 2. After Giacobbe Fragomeni pulled out due to a cut injury from sparring, Huck (31-1, 23 KOs) will now make his sixth defense against the unbeaten challenger from Israel (25-0, 18 KOs). “I don’t care about the late change,” Huck said. “It will not exactly be a walk in the park, but as the world champion, I will find a way to deal with it. I will be prepared for Nakash and I will defeat him just like I defeat anybody who wants to take the belt away from me.”
Huck is currently putting the finishing touches on his preparation at Team Sauerland’s training camp base in the solitude of Kienbaum, Germany. “It has been exhausting, but it has been worth it,” Huck said. “I will not disappoint my fans at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle. But I am prepared for a tough night.”
Nakash has yet to taste defeat as a professional boxer. “He is a tough and very skilled guy,” Sauerland sports director Hagen Doering said. “He has been in full training as he was preparing for a fight. It will be an interesting match-up.”
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo: Tim Barry
Former world welterweight and middleweight challenger Shannan Taylor (50-9-3, 36 KOs) will be in action over twelve rounds on Saturday against Tim Kanofski (11-4) at the Croation Club in Punchbowl, Sydney, NSW, Australia with IBF Pan Pacific championship up for grabs. Taylor holds KO wins over several former world champions including former WBA lightweight champion Livingstone Bramble who he blasted out in round one and former IBF junior welterweight champion Jake “The Snake” Rodriguez who went out in three rounds. Taylor was turned back in a WBC welterweight title bout against Shane Mosley in six rounds in 2001 and dropped a twelve round decision to Arthur Abraham in an IBF middleweight title bout in 2006. Kanofski dropped a decision to former WBA middleweight challenger Jamie Pittman in his most recent ring outing. Australian heavyweight contender Michael Kirby (8-3-1, 5 KOs) will slug it out with Royce Sio (1-1, 1 KO) over four rounds. Promoter: Rod Van Akker.
WBO world ranked Javier Maciel (18-1, 12 KOs) of Argentina and his team have arrived in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Maciel will challenge WBO middleweight champion Dmitry Pirog (17-0, 14 KOs) of Russia this Saturday in Ekaterinburg.
Jorge “Coloradito” Solis is a world champion in his own right, but on Saturday night he will not only be a challenger but also the underdog to undefeated Cuban sensation Yuriorkis Gamboa who will put up his WBA and IBF featherweight world championship against the tough Mexican in the main event of “Featherweight Fury” to take place at the Adrian Phillips Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City and to be televised by HBO on “Boxing After Dark.”
“I am not selling myself short. I took this fight because I truly believe I can win it and that’s what I am here to do: win it,” said Solis, today in Atlantic City. Solis is the WBA Interim Super Featherweight champion and has lost only twice in his professional career, one to Manny Pacquiao and another one to former IBF Featherweight champion Cristobal Cruz in a title fight so close, that some people felt that Solis had won it. (more…)
Photo: Thompson Boxing
Efrain Esquivias 120.5 vs Jhon Albert Molina 121.5
Artemio Reyes 144.5 vs Marcus Thompkins 143.5
Richard Contreras vs Alfredo Birto 119
Miguel Diaz 114 vs Daniel Modad 113.5
Ignacio Garcia 143 vs Jose Antonio Vargas 141
Sergio Nuñez 132.5 vs Gerald Fischer 134.5
WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation light welterweight champion Jose “El Nino” Reynoso Jose Reynoso (14-3-1, 2 KOs) of Riverside returns to the ring April 29th against Estaban Almaraz (10-4, 3 KOs) of Texas. The bout is scheduled for 8 rounds and near the 140 pound weight limit. Site of the fight will be the Double Tree Hotel in Ontario, California. Reynoso fights out of the Capital Punishment Boxing Club based in Riverside and owned by his managers Charlie Perez and Ruben Castanon. Reynoso has opened eyes beating solid competion in his last 3 bouts where the opposition had a combined record of (53-6-3). Almaraz upset former world champion Nestor Garza (41-5, 33 KOs) of Mexico in his last bout.
Photos: Sergio Shibuya
The final press conference and official weigh-in for tomorrow night’s “International Boxing Challenge pro-am boxing show, featuring the Interim WBC Latino Super Middleweight title fight between unbeaten Michael “The Brazilian Rocky” Oliveira (13-0, 11 KOs) and undefeated Argentinean prospect Abel Nicolas “El Princdipito” Andriel (10-0, 2 KOs), was held this morning in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The 10-round main event between Oliveira and Adriel, which is believed to be the first battle of undefeated boxers from archrivals Brazil and Argentina, will be streamed free starting at 9 PM/ET by going to www.MichaelOliveira.com.
Michael Oliveira 167.5 vs Abel Nicolas Adriel 163.5
(WBC interim Latino super middleweight title)
Douglas Ataibe 155.5 vs. Valdevan Pereira 158.25
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Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Undefeated WBA & IBF featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa and challenger Jorge Solis pose overlooking the famed Atlantic City Boardwalk as they get set to do battle on Saturday, March 26, at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. This championship main event, Gamboa vs. Solis is promoted by Top Rank, in association with Arena Box and Caesars Atlantic City and will be televised on HBO’s Boxing After Dark. Click here for more photos…
Photo: Ricardo Rodriguez-Rivera
On Wednesday afternoon, 2008 Puerto Rican Olympian Jose Pedraza arrived in New York City. And while he prepares to fight as a professional for just the second time, Pedraza is well on his way to arriving at boxing superstardom. Pedraza (1-0, 1 KO) headlines Broadway Boxing from the BB King Blues Club in Times Square on March 29, against Springfield, OR native Corben page (1-1).
“I’m very excited for this opportunity to fight internationally for the first time,” said Pedraza upon arriving at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport. “The camp has been going great and I’m working on a few new things to show the fans in New York.” (more…)
By Bill Green
Airtight Boxing presents “Knocked Out Cold” at Red and Jerry’s in Sheridan, Colorado on March 26th. In the main event, welterweight Manuel Perez (15-6, 3 KOs) squares off with Randy Arrellin (8-3, 4 KOs) for the vacant WBC Latino Jr title. Perez is best known for earning a draw with reigning WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios.
The co-main event belongs to popular Colorada-based lighweight Robert “Red Hot” Frankel (27-10, 4 KOs). Frankel looks to rebound from a tough majority decision loss to former WBC lightweight champ David Diaz. Frankel will face Adam Limon in an eight round lightweight contest. (more…)
A bill to regulate mixed martial arts recently passed through the West Virginia Legislature, making the state the 45th in the U.S. to approve the rapidly-growing sport. Today, officials at the Ultimate Fighting Championship® expressed their gratitude to local lawmakers who helped clear the way for mixed martial arts in “The Mountain State.” (more…)
Fan favorite Efrain Esquivias (12-0, 8 KOs) is set to make his main event debut, as well as fight for the vacant WBA Fedelatin super bantamweight title, when he takes on 46-fight veteran and two time world title challenger John Alberto Molina (28-15-3, 19 KOs) this Friday as Thompson Boxing Promotions returns to the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California with another installment of the popular “Path to Glory” series . . . Click here for more
Sauerland Event has found a quick replacement opponent for WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck. “Kapt’n Huck” will now face unbeaten Ran Nakash (25-0, 18 KOs) in April 2 in Halle/Westfalen, Germany. Nakash steps in for Giacobbe Fragomeni, who had to pull out with a cut. Nakash is rated by both the WBC and WBA.
Promoter Frank Maloney is planning a clash between close pals Rendall Munroe and Jason Booth this summer, providing Booth is successful in his European super bantamweight fight against Kiko Martinez in Madrid on April 15. Munroe returns to action an eight rounder against Chris Riley at Rainton Meadows Arena, Houghton-le-Spring on Saturday April 9 – his first fight since losing on points to WBC 122lb champion Toshiaki Nishioka in October. Provided the Leicester binman beats Riley he expects to become official challenger for the European crown he once held.
Maloney explained, “It is a fight that Jason and Rendall have been reluctant to talk about let alone contemplate. They except that business is business and there is now a real possibility that will have to face each other in the near future. Rendall wants to win back his old crown and Jason will not want to relinquish once he beats Martinez.”
Unbeaten lightweight John Murray (30-0, 18 KOs) is hoping a solid win on April 2 propels him towards a shot at long-term WBC champion Humberto Soto or WBA/WBO champion Juan Manuel Marquez. Murray is currently ranked #2 with the WBC, and is also inside the top 15 with the IBF and WBO. A KO victory against Karim El Ouazghari (11-1, 4 KOs) at Bethnal Green’s York Hall in Murray’s first fight for promoter Frank Warren would move that goal closer.
“I’d love a world title shot this year,” said current European champion Murray. “I’m not worried about facing any of the champions out there. Soto’s got a great record but if I want to win a world title then I’m going to have to beat the best. I’ve worked very hard for my rating with the WBC, and I want to get in a position where I can force a fight as mandatory challenger. It’s great that the world governing bodies are beginning to recognise my talent because I’ve always believed in myself. Now other people are sitting up and taking notice too. I really believe that I am ready for anyone in the world right now, including Juan Manuel Marquez.”
Despite coming off a knockout loss in his last fight against Carlos Condit, welterweight contender Dan Hardy didn’t hesitate to accept a bout with feared striker Anthony “Rumble” Johnson that takes place this Saturday night in Seattle . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
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By Robert Coster
Growing up in the remote town of Egrim, Siberia, junior lightweight Evgeny Gradovich (9-0,6 KOs) dreamed of becoming a sports star. His first choice was soccer but he was rejected by the local soccer school. Well, soccer’s loss turned out to be boxing’s gain as the unbeaten 24-year-old is starting to make a name for himself. His last fight was an impressive shutout ten round decision over tough Francisco Reyes (8-1) in Tacoma, Washington last Saturday. (more…)
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