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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”
A clash between former light heavyweight title challenger Aleksy Kuziemski (18-1, 4 KOs) and unbeaten hot prospect Igor Michalkin (11-0, 7 KOs) has been added to the big May 22 “Universum Champions Night” card in Rostock featuring the WBA heavyweight title eliminator between former champ Ruslan Chagaev (25-1-1, 17 KOs) and Kali Meehan (35-3, 29 KOs), plus the first world title defense of WBC super featherweight champion Vitali Tajbert. “I’m very excited at this high-class fight,” said Universum VP Dietmar Poszwa said of the Kuziemski-Michalkin clash. “It’s a battle between old and young. Aleksy absolutely must win. It’s his last chance to fight again for a world title. Igor is very, very hungry and would like to get his first world title shot.”
By Peter Lim
Tiffany Junot (7-2-1, 5 KOs), and Kita Watkins (5-5-1, 1 KO), will fight an eight-round bout for the vacant Texas junior welterweight title on April 29th at the Houston Club in downtown Houston. Junot had previously defeated Watkins via four-round unanimous decision in 2006. The fight will be staged by Savarese Boxing Promotions. The undercards will feature a parade of local fighters including welterweight Gerardo “Tin Tin” Ibarra (7-0, 6 KOs), heavyweight Justin Jones, (7-0, 4 KOs), cruiserweight Willie Edwards (7-1, 2 KOs), heavyweight Skip Scott (6-1, 4 KOs), junior welterweight Jose Leonardo Cruz (13-4-3, 9 KOs), and heavyweight Mark Blankenship (0-2).
By Robert Coster
At age 20, unbeaten bantamweight Chris Avalos (16-0, 13 KOs) is already getting plenty of TV exposure: he has boxed three times on ESPN, been on SHOBOX and has just finished appearing in a non-televised bout on the undercard of the Adamek-Arreola bout on Saturday, winning the NABO title (his first belt) by stopping much more experienced John Alberto Molina in just two rounds. For more details and photos click here…
By Ron Jackson
South Africa’s Thomas Oosthuizen (13-0, 10 KOs) was most impressive in scoring an eighth round knockout over the rugged Saul Roman (34-7, 13 KOs) from Mexico at the Emperors Palace Casino in Kempton Park on Tuesday night. The southpaw Oosthuizen (76kg) dominated the fight from the first bell as he jolted Roman’s head back with stiff right and left combinations through the first four rounds. Despite absorbing some tremendous punishment Roman (76.20kg) never looked in trouble and even came back to possibly shade the fifth round when he stopped the South African in his tracks with a big overhand right. However, Oosthuizen once again took control in the sixth and seventh rounds before landing a big shot to the side of the head that sent the Mexican flat on his back where he was counted out by referee Thabo Spampool at 35 seconds into round eight. The judges were Alfred Buqwana, Neville Hotz and Tony Nyangiwe. (more…)
JM Cotto (31-1-1, 23 KOs) landed in Las Vegas, Nevada today and without a second to lose rushed to the gym to train for his next super fight taking place this Saturday, May 1st against Saúl Alvarez (31-0, 23 KOs). “José is in a great condition, and is ready to battle Alvarez. We had a great camp in Puerto Rico and Tampa and now we are very confident on having a big win on Saturday night,” said trainer Joe Santiago. Click here for more photos…
By George M. Phillips
Professional Boxing made its return to Northeast Ohio Saturday night as Warner Promotions presented “The Jimmy Bivins Classic”. Warner Promotions, in only their second show, placed Ohio back in the boxing radar with a show that left the fans cheering for more. In the main event, Cleveland’s Yuandale Evans improved to 7-0 (4 KOs) with a first round knockout over Ray Hernandez 6-8 (6 KOs). This was the young professional’s first fight in his hometown since turning pro. (more…)
Photos: Three-time world champ Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (25-1-1, 17 KOs) and opponent, former South American champ Roberto Arrieta (35-15-4, 16 KOs) (right) treated an intimate crowd to a few rounds of shadow-boxing today at the Tropicana in Las Vegas. On Friday, Guerrero and Arrieta will headline the return of Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate” at the Tropicana, with a ten-round lightweight bout. It will also be Guerrero’s debut at lightweight.
Sometimes in the middle of a mixed martial arts bout, a good old fashioned fight breaks out. On April 24, 2010 at ARCO Arena in Sacramento, Calif., that is exactly what happened. For three spectacular rounds, featherweights Leonard Garcia and “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung traded explosive punches, dynamic spinning backfists, and amazing kicks. Coined the “Fight of the Decade” by commentator Joe Rogan, the Garcia-Jung clash became an instant classic. (more…)
Photo: Kicking off Fight Week for this weekend’s “Mayweather vs. Mosley: Who R U Picking?” mega-fight, both, “Sugar” Shane Mosley and Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Jr. made their grand arrivals today at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. A packed crowd awaited the fighters in the MGM’s lobby.
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Undefeated No. 1 contender, son of the legend Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and chief trainer Freddie Roach pose during a press conference at the Millennium Biltmore Tuesday to announce their upcoming big fight against Ireland’s John Duddy on “Latin Fury 15″, which will be televised on Top Rank Pay-Per-View, Saturday, June 26 from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
“A trainer like Freddie Roach can take me to the next level,” said Chavez. “I know how tough he is but I will do what he says. With a great training camp I will be able to take on Duddy – who I think is a very good fighter – and win.” Roach added, “Junior has ability and he has a lot to learn. I will see what we have when he gets into the ring at the Wild Card. We are taking on a tough one in Duddy.” Duddy responded, “On June 26 it will be me and Chavez Jr inside the ring. Just the two of us. Freddie Roach will be outside the ropes.” Duddy said he will train in New York City until May 15, then head for a training camp in the Pocono mountains. Click here for more photos…
WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco “Captain” Huck (28-1, 21 KOs) will have revenge on his mind when he defends his title against Brian “The Beast” Minto (34-3, 21 KOs) in Oldenburg on Saturday night. Back in 2006, Minto spoiled the ring comeback of popular German heavyweight Axel Schulz, stopping the former world title contender in the sixth round. “I will avenge Schulz´ loss and make Minto pay,” Huck said. “He has no idea what it means to be inside the ring with me. He is in for a decent beating.”
The American challenger was expected to arrive in Oldenburg on Monday. However, his flight was cancelled, which postponed his arrival until 10:55 on Tuesday morning. Minto did not show much during today´s public training session. “I am very sorry, but I am very tired,” he said. “It will be different on Saturday. I will be well-rested and in top shape. I have done everything to leave the ring as the winner.” His manager Pat Nelson was equally optimistic. “One should not underestimate Brian,” he said. “He pulled off a major surprise against Schulz and he will pull off another upset on Saturday night.” (more…)
By Damrong Simakajornboon
WBA #2 minimum Kwanthai Chornor Pattalung (29-0-1, 16 KOs) successfully kept his PABA 105 title as he won a technical decision over PABA #9 Ricky Manufoe (reportedly 6-4-1) on Tuesday at Bungkayong Stadium in Vientiane, Laos. The source reported that Thai fighter mostly controlled the show and gained the score at least seven rounds with his effective body shots. An accidental headbutt in round nine rendered the champion unable to continue so the fight was sent to the scorecards in which two Thai judges favored 89-83, 89-82 for the champion while the Indonesian judge saw 86-86. For more details and photos click here…
By Alexey Sukachev
Highly regarded Russian middleweight Dmitry Pirog (16-0, 13 KOs) continued his way up in the ranks with the sixth-round TKO of Estonian Sergey Melis (15-2, 6 KOs) in the only televised bout, which lasted longer than one round on Tuesday at the Yubileyniy Palace of Sports in St. Petersburg, Russia.
WBO #2, WBC #10, WBA #11 and IBF #14 160lber Pirog did little to showcase his true power. Working more like a sparring session was on, Dmitry tried to test his defensive skills against a sturdy yet limited opponent. Pirog bobbed and weaved in the center of the ring to frustrate Melis and landed his trademark left hooks and left-right uppercuts at will. The Estonian, however, proved tougher-than-expected type of opponent frequently landing big left hooks over Pirog’s raised gloves and even connecting with some telling uppercuts of his own. The Russian fighter preferred a steady and smart pressure, slowly increasing his punch output as the rounds passed by. In round six, he finally decided enough was enough and went right at Melis. He dropped him with a liver shot and soon finished him off at 2:42 with the same shot. Pirog is now WBC Baltic middleweight champion.
WBC #20 and former WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli (32-4, 25 KOs) brilliantly proved that he had some more serious fight potential in him (despite the severe crtiticism and harsh, opposite opinions) by disposing of WBC #17 Russian Alexander Kotlobay (18-2-1, 12 KOs) in the first round of a scheduled twelve for a vacant EBU cruiserweight title. Macca looked as great as during his best years. He promptly checked Kotlobay’s belly before setting some huge right hands. One of them put Kotlobay down hard in the midst of the second minute of the stanza. Kotlobay got up on shaky legs and was soon pinned to the ropes where Enzo Maccarinelli unleashed a wild fury of punches. The end came at 2:15 of the first after a major uppercut by the Welshman, which almost tore Kotlobay’s head off. A huge comeback for thought-to-be-faded Maccarinelli, who can fight Alexander Frenkel later this year. (more…)
“The future of the super middleweight division is very bright, especially here in the U.S.,” says Andre Dirrell, who trails Arthur Abraham in the Super Six World Boxing Classic™ standings with two points. “European fighters have controlled the division recently, but all that has changed with what has happened in the Super Six. There are a lot of young, talented American fighters coming up the ranks who can make some noise in the division.”
Those talented 168-pound fighters will be on display come Friday night as unbeaten Marcus “Too Much” Johnson (18-0, 14 KOs) battles Derek “The Black Lion” Edwards (25-0, 13 KOs) in a 10-round main event live on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME ® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). The exciting tripleheader being billed “The Next Generation of Super Middleweights” will take place at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago with Don “Da Bomb” George (19-0-1, 17 KOs) facing Osumanu Adama (14-1, 10 KOs) in a 10-round co-feature tilt and Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (14-0, 10 KOs) tangling with Kevin Engel (17-2, 14 KOs) in an eight-round affair to open the telecast. (more…)
The fighters are in town and everything is ready to go for the “Boxeo TELEMUNDO” show of this Friday, April 30 at the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming in Miami, FL. In the main event WBO Latin champion, William “Chirizo” Gonzalez of Managua, Nicaragua will face Jose Luis “Tapitas” Araiza of Tecate, BC, Mexico in a bout scheduled for 12 rounds with Gonzalez’ WBO Latin bantamweight title at stake. Gonzalez is ranked #8 WBA, #8 WB0 and #11 WBC, is 28-years-old and brings a record of (24-3, 20 KOs). Araiza on the other hand is the former WBA FEECENTRO champion, currently ranked #15 WBO, is 31-years-old and brings an excellent record of (31-1, 22 KOs). The winner of this bout between ranked contenders will propel to a world title opportunity. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
Sad news has come this morning from Germany where in one of the local hospitals Vladimir Ivanovich Povetkin, the father of the top Russian heavyweight and Athens Olympics super heavyweight gold medalist Alexander Povetkin and a prominent coach himself, has tragically passed away after a long and courageous battle with the severe blood disorder. Vladimir Povetkin will be buried at Northern Graveyard in his hometown of Kursk, Russia, on May 1. Fightnews sends its sincerest condolences to Alexander Povetkin, his brother Vladimir (former pro boxer), their families and Team Povetkin.
Keith Holmes (41-5, 25 KOs) will get his hands full on May 29 at the DC Armory in Washington D.C., as Titanium Promotions has confirmed that the former WBC World champion will take on former IBF World champion Kassim “The Dream” Ouma (26-7-1, 16 KOs). The two will clash for the vacant UBO International Middleweight championship as co-feature to the Demarcus Corley vs. Jermain White UBO World Light Welterweight title fight.
European Heavyweight Champion Audley Harrison underwent surgery on Saturday April 24th in Manchester at the BMI Alexandra Hospital. Orthopedic Surgeon, Professor Lennard Funk, completed a revision of a pectoralis major musculotendinous tear and application of Platelet Rich Plasma. Professor Lennard Funk commented: “Audley will be in a sling for 3 weeks. I would expect him to be back to full training 8 weeks after rehabilitation if all goes well and full recovery in about 12-16 weeks.”
Audley sustained the injury during his epic come from behind knockout victory of Michael Sprott on April 9th to secure the European Heavyweight Title. (more…)
By Andrey Bazdrev, Vladimir Begun Jr. and Alexey Sukachev
Video by Andrey Bazdrev
A huge tournament billed “Gladiators of the Ring” and arranged by Jab Promotions will be held tonight at “Yubileyniy” Palace of Sports in the biggest Russian city (second-to-Moscow) of Saint Petersburg. Three twelve-round title fights, including a major showdown between Enzo Maccarinelli and Alexander Kotlobay for a vacant European cruiserweight title are scheduled to compile an exciting triple header of the event while one more ten-rounder for another belt will probably take its place during the evening as well. Nine bouts as total are pre-planned, and the weigh-in for them was carried out yesterday at “Warsaw Express” mall. For more details and photos click here…
Ireland’s John Duddy arrives in Los Angeles with his manager Craig Hamilton Monday night for a Tuesday press conference to announce his upcoming big fight against undefeated No. 1 contender, son of the legend Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Chavez Jr. vs Duddy “Latin Fury 15,” will be televised on Top Rank Pay-Per-View on June 26 from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Sources indicate that Brazilian Fighter Adailton De Jesus (26-4 21 KOs) could be the opponent of former triple world champion Marco Antonio Barrera on the big June 26 PPV card at the Alamodome in San Antonio, headlined by Julio Cesar Chávez Jr against Ireland’s John Duddy. Barrera has already spent two weeks in preparation for his comeback fight prior to this week’s press tour. De Jesus was a strong prospect in the featherweight division, who is now campaigning at lightweight.
By Drew Amendola at ringside
Photos: Scott Foster
This past Saturday, the Hollywood Casino in Bay St. Louis on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast took another major step toward revitalizing the local boxing scene that was significantly damaged by Hurricane Katrina and a sluggish economy. The attendance was excellent and the crowd was enthusiastic as heavyweight Fred Kassi (15-2, 8 KOs) was upset by late substitute Kendrick Releford (22-13-2, 10 KOs). (More)
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