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WBO light heavyweight world champion Jürgen Brähmer (35-2, 28 KOs) defends his title for the second time on Saturday in Hamburg against #8 rated Mariano Nicolas Plotinsky (16-3, 8 KOs). The run up to this fight has been unusual for both fighters. Plotinsky arrived three days late because of the Icelandic volcano. Brähmer’s car caught fire and burnt up on Wednesday. “It was no big deal,” explained Brähmer. “I had gone back to Schwerin to get still some clothes and my mouthpiece for Saturday. Suddenly there was a weird smell so I stopped and immediately extinguished the flames. When the fire department arrived, everything was already over. My clothes smelled like smoke, but otherwise nothing happened. My girlfriend picked me up. In the evening we went back to the hotel in Hamburg. At least now I know what I’ll do after my career. I’ll be a fireman. Everyone praised me and told me what I did was exemplary. I should given a few autographs.” For more details and photos click here…
“I’m a difficult math problem that no one can solve,” Floyd Mayweather, Jr. said today on a national teleconference. “The ultimate goal is how to solve the problem.” Calling himself the greatest fighter of all time, Mayweather said the task is beyond “Sugar” Shane Mosley, whom he will face May 1 in Las Vegas. “Shane done some things in this sport, but this fight is about enhancing my legacy, about proving I’m the best.”
Mayweather and manager Leonard Ellerbe also talked about not fighting for the WBA welterweight title. “At this level it’s not about belts,” said Ellerbe. “It’s about improving legacy and it’s about money. A title fight never entered the picture.” Stay tuned for a full report.
Mikkel Kessler did a little road work this afternoon outside Herning, Denmark with physical trainer Thomas Macon just two days before his Super Six World Boxing Classic showdown against WBC super middleweight champ Carl Froch on Saturday, April 24 on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m., ET/PT, same-day coverage) from MCH Arena, in Herning, Denmark. For more details and photos click here…
Veteran matchmaker John Beninati has joined TKO Boxing Promotions, it was announced today, by Chris Middendorf, it’s Director of Boxing Operations. Beninati, most recently with Gary Shaw Productions, will assume matchmaking duties for the fast rising Las Vegas based promotional outfit. Said Middendorf about the addition of Beninati to the TKO Boxing team, “There are promoters who sign fighters like Dan Snyder and the Redskins sign football players; they want the great record, maybe the high ranking, so that they can plug them into a fight and get lucky. What we are doing is signing the best talent in the US and the world and as they develop, building our company around them. In order to do that right, you have to have the best matchmaking.” (more…)
WBC featherweight champion Elio “The Kid” Rojas (22-1, 13 KOs) has called out his WBA counterpart, undefeated Yuriorkis Gamboa (18-0, 15 KOs), demanding a world championship unification match. “I see where people have said Gamboa may face Celestino Caballero, but Gamboa himself said he wasn’t impressed with Caballero’s last fight,” Rojas said. “My response to that is I am a world champion and so is Gamboa. Why don’t we fight in a world title unification? I am ready to make this fight happen if Gamboa is ready. It has always been one of my goals to become a unified champion.” (more…)
Unbeaten bantamweight Abner Mares (20-0, 13 KOs) is preparing in the Coachella Valley with trainer Joel Diaz for the biggest fight of his life against IBF champion Yonnhy Perez (20-0, 14 KOs) on May 22 at the Staples Center in the semi-main event to the Israel Vazquez vs. Rafael Marquez card billed as “Once and Four All.” Mares stated “I’m very familiar with Perez; we fought as amateurs, I beat him twice and he beat me once. But this is for the world title. This is when it really counts. I need that title to accomplish my goals. No disrespect to Yonnhy, but I’m getting that belt on May 22nd.”
Joel Julio is focused and feels he has had the best training camp of his career. With a fight that many critics feel is a must win match just two days away, Julio is displaying a level of maturity, confidence and physical conditioning never seen before. Julio, (35-3, 31 KOs), is facing Alfredo Angulo, (17-1, 14 KOs), in a 12 round WBO interim junior middleweight championship this Saturday, on the undercard of the Cristobal Arreola vs. Tomasz Adamek heavyweight fight, on HBO’s Boxing After Dark. (more…)
The June 26 PPV clash between undefeated super welterweight contender and son of the legend Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (40-0-1, 30 KOs) and Ireland’s John Duddy (29-1, 18 KOs) will be officially announced on Monday. The event, billed as “Latin Fury 15: La Furia de México.” will take place at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Also seeing action will be five-time world champion Marco Antonio Barrera (68-7, 43 KOs), three-time world champion Jorge Arce (53-6-1, 40 KOs) and Salvador Sanchez III (19-3-2, 9 KOs).
Photos by Emily Harney
A press conference was held yesterday by TKO Boxing Promotions in Hartford, CT to announce further details of their action packed “Hometown Heroes to World Champions” card set for Saturday, May 22nd at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT.
Among those featured at the press conference was hard hitting, featherweight sensation, Matt “The Sharp Shooter” Remillard of Manchester, CT who will be defending his NABF Featherweight Title against Carlos “EL Rayo” Rivera.y . . . Click here for more
Promoter Frank Warren has won undisclosed damages and costs as well as a formal apology from boxer Ricky Hatton following an interview Hatton did with Sun Journalist Matt Bendoris in November 2009. In the interview, Hatton, promoted by Warren between 1997 and 2005 stated that: “Promoters I had boxed for had ripped me off, not paid me what I was worth, misled me and not protected my interests.” Together with paying Warren undisclosed damages and costs Hatton has issued the following apology: (more…)
The four entrants not fighting this weekend have weighed in with predictions for this weekend’s Super Six World Boxing Classic Group Stage 2 matchup between undefeated WBC Super Middleweight Champion Carl Froch (26-0, 20 KOs) and Mikkel Kessler (42-2, 32 KOs). Andre Ward, Andre Dirrell, and Arthur Abraham predict a victory for the hometown fighter, Kessler while Allan Green sees the win going to Froch. The fight will air this Saturday, April 24, from the sold-out MCH Arena, in Herning, Denmark, on SHOWTIME® at 9 p.m. ET/PT (same-day coverage).
Entering the second of three Group Stage 2 matches in the Super Six World Boxing Classic on SHOWTIME, hometown fighters are 4-0 in the tournament. Froch, who is in a three-way tie for second place with two points, can overtake Abraham for the top spot on the tournament scoreboard with a “W”. Kessler, who has zero points, is desperate for a win and to keep his chances alive in the tournament. (more…)
Story by Felipe Leon
After 27 professional fights in which heavyweight Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (28-1, 25KO) had his hand raised, he found himself in a bad dream when he came up short in his challenge of Vitali Klitschko late last year for the WBC title and thus falling short in his bid to become the first heavyweight champion of Mexican descent, a fact that contributed to his much publicized tear-filled reaction after the bout . . . Click here for more
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
To say that the upcoming bout between Jose Aldo and Urijah Faber is a clash of the titans is an understatement. If the WEC featherweight title and the title of best featherweight in the world weren’t enough, Aldo and Faber anchor the WEC’s first foray into the pay-per-view market.
In other words, this is a pretty big deal . . . Click here for more
By Ricardo Conde
In what was the biggest bout of his career, Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (45-2-2, 24 KOs) of Argentina, dismantled reigning and defending middleweight champion, Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik (36-2, 32 KOs) of Youngstown, OH, this past Saturday at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ over 12 rounds to win via unanimous decision. The newly crowned WBC/WBO middleweight champion took time out of his busy schedule to sit down and talk to us about his fight with Pavlik, who he’d like to face in the near future and more. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Promoters Tuto Zabala Jr. and Rafael Mendoza have enlisted noted boxing attorney Tony Gonzalez to enforce their exclusive promotional agreement with unbeaten welterweight Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, whom they signed on September 18, 2008. On January 22, 2010, Alvarez subsequently signed a promotional agreement with Golden Boy Promotions in Guadalajara, Mexico. Alvarez is slated to make his Golden Boy debut on the May 1 Mayweather-Mosley PPV against Jose Miguel Cotto.
Zabala and Mendoza have thus far been unsuccessful in working out a co-promotional arrangement with Golden Boy, and now are looking to exercise and exhaust any and all legal remedies available to them. Gonzalez has already requested that Golden Boy cease and desist from any conduct which violates his clients’ promotional rights and informed GBP that any promotional pact they have with Alvarez constitutes tortious interference which will be met with aggressive legal action if it continues. Stay tuned.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Cuban WBA featherweight world champion Yuriorkis “The Ciclon of Guantanamo” Gamboa is currently in Panama to attend Thursday night’s clash between Panamanian WBA interim flyweight world champion Luis “Nica” Concepcion and Mexican challenger and WBC former world champion Eric Ortiz at the Roberto Duran Arena. While in town, Gamboa visited the Pedro “Rockero” Alcazar Gym in Curundu and gave boxing equipment to that gym and to another one in Barraza. Panamanian boxing fans are hoping for a Gamboa clash with WBA super bantamweight world champion Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero. Gamboa said he wasn’t impressed with Caballero’s last fight, but doesn’t rule out fighting him in the near future.
By Craig Watt
A big Australian boxing card has been announced for June 2nd at the Entertainment Centre in Wollongong, New South Wales with many of the countries top boxers appearing on the same card, televised live on Fox Sports. The main event sees IBF #7 and WBO #10 ranked Middleweight Daniel Geale (22-1, 13 KOs) from Tasmania take on Australian Contender finalist Kariz Kariuki (21-8-2, 18 KOs) over twelve rounds for the IBF Pan Pacific title with the main supporting bout being IBF #6 ranked featherweight Billy “The Kid” Dib (26-1, 14 KOs) taking on Ivan Hernandez (26-4-1, 16 KOs) from Mexico for the vacant IBF Pan-Pacific title over twelve rounds. (more…)
Enrique Ornelas 171.6 vs. Julius Fogle 166.4
Deon Elam 193.2 vs. Andre Hemphill 192.8
Khabir Suleymanov 118 vs. Benji Garcia 117
Juan Sandoval 130.8 vs. Luis Martinez 130.8
Hiromitsu Miura 174.2 vs. Nathan Bedwell 170.6
David Aleman 147.8 vs. Clint Coronel 147.2
Roberto Reyes 148.4 vs. Azamat Umarzoda 149
Venue: Club Nokia, Los Angeles, CA
Promoter: Golden Boy
WBO super featherweight champion Román ‘Rocky’ Martínez (23-0-1, 14 KOs) of Puerto Rico will be making the second defense of his world title against Gonzalo Munguía (17-6-3, 13 KOs) of Nicaragua May 29th. The bout will take place at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. PR Best Boxing (Iván and Peter Rivera) in association with All Star Boxing’s Félix ‘Tutico’ Zabala will promote the event. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former IBF, WBA, WBC 140 pound champion Kostya Tszyu (31-2, 25 KOs) will be inducted into the Australian Boxing Hall-Of-Fame at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne, Victoria on October 9. Tszyu captured the world amateur junior welterweight title in Sydney, Australia and would launch his professional career under the guidance of Bill Mordey and trainer Johnny Lewis in 1992. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
IBF #9, WBA #15 super middleweight Les Sherrington (25-5, 16 KOs) will clash with American journeyman Rubin Williams (29-8-1, 16 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Gold Coast Convention Centre in Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia on April 29. Sherrington defeated former world rated Shannan Taylor in five rounds in his best win of 2009. Williams lost his last ring outing to Mark Tucker via ten round decision in 2009. (more…)
Ten bouts with great Puerto Rican prospects will see action this Saturday at the Angel ‘Cholo’ Espada Coliseum in Salinas. The event, organized by Promociones Miguel Cotto and H2 Entertainment, will be headlined by Wilfredo Bones, who has a perfect record of eight wins, no defeats with all eight wins by knockout. “I’m an intelligent fighter, I have a lot of strength and agility, as well as good moves,” said the 24 years old boxer, when asked about what attributes he considered would give him the victory over Francisco Rodriguez, whom he’ll face in the featherweight division. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA has rescheduled the purse bid for the following title fights: Anthony Mundine vs Gennady Golovkin, Daiki Kameda vs Takefumi Sakata and Beibut Shumenov vs Vyacheslav Uzelkov. The bidding will take place at noon next Monday at Wynn Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The bidding will be directed by Gilberto Jesus Mendoza and Jose Oliver Gomez.
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’s guests are Floyd Mayweather’s right hand man Leonard Ellerbe and former featherweight champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero. 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 9PM ET.
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
Eric Lucas and Librado Andrade met up outside the Bell Centre in Montreal in advance of game four of the NHL playoff action featuring the Montreal Canadians and the Washington Capitals. The two boxers will be colliding down river in Quebec City, May 28th a bout that will mark Andrade’s fifth trip to the province.
By Mariano A. Agmi
Luis Collazo’s manager and trainer Nirmal Lorick contacted Fightnews on Wednesday with an exclusive update regarding a scheduled June 5 bout between WBC #2 ranked Luis Collazo (30-4, 15 KOs) and #3 ranked Selcuk Aydin (19-0, 15 KOs). “The fight was supposed to take place last year after the WBC let Andre Berto defend his title against Juan Urango,” stated Lorick. “We spent months waiting around for the Berto rematch while the purse bid kept getting rescheduled. While the WBC allowed Berto to fight Carlos Quintana, we were ordered to participate in a purse bid for a Silver version of the title against Selcuk Aydin.” (more…)
An opponent has been confirmed for former WBC light heavyweight champion Montell Griffin’s quest for his 50th victory on May 29 at the “Venue” in the Horseshoe Casino, in Hammond, Indiana. Griffin (49-8, 30 KOs) will face former jr middleweight world title challenger Ross “The Boss” Thompson (27-14-2, 14 KOs). Also comebacking former bantamweight and featherweight contender John Lewus (23-4, 19 KOs) will have his second fight in 2010 after a 12 year hiatus. Further bouts include middleweight Henry Coyle (10-2, 9 KOs), welterweight Achour Esho (7-0, 5 KOs), cruiserweight Terry Martin (4-0, 4 KOs), middleweight Mike Kurzeja (3-0, 3 KOs), super middleweight Ninos Abraham (4-0, 1 KO) and light welterweight Russell Fiore (3-0, 3 KOs). Rafael Murphy, son of former cruiserweight contender Kenny Murphy and nephew of former IBF Cruiserweight Champion Leroy Murphy, will make his professional debut. Tickets start at $10.
Preview by Brady Crytzer
In the WEC’s first venture into the world of PPV it presents its most meaningful and intriguing fight ever as world featherweight champion Jose Aldo defends his title for the first time against seasoned veteran Urijah Faber. With the proverbial pound for pound deck being reshuffled over recent weeks, this fight stands out as the biggest so far in MMA’s emerging 2010 as the winner catapults into the top five. The 23 year old Aldo has proven to be unstoppable so far, and “The California Kid,” still in his prime, wants his belt back. While pundits have struggled with predictions, one prognostication is guaranteed . . . buckle up, and don’t blink . . . Click here for more
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Marquez Boxing Promotions, headed by Juan Manuel Marquez and his brother Rafael Marquez, have announced a new boxing series that will kick-off on May 8 at the Hilton Hotel in Mexico City. On hand at a press conference today were WBC President Jose Sulaiman, Pipino Cuevas, Carlos Zarate, Daniel Zaragoza, Victor Rabanales, Isaac “Tortas” Bustos and Edgar Sosa. The main event of the debut show will feature Adrián Hernández vs Guadalupe “Lobito” Martínez for the NABF flyweight championship. Marquez Boxing Promotions has plans to present three events in 2010. More photos…
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australian based Nigerian welterweight Oywale Omotoso (16-0, 14 KOs) will be in action on May 14 over ten rounds against former world WBF junior middleweight champion Kiatchai Singwancha (29-7, 19 KOs) at the Knox Netball Center in Ferntree Gully, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Omotoso scored the best win of his career when he stopped former world ranked American Emannuel Augustus in nine rounds in 2009. Augustus had defeated world rated Courtnet Burton in 2008 but lost to boxing’s best pound-for-pound boxer Floyd Mayweather in nine rounds back in 2000. (more…)
By Ricardo Conde
WBA #9 and highly talented super featherweight contender Argenis Mendez (15-1, 9 KOs) of the Dominican Republic, trained by former junior lightweight champion, Robert Garcia in Oxnard, CA, will take on Martin “El Brochas” Honorio (28-4-1, 14 KOs) of Mexico on Saturday, May 8 in the co-feature bout of “The Weight is Over” which will be headlined by Paul “The Punisher” Williams (38-1, 27 KOs) who is taking on Kermit “The Killer” Cintron (32-2-1, 28 KOs), at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. For more details and photos click here…
In addition to their award winning boxing coverage, tonight SHOWTIME SPORTS presents “Inside NASCAR” giving fans of America’s No. 1 spectator sport weekly highlights and analysis every Wednesday at 10PM ET/PT on SHOWTIME. (more…)
By Ricardo Conde
Three-time world champion Israel “El Magnifico” Vazquez (44-4, 32 KOs) of Mexico will step back into the ring against two-division world champion, Rafael Marquez (38-5, 34 KOs) of Mexico on Saturday, May 22nd at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA. Considered widely by many to be perhaps the greatest boxing trilogy of all time, these two great Mexican warriors will meet again for a fourth time on “Once and Four All” in a 12 round bout in the featherweight division, which will be shown live on SHOWTIME. For more details and photos click here…
WBC Super-Middleweight Champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch finally arrived in Denmark on Wednesday afternoon to take on Danish national hero Mikkel Kessler in their eagerly-anticipated Super Six World Boxing Classic second-round meeting this Saturday. Froch´s delayed arrival – he was unable to fly in yesterday due to “private reasons” – has seen a whole country wondering about the real reasons for the hold-up. Whatever the delay was about, the Cobra arrived in style on Wednesday, flying into Flensburg Airport with a private jet that also carried his model girlfriend Rachael Cordingley and trainer Robert McCracken. Not only was his arrival covered live by Danish TV as well as the country’s leading webpages – Team Sauerland had also arranged for Danish racing legend John Nielsen to pick Froch up. “I am here to knock Mikkel Kessler out,” the Cobra said when leaving the jet. “He has never been in the ring with someone like me.” (more…)
Unbeaten WBO light flyweight world Champion Ivan ‘Iron Boy’ Calderon pose in front of Madison Square Garden before the official press conference to announce the upcoming Top Rank Live! show on the eve of the Puerto Rican parade Saturday, June 12 in The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Calderon will be defending his title against Jesus ‘Azul’ Iribe, Culiacan, Mexico in the main event. Top Rank is promoting Top Rank Live! event which will be broadcast on FSN and Fox Sports Espanol. Click here for more photos…
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