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Former WBA 168-pound champ Mikkel Kessler participated in a light workout on Monday in Herning, Denmark, just five days before his Super Six World Boxing Classic showdown with 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…
WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation (CABOFE) featherweight champion and WBC highly ranked contender Juan Carlos Burgos (24-0, 17 KOs) will look to successfully defend his title against former three-time world title challenger Ricardo “Piolo” Castillo (38-7-1, 25 KOs). Both parties have signed their contracts and will meet May 28th in Leon Guanajuato, Mexico. Televisa and ESPN Deportes are scheduled to televise the event outside the United States and ESPN Friday Night Fights is said to be airing in the U.S.
Team Sauerland has confirmed that WBC Super-Middleweight Champion Carl Froch will be flown into either North Germany or Denmark with a private jet on Tuesday afternoon. The undefeated 32-year-old missed today´s public work-out in Herning after the Iceland Volcano had KOed his original travel plans. “We are delighted to have things sorted out and bring the Cobra to Herning for his Super Six showdown with Mikkel Kessler,” said Kalle Sauerland. “He will manage to defy one volcano by hiring a private jet, but he will be in trouble when another volcano – the Viking Volcano – erupts in the ring on Saturday night.” (more…)
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
EBU (European) welterweight champion Matthew Hatton (39-4-2, 15 KOs) will fight against former WBA welterweight champion Yuri Nuzhnenko (30-1-1, 14 KOs). In an interview on the Internet-TV RingSide Show, Nuzhnenko’s promoter Vadim Bukhkalov stated “The Matthew Hatton-Yuri Nuzhnenko fight will take place in September in England. The contract for this fight is signed. Soon you’ll learn the date of the fight for TV.”
Promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl and WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer at a press conference earlier today in Hamburg, Germany. Brähmer defends his belt against #8 rated Mariano Nicolas Plotinsky on Saturday in a huge “Universum Champions Night” card at the Hamburg Sporthalle that will also feature female flyweight world champion “Killer Queen” Susi Kentikian and light middleweight star “Golden Jack” Culcay. More to come…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Two-division world champion Edwin Valero put an end to his life at approximately 1:30AM this morning in his jail cell in Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuala. He was to be arraigned at 9AM this morning on homicide charges in the death of his wife Yennifer Carolina less than 24 hours previously at the Intercontinental Hotel in Valencia. According to police, an inmate in an adjacent cell heard noises and alerted police who found Valero hanging. Valero initially still had vital signs but subsequently passed away. An autopsy will be carried out. Fightnews.com has been in contact with the Valero Family and will continue to report developments in this sad story.
Police in Caracas, Venezuela have reported that former boxing champion Edwin Valero has killed himself in his jail cell, just hours after he was arrested for his wife’s murder. Early Monday morning, Valero used his own clothes to hang himself in his cell.
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 and is being co-promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions, Espinoza Boxing Promotions and Zanfer Promotions and is being sponsored by Cerveza Tecate. For more details and photos click here…
By Francisco Salazar
Back by popular demand (and time away from my classroom), another edition of Southern California Fight Scene announces significant fight cards in Southern California and fighters from the area in significant bouts. If you are a big boxing fan, the boxing Gods have answered your prayers. Three boxing shows will be staged on consecutive nights. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Boxing SA has announced that the annual awards function will be held on Friday, April 23 at the St George Hotel near Pretoria. This years awards have been downsized due to cash restraints with awards only in the following categories: prospect, boxer, manager, ring official, fight, promoter and media personality of the year for 2009.
South African fighters had a good 2009 winning ten “world titles” but unfortunately some of them were unable to hold on to the titles for very long. The two stand-out fighters of the year were IBF champions Simphiwe Nongqayi and Moruti Mthalane who could be ranked in the top ten of any organisation. (more…)
Ringside by Rick Scharmberg and Kurt Wolfheimer
Photos: Emily Harney
WBC junior middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez rose in weight – and from the floor – to take Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik’s WBC and WBO middleweight belts with a clear twelve round unanimous decision Saturday night at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (More)
By: Michael Sheffield
Photos: JD Meredith / Memphisboxing.com
A sweltering New Daisy Theater on Beale Street provided the backdrop for ESPN’s Friday Night Fights last Friday. The broadcast included an NABO Lightweight title fight that exceeded expectations and a main event featuring two up and coming heavyweights looking to take their careers to another level in front of a national audience. The undercard featured two former Olympians looking to establish their own young careers. Neither would disappoint against two out-classed opponents. (More)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Wilmer Flores Trosel, CICPC director, has announced that lightweight world champion Edwin Valero admitted guilt in the murder of his wife early this morning in Valencia, Venezuela. According to police, Mrs. Valero had three stab wounds to her neck. The wounds were not deep and police didn’t find a knife or razor in the room. Investigators hypothesize that the crime occurred during a fight at about 4AM. The couple had checked into the hotel at around 11:30PM last night. At about 5:30AM, Valero went down to the hotel lobby and confessed the killing to hotel staffers, who called police. Valero was taken into custody without incident. Prosecutors have moved ahead with murder charges against Valero.
By Jose E. Santiago
With only a little over a weeks notice, Jason Robinson (19-5, 11 KOs) of Chicago, IL entered into the hostile environment of a pro Yahya McClain (25-8-2, 17 KOs) crowd in Duluth, GA to outwork his opponent and score a workmanlike unanimous decision. It was Robinson’s sheer determination, pressure, and execution that forced McClain into holding on the inside looking for ways to survive in the later rounds of the scheduled 10 for the NABF cruiserweight championship. For more details and photos click here…
By Mariano A. Agmi
Photos: Emily Harney
Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (45-2-2, 23 KOs) thrilled spectators and the media at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Saturday, bludgeoning Kelly Pavlik (36-2, 32 KOs) over twelve rounds to win the WBC and WBO middleweight titles. The bout was full of ebbs and flows as the fighters adjusted to one another in an attempt to take control of the fight. “Kelly Pavlik was a greater champion that I believed him to be,” said the modest new champion. “Fighting through a bloody mask like that was impressive – he has a ton of heart.” (more…)
Soon-to-be Hall-of-Famer and longtime matchmaker for Top Rank, Bruce Trampler suffered a minor stroke in Atlantic City, N.J. yesterday. He’s been treated and released, but is scheduled to be admitted to the Cleveland Clinic tomorrow for tests. On behalf of the boxing community, Fightnews sends prayers and wishes Bruce a speedy recovery.
By Garbriel F. Cordero
WBC lightweight champion in recess Edwin Valero was arrested this morning by Carabobo State Police on suspicion of murdering his wife Yennifer Carolina. According to the CICPC (Office of Scientific, Penal and Criminal Investigations) Mrs. Valero died of multiple stab wounds and that Valero is the alleged perpetrator of the act. The incident occurred at a hotel in the city of Valencia. Valero, after being apprehended, was taken to the General Command of the Police of Carabobo.
The relationship between Valero and his wife was troubled and darkened by numerous scandals involving alleged physical abuse, although Mrs. Valero never denounced her husband, nor pressed charges. There were plans for Valero to go to Cuba to undergo rehab for alcohol problems. He has also been seeing a psychologist.
By Jeff Pamungkas
A few days after his disappointing performance and loss from Celestino Caballero on April 10 in Sunrise, Florida, Daud Yordan returned home to Indonesia where the press and boxing community waited for him. This writer met him today in Pontianak City, West Kalimantan, Indonesia, four hours away by speed boat from Kayong Town, where Yordan lives and trains. (more…)
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
One of the most ambitious marketing plans in recent years, the “Tecate Boxing Tour” made its debut today in the San Marcos Fair in Aguascalientes where it will stay to delight boxing fans thru out the biggest and most important fair in Latin America that will end on Sunday, May 9th. The “Tecate Box Tour” is a take on the NFL Experience and All-Star Baseball Experience, where the fans actually get to try show their boxing skills on the speed and heavy bag, go up in a ring and take pictures as well as tryout video games with the newest boxing games in the industry. There is also Sports Bar inside the big tent where fans can watch great fights as well as the live soccer games. (more…)
Unbeaten 21-year-old lightweight Gabor Veto (16-0, 13 KOs) of Hungary won his first title stopping Omari Ramadan (7-5-1, 4 KOs) of Tanzania in round three to win the vacant WBC Youth world lightweight title. The bout took place Saturday night at the ArteCad Arena in Tramelan, Switzerland.
Universum Box-Promotion has placed Saturday’s entire Robert Stieglitz vs. Eduard Gutknecht WBO super middleweight championship war online for the enjoyment of boxing fans worldwide. Click here to see the whole fight…
By Dennis Principe
Filipino super flyweight prospect Drian Francisco scored a 5th round TKO stoppage win over WBC#1 and WBA#2 Ricardo Nunez of Panama Saturday night at the Ynares Sports Center in Pasig City, Philippines. (more…)
Oscar Jesus Pereyra (21-1, 13 KOs) defeated Patricio Antonio Pedrero (21-3-1, 10 KOs) to win the vacant WBA International lightweight title by way of seventh round disqualification. The card took place at the Casino de Rosario, in Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina. Mario Margossian promoted the show. Pereyra was the effective aggressor pressing the counter punching-minded Pedrero who at times would stop and exchange with Pereyra. This would be costly as Pereyra would drop Pedrero in rounds four and six with Pedrero easily beating the count each time. In round seven Pedrero caught Pereya with a combo and the two ended up in a clinch. The referee then went in to separate them. Pedrero, with the referee in between them continued to hit Pereyra with a series of punches. One this punches was an uppercut that sent Pereyra crashing to the canvas and unable to continue. The referee then disqualfied Pedrero. Pedrero was furious and stormed out of the ring.
By Rick Scharmberg and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
WBC jr middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (45-2-2, 23 KOs) moved up in weight to dethrone WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (36-2, 32 KOs) by twelve round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Martinez was sharp and quick, cutting Pavlik over the left eye and outboxing Pavlik over the first four rounds. Pavlik began to connect with right hands in round five and his power advantage began to tell. Pavlik won the middle rounds scoring a flash knockdown against an off balance Martinez in round seven. Martinez turned the fight around in round nine, busting up Pavlik’s right eye and dominated rounds ten and eleven. Pavlik’s face was a bloody mess when the bout ended. Scores were 115-111, 116-111, 115-112. There was a rematch clause in the contract so expect to see Martinez-Pavlik II coming soon. For more details and photos click here…
By Dave Spencer at ringside
Lucian Bute (26-0, 21 KOs) served notice that he considers himself the best there is at 168 pounds Saturday as he put on another sensational performance in front of 13,862 rabid fans at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Bute destroyed Columbian born Edison Miranda (33-5, 29 KOs), knocking out the heavy fisted contender at 1:22 of round three with an uppercut that served as the earliest exit to date for Miranda. “I am the best there is at 168 pounds and I welcome all challengers,” said Bute moments after the fight, referring principally to Bernard Hopkins or anybody who wanted to challenge him for his IBF world title. The win was the 5th defense for the Romanian-born Bute. For more details and photos click here…
Unbeaten 6’6 Olympian cruiserweight Carlos Negrón (9-0, 7 KOs) won by KO 2:40 of the first round against journeyman William Bailey (10-20-2, 5 KOs) on Saturday night at the Coliseo Tomás Dones in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. The bout headlined a PR Best Boxing Promotions show that also featured the highly regarded Arroyo twins. Super flyweight McWilliams Arroyo (2-0, 2 KOs) won by TKO at 2:01 of the third round against Francisco Rosario (4-2, 3 KOs). Super bantamweight McJoe Arroyo (2-0, 1 KO) won a four round unanimous decision over Steve Cannell (3-4-3, 0 KOs). All three judges voted 40-36. For more details and photos click here…
By Karl Freitag
In a highly charged rematch, WBC interim middleweight world champion Sebastian Zbik (29-0, 10 KOs) won a clear twelve round unanimous decision over WBC #2 rated Domenico Spada (30-3, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the Bordelandhalle in Magdeburg, Germany. This time, Zbik was too mobile, too fast and too well schooled for the wild and aggressive Spada. The champion was cut over the left eye and on the bridge of the nose by head clashes in round four (Spada was deducted a point under WBC rules). However, Spada slowed down in the second half of the fight and Zbik dominated down the stretch to win 117-110, 116-111, 116-111. All questions left after the first Zbik-Spada fight were answered tonight.
WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (38-2, 23 KOs) retained his world title with a hard fought twelve round unanimous decision over the previously unbeaten and very game WBO #2 rated Eduard “Eddy” Gutknecht (18-1, 7 KOs). After a rousing start, Stieglitz amped up the pressure and Gutknecht responded, resulting in some excellent exchanges. As the bout progressed, however, the champion’s pressure began to take its toll as Stieglitz forged ahead, although the challenger had his moments. Both were still giving their all in the championship rounds with Stieglitz trying hard for the late KO. In the end, Stieglitz prevailed by scores of 119-108, 117-111, 117-110. Great fight! For more details and photos click here…
By Ricardo Conde
One of the hottest and fastest rising featherweight contenders, Miguel “Mikey” Garcia (21-0, 18 KOs) of Oxnard, CA, trained by his brother former junior lightweight champ Robert Garcia and father Eduardo Garcia, has just been added to Latin Fury 14, which features the return of the “Tijuana Tornado” Antonio Margarito, in Aguascalientes, Mexico. The undefeated Garcia will defend his USBA featherweight title for the first time in 10 round bout on Saturday, May 8th against an opponent yet to be determined and will open up the televised portion of the pay-per-view event. For more details and photos click here…
In a yet another historic event for the boxing world, members of the Boxing Promoters Association met with the four major sanctioning bodies (WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO) today in Atlantic City, NJ, to discuss the current state of boxing and to continue to develop ways to better the sport. The first report is that significant progress for the future of the sport was made during the meeting. There will be more detailed information, including some major announcements made next week. In attendance was BPA President and board member Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing, fellow board member Artie Pelullo of Banner Promotions, Marian Muhammad (IBF), Larry Hazzard Sr. (IBF), Mauricio Sulaiman (WBC), and Francisco Valcarcel (WBO).
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The boxing event planned for May 15 in La Guaira, Venezuela headlined by the WBA lightweight world championship bout between world champ Paulus Moses and interim titlist Miguel “Aguacerito” Acosta looks to be a no-go. Sources report that the card was kayoed by the short time frame and some issues with the National Boxing Commission. Don King Productions had won a WBA purse bid to promote Moses-Acosta. The bout will now be rescheduled.
Golden Boy Promotions partner Bernard Hopkins didn’t discuss his current status with the company during an appearance on ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights,” saying only that he’ll fight anyone from 168 to 175. “If they can put me in retirement, let’s go.” The 45-year-old The Executioner, recently stated that he’s not retiring and he’d consider fighting for another promoter if necessary after Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer publicly urged B-Hop to consider retirement after his bout with Roy Jones Jr.
Undefeated middleweight prospect and hometown favorite Fernando Guerrero earned an impressive second round TKO victory over Chicago’s Michael Walker in the main event of ShoBox: The New Generation Friday night on SHOWTIME from the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury, MD. Fighting in front of a packed hometown crowd, Guerrero (18-0, 15 KOs) displayed the type of energy and power that has made him such a coveted prospect in the stacked middleweight division. The southpaw came out swinging, drilling Walker (19-4, 12 KOs) with repeated shots against the ropes to close out the first round. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Tshepo Mashego from Mpumalanga retained his South African junior middleweight title for the first time when he stopped the inexperienced Johannes Salie of Paarl in the second round at the Witbank Civic Centre on Friday night. (more…)
Undefeated middleweight prospect and hometown favorite Fernando Guerrero (18-0, 15 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Michael Walker (19-4, 12 KOs) on Friday night at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury, Md. The WBO #12 rated Guerrero got the stoppage after a long series of unanswered punches. Time was 1:49. For more details and photos click here…
WBC #14 heavyweight Tony “The Tiger” Thompson (34-2, 22 KOs) scored an impressive fourth round TKO over Owen Beck (29-5, 20 KOs) in a battle of former heavyweight title challengers on Friday night at the Omni New Daisy Theater in Memphis, Tennessee. The 38-year-old Thompson simply battered Beck until Beck’s corner threw in the towel. Time was 2:50.
In a clash of undefeated lightweights, “Hammerin'” Hank Lundy (18-0-1, 10 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Tyrese Hendrix (18-1-1, 7 KOs) in a bout for the vacant NABO title. Lundy dropped Hendrix twice in round one. The first knockdown should have been ruled a double knockdown, but only Lundy got credit. Lundy floored Hendrix again in round six and went on to win by scores of 98-90, 100-88, 99-88.
Unbeaten jr welterweight Lanard Lane (12-0, 7 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over faded 41-year-old veteran John Brown (24-18-2, 11 KOs). Scores were 60-54, 60-54, 60-54. Brown has challenged for IBF world titles four times, but only has one victory in the last nine years.
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