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Preview by Brady Crytzer
Their first meeting was one of the most controversial of 2009. After five brutal rounds it appeared as though the challenger had done enough to best the unbeaten champion. The judges didn’t agree. In an unusual circumstance, the fallen challenger Mauricio “Shogun” Rua was granted an immediate rematch against UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida. Saturday night’s main event will feature two warriors seeking different types of respect. For the challenger, it’s vindication. For the champion, redemption. Let’s take a look at a rematch of one of last year’s best as Machida takes on “Shogun” at UFC 113 . . . Click here for more
Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia equaled the strength record of the San Marcos Fair today. Garcia took four swings at the Tecate Test Your Strength Game, swinging a sledge hammer in front of hundreds of fans. After registering scores of 96, 97 and 99, “The Amazing” Garcia wound up for the record breaker, scoring the year’s first-ever 100. What followed was even more incredible. The game literally had a seizure — shimmying and shaking before the screen went black. “The game gave the fair goers a preview of what my man Roberto Garcia will be doing to Antonio Margarito on Saturday,” stated Eric Brown, who trains Garcia with Freddie Roach. Click here for more photos.
In what turned out to be a very huge event, three-time world champion Antonio “Tony” Margarito was welcome by hundreds of fans for his public workout today in Aguascalientes. The “Tijuana Tornado” trained for 40 minutes under the hot sun in the “Tecate Box Tour” ring before signing autographs and taking pictures with fans or over an hour.
“I can really feel the support of the fans here in Aguascalientes. And I have promised them a great fight. I can’t wait to get into the ring Saturday night,” said Margarito, after the workout in the site of the San Marcos Fair. Click here for more photos plus a full report
In his weekly “Hook to the Liver” column published in El Universal, WBC President Jose Sulaiman commented on the decision of Floyd Mayweather and Shane Mosley to not fight for Mosley’s WBA title to avoid paying the sanctioning fees.
“…it was for me a humiliation and a threat to all world boxing institutions, which are who open the doors to all boxers from their very beginning, bringing them into the world ratings, to give boxers the opportunities to win world titles that lead them to fame and glory,” said Sulaiman. “They enjoy it for a while to fall next into the paws of the giant TV corporations and some promoters, once that boxers have become the top of the cream, taking away the merits and kicking in the behinds of the world sanctioning bodies, once they don’t need them any more, while those organizations continue working, through the good and the bad, to bring more boxers to the top, to see again the same lesson be repeated once and again. (more…)
One day before America watches fireworks to celebrate their independence, the biggest heavyweight title fight ever will go off in Las Vegas as Ultimate Fighting Championship® heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar returns to defend his heavyweight championship against interim title holder Shane Carwin at UFC® 116: LESNAR vs CARWIN, live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, July 3. (more…)
Don King Productions has warned an MMA promoter to cease and desist promoting former world champion Ricardo Mayorga to avoid legal action. DKP says they have a valid promotional contract granting the right of exclusive representation of Mayorga and any outside dealings with the three-time world champion constitute tortious interference. Mayorga is planning to make his MMA debut this month.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian boxing trainer Bobby Mayne has published a boxing manual titled “The Art of Boxing,” which has been endorsed by none other than the trainer of Manny Pacquiao – Freddie Roach. ” I like the title of this training manual because it is an accurate description of the sport of boxing,” said Roach. “This comprehensive training manual is a valuable teaching aid for boxers from novices to top level professionals because it covers different aspects of the training from the important fundamentals of the sport, how to apply these skills correctly in sparring and competition, and to implement a training program to included fitness and conditioning which is vital for a boxer preparing for a bout. The manual will also prove to be valuable reference tool for coaching boxers.” For more information, click here.
ESPN2 will televise the May 28 clash between comebacking former world champion Éric Lucas (39-7-3, 15 KOs) and Librado Andrade (28-3, 21 KOs) at the Pepsi Colisee in Quebec City. “When we decided for Eric Lucas to fight in Quebec City, one of our objectives was to bring in an American network to cover the bout. We contacted ESPN, with whom we have worked with in the past, and they accepted our invitation. They were very impressed with how beautiful Quebec City is during their site survey last week” mentioned promoter Jean Bedard. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
The IBF Super Middleweight Elimination bout between #2 contender Jesse Brinkley (35-5, 22 KOs) and #4 rated Sakio Bika (28-3-2, 19 KOs) will not take place on May 28th in Quebec. InterBox received a letter from the IBF early Tuesday morning stating that Brinkley was not able to train for the last few weeks due to what seems to be a bad flu, and has only been cleared recently by his doctor to commence training.
The announcement fuels speculation that one or the other, Brinkley or Bika, will become the opponent for Lucian Bute when the IBF super-middleweight champion returns home to Romania to fight later this summer in July. Bute who is without an opponent for his homecoming is expected by many to fight both fighters instead of waiting for the elimination fight to be rescheduled. Bute has already posted a win over Sakio Bika in an IBF title elimination fight in 2007, and while the Australian based boxer has rattled off six straight wins since that time, isn’t thought of to be a big draw if the two squared off again in Quebec. Interbox had hoped the Romanian fight for Bute would appeal to HBO and Bika is on most people’s top-ten list at 168 pounds.
Texas toughman Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia has been working with Freddie Roach and Eric Brown, is in his final days of training before his Saturday night rumble with three-time world welterweight champion Antonio Margarito. Margarito will be making his 2010 debut during Cinco de Mayo weekend, in a 10-round super welterweight rumble against Garcia, headlining Latin Fury 14. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions and Tecate, the four-bout Latin Fury 14 will be broadcast Live on Pay-Per-View this Saturday beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, from Aguascalientes, Mexico, which will be celebrating the San Marcos Fair.
“This is a big fight which is why I left my home in Texas to work with Freddie Roach at the Wild Card in Hollywood, California,'” said Garcia. “I had six great weeks of hard training and unbelievable sparring. Freddie had me in the ring with Angulo and other great fighters. I am ready to get it on in the big bullring in Aguascalientes and play matador to Margarito.” (more…)
WBC middleweight champion champion Sergio Martinez is presented with his new world championship green belt by WBC president Jose Sulaiman in Mexico City. Martinez seized the title on April 17 dethroning long time champion Kelly Pavlik in Atlantic City.
On May 14th, Star Boxing returns to the Paradise Theater in the Bronx, when it presents its tenth installment of the popular “Punchin at the Paradise” fight series. The show is being co-promoted with Golden Boy Promotions and will be broadcast live on TeleFutura’s, “Solo Boxeo Tecate”. The evening will feature Adrien “The Problem” Broner (14-0, 11 KOs), Mike “The Artist” Perez (7-0, 3 KOs) and Yathomas Riley (8-0, 6 KOs) in separate bouts. Tickets are $100, $50 and $30. Call 718-823-2000.
Veteran heavyweight Maurice “Sugar Moe” Harris, winner of the “2002 Thunderbox Heavyweight Tournament,” has rededicated himself to boxing with a new promoter, Boxing 360, as well as a new head trainer, former world title contender William “Bo” James, now in his corner. Harris (23-14-2, 10 KOs), fighting out of New Jersey, has already fought three times in 2010, one less than his total during the previous six years, which included a stretch when he was inactive for 2 ½ years. Winning all three of his 2010 fights by decision, Harris defeated Billy Zumbrun and 7-footer Julius Long in 6-rounders, followed last month by Robert Hawkins in 8 rounds. (more…)
One week before his May 28 showdown with Rob Calloway, former WBO heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (49-5-1, 43 KOs) will look to notch his 50th career victory on May 21 against Dominique “Diamond” Alexander (19-8-1, 9 KOs) at the Capitale Ballroom in New York City. The event will be the first promoted by Empire Sports and Entertainment. The co-feature will be the pro debut of light heavyweight “Irish Seanie” Monaghan, a Golden Gloves champion. Also scheduled are undefeated lightweight Michael “Baby Face” Faragon (10-0, 4 KOs), undefeated super middleweight Badou Jack (4-0, 3 KOs) and welterweight Hastings “Sting” Bwalya (2-0, 2 KOs) in separate bouts. Tickets are $50, $150 and $200. Call 212.810.6193.
By Chris Perry
Following their debut show in Hampton Roads last month, promoter Jack Fulton’s International Championship Boxing Knockout Series returns to the Norfolk Scope Area in Norfolk, Virginia on May 28 with a double main event featuring former WBO Heavyweight Champion Shannon Briggs and light heavyweight Daniel Judah. “We’re excited to be back,” said Fulton at the May 3 press conference held at the Scope arena’s Showcase restaurant to announce the event. “Boxing has a home right here in Norfolk and ICB is proud to be the company that is bringing it to you.” More plus photos…
Today in Aguascalientes. Antonio “Tony” Margarito and his opponent Roberto “Amenaza” Garcia shared the air waves during the highest rated radio in the city, Info Linea with Jose Luis Morales. Click here for a full report and more photos.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
With the news of cruiserweight Steve Cunningham’s recent signing with Sauerland Event, negotiations are moving quickly in a showdown with Contender winner Troy Ross for the vacant IBF cruiserweight title. A proposed purse-bid set for this Thursday will likely be averted as a date of June 5th in Germany has been put forth and will likely be accepted by Group Yvon Michel, promoter for Ross. “We’re awaiting the proposal in writing, but if all is in order, I see it being accepted,” Michel told Fightnews. “Talks went really well and they were very professional.” The IBF had ordered the Cunningham-Ross fight when things fell through on Cunningham meeting Matt Godfrey earlier this year.
Story by David Hudson Jr.
Matt Mitrione looks to go 2-0 against former fellow UFC The Ultimate Fighter contestants when he faces former Internet sensation Kimbo Slice at UFC 113.
Mitrione knocked out Marcus Jones at TUF finale in December 2009 to earn his first official professional MMA victory. Now, he looks to take out the well-known Slice . . Click here for more
By Ricardo Conde
Talented super featherweight contender Argenis Mendez (15-1, 9 KO’s) of the Dominican Republic, under the watchful eye of former junior lightweight champ, Robert Garcia in Oxnard, CA, will take on Martin “El Brochas” Honorio (28-4-1, 14 KOs’) of Mexico on Saturday May 8th in the co-feature bout of “The Weight is Over” which will be headlined by Paul “The Punisher” Williams (38-1, 27 KO’s) taking on Kermit “The Killer” Cintron (32-2-1, 28 KO’s) at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA, Williams vs. Cintron will be televised by HBO World Championship Boxing. The 23-year-old Mendez will face Honorio in a 12 round bout in the super featherweight division which is being presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions, in association with DiBella Entertainment. Click here for a full report and more photos.
Top Rank matchmaker Bruce Trampler (right) watches his prospect Jose Benavidez, Jr. (red) sparring with Ireland’s Jaime Kavanaugh at The Wild Card Gym in preparation for his bout Saturday in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Benavidez will meet Arnaldo Pacheco from Guerrero, Mexico on the undercard of the Margarito vs. Garcia card.
By Ron Jackson
Jerry Nekhubve of South Africa upset the form book when he stopped Ali Nuumbembe from Namibia in the second round to win the WBO Africa welterweight title at the Windhoek Country Club last Friday night. After a quiet opening round the challenger Nekhubve 11-1-1 picked up the
pace in the second round and scored with a classic uppercut that sent Nuumbembe 23-5-1 crashing to the canvas. Nuumbembe managed to beat the count but was in no condition to continue as the referee Hiskia Shigweda waved the fight off. (more…)
By Robert Coster
French lightweight prospect Romain Jacob (9-0, 5 KOs) stands out in a way that sets him apart from his peers. The 21-year-old is heir to the closest thing to boxing royalty in France – a boxing family that dates back to grandfather Jacques, a bantamweight in the 50s and 60s. Romain’s four uncles won French and European titles and father Thierry gloriously won the WBC featherweight title in 1992, beating Daniel Zaragoza in the family’s hometown of Calais. Now it is up to young Romain to be the torchbearer and continue the family saga. (more…)
Story by Anthony Springer, Jr.
It’s not unreasonable to think people are expecting a finish every time you step in the Octagon when your nickname is “Hands of Stone.”
With a moniker that screams “knockout artist,” Sam Stout (21-5) isn’t concerned about the lack of exciting finishes on his UFC resume. Prior to his 2006 debut, Stout, 26, recorded six stoppages in ten fights . . . Click here for more
Former welterweight and super welterweight world champion Paul Williams (38-1, 27 KOs) and former welterweight world champion Kermit Cintron (32-2-1-, 28 KOs) spoke to the media today in advance of their showdown on Saturday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. Here’s what they had to say. (more…)
Former WBO heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (48-5-1, 42 KOs) returns to the ring May 28th. Briggs will take on veteran Rob Calloway (70-11-2, 57 KOs) in the main event at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia. This will be the second event in two months held by the newly established International Championship Boxing series (ICB)/promoter Jack Fulton at the Scope. Briggs is fresh off of a 1st round KO of Rafael Pedro in April. For ticket information, call the Scope Box Office at 757-664-6464.
ESPN’s award-winning primetime newsmagazine E:60 will tell the unusual story of world champion Yuri Foreman in the episode airing Tuesday at 7PM ET. It’s an old story, kind of. A penniless immigrant finds his way to America, wins fame and fortune in the boxing ring and marries a model. But as E:60’s Jeremy Schaap reports, this is a story with a twist. Foreman isn’t the typical immigrant boxer. He’s a Belarusian Jew and is studying to be an orthodox rabbi. After Foreman won the WBA super welterweight title last November, dethroning the heavily favored defending champion Daniel Santos, he said his faith, as much as his fists, was the determining factor. (more…)
Former two-time world cruiserweight champion Jean-Marc Mormeck of France puts his climb up the heavyweight ranks on the line against veteran USBA and NABA heavyweight champion Fres Oquendo. The bout is being promoted by Mormeck’s J3M Management in association with Roy Jones, Jr.’s Square Ring Promotions on Thursday, May 6 in the Halle Carpentier Arena in Paris and will be televised over the Orange Network in France. The 37 year old Mormeck 34-3 (22 KOs), will be making his second appearance at heavyweight, having won a unanimous decision over tough American Vinny Maddalone on December 17, 2009. (more…)
WBA interim super lightweight champion Marcos Maidana pulled out of his fight against undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley today. The public news conference scheduled for Tuesday at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif. is canceled. Gary Shaw, who co-promotes Bradley with Thompson Boxing Promotions, received a call from Eric Gomez, Vice President/Matchmaker of Golden Boy Promotions, Maidana’s co-promoter, moments ago informing him that Maidana was pulling out of the fight. “Eric told me Maidana missed his flight to the U.S. and later in the same conversation told me Maidana’s back was still injured and that he would not be fighting Timmy on July 17,” said Shaw. “Obviously Maidana’s back was not getting any better and a call to us last week from Team Maidana would have been the professional thing to do. But HBO and Agua Caliente are standing behind Timmy and his July 17 date, and I expect to announce Timmy’s new opponent soon.”
Antonio Margarito arrived in Aguascalientes on Sunday night for his big fight this Saturday in the Plaza de Toros Monumental in Aguascalientes where he will take on Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia in the main event of Latin Fury 14 to be telecast by Top Rank on pay-per-view. (more…)
Fight fans in Iowa City were treated to a display of four of boxing’s finest prospects on Saturday night, May 1st, as TKO Boxing Promotions presented bouts featuring Mikael Zewski, Terence Crawford, J’Leon Love and Michael Finney at the Johnson County 4-H Fairgrounds. (more…)
By Ricardo Conde
With only days away until his return to the ring, former three-time welterweight world champion, Antonio “Tijuana Tornado” Margarito (37-6, 27 KO’s) of Tijuana, Mexico, trained by former junior lightweight champion, Robert Garcia, has completed his preparations in Oxnard, CA and departed on Sunday for Mexico. Click here for a full report and more photos.
The World Championships Committee of the World Boxing Association (WBA) conducted three purse bids on Monday afternoon at the Wynn Resort & Casino in Las Vegas for the following title fights: Anthony Mundine vs Gennady Golovkin, Daiki Kameda vs Takefumi Sakata and Beibut Shumenov vs Vyacheslav Uzelkov. The purse bids were directed by WBA executives, Gilberto Jesus Mendoza and Jose Oliver Gomez.
The first purse bid was for the WBA Middleweight title, between Anthony Mundine (AUS) and Gennady Golovkin (KAZ). Epic Sport Management in association with Top rank won the bid with an offer of $1,210,000 dollars. Per WBA rules, the champion will receive 50% of the purse and the challenger 50%. The minimum purse bid was set at $200,000. Epic Sport Management and Top Rank announced the fight will happen in the month of July.
The second purse bid was for the WBA Flyweight title, between Daiki Kameda (JAP) and Takefumi Sakata (JAP). Kyoei Boxing won the bid with an offer of $315,000 dollars. Per WBA rules, the champion will receive 75% of the purse and the challenger 25%. The minimum purse bid was set at $80,000. Per Kyoei, the fight will happen on July 24, July 25 or July 31.
The third purse bid was for the WBA Light Heavyweight title, between Beibut Shumenov (KAZ) and Vyacheslav Uzelkov (UKR). K2 Promotions and KZ Events reached an agreement. Per WBA rules, the champion will receive 75% of the purse and the challenger 25%. The minimum purse bid was set at $200,000.
By Chris Cozzone
What was already a solid local card, set for this Friday at Isleta Casino & Resort in Albuquerque, has just gotten two televised bouts better. Danny Romero’s Romero Productions has teamed up with Golden Boy Promotions to make Isleta the site for this Friday’s ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” card. The card, originally set for El Paso’s Don Haskins Center, was nixed after local attraction Antonio Escalante pulled out of his fight due to an injury.
Friday’s TV spotlight falls on Cuban light-heavyweight Yordanis Despaigne (5-0, 4 KOs) who, with just five pro bouts, takes on 36-fight veteran Richard Hall (29-7, 27 KOs) in a ten-rounder. In the co-main, Maryland heavyweight Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell (16-0-1, 10 KOs) will go eight with Louisiana’s Johnnie White (22-1, 18 KOs). In the local main event, a battle of “Mad” cruiserweights, “Mad” Max Heyman (23-10-4, 13 KOs) continues his comeback in a crosstown, eight-round grudge match with “Mad” Mike Alderete (6-4-2, 3 KOs). (more…)
Sauerland Event has inked former IBF cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham to a promotional contract. “With the WBO titleholder Marco Huck, Yoan Pablo Hernandez and Alexander Frenkel we’re already well established in the cruiserweight division. With the signing of Steve Cunningham, now there are even better prospects,” said promoter Kalle Sauerland. Cunningham is rated #1 by the IBF and in line to fight for the vacant belt. “Of course we hope that he wins the IBF belt,” added Sauerland. “He’s an outstanding boxer.” Cunningham is well known in Germany for his win over current WBO champion Marco Huck.
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