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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Word is the WBO has given a time limit of 48 hours for Sergio “Maravilla” Martínez from Argentina to decide if he’ll remain at middleweight or go back to jr middleweight. Martínez is currently WBO and WBC middleweight champion as well as WBC super welterweight champion. Martinez won the unified middleweight title in April with a unanimous decision over Kelly Pavlik in Atlantic City.
By Ricardo Conde
WBC Continental Americas welterweight champion Alfonso Gomez (22-4-2, 11 KOs) of Mexico, trained by his father Alfonso Gomez, Sr. and being assisted by former junior lightweight champ Robert Garcia in Oxnard, CA, will step back into the ring on Saturday, July 17th in Mexico against an opponent yet to be determined and will headline the latest edition of “Top Rank Live” on Fox Sports en Español which is being promoted by Top Rank. In his last outing, Gomez defeated former two-time lightweight champion “El Temible” Jose Luis Castillo (60-10-1, 52 KOs), when Castillo refused to answer the bell for the start of round six on the Pacquiao vs. Clottey “The Event” undercard at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX. For more details and photos click here…
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former world title challenger Robert Medley (27-3, 17 KOs) will be in action on Wednesday when he will clash with Sergio Aparicia (13-2, 6 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Wollongong Entertainment Center in Wollongong, NSW, Australia. In Medley’s last start, he spotted weight when he stepped up to the middleweight poundage and extended former WBA 168 pound champion Anthony Mundine over twelve rounds in January. “Mundine can’t punch. He did not hurt me in any of the rounds,” said Medley. (more…)
Aware of the hockey fever that has gripped the Chicago area, Hitz Boxing and the Horseshoe Casino will be broadcasting the Blackhawks’ first game of the Stanley Cup Finals on the giant jumbotron screens during this Saturday’s “Quest for 50” professional boxing event.
While former world champion Montell “Ice” Griffin goes for his 50th and possibly final victory, the Blackhawks will go for a finals victory of their own against the Philadelphia Flyers. (more…)
So after a whirlwind ride in 2009 that saw him drop from 170 to 155 pounds, defeat Joe Stevenson and Clay Guida, and then go four-plus rounds in a lightweight championship bout with BJ Penn, Sanchez decided that home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, wasn’t just where the heart is; it’s where his future success lies. . . . Click for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
UFC® Chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta will address the thousands of fans in attendance at the second UFC FAN EXPO™ on Saturday, May 29 at 12PM PT during his keynote speech scheduled for the main stage inside the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Immediately following the keynote speech, Fertitta will take part in a Question and Answer session with fans.
By Graham Houston
His last fight was a dreary 12-rounder, but Vitali Klitschko should be able to give a far more pleasing type of performance when he defends his heavyweight title against Albert Sosnowski in Germany on Saturday. The trouble with Klitschko’s last display was that his opponent, Kevin Johnson, came to survive, not to fight. It is difficult for anyone to look good against an opponent whom refuses to engage them in a meaningful fight in which punches are thrown on both sides. Johnson chose to cover up on the ropes, rolling with punches, always watchful of what was coming at him while doing very little punching himself. Sosnowski, though, is a boxer who can be relied upon to give a wholehearted effort. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Former South African junior flyweight champion Mveleli Luzipho died at his home in Mdantsane, near East London on Wednesday after a long illness. He was 43. Luzipho who fought from 1981 to 1987 outpointed Tamsanqa Sogwe in his seventh professional fight on August 10, 1982 in Cape Town to win the South African junior flyweight title. (more…)
By Sam DiTusa
Professional boxing has been absent in Seattle for quite some time, but new promoter Chris Jones has announced the formation of GUY Promotions to remedy that. The inaugural show is set for June 5th at the Renton Community Center in Renton, Washington — just 5 minutes south of Seattle. The card will feature Dashon Johnson (9-2-3, 4 KOs) and Skyler Thompson (11-7, 9 KOs) for the state super welterweight boxing title in the main event. Also appearing will be undefeated Seattle heavyweight Vincent Thompson, as well as middleweights Aubrey Morrow and Darren Azai. (more…)
Three-time world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero hosted a wine tasting fundraiser on Wednesday night at the Kãama Lounge and Supper Club in San Jose, California. A silent auction and raffle were conducted throughout the evening’s festivities with all proceeds benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
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Main Events and Super Judah Promotions have announced that a fight between Zab “Super” Judah (38-6, 26 KOs) and Jose Armando Santa Cruz (28-4, 17 KOs) will take place on July 16th at Prudential Center, Newark, NJ. It will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Ticket and on sale info will be released shortly.
The main participants and promoters of “Road to the Title” were present today at the final press conference that took place at the functional and modern Tecate Boxing Tour Arena, in Guadalajara, Mexico. Juan Carlos Burgos and Ricardo Castillo will face each other in a WBC featherweight eliminator and the winner will be a step closer to challenge the champion in the near future. (more…)
By Chris Cozzone
Unbeaten Fernando Guerrero (18-0, 15 KOs) will be taking on “Comanche Boy” George Tahdooahnippah (23-0-1, 18 KOs) as the main event on the June 25 ShoBox-televised card at Santa Ana Star Casino in Bernalillo, N.M. In the co-main of the Lou DiBella-promoted show, welterweight Lanard Lane (12-0, 7 KOs), of Philadelphia, who will take on Mike Dallas Jr. (14-0-1, 5 KOs), of Bakersfield, Calif. The card also features jr. lightweight prospect Archie Ray Marquez (10-0, 7 KOs), welter Vincent Mirabal (6-0, 1 KO), welter Josh “Pittbull” Torres (4-1-1, 3 KOs) and lightweight Fidel Maldonado (2-0, 2 KOs), all from Albuquerque.
The rubber match between former five-time champ Johnny Tapia (57-5-2, 29 KOs) and former contender Frankie Archuleta (26-7-1, 14 KOs) has been moved from June 12 to July 17, and will take place at the Ohkay Casino outside of Espanola, N.M. The two will fight for the vacant UBO featherweight trinket.
Another full photo gallery from last Saturday night’s Israel Vazquez vs. Rafael Marquez IV battle at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Also included is the 12-round war between Abner Mares and Yonnhy Perez. Click here for gallery
Dee Lee Promotions will present a fight card on June 4 in The Showroom at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City. The main event features unbeaten light heavyweight Anthony ‘Boom Boom’ Ferrante (9-0, 4 KOs) against Chuck ‘The Professor’ Mussachio (15-1-2, 5 KOs) in a ten-rounder. (more…)
The interruption of a plan can always put the man with that plan in a miserable state of mind. It doesn’t matter whether it’s work, personal, or in a sporting life, but when you’re dealing with matters of a competitive level, be sure that someone is preparing really hard to overcome you . . . Click for more by Martins Davis, UFC
By Ron Jackson
In an eagerly anticipated rematch Klaas Mboyane defends his South African bantamweight title against Nkqubela Gwazela at the Orient Theatre in East London on Saturday night. The 31-year-old Gwazela (19-6, 14 KOs) was stopped in the eleventh round when he met Mboyane (13-7-2, 7 KOs) for the vacant title in August last year at the Orient Theatre. (more…)
Former Notre Boxing Captain and 2009 Chicago Golden Gloves Champion Mike Lee arrived in Chicago with his trainer Ronnie Shields on Tuesday night, May 25th ahead of his highly anticipated pro debut set for this Saturday night, May 29th at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. Lee will face Emmitt Woods in a scheduled four rounder in one of the feature bouts at TOP RANK LIVE. (more…)
WBA Super Welterweight Champion Yuri Foreman works out at Gleason’s Gym on May 25, 2010. Foreman makes the first defense of his title on June 5, 2010 at Yankee Stadium against Miguel Cotto.
Professional boxing returns to the city of San Francisco when undefeated welterweight Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield (12-0-1, 7 KOs) clashes with Sergio De La Torre (11-13-3, 1 KOs) at the historical Kezar Pavilion on June 1Mayfield, a three-time San Francisco Golden Gloves champion, is excited to be fighting in his hometown as he stated, “This is a dream come true for me to be fighting in San Francisco where I grew up. The City is known for having great fans. This will be the first professional boxing show at Kezar in a long time so I’m looking forward to putting on a great show for everyone in attendence.” (more…)
Undefeated WBA lightweight champion Paulus “The Hitman” Moses (25-0, 17 KOs) and WBA interim lightweight champion Miguel Acosta of Venezuela (26-3-2, 20 KOs) share a laugh today in Moses’ native Namibia. It was the first time the fighters met as they were given their physicals and the WBA rules and regulations. Moses defends his title against Acosta this Saturday May 29 at the Kalahari Sands Hotel in Windhoek, Namibia.
By Przemyslaw Garczarczyk
On August 21, in the friendly confines of the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, where he won four consecutive times, Tomasz Adamek (41-1, 27 KOs), top five heavyweight in the world, will be back versus Michael Grant (46-3, 34 KOs) in a fight that will be televised worldwide on pay-per-view. Why Grant? What are Adamek’s plans for the future? And what were his other options? All will be revealed in this exclusive interview with one of the most exciting heavyweights in the world. (more…)
The WBO cruiserweight eliminator between Universum boxer Alexander Alekseev (19-1, 17 KOs) and his still undefeated Russian compatriot Denis Lebedev (20-0, 15 KOs) has been added to the big July 17th Unversum Champions Night in Schwerin, Germany. The winner will be the mandatory challenger of WBO champion Marco Huck. “Marco Huck is my dream opponent,” said Alekseev. “Now I’m just one step away from him. I must and will take take first hurdle Lebedev.”
Alekseev, who has lived and trained in Hamburg for three years and speaks perfect German, suffered his only defeat in an interim world championship fight against Victor Ramirez in January 2009. Formerly trained by Fritz Sdunek, Alekseev is now trained by Magomed Schaburow. “Marco Huck also lost against Cunningham,” points out Alekseev. “It’s essential that lessons be drawn from defeats. That brought me forward. I’ll prove it.”
Headlining the show at the Sport- und Kongresshalle is WBC interim middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik (29-0, 10 KOs) defending against Khoren Gevor (31-4, 16 KOs).
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Former WBA light welterweight champion Andriy Kotelnik (31-3-1, 13 KOs) has signed a contract for three fights with legendary promoter Don King. Kotelnik and King finalized the deal in Lviv City, Ukraine. “I am very happy that I can work with this legendary promoter. For me it’s a step forward. Don King has accepted all of my conditions and now I will box in the USA,” Kotelnik said. He will next be in the ring in St Louis, Missouri on August 7th against WBC/IBF light welterweight champion Devon Alexander (20-0, 13 KOs). (more…)
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (39-2, 37 KOs) and challenger Albert Sosnowskli (45-2-1, 27 KOs) impressed fight fans during an open workout in advance of their pay-per-view world title clash on Saturday at Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. For more details and photos click here…
Unbeaten Universum promoted Zsolt Bedak (15-0, 5 KOs) of Hungary hits the mits with his trainer, former world champion Artur Grigorian, during a recent training session in Puerto Rico. Bedak will challenge WBO junior featherweight champion Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. of Puerto Rico (18-0-1, 15 KOs) this Saturday in a 12 round world title main event. The bout will take place at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Fightnews spoke with Bedak as he is now just days aways from his career’s biggest fight to date. (more…)
Featherweight Matt “The Sharp Shooter” Remillard served notice once again as a force in the division with a sensational knockout performance this past Saturday night, May 22nd at the Mohegan Sun Casino with a crushing fourth round stoppage of crafty southpaw Carlos Rivera.
Seizing the control from the opening bell, the 23 year old Remillard stalked and broke down Rivera over the first three rounds with devastating head shots and outstanding left hooks to the head and body. (more…)
Three months ago Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping was a guillotine choke and a right-handed haymaker away from beating Wanderlei Silva in Sydney, Australia. Comfortable and seemingly in control, Bisping poked and prodded his way around Silva’s desperate swings in an attempt to cleverly diffuse the legendary striker for three rounds . . . Click for more by Elliot Worsell, UFC
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By Karl Freitag
Andrew Golota blazed the trail. Tomasz Adamek may be Golota’s heir apparent. But European champion Albert Sosnowski (45-2-1, 27 KOs) believes he will be the first Polish fighter to win a heavyweight world title. The 31-year-old from Warsaw, Poland, will have his chance on Saturday in a pay-per-view showdown against WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (39-2, 37 KOs) in front of 60,000+ fans at Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. “I would like to continue this way of winning fights by Polish boxers,” he said in reference to Adamek’s recent success against Chris Arreola.
But how can Sosnowski win against the formidable Vitali Klitschko? His camp firmly believes that Vitali’s recent opponents did not want to win, but merely survive. “You can make the assumption that those guys lost before they even stepped in the ring,” he commented. “I am going into the ring to win and whatever presents itself, body punches, head punches, whatever, I will try to win.” (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Paulus Moses from Namibia, the WBA lightweight champion, faces the toughest test of his career when he defends his belt against Venezuelan Miguel Costa at the Windhoek Country Club Resort in Namibia on Saturday night. Don King Productions who won the right to promote the fight with a purse bid of $150 000 (R1 171 500) will present the tournament in conjunction with former fighter Nestor Tobias of Sunshine Promotions, who has done some outstanding work in recent years to bring big time boxing to Namibia. (more…)
Photos by Rafael Soto/Top Rank
World ranked and undefeated middleweight Julio César Chávez, Jr. (40-0-1, 30 KOs) arrived in Los Angeles today from his hometown Culiacan, Mexico to finish his preparation for his next bout. Chávez arrived around noon and set himself up in a downtown hotel and then made his way to the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, where he worked with Freddie Roach for the first time. Chávez is getting ready to face John Duddy on Saturday, June 26 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas in the main event of “Latin Fury 15”, a big pay-per-view card promoted by Top Rank Inc. For more details and photos click here…
Unlike Saturday’s main event between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and “Suga” Rashad Evans, there is no underlying “outside of the Octagon” storyline for the co-featured bout between middleweight standouts Michael “The Count” Bisping and Dan Miller . . . Click for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC
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