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Welsh hero Nathan Cleverly weighed in today under the light-heavyweight limit at 174 lbs. for his WBO world title defence tomorrow night at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena. His American challenger Tommy Karpency came in at 172.5 lbs. Cleverly said afterwards, “That’s all the hard work done so now it’s roll on to fight night and I can’t wait. I’ve trained hard for the fight, my weight was great throughout the training camp and the results will show on the night with a knockout performance. The Motorpoint Arena is going to be jam-packed and it’s going to be an electric atmosphere like the days of Joe Calzaghe’s big fight nights in the city. It’s my first fight here in over four years and the Welsh fans have really come out to support me and it’s set to be a great weekend with the rugby and football going on as well. I’m a winner and a champion and I intend on keeping hold of my belt on Saturday night.”
Just as he had promised in the final press conference leading up to this past Saturday night’s super bantamweight show down, Mexican five time world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce (60-6-2, 45 KOs) proved right when stated that his bouts consisted of, “blood, knockdowns and show.” That and more was on display when Arce stopped the visibly overweight Lorenzo Parra (31-4-1, 18 KOs) of Aragua, Venezuela, in the fifth round of a scheduled ten. More than 4,500 Mexicali, Mexico, boxing fans squeezed into the Palenque FEX to witness Arce struggle at times with Parra’s style before scoring an exciting knock out a little over a minute into the fifth heat in the main event of The Zanfer Promotions’ event. (more…)
By ‘Rowdy’ Ronda Rousey
I read recently on Miesha’s blog that she thinks that she has the heart of a champion because in her first MMA bout was getting punched till she got a bloody nose, was losing a match and then came back to win.
She then stated that I’ve been pampered and protected for my whole career.
Let me give you a little insight into my pampered upbringing. (more…)
Nearly thirty years since first putting on his promoter’s hat, Guillermo “Memo” Mayen Jr. has returned to the Tijuana boxing scene in hopes helping to building the city back to its boxing heyday of the 80s and early 90s. After working behind the scenes on a couple of events late last year, Mayen Jr. decided to come out in the fore front for his first official show under his banner in 2012. Despite some empty seats in the cave-like Las Pulgas Nightclub venue located on Revolucion Avenue in the heart of Tijuana’s downtown and some quick knock out endings which cut the night short, over all the close to 800 patrons that attended the fistic night left satisfied. (more…)
Contrary to popular belief, there is no secret formula to Benson Henderson’s otherworldly ability to take punches that would drop lesser men or survive submission attempts that would force 99% of his peers to tap out. Simply put, what it comes down to is getting beat up nearly every day for years . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi
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The two main event fighters weighed in for tonight’s six bout card at Harrahs in Chester. Tony Ferrante (176 lbs) & Omar Sheika (174.5) weighed for their 10 round BAM Light Heavyweight title match. The five remaining fights will weigh in this morning at 10 am. The card is promoted by Joey Eye Boxing. Former world Heavyweight champion Riddick “Big Daddy” Bowe will be in attendance to take pictures and sign autographs.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
This Saturday boxing returns to the renowned and prestigious Arena Mexico in Mexico City with Mariana “Barbie” Juarez, the current WBC female world champion, defending her flyweight crown against Anastasia Toktaulova on an event promoted by Boxeo de Gala and broadcast by Televisa. Also in action are Mario “Chabelo” Heredia, Gamaliel Diaz, Jhean Carlo Aparicio and Ramses Agathon. January 8, 2011 was the last boxing event at the Arena Mexico, the cathedral of Mexican Boxing (more…)
WBC light welterweight champion Erik “Terrible” Morales (52-7, 36KOs) is heavily entrenched in the Otomi Mountains of south central Mexico on the second leg of his training camp for his upcoming 1st defense of his title when he faces undefeated Danny “Swift” Garcia (22-0, 14KOs) of Philadelphia, PA. The twelve round bout will be held at the Reliant Arena in Houston, Texas, on Saturday, March 24th, and televised live by HBO. The fight card that also features light middleweight James Kirkland versus Carlos Molina will be presented by Golden Boy Promotions. (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino / SHOWTIME
The four boxers who will fight on ShoBox tonight made weight on their first attempts Thursday at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
In the 10-round main event on ShoBox, one of the boxing’s top young prospects, unbeaten welterweight Jessie Vargas (17-0, 9 KOs) will be opposed by Lanardo Tyner (25-6-2, 15 KOs). Junior middleweight DeAndre Latimore (22-3, 17 KOs) will return to the ring for the first time in 10 months when he takes on Milton Nunez (23-3-1, 21 KOs) in the 10-round co-feature. Nunez has stepped in on short notice to replace Ryan Davis who was forced to withdraw from his fight against Latimore this Friday night due to a failed medical exam.
Vargas weighed 146.5 pounds on Thursday; Tyner 147 pounds. Latimore tipped the scale at 156 pounds, Nunez 157 pounds. (more…)
By Clint Rosser
Photos: Bob Barton
Which fighter moving up in weight will take the next step?
As the press conference began it was very clear that both Alexander and Maidana feel confident they will win their debut at Welterweight. “Arch Enemies will be no doubt about it an explosive fight,” promoter Oscar Da Lay Hoya stated. “These are the type of fights Golden Boy Promotions loves working with, the type of fighters we love working with. Fighters that understand to be great you have to fight the best.”
Devon Alexander ‘The Great’ (22-1, 13 KOs) said that he was ready. He continued with letting the people in attendees know that “the 147 division is in for a rude awakening because I definitely feel stronger and feel faster.” Kevin Cunningham added that Devon has never ducked anybody and that going to 147 is a blessing.
Marcos Maidana (31-2, 28 KOs) stated “I know we are in for a very tough fight since Devon is a great fighter but I have prepared for everything that he brings.” The Maidana camp continued by stating that “St Louis will have a great fight on Saturday night but we are here to win.”
The co-main event, Adrien ‘the Problem’ Broner vs. Eloy ‘Prince’ Perez stole the press conference. With both fighters and camps sparring back and forth as each talked. (more…)
Artemio Reyes 147 vs. Victor Hugo Correa 156
Aron Martinez 147 vs. Dashon Johnson 147
Efrain Esquivias 123 vs. Adolfo Landeros 124
Richard Contreras 121.5 vs. Daniel Quevedo 122
Rigoberto Flores 141.5 vs. Alonso Loeza 141
Sindy Amador 107 vs. Gloria Salas 108
Louis Rose 159.5 vs. Erick Prado 162
Venue: Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California
Promoter: Thompson Boxing
Artemio “King” Reyes: “I plan to put on a great performance. Go out there and show that I have improved over all since my last fight against Javier Molina. I have to constantly work on improving. There is always mistakes that are made and I plan on showing that I have improved. My plan of attack is to go into his body and wear him out. Ready for the long haul of a 10 round fight but if a knockout comes I’ll take it.
Victor Hugo Correa: “I am mad at myself that I disappointed the promoter. I have been fighting a cold over the last week which stopped the last leg of my preparation. I have no excuses. I just want to do my best tomorrow and win.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former 2006 Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist Jarrod “Left Jab” Fletcher (10-0, 7 KOs) will challenge Johannes “Tito” Mwetupunga(11-2, 5 KOs) for the Australian middleweight crown on Friday at the Melbourne Pavillion, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Mwetupunga was born in Nambia but has been based in Australia for several years where he has had all his professional contests. He represented Nambia at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. He recently worked with IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale in sparring sessions. Fletcher captured the “Gold Medal” at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and defeated highly regarded currently world rated professional, James DeGale, who won Gold Medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Fletcher also defeated IBF rated Adonis Stephenson. (more…)
Alex Camponovo, the VP of Operations and General Manager of Thompson Boxing, which is the promoter of former two-time world champion Julio “The Kidd” Diaz, has denied that Diaz is lined up to face WBA #8 jr welterweight Paul McCloskey on May 5 at the King’s Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland, as claimed by Matchroom Sport Thursday. “As far as we are concerned, we don’t have a fight, because we have never been approached,” said Camponovo. “Thompson Boxing is the sole promoter of Julio Diaz. We would be more than glad to fight McCloskey on May 5th or any other date as long as we can to terms with his promoter and that the deal is satisfactory to us and Julio Diaz.”
By Jesse Kelley
Cerresso Fort 158 vs. Cheyenne Ziegler 161
Aaron Green 267 vs. John Moxey 220
Tony Lee 135 vs. Joel Flores 135
Donny Tierney 152 vs. Nick Compton 153
Venue: Saint Paul National Guard Armory
Promoter: RDS Boxing
A few more videos of the now infamous Chisora-Haye brawl.
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Photos: Waldemar Gorlushko K2 Promotion
Today in Kiev, Ukraine, a press conference was held to announce the March 10 clash between WBO light middleweight champion Zaurbek Baysangurov (26-1, 20 KOs) against Lukas Konecny (47-3, 22 KOs) at the Ice Palace “Terminal” in Brovari, Ukraine.
Lukas Konecny: Zaur Baysangurov is now the world champion and I’m ready to box with him. I’ve seen many of Baysangurov’s fights. I’ve seen his technique, this is a very good boxer and it will be difficult enough in the ring, but I hope to win.
Zaurbek Baysangurov: I’m happy about the fight against Konecny. I’ve been waiting a long time for him. The opponent I have is not bad, but in my career I’ve been in with more serious opponents than he has. But he’s the mandatory challenger so I’m going into the ring with him. I’ll try to show good boxing on March 10. (more…)
For any boxer, professional or amateur, the act of sparring is one of the most intricate but equally important facets of their training. By it, a fighter can work on various techniques as well as acclimate themselves to a specific style or stance. Often, a fighter faces a former sparring partner when it counts the most, in either a professional or amateur bout and that is when things can get interesting because of the familiarity of the fighters with each other.
Such is the case for Tijuana warrior Juan Carlos “Mini” Burgos (28-1, 19KOs) when he defends for the first time his newly acquired WBC Silver super featherweight title versus former world champ Cristobal “Lacandon” Cruz (39-12-3, 23KOs) in a scheduled twelve round bout on Friday, February 24th. The main event will be televised live by ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” from the Dover Down Hotel and Casino in Dover, Delaware, after initially it was announced that it would take place on the USC campus in Los Angeles, California. (more…)
It’s no secret that the Japanese mixed martial arts scene has fallen on hard times over the last few years, but with Saturday’s UFC 144 event at Saitama Super Arena, there is optimism from the local heroes on the card that this could be the start of a revival in Japan. One of those hopeful fighters is one who is no stranger to a thriving MMA scene at home, Takanori Gomi . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi
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The Bund Deutscher Berufsboxer (German Boxing Federation) has frozen $100,000 of Dereck Chirora’s $500,000 purse and is recommending to the WBC and the British Boxing Board of Control that Chisora receive a lifetime ban in addition to a $100,000 fine. “$50,000 for slapping Vitali Klitschko, $25,000 for spitting on Wladimir Klitschko and $25,000 for the fight with David Haye,” stated BDB President Thomas Pütz on Thursday. The final decision will be made by the WBC.
No sanctions can be made against David Haye, who is officially retired and currently unlicensed. However, he could face problems if he wishes to resume his career.
A huge night of boxing in Belfast is on the way as jr welterweight Paul McCloskey (23-1, 12 KOs) returns to action, plus Prizefighter: Middleweights II take over the King’s Hall on May 5. McCloskey is looking to keep in world title contention following his win over Breidis Prescott in September and will be gunning for a second World title shot later this year – but first he will face two-time world champion Julio Diaz (38-7, 27 KOs).
The Kings Hall will host the 24th edition of Prizefighter on the same night as McCloskey’s showdown with Diaz as the Irish Middleweights get it on, with unbeaten Commonwealth gold winner ‘King Kane’ Eamonn O’Kane, EBA champ Anthony ‘Fitzer’ Fitzgerald, Mark ‘Kid Dynamite’ Heffron, Joe ‘Sugar’ Rea, and Darren Cruise being the first confirmed by show promoter Eddie Hearn.
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