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Results by Brady Crytzer
In the main event of Saturday night’s Ultimate Fight Night 17 from the University of South Florida’s Sun Dome, Joe Lauzon stopped Jeremy “Lil’ Heathen” Stephens in the second round with a slick armbar. Lauzon showed off world class submission skills by slipping on a tight armbar on Stephens. With a look of tremendous pain on his face, Stephens tapped the mat at 4:43 of the second round. In the co-main, Cain Velasquez annihilated newcomer Denis Stojnic over seven brutal minutes en route to finishing the fight via TKO in the second round. Stay tuned for full report tomorrow!
An unfortunate situation has unfolded in Norfolk, Virginia, as promotional firm Triple Mac Promotions was informed by city officials yesterday at 5:15 pm that fire regulations would prevent their “Night of Champions” show from happening tonight. “We did everything we could to make this another fantastic show, but the people at the Norfolk Masonic Temple didn’t have the proper permits to host the shows they’re hosting,” said Triple Mac chief Freddie Mac. “We got an email late yesterday (Friday) from the Fire Marshall saying the venue didn’t have the right licenses. And because it was so late in the day on Friday, we were in a position where we couldn’t get a permit, the city was closed, and we couldn’t move to another venue.” The card has been rescheduled to February 21. All tickets purchased for tonight’s postponed show will be honored on February 21 or fully refunded.
By Karl Freitag & Alexey Sukachev
In a bout billed as “The Champion Returns,” WBA heavyweight champion ‘in recess’ Ruslan “White Tyson” Chagaev (27-0-1, 20 KOs) won a six-round technical decision over previously unbeaten Carl Davis Drumond (26-1, 20 KOs) on Saturday night at the Stadthalle in Rostock, Germany. Southpaw Chagaev, coming off a series of health mishaps, was cut over the left eye by an unintentional headbutt in round three, which bled heavily from that point on. Referee Gustavo Padilla wanted to stop the bout at the beginning of round six but let it go one more round. At the end of six rounds, the bout was sent to the scorecards, which read 60-54, 58-56, 58-56. Next for Chagaev will be a showdown with WBA champion Nikolai Valuev, which must take place by June 26.
In a great fight as expected, WBA super lightweight champion Andreas Kotelnik (31-3-1, 13 KOs) impressively defended his world title by split decision over previously unbeaten mandatory challenger Marcos Maidana (25-1, 24 KOs). For the first three rounds, Maidana looked every bit as fearsome as his reputation as he relentlessly attacked the champion. Kotelnik adjusted and took command until Maidana unleashed a ferocious attack in round nine. Kotelnik again adjusted and took the tenth. Round eleven was very close. Both fighters landed bombs in a very exciting twelfth round. Scores were 115-113, 115-114 Kotelnik, 115-113 Maidana.
WBA #11 heavyweight Denis Boystov (24-0, 19 KOs) destroyed Israel “King Kong” Garcia (19-3, 11 KOs) in less than two rounds. Boystov explosively dropped Garcia in round two, and the bout was stopped moments later after Boystov’s brutal followup barrage. Time was 1:17.
Unbeaten German super middleweight Eduard Guttknecht (16-0, 7 KOs) got his best win so far with a fifth-round stoppage of former world title challenger Rubin Williams (29-6-1, 16 KOs). Guttknecht methodically broke down Williams prompting the referee to halt the beating at 2:45. It was the fourth straight loss for the American fighter.
Rising German featherweight prospect Marcel Meyerdircks (11-0, 4 KOs) scored a workmanlike but unspectacular eight-round unanimous decision over Spanish-based Russian Vitaly Shivanov (3-5, 1 KO).
Polish heavyweight Mariusz Wach (20-0, 8 KOs) outpointed Remigijus Ziausys of Latvia (7-19-1, 1 KO): 60-54, 59-55, 58-56.
By Christian Chataignier at ringside
Nadjib Mohammedi (17-0, 7 KOs) retained his French light heavyweight title with an wide unanimous decision over Martial Bella Oleme (8-19-1, 1 KOs) on Thursday evening at the Cirque d’Hiver in Paris. Scores were 100-90, 100-90, 100-91. On the same card, two quarter-final of the new 2009 jr middleweight tournament took place. Ex-European challenger Hussein Bayram (29-3, 15 KOs) won by TKO3 when Frederic Serre (8-4, 2 KO) suffered an injury, and French jr welter champion Ismael El Massoudi (29-2, 12 KOs) stopped Yoann Camonin (10-3-1, 2 KOs). The referee called a halt to the bout in round five.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
A nearly packed house of over 1,100 fans showed up to The Legendary Blue Horizon Horizon to witness the six bout card, appropriately titled Israeli Explosion.” In the main event, cruiserweight prospect Ran Nakash (17-0, 13 KOs) of Haifa, Israel continued his ascension up the cruiserweight ladder, scoring three knockdowns en-route to a second round stoppage of Delaware, Ohio’s Ryan Carrol (7-2, 4 KOs). Fellow Israeli, Elad Shmouel of Tel Aviv was also successful in scoring a second technical knockout of Pittsburgh, PA’s Khristian Garaci in the six round co-feature of the evening. The six- bout card promoted by Vernoca Michael of Blue Horizon Boxing Promotions Inc. also provided some evenly matched four rounder featuring some nice local talent. (more…)
By Edgar Gonzalez
Shoppers at The Village at Orange in Orange, Calif. got an extra treat Thursday when boxing superstars Vic Darchinyan and Jorge Arce turned up to talk about tonight’s collision on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. Arce (51-4-1, 39 KOs) told FightNews, “I am ready, and there’s no way I can lose.” When asked about Darchinyan’s behavior and trash talking, Arce stated, “Now that I am here, he looked scared. He wasn’t saying much today as he usually does. I’m going to make him pay on Saturday, you’ll see.” (more…)
By Jason Kotar
FightNews recently had the opportunity to speak with undefeated heavyweight Carl Davis Drumond as he prepared for today’s showdown in Rostock, Germany against WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan “White Tyson” Chagaev (24-0-1, 17 KOs). Drumond (26-0, 20 KOs), promoted by Warriors Seminole Boxing, fights out of Costa Rica and presently is rated #10 by the WBA. He is the former IBF and WBO Latino champion, as well as the ex-WBC FECARBOX title holder. Drumond is fighting outside of his of homeland for only the second time in his career. Despite his impressive record, not many people are giving Drumond a shot at defeating Chagaev. Chagaev recently discussed the possibility of a rematch with Nikolai Valuev without mentioning his upcoming showdown with Drumond. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
In what can only be considered as a poor excuse for a world heavyweight championship Francois Botha scored a unanimous 12 rounds points decision over Ron Guerrero to win the vacant World Boxing Federation belt at the Tlokwe Hall in Potchefstroom on Friday night. The South African veteran, a former IBF champion, won with scores of 118-114, 117-111 and 117-110. (more…)
By David Robinett at ringside
Undefeated, world-ranked super middleweight Andre Ward (18-0, 12 KOs) took a one-sided unanimous decision over Henry “Sugar Poo’’ Buchanan (17-3, 12 KOs) on Friday night at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino at Lemoore, Calif. Ward was in command from the get-go, outpunching and outworking Buchanan for the full twelve rounds. Scores were 120-108 on all cards. Ward is the only boxer from the United States to capture a gold medal at the Olympic Games since 1996.
Unbeaten jr lightweight John “John” Molina (15-0, 11 KOs) kept his unbeaten record intact with an impressive third round KO over hard-hitting Joshua Allotey (15-7, 13 KOs). A brutal body attack put Allotey down for the count at 1:28 of round three.
Heavyweight prospect Manuel Quezada (26-4, 16KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Eric Boose (14-3-1, 8 KOs). Time was :10.
In a rematch, former cruiserweight champion “King” Arthur Williams (46-15-1, 30 KOs) won a majority decison over Dewey Cooper (17-3-3, 10 KOs). Scores were 95-95, 96-94, 98-92 for Williams, who won a technical decision in their first bout.
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Welterweight contender Jesus Soto-Karass (23-3-3, 16 KOs) won a hard-fought 10 round unanimous decision over Carson Jones (18-7-1, 10 KOs) at the Activity Center in Maywood, CA. After a competitive start, Soto-Karass scored two knockdowns in the third round, both on body shots. However, Soto-Karass was also deducted a point in the process for hitting Jones in the back of the head. Jones controlled the middle rounds as he landed continuous right hands to the head of Soto-Karass. As Jones would mount rallies, Soto-Karass came on strong. Soto-Karass almost had Jones down in the final round, but Jones showed a lot of heart as he made it the final bell. All three judges scored the bout for Soto-Karass, with scores of 97-91, 98-90, and 99-89.
Junior Welterweight Omar Chavez (14-0-1, 10 KOs) remained unbeaten with a four round majority decision over Rodolfo Armenta (4-1, 3 KOs). Chavez started strong, but Armenta was able to land solid shots in the latter half of the fight. One judge scored the bout 38-38, while the other two judges scored the bout 40-36 and 39-37 in favor of Chavez. The decision was met with a barrage of both boos and applause from the crowd. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Light heavyweight Yusaf Mack (27-2-2, 16 KOs) won a twelve round split decision over former world title challenger Chris Henry (23-2, 18 KOs) on Friday night at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury, MD. Mack started strongly, but the naturally bigger Henry was stronger down the stretch until a twelfth round rally by Mack. Scores were 116-112, 115-112 for Mack, 115-113 for Henry.
In a good action fight, undefeated local middleweight favorite Fernando Guerrero (13-0, 11 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Gabriel “King” Rosado (10-3, 6 KOs). Rosado scored a flash knockdown in round three, but the harder punching Guerrero mostly outworked his gutsy opponent. Scores were 76-75, 77-74, 77-74. (more…)
By Scott Ploof and Bill Luppert at ringside
Joey “The KO Kid” Spina (24-1-1, 17 KO’s) took the first step in his rededication to professional boxing as he made short work of late substitute Matt Gokel (12-10, 7 KO’s) at the Twin River Events Center in Lincoln, RI. A left hook sent Gokel to the canvas early in the first round and after getting to his feet, referee Charlie Dwyer called a halt to the bout. Time of the stoppage 1:55 of round one.
In what may be considered the fight of the night by many in the audience, “Irish” Joe McCreedy (10-2-1, 5 KO’s) won a very hard fought and closely contested majority decision over Bobo “The Bull” Starnino (9-5-2, 2 KO’s) in a rematch of their previous encounter. Not only did McCreedy capture the win but also the vacant EBA super middleweight title as well. Scores of the bout were 79-73, and 78-75 for McCreedy, while the third judge had the bout a draw at 76-76. (more…)
“I applaud Joe’s decision. It’s obvious he and his family gave it a lot of thought. Timing is everything and to leave center stage at his peak is rare and certainly comparable to the retirements of Rocky Marciano and Jim Brown. Joe left on his own terms. What could be better? He held the super middleweight championship longer than anyone, successfully defended it a record-21 times, unified the titles, and then moved up to light heavyweight beating two future Hall of Famers. He has been a man for all seasons and will be an inspiration to me as I look to meet and beat his records. On behalf of all your boxing fans I say, ‘Thank you, Joe.’ And now I am ready to succeed Joe as the new king. I have dethroned two world champions in Tomasz Adamek and Antonio Tarver and defended the title against Glen Johnson. I’m only 26 years old and I’m ready to fight the best at 175 pounds for a very long time. Welcome to the Dawson era.”
From the Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla.:
Jeremy Stephens (156) VS Joe Lauzon (156)
Josh Neer (156) VS Mac Danzig (154.5)
Denis Stojnic (246) VS Cain Velasquez (239)
Anthony Johnson (171) VS Luigi Fioravanti (171)
Rob Emerson (153.5) VS Kurt Pellegrino (155)
Nick Catone (184) VS Derek Downey (185.5)
Matt Grice (156) VS Matt Veach (156)
Rich Clementi (156) VS Gleison Tibau (155.5)
Jake Rosholt (185.5) VS Dan Miller (186)
Matt Riddle (171) VS Steve Bruno (171)
Tomorrow night: Joe Lauzon vs. Jeremy Stephens headlines UFC Fight Night live on SPIKE TV . . . Click here for more
“First, it would have been one of the highlights of my career to be in the ring with a champion who has proven himself like Joe Calzaghe! The best always want to fight the best, and I wanted to fight Joe. As a fellow champion and warrior, I know the price we have to pay in the ring. Joe retired healthy, wealthy and with a Hall of Fame career. Although I am disappointed that we won’t face each other, I applaud his decision to leave on his own terms, and wish Joe the best of luck. As for Carl Froch, he is no Ray Leonard, and certainly no Joe Calzaghe, and can’t be mentioned in the same breath as those two great champions.Carl Froch never earned the right to be on the same canvas as Joe Calzaghe! Other than in his hometown, a bare few know the name Carl Froch, and how to spell it or pronounce it.”
By Francisco Salazar
The hottest ticket in Southern California on Saturday night could be for the much anticipated Vic Darchinyamn-Jorge Arce fight at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA. “We have already sold 4,000 thus far for Saturday night,” said Top Rank publicist Ricardo Jimenez. Showtime will televise the Darchinyan-Arce fight along with the 12 round Lightweight bout between Antonio DeMarco and Almazbek “Kid Diamond” Raiymkulov. Jimenez did go on to state that, over two years ago, half of the over 7,000 tickets sold at Honda Center headlining Arce on January 27th, 2007 were sold on Friday and Saturday night. Arce faced Julio David Roque Ler, while Kelly Pavlik took Jose Luis Zertuche. Doors open at 3PM local time, with first bell at 3:30PM. Showtime will begin its broadcast at 9PM ET.
Two-time world champion Jorge Arce of Mexico and unified super flyweight world champion ‘Mighty’ Vic Darchinyan of Australia both weighed in at 115lb for their upcoming IBF/WBC/WBA Super Flyweight championship fight on Saturday at The Honda Center in Anaheim, CA. Darchinyan vs Arce is promoted by Top Rank and Gary Shaw Productions and televised live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.
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Ruslan Chagaev 227 vs Carl Davis Drumond 229
(WBA Heavyweight Championship)
Andreas Kotelnik 139.5 vs Marcos Rene Maidana 140
(WBA Light Welterweight Championship)
Denis Boytsov 220.5 vs Israel “King Kong” Garcia 256
(WBA Intercontinental heavyweight title)
Eduard Gutknecht 167.7 vs Rubin Williams 170.8
Marcel Meierdiercks 125.6 vs Vitaly Shivanov 126.7
Vladimir Tereshkin 235.4 vs Manu Ntoh 206.1
Mariusz Wach 255.7 vs Remigijus Ziausys 212.7
Venue: Stadhalle, Rostock, Germany
Promoter: Universum Box Promotion
TV: Distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports for live viewing at 2PM ET/11AM PT on cable pay-per-view via iN Demand and TVN for a suggested retail price of only $24.95. A same day replay will be shown at 9PM ET/6PM ET. The event will also be available in Canada on TSN.
By Byron Spurlock
NABF light heavyweight champion Chris “Hard Hittin” Henry (23-1, 18 KOs) is fighting contender Yusaf Mack (26-2, 16 KOs) in the main event of tonight’s ESPN2 Friday Night Fights. Henry has proven himself with many exciting knockouts as he has stepped up the ladder of better quality competition. (more…)
Enzo Maccarinelli will now take on Ola Afolabi for the WBO interim cruiserweight title on March 14. The bout will feature on the same card as Amir Khan’s showdown against Mexican legend Marco Antonio Barrera at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester. Maccarinelli, the former WBO World champion, was due to face Argentine Victor Emilio Ramirez, but he will not be ready in time to face the big punching Welshman. Afolabi is ranked at number five by the WBO and holds the NABO title. The best win in his career was inflicting the first defeat to the then unbeaten prospect Eric Fields via a tenth round stoppage. What made the win more impressive was that he took it at only a month notice and it was his first bout in two years. Maccarinelli was supposed to fight Johnathon Banks for the WBO title last December, but the bout fell through when Banks injured his ankle. Francisco Alvarez stepped in to replace Banks but he then failed a medical at the weigh-in leaving Maccarinelli with no option but to step up to heavyweight and take on Mathew Ellis – whom he destroyed in two rounds. After another fight with Banks, and the fight with Ramirez fell through, Afolabi got the call. “I’m just looking forward to taking my anger out on someone and it will be Afolabi that will get the full brunt of it,” said Maccarinelli.
The boxing world lost a good man last night. Ex-fighter Ray Marconi informs that Boxing Hall of Fame icon Chuck Bodak passed away last night at the hospital in Orange County. Recently inducted to the WBC Legends of Boxing Museum, Bodak was known for his bright personality and was an ambassador to the sport having worked with over 50 world champions and world renowned fighters such as Rocky Marciano, Muhammad Ali, and Oscar De La Hoya to name a few. Boxing fans adored Chuck throughout the years and most notably when he started wearing pictures on his head when he walked in the ring with his fighters, the first being Jorge Páez. “Boxing will miss a great man and may we all remember him as a man who stood by his word and gave his life to boxing,” said WBC representative Rudy Tellez. Born in 1916 in the city of Gear Indiana, Chuck Bodak will be missed. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.
A talented, exciting fighter fans need to keep a close eye on, undefeated, world-ranked Andre Ward of Oakland, Calif., defends his NABO super middleweight title against once-beaten Henry “Sugar Poo’’ Buchanan of Chesterfield, S.C., tonight on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). Ward, the only boxer from the United States to capture a gold medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, will enter the 12-round bout, which is also for the NABF 168-pound crown, with a record of 17-0 with 12 KOs. Buchanan is 17-1 with 12 stoppages. (more…)
Joey Spina 177.5 vs Matt Gockel 174
Bobo Starnino 167.5 vs Joey McCreedy 167
(EBA super middleweight championship)
Eddie Soto 134.5 vs Sean Eklund 134.5
(EBA New England lightweight championship)
Adam Harris 195 vs David Williams 203
Jesus Caro 141 vs TBA
Keith Kozlin 171 vs Brandon Burke 172
Brian Macy 170.5 vs Anthony Pietrantonio 170.5
Rashad Minor 284 vs Shawn McLean 220
Josh Beeman 139 vs Jamar Saunders ??
Jay Holland 197 vs Kevin Varnadore 206
Venue: Twin River Event Center, Lincoln, Rhode Island
Promoter: Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports
Tickets: $25, $35, $45, $65, $100 and $150. Call 401.724.2253/2254
Andre Ward 166.2 vs Henry Buchanan 167.6
John Molina 133 vs Joshua Kpakpo Allotey 132.6
Carina Moreno 109.2 vs Sharon Gaines 109.2
Manuel Quezada 228.8 vs Eric Boose 237.6
Mike Dallas, Jr. 139.2 vs Anthony Martinez 141.6
Arthur Williams 196.4 vs Dewey Cooper 199
Tony Hirsch 157.8 vs Anthony Cannon 160
Poppies Martinez 158.6 vs Flavio Cardoza 158
Justin Wines 164.4 vs Paul Mendes 162.4
James Ventry 138 vs Ruben Cuellar 133.8
Venue: Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, Lemoore, California
Promoter: Goossen Tutor
TV: SHOWTIME 11PM ET/PT
FightNews has been informed that world ranked cruiserweight contender BJ Flores has signed with Square Ring and that he will appear on the March 21st pay-per-view which is headlined by Roy Jones Jr. vs. Omar Shieka. Flores (22-0-1, 14 KOs) is currently ranked #2 by the IBF, #8 by the WBA, #11 by the WBC, #13 by the WBO and #13 by FightNews. “I am happy to be working with a promoter that will make the right moves so that I can fight for a world championship,” commented Flores. “It is very special to be working with someone like Roy Jones Jr. He was my idol growing up. I remember as a little kid taping his fight with Toney and I would run home everyday to watch that fight.” (more…)
Undefeated super welterweight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (38-0-1, 29 KOs), WBC super featherweight champion Humberto Soto (49-7-2, 29 KOs) and WBO junior bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel (38-2-1, 28 KOs) will headline “Latin Fury 8,” a March 28 pay-per-view extravaganza broadcast live from Tijuana, Mexico. Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum and Tijuana Mayor Jorge Ramos will officially announce the event on Monday in Los Angeles.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Tuesday night at the Meadowlands Sheraton in East Rutherford, New Jersey, boxing fans braved Icy conditions and heavy snow, sleet and rain to witness an entertaining night of professional boxing. In the main event of the five fight card promoted by The Darwish Brothers Knockout Promotions, former WBO junior welterweight champion Demarcus “Chop Chop” Corley (33-10-1, 19KOs) continued his road back with an impressive seventh round technical knockout of Wilson Enrique Galli (31-9, 13KOs). The undercard feature several local prospects and an eight round journeymen battle as William Gill captured a unanimous decision victory over Chuck Berry. (more…)
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
When the UFC rolls into Tampa for the first time this weekend for UFC Fight Night: Lauzon vs. Stephens at the Sun Dome, Florida fans and Spike TV viewers will be in for a lightweight main event that has the makings of an all-out slugfest. After Hermes Franca was forced off the card due to an injury, Jeremy “Little Heathen” Stephens (16-3) stepped up to face Joe Lauzon (16-4) . . . click here for more
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All four of the fighters who will be featured on Saturday’s excellent doubleheader on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING participated in a final press conference that was open to the media and the public. It was held at The Village at Orange in Orange, Calif. In what will be a slugfest from start to finish, Vic Darchinyan will defend his IBF, WBC and WBA super flyweight belts against Jorge Arce in Saturday’s main event live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). (more…)
WBC #2 welterweight Jesus Soto-Karass (22-3-3, 16 KOs) weighed in at 150 for his ten-rounder against Carson Jones (18-6-1, 10 KOs) at the Maywood Activity Center in Maywood, California. Jones scaled in at 148. The bout will be televised on Azteca America.
Miguel Angel Garcia 126.5 vs Lucien Gonzalez 128
Omar Chavez 142.5 vs Rodolfo Armenta 139
Michael Franco 120 vs Antonio Cochero 119.5
Diego Magdaleno 129.5 vs Rodrigo Aranda 127.5
Rufino Flores 132.5 vs Jose Roman 129.5
Joe Mills 168 vs Mario Evangelista 167.5
Tickets are $35.00 and can be purchased by calling 323-710-1489 or 323-233-2262
Dignity Promotions and Felko Promotions have added contender Derek Ennis (17-2-1, 12 KOs) and local favorite Archak “Shark Attack” Termeliksetian (16-7, 13 KO) to the fight card scheduled to take place on February 25 at the Medieval Times Castle in Lyndhurst, NJ. Opponents will be announced soon. Also on the card, cruiserweight Bobby Gunn (21-3-1, 17 KOs), defending his WBC-USNBC title against Brad Gregory (11-2, 9 KOs). Tickets are $40 and $60. Call 610-291-0806.
Two-time world champion Jorge Arce of Mexico and three-belt super flyweight world champion Vic Darchinyan of Australia pose during a press conference for their upcoming IBF/WBC/WBA super flyweight championship fight on Saturday at The Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Darchinyan-Arce is promoted by Top Rank and Gary Shaw Productions and televised live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.
Last night, Caguas, Puerto Rico gave a touching farewell to its favorite son Miguel Cotto and wished him success in his February 21 WBO title bout against Michael Jennings at Madison Square Garden. The Municipal Administration and the Criollas of Caguas organized this ceremony that allowed the people to applaud the career of the champion who has brought so many triumphs to this city and to Puerto Rico. “We are sure that this title is yours and we’ll be here to celebrate when you bring it back to your city,” said mayor William Miranda Marin. Cotto expressed his gratitude for the words of support and confidence.
In addition to Saturday’s heavyweight championship clash between Ruslan Chagaev and Carl Davis Drumond, there is another important world title fight in Rostock, Germany. In what is expected to be an explosive boxer-puncher duel for WBA junior welterweight crown, world champion Andreas Kotelnik (30-2-1, 13 KOs) takes on mandatory challenger Marcos Rene Maidana (25-0, 24 KOs). Both know each other well from the famed Universum Gym as Spotlight fighter Maidana, the unbeaten KO-machine from Argentina, has trained for one and a half years in Hamburg. “El Chino” has a particularly impressive KO rate for this weight class, winning 24 of his 25 fights early. Universum’s champion Kotelnik won the championship with a sensational twelfth round TKO over Gavin Rees, then defended the title in September 2008 in the Ukraine against Norio Kimura. Here’s what he had to say. (more…)
Golden Boy Promotions has announced a March 7 HBO tripleheader to take place at HP Pavilion at San Jose, California. The show will feature a great ten round junior middleweight showdown between knockout artists James Kirkland (24-0, 21 KOs) and Joel Julio (34-2, 31 KOs), two of boxing’s hardest punchers. “I’ve been waiting for a fight like this for a long time,” said Kirkland. “There’s going to be no running, no chasing, no holding. Me and Julio are going meet up in the center of that ring and we’re going to see whose chin is better.” Julio admits that Kirkland is a very good fighter, “but he hasn’t been tested yet….I’m in the best shape of my life and very happy to be fighting, again on HBO. I am looking forward to March 7th when I plan to knock Kirkland out.”
In one of the co-featured bouts, the NABO and USBA junior welterweight crowns will be on the line when Victor Ortiz (23-1-1, 18 KOs) takes on “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (21-2-2, 10 KOs). Opening the telecast will be two-time featherweight World Champion and Gilroy, California native Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (23-1-1, 16 KOs) in a ten round junior lightweight contest against undefeated Indonesian contender, Daud “Cino” Yordan (23-0, 17 KOs). Tickets ($200, $100, $60 and $25) go on sale Friday at 10AM PT at the HP Pavilion Ticket Office and Ticketmaster.
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