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An opponent has been confirmed for former WBC light heavyweight champion Montell Griffin’s quest for his 50th victory on May 29 at the “Venue” in the Horseshoe Casino, in Hammond, Indiana. Griffin (49-8, 30 KOs) will face former jr middleweight world title challenger Ross “The Boss” Thompson (27-14-2, 14 KOs). Also comebacking former bantamweight and featherweight contender John Lewus (23-4, 19 KOs) will have his second fight in 2010 after a 12 year hiatus. Further bouts include middleweight Henry Coyle (10-2, 9 KOs), welterweight Achour Esho (7-0, 5 KOs), cruiserweight Terry Martin (4-0, 4 KOs), middleweight Mike Kurzeja (3-0, 3 KOs), super middleweight Ninos Abraham (4-0, 1 KO) and light welterweight Russell Fiore (3-0, 3 KOs). Rafael Murphy, son of former cruiserweight contender Kenny Murphy and nephew of former IBF Cruiserweight Champion Leroy Murphy, will make his professional debut. Tickets start at $10.
Preview by Brady Crytzer
In the WEC’s first venture into the world of PPV it presents its most meaningful and intriguing fight ever as world featherweight champion Jose Aldo defends his title for the first time against seasoned veteran Urijah Faber. With the proverbial pound for pound deck being reshuffled over recent weeks, this fight stands out as the biggest so far in MMA’s emerging 2010 as the winner catapults into the top five. The 23 year old Aldo has proven to be unstoppable so far, and “The California Kid,” still in his prime, wants his belt back. While pundits have struggled with predictions, one prognostication is guaranteed . . . buckle up, and don’t blink . . . Click here for more
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Marquez Boxing Promotions, headed by Juan Manuel Marquez and his brother Rafael Marquez, have announced a new boxing series that will kick-off on May 8 at the Hilton Hotel in Mexico City. On hand at a press conference today were WBC President Jose Sulaiman, Pipino Cuevas, Carlos Zarate, Daniel Zaragoza, Victor Rabanales, Isaac “Tortas” Bustos and Edgar Sosa. The main event of the debut show will feature Adrián Hernández vs Guadalupe “Lobito” Martínez for the NABF flyweight championship. Marquez Boxing Promotions has plans to present three events in 2010. More photos…
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australian based Nigerian welterweight Oywale Omotoso (16-0, 14 KOs) will be in action on May 14 over ten rounds against former world WBF junior middleweight champion Kiatchai Singwancha (29-7, 19 KOs) at the Knox Netball Center in Ferntree Gully, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Omotoso scored the best win of his career when he stopped former world ranked American Emannuel Augustus in nine rounds in 2009. Augustus had defeated world rated Courtnet Burton in 2008 but lost to boxing’s best pound-for-pound boxer Floyd Mayweather in nine rounds back in 2000. (more…)
By Ricardo Conde
WBA #9 and highly talented super featherweight contender Argenis Mendez (15-1, 9 KOs) of the Dominican Republic, trained by former junior lightweight champion, Robert Garcia in Oxnard, CA, will take on Martin “El Brochas” Honorio (28-4-1, 14 KOs) of Mexico on Saturday, May 8 in the co-feature bout of “The Weight is Over” which will be headlined by Paul “The Punisher” Williams (38-1, 27 KOs) who is taking on Kermit “The Killer” Cintron (32-2-1, 28 KOs), at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. For more details and photos click here…
In addition to their award winning boxing coverage, tonight SHOWTIME SPORTS presents “Inside NASCAR” giving fans of America’s No. 1 spectator sport weekly highlights and analysis every Wednesday at 10PM ET/PT on SHOWTIME. (more…)
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. For more details and photos click here…
WBC Super-Middleweight Champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch finally arrived in Denmark on Wednesday afternoon to take on Danish national hero Mikkel Kessler in their eagerly-anticipated Super Six World Boxing Classic second-round meeting this Saturday. Froch´s delayed arrival – he was unable to fly in yesterday due to “private reasons” – has seen a whole country wondering about the real reasons for the hold-up. Whatever the delay was about, the Cobra arrived in style on Wednesday, flying into Flensburg Airport with a private jet that also carried his model girlfriend Rachael Cordingley and trainer Robert McCracken. Not only was his arrival covered live by Danish TV as well as the country’s leading webpages – Team Sauerland had also arranged for Danish racing legend John Nielsen to pick Froch up. “I am here to knock Mikkel Kessler out,” the Cobra said when leaving the jet. “He has never been in the ring with someone like me.” (more…)
Unbeaten WBO light flyweight world Champion Ivan ‘Iron Boy’ Calderon pose in front of Madison Square Garden before the official press conference to announce the upcoming Top Rank Live! show on the eve of the Puerto Rican parade Saturday, June 12 in The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Calderon will be defending his title against Jesus ‘Azul’ Iribe, Culiacan, Mexico in the main event. Top Rank is promoting Top Rank Live! event which will be broadcast on FSN and Fox Sports Espanol. Click here for more photos…
In anticipation to the continuation of group stage 2 of the Super Six World Boxing Classic Tournament with Froch vs. Kessler this weekend, SHOWTIME SPORTS® has launched The Super Six World Boxing Classic Bracket Challenge game on sports.sho.com. The game allows boxing fans to follow the unprecedented tournament by filling out their own bracket and picking the champion. As the tournament progresses, fans will compete with each other for points based on correct predictions. Points increase after each fight, so new fans can join at any point. Additionally, lucky sweepstake entrants can win tournament gear, posters, and a trip for four to the tournament finale to witness the crowing of the champion in 2011.
After more than 292 events and 2,144 fights (of which 262 are world championship fights) Universum Box-Promotion has become the first major promoter to open their video archives to all boxing fans. The company has struck a partnership with YouTube for a special video channel that will feature the best fights from the 26 years of the German promotional powerhouse. Already online at www.youtube.com/UBPboxing are full length world championship fights of the past Universum champions Dariusz Michalczewski, Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko, Artur Grigorian and Regina Halmich. In addition, complete recent fights from current world champions like Jürgen Brähmer, Sebastian Zbik, Vitali Tajbert, Dimitri Sartison, Susi Kentikian and Marcos Rene Maidana can be enjoyed.
“We’ve opened our treasure chest for everyone,” said promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl. “There will be something for every boxing fan. There are the great Tiger (Dariusz Michalczewski) fights, fights of the Klitschko brothers, King Arthur Grigorian, Regina Halmich, and many other champions. We’re currently digitizing our fight library and making it available to the fans all over the whole world. This is nowhere better for this than YouTube. We’re very excited about this new partnership. We have cabinets full of archive material. Now any boxing fan can again sit at ringside, only now he can also press pause and rewind. A real treat for me are the matches from our first event on February 24th, 1984. Check it out!” (more…)
By Michal Koper/ringpolska.pl
WBC cruiserweight challenger Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk (41-2-1, 31 KOs) held today a media workout at Hilton hotel in Warsaw. The Pole will face Italian veteran Giacobbe Fragomeni (26-2-1, 10 KO) for vacant WBC belt on May 15 in Lodz, Poland.
By Francisco Salazar
Smile, Alfredo Angulo. It is okay to show emotion after winning an interim world title. Although most fighters would jump up and down in elation of winning a championship belt, Angulo looked as though he had received 50 percent off a meal at his favorite restaurant. Then again, screaming at the top of his lungs or jumping into the arms of one of his corner men is not who Angulo is. It is just a job he does, to outbox the other opponent. Or in his bout against Harry Joe Yorgey, punish a fighter over almost three lopsided rounds before knocking him out cold, despite Yorgey bravely withstanding a barrage of heavy shots. Angulo will be back in action on Saturday night, as he defends his interim world title against hard-hitting Colombian Joel Julio at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA. (more…)
Chief Warrant Officer Steven Badgley, a U.S. Army armed helicopter pilot will make his Light Heavyweight Pro Debut on the eve of the Puerto Rican parade Saturday, June 12 in The Theater at Madison Square Garden. World Champion Ivan ‘Iron Boy’ Calderon will be defending his title against Jesus ‘Azul’ Iribe in the main event. Badgley, stationed at Camp Drum,N.Y. is the pilot of an OHL-58D Kiowa Warrior armed reconnaissance helicopter. Top Rank is promoting this Top Rank Live! event which will be broadcast on FSN and Fox Sports Espanol.
When Joan Guzman defeated Ali Funeka last month, the IBF lightweight title remained vacant as Guzman weighed in over the 135 pound weight limit. The IBF then ordered the two highest rated available lightweights to fight for the vacant title which were #5 Miguel Vazquez of Mexico and #6 rated Ameth Diaz of Panama. However the IBF had already approved an eliminator between #6 Diaz and #8 Ji-Hoon Kim of South Korea. The winner of Diaz vs. Kim will fight the leading available contender for the vacant title.
Sensational Canadian prospect Mikael Zewski met the media in his hometown of Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada today at a press conference for the highly anticipated showdown between legendary Quebec former world champion Eric Lucas and perennial contender Librado Andrade set for Friday, May 28th at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City . . . Click here for more
It’s the most significant featherweight fight in history. Jose Aldo currently rules over the division with vicious efficiency. Since entering the US mixed martial arts scene two years ago, the reigning featherweight champion is a perfect in six fights. Each of them ended inside the distance due to strikes, including stopping highly regarded contender Cub Swanson with a double flying knee eight seconds into the fight—yes, a double flying knee. . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, WEC
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“Good thing it’s not raining more. Although I could show everybody my newly acquired during training camp in Houston experience in long distance swimming,” said Tomasz Adamek (40-1, 28 KOs), when he and Chris Arreola (28-1, 25 KOs) arrived for a scheduled open workout in downtown Los Angeles. Instead of putting on gloves and trying NOT to show media and the other team’s “spies” anything they actually want to do this coming Saturday in Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, both heavyweights patiently answered reporters’ questions at the ESPNZone. (more…)
Former three time world champion in two weight divisions, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, greeted media and fans Tuesday at his open workout which took place at the San Jose Boxing and Fitness gym. Guerrero battles Roberto Arreita on the return of Telefutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” boxing series scheduled for Friday, April 30th at the Tropicana in Las Vegas. Here’s what he had to say. (more…)
By Craig Watt
Former undisputed Jr-welterweight champion Kostya Tszyu was a special guest on the Long Lunch today in Australia on Fox Sports News. During a twenty minute interview he hinted that he may be enticed into a ring return – if the right opportunity came along. He stated, “I have not officially retired – even after the loss to Ricky Hatton I have never stated that I am retired from the sport completely. I have not ruled out a return to the boxing ring but the opportunity would have to be right. It would have to be something big. It would take me about six months to get myself back into shape to compete again so it would have to be something different. A fight against big named boxers would be the only thing that would excite me to push my body into the pain. Let’s look at this weekend’s boxing fight between Floyd Mayweather and Shane Mosely – that would be a good challenge for me to fight the winner. Also Manny Pacquiao is the best fighter in the world and he is in my division. You never know what can happen in boxing but it is these types of fights that could entice me back to the boxing ring.” Tszyu has not fought since his 11th round retirement to Ricky Hatton in Manchester in 2006 and has spent recent years developing boxing gyms for young fighters in his native Russia.
Seven years into his MMA career, Anthony Njokuani is clearly hitting his stride. The Nigerian-born breakdancer has earned Knockout of the Night honors in his past three fights, and predicts his head-turning groove will continue on April 24 in Sacramento against opponent Shane Roller . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, WEC
“I saw the defeat of Kelly Pavlik. Strangely it didn’t surprise me,” said WBC interim middleweight champion Sabestian Zbik. “The phase he’s gone through you can’t put behind you so easily. Although Martinez is old (35), he’s a very good boxer. Nevertheless, I believe I can beat both. I would fight either Martinez or Pavlik immediately. Let’s see who has the courage to do it. I want to absolutely remove the word ‘interim’ from my life. The boxing fans have a right to know who the best middleweight in the WBC is. For that, I’ll also come to America. I’m watching exactly what you do, guys!” (Photo: Rolf Vennenbernd/www.filmograf.de)
Here’s video of a public workout today in Hamburg featuring WBO light heavyweight world champion Jürgen Brähmer (35-2, 28 KOs), light middleweight Jack Culcay (2-0, 1 KO), the first German Amateur champion in 14 years, 2008 Olympic heavyweight gold medalist Rahim Chachkiev (5-0, 5 KOs), undefeated WBA/WBO/WIBF flyweight champion “Killer Queen” Susi Kentikian (26-0, 16 KOs) and undefeated WIBA flyweight titleholder Nadia “The Beauty Beast” Raoui (11-0-1, 3 KOs).
By Karl Freitag
During a conference call today, WBA welterweight champion Sugar Shane Mosley lashed out at a reporter who asked him to compare how he feels now compared to how he felt in 2003 when he allegedly took a performance enhancing substance. “That’s a stupid question that you’re asking me because I never really…I never did that stuff,” said Shane. “I was never on it the way like that. I’ve always been a clean fighter. Actually I feel good and I’ve been feeling good. I’ve been knocking out everybody since 2003 and before 2003. I don’t feel like I should be condemned for something that I never tested positive at all. I just told the truth of what happened because the truth was brought to me by the federal people that took me to court or that brought me up as a witness, that brought me in as a witness and the truth was revealed to me there. So, this man (Victor Conte/BALCO Labs) that I had seen one time in my whole entire life, at the deposition was the second time I’ve seen him, it’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous that now the media wants to make me the ‘poster boy of steroids’ when I don’t even remember [taking] that stuff, so if you guys want to continue to think that or put that out there ‘so be it’ you know, you’ve got to hear the truth.”
On Saturday, the Super Six World Boxing Classic will return to SHOWTIME® with the Group Stage 2 matchup between undefeated WBC Super Middleweight Champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch of Nottingham, England and former WBA 168-pound champion Mikkel “Viking Warrior” Kessler of Denmark for Froch’s WBC world title. Click for the tape of the tape and latest fighter quotes…
If Floyd Mayweather is the winner of his May 1 welterweight super clash against WBA welterweight champion Sugar Shane Mosley, Floyd will not win the WBA title. If Shane wins, he will retain the WBA championship. If Floyd wins, the title will become vacant.
Hard-hitting welterweight contender Selcuk Aydin arrived at a training camp in Florida last week to prepare for his first world title fight. On June 5th “Mini-Tyson” will face former WBA champion Luis Collazo for the WBC silver championship in Istanbul, Turkey. For more details and photos click here…
By Ricardo Conde
Three time world champion Israel “El Magnifico” Vazquez (44-4, 32 KOs) of Mexico will take on two-division world champion, Rafael Marquez (38-5, 34 KOs) of Mexico on Saturday, May 22nd at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA on “Once and Four All.” 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 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. For more details and photos click here…
By Ron Jackson
Mzolisi Yoyo and Sikhulile Sidzumo the number one and two ranked contenders meet for the vacant South African junior welterweight title in East London on Sunday afternoon. The title became vacant when Kaizer Mabuza relinquished the title after winning an IBF title eliminator against Kendall Holt in February this year. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
Looks like a proposed fight between former IBF/WBO light welterweight and undisputed welterweight champion Zab Judah (38-6, 26 KOs) and undefeated WBO #7, WBC #9 and WBA #10 ranked Kazakh prospect Vitaly Demyanenko (18-0, 11 KOs) isn’t as close as Kazakh media has been reporting. “Zab’s response to a challenge from Demayneko’s camp was ‘Vitaly who?,'” said Demyanenko’s agent Yuri Fedorov. “Vitaly is 18-0 and the current regional champion with the WBO/WBC/WBA where he is rated #5, #9 and #10 respectively. And where is Zab Judah – #8 with the WBA… so from the outset he plays a more prominent figure than Zab in the overall scheme of things with the current welterweight ratings.” (more…)
As the hours and days tick off the clock before Floyd “Money” Mayweather (40-0, 25 KOs) and “Sugar” Shane Mosley (46-5, 39 KOs) clash at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas on May 1st, the two sides continue to exchange verbal jabs before the real ones.
At Mayweather’s recent media day at his gym in Las Vegas, “Money” pulled no punches when discussing his upcoming fight. What many may not know is that this fight has been a long time coming for both fighters. Mayweather has wanted a piece of Mosley since as far back as the year 2000 . . . click here for more
By Brady Crytzer
Over the last two years heavyweight prospect Brian Minto has filled a void. In a sport where “the good old days” seem farther than ever, the undersized heavyweight brawler has satisfied pundits who clamored for the time of Rocky Marciano and Jack Dempsey. After suffering a TKO loss to prospect Chris Arreola in December, the refocused Minto has dropped down in weight to make a run in the cruiserweight division. His first fight? WBO world champion Marco Huck. With his first career title shot looming in a brand new weight class, the rejuvenated Minto is ready for anything.
“I can see my stomach muscles now,” Minto joked. “I made a commitment to myself to lose this weight. Everything is faster now. My conditioning is the best it’s ever been and training just feels easier.” (more…)
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