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By Francisco Salazar
It is with a sad heart that Fightnews.com reports on the unfortunate and unexpected passing of former cruiserweight prospect Darius Watson of Los Angeles. Watson was running on the beach on Sunday evening when he suffered an apparent heart attack. He was rushed to a local hospital, where he passed away on Monday morning. Watson finished with a professional record of seven victories (with three knockouts) to go with one defeat. One of Watson’s career highlights was a 12 second knockout victory over Robert Green in January of 2002. The one defeat was in his last fight in May of 2006, a disputed split decision loss to Richard Paige. Watson was a physical education teacher at a junior high school in South Los Angeles. Watson stopped boxing after being diagnosed with a heart condition. He recently was working as a second in corners of fighters from a local gym. Fightnews.com sends their heartfelt condolences to Watson’s family and friends.
Shortley after it was announced that WBO junior middleweight champion Sergei Dzinziruk (36-0, 22 KOs) had been released by Universum Box-Promotion, it was announced that the Ukrainian-born stylist would now be promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and Banner Promotions. Dzinziruk’s four-year title reign has included five successful defenses. Shaw stated that Dzinziruk will make his U.S. debut this spring and is setting up his base of operations in Los Angeles.
Rick Hatton trainer Lee Beard has decided to move to America and will no longer be connected with Hatton Promotions Ltd, Ricky or Matthew Hatton. As of now, Ricky Hatton has not made any decision as to who will be replacing Floyd Mayweather Sr. as his chief trainer. He will address this issue on his return from holiday. Meanwhile Hatton’s brother Matthew Hatton will continue his training for his fight at Fenton Manor, Stoke on the February 19 under the wing of Bob Shannon.
Manny Pacquiao challenger Joshua Clottey is currently training in New York City. “Joshua was training for awhile in Ghana. He’s in top condition,” said his manager, Vinny Scolpino. Team Clottey will soon be off to their main training headquarters in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Clottey will take on Pacquiao at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas on March 13. Pacquiao vs. Clottey will be available on HBO Pay Per View.
WBO junior middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk and Universum Box-Promotion have parted ways. Below are the statements of both:
Sergiy Dzinziruk: “Universum and I have both agreed to part ways. We have had constructive conversations and have found a way to dissolve my contract. I am grateful to Universum for my success in recent years and for the ability to become a professional boxer. Under Klaus-Peter Kohl I became the WBO world Champion and I am extremely grateful to him for that. I would like to stress that the statements made about Universum and me in various media outlets in the past are false and have not originated from me personally. Universum has always been a reliable partner and is one of the world’s elite promoters.”
Universum Managing Director Stefan Braune: “After the courts affirmed the validity of our contract, Sergiy asked that it be canceled by mutual agreement. We were able to reach an agreement about this in recent weeks. We do not want to be an obstacle to Sergiy and now wish him all the best and especially good health. We are gretaful to Sergiy for the many great matches that he fought under our banner.”
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Former light heavyweight world champion Glen Johnson (49-13-2, 33 KOs) closes out his training camp during a drill with his trainer Orlando Cuellar. Johnson will take on Yusaf Mack (28-2-2, 17 KOs) this Friday in the main event on an edition of ESPN2’s Friday Night Fight series. Johnson knows the high stakes of this bout in terms of his career moving forward and expressed it. “I completed training camp and I’m good to go. This a fight that I have to have and there will be no mercy for Mack on my behalf come Friday night,” said the man known as ‘The Road Warrior.’
By Alexey Sukachev
The Professional Boxing Federation of Russia has officially announced the cream of the Russian pugilistics in 2009. Several winners in various nominations were defined and the biggest victor was undoubtedly cruiserweight Denis Lebedev (19-0, 14 KOs) who went right from obscurity to eye-popping results at the top of the 200 lb division. (more…)
WBA interim super light weight champion Marcos Madaina (27-1, 26 KOs) will defend his title against challenger Victor Cayo (24-0, 16 KOs). Looks like the bout will take place in San Francisco on March 27th.
Mikkel Kessler (42-2, 32 KOs) has moved his training camp from Copenhagen to Berlin. He is working out at the famous Max-Schmeling-Gym at Team Sauerland´s headquarters near the Olympic Stadium. “I enjoy being in Berlin,” the Viking Warrior said. “The facilities are great and we train very hard. I will be in perfect shape when I take on Froch.” Kessler will battle it out with WBC Champion Carl Froch in the second round of the Super Six World Boxing Classic in April. Training with Kessler in Berlin is gifted Danish youngster Patrick Nielsen (2-0, 2 KOs).
Story by Anthony Springer, Jr.
Going into Saturday’s main event bout with fellow UFC legend Mark “The Hammer” Coleman, Randy “The Natural” Couture (17-10) is all smiles.
Tucked away on the southwest end of Las Vegas at his famous Xtreme Couture gym, the five-time UFC champion is living up to his nickname. After wrapping up a workout, Couture, drenched in his own sweat entertains a group of reporters.. . . . Click here for more
A winner of 12 in a row and unbeaten in his last 16 (15-0-1) dating to May 2006, World Boxing Council interim champion Antonio DeMarco (23-1-1, 17 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico, will challenge devastating Venezuelan and WBC lightweight belt-holder, Edwin Valero (26-0, 26 KOs), in the main event this Saturday, Feb. 6, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). The event at Arena Monterrey will mark the first time a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING broadcast has aired from Mexico since March 7, 1998, when Julio Cesar Chavez boxed a draw with Miguel Angel Gonzalez. It’s the first card on SHOWTIME from Monterrey in more than 15 years, or since Chavez stopped Tony Lopez on Dec. 10, 1994. SHOWTIME caught up with DeMarco for his thoughts on this Saturday’s scheduled 12-round bout. (more…)
One night before two-time world champion Edwin Valero (26-0, 26 KOs) defends his World Boxing Council (WBC) lightweight crown against WBC 135-pound interim titleholder Antonio DeMarco (23-1-1, 17 KOs) in Monterrey, Mexico, on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT), once-beaten Freddy “El Riel’’ Hernandez (27-1, 18 KOs), of Lynwood, Calif., will take on former world champion, southpaw DeMarcus “Chop Chop’’ Corley (36-12-1, 21 KOs), of Washington, D.C., in the main event on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). In the co-feature this Friday, Feb. 5, at Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif., hard-hitting, undefeated Dominican Francisco Contreras (12-0, 11 KOs), of Livingston, N.J., should get what definitely will be the toughest test of his career when he faces Juan Castaneda, Jr. (16-2, 12 KOs), of La Paz, Mexico, in an eight-round junior welterweight bout. (more…)
Two-time world champion Jose Luis Castillo and middleweight contender Ireland’s John Duddy will each box on the Pacquiao vs. Clottey ‘The Event’ Pay Per View championship event March 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Salvador Sanchez, nephew and namesake of the former world champion, will be featured on the international broadcast. Bob Arum of Top Rank and Jerry Jones, owner of the NFL Dallas Cowboys, made the announcement today at a press conference in Mexico City. For more details and photos click here…
By Gary “Digital” Williams
The ICE Promotions Boxing card slated for Saturday, March 6 at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA is loaded with talent from the Beltway region and a few of the matches have Beltway Boxers facing each other. The main event for the card has already been announced — the 12-round WBC USNBC junior middleweight title bout between champion Jimmy Lange of Great Falls, VA (31-3-2, 21 KOs) and “The White Tiger” Chase Shields of Houston, TX. (29-3-1, 14 KOs) This will be Lange’s ninth consecutive main event at the Patriot Center. (more…)
By Hilmar Rojas Erazo
With only four days left before WBC lightweight world champion Edwin Valero makes his second defense against interim beltholder Antonio DeMarco, the Venezuelan is finishing up his last few days of preparations. Convinced he won’t have a problem holding onto the title, Valero is watching diet and taking care of various publicity commitments for the fight. He is comfortable in Monterrey, saying “they have treated me very well. They all are waiting for the fight to see me, and say to me that they are with me, and it’s incredible. They say that I am a very “regal” fighter, as they say in this region, which makes me feel good. Also, although I’m not a Mexican boxer, they want to see here and that makes more expectations.” (more…)
The rematch between heavyweights Tony “TNT” Grano and Mark “Oak Tree” Brown headlines the March 12 pro boxing card, “Brace For Impact,” presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Sports and Entertainment, Inc. (CES), in Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. Brown (15-2, 7 KOs) overcame two knockdowns to stop Grano, fighting out of Hebron (CT), in the eighth round of their first bout in September 2008. Grano (16-1-1, 13 KOs), a 2005 U.S. National Championships winner and National Golden Gloves Tournament runner-up, has won two in a row since suffering his lone loss as a pro. The popular power-puncher is coming off of a sensational, nationally-televised knockout of previously-undefeated prospect Travis Kaufman (18-0) last September. Brown’s eight-fight win streak was snapped last June on a short-notice fight when he lost to world-title challenger Fred Oquendo. Tickets for “Brace For Impact,” priced at $40, $60 and $100, are available to purchase by calling 401.724.2253/2254.
Story and photos by Felipe Leon
Despite his 25 fights under his professional belt, interim WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (23-1-1, 17KO) feels that the majority of his gained experience has been in his most recent bouts, wins over Almazbek “Kid Diamond” Raiymkulov and Anges Adjaho. Along with the experience, DeMarco displayed a patience that had not been seen before . . . click here for more
Welter/jr.welter/jr. middleweight champ Holly Holm (26-1-3, 7 KOs) will rematch Chevelle “Fists of Steel” Hallback (27-5-2, 11 KOs) March 26 at Isleta Casino and Resort south of Albuquerque. The card, billed as “Warrior Vengeance” and promoted by Fresquez Productions, will see Holm defend her WIBA light welterweight belt. In the co-main, an eight-rounder at jr. welter between two former Holm opponents, top contender Terri Blair (11-14-3, 7 KOs) will take on Albuquerque’s Victoria Cisneros (3-8-2). Also scheduled for the card: Albuquerque welter Josh “Pitbull” Torres (3-1, 2 KOs) stages a comeback against debuting Ben Acosta, also from the Duke City; fan favorite David Proa (7-1, 7 KOs), coming off a blazing kayo win last Friday, will take on an opponent TBA; comebacking heavyweight Fernando Reyes (0-1) takes on debuter Eric McElroy; Albuquerque super featherweights Randy “Savage” Arrellin (2-2, 1 KO) and Salvador Zamora (4-2) go four; and Albuquerque super bantam Sammy Piar (1-0) goes four with TBA. — Chris Cozzone
Story by Andreas Hale
It must have been difficult for Mike “Quick” Swick to watch his opportunity to fight Georges St. Pierre and a shot at welterweight title fade away after an unlikely turn of events that put him on the outside looking in.
Swick was originally scheduled to face Martin Kampmann at UFC 103. But when Swick went down with an injury, Paul Daley would step in, blowout Kampmann and shake up the welterweight division. . . . Click here for more
Undefeated light heavyweight Ismayl Silakh (10-0, 9 KOs), who hails from the Zaporozhye, Ukraine, but lives in California, is scheduled to appear against an opponent to be named on Saturday’s card at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, underneath heavyweights Tomas Adamek vs. Jason Estrada. Also featured on the card will be 2008 U.S. Olympian welterweight Sadam Ali (4-0, 2 KOs), a 2008 U.S. Olympian, who faces fellow unbeaten Jason Thompson (4-0, 2 KOs).
Unbeaten heavyweight Derek Chisora (11-0, 6 KOs) will now face Carl “The Fridge” Baker (9-4, 6 KOs) on February 13 at Wembley Arena in an eliminator for the British title. Baker replaces former world title challenger Danny Williams, who pulled out of a clash with Chisora last week. Baker, who beat Williams in last year’s Prizefighter tournament, is vowing to end Chisora’s unbeaten record. “It’s always been my dream to win the British title,” stated Baker, “and I’ll be a step closer once I’ve knocked out Chisora.” Chisora responded “Baker’s going to be tough, but I’m ready to knock him out and show I’m the best in Britain…I’m just glad that someone had the bottle to face me in the end. Williams claimed he was injured, while [Tyson] Fury’s got a big mouth but no guts to back it up. He’s so scared of me I’m surprised he didn’t go all the way to Australia. Full respect to Baker for agreeing to the fight, but there’s only one winner, and that’s me!”
By Jeff White at ringside/Memphisboxing.com
Prize Fight Boxing kicked off 2010 on Saturday night at the Fitz Casino in Tunica, Mississippi, with a five card bout before an always boisterous crowd. The scheduled eight round main event featured middleweights Jonathan Nelson (13-0, 6 KOs) vs Clarence “Sonny Bono” Taylor (14-23-4, 7 KOs). The fight started with light action, with Nelson getting the slight edge. Nelson was seemingly the more polished fighter but Taylor’s experience proved valuable as he knocked down Nelson in the third and picked his spots throughout the bout. Midway through the fourth Nelson took control, landing on several good combos when he got Taylor in the ropes. However, he seemed to lack the ability to finish up and capitalize on the advantage from the combos. But despite the hesitation from Nelson, he dominated the fight and won by unanimous decision. (More)
By Alexey Sukachev
World-class boxing will make its long-awaited return to the Russian capital on Saturday when Yuri Fedorov Sports Lab arranges a major boxing tournament at the Aquarium Hotel located inside the so-called Crocus City on the outskirts of Moscow (“Myakinino” station of the capital underground). Helping Fedorov to stage this show will be Kirill Pchelnikov of PUSHKA Promotions and German Titov, who will bring more renowned fighters to the table. According to insider info, confirmed by German Titov Promotions’ web portal, Aaron Mitchell (27-1-1, 21 KOs), who was earlier scheduled to collide with Dmitry Pirog in a virtual eliminator, suffered an injury during his training camp and will be replaced by his twin Eric, who has never been stopped and has a handful of quality wins including victories over ex-IBF titlist Alejandro Berrio (TKO 1) and unbeatens Rob Dula (KO 1) and Anthony Fields (SD 8). Eric Mitchell has already arrived in Moscow. (more…)
The former WBA flyweight champion Eric “Little Hands of Stone” Morel moved his training camp to Puerto Rico for the last two weeks of this preparation as he gets ready to fight for another world title on Saturday, February 13 at the Las Vegas Hilton in one of the televised fights on the Top Rank pay-per-view card “Latin Fury 13/Pinoy Power 3″. For more details and photos click here…
By Alexey Sukachev
Rising company Ural Boxing Promotions is having an active start for 2010 and it looks like only the beginning of a long road this year. On Jan. 27 they staged a tiny tournament at Markstadt restaurant in its virtual hometown of Chelyabinsk. Headlining the show was 19-year old knockout artist Khetag Kozaev (8-0, 8 KOs), who notched his sixth first-round KO victory forcing overmatched local hero Denis Balandin (5-4-1) to retire on his stool. (more…)
In his hometown of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, three-time world champion, Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel is getting ready, not only physically but mentally for his next fight: a world title defense against undefeated Ciso Morales of the Phillipines on Saturday, February 13 in a big Top Rank championship pay-per-view card that will telecast live from the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel. For more details and photos click here…
The March 6 headliner at the Ohkay Casino outside of Espanola, N.M.,with former five-time world champ Johnny Tapia vs. Jorge Reyes is a confirmed exhibition bout. The planned pro-am card, however, will feature ten amateur bouts and six pro, including the debut of Albuquerque’s Henry “Poison” Anaya III, Lucas Galle vs. Carlos Sanchez, and a potential scorcher between Raymond “Hollywood” Montes vs. Alan Sanchez. — Chris Cozzone
Paulo Thiago likes to say that in every one of his bouts, a new fighter emerges from Brasilia, Brazil. And these are not just words; it is a necessity when you have been competing at the highest levels since your first step in the Octagon . . . Click here for more by Martins Denis, UFC.com
Seven-time world champion and “fighter of the decade” Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao hits the mitts with trainer Freddie Roach at the Wildcard Boxing Club as he prepares for his upcoming world welterweight championship against Joshua Clottey. Top Rank’s “The Event”, will be held on Saturday, March 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas,Texas and televised live on HBO pay-per-view. Click here for more photos…
It’s official. After 17 years, Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins (50-5-1, 32 KOs) and Roy “The Terminator” Jones Jr. (54-6, 40 KOs) will collide again. The rematch is set for April 3 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev. The bout will be broadcast live on pay-per-view beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. The fighters will participate in a press tour with stops in New York and Los Angeles next Tuesday and Wednesday. Both are talking already. “I am going to end this thing between me and Roy once and for all,” said Hopkins. Jones commented, “Now I can finally terminate the Executioner once and for all.”
By Alexey Sukachev
Russian top heavyweight contender Alexander Povetkin (18-0, 13 KOs) has successfully arrived in New York to continue his preparation for the upcoming non-title ten-rounder, which is set on March 13 at Max Schmeling Halle in Berlin, Germany. Povetkin, whose next opponent is yet to be defined, will be trained by Teddy Atlas. “I’m very happy at the beginning of 2010 and I expect much to come this year,” commented Alexander. “I hope to get a world title shot later this year, and it’ll be the most important fight of my life. However, right now I’m fully focused on my next outing and I don’t want some other thoughts to disturb me.”
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® today announced that for the first time ever, UFC® will broadcast its Pay-Per-View event fully in Spanish. From the moment UFC announcers Troy Santiago and Victor Davila welcome fans to the live event, to the fighter interviews in the Octagon™, right to the end credits rolling on screen, the broadcast will start and finish exclusively en Espanol. (more…)
SHOWTIME Sports® will present a fight card from Mexico for the first time in nearly 12 years when devastating, undefeated knockout artist and two-time world champion Edwin Valero (26-0, 26 KOs), of Las Vegas, Nev., by way of Merida, Venezuela, defends his WBC lightweight crown against streaking, once-beaten WBC 135-pound interim titleholder Antonio DeMarco (23-1-1, 17 KOs) of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, on Saturday. In the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING co-feature, unbeaten, world-ranked Luis Carlos Abregu (28-0, 23 KOs) of Salta, Argentina, will be opposed by Richard Gutierrez (24-3, 14 KOs), of Miami, Fla., via Arjona, Colombia, in a 10-round welterweight bout. The doubleheader will be shown live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBA #1/WBC #3 OPBF 105-pound champ Yasutaka Kuroki (23-3-1, 15 KOs), 107.75, engaged in a tune-up go prior to his world title shot, and was awarded a TKO victory over JBC #6 light-fly Takumi Suda (10-6-2, 2 KOs), 108, at 1:20 of the sixth round in a scheduled eight on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. After the fight, the 28-year-old cocky southpaw said in the ring, “I’ll fight Oleydong Sithsanerchai for his WBC belt at the Ariake Coliseum on March 27. Please come and see my title shot.” It hadn’t been disclosed at any press conference. Kuroki had been only reported that he would fight for a world throne beneath newly crowned WBC flyweight champ Koki Kameda. If not Sherlock Holmes, we could infer Kameda’s schedule and fight venue as well from Kuroki’s eloquence. Then, who will face Kameda? (more…)
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