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The Sky Ute Casino in Ignacio, Colo. will launch their 2011 with a Feb. 12 pro-am card headlining Four Corners favorites Elco “The Animal” Garcia and Joe “Ironman” Gomez. In the main event, Garcia (23-7, 12 KOs) will go eight rounds at middleweight with Patrick Thompson (16-15-1, 6 KOs). The co-main lines up Joe Gomez (17-3-1, 8 KOs) in a rematch with El Paso/Albuquerque’s Bernado Guereca (15-10-1, 3 KOs). Five more bouts are scheduled: Las Vegas welterweight Layla McCarter (32-13-5, 7 KOs) fights Cimberly Harris (5-15), six rounds at 145; Denver’s Brittany Cruz (7-4-1, 1 KO) takes on Las Vegas, NM’s Amanda “Boom Boom” Crespin (4-2-1, 1 KO) for the vacant WIBA featherweight youth belt; David Springer (3-1-3), of Las Vegas, fights Aaron Fernandez (0-4), five rounds at bantam; Jr. middleweight debuters Cris Leyva and Arthur Aragon in a four-rounder; and, in the opening bout, middleweight debuters Steve Victor and Herb Begay go four.
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WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto and two-division world champion Ricardo Mayorga pose during a video shoot in New York City Tuesday. Cotto and Mayorga are in town for a press conference Wednesday to announce their upcoming world title fight on March 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Cotto vs. Mayorga will be televised on SHOWTIME Pay Per View.
Middleweight contender John Duddy has announced that he is retiring from boxing effective immediately, thus rejecting a $100,000 purse for a proposed March 12 showdown with Irish compatriot Andy Lee. “After a great deal of soul-searching, I have decided to retire from boxing,” said Duddy in a statement. “I no longer have the enthusiasm and willingness to make the sacrifices that are necessary to honor the craft of prizefighting. I used to love going to the gym. Now it’s a chore. I wish I still had the hunger, but I don’t. The fire has burned out. And I know myself well enough to know that it won’t return….I give you my word, I will not come back.”
Fernando Beltran, president of Promociones Zanfer presented his company’s year-end review book that relives the shows that the renown Mexican boxing company was part of in 2010 and is further evidence of why they are considered one of the most successful boxing company in the entire world today. The digital version of the book can be seen in this link. “We have a made a commitment to the boxing fans, our boxers and our sponsors to bring the best boxing possible and I believe we did that in 2010 and will look forward to bring even better and more entreating events to everyone in 2011,” said Beltran. (more…)
Steve “The Canadian Kid” Molitor (33-1, 12 KOs) will not box at the Bell Centre on March 19th as previously expected, due to an IBF technicality. Top Rank had won a November 30th purse bid to present the Molitor vs. Takalani Ndlovu (31-6, 18 KOs) bout, and decided to work together with InterBox to place the fight on InterBox’s March 19th 2011 Showtime boxing card. However, according to IBF Rule 10.F.1, the winning bidder had the obligation to promote the bout within 90 days of the opening of the bids. The March 19th date surpassed this period by a little over 2 weeks. This opened the door for Ndlovu’s promoter to appeal to the IBF. (more…)
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Highly talented and hard hitting lightweight prospect Francisco Contreras (15-0, 13 KOs) of the Dominican Republic joins former junior lightweight champion Robert Garcia and his ever growing stable of fighters, at Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard, CA. The 26 year-old Contreras wasted no time getting accustomed to his new surroundings having already began training and assisting WBA # 1 lightweight contender “Bam Bam” Brandon Rios (26-0-1, 19 KOs) prepare for his upcoming fight against WBA lightweight champion Miguel Acosta (28-3-2, 22 KOs), which takes place February 26th. For more details and photos click here…
By Phil Doherty
Sometimes the simplest answer is the right answer. Lost somewhere in the hullabaloo surrounding the Bernard Hopkins-Jean Pascal-Chad Dawson triangle lies a very simple, albeit potentially painful resolution. Three is definitely a crowd when it comes to the tangled scenario currently playing out in the light heavyweight division. (more…)
On March 4th, the first ever show promoted by New Legend Boxing Promotions will take place at the Cordon Bleu Banquet Hall in Woodhaven, New York (part of the NYC borough of Queens). In the main event, former amateur standout and undefeated super middleweight Will Rosinsky (13-0, 7 KOs) will see action in an eight round bout against Alfredo Trevino (6-1, 1 KO). There will be three six round-co features that will have some great local talent on display. In a super bantamweight bout, undefeated Juan Dominguez (6-0, 4 KOs) will take on an opponent to be named. Light heavyweight Joel Castillo (7-0, 4 KOs) of the Bronx, New York will also see action in a six rounder. Also, after a four-and-a-half year layoff, Light heavyweight Aneudi Santos (12-5, 9 KOs) will return in a light heavyweight bout.
Light heavyweight Blake “The Candyman” Prevost (15-2-1, 5 KOs) is intent on showing former world title challenger Will “Kidfire” McIntyre (40-4-1, 14 KOs) what happens when you try to dip your toe into a brutal sport like boxing when the two meet in the 10-round main event this Saturday night (January 22) at the Hollywood Casino in Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi. Currently at the tail end of what he calls a “perfect” training camp, Prevost says he’s going spoil McIntyre’s first return to the ring in two years.
“I’m offended they even chose me for his comeback opponent,” admitted Prevost. “I hope he does think that because I lost my last fight I’m going to be an easy mark. It’ll make it that much better when I stop him. You don’t sit out two years and then take on a guy like me. He’s not Sugar Ray Leonard.” (more…)
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Hall-of-Fame Top Rank promoter Bob Arum and promoter Don King appear at a promotional interview in New York City, Tuesday to announce their first co-promotion in five years. Arum and King will be announcing a SHOWTIME Pay-Per-View extravaganza, headlined by WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto defending his title against two-division world champion Ricardo Mayorga, Saturday, March 12, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
By Karl Freitag
Promoters Don King and Gary Shaw ripped into reports about poor ticket sales for the January 29 clash of champions between Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley and Devon Alexander “The Great” at the 70,000-seat Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan. The arena will be curtained off to about 10,000-15,000 capacity.
Don King: [The Silverdome] are very happy about what they’ve done because it brings significant note to the building which has been suffering hard knocks and broken dreams, so what it is is a great boost to them. The fight in itself will be seen by millions and millions of fans worldwide and that’s really what it’s all about….and as you know in boxing it has always been the walk-up and last two or three days. Nothing has changed in the custom and tradition of the sport that would enable anyone to say whether they have less ticket sales today or more ticket sales tomorrow. The ticket sales will not determine the greatness of this fight.
Gary Shaw: I put on the greatest fight in the decade, Corrales-Castillo. We didn’t sell 2,000 tickets. I’ve never heard anyone say that wasn’t a fight that was extraordinary….the fight is bigger than the site!….All you writers have written about how us promoters should get out of the casinos and go out and do something in local areas. Give Don and I some credit for being willing to go into Detroit. Give the owner of the Silverdome the credit for wanting to show off a site that he bought and show that he can do boxing there. I don’t care if we draw 500 people. Give us the credit for going out and doing it. Give the credit to two fighters and two trainers who don’t care where they go!
Slideshow: 4-time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield works out in New York City on Saturday, Jan. 17 at the Church Street Gym: Click here for more photos by Chris Cozzone
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The full undercard has been determined for the February 11 Zeferino card in El Paso headlining David “Nino” Rodriguez vs. Ty Cobb. In the co-main, former WBC World Youth and NABA champion Hector “Machito” Camacho Jr. (52-4-28 KOs) seeks to bounce back from a knockout loss by taking on Juan ”Monster” Astorga (14-5-1, 9 KOs), who is coming off back-to-back losses to John Duddy and Daniel Jacobs. In the swing bout, the Rocky Ford, Colorado-born former WBC World Youth Champion and rated #13 with the NABA, #9 USBA, Marvin “Much Too Much” Cordova Jr. (22-2-11KO’s) returns from a controversial loss to Josesito Lopez that was aired on ESPN2’s Friday night fights. Cordova will face veteran Jorge Reyes (21-29-3, 17 KOs), who’s lost 18 of his last 2o bouts, and has gone unwon in over a decade. In other bouts: Jennifer Han (1-1-1) of El Paso faces Geni Taylor (2-1, 1 KO) in a four-round lightweight bout; Socorro, NM’s David Castillo (2-1) fights El Paso debuter Carlos Villa in a four-round jr. welter bout; El paso jr welter Oscar Valenzuela (2-0, 1 KO) fights Las Cruces journeyman Lorenzo Estrada (3-18-1, 1 KO) in a four-rounder.
A purse bid was held in the IBF office today for the IBF jr. featherweight championship mandatory defense between champion Steve Molitor and Takalani Ndlovu. Branco Sports Productions won the bid with $320,000. Top Rank bid $ 227,500. The winning bidder has up until 90 days to stage the fight.
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Saturday’s postponed Sauerland Event show in Neubrandenburg, Germany will be rescheduled as soon as possible. “We have to wait and see how quickly Sebastian recovers and then speak to the IBF to set a new date,” said Team Sauerland General Manager Chris Meyer. “We are trying to sort this out as soon as we can.”
Team Sauerland was forced to call off Saturday’s world title twinbill after IBF middleweight champion Sebastian Sylvester caught a virus infection. The 30-year-old was slated to face Mehdi Bouadla in his fourth defense, with IBF cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham taking on mandatory challenger Enad Licina in the co-feature. “I am very disappointed,” Sylvester said. “All of a sudden I felt sick and exhausted. I went straight to the doctor who told me that I could not fight on Saturday. That is a major disappointment for me as I was really looking forward to fighting in front of my home fans in Neubrandenburg.”
Official WBC Statement: The WBC is proud to announce the appointment of Sergio Martinez as Emeritus Champion. Sergio Martinez is a two-time world champion, as he conquered the WBC super welterweight championship and then defeated great champion Kelly Pavlik to conquer the WBC middleweight championship. He then defeated Paul Williams with a dramatic “Knockout of the Year.” Sergio Martinez is a true example for the youth outside the ring and is constantly active in the WBC Cares Program, visiting children’s hospitals, underprivileged children’s housing, and has a formal company in support of abused women making him a true influence all around the world. With Sergio Martinez’ designation as Emeritus Champion and Ambassador of Good Will and Peace, WBC interim champion Sebastian Zbik of Germany becomes the WBC world middleweight champion and must face the mandatory contender Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Two of the all-time greatest world heavyweight champions, Lennox Lewis and Larry Holmes, will be special guests supporting their former rival, Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield (43-10-2, 28 KOs), when the living legend defends his World Boxing Federation heavyweight title Saturday night against challenger Sherman “Tank” Williams (34-11-2, 19 KOs), live from America’s resort — The Greenbrier’s Colonial Hall — in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia . . . Click here for more
Timothy Bradley: “I am still here training at the Boys and Girls club in Indio, California. This is where I have always trained for my fights and what works for me. I am ahead of schedule so the following week I will be closing my training camp with my fitness coach and will continue to work in the gym on the game plan. My training regimen is more so new school and I have incorporated strength training as of August. We are getting closer to the 29th and as that is soon approaching there is more intensity in all that I do and I also start tapering off my workouts. At this point in my training camp I feel like every day has a moment like in the Rocky films. When I am sparring or when I’m running and just feel like I have pushed myself to the limit and can’t go any more I start to talk to myself and become the one that tells me to push it. I hear a voice within me that tells me to keep going… keep on it, keep pushing. Yeah, I want this for me but also I want this for everyone… my family, the kids I coach and to those whose lives I’ve touched in any way in my work with the community. I always have a motto that I follow and take to heart and that is that at the end of that night (fight night) my family will be the one that eats. I know that every man is hungry out there and that is why I need to be the one starving. I feel that my motto will not only help me keep mental focused and determined but it also keeps me grounded. I train hard every day because I want to be remembered as one of the best fighters years from now I know this is not an easy thing to accomplish but with God’s help I know that I will one day accomplish my goal. Turning in now. Lights out.”
WBC super lightweight champion Devon Alexander (21-0, 13 KOs) and WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (26-0, 11 KOs) collide January 29, at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan.
Devon Alexander: “We are in the heart of our training camp. I’m here in Las Vegas sleeping in Mike Tyson’s old bed in Don King’s house at night, pounding the pavement for six miles every morning and in the gym every afternoon for training and sparring. You can’t beat a fight town like Vegas to find good sparring partners. It is critical for my preparation. I have guys here who are not just giving me good rounds, they are giving me good looks—the kind of looks I expect to see from Tim Bradley come Jan. 29 at the Silverdome. A daunting challenge is when we drive up to Mt. Charleston three times a week to run on the mountain road I call The Monster. It’s one thing to run it in the summer. It’s quite another to face it in the dead of winter. I had a TV crew from HBO up there with me on The Monster last week, and we got snowed off the mountain! We are up so high I’m jogging by people who are skiing at the Mt. Charleston Ski Resort. Heck, it snowed two inches in Vegas the other day! So much for fun in the sun…. My trainer, Kevin Cunningham, has been with me since I was 7. I wouldn’t be where I am today without him. He is an excellent trainer. His goal is to make sure I peak on the night of the fight. We are moving towards that goal every day. I feel like that is exactly where we will be come fight night. I can tell you one thing for sure: Timmy Bradley is going to have to deal with what I am preparing for. This isn’t a hobby for me, it’s my job. Bradley is not going to come to Detroit at the end of this month and take what I have worked my whole life to gain. He will have to deal with what I am going to bring. I know he’s trying to boast himself up, trying to convince himself of all the things he’s going to do. Well, I remember something Felix Trinidad said when Fernando Vargas was doing a lot of bragging before they fought. He said there is an old Puerto Rican saying that goes like this: ‘It is one thing to call out the devil, and it is quite another to see him coming.’ You’ll see what happens to Timmy Bradley when he sees me coming.”
WBC super lightweight champion Devon Alexander (21-0, 13 KOs) and WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (26-0, 11 KOs) collide January 29, at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan.
With a star-studded card featuring Ultimate Fighting Championship® middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva facing “The Phenom” Vitor Belfort, former UFC® light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin battling former middleweight champion Rich Franklin, and up-and-coming 205-pound stars Jon Jones and Ryan Bader squaring off, UFC 126: SILVA vs. BELFORT is nearing a sell-out. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
In a conversation with Mexican promoter “Nacho” Huizar, we’ve been informed that he is looking to match current WBA super flyweight world champion Hugo Cazares (34-6-2, 24 KOs) against current WBO super flyweight world champion Omar Narvaez (32-0-2, 19 KOs) in a unification bout. “We hope we can to bring this fight to Mexico and our date is April 30. It would be a great fight for the fans between two great champions,” said Huizar. There is also the possibility that Cazares can do one or two title defenses and find an opportunity to face newly crowned WBA bantamweight champion Koki Kameda. Narvaez is scheduled to defend his crown against Mexican Victor Zaleta on February 12 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
WBA #11 light heavyweight and reigning WBA Fedecentro beltholder Tommy Karpency (20-2 13 KOs) is gearing up for his fight with Dallas Vargas (22-6 16 KOs) on February 12th at the Zembo Shrine in Harrisburg, PA. “Sparring has been going real well,” says trainer and father Tom Karpency Sr. “Tommy has been getting some good work in with some heavier guys to prepare him for a tough fight on February 12th. We’ll probably peak here in the next couple weeks and then taper off during fight week.” (more…)
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Universum Box-Promotion is looking forward to the next world boxing champion in its ranks. On Tuesday night, a letter from WBC President Jose Sulaiman announced that unbeaten Sebastian Zbik (30-0, 10 KOs) is now the new “undisputed” world champion at his weight. Zbik had been the WBC interim titleholder since July 2009, but full champion Martinez never made his mandatory defense. “At last the long wait is over. I’m very happy that I’m now a true world champion,” said Zbik. “I’ve always said that I wanted to fight Martinez. I’ve defended the interim title three times now and haven’t avoided anyone, so I’m glad that the WBC has taken action. I’ve worked six hard years for this day and now the big moment is finally here. It feels great!” (more…)
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