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Undefeated IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud (23-0, 19 KOs), from Tallahassee, Fla., will make his fourth title defense on Saturday against former WBA light heavyweight champion Gabriel Campillo (21-3-1, 7 KOs), from Madrid, Spain, at American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. “I’m going to make a statement that I am a vicious champion and I refuse to be defeated,” Cloud said. “You can train as long as you want, you can train as hard as you want, but it just ain’t gonna help you.”
Cloud says his power in the ring comes from his unique training regimen. He’s even got a name for it. “We do somethin’ called Kill-a-Bitch Training,” Cloud said. “This ain’t regular training for a regular 12-round fight. I can’t even come to the gym and say the wrong thing. My team says, ‘Get your mind right.’ I’m in a good place because I am world champion.” (more…)
Five-division world champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather and reigning WBA super welterweight world champion Miguel Cotto will officially announce their May 5 mega-fight with a press tour making stops in San Juan, New York City and Los Angeles beginning Monday, February 27. All events will be open to the public.
MAYWEATHER VS. COTTO: TOUR DATES AND CITIES
Monday, February 27 | 2PM
Coliseo De Puerto Rico Jose Miguel Agrelot
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Tuesday, February 28 | 1PM
Famed Apollo Theater (253 West 125th Street)
New York City
Thursday, March 1 | 1PM
Grauman’s Chinese Theatre
Undefeated NABF light heavyweight champion Ismayl “The Black Russian” Sillakh, (17-0, 14 KOs), the WBC’s #2 contender, has just been notified that he now stands by himself among the top three. Former WBC champion Jean Pascal was ordered to fight a “final eliminator” with Sillakh at the WBC convention and his promoter Yvon Michel accepted the order and personally told Sillakh that they would fight. The winner would become the “mandatory challenger” for the winner of the Bernard Hopkins vs. Chad Dawson rematch.
“I thought that the negotiations for the fight were going good. Yvon told me that they were going to do it and Showtime was interested. But I got a call on Wednesday from Yvon that Pascal has decided not to fight Sillakh, basically that Sillakh was just too young and too dangerous,” said Square Ring’s CEO John Wirt. “That’s the second time that Pascal has pulled out of agreed to elimination bouts. (more…)
By Dave Spencer
Adonis Stevenson 165.6 vs. Jesus Gonzales 167.4
(IBF super middleweight eliminator for #2 position)
(IBF Inter-Continental super middleweight title)
After the weigh-in, the fighters got as close as they possibly could before being separated by officials. “You’re being knocked out,” said Stevenson as they were preyed apart. “You’re scared,” shot back Gonzalez. “Tomorrow will be your time, you’ll be sleeping tomorrow night.”
Dierry Jean 140.4 vs. Ryan Barrett 142.2
Oscar Rivas232.8 vs. Ivica Perkovic 261.6
Tyler Asselstine 129.4 vs. Nicola Cipolletta 130
Arash Usmanee 132.4 vs. Innocent Anyanwu 133
Ghislain Maduma 140 vs. Jeremy Abbott 141.2
Baha Laham 132.8 vs. Csaba Toth 129.2
Venue: Bell Centre in Montreal
WBC #10-ranked heavyweight Eric “Drummer Boy” Molina (18-1, 14 KOs), from Lyford, Texas, will face the toughest challenge of his young career on Saturday when he tangles with WBC #1 Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (33-2, 29 KOs), from Riverside, Calif., at American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. Molina grew up just a few hours south of the site of Saturday night’s fight, and he would like nothing more than to score an upset in the this all-Mexican-American heavyweight showdown taking place in his home state. Molina has chosen a surprising name to take over the reins as his head trainer for the biggest match of his life: former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver “The Atomic Bull” McCall.
“Oliver and I sparred last year in Miami, and he was quick to share his knowledge with me,” Molina said. “Anyone who has met Oliver knows how outgoing he is. He noted what he thought was working for me and what wasn’t as effective.” (more…)
Here are the weights from Copenhagen, Denmark:
Brian Magee 168 (76,2 kg) vs. Rudy Markussen 167.8 (76,1 kg)
(Interim WBA super middleweight title)
Jozsef Matolcsi 158.7 (72,0 kg) vs. Patrick Nielsen 161.4 (73,2 kg)
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Photos: Team Klitschko
Vitali Klitschko: 243.6 lbs (110,5 kg) vs Dereck Chisora: 241.2 lbs (109,4 kg)
Promoter: K2 Promotion
Venue: Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany
TV: RTL (Germany) Sky Sports (UK), Inter (Ukraine), EPIX (USA)
After weighing in, the boxers came face-to-face, and Chisora slapped Vitali Klitschko! The enraged Ukrainian tried to fire back, but immediately some brave security guys flew into action and kept the fight from happening a day early. Klitchsko emerging shaking his head with a large red slap mark across his face.
In the co-feature of the event NABF Heavyweight Champion Johnathon Banks (27-1-1, 18 KOs) will defend his title in a 12 round bout against Nicolai Firtha (USA, 20-9-1, 8 KOs). Banks is ranked # 5 by the WBC and promoted by K2 Promotions. (more…)
Boxing fans can expect many happy returns this tax season. Former world lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios and former featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa will collide in a battle of the undefeated for the vacant WBA lightweight championship, Saturday, April 14, at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Arena Box U.S., the fight will be televised live on HBO as the main event of World Championship Boxing, beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET. Rios (29-0-1, 22 KOs), the former WBA lightweight champion, from Oxnard, Calif., enters this fight having won 10 of his previous 11 fights by knockout. Gamboa (21-0, 16 KOs), the former world featherweight champion who won Olympic gold in 2004 for his native Cuba and now resides in Miami, Fla., will return to the ring having won eight of his previous 11 by stoppage. In short, these warriors have never met a chin they didn’t want to smash. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten WBA female minimumweight champ Etsuko Tada (9-0-2, 2 KOs; amateur mark 47-3), a fast-punching Japanese southpaw, will make her seventh defense against cute Mexican challenger Maria Salinas, another lefty, over ten rounds on this coming Sunday in Osaka, Japan. Also, the newly crowned WBA light-minimumweight ruler Mari Ando (8-3, 4 KOs), a fast-rising fighting machine, will put her belt on the line against another Mexican threat Maria Cuca Jimenez (9-1) over ten frames. The world title twinbill will take place at Yomiuri Cultural Hall in Osaka, where people look forward to competitive fights to entertain the crowd. (more…)
Team Tapia and the Hard Rock of Albuquerque will return to boxing on March 31 with a line-up that might be the card of the year in New Mexico. In the ten-round main event, Archie Ray Marquez (12-2, 8 KOs) will face Willie Villanueva (10-4, 2 KOs). In the co-main, former contender Joaquin Zamora (18-4-1, 12 KOs) makes his return against Bernardo Guereca (16-13-1, 3 KOs). On the undercard: Josh “Pit Bull” Torres (6-1-1, 3 KOs) takes on Carlos Sanchez (5-3, 2 KOs) in a six-rounder; in a four-round female bout, Amanda Crespin (4-4-1, 1 KO) fights Santa Fe’s Natalie Roy (3-0); Donald Sanchez (1-0) returns to the ring against Freddy Sisneros (debut) at welter; Eric “Buddy Holly” Hansen (0-2) will fight his first hometown bout, against Johnny Tapia Jr. (0-1); and Luis Montano (1-0) vs. Matthew Salazar (1-4) in the opener at 115 lbs. Doors open at 5:00PM and the first bell rings at 7:00PM. Tickets range from $15.00 to $100.00 and will go on sale to the public beginning at 9:00Am on Thursday February 16, 2012. Must be 15 years or older to attend. Tickets are available through the Hard Rock Box Office or www.holdmyticket.com.
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By Przemek Garczarczyk
After former cruiserweight champ Danny Green (31-5, 27 KOs) chose 24-year-old Andrzej Fonfara (20-2, 11 KOs) as his sparring partner before his November 2011 WBC title fight against Krzysztof “Diablo”Włodarczyk, followed by Don “Da Bomb” George (22-1, 19 KOs) who will challenge undefeated Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (20-0, 14 KOs) on March 17 at Madison Square Garden Theater, another title contender decided to work with the “Polish Prince.” IBF middleweight mandatory challenger Osumanu Adama (20-2, 15 KOs), who fights for the world title against champion Daniel Gaele (26-1, 15 KOs) on March 7 in Hobart, Tasmania, is now working with Fonfara at the Chicago Boxing Club. “Osumanu is a strong fighter, has good power and moves well in the ring,” said the Polish light heavyweight, who on March 16 at UIC Pavilion in Chicago will fight for USBO/IBO title against former two-time super middleweight champion Byron Mitchell (29-9, 22 KOs).
By Francisco Salazar
Photos: Ricardo Rodriguez/Team Dulorme
Throughout the years, there are certain young athletes that we come across. The baseball players that sleep with their mitts. Or the basketball players that constantly dribble a ball throughout the house. It is those athletes that are so passionate about their sport that they live it every waking moment, hoping to one day become the professional athlete they dream about. Hard work and dedication are not just words they repeat over and over, but they actually put into action in a gym, which shows a great deal of maturity on their end. One professional boxer almost mirrors these qualities daily. Whether it is training three times in one day or constantly watching film of the sport, Thomas Dulorme looks like that one fighter who puts actions into words. Not only is he winning, but he thinks he is ready to swim in the deep end of a talented welterweight division.
Dulorme will take on late-replacement Aris Ambriz in a 10 round fight tonight at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, CA. The bout will headline a seven-bout “ShoBox: The New Generation” card, promoted by Gary Shaw Productions. (more…)
Photos: Johnny Chaichotchuang
In a nationally televised bout, IBF Pan Pacific light welterweight champion Patomsuk “Easan Warrior” Pathompothong (16-1-1, 10KOs) stopped Indonesian national champion Wellem Reyke (14-5-3, 5KOs) in two rounds to retain the title, at the Petkasem Technical College, Bangkok, Thailand on Wednesday. Pathompothong forced the action from the opening bell and staggered the rangy Indonesian with a solid right hand to the jaw in round one. In round two, a power right to the solar-plexus, dropped Reyke and referee Somsak Sirianant counted the import out. Time 1:43. (more…)
Photos: Promociones Miguel Cotto, Inc
Promoter and World Champion Miguel Cotto announced today Boxeo Boricua in Caguas: Next Level, that will feature the undefeated top prospect Abner “Pin” Cotto (12-0, 5KOs) vs. Hevinson Herrera (15-7-1, 10KOs) in a 10 round bout for the WBC’s Lightweight FECARBOX title and the WBB’s Americas title. The clash Cotto vs. Herrera will be the main-event of the “Solo Boxeo Tecate” series broadcasted on Telefutura this Saturday, February 18 at the Roger Mendoza Coliseum in Caguas. Also in action will be the Super Flyweight FECARBOX champion Miguel “El Loco” Robles against Luis Angel Paneto, and top featherweight prospect Braulio Santos. “We are very excited to bring boxing back to my hometown of Caguas. (more…)
Unbeaten junior featherweight Randy Caballero (13-0, 7 KOs) and lightweight Omar Figueroa Jr. (14-0-1, 11 KOs) will co-headline a March 16 Golden Boy Promotions card at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. In a ten-rounder, Caballero will face an opponent to be determined as he defends his WBC Youth Intercontinental super bantamweight title. Figueroa will take on Mexico’s Ramon Ayala (23-2-1, 11 KOs) in a ten round clash for Figueroa’s WBO Intercontinental Youth lightweight title. Caballero’s opponent and a full lineup of undercard fights will be announced shortly.
By Rocco Morales at ringside
A capacity crowd was on hand at The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center as Jose “Loco” Hernandez (12-5-2, 5KO) outworked 56 fight veteran, Jaime Orrantia (26-25-5, 14KO) to earn a unanimous decision in a six round lightweight main event bout. Hernandez won the first two rounds big with ripping left hooks to the body but Orrantia showed a big heart and fought back strongly in the third round to earn Hernandez’ respect. Although Hernandez appeared to be the much more skilled fighter with superior speed, power, size and physique, Orrantia refused to take a step backward and was right in front of Hernandez throughout the bout. Hernandez punished Orrantia in the sixth and final round but Orrantia’s will was too strong for his own good as he endured a lot of punishment. Judges scored the bout, 60-54, 60-54 and 59-55, all in favor of Hernandez. (more…)
By Jeff Zimmerman
Photo: Tim Warner/texasboxingreport.com
The junior welterweight clash between Mike “The Silent Assassin” Dallas Jr. and Miguel “Silky Smooth” Gonzalez was switched to main event status on ten days notice after an IBF eliminator between John Molina Jr. and Marvin Quintero was called off. The bout will be the first ever boxing event held at University of Texas at Arlington’s brand new 6,200-seat College Park Center, which opened its doors this past December and air on ESPN “Friday Night Fights.”
Mike Dallas Jr (17-2-1, 7 KOs)
On what he knows about his opponent: He’s a southpaw, a good boxer. I had mostly trained with right handers, but recently I have been working with southpaws. I have been working with top talent to get ready, Eloy Perez and Karim Mayfield.
His plan for the fight: To get the win and have an impressive performance.
Shawn Estrada (13-0, 12 KOs)
Although a knockout artist to start his career, he is preparing to go the distance: I have been training a lot of rounds, hours. I’m looking for eight rounds, if the KO is there, I will go for it. My opponent is tough, I expect him to give me rounds.
On his landing in Texas: As soon as I got off the plane, the people have showed me love. As they say, everything is bigger in Texas.
Goal for 2012: I want to continue to move up the rankings, keep fighting. I aiming for a title shot and along with my promoter Goossen Tutor and management, we will make that decision.
On what drives him: It was a dream come true with my father to go for the Olympics and now my father passed away so now I am pursuing my pro career without him – while he’s resting, I’m working.
Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME
A packed crowd attended the final press conference on Thursday at American Bank Center Arena to witness the jarring between promoters Don King and Dan Goossen and the fighters participating on Saturday’s SHOWTIME card. In the main event, former world champion Paul Williams (40-2, 27 KOs), of Aiken, S.C., will face Nobuhiro Ishida (24-6-2, 9 KOs) of Osaka, Japan. Ishida has won his last two bouts via first-round stoppage, including an upset over then-undefeated James Kirkland in April of 2011, while Williams owns victories over Sergio Martinez and Antonio Margarito.
In the co-feature, undefeated Tavoris Cloud (24-0, 19 KOs), of Tallahassee, Fla., will risk his International Boxing Federation (IBF) light heavyweight title for a third time when he faces former world champ Gabriel Campillo (21-3-1, 8 KOs) of Madrid, Spain. For more details and photos click here…
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