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The Boxing Promoters Association (BPA) held a meeting this week in Las Vegas at the Planet Hollywood Hotel. The meeting was well attended, and officially marked the first time that promotional powerhouse, Golden Boy Promotions (GBP), which was represented by CEO Richard Schaefer, was an active participant. One major development is that the BPA will be reaching out to U.S. Senator John McCain to discuss both past and present issues with boxing legislation. The group intends to specifically address the Muhammad Ali Act and the bill being proposed in the U.S. Congress. Golden Boy President Oscar De La Hoya will join BPA President, Joe DeGuardia, and some other members of the Board of Directors at the anticipated meeting with McCain.
WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch told BBC Radio 5 Live that he is “very optimistic” that his Super Six semi-final clash against Glen Johnson will take place on May 21st. Froch said he wants to bring the fight to England. No word on whether the other semi-final between WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward and Arthur Abraham will land on the same date.
WBC mandatory welterweight challenger Selcuk Aydin is upset that speculations about Andre Berto’s next possible opponents do not include his name. “How can Berto and his promoter even talk to and about guys like Ortiz when they know exactly that they have to fight me first?”, asks Aydin who is currently in his hometown Trabzon (Turkey) where he already started training for his world title fight. “This is very disrespectful and really p*sses me off. They know exactly that I am the mandatory challenger. I stepped aside once and allowed them an easy win over a stiff. Now they want to take the easy way out again by just discussing possible fights and completely ignoring me. I don’t understand this kind of behavior.” (more…)
4-time world heavyweight champion and living legend Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield (43-10-2, 28 KOs) will be conducting open workouts on Monday and Tuesday at 10AM in New York City at the Church St. Boxing Gym (25 Park Place). Evander will be in town to promote his clash “Redemption in America” against veteran Sherman “Tank” Williams on January 22 at Colonial Hall, The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.
“Redemption In American,” presented by ARK Promotions in association with The Greenbrier, will be distributed in North American by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 9 PM/ET 6 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay per view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, Avail-TVN and DISH Network in the United States, as well as Viewer’s Choice and Shaw PPV in Canada, for a suggested retail price of only $29.95.
Ticket/hotel packages can be purchased at www.greenbrier.com or by calling 1.800.453.4858. Deadline to book reservations is January 21.
WBC President Jose Sulaiman has announced that Jean Pascal and Bernard Hopkins deserve the opportunity of fighting in an immediate rematch for the opportunity to win the WBC Diamond Belt. He also addressed claims from promoter Gary Shaw that Pascal must fight a rematch with Chad Dawson before taking any other fight.
“We have read statements, articles and letters, some aggressive, from our longtime and good friend Gary Shaw, an active WBC promoter, and we understand the position of some promoters strictly in favor of their business. But neither he nor anybody else ever registered any contract for a second fight between our proud champion Pascal and Chad Dawson, which would have required WBC approval and sanction. The WBC never had any official knowledge of a condition to Pascal, who is the champion and not the challenger, to resign to his WBC world championship if he did not fight Dawson next. No promoter or boxer can agree to a fight for the WBC world title without first obtaining WBC approval and sanction. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez (27-3-2, 12 KOs) will defend his title against unbeaten Lenny Zappavigna (25-0, 17 KOs) in an intriguing bout added to the March 12 SHOWTIME PPV extravaganza headlined by WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto (35-2, 28 KOs) against Ricardo Mayorga (29-7-1, 23 KOs). Also in action on the PPV telecast is former WBA super welterweight champion Yuri Foreman (28-1, 8 KOs) against Pawel Wolak (28-1, 18 KOs) and female ring legend Christy Martin (49-5-3, 32 KOs) going for her 50th win. Martin will be facing Dakota Stone (9-8-4, 1 KO).
The Cotto vs. Mayorga pay-per-view telecast has a suggested retail price of $49.95. The live pay-per-view telecast will be available in HD-TV for those viewers who can receive HD. The event takes place at the at MGM Grand in Las Vegas live on SHOWTIME PPV.
Good news for fans of heavyweight Sinan Samil Sam. The “Bull of the Bosphorus” has been released from a hospital in Istanbul after being admitted in mid-December with cirrhosis of the liver. The two-time heavyweight champion of Europe was rushed to the intensive care unit after he spat up blood and initially he was unresponsive, but now he has been given the all-clear in terms of his health. “I’m feeling better,” said Sam. “I thank all my friends and fans for their concern. In the future I must pay attention to myself and my health. Of course, I can’t even think of boxing after this. But I feel so fit again that I hope I’ll soon to be able to train young talent.”
Sam’s doctor Dr. Ayca Bozoklu confirmed that for the moment a liver transplant doesn’t appear necessary. Sinan is under medication and further observation. For the medium term, a transplant may be an option if a suitable organ donor is found.
Sherman “Tank” Williams (34-11-2, 19 KOs) will step into the ring with Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield on January 22 at the historic Greebrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, WV. “My experience boxing Wladamir Klitschko for weeks on end has prepared me to fight the best in the world. While I respect Evander’s experience in the ring, having beat Mike Tyson, Larry Holmes and Buster Douglas, I’m in the best shape of my career and I’m going to make it a very long night for Holyfield on Jan. 22.”
In honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day national holiday on Monday, Devon Alexander and Timothy Bradley spoke about Dr. King, and the influence he had upon them. The two undefeated American world champions meet in a title unification match on Jan. 29 at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan. (more…)
Junior welterweight Ronald Cruz, coming off the biggest win of his career, takes on Dillet Frederick in the scheduled eight-round semifinal Saturday evening, February 26, in the Grand Ballroom of Bally’s Atlantic City. Gabriel Rosado and Jamaal Davis collide in the all-Philadelphia junior middleweight main event, set for 12 rounds. (more…)
Two time-world title challenger Mahir Oral (28-3-2, 11 KOs) will return to the ring on the undercard of the January 22 Sauerland Event promotion featuring IBF middleweight champion Sebastian Sylvester defense against Mehdi Bouadla at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany. Oral will face Jozsef Matolcsi (28-13, 19 KOs).
Oral says he considered retirement after his loss to Sylvester last October. “I was already in a world title fight against Arthur Abraham and lost. But for the fight [against Sylvester] in Rostock, I had the best chance of all. I really wanted to be world champion, but it didn’t work out. Then I dropped out of sight and was considering whether I should hang up my boxing gloves. My wife Ferda motivated me and built my confidence back up. Now I’ve analyzed the last fight and I know where my weaknesses are, so it makes sense to make a new start.” (more…)
Tickets for March 12 PPV clash between WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto and former two-division world champ Ricardo Mayorga showdown at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas go on sale Monday, January 17, at 10 a.m. PT, and can be purchased at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino.) Seats are scaled at $400, $300, $200, $100, and $50 and are limited to 16 per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000. Tickets are also available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
Former world title challenger and amateur standout, Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey (20-2, 10 KOs), is now a promotional free agent and says he’s prepared to get right back into the cruiserweight picture with a new promoter. Godfrey was stopped for the first time in his pro career last August when he unsuccessfully challenged WBO champion Marco “Kapt’n” Huck in Germany. He is managed by Bret Hallenbeck and trained by “Iceman” John Scully.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA is planning to present “KO Drugs” festivals in three Latin American countries. The first is expected to be held in Costa Rica in February or March, followed by July or August in Venezuela and lastly in Panama in October. The last time the WBA staged the event in Venezuela was 2004 at the Poliedro de Caracas. Maracay is the leading candidate for 2011 as that is where the “KO Drugs” event was born in 1993. It was the idea of WBA president Gilberto Mendoza to raise money to donate to children’s institutions. (more…)
Jason Booth will challenge Jamie Arthur for the Commonwealth super bantamweight title at Brentwood Centre in Huddersfield, England on Saturday February 5. It will be 33-year-old Booth’s first fight since losing a points decision against IBF champion Steve Molitor back in September. It promises to be a tough return for Booth (35-6) against Arthur (18-4) who won the vacant crown against Kris Hughes three months ago.
The fight replaces Sam Webb’s British light middleweight title defence against Bradley Pryce which is off after the champion suffered a back problem. Promoter Frank Maloney said: “Fighters like Jamie, Jason are true professionals and always in the gym waiting for the phone to ring. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: Alma Montiel
Unbeaten Mexican prospect Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (41-0-1, 30 KOs) spoke to Fightnews.com at Thursday’s press conference to announce his January 29 clash with Billy Lyell (22-8, 4 KOs) at the soccer stadium in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico. “I had a few fights in 2010 and also cancelled the December fight but my goal is that 2011 will be my year and I’ll win a WBC belt for all the support they have given to my father,” said Chavez Jr., who trains in Los Angeles under Freddie Roach. “After reappearing in my country against a dangerous opponent and I’m looking forward to contesting the WBC middleweight world championship with Sebastian Zbik,” added the Son of the Legend.
Sources close to the promoter of WBA welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko (31-0, 20 KOs) of the Ukraine relayed the following statement upon them reading that they allegedly rejected a $500,000 offer to fight Mexico’s and Golden Boy Promoted Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (35-0-1, 26 KOs).
“Negotiations did fail for the fight but the reason was because we didnt like the conditions offered by Golden Boy Promotions. Its been alleged that Senchenko was offered $500,000 to defend his world title against Mexico’s Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (35-0-1, 26 KOs) but there was no such offer. That just just speculation.”
UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar will bring his championship belt to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum to greet fans, sign autographs and promote the upcoming “Fight For the Troops II,” a UFC event to raise money for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, on Wednesday, January 19 from 11am to 12Noon ET at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, located at Hudson River Park Pier 86 (46th Street and 12th Avenue), Manhattan. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Former heavyweight world champion Tommy Morrison meets with Quebec Boxing Commission (RACJ) Friday morning at 11:00am to discuss his potential licensing for a pending bout in Montreal scheduled for February 25th versus Eric Barrak (3-0). According to Jean-Marc Emond of SP Promotions, Commission head Michel Hamelin has asked for a blood test but has agreed to sit down with the first time promoter and discuss the situation and look at the evidence of previous medicals.
“Why can’t we be the same as everyone else?” asked Emond wondering why the bar had been raised for his fighter. “Show us proof if anything is wrong and you require further medicals, show us proof from Nevada and the tests done there, we spent three months looking for it and couldn’t come up with anything.” (more…)
By Phil Doherty at the scale
Photos: Sam Cohen
Azea Augustama 173.5 vs. Denis Grachev 174.25
Xavier Burgos 141.25 vs. Ray Betancourt 142.25*
Yunieski Gonzalez 180 vs. Kentrell Clairborne 182.5*
Puro Pairol 138.75 *** vs. Albert Mercado 132.25
Glendy Hernandez 244.25 vs. Alberto Jimenez 251.5
Larry Yanez 131.25 vs. Angel Albelo 133 *
Wilson Feliciano 143.25 vs. Jose Torres 149*
*Betancourt was overweight by .25 lb. Burgos allowed the weight.
*Clairborne was initially 2.75 lbs over, shed .5 lb on second attempt. Gonzalez waived the contracted weight.
*Pairol weighed in at 3.75 lbs. over. Fight is scratched.
*Albelo came in 1.5 lbs. over weight. Made 133 lbs. on 2nd attempt.
*Torres weighed in 4 lbs. over, Feliciano accepted the fight.
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Photos: Bob Barton/ www.BobBartonPhotography.com
Daniel Edouard 163.5 vs Peter Manfredo Jr. 162.25
Edwin Rodriguez 168.5 vs Aaron Pryor Jr. 165.5
Jamal Parram 124 vs Antton Slaughter 128.5
Venue: Mallory Square, Key West, Florida
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment, Elite Management, Rumble Time
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: Alma Montiel
Zulina “La Loba” Muñoz 115.50 vs Magdalena “La Rojita” Leija 117.70
Fermín de los Santos 129.80 vs Alexis Salinas 129.80
José Alfredo Zúñiga 110.00 vs Irving Cortés 112.20
Jesús Vázquez 126.94 vs Eduardo Zaragoza 125.40
Venue: Sindicato de los Trabajadores del Metro, D.F.
Promoter: Boxeo de Gala & Fausto Daniel Garcia
TV: Cadena 3
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Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer Promotions
The undefeated and world ranked Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will return to the ring on Saturday, January 29 in his hometown of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico to take on Billy Lyell in what figures to a great homecoming for the son of the legend who has not fought at home in over four years.
“It has being a long time since I fought home and I am looking forward to give the fans a fight to remember. It always important to give the fans a great show, but when are home the expectations are been greater,” said Chavez Jr., today in Mexico City in a press conference. For more details and photos click here…
In an international conference call, undefeated 140-pound world champions Devon Alexander and Timothy Bradley spoke to the press on Wednesday about their January 29th clash from their respective training camps in Las Vegas, Nevada and Palm Springs, California. Here is a transcript of that call. (more…)
Click here view today’s UFC “Bring MMA to NY” press conference at Madison Square Garden featuring UFC president Dana White, UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta, UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar and the president of the MSG.
UFC® Chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta and President Dana White today unveiled plans to bring at least two UFC events to New York within the first year the sport is regulated in the state, including one to be held at Madison Square Garden. Joined at a press conference at The World’s Most Famous Arena by UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and Scott O’Neil, President of Madison Square Garden Sports, White expressed his desire to finally bring UFC to the Empire State. (more…)
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