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With all the mention of “fireworks,” you would’ve thought today’s presser at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas was announcing an upcoming fight set for the 4th of July. Both fighters, their respective trainers and the promoter all used the word, and used it freely.
But, on February 19, nothing less than fireworks are expected, when Fernando Montiel and Nonito Donaire step into the ring to decide the closest thing to an undisputed bantam champion you’re likely to see in this day and age . . . Click here for more
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko is set to defend against mandatory challenger Odlanier Solis on March 19 at the Köln Arena in Cologne, Germany. The respective camps came to an agreement averting a scheduled WBC purse bid. Solis is said to have agreed to a $1.8 million purse, while Klitschko’s K2 Promotions will promote the fight.
Undefeated and heralded prospects Luis Franco, Lateef Kayode, Archie Ray Marquez, Rico Ramos and Cornelius White highlight an action-packed February of ShoBox: The New Generation fights while two SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING events will follow, including a March 19 battle for the International Boxing Federation (IBF) Super Middleweight World Championship between champion Lucian Bute and Brian Magee.
“In our 25th year of boxing on SHOWTIME, we’re pleased to formally announce our first four dates of 2011,” said Ken Hershman, Executive Vice President and General Manager of SHOWTIME Sports®. “ShoBox continues to feature boxing’s hottest up-and-coming stars like Lateef Kayode and Rico Ramos. And with great lightweight action, Lucian Bute’s SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING debut and the dramatic conclusions to the Super Six and bantamweight tournaments already planned for 2011, this is a strong start for what promises to be a landmark year on the network.” (more…)
Top Rank hosted a press conference at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas to officially kick off the Feb. 19 bantamweight showdown between WBC/WBO Fernando Montiel (43-2-2, 33 KOs), of Mexico City, and Nonito Donaire (25-1, 17 KOs), of General Santos City, Philippines. The odds opened today in Vegas with Donaire a -220 favorite over +180 Montiel. Stay tuned for a full report from today’s presser.
Las Vegas’ first world title fight of 2011 will feature world bantamweight champion Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel defending his title against two-division world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire in the latest chapter of the storied México-Philippines rivalry on February 19, at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. The MGM Resorts Sports Books opening line has Donaire the betting favorite. Donaire is -220 over Montiel who is +180.
“Eighteen years ago I promoted a fight with two 108-pound world champions which was one of the greatest events I ever promoted — Michael Carbajal vs. Humberto Gonzalez at the Las Vegas Hilton. It proved to everyone that dynamite can come in all size of packages,” said Hall of Fame promoter and CEO of Top Rank, Bob Arum. “Montiel vs. Donaire at Mandalay Bay on February 19 will feature a matchup between two hard-punching bantamweights that is every bit as explosive as Carbajal-Gonzalez. It’s a can’t-miss fight and the fans will be assured of seeing a dynamite event.” (more…)
Texan Felipe Córdova is the new foe for super bantamweight contender Jonathan Oquendo on January 22 for the NABO 122lb title on a card to be held inside the walls of Correctional Complex 1072 in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. The PR Best Boxing Promotions presentation to be televised on pay-per-view in Puerto Rico. Córdova (10-2, 4 KOs) replaced Cuauhtemoc Vargas (15-4, 10 KOs), who had some problems with his visa. Other featured bouts include heavyweight prospect Carlos Negrón (10-0, 7 KOs) and bantamweight prospect McJoe Arroyo (6-0, 3 KOs) in six round bouts against fighters to be announced. Also in action, will be prisoners Rafael “Lobito” Sierra (5-5-1, 2 KOs), Luis Díaz (1-0, 1KO) and debuting Frank Santos.
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UFC Live Presale Starts Wednesday: Tickets go on presale for Fight Club members January 12 for UFC Live Sanchez vs. Kampmann. UFC Live is Thursday, March 3rd, 2011 at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, KY.
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If Tim Hague listened to critics, he might be content fighting it out on the local circuit, picking up a paycheck that had a little extra in it since he was a “UFC veteran”. If he cared what people thought, he wouldn’t have made the effort to get his signature on a UFC contract not once, not twice, but three times. Yet even if he had doubts of his ability to compete on mixed martial arts’ biggest stage, all he needed to do was look at the tattoo on his ribcage. . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA interim super welterweight champion Rigoberto “Español” Alvarez has begun the intensive training phase of his preparations for his first defense which will likely take place on January 29 in Leon, Guanajuato or Guadalajara. Alvarez will be facing the unbeaten mandatory challenger Austin Trout (21-0, 13 KOs). During next the two weeks, Alvaraez will spat 6-8 rounds daily at the Julian Magdaleno Gym in Guadalajara with boxers like Vladimir Hernandez and ‘Chelín’ Cruz. “Español” Alvarez is also helped by Gilberto Ramirez, the WBC Youth champion. The champion states that he is striving to get into peak condition “to retain our title so that it remains in Mexico.”
By Robert Coster
“Incredibly talented,” is how promoter Gary Shaw described featherweight Luis Franco (8-0, 5 KOs), the Cuban ex-amateur star and Olympian, when he signed him in October 2010. In fact, Shaw and manager Henry Foster are so confident in their boxer’s ability that they have had no qualms about putting the undefeated Franco in against devastating and experienced Mexican puncher Leonilo Miranda (32-2, 30 KOs) on February 4th in Santa Ynez, CA in a bout that will be nationally televised on SHOWTIME’s “ShoBox: The New Generation.
Among the fighters the 28-year-old Franco defeated in the amateur ranks (where he compiled a 378-22 record) are fellow Cuban stars Yuriorkis Gamboa and Erislandy Lara. In view of his extensive amateur experience, Franco has been moved along very quickly by his handlers; in only his fifth pro bout, Luis defeated former title contender Walter Estrada (35-12), followed by rugged Yogli Herrera (22-11) and prospects Wilton Hilario (12-1-1) and Eric Hunter (15-1). (more…)
Hennessy Sports outbid both Frank Warren and Double A Promotions (Andy Ayling) earlier today in Rome to stage the all British European middleweight title fight between Darren Barker and Matthew Macklin. A date and venue will be announced within the next two weeks. Bid amounts weren’t disclosed.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The current WBC light flyweight world champion Gilberto Keb Bass (34-20-4, 21 KOs) will defend his title for the first time against former WBC minimumweight titleholder Jose Antonio Aguirre (34-9-1, 20 KOs). The clash will take place on February 5 in the Poliforum Zamma in Merida, Mexico on a card presented by promoter Jose “Pepe” Gomez that will also include appearances by local stars Wilberth Uicab, Nacif Castillo, Rudy López and Sergio ‘Yeyo’ Thompson. In one of the major upsets of 2010, the 33-year-old Keb won the belt against Omar Nino.
Promoter Frank Maloney launches 2011 with a 13 fight card at the Doncaster Dome in Doncaster, England on January 22. Local hero Jamie McDonnell (15-2-1) heads the line up when he makes the second defence of his European bantamweight title against Belgian Stephane Jamoye (19-1). The rest of the bill is made up by hot prospects and former regional champions hoping for one last crack at the big time. Maloney said: “Jamie upset Ian Napa and Jermoe Arnould last year, but the pressure is now on him. He is fighting in his hometown and most people expect him to win and go on and challenger for world honours.” In the chief supporting contest Leeds former British super-featherweight champion Carl Johanneson (29-4) boxers Akaash Bhatia (15-1) in a crossroads fight. The winner will be in line to face British champ Gary Sykes, while the loser will have nowhere to go. Napa (19-9) suffered back-to-back British title losses against McDonnell and Stuey Hall in 2010 and must beat Mancunian southpaw Terry Flannigan (8-0) or face retirement.
Gary Shaw announced today the signing of middleweight prospect and former amateur sensation Kurtiss Colvin to an exclusive promotional contract with Gary Shaw Productions (GSP). Colvin (2-0, 2 KOs), from Austin TX., will make his debut under the GSP banner on Friday, February 4, at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif. He will be on the non-televised undercard of Showtime’s “ShoBox: The New Generation,” featuring the Luis Franco vs. Leonilo Miranda WBO Inter-Continental featherweight and Lateef Kayode vs. Nicholas Iannuzzi NABF/NABO cruiserweight championship fights. The 6’1 Colvin, 24, turned pro last year. He is managed by Blanco Sports Management, LLC, and trained by 1984 Olympic gold medalist and former IBF middleweight champion Frank Tate.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
After viewing the Abner Mares versus Vic Darchinyan bout several times, Elias Nassar, the manager of the former IBF/WBC/WBA champion is disgusted with the scoring and the referee of the SHOWTIME bantamweight bout. Nassar talks to Fightnews and gives reasons for his protest that includes YouTube links.
Nassar: I find it very difficult to accept the loss of my fighter after viewing the replay of the fight countless times. Directly after viewing the bout, I initially accepted the final result. I noted that the fight was very close and without bias I had Vic Darchinyan winning 114-112. I also initially accepted that the fight was close enough for any person who may have watched the bout to pick either fighter as the winner and the rounds could have been judged for the frequency of punches Mares was throwing or for the clean hard punches being landed by Vic. (more…)
By Przemyslaw Garczarczyk
Photos by Wojtek Kubik
Tomasz Adamek (42-1, 28 KOs) has big plans for 2011: to attempt to get a fight with one of the Klitschko brothers in September; and now a top five finish in the 76th annual “Best Polish Athletes” list, compiled by the oldest Polish Sports Daily, the Przeglad Sportowy.
Adamek, who fought four times in 2010 as a heavyweight (against Jason Estrada, Chris Arreola, Michael Grant and Vinny Maddalone), won every fight, came in only behind world, Olympic champions and medalists, being the only boxer in the Top 10 “Przeglad Sportowy” list, beating current WBC cruiserweight champion, Krzysztof Włodarczyk. For more details and photos click here…
rBy Rey Colón -The Sport Press
The promotional tour for the clash between WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto and Ricardo “Matador” Mayorga on March 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, will begin on Thursday in New York City, then on Saturday both Cotto and Mayorga will be in Puerto Rico for another press conference. Cotto is currently in Miami for a couple of days with his work group and the trainer Emanuel Steward. After Mayorga, Cotto is eyeing a rematch with Antonio Margarito on June 11 in New York City.
Unbeaten lightweight Adrien “The Problem” Broner (18-0, 15 KOs) including eight first round KOs, will be showcasing his talent on Saturday as he fights for the WBC US championship at the Taft Masonic Center in Cincinnati Ohio. Broner will face John Revish (10-1, 8 KOs) in a ten rounder. Doors open at 7 pm, first bell is at 8pm. For more information call 513-381-7247.
Story and video by Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
IBF#1 middleweight Daniel Geale talks to Fightnews about recent victory over former world champion, Roman Karmazin. He also talks about his preparation for that fight and how he would like to challenge WBC champion Sergio Martinez after he wins the IBF crown.
After fourteen years in the ring, former WBO heavyweight champion Lamon Brewster, who has undergone four unsuccessful surgeries to restore sight in his left eye, has called a halt to his career in the ring. Brewster, who hasn’t had sight in his left eye since his bout against Robert Helenius believes his last opponents gloves were tainted in some fashion. “My team wasn’t allowed to inspect Helenius’s gloves or witness his hands being wrapped,” states Brewster. “I feel I was done wrong, and now with no sight there is no way I can continue my fighting career.” Brewster will now put his time into his promotional company Relentless Events, as well as other projects. Brewster earned the WBO heavyweight title in 2004 when he defeated Wladimir Klitschko; he had three successful defenses before dropping the title to Sergei Liakhovich in 2006.
Photos by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Three time world champion Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel arrived today in Las Vegas for the big press conference tomorrow to announce his world title defense against Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire. Montiel and Donaire will meet on February 19th in the Mandalay Events Center in a fight to be telecast by HBO. Montiel and Donaire will also be in Los Angeles on Tuesday to promote the first big fight of 2011 in Las Vegas. Montiel is in Las Vegas with his father and trainer Manuel Montiel, Sr. and his brother Manuel Montiel, Jr. Click here for more photos…
Story and video Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Leading Australian boxing trainer Graham Shaw trains IBF #1 middleweight Daniel Geale, world rated light middleweight Rob Medley, former WBA middleweight challenger Jamie Pittman and Australia’s best pound for pound puncher Ranee Ganoy. Graham talks to Fightnews to tell of Geale’s win over Roman Karmazin, also Medley’s world title prospects, Ganoy’s power and the improvement Pittman has shown.
Notre Dame Boxing Champion Mike Lee will return to the boxing capital of the world, Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, February 26th, at The Palms Casino and Resort. The 23 year old Lee will be the featured undercard bout to the SHOWTIME-televised Lightweight World Championship between Miguel Acosta and Brandon Rios. (more…)
Boxing fans in Greeley, Colorado were treated to a sensational evening of world class professional boxing on Saturday night, January 8th, as local favorite Robert “Big Rob” Rodriguez and contender Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry scored tremendous knockout victories in their co-featured bouts at the ROCKY MOUNTAIN RUMBLE held at the Island Grove Park Exhibit Hall. (more…)
By David Robinett and Robert Hough at ringside
The Northern California town of Fairfield played host to TeleFutura’s first “Solo Boxeo” card of the new year, as middleweight prospect Brandon Gonzalez (14-0, 10 KOs), cruised to a unanimous decision over Cuban challenger Lester Gonzalez (11-2, 6 KOs), in the main event before a loud and boisterous announced crowd of 1,100 packed into the Fairfield Sports Center. (more…)
The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame will formally announce the inductees of the Class of 2011 on Saturday, January 15, 2011, at 3:00 PM, as part of the Grand Opening festivities of the new SJC Boxing Gym, in Fort Myers, Florida. Many of the new inductees, as well as previous inductees of the FBHOF, will be on hand and available for interviews, autographs, and photographs during this fun filled weekend. The SJC Boxing Gym, a non profit organization, will be celebrating their official Grand Opening on Saturday and Sunday, January 15 & 16, 2011, from 12:00 noon until 6:00 PM each day. Many activities will take place, such as book signings, videos, door prizes, 50/50 raffles, public workouts, and seminars. There will be refreshments for all and everyone is invited. The gym is located at 1929 Winkler Ave., Fort Myers, Florida. Glen Johnson and John Russell (trainer of Buster Douglas) will also be on hand, as well as several other celebrities. For information visit www.sjcboxing.com
A well-traveled veteran who has seen action everywhere from the United States to England, Japan, and his native Brazil, Vitor Belfort is truly an international mixed martial arts star. But when you talk to fans about “The Phenom”, it’s clear that despite his travels, he is synonymous with the UFC, the organization he first competed in back in 1997. . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
The explosive video interview in which Alexander Povetkin-trainer/ESPN Commentator Teddy Atlas unleashed a stream of personal attacks on Hall of Fame promoter Wilfried Sauerland and his son and promoter Kalle Sauerland, as well as allegations against Germany’s largest promotional firm Sauerland Event, has been removed from YouTube. Bokser.org, the site that conducted the interview, informed Fightnews.com that they were asked to remove the interview “because it makes too much scandal.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Sources report that the possibility exists that Golden Boy Promotions has an April 9 TV date at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for a fight between the three-time world champions Juan Manuel Marquez and Erik Morales, both of Mexico. Marquez, the current WBO and WBA unified lightweight champion is considering the fight, although there are some issues in that Morales had passed on fighting Marquez in the past when both were at Top Rank, but Morales points out that boxing is not only a sport but a business and the fight now makes sense. Morales also reminds Marquez that he defeated Manny Pacquiao and has many merits.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF #12 welterweight Wale “Lucky Boy” Omotoso (18-0, 16 KOs) will return to ring action on March 18 against Philip “Sweet Pea” Kotey (21-6-2, 15 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Knox Basketball Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Nigerian-born, Australian-based Omotoso is trained and managed by Murray Thomson, who said “Omotoso holds a good win inside the distance over Emanuel Augustus who had given Floyd Mayweather a tough fight. In his most recent fight in November – Wale easily stopped Juan Alberto Godoy from Argentina in four rounds. Kotey is a big welterweight standing 5’11 and has good power in scoring 15 KOs in 21 wins so he should give Wale a good fight.” Omotoso is chasing a IBF world title opportunity against the champion Jan Zaveck.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Sources report that European welterweight champion Matthew Hatton has accepted a fight with hot Mexican prospect Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, possibly on March 5 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Hatton was the second option after handlers of WBA welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko allegedly rejected a $550,000 offer. HBO have reserved that date for a ‘Boxing After Dark’ show and there is also a chance of a bout between Michael Katsidis and Robert Guerrero.
By Joe Koizumi
WBA#6/WBC#15 lightweight, slick-punching Japanese southpaw Nihito Arakawa (19-1-1, 12 KOs), 135, kept his national 135-pound belt as he came off the canvas in the second round, fought back hard and finally halted fast-moving Hiroshi Nakamori (29-3-1, 16 KOs), 135, at 0:55 of the eighth session on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.
Nakamori, a winner of a previous tourney to decide the mandatory challenger in the Carnival of Champions, landed a beautifully-timed right to the button of the lefty champ, who, still dazed at the bell to end the second, went back to a wrong corner and sat down on Nakamori’s stool. But the champ came back to regain his usual rhythm and balance, and went to whip the game challenger with compact combinations. The busy footworker Nakamori was penalized a point for having hit the bewildered champ with an additional shot just after the bell to end the sixth session. The fatal eighth saw ref Biney Martin called a halt to Nakamori when the shaven-skulled champ accelerated his revenging attack.
WBA#11 super-welter Charlie Ota (AKA Charles Bellamy; 16-1-1, 11 KOs), a US teacher of English living here, 154, retained his OPBF and Japanese 154-pound belts when he displayed his technical improvement and battered top contender Taisei Marumoto (28-10-1, 15 KOs), ex-OPBF welter boss, 153.5, from all angles to prompt the referee’s intervention at 1:06 of the fifth round in a scheduled twelve-rounder. Charlie opened a couple of gashes over the left eye-brow of the 34-year-old Japanese veteran and penetrated his peek-a-boo guard with versatile combinations in the fatal session. Previously tense and slow, Charlie amazingly improved so that he could punch fast and smoothly this night.
Kei Endo (6-2-1, 3 KOs), a high school teacher of the national language, 140, dropped a dentist Satoshi Hagizaki (5-3, 2 KOs), 139.25, twice in the first and once more in the next, stopping him at 1:18 of the second round in a scheduled six. His victory showed word power is harder than teeth.
Promoter: Hachioji Nakaya Promotions.
By Joe Koizumi
After his lackluster performance despite his split decision over #14 ranked Silvio Olteanu of Romania on December 26, Daiki Kameda officially renounced his WBA flyweight belt because of his difficulty to make the weight any longer. The ex-champ explained, “I felt like my legs were paralyzed after the eighth round on due to my too severe reduction of weight. I repent of my poor showing caused by my terrible weight-making.” The WBA accordingly declared interim titlist Luis Concepcion of Panama the full 112-pound champion with Kameda rated atop in the super-fly category.
By Joe Koizumi
A Mexican flu seems as ferocious and furious as a Mexican body puncher. WBA interim 130-pound champ Jorge Solis, Mexico, was so badly infested that he was eventually obliged to cancel his schedule to meet the full WBA ruler Takashi Uchiyama (16-0, 13 KOs) in a unification bout in Tokyo, Japan, on January 10. Uchiyama’s title defense was then re-scheduled against a compatriot substitute named Takashi Miura (20-1-2, 16 KOs), a hard-punching southpaw national champ, on January 31. Therefore, another title bout of WBA super-bantam kingpin Retsuri Lee (AKA Ryol-Li Lee) and ex-OPBF titlist Akifumi Shimoda beneath Uchiyama’s defense was also moved to the last day of this month to make it a doubleheader, as scheduled.
Note: Lee is a Japan-born and Japan-based Korean, who still keeps his Korean nationality. As for the spelling of his name, Ryol-Li is his given name under the Korean pronunciation, while Retsuri is that under the Japanese pronunciation.
By Shamus Young at ringside
Light Heavyweight LaFarrell Bunting improved to 18-3-1 at the expense of Matt O’Brien, now 18-2, by majority decision Saturday night at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA. The tactical bout featured as much feinting as punching, as both fighters waited for the other to act. O’Brien, who was boxing for just the second time in the last three years, had the harder punches and won exchanges when he put together combinations. However, O’Brien gave Bunting too much respect and mostly limited himself to single shots. When Bunting used his jab, he was able to create distance and land clean shots, but that was sporadic. The lack of action left the match for the taking of whichever fighter was slightly busier over the ten rounds. Two of the judges felt that was Bunting. Scores were 95-95, 96-94, and 97-93. Fightnews had it 95-95.
In the co-main event, Lightweight Francisco Reyes, 8-1, appeared to dominate Robert Vargas, 5-1, over five rounds but only received a split decision. Reyes used his awkward style and accurate punching to defend and counter Vargas’ consistent but ineffective pressure. Vargas was cut by a punch in round one, but it was not a factor in the fight. Scores were 48-47 for Vargas, 48-47 for Reyes and 50-45 for Reyes. Fightnews had it 50-45 for Reyes. (more…)
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