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WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko is talking about his legacy, while challenger Albert Sosnowski is talking about an upset when they collide on Saturday.
“Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis had this belt. It’s not for nothing that I own it now!” said Klitschko at today’s press conference in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. “I want [the belt] to prove that I’m the best in the world.”
Sosnowski stated “I realize that all the experts consider me a longshot, but Klitschko will regret having given me this opportunity. He’s already passed his prime. Many of his fights have been against living punching bags who had already lost in the locker room. You only have an opportunity like this once in a lifetime and I want to use it. I’ll show Vitali and become be the first Polish heavyweight champion!”
Unbeaten welterweight Omar “Businessman” Chavez (21-0, 15 KOs) will have a litmus test in boxing when he faces the experienced Rodrigo Juarez (22-10-1, 11 KOs) in an eight-rounder on Saturday at the Sports Center Fair in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico. Chavez, the son of Mexican ring legend Julio Cesar Chavez, was originally slated to face Jose Arelis Lopez (7-9-2, 5 KOs) in a rematch of their spirited March 20th fight, but Lopez wasn’t 100% ready and the more experienced Juarez was brought in. The card also features middleweight José Luis “Elotero” Zertuche (21-5-3, 16 KOs) against Panchito Sierra (20-3, 19 KOs).
By Ricardo Conde
In his last outing, undefeated WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (26-0, 20 KOs) defeated former WBO welterweight champion Carlos “El Indio” Quintana (27-3, 21 KOs) of Puerto Rico, via knockout in the eight round last month at the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. We recently caught up with Andre Berto and asked him a few questions about his fight with Carlos Quintana, who he’d like to face in the near future and a lot more. Here’s what he had to say… (more…)
When Bob Hope and Bing Crosby founded the historic Lakeside Golf Club in Burbank over 60 years ago they certainly didn’t envision Lakeside to be the site for pro boxing. But last Thursday before a crowd of 500, including celebrities Joe Pesci, Andy Garcia, Bob Uecker, Harold Green, Scott Baio and Sly Stallone, Roy Englebrecht Promotions presented a six bout card titled Rumble On The Range. With a ring set up on the Lakeside driving range, the fans, who feasted on a ringside buffet and open bars, witnessed four pro boxing bouts with a Lakeside Golf Club Championship Belt on the line in the featured bout. The winner was heavyweight Joe Hanks, who staying undefeated and moved to 12-0 with a first round knockout of Marcus Dickerson. (Photo: Promoter Roy Englebrecht and film star Sylvester Stallone.)
By Karl Freitag
Championships Chair Lindsey Tucker and Ratings Chair Daryl Peoples are no longer with the East Orange, New Jersey-based sanctioning organization. “There is a revamping taking place at the IBF and anyone who has a championship matter to be addressed, wants to recommend ratings or any outstanding matters with the IBF should either call or email me,” IBF President Marian Muhammad informed Fightnews.com by email.
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (39-2, 37 KOs) and challenger Albert Sosnowski (45-2-1, 27 KOs) pose during today’s “Fists Of Steel” presser conference in Germany. They headline Saturday’s “Fists Of Steel” PPV event. In the 12-round co-feature, NABF heavyweight champion Johnathon Banks makes his first title defense against veteran Jason Gavern. For more details and photos click here…
As much as it’d be fun to be the case, John Hathaway didn’t get the nickname the Hitman because he was a British bounty hunter or some sordid thing. No, he joins Martin Kampmann and Tommy Hearns in the strictly hitman-as-metaphor nickname camp . . . Click for more by Chuck Mindenhall, UFC
WBO welterweight champion and Philippines congressman Manny Pacquiao is suffering from “a mild stomach ulcer” that will keep him hospitalized in Manila for a few days.
The June 4 Telemundo card featuring welterweights Mercito Gesta against Oscar Meza is in search of a new home after the Miccosukee Resort in Miami pulled the plug citing an undisclosed conflict.
Heavyweight David Tua will now fight Monte Barrett on July 18 at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City. The fight was originally announced for June 26 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Tua’s last two fights have been in New Zealand, the most recent against Friday Ahunanya reportedly lost “quite a significant amount of dollars,” prompting the Tua camp to unsuccessfully seek an early exit from an agreement with Maori TV.
Still nothing happening in talks between the respective camps of David Haye and the Klitschkos. The Haye camp isn’t expected to make any decisions on his next move for at least a month.
Super middleweight Aaron Pryor Jr. (13-2, 10 KOs) will headline a rare Sunday afternoon boxing card on June 13 at the Hyatt Regency along the Philadelphia waterfront. The son of ring legend Aaron “The Hawk” Pryor will face an opponent to be named later in a scheduled eight rounder. In the co-feature, veteran jr. middleweight Ossie Duran (24-8-2, 9 KOs) will see action in an eight round bout against battle tested Jerome Ellis (12-11-1, 10 KOs). The card is promoted by Joey Eye Boxing. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg at ringside
Teon “The Technician” Kennedy (15-0-1, 6 KOs), of Philadelphia, PA successfully defended his USBA super bantamweight title with a thrilling twelve round unanimous decision over Jose Angel Beranza ((32-18-2, 25 KOs), of Santa Ana, CA last night at Bally’s Atlantic City in Atlantic City, NJ. In the co-feature, Patrick “The Machine” Majewski (13-0, 8 KOs), of Somers Point, NJ stopped Loren “Rock” Myers (7-8-1, 2 KOs), of Fresno, CA at 1:06 of the sixth round of a scheduled eight round middleweight war. Peltz Boxing Promotions promoted the seven-bout card. (more…)
By Christian Chataignier
Former WBA super lightweight world champion Souleymane M’Baye (38-3-1, 21 KOs) is poised and ready for his showdown with unbeaten Canadian Antonin Decarié (23-0, 7 KOs) on Friday night at the Palais des Sport Marcel Cerdan in Levallois-Perret, France for the WBA interim welterweight title. The popular “Souly,” as his fans call him affectionately, is at the gate of his dream: to fight for a world title at home. Here’s what M’Baye had to say just before breaking camp in Florida to head back to his native Levallois. (more…)
After almost three rounds of action on Saturday night between Rafael Marquez and Israel Vazquez produced two deep cuts over Vazquez eyes, a knockdown, and a brutal barrage of punches at one another, both fighters agreed on one thing.
A possible fifth fight . . . Click here for more
By Felipe Leon
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
“This is truly like a family affair.” No words could have described the atmosphere at the post fight press conference better than the words uttered by Gary Shaw as a stoic Israel Vazquez (44-5, 33KO) and a triumphant Rafael Marquez (39-5, 35KO) made their way to the dais with their respective teams. Despite the heavy artillery that both fighters have unleashed on each other for twenty-five rounds as part of quite possibly the greatest boxing trilogy in boxing history, only words of respect and praise were shared by the both camps. (more…)
By Dennis Principe
With his now-handicapped friend watching at ringside, Filipino bantanweight prospect Michael Domingo exacted a short but sweet revenge as he poleaxed Colombian Luis Melendez in the second round Sunday night at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu, Philippines. Domingo, 30, stalked Melendez as soon as the bell opened the highly emotional bout with the Filipino throwing few but punishing hooks to the body. “That was what Z told me. Melendez can take a punch to the face but he can easily get hurt with body shots,” said Melendez moments after the fight. (more…)
World champion Yuri Foreman was mobbed by fans at the Israeli Day Parade in New York City on Sunday. Yuri, Grand Marshall of the Israeli Day Parade, signed hundreds of autographs while on the parade route. Foreman takes on Miguel Cotto on Top Rank’s big Stadium Slugfest on June 5 at the Yankee Stadium. Click here for more photos…
Heavyweight Ed Perry moved to 18-4 with 11 KOs after a third round TKO over Robert Mendoza (0-3) on Saturday night at the Kewadin Casino in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan. In other action, super middleweight Brian Cohen (15-2, 14 KOs) blew away Jason Wilson (0-5) in two rounds, super middleweight Ryan Franklin (4-7, 3 KOs) halted Anthony Gott (0-4) in round one, super middleweight Sidney Gurley (3-1, 2 KOs) dispatched Francis McKechnie (3-16, 3 KOs) in round one, pro debuting Willie Price (1-0, 1 KO) took out Mike Krull (0-9) in round one, in a female fight Kimberly Thomas (1-0) stopped Tracy Shanks (0-1) in one, and in the only fight to go the distance, super middleweight Ed Gates (2-0, 1 KOs) outpointed Guy Packer (3-27-2) over four. The promoter of the card was RK Promotions and the card was sanctioned by the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians Boxing Commission.
Former Contender star Joey Gilbert (19-2, 15 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over Anthony Bartinelli (20-14-2, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada. The one-sided bout bout was stopped by the referee, much to the displeasure of Bartinelli who wanted to continue.
Achieving an eight-fight win streak is an impressive feat even if many do not know that you’ve accomplished it. This aptly applies to Mike Russow, the understated and underrated UFC heavyweight that entered the organization with a seven-fight unbeaten streak and then made it eight with a unanimous decision victory over Justin McCully at UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira . . . Click for more by Rhett Butler, UFC
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Saturday night at the Sovereign Center in Reading PA, Travis “GW Hope” Kauffman (20-1, 16 KOs) showed that he is once again back as a one of up and coming prospects in the heavyweight division by easily stopping hard punching veteran, Chris “Special K” Koval (24-7, 18 KOs) of Youngstown Ohio in the second round of their scheduled ten round main event, capturing the WBF Intercontinental heavyweight title. The exciting nine bout Pro-Am card promoted by Kings Promotions also featured two other professional bouts. In the four round co-feature of the evening, lightweight Van Oscar Penovaroff moved to (5-0-1, 4 KOs) with a devastating third round knockout of Travis “The Animal” Thompson (3-7-1, 2 KOs). For more details and photos click here…
“I’m back,” says former WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev, who became the mandatory challenger for current WBA titleholder David Haye with a twelve round unanimous decision over #1 rated Kali Meehan on Saturday night in Rostock, Germany.
You can watch the complete fights from yesterday’s Universum Champions Night at StadtHalle Rostock on Universum’s new YouTube-Channel: www.youtube.com/UBPboxing Among the fights available are Chagaev vs. Meehan, Siarhei Liakhovich vs. Evans Quinn, Vitali Tajbert vs. Hector Velazquez (WBC world championship), Aleksy Kuziemski vs. Igor Michalkin, Jack Culcay vs. Isak Tavares, Pal Bedak vs. Pedro Cardenas, and Sebastian Köber vs. Markus Tomala.
For post-fight comments from Chagaev, Meehan, Chagaev trainer Magomed Schaburow, Universum promoter Dietmar Poszwa, Meehan promoter Don King and WBC super featherweight champion Vitali Tajbert, click here…
By Peter Lim
Welterweight Lanardo Tyner (23-3, 14 KOs), claimed the vacant Texas welterweight belt by knocking out flabby southpaw Anthony Middlebrooks (8-6-2, 7 KOs), in the fourth round at the House of Blues in Houston on Saturday night. Tyner, 34, dropped Middlebrooks twice in the second round, first with a straight right to the chin and then with a left hook to the body. Tyner took the third round off and to experiment with a southpaw stance of his own and peppered Middlebrooks, 34, with right jabs throughout the round. As soon as he switched back to an orthodox stance in the fourth round, Tyner leveled Middlebrooks for the full count with a hook-right-hook combination. (more…)
In a WBC minimumweight elimination bout, Juan Hernandez (17-1, 13 KOs) of Mexico defeated Denver Cuello (19-3-5, 10 KOs) of Philippines by way of 3rd round disqualification. In round 3 Cuello hit Hernandez while he was down and the referee disaqualified him. The bout took place at the Auditorio Plaza Condesa, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico.
One of the greatest rivalries in the history of boxing ended at two victories apiece after Rafael Marquez (39-5, 35 KOs) of Mexico City decisively stopped a bloodied Israel “El Magnifico” Vazquez (44-5, 33 KOs) of Huntington Park, Calif., by way of Mexico City, at 1:33 in the third round Saturday in the main event on SHOWTIME®.
“It is so fitting that the amazing series between Marquez and Vazquez ends tied at two,” said Ken Hershman, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports. “Both men will go down in history alongside the greatest fighters this sport has known. We are proud to have been part of this historic rivalry and to have delivered, once again, the best that boxing has to offer.”
There won’t be a fifth fight. Frank Espinoza Sr., who has managed Vazquez throughout his career and helped take him to heights no one could have expected, said in the ring immediately afterward that Vazquez had fought for the last time. “That’s it,” Espinoza said. “His career is over. He’s not going to fight again.” For more details and photos click here…
By Dennis Principe
He may feel bitter in recalling at how the punch of Colombian foe Luis Melendez almost took the life of his close pal Z Gorres. But Filipino bantamweight contender Michael Domingo assures he will treat his own bout against Melendez in a professional manner. Domingo will face Melendez in a highly-emotional 10-round non-title bantamweight fight dubbed “Hangad na Paghihiganti” Sunday night at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu.
“I still am dedicating this fight to Z. There may be people who are mad at Melendez but it happens in boxing and I do not blame him for whatever happened to Z. But one thing is for sure, I’m going to give him a tough night,” said Domingo. (more…)
Pablo Oscar Natalio Farias of Argentina (15-0, 10 KOs) unanimously decisioned fellow countryman Oscar Daniel Veliz (28-16-2) over 12 rounds to retain his WBO Latino super middleweight title on Saturday night at Casino City Center, in Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina. The bout was closely contested throughout with Farias putting a lot of rounds in the bank early with his effective aggression. Veliz came on strong in the latter half of the fight fight but was too late. The official judges scorecards read 119-115, 118.5-115, and 116.5-114. Mario Margossian promoted the fight card.
By Rick Scharmberg at ringside
Unbeaten USBA super bantamweight champion Teon ‘The Technician’ Kennedy (15-0, 6 KOs) won a hard fought twelve round unanimous decision over rugged Jose Angel Beranza (32-18-2, 25 KOs) on Saturday night at Bally’s in Atlantic City. Great action fight with both of Kennedy’s eyes nearly closed at the end. Scores were 117-111, 117-111, 115-113.
In the co-feature, undefeated middleweight Patrick Majewski (13-0, 8 KOs) won when his bout with Loren Myers (7-8-1, 2 KOs) was stopped in the sixth round due to a cut on Myers’ forehead. Time was 1:05.
By Francisco Salazar and Rocco Morales at ringside
In the fourth installment of their classic series, former two-time word champion Rafael Marquez (39-5, 35 KOs) evened things up at 2-2 with a third round TKO over former three-time world champion Israel Vazquez (44-5, 33 KOs) on Saturday night before 9,236 at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. Vazquez was cut over the left eye almost immediately and it was ruled to be caused by a punch. Marquez’ punches were very sharp and the blood was flowing heavily from Vazquez’ cut by the end of round two. Vazquez was cut over the left eye by a headbutt early in round three and Marquez continued his vicious assault, knocking down Vazquez and then finishing things with a brutal follow up attack that prompted referee Raul Caiz Jr. to wave it off. Time was 1:33.
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Unbeaten IBF bantamweight champion Yonnhy Perez (20-0-1, 14 KOs) and unbeaten 2004 Olympian Abner Mares (20-0-1, 13 KOs) battled to a twelve round draw. It was a great fight that lived up to its billing as both fighters left it all in the ring. Good two-way action early. Perez began imposing his will midway but Mares came on strong down the stretch. Scores were 115-113 Mares, 114-114, 114-114. Perez retains his title.
By Mark Vaz at ringside
Photos by Emily Harney
Middleweight Peter Manfredo Jr (35-6, 19 KOs) stopped Angel Hernandez (30-8, 17 KOs) in round ten to claim the vacant IBO middleweight title on Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Manfredo ended a good action fight with a series of clean shots that prompted referee Steve Smoger to wave it off at 1:19 of round ten. For more details and photos click here…
Unbeaten jr middleweight Shawn Porter (15-0, 12 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over Robert Kliewer (10-11, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at “The Fitz” in Tunica, Mississippi. Porter dropped Kliewer in round two, again in round three, then four times in round five to end it. Time was 1:08. Porter retained his NABO belt.
Unbeaten middleweight Dominic Wade (7-0, 5 KOs) won a four round unanimous decision over Michael Faulk (2-1, 0 KOs) who was in survival mode almost from the beginning. Wade dropped Faulk at the end of round two and again in round four. Scores were 40-35, 40-35, 40-33.
By Francisco Salazar and Rocco Morales at ringside
In a six round junior middleweight bout, undefeated Rodrigo Garcia was the unanimous decision winner over veteran Taronze Washington. Washington, who has fought such big names as Andre Berto, Vanes Martirosyan and Alfred Angulo, was available to be hit but Garcia never fully committed to going for the knockout. Garcia, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Oscar De La Hoya, improves to 7-0 (5KO) while Washington drops to 14-13 (7KO).
In an eight round junior welterweight affair, Carlos Molina labored to win a lackluster unanimous decision victory over steppingstone Humberto Tapia. Both fighters fought only in spurts but Molina landed the harder shots over his taller, lankier opponent. The action finally picked up some in the seventh and eigth rounds with Molina getting the best of Tapia. Molina improves to 12-0 (6KO) while Tapia drops to 15-13-1 (8KO).
In opening action, a six round junior lightweight contest, Ronny Rios outworked the game Guadalupe DeLeon to emerge as the unanimous decision victor. There were no knockdowns in the fight and neither fighter was seriously hurt despite fighting shoulder to shoulder the entire fight and trading heavy shots. With the victory, Rios keeps his record unblemished and improves to 11-0 (5KO) while DeLeon drops to 8-11 (4KO). To date, including DeLeon, only one opponent on Rios’ resume has had a winning record.
By Karl Freitag
Photos by Eroll Popova
With his best performance in years, former WBA heavyweight champion and currently #2 rated Ruslan Chagaev (26-1-1, 17 KOs) became the mandatory challenger of WBA champion David Haye, winning a twelve round unanimous decision over #1 rated Kali Meehan (35-4, 29 KOs). Chagaev simply outworked Meehan in a WBA eliminator Saturday night at the Stadthalle in Rostock, Germany. Scores were 118-110, 117-111, 117-112. For more details and photos click here…
By Karl Freitag
WBC super featherweight champion Vitali Tajbert (20-1, 6 KOs) retained his world title via nine round technical decision over veteran Hector Velazquez (51-15-2, 35 KOs). Tajbert was cut in round one by an unintentional headbutt and the gash bled for the entire fight. In round nine it was ruled that the cut made it too dangerous for Tajbert to continue and the bout was sent to the scorecards where the champion prevailed 87-83, 88-82, 88-83. For more details and photos click here…
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
World rated bantamweight Tantong Kiattaweesuk (19-0, 13 KOs) stopped Rafael Pangaribuan (12-5-2, 5 KOs) in round three of a scheduled ten round bout at the Thonburri University in Bangkok, Thailand on Friday. IBF #12 Kiattaweesuk-boxing from southpaw stance-controlled the fight from round one as he continually connected with accurate combinations to the head and body of the Indonesian. Kiattaweesuk was cautioned by referee Yongsak Na Songkla in round two for infringements and in round three a power left hook to the body dropped Pangaribuan for the full ten count. For more details and photos click here…
The WBA has officially withdrawn recognition of Shane Mosley as its welterweight super champion after a failure to agree with him on terms regarding conditions to sanction his fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. held May 1st. In a statement, the organization said “the WBA is proud to count Mr. Mosley among its world champions and wishes him all the best for his career. The doors of the WBA will be always open for him.”
It’s official. Undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (25-0, 11 KOs) and undefeated welterweight contender Luis Abregu (29-0, 23 KOs) meet in a non-title welterweight rumble on July 17 in The Show at Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa in Rancho Mirage, California. The co-main event will feature current WBO interim junior middleweight champion Alfredo Angulo (18-1, 15 KOs) against former WBA super welterweight champion Joachim Alcine (32-1, 19 KOs). Tickets go on sale June 5.
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