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By Graham Houston
Superstar Manny Pacquiao tops the bill in the year’s biggest fight so far, meeting the durable Joshua Clottey in a welterweight title fight on Saturday that will be watched by a 40,000 crowd at the Cowboys Stadium in Texas and a worldwide TV viewing audience (HBO PPV in the U.S., Sky Box Office in Britain). Even though Pacquiao is a massive favourite, people want to see the fighter who is now regarded as a potential all-time great. The way Pacquiao has stormed through the weight divisions from flyweight right up to welterweight, and the thrilling, dominant displays of speed and power against big-name fighters Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto have established the Filipino as a phenomenon, the type of fighter who comes along once in a lifetime. (more…)
By Graham Houston
After tough, gruelling 12-rounders in his last two fights, Marco Huck gets what on paper should be a somewhat less arduous assignment when he defends his WBO cruiser title against Adam Richards, a Houston-based 29-year-old from Tennessee, in the main event in Berlin on Saturday. Huck had to dig deep in his fights with Victor Ramirez and Ola Afolabi. He was under pressure in these contests, and the bout with Afolabi was surprisingly close on the cards. Ramirez is a very strong, durable aggressor while Afolabi has underrated skills and power and is also a tricky, crafty sort of fighter — these always had the potential to be fights that would test Huck to the limit. Richards seems to me to be a straightforward type of fighter, not as physically powerful as Ramirez or as dangerous and artful as Afolabi. Huck has been able to get good results against this type of opponent. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Super Welterweight Anthony Hirsch (11-3-1, 5 KO’s) won a workmanlike six round unanimous decision over Mario Evangelista on Friday night at the American Legion Hall in Reseda, CA. Hirsch controlled the action, beating the hard-hitting Evangelista (3-6-1, 3 KO’s) to the punch. All three judges scored the bout 59-55, 59-55, and 60-54 in favor of Hirsch.
In the co-feature bout, Junior Welterweight Juan Alfonso Figueroa (6-7-1, 3 KO’s) won a six sloppy, foul-filled six round unanimous decision over previously-unbeaten Manuel Del Cid. Although Del Cid (3-1) scored a knockdown in the third round, he was deducted a point in the second and sixth rounds. All three judges scored the 57-53, 57-53, and 57-55 in favor of Figueroa. Click here for full report…
By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside
In his USA debut, previously unbeaten WBC #5/WBA #6/WBO #9/IBF #12 flyweight Hernan ‘Tyson’ Marquez (25-1, 18 KOs) suffered his first defeat against WBA #10/WBO #11 Richie Mepranum (16-2-1, 3 KOs) on Friday night at the Gaylord Hotel in Grapevine, Texas. Marquez was the aggressor as always, but it was the slicker Mepranum who landed the cleaner shots during the exchanges to win a clear ten round unanimous decision by scores of 99-91, 96-94, 98-92.
In an IBF heavyweight eliminator, former WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter (34-3, 27 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Nagy Aguliera (15-3, 10 KOs). After Peter dropped Aguliera with a big right hand, The ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ got the stoppage win with his follow up barrage. Time was 2:24.
Unbeaten WBC #1/WBA #2/WBO #5 lightweight Anthony Peterson (30-0, 20 KOs) scored a third round KO over Juan Ramon Ramon Cruz (16-7-1, 12 KOs). Peter dropped Cruz in round two and twice in round three before the bout was terminated at the 1:11 mark.
Unbeaten middleweight Omar Henry (8-0, 7 KOs) needed just 33 seconds to demolish previously unbeaten Francisco Reza (6-1, 5 KOs).
Ringside by Scott Ploof
Tony “TNT” Grano (17-1-1, 13 KOs) avenged the only blemish of his professional career, his knockout loss to Mark “Oak Tree” Brown (15-3, 7 KOs) back in September, 2008, on Friday night at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, CT by scoring a ten round unanimous decision over Brown. Scores of the bout were 97-92 twice and 98-91. Grano was on the offensive throughout a majority of the fight. Brown conserved his energy for the later rounds of the bout, which hurt him on the scorecards. He connected with a right hook in the final round of the bout that put Grano on the canvas. Grano showed his durability by being able to come off of the canvas to finish off the fight and take home the unanimous decision victory. (more…)
Former middleweight title challenger Giovanni “Chico Malo” Lorenzo (28-2, 20 KOs) returned on Friday night for the first time since dropping a split decision to Sebastian Sylvester in an IBF title clash last September. Lorenzo knocked out Wilmer Gonzalez (17-9-1, 11 KOs) in round two of a bout held at the Sosua Bay Grand Casino in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.
Also victorious were 2008 Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz (5-0, 3 KOs), who outpointed Orlando Membreno (11-13-1) over six, and super middleweight Julius Jackson (5-0, 5 KOs), who won when opponent Frank Mola (3-1, 1 KO) didn’t come out for round four. Jackson is the son of former world champion and ring great Julian Jackson.
Former world champion Erik Morales sparred twelve rounds on Thursday as he prepares for his March 27 PPV collision with Jose Alfaro in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Under the watchful eye of his father and trainer José “Olivaritos” Morales, Erik has has completed two hard months of training at the Centro Ceremonial Otomí high in the Mexican mountains about 50 miles west of Mexico City. Morales will break camp on March 21 and travel to Monterrey for fight week. (more…)
By Chris Cozzone at the scale
Manny Pacquiao 145.75 vs Joshua Clottey 147
(WBO welterweight championship)
David Diaz 134 vs Humberto Soto 134.2
(WBC lightweight championship)
Michael Medina 155.5 vs John Duddy 160
Alfonso Gomez 145 vs Jose Luis Castillo 144
Isaac Hidalgo 125 vs Arthur Trevino 125
Calvin Pitts 149 vs Rodrigo Garcia 149.7
Samuel Sanchez 122 vs Roberto Marroquin 122
Jamie Villa 127 vs Salvador Sanchez 127.7
Joe Moraels 126 vs Michael Farenas 127.2
Mauricio Pastrana 119.5 vs Eden Sonsona 119.7
Venue: Cowboys Stadium, Dallas, Texas
Promoter: Top Rank
By Alexey Sukachev
Former world cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli (31-4, 24 KOs) continued his comeback with the first-round stoppage of Hungarian import Zoltan Czekus (8-3-1, 4 KOs) on Friday night at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England.
British brightest welterweight prospect and national champion Kell Brook (21-0, 14 KOs) successfully moved from a casual contender to a world scene operator after a dominating stoppage of WBO #4 veteran Pole Krzysztof Benias (39-4, 16 KOs). Brook was sensational, throwing punches and bunches and giving the guest fighter no time and no space for a return fire. WBO #6 Brook forced Benias to stay inside his defensive shell through the five rounds to finally crack it with two punishing uppercuts for the stoppage at 2:46 of the sixth round. Brook is a new WBO I/C welterweight titlist. (more…)
Top Rank Boxing and Cowboys Stadium announced Friday the release of Party Pass tickets to this Saturday’s welterweight championship fight between Manny Pacquiao and Joshua Clottey. These general admission tickets offer an excellent view and will be priced at $35 each. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster by visiting online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling toll free, 800-755-3000. Party pass tickets also give fans a chance to enjoy pre-fight festivities in the plazas outside Cowboys Stadium and access to six party decks located in the end zones of the stadium. Standing room viewing along the party deck rails is on a first come, first served basis. Large video screens with live broadcasts of the fight are on the plazas just outside the party decks. Party pass tickets do not provide fans with a seat but do allow fans to move about the party decks and open spaces in the main concourses.
Mark Vaz at the scale
Paul Spadafora 143 vs. Ivan Fiorletta 144 1/2
*Fiorletta initially weighed 146 3/4. Contract weight was 144 so the
Spadafora camp conceded the 1/2 pound overage.
Erik Leander 247 vs. Jason Barnett 218
Dieuly Aristilde 220 1/2 vs. Willie Herring 207 3/4
Sullivan Barrera 182 vs. Reggie Pena 184
Yoelvis Gamboa 137 vs. Milton Ramos 136
Abdulah Dobey 181 vs. Gevonte Davis 178
Rances Barthelemy 130 vs. Robert Guillen 128
Promoter: Michael Acri Boxing, DeCubas Presents, GD Big
Tickets: At the box office (954.828.5380)
Location: Fort Lauderdale War Memorial (800 NE 8th Street, Fort Lauderdale,
By Alexey Sukachev
WBO #4 and IBF #12 light middleweight contender Lukas Konecny (43-3, 21 KOs) retained his national middleweight title with a fourth round TKO over former Romanian lightweight champion Ionut Trandafir Ilie (13-3-1, 1 KO) on Friday night in Prague, Czech Republic. The Czech 154-pounder took a methodical approach, using his trademark pressure to frustrate and upset smaller Ilie. In round four, Konecny went after the Romanian and dropped him with a right hand to the body for the count. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
According to local sources, WBO #11 ranked Sherzod Husanov (14-0-1, 7 KOs) may be next-in-line to collide with Ukrainian WBO light middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk (36-0, 22 KOs). The proposed fight would take place on May 14 at Chumash Resort & Casino in Santa Ynez, California. Undefeated Dzinziruk, 33, who has recently signed a co-promotional deal with Gary Shaw Productions and Banner Promotions, last fought in November 2008, outpointing Columbian Joel Jair Julio. It was his fifth defense of the title he had won against formidable Daniel Santos in December 2005. Former Uzbek Olympian Husanov, 29, debuted in 2007. He is best known for a win and a draw against Russian Timur Nergadze last year.
WBA super lightweight champion Amir Khan said today at a London press conference that the style of challenger Paul Malignaggi is one he can beat. “I respect Paulie,” said Khan, who faces Malignaggi on May 15 in New York City. “He has had some great fights in the past and has a great record, beaten only by great fighters like Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto – but now there is another fighter coming out who is going to beat him.” As for an eventual all-British showdown with Ricky Hatton, Khan stated “I think he should retire,” said Khan. “…he has the respect of the British fans and boxers and I think he should hang his gloves up and relax now.”
Marco Huck 198.4 vs Adam Richards 199.2
(WBO cruiserweight championship)
Alexander Povetkin 223.5 vs Javier Mora 257.4
Yoan Pablo Hernandez 198.1 vs Cesar David Crenz 199.9
Alexander Frenkel 194 vs Michael Simms 199.9
Kubrat Pulev 243.1 vs Danny Batchelder 221.5
Venue: Max Schmeling Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, Germany
Promoter: Sauerland Events
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Fightnews reported last week that unbeaten WBO light flyweight champion Iván “Iron Boy” Calderón (31-0, 6 KOs) of Puerto Rico and WBO interim light flyweight Johnriel Casimero (14-0, 8 KOs) of Cebu City, Philippines were soon to be headed for a showdown. Calderón’s promoter PR Best Boxing (Iván & Peter Rivera) and Casimero’s promoter Sampson Boxing LLC reached an agreement last week with the bout likely to take place at the end of May in Puerto Rico. Calderón wasted no time in getting himself back in the gym and spoke to Fightnews from his training camp in Puerto Rico. (more…)
By Craig Gibson
In his final week before heading to Las Vegas, Joan Guzman held an open workout in Manchester, England yesterday. Fans from all over the country traveled to get a glimpse of one of the fight games most talented stars and were not left disappointed. Guzman spent the first 30 minutes taking some local amateurs through their paces before working the pads with trainer Lee Beard and finishing off on the heavy bag. Speaking to Guzman after the session he stated, “I’m so pleased to be here in England, the fans have been very good to me and I hope one day I can fight over here.” When asked about his new training team of Lee Beard and Kerry Kayes, Guzman’s face lit up like an excited kid, “I really enjoy working with Lee and Kerry, they work me hard but that is good, I feel in great shape and can’t wait to show everyone the real Guzman on fight night.” Click here for more photos…
Heavyweight Mike Mollo (19-3-1, 12 KOs) returns to action in his hometown of Chicago for the first time in two and half years to battle veteran Billy Zumbrun (23-11-1, 13 KOs) in the main event at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion on March 26th. Training for most of the winter months in West Palm Beach, Florida, Mollo is thrilled to be fighting in Chicago again. “It’s been like a breath of fresh air. My new team, manager Ed Gersh and trainers, Pete Brodsky and Dave Lewter are great to have on my side. I’ve been training in West Palm Beach for the last five months and I’m in the best shape of my life, physically and mentally,” said Mollo. (more…)
After the final press conference officially ended at Cowboys Stadium on Wednesday as the final build-up to The Event: Pacquiao vs. Clottey this weekend, and with the main attraction Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (50-3-2 38 KOs) long gone, there was still one guy hanging around the dais still chatting it up with whoever was interested: Alex Ariza, Manny’s strength and conditioning coach . . . . Click here for more
UFC® 111: St-Pierre vs. Hardy, one of the most anticipated UFC® events ever, is officially sold out. Now, for everyone who wants to see Georges St-Pierre, Dan Hardy, Frank Mir and Shane Carwin live and in person, and watch this epic Ultimate Fighting Championship® event in New York, the UFC is taking over Radio City Music Hall and other sites in Manhattan to celebrate the UFC 111 mega-fight and deliver unprecedented access to the fighters getting ready to battle for world titles. (more…)
Lightweight prospect Danny “Little Mac” McDermott (8-1, 3 KOs) of Jersey City, NJ battles unbeaten Brian Miller (7-0-3, 3 KOs) of Schenectady, NY for the vacant NABC title on Thursday, March 25 at Schuetzen Park in North Bergen, NJ. The McDermott-Miller contest will headline the “March Badness” card promoted by John Lynch of Pound for Pound Promotions. (more…)
Photo: Undefeated prospect Robert Marroquin (12-0, 9 KOs) will be sporting the colors of the Dallas Cowboys when he steps into the ring in front of his hometown tomorrow night on the Pacquiao-Clottey undercard. “This fight has been my biggest challenge,” Marroquin said yesterday. “More so the media and all the interviews this time than my opponent, who I’m not looking past. I’m nervous about fighting in front of so many people but it feels great to be able to fight at home on such a big card.” Marroquin faces Samuel Sanchez (4-1-1) tomorrow night. “He’s taller than my previous opponents,” says Marroquin. “He’s a decent fighter, with good hand speed, but my experience should make the difference.”
By Francisco Salazar
Anthony Hirsch 154 vs Mario Evangelista 153
Juan Alfonso Figueroa 138 3/4 vs Manuel Delcid 135
Enrique Lobatos 286 vs Ethan Cox 251
Katarina De La Cruz 108 1/2 vs Gloria Salas 108 3/4
Ernesto Ocon 146 vs David Garcia 146 3/4
Matthew Villanueva 114 3/4 vs Ludwin Mondragon 113 3/4
Oscar Chinchilla 130 vs Rene Torres 129
Venue: American Legion Hall, Reseda
Promoter: Fulton Street Fight Club Promotions
Tickets: $30 and $40, Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling (818) 383-7958.
Doors open at 6PM, First bell scheduled for 7:30PM.
Top Rank.com will provide a full coverage on a live stream broadcast of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Joshua Clottey weigh-in at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Friday, March 12. The live broadcast will begin 6 pm eastern/3 pm pacific on Top Rank’s new, revamped website. Michael Buffer will be the host. Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank, made the announcement today. Pacquiao vs. Clottey ‘The Event’ is promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Tecate and will be available live on HBO Pay Per View on Saturday.
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Darrel Madison 255.5 vs. Robert Wiggins 218
Ronson Frank 175 vs. Raynard Darden 173.25
Nydia Feliciano 126 vs. Jennifer Han 125
Hajro Sujak 177 vs. Ariel Espinal 180.25
Lambros Karaolides 153,5 vs. Ashantie Hendrickson 152
Chazz McDowell 131 vs. Filiberto Nieto 134
Raul Lopez 117.5 vs. Reinaldo Cintron 116.5
Venue: Pal Gym, Yonkers, NY
Promoter: O’Shea Boxing
Promising to steal the show Saturday night at the Dallas Cowboys’ Stadium, while putting aside a friendship for a dozen or less rounds, current WBC super featheweight champ Humberto Soto (50-7-2, 32 KOs), of Los Mochis, Mexico, and former champ David Diaz (35-2-1, 17 KOs), of Chicago, will battle for the vacant WBC lightweight belt.
It’s a familiar belt for Diaz.
“I want it back,” Diaz said today at a press conference held at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas . . . Click here for more
On Friday April 2nd, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing returns to the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, CT headlined by current USBA welterweight champion (IBF #5 world rated) Delvin Rodriguez (24-4-2, 14KO) against former USBA light welterweight champion, “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (22-4-2, 10KO). The card will be broadcast live on ESPN “Friday Night Fight” series. Both fighters are in need of a win. Rodriguez is coming off two close losses in an IBF title fight and an IBF eliminator. Arnaoutis has dropped two of his last three, the most recent being an upset loss to Tim Coleman. “This is a huge fight for both guys,” said promoter Joe DeGuardia, CEO of Star Boxing. “If Delvin wins, he reestablishes himself as one of the top welterweight contenders in the world. If Mike wins, he will show everyone that he is a true force to be reckoned with in the welterweight division.” Tickets are $75, $45 and $30. Call 718-823-2000.
As the boxing cliché goes, styles make fights. On Saturday night, we’ll find out if that applies to trainers.
On paper it’s a mismatch. Freddie Roach, who pilots Manny Pacquiao, is, arguably the world’s best-known, best-paid trainer. Backed by a star-studded resume, Roach would be a 10-to-1 favorite over the experienced, albeit much lesser known Lenny DeJesus, chief trainer for Joshua Clottey, if the match-up made the betting lines . . . Click here for more
Tony Grano 222 vs Mark Brown 231
Mike Oliver 120 vs Kermin Guardia 120
Eris Quinteros 157 vs David Bauza 158
Sadam Ali 145 vs Jose Duran 145
Manny Lopes 166 vs Greg McCoy 166
Joe Smith, Jr. 175 vs Carlos Adams 177
Joey Ortega 141 vs Edwin Ortega 141
Venue: Fox Theater, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut
Promoter: Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc.
Tickets have quietly gone on sale for the April 10 clash between former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield and WBF titleholder Francois Botha at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas. Seats are $25, $75, $150 and $250. The 47-year-old ring legend Holyfield has previously fought in Las Vegas 16 times, the most recent being his bout with James Toney in 2003.
By Francisco Salazar
Boxing returns to the San Fernando Valley in Southern California with a card this Friday featuring local fighters in four and six round bouts. In the main event, Super Welterweight Anthony Hirsch will take on Mario Evangelista in a scheduled six round bout at the American Legion Hall in Reseda, CA. The bout will headline a seven-bout “Brawl At the Hall 1″ card, presented by Fulton Street Fight Club Promotions. Hirsch, (10-3-1, 5 KO’s) from Oakland, CA, won a four round bout over Jose Celaya in his last bout in November. (more…)
Hernan ‘Tyson’ Marquez 113.5 vs. Richie Mepranum 112.25*
* Marquez has two hours to lose a half-pound. Originally, the fight was supposed to be for a minor WBC flyweight title.
Samuel Peter 237.5 vs. Nagy Aguilera 230.5*
* IBF heavyweight title elimination bout.
Anthony Peterson 137 vs. Juan Ramon Cruz 137
Ben Tackie 144.5 vs. Dennis Laurente 144.5
Omar Henry 153.75 vs. Francisco Reza 153.5
Jose Benavidez 136.5 vs. Bobby Hill 139.5
Francisco Vargas 131 vs. Daniel Calzada 132
Andy Ruiz Jr. 271.5 vs. Luke Vaughn 200
Let’s Get It On Promotions has a fight card set for March 19 at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno. In the headliner, unbeaten middleweight Brandon “Flawless” Gonzales (10-0, 9 KOs) takes on veteran upset artist Darnell Boone (16-14, 6 KOs). This will be Gonzales’ first scheduled eight rounder. Also on tap is unbeaten welter Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield (11-0, 7 KOs) against Mario Ramos (17-6). Tickets are $100, $75, $50 and $25. Call 1.800.648.3568.
Boxing fans, get ready to climb “Through the Ropes” with the #1 boxing news radio show hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld! This week’s guests are Cory and Michael Spinks plus former boxing judge Chuck Giampa. Call or email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Through The Ropes airs live coast to coast on Thursday nights from 9:00 – 10:00 ET on 75 affiliates of the Sports Byline USA Broadcast Network, including great radio stations like KSHP 1400 AM in Las Vegas and WNSR 560 AM in Nashville. The one-hour show will also be heard on American Forces Network, Sportsbyline.com and Fightnews.com. Fightnews readers can listen live by clicking here tonight at 9PM ET.
WBCBoxing.tv will present a live boxing webcast – free of charge – from Auditorio Plaza Condesa in Mexico City on Saturday, March 13, at 9:00 P.M. (21:00 hrs) Central Standard Time. Please note: the webcast is not available in Mexico. In the main event – a nontitle fight scheduled for 10 rounds – WBC Latino flyweight champion Jesus “Destroyer” Jimenez, 27-5 with 20 knockouts, of Guadalajara, will face Paulino “El Gato” Villalobos, 27-41-2 with 16 knockouts, of Veracruz. The fight will be televised live in Mexico on Cadena 3: Channel 28. (more…)
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