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Don King: Heavyweight boxing back to what it is supposed to be

Don King: Heavyweight boxing back to what it is supposed to be

Photo: Esther Lin/Showtime Hall of Fame promoter Don King was ecstatic after heavyweight Trevor Bryan's ten round unanimous decision over Derric Rossy in ...

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Cotto reveals secret weapon

Cotto reveals secret weapon

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press Photos: Gabriel Gonzalez - Hoganphotos/Roc Nation Sports/Golden Boy At age 34, WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto appears to ...

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Santa Cruz and Mares make weight

Santa Cruz and Mares make weight

Photos: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions Leo Santa Cruz 124.8 vs. Abner Mares 125.2 (vacant WBA "super" featherweight title) Hugo Ruiz 121.4 vs. Julio Cesar Ceja ...

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ShoBox Weights from Las Vegas

ShoBox Weights from Las Vegas

Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME Trevor Bryan 227 vs. Derric Rossy 235.5 Juan Ubaldo Cabrera 160 vs. DeCarlo Perez 160.5 Nat Visinia 273 vs. Joey Dawejko 236.25 Venue: ...

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Santa Cruz-Mares Final Press Conference

Santa Cruz-Mares Final Press Conference

Photos: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions With just days to go until their Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on ESPN showdown, Leo "El Terremoto" Santa ...

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Boxing News

Alvarez, Ponce de Leon in LA

Top rated welterweight contender and Mexican sensation Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and former world champion Daniel Ponce De Leon will appear Sunday at 11:30AM at Fiesta Broadway on the Red Bull Stage (located at the corner of 3rd Street and Broadway) in downtown Los Angeles, CA, for a celebration and fan rally before they head to Las Vegas for their respective bouts on the undercard of Floyd “Money” Mayweather vs. Sugar Shane Mosley on May 1 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Fiesta Broadway is a free admission event. Come meet and take pictures with the fighters, win fight merchandise, autographed gloves and much more.



April 23rd, 2010


Scale Watch

Weights from Salinas

Enrique Vázquez/Promociones Miguel Cotto, Inc

Wilfredo Bones 124 vs. Francisco Rodríguez 125
Jonathan Vidal 117.5 vs. Robert Daluz 122
Juan Herrera 116 vs. Christian Fernández 118
Alvin Torres 127 vs.Luis Cuascut 125
Irvin Torres 133 vs. Nelson Casanova 130
John Figueroa 136 vs. Jorge L.Pérez 138
Luis Cosme 113 vs. Reynaldo Cintrón 112
Luis Braña 121 vs. Pedro Agosto 122
Moises Ríos 155 vs. Geraldo Adorno 155
Venue: Angel Luis “Cholo” Espada Coliseum, Salinas, Puerto Rico
Promoter: Promociones Miguel Cotto, Inc & H2 Entertainment
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April 23rd, 2010

Boxing News

Julio – Angulo Weigh-In Drama

By: Ellen Haley

The undercard weigh-in for this Saturday’s “Ring of Fire” boxing show was held at the Hilton Ontario Airport Hotel this afternoon. The Jr. Middleweight co-feature was supposed to be first on scale, however Alfredo Angulo failed to show at the scheduled report time. Rumors quickly began circulating about Angulo being overweight. Members of Angulo’s camp present at the weigh in claimed he was stuck in traffic.

After waiting more than 1 hour the commission allowed the rest of the undercard to weigh in. While waiting, Joel Julio calmly passed the time talking with his camp. Angulo showed up 1-3/4 hours late.

Somber looking, Angulo was first on the scale, coming in at 153.75 lbs. Joel Julio, looking amazingly fit, weighed in at 153.25 lbs. Anthony Hamm, Julio’s trainer, joyously cried out “And that’s without missing one meal!”

The California Boxing Commission fined Angulo $15,000 for being late to the weigh-in. It was agreed by all parties that the fine money would be paid to Joel Julio.

The Julio – Angulo fight is the co-feature fight on HBO’s Boxing After Dark show this Saturday, April 24, 11:15pm ET/PT.



April 23rd, 2010

Scale Watch

Weights from Acapulco

Photo: Esto

By Robert Coster

Ramon Ayala 135 vs. Javier Prieto 135
Juan Antonio Rodriguez 125 vs. Santos Medrano 126
Giovanni Caro 121 vs. Adolfo Ramos 121.5
Carlos Cardenas 129 vs. Rafael Urias 132
(Urias did not make required weight and cannot win the title)



April 23rd, 2010

Scale Watch

Angulo, Julio make weight

Photo: Jan Sanders/Goossen Tutor Promotions

Alfredo Angulo 153.75 vs. Joel Julio 153.25
Rico Ramos 123 vs. Reynaldo Lopez 122
John Molina Jr. 135.75 vs. Jose Antonio Izquierdo 136.5
Chris Avalos 118 vs. John Molina 117.75
Nate James 229 vs. Alvaro Morales 293
Marquise Bruce 153 vs. Raul Rodriguez 154
Joe Hanks 239 vs. Marcus Dickerson 221
Natu Visinia 273 vs. Geovanni Sarran 236.5

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April 23rd, 2010

UFC

WEC at the scales

LIVE on PPV tomorrow!

Photo by Joe Cordova

From the ARCO Arena in Sacramento, Calif., for tomorrow night’s WEC card. This card will air live on Pay-Per-View 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Fans can also tune in to Spike TV at 9pm ET / 6pm PT to see live Aldo vs Faber preliminary bouts between Alex Karalexis and Anthony Pettis and Chan Sung Jung and Leonard Garcia.

Featherweight Championship:
Jose Aldo 145 vs Urijah Faber 144.5

Lightweight Championship
Ben Henderson 155 vs Donald Cerrone 154.5

Mike Brown 146 vs Manny Gamburyan 146
Anthony Njokuani 156 vs Shane Roller 155.5
Antonio Banuelos 136 vs Scott Jorgensen 136
Anthony Pettis 155.5 vs Alex Karalexis 156
Chan Sung Jung 145.5 vs Leonard Garcia 145
Demetrious Johnson 135 vs Brad Pickett 135.5
Anthony Morrison 145 vs Chad Mendes 145.5
Rani Yahya 136 vs Takeya Mizugaki 134.5
Tyler Toner 145.5 vs Brandon Visher 144.5



April 23rd, 2010

Scale Watch

Weights from Bay St. Louis

Damien St.Pierre at the scale

Fred Kassi 240 vs *Kendrick Releford
Justin Verdin 179 vs Anthony Doughty 178
Marcus McDaniel 163 vs Billy Cunningham 163
David Hill 134 vs Aubrey Norris 133
Jamond Bourgieous 157 vs Josh Thorpe 160
*Releford will weigh later

Venue: Hollywood Casino, Bay St Louis, MS
Promoter: Les Bonano’s Brawlin N Nawlins
Tickets: SOLD OUT



April 23rd, 2010

Boxing News

Rojas steps in for O Chavez

Unbeaten welterweight Omar “Businessman” Chavez (21-0-1, 15 KOs), who was scheduled to headline the May 1 “Top Rank Live” card in Culiacan, Mexico, has suffered an injury and his next bout will now be rescheduled. The Fox Sports Espanol telecast will now take place in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, with a main event featuring former WBC interim super flyweight champion Tomas Rojas (32-11, 22 KOs) against Jean Piero Perez (14-3-1, 10 KOs) in a ten rounder. Rojas is returning from a December 2009 world championship loss to Vic Darchinyan. The co-feature is a WBC super lightweight Youth championship ten-rounder between Jose Pinzon (16-0-1, 10 KOs) and Jaime ‘El Indio’ Barboza (14-3, 5 KOs).



April 23rd, 2010

Boxing Result

Munroe wins WBC eliminator

Stops Terrazas in ninth round

Chris Royle

By Alexey Sukachev

European super bantamweight champion Rendall Munroe (21-1, 9 KOs) accomplished a successful move onto the world scene with a spirited come-from-behind kayo of Mexican guest Victor Terrazas (now 25-2-1, 13 KOs) in an official WBC final eliminator on Friday night at the Skydome in Coventry, England. Munroe (ranked WBC #1, WBA #3 and IBF #7) felt himself uncomfortable from the beginning of the fight. On the other hand, WBC #3 and WBA #4 Mexican has been gradually taking the control of the fight. Terrazas was just a bit more active in the first couple of rounds by boxing from distance and peppering British southpaw with his sharp jab. Round three was in Terrazas’ favour even more do comfortably and he continued to trouble Munroe in the fourth despite a huge blow behind the back of his head late in the stanza. The pattern turned around drastically in the fifth, when seemingly awaken Munroe started to bring war to his Mexican opponent. As soon as the fight went into close quarters, it was all Munroe who dominated his foe in impressive fashion. In the sixth stanza, Terrazas was forced to check up the ropes with his back all round long. Munroe was relentless with his fierce left hooks and right uppercuts. The Mexican tried to come back to boxing’s basics in the sevent but he was outfought by the Brit again. Round eight resembled the sixth round and was fought mostly at the ropes. It looked like inexperienced Mecixan had just nothing left in his tank. This thought proved to be the case in the ninth and (not suddenly) the last round of the fight. Munroe once again trapped Victor at the ropes and unleashed another series, culminating in the left hook over the liver to the midsection of the right side of Mexican’s body. Down he went and was unable to beat the count of ten issued by referee John Keane. Time was 0:57. Next for Munroe will be a showdown against WBC champion Toshiaki Nishioka of Japan. (more…)



April 23rd, 2010

Scale Watch

Arce, Santos weights

Rafael Soto/Top Rank/Zanfer

Jorge “Travieso” Arce 119 vs. Cecilio “Boga” Santos 119
Miguel Beltrán 130.9 vs. Joksan Hernández 130.9
Alonso López 113.3 vs. Misael Marciel Juárez 113.3
Francisco Vargas 130 vs. Mario Cruz 131.1
Adrián Young 126.9 vs. Alfreo Montaño 126.9
Sergio Torres 135.5 vs. César Martínez 134.4
David Sánchez 119 vs. José Tamayo 119
Luis Lugo 126.9 vs. Edgar Martínez 126.9
Roberto Manzanares 111.3 vs. Jairo Miranda 110
Marcos Cárdenas 120.81 vs. Saúl Hermosillo 120.81
Fernando Ramos 113 vs. Oscar Quezada 113
Venue: Centro de Usos Multiples, Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico
Promoter: Top Rank/Zanfer
TV: Fox Sports, TV Azteca
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April 23rd, 2010

Boxing News

Yuri Foreman on Kimmel show

Undefeated WBA super welterweight champion and future rabbi Yuri Foreman will make his U.S. network television debut on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, Next Thursday! April 29 (12:05 a.m. ET/PT). Foreman fans can get free tickets to be part of the studio audience via this link. Foreman will then jet back to Brooklyn to resume training for his first title defense, against three-time world champion and the pride or Puerto Rico Miguel Cotto. Cotto vs. Foreman will headline “Stadium Slugfest” — the inaugural brawl at Yankee Stadium, Saturday, June 5. It will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET / 7:15 p.m. PT. (more…)



April 23rd, 2010

Scale Watch

Kessler, Froch make weight

Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Carl Froch 167.25 vs Mikkel Kessler 167
(WBC super middleweight championship)
Venue: MCH Arena, in Herning, Denmark
Promoter: Sauerland Event
TV: SHOWTIME (9PM ET/PT same-day coverage)
More details and photos…



April 23rd, 2010

Full Report

Report/gallery: Ornelas-Fogle

Ringside by Rocco Morales
Photos by “Big” Joe Miranda

Before a near-capacity crowd of 1,765 Los Angeles fight fans, at the beautiful Nokia Theater downtown, Golden Boy Promotions presented their monthly edition of Fight Night Club . . . . Click here for more



April 23rd, 2010

Announcement

TKO signs ‘Dodie Boy’

Photos courtesy of TKO Boxing

A press conference was held on Thursday, April 22, 2010 in San Carlos, California to announce the signing of Filipino prospect Dodie Boy Penalosa Jr. to fast rising promotional outfit, TKO Boxing Promotions.

Present were TKO President, Chet Koerner, manager Cameron Dunkin along with world champion Nonito Donaire . . . Click here for more



April 23rd, 2010

UFC

Faber: ‘That’s my belt!’

WEC: Aldo-Faber is LIVE on PPV Saturday!

Urijah Faber must be sick of hearing about it.  “It” is a certain logic called MMA math, and it goes something like this: Jose Aldo annihilated Mike Brown for the world featherweight title. And Mike Brown twice defeated Urijah Faber . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, WEC



April 23rd, 2010

Scale Watch

Brähmer, Plotinsky make weight

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Jürgen Brähmer 174.3 vs. Mariano Nicolas Plotinsky 174.1
(WBO world championship light heavyweight)
Susianna Kentikian 110.6 vs. Nadia Raoui 110
(WIBF/WBA/WBO world championship super flyweight)
Jack Culcay 153.8 vs. Sylvestre Marianini TBA
Rachim Tschachkijew 199.7 vs, Slavomir Selicky 199.7
Dariusz Sek TBA vs. Christian Pohle 169.7
Arthur Matern 155.4 vs. Jurijs Boreiko 154.3
Christian Hammer 245.3 vs. Markus Tomala 224.8
Antonio Moscatiello 148.8 vs. Yacine Medjou 143.5
Venue: Hamburg Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany
Promoter: Universum Box-Promotion
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April 23rd, 2010

Boxing News

Lyell returns as super welterweight

Former IBF middleweight title challenger Billy Lyell (21-8) returns to the ring on Friday, May 7th at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown, West Virginia. Since losing to IBF champ Sebastian Sylvester (33-3) on Jan. 30th, Lyell has shed pounds and will campaign at super welterweight. He will face veteran super welter Martinus Clay (13-24) in the eight round main event. The six bout card is being promoted by Simons’ Promotions, and tickets can be obtained by calling Steve Simons at (304)290-0291.



April 23rd, 2010

Scale Watch

Weights from Kiev

K2 Promotions Ukraine

Alexey “Oscar” Potapov at the scales

Max “Tiger” Bursak 160 vs. Marco “Schulle” Schulze 160
(Vacant WBO Intercontinental middleweight championship)
Andrey Rudenko 249 vs. Daniil Peretyatko TBA
Vitaly Rusal 174.9 vs. Mbaruk Kheri 175.7
Sergey Fedchenko 141 vs. Aleksander Vakhtangashvili 141
Valery Brazhnik 147 vs. Solomon Begere 143
Kostya Rovensky 155 vs. Wladimir Borowski 155
Alexander Spirko 149 vs. Nikolay Korenev 149
Vyacheslav Glazkov 221.5 vs. Ivan Shayko 221.5
Venue: Sport Palace, Kiev, Ukraine
Promoter: K2 Promotions Ukraine
TV: Inter
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April 23rd, 2010

Boxing Result

Jones/Raheem win in Oklahoma

Jr middleweight Carson Jones (26-7-2, 16 KOs) of Oklahoma defeated Maine’s Jason LeHoulier (21-3-1, 8 KOs) by way of 9th round TKO Thursday night in the main event at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Tony Holden promoted the event with Bobby Dobbs matchmaking. The bout had good two way action with Jones getting the better of Lehoulier and ending matters by way of a left hook in round 9. Jones picked up the vacant NABA light middleweight title with the victory.
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Former world title challenger Zahir Raheem (30-3, 17 KOs) returned to the ring for the first time since July of 2008. Raheem shut out a very durable Roberto Valenzuela of Mexico who is a veteran of 105 fights. Raheem hit Valenzuela with some wicked body shots throughout the bout but Valenzuela took them all and refused to go down. All three judges scored the bout 60-54 in favor of Raheem in the end.



April 23rd, 2010

Announcement

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April 23rd, 2010

UFC

UFC updates

Aldo and Faber Meet For The Featherweight Title Live Tomorrow Night: Jose Aldo battles Urijah Faber for the belt, plus lightweight champion Ben Henderson squares off once again with Donald Cerrone – live tomorrow night at 10pm ET / 7pm PT on Pay-Per-View

Watch Cerrone vs Henderson I For Free Right Now: Relive their epic battle right before they enter the cage once more Saturday night!

UFC teams up with Camaro: The UFC® today announced it is teaming up with Findlay Customs and Modern Muscle Las Vegas to release 10 Limited Edition UFC Chevrolet Camaros. The very first car, “#1” will be auctioned to benefit the Intrepid Fallen Heroes fund, a charity dedicated to providing financial support for the dependents of United States military personnel lost in performance of their duty.

(more…)



April 23rd, 2010

Scale Watch

Weights from Ontario, CA

Carlos Baeza/Thompson Boxing Promotions

Mauricio Herrera 140 vs. Efren Hinojosa 140
WBC USNBC super lightweight championship
Abraham Lopez 126 vs. Jason Rorie 123
Patrick Lopez 144 vs. Cristian Favela 146
Efrain Esquivias 124 vs. Danny Pantoja 125
Enrique Lobatos 278.5 vs. Charles Tucker 267.5
Venue: Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, CA
Promoter: Thompson Boxing Promotions
TV: Fox Sports en Español



April 23rd, 2010

Boxing Result

Weights from Minnesota

By Jesse Kelley

Phil Williams 163 vs Caleb Truax 162.5
Joey Abell 241 vs Josh Gutcher 245
Antwan Robertson 117 vs James Owen 121.5
Ismail Muwendo 130 vs David Laque 133
Charles Meier 185.5 vs Dan Copp 158
Venue: Saint Paul National Guard Armory
Promotor: Seconds Out Promotions



April 23rd, 2010

Boxing News

Karpency set for Murat

WBA #12, WBC #15 light heavyweight Tommy Karpency (19-1-1, 11 KOs) is set to face WBO #2, WBC #3 Karo Murat (21-0, 13 KOs) for Murat’s WBO inter-continental light heavyweight title on May 1st at EWE-Arena in Oldenburg, Germany. The clash will serve as the televised co-feature under the much anticipated WBO cruiserweight title between champion Marco ‘Kapt’n’ Huck (28-1) and American challenger WBO #5 Brian ‘The Beast’ Minto (34-3). A winner of eight straight, Karpency, just 23-years-old, aims to upset the undefeated Murat in the scheduled 12 rounder promoted by Sauerland Event.



April 23rd, 2010

Column

Russian Update

By Alexey Sukachev

After a couple of months off, rising Russian pugilistic company Ural Boxing Promotions will be back into action tomorrow at Ivan Yarygin Sports Palace in Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. As always, the Chelyabinsk-based promoters will entertain a local crowd with several up-and-coming prospects; two of them defending their WBC minor belts against credible opposition. (more…)



April 23rd, 2010

Boxing Result

Ornelas KOs Fogle in 4

Big Joe Miranda

By Rocco Morales at ringside

Light heavyweight Enrique Ornelas (30-6, 20 KOs) rebounded from a December loss to Bernard Hopkins with a nice fourth round KO over Julius Fogle (15-4, 10 KOs) on Thursday night at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles. A huge left hook brought down the 38-year-old Fogle at the 1:12 mark of the fourth.
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“The Contender’s” Deon Elam (11-1, 5 KOs) won a four round unanimous decision over Andre Hemphill (8-15-2, 5 KOs) in a cruiserweight bout. Elam dropped Hemphill at the end of round four and much to the fighters’ surprise they were informed that the bout had been cut from a six- to a four-rounder. Scores were 40-35, 40-35, 39-36. For more details and photos click here…



April 22nd, 2010

Boxing News

Arce-Santos presser

Rafael Soto/Top Rank/Zanfer

One of the dreams of three time world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce was to fight in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, a city that has always embraced boxing and where the great Julio Cesar Chavez was born, before moving to Culiacan as a child. “Fighting in Ciudad Obregon is something that I’ve always dreamed of doing while I was a young boxer coming up. To me it’s one the best boxing towns in all of Mexico and has a great tradition of boxing. They had some very good fights here in the past including some with their native son Julio Cesar Chavez,” said Arce, today during the final press conference leading up to his fight this Saturday. For more details and photos click here…



April 22nd, 2010

Boxing News

2 Diamond Belt Champions?

By Karl Freitag

WBC President Jose Sulaiman, upon hearing that the bout between Floyd Mayweather and Shane Mosley will not be for Mosley’s WBA welterweight title, has announced that the WBC will offer the WBC Diamond Belt to the Mayweather-Mosley winner and be recognized as WBC Diamond world champion, being certain that if Mayweather wins he’ll proudly accept the belt. “In history, there has been only one world champion who has won the WBC Diamond Belt, the idol of the Philippines and the world Manny Pacquiao,” said Sulaiman in a statement. “The winner of Mayweather vs. Mosley also deserves to be crowned as WBC Diamond world champion.” If the WBC is not allowed to present the belt in the ring, they will do so in the locker room of the winner.
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What’s interesting about this decision is the fact that although Manny Pacquiao already holds the WBC Diamond Belt world championship at welterweight, Mayweather-Mosley will not be for an “interim” WBC Diamond Belt world championship. In essence, the WBC would be awarding the same belt and same title to another fighter in the same division as Pacman.



April 22nd, 2010

Scale Watch

Arreola 33 pounds heavier

Jan Sanders/Goossen Tutor Promotions

Chris Arreola 250.5 vs. Tomasz Adamek 217
Venue: Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California
Promoter: Goossen Tutor
TV: HBO
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April 22nd, 2010

Boxing News

Q&A: Jürgen Brähmer

Universum Box-Promotion

WBO light heavyweight world champion Jürgen Brähmer (35-2, 28 KOs) defends his title for the second time on Saturday in Hamburg against #8 rated Mariano Nicolas Plotinsky (16-3, 8 KOs). The run up to this fight has been unusual for both fighters. Plotinsky arrived three days late because of the Icelandic volcano. Brähmer’s car caught fire and burnt up on Wednesday. “It was no big deal,” explained Brähmer. “I had gone back to Schwerin to get still some clothes and my mouthpiece for Saturday. Suddenly there was a weird smell so I stopped and immediately extinguished the flames. When the fire department arrived, everything was already over. My clothes smelled like smoke, but otherwise nothing happened. My girlfriend picked me up. In the evening we went back to the hotel in Hamburg. At least now I know what I’ll do after my career. I’ll be a fireman. Everyone praised me and told me what I did was exemplary. I should given a few autographs.” For more details and photos click here…



April 22nd, 2010

Boxing News

Mayweather the ‘ultimate math problem’

“I’m a difficult math problem that no one can solve,” Floyd Mayweather, Jr. said today on a national teleconference. “The ultimate goal is how to solve the problem.” Calling himself the greatest fighter of all time, Mayweather said the task is beyond “Sugar” Shane Mosley, whom he will face May 1 in Las Vegas. “Shane done some things in this sport, but this fight is about enhancing my legacy, about proving I’m the best.”

Mayweather and manager Leonard Ellerbe also talked about not fighting for the WBA welterweight title. “At this level it’s not about belts,” said Ellerbe. “It’s about improving legacy and it’s about money. A title fight never entered the picture.” Stay tuned for a full report.



April 22nd, 2010

Boxing News

Kessler road work

Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Mikkel Kessler did a little road work this afternoon outside Herning, Denmark with physical trainer Thomas Macon just two days before his Super Six World Boxing Classic showdown against WBC super middleweight champ Carl Froch on Saturday, April 24 on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m., ET/PT, same-day coverage) from MCH Arena, in Herning, Denmark. For more details and photos click here…



April 22nd, 2010

Boxing News

Beninati joins TKO

Veteran matchmaker John Beninati has joined TKO Boxing Promotions, it was announced today, by Chris Middendorf, it’s Director of Boxing Operations. Beninati, most recently with Gary Shaw Productions, will assume matchmaking duties for the fast rising Las Vegas based promotional outfit. Said Middendorf about the addition of Beninati to the TKO Boxing team, “There are promoters who sign fighters like Dan Snyder and the Redskins sign football players; they want the great record, maybe the high ranking, so that they can plug them into a fight and get lucky. What we are doing is signing the best talent in the US and the world and as they develop, building our company around them. In order to do that right, you have to have the best matchmaking.” (more…)



April 22nd, 2010

Boxing News

Rojas targets Gamboa

WBC featherweight champion Elio “The Kid” Rojas (22-1, 13 KOs) has called out his WBA counterpart, undefeated Yuriorkis Gamboa (18-0, 15 KOs), demanding a world championship unification match. “I see where people have said Gamboa may face Celestino Caballero, but Gamboa himself said he wasn’t impressed with Caballero’s last fight,” Rojas said. “My response to that is I am a world champion and so is Gamboa. Why don’t we fight in a world title unification? I am ready to make this fight happen if Gamboa is ready. It has always been one of my goals to become a unified champion.” (more…)



April 22nd, 2010

Boxing News

Mares ready to dethrone Perez

Espinoza Boxing Club

Unbeaten bantamweight Abner Mares (20-0, 13 KOs) is preparing in the Coachella Valley with trainer Joel Diaz for the biggest fight of his life against IBF champion Yonnhy Perez (20-0, 14 KOs) on May 22 at the Staples Center in the semi-main event to the Israel Vazquez vs. Rafael Marquez card billed as “Once and Four All.” Mares stated “I’m very familiar with Perez; we fought as amateurs, I beat him twice and he beat me once. But this is for the world title. This is when it really counts. I need that title to accomplish my goals. No disrespect to Yonnhy, but I’m getting that belt on May 22nd.”



April 22nd, 2010




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