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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.
Jose Aldo 145 vs Urijah Faber 144.5
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
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
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).
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…)
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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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…)
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)
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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
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
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
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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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.
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
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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.
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.
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
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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.
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
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
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.
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…)
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.
“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…
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…
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.
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.
Chris Arreola 250.5 vs. Tomasz Adamek 217
Venue: Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California
Promoter: Goossen Tutor
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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…
“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.
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…
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…)
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…)
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.”
Joel Julio is focused and feels he has had the best training camp of his career. With a fight that many critics feel is a must win match just two days away, Julio is displaying a level of maturity, confidence and physical conditioning never seen before. Julio, (35-3, 31 KOs), is facing Alfredo Angulo, (17-1, 14 KOs), in a 12 round WBO interim junior middleweight championship this Saturday, on the undercard of the Cristobal Arreola vs. Tomasz Adamek heavyweight fight, on HBO’s Boxing After Dark. (more…)
The June 26 PPV clash between undefeated super welterweight contender and son of the legend Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (40-0-1, 30 KOs) and Ireland’s John Duddy (29-1, 18 KOs) will be officially announced on Monday. The event, billed as “Latin Fury 15: La Furia de México.” will take place at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Also seeing action will be five-time world champion Marco Antonio Barrera (68-7, 43 KOs), three-time world champion Jorge Arce (53-6-1, 40 KOs) and Salvador Sanchez III (19-3-2, 9 KOs).
Photos by Emily Harney
A press conference was held yesterday by TKO Boxing Promotions in Hartford, CT to announce further details of their action packed “Hometown Heroes to World Champions” card set for Saturday, May 22nd at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT.
Among those featured at the press conference was hard hitting, featherweight sensation, Matt “The Sharp Shooter” Remillard of Manchester, CT who will be defending his NABF Featherweight Title against Carlos “EL Rayo” Rivera.y . . . Click here for more
Promoter Frank Warren has won undisclosed damages and costs as well as a formal apology from boxer Ricky Hatton following an interview Hatton did with Sun Journalist Matt Bendoris in November 2009. In the interview, Hatton, promoted by Warren between 1997 and 2005 stated that: “Promoters I had boxed for had ripped me off, not paid me what I was worth, misled me and not protected my interests.” Together with paying Warren undisclosed damages and costs Hatton has issued the following apology: (more…)
The four entrants not fighting this weekend have weighed in with predictions for this weekend’s Super Six World Boxing Classic Group Stage 2 matchup between undefeated WBC Super Middleweight Champion Carl Froch (26-0, 20 KOs) and Mikkel Kessler (42-2, 32 KOs). Andre Ward, Andre Dirrell, and Arthur Abraham predict a victory for the hometown fighter, Kessler while Allan Green sees the win going to Froch. The fight will air this Saturday, April 24, from the sold-out MCH Arena, in Herning, Denmark, on SHOWTIME® at 9 p.m. ET/PT (same-day coverage).
Entering the second of three Group Stage 2 matches in the Super Six World Boxing Classic on SHOWTIME, hometown fighters are 4-0 in the tournament. Froch, who is in a three-way tie for second place with two points, can overtake Abraham for the top spot on the tournament scoreboard with a “W”. Kessler, who has zero points, is desperate for a win and to keep his chances alive in the tournament. (more…)
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