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By Gabriel F. Cordero
American referee Arthur Mercante Jr. will be the third man in the ring when WBA super welterweight world champion Yuri Foreman (28-0, 8 KOs) and former world champion Miguel Cotto (34-2, 27 KOs) meet at Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York on June 5. The three judges are Alfredo Steve Weisfeld (USA), Don Ackerman (USA) and Tony Paolillo (USA). The fight supervisor is Aurelio Fiengo (Panama).
By Karl Freitag
Two division world champion Miguel Cotto (34-2, 27 KOs) guaranteed that he’ll become the new WBA super welterweight champion when he challenges WBA 154lb titleholder Yuri Foreman (28-0, 8 KOs) on June 5th at Yankee Stadium. Cotto wouldn’t specify whether it would be a KO or a decision, but he vowed that he would leave the ring as champion. Cotto’s new trainer Emanuel Steward stated Cotto’s best weight is probably around 150 so the 154lb division is perfect for him. Steward also said Foreman punches better than his record indicates.
On Tuesday, May 25, 2010, the Board of Directors of the IBF/USBA called a special meeting to address issues concerning the governance of the organization. Concerns had grown among some of the Board members regarding the President, Ms. Muhammad’s, management of the organization and whether or not certain actions and decisions were in the best interest of the organization or were fiscally sound. During the meeting, a vote was taken and, by a majority vote, Ms. Muhammad was removed from her position as President of the organization, a position she has held since October 2001. She was also removed as one of the directors.
The decision to take these actions was not an easy one, as the Board had great appreciation for Ms. Muhammad’s dedication to the organization from its inception. This was not a matter of personal differences, but a matter of concern as to the leadership and management of the IBF.
Former Ratings Chairman Daryl J. Peoples, who has been with the IBF since 1995, was appointed by the Board of Directors as President. He will serve for the remainder of Ms. Muhammad’s term. Lindsey E. Tucker has also been reappointed to his post of Championships Chairman. Mr. Peoples’ former position of Ratings Chairman remains open, but will be filled in the near future.
The IBF/USBA now looks forward to an informative and productive annual convention in Puerto Rico next week and to continuing as one of the leading sanctioning organizations in the world with the help of its membership.
USA Olympian Vanes Martirosyan of Glendale, Calif. knows all about his next opponent, Mean Joe Greene of New York. “Years ago we were on the same USA Jr Olympic team,” said Vanes, who takes on Greene on Top Rank’s big Stadium Slugest card featuring Miguel Cotto vs. Yuri Foreman on June 5 at Yankee Stadium. “I was fighting at 145, he was around 160. We were friends, although we never fought. “As a pro, Greene has a difficult style. We’ve looked at lot of recent video of him,” said Martirosyan, a super welterweight. “I’ve been training with Freddie Roach for the last eight weeks at the Wild Card Gym. We’ve had a lot of sparring — 10 rounds yesterday for example. I’m in top condition and ready to fight.” Martirosyan is 27-0, Greene 22-0. The Martirosyan vs. Greene fight will be televised live on HBO (10:15 pm eastern) as a prelude to the Stadium Slugfest battle between Cotto vs. Foreman.
Gonzalo Munguía (17-6-3, 13 KOs) of Nicaragua recently arrived in Puerto Rico and worked out today in the city of Guynabo. Munguía will challenge WBO super featherweight champion Román ‘Rocky’ Martínez (23-0-1, 14 KOs) of Puerto Rico this Saturday, May 29th at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. PR Best Boxing (Iván and Peter Rivera) in association with All Star Boxing’s Félix ‘Tutico’ Zabala are promoting the event titled ‘Undefeated Champions.’ (more…)
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Unbeaten EBA (European Boxing Association) heavyweight champion Alexander Ustinov (20-0, 16 KOs) will face former European champion Paolo Vidoz (26-8, 15 KOs) on June 26th in Kiev, Ukraine. Vidoz’ manager Christian Cherchi of OPI 2000 has confirmed this to Fightnews.com.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Word is WBO/WBC bantamweight world champion Fernando Montiel will likely defend his belt against former WBA super flyweight champion Rafael ‘Torito’ Concepcion of Panama on July 17 in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, Mexico on a card presented by Zanfer Promotions. Montiel would be defending both his belts against Concepcion. Other sources indicate that Concepcion could have a tune-up fight in June at Chiriqui, Panama. This will Montiel’s first ring appearance since his spectacular KO victory over Japanese superstar Hozumi Hasewaga last April in Tokyo.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Word is the WBO has given a time limit of 48 hours for Sergio “Maravilla” Martínez from Argentina to decide if he’ll remain at middleweight or go back to jr middleweight. Martínez is currently WBO and WBC middleweight champion as well as WBC super welterweight champion. Martinez won the unified middleweight title in April with a unanimous decision over Kelly Pavlik in Atlantic City.
By Ricardo Conde
WBC Continental Americas welterweight champion Alfonso Gomez (22-4-2, 11 KOs) of Mexico, trained by his father Alfonso Gomez, Sr. and being assisted by former junior lightweight champ Robert Garcia in Oxnard, CA, will step back into the ring on Saturday, July 17th in Mexico against an opponent yet to be determined and will headline the latest edition of “Top Rank Live” on Fox Sports en Español which is being promoted by Top Rank. In his last outing, Gomez defeated former two-time lightweight champion “El Temible” Jose Luis Castillo (60-10-1, 52 KOs), when Castillo refused to answer the bell for the start of round six on the Pacquiao vs. Clottey “The Event” undercard at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX. For more details and photos click here…
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former world title challenger Robert Medley (27-3, 17 KOs) will be in action on Wednesday when he will clash with Sergio Aparicia (13-2, 6 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Wollongong Entertainment Center in Wollongong, NSW, Australia. In Medley’s last start, he spotted weight when he stepped up to the middleweight poundage and extended former WBA 168 pound champion Anthony Mundine over twelve rounds in January. “Mundine can’t punch. He did not hurt me in any of the rounds,” said Medley. (more…)
Aware of the hockey fever that has gripped the Chicago area, Hitz Boxing and the Horseshoe Casino will be broadcasting the Blackhawks’ first game of the Stanley Cup Finals on the giant jumbotron screens during this Saturday’s “Quest for 50″ professional boxing event.
While former world champion Montell “Ice” Griffin goes for his 50th and possibly final victory, the Blackhawks will go for a finals victory of their own against the Philadelphia Flyers. (more…)
So after a whirlwind ride in 2009 that saw him drop from 170 to 155 pounds, defeat Joe Stevenson and Clay Guida, and then go four-plus rounds in a lightweight championship bout with BJ Penn, Sanchez decided that home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, wasn’t just where the heart is; it’s where his future success lies. . . . Click for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
UFC® Chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta will address the thousands of fans in attendance at the second UFC FAN EXPO™ on Saturday, May 29 at 12PM PT during his keynote speech scheduled for the main stage inside the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Immediately following the keynote speech, Fertitta will take part in a Question and Answer session with fans.
By Graham Houston
His last fight was a dreary 12-rounder, but Vitali Klitschko should be able to give a far more pleasing type of performance when he defends his heavyweight title against Albert Sosnowski in Germany on Saturday. The trouble with Klitschko’s last display was that his opponent, Kevin Johnson, came to survive, not to fight. It is difficult for anyone to look good against an opponent whom refuses to engage them in a meaningful fight in which punches are thrown on both sides. Johnson chose to cover up on the ropes, rolling with punches, always watchful of what was coming at him while doing very little punching himself. Sosnowski, though, is a boxer who can be relied upon to give a wholehearted effort. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Former South African junior flyweight champion Mveleli Luzipho died at his home in Mdantsane, near East London on Wednesday after a long illness. He was 43. Luzipho who fought from 1981 to 1987 outpointed Tamsanqa Sogwe in his seventh professional fight on August 10, 1982 in Cape Town to win the South African junior flyweight title. (more…)
By Sam DiTusa
Professional boxing has been absent in Seattle for quite some time, but new promoter Chris Jones has announced the formation of GUY Promotions to remedy that. The inaugural show is set for June 5th at the Renton Community Center in Renton, Washington — just 5 minutes south of Seattle. The card will feature Dashon Johnson (9-2-3, 4 KOs) and Skyler Thompson (11-7, 9 KOs) for the state super welterweight boxing title in the main event. Also appearing will be undefeated Seattle heavyweight Vincent Thompson, as well as middleweights Aubrey Morrow and Darren Azai. (more…)
Three-time world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero hosted a wine tasting fundraiser on Wednesday night at the Kãama Lounge and Supper Club in San Jose, California. A silent auction and raffle were conducted throughout the evening’s festivities with all proceeds benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
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 legendary trainer Emanuel Steward and IBO President Ed Levine. 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.
Main Events and Super Judah Promotions have announced that a fight between Zab “Super” Judah (38-6, 26 KOs) and Jose Armando Santa Cruz (28-4, 17 KOs) will take place on July 16th at Prudential Center, Newark, NJ. It will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Ticket and on sale info will be released shortly.
The main participants and promoters of “Road to the Title” were present today at the final press conference that took place at the functional and modern Tecate Boxing Tour Arena, in Guadalajara, Mexico. Juan Carlos Burgos and Ricardo Castillo will face each other in a WBC featherweight eliminator and the winner will be a step closer to challenge the champion in the near future. (more…)
By Chris Cozzone
Unbeaten Fernando Guerrero (18-0, 15 KOs) will be taking on “Comanche Boy” George Tahdooahnippah (23-0-1, 18 KOs) as the main event on the June 25 ShoBox-televised card at Santa Ana Star Casino in Bernalillo, N.M. In the co-main of the Lou DiBella-promoted show, welterweight Lanard Lane (12-0, 7 KOs), of Philadelphia, who will take on Mike Dallas Jr. (14-0-1, 5 KOs), of Bakersfield, Calif. The card also features jr. lightweight prospect Archie Ray Marquez (10-0, 7 KOs), welter Vincent Mirabal (6-0, 1 KO), welter Josh “Pittbull” Torres (4-1-1, 3 KOs) and lightweight Fidel Maldonado (2-0, 2 KOs), all from Albuquerque.
The rubber match between former five-time champ Johnny Tapia (57-5-2, 29 KOs) and former contender Frankie Archuleta (26-7-1, 14 KOs) has been moved from June 12 to July 17, and will take place at the Ohkay Casino outside of Espanola, N.M. The two will fight for the vacant UBO featherweight trinket.
Another full photo gallery from last Saturday night’s Israel Vazquez vs. Rafael Marquez IV battle at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Also included is the 12-round war between Abner Mares and Yonnhy Perez. Click here for gallery
Dee Lee Promotions will present a fight card on June 4 in The Showroom at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City. The main event features unbeaten light heavyweight Anthony ‘Boom Boom’ Ferrante (9-0, 4 KOs) against Chuck ‘The Professor’ Mussachio (15-1-2, 5 KOs) in a ten-rounder. (more…)
The interruption of a plan can always put the man with that plan in a miserable state of mind. It doesn’t matter whether it’s work, personal, or in a sporting life, but when you’re dealing with matters of a competitive level, be sure that someone is preparing really hard to overcome you . . . Click for more by Martins Davis, UFC
By Ron Jackson
In an eagerly anticipated rematch Klaas Mboyane defends his South African bantamweight title against Nkqubela Gwazela at the Orient Theatre in East London on Saturday night. The 31-year-old Gwazela (19-6, 14 KOs) was stopped in the eleventh round when he met Mboyane (13-7-2, 7 KOs) for the vacant title in August last year at the Orient Theatre. (more…)
Former Notre Boxing Captain and 2009 Chicago Golden Gloves Champion Mike Lee arrived in Chicago with his trainer Ronnie Shields on Tuesday night, May 25th ahead of his highly anticipated pro debut set for this Saturday night, May 29th at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. Lee will face Emmitt Woods in a scheduled four rounder in one of the feature bouts at TOP RANK LIVE. (more…)
WBA Super Welterweight Champion Yuri Foreman works out at Gleason’s Gym on May 25, 2010. Foreman makes the first defense of his title on June 5, 2010 at Yankee Stadium against Miguel Cotto.
Professional boxing returns to the city of San Francisco when undefeated welterweight Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield (12-0-1, 7 KOs) clashes with Sergio De La Torre (11-13-3, 1 KOs) at the historical Kezar Pavilion on June 1Mayfield, a three-time San Francisco Golden Gloves champion, is excited to be fighting in his hometown as he stated, “This is a dream come true for me to be fighting in San Francisco where I grew up. The City is known for having great fans. This will be the first professional boxing show at Kezar in a long time so I’m looking forward to putting on a great show for everyone in attendence.” (more…)
Undefeated WBA lightweight champion Paulus “The Hitman” Moses (25-0, 17 KOs) and WBA interim lightweight champion Miguel Acosta of Venezuela (26-3-2, 20 KOs) share a laugh today in Moses’ native Namibia. It was the first time the fighters met as they were given their physicals and the WBA rules and regulations. Moses defends his title against Acosta this Saturday May 29 at the Kalahari Sands Hotel in Windhoek, Namibia.
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