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Every time his phone rings, Jim Miller gets a new opponent. Well, maybe not every time, but to the UFC lightweight, who has had his scheduled UFC 108 opponent change twice in the past three weeks, it’s beginning to feel like it.. . . Click here for more by Mike Russell, UFC
By Felipe Leon
A month after the proposed championship bout between WBC lightweight champion Edwin Valero (26-0, 26KO) and WBC interim lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (23-1-1, 17KO) was first mentioned, it seems that a host city has been found although it has not been officially announced. “It is 95% a sure thing that the fight will take place in Monterrey, MX,” DeMarco of Tijuana by way of Los Mochis, revealed. “We have been training for the last two weeks.” An inside source at Zanfer Promotions, who more than likely will be the lead promoter in association with Top Rank and Gary Shaw Promotions, also confirmed that the proper permits were requested today in Monterrey. The twelve round main event bout will be for Valero’s full fledged lightweight title and is scheduled or February 6th. It is suspected that it would be broadcast by Showtime but no announcement has been made. Monterrey is the capital city of the northeastern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon. It is the third largest Mexican city behind Mexico City and Guadalajara. It is known as the “Sultan of the North.”
Edison ‘Pantera’ Miranda, who was scheduled to fight for the WBO belt against Robert Stieglitz, on Jan 9th in Germany has unfortunately been struck with the flu and had to cancel the bout. “For the past two weeks Edison has been fighting this thing but he just couldn’t shake it” says renowned trainer Joe Goossen. “We have been monitoring his health very closely and trying to get him through this. We had to pull the trigger and do what was right.” This fight would have been Miranda’s second title fight, losing his first encounter to Arthur Abraham in a very controversial war in what has become known as the Battle of Wetzlar. Edison was very much looking forward to returning to Germany and fighting in front of his many European fans.
“I want to apologize to everyone, Robert Stieglitz, Universum, the WBO, my team, and all boxing fans for not being able to make this fight happen. I am very upset with having to cancel. This was a great opportunity for me. Hopefully we can try to reschedule sometime in the next 4-6 weeks.” According to Team Pantera there are other opportunities that have been mentioned if the Stieglitz camp decides not to reschedule this bout. One name that has been mention is IBF belt holder Lucian Bute who is looking for an opponent to fight this April. “My first priority is to make the fight with Robert Stiegltiz happen as soon as possible. If this cannot happen I will look for the next best opponent who is willing to fight me.”
By Joe Koizumi
Why is a non-title bout the main event with a supporting card of a world title bout? It is simply because 20-year-old simon-pure Kazuto Ioka is much more popular among fight fans here than the WBA interim 154-pound ruler Nobuhiro Ishida. Some 8,300 spectators were in attendance to watch his third pro bout against a world contender. Unbeaten former eight-time national amateur champ Kazuto Ioka (3-0, 2 KOs), 109.75, a nephew of ex-two-time world champ Hiroki Ioka, defeated WBC#9/WBA#12 light-fly Takashi Kunishige (20-4-2, only 2 KOs), 107.25, by a unanimous decision (99-92, 97-93 and 97-94) on Tuesday in Osaka, Japan. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBA interim 154-pound champ Nobuhiro Ishida (22-5-2, 7 KOs), 154, successfully kept his belt as he displayed his career-best performance, dropped Colombian challenger Oney Valdez (19-10-1, 14 KOs), 152.75, with a countering right to the temple in the tenth and pounded out a unanimous decision over twelve lopsided rounds on Tuesday in Osaka, Japan. The official tallies were: Sergio Caiz (US) 119-108, Silvestre Abainza (Philippines) 117-110 and Wansoo Yuh (Korea) 118-109, all for the 34-year-old Japanese speedster. The referee was Pinit Prayadsab (Thailand). (more…)
Seven-division world champion Manny Pacquiao became even more incensed at Floyd Mayweather Jr., Floyd Sr. and executives of Golden Boy Promotions (GBP) for what he alleges are twisting facts and coming up with false statements that intended to cover up the mess that they created even as they put the blame on the Manny and his team for the snag of talks to make the projected biggest fight in history from happening. “I can’t believe these guys can lie without batting an eyelash and they would even make it appear that I am the culprit for the delay of the fight and saying that I don’t want it to happen,” said Pacquiao in Tagalog, as he released part of the information that he has been keeping—proof that Mayweather Jr. directly accused him of performance enhancement drugs (PED) use.
“Liars go to hell. They should be man enough and own up to their words,” said Pacquiao, as he recalled information that pointed out to Mayweather Jr. categorically stating that “the Philippines has the best (performance) enhancement drugs,” supporting what his father, Mayweather Sr. and his uncle Jeff Mayweather, have openly claimed in past interviews. They all claimed that Pacquiao was into some kind of “roids” (steroids) or has used other banned substances. (more…)
After all the friendship and sports comradeship that existed between Miguel Cotto and Manny Pacquiao for their 2009 mega fight this past November 14th in Las Vegas, Cotto was dismayed with Manny Pacquiao’s position towards the proposal for Olympic type drug testing requested by Floyd Mayweather. “I am in complete awe with Manny’s reaction to this matter. He has always been a great athlete and a gentleman. Why in the world would he require restrictions or conditions for the tests? It is a golden opportunity for him to dissipate all worldwide rumors surrounding his figure and the use of enhancement drugs. His refusal to commit to the tests without conditions raises questions. Olympic type drug testing is the most efficient tool for the sport to secure fair play. My recommendation to all boxing authorities in the world is to implement it across the board. I would agree to it without hesitation or reservations. It is the only way to ensure that the outcome of a bout is the strict result of conditioning and ability. To magnify your talent with drugs is repulsive,” Miguel Cotto stated.
World class professional boxing hits the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut on Saturday, January 29th as TKO Boxing Promotions presents two world title bouts featuring longtime New England fan favorites, Peter “The Pride of Providence” Manfredo Jr. and Matt “The Sharp Shooter” Remillard.
Tickets priced at $80.00, $50.00 and $35.00 are now on sale at the Mohegan Sun Casino Box Office and through Ticketmaster (ticketmaster.com, phone 1-800-745-3000). Doors on the evening of the event will open at 6:30pm with the first bell at 7:30 p.m. . . . Click here for more
The recent update we’ve received on fallen warrior Z Gorres is nothing less than amazing. Happily the brain surgery of Z has not affected his memory. He recognizes everyone who visits him in the hospital. He is no longer on the respirator, is now eating solid food and has started to talk albeit in whispers. Now it’s only his left side that still needs to recover fully. He can now move his left arm but very slowly so with his left leg. Among his visitors have been Wakee Salud, Boboy Fernandez, Gerry Penalosa, Rodel Mayol, cutman Miguel Diaz, Bruce Tampler, Brad Goodman, Sean Gibbons, Dan Pancher and Richie Sandoval, Cornelius “Boza” Edwards, Dr. Allan Recto and Sampson Lewkowicz. ALA Promotions President, Michael Aldeguer has been keeping in close contact with staff at University Medical Center in Las Vegas as Gorres comes closer to being discharged. Gorres suffered a subdural hematoma (blood clot in the brain) in a win over Luis Melendez on November 13 at Mandalay Bay.
Most fans that I’ve talked with over the past few months believe Rashad Evans had to be just a bit disappointed when he first learned the identity of his opponent for UFC 108 on January 2 . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC
WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (36-2, 22 KOs) is looking for a new opponent in his first defense on January 9 at the Bördelandhalle in Magdeburg. Scheduled challenger Edison Miranda (33-4, 29 KOs) has unforunately fallen ill and has pulled out. The search for a new opponent is now running at full speed. The result will be announced in the coming days.
In addition to Stieglitz’ defense, the card will feature a female super fight between unbeaten world champions: three-belt featherweight champion Ina Menzer (25-0, 9 KOs) will face challenger Ramona Kühne (15-0, 4 KOs), the reigning WIBF super featherweight champion. Also three attractive heavyweight bouts have bee anounced. Unbeaten Denis Boytsov (26-0, 21 KOs) meets Kevin Montiy (17-6-1, 13 KOs), “Diamond Boy“ Manuel Charr (13-0, 6 KOs) faces ex-world title challenger Owen Beck (29-3, 20 KOs), and Spotlight fighter Christian Hammer (4-1, 3 KOs) takes on Universum boxer Markus Tomala (6-1 3 KOs) in a clash of fighters who both train out of the Universum Gym in Hamburg.
By Joe Koizumi
WBA interim 154-pound champ Nobuhiro Ishida (22-5-2, 7 KOs), 154, successfully kept his belt as he displayed his career-best performance, dropped Colombian challenger Oney Valdez (19-10-1, 14 KOs), 152.75, with a countering right to the temple in the tenth and pounded out a unanimous decision over twelve lopsided rounds on Tuesday in Osaka, Japan. The official tallies were: Sergio Caiz (US) 119-108, Silvestre Abainza (Philippines) 117-110 and Wansoo Yuh (Korea) 118-109, all for the 34-year-old Japanese speedster. Valdez, also 34, took the initiative only in the fourth, and occasionally shifted to southpaw to frustrate the much taller champ in rounds four and five. But Ishida, with quick hands despite his lack of convincing power, accelerated his attack from the seventh onward and dominated the remainder with sharper combinations to confirm his initial defense. (More to come)
Universum Box-Promotion would like to put right the recent statements of WBO super welterweight world champion Sergei Dzinziruk and to put the facts into proper perspective.
Dietmar Poszwa, Universum Management: “There was a court case between Universum and Sergei Dzinziruk, which examined in the validity of his contract. The court ruled in favor of Universum. Contrary to reports, Sergei is not a free agent. According to a November 13, 2009 decision by the district court of Hamburg, he remains contractually bound exclusively to Universum. Universum rejects Dzinziruk’s assertion that Universum is reponsible for the non-realization of fights against Paul Williams and James Kirkland. Those fights failed due to lack of interest from U.S. TV and the high purse demands of Dzinziruk.
“We would like to point to the fact that in reaction to the court order, Sergei Dzinziruk has indicated a desire to buy out his contract with Universum once he has received an offer from a different promoter. We have agreed to this. If Sergei Dzinziruk pays this money, he is free. Obviously there is still no offer.”
Roger Bloodworth, known as a former Andrew Golota’s coach, joined the training staff of Tomasz Adamek (39-1, 27 KO) who is preparing for the fight against Jason Estrada (16-2, 4 KO) scheduled on February 6 in Newark. Thus, Bloodworth became an assistant of Andrzej Gmitruk who stands in Adamek’s corner for years. The trio is completed by Ralph Mendez responsible for physical strengthening of the Polish heavyweight. Recently, Gmitruk announced that Adamek needs to engage a new trainer constantly watching over his fitness in the United States while he is busy promoting professional boxing in Poland. Accordingly, the main coach of “Goral” fully understands the choice. (more…)
Unbeaten WBO #1 lightweight Kevin Mitchell (30-0, 22 KOs), who returns against TBA on Frank Warren’s February 13 show in London, claims he is ready to KO WBO interim lightweight champ Michael Katsidis (26-2, 21 KOs), who may have the full WBO belt before long if current champion Juan Manuel Marquez decides to vacate. “I’m ready for Katsidis right now,” stormed 25-year-old Mitchell. He’s a great fighter and he’s well known in the UK after his war against Graham Earl a few years ago. He is a dangerous opponent, but when my bombs start landing I’m going to be even more dangerous for him. He can crack a bit but I can take a better shot than Earl and I can hit harder as well. If I stand in front of Katsidis and have a war I’ll beat him, but I can out box him as well and do a proper job on him just like I did against [Breidis] Prescott. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBA interim 154-pound champ Nobuhiro Ishida (21-5-2, 7 KOs) will make his initial defense against WBA#15 Colombian Oney Valdez (19-9-1, 14 KOs) today (Tuesday) in Osaka, Japan. The elongated 6’2” Japanese jabber Ishida acquired the vacant interim belt by outjabbing and outlegging Venezuelan Marco Antonio Avendano here last August, while Daniel Santos had been inactive for more than a year prior to his unsuccessful defense with Yuri Foreman. The Ishida-Valdez title bout has been least publicized despite being a world title go, and isn’t a main event but a supporting bout to a good competitive encounter of unbeaten ex-amateur champ Kazuto Ioka and world-rated veteran 108-pounder Takashi Kunishige, which has been much more talked about than Ishida’s. Usually before world title bouts, we know through media about foreign champs or challengers. But, this time, there have been no information from Osaka on how good Valdez is. This reporter is on his way to Osaka from Tokyo. Christmas is to western countries, what New Year Day is to Japan. We, in Japan, work until the last day of this year to take three holidays from January 1. But today’s show is the very last card to be held in Japan with our boxing people taking a short vacation hereafter.
The Philippines vs Mexico boxing rivarly will be alive and well come January 14th at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel in Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines. In the main event, highly world ranked Milan Melindo (19-0, 5 KOs) will move up two weight classes to challenge Mexican-American Anthony Villareal (9-2, 4 KOs) for his WBC Youth Intercontinental flyweight title. The bout will be fought at a catchweight of 110 pounds. Melindo is ranked no lower than #5 in all four major sanctioning bodies in the 105 pound weight division. Villareal is coming off of an upset win of then unbeaten Manuel Roman to win his title. In the co-feature world ranked AJ Banal (20-1-1, 16 KOs) will continue his world title quest as he takes on four-time world title challenger Cecilio Santos (24-11-3, 14 KOs) of Mexico. Well renoun ALA Promotions will promote the event.
By Joe Koizumi
Ex-Japanese middleweight champ Yoshiaki Akasaka, 66, passed away because of kidney disease on Monday afternoon in Sapporo city, Japan. Formerly a professional sumo wrester for three years, Akasaka made a debut in 1963 and went on to win the national 160-pound belt by upsetting formidable veteran Fumio Kaizu in May 1967, though he was dethroned by Kaizu just 49 days later. It was only once that the stout-built aggressive puncher could defeat Kaizu in their four encounters. After Kaizu’s relinquishment, in November that year, Akasaka regained the Japanese belt by finishing Akimine Takeda in three rounds. (more…)
Former two-division world champion Tomasz Adamek (37-1, 27 KO), now campaigning as a heavyweight, hosted a “Meet and Greet” at Jersey Gardens Mall, Elizabeth, NJ. In anticipation of his upcoming fight against Providence Rhode Island’s, Jason Estrada, (16-2, 4 KOs) on February 6, 2010 at Prudential Center in Newark, Adamek signed autographs and posed for photos with excited fight fans. Three of the 2/6 undercard fighters also participated in the event. Fighters from left to right, Patrick Farrell, Jersey City, NJ (4-0, 3 KO’s), Tomasz Adamek, Denis Douglin, Morganville, NJ (6-0, 3 KO’s), and Sadam Ali, Brooklyn, NY (4-0, 2 KO’s). Two lovely NJ Devil’s Dancers were on hand to greet fans also. Tickets are $38, $53, $78, $103 and $253 (ringside). Call 800-745-3000.
After a Christmas weekend filled with comments and reports related to the potential mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions have issued the following joint statement:
Let the record be clear: Manny Pacquiao and his promoter Bob Arum are threatening to walk away from the largest fight in history. The fact is that random blood and urine testing was one of the many deal points and was listed along with the others, such as the financial split, the weight, financial penalty for being overweight, the appointment of the foreign sales agent, the production of the marketing assets, the gloves and many more. Team Mayweather made major concessions in many of these areas and we were optimistic that Team Pacquiao would do the same as it related to the request for random blood and urine testing, which Floyd Mayweather agreed to immediately. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
Positive news is coming from the team of fallen 21-year old Uzbek warrior Nosirjon Ruzimatov, who collapsed during the break between the ninth and the tenth round of his fight against highly regarded Russian bantamweight Alexander Bakhtin this past Friday. Ruzimatov, though still being in very serious condition, is now conscious and shows some positive dynamics. The Uzbek pugilist is being fully surrounded and supported by his relatives and representatives. It’s too early to speak about the full recovery of the fighter, hence Team Ruzimatov kindly asks everybody to keep praying for the health of the brave warrior.
By Robert Coster
For many Lucian Bute is the missing piece in the 168 lbs division Super-Six Tournament. In fact, some boxing writers speak of the talented IBF champion as “the Super Seventh.” However the Romanian-born Bute, hugely popular in his home base of Quebec, would not have accepted to be part of the Showtime tournament for two reasons: he has been signed to be part of the HBO After Dark series and, most of all, he wanted to settle scores with challenger Librado Andrade. Bute showed the world (last November 28th in Montreal) how both skilled and lethal he can be by dispatching the tough Andrade in just four rounds. Lucian Bute (25-0, 20 KOs), one of today’s most exciting young champions, opens up to Fightnews. (more…)
Warner Promotions, a newly formed boxing promotional company based out of Cleveland, Ohio, announced that it has signed former USA Boxing Junior Olympic National Champion and current professional Junior Welterweight prospect Dante Moore to a promotional contract. Moore, currently 6-0, with 4 knockouts, will make his debut for Warner Promotions on Friday, January 29th at the Legendary Cleveland Gray’s Armory in downtown Cleveland. (more…)
A super fight between Puerto Rican ring legends Felix “Tito” Trinidad and Miguel Cotto could become a reality according to El Nuevo Dia. The paper claims “a source” informed them Cotto and Tito could meet in June at a catch weight between 158 and 164 pounds. Cotto has been considering moving up in weight to 154. Trinidad has weighed 160 and 170 for his last two fights. Almost plausible. Unfortunately the story is a “Día de Los Santos Inocentes” prank.
The casual boxing fan may not know the name Larry Hazzard, but if they watched the popular ESPN boxing series in the 1980’s or any televised fights from Atlantic City, New Jersey from 1987-2007 be rest assured they know his face. Hazzard was a constant figure on the highly popular ESPN boxing series in the 1980’s as the third man in the ring. The series featured many of boxing’s future world champions and well known names with Hazzard acting as referee in several of those bouts. Hazzard was a professional referee from 1978-1985. In 1987 Hazzard was sworn in as boxing commissioner of the the New Jersey athletic commission, a position he held until 2007. During his tenure Hazzard made his mark on the sport of boxing in a number of ways. For example, it was Hazzard who had the rule put in place for when a fighter loses his mouthpiece that time is called at the first break of action to have the mouthpiece put back in the fighter’s mouth. Hazzard currently acts as the personal assistant to IBF president Marian Muhammad and is chairman of officials for the IBF. Hazzard has been in boxing for more than 50 years and recently received boxing’s top honor as he was inducted into the Hall of Fame for the class of 2010. Fightnews recently spoke with Hazzard on his beginning in boxing to his induction into the boxing hall of fame. (more…)
O’Shea Bros. Boxing Promotions kicks-off its 2010 schedule on January 15 at the Yonkers PAL Gym. The eight-round main event pits Bronx welterweight Jose Angel “Silver Boy” Rodriguez (14-1-1, 2 KOs) against battled-tested veteran David Toribio (16-12, 10 KOs), who has proven to be an upset specialist having beaten previously unbeaten prospects (11-0) Juan Camilio Novoa (TKO1) and (14-0-2) Ishmail Arvin (DEC8). Toribio has also been in against the likes of James Kirkland, Oscar Diaz, Daniel Edouard and Marco Antonio Rubio, among the more notables. (more…)
By Sam DiTusa
While the boxing shows dwindled in the Northwest, there were still a few very bright spots that shone through the gray clouds. There seemed to be an influx of new pro’s which have thrown their hats in the ring. In the lighter weight classes, Seattle’s Francisco Reyes,(3-0, 3 KOs) had some people taking note. The middleweight divisions also had its share of young lions led by Qualicum Beach native Aubrey Morrow, (3-0-1, 3 KOs) and the McClellan brothers from upper British Columbia. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australian boxing finished on a high note on December 2nd in Sydney when former WBA light heavyweight champion Danny Green (27-3, 25 KOs) scored a major upset in stopping boxing legend Roy Jones Jr (54-6, 40 KOs) in round one with a live gate of 18,000 fight fans with the IBO cruiserweight title on the line.The Jones camp has protested the win stating illegal bandages were used on Green. Green Machine Promotions are negotiating to bring Future Hall Of Famer Bernard Hopkins to Australia for a million dollar pay day in 2010. Green trained by Angelo Hyder (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
It was a final show at the Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, this year, featuring five ex-world challengers’ appearance. Astoundingly ex-WBC 122-pound challenger who lost to Oscar Larios in 2002, Manabu Fukushima (35-10-4, 19 KOs), 126, was badly knocked out by a single devastating left hook of JBC#8 feather Noriyuki Ueno (11-9-4, 4 KOs), 125.75, at 1:52 of the opening session in a scheduled eight. Fukushima, former national and OPBF ruler, made a good start, but took the haymaker and hit the deck with a thud to be unable to beat the count.
Former two-time world challenger, 34-year-old southpaw veteran Hidenobu Honda (32-7, 14 KOs), 118, floored also ex-WBA 115-pound challenger Konosuke Tomiyama (19-3, 6 KOs), 117.75, with a Pacquiao right hook in the second, winning an upset decision (59-55 twice and 58-56) over six. Honda displayed Pernell Whitaker tactics and kept countering the much younger willing mixer with precision.
The main event was the very last at the Hall this year, but it must be the dullest and dirtiest fight of the year. Ex-national flyweight ruler Kenji Yoshida (16-9, 5 KOs), 114.75, and ex-WBC 115-pound challenger losing to Cristian Mijares, Teppei Kikui (23-8, 4 KOs), 115, repeated clinching, holding, headbutting and hitting with open blows with the former awarded a close but unanimous nod (77-76, 77-75 and 78-75) over eight. It was an intolerable burden to endure watching such a lousy bout until the end.
Promoter: Watanabe Promotions.
There are only a few things in life that are certain: death, taxes and Evans-Silva ending inside the distance.
That’s right. I said it. There is no possible way that the main event at UFC 108 will last the full three rounds. No chance. None whatsoever. Why? Styles make fights, and Evans’ counter punching mixed with Silva’s go-for-broke mentality means that this one is going to end early . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC
Sebastian Sylvester (32-3, 15 KOs) will make a first defence of his IBF Middleweight Title on January 30 when he takes on Pablo Navascues (24-1, 16 KOs). The Hurricane returns to the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg where he edged Giovanni Lorenzo on September 19 to win King Arthur Abraham´s vacated title in front of a sell-out crowd of 5,000 enthusiastic fans. “I am looking forward to making my first defence,” Sylvester said. “I expect a tough bout. Navascues is a strong fighter but I will do my best to keep him at bay.” (more…)
By Alexey Potapov
WBO light middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk (36-0, 22 KOs) will resume his career in the USA. Sergiy says he is a free agent will sign with an American promoter. “I’ve solved all problems with my former German promoters and have broken off the contract. Now in America I’ll also work with a known promoter. Two days ago I met the CEO of Top Rank Bob Arum. I have carried out negotiations and will make a decision. But I can say for sure you can see me in the USA. I promise that I’ll show everyone what I’m capable of.” (more…)
By Craig Watt
In the Sunday Times in Australia over the weekend Justin Manolikos of Green Machine Promotions responded to accusations of illegal handwraps in the letter issues by Square Ring Promotions last week. Whilst IBO Champion Danny Green was involved in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race to raise money for charity, his long time friend and manager stated, “Coming from a steroids cheat this is a cheap shot. Danny has had his hands wrapped in this way for many years, including in the USA under their jurisdiction. He boxed there in August and there wasn’t any complaints there in August.” The Green camp are incensed with the allegations, especially after the handwraps were approved by the governing News South Wales Sports Combat Authority prior to the fight in which the Australian stopped Roy Jones Jr in 122 seconds. Meanwhile it appears that a proposed fight between Bernard Hopkins and Danny Green is running aground after it has been reported in Australia that after agreeing in principle a 50-50 revenue split for the proposed bout in 2010 that Hopkins camp have now asked for this to be re-negotiated 60-40 in favour of the American.
It appears the Floyd Mayweather Camp is open to a compromise on their demand of random blood testing. “As long as there’s a blood test, as long as there’s a urine test and as long as it’s random, a cutoff date is agreeable to us,” Mayweather’s representative Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions told the LA Times Saturday. Meanwhile, Pacquiao wrote on his blog “I am still willing to Fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. I never said the fight was off or I do not want to fight him. I will fight anyone at anytime and my record and past fights prove that. I have never and will never dodge anyone. These are my specifications for this fight regarding blood testing. I have offered to give a blood sample the day of the announcement of the fight at the press [conference]. I have offered to give a blood sample 30 days before the fight. I am willing to give blood immediately after the fight is over inside my dressing room . I am also willing to give urine tests at anytime any where everyday leading up to the fight. The truth is taking blood out of my body does not seem natural to me and mentally I feel it will weaken me if blood is taken from me just days before the fight. That does not make sense to me why anyone would do that.”
By Joe Koizumi
WBC bantam champ Hozumi Hasegawa’s change of mind might be a sour and bitter Christmas cake for highly ranked WBC 118-pound contenders who are expecting their participation in eliminators. People here took it for granted that Hasegawa would renounce his belt because of his weight problem and move up to the super-bantam or feather category after his impressive tenth defense over Alvaro Perez on December 18. Hasegawa, however, said, “My mind is wavering between staying as the champ and moving up to the heavier division. The possibility is now on fifty-fifty. I’d like to consider for some two months and then hope to make a decision.” The most consecutive defenses in Japan were registered by ex-WBA 108-pound champ Yoko Gushiken, who kept his belt thirteen times in 1981 when the newly established “junior flyweight” class had been considerably still less mature and short of real competition. After Hasegawa’s successful defense about a week ago, our aficionados strongly ask him to break Gushiken’s mark and then move up to another division. Hasegawa who so quickly scored his last five defenses all by stoppages needed only less than ten rounds in total (TKO1 and TKO2 each twice, and TKO4 once), but his decision-making may be slow.
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