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By Karl Freitag and Alexey Sukachev
Photos: Marianne Müller
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European light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer (33-2, 27 KOs) needed just 83 seconds to annihilate mandatory challenger Antonio Brancalion (32-7-2, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the König Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen. Brähmer, who is again rated WBA #1 contender, dropped Brancalion in the first few seconds and four times total in round one before the fight was waved off by referee Terry O’Connor. Brancalion entered at #11 in the WBA rankings. Euro king Brähmer is taking aim at a return match with WBA world champion Hugo Garay.
In a emotionally charged clash of heavyweight contenders who are also stablemates, Universum fighter WBA #5 Denis Boytsov (25-0, 20 KOs) impressively TKO’d WBA #2 ranked stablemate Taras Bidenko (26-3, 12 KOs) of Spotlight Boxing in round six. After a slow first round, the heavy hands of Boystov began to take their toll. The bout finally ended in round six after a brutal assault by Boystov put Bidenko on the deck. Time was 2:00. Boystov retained his WBA Intercontinental title and added the WBO Europa title.
Unbeaten heavyweight Manuel Charr (12-0, 6 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Ramon Hayes (15-27-1, 10 KOs).
Lightweight Vitali Tajbert (18-1, 6 KOs) returned to action after his loss to Euro champ Sergey Gulyakevich to outpoint Rudy Encarnacion (18-15-2, 8 KOs).
Unbeaten light heavyweight Igor Michalkin (10-0, 7 KOs) outpointed Karim Bennama (17-12-1, 4 KOs) over eight rounds.
The Office of the State Historian in New Mexico will be hosting a presentation given by Fightnews writer & photographer Chris Cozzone on the topic of the History of New Mexico Boxing, Monday, June 8, at 3 p.m. The seminar is free to the public and will take place in Albuquerque at UNM’s Center of Southwest Research (Willard Room) at Zimmerman Library. Cozzone will give an overview of the 140-year legacy of boxing in New Mexico, touching on such subjects as bareknuckle fights, early bouts in the Wild West, illegal boxing before statehood, the 1912 World Heavyweight Championship held in Las Vegas and the dozens of top fighters through 14 decades who paved the way for Danny Romero, Johnny Tapia and Holly Holm.
By Felipe Leon at ringside, Photos: Paul Gallegos
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A near capacity crowd invaded the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in San Diego, CA, to witness a “Night of Prospects” presented by Bobby D. Presents in association with Jorge Marron Productions on Thursday night. The six bout fight card showcased a series of local San Diego up and comers, with the majority of them making their pro debut. In the main event, jr. welterweight Antonio Orozco stopped Antonio Soria in round round three. (more…)
By Dave Spencer at ringside
For the second time in twenty-four hours, a Montreal fighter retained his North American belt against a South American fighter. Antonin Decarie (22-0 6KO) dominated former 2000 Olympian Victor Hugo Castro (29-6 12KO) on his way to a 120-108 decision on all three scorecards, retaining his NABO welterweight belt, much the same way super-lightweight Jo Jo Dan did the night before against another Argentine, Walter Sergio Gomez by identical scores. It was the third defense for Decarie who won the vacant belt thirteen months ago. Decarie, ranked #2 by the WBO, dominated his smaller opponent who was fighting at welterweight for the first time, constantly going to the body and breaking down his opponent. Decarie was warned for a low blow in the 5th as shot off the hip put Castro to his knees. No knockdown was called but Decarie didn’t hesitate in going right back to the body of his opponent. Castro showed a good beard as he was the recipient of many Decarie right hands as he lay on the ropes for much of the bout.
Alfredo Contreras (10-5-1 4KO) served his head up on a platter to the right hand of the #7 IBF ranked middleweight Sebastien Demers (28-2 10KO) who was more than happy to oblige and hammer away for the duration of one sided 80-72 (x3) decision for the Canadian champion. Contreras just lay on the ropes, smiled and asked for more and Demers delivered for the duration as if he was in a cage taking batting practice. Demers managed to up the pressure in both the 7th and 8th round as he worked his uppercut into the equation and managed to go to the body with combinations. Contreras offered up a sturdy chin and not much more as he lost all four fights he has travelled outside his native Mexico for. (more…)
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Komthai Sarorground
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WBC#4 feather Chonlatarn Or Piriyapinyo (30-0,16 KOs) successfully retained his ABCO 126lb title as he stopped Filipino Jonel Alivio (reportedly 9-9-1,4 KOs) on Friday at the ground stadium of Sawangdaendin in Sakhonnakorn, Thailand. Both fighters impressed the crowd when they wildly exchanged punches during most of the action. The winner was the local champion as he effectively launched his bodyshots which little by little weakened his challenger and finally, he displayed one-side attack and then dropped the Filipino for a full ten count at 2:34 of round eleven. Chonlatarn, 24-year-old orthodox, kept his WBC Asian Boxing Council (ABCO) featherweight title for the twentieth time. In other action, Wanchana Sithniwat, survived from an almost knockdown in round two, stopped Singthong Sor Singyu in round three. Nicole Paradorngym outpointed Komsan Jamaika in a six round non-title bout. This event was promoted by Onesongchai Boxing Promotion.
On the same day at Rimping Riverside Ground in Kampaengpetch, Thailand, WBC/WBA#11 superlight Sirimongkol Singwancha (61-2,34 KOs) easily stopped a Kenyan fighter whose name reported as “Mohammed” in round two in a ten-round non-title bout. Sirimongkol, two-time WBC champion, is now seeking for a world 140lb title shot to become the first Thai fighter who win the world titles in three divisions. In other action, 3-time Thailand amateur champion Kanittha Tungsongtaksin captured the vacant ABCO female flyweight title as she outpointed Namfon Sor Talerngsak in a eight round bout. Iranian Bezan won a unanimous decision over Australian Harley to defend his World Professional Muaythai Federation 147lb title. This event was promoted by Wongsaroj Media Promotion.
By Ron Jackson
Tshepo Mashego regained the SA junior middleweight title when he beat Vincent Vuma on a split decision at the Sasol Recreation Centre in eMbalenhle, Secunda on Friday night. Mashego who finished strongly in the last two rounds and had the champion on rubbery legs deserved a unanimous decision. However, judge Sazi Xamlashe was off the mark with a card of 116-115 for Vuma. Jaap van Nieuwenhuizen scored it 115-113 and judge Thabo Spampool handed in a 116-112 card. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
World rated Australian jr middleweight Daniel Dawson (34-1, 24 KOs) will clash with Delray Raines (15-5, 10 KOs) at the Laredo Entertainment Centre, Laredo, Texas on June 19. WBA #5, IBF #11 Dawson is now based in Los Angeles under the guidance of Freddie Roach’s former right hand man – Justin Fortune. He scored his best win in 2007 when he scored a knockout in round one over former world amateur champion Anton Solopov (who holds a win over Miguel Cotto). Also in 2007, Dawson suffered his only loss when he dropped a twelve round decision in IBO middleweight title bout to Daniel Geale. (Anthony Mundine was awarded a disputed twelve round split decision over IBF#6 Geale last on May 27.) Raines has been in the ring with several world class 154 pounders including Aaron Mitchell and Tarvis Simms whom he dropped decisions to in 2008. Raines stopped Albert Martin in three rounds in his only bout for 2009. Dawson is chasing a shot at the IBF title held by Cory Spinks or a WBA title opportunity held by Daniel Santos.
By Dennis Principe
Former world champion Michael Katsidis of Australia flew to Manila to personally challenge Filipino boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao to a showdown. Katsidis arrived in the country Thursday evening and graced the weekly “SCOOP sa Kamayan” session along with manager Brendon Smith. Katsidis said he is being backed by a major Australian online betting company Sportsbet.com which recently sold half of its shares to an Irish group for a staggering $200 million. Katsidis said his backers are willing to support and even bankroll his challenge of Pacquiao. The Australian is hoping that his presence here in the country will jumpstart negotiations with the Pacquiao camp. Katsidis, who has set up his training camp in Thailand, is coming off an eight round Technical Knockout win over former world champion Jesus Chavez. Katsidis is best known for his brutal 12-round slugfest against Filipino Czar Amonsot last July 2007 in Las Vegas where both fighters ended up in the hospital. Katsidis won that fight via a close unanimous decision while Amonsot ended up being medically suspended indefini tely by the Nevada State Athletic Commission as specks of blood were traced outside of his brain. The 28-year-old Katsidis (25-2, 21 KOs) lost his interim crown to Joel Casamayor via a 10th round stoppage March of last year. For his comeback fight after the Casamayor debacle Katsidis fought and lost to Juan Diaz in a close 12-round verdict September of 2008. He has since recovered from those twin losses with back-to-back wins over Chavez and Angel Ramirez this year. Click for video download.
By Jesse Kelley at ringside
Super middleweight Phil “The Drill” Williams (11-1, 10 KOs) turned in the most complete performance of his career in stopping “Kid Dynamite” Antwun Echols (31-11-4, 27 KOs) in round seven Friday night at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN. The end came at :42 of the seventh round with Williams battering Echols on the ropes. Also, light heavyweight Marcus Oliveria (19-0, 15 KOs) destroyed “The Next Great Champ” reality series winner Otis Griffin (19-6, 7 KOs) in round two. (more…)
Junior welterweight contender Jo Jo Dan (25-0, 13 KOs) won an 12 round unanimous decision against tough journeyman Walter Sergio Gomez on Friday. With the win, Jo Jo Dan (#5 WBC, #7 WBA) defended his WBC Continental Americas and NABA titles in front of a packed house in his home town of Bucharest, Romania. On the undercard, featherweight prospect Viorel Simion defended his WBC Mediteranean title against much more experienced David Kiilu with a 12 round unanimous decision. Ex amateur junior world champion heavyweight Bogdan Dinu improved to 4-0-0, 2 KO with his 2nd consecutive 1st round KO, his opponent, tough journeyman Nikolay Marinov went down early from two powerful uppercuts and he failed to get up in time. In another heavyweight contest, Lucian Bot won a close decision over 6 rounds against Ivor Marincev and improved his record to 11-0-1, 5 KO. The card was promoted by Gankor Promotions.
“I have no fear of Wladimir,” says WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev, who will now face IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in front of 60,000+ fight fans on June 20 in the Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. “I’m also a world champion, not only him. I’ve always said I would box against anyone. The size difference doesn’t bother me. That’s Wladimir’s problem because I have already defeated a big boxer in Valuev.” Chagaev’s trainer Michael Timm is optimistic. “The chances are fifty-fifty,” he said. “Ruslan is WBA champion and Wladimir and has a few more belts. There is a lot on the line, but both have their chances. Above all I’m happy for Ruslan. After the theater in Helsinki, he now gets the fair chance that he deserves. We’re still in training. Next week we’ll go once again into sparring, and then we’ll refine and work on our tactics. Wladimir is good at moving in reverse, has a good jab. But Ruslan is a strong guy who can take a punch and then fire back. I’m glad that we can offer great event to the boxing fans.” Timm sees the short preparation time as no problem. “Valuev chickened out for the second time, but an experienced boxer must put this aside and adapt themselves. If one wants to, it can be done in a shorter time. Ruslan has already prepared for a big boxer. Now we must also get ready for a much quicker boxer.”
Teon Kennedy 122.5 vs. Lucian Gonzalez 123
Latif Muny 159.5 vs. Patrick Majewski 160
Jermell Barnes 223.5 vs. John Poore 215.5
Jose Guzman 135 vs. Eliud Torres 133.5
Garrett Wilson 178 vs. Louis Robinson 179
Laquan Lewis 134 vs. Osnel Charles 136
Ardrick Butler 149 vs. Rashad Bogar 147.5
Venue: Bally’s Atlantic City
Promoter: Peltz Boxing Promotions
Tickets priced at $45 and $65 are on sale at the door, first fight 7.30 p.m.
Ringside report and photos by Chris Cozzone
It could’ve been the height, weight, reach, stance, speed, hometown crowd or footwork that had six-time world champion Holly Holm utterly demolishing a near-defenseless, formerly undefeated Duda Yankovich last night before a sold-out crowd at Isleta Resort & Casino, south of Albuquerque, N.M.
It might also have been as simple as a mismatch in skill levels.
The Serb from San Paulo, Brazil, might’ve weathered four wars growing up in her country of origin, but, last night in New Mexico, four rounds with Holm proved too much to handle . . . Click here for more
Three-time world champion Miguel Cotto (33-1, 27 KOs) will be holding a free public workout in the Bronx today beginning at 2:30 P.M. ET, in an outdoor ring at 152nd and Wales Streets. Cotto, who is in his final week of training, will be defending his WBO welterweight title against Joshua Clottey (35-2, 21 KOs) this Saturday (June 13) at Madison Square Garden. This marks the fourth time in the past five years that Cotto, a two-division world titleist, will headline at the “Mecca of Boxing” on the eve of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade. Clottey returns to the ring after defeating Brooklyn brawler Zab Judah and winning the IBF welterweight title. The card will also feature undefeated WBO junior flyweight champion Ivan Calderon (32-0, 6 KOs) defending his title against No. 1 contender and mandatory challenger Rodel Mayol (25-3, 19 KOs). Over 15,000 seats have been sold. Remaining tickets to Cotto vs. Clottey, priced at $500, $300, $200, $100 and $50, can be purchased at the Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.thegarden.com.
Ruslan Chagaev is the new opponent of IBF, WBO and IBO World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko on June 20 in the Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. WBA Champion Chagaev was engaged after original fighter David Haye had pulled out due to an injury on Wednesday. “It is sad that David cannot compete. However, I am looking into the future and forward to fighting against Ruslan. He is WBA Champion, very experienced and a tough challenger. For my preparation, I have to change my sparring partner from orthodox to southpaw,” says Klitschko. (more…)
The fluke talk and related questions have subsided. But Mike Thomas Brown, even after destroying Urijah Brown and Leonard Garcia back-to-back, even after being fitted with a WEC championship belt, is occasionally reminded that the residue of being underestimated is a stubborn one and not so easily washed away. He was reunited with this perplexing phenomenon earlier this week upon learning that oddsmakers have pegged him as a slight underdog for his rematch with Urijah Faber. . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, WEC
From the Isleta Resort & Casino south of Albuquerque, N.M.: In her most dominating performance to date, Holly Holm (24-1-3, 7 KOs), of Albuquerque utterly punished, and stopped Duda Yankovich (11-1, 5 KOs). Yankovich was hit with big left after big left through three rounds. In the second, a lead right broke Yankovich’s nose. In the fourth, on advice of the physician, Referee Rocky Burke waved it off at :32. In the eight-round cruiser co-main, “Mad” Mike Alderete (6-4-2, 3 KOs), of Albuquerque, and Theo Kruger (9-8-2, 3 KOs), of Port Charlotte, Fla, fought to a majority draw with scores of 76-76 twice and 77-75, Alderete. On the undercard: Angelica Chavez (0-1), of Albuquerque’s Chavez Dojo, was destroyed by Gloria Salas (1-2, 1 KO), of Ontario, Calif. Chavez slugged in the first but Salas’ far superior boxing skills – and a right hand that could not miss – put Chavez down twice in the second before Ref Rocky Burke stopped the action at 1:27. In a four-rounder at cruiser, debuter Michael Brooks (1-0, 1 KO) won by TKO at 2:27 of the second over Dallas southpaw Brandon Singleton (2-3, 1 KO); In a four-round cruiserweight bout, Antonio Zamora (1-0, 1 KO), of the Chavez Dojo in Albuquerque, needed just :52 to dispose of MMA fighter Dominic Perea (0-1), who was down twice before the stoppage; in the opening bout, MMA fighter David Quezada (1-0, 1 KO), outweighing his foe by 13.5 lbs., TKO’d 157-pounder Israel Rodriguez (0-1), of Las Cruces, in round two. -- Results & photo by Chris Cozzone
By: Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman
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Several awards were presented at Friday night’s NABF banquet in Cancun, Mexico.
Outgoing president Rex Walker and incoming president Joe Dwyer did the honors for the following recipients:
Promoter of the year: Jimmy Burchfield- CES Promotions
Female Promoter of the year: Donna English- South Coast Promotions
Female Fight of the year: Christy Martin-Valerie Mafood
Prospect of the year: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez
President’s “work horse” Award: Laurence Cole
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Power punching junior middleweight Pawel “Raging Bull” Wolak (24-1, 16 KOs) pounded out a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Vinroy Barrett (22-8, 11 KOs) on Friday night at the Capital One Bank Theater at Westbury in Long Island, NY. Scores were 100-89, 100-88 and 99-89. A point was deducted from Barrett in round nine for holding.
World Welterweight champion Miguel Cotto arrived in New York Friday night with his family, (L-R) Alondra Cotto,wife Melissa Guzman, Miguel Angel Cotto III and Luis Aquino for his upcoming World Welterweight championship fight against warrior Joshua Clottey on Saturday, June 13 at Madison Square Garden. Top Rank promotes this HBO televised event
In a surprise, late sub Carlos Molina (17-4-1, 5KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Danny Perez (34-6, 17 KOs) to claim the NABO 154-pound belt on Friday night at the Mahi Shrine Temple in Miami, Florida. Molina, who took the fight on six days’ notice, brought the fight to Perez from the opening stanza and outworked the former world title challenger all the way. Scores were 118-110, 119-109, 119-109. Perez originally was supposed to meet former world champion Carlos Quintana.
Lightweight Ira Terry (22-2, 12 KOs) won an eight round majority decision over Leon Bobo (18-3-1, 2 KOs). Scores were 77-75, 77-75, 76-76.
By Boxing Bob Newman
The morning session of the NABF convention in Cancun, Mexico commenced this morning at 9:30 a.m. with the elections of President and Vice presidents. After two consecutive two-year terms, out going president Rex Walker stepped down and welcomed unanimously elected former V.P. Joe Dwyer of New York. Dwyer humbly accepted the responsibilities that come with the post and persevere toward the organization’s primary goal- the safety of the boxer in the ring. Dwyer said, “Normally, upon assuming a position of this magnitude, it is said that there are big shoes to fill. On this occasion, I have some big cowboy boots to fill,” a reference to Rex Walker’s self proclaimed cowboy status. (more…)
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Alejandro Valdez 120 vs Genaro Camargo 120
Hernan Marquez 113 vs Carlos Banuelos 115
Giovanny Caro 121.5 vs German Meraz 121.5
Miguel Vazquez 135 vs Roberto Tamayo 136
Rogelio Medina 160 vs Antonio Arras 160
David Sanchez 113 vs Oscar Gallardo 112
Rodolfo Hernandez 122 vs Jose Tamayo 122
Pablo Lugo 135.5 vs Fernando Carcamo 135.5
Hanzel Martinez 115 vs Carlos Basacahua 116
Miguel Beltran 130 vs Eden Marquez 130
Promoter: Zanfer Promotions
Venue: Explanada Tecate, Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico
TV: TV Azteca
After the fact finding hearing on the cancellation of Chagaev vs. Valuev II held in Helsinki, Finland last May 30th, 2009 various parties requested additional time to submit more information and materials related to this case thus extending the timeline for next June 8, 2009, at 5 pm (-5 GMT). The WBA Medical Committee has asked for advice from Hepatitis B specialists around the world seeking the most accurate diagnosis on the blood test results presented by Finland Boxing Professional Federation in the above mentioned hearing. Consequently the WBA -once again- apologizes to media, boxers and fans for not being able to issue a resolution in a timely manner but the new information must be analyzed in order to provide a fair decision for all parties involved in this situation.
On Friday, June 26th, fight fans at the Desert Diamond Casino in Tucson, Arizona will get a first-hand look at some of the brightest young stars in the boxing when undefeated middleweight Daniel “The Golden Child” Jacobs, rising junior middleweight star Erislandy Lara and 2008 United States Olympic Bronze Medalist Deontay Wilder step into the ring in separate featured bouts on ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights”. In the main event, knockout specialist Jacobs (16-0, 14 KOs) makes his fourth appearance of 2009 when he battles George Walton (20-3, 12 KOs) in a middleweight bout scheduled for 10 rounds. Opponents for Lara (6-0, 4 KOs) and Wilder (5-0, 5 KOs) along with a full slate of undercard bouts will be announced shortly. Tickets, priced at $25 to $120 in advance, are on sale now and are available by calling 1-800-745-3000 or by visiting the Desert Diamond Casino Box Office.
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Undefeated world two-time world champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon, tipped the scale at 112.5 pounds in the last pre weigh-in ordered by the Puerto Rican Boxing Commission. The limit for the seven day pre weigh-in is 113.4. “I left the gym yesterday at 107.5 and after I work out today I should be close to 107 pounds again,” said the WBO 108-pound champion. Calderon will leave Monday for New York, for his first fight ever at Madison Square Garden as the semi main event on the card that his good friend Miguel Cotto will headline on Saturday, June 13 in the “Mecca of Boxing.” (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
Saul “Canleo” Alvarez 146.75 vs. Jefferson Goncalo 146.5
(NABF welterweight title)
Omar Niño Romero 107.8 vs. Juanito Rubillar 107.8
(WBC light flyweight eliminator)
Wilberth “Huracan” Uicab 111.3 vs. B.J. Dolorosa 111.1
(NABF flyweight title)
Jose Emilio Perea 134.2 vs. Juan Pablo Sanchez 134.2
Rudy Lopez 134.2 vs. Pablo Polanco 141.9
Jorge “Maromerito” Paez Jr. 144.1 vs. Jose “Lobo” Ramirez 142.1
Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson 125.4 vs. Miguel “Demoledor” Tiquet 134.2
Rene “Chirizo” Gonzalez vs. Eduardo “Guason” Herrera
Eric Ortiz 112.4 vs. Gilberto Keb 112.4
Aaron Velez 125.4 vs. Luciano Canche 125.2
Promoter Jose “Pepe” Gomez presents “The Mayan Challenge at Xcaret!” in conjunction with the 41st NABF convention, on Saturday, June 6th at 7 p.m. Xcaret is an hour outside of Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico, and home to a magical nature preserve along the Mayan Riviera.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Antonin Decarie 143.1 vs. Victor Hugo Castro 146.1
(NABO Welterweight Championship)
Sebastien Demers 167.8 vs. Alfredo Contreras 167.2
Nicholson Poulard 170 vs. Martin Berthiaume 168.6
Dierry Jean 139.9 vs. Adrian Navarrete 138.1
Ali Mansour 246.2 vs. Stephane Tessier 231
Tony Luis 134.6 vs. Jorge Banos 132.1
Venue: Casino de Montreal
Promoter: Group Yvon Michel (GYM)
Television: SRC (Canada)
First Bell 12:00pm
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Mark Tucker 177 vs. Andre Hemphill 174
Lenwood Dozier 151 1/2 vs. Ken Dunham 154
Emmanuel Taylor 141 vs. Bryan Abraham 141
Omar Sims 154 vs. Jamar Freeman 152
Tyrone Wright 127 vs. Hugh Hinds 128 3/4
Jeremiah Wiggins 154 3/4 vs. Clarence Taylor 157 1/2
Vincent Arroyo 144 1/4 vs. Amaury Torres 143 1/4
Daniel Kooij 189 3/4 vs. Clarence Moore 191 1/2
Venue: Shipley Arena in Westminster, MD
Promoter: TNT Promotions 21/Maryland Boxing Club
By Alexey Potapov
Fightnews.com has received information on a possible fight between WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and WBA heavyweight champion (in recess) Ruslan Chagaev on June 20th at the Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Universum Box Promotion is in negotiations with Team Klitschko, but for sure will wait for the WBA’s decision concerning the recent fight cancellation in Helsinki. “We’re looking at the situation,” sand Universum promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl. “For sure this is a very interesting idea.” Ruslan Chagaev, who is still in training, stated “I’m ready to fight. I had the best preparation of my life. I’m confident to fight everybody. My promotor is working for me. I trust him.” Earlier Team Klitschko explored a fight against WBA heavyweight champion Nikolay Valuev, but apparently handlers of the Russian boxer chose a different direction.
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Undefeated IBF middleweight champion King Arthur Abraham and Ulli Wegner made a brief trip to Zagreb this week where the shooting for the Max Schmeling movie has begun. With Henry Maske impersonating one of the biggest German sporting heroes of all time, Abraham will play Richard Vogt, Schmeling´s last opponent. Just as in real life, Ulli Wegner will be in his corner. “It is a great honour and pleasure for both of us to be a part of this movie,” King Arthur said. “Working at the set is almost as hard as a training session. But it was a lot of fun.” The movie will hit cinemas in 2010. Abraham (29-0, 23 KOs) took only a quick time-out from the preparation for his June 27 defence against Mahir Oral, which will be staged in Berlin´s Max-Schmeling-Halle. “This was a nice break from the hard training routine,” Ulli Wegner said. “We really enjoyed it. But now our full attention is back on the next fight. Arthur is in great shape and he will delight his fans on June 27.”
By Ron Jackson
Mfundo Gwayana (10-3, 5KOs) makes his third defense of his South African junior flyweight title against former champion Sizwe Sinyabi (18-8-1, 9KOs) on Sunday afternoon at the Orient Theatre in East London. This fight, presented by Mzi Mnguni of Eyethu Promotions, could go 12 rounds to a close decision either way. (more…)
Jürgen Brähmer 174.6 vs Antonio Brancalion 174.6
European light heavyweight championship
and WBC light heavyweight semi-final eliminator
Denis Boytsov 220.4 vs Taras Bidenko 218.2
WBA Intercontinental heavyweight championship
and WBO European heavyweight championship
Vitali Tajbert 132 vs Rudy Encarnacion 132.7
Manuel Charr 238 vs Ramon Hayes 251.3
Igor Michalkin 174.8 vs Karim Bennama 180.7
Christian Hammer 244.7 vs Aleksandre Borhovs 213.8
Gregory Soszynski 175 vs Sergey Beloshapkin 173
Venue: König-Pilsener-ARENA, Oberhausen
Promoter: Universum Box-Promotion
TV: ZDF (Germany)
WBA light welterweight world champion Andreas Kotelnik has entered a top-secret training camp ahead of his June 27 clash with Amir Khan. The pair meet at London’s O2 Arena, topping a mouth-watering evening of boxing and 31-year-old Kotelnik is desperate not to give anything away before the fight – even if his experienced team know the challenger inside out. “Andreas has begun sparring and he is looking very, very impressive,” said his trainer, Michael Timm. “But I don’t want anyone to even know who the sparring partners are. It’s a secret. We don’t want Khan to get any kind of advantage.” (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Shane Mosley is not only amenable to a catch weight and a 60-40 revenue split in favor of Manny Pacquiao but the flashy American puncher likewise dangles an immediate rematch clause in the event of a victory over the Filipino boxing icon. “I don’t have to ask Manny to fight me because he has agreed to face me so I am asking (Top Rank chief) Bob Arum to get it on,” Mosley told Manila Bulletin and fightnews on Friday afternoon in a long distance interview. Mosley said he is not only willing to get down to as light as 144 lbs and is agreeable to a lesser share of the prize money but is inclined to give Pacquiao a rematch clause if he emerges victorious in a proposed Oct. 17 showdown. (more…)
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