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WBO #8 bantamweight William “Chirizo” Gonzalez (25-3, 21 KOs) scored a spectacular second round TKO over WBO #15 Jose Luis “Tapitas” Araiza (31-2, 22 KOs) on Friday night at Miccosukee Resort & Gaming in Miami, Florida. Gonzalez dropped Araiza twice before the bout was waved off bt referee Tommy Kimmons at the 1:00 mark. Gonzalez retained his WBO Latin belt.
Unbeaten middleweight Michael Oliveira (12-0, 10 KOs) stopped game journeyman Jessie Davis (11-18, 8 KOs) in round four. Referee Tommy Kimmons waved it off to protect Davis from further punishment.
Unbeaten jr welterweight Xavier “X-Factor” Burgos (4-0, 1 KO) outpointed Amaury Torres (4-11-2, 1 KO) over four one-sided rounds.
2004 Olympian Sherali Dostiev (6-0, 2 KOs) won a four rounder against previously unbeaten Orlando Rizo (9-1, 8 KOs) in a super bantamweight bout. Scores were 39-37, 39-37, 40-36 for Dostiev.
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By Jacob Chavez
In a clash of unbeaten super middleweights, Marcus “Too Much” Johnson (19-0, 14 KOs) scored a workmanlike ten round unanimous decision over Derek “The Black Lion” Edwards (25-1, 13 KOs) on Friday night at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. Johnson’s better technique propelled him to a 98-92, 98-92, 97-93 victory. Johnson claimed the NABO belt.
Unbeaten Chicago super middleweight favorite Donovan “Da Bomb” George (20-0, 18 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision over Osumanu Adama (17-2, 13 KOs). George dropped Adama in round seven en route to a 79-72, 76-75, 77-74 win.
Unbeaten super middleweight Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (14-0, 10 KOs) busted up Kevin Engel (17-3, 14 KOs) before finishing him with a brutal body barrage at 2:35 of round six.
Former NBA Star Kendall Gill (4-0, 3 KOs) return to professional boxing to blow away Miles Kelly (1-2, 1 KO) in a heavyweight bout. Gill dropped Kelly in rounds two and three before the bout was halted 2:54 of round three.
Weights by Francisco Salazar & Andreas Hale
From the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s “Mayweather vs. Mosley: Who R U Picking?” megafight on PPV, promoted by Golden Boy Promotions:
Shane Mosley 147 vs Floyd Mayweather 146
Saul Alvarez 150 vs JM Cotto 149
Daniel Ponce de Leon 125 vs Cornelius Lock 125
Said Ouali 146 vs. Hector Saldivia 147.5
Arturo Morua 141 vs. Jessie Vargas 142
Gilberto Sanchez Leon 130 vs. Eloy Perez 129
Dion Savage 168 vs. Tommie Speller 166
Luis Ramos 136 vs. Allen Litzau 138*
* Contract was 135.
Daniel Reece 136 vs. Angel Soto 137
Having come from a boxing family and growing around the sport is not hard to believe the three-time world champion Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel once envision himself as winning a championship in Japan and beating one of the top fighters in the world. “I know is hard to believe, but when I very young and barely starting to learn to box. I had a dream that one day I would win a world championship in Japan against their top champion. It was a dream that I had many times when I was young, but something that became a goal as I got into the professional ranks and started to win championships,” said Montiel after the biggest win of his brilliant career. Today in Japan, Montiel stopped Hozumi Hasegawa in the fourth round to captured the WBC bantamweight championship in front of 10,000+. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
23-year old former amateur standout Jon-Lewis Dickinson (now 8-0, 2 KOs) became the most inexperienced champion in the history of Prizefighter series (so far) after the third-round stoppage of shock finalist Nick Okoth (9-28-5, 3 KOs). There were no doubts about the future winner as Dickinson, previously not known as a terrific puncher, started the bout with fire flooring Okoth with a short right hand and dominating him to a 10-8 in the initial round. In the second stanza Okoth did as much as he could but lost this period anyway. Finally, in round three Dickinson (5-0, no KOs at the starters) forced Okoth to take a knee two more times before the corner of his opponent threw in a towel at 1:08 of the third to crown Jon-Lewis Dickinson as a new Prizefighter cruiserweight champion.
WBC #3 and WBO #10 rated “Dancing Destroyer” Herbie Hide chose to withdraw from the tournament after suffering a bad cut over his forehead during his first-stage victory over Wayne Brooks. The prohibitive favorite of this Prizefighter tourney preferred not to risk his high ranking and made a difficult decision to quit. (more…)
Tomás “Gusano” Rojas 119 vs Jorge Cárdenas 120
José Pinzón 154 vs Jaime Barboza 154
(WBC Youth superwelter title)
Omar “Lobito” Soto 112 vs Juan Cantun 111.5
Ramón Mass 122 vs Oswaldo Juárez 124
Venue: Deportivo La Inalambrica, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico
Promoter: Top Rank, Zanfer And Maxboxing
TV: Fox Sports En Español and TV Azteca
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By Felipe Leon
On Saturday night, an interesting clash of light weltweights will take place when Fernando “La Fiera” Angulo (23-7, 15KO) of Caracas, Venezuela, travels to the hometown of Silverio “Chamaco” Ortiz (20-13, 9KO) of Merida, Yucatan, for the vacant IBA lightweight welterweight title over twelve rounds. In the semi main event, David Lopez (38-12, 23KO) of Nogales, MX, goes against Cesar Alberto Leiva (40-11, 20KO) of Mar de Plata, Argentina, for the also vacant IBA middlweight strap. The fight card will take place at the Poliforum Zamna of Merida, Yucatan. “We have two exciting bouts for titles and I sure it will be a great night of boxing,” Jorge Marron, the attending IBA supervisor, stated. “Soon we will have two new champions that I am sure will reprensent the association with honor.”
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Naoki Fukuda
Mexican star Fernando Montiel (41-2-2, 31 KOs), 118, astoundingly captured the WBC bantamweight throne as he came back from a losing pace, abruptly exploded vicious left hooks and badly hurt defending champ Hozumi Hasegawa (28-3, 12 KOs), 117.75, a Japanese hero making his eleventh defense, to cause the referee’s intervention at 2:59 of the fourth round on Friday in Tokyo, Japan.
Hasegawa, a Japanese southpaw, was dominating the proceedings thanks to his advantageous speed, as shown by the official tallies: Duane Ford (US) 30-27, Steve Morrow (US) and Daniel Van de Wiele (Belgium) both 29-28, all for the WBC champ. Positively stalking the retreating Montiel, Hasegawa might become a little too careless to avert the Mexican’s compact but effective countering left hooks. Hasegawa’s legs looked gone, as he momentarily became stationary with his back to the ropes, while Montiel kept raining a fusillade of punches to the groggy Japanese. The ref Laurence Cole declared a halt to save Hasegawa from further punishment just a second remaining in the fatal fourth. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Naoki Fukuda
WBC super-bantam champ Toshiaki Nishioka (36-4-3, 23 KO’s), 122, impressively kept his belt as he scored his fourth defense, all by KO, by halting previously unbeaten Filipino challenger Balweg Bangoyan (15-1, 6 KO’s), 122, at 1:14 of the fifth round on Friday in Tokyo, Japan.
Nishioka, a sharp-shooting Japanese southpaw, caught the game and reckless Filipino with his trademark left hand and badly dropped him in the beginning of the fifth. Bangoyan looked seriously hurt with rubbery legs though he resumed fighting. The champ immediately swarmed over the fading opponent to prompt the referee’s well-received stoppage. (more…)
Photo: Former boxing greats “Sugar” Ray Leonard and Thomas “Hitman” Hearns pose for a shot after talking to the media today about Mayweather-Mosley, in the MGM’s press room in Las Vegas. Both, Leonard and Hearns lean toward Mayweather for the victory. They also agreed that though tomorrow night’s megafight may be a scorcher, the drama would probably not exceed their own battles in the ring.
Marco Huck 199 vs Brian Minto 198.4
(WBO cruiserweight championship)
Karo Murat 174.6 vs Tommy Karpency 174.2
(WBO Intercontinental light heavyweight title)
Dominik Britsch 160.5 vs Alessio Furlan 159.8
Kubrat Pulev 245 vs Evgeny Orlov 316
Erik Skoglund 186.3 vs Istvan Laboda 197.1
Venue: Weser-Ems-Halle, Oldenburg, Germany
Promoter: Sauerland Event
TV: ARD (Germany)
WBC super featherweight champion Vitali Tajbert (19-1, 6 KOs) will make his first title defense against Mexican veteran Hector Velazquez (51-14-2, 35 KOs) on May 22 in Rostock, Germany. The 35-year-old Velazquez, who is coming off a world title challenge against the late Edwin Valero in December, is also known for his 2005 clash with boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao. “This will be a very exciting fight,” said Universum VP Dietmar Poszwa. “An absolute treat for any boxing fan. Vitali is clearly inexperienced, but a very talented world champion. Exactly the opposite of Hector Velazquez, an old fox who has almost 70 fights. An incredibly experienced guy who has been in with the best, like Pacquiao and Valero. His ring experience, Mexican fighting spirit and an impressive right hand make him very, very dangerous. A difficult task for Vitali, because the first title defense is always something special. He can learn a lot in this fight. I expect a tough match, but naturally assume that Vitali will remain world champion.”
The card will also feature a WBA heavyweight eliminator between former world champion Ruslan Chagaev and Kali Meehan, a crossroads clash between light heavyweight contenders Aleksy Kuziemski and Igor Michalkin, plus the next fight of 2009 amateur world champion Jack Culcay.
Undefeated WBA super welterweight champion and future rabbi Yuri Foreman made his U.S. network television debut on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! which aired at 12:05 a.m. ET/PT this morning. After mining gold with his good humor during his segment, Foreman grabbed a few hours sleep and is now headed back to Brooklyn on a 6 a.m. PT flight to resume training for his first title defense, against three-time world champion Miguel Cotto. Cotto vs. Foreman will headline “Stadium Slugfest” — the inaugural brawl at Yankee Stadium on June 5.
By Joe Koizumi
Mexican star Fernando Montiel (41-2-2, 31 KOs), 118, astoundingly captured the WBC bantamweight throne as he came back from a losing pace, abruptly exploded vicious left hooks and badly hurt defending champ Hozumi Hasegawa (28-3, 12 KOs), 117.75, a Japanese hero making his eleventh defense, to cause the referee’s intervention at 2:59 of the fourth round on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. Hasegawa, a Japanese southpaw, was dominating the proceedings thanks to his advantageous speed, as shown by the official tallies: Duane Ford (US) 30-27, Steve Morrow (US) and Daniel Van de Wiele (Belgium) both 29-28, all for the WBC champ. Positively stalking the retreating Montiel, Hasegawa might become a little too careless to avert the Mexican’s compact but effective countering left hooks. Hasegawa’s legs looked gone, as he momentarily became stationary with his back to the ropes, while Montiel kept raining a fusillade of punches to the groggy Japanese. The ref Laurence Cole declared a halt to save Hasegawa from further punishment just a second remaining in the fatal fourth. (More to come)
By Joe Koizumi
WBC super-bantam champ Toshiaki Nishioka (36-4-3, 23 KOs), 122, impressively kept his belt as he scored his fourth defense, all by KO, by halting previously unbeaten Filipino challenger Balweg Bangoyan (15-1, 6 KOs), 122, at 1:14 of the fifth round on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. Nishioka, a sharp-shooting Japanese southpaw, caught the game and reckless Filipino with his trademark left hand and badly dropped him in the beginning of the fifth. Bangoyan looked hurt with rubbery legs though he resumed fighting. The champ immediately swarmed over the fading opponent to prompt the referee’s well-received stoppage. (More to come)
They’ve been waiting and watching. Now six young and hungry super middleweights with a combined record of 109-3 will get their chance to showcase their talent tonight on ShoBox: The New Generation at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast) live on SHOWTIME®. Unbeaten Marcus “Too Much” Johnson (18-0, 14 KOs) battles Derek “The Black Lion” Edwards (25-0, 13 KOs) in the 10-round main event of the exciting tripleheader being billed “The Next Generation of Super Middleweights”. The fights will take place at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. Donovan “Da Bomb” George (19-0, 17 KOs) will face Osumanu Adama (17-1, 13 KOs) in a 10-round co-feature tilt and Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (13-0, 9 KOs) will take on Kevin Engel (17-2, 14 KOs) in an eight-round affair to open the telecast. “You could call us the Baby Super Six,” said George. “None of us are really established but I’m familiar with all the others and think it’s a great idea to showcase the next group of upcoming super middleweights. It’s great for boxing. The division is so stacked. I’m so fortunate to be in this weight class because there are so many good fights for me once I get my name out there.” Click here for photos
Former world champion Tomás “Gusano“ Rojas will return to the ring this Saturday, May 1 in Merida Yucatan when he takes on Juan “Veneno” Cardenas in the main event of the popular series “Top Rank Live” to be telecast on Fox Sports Espanol. Rojas (32-12-1, 22 Kos) of Veracruz and Cardenas (14-10-4, 9 Kos) of Los Mochis will battle in a 10 round super flyweight bout to be presented by Top Rank, Maxboxing and Zanfer Promotions from the “Complejo Deportivo La Inalámbrica” in beautiful Merida. This will be Rojas’ first fight since losing to Vic Darchynian last December 12 in Racho Mirage, California when he failed to take sole possession of the WBC super flyweight crown. Rojas was the interim champion at the time he fought Darchynian. (more…)
By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside
Former heavyweight title challenger Kirk Johnson (37-2, 27 KOs) returned from a four year layoff to demolish Douglas Robertson (3-24-2). The 37-year-old Johnson knocked down Robertson twice before the bout was waved off at 1:45 of the first round. The bout took place at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas.
In the main event, unbeaten super featherweight Casey Ramos (11-0, 4 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Angel Rodriguez (4-4-2, 4 KOs). Scores were 80-71 on all cards. The event was promoted by Paulie Ayala Productions.
Undefeated WBA World Super Welterweight champion Yuri Foreman waits backstage before his appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show Thursday night from Hollywood,California. Foreman will now jet back to Brooklyn, NY where he’ll continue to prepare to take on three-time world champion Miguel Cotto at Yankee Stadium on June 5. More photos…
William Gonzalez 117.5 vs. Jose Luis Araiza 117
(WBO Latin bantamweight title/elimination fight)
John Jackson 153 vs. Yoryi Estrella 152
Xavier Burgos 144 vs. Amaury Torres 144
Sherali Dostiev 122 vs. Orlando Rizo 124
Jose Segura 140 vs. Robert Dortch 140
Juan Aguirre 145 vs. Roberto Lopez 144
Jaime Orozco 153 vs. Federico Vega 153
Michael Oliveira 164 Vs. Jessie Davis 164
Carlos Ramos 147 vs. Federico Tavares 145
Venue: Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, Miami, Florida
Promoter: All Star Boxing/Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr.
TV: Telemundo (11:35PM ET/PT)
By Peter Lim at ringside
Local fan favorite Tiffany Junot, 8-2-1 (5 KOs),captured the vacant Texas junior welterweight title with an eight-round majority decision over Kita Watkins, 5-6 (1 KO), at the Houston Club in downtown Houston. After two evenly-contested rounds, Junot stepped up the tempo in round three and controlled the action at a frenetic pace for the rest of the fight. Applying suffocating pressure, Junot stalked Watkins around the ring and rained down multi-punch flurries to the head and body forcing Watkins to constant set and reset. Watkins returned fire with precision but simply could not match Junot’s punch output. Scores were 79-73, 79-73 and 76-76. The fight was staged by Savarese Boxing Promotions. (more…)
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Six talented, promising super middleweights will be featured on ShoBox: The New Generation at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) Friday night live on SHOWTIME® at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. Derek Edwards (25-0, 13 KOs) weighed the division-limit 168 pounds and Marcus Johnson (18-0, 14 KOs) tipped scale at 167 for their 10-round main event. Osumanu Adama (17-1, 13 KOs) and Don George (19-0, 17 KOs) each weighed 167 for their eight-rounder, while Kevin Engel (17-2, 14 KOs) weighed 170 and Edwin Rodriguez (13-0, 9 KOs weighed 169. Their eight-rounder will open the telecast on SHOWTIME. (more…)
By Jeff Pamungkas
During his preparation for his title defense against #15 challenger Fernando David Saucedo, WBA super champion Chris John suffered a shoulder injury during a sparring session earlier of this week. John vs. Sausedo, originally on June 22 in Bali Island, is postponed until the end of July, but the date is not yet confirmed. According to this writer’s source, John sparred with lightweight sparmate William Kickett, but his arm was twisted in Kickett’s armpit like in the Tyson-Botha fight, plus the champion was accidentally pushed until he fell down on the canvas with his arm sill twisted in Kickett’s armpit, making the injury even worse. John is now reportedly receiving medical treatment in Jakarta.
Chris Cozzone at the scales
From the Tropicana in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s return of Solo Boxeo Tecate on Telefutura, promoted by Golden Boy Promotions:
Robert Guerrero 135 vs. Roberto Arrieta 134
Frankie Gomez 140 vs. Ricardo Malfavon 143
Juan Velasquez 126 vs. Robert Guillen 124
Abner Cotto 133 vs. Juan Sandoval 131
Toddy Junior 129 vs. Rene Torres 129
Deontay Wilder 218 vs. Alvaro Morales 291
Universum Box-Promotion has announced a “Universum Champions Night” twinbill for July 3rd at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, Germany. The card will feature female superstar Ina Menzer against an opponent to be named and former WBA cruiserweight champion Firat Arslan (29-4-1, 18 KOs) facing Steve Herelius (19-1-1, 11 KOs) for the interim WBA belt. Arslan lost his WBA title to Guillermo Jones in September 2008, but Jones, who turns 38 next week, hasn’t defended the belt since and is in danger of being stripped due to inactivity. (more…)
While WBA junior welterweight champion Amir Khan is stranded in Canada, his May 15 challenger Paulie Malignaggi will host an open workout for fans and media on May 5 in Brooklyn in preparation for their showdown at MSG. The first 75 fans to arrive will receive a Malignaggi-signed promotional postcard. The event takes place at 3:30PM at the Evolution Boxing Gym (1656 86th Street).
All four particpants in the main and co-feature of ‘Undefeated Champions’ were on weight today for their 30 day pre-weighin. In the main event WBO Junior featherweight champion Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. of Puerto Rico (18-0-1, 15 KOs) will defend his title against unbeaten Universum-promoted Zsolt Bedak (15-0, 5 KOs) of Hungary. The co-feature will have WBO super featherweight champion Román ‘Rocky’ Martínez (23-0-1, 14KOs) of Puerto Rico defending against Gonzalo Munguía (17-6-3, 13 KOs) of Nicaragua. The card is being titled ‘Undefeated Champions’ and will take place 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 will promote the event. Vázquez Jr. weighed in at 133 pounds from Puerto Rico. Bedak weighed in at 129 pounds in Germany. The maximum weight allowed was 140.3 pounds. Martínez weighed in at 137 pounds in Puerto Rico while Mungía Weighed 136.5 in Nicaragua. The maximum weight allowed was 149.5. Vázquez Jr. and Martínez worked out as well in Puerto Rico today.
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WBC super lightweight world champion Amir Khan, who had been training at the Hollywood gym of trainer Freddie Roach for his U.S. debut on May 15th against Paulie Malignaggi at Madison Square Garden, has been forced to leave the country due to issues regarding a work visa. The champion is currently in Vancouver, Canada where he has reapplied. Roach has joined Khan in Canada. Reportedly Khan’s problems could stem from a series of driving violations in the U.K. Organizers are confident Khan will be allowed back into the country by fight week for the HBO-televised fight.
By Ricardo Conde
NABF lightweight champion “Bam Bam” Brandon Rios (24-0-1, 18KOs) of Oxnard, CA, trained by former junior lightweight champ, Robert Garcia is now off Latin Fury 14. Rios suffered a cut, on Wednesday, during sparring and a doctor determined today that the cut is too severe to go on with the bout. Rios was scheduled to take on Urbano Antillon (27-1, 20 KOs) of Maywood, CA on Saturday May 8th in the co-feature bout of Latin Fury 14, which features the return of the “Tijuana Tornado” Antonio Margarito taking on Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia (28-2, 21 KOs), in Aguascalientes, Mexico. The 23-year-old Rios was going to defend his NABF lightweight title for the first time. (more…)
Story by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Before Mayweather and Mosley settle their differences in what is considered one of the biggest fights of the decade, Golden Boy and Mayweather Promotions offer a series of undercard bouts in hopes of captivating boxing fans and building the next star.
The co-featured bout on May 1st will pit welterweight Saul Alvarez – who Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer coins as “The Mexican James Dean” – against Jose Miguel Cotto who is the older brother of Miguel. Alvarez currently sports a 31-0-1 record with 23 Knockouts and is well on his way to becoming a star at 19-years-old . . . Click here for more
World Boxing Council President Jose Sulaiman, the WBC Board of Governors, and the Federation of Boxing Commissions of Mexico (FECOMBOX) have unanimously agreed not to authorize Mexican boxers to leave the country to fight professionally in Arizona due to “the shameful, inhumane, and discriminatory anti-immigration law, which is no other thing than a flagrant violation to the basic principles of dignity and equality between races.” A WBC statement likened the new Arizona law cracking down on illegal immigration to apartheid in South Africa noting that great figures of boxing have fought in Arizona including Julio Cesar Chavez, Salvador Sanchez, Konstantin Tszyu, and “Coloradito” Lopez and that the WBC will not expose boxers “to suffer that degrading act, humiliating and inhumane, as racial discrimination is.” The prohibition will come into effect on May 1st, 2010, respecting retroactive contracts. The WBC also notes that they are certain that the Arizona State Boxing Commission will understand that this is “an action against politicians who do not have a just mind and do not respect human equality.” Click here to see the official statement
The Countdown To The Rematch Begins Tonight On Spike: Lyoto Machida and Shogun Rua prepare for their second battle for the light heavyweight title, Josh Koscheck and Paul Daley ready themselves for their welterweight showdown, and Kimbo Slice and Matt Mitrione are on a collision course to UFC 113. Tonight at 11pm ET/PT on SPIKE.
Friday’s official weigh-in for Mayweather vs. Mosley is open to the public. A capacity crowd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena is expected, so fans are encouraged to arrive early (doors open at 1PM). Mayweather, Mosley and undercard fighters will step onto the scale around 3PM.
New foe for super flyweight contender Tomas Rojas (32-11, 22 KOs) on Saturday’s “Top Rank Live!” telecast on Fox Sports Espanol in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. Rojas will now face Jorge “Veneno” Cardenas (14-10, 9 KOs).
Mayweather Promotions rising star Jesse Vargas (9-0, 4 KOs) takes on veteran Arturo Morua (25-13-1, 14 KOs) in a non-televised undercard bout on the Mayweather-Mosley card Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) super welterweight champion and future rabbi Yuri Foreman will make his U.S. network television debut on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, Tonight! (12:05 a.m. ET/PT). Foreman will then jet back to Brooklyn to resume training for his first title defense, against three-time world champion Miguel Cotto.
Ricardo “Pelon” Dominguez (31-5-2, 19 KOs) will challenge World Boxing Council (WBC) lightweight champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (51-7-2, 32 KOs) on May 15 in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. The bout will be broadcast in Mexico on TV Azteca, amd on “Top Rank Live” on Fox Sports in the United States.
A press conference held today at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas showcased the Pay-Per-View co-features and undercard of Saturday night’s “Mayweather vs. Mosley: Who R U Picking?” megafight. In the co-main, unbeaten, copper-topped welterweight Saul Alvarez (31-0-1, 23 KOs), heralded as the next big name out of Mexico, will take on once-beaten Puerto Rican, Jose Miguel Cotto (31-1-1, 23 KOs).
“I have a lot of respect for my rival but obviously, like every fight, I’m here to win,” said Alvarez. “That’s what I plan to do on Saturday night.”
Cotto’s trainer, Jose Santiago, promised an upset that would result in, both, Golden Boy matchmaker Eric Gomez and CEO Richard Schaefer, losing their jobs. ” I will prevail on May 1st and will have a big win,” said Cotto. “I’m not fighting in my weight. I accepted to fight and will fight at his weight. I hope that he comes in the same condition of me.” Stay tuned for a full report on today’s press conference by Andreas Hale, with a full photo gallery.
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Naoki Fukuda
WBC bantam champ Hozumi Hasegawa (28-2, 12 KOs), making his eleventh defense, will risk his belt against WBO ruler Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel (40-2-2, 30 KOs), a skillful Mexican hard-puncher, tomorrow (Friday) in Tokyo, Japan. The Japanese southpaw, 28, tipped the beam at 117.75, a quarter pound lighter than the 118-pound limit, which Montiel, 31, scaled in at.
In another WBC super-bantam title go, defending champ Toshiaki Nishioka (35-4-3, 22 KOs), Japan, will also put his throne on the line against unbeaten Filipino challenger Balweg Bangoyan (15-0, 7 KOs) over twelve frames. Both weighed in at the 122-pound class limit. (more…)
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