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On Friday April 2nd, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing returns to the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, CT headlined by current USBA welterweight champion (IBF #5 world rated) Delvin Rodriguez (24-4-2, 14KO) against former USBA light welterweight champion, “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (22-4-2, 10KO). The card will be broadcast live on ESPN “Friday Night Fight” series. Both fighters are in need of a win. Rodriguez is coming off two close losses in an IBF title fight and an IBF eliminator. Arnaoutis has dropped two of his last three, the most recent being an upset loss to Tim Coleman. “This is a huge fight for both guys,” said promoter Joe DeGuardia, CEO of Star Boxing. “If Delvin wins, he reestablishes himself as one of the top welterweight contenders in the world. If Mike wins, he will show everyone that he is a true force to be reckoned with in the welterweight division.” Tickets are $75, $45 and $30. Call 718-823-2000.
As the boxing cliché goes, styles make fights. On Saturday night, we’ll find out if that applies to trainers.
On paper it’s a mismatch. Freddie Roach, who pilots Manny Pacquiao, is, arguably the world’s best-known, best-paid trainer. Backed by a star-studded resume, Roach would be a 10-to-1 favorite over the experienced, albeit much lesser known Lenny DeJesus, chief trainer for Joshua Clottey, if the match-up made the betting lines . . . Click here for more
Tony Grano 222 vs Mark Brown 231
Mike Oliver 120 vs Kermin Guardia 120
Eris Quinteros 157 vs David Bauza 158
Sadam Ali 145 vs Jose Duran 145
Manny Lopes 166 vs Greg McCoy 166
Joe Smith, Jr. 175 vs Carlos Adams 177
Joey Ortega 141 vs Edwin Ortega 141
Venue: Fox Theater, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut
Promoter: Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc.
Tickets have quietly gone on sale for the April 10 clash between former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield and WBF titleholder Francois Botha at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas. Seats are $25, $75, $150 and $250. The 47-year-old ring legend Holyfield has previously fought in Las Vegas 16 times, the most recent being his bout with James Toney in 2003.
By Francisco Salazar
Boxing returns to the San Fernando Valley in Southern California with a card this Friday featuring local fighters in four and six round bouts. In the main event, Super Welterweight Anthony Hirsch will take on Mario Evangelista in a scheduled six round bout at the American Legion Hall in Reseda, CA. The bout will headline a seven-bout “Brawl At the Hall 1″ card, presented by Fulton Street Fight Club Promotions. Hirsch, (10-3-1, 5 KO’s) from Oakland, CA, won a four round bout over Jose Celaya in his last bout in November. (more…)
Hernan ‘Tyson’ Marquez 113.5 vs. Richie Mepranum 112.25*
* Marquez has two hours to lose a half-pound. Originally, the fight was supposed to be for a minor WBC flyweight title.
Samuel Peter 237.5 vs. Nagy Aguilera 230.5*
* IBF heavyweight title elimination bout.
Anthony Peterson 137 vs. Juan Ramon Cruz 137
Ben Tackie 144.5 vs. Dennis Laurente 144.5
Omar Henry 153.75 vs. Francisco Reza 153.5
Jose Benavidez 136.5 vs. Bobby Hill 139.5
Francisco Vargas 131 vs. Daniel Calzada 132
Andy Ruiz Jr. 271.5 vs. Luke Vaughn 200
Let’s Get It On Promotions has a fight card set for March 19 at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno. In the headliner, unbeaten middleweight Brandon “Flawless” Gonzales (10-0, 9 KOs) takes on veteran upset artist Darnell Boone (16-14, 6 KOs). This will be Gonzales’ first scheduled eight rounder. Also on tap is unbeaten welter Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield (11-0, 7 KOs) against Mario Ramos (17-6). Tickets are $100, $75, $50 and $25. Call 1.800.648.3568.
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 Cory and Michael Spinks plus former boxing judge Chuck Giampa. 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.
WBCBoxing.tv will present a live boxing webcast – free of charge – from Auditorio Plaza Condesa in Mexico City on Saturday, March 13, at 9:00 P.M. (21:00 hrs) Central Standard Time. Please note: the webcast is not available in Mexico. In the main event – a nontitle fight scheduled for 10 rounds – WBC Latino flyweight champion Jesus “Destroyer” Jimenez, 27-5 with 20 knockouts, of Guadalajara, will face Paulino “El Gato” Villalobos, 27-41-2 with 16 knockouts, of Veracruz. The fight will be televised live in Mexico on Cadena 3: Channel 28. (more…)
Photo: A final press conference highlighting Saturday night’s undercard for “The Event,” featuring Manny Pacquiao vs. Joshua Clottey, was held today at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas. In the co-main event, a 12-rounder for the WBC lightweight title, former champ David Diaz (35-2-1, 17 KOs) will get the chance to regain the belt he lost to Pacquiao by taking on two-division champ Humberto Soto (50-7-2, 32 Kos). Although friends, Diaz and Soto said they would put aside friendship for 12 rounds in a fight they promised would steal the show. Stay tuned for a full report and more photos.
Former world title challenger Demetrius “The Gladiator” Hopkins returns to the ring against former world champion Freddie “Lil Hagler” Norwood in the ten round main event at “Fight Night 2 at the Commerce Casino” on Thursday, March 25th in Los Angeles . . . . (more…)
WBO #1 rated lightweight Kevin Mitchell has promised an old fashioned East End tear up when he faces WBO interim world beltholder Michael Katsidis on May 15 in London. The fight could go on at the 35,000-seat Upton Park stadium, home of Mitchell’s beloved West Ham United football club. Promoter Frank Warren is currently in negotiation with the venue, with the ExCeL Arena also under consideration. “It would be a dream come true to fight at Upton Park,” said unbeaten Mitchell at a press conference to officially announce the fight today. “The east end loves a nice little punch up and I’ll give them one when I fight Katsidis. He’s a great fighter but I’m confident I’ll knock him out. He better bring a good cutman because I’m planning on busting him up real bad. It will be a proper tear up on the night, then we’ll have a good old knees up afterwards.” (more…)
On Friday, OPI 2000 the Italian promotional company led by Salvatore and Christian Cherchi will stage a terrific show in Bertinoro, in the Emilia Romagna region. In the main event, WBC world flyweight champion Simona Galassi will defend her title against Mexico’s Esmeralda Moreno. It will be the 4th defense for Galassi who won the WBC crown on March 29, 2008 outpointing Stefania Bianchini, then defended it against “The Hawaiian Mongoose” Eileen Olszewski, former champion Bianchini and French tough girl Aziza Oubaita. (more…)
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The final presser for Pacquiao vs. Clottey – The Event, at Cowboys Stadium this Saturday had everything and more, but that has come to be expected from this monumental promotion.
There was the #1 pound for pound fighter, Manny Pacquiao (50-3-2 38 KOs), his worthy opponent, Joshua Clottey (35-3, 20 KOs) with a similar storyline – whom, like Pacquiao, was raised in poverty . . . Click here for more
A press conference was held Wednesday at the Rothenseer Autohaus in Magdeburg for the April 17 “Universum Champions Night” world title twinbill at the famous Bördelandhalle. On hand were WBC interim middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik (28-0, 10 KOs), WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (37-2, 23 KOs) and Stieglitz’ unbeaten mandatory challenger Eduard “Eddy” Gutknecht (18-0, 7 KOs), along with their respective trainers. Zbik’s foe Domenico Spada (30-2, 15 KOs) was not present. Click here for quotes and more photos.
Unbeaten flyweight contender Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (25-0, 18 KOs) of Empalme, Sonora, Mexico, will take on Richie Mepranum (15-2-1, 3 KOs) from Sarangani, Philippines, in the main event this Friday night in the Texas Ballroom of the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas. In the co-main event former world champion Samuel Peter (33-3, 26 KOs) will take on Nagy Aguilar (15-2, 10 KOs) in an IBF heavyweight eliminator. Fox Sports Net and Fox Sports en Espanol will televise the card.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former heavyweight challenger Joe Bugner who battled the best heavyweights of the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s will turn sixty years of age on March 13 and to celebrate there will be a testimonial held at the Wentworth hotel in Sydney, NSW, Australia next Saturday with his former opponent Smokin Joe Frazier in attendance. Known in Australia as “Aussie Joe,” he holds a solid record of (69-13-1, 41 KOs). Bugner talks to Fightnews and tells of his fights with Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Henry Cooper, Ron Lyle, Ernie Shavers, Jimmy Ellis, James Tillis and James Bonecrusher Smith as well as his fierce sparring session with Jerry Quarry. (more…)
Light heavyweight contender Chris “Hard Hittin’” Henry has patiently waited an extra month to get a shot at former 2-time WBA light heavyweight champion Hugo Hernan “Pigu” Garay in their March 27th WBA Light Heavyweight eliminator . . . Click here for more
As the Ultimate Fighting Championship® heads back to the East Coast, the fans have responded once again, and welcomed the UFC® back with open arms. Tickets are officially sold out for UFC 111: ST-PIERRE vs. HARDY, which is presented by TapouT and is taking place Saturday, March 27th from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. (more…)
Surrounded by the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders, WBO welterweight champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and challenger Joshua Clottey pose during the final press conference Wednesday for their upcoming PPV clash on Saturday at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Looks like a showdown between WBA lightweight champion Paulus Moses of Namibia (25-0, 17 KOs) and WBA interim lightweight champion Miguel Acosta of Venezuela (26-3-2, 20 KOs) will be happening in May. No specific date has been singled out yet, but Caracas, Venezuela is the likely site for the bout.
WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco “Captain” Huck and challenger Adam Richards exchanged a few niceties today when they came face-to-face after the official press conference. Huck made fun of Richards’ nickname “Swamp Donkey”. He said: “He looks like a donkey and he behaves like a donkey – he is a donkey! There is no way a donkey will take the title away from me. He thinks he can just come here and beat me but he is terribly wrong. I will punish him on Saturday.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The World Boxing Association will make a decision by next week regarding the controversial fight between Gabriel Campillo and Beibut Shumenov. The WBA will review arguments submitted by representatives of both fighters after observing the video. In the fight, which took place on January 29th in Las Vegas, Shumenov was favored by judges Patricia Jarman (117-111) and Jerry Roth (115-113), while Campillo was seen as the winner by Levi Martínez (117-111).
Carlos “El Indio” Quintana registered 160.2 lbs in his WBC 30-day safety weigh-in, held today in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The weight was within the mandated 10% over the 147 pound limit. The ceremony was supervised by Attorney Herman Colberg, representing the WBC. Quintana will challenge WBC Welterweight Champion Andre Berto, this coming April 10th in Sunrise, Florida.
He might’ve been his most devastating conqueror, but Alfonso Gomez owes a lot to Miguel Cotto.
Two years ago, Gomez, in his sole world title fight, was systematically broken down by Cotto through five rounds. The loss ended a four-year win streak for the Guadalajara, Mexico native . . . Click here for more
If anybody is ready to take their turn under the spotlight, it is WBC super featherweight champion Humberto Soto (50-7-2, 32 KOs) of Los Mochis, Mexico.
Often considered one of the most underrated fighters in the sport, “Zorrita” or sly little fox, is on the brink of joining only a handful of Mexican warriors who have captured three world titles in different weight classes . . . Click here for more
Former world champion Ricky Hatton has reportedly been talking retirement during a weekend drinking binge in Tenerife. The British boxing icon has been planning a tentative comeback on June 26, however he’s been walking around at near 200lbs and even his father/manager Ray Hatton has expressed uncertainty about “The Hitman’s” future in the ring. An announcement is expected.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
With the knockout streak out of the way and a Canadian championship safely in hand, unbeaten David Lemieux (21-0, 20 KOs) defends his super-middleweight belt versus rugged Walid Smichet (20-6-3, 14 KOs) on April 3 in what will be the final Casino de Montreal show for quite some time. Lemieux was able to reel off twenty straight knockouts before being forced to go the distance in winning the Canadian crown versus Jason Naugler. But whether the Lemieux match-up ends early or goes the distance, it will definitely be lights out at the Casino following the fight, when the Cabaret room that has hosted boxing regularly for the past six years shuts off its lights for good as a scheduled three year reconstruction takes place. (more…)
Manny Pacquiao (50-3-2, 38 KOs) created “Manny Mania” at his media and public workout in front of a throng of adoring fans and media types today at the Gaylord Texan Hotel, the home base for The Event: Pacquiao vs. Clottey, Saturday March 13th at Cowboys Stadium . . . Click here for more
Popular heavyweight prospect Tony “TNT” Grano values avenging his lone pro loss more than money and fame, which is precisely why he desperately wanted a rematch against Mark “Oak Tree” Brown, headlining the March 12th “Brace For Impact” card, presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc. (CES), in Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. (more…)
Two of the most dynamic Ultimate Fighting Championship® light heavyweights clash on Sunday, March 21, when Muay Thai ace Brandon “The Truth” Vera takes on dangerous 22-year-old phenom Jon “Bones” at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colo for UFC® on VERSUS. The fight will air live on VERSUS at 9 p.m. ET marking the debut of the world’s largest mixed martial arts organization on VERSUS and the first time that a live UFC event will air on a national sports cable network. (more…)
The World Boxing Council put to the vote of the WBC Board of Governors, the written appeal submitted by Hector Garcia, representative to Omar Niño, for a final and definitive resolution. The World Boxing Council has unanimously voted to ratify the decision announced last Saturday February 27th, in Guadalajara, Jalisco, being the result of the bout a technical draw and ordering a direct and immediate rematch between Rodel Mayol and Omar Niño. (more…)
Former world champion Byron Mitchell (28-5-1, 21 KOs) will take on Otis Griffin (21-6-2, 8 KOs) May 7th. The bout take place on Long Island, New York on May 7th and will be for the USBA light heavyweight title.
Former World Boxing Council lightweight champion David Diaz broke camp in his hometown of Chicago today and headed to Dallas, Texas where he will take on WBC super featherweight champion Humberto Soto on Saturday, March 13th at Cowboys Stadium. Diaz boarded a plane late Tuesday afternoon at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport with his manager/trainer Jim Strickland and co-trainer Mike Garcia.
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