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By Steve Farhood
Jake LaMotta famously said of Sugar Ray Robinson, “I fought him so often, I almost got diabetes.”
Over the years, LaMotta has used that line again and again, and that’s okay because he fought Sugar Ray again and again—six times in all from 1942 through “The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” in 1951.
On May 22, Israel Vazquez and Rafael Marquez will clash for a fourth time in a rivalry that ranks with the best in boxing history. From March 2007 through March 2008, Vazquez and Marquez battled three times for the WBC super bantamweight title. Marquez won the first by stoppage; Vazquez won the rematch by stoppage; and with the rubber match in the balance going into the final round, Vazquez mounted an inspired 12th-round rally to win by split decision (one point on the deciding card).
The second and third bouts were selected as Fight of the Year. (more…)
Unbeaten Cuban Heavyweight prospect Mike Perez (8-0, 6 KOs) is set create history by having two fights in one night at the University Arena in Limerick, Ireland. The Mike Tyson lookalike will open the show against Edgar Kalnars (21-22, 12 KOs) and should everything go smoothly in that fight he will be back in the ring for a second time in a matter of hours to take on Tomas Mrazek (4-27-5, 3 KOs). The 9 bout card is headlined by middleweight contender Andy Lee’s clash with former European Champ Mamadou Thiam.
Andy Lee 162.25 vs Mamadou Thiam 160.5
Mike Perez 227.25 vs Edgar Kalnars 214.25
Mike Perez 227.25 vs Tomas Mrazek 223.5
Jamie Power 175 vs John Waldron 173.5
Luis Garcia 172.5 vs Alexander Sipos 172.25
Andy Murray 137.5 vs Amir Unsworth 137.5
Paddy McDonagh 168.5 vs Ciaran Healy 167.25
Michael Sweeney 179.5 vs Tommy Tolan 178.5
Alan Donnellan 156.25 vs Ryan Clark 155.5
Cecilia Braekhus 146.6 vs Victoria Cisneros 142.8
(WBA/WBO/WBC female welterweight titles)
Rudy Markussen 171.9 vs Christophe Karagoz 170.4
Venue: Herning Kongrescenter, Herning, Denmark
Promoter: Sauerland Events
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Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) and NCM Fathom are teaming up again to bring the raw excitement of UFC events to local movie theaters with UFC 115: Liddell vs. Franklin, broadcast LIVE in high definition on Saturday, June 12 at 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT. Former light-heavyweight champion and UFC legend Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell will take on former middleweight champion Rich “Ace” Franklin in the main event broadcast live from General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to 337 select movie theaters nationwide. (more…)
By Graham Houston
Showtime’s ShoBox series usually focuses on young, up-and-coming fighters, but this Friday’s main event features a seasoned champion in Sergiy Dzinziruk, a German-based Ukrainian who makes his U.S. debut. Dzinziruk, an unbeaten southpaw, will be defending his WBO junior middleweight belt against Daniel Dawson, an Australian fighter who has lost just once in 35 bouts. Essentially this is a showcase for Dzinziruk, who is jointly promoted by Gary Shaw and Art Pelullo. This is Dzinziruk’s first bout in 18 months after being in a contract wrangle with Germany’s powerful Universum outfit.
By Ron Jackson
South African junior featherweight champion Macbute Sinyabi (13-1, 13 KOs) makes the fourth defence of his title when he meets number one challenger Themba Lesiba at the Nasrec Indoor Arena near Johannesburg tonight. (more…)
The body of former world champion Edwin Valero was exhumed Thursday morning from his final resting place in El Vigia, Venezuela as authorities took samples which can determine whether Valero’s death was by his own hand or some other means. Results will take 8-12 days. The family requested the exhumation because they have doubts that Valero committed suicide.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Fightnews caught up with Hermann Ngoudjo’s (18-3-0, 10KO), trainer Marc Ramsay by telephone, shortly after his fighter stepped off the scale at an even 140, same as opponent, former world champion Julio Diaz (36-6-0, 26KO). The pair will face off tonight in Primm Nevada in a fight that will air on ESPN Friday Night Fights and be broadcast live in Canada. “We had a very good training camp and I’m expecting a very good performance,” said Ramsay who is now in his second fight as chief second to the two-time world title challenger. “Physically he was a monster in training camp. I’m not only expecting a win, I’m expecting a great win and good performance for everybody watching to show that he is back and prove that he belongs at the top of the division.”
Julio Diaz 140 vs Herman Ngoudjo 140
Dominic Salcido 129 vs Guillermo Sanchez 128
Venue: Buffalo Bill’s in Primm, NV
Promoter: Guilty Boxing
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“I’m a fighter, I’m a world champion. I want to impress the American fans, but I also want to win,” said WBO junior middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk (35-0, 23 KOs) on Thursday. Dzinziruk, his challenger Daniel Dawson (34-1, 24 KOs), unbeaten prospect Vernon Paris (20-0, 13 KOs) and rugged Juan Santiago (12-3-1, 7 KOs) gave their last comments in advance of their ShoBox fights Friday night on SHOWTIME live at 11PM ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). (more…)
Adrien Broner 132 vs. Rafael Lora 129.5
Mike Perez 134.5 vs. Francisco Reyes 135.5
Ahmed Samir 196 vs. John Douglas 197
Shqiprim Muriqi 163.25 vs. Rondu Campbell 165
Maureen Shea 130 vs. Norma Faris 129.5
Raul Lopez 119.5 vs. Daniel Aquino 120
Venue: The Paradise Theater, Bronx, NY
Promoter: Golden Boy/Star Boxing
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
WBO junior middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk (35-0, 23 KOs), arguably the world’s top 154-pounder although largely unknown in the US, and challenger Daniel Dawson (34-1, 24 KOs) from Australia, both made weight for their world champion collision Friday night on ShoBox: The New Generation at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) live on SHOWTIME. Dzinziruk scales in at 153, while Dawson weighed 154 for their 12-round collision at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif. Welterweights Vernon Paris and Juan Santiago both weighed 146.5. More photos…
Jesus Ruiz 120 vs. Cuauhtemoc Vargas 122
Johnny Navarrete 148 vs. Jose Ramirez 148
Josue Veraza 126 vs. Gonzalo Ramirez 129
Sergio Gutierrez 136 vs. Ivan Rosales 136
Oscar Conde 124 vs. Jose Luis Moreno 127
Rafael Reyes 120 vs. Martin Medina 118
Venue: Auditorio Plaza Condesa, Mexico DF
Promoter: All Star Boxing, Inc., “The New Generation” & Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr., in association with Producciones Deportivas, RB Producciones and Rafael Mendoza
Ireland’s John Duddy, who has been training for weeks at Gleasons Gym in Brooklyn, will soon be off for high-altitude training at the Pocono Mountains in northeastern Pennsylvania. Craig Hamilton, manager of Duddy, made the announcement today. Duddy and his team will be at the Fernwood Resort in Bushkill, Pa. and train in a hotel facility. Duddy, a middleweight, is wiring in for a showdown against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr on Top Rank’s Latin Fury 15 Pay Per View on June 26 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
The IBF bantamweight world title bout between undefeated Yonnhy Perez and Abner Mares provides the perfect complement to what is already a must-see night of boxing Saturday, May 22, at STAPLES Center, live on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). The boxing media seems to be in agreement regarding the co-feature of the Vazquez-Marquez IV: “Once and Four All”: Perez-Mares has the potential to be the fight of the night. “This is an even fight between two solid boxer/punchers that could steal the show prior to the Marquez-Vazquez fight,” Fightnews.com Feature Writer Francisco Salazar told SHOWTIME. (more…)
Starting today, Thursday, May 13th, Peter “The Pride of Providence” Manfredo Jr. and Matt “The Sharp Shooter” Remillard headline an exciting week of public workouts at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT prior to their title fights on Saturday, May 22nd.
The public workouts also feature four undercard fighters including hard- hitting female welterweight Adelita Irizarry, lightweight prospect Joseph “Chip” Perez, and pro debuting light heavyweights Ron Scott and Reinaldo Graceski and will be held in the Shops Concourse at Mohegan Sun using the following schedule: (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
On Saturday night, longtime WBO flyweight world champion Omar Narvaez (31-0-2, 19 KOs) from Argentina will seek to capture the vacant WBO super flyweight crown against #1 rated Everth Briceno (32-5-1, 26 KOs) of Nicaragua at the famous Luna Park Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (more…)
America, meet European superstar Sergiy Dzinziruk, who will make his United States professional debut and the fifth defense of his World Boxing Organization (WBO) Junior Middleweight title against once-beaten challenger Daniel Dawson on Friday, May 14, on ShoBox: The New Generation at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) live on SHOWTIME®. (more…)
By Matt Richardson
Paulie Malignaggi is the first to admit he didn’t think he would be getting another title shot. Not after fighting so poorly in defense of his old junior welterweight belt against Lovemore N’Dou in 2008. Not after losing it when he was dominated and stopped by Ricky Hatton later that year. And certainly not after controversially losing a close encounter with former titleholder Juan Diaz last summer. But yet there he was on Wednesday morning at Madison Square Garden, spouting off at the podium for his final press conference prior to his second title shot this weekend against WBA belt holder Amir Khan. The fight will be televised live from the theater at the Garden on HBO on Saturday night. For more details and photos click here…
By Francisco Salazar
Back by popular demand (and time away from my smart, yet crazy students), another edition of Southern California Fight Scene is here. Lots of action over the next five weeks in Southern California, boxers from the area fighting abroad, and other news and commentary to boot. (more…)
Unbeaten former two-division world champion Zsolt Erdei (31-0, 17 KOs) reportedly announced his retirement – then hours later stated he was misquoted and is open to continuing his career if he receives an appropriate offer. After competing in the 2000 Olympics, Erdei won the WBO light heavyweight belt in 2004 and defended 11 times. He last fought in November, winning the WBC cruiserweight belt, which he later vacated. Erdei’s contract with Universum Box-Promotion expires at the end of June. He will turn 36 years of age later this month. Hat tip to Hungarian monokli.com.
Boxing promoter Don King—a man known for his affinity to the heavyweight division—has signed New York State Champion Darrel “King David” Madison (15-1, 4 KOs) to a promotional agreement with Don King Productions. Madison, born on New York’s Long Island and still fighting out of Central Islip, is currently riding a 14-fight winning streak with wins over Zuri Lawrence and Nagy Aguilera. The slick boxer’s next step will be heading to King’s training camp in Orwell, Ohio, with trainer Carlos Cartagena to spar and train with other DKP fighters. Madison is anxious and excited to get back into the ring as soon as possible. Madison is managed by Dave Bowers.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBC/WBA super flyweight champion Vic “The Raging Bull” Darchinyan (34-2-2, 27 KOs) will clash with durable Filipino Eric “The Maverick” Barcelona (51-17-4, 19 KOs) over twelve rounds for the vacant IBO bantamweight title at the Parramatta Leagues Club, Sydney, NSW, Australia on May 20. Barcelona dropped a ten round decision in his most recent ring appearance when Kohei Oba outscored him in Japan in March. Darchinyan is confident of beating Barcelona. “I have never seen him fight but I heard he has never been stopped in 70 fights,” Darchinyan said. “I’m sure it will be a good fight. My training has been good and I am in good shape for this fight.” (more…)
By Bob Caico
Nick Garone and X-Cel Worldwide announced the signing of undefeated middleweight and former Canadian Olympian Donald “Donnie Boy” Orr (15-0, 6 KOs) to a promotional agreement. The Irish Canadian had one of the most remarkable amateur careers of any fighter ever to come out of British Columbia, Canada, finishing with a record 137-11. To qualify for the Olympics, he defeated Mariano Carrera of Argentina (who would go on to fight for the WBA world title as a pro) then slick Dominican Republic fighter Jerson Ravelo. (more…)
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Photos: Pavel Terekhov
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (39-2, 37 KOs) continues preparations for his title defense against European heavyweight champion Albert Sosnowski (45-2-1, 27 KOs) on May 29th in Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany. (more…)
BOB ARUM: I am back from one of the most exciting trips of my life and one of the most fulfilling trips. I am thinking now whether to pack it in as a boxing promoter and be a political consultant…but only in the Philippines and around the world. I don’t think there is anything more exciting and more interesting than politics and I really have to compliment Manny. People don’t realize that this victory over the candidate that he beat was a tremendous upset that very few people expected him to pull off. His opponent’s family holds all of the major businesses in this province. All the mayors and the congressman in the province are either related to this family belong to the family or are associates of the family. Manny Pacquiao was running against the elder son of the family and they hadn’t been defeated and won overwhelmingly in every election for 25 years. Manny Pacquiao is a fighter and with his grit and determination was not only able to win but to win by a landslide. (more…)
Five-time world champion and current International Boxing Federation junior middleweight champion Cory “The Next Generation” Spinks (37-5, 11 KOs) made some bold statements at Wednesday’s press conference at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis announcing his title defense on June 12 against IBF No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger Cornelius “K9″ Bundrage (29-4, 17 KOs). “My title is not leaving St. Louis,” Spinks declared. “I guarantee I will be undefeated for the rest of my career. When I get done with Bundrage, I’ll fight anyone: Floyd Mayweather, Manny Paquiao, Miguel Cotto, Paul Williams, Shane Mosley—you name it, I’m ready.” (more…)
It will be a war any way you slice it. Humberto “Zorrita” Soto will defend his WBC lightweight championship this Saturday against Ricardo “Pelon” Dominguez in the “Estadio Centenario” of Los Mochis, in the card “Puro Sinaloa, ¿Quién es el más Macho?” that will be the main event of “Top Rank Live” that will telecast in the United States by Fox Sports Net and Fox Sports en Espanol. Three-time world champion Soto (51-7-2, 32 KO’s) of Los Mochis, Sinaloa and Dominguez (31-5-2, 19 KO’s) of Culiacan, Sinaloa are both confident of getting the victory. (more…)
Boxing superstar Miguel Cotto radiates confidence during today’s training session in Tampa with his Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward. “It’s been an incredible camp,” said Cotto. “I feel really good and ready for June 5, I don’t have any doubt that I will win my fourth world title at the Yankee Stadium.”
By Robert Hough
Andre Ward (20-0, 13 KOs) and Allan Green (29-1, 20 KOs) said at a press conference Wednesday that they both support Olympic-style drug testing before their June 19 fight for Ward’s WBA title. The super-middleweights meet in Oakland, Calif., to conclude the Super Six World Boxing Classic’s second round. Dan Goossen, Ward’s promoter, supports the proposal and said he would discuss it with Lou DiBella, who promotes Green. Green, who appeared at the Oakland press conference via a video stream from Miami, Fla., said it would have hurt his training in nearby Fort Lauderdale to travel across the country and back for the event. Green, who replaces Jermain Taylor in Showtime’s tournament, has been boisterous in the pre-fight build-up, but the Tulsa, Okla., native and resident was low-key and quick to compliment Ward.
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