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By Przemek Garczarczyk
Prize Fight and Global Boxing return on January 28th with the latest installment of “Fights at the Fitz” from the Grand Ballroom at Fitzgerald’s Hotel & Casino in Tunica, Mississippi. In the headliner, undefeated rising prospect Kamil Laszczyk (6-0, 5 KOs) from North Bergen, NJ meets Texas champion Samuel Sanchez (7-2, 5 KOs) for the vacant Mid-South Featherweight Championship.
Laszczyk, who just couple of days ago celebrated his 21th birthday, rose to prominence in his homeland, Poland as he was a multiple Polish national champion. “I call Kamil a Little Tyson, because he has the same tenacity and mental strength as the legendary heavyweight,” said Laszczyk’s promoter and Global Boxing CEO, Mariusz Kolodziej. “He’s a great talent and even though his pro career is a short one, people who know about the boxing business are already recognizing his skills and lightning fast reflexes.” (more…)
Heavyweight Dereck Chisora says he will stop WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko in the eighth round of their world heavyweight title fight next month. Former British and Commonwealth Champion Chisora takes on Klitschko at the Olympiahalle on February 18th in Munich, Germany. Chisora opened up his Finchley gym to the media Wednesday and showed off the great shape he is in for the big showdown.
“I’m in tip-top shape, the best I’ve been in for my entire career and I’m going to smash Mr. Vitali Klitschko to bits,” said Chisora. “People are saying that Klitschko is the hardest fight of my career, but this is going to be the hardest fight of his career. I’m going to war with him, he won’t get to use that big height and reach against me with the way I’m going to fight him and I’ve got the eighth round in my head that I’m going to stop him in. Everyone that has fought the Klitschko brothers have been scared, this is one cat that isn’t scared of him or anyone and I’ll thrown him off of that throne he’s been sitting on for the last few years.” (more…)
Unbeaten super flyweight McJoe Arroyo and lightweight Luis Joel Gonzalez will headline the first show of the successfull series “A Puño Limpio” in 2012 on February 3 at the Coliseo Luis Aymat Cardona in San Sebastian, Puerto Rico, in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) presentation, in association with Top Rank, to be televised on WAPA America. Headlining the show, undefeated and former Olympian Arroyo (9-0, 5 KOs) will face Mexico’s German Cruz (16-6-1, 13 KOs) in an 8 round and super flyweight division bout. While, Gonzalez (9-0-1, 5 KOs) will fight in the lightweights against Pedro Salcedo (3-5, 2 KOs) in an 8 round fight.
Welterweights “Vicious” Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto held an international media conference call Wednesday to discuss their “Repeat or Revenge” rematch on February 11 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Andre Berto: “At the end of the day you’re looking at two young guys who love to fight and who are looking to put on a show.I’m not sure (if the fight will end in KO or decision). February 11 is right around the corner, you’ll see.”
Victor Ortiz: “Let’s remember, I was a 140 pounder the first fight and now I’m a natural 147. Somebody’s in trouble.I’m pretty sure I can and will knock him down and keep him down.”
Saturday’s debut of Team Snooki Boxing at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City will feature the Hyland Brothers, comprised of featherweight Patrick “Pajo” Hyland (24-0, 11 KOs), super featherweight Eddie Hyland (16-1, 6 KOs) and super bantamweight Paul Hyland (20-2, 6 KOs).
Patrick will put his undefeated record on the line against Manny Lucaro (26-8 (14 KOs), Paul will face an opponent to be named and Eddie will be up against Franklin Gonzalez (14-0, 10 KOs). While in the United States, they are trained by two- time World Champion, Tracy Patterson and their father, Paddy who has trained them since birth. The event, to be titled “The Irish Invasion,” will mark the first time that three brothers, who are all Irish champions have fought on the same card in America. (more…)
The next installment of Hitz Boxing’s “Fight Night at the Horseshoe” series will be held on February 18 at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, featuring heavyweight contender “Merciless” Mike Mollo (20-3-1, 12 KOs) of Oak Lawn, Illinois; NABA-US Champion Yakubu “Black Mamba” Amidu (20-2-1, 18 KOs) of Los Angeles via Ghana; Vladikavkaz, Russia’s undefeated welterweight prospect Alanbek Kozaev (19-0, 6 KOs); the unveiling of newly signed Cleveland-based junior welterweight prospect Prenice “Greatness” Brewer (16-1-1, 6 KOs); along with a host of local favorites. The opponents are yet to be determined.
“I’ve been doing shows here for quite some time,” said promoter Bobby Hitz, “and I am honored to continue providing the boxing to this beautiful casino. To maintain quality standards at our shows, what we’re going to do from now on is feature only fighters who want to fight. We’re not going to focus on getting wins for local kids like some other promotions do. In fact, I don’t care if you’re from the same gym as another guy. If you fight at the Horseshoe, you have to be willing to be in tough, maybe even against another local kid. Let’s call it a tournament of sorts to see who the best fighters in the area really are by fighting one another.”
Showtime will offer secondary audio programming (SAP) in Spanish for the upcoming Victor Ortiz-Andre Berto rematch on February 11. Alejando Luna will call the play-by-play action and Raul Marquez will serve as color commentator.
Former world title challenger Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry (28-6-2, 16 KOs) has signed an exclusive management deal with Warehouse Boxing. Cherry will be training in Chicago at Warehouse Boxing Club, Highland Park, IL for his February 24th bout at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. Cherry will continue to campaign in the 130 lb division.
Welterweight prospect Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin (5-0, 3 KOs) has been signed to a promotional contract by Star Boxing. He will fight on the company’s show Saturday night at the Paramount Theater in Huntington, Long Island.
Not much boxing on the tube in the USA this week, thanks to the postponement of the big HBO twin bill featuring Erik Morales and James Kirkland. The only live action is ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights telecast featuring junior welterweight Ruslan Provodnikov (20-1, 13 KOs) and former lightweight title challenger Ji-Hoon “Volcano” Kim (22-7,18 KOs) in separate bouts.
On Saturday night, Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo” has scheduled a studio show replaying a 2008 welterweight bout between Jesus Soto-Karass and David Estrada along with a 2007 super bantamweight bout between Antonio Escalante and Mauricio Pastrana. Special broadcast time of 12:00 Midnight ET.
Fitness guru and reality television star Marcelo Crudele has been named new camp coordinator for WBC Diamond Middleweight Champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez. Caracas, Venezuela-born Crudele, 40, is a cast member of the Univision reality show “Dale con Ganas”, a licensed USA Boxing coach and Founder and Executive Trainer of Train Me Right Boxing & Fitness in Venice, California.
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By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
Thailand light welterweight Patomsuk Pathompothong (15-1-1, 9 KOs) will be in action on February 15 in Bangkok, when he will clash with Indonesian champion Wellem Reyke (13-4-3, 4 KOs) over twelve rounds with the IBF Pan Pacific title up for grabs. Reyke, who is from Depot, Indonesia and captured the national title in 2010 and has had five successful defenses. Pathompothong, was born in Kalasin in Thailand and launched his professional career in 2009. He scored a major upset in 2011 when he travelled to Australia and clearly defeated highly rated 154 pounder, Heath Ellis over ten rounds to capture the WBC Asian Boxing Council light middleweight title. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo: Tim Barry
Australian super middleweight Zac Awad (17-1-1, 6 KOs) will clash with former national title holder Les “Diamond” Piper (13-9-3, 3 KOs) over twelve rounds, on February 24, with the IBF Pan Pacific title up for grabs at the Orion Function Centre, Campsie, NSW, Australia. Awad is coming off the biggest win of his career when he defeated the highly regarded Junior Talipeau in July 2011 but is after a showdown with IBF rated 168 pounder Les Sherrington. (more…)
Recent Sergio Martinez challenger Darren Barker’s team has turned down an alleged “big offer” for him to meet British and Commonwealth middleweight champion Martin Murray. Hatton Promotions, who want to stage the double title showdown in the spring were shocked when Barker’s promoter Eddie Hearn turned down the high purse. Promoter Ricky Hatton said, “I am not privy to what Darren earned when he fought Sergio Martinez last year, but I think our offer may have topped it or at worse been very close. Put it this way, it was a huge amount for somebody challenging for British and Commonwealth championship crowns.
“Eddie Hearn initially made an offer for Matchroom Boxing to stage the fight, which we bettered by a considerable amount. Eddie responded and only matched what we put on the table which was strange and added it was his final offer, but we again countered and bettered it by a fair amount. Eddie got back to my Director of Boxing, Richard Poxon on Tuesday night refusing and said he ‘thinks’ that he has got Darren a world title fight in May. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican challenger Marco Antonio Rubio is ready for his world title fight on February 4 against WBC middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. “I’m in a strong phase of completion of training. This week, I ran 10 kilometers in the Bosque Venustiano Carranza, in the evenings I’m at the Gym doing exercises for flexibility and speed,” said Rubio. “This week I’m sparring with Joshua Atilano and this Saturday will be the last day of training at Torreon.” Word is Rubio and his team will leave on Sunday to travel to San Antonio, Texas for medical examinations. A public training session is planned for Tuesday at the Jesse James Leija Gym. The press conference and weigh-in will take place at the Alamodome.
Report and photo by Joe Koizumi
WBC#3 Yota Sato (23-2-1 12 KOs), former Japanese super-fly champ having defended his belt five times, will have an ambitious shot at the WBC 115-pound throne against Thailand’s Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (20-4-1 7 KOs) at the Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan, on March 27. Suriyan is a 22-year-old upcoming fighter who dethroned Mexican Tomas Rojas by an upset verdict and kept it against ex-titlist Nobuo Nashiro—both in his home turf. Though standing only 5’3”, the tiny Thailander displayed tremendous agility and footwork to outspeed the more experienced Rojas and Nashiro to his credit. Sato, a lanky speedster four inches taller than the champ, has been unbeaten for six years despite experiencing some tough battles. (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Manny Pacquiao told Fightnews and Manila Bulletin on Wednesday that he has turned down Floyd Mayweather’s newest proposal, an offer that the Filipino ring hero found to be ridiculous. Pacquiao said Mayweather continues to insist on getting the lion’s share of the revenue but he immediately expressed his disapproval, putting negotiations in danger of collapsing completely. Mayweather had called on Pacquiao last week and urged him to fight him. Pacquiao said it is just right that they equally share the revenue, something that did not augur well with Mayweather. Reports have it that Mayweather is now willing to make it 60-40. Still, Pacquiao is not impressed and might very well explore other possibilities, including a rematch with Miguel Cotto on June 9. “I still believe that I am being reasonable in asking for 50/50,” said Pacquiao.
The following is one of the weekly “Hook to the Body” columns by WBC President Dr. José Sulaimán that are published in El Universal every Sunday. From January 22, translated from Spanish:
HOOK TO THE BODY
By José Sulaimán
I feel the need today of talking briefly about me. Every human being, as modest or powerful as he might be, has his natural reactions of happiness or sadness, of tranquility or depression. The problems of a dignitary are felt the same as those of lower levels of life. I have felt them all in boxing, feeling just the same nervousness of a six-round boxer or a champion when going into the ring. Raton Macías used to tell me of the feeling in his stomach when walking into the ring until the time that the bell rang, in fear of not responding to the fans. (more…)
East Rutherford, New Jersey could well be home to Fight of the Year this May 5 on FOX, as two of the best lightweights in the world collide to move closer to a title shot. New Jersey’s own Jim Miller, coming off of a Submission of the Night win over Melvin Guillard, will take on Nate Diaz, who is coming off a Fight of the Night-winning victory over Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
Andre Berto (28-1, 22KOs) is only two weeks from the rematch against “Vicious” Victor Ortiz (29-3-2, 22KOs). Berto continued his preparation Tuesday at the Ten Goose Boxing Gym in Van Nuys, California. As he will get the shot to redeem himself, after suffering the first defeat of his career against Ortiz in one of the best fights of 2011. Now Andre Berto, is ready for to redeem himself against Victor Ortiz come February 11 in a Welterweight showdown scheduled for 12 rounds at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
“Training camp has been pretty good for this fight the most important thing is to make sure my health is good,” Berto told Fightnews.com
Berto began preparing for the rematch in Winter Haven, Florida and relocated training camp to Southern California where he has been training at the Ten Goose Boxing Gym. (more…)
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
The announcement that WBA super welterweight king Miguel Cotto and WBC welterweight monarch Floyd Mayweather Jr. will meet on May 5 could occur in the next few days. Cotto, now a free agent, had several meetings with long time promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank, but no agreement was reached. The Sport Press learned that Golden Boy Promotions, who does business with Mayweather Jr., made a juicy offer to Cotto immediately after efforts failed to make a bout between the ‘Pretty Boy’ and Manny Pacquiao. In fact, José Sulaimán, president of the WBC, announced in Mexico that Mayweather Jr and Pacquiao will fight in November in Qatar, United Arab Emirates, therefore the date of May 5 is free for Mayweather Jr to face Cotto.
By David Finger
World ranked heavyweight contender Chauncey Welliver (51-5-5, 19 KOs) looks to continue his climb up the world rankings next Saturday in his adoptive home of Auckland, New Zealand when he defends his WBO Asia Pacific heavyweight championship and his WBC Asia Council heavyweight title against tough African brawler Moyoyo Mensah (21-8-1, 9 KOs) at The Corporate Box in Auckland on January 28th.
Welliver, who is ranked at #6 by the WBC and #11 by the WBO hopes to land the coveted shot against one of the reigning champion Klitschko brothers in 2012, and recognizes that anything less than a dominant performance at this point could jeopardize that potential fight. (more…)
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Currently recognized pound for pound among the best in the world and thee true middleweight champion Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martinez (48-2-2, 27 KOs) of Oxnard, California by way of Argentina, began preparations last week under the guidance of former junior welterweight champion Pablo Sarmiento at Sarmiento’s Boxing Gym in Oxnard, California for his next bout. Martinez will step back into the ring on St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday March 17th, against top-rated middleweight contender Matthew ‘Mack the Knife’ Macklin (28-3, 19 KOs) of Birmingham, England at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. The fight card dubbed ‘The Real Middleweight Championship’ will be broadcast live on HBO’s ‘World Championship Boxing’ and is being presented by Lou DiBella’s, DiBella Entertainment. For more details and photos click here…
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