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By Jeff Pamungkas
Daud Cino Yordan is training in Jakarta, Indonesia. He will stay in this city until his departure to the US on April 5th. Yordan said he’s ready for his clash against Celestino Caballero for the interim featherweight WBA title on April 10th. He also said to this writer confidently, “What I need is a chance, and I will crush him!” Yordan will be accompanied by his brother/trainer Damianus Yordan and manager Pino Bahari. They will enter USA through Atlanta and continue the journey to Florida, where the fight will take place.
A hand injury sustained by Alejandro Perez has forced a change in opponent for featherweight standout Carlos Velasquez who will now face Ira Terry in the co-featured attraction on Friday’s edition of ShoBox: The New Generation, live on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. In the main event of the evening, undefeated rising star Erislandy Lara puts his perfect record on the line against the always-dangerous Danny “Dynamite” Perez in the 10-round main event. Rounding out the off-TV portion of the show will be a trio of Golden Boy Promotions’ prospects, with Hector Sanchez, Deontay Wilder and Mike Perez looking to keep their unbeaten records intact.
Long time boxing manager and familiar face on the boxing circuit, Fred Kesch, revealed today, that 4 weeks ago he had brain surgery, to correct several problems he had been experiencing for the past few years. His team of high class surgeons at the Montifore Hospital, in the Bronx, NY, said the procedure went very well and Kesch is expected to make a full recovery. Kesch is best known for managing Oleg Maskaev into a series of high profile fights and a world championship.
While John Ruiz has taken a low key approach to Saturday’s world title fight against WBA champion David Haye, Haye has quite vocally promised to destroy Ruiz. “I wouldn’t bring my family either, if I knew I was going to get decapitated!” Haye told Sky Sports News. “He’s gonna get knocked out and maybe subconsciously he knows that. That’s why he told his family to stay at home…I’m bred to do this, I’m a fighter through and through. I know what it’s like to be in hard fights, I know what it’s like to dig dip and I’m expecting to have to dig deep. I’m mentally prepared for a tough, gruelling fight – but a fight he will end up unconscious in.”
Former world titlist John Ruiz spoke to reporters today at a media workout in advance of his WBA heavyweight title challenge against reigning world champion David Haye on Saturday in Manchester, England. (more…)
Photo: Roy Jones, Jr. (right) poses with an Easter bunny given to him by rival Bernard Hopkins at today’s final presser, held at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Hopkins presented the gift to Jones, calling him a rabbit for avoiding a rematch for 17 years. The two will clash Saturday at Mandalay Bay. Stay tuned for a full report and more photos.
Middleweight Derrick “Superman” Findley (15-3, 9 KOs) will return on May 7 to take on Miguel “Macho” Hernandez (20-10, 10 KOs), formerly a participant on “The Contender” at the Historic Hammond Civic Center in Hammond, Indiana. In May 2008, Findley won a bloody unanimous decision over Hernandez. “I’ll give Miguel a chance to get redemption on May 7th,” said Findley, “but I’m ready to move to the next level, so he’s my last step before I move up to fight the best in the world. Findley is coming off a career best win over “One In A Million Boxing” stablemate Michael “Midnight Stalker” Walker in February. Hernandez is hoping to reverse a five fight losing streak. Tickets, priced at $30, $50 and $100 go on sale Friday. Call 866-438-7372.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
WBO #3 David “Tuaman” Tua (50-3-1, 43 KOs) moved closer to a world title shot when he scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Nigerian Friday “The 13th” Ahunanya (24-5-3, 13 KOs) on Wednesday to retain the WBO Asia Pacific title at the Trusts Stadium in Auckland. Scores: Brad Vocale 120-108, Mick Heafey 119-109, Bob Gibson 117-111. Tua controlled all the rounds as he boxed aggressively connecting consistently with power shots to the head and body of Ahunanya who never looked hurt during the contest
After the fight Tua said, “I give Friday my full respect. He was better than what I expected. Tonight I am going to Burger King for a hamburger.” For more details and photos click here…
Last Saturday “The Black Panther“ Juan Carlos Gomez destroyed Ukrainian veteran Alex Mazikin with four knockdowns in three rounds. Not even two weeks later – on April 9th – the former WBC cruiserweight champion returns to the ring in Schwerin, Germany. Gomez wants to fight his way back to another title shot in the heavyweight division after losing to Vitali Klitschko last year. “I still have the goal to become the first Cuban world heavyweight champion in the history”, states Gomez. “Lots of people said that I was finished after losing to Vitali but I feel that there’s still a lot left in me. The Black Panther is back – It’s Showtime!” Besides Gomez, the fans in Schwerin will get to see “Sandman” Konstantin Airich facing off against Russian veteran Alexey Varakin. There will be 10 fights in total. Eurosport will broadcast the show live.
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
As a new edition of Spike TV’s hit reality show, The Ultimate Fighter gets under way, all eyes will be on this season’s legendary coaches who happen to not be too fond of each other. Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell and “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz will stand at opposite ends for the eleventh installment of the series that launched the careers of some of the UFC’s biggest stars. And true to what has become a TUF tradition in recent seasons, the two are scheduled to square off this summer . . . click here for more
On Friday April 2nd, Delvin Rodriguez (24-4-2, 14KO) looks to put himself back into the welterweight title picture when he takes on former world title challenger, “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (22-4-2, 10KO) on ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, CT.
Rodriguez recently took time out of his busy training schedule to talk about his upcoming fight, how he is looking to get past a bitter 2009, and where he sees himself at the end of this year. (more…)
Kenny Florian Battles Takanori Gomi Tonight On Spike: Plus, The Ultimate Fighter season 10 winner Roy Nelson faces off against Stefan Struve – UFC Fight Night Live® starting at 8pm ET/PT only on SPIKE
The Ultimate Fighter Premieres Tonight: Coaches Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz lead a new group of UFC® hopefuls – immmediately following UFC Fight Night® on SPIKE
The Rio Casino will host a public press conference for Hometown Heroes on Wednesday, March 31st at the Show in the Sky Stage at 5:00 pm. Hometown Heroes, presented at the Rio Casino on Friday, April 2nd features boxing’s finest young prospects including Sharif “The Lion Warrior” Bogere, Bradley Blankenship, Terence Crawford, Lonnie Smith, Eddie Salas, Michael Finney, Fidel Maldonado Jr. and Robert Rodriguez. The public is invited to attend and obtain photos and autographs from the fighters. (more…)
On Friday April 2nd, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” returns to the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, CT with a loaded five bout card headlined by Danbury’s own, Delvin Rodriguez (24-4-2, 14KO) defending his USBA welterweight championship against the Pride of Greece, “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (22-4-2, 10KO). (more…)
Longtime heavyweight contender David Tua (51-3-1, 43 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision against Friday Ahunanya (24-6-1, 13 KOs) on Wednesday night at Trusts Stadium in Auckland New Zealand. Scores were 119-109, 117-109 and 120-108. Tua was in command throughout. There were no knockdowns.
In the co-feature, Israel “King Kong” Garcia (20-3, 11 KOs) won by third round DQ over Brett Smith (13-7-2). The fight was waved off due to repeated fouls by Smith.
By Ron Jackson
Rupert van Aswegen from Boksburg won the vacant SA light heavyweight title on a split decision over Balimo Weliya of Mdantsane at the Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Tuesday night. Judges Tony Nyangiwe and David van Nieuwenhuizen scored the fight 117-113 and 116-113 for Van Aswegen whilst judge Boitumelo Madiba handed in a rather ridiculous card of 115-113 for Weliya. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
The aftermath of the WBC flyweight title bout of Pongsaklek Wonjongkam defeating Koki Kameda last Saturday has become more and more scandalous day after day here in Japan. Kameda’s father Shiro, under the JBC’s indefinite suspension, shouted at the WBC supervisor Edward Thangarajah, a highly respected executive member of the Council, accusing him of his supervision on the said title bout. Tokyo Sports front-paged this scandal that happened in the dressing room after Kameda’s well-received and obvious loss admitted by the whole crowd. Edward was quoted as saying, “I have never received such a disgusted humiliation by any boxing person in my forty-five-year boxing life of covering more than one thousand bouts. His barbarous behavior was a serious slander to the WBC. He disgracefully shouted and almost punched the JBC representative. He must understand that boxing is a sport of gentlemen. I’ll report all what really occurred that night in detail to our president Dr. Jose Sulaiman.” (more…)
WBA heavyweight champion David ‘The Hayemaker’ Haye has recently discovered that the pen is every bit as mighty as the sword – or glove. Haye has put his name and distinctive touch to HAYEMAKER MAGAZINE, a commemorative, 192-page, glossy sports magazine, to be released on Saturday. Fight fans can get their hands on the exclusive magazine at the Manchester Evening News (M.E.N) Arena, moments before Haye steps into the ring to defend his belt against mandatory challenger John Ruiz. “I always need some kind of project to work on before a fight,” says Haye. “Anybody that knows me will tell you that I’m always looking for direction and something to take my mind off the fight ahead. If you stay wrapped up in the fight too much, you’ll only drive yourself crazy. I needed something like this to keep my mind working in a productive way during training camp. Thankfully, it’s all finished now and I hope my fans enjoy the final product as much as I do. It was really fun interviewing, writing and spreading all the features out. Now my full attention is on spreading John Ruiz out across the ring canvas on April 3rd.”
After a year an a half retirement, Martin “Gallito” Castillo (35-3, 18 KOs) decided he couldn’t just step away. The itch was still there. He asked his manager Frank Espinoza to get him a couple fights. Now after getting two wins under his belt in 2009, the 33-year-old Castillo is ready to step up the pace and the quality of his competition. “I want to fight a couple more fights and then I want to start coming after any of the top fighters in the bantamweight division,” Castillo stated. “I always wanted a fight against Vic Darchinyan or Jorge Arce. Any of the top guys will do but I’m especially interested in those two.” For now, Castillo continues to work out at The Maywood Boxing Club under the care of trainer Charles Huerta Sr. as he awaits the call for his next fight.
By Ron Jackson
Jeff Ellis in conjunction with Golden Gloves Promotions produced an action packed development tournament before a packed Theatre of Marcellus at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park, South Africa on Monday night. In the main bout junior lightweight Grant Fourie was possibly a shade unlucky to lose a hard fought six round majority points decision against the taller Sydney Maluleka. The judges scored the fight 58-57, 58-56 and 57-57. Maluleke improved his record to 9-3 and Fourie dropped to 12-2-1. (more…)
By Bob Ryder, photos by John Booz
An excellent, solid fight at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena was brought to an unfortunate abrupt ending as Germany’s Arthur Abraham was disqualified at 1:13 of the 11th round for punching Andre Dirrell, Flint, Michigan, after Dirrell had slipped on water in his opponent’s corner. It was an unsatisfactory conclusion to what was shaping up as a compelling final two rounds. (More)
A press conference to officially announce a May 8 twelve-round super welterweight clash between Paul “The Punisher” Williams (38-1, 27 KOs) and Kermit “The Killer” Cintron (32-2-1, 28 KOs) will take place Thursday in Los Angeles. The HBO-televised bout will take place at The Home Depot Center Tennis Stadium in Carson, CA.
By Jeff Zimmerman
Former 2-time World Bantamweight Champion Paulie Ayala, now a promoter in his hometown of Ft Worth, Texas under Paulie Ayala Productions has launched a 3 fight boxing series at the Texas Motor Speedway, aptly called Speedway Fight Night. The first event will take place, Thursday, April 29th inside the luxurious Speedway Club overlooking the enormous racetrack that is better known for hosting 150,000 screaming fans for NASCAR. Click here for more, plus photos…
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr. held open, abbreviated workouts for fans and media today at the Mizuya Lounge at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas to kick off Fight Week. On Saturday, April 3, the two will meet in the ring 17 years after their original fight. “The Rivals: Hopkins vs. Jones II,” broadcast live on pay-per-view beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT from the Mandalay Bay. Click here for fighter quotes…
Bob Arum describes Mike Jones as the ‘sensational welterweight from Philadelphia.” Russell Peltz, who promotes Jones, says the unbeaten welterweight “..has a chance to become a world champion.” Jones, 20-0-0, will take on Hector ‘Hurricane’ Munoz, 18-2-1, on the Kelly Pavlik vs. Sergio Martinez world title fight card April 17 at the historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. (more…)
Three former members of the legendary Cuban national amateur boxing team, now living in Miami, will appear in separate bouts on the “Fighting for Haiti” double world championship boxingt card at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida on April 10th. Sensational junior featherweight prospect Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux (5-0, 4 KOs) will be featured in a 10 round fight against veteran Reynaldo “El Denista” Lopez (30-7-3, 21 KOs). Trained by Freddie Roach, Rigondeaux is considered to be one of the greatest amateur boxers of all-time. He was the 2000 and 2004 Olympic gold medalist, the 2001 and 2005 World Championships gold medalist, and the 2003 and 2005 Pan American Games gold medalist.
Former Cuban team member Yudel Jhonson (5-0, 3 KOs) will be featured in a four-round welterweight bout, while teammate Yunier Dorticos (3-0, 3 KOs) will fight in a four-round cruiserweight bout. Both face opponents to be announced.
Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Hall of Fame fight broadcaster Colonel Bob Sheridan will call Wednesday’s eagerly awaited heavyweight showdown between the explosive punching WBO #3 David “Tuaman” Tua (50-3-1, 43 KOs) who will punch it out against the granite chinned Nigerian Friday “The 13th” Ahunanya (24-5-3, 13 KOs) over twelve rounds with the WBO Asia Pacific title up for grabs at the Trusts Stadium in Auckland. (more…)
Three-time welterweight world champion Antonio Margarito and his opponent Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia where present today in a press conference in Aguascalientes, Mexico to announced their May 8th fight in during the final week of Mexico’s 180 year-old San Marcos National Fair in the another big championship card presented by Top Rank, Promociones Zanfer and Tecate. Margarito and Garcia will meet in a 10 round super welterweight fight in the main event of ¨Latin Fury 14¨ to be telecast by Top Rank on pay-per-view live to the United States from the Plaza de Toros Monumental de Aguascalientes. “For us is a big honor to have this type of event as part of our fair. Its great to have this quality of fighters here in Aguascalientes and we are looking to having a great night of boxing on May 8,” said Raul Alvarez Gutierrez, President of the San Marcos Fair Organizing committee. (more…)
World Boxing Council President Jose Sulaiman has commented of boxing superstar Edwin Valero’s six month enforced stay in a rehab center to deal with alcoholism. Far from taking an action against Valero, the WBC head has further ratified that Valero remains WBC lightweight champion in recess and supports his rehab with the aim to become “an example for the young people of the world, with the determination and courage of a winner and great champion he has been.” Sulaiman, on behalf of the WBC, is also offering whatever is necessary to help Valero in his therapy.
By Gerardo M. Avila-Planas
Word from local newspapers in Puerto Rico is that former welterweight champion Miguel Cotto (34-2, 27 KOs) has boosted his corner with the addition of Hall-of-famer Emanuel Steward as head trainer for his upcoming fight against WBA junior middleweight champion Yuri Foreman (28-0, 8 KOs). Murray Wilson, Foreman’s manager expressed to Primera Hora newspaper that Emanuel Steward had been originally hired by Foreman’s corner as a consultant, Steward however decided to take Cotto’s offer instead.
Meanwhile, Cotto , who had been highly criticized for having a relative unknown (Joe Santiago) in his corner for his lackluster win against Joshua Clottey and his devastating loss against Manny Pacquiao, will keep Santiago in his corner as an assistant. The Cotto vs Foreman fight is set for June 5th.
By Alexey Sukachev
Less than a year since suffering a brutal stoppage by Russian slugger Denis Lebedev, former WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli (31-4, 24 KOs) will have a chance to erase bad memories of the disastrous 2009 and get himself back into contention. All he needs to accomplish to achieve this goal is to overcome the resistance of another Russian power hitter in Alexander Kotlobay (18-1-1, 12 KOs). The fight between two 200lb contenders is officially set for April 27 at Yubileiny Sports Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia. Vacant European (EBU) title will be up for grabs. St. Petersburg-based Jab Promotion stages the entire show. (more…)
By Piotr Momot/www.ringpolska.pl
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (39-2, 37 KOs) and challenger Albert Sosnowski (45-2-1, 27 KOs) face off at today’s press coference in Warsaw. They collide May 29 at the 60,000+ seat Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
Two-time former super middleweight champion Byron “Gator” Mitchell (28-5-1, 21 KOs) will face “Next Great Champ” winner Otis “Triple OG” Griffin (21-6-2, 8 KOs) in a 12-round duel for the USBA light heavyweight title on May 7 at the Oheka Castle in Huntington, New York. In the co-feature, former #1 heavyweight contender “Big” Michael Grant will make his return to the ring. The towering 6’ 7” Grant (45-3, 33 KOs) is undefeated since 2003. The event, billed as “Hassle in the Castle” will feature six bouts, as well as celebrity guests, fashion models, and a special tribute to legendary trainer and manager Lou Duva. (more…)
Two of the world’s best lightweight (155 lb.) mixed martial arts fighters, Kenny Florian and Takanori Gomi, will square off in the main event of Spike TV’s “UFC Fight Night” on Wednesday, March 31 at 8:00pm ET/PT. Emanating from the Bojangles Colisuem in Charlotte, NC, the bout marks the long-awaited UFC debut of the Japanese lightweight mixed martial arts star, Gomi. (more…)
By Piotr Momot/www.ringpolska.pl
The much anticipated rematch between Krzysztof Wlodarczyk and Giacobe Fragomeni will take place on May 15th in Lodz, Poland. Wlodarczyk – Fragomeni II will be the richest boxing event ever staged in Poland. This very important clash for both fighters will take place in the same venue as the “Polish Fight of the Century” between Tomasz Adamek and Andrew Golota. Wlodarczyk’s promoter Andrew Wasilewski did not want to take a risk again with going to Italy for the second time and won purse bid with an offer of $616,000. The budget of whole event is expected to exceed one million dollars and the card will be filled with other top polish fighters like WBC #4 rated light heavyweight Dawid Kostecki and former youth WBC light middleweight champion Damian Jonak. Tickets are already on sale. (more…)
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