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- Yamanaka retains WBC 118lb belt; scores fifth consecutive defense by KO
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- Martinez keeps IBF 122lb belt by stopping Hasegawa in 7
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- George Foreman: Bernard Hopkins should retire
- Yamanaka, Martinez to defend WBC 118lb, IBF 122lb belts in Japan today
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Prodesa Boxing, Nicaragua’s premier promotion and managerial company, recently signed two more top local prospects to their already talent lineup which includes WBA miniumweight champ Roman Gonzalez and former WBA lightweight champ Jose Alfaro. The two prospects are slick bantamweight southpaw Alvaro Perez (16-1-1, 11 KOs) who is ranked in the top 15 in both the WBA and WBO, and lightweight prospect Ronnie McFields (12-2-2, 9 KOs).
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Edgar Sosa will defend his WBC miniumweight world title on March 28th against an opponent to be named. The bout will take place in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico. “The event will take place in my hometown and Sosa will be facing a rival to be selected in the next few days that will be Japanese or Filipino,” said WBC President Jose Sulaiman. The site of the fight will be a gymnasium with a capacity for six thousand people. The card will also include fights for regional titles, as well as a women’s world title fight.
“March is a very loaded month for boxing,” commented Sulaiman. “On March 12 Oscar Larios will defend his featherweight title against Takahiro Aoh. Then comes the fight of Antonio Pitalúa against Edwin Valero, which could be in Cancun, Playa del Carmen or some others. We have goal to stage some twelve world title fights in Mexico this year.”
By Alexey Potapov
In an exclusive interview with Fightnews.com, the WBA’s “other” welterweight champion Yuriy Nuzhnenko (28-0, 13 KOs) has given his prediction for the clash between Antonio Margarito (37-5, 27 KOs) and Sugar Shane Mosley (45-5, 38 KOs) on Saturday night in Los Angeles. “I think it’s about 70% against 30% that Sugar Shane Mosley will win,” estimates Nuzhnenko. “He has much more experience and is faster than Margarito. But the Mexican has been a very persistent boxer his last few fights, therefore he has some chance, but I think that Sugar Shane will win.” (more…)
Although the voice on the other end of the phone is unmistakably that of Karo “The Heat” Parisyan, the calmness in his demeanor makes me doubt for a moment whether I have dialed the correct number . . . Click here for more by Mike Russell, UFC
UFC 94 is live on PPV from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Jan. 31. Georges St-Pierre and BJ Penn are about to do it again. But this time, there’s much more at stake. UFC® lightweight champion BJ Penn looks to be the first fighter in history to hold two UFC® championships at the same time when he faces Georges St-Pierre for the UFC® welterweight championship at UFC® 94: ST-PIERRE VS. PENN 2. For more info, visit 94.ufc.com
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF,WBC,WBA super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan has told Fightnews from Las Vegas where he is having his final training sessions before his title bout and states that he is upset with Jorge “Travieso” Arce for not respecting fellow Mexican champions and promises to finish his career of his opponent on February 7 when they clash. “Jorge Arce doesn’t respect boxing or the hundreds of Mexican boxers that have been warriors in the ring,” Darchinyan said. “To think he has to use champions like, Israel Vasquez, Erik Morales, Fernando Montiel, Christian Mijares and Victor Burgos as his tools for making a name for himself because his results in the ring have been average, makes him a disgrace to Mexican boxing.” (more…)
It’s official: Former world cruiserweight champion Juan Carlos Gomez (44-1) will face WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (36-2) on March 21st at the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle in Stuttgart, Germany. Gomez started his preparation in L.A. four weeks ago. Along with his coaches Orlando Cuellar and Bülent Baser “The Black Panther” is currently working on his fitness basics before starting his technical and tactical training next week in Hamburg, Germany. The team has also planned to go into a training camp in Spain for three or four weeks. Fightnews.com recently spoke to Cuellar about Gomez’ preparations.
With the talk of a March bout on Showtime featuring former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor tearing through the boxing world, super middleweight contender Edison “Pantera” Miranda is making his case for a showdown between “Bad Intentions” and the self proclaimed baddest man at 168 pounds. “I don’t think there’s any more exciting fight for the fans right now than one between me and Jermain Taylor,” said Miranda. “We both come to fight, we’re both warriors, and I’ll get to keep my Knockout of The Year streak going when we step into the ring with each other.” (more…)
By Craig Watt
Undefeated WBA Featherweight champion Chris John (42-0-1, 22 KOs) is perhaps one of world boxing’s most unknown world champions, outside his home country of Indonesia. This is perhaps surprising since he has made ten title defenses of the WBA title he won in 2003, even more surprising since he also holds a unanimous points win over Juan Manuel Marquez in 2006 in the fifth defense of his WBA crown. Inside Indonesia however it is a different story and he is perhaps the greatest sporting icon – idolized and followed in the same way as Ricky Hatton is in England and Manny Pacquiao is in the Philippines. He is a household name in Indonesia, but on the world scene, less well known although his boxing talent and undefeated record in 43 fights is greatly impressive. (more…)
By Michal Koper / Tomasz S. Galazka, bokser.org
IBF cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek (36-1, 24 KOs) is planning to have his first title defense on February 27 in the Prudential Center hall in Newark, NJ. According to Adamek, after a proposed bout with BJ Flores fell through, a verbal agreement has now been reached with handlers of the yet unbeaten Jonathon Banks (20-0, 14 KOs). (more…)
Their first meeting in 2003 ended in a controversial draw. On Friday, February 27, nearly six years later, light heavyweight standouts Glen Johnson and Daniel Judah finally get the opportunity to settle the score when they headline ESPN2 Friday Night Fights from the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida. “This is one of the fights I’ve been waiting to get back, and now the time is here,” said Johnson. “I know I won the first fight with Judah, and I will take care of the injustice of that draw on February 27th.” (more…)
By Lee Bates
The February 7th WBO super flyweight interim title fight between Jose “Carita” Lopez (38-7-2, 32 KOs) and Pramuansak Posuwan (45-1-1, 24 KOs) has been postponed until a firm date of March 28th. Lopez’ promoter PR Best Boxing’s Ivan Rivera released the following statement on the reason. “After carefully consulting with my team, Posuwan’s team, and the WBO, we have decided together that there may not be sufficient time for Posuwan to obtain his visa for the February 7th original event date. We had to make sure we made a professional and responsible decision out of respect to the fighters, the fans, and all parties involved,” stated Rivera. The entire February 7th card will be moved to the new date but the venue will remain the same. Fans who have already purchased tickets for the original date can contact TicketCenter at (787) 792-5000.
Former UFC® Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson was at his devastating best last December as he settled his score with Wanderlei Silva via a chilling first round knockout. On Saturday, March 7, Jackson will look to move one step closer to regaining his title when he takes on the man who beat both Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin, Keith “The Dean of Mean” Jardine. For the third year in a row, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® is heading back to Columbus, Ohio for UFC 96: JACKSON vs. JARDINE, live from the Nationwide Arena on Saturday, March 7, 2009 . . . Click here for more
Sugar Shane Mosley says he won’t make the same mistakes Miguel Cotto made when he faces WBA welterweight champion Antonio Margarito on Saturday night in Los Angeles. “Cotto was not familiar with what Margarito brings to the table and I’m familiar with it because I’ve been brought up in California where I fought a lot of Mexican fighters and I know that type of style,” stated Mosley. “I know how to pace myself, how to win rounds. I’m basically a California fighter, I know how to go to the body, as well….I’m going to exploit him with the hand speed and the foot speed, I’m not saying I’m moving away from him and running and trying to get away from him, I’m not trying to really get away from him. Like I always do, I try to get my shots in.”
By Craig Watt
Former WBA light-heavyweight and interim WBC super-middleweight champion Danny Green (25-3, 22 KOs) told Australian radio station 6PR Radio yesterday that he would make an announcement about his ring return by the end of February. He stated on air, “I will have a decision within the next month whether I am going to scrap it and stay retired, or whether I decide to step back in the ring. There has been so much talk about a re-match with Anthony Mundine that I must make a decision – once and for all.” It is rumoured that the previous $5m offer for “The Green Machine” to take on Mundine (34-3, 23 KOs) was re-iterated by Team Mundine, as recently as two weeks ago and that Green has been sparring in Perth to see if he still wants to continue in the sport in 2009. Former two time WBA 168 pound champion Mundine takes on fellow Aussie Shannon Taylor in Sydney on February 11th and given the first Green-Mundine fight generated over $10m in Australia, many predict that the fight will be inked in 2009, possibly after Danny Green completes a couple of warm up bouts.
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko will make the first defense of his belt on March 21, 2009 against mandatory challanger Juan Carlos Gomez from Cuba. The 12 round title affair will take place at the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer Halle in Stuttgart, Germany. “I’m sorry for Vitali,” said Gomez. “That he has to lose his title affter such a short reign. But I worked long and hard to get this shot and I will win the world championship.” “The victory over Sam Peter and the WBC belt still feel amazing,” said Klitschko. “I won’t let anybody take it away from me. Gomez is a very experienced, quick and dangerous oppponent. I won’t underestimate him. But the belt will stay in the Klitschko family.” The Klitschko-Gomez clash will be televised by RTL in Germany. K2 is currently in negotiations with different TV networks in the USA.
Photos by Scott Foster, report by Damien St. Pierre
“That was a war!” was the common phrase used by on- lookers describing the Andre Berto (24-0) / Louis Collazo (29-4) WBC welterweight bout that took place last night in Biloxi, Mississippi at the Beau Rivage Casino and Resort presented by Dibella Entertainment and HBO Sports . . . Click here for more
The purse bid fot the IBF jr. featherweight mandatory defense bout between world champion Celestino Caballero and #1 rated Jeffery Mathebula scheduled for tomorrow has been canceled. Both sides reached an agreement today. The bout will be held on March 20th at a site to be announced.
The Virgin Islands are making a push to become a boxing powerhouse in the coming years, and to celebrate this monumental occasion, 340 Promotions, in association with Seminole Warriors Boxing, Sampson Lewkowicz, and Leslie Comissiong, is pleased to present a card on January 30th at the University of the Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness Center in St. Thomas. In the main event, rising junior welterweight star Victor “Mermelada” Cayo will put his perfect 19-0 (14 KOs) record on the line when he defends his WBA FEDECARIBE title against Mexican standout Noe “Platanito” Bolanos (20-3-1, 12 KOs). (more…)
Unbeaten heavyweight Denis Boytsov (23-0, 18 KOs), a native of Russia now living in Germany, will face veteran Israel “King Kong” Garcia (19-2, 11 KOs) in a 12-round bout for the WBA Intercontinental title on February 7th. The 22-year-old Boytsov, rated No. 11 by the WBA, is the latest hyped prospect in a long line of Russian heavyweight contenders. The bout will be featured on the huge “Champion Returns” card, featuring WBA heavyweight “Champion in Recess” Ruslan “White Tyson” Chagaev versus unbeaten challenger Carl David Drumond, plus WBA light welterweight champion Andreas Kotelnik’s defense against undefeated Argentinean knockout artist Marcos Rene “El Chino” Maidana, the WBA #1 contender. The card will be available live on pay-per-view in the United States from Rostock, Germany. (more…)
From left, legendary trainer Cus D’Amato, former heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson, a young Mike Tyson and former light heavyweight champion Jose “Chegui” Torres, who passed away today.
By Alexey Sukachev
German Titov’s fight team has successfully landed at Los Angeles International Airport on Jan. 16. A group of top ex-Soviet prospects and contenders from different weight classes will be preparing for possible challenges in USA and around the globe in a very special gym in LA. The first training session had already been completed under the guidance of no less than star coach Freddie Roach, which means the Wild Card Boxing Gym welcomes another wave of the best Eastern Europe pros. From left to right: junior welterweight Sergey Sorokin (Russia, IBF/WBO #9 and WBC #18), promoter German Titov, super featherweight Alisher Rakhimov (Uzbekistan, WBO #4), middleweight Dmitry Pirog (Russia, WBO #6 and WBC #17), featherweight Vyacheslav Gusev (Russia, WBO #11), Freddie Roach, coach Boris Konkin, and featherweight Andrey Isaev (Belarus, WBO #5).
By Boxing Bob Newman
We’ve all seen it before, the offspring of a famous boxer trying to follow in their dad’s footsteps: Ronald Hearns, James McGirt Jr., Hector “Machito” Camacho, Marvis Frazier. Heck even the daughters have tried their hands, or fists, at the game: Laila Ali, Jacqui Frazier-Lyde, Freeda Foreman, Irichelle Duran. The newest generation of progeny to lace of the gloves in the hope to capture some of the glory that once belonged to their famous dad comes in the form of not one, but two young pugilists-Julius and John Jackson, sons of Julian “The Hawk” Jackson. On January 30th on their home turf of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, the two former Olympic representatives at the 2008 Beijing games will step through the ropes as professionals for the first time, each with their dad in their corner. It will be a night of many firsts, including the new U.S. Virgin Islands Boxing Commission, and the debut of 340 Promotions, headed up by super agent/matchmaker Sampson Lewkowicz and Lesley Comissiong.Fightnews caught up with “The Hawk” the hear what he had to say about his sons, big time boxing coming back to his home land and more…. (more…)
Looks like four-division world champion Roy Jones Jr. will return against Omar Sheika in a March PPV event. According to Jones’ hometown newspaper the Pensecola News Journal, the bout could take place March 21 at the Pensacola Civic Center. The 40-year-old Jones (52-5, 38 KOs) would be making an unusually quick comeback coming off his loss to Joe Calzaghe in November, while former world title challenger Sheika (27-8, 18 KOs) is taking only his second fight since 2005.
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum will announce details of Top Rank’s new series of boxing events with TV Azteca on Wednesday. Announcers for the new boxing series will be Raul Marquez and Adrian Marquez and the telacasts will be seen on both Azteca America in the USA, as well as TV Azteca in Mexico. The deal is expect to fill much of the void left by Telefutura, which in a cost-cutting move dropped its popular and long-running “Solo Boxeo” series in favor of less expensive telenovelas. Arum has also hinted at another TV deal in the works.
Photos: Marianne Müller
Below are action shots from Saturday’s “Universum Champions Night” card at the Burg-Wächter-Castello in Dusseldorf, featuring the WBO interim cruiserweight world title clash between Victor Emilio Ramirez and Alexander Alekseev, plus the WBC/WIBF female featherweight war between champion Ina Menzer and Esther Schouten. Simply click the picture to get started.
2008 US Olympian Shawn Estrada will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder this Wednesday in Los Angeles. Dr. Douglas E. Garland of the Southern California Center for Sports Medicine will perform the surgery for what is described as a decompression of the subacromial space. Dr. Garland expects the operation to be a complete success and that Estrada should be able to resume training within ninety days after the procedure. Estrada, who was scheduled to fight on January 24 in Minnesota and again on February 6 as the opening bout on Showtime’s ShoBox series at the Tachi Palace, will undergo rehab at Southern California Center for Sports Medicine. He is scheduled to return to the ring in April 2009.
“The Dancing Destroyer” will be back at the North Sea on March 6th. Herbie Hide will return to the Kugelbake-Halle in Cuxhaven, Germany, for his WBC Final Eliminator against Matt Godfrey. In his last fight on November 18th, Hide won an unexpectedly hard fought unanimous decision over Polish journeyman Lukasz Rusiewicz. “I was sick at that time and could not show my real power and speed”, says Herbie. “That’s why I am very happy that I can go back to Cuxhaven and show the people there the real “Dancing Destroyer”. I will get rid of Godfrey in style to go on and become cruiserweight champion of the world.” (more…)
After a successful five-year run at the New Alhambra in South Philadelphia, Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc., in association with Joe Hand Promotions, Inc., is returning to the Legendary Blue Horizon, on Friday evening, March 6. Unbeaten prospect Mike Jones, of North Philadelphia, PA, will headline the card in a defense of his North American Boxing Association (NABA) welterweight title. “We’re going back to our roots,” said promoter J Russell Peltz. “I have a lot of wonderful memories of the Blue Horizon, beginning when I first went there to watch a fight as a junior in high school in and through all those years promoting there, beginning with my first one in 1969.” (more…)
Former European middleweight champion Sebastian Sylvester will have his first fight under the guidance of Karsten Rower on February 28 when he takes on Gaetano Nespro for the WBA International middleweight title at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany. In the co-featured main event, European super middleweight champion Karo Murat defends against former world champion Cristian Sanavia in a rematch. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg
South Philadelphia’s Brian Cohen (9-1, 8 KOs) will face Robbie Tovar (15-4-1, 5 KOs), of Lafayette, Indiana in the ten round light heavyweight main event on Saturday, January 31, at South Philadelphia High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Also featured is up and coming Dennis Hasson (5-0, 2 KOs), who hails from the Kensington section of Philadelphia. Hasson will face Michael Rayner (6-10, 5 KOs), of Lumberton, North Carolina in a six round super middleweight bout. Another local unbeaten, Anthony Ferrante, 4-0, with 1 KO, of North Philadelphia, will face South Carolina’s Robert Dunton (6-3, 5 KOs), in a six round cruiserweight match. The show is being promoted by Bionic Bull Promotions. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Two crushing stoppages were the highlights of the Left Hook Boxing card on Saturday at the ABC Sports Arena in Springfield, VA. In the main event, Caroline, VA cruiserweight Adam “The Real Deal” Seal scored a punishing second-round TKO over Terry “T-Brick” Roy of Front Royal, VA. The co-feature saw 18-year-old welterweight Juan “The Savior” Rodriguez of Haymarket, VA score a devastating first-round TKO over veteran Edward “Nucky” Anderson of Richmond. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former world champion Jose “Chegui” Torres passed away at the age of 72 this morning in Ponce, Puerto Rico. An Olympic silver medalist in 1956, Torres (41-3-1, 29 KOs) knocked out Willie Pastrano in March 1965 to take the WBC and WBA light heavyweight world championship, which he defended three times. After retiring in 1969, he served as television commentator, journalist, author, and became chairman of the NY State Boxing Commission as well as President of the WBO. He was a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Fightnews.com sends our sympathies to Jose’s family and many friends.
Story by Matt Richardson
New York boxing fans remember the time well, unfortunately.
There was a period from the end of the former decade to the beginning of the current one where it seemed as if nothing could go right when it came to boxing in “The Big Apple.” . . . Click here for more
Story by Felipe Leon
There is nothing more that Robert “Ghost” Guerrero (22-1-1, 15 KOs) would like to do more than to forget the year 2008. His seventh year as a prize fighter got off to a good start, with the second successful defense of his IBF featherweight title—an exciting eighth round knock out over popular Jason Litzau on national television . . . Click here for more
Story by Chris Cozzone
After two fights with Mary Jo Sanders, one out of town, one not, New Mexico’s top boxing draw Holly Holm returns home Friday night to headline another show at Isleta Resort & Casino. Holm, 22-1-3 (6 KOs), will put one of her several straps on the line—the WIBA welterweight title—in a ten-rounder against former jr. welterweight champ Myriam Lamare, 16-2 (9 KOs), of Marseille, France . . . Click here for more
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