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He’s one of the premier boxers of the last 25 years, a future Hall of Famer who has won world titles in three weight classes while taking on a Who’s Who of the sport, including fellow champions Evander Holyfield, John Ruiz, Hasim Rahman, Vassiliy Jirov, Roy Jones Jr., Mike McCallum, Iran Barkley, and Michael Nunn. But there is one more mountain left to climb for James “Lights Out” Toney, and that’s to show if he can defeat the mixed martial arts warriors of the UFC®.
So later this year, UFC President Dana White is prepared to give Toney his shot, signing the boxing superstar to a multi-fight contract this week to compete in the UFC.
“A lot of pro boxers have made a lot of noise about how they would do in mixed martial arts, but nobody on the level of a James Toney has been willing to back up his talk,” said White. “He’s a legend whose boxing record speaks for itself, and he’s a guy who I’ve got a lot of respect for. Now he’s got every intention of matching that success in MMA, and I think he’s got the right attitude – let’s see if he can do it.” (more…)
Seven-time world champion and “Fighter of the Decade” Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao work out during media day at the Wildcard Boxing Club Wednesday as he winds down his training camp for his upcoming world welterweight championship defense against challenger Joshua Clottey. Top Rank’s “The Event”, will be held on Saturday,March 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas,Texas and televised live on HBO Pay-Per-View. Click here for more photos…
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Once again unbeaten Philadelphian, Mike Jones (20-0, 16 KOs) showed why he is one of the top welterweights in the world as he retained his NABA welterweight title with a workmanlike unanimous decision over former world title challenger Henry “Puerto Rico to the Bone” Bruseles (28-4-1, 15 KOs) before a capacity crowd at Bally’s Casino in Atlantic City New Jersey on Friday night. (more…)
Grammy-nominated recording artist Drake will join undefeated World Boxing Council super lightweight champion Devon Alexander “The Great” during the boxer’s walk to the ring for his world championship unification match on Saturday at Mohegan Sun that will be televised live on HBO (9:30 p.m. ET/PT) from Mohegan Sun. The event is being promoted by Don King Productions. (more…)
(From Left to Right) Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe, Floyd “Money” Mayweather, WBO welterweight champion Sugar Shane Mosley and Golden Boy Promotions chief Oscar de la Hoya today in Washington D.C. at a press conference to officially announce Mayweather and Mosley’s May 1 fight at The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. More photos…
WBA super bantamweight champion Celestino Caballero (33-2, 23 KOs) of Panama will meet unbeaten Daud Cino Yordan (25-0,19 KOs) of Indonesia on April 10th for the WBA interim featherwight title. HBO will televise. The bout will replace the recently withdrawn fight between IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud and former world champion Glen Johnson. Caballero’s trainer Jeff Mayweather (uncle to Floyd Jr. and brother to Floyd Sr. and Roger) weighed in on the opportunity. “Caballero and I have been working together for over a month now here in Las Vegas. His physical condition is excellent. This is a very good opportunity for him and valuable exposure. I have already viewed video of Yordan and Caballero will be well prepared come April 10th,” said Mayweather.
By John Cannon
Marines Promotions is welcoming back a familiar face, and it is one local boxing fans will remember well.
Robert “La Amenaza” Garcia (27-2, 20 KO’s) returns home as he once again reunites with his uncle Julio Marines and will fight in the Rio Grande Valley for the first time since November of 2007. “I feel like I am starting off 2010 with a fresh start,” said Garcia. “It is great to be home again and with my family. During the time I was away from them, I felt alone and knew something was missing. But now that we are back together , I feel a renewed spirit, and my uncle has really been hustling for me. I have my entire family behind me and a lot of the problems I had in the past have completely rolled off my shoulders.” (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Baltimore heavyweight boxer “The American Dream” Mike Dietrich died suddenly Tuesday in Baltimore, MD. Dietrich was 26 years old. No word was given on the cause of death. Dietrich was a five-time national amateur boxing champion and was 12-1, 6 KOs as a pro. Dietrich was in training for a bout on the March 20th boxing card at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore. (more…)
King Arthur Abraham (31-0, 25 KOs) has returned to Germany following the postponement of his Super Six World Boxing Classic second-round clash with Andre Dirrell (18-1, 13 KOs). The fight has been moved back to March 27 after Dirrell injured his back in training. It will now take place at Detroit’s famous Joe Louis Arena and will air live on SHOWTIME, Saturday, March 27, at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. “I am not at all concerned about the change of the date,” King Arthur said. “We had a great time in Palm Springs. I love America and I enjoyed staging my training camp in the Californian sun. Postponements happen all the time in boxing. I don’t mind when and where I will take on Dirrell – I will defeat him everywhere, even in his backyard. I am in the Super Six tournament to become a star in America and all over the world. After the KO win over Jermain Taylor, another spectacular victory over Dirrell in front of his home fans will further raise my international profile.” (more…)
Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Sugar Shane Mosley continue their press tour today in Washington DC’s Lincoln Theatre at noon. The event is open to the public free of charge. Fans are encouraged to arrive early. Afterward the fighters will pose for photos at the famous DC landmark Ben’s Chili Bowl.
IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud will not face Glen Johnson on April 10 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida as scheduled. According to the Cloud camp, the champion pulled out of the bout due to a hamstring injury. However Cloud has also inked a promotional contract with Don King Productions this week and will most certainly be fighting on DKP cards in the future. The IBF has given the Cloud camp a 90-day extension to fight Johnson.
A purse bid was held in the IBF Office today for the IBF featherweight championship mandatory defense between champion Cristobal Cruz and Orlando Salido. Top Rank was the winning bidder with a bid of $ 251,000. Banner Promotions bid $ 250,000. The fight must take place in 90 days.
The Commerce Casino, the world’s largest poker facility in the world, will once again host an evening of world class professional boxing presented by TKO Boxing Promotions on Thursday, March 25th.
“We’re really proud to return to the Commerce Casino with our third event. It’s an excellent venue that allows us to present world class professional boxing to the outstanding sports fans in the Southern California area” said Chet Koerner, President of TKO Boxing Promotions, curators of the nationally acclaimed “Hometown Heroes to World Champions” boxing series . . . Click here for more
The camp of Omar Niño is planning protest Saturday’s technical draw against WBC 108lb champion Rodal Mayol. Niño’s manager Hector Garcia is seeking to have the result overturned in favor of Niño and claims to have evidence Mayol was “playing dead” after Niño hit him just after a low blow which Garcia claims had no effect on Mayol. The protest will be submitted during the WBC’s weekly meeting.
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux will step into the ring for the sixth time as a professional on April 10 as a part of “Fighting for Haiti”, headlined by Andre Berto’s WBC welterweight title defense vs. Carlos Quintana. “Fighting for Haiti” will take place at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida and will be televised live on HBO.
A little bit of jostling at today’s Floyd “Money” Mayweather-Sugar Shane Mosley press conference on Tuesday in New York City to officially kick off their May 1 PPV showdown at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Tha card is billed as “Who R U Picking?” Click here for quotes and more photos…
Fresh off an upset win over unbeaten prospect John Molina, Jr. back in November at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, CA, new WBO NABO Lightweight champion Martin “El Brochas” Honorio returns to the scene of one of his biggest victories when he makes his first title defense against Dominican Wilton “Pretty Warrior” Hilario on ESPN2 Friday. Here’s what he had to say: (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
A tiny card, arranged by Ural Boxing Promotions at Markstadt restaurant in Chelyabinsk, Russia, was marked with a really unusual event. Gennady and Nikolay Maximov, two light heavyweight debutants, collided in what probably was the first ever pro fight between identical twins. Both combatants battled each other without any break and the similarity of their boxing styles contributed to the final outcome of the clash. Nikolay has won over his sibling via a split decision. This unique match-up had something in common with the bout between father and son Harry Duiven Sr/Jr, which was held on Dec. 22 in 2006 and resulted in the second-round TKO for the younger fighter. (more…)
Currator Jim Houlihan’s eclectic Irish pugilist exhibition will be hosted by the GAA Museum and the Irish Arts Center at the historic Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland from May 18th through August 31st. The exhibition features an array of robes, gloves, boxing bags, prints, photographs, painting and film footage of Celtic prizefighters from 1820 to the present day. Intriguing objects on display will include pieces from John L. Sullivan, Jack Dempsey, Gene Tunney, Barry McGuigan, Freddie Gilroy, Bobby Cassidy, Gerry Cooney, Wayne McCullough, Billy Graham, Billy Conn, John Duddy, Maureen Shea and many more. Given the connection between Croke Park and Muhammad Ali, who famously fought Al Blue Lewis at the venue in 1972, a signed glove and shorts worn by Ali that night have been added. Perhaps the most unique item in the exhibition is the late, great Irish fighter Dan Donnelly’s mummified right arm. The exhibit has previously been on display in New York, Boston and Omagh, Northern Ireland.
Jimenez Communications Inc. and Rafael Soto Comunicaciones announced today that the March issue of Boxeo La Revista will be available this Saturday March 6 in Mexico City in the boxing card “Top Rank Live” that will be held at the Plaza de Toros Arroyo. The magazine which had been published as the official program of the “Latin Fury” boxing series is now be available as a monthly magazine that will cover upcoming fights, results of fights and will have reports on past boxing stars and the stars of the future. The digital edition of the magazine can be found here. The 32-page print glossy magazine is distributed at all Top Rank and Promociones Zanfer boxing events in Mexico and the United States. (more…)
Promoter Frank Warren today won the purse bid WBO Interim lightweight champion Michael Katsidis’ defense against Kevin Mitchell. Warren’s bid of $515,000 beat the only other bid of $501,000 from Katsidis’ manager Brendon Smith from Ringstar Promotions. The clash will take place in Britain in May with the winner having to face Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez with 180 days. (more…)
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
With a record of 36-2, Miguel Angel Torres is the biggest little man walking. While the pound-for-pound rankings are often reserved for larger fighters, Torres stood prominently among the cream of the crop in MMA. He was the heavy favorite going into an August bout with Brian Bowles and was thought to be an unstoppable fighter . . . Click here for more
Olympic heavyweight gold medalist Rahim Chakkiev (3-0, 3 KOs) has been added to the big “Universum Champions Night” card on April 17 in Magdeburg, Germany. The opponent of popular cruiserweight KO artist who is trained by Michael Timm will be announced in the coming days. Also returning is Hungarian flyweight shooting star Pal “Pimpa” Bedak (6-0, 4 KOs) against Edgar Jimenez (8-3-1, 6 KOs) from Mexico. Headlining the card is an attractive world title twinbill featuring the rematch between WBC interim middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik (28-0, 10 KOs) and Domenico “Vulcano” Spada (30-2, 15 KOs), plus WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (37-2, 23 KOs) is challenged by undefeated Edward “Eddy” Gutknecht (18-0, 7 KOs).
IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck (28-1, 16 KOs), the first pro boxing champion in Slovenian history, will defend his world title belt for the first time on April 10th. In a historic fight, “Mr Sympatikus” is stepping into the ring at Tivoli Sports Hall in the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana, against Argentinean Rodolfo Ezequiel Martinez (36-3-1, 13 KOs), the current WBC Mundo Hispano titleholder. Zaveck dethroned reigning champion Isaac Hlatshwayo in South Africa in December. Slovenian TV is televising the clash live from the 7,000-seat arena. The card is promoted by Germany’s SES Sport Events Steinforth GmbH together with its Slovenian partner SPORT CLUB M.
47-year-old former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield was granted a one fight boxing license by the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Monday. The decision opens the door for Evander to face 41-year-old WBF champ Frans Botha on April 17 at the Orleans Hotel & Casino.
Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Sugar Shane Mosley will have their kick-off press conference today in New York City for their May 1 welterweight showdown at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The public is invited to attend the presser, which takes place at noon at the Nokia Theatre in Times Square. Free tickets are available through Ticketmaster.com.
Tickets for the May 1 event at the MGM Grand, priced at $1,250, $1,000, $600, $300 and $150, will go on sale today at 10AM PT. There is a limit of two for the $150 seats, and a limit of ten for the other price ranges.
The Crown Prince of Thailand, Maha Vagiralongkorn, on behalf of Bansomdejchaophraya Rajabaht University, presented World Boxing Council President Jose Sulaiman with an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy on Monday at the Palace of the Kingdom of Thailand. The Honorary Doctorate is the fifth one with which Sulaiman has been honored.
By Damien St. Pierre / gulfcoastboxing.com
For the first time in recent memory, a Louisiana state title has been defended and last Thursday night in Rayne, Louisiana it was defended successfully. “Rock Hard Mighty” Mason Menard captured his 10th victory as a professional by beating down a very game Thomas Dardar, of Golden Meadow, Louisiana (8-2) over four rounds. (more…)
By Butch Gottlieb / Boxinginlasvegas.com
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. who tested positive for a diuretic in his system in his pre fight drug test from his bout against Troy Rowland last November 14th at the MGM in Las Vegas appeared in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission earlier today and although the medication was prescribed by his Doctor he still took responsibility for taking the illegal drug. The commission suspended Chavez for 7 months and fined him $10,000. The suspension was retroactive back to November 14, 2009
Considered by many to be Canada’s top boxing prospect, Orangeville, Ontario’s Logan Cotton McGuinness (9-0, 4 KO’s) is about to take a major step forward in his young career this Saturday at the Casino De Montreal.
Not only is Canada’s top lightweight stepping up his competition by facing Mexican warhorse Pedro Navarrete (24-6-3, 13 KO’s), but he’ll do it as a lean, mean, and far stronger junior lightweight . . . . Click here for more
The 11th season of Spike TV’s most popular original series ever, “The Ultimate Fighter,” for the first time will feature 28 of the best up and coming mixed martial artists in the world competing for 14 spots in “The Ultimate Fighter” house. The series boasts a new format, which will be introduced to viewers in the show’s premiere episode. The smash hit will also feature two coaches who need no introduction to mixed martial arts fans, UFC legends Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell and Tito “The Huntington Beach Badboy.” The new season premieres Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 10:00 PM ET/PT featuring the following cast members: (more…)
Crown Boxing will return to the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on March 12 for another night of fights. In the main event, Las Vegas featherweight Brian Battease (6-1-2, 1 KO) will take on Los Angeles’ Allen Martinez (5-1-1, 3 KOs). In the co-main, jr. featherweight Alexis Santiago (2-0, 1 KO), of Phoenix, will fight LA’s Jamie Gutierrez (3-3). Also scheduled: Jesus Gutierrez of Las Vegas will debut against Antonio Montoya of Utah; Las Vegas welter Juan Alcolea (1-1) takes on Michael Coca-Gallegos (0-3), of Albuquerque; Vegas featherweight Rocco Santomauro (2-0) fights Tucson’s Thomas Herrera (2-4-1); and Vegas welter Ricardo Calzada (2-0, 1 KO) is up against Phoenix’s Marcos Mendias (0-3). A press conference is slated for noon on Wednesday, March 10 at the Piano Bar at the Orleans; the weigh-ins are scheduled for Thursday, March 11, 5 p.m. Tickets starting at $25 are on sale now at The Orleans Box office at 702-365-7075.
WBO light heavyweight champion Juergen Brähmer is back in the gym. Here is video from his training session today in famous Universum Gym. Brähmer is defending his belt on April 24th against Argentinian Challenger Mariano Plotinsky in Hamburg.
Newly crowned WBO junior featherweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (18-0-1, 15 KOs) was presented his world title today by Governor Luis Fortuno. Also on hand were the mayor of Bayamon, Puerto Rico Ramon Luis Rivera Jr., WBO President Francisco Paco
Valcarcel, and Secretary of Department of Recreation and Sports Henry Neumann. The event took place at the Plaza del Mercado in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. The new champion Vazquez Jr. was both happy and emotional upon receiving his new title. “I still can´t believe that I´m a world champion. It still feels like a dream to me.” said Vazquez Jr. who stopped former WBO super flyweight champion Marvin Sonsona Saturday night with a picture perfect left hook to the liver in round 4 to become world champion. “I have to keep working hard because this is my job and I want to continue to provide a good life for my family.” Also on hand were WBO President Francisco Paco Valcarcel, and Secretary of Department of Recreation and sports Henry Neumann.
The scheduled March 2nd purse bid for a bout between unbeaten WBO light flyweight champion Iván ´Iron Boy´ Calderón (31-0, 6 KOs) of Puerto Rico and WBO interim light flyweight Johnriel Casimero (14-0, 8 KOs) of Cebu City, Philippines is now off. Calderón´s promoter PR Best Boxing (Iván & Peter Rivera) and Casimero’s promoter Sampson Boxing LLC reached an agreement this afternoon with the bout likely to take place at the end of May in Puerto Rico. Both fighters will enter the bout with wins over solid competition. Calderón decisioned current world champion Rodel Mayol in his last bout while Casimero defeated former world champion César Canchila in his last bout win his interim title. The bout is the latest in the newly developing boxing rivalry between Puerto Rico and the Philippines.
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