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The March 6 headliner at the Ohkay Casino outside of Espanola, N.M.,with former five-time world champ Johnny Tapia vs. Jorge Reyes is a confirmed exhibition bout. The planned pro-am card, however, will feature ten amateur bouts and six pro, including the debut of Albuquerque’s Henry “Poison” Anaya III, Lucas Galle vs. Carlos Sanchez, and a potential scorcher between Raymond “Hollywood” Montes vs. Alan Sanchez. — Chris Cozzone
Paulo Thiago likes to say that in every one of his bouts, a new fighter emerges from Brasilia, Brazil. And these are not just words; it is a necessity when you have been competing at the highest levels since your first step in the Octagon . . . Click here for more by Martins Denis, UFC.com
Seven-time world champion and “fighter of the decade” Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao hits the mitts with trainer Freddie Roach at the Wildcard Boxing Club as he prepares for his upcoming world welterweight championship against 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…
It’s official. After 17 years, Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins (50-5-1, 32 KOs) and Roy “The Terminator” Jones Jr. (54-6, 40 KOs) will collide again. The rematch is set for April 3 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev. The bout will be broadcast live on pay-per-view beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. The fighters will participate in a press tour with stops in New York and Los Angeles next Tuesday and Wednesday. Both are talking already. “I am going to end this thing between me and Roy once and for all,” said Hopkins. Jones commented, “Now I can finally terminate the Executioner once and for all.”
By Alexey Sukachev
Russian top heavyweight contender Alexander Povetkin (18-0, 13 KOs) has successfully arrived in New York to continue his preparation for the upcoming non-title ten-rounder, which is set on March 13 at Max Schmeling Halle in Berlin, Germany. Povetkin, whose next opponent is yet to be defined, will be trained by Teddy Atlas. “I’m very happy at the beginning of 2010 and I expect much to come this year,” commented Alexander. “I hope to get a world title shot later this year, and it’ll be the most important fight of my life. However, right now I’m fully focused on my next outing and I don’t want some other thoughts to disturb me.”
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® today announced that for the first time ever, UFC® will broadcast its Pay-Per-View event fully in Spanish. From the moment UFC announcers Troy Santiago and Victor Davila welcome fans to the live event, to the fighter interviews in the Octagon™, right to the end credits rolling on screen, the broadcast will start and finish exclusively en Espanol. (more…)
SHOWTIME Sports® will present a fight card from Mexico for the first time in nearly 12 years when devastating, undefeated knockout artist and two-time world champion Edwin Valero (26-0, 26 KOs), of Las Vegas, Nev., by way of Merida, Venezuela, defends his WBC lightweight crown against streaking, once-beaten WBC 135-pound interim titleholder Antonio DeMarco (23-1-1, 17 KOs) of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, on Saturday. In the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING co-feature, unbeaten, world-ranked Luis Carlos Abregu (28-0, 23 KOs) of Salta, Argentina, will be opposed by Richard Gutierrez (24-3, 14 KOs), of Miami, Fla., via Arjona, Colombia, in a 10-round welterweight bout. The doubleheader will be shown live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBA #1/WBC #3 OPBF 105-pound champ Yasutaka Kuroki (23-3-1, 15 KOs), 107.75, engaged in a tune-up go prior to his world title shot, and was awarded a TKO victory over JBC #6 light-fly Takumi Suda (10-6-2, 2 KOs), 108, at 1:20 of the sixth round in a scheduled eight on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. After the fight, the 28-year-old cocky southpaw said in the ring, “I’ll fight Oleydong Sithsanerchai for his WBC belt at the Ariake Coliseum on March 27. Please come and see my title shot.” It hadn’t been disclosed at any press conference. Kuroki had been only reported that he would fight for a world throne beneath newly crowned WBC flyweight champ Koki Kameda. If not Sherlock Holmes, we could infer Kameda’s schedule and fight venue as well from Kuroki’s eloquence. Then, who will face Kameda? (more…)
It is amazing how often sports come full circle.
UFC 109 won’t be the first time that Randy Couture and Mark Coleman have tested their athletic prowess against each other. They first clashed in a freestyle wrestling match at the 1989 Olympic Festival at Oklahoma State . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
By Gary “Digital” Williams and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Unbeaten Baltimore junior middleweight Cecil McCalla got off of the canvas to win an eight-round unanimous decision over Suitland, MD’s Jayson Champion during the Baltimore Pro Boxing card at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD. McCalla was doing well until he got caught by a vicious right hand from Champion that dropped him to the canvas. McCalla beat the count at eight. However, Champion did not follow up on his sudden advantage as he wasn’t nearly as active in the later rounds. McCalla is now 10-0, four KO’s and Champion falls to 4-5, three KO’s. For more details and photos click here…
Heavyweight fan favorite Vinny Maddalone (32-6, 23 KOs) returns Saturday against Dominique Alexander (19-7-1, 9 KOs) in an eight round heavyweight match-up at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, NJ. The show, promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, is headlined by welterweight Shamone ‘The Truth” Alvarez (20-2, 11 KOs) taking on knockout artist Alexis Camacho (17-2, 16 KOs).
By Robert Hough
Nonito Donaire Jr., joked and sweated through a public workout Saturday in San Carlos Calif., about 25 south of San Francisco, for about 200 local fans and about 200 fans around the world. Donaire (22-1, 14 KOs), who has his Web address—www.filipinoflash.com—on his trunks, set up a live stream so people could watch online. The interim WBA super flyweight champion, who fights Gerson Guerrero (34-8-0, 26 KOs) February 13 on the Pinoy Power 3 pay-per-view card, showed the two-hour event on Ustream, part of his expansive online presence. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg
Former “Contender” bad boy Ahmad “Babyface” Kaddour (21-2-1, 9 KOs), born in Lebanon, raised in Denmark, and now residing in Trenton, New Jersey, will face Jerome “Boomer” Ellis (12-10-2, 10 KOs), of the Bahamas, and now residing in Coconut Creek, Florida in the eight round junior middleweight main event on Friday, March 26 at the elegant Hamilton Manor in Hamilton, New Jersey. The co-feature will be a ten round light heavyweight match featuring former four-time world title challenger Omar Sheika (28-9, 19 KOs), of Paterson, New Jersey taking on Dhafir “No Fear” Smith (22-19-6, 4 KOs), of Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. The promoter is Nedal Promotions. (more…)
By John Cannon
WBC Latino Cruiserweight champion Eric “Drummer Boy” Molina sat down with FightNews and talked about 2009 and what 2010 has in store for him as he prepares for his upcoming bout as a part of the “Top Rank Live” show on February 6 at the McAllen Convention Center. (more…)
Ringside Report: Andreas Hale at Ringside
Photos: Marty Rosengarten/RingsidePhotos.com
In an IBF eliminator to determine the #2 ranking in the Super Middleweight division, WBC USNBC champion and former contestant on “The Contender” Jessie Brinkley (35-5, 22 KOs) gutted out a grueling war with Curtis Stevens (21-3, 15 KOs) and earned a decisive 12 round unanimous decision victory in front of his Reno fans at the Grand Sierra Resort on Friday night. (More)
One word that will never be used to describe Brian Stann is “selfish”. In spite of every obstacle he has determinedly driven through in his life and every accolade he has earned in his decorated military and mixed martial arts careers, Stann’s arms remain too busy saluting and shaking the hands of the platoon of supporters who stand behind him to stop for a moment and pat himself on the back. . . . Click here for more by Mike Russell, UFC.com
Ringside Report by Scott Ploof
Photography by Emily Harney
“The Pride of Providence” is back once again and just like most warriors in the sport, if you knock them down, they get right back up. For Peter Manfredo Jr., (34-6, 18 KOs) his career is back on the fast track as he battered and bruised Matt Vanda (42-10, 22 KOs) over ten rounds to score a unanimous decision on Friday night at the Mohegan Sun resort and casino in Uncasville, CT. The judges saw the bout as a perfect shutout for Manfredo Jr. as the cards read 100-89 twice and 99-90. More importantly in doing so he captured the vacant NABF middleweight title and a chance as a “Contender” to challenge for a world title in the middleweight division. The undefeated NABF featherweight titlist, Matt “The Sharp Shooter” Remillard silenced his critics as he is poised to move to the next level as he decimated his opponent Rafael Lora over three rounds. Lora was unable to come out of his corner to start the fourth round, which gave Remillard the convincing TKO victory. The seven bout fight card was promoted by TKO Boxing Promotions, Inc. Click here for the entire ringisde report and action packed photogallery.
Super middleweight Jesse Brinkley (35-5, 23 KOs), fresh off of his impressive IBF title eliminator victory over fellow contender Curtis Stevens (21-3, 15 KOs), now appears like he will meet IBF champion Lucian Bute April 17th in Montreal, Canada. Brinkley first came to prominence stemming from his stint on the 2006 nationally televised ‘Contender’ series television show. Afterwards Brinkley signed with Let’s Get it on Promotions LLC which is run by legendary referee Mills Lanes’ sons Terry and Tommy. The company is based out of Reno, Nevada which is the hometown of Brinkley as well. Taking over for their father in 2007, their success with Brinkley and their company in general is a feel good story in boxing as well. In a very short period of time they have moved Brinkley’s career brilliantly as he is now on the brink of a world title fight. There is a possibly the bout could be shown opposite of the proposed bout of WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly ‘The Ghost’ Pavlik (36-1, 32 KOs) vs WBC Interim junior middleweight champion Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martinez (44-2-2, 24 KOs), of Argentina which could land in Atlantic City the same night. HBO would likely televise on split sites.
Nonito ‘The Filipino Flash’ Donaire works out during Saturday’s media day for his upcoming championship fight on “Latin Fury 13/Pinoy Power 3″, a Top Rank Pay Per View on February 13 from the Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas. Donaire takes on top-rated Gerson Guerrero of Mexico in the main event. Click here for more photos…
WBA # 5 ranked and WBA Fedelatin welterweight champion Hector David Saldivia of Argentina (33-1, 26 KOs) completely destroyed Ricardo Cano of Mexico (16-7-5, 9 KOs) by way of fourth round TKO on Saturday night at the Club Atletico Racing, Trelew, Chubut, Argentina. Cano, who was coming in off of an upset win in his previous fight where he decisioned Jorge Paez Jr. was simply overpowered by the high volume and harder punching Saldivia. Though he never went down, Cano was issued and unheard of THREE standing eight counts in four rounds. Each time he was getting badly punished and pummeled along the ropes when he was issued the standing eights. Cano was firing back but his punches had no effect on Saldivia. The bout was mercifully stopped in round four when Cano’s corner threw in the towel to stop the punishment.
By Ron Jackson
Mlungisi Dlamini, one of South Africa’s most promising fighters, has been killed in a motorcar accident near Harrismith in KwaZulu-Natal. The 27-year-old WBF and IBO lightweight champion died last Friday. Mlungisi, who had a record of 22 wins, a draw and 14 knockouts, was scheduled to challenge Paulus Moses for the WBA lightweight belt in April. (more…)
Sebastian Sylvester (33-3, 16 KOs) made a successful first defense of his IBF middleweight title as he stopped Billy Lyell in the tenth round in Neubrandenburg, Germany. When the brave challenger was on the receiving end of another hard series of punches, coach Jack Loew threw the towel. “It was great to defend my title in front of my fantastic fans,” Sylvester said. “I am not 100 percent pleased with my performance – I think I can do better – but I have retained my title and that is all that matters. Lyell was very active and hard to hit but I am glad I wore him down.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
On Saturday in Panama City, Venezuelan promoter BoxTrack represented by José Machek met with the WBA vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza in regard to the stalled negotiations in the mandated bout between WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo Moreno of Panama and Venezuelan interim champ Nehomar Cermeño.
“Boxtrack approached the WBA to rescue Venezuelan boxing, capitalizing on the momentum caused by the fight carried out in La Guaira, Venezuela in December for Edwin Valero’s defense,” said Mendoza, who added that no agreement has been arrived at but the WBA is analyzing the proposed idea. Mendoza also said the deadline for negotiations will be extended for a week given the interest shown by BoxTrack to promote the event in Venezuela.”
‘Combate Space’ (a network that broadcasts boxing in Spanish all over Latin America) announced that a deal is in the works to have WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly ‘The Ghost’ Pavlik (36-1, 32 KOs) face WBC Interim junior middleweight champion Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martinez (44-2-2, 24 KOs), of Argentina. The bout would take place in April on either the 17th or 24th and be aired on HBO.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Despite a sudden weekend snowstorm that hit the Washington, DC area Saturday morning, the card slated for Sunday, January 31st is still on at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD. The card is promoted by Baltimore Pro Boxing.
The main event on the card has undefeated Baltimore, MD middleweight Cecil McCalla facing Forest Heights, MD’s Jayson Champion in the eight-round contest. McCalla (9-0, four KO’s) has not fought since June 19 when he stopped Jorge Barajas in the sixth round at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD. Champion (4-4, three KO’s) has been off since he lost an eight-round unanimous decision to Jessie Nicklow in June of 2008 at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero at ringside
WBA minimumweight champion Román González of Nicaragua retained his title for the fourth time with a four round demolition of Mexican challenger Ivan Meneses in the Auditorio Siglo XXI in Puebla, Mexico. From the opening bell, the champion imposed his will on Meneses and never let up. Referee Robert Hoyle intervened after the fourth round to stop the uneven battle. González moved to 25-0 with 21 KOs, while Meneses fell to 14-6-1, 8 KOs. For more details and photos click here…
While most of New Mexico spent their Friday digging out of a blizzard that swept through the state, hot California bantam Chris Avalos spent the evening sweeping through Jose Nieves, burying him with an avalanche of punches in just under four rounds.
An estimated crowd of 4,500 frenzied fight fans filled Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, N.M. to watch what turned out to be one of the best shows in years. The Gary Shaw-promoted show, headlined by Avalos and local hopeful Archie Ray Marquez, turned out a blistering-paced undercard of local talent, with the main and co-main televised on Showtime’s ShoBox. . . . Click here for more
More than one year has passed since Ronys Torres, a native of Manacapuru city in Amazonas, Brazil, signed his name on the dotted line of a UFC contract . . . Click here for more by Martins Denis, UFC.com
Jorge Arce is a world champion again. In a clash for the vacant WBO super flyweight championship, Arce (53-6-1, 40 KOs) scored a seven round technical decision over Angky Angkota (18-4, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Plaza de Toros Arroyo in Mexico City. Ankota spent most the fight pinned in his own corner with Arce getting the better of the exchanges. The bout was stopped after Ankota suffered a cut over his right eye from an accidental headbutt in round seven. The scorecards read 58-56, 60-54, 60-54 for Arce, who is now a four-time world title holder. For more details and photos click here…
In his first title defense, IBF middleweight champion Sebastian Sylvester (33-3, 16 KOs) scores a 10th round TKO over late sub Billy Lyell (21-8, 4 KOs) on Saturday night at the Jahnsportforum in snowy Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. Sylvester was technically better from the opening bell as he pressed the action with little regard for Lyell’s power. After two one-sided rounds, Lyell upped his punch output in round three and as a result was able to keep Sylvester from teeing off so much. By round seven, however, Lyell was clearly slowing down and Sylvester became more and more dominant. Referee Earl Brown stopped it in the tenth at :37 when Lyell’s trainer Jack Lowe pulled his man out by waving a towel. Lyell took the bout on short notice after Sylvester’s original opponent Pablo Navascues tested positive for banned substances.
In an exciting fight, unbeaten heavyweight Robert Helenius (11-0, 7 KOs) impressively stepped up in class with an eight round thrashing of former WBO world champion Lamon Brewster (35-6, 30 KOs). The 6′6½ Helinius dropped Brewster in round two with a right to the chin and slowly broke him down as the bout progressed. The bout ended in round eight with Brewster taking heavy punishment. Time was 2:31. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
In an upset, local favorite and former world title challenger and WBC/WBA #8 Mads Larsen (51-3, 38 KOs) was stopped in the seventh by British Brian Magee (33-3-1, 23 KOs). Time was 0:15. Magee, previously ranked #14 by the WBC, is the new European super middleweight champion. (more…)
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Italian contender Matteo Signani (9-3-1, 4KOs) earned the domestic title at middleweight on Friday night in his hometown Savignano sul Rubicone, Italy, when defending champion Gaetano Nespro (15-6, 2KOs) was stopped in round eight due to a dangerous cut of a left eye by referee Luciano Nigro. It was a brutal and bloody fight, with a football-like atmosphere with competing fans screaming loudly to support their hero. Both fighters showed good physical condition, Signani was the aggressor and started the contest at a high pace, trying to bring the fight to Nespro, but the veteran of national fights used an effective orthodox skill of boxing to gain the control of the clash, many of the rounds following a similar pattern, the moment of truth and the end of the fight was after the ringside doctor checked the dangerous cut, the ref stopped the action and awarded the local hero a TKO win, the final outcome was the only bad point of the night, the fight was still open to any outcome and it would be correct another (the third) contest among the two. Sergio Cavallari promoted with Rai Sport Più televising. (Thanks to Claudio Guglielmo of Boxenet)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Ballroom Boxing Inc. moved their boxing card to Friday instead of Thursday and it appeared to do the trick as a near sellout crowd of over a thousand strong witnessed a wonderful night of professional boxing at Michaels Eighth Avenue in Glenn Burnie, Maryland. In the main event of the evening, late replacement light heavyweight Reggie Pena (5-2, 1 KO) pulled the upset, scoring a one sided six round unanimous decision victory over local favorite Willie “For Real” Willliams (12-5-2, 3 KOs). In the co-feature of the evening, DC lightweight prospect Thomas Snow (12-1, 8 KOs) escaped with an unpopular six round split decision victory over Jason Rorie (5-6-2, 2 KOs). For more details and photos click here…
By Bob Ryder
Promoters Carlos Llinas International Productions (CLIP) and Ron Remus Productions drew another SRO house on Friday night at Detroit’s Masonic Temple for their action packed ten bout card. In the main event, super middleweight Darryl Cunningham of Detroit won over Skyler Thompson of Rockford, IL. The self acclaimed “son of a preacher man” Cunningham controlled the contest from the beginning although Thompson was in it the way. An accidental clash of heads in the second round left Thompson with a nasty cut over his left eye. Ringside physician Dr. Hisham Ahmed performed a careful examination before signaling referee Ron Cunningham that Skyler was ok to continue. Blood ran down the side of Thompson’s face most of the rest of the bout. The fourth round was punctuated by an excellent back and forth exchange. After the six rounds, Cunningham won by identical scores of 60-54 on the judges card to raise his record to (18-2, 9 KOs). Thompson is now (11-7, 9 KOs). For more details and photos click here…
How far has Chael Sonnen come? Eight years ago, on a desert reservation called Anza, somewhere in the middle of California between the barren outposts of Cathedral City and Borrego Springs, Sonnen stepped in the cage for the first time as a professional. We use the word professional loosely, because what ensued that day against Jason “Mayhem” Miller could be more rightly called a “fiasco” . . . Click here for more by Chuck Mindenhall, UFC.com
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