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Details are set for the pay-per-view telecast for Evander Holyfield against Frans Botha on April 10 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. “The Legend Returns,” presented by Crown Boxing, is being distributed in the United States and Canada by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 9PM ET/6PM PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, Viewer’s Choice and Bell TV, for a suggested $29.95.
World champion Lucian Bute swings the big hammer as he preps for his upcoming April 17th IBF super middleweight defense against Edison Miranda. Bute is training in Miami, Florida for the upcoming HBO split-site telecast which also features Kelly Pavlik versus Sergio Martinez.
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Promoter Mario Loreni will stage an exposive WBA Intercontinental title clash at the welterweight limit on Friday night at the Nelson Mandela Forum in Florence, Italy. Italian boxing superstar Leonard Bundu (20-0-1, 6 KOs) and former South American challenger Carlos Adan Jerez (30-11-3, 16 KOs) are the co-challengers for the vacant crown. Both fighters are very hard and strong warriors. ‘Boom Boom’ Bundu, a former amateur star is extremely popular in Italy, due to his power and his aggressive style and currently is the European Union 147lb titlist, but Jerez, is a real ‘steel-man’ with vicious punch and is probably at the peak of his career, after a very impressive 2009, where he has knocked out former WBA contender Javier Alberto Mamani. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBC and WBA world champion Jorge “Niño de Oro” Linares has arrived in Venezuela from Japan to finalize his preparations for his March 27th comeback fight at the Polideportivo Jose Maria Vargas, La Guaira. Linares faces Francisco Lorenzo in his first fight since his shock KO1 loss to Juan Salgado last October in Tokyo. “I’m doing well, without problems and am happy to be able to come to fight here after almost five years,” said Linares. “I didn’t come for the holidays, I came to work. I needed this time to recover mentally. I thought I’d come back at 132 pounds or so. Nevertheless, this fight will be in the super feather category which pleases me because it’ll be a challenge for me. I’m happy me to fight again in my country and this is one of my motivations.”
Three-division world champion Erik “El Terrible” Morales, the last opponent to defeat Manny Pacquiao, returns from a 2 1/2-year layoff March 27 to headline “The Champion Returns” pay-per-view event, live from Monterrey, Mexico. . . . Click here for more
As reported, WBA World Champion Andre Ward has suffered an injury and is unable to fight Allan Green on April 24. The scheduled Group Stage 2 tournament matchup between WBC world championship Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler will take place as planned on Saturday, April 24, from Herning Denmark, airing on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT as a one-fight card (same-day delay). The Ward vs. Green bout, a Group Stage 2 matchup of the Super Six World Boxing Classic and Ward’s first world title defense, will be rescheduled.
“I honestly don’t think he will ever get in the ring with me,” said Green earlier this week. “I don’t think this is a fight Andre Ward and his people ever wanted… If I had it my way he’d take a cortisone shot and fight on April 24. I seriously doubt he’s ever going to fight me….. I hope it’s valid, because there’s been a lot put into this from everybody involved and there’s no time to play games…” (more…)
The WBC is officially appointing Vitaly Tajbert, from Germany, as the undisputed WBC super featherweight world champion as of today. Vitaly Tajbert won the WBC interim super featherweight championship by defeating Humberto Gutierrez, from Mexico, last November 11. Reigning champion Humberto Soto was ordered to meet Tajbert but he requested WBC permission to remain as super featherweight champion until he climbed into the ring to fight for the WBC lightweight championship, which he won this past Saturday night at the Cowboys stadium in Dallas, Texas. Soto is now the WBC lightweight champion and in strict adherence to the WBC Rules and Regulations, Vitaly Tajbert becomes the undisputed super featherweight champion of the world.
By Karl Freitag
One of the reasons IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko’s defense of the unified heavyweight title against Philadelphia’s Eddie Chambers won’t be televised in the United States is that HBO executives believe U.S. fight fans can’t tell the difference between Wladimir and his brother, WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko.
“For a while, Wladimir was hell-bent on maintaining a presence in the United States, and we were starting to break through with him,” Ross Greenburg, president of HBO Sports, told ESPN. “Unfortunately, at the same time, his brother decided to come back, so that kind of confused the consumer again in the United States. People have trouble differentiating.” The 51,000+ in attendance and 110 countries that ARE televising the world heavyweight championship fight have managed to differentiate between the brothers. What about you?
It was announced earlier today that heavyweight ‘Fast’ Fres Oquendo has signed a promotional contract with Roy Jones Jr., Square Ring Promotions. However, Chicago promoter Bobby Hit says Oquendo still has a current and binding contract with Hitz Boxing. Hitz says he is determined to defend his contract with Oquendo and resolve this matter through all legal channels available. “Typical Fres…what more can I say?” stated Hitz.
Former WBA Heavyweight Champion Ruslan Chagaev (25-1, 17 KOs) is looking forward to his upcoming WBA eliminator fight against Australian top ranked contender Kali Meehan (35-3, 29 KOs). The boxing career of 31 year old Chagaev has been kind of a roller coaster. He holds a win over “Russian Giant” Nicolay Valuev and he lost his last fight 10 months ago against WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in front of a 60,000+ crowd at Veltins Arena in Schalke. Now he is back in action with the WBA eliminator bout against “Checkmate” Meehan on May 22 in Germany with an eye on regaining his world title soon after.
IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and challenger “Fast” Eddie Chambers both looked sharp today during a public workout in Düsseldorf, Germany. Chambers displayed his lightning quick reflexes and ring movement, while Klitschko exhibited his power-punching to an appreciative crowd. They meet Saturday night in front of 51,000 at the Esprit Arena. Click here for more photos…
An attractive world championship doubleheader on March 26 featuring cruiserweights Steve Cunningham vs. Matt Godfrey for the vacant IBF title and IBF jr middleweight champion Cory Spinks against Cornelius Bundrage has been postponed. The reason for the postponement is that contractual issues arose between ESPN and DKP regarding the TV deal for Friday Night Fights that were unable to be resolved.
Grant Wilfley Casting is seeking male and female boxers, trainers and cutmen for possible ongoing work on a new FX TV project called “Lights Out,” filming from March to July 2010. All ages and ethnicities are being sought, but applicants must have current, real life boxing, training or cutman experience. Please send a recent picture, clothing sizes and contact info to email@example.com. Write REAL BOXING EXPERIENCE in the subject line of your email.
USBA and NABA Heavyweight Champion “Fast Fres” Oquendo 32-5 (31 KOs) has signed an exclusive promotional agreement with Square Ring Promotions and will face former two-time world champion Jean Marc Mormeck 34-4 (22 KOs) on May 6, 2010 at the Halle Carpentier arena in Paris, France. “We were very fortunate in signing Oquendo that Mormeck and his promotional company, J3M Promotions, who we’ve been collaborating with, were interested in fighting Oquendo in his next heavyweight bout,” said John Wirt, CEO of Roy Jones, Jr.’s Square Ring Promotions. “I see it as a crossroads fight between two outstanding veterans with the winner being in line for a world title opportunity.” (more…)
Story by Rick Scharmberg
“Fast” Eddie Chambers (35-1, 18 KOs), of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will realize his dream of fighting for the heavyweight championship of the world next Saturday, when he challenges WBO/IBF champion Wladimir Klitschko (53-3, 47 KOs), of Kiev, Ukraine at the Esprit Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany. Chambers, rated #1 in the WBO and #3 in the IBF, earned his shot with impressive wins over former WBC heavyweight champion Sam Peter and unbeaten contender Alexander Dimitrenko . . . click here for more
Chambers camp ready for battle: Rob Murray Jr (co-trainer), Rob Murray Sr. (trainer and mentor), Steve Chambers (Eddie’s brother), Eddie Chambers and Robert Hines (cutman) line up for a group shot in Dusseldorf, Germany.
UFC® Confirms Full Fight Card For UFC 111: The lineup is set for the UFC’s return to New Jersey on Saturday, March 27th.
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UFC® Comes To Versus This Sunday Night: Brandon Vera and Jon Jones go head-to-head in a light heavyweight battle, plus hard-hitting Junior dos Santos looks to continue his climb up the heavyweight ladder as he takes on Gabriel Gonzaga.
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By Matt Richardson
As the energy in the proposed super middleweight “Super Six” tournament continues to dwindle due to postponements and pull-outs, boxing fans who like the idea of a series of fights in a particular weight division can now begin to look further down the scale. Over the next few months, the attention will likely shift to what has become arguably the best and most exciting division in the sport: the 140-pound, junior welterweight class. While not as regimented as the tournament at 168 (this isn’t a tournament at all), the fights on tap promise to be significant and exciting. Two of these matches were announced on Tuesday morning at Madison Square Garden, in New York City, the site of an HBO-televised double-header on May 15. (more…)
Congratulations to SES Boxing, which celebrated its tenth year in the boxing business on Tuesday. It was March 16, 2000, when Ulf Steinforth founded Sport Events Steinforth (SES), and thus laid the foundation stone for the first professional boxing promotional company in eastern Germany. SES has since presented 65 boxing cards. “These ten years have fulfilled my dream of sporting success,” says Steinforth, who has two of his reigning world champions scheduled to defend their belts in April. IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck (on 4/9 in Ljubljana) and WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (on 4/17 in Magdeburg).
Featured fighters on Saturday’s card billed as “Win or Die in the City” taking place at “The City” Discotheque in Cancun, are rolling into the the famous Yucatan resort. Headlining the event are Mexican favorites Jhonny Gonzalez and Marco Antonio Rubio. Former world champion Gonzalez (42-7, 36 KOs) faces Antonio Davis (26-5, 13 KOs) in a WBC featherweight eliminator, while longtime middleweight contender Rubio (45-5-1, 39 KOs) meets Jeison Palomeque (12-3-1, 7 KOs). More plus more photos…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA interim bantamweight world champion Nehomar Cermeño has returned home to Venezuala for his March 27 fight with full WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno at the Polideportivo Jose Maria Vargas in La Guaira, Venezuela. Cermeño trained for the bout in Panama. “We don’t have any doubts that all is well,” said Cermeño. “There’s no problems with weight and we are ready. We’ve already finished sparring and now we just have to maintain our condition.” Cermeño added that the strategy for the bout is set and ” you can expect that on March 27 I will win the absolute world title.” Panamanian Moreno will arrive in Caracas, Venezuela on Saturday from Mexico City where he trained for the bout. The card is promoted by Boxtrack.
Boxing returns to the The Show at Agua Caliente Casino, Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, California on April 10th when unbeaten welterweight Orlando Lora (26-0-1, 18 KOs) takes on former world title challenger David Estrada (23-6, 14 KOs) with Lora’s WBC Intercontinental championship on the line. The bout will be televised on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights. Tickets, priced at $55, $45, $35 and $25, go on sale Saturday at 10AM and may be purchased at The Show Box Office, online at HotWaterCasino.com/TheShow or by calling 800-585-3737.
A purse bid was held in the IBF office today for the IBF super middleweight eliminator for #1 between Jesse Brinkley and Sakio Bika. InterBox Promotions was the winning bidder with a bid of $134,616. Star Boxing bid $111,000, and Golden Boy Promotions bid $102,000. InterBox has 90 days to put this fight on.
“I would like to congratulate Manny on his victory Saturday night even though I think it put most of the fans watching to sleep. Now it’s time for the world to focus on May 1 when I promise you nobody will be sleeping except for Floyd after I knock him out and send him back into retirement. Maybe if Floyd comes back a second time, he and Manny will fight one day, but it will only be for the opportunity to fight me again:, the man who beat both of them.”
By Uwe Betker
Below are links to videos made today (Tuesday) at the Freudenreich Professional Boxing Gym in Düsseldorf, Germany. The first link is to a video of Eddie Chambers’ private training session. The second link is to a comment from Chambers.
By Jose E. Santiago
Undisputed Productions will present an NABF cruiserweight title match between Johnny “Yahya” McClain (25-7-2, 17 KOs) and former world champion Lou “Honey Boy” Del Valle (36-6 2, 22 KOs) on April 17th at Wild Bills in Duluth, GA (just North of Atlanta). Looking to make their last hurrah at a world championship, the two combatants have a history of bad blood stemming from an altercation outside the ring that forced bystanders to intervene. After trying to negotiate a fight that never came to fruition, both fighters are set to meet and settle their differences once and for all.
Russian middleweight Matt Korobov today was added to the Kelly Pavlik vs. Sergio Martinez fight card April 17 in Atlantic City, N.J. Korobov, 10-0, is coming off his best win, a blast of hard punches and a first-round stoppage over Lamar Harris on Feb. 13. “Korobov took out a pretty strong fighter real quick in that one,” said Brad Goodman, matchmaker for Top Rank. Korobov is training in Las Vegas with former U.S. Olympic coach Kenny Adams. Pavlik will defend his world middleweight title against Martinez at the historic Boardwalk Hall.
Unbeaten heavyweight Odlanier Solis (15-0, 11 KOs), a big puncher who won a gold medal at the 2004 Olympic Games, will take on Carl Drummond (26-2, 20 KOs) on a Top Rank Live! boxing card on Saturday night in Key West, Fla. Solis and Drummond will box for the WBC International Heavyweight Championship which will be televised live on Fox Sports Espanol (10 pm eastern, 7 pm pacific). As an amateur heavyweight, Solis had two wins over Cuban legend Felix Savon and stopped David Haye in the finals of the 2001 World Championships. He was born in Havana, began boxing at the age of eight and had an amateur record of 347-12. “Solis has a lot of power. We saw that when he fought recently at Madison Square Garden,” said Bob Arum of Top Rank. Solis, 29, lives and trains in Miami. He is ranked WBC #2, WBA #8 and WBO #15 at heavyweight.
WBA super lightweight champion Amir Khan and former IBF jr welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi faced off at a press conference in New York City today to announce their world title bout set for May 15 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. The fight marks Khan’s United States debut which will take place in Malignaggi’s backyard.
Two world titles will be on the line for the first time in 2010 when the Ultimate Fighting Championship® returns to the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey for the sold-out UFC 111: ST-PIERRE vs HARDY, Saturday, March 27th, live on Pay-Per-View and presented by TapouT. In featured bouts, one of the best fighters in the game today, UFC® welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, looks to extend his reign and his six fight winning streak against British bomber Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy, and former heavyweight champion Frank Mir looks to become only the second man in UFC history to win the championship three times when he takes on number one contender Shane Carwin for the interim UFC heavyweight title. (more…)
Although the boxing world’s attention was firmly centered on the Manny Pacquiao-Joshua Clottey fight, the greater Dallas area took advantage of its rare position as the center of the boxing world this weekend to host the first press conference for the upcoming Kelly Pavlik versus Sergio Martinez fight.
The Pavlik-Martinez fight, scheduled for April 17 in Atlantic City on the Boardwalk Hall, already has created a buzz with boxing insiders, and many are anticipating a near sellout crowd as the popular Pavlik has already established himself as Atlantic City’s favorite star . . . Click here for more
With less than two weeks before their group stage 2 bout, Andre Dirrell (18-1, 13 KOs) and Arthur Abraham (31-0, 25 KOs) will clash in the SUPER SIX WORLD BOXING CLASSIC showdown on March 27 from Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich., at 10:30 pm ET/PT on SHOWTIME®. The Measurement Of A Fight or as most would refer, The Tale Of The Tape gives you the physical measurements of a fighters advantages and disadvantages over the other. Only one will prevail when Dirrell pits his greater size, speed and athleticism against Abraham’s accurate counter punching, defense and versatility. But there is one thing that the Tale Of The Tape cannot give you, the size of a fighters heart, determination and will to win. And that’s where this fight will be decided.
By Alexey Sukachev
Mandatory challenger Roman Karmazin (40-3-1, 26 KOs) who is starting his preparations for the upcoming IBF title shot against middleweight champion Sebastian Sylvester (33-3, 16 KOs) gave Fightnews several comments and expressed his feelings about the recent purse bid to define the organizing promoter of the event. Steven Bash of Bash Boxing, who represents IBF junior middleweight ex-titleholder, was an unexpected winner of the bid, held last Tuesday at IBF headquarters, taking advantage over Sauerland Event. Now IBF #1 Karmazin is in his hometown of Saint Petersburg getting ready to become (if successful against the German) the first Russian to acquire world titles in two weight classes.
Here is what Roman had to say: “I’m positively shocked with the outcome of the bid. I talked to Steven beforehand and he told me our chances were very slim so it came as surprise that we were able to outbid such a powerful company as Team Sauerland. Bash was the first man to tell me about this win and I couldn’t avoid crying myself out of joy and delight. It was really a grand surprise for everyone involved, including me, Steven, our partners and maybe even the German party. I wish to thank my Russian friends and partners, who were able to grant us with enough funds to take the better of Sauerland Event. Thank you guys!” (more…)
Following his successful return to the ring last December, former WBC super middleweight champion Éric Lucas (39-7-3, 15 KOs.) will be looking to add a 40th win to his outstanding pro record on Friday, May 28th in Quebec City. Considered a Quebec boxing hero, Lucas will be lacing up the gloves against the ever popular Librado Andrade (28-3-0, 21 KO). Andrade is no stranger to Quebec boxing fans, having fought 4 times in this province and showing a record of 2 wins (vs Otis Grant and Vitaliy Tsypko) and 2 losses (both to Lucian Bute, the last by sensational KO last November 28th at the same venue). This bout will be a tough task for Eric, who has only fought once in the last 4 years plus. According to Eric, his ring experience and strong defensive skills are the keys to beating Librado. Lucas has not let up on the intensity level in the gym and will continue his preparation in Florida with his trainer Stephan Larouche and stablemate Lucian Bute. “I am certain many will tell me I set the bar too high and that the challenge is too big, but this is exactly the type of fight I was looking for when I made my return to the ring. I felt the electric atmosphere of the Pepsi Colisee last November 28th when Lucian won, and Quebec City really touched me. Now I want to experience that euphoria for myself in that City,” he stated.
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