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Photo: Contenders and champs fighting on Saturday night’s “Title Night” card on HBO pose after a final press conference held today at the Hard Rock’s Wasted Space in Las Vegas. Pictured, from left to right: Ali Funeka, Marcos Maidana, Victor Cayo and Joan Guzman. Stay tuned for a write-up and more photos from today’s presser.
Four of the top 108 pounders in the world will in action this Saturday in “Top Rank Live” when former world champion Ulises “Archi” Solis takes on Bert Batawang in an 108 pound IBF world title eliminator and current world champion Giovani Segura takes on Roland Ramos in a non title bout. The show will take place in the “Plaza Pueblo Antiguo” and will televised by Fox Sports en Espanol at 9PM ET/6PM PT. The fight card will be open to the public free of charge. (more…)
The Americans, Andre Ward and Allan Green, give their compatriot, Andre Dirrell, a slight edge to upend unbeaten Arthur Abraham in a Group Stage 2 bout in the Super Six World Boxing Classic this Saturday, March 27, at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit on SHOWTIME® (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). The Europeans — Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler — anticipate a tight fight, too. However, they aren’t so certain who will prevail in what will be a fiercely contested, scheduled 12-round match that will be televised during a Free Preview Weekend on SHOWTIME. (more…)
TKO Boxing Promotions nationally acclaimed “HOMETOWN HEROES TO WORLD CHAMPIONS” boxing series will return to the Mohegan Sun Casino on Saturday, May 22nd in Uncasville, CT. In the main event, Peter “The Pride of Providence” Manfredo Jr. will battle Angel “ EL Toro ” Hernandez of Chicago, IL for the vacant IBO middleweight title. The co-feature will see Hartford ’s Matt “The Sharp Shooter” Remillard defending his NABF featherweight title. Ticket information and further details will be announced shortly.
By Pasi Taavitsainen
WBA #12 heavyweight Robert Helenius weighed in at 243.6 pounds for his bout on Friday night against Gbenga Oloukun, who scaled in at 232.5. The fight takes place at the Töölö Sporthall in Helsinki, Finland. For more photos click here…
By Bob Ryder
With both fighters exhibiting much mutual respect, Andre Dirrell and Arthur Abraham met the press for the final time at an assembled media gathering at the MGM Casino in downtown Detroit in advance of their bout on Saturday night at Joe Louis Arena. Unlike many press conferences of the day, there was no shouting, hurling of insults, or degradation of opponents skills and abilities. What was on display was an example of two athletes, trained, confident, and ready to show their skills in the ring.
After brief introductory remarks by promoters Gary Shaw and Wilfred Sauerland, Arthur Abraham was first to take the podium. “I’m not here to talk, I’m here to box” proclaimed a stoic and serious Abraham leading off his very short remarks. After thanking everyone for attending and stating that he has great respect for every boxer as they all are fighting for their family, pride and country, he closed with a “see you Saturday night.”
A slightly more animated but also very serious Andre Dirrell took the podium to the shouts and cheers of his camp and supporters. “We worked real hard in camp. Arthur will see the true essence and science of boxing. I feel excellent. Arthur Abraham is a great opponent and I’m glad to have the opportunity to fight him.” However, Dirrell ended his comments with a resounding “the king will be dethroned!” Click here for more…
By Przemek Garczarczyk
In exactly one month, on April 24 in Ontario, California, Tomasz Adamek (40-1, 27 KOs) will have his most important fight as a heavyweight against Cristobal Arreola (28-1, 25 KOs). After three weeks of training in Ronnie Shields’ gym in Houston, Shields, Adamek and number one sparring partner Dominick Guinn (32-6, 21 KOs) are talking about “Goral’s” chances and his fight preparation. For interviews and photos click here…
WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik has revved up his training in Youngstown according to chief trainer Jack Loew. “We are facing a real fast, quick challenger in Sergio Martinez on April 17,” Loew said. “Our focus is on speedwork which includes footwork in the ring and running up and down the steps at the Youngstown State football stadium. “Kelly hasn’t fought someone like Martinez before. He’s quick and he will move around the ring,” Loew said. “It’s not an easy fight and we know it. We’ve had great – really perfect – sparring in our gym. Kelly went 8 rounds yesterday, will go 10 today, then 12 rounds the next day. (more…)
By Ricardo Conde
WBC junior middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (44-2-2, 24 KOs) of Argentina will step back into the ring on Saturday, April 17th at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ against WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik (36-1, 32 KOs). This will be shown live on HBO world championship boxing and is being promoted by Top Rank in association with DiBella Entertainment. For more details and photos click here…
Undefeated Uzbekistan prospects, light heavyweight Gayrat Ahmedov and welterweight Ravshan Hudaynazarov, will be in action Saturday night on a Don Chargin Productions/Jorge Marron Productions card at the Karma Club in Victorville, California. Ahmedov (13-0-1, 9 KOs), a four-time Uzbekistan national amateur champion, takes on 40-year-old Demetrius Davis (19-20-5, 7 KOs) in the eight round main event. Hudaynazarov (10-0, 7 KOs), a 2007 world military games gold medalist, faces Anthony “The Matrix” Mora (15-5, 10 KOs) in a 6-rounder. Both are promoted by KZ Event Productions.
Undefeated Dominican Victor Manuel Cayo knows he is in the fight of his life Saturday night, when he takes on Argentinean brawler Marcos Maidana.
But there’s a reason he’s been asking to fight Maidana for the last two-and-a-half years . . . Click here for more
By Alexey Potapov
WBC heavyweight champ Vitali Klitschko (39-1, 37 KOs) met his next challenger, European beltholder Albert Sosnowski (45-2-1, 27 KOs) at the Bundesliga soccer match between Schalke 04 and Bayern at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Klitschko-Sosnowski will take place on May 29th at the state-of-the-art 61,000-seat stadium that features a retractable roof.
Ali “Rush Hour” Funeka might’ve been blindsided by three blind mice in his first fight with Joan Guzman, last November, but, Saturday night in Las Vegas, the man just about everyone but three Canadian judges had coming out ahead, plans to pull off a bang-up job in the rematch.
“Las Vegas won’t be the same as it was in Canada,” Funeka said on Wednesday before a limber-up workout at the Extreme Couture Gym . . . Click here for more
With only two days to go until the next Super Six World Boxing Classic fight the WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch is weighing up who is most likely to win and who he will be backing between former IBF middleweight title holder ‘King’ Arthur Abraham and Andre ‘The Matrix’ Dirrell. “I can’t pick a winner because it’s in the States. I really am 50/50,” said Froch of the second round fight. However when pushed, Carl leaned towards Abraham, urging him to beat Dirrell as Froch himself did in the first round of the Super Six after a split decision. Froch said: “It will either be a brutal KO by Abraham or a boring points decision by Dirrell with a bitch-like performance. Come on Abraham…catch him sweet!” Froch will be facing Mikkel Kessler on April 24th.
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The IBO super middleweight championship of the world is again up for grabs. Cameroon-born title-holder Sakio Bika (28-3-2), now a resident of Australia, was stripped of his 168-pound title for inactivity, according to International Boxing Organization President Ed Levine. Bika won the championship in November 2008; but did not defend it and had not fought since a one-round TKO of Nestor Casanova in a light heavyweight bout last July. Levine said a bout for the now-vacant title was “under final negotiation” and would be announced soon.
Jimmy Burchfield, president of Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES), and cruiserweight contender Matt Godfrey’s promoter, has commented on the postponed Steve Cunningham-Matt Godfrey IBF cruiserweight title fight. The purse bid for Cunningham-Godfrey was won by Don King Productions and originally scheduled for March 19 in Florida and then switched to March 26 in Las Vegas. DKP issued a release March 17 postponing the fight. Main Events tried to resurrect the fight for the same date, but was unable to get Team Godfrey onboard. Burchfield explains why. (more…)
A new date of Saturday, June 19, has been set for the Super Six World Boxing Classic showdown between undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) 168-pound champion Andre Ward (20-0, 13 KOs) and world-ranked contender “Sweetness” Allan Green (29-1, 20 KOs), Ken Hershman, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports®, formally announced today.
The fight is co-promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions and DiBella Entertainment and will be televised live on SHOWTIME beginning at 10 p.m. ET/PT from the Oracle Arena in Ward’s hometown of Oakland, Calif. (more…)
Argentine strongman Marcos “El Chino” Maidana (27-1, 26 KOs) returns to the US and HBO on March 27th to defend his WBA interim light welterweight title against number two ranked contender Victor “Mermelada” Cayo (24-0, 16 KOs) at the Joint, located in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“El Chino” burst onto the American scene last June, winning the interim strap in a spectacular five-knockdown slugfest against rising star Victor Ortiz . . . Click here for more
Interview by David L. Hudson Jr.
UFC lightweight contender Jim Miller loves to fight and craves the competition. He loves the challenges associated with testing his skills against other talented combatants.
On March 27th he faces a formidable challenge in the form of Mark Bocek, a dangerous grappler with real submission skills . . . Click here for more
Days before their Stage 2 Super-Six super middleweight tournament contest in Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena this Saturday, both Arthur Abraham and Andre Dirrell seemed quietly confident and relaxed.
The fighters conducted workouts Wednesday afternoon at a second reincarnation of the old Kronk Gym in a storefront on Warren Avenue in west Detroit . . . click here for more
Yesterday’s media workout with Interim WBA Super Lightweight World Champion Marcos Maidana, opponent, unbeaten Dominican Victor Cayo, South African Ali Funeka and unbeaten former champ Joan Guzman, at the Extreme Couture Gym in Las Vegas. Click here for full photo gallery by Chris Cozzone
Here is video from this week’s media days for the April 3 clash between Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr.
Story by David L. Hudson Jr.
UFC lightweight contender Mark Bocek hopes to make it four straight wins in the Octagon when he faces the tough Jim Miller on UFC 111 March 27th in Newark, New Jersey.
Bocek has won three straight fights via rear naked choke, his favorite technique . . . Click here for more
Demetrius Hopkins 146 vs. Jesse Feliciano 149.5
Fedor Chudinov 161.7 vs. Jeremiah Jones 162
Dmitry Chudinov 161 vs. Fernando Calleros 161.7
Mikael Zewski 151.5 vs. Moses Alvizo 153
Ivan Redkach 131 vs. John Lopez 129
J’Leon Love 165.2 vs. Bryan Smith 161
Flavio Rodriguez 147.2 vs. Najee Hayes 147.5
Randy Caballero vs. Samuel Yniguez**both will weigh in tomorrow
Mike Finney 246 vs. Steve Fierro 275
Venue: Commerce Casino, Los Angeles, CA
Promoter: TKO Boxing Promotions
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