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Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
Muhammad Lawal (8-1) sat at yesterday’s Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine press conference and looked like he didn’t have a care in the world.
With his now trademark headphones slightly above his ears, the former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion looked down through most of the conference and only perked up when correcting CEO Scott Coker about his weight class (Coker mistakenly referred to Lawal as a middleweight). (more…)
WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather is scheduled to begin serving his 90 day sentence in a county jail in Las Vegas today after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor battery charge last month. With good behavior, Floyd could be back on the street in 60 days. Floyd’s legal situation has scuttled a possible May showdown with Manny Pacquiao. Pacman is now expected to choose his next opponent from a short list consisting of Timothy Bradley, Miguel Cotto, Juan Manuel Marquez and Lamont Peterson. A decision could be made as soon as this weekend for a May or June date.
By Phil Doherty
Photo: Hector Gabino
Newly-formed promotional powerhouse Acquinity Sports held a top-class press conference yesterday from the swank Boca Prime Steakhouse in Boca Raton for this Saturday’s card at the Hollywood Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa. Headlining the Telefutura-televised card is current WBO Latino champion and Hollywood hometown resident Ed “The Lion” Paredes (28-3-1, 18 KOs). Paredes squares off against tough Mexican puncher Michael Lozada (39-9-1, 31 KOs) in a 10-rounder.
Paredes took the podium to tell his local and national fans: “This is an important fight for me, I’ve trained very hard for this fight and Saturday night will show how ready I am to take the next step in my career.” Lozada believes he has the goods to knock off the young “Lion,” responding: “There is no hometown advantage for Paredes. I have the experience and the power to win this fight.”
Fightnews had a chance to catch up with Acquinity Sports Boxing promoter Henry Rivalalta during the festivities to discuss the upcoming card. (more…)
Video: Pepe Rodriguez
Photo: Zanfer Promotions
Zanfer Promotionsis protesting the removal of Juan Manuel Marquez as WBA lightweight super champion for failure to defend his belt.
“We totally condemn the action of WBA and our company Zanfer will defend to the last our fighter, a great example to world boxing such as Juan Manuel Marquez, and send a letter immediately to the offices of the WBA asking them to reconsider and reinstall Juan Manuel as super champion. We are also asking for an explanation of this unfair action against our fighter. We are confident that by sending the letter to the leaders of the WBA that they’ll reconsider and realize the error and injustice committed against Juan Manuel and what it represents. What has been achieved by Juan Manuel with much effort fighting in the ring can’t be deleted from a desk just because.”
Photos: Bob Barton/Rumble Time Promotions
Dyah Davis 166.75 vs. Alonso Lopez 167
Steve Martinez 153.75 vs. Denis Douglin 154.5
Venue: Mallory Square, Key West, Florida
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
TV: ESPN2 (more…)
Photos: Bob Ryder
Pete Cantu 136 vs. Joel Flores 135.5
Sidney Gurley 164.5 vs. Cameron Allen 163.5
Juan Goode 245 vs. Keyonn Graham (TBD)
Rick Dufty 202.5 vs. Ryan Rawls (TBD)
Lane Staal 168 vs. James Denson (TBD)
Leandre White 150.5 vs. Dorain Hatcher 162 (Hatcher to reweigh on Friday)
Chris Finley 141 vs Gabriel Morris 141
Bowe Vincent 160 vs. Patrick Boozer 150 (Boozer to reweigh Friday)
Mickey Ward attended weigh in to meet and greet press and fans. Ward will also attend fights on Friday night.
Promoter: Donofrio Entertainment in association with Jackie Kallen and Palace Sports
Venue: Palace of Auburn Hills (more…)
Mason Menard 135 vs. Rynell Griffin 132.1
Bobby Bryant 154 vs. Anthony Middlebrooks 153.1
Josh Joseph 147 vs. Allan Moore 147
Cody Richard 139 vs. Dedrick Bell 136.1
Joey Bryant 135 vs. Travis Bedwell 133.4
Deandre Neal Robinson 153 vs. Nathan Kenning 151
Bailey Bobbitt 173.2 vs. William Johnson 173.2
Venue: Evegaline Downs Casino, Opelousa, Louisiana
Promoter: Boxncar Promotions
Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Luis Ramos 134.8 vs. Raymundo Beltran 134.2
Michael Perez 134.6 vs. Omar Figueroa 134.4
Michael Finney 148 vs. Hector Orozco 145.4
Ricardo Malfavon 154.6 vs. Stephen Rubalcaba 154.2
Naphi Mohammad 130.4 vs. Rocco Espinoza 129.8
Christopher Pearson 155.8 vs. Cleven Ishe 155.2
Venue: Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: SHOWTIME (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel/WBC
WBC super middleweight champion Andre Ward received his world title belt from WBC President Jose Sulaiman in Mexico City at Thursday. Ward won the Showtime super middleweights tournament by defeating Carl Froch by unanimous decision on December 17 in Atlantic City to unify the WBA/WBC titles. “I would like to be world champion in different divisions and I would face Julio Cesar Chávez,” said Ward. “The WBC title is important and a boxer’s dream to achieve. I admire Mexicans champion like Julio Cesar Chavez and Juan Manuel Marquez. I hope to keep this crown for a long time.” Click here for more photos…
The World Boxing Council unanimously approved that WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., must defend mandatorily against Sergio Martinez, but leaving open an opportunity for both parties to agree to an interim bout as both had TV dates already reserved, Chavez on February 4th and Martinez on March 15th. As no news of any agreement was received at the WBC offices, and per virtue of February 4th being a month away and March 15th about two months away, the Board of Governors of the WBC has ruled to accept both engagements according to the rules, but with the indication that the winner and WBC champion after the 4th of February must defend mandatorily against Martinez, if he wins over Mathew Macklin. The WBC is waiting the requests in writing to approve the bouts.
Universum CEO Waldemar Kluch says he is very disappointed with the behavior of heavyweight contender Alexander Dimitrenko, who accused Kluch of unprofessionalism and announced that after his contract expires in September he’s working with a new promoter. Kluch believes Dimitrenko may be mad because he hasn’t been offered a contract extension. He says he’ll continue to work on attractive fights for Dimitrenko, but expects the fighter to get refocused on the sport and show good performance. “His last two fights were frankly not a recommendation for an early championship fight,” said Kluch. “He must clearly show more and keep working. The gap between his performance and his demands has now gotten quite far apart and he had better come back down to earth.” The 6’7 Dimitrenko is 32-1, 21 KOs and rated WBC #2, WBO #2, WBA #8 and IBF #7.
He only fought twice in 2011, but Tyron Woodley has been anything but a slacker between fights. In fact, he can now add gym owner to a list of titles that include Strikeforce welterweight contender, dad, and husband. But he’s managing to keep his head above water as he juggles the multiple roles . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, Strikeforce.com
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA has vacated their lightweight “super” title from Juan Manuel Marquez due to the expiration of 18 months without facing a mandatory challenger as required by the organization’s rules. In the new November and December ranking published January 4 by the WBA, the title is listed as vacant. Marquez won the belt in February 2009 against Juan Diaz, then fought a non-title fight with Floyd Mayweather in September 2009, a defense/rematch against Juan Diaz in July 2010, and his last defense against WBO interim beltholder Michael Katsidis on November 27, 2010. After that he fought a non-title bout against Likare Ramos and a welterweight bout against Manny Pacquiao.
Marquez will be informed of the news by his advisers and and we’ll see if he uses his right to a reconsideration by the WBA.
The new WBA rankings now list all interim titleholders as #1 in their weight divisions. In the current lightweight ratings interim titlist Richard Abril is #1, Jorge Linares is #2 and Brandon Rios is #3.
Talk about having a death wish — TMZ has learned, someone broke into Mike Tyson’s Vegas hotel room this weekend while the ex-boxing champ was sleeping … but lucky for the intruder, he escaped before Tyson could break his face in. Sources tell TMZ, Mike was staying at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Saturday night — where he and his family crashed after attending Stevie Wonder’s New Year’s Eve concert.
We’re told Tyson was sleeping like a baby … when all of a sudden, he awoke to rustling sounds and saw a flashlight. But by the time Iron Mike realized what was happening, the intruder had already run out of the room. According to sources, security at the hotel was called and they are currently investigating the situation. Nothing was reported stolen from the room. A rep for the hotel tells TMZ, “We have received a report of an incident that is currently under investigation. As always, guest safety is of the utmost importance.”
Former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (51-6-1, 45 KOs) has decided to end his retirement from boxing. Not only is Briggs returning to the ring as a fighter but as a promoter, as well. Briggs who is employed and a partner of the Florida-based online marketing powerhouse Acquinity Interactive, will debut as a promoter this coming Saturday at the Westin Diplomat Resort in Hollywood, Florida. Telefutura’s popular weekly “Solo Boxeo Tecate” boxing series will air the event.
Briggs last fought in October 2010 when he dropped a decision to WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko. Its hard enough to fight Klitschko with two good arms but to do it with one is mission impossible. This is what Briggs was faced with as he severely tore his left bicep early in the bout. Fast forward more than a year after such a grueling fight and Briggs will look to beat the odds and become heavyweight champion of the world again and an elite promoter. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
Former world champion Edgar Sosa (43-7, 23 KOs) of Mexico will defend his WBC International flyweight title against Filipino Roil Golez (13-7, 5 KOs) on Saturday night in the Polanco Forum in Mexico City. “I’m waiting to have a new opportunity for a world flyweight title,” said Sosa at today’s presser. Sosa, who is starting fresh with a new promoter, Ricardo Maldonado/Promociones Maldonado, was defeated in his last fight in October 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand by WBC flyweight champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam. More presser photos…
It was announced today that on January 21 IBF lightweight champ Miguel “Titere” Vazquez (29-3, 13 KOs) makes the third defense of his belt against Ameth Diaz (30-10, 21 KOs) at the Coliseo Olímpico de la U de G. in Guadalajara, Mexico. In the co-feature, welterweight KO artist Daniel “Galeno” Sandoval (22-2, 22 KOs)collides with Alvaro Aguilar (20-2-1, 16 KOs) in a ten rounder. Also, Ricardo “Dinamita” Alvarez (12-1-2, 6 KOs) and unbeaten “Princesa Tapatía” Jocelyn Arroyo (6-0, 1 KO) will see action.
In an unprecedented turn of events, the Daniel Ponce de Leon versus Omar Estrella ten round featherweight bout is now scheduled for Tijuana, Baja California Norte, Mexico, on Saturday, January 21st. Originally the contest was set for Mexico City but now it will be set for the Tijuana Municipal Auditorium with the full support of the Tijuana Mayor Carlos Bustamante, the director of the Tijuana Boxing and Martial Arts Commission Juan Carlos Pelayo and the Tijuana Boxing Commissioner Alejandro “Terra” Garcia. The Ponce de Leon-Estrella bout will be televised live in Mexico by Televisa and presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Erik Morales’ Box Latino. “Now that I have been told that the fight will be in my hometown, my motivation has just increased by 1000%,” Estrella stated minutes after the change of venue relayed to him. He is trained by two-time world champion Raul “Jibaro” Perez at the Gaspar “Indio” Ortega gym in the tough neighborhood of the Zona Norte, the same neighborhood that gave birth to current WBC 140 lbs. champ Erik “Terrible” Morales who happens to be Estrella’s promoter.
Hall of Fame matchmaker Russell Peltz shares his insight into the undercard bouts on January 21st at the Asylum Arena in Philadelphia, PA, headlined by heavyweights Eddie Chambers and Sergei Liakhovich. The show will be the opening night of the NBC Sport Network Fight Night series. Peltz describes these matchups as “truly great fights that match styles – not records.” (more…)
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