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- Silva-Diaz superfight set for Super Bowl weekend
- Andre Dirrell returns on FNF co-feature
- Video: Klitschko-Briggs Gym Showdown
- Kovalev-Caparello undercard
- Chaves still waiting for OK to enter USA
- Hammer-Mathis changed to no contest
- Photos: Briggs and Klitschko nearly square off; Michael Moorer intervenes
- Takayama, Okada keep Japanese belts
- Gevor brothers to fight on August 16
- Incredibly Smooth: The Best of Benson Henderson
- Smoger to run referee, judges clinics in St Maarten
Ronald Hearns loves March and all the madness that goes with it. The son of legendary eight-time world champion Thomas “Hit Man” Hearns, Ronald earned his college degree in criminal justice from American University in Washington D.C. While in college, Hearns played for the basketball team. This year American University’s basketball team won the Patriot League and advanced to the exclusive tournament field of 64 for the 2009 NCAA® Division I Men’s Basketball Championship for the first time. But this Saturday night, Hearns will be nowhere near a court; rather, he’ll be in the ring when he faces fellow unbeaten junior middleweight Harry Joe Yorgey in a 10-round bout on a special Saturday edition of ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Hundred of boxing people today (Thursday) attended a funeral service of Masatate Tsuji, Japanese top ranked 105-pound contender, who passed away on Tuesday because of brain hemorrhage after his come-from-behind defeat in a national elimination bout with Yuji Kanemitsu in Tokyo, Japan, last Saturday. Tsuji, 30, had swept almost all rounds before he abruptly succumbed in the tenth and final session. He was the thirty-fifth ring victim since the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) was established just prior to the first world title bout between Dado Marino and Yoshio Shirai in 1952. It was a horrible shock wave to the Japanese boxing fraternity. (more…)
Story by Chris Cozzone
When Javier Castro was a kid, he loved Zorro movies so much, he’d wear a mask to bed. Having left an impression on Castro as a nickname, “Zorro,” in a pugilistic incarnation, seeks to leave his mark upon the boxing world—and opponent—Saturday night in Tijuana, Mexico . . . . Click here for more
Boxing’s pound for pound king Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and world junior welterweight champion Ricky “Hitman” Hatton invite their fans to the famous Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, California on Monday (March 30) where they will walk the red carpet and speak to their fans before hosting their only U.S. news conference for their championship epic, “The Battle of East and West!” Fans are encouraged to arrive at the front entrance of the Roosevelt Hotel (7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, Calif. 90028), which will feature search lights worthy of a Hollywood premiere, beginning at 7 p.m. Pacquiao, Hatton and their respective trainers Freddie Roach and Floyd Mayweather, Sr. will arrive in their limousines at 7:30 p.m. and will speak to the crowd over the public address system before heading inside to the news conference.
By Alexey Sukachev
While sceptics question his remarkable determination and desire to be matched tough, Kazakh light heavyweight prospect Beibut Shumenov (7-0, 5 KOs) shows no signs of slowing down. Next for Shumenov, who is ranked #8 by the WBA, #9 by the WBO and#16 by the WBC, is a twelve-round clash against former IBF super middleweight champion Alejandro Berrio (28-5, 27 KOs) of Columbia. The contract between two respective parties was signed yesterday. This fight will most probably be held on the open air at Khadjimukan stadium in Chimkent, Kazakhstan, on May 9; however, the exact date depends on weather condtitions and can be moved slightly in future. A vacant IBA light heavyweight title will be for grabs. Power-punching Berrio, IBF #9 ranked contender, posted two easy victories over non-descript opposition in 2008 following his spirited TKO 11 loss to Lucian Bute in November 2007. He is to become the second former world champion after Montell Griffin to collide with Shumenov in his yet short but already sound pro career.
In coming up the hard way as a fighter, Derrick “Super” Samuels didn’t have the leisure of building up his record with handpicked opponents. This has caused his goal of reaching elite status in the Junior Welterweight division to hit a few speed bumps.
“When I fought Marvin Cordova, everyone in attendance knew who the real winner was” said Samuels, who lost a much disputed decision in Cordova’s hometown last August. “The outcome of the Richard Abril fight was extremely controversial as well.” “I got dropped by a good punch, got up within a few seconds of being knocked down and the referee called it off without warrant”, Samuels explained of his disappointing first round knockout loss. (more…)
By Jacob Chavez
Photography by John Booz
It is not everyday that fight fans get to see two of their area’s most popular fighters do battle in a must-win situation. But that is exactly what will happen Friday night when Chicago’s very own Miguel “Macho” Hernandez (20-8-0, 10 KOs) and Luciano “El Gallo Michoacano” Perez (16-9-1, 16KOs) meet for WBF All-America’s Middleweight Title. The venue hosting the “Windy City Fight Night” card will be the newly adopted home of Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, the UIC Pavilion. (more…)
By Drew Amendola at Ringside; Photos by Scott Foster
Roy Jones Jr. disproved the old adage that “you can never go home
again” on Saturday when he dominated two-time world title challenger Omar Sheika to force a referee stoppage in the fifth round of their scheduled twelve round fight at the Pensacola Civic Center in Pensacola, Florida. Jones captured the NABO light heavyweight title with his victory and rejuvenated his career (again). Click Here For The Full Report and Photo Gallery.
By Lee Bates
Puerto Rico’s Jose ‘Carita’ Lopez (38-7-2, 32KOs) and Thailand’s Pramuansak Posuwan (45-1-1, 24KOs) will battle for the vacant WBO super flyweight title this Saturday at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. The two combatants faced off Wednesday at their press conference in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. “My previous four world title attempts have all been on the road and this will be my first in my native Puerto Rico. I’m in excellent condition as I’m sure is Posuwan which will make for an explosive fight for the fans,” said Lopez. Posuwan stated, “I’ve prepared four months for this fight and I’m in excellent condition. I’m very confident I will win the world title in Puerto Rico this Saturday night.” The event titled ‘Night of champions will be promoted by PR Best Boxing and televised on Direct TV. Also featured on the card in separate bouts will be former world champions Eric Morel and Manny Siaca. Recently PR Best Boxing signed former Olympian Carlos Negron will be making his professional debut as well. Former world title challenger Henry Bruseles has been added to the card as well. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 787-792-5000.
Fight fans are invited to attend Thursday’s weigh-in for fighters in action on Friday night’s ESPN2 card at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. The scale will be set up in the Burgundy Bordeaux Room at the Crown Plaza Hotel LAX with former WBC heavyweight champion Sam “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter, IBF #3 heavyweight “Fast” Eddie Chambers, 2008 U.S. Olympians Shawn Estrada and Javier Molina, and lightweight sensation John Molina scheduled to weigh in at 11AM.
If the action inside the ring is remotely close to the ongoing war of words that has been waged outside of it, then the Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley and Kendall “Rated R” Holt showdown will be a strong contender for “Fight of the Year.” In what is being called the biggest international boxing event in Montreal, Canada, since Roberto Duran defeated Sugar Ray Leonard nearly 30 years ago, Bradley and Holt will meet at the historic Bell Centre to unify their respective WBC and WBO 140-pound titles. The champions will clash Saturday, April 4, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING live at a special time 10:45 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) to accommodate fans watching the conclusion of the 2009 NCAA® Men’s Final Four®. In the co-feature, Ukraine’s Vitali Tsypko (22-2, 12 KOs) will take on Librado Andrade (27-2, 21 KOs) in an International Boxing Federation (IBF) super middleweight eliminator. (more…)
Photos: David Martin Warr
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Promoter Don King has filed a protest with the British Boxing Board of Control, World Boxing Organization and World Boxing Association on behalf of Marco Antonio Barrera claiming his accidental clash of heads with Amir Khan during the first round of their match should have resulted in the fight being ruled no contest. The five-time world champion Barrera and rising 22-year-old British star Khan had barely begun to fight in front of a sold-out crowd of 20,000 at M.E.N Arena on March 14 in Manchester, England, when the two boxers’ heads inadvertently slammed together while trying to land punches. The accidental meeting of heads occurred during the second minute of the fight, opening a huge gash on the left side of Barrera’s head. The deep scalp cut began to bleed profusely and immediately caused a virtual blood waterfall to spill into Barrera’s left eye. (more…)
Photo: Rafael Soto, Top Rank/Promociones Zanfer
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Undefeated prospect Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. trained Wednesday in Tijuana as he gets ready for his upcoming fight on Saturday Night against Luciano Cuello of Argentina in the main event of “Tijuana Thunder” a championship card presented by Top Rank on pay-per-view in the United States. “It feels good to be here in Tijuana. This City has been very good to our family and I’m really looking forward to the fight on Saturday”, said Chavez Jr. after working out in a local gym for about ninety minutes. Chavez Jr is looking forward to having a big night as he looks to bigger and better things in 2009. “This fight will be key to my career as I must demonstrate to everyone that I’m ready for bigger challenges ahead”, said Chavez Jr. (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Joe Cortez, the New York-born Puerto Rican referee, is the one being eyed by Freddie Roach to referee the May 2 fight between Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton, the celebrated trainer from Hollywood told Manila Bulletin on Wednesday. “Cortez is strict and he will not allow Hatton’s excessive holding,” Roach said. But since Hatton’s people and fans thought that Cortez’ penchant to break up fighters will not suit the Briton’s attacking style, he won’t be surprised if Cortez’s name will not be on a list that will be submitted for appointment. “They (Hatton’s people) blamed Cortez for that loss,” said Roach. The identity of the referee and the three judges won’t be known until the final two weeks of the fight but Roach has an option. “If Cortez is not appointed, there’s Jay Nady, who is also strict like Cortez and who won’t allow too much holding.” Roach has been widely quoted that Hatton’s does a lot of holding during in-fighting and he is working hard with Pacquiao to prevent that from taking place in the actual fight. Still, Roach can’t help but express his concern over the choice of the third man on the ring.
By Alexey Sukachev
K2 East, seemingly the biggest Ukrainian promotional group, welcomes a new sound name to its team. Vyacheslav Glazkov, who was a bronze medalist at 2008 Beijing Olympics in super heavyweight division, has recently signed an agreement with Klitschko brothers’ affiliated company. Glazkov, 24, was to face Chinese Zhang Zhilei in semifinals after two preliminary wins but was forced to withdraw with an elbow injury. He was also a silver medalist in the 2007 amateur championship in Chicago, USA, losing only to future champion and Olympic gold medalist Roberto Cammarelle of Italy.
UFC® Interim Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir has faced some of the toughest competition in the world. From 6’3”, 265-pound monster Brock Lesnar to the likes of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Tim Sylvia, Mir has defeated his opponents using precision punching and superior Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. With such an impressive resume, Mir is rightfully regarded as one of the sport’s best fighters. . . . Click here for more
Interview by Jesse Kelly
Anthony “The Bullet” Bonsante (32-10, 18 KOs) of Shakopee, Minn. will defend his Minnesota state middleweight title this Saturday against rival Andy Kolle (17-2, 12 KOs) of Fergus Falls in a 10-round bout at the Grand Casino in Hinckley . . . click here for more
Story by Francisco Salazar
Although knockouts are great and spectacular, John Molina knows it will take more than that to win world titles. The young 26-year-old fighter may be gifted with the strength that few young super featherweights in the world could match. However, Molina understands that a fighter who is one-dimensional cannot survive in this sport . . . Click here for more
Interview by David Finger
It’s been a long road since April of 2004, when a highly-touted fighter with one of the most famous last names in boxing made his professional debut in the city that made his father, Tommy “Hitman” Hearns, famous. At the time, Ronald Hearns seemed like numerous other fighters who had famous fathers . . . Click here for more
A reputation is a tough thing to shake. Just ask Sam Stout. Abandoning a successful professional kickboxing career to dedicate himself to fighting professionally in mixed martial arts in 2003, Stout has since been unable to escape being pigeonholed as a “kickboxer” by pundits and fans of the sport.. . . Click here for more by Mike Russell, UFC
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® is proud to announce its first-ever event in Nashville, Tennessee, April 1, live on Spike TV at 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET/PT! In the main event, Carlos Condit, in his UFC debut, takes on Martin Kampmann. Click here for more info
Undefeated Carl “The Cobra” Froch and Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor participated in a press conference on Wednesday in London – Froch was joined by a host of U.K. journalists and television crews, while Taylor took part via satellite from his training camp in Miami, Fla. In a highly anticipated world title fight on Saturday, April 25, Froch will look to make a major statement — and enhance his reputation in America — when he defends his WBC super middleweight title against Taylor, a former undisputed middleweight titleholder, live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) from the MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Conn. (more…)
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Former two time world boxing champion Giovanni Parisi has died at the age of 41. Parisi died in Voghera, Italy, this evening in a car accident, he was born December 2, 1967 in Vibo Valentia, is one of the greatest Italian boxers. He was Gold Medalist at featherweight in 1988 Seoul Olympic Games and world champion at lightweight and junior welterweight limit. Parisi fought from 1989 to 2006, and retired with a record of 41 wins (29 KOs), 5 losses and 1 draws. He was an icon, a true great fighter and a great representative of the Italian sport. Sad day for all Italian boxing people.
By Felipe Leon
Fernando Beltran, the principal of Tijuana’s Zanfer Promotions, performed double duty today at the Red Circle bar in downtown San Diego, CA, as he gathered the cheif participants for “Latin Fury 8-Tijuana Thunder” along with Tijuana’s mayor, Jorge Ramos. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., current WBO super flyweight champion Fernando Montiel and WBC super featherweight title holder Humberto Soto were on hand to give their thoughts on Saturday’s mega fight card which is being presented by Top Rank in association with Zanfer Promotions and the city of Tijuana, MX. With only twenty miles between the location of the press conference and the international border, much was said about the current safety concerns regarding travel in Tijuana. Mayor Ramos assures that those who choose to travel across the border are not going to be in jeopardy. (more…)
Unbeaten in 25 fights with 18 knockouts, and ranked in the top five by three of the four major world sanctioning bodies, Maywood, California’s Urbano Antillon has more than earned a major fight on premium cable television or for a world championship, but says the top names at 135 pounds are avoiding him. “I paid my dues,” said the 26-year old. “Now I want my shot. I keep seeing fighter after fighter without my credentials getting these big opportunities, and I’m tired of it. I’m putting out the word to the public right now – I’ll fight any of these guys any place at any time, and I will knock any of them out.” (more…)
By Lee Bates
Puerto Rico’s Jose ‘Carita’ Lopez (38-7-2, 32 KOs) goes for his fifth attempt at winning a world title when he battles Thailand’s Pramuansak Posuwan (45-1-1, 24 KOs) this Saturday at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. The two will be fighting for the vacant WBO super flyweight title. The event titled ‘Night of Champions’ will be promoted by PR Best Boxing and televised on Direct TV. Though Lopez’ previous four attempts have been unsuccessful he is confident none the less of winning that elusive world title this time around. “I’m extremely focused and in excellent condition for this fight and simply won’t be denied of winning the world title this time” stated Lopez. (more…)
Miguel Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment announced the nine bouts that’ll take place on Friday at the Roger Mendoza Coliseum in Caguas, in the second edition of Boxeo Boricua en Caguas. In the main event, Jayson “La Maravilla” Vélez, from Juncos, PR, will take on Mexican Juan Jaramillo in the super batamweight division. “He is a great boxer, but we have all the skills needed to win”, said Vélez, who has an undefeated record of 6-0, 6 KOs. Welterweight Wilfredo “Papín” Negrón will be in the co-featured bout of the night. “Both Jayson and Papín are real warriors on the ring and know how to give a great show to the audience,” said promoter Miguel Cotto, who also assured that this fight card will please all fans of good boxing.
Three opponents have tried and three opponents have failed to make it out of the first round against Moscow power hitter Magomed Abdusalamov. On Friday, March 27th, Dothan, Alabama’s Larry White will attempt to be the first fighter to test the unbeaten heavyweight prospect when they clash on the undercard of Star Fight Production’s Fight Night at the Pavilion at the A La Carte Pavilion in Tampa, Florida. A two-time Russian amateur champion, the 28-year-old Abdusalamov’s return comes courtesy of Seminole Warriors Boxing and the Yuri Fedorov Sports Lab, who have been pleased by the progress of the 6 foot 3, 260 pound prospect, who has blasted his first three opponents out in a combined four minutes and 48 seconds. “Magomed has been frighteningly impressive so far as a pro, and the scary part is, he’s just going to keep getting better,” said Leon Margules, Executive Director of Seminole Warriors Boxing. “He’s big, he’s strong, and he can knock you out with either hand. Once he gets some more experience under his belt, watch out.”
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
On April 25, Felix Sturm will defend his WBA middleweight title for the sixth time against hard-hitting Koji Sato from Japan. Sturm, at age 30, is already a three-time world champion at middleweight, winning the WBO belt in 2003, just to lose it in very controversial fashion one year later against legendary Oscar De La Hoya. His second world title came in 2006, when he scored a unanimous decision over Masolino Masoe to seize the WBA title for the first time. Just four months later, he lost a huge upset to ex-champion Javier Castillejo. Sturm recaptured the WBA belt in 2007 with a clear cut unanimous decision victory over Castillejo in their rematch, silencing his critics. Since then, Sturm went on to beat the likes of Randy Griffin or Sebastian Sylvester to cement his status as one of the best middleweights in the world. Fightnews had a chance to visit Sturm in his training camp in Cologne, Germany, and ask him about Koji Sato, his future, a possible fight with IBF-champ Arthur Abraham and his training regime. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
The second installment of the “Boxing in Paradise” series will take place this Friday, March 27th in beautiful St. Thomas, USVI at the UVI Fitness Center. Headlining the show will be Argentine Hector David Saldivia, 28-1, 22 KOs, against Indonesia’s Daudy Bahari, 38-2, 14 KOs in a WBA Fedalatin Welterweight title bout over 11 rounds. The show promoted by 340 Promotions, Sampson Boxing in association with Warriors Boxing will also feature the second pro bouts of local sons John and Julius Jackson, the offspring of St. Thomas’ 3-time former champion Julian “The Hawk” Jackson. The eeder Jackson took time out of his busy schedule to tell Fightnews about his sons’ progress, the future of the Caribbean boxing scene and more… (more…)
A very good boxing show just became a great boxing show, as promoter Roy Englebrecht announced today that he has added a Championship Bout to the Irvine Marriott’s Battle In The Ballroom show set for Wednesday, April 8th. This title fight will feature undefeated and world ranked Manny Roman (14-0, 5 KOs) as he puts his perfect record on the line facing Perris’s Anthony Villerreal (8-2, 4 KOs) for the WBC Youth Intercontinental Title. This mega title bout will be the main event of the five bout pro card.
Plus on this great night of action Englebrecht has also announced a very special ticket offer, realizing that during these times people are looking for great bargains, so the 5 For $50 offer is born! For only $50 a fan will get a $40 ticket, a beer or soft drink, a food item, a newly designed Battle In The Ballroom T-Shirt, and a haircut from any Orange County Sports Clips shop. This offer, purchased separately would total $89, but the first 200 fans can purchase it for $50, a big $39 savings! To purchase the 5 For $50 offer, fans must call Drew at Roy Englebrecht Promotions at 949-760-3131. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Chris van Heerden makes the first defense of his South African welterweight title against Welcome Ntshingila on Friday night at the Matlosana Banquet Hall in Klerksdorp. The southpaw Van Heerden 11-0-1; 9 won the vacant South African title in December last year when he stopped Page Tshesane in the twelfth round in a bruising encounter. (more…)
Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy’s April 10 homecoming fight in Tampa, FL at the USF Sun Dome just got a bit more interesting. Original opponent Manuel Esparza (20-8) was scrapped, and is being replaced by “The Next Great Champ” winner Otis “Triple OG” Griffin (19-4) in the evening’s main event. “Griffin brings a bigger challenge to me than Esparza would have, so from that perspective I’m glad the switch was made. But it really don’t matter who I fight, I’m just looking to get them out of there” said a confident Lacy. “Homecoming” is presented by Left Hook Promotions and One Punch Productions, and features several Bay area notables on the undercard. Undefeated featherweight Kermit “Bazooka” Gonzalez (6-0-1) faces undefeated Derrick Wilson (4-0), and St. Pete heavyweight Lenroy “TNT” Thomas (11-1), Sarasota light heavyweight brawler Adam Jaco (4-2-1), and undefeated welterweight Said El Harrak (3-0) are also featured bouts. 9 bouts in all are scheduled, including a special attraction female bout featuring a rematch of an all-action war between Tampa featherweight Adawirky Lopez and Louisville, KY’s Caitlin Dance. Tickets are priced at $18.50, $40, $85, $135, and there are a limited number of $200 Platinum Ringside seats. Tickets are on sale now at all Ticketmaster locations, ticketmaster.com, and the USF Sun Dome box office. VIP packages are available by calling 813-503-8109.
Former World Champion Julio Diaz will now square off against Oxnard, California’s Rolando Reyes, who agreed to fight Diaz on the April 4th “Lightweight Lightning” card at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas after Joel Casamayor was forced to withdraw from the bout last week due to an acute lumbar spine sprain that will keep him out of action for six weeks. Rolando “Pochito” Reyes (30-4-2, 19 KOs) has won nine of his last ten bouts, including four in a row. He holds TKO wins over former world champs Stevie Johnston and John Brown.
The Vitali Klitschko WBC heavyweight championship title defense contested in Stuttgart on Saturday, was a big hit in Germany and throughout Europe. Vitali’s ninth round knockout victory over challenger Juan Carlos Gomez was watched by a sold out crowd of 12.500 spectators. An amazing total of 11.5 million television viewers watched the championship on German TV channel RTL, which was a market share of 55 percent. The Klitschko-Gomez world title tilt was broadcast in more than 100 countries worldwide, including ESPN Classic live, and replayed on ESPN2 in the United States.
By Alexey Sukachev at ringside
Photos: Victor Sokolov
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Rising cruiserweight prospect Denis Lebedev (17-0, 12 KOs) made a sound statement on Saturday with an overwhelming fifth-round TKO over experienced Cuban Eliseo Castillo (20-3-1, 15 KOs). This fight was held at “Mashinostroitel” Palace of Culture in Balashikha, Moscow Region, in the wake of a huge amateur tournament in honor of PBFR president Victor Petrovich Ageev. Lebedev – Castillo collision was the only pro boxing contest of the event but was witnessed by a notable number of boxing celebrities, including former amateur stars Yuri Alexandrov and Rufat Riskiev and Russian heavyweight hope Alexander Povetkin. (more…)
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