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By Hilmar Rojas Erazo
With only four days left before WBC lightweight world champion Edwin Valero makes his second defense against interim beltholder Antonio DeMarco, the Venezuelan is finishing up his last few days of preparations. Convinced he won’t have a problem holding onto the title, Valero is watching diet and taking care of various publicity commitments for the fight. He is comfortable in Monterrey, saying “they have treated me very well. They all are waiting for the fight to see me, and say to me that they are with me, and it’s incredible. They say that I am a very “regal” fighter, as they say in this region, which makes me feel good. Also, although I’m not a Mexican boxer, they want to see here and that makes more expectations.” (more…)
The rematch between heavyweights Tony “TNT” Grano and Mark “Oak Tree” Brown headlines the March 12 pro boxing card, “Brace For Impact,” presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Sports and Entertainment, Inc. (CES), in Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. Brown (15-2, 7 KOs) overcame two knockdowns to stop Grano, fighting out of Hebron (CT), in the eighth round of their first bout in September 2008. Grano (16-1-1, 13 KOs), a 2005 U.S. National Championships winner and National Golden Gloves Tournament runner-up, has won two in a row since suffering his lone loss as a pro. The popular power-puncher is coming off of a sensational, nationally-televised knockout of previously-undefeated prospect Travis Kaufman (18-0) last September. Brown’s eight-fight win streak was snapped last June on a short-notice fight when he lost to world-title challenger Fred Oquendo. Tickets for “Brace For Impact,” priced at $40, $60 and $100, are available to purchase by calling 401.724.2253/2254.
Story and photos by Felipe Leon
Despite his 25 fights under his professional belt, interim WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (23-1-1, 17KO) feels that the majority of his gained experience has been in his most recent bouts, wins over Almazbek “Kid Diamond” Raiymkulov and Anges Adjaho. Along with the experience, DeMarco displayed a patience that had not been seen before . . . click here for more
Welter/jr.welter/jr. middleweight champ Holly Holm (26-1-3, 7 KOs) will rematch Chevelle “Fists of Steel” Hallback (27-5-2, 11 KOs) March 26 at Isleta Casino and Resort south of Albuquerque. The card, billed as “Warrior Vengeance” and promoted by Fresquez Productions, will see Holm defend her WIBA light welterweight belt. In the co-main, an eight-rounder at jr. welter between two former Holm opponents, top contender Terri Blair (11-14-3, 7 KOs) will take on Albuquerque’s Victoria Cisneros (3-8-2). Also scheduled for the card: Albuquerque welter Josh “Pitbull” Torres (3-1, 2 KOs) stages a comeback against debuting Ben Acosta, also from the Duke City; fan favorite David Proa (7-1, 7 KOs), coming off a blazing kayo win last Friday, will take on an opponent TBA; comebacking heavyweight Fernando Reyes (0-1) takes on debuter Eric McElroy; Albuquerque super featherweights Randy “Savage” Arrellin (2-2, 1 KO) and Salvador Zamora (4-2) go four; and Albuquerque super bantam Sammy Piar (1-0) goes four with TBA. — Chris Cozzone
Story by Andreas Hale
It must have been difficult for Mike “Quick” Swick to watch his opportunity to fight Georges St. Pierre and a shot at welterweight title fade away after an unlikely turn of events that put him on the outside looking in.
Swick was originally scheduled to face Martin Kampmann at UFC 103. But when Swick went down with an injury, Paul Daley would step in, blowout Kampmann and shake up the welterweight division. . . . Click here for more
Undefeated light heavyweight Ismayl Silakh (10-0, 9 KOs), who hails from the Zaporozhye, Ukraine, but lives in California, is scheduled to appear against an opponent to be named on Saturday’s card at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, underneath heavyweights Tomas Adamek vs. Jason Estrada. Also featured on the card will be 2008 U.S. Olympian welterweight Sadam Ali (4-0, 2 KOs), a 2008 U.S. Olympian, who faces fellow unbeaten Jason Thompson (4-0, 2 KOs).
Unbeaten heavyweight Derek Chisora (11-0, 6 KOs) will now face Carl “The Fridge” Baker (9-4, 6 KOs) on February 13 at Wembley Arena in an eliminator for the British title. Baker replaces former world title challenger Danny Williams, who pulled out of a clash with Chisora last week. Baker, who beat Williams in last year’s Prizefighter tournament, is vowing to end Chisora’s unbeaten record. “It’s always been my dream to win the British title,” stated Baker, “and I’ll be a step closer once I’ve knocked out Chisora.” Chisora responded “Baker’s going to be tough, but I’m ready to knock him out and show I’m the best in Britain…I’m just glad that someone had the bottle to face me in the end. Williams claimed he was injured, while [Tyson] Fury’s got a big mouth but no guts to back it up. He’s so scared of me I’m surprised he didn’t go all the way to Australia. Full respect to Baker for agreeing to the fight, but there’s only one winner, and that’s me!”
By Jeff White at ringside/Memphisboxing.com
Prize Fight Boxing kicked off 2010 on Saturday night at the Fitz Casino in Tunica, Mississippi, with a five card bout before an always boisterous crowd. The scheduled eight round main event featured middleweights Jonathan Nelson (13-0, 6 KOs) vs Clarence “Sonny Bono” Taylor (14-23-4, 7 KOs). The fight started with light action, with Nelson getting the slight edge. Nelson was seemingly the more polished fighter but Taylor’s experience proved valuable as he knocked down Nelson in the third and picked his spots throughout the bout. Midway through the fourth Nelson took control, landing on several good combos when he got Taylor in the ropes. However, he seemed to lack the ability to finish up and capitalize on the advantage from the combos. But despite the hesitation from Nelson, he dominated the fight and won by unanimous decision. (More)
By Alexey Sukachev
World-class boxing will make its long-awaited return to the Russian capital on Saturday when Yuri Fedorov Sports Lab arranges a major boxing tournament at the Aquarium Hotel located inside the so-called Crocus City on the outskirts of Moscow (“Myakinino” station of the capital underground). Helping Fedorov to stage this show will be Kirill Pchelnikov of PUSHKA Promotions and German Titov, who will bring more renowned fighters to the table. According to insider info, confirmed by German Titov Promotions’ web portal, Aaron Mitchell (27-1-1, 21 KOs), who was earlier scheduled to collide with Dmitry Pirog in a virtual eliminator, suffered an injury during his training camp and will be replaced by his twin Eric, who has never been stopped and has a handful of quality wins including victories over ex-IBF titlist Alejandro Berrio (TKO 1) and unbeatens Rob Dula (KO 1) and Anthony Fields (SD 8). Eric Mitchell has already arrived in Moscow. (more…)
The former WBA flyweight champion Eric “Little Hands of Stone” Morel moved his training camp to Puerto Rico for the last two weeks of this preparation as he gets ready to fight for another world title on Saturday, February 13 at the Las Vegas Hilton in one of the televised fights on the Top Rank pay-per-view card “Latin Fury 13/Pinoy Power 3″. For more details and photos click here…
By Alexey Sukachev
Rising company Ural Boxing Promotions is having an active start for 2010 and it looks like only the beginning of a long road this year. On Jan. 27 they staged a tiny tournament at Markstadt restaurant in its virtual hometown of Chelyabinsk. Headlining the show was 19-year old knockout artist Khetag Kozaev (8-0, 8 KOs), who notched his sixth first-round KO victory forcing overmatched local hero Denis Balandin (5-4-1) to retire on his stool. (more…)
In his hometown of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, three-time world champion, Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel is getting ready, not only physically but mentally for his next fight: a world title defense against undefeated Ciso Morales of the Phillipines on Saturday, February 13 in a big Top Rank championship pay-per-view card that will telecast live from the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel. For more details and photos click here…
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.”
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