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Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
With a record of 36-2, Miguel Angel Torres is the biggest little man walking. While the pound-for-pound rankings are often reserved for larger fighters, Torres stood prominently among the cream of the crop in MMA. He was the heavy favorite going into an August bout with Brian Bowles and was thought to be an unstoppable fighter . . . Click here for more
Olympic heavyweight gold medalist Rahim Chakkiev (3-0, 3 KOs) has been added to the big “Universum Champions Night” card on April 17 in Magdeburg, Germany. The opponent of popular cruiserweight KO artist who is trained by Michael Timm will be announced in the coming days. Also returning is Hungarian flyweight shooting star Pal “Pimpa” Bedak (6-0, 4 KOs) against Edgar Jimenez (8-3-1, 6 KOs) from Mexico. Headlining the card is an attractive world title twinbill featuring the rematch between WBC interim middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik (28-0, 10 KOs) and Domenico “Vulcano” Spada (30-2, 15 KOs), plus WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (37-2, 23 KOs) is challenged by undefeated Edward “Eddy” Gutknecht (18-0, 7 KOs).
IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck (28-1, 16 KOs), the first pro boxing champion in Slovenian history, will defend his world title belt for the first time on April 10th. In a historic fight, “Mr Sympatikus” is stepping into the ring at Tivoli Sports Hall in the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana, against Argentinean Rodolfo Ezequiel Martinez (36-3-1, 13 KOs), the current WBC Mundo Hispano titleholder. Zaveck dethroned reigning champion Isaac Hlatshwayo in South Africa in December. Slovenian TV is televising the clash live from the 7,000-seat arena. The card is promoted by Germany’s SES Sport Events Steinforth GmbH together with its Slovenian partner SPORT CLUB M.
47-year-old former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield was granted a one fight boxing license by the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Monday. The decision opens the door for Evander to face 41-year-old WBF champ Frans Botha on April 17 at the Orleans Hotel & Casino.
Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Sugar Shane Mosley will have their kick-off press conference today in New York City for their May 1 welterweight showdown at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The public is invited to attend the presser, which takes place at noon at the Nokia Theatre in Times Square. Free tickets are available through Ticketmaster.com.
Tickets for the May 1 event at the MGM Grand, priced at $1,250, $1,000, $600, $300 and $150, will go on sale today at 10AM PT. There is a limit of two for the $150 seats, and a limit of ten for the other price ranges.
The Crown Prince of Thailand, Maha Vagiralongkorn, on behalf of Bansomdejchaophraya Rajabaht University, presented World Boxing Council President Jose Sulaiman with an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy on Monday at the Palace of the Kingdom of Thailand. The Honorary Doctorate is the fifth one with which Sulaiman has been honored.
By Damien St. Pierre / gulfcoastboxing.com
For the first time in recent memory, a Louisiana state title has been defended and last Thursday night in Rayne, Louisiana it was defended successfully. “Rock Hard Mighty” Mason Menard captured his 10th victory as a professional by beating down a very game Thomas Dardar, of Golden Meadow, Louisiana (8-2) over four rounds. (more…)
By Butch Gottlieb / Boxinginlasvegas.com
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. who tested positive for a diuretic in his system in his pre fight drug test from his bout against Troy Rowland last November 14th at the MGM in Las Vegas appeared in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission earlier today and although the medication was prescribed by his Doctor he still took responsibility for taking the illegal drug. The commission suspended Chavez for 7 months and fined him $10,000. The suspension was retroactive back to November 14, 2009
Considered by many to be Canada’s top boxing prospect, Orangeville, Ontario’s Logan Cotton McGuinness (9-0, 4 KO’s) is about to take a major step forward in his young career this Saturday at the Casino De Montreal.
Not only is Canada’s top lightweight stepping up his competition by facing Mexican warhorse Pedro Navarrete (24-6-3, 13 KO’s), but he’ll do it as a lean, mean, and far stronger junior lightweight . . . . Click here for more
The 11th season of Spike TV’s most popular original series ever, “The Ultimate Fighter,” for the first time will feature 28 of the best up and coming mixed martial artists in the world competing for 14 spots in “The Ultimate Fighter” house. The series boasts a new format, which will be introduced to viewers in the show’s premiere episode. The smash hit will also feature two coaches who need no introduction to mixed martial arts fans, UFC legends Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell and Tito “The Huntington Beach Badboy.” The new season premieres Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 10:00 PM ET/PT featuring the following cast members: (more…)
Crown Boxing will return to the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on March 12 for another night of fights. In the main event, Las Vegas featherweight Brian Battease (6-1-2, 1 KO) will take on Los Angeles’ Allen Martinez (5-1-1, 3 KOs). In the co-main, jr. featherweight Alexis Santiago (2-0, 1 KO), of Phoenix, will fight LA’s Jamie Gutierrez (3-3). Also scheduled: Jesus Gutierrez of Las Vegas will debut against Antonio Montoya of Utah; Las Vegas welter Juan Alcolea (1-1) takes on Michael Coca-Gallegos (0-3), of Albuquerque; Vegas featherweight Rocco Santomauro (2-0) fights Tucson’s Thomas Herrera (2-4-1); and Vegas welter Ricardo Calzada (2-0, 1 KO) is up against Phoenix’s Marcos Mendias (0-3). A press conference is slated for noon on Wednesday, March 10 at the Piano Bar at the Orleans; the weigh-ins are scheduled for Thursday, March 11, 5 p.m. Tickets starting at $25 are on sale now at The Orleans Box office at 702-365-7075.
WBO light heavyweight champion Juergen Brähmer is back in the gym. Here is video from his training session today in famous Universum Gym. Brähmer is defending his belt on April 24th against Argentinian Challenger Mariano Plotinsky in Hamburg.
Newly crowned WBO junior featherweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (18-0-1, 15 KOs) was presented his world title today by Governor Luis Fortuno. Also on hand were the mayor of Bayamon, Puerto Rico Ramon Luis Rivera Jr., WBO President Francisco Paco
Valcarcel, and Secretary of Department of Recreation and Sports Henry Neumann. The event took place at the Plaza del Mercado in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. The new champion Vazquez Jr. was both happy and emotional upon receiving his new title. “I still can´t believe that I´m a world champion. It still feels like a dream to me.” said Vazquez Jr. who stopped former WBO super flyweight champion Marvin Sonsona Saturday night with a picture perfect left hook to the liver in round 4 to become world champion. “I have to keep working hard because this is my job and I want to continue to provide a good life for my family.” Also on hand were WBO President Francisco Paco Valcarcel, and Secretary of Department of Recreation and sports Henry Neumann.
The scheduled March 2nd purse bid for a bout between unbeaten WBO light flyweight champion Iván ´Iron Boy´ Calderón (31-0, 6 KOs) of Puerto Rico and WBO interim light flyweight Johnriel Casimero (14-0, 8 KOs) of Cebu City, Philippines is now off. Calderón´s promoter PR Best Boxing (Iván & Peter Rivera) and Casimero’s promoter Sampson Boxing LLC reached an agreement this afternoon with the bout likely to take place at the end of May in Puerto Rico. Both fighters will enter the bout with wins over solid competition. Calderón decisioned current world champion Rodel Mayol in his last bout while Casimero defeated former world champion César Canchila in his last bout win his interim title. The bout is the latest in the newly developing boxing rivalry between Puerto Rico and the Philippines.
WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik is in the ring today, training at the South Side Gym in Youngstown, Ohio to prepare for his upcoming title defense against Sergio Martinez of Argentina. Pavlik shook out today in front of local media at the South Side. He is with his chief trainer, Jack Loew. Pavlik said he was anxious to take on Martinez in a world championship fight scheduled April 17 at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. (more…)
Undefeated WBC super lightweight champion Devon Alexander “The Great” (19-0, 12 KOs), from St. Louis, arrived today at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn., to make final preparations for his world championship unification match on Saturday night against IBF junior welterweight champion Juan “Iron Twins” Urango, from Colombia (HBO 9:30 p.m. ET/PT). Tickets priced at $175, $95, $50 and $35 are on sale at the Mohegan Sun Box Office and through Ticketmaster. Ticketmaster customers may log on to ticketmaster.com; call Ticketmaster’s national toll free Charge-By-Phone number (800) 745-3000; or visit any Ticketmaster outlet.
A few weeks ago, on February 5th and 6th, a monster snowstorm dumped over two feet of snow on Atlantic City, bringing much of the city to a standstill. The storm forced Star Boxing’s exciting event at the Tropicana Casino and Resort, to be postponed until Saturday. Headlining is former top rated contender Shamone “The Truth” Alvarez (20-2, 11KO) against Alexis Camacho (17-2, 16KO) in a ten round welterweight showdown. In the co-feature is heavyweight fan favorite Vinny Maddalone (32-6, 23KO) against Dominique Alexander (19-7-1, 9KO).
Promoter Don King didn’t like the friendly demeanor of WBC junior welterweight champion Devon Alexander and IBF world champion Juan Urango on a recent conference call to promote Saturday night’s unification clash at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. After both fighters wished each other the best at the close of the call, DKP publicist Alan Hopper asked Alexander trainer Kevin Cunningham if he had any parting shots. That’s when King interrupted. “Knocking his ass out – that’s what the final shot is,” proclaimed King, who promotes Alexander. “All of this [is] BS, man, we going to war. Ain’t no friends here. We all going out there. We’ll be friends March the 7th….We want to go in there and beat the guy. We don’t wish him no good luck, we don’t wish him nothing, you know, nothing but hardship, aches and pains and headaches and stomachaches and cracked rib cages, you know what I mean? That’s what we want. And then, we can talk about the healing process on the 7th!”
Saturday night in front of a huge crowd at the Bell Auditorium in Augusta, Georgia, Rayonta “The Stingray” Whitfield thrilled his hometown fans with a ninth round stoppage over Sergio Espinoza, winning the vacant NABO Flyweight Title.
Whitfield’s win over Espinoza was part of an outstanding evening of world class professional boxing presented by Chet Koerner’s TKO Boxing Promotions . . . Click here for more
Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell (18-1, 13 KOs) will make his long-awaited Detroit debut on Saturday, March 27 in a super middleweight clash with former middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (31-0, 25 KOs) at Joe Louis Arena. The fight will kick off the second round of the SHOWTIME Super Six Super Middleweight tournament, and be broadcast live to millions on SHOWTIME. (more…)
Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
IBO 147 pound champion Lovemore Ndou is predicting Lenny Zappavigna (22-0, 15 KOs) will be Australia’s next world champion when he challenges for the IBO 135 pound title on March 6 when he steps in the ring against Fernando Angulo (22-6, 14 KOs) of Ecuador at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, California. “Zappa is very special. I have been sparring him recently and he improves every time I get in the ring against him,” Ndou stated. “He has outstanding ring skills and good power. I am sure he will be Australia’s next world champion.” (more…)
Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australian based Nigerian King Davidson (12-0, 6 KOs) clearly outscored Fijian Zulfikar Joy Ali (29-10-6, 24 KOs) over twelve rounds with the PABA 154 pound title up for grabs at the Croation Club in Punchbowl, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Saturday. 6’0 Davidson was in control of the bout in all the rounds as he consistently connected with accurate combinations. At the conclusion scores were: Bernie McMahon 120-108, Brian McMahon 120-108 and Charlie Lucas 120-108. Davidson is trained by Johnny Lewis who guided Jeff Fenech, Kostya Tszyu, Jeff Harding and Gairy St Claire to world titles. Lewis predicts that Davidson will win a world title. The promoter and manager is former Australian champion Peter Mitrevski Sr.
Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australian light heavyweight Shane McConville (4-0-4) scored an upset ten round majority points win over former world rated Daniel Lovett (18-5, 10 KOs) to capture the Australian 175 pound title at the Cranebourne Racetrack in Cranebourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Saturday. McConville suffered a cut eye in round five and Lovett suffered a cut eye in round ten; both cuts due to a head clash. Scores at the conclusion: Dale Westerman 98-94, Andrew Campbell 95-95, Wayne Ashdown 97-93. Flyweight Omari Kimweri (5-2, 2 KOs) stopped Matt Meredith (3-7-1, 1 KO) at 0.51 of round one to capture the Australian 112 pound title. Kimweri lost a close twelve round points decision to world rated Angie Angkota in 2008. (more…)
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
Last year, Brian Bowles shocked the world when he knocked a highly favored Miguel Torres into the middle of next week with a devastating right hand. The blow snapped Torres’ 17-fight win streak and snared the WEC bantamweight title for the Georgia fighter . . . Click here for more
Book review by David Finger
It goes without saying that many encyclopedias of boxing tend to be heavy on facts and light on entertainment. After all, few readers want a narrative when they purchase one. But for author David Hudson Jr., it looks like the perfect balance between informative and engrossing was met with his exceptional book “Combat Sports: An Encyclopedia of Wrestling, Fighting, and Mixed Martial Arts” . . . Click here for more
Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australian welterweight James Giltrow (10-1, 6 KOs) captured the Queensland State 147 pound title when he stopped Sam Leone (2-2) at the Fortitude Valley Gym in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on Saturday. Leone was down in round one and referee Alan Moore crowned Giltrow at 2.26 of round three. Super bantamweight Fred Mundraby (8-0-1, 5 KOs) scored a shutout six round points win over Kartu Arang (0-10-3); Alan Moore 60-55, Adrian 60-54, Mark Osbourne 60-54. In a junior welterweight bout over six, debutant Todd Kidd (1-0) clearly outpointed Frank Droulias (0-6); Alan Moore 60-55, Adrian Cairns 60-54, Mark Osbourne 60-54. Promoter: Angelo DiCarlo.
Undefeated KO artist Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (26-0, 20KO) will face his biggest test to date on March 12th when he goes against Filipino Richie Mepranum (16-2-1, 3KO) in a twelve round flyweight contest in Grapevine, TX, as part of Top Rank’s Fox Sports series. The bout will mark the first time the Empalme, MX, native will fight in the United States. “I have been waiting for this opportunity and I am highly motivated,” Marquez stated from his home in Empalme. “I have been training since mid January in Los Mochis with (Fernando) Montiel, I know my opponent is smart and quick. He wants to win as much as I do so I think it is going to be a great fight. I can’t fail since with the win I know my opportunity for a world title will be closer.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
It was very sorrowful that Japan’s #11 ranked flyweight boxer Hirokazu Yamaki (7-9, 5 KOs) passed away because of a brain hemorrhage on the morning of last Monday (February 22). Yamaki, 26, was halted by #7 Toshimasa Ouchi (12-5-1, 3 KOs) in the eighth and final round at the Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan, on February 19. He became unconscious and had to be urgently carried to a hospital, where he underwent brain surgery for an acute subdural hematoma that night. He stayed in a coma for two days and died despite the best possible medical treatment.
Yamaki was floored in the first round, but came back and retaliated to win later rounds to be leading on points before the referee finally called a halt to protect the suddenly fading loser. It seemed a very well-timed stoppage without Yamaki going down even if Yamaki supporters protested against the allegedly premature stoppage. But Yamaki eventually passed away—to our great sorrow. (more…)
Undefeated two weight world champion Joan Guzman arrived in Manchester England on Friday to complete his training camp with new trainer Lee Beard. Guzman will train in the UK with Beard for the next three weeks before flying out to Las Vegas for his rematch with Ali Funeka.
Two of Reading, PA’s native sons made their triumphant returns to the ring last night as Travis Kauffman and Jason Cintron scored dominant wins over their opponents at the Rodeway Inn & Conference Center in Allentown, PA. In the heavyweight main event, Travis Kauffman (19-1, 15 KOs) boxed and banged his way to a shutout unanimous decision over 276lb Mike Miller. All three judges scored the fight 60-54 for Kauffman, in his first fight back since losing a controversial fight with Tony Grano on Showtime last year. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Andre Kut’s KEA Boxing Promotions made its initial foray into the “City of Brotherly Love” with a highly entertaining eight bout card at the Arena on Friday night, featuring some of the area’s finest prospects against local and regional competition. Even a threat of a possible snowstorm couldn’t keep the locals away as almost eight hundred and fifty people made their way to see their local star Victor Vasquez attempt to defeat the always tough Ecuadorian, Carlos Vinan in the six round main event of the evening. Carlos Vinan (9-8-3, 1 KO) a tough Ecuadorian, who now resides in North New Jersey, had other ideas and pulled out a razor thin split decision victory over Victor Vasquez (11-4, 6 KOs) which sent the pro Vasquez fans into a state of shock. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Hector Garcia, promoter of Mexican challenger Omar Nino was livid and expressed his frustration loudly, “Rodel Mayol is a comedian and just laid on the mat to keep his title without fighting like a champion should. It was all a comedy. Omar was robbed of a legitimate victory.” It was yet another night of controversy for boxing’s most controversial champion, WBC light flyweight champion Rodel Mayol who kept his title in Guadalajara last night against Nino. (more…)
Ringside by Francisco Salazar
Photos by ‘Big’ Joe Miranda
Welterweight Victor Ortiz wanted to build momentum for a proposed fight against Nate Campbell. Despite an injury suffered to his right hand in his bout against Hector Alatorre on Thursday night, Ortiz was able to do just that, Thursday night at Club Nokia in Los Angeles . . . Click here for more
By Lindy Lindell
Former Junior-Middleweight Champion, Bronco McKart, Monroe Michigan’s Favorite Boxing Son, pounded out a shutout 10-round win over a reluctant, soft-hitting Jose Rodriguez Berrio, who was making his US debut last night in front of a near-capacity crowd at the Monroe Communiuty College. The 52-9-1 McKart started slowly and was continually tied up by Berrio in rounds three and four. It looked like a long evening of clinches when the fourth round concluded, but, unaccountably, Berrio stopped clinching. He then smothered McKart’s best punches without mounting anything of an offense himself. (more…)
Joshua Clottey at training camp in Hollywood, Florida, preparing for his March 13 showdown with pound-for-pound best Manny Pacquiao on March 13 before 40,000+ at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas. Click here for more Clottey video.
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