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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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By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Unbeaten Filipino lightweight Al Sabaupan (10-0, 7 KOs) will be in action on April 17 when he will clash with Indonesian lightweight champion Heri Andriyanto (14-9-1, 6 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Ynares Arena in Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines. Sabaupan scored his best win in October 2009 when he outworked former world title challenger Josafat Perez (12-2, 7 KOs) of Mexico over ten action packed rounds. (more…)
During the first intermission of the Detroit Red Wings 4-2 win over St. Louis on Wednesday night, boxers Andre Dirrell and Arthur Abraham were introduced to promote their Super Six World Boxing Classic matchup on Saturday at Joe Louis Arena. The hometown favorite Dirrell from Flint, Mich., got the louder ovation. (more…)
Super Six World Boxing Classic standings leader “King” Arthur Abraham and Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell both took part in a media workout at Detroit’s famed Kronk Gym on Wednesday, just three days before they kick off Group Stage 2 of the Tournament on Saturday, March 27 at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich., live on SHOWTIME at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). Germany’s Abraham (31-0, 25 KOs) currently leads the Super Six point standings with three points by way of his last-second knockout against American Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor Oct. 17 in Berlin, Germany. The former middleweight bronze medalist at the 2004 Summer Olympics from Flint, Mich., Dirrell (18-1, 13 KOs) dropped a close 12-round decision to Carl Froch for the World Boxing Council (WBC) World Championship the same night in Nottingham, England.
This fight will be available to a record 54.4 million households as part of the SHOWTIME ALL ACCESS Free Preview Weekend on SHOWTIME, SHOWTIME HD™ and SHOWTIME On Demand. From Thursday, March 25 through Sunday, March 28, viewers across the country will have the opportunity to sample the premium network’s award-winning programming via linear service, On Demand and in HD, including two live events from SHOWTIME Sports. (more…)
Photo: Interim WBA Super Lightweight World champion Marcos Maidana hits the mitts today during a media workout held at the Extreme Couture Gym in Las Vegas. Maidana’s opponent, unbeaten Dominican Victor Cayo, South African Ali Funeka and unbeaten former champ Joan Guzman also held mini-workouts after talking to the press. On Saturday, Maidana-Cayo and Funeka-Guzman will be featured in a title doubleheader televised on HBO from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Vegas. Stay tuned for more photos and interviews.
Sensational welterweight prospect Mikael Zewski returns to action this Thursday night, March 25th at Fight Night at the Commerce 2 an outstanding evening of professional boxing presented by TKO Boxing Promotions at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles.
Zewski’s fight will be shown LIVE on the Super Channel starting at 11pm, EST. (more…)
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Legendary former world champion Erik Morales for Saturday night’s PPV show vs. Jose Alfaro in Monterrey, Mexico. “Losing so much weight in recent months isn’t going to affect me,” said Morales. “For two and one-half months we worked a lot on the technical issues but we also made the best effort trying to achieve peak physical condition. I also mean that I was six months into the plan to establish a steady weight loss and here are the results. We planned to work hard to get into top form and I reached it.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
All is ready for Saturday’s huge event in La Guaira, Venezuela billed as “El Desafio” (The Challenge) that features WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo Moreno of Panama against WBA interim bantamweight champion Nehomar Cermeno of Venezuela. In a second major bout, former double world champion Jorge “Nino de Oro” Linares returns against former world champion Francisco Lorenzo from the Dominican Republic. (more…)
Arthur Abraham and Andre Dirrell began their fight week activities today with back-to-back media workouts at the world-famous Kronk Gym in Detroit, Michigan. Tonight both fighters are participating in sweater presentations at the Red Wings-Blues NHL hockey game at Joe Louis Arena during the first intermission. They collide in the same arena on Saturday night in a do-or-die Group Stage 2 clash of the Super Six World Boxing Classic.
The already successful and popular series “Top Rank Live” will make its monthly stop in Mexico, this Saturday with a couple of very interesting match-ups in the 108-pound division when former world champion Ulises “Archie” Solis takes on Bert Batawang in an 108 pound IBF world title eliminator battle the takes place at the “Plaza Pueblo Antiguo” in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.
In the co-feature current WBA mini flyweight world champion Giovani Segura (23-1-1, 19 KOs) of Ciudad Altamirano, Guerrero, Mexico will take on Roland Ramos (28-7-3, 14 KOs) of Colombia in a 10 round non title bout. (more…)
Undercard fights are set for the April 3 Bernard Hopkins-Roy Jones Jr. pay-per-view card at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The co-feature will be a ten-round showdown between Jason Litzau (26-2, 21 KOs) and Rocky Juarez (28-5-1, 20 KOs) for Litzau’s NABF super featherweight title. Also featured is the return of former junior middleweight world champion Sergio Mora (21-1-1, 5 KOs) against veteran Calvin Green (21-4-1, 13 KOs) and unbeaten Ukrainian prospect Ismayl Sillakh (11-0, 10 KOs) steps up to face 175-pound standout Daniel Judah (23-4-3, 10 KOs) in another NABF title bout, this time in the light heavyweight division.
Three-time world welterweight champion Antonio Margarito will make his 2010 debut during Cinco de Mayo weekend, in a 10-round super welterweight rumble, against Texas toughman Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia, headlining Latin Fury 14. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions and Tecate, the four-bout Latin Fury 14 will be broadcast Live on Pay-Per-View, on Saturday, May 8, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, from Aguascalientes, Mexico, which will be celebrating the San Marcos Fair.
The pay-per-view undercard will feature World Boxing Association (WBA) interim super featherweight champion Jorge Solis (38-2-2), of Guadalajara, Mexico, defending his title against top-10 contender and one-time world title challenger Mario Santiago (21-2-1, 14 KOs), of Ponce, Puerto Rico; undefeated NABF lightweight champion and top-five contender Brandon Rios (24-0-1, 17 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., defends his title against former interim world champion and fellow top-five contender Urbano Antillion (27-1, 20 KOs), of Maywood, Calif., and the pay-per-view debut of flyweight sensation Alfonso López (3-0, 2 KOs), of Mexico City, Mexico, the son of legendary world champion and Mexican icon Ricardo López. (more…)
HBO has announced that the March 13 Manny Pacquiao vs Joshua Clottey PPV telecast generated 700,000 buys and generated $35.3 million in revenue. HBO’s Mark Taffet said the event “significantly exceeded our expectations.”
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
WBO interim lightweight champion Michael Katsidis (26-2, 21 KOs) is the underdog in the betting for his scheduled twelve round title bout against Englishman Kevin Mitchell (31-0, 23 KOs) at Upton Park in West Ham, London on May 15. “Frank [Warren] has done a fantastic job getting me the fight and bringing it to England,” Mitchell said. “This is the kind of fight I’ve dreamed of since I was a kid.” The 25-year-old Mitchell is unbeaten in 31 fights and in the shape of his life, having seen off Amir Khan’s Colombian conqueror Breidis Prescott on points then knocking out Prescott’s compatriot Ignacio Mendoza in the second round in his last fight. (more…)
Miguel Cotto announced today his upcoming show from his Boxeo Boricua Series, this Saturday, March 27th at the Roger Mendoza Coliseum in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Super bantamweight prospect Jayson “La Maravilla” Vélez (11-0, 10 KOs) will fight Colombian veteran Pedro Rincón (30-16-2, 25 KOs) in the main event for the vacant super bantamweight USNBC title from the WBC. Also top lightweight prospect Abner “Pin” Cotto (6-0, 4 KOs) will face Robert Acevedo (9-9-3, 1 KO) in the co-main event. For more details and photos click here…
Unbeaten WBA #12 heavyweight Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius (11-0, 7 KOs) and Gbenga Oloukun (17-3, 10 KOs) faced off today in advance of Friday’s eight round clash in Helsinki, Finland.
A 2004 United States Olympian Vicente Escobedo (21-2, 13 KOs) will fight in Mexico for the first time as a pro against veteran lightweight Carlos Urias (43-23, 16 KOs) on Friday night at the Auditorio Plaza Condesa in Mexico City. In the ten round co-main event, junior lightweight prospects Dante Jardon (11-1, 11 KOs) and “Dangerous” David Rodela (14-2-3, 6 KOs) meet in a ten rounder. The card will be presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Producciones Deportivas de Ricardo Maldonado Jr. and will air live on the HBO Plus in Latin America. The event is a private sponsored function and there will be no tickets for sale to the public.
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) which will be shown live on HBO World Championship Boxing and is being promoted by Top Rank in association with DiBella Entertainment. Click here for more photos…
By Francisco Salazar
An opponent has been confirmed to take on Antonio Margarito in May in Aguascalientes, Mexico. According to trainer Robert Garcia, who is now working in the corner of the former world champion, Margarito (37-6, 27 KO’s) will now take on hard-hitting Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia of Texas in a 12 round bout. “More than likely, they are fighting for a minor or regional title to make it a 12 round bout,” said Garcia, who trains Margarito at his Boxing Academy in Oxnard, CA.
This will be Margarito’s first bout since January of last year, when he was stopped in the ninth round by Shane Mosley. Margarito was suspended for a year by the California State Athletic Commission after accusations of him having a substance amongst his hand wraps that hardens with water and sweat. (more…)
Undefeated Teon Kennedy, of Philadelphia, PA, makes the first defense of his USBA super bantamweight title when he faces Jose Angel Beranza, of San Pedro, CA, in the scheduled 12-round main event on Saturday evening, May 22, in the Grand Ballroom at Bally’s Atlantic City. This will mark Kennedy’s first fight since Nov. 20, 2009, the night he won the vacant USBA title in his tragic encounter with Francisco Rodriguez, of Chicago, IL, at the Blue Horizon in Philadelphia, PA. In that match, which was close on the scorecards after nine rounds, Kennedy won by knockout when referee Benji Estevez stopped the contest at 1.52 of the 10th round. Rodriguez had taken a beating in the 10th, but was still on his feet when the fight was stopped. Rodriguez was led back to his corner and he sat down on the stool, but when he did not respond minutes later, he was taken to the hospital in an ambulance. He died 48 hours later from brain injuries suffered in the fight. (more…)
The WBC has ordered Don King Productions and Arena Box-Promotions to initiate the free negotiations period for a WBC heavyweight final elimination bout between #1 rated Ray Austin and #2 rated Odlanier Solis. If no agreement is reached by the parties, a purse offer will be conducted on April 23 at the WBC Executive Offices in Mexico City. The Austin-Solis winner would become the mandatory challenger for WBC champion Vitali Klitschko.
A huge crowd of media and fans turned out on Tuesday afternoon at the Coachella Valley Boxing Club as sensational amateur flyweight Randy Caballero and TKO Boxing Promotions announced details of his pro debut this Thursday, March 25th at the Commerce Casino as part of the action packed, ten bout card, “Fight Night at the Commerce 2”. (Pictured, left to right, Chet Koerner, President, TKO Boxing Promotions, Randy Caballero, Marcos Caballero, father and trainer of Randy)
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