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Leo Santa Cruz is preparing for Roman; but is ready for anyone

Leo Santa Cruz is preparing for Roman; but is ready for anyone

By Miguel Maravilla Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME WBC super bantamweight world champion Leo "Terremoto" Santa Cruz (27-0-1, 15 KOs) of Lincoln Heights by way of ...

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Porky’s revenge: Medina KOs Love

Porky's revenge: Medina KOs Love

By Karl Freitag Photos: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME In a huge upset, super middleweight Rogelio "Porky" Medina (33-6, 27 KOs) scored a spectacular third round KO ...

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WBA #1 superfly Sanchez TKOs Salas

WBA #1 superfly Sanchez TKOs Salas

Photos: Zanfer Promotions WBA #1 super flyweight David “Tornado” Sánchez (26-2-1, 20 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over WBA #10 rated flyweight ...

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Pacquiao-Algieri grand arrival

Pacquiao-Algieri grand arrival

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank Superstar Manny Pacquiao and New York's undefeated (20-0) WBO Jr. Welterweight champion Chris Algieri make ...

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ShoBox Weights from Las Vegas

ShoBox Weights from Las Vegas

Photos: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME J'Leon Love 167.5 vs. Porky Medina 168.6 Badou Jack 169.4 vs. Jason Escalera 169.2 Ronald Gavril 166 vs. Thomas Falowo 166 Venue: Palms ...

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Leo Santa Cruz is preparing for Roman; but is ready for anyone

Leo Santa Cruz is preparing

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Porky’s revenge: Medina KOs Love

Porky's revenge: Medina KOs Love

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WBA #1 superfly Sanchez TKOs Salas

WBA #1 superfly Sanchez TKOs

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Pacquiao-Algieri grand arrival

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Boxing News

Title twinbill in Japan today!

By Joe Koizumi

Despite the nationwide and worldwide recession, Japan keeps staging world title bouts as regularly as previously, though our promoters complain of unsatisfactory ticket sales. A dual world title promotion will take place today (Saturday) in Osaka, Japan.
WBA super-fly champ Nobuo Nashiro (12-1, 7 KOs), 115, will put his title on the line against compatriot and ex-OPBF ruler Konosuke Tomiyama (18-1, 6 KOs), a taller boxer-puncher from Tokyo, over twelve rounds. Also, WBA female minimumweight champ Cholong Son (10-0, 3 KOs), 104.25, will risk her belt against unbeaten Japanese prospect Etsuko Tada (4-0, 2 KOs), 104.75, over ten two-minute rounds. (more…)



April 10th, 2009



UFC

UFC 100 sold out!

Tickets for UFC® 100 are SOLD OUT. The historic UFC 100 event, with three blockbuster fights already confirmed, receives a massive response from UFC® Fight Club™ and Newsletter members, creating a sellout in record time  . . . Click here for more



April 10th, 2009

UFC

Mizugaki earns respect

For five grueling rounds on April 5, Japanese striker Takeya Mizugaki pushed WEC® bantamweight champion Miguel Angel Torres to the limit. Utilizing a strong clinch game and vicious stand-up, the 25-year-old traded leather with one of the sport’s top pound-for-pound fighters. And although Mizugaki ended up losing via narrow decision, much of the talk after the fight centered on the Japanese star’s outstanding performance . . . Click here for more



April 10th, 2009

Boxing Result

Lopez tops Duran!

By William “Ski” Wilczewski at ringside
Photos: William Wilczewski


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Former middleweight contender and now WBC #4 rated super welterweight David “The Destroyer” Lopez (38-12, 25 KOs) pounded out a ten round unanimous decision over Ossie Duran (23-7-2, 9 KOs) on Friday night at the Desert Diamond Casino in Tucson, Arizona. Lopez outworked Duran to win by scores of 97-93, 96-94, 96-94. The venue is Lopez’ home away from home as the bout marked the 12th time he has fought there.
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Highly touted junior welterweight prospect Hector Sanchez (18-0, 8 KOs) survived a third round knockdown en route to a controversial eight round unanimous decision over former world champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley (33-11-1, 19 KOs). Scores were 77-74, 77-74, 77-74.
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Jr welterweight Karl Dargan (4-0, 2 KOs) stopped Rudy Valdez (2-3, 1 KO) at 2:16 of the fourth and final round.
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Update: In off-TV fights, 2004 United States Olympian welterweight Rock Allen (15-0, 7 KOs) took a workmanlike six round unanimous decision over Adan Hernandez (14-7, 5 KOs) by scores of 60-54, 58-56, 60-54.
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Lightweight up and comer Hylon Williams (9-0, 3 KOs) swept past veteran Derrick Moon (12-27-1, 3 KOs) by a 40-36 count on all cards.



April 10th, 2009

Boxing Result

Lacy defeats Griffin!

Photo: Scott Foster

Photo: Scott Foster

By Ryan Macalua at ringside

Light heavyweight contender Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy (25-2, 17 KOs) won a close ten round majority decision over Otis Griffin (19-5-2, 7 KOs) on Friday night at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida. It was a competitive fight throughout with former IBF super middleweight champion Lacy winning by scores of 95-95, 96-94, 97-93. After the bout, Lacy called out Roy Jones Jr., who was in attendance. (more…)



April 10th, 2009

Scale Watch

Wright, Williams make weight!

Photo: Tom Hogan, Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

Photo: Tom Hogan, Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

Winky Wright 159 vs. Paul Williams 157
Chris Arreola 255 vs. Jameel McCline 271
Danny Garcia 143 vs. Humberto Tapia 143.5
Shawn Estrada vs. 164.5 Omar Coffi 165.5
Jose Rodriguez 155 vs. Pablo Montes De Oca 155
Craig Mcewan 161 vs. Alexis Division 161
Michael Dallas 139 vs. Terrance Jett 139
Juan Dominguez 127 vs. Ramon Flores 128
Rico Ramos 123 vs. Gino Escamilla 123.5
Venue: Mandalay Bay Resort, Las Vegas
Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions
TV: HBO



April 10th, 2009

Boxing Result

Senchenko dethrones Nuzhnenko!

WBA regular welter title changes hands

By Alexey Sukachev

Donetsk-based WBA #3 Vyacheslav Senchenko (29-0, 20 KOs) outpointed WBA welterweight champion Yuri Nuzhnenko (28-1-1, 13 KOs) over twelve hard-fought crowd-pleasing rounds by scores of 118-110, 116-112 and 116-112 in an all-Ukrainian superfight at the Sportpalace Drusba in Donetsk, Ukraine. After the even first round, Senchenko found his rhythm in the second round. He kept Kievan Nuzhnenko on the distance with his hard right jab and added a huge left hook to shake Yuri at the end of the round. The pattern of the game was the same for the next two rounds with Senchenko being effective on the outside and Nuzhnenko trying to enforce a brawl in close quarters. He was a bit more successful in the fifth stanza with his pressure tactics but Senchenko came back strong in the next two rounds. Nuzhnenko was cut over his left eye in the midst of the contest and had his usual facial swellings from the outset of the game. Nevertheless, the reigning champion increased the tempo and started to connect more in closing rounds while Senchenko did his best to find safety in clinches. However, Yuri’s final effort was too late and maybe too little to turn back the tide. Fightnews scored it closer than the official scores reflect with 115-113. Shane Mosley remains the WBA super champion in this weight class.
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European featherweight titlist Oleg Yefimovich (16-1, 10 KOs), who is ranked #3 by the WBO, #12 by the WBC and WBA, and #15 by the IBF, retained his regalia for the second time with an easy twelve-round decision over Frenchman Osman Aktas (33-17-5, 6 KOs) with the scores: 120-108, 119-109 and 119-109. Yefimovich used his superior technique and boxing wisdom to control the slow and light-hitting Aktas from the distance with his jab and powerful left hooks and right hands but was unable to stop his durable foe. Fightnews had it 119-109 for the local hero. (more…)



April 10th, 2009

Boxing News

Mayes-Williams rematch!

By Gary “Digital” Williams

The trilogy of bouts between Baltimore, MD light heavyweights Henry “Hurricane” Mayes and Willie “For Real” Williams probably will not join the list of great boxing trilogies. It may, however, be one of the more unique trilogies in recent boxing history. Unlike three-bout series like Patterson-Johannsen, Bowe-Holyfield and Gatti-Ward where each man carried one victory into the third bout, the Mayes-Williams series contains two draws – a six-rounder on October 3, 2008 in Salisbury, MD and an eight-rounder on January 23 in Woodlawn, MD. The third contest – a 10-round contest for the Maryland State Light Heavyweight championship — will headline the Baltimore Pro Boxing “Third Time’s The Charm” card tonight at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore. The obvious question going into the third bout: what can each man do to gain an actual victory in the third encounter? Not surprisingly, the two men have similar answers to that question. (more…)



April 10th, 2009

Scale Watch

Boxing at the Desert Diamond!

Special guest is Oscar De La Hoya
Photo: Chris Coduto, Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

Photo: Chris Coduto, Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

The boxing drought is over in Southern Arizona as the Desert Diamond Casino, in partnership with Golden Boy Promotions, presents this week’s ESPN2 Friday Night Fights. In the main event, David “The Destroyer” Lopez (37-12, 25 KOs) will battle Ossie Duran (23-6-2, 9 KOs) in a ten-round middleweight contest. “It’s true, boxing is back,” said Treena Parvello, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise. “I am glad that the Desert Diamond can showcase David “The Destroyer” Lopez as he continues his rampage on the road to becoming a world champion!” The co-main event features the 2000 Junior Olympics bronze medalist Hector “El Flaco” Sanchez (17-0, 8 KOs) against former world champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley (33-10-1, 19 KOs) in an eight-round welterweight bout. Also in action are 2004 Olympian Rock Allen (14-0, 7 KOs) and lightweight prospect Hylon Williams (8-0, 3 KOs). Several more bouts featuring top local talent from the Southwest are scheduled.
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Below are the official weights of tonight’s participants:
David Lopez 154 1/2 vs. Ossie Duran 154 1/2
Hector Sanchez 140 1/4 vs. DeMarcus Corley 141
Rock Allen 141 3/4 vs. Adan Hernandez
Hylon Williams 135 1/2 vs. Derrick Moon 135 1/4
Eric Woods 245 1/2 vs. Andrae Carthron 220 1/2
Karl Dargan 136 1/2 vs. Rudy Valdez 139 1/2
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Special guest Oscar De La Hoya will be at ringside. Doors open at 6pm with the first fight starting at 7pm. Select fights will be televised on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights. Tickets are at the Desert Diamond Casino box office.



April 10th, 2009

Boxing News

Pascal joins Froch camp!

The last time they met it was a pitch battle that many felt was the fight of the year in 2008. Now Hennessy Sports and Groupe Yvon Michel are pleased to announce that WBC Super Middleweight champion Carl Froch (24-0, 19 KO’s) and Montreal’s Jean Pascal (22-1, 15 KO’s) are working together for Froch’s title defense against former undisputed Middleweight champion of the world Jermain Taylor, set for April 25, at the MGM Theatre at The MGM Grand Foxwods. Call it round thirteen. “I know Jean is a class act, and a top-notch pro. I found that out last December,” Froch said of their grueling twelve round battle for the then-vacant WBC Super Middleweight title that Froch won via unanimous decision. “We both fought like our lives were on the line, and after going to war like we did, you get a real appreciation for a person. Besides, by the time camp with Jean is finished, I’ll be as ready as possible for Jermain Taylor.” Pascal is equally enthused about his new training partner. “After being in the same ring as Carl last December, I know first hand that he’s an elite warrior,” Pascal said. “And with a big fight of my own coming up in a few months, I know he’ll be great to help me prepare for battle.” Froch vs. Taylor, billed as “Continents Collide,” can be seen live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING beginning at 9 PM Eastern.



April 10th, 2009

Boxing News

Coming To America!

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Photo: markdemori.com

By Craig Watt

In the times of Eastern European domination in the heavyweight division, Australia is sending its top heavyweight prospect to the USA to enter the mix. Mark de Mori from Perth is an Australian with an Italian grandfather who is ready and willing to test himself on the world stage. In 2008 he signed up with Don King and has recently returned from Ohio from a two month training camp with King’s heavyweight team and he is now ready to pack his bags to appear on the under card of the April 24th IBF jr-middleweight championship fight between Cory Spinks and Deandre Latimore in St.Louis. The 27-year-old is just reaching his prime and has a record of 13-1-2 with eleven wins by knockout and is willing to travel anywhere and fight any of the top contenders to test himself in the heavyweight division. (more…)



April 10th, 2009

Boxing News

Q&A: Derek Ennis!

Photo: Anthony Gargano/phillykeith.com

Photo: Anthony Gargano/phillykeith.com

By Kurt Wolfheimer

Rising junior middleweight contender Derek “Pooh” Ennis (17-2-1, 12 KOs), will once again make his move into the national spotlight when he tangles with Ishmail Arvin (15-1-4, 7 KOs) on Saturday night for the USBA light middleweight title at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Fightnews had the opportunity to speak with Derek as he approaches quite possibly the biggest fight of his career. (more…)



April 10th, 2009

UFC

UFC updates!

Watch UFC® 94: St-Pierre vs. Penn 2 Free On Spike: Saturday Night at 9pm ET/PT on Spike. Event Site>

Get A Sneak Peak At Countdown To UFC® 97: Don’t miss Countdown to UFC 97, premiering Monday, April 13 at 11pm ET/PT on Spike. Watch Now>

Catch An All-New Episode of Real Quick w/ Mike Swick: Mike travels to THQ Headquarters to take on a familiar face. Watch Now>

Five Bouts Added to UFC® 100 Mega Card: Featuring the debut of an Asian superstar, a 205-pound phenom, a top judo black belt, an Ultimate Fighter finalist, and a lightweight showdown. Full Story>

Be A Part Of UFC® History At UFC® 100: Kick off your weekend with the first ever UFC Fan Expo. Tickets>



April 10th, 2009

Boxing News

Cotto-Clottey update!

The big June 13 unification clash at Madison Square Garden in New York City between WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto and IBF welterweight champion Joshua Clottey will be officially announced at a press conference on Tuesday. For Cotto, it will be the fourth time in the last five years he has headlined a big card on the eve of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade at the “Mecca of Boxing.” In 2005 he faced Mohamad Abdulaev, in 2006 he took on Paul Malignaggi, and in 2007 it was Zab Judah.



April 10th, 2009

Boxing Result

Results from E-burg!

By Alexey Sukachev and Alexey Uralets (Allboxing.ru) at ringside

German Titov, 2008 Russian promoter of the year, has staged another local show today at his Ural stronghold in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Headlining the show were two rising prospects from lighter weight classes. Uzbekistan native super featherweight Gayratjon Abdulhakimov moved to 9-0 with 6 KOs after a destructive second-round technical knockout of comebacking professional opponent Pavel ‘Macho’ Kubasov (4-32, 1 KO). Kubasov was down three times in the second stanza before the stoppage. Featherweight Georgi Kevilishvili (9-0, 3 KOs) floored his overmatched opponent Yuri Margaryan (0-2) with a vicious body-punch in the third round and finished him moments later with the same type of blow. (more…)



April 10th, 2009

Boxing News

Ennis-Arvin in AC Saturday!

By Rick Scharmberg

Derek “Pooh” Ennis (17-2-1, 12 KOs), of Philadelphia, PA squares off against Ishmail “The Arsenal” Arvin (15-1-4, 7 KOs), of Baltimore, MD in the solid ten round junior middleweight main event at Boardwalk Hall’s Adrian Phillips Ballroom in Atlantic City, NY. Ennis will be defending his USBA junior middleweight title. The “Brawl at the Hall” will feature eight additional bouts. Dee Lee Promotions and GNP Boxing are promoting the show. (more…)



April 10th, 2009

Boxing News

Destroyer returns at 154lbs!

Nogales, Sonora, Mexico’s David “The Destroyer” Lopez (left) and Accra, Ghana’s Ossie Duran headline ESPN’s Friday Night Fights card at Desert Diamond Casino near Sahuarita, Ariz. (Photo: William Wilczewski)

Nogales, Sonora, Mexico’s David “The Destroyer” Lopez (left) and Accra, Ghana’s Ossie Duran headline ESPN’s Friday Night Fights card at Desert Diamond Casino near Sahuarita, Ariz. (Photo: William Wilczewski)

By William Wilczewski

Both are 31 years old and have had their share of wearing minor association title belts around their wastes. Now, both need an impressive performance to get a shot a major title belt. Problem is, only one can come out victorious when Nogales, Sonora, Mexico’s David “The Destroyer” Lopez and Accra, Ghana’s Ossie Duran headline ESPN’s Friday Night Fights card at Desert Diamond Casino near Sahuarita, Ariz. Duran (23-6-2, 9 KOs), who now calls Patterson, N.J., home, had his first big shot in the A-class ring when he laced ‘em against James Kirkland on June 1, 2007. After losing a 10-round unanimous decision, Duran took more than a year off before fighting to a draw with Eromosele Albert in September of the last year. Lopez (37-12, 25 KOs) will be his next test after nearly seven months of inactivity — but he says he’s prepared for it, despite Lopez’s home field advantage. (more…)



April 9th, 2009

Boxing News

Lacy-Griffin weigh-in!

Photo: Scott Foster

Photo: Scott Foster

By Scott Foster at the scale

Jeff Lacy 170.5 vs. Otis Griffin 171.5
Kermit Gonzales 130.75 vs. Derrick Wilson 126.5
Adam Jaco 168.5 vs. Roberto Failey 167.5
Daniel Van Staden 141.25 vs. Henry Mitchell 140.25
Adawirky Lopez 123.25 vs. Catlin Dance 124.5
Wes Taylor 228.25 vs. Lenroy Thomas 244.5
Darnell Jones 146.25 vs. Said El Harrak 147.5
Venue: USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida
Promoter: Left Hook Promotions/One Punch Productions



April 9th, 2009

Boxing News

Wright-Williams presser!

Butch Gottlieb / www.boxinginlasvegas.com
Photos: Mary Ann Owen

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At today’s final press conference for Saturday’s HBO televised fight between the two fighters that no one wants to fight, Winky Wright and Paul Williams, there was more talk between the promoters and the respective fighters trainers. Richard Schaefer from Golden Boy Promotions started the press conference off by saying that he believes the odds on the fight should be a pick-em fight and not as listed in the sports book (Williams is the favorite at -200 and Wright is at +170). He said that respect should be shown to the two fighters that no one wants to face and that this should be a great night of boxing. (more…)



April 9th, 2009

UFC

SPIKE to air ‘UFC’s Ultimate 100′

In celebration of UFC 100, Spike TV will present a 5-part special, “UFC’s Ultimate 100: Greatest Fights” highlighting the best 100 bouts in UFC history, as voted on by the fans. Voting will begin on May 1 on Spike.com (Ultimate100.spike.com) where fans can choose their top 100 fights from an extensive list of bouts selected by the UFC and Spike TV.

Each episode of “UFC’s Ultimate 100: Greatest Fights” will count down the top 100 with action-packed moments from each contest. The first one-hour installment will premiere Sunday, July 5 at 9:00pm ET/PT, with the next three episodes airing Monday July 6-Wednesday, July 8 at 9:00pm ET/PT. The final episode airs Saturday, July 11 at 9:00pm ET/PT which will conclude a re-broadcast of the entire voted UFC bout.



April 9th, 2009

Announcement

‘TNT’ Thomas wants bigger fights!

Returning home after a Las Vegas training camp with boxing superstar Winky Wright, heavyweight prospect Lenroy “TNT” Thomas will battle veteran Wes Taylor, Friday night, April 10th, in the six round co-main event at “HOMECOMING”, an action packed card at the Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida  . . . Click here for more



April 9th, 2009

Boxing News

O’Connor on Froch-Taylor card!

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One of the New England area’s top prospects will get the opportunity to perform in front of his local fans on Saturday, April 25th, when unbeaten Danny O’Connor steps into the ring on the undercard of the highly anticipated super middleweight championship fight between Jermain Taylor and Carl Froch at the MGM Grand Theater at MGM at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut. “April 25th is going to be a great night for fight fans, and we credit DiBella Entertainment for making it happen,” said Leon Margules, Executive Director of Seminole Warriors Boxing, O’Connor’s promoter. “Lou (DiBella) asked us if Danny was available for this card and we jumped at the chance to get him back in the ring. Danny is the future of this sport, and it will be a treat for his local fans to see him at this stage of his career.” (more…)



April 9th, 2009

Boxing News

Opponent change for Martirosian!

By Alexey Sukachev

WBO #12 middleweight Gennady Martirosian (16-1, 6 KOs) will not be fighting WBO #6 Aaron Mitchell on April 24 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Mitchell had experienced visa issues and was forced to withdraw from the fight. “Unfortunately, Aaron became the second straight opponent who failed to collide with Gennady. However, we have been able to find a suitable substitution for Mitchell just in time for this bout not to be cancelled,” commented Jab Promotions’ vice-president Alexander Yagupov. Enter Croatian veteran Vedran Akrap (12-6, 6 KOs). In his last fight in December 2008, Akrap lost via eleventh-round TKO to hot Swiss prospect Yves Studer but before that he stopped former fringe contender Alexey Chirkov in five rounds. In his next outing, Chirkov faced Martirosian and lost him via third-round TKO in a brutal back-and-forth brawl, which has been name Russian best fight of 2008. Martirosian vs Akrap is scheduled for eleven rounds. Gennady’s PABA title will be at stake. Also, it has been confirmed that Finnish welterweight Jussi Koivula will not face local prospect Sherali Mamadaliev as it has been reported earlier. Instead 4-0 (with 2 KOs) Mamadaliev is pre-scheduled to clash against professional loser Abdumanon Kurbonov (0-7).



April 9th, 2009

Boxing News

Spinks-Latimore Update!

The three best boxers in St. Louis will be showcased on the same Don King-promoted fight card at Scottrade Center on Friday, April 24. The main event will feature the long-awaited hometown showdown for the vacant International Boxing Federation junior middleweight championship between former four-time world champion Cory “The Next Generation” Spinks (36-5, 11 KOs) taking on IBF No. 6-ranked contender Deandre “The Bull” Latimore (19-1, 16 KOs). The co-feature showcases the Gateway City’s fastest-rising star, undefeated World Boxing Council No. 1-ranked super lightweight Devon Alexander “The Great” (17-0, 10 KOs) meeting an opponent to be announced. Both fights will be televised on ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME beginning at 11 p.m. ET/PT (10 p.m. CT, delayed on the West Coast). A full undercard will be presented. Doors open at 6 p.m. (more…)



April 9th, 2009

Scale Watch

Nuzhnenko, Senchenko make weight!

Photo: Union Boxing Promotion

Photo: Union Boxing Promotion

By Alexey Potapov and Alexey Sukachev

Unbeaten WBA welterweight champion Yuriy Nuzhnenko (28-0-1, 13 KOs) weighed in at 147lbs even for his title defense against also unbeaten Vyacheslav Senchenko on Friday night at the Sportpalace Drusba in Donetsk, Ukraine. Senchenko (28-0, 20 KOs) scaled in at 146.6 lbs.
Other weights:
Oleg Yefimovich 126 vs Osman Aktas 125.5
(EBU featherweight title)
Vladimir Kravets 140 vs Yauhen Kruhlik 139
(EBU-EE light welterweight title)
Stas Merdov 125.5 vs Nikita Lukin 125.5
Stas Kashtanov 170 vs Andrey Ageev 170
Andrey Kudriavtsev 133.75 vs Nico Schroeder 135
Promoter: Union Boxing Promotions
Venue: Sport Palace “Druzhba”, Donetsk
TV: Eurosport + Megasport (Ukraine)



April 9th, 2009

Boxing News

Solis ready to take on Viloria!

Photo: Rafael Soto/Promociones Zanfer

Photo: Rafael Soto/Promociones Zanfer

World champion Ulises “Archi” Solis of Mexico is ready to make his ninth title defense when he takes on Brian Viloria on April 18 in the Philippines as part of Top Rank’s “Global Supremacy” event, a big championship pay-per view card to be held at the Arenata Coliseum in greater Manila that will be headlined by IBF flyweight champion Nonito Donaire. “I’m in great shape and I feel very strong and fast and the key to the fight will be to stay aggressive against an opponent who we know is strong and likes to come forward,” said Solis. (more…)



April 9th, 2009

Announcement

HBO’s Arthur Curry passes

Arthur Curry, Director of Boxing Talent Relations at HBO Sports, has passed away in New York City. “If ever there was a person who was a perfect fit for his job, it was Artie,” said HBO Sports President Ross Greenburg. “He loved boxers, and they loved him back. Artie was in many ways our personal ambassador to the boxing community, and he will be sorely missed by all of the people that he touched. He will be missed by all of his friends and colleagues at HBO Sports, who looked forward to his friendly greeting every day. This is a big loss for everybody who knew Artie. I am grateful that for two decades he represented HBO Sports and distinguished himself every day.”



April 9th, 2009

Boxing News

“Homecoming” for Lacy!

By Flattop

It is a “Homecoming” for former super middleweight champion Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy (24-2, 17 KOs) as he continues his comeback this Friday at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida against “The Next Great Champ” winner Otis “Triple OG” Griffin (19-4-2, 7 KOs). This is the return to the ring for Lacy coming off his hard fought decision loss to Jermain Taylor in November 2008 and his first fight in the bay area in nearly three years since a capacity crowd witnessed his thrilling knockout of Robin Reid at the St. Pete Times Forum on August 6, 2005. “I wanted my first fight back to be right here in Tampa,” said the St. Pete native. “It really don’t matter who I fight, I’m just looking to get back in action!” Looking ahead, Lacy has talked about a cross-state showdown with Pensacola’s own Roy Jones Jr. “The Jones fight would be a huge fight for Florida,” observed Lacy. Lacy had called out Orlando native Antonio Tarver but Tarver refused the fight. “His head is lost in the clouds,” explained Lacy. (more…)



April 9th, 2009

Boxing News

Froch Training in Niagara Falls!

WBC Super Middleweight champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch will set up shop in Canada while preparing for his April 25 showdown with former undisputed Middleweight champion, Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor. The Nottingham-based undefeated Froch will ready his body and mind for battle at the five-star White Oaks Resort and Spa, in Niagara Falls, Ontario. The bout, being billed as “Continents Collide,” will be broadcast live in the US on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING from the MGM Grand Theatre at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods, in Ledyard, Connecticut, at 9 PM Eastern. “This place is just perfect for what I need to dominate Jermain,” said Froch. “This is my chance to show the rest of the world what I’m capable of doing, and a training camp like this suits my purposes perfectly. I’ll be able to focus at the task at hand, without any distractions, and with the resort located on Taylor St., you know I won’t forget for a second why I’m here.” When he isn’t utilizing the spa’s famous amenities, “The Cobra” will be lacing up the gloves at Niagara Falls’ Fight Club Canada, which is owned by two-time world title challenger Billy “The Kid” Irwin, and former Canadian Olympian Mike Strange.



April 9th, 2009

Boxing News

Q&A: Ricky Hatton!

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

By Craig Watt

With just 24 days left until his IBO light-welterweight title defence against Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Ricky Hatton is supremely confident he can defeat the generally recognised “pound for pound” champion from the Phillipines. He spoke exclusively to Fightnews today from his base in Vegas about the key aspects of his upcoming fight. The 30 year old Hatton (45-1, 32 KOs) is refreshed and re-generated following his link with new trainer Floyd Mayweather Snr, with the central high activity and pressure style now complemented with an increased focus on defence, his jab and combination work. Hatton is generally recognised as the “king” of the 140 pound division and is undefeated in 43 fights over a twelve year period at this weight. He is not under-estimating his challenge against the 30 year old Manny Pacquiao (48-3-2, 36 KOs) who has an enviable list of wins against recognised champions in his success as a four weight world champion. The fight promises to be one of the biggest in 2009 to date with Hatton’s vast army of traveling fans from the UK ready to invade Las Vegas on May 2nd. (more…)



April 9th, 2009

Boxing News

Nuzhnenko-Senchenko preview!

Historical fight is just two days away
Photo: Union Boxing Promotions

Photo: Union Boxing Promotions

By Alexey Sukachev

The 10th of April will be marked as a special date for the entire post-Soviet professional boxing, and especially for its Ukrainian stronghold. For the first time in almost twenty years since the paid boxing made its entrance into the former Soviet Union, two local fighters will clash against each other for the legitimate world championship in their Homeland, when the WBA regular welterweight champion Yuri Nuzhnenko (28-0-1, 13 KOs) steps into the ring versus WBA #3 ranked contender Vyacheslav Senchenko (28-0, 20 KOs) in what seems to be the most sound battle to be held in Ukraine. This contest will headline a huge pugilistic show, promoted by the Union Boxing Promotions, which is set for this Friday at “Druzhba” Sports Palace in Donetsk, the heart of eastern Ukraine. (more…)



April 9th, 2009

Boxing News

Wright, Williams in Vegas!

Photos: Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

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Three-Time World Champion Winky Wright and Two-Division World Champion Paul Williams have arrived at at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. They collide Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.



April 9th, 2009

Boxing News

Q&A: Alexander Dimitrenko!

Current IBF mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin (17-0, 12 KOs) scored a hard-fought ten-round unanimous decision over Jason Estrada (15-2, 3 KOs) on Saturday night at the Burg-Wächter Castello in Düsseldorf, Germany. Next up could be a fight for the European title between Povetkin and Universum heavyweight Alexander Dimitrenko (29-0, 19 KOs). A purse bid for this battle will be held on April 21. The winner will be named the double mandatory challenger for WBO/IBF/IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko (52-3, 46 KOs).

What can you say about the performance of Povetkin?

“Povetkin didn’t impress me in that fight. He didn’t have a good fight. Many others see it the same way as I do.“

What wasn’t good about it?

“It wasn’t on a world class level. He still has to train much more if he wants to fight for the world title. He had problems from the very beginning although his opponent was a no-name fighter. When Estrada got tired by the end Povetkin still couldn’t knock him out. That has surprised me. His opponent was much smaller than him and I believe if he wants to fight against Wladimir Klitschko he should face taller fighters like me.“

The purse bid for the Euro title clash is on April 21?

“Yes, that’s correct. But I’m hoping that he won’t avoid me and fight other opponents in order to challenge Wladimir in a world title fight. The EBU has made this decision for the fight. Povetkin provoked Klitschko verbally but he has to prove his quality inside the ring. He has this chance when he fights me I’m ready. My trainer Fritz Sdunek and I have taken a close look into the fight.“



April 9th, 2009

Boxing News

Q&A: Lovemore Ndou!

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former IBF 140 pound champion Lovemore Ndou (46-11-1, 31 KOs) talks with Fightnews about the biggest win of his career, the night he defeated Noufell Ben Rabah to capture the world title. He also talks about his great losing battle against Miguel Cotto, tough twelve round bout against Junior Witter plus two bouts with Paul Malignaggi and why he would like to challenge Timothy Bradley. (more…)



April 9th, 2009

Boxing News

Nishioka-Gonzalez on May 23!

Rafael Marquez on undercard?

By Gabriel F. Cordero

May 23 in Monterrey, Mexico is the date announced for the battle between WBC super bantamweight world champion Toshiaki Nishioka from Japan and the Mexican Jhonny Gonzalez. The bout will be presented by Promociones del Pueblo and take place in the Arena Monterrey, which has a capacity for 20,000 fans. Initially Cancun and Cuidad Juarez were considered as possible locations for the event.
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The possibility exists that former two-time world champion Rafael Marquez will face former champion Mauricio Martinez of Panama in the May 23 co-feature. It has been mentioned that the winner could challenger the winner of Toshiaki-Gonzalez. It will be Marquez’ first fight since March 2008, his last fight in the legendary Israel Vasquez trilogy. Martinez lost his last fight in March by unanimous decision against Heriberto Ruiz in a bout for the vacant IBF I/C jr featherweight title.



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