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By Karl Freitag
Flash back to January 2008. When former world champion and U.S. Olympian Brian Viloria entered the ring for his fight against Jose Garcia Bernal it seemed about as far from the glamor of big time pro boxing as possible. Picture an outdoor parking lot in South Central Los Angeles surrounded by barbed wire that almost looks like a prison yard. Then add in a driving rainstorm. Brian had to be carried from a make-shift tent which was functioning as a dressing room to the ring by his handlers so that his boxing boots wouldn’t get soaked in the eight inches of water that had collected en route to the parking lot ring.
It was a dramatic fall from grace for the former world champion Viloria, who had gone from headlining televised shows and appearing in featured bouts on big pay-per-view telecasts to being buried deep on non-televised undercard bouts. (more…)
A comprehensive analysis by punch stat compiler CompuBox supports Team Shumenov’s original contention, as well as the contention of the vast majority of fans in attendance, that Beibut Shumenov deserved to win a unanimous 12-round decision against Gabriel Campillo in their August 15, 2009 WBA light heavyweight world championship fight. Campillo, however, was able to hold on to his WBA world title by way of a controversial decision that was announced as unanimous but changed the following day to a majority decision (114-113 John Coyle, 113-113 Glenn Feldman, 115-111 Pasquale Procopio) when a scoring error was discovered. The controversy surrounding the scoring has led to their January 29 world title rematch at The Joint at Hark Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
Forced postponement can be a huge setback for a pre-planned event but this is not the case for the upcoming “Ring Stars” boxing show, which was originally scheduled to take place on Dec. 19 at the sports arena of luxury Aquarium hotel inside the “Crocus City” megamall in Moscow, Russia. The whole tournament was removed a month and a half away from its original date following a hand injury, suffered by one of its headliners. Timur Ibragimov (26-2, 14 KOs), who is best known for a draw against Kevin Johnson in 2004 and a spirited win over Timo Hoffmann in 2007, is now healthy and fully prepared to deliver his best game when the fight time finally comes. The Uzbek heavyweight, an initial headliner of the show, promoted by Yuri Fedorov Sports Lab, faces Tanzanian Awadh Tamim (11-1, 6 KOs with the single NC) for a vacant WBA International title. (more…)
After several weeks of tense speculation,UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar ended the waiting, appearing on ESPN’s SportsCenter to let the world know that he’s returning to the Octagon after a serious bout with diverticulosis . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
By Przemek Garczarczyk
When you look at Tomasz Adamek (39-1, 27 KO) today, it’s hard to believe that this is the same guy who just three years ago was a light heavyweight WBC champion, bringing 175 pounds to the scale. Adamek version 2010 is a heavyweight contender, with 222 pounds of muscle and power. “And speed, don’t forget about my speed and precision!” – says still “The Ring” magazine cruiserweight champion, a Polish native who dreams that this year he could add another – heavyweight – belt to his New Jersey home. “Goral” Adamek prepares to fight Jason Estrada at Prudential Center on February 6 and speaks about his transformation. (more…)
Boxing fans, get ready to climb “Through the Ropes” with the #1 boxing news radio show hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld! This week’s guests are Nick Charles and Bob Fitzsimmons biographer Adam Pollack. Call or email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Through The Ropes airs live coast to coast on Thursday nights from 9:00 – 10:00 ET on 75 affiliates of the Sports Byline USA Broadcast Network, including great radio stations like KSHP 1400 AM in Las Vegas and WNSR 560 AM in Nashville. The one-hour show will also be heard on American Forces Network, Sportsbyline.com and Fightnews.com. Fightnews readers can listen live by clicking here tonight at 9PM ET.
By Alexey Sukachev
One cannot imagine a better year for a brand new promotional company than 2009 was for the recently created Jab Promotion boxing group, co-ruled by its president Vitaly Supichenko and former European bantamweight titlist Alexander Yagupov. The dynamic duo started their mutual partnership in the fall of 2008 and after just one year of work this St. Petersburg-based company has something to be proud of. Jab Promotion was the only Russian promoter who was able to get its fighters a big time abroad (not once but twice)… and a shot at world title as well. It would have been even bigger if Ali Ismailov and Dmitry Sukhotsky had won their WBO championships but either way they had been close enough to pull off the upsets while fighting at backyards of Victor Emilio Ramirez and Jürgen Brähmer correspondingly to create some controversy around the results. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
World champion Steven Luevano has not faced a challenge in his professional career that he did not like. Being an underdog is something now that is second nature to the soft-spoken and often shy Luevano. Relishing the role of being an underdog, Luevano will once again be just that when he steps inside the ring against Juan Manuel Lopez, who is moving up in weight to challenge Luevano for his title. Rather than feel overwhelmed by that notion and of fighting in Lopez’ adopted hometown, Luevano can not wait to get inside the ring and do what he does best: win. (more…)
Bantamweight Jesus “Estrellita” Ruiz )19-2-2, 17 KOs) will take on former world title challenger Luis “Surtigas” Melendez (26-4-1, 21 KOs) for the WBC Latin title on January 29 at the Auditorio Plaza Condesa in Mexico City. The bout will highlight the first 2010 telecast of the popular Boxeo Telemundo series. The event is promoted by All Star Boxing, Inc., “The New Generation” & Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr., Producciones Deportivas, Rafael Mendoza & Humberto “Chiquita” Gonzalez. Telemundo will broadcast main event live at 11:30 PM, ET/PT. Tickets are 200 pesos and are now on sale at the arena.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Word is an agreement is close for a bout between WBA interim lightweight champion Miguel “Aguacerito” Acosta and WBA world champion Paulus Moses for the absolute WBA crown. The bout was proposed by the WBA after parties were unable to reach agreement for a bout between Acosta and Miguel Domínguez. The bout would satisfy the mandatory requirement. “We will send the information indicating that this is a mandatory fight and the managers of both boxers should arrive at an economic agreement in 30 days. If they do not close the agreement, the WBA will hold a purse bid to define the purse, the location and the date of the challenge. It will be for the absolute lightweight title,” said WBA vice-president Gilberto Mendoza Jr.
By Ron Jackson
Thabiso Mchunu from Cato Ridge in Pietermaritzburg makes the third defence of his South African junior heavyweight title when he meets the experienced Rueben Groenewald at the Bloemfontein City Hall on Friday night. Mchunu who has only had seven fights winning them all inside the distance, won the vacant SA junior heavyweight title in his fourth fight with a ninth round stoppage against Patrick Madzinga in February 2008. He made a successful defence against Sean Santana before capturing the WBA Pan African junior heavyweight title when he knocked out Marciano Commey from Ghana in 32 seconds of the first round. In May last year he stopped the experienced Soon Botes in the eighth round to retain the SA and WBA Pan African titles. (more…)
Everlast Worldwide and WBC welterweight world champion Andre Berto have teamed up to create a limited edition “Team Berto” t-shirt to support Haitian relief following the January 12th earthquake. All profits from the limited edition t-shirt benefit the American Red Cross’s Haiti Relief and Development fund to support emergency relief and recovery efforts to help those affected by the earthquake. The limited-edition shirt, available at www.Everlast.com, reflects the Haitian national colors and features the Everlast logo, Andre Berto logo and the island nation of Haiti’s silhouette.
Back in 2008, Thompson Boxing Promotions introduced the “NEW BLOOD” series, and since then, the brightest prospects in the sport have taken this platform to show their skills to appreciative fight fans. On Friday, January 22, at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California, “NEW BLOOD” returns with a high-impact six bout card featuring the area’s top talent, including Patrick Lopez, Daniel Hernandez, Hector Serrano, Efrain Esquivias, and Alberto Herrera. (more…)
Spike TV will telecast live undercard bouts from UFC 109 on Saturday, February 6 at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The one-hour telecast will run with limited commercial interruption. UFC 109 will air on pay-per-view at 10:00 PM ET. (more…)
By Johnny B
It was a knockout night at Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee Wisconsin last Friday evening January 15th as Salomon Becerra Promotions promoted a respectable night of professional boxing. In the main-event, scheduled for six rounds, 220lb. Heavyweight Enobong Umohette The Nigerian Gentleman, now living in Milwaukee WI. upped his record to 4-1 (3 KOs) with a second round stoppage of 234lb. Thomas Boose (0-3) from Rockford, Illinois. (more…)
HITZ Boxing has announced that NO fight deal has been made between the teams of Fres Oquendo or Lance Whittaker at this time, however, HITZ boxing is in talks with Team Whittaker and hope to come to terms in the near future. At such time a formal announcement will be made.
Former IBF cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham will get a chance to regain that belt on March 19th. Cunningham’s trainer Nazim Richardson told Fightnews.com that Cunningham is set to fight Matt Godfrey for the vacant belt at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. The Friday night card will be promoted by Don King Productions. No television is finalized at this time.
By Mariano A. Agmi and Alex Dombroff
Freddie Roach: This is a tough fight for us. Joshua is a big, strong welterweight, so we have a task in front of us. We have to find his strengths and flaws and figure out how to take away his strengths and take advantage of his weaknesses.
Joshua Clottey: This is a miracle opportunity for me. To share a ring with Manny Pacquiao is something I want to do because he is the best fighter pound for pound. He beat everyone in front of him, but I promise you that we are coming to fight and we will please the people.
Manny Pacquiao: Joshua Clottey’s style is different from styles I have fought. Clottey is bigger and taller than Miguel Cotto. I thought his fight with Cotto was very close. I have to prepare and train hard for this fight because Clottey is a strong fighter and a former champion. I won’t promise that I’ll win, but I promise a good fight.
Promoter Bob Arum: Yesterday we held a press conference in Cowboys Stadium. It was truly stupendous. It will be a great event held in the greatest stadium in the world. Those making the trip to Dallas will see a boxing event like they’ve never seen before.
HBO’s Mark Taffet: We are proud to be a part of the inaugural telecast at the new Cowboys Stadium. It gives new meaning to the phrase “Everything is bigger in Texas.”
Unbeaten heavyweight Robert Helenius (10-0, 6 KOs) is facing the “biggest challenge” of his life when he takes on former WBO Heavyweight Champion Lamon Brewster in Neubrandenburg, Germany on January 30. Coming off a spectacular third-round TKO victory over Taras Bidenko, the “Nordic Nightmare” is looking for the 11th victory in as many bouts. “I am excited to fight one of the biggest names in boxing at this early stage of my career,” Helenius said. “I have big plans and in order to accomplish them, I have to keep progressing. A victory over Brewster would be a giant stride into the right direction.” (more…)
By Chris Cozzone
For his March 6 return in Espanola, N.M., former five-time world champ Johnny Tapia (56-5-2, 28 KOs) will face Jorge Reyes (21-27-3, 17 KOs), of Juarez. Tapia will be coming off a three-year layoff and an eight-month prison sentence for parole violation; Reyes, 0-9-1 in his last ten, will also be comebacking, with an 18-month layoff. Tapia has now been released and resting up this week. On Monday, he will begin training. Ten amateur bouts and five pro bouts are slated for the “Battle of Redemption” card.
A special six-round heavyweight bout between Maurice Harris (20-14-2, 10 KOs), of East Orange, N.J. and Billy Zimbrun (23-10-1, 13 KOs), of Ogden, Utah, has been added to the Jan. 29 ShoBox card at Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque. The added sixer brings the card’s total to eight bouts, 46 rounds.
Holly Holm will headline the next card at Isleta, opponent TBA, on March 26. The Fresquez-promoted card also features Victoria Cisneros (3-8-2) vs. Terri Blair (11-14-3, 6 KOs) as a co-main.
Contractual disputes have derailed border lightweight Javier “Zorro” Castro (22-2, 18 KOs). Castro was lined up to fight Ameth Diaz (26-9, 19 KOs) in Panama next weekend but has been replaced with former champ Cesar “Cobrita” Soto (60-18-3, 41 KOs) until the legal battle is resolved.
In anticipation of their world welterweight title clash at UFC 111: ST-PIERRE vs. HARDY, UFC champion Georges St-Pierre and challenger Dan Hardy will be featured on UFC Primetime®, a weekly, three part series premiering Wednesday, March 10 at 10:00 PM ET/PT on Spike TV. (more…)
Balloom Boxing returns on January 29th at Michael’s Eighth Avenue. Featured fighters are former world title challenger Darnell “The Ding-a-Ling Man” Wilson (23-9-3, 20 KOs), lightweight sensation Thomas Snow (12-1) and the return of super middleweight Willie Williams (12-4). Call 410-766-7474 for tickets.
Super middleweight Curtis “Showtime” Stevens has vowed to KO former Contender star Jesse Brinkley in front of his hometown fans when they meet on January 29th at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, NV. The 12 rounder is an IBF Super Middleweight eliminator for the #2 ranking (Stevens is currently rated #10, while Brinkley is rated #6) and will be shown live as the main event on that evening’s ESPN “Friday Night Fights” telecast. “He will realize he made a mistake when he wakes up on his stool or back in his dressing room because I promise you I am going to knock him out cold,” claimed Stevens. “I’m going to catch him and when I do he is going to go to sleep. 2010 is going to be my year. I’m calling out all champions and contenders, you better be ready, because this is my time.” (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Saturday night at Madison Garden in New York City, junior middleweight contender Pawel Wolak looks to take that next step toward a highly coveted world championship when he squares off against Ishmail ”The Arsenal” Arvin. The eight round bout will be featured on the undercard of the HBO doubleheader bouts between Juan Manuel Lopez vs. Steven Luevano and Yuriorkis Gamboa vs. Rogers Mtagwa. Recently signed by Top Rank, Wolak (25-1, 17 KO’s) his continually upped his competition and is ready to take that next step when he faces Ishmail Arvin (15-1-4, 7KO’s). “He is a tough guy who will continually come right at me and not back down, so it will make for a tough and exciting fight,” said Wolak. (more…)
By Jeff Zimmerman
As the saying goes, everything is “Bigger in Texas,” and today’s press conference kicking off the Manny Pacquiao vs. Joshua Clottey super fight on March 13th at the new Dallas Cowboy Stadium was no exception. It’s not the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao mega fight that everyone craved, but this fight, dubbed “The Event” should still do well with pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao as the main draw. Dallas Cowboy Owner Jerry Jones, co-promoting the fight along with Top Rank Chief and Hall of Fame Promoter Bob Arum, showcased the new stadium for the large media contingent and several hundred fans in attendance, mostly pro Pacquiao. And Jones made sure his massive 160 foot long and 72 foot high HD video screen was also on full display making Pacquiao and Clottey look larger than life while highlighting some of the greatest fights in boxing history during the introductions. (more…)
Rising heavyweight star Derek Chisora has got a dream shot at the British heavyweight title after Sam Sexton was ruled out of his February 13 clash with Danny Williams with a hand injury. Sexton had been due to challenge British king Williams, but cut his hand during training. Instead unbeaten hot prospect “Del Boy” Chisora, who was due to meet Matt Skelton for the Southern Area title, will get to prove his himself against the experienced Brixton warrior. The pair had been due to meet for the British title last year, but the fight didn’t come off. Now it’s on though and Chisora, who holds already holds a win over Sexton, is promising a KO display. (more…)
Tickets to Manny Pacquiao vs. Emanuel Clottey go on sale this Saturday (January 23) at 10 a.m. CT. Priced at $700, $500, $300, $200, $100, and $50, tickets can be purchased in-person at the Cowboys Stadium box office in Arlington, Texas, or by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com. Cowboys Stadium will be configured for over 40,000 fans for THE EVENT with elevated floor seating similar to NBA games.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBA #15 super middleweight Les Sherrington (25-5, 16 KOs) will meet former world title challenger Antwun Echols (31-12-4, 27 KOs) of the USA over twelve rounds for the WBF interim title on March 6 at the Gold Coast Convention Center, Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia. Echols previously fought in Australia in 2003 when he lost a WBA world title challenge to Anthony Mundine. In Echols’ most recent bout he was stopped in six rounds by Angel Hernandez in August. Sherrington scored the biggest win of his career in November when he stopped world rated Shannan Taylor in five rounds. Promoter Jamie Myer.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
WBA #7 light heavyweight Tim Bell (17-5-1, 13 KOs) will be back in ring action against Ramon Pedro Moyano (27-9-3, 15 KOs) of Argentina on February 13 at the Tribal Punishment Gym, Epping, Victoria, Australia. Moyano is the son of former world middleweight champion Carlos Monzon regarded as one of the greatest 160 pounders of all time. Moyano lost in four rounds in his most recent ring outing against former WBC 168 champion Eric Lucas. Bell defeated Walter Pupu’a via a twelve round decision in 2009. Former Australian champion Will Tomlinson (10-0-1, 10 KOs) and Mark Quon (9-2, 2 KOs) appearing in undercard bouts. Promoter: Prestige Management and BHS Gym.
WBO featherweight champion Steven Luevano arrive today in New York City, where this Saturday, he will defended his world championship against WBO jr. Featherweight champion, Juan Manuel Lopez in the Theater at Madison Square Garden to be televised by HBO on “Boxing After Dark.” Luevano was accompanied by his wife, Marina three kids, Robert, Rebeca and Raymond, along with his trainer Eduardo Garcia, father of former world champion Robert Garcia and long time trainer of Fernando Vargas, also with him was his manager Greg Hanley. “I’m happy to be here. I have trained very hard for this fight and plan on taking back my belt to California. I expect a hard fight, but I also expect to win,” said Luevano. For more details and photos click here…
Amateur welterweight star Eric Mendez has signed an exclusive promotional contract with TKO Boxing Promotions, it was announced today.
The 19 year old Mendez, based in the Los Angeles suburb of Hawaiian Gardens, finished his outstanding amateur career with a record of 74-9 including a two-time first place finish at the highly regarded Desert Showdown Invitational Amateur Boxing Championships. (more…)
In what is shaping up to be a can’t-miss event for fitness enthusiasts and mixed martial arts fans alike, the first ever UFC® GYM™ will host its official Grand Opening this Saturday at 10AM PST. The flagship facility, which is located on 1975 Diamond Boulevard in Concord, will feature a star-studded lineup at the Grand Opening, including UFC President Dana White, UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell, as well as New Evolution Fitness Company (NEFC) founders and UFC Gym partners Mark Mastrov and Jim Rowley. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
IBF #4, WBC #6 Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika (28-3-2, 19 KOs) will clash with Allan “Ghost Dog” Green (29-1, 20 KOs) at Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California on February 5. Bika, 30 years, had only one bout in 2009 when he stopped Nestor Fabian Casanova in round one. He captured the IBO 168 pound title in 2008 when he blasted out Peter Manfredo in three rounds and in 2007 was crowned the Contender champion when he stopped Jaidon Codrington in eight rounds in one of the best fights of that year. Bika resides in Sydney, NSW, Australia but originally is from Douala, Cameroon. WBC #5, IBF #5 Allan Green, 30 years, defeated Tarvis Simms in 2009 to capture WBO/NABO 168 pound title but in 2007 suffered his only loss when Edison Miranda outscored him over ten rounds in Puerto Rico. Green knocked out Jaidon Codrington in round one in 2005. Bika will be sparring with IBF #8 160 pounder Daniel Geale on Thursday at the Grange Gym in Sydney in preparation for the Green bout.
By Jeff Zimmerman
Seven-division world champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, his trainer Freddie Roach, and former world welterweight champion and current #1 contender Joshua Clottey, along with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, hosted a news conference today at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas to officially announce the March 13 Pacquiao vs. Clottey pay-per-view event. Clottey stated “I have never been in a stadium like this. I like Manny, he’s my favorite fighter. It’s going to be a great fight.” He added that he will be hiring a new conditioning coach to help get ready. After thanking the organizers, Pacquiao stated “I feel like a football player. Please come March 13. It will be a good fight. Clottey is a tough fighter, but I will do my best to make people happy. MC Michael Buffer called today’s presser “the most amazing press conference I’ve seen in 28 years.” Click here for more photos…
Current WBC lightweight champion, KO artist Edwin Valero (26-0, 26KO) who just recently successfully defended his title on December 19th against Hector Velazquez of Tijuana, MX, is in Monterrey, Mexico to finish off the final phase of his preparation for his bout on February 6th in the same city against the interim WBC title holder Antonio DeMarco (23-1-1, 17KO) of Tijuana, MX, by way of Los Mochis.
Valero was accompanied by his family and last week when he arrived he was welcome by a good size contingent of fans who took the opportunity to take photos with the Venezuelan. (more…)
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