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This week in Aguascalientes, the three-time welterweight world champion Antonio “Tony” Margarito of Tijuana was given a hero’s welcome by the officials, fans and press of that city as he came into town to announce his upcoming fight on May 8 during the final weekend of the month long “Feria de San Marcos”, the largest and most famous fair in Mexico and all of Latin America. “As a kid growing up in Tijuana, we all knew how important and big the fair was in Aguascalientes, so for me to be a part of this event is just great. I will give the fans the kind of fight they expect from me and the kind of fight that an event like this deserves. I know that only the top talent of entertainers perform here and now they will have a top notch boxing card to go along with it,” said Margarito. (more…)
Golden Boy Promotions has announced that Saturday’s Bernard Hopkins vs. Roy Jones Jr. pay-per-view telecast will only be available on pay-per-view and will not be shown on a delayed broadcast by HBO the following week, as is commonly the case. The company also announced that the $49.95 pay-per-view telecast will be aggressively monitored on the internet and any piracy and/or infringements will be legally dealt with in a swift and immediate manner. The main event is scheduled to begin live immediately following the college basketball semi-finals.
By Ricardo Conde
IBF # 9 featherweight contender Miguel “Mikey” Garcia (20-0, 17 KOs) of Oxnard, CA, trained by his brother former junior lightweight champ Robert Garcia, headlines on the latest edition of “Top Rank Live” this Saturday April 3rd at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, TX. The twenty-two year-old Garcia will take on Tomas “El Norteño” Villa (22-6-4, 14 KOs) in a 12 round featherweight bout for the vacant USBA featherweight title, which will be show live on Fox Sports en Español and is being promoted by Top Rank. Also featured on the card will be Mike Alvarado (26-0, 18 KOs), Omar Henry (8-0, 7 KOs) and top prospects Jerry Belmontes (11-0, 3 KOs) and Alfonso Lopez (18-0, 15 KOs). Tickets are available at the American Bank Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 1-800-745-3000.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
In less than a month, on April 24, heavyweight contender Chris Arreola (28-1, 25 KOs) will have a defining fight with former two-division world champion-turned-heavyweight Tomasz Adamek (40-1, 27 KOs). Team Adamek is convinced that “The Nightmare” has never faced a boxer who fights the way the former light heavyweight and cruiserweight world titlist does. Henry Ramirez, Arreola’s trainer and friend acknowledges this, but is sure that the power and relentless attack of Chris will be enough to defeat the Polish fighter known for his granite chin. (more…)
Star Boxing’s light heavyweight prospect Yathomas Riley (7-0, 5KO) has been added to this Friday’s Star Boxing promoted card at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, CT. Headlining the card, which is being broadcast live on ESPN’s “Friday Night Fight” series, is Delvin Rodriguez (24-4-2, 14KO) defending his USBA welterweight championship against “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (22-4-2, 10KO).
The 2006 PAL and National Golden Gloves champion Riley is scheduled to meet Walter Foster (4-1-1, 4KO) in a six round light heavyweight contest. It will be Riley’s third appearance at Mohegan Sun since turning pro there in 2008. (more…)
May 22 will be the moment of truth for Ruslan Chagaev (25-1-1, 17 KOs). The former WBA heavyweight world champion (2007-2009) will return to fighting action at the StadtHalle Rostock in the Hanseatic city of Rostock, Germany when Universum Box-Promotion stages an official WBA heavyweight eliminator against tough Australian Kali Meehan (35-3, 29 KOs). The winner of this highly anticipated fight will be named the mandatory challenger for reigning WBA champion David Haye assuming he gets past John Ruiz on Saturday. (more…)
On Friday April 2nd, the Pride of Greece, “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (22-4-2, 10KO) will move up in weight as he looks to establish himself as a force to be reckoned with in the welterweight division when he challengers Delvin Rodriguez (24-4-2, 14KO) for the USBA welterweight championship in Rodriguez’s backyard at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino. The fight is scheduled for twelve rounds and will be the main event bout of the evening on that night’s ESPN “Friday Night Fights” telecast.
Arnaoutis recently sat down to talk about his upcoming fight, why he decided to move up in weight, and where he hopes to be by the end of this year. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Thompson Boxing Promotions returnson Friday, April 23rd at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA. In a bout featuring youth versus experience, junior welterweight Mauricio Herrera (13-1, 6 KO’s) will take on veteran Efren Hinojosa in the eight round main event. Herrera, from nearby Riverside, is coming off of an eight round split decision loss to former world champion Mike Anchondo in December. Herrera, who holds a regional title, will be fighting for the ninth time at the Doubletree Hotel. Hinojosa, (30-7-1, 17 KO’s) from Lakeside, CA by way of Mexico City, DF, Mexico, has lost five of his last six bouts. He was knocked out in the first round in September by lightweight John Molina in his last bout. (more…)
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Sources indicate that two-division world champion Edwin Valero could be able to leave the San Juan de Dios psychiatric facility in Mérida, Venezuela as soon as Friday or Saturday. Valero’s lawyer Nilda Mora stated that Valero has reacted very well to rehab and won’t have to spend a lot of there since the process of detoxification goes quite fast. A Mérida judge ordered Valero into rehab after he allegedly assaulted his wife (which she denies), threatened medical staff at the Universitario de Los Andes Hospital and resisted arrest. Valero attributed his behavior to alcohol. Other sources indicate that Valero’s representative José Castillo is continuing to seek a United States visa to allow Valero to fight in the U.S.
By Mariano A. Agmi
Promoter Gary Shaw has provided an update on the condition of Andre Dirrell after the blow he suffered when Abraham landed a huge right hand to his head while he was down. “Andre suffered a concussion. One doctor thought he suffered a seizure. His thoughts were very scrambled. He went from yelling to everyone over at Showtime, ‘who called me a coward’ to yelling ‘they knocked me out’ to ‘where’s the fight? I want to fight,’” stated Shaw. Shaw explained that the Michigan State Athletic Commission should have taken additional precautions when a disheveled Dirrell seemed disoriented and confused following the incident. “I think the fact that Michigan has not done a lot of big fights created some problems within the ring,” explained the promoter. “[Andre] should have been taken from the ring in a stretcher and transported immediately to the hospital. Instead he walked to the dressing room and while there was absolutely scrambled”. (more…)
By Mariano A. Agmi at ringside
In a huge upset, journeyman jr welterweight Leo Martinez (15-12, 7 KOs) knocked out previously unbeaten and highly touted Joelo Torres (11-1-1, 7 KOs) on Wednesday night at BB King Blues Club & Grill in the heart of Times Square in New York City. Martinez laid out Torres for the count at 1:23 of the eighth round. Torres was taken from the ring on a stretcher. For more details and photos click here…
The Rio Casino hosted a public press conference on Wednesday afternoon for Hometown Heroes, a sensational evening of professional boxing set for this Friday night, April 2nd.
Amongst those in attendance were undefeated lightweight sensations Sharif Bogere and Terence Crawford, former UNLV amateur standout and pro debuting Bradley Blankenship, junior lightweight Lonnie Smith, bantamweight newcomer Robert Rodriguez, super middleweight Las Vegas native Eddie Salas, lightweight prospect Fidel Maldonado Jr. and welterweight prospect Michael Finney . . . Click here for more
(photo above: Lonnie Smith, Eddie Salas, Sharif Bogere)
Results by Brady Crytzer
Kenny “KenFlo” Florian gave former PrideFC champion Takanori Gomi an unkind welcome to the UFC by submitting him in the third round with a tight rear naked choke. Florian controlled the stand up portion of the fight with tight, accurate punches and a particularly effective jab. Gomi had no answer for the boxing of Florian and could only throw wild punches. In the third round, Gomi scored with a left hook prompting Florian to slam him to the mat. Florian quickly sunk in the fight ending rear naked choke at 2:52 of the third round.
The Ultimate Fighter 10 winner Roy “Big Country” Nelson made quick work of Stefan “Skyscraper” Struve in just :39 seconds with a crushing overhand right. (more…)
A combined 71 fights between them since they last faced each other.
Both have made their mark in the history books as they have been considered two of the greatest fighters of our era. For years fight fans have yearned for the rematch to take place. On April 3, Roy Jones Jr (54-6, 40 KOs) and Bernard Hopkins (50-5-2 1NC, 35 KOs) will finally settle their differences inside the ring at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas . . . Click here for more
With training camp coming to a close, Andre Berto (25-0, 19 KOs) and Carlos Quintana (27-2-0, 21 KOs) took time to discuss their training camps as they prepared to meet for the WBC world championship on April 10th at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. (more…)
Hall of Fame boxing announcer Al Bernstein will serve as ringside analyst on the April 10 pay per view telecast of the Evander Holyfield-Frans Botha match, live from the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Joining Al on the telecast will be play by play announcer Tripp Mitchell. Al said he is looking forward to this event for two reasons: “First, Holyfield and Botha are matched well, and this will be an interesting and competitive fight. Evander showed in his last fight with Valuev that minus the shoulder issues he had for a number of years—he can still be effective. He should have won a decision in that fight. Botha will be in front of him, which stylistically should make for a fun fight. Secondly, I have seen many Crown boxing cards and I know Crown’s matchmaker Frank Luca is one of the best matchmakers in boxing. He has created an exciting overall card for April 10 that will be entertaining to the fans in the arena and those who watch on pay per view. And I love that he’s done it while keeping the PPV and live ticket prices very reasonable, for fans to see a boxing legend for one of the last times.”
Goossen Tutor will present the first of its four scheduled 2010 shows at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California on April 8 with a card headlined by WBC #8 heavyweight Manny “El Toro” Quezada (29-4, 18 KOs) who faces veteran Jason Gavern (18-7-3, 8 KOs). It’s promoter Dan Goossen’s plan to continue Quezada’s development at Tachi and get him a world heavyweight title shot – possibly there – later this year. Also featured are undefeated junior welterweight Michael “Silent Assassin” Dallas, Jr. (12-0-1, 3 KOs) and the pro debut of Fresno super bantamweight Michael Ruiz. A fourth locally raised product – Hanford’s Shawn Estrada – was scheduled to be featured on the show but unfortunately, the snake-bitten 2008 U.S. Olympian reinjured his hand preparing for his bout and was forced to withdraw but promised to be ringside to watch his stablemates. Tickets are $225, $60, $40, $35 and $20. Call 800-277-2255.
By Jeff Pamungkas
Daud Cino Yordan is training in Jakarta, Indonesia. He will stay in this city until his departure to the US on April 5th. Yordan said he’s ready for his clash against Celestino Caballero for the interim featherweight WBA title on April 10th. He also said to this writer confidently, “What I need is a chance, and I will crush him!” Yordan will be accompanied by his brother/trainer Damianus Yordan and manager Pino Bahari. They will enter USA through Atlanta and continue the journey to Florida, where the fight will take place.
A hand injury sustained by Alejandro Perez has forced a change in opponent for featherweight standout Carlos Velasquez who will now face Ira Terry in the co-featured attraction on Friday’s edition of ShoBox: The New Generation, live on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. In the main event of the evening, undefeated rising star Erislandy Lara puts his perfect record on the line against the always-dangerous Danny “Dynamite” Perez in the 10-round main event. Rounding out the off-TV portion of the show will be a trio of Golden Boy Promotions’ prospects, with Hector Sanchez, Deontay Wilder and Mike Perez looking to keep their unbeaten records intact.
Long time boxing manager and familiar face on the boxing circuit, Fred Kesch, revealed today, that 4 weeks ago he had brain surgery, to correct several problems he had been experiencing for the past few years. His team of high class surgeons at the Montifore Hospital, in the Bronx, NY, said the procedure went very well and Kesch is expected to make a full recovery. Kesch is best known for managing Oleg Maskaev into a series of high profile fights and a world championship.
While John Ruiz has taken a low key approach to Saturday’s world title fight against WBA champion David Haye, Haye has quite vocally promised to destroy Ruiz. “I wouldn’t bring my family either, if I knew I was going to get decapitated!” Haye told Sky Sports News. “He’s gonna get knocked out and maybe subconsciously he knows that. That’s why he told his family to stay at home…I’m bred to do this, I’m a fighter through and through. I know what it’s like to be in hard fights, I know what it’s like to dig dip and I’m expecting to have to dig deep. I’m mentally prepared for a tough, gruelling fight – but a fight he will end up unconscious in.”
Former world titlist John Ruiz spoke to reporters today at a media workout in advance of his WBA heavyweight title challenge against reigning world champion David Haye on Saturday in Manchester, England. (more…)
Photo: Roy Jones, Jr. (right) poses with an Easter bunny given to him by rival Bernard Hopkins at today’s final presser, held at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Hopkins presented the gift to Jones, calling him a rabbit for avoiding a rematch for 17 years. The two will clash Saturday at Mandalay Bay. Stay tuned for a full report and more photos.
Middleweight Derrick “Superman” Findley (15-3, 9 KOs) will return on May 7 to take on Miguel “Macho” Hernandez (20-10, 10 KOs), formerly a participant on “The Contender” at the Historic Hammond Civic Center in Hammond, Indiana. In May 2008, Findley won a bloody unanimous decision over Hernandez. “I’ll give Miguel a chance to get redemption on May 7th,” said Findley, “but I’m ready to move to the next level, so he’s my last step before I move up to fight the best in the world. Findley is coming off a career best win over “One In A Million Boxing” stablemate Michael “Midnight Stalker” Walker in February. Hernandez is hoping to reverse a five fight losing streak. Tickets, priced at $30, $50 and $100 go on sale Friday. Call 866-438-7372.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
WBO #3 David “Tuaman” Tua (50-3-1, 43 KOs) moved closer to a world title shot when he scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Nigerian Friday “The 13th” Ahunanya (24-5-3, 13 KOs) on Wednesday to retain the WBO Asia Pacific title at the Trusts Stadium in Auckland. Scores: Brad Vocale 120-108, Mick Heafey 119-109, Bob Gibson 117-111. Tua controlled all the rounds as he boxed aggressively connecting consistently with power shots to the head and body of Ahunanya who never looked hurt during the contest
After the fight Tua said, “I give Friday my full respect. He was better than what I expected. Tonight I am going to Burger King for a hamburger.” For more details and photos click here…
Last Saturday “The Black Panther“ Juan Carlos Gomez destroyed Ukrainian veteran Alex Mazikin with four knockdowns in three rounds. Not even two weeks later – on April 9th – the former WBC cruiserweight champion returns to the ring in Schwerin, Germany. Gomez wants to fight his way back to another title shot in the heavyweight division after losing to Vitali Klitschko last year. “I still have the goal to become the first Cuban world heavyweight champion in the history”, states Gomez. “Lots of people said that I was finished after losing to Vitali but I feel that there’s still a lot left in me. The Black Panther is back – It’s Showtime!” Besides Gomez, the fans in Schwerin will get to see “Sandman” Konstantin Airich facing off against Russian veteran Alexey Varakin. There will be 10 fights in total. Eurosport will broadcast the show live.
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
As a new edition of Spike TV’s hit reality show, The Ultimate Fighter gets under way, all eyes will be on this season’s legendary coaches who happen to not be too fond of each other. Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell and “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz will stand at opposite ends for the eleventh installment of the series that launched the careers of some of the UFC’s biggest stars. And true to what has become a TUF tradition in recent seasons, the two are scheduled to square off this summer . . . click here for more
On Friday April 2nd, Delvin Rodriguez (24-4-2, 14KO) looks to put himself back into the welterweight title picture when he takes on former world title challenger, “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (22-4-2, 10KO) on ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, CT.
Rodriguez recently took time out of his busy training schedule to talk about his upcoming fight, how he is looking to get past a bitter 2009, and where he sees himself at the end of this year. (more…)
Kenny Florian Battles Takanori Gomi Tonight On Spike: Plus, The Ultimate Fighter season 10 winner Roy Nelson faces off against Stefan Struve – UFC Fight Night Live® starting at 8pm ET/PT only on SPIKE
The Ultimate Fighter Premieres Tonight: Coaches Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz lead a new group of UFC® hopefuls – immmediately following UFC Fight Night® on SPIKE
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