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Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr. held open, abbreviated workouts for fans and media today at the Mizuya Lounge at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas to kick off Fight Week. On Saturday, April 3, the two will meet in the ring 17 years after their original fight. “The Rivals: Hopkins vs. Jones II,” broadcast live on pay-per-view beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT from the Mandalay Bay. Click here for fighter quotes…
Bob Arum describes Mike Jones as the ‘sensational welterweight from Philadelphia.” Russell Peltz, who promotes Jones, says the unbeaten welterweight “..has a chance to become a world champion.” Jones, 20-0-0, will take on Hector ‘Hurricane’ Munoz, 18-2-1, on the Kelly Pavlik vs. Sergio Martinez world title fight card April 17 at the historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. (more…)
Three former members of the legendary Cuban national amateur boxing team, now living in Miami, will appear in separate bouts on the “Fighting for Haiti” double world championship boxingt card at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida on April 10th. Sensational junior featherweight prospect Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux (5-0, 4 KOs) will be featured in a 10 round fight against veteran Reynaldo “El Denista” Lopez (30-7-3, 21 KOs). Trained by Freddie Roach, Rigondeaux is considered to be one of the greatest amateur boxers of all-time. He was the 2000 and 2004 Olympic gold medalist, the 2001 and 2005 World Championships gold medalist, and the 2003 and 2005 Pan American Games gold medalist.
Former Cuban team member Yudel Jhonson (5-0, 3 KOs) will be featured in a four-round welterweight bout, while teammate Yunier Dorticos (3-0, 3 KOs) will fight in a four-round cruiserweight bout. Both face opponents to be announced.
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Hall of Fame fight broadcaster Colonel Bob Sheridan will call Wednesday’s eagerly awaited heavyweight showdown between the explosive punching WBO #3 David “Tuaman” Tua (50-3-1, 43 KOs) who will punch it out against the granite chinned Nigerian Friday “The 13th” Ahunanya (24-5-3, 13 KOs) over twelve rounds with the WBO Asia Pacific title up for grabs at the Trusts Stadium in Auckland. (more…)
Three-time welterweight world champion Antonio Margarito and his opponent Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia where present today in a press conference in Aguascalientes, Mexico to announced their May 8th fight in during the final week of Mexico’s 180 year-old San Marcos National Fair in the another big championship card presented by Top Rank, Promociones Zanfer and Tecate. Margarito and Garcia will meet in a 10 round super welterweight fight in the main event of ¨Latin Fury 14¨ to be telecast by Top Rank on pay-per-view live to the United States from the Plaza de Toros Monumental de Aguascalientes. “For us is a big honor to have this type of event as part of our fair. Its great to have this quality of fighters here in Aguascalientes and we are looking to having a great night of boxing on May 8,” said Raul Alvarez Gutierrez, President of the San Marcos Fair Organizing committee. (more…)
World Boxing Council President Jose Sulaiman has commented of boxing superstar Edwin Valero’s six month enforced stay in a rehab center to deal with alcoholism. Far from taking an action against Valero, the WBC head has further ratified that Valero remains WBC lightweight champion in recess and supports his rehab with the aim to become “an example for the young people of the world, with the determination and courage of a winner and great champion he has been.” Sulaiman, on behalf of the WBC, is also offering whatever is necessary to help Valero in his therapy.
By Gerardo M. Avila-Planas
Word from local newspapers in Puerto Rico is that former welterweight champion Miguel Cotto (34-2, 27 KOs) has boosted his corner with the addition of Hall-of-famer Emanuel Steward as head trainer for his upcoming fight against WBA junior middleweight champion Yuri Foreman (28-0, 8 KOs). Murray Wilson, Foreman’s manager expressed to Primera Hora newspaper that Emanuel Steward had been originally hired by Foreman’s corner as a consultant, Steward however decided to take Cotto’s offer instead.
Meanwhile, Cotto , who had been highly criticized for having a relative unknown (Joe Santiago) in his corner for his lackluster win against Joshua Clottey and his devastating loss against Manny Pacquiao, will keep Santiago in his corner as an assistant. The Cotto vs Foreman fight is set for June 5th.
By Alexey Sukachev
Less than a year since suffering a brutal stoppage by Russian slugger Denis Lebedev, former WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli (31-4, 24 KOs) will have a chance to erase bad memories of the disastrous 2009 and get himself back into contention. All he needs to accomplish to achieve this goal is to overcome the resistance of another Russian power hitter in Alexander Kotlobay (18-1-1, 12 KOs). The fight between two 200lb contenders is officially set for April 27 at Yubileiny Sports Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia. Vacant European (EBU) title will be up for grabs. St. Petersburg-based Jab Promotion stages the entire show. (more…)
By Piotr Momot/www.ringpolska.pl
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (39-2, 37 KOs) and challenger Albert Sosnowski (45-2-1, 27 KOs) face off at today’s press coference in Warsaw. They collide May 29 at the 60,000+ seat Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
Two-time former super middleweight champion Byron “Gator” Mitchell (28-5-1, 21 KOs) will face “Next Great Champ” winner Otis “Triple OG” Griffin (21-6-2, 8 KOs) in a 12-round duel for the USBA light heavyweight title on May 7 at the Oheka Castle in Huntington, New York. In the co-feature, former #1 heavyweight contender “Big” Michael Grant will make his return to the ring. The towering 6’ 7” Grant (45-3, 33 KOs) is undefeated since 2003. The event, billed as “Hassle in the Castle” will feature six bouts, as well as celebrity guests, fashion models, and a special tribute to legendary trainer and manager Lou Duva. (more…)
Two of the world’s best lightweight (155 lb.) mixed martial arts fighters, Kenny Florian and Takanori Gomi, will square off in the main event of Spike TV’s “UFC Fight Night” on Wednesday, March 31 at 8:00pm ET/PT. Emanating from the Bojangles Colisuem in Charlotte, NC, the bout marks the long-awaited UFC debut of the Japanese lightweight mixed martial arts star, Gomi. (more…)
By Piotr Momot/www.ringpolska.pl
The much anticipated rematch between Krzysztof Wlodarczyk and Giacobe Fragomeni will take place on May 15th in Lodz, Poland. Wlodarczyk – Fragomeni II will be the richest boxing event ever staged in Poland. This very important clash for both fighters will take place in the same venue as the “Polish Fight of the Century” between Tomasz Adamek and Andrew Golota. Wlodarczyk’s promoter Andrew Wasilewski did not want to take a risk again with going to Italy for the second time and won purse bid with an offer of $616,000. The budget of whole event is expected to exceed one million dollars and the card will be filled with other top polish fighters like WBC #4 rated light heavyweight Dawid Kostecki and former youth WBC light middleweight champion Damian Jonak. Tickets are already on sale. (more…)
Longtime heavyweight contender David Tua (50-3-1, 43 KOs) weighed in at 239.75 pounds for his clash against Friday Ahunanya (24-5-1, 13 KOs) on Wednesday night at Trusts Stadium in Auckland New Zealand. Ahunanya scaled in at 229.5 pounds. It’s the 37-year-old Tua’s first fight since demolishing fellow New Zealander Shane Cameron in two rounds last October an all-Kiwi super fight.
In the co-feature, Israel “King Kong” Garcia (19-3, 11 KOs) weighed 260.25 pounds for his clash against Brett Smith (13-6-2, who weighed 227 pounds.
Former junior middleweight world champion Sergio Mora and junior welterweight prospect Frankie Gomez pose on March 29, 2010 in Los Angeles, California during a media workout in preparation for their April 3, 2010 bouts in which Mora will face Calvin Green and Gomez will face Clavonne Howard on the undercard of Bernard Hopkins vs. Roy Jones II at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada which will be broadcast live on pay-per-view. Click here for more photos…
Three time world welterweight champion Antonio “Tony” Margarito of Tijuana arrived today in Aguascalientes, Mexico to formally announce his return to the ring on Saturday, May 8th on the final weekend of the Mexican National Fair “San Marcos.” Margarito will take on Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia in the main event of “Latin Fury 14″ a big championship card promoted by Top Rank, Zanfer Promotions and Tecate and will be telecast on pay-per-view in the United States. Click here for more photos…
Michael Lozada has pulled out of his USNBC lightweight title fight with Ray Narh on the undercard of Bernard Hopkins v. Roy Jones this Saturday at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Square Ring matchmaker Eric Bottjer was notified by Lozada’s agent Monday night that a friend of Lozada had e-mailed him claiming the fighter was sick and could not travel to Las Vegas from Mexico City. “It’s a tough blow, cause we were notified literally 12 hours before we were supposed to pick Lozada and his camp up from the airport,” said Bottjer. “But Ray has trained very hard for the fight and we are committed in finding a proper replacement.”
Jr. welterweight boxer Oisin Fagan (25-8, 15 KOs) has announced his retirement. The 36-year-old former Irish domestic champion faced the likes of Amir Khan, Verquan Kimbrough and Paul Spadafora (losing split decisions to Kimbrough and Spadafora). In his last fight, he was stopped by unbeaten Andy Murray in a try for the Irish lightweight crown in February. Fagan has now taken a job with the Irish Amateur Boxing Association (IABA) and the Dublin City Council (DCC) partnership, as a Boxing Development Officer in the Community, where he will analyze disadvantaged areas of Dublin City and promote the sport of boxing. (more…)
Episode 5 of the critically acclaimed FIGHT CAMP 360°: Inside The Super Six World Boxing Classic will premiere April 7, on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The 30-minute episode will take viewers behind the scenes at the Dirrell-Abraham fight – from fight week tensions between promoters and camps through Saturday’s hotly contested bout. It will include footage and interviews with Dirrell at the hospital and Abraham after the fight, reaction from the boxers’ promoters, a discussion of the fight itself and a look ahead to the next match featuring Carl Froch vs. Mikkel Kessler for the WBC World Championship, Saturday, April 24.
Sampson Boxing, LLC. filed a Third Party Complaint in Tort against Universum Box Promotion, GMBH in the Supreme Court of the State of New York on March 25, 2010 as part of the ongoing litigation between KZ Promotions/Beibut Shumenov, and Sampson Boxing and Gabriel Campillo. The Complaint against Universum claims they wrongfully and without merit filed a lawsuit against Campillo in Spain, causing damages to Sampson Boxing. Former WBA light heavyweight champion lost a highly controversial rematch to Shumenov on January 29th, 2010 in Las Vegas.
There have been some slight changes to the two main events that will takes place this Friday night’s big “Spring Fling” boxing event that will take place at the Legendary Blue Horizon. The new main event will still feature USBA jr. middleweight champion, Derek “Pooh” Ennis. He will now face Jose Adelaydo Gonzalez of Garden City, Kansas. Ennis was originally supposed to do battle with Frankie Santos. Santos will still fight Ennis but he will now face Derek’s brother Farah Ennis in an eight round super middleweight bout. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
The newly minted promotional outfit, Baja Boxing, helmed by Antonio “Cañas” Lozada, is ready to debut their first fight card on Saturday, April 10th at the Palenque of Morelos Park in the heart of Tijuana, MX. Titled “New Blood”, the multi-bout fight card will be televised nationally in Mexico by Televisa. In the main event, the undefeated Antonio “Cañitas” Lozada Jr. (21-0, 18KO) of Tijuana, MX, will face off against his toughest challenge to date against the experienced Henry “Mamba” Aurad (21-2-1, 9KO) of Colombia. The WBC’s lightweight Fecarbox title will be at play. (more…)
Four fights into the Super Six World Boxing Classic on SHOWTIME®, there has been a little bit of everything—except a unanimous decision. In fact, so far there have been a pair of major upsets and no two results have been the same. There has been a knockout (Arthur Abraham over Jermain Taylor), a split decision (Carl Froch over Andre Dirrell), a technical decision (Andre Ward over Mikkel Kessler) and a disqualification (Dirrell over Abraham) in a fight on Saturday that will replay TONIGHT/Monday on SHOWTIME 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. One constant through all three Group Stage 1 bouts and the first of three Group Stage 2 encounters: Hometown fighters have been victorious each time (Froch, Abraham, Ward and Dirrell). If Abraham had triumphed on Saturday, he would have clinched a spot in the tournament semi-finals. As it stands, all the fighters remain in serious contention to win the tournament and the inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic Cup.
Golden Boy Promotions has reached a new agreement with NCM Fathom to continue presenting live world championship boxing in theaters throughout 2010. The first bout for 2010 will be Saturday’s Hopkins-Jones Jr. clash presented in 150+ movie theaters in high definition LIVE from Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Events Center. The May 1 Mayweather-Mosley fight can also be seen in theaters. Both events, of course, will also be available on pay-per-view television. Last year, Golden Boy brought the Mayweather-Marquez fight to the big screen – the first fight to be shown in movie theaters in over 20 years.
Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr. will hold an open workout for Las Vegas fight fans and the media on Tuesday in the Mizuya Lounge at Mandalay Bay as they prepare to meet in the ring on Saturday. Jones will work out at at 12:30PM. Hopkins will work out at 1:30PM.
Former IBF cruiserweight champion Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham is a promotional free agent following the conclusion of his eight year promotional contract with Don King Productions. ‘USS’ Cunningham and his wife, and manager, Livvy, are currently considering various options ahead of his forthcoming challenge for the vacant IBF cruiserweight title against Canada’s Troy Ross. Team Cunningham and Troy Ross’ management have 30 days to come to an agreement for Cunningham vs. Ross, otherwise the IBF will order a purse bid.
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Light Heavyweight Gayrat Ahmedov might not have expected much with Demetrius Davis based on his won-loss record. That was thrown out the window as Davis came to fight and almost pulled off the upset against the world-ranked contender. Ahmedov won a close eight round majority decision on Saturday afternoon before a sold-out crowd of about 900 at Karma Club in Victorville, CA. (more…)
By Ricardo Conde
WBC #10/WBA #5 lightweight contender “Bam Bam” Brandon Rios (24-0-1, 18 KOs) of Oxnard, CA, trained by former junior lightweight champion, Robert Garcia, will take on Urbano Antillon (27-1, 20 KOs) of Maywood, CA on Saturday, May 8th on the undercard of Latin Fury 14, which features the return of Antonio Margarito in Aguascalientes, Mexico. The twenty-three year-old Rios will defend his NABF lightweight title for the first time in a 10-round bout and vowed to knockout Antillon. For more details and photos click here…
Two-division world champion Edwin Valero has been sent to a psychiatric hospital for six months in Venezuela. According to El Universal, his wife, Jennifer Viera de Valero, was admitted to a hospital in the city of Merida with bruises and a broken rib that penetrated her lung, the same hospital she was treated at twice before for similar lesions. She claimed she sustained the injuries from falling down a flight of stairs. Valero reportedly caused a ruckus at the hosptial, and doctors called the police. On Sunday morning, Valero was taken before a judge where he confessed to being an alcoholic. The judge sent him for six months to San Juan de Dios Hospital for rehab.
Junior welterweight contender Frankie “El Gato” Figueroa is set to return to the ring on May 21st versus undefeated Russian prospect Ruslan Provodnikov (15-0 10 KOs) in the co-feature to the lightweight clash between Ji Hoon Kim and Ameth Diaz. The bout will be televised by ESPN Friday Night Fights beginning at 9pm EST. The ten round bout will be for the jr. welterweight NABA and WBO Asian Pacific titles. Figueroa has been out of action since braking his wrist in a fight last November 11th, which required surgery. “I was on the shelf for a little while. After a pin was put in place, I couldn’t fight because it couldn’t get wet. In January I had the cast and pin removed and I was able to test out my hand when I sparred with Juan Urango,” Figueroa stated. “My hand held up well and I am ready to go.” In addition to preparing for the Provodnikov bout, Figueroa will be sparring with Nate Campbell as Campbell prepares for his upcoming clash with Victor Ortiz.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA vice president, Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, in spite of the possibility of being criticized for being a Venezuelan living in Panama, stated, “I have to give my personal opinion of what happened and it seemed like an error to me, because I saw the winner as Cermeño.” He assured that the WBA Board of Directors will do an exhaustive review of the video of Panamanian Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno’s controversial split decision over Venezuelan Nehomar Cermeño on Saturday night at the Polideportivo José María Vargas in La Guaira, Venezuela, to determine the feasibility of a direct rematch. Mendoza Jr. had complimentary words for both fighters and said he would abstain from voting, letting the other board members make any decisions.
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