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Story by David L. Hudson
This power-punching heavyweight has won 50 professional boxing matches, including a literal last-second win over Sergei Lyakhovich to win the WBO world heavyweight title. He possesses devastating power as witnessed by his 44 stoppages, but this pugilist has shown severe stamina problems at times in part due to his asthma. He has squared off against former heavyweight champions George Foreman, Lennox Lewis, Ray Mercer and Sultan Ibragimov in a career that began in 1992 with 10 first round stoppages in his first 12 bouts. He reeled off 25 consecutive victories to begin his career before a surprising kayo loss to Darroll Wilson.
His name is Shannon Briggs . . Click here for more
Interview by David Finger
After a career that has spanned nearly 18 years, it appears that Rob “All-American Prizefighter” Calloway (70-11-2, 57 KO’s) is close to calling it a career.
Besides owning one of the most successful fitness clubs in St. Joseph, Missouri (the Team Calloway Family Heath & Fitness Club) he also has started working as a physical therapist. It appears that Calloway looks poised to enter his post-boxing life with more going for him than most former fighters . . . Click here for more
In the sport of mixed martial arts, confidence needs to be a part of your makeup if you have designs on being among the best in the world. This aspect of fighting is not lost on former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans, who has had no lack of faith in himself in the weeks and months leading up to his Saturday showdown with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. . . . Click for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
Steve “USS” Cunningham (22-2, 11 KOs) has moved his training camp to Berlin´s famed Max-Schmeling-Gym where the former champion continues his preparation for the showdown with Troy Ross (23-1, 16 KOs). The duo will clash for the vacant IBF Cruiserweight Title in Neubrandenburg, Germany on June 5 when Cunningham makes his first fight under the promotional banner of Team Sauerland. “It is great to be back in Germany,” Cunningham said. “I only have the best memories of the country and the fans. We have been received very well here in Berlin. The set-up in the Max-Schmeling-Gym is great. We got all we need to prepare for the big fight next week.” (more…)
IBF Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester (33-3, 16 KOs) will make a second defence of his title in Neubrandenburg, Germany on June 5 when he takes on mandatory challenger Roman Karmazin (40-3, 26 KOs). Boxing-Online.com has caught up with the 29-year-old “Hurricane” ahead of what could be the most difficult fight of his career. (more…)
By Mary Ann Owen
Hasim Rahman training at the new gym called “The Hit Factory” in Las Vegas Nevada located at 2206 Paradise Rd. The gym is owned by William Haney and Stephen Grant. The gym doors are locked, everyone has to ring the door bell in order to gain access. Haney said he wanted to maintain security for his gym and give the fighters more privacy so they can train without any distractions. The gym also has an amateur program. For more details and photos click here…
Ireland’s John Duddy works out in the Pocono Mountains preparing for Son of the Legend Julio Cesar Chavez Jr on Saturday, June 26, 2010 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. The fight card will be broadcast live on Pay-Per-View.
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Legendary promoter Don King held a press conference in Kiev, Ukraine together with Kiev mayor Leonid Chernovetskyi and Ukrainian promoters Vadim Bukhkalov and Stepan Chernovetskyi. King, who was in the Ukraine on the invitation former WBA light welterweight champion Andriy Kotelnik, was delighted with his warm reception.
“I am very glad that I could visit Ukraine, in Kiev. It is a magnificent city,” said King, “I can compare it to New York and Paris. You are very hospitable, open people. I love Ukraine. I love the Ukrainian people. I shall become a voice which will shout all over the world about what a remarkable country this is and what fine people live here! The beauty of the Ukrainian women has especially amazed me. They are fine! Here again, I see all the beauties here. I’m proud that I will work with Ukrainian boxers and represent Ukraine on the world scene.” (more…)
UFC officials announced today that tickets for UFC 114: Rampage vs. Evans at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. are officially sold out. The war of words between former UFC light heavyweight champions Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and “Suga” Rashad Evans has created one of the fiercest rivalries in the history of the sport. It’s also created one of the hottest tickets in Sin City. (more…)
Top welterweight prospect Mikael Zewski will face veteran John Hoffman in a scheduled four round bout in his Canadian debut Friday night, May 28th, at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City.
The Zewski/Hoffman scheduled four rounder is one of the featured undercard bouts on the ESPN2 televised, highly anticipated showdown between legendary Quebec former world champion Eric Lucas and perennial contender Librado Andrade. (more…)
Just prior to undefeated WBA super welterweight champion and future rabbi Yuri Foreman’s ring walk to his first world title defense will be the sounding of the shofar. The shofar is a horn, traditionally that of a ram, used for Jewish religious purposes. The sounding of the shofar is incorporated in synagogue services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. “Welcome to Yankel Stadium,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. “We are very fortunate to have Israel’s No. 1 entertainer Yoni Dror of Tel Aviv attending the fight to sound the shofar immediately prior to Yuri’s ring walk. Yoni was thrilled when we asked him and we were even happier he accepted. Yoni is beyond compare when it comes to sounding the shofar. It will be a very dramatic beginning to a very symbolic event.” (more…)
The last thing people heard from Jesse Forbes after he was eliminated from the third season of The Ultimate Fighter in 2006 was that he would be back. Nearly four years later, he delivered on that promise.
Of course, in mixed martial arts, four years can be an eternity, enough time to make or break a career, but Forbes, who was eliminated from TUF3’s semifinals by Josh Haynes and then halted in the first round by Matt Hamill on the show’s finale card, never wavered in his resolve, something he owes to a stubborn nature that he’s had his entire life . . . . Click for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
Photos: Rafael Soto, Top Rank/Zanfer
Undefeated and number one world ranked Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and the three-time world champion, Marco Antonio Barrera were in San Antonio today to promote their upcoming fights on the big “Latin Fury 15″ boxing card that Top Rank will be telecast on pay-per-view from the Alamodome on Saturday, June 26. Chavez Jr (40-0-1, 30 KOs) of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico will take on John Duddy (29-1, 18 KOs) of Ireland in the main event of the card that is being promoted by Top Rank, Promociones Zanfer and Tecate beer. (more…)
WHAT: “Fists Of Steel” PPV
WHEN: Saturday, May 29, 2010 – 3PM/ET, Noon/PT
WHERE: Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany
PROMOTER: K2 Promotions and Klitschko Management Group
WBC HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
MAIN EVENT – 12 ROUNDS
Vitali “Dr. Ironfist” Klitschko (39-2, 37 KOs)
vs Albert “The Dragon” Sosnowski (45-2-1, 27 KOs)
NABF HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
CO-FEATURE – 12 ROUNDS
Johnathon Banks (24-1, 17 KOs)
vs Jason Gavern (19-7-3, 8 KOs)
CRUISERWEIGHTS — 6 ROUNDS
Nendad Borovcanin (25-0, 18 KOs)
vs Raymond Ochieng (21-10-2, 17 KOs)
PAY-PER-VIEW INFORMATION: Distributed in North America by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 3 PM/ET – 12 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, Avail-TVN and DISH Network in the United States, as well as Bell TV, Shaw PPV and Viewer’s Choice in Canada, for a suggested retail price of $24.95. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
American referee Arthur Mercante Jr. will be the third man in the ring when WBA super welterweight world champion Yuri Foreman (28-0, 8 KOs) and former world champion Miguel Cotto (34-2, 27 KOs) meet at Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York on June 5. The three judges are Alfredo Steve Weisfeld (USA), Don Ackerman (USA) and Tony Paolillo (USA). The fight supervisor is Aurelio Fiengo (Panama).
By Karl Freitag
Two division world champion Miguel Cotto (34-2, 27 KOs) guaranteed that he’ll become the new WBA super welterweight champion when he challenges WBA 154lb titleholder Yuri Foreman (28-0, 8 KOs) on June 5th at Yankee Stadium. Cotto wouldn’t specify whether it would be a KO or a decision, but he vowed that he would leave the ring as champion. Cotto’s new trainer Emanuel Steward stated Cotto’s best weight is probably around 150 so the 154lb division is perfect for him. Steward also said Foreman punches better than his record indicates.
On Tuesday, May 25, 2010, the Board of Directors of the IBF/USBA called a special meeting to address issues concerning the governance of the organization. Concerns had grown among some of the Board members regarding the President, Ms. Muhammad’s, management of the organization and whether or not certain actions and decisions were in the best interest of the organization or were fiscally sound. During the meeting, a vote was taken and, by a majority vote, Ms. Muhammad was removed from her position as President of the organization, a position she has held since October 2001. She was also removed as one of the directors.
The decision to take these actions was not an easy one, as the Board had great appreciation for Ms. Muhammad’s dedication to the organization from its inception. This was not a matter of personal differences, but a matter of concern as to the leadership and management of the IBF.
Former Ratings Chairman Daryl J. Peoples, who has been with the IBF since 1995, was appointed by the Board of Directors as President. He will serve for the remainder of Ms. Muhammad’s term. Lindsey E. Tucker has also been reappointed to his post of Championships Chairman. Mr. Peoples’ former position of Ratings Chairman remains open, but will be filled in the near future.
The IBF/USBA now looks forward to an informative and productive annual convention in Puerto Rico next week and to continuing as one of the leading sanctioning organizations in the world with the help of its membership.
USA Olympian Vanes Martirosyan of Glendale, Calif. knows all about his next opponent, Mean Joe Greene of New York. “Years ago we were on the same USA Jr Olympic team,” said Vanes, who takes on Greene on Top Rank’s big Stadium Slugest card featuring Miguel Cotto vs. Yuri Foreman on June 5 at Yankee Stadium. “I was fighting at 145, he was around 160. We were friends, although we never fought. “As a pro, Greene has a difficult style. We’ve looked at lot of recent video of him,” said Martirosyan, a super welterweight. “I’ve been training with Freddie Roach for the last eight weeks at the Wild Card Gym. We’ve had a lot of sparring — 10 rounds yesterday for example. I’m in top condition and ready to fight.” Martirosyan is 27-0, Greene 22-0. The Martirosyan vs. Greene fight will be televised live on HBO (10:15 pm eastern) as a prelude to the Stadium Slugfest battle between Cotto vs. Foreman.
Gonzalo Munguía (17-6-3, 13 KOs) of Nicaragua recently arrived in Puerto Rico and worked out today in the city of Guynabo. Munguía will challenge WBO super featherweight champion Román ‘Rocky’ Martínez (23-0-1, 14 KOs) of Puerto Rico this Saturday, May 29th at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. PR Best Boxing (Iván and Peter Rivera) in association with All Star Boxing’s Félix ‘Tutico’ Zabala are promoting the event titled ‘Undefeated Champions.’ (more…)
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Unbeaten EBA (European Boxing Association) heavyweight champion Alexander Ustinov (20-0, 16 KOs) will face former European champion Paolo Vidoz (26-8, 15 KOs) on June 26th in Kiev, Ukraine. Vidoz’ manager Christian Cherchi of OPI 2000 has confirmed this to Fightnews.com.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Word is WBO/WBC bantamweight world champion Fernando Montiel will likely defend his belt against former WBA super flyweight champion Rafael ‘Torito’ Concepcion of Panama on July 17 in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, Mexico on a card presented by Zanfer Promotions. Montiel would be defending both his belts against Concepcion. Other sources indicate that Concepcion could have a tune-up fight in June at Chiriqui, Panama. This will Montiel’s first ring appearance since his spectacular KO victory over Japanese superstar Hozumi Hasewaga last April in Tokyo.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Word is the WBO has given a time limit of 48 hours for Sergio “Maravilla” Martínez from Argentina to decide if he’ll remain at middleweight or go back to jr middleweight. Martínez is currently WBO and WBC middleweight champion as well as WBC super welterweight champion. Martinez won the unified middleweight title in April with a unanimous decision over Kelly Pavlik in Atlantic City.
By Ricardo Conde
WBC Continental Americas welterweight champion Alfonso Gomez (22-4-2, 11 KOs) of Mexico, trained by his father Alfonso Gomez, Sr. and being assisted by former junior lightweight champ Robert Garcia in Oxnard, CA, will step back into the ring on Saturday, July 17th in Mexico against an opponent yet to be determined and will headline the latest edition of “Top Rank Live” on Fox Sports en Español which is being promoted by Top Rank. In his last outing, Gomez defeated former two-time lightweight champion “El Temible” Jose Luis Castillo (60-10-1, 52 KOs), when Castillo refused to answer the bell for the start of round six on the Pacquiao vs. Clottey “The Event” undercard at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX. For more details and photos click here…
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former world title challenger Robert Medley (27-3, 17 KOs) will be in action on Wednesday when he will clash with Sergio Aparicia (13-2, 6 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Wollongong Entertainment Center in Wollongong, NSW, Australia. In Medley’s last start, he spotted weight when he stepped up to the middleweight poundage and extended former WBA 168 pound champion Anthony Mundine over twelve rounds in January. “Mundine can’t punch. He did not hurt me in any of the rounds,” said Medley. (more…)
Aware of the hockey fever that has gripped the Chicago area, Hitz Boxing and the Horseshoe Casino will be broadcasting the Blackhawks’ first game of the Stanley Cup Finals on the giant jumbotron screens during this Saturday’s “Quest for 50″ professional boxing event.
While former world champion Montell “Ice” Griffin goes for his 50th and possibly final victory, the Blackhawks will go for a finals victory of their own against the Philadelphia Flyers. (more…)
So after a whirlwind ride in 2009 that saw him drop from 170 to 155 pounds, defeat Joe Stevenson and Clay Guida, and then go four-plus rounds in a lightweight championship bout with BJ Penn, Sanchez decided that home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, wasn’t just where the heart is; it’s where his future success lies. . . . Click for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
UFC® Chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta will address the thousands of fans in attendance at the second UFC FAN EXPO™ on Saturday, May 29 at 12PM PT during his keynote speech scheduled for the main stage inside the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Immediately following the keynote speech, Fertitta will take part in a Question and Answer session with fans.
By Graham Houston
His last fight was a dreary 12-rounder, but Vitali Klitschko should be able to give a far more pleasing type of performance when he defends his heavyweight title against Albert Sosnowski in Germany on Saturday. The trouble with Klitschko’s last display was that his opponent, Kevin Johnson, came to survive, not to fight. It is difficult for anyone to look good against an opponent whom refuses to engage them in a meaningful fight in which punches are thrown on both sides. Johnson chose to cover up on the ropes, rolling with punches, always watchful of what was coming at him while doing very little punching himself. Sosnowski, though, is a boxer who can be relied upon to give a wholehearted effort. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Former South African junior flyweight champion Mveleli Luzipho died at his home in Mdantsane, near East London on Wednesday after a long illness. He was 43. Luzipho who fought from 1981 to 1987 outpointed Tamsanqa Sogwe in his seventh professional fight on August 10, 1982 in Cape Town to win the South African junior flyweight title. (more…)
By Sam DiTusa
Professional boxing has been absent in Seattle for quite some time, but new promoter Chris Jones has announced the formation of GUY Promotions to remedy that. The inaugural show is set for June 5th at the Renton Community Center in Renton, Washington — just 5 minutes south of Seattle. The card will feature Dashon Johnson (9-2-3, 4 KOs) and Skyler Thompson (11-7, 9 KOs) for the state super welterweight boxing title in the main event. Also appearing will be undefeated Seattle heavyweight Vincent Thompson, as well as middleweights Aubrey Morrow and Darren Azai. (more…)
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