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The 24th WBO Annual Convention, to be held in Puerto Rico in 2011, is scheduled from October 24th to 29th it was announced today by WBO President, Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel. The traditional WBO Convention, started in 1988, will take place on that date, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel located in Isla Verde, Carolina. 2010 WBO Convention was held at the Hotel Caribe in the city of Cartagena, Colombia. This year, PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) headed by brothers Ivan and Peter Rivera will present a world title show during the convention. As always, the presence of some of the WBO champions, former champions, other boxers, famous trainers, managers, promoters, officials, and other political, social and cultural personalities will be on hand.
The World Boxing Council has granted world champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam of Thailand, the authorization to make a voluntary defense having as a deadline May 30, the same liberty that was granted to Edgar Sosa, of Mexico, to make a voluntary defense of his WBC International title. However, the free negotiation period will start on June 1st and a purse offer would be conducted on July 1st if no agreement is reached. Continental Federations ABCO and NABF have already been advised as well as the representatives to the aforementioned fighters.
Marco “Captain” will defend his WBO cruiserweight title against Ran Nakash on April 2. After Giacobbe Fragomeni pulled out due to a cut injury from sparring, Huck (31-1, 23 KOs) will now make his sixth defense against the unbeaten challenger from Israel (25-0, 18 KOs). “I don’t care about the late change,” Huck said. “It will not exactly be a walk in the park, but as the world champion, I will find a way to deal with it. I will be prepared for Nakash and I will defeat him just like I defeat anybody who wants to take the belt away from me.”
Huck is currently putting the finishing touches on his preparation at Team Sauerland’s training camp base in the solitude of Kienbaum, Germany. “It has been exhausting, but it has been worth it,” Huck said. “I will not disappoint my fans at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle. But I am prepared for a tough night.”
Nakash has yet to taste defeat as a professional boxer. “He is a tough and very skilled guy,” Sauerland sports director Hagen Doering said. “He has been in full training as he was preparing for a fight. It will be an interesting match-up.”
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo: Tim Barry
Former world welterweight and middleweight challenger Shannan Taylor (50-9-3, 36 KOs) will be in action over twelve rounds on Saturday against Tim Kanofski (11-4) at the Croation Club in Punchbowl, Sydney, NSW, Australia with IBF Pan Pacific championship up for grabs. Taylor holds KO wins over several former world champions including former WBA lightweight champion Livingstone Bramble who he blasted out in round one and former IBF junior welterweight champion Jake “The Snake” Rodriguez who went out in three rounds. Taylor was turned back in a WBC welterweight title bout against Shane Mosley in six rounds in 2001 and dropped a twelve round decision to Arthur Abraham in an IBF middleweight title bout in 2006. Kanofski dropped a decision to former WBA middleweight challenger Jamie Pittman in his most recent ring outing. Australian heavyweight contender Michael Kirby (8-3-1, 5 KOs) will slug it out with Royce Sio (1-1, 1 KO) over four rounds. Promoter: Rod Van Akker.
WBO world ranked Javier Maciel (18-1, 12 KOs) of Argentina and his team have arrived in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Maciel will challenge WBO middleweight champion Dmitry Pirog (17-0, 14 KOs) of Russia this Saturday in Ekaterinburg.
Jorge “Coloradito” Solis is a world champion in his own right, but on Saturday night he will not only be a challenger but also the underdog to undefeated Cuban sensation Yuriorkis Gamboa who will put up his WBA and IBF featherweight world championship against the tough Mexican in the main event of “Featherweight Fury” to take place at the Adrian Phillips Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City and to be televised by HBO on “Boxing After Dark.”
“I am not selling myself short. I took this fight because I truly believe I can win it and that’s what I am here to do: win it,” said Solis, today in Atlantic City. Solis is the WBA Interim Super Featherweight champion and has lost only twice in his professional career, one to Manny Pacquiao and another one to former IBF Featherweight champion Cristobal Cruz in a title fight so close, that some people felt that Solis had won it. (more…)
Photo: Thompson Boxing
Efrain Esquivias 120.5 vs Jhon Albert Molina 121.5
Artemio Reyes 144.5 vs Marcus Thompkins 143.5
Richard Contreras vs Alfredo Birto 119
Miguel Diaz 114 vs Daniel Modad 113.5
Ignacio Garcia 143 vs Jose Antonio Vargas 141
Sergio Nuñez 132.5 vs Gerald Fischer 134.5
WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation light welterweight champion Jose “El Nino” Reynoso Jose Reynoso (14-3-1, 2 KOs) of Riverside returns to the ring April 29th against Estaban Almaraz (10-4, 3 KOs) of Texas. The bout is scheduled for 8 rounds and near the 140 pound weight limit. Site of the fight will be the Double Tree Hotel in Ontario, California. Reynoso fights out of the Capital Punishment Boxing Club based in Riverside and owned by his managers Charlie Perez and Ruben Castanon. Reynoso has opened eyes beating solid competion in his last 3 bouts where the opposition had a combined record of (53-6-3). Almaraz upset former world champion Nestor Garza (41-5, 33 KOs) of Mexico in his last bout.
Photos: Sergio Shibuya
The final press conference and official weigh-in for tomorrow night’s “International Boxing Challenge pro-am boxing show, featuring the Interim WBC Latino Super Middleweight title fight between unbeaten Michael “The Brazilian Rocky” Oliveira (13-0, 11 KOs) and undefeated Argentinean prospect Abel Nicolas “El Princdipito” Andriel (10-0, 2 KOs), was held this morning in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The 10-round main event between Oliveira and Adriel, which is believed to be the first battle of undefeated boxers from archrivals Brazil and Argentina, will be streamed free starting at 9 PM/ET by going to www.MichaelOliveira.com.
Michael Oliveira 167.5 vs Abel Nicolas Adriel 163.5
(WBC interim Latino super middleweight title)
Douglas Ataibe 155.5 vs. Valdevan Pereira 158.25
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Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Undefeated WBA & IBF featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa and challenger Jorge Solis pose overlooking the famed Atlantic City Boardwalk as they get set to do battle on Saturday, March 26, at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. This championship main event, Gamboa vs. Solis is promoted by Top Rank, in association with Arena Box and Caesars Atlantic City and will be televised on HBO’s Boxing After Dark. Click here for more photos…
Photo: Ricardo Rodriguez-Rivera
On Wednesday afternoon, 2008 Puerto Rican Olympian Jose Pedraza arrived in New York City. And while he prepares to fight as a professional for just the second time, Pedraza is well on his way to arriving at boxing superstardom. Pedraza (1-0, 1 KO) headlines Broadway Boxing from the BB King Blues Club in Times Square on March 29, against Springfield, OR native Corben page (1-1).
“I’m very excited for this opportunity to fight internationally for the first time,” said Pedraza upon arriving at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport. “The camp has been going great and I’m working on a few new things to show the fans in New York.” (more…)
By Bill Green
Airtight Boxing presents “Knocked Out Cold” at Red and Jerry’s in Sheridan, Colorado on March 26th. In the main event, welterweight Manuel Perez (15-6, 3 KOs) squares off with Randy Arrellin (8-3, 4 KOs) for the vacant WBC Latino Jr title. Perez is best known for earning a draw with reigning WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios.
The co-main event belongs to popular Colorada-based lighweight Robert “Red Hot” Frankel (27-10, 4 KOs). Frankel looks to rebound from a tough majority decision loss to former WBC lightweight champ David Diaz. Frankel will face Adam Limon in an eight round lightweight contest. (more…)
A bill to regulate mixed martial arts recently passed through the West Virginia Legislature, making the state the 45th in the U.S. to approve the rapidly-growing sport. Today, officials at the Ultimate Fighting Championship® expressed their gratitude to local lawmakers who helped clear the way for mixed martial arts in “The Mountain State.” (more…)
Fan favorite Efrain Esquivias (12-0, 8 KOs) is set to make his main event debut, as well as fight for the vacant WBA Fedelatin super bantamweight title, when he takes on 46-fight veteran and two time world title challenger John Alberto Molina (28-15-3, 19 KOs) this Friday as Thompson Boxing Promotions returns to the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California with another installment of the popular “Path to Glory” series . . . Click here for more
Sauerland Event has found a quick replacement opponent for WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck. “Kapt’n Huck” will now face unbeaten Ran Nakash (25-0, 18 KOs) in April 2 in Halle/Westfalen, Germany. Nakash steps in for Giacobbe Fragomeni, who had to pull out with a cut. Nakash is rated by both the WBC and WBA.
Promoter Frank Maloney is planning a clash between close pals Rendall Munroe and Jason Booth this summer, providing Booth is successful in his European super bantamweight fight against Kiko Martinez in Madrid on April 15. Munroe returns to action an eight rounder against Chris Riley at Rainton Meadows Arena, Houghton-le-Spring on Saturday April 9 – his first fight since losing on points to WBC 122lb champion Toshiaki Nishioka in October. Provided the Leicester binman beats Riley he expects to become official challenger for the European crown he once held.
Maloney explained, “It is a fight that Jason and Rendall have been reluctant to talk about let alone contemplate. They except that business is business and there is now a real possibility that will have to face each other in the near future. Rendall wants to win back his old crown and Jason will not want to relinquish once he beats Martinez.”
Unbeaten lightweight John Murray (30-0, 18 KOs) is hoping a solid win on April 2 propels him towards a shot at long-term WBC champion Humberto Soto or WBA/WBO champion Juan Manuel Marquez. Murray is currently ranked #2 with the WBC, and is also inside the top 15 with the IBF and WBO. A KO victory against Karim El Ouazghari (11-1, 4 KOs) at Bethnal Green’s York Hall in Murray’s first fight for promoter Frank Warren would move that goal closer.
“I’d love a world title shot this year,” said current European champion Murray. “I’m not worried about facing any of the champions out there. Soto’s got a great record but if I want to win a world title then I’m going to have to beat the best. I’ve worked very hard for my rating with the WBC, and I want to get in a position where I can force a fight as mandatory challenger. It’s great that the world governing bodies are beginning to recognise my talent because I’ve always believed in myself. Now other people are sitting up and taking notice too. I really believe that I am ready for anyone in the world right now, including Juan Manuel Marquez.”
Despite coming off a knockout loss in his last fight against Carlos Condit, welterweight contender Dan Hardy didn’t hesitate to accept a bout with feared striker Anthony “Rumble” Johnson that takes place this Saturday night in Seattle . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
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By Robert Coster
Growing up in the remote town of Egrim, Siberia, junior lightweight Evgeny Gradovich (9-0,6 KOs) dreamed of becoming a sports star. His first choice was soccer but he was rejected by the local soccer school. Well, soccer’s loss turned out to be boxing’s gain as the unbeaten 24-year-old is starting to make a name for himself. His last fight was an impressive shutout ten round decision over tough Francisco Reyes (8-1) in Tacoma, Washington last Saturday. (more…)
On Friday, Zanfer Promotions will break the dry spell in boxing that has fallen over Tijuana, MX, when it presents the first fight card of 2011. Zanfer will showcase its local up and coming talent at the Municipal Auditorium. In the main event of “Night of Warriors”, unbeaten lightweight Misael Castillo (19-0, 17KOs) will travel the roughly 100 miles north from his native Ensenada, MX, to protect his perfect record against Mexico City’s Francisco “Panterita” Dianzo (21-7, 18KOs) in a scheduled ten rounder. The hard hitting Castillo is no stranger to Tijuana since this is where he was crowned the winner of the regional “Guante Azteca (Aztec Glove)” tournament last summer. Known for his high pressure style, Castillo is one of the best prospects in Baja California. Dianzo in his own right is a tough opponent with face offs against the likes of former featherweight Cristobal “Lacandon” Cruz, Takahiro Ao and Guadalupe Rosales among others. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Akihiko Honda, the promoter of Teiken Promotions, Inc., has definitely announced today (Thursday) that the world title tripleheader on April 8 is on as scheduled, but will move from the originally slated fight place of Tokyo to Kobe city on the same date. He considers that it is a good choice to shift the venue to the World Memorial Hall of the southern port city Kobe, some 500 kilometer (310 miles) west to the capital Tokyo, under current circumstances with partly limited electricity and other problems inside the Metropolitan area.
The deluxe show consists of the three WBC world title bouts, as follows: WBC feather title bout between Hozumi Hasegawa (29-3, 12 KOs) and Jhonny Gonzalez of Mexico (47-7, 41 KOs); WBC super-bantam title go of Toshiaki Nishioka (37-4-3, 23 KOs) and Mauricio Munoz of Argentina (21-2, 9 KOs); WBC super-feather title bout of Takahiro Aoh (20-2-1, 9 KOs) and Humberto Gutierrez of Mexico (28-2-1, 20 KOs).
Therefore, foreign boxing people including the WBC officials will arrive at Osaka/Kansai airport, about an hour by car to Kobe city, without coming to Tokyo. More information will follow on this subject.
Hometown underdog Rocky Fielding broke Prizefighter records as he stormed to victory in the Super-Middleweights II at Liverpool Olympia. Roared on by an army of fans, Fielding destroyed his three opponents in brutal fashion, becoming the first winner to win all three of his fights inside the distance on the way to collecting the £32,000 winner’s cheque and catapulting himself from three-fight novice to a name to watch.
“It’s just unbelievable,” said Fielding. “I was nowhere near the line-up nine or ten days ago but the second I knew I was in it I thought, ‘I’ll win that’.
“I’m always in great shape, I don’t fear anyone and I’ve got a good following so I’m ready to be in the big-time,” said Fielding. “I’m not going to jump the gun and say I want title shots and so-on – I’ve only had three fights before this and I know that – but as this showed, I’m always ready to fight and I’ll box anywhere and this will open big, big doors for me.” (more…)
By Przemyslaw Garczarczyk
Photos: Wojtek Kubik
26-year old former Notre Dame team captain and now Baltimore Ravens safety, Tommy Zbikowski is a busy guy. The same day he attended the media luncheon announcing his Saturday undercard fight on the Gamboa-Solis main event in Atlantic City, televised on HBO’s “Boxing After Dark”, he wasted no time and immediately started training at New York’s famous Kingsway Gym. Click here for more photos…
It all started October 19, 2001 when former world champion Oscar Larios defeated Angel “Avispa” Chacon in a “Mexico vs. Puerto Rico” battle when Tuto Zabala Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc and the TELEMUNDO Network landed for the first time at the Kissimmee Civic Center. Now almost 10 years later, the City of Kissimmee has become a boxing capital and Boxeo TELEMUNDO returns on April 29. In the main event is another classic “Puerto Rico vs. Mexico” showdown with Cuauhtémoc Vargas (15-4-1, 10 KOs) of Mexico City against Jose “Miau” Nieves (17-2-3, 8 KOs) of Carolina, Puerto Rico in a bout scheduled for 12 rounds with the WBO Latin jr. featherweight title at stake. (more…)
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® is pleased to confirm the full card for its first-ever trip to Seattle on Saturday, March 26. UFC®Fight Night™ Live, which will be held at KeyArena and broadcast live on Spike TV at 10 p.m. ET/PT, features a highly-anticipated light heavyweight main event battle between Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and undefeated Phil Davis. (more…)
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