Undefeated southpaw James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland
(17-0, 15 KOs) and unbeaten Timothy “Desert Storm’’ Bradley (17-0, 10 KOs) will
take on Billy Lyell (14-3, 2 KOs) and Manuel Garnica (22-6, 12 KOs),
respectively, in the co-featured bouts Friday, Feb. 2, on “ShoBox: The New
Generation.” SHOWTIME will televise the action at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the
cameras and boxing gloves ready for FASHION KNOCK-OUTS, the "Main Event" during
Fashion Week and it's only at The EXCLUSIVE trade show in Las Vegas. For the
first time, The EXCLUSIVE has invited the Retired Boxers Foundation to be the
beneficiary of a special event hosted prior to the FASHION KNOCK-OUTS Main
Event—an autograph signing featuring the stars of FASHION KNOCKOUTS. The World
Boxing Council (WBC), as part of their "WBC Cares" community outreach, will join
the Retired Boxers Foundation in support of their mission:
Knockout Main Event MC is the Classy JIMMY LENNON, JR ., "THE VOICE OF BOXING".
For more info, press & VIP credentials contact Amy Freeman
From WBC President Jose Sulaiman:
TRIBUTE TO RINGSIDE PHOTOG
Top Rank photographer Chris Farina is putting together a tribute dinner on
Thursday night for David Lee Waite, the former Las Vegas Sun and ringside
photographer for many years. Waite, 64, passed away recently as the result of
Silva vs. Lutter a case of “All
UFC 67 will truly be All or Nothing,
for not only defending middleweight champion Anderson
Silva, the knockout nightmare who defends his belt
against challenger Travis Lutter, veteran winner of TUF
4, but for a number of young stars, as well.
Trainer Freddie Roach wants to squash the rumors, and misreporting concerning his relationship with Manny Pacquiao. Recently, Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum went on the record and called Roach an "idiot," and there were reports that Manny Pacquiao had fired Freddie Roach after learning that Roach and De La Hoya would be working together, "Bob Arum needs to spend less time trying to get me fired, and more time helping Manny, and getting Manny to the Wild Card. Bob needs to be working with me, and not against me. Manny Pacquiao is my boy and I am going to take care of him." Roach said he spoke with Manny last night, and reports that Pacquiao gave him his blessing, and wished him luck with Oscar. Freddie also suggested the possibility that Pacquiao could go to Puerto Rico to train with Oscar to prepare for his possible fight against In Jin Chi. Roach also informs Fightnews that they will be training at Wilfredo Gomez's gym in Puerto Rico.
"Who is Paul Williams?" asks WBO welterweight champ Antonio Margarito (34-4, 24 KOs). "I don't know how he got to be the #1 mandatory. I don't know who he has beaten, who he has fought to get there. He hasn't fought anybody!" Margarito says his next fight will be a business decision. "They are offering us more for a fight with Cotto," he said. "Whoever offers more is the fight that I am going to take, whether it is Paul Williams or Cotto. If the sum is greater to fight Paul Williams then I will fight Paul Williams, if the sum is greater to fight Cotto, then I will fight Cotto."
light heavyweight title challenger Chad Dawson says he will turn champion Tomasz
"Goral'' Adamek 'inside out' when they meet in a mouth-watering main event on
Showtime next Saturday (February 3).
On Friday, February 16, at the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, California, highly-avoided heavyweights Timor Ibragimov (21-1-1, 13 KOs) and Tony Thompson (28-1, 17 KOs) will do things the old fashioned way by fighting each other and leaving no doubt as to which fighter is truly the most deserving contender. The bout, presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions, in association with Seminole Warriors Boxing, will be telecast live on a special boxing edition of Fox Sports Net’s 'Best Damn Sports Show Period.' "This is a rare meeting of two fighters at the top of their games who could have easily fought journeymen while waiting for a shot at the world championship," said Leon Margules, Executive Director of Seminole Warriors Boxing. "I respect both men for putting it all on the line, and I’m expecting a great fight on February 16th."
Today, Oscar De La Hoya announced that Freddie Roach will
take over the rein's as his trainer for the upcoming mega fight on May 5th at
the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas against Floyd
Mayweather Jr. replacing Floyd Sr.
workouts have already begun for De La Hoya, with his training camp to officially
kick off in Puerto Rico on March 1st. Roach, who will leave his Wild Card Gym in
Hollywood, CA, to exclusively train Oscar in Puerto Rico, said he was
congratulated by his other main fighter, super featherweight superstar Manny
Pacquiao, and stated that if Manny has a fight (rumored to be April 28 against
Injin Chi) during the period he's training Oscar, Manny is comfortable working
with Roach's assistant Justin Fortune. Roach also said he spoke about his
decision with other fighters under his guidance including super middleweight
Peter Manfredo who will challenge WBO champion Joe Calzaghe on April 7, Robert
Guerrero who faces Spend Abazi on February 23 for the vacant IBF featherweight
crown, and WBC super bantamweight champion Israel Vazquez who faces Rafael
Marquez in a March 3 superfight
TICKETS SOLD OUT!
Tickets for the highly anticipated super fight between Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather sold out in three hours Saturday afternoon at MGM Grand's box office and thru TicketMaster's website. More than 5,400 tickets for the fight, Saturday, May 5 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, were devoured by fans eager to help establish the record-breaking live gate of $19 million. The previous record was $16,860,300 for the November 13, 1999 Lennox Lewis vs. Evander Holyfield II championship event at the Thomas and Mack Center. "This is a huge success right out of the gate, unparalleled in boxing and underscores the importance and magnitude of this sporting event," said Richard Schaefer, Chief Executive Officer of Golden Boy Promotions. "We are now in the process of setting up a record number of closed circuit locations in Las Vegas to ensure that any and all boxing fans can be part of this 'Super Fight Weekend.' I urge fans to make their reservations now to be in Las Vegas on May 5."
The Miami Heat organization will honor, WBO heavyweight champion Shannon “The Cannon” Briggs, during their halftime show versus the Milwaukee Bucks at the American Airlines Arena in Miami. The NBA’s defending champs and their fans will get a see the champ go toe to toe with the Heat mascot, while viewing a highlight reel of Shannon’s KO’s. Briggs dramatically captured the WBO crown last November, when he knocked Serguei Lyakhovich out of the ring in the final seconds of round 12. The newly crowned champ and Brooklyn native, is scheduled to fight undefeated Russian slugger, Sultan Ibragimov (19-0-1 16KO’s) on March 10th at the Madison Square Garden in New York City. Televised live to millions watching on HBO championship boxing, the Briggs vs Ibragimov bout is sure to capture America’s interest as our nation will rally behind the United States of America and its only heavyweight champion. Doors open up at 7:30 EST.
The purse bid for the WBO welterweight mandatory title defense of Antonio Margarito against unbeaten challenger Paul Williams took place today at WBO headquarters in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Goossen Tutor was the winner with a purse offer of $1,506,250, outbidding Golden Boy Promotions at $1,444,444. The proposed site for the contest will be in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, or Washington, D.C. with a proposed date "no sooner than 45 days after Antonio Margarito is medically cleared to fight and no later than 120 days after Margarito is medically cleared to fight." Promoter Dan Goossen must now contact each fighter's manager for the bout agreement that must be signed no later than 4:00PM Pacific Standard Time on Friday, February 2, 2007.
It's unlikely the fight between Margarito and Williams will take place, however, as an announcement was made last night by Top Rank that Margarito plans to challenge Miguel Cotto for the WBA belt next, should Cotto defeat Oktay Urkal as expected on March 3.
The Sky Ute Casino in Ignacio, Colo. will kick off their 2007 boxing season on Saturday, April 7 with a six- or seven-bout card. The card is in the works, but so far, IFBA super flyweight champion Terri Cruz (15-4-2, 7 KOs) of Denver, Colo, WBA lightweight champ Layla McCarter (22-12-5, 4 KOs) of Las Vegas, Nev., and, possibly, Bloomfield's Joe Gomez (9-1-1) will be featured in the main bouts, from 8 to 12 rounds. Also on the lineup: super bantam Victor Barela (7-0-1, 2 KOs) of Farmington, inactive since '04, will attempt a comeback, against Oscar Marin (3-0, 1 KO) of Las Vegas, Nev.; Durango jr. welter Miguel "El Coyote" Gallegos (4-0-1, 1 KO) takes on Las Vegas' Blaine Jacobs (2-0-1, 1 KO); jr. lightweight Joe Barela (4-1, 1 KO) takes on Terrance Jett (2-5, 1 KO) in a rematch; and Blanding, Utah's Sylvania Morris will make a debut as the opening bout.
The Pros & Cons of being James McGirt, Jr. in Boxing
Being the son of a former world
champion, as well as one of boxing’s most respected
contemporary trainers, certainly has its pros and cons
for unbeaten middleweight prospect James McGirt, Jr.,
who has won all 13 of his pro fights with seven
MARGARITO AGREES TO COTTO MEGA FIGHT
World Welterweight Champion Antonio Margarito has agreed to
take on two-time world champion Miguel Cotto on a Top Rank mega event June 9 at
Madison Square Garden.
Promotions has two more talented and determined pugilists in the fold with the
signing of popular San Jose super middleweight Ricardo Cortes and Santa Barbara
super welterweight Francisco Santana. Cortes is 19-1-1 with 14 KOs, while
Santana is 5-0 with 3 KOs. Santana is trained by former bantamweight champion
Wayne McCullough and managed by Wayne's wife Cheryl McCullough. Cortes is
managed and trained by Ted Lucio. Goossen Tutor Promotions' Northern California
connection also includes undefeated 2004 Olympic gold medalist Andre Ward from
Oakland and former IBF featherweight champion Robert Guerrero of Gilroy
Eyes Title Fight with Bernard Hopkins this year
DiBella Entertainment has reached agreement with Roy Jones, Jr. to co-promote the former world champion with Square Ring, Inc., it was announced today by DBE president Lou DiBella.
Jones is a former titlist in four weight categories – middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight, and heavyweight – and is on the comeback trail, eyeing a title shot against another active, living legend – light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins – later this year.
“Roy Jones Jr. is not only one of the legendary fighters of this generation, but one of the greatest boxers in the history of the game. I am excited about the opportunity to promote him with Square Ring,” said DiBella. “We will move forward to make the superfight against Hopkins on July 21 as long as the deal is fair to all parties and the fight is on an even playing field.”
DiBella went on to add, “I have never failed to make a fair deal with Golden Boy when we have negotiated for a fight that our fighters wanted.”
The Pensacola, FL born and
bred Jones has put forth an amazing 50 victory career
with only four losses, and 38 triumphs coming by way of
knockout. After setbacks to Antonio Tarver and Glen
Johnson in 2004 and 2005, Jones hit the comeback trail
last July with a unanimous decision victory over
Prince Badi Ajamu.
Undefeated flyweight prospect Giovanni Segura will face Jesus Martinez on Friday, February 16th at Cicero Stadium in the twelve round main event of FEBRUARY FURY
The heavy handed Segura, a native of Ciudad Altamirano, Mexico, now fighting out of Bell Gardens, California, sports a record of 16-0 (12KO’s). He is currently ranked #9 by the WBA and #11 by the WBC. This fight will be for the NABF title.
Martinez, of Mexico City, Mexico brings a record of 17-4
with eleven knockouts. His ten year career includes hard
fought battles with world champions Ulises Solis and
Light heavyweight contender
who will meet WBC champion
in the main event
Saturday in Kissimmee, has hired
Floyd Mayweather Sr.
as his trainer, replacing two-time Trainer of the Year
Living up to its billing of “Sky Brawl,” six solidly-matched bouts brought in a full house tonight at Sky City Casino in Acoma, N.M. for Romero Promotions’ third and, by far, best show yet. In the main event, Monica Lovato (9-1, 4 KOs), of Espanola, paid back Julia Rubalcava (4-1, 1 KO), of Westminster, Calif., for her sole loss with an eight-round unanimous decision for the vacant NABF super flyweight bout. The fight was far from one-sided, with Rubalcava’s boxing skills, quick overhand rights and counter-punching up against Lovato’s stronger, straight lefts and aggression. Cards read 78-74 and 79-73 twice. In the co-main event, Socorro/Luna’s Joaquin Zamora (13-2-1, 10 KOs) survived a devastating first round knockdown in the first round by Juarez’s Nelson Estupinan (12-4, 9 KOs), paying the Mexican fighter back with two knockdowns on his way to a unanimous decision win with scores of 98-89 x 3, for the vacant WBC’s USNBC welterweight belt. Estupinan later said he’d broken his hand with the knockdown punch in round one. On the undercard: Albuquerque super bantamweight David Proa (1-0, 1 KO) scored a first round KO (2:59) in his pro debut against Las Cruces’ Steven Lozoya (1-4); middleweight Jesse Lovato (1-1), of Albuquerque, won his first fight with a split decision win over Las Cruces’ Tony Cano (0-3), with scores of 40-36, 39-37 and 37-39; in the biggest surprise of the night, and best fight, Soccoro jr. middleweight Adrian Lopez (0-0-1) and Santa Fe’s Gabe Montoya (0-0-1) fought a toe-to-toe four-round draw, with scores 38-38 twice and 39-37 Montoya; heavyweight Felix Abner (2-1, 1 KO) suffered his first pro loss by split decision to Dallas debuter Kirby Lee Gillespie (1-0), scores of 39-37, 37-39 and 40-36.
In a WBC super flyweight eliminator, Mexican superstar Jorge Arce (46-3-1, 35 KOs) invaded Southern California with a dominating twelve round unanimous decision over Julio Roque Ler (23-2, 14 KOs) on Saturday night before a crowd of 7,091 at the Honda Center in Anaheim. Arce was the aggressor while Ler covered up and fought in spurts. Both fighters entertained the crowd by making gestures toward each other during the fight, but Ler gave away virtually every round with his unwillingness to engage in exchanges. Arce finally wobbled Ler with a big left hook in round eleven, but Ler was more interested in making it to the final bell than fighting. Arce won by scores of 119-109, 118-110, 118-110.
In a very exciting fight, unbeaten WBC #2 middleweight Kelly Pavlik (30-0, 27 KOs) scored an impressive eighth round knockout over rugged Jose Luis Zertuche (19-4-2, 14 KOs). The aggressive Zertuche tried to trade with Pavlik early and "The Ghost" was happy to comply. After three rounds of war, Pavlik began to become more and more in command as Zertuche slowed down. Pavlik floored Zertuche with a huge right hand at the end of round six, dominated the seventh, and in the eighth round knocked him out with two crunching right hands. Time was 1:40. There is talk of a showdown between Pavlik and Edison Miranda. What a fight that would be.
IBF #4 lightweight Zahir Raheem (28-2) won an eight round shutout over Armando Cordova (23-33-2) Friday night at the Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Raheem dropped Cordova in the seventh round and won 80-71 on all cards. In other notable action, Irish junior welter Oisin Fagan (17-3, 10 KOs) won his 11th straight with a second round stop of Brian Paul (4-17), junior middleweight Ronnie Warrior (12-2-1) outpointed journeyman Brad Jensen (14-22-4) over six, cruiserweight Don Jones (17-3) destroyed Mitch Hicks (3-8) in one, and all-action female flyweight Stephanie Dobbs (23-15-3) defeated Treasure Sanders (5-6) in a four rounder.
I'LL BET NIKOLAY WOULDN'T BREAK ROCKY'S
Nikolay Valuev is a giant of a man. At 7'+ and 325 pounds.
He is quite an imposing figure to say the least. They say he is a nice man and
that may well be true, but... This nonsense of him tying or breaking the long
standing 49-0 record of the great Rocky Marciano is beyond my realm of
comprehension. Who has he beaten? Even after padding his record for years and
then finally upgrading his competition, he beat who? He barely beat the limited
John Ruiz to win the "title".
Former two-time WBC lightweight champion Stevie "Lil' But Bad" Johnston captured the vacant IBA title last night (Friday, Jan. 26) on the "Blood, Sweat & Guts" card, presented by Silverhawk Championship Boxing, at Destiny Nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
The crafty Johnston (40-4-1, 18 KOs) won a 12-round majority decision (18-3, 13 KOs) against Tyrone "Fury" Harris (18-3, 13 KOs).
Former NABF super featherweight champion Fernando "El Pillo" Trejo (28-12-4, 17 KOs) schooled Sean "Pit Bull" Plessis (17-4, 4 KOs) for 12-rounds to win a unanimous decision (119-108, 116-111, 116-111) and the vacant IBO Intercontinental super featherweight crown.
Texas State champion Hector "Hurricane" Ferreyro (13-5-1, 10 KOs) upset previously unbeaten USBO title-holder Leo "Paco" Nolan (26-1, 10 KOs) for his belt by 12-round majority decision (118-110, 115-112, 114-114).
In another upset, Marlon "Rumblin' Man" Hayes (23-5, 11 KOs) defeated former IBF light heavyweight champion William "KO King" Guthrie (35-4-2, 28 KOs) for the vacant NBA cruiserweight championship by unanimous 12-round decision (119-109 three times).
Cruiserweight prospect Alfredo Escalera (13-0, 10 KOs), son of the great Puerto Rican world champion Alfredo Escalera, remained unbeaten with a six-round unanimous decision (60-54 three times) versus Darryl Holley (5-3, 1 KO).
Yesterday, Golden Boy Promotions officially announced what promises to be one of the most anticipated fights of 2007, when Mexican superstars Marco Antonio Barrera (63-4, 42 KO's) takes on arguably the best counter puncher in the sport in Juan Manuel Marquez (46-3-1, 35 KO's) in a twelve round WBC super featherweight championship fight on March 17 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Despite the billing of the fight as a Mexican "Civil War" by promoter Oscar De La Hoya, there was no question that both fighters brought more than one meaning to the tag 'civil' as they both heaped praise and respect on each other.
GBU Champion Layla McCarter will defend her title against the WIBA champion Melissa Hernandez over a scheduled 12 three minute rounds. There are 5 other fights scheduled. Tickets are priced at $25-50.00 and as always, there is not a bad seat in the house.
CALZAGHE's 20th TITLE DEFENSE
READY TO BREAK UK LIVE RECORD!
OVER 20,000 TICKETS SOLD WITH NINE WEEKS TO GO!
Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, may soon be known as "Millennium Square Garden!"
Promoter Frank Warren announced today that with nine weeks still to go, over 20,000 tickets have already been sold to the Joe Calzaghe-Peter Manfredo, Jr. super middleweight championship. The world title fight is almost certain to be fought in front of the biggest live boxing audience in United Kingdom history.
"This may be Joe's last fight in Wales before he crosses the pond to take on the best the U.S. has to offer on American soil. It's clear Joe's fans want to see him get his historic 20th title defense and give him a sendoff that will resound in heart for years to come," said Warren. "It's a tribute to Joe Calzaghe and also to the popularity of Peter Manfredo and "The Contenders" series. Who else could produce the biggest live audience in UK boxing history?"
Promoted by Sports Network, in association with The Tournament of Contenders, Calzaghe-Manfredo will take place Saturday, April 7. HBO World Championship Boxing will broadcast it live at 5 P.M. ET/2 P.M. PT in the United States.
Calzaghe (42-0, 31 KOs), from Newbridge, Wales, boxing's current longest-reigning world champion, has successfully defended his world title 19 times -- sixth-best on the all-time list -- since winning it in 1997. A victory on April 7 will move him into a fourth-place tie with Larry Holmes and Bernard Hopkins, former heavyweight and middleweight champions, respectively. Manfredo Jr. (26-3, 12 KOs), from Providence, RI, a former NABO champion and a finalist on the first season of "The Contender," boasts career-high world rating, ranked No 7 by the World Boxing Organization, thanks to going undefeated in 2006 with trainer Freddie Roach.
Main Events has signed International Hall of Fame Boxing
Promoter/Matchmaker J Russell Peltz as a Consultant/Matchmaker, it was announced
today by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva. "Main Events has worked with Russell since
its inception in 1979,” said Duva. “We have tremendous respect for his abilities
as a boxing matchmaker and boxing 'sage,' and we are delighted that he is in our
corner once again." Peltz stated, "I am excited about working with Main Events
again. The have a lot of good, young prospects and they have a lot of irons in
the fire that people aren’t aware of. I’d like to help them move their fighters
and hopefully they can help me move mine. This should be a good marriage."
DeGuardia’s Star Boxing’s sensational “Punchin’ at the
Paradise II” show from the Paradise Theater in Bronx,
New York, will be televised via tape delay in two parts
on the HDNet network.
World light welterweight contender Paulie "The Magic Man" Malignaggi opened training camp three weeks ago in Vero Beach, Florida in preparation for his ring return February 17 against Edner Cherry in the 10-round main event on HBO live from the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.
Malignaggi (21-1, 5 KOs) hasn't fought since June 10, when he lost a courageous 12-round decision to the then WBO light welterweight champion Miquel Cotto. Paulie suffered a fractured cheekbone and cut over his eye.
Cherry (21-4-2, 10 KOs) is the reigning NABF and WBC CABOFE lightweight champion.
Malignaggi is training in Vero Beach with his new trainer, Buddy McGirt, and accompanied by his manager, Sal LoNano, and strength & conditioning coach, Frankie LoNano.
The outspoken Brooklyn fighter reported in from Vero Beach:
IBF jr. flyweight champion Ulises Solis (23-1-2, 17 KOs) showed last year's win over former champion Will Grigsby (18-4-1, 7 KOs) was no fluke as he dominated over eight rounds tonight at The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on a Top Rank promoted card that was televised on the VERSUS television network. Solis beat the 36-year-old Grigsby to the punch all night, and after round eight Grigsby's trainer Al Bonanni had seen enough and stopped the fight.
6'9, 270lb heavyweight Tye Fields (37-1, 33 KOs) outworked Kendrick Releford (14-9-1) over ten fast-paced rounds to win by scores of 98-92, 99-91, 99-91. Top Rank is hoping to match Fields with seven-foot WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev. "He'll take on Valuev," said promoter Bob Arum. "Hopefully he'll be fighting for a world championship by the end of this year."
Emanuel Steward trained middleweight Andy Lee (7-0, 4 KOs) kept his unbeaten record intact with a sixth round TKO of Arturo Ortega (12-3-3, 7 KOs).
Ryan Ellul won his pro debut with a UD win over previously undefeated Martin Vierra
Jorge Solis TKO5 over Omar Lizarraga
Johnathon Banks UD8 over Zack Page
Melinda Cooper TKO1 over Delia Hoppe
MAS MACHO/Friday, January 26, 2007
8 Count Productions/Golden Boy Promotions
Cicero Stadium, 1909 S. Laramie
Doors 5:30pm, First bell 6:30pm
TV--SOLO BOXEO TECATE
Antonio Escalante, 122
vs. Mauricio Pastrana, 121.5,
By Jason "J-Gon" Gonzalez
(28-5-3) scored a seventh round TKO over Terrance Cauthen (32-4) to win the USBA
light middleweight championship on Thursday night at the Paradise Theater in the
Bronx. Frank actually dropped Cauthen with an unintentional headbutt, not a
punch, but when Cauthen got up he staggered a few steps, then went back down at
which point the bout was halted with Frank being declared the victor. Time was
2:59 of the seventh. At the time of the stoppage, Cauthen was ahead 60-54,
59-55, 59-55. Promoter Joe DeGuardia is protesting the result and the NY
commission will hold a hearing next week.
“Blood, Sweat & Guts,” presented by
IBF International cruiserweight champion William “KO King”
Guthrie (35-3-2, 28 KOs), former IBF light heavyweight champion, has been added
to the all-star card in a 12-round bout against Marlon “Rumblin’ Hayes (22-5, 11
KOs) for the vacant NBA cruiserweight title.
The downward spiral of former WBO featherweight champion Scott Harrison continued today when the troubled Scotsman failed to show up at a BBBC hearing. Harrison remains suspended from boxing in the UK until he resolves the issue. Harrison was in the hot seat to explain himself for pulling out of a December 9 world title defense against Nicky Cook just three days prior to the match. Harrison was incarcerated in a Spanish prison during much of the time he normally would have been training for that fight and was unable to make the weight.
On Valentine's day, February 14, 2007, at the Orleans Hotel
and Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada, there will be an excellent women's bout on the
card in the main event. Layla McCarter, of Las Vegas, will be defending her GBU
lightweight title for the second time, and this time it will be against WBAN's
pick for "hottest rising star in 2006" Melissa "Hurracan"
Hernandez. The two will be fighting 12 three minute rounds.
The full line-up is set for Saturday night's Romero Promotions' "Sky Brawl II: Rising Champions" card at Sky City Casino in Acoma. In one of two co-features, Monica Lovato ( 8-1, 4 KOs) takes on Julie Rubalcava (4-0, 1 KO) for the NABF 115-pound title. The other co-main, also a title fight, for the WBC U.S. Nationals welter belt, features Socorro's Joaquin Zamora (12-2-1, 10 KOs), vs. Juarez brawler Nelson Estupinan (11-3, 8 KOs). On the undercard, four four-rounders: heavyweight Felix Abner (2-0, 1 KO), of Chicago, takes on former top amateur and pro debuting Kirby Lee Gillespie, of Houston; Socorro jr. middle Adrian Lopez and Santa Fe's Gabe Montoya will fight each other in a battle of debuters; Albuquerque super bantam debuter David Proa will debut against Las Cruces' Steve Losoya (1-3); and middleweights Jesse Lovato (0-1) and Tony Cano (0-2) mix it up. Tickets ranging from $25 to $50 are available at the Sky City box office by calling 800-SKY-CITY. Doors open at 6 PM; first bell is at 7 PM. The show is open to all ages. --
Undefeated, hard-hitting James Kirkland (17-0, 15 KOs) will
risk his unblemished record against Billy Lyell (14-3, two KOs) in the
co-featured bout Friday, Feb. 2, on "ShoBox: The New Generation." SHOWTIME will
televise both contests at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).
Por Jaime Estrada
Quien no recuerda aquellos inolvidables combates de boxeo sabatino en los años ochenta cuando toda la familia podía disfrutar de esos eventos sin tener que pagar extra.
Pues el 27 de enero retorna la televisión libre. Y no solo las peleas de índole domestico sino también internacional.
Jorge El Travieso Arce inaugurará este nuevo proyecto de trasmisión a lo largo y ancho de la Republica desde Anahein California en una de las dos peleas de campeonato programadas. Se calculan al menos 15 peleas por año en una unión de Zanfer, Bob Arum Fernando Beltrán y otros socios para que esto se haga una realidad.
En el futuro están proyectadas estrellas como Julio Cesar Chávez Júnior, Antonio Margarito y hasta el propio Eric El Terrible Morales que todavía anda picando cresta y quiere un tiro con el cubano Joel El Cepillo Casamayor que es el campeón ligero del consejo.
En otra noticia del mamporro de precio el mismo 27 de enero saldrán a la venta en el MGM Grand los boletos para la pelea de campeonato superwelter CMB del campeón Oscar de la Hoya contra Floyd Mayweather Júnior.
Y comentando sobre esta pelea de Pretty versus Golden, Floyd Mayweather padre se pone sus moños y pide 2 millones de dólares para estar en la esquina de Oscar quien como todo negociante solo le ofrece medio millón al frente y otro tanto si sale con el brazo en alto. Así que el morbo de que papi estará en contra del hijo y que la historia de Caín y Abel se repita esta por verse, esta referencia es en base que del lado de Floyd hijo estará su tío Roger Mayweather
VERSUS "Fight Night" live at 9PM ET Thursday
January 25th from The Orleans
12 ROUNDS FOR THE IBF JR. FLYWEIGHT TITLE.
Andy Lee 161 vs Arturo Ortega 160
Dino Duva, promoter of #1 heavyweight contender Samuel Peter, has issued the following open letter to comebacking former champion Vitali Klitschko, who has now publicly announced his intention to step over mandatory challenger Peter and face WBC belt holder Oleg Maskaev.
Enraged would best describe normally easygoing WBC mandatory title challenger Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter at the reportedly imminent announcement of former champ Vitali Klitschko’s return to the ring.
Peter’s foul mood comes in reaction to news that the returning Klitschko will be allowed to step over him, their mandatory number-one contender, and immediately face current belt holder Oleg Maskaev, and thus further delay his title shot.
“It’s a disgrace! I fought my way into this position without taking shortcuts. I paid my sanctioning fees not once, but twice. I wasn’t even supposed to fight the second time, but people were questioning their judges, so I fought again to prove myself.”
Peter maintains he was promised he would next face Maskaev both times he defeated James Toney last year, in fights that were sanctioned by the organization as title eliminators. The idea that, after all those promises and the sanctioning fees he paid in both fights, Peter will now have to step aside, is more than he says he’s willing to take.
“They’re trying to take away everything I worked for all those years. I’m number one and they’re going to have a very big problem if they allow this. They are putting their own hands in the fire and making a big mistake.”
Peter’s wrath is also pointed at Klitschko, who he says isn’t deserving of this opportunity.
“Why did he (Klitschko) wait till I beat Toney the second time to say he was coming back? Why not announce before? Because he’s not a true champion. He got his title when Lennox Lewis retired. And now he wants to fight Maskaev, who is also not a true champion because he’s avoiding me. Let me go against Maskaev and I’ll knock him out and then I’ll knock out both Klitschko brothers on the same night!
Peter says he and his team still fully intend to face Maskaev next and are currently beginning training for the showdown. “They tried to bribe me to get me to shut up. I don’t care about money. I want the heavyweight championship. I came to the United States six years ago and I’ve worked very hard to be in this position. They are all going to pay for this!”
“I’ve been back in the gym for a couple of weeks and I feel great. My injuries have healed and after much hard work and with the approval of the doctors, I am cleared to continue my boxing career.
“I am returning to the ring to get my WBC Heavyweight Championship back. In November 2005, due to a serious knee injury, I retired without having lost the WBC belt in the ring. At the WBC gala event on December 20, 2005 in Cancun, Mexico, the WBC designated me as “WBC Champion Emeritus” and assured me that whenever I was ready to return, I would become the immediate mandatory challenger for the title.
“I’m back, and I have requested that the WBC sanction a bout between me and Oleg Maskaev. I look forward to reclaiming my title, and want to thank everyone who has been so supportive during my short retirement from the ring.
“I look forward to seeing us all together soon and I am also excited about having the opportunity to fulfill the dreams of the Klitschko brothers being Heavyweight Champions at the same time!
AND BECAUSE OF IT,
According to the rules of the WBC, Klitschko is allowed a title opportunity due to his status as a former champion. WBC Rule 1.21 concerning championship defense obligations outlines that a champion must defend their title “either in a voluntary or mandatory defense” against a variety of potential opponents, which includes “former or retired world champion (upon majority vote of the Board of Governors)." The WBC Board of Governors has approved a title shot for Klitschko against Maskaev.
While Samuel Peter, the “Nigerian Nightmare” - who paid for two sanctioning fees for WBC eliminators in his bouts against James Toney - will undoubtedly be displeased by the actions of the WBC, there is no legal action the fighter or his promoter can take as the WBC rules allow this situation. Due to this rule, Peter will not receive any “step aside” compensation although the WBC will most likely mandate that the winner of Maskaev-Klitschko face him next.
In the coming days, WBC super welterweight champion Oscar De La Hoya will announce a new trainer for his May 5 superfight against Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Floyd's dad, Floyd Mayweather Sr., had been Oscar's trainer for an eight-fight run starting in 2001, but his demand for $2 million to train Oscar to beat his son has been deemed excessive. "Oscar has always been very fair in what he pays to a trainer. But $2 million is way beyond what any trainer is ever paid," Golden Boy President Richard Schaefer told USA Today. Mayweather Sr., reportedly claimed he was offered a $500,000 guarantee with a $500,000 bonus if De La Hoya was victorious, an offer the elder Mayweather termed "insulting."
On March 10, HBO will air the Wladimir Klitschko vs. Ray Austin IBF heavyweight title fight live from Mannheim, Germany at 5PM ET/ 2PM PT. Then at 10PM ET/PT, the network will replay Klitschko-Austin followed by the live Shannon Briggs vs Sultan Ibragimov WBO heavyweight title fight.
The ceremony Monday night in the Church on Sherman way in Van Nuys, California for Lily Rodriguez was in my experience the most beautiful ceremony I've ever attended. People showed how loved Lily is/was and the big impact she has had on the life's of people, as a mother, wife, mentor, friend, teacher, warrior pioneer Martial Artist and as a member of the community. She was a beautiful human being.
The Church was filled with thousands of people and the ceremony was inspirational empowering, touching, spiritual and value creating.
Tears rolled down my eyes when Lily's Daughter and son's spoke, wow.!! The emotions, the pain, the faith, the respect, that vibrated through the room, was so palpable it deeply touched my heart.
Lily Urquidez Rodriguez was a Heroine, a mother Teresa, a pioneer and a role model for many, armed with a Sword of faith!!! (in her higher power God and Jesus)
We will miss her.
With Love and respect
Silverhawk Championship Boxing announced that it has signed
a pair of Mexican warriors, former world title challenger Carlos “El Elegante”
Bojorquez and welterweight prospect Jose “El Nino” Reynoso, to promotional
contracts. Both were born in Mexico and now fight out of Mira Loma, California.
(L-R) Hard-hitting 6'8" heavyweight contender 'Big Sky' Tye Fields, Las Vegas, Nv.(36-1,33 KO's) , Irish Middleweight sensation Andy Lee and Kendrick Releford, Ft.Worth, Texas pose at Top Rank's press conference today for their upcoming card at The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Thursday, Jan. 25 on VERSUS network. Fields co-headlines the card against Releford.
Andy Lee, Irish middleweight boxer from the Kronk stable, Detroit will make his first outing of 2007 against 29 year old Arturo Ortega from Phoenix, Arizona with a record of 12-2-3 7KOs and is 10-0-2 in his last 12 fights.
The stakes will be higher than ever for Juan Lazcano and
Vivian Harris on Saturday, Feb. 10th, when the two highly regarded contenders
battle it out in a 12-round WBC super lightweight elimination bout which is the
co-featured attraction of the “Battle At The Bay” card at the Mandalay Bay
Events Center in Las Vegas.
SHOWTIME continues to live up to its billing as America’s
No. 1 Boxing Network as it delivers yet another compelling match-up on Saturday,
March, 3, 2007. In one of the most highly anticipated fights in years, Israel
Vazquez will defend his World Boxing Council (WBC) super bantamweight title
against International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight champion Rafael
Marquez in the main event on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING (9 p.m. ET/PT delayed
on the west coast).
Microsoft today announced a grant worth more than $1 million in software to the Oscar de la Hoya & Microsoft Learning Center. Through this grant, the foundation will receive a makeover to include new Windows Vista-equipped personal computers. "We are grateful to Microsoft for this extremely generous donation," Oscar de la Hoya said. The Oscar de la Hoya Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to the development of children, families and communities in Los Angeles. The Learning Center is located at 1114 South Lorena Street in East Los Angeles, on the site of the former Resurrection Gym which de la Hoya purchased in 1996 and completely renovated. It will be open to the community starting Jan. 27.
©2007 by Mary Ann Owen
Unbeaten IBF junior welterweight champion Ricky Hatton has been advised by friend and former world champion Wayne McCullough to alter his lifestyle. "The Hitman" admittedly balloned to 180lbs before his bout with Juan Urango and he is known to enjoy drinking beer with his friends. "Nobody's saying he can't drink," McCullough told the BBC. "But it's up to him to say 'I'm getting older, maybe it's time to cut down'.....to put 10lbs or so on [between fights] is pretty normal, but when you go any higher it makes it harder. But that's Ricky Hatton. He goes to the bar and drinks with the boys. So far he's been getting away with it and it's his choice." As for Hatton's next opponent, Jose Luis Castillo, McCullough was even less flattering. "I think [Castillo's] probably shot. He's had a lot of tough fights, he's not a big guy and I think Ricky beats him easy."
JULIO DIAZ CONFIDENT HE’LL BECOME
SYCUAN RINGSIDE PROMOTIONS’
FOURTH CURRENT WORLD CHAMPION
The only thing Sycuan Ringside Promotions’ International
Boxing Federation (IBF) interim lightweight champion Julio Diaz is willing to
lose when he opposes defending IBF lightweight champion Jesus Chavez on
Saturday, Feb. 3, is that nagging “interim” label.
Golden Boy Promotions announced today that it has inked super featherweight Rocky Juarez to a promotional deal. "Seeing Rocky Juarez in back to back fights with Barrera showed us not only Rocky’s skill and determination in the ring, but his character as well, and he is a perfect fit for our company," said Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya. "We're honored to have him on the team and we're looking forward to leading him to a world championship." Juarez’ first bout under the Golden Boy Promotions banner will be against Emmanuel Lucero on February 9 at the Diamond Desert Casino in Tucson, AZ.
Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson is pulling out all the stops to avoid the prison term Maricopa County chief prosecutor Andrew Thomas has very publicly vowed to seek. Tyson's "Dream Team" of four lawyers includes celebrity defense attorney David Chesnoff, who represented television personality Martha Stewart in her high profile insider trading trial, as well as pop star Britney Spears and hip-hop entrepreneur Suge Knight among others. Chesnoff was with Tyson during a brief appearance at the Maricopa County Superior Court on Monday morning where a "not guilty" plea was entered on Tyson's behalf. Tyson has been charged with drug possession and driving under the influence of drugs. He is facing up to a seven-and-a-half prison term if convicted on all counts. Iron Mike's next court date will be an initial pretrial conference before Judge Sherry Stephens on February 26 in Mesa.
Several local favorites dominate the undercard of Joe DeGuardia’s “Punchin’ at
the Paradise II” return to the Paradise Theater in the Bronx, New York, on
Thursday, January 25. Scheduled bouts in support of the 12-round IBF’s #2
eliminator main event between USBA Junior Middleweight Champion Terrence “Heat”
Cauthen and former champion Raul Frank include a six-round featherweight scrap
between the Bronx, via Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic’s Pasquel Rouse
(19-11-3, 11 KOs) and Pennsylvania’s once-beaten Eric Hunter (5-1, 3 KOs), as
well as undefeated “Baby from the Bronx”, Maureen Shea (8-0, 4 KOs) in a women’s
six-round super featherweight showcase against tough Watertown, New York, native
Elizabeth Villareal (2-1-1). Rockland will be represented by tough light
heavyweight Denys Lozado (2-1) in a light heavyweight four rounder against New
Brunswick, New Jersey’s Mike Ciccone (1-2). Other local products making
appearances will be the Bronx own undefeated light heavyweight Joel Castillo
(4-0, 3 KOs), as he takes on Tom's River, New Jersey’s William Gill (6-13, 5
KOs) over six; transplanted New Yorker Suszannah Warner (6-3, 1 KO) in a
non-title fight against an opponent that is TBA; and a heavyweight double pro
debut between New York City’s Vaughn Parham and Delaware’s Travis Wates.
Rounding out the action is a six-round, welterweight duel between Ohio veteran
John Lipscomb (2-7) and undefeated Philadelphian Ray Robinson 1-0. Tickets are
available at the Paradise Theater Box Office at 1 800 353-8040 or by visiting
Ticket Master by phone at (212) 307-7171, at all TicketMaster outlets, or by
Super bantamweight Antonio Escalante, amongst the hottest prospects in boxing, returns to Cicero Stadium this Friday night, January 26th, to battle former world champion Mauricio Pastrana in the main event of MAS MACHO, broadcast on SOLO BOXEO TECATE.
MAS MACHO, another evening of world class professional boxing, is presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions along with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions, TCF Bank and Tecate Beer.
Cicero Stadium is located at 1909 S. Laramie, just minutes from the Eisenhower and Stevenson Expressways. Doors for this event will open at 5:30pm with the first bell at 6:30pm. Tickets, starting at $30, are on sale in advance by calling 312-226-5800.
Said De La Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions, "Antonio Escalante is one of the hottest young prospects in boxing today. He is coming up the rankings very quickly, and I believe that with two or three more good wins he will be ready for a world title. This next fight with Mauricio Pastrana is a very important step in the right direction". "Pastrana is a quality opponent, who faced Rafael Marquez (IBF Bantamweight World Champion) twice and gave him many problems. A win against a former world champion like Pastrana will propel Escalante into the next level, and make him a threat to any World Champion".
Said Dominic Pesoli, President of 8
Count Productions “Escalante is very popular here in
Chicago after his war with Jose Hernandez last winter at
Cicero Stadium. Also, the crowd at the Aragon Ballroom
was treated to a great fight when he won the WBO NABO
title against Juan Ruiz. He truly is one of the most
exciting young prospects in boxing and we’re thrilled to
bring him back for our fans.”
Antonio Escalante vs. Mauricio Pastrana, super bantamweights, 12 rounds
WBO NABO Super Bantamweight Title
Mike Gonzalez vs. Carlos Madrid, lightweight, eight rounds
Jonas Hernandez vs. Larry Olvera, bantamweights, eight rounds
Oscar De La Cruz vs. Ricardo Benevidas, super featherweights, six rounds
Gustavo Palacios vs. Joshua Rodriguez, welterweights, four rounds
Brooke Dierdorff vs. Mercedes Mercury, super bantamweights, four rounds
Thomas Kurzydlowski vs. TBA, cruiserweight, four rounds
La Conclusión de
Por Jaime Estrada
Los resultados de las peleas del 20 de enero fueron con el veredicto esperado por los expertos en los momios que pronosticaron a José Luis imponerse contra el antes invicto Herman Ngoudjo y también el ingles Ricky Hatton en calidad de invicto hacer lo mismo con otro ex invicto llamado Juan Arango de Colombia.
According to Danish promoter Hans Henrik Palm the anticipated showdown between WBA/WBC super middleweight champ Mikkel Kessler of Denmark (38-0, 29 KOs) and WBC mandatory challenger Librado Andrade (24-0, 18 KOs) of Mexico will most likely go ahead March 24th at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark. No contracts have been signed yet, but according to the Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet, Palm seems very keen on landing the bout on American television, and March 24th is apparently the only available date on HBO. Mikkel Kessler, who is managed by Bettina Palle, has accepted the date. Hans Henrik Palm (Palm Promotions) won the purse offer for the fight a few days ago, but will collaborate with Team Palle, which will deliver the Danish fighters for the event.
BILV talked to Andrade and he said that he has
accepted the March 24th date and that after stepping aside twice he is ready to
get on with this fight. He said that he and trainer Wayne McCullough will most
likely go to Big Bear, California to start training camp next week.
Sin novedad mi capitán en los resultados de las peleas del sábado 20 de enero.
Por Jaime Estrada
Ante un publico de 6379 en el salón convencional de hotel Paris El ingles Ricky Hatton 42-0, 30 KO's anestesiados le dio una lección de buen boxeo al previamente invicto Juan Urango en la pelea estelar estando en juego el cinturón welter Jr FIB que ostentaba el colombiano de mote Torre de Hierro que no puso excusa de su primera derrota en 19 celebradas en un record donde lo mas grave era un empate.
Promoter Dino Duva is responding sharply to rumors that former heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko has been considering a return to the ring that would involve stepping over his fighter, mandatory challenger Samuel Peter, to face current WBC boss Oleg Maskaev.
“From the standpoint of Vitali personally, I respect him and we wish him the best and if he comes back, we hope the injuries that forced his retirement are really healed, so that he may continue his career. However any thought or mention of him or anyone else trying to step in front of Samuel Peter’s path to the title is very dangerous legally and financially for anyone who goes there. We will not stand by and allow Samuel Peter’s rights to be violated.”
Duva says he’d like to issue the following message to all the relevant parties. “I hope they’re not even THINKING about trying to step over Samuel Peter, including Maskaev, Klitschko, the television networks, and the entire WBC. Samuel Peter has earned the right to a title shot. Vitali can wait in line. When Samuel Peter becomes champ, we’d be happy to give him the opportunity.”
Per the WBC’s rules, Peter earned the right to face Maskaev next by defeating James Toney in consecutive 12-round decisions. However, rumors have been circulating that the parties representing Maskaev have been trying to delay that obligation in favor of first one Klitschko, and now the other.
“If anyone tries to violate Samuel Peter’s rights, there will be a war and we will not stop until Samuel gets his title fight.”
Undefeated Ricky Hatton (42-0, 30 KOs) regained the IBF junior welterweight championship with a twelve round unanimous decision over former champion Juan Urango (17-1, 13 KOs) Saturday night at Paris Las Vegas. Hatton lived up to the name of the promotion "Total Domination" by winning 11 of the 12 rounds on all three judges scorecards. Hatton was much quicker and simply outboxed the less experienced Juan Urango. It was announced at the post fight press conference by promoters, Art Pellulo and Bob Arum that next up for 'The Hitman' will be Jose Luis Castillo in June at the Thomas and Mack center in Las Vegas.
Former two-time lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo (55-7-1, 47 KOs) barely squeeked by previously undefeated Herman Ngoudjo (15-1, 9 KOs) winning a twelve round split decision. Despite having only 15 pro fights, Ngoudjo put on an aggressive and polished performance, for the most part giving as good as he got. Castillo came away with a 115-113 lead on two cards. Ngoudjo was up 115-113 on the third card.
Welterweight Matthew Hatton (30-3-1, 12 KOs) dealt a seven round beating to veteran Frank Houghtaling (19-13-5, 4KOs). Hatton, younger brother of Ricky, dropped Houghtaling in round four and Houghtaling's corner finally halted the slaughter after round seven. With the win Hatton won the IBF Welterweight International Title
by Karl Freitag
WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev (46-0, 34 KOs) retained his title with an unsatisfying third round stoppage of Jameel McCline (38-7-3, 23 KOs) Saturday night at St Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland. Action was slow in round one with neither fighter landing anything of consequence. Valuev connected with a good right hand in round two and outworked McCline most of that round. McCline started to have success with combinations in round three, but after a good two-way exchange at the end of the round, McCline's left knee gave out and he crashed to the deck. McCline could not continue and Valuev was declared the winner by TKO. McCline, who has now come up short in three world title trys, said this was probably his last fight before being taken from the ring on a stretcher. It is believed McCline tore ligaments in the knee. A disappointed Valuev commented, "I'm very sorry that Jameel had suffered this injury. Thank you to all the fans who have supported me here....I got used to his style. If the injury hadn't happened, I would have knocked him out by the sixth or seventh round." Co-promoter Don King observed "Valuev hit him so hard he broke his knee." Next on the agenda for 'The Russian Giant' is unbeaten mandatory challenger Ruslan "White Tyson" Chagaev, whom he must face by April 15. "I won't be waiting long before the preparation for my next title defense," said the champion.
The clash for the vacant IBF featherweight title between the two highest ranked
contenders, Spend Abazi of Denmark and American Robert Guerrero is now
officially set for February the 23rd. Danish Promoter Bettina Palle also informs
today that the venue will be the Falconer Center in Copenhagen, Denmark. The
former European bantam champ Abazi (35-1, 10 KOs) is preparing for the world
title fight with his long time trainer Benny Jorgensen and his new physical
trainer Poul Duville in Copenhagen, while former IBF world champ Guerrero
(19-2-1, 12 KOs) is preparing with highly regarded trainer Freddie Roach at the
famous Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles.
Two title belts were around the waists of three different Silverhawk fighters last night when they left the ring following winning performances in "Super Fights" at Knox Arena in Olive Branch, Mississippi.
"Super Fights" was co-promoted by Silverhawk Championship Boxing and Knockout Promotions.
B.J. "El Pelogroso" Flores (18-0-1, 12 KOs), rated No. 26 by the WBC, won an exciting 12-round decision (116-112, 116-111, 116-111) against Chris "Cold Steel" Thomas (16-7-2, 14 KOs) for the vacant WBF and NBA super cruiserweight titles.
Sherman "The Caribbean Tank" Williams (32-10-2, 18 KOs) successfully defended his NBA title and also won the vacant WBF Intercontinental heavyweight crown by stopping Ralph Wild, Wild" West (17-10-1, 14 KOs) in the third round.
Prince Badi Ajamu (26-3-1, 15 KOs), rated No. 11 by the IBF and No. 13 by the WBO, added the vacant NBA and WBF light heavyweight championships to his collection of titles when former world title challenger Craig Cummings (53-7-1, 43 KOs) was unable to answer the bell for the third round.
Silverhawk Boxing presents "Blood, Sweat & Guts" on Friday, January 26 at Destiny Nightclub in Orlando, Florida: 12 round title fights -- Leo Nolan-Hector Ferreyro (USBO Heavyweight), Stevie Johnston-Tyrone Harris (IBA Lightweight), Aaron Mitchell-Jose Spearman (NABA & IBO Intercontinental Middleweight), Fernando Trejo-Sean Plessis (IBO Intercontinental Featherweight), William Guthrie-TBA (NBA Cruiserweight).
For more information about Flores, Williams, Prince Badi, "Blood, Sweat & Guts," or Silverhawk Boxing go to www.silverhawkboxing.com.
Le deseamos toda la suerte del mundo al Temible Castillo.
El lugar donde se llevo a cabo la conferencia del pesaje estaba hasta el tope de gente curiosa y reporteros de reputación internacional.
Para más seguridad José Luis Castillo subió a la romana media hora antes del pesaje oficial para que no hubiera amargos contratiempos.
Cabe recordar que el tema del pesaje para El Temible es sopa de todos los días pero aunque con los nervios de punta logro llegar con 139 libras a la bascula.
Su promotor confiado ciegamente ya había pronosticado que no habría ningún tipo de problemas con la báscula y no se equivoco.
Se montaron pantallas gigantes en los lados para que la gente pudiera apreciar el evento del pesaje que solo complace la adrenalina por unos segundos.
Desde que llego J.L. todos ya estaban en sus marcas con sus cámaras, orejas y ojos para ser parte del ritual de La Maldita pesa que aterra al más templado si esta pasado de libras.
Castillo quien anda estrenando tatuaje en el hombro cerro favorito 6x1 en las salas de apuestas mientras que Ngoudjo traía la bandera pintada en la cabeza en el tope de su peinado.
Former WBO/WBA world jr welterweight champion Randall Bailey (35-5, 32 KOs) destroyed southpaw Harrison Cuello (13-5-2, 9 KOs) on Friday night outdoors at Mallory Square in Key West, Florida. Bailey, who has long been one of the most fearsome punchers in the 140lb ranks, hurt Cuello with a big right, then pounced on his prey, dropping Cuello twice before the bout was stopped by referee Frank Gentile at 2:24 of round two. Cuello came in late notice after original foe Michael Warrick failed an eye exam. Bailey has now won his past seven consecutive fights – five by knockout.
Looking more and more like a genuine contender than a
prospect, undefeated southpaw Juan Manuel Lopez scored an impressive, one-sided
sixth-round TKO over Cuauhtemoc Vargas in Friday’s main event on “ShoBox: The
welterweight champion Juan Urango (R) 17-0, 13 KOs and former two-division
champion Ricky Hatton (L) 41-0, 30 KOs both weighed in at 139 lbs. at Friday's
weigh-in for Saturday's big fight card at Paris Las Vegas.
two-time champion Jose Luis Castillo (R) 54-7-1, 47 KOs, who has notoriously had
problems making weight in recent fights weighed in at 139 lbs. for his WBC 140lb
eliminator against Herman Ngoudjo (L) 15-0, 9 KOs who scaled in at the division
limit of 140 lbs. All fighters made weight on the first attempt.
IBF International Welterweight title
Houghtaling146 vs Matthew Hatton 146
Multi-award winning artist Richard T. Slone has unveiled his latest painting.
Slone rendered English boxing superstar Ricky Hatton in a painting to honor
Hatton’s first Las Vegas fight, which will take place on Saturday, January 20th,
at the Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Valuev 322.3, McCline 268.3
Venue: Knox Arena, Olive Branch, MS
Promoter: Silverhawk Boxing/Knockout Promotions
Conferencia de Dominación Total
El teatro Anthony Cools estuvo saturado por diferentes
medios de información tanto domestica como internacional. La comida estuvo
variada y deliciosa.
From Ricky Hatton at the final press conference
"When you walk into a boxing ring, you hope you leave the fans with something special, and with Juan’s style and mine, I don’t think too many people will be falling asleep,”
Juan Manuel Lopez (14-0, 12 KOs) of Caguas, Puerto Rico,
meets Cuauhtemoc Vargas (15-1-1, 10 KOs) of Mexico City in a 10-round super
bantamweight bout and Victor Ortiz (16-1, 11 KOs) of Oxnard, Calif., faces
unbeaten Marvin Cordova Jr. (12-0, 8 KOs) of Pueblo, Colo., in an eight-round
junior welterweight scrap Friday on “ShoBox: The New Generation.’’
The final press conference was held today for Saturdays HBO televised card featuring Ricky Hatton meeting Juan Urango for the IBF Jr. welterweight title and Jose Luis Castillo meeting Herman Ngoudjo in a 12 round welterweight elimination. The fight will be held at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas and will be televised on HBO starting at 6:45pm PT.
The services for Lilly Rodriguez are as follows:
Wake, 7pm Monday 1-22-07
Woman boxer, wife, mom dies at 59
The world knew Lilly Rodriguez as a hardened fighter,
but her husband remembers her as a striking,
Promoter Art Pelullo said today, “Contrary to a report
on the internet earlier today, Acelino Freitas is not
fighting David Diaz on April 28 or any other date.
Matthew Hatton's High Stakes Vegas Gamble
Matthew Hatton will join older brother Ricky Hatton in Las Vegas this weekend, taking on troubled journeyman Frank Houghtaling in a twelve round clash for the IBF International Welterweight title at the Paris Hotel on Saturday night.
Since becoming a professional fighter in 2000, 25 year old Matthew Hatton has toiled in the shadow of his celebrated older brother Ricky Hatton but the welterweight from Manchester is hoping that his bout with Houghtaling will grab some of the family limelight.
"HATTON FINDS LAS VEGAS STAGE HIS CALLING!"
Ricky Hatton doesn't have to be here.
He doesn't have to be training in the Nevada desert, 5,000 miles from home and his beloved Manchester City Football Club. He doesn't have to be in the United States while his son celebrates his sixth birthday in England. He could easily be fighting in Manchester, close to family and friends, in a city where he is adored and where he could probably attract 20,000 fans to a sparring session.
Instead, he is in Sin City, preparing to wrest the IBF junior welterweight title from Juan Urango at the Paris Las Vegas casino on Saturday (HBO, 9:45 p.m. ET). Hatton said it is something he has to do if he wants to follow in the footsteps of those who have gone before him, if he wants to move to the next level, from being a big fish across the pond to a star on the biggest stage of all.
Five-time former World
Champion and living legend Johnny (MI Vida Loca) Tapia
55-5-2 28 KO’s, held a press conference on Wednesday,
January 17 to announce his final fight. The fight will
be held at Isleta Casino and Resort in Albuquerque, NM
on February 23, 2007. Tapia, already a lock for the
Boxing Hall of Fame, lost his last fight in September of
2005 and refuses to end his career with a defeat. He
will take on IIido Julio 33-10-1 29 KO’s.
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Unbeaten junior welterweight contender Ricky Hatton may have a future in the world of international espionage when he finally hangs up the gloves. During his Tuesday afternoon media workout at the Top Rank gym in Las Vegas, the Hitman wowed his camp members by somehow deciphering the cunning disguises of two Juan Urango team members who were doing a spot of clandestine reconnaissance. "For a moment I really didn't know who these two guys were, standing in the shadows behind all the media," Hatton said. "They had us all fooled for a minute- and nearly escaped with the secrets to beating Ricky Hatton." Or maybe not. "They stuck out like sore thumbs, actually," laughed the Hitman. "But I wasn't bothered they were there at all. It wasn't like I were sparring or working on any special technique or nothing like that. This week is just about fine-tuning, making the weight and putting the fuel in to go 12 hard rounds if necessary on Saturday night. Urango's spies won't have seen me doing anything I am sure they won't have seen me do a million times on DVD already." When my trainer (Billy Graham) was told that they were watching his comment was: GREAT, THEY CAN SEE WHAT THEIR FIGHTER IS UP AGAINST!
accounts, fans may be witnessing two more future world champions when Juan
Manuel "Juanma" Lopez and "Vicious" Victor Ortiz co-headline the Friday, Jan. 19
edition of "ShoBox". Both Lopez and Ortiz face stern assignments on Jan. 19.
Lopez (14-0, 12 KOs) faces 22-year-old Cuauhtemoc "El Guerrero Azteca" Vargas
(15-1-1, 10 KOs) in the 10-round main event. Ortiz (16-1, 11 KOs) meets unbeaten
Marvin "Much Too Much" Cordova Jr. (12-0, eight KOs) in the eight-round
welterweight co-feature. Bob Arum's Top Rank, Inc., will promote the attractive
doubleheader on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) from the
Dodge Theater in Phoenix, Ariz.
WBO lightweight champion Acelino Freitas (38-1, 32 KOs) will fight interim WBC
titlist David Diaz (32-1-1, 17 KOs) on April 28. The fight will be televised in
the USA by HBO. "I've always said that I wanted the WBC belt", said Freitas
through his press agent. Diaz will be Popó's first fight since regaining the WBO
lightweight title with a split decision against Zahir Raheem last April 29,
which means that this will be the Brazilian's first fight in one year. On the
other hand, the 30-year-old southpaw Diaz won the Interim WBC belt with a
come-from-behind 10th round TKO win over Jose Armando Santa Cruz last August. No
site has already been decided for the bout.
By Rusty Rubin
Ricky Hatton takes on Juan Urango in Vegas this weekend. Two undefeated fighters, with Hatton having three times as many bouts (41)...Don’t know a lot about Urango, but I do know that Hatton has to deal with the possibility of facial swelling and cuts, and Urango, the IBF champion is a southpaw.
“…do the honorable thing and face us instead of trying to cash out against one of the Klitschkos.”
“The WBC title is not
for sale,” flatly states Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare”
Peter’s manager Ivaylo Gotzev to Dennis Rappaport,
promoter of WBC Heavyweight Champion Oleg Maskaev.
Rappaport has been waging a public and private campaign
for the WBC to allow Maskaev to avoid facing mandatory
challenger Peter in favor of a number of other “big
by Butch Gottlieb
The UFC held a press conference tonight to announce that they have formed a UFC UK (United Kingdom) division which will be headed up by former InDemand exec Marshall Zelaznik (pictured above). Their first card is planned for April 20th and will be a pay per view. One of the fighters to be showcased will be undefeated Michael Bisping from Manchester. UFC President Dana White stated that they are working on a deal with HBO to show the fights from England in the U.S.
Happy Birthday Champ!
Millions of people, worldwide, know that Muhammad
Ali, "the greatest of all time", turns 65 years old today. Also, hoards of
boxing enthusiasts are well aware that current WBC super featherweight world
champion Marco Antonio Barrera is celebrating his 33rd birthday bash and former
champ and now world class trainer Buddy McGirt is celebrating #43.
Legendary Lilly Rodriguez Passes Away
Boxinginlasvegas.com was notified by WBAN (Womans Boxing Archive Network) thatLilly Rodriguez, former world champion kickboxer, boxer, and highly respected trainer has passed away this week. BILV sends our condolences to the Rodriguez and Urquidez (Lilly was the sister of world famed kickboxer, actor, trainer Benny "The Jet" Urquides) families and friends.
On a personal note: I have known both families for many years and you could not have found a more loving and giving family. Lilly and husband "Blinky" Rodriguez, after the loss of their son in a gang related drive by shooting spent the remainder of their time and life's in trying to eliminate gangs in the San Fernando Valley section of Southern California and make it a safe place to live and raise children. My heart, my tears and prayers are with you.
Hablando del Temible quien tiene compromiso en el Hotel Paris de Las Vegas.
Por Jaime Estrada
Cuando conocí a José Luis El Temible Castillo su nombre todavía tenía el tono ordinario a pesar de que era todo un experto en el cloroformo en su rutina por los cuadriláteros.
Su vida sin lugar a dudas estaba mas relajada sin la presión de los compromisos de peleas de alto calibre ni la ola abrumadora a luz y sombra de los medios de comunicación.
by Jason Frost
Junior Witter believes long-term rival Ricky Hatton is a
‘coward’ and a ‘bully’ who is ‘hiding behind smokescreens’ and has called for
him to settle their long running feud in a massive winner takes all showdown for
the sake of the British public.
Ricky Hatton strolled into the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas prior to putting in 15 hard rounds on the infamous bodybelt with trainer Billy "The Preacher" Graham. In attendance was Laila Ali, daughter of the legendary Muhammad Ali.
The two fighters got on great with Ricky inviting Laila to his fight against Juan Urango at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas on Saturday, 20 January.
Laila noticed a tattoo of her dad on Billy's arm and said "That's the first time I ever seen anybody have a tattoo of my dad". Billy replied, "Me dad let me stay up late to watch your dad beat Sonny Liston."
Ricky then got down to serious business and banged out the 15 rounds on the body belt at a blistering pace. Firing on all cylinders, the Hitman is looking sharp and focused on Urango.
But the serious side of Ricky lost to the joker when he left his sweaty training union jack underpants in the Top Rank Gym as a souvenir of his visit. A prized possession for the gym manager, who said that he will frame them and give them pride of place in the gym.
It is hoped they go over Floyd Mayweather's poster.
Dennis Hobson/Fight Academy and Banner Promotions, in association with Top Rank, Inc., present Ricky
Hatton vs. Juan Urango for the IBF and IBO Light Welterweight Championship of the world on January 20, 2007 at the Paris Hotel, Las Vegas, NV. HBO World Championship Boxing will televise live in the US starting at 10PM ET/7PM ET. SKY Box Office broadcasts live in the UK beginning at 22:00 GMT. Tickets can be purchased by logging onto www.ticketmaster.
In what is one of the most incredible success stories in boxing history, the
Irvine Marriott’s Battle In The Ballroom begins its 23rd consecutive year as
Orange County’s only pro boxing series, on Thursday, February 8th. And to make
this 23rd year something special, promoter Roy Englebrecht announced today the
unveiling of a newly redesigned website at
www.battleintheballroom.com. The website will
allow fans to select and purchase any available seat in the Grand Ballroom for
any of the seven 2007 shows. All show fight cards will be listed, and they can
also read some of the great stories written during this 23 year run, as well as
view an all new boxing photo gallery.
Golden Boy Promotions is pleased to announce that the
hottest ticket in sports, Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather, will go on sale
Saturday, Jan. 27 at 10 a.m. The unprecedented battle between six-division world
champion De La Hoya and unbeaten, four-division world champion Mayweather will
be held Saturday, May 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
time former World Champion Johnny (Mi Vida Loca) Tapia
will hold a press conference on this Wednesday at 2:00
p.m. at Isleta Casino and Resort. The former champion
will reveal details on his retirement fight to take
place in February.
The fight everyone wants is now a done deal. Frank Espinoza, manager of Israel Vazquez, has stated; "I am happy to announce that an agreement has been reached for the highly anticipated clash between my fighter, WBC Super Bantamweight champion Israel Vazquez and IBF Bantamweight champion Rafael Marquez. The fight is set for March third at a location yet to be determined. I would like to thank Sycuan Ringside, Gary Shaw Promotions, and Golden Boy Promotions for helping to make this super-fight a reality. I would also like to thank SHOWTIME championship boxing for having the vision to put on such an explosive confrontation. This will be a battle between two proven gladiators that is destined to become a classic.
©2007 by Mary Ann Owen
L/R: Ricky Hatton, Juan Urango at the media workout at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas earlier today.
In an exclusive interview with
Boxinginlavegas earlier today, Floyd Mayweather Sr. told
us that he turned down Oscar De La Hoya's offer to train
him for the fight against Floyd's son, Floyd Mayweather
Jr. which will be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in
Las Vegas on May 5th.
Oscar De La Hoya's long-time trainer Floyd Mayweather has further escalated his already very public demands for a $2 million fee to train the Golden Boy in his May 5 megabout against Mayweather's son Floyd Mayweather Jr. "I told him my figure and he said he'd get back with me," Mayweather Sr. told USA Today. "I haven't heard from him yet, but soon it's going to be time to step up or step off." Floyd Sr. also stated, "What I'm asking for is nowhere near what he's going to make. There's too much money for me to take chits and bits."
Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing has announced
the signing of Dominican welterweight boxer/puncher
Delvin Rodriguez (20-1-1, 12 KOs). The 26-year-old
native of Santiago de los Caballeros, now living in
Danbury, Connecticut, comes to Star Boxing on a 10-fight
winning streak, including 7 knockouts. “This is an
exciting move in my career and to have a promoter like
Joe DeGuardia gives me even more confidence to be the
future of the welterweight division” said Delvin.
Rodriguez first came to prominence with a nationally
televised all-time-classic knockdown of then undefeated
and heavily favored Allen Conyers. On his way to scoring
a dominating victory, Rodriguez used a perfect left hook
to send Conyers out of the ring, face first onto the
concrete floor. He has followed the victory up with
stoppages over Oba Carr conqueror Luther Smith, former
world title challenger Virgil McClendon, and a USBA
title-winning TKO 3 over Luis Hernandez.
By Karl Freitag
No news yet on when heavyweight contender Calvin Brock
(29-1, 22 KOs) will resume his boxing career following a
KO loss to IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko
last November, but Main Events CEO Kathy Duva announced
today that the "boxing banker" is becoming the
"boxing travel agent." Brock has started
an online travel agency. "The online travel industry is
growing fast," said Brock. "More people are comfortable
booking their own travel and getting cheaper prices than
using a traditional travel agency." Brock learned about
the travel business opportunity through a friend who
offered to bring him onboard. After doing his own
research Brock realized "the money making potential of
my friend's travel website and how many people he had
brought into the business, so I decided to start my own
The WBO has ordered a purse bid for the WBO welterweight title bout between champion Antonio Margarito and mandatory challenger Paul Williams to take place January 23 at the WBO Headquarters in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Championship Committee has approved a minimum bid of $200,000. Margarito, however, is penciled in to face Miguel Cotto on a big pay-per-view event in June and is widely expected to relinquish the belt rather than to face Williams.
Also up for bid on the same day is the WBO jr. welterweight elimination bout between Kendall Holt and Mike Arnaoutis. The Championship Committee has approved a minimum bid of $150,000 for that one.
The winner of the purse bid for the mandatory defense of WBC/WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler vs WBC mandatory challenger Librado Andrade was Palm Promotions from Denmark with a winning bid of USD $1,777,777, outbidding Palle Promotions $1,678,876 and Golden Boy Promotions $1,312,000. Palm Promotions is a new company headed by former European welterweight champion Hans Henrik Palm, who was formerly promoted by Palle chief Mogens Palle.
Let’s Get It On Promotions
Let’s Get It On Promotions is back! Boxing’s most famous referee, television judge, and national personality Mills Lane and his two sons, Terry and Tommy, have put the company back in business and plan to start putting on fights soon.
by Butch Gottlieb
Fight week is finally here! Undefeated two-division world champion RICKY "HITMAN" HATTON, making his Las Vegas debut after 41 bouts as a professional, has already put in a full week of sparring in Sin City, while undefeated IBF junior welterweight champion JUAN "IRON TWIN" URANGO, making his first title defense, is scheduled to break camp this morning and arrive later today. Urango and Hatton go toe-to-toe, This Saturday! January 20, at Paris Las Vegas. Combined, Hatton and Urango have an incredible record of 58 victories - 0 losses - 1 draw, 43 KOs. An undefeated record is impressive enough, but factor in that 74% of their opponents fail to hear the final bell and you have dynamite in the ring!
Over 2,000 die-hard Hatton fans in England have purchased tickets to the fight -- so far, promising the biggest British invasion on U.S. soil since they marched into Washington, D.C. during the War of 1812 (a.k.a. United States vs. England, the rematch!) With a complete sellout projected, the only question is will Hatton, from Manchester, England, make Urango, from Monteria, Colombia, sing "Blue Moon" in surrender or will Urango successfully defend his title and force Hatton to wave the white flag and warble "Hail Colombia?"
Promoted by Banner Promotions and Fight Academy, in association with Top Rank, Saturday's all-action card will also feature former two-time WBC lightweight champion JOSE LUIS CASTILLO, the WBC's current No. 1 super lightweight contender, taking on undefeated NABF/WBC International super lightweight champion HERMAN NGOUDJO, the WBC's No. 2-rated contender, in a 12-round WBC super lightweight title elimination bout. Both fights will be broadcast live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 9:45 P.M. ET / 6:45 P.M. PT. Remaining tickets are available at: Paris Las Vegas box office, Caesars Palace box office, Bally's box office, online at www.TicketMaster.com and www.parislasvegas.com or by calling (877) 374-7469
Ricky The Hitman Hatton ya puede darse el lujo de cambiarse de moto a Príncipe puesto que fue honorificazo como Miembro de la División Civil de la Orden a la Excelencia del Imperio Británico por la misma Reina Isabel.
Pero para arreglar sus negocios de guantadas se instalo en esta ciudad mucho antes de su combate del 20 de enero en el Paris Hotel para aclimatarse y para sentirse como que anda de vacaciones en vez de competir por la corona superligero FIB la misma que le arrebato a Kostya Tszyu y lo encumbro a fronteras sin limites.
Hatton quiere conquistar el corazón de los fanáticos de Estados Unidos porque a sus 28 años y un record invicto de 41 peleas con 30 por la vía de lo inevitable no son suficientes para ponerlo en los mejores gramo por gramo.
Ricky hace constantes viajes a esta ciudad para estar al tanto de los púgiles que rondan en su categoría y de manera especial lo vemos en los eventos de Marco Antonio Barrera con el cual a fomentado una bonita amistad. A propósito se escucharon rumores que hasta Oscar de la Hoya le dejo abierta una propuesta para que sea el Golden Boy del otro lado del océano atlántico, pero Hatton por lo pronto goza de su vida y le encanta dar entrevistas a los reporteros aquí en Las Vegas con su acento muy ingles.
Hatton tiene por
lo pronto un pendiente que arreglar a guantadas y su
objetivo se llama Juan Arango de mote La Torre de Hierro
y para respaldar tal alias presenta su cartulina de 17-
0-1, 13 mandados a la meme. Lo único malo de este
colombiano de 26 años es que no se ha topado con ningún
otro contrincante de las características de Hatton así
que esta será su primera prueba candente en lo
High-profile referee Laurence Cole has been suspended for three months by the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation for informing Juan Manuel Marquez that he was ahead on the scorecards during a November 25 fight against Jimrex Jaca. Cole, the son of Texas' top boxing official Dickie Cole, was also fined $500 and will serve three months on probation after the suspension ends. The incident occurred after Marquez was cut by a accidental headbutt in round eight. To his credit, Marquez continued to fight and bravely went on to knock out Jaca.
Castillo weighed in at 146.5 pounds in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, seven days
prior to his WBC 140lb eliminator against Herman Ndgoujo on January 20 in Las
Vegas. Castillo stated that he doesn't have any problems making 140 lbs., and he
feels wonderful. Team Castillo will arrive in Vegas on Tuesday via private jet.
Ngoudjo’s weight was 145.5 pounds.
RICKY HATTON will relish the experience of seeing his name up in lights in Las Vegas even more — as up to 3,000 of his fans will be there to share it.
Hatton says his pals from Hattersley in
Manchester have been saving up for nearly five years in
the hope of seeing him top the bill in Vegas.
Undefeated lightweight prospect Adrian "Juanito" Mora (18-0-1, 10 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Aaron Drake (11-4, 9 KOs) on Friday night in the main event at the Cuban Club in Tampa, Florida. In other action, 281-pound heavyweight Gerald Nobles (26-1, 21 KOs) destroyed veteran Andy "Sandman" Sample (34-15-2, 22 KOs) in the first round, unbeaten welterweight Alexis Camacho (14-0, 13 KOs) scored his 13th straight KO with a first round demolition of Tyler Ziolkowski (9-5, 6 KOs), light heavyweight Shane Benfield (16-0, 8 KOs) won a majority nod over Hilario Guzman (6-20-4, 1KO), lightweight Jaime "Superfly" Sandoval (14-1, 12 KOs), the younger brother of current IBF lightweight champion Jesus Chavez, scored a fourth round TKO over Ken Humphreys (4-3, 3 KOs) and unbeaten 6'6 cruiserweight Josh Green (8-0-1, 6 KOs) was suprisingly held to a draw by Clarence Moore (2-1-1, 2KOs). A bout featuring former world champion William Guthrie fell through.
middleweights Rubin "Hollywood" Williams (29-2, 16 KOs) and Antwun "Kid
Dynamite" Echols (31-6-2, 27 KOs) battled to a twelve round split draw on Friday
night at the at The Palace in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Scores were 114-113
Williams, 115-111 Echols, and 113-113. Williams was deducted points for low
blows in rounds seven and nine costing him the win.
bragging rights and regional title belts were on the line Friday night before a
big crowd of 8,872 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, as former Contender star
Anthony Bonsante(28-8-3, 17 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over
archrival Matt "The Predator" Vanda (35-2, 21 KOs) for the state middleweight
title and vacant IBA Americas belt. Bonsante rocked Vanda several times in the
late rounds and dropped Vanda in the tenth on the way to a 98-92, 98-91, 98-91.
Bonsante is next expected to face IBA middleweight titleholder John Duddy (18-0,
15 KOs) on March 16 in the marquee fight live on pay-per-view from The Theatre
in New York City's famed Madison Square Garden
Contender alums Cornelius "K-9"
Bundrage and the man he defeated on the boxing reality
series Walter Wright were both victorious Friday night
at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington.
Super welterweight Bundrage (25-2, 14 KOs) won a ten
round split decision over Chris Smith (20-4-1, 13
KOs). There were no knockdowns, but Bundrage did
enough down the stretch to win by scores of 96-94,
97-93 (Bundrage) and 96-94 Smith.
by Ron Borges,
While most people were opening presents and downing figgy pudding, the British "Hitman'' was sparring at his familiar old gym outside Manchester, England on Christmas morning, sacrificing a normal life the way prize fighters so often must if they intend to be successful.
historic Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, California, was the scene of the press
conference announcing the scheduled showdown between three time world champion,
Sugar Shane Mosley, against former WBA welterweight champion, Luis Collazo.
There will be a world championship at stake in the interim WBC welterweight
championship. The current WBC welterweight champion is Pretty Boy Floyd
Mayweather, but as a result of his jump to junior middleweight to challenge
Oscar De La Hoya, the WBC has seen fit to have an interim championship. Should
Mayweather wish to retain his WBC championship, he would be required to fight
and beat the winner of Mosley - Collazo later in 2007
champion and UFC Hall of Famer Randy “The Natural” Couture announced his return
to the Octagon during this week’s “INSIDE THE UFC” on Spike TV. Almost a year
since his “retirement,” Couture is set to challenge UFC heavyweight champion Tim
“The Maine-iac” Sylvia on March 3rd at UFC 68 at the Nationwide Arena in
Columbus, Ohio. Couture, who held the UFC heavyweight championship on two
separate occasions before dropping down to light heavyweight, has not fought
since February of 2006 when he was knocked out by current light heavyweight
champion Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell. Couture outlined that he has signed a
four-fight deal with UFC that will take place over the next two years. “Once
you're a fighter it’s hard to shake that loose,” Couture said. “I feel that I
have a lot of fight left in me and I want to get back in there.” UFC 68 will
also feature the return of two other former champions when Matt Hughes and Rich
Franklin take to the Octagon in separate fights since losing their respective
An Arizona Grand Jury has indicted former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson on two counts of drug possession and two counts of driving under the influence of drugs according to Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas. If convicted on all charges, Iron Mike is facing up to seven-and-a-half years in prison. Tyson was arrested on December 29th after nearly colliding with a police vehicle. Police say he was carrying two bags of cocaine on his person. The county's top prosecutor has already gone on the record saying he will try to put Tyson behind bars.
contender world rated lightweight Almazbek Raiymkulov a.k.a. Kid Diamond
(24-1-1, 14 KOs) had too much firepower for late sub Emmanuel Augustus (34-28-6,
18 KOs) on Thursday night at the New Alhambra Arena in Philadelphia, PA. Diamond
stalked Augustus from round one and piled up the points with his trademark hard
punches. Augustus, who took the fight on two days' notice, opened up for short
spurts, but was unable to slow down Diamond's relentless attack. Diamond finally
dropped Augustus in round nine and battered him on the ropes for the rest of the
round. Diamond loaded up in the tenth, but Augustus was still standing at the
final bell, only to lose by lopsided scores of 99-90, 100-89, 100-89. Diamond
threw 1,000 punches even in the fight, impressively doubling up Augustus'
Promoter Dennis Hobson of Fight Academy arrived in Las Vegas yesterday and immediately met with the star of his promotional stable, Ricky Hatton, who is in town preparing for his hotly anticipated IBF/IBO Light Welterweight title showdown with Juan Urango.
After a cup of good old fashioned English tea, the pair took a walk down the strip, taking in the sights. At the fabulous Paris Hotel, the location of the Urango bout, the guys stopped for a moment to savour the magic of Las Vegas.
With training going great in Las Vegas, Hatton can't wait to get into the ring on Saturday, January 20 to challenge for the IBF and IBO Light Welterweight world titles against tough Columbian, Juan Urango.
The interest in the Hatton vs. Urango contest continues to grow, with rumors circulating that a number of celebrities and boxing legends such as Lennox Lewis, Diego Corrales, Arturo Gatti, Winky Wright and Emanuel Steward will be ringside. Ticket sales are fantastic and it looks like extra tickets might be made available to accommodate fight fans through www.ticketmaster.com and the Paris Box Office at 1-888-727-4758.
Five titles will be on the line January 19 in "Super Fights," co-promoted by Silverhawk Championship Boxing and Knockout Promotions, at Knox Arena in Olive Branch, Mississippi.
Two 12-round championship matches, featuring NBA heavyweight champion Sherman "The Caribbean Tank" Williams and world-rated light heavyweight Prince Badi "The Fighting Prince" Ajamu, have been added to the star-studded card, headlined by a 12-rounder between unbeaten B.J. "El Pelogroso" Flores and knockout artist Chris "Cold Steel" Thomas for the vacant WBF and NBA cruiserweight championships, originally scheduled for January 13.
Hall of Fame boxing trainer, Charles “Doc” Broadus, who discovered George Foreman and guided him to his 1968 Olympic Gold Medal, fell last week breaking his hip. He is currently in Valley Hospital in Las Vegas recovering. Doc who is 87 years old needs your help. Feel free to visit Doc and give him your regards.
Doc a great supporter of our youth. He has worked for over 75 years in boxing, help train, Sugar Ray Leonard, Leon and Michael Spinks. The list goes on.
For more info on Doc please contact us 702 737-1934 or at BangBangBoxingLV@aol.com
FRED STERNBURG, BANNER PROMOTIONS:
Four talented, promising prospects with a combined record
of 57-2-1 with 41 KO's and a 95 percent winning percentage will be featured on
an excellent "ShoBox: The New Generation" doubleheader on Friday, Jan. 19, 2007,
on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
(L) Ricky Hatton (R) Wayne McCullough
New York Boxing fans will get the opportunity to see three of the most exciting young faces in the fight game when DiBella Entertainment presents a tripleheader featuring lightweight Paulie Malignaggi (vs. Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry, 21-4-2,10 KO’s); junior middleweight Sechew Powell (vs. Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith 18-1, 8 KO’s); and welterweight Andre Berto (vs. Ben “Wonder” Tackie, 29-6-1, 17 KO’s) on Saturday night, February 17, 2007, at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom at Manhattan Center. HBO Sports will televise all three fights on its popular Boxing After Dark series beginning at 9:45 PM/ET.
Tickets for the
January 27 "Sky Brawl II: Rising Champions" card promoted by Romero Promotions
at Sky City Casino in Acoma, NM are now on sale. Tickets ranging from $25 to $50
are available at the Sky City box office by calling 800-SKY-CITY. In the main
event, Monica Lovato (8-1, 4 KOs) takes on Julia Rubalcava (4-0, 1 KO) for the
vacant NABF superflyweight belt. Six bouts are slated for the undercard.
A press release was sent yesterday by Fresquez Productions, Inc. to the media concerning statements made by Mary Jo Sanders' camp in regard to fighting Holly Holm:
It looks like a super bantamweight superfight between WBC champion Israel
Vazquez and IBF bantamweight champion Rafael Marquez will take place on April 7
in Las Vegas or Los Angeles. It will be another acid test for Vazquez after his
victorious war over WBO bantamweight titlist Jhonny Gonzalez last September. The
bout could be televised in the U.S. on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.
By Karl Freitag
"I'm putting out an all-points bulletin...I'm looking for a new home for this
fight," said promoter Don King today in regard to the big SHOWTIME-televised
Super Bowl eve world title tripleheader that had been scheduled for February 3rd
at the Miami Arena. A new site became necessary when a third party investor
group working with the Miami Arena bounced a $500,000 check to DKP. King said
the card is still definitely on and that he would find a new home for the card,
preferably in Florida. The event consists of the WBC light heavyweight bout
between champion Tomas Adamek and Chad Dawson, the IBF jr middle battle between
champion Cory Spinks and Rodney Jones, plus, the lightweight clash between
champion Jesus Chavez and interim champ Diaz. In his three-plus decades of
promoting, King has overcome many challenges, and he is expected to conquer his
obstacle as well.
by Jason Frost
Bradford’s Junior Witter, who made history in September by
becoming the first ever Brit to win a WBC world championship at 140lb, believes
the clock may be ticking on an all-domestic marquee affair against Ricky Hatton.
Hall of fame promoter Bob Arum (R) announces the signing of hard-hitting heavyweight contender 'Big Sky' Tye Fields (L), Las Vegas, Nv. (36-1,33 KO's) to a promotional contract with Top Rank at a press conference today. Tye will headline at The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Thursday, Jan.25 on VERSUS network.
Former world middleweight champion Armand Krajnc's career over - at least on
Swedish soil. Krajnc (29-3, 21 KOs) was today denied a license to fight on the
historic boxing event that goes ahead in Gothenburg January 27th. "We were
forced to take this decision due to the medical background of Armand, although
we would have loved to have him perform in a Swedish ring as we have waited more
than 30 years for this moment, and nothing would have been nicer than to have
him on the card, but our backs were against the wall," says Björn Rosengren of
the Swedish Pro boxing commission. A severe setback for New Sweden Boxing
Promoter Art Pelullo/Banner Promotions will present a fight card on Monday in the Pend O'Reille Pavillion at Northern Quest Casino in Airway Heights, near Spokane, Washington. In the 10-round main event, unbeaten heavyweight prospect Alonzo Butler (24-0-1, 18 KOs) will fight spoiler Troy Beets (12-9-1, 8 KOs). "Alonzo Butler is one of the most exciting young prospects in the division, and matching him with a tough veteran like Troy Beets should produce some fireworks in the ring," predicts Pelullo. The 27-year-old Butler is managed and trained by Ace Miller, who took John Tate to the WBA heavyweight world title in 1979. "Big Zo" has put together 22 straight wins. Tickets are $35, $50, $70. Call 509-340-6700.
It’s the first heavyweight
championship fight of 2007, and on Saturday night, March
10th, at Madison Square Garden’s Theater in New York
City, Sultan Ibragimov hopes to take his first step
towards becoming the sport’s next great heavyweight when
he challenges hometown hero and champion Shannon Briggs
for the WBO Heavyweight Championship of The World.
By Karl Freitag
Due to the court battle raging between promoters over super featherweight star Manny Pacquiao, the WBC has approved a voluntary defense of 130lb champion Marco Antonio Barrera against Juan Manuel Marquez on March 17 in Las Vegas. In addition, the WBC has approved Pacquiao to defend his WBC Intl belt against Injin Chi or another opponent in Macau, China. If Barrera gets by Marquez, he must face Pacquiao next. A free negotiation period will begin one day after their respective fights. If no agreement is reached, a purse bid will be held 21 days later. At that time, regardless of whether the fighters are still enmeshed in legal entanglements or not, if Pacquiao does not accept the fight, he will lose his mandatory challenger status. If Barrera doesn't accept, his WBC title will be declared vacant.
Former two-division world champion Zab Judah returns April 27 at the DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven, Mississippi. A press conference will be called in February to officially announce Judah's return to the ring following a one year lay-off. An opponent is expected to be named in 24 to 48 hours. The event will be promoted by Prize Fight Boxing.
Boxing's best known road warrior Emanuel Augustus is on his way to Philadelphia.
Augustus left early today from his adopted home town of Brownsville, Texas, and
his destination is Philadelphia, where he will face Kid Diamond in an expected
barnburner scheduled for 10 rounds. As reported earlier, Antonio Pitalua had
been unsuccessful in trying to acquire a visa in time to leave Mexico City and
arrive for his fight against Kid Diamond. Enter fan favorite Emanuel Augustus
who stepped up to save the Top Rank main event on Thursday's Versus Channel
(formerly OLN) televised fight card. Before the phone call Augustus received for
the proposal to fight Diamond he was getting set to leave for Florida, as he was
hired to be Edner "The Bomb" Cherry's chief sparring partner for Edner's fight
against Paulie Malignaggi.
Though the general public knows of Golden Boy Promotions only through its roster of world class athletes, behind the scenes there is a world class team working tirelessly on a daily basis to bring the best in boxing to fight fans.
The Los Angeles-based promotional company is pleased to announce the addition of two new members to this team, Public Relations Director Ramiro Gonzalez and Public Relations Coordinator Monica Sears.
“A company is only as good as the people you have working in it, and in Ramiro and Monica, we’ve got two of the best in the world at what they do, and I’m excited to have them on the Golden Boy Promotions team,” said Golden Boy Promotions President, Oscar De La Hoya.
One of the most respected boxing writers in the world, Ramiro Gonzalez kept fight fans entertained and informed for years as a longtime columnist for La Opinion. Now on the other side of the business, Gonzalez will continue to bring the best Latino fighters to boxing fans as Golden Boy Promotions’ Public Relations Director, with his focus centering on the Hispanic community.
A graduate of USC with degrees in Public Relations and Spanish, Monica Sears comes to Golden Boy Promotions to work on operational and logistical public relations after a successful stint with the respected firm of Brenner, Zwikel and Associates.
"Too many of the big names in America are technical boxers but the crowd favorites have always been the sluggers. Ricky has what it takes to become one of the biggest attractions and his performance against Urango is just the start, in my opinion.""I remember the build-up to the McCullough-Hamed fight," said Hatton. "Wayne lost, but he never stopped trying and I realized then just what it takes to be a star in America.
"Win or lose, Wayne always left the ring with his head held high. When I was told we would be hooking up with him I knew there was nobody better to look after us in the fight capital of the world."
Fighting in Las Vegas has always been Hatton's dream and he remembers watching the greatest fighters of the last 30 years there.
"I was inspired by Tommy Hearns, Marvin Hagler, Roberto Duran and Sugar Ray Leonard," he added.
"They were the Vegas Boys and they never let anybody down - and just to be fighting in the same city as the greats is a dream come true for me."
Los más queridos en la tarima brava de las 130 libras.
Por Jaime Estrada
Los ánimos anda un poco subidos de tono en la categoría superpluma y para darles una probadita de tales conflictos empecemos por el rival obligatorio de Marco Antonio Barrera según las reglas del CMB al tener la noticia de que Manny Pacquiao al fin de cuentas decidió quedarse con la promotora Top Rank.
trim-looking Ricky Hatton appeared
mentally and physically ready for his 42nd professional
fight in Las Vegas on Jan 20.
Undefeated Ricky Hatton admitted today
that he expects to have his hands full with IBF Jr
welterweight champion Juan Urango on January 20 in Las
Vegas. "Urango is a lot like me. He doesn't take a
step back and neither do I, so it should be a great
fight." Hatton, who formerly held Urango's IBF belt
and never lost it in the ring, stated that he's "going
in as a challenger," and it would be "disrespectful to
Juan Urango" to do otherwise. He also stated that he's
not looking past of this fight to a proposed showdown
with Jose Luis Castillo, who is fighting on the
undercard. "I've only got one person on my mind...Juan
Urango," Ricky said. The Hitman also commented that he
never wanted to fight at welterweight in the first
place, and he did it because a bout with Juan Lazcano
fell out and WBA welterweight champion Luis Collazo
(whom he had just seven weeks to bulk up to 147 for)
was the best option available. "Junior welterweight is
my natural weight," he stated. As for fighting in
Vegas, Hatton remarked "It's the pinnacle of a
fighter's career, especially a British fighter. It's a
dream come true."
Dino Duva, promoter of World Boxing Council number one contender Samuel Peter, is calling on WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev's promoter Dennis Rappaport to immediately begin negotiations for the mandated heavyweight championship.
“I have requested in a letter that the WBC order negotiations to begin immediately,” said Duva, on the heels of Peter’s dominating victory over James Toney in the WBC title eliminator on Saturday. “I would like to sit down with Dennis Rappaport as soon as tomorrow, to begin negotiations and make a fair deal for the fight. I am confident we can work it out. In the unlikely scenario that we don’t, we go to a purse bid.”
“Jose Sulaiman and the WBC have made it clear that they are honoring their commitment for Maskaev to defend his title against Samuel Peter immediately,” added Duva. “We respect Oleg, know that he is a true champion, and expect him to honor that commitment.”
Duva concluded that
“Samuel Peter has earned the right to fight for the
title, so Dennis and Maskaev should do the right
thing and get it done as soon as possible
Pitalúa's streak of bad luck in the USA continues as he is now having problems
getting a visa for his up coming fight against Kid Diamond this Thursday in
Philadelphia. "There is no doubt that Pitalúa is a very good fighter but with
very bad luck," Ricardo Maldonado Jr. told ESTO hours after learning that the
visa would not be ready in time for Pitalua to be able to make the necessary
time frame for the match up. "We were supposed to pick up the visa on Monday
morning, and we would be ready to leave on Tuesday. Unfortunately we were unable
to do so," lamented Maldonado. On February of 2006, Pitalúa was supposed to
fight former super lightweight champ Randall Bailey at the Miccosukee Resort in
Miami, unfortunately 15 minutes before leaving his dressing room, Bailey feinted
and the fight was canceled. Maldonado did mention that Top Rank is still trying
hard to work on the visa, but he believes it will be a hard task to accomplish.
By Teddy Stenmark
Swedish female super middle Åsa Sandell (4-3-1, 2 KOs) will take on 30-year-old Scroller Carrington (7-2-1, 4 KOs) of Trinidad & Tobago on the boxing card in Gothenburg January 27th billed as "The Return." The event marks the long-awaited return of professional boxing to Sweden after being banned for 36 years. Former WBO middleweight champion Armand Krajnc's participation on the show will be decided by the Swedish pro boxing commission tomorrow (January 10th). New Sweden Boxing Promotion AB, the promoter staging the event, is still hopeful to have the ex-champion on the show, but Krajnc has expressed his dislike to various media of the fact that his comeback preparations have been disrupted by licensing issues and might decide not to fight. A physician from the Swedish Boxing Federation has denied him a license due to hearsay of his previous medical history. The issue is very likely to clear within the next few days.
WBA #10 junior middleweight contender, Anthony "The Messenger" Thompson (22-1,
16 KOs) is scheduled to square off against veteran Robert "Pushup" Frazier
(31-7-4, 15 KOs) at the New Alhambra in South Philadelphia, on Thursday, January
11. The main event of the evening will pit "Kid Diamond" Almazbek Raiymkulov
(23-1-1, 14 KOs) against Antonio Pitalua (41-3, 35 KOs) for the NABF Lightweight
title. The card is being promoted by Top Rank Inc., in association with Joe Hand
Promotions Inc. and Peltz Boxing Promotions Inc. The Versus Network will
Detroit's prodigal son Rubin "Hollywood" Williams returns home to defuse veteran bomber Antwun "Kid Dynamite" Echols in Friday night's 12-round main event for the vacant IBA super middleweight title at The Palace in Auburn Hills, Michigan.
"Fight Night at The Palace" is co-promoted by Silverhawk Championship Boxing and Fight Night, Inc., in association with Banner Promotions.
"I'm not going to let Kid Dynamite detonate," Williams promised. "I'm going to pick him apart; he ain't going off. Echols is a strong, aggressive fighter who always comes to fight. I'm looking forward to it. Fans are going to see the explosiveness of Hollywood. My jab's going to explode, my hook's going to explode, and my body punches are going to explode on him.
"I'm happy to be fighting at home. It's going to be a great fight. My job is to box but we'll be mixing it up a little. I can't look past a dangerous guy like Echols. I'm focused on him 100-percent. After I get past him, though, I'm looking for some big opportunities this year."
Also fighting on the "Fight Night at The Palace" card is Silverhawk Boxing's newest team member, once-beaten heavyweight hopeful Cedric "The Bos" Boswell (22-1, 17 KOs), who is matched in the 10-round co-feature against Robert Kooser (9-6, 8 KOs).
WIBA light middleweight champion Mary Jo Sanders (22-0, 6 KOs), daughter of former Detroit Lions superstar running back Barry Sanders, also is on the card in front of her hometown fans against Gina Nichols (11-5-2, 8 KOs) in a 10-round bout.
Tickets are priced at $50.00 (VIP), $25.00 (reserved) and $15.00 (general admission.
Undefeated two-division world champion Ricky "Hitman" Hatton (41-0, 30 KOs) arrived at the Eiffel Tower in front of Paris Las Vegas today. Hatton will be making his Las Vegas debut when he challenges IBF junior welterweight champion Juan Urango (17-0-1, 13 KOs) on January 20 at Paris Las Vegas. The co-featured fight will match former two-time WBC lightweight champion and current #1 ranked contender Jose Luis Castillo (54-7-1, 47 KOs) against #2 ranked Herman Ngoudjo (15-0, 9 KOs) in a WBC super lightweight title elimination bout. After talking to the media Ricky went to workout at a private location.
Fields will be featured on Top Rank's big show at The Orleans Arena on Thursday,
Jan. 25. He is scheduled to take on Kendrick Releford, 14-8-1, of Ft. Worth,
Texas. Fields is managed by Billy Baxter who has worked with top boxing stars
including Roger Mayweather, Vernon Forrest and Bruce Curry. Fields lives in Las
Vegas and is trained by Jesse Reid.
Veteran heavyweight Cedric "The Bos" Boswell and unbeaten cruiserweight prospect Josh Green have signed exclusive promotional contracts with Silverhawk Championship Boxing.
Boswell (22-1, 17 KOs), fighting out of Atlanta, has beaten the likes of Jim Strohl (25-1), Talmadge Griffis (21-3) and Marcus McIntyre (14-0), all by technical knockout. Twelve-year pro Boswell's last fight was a second-round TKO of Wallace McDaniel on April 28.
"I'm glad I'm part of Silverhawk Boxing now," Boswell said. "I'm looking forward to doing big, big things with Silverhawk and I'm glad they're giving me this opportunity. Everyone's going to see a lot of good things with Cedric Boswell and Silverhawk." Boswell makes his Silverhawk debut Friday night (Jan. 12) against Robert Kooser (9-6, 8 KOs)
In the 10-round co-feature on "Fight Night at the Palace" in Auburn Hills, Michigan.
The 6' 6" Green (8-0, 6 KOs), who lives in Clover, South Carolina, is only 19 years old. Green knocked out his last two opponents Anthony Culp (1st round) and Leo Hayes (2nd round) in his last two fights. He is scheduled to face Doug Phillips (6-5, 4 KOs) in a four-round bout Friday night in Tampa.
Much more than bragging rights and regional title belts will be on the line Friday night (Jan. 12) when Minnesota middleweight champion Anthony "The Bullet" Bonsante fights Minnesota archrival Matt "The Predator" Vanda, headlining "Bad Blood" in the 10-round main event for the state title and vacant IBA Americas championship, at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
The winner will move to the head of the line to challenge IBA World middleweight title-holder "Ireland's" John Duddy (18-0, 15 KOs) on March 16 in the marquee fight live on pay-per-view from The Theatre in New York City's famed Madison Square Garden. Duddy's promoter, Irish Ropes president Eddie McLoughlin, and head trainer Harry Keitt will be at ringside scouting Bonstante-Vanda.
Elite (PELE.PK) announced the fight card for its first
live EliteXCTM mixed martial arts (MMA) event
featuring legendary middleweight Frank Shamrock versus
Renzo Gracie of the first family of Brazilian Jujitsu
making history on February 10, 2007 (10 p.m. ET/PT) from
the Desoto Civic Center in Southaven, Mississippi.
Tickets are on sale now at the DeSoto Civic Center Box
Office and at Ticketmaster outlets, it was announced
today by EliteXC President, Gary Shaw. Tickets are
priced at $25, $50, $75, $100, $125, $150, $175 and $250
Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero is set to fight for the vacated IBF featherweight championship of the world in his next bout, this time he will have a new face in his corner, Freddie Roach. Guerrero stated "I look forward to working with Freddie and his experience will be well appreciated." Team Guerrero feels that Freddie Roach is the primer trainer in boxing and can help Guerrero become a dominant force in the 126lbs and 130lbs division. Negotiations have been worked out with Goossen-Tutor and Team Abazi, as the fight will take place in Denmark sometime in March.
“Sam Peter Punishes And Beats James Toney”
Saturday night at the Hard Rock Live Arena in Hollywood Florida, Heavyweight James “Lights Out” Toney (69-6-3-1, 43 KO’s) fought a defining rematch against Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter (28-1, 22 KO’s). Their first fight resulted in a controversial Decision win for Sam Peter.
The rematch Saturday night was a clear victory for Peter.
NO MORE DOUBT…
In a complete domination on all scorecards – the judges, media and fans – Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter put forth a career performance as he controlled James “Lights Out” Toney from start to finish in their rematch on Saturday night at Seminole Hard Rock Casino. Now, the Duva Boxing star has his sights set on World Boxing Council Heavyweight Champion Oleg Maskaev in his quest for the heavyweight title.
“It was a dominant triumph for Sam, and by far the most impressive win of his career,” said promoter Dino Duva. “James Toney has been a great champion, but Sam proved that he is the superior fighter, and closed the case on the controversial first fight. Samuel left absolutely no doubt as to who was the winner on Saturday night.” The judges scorecards read: Daniel Van de Wiele, 118-110; John Keane 118-110; and Peter Trematerra, 119-108, all for Peter.
“Jose Suiliman has been a man of his word in declaring Sam Peter the number one contender for the WBC belt, and we intend to begin negotiations immediately for a title bout against Oleg Maskaev,” added Duva. “Sam clearly illustrated that he is the top heavyweight contender for all of the belts, if not the best heavyweight in the world today.”
8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, is preparing for another outstanding year of presenting world class professional boxing for Chicagoland fight fans.
Said Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count, “Last year we promoted 18 events and we’re looking at a similar number this year. We had a terrific 2006 with some outstanding battles in front of huge crowds. Chicago fight fans have been very loyal to us with their enthusiastic support and we’ve repaid them by consistently providing high quality events. That’s our continued commitment to them in 2007.”
Speaking about the upcoming 8 Count events, Pesoli said, “On Friday, January 26th, we’re back at Cicero Stadium with Antonio Escalante in the main event. He’s at the top of the list of many national boxing writers as one of the hottest prospects in boxing. Last January Jose Hernandez and Escalante had a ten round war which SOLO BOXEO voted as the “Fight of the Year”. Since then Escalante has only gotten more popular with his huge wins on SOLO BOXEO and HBO PPV.
We’ve also got our undefeated lightweight prospect Mike Gonzalez on the card along with newcomers Jonas Hernandez, Oscar De La Cruz, Gustavo Palacios and female Brooke Dierdorff in separate bouts.”
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No hay duda alguna sobre le popularidad que goza el Hotel Orleáns de en sus eventos de fistiada en uno que otro viernes y el día 5 de enero no fue la excepción ante un lleno total en el Mardi Gras Ballroom y todavía con mas ímpetu bajo la promoción de Crown Inc que trae al Valle de Las Vegas Sus Noches de Boxeo Caliente.
Professional boxing returns to Tampa on Friday night (January 12) as Silverhawk Championship Boxing presents "Boxing By The Bay," featuring world-class fighters and promising prospects, at the famed Cuban Club.
In a pair of 12-round championship matches, unbeaten prospect Adrian "Juanito" Mora takes on Aaron Drake for the vacant NBA lightweight title, while IBF Intercontinental cruiserweight champion William "KO King" Guthrie defends his belt against an opponent to be determined.
"Boxing On The Bay" will be taped live and aired later on Fox Sports International, Sports Network New York, Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, Sunshine Network and Fox Sports Detroit.
Powerful puncher Gerald "The Jedi" Nobles battles veteran Andy "Sandman" Sample in a 10-round heavyweight war. .
One of the hottest, most exciting young fighters in North America, two-time Mexican National amateur champion Alexis Camacho (13-0, 12 KOs), puts his unbeaten record on the line attempting to extend his knockout streak to 13 against dangerous Tyler Ziolkowski (9-4, 6 KOs) in an eight-round welterweight bout.
Lightweight Jaime "Superfly" Sandoval (13-1, 11 KOs), the younger brother of current IBF lightweight champion Jesus "El Matador" Chavez meets upset-minded Ken Humphreys (4-2, 3 KOs) in a six-rounder.
Also on the undercard in 4/6 round fights are a pair of undefeated South Carolina boxers, light heavyweight Shane "The Irish Hitman" Benfield and 6' 6", 19-year-old cruiserweight Josh Green (8-0, 6 KOs), facing Karl Willis (25-24-1, 17 KOs) and Doug Philips (6-5, 4 KOs), respectively.
Tickets are priced at $25.00 and $65.00. Doors open at 6 PM with the first bout scheduled for 6:30 PM.
For more information about the Jan. 12th show in Tampa or Silverhawk Boxing go to www.silverhawkboxing.com.
by Bob Wilcox
Saturday night at the Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas, Layla McCarter defended something called the GBU world title and in the first ever scheduled 12 three minute round women's championship fight, fought a lady from South Carolina named Donna Biggers for the WBA lightweight world title.
McCarter came into this fight with a far from stellar record of 21-12-5 3KOs. The main thing about McCarter's record is that she has fought anyone that was put in front of her, fought on the road in the opponents hometown's and has not fought anyone with a losing record since August 2000. Fourteen (14) of the women that she has faced either were present champions or went on to win world titles. What I am saying is that McCarter is a true fighter and always gives 150%, win, lose or draw.
Then you have Donna Biggers who's record coming into this fight was 18-3-1 15KOs. Very impressive. Now lets compare the 2 fighters records.
In Biggers first 12 fights she fought 8 different opponents with a combined record of 2-16 and fought 4 pro debuters. In her 20th pro fight she fought a girl who was 0-1. The only fighter that she has beat with a winning record was Joy Irvin who was 7-1 when Biggers KO'd her. Irvin's record was a mirror image of Biggers in the fact that she never fought anyone with a win on their record albeit for her 1 loss. A great record right?
Fights like this bring no credibility to women's boxing. With the amateur programs out there today there are too many GREAT female fighters coming into the ranks. The days of fighters with these built up fabricated records is coming to an end and I hope that the trainers/managers or whomever handle's these girls realize that someone is going to get hurt if they keep it up.
by Butch Gottlieb
Tonight at the
Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas, Crown Boxing presented the
first ever women's title fight scheduled for 12 three
minute rounds. GBU champ Layla McCarter and Donna
Biggers met for the GBU & WBA lightweight title's.
McCarter dropped Biggers in the first round and
continued the onslaught until the bell rang ending the
round. McCarter jumped right on Biggers at the start
of the second round and pummeled her until referee
Kenny Bayless stopped the fight at the 2:28 mark.
McCarter added the WBA lightweight title to her
collection with the win.
The boxers, Tony
Hanshaw and Jean Paul Mendy, definitely want one;
promoter Gary Shaw is willing to do it, too.
Anthony Peterson (22-0, 16 KOs) successfully defended his NABO Lightweight title with an impressive fourth round knockout of Juan Humberto Garza (28-3, 23 KOs) on Friday night at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. Peterson couldn't miss all night and finally floored the game Garza for the count with a right hand. Time was 1:37.
Jr welter Lamont Peterson (20-0, 8 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over game Joaquin "Killer" Gallardo (17-6-1, 5 KOs). Scores were 80-72, 80-74, 80-72.
Former WBC interim lightweight champion Jose Armando Santa Cruz (23-2, 13 KOs) was floored by a big right hand from Luis "Vampiro" Arceo (19-4-2, 13 KOs) in round one, but came back to win a unanimous twelve round decision on Friday night at Dickerson's Event Center in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Scores were 97-92, 96-93, 98-91.
Boxing history will be made during tonight’s WBA Women’s Lightweight Title fight at the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, between Layla McCarter (21-12-5 3 KOs) and Donna Biggers (18-3-1 15 KOs), as it will be the first female bout sanctioned by a major sanctioning body to be scheduled for 12 three-minute rounds. Unlike male boxing, women’s title bouts have predominantly been scheduled for ten (10) two-minute rounds. The Nevada State Athletic Commission only recently began allowing the rules parity between men and women. Rival sanctioning body, the WBC, continues to decline to support three-minute rounds or 12-round title fights.
One night before the Super Bowl in Miami, four talented, crowd-pleasing boxers with a combined record of 130-6 with 89 knockouts -- a winning percentage exceeding 95 percent -- will be featured during an excellent world championship doubleheader on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on Saturday, Feb. 3, at Miami Arena.
In a battle of unbeatens in the main event,
exciting and talented Tomasz Adamek (31-0, 20
KOs) of Jersey City, N.J., by way of Zywiec,
Poland, will defend his WBC light heavyweight
title against hard-hitting WBC No. 2 contender
"Bad" Chad Dawson (23-0, 15 KOs) of New Haven,
Conn., via Hartsville, S.C.
Boxing superstar and Three-time world champion Sugar Shane
Mosley makes his long awaited return to the ring on Saturday, Feb. 10 at the
Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV., with a new opponent in the
opposite corner but the same desire to kick off the New Year with a resounding
Hanshaw, Mendy make weight!
At the DeSoto Civic Center in Southhaven, Miss. and
Promoted by Gary Shaw Productions.
ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” kicks off the New Year in southern style by returning to Biloxi, Mississippi, where the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino hosts co-main events featuring Anthony and Lamont Peterson in arguably their toughest bouts to date. Anthony Peterson (21-0, 15 KOs), ESPN’s 2006 prospect of the year, defends his NABO Lightweight title against current Mexican Lightweight Champion Juan Humberto Garza (28-2, 23 KOs). Lamont Peterson (19-0, 8 KOs), campaigning one weight class north of his younger brother, is slated to face IBO Light-Welterweight Challenger Joaquin Gallardo (17-5-1, 5 KOs).
returns, Holm to unify
In what could
turn out to be the top two biggest fight cards of the year for New Mexico,
Fresquez Productions, Inc. will be headlining the return of five-time world
champion Johnny Tapia (55-5-2, 28 KOs) and two-time world champ Holly Holm
(16-1-2, 5 KOs) in their next two fight cards. Tapia's return to the Duke City
could come as soon as Feb. 23, and no later than March 16 or 17--the date should
be set soon. On the same card, Albuquerque's Hector Munoz (17-1, 11 KOs) is
matched up against Juarez/El Paso's Miguel "Conan" Torrecillas (16-5-1, 7 KOs),
and San Antonio contender Gabriel Elizondo (22-2, 10 KOs) will rematch El Paso’s
Cesar Lopez (20-3, 4 KOs). A rematch with Willie Villanueva (3-0, 1 KO) and Gabe
Gonzales (1-1, 1 KO) is also penciled in. Then, on Thursday, Mar. 22, at Isleta
Casino, south of Albuquerque, and televised on FOX Sports' "The Best Damn Sports
Show", Holly Holm will unify all four major welterweight belts
(WBA/WBC/WIBA/IFBA plus IBA) in women's boxing, against an opponent to be
revealed in the next 10 days. Currently, Holm holds the IFBA at 154, the WBA at
147 and the Women's IBA belt at 140. After both Mary Jo Sanders (22-0, 6 KOs)
and Laila Ali (23-0, 20s) have turned down a fight with Holm--Ali passing up her
biggest payday of $150,000--promoter Fresquez says he will campaign Holm as a
unifier of world title belts. Two more women's world titles will be televised on
the card: IFBA super bantam champ Jackie Chavez (9-2, 3 KOs), of Albuquerque and
IFBA featherweight champ Kelsey Jeffries (36-9-1, 3 KOs), of Gilroy, Calif. will
defend their belts against opponents TBA. Stay tuned for more as these cards are
Saturday on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast), Samuel Peter, the WBC No. 1-ranked contender, faces No. 2-ranked James Toney in a 12-round rematch of their exciting, controversial fight four months ago on SHOWTIME.
Toney weighed 234 pounds at Thursday's weigh-in.
Peter tipped scales at 249.
"I will beat James Toney, hands down. I am going to beat him so bad. I am going to shut James Toney's lights off for good. I am going to knock him out. I doesn't matter what round. I want to fight for the heavyweight championship and James Toney cannot stop me. I am going to shut his lights off forever."
"I am the greatest fighter from 112 to 200 plus, bar none. I am the best in the world. Everybody's talking about what they are going to do, and how they are going to do it. I am from the Show Me State, and I will do that in the ring. I'll be there."
Former three-time world champion and current No. 2-ranked heavyweight contender James "Lights Out" Toney and the newest member of Team Toney, renowned training and fitness guru and Tae-Bo creator Billy Blanks, at dinner Wednesday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla. In addition to thousands of sit ups, hundreds of rounds of sparring and many miles of road work, Blanks also has helped Toney resist empty calories and excess carbohydrates as he prepares to face No. 1-ranked contender Samuel Peter in Saturday's eagerly awaited WBC Heavyweight Elimination bout on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT).
Promoter Frank Warren announced today that in just three
weeks, over 10,000 tickets have already been sold to the Joe Calzaghe-Peter
Manfredo, Jr. super middleweight championship, and with three months to go
before the big night, the world title fight is projected to be fought in front
of the biggest live boxing audience in United Kingdom history! Warren also
pointed out that ticket sales for Calzaghe-Manfredo are better than the sales
for the fight between Kostya Tszyu and Ricky Hatton, (June 4, 2005 at MEN Arena
in Manchester, England) over the same time period.
Well known boxing executive Carl Moretti is leaving his position as vice
president/matchmaker at Main Events to head up boxing operations with promoter
Lou DiBella's DiBella Entertainment according to ESPN. DiBella had an opening in
his firm with the sudden resignation of VP David Itskowitch a few weeks ago.
Moretti had been a key employee with Main Events for over a dozen years.
Four months after one of the most exciting heavyweight
fights in years ended amid a whirlwind of controversy, Samuel Peter (27-1, 22
KOs) and James Toney (69-5-3, 43 KOs) will go at it again in the main event this
Saturday, Jan. 6, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the
west coast) in Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino at
By Rusty Rubin,
I am quite interested in the new plan set forth my New Jersey Commissioner Larry Hazzard, to use instant replay when controversy arises in a bout held in that state. I have two problems with it, a corner can use the replay request to stall for time when a fighter is in need of a longer rest, and secondly, with the promoter supplying the equipment, can the equipment be rigged to favor the promoter’s fighter?
Top Rank today announced that the IBF
Light Flyweight title fight featuring Ulises Solis vs.
Will Grigbsy will be on Thursday, Jan. 25, at The
Orleans Arena, Las Vegas. Solis vs. Grigsby will be
broadcast on the VERSUS network.
The innovative New Jersey State Athletic
Control Board has announced that effective immediately,
instant replay can be utilized during combative sporting
contests to review a referee's call or lack of a call.
Instant replay will be utilized at the discretion of the
lead promoter. The agency will not force a promoter to
utilize instant replay, but will not deny the promoter
the opportunity to do so. The agency does not have the
technology readily available, so it will be up to the
promoter to provide the necessary equipment. The use of
such technology would allow the Commissioner to review
issues such as:
Due to unforeseen promotional issues, IBF welterweight champion Kermit Cintron has been withdrawn from his February 10th title defense against boxing superstar “Sugar Shane” Mosley.
Golden Boy Promotions will proceed with the HBO-televised card at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, and a new opponent for Mosley will be announced this week.
Ricky Hatton and his team, consisting of manager Ray Hatton, trainer Billy Graham, strength coach Kerry Kayes and agent Paul Speak, are making preparations to move their camp from the grim northern environs of Manchester, England to sunny Las Vegas, scheduled to take place on the 7th of this month.
On January 20 at Las Vegas' Paris Hotel, Hatton will challenge dangerous Colombian puncher Juan Urango for the IBF Light Welter title, a belt "The Hitman" took off Kostya Tszyu in June 2005, only to relinquish it less than a year later in order to challenge and subsequently defeat WBA Welterweight Champion Luis Collazo.
Hatton knows this is the riskiest fight of his 41 bout career and has been taking no chances, sparring a succession of strong southpaws in trainer Billy Graham's Phoenix Camp gym in Manchester and carefully
controlling his weight under the watchful eye of Kerry Kayes.
Upon arrival in Las Vegas, the Ring Magazine Light Welterweight Champion will continue to spar tough opposition.
The UFC today announced UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre has been forced to withdraw from the Feb. 3rd UFC 67: ALL OR NOTHING card due to a knee injury suffered during training for his first title defense against Matt Serra. The rest of the card, which includes the UFC Middleweight title bout between Anderson “The Spider” Silva and Travis Lutter, as well as the UFC debuts of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Marvin Eastman and Mirko “Cro Cop vs. Eddie Sanchez remain intact . . . Click here for more info
UFC 67: ALL OR NOTHING is available LIVE on pay-per-view Saturday,
Feb. 3 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT, on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, DISH Network, TVN,
Bell ExpressVu and Viewer’s Choice Canada.
On Wednesday, Fightnews contacted famed fight manager, Shelly Finkel to touch base with him on various boxing issues. Among such subjects discussed included the drama surrounding super featherweight dynamo, Manny Pacquiao and the failed attempt at a lucrative and highly anticipated rematch with Marco Antonio Barrera. Of that, Finkel stated: "You know, I think its evident to all of the knowledgeable boxing fans that a rematch between Manny and Barrera, is a blockbuster fight that all of his fans are dying to see. There was a poll done on Manny's website asking which fight they would like to see most. By a margin of 5-1, Barrera beat out any other potential opponent!"
vs. HAGLER I
This Thursday! January 4,
at 9 p.m. ET, VERSUS (formerly OLN) will kickoff the new year by
televising the sixth installment of "Fight Night: Top Rank's Legends of
the Ring," hosted by Michael Buffer. January's episode will feature the
rarely-seen first fight between VITO ANTUOFERMO defending his world
middleweight title against the legendary MARVELOUS MARVIN HAGLER,
November 30, 1979, at Caesars Palace.
Do not expect to see as much of Samuel Peter this Saturday, Jan. 6, when he fights James Toney on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).
Peter, you will notice has lost a considerable amount of weight. He tipped the scales at a career-high 257 pounds before he won a controversial decision over Toney in their exciting September 2006 slugfest on SHOWTIME
But in recent weeks Peter has quietly and diligently been peeling off excess poundage as he prepares for Saturday's 12-round rematch at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla.
"This is the best and hardest training camp of my career and I am solid as a rock,'' Peter said. "Much has been made of Toney's new, super training regimen and supposed low calorie diet, but I don't care and it won't matter what he weighs.
"I have been running four miles every day in addition to my usual hard, gym workouts. I am in the shape of my life. Toney will pay the price on Jan. 6.''
Note: In non-weighty matters, Peter, at 26, is the youngest heavyweight in the consensus Top 10; Toney, conversely, is the oldest at 38.
A quick rundown: Wladimir Klitschko – 30 years old; Oleg Maskaev – 37 (born 3-2-69); Samuel Peter – 26; James Toney – 38 (8-24-68); Shannon Briggs – 35; Sergei Liakhovich – 30; Lamon Brewster – 33; Nicolay Valuev - 33; Ruslan Chagaev – 28; John Ruiz – 35.
WBC mandatory super featherweight challenger Humberto Soto is demanding that WBC world champion Marco Antonio Barrera face him next as stipulated at the WBC convention in the event Barrera does not defend against Manny Pacquiao. There has been talk of Barrera facing Juan Manual Marquez next, but Soto says he's not stepping aside. "I am first and if he doesn't want to defend against me he should renounce the title so I can fight for it against the highest available contender," states Soto. "I am not afraid of him, nor do I avoid anybody. I am ready for the best but they are the ones who don't want to face me. If he [Barrera] is afraid of me he should just give up the title."
It’s a dream come true for the aficionado of combat sports who is also a connoisseur of the Ultimate Fight Championship when iN DEMAND presents an ALL DAY REPLAY of UFC 66 LIDDELL vs. ORTIZ for TODAY ONLY (Tuesday, January 2nd) from 8 a.m. ET to 8 p.m. ET. At UFC 66 LIDDELL vs. ORTIZ ! history was made as two of the most popular gladiators to fight in the Octagon battled in an epic grudge rematch of titanic proportions! It was the biggest UFC pay-per-view event in history and one of the most amazing nights in mixed martial arts! UFC 66 was a brilliant night of knockouts and submissions, a truly incredible night of fights! Several more bouts featuring world-class mixed martial artists were featured in UFC 66. Catch the ALL DAY REPLAY of UFC 66: LIDDELL vs. ORTIZ! on iN DEMAND. CLICK HERE! to see the incredible, mind-blowing PHOTOGALERY FEATURE of UFC 66: LIDDELL vs. ORTIZ! And check out www.UFC.com for more info.
On the undercard of the James Toney/Samuel Peter heavyweight rematch this Saturday in Miami, Florida, former IBF Junior Middleweight Champion Roman Karmazin (34-2-1, 21 KOs) returns to the ring against hard-punching James Obede Toney (21-2-1, 19 KOs). Karmazin will be returning to the ring for the first time since losing his title somewhat controversially to Cory Spinks in July. Some observers felt Karmazin should have retained his title that night, but the former champion says he isn't letting the loss keep him down.
The Queen of England has ordered that former
featherweight champion Prince Naseem Hamed be stripped of his MBE
after serving a jail term for dangerous driving. Hamed's name is now
erased from the Order of the British Empire. The MBE is one of several
awards in the British honors system where people are publicly
recognized for their bravery, achievement or service to the UK. To
have one's title taken away is very rare.
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