Cerete, Colombia: The final presser was held today in Cerete, Colombia for the highly anticipated WBO Mini-Flyweight interim title between #1 contender Luis “El Chino” De La Rosa (21-1-1-12 KO’s) of Arboletes, Colombia and #2 contender Merlito “The Tiger” Sabillo (20-0-10 KO’s) to be held this Friday, March 9, 2013 at the Mario de Leon Coliseum in the city of Cerete (10 miles away of the Department’s Capital of Monteria).
Both fighters declared to be fit and ready, “The title will stay here in Colombia, I have learned my lesson my first world title fight and this time I won’t leave it in the judges hands, said a confident De La Rosa. On the other hand Sabillo said: “I have travel a long way to win this title and will bring it back to the Philippines, I will dedicate my victory to our super hero Manny Paquiao”.
“This is a dream fight for any Promoter, when you have two boxers who are hungry for a belt and have similar aggressive styles, it will be an all out war” said Promoter Tuto Zabala, Jr. Continue reading
PHILADELPHIA (MARCH 6, 2013)—On Friday night March 29th, Arthur Pelullo’s Banner Promotions and Greg Cohen Promotions will present ESPN Friday Night Fights featuring the NABO Middleweight champion Brian Vera. Vera will take on upstart Russian Donatas Bondorovas in the twelve round bout that will headline a night of boxing at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York that will be broadcast live as part of ESPN 2 Friday Night Fights. Continue reading
BROOKLYN, March 6 – New York area favorites Michael Perez of Newark, Eddie Gomez of The Bronx and Staten Island’s 2012 U.S. Olympian Marcus Browne will step into the ring in exciting preliminary action on Saturday, March 9 when they head up an action-packed undercard leading up to the IBF Light Heavyweight World Championship between Bernard Hopkins and Tavoris Cloud at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York which will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
The co-main event, a clash between undefeated Florida knockout artist Keith “One Time” Thurman and former World Champion Jan “Mr. Sympathicus” Zaveck in a 12-round bout for Zaveck’s WBO Inter-Continental Welterweight Championship, will also be telecast on HBO World Championship Boxing. Continue reading
CHICAGO, IL (MARCH 7, 2013) – The Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) and the Associação Nacional de Boxe (A.N.B) announced today the formation of a strategic partnership which will build upon the history of both sanctioning bodies. Details of the partnership are still being worked out at this time, but one thing is already set in stone: both organizations’ desires to morally and ethically promote the sport in a positive, respectable manner. Continue reading
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (March 6th, 2013) — CES photo by Kelly MacDonald — Aside from being a little older, and perhaps a bit wiser, the Peter Manfredo Jr. you see today is much different than “The Pride Of Providence” who rose to fame nearly eight years ago as a fan-favorite on the hit, reality television series The Contender.
As he continues his comeback, which began in November with a victory at Twin River Casino, Manfredo Jr. (38-7, 20 KOs) finds himself balancing life both in and outside of the ring, first as a husband and father, and then as a professional boxer.
Nowadays, each morning begins at 4 as Manfredo Jr. commutes to Boston for his day job. Then it’s back to Rhode Island to hit the gym in preparation for his Friday, March 15th, 2013 showdown against fellow Contender alum Walter Wright (14-3, 7 KOs) before finally heading home to Connecticut with his wife and three children. Continue reading
SAN ANTONIO, March 6, 2013 – Boxing fans were treated to another sensational event on Saturday night when a sold out, standing-room only crowd of over 2,000 at Our Lady of the Lake University Wellness & Activities Center in San Antonio, Texas and a FOX Sports Networks and Fox Deportes national viewing audience witnessed an action-packed fight card presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Leija & Battah Promotions. Continue reading
New York, NY (3/6/13) – On March 30, top-rated light heavyweight contender Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba (20-1-1, 9KO’s) will look to wrestle away the World Boxing Council (WBC) silver light heavyweight title from defending champion Tony Bellew (19-1, 12KO’s) when the two meet in the main event on Matchroom Sport’s promoted card taking place at the Echo Arena in Bellew’s home city of Liverpool. The bout is scheduled for 12 rounds and is promoted by Matchroom Sport, in association with DiBella Entertainment. SKY Sports will televise the championship card in the U.K., while WealthTV will air the event in the U.S.
“I have been waiting for an opportunity like this for a very long time,” said the WBC #4, IBF #9, WBO #13 and WBA #14-rated Chilemba. “Bellew is a very worthwhile opponent and I am not underestimating him on any level, but my team and I are extremely confident going into this fight. I know that fighting on foreign soil is never easy, but whether it is by KO or on points, I only see this fight ending in one way, and that is with my hand being raised as the clear-cut winner.” Continue reading
Lausanne, Switzerland, 07 March 2013 – Argentina Condors took a massive step towards qualification to the World Series of Boxing (WSB) quarter-finals after defeating Algeria Desert Hawks at the Club Social Y Deportivo in Santa Clara del Mar. The clever Juan Javier Carrasco Herrera, the hard-hitting Carlos Castano and Condors poster-boy Yamil Perlata were instrumental in the home team’s victory in Group A. Continue reading
HBO heads to the brand-new Barclays Center in Brooklyn to present a doubleheader highlighted by future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins’ quest for a world title when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: TAVORIS CLOUD VS. BERNARD HOPKINS AND KEITH THURMAN VS. JAN ZAVECK is seen SATURDAY, MARCH 9 (9:30 p.m. live ET/tape-delayed PT), exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports team will call all the action, presented in HDTV and in Spanish on HBO Latino. Other HBO playdates: March 10 (10:45 a.m.) and 11 (1:25 a.m.) – HBO2 playdates: March 10 (4:45 p.m.) 12 (11:30 p.m.)
In HBO’s first presentation from the Barclays Center, undefeated light heavyweight Tavoris Cloud (24-0, 19 KOs) from Tallahassee, Fla., puts his belt on the line against Philadelphia legend Bernard Hopkins (52-6-2, 32 KOs) in a scheduled 12-round bout. Known for his hard-hitting punches, Cloud is making his fifth title defense in this main event. Hopkins, considered to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer, looks to make history by becoming the oldest fighter to capture a world title at age 48, having set the previous record at age 46 in May 2011 when he bested Jean Pascal. Hopkins also set a record by successfully defending his middleweight title 20 times over a ten-year reign. Continue reading
NEW YORK (March 6, 2013) – Promising undefeated junior middleweight Hugo “The Boss” Centeno Jr. (17-0, 9 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., will make his 10-round debut when he meets KeAndrae “Lightning” Leatherwood (17-2, 10 KO’s), of Tuscaloosa, Ala., in the main event this Friday, March 8, on ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Fantasy Springs Casino Resort in Indio, Calif. Continue reading
LOS ANGELES (March 6, 2013) — Bradley vs. Provodnikov takes place on Saturday, March 16, under the stars at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., and is promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Banner Promotions and Tecate. Timothy Bradley has been a world champion since 2008, first as a junior welterweight, where he twice unified the titles, and now as a welterweight. Timothy will be making the first defense of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title he won by beating Manny Pacquiao last summer. The bout will be broadcast live on HBO World Championship Boxing®, beginning at 10:15 P.M. ET / PT.
TODD DuBOEF: This is exciting getting Timothy back in the ring and I know he has the fire. When we first met with Timmy and got his career going under Top Rank we knew we had a special person who had a special sparkle and had an incredible ability to fight. I think he has delivered. This fight is in southern California, where Tim has not fought in a while and The Home Depot Center is a special arena. On March 16 it is going to be electric. Continue reading
Liam ‘Dynamo’ Taylor is relieved to be getting a second bite of the cherry, when he appears on VIP Promotions’ ‘Road to Glory’ show at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium on March 9.
The Middleton fighter was slated to box last Friday at the Wythenshawe Forum but, after putting in a full training camp, was left high and dry at the last minute … over a lb. Continue reading
DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (March 6, 2013) – Photo: Rey Sanchez / Acquinity Sports — Top contender Argenis “The Thunderstorm” Mendez (20-2, 10 KOs) gets another shot at International Featherweight Boxing (IBF) Juan Carlos Salgado (26-1-1, 16 KOs) on Saturday night (March 9) in the 12-round main event, live on HBO Latino from The Hanger in Costa Mesa, California.
Mendez recently returned from an eight-week training camp with his trainer, Lee Beard, in England.
“I’ve been working hard to get ready for this fight,” Mendez said. “I’m excited to be fighting once again for the world title and on HBO Latino. I’m going to take care of unfinished business. I’m not going to leave the final result in the hands of the judges this time. I’m coming back with the belt for my family and team, Acquniity Sports, and my country, Dominican Republic.” Continue reading
HESTER, PA (March 6, 2013)—On Friday night April 19th, boxing returns to Harrahs Philadelphia as Joey Eye Boxing and David Feldman presents a night of championship boxing as Dhafir “No Fear” Smith defends the Pennsylvania State Light Heavyweight championship against the popular Anthony Caputo Smith in a bout scheduled for ten rounds. Continue reading
NEW YORK (March 6, 2013) – Golden-era heavyweight champion of the world, Jack Dempsey, and legendary boxing promoter Bob Arum lead a star-studded cast of 20 inductees into the second-year New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF). The second annual NYSBHOF induction dinner will be held Sunday afternoon (12:30-5:30 p.n. ET), April 2O, at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.
“This is an exceptional group of inductees,” NYSBHOF and Ring 8 president Bob Duffy said. “We are inducting legitimate New Yorkers in the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame. All of these inductees have a significant impact on New York State boxing during their respective times. There are many other potential inductees but this is only our second year. We’re confident that any deserving people who haven’t been inducted yet will be inducted in due time. There’s a process we’re following. New York State was the driving force in boxing for more than a half-century and remains a major player in the sport, so we’ll have many, many great boxing people to choose from over the years.” Continue reading
By Daniel Mole: Chris Truman believes he was robbed of the British Masters Light-Welterweight Title after losing a controversial points decision against Amir Unsworth last Saturday.
The Erdington-born scrapper (now 8-4-1) had much the better of a keenly fought contest at the North Kesteven Centre in Lincoln but, much to the amazement of the sell-out crowd, the contest was scored 95-96 in Unsworth’s favour. Continue reading
The Sporthalle Hamburg, Germany will once again turn into a huge boxing venue come April 27. European Light Heavyweight Champion Juergen Braehmer (39-2, 30 KOs) and local hero Jack Culcay (14-0, 10 KOs) are planning to revive the enthusiasm for the sport in northern Germany.
Braehmer took the EBU-Title of Eduard Gutknecht on February 2. The former WBO-Champion came out on top after twelve exciting rounds at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin, Germany. After the successful title challenge the 34-year-old has laid the path for another run at a world championship. Continue reading
Gary O’Sullivan and Joe Selkirk clash in an exciting match of unbeaten fighters on Friday 12th April at the Liverpool Olympia.
Irish hero O’Sullivan, the WBO International Middleweight Champion, defends his title against hot Liverpool prospect Joe Selkirk as chief support to Paul Butler’s Commonwealth Super-Flyweight title challenge. Continue reading
Exclusive interview by Adam Santarossa: Billy Dib returned to Australia days ago light on luggage after losing his world title and a pint or two short of blood following the ten staples that were needed for a cut to the back of his head and the fourteen stitches that were needed to seal the wound above his right eye.
I spoke with the former IBF Featherweight World Champion in an exclusive interview just days after his defeat and Dib says it’s only physical wounds he carries after his split decision point’s defeat to Evgeny Gradovich.
“The wounds that are healing are the actual wounds that I suffered in the fight. I suffered a few cuts on the eye and two cuts on the head that I’m recovering from. But other than that everything is good. My health is good and in due time I’ll be back in the ring getting ready for the next one. Continue reading
Panther Promotions presents a stellar boxing series “talent” at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino starting on Friday, March 15
Hollywood, FL., March 1, 2013 – Panther Promotions, LLC. returns to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL., on Friday, March 15 for the first of a three fight boxing series that will feature an action packed light heavyweight bout and showcase some of the local favorites from the Florida area. Continue reading
Heavyweight contender Manuel Charr has to undergo surgery in Cologne today because of a meniscal tear. He already had the injury going into his last fight against Yakup Saglam on February 22nd in Galti, Romania.
“I was in pain and couldn’t stand properly but I wanted to fight anyways”, says Charr. “Lots of fans recognized that I was overweight. That’s because I could barely move in the last part of training camp. All I did was standing in front of the heavy bag and throwing some combinations. I couldn’t do any roadwork at all. Still I wanted that fight because I am so focused on my big goal to become heavyweight champion of the world. And I won’t be stopped on my way – not even by a serious injury!” Continue reading
LIVERPOOL livewire James “Jazza” Dickens says his religious faith is the driving force behind his success inside the ring.
Dickens, 21, challenges for the vacant English super-bantamweight title against Jon Fernandez in a rare meeting of unbeaten prospects on March 30. Continue reading
Blog Talk Radio’s “The Pugilist KOrner” is honored to present Super Middleweight contender Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez, trainer and mentor Gary Russell Sr, Junior Middleweight prospect KeAndrae Leatherwood, Middleweight prospect J’Leon Love, and legendary fight trainer Joe Lopez.
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On Friday, February 22, 2013, WIBF/GBU Intercontinental Champion Lisa Garland was awarded an honorary championship belt by the Champions of Dignity Association for outstanding service to her community and women’s boxing. Continue reading
Through his 36-fight career, now going on his 13 year as a professional boxer, Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi has thrown hands with some of the best fighters in the world, and has worked his way to retaining the current WBA World Welterweight Title.
Since getting stopped by Amir Khan back in 2011, Malignaggi has since won his last five fights, and recently has been looking to return back to action to defend his belt.
There was some noise made about him battling an aging, yet former champion in Shane Mosley, but it fell through. Then the talk surfaced about Malignaggi fighting Diego Chaves in Abu Dhabi, and yet again, nothing has materialized. Continue reading