THE HOME OF ALL BOXING CHAMPIONS
"This clown sitting to the
right of me has disrespected me. You remind me of an old lady past his
prime sitting in a rocking chair doing nothing".
- Ricardo Mayorga
About his upcoming fight with Oscar De la Hoya
LATE GREAT CHAMPS
IBF ORDERS ELIMINATOR BETWEEN UNBEATEN HEAVYWEIGHT SULTAN IBRAGIMOV AND RAY AUSTIN FOR #1 CONTENDER SPOT
HOLLYWOOD, FL, April 28 – After his stunning seventh round stoppage of Lance ‘Mount’ Whitaker last December, the boxing world stood up and took notice of unbeaten Heavyweight contender and 2000 Olympic Silver Medalist Sultan Ibragimov, as one of the division’s brightest stars.
The International Boxing Federation (IBF) obviously agrees, as the world sanctioning body has ordered an elimination bout between Sultan Ibragimov (19-0, 16 KOs) and always tough Ray ‘The Rainman’ Austin (24-3-3, 16 KOs) to determine the number one challenger to newly crowned champion Wladimir Klitschko.
“I have always dreamed of becoming the Heavyweight Champion and now I’m just one win away from my goal, said the former Olympian Ibragimov, a native of Rostov-na-Donu, Russia. “There is no Heavyweight in the world that can beat me.”
“Sultan is the premier contender in the Heavyweight Division, and he has the style and charisma to bring positive attention back to the weight class,” added Ibragimov’s manager Boris Grinberg. “We thank the IBF for this opportunity, and we can’t wait to get in the ring with Ray Austin and show the world that Sultan is truly the next great Heavyweight.”
Ibragimov’s promoters, Warriors Boxing Promotions and Sampson Lewkowicz will commence negotiations with Austin’s representatives as soon as possible to determine a date and venue for this outstanding Heavyweight matchup.
“We are excited and looking forward to making this fight happen,” said Leon Margules, Executive Director of Warriors Boxing Promotions. “We will do everything in our power to see this fight through as Sultan is ready, willing and more than up for this challenge. He is a well deserving opponent and his accomplishments speak for themselves.”
Ibragimov’s co-promoter Sampson Lewkowicz was equally enthusiastic and said “I have been working with Sultan since May 25, 2002 when he turned pro. I never had a doubt that he would become the World Heavyweight Champion”.
For more information on Warrior’s Boxing, please visit our website at www.warriorsboxing.com
Result From Humble Fight Card
By CeeCee Dogins
Local boxing promoters Joe Dumas of Dumas Promotions and Roy Foreman of RoRo Entertainment, Inc. Sports and Entertainment - Houston gave the crowd what they promised; one of the biggest and most exciting combative sports events that southeast Texas has ever seen when they introduced family entertainment designed to please all ages at the Humble Civic Center Outdoor Arena, Friday night, April 28, 2006, titled, RUMBLE IN HUMBLE. The event card covered six professional match-ups that were headlined by heavyweights, Brad Bowers (6-2) and Alfred Happy (3-0), who both left the ring victorious after both bout match-ups.
On the same card hometown implant from the Bahamas, popular 6th Ranked World MMA Ultimate Fighting talent, turned boxer, Yves Edwards (1-0) at 155 lbs, gave the audience a first round knockout, as he put his opponent, Darryl Nolan, to rest within seconds. Making his professional boxing debut with a bang, Houston’s own Don Mouton (0-0) 175 lbs finished Dallas’s Michael Waters in seconds. Then there was Jose “Topita” Gutierrez, who gave the audience an electrifying performance as he stood toe to toe with Wichita’s Chris Ranard Regular for a four rounder that concluded with a unanimous decision in Gutierrez’s favor. The combative event was marketed by Houston’s premier sports marketing company S.I.B. Marketing & Media Company.
The family fight-night event that featured a Karate Exhibition presentation by Jason D. Frank, a 6TH Degree Black Belt who played one of the original power rangers and four USA Boxing amateur matches joined with a set of very electrifying mixed martial arts match-ups was well received by the audience. The next date is currently set for a repeat performance on June 23, 2006 @ The Hiumble Convention Center.
Bearing The Weight Of Hatton's American Gatecrash
WBA Light Welterweight Champion Ricky Hatton's strength trainer and nutritionist Kerry Kayes is one of the world's preeminent bodybuilding coaches. The Manchester, England native's usual assignment of making Hatton as strong as possible for each fight developed an added dimension when it was announced that "The Hitman" would go up in weight to challenge reigning WBA Welterweight kingpin Luis Collazo on Saturday, May 13 at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, MA.
"A lot of people have asked me is it going to be easier for Ricky to make 140 pounds instead of 147," said Kayes. "My answer is a very simple no. It would be easier if we were having a light welterweight with an extra seven pounds of body fat on but we don't want that. What we've done is deliver a 140 pound fighter with what I hope will be five pounds of extra muscle."
By the time Hatton climbs through the ropes, he has historically outweighed opponents by as much as two weight classes. Surprisingly, Kayes reveals that the Mancunian will likely scale the same in the ring on May 13 against Luis Collazo as he did competing as a light welter. "Ricky fights well at about 156 or 157 pounds, and fought Kostya Tszyu at that weight" stated the ex-bodybuilding champ. "Although it's ultimately up to trainer Billy Graham, Ricky will probably get into the ring against Collazo at the same body weight but with more muscle."
Eager to clear up misconceptions that fans may have concerning Hatton's move up to a heavier class, Kayes makes the situation clear. "A lot of people think that Ricky has gone up to welter because he can't make 140 pounds anymore, but the Collazo fight was the only available, sellable contest that the TV companies wanted," he said "If the powers that be decide that they want Ricky at light welter for the next fight, then light welter is what he'll be and he'll make the weight just as easy as he's always made it."
Team Hatton is taking nothing for granted but Kayes can only see one outcome when Hatton and Collazo meet in Boston on May 13. "I believe that boxing is 20 to 30% pushing, shoving and grappling," said the coach. "The more that percentage is employed in a fight, the more the advantage goes to the stronger man and I think without a doubt that Ricky Hatton will be the stronger fighter against Collazo. A lot of people give me a pat on the back because Ricky is powerful in the ring, but all I've done is make a strong man stronger. He's a fantastic boxer and underestimated in a few departments, but in reality, one of Ricky's major advantages is his bullish strength"
Fight Academy and Banner Promotions present the Ricky Hatton - Luis Collazo WBA Welterweight title clash held on Saturday, May 13 at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, MA. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com
The Ever Changing Heavyweight Picture
By Jim Amato - April 24, 2006
Although I know that in boxing you should take nothing for granted, I just
can't see Serguei Lyakhovich losing to
Kevin McBride. Hey, beating Tyson at this stage of his career should not
get you a title shot, but it worked for Danny Williams, so, why not? I
would have rather seen McBride-Valuev. That may have set a combined weight
record for a heavyweight title fight.
Joe Calzaghe On Lacy, Jones and Manfredo
April 21, 2006
As speculation continues to mount surrounding the selection of "Super" Joe Calzaghe's next opponent, the Welsh Wizard goes into his scheduled July 8 outing at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium still riding high from the utter domination of Jeff Lacy less than two months ago. "Against Lacy, I think that I fought the best I ever have and also I think that maybe he took the fight for granted," said Calzaghe. "I had Lacy on my mind morning, noon and night for a few months. I had never been so psyched up and so focused on any fight. It was a dangerous contest and I knew I had to perform. I set myself a standard in the last fight and now people will be expecting that kind of performance from me all of the time."
It's still not clear who WBO/IBF Super Middleweight Champion Calzaghe, 41-0 (31), will face on the 8th of July but the sharply skilled southpaw comments on recent reports that American fighter Peter Manfredo, who received widespread notoriety on both side of the Atlantic for appearing on NBC's "The Contender" TV program, is being considered. "Peter Manfredo is just one of the fighters that we've taken a look at on the list of who was available to fight," said Joe. "For obvious reasons, we'd prefer to fight an American. If you asked me about Manfredo six months ago, I probably would have laughed, but at the end of the day he's stepped up and had a good win over Pemberton and got himself ranked, so he's a possibility."
One fighter that Calzaghe is not particularly interested in facing is Roy Jones, Jr., despite the fact that the former pound for pound king of the sport was at the top of the Welshman's hitlist for years. "Jones has been knocked out in two of his last three fights, so of course I'm not looking to fight him the way I used to," said Calzaghe. "I don't think that fight is going to happen because my promoter Frank Warren was speaking to Jones' people the other day and I think Jones has just basically priced himself out, asking for too much money. He's been knocked out a couple of times now and if I knock him out then people will say 'big deal, he's an old man'. Or, if all of a sudden Roy Jones has a good fight then I'm gonna get slagged off for that. I'd rather fight a good fighter in his prime rather than a good fighter that's on the slide."
Calzaghe is fully aware that the bout on July 8 is the most dangerous of his career given the enormous potential opportunities that will go down the drain should he lose. "I'm looking forward to getting an opponent that I can focus on and getting back into training and fighting in the ring," he said. "Obviously, more people are going to take notice of me next time I fight, so I want to give a real performance again and make a good impression. Against Lacy, I showed what I could do as a boxer.
"For 12 entire rounds, every single minute of every single round, I put on a masterclass. So, whatever I do in the future now, I want to go onto bigger and better things but I do feel a big, massive relief as far as my boxing career goes. I finally silenced the doubters and people who said that I had never fought anybody. Although I'd been a champion for eight years, I was never really given recognition because people said I was a protected European fighter who avoided all the top Americans. Right now I'm basically getting 100% recognition all around and that's great."
AUSTIN: LOST IN HEAVYWEIGHT SHUFFLE
By Jim Amato - April 21,2006
Cleveland, Ohio heavyweight Ray Austin must be wondering
what is going on. Just last year, he outpointed the highly regarded Owen
Beck. Now where do you think Mr. Beck is going to be June 3rd? Well, he'll
be in Germany to face the newly crowned WBA titleholder Nicolay Valuev.
Ray Austin is probably thinking, "Why not me?"
"Battle at Brookhaven”
April 21, 2006
Strong Arm Promotions, a premier boxing promotions company located in Atlanta, GA, is bringing its inaugural fight night to the ATL with the “Battle at Brookhaven” - a live show that will feature seven premium boxing matches at Atlanta Live at the Dekalb Events Center on Friday, April 28 7-11PM.
Ticket prices start at $35; VIP seats on sale now for only $125, so grab your spot before it sells out!A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Economic Empowerment Initiative (EEI), Tickets availble at ticketmaster.com
AMAZING MAIN EVENT & A TOP-RANKED FEMALE BOXER
Cedric Boswell (22-1-0, 16 KO's) - Atlanta Native, Cedric Boswell is ready to continue his climb to the top of the heavyweight division.
Boswell’s record makes him an undeniable contender and if you throw in his strengths of conditioning, powerful punches and being able to pull off a comeback unlike any other known fighter, time after time it’s very likely that Boswell’s greatest career achievement could very well be yet to come.
Ijeoma Egbunine (9-1-0, 7 KO's) - Ijeoma Egbunine is the newest phenomenon in women’s boxing - she holds the WBE Women's Super Middleweight and Light Heavyweight Titles, and the WIBF Light Heavyweight Title!
Guests can enjoy a cash bar and light hors d’ oeuvres while watching some of the industry's favorite fighters try to earn some respect inside the ropes - Vega$ style!
Members of the media interested in covering the event please contact [email protected] for credentials.
RUMBLE IN HUMBLE
By CeeCee Dogins -April 21, 2006
With the recent rash of new and returning promoters swinging in and out of the local boxing scene, promoters Joe Dumas of Dumas Promotions and Roy Foreman of RoRo Entertainment, Inc. Sports and Entertainment - Houston are set to produce one of the biggest and most exciting combative sports events that southeast Texas has ever seen, when they introduce family entertainment designed to please all ages at the Humble Civic Center Outdoor Arena, Friday night, April 28, 2006, titled, RUMBLE IN HUMBLE.
The event card covers six match-ups that will be headlined by heavyweights, Brad Bowers (6-2) and Alfred Happy (3-0). Also on the same card will be popular MMA Ultimate Fighting talent, turned boxer, Yves Edwards (1-0) at 155 lbs, John Rarden (1-0) at 140 lbs, Eleazar Renteria (2-0) at 130 lbs and making his professional boxing debut Houston’s own Don Mouton (0-0) 175 lbs.
The family fight-night event will feature a Karate Exhibition presentation by Jason D. Frank, a 6TH Degree Black Belt who played one of the original power rangers. There is to be at least four USA Boxing amateur matches joined with three of very electrifying Mixed Martial Arts Ultimate Fighting match-ups. The three mixed martial arts bouts will include fights by Jeff Messina 175 lbs / 0-0, Chan Martin 170 lbs / 0-0 and Elias Siam 195 lbs /0-0, all of who is trained by professional boxer Louis Woods.
Advanced ticket prices for the general public is $15.00 and $50.00 ringside seating. The first event will start promptly at 7:00p.m., the gates open at 5:00p.m.. Come early to receive autograph photos from various popular boxing talents and music talents.
The ring girls will be provided by the Ritz. Corporate tables, sponsorships and venders spaces are available. Contact CeeCee Dogins (713) 785-5668 for more information.
Frank Maloney On The Current
State Of Boxing
When we've all been expecting some really good fights for this coming year, it seems that boxing has gone topsy turvy once again. Here in Britain, were all waiting for Ricky Hatton to fight the likes of Gatti, Mayweather or Corrales but it seems that his new advisors have decided to take him another way at the moment. In the long run, only time will tell if he has made the right decision or if the people who are guiding him know how to play in the big pool.
Also, we've seen my own man WBO Featherweight Champion Scott Harrison's fight with Joan Guzman fall out after all the name calling and bravado from the Guzman camp about how Harrison can't make the weight and was looking for excuses to get out of the fight. It turns out that it was Guzman who seems to have the weight problem and who doesn't fancy the fight. There are two losers in this situation; one is Scott Harrison, who really wanted this fight even though I was against it, and the other losers are the true boxing fans who were really waiting for that one.
It may be that Joe Calzaghe's next outing in July won't be the huge fight that as was originally hoped for. But knowing how Frank Warren works, I'm sure that Joe's next fight after that will be something truly special. There isn't a whole lot to look forward to in the heavyweight division at the moment, compared to the division's glory days. People talk about being around during the Ali and Tyson eras but for me, I was pleased to be around in the Lennox Lewis era. Whatever you want to say about Lennox, he dominated the heavyweight division for ten to twelve years and he won a Gold Medal at the Olympic Games.
People say that winning the Olympic Gold Medal is a ticket to success in the pro game but ask Audley Harrison about that. He won a Gold Medal, but in the professional ranks he's still trying to make it. He won the medal six years ago and has had twenty-one pro fights. At that stage of his career, Lewis Lewis was ruling not only his division in Britain and Europe but I believe at the world level as well. I think that says a lot about where Audley Harrison is at despite winning a Gold Medal.
“Touch of Sleep” returning
with a chip on his shoulder.
Denver, Colo: DaVarryl “Touch of Sleep” Williamson (22-4, 18) will return to the ring on Saturday, May 6, 2006 at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts versus “Magnificent” Mike Mollo (15-0, 9) as part of the Don King promoted card featuring Jose Antonio Rivera vs. Alejandro Garcia to be broadcast by SHOWTIME.
Williamson is returning the ring for the first time since his failed attempt to lift Chris Byrd’s IBF Title in October 2005. It will also be his first fight following elbow surgery at the Steadman/Hawkins Group in which a mass of scar tissue, 15 “foreign bodies”, 2 bone spurs & fluid in the joint were removed in a two-hour surgery.
“I feel fantastic” proclaims Williamson “This is the best my arm has felt in quite some time, the right hand is back, it feels like it did when I first laced on a pair of gloves. Anyone who thinks that I am done, “shot” or got old overnight is in for a very rude awakening. The right hand that got me this far in my career will be back come May 6th, and I will return to my fan-friendly, all-action powerful style. Mollo has stated that 2006 is his year, but I have a bit to say on the matter and I’m telling him right now that it’s going to be a short year!”
Mollo, ranked #15 by the WBO and #26 by the WBC has loudly proclaimed that 2006 will be his year. He was quoted in an interview with BraggingRightsCorner.com as stating that “the heavyweight division is wide open, with the exception of Lamon Brewster, none of the champions have showed us anything. They’re all old, unpopular and boring. Maybe they should take the Vitali Klitschko road and retire so some new blood can make the division exciting again.”
As the current holder of the WBC, WBO and IBF Latino heavyweight titles; belts that he won in November 2005 by defeating unheralded trial-horse Rogerio Lobo, Mollo has slowly stepped up his level of opposition, and captured some titles, including one that used to belong to Williamson; the WBO Latino Title. “Tell Mike I want my belt back, and I’ll be happy to take the other belts he’ll be carrying into the ring” said Williamson.
While the Williamson-Mollo bout will not be televised, Williamson is confident that it will be that fight of the night, and show the Heavyweight division that he is not done yet. In fact, Williamson is putting the division on notice, “that was not me back in October, and once I dispatch of Mollo, I want another crack at either Wladimir or Chris. If they don’t want the fight, tell Valuev I’ll be thrilled to walk into his living room and take his title.”
Tickets priced @ $250.50, $100.50, $50.50 & $35.50 are available at the DCU Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, charge-by-phone at 617-931-2000 or 617-228-6000 or online @ www.ticketmaster.com
TO DE LA HOYA-MAYORGA
Open Letter From Ricky Hatton To The IBF
Hatton Gives Up IBF 140lb Title!
April 16, 2006
Ricky Hatton has officially given up the IBF Junior Welterweight title in order to pursue the WBA Welterweight title of Luis Collazo on May 13 in Boston, MA. Below is the letter Team Hatton sent to IBF President Marian Muhammad to notify that organization of his decision. Hatton remains the WBA Light Welterweight Champion.
Dear Marian Muhammad & The IBF Team,
It is with the greatest regret that I must surrender my IBF Light Welterweight Title. Winning the IBF Championship was without doubt the greatest night of my life and to have to give it up outside of the ring is truly a painful experience. Much worse than the punches I had to take to wrestle the title from Kostya!
It has NEVER been my or my team's intention not to defend my title against the IBF's appointed challenger but sadly due to outside influences, legal problems and problems meeting TV schedules, it seems that this is the situation I find myself in.
I have worn my championship with pride and I hope that in winning the unification bout with Carlos Maussa, I have also made the IBF proud of their champion.
I hope that in the near future I will get the opportunity to become an IBF World Champion again and that I will have the chance to defend my title. Like all fighters, we take great risks in the pursuit of our dreams of becoming World Champions and I hope that in the future I will only win and lose titles in the ring.
Once again I would like to thank you all for the time I spent as your champion and look forward to becoming one again soon, although in my heart I will remain your champion!
Ricky "HITMAN" Hatton
By Robert McInnis
April 16, 2006
Some would argue that the Floyd Mayweather versus Zab Judah fight should never have taken place to begin with, but with the strong demand from fight fans to see Mayweather fight a formidable opponent and at the same time eager to see a revitalized Zab Judah score an upset, their wish was granted. This past Saturday night at the Thomas Mack Center my prediction almost came true. as Zab almost defeated Floyd Mayweather by a very “controversial decision”, but it just wasn't meant to be.
Zab started the first 4 rounds fighting furiously and gave his fans who paid the monstrous $44.95 pay per view fee and his homies from Brooklyn New York something to believe in, but it did not last long and by round five our hopes began to fade away as Mayweather finally figured out how to land his punches against the crafty Zab Judah fighting off the southpaw stance, as the fight progressed he began to fire off combinations that connected to Judah's nose with blistering consistency.
Still, taking nothing away from Mr. Brooklyn who was still fighting by round 10 he was just about done until my prediction began to take on a life of its own, Zab unleashed a vicious low blow that landed squarely on Mayweather's groin cup contorting his face and sending him dancing about the ring in a world of pain. This low blow so infuriated his team and trainer Roger Mayweather who stormed the ring to be countered by an equally incensed team Judah who also flooded the ring and started a riot that could have degenerated into a wild melee reminscent of the Riddick Bowe versus Andrew Golata fiasco back in 1997 but for the quick intervention of ringside security .
According to the rules of the Nevada Athletic Commission the referee Richard Steele could have ended the fight by disqualifying Mayweather outright, curiously, he allowed the unofficial combatants of the night to be escorted out of the ring and the fight continued. To his credit Mayweather sucked up the pain and gathered himself to see the end of the twelfth round to hear the ring announcer repeat his treasured legend "And still undefeated”.
So which was the worst wrong, Zab’s low blow or trainer Roger Mayweather entering the ring. Well we will know more on Thursday as the commission continues to investigate the wrongs trying to make the fight right
Can a Wrong finally make it Right?
By Robert McInnis
April 7 2006
Ok, ok, ok, I was wrong about Roy Jones over Tarver, wrong about Oscar de la Hoya over Hopkins, wrong about Zab Judah over Baldimor, wrong about Felix Trinidad over Winky Wright, Jeff Lacy over Calzaghe, and just recently wrong about Brewster over Sergei Liakhovich… I guess you get the picture, so If I go out on a limb and say I have picked Zab Judah over Mayweather, would I be considered a contrarian, or just plain wrong, again.
Zab has gotten it wrong when it really counts to be right, so my thinking is that finally he will have adjusted his wrong thinking, wrong training, and lost millions to finally get it right this time. Beyond his suspect chin, he has great talent, appears to be the stronger of the two, and still quick on his feet, but that’s just the point, he has to remain on his feet for this one.
Mayweather on the other hand is pound for pound one of the best fighters in boxing today . He is at the top of his game at the moment, and like a talented neuro-surgeon performing heart surgery he carves out the heart of his opponents with pure skill.
Nevertheless. after tweaking my model with these facts along with how unpredictable boxing fights can turn out, I will go out on a limb once again and conclude that “Zab Judah wins this fight by a very controversial split decision”.
Wrong or finally right...We shall See
Prediction; Floyd Mayweather vs Zab Judah
By Jim Amato
April 7 2006
To many Floyd Mayweather Jr.
is The Roy Jones of our time. He is an undefeated three weight division
title holder now going after his fourth crown. His opponent is Zab Judah,
a flawed champion but nevertheless, a champion.
Frank Maloney today called into question the heart and commitment of Joan Guzman, who has been quoted as saying that he will not be traveling to Belfast to take on Scott Harrison, the WBO Featherweight Champion.
Maloney, the charismatic manager of Scott Harrison said. "I am sick of reading reports about Scott Harrison and the accusations that he is running scared of Joan Guzman.
"Harrison had legitimate problems with his mouth and was undertaking dental work and that is the only reason that he broke from his training camp in Fort William, Scotland and we asked for an extension to the original fight date.
"Harrison has even given up the home advantage of a fight in Glasgow to go to Belfast to take on Guzman because that was the only date and venue available to keep Scott from being stripped of the title.
"Now Guzman's people are questioning Scott's ability to make the weight, but I personally believe that it is Guzman who is having problems and struggling to get his weight right.
"Why, with everything in place and the fight signed and sealed and Harrison in a training camp in Spain before he moves to a new training camp in the valleys of Wales, would Harrison not be up for this fight?
"Guzman has developed what a lot of American fighters seem to develop - a 'chicken heart'.
"Why doesn't Guzman just come out and openly admit that he doesn't fancy a tear-up with the 'Scottish terrier'? I don't want my boxer going through all of this training only for Guzman not to appear and to let down Harrison's fans who have brought tickets to watch their idol box.
"I'd never call any boxer a coward, as anyone who climbs into the ring is a warrior, but I am beginning to question whether Guzman fancies a fight with Harrison or whether he is running scared?
"Let's put a stop to all these rumours because whatever you want to say, Guzman, Sports
Network have a signed contract from my man Scott Harrison and you. We will not be bottling it, but what I am reading makes me question your commitment. If you don't fight, you will be the first fighter during my long time in boxing that I have lost respect for.
"It's a pity you can't fight as well as your mouthpiece Michael Marley talks, but then we are used to Americans only talking good fights; look at Jeff Lacy recently and let's go back to the times when I handled Lennox Lewis and all the talk that came from Riddick Bowe and his camp.
"Guzman, stop looking for ways out of the fight; Scott Harrison will be in Belfast on the 20th of May - will you?"
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American Heavyweight Champs Under Attack
By Michael Amakor
was trying to do a ranking of the champions in the heavyweight division
and one thing became quite clear to me, the United States is losing the
war of the heavyweights to fighters from the former republics of the
Soviet Union. This realization has made me begin a scholarly exercise to
obtain the secret (mythical) files about Soviet Era boxing training
TIMUR IBRAGIMOV FACES CALVIN BROCK ON JUNE 24TH
HBO TO TELEVISE CLASH OF UNBEATEN
HOLLYWOOD, FL, March 27 – Unbeaten prospect Timur Ibragimov, fresh off a second round stoppage of Kenny Craven on March 24, will take the next step on his road to the heavyweight championship of the world when he faces highly-regarded contender Calvin Brock on Saturday, June 24th at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The show, entitled “Undefeated . . . But Not For Long”, is presented by Main Events and will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 10pm ET / PT.
“This is a great opportunity for me to not only show my skills to the American viewing audience but to also beat a top ten contender in Calvin Brock,” said Ibragimov, who is currently 21-0-1, with 13 KOs.
This will be Ibragimov’s 6th title defense of his WBC Fecarbox Heavyweight title, which will be on the line in the 12 round contest. This fight will have a significant impact on the title picture in the Heavyweight division.
“I’m ready to make my move on the champions in the division, and that starts by making a statement against Brock on June 24th,” said the Uzbekistan native. “That statement will be a knockout.”
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\Felix "Bad News" Cora
By Michael Amakor
Undefeated one time USBA Cruiserweight Champion Felix Cora defended his NABF strap by out-boxing granite physiqued former IBA Americas Cruiserweight Champion Darnell Wilson over ten rounds to score a unanimous decision victory on the under card of the Howard Eastman vs Miranda Middleweight Clash on March 23rd at the Seminole Hard Rock Arena in Florida.
Cora was involved in a fight were a record was set for the most punches thrown during a cruiserweight fight in his war of attrition against Michael Simms in 2003, he also stopped former IBF Cruiserweight Titlist Arthur Williams in his most recent fight.
His remains undefeated in 18 fights, with 2 draws including stopping 9 victims before the final bell.
MIRANDA PUTS THE MIDDLEWEIGHT DIVISION ON NOTICE
“I WILL KNOCK OUT
ANYONE AT 160 POUNDS”
HOLLYWOOD, FL, March 27 – After a stirring seventh round TKO of Howard Eastman on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights last weekend, top middleweight contender Edison “Pantera” Miranda is eager to take the next step in his career and bring home a world championship.
“I predicted a knockout of Howard Eastman on March 24th and I delivered one,” said Miranda, now 26-0 with 23 KOs. “Now I have another prediction – I will knock out anyone at 160 pounds – at least anyone who is willing enough to step into the ring with me.”
Last Friday, Miranda, a native of Buenaventura, Colombia, delivered on his promise with his stoppage of Battersea, England’s Eastman, a two-time world title challenger who had faced the likes of Bernard Hopkins, William Joppy, and Arthur Abraham. Eastman had never even been hurt before, let alone stopped.
“I have a lot of respect for Howard Eastman because he came to the United States to fight me and he never ran from me – he came to fight,” said Miranda. “I heard he went to the hospital immediately following the fight and I wish him a speedy recovery. I know he will be a tough test for anyone in the division when he returns to action.”
With his victory, Miranda has now been established as the top contender for IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham.
“Abraham, Jermain Taylor, Winky Wright, Felix Sturm, I’ll fight any of them at any time,” said Miranda. “My time is now and I will be a world champion.”
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By Jim Amato
I see why Bernard Hopkins is going after Antonio Tarver's light heavyweight championship. No doubt, Hopkins has nothing to lose at this point in his career. I mean, his legacy has already been written. However, I still just can't see him winning this fight, no matter how I look at it. In fact, I fear he may be stopped. Tarver is a big, strong light heavyweight, with serious power, just ask Roy Jones Jr. Taylor is also a southpaw and knows how to use all these gifts to his advantage. He is well trained and well schooled.
All I see is a possible replay of Monzon-vs-Jose Napoles. This was a much anticipated fight in mid 1970's. Welterweight champion moving up to challenge the middleweight king. In this bout though you had a big middleweight against a small welterweight. In reality Napoles' best weight was 135 to 140. He moved to welterweight to get a title shot because no one else in the lower weight classes would put their title on the line against him. Monzon was big enough to have been a great super middleweight if the division would have existed at the time.
As I said, Tarver is a big light heavyweight. You could easily see him as a cruiserweight and, yes, even a heavyweight, if the money is right. He has already said he would be willing to fight Mike Tyson. Hopkins is a life long middleweight, a natural at 160. I really can not see him being effective at 175. This is no different then the great Bob Foster's failure against heavyweights. Bob's natural weight was 175. Over that weight against top notch competition, he was basically ineffective.
I have to go with Tarver in a rather one sided fight. No dis to Bernard, in fact I give him his props for taking the challenge. No one can ever say that Bernard lacked courage.
Alright, perhaps the impact of Dana Pitcher Boxing Promotions may not be as great on The City of Atlanta as the first two news items, but it is still major news for fight fans in the Atlanta metropolitan area.
Although not known as a hot bed for professional boxing, Georgia has spawned its share of great fighters. There was Beau Jack of Augusta, who was working at the Augusta Golf Club when Bobby Jones discovered him fighting at the Augusta City Auditorium. Ezzard Charles was born in Lawrenceville, GA and won both the light heavyweight and heavyweight championships. Larry Holmes, one of history’s truly great heavyweights hails from Cuthbert, GA, and Fayetteville's Evander Holyfield is the only World Champion to win the heavyweight title four times.
Georgia also became the scene for Muhammad Ali’s return to boxing after his 3½ year forced exile at the hands of the U.S. government for his refusal to accept induction into the Armed Services during the Viet Nam War. On October 26, 1970 Ali fought Jerry Quarry at the Municipal Auditorium in Atlanta.
Now the stage is set for Atlanta to take a prime position in the world of boxing, as Dana Pitcher Productions partners with renown Gwinnett hotspot “Wild Bill’s Atlanta” to produce a televised fight series every month beginning in June, with an inaugural bout on April18, 2006. “Wild Bill’s” located in Duluth, GA. will be the scene of the 8 fight mayhem. See current and former world champions like “The Cincinnati Kid” Tim Austin 27-1 (24ko’s), Jorge “Baby Face” Lacierva 27-6 (18ko’s), Jose Cruz 16-2 (14ko’s), and Alex “Ali” Baba 21-9 (16ko’s) just to name a few.
Dana Pitcher together with legendary matchmaker Peyton Sher are redefining the present state of boxing, giving fight fans their money’s worth with well matched, hard fought bouts uncommon in today’s boxing world. Boxers with their managers and promoters looking for the fast track to a championship bout rarely take the chance of recording an untimely loss, and so the art of matchmaking has been replaced with the art of “mis-matchmaking.” This will not be the case with Dana Pitcher Productions as their dedication is to the fans that are desperately looking for competitive matches.
Dana Pitcher Productions will service the entire community, but is aware of the growing Hispanic population in Gwinnett County and know they will respond to seeing many of the great young Mexican fighters in the Dana Pitcher stable. So get ready as Dana Pitcher Productions brings televised boxing to “Wild Bill’s Atlanta” 2075 Market Street Duluth, GA. (678) 473-1000.
Superfighter Tournament July 8, Lennox Lewis on-board
Lennox Lewis will be a spokeman for the Superfighter tournament
(Press release) "Superfighter" (www.superfighter.tv) a ground-breaking boxing event which will feature eight world-class fighters in a gladiatorial, elimination format is kicking off its campaign by serving as principal sponsor of the WBC World Heavyweight Boxing Title bout between Hasim Rahman and James Toney Saturday, March 18 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
The sponsorship announcement was made today by Stephen Duval and Warren Spooner, creators and co-producers of "Superfighter." Duval also revealed that a deal is in the process of being finalised with the legendary Lennox Lewis to play a major role in both the promotion and the planned worldwide pay-per-view telecast of the four-hour boxing and entertainment event at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne. The telecast will air throughout North America on the night of July 8.
Duval said that "Superfighter" will be "the first major innovation in prizefighting since the abandonment of bare knuckle bouts and will help introduce a whole new audience to the art of science of boxing."
Furthermore, he said," Current fight fans need not worry about losing the purity of the sport, as Superfighter is a celebration of the great sport of boxing, not an abandonment from it,"
Warren Spooner added "The willingness of such a great champion as Lennox Lewis to endorse 'Superfighter' and join the team to make this competition an athletic and popular success lends enormous credibility to our July event."
"Superfighter" will be an unique boxing challenge, pitting eight extraordinary fighters in elimination bouts of four three minute rounds, with the winner getting a minimum thirty minute break before moving on to the next level of competition.
The winner will have fought a maximum of twelve three minute rounds for the entire event, and have defeated three opponents in one day enroute to being named Superfighter Champion and walking away with a major chunk of the event's $20 million (US) in prize money.
According to Duval and Spooner, negotiations are underway with many of the biggest names in the heavyweight division and a major news event is being planned for May in New York City to reveal much of the final line-up.
They noted that "Superfighter" will feature such innovations as heavier gloves, real-time round by round judging results based on a objective scoring system designed to enhance the value of the fight to the boxers, live fans and telecast viewers, a fourth judge awarding points for offensive boxing, instant replay for questionable calls and Super Supreme Slow Motion replay capability. Between the action-packed bouts internationally acclaimed acts will entertain the arena and PPV audiences, all being delivered in a never before seen 12 camera High Definition telecast
"Superfighter" is produced by Superfighter Pty. Ltd. And will be telecast internationally by International Sports Television.
Superfighter media release