The Donofrio Boxing “FIRE & ICE” card that was to feature Detroit’s two hottest lightweights, scheduled for Friday, February 1 at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Michigan, was dealt a blow this week when undefeated Vernon “The Iceman” Paris announced he had suffered a hand injury.
Paris (17-0, 12 KOs) was scheduled to face Mexican veteran Roberto Valenzuela in the eight-round main event Friday, but is now forced to withdraw. Taking his place on top of the show will be his bitter rival, also undefeated Lanardo “Pain Server” Tyner (18-0, 10 KOs).
Before the bell rings or a single punch is thrown, a group of extraordinary people will have already scored an impressive boxing victory.
February 29’s “Friday Night Fights” broadcast from the Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville, Louisiana, featuring IBF #1-rated Sechew “Iron Horse” Powell (23-1, 13 KOs) and IBF and WBO #14-rated Allan “Sweetness” Green (26-1, 18 KOs) in dual main events, will mark the culmination of a lengthy group effort to bring world-class professional boxing to Central Louisiana.
NEW YORK – A second light heavyweight world title fight has been added to the April 12 edition of Showtime Championship Boxing, Ken Hershman, senior vice president and general manager, Sports & Event Programming, Showtime announced today. IBF light heavyweight champion Clinton Woods will defend his title against IBO titleholder and former undisputed 175-pound kingpin Antonio Tarver at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Fla.
Tarver vs. Woods, an intriguing match-up in its own right, joins the already highly anticipated light heavyweight championship fight between WBC world title holder Chad Dawson and former world champ Glen Johnson, making April 12 an important night for boxing on Showtime.
Two-time national amateur champion Edwin Rodriguez of Worcester, Mass., made a most successful professional debut Saturday night, stopping Samuel Ortiz Gomez by technical knockout in the first round of a middleweight bout scheduled for four rounds in Mansfield, Mass.
The 22-year-old, 6-foot Rodriguez had little trouble with Gomez, knocking him down twice and halting him at 1:22 of the first.
Israel Vazquez (left) and Rafael Marquez renew their rivalry. Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime
Israel Vazquez and Rafael Marquez produced two of the most exciting, bloody, give-and-take slugfests of 2007 which inevitably has led to one of the most highly anticipated rubber matches in history. Now they battle for the World Boxing Council (WBC) 122-pound title and super bantamweight supremacy in the third and final chapter of boxing’s best rivalry in recent memory in Vazquez-Marquez III “Final Confrontation,” Saturday, March 1, 2008 from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
Showtime, the network that delivered the first two bouts, will re-air Marquez-Vazquez 1 & 2 in their entirety on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 11 p.m. ET/PT. The one hour telecast includes all the action, drama and the surprising ending of the first fight and moves quickly to the scintillating rematch – the near unanimous pick for 2007 Fight of the Year (Ring Magazine, ESPN, Yahoo Sports, etc). Marquez-Vazquez I & II also will air on SHO 2 on Friday, Feb. 1 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and Friday, Feb. 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
Vazquez - Marquez III, which headlines an exciting night of world-class boxing action, is presented by Gary Shaw Promotions in association with Sycuan Ringside Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions and Romanza Boxing Productions.
The showdown will be televised live on Showtime Championship Boxing beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
Here is what both fighters had to say at the kick-off press conference at El Paseo Inn Restaurant on historic Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles.
PENSACOLA, Fla. — An ebullient Roy Jones Jr., energized by his dominating, unanimous-decision win over Felix “Tito” Trinidad at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night, says he is ready to take on all comers in the light heavyweight or super middleweight divisions and beyond.
“I told you Roy Jones Jr. is back,” Jones said after his triumph over Trinidad where he twice sent the Puerto Rican legend to the canvas. “I’ll take the winner of either the re-match between Kelly Pavlik and Jermain Taylor or Joe Calzaghe vs. Bernard Hopkins. I’m even willing to go down to 156 pounds to face Oscar De La Hoy in May. Line them up and I’ll knock them down.”
LOS ANGELES – Israel Vazquez and Rafael Marquez I and II produced the most exciting, bloody, give-and-take slugfests of 2007 and inevitably has led to one of the most highly anticipated rubber matches in history. Now they battle for the World Boxing Council (WBC) 122-pound title and super bantamweight supremacy in the third and final chapter of boxing’s best rivalry in recent memory in Vazquez-Marquez III “Final Confrontation,” Saturday, March 1, 2008 from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
“It’s my first fight back since fighting Shane Mosley and having surgery on my left hand. My hand actually feels better than it did before. I’m back and I want to re-establish myself as one of the best welterweights in the division.”
DeMARCUS “Chop-Chop” CORLEY
“I felt good tonight but should have pushed him more. I wanted to pick it up around the 6th or 7th round but it didn’t really happen.
“Nothing he did really surprised me because we knew he had fast hands and a nice left hand. But nothing really surprised me. I wish I had let my hands go more but it didn’t happen.
“I got a couple more months with Don and then I am going to hang it up. I had a great career and love my family too.”
NEW YORK — The world’s greatest boxing promoter, Don King, spent his Saturday morning mediating a glove dispute prior to “Clash of the Titans” featuring Felix Trinidad and Roy Jones at Madison Square Garden Saturday night.
King resolved the dispute for the featured bout and it is now all systems go for the fight card beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on HBO pay-per-view.
“The glove issue has been solved,” said King. “I met with Roy Jones Jr.’s representatives and Papa Trinidad and his lawyer Nicolas Medina in Roy’s suite across the street from the Garden. We came to an agreement that Superman Roy Jones Jr. will wear Everlast gloves, just as it agreed in the contract.”
Dan Rafael of ESPN.com previews Roy Jones Jr vs Felix Trinidad.