Monday, October 01, 2007
Cruiserweight knockout artist Darnell ?Ding-a-Ling Man? Wilson (22-5, 19 KOs) is publicly inviting WBO Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Maccarinelli to prove to the world he is truly ?in it for the glory? by facing him. Maccarinelli (27-1, 20 KOs) is reportedly looking for an opponent for his November 3 title defense at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. Wilson, and his co-promoters, Dino Duva of Duva Boxing and Sal Musumeci of Final Forum, think he?s the perfect man for the assignment.
?“He has a title and I?m going to take it”,? promised Wilson.
?The ?Ding-a-Ling Man? is the most exciting fighter in the division and one of the most exciting in all of boxing,? added Duva. ?He?s also the hottest fighter in boxing, coming off a streak of fantastic knockouts. If Enzo Maccarinelli is looking to make a worldwide name for himself on the Calzaghe vs. Kessler undercard, let him face the number-one challenger in the world on a high-profile stage.?
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Despite their current contract dispute, promoter Dino Duva is sending his support to junior welterweight contender Kendall “Rated R” Holt and his quest to secure a rematch against WBO Champion Ricardo Torres.
Holt (22-2, 12 KOs) suffered a controversial eleventh-round stoppage during his challenge of Torres last week at Salon Jumbo del Country Club in Barranquilla, Colombia.
Allegations have been leveled of bottles being thrown, ringside personnel grabbing Holt, an early stoppage by the referee, and a dangerous lack of order during the fight.
“After reviewing some highlights from the fight, I just want to say that I support Kendall’s bid for an immediate rematch. I think it’s warranted and the right thing for the WBO to do. There were a number of improprieties evident to me in watching the tape.”
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev will make the second defense of his title against WBC No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter at Madison Square Garden, Saturday, Oct. 6 on Showtime (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) in a highly anticipated championship match scheduled for 12 rounds. The event is being promoted by Don King Productions and Duva Promotion in association with Madison Square Garden.
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Former WBC Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko will have to wait a little bit longer than expected if he wants to try and reclaim the title he vacated when he retired in November 2005.
Officials from the camps of Klitschko, Samuel Peter, and Oleg Maskaev have ruled that Peter, the mandatory challenger, will get his shot at current champion Maskaev this summer.
“All the parties involved have acknowledged this agreement,” Dino Duva, Peter’s promoter, told ESPN.com. “Klitschko has agreed to stop pursuing the fight with Maskaev. The WBC orders Maskaev to fight Peter and the winner to fight Vitali before the end of the year. It’s all spelled out so there is no ambiguity.
“I will begin negotiations with [Maskaev promoter] Dennis [Rappaport] immediately. We were told by all the lawyers it is a done deal.”
Duvs and Rappaport will have close to three weeks to agree to a deal or else the WBC will make a call for a purse bid. The purse bid will open up the rights to promote the fight then to the highest bidder.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
The Las Vegas Journal Review is reporting that Samuel Peter has rejected Vitali Klitschko’s offer of $2.5 million to step aside and allow Klitschko to fight Oleg Maskaev for the WBC Heavyweight Title. Peter would also get an immediate title shot against Klitschko directly after.
The WBC has refused to make a decision involving the dispute and has instead ordered a mediation between the three parties. It was at the meeting that Peter rejected Klitschko’s inital offer…
Peter’s promoter Dino Duva said that although Peter rejected the offer, a more lucrative one might change his mind:
“This is a business and you never say never,” Duva said. “But Samuel’s focus is on getting the title shot and winning the belt. Realistically, we’ll consider all options, but for us to consider (stepping aside), it would have to be very, very lucrative and there would have to be strict time deadlines when Maskaev-Klitschko would occur and then when the fight between Sam and the winner would occur.”