Friday, August 17, 2007
Tito Trinidad: “I always want to fight great fighters and I am coming back to fight Roy Jones Jr. because he is one of the greatest in the sport.”
Don King: “The fight will take place at 170 pounds. We are leaning toward Madison Square Garden but nothing is set at this time.”
Tito: “I am going to feel very good at that weight and I feel that I will feel great at that fight.”
Don King: “Tito Trinidad and Roy Jones will be doing color [on the pay-per-view telecast] for Vargas vs. Mayorga on September 8 and Chad Dawson on September 29 and Maskaev vs. Sam Peter on Oct. 6. Roy Jones will be his inimitable self as only he knows how to do it. And Tito will do the Spanish version. And they will be on Juan Diaz vs. Julio Diaz, the double D. Roy Jones will be doing rap music and Tito will be doing Reggaetón. Then they will go in the ring and fight. It is taking my breath away. This is a fight made in heaven… quality and competitiveness.”
Monday, July 02, 2007
News, Notes, and Rumors:
- The rumors are true: Felix Trinidad will be coming out of retirement to fight later this year, most likely in December.
- Oleg Maskaev’s showdown against Samuel Peter has been moved from September 29th to October 6th on Showtime and will now take place at Madison Square Garden according to Don King. Showtime is looking to fill the vacant September 29th weekend spot with a possible matchup between Antonio Tarver and Chad Dawson, provided they are both victorious in their bouts on June 9th.
- Contract talks between the camps of Jermain Taylor and Kelly Pavlik are almost finished according to Lou DiBella. Taylor would end up defending his middleweight titles on September 29th on HBO. DiBella says that he is currently attempting to hold the event at Boardwalk Hall.
- NetBoxe is reporting that WBC and WBA Cruiserweight Champion Jean-Marc Mormeck is currently in talks with the camp of David Haye for a possible fight on September 28th.
- Nikolai Valuev and Vladimir Virchis look set to fight at some point this fall. The deadline for purse bids for this fight is July 30th according to Per Ake Persson of Boxing Scene.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Former world cruiserweight champion Krzysztof ‘Diablo’ Wlodarczyk is a warrior, and as such, accepting losses doesn’t come easy to him.
The last man to beat him, current IBF cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham, is the same way, and after Wlodarczyk gave the American a chance to redeem himself in May, he hopes Cunningham will do the same by agreeing to a rubber match to truly determine who the superior fighter is.
“I think a third match is the only true way to prove who is better,” said Wlodarczyk, who lost a razor-thin majority decision to Cunningham in May after beating him by split decision last November to win the vacant IBF title. “I won the first fight, he won the second, they were both very close, and the fans enjoyed both fights. I know that if we fight again, we will not only settle our score once and for all, but we will give the fans a memorable and meaningful fight.”
Legendary boxing promoter Don King will present a boxing event with three world championships on Saturday, July 7 at Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Conn. The main event will feature Norwalk’s own undefeated World Boxing Association super welterweight champion ‘Tremendous’ Travis Simms (25-0, 19 KOs) defending his crown against undefeated WBA No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger Joachim “Ti-Joa” Alcine (28-0, 18 KOs), from Montreal.
The two additional world championships will showcase undefeated knockout machine Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan (28-0, 22 KOs), an Armenian now living in Sydney, Australia, defending his International Boxing Federation and International Boxing Organization championships against once-beaten Filipino Nonito “Flash” Donaire (17-1, 10 KOs) and former IBF super flyweight champion Luis “El Demoledor” Perez (24-1, 15 KOs) of Managua, Nicaragua, stepping up a notch in weight to tangle with Genaro “Poblanito” Garcia (35-5, 20 KOs) of Puebla, Mexico, for the vacant IBF bantamweight championship.
Monday, April 16, 2007
Nikolai Valuev has vowed to bounce back stronger than ever after losing his WBA heavyweight belt to Ruslan Chagaev. The mandatory challenger handed the Russian Giant his first defeat in 48 contests when he clinched a close majority decision in Stuttgart on Saturday night. He was ahead 115-113 and 117-111 on two scorecards while the third judge called the bout a 114-114 draw. “It certainly was an exciting encounter and a great night of boxing - except for the outcome,” manager Wilfried Sauerland stated. “It was very close.”
Valuev (46-1, 34 KOs) was off to the better start and kept marching forward throughout the twelve rounds, working cleverly behind his left jab. However, it was Chagaev who landed the clearer punches. The crowd roared every time he got through with his southpaw left - even though it did little to impress the Russian Giant, who proved his great chin. Chagaev dominated the middle of the fight before Valuev upped pressure towards the end, firing in a few good combinations himself. The pattern remained the same, with Chagaev relying on his speed and counter-punches and Valuev controlling the center of the ring. “I committed too many mistakes,” he admitted. “I did not throw enough punches and also had trouble finding my feet. I am respectful of my opponent and have to admit that the decision was okay. The better fighter won.”
News, Notes, and Rumors:
- Infamous boxing promoter Don King has a plan to crown an undisputed heavyweight champion through a series of fights before the end of 2008…
“I think the title should be unified. To have one undisputed, identifiable world champion would make everything better,” King told Reuters in an exclusive interview.
“It would restore the magic,” he said.
King made the statement one day after his latest heavyweight client, Nikolai Valuev, lost his WBA Heavyweight Belt to Ruslan Chagaev. He said that Valuev winning would have given him more power in making his plan a reality but is set on doing so anyway.
King said that it would take roughly $30 million in order to make the tournament happen and that it could be very easy to gather the money, even if it has to come out of his own pocket…
The outcomes of the Briggs-Ibragimov, Klitschko-Brewster, and Maskaev-Peter fights this summer will set up the beginning of the projected series of fights according to King.
- For those of you that are wondering, there hasn’t been an undisputed champion since right before Mike Tyson lost to Buster Douglas in 1990…
- The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation is apparently refusing to release the purse values of Manny Pacquiao and Jorge Solis from their featherweight bout on Saturday night to the public…
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
NEW YORK – MSG, a world class sports and entertainment network, has acquired the television rights to air the WBA heavyweight championship fight between WBA champion Nikolai “Giant Russian” Valuev and undefeated heavyweight contender Ruslan Chagaev. The fight will be telecast live on MSG from Stuttgart, Germany on Saturday, April 14 at 4:30 pm ET. It will be re-broadcast on MSG the following Saturday, April 21 at 8:00 pm and 11:00 pm, additional airings will occur throughout the month of April. International boxing commentator Dave Bontempo will call the action for the fight.
This is the second time in the past month that MSG has acquired an overseas boxing match to air live on the network. On March 17 MSG aired the highly anticipated WBC and WBA cruiserweight rematch fight between O’Neil ‘Supernova’ Bell and Jean-Marc Mormeck live from Levallois-Perret, France.
Nikolai Valuev (46-0, 34 KOs) is the biggest and tallest champion of all time, holding an amazing 11 inch height advantage over the undefeated Ruslan Chagaev (22-0, 17 KOs). Valuev is only four wins away from breaking the 49-0 record of legendary boxer Rocky Marciano. Valuev vs. Chagaev is a Sauerland Event and Don King Productions.
Monday, April 02, 2007
News, Notes, and Rumors:
- The UK Daily Record has reported that Amir Khan was forced to flee an amateur boxing tournament in Liverpool, England after being threatened by a group of fans over the weekend. Khan was apparently at the tournament to watch his younger brother compete. After his brother lost to James Deakin, about 20 fans walked over to Khan and started verbally assaulting him with racial slurs and threats. It was then that Khan was forced to quickly leave the building.
Khan’s manager Asif Vali gave an account of what happened:
“It was horrible and in my mind somewhat racist. Apart from the horrible insults, they were goading him saying things like, ‘Come on, have a go with us’ and ‘Come on if you fancy yourself’. It was very intimidating. I had specifically decided that we shouldn’t take any security with us because, after all, it was an amateur event,” Vali said. “Thankfully, we escaped without being hurt. Who knows what could have happened if they had attacked us?”
- Don King has reportedly gone into the baby product industry along with Mike Tyson and Zab Judah. God help us…
- HBO Boxing After Dark play-by-play announcer Fran Charles has stepped down from his position in order to focus on his other broadcasting job with the NFL Network.
- Jhonny Gonzalez retained his WBO bantamweight title on Friday, defeating Irene Pacheco by TKO. The fight was stopped in the ninth round when a flurry of punches sent a visibly hurt Pacheco nearly through the ropes and out of the ring. After the fight Pacheco announced his retirement.
- Eddie Sanchez won a unanimous decision over Carlos Bojorquez on Friday, moving him up the rankings ladder at junior middleweight. The judges’ scorecards only had Bojorquez winning two rounds of the entire fight.
Friday, March 09, 2007
A glove dispute placed Saturday’s International Boxing Federation heavyweight championship at the SAP Arena in Mannheim, Germany, in jeopardy late Friday afternoon. IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko is slated to defend his title against No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger Ray “The Rainman” Austin.
“This whole fight was conceived under the auspices there would be fair play and complete impartiality,” Austin’s promoter Don King said. “When the negotiations for this fight began, I made it clear that there should be no officials from the United States or Europe and that the officials should be appointed by the IBF to ensure neutrality and remove even the perception of any impropriety.
“What happened today shows I have not been dealt with in good faith.”
When the contract for the match was being finalized in January, defending champion Klitschko said he preferred Grant gloves and the challenger Austin said his preference was to use Reyes gloves.
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
The Long Beach Press Telegram is reporting that Victor Burgos has come out of his coma and is now responding to to doctors at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California.
Don King’s office apparently told the paper that Burgos answered to some verbal commands and that he seems to be improving. He remains in the intensive care unit.