Friday, June 22, 2007
Juarez’ brightest young boxing star, the undefeated Miguel “Mickey Mouse” Roman (21-0), has been added in a feature bout on the June 30th, Holyfield vs Savarese card, scheduled for Saturday, June 30th at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center.
Roman (21-0, 15 KO’s) is scheduled to take on Jose Alonso (29-13-2, 14 KO’s) in a ten round Featherweight fight. The Roman vs Alonso contest will be one of seven fights on the card (see attached), which features 4-time World Heavyweight Champion Evander Holyfield battling two-time World Heavyweight Contender, Lou Savarese in the main event.
Slated for the Semi-Main Event on the card is El Paso’s undefeated heavyweight sensation, David Rodriguez (25-0) taking on another undefeated prospect, Rick Dyer (13-0, Fort Smith, Ark.).
The June 30th fight against Alonso will be Roman’s second ring appearance in the United States, having fought in El Paso this past October 21st when he knocked out Andres Ladesma in the 3rd round.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Jason Litzau returned to his winning ways with an unanimous decision victory over Aldo Valtierra on last night’s ESPN Wednesday Night Fights…
After suffering a crushing knockout loss to Jose Hernandez in his last outing, Jason “The American Boy” Litzau (21-1, 18 KO’s) made his return to the ring and won a ten-round unanimous decision over Mexican veteran Aldo Valtierra (24-8, 13 KO’s) at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in Minnesota. The fight was televised in the main event spot on ESPN2’s Wednesday Night Fights.
Litzau did not switch up his game, he came out with the same aggressive style that made him a fan favorite to watch. There was no shortage of action as both men exchanged power punches often. Litzau was cut in the fourth round on his right cheek, but continued to come forward with punches.
The younger Litzau began to take over in the late rounds, scoring a knockdown near the end of the ninth. The scores were 98-92, 99-90 and 99-90.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
News, Notes, and Rumors:
- Philippine broadcasting network ABS-CBN is reporting that one of Manny Pacquiao’s bodyguards shot and wounded a 10 year old boy yesterday. The boy was rushed to St. Elizabeth Hospital in General Santos City and is currently in stable condition. Doctors stated that the boy was shot in both of his hands.
There is a nationwide gun ban in the Philippines. So why did Pacquiao’s bodyguard have a gun? He was given approval to carry firearms after alleged kidnapping threats to Pacquiao and other members of his family.
- The WBC has ordered two mandatory title bouts: Edgar Sosa will defend his WBC Light Flyweight Title against Luis Lazarte and Jean-Marc Mormeck will make his first defense of his WBC Cruiserweight Championship against David Haye. The winner of the Mormeck-Haye bout will be forced to fight former WBC Cruiserweight title holder O’Neil Bell later this year.
- Corrie Sanders will face Kevin Monity on May 12…
- Amir Khan will take on Willie Limond at London’s O2 Arena on July 14. Steven Luevano and Nicky Cook will decide who gets the vacant WBO Featherweight Title that same night in the main event…
- Here are some quotes from the Litzau - Valtierra press conference that was held yesterday…
Bob Van Syckle (Litzau’s trainer): “This is a very important fight for Jason. A win in this fight will get him back in the top ten rankings and back on HBO in a revenge match with Jose Hernandez. Jason had his best training camp ever. At first I was a little apprehensive about training in his hometown of St. Paul with all the temptations nearby, but, Jason showed his professionalism by maintaining a strict training discipline. He trained 3 times a day, starting with a run around Phalen Lake at 6:00 am, sparring at Rice Street Gym in the afternoon and finishing up with strength and conditioning at Lifetime Fitness in the evening. You will see a new and improved Jason Litzau with an emphasis on Defense and smart, aggressive offense.”
Jason Litzau: “Since I was a little kid, I dreamed of fighting in the main event at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in my hometown of St. Paul. Now, on April 25, my dream will become a reality. I hope we can sell out the arena because nothing motivates me more than 6,000 screaming fans. I know that this will be my toughest fight. My opponent has never been stopped, and he is coming here to stop me. I guarantee that I will give everyone in the stands and everyone watching on ESPN2 their money’s worth. My ultimate goal is to win a World Championship for Minnesota and to do it in the big arena, the EXCEL Energy Center.”
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Joan Guzman (left) and Michael Katsidis square off after Wednesday’s press conference in Anaheim, Calif. In the main event at the Anaheim Convention Center on Saturday, May 26, Katsidis will defend his interim WBO lightweight crown against Guzman, the current WBO 130-pound champion and former WBO 122-pound titleholder. Photo: Rob DeLorenzo/Golden Boy Promotions
The only boxer from the Dominican Republic to win world titles in two weight classes will try to make it three when current WBO lightweight champion and former WBO 122-pound kingpin Joan Guzman (27-0, 17 KOs) steps up in weight to challenge fellow unbeaten and interim WBO lightweight titleholder Michael Katsidis (22-0, 20 KOs) on Saturday, May 26, 2007, at The Arena at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif. In the co-feature, undefeated Jorge Linares (23-0, 14 KOs) and ex-WBC 122-pound champ Oscar Larios (59-5-1, 37 KOs) collide for the vacant WBC featherweight belt.
HBO Boxing After Dark will televise the doubleheader beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). Golden Boy Promotions, in association with Sycuan Ringside Promotions, Rockstar Energy Drink and Tecate will present the event.
Monday, April 16, 2007
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…
Sunday, April 15, 2007
WBC International Super Featherweight Champion Manny Pacquiao stopped Jorge Solis with a right cross in the 8th round of their bout last night.
Pacquiao struggled during the first five rounds of the fight and his bad luck continued in the 6th round when he was cut by a head butt.
“He decided to move his head [in this fight],” Pacquiao said. “Every time he danced, he moved his head.
“When I got the cut, I decided to pressure him and make it a [slug] fest.”
From that moment forward it was Pacquiao who would control the remainder of the bout, driving Solis into the corner with multiple flurries. Pacquiao then knocked Solis down in the opening seconds of the 8th round. The next knockdown would be the final one as Pacquiao landed a hard right cross that put Solis down for good.
Despite being knocked out, Solis was content on bashing his opponent’s punching power after the fight:
“With respect to Manny Pacquiao, my wife hits harder,” Solis said. “He’s very fast, very quick, and I didn’t see those punches.”
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
MINNEAPOLIS - Two bouts on the undercard of Friday night’s (April 6) “Heavyweight Invasion” card could be a preview of a Minnesota showdown revival in the not too distant future.
“Heavyweight Invasion” is co-promoted by Minnesota-based Tony Grygelko’s Seconds Out Promotions and Goossen Tutor Promotions at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
“Heavyweight Invasion” is headlined by a 12-round championship match for the vacant IBA Americas heavweight championship between Travis “Freight Train” Walker (22-0-1, 17 KOs), 2003 National Golden Gloves champion, and George “El Torito” Garcia (13-0, 4 KOs). The eight-round co-feature pits Minnesota heavyweight Raphael Butler (25-3, 20 KOs), 2004 National Golden Gloves winner, versus 2000 Canadian Olympian Art “The Polish” Binkowski (14-1-2, 9 KOs), who played a part in the “Cinderella Man” movie.
Local fans, though, are dreaming about a potential “Twin River War” fight in the near future between two local fighters in separate six-round bouts, St. Paul featherweight Allen “The American Boy” Litzau (12-2, 6 KOs) and unbeaten featherweight knockout senasation Wilton “Pretty Warrior” Hilario (7-0, 7 KOs), of St. Louis Park.
Litzau takes on dangerous Robert “Don’t Lose” Deluz (9-5-2, 8 KOs), while Hilario faces two-time world title challenger Luis “El Monstruito” Bolano (41-7, 31 KOs), who made his pro debut in 1989 when Wilton was only six years old.
“My coaches deal with that,” Hilario spoke about stepping up in class to fight Bolano, who has 41 more fights on his resume than Wilton. “I just do what they tell me to do,. I believe in them.”
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Happy Valentine’s Day bitches…
News, Notes, and Rumors:
- Just because he is sick, doesn’t mean that Shannon Briggs can’t still talk smack on Sultan Ibragimov:
“We contemplated fighting. I wanted to fight,” said Briggs. “To me this fight was a joke. How did he even become my mandatory? Off a draw with Ray Austin? OK, but it was an easy payday. But we came to the realization that it wasn’t the smartest thing to do. Me losing to Ibragimov because of illness, people don’t want to hear about that.”
- Despite being heavily rumored to be taking on Koki Kameda this spring, WBC Flyweight Champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam will now be heading to Japan to defend his title against Yo Sam Choi.
- Cruiserweight contender Matt Godfrey will take on his fellow 2000 US Olympic Trials teammate, Felix Cora Jr, on April 6th.
- Look for it to be announced later this week that Jason Litzau will be returning to the ring in April…
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Friday, February 09, 2007
Looking for a real fight? ShoBox: The New Generation will present yet another showdown when Mike “Machine Gun’’ Oliver (17-0, 7 KOs) defends his United States Boxing Association (USBA) junior featherweight title against Gary “Kid” Stark Jr. (18-0, 8 KOs) in the main event Friday, Feb. 16, on Showtime (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
The co-feature will pit unbeaten Derek “Pooh’’ Ennis (10-0-1, 7 KOs ) against Allen “The Dream Shatterer’’ Conyers (10-2, 8 KOs ) in an eight-round junior middleweight scrap. The excellent DiBella Entertainment doubleheader will originate from the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami , Okla.
“Oliver against Stark Jr. is exactly the type of fight that has given ‘ShoBox’ its reputation.” said “ShoBox” color commentator Steve Farhood. “The fighters have a lot of similarities; unbeaten records, strong amateur backgrounds and excellent boxing skills. Also, both are junior featherweights hailing from the Northeast, which means moving them has been extremely difficult. In that sense, they’re perfect for each other. This is the right fight at the right time for both Oliver and Stark Jr.
“Stark Jr. is a boxer who doesn’t need much convincing to become a brawler. He has faced better opposition than Oliver, but Oliver’s hand speed is superior. Then again, if you haven’t seen Oliver, trust me on this one: his hand speed is superior to just about any fighter you can name.
“This should be a fast-paced 12-rounder, competitive throughout. The winner is likely to emerge as a top-15 contender.”
Thursday, February 01, 2007
Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero is adapting well and soaking up the knowledge being taught to him at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card gym as he prepares for his highly anticipated IBF championship fight against Spend Abazi from Denmark. This will be the first time “The Ghost” has had to battle outside of his native USA soil, and with his back against the wall, Guerrero said, “I’m excited about fighting overseas. I know it’s going to be tough to get a decision in his homeland, so my plans are to take him out.”
Having been in camp with new trainer Freddie Roach the last three weeks, Robert mentioned, “I’m learning a lot with Freddie and the transition has been a blessing. Training at the Wild Card gym everyday is an incredible feeling; it’s a championship environment and you can feel it in the air. I can’t wait mix it up with Abazi.”
This bout is scheduled for February 23, and will be held at the Falconer Center, in Copenhagen, Denmark. With a huge European television audience tuning in, negotiations are still being worked out to show the fight on the Internet in the United States. The winner of this fight will become the new IBF featherweight champion of the world. Stay tuned, as Team Guerrero will keep you updated on all activity surrounding this bout. God bless to all.