Monday, February 11, 2008
CANCUN, Mexico - The first world heavyweight championship ever staged in Mexico will take place in Cancun’s Plaza de Torros on Saturday, March 8 when World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev makes the second defense of his title against WBC interim heavyweight champion Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter to determine the sole WBC heavyweight champion.
The two had been scheduled to meet in New York’s Madison Square Garden on Oct. 6, but a back injury forced Maskaev to pull out of the fight on Sept. 21.
Friday, February 01, 2008
Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime
Alfredo Angulo weighed 152 pounds and Ricardo Cortes tipped the scales at 153 pounds during Thursday’s weigh-in. Mickey Bey., Jr. and Roberto Acevedo, who will be fighting in the co-feature Friday night, will weigh-in tomorrow morning. The Mille Lacs Band Of Ojibwe Indians Department of Athletic Regulations will let the two boxers weigh-in tomorrow because Acevedo was a late replacement and had last minute travel arrangements.
Angulo (11-0, eight KOs), a hard-hitting, undefeated prospect, looks to continue making a name for himself in the junior middleweight division when he battles the dangerous Cortes (22-1, 150 KOs) in a 10-round junior middleweight battle Friday, Feb. 1, 2008, on ShoBox: The New Generation (live on Showtime at 11 p.m. ET/PT delayed on the west coast).
In the co-feature, former amateur champion and 2004 United States Olympian Mickey Bey, Jr. (9-0, six KOs) will face Roberto Acevedo (5-3-3, one KO) who was a late replacement for the eight-round super featherweight special attraction. Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, will present the doubleheader from Grand Casino Hinckley in Hinckley, Minn.
Thursday, January 31, 2008
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).
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
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.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
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.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
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.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
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.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
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.