Friday, December 28, 2007
NEW YORK – One night before Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi defends his International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior welterweight title against top-ranked Herman “The Black Panther” Ngoudjo on Showtime Championship Boxing, undefeated, world-ranked Anthony and Lamont Peterson will be co-featured in 10-round bouts on ShoBox: The New Generation Friday, Jan. 4, 2008, on Showtime (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
The talented, confident Peterson brothers, of Washington D.C., have a combined record of 48-0 with 29 knockouts, and either could challenge for a world title by the end of 2008.
HOLLYWOOD, FL – There will be no New Year’s Eve parties for WBO Heavyweight Champion Sultan Ibragimov. Instead, he will be preparing for a bigger prize as he gets ready to drop bombs on Wladimir Klitschko in their highly-anticipated heavyweight title unification bout on February 23rd at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
“Anything worth having requires sacrifices,” said the unbeaten Ibragimov, who has just opened up his training camp in Florida. “Ever since I began fighting, I wanted to become a world champion, and I achieved that goal in 2007. Now my goal is to become the unified heavyweight champion and I will have my opportunity on February 23rd. The work is hard, but I know the reward will be worth it.”
NEW YORK – It was a warm, clear, summer morning in Sydney, Australia, and Herman Ngoudjo was heading to the airport to return to his native Cameroon.
Ngoudjo (En-Goo-Jo) had desires of bringing home a medal from the 2000 Olympic Games. But without world-class training, the muscular boxer was eliminated early and would go home empty-handed.
“I was absolutely thrilled to compete in the Sydney Olympics,” said Ngoudjo (16-1, nine KOs), the International Boxing Federation (IBF) No. 1 junior welterweight contender who challenges IBF champion Paulie Malignaggi (23-1, five KOs) Saturday, Jan. 5, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
Friday, December 07, 2007
Floyd Mayweather Jr: 147 lbs
Ricky Hatton: 145 lbs
Screenshots taken from ESPN Motion.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Vernon Forrest, Antonio Tarver, Danny Santiago and Nonito Donaire strike a pose for the media at Gallagher’s Steak House in New York at the final press conference before Saturday’s world championship fights. Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime
Showtime Championship Boxing will present an extraordinary tripleheader as its season finale when IBO light heavyweight champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver defends against Danny Santiago, Vernon Forrest risks his WBA 154-pound crown against former IBF welterweight kingpin Michele Piccirillo and Nonito Donaire, fresh off his knockout victory over previously undefeated Vic Darchinyan in the Upset of the year, makes the initial defense of his IBF flyweight belt against mandatory challenger Luis Maldonado.
Promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, the three scheduled 12-round fights will be televised live from Foxwoods Resort Casino, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast.)
Photo: David Martin-Warr/DKP
Two of the greatest boxers in history, Felix “Tito” Trinidad and Roy Jones Jr., will face each other in a battle boxing fans have been waiting for years to see at New York’s famed Madison Square Garden on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008, and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.
Trinidad (42-2, 35 KOs), from Puerto Rico, and Jones (51-4, 38 KOs) from Pensacola, Fla.,—both destined for the Hall of Fame—have built a staggering list of accomplishments and will enter the ring for this highly anticipated 12-round fight at or below the catch weight of 170 pounds.
Jones is an eight-time world champion, winning belts in the middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight divisions, becoming the first former middleweight champion to win a world heavyweight crown in over 100 years.
Trinidad is a five-time world champion with a stunning career knockout ratio of 80 percent that has won titles in the welterweight, junior middleweight and middleweight classes. He also holds the distinction of having defeated three Olympic Games gold medalists: Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker, “The Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya and David Reid.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
NEW YORK – Hard-hitting World Boxing Council (WBC) No. 11 154-pound contender James Kirkland (20-0, 17 KOs) hopes to continue his ascension to the top of the junior middleweight division when he takes on the dangerous Allen Conyers (11-2, nine KOs) Friday, Nov. 30, 2007, on ShoBox: The New Generation (live on Showtime at 11 p.m. ET/PT delayed on the west coast).
In the co-feature, undefeated prospect Alfredo Angulo (10-0, seven KOs) will battle Archak Ter Meliksetian (16-5, 13 KOs). Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, will present the doubleheader from Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif.
Kirkland, of Austin, Texas, has knocked out 17 of his 20 opponents and is a legitimate contender at 154 pounds. Another convincing win could put him in consideration for a world title shot.
“This is another huge opportunity for me and a tough fight,” said Kirkland, who will make his fourth consecutive ShoBox appearance in 2007. “Conyers is a really dangerous opponent, so it should be an entertaining fight. I am ready to show the country that I am the real deal.”
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Kermit Cintron (28-1, 26 KOs), of Reading, Penn., will make the second defense of his International Boxing Federation welterweight championship against Jesse Feliciano (15-5-3, 9 KOs), of Los Angeles, in one of the top fights this Friday at STAPLES Center on Showtime PPV.
Two time world champion Fernando Vargas (26-4, 22 KOs) and three-time world champion Ricardo Mayorga (27-6-1, 22 KOs) fight in what promises to be a street brawl in the main event of a highly anticipated pay-per-view telecast that begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT and is being distributed by Showtime® PPV.
Also on the stellar card, former IBF 154-pound champion Roman “Made in Hell” Karmazin (35-2-1, 22 KOs), of St. Petersburg, Russia, now fighting out of Los Angeles, will take on former two-time World Boxing Association super welterweight champion Alejandro “Terra” Garcia (25-2, 24 KOs), of Tijuana, Mexico, for the WBA Intercontinental championship.
The day after Thanksgiving live event begins at 3:15 p.m. Doors open at 3.
The main event is scheduled for 12 rounds at a catch weight of 166 pounds.
Cintron and Feliciano participated in a well attended media roundtable on Tuesday to discuss Friday’s world title bout.
Photos: Jorge Garcia/Showtime
Two-time world champion “El Feroz” Fernando Vargas (26-4, 22 KOs) and three-time world champion Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga (27-6-1, 22 KOs) clash in what will be a street-style brawl at Staples Center the day after Thanksgiving on Friday, Nov. 23.
The bout is scheduled for 12 rounds at a catch weigh of 166 pounds.
Vargas and Mayorga will fight in a highly-anticipated main event of a card that begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT and is being distributed by Showtime® PPV.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
After nearly one year of inactivity, WBO junior lightweight champion Joan Guzman (27-0, 17 KOs) makes his highly anticipated return to the ring when he battles the veteran Humberto Soto (43-5-2, 27 KOs) on Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, N.J., on HBO “Boxing After Dark” at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.
The 12-round championship bout is for Guzman’s WBO junior lightweight title.
The fight is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Sycuan Ringside Promotions and Top Rank.
Guzman and Soto addressed the media in the promotions’ final press conference, Wednesday, Nov. 14 at the Old Homestead Restaurant in New York City.