Friday, February 02, 2007
Happy Groundhog Day everybody! We have a busy weekend ahead of us…
News, Notes, and Rumors:
- The WBC announced yesterday that it has stripped the WBC Flyweight Title from Omar Nino because Nino has tested positive for methamphetamine according to post-fight testing results done after his November 18th bout against Brian Viloria.
Ironically Viloria and Edgar Sosa will fight for the title in the coming months. The winner of that bout will then have to face Nino who has been giving number one contender status since he was unaware that the drug had been put into his system.
“In light of the fact that the WBC believes that Nino did not voluntarily commit this infraction and considering that his clean record has won him the trust of this organization ... we are declaring that Nino will be the challenger for whoever is the new champion,” a WBC statement said.
- The Saint Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that Felix Trinidad will be at ringside to watch Cory Spinks fight Rodney Jones this weekend. He’s just going to see a decent bout, right? Not exactly…
Spink’s trainer, Kevin Cunningham, has confirmed that Trinidad will be at ringside with Don King to scout Spinks as a possible opponent in the near future…
“Don’s bringing Felix Trinidad in for this fight,” Cunningham said. “He might come out of retirement. Fernando Vargas is another possibility. But my thing is this: We want to keep chugging away, keep grinding. And eventually that big marquee fight will be there for us. And hopefully we can bring another big fight back to St. Louis.’‘
- Paulie Malignaggi will be the in-studio guest for ESPN’s Friday Night Fights this evening…
Zuri Lawrence vs Dominick Guinn - Rochester, New York - Heavyweight (ESPN 2)
James Kirkland vs Billy Lyell - Santa Ynez, California - Junior Middleweight (Showtime)
Timothy Bradley vs Manuel Garnica - Santa Ynez, California - Junior Welterweight (Showtime)
Tomasz Adamek vs Chad Dawson - Kissimmee, Florida - WBC Light Heavyweight Title (Showtime)
Jesus Chavez vs Julio Diaz - Kissimmee, Florida - IBF Lightweight Title (Showtime)
Cory Spinks vs Rodney Jones - Kissimmee, Florida - IBF Junior Middleweight Title (Showtime)
Laila Ali vs Gwendolyn O’Neil - Kempton Park, South Africa - Women’s Super Middleweight Title
Naoufel Ben Rabah vs Lovemore Ndou - Sydney, Australia - IBF Junior Welterweight Title Eliminator
Paul Briggs vs Andre Thysse - Sydney, Australia - Light Heavyweight
Sakio Bika vs Rupert Van Aswegen - Sydney, Australia - Super Middleweight
Some Good Reads
Monday, January 29, 2007
Well we weren’t around on Sunday but we are back today with a recap of this weekend’s action…
News, Notes, and Rumors:
- As of this past weekend Oscar De La Hoya has still not found a trainer. As always, Floyd Mayweather Sr. was very vocal about the situation:
“It’s obvious the man is super tight,” Mayweather Sr. said of De La Hoya. “What comes first in this particular situation, greed or the fight? But he can do what he wants. I make money. Money don’t make me. I’m going on with my life.
“Oscar’s fired every trainer he’s had. He’s had all the so-called greats and he’s fired every one of them, but has he fired me? No. And that should tell you something.”
Just like Jack Mosley, Shane Mosley, and Freddie Roach, yet another canidate has thrown his hat into the ring now - Wayne McCullough.
- Some Mikkel Kessler news for you courtesy of Dan Rafael...
American boxing fans anxious to finally see Mikkel Kessler (38-0, 29 KOs) in action will get their wish. The Danish star and unified super middleweight champion was seen on HBO in brief highlights knocking out Markus Beyer in their October unification bout. Now, Kessler will star in his own edition of “Boxing After Dark” (same-day tape) by making his fourth defense against dangerous mandatory challenger Librado Andrade (24-0, 18 KOs) on March 24 in Copenhagen.
- HBO will air a four-part mini-series covering De La Hoya and Mayweather Jr.‘s training up until the night of the fight during the weeks leading up until the fight.
- Jameel McCline underwent successful left knee surgery last Tuesday we just found out to repair the damaged tendon he suffered when his knee gave out during his fight with Nikolai Valuev. McCline is expected to be out of action for about six weeks.
- Zsolt Erdei remained undefeated and retained his WBO Light-Heavyweight crown after stopping Danny Santiago in the second round.
Santiago actually won the first round on the judges’ scorecard but he fell into trouble at the beginning of the second round, being knocked down by a right hand a couple minutes in and then stunned by another right as soon as he got back to his feet, forcing the referee to stop the bout.
- Jorge Arce defeated Julio Ler by unanimous decision on Saturday evening. The most interesting thing about the bout? Well it was probably Arce’s entrance as the flyweight round to the ring on a horse.
- Kelly Pavlik dropped Jose Luis Zertuche in the eighth round of their bout on Saturday night, continuing Pavlik’s quick rise to the top ranks of the middleweight division. The fight was a slugfest, especially the first three rounds where the fighters exchange numerous punches, not stopping for anything.
Pavlik took control in the later rounds however - stunning Zertuche in the sixth and then knocking him out with one final right in the eighth round.
Some Good Reads:
Sunday, January 21, 2007
All the results of the big fights are single posts themselves so don’t go looking for them here. Because of a lack of news, I put some of the weekend results in this post - as a result there may not be any on Monday’s EEC…
News, Notes, and Rumors:
- WBA Junior Flyweight Champion Koki Kameda announced that he has relinquished his title and will move up to campaign as a flyweight. Kameda is one of Japan’s most popular athletes as over half of the country watched his last bout according to Japanese television ratings.
“It’s better for me to challenge stronger boxers rather than continue to defend my title,” Kameda said at a news conference Thursday in Tokyo. “I’ll be strong as a flyweight boxer. I’ve got power.”
- Apparently former heavyweight champion Bruce Seldon will be making a comeback:
Lion Heart Boxing Productions, in association with Damon Feldman, will host Former World Champion Bruce Seldon (35-6) in his final comeback attempt. The fight is the first fight to be held in North East Philadelphia and a Philadelphia Jewish Community Center. Lion Heart Boxing Productions’ Northeast Philly Fight Night, a live Professional Boxing event, will be held at the Klein Branch of the Philadelphia Jewish Community Center in North East Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (the Klein JCC) on February 10, 2007.
New Jersey’s Bruce Seldon will face veteran Marcus Rhode (32-31). Bruce Samuel Seldon (born January 30, 1967) was the World Boxing Association Heavyweight champion from 1995 to 1996. Seldon lost his WBA Heavyweight Championship when he was stopped in the first round by Tyson. It was after the fight between Seldon and Tyson that Tupac Shakur was murdered in a drive-by shooting.
Known as “The Atlantic City Express”, Seldon began his career on October 4, 1988 with a first round knockout of Joel McGraw and won his first 18 fights without a blemish. During his winning streak he defeated notables: Ezra Sellers (future world cruiserweight title challenger), Ossie Ocassio (former cruiserweight champion and heavyweight title challenger), David Bey (former world rated contender) and Jose Ribalta (former world title contender).
Some Good Reads:
Eastside Boxing: Vitali Klitschko Can Wait in Line!
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
The Nevada State Athletic Commission just took out two birds with one stone in another case where banned substances are still being used…
WBC Light-Flyweight Champion Omar Nino was suspended yesterday after testing positive for methamphetamine right after his bout against Brian Viloria last month. Nino will not be permitted to fight until after a hearing takes place in January.
Nino has denied using the drug or any banned substances at all…
IBF Featherweight Champion Orlando Salido was also suspended yesterday after it was found that he tested positive for the banned steroid Nandrolone shortly after winning the belt from Robert Guerrero.
There are many different things that could happen to both fighters if both are found guilty. Some of the consequences would be facing possible suspension, having their boxing license revoked, be fined, having their last victories overturned, and losing their belts.
Friday, October 20, 2006
Here are this weekend’s notable fights…
Jason Litzau vs Sammy Ventura - Cicero, Illinois - Featherweight Divsion
Mike Tyson vs Corey Sanders - Youngstown, Ohio - Heavyweight Exhibition
Daniel Ponce De Leon vs Al Seeger - El Paso, Texas - WBO Junior Featherweight Title
Ivan Calderon vs Jose Luis Varela - Baranquilla, Colombia - WBO Strawweight Title
Irene Pacheco vs Leon Moore - Baranquilla, Colombia - Interim WBO Bantamweight Title
Sergei Dzindziruk vs Akisultan Nadirbegov - Saale, Germany - WBO Junior Middleweight Title
Sunday, October 08, 2006
Joel Casamayor closed the book on the three-fight series with Diego Corrales with a hard-fought split decision victory. Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime
LAS VEGAS - The World Boxing Council Lightweight title was only Joel Casamayor’s to win on Saturday night; and win it he did. Casamayor became a world champion for the third time by defeating Diego Corrales in a close and hard-fought split decision scored 116-111, 115-112 and 113-114. In the co-feature, International Boxing Federation (IBF) Flyweight Champion Vic Darchinyan retained his title with an explosive sixth-round technical decision over Glenn Donaire.
The conclusion of the Corrales-Casamayor trilogy lived up to its billing as a dramatic and exciting match. The fight was thought to be in jeopardy when Corrales failed to make the official weight of 135-pounds on Friday. As a result, he lost the WBC belt he took to Las Vegas before the bout even began.
Casamayor agreed to take the fight anyway, knowing the title was his to win. Had Corrales won the bout, the belt would have been vacant and Casamayor would have received an immediate chance to fight interim champ David Diaz for the title.
Friday, October 06, 2006
Besides Barrett-Valuev and Corrales-Casamayor? You betcha…
Tomasz Adamek and Paul Briggs for the WBC Light-Heavyweight title is one of them. Vic Darchinyan will defend his IBF Flyweight belt as well against Glenn Donaire.
Lost in this week’s build up to the rubbermatch between lightweight champ Diego Corrales and Joel Casamayor and the hype surrounding giant heavyweight title-holder Nikolai Valuev’s U.S. debut vs. Monte Barrett is an excellent light heavyweight matchup that will serve as the co-feature to Valuev-Barrett: Tomasz Adamek-Paul Briggs II.
You know you’re a hardcore fan if the fight you’re looking forward to the most Saturday night is the rematch between Poland’s WBC light heavyweight titlist Adamek and Australia’s Briggs, which will be televised on HBO right before Valuev-Barrett.
You know you’re an absolute boxing nutcase if you’ve actually seen the first Adamek-Briggs fight, which took place last May and was one of the better 12-round bouts of 2005.
IBF flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan may look crude, unskilled and small to the average eye, but to opponents he’s a monster.
Darchinyan, a 5-foot tall dynamo, faces flyweight challenger Glenn Donaire (16-2-1, 9 KOs) and promises to take on his brother Nonito Donaire too, but that will have to wait until the Aussie strongman defends his world title at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on Saturday. The fight will be televised live on Showtime.
“I know Glenn is sparring with his brother (Nonito). I am coming after him too,” says Darchinyan (26-0, 21 KOs) menacingly like a Halloween hobgoblin.
Saturday, September 30, 2006
Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions have made yet another transaction: the acquisition of former WBC Flyweight Champion Gerry Penalosa.
Penalosa signed the contract at De La Hoya’s office in downtown Los Angeles this past week. The contract is a seven-fight deal that will most likely get Penalosa a title shot in the near future.
Penalosa also announced that he will be managed by famous trainer Freddie Roach and the recently signed Manny Pacquiao, who made headlines last week in signing with Golden Boy over Bob Arum and Top Rank Inc.
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Two boxers with a genuine disdain for each other will duke it out with bad intentions for a third time when Diego “Chico” Corrales defends his World Boxing Council (WBC) and RING lightweight titles against former world champion and longtime adversary, southpaw Joel “El Cepillo” Casamayor, on Saturday, Oct. 7, during a Free Preview Weekend on Showtime.
In the co-featured bout of a world championship doubleheader that begins at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast) from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev., rising superstar Vic “The Raging Bull” Darchinyan (26-0, 21 KOs) will risk his International Boxing Federation/International Boxing Organization (IBF/IBO) flyweight crowns and his undefeated record against world-ranked Glenn “The Filipino Bomber” Donaire (16-2-1, nine KOs).
Thursday, September 07, 2006
NEW YORK – Two boxers with a genuine disdain for each other will duke it out with bad intentions for a third time when Diego “Chico” Corrales defends his World Boxing Council (WBC) and RING lightweight titles against former world champion and longtime adversary, southpaw Joel “El Cepillo” Casamayor, on Saturday, Oct. 7, during a Free Preview Weekend on Showtime.
In the co-feature bout of a world championship doubleheader that begins at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast), rising superstar Vic “The Raging Bull” Darchinyan (26-0, 21 KOs) will risk his International Boxing Federation/International Boxing Organization (IBF/IBO) flyweight crowns and his undefeated record against world-ranked Glenn “The Filipino Bomber” Donaire (16-2-1, nine KOs).
Saturday’s Showtime Boxing Championship telecast is the second night of fight cards airing on the network during the Free Preview Weekend that runs Friday, Oct. 6 through Monday, Oct. 9. On Oct. 6, “ShoBox: The New Generation” will air two semi-final bouts as the super middleweight tournament continues live at 11 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime (delayed on the west coast).
During the Free Preview Weekend, entitled “Destination: Showtime,” the network will be available to viewers in more than 35 million homes across the country. In addition to boxing, viewers will have the opportunity to view some of the hottest original series on premium television: Damon Wayans’ “The Underground,” (Oct. 7 at 11 p.m.), “Dexter” (Oct. 8 at 10 p.m.), and “Weeds” (Oct. 8 at 9 p.m.); and movies including the television premier of “Chappelle’s Block Party” (Oct. 7 at 7 p.m.). Showtime ON DEMAND will be offered free, where available, during the preview weekend providing viewer controlled access to these programs and many more.
The rubber match of a hotly contested series between Corrales and Casamayor will be promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, and take place at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
Corrales (40-3, 33 KOs), of Las Vegas, by way of Sacramento, is 7-1 in world title fights. Casamayor (33-3-1, 21 KOs), of Miramar, Fla., via Guantanamo, Cuba, is 5-3 (2-0 in interim bouts).
“This fight was one I knew we could make,” Shaw said. “Their first two fights were very exciting events, so I new that a rubber match would be equally great. Plus, these guys do not like each other, so it makes for even more intrigue.”
The Corrales-Casamayor debate, which stands at one victory apiece, dates back several years. In their initial clash Oct. 4, 2003, on Showtime, Casamayor won a high-velocity showdown for the vacant International Boxing Association (IBA) 130-pound title with a disputed sixth-round TKO.