Sunday, September 02, 2007
IBF middleweight champion King Arthur Abraham almost wrote his name down the history books on Saturday night when he attempted to break the speed rope skipping world record. Featuring in front of a live national TV audience in the “Guinness World Records” show, Abraham managed 237 speed skips within 60 seconds - just four shy of the old mark of 241. “I would have loved to set a new record,” the 27-year-old said afterwards. “It would have been an honour to find my name in the Guinness Book of Records. I got quite close.”
With Ulli Wegner as head coach, Abraham is no stranger to rope skipping at all. “I´ve been doing it a lot in practice and also during the preparation for the fight against Khoren Gevor. I knew it was hard to set a new record, but I really wanted to give it a shot.”
After Abraham tried his luck, 23-year-old fitness coach Olga Berberich set a new record of 251 skips in one minute. “It was a lot of fun and very interesting,” added Abraham, who had retained his IBF belt with an 11th-round KO victory over Gevor a fortnight ago.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Lucian Bute will challenge IBF Super Middleweight Champion Alejandro Berrio for the title on October 11th at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.
Bute became the mandatory challenger for the title with a unanimous decision win over Sakio Bika on June 15th. Berrio won the vacant IBF Super Middleweight belt with a TKO victory over Robert Stieglitz back in March.
Saturday, March 03, 2007
Seminole Warriors Boxing is understandably disturbed at recent comments made by Don King regarding the upcoming rematch between IBF cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk and challenger Steve Cunningham, where King demanded that Wlodarczyk’s native Poland be excluded from the list of possible sites for the bout.
“This is a disgraceful move by Mr. King and a slap in the face to the great people and diehard fight fans of Poland,” said Sampson Lewkowicz, the advisor to Wlodarczyk. “I spoke to IBF President Marian Muhammad and she unequivocally stated that as long as there are no National security risks or safety issues regarding her officials that she would have no issue with sanctioning this fight in Poland.”
On November 25, 2006, Wlodarczyk scored a 12 round split decision over Cunningham in Warsaw to win the vacant IBF crown. The only judge voting for Cunningham was American Charles Dwyer. He was outvoted by German judge Wallfried Rollert and Polish judge Wlodzmierz Kromka. A purse bid for the IBF mandated rematch will be held on Tuesday, March 6th. The purse bid for the first bout was won by Seminole Warriors boxing with a winning number of $231,100. King’s bid was a paltry $106,000.
“We have great faith in the IBF and their officials and we are sure both fighters will get a fair shake wherever this bout is held,” said Lewkowicz. “Unfortunately, Mr. King’s grandstanding doesn’t match his willingness to open his wallet, otherwise he would bid enough to win the purse bid and stage the fight wherever he wants to. As for us, we are more than happy to return to Poland, where a packed house will be waiting to welcome back the new champion for his first title defense.”
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
WBC President Jose Sulaiman has called for a meeting between boxing executives from around the world to discuss how to improve boxing as well as the future of the sport.
The heads of the WBA and IBF have already stated that they will be attending the meeting which will take place in Cancun, Mexico next year.
Sulaiman wants to have a few meetings prior to the summit in order to come up with issues that can be discussed. He also stated that the intentions of the summit will include uniformity on rules, upgraded safety precautions, and welfare for boxers…
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Ricky Hatton was forced to give up his IBF Junior Welterweight Title after deciding to go ahead and face Jose Luis Castillo on June 23rd rather than defending his belt against the IBF’s mandatory challenger, Lovemore N’dou.
The June 23rd date is not yet set in stone as June 2nd is the other possible date that HBO has available to televise the bout…
The decision was made once one of Hatton’s promoters announced that his client would be fighting Castillo this summer:
“We had an agreement in place to fight Castillo next on June 23 on HBO, and after the fight with Urango we announced that fight at the press conference,” said Artie Pelullo, Hatton’s American co-promoter.
The decision was officially announced to the IBF yesterday…
Said Dennis Hobson, Hatton’s British co-promoter: “We informed the IBF by letter Friday night that we are moving on to the super fight with Castillo in June without the IBF title. Ricky is very proud to be a two-time IBF champion, and, speaking as a promoter, the IBF have always been great to work with. This is a decision we’d have preferred not to have had to make, but, having thought long and hard about it, I believe this is the best way forward for Ricky.”
While it hasn’t been actually announced yet, various reports are coming out of Australia saying that N’dou will be given the belt and then be forced to fight mandatory challenger Demetrius Hopkins providing that Hopkins defeats Contender alumni Steve Forbes on March 17th.
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
A shot at World Cruiserweight Champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk will be on the line later this year when highly regarded unbeatens Vadim Tokarev (23-0-1, 16 KOs) and Marco Huck (18-0, 14 KOs) will meet in a 12 round elimination bout recently ordered by the International Boxing Federation (IBF).Ekaterinburg, Russia’s Tokarev is currently ranked third in the world by the IBF; Huck, a native of Yugoslavia now making his home in Berlin, Germany, is ranked fourthThe IBF has given both parties until February 16th to come to terms for what is destined to be an unforgettable battle.
“I’m pleased that the IBF has ordered this elimination bout and we’re excited at the prospect of promoting it here at the Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena in Florida or in Vadim’s home country of Russia,” said Leon Margules, Executive Director of Seminole Warriors Boxing, Tokarev’s promoter. “Either way, Vadim will be the crowd favorite, as he is not only a hero in Russia, but he has built a huge following of fans in Florida after his four round blowout over Felix Cora last May. He is the rare fighter that can appeal to all fight fans, whether here or abroad.”
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Recently crowned IBF Featherweight Champion Orlando Salido has tested positive for steroids following a post-fight test after his victory over Robert Guerrero.
Salido tested positive for the popular banned steroid, Nandrolone.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission has given Salido 20 days to respond to the finding and he will have a hearing scheduled for a few months from now…
Testing positive will most likely result in Salido being stripped of his title according to IBF Chairman Lindsey Tucker…
“If Nevada sends us something in writing saying he failed the test, we would declare the title vacant at that point and go with the two highest rated guys to fight for the vacant title. That fight would include Guerrero,”
If Salido is found guility after the hearing, the maximum penalties he can receive are a one-year suspension and a fine up to $250,000.