Friday, March 02, 2007
The lighter weight classes dominate the big fights this weekend…
News, Notes, and Rumors:
- The venue for Nikolai Valuev’s mandatory title defense against Ruslan Chagaev on April 14th will be the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, Germany…
Ricky Quiles vs Nate Campbell - Tampa Bay, FL - IBF Lightweight Eliminator (ESPN 2)
Elio Rojas vs Johnnie Edwards - Belterra, IN - Junior Lightweight (Showtime)
Devon Alexander vs Scott Bell - Belterra, IN - Welterweight (Showtime)
Mike Stewart vs Enrique Colin - Philadelphia, PA - Junior Welterweight (Telefutura)
Scott Gammer vs Danny Williams - Neath, Wales - British Heavyweight Title
Israel Vazquez vs Rafael Marquez - Carson, CA - WBC Junior Featherweight Title (Showtime)
Vic Darchinyan vs Victor Burgos - Carson, CA - IBF Flyweight Title (Showtime)
Miguel Cotto vs Oktay Urkal - San Juan, Puerto Rico - WBA Welterweight Title (HBO)
Allan Green vs Edison Miranda - San Juan, Puerto Rico - Middleweight (HBO)
Juan Manuel Lopez vs Levi Brea - San Juan, Puerto Rico - Junior Featherweight (HBO)
Chris John vs Jose Rojas - Jakarta, Indonesia - WBA Featherweight Title
Robert Stieglitz vs Alejandro Berrio - Rostock, Germany - IBF Super Middleweight Title
Sebastian Sylvester vs Alessio Furlan - Rostock, Germany - Middleweight
Alexander Povetkin vs David Bostice - Rostock, Germany - Heavyweight
Some Good Reads
Saturday, February 17, 2007
In a hard-fought battle of undefeated junior featherweights, Mike Oliver lands a right hand en route to retaining his USBA title with a controversial 12-round decision over Gary Stark Jr. Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime
MIAMI, Okla. – Despite near-frigid conditions outside, the action was scorching, sizzling and sweltering inside as undefeated southpaw Mike “Machine Gun” Oliver (18-0, seven KOs) retained his United States Boxing Association (USBA) junior featherweight title with an unpopular, hotly disputed 12-round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Gary “Kid” Stark Jr. (18-1, eight KOs) in the main event Friday on “ShoBox: The New Generation.”
In the co-feature, Allen “The Dream Shatterer” Conyers (11-2, nine KOs) registered a scintillating second-round TKO over previously undefeated Derek “Pooh” Ennis (10-1-1, seven KOs) in a scheduled eight-round junior middleweight bout.
DiBella Entertainment promoted the terrific doubleheader from the Buffalo Run Casino. It aired on Showtime at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).
In a match most figured would be the toughest for each boxer, Oliver exited with a controversial decision by the scores of 116-112 twice and 115-113. There were no knockdowns in a hard-fought affair in which many of the rounds were close and seemingly difficult to score.
Still, there were many who felt the wrong guy’s hand was raised, most notably Stark.
Friday, February 16, 2007
Looking for a real fight? “ShoBox: The New Generation” will present yet another terrific showdown when Mike “Machine Gun” Oliver (17-0, seven KOs) defends his United States Boxing Association (USBA) junior featherweight title against Gary “Kid” Stark Jr. (18-0, eight 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, seven KOs) against Allen “The Dream Shatterer” Conyers (10-2, eight KOs) in an eight-round junior middleweight scrap. The excellent DiBella Entertainment doubleheader will originate from the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Okla.
NOTE: (Due to the less-than-ideal weather conditions, Stark did not arrive into Miami until late Thursday night. The weigh-in has not concluded so Official Weights will be distributed Friday morning.