KO Corner News
Monday, September 24, 2007
Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing today announced a spectacular fight card coming Thursday, October 18th to The Grand Ballroom at The Manhattan Center, NYC.
The main event features Vinny Maddalone 27-4, (19KO’s) returning to the ring after losing a bloody battle against legendary former Heavyweight Champion Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield in Corpus Christi, Texas on March 13, 2007.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Beaches and boxing. Although the two are rarely mentioned in the same breath, the sweet science will meet the sandy shores of the Caribbean Friday, Nov. 16, 2007, on Showtime.
In the main event, two undefeated super middleweights and former amateur stars will invade the beautiful Caribbean island of St. Lucia as Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward and Roger “Never Can Tell” Cantrell square off live on ShoBox: The New Generation (Showtime, 11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
The historic night of boxing will take place at the Beausejour Cricket Ground in Gros Islet, St. Lucia, and represent the first televised professional boxing event staged on the beautiful eastern Caribbean Island of St. Lucia. “Showtime In Paradise” will be presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions in association with the St. Lucia Tourist Board.
Both fighters and their respective promoters gathered today in Los Angeles for a press conference. Below is what they had to say. This may be the first ShoBox fight to host press conferences to announce and promote a given card.
Friday, September 21, 2007
LONDON – Promoter Frank Warren announced today that the biggest non-heavyweight world title unification fight since the Sugar Ray Leonard-Tommy Hearns welterweight rumble of 1981, pitting undefeated super middleweight champions Joe Calzaghe (43-0, 32 KOs), from Newbridge, Wales, and Mikkel Kessler (39-0, 29 KOs), from Copenhagen, Denmark, would be moved to later in the evening to accommodate U.S. boxing fans. Promoted by Frank Warren, in association with International Entertainment, the Calzaghe-Kessler world title unification fight will now be broadcast live in primetime in the U.S. at 9:00 p.m. ET and 6:00 p.m. PT on HBO World Championship Boxing. The fight will take place Saturday, November 3, at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales (1 a.m. local time), which will be scaled for an indoor-record of 60,000-plus spectators. Over 30,000 seats have already been sold.
“We have seen the tremendous response this fight is generating with the fans and the sports press and we put our heads together with our UK broadcaster, Setenta, and came up with a plan to maximize the exposure,” said Warren. “We discovered that the weekend of the fight is the one time when there is only a four hour time difference between ET and GMT in the UK making it possible to start the show at a reasonable time for the UK and prime time in the States. When we approached HBO about the possibility of going live, they were ecstatic when we found a way to do this and immediately cleared their schedule to make it possible. This was a case of all the stars lining up just right.”
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
World Boxing Council No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger Adrian “The Shark” Diaconu, scheduled to fight for a title against WBC lightweight champion “Bad” Chad Dawson at ARCO Arena in Sacramento, suffered a training injury on Thursday forcing him to pull out of the Sept. 29 match.
Dangerous light heavyweight knockout artist Epifanio Mendoza (28-4-1, 24 KOs), from Barranquilla, Colombia, has agreed to replace Diaconu and will face Dawson in the Sept. 29 main event.
“This is a dream come true to have the opportunity to fight Chad Dawson for the WBC light heavyweight title,” an obviously enthused Mendoza said after flying into promoter Don King’s Deerfield Beach, Fla., headquarters to sign the match contract this afternoon [Sept. 18]. “I have fought in and won numerous national and continental championships but this will be my first world title fight. I plan on taking the title back to Colombia.”
Monday, September 17, 2007
Vitali Tsypko is convinced he will defeat David Gogiya on September 29 when the two super-middleweights clash in Oldenburg on the Valuev card. The Ukrainian southpaw (20-2, 11 KOs), who lost a controversial majority decision to Jeff Lacy back in December 2006, has set the bar high. “I want to become world champion,” the former European titlist said. “I´ve started my preparation six weeks ago in my home Dniepropetrowsk and then continued on Crimea. Since September 16 I am doing the fine-tuning in training camp in Kiev.”
Tsypko won his last fight in Moscow where he defeated Maxim Goloviznin. Only a win against Gogiya will put him in the frame for a world title fight. “I know it won´t be easy to beat him,” said Tsypko. “He is very strong and has defeated good fighters such as Jackson Chanet and Mger Mkrtchian.”
Gogiya (18-2, 4 KOs) lost his European super-middleweight title to Cristian Sanavia earlier this year. “It will be a tough test for me,” added Tsypko. In the main fight, former WBA champion Nikolai Valuev will make his highly-anticipated return after suffering the first loss of his career against Ruslan Chagaev. Unbeaten Canadian Jean-Francois Bergeron will try to spoil the Russian Giant´s comeback.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
LOS ANGELES – Boxing fans were left disappointed last week by the announcement that the WBC super featherweight title bout between Juan Manuel Marquez and Rocky Juarez was called off due to a Marquez injury, but thanks to some quick work by Golden Boy Promotions and Showtime, this championship bout has been quickly rescheduled – along with the IBF featherweight title bout between Robert Guerrero and Martin Honorio – for Saturday, Nov. 3.
“Marquez-Juarez is a fight the fans wanted to see, and we pulled out all the stops to make it happen before the end of the year,” said Oscar de la Hoya, president of Golden Boy Promotions. “But we couldn’t have done this without Ken Hershman and Showtime. We thank them for helping us put this great fight back on and are excited to be promoting our first Showtime event.”
“Delivering real fights for real fight fans on the first Saturday of every month is our trademark,” said Hershman, senior vice president and general manager, Showtime Sports & Event Programming. “We are excited to be working with Oscar and his company and we’re proud to deliver such a compelling match-up on the network.”
Saturday, September 15, 2007
With fall approaching, temperatures may be dropping, but the highly-anticipated October 13th card in Moscow ? featuring the WBO Heavyweight title fight between champion Sultan Ibragimov and challenger Evander Holyfield ? is heating up with the addition of a 115-pound world championship bout between two of the premier super flyweights in the world.
In this hard-hitting 12 round co-feature, Russia?s own Dimitri Kirilov will look to gain the IBF world title when he battles 2000 US Olympian Jose Navarro for the vacant crown.
?This fight is as good as it gets for fans of the fast-paced super flyweight division,? said Leon Margules, Executive Director of Seminole Warriors Boxing. ?Kirilov has a lot to prove in front of his home fans as he tries to regain the world title, and Navarro knows that this may be his last shot at the championship at 115 pounds. This bout should be explosive.?
Friday, September 14, 2007
Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing announced today that the NYSAC reversed the “No-Contest” decision that was declared after the Delvin Rodriguez 21- 2-1 (12KO’s) vs Keenan Collins 12-3-1 (8KO’s) bout. The result has been thus changed to a Rodriguez TKO victory. Although punches caused the cut, referee Eddie Claudio called it an accidental head butt. The Rodriguez camp asked the NYSAC to reverse the decision based on clear evidence that the cut was caused by punches and not a headbutt. The August 24th Star Boxing bout was broadcast on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights live from the Utopia Paradise Theatre in the Bronx, NY
After reviewing the fight footage, the NYSAC came to the same conclusion that the fans in attendance and viewers watching the broadcast knew; there was no accidental head butt throughout the entire fight.
“We respect and are very pleased with the decision by the NYSAC, it is a just and well deserved result for a young fighter who fought like a warrior in the first 2 rounds until the fight was unfortunately stopped,” said DeGuardia. “It is refreshing that the NYSAC took a stance and did what is fair, just and appropriate. This is yet another step in the right direction for the sport of boxing.”
Team Rodriguez was pleased with the news “I want to thank the NYSAC for giving me a fair and just result. Now I can continue on with my game plan and get back in the ring as soon as possible,” said a jubilant Rodriguez.
Undefeated cruiserweight sensation BJ “El Peligroso” Flores, 19-0 (12 KO’s), is now a promotional free agent. The two time national amateur heavyweight champion is only looking for the biggest and most challenging fights. Considered to have one of the best jabs in boxing and ranked #12 by the IBF, Team Flores feels that they are ready to step onto the world stage. “I want to fight the best fighters in the world. I want to fight the champions and I am willing to fight any cruiserweight in the division.”
After moving down from heavyweight, Flores has made his presence felt in the cruiserweight division with two first round knockouts. While having heavyweight power and a world class jab, Flores will be a formidable force against any 200lb fighter willing to step in the ring. For any promoters who are interested, Team Flores is willing to listen to any possible opportunities available. Just make sure you act fast, the hottest kid on the market will not remain a free agent for long. Inquiries into the promotional interest of BJ Flores may call 361-549-0111.
BJ Flores is a former college football star at BYU, fluent in both English and Spanish and lived in Mexico for two years. As a two time national amateur champion in the heavyweight division, the undefeated cruiserweight powerhouse is ready to explode on the boxing scene. With the right promoter and the right TV network, BJ Flores is set for stardom in the boxing world.
One of the most exciting prizefighters in boxing, undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Organization (WBO) Lightweight Champion Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz, and Sycuan Ringside Promotions’ reigning International Boxing Federation (IBF) Lightweight Champion Julio “The Kidd” Diaz will meet in a compelling lightweight world-title unification match at Chicagoland’s new Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Ill., on Saturday, Oct. 13.