KO Corner News
Friday, September 14, 2007
Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing announced today that the 12 round IBF Welterweight Championship title fight between Jesse Feliciano 14-5-3 (8KO’s) and Champion Kermit Cintron 28-1 (26KO’s) is back on the under card of the rescheduled Fernando Vargas- Ricardo Mayorga card November 23, from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Live on PPV.
“I am pleased that Jesse will be getting his opportunity at the World title. Both fighters were preparing diligently and it is rewarding that the fight has come together again,” said DeGuardia.
“We are happy this fight is back on track, I am in great shape and ready to go. I can’t wait, one way or another we will fight. I have waited too long, this is a big fight and winning puts me back on top. I don’t even think about losing, I am coming for the title. I want to thank my training team and my promoter Joe DeGuardia for their support and hard work,” said Feliciano.
PROVIDENCE– Fresh off of his thoroughly dominating performance at the US Boxing Trials, where he qualified for the 2008 United States Boxing Team, amateur boxing star Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade has shifted his sights on the AIBA Men’s World Championships, October 23-November 3, at the University of Illinois in Chicago.
Andrade, the No. 1 rated welterweight in the U.S., is the two-time U.S. National Championships and National Golden Gloves champion. The 19-year-old southpaw blitzed the opposition at the US Boxing Trials—defeating in order David Lopez (RSCO-2), Charles Hatley (RSCO-3), Keith Thurman (27-13) and Thurman (21-13) again in the championship bout – to secure a position on Team USA.
All of the members on Team USA, however, need to qualify for the Olympics by finishing among the top eight in The Worlds or by placing in two other International tournaments. “It feels good to be on the team,” Andrade said. “I’ve worked very hard to get there but my goal is to win a gold medal at the Olympics. I trained super hard with my father (Paul) and David (Keefe). They prepared me to do well. I knew what I had to do and did it. It was easy.”
Thursday, September 13, 2007
SACRAMENTO - Promoter Don King, in association with Maloof Sports & Entertainment, will present two world championship boxing matches at ARCO Arena on Saturday, Sept. 29 where the main event will feature a battle of “The Undefeated” with World Boxing Council light heavyweight champion “Bad” Chad Dawson opposing WBC No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger Adrian “The Shark” Diaconu.
NEW YORK - While most fight fans at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall and those viewing live on HBO World Championship Boxing on September 29th are anticipating the World Middleweight Championship bout between champion Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor and #1 challenger Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik, they will also be treated to a co-main event featuring two of the welterweight division’s elite in a crossroads battle. Fast rising Andre Berto will square off against fellow Floridian David Estrada in a 12-round bout for the vacant NABF welterweight title as well as a stronger foothold in the sports most exciting division.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
LOS ANGELES - Sports and Entertainment Publications, LLC, is extremely pleased to announce the acquisition of the following titles from Kappa Publishing Group, Inc.: The Ring magazine, KO, World Boxing and Pro Wrestling Illustrated, which are the leading periodicals in the boxing and wrestling industry. Sports and Entertainment Publications, LLC, is an autonomous member of Golden Boy Enterprises family of companies.
The Ring was founded in 1922 and is known in the industry as “The Bible of Boxing.” It pioneered the concept of boxing rankings and has been awarding the prestigious Ring championship belt to genuine world champions since then-heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey was the first recipient. Pro Wrestling Illustrated was launched in 1979 by Stanley Weston and is acknowledged as the number one independently published pro wrestling magazine in the world.
“We have a very skilled and capable team at The Ring, headed by Publisher Stu Saks and Editor-in-Chief Nigel Collins, and I have all the confidence that these magazines will not only continue to prosper, but in fact grow globally,” said Oscar de la Hoya, president of Golden Boy Enterprises. “These magazines will be held in an editorial trust where they will be operating totally independent of any influence from me or others from the Golden Boy Companies as it relates to editorial direction or content.”
LOS ANGELES - Muhammad Ali, three-time heavyweight boxing champion and one of the most recognized people in the world, is a nominee for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Co-nominated with Ali is Peter Georgi, Ali’s former senior humanitarian advisor.
The nomination is based on Ali’s and Georgi’s many years of effort to create the Children’s General Assembly, a new United Nations-authorized organization that will allow children to promote the following: world peace, environmental healing, sustainable development, the optimization of education, the improvement of health and healthy water supplies, ways to reduce the world’s mortality rate of children, remedies to the problems of hunger, malnutrition, AIDS and other diseases, illiteracy, drug abuse, and many other pressing issues that face an increasingly troubled world.
The Children’s General Assembly of Los Angeles, California is gathering more than 100 child ambassadors from around the world with the support of 179 governments that have unanimously approved the concept of giving children a meaningful voice in world affairs at the United Nations. Additional details can be found at http://www.childrens-general-assembly.org.
“You cannot find a better candidate than Muhammad Ali for the Nobel Peace Prize,” said Subash Razdan, chairman of the Gandhi Foundation USA, the organization that made the nomination. Ali and Georgi are the cofounders of the Children’s General Assembly and its launching organization, the Children’s Peace Foundation. Georgi, the organization’s chairman and president, conceived and financed the development of the Children’s General Assembly.
Muhammad Ali, an official United Nations Messenger of Peace, was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and has a long track record of promoting peace and helping children throughout the world. The Children’s Peace Foundation’s Honorary Board of Advisors includes Elizabeth Taylor, Lionel Richie, Whoopi Goldberg, Drew Barrymore, Rod Stewart,
Quincy Jones, Little Richard, Brooke Shields and many other celebrities. The Board of Advisors includes Claes Nobel, a senior member of the Nobel family of Sweden.
The winner of the prize will be announced in mid-October by the Nobel Committee.
PHILADELPHIA — Hall-of-Fame promoter J Russell Peltz today announced the signing of 2004 National Golden Gloves featherweight champion Teon Kennedy, of Philadelphia, PA, to an exclusive promotional contract, along with junior middleweight Latif Mundy, former Pennsylvania GG champ.
Both are unbeaten in five pro fights apiece and their careers will be under the guidance of Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc., and Joe Hand of Joe Hand Promotions, Inc.
“Teon Kennedy reminds me of a young Jeff Chandler,” said Peltz, referring to the Hall-of-Fame bantamweight champion he promoted from 1976 to 1984. “Because of his amateur background, Teon is more advanced at this stage than Jeff, who only had two amateur fights. We’re banking on Teon moving up the ladder by fighting the best, the same way Jeff did it.”
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Rivera Promotions, the newest boxing promotion company in New England, will launch its first show Sept. 21 at the National Guard Armory in Worcester with an exciting card featuring two local heavyweights making their professional debuts.
The main event will feature Todd Poulton, a resident of Pittsfield who his accomplishing his lifelong dream to box in a professional match. Poulton is also fighting for charity, hoping the event will raise awareness of the stresses of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, an ailment that he has suffered throughout his adult life.
Despite their current contract dispute, promoter Dino Duva is sending his support to junior welterweight contender Kendall “Rated R” Holt and his quest to secure a rematch against WBO Champion Ricardo Torres.
Holt (22-2, 12 KOs) suffered a controversial eleventh-round stoppage during his challenge of Torres last week at Salon Jumbo del Country Club in Barranquilla, Colombia.
Allegations have been leveled of bottles being thrown, ringside personnel grabbing Holt, an early stoppage by the referee, and a dangerous lack of order during the fight.
“After reviewing some highlights from the fight, I just want to say that I support Kendall’s bid for an immediate rematch. I think it’s warranted and the right thing for the WBO to do. There were a number of improprieties evident to me in watching the tape.”
Undefeated cruiserweight Juan Carlos Robles (9-0, 4 KOs) of Waynesboro, Va., suffered his second injury of the year yesterday, fracturing his left foot and forcing him to withdraw as the headliner on the October 6, 2007 Diego Corrales Benefit hosted by Jimmy Lange.
The rising prospect, who was scheduled to fight William “The Storm” Bailey (7-12-2, 4 KOs) at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner, hurt his foot in a freak accident while stepping down wrong on a curb. Robles was sidelined this past spring by a motorcycle accident where he suffered multiple injuries including a broken forearm and a damaged knee. He had recovered from those injuries, although he lost his right pinky finger when he amputated the damaged digit by himself when it was not healing quick enough to his liking.
Matchmaker Joe Hensley has promised to find another great match-up for the evening’s Main Event and hopes to make an announcement in the immediate future.