Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Kermit Cintron (28-1, 26 KOs), of Reading, Penn., will make the second defense of his International Boxing Federation welterweight championship against Jesse Feliciano (15-5-3, 9 KOs), of Los Angeles, in one of the top fights this Friday at STAPLES Center on Showtime PPV.
Two time world champion Fernando Vargas (26-4, 22 KOs) and three-time world champion Ricardo Mayorga (27-6-1, 22 KOs) fight in what promises to be a street brawl in the main event of a highly anticipated pay-per-view telecast that begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT and is being distributed by Showtime® PPV.
Also on the stellar card, former IBF 154-pound champion Roman “Made in Hell” Karmazin (35-2-1, 22 KOs), of St. Petersburg, Russia, now fighting out of Los Angeles, will take on former two-time World Boxing Association super welterweight champion Alejandro “Terra” Garcia (25-2, 24 KOs), of Tijuana, Mexico, for the WBA Intercontinental championship.
The day after Thanksgiving live event begins at 3:15 p.m. Doors open at 3.
The main event is scheduled for 12 rounds at a catch weight of 166 pounds.
Cintron and Feliciano participated in a well attended media roundtable on Tuesday to discuss Friday’s world title bout.
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.
Saturday, September 01, 2007
In a recent interview with ESPN’s Dan Rafael, Oscar De La Hoya has stated that he plans on returning to the ring next May, at welterweight:
But De La Hoya (38-5, 30 KOs), who has won 10 world title belts in six divisions, has no immediate plans to stop fighting and is thinking about his ring return, targeted for May 3, 2008.
And when he does return, De La Hoya said that he will be back in the welterweight division he once dominated before moving up to junior middleweight and taking a two-fight stab at middleweight.
“Nothing is set in stone about who I’m going to fight,” De La Hoya told ESPN.com in a recent interview. “Right now, I’m plotting these fights [that Golden Boy is promoting], keeping myself busy and spending time with my family. I won’t decide who I am going to fight until I see how things unfold [in the fall], but I will be back at welterweight, that’s for sure.”
Oscar back at 147 lbs? Just imagine the possible matchups: Mayweather, Mosley, Hatton, Williams, Cintron and Margarito are all potential opponents at this point.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Kermit Cintron will defend his IBF welterweight title against Jesse Feliciano in one of three 12-round fights Saturday, Sept. 8, at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif., on Showtime PPV. In another, Roman Karmazin faces Luca Messi for the WBA super welterweight Intercontinental crown.
In the highly anticipated Sept. 8 main event, two-time world champion Fernando Vargas faces three-time world champion Ricardo Mayorga at a catch weight of 162 pounds.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Yes, I’m talking about former heavyweight boxing champion, former co-star of Rocky V, and former contractor of HIV Tommy Morrison. What’s he doing opening his mouth?
We have to go back and remember Chuck Liddell’s original comment towards Morrison during his infamous interview with Good Morning Texas where Liddell was out of it after taking medicine. When asked who he would want to fight, Liddell responded with Morrison, obviously as a joke. Well it seems that Tommy boy isn’t taking it that way…
Similar to his boxing counterparts in the form of Kermit Cintron, Floyd Mayweather Jr, as well as HBO announcer Jim Lampley, Morrison has gone ahead and defended his sport against those who compete in MMA. He’s also expressed his interest in fighting Liddell and has even said that he plans to call him out at the UFC 71 press conference, which is scheduled for tomorrow by the way.
Let’s break down Morrison’s comments…
Morrison stated that he will be making his MMA debut on June 9th in Arizona against John Stover. The fight will use modified MMA rules where neither fighter is permitted to take the fight nor continue it on the ground. He also talked about his future plans which include a victory over Stover, another boxing match under the Top Rank banner, and then a “mega PPV fight against Liddell in Japan”...
“This guy’s like 350 pounds, so no, I’m not going to the ground. I saw a tape of him the other day, and he’s a big son of a bitch but he’s awkward and slow. But I’m just doing it to help Peter McKinn out, pick up a little money, and sharpen my skills. Then, 20 days later I’ll be back on a Top Rank card at the same place. This is a one time thing. I’m making money and sharpening my skills and it could possibly lead to a mega pay per view fight with Chuck Liddell in Japan down the line. I’ll go over there, make about ten million bucks, slap him out in three rounds…easiest ten million dollars you can make in your life.”
First off, I hope that Morrison is aware that he’s making himself look bad by having the rules modified in order to save himself. Morrison also better hope that the fight doesn’t turn out to be a complete war on the feet or else he won’t be fighting 20 days later like he expects.
Why would you want to fight Liddell over in Japan Tommy? There’s no reason to go over there when it’s obvious you would make the most money right here in the US. Are you afraid of testing positive since a fight against Liddell would most likely be held in Las Vegas or California, not Texas where testing is so lenient.
Here’s my favorite part of Morrison’s rant. According to Morrison’s logic, Butterbean is destroying everyone in the UFC:
“The thing people don’t understand is these UFC guys, if they’re going against another UFC guy, they’re probably pretty good, but a skilled boxer…Butterbean is putting guys in the f*cking hospital. And Butterbean in the boxing world is below mediocre, but in UFC he’s mowing through guys like a knife through hot butter. And (Ray) Mercer is making the transition, Mayweather’s talked about it, and I’m going to do it. Once fighters (boxers) start planting these f*ckers, that sport will go down the tubes in six months. You wait. It’s gonna happen, and we’re going to cash in on it before it happens and ride the waves and expose them.”
First off Tommy, it doesn’t pay to be ignorant. If you are going to try and intelligently discuss a topic, you should try and do a little research on it before running your mouth. Eric Esch has never fought in the UFC and most likely never will because of the 265 lb limit in the organization’s heavyweight division. Go check Butterbean’s record and fight card. He’s 10-3 but go ahead and look at who he’s fought. All of his losses have come against decent fighters. All of his wins with the exception of James Thompson and Cabbage Correira have come against former pro wrestlers, 400 pounders, and cans.
But the best part of this whole thing is Morrison’s plan to attend the UFC 71 pre-event press conference and call out Liddell. The press conference is actually scheduled to be held tomorrow so it should be interesting to hear about what happens.
“I’ll go back and forth between boxing and mixed martial arts if I have to, there’s possibly a lot of money to be made there. Maybe build something up with Chuck Liddell, I’m going to show up at his press conference in Vegas and I’m going to pop off to him and get some sh*t going.”
Two things are going to happen - Morrison isn’t even going to be allowed to attend the conference or he will be let in and then laughed at once he tries to start something with Liddell. Now I would continue with this rant but I’m afraid that Morrison is going to pay me a visit at my house for saying bad things about him. Hysterical…
As for this whole boxing vs MMA thing, here’s the deal. If you take a boxer and have him fight under MMA rules, he will most likely lose. If you take a mixed martial artist and put him in a ring with a pro boxer, he will most likely lose. It’s as simple as that…
Thursday, April 26, 2007
HBO will be televising a split-site tripleheader on July 14th. What? Yeah, I’ve never heard of such a thing either but here goes nothin’...
Three welterweight bouts will be televised on HBO that night:
The opening bout will be Kermit Cintron defending his IBF Welterweight Title for the first time against Walter Matthysse from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. The second bout will feature the uber-popular Arturo Gatti, fighting for the ninth straight time in Atlantic City, in a 10-round affair against former Contender star Alfonso Gomez.
The final bout of the night will be Antonio Margarito making the 8th straight defense of his WBO Welterweight Title against mandatory challenger Paul Williams. A location for Margarito-Williams has not yet been selected but officials have stated that the possible location has been narrowed down to two sites: The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA or the Gibson Amphitheater in Universal City, CA.
Apparently Gatti’s camp was very picky over who his next opponent would be and it caused quite the delay in getting a deal between HBO and Main Events completed:
HBO and Main Events had spent the last few weeks locked in a disagreement over Gatti’s opponent. The network had pared its wish list down to having Gatti fight either former lightweight titlist Paul Spadafora, who is 2-0 on a comeback, or Steve Forbes, another former “Contender” star and former junior lightweight titlist who lost a highly controversial decision to Demetrius Hopkins last month in an exciting fight.
Gatti’s team didn’t like either style for him and preferred lesser opponents such as Dmitriy Salita or Edgar Santana, neither of whom HBO would approve.
HBO gave Main Events a tentative OK on Gomez earlier this month and it made a deal with his handlers. But a few days later, on April 7, “Contender” first-season runner up Peter Manfredo—who had lost a rematch to Gomez on the series—was wiped out in three rounds by super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe. That loss gave HBO second thoughts about using another untested “Contender” boxer against Gatti in the final fight of his HBO contract.
However, when the Margarito-Williams fight came together and Cintron-Matthysse, another potentially explosive fight, was pitched for the telecast, HBO agreed to take Gomez. With Gatti’s HBO contract coming to an end, Main Events also agreed to give HBO the right of first negotiation and a matching right on his next fight.
I’m not surprised that they were so selective of Gatti’s foe. If he loses one more time, he’s pretty much done fighting-wise and HBO most likely won’t sign him to a new deal.
Friday, February 23, 2007
Junior Welterweight prospect Jason Cintron, brother of IBF Welterweight Champion Kermit Cintron, is slated for a four round bout this Friday night in Lancaster PA. The decorated and accomplished high school and college athlete is now 3-0 as pro and working with world renowned trainer Marshall Kauffman. The opponent Friday night, Jason Jordan, is coming off of a win over a 16-4 fighter and will be a major step up in competition for the young, athletic boxer.
As a football, wrestling and track star in high school, Jason Cintron earned a significant amount of accolades, awards and records only his brother Kermit could even come close to. Jason was a two time 1st team All American wrestler while setting records in take downs for a single season. Jason set multiple records in track, and was a star defensive back for all 4 years of high school. Cintron was also a starting defensive back for the two years he attended Thaddeus Stevens College.
While Team Cintron is looking to secure 8 fights in 2007, if Jason is successful in Lancaster this Friday night, he will be slated for a March 10 th bout on a card showcasing Marshall Kauffman’s stable.
Jason spoke on boxing and his abilities he feels will propel him through the rankings. “As a fighter I bring a lot. I train hard, and I am always willing to learn and try new techniques. I’m an exciting fighter to watch and I have a couple different techniques. I can switch stances, fight inside, and I can box.”
Jason continued, “For the fans out there that want to see an exciting, aggressive, well schooled fighter with more than just a one punch KO, then you need to come out and see me on Feb 23rd at the Lancaster PA Host Hotel and on March 10th of 2007 at the River Edge in Reading PA.”
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
I like Sugar Shane Mosley. He has been good for boxing. He was a fine lightweight champion who jumped right to welterweight and defeated the “Golden Boy”, Oscar De La Hoya. He has had his ups and downs since. The two losses to Vernon Forrest at 147 and two more Winky Wright at 154. In beween those losses he beat Oscar again at 154. He returned to form recently at junior middlewight by twice halting Fernando Vegas. Now Shane going back to welterweight and he will be meeting once beaten Kermit Cintron for the IBF version of the title on February 10th in Las Vegas. Is Cintron the best welterweight in the world? No…He was destroyed in five rounds by WBO titleholder Antonio Margarito in 2005.
Shane will be returning to 147 pounds where he feels he is at his best. He has announced that he is ready for the elite welterweights be it Cintron, Antonio Margarito or Miguel Cotto.
Is he really ready? Has he done enough to deserve a title shot?
Sunday, October 29, 2006
This time around was a little better for Kermit Cintron…
Cintron stopped Mark Suarez in the fifth round on Saturday night and won the IBF Welterweight Championship, the same belt that was vacated by Floyd Mayweather Jr. earlier this year.
Cintron and Suarez delivered exactly the way many thought they would - with an all-out slugfest. The first round was one for the ages as both men were throwing nothing but absolute bombs.
However as the fight progressed, Cintron began to out-move Suarez, beating him to the punch and displaying an impressive amount of stamina.
It was in the fifth round that Cintron really began to take control of the fight. Swift combinations kept Suarez off-balance. His legs began to wobble and Suarez went down to a knee in order to attempt to gain his composure.
When he returned to his feet, receiving permission from the referee to continue, he was met with a heavy flurry of punches that pushed him against the ropes and forced the referee to stop the bout.
After the fight Cintron’s promoter, Bobby Bostick, stated that he was currently talking with officials tied with Arturo Gatti about a possible meeting in the near future between his fighter and the legendary welterweight…
Friday, October 27, 2006
Kermit Cintron has been in ths position before - on the verge of claiming championship gold for the first time. Cintron took on WBO Welterweight title holder Antonio Margarito in April of last year. It was a fight that was expected to be an all-out war and it was supposed to be a real chance for a Cintron victory.
Instead Cintron was knocked down four times in the first five rounds and the fight was stopped in order to save Cintron from any further damage.
More than a year has now passed - Cintron has won two fights in a row and is in position to claim gold once again when he takes on Mark Suarez for the vacant IBF Welterweight Championship this Saturday night.
Cintron can still recall the brutal loss to Margarito last April:
“It wasn’t a good time for me to fight. I should have not taken the fight. But my old management team was pushing it, and it just wasn’t my night.”
“Physically I was there, mentally I wasn’t,” Cintron said. “It was one of those days when I was just not in the fight. I forgot that I was in a world title fight. So my trainer just decided to stop the fight, because he knew I wasn’t going to win and he didn’t want me to get hurt.”
Cintron was coming off major hand surgery and personal problems going into the fight with Margarito. Many say that he should have had a fight before a title shot in order to try out his newly repaired right hand - unfortunately they were right.
His management team’s bad decision cost them their jobs and Cintron hired the legendary Emanuel Steward to be by his side…
“Manny and I clicked from Day One,” he said. “Basically, working with him, he’s changed some stuff about me. Before, I would just go in there and bang. He’s got me boxing more, he’s worked on my footwork, my balance, he’s worked on my combinations, when to throw, when not to throw. It’s been good. I needed a trainer like Emanuel Steward to get to the next level, and now I have the opportunity to take that step.”
With his confidence back and the past behind him, Cintron is ready and determined to make this title shot worth while this time around. What is probably considered the lowest point in his young career has now become a source of motivation:
“I can say that I will never take a big fight—especially after hand surgery and a nine-month layoff—on four months’ training. [But] I know now how it feels, being in a world title fight.”
“My mind is on this fight like it’s a rematch of the Margarito fight,” Cintron said. “It’s like he’s giving me a second chance, and I’m going to take it.”
Interesting things of note: Shane Mosley and Calvin Brock were actually on the undercard of the Cintron-Margarito title fight last spring - That’s one hell of a card in my opinion…
Also for those who trying to find out how to order the PPV and are having trouble - It will be broadcast on Maxboxing.com. Click this link to order...