Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Carl Froch has been given a final eliminator for the WBC super-middleweight title against Denis Inkin after being confirmed by the world governing body he is number one in their ratings.
The unbeaten British champion, who won his 22nd fight by forcing former world champion Robin Reid into retirement on Friday, will face Inkin (31-0, Russia) for the right to fight Joe Calzaghe (Wales), the WBC champion.
From Monday the boxers’ promoters have 30 days to reach a deal before a purse bid. The winner of Froch-Inkin will then fight Calzaghe.
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Nikolai Valuev completed a successful return to the ring on Saturday night when he clinched a unanimous points victory over Jean-Francois Bergeron.
In his first fight since losing the WBA belt to Ruslan Chagaev, the Russian Giant cruised to an uncontested 118-111, 117-111, 118-111 verdict against the previously unbeaten Canadian.
Valuev strongly went for the kill in the last two rounds but Bergeron proved his heart and refused to give in.
“I am pleased with my performance tonight,” Valuev (47-1, 34 KOs) said. “I would have loved to win by knock-out but it wasn´t possible. It doesn´t matter, though. Going twelve rounds against a southpaw was a good test. This was a new start for me.”
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
World Boxing Council heavyweight world champion Oleg Maskaev, from Kazakhstan-Russia, suffered a multiple disc herniation injury which will cause him to be inactive for at least for the next three or four months, according to his lawyer, which would lead the heavyweight division to 14 months without activity. Consequently, his fight against official challenger Samuel Peter from Nigeria, scheduled for October 6 at Madison Square Garden, will not take place.
To avoid the fact that the WBC Heavyweight division remains frozen, the WBC Board of Governors has conclusively voted to name Samuel Peter as the WBC heavyweight interim world champion.
Friday, September 14, 2007
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.”
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev will make the second defense of his title against WBC No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter at Madison Square Garden, Saturday, Oct. 6 on Showtime (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) in a highly anticipated championship match scheduled for 12 rounds. The event is being promoted by Don King Productions and Duva Promotion in association with Madison Square Garden.
Sunday, September 02, 2007
WBO Junior Welterweight Champion Ricardo Torres successfully defended his title earlier tonight when he stopped challenger Kendall Holt in the 11th round.
Torres completely controlled the fight from the start and never let up. The final round was the beginning of the end for Holt. Torres knocked his opponent down with a left hook and when Holt got back up to his feet, a final flurry forced referee Yino Rodriguez to stop the fight.
Surprisingly, Torres actually thought that he was losing the fight going into the final rounds, the reason why he turned up the heat so late in the bout:
“I was aware that I was down by two or three points, so I gambled in the 10th and 11th rounds. I exposed myself but landed the punches that put Holt in bad shape. He was a tough opposition, and his strength and stamina really affected me,” Torres said.
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.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
HOUSTON — Ten U.S. Olympians were crowned on Saturday night at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Boxing at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. Two bouts will be contested on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the bantamweight and featherweight divisions to determine the remaining two spots.
Friday, August 17, 2007
LOS ANGELES – Juan Manuel Marquez, the WBC Super Featherweight World Champion, and challenger, Ricardo Rocky Juarez, both weighted in under the WBC 30 day pre-fight weight limit in Mexico City and Houston, from their respective training camps.
Marquez (47-3-1, 35 KO’s) weighed in at 132.1 pounds and Juarez (27-3, 19 KO’s) was 139 pounds. The maximum weight each fighter could weigh 30 days prior to the fight was 143 pounds.
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.