Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Undefeated IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham is looking forward to his first fight on foreign territory as he takes on Britain´s Wayne Elcock in Switzerland on December 8. Today the two fighters met for the first time at a press conference in Basle.
“It is my goal to make big fights in America, so Switzerland will be a good first step,” King Arthur (24-0, 19 KOs) said. “I am really looking forward to boxing in Basle.”
After knocking out mandatory challenger Khoren Gevor in Berlin, Abraham is confident of success against the 33-year-old Brit. However, he has promised not to underestimate his opponent.
“I take him very seriously,” Abraham stated. “Just like me, he has defeated Howard Eastman, who is a very good puncher. I´ll be starting my training camp tomorrow and will be highly concentrated.”
The fight will also spell Elcock´s first appearance outside Great Britain.
“That does not make a difference for me,” the challenger (18-2, 8 KOs) said. “I am coming here to win the title and that is all that matters.”
After the press conference in Basle, Abraham and his coach Ulli Wegner travelled straight to their training camp base in Zinnowitz (Baltic Sea), where practice will begin tomorrow morning.
“We´re eager to start the preparation. I´m sure the boys will have a lot of fun,” Wegner said with a smile.
Meanwhile, manager Kalle Sauerland revealed that King Arthur is getting more and more popular all over the world.
“The TV interest in his fights is very high and can be compared to the Valuev fight in Basle (vs. Jameel McCline),” he stated. “King Arthur´s popularity is growing, especially in America. They have some well-known middleweights over there. That´s why our champion is of big interest to them.”
Sauerland added that a showdown with Jermain Taylor and Kelly Pavlik is planned for the near future.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Bronx, NY - Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing announced today that the New York Supreme Court agreed with Star Boxing, Team Cauthen and the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) over the “no decision” ruling that reversed the original hotly contested controversial decision after the USBA Jr. Middleweight Title and #2 IBF ranking fight, between Raul Frank (27-5-3 13KO’s) and Terrance Cauthen (32-3 9KO’s).
The fight, which took place on January 25, 2007 at the Paradise Theater in the Bronx, was seemingly headed to a certain Cauthen win when referee Ricky Gonzales stopped the fight 2:59 minutes into the seventh round after Cauthen was knocked down and out by a massive head butt. Unfortunately, the referee didn’t see the cause of the knockdown, and ruled it a TKO for Frank. This was the beginning of a vigorously contested battle outside the ring, going from the NYSAC to the NY State Supreme Court as both fighters battled for the victory ruling.
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Following his impressive victory over Cliff Couser last Thursday at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California, Tony “The Tiger” Thompson (31-1, 19 KOs) declared himself ready for his WBO World Heavyweight Championship Challenge early in 2008.
“I’m looking forward to the winner of (Sultan) Ibragimov and (Evander) Holyfield taking on his mandatory fight with me,” said Thompson, who gives the undefeated Russian (21-0-1, 17 KO) a slight edge to retain his WBO World Heavyweight Title against the former undisputed champion in Moscow on October 13.
Monday, October 01, 2007
Cruiserweight knockout artist Darnell ?Ding-a-Ling Man? Wilson (22-5, 19 KOs) is publicly inviting WBO Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Maccarinelli to prove to the world he is truly ?in it for the glory? by facing him. Maccarinelli (27-1, 20 KOs) is reportedly looking for an opponent for his November 3 title defense at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. Wilson, and his co-promoters, Dino Duva of Duva Boxing and Sal Musumeci of Final Forum, think he?s the perfect man for the assignment.
?“He has a title and I?m going to take it”,? promised Wilson.
?The ?Ding-a-Ling Man? is the most exciting fighter in the division and one of the most exciting in all of boxing,? added Duva. ?He?s also the hottest fighter in boxing, coming off a streak of fantastic knockouts. If Enzo Maccarinelli is looking to make a worldwide name for himself on the Calzaghe vs. Kessler undercard, let him face the number-one challenger in the world on a high-profile stage.?
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
NEW YORK – If the saying “styles make fights” holds any truth, then Don King Productions has found the perfect replacement opponent for World Boxing Council (WBC) Light Heavyweight Champion Chad Dawson in hard-hitting Epifanio Mendoza (28-4-1, 24 KOs).
Mendoza, who opened his professional career with 16 consecutive knockouts, likely will give the younger Dawson (24-0, one NC, 16 KOs) fits when the two tangle Saturday, Sept. 29, on Showtime Championship Boxing at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). Mendoza, of Barranquilla, Colombia, replaces Adrian Diaconu, who was forced to withdraw when he injured his right hand during sparring.
Monday, September 24, 2007
One of boxing?s most exciting young warriors, Edison Miranda has captured the hearts of the fight world since his United States debut in 2005. Now, on Tuesday, October 30th, at the Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena in Hollywood, ?Pantera? begins his long-awaited assault on the super middleweight division when he takes on Henry Porras.
?I?m rested, ready, and I can?t wait to get back into the ring on October 30th,? said Miranda, who will be in action for the first time since a hard-fought May defeat to Kelly Pavlik in his final bout at 160 pounds. ?I promise the fans that I will be better than ever when I fight Porras, and I will win by knockout.?
Miranda-Porras, a 10 round super middleweight bout, headlines a hard-hitting night of world-class boxing presented by Seminole Warriors Boxing and DiBella Entertainiment, in association with Arena Box Promotions and the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
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 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.”
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.
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.