Sunday, July 08, 2007
Nonito Donaire captured the IBF/IBO flyweight titles with a brutal fifth-round knockout over defending champ and previously undefeated Vic Darchinyan. Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Forget the date. Forget the odds. There was nothing “lucky” about what transpired Saturday on Showtime. Nor was there anything “fluky.”
New world champions Joachim “Tia-Joa” Alcine (World Boxing Association super welterweight) and Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire (International Boxing Federation/International Boxing Organization flyweight) did exactly what they had to do to dispose of previously undefeated defending titlists “Tremendous” Travis Simms and Vic “The Raging Bull” Darchinyan, respectively, in the co-main events on Showtime Championship Boxing.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Legendary boxing promoter Don King will present a boxing event with three world championships on Saturday, July 7 at Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Conn. The main event will feature Norwalk’s own undefeated World Boxing Association super welterweight champion ‘Tremendous’ Travis Simms (25-0, 19 KOs) defending his crown against undefeated WBA No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger Joachim “Ti-Joa” Alcine (28-0, 18 KOs), from Montreal.
The two additional world championships will showcase undefeated knockout machine Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan (28-0, 22 KOs), an Armenian now living in Sydney, Australia, defending his International Boxing Federation and International Boxing Organization championships against once-beaten Filipino Nonito “Flash” Donaire (17-1, 10 KOs) and former IBF super flyweight champion Luis “El Demoledor” Perez (24-1, 15 KOs) of Managua, Nicaragua, stepping up a notch in weight to tangle with Genaro “Poblanito” Garcia (35-5, 20 KOs) of Puebla, Mexico, for the vacant IBF bantamweight championship.
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
NEW YORK, NY - “Calling all cars! Calling all cars! Be on the lookout for a former world champion fighter who always refers to himself in the third person. Goes by the name of Roy Jones Jr. Last seen heading south . . . waaaaaay south and as far away as possible from super middleweight contender Anthony Hanshaw. Approach with extreme caution and for heaven’s sake, bring plenty of backup—backup contracts. He is armed with amendments and codicils and brother, he isn’t afraid to use them!”
Alas, Sigfried & Roy Jones, Jr. pulled a disappearing act on undefeated super middleweight contender Hanshaw, whom both Jones and promoter Lou DiBella had verbally agreed to terms to fight on June 2, in a 10-round light heavyweight bout that would have been broadcast live on Showtime.
“We had agreed to terms and signed our parts of the contract,” stated Hanshaw’s promoter Gary Shaw. “Lou DiBella was supposed to get Jones to sign all his documents and the promotion would have been ready to go. We are still waiting to hear back. I’m just hoping Roy hasn’t been abducted by aliens!”
“If Jones is refusing to fight a super middleweight moving up to light heavyweight, you can bet he won’t be challenging me either,” said Chad Dawson, the newly-minted undefeated WBC light heavyweight champion. “Maybe he heard DiBella toss out his name as a possible opponent for middleweight champion Jermain Taylor? Roy must like them really small.”
“Am I small enough?” asked undefeated IBF/IBO flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan. “If making me move up 73 pounds isn’t enough, then I suggest Roy get out of his chicken coop and get some fresh air before he fowls up anymore fights for himself!”
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
The Long Beach Press Telegram is reporting that Victor Burgos has come out of his coma and is now responding to to doctors at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California.
Don King’s office apparently told the paper that Burgos answered to some verbal commands and that he seems to be improving. He remains in the intensive care unit.
Monday, March 05, 2007
CARSON, Calif. — Mexican boxer Victor Burgos was whisked from the ring to a hospital on Saturday where he underwent immediate surgery to remove a blood clot in his brain and to reduce swelling after participating in an International Boxing Federation flyweight championship against Vic Darchinyan at Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
Burgos survived the operation at Los Angeles County Harbor-U.C.L.A. Medical Center in nearby Torrance, Calif., but is still in a medically induced coma, a common technique used after head trauma to help reduce harmful brain swelling. His doctors have also reported Sunday that Burgos has already shown certain signs of movement in the intensive care unit that can only be described as positive.
Sunday, March 04, 2007
IBF/IBO bantamweight champion Rafael Marquez captured the WBC super bantamweight title with an exciting seventh-round TKO over defending champion Israel Vazquez. Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime
CARSON, Calif. – After breaking his opponent’s nose in the first round of an electrifying bout, IBF Bantamweight Champion Rafael Marquez captured the World Boxing Council (WBC) super bantamweight title by stopping defending champion Israel Vazquez at the end of the seventh round Saturday on Showtime Championship Boxing.
Vazquez asked his trainer, Freddie Roach, to stop the contest because he was having trouble breathing.
“I was able to breathe through my mouth, but I couldn’t get any air through my nose,” Vazquez said. “I couldn’t breathe. I was taking a lot of shots because of that.”
After rallying from a third-round knockdown, Marquez went toe-to-toe with Vazquez for the remainder of the non-stop action bout that lived up to its billing. At the time of the stoppage, Marquez led the battle of Mexico City, Mexico, natives 67-65 twice and 66 apiece on the scorecards. Discussions for a sequel to the “Fight of the Year” candidate already are underway.
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
IBF/IBO flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan and IBF/IBO bantamweight champion Rafael Marquez. Photo: Joe Miranda
IBF/IBO champions Rafael Marquez (bantamweight) and Vic Darchinyan (flyweight) participated in open media workouts Tuesday as they finalized preparations for their upcoming world title fights Saturday, March 3, at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
In one of the most highly anticipated match-ups in years, Marquez will step up a notch in weight and challenge WBC and The Ring 122-pound champion Israel Vazquez in the main event on Showtime Championship Boxing (9 p.m. ET/PT delayed on the west coast).
The showdown between two of boxing’s most exceptionally talented and exciting warriors at the peaks of their games will be promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, and Romanza Productions, and Sycuan Ringside Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions.
In an excellent co-feature, undefeated hard-hitting Darchinyan defends against former IBF champion and current top contender Victor Burgos.
Friday, February 23, 2007
Showtime continues to live up to its billing as America’s No. 1 Boxing Network as it delivers yet another incredibly compelling match-up Saturday, March, 3, 2007. In one of the most highly anticipated fights in years, Israel Vazquez will defend his WBC super bantamweight title against IBF/IBO bantamweight champion Rafael Marquez in the main event on Showtime Championship Boxing (9 p.m. ET/PT delayed on the west coast).
The showdown between two of boxing’s most exceptionally talented and exciting warriors at the peaks of their games will be promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, Sycuan Ringside Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions.
In an excellent co-feature, undefeated hard-hitting IBF/IBO flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan defends against former IBF champion and current top contender Victor Burgos.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Many new things to report this morning…
News, Notes, and Rumors:
- Raul Frank has appealed to the New York State Athletic Commission to reinstate his victory over Terrance Cauthen. There will be a public hearing held at the officies of the NYSA tomorrow…
- IBF and IBO Flyweight Champion Vic Darchinyan has stated that he wants the winner of Rafael-Marquez-Israel Vazquez as a setup bout that would eventually get him in line for a shot at Manny Pacquiao.
“I will challenge both Marquez and Vazquez,” Darchinyan said. “I am looking forward. I just don’t want to stay in my weight division. I want to unify the flyweight division, but if the other champions won’t fight me, I want to move up and fight for more world titles. I want to become more popular. I want to become pound for pound No.1.”
- The Plain Dealer Reporter is reporting ironically that HBO would like Kelly Pavik to fight on the same card as Jermain Taylor-Sergio Mora on April 14th.
Pavlik told the paper that Top Rank is trying to set up a fight between himself and Edison Miranda in June instead with the winner getting a shot at Taylor in September…
- A biography on Roberto Duran written by Christian Giudice and titled “Hands of Stone, The Life and Legend of Roberto Duran” will start going on sale on Friday, March 2…
Some Good Reads:
Sunday, October 08, 2006
Joel Casamayor closed the book on the three-fight series with Diego Corrales with a hard-fought split decision victory. Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime
LAS VEGAS - The World Boxing Council Lightweight title was only Joel Casamayor’s to win on Saturday night; and win it he did. Casamayor became a world champion for the third time by defeating Diego Corrales in a close and hard-fought split decision scored 116-111, 115-112 and 113-114. In the co-feature, International Boxing Federation (IBF) Flyweight Champion Vic Darchinyan retained his title with an explosive sixth-round technical decision over Glenn Donaire.
The conclusion of the Corrales-Casamayor trilogy lived up to its billing as a dramatic and exciting match. The fight was thought to be in jeopardy when Corrales failed to make the official weight of 135-pounds on Friday. As a result, he lost the WBC belt he took to Las Vegas before the bout even began.
Casamayor agreed to take the fight anyway, knowing the title was his to win. Had Corrales won the bout, the belt would have been vacant and Casamayor would have received an immediate chance to fight interim champ David Diaz for the title.