Israel Vazquez and Rafael Marquez I and II produced the most exciting, bloody, give-and-take slugfests of 2007, and inevitably have led to one of the most highly anticipated rubber matches in boxing history. Now, they battle for the World Boxing Council (WBC) 122-pound title, The Ring Magazine 122-pound crown and super bantamweight supremacy in the third and final chapter of boxing’s best rivalry in recent memory. Vazquez-Marquez III “Final Confrontation” will take place on Saturday, March 1, 2008, from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
Vazquez - Marquez III, which headlines an exciting night of world-class boxing action, will be presented by Gary Shaw Promotions, in association with Sycuan Ringside Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions and Romanza Boxing Productions.
The showdown will be televised live on Showtime Championship Boxing beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
CANCUN, Mexico - The first world heavyweight championship ever staged in Mexico will take place in Cancun’s Plaza de Torros on Saturday, March 8 when World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev makes the second defense of his title against WBC interim heavyweight champion Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter to determine the sole WBC heavyweight champion.
The two had been scheduled to meet in New York’s Madison Square Garden on Oct. 6, but a back injury forced Maskaev to pull out of the fight on Sept. 21.
Temecula, CA - Paul “The Punisher” Williams (33-0, 24KOs), the most feared fighter in boxing faced Carlos “El Indio” Quintana (24-1, 19KOs) today at the official weigh in. The two will square off tomorrow night in front of eager fight fans at The Pechanga Resort and Casino and thousands more on HBO’s Boxing After Dark.
The scheduled 12-round WBO world title fight, presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions. HBO telecast begins at 9:45pm ET/PT.
Bronx, NY - When Devin Vargas splashed onto the pro boxing scene back in 2004 after coming home from the Summer Games in Greece, it was clear, after knocking out his first three opponents in the first round, that the boxing world would be feeling his “ripple effect” for years to come. This Saturday, February 9th at The Aquarius Casino Resort in Laughlin, Nevada, Devin Vargas (14-0, 6 KO’s) will bring his undefeated record and power into the ring against the very rugged Charles Davis (17-14, 4 KO’s). In what is sure to be a crowd- pleasing knock-down-drag-out heavyweight main event battle, Vargas will not only be facing a tough test, but with a victory on Saturday, he will be making another important stride towards a heavyweight title shot opportunity. As the 2004 US Olympic Team Captain, Vargas is used to stepping up to a challenge and taking the lead, which is exactly what he plans to do against Davis, who has defeated the likes of “King” Arthur Williams, Javier Mora, and Willie Chapman.
Since his days of becoming a two-time National Golden Gloves Champion (2000 and 2001), Vargas has continued to elevate his level of competition in each and every fight. Consistently taking on the best opponents available, so that one day, when he is called to take on the heavyweight champ, Vargas will be ready and able to take the championship.
NEW YORK – One day before Israel Vazquez and Rafael Marquez renew their rivalry on Showtime Championship Boxing, America’s No. 1 Fight Network hits you with one of the most anticipated ShoBox fight cards of the new year. On Friday, February 29, IBF featherweight champion and ShoBox alum Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (21-1-1, 14 KOs) will defend his title against Jason “The American Boy” Litzau (23-1, 19 KOs) on Friday, Feb. 29, live on Showtime (Shobox: The New Generation, 11:00 p.m. ET/PT delayed on the west coast).
The Showtime event is being promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions, LLC and will originate from the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, Calif. Also fighting on the televised card, young rivals TJ “Top Dog” Wilson (12-1, 8 KOs) of Miami, Fla. and Travis “Freight Train” Walker (26-1-1, 20 KOs) of Houston, Texas will meet in a 10-round heavyweight rematch.
“I can’t wait to put it all on the line again,” said Guerrero, who is coming off an impressive 56 second KO victory against Martin Honorio on Nov. 3, 2007 in a Showtime televised fight. “I’m on a mission right now. Everyone has been talking about this fight for a while, and now its time to make it happen.
HOLLYWOOD, FL – When boxing’s premier promotional companies join forces, fight fans become the true winners when it comes to action-packed nights of fistic fury. On Friday, February 29thSeminole Warriors Boxing and Keep Punching Entertainment will team up once again, along with Tony Holden Productions, for another great night of fights at the Paragon Casino & Resort in Marksville, Louisiana, featuring a double main event to be televised live on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights.
In the first half of this doubleheader, number one IBF junior middleweight contender Sechew ‘Iron Horse’ Powell will look to keep his 2008 title shot intact when he takes on unbeaten banger Kevin Finley. But that’s not all, as highly regarded super middleweight standout Allan Green puts his three fight winning streak on the line against exciting Colombian Samuel Miller in the co-featured main event bout.
Both fights are scheduled for 10 rounds. The ESPN2 broadcast is scheduled to begin at 9pm ET / 6pm PT.
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Contrary to information circulated on the internet, undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) Junior Lightweight Champion Joan Guzman (28-0, 17 KOs) remains under contract with his co-promoters, San Diego-based Sycuan Ringside Promotions and Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions through March 1, 2008.
“There have been numerous false reports circulating on the internet that claim Guzman’s contract with Sycuan and Golden Boy has concluded,” said Scott Woodworth, executive vice president of Sycuan Ringside Promotions. The contract between Sycuan, Golden Boy and Joan Guzman might not necessarily end on March 1, 2008, due to injuries and other specific circumstances.”
Angulo knocked out Cortes at 1:59 of the first round. Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime
HINCKLEY, Minn. – It was a cold night in Minnesota, but there were two action packed, sizzling fights on Friday night’s ShoBox: The New Generation.
Alfredo Angulo stormed into the ring against Ricardo Cortes an undefeated prospect fresh off an impressive first round TKO with another tough challenge in front of him. He walked out victoriously once again, his unblemished record intact, with another knockout in the first stanza and world title hopes in his near future.
In the co-feature from the sold out Grand Casino Hinckley in Hinckley, Minn., undefeated prospect and 2004 United States Olympian Mickey Bey, Jr. remained unbeaten by defeating late replacement Roberto Acevedo with an 8-round unanimous decision.
Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime
Alfredo Angulo weighed 152 pounds and Ricardo Cortes tipped the scales at 153 pounds during Thursday’s weigh-in. Mickey Bey., Jr. and Roberto Acevedo, who will be fighting in the co-feature Friday night, will weigh-in tomorrow morning. The Mille Lacs Band Of Ojibwe Indians Department of Athletic Regulations will let the two boxers weigh-in tomorrow because Acevedo was a late replacement and had last minute travel arrangements.
Angulo (11-0, eight KOs), a hard-hitting, undefeated prospect, looks to continue making a name for himself in the junior middleweight division when he battles the dangerous Cortes (22-1, 150 KOs) in a 10-round junior middleweight battle Friday, Feb. 1, 2008, on ShoBox: The New Generation (live on Showtime at 11 p.m. ET/PT delayed on the west coast).
In the co-feature, former amateur champion and 2004 United States Olympian Mickey Bey, Jr. (9-0, six KOs) will face Roberto Acevedo (5-3-3, one KO) who was a late replacement for the eight-round super featherweight special attraction. Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, will present the doubleheader from Grand Casino Hinckley in Hinckley, Minn.
WBC #9 light heavyweight contender Braimah Kamoko has been added to the February 8 boxing event at Sheikh Rashid Hall in the Dubai World Trade Center.
Promoter Jessie Robinson says the addition of Ghana’s Kamoko (23-0, 13 KOs) brings even more prestige to this groundbreaking night of boxing in the United Arab Emirates that already features former heavyweight and light heavyweight champion of the world “Double M” Michael Moorer.
Kamoko will face Atlanta, Georgia’s “King” Lawrence Chapman (19-4-2, 13 KOs), a solid veteran who will test the resolve of any light heavyweight in the world.