By Keith Idec Promoter
Top Rank announced its next two main events late Thursday night in its new partnership with ESPN.
The basic-cable network will air a super featherweight title bout between champion Vasyl Lomachenko and Miguel Marriaga on August 5. Two weeks later, ESPN will broadcast a full 140-pound championship unification fight that’ll match Terence Crawford against Julius Indongo.
Ukraine’s Lomachenko (8-1, 6 KOs), who owns the WBO 130-pound championship, and Colombia’s Marriaga (25-2, 21 KOs) will square off at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Crawford (31-0, 22 KOs), the WBC/WBO super lightweight champion, will encounter Namibia’s Indongo (22-0, 11 KOs), the IBF/IBO/WBA 140-pound champion, at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska, about a one-hour drive from Crawford’s hometown of Omaha.
Lomachenko and Crawford are generally regarded as two of the top five boxers, pound-for-pound, in the sport.
While facing Indongo represents a shot a full unification for the highly skilled Crawford, Lomachenko’s opponent is coming off a loss. Mexico’s Oscar Valdez (22-0, 19 KOs), the WBO featherweight champion, defeated Marriaga by unanimous decision in their 12-round fight April 22 at StubHub Center in Carson, California.
“Pound for pound, no one can match the talent of Vasyl Lomachenko and Terence Crawford,” Top Rank president Todd duBoef told ESPN.com. “They drew the best ratings on premium cable this year [HBO], and now everyone will be able to see them when they defend their world titles in all-action fights in August, live on ESPN.
” Crawford and Lomachenko have become two of the most-watched fighters in bouts broadcast by HBO over the past couple years, but ESPN is available in millions more homes than HBO.
ESPN’s partnership with Bob Arum’s Top Rank will officially begin Saturday night, when the network will televise the Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn welterweight title fight from Brisbane, Australia, Horn’s hometown.
Their scheduled 12-round fight for Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight title will take place Sunday afternoon in Brisbane, where a crowd of 60,000 is expected at Suncorp Stadium, but it will air Saturday night in the United States at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
Los Angeles, CA: Undefeated welterweight contender Giovanni “Gallo de Oro” Santillan (21-0-11 KO’s) held a media work out today at the Capetillo Boxing Academy in East Los Angeles as he gets ready for of his upcoming fight July 7th against NABO Champion and #9 WBO challenger “Hurricane” Sammy Valentin (12-0-9 KO’s) at the A La Carte Pavilion as part of the successful series Boxeo Telemundo. The bout which will open the summer series is schedule for 10 rounds with Valentin title at stake.
“I very excited for this opportunity, its my first time fight on national television and I will take full advantage of it, I’m preparing myself as usual with my Father Memo Santillan and we have had a great camp” said Santillan. “It will be a great fight, Valentin comes to fight and I also come to fight but I will win by KO and take the title back to my Family and fans in San Diego”. he added.
On hand where Promoters Tuto Zabala Jr (All Star Boxing, Inc), Alex Camponovo (Thompson Boxing) and WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel who was on his way to Brisbane, Australia for the Paquiao-Horn fight this weekend.
There 7 fights on the card. Doors open at 7PM, first fight 8:00 PM. The A La Carte Pavilion is located @ 4050 Dana Shore Drive, Tampa, FL. For Information and Tickets call 813-454-7800. Valentin Vs. Santillan is presented by Tuto Zabala’s Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc in association with Thompson Boxing and will be televised live at 11:35 PM by the Telemundo Network.
Photo credits All Star Boxing & Thompson Boxing
WORLD BOXING ORGANIZATION
Luis Batista Salas, Esq.
On June 8th, the World Boxing Organization Championship Committee in accordance with Rule 19 of the WBO Regulations of World Championship Contests, sent a ‘show cause letter’ to WBO Interim Middleweight Champion Avtandil Khurtsidze through his Promoter, Lou Dibella, Dibella Entertainment, giving him five (5) days from the date of the notice of why the Committee should not recommend to the WBO Executive Committee that Mr. Khurtsidze’s title be vacated. No answer was received.
The Committee having examined all facts concerning the current status of the WBO Interim Middleweight Championship of Avtandil Khurtsidze, having requested that he show cause why his WBO Interim Middleweight Championship should not be vacated, and being fully advised in the Premises, hereby resolves and hereby recommends the following resolution to the WBO Executive Board:
The WBO Executive Board having received the Resolution of the WBO World Championship Committee hereby determines and resolves:
WHEREAS, Avtandil Khurtsidze won the WBO Interim Middleweight Championship on April 22, 2017, and;
WHEREAS, under the terms and conditions of the WBO Interim Middleweight Championship Avtandil Khurtsidze was ordered to fight for the WBO Middleweight Championship with WBO Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders in London, England on July 8, 2017, and;
WHEREAS, Avtandil Khurtsidze is unavailable to complete his responsibilities as WBO Interim Champion to contest the Championship and that sanctioned and scheduled contest was cancelled for reasons unrelated to Avtandil Khurtsidze’s WBO Participation.
Page 1 of 2 Resolution – Avtandil Khurtsidze
NOW THEREFORE, it is resolved that Avtandil Khurtsidze’s WBO Interim Middleweight Championship is hereby vacated.
Avtandil Khurtsidze is notified that this is a final determination of the WBO and under the WBO World Championship Rules that his sole appeal is an appeal to the WBO Complaints and Grievance Committee, which must be commenced by written complaint to the WBO within 10 days of this date, after which it will be final without further recourse.
Dated at San Juan, Puerto Rico this June 14, 2017
By: Luis Batista Salas, Esq.
WBO Championship Committee
By Joe Koizumi
February 21, 2017
WBO#1 minimum Moises Calleros (25-6-1, 14 KOs) from Mexico arrived yesterday (Monday) in Kumamoto City, Japan, where he will dispute the interim WBO 105-pound championship with local prospect Tatsuya Fukuhara (18-4-6, 7 KOs) on this coming Sunday.
In the begining, the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) won’t accept an Interim Title bout to take place here in Japan, but the legitimate WBO champ Katsunari Takayama had his notorious scar tissues operated last year and needs more time for recovery, so the Calleros-Fukuhara interim title bout received a special permission of the JBC.
The lefty fighter from Japan, Fukuhara acquired the vacant national 105-pound belt by defeating Hiroya Yamamoto in November 2015 and kept his belt three times by beating Takumi Sakae (W10), Genki Hanai (TKO7) and being held to a technical draw with veteran Shin Ono.
Calleros, with the same age as Fukuhara at 27, recently scored five victories in a row since his KO defeat at the hand of Samuel Gutierrez in 2014. The winner is supposed to have a long-anticipated shot at the full champ Takayama upon his recuperation, the WBO has put the time of a 180 days for the Interim Champion faces the WBO Minimumweight Champion Katsunari Takayama.
WORLD BOXING ORGANIZATION
Luis Batista Salas, Esq.
WBO Championship Committee
January 24, 2017
Re: WBO HEAVYWEIGHT PURSE BID
Joseph Parker vs. Hughie Fury
As per Section 11 through 14 of the WBO Regulations for World Championship Contest (www.wboboxing.com), please be advised that a purse bid will be held at 11:00 am AST on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at the:
1056 Muñoz Rivera Avenue
San Juan, PR 00927
+1 (787) 765-4444
The minimum acceptable bid for the Heavyweight Title is $1,000,000.00 (One Million Dollars). The Purse division for Champion Parker will be 60% and for the Challenger 40%, as accorded during the 2016 WBO Convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
President Francisco Valcarcel will be presiding.
Cc: All Bona Fide Promoters
Este jueves 19 de enero 2017 el Orfelinato San José de Malambo, en El Carrizal, Arraiján, volvió a recibir una donación económica por parte de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), por medio de su presidente, Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcárcel quien ademas fue acompañado por el Lic. Luis Batista Salas, Presidente Fundador de la OMB y Presidente del Comité de Campeonatos Mundiales, junto a Joe Hernández y Rubén De Jesús, cercanos colaboradores de la Organización y don Marco Hermoso representante de la OMB en Panamá quien escogió al Orfanato de Malambo para recibir la donación.
“Es un compromiso que tenemos y pasamos por varios países”, dijo el dirigente de la OMB, programa conocido como Kids Drug Free y que esta semana se llevo acabo importantes donaciones en los países hermanos de Costa Rica y Nicaragua. Mientras, Sor Lourdes, anfitriona hace muchos años de esta organización, agradecía a la entidad boxística, este hogar es casa para niños y jóvenes huérfanos y que algunos inclusive tienen que enfrentar enfermedades como el Sida, por lo que la ayuda siempre es importante para seguir con tan importante labor que conlleva gastos diarios.
Como parte importante del acto realizado ayer en la entrega de la donación, también se recordó a Luis Pérez, un miembro importante en la consolidación mundial de la OMB, quien perdió la batalla con el cáncer el pasado mes de diciembre y que siempre en vida apoyo el programa Kids Drug Free en Panamá.
La Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), con sede en San Juan, Puerto Rico, continúa impulsando su programa “Niños Libres de Drogas”, no sólo en la Isla del Encanto, sino a nivel internacional. Por esa razón, este martes, el puertorriqueño Francisco “Paco” Valcárcel, presidente de la OMB, se hizo presente al frente de una comitiva al Hogar de Niñas Cristo Obrero, ubicado en Diriomo, municipio de Granada, a unos 50 kilómetros de Managua, capital de Nicaragua.
Este centro es atendido por las Hermanas de Amistad Misionera en Cristo Obrero (AMICO), a cargo de la Hermana Ivelisse Guzmán de la Rosa, superiora de este centro de atención a niñas.
La Hermana Ivelisse recibió este importante donativo, en esta visita que estuvo encabezada por Valcárcel, junto al promotor Félix “Tutico” Zabala, quien dirige la emprea All Star Boxing en La Florida, el Representante de la OMB en Nicaragua, Erick Rivera, el Vice-Alcalde de Managua, Enrique Armas y el aventajado concertador internacional de boxeo Ricardo Rizzo, nicaragüense que vive en Miami, pero que es uno de los más aventajados en el tema de concertar combates en la actualidad.
Valcárcel comentó que se hizo un donativo económico, como parte de una ayuda constante que la OMB entrega a este Centro de Atención de Niñas, ya que están trabajando en la instalación de un ring para que las menores aprendan el boxeo, como una forma de defensa personal.
“Estamos ayudando de diversas formas al Centro Cristo Obrero, pero el plan inmediato en la construcción del gimnasio para que las niñas aprendan defensa personal y aumenten su auto estima”, comentó Valcárcel.
“La idea es llevar una o dos veces a la semana a una entrenadora para que de clases de boxeo a estas niñas. Estamos trabajando en eso, y en unas mejoras para el hogar”, reiteró el presidente de la OMB.
Este es el octavo año consecutivo que la OMB apoya a este Hogar de Niñas, como parte del programa “Niños Libres de Drogas”, que esta organización impulsa en muchos países latinoamericanos y del mundo. En Nicaragua, la OMB ha brindado aportes económicos y material deportivo para las escuelas de boxeo, además de donaciones a centros de atención de niños en riesgo.
El Hogar de Niñas Cristo Obrero en Diriomo es una institución sin fines de lucro, que alberga a más de 30 niñas, entre las edades de 7 a 18 años, que han sido víctimas de maltrato físico y emocional, abandono, negligencia, orfandad y situaciones de alto riesgo. Fue fundado el 16 de Marzo de 2003 por AMICO, para responder a las necesidades de la niñez. Actualmente, con limitaciones, es administrado y operado por las hermanas religiosas de AMICO.
Para información adicional y realizar donativos, contactar a la hermana Grethel Marchena al teléfono (506) 8112-3170 o escribirle a su e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Saturday, January 28, 2017
WBO Female Welterweight Championship Title Bout
Location: The Spectrum, Oslo
Promoter: FIRST LADY PROMOTION AS/MORTEN ANDREASSEN
Supervisor: MARION PALATIN
Referee: MASSIMO BARROVECCHIO (WBC)
Judges:FABIAN GUGGENHEIM (WBC), PREDRAG ALEKSIC (WBC), ROBIN DOLPIERRE (WBC)
Atlantic City.-El campeón mundial cubano Guillermo Rigondeaux venció abrumadoramente por unanimidad al ghanés Joseph Agbeko, el 7 de diciembre en Atlantic City, Nueva Jersey.
“El Chacal” Rigondeaux recibió votación de 120-108 de los tres jueces, lo que significa que el trío de oficiales lo vio imponerse en cada uno de los 12 asaltos.
Para el invicto Rigondeaux (13-0-0, 8 KOs) fue la cuarta defensa exitosa del cinturón de la Asociación Mundial (AMB) y la primera de la Organización Mundial (OMB), que obtuvo el 13 de abril al imponerse por unanimidad al filipino Nonito Donaire en Nueva York.
Y tal como ocurrió ante Donaire, ahora el oriundo de la oriental provincia de Santiago de Cuba, ofreció una disertación de las mejores cualidades de un boxeador: sentido de la distancia, rapidez de manos y piernas, anticipación en el desembarco de los golpes y una guardia casi inexpugnable para Agbeko.
En los dos primeros asaltos, Rigondeaux pegó varios jabs y ganchos de zurda al africano, quien se lanzaba hacia delante con ambos guantes protegiéndose el rostro, pero incapaz de impactar con solidez en la anatomía del caribeño.
Durante los siguientes asaltos, “Rigo”, como le llaman sus allegados, se mantuvo pegando con exactitud y desplazándose hacia los laterales o hacia atrás para evitar las arremetidas de Agbeko, superado en toda la línea.
Al final de cada round, Pedro Luis Díaz, el entrenador del cubano, lo conminaba a mantener los puños en alto y combinar con las dos manos, una táctica que el monarca cumplió al pie de la letra.
Después de concluida la reyerta y sobre la posibilidad de conceder la revancha a Donaire, Rigondeaux respondió: “Cuando quiera le vuelvo a dar otra paliza, pero que deje de llorar”.
Igualmente aceptó vérselas con el recién ingresado a las filas profesionales, el ruso Vasyl Lomachenko, de 25 años y doble monarca olímpico y también con par de coronas mundiales en las filas amateurs.
Para los amantes del buen boxeo, Rigondeaux hizo lo que exige la disciplina: pegar y evitar ser impactado. Sus virtudes personales son similares a las de Floyd Mayweather Jr. y Andre Ward, dos de los mejores libra por libra del mundo.
Pero otros arguyen que “no ofrece espectáculo”, algo que podría aplicarse al binomio antes mencionado, artífices también de “picar como abeja y volar como mariposa”, una definición que el estadounidense Mohammed Alí, uno de los mejores púgiles de la historia, daba a su forma de pelear.
King Kong” Agbeko (29-4-0, 22 KOs), quien actualmente reside en el Bronx de Nueva York, había derrotado por unanimidad al zurdo colombiano Luis “Surtigás” Meléndez, el 22 de marzo en Accra, Ghana, en la discusión del título vacante gallo de la Organización Internacional (OIB).
Antes había sufrido par de reveses ante el mexicano Abner Mares, ambos en 2011, cuando perdió la faja de las 118 libras de la FIB, conseguida ante el el nicaragüense Luis Alberto “El Demoledor” Pérez, en 2007, en Sacramento, California.
Agbeko perdió momentáneamente el cinturón ante Yohhny Pérez, en 2009, pero después lo reconquistó en pelea revancha el 31 de octubre de 2010.
PHOTO: Ed Mulholland/HBO
Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade born February 26, 1988 in Providence, Rhode Island is a professional boxer from the United States. He won the 2007 world championships as an amateur, then made his professional debut on October 23, 2008. Demetrius represented the United States in the 2008 Olympics. He is trained by David Keefe and his father, Paul Andrade.
A Providence native of Cape Verdean descent, southpaw Andrade began boxing in 1994 at the age of 6. His nickname is “Boo Boo” and he currently competes in the Junior Middleweight division.
Andrade won the United States Amateur Boxing Championship in 2005, and repeated it in 2006 when he also won the National Golden Gloves. He again won the National Golden Gloves in 2007, but did not compete in the U.S. Amateurs that year due to injury.
Andrade initially struggled at the international level, losing to Eastern European opponents at the World Cup in 2005 and 2006. However, he won the silver medal at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, losing controversially in the gold medal match to Brazilian hometown favorite Pedro Lima by a narrow 7-6 margin.
He won Gold at the 2007 World Amateur Boxing Championships, where he beat Kakhaber Zhvania, Dmitrijs Sostaks, 2005 silver medalist Magomed Nurutdinov, future champion Jack Culcay-Keth, Adem Kılıçcı in the semifinal round, and then Non Boonjumnong of Thailand in the finals, a match in which Andrade inflicted a standing eight count upon Boonjumnong and was leading by a score of 11-3 in the second round when Boonjumnong retired with an injury to his right arm.
At the Olympic trials he defeated hard-punching Keith Thurman 27:13
At the Olympics he beat Kakhaber Zhvania and the highly regarded Russian Andrey Balanov14:3 but was shocked by Korean veteran Kim Jung-Joo 9:11
Following the disappointment of not gaining a medal at the Olympics Andrade then turned professional and had his first pro fight in October 2008, which he won at Northern Quest Casino, Airway Heights, Washington beating Patrick Cape by second round knockout. He went on to win a TKO over Eric Marriott before making his Friday Night Fights debut against Tom Joseph on March 6 with a 1st round TKO victory then only 2 weeks later a second round KO win against Arnulfo Javier Romero. On June 19, 2009 he won the unanimous decision against Tony Hirsch. And another KO against Chad Greenleaf in the second round. He is also a member of Team Fight to Walk, which supports America’s first clinical stem cell trial, along with other notable fighters such as Boyd Melson, Shawn Estrada, Steve Cunningham, Denis Douglin and Deandre Latimore
En conmemoración de la 26 Convención de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo la revista digital www.boxenvivo.com dedicó su revista digital #7 a la OMB, con el título: “La OMB llegó para quedarse”.
En el contenido se destacan “La OMB cumple 26 años siempre protagónico” , “Mexicanos, los reyes de la OMB”,El Gallito Estrada lo volvió hacer, se entona en China” y “La OMB a través, un organismo de credibilidad” entre otros.
Lo invitamos a disfrutar estos artículos en el siguiente link:
Trainer: Freddie Roach
“I had a little over 150 amateur fights. I had around 130 wins and 20 losses.” 
2005 Oil Producing Countries Cup, Nizhnevartovsk, Russia, 151 pounds: in the quarterfinals lost a 35-21 decision against Artur Khachatrian of Armenia.
2000 Eurocadet Junior Championship, Patra, Greece, 105 pounds Gold Medalist: in the finals he beat Denis Litvinenko of Ukraine.
WBO Junior Welterweight Title (2013)
WBO Intercontinental Light Welterweight Title (2012)
WBC Asian Boxing Council Light Welterweight Title (2011)
WBO Intercontinental Light Welterweight Title (2009)
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Manila, Philippines – The World Boxing Organization President Francisco Valcarcel has revealed his newly organized WBO International regional titles and has appointed Vice President Leon Panoncillo, Jr. as Chairman to lead with his invaluable leadership that led the WBO Asia Pacific organization to its greatest achievement of success since opening grounds in 1995.
Panoncillo informed that he had a conversation with the WBO President Francisco Valcarcel to find solution to accommodate promoters and Asian TV Network that fits their criteria in showcasing International boxing matches with the right regional titles.
“I have been approving WBO Asia Pacific programs for promoters in Philippines and other country who desire more intriguing match-ups with Mexico and other foreign boxers beyond the Asia Pacific rim and it does not seem right when an Asia Pacific champion is defending against a foreign fighter who does not belong in the region for that specific title”.
“The issue of the WBO Asia Pacific and Oriental titles holders that were organized by promoters in the Philippines and in Asia where a concern about limited access of qualified participants and promoters were looking at more opponents beyond the Asia Pacific Rim that was called upon as a challenger to create more viable matches for their program”.
Therefore, the newly organized WBO International regional title was created and will be accessible to all promoters around the world who have interest on International matches. It is a form of a regional title that can be utilized around the world without any limitation of what country the participants will come from.
As we often see matches, such as Philippines versus Mexico a lot here in the Philippines, now there will be no concerns of where the participants will come from since the WBO International will cover world-wide, benefit will be the same as the winner of the bout is guaranteed in the top 15 accordingly in the world rankings.
In fact we will be seeing the first inauguration of the new WBO International title that has been programmed by ALA Promotions and sanctioned by the WBO between current WBO Inter-continental champion Milan Melindo versus Jesus Geles on Pinoy Pride XIV at the Resort World Manila on June 2, 2012 telecast by ABS-CBN.
What a great move by the WBO President to have come up with this solution of this newly organized International regional title and on a timely manner where the prestige of the WBO Organization brand is reaching its highest peak in Asia because of the popularity of our own Manny “ Pacman” Pacquaio who is considered the best in the world pound for pound. Not to mention other WBO world champions such as Nonito the “Flash” Donaire, Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria and of course our long time World champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes who will be defending his world crown this June 2, 2012 against Felipe Salguero of Mexico.
Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas – In his first fight at 122-pounds, Nonito Donaire (28-1, 18 KO) won a twelve round split decision over Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (21-2-1, 18 KO) to capture the vacant WBO super bantamweight title. The judges had it 115-112 for Vazquez, and two scores of 117-110 for Donaire. No clue how a judge could have this fight 115-112 for Vazquez.
From the opening bell, Donaire was the sharper, busier and more accurate fighter. Donaire lets his hands go in the third round, after stunning Vazquez with a looping left hand. Vazquez fought his way off the ropes and stayed defensive. In the fourth and fifth, Vazquez was sticking to his left jab but still getting punished with harder punches. In the sixth, Donaire’s eyes were starting to show some bruising from Vazquez’s jabs. Donaire started switching to southpaw to give Vazquez a different look.
Vazquez became braver in the seventh round and started fighting Donaire on the inside. In the ninth round, Donaire landed a three punch combination to send Vazquez down for the first time in his career. The Puerto Rican boxer made it to the bell. In the three remaining hards, Donaire continued to work harder and his punches were more accurate.
By Osman Rodriguez
“I trained continuously. I shouldn’t be complacent,” said Melindo, who resisted the temptation of eating too much during the holidays, in Filipino.
Melindo’s training is now in its final phase at the ALA boxing gym here as he gears up for his 12-round bout against Esquer, the main event of “Pinoy Pride XI: Philippines vs The World” to be held at Cebu City Waterfront Hotel and Casino.
Melindo, a 23-year-old native of Cagayan de Oro, will be bringing with him an unbeaten record of 25-0 (with 9 KOs) when he meets his 25-year-old opponent from Sonora, Mexico.
Esquer has a 27-9 (win-loss) record, including 21 knockouts, and once challenged for the World Boxing Organization light flyweight title against Ivan Calderon of Puerto Rico, losing a unanimous 12-round decision.
“He’s a strong puncher so we shouldn’t get overconfident,” said Melindo, the reigning WBO Intercontinental flyweight champion.
As part of the promotional built up for the fight presented by Ala Promotions and ABS-CBN Sports, Melindo and other boxers seeing action in the undercards, conducted a public workout at the SM City here Friday afternoon. Also in attendance were Lorenzo Villanueva, Joseph Von Minoza, reigning Orient Pacific Boxing Federation champion Merlito Sabilo and Mhar Jhun Makahilig.
WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao has set his next date, and picked his opponent, and Floyd Mayweather Jr. is not on the menu. In a recent interview with Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated, Top Rank’s CEO Bob Arum revealed that Pacquiao was going to return on June 9th at a new outdoor venue on the Las Vegas Strip. Mayweather is scheduled to fight on May 5th at the MGM Grand. The temporary venue wil be constructed to seat 38,000 fans, says Arum.
Arum would not reveal the name of the opponent. Pacquiao selected his opponent from a list of four names – Juan Manuel Marquez, Timothy Bradley, Miguel Cotto or Lamont Peterson.
Fans were hoping to see Pacquiao fight Mayweather, but Arum will explore the fight in November. In an earlier interview on BoxingScene.com, Mayweather’s adviser, Leonard Ellerbe, said the date of May 5th wouldn’t change – because Mayweather was legally obligated to fight on that particular date. Mayweather’s 90-day jail sentence, for a domestic abuse charge, was delayed to June 1 in order to allow the boxer to fight on May 5th.
“If you postpone it two or three weeks, you can make so much more money. Mayweather told the court he was committed to fight on May 5th. I think they lied and said Pacquiao was ready to fight him. Now they are saying the judge ordered them to fight on May 5? Was the MGM behind this? If the judge says you have to surrender yourself on June 1st, what the f— does it matter to the judge if you fight on May 5th or two weeks later?,” Arum said.
By Edward Chaykosvky
Trainer and manager Orlando Pinero is calling Juan Manuel Lopez “a new man.” He says the fight is more focused and more dedicated to his training camp. Juanma (31-1, 28KOs) is training to avenge the first defeat of his career. He wants revenge for last April’s knockout loss to Mexico’s Orlando Salido (37-11-2, 35KOs). The rematch takes place on March 10th in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
“The Juanma I’ve seen [in camp] is more determined, more focused and more positive. He knows what he has to do to regain the title he lost and that’s what we we are working on. We have to make a series of adjustments, but the bottom line is the commitment to train. I’ve watched the video of the first fight, as well as the past two of Salido, and it is important to work on certain details,” Pinero told Carlos Gonzalez.
By Jhonny Gonzalez
In his first bout following his disastrous Super Six tournament performance, former world champion Arthur Abraham (33-3, 26 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over Pablo Oscar Natalio Farias (19-2, 11 KOs) in a clash for the WBO European super middleweight title on Saturday night at the Baden Arena in Offenburg, Germany. After a slow four rounds, Abraham opened up in the fifth and dropped Farias three times to end it.
WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (41-2, 23 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten #14 Henry Weber (15-1-1, 3 KOs). Stieglitz outclassed Weber as he landed almost at will, but Weber was game and showed a good chin as he took a beating for the full distance. Scores were 116-112, 118-110, 119-109. Fightnews.com had it 120-108. Next up for Stieglitz is expected to be former WBC/WBA champion Mikkel Kessler on April 14 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Unbeaten heavyweight Kubrat Pulev (15-0, 7 KOs) scored a nine round TKO over Michael Sprott (36-18, 17 KOs), who didn’t come out for round ten in a bout for the IBF International heavyweight title.
WBF/WBO/WIBF female super featherweight champion Ramona Kühne (19-1, 6 KOs) scored an eighth round KO over Renata Dömsödi (7-2, 3 KOs). Kühne dropped Dömsödi twice in the eighth and it was waved off at 1:24.
By Karl Freitag
The Philippine Star reports that WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao has selected his next opponent – if a deal can’t be reached with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Pacquiao and his promoter, Top Rank’s CEO Bob Arum, sat down yesterday and the veteran promoter saidthe meeting took 30 minutes. There were four choices on the table – WBA/WBO lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez, WBA 154-pound champion Miguel Cotto, WBO junior welterweight champion Tim Bradley and IBF/WBA 140-pound champion Lamont Peterson. Arum would not disclose the name of the opponent.
“We got everything done in 30 minutes,” Arum said. “Yes, he has made the choice. But I’m not gonna talk about it. Now I’m going back and let’s see if we can make what Manny wants to happen. We need to be sure everything is secure and that things are done the way they should be done.”
Arum said Pacquiao is going to fight in the last week of May or the first week of June. If it’s not against Mayweather, then it will be against the opponent he picked.
“Don’t say that,” Arum told a Filipino reporter when asked if Mayweather is out of the picture.
Pacquiao’s adviser, Michael Koncz, expects Pacquiao to make his announcement by the end of next week.