Stieglitz, Abraham, and Kuehne victorious in Germany

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. 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

Pacquiao Selects Next Opponent, Arum Quiet on Decision

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.

Cleverly: I’ll look good in beating Karpency

WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (23-0, 11 KO’s) didn’t look at all good in his last fight against Tony Bellew and looked about as bad in his fight before that against Aleksy Kuziemski. So this time, Cleverly is facing an arguably even weaker opponent in Tommy Karpency (21-2-1, 14 KO’s) on February 25th, at the Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales.

This time Cleverly is certain he’ll look good. It’s just too bad that he had to be matched up against a guy that’s not even ranked in the top 15 by the World Boxing Organization for him to shine. Cleverly got a win over Bellew last time out in October and few boxing fans saw Cleverly winning that fight. A lot of boxing fans, this writer included, saw it as a draw.

Cleverly is still moving forward rather than taking a big risk and fighting the #13 WBO ranked Bellew again and possibly losing this time. So instead of a dangerous fighter or someone at least ranked in the top five, Karpency has been found for Cleverly and that’s who he’ll be facing in front of his home fans in Wales.

I don’t know how Cleverly can do this. I mean when you fight a bottom #13 opponent like Bellew, aren’t you supposed to fight your mandatory next? How is it Cleverly is now able to fight a guy like Karpency who isn’t even ranked in the top 15 by the WBO? If they’re going to suddenly rank Karpency near the top, they’re really lagging because he’s still not even ranked in the top 15 by the WBO. I see him at #10 by the WBA, but that’s not the WBO.

Cleverly told “It’s a fight I should and will win because I’ll break him down and look good doing it.”

You think? Yeah, I think Cleverly will look good but look at who he had to fight for that to happen. If a champion has to dig up non-top 15 ranked contenders just to look good then boxing is in pretty bad shape.

Cleverly expects to fight 47-year-old Bernard Hopkins or Beibut Shumenov in the summer in Wales. Let me be the first to say this: It’s not going to happen, at least not in Wales. Those guys aren’t going to go to Wales and risk losing by a hometown decision. I’m sure they would love to fight Cleverly because they see what I see him in him – a vulnerable fighter that just went life and death with a fighter ranked #13. But Hopkins and Shumenov sure as heck won’t go to Wales and make it easy for Cleverly to win a controversial decision. That isn’t going to happen even if they get a good payday by agreeing to fight Cleverly there.


By Scott Gilfoid:

Kai Kurzawa Faces Levan Jomardashvili on February 11

EC Box Promotion returns to the BoxHall in Hamburg on February 11 with a ten fight show headlined by cruiserweight Kai Kurzawa (27-4, 19KOs), who will fight Georgian Levan Jomardashvili (25-5, 18KOs) for the WBO’s Asia-Pacific title.

Karama Nyilawila defends the WBFed middleweight title against Cagri Ermis in the co-feature. Heavyweight Michael Wallish, 7-0 and Int´l German champ, takes on Ladislav Kovarik and Swedish female jr. welterweight Klara Svensson faces Angel McKenzie. Middleweight Domenic von Chrzanowski squares off against Pole Mariusz Biskupski in his debut for EC.

There´s a strong possibility that Alexander Alexeev will be the guest of honor at ringside. Alexeev fights Enad Licina the week before in Frankfurt / Main for the vacant EBU cruiser crown and he is favored to win.


By Per Ake Persson

Ricky Burns to take on Paulus Moses on 10 March

Ricky Burns will make his first defence of the interim WBO lightweight title against Paulus Moses on 10 March.

The 33-year-old Namibian won the WBA title two years ago in Japan but lost it after one successful defence.

Moses, known as ‘The Hitman’, has only been stopped once in 29 fights and has won 19 bouts by knockout.

The fight has been moved back to the Braehead Arena due to television commitments after promoters had announced a switch to the Kelvin Hall.

Burns’s manager Alex Morrison believes Moses will provide a “stiff test” for his Burns.

“He’s a bit of a knockout specialist,” Morrison told BBC Scotland.

“And you don’t go to Japan and a win a world title without having something about you.”

Moses (right) has only been stopped once in 29 fights

Burns became WBO super-featherweight champion after a thrilling win over Rocky Martinez in 2010.

After three defences of the title, ‘The Rickster’ moved up to lightweight and beat Michael Katsidis at Wembley last November to become interim lightweight champion.

If, as expected, Juan Manuel Marquez vacates his WBO title at the same weight, Burns could enter the ring against Moses as the full champion.

By Phil Goodlad
BBC Scotland

Pacquiao: My cut is fine; I want Mayweather

By Michael Collins: Someone needs to tell Bob Arum that WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao is saying his cut is okay and he’s ready to take on WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. because Arum is still going on the belief that Pacquiao needs more time for his cut to heal. Arum is meeting with Pacquiao today in the Philippines to assist him in picking out his next opponent.

If Pacquiao really wants the Mayweather fight, then something productive should come from this meeting. If not, then you’ll have to assume that Pacquiao really didn’t want the Mayweather fight.

Pacquiao told Manila Standard writer Ronnie Nathanielsz “There is a possibility of fighting Mayweather in May and I’ll discuss what is best for us to do…[the cut is] fine and there’s no problem.”

Arum has an issue with the size of the MGM Grand, which is where Mayweather wants the fight to take place. The Grand only seats around 16,800 fans, and Arum wants to have a bigger arena that seats 45,000. Arum figures that $20 million will be lost if he agrees to let Pacquiao fight Mayweather at the MGM Grand rather than a larger venue.

Of course, Arum doesn’t seem to recognize that even more money will be lost if never takes the leash of Pacquiao and lets him fight Mayweather. The fight will generate huge profits on pay per view, both at home and in small theaters nationwide. Holding back on the fight just because the venue isn’t big enough is a narrow way of looking at the fight. Pacquiao won’t make anywhere near the kind of money he’ll make for a Mayweather fight if he goes ahead a takes on one of the four opponents that Arum has selected for him.

Huck Focuses on Power Training For Povetkin Challenge

On February 25th in Stuttgart, Germany, WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (34-1, 25KOs) takes the biggest step of his career, when he moves up to heavyweight to challenge WBA “regular” champion Alexander Povektin (23-0, 16KOs). Huck is putting on the pounds, but he disputes circulated reports of gaining meaningless mass. Huck is concentrating on gaining muscle and strength. The boxer has combined a mixture of diet and power training to reach his goal of capturing a heavyweight title.

There is no rest for the cruiserweight champion. Huck is training twice daily, with coaches Ulli Wegner and George Bramowski during the day, and in the evening with his dad. A high number of pushups, sit-ups  and other forms of pure strength training are motivated on Huck by his father. Huck is now capable of doing 200 pushups in a row and gaining heavyweight power, says the boxer.

“It’s hard, but [my father] helps me,” says Marco Huck. “I often walk around with weight cuffs on my arms and legs. I [drink] raw eggs with milk, which makes me sick. My father is kind to me and helping make my dream become a reality.”


By Ruslan Chikov

Robin Krasniqi Battles To Stop Hakim Zoulikha in Twelve

Maritim Hotel, Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany – In a fierce battle, up-and-coming WBO #6 light heavyweight Robin Krasniqi improved to 37-2, with 13 KOs, after a spirited twelfth-round TKO over dуtermined Frenchman Hakim Zoulikha (16-3, 8 KOs).

This fight was very much different than the previous encounter thanks to the will and determination of the challenger. Zoulikha, 25, and the smaller of the two, tried to find his luck on the inside. The Frenchman lacked quality punching power but was very active in winging wild hooks and swings to scare the lanky Albanian. Krasniqi, his real name being Haxhi, used some elements of rope-a-dope tactics alongside constant lateral movement and uppercuts on the inside. The first couple of rounds was rather even but in the third and in the fourth stanzas Krasniqi reached some success with his jabs and uppercuts to trouble Zoulikha a bit.

Rounds five and six turned into a crowd-pleasing war with both fighters swinging wildly in order to deliver one meaningful punch. It soon became obvious that the close quarters favored the French brawler over the German boxer, both fighters landing bombs in a sensational sixth round. Sensing the fight was going his opponent’s way, Krasniqi found something in him to turn back the tide. He increased the distance between him and Zoulikha in the second half of the fight. He was also fresher than the Frenchman and he got better and better with each fought round.

As the bout progressed into the final quarter Krasniqi’s advantage became clearly visible. However, he was unable to rock durable Zulikha up until the middle of the twelfth and final stanza. It was when his combinations had finally penetrated Zoulikha’s guard and started to wobble him. After a lengthy barrage of unanswered punches referee Lahcen Oumghar of Netherlands halted the action with just five seconds remaining. Krasniqi retained his WBO European title in a surprisingly thrilling encounter.


By Alexey Sukachev

Photos: Eroll Popova

Stieglitz ready for first world title defense of 2012

Today in his hometown of Magdeburg, Germany, WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz finished the sparring phase of his preparations for his January 14 fight against Henry Weber, the first world title defense of any champion in 2012.

“I’m prepared!” declared Stieglitz. “The fight against Henry Weber is on Saturday next week. For my fifth title defense I had a great number of sparring rounds with, for example, Stjepan Bozic, Christopher Rebrasse and my two stablemates, the light heavyweights Robin Krasniqi and Dennis Simcic. Especially Stjepan Bozic was very useful because he is tough and had a great performance against Henry Weber in their last fight. My trainer Dirk Dzembski found the right motivation program in the last two months after the postponement of the fight against Mikkel Kessler and so eight months without a fight. This year 2012 will be my year. Starting with Weber on January 14th I’m highly motivated to cross my gloves with all the other champs in my division!”



Photos: Eroll Popova


Mitchell eyes title shot as Ormond pulls out

Kevin Mitchell will be forced to wait for his highly-anticipated comeback fight, but vowed to win a world title in 2012 after pulling through a nightmare year.

Mitchell was set to take on Stephen Ormond in a WBO Intercontinental Lightweight title bout in February, but the unbeaten Irishman pulled out of the fight, leaving Mitchell to look for a new challenge. Despite the setback, Mitchell says he is ready for whichever boxer decides to take him on after overcoming personal issues in the past 12 months.

“I think they know I’m in good shape and I’ve been back in the gym,” Mitchell told iFilm London. “Word’s probably got out that I’ve not had a drink over Christmas and that I mean the business. That’s probably put the fear factor into [Ormond].

“I’m ready. I’m prepared for anyone and I’ll be prepared for whoever they put out in front of me. It doesn’t matter who it is.

“I’ve been in very good shape so, whoever it is, I’ll deal with it in a great fashion. I knock anybody early, I can knock them out late – I’ve proven that in fights.

“I’ve given up drinking. I’ve given up messing around. I’m serious and I want to do a big job this year and turn into a superstar. It’s what I’ve always dreamed about. This year I’m going to smash it. Watch.”

Promoter Frank Warren has been in discussions with Mitchell about a July fight at Upton Park against Scotland’s WBO interim lightweight champion Ricky Burns as the 28-year-old plans the next step of his comeback.

Burns attacked by thugs while jogging

WBO interim lightweight champion Ricky Burns was attacked by thugs while he was training at home in Scotland.

Burns, who returns to the ring at Glasgow’s Braehead Arena in March, was out jogging in his hometown of Coatbridge in Lanarkshire when a group of youths began chasing him, hurling abuse and throwing cans and bottles at him.

Burns said he was not prepared to risk losing his boxing license by challenging the thugs, but called the police, who arrived too late to catch the attackers.

“Out jogging tonight and a group decide to shout abuse at you, chuck stuff and chase after you,” Burns wrote on his facebook page. “You phone the police and report it and they just drive by 10 minutes later. It’s a joke. What’s Coatbridge coming to?”

“I am absolutely disgusted, not just at the crowd of hard men that were throwing bottles at my son but at Strathclyde’s ‘finest’ who don’t seem to care,” Burns’ mother Tracey said. “Time to move out to the countryside, methinks.”

A Strathclyde Police spokeswoman said, “We received a complaint about youths harassing a man on Coatbridge Main Street at around 10.30pm on Monday night. Officers attended but no further action was taken.”

Donaire Expecting Fireworks in Vazquez Jr. Showdown

Nonito Donaire knows his next fight won’t at all resemble his repulsively dull win over Omar Narvaez.

“The Filipino Flash” is heavily favored to defeat Wilfredo Vazquez Jr., too, but Donaire won’t have to worry about Vazquez keeping away from him and not actually trying to win.

“The last fight, the guy didn’t want to fight me,” Donaire said. “But I know that this fight, there’s not going to be room for any boring moments. Because I know that Vazquez, not only is he a good person, you know, he’s a great guy, but I know that he comes out there to fight. He wants to prove to himself, to Puerto Rico and the world that he belongs [on] this level of elite fighters.”

Vazquez lost the WBO super bantamweight title to an aged Jorge Arce on May 7 in Las Vegas, but Donaire (27-1, 18 KOs) anticipates facing an improved Vazquez next month in their HBO co-feature.

“From what I saw in the Arce fight, he did a great job,” Donaire said. “But I know that a fighter of his caliber, with the blood that flows in him from his father, he just gets better. And I know that I’m going to fight the best Vazquez Jr. come Feb. 4.

“So I’m going to train to the best of my ability. And this is what makes boxing great, when you have two guys who respect each other, but we go out there to tear each other’s heads off.”

Mexico’s Arce (59-6-2, 45 KOs) and Vazquez (21-1-1, 18 KOs) were even on two scorecards heading into the 12th round of their bout, but Arce hurt him with an array of power punches against the ropes that caused Vazquez’s father/trainer to throw in the towel with 2:05 left in the fight. The 27-year-old Vazquez, who didn’t participate in a single amateur fight before making his pro debut five years ago, thinks his inexperience hurt him against Arce, who has had 67 fights in a 16-year pro career.

“I know everybody is thinking about the Arce fight,” Vazquez said. “I mean, I didn’t have any amateur experience and I got a lot of experience from that fight. I’m learning every day and I’m ready to win the world title.”


By Keith Idec

Tim Bradley Still Wants Khan: I Want To Cut Up His Face!


WBO junior welterweight champion Tim Bradley has received heavy criticism from Amir Khan since their July 2011 fight fell through.  After Bradley defeated Devon Alexander and Khan beat Marcos Maidana the two fighters where supposed to face each other in a fight for junior welterweight supremacy.  The fight never materialized as Bradley opted to sit out his promotional contract so that he could sign with Top Rank.

Last month Khan was upset by heavy underdog Lamont Peterson in Washington, DC. While on The Boxing Lab,’s official audio show, Bradley said that despite Khan’s loss, he still wanted to meet the British star in the center of the squared circle.

“I still want Khan. Don’t get it twisted,” stated Bradley.  “Like I said before payback is a bitch. I still want to bust that dude up and hit him in the mouth. He talked sh*t and he is definitely a guy that I want to leave cuts on his face.”

Bradley said that he feels that 2012 will be his best year yet.  He thinks that the new year will bring a changing of the guard and boxing’s young guns will take over.

“When I had my toast on New Year’s eve I said that 2012 is the year of Bradley. Its time for the new faces of boxing to take over. Guys like me, Andre Ward and other young guys will be taking over.  If you bet on Bradley you always get paid,”  Bradley said in closing.


By Ryan Burton

Broner to defend title in St. Louis

Adrien Broner (22-0, 18 knockouts) is wasting no time getting back into the ring, now that he holds the World Boxing Organization belt at 130 pounds. He’s defending his junior lightweight title Feb. 25 against Eloy Perez (23-0-2, 7 knockouts), in St. Louis as the co-feature event with his close friend, Devon Alexander.

“It helps both of them,” said Broner’s father, Thomas. “And it’s on HBO again, so it’s in both their interest to fill the place up, and I think they will.”

Andrew Williams, a co-promoter of Broner along with Golden Boy Productions, said Broner’s next fight after St. Louis will be back in Cincinnati in May.

“We’re looking to fight four times in ’12 – two on the road, two here,” Williams said. “HBO was very impressed with how we did here” Nov. 26, when Broner won the vacated WBO title by knocking out Argentinian Martin Vicente Rodriguez in the third round at U.S. Bank Arena.

Williams said he expects Broner to have an especially big fight at the end of 2012, and that it will be in Cincinnati.

“It’s good that he’s staying active – he’s the kind of kid who needs to be in the ring. He loves to box. He’s a gym rat.”

And, apparently, Broner’s beginning to make a name for himself nationally.

Wrote senior boxing writer Dan Rafael recently:

“Broner has quickly polarized boxing fans … Some love his flashy, brash style …. Others despise it.”|head

Viloria: “Best Fight of My Career”

Filipino-American World Boxing Organization flyweight champion Brian Viloria punched his way to an eighth round technical knockout victory over Mexican challenger Giovani Segura to keep his 112-pound crown and earn his place in the roster of the finest pound-for-pound fighters in the world Sunday at the half-filled Ynares Sports Center in Pasig City.

Sticking to his game plan of attack-counter-attack all throughout that confused Segura, the 31 year-old Viloria, known in the international boxing world as the “Hawaiian Punch,” proved true to his moniker by implanting a big mouse above Segura’s right eyebrow right in the second round mostly on left hooks that developed into a huge hematoma as the fight wore on.

That same left shot staggered the challenger going into the last 20 seconds of the eighth and as the Mexican’s body looked to turn around led referee Samuel Viruet embraced Segura signaling the fight is over gifting the Ilocos Norte-born and Waipahu, Hawaii-based fighter his 30th victory, his 17th via stoppage in his six-year pro-career.

More importantly, with the win, Viloria accomplished what he really had wanted – barging into the list of pound-for-pound best; an honor he has long been targeting but continued slipping from his hands due to a roller-coaster career.

Viloria, a former amateur standout and a member of the United States Olympic team in 2000, actually, was punishing with volley of left and right combinations earlier in the period before landing the finishing kick to end what he himself described as the best fight of his career, sending Segura, ranked ninth in the world’s best pound-for-pound, to the nearby Medical City Hospital for further checkup.

“Yeah, that was my best fight in my career, Viloria told media men during the post-fight press conference. “It was even better than Miranda ((Mexico’s Julio Cesar Miranda from whom he stole the title last July).”

“It was easy, yes but only because I trained hard for this fight and I stuck to my game plan by not going into the ropes. I just met him in the center of the ring and avoided turning the fight into a brawl in which he (Segura) is at his best,” he said.

“He has heavy hands, but he didn’t hurt me. I often saw his punches, prepared to avoid them, then counter-attack,” he said drawing concurrence from his American manager Gary Gittelsohn.

“That was a fight between the two very best flyweights in the world and it’s a pity the U.,S. missed hosting it,” Gittelsohn said, who added, his ward might stick it out in the 112-pound category although plans are also afoot to invade higher divisions.

“We’ll stick it out in the flyweight division, but we might also try to test the waters, say in the 115-pound class,” the manager said.

Except for two rounds – the first and second, which Malaya Business Insight scored as draw, all rounds were Viloria’s convincingly.

Viloria wound up with a slight cut in his left eyebrow inflicted in the second round and a swollen left cheek but was never really threatened as he repeatedly pummelled the former WBO and World Boxing Association light-flyweight kingpin with crispy lefts and rights to the elation of the crowd that included Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao and former two-division champ Gerry Penalosa. Judge Danrex Tapdasan saw the fight, 69-64 at the time of the stoppage , judge Ulysses Glen,70-63, and judge Harry Davis, 68-65, all in favor of Viloria.


By Eddie Alinea

Wladimir: Mormeck could be dangerous for me

WBO/WBA/IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko is still set on facing 39-year-old former cruiserweight champion Jean Marc Mormeck next year on March 3rd in Germany despite Wladimir’s recent hospitalization for kidney stones.

The medical problem caused Wladimir to postpone his previously scheduled fight with Mormeck and push it to March.

Some boxing fans were hoping that Wladimir would use the opportunity to go in a different direction by picking a better opponent than Mormeck to fight, but Wladimir has made up his mind that he still plans on fighting Mormeck.

Wladimir said to’s On the Ropes Boxing Radio program “Mormeck was so self-confident and he’s in the top 10 in the heavyweight division…I will not view Mormeck as such a bad fighter. He’s experienced. His style could become dangerous if I give him a chance, and I will not give a chance to any opponent.”

Mormeck does have excellent power, but excellent for a cruiserweight, not a heavyweight. He’s shown little of his once impressive power since moving up to the heavyweight division in three fights. Mormeck is going to have his hands full just trying to work his way close enough to land anything against Wladimir.

The only real question about this fight is whether Wladimir will suffer another injury to delay it. Wladimir twice suffered injuries that wiped out fights against Dereck Chisora before finally giving up on the fight. And then recently Wladimir’s kidney stone problem that postponed the Mormeck fight.

Mormeck draws a lot of attention from boxing fans from his home country France, and it would be interesting to find out how much money Mormeck can potentially bring in for television money over there for a Klitschko-Mormeck fight.

You would have to wonder whether Wladimir has negotiated to get that money thrown in the pot for this fight. If not, then I don’t see this as a fight that’s really worthy of Wladimir. He says the top contenders Robert Helenius and Tyson Fury aren’t ready to fight him now, but there has to be better contenders than Mormeck lying around and available for Wladimir to fight.

Bradley: Peterson needs to let Khan whine and suffer, and fight me instead

WBO light welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (28-0, 12 KO’s) thinks Lamont Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KO’s) needs to let Amir Khan cry and suffer a while before facing him again. Instead, Bradley thinks Peterson should fight him next before facing Khan in a rematch.

Peterson and Bradley fought two years ago in December 2009 with Bradley beating Peterson by a 12 round unanimous decision by the scores 118-110, 119-108 and 120-107.

Bradley told RingTV “I think he [Peterson] needs to leave Amir alone for a while and let him whine a little bit and let him feel it, because you know Amir don’t give nobody a rematch. I think that Lamont Peterson should come and see Tim Bradley, man and get some revenge.”

hat sounds like a good idea, because Khan will still want to fight Peterson again whether he loses to Bradley or not. Peterson could get two title fights under his belt instead of just one. If he loses to Khan, then a Bradley fight will likely not happen. It might be a better option to take a payday fight against Bradley, if Peterson believes he can truly beat him this time. As soundly as Bradley defeated Peterson two years ago, I’m not so certain that Peterson would do any better in a rematch. Bradley really his number in that fight and hurt him on a couple of occasions.

Bradley is right about Khan not giving rematches to guys that he head. He doesn’t do it. Khan didn’t even do it when he was destroyed in one round by Breidis Prescott in 2008. Peterson is obviously a different story for Khan, because he can’t punch like Prescott, and is thus a less dangerous option.

Bradley signed with Top Rank recently and fought for the first time for them last month, stopping 40-year-old Joel Casamayor in the 8th round. Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is grooming Bradley for a big money in house fight against WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao in the near future.


By William Mackay

Broner Aims For a Knockout Against Perez

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Adrien Broner told that he’s planning to make it an early night when he makes the first defense of his WBO belt against contender Eloy Perez Feb. 25 on an HBO-televised card.

“Don’t go and get no popcorn,” said Broner, THE RING’s No. 6-rated junior lightweight. “I can’t give you a round, but it can end early. It will end early.”

The main event will feature junior welterweight Devon Alexanderagainst Marcos Maidana in a show that has potential to land at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo. caught up to Broner on Friday at the Carnegie Library in Washington, D.C., where he was in attendance for Saturday night’s HBO-televised clash between Amir Khan (26-1, 18 KOs) and Lamont Peterson (29-1-1, 15 KOs).

In June, Broner (22-0, 18 KOs) dispatched of Jason Litzau dismantling him with 11 unanswered blows over the final 16 seconds of a first-round knockout victory in June. Prior to that, Broner had scored a unanimous 10-round decision over Mexican former WBO super bantamweight titlist Daniel Ponce de Leon in March.

In his last fight, Broner took only 1:43 to vanquish Martin Rodriguez (34-3-1, 19 KOs) for the WBO’s vacant belt in Broner’s hometown of Cincinnati on Nov. 26. Broner’s victory ended Rodriguez’s unbeaten streak at 13-0-1, with nine knockouts.

“That was okay,” said Broner of his victory over Rodriguez. “In this next fight, I’m going to have fun.”

THE RING’s No. 9 jr. lightweight, Perez (23-0-2, 7 KOs), who turned 25 on Oct. 25, was recently named NABO Fighter of the Year, and is coming off his second straight knockout, scored in the sixth round over Ira Terry (24-7-0, 14 KOs) on Oct. 28.

Prior to that, Perez came up with an impressive second-round knockout of Daniel Jimenez (20-4-1, 12 KOs), who had won three straight bouts before falling to Perez in their Solo Boxeo Tecate main event on Sept. 2.

Perez also has a victory over feared lightweight prospect Dannie Williams(19-1, 15 KOs), a winner of eight consecutive bouts, six of them by knockout, since being out-pointed by Perez in a thrilling 10-rounder in September of 2009.

Perez had been considered to face Broner for the vacant WBO 130-pound belt before facing Terry but the deal fell through, according to Perez’s manager, Kathy Garcia.

“It’s the styles. Perez tries to be somebody that I think that he’s not,” said Broner. “But at the end of the day, he’s a Mexican.”

What does that mean?

“Come on, man, I’m from Cincinnati, man,” said Broner. “I’m the flashy guy, man. It gets no better than this.”


by Lem Satterfield

Viloria Batters And Stops Segura In Eight Rounds (Photos)

Pasig City – In an incredible display of skill, heart and sheer will power, Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria successfully defended his WBO world flyweight title against Mexican “Aztec Warrior” Giovani Segura at the Ynares Sports Center.

Segura, who attacked from a southpaw stance, had Viloria on the back foot in the opening minutes of the fight but Viloria’s left hook began to find its range going into the second round. Viloria stunned Segura with a right hand lead followed by a left hook and had Segura on the ropes twice. Viloria bled from a cut on the left eyebrow but Segura looked dazed and confused at the end of the round.

A hematoma started to form on the Mexican’s right temple as Viloria’s left landed with impunity in the subsequent rounds. Segura continued to press the action but missed wildly. His power was evident as Viloria covered up and winced as Segura’s hooks connected.

The partisan crowd cheered for every punch Viloria threw. Past the halfway mark, the swelling on the right side of Segura’s head got bigger and his right eye would eventually get affected and started to close as well. Segura was still dangerous but Viloria, with blood continuing to leak from his cut, pressed his advantage by landing hard shots.

The crowd was in a frenzy sensing a Viloria victory. Segura faded and after the 7th, referee Samuel Viruet checked and talked with the Mexican cornermen.

Segura answered the bell for the 8th round but Viloria pounced on him with a brutal volley prompting Referee Viruet to save the challenger from further punishment. Official time – 0:29.

Viloria (30-3, 17 KO’s) finished with a swollen left cheek aside from his cut. But he made sure he would retain his title in front of boxing icon Manny Pacquiao and former two-division world champ Gerry Penalosa and lustfully cheering fans who trooped to Pasig on a Sunday morning.

The scores prior to the stoppage had Viloria ahead – Judge Danrex Tapdasan – 69-64, judge Ulysses Glen – 70-63 and judge Harry Davis – 68-65.

Segura (28-2-1, 24 KO’s) was ranked ninth by Ring magazine in their pound for pound list prior to this bout. Viloria’s win makes three Filipino boxers on that prestigious list by year’s end.


Photos by Dong Secuya.

By Rene Bonsubre, Jr.