Archive for February, 2011
Sampson Boxing LLC – PRESS RELEASE
Monday, February 28, 2011
Sampson Boxing LLC President, Sampson Lewkowicz announced from Las Vegas, Nevada the privilege of hosting the REMATCH boxing event scheduled for Thursday, March, 31 2011 at the inauguration week of the Costa Rica National Stadium in San Jose, Costa Rica. In the main event, undefeated WBO Jr. Middleweight Champion from Costa Rica, Hanna Gabriel vs. (Mexican) pugilist Melisenda Perez. The rematch was born as a promise between the two pugilists after an exciting first bout. Sampson stated: “I’m proud to be part of the festivities in Costa Rica that would not have been made possible without the support & loyalty of Manager/Cousin Kathy Sanchez Cunningham as well as Ezequiel Obando, Trainer of Hanna Gabriel.”
The co-featured event will be for the IBF female, Super bantamweight title between Melinda “La Maravilla” Cooper, from the United States, via Las Vegas, Nevada vs. Ada “Ace” Velez, from Puerto Rico, via Hollywood, Florida, U.S.A.
In the Featherweight division, Dahiana Santana from the Dominican Republic vs. Stacey “Stay-Lo” Reile from Miami, Florida. Plus four exciting scheduled bouts with local boxing talents.
Sampson Boxing will have the privilege of hosting these fights at the Costa Rica National Stadium. The stadium is a gift from the Chinese government to the people of Costa Rica. The President of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla will be in attendance as well as other government dignitaries. In addition, the festival will host a soccer match featuring Argentina vs. the Costa Rica national team. All participants of the Inauguration week, will be staying at the luxurious Days Hotel, San Jose, Costa Rica.
Carlos Gomez Jr.
Submitted by Andrew Millwall
28th February 2011
No boxing weight class is more firmly in the grips of German hands than the Middleweight division, with the World champions Felix Sturm (WBA), Sebastian Sylvester (IBF) and Sebastian Zbik (WBC Interim Champion). On 1st April a fourth German will be fighting to put himself in pole position to challenge for those Titles.
The 28 year-old Berliner, Benjamin ‘Iron Ben’ Simon (20-1-19 ko’s) faces Australian Sam Soliman in an IBF World title eliminator at the Digibet Pferdesportpark,Berlin. A win against the experienced Aussie would propel “Iron Ben” to No. 2 in the IBF World rankings and would bring the possibility of an all German duel with Sebastian Sylvester a step closer.
“ My goal is for a World Title fight this year “ says a confident Benjamin Simon, “I don’t really care whether it is against Sylvester or one of the other World champions. An all German battle is always very popular with the boxing fans. Therefore I will make every effort to defeat Sam and become the mandatory challenger for the IBF. If however Felix Sturm the WBA Champion decides he wants to fight me, then I am ready to take him or anyone on.”
Before Simon can think about which Title he may get a shot at, he has to dispose of 37-year-old “King” Soliman (39-11-17 ko’s) a pro since 1997 from Melbourne, Australia who has fought many top boxers including Anthony Mundine, Sakio Bika and Ronald ‘Winky’ Wright.
Robert Rolle, coach and manager of Simon said “ there’s no doubt that Soliman has been in with some of the world’s best and this will certainly be the toughest fight in Benny’s career, but when your target is to be a World Champion, you have to get in with the best en route to a Title shot. We are preparing in the best possible way ahead of this difficult fight. If Benny reproduces the form he has shown in training he will most certainly overcome Soliman.”
The World Title eliminator is just one of the highlights of this fantastic card being held jointly by Arena Sports Promotion and Prime Time Event & Entertainment.
Other fights on the card will include two women’s World Title fights featuring Jennifer Retzke’s (Light Middleweight) second attempt to secure a World crown against Eva Halasi and Rola El Halarbi (Lightweight) looking to add another title to her haul with victory against Irma Baligajic Adler.
The undefeated Heavyweight Yakup Saglam and Michael Wallisch will be competing for the German International Title. In addition, Varol Vekiloglu fights Mohammed Rasuli for the IBF east/west European Light Heavyweight Title.
Also on the card will be exciting unbeaten Heavyweight Erkan Teper, and the return of Alexander Petkovic against Raymond ‘King Kong’ Ochieng, following his highly controversial draw against Timo Hoffmann in October last year.
“Overall, we will give the audience a first-class fight evening with many exciting duels”, promises ARENA-CEO Ahmet Öner and PRIME-TIME supremo Eva Rolle. “The theme for this show sported ringside will be ‘ Back to Boxing ‘ . Bringing high quality boxing to the fans and we are sure that everyone will have an evening to remember
Tickets are still available through the League or Eva Rolle.
Monday – 28 February
Guerrero Win Sets Up Pivotal WSB Americas Showdown
Monday – 28 February
On a picture-perfect postcard evening only a true Floridian could love, it was the Mexico City Guerreros who made Miami their home Sunday night, dominating the action at the Solare Coliseum in Doral. Boxing under the stars in their new outdoor home venue, the Miami Gallos lost for the first time in Miami as the Guerreros came into the Gallos’ home and took a 4-1 victory in Week 10 action for the World Series of Boxing (WSB).
For the Mexico City Guerreros, it continues a hot streak they hope will last two more weeks as they have now won five matches in a row to push their record to 7-3 and to vault ahead of the Los Angeles Matadors for first place in the league standings. Week 10 action moves to the West coast Monday as the Los Angeles Matadors get set to host the Memphis Force hoping to keep pace with the red-hot Guerreros.
Asked about his team’s recent success in the ring, Guerreros head coach Francisco Bonilla said this matter-of-factly: “From day one, no matter what we’ve been faced with, we’ve always have had a winning attitude. Success in battle is not a matter of luck but rather it is the result of discipline and the hard work. That’s why we’re allowed to think that we can win.”
For the Gallos, the season has turned to disappointment as the team falls to 3-6 on the year with the squad having put forth a losing effort in each of the last four contests.
In the bantamweight bout, WSB newcomer Oscar Negrete (Barranquilla, Colombia)earned his first victory over Paulo Carvhalo (Gandu Bahia, Brazil), but his fate wasn’t determined until he outworked Carvhalo in the fifth and final round. Negrete used a combination of head and body blows in the hard-fought fifth round and then had to wait out an ever-so-close split decision that ultimately favored the Colombian boxer, 48-47, 47-48, 48-47. Carvhalo falls to 0-2 in WSB action.
In the second bout of the evening, Jordan Gutierrez (Queretaro, Mexico) of the Mexico City Guerreros completely overwhelmed Adrian Martinez (Milwaukee, Wis.) to earn a 49-46, 49-46, 50-45 decision in the middleweight weight class. Martinez has yet to record a win in the inaugural season of the WSB and is now 0-3, while Gutierrez improves to 2-1.
Middleweight (73 kg/160 lbs) Gallo William Williams (Conyers, Ga.) and Guerrero Josip Duric (Zagreb, Croatia) began the third match with both fighters coming out strong. It was Williams, however, who figured out Duric’s game plan, wearing him down with head and body punches. After opening a cut over Duric’s right eye, Williams pulled ahead of the Croatian and finished the bout strong for the win, 49-46, 49-46, 50-45. After a season-opening loss, Williams has now won three straight matches and has the best record of any Gallos fighter. Duric’s WSB record is 1-1.
“I felt pretty good going into the fight, but I knew I had to pace myself,” said Williams. “My dad said that I had to be patient, so that was my focus. Once I opened the cut over his eye I wanted to hit that cut on every shot, I tried to stay calm and focus on that.”
For two rounds, it seemed as if WSB newcomer Jeysson Monroy (Medellin, Colombia) would have his way with another WSB boxer making his season debut, Ahmed Elbiali (Sunny Isles, Fla.). But one punch changed all that for Elbiali. Unfortunately for the raw but game Gallos fighter it wasn’t enough to overcome the more experienced Guerrero combatant with Monroy securing the team win for Mexico City 49-46, 49-46, 49-46.
Heavyweights (91+ kg/201+ lbs) Craig Lewis (Detroit, Mich.) and Jose Payares (Caracas, Venezuela) closed out the evening in what would be a very close match. Lewis was the aggressor throughout, though Payares was able to elude enough punches to secure the win, 48-47, 48-47, 48-47. Lewis is now 0-4 on the season while Payares remains undefeated at 2-0.
Tonight’s win for the Guerreros and a possible LA victory against Memphis Monday night, sets up the showdown of the season that will take place Monday, March 14 at the Avalon Hollywood in a battle of the Americas that will go a long way in deciding the WSB league-winner.
- BakuFires and Astana Arlans Both on Track for the Play-Offs
In the WSB Asian conference, Baku Fires and Astana Arlans both took decisive steps towards the play-offs this weekend with convincing shut-outs of their opponents.
The Baku Fires recovered from their first defeat last week against the Pohang Poseidons to exact revenge in their usual style with a 5-0 away win against the same team on Saturday (26 Feb – 2011).
The Astana Arlans took a 5-0 home victory against the Beijing Dragons on Sunday to end the weekend five points behind leaders Baku with only two weeks of the regular season left.
London – Monday 28th February 2011
Ilford Amateur boxer Umar Sadiq started the year in knockout fashion last week, by winning the 81kg class at the British University and Colleges 2011 Championships held at the Coventry University Students’ Union facility.
23 year old Umar secured his place in Sunday’s final in stunning fashion, after knocking out Northumbria’s Chavez Pattison in just 42 seconds of the first round. Umar then followed this feat up in the final, against Coventry’s Alex Mellor, with a second round stoppage finish.
The perfect start to his season came at just the right time as Umar will be taking part in the ABA North East London championship, which are held in Hainault, Essex, and start this coming Thursday.
Umar, who fights out of Repton Boxing Club, spoke about his Golden performance following a work out session at the Ultrachem TKO Gym in Canning Town, “It’s the second gold I’ve won, I’ve been quite inactive. The last competition I was in was the novices, but I got beat in that. I was a Middleweight, struggling to make the weight. Before that I was in the Haringey Boxing Club competition and I got Gold in that.
I got a bye to start with then two fights, the semifinal and the final. In the semi-finals I stopped the opponent in 42 seconds and in the final I countered the guy in the first round and stopped him in the second.
Obviously those opponents will not be the same level as I’ll be facing in the ABAs later this week. It’s confidence boosting stuff, but I’m not going to let it get to my head and think that I’ll stop people. I’ll go out there and try and box my way to victory.
Hopefully now I’ll be a bit more active since I’ve moved to Repton. I’m a lot stronger at Light Heavyweight. I’ve put a lot more work on in the gym. Good things to come hopefully.”
Umar Sadiq at the Ultrachem TKO Gym in London
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Latest Boxing News in Brief – Monday 28th February for: Cotto Training Camp, Gesta Wants Luis Ramos Fight, Brähmer – Cleverly postponed, Francisco PalaciosTtraining Video, Will Mayweather Return To The Ring, Klitschko vs. Solis, Roy Jones Jr, Hopkins-Pascal, Jose Antonio Aguirre Retirement, Zab Judah vs. Kaizer Mabuza, Sunday Results
- Gesta wants Luis Ramos fight – After his impressive win over Genaro Trazancos last week in San Francisco, undefeated up and coming lightweight prospect Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (21-0-1, 11KOs) is more than ready to step up the level of competition. Having to face the overmatched Trazancos twice in less than twelve months because of a lack of willing opponents, the southpaw Gesta has a couple of fighters in his sights who he hopes to face off in a ring in the near future.
- Zab Judah vs. Kaizer Mabuza – Ustream, the leader in live online video, and boxing promoter Main Events, today announced that together they will deliver the upcoming Zab Judah vs. Kaizer Mabuza International Boxing Federation (IBF) Jr. Welterweight title fight on Saturday, March 5th as a Premium Ustream PPV broadcast.
- Brähmer – Cleverly postponed – The clash between WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer and interim champ Nathan Cleverly set for April 2 in London could be postponed for undisclosed reasons according to figosport.de. The new date is said to be May 21. The possibility exists that Cleverly might still fight on April 2 with former cruiserweight Enzo Maccarinelli, who would move to light heavyweight.
- Francisco Palacios training video – By Przemek Garczarczyk and Legacy Boxing – On April 2 in Bydgoszcz, Poland, undefeated #1 rated cruiserweight Francisco “The Wizard” Palacios (20-0, 13 KOs) will challenge WBC titleholder Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (44-2, 32 KO). “There is only reason Włodarczyk is fighting me – I’m a mandatory challenger, he just has no other choice” – said Palacios. “I’m getting better every minute of my training and will be unstoppable in the ring. Whatever he will try to do, he cannot be prepared for what I will bring – speed, power, agility, you name it, I have it. My training camp is going great and I’m ready to bring a cruiserweight title to Puerto Rico. I want to be as great as our boxing hero Carlos DeLeon.”
- Will Mayweather Return To The Ring In July – Making the rounds right now is a strong rumor that says Mayweather could well be fighting again in July, in South Africa. Web site Fight Hype.com broke the story, when Jeff Mayweather spoke to them and confirmed that his nephew is in talks with the daughter of the legendary Nelson Mandela. The giant political figure celebrates his 93rd birthday in July and there is the possibility that Mayweather will fight in South Africa, in a tribute to the iconic figure.
- Klitschko vs. Solis: will HBO pick up this fight – By Jason Kim: For the time being it’s looking like HBO won’t be picking up the March 19th fight between WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and challenger Odlanier Solis in Germany. The fight will be shown by an obscure premium cable channel called EPIX. That’s a channel that’s not carried by Comcast, and it’s thus the Klitschko-Solis fight won’t be seen by many Americans unless HBO steps up and agrees to buy this fight to show to American boxing fans.
- According to speculation from the LA Times, WBA/WBO lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez could be on the verge of leaving his promotional company Golden Boy Promotions to get a shot against Manny Pacquiao.However, Bob Arum, of Top Rank Promotions, is saying he doesn’t want to promote Marquez. But who knows? If Marquez leaves GBP, he would be a free agent like Shane Mosley, who recently went out on his own to get a big mega fight with Pacquiao on May 7th.
- IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko could be potentially pulling out of the Chisora fight for the second time to take a unification mega bout against WBA heavyweight champion David Haye on July 2nd.
- Roy Jones Jr. who’s next – According to the latest boxing news rumors floating around, 42-year-old Roy Jones Jr. (54-7, 40 KO’s) could be facing top cruiserweight contender Denis Lebedev (21-1, 16 KO’s) next.
- Hopkins-Pascal - By Dan Ambrose: Having failed to beat WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal the first time around last December, 46-year-old Bernard Hopkins has been given another shot at trying to beat Pascal by the WBC, who ordered the rematch, and is making Chad Dawson wait a little while longer to get his rematch with Pascal. If Hopkins can’t do it this time, he needs to move on and look for some other fights because he blew it last time out by getting knocked down twice and having to settle for a draw.
- Jose Antonio Aguirre Announces Retirement – By Miguel Rivera – Junior flyweight contender José Antonio Aguirre (35-10, 21KOs), 35-years-old, has announced his retirement from boxing. Aguirre made a decision to leave the sport after failing to win the WBC championship from Gilberto Keb on Saturday in Yucatan, Mexico. Aguirre was stopped in nine rounds. He’s won only two of his last ten bouts since 2005. During the last few years, Aguirre has been plagued by shoulder problems and they continue to bother him. For many years he was one of the best boxers at 105-pounds as the WBC minimumweight champion. He was never able to adapt once moving up in weight to 108-pounds.
Inside the Cotto Training Camp – 2011
Vs. Ricardo Mayorga
MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
WBA Super World light middleweight title
Sunday 27 February 2011
MagsaysayPark, Davao City, Philippines
Bantamweight – Glenn Porras def Richard Pumicpic by UD 12 / 12
Vacant Philippines Games & Amusement Board (GAB) bantamweight title
Sunday 27 February 2011
Heritage Hotel, Derby, Derbyshire, United Kingdom
Light welterweight – Dave Ryan def Leonard Lothian PTS 10 / 10
Vacant BBBofC Midlands Area light welterweight title