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Boxing News and Notes – 25th July for: – Guerrero vs Aydin, Guerrero, Aydin public workout, Sherrington-Campas Presser, Kertson Manswell takes on Deontay Wilder, Wilfredo Vazquez Jr vs Rafael Marquez Postponed, Robert Guerrero and Wife Battle Cancer
Guerrero vs Aydin – A few days before his big showdown with Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, welterweight Selcuk Aydin has warned people not to be surprised when he beats the hometown favorite on Saturday night in San Jose, California. “Many see me as a longshot in the fight against Guerrero. I’ve read that it would be a big surprise if I should win on Saturday. But that’s only because people don’t know who I am and what I can do. I’m Selcuk Aydin. I’m the world champion. I’m certainly no underdog. And that I win on Saturday shouldn’t surprise anyone!” Aydin has complained several times in recent weeks that the American media doesn’t pay enough attention to him. “After Saturday, everyone will know who Selcuk Aydin is!” he stated.
Guerrero, Aydin public workout – Former three-division world champion Robert Guerrero and undefeated number one rated WBC welterweight contender Selcuk Aydin showed their skills on Tuesday at San Jose Boxing & Fitness during a public media workout in preparation for Saturday’s clash for the vacant WBC interim welterweight world championship at HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.
Sherrington-Campas Presser - Les Sherrington and Yori Boy Campas came face to face at the final press conference today at Lauxes restaurant. Both camps are highly confident that they are going to take out the win and it has really set the scene for a great spectacle. With trainer and manager Joe Diaz stating that, “Yori Boy has had a hard training camp for this fight, we have taken it back to the ‘olden style’ by chopping wood and shovelling gravel, we have come to win.”
Kertson Manswell takes on Deontay Wilder – LOS ANGELES, July 24 – With Kelvin Price forced to withdraw from his August 4 fight with unbeaten Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder due to a rib injury, Trinidad and Tobago’s Kertson “Warrior” Manswell has answered the call to face the 2008 Olympic Bronze Medal winner in a heavyweight slugfest at the Mobile Civic Center Arena Expo Hall in Mobile, Alabama that will be televised live on FOX Sports Net and FOX Deportes.
Wilfredo Vazquez Jr vs Rafael Marquez Postponed – The August 4 fight between Wilfredo Vazquez Jr and Rafael Marquez has been postponed until October 6, with Marquez suffering an injury to his right hand in training camp. A press release sent out is confident that the fight will still take place, and even cites a similar situation back in 2010, when Marquez suffered a hand injury that postponed his fight with Juan Manuel Lopez for two months.
Robert Guerrero and Wife Battle Cancer – Former Three-Division World Champion Robert Guerrero speaks to members of the media prior to throwing out the first pitch at the Oakland A’s July 22, 2012 game against the New York Yankees in Oakland, California advance of his July 28, 2012 fight against undefeated number one rated WBC welterweight contender Selcuk Aydin for the WBC Interim Welterweight World Championship at HP Pavilion in San Jose, California which will be televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing. – Showtime just release a video where it shows Robert Guerrero and his wife, Casey Guerrero, how they struggle and battle with cancer. Watch the video and truly see just what kind of fighters both Casey and Robert truly are.
Boxing News and Updates – 21st July for: Roach–Khan staying together, WBA sanctions Cano-Perez, Boxer caught by bloody nose, Adamek to face Walker next, Friday on ShoBox result, Groves to face Anderson,Championship Boxing in Padova Italy
Roach –Khan staying together – When asked about this subject, Roach said the following on RingTV.com : “I spoke with Amir and his dad yesterday, and the idea of changing trainers never came up. I told them that if they think that I’m too busy, and ‘if you need help getting somebody else, then I’ll help you.’ They said, ‘no, no, everything’s fine.’ They said ‘we just need to maybe get better sparring partners.’ So I had a very nice breakfast with Shah Khan and Amir. So we had a nice meeting yesterday, and no one talked about getting fired.”
WBA sanctions Cano-Perez - Lots of drama behind the scenes in advance of tonight’s WBA interim world super lightweight title clash between Venezuelan champion Johan “Terrible” Perez and Mexican challenger Paul “El Demoledor” Cano, to be held at the Grand Oasis Cancun Hotel. The WBA Championships Committee made a decision not to sanction the world title fight because the WBC Latin title was in the same division was also on the line. According to a source, WBA Vice President and Director of the Championships Committee Gilberto Jesus Mendoza informed the promoters that the WBA had made a firm decision not to sanction Perez-Cano. He asked that for the welfare of world boxing that WBC Latino title be removed as this has nothing to do with a world title and discredits the world championship status of the fight. On Thursday night the situation was resolved and it was confirmed that only the WBA world title will be at stake, as was initially the case when the contracts were signed for this fight.
Boxer caught by bloody nose – A bloody cotton swab has led to the arrest jr welterweight journeyman Martin Tucker (8-10, 3 KOs) in a three-year-old bank robbery case. Investigators linked Tucker to another suspect previously arrested for the robbery through a photo on MySpace and when they learned Tucker was scheduled to fight on April 28th at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio, an FBI agent retrieved a discarded bloody cotton swab used to clean a bloody nose sustained by Martin. According to the FBI, DNA obtained from that cotton swab matched DNA from evidence recovered by police following the 2009 armed robbery of the Monroe County Community Credit Union in Temperance, Michigan. That robbery netted $5,379. (Source: Fight News)
Adamek to face Walker next – “It’s official – on September 8 I will fight Travis Walker in the always friendly to Prudential Center in Newark,” heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek (46-2, 28 KOs) told Fightnews.com. Adamek has never lost in the arena just a five minutes drive from his home. “We were ready to fight Alexander Ustinov in an IBF eliminator but his visa problems prohibited him to arrive in US. Travis Walker (39-7, 31 KOs) proved his worth knocking out Kali Meehan in his last fight. He’s ranked #12 by IBF and has full eight weeks to get into best possible shape before facing me on September 8. I hope he will be 100 percent ready,” said “Góral.” The fight at the Prudential Center will be an afternoon affair because Adamek-Walker will be broadcast live on PPV in Poland.
Friday on ShoBox – The New Generation live on SHOWTIME®, unbeaten Art Hovhannisyan (15-0, 8 KOs), of Glendale, Calif., turned back a determined bid by former World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight champion Miguel Acosta (29-6-2, 23 KOs), of Caracas, Venezuela, to win a hard-fought 10-round split decision – Hovhannisyan, making his first start in 11 months, was victorious in a hard-hitting, fast-paced scrap by the scores of 95-93 twice and 92-96. Each slugger went down one time, Acosta late in the opening round, Hovhannisyan in the fifth.
Groves to face Anderson - British and Commonwealth Super-Middleweight Champion George Groves will headline the Wembley Arena on Friday 14th September. But first the Hammersmith star is US bound when he takes on tough Mexican Francisco Sierra in San Jose, California, on Saturday 28th July in a ten round contest which can be seen live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).
Champion Boxing in Italy - Today Saturday, in Piove di Sacco (Padova), Italy. In the main event, EBU and WBC official challenger Devis Boschiero (30-1-1, 15 KOs) will try to win the European super featherweight title against champion Ermano Fegatilli (25-4, 5 KOs). Is the second fight for Boschiero since his controversial split decision loss against Takahiro Aoh of last November in Japan (most observers thought Boschiero won the fight). On the undercard are EBU lightweight official challenger, WBC #9 and WBA #13 Luca “Black Mamba” Giacon (19-0, 17 KOs), Italian welterweight official challenger Antonio Moscatiello (13-1, 9 KOs), cruiserweight Damian Bruzzese (7-0, 2 KOs) and super lightweight Gaetano Putrone (2-0, 0 KOs). Sportitalia 2 will televise the show live starting at 9.30 pm.
Boxing News and Notes for: 07-05-2012 – Pacquiao vs. Bradley, Jackie Nava, The Frank Warren show, Anne Sophie Mathis and Holly “The Preachers Daughter” Holm, Junior Middleweight Gabriel Rosado, Alexander Dimitrenko’s Promise, Carlos “El Indio” Quintana
· The Pacquiao vs. Bradley World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight championship event will take place Saturday, June 9, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. And The three-bout pay-per-view undercard will feature undefeated No. 1 welterweight contender MIKE “MJ” JONES battling two-time world champion and current No. 2 contender RANDALL “The Knockout King” BAILEY for the vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF) welterweight title; undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) super bantamweight champion GUILLERMO “El Chacal” RIGONDEAUX defending his title against world-rated TEON “The Technician” KENNEDY; and five-division world champion and Méxican icon JORGE “Travieso” ARCE, in his first fight in a Las Vegas ring in over one year, taking on Puerto Rican knockout artist JESUS ROJAS in a 10-round junior featherweight fight. These six warriors boast a combined record of 171-15-5 (128 KOs) – a winning percentage of 90% and a victory by knockout ratio of 75%. The event will be produced and distributed Live by HBO Pay-Per-View®, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT,
· Jackie Nava – The queen of Tijuana and quite arguably of female boxing, WBA super bantamweight champion Jackie Nava (27-4-3, 11KOs) put on an impressive performance as she defended her newly captured title versus San Pelayo, Colombia’s Diana “La Leona” Ayala (12-7-3, 7KOs) with a unanimous decision over ten championship rounds. The contest was the main event of “La Batalla En Tijuana (The Battle in Tijuana)”, a marathon fight card held at the Tijuana Municipal Auditorium. Nava, known as the “Aztec Princess”, defeated Panama’s Chantall Martinez earlier this year to strap the WBA belt around her waist.
· The Frank Warren show at the Liverpool Olympia on Friday 11th May, headlined by Stephen Smith’s WBO Intercontinental Super-Featherweight title defence against Francisco Urena, has been cancelled after Urena pulled out injured. Liverpool stars Joe Selkirk, Rocky Fielding and Paul Butler, who were featuring on the undercard, will now go on the debut Queensberry Promotions BoxAcademy show which will take place on Friday 18th May at the Oldham Leisure Centre. Ronnie Heffron had to withdraw from his clash with Liam Smith on the Oldham card due to a hand injury, so unbeaten light-middleweight star Selkirk will now joint-headline alongside super-middleweight ace Rocky Fielding, in separate ten-round contests. – Unbeaten Liverpool light-middleweight talent Smith will go on the Newport Sports Centre card on Friday 25th May which is headlined by Lee Selby’s Commonwealth Featherweight title defence against Patrick Okine.
· Anne Sophie Mathis and Holly “The Preachers Daughter” Holm – Veteran boxing promoter Lenny Fresquez has predicted that “The Reckoning,” featuring a June 15 rematch between French knockout-artist Anne Sophie Mathis and Holly “The Preachers Daughter” Holm, will be the 2012 Female Fight of the Year. “The Reckoning,” presented by Fresquez Productions, will be held at Route 66 Casino Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico..
“I think it’ll be closely fought and the Fight of the Year,” Fresquez said. “Hands down, they are the top two women fighters in the world. This will be the most important fight of Holly’s career, in which she’ll try to regain her pound-for-pound status.” Mathis will defend her IBA and WBAN welterweight title belts, as well as the mythical pound-for-pound crown, for the first time since capturing the coveted straps last December by way of a stunning seventh-round knockout of hometown darling Holm.
· Number 7 ranked Junior Middleweight Gabriel Rosado of Philadelphia will take on Number 9 contender Sechew Powell of Brooklyn, NY (26-4, 15 KO’s) on Friday, June 1st in the main event on NBC Sports Network’s Fight Night boxing series, live from the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, PA. The 12 round fight will be for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental Title. The NBC Sports Network telecast beings at 9PM ET.
· Alexander Dimitrenko’s Promise – By Ruslan Chikov – Former European heavyweight champion Alexander Dimitrenko (32-2, 21KOs) is promising to return even stronger after suffering an eleventh round knockout loss on Saturday night, when he faced Kubrat Pulev (16-0) for the vacant European heavyweight championship (EBU). Dimitrenko, 29-years-old, started well and slowly he was fading and eventually stopped. It was the first stoppahe loss in Dimitrenko’s career. ”Dear fans, friends and fans of boxing. I heartily thank you for your support and your good wishes. It was a very difficult battle and Pulev was better. What does not kill you will only make you stronger. Life goes on and I’ll be back,” Dimitrenko stated.(BoxingScene)
· Carlos “El Indio” Quintana (29-3, 23KOs) was very excited following Saturday night’s sixth round knockout victory over Deandre Latimore on the Floyd Mayweather-Miguel Cotto televised pay-per-view undercard. The former welterweight champion resurrected his career with the upset win. ”We worked hard to get ready for this fight. We were out 15 months. We were happy to get in there and get the win. We are ready for whoever they put in front of us but we would really like Canelo next.” The Puerto Rican fighter congratulated Saul “Canelo” Alvarez for his dominating victory over Shane Mosley. “Canelo fought a good fight. He is a real fighter. A lot of people call him fake (champion) but I don’t think so. He is a real champion and I would love to fight him,” said Quintana.
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Latest Boxing News in Brief – Friday April 29 – for Arthur Abraham, Fana vs Mendez, Gomez destroys Davis, Kevin Mitchell arrested, Mayweather to be dropped from The Ring’s Pound-for-Pound ratings,Oquendo, Perez opponents named, Robert Guerrero, Ward media workout
- Gomez destroys Davis- Unbeaten jr welterweight Frankie Gomez (9-0, 7 KO’s) annihilated Jason Davis at 25 seconds of the first round of a scheduled six round bout on Thursday night at Club Nokia, Los Angeles, California. Despite having a nine pound weight advantage, Davis (11-9-1, 3 KO’s) was dropped with a right hand to the head. Davis struggled to get up as referee Raul Caiz, Sr. counted Davis out. Junior lightweight Ramon Valadez won a six round unanimous decision over Rafael Lora. Valadez (8-1, 4 KO’s) countered effectively with left hands to the head as Lora came in. Lora (11-5, 5 KO’s) did have his moments, but Valadez was the more effective fighter throughout the fight. All three judges scored the fight in favor of Valadez. Scores were 60-54, 60-54, and 59-55.
- Pacquiao-Mosley Update - Boxing superstars Manny Pacquiao and “Sugar” Shane Mosley won’t be the only big names on SHOWTIME PPV’s huge May 7 telecast. SHOWTIME Sports® held a media conference call on Thursday to announce the superstar talent behind the mic.James Brown, the host of the popular weekly series Inside The NFL on SHOWTIME and THE NFL TODAY on CBS, will quarterback the May 7 SHOWTIME PPV four-fight telecast. The last boxing event he worked was between Shane Mosley and Fernando Vargas in 2006. An enthusiastic mainstay on CBS and SHOWTIME, Gus Johnson will call all the action from ringside. Al Bernstein, a well-respected boxing historian who has called more than 2,500 fights during his 30 years behind the ringside microphone, will provide the fight analysis alongside Antonio Tarver, a former undisputed light heavyweight world champion who has taken to his television role as “third man in the booth.” The Emmy® Award-winning Jim Gray will serve as the back-stage, ringside and in-ring reporter for the event.
- Kevin Mitchell arrested- Kevin Mitchell’s upcoming summer fight against John Murray is now in doubt after news surfacing earlier yesterday of the arrest of the 26-year-old Mitchell along with his mother for suspicion of possessing Cocaine and running a cannabis farm. Mitchell (31-1, 23 KO’s) hasn’t fought since being stopped in the 3rd round a year ago in May against Michael Katsidis. However, before that knockout loss, Mitchell was considered one of the best fighters in the lightweight division.
- Mayweather to be dropped from The Ring’s Pound-for-Pound ratings- Unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be dropped from The Ring’s pound-for-pound ratings unless Mayweather signs to fight someone by May 1st. Mayweather hasn’t been active as of late since his dominating performance against Shane Mosley last year in May. Thus he’ll be dropped from the Ring’s pound-for-pound ratings unless Mayweather signs for a fight within the next few days.
- Robert Guerrero- There are rumors of lightweight contender and former featherweight and super featherweight champion Robert Guerrero (29-1, 18 KO’s) moving up two entire divisions to take on WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz (29-2-2, 22 KO’s) in order to get the 28-year-old Guerrero a big money fight against Ortiz. Guerrero recently easily beat Australian Michael Katsidis earlier this month in a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision on the undercard of the Marcos Maidana vs. Erik Morales card on April 9th.
- Oquendo, Perez opponents named- Super bantamweight contender Jonathan Oquendo and prospect Camilo Perez now have opponents for their fights in the series “A Puño Limpio” to be held April 6th at the Coliseo Pedrin Zorrilla in San Juan, Puerto Rico in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) presentation that will shown live on WAPA America. Oquendo (20-2, 13 KOs), who is ranked #3 by the WBO at 122 pounds, will face dangerous Thomas “KO” Snow (14-1, 9 KOs) for the WBO NABO super bantamweight title in a 10 round bout. Meanwhile, Pérez (2-0, 2 KOs), Gold Medalist in the Central American and Caribbean Games 2010, will face Eliezer Agosto (1-0, 1 KO) in a four round 122lb fight. Also on the show, former amateur world champion McWilliams Arroyo (7-1, 6 KOs) will fight in a flyweight six round bout against a rival to be announced. Five more fights will complete the card. “A Puño Limpio” will be seen live on WAPA America at 9:00 p.m. Tickets start at $12.
- Fana vs Mendez- Mzonke Fana will make the first defence of his IBF junior lightweight belt against mandatory challenger Argenis Mendez from the Dominican Republic on June 11 at Carnival City, Brakpan, South Africa. The 37-year-old Fana (30-4, 12 KOs) from Khayelitsha won the vacant belt on September 1 last year when he outpointed Cassisus Baloyi over 12 rounds.
- Arthur Abraham’s promoter saysthat next months’ Super Six semifinals bout between their fighter and WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward is off unless neutral officials can be found for bout. The fight is supposed to take place at the Home Deport Center in Carson, California. Abraham’s promoter, Sauerland, aren’t agreeable to the referee and one of the judges coming from California.
- Ward media workout- Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinalists and World Boxing Association (WBA) 168-pound champion Andre Ward hosted a media day and workout with his trainer Virgil Hunter and promoter Dan Goossen on Thursday in Ward’s hometown of Oakland as he gets ready for his Semifinals showdown against Arthur Abraham on Saturday, May 14 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., live on SHOWTIME®.
Latest Boxing News in Brief for: Australian Boxing: Caparello, Delic and Singh, Carl Froch vs Glen Johnson, Former lightweight champion Juan Diaz, Golovkin vs N’Jikam, Hanna Gabriel vs. Melisenda Perez, Keb-Hernandez signed, Marco “Captain” Huck, Middleweight contender Benjamin Simon, Mijares for May defense, Ohashi regains OPBF 122lb belt, Samuel Peter vs. Robert Helenius, Vassell defeats Ushona, Yuriorkis Gamboa
- Australian Boxing: Caparello, Delic and Singh - This Friday 1 April 2011 sees an action packed night of boxing at the Malvern Town Hall, Melbourne, Australia featuring a number of leading fighters on the domestic scene. Headlining the night is undefeated light heavyweight Blake Caparello (6-0-1, 2 KOs), fresh off his points decision victory in a winner takes all bout over Michael Bolling earlier this month. Caparello, who has fast established his name as one of the premier light heavyweights in the country, will take on Thai Komgrit Nanakorn (16-15, 6 KOs) over 10 rounds.
- Yuriorkis Gamboa (20-0, 16 KOs) successfully defended his WBA featherweight title with a fourth round destruction of Jorge Solis (40-3-2, 29 KOs) on Saturday night in front of a packed house at the Boardwalk Hall’s Adrian Phillips Ballroom in Atlantic City, New Jersey. In the co-feature, Miguel Angel Garcia (25-0, 21 KOs) took the NABF and NABO featherweight titles after fellow contender Matt Remillard (23-1, 13 KOs) could not answer the bell for the eleventh round of their scheduled twelve round bout.
- Former lightweight champion Juan Diaz (35-4, 17 KO’s) reportedly plans on giving it another shot at resurrecting his career and hopefully capturing another title before he hangs it up. Only 27, Diaz, has lost four out of his last six fights and looked pretty unremarkable in all of the fights. He wants to take on some of the top fighters in the division like Michael Katsidis, Roberto Guerrero, Humberto Soto or Urbano Antillon.
- Samuel Peter vs. Robert Helenius – Former WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter (34-4, 27 KO’s) has a make or break fight on Saturday against unbeaten 6’6″ German based contender Robert Helenius (14-0, 9 KO’s) at the Gerry Weber Stadium, Halle, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Helenius, ranked #7 IBF, #7 WBO and #11 WBA, is fighter with the same height and reach as the Klitschko brothers, both of which beat Peter in the past.
- Vassell defeats Ushona – Unbeaten Commonwealth welterweight champion Denton Vassell (17-0, 9 KO’s) successfully defended his title for the first time on Saturday night beating 29-year-old challenger Bethuel Ushona (23-1, 8 KO’s) by a 12 round unanimous decision at the Robin Park Centre, in Wigan, Lancashire. The final judges’ scores were 118-111, 117-113, and 117-112.
- Mijares for May defense – Mexican star Cristian Mijares is expected to defend his IBF super flyweight world crown on May 14 in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, against a challenger to be named. This would be a voluntary defense, although sources say Mijares may want to go straight to official IBF challenger Raul ‘The Cobra’ Martinez (28-1, 16 KOs), who earned the title shot by winning an eliminator against Mexican Rodrigo Guerrero. Frenchman Malik Bouziane (13-1-1, 1 KO) had previously been mentioned for the first defense of Mijares, who won the belt in December against compatriot Juan Alberto Rosas.
- Keb-Hernandez signed – The bout between current champion Gilberto Keb Baas, of Yucatan, and his challenger Adrian “The Confessor” Hernandez, of the State of Mexico, will be held on April 30th in a venue in the State of Mexico to be announced in a few days. The agreement was reached by the representatives to the aforementioned fighters, Pepe Gomez representing the champion, and Salvador Briman, representing the official challenger and fighter who is ranked number one in the division by the WBC. The details of the signed contract will be announced soon.
- Ohashi regains OPBF 122lb belt – Former OPBF super-bantam champ, WBC#14 Hiromasa Ohashi (24-9-3, 15 KOs), 121.5, regained the OPBF belt when he barely pounded out a split decision over OPBF#2 Filipino national titlist Jhunriel Ramonal (9-3-1, 6 KOs), 121.75, over twelve hard-fought rounds on Sunday in Kariya, Japan. – Scores: Referee Wansoo Yuh (Korea) 117-111 and judge Yuji Fukuchi (Japan) 115-113, both for Ohashi, and Delbert Peligrino (Philippines) 115-114 for Ramonal.
- Hanna Gabriel vs. Melisenda Perez – 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.”
- Carl Froch vs Glen Johnson – The second “Super Six” semi-final, between WBC 168-pound champ Carl Froch and ageless wonder Glen Johnson, will go ahead on June 4th at Atlantic City, New Jersey. Originally looking like going ahead on May 21st, the new date will allow both boxers a little extra time in which to prepare for what could well be an extremely hard night’s work for both fighters.
- Marco “Captain” Huck will defend his WBO Cruiserweight Title against Ran Nakash on April 2. After Giacobbe Fragomeni pulled out due to a cut injury from sparring, Huck (31-1, 23 KOs) will now make his sixth defence against the unbeaten challenger from Israel (25-0, 18 KOs). “I don´t care about the late change,” Huck said. “It will not exactly be a walk in the park, but as the world champion, I will find a way to deal with it. I will be prepared for Nakash and I will defeat him just like I defeat anybody who wants to take the belt away from me.
- Golovkin vs N’Jikam – According to Oleg Hermann, manager of sparkling Kazakh middleweight banger Gennady Golovkin (20-0, 17 KOs), his protégé will fight Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (25-0, 17 KOs) of France in his next outing. A thrilling clash between two undefeated prospects will also be a partial unification of the WBA title: N’Jikam, 27, is the WBA interim champion, and the former amateur superstar Golovkin, 28, holds the “regular” title. Quotes are necessary as the World Boxing Association not-so-surprisingly has three beltholders in this particular weight class. The “super” title belongs to German stalwart Felix Strum (35-2-1, 15 KOs), 32.
- Middleweight contender Benjamin Simon suffered a serious hand injury in the last week of sparring for his IBF elimination bout against Sam Soliman (scheduled for April 1st in Berlin). “The capsule of Simon’s left hand is bruised with odema in tenderparts and an intraarticular haematom“, said Dr. med. Robert Stelzer adding that Simon will be out of training – and fighting, of course – for „at least 6 – 8 weeks“. “Iron Ben“ recognized that something was wrong when he had to stop training due to a terrible pain in his left hand followed by an immediate swelling. Still the IBF intercontinental champion was shocked when he heard the diagnosis: “This is simply terrible“, says Simon. „I had hoped that they can do something to make sure that I can fight. I am in perfect shape and very well prepared for Soliman. I want this fight. This is my big chance.“ Simon’s trainer and manager Robert Rolle adds, “Of course, this is a shock for Ben. I will do my best to help him deal with this injury. This is sport. Injuries can happen any time. It’s a pity because I am sure that Ben would have knocked Soliman out which would have taken us one step closer to challenging IBF champion Sebastian Sylvester. But there’s nothing we can do about it at the moment. We hope that the hand heals as fast as possible so we can find a new date for the fight against Soliman.“ (Source Boxing Scene)
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