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Boxing News – Updates 29th June – For: WBC will begin a good faith campaign, Wlodarczyk vs Palacios II, Clash of the Titans, Olympic style drug testing, Povetkin will not fight July 14
WBC will begin a good faith campaign - The president of the WBC Jose Sulaiman regret the current situation boxing is going through where champions have been involved with drug problems, power disputes between promoters and unacceptable behavior outside the ring. Due to these facts, the WBC will begin a campaign of good faith where it will try to make boxers, promoters and managers changer their minds on their behaviors to change the image of boxing in the world, for this, it will be proposed a fund for every boxer where there will be saved a little percentage of their incomes so they can have a good life after they retire from boxing.
Wlodarczyk vs Palacios II could be in September – Polish, WBC cruiserweight champion, Krzysztof Wlodarczyk will defend his crown against Puerto Rican Francisco “Wizard” Palacios, in a rematch that was ordered by the WBC and to be held on September 22nd in Poland. – The first fight was in April 2nd , 2011, where the local Wlodarczyk won a split decision victory in a controversial decision, the scores of the judges were 116-113 and 118-112 for the polish and 115-113 for the Puerto Rican.
Wlodarczyk has a record of 46-2-1, 33 KO’s, while Palacios is 21-1, 13 KO’s.
“Clash of the Titans,” Saturday in Lodz (Poland)- will be featuring fights of Roy Jones Jr vs. Pawel Glazewski, Jameel McCline vs. Artur Szpilka and Nate Campbell vs. Krzysztof Szot, will be available worldwide, outside Poland on www.boks.ipla.tv
Olympic style drug testing – WBO Super Bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire made news when he agreed to be the first professional boxer to undergo year round random Olympic style drug testing that will be administered by VADA (Voluntary Anti-Drug Association). – Most fighters now days have made random drug testing a prerequisite in order for a fight with them and an opponent to be possible. Donaire talking on BoxingScene’s official radio show The Boxing Lab, said: (about his opponents) – “Regardless if they do test positive, I will put my life and my waiver that I will fight that guy. And I will prove to the world that I’m still better even though that guy is on it. I mean to me, they’re not mandated to do a drug testing but I invite them to do it and I hope they do” – “For me I’m doing it because I owe it to my fans. That they’re supporting a guy who grew up being pushed down and let them know I made it happen because I work hard. I believe in myself and that anybody can make it happen if they work hard and be honest and do it the right way”. stated the Filipino Flash.
Povetkin will not fight July 14 - World Boxing Association (WBA) Heavyweight Champion Alexander Povetkin will not be able to defend his title on July 14 in Hamburg. The fight night at the Alsterdorfer Sporthalle has been called off due to an injury sustained by the challenger Hasim Rahman. The number one WBA ranked heavyweight needed an operation to remove a cyst on his right hand and therefore is not able to fight Povetkin. To find a fitting replacement for a Heavyweight title shot in such a short space of time is unrealistic.
History will be made at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light on July 15 with promoter Phil Jeffries’ ‘Summer Rumble 2’ show breaking the record for the most amount of fights ever on a single bill of professional boxing in the North East.
“We’ve got 18 bouts confirmed so far, and there’s possibly one or two more in the pipeline,” revealed Jeffries. “There’s never been a show as big as this in the region. I believe Frank Warren’s card at the Metro Arena, when Amir Khan beat Dmitry Salita, was previously the biggest with15 fights, so we’ve topped that already. It’s going to be a fantastic event.”
Headlining the marathon afternoon of boxing will be County Durham stylist Martin Ward against Liverpool’s Mike Robinson for the English bantamweight title. Southpaw Ward, beaten just once in 16 outings, fights for his first belt against Robinson, who has won five and drawn three of his 12 career bouts. The other scheduled title fight on the card is of the International Masters variety with Hartlepool prospect Peter Cope, currently undefeated in five, in an early career test against Redcar’s experienced Gavin Reid.
The rest of the undercard is absolutely stacked full of fighting talent from every corner of the North East including – Gateshead’s Rob Ismay and Craig Dixon; Newcastle’s Mark Clauzel; South Shields’ David Lake and Anthony Nelson; Sunderland’s Lee Mould; Middlesbrough’s Shafiq Asif and Mohammed Waqas; Easington’s Paul Archer; Horden’s Greg O’Neill; Hartlepool’s Callum Winton; and North Shields’ Davey Ferguson Jnr. Also appearing on the show will be debutant Tommy Ward, brother of bill topper Martin, who enters the pro game on the back of a stellar amateur career that includes Junior ABA title wins and international successes with England.
“I’m working with Neil Fannan on this show and we know times are tight at the moment so we’re really trying to give the fans value for money,” explained Jeffries. “We’ve got some great talent on the bill, and it doesn’t matter where you’re from in the North East, there’s a boxer on this show for you to come along and support. To match such a big event we’ve also got a really big sponsor on board too, with ACT Construction from Sunderland backing the show. They are one of the region’s leading building company’s and to have them involved in helping to promote the sport and the local area, is absolutely brilliant. We are all pulling together to really put boxing, and the North East, right back on the map.”
Local Gym Director and boxing coach Edwin Micallef, talks about the “Boxway Fitness Gym” in Valley Road, Birkirkara, Malta.
Edwin is the older sibling of Maltese professional boxer Daniel Micallef. Edwin explains that at the ‘Boxway’ there are three types of boxing activities Amateur Boxing, Professional Boxing & Box-fitness and each section is run by different coaches.
Edwin makes it quite clear that his gym is not a boutique gym,
“The aim of the gym is to produce good quality, amateur & professional athletes, stated the director.”
The next interview was with Clayton “The Punisher” Vella, a promising local boxer who at the moment boxes on the unsanctioned boxing circuit or in white collar boxing events.
Clayton informs us that he is looking forward to joining fellow Maltese, Daniel Micallef in the professional licensed ranks in the next few months.
LOS ANGELES (December, 2011) – In April 2011, Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto gave boxing fans one of the best fights of the year, with both men hitting the canvas twice before Ortiz rallied to victory and captured Berto’s World Boxing Council (WBC) Welterweight World Championship.
On Saturday, February 11, these rugged and determined fighters will meet once again, this time at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., in a highly anticipated 12-round welterweight rematch live on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
“Ortiz vs. Berto II: Repeat or Revenge” is presented by Golden Boy Promotions, DiBella Entertainment and SHOWTIME. Coming off of its groundbreaking promotion during the blockbuster SHOWTIME PPV® event featuring Manny Pacquiao vs. Shane Mosley in May 2011, SHOWTIME will again receive promotional support from the network’s parent company, CBS Corporation, whose assets include the CBS Television Network and local radio and television stations, among others. The Ortiz-Berto rematch marks the first time that SHOWTIME and CBS will join forces in support of a boxing event televised live on the premium network.
Both fighters have agreed to be subject to Olympic style drug testing which will be administered by the Volunteer Anti-Doping Association (VADA) and will include random blood and urine tests.
“For me, the first Berto-Ortiz fight was the 2011 Fight of the Year and one of the most memorable fights of the last several years,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports. “Immediately after, like most every other boxing fan, I couldn’t help but hope for a rematch. Now that I am in the position to bring this fight to the loyal SHOWTIME subscribers, and to do so with the support of our world-class colleagues at CBS, I couldn’t be more proud to make this special announcement.”
“I’m prepared to go to war again with Berto,” said Ortiz.
Berto said, “I am looking forward to this fight. It’s a fight that I want and it’s a fight the people demanded. These are the types of fights that make boxing so great. I am so hyped and excited to get ready to make another classic, but bottom line…Ortiz has to GO!”
Oscar de la Hoya, president of Golden Boy Promotions, said, “After the April fight between Ortiz and Berto, the first words out of everyone’s mouths were, ‘When are they going to do it again?’ Well, I’m proud to say that February 11th is the date for the most anticipated rematch we’ve seen in a long time. When you put these two fighters together in the ring, there will always be fireworks. I can’t wait to see them do battle a second time.”
Lou DiBella, president of DiBella Entertainment, said, “Berto-Ortiz I was a ‘Fight of the Year’ candidate and boxing fans can expect more of the same in this meaningful rematch. This fight is the perfect way to open up what is expected to be a great year of boxing in 2012.”
Tickets, priced at $300, $150, $100 and $50, are now on sale and are available at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 . Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
Everyone anticipated an action-packed fight the first time that Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto stepped into the ring back on April 16 with the WBC Welterweight World Championship on the line. What ensued was nothing less than spectacular as the pair stormed out of the gate, setting a fast pace that would continue for the entire 12-round contest. Midway through the first round, Ortiz staggered Berto with a sneaky right hand, then backed him into a corner and followed up with a barrage of punches which forced the defending champion to take a knee in order to recover. Berto wasted little time returning the favor, sending Ortiz to the canvas with a counter right hand at the end of the second round. The exciting battle continued round after round, and in the sixth frame, Berto landed a right hand that dropped Ortiz. As soon as the action resumed, Berto was all over Ortiz, looking to close the show. With Ortiz trapped against the ropes and Berto throwing caution to the wind, Ortiz threw a left hook that caught Berto flush on the chin, dropping him for the second time in the fight just seconds before the bell. The back-and-forth action continued for the second half of the “Fight of the Year” candidate. In the end, Ortiz had captured the title with a hard-fought unanimous decision victory, winning by scores of 115-110, 114-111 and 114-112.
The star of Victor Ortiz (29-3-2, 22 KOs) has been on the rise for the last few years, but in 2011, the native of Garden City, Kansas finally put everything together for the entire world to see. The owner of wins over Mike Arnaoutis, Nate Campbell and Antonio Diaz, Ortiz stepped it up in April 2011 with a 12-round decision win over Berto that captivated the boxing world and earned him the WBC Welterweight Championship. Five months later, Ortiz lost a controversial bout to pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather, but with his rematch against Berto looming, the 24-year old now has the perfect opportunity to get back to the top of the division.
A member of the 2004 Haitian Olympic team, Andre Berto (28-1, 22 KOs), like Ortiz, has been leading the charge of boxing’s next generation, thrilling fans with exciting fights and blistering knockouts. Crowned a world champion in 2008, the 28-year-old Berto successfully defended his WBC crown five times against the likes of Luis Collazo, Steve Forbes and Juan Urango before losing it to Ortiz in April. In September, Berto put gold around his waist once again by stopping Jan Zaveck in five rounds for the IBF title. He would soon vacate the title in order to take the fight he has been clamoring for since April and now he’s looking forward to evening the score with Ortiz on February 11.