Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 January 2011 15:06
Written by Alexander Zammit
Tuesday, 11 January 2011 14:34
Latest International Boxing News in Brief – Tuesday 11th January 2010 for: “The Real Deal” Holyfield, Antonio DeMarco vs Reyes Sanchez, Archie Ray Marquez, Cornelius White, Donaire a heavy favorite over Montiel, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, Klitschko vs. Solis, Lateef Kayode, Luis Franco, Marquez vs. Morales a possibility, Prizefighter, Ray “Merciless” Mercer, Redemption in America, Rico Ramos, Sherman “Tank” Williams, Tommy “The Duke” Morrison, Tony Dodson, Veterans Night in Montréal
SP Promotions, Veterans Night in Montréal - Almost twenty years after they squared as a pair of undefeated fighters for the WBO heavyweight world championship in 1991, veterans Ray “Merciless” Mercer and Tommy “The Duke” Morrison will share the same ring in a pair of separate bouts scheduled for February 25th in Montreal. Also joining the senior circuit will be two-time world title challenger Joe Gatti, brother of Arturo and over eight years removed from his last fight. Gatti who is 43 years-old is scheduled to meet Walid Smichet who at 31 and also recently retired qualifies as a young buck amongst most of the night’s combatants.
Klitschko vs. Solis -- WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko is set to defend against mandatory challenger Odlanier Solis on March 19 at the Köln Arena in Cologne, Germany. The respective camps came to an agreement averting a scheduled WBC purse bid. Solis is said to have agreed to a $1.8 million purse, while Klitschko’s K2 Promotions will promote the fight.
SHOWTIME announces fight telecasts -- Undefeated and heralded prospects Luis Franco, Lateef Kayode, Archie Ray Marquez, Rico Ramos and Cornelius White highlight an action-packed February of ShoBox: The New Generation fights while two SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING events will follow, including a March 19 battle for the International Boxing Federation (IBF) Super Middleweight World Championship between champion Lucian Bute and Brian Magee. - “In our 25th year of boxing on SHOWTIME, we’re pleased to formally announce our first four dates of 2011,” said Ken Hershman, Executive Vice President and General Manager of SHOWTIME Sports®.
Donaire a heavy favorite over Montiel -- Las Vegas’ first world title fight of 2011 will feature world bantamweight champion Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel defending his title against two-division world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire in the latest chapter of the storied México-Philippines rivalry on February 19, at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. The MGM Resorts Sports Books opening line has Donaire the betting favorite. Donaire is -220 over Montiel who is +180.
Antonio DeMarco vs Reyes Sanchez -- For lightweight Antonio DeMarco (24-2-1, 18KOs), it doesn't really matter where his next fight will be held but never in his wildest dreams would he have expected Grand Island, Nebraska. On February 26th, DeMarco of Tijuana, MX, will challenge fellow countryman Reyes Sanchez (20-3-1, 11KOs) of Mexico City, MX, for the WBC Silver lightweight title in the main event of "Rumble in the Heartland". The eight fight night will be held at the Heartland Events Center. The fight will be televised by Showtime and presented by Gary Shaw Promotions.
Redemption in America -- Charlotte, N.C. (Jan. 11) – Veteran heavyweight Sherman “Tank” Williams (34-11-2, 19 KOs) will step into the ring with Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield on January 22 at the historic Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. - “My experience boxing Vladamir Klitschko for weeks on end has prepared me to fight the best in the world,” Williams said. “While I respect Evander’s experience in the ring with him having beaten Mike Tyson, Larry Holmes and Buster Douglas, I’m in the best shape of my career and I’m going to make it a very long night for Holyfield on Jan. 22.” - Williams, a sparring partner in the Klitschko camps for two years, will battle for Holyfield’s World Boxing Federation heavyweight title.
Tony Dodson has laughed off suggestions that Prizefighter is his last shot at glory – saying victory at Olympia in London on January 29 will be the catalyst for another major title tilt. -- The Liverpool boxer is one of the favourites for the 16th edition of Matchroom Sport’s eight-man, one-night tournaments and after title fight defeats to local rivals Tony Quigley and Paul Smith in his last two bouts, the temptation is there for pundits to say it’s now or never for The Warrior.
Unbeaten Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (41-0-1, 30 KO’s) is taking the backdoor into the WBC title by taking on interim World Boxing Council middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik (30-0, 10 KO’s) for a bout that will reportedly be taking place in May after Chavez Jr. gets by his scheduled 10 round bout on January 29th against former fringe contender Billy Lyell (22-8, 4 KO’s) at the Estadio Banorte, Culiacan, Mexico.
Marquez vs. Morales a possibility -- The expectation remains for a possible fight between Mexican stars Juan Manuel Márquez and Érik “Terrible” Morales for April 9th in Las Vegas. “We still don’t have anything decided or finalized but we are studying the possibility,” said Marquez. “On January 20 we have a meeting with Golden Boy Promotions where we will speak about whether the WBA and WBO lightweight titles will be in play and also this if this will be a 12 round fight. There are many subjects to talk with Golden Boy Promotions about but after that meeting we’ll have a final answer for this possible fight or any other fight mentioned.”