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Boxing News in Brief - 31st December

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Boxing News in Brief – Friday, December 31st for: Daiki Kameda, Luis ‘El Nica’ Concepcion, Antonio Margarito, Miguel Cotto, Felix Sturm, Ronald Hearns, Wladimir Klitschko, David Haye, Michael Katsidis, Chad Dawson, Emanuel Steward, Zsolt Erdei, Judah to face Mabuza, El Paso card Jan 28, Mrs. Henrietta King, Devon Alexander

 

  • Daiki Kameda will give up his WBA -- flyweight championship because of problems making the weight limit of the division. Sources say the official announcement should be made soon. Everything indicates that the interim champ Luis ‘El Nica’ Concepcion will be declared the regular flyweight monarch according to the WBA rules. Concepcion could fight next in Japan in February or March.

 

  • Antonio Margarito By Rey Colon / The Sport Press -- Antonio Margarito plans to go directly to a second showdown with Miguel Cotto in June in New York City, but first must receive the approval of his doctors next week and his plastic surgeon at the end of January according to Francisco Espinoza, one of the “Tijuana Tornado’s” handlers. Margarito suffered a dangerous injury to his right cheek in his clash with Manny Pacquiao, but Espinoza estimates that by May or June he would be in condition to fight Cotto, who is planning to defend his WBA junior middleweight belt against Ricardo Mayorga on March 12 in Las Vegas before moving to the grudge rematch with Margarito.

 

  • Sturm vs. Ronald Hearns -- WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm (34-2-1, 14 KO’s) will be taking on Ronald Hearns (26-1, 20 KO’s) on February 19th at the Porsche Arena, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

 

  • Haye vs. Wladimir Klitschko: According to an inside source, the mega fight between IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and WBA heavyweight title holder David Haye (25-1, 23 KO’s) will likely take place on April 30th or in May. --  It’s come down to the date and the venue being the last things that need to be ironed out for the negotiations. They are working on getting the date set, so hopefully this fight will be announced soon.

 

  • Katsidis wants Khan for April / May return -- By James Slater - Australian warrior Michael Katsidis, who proved yet again in defeat to Mexican great Juan Manuel Marquez that he is never in a bad fight, is reportedly hungry for more big fights. According to his trainer and manager Brendan Smith, “The Great” is looking at returning to the ring in April or May. And who does the incredibly exciting lightweight title challenger have right at the top of his Hit-List? Why, Britain’s own Amir Khan, the reigning WBA 140-pound champ. -- It seems Katsidis fancies a move up in weight, and in an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald Smith made it clear his man is more than willing to return to the UK for a third time.

 

  • New trainer for Dawson -- TOTOWA, NJ (December 30, 2010) – Former WBC and IBF light heavyweight champion CHAD DAWSON will be under new stewardship when he begins preparations for his rematch against WBC light heavyweight titlist Jean Pascal early next year. Hall of Fame trainer EMANUEL STEWARD has agreed to join Dawson’s corner as head trainer. -- Steward has trained 41 world champion fighters, including Tommy Hearns, Lennox Lewis, Oscar De La Hoya, Wladimir Klitschko and Miguel Cotto.

 

  • Zsolt Erdei is Back Together With Trainer Fritz Sdunek -- According to adviser Greg Leon, undefeated former two division champion Zsolt Erdei (32-0, 17KOs) is back together with former trainer Fritz Sdunek, which counters widespread reports that Erdei hired Eddie Mustafa Muhammad as the new head trainer. Erdie returned from a one year layoff in November, winning an eight round decision over Samson Onyango.

 

  • Judah to face Mabuza -- Former two division world champion Zab Judah (40-6, 27 KO’s) will be facing the tough South African Kaizer Mabuza (23-6, 14 KO’s) in February or March for the IBF light welterweight title at the Prudential Center, in Newark, New Jersey.

 

  • El Paso card Jan 28 -- A card promoted by LA Boxing of El Paso will kick off the action in 2011 at the border when, on Jan. 28, “Bloodsport Championships” will be held at the El Paso Grand Ballroom, 3136 Trawood, El Paso. Six boxing bouts will comprise the card. In boxing: Joel Garcia vs. Jacob Armijo at flyweight; Yoel Gonzalez vs. Gabe Garcia at lightweight; Wesley Marquez vs. Leonardo Sanchez at super bantam; Ricardo Delgado vs. Edgar Zubia at super lightweight; Carlos Villa vs. Colbert Lozoya at welter; and Eric Reza vs. Christopher Simmons at heavyweight. For more info and to or Marriott der tickets, check out www.bloodsportchampionships.com.

 

  • Undefeated WBC super lightweight champion Devon Alexander ‘The Great’ will dedicate his performance on Jan. 29 to his promoter’s wife of 50 years, Mrs. Henrietta King, who died earlier this month after a lengthy illness at age 87. Alexander (21-0, 13 KOs), from St. Louis, will face undefeated World Boxing Organization junior welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (26-0, 11 KOs), from North Palm Springs, Calif., at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich., on Jan. 29 in a long-awaited world championship unification match at the 140-pound weight limit. -- “Don King has promoted me since the beginning of my professional career in 2004,” Alexander said from his Las Vegas training camp. “Mrs. King was with Don for over 50 years. Don has always been there for me, and I want to dedicate my performance on Jan. 29 to Mrs. King for always being there for Don. Mrs. King was a great lady and I was honored to have met her. I will honor her with the best performance of my life at the Silverdome in Pontiac.”