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Latest Boxing News in Brief: May 18

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Latest Boxing News in Brief – for: Pacquiao vs. Marquez, Shimoda to defend title in the U.S., Sugar Ray Leonard’s, Revealing Book, Braehmer-Cleverly off, Tenkai keeps WBA female belt, Hopkins-Pascal II This Saturday, ESPN’s Friday Night Fights, Fonfara- Russell, Gomez ready for Green, Klitschko vs. Haye Press Conference


  • Pacquiao vs. Marquez

The November 12th match-up between 37-year-old Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao will be going ahead, as Golden Boy Promotions won’t be matching the offer made to Marquez by Top Rank. Bob Arum, the promoter for Top Rank, met with Marquez to get the details of the Pacquiao fight, which will be taking place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Golden Boy Promotions, the previous promoters for Marquez, had the right to match the $5 million offer made to Marquez by Top Rank plus the $10 million for a rematch.


  • Shimoda to defend title in the U.S.

Teiken Promotions, announced on Monday that three of its boxers would be fighting in the US and Mexico. Newly crowned WBA super-bantam champ Akifumi Shimoda (23-2-1, 10 KOs) will risk his belt against unbeaten mandatory challenger Rico Ramos (19-0, 10 KOs) in Atlantic City, NJ, on July 9. Shimoda, a fast-punching southpaw, dethroned Ryol-li Lee by dropping him three times this January, and will make his initial defense there. Ex-OPBF super-light champ Motoki Sasaki (36-8-1, 23 KOs) will be challenging for the WBC lightweight throne against Humberto Soto (55-7-2-1NC, 32 KOs) in Mexico on June 25. Formerly two-time world champ Jorge Linares (30-1, 19 KOs), a Japan-based Venezuelan, will face Colombian Fancisco Cordero (24-1, 16 KOs) in Mexico on May 28.

  • Sugar Ray Leonard’s Revealing Book

One of boxing’s most memorable warriors and all-time-greats, Sugar Ray Leonard, is releasing a book entitled “The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring” (Viking; 2011) in which he discusses a number of shocking revelations: alcohol and drug use, infidelity, domestic violence, and becoming a father by the age of seventeen. Among his more jaw dropping disclosures, that he was molested by a “prominent Olympic boxing coach” prior to the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, where Leonard won the gold medal which helped launch his career.


  • Braehmer-Cleverly off

WBO light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer will not be able to defend his title against interim titlist Nathan Cleverly on Saturday in London after a cut suffered in training reopened on Tuesday. Braehmer will not be traveling to London today as scheduled. Cleverly is still planning to fight an opponent a late substitute on Saturday night. Promoter Frank Warren is seeking to have the WBO strip Braehmer of the belt and have Cleverly elevated to full championship status. - This is the third straight fight Braehmer has pulled out of. First he pulled out of a July 2010 defense against Alejandro Lakatus in Schwein, Germany, citing a back injury. Then in January he pulled out of a title unification clash with WBA champ Beibut Shumenov in Kazakhstan after allegedly falling ill.


  • Tenkai keeps WBA female belt

WBA female super-fly champ Tsunami Tenkai (18-3, 7 KOs), 114, looked so impressive as she made her fourth defense by lopsidedly battering Petchsairoong Lookisaikongdin (13-10), 112.25, of Thailand, dropped the challenger with a flurry of punches in the second session and finally stopped the Thailander at 1:25 of the third session in a scheduled ten-rounder on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan.


  • Hopkins-Pascal II This Saturday

This Saturday night in Canada, ageless wonder Bernard Hopkins goes for the ultimate: the chance to break fellow legend George Foreman’s record as the oldest man to win a world title. The rematch with local hero and Ring magazine and WBC king Jean Pascal has attracted the attention of many people; Britain’s Carl Froch being amongst the interested. I do think, though, that Hopkins will come up short on Saturday. He may well prove me wrong (not the first time by any stretch!), but I think Hopkins will lose quite widely on points this time” said Froch.

  • ESPN’s Friday Night Fights and Main Events

ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra, will originate from Newark, N.J. May 20 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2 when former junior middleweight world title challenger Joel “El Predador” Julio (36-4, 31 KO’s, WBC#33) and undefeated 2008 U.S. Olympian Sadam “The World Kid” Ali (12-0, 7 KO’s) are featured in co-main events. Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will be ringside at the Amerihealth Pavilion describing the action. The card is presented by Main Events.


  • Fonfara- Russell

Chicago’s Polish Prince Andrzej Fonfara (17-2-1, 8 KOs) faces Anthony Russell on Friday in the ten round main event at Windy City Fight Night 17 at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion. The fight will be for the vacant WBO/NABO light heavyweight belt. The card is presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions.


  • Gomez ready for Green

Welterweight contender Alfonso Gomez (22-4-2, 11 KOs) of Anaheim, California by way of Mexico, finished preparations, under the guidance of his father Alfonso Gomez Sr., at the Azteca Boxing Club in Bell, California, for his upcoming fight that takes place this Saturday May 21st at the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa in Cabazon, California. Gomez will headline and take on Calvin Green (21-5-1, 13 KOs) of Baytown, Texas on the latest edition of ‘Top Rank Live’ on FOX Deportes in a 10-round welterweight bout which is being presented by Top Rank.


Klitschko vs. Haye Press Conference and Interview Video