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Algeria and Argentina share points in Group A clash

Lausanne, Switzerland, 11 January 2013 – This bottom of Group A table showdown saw Algeria Desert Hawks and Argentina Condors claim two points each after the match was drawn following two victories apiece and the Lightweight (57-61kg) bout being ruled a technical draw following an accidental injury in the first round.

The speed and agility of 21-year-old Argentinean Fernando Martinez told in the night’s opening contest at Bantamweight (50-54kg) as the slick orthodox Condors fighter outmanoeuvred Samir Brahimi. Classy operator Martinez moved inside well, constantly applying the pressure on the Algerian southpaw. Brahimi tried to mix it up but could not contain the barrage of precise hooks and uppercuts he was being subjected to. Martinez was constantly on the front foot and confidently claimed the win that give his team the early advantage in the tie.

Two-time Olympian Abdelkader Chadi looked high on confidence in the early exchanges of his fight against Argentina’s German Benitez in the Lightweight contest, however following an accidental injury, the fight ended prematurely and the bout was declared a technical draw.

Algeria’s 20-year-old Ilyas Abbadi was next in the ring to face crisp counter-puncher Juan Velasco at Middleweight (68-73kg). Continue reading

Roman “Rocky” Martinez ready for Juan Carlos Burgos bout

DORADO, PUERTO RICO- World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior lightweight champion, Roman “Rocky” Martinez, made today his last training for the media in Puerto Rico, one week before his fight against the #1 contender Juan Carlos Burgos on Saturday, January 19 at The Theatre Madison Square Garden in New York, in a Top Rank presentation to be broadcasted on HBO. Continue reading

WSB: Young Lionhearts lose in Ukraine but remain well placed in WSB; Lomachenko Impresses

The British Lionhearts lost 4-1 tonight against a highly experienced Ukraine Otamans team in the World Series of Boxing. In a tough away fixture in Kiev, the young Lionhearts team put in a brave performance but was unable to match a Ukraine outfit which featured two of its biggest names in current Olympic champions, Oleksandr Usyk and Vasyl Lomachenko.

A second World Series victory for Wales’ Commonwealth Games gold medallist Sean McGoldrick in the first bout of the evening was the high point of the night for the Lionhearts as the Ukrainian team fought back to record its second win of the season.

Despite the loss, the British Lionhearts remain ahead of the Otamans in Group B of the World Series of Boxing. The Lionhearts are in second place with nine points, following wins against USA Knockouts, Italia Thunder and the German Eagles whilst the Otamans have moved-up to third with eight points from two wins and two losses.

The teams meet again in the home return for the Lionhearts at York Hall in London on Friday 1 March 2013. Continue reading

Pacquiao to fight in April; Singapore, Dubai or Macau possible locations

pac342By Rob Smith: Manny Pacquiao’s next fight on April 20th likely won’t be in the United States. His team is looking at having his next fight take place in one of following sites in Asia: Singapore, Dubai or Macau. The reason for this is the lower tax burden that Pacquiao would have by having his fight staged there rather than in the U.S, where he’s been fighting for the past 11 years.

Juan Manuel Marquez had been mentioned as possibly being a part of Pacquiao’s April 20th card in a separate tune-up fight. However, Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Konz told the Manila Bulletin at mb.com.ph, it would be “Extra expenses” if they put Marquez on the card, and that’s not likely to happen now.

They have someone they’re looking at to put Pacquiao in with Koncz says. On Thursday, there were reports that Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum is considering having Pacquiao fight either Brandon Rios or Tim Bradley. Whether Pacquaio will in fact face one of them is highly doubtful because those aren’t tune-up fights and it would be a huge risk for him to take on fighters of this talent level with a big money rematch with Marquez just over the horizon in September.

Arum can certainly make any fight he wants to, of course, because Top Rank is his promotional company, but it would be a dangerous move to put Pacquiao in with anyone that would have a chance of beating him at this point in his career with the Marquez rematch coming later this year. If this was a younger Pacquiao then it would be understandable because a prime Manny would easily take care of guys like Rios and Bradley. However, Pacquiao is starting to slow down now and he’s lost his last two fights. Continue reading

News: Harry Joe Yorgey; Dominik Britsch; Jason Welborn

BRIDGEPORT, PA (January 11, 2013)—Jr. Middleweight contender, “Lightning” Harry Joe Yorgey is looking forward to his Showtime televised ten round encounter with undefeated Jermell Charlo that will take place on January 26th at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Yorgey (25-1-1, 12 Knockouts) of Bridgeport, PA knows that this is a great opportunity get himself back in the title picture with a win and knows that Charlo is a quality fighter behind his record that reads 19-0 with 9 knockouts. Continue reading

Peter Quillin faces Fernando Guerrero on February 9th

peterquillin_sept2012BROOKLYN (January 11, 2013) – WBO Middleweight World Champion and New Yorker Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin will make his first title defense against Fernando Guerrero in the co-featured bout to the world title clash between Unified Super Lightweight Champion Danny “Swift” Garcia and Brooklyn native Zab “Super” Judah at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Saturday, February 9 live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.

In addition to Quillin and Garcia, the stars of last October’s inaugural boxing event at Barclays Center will return to the sport’s most popular new venue.

SHOWTIME Extreme will start the televised action with a 10-round junior middleweight bout between Brooklyn’s Dmitriy Salita and Hector Camacho Jr. along with a 10-round middleweight fight featuring boxing’s most inspirational fighter, Brooklyn’s Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs, who continues his comeback following a successful battle against cancer against an opponent to be named.

Other undercard fights will feature the New York professional debut of Staten Island’s 2012 United States Olympian Marcus Browne in a four-round light heavyweight fight as well as crowd- pleasing Boyd Melson, whose dedication to finding a cure for spinal cord injuries makes him a true champion, who will fight in a six-round middleweight bout against an opponent to be named. Continue reading

Twenty Boxers Move One Step Closer to a Berth on the Junior World Championships Team

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Forty young boxers took the ring for the longest session of the Junior World Team Open on Thursday night. The 20 victors advanced on to championship night at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nev., and they will vie for berths on the 2013 AIBA Junior Men’s World Championships squad in this evening’s final round action. Continue reading

Deontay Wilder vs. Matt Greer on 1/19

wilder92Heavyweight Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder, 26-0 (26ko) returns to the ring just a month removed from his last bout, an impressive 3rd round one-punch stoppage over previously undefeated Kelvin Price on Showtime TV. The overhand right was listed as one of Showtime’s “Knockouts of the Year 2012″.

Wilder is slated to face Matt “Gator” Greer in a scheduled 8-rounder on a Golden Boy/Pepe Gomez promoted card from Villahermosa, Tabasco January 19th. The show will be televised in Mexico by Televista and in the United States on Fox Espanol. No word on whether the Wilder bout will be part of the telecast. The main event pits Sergio Thompson against Moises Castro for the WBC Silver Super Featherweight Title.

Greer, of St. Louis, Missouri is 15-8 (13ko) and coming off a win in his previous bout. His last opponent of note, Dennis Boytsov (31-0) stopped him in six rounds in Germany. Greer was scheduled to fight undefeated Cuban Mike Perez but opted for the Wilder fight instead.

For his part, Wilder has maintained a busy pace, mixing in six bouts in 2012 between sparring assignments with the likes of Wladimir Klitschko, Malik Scott, Audley Harrison and Tony Thompson. Continue reading

Markussen to face Blackledge in Frederikshavn on March 16

Rudy Markussen (38-3, 25 KOs) will take on Luke Blackledge (12-0-1, 4 KOs) on March 16 as the Nordic Fight Night returns to Frederikshavn´s Arena Nord. Blackledge came to fame in Denmark last June when he stopped Mads Larsen in what was only his tenth fight. Meanwhile, the Hardhitter celebrated a successful comeback on the Kessler-Magee undercard, knocking out Daniel Regi in the first round. “Markussen versus Blackledge is an exciting fight that makes a lot of sense for both of them,” promoter Nisse Sauerland said. “Rudy has no time to waste, he needs to hold off an extremely talented prospect like Blackledge if he wants to fight for a title again. Blackledge, on the other hand, would have a huge name if he stopped another Danish boxing great, which I don´t think he will, though. We´re thrilled to return to Frederikshavn with an action-packed card. The atmosphere at Arena Nord has been sensational during our last two visits.” Continue reading