Keith Holmes (41-5, 25 KOs) will get his hands full on May 29 at the DC Armory in Washington D.C., as Titanium Promotions has confirmed that the former WBC World champion will take on former IBF World champion Kassim “The Dream” Ouma (26-7-1, 16 KOs). The two will clash for the vacant UBO International Middleweight championship as co-feature to the Demarcus Corley vs. Jermain White UBO World Light Welterweight title fight..
Ouma, a native of Uganda residing in the USA for the last twelve years, made his professional debut in 1998. He beat a long line of quality opponents such as Alex Bunema, Kuvanych Toygonbayev, Tony Marshall, former WBO champion Verno Phillips, Jason Papillion, Angel Hernandez and Carlos Bojorquez on his way to a world title eliminator against Juan Carlos Candelo in January 2004.
Ouma beat Candelo in impressive fashion to line up an October rematch with former foe Verno Phillips, who had become a two time world champion by winning the IBF crown in June. Ouma and Phillips fought at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, with the challenger taking the world title on a close but unanimous decision.
Ouma made one successful defence of the world title before loosing it against tricky Russian Roman Karmazin in 2005. He bounced back with four impressive victories, one of them over the undefeated Sechew Powel, before challenging Jermain Taylor for the WBC and WBO world middleweight titles in 2006. The southpaw African did well against the much bigger Taylor, but lost on points.
In his latest fight, this past January, many ringsiders felt “The Dream” was unjustly denied victory against Vanes “Nightmare” Martirosian (26-0, 17 KOs). Ouma knocked the Armenian-born contender down in the ninth round, and looked like he was on his way to a solid victory. But the judges didn’t see it like that and the fight against Holmes on May 29 is not only about becoming a champion again for Ouma, it is also about redemption. He wants to prove he is still world class!
Hot Brazilian middleweight prospect Michael Oliveira puts undefeated record on line Apr. 30 at Miccosukee
MIAMI (Apr. 23, 2009) – 2009 Brazilian Athlete of the Year, unbeaten middleweight prospect “Chairman of the Board” Michael Oliveira, returns to the ring April 30 to fight for the first time this year in a 6-round bout against 28-fight veteran Jessie Davis at Miccosukee Resort in Miami. Oliveira (11-0, 8 KOs), who only turns 20 next Monday, is the heir apparent to retired Brazilian boxing star Acelino “Popo” Freitas. Michael hasn’t fought since December but he has been working out at Normandy Gym in North Miami.
“I’ve been training very, very hard,” he said. “I’ve had amazing sparring, too. We’ve been training twice a day for 1 ½ months. I’m ready for whoever they put in the ring with me. The time is right for me to fight again. You can’t rush or things won’t come out good.”
Now living and fighting out of Miami, the charismatic boxer is unique among contemporary fighters having had only two amateur matches, coupled with being a student at Miami Dade Community College, and coming from an affluent family.
Oliveira has a homecoming fight tentatively scheduled August 7 in Sao Paulo, where he was born, but first he has to get past Davis. “I use the August 7th fight as motivation for this fight,” Oliveira explained. “I know that I can’t lose April 30th for the August 7th fight to happen in Brazil. I’ve dreamed of fighting back home. I want to show everybody in Brazil that, every time I step in the ring, I represent our country.”
Go to www.MichaelOliveira.com for more information about Michael. Oliveira’s valued sponsors include The Confianca Moving, The Beira – Mar and Pro 1 from Sao Paulo, Dumonde Travel (Michael’s official travel agency) and the multi-national fuel company, Shell.
“BOXEO THOMPSON” THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 30 ON FOX SPORTS EN ESPAÑOL
Orange, Calif. (April 28, 2010) – Over the past ten years Thompson Boxing Promotions has established a solid reputation for putting on the best boxing shows throughout Southern California. Last Friday, on the 10th anniversary of the ever-successful boxing promotional company’s “Path to Glory” fight card was no different when their very own junior welterweight Mauricio Herrera proved to be too much for orthodox pugilist Efren Hinojosa by stopping him in the 5th round.
Rising junior welterweight Mauricio Herrera (14-1, 7 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Efren Hinojosa (30-8-1, 17 KOs). Herrera was in command throughout the fight and got the win when Hinojosa couldn’t come out for round six due to injured left hand.
Witness Herrera working his jolting jabs, heavy left hooks and well calculated combinations that brought him his victory and allowed him to retain his regional title.
This edition of Boxeo Thompson’s can’t miss action will air Friday, April 30 on Fox Sports en Español.
The exciting action will air at 6 pm PST/ 9 pm PST.
Check your local listings for FSE.