Schedule |  Res

ults | Predictions | Fan Fight | Ring Girls | P4P Top 10 | Forum | Contact Us

 
 

 

 Fan Interactive Boxing News Source / Updated 24 Hours a Day
Click Here To Make Boxing2006.com Your Homepage

 
 






















 



 

 
Page 47

 
  Ouma Battles Mora On ESPN Friday Night Fights Jan 27  
Former IBF junior middleweight champion Kassim Ouma has declared war on the 154-pound weight class in 2006, vowing to not only reclaim his crown but to clear out the division.  He takes the first step of that journey on Friday, January 27th, when he squares off against Francisco Antonio Mora in a 12 round NABO title bout at the Desert Diamond Casino in Tucson, Arizona.

Ouma-Mora, which headlines an outstanding night of fistic action presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Peltz Boxing Promotions, will be aired live on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights beginning at 7:30pm ET.  Click Here For More

                                                                                                                         
 
WBC Report
JOSE LUIS CASTILLO REPORTS HIS 30-DAY WEIGH-IN IN PREPARATION FOR HIS UPCOMING BATTLE AGAINST CORRALES
 
Last Thursday, January 5, the Boxing Commission of the State of Mexico reported that former lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo weighed 67.200 kg (147.8 lbs) at his 30-day weigh-in, in preparation for his upcoming battle against Diego Corrales on February 4 in El Paso Texas in which Castillo will attempt to regain the championship he lost precisely to Corrales on May 7, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
                                                                                                                         
  No Respect From Zab, No WBC Title For Zab  
Written By William Trillo
Let's be honest, how many of us started rooting against Zab as soon as he threw that cheap low blow instead of touching gloves with Baldomir before the fight? Allow me to tell you the truth, I hate that crap and as soon as he did that I thought, "OK Zab, you're just lucky this guy probably doesn't have what it takes to do much about that." Next question, when Zab started pulling more of his stunts in round 2, and the ref had to pull the fighters apart and remind Zab to "act like a professional," how many more of us thought it would be nice to see this clown get his just due? And once again, how many of us thought Baldomir had what it took to make our dreams come true? Honestly, I doubt very few of us, but regardless, I instantly became a Baldomir honk, and for the rest of the night all I wanted to see was him pull off the biggest upset of the New Year, and one that would be hard to beat, little did I know that I was soon to be in the biggest treat of the new boxing year! Click Here For Full Report By "Thrill"
                                                                                                                         
 

Baldomir-Judah - Photo Gallery
Photos: "Sugar" Ray Bailey

 

Click Here For Judah vs Baldomir Photo Gallery
                                                                                                                         

 

Bell-Mormeck - Photo Gallery
Photos: "Sugar" Ray Bailey

 

Click Here For Bell vs. Mormeck Photo Gallery
                                                                                                                         

 

Judah/Baldomir Undercard - Photo Gallery
Photos: "Sugar" Ray Bailey

 

Including:
Ulises Solis W 12 Will Grigsby
Mark Suarez TKO 1 James Webb
Owen Beck W 8 Darnell Wilson
William Joppy TKO 5 Erik Howard
Elio Rojas TKO 1 Tiger Smalls
Steve Cunningham TKO 5 Lloyd Byran
Click Here For Judah/Baldomir Undercard Photo Gallery

                                                                                                                         
  It’s "Undisputed", Zab wasn’t super!  
By Mike Indri
Retired Boxers Foundation
The stage was set.  The Theater at Madison Square Garden would play host to Zab Judah’s mandatory World Boxing Council welterweight title defense against light hitting Carlos Baldomir, almost a 15-1 betting underdog, in a fight that would amount to presumably nothing more than a mere prelude to the undisputed welterweight champion’s tentatively scheduled mega-fight  against boxing’s pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr.
The problem was no one told this to Carlos Baldomir.  On second thought, I’m positive the message was delivered to Baldomir, by many; including manager Javier Zapata and revered trainer Amilcar Brusa, that this was his opportunity for greatness.
Carlos Baldomir listened, and came prepared and ready.  Zab Judah did not.
 
Judah, along with the 4,735 fans that were rooting for their local Brooklyn bred fighter, expected a quick and flashy knockout.  All were shocked and dismayed as Baldomir outworked and outpointed the heavily favored  Judah en route to a unanimous twelve round decision victory. 
Click Here For Full Report By Mike Indri
                                                                                                                         
  Little River Evans' Latest Venture  
"Have Promoter's License Will Travel" has long been the motto of Gerald Evans and his 1 World Productions, as the hard-working Detroit native has embarked on no less than three separate multi-show series in three separate Michigan cities in the past six years.

Evans' string of events at Detroit's Club International (featuring Teamcannon) was followed by his remarkable run at the DeltaPlex (where local fighter Troy Rowland went from an unknown to a television fighter with a huge local following). His next venture will unfold beginning January 28 at the Little River Casino in Manistee, Michigan, featuring local product and decorated former amateur Torrence Daniels in the main events. Click Here For More

                                                                                                                         
  Duva: Big 06 for Minto  

Promoter Dino Duva says a big fight for his heavyweight prospect, Brian "The Beast" Minto (23-1, 14 KOs), is just around the corner.

 

“We’re looking at some real possibilities for a premium TV fight against a contender or even a world title shot for Brian. We hope to have something for him in the first half of 06.”

 

Duva feels Minto, who scored three impressive victories in three consecutive months to close out the year (TKO 7 Vinny Maddalone, KO 2 Forrest Neal and TKO 3 Troy Weida), has established himself as a legitimate young heavyweight contender. “Brian has looked better every time he’s fought this year; he has proven to be a contender who needs to be seriously watched in the heavyweight division.”

The emergence of Minto gives Duva Boxing a quartet of notable heavyweights in their stable, which also includes Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter, former world title challenger Kirk “Bubba” Johnson and undefeated young Michael Marrone.

                                                                                                                         
  British Champion Earl's
Deadly Round of Bela-Russian Roulette
 
In less than three short weeks, British and Commonwealth Champion Graham Earl will boldly come face to face with the most dangerous European fighter in the talent laden lightweight division, Yuri Romanov, as the two headline Maloney Promotions' exciting fight card from Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham, England on Friday, January 27th. Earl is coming off a riveting performance last summer that saw the Luton man outgun hardened campaigner Kevin Bennett to add the Commonwealth crown to his existing British title but this time Earl may have bitten off more than he can handle. The Eastern European titlist, Romanov has already seen off some of the best men at lightweight that the UK has to offer in the form of Bobby Vanzie and Steve Murray, and the Belarussian spoiler is determined to do the same to Earl in front of a nationwide audience that will watch the highly anticipated contest on Sky Sports. For Graham Earl, this isn't just a bout that will build upon his current # 9 ranking with the WBO and propel him into true world class standing but also a mission to defend the honor of boxing in the United Kingdom.
Click Here For More
                                                                                                                         
  Ruiz petitions WBA for Valuev rematch  
Two-time world heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz (41-6-1, 28 KOs) has petitioned the World Boxing Association for an immediate rematch against Nicolay Valuev for the WBA heavyweight title. Last month, Ruiz lost a controversial decision to Valuev in Berlin.

Ruiz’ petition is based on the WBA’s rule 7.3 (see below) that allows for a rematch based on a controversial decision in a championship match. Valuev won by 12-round decision by scores of 114-114, 116-114, 116-113.

“I’m focusing on our WBA petition,” Ruiz said. “I enjoyed everything about our trip to Germany other than the decision. The German people were great to me. I deserve a rematch and would fight him again in Germany if I had to. I remember thinking mid-way through the fight that it was the easiest fight I’d had in a long time. I couldn’t believe it when the decision was announced. The fans in Germany booed the decision. I felt I won the fight. You’re supposed to take the title from the champion; they gave it to him. I’ll continue fighting until I feel it’s time for me to retire. I’ll retire on my terms. Right now I’m looking forward to my next fight and want it to be for the title against Valuev.” Click Here For More

                                                                                                                         
  Julio Annihilates “The Doctor” in 3!
“The Cobra” Strikes Again
 
By Carlo Juarez
Showtime’s SHOBOX: The New Generation rang in the new year with a double bang as two exciting young prospects proved that they are a force to be reckoned with in their respective weight divisions.

Pre-Fight Introduction to Martinez vs. Ledesma:

SHOBOX, airing from Cicero Stadium in Cicero, Illinois, began with an 8-round Bantamweight bout featuring Raul “The Cobra” Martinez (12-0-9) vs. Andres “Andy Boy” Ledesma (13-1-1-8). Raul Martinez, a 23 year-old former 2-time 112 lbs. national amateur champion from San Antonio, TX, was coming off of three consecutive knockout victories before taking on Andres Ledesma. “The Cobra” adequately prepared himself for the professional ranks by challenging the best flyweights in the world as an amateur. In addition, the nine knockout wins he attained thus far clearly indicates that his best weapon going into the ring tonight is his punching power. “Andy Boy”, on the other hand, has more professional experience than Martinez and is stepping into the ring tonight as a junior featherweight Colombian champion. Although his record is slightly less impressive than his opponent’s, Ledesma has the more impressive victories with wins over former world titlist Harold Mestre and Walter Estrada. Ledesma’s biggest advantage going into the ring tonight is his substantially longer reach than Martinez.
Click Here For Full Report By Carlo Juarez

                                                                                                                         
  Julio breaks Kamya's jaw in three round annihilation  

Yet again, undefeated welterweight sensation Joel Julio (26-0, 23 KO’s) has stunned boxing insiders.  Each time the Colombian exits the ring following a victory, estimations of his potential increase exponentially.   Friday’s one-sided demolition of Robert Kamya has raised those expectations considerably. 

Just one day removed from his 21st birthday, Julio twice dropped Kamya and rocked him repeatedly before a crushing left hook sent Kamya face first to the canvas for the third and final time of the bout.  The referee immediately waved a halt to the bout at the 1:32 mark of the round (TKO 3). Kamya remained on the canvas for approximately five minutes after the final knockdown, and was then taken to the hospital to repair a broken jaw and undergo a series of head tests.  He passed those exams and was released Saturday evening.  (Julio’s ability to shatter Kamya’s jaw is even more impressive when one recognizes that both fighters were forced to wear 10 oz gloves because the contract weight for the bout was over 150 lbs).

Chicago Tribune boxing scribe Mike Hirsley was ringside for the bout and was struck by Julio’s performance:  "I was very impressed by his patience. After he hurt Kamya he didn't rush right in, he kept to his game plan and didn't smother his punches. Considering he's only 21 years old, he shows a great deal of maturity in the ring."

Julio is expected to return to the ring on Feb 25 on the undercard of the Fernando Vargas-Shane Mosley pay-per-view showdown at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV.

                                                                                                                         
  Judah Loss Decides "Fan Fight" Result Last Week  
In Boxing2006.com's "Fan Fight" last week, Jas "The Executioner" (now 1-0, 1 KO)took on Balance on the topic: "Who Wins: Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Zab Judah?". Jas appeared to be in control through the first two rounds, but after last nights pitiful performance by Judah and in losing the undisputed championship, this one automatically ends in a knockout victory for Jas. Balance falls to 0-2.
Click Here To View The Entire Action/Argument From Last Week


Fan Fight Now introduces the Fan Fight Record & Stats Pages. Each Fan Fighter now has their own personal record and stats page that keeps track of every statistic on Fan Fight. Just click any Fan Fighters name to view their page, which includes their full detailed Fan Fight record and more.
Or you can view all of the Fan Fighters by Clicking Here



This Weeks Fan Fight Is Set (Jan. 9-15):
 
"Should Joe Mesi Continue Fighting?"

Blue Corner:  Ryno (1-0) - Yes -
Red Corner Prisoner Ksc2 303 (Debut) - No  -



R
egister For The Following Weeks Fan Fight (Jan. 16-22):

"Who Wins The Rematch: Morales vs. Pacquiao II?"

Awaiting opponent for the Blue Corner:  Erik Morales -
(Click Here To Enter Blue Corner)


Awaiting opponent for the Red Corner:  Manny Pacquiao  -
(Click Here To Enter Red Corner)



Please make sure to read the "Rules" and "How To Play" section of "Fan Fight" so that you are familiar with the game.

Remember, ITS FREE and EVERY winner gets a FREE customized boxing DVD.

Free DVD's Are Distributed Courtesy Of BoxingVideos.net

                                                                                                                         
  On This Day: Jan 9  
By "BC" Bob Witt
ON THIS DAY IN 2004, Uncasville, Connecticut:
Nate Campbell won a 12 round UD over Daniel Attah - IBF Super-Featherweight Eliminator
Jermain Taylor TKO'd Alex Rios in the 1st round - Non Title
Serguei Lyakhovich TKO'd Ron Guerrero in the 1st round - Non Title
Elvin Ayala won a 4 round UD over Keith Sonley - Non Title
Sechew Powell TKO'd James Johnson in the 1st round - Non Title
Warren, Michigan:
Rubin Williams KO'd Anton Robinson in the 2nd round - Non Title
Obed Sullivan TKO'd Ken Murphy in the 4th round
Tacoma, Washington:
Kenny Ellis TKO'd Chris Holt in the 2nd round - Non Title
2003, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania:
Kabary Salem won a 12 round UD over Manu Ntoh - Vacant WBO NABO Super-Middleweight Title.
2000, Bay St Louis, Mississippi:
Greg Wright won a 12 round UD over Darrell Spinks - NABF Light-Heavyweight Title
Mauricio Pastrana won a 10 round UD over Ablorh Sowah - Non Title
Steve Forbes won an 8 round SD over David Armstrong - Non Title
1999, Pensacola, Florida:
Derrick Gainer won a 12 round UD over Harold Warren - USBA Super Featherweight Title
Roy Jones Jr TKO'd Richard Frazier in the 2nd Round WBC and WBA Light-Heavyweight Title.
Shane Mosley KO'd Golden Johnson in the 7th round - IBF Lightweight Title
Brian Barbosa won a 12 round UD over Kevin Tillman - WBO NABO Middleweight Title
1998, Biloxi, Mississippi:
Floyd Mayweather Jr TKO'd Hector Arroyo in the 5th round - Non Title
Lamon Brewster TKO'd Biko Botowamungu in the 5th round - Non Title
Atlantic City, New Jersey:
Oleg Maskaev TKO'd Booker T Word in the 4th round - Non Title
                                                                                                                         
  Baldomir And Bell Steal The Show  
Coming off a tremendous 2005, America’s No. 1 Boxing Network picked up right were it left off with an incredibly exciting, action-packed world championship doubleheader Saturday on SHOWTIME.

Let the network’s 20th Anniversary Celebration of televising meaningful, competitive fights begin!

Huge underdogs Carlos Baldomir and O’Neil Bell got the year off to a rousing start by registering major upsets in the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING co-features. In what in all likelihood will be the 2006 Upset of the Year, Baldomir registered a close, unanimous 12-round decision over undisputed welterweight champion Zab Judah. In what may turn out to be a leading candidate for 2006 Fight of the Year, Bell knocked out Jean-Marc Mormeck in the 10th round to become the first undisputed cruiserweight champion of the world since 1988.

Not bad for starters, eh?
Click Here For More

                                                                                                                         
  Shocking Upset!  
Photos: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME

In a shocking upset, prohibitive underdog Carlos Baldomir scored a hard-fought 12-round unanimous decision over undisputed world welterweight champion Zab Judah Saturday on SHOWTIME.
                                                                                                                         
  Undisputed  
Photos: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME

In a slugfest from start to finish that may wind up a leading candidate for Fight of the Year, IBF champion O'Neil Bell knocked out WBA/WBC champion Jean-Marc Mormeck to become the undisputed cruiserweight champion of the world Saturday on SHOWTIME
                                                                                                                         
  Super Upset! Super Judah Super Bad!   
Make all the excuses you want, cry and moan and blame someone else for your shortcomings, it's always someone else's fault when things don't go as planned. But when you lose your title in your own backyard, and the people who came to see you are booing you for a dismal performance, there is really no one you can blame but yourself! And such is the case for former WBC Welterweight Champ Zab Judah Tonight as he was defeated by the unheralded Argentinean Carlos Baldomir in a unanimous decision that read 115-113, 115-112 & 116-111 with all judges agreeing that the belt deserved to change hands tonight!

More, much more to come on this one including a full report from Romina Ciuffa at Ringside!
                                                                                                                         

  Super Fight! "Supernova"! Super Champ!  
In another great Cruiserweight Undisputed Title fight, O'Neil Bell took all Jean-Marc Mormeck had to offer early and then cunningly turned the tide on "The Marksmen" and put him down with a series of clubbing blows at the 2:50 point of round 10. This one offered up a little bit of everything and once again proved that the Cruiserweight division can be one of the most exciting divisions in boxing.

Full Report from Romina Ciuffa at Ringside to follow 
                                                                                                                         

  Early Results From Madison Square Garden, NY  
Promoter: Don King
Featherweight Elio Rojas TKO's Priest Smalls in 1 
Time: 2:05
 
Heavyweight Bermane Stiverne TKO's John Turlington in 1 
Time: 2:23

Light Flyweight Ulises Solis decisions Will Grigsby over 12 
118-110 | 117-111 | 116-112
IBF Light Flyweight Title
 
Welterweight Mark Suarez 146¼ KO's James Webb in 1 
Time: 0:44
IBF Welterweight Title Eliminator
 
Heavyweight Bermane Stiverne TKO's John Turlington in 1 
Time: 2:23

Cruiserweight Steve Cunningham  TKO's Lloyd Bryan in 5 
Time: 1:10
 
Heavyweight Owen Beck decisions Darnell Wilson over 8 
78-74 | 78-74 | 78-74
 
Light Heavyweight William Joppy TKO's Eric Howard in 5 
Time: 2:12
 

Stay tuned for full report from Romina Ciuffa & 
Photo Galleries from Rita Coliene & "Sugar" Ray Bailey
                                                                                                                         
  Supernova: Unique Flower In A Snowfield  
Story & Photos by Romina Ciuffa

What is a Jamaican wrestling champion doing in a boxing ring, fighting only with hands and punches, no jumping, in the cruiserweight championship against the great French Jean-Marc Gilbert Mormeck, first boxer in his division?

“I had always wanted to be a boxer since age 4”, O’Neill Supernova Bell replies. “It was always a dream of mine. I remember my father talking about boxing when I was a child. I studied them all: Jack Johnson, Ezzard Charles, Sugar Ray Robinson, Ken Norton, Muhammad Ali, Felix Tito Trinidad and Bernard Hopkins”.

Born on the 29th of December, 1974 in Montego Bay, in US he came when he was 5. He has been living in Atlanta since 1995 when he moved there to follow a woman, but for him, always, home sweet home: “To me, my spirit never left Jamaica. I haven't been back since 1991, but I’m still there in spirit, I will never deny that”.

A perfect English, he says he learned it at school. This is a guy athletically gifted: four-year-varsity, all-state football star playing fullback on offense and linebacker on defense at Polytech High School in Dover, winner of a state championship in wrestling competing at 189 pounds in 1994.
Click Here For Full Report By Romina Ciuffa

                                                                                                                         

  On This Day: Jan 7  
By "BC" Bob Witt
ON THIS DAY IN 2001, Las Vegas, Nevada:
Israel Vazquez TKO’d Don Don Concepcion in the 3rd round to win the vacant NABF Super-Bantamweight Title.
Jesse James Leija TKO’d Fred Ladd in the 3rd round.
In 2000, Sacramento, California:
Israel Vazquez won an 8 round UD over Edel Ruiz.
Juan Lazcano won a 10 round SD over Julian Wheeler
In 1997, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:
Tony Martin won a 12 round decision over Kip Diggs to win the NABF Welterweight Title at the Blue Horizon.
In 1995, San Antonio, Texas:
Alejandro Gonzalez TKO’d Kevin Kelley in the 10th round to win the WBC Featherweight Title.
Wilfredo Vazquez won a 12 round SD over Orlando Canizales to retain the WBA Super-Bantamweight Title.
Carlos Gerena won an 8 round SD over Jesus Chavez.
In 1994, Palma de Majorque, Spain:
Alex Sanchez TKO’d Arturo Mayan in the 1st round to retain the WBO Minimumweight Title (Mayan had no known Professional experience).
Daniel Jimenez won a 12 round UD over Felix Garcia to win the WBC Super-Bantamweight Title.
In 1992, Auburn Hills, Michigan:
Leeonzer Barber won a 12 round SD over Anthony Hembrick to win the WBO Light-Heavyweight Title. Barber would successfully defend his title 3 times before losing it to Darius Michalczewski in 1994.
                                                                                                                         
  Shobox Pix  
Photos: John Booz/For SHOWTIME

Raul Martinez (13-0, 10 KOs) celebrates his eighth round TKO over Andres Ledesma  (13-2-1, eight KOs) Friday on "ShoBox: The New Generation'' on SHOWTIME.  Martinez sent Ledesma to the canvas three times during the fight, including twice in the third round.

Raul Martinez (13-0, 10 KOs) suffered a gash over his right eye from a punch by Andres Ledesma  (13-2-1, eight KOs) in the sixth round Friday on "ShoBox: The New Generation'' on SHOWTIME.  After the ringside doctor warned Martinez he would stop the fight if the cut got any worse, the unbeaten prospect stalked Ledesma with urgency, ending the fight in the eighth round.

Joel Julio (right) connects with a jab to the nose of Robert Kamya, Friday on "ShoBox: The New Generation'' on SHOWTIME.  Julio (26-0, 23 KOs) dropped Kamya (15-6, five KOs) in the first and ended the fight in the third round with a left hook to the chin.  After the fight, Julio said: "I got the perfect knockout." 

Joel Julio (left) connects with a left hook to the chin of Robert Kamya in the third round Friday on "ShoBox: The New Generation'' on SHOWTIME.  The punch sent Kamya (15-6, five KOs) tumbling to the canvas and gave Julio (26-0, 23 KOs) the victory.
                                                                                                                         

  Julio Knocks Out Kamya In 3rd Round -
Martinez Defeats Ledesma In 8
 
On a cold night in Cicero, Joel Julio raised the temperature in the gym with a spectacular third-round knockout over Robert Kamya Friday on “ShoBox: The New Generation.” In the exciting co-feature, Raul Martinez knocked down Andres Ledesma three times en route to an eighth-round TKO. The doubleheader, which took place at Cicero Stadium in Cicero, Ill., was promoted by Main Events Inc. and aired at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on west coast).

“Julio delivered as advertised,” “ShoBox” expert analyst Steve Farhood said. “He is offensively amazing, shows patience, attacks the head and body, and showed maturity beyond his years. He has the look of a 25-year veteran, not a 20-year old kid.”

Displaying poise, great technical boxing skills and devastating power, Julio lived up to his pre-fight hype and then some. In the first round, Julio connected with a straight counterpunch, sending Kamya spinning to the canvas.

In the third, Julio cracked Kamya with a left hook to the chin, sending him to the mat again. At 1:32 of the round, the referee reached the count of 10. Julio is ranked No. 8 in the WBC and World Boxing Organization (WBO), and No. 11 in the WBA. Click Here For More

                                                                                                                         
  Friday Night Quick Results  
Santa Ana Star Casino, Albuquerque
Promoter: Top Rank

Lightweight Jose Armando Santa Cruz TKO's Michael Lozada in 4 
Time: 1:01
Vacant NABF Lightweight Title
 
Welterweight Victor Ortiz  KO's Leroy Fountain in 4 
Time: 1:27
 
Light Middleweight Ray Sanchez decisions Bradley Jensen over 6 
60-52 | 60-52 | 59-53
 
Super Bantamweight Tonia Cravens & Yvonne Chavez fight to 6 round Draw
Judge: Albert Martinez 56-58 | Judge: William Gantt 59-55 | Judge: Levi Martinez 57-57
 
Light Middleweight Vincent Garcia  TKO's Fernando Chacon in 3 
Time: 2:13
 
Super Featherweight Sergio Mendez TKO's Jared Tafoya in 1 
Time: 1:29

                                                                                                                         
  A Picture Worth 1,000 Words:  
Photo By Romina Ciuffa
                                                                                                                         
  Heavyweight contender Fres Oquendo
will return to the ring and make his DiBella Debut
 

Heavyweight contender Fres Oquendo will return to the ring and make his DiBella Entertainment debut when Broadway Boxing Presented by Turning Stone Resort and Casino gets the 2006 season underway on Thursday night, February 16 at the Grand Ballroom at Manhattan Center.

 

A Chicago native of Puerto Rican heritage, he boasts a 24-3 career mark, including 15 victories by way of knockout. The “Big O” captured his first 22 career fights, turning back the likes of David Izon, with a third round TKO at the Javits Center which vaulted Fres to leading contender-status, as well as scores over Obed Sullivan, Maurice Harris and Cliff Etienne.

 

His only three career setbacks came at the hands of leading heavyweights David Tua, former World Heavyweight Champion John Ruiz, and current World Heavyweight Champion Chris Byrd.  The Byrd loss was a controversial, disputed 12-round decision in an IBF World Heavyweight Championship fight on September 20, 2003.

 

The knockout artistry of Brownsville's Curtis "Showtime" Stevens will also be showcased in one of the co-featured attractions. It took Stevens one left hook to score a first round knockout over Kia Daniels, improving his unblemished record to 10-0, with 9 by way of knockout. Stevens looks to continue his knockout streak in the 168 pound division on February 16 in front of a hometown crowd.

                                                                                                                         
  Duddy headlines Super Brawl in Boston
Foreman in “The Battle of Boston” co-feature Feb. 4
 
 Unbeaten middleweight sensation “Ireland’s” John Duddy (14-0, 13 KOs) headlines “Super Brawl: The Battle of Boston,” presented by New England Ringside Promotions, in the 10-round main event February 4 at Cyclorama (Center for the Performing Arts) in Boston’s historic South End.

Unbeaten junior middleweight Yuri Foreman (19-0, 7 KOs), rated No. 29 by the WBC, is slated to fight in the 10-round co-feature. Foreman, born in Belarus and now living in Brooklyn, is a true rising star in boxing.

In 1894, the famed “Boston Strong Boy” - John L. Sullivan - fought an exhibition at Cyclorama and two-time heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz fought there 100 years later.

“We’re so excited to be promoting our second show with John Duddy headlining, especially his first fight in Boston,” New England Ringside Promotions president Rick Brutti said. “With Yuri Foreman also fighting here it gives us a real major league fight card in Boston for the first time in many years. This will be a continuation of our plan to bring major league boxing and major league fighters to Boston.”
Click Here For More

                                                                                                                         
  DiBella Entertainment's 12/15 Broadway Boxing
To Air On MSG & FSNY
 
Madison Square Garden Network (MSG) and Fox Sports New York (FSNY) have announced four air dates for DiBella Entertainment's holiday installment of Broadway Boxing presented by Turning Stone Resort & Casino from the Grand Ballroom at Manhattan Center.

The "Season's Beatings" card, taped on December 15th featured Brooklyn junior welterweight Dmitriy "Star of David" Salita (24-0, 14 KO's) and fellow junior welterweight Edgar "El Chamaco" Santana (16-2, 11 KO's) of Spanish Harlem. The broadcast also showcases the knockout artistry of Brownsville super middleweight Curtis "Showtime" Stevens (10-0, 9 KO's) as well as featherweight Gary "Kid" Stark Jr. (13-0, 6KO's) of Staten Island.

MSG will air Broadway Boxing's latest installment on Monday, January 9th at 8PM, Tuesday, January 10th at 12PM, and Saturday January 21st at 5PM. The bouts can also be seen at 8 PM on Monday, January 16th on FSNY.

The broadcast will feature Salita's bout against punching machine Robert Frankel (12-5, 1 KO) of Denver Colorado, Santana's match up with Missouri's Jeremy Stiers (9-6, 6 KO's), Stevens taking on Kia Daniels (5-3, 3 KO's) of Louisville, KY and Stark stepping into the ring against Jose Hernandez (8-3, 4 KO's) of Atlanta, GA.

Along with Turning Stone Resort and Casino, the site and title sponsor, Broadway Boxing is also sponsored by HBO Sports, Locatestock.com and Gallagher's Steak House.

                                                                                                                         
  Stevie Johnston on “Collision Course”
Jan. 27 PPV from The Tropicana in Atlantic City
 
Two-time world champion Stevie “Lil’ But Bad” Johnston (37-3-1, 17 KOs) fights former NABF and WBC Fecarbox lightweight title-holder Steve “The Mongoose” Quinonez (31-9-1, 11 KOs) in “Collision Course, A Night of Champions,” featuring three world championship matches and two other title fights, January 27 at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

In addition to defending his NABC light welterweight title, which he won December 3 with a unanimous 10-round decision against Vladimir Khodokovski, Johnston also faces Quinonez for the vacant IBO belt in one of five 12-round championship matches in “Collision Course, A Night of Champions.”

Johnston-Quinonez plus a minimum of three other fights will be shown on the pay-per-view card promoted by Star Boxing, in association with Silverhawk Boxing and Guilty Boxing, and sponsored by Xyience. The special pay-per-view event is offered in the United States, Canada, France, Russia, Indonesia and Greece at a suggested retail price of only $24.95. Click Here For More

                                                                                                                         
  Mormeck & Bell Go Head To Head  
Photo: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME

WBC/WBA cruiserweight champion Jean-Marc Mormeck (left) and IBF cruiserweight champion O'Neil Bell go face to face after Friday's weigh-in at Madison Square Garden. Mormeck,who tipped scales at 197 3/4 pounds, and Bell,  who weighed 199 1/2 pounds, collide for the undisputed world cruiserweight title in the co-feature of a Don King Productions-promoted world championship doubleheader Saturday on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) from The Theater At Madison Square Garden.
                                                                                                                         
  # 1 Carlos Baldomir & Undisputed Welterweight Champion Zab Judah Square Off  
Photo: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME

WBC mandatory challenger and No. 1 contender Carlos Baldomir (left) and undisputed welterweight champion Zab Judah square off after Friday's weigh-in at Madison Square Garden, Judah, who weighed 146 3/4 pounds, defends against Baldomir, who tipped scales at 146 1/4, in the main event of the Don King Productions-promoted world championship doubleheader Saturday on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) from The Theater At Madison Square Garden.
                                                                                                                         
 

Charming Victory With A French R

Jean-Marc Gilbert Mormeck

 

Story & Photos By Romina Ciuffa


People are still confused: is he French or Caribbean? Guadalupe, 1,845 miles from New York, 4,360 miles from Paris, 2,138 miles from Montreal and 310 miles from San Juan. It is an archipelago in the Caribbean Sea comprising several distinct islands. Guadeloupe proper is made up of two islands, Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre, separated by a seawater channel, the Riviere Salee. The island was first inhabited by the Arawak Indians who called it Karukera, which means Island of Beautiful Waters. Columbus discovered the island in 1493 during his second voyage and Christened it for Santa Maria de Guadalupe de Extremadura in the name of the King of Spain. A permanent European settlement was not established until 1635 when the French laid claim to the island. Guadeloupe was officially annexed by the King of France in 1674. The British, however, fought the French and occupied Guadeloupe from 1759-1763. After centuries of fighting between these two nations, Guadeloupe was restored to France in 1815 by the Treaty of Paris which designated the island French territory, in exchange for all French rights to Canada. Slavery was permanently abolished from the island in 1848.
Click Here For Full Report By Romina Ciuffa

                                                                                                                         
 

Marmalade Kid Like In A Video Game:

“You Just Finish Him And Get An Extra Credit”

Inside The Mindset Of Zab Judah

 

Story And Photos by Romina Ciuffa


Boorish, easy-going, laid down on his chair, yawning. Despite the fact that his father is there with him, he seems not to care. He is just the way he is, it seems he has just stolen marmalade from the fridge and still has his mouth dirty. This is Zab Judah, the Super 34-2-0, 25 KOs, since the 5th of February 5th, 2005, the undisputed welterweight champion after TKOing Corey Spinks at 2:49 of the ninth round of the rematch by catching him on the ropes and battering him to the deck with a volley of whistling head shots (in 2004 he challenged reigning Spinks but lost a narrow decision on the scorecards). In his opponent’s hometown of St. Louis, in front of 20,655 hostile fans, Zab showed how much he matured and progressd as a pro, hurting the champion with a blazing straight left cross to the chin at the end of the seventh round and scoring the biggest win of his careeer, capturing the undisputed 147-pound crown, when referee Armando Garcia halted the contest.
 

“I begged and prayed for a second chance after the first fight with Spinks”, he says. “I took a big risk moving up in weight from 140 pounds, and it was my first fight at 147 pounds. I didn’t feel like I was fully saturated at welterweight when I first moved up”. Click Here For Full Report By Romina Ciuffa

                                                                                                                         
  Showtime Press Conference Quotes:
Judah-Baldomir-Mormeck-Bell
 

Photos: David Martin Warr / DKP
SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING begins its 20th year with a world championship doubleheader Saturday, Jan. 7 (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). Hometown favorite and one of the world’s best pound-for-pound boxers, undisputed welterweight champion Zab “Super” Judah, will put all his belts on the line against WBC No. 1 contender Carlos Baldomir in the main event at The Theater At Madison Square Garden. In the SHOWTIME co-feature, WBC/WBA champion Jean-Marc Mormeck faces IBF champion O’Neil Bell for the undisputed world cruiserweight championship.  The 12-round world title fights are promoted by Don King Productions.

 


ZAB “SUPER” JUDAH (34-2, 1 NC, 25 KOs)

“I am not playing anymore. I am focused and my mind is right. I know where I want to go. I am not looking past anybody. You have to give Baldomir his due. He did what he had to and worked his way to get to No. 1. But it is time to hurt and destroy.

 

“To be fighting on SHOWTIME at Madison Square Garden is really big for me. It is big for New York and for all of boxing. This is going to be a great fight and I look forward to putting on a great show.

 

“No boxer in any division will do what I want to do in 2006 if I get the opportunity. I am calling out everybody.  This is going to be a beautiful year.’’

 
CARLOS BALDOMIR (41-9-6, 12 KOs)

“Everything is perfect. I feel very comfortable and am not nervous at all. I am confident that I will upset Judah and send all his fans home unhappy. In my heart, I already feel like the new champion.

 

“This is my first world title fight. I have waited a long, long time for it. It wouldn’t matter who I was fighting, I would still be extremely excited. There is going to be a big surprise on Saturday night.

 


JEAN-MARC MORMECK (31-2, 21 KOs)

“I want to thank Don King, SHOWTIME, everyone involved, for making this fight possible. I am proud to be able to fight at Madison Square Garden.

 

“Bell has been doing a lot of talking, but he is the one that has to justify himself (his credentials) – not me. I do not have to justify a thing. Bell has never fought anyone like me.

 

“I am a fighter. I live to fight. I am really looking forward to Saturday and proving to everybody who the best cruiserweight in the world is.”

 

O’NEIL BELL (25-1-1, 23 KOs)

“I am the best kept secret in the cruiserweight division, but that will change after I win Saturday night. It is an honor for me to be fighting for the undisputed cruiserweight title. I am ready for a top performance.

 

“What you have seen in my last couple fights was me at only 80 percent. I had things going on outside the ring. I was changing up my boxing style a little. I was in transition.

 

“But there will be no excuses after I fight Mormeck. If you compare his resume to mine, or compare our accomplishments, you will see I have fought and defeated much tougher fighters throughout my career.’’

                                                                                                                         
  Judah-Baldomir-Mormeck-Bell Final Press Conference  
Photo: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME

Boxers (left-to-right) Jean Marc-Mormeck, Zab Judah, promoter Don King, Carlos Baldomir and O'Neil Bell pose after Thursday's press conference in New York. SHOWTIME begins its 20th year of televising fights with a highly anticipated world championship doubleheader on Saturday (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). In the main event, Judah, the undisputed welterweight champion, risks his belts against WBC No. 1 contender Baldomir. In the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING co-feature from The Theater at Madison Square Garden, reigning cruiserweight champions Mormeck (WBC/WBA) and Bell (IBF) square off for the undisputed cruiserweight title.
                                                                                                                         
  Erik "El Terrible" Morales Teleconference  

By Luis "The Beast" Cadiz
On Saturday, January 21st, at the Thomas & Mack Center, Erik "El Terrible" Morales will take on Manny Pacquiao for a second time in the eagerly awaited rematch which has been aptly titled "The Battle". But the road for "El Terrible", leading up to his second bout against the two time world champion Pacquiao, was paved with a pot-hole. Morales enters the ring on January 21st with an unexpected loss, a loss that according to Morales, "...shouldn't have happened..." The pot-hole's name is Zahir Raheem and this past September 10th, 2005, he beat Erick Morales with relative ease. That defeat seems to have really disturbed him, to the point that when I asked him about it, he sighed and even changed the tone of his voice. Now Morales feels that he must prove himself in the eyes of the boxing public and the first task at hand in restoring himself to past glory is a convincing win over Pacquiao. Here's the question that made the "Terrible" one turn reflective:

After the defeat, at the hands of Zahir Raheem, do you feel any urgency in defeating Manny Pacquiao in convincing fashion to erase any doubt that the boxing fans may have?

"(Pensive) Yes... could be. What happened the last time I fought... it was a shame... I was disgusted and ashamed, it shouldn't have happened. Both Top Rank and Bob Arum back me up and help me. The fans pay good money to watch me fight... it was the excess of confidence that betrayed me... I underestimated my opponent. I need this win over Manny Pacquiao to reestablish the public's confidence in me."

In my opinion, win, lose or draw, Erick "El Terrible" Morales has proven himself as one of the greats in boxing. With the memorable wars that he has waged with the likes of Barrera, Paulie Ayala, Jesus Chavez  and Pacquiao, to name a few, he shouldn't worry what people think or say about him after his recent loss at the hands of Raheem. Realistically speaking, how many boxers lose their "tune-up" fight before the true test, yet move on to the expected bout and keep the public's interest? Very few... and "El Terrible" Morales is in that group of selected few. Stay tuned to Boxing2006.com for all your boxing coverage...

                                                                                                                         
  California Rule May KO Some Title Fights  
By Charles “Sweetchuck” Presnell
For several years young fighters would be able to gauge where they stood as far as fighting on the top level by fighting for regional titles. One of the main differences between these fights for the regional titles and fighting a regular fight was the scheduling of twelve rounds. Recently a change in the rules by the California State Athletic Commission may end the hopes for several young fighters to challenge for regional championships.

During a conversation with Mark Reels, Executive Director for various WBO regional championships he informed me that he will not allow a fight for one of the WBO’s regional titles to be scheduled for anything but twelve rounds. “Several of these other sanctioning bodies allow their regional title fights to be scheduled for ten rounds and such, but I think a lot of them do it for the money. They also have several regional titles and when I spoke to the president (of the WBO) about maybe adding an African title we chose not to because more titles diminish the title’s value,” Reels stated. Click Here For Full Report By "Sweetchuck"

                                                                                                                         
  A Quick Fan Mail  
Hey Boxing2006.com,
Happy new year. Congratulations on your website, I noticed the other
day the changes you've made, it looks great. A lot more info you added
to your site, so much that now I don't have to go to other sources.
 
                                                            Thanks!
                                                            Carlos Cabrera
                                                            REALTOR, Consultant
                                                            www.CarlosCabrera.com
 
You are more than welcome Carlos!
We are glad you like the new look! As far as going to any other sources...why would you? You'll either have to pay for the same thing you are getting here for free, or you will have to weed through endless fight results from Upper Slobovia and stories about the return of Butterbean just to find any meaningful articles, if there are any there at all!
Thanks for making us your go to website...and remember............
 
There's nothing wrong with being an 800 pound gorilla,
if you are an 800 pound gorilla!
                                                                                                                         
  Weights From Thursday's Weigh-In:  
Julio 152 1/2, Kamya 153, Martinez 119, Ledesma 119
                                                                                                                         
  ShoBox Final Press Conference Quotes  

Joel Julio will face his toughest test when he puts his perfect record on the line against World Boxing Council (WBC) Continental Americas Champion Robert “The Doctor” Kamya.  The 10-round junior middleweight battle will headline the “ShoBox: The New Generation” telecast on Friday, Jan. 6, 2006.  In what promises to be an action-packed co-feature, Raul “The Cobra” Martinez will risk his undefeated record against streaking Andres “Andy Boy” Ledesma in an eight-round bantamweight battle.  The doubleheader will start at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).

JOEL JULIO (25-0, 22 KOs)
“I train hard.  I am ready for any opponent in any category.  I know I will be champion at 147 pounds and I will be the champion for a long time.  I can accommodate myself to any boxer and the knockouts just happen for me because I am very aggressive.”

ROBERT “THE DOCTOR” KAMYA (15-5, FIVE KOs)
“I am ready for whatever he has.  He thinks he can knock out everyone, but he is not going to knock me out.” 

RAUL “THE COBRA” MARTINEZ (12-0, NINE KOs)
“I was pushed to do better because my opponents were pretty good.  I have been pushed to another level.

“I do not know too much about my opponent.  I am going to go in there, do my job, do the fundamentals, try not to get hit, work the jab, and if I feel him wear down, I will work his body.”

ANDRES “ANDY BOY” LEDESMA (13-1-1, EIGHT KOs)
“I plan on doing my job like always.  I have no say in how this fight will go.  I will feel him out in the first round and I will do what it takes to beat him.

“I am always better prepared than my opponent.  I have had better opportunities, better opponents.  All boxers are the same to me.  You have to respect them when you go in the ring and be prepared.
For More On These Fights, Click Here
                                                                                                                         

  On This Day: Jan 6  
By "BC" Bob Witt
ON THIS DAY IN 2005, Tucson, Arizona:
Fulgencio Zuniga TKO'd David Lopez in the 12th round - IBA Middleweight Title
Abner Mares TKO'd Luis Malave in the 2nd round - Non Title
2001, Las Vegas, Nevada:
Joel Casamayor TKO'd Roberto Garcia in the 9th round - WBA Super-Featherweight Title.
Augie Sanchez TKO'd Luisito Espinosa in the 4th round - Non Title
1998, Bay St Louis, Mississippi:
Arthur Williams won a 12 round UD over Adolpho Washington - USBA Cruiserweight title, and IBF Cruiserweight Title Eliminator.
Tony Marshall TKO'd Orin Osbey in the 8th round - Non Title
Nashville, Tennessee:
Oliver McCall KO'd Mike Acklie in the 1st round - Non Title
1996, Levallois, France:
Laurent Boudouani won a 12 round UD over Javier Castillejo - European (EBU) Light-Middleweight Title.
Winky Wright won an 8 round decision over Jean Paul D'Alessandro - Non Title
Andrei Pestriaev won an 8 round decision over Pascal Lustemberger - Non Title
1995, Los Angeles, California:
Jeremy Williams TKO'd Everton Davis in the 9th round - Non Title
Bones Adams won a 10 round UD over Isagani Pumar - Non Title
Virginia Beach, Virginia:
Hasim Rahman TKO'd Robert Jackson in the 1st round - Non Title
Chris Byrd TKO'd Frankie Hines in the 2nd round - Non Title
                                                                                                                         
  Arum:
HBO & Showtime Say "White Men Can't Fight."

Kelly Pavlick Teleconference Audio
 

On a national teleconference call this Wednesday with his top middleweight prospect, Kelly Pavlik, Bob Arum of Top Rank accused the two networks of largely boycotting his boxer in 2005 because of the color of his skin. In a form of reverse discrimination, Arum said," There is a perception with boxing network people, that if you are a white guy, you cant fight!"

 

Arum has long be a magician at promoting his fights by stirring up controversy, but his latest pot boiler defies belief: HBO and Showtime would ignore a ranked fighter with a superb 27-0 record because he is white? Say what, Bob?

 

Arum goes on further by saying, "They (the networks) judge people by their color, by their racial background and all of that, and the general tendency is that white guys cant fight!"

 

Told of Arum's accusation against the networks, a longtime industry source with a history of dealing with Arum said the promoter was just trying to be inflammatory to hype his show. The source also said, that on last check, the Klitschko’s brothers and Ricky Hatton were white, among others. And then offered this rhetorical question, “What color is De La Hoya by the way?”

 

Oh, and if you want to see Pavlik fight, he's on the Jan. 21 undercard of the Erik Morales-Manny Pacquiao pay-per-view fight which will be aired by (drum roll) HBO. Duh?

 

As with most Arum tirades, which are a trademark of the 70 plus year old promoter, sometimes it's best you hear it yourself rather than through a media filter. So, Boxing2006 brings you the entire audio of the teleconference. Judge this one for yourselves:

Click Here For Kelly Pavlik Teleconference Audio (30 Min)

                                                                                                                         
  "A Ring Of Their Own" Invades Hollywood  
Rock & Sock Productions, in association with i’mtwicemoviesite.com inc., descends upon Hollywood as the all-women’s boxing series “A Ring of Their Own” kicks off their 2006 season on January 27 at the world famous Hollywood Palladium, and looks forward to another year of exciting toe-to-toe action.

This fight card promises the trademark competitive matches “AROTO” brought to boxing fans over the last year, and matchmaker Wanda Bruce is sure this card will pick up where the series left at the close of 2005. “Two title fights on our first fight of the year -- we plan to ring in the New Year with lots of fireworks!” Wanda said as she outlined the event.

Scheduled to headline the five-bout card will be Santa Monica native Suswella Roberts (5-0) in an eight-round WIBA Intercontinental Welterweight title match against Daria “Da Hit Woman” Hill (3-2) of Camden, New Jersey; six rounds of super middleweight action between Erin Toughill (6-2-1) of Huntington Beach, California and Winterhaven, Florida’s Laura Ramsey (5-1); the pro debut of lightweight Dyana Arnalez of Anaheim, California, and other bouts will round out the card, including a second WIBA title match, with opponents to be determined.
Click Here For More

                                                                                                                         
  Nonito Donaire to Headline Shobox Main Event Jan. 20
By Charles “Sweetchuck” Presnell
 
Moments ago Nonito Donaire (13-1 8 KO’s) called to inform Boxing2006 that he will be in the Shobox Main Event on January 20 fighting NABO Super Flyweight Titlist Kahren Harutyunyan (13-2-3). Nonito stated, “I am training really hard and I am going to be in terrific shape.” Nonito also pointed out that he will be fighting in his natural weight class as compared to his last few fights which were held at bantamweight. When asked about his opponent he said, “This guy holds and runs, he has a real awkward style, but I’m ready for anything.” Also on the Pechanga card Rolando Reyes will take on Rustam Nugaev; former WBA Jr. Welterweight champ Vivian Harris will fight spoiler Marteze Logan; and promising young Chazz Witherspoon will see action as well.
                                                                                                                         
  Strong ‘Undisputed’ Undercard at The Garden on Sat  
Leading IBF Contender Mark ‘Poison’ Suarez and Undefeated James ‘Spider’ Webb Meet for No. 1 Ranking; Brooklyn’s Undefeated Featherweight Elio ‘The Kid’ Rojas, Undefeated No. 1 IBF Cruiserweight Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham, Heavyweight Contender Owen ‘What the Heck’ Beck, Three-Time WBA Middleweight Champion William Joppy, Undefeated Canadian Heavyweight Knockout Artist Bermane ‘B.Ware’ Stiverne, and Zab Judah’s Undefeated Brother Josiah ‘Gorilla’ Judah Will All Appear

Don King Productions has announced seven great undercard matches featuring five undefeated fighters supporting an already fabulous “Undisputed” event Saturday at the Theater at Madison Square Garden headlined by world welterweight king Zab “Super” Judah, from Brooklyn, making a mandatory defense against World Boxing Council No. 1-ranked contender Carlos “Tata” Baldomir, from Argentina; World Boxing Association and WBC cruiserweight champion Jean-Marc Mormeck opposing International Boxing Federation champion O’Neil “Supernova” Bell to determine the undisputed champion at the 200-pound weight limit; and IBF junior flyweight champion Will “Steel” Grigsby making a mandatory defense of his crown against No. 1-ranked Ulises “Archie Solis, from Mexico. Click Here For More

                                                                                                                         
  Duva Boxing Expecting Big 2006  

While 2005 was very good, 2006 is shaping up to be a breakthrough year for the Duva Boxing stable of fighters

Led by the Future King of the Heavyweights, Samuel Peter, Duva Boxing’s fighters, including undefeated heavyweight Mike Marrone, talented heavyweight contender Kirk Johnson, crowd-pleasing welterweight Oscar Diaz, smooth-boxing cruiserweight Shauna George, lightning-quick super lightweight Kendall Holt, slick southpaw lightweight Damian Fuller, and red-hot young prospect Raymond Biggs Jr., are all poised to take major steps forward in professional boxing.

The “Nigerian Nightmare” Samuel Peter, 25-1 (21 KOs), started the year by smashing then-hot prospect Yanqui Diaz to the floor five times in an HBO-televised showcase fight. He followed the impressive performance with an ESPN2-televised two-round demolition of Gilbert Martinez, followed by a SHOWTIME-televised beating of fellow prospect Taurus Sykes. Click Here For More
                                                                                                                         

  Night Of The Champions - Jan 28  
The World Boxing Council is confirming the celebration of the Night of Champions in paradisiacal Cancun, Mexico, from January 28 to 31. The Night of Champons is intended to be the greatest boxing ceremony in the history of the sport with the number of great champions of the present and past who have confirmed their attendance. The host hotel will be the five-star Grand Oasis Hotel, located on the beautiful Caribbean beach in Cancun.

The WBC Awards for 2005 will also be presented. Floyd Mayweather, Jermain Taylor, Erik Morales, Manny Pacquiao, Jose Luis Castillo, Diego Corrales, Thomasz Adamek and others will be awarded. Laila Ali will receive the award for WBC 2005 Female Boxer of the Year, the first time that this award has been presented. Laila has shown greatness in her undefeated career, and that she has the same makings of her father, the great Muhammad Ali. Click Here For More

                                                                                                                         
  On This Day: Jan 5  
By "BC" Bob Witt
ON THIS DAY IN 2004, Santiago, Dominican Republic:
Victoriano Sosa TKO'd Danilio Alcantara in the 4th round - Non Title
Julio Cesar Green KO'd Roberto Jimenez in the 1st round - Non Title
2002, Madgeburg, Germany:
Artur Grigorian TKO'd Rocky Martinez in the 8th round -WBO Lightweight Title
Luan Krasniqi won a 12 round MD over Rene Monse - Vacant European (EBU) Heavyweight Title.
San Antonio, Texas:
Leonard Dorin won a 12 round SD over Raul Balbi - WBA Lightweight Title
Jesse James Leija won a 5 round TD over Micky Watd - Non Title
Ricardo Williams Jr TKO'd Mark Adams in the 4th round - Non Title
Brian Viloria TKO'd Antonio Perez in the 3rd round - Non Title
Ricardo Juarez TKO'd Frankie Martinez in the 4th round - Non Title
2001, Biloxi, Mississippi:
Reggie Johnson won a 12 round UD over Chris Johnson - NABF Light-Heavyweight Title.
Terrance Cauthen TKO'd Gary Richardson in the 3rd round - Non Title
2000, Ponce, Puerto Rico:
Carlos Quintana TKO'd Angel Villegas in the 7th round - Non Title
1997, The Roxy, Boston, Massachusetts:
Dana Rosenblatt won a 10 round UD over Glenwood Brown - Non Title
1993, Biloxi, Mississippi:
Larry Holmes won a 10 round UD over Everett Martin - Non Title
                                                                                                                         
  Gatti-Damgaard Camp Notes  
On January 28 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ, two-time world champion Arturo Gatti (39-7, 30 KO’s) will challenge Thomas Damgaard (37-0, 27 KO’s) for the IBA welterweight championship . . . Damgaard arrived at his Copenhagen training camp on Nov 15. Among those who are sparring with Damgaard is former European Champion Maxim Nesterenko. Trainer Poul Duvill expects Damgaard to
spar at least 120 rounds by fight week . . . Damgaard has said that he doesn’t expect the fight to go the distance and that his greatest assets in this
fight are his natural strength and the fact that he is a natural welterweight.

                                                                                                                         

 

Click Here For Page 48

Click Here For Boxing2005.com's News (the complete years boxing news)
Click Here For Boxing2004.com's News (oct. - dec.)