Alexander Povetkin Battles Mike Perez In WBC Heavyweight Eliminator

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Heavyweights, Alexander Povetkin and Mike Perez fight on May 22nd in a heavyweight Championship elimination bout in Moscow, and the victor will progress , to take on WBC Champion Deontay Wilder.

Perez (21-1-1, 13 KOs), aged 29, originally from Cuba and based in Ireland, lost by decision in close bout against Bryant Jennings last July, but then bouncd back on February 5th defeating Darnell Wilson with a second round TKO. He’s trained by Robert Garcia.

Povetkin aged 35 from Russia (28-1, 20 KOs), suffered his only defeat against Wladimir Klitschko in 2013. In 2014 he knocked out Manuel Char. And then he stopped Carlos Takam, to win the WBC Silver Championship.

Sakio Bika Confident Of Becoming New Light Heavyweight King

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“The Scorpion,” BIka returns to the ring with a flourish on 4th April, challenging formidable WBC Light Heavyweight Champion, Adonis “Superman” Stevenson in Quebec, Canada.

Adonis Stevenson is rated as the best light heavyweight in the world and has not been defeated in the past five years, sporting an impressive record of 25 wins (21 by KO) and only one loss. The bout will be televised on Al Haymon’s “Premier Boxing Champions” series and will be shown live in Australia, via Main Event with the telecast starting at 5am on Sunday 5th April 2015.

Sakio has undergone his exacting training camp in the US and is set on making history. “Training has gone really well, Florida was a fantastic place to train. My preparation for this fight has been perfect, I feel strong and I look forward to testing Adonis.

“I am very confident that I can handle Adonis’ power but can he handle mine? On April 4th we will see! I will show the world that I belong at light heavyweight when I strip Adonis of the title and become a two division WBC Champion.”

Sakio BIka’s career record is 32 wins (21 by KO), 6 loses and 3 draws. Sakio won the Australian middleweight title, before his victory in Season 3 of the American reality TV show ‘THE CONTENDER’. He defeated Mexican Marco Antonio Periban in June 2013 to be crowned the WBC super-middleweight Champion.

Famous Fighter of the Week: Primo Carnera

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In the small Italian town of Sequals, in 1906, Giovanna Carnera gave birth to a baby weighing a staggering 22 pounds. Because he was her first child, she named him Primo. Looking like an adult at age 12, he went on to become a carpenter’s apprentice before making a living in a traveling circus as a “strong man”. While performing in the side shows, young Primo learned to wrestle, not knowing that combative sports would come to define his life.

Fighting his first bout in Paris, at age 21, Carnera’s massive size soon caught the eye of American fight promoters. In little over a year, he was brought to the U.S., where he quickly fell into the wrong hands. The dark days of the Great Depression had thrust boxing into the claws of the mob and gangland boss Owney Madden was one of the most feared sharks of the ring. Madden made money off the Italian giant by convincing him he was unbeatable, using Carnera’s limited knowledge of English to his advantage. Once, when asked “What do you think of Hollywood?” Carnera replied, “I knock ‘im out in da second round.”

For the next four years, Carnera rose to the Heavyweight Championship of the World on a pile of fixed fights and cherry-picked challengers. In Chicago, he “knocked out” Elzear Rioux apparently without ever landing a clean punch. In Philadelphia, George Godfrey was disqualified in five for a foul nobody saw. In Miami, he outweighed Tommy Loughran by 84 pounds (still the all-time weight disparity record). By the time he beat Jack Sharkey for the title, the set-ups had become so blatant that some boxing writers even suspected honest fights of being dirty.

In 1934, an unprotected Carnera lost the championship to the clown prince of boxing, Max Baer. The mobsters who handled Carnera owned such large pieces of him that, while they raked in millions, he barely had over $300 to his name the day after he won the belt. Later, as he declined, he found himself alone and abandoned.

Down and out, Carnera returned to Italy, where he became an anti-Fascist partisan during World War II. Later, he embarked on a successful career as a champion wrestler and gained far greater respect and prominence in that field than he ever had in pugilism. He also performed in movies and was the inspiration for Budd Schulberg’s novel and subsequent film, The Harder They Fall, featuring Humphrey Bogart in his last role. During this time, he also became a U.S. citizen, which had been his lifelong dream. He enjoyed the status for 14 years before his death at age 60.

McWilliams Arroyo will now face Ismael Garnica April 11 in Puerto Rico

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Puerto Rican contender McWilliams Arroyo will fight against a new Mexican opponent in “The War” when he faces Ismael “Sapito” Garnica on Saturday, April 11, at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot in San Juan, Puerto Rico on the show presented by PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) in association with Zanfer Promotions, which will air on “Pay Per View” in Puerto Rico, United States and Canada for all cable TV and satellite systems.

Arroyo (15-2, 13 KOs) was to face former world champion Ramon Garcia Hirales in the card, headlined by WBO jr lightweight champion, Orlando “Siri” Salido, and two-time former champion 130-pound WBO Roman “Rocky” Martinez, but Garcia Hirales group decided to take a fight in Mexico this Saturday and not travel to Puerto Rico for the April 11 bout.

“We had to find another opponent for McWilliams, since García Hirales decided to fight in Mexico and not come to Puerto Rico. It’s a problem we are facing that many fighters do not want to come to Puerto Rico after the things that have happened here, but we hope everything is fixed and to continue bringing quality opposition,” said Peter Rivera, vice president of PRBBP. “Garnica is another Mexican and a fighter who comes to fight, so it will be another war between Puerto Rico and Mexico.” Continue reading

Takahiro Ao vs. Ray Beltran for the vacant WBO lightweight title May 1st


Former two-division world champion Takahiro Ao returns to the ring in his 2015 debut where he will battle two-time world title challenger Ray Beltran in a 12-round rumble for the vacant WBO lightweight world championship on Friday, May 1.

The fight will be televised live on tru-TV beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. The telecast will open with a battle between the undefeated with North America Boxing Federation (NABF) welterweight champion Mikael Zewski defending his title against world-rated contender Konstantin Ponomarev. The first bout will begin at 5:00 p.m. with the tru-TV bouts beginning at 7:00 p.m. local time.

These four gladiators boast a combined record of 109-10-2 (62 KOs) — a winning ratio of 90% with over half of those victories coming by way knockout. Continue reading

Jose ‘Chiquiro’ Martínez: Listo para su cita titular en Mayagüez‏

Crédito foto: Víctor Planas

Crédito foto: Víctor Planas



El prospecto súper mosca y orgullo de Las Marías, José ‘Chiquiro’ Martínez (13-0, 9KO’s) se encuentra dándole los últimos toques a su preparación para estelarizar la cartelera que Miguel Cotto Promotions presentará este sábado, 4 de abril en el Palacio de los Deportes de Mayagüez.

“Estoy entusiasmado con esta gran oportunidad que me está dando Miguel Cotto Promotions. La confianza que están depositando en mí Miguel Cotto, Héctor Soto y Bryan Pérez es muy valiosa para mi carrera y no pienso defraudarlos. Este sábado, 4 de abril en el Palacio, tendré la tarea de pelear por primera vez en mi territorio y estelarizar una gran cartelera. Sé que toda mi gente de Las Marías, Mayagüez y toda el área oeste llenarán el coliseo y me darán esa energía adicional”, dijo el púgil nacido en Mayagüez, pero residente en el Barrio Naranjales de la ‘Ciudad de las chinas dulces’.

‘Chiquiro’, quien el pasado mes de noviembre aniquiló en el primer asalto a Luis Cosme, buscará conquistar la correa vacante súper mosca (115 libras) FECARBOX del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB), esto ante el experimentado y siempre complicado púgil naguabeño, Juan ‘Cowi’ Herrera.

“Llevamos ocho semanas entrenando con toda intensidad. Estamos acuartelados y haciendo el trabajo como se debe hacer. Mi equipo de trabajo, Julio Ortiz, José Luis Trabal, Luis Vargas y Angel Omar, junto a los muchachos del gimnasio con los que he estado guanteando, se han asegurado de perfeccionar cada detalle para que podamos salir con esa victoria el sábado”, manifestó el boxeador de 22 años de edad. “Conozco muy bien a ‘Cowi’. Es un boxeador inteligente y bien bravo. Tiene tremendo equipo de trabajo y viene de dar una gran batalla ante el campeón mundial Brian Viloria. No será una pelea fácil, pero estamos preparados para dar un gran espectáculo a toda la fanaticada que se de cita en Mayagüez. Les puedo garantizar que será una verdadera guerra”.

Los boletos para la cartelera están disponibles en Ticket Center llamando al (787) 792-5000 ó visitando su página cibernética http://www.tcpr.com.

Red-Hot Undefeated Junior Middleweight Tony Harrison Takes On Pablo Munguia On ESPN Friday Night Fights

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The previously announced ESPN Friday Night Fights card has shaken up a bit. The card, being promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Fight Promotions Inc. and New Legend Boxing, at the beautiful Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT, was originally slated to be headlined by Sergey Derevyanchenko (4-0, 3KO’s) taking on Elvin Ayala (27-6-1, 12KO’s). With Ayala facing a legal situation, promoter Lou DiBella has elected to replace the feature bout, moving Derevyanchenko over to his April 10th ShoBox card, and sliding in red-hot undefeated junior middleweight Tony Harrison (20-0, 17KO’s) into the main event slot. Harrison is set to square off against Mexico’s Pablo Munguia (20-6, 11KO’s) in the 10-round feature bout of the evening.

The eagerly anticipated co-feature remains intact, with WBA #10-rated super featherweight Ryan Kielczweski (22-0, 6KO’s) putting his undefeated record on the line against Connecticut’s own Danny Aquino (16-2, 10KO’s) in an eight-round featherweight matchup and battle for New England bragging rights.

Opening up the triple-header is junior lightweight contender Tevin Farmer (18-4-1, 4KO’s) taking on Gabriel Tolmajyan (14-4-2, 3KO’s) in an eight-round 130lb. matchup. Continue reading