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Former three-time welterweight world champion Antonio Margarito (38-8-0, 27ko) will once again take to the ring, as it has been announced this his next fight will be held on Saturday, May 26, and will be televised by TV Azteca, as the Tijuana Tornado will be taking on Abel Perry at the Casino Del Sol Resort AVA Amphitheater in Tucson, Arizona. The bout will be supported by a performance from Jose Benavidez Jr against undetermined opposition.
Perry, hailing from Colorado Springs, Colorado sports a record consisting of 18-5-0, 9ko, has been in with Patrick Thompson, James De La Rosa, Marteze Logan, Donald Camarena and Grady Brewer. He is also a form fighter, riding a five win streak, four by stoppage.
Margarito is coming off a fight against Miguel Cotto last December that resulted in a disappointing stoppage by the commission doctor due to a swollen right eye, however, the tough Mexican stated that he is extremely happy to be able to continue with his boxing career and looks forward to getting back into the ring and fighting for his fans.
Margarito versus Perry will be a ten round main event bout.
Also on the nine-bout fight card will be undefeated KO artist Hanzel Martinez vs German Cruz, Phoenix, Arizona’s own undefeated Super Lightweight Jose Benavidez Jr. vs. TBA and Undefeated Lightweight Jose Roman vs. Javier Garcia.
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In an elimination bout for the IBF lightweight championship that took place this past Saturday, April, 21 at Deportiva Centenario in Michoacan de Ocampo, Tijuana, Mexico’s, Marvin ‘Cachorro’ Quintero (25-3-0, 21ko), defeated Philippine native, Al “Captain A” Sabaupan (18-1-1, 13ko), by ninth-round TKO. With the win, Quintero is now the number one contender and mandatory challenger to face IBF champion Miguel Vazquez (30-3-0, 13ko).
“I was not going to be denied tonight,” Quintero said.
“I had a great training camp and all the hard work paid off. Sabaupan was a worthy opponent, but my will and determination to win in front of my people was the driving force for me tonight. I’m very excited for my team because we are on a mission to win a world title together. And now I am the mandatory challenger to face Miguel Vazquez.
“I’ll be ready for war when we fight.”
Promoter Gary Shaw commented: “Marvin is ready for a world title shot and tonight he proved he has what it takes to be a champion. He’s a big puncher and his power is visible as he has won by knockout in his last five fights. I’ll be in conversation next week with the IBF to see if we can make the Vazquez fight. I know Quintero wants that fight.
“His dream of becoming a world champion is right around the corner.”
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Mexico’s middleweight hopeful Gilberto ‘Lefty’ Ramirez (21-0-0, 18ko) kept his undefeated record and his WBC Youth title by a unanimous decision (97-93, 100-90 and 100-91) over Costa Rican veteran Jaime ‘El Indio’ Barboza (17-7-0, 8ko) at the Municipal Auditorium in Arandas, Jalisco, Mexico on Saturday, April 14.
Ramirez’s accuracy, fast pace and strength in the first part of the fight led to a broad lead in the score cards as the Mazatlan fighter tried to knock the opponent out and complete his evening’s work early. Barboza not only endured the early barrage of punches but took advantage of Ramirez tiring towards the late rounds where he was able to land a few punches of his own, however, this was not enough to change the tide of the fight.
It was Ramirez’s fourth defence of his title. He said: “I might have tried too hard to knock out Baroboza since the beginning of the fight and that cost me a little at the end. But I think that a fight like this gives me the experience that will be helpful in future fights.”
Elsewhere on the bill, world-ranked super bantamweight Victor Terrazas knocked out Jose Palma as, 57 seconds into the fourth round, a flashing right from Victor ‘Viking’ left his Colombian counterpart on the canvas and flat on his back. Terrazas once again showed his power over a South American who gave a great account of himself until the lightning fast punch ended the toe-to-toe brawl.
With the victory, Terrazas kept his WBC Silver Championship title and will now await the winner of Abner Mares versus Eric Morel who will fight for the WBC world title at 122lbs next week. Terrazas is now 33-2-1, 19ko while Jose Palma fell to 15-6-2 with 10 knockouts.
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Three weight world champion Juan Manuel Marquez, 38, takes on unheralded Ukrainian 140lber Serhiy Fedchenko (30-1-0, 13ko) for the interim WBO junior welterweight world championship title on Saturday, April 14 at the New Mexico City Arena, Mexico City and, at the weigh-in yesterday, both fighters registered identical weights – 140lbs. JuanMa (53-6-1, 39ko) looked cut and powerful at the weight, while The Professor appeared athletic.
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The Coahuila puncher, Marco Antonio Rubio, who faces Julio Cesar Chavez Jr at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday, February 4, has acknowledged that the WBC middleweight world champion is a dangerous fighter, but said: “I will face the best version of the legend’s son. In his last fights he has shown great advances but I have the punch to knock him out… I don’t want to risk with the judges, I’ll go for the knock out.”
Marco, who looks strong and in very good condition, said that he is in the final stage of the preparation of his next fight against Chavez and is practicing sparring with Marco “Dorado” Reyes (22-1-0, 20ko) and other partners, with whom he puts into practice the tactics deployed to combat the fighter from Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; Chavez Jr.
The bout to confront Chavez on February 4, will be at the Alamo Dome. After losing his first attempt to be crowned WBC middleweight champion against Kelly Pavlik in 2009, to date, he has added nine wins by ko to his record, which makes him an extremely live opponent, with a possibility to be crowned.
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Antonio Margarito is eager to secure a third go at Miguel Cotto as, with the two bouts finely balanced at one apiece and, considering the manner in which the rematch ended earlier this month, the Mexican believes a trilogy is required; something he wants to discuss further with Top Rank Boxing founder Bob Arum, who also promotes Cotto. Should there be a lack of big fights available to Margarito, then he would consider hanging up his gloves…
“I don’t feel that Cotto beat me,” said Margarito (38-8-0, 27ko) to Fight News recently, continuing his vehement opposition to the referee’s intervention on December 3 at Madison Square Garden.
Experienced officiator Steve Smoger retired Margarito before a punch was thrown in the tenth round’s genesis, deeming the swelling under Antonio’s problematic right eye too severe for him to continue, however, Smoger later mused in his post-match reflections that, despite Cotto’s near shut-out dominance to that point, it was Margarito who was perhaps showing the greater conditioning and was arguably coming into the fight during the championship rounds.
Indeed, such a stance is backed by Margarito, who stated: “It was a copy of the first fight. I knew that I was losing the fight but my conditioning was great and I felt that I hurt him in that round [nine] more than any other [and] I was throwing punches well. I said that if they gave me one more round, I was going to go for the knock out. It was the [ringside] doctor that beat me. The doctor was from New York, they knew, they knew…”
Margarito’s eye had been a subject of fierce debate. His right eye had taken a pulverisation when the fast fists of Manny Pacquiao systematically targeted it and caused a fracture of the orbital bone and a detached retina. The 33-year-old did not re-enter the ring for 13 months as a result of injuries sustained during that fight and was only given the all-clear to box by the New York State Athletic Commission just days prior to the Cotto (37-2-0, 30ko) rematch.
“My doctor checked me in the dressing room; he said my eye was fine. Cotto didn’t really hit me with a solid punch for my eye to swell up that way. It was more from grazes. The one that really hit me and made it swell up from a single punch was Manny Pacquiao. I do think its sensitive from the operations but I think that I am okay.”
Margarito’s dissatisfaction with the result of the rematch has sparked a desire inside him to pursue a second rematch, something Team Cotto are reportedly willing to consider as they too would like a more conclusive finish: “I was told that they would like to do a third fight because I think that not even they were happy with the ending. They are seeing if there is a possibility to do a return match in May or June.”
Should Cotto instead be matched with middleweight supremo Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, like promoter Arum has publicly iterated, then Margarito’s options become limited: “If its not with Cotto, I am not going to say I would retire, I have to sit down with Top Rank and see what they have planned. If its something good, then I would consider it bit if its not, then I would have to say good bye to boxing.
“Retirement has passed through my mind because of the issues with my eye and if I am giving my opponent an advantage but we are going to talk to my promoter and see if he has something good for me.”
Margarito, though, has not secured a win over a name opponent since his 2008 teekayo of Cotto; their first duel. Since then, he has gone 1-3-0, 0ko due to a loss to Shane Mosley, a decision win over Mexican journeyman Roberto Garcia and straight losses to Pacquiao and Cotto. With his poor recent run, there are few opponents who would provide Margarito with the purses he has been accustomed to receiving, although one name does stand out – that of lineal middleweight champ Sergio Martinez.
With Martinez’s own chase of bigger fights with pound-for-pound prizefighters like Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr or a shot at current WBC honcho Chavez Jr, a chance to avenge his first defeat to Margarito may not be high on the agenda…
Related article: Cotto avenges his first loss by teekayoing teak tough Margarito
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The 49th WBC Convention at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino has seen an assemblage of a plethora of leading personnel from the boxing world soak up the Las Vegas fistic atmosphere. No image was perhaps more surprising than the friendly embrace shared by Mexican rivals Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and Saul Alvarez, who hold the WBC titles at middleweight and super welterweight respectively…
According to the WBC, Julio (above, left) explained the image by stating that boxing is a sport, before confirming that he and Canelo (above, right) are and always will be pugilistic rivals as they compete in similar divisions (Chavez Jr at 160lbs, Alvarez at 154lbs), however, “outside the ring we’re all partners”.
Chavez Jr, who recently looked exquisite in boxing and moving around Peter Manfredo Jr, also mentioned his eagerness for a fight with Saul: “If the promoters [Top Rank Boxing and Golden Boy Promotions] reach an agreement the bout can take place,” said La Leyenda Continua. “We want to please the fans… you’re going to watch us fight and all doubts will be cleared.”
Related article: Video: Saul Alvarez dominates Nobuhiro Ishida in sparring
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This past Saturday, December 10, in front of a packed house at Montreal’s Bell Centre in Canada, former junior middleweight world champion Joachim Alcine (33-2-1, 19ko) turned in one of the most impressive performances of his 12-year professional career in winning an exciting 12-round decision over the highly regarded hometown favorite David Lemieux (25-2, 24ko). He now wants the premier attractions from 154lbs-160lbs…
Going into the fight, many viewed Alcine as a sacrificial lamb for the extremely dangerous Lemieux, who was coming off his first loss eight months earlier. All of the pre-fight talk leading up to the bout focused on how Lemieux was rededicated to the sport, had switched trainers, and was ready to resume his quest toward a world title. No one seemed to be paying much attention when Alcine calmly stated beforehand that he was finishing up his best ever training camp and that it was going to show come fight night.
When the fight started, Lemieux came out hard and fast as expected, bombing away with both hands looking to put an end to the fight quickly. Alcine had prepared for that though, DBE keeping a high guard to block many of the shots and staying on his toes moving effortlessly around the ring. Alcine, now 35 years old, was looking more like the fighter who, in 2007, went into the backyard of undefeated WBA light middleweight champion Travis Simms, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to take Simms’ title in dominant fashion via 12-round unanimous decision.
By the middle rounds, it was clear that Lemieux was tiring and Alcine, 13 years his senior, was the fresher of the two, boxing beautifully and even staggering the heavy-handed Lemieux on a few occasions. Heading into the championship rounds, the fight was close, but Alcine’s experience proved to be the difference, as he was able to sweep the last four rounds on the scorecards to win a majority decision with two tallies of 116-112 in his favor and the third judge calling the bout even at 114-114.
With his career back on track, Alcine has big plans for his immediate future.
“I’m ready to take care of business against anybody Lou DiBella puts in front of me. I can fight at 147, 154 or 160 pounds right now. I want the biggest and best fights out there for me. Sergio Martinez, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, and ‘Canelo’ Alvarez are my top three targets right now but, like I said, I’ll fight anybody they put in front of me,” said Alcine.
Adviser Greg Leon commented: “With his stellar performance against David Lemieux, Joachim just showed the boxing world that his best days are still ahead of him. Joachim wants to fight the very best and Lou DiBella and I will work tirelessly to help him achieve his goals.”
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The WBC have sanctioned a super lightweight world championship contest between their reigning champion at 140lbs; Erik Morales (52-7-0, 36ko), and their number two ranked contender; Danny Garcia (22-0-0, 14ko), an undefeated Philadelphian fighter with good wins over Kendall Holt, Nate Campbell and Ashley Theophane. The two box at the Reliant Arena in Houston on Saturday, January 28 in an event supported by a mouth-watering undercard fight…
“The Mexican boxer will make the defence of his WBC Super lightweight title against the American, Danny Garcia next January 28,” a statement released by the WBC read.
The Texas event will be supplemented with a sterling choice as co-support as fan-friendly fisticuff slugger James Kirkland takes on fellow super welterweight Carlos Molina (19-4-2, 6ko) in a non-title fight. Boxing in his home State, Kirkland (30-1-0, 27ko) is undefeated under Ann Wolfe as his sole loss – to unheralded Japanese prizefighter Nobuhiro Ishida – was sustained when the pair had temporarily parted ways.
They are, together, coming off the back of their strongest win as a team; a 2011 classic war with Alfredo Angulo where both fighters exchanged knockdowns in the opening stanza with Kirkland winning a sixth round technical knockout.
Molina, meanwhile, enjoyed a commendable 2011 having taken Cuban technician Erislandy Lara the distance in March, obtaining a debatable draw, before trumping Allen Conyers and Kermit Cintron.
Regarding the main event, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer commented: “Morales is one of the best and most experienced fighters, he’s back and he will face a young and tough fighter like Danny Garcia.”
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The Pinoy Punch, Brian Viloria, makes the first defence of his WBO flyweight world championship belt in the Pasig City district of Metro Manila in the Philippines on December 11 against fierce knockout artist Giovani Segura, from Mexico. The prizefighting pair have an intimate knowledge of the other having had the benefit of enjoying sparring sessions together in the past… Viloria said of the training: “we beat the hell out of each other“.
Segura is a fast-rising pound-for-pound contender. His opportunity against Viloria will be his first attempt at becoming a two-weight world champion. He is accustomed to travel having boxed in the US as well, his native Mexico and even has experience fighting in a hostile arena as his first match against the previously undefeated Ivan Calderon was in Calderon’s hometown of Guaynabo in Puerto Rico.
Viloria, meanwhile, has also attracted great acclaim in his career due to being a 2000 US Olympian and being a three-time world champ as a pro. Integrated Sports Media president Doug Jacobs said of the Viloria and Segura card: “We’re looking forward to bringing this action-packed card, headlined by two of the best lighter weight fighters in the world, Viloria and Segura, to US boxing fans.”
“This exciting show continues the heated Filipino versus Mexican boxing rivalry that is one of the most intense in the sport today,” he added.
Commenting on his history with Segura, Viloria said: “I’ve sparred with Segura in the past and we beat the hell out of each other. It was the kind of sparring where we could have charged the audience for an entrance fee and they wouldn’t have complained. Segura is a very dangerous opponent for me but, if I beat him, I’ll get to keep my title and grab his slot in Ring’s pound-for-pound rankings.”