Boxing Insider Notebook: Sturm, ESPN Friday Night Fights, Martinez, Hatton, and Snooki..
By: William Holmes
This is the Boxing Insider Notebook for the week of April 9th to April 16th 2012, covering news and events from the world of boxing.
Cherry and Sturm Victorious Over the Weekend
Felix Sturm retained his WBA Middleweight Title with a 9th round TKO victory over Sebastian Zbik in Cologne, Germany. Zbik fought Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. for his version of the middleweight belt previously and also came up short. By all accounts Sturm looked impressive, and didn’t need a gift decision from the judges to get the victory. On Saturday, lightweight Ednar Cherry defeated Juan Carlos Martinez by decision in Chicago. He improved his record to (30-6-2) with scores of 99-91, 97-93, and 95-95.
Gilberto Ramirez Defeats Jaime Barboza, Victor Terrazas KO’s Jose Palma
Mexican middleweight Gilberto “Lefty” Ramirez remained undefeated and beat Jaime Barboza by unanimous decision with scores of 97-93, 100-90, and 100-91. He was able to retain his WBC Youth title. Victor Terrazas knocked out Jose Palma 57 seconds into the fourth round to improve his record to 34-2-1.
Hernandez and Stiverne Win in Miami
Joey Hernandez improved his record to 20-1-1 in the super welterweight division with a 1st round TKO at 2:46 of round 1 over Shakir “The Assassin” Ashanti this weekend. Bermane Stiverne also fought on this card and scored a unanimous decision victory over Willie Herring in the heavyweight division.
ESPN Friday Night Fights Announcement
ESPN Friday Night Fights will feature a main event between two undefeated fighters on May 18th in the Light Welterweight Division. It will be Karim Mayfield and Raymond Serrano facing off for the NABO Light Welterweight Title. Mayfield has a record of 15-0-1 and Serrano has a record of 18-0.
Last Minute Replacement for Richard Pierson in Newark, NJ
Richard Pierson will not take on Charles Hayward in the main event of a boxing card at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, NJ on April 18th. Pierson has a record of 10-2, and sometimes contributes to Boxing Insider, and Hayward has a record of 7-4.
Shayne Singleton Saves Driver
Unbeaten light-welterweight prospect Shayne “The Pain” Singleton saved a man’s life in a car crash in England. He pulled a man from his car, fearing that the vehicle could explode at any minute. Lancashire’s chief fire officer Peter Holland commended the brave actions of Singleton and his friends in his car, and said they had potentially saved the driver’s life.
Noche de Boxeo Event on April 26th
On Thursday April 26th at 6:00PM, a press conference will be held at Knockouts Sports Bar & Grill in Tucson Arizona and will be a chance for fans to come out and meet professional boxers. More information can be found here.
Sergio Martinez Takes Part in Campaign to End Violence Against Women and Children
Middleweight champion Sergio Martinez took part in a campaign to end violence against women and children on April 12, 2012. The event included Willie Mays, Joe Torre, and Nancy Pelosi. Futures Without Violence (FWV) and The Waitt Institute for Violence Prevention hosted the The Y Factor: Men Leading By Example, a national summit saluting the work of men who are leading the movement to prevent violence against women and children throughout the U.S. and the world.
Luis Del Valle to Continue Legacy
Luis Del Valle (15-0) comes from a boxing family, and on Friday April 27th in Miami, Oklahoma, he looks to continue that legacy in a bout on ShoBox: The New Generation. He will take on Christopher Martin, a fighter who’s fought some very good prospects, including a controversial draw against undefeated boxer Teon Kennedy.
Hatton Promotions Announces ‘Road To Glory’
Hatton Promotions has officially announced their ‘Road To Glory” card which will take place at Manchester Velodrome on June 16th. Included on the card is a vacant interim WBA super-bantamweight title fight between Scott Quigg and Rendall Munroe. Also on the card is a bout between Ryan Rhodes and the undefeated Belarusian Sergey Rabchenko in the light-middleweight division.
Main Events Promotions In Texas
On May 19, Main Events Promotions will be bringing a boxing event to the Pharr Events Center in Pharr, Texas. It will be co-promoted between Main Events and Arena Promotions, and will be televised on Univision Deportes’ TeleFutura Solo Boxeo Tecate. The broadcast will begin at 11pm, and the main event will be between undefeated Jerry Belmontes and Rameisis Gil in the lightweight division. Also on the card will be a bout between Odlanier Solis and Konstantin Airich in the heavyweight division.
Team Snooki Boxing Announces Opponent for Hyland
Patrick Hyland, the WBF Super Featherweight Champion, will take on Frankie Archuleta at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY on May 12, 2012. Archuleta has a decent record of 27-9-1 and holds a former win over five time world champion Johnny Tapia.
Yudel Jhonson/Freddy Hernandez to Headline ShoBox
On May 11th, at the Texas Station Gambling Hall and Hotel in Las Vegas, Cuba’s Yudel Jhonson will take on Freddie Hernandez in the light middleweight division. The event is being promoted by Warriors Boxing, and also features another Cuban, Rances Barthelemy, taking on Alan Martinez in the super featherweight division.
Six Title Fights In Liverpool
On May 19th, Liverpool will play host to six title fights at Liverpool’s Aintree racecourse. Topping the card will be a heavyweight fight between undefeated David Price and Sam Sexton for the British and Commonwealth titles. Also on the card will be a light welterweight clash between Steve Williams and Ashley Theophane.
Time Change for Showtime Championship Boxing
The Showtime Championship Boxing telecast on Saturday, April 21st has now been changed to be begin at 9:30PMET/PT and the Showtime Extreme telecast will now begin at 7pm ET/PT. This is because a special preview episode of The Franchise: A Season With the Miami Marlins is set to air at 9PM.
Freddie Roach Gives Opinion on Senchenko vs. Malignaggi
On Saturday, April 29, 2012, the magic man Paulie Malignaggi will take on Vyacheslav Senchenko for the WBA Welterweight title. Senchenko has been trained by Roach, and Roach believes that Senchenko’s jab will be the difference in his title defense against Malignaggi.
“Senchenko is a very, very good boxer with good technique,” Roach recently said from the Wild Card Gym.
“He has good height and a good punch. He had a great amateur background. The Ukraine has the No. 1 program in the world this year. It has a very good program and Senchenko is very well schooled. His jab is his best weapon and I think that will be the difference in this fight. He has a faster jab than Malignaggi and it should control the fight.”