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Wladimir Wins 60th!!
During an era when heavyweights aren’t very active inside the ring, Wladimir Klitschko (60-3, 51 KOs) notched his 60th professional victory last Saturday. In defense of the unified IBF/WBA/WBO and IBO/Ring Magazine heavyweight titles, Klitschko knocked out previously unbeaten Italian challenger, Francisco Pianeta (28-1-1, 15 KOs) in round six at the SAP Arena in Mannheim, Germany.
“Francesco has shown his heart, he was really going out there to win,” Klitschko said. “Today he lost but one day he will be a world champion. My fight plan worked out perfectly and I am very happy that I have defended my belts again.”
The easy victory for Klitschko marked his 14th consecutive title defense as heavyweight champion during his second-reign dating back to April 2006. That’s more than seven years since Klitschko dominated Chris Byrd for the IBF heavyweight title. Along the way, Klitschko has proven his dominance picking up the WBO title from Sultan Ibragimov, the WBA title from David Haye, and all the fame from being recognized as the world heavyweight champion.
Klitschko shares that claim along with older brother Vitali, the WBC champion. Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko are the only brothers in history to have held heavyweight titles simultaneously.
Klitschko, at age 37, continues to work hard at improving his skills, increasing his speed, and amazing power. The legendary Emmanuel Steward was universally credited for being the architect behind the reconstruction of Wladimir Klitschko until the day he died on October 25, last year. Even after Steward’s death, the teachings and guidance Steward provided Wladimir is clearly alive still. It’s as if Wladimir brings Steward’s spirit with him each time he prepares for a fight, despite being trained by Jonathan Banks, a chief sparring partner and good friend.
Klitschko, 6’ 7” 249 lbs., was once referred to as a ‘dead man walking’ prior to his 2005 contest with Samuel Peter. Although Klitschko, a gold medalist at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, was floored three times through twelve rounds, he returned to his feet each time to stun Peter with a solid left-hook to the jaw that altered the careers of both men. Lamon Brewster (2004), while Peter has steadily declined and eroded from the face of the heavyweight division’s elite. Looking at the heavy-hitters Klitschko has turned away through the years, a lot of them are either inactive or has retired. Brewster, Peter, Ibragimov, Byrd, and Calvin Brock were all once talked-about heavyweights. Not anymore.
Klitschko’s performance against Pianetta was his second consecutive fight against a young, undefeated, but inexperienced challenger. In November, Klitschko pounded out a 12-round decision against Mariusz Wach, who tested positive for steroids following their bout.
So what is next for Wladimir? Well he is expected to fight Alexander Povetkin this summer. Povetkin has been avoiding Klitschko for at least three years. It is widely anticipated that Klitschko will run over Povetkin.
It appears there will be no one else left for Klitschko to fight. K2 Promotions will continue to be creative in finding fresh, new faces that are eager enough to fight for the world heavyweight championship.
That’s until they get hit by Dr. Steel Hammer.
Lee ‘boosts’ Broadway Boxing fight card
Lou DiBella’s “Broadway Boxing” receives an upgrade to its May 15th fight card at the BBK King Blues Club in New York City when Irish Andy Lee (29-2, 20 KOs) battles Daryl Cunningham (28-4, 11 KOs) in a 10-round middleweight main event bout.
Lee will be making only his second appearance since a failed bid last summer to defeat Julio Cesar Chavez for the WBC middleweight championship (now owned by Sergio Martinez). It’s been rough for Lee having to adjust to life without longtime Hall of Fame trainer Emmanuel Steward, who died on October 25, following a short battle with cancer and diverticulitis. Lee won a 10-round decision in his native Ireland over Anthony Fitzgerald in February and is back in action three months later against Cunningham.
“I’m very much looking forward to this fight,” Lee said. “Having lived in New York for two years, I know first-hand what a great fight town it is. The New York fight fans are a very knowledgeable crowd and I intend on putting on a first class performance for them. I want to thank my promoter Lou DiBella for giving me this chance to showcase my skills as I look to rebuild myself into title contention.”
In addition to Lee’s return, undefeated middleweight Lamar Russ (12-0, 7KO’s), undefeated middleweight prospect Delen Parsley (10-0, 3KO’s), and heavyweight contender Tor Hamer (19-2, 12KO’s) will be on the show in scheduled eight-round contests.
Tickets for the Broadway Boxing fight card at the BB Kings Blues Club in New York City are $125, $100, $75 and $55 for general admission. Tickets are available for purchase by calling the DiBella Entertainment office at (212) 947-2577.
John Molina, Jr. headlines ESPN show in June
Lightweight contender John Molina, Jr. (25-2, 20 KOs), through Goossen-Tutor Promotions, has positioned himself to be in the main event of an ESPN “Fight Night Fights” event on June 7, at the Little Creek Casino and Resort in Kamilche, WA. Molina’s opponent is Andrey Klimov 15-0, 8 KOs), an undefeated and dangerous opponent.
Molina, although he stopped a 22-3 Dannie Williams inside four rounds three months ago, was demolished last September by then WBC lightweight champion, Antonio DeMarco in the first round. Molina argued the stoppage was too quick, but instead of crying over spilled milk, has a chance to start again. Molina faces a challenge in Klimov.
Very little is known about Klimov aside from the fact he is Russian and that he knocked out a talented Ty Barnett (KO 3) at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.
“Molina-Klimov is one of those fights that I believe won’t have a loser,” Promoter Dan Goossen said. “Look at the Brandon Rios-Mike Alvaradobouts as an example. The fans want exciting, competitive fights, and no matter who wins in that type of fight, both fighters come out on top and get other opportunities. This will be a fight for the fans.”
In other bouts: super middleweight Farrah Ennis (20-1, 12 KOs) of Philadelphia, PA meets Anthony Hanshaw (23-2-2, 14 KOs) of High Point, NC.
“I can’t wait to show the fans and ESPN why I’m so excited about this opportunity,” Ennis said. Ennis is a former sparring partner of Sakio Bika and Gennady Golovkin. Ennis will be fighting a Hanshaw that was once a very good amateur fighter. Professionally, he is best-known for his two outings against Roy Jones, Jr., and Andre Dirrell. However, injuries cost Hanshaw three years of his career.
“The talent and solid amateur background has always been there, now it’s just a matter of putting it all together,” said Hanshaw.
Tickets for the event are priced at $30 for bleachers, $40 for floor seats and $50 for the first two rows of the Skookum Creek Event Center and can be purchased by calling 800.667.7711 or online at www.little-creek.com.
Vinny Maddalone headlines ‘Rockin Fights 8’
Heavyweight Vinny Maddalone is a favorite amongst the New York fight scene. On Saturday, May 11, Maddalone will oppose Richard Carmack of Kansas City, MO in the main attraction of Joe DeGuardia’s ‘Rockin Fights 8’ at the Paramount in Huntington, NY.
“This is a terrific opportunity for me, while I haven’t fought at The Paramount yet, the Star Boxing events there are always sold out and it’s a great atmosphere to fight in” said Maddalone. “It’s only 25 minutes from my house and I’m expecting a great deal of support.”
At age 39 with 8 professional losses, it’s more than likely Maddalone will never fight for a world heavyweight championship. But that doesn’t mean that he’ll never again receive a big fight. Maddalone has fought on the highest levels in big spots against former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, former unified cruiserweight titlist Jean-Marc Mormeck, and rising heavyweights Tyson Fury and Dennis Boytsov. But Maddalone, however, lost each of those fights.
“The heavyweight division has had a great deal of focus on it right night,” Maddalone said. “There are numerous fighters making names for themselves, Tyson Fury, David Price and Tony Thompson among them. I look at Pianeta who is fighting Wladimir Klitschko and I think why that can’t be me.”
Through the years, Maddalone’s biggest believer is Joe DeGuardia. He has kept Maddalone at the helm of Star Boxing more so than former light-heavyweight Antonio Tarver, Aaron Davis, David Telesco, and any other fighter he has promoted.
“Vinny is always an exciting fighter to watch,” DeGurdia said. “With him fighting an undefeated heavyweight, and with this fight taking place at the Paramount, it should be even more exciting to watch. Be sure to join us for another great night at The Paramount in Huntington.”
Advance tickets for “ROCKIN FIGHTS 8″, priced at $50, $100, $150 and $200 are now on sale through Ticketmaster, (www.Ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000) or through The Paramount Box Office, (631) 673-7300 in addition to the Star Boxing Office, (718) 823-2000 or on their website, www.StarBoxing.com.
The Paramount is located at 370 New York Avenue, Huntington, New York, 11743. For directions and more information, please visit their website at www.paramountny.com
Doors on the evening of the event will open at 7PM with the first bell at 8PM.