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News: Boxeo Telemundo; Sturm; Buckland; Holt To 147

Former junior welterweight world titlist Kendall Holt will be moving up to 147lbs after spending the majority at or around the 140lb weight limit. The move to welterweight is coming at a time in Holt's career where he is in search for the biggest fights he can possibly get.  With a division like welterweight filled with named opponents and the name Holt recognized in boxing circles across the world, it is fitting that the move be made now.

Holt will prepare his body for the change and he believes that it should come more naturally than most, he feels that his body and boxing desires are directly synced up at this stage in his career.

"The time is right for me to make this transition to welterweight, I feel like I've still got a lot of fight in me and what better way to exercise it than to be in a division with so many interesting match ups.  It isn't just what I want, it's also what my body is telling me to do and my body is telling me that I'm going to be a physically better fighter in the move up," Holt explained.

There won't be a shortage of opponents at welterweight with names like Victor Ortiz, Andre Berto, and Timothy Bradley to name a few.  Holt is anxious to start mixing it up and ruffling up the welterweight feathers.

"I'm trying to get as far as I can and I'm looking to make this welterweight run count.  I'm not some kid coming into the division, I am a proven fighter with a recognized name and I'm looking to land some of the most interesting fights that can be made.  The good thing is I the division is stacked 1-10 and I'm looking to knock one of those guys out of their spot."

Mexico City, MX:  The action continues on the third week of the Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford series this Friday, March 8th  from El Plaza Condesa in Mexico City, Mexico.

In the main event former world title challenger Johnny "Laberinto" Garcia (16-4-1-8 KO's) of Ciudad Neza, Mexico faces popular former WBC champion Oscar "Ceviche" Ibarra (27-8-18 KO's) of Mexico City in a clash billed "Civil War 5" schedule for 12 rounds with the WBC Latin Superflyweight title at stake.

6 mores fights are schedule, first fight at 8 PM. Telemundo will televise the main event at 11:35 pm in the US. Viva Sports (Channel 504 Dish) will televise in Mexico. Tickets are already on sale at El Plaza Condesa and ticketmaster.com.mx Tel 53259000. The show is being presented by Tuto Zabala Jr, All Star Boxing, Inc in association with Producciones Deportivas and RB Producciones.

The first season will close with the 4th show on March 15 from the Kissimmee Civic Center in Florida with WBO #1 contender Orlando "El Fenomeno" Cruz of Puerto Rico facing Aalan Martinez of Mexico with Cruz WBO Latin featherweight title at risk.

GARY BUCKLAND has been handed a major opportunity on the undercard of Martin Murray's fight with Sergio Martinez in Argentina on April 27.

The Welsh warrior, 26, will take on Fernando David Saucedo in a clash which should put the victor close to a world title fight.

Buckland had originally wanted to make another defence of his British super-featherweight crown, but feels this is too big a chance to turn down.

"I've got two notches on my belt to win the British title outright and I only need one more, but this is a shortcut to a world title," he said.

"I've watched Saucedo on DVD and he's a good fighter so I know I won't be in for an easy night over there.

"He boxed Chris John for a world title and he showed he's a tough boxer with a good guard who likes to open up in his own time, but I think with my aggression I can go there and do a job on him."

Facing an Argentine boxer on his home turf would normally be a daunting prospect for a travelling Brit.

Buckland's manager, Brian Powell, however, believes it's simply par for the course for the Cardiff puncher.

"Gary's attitude is he's just going into a boxing ring," Powell explained. "He's boxed in Spain and he's boxed in Mexico so he knows the situation and how to train accordingly.

"Even in the UK he's had to box away from Wales most of the time, going up to Sheffield and Manchester, so this won't worry him.

"We know it's not going to be easy out there because the guy is quality and he's boxed for a world title already, but I honestly believe Gary will be too strong for him.

"The door to a world title is slightly open for Gary and now he's got to kick it open and walk through it.

"This is Gary Buckland's time. This is perfect for him for him to show the world what he's all about."

Felix Sturm Twitter Statement:

"This feels like a movie to me. In my opinion Soliman should do himself a favour, stop lying and confess his wrongdoing. His A-sample was positive and that was confirmed by both the NADA and the WADA. Come on, Sam, stop lying. Or a you trying to tell me that someone slipped you a drug? One that's difficult to find? That makes no sense to me. No sense at all.

He had a doctor at his side, who was specialized in doping. He told my team about all those different tests I had to do. He knew everything about the matter. I never saw a fighter bringing a doping expert to a fight.

Soliman has asked his lawyer to look into this. Why does he do that? If he is so sure about his innocence, why doesn't he open the B-sample instead? Come to Germany, Sam, and monitor the procedure. And take your doctor with you, I figure he is an expert on the topic.

I took so many blood and urine tests throughout my career and they were always negative. I'm a clean fighter and make my tests available for research purposes.

Sam took a substance that is really hard to trace. That is not something an amateur does. You, or someone close to you, has to know exactly how and what to take.

In the end, I took all their tests - and he is positive. This is sad for boxing. I hope the IBF does the right thing and that would be to declare the fight a No Contest."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by PunchyPotorff on 03-04-2013

Always liked Holt. He doesn't always win, but he makes an interesting fight every time. Hope he's more comfortable at 147. Lotta great matchups for him at that weight.

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