Wednesday, April 1, 2009


WBC #2 Lightweight contender Antonio Pitalua Ospino arrived last night in Austin, Texas with his team confident of victory. He appeared today at the public work out very optimistic and ready for his upcoming challenge for the WBC Lightweight vacant title against former WBA World Champion Edwin Valero of Venezuela this Saturday, April 4th at the Frank Erwin Center of the Texas capital. Valero was a no show.

"I know this is my last shot at a World Title and I will not let this opportunity go by, we have been waiting for a another chance almost 9 years and will take full advantage of it”, Pitalua said. "Valero is a good fighter but he has not faced somebody with my heart, punching power and experience and these will be my keys to victory," he continued.


US President Barack Obama and Russian counterpart Dmitri Medvedev to meet

U.S. President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart, Dmitri Medvedev, have agreed to renew talks on limiting long-range nuclear weapons.

The two presidents, meeting face-to-face for the first time, said they hope to reach agreement on extending the strategic-arms reduction treaty, known as START, that expires in December, and to lower weapons stockpiles below the levels set in a 2002 pact signed in Moscow. They directed negotiators to report progress by July.

The two men met in London Wednesday in advance of the summit of leaders of the Group of 20 major economies.

In a wide-ranging statement, Mr. Obama and Mr. Medvedev said their two countries no longer view each other as enemies, and they pledged to work together to strengthen international security and meet global economic and other challenges. Mr. Obama will visit Russia in July to continue their contacts.

The presidents acknowledged their continuing disagreement over U.S. plans for deploying a missile defense system in Europe, but vowed to discuss mutual international cooperation on missile defense.

The presidents urged Iran to cooperate with the U.N. nuclear agency and to prove its nuclear program is peaceful in nature. They said Iran has the right to a civilian nuclear program, but added that the Tehran government needs to restore confidence in the "exclusively peaceful nature" of its initiative.

The U.S.-Russian statement expressed concern over the possible launch of a ballistic missile by North Korea, saying that would damage peace and stability. They urged Pyongyang to show restraint and honor the U.N. Security Council's directives about its nuclear activities.

Mr. Obama and Mr. Medvedev also said they will work together in efforts to deal with terrorism in Afghanistan and Pakistan and with drug trafficking in the area.