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By Francisco Salazar
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
It has been an amazing and successful career for Juan Manuel Marquez throughout his 17 years as a professional prizefighter. A world title in three different weight classes, victories over future hall of fame fighters, and the respect of adoring fight fans are some of the accomplishments Marquez has achieved. Just last year, Marquez added more fans and respect in landing a picture perfect punch to Juan Diaz’ chin, dropping the young warrior and winning by a dramatic ninth round stoppage just 17 months ago.
While Marquez gets ready for his rematch against Diaz tomorrow night, the 36 year old fighter admitted that an injury as a teenager almost kept him out of the ring altogether. What could this injury have been that would jeopardize Marquez from becoming a household name in Mexico and to fight fans across the world? An eye injury during sparring? Tearing ligaments in his legs while running? (more…)
Story by Anthony Springer, Jr.
Tyson Griffin is the hardest working fighter you don’t know.
The Las Vegas transplant, by way of California, has an impressive set of Octagon credentials. Of his ten UFC outings, Griffin (14-3, 7-3 UFC) has snared five Fight of the Night honors and one Submission of the Night. In addition, Griffin became the first fighter in the UFC (and just the second ever) to finish Hermes Franca at UFC 103. The TKO victory silenced critics who derided the Xtreme Couture fighter for not being able to finish fights. If the UFC credentials weren’t enough, Griffin defeated Urijah Faber in just his third pro fight (after the loss, Faber went undefeated for the next three years and tore through the WEC’s feather weight division) . . . Click here for more
By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman
The second WBC Night of Champions kicked off yesterday in Cardiff, Wales with the official champions group photo at Cardiff Castle. Just as was the case at the inaugural event four years ago in Cancun, Mexico, the assembled champions gathered for a group shot, this time at this nearly two thousand year old site. Some of the local greats from Wales and England on hand were Terry Marsh (IBF 140 lbs.), Colin Jones (British, Commonwealth & European 147lbs.), Alan Rudkin (British, Commonwealth & European 118 lbs.), Alan Minter (World 160 lbs.), as well as international stars of the past Carlos Zarate, Alfonso Zamora, Yuri Arbachakov, Jeff Harding, George Chuvalo, and many more. (more…)
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IBF, WBO and IBO world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has confirmed that he will defend his titles against Samuel Peter at Commerzbank-Arena Frankfurt, Germany on September 11. Samuel Peter is 29 years old and #2 ranked in the IBF. After the IBF disqualified Alexander Povetkin for not following its rules, Peter is now the mandatory challenger of Klitschko. In 2005, Klitschko and Peter met in a dramatic fight in Atlantic City, USA. Klitschko was down three times during the fight but came back strong and nearly knocked out Peter in the 12th round. Klitschko won the fight by unanimous decision. (more…)
Final details have been announced as TKO Boxing Promotions presents “The Battle of York V” this Saturday night, July 31st at the Sovereign Bank Stadium in York, Pennsylvania. A huge crowd is expected for the return of this unique summer evening of world class boxing at the baseball stadium. In the main event, The Fighting Pride of York, PA, Carney “Beeper” Bowman will square off against Union City, New Jersey veteran Robert Acevedo. (more…)
Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Four dedicated, determined fighters with a combined 64 wins with 41 knockouts will be featured when ShoBox: The New Generation returns Friday, Aug. 6, on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). In yet another ShoBox battle of unbeatens, world-ranked bantamweight Chris Avalos (16-0, 13 KOs), of Lancaster, Calif., by way of San Diego, will face California state featherweight and junior featherweight champion Chris “The San Diego Kid” Martin (18-0-2, 5 KOs), of Chula Vista, Calif., in an excellent 10-round main event.
Undefeated, hard-hitting cruiserweight Lateef “Power’’ Kayode (12-0, 11 KOs), of Nigeria, will seek his 12th consecutive knockout when he makes his ShoBox debut against Puerto Rico’s Alfredo Escalera, Jr. (18-2-1, 12 KOs), the son and namesake of the former world champion, in the eight-round co-feature at Grand Casino Hinckley, in Hinckley, Minn. The doubleheader is promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC. (more…)
Undefeated junior welterweight prospect Prenice Brewer heads to Chicago, Illinois on Friday, August 6th to face Patrick Lopez in the eight round co-main event on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights at the UIC Pavilion. The 22 year old Brewer, born and raised in Cleveland, brings a record of 15-0-1 with six knockouts into battle against the Londonberry, New Hampshire native Lopez, 19-2-0 (11KO’s). Brewer is coming off a very successful ESPN2 appearance, looking terrific in a six round unanimous decision win over Christopher Fernandez on March 19th. (more…)
Derek Ennis 153 vs. Gabriel Rosado 153
(USBA Junior Middleweight Title Fight)
Bryant Jennings 222 vs. Felix Bernell Stewart 223.5
Garrett Wilson 182.2 vs. Reshawn Scott 184.5
(Rest of card weighs-in Friday morning)
Venue: The South Philly Arena, Philadelphia, PA
Promoter: Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc.
Golden Boy will present two free undercard preview fights before the Marquez-Diaz II pay-per-view rematch be broadcast by select pay-per-view providers beginning at 7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. PT. Fans should check their guide listings for details. The two fights scheduled to be included on the “free-view” will feature “The Contender” Season Three champion and number four world rated super middleweight Sakio Bika (28-3-2, 19 KOs) against #11 rated super middleweight Jean Paul Mendy (28-0-1, 16 KOs) in a 12-round IBF super middleweight eliminator and Golden Boy Promotions’ rising star and number-one rated American amateur (prior to his pro debut) Frankie Gomez (4-0, 4 KOs) facing Ronald Peterson (2-2, 2 KOs) in a six round junior welterweight fight. The free broadcast will feature commentary by Dave Bontempo and Bob “The Colonel” Sheridan.
By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos by Boxing Bob Newman
The Cardiff International Arena was the host this evening for the world premiere of “Risen – The Howard Winstone Story.” A standing room only arena of boxing champions, VIP guests and the cast took in the life story of Winstone, a Welsh boxer who in 1968, after a severe industrial accident in which he lost the tips of three fingers on his right hand, and three prior cracks at the world featherweight title, finally beat insurmountable odds and won the vacant WBC title with a ninth round TKO over Mitsunori Seki at Royal Albert Hall in Kensington, London, UK on January 28, 1968. For more details and photos click here…
By Ricardo Conde
Photo by Ricardo Conde
After experiencing managerial problems, highly talented welterweight prospect Hugo “The Boss” Centeno (3-0, 3 KOs) of Oxnard, CA will step back into the ring on Saturday, August 14 against David Orozco of Mexico at the Gimnasio Ernesto Ruffo Appel in Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico. In his last outing, the 19-year old Centeno defeated Mario Evangelista (3-7, 3 KOs) of Mexico on April 1st at the Marriot Hotel in Irvine, CA on Roy Englebrecht’s “Battle in the Ballroom” series. “I’m just very happy that all my problems are now in the past and I’m ready to get back in the ring. I’ve been training very hard and I can’t wait to get back in there,” said Hugo Centeno. Click here for more photos…
Photo by Chris Farina/Top Rank
The Nigerian Nightmare, heavyweight Sam Peter, today signed a contract to fight for the world heavyweight championship. Peter will take on IBF Champion Wladimir Klitschko on Sept. 11 in Frankfurt, Germany. Peter signed his contract in the Top Rank headquarters in Las Vegas. Bob Arum made the announcement today.
Peter won an IBF Eliminator fight when he stopped Nagy Aguilera in Texas on March 12. Peter was impressive, charging after and stopping Aguilera with a series of hard right hands in the second round.
The fight against Wladimir Klitschko is a rematch. In 2005 in Atlantic City, NJ, Peter knocked down Klitschko three times — twice in the fifth round, another in the 10th round — but lost a decision. The scoring was 114-111 on all cards. (more…)
Joe Yerdon 158 vs. Ashantie Hendrickson 155
Eric Davidson 150 vs. Felix Rangel 154
Zach Smith 134 vs. Ryan Batt 134
Maureen Shea 125 vs. Liliana Martinez 121
Mike Faragon 136 vs. Eddie Soto 136
Venue: Saratoga Springs City Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
Promoter: Pugnacious Promotions
Referee Ray Corona (USA) will be the third man in the ring when IBF super flyweight champion Simphiwe Nongqayi (16-0-1, 7 KOs) defends Alberto “Topo” Rosas (31-5, 25 KOs) on Saturday at the Palenque de la Feria in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico. The three judges are Levi Martínez (USA), Alejandro López (Mexico) and Al Baqwana (South Africa). The IBF supervisor is Aaron Kizer.
Photo by Armando Angulo
Danny Garcia 143.4 vs. Jorge Romero 143
Gilberto Keb Bass 113 vs. Juan Esquer 113
Marco Antonio Periban 168 vs. Franco Sanchez 170
Romulo Kuasicha 127 vs. Alberto Cupido 126.5
Omri Lowther 134 vs. Isaac Bejarano 134
Nasif Castillo 118 vs. Miguel Garcia 118
Mauricio Perez 158 vs. Arturo Garduza 160
Jose Rubio 123 vs. Freddy Mercado 123
Venue: Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort, Cancun, Mexico
Promoter: Golden Boy
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Delvin Rodriguez 147.7 vs. Ashley Theophane 147.5
Donovan George 167 vs. Francisco Sierra 170.5
Andy Lee 162 vs. James Cook 157.5
Jonathan Gonzalez 152.5 vs. Abel Perry 149
Yordenis Ugas 147 vs. Dejuan Jackson 149
Rances Barthelemy 133 vs. John Barnes TBA
Dannie Williams TBA vs. Steven Mincks TBA
Venue: Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma
Promoter: Joe Deguardia’s Star Boxing
According to heavyweight Shannon Briggs, he’ll take on WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko on October 16 in Germany. “I got the contract,” the 38-year-old former WBO champion informed the BBC. No confirmation from the Klitschko camp yet, but it is known that the bout had been discussed. Briggs is promoted by Empire Sports and Entertainment, which recently signed on Klitschko advisor Shelly Finkel as their CEO.
Photos: (Above) Daniel Jacobs and Dmitry Pirog pose off at a press conference held today at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. (Below) Robert Guerrero and Joel Casmayor face off; Jorge Linares and Rocky Juarez pose off. On Saturday, all three sets of fighters will precede the Juan Manuel Marquez-Juan Diaz II main event on the Golden Boy-promoted, HBO-PPV telecast from the Mandalay Bay.
IBF bantamweight champion Yhonny Perez (20-0-1, 14 KOs) of Colombia and former world champion Joseph Agbeko (27-2, 20 KOs) will meet again Nov 6. The bout was scheduled to go to purse bid today but Perez’ promoter Gary Shaw and Agbeko’s promoter Don King informed the IBF today that they reached an agreement. The two met Halloween night 2009 where Perez upset the then defending world champion Agbeko by unanimous decision in a exciting bout. The bout will be televised on Showtime’s championship boxing. No venue has been set as of yet.
Former WBC cruiserweight world champion and current heavyweight contender Juan Carlos Gomez (47-2, 36 KOs) will face upset artist Zack Page (21-29-2, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the o2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany. The experienced Page has made a name for himself as a spoiler. In January, Page shocked previously unbeaten German heavyweight hope Sebastian Köber in January, and three weeks ago he derailed the the comeback attempt of Mike Tyson-conqueror Kevin McBride. “Page is an awkward boxer.,” said Gomez’ trainer Artur Grigorian. He’s fully fit, because he boxed at the beginning of the month. I only had two weeks to get Juan prepared, but that should be no problem with Juan’s experience. The most recent sparring sessions were very good.”
It’s official. Like all the sportsbooks, the Giant Pacific Octopus at the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay entered the sports predictions arena earlier this morning when he aggressively selected Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez as the winner over Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz in Saturday night’s contest between the two pugilists who are fighting for Marquez’s WBA and WBO lightweight titles at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and live on pay-per-view. (more…)
With only a few days before Juan Diaz (35-3, 17 KOs) and Juan Manuel Marquez (50-5-1, 37 KOs) meet in the rematch of their 2009 “Fight of the Year” encounter, both lightweights spoke to the media for the final time at the Mandalay Bay.
Both fighters are looking to rebound from losses in their last fight – Diaz dropped a decision to Paulie Malignaggi and Marquez lost a unanimous decision to Floyd Mayweather Jr. – and have a lot riding come Saturday night when the two meet under the bright lights of Las Vegas. It’s only been a little over a year since their first fight, but the two are in different places and will be fighting with an incredible sense of urgency . . . Click here for more
Jason Litzau’s fight with former title challenger Rocky Juarez last April was supposed to be his defining moment as a pro. Litzau and his camp had underwent a rewiring process of his fight approach in the ring throughout the prior year to bring more defense and intelligence to his power-punching, brawler style . . . click here for more
Photos: Eroll Popova
Fighters featured on Saturday’s big Universum Champions Night card at the o2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany thrilled local fight fans during a public workout on Wednesday.
Among those showing their skills were WBC interim middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik, his challenger Jorge Sebastian Heiland, WBA super middleweight champion Dimitri Sartison, his challenger Khoren Gevor, heavyweights Alexander Dimitrenko and Jaroslav Zavorotny, who meet for the vacant European heavyweight championship, former world champions Juan Carlos Gomez and Karoly Balzsay, plus 2009 amateur world champion “Golden Jack” Culcay. Click here for more photos
By Mariano A. Agmi at ringside
Photo: Marty Rosengarten/Ringsidephotos.com
Junior welterweight Argenis Mendez (17-1, 9 KOs) knocked down Shamir Reyes (18-7-2, 7 KOs) in round one and cruised to a one-sided 80-71, 80-71, 79-72 win on Wednesday night at BB Kings located in the heart of New York City.
In the co-feature, junior welterweight Gabriel Bracero (10-0, 1 KO) scored his first career KO dropping Raymond Betancourt (8-5, 3 KOs) in rounds one, two and four. Time was 2:53. (more…)
WBO #2 rated heavyweight David “Tuamanator” Tua complained about a sore left shoulder during several training sessions leading up to his July 17th 12-round draw against former world title challenger Monte “Two Gunz” Barrett in Atlantic City. However, when asked about it by his trainer, Roger Bloodworth, David said he was okay to fight. Tua (51-3-2, 43 KOs), reigning WBO Asia Pacific and WBO Oriental heavyweight champion, did not make any post fight comments about his damaged shoulder. (more…)
Jimmy Burchfield, President of Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc., categorically denied reports issued today that lightweight prospect “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy (18-1-1, 10 KOs) is a promotional free agent. “He is not a free agent and promoters shouldn’t be speaking with him or his team,” Burchfield explained. “CES turned him pro and we have completely and totally honored our end of the contract. We just had him fighting on national television twice within 90 days. We’ve worked through his different managers and trainers, never wavering in our full support of Hank. Like with all of our fighters, other than actually fighting for them, we do everything we can to help them, in and out of the ring, including Hank. We still strongly believe in him.”
Juan Manuel Marquez: “Thank you for being here. I want to thank Golden Boy Promotions and HBO Sports for supporting me. Everyone knows Juan Diaz is a great fighter and I have prepared myself very hard for this fight. When people say ‘Why Juan Diaz again?’ I always want make the biggest fights and here you have two great fighters.
“I think this fight is going to be better than the first one because Juan Diaz is a great fighter and a great warrior and I am too. I like to fight. Everyone who knows me, knows I like landing so many punches. (more…)
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