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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…)
In what is shaping up to be one of the biggest cards of the summer, World Extreme Cagefighting® has confirmed nine remaining bouts for its Aug. 18 card at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nev.
WEC General Manager Reed Harris announced today the following bouts: Shane Roller vs. Anthony Pettis, Chad Mendes vs. Cub Swanson, Brad Pickett vs. Scott Jorgensen, Bart Palaszewski vs. Zack Mickleweight, Anthony Njokuani vs. Maciej Jewtuszko, Mackens Semerzier vs. Javier Vazquez, Dave Jansen vs. Ricardo Lamas, Fredson Paixao vs. Bryan Caraway, and Danny Castillo vs. Dustin Poirier. (more…)
Yesterday was another “consecutive day” in camp for heavyweight world contender Chris Arreola, a training camp which he and his trainer Henry Ramirez are taking a “one day at a time” approach. This training streak reminds Ramirez of the hard work Arreola put in during the early stages of his career, beginning each morning with road work and ending with a hard and complete workout in the gym. The only difference between Arreola’s early success and his new found commitment to training is the ESPN2 camera crew following him around to document a glimpse of his training regiment for a special piece which will air on August 13th as part of the show featuring his highly anticipated match against Manuel Quezada. (more…)
With the city of Boston buzzing about the arrival of the UFC® Fan Expo™ at the John B. Hynes Convention Center on August 27 and 28, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® turned up the heat today by announcing the list of fighters that will participate in the weekend of festivities. (more…)
The pound-for-pound greatest fighter in the world, UFC® Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva, is taking time out from his intense training schedule for his upcoming fight at UFC 117 to attend ESPN’s X Games 16 Thursday, July 29, 2010. “The Spider” will be in attendance at the LA Coliseum for the Moto X Freestyle Final, Women’s Super X Final and Men’s Super X Final, among other competitions televised live nationally on ESPN.
Two more fans of the X Games, UFC’s Octagon Girl Arianny Celeste, who recently graced the cover of Maxim Magazine, and Spike TV’s Best of PRIDE® host Kenda Perez, who is featured in the August issue of UFC Magazine, will also be in attendance Thursday evening.
It has been confirmed that WBC featherweight champion Elio Rojas has suffered a shoulder injury forcing him to pull out of his September 11 title unification bout with WBA featherweight king Yuriorkis Gamboa. Gamboa may now fight a unification bout against IBF champ Orlando Salido.
Antonio Margarito has filed an application with California State Athletic Commission to have his boxing license reinstated. Top Rank has asked the state to expedite their decision to clear up Margarito’s status on selecting a venue for his November 13 fight against Manny Pacquiao.
Juan Manuel Marquez and Juan Diaz engage in a staredown at today’s final presser held at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The 12-round rematch of the 2009 “Fight of the Year” is scheduled for Saturday, July 31 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, and will be for Marquez’s Ring Magazine, WBA and WBO Lightweight World titles. The fight will be produced and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT.
Quick quotes by Andreas Hale:
Marquez: “I’ve always said that to make a big fight, you need two fighters and I think we have achieved that. This fight will be better than the first one.”
Nacho Beristain, Marquez’s trainer: “They call Juan Diaz the ‘Baby Bull’ for good reason. You combine his style with Juan Manuel’s style and you will have another great fight.”
Diaz: “Here I am in a big pay per view fight and it just makes sense that I’m going to win. I lost my last fight and this time I will win and I’ll keep winning from now on.”
Ronnie Shields, Diaz’s trainer: “The first fight is definitely one of the best fights I’ve ever been involved in so rest assured the second fight will be more than exceptional.”
Oscar De La Hoya: “This should be ‘Fight of the Year’ again.”
Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank
Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez and two-division world champion Rafael Marquez, the pride of Puerto Rico and México, respectively, hosted a News Conference Luncheon announcing their highly anticipated world featherweight title fight on Tuesday in the Gold Ballroom at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles. The fighters were joined by their teams, including promoters Bob Arum, Ivan Rivera, Gary Shaw and Fernando Beltran. For more details and photos click here…
Photo by Chris Farina/Top Rank
During a SHOWTIME video shoot in Los Angeles Wednesday, two-division world champion Rafael Marquez shows his intensity while shadow boxing and says, “I am going into the biggest fight of my life,” as he prepares for their upcoming world featherweight title fight against undefeated WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with PR Best Boxing, Zanfer Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions and SHOWTIME, Lopez vs. Marquez will take place Saturday, September 18 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing. Tickets go on sale on Monday, August 2.
By Ricardo Conde
Photo by Ricardo Conde
As reported this past weekend by Fightnews, former three-time welterweight world champion, Antonio “Tijuana Tornado” Margarito (38-6, 27 KOs) of Mexico will take on seven-time world champion Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao (51-3-2, 38 KOs) of the Philippines on Saturday, November 13 for the vacant WBC junior middleweight title with the location still to be determined. Fightnews recently sat down with Margarito’s trainer, former junior lightweight champion Robert Garcia, to get his take on the upcoming fight. (more…)
Photo by Chris Farina/Top Rank
Undefeated WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez greets his new fans at the Azteca Boxing Club in Los Angeles Tuesday during a workout for his upcoming world featherweight title fight against two-division world champion Rafael Marquez. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with PR Best Boxing, Zanfer Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions and SHOWTIME, Lopez vs. Marquez will take place Saturday, September 18 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing.
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