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Story by Anthony Springer, Jr.
UFC 111 came and went. Georges St-Pierre successfully defended his title against Dan Hardy and the world kept spinning. UFC 112, 113 and 114 also came and went. And while numerous fighters taped up their fists and entered the Octagon for caged combat, Martin “Hitman” Kampmann (16-3) watched it all from the sidelines . . . Click here for more
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBO 147 pound champion Lovemore Ndou (47-11-2, 31 KOs) has issued a challenge to former WBA 168 pound champion Anthony Mundine (38-3,23 KOs) who is scheduled to challenge Carlos Adan Jerez (3-12-3, 16 KOs) of Argentina for the WBA International super welterweight championship at the Brisbane Entertainment Center, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on June 30. “Mundine is now boxing at 154 pounds and he is scheduled to fight on June 30,”.said Ndou. “I would be happy to fight Mundine at 154 pounds. Mundine recently told the media in Australia that he is the only boxer who can beat Floyd Mayweather. I worked with Floyd as his sparring partner and I can promise Mundine he would not go five rounds with the boxer I regard as the best pound for pound boxer in the world.” Ndou added, “I will take Mundine to school and stop him inside eight rounds.”
Heavyweight Lance “Mount” Whitaker (34-6-1, 28 KOs) takes on Andrey Fedosov (21-1, 17 KOs) in a twelve rounder on Saturday at the famed Hollywood Palladium. The event is presented by MEZ Sports.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission heard arguments on the merits of mandatory blood testing from United States Anti-Doping Agency chief Travis Tygart. The Commission is reviewing their testing procedures in the wake of the Pacquiao-Mayweather meltdown earlier this year.
Ricky Hatton says he’s a big fan of the one night series of Prizefighter tournaments taking place in the U.K.“ It’s an absolutely fantastic event – the mix of underdogs and kids against the fighters having their last shot at glory is sensational stuff,” said Hatton. “It’s only three rounds so tactics go out the window and you have to give it hell for leather…it’s great for a young prospect because he might have to fight a former champion with experience and I love that – I think that’s fantastic, it’s a great idea.” The next event is Prizefighter Super Middleweights on June 30.
By Robert Coster
Among the young prospects to watch in 2010 is 22-year-old junior featherweight Alexei Acosta (10-0, 10 KOs). A former member of the Cuban amateur national team, Acosta is part of a trio of transplanted boxers from the Caribbean Islands who lives and fights out of Cork, Ireland which is admittedly an unusual arrangement. “I have no complaints about fighting in Ireland,” says Alexei in fluent Irish-tinged English. “The country is great and so are the boxing fans. The only problem is the weather, a far cry from Cuba.” (more…)
Newly-crowned IBF cruiserweight champion Steve “USS” Cunningham will travel to Canastota, NY this weekend to attend the Hall of Fame Induction Festivities. The 33-year-old regained his old title last Saturday when he stopped Troy Ross in his first fight under the promotional banner of Team Sauerland. Legendary German promoter Wilfried Sauerland is among the “Class of 2010” alongside Jung-Koo Chang (South Korea), featherweight champion Danny “Little Red” Lopez (USA), manager Shelly Finkel (USA), referee / commissioner Larry Hazzard (USA), matchmaker Bruce Trampler (USA) and journalist Ed Schuyler (USA). “I am thrilled to return to Canastota,” said Cunningham, who will be joined by his manager/wife Livvy. “There is nothing like the Hall of Fame Weekend. We will celebrate Mr. Sauerland´s induction and my victory over Ross in style before going back to the gym soon.”
While in Canastota, Cunningham will come face to face with WBO cruiserweight champion Marco “Captain” Huck, who will also travel from Germany. Cunningham, of course, handed Huck his only loss to date, stopping him in the 12th round of their IBF Title fight in Germany in December 2007.
Andre Ward participated at a free open workout Wednesday at King’s Gym here.
On Saturday, June 19, on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m., ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), Ward (20-0, 13 KOs), of Oakland, will make the first defense of the World Boxing Association 168-pound title against world-ranked Allan Green (29-1, 20 KOs) of Tulsa, Okla., in a Group Stage 2 bout in the Super Six World Boxing Classic at the Oracle Arena. (more…)
Photo by Joel A. Colón/PR Best Boxing/Top Rank
WBO jr flyweight champion Ivan ‘Iron Boy’ Calderon and challenger Jesus ‘Azul’ Iribe were on hand for a media workout on Wednesday at the Kingsway Boxing Gym in New York City. Also on hand was Puerto Rican Olympian McWilliams Arroyo. Calderon later went to the Mets-Padres game at Citi Field. The game was rained out but The ‘Iron Boy’ did make his way into the NY Mets dugout. (more…)
Advance tickets are now on sale as TKO Boxing Promotions presents ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California on Friday, July 2nd.
Starting at $29, tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com. phone 800-745-3000) or the Citizens Business Bank Arena Box Office (909-244-5600). A five dollar discount is available for students, military, police and fire personnel in addition to seniors for tickets purchased in advance with ID at the box office. (One ticket per ID.) (more…)
World Extreme Cagefighting® General Manager Reed Harris confirmed today seven remaining bouts for the organization’s loaded card set to take place at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on Sunday, June 20.
The fights are Will Campuzano vs. Eddie Wineland, Will Kerr vs. Karen Darabedyan, Frank Gomez vs. Wagnney Fabiano, Bendy Casimir vs. Erik Koch, Diego Nunes vs. Raphael Assuncao, Rafael Rebello vs. Chris Cariaso, and Renan Barao vs. Anthony Leone. (more…)
Preview by Brady Crytzer
The co-feature of UFC 115 is guaranteed dynamite as kickboxing greats Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic and Pat “HD” Barry square off in a heavyweight showdown.
While Barry has made his mark in the UFC as one of the new generation of contenders, “Cro Cop” will be battling as a desperate man as this could be his last chance. Two strikers from two different parts of the world will be squaring off in Vancouver this Saturday. Neither man has any intention of taking this fight to the ground and both perform on the highest levels of technical brilliance. The UFC is premiering in on Canada’s west coast with a card for the ages . . . Click here for more
Pound-for-Pound King Manny “PacMan” Pacquiao displays one of his favorite boxing magazines “Boxeo La Revista.” The June edition is out and you can read the digital version here. The magazine was available last week at Yankee Stadium at the “Stadium Slugfest” card and will be available throughout the month at all Top Rank and Zanfer Promotions shows in the United States and Mexico.
The top stories are Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.’s return to the ring on June 26 in San Antonio with new trainer Freddie Roach, the successful return of Antonio Margarito on May 8 in Aguascalientes, Mexico and in the popular feature “Where Are They Now?,” former world champion Raul “Jibaro” Perez speaks about his life after boxing in Tijuana, Mexico. (more…)
Michael Acri Boxing Promotions brings professional boxing back to the VIP Tent at Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers, with “Summer Brawl” on June 30. The main event will feature Pittsburgh’s “Lightning” Rod Salka (11-0, 3 KOs), in an eight-round lightweight battle against Harold Orji (6-2, 3 KOs), of Laurel, Maryland. The co- feature will pit heavyweights Jason Bergman (11-9-2, 8 KOs), of Pittsburgh, in a six-round rumble against Cleveland’s Ryan Thompson (9-9, 6 KOs). The undercard will feature, in separate bouts, Pittsburgh heavyweight Paul Zalus (4-0, 4 KOs), Pittsburgh middleweight Sam Suska (0-1), lightweight Chris Hazimilhalis (2-0, 2 KOs), and welterweight Jake Giuriceo (6-0-1, 2 KOs), both from Campbell, Ohio. Tickets are $25, $50 and $100.
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
Sugar Ray Leonard was in Montreal this week celebrating the 30 year anniversary of the “Brawl in Montreal” where he suffered his first professional loss to the hands of Roberto Duran. Pictured is Fernand Marcotte who met Leonard in 1979, WBC light-heavyweight champion Jean Pascal, recent world title welterweight challenger Antonin Decarie and Kevin Lavallee who makes his pro debut this Friday in Montreal.
Rachid El Hadak (19-8-1, 7 KOs) of France and Roman Kracik (31-3-1, 17 KOs) of Czech Republic had their official weigh-in for their rematch scheduled tomorrow at the Stadium P. Maisonniale, Saint-Etienne in Loirre, France. The two fought to a draw back in 2008 in Kracik’s native France. Both weighed in at 199 pounds. The bout is scheduled for 12 rounds and is for the vacant European Boxing Association (EBA) cruiserweight title.
By Ricardo Conde
Photo by Ricardo Conde
As he awaits his next assignment, current WBC middleweight and junior middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (45-2-2, 24 KOs) of Argentina, is keeping himself in great condition at the World Crown Sports Training Center in Oxnard, CA. Martinez was recently stripped of his WBO title, due to one of the organization’s rules, however he won less than 2 months ago. He defeated Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik (36-2, 32 KOs) via unanimous decision this past April in Atlantic City, NJ. Sergio Martinez will be departing tonight for Canastota, New York to attend the 21st annual International Boxing Hall of Fame Induction this weekend; a decision has not been made as to whether his next fight will be at middleweight or junior middleweight. Click here for more photos…
By Ricardo Conde
Photo by Ricardo Conde
WBC continental Americas welterweight champion Alfonso Gomez (22-4-2, 11 KOs) of Mexico, trained by his father Alfonso Gomez Sr., and being assisted by Robert Garcia in Oxnard, CA, continues his preparations. Gomez will step back into the ring on Saturday, July 17th in Mexico against an opponent yet to be determined and will headline the latest edition of “Top Rank Live” on Fox Sports en Español which is being promoted by Top Rank. In his last outing, Gomez defeated former two-time lightweight champion “El Temible” Jose Luis Castillo (60-10-1, 52 KOs), when Castillo refused to answer the bell for the start of round six on the Pacquiao vs. Clottey “The Event” undercard at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX. Click here for more photos…
World champion Ivan ‘Iron Boy’ Calderon told challenger Jesus Irbie – right to his face – ‘You are going down and getting knocked out on Saturday night.” The two were at a Top Rank Media Day at Kingsway Gym on 1 West 28th St. During a staredown pose, Calderon let Irbie have it. “I looked into his eyes and saw a troubled fighter,” Calderon said. “I just wanted to get him squared away.” (more…)
By Johnny B’
Daryl J. Peoples, the International Boxing Federation’s new President, is back in East Orange New Jersey at the IBF office and on the job. Returning from the recent IBF annual convention held in Puerto Rico, Peoples faces a heavy workload. Peoples, along with championship chairman Lindsey Tucker and newly appointed ratings chairman William James are anxious to put together a resourceful staff, update boxers ratings and start the chart on rating female professional boxers. The International Boxing Federation looks to increase title bout activity with the addition of female titles. The organization also plans to work diligently with promoters in hopes of truly being a global organization, with championships bouts in parts of the world that may have been overlooked in the past.
Story by Victor Perea
If you are a gambling man, logic tells you that placing your wager on Pat “Hype or Die” Barry at UFC 115, would be the smart money. While logic and combat sports always have a punchers chance of disagreeing, in this economy Barry’s credentials might very well have you rolling your 401K into the MGM Grand’s sports book . . . Click here for more
A Purse Bid was held in the IBF Office yesterday for the IBF Super Middleweight Eliminator (#1 position) between Sakio Bika and Jean Paul Mendy. The winning bidder was Golden Boy Promotions with a bid of $30,000. Golden Boy Promotions was the only bidder.
IBF #14 super bantamweight Jason Booth will fulfill a boxing dream when he challenges champion Steve Molitor for the IBF world super bantamweight title next month. The Nottingham star (35-5) will meet southpaw Molitor (32-1) on Friday July 23 at a venue in England that promoter Frank Maloney will confirm later this week. Victory for Booth will complete one of the most remarkable comebacks in boxing history having led a rollercoaster life outside of the ring. Booth, 32, is a recovering alcoholic and has also overcome drug problems to turn his career around. (more…)
Photo: Team Sauerland
After more than 30 years in boxing, Wilfried Sauerland will officially be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York this weekend. Boxing-Online.com has caught up with the German promoter to speak about the biggest honour in boxing, the celebrations and the future of Team Sauerland. (more…)
Photo by Chris Farina/Top Rank
Undefeated no. 1 contender and son of the legend, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., throws out the ceremonial first pitch at the Los Angeles Dodgers-St. Louis Cardinals baseball game Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Chavez is preparing for his upcoming rumble against Ireland’s John Duddy on Top Rank’s “Latin Fury 15″ show ,which will be televised on Top Rank Pay-Per-View, Saturday, June 26 from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Click here for more photos…
Photo by Joel A. Colón/PR Best Boxing/Top Rank
World title challenger Jesus Iribe (17-6-4, 10 KOs) of Mexico has arrived in New York City for Saturday’s title shot against unbeaten WBO junior flyweight champion Ivan ‘Iron Boy’ Calderon (33-0-1, 6 KOs) in the Theatre at Madison Square Garden. (more…)
Photos by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
The seven-time world Champion, Manny Pacquiao was received this afternoon by Ney González, the governor of the state of Nayarit, in a ceremony also attended by Mexican promoter Fernando Beltran. Pacquiao, who is enjoying a pleasant holiday with his family, said he’s happy to be in Mexico for the first time and appreciates the hospitality the Mexican people have had for him and his family. Manny will return home this week to get ready to assume his post as a congressman in his native Philippines. (more…)
Very few things in life are guaranteed. The sun will rise and set within the next 24 hours. The IRS will come calling next April for all income-earning U.S. citizens who generate more than a few grand. And, eventually, each and every one of us will permanently cease breathing . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC
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Undefeated no. 1 contender and son of the legend Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., hits the mitts with trainer Freddie Roach at the Wildcard Boxing Club in Hollywood, Tuesday for his upcoming rumble against Ireland’s John Duddy. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions and Tecate, “Latin Fury 15″, will be televised on Top Rank Pay-Per-View, Saturday, June 26 from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
By Robert Hough
Allan Green 29-1, 20 KOs) said Tuesday he thinks Andre Ward (20-0, 13 KOs) flits around the ring, and that’s no criticism. “He’s not the easiest fighter to fight,”Green, who faces Ward on June 19 in Oakland, Calif., to close out the second round of Showtime’s Super Six World Boxing Classic, said during a teleconference. “He’s like a hummingbird.” More like a hummingbird with hand grenades, Ward believes, or a generally docile canine that will shred internal organs if necessary. “I don’t get respect for the dog in me,” said the 26-year-old WBA Super Middleweight Champion, who joined Green on the call. “I don’t get respect for my bite-down.” Green, who replaced Jermain Taylor and makes his Super Six debut, said he’s ready for anything. “If I have to be slick I’ll be slick,” said Green, 30. “If I have to fight, I’ll fight. If I have to brawl, I’ll brawl.”
“I read the article on Fightnews that Audley and his management write about an interest of us fighting him. I want to confirm that that is not true,” Bernd Bönte, Managing Director of Klitschko Management Group GmbH, informed us today. “Barry Hearn approached me before and after Vitali’s last fight but I told him that there is no interest. Harrison has beaten Sprott, a sparring partner of the brothers, and that’s all. We expressed our interest in fighting Haye who seems to run away again. Haye is a great talker and promoter of his own fights and for months has challenged the Klitschkos but now you don`t hear a word from him …. And I wouldn’t be surprised if he takes the easy road once again and fights Harrison.”
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