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After the end of the eight year highly successful run with the ZDF network on Saturday, Universum Box-Promotion chief Klaus-Peter Kohl has announced plans the company’s future in the boxing business. “As of August I will personally take over the management,” said Kohl. “In close collaboration with my son-in-law Dietmar Poszwa, we will adapt to the market and continue with a newly formed, smaller team under an entirely new structure. We still have a lot of plans. The boxers and trainers will not be affected by the restructuring.“
Kohl continued, “In the last few weeks and months there has been much speculation about our company. This is a testament to the high interest in us, which is nice. I can reassure all boxing fans that we will definitely continue in this wonderful sport. On TV negotiations, I can’t currently be specific. We are right in the middle of negotiations for a new concept. We’ll comment specifically at the appropriate time. There are many ideas, we’ll see what can be achieved. We have offers for our boxers from all over the world. We need to see what makes sense.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former two-division world champion Jorge “Niño de Oro” Linares is sure that his preparation was both good and complete. He says he feels calm in front of what is expected to be a hard battle with Rocky Juárez on Saturday at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. “I should take care of Juarez,” he said. “We did good training, sparring with various Mexicans, Japanese and some Filipinos. We are confident because we didn’t have problems of any type.” (more…)
Photos by Rafael Soto/Zanfer Boxing
IBF super flyweight champion Simphiwe Nongqayi (16-0-1, 7 KOs) and Mexico’s Juan Alberto “Topo” Rosas (31-5, 25 KOs) almost came to blows before they were separated during today’s press conference at the Hotel Fray Junipero in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico.
The champion Nongqayi called Rosas “a kid” and boasted that he could knock out Rosas in any round including the first round, but he wants to give him a beating for awhile. “After I’m finished they won’t recognize him in his own house,” he stated.
An angry Rosas said his youth is advantage and promised to give Simphiwe the beating of his life. “I don’t fear anybody I will have that belt for Tepic. This is the opportunity I’ve waited and trained for so it’ll be a dog fight and I want my people to see a bloody fight that is for the history of Nayarit.” (more…)
Photo by Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
The Venezuelan José Luis “Olimpico” Varela was confirmed as the rival of the Emeritus light flyweight WBC world champion Edgar Sosa on Saturday, August 7 at the Arena Mexico in the stellar case “La Reconquista” organized by “BOXEO DE GALA”, in full campaign of Sosa in his route to his second world title. Dr. Fausto Daniel Garcia, Boxing Gala promoter, said this afternoon at a press conference in Mexico city that Sosa is ready for the flyweight division, after he made 10 successful title defenses on the light flyweight division supported by the World Council Boxing (WBC). Click here for more photos…
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos by Wojtek Kubik
Tomasz Adamek (41-1, 27 KO) arrived directly from his training camp at the first official press conference before his August 21 IBF International and NABO title fight against Michael Grant (46-3, 34 KOs), and just after press conference ended, he was back at the gym. Michael Grant, training in Las Vegas, decided not to waste couple of days of his preparations to travel to North Bergen’s “Global Boxing Gym.” Fine with Adamek, who is only interested what will happen at the Prudential Center. (more…)
Seven out of eight fighters on Saturday’s Las Vegas fight card made their grand arrivals today, in the lobby of the Mandalay Bay. Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez, pictured front and center, was the last to arrive. Pictured from left to right: Jorge Linares, Robert Guerrero, Daniel Jacobs, Juan Diaz, Dmitry Pirog and Joel Casamayor. Saturday night’s card, promoted by Golden Boy, will be televised on HBO PPV. Rocky Juarez, who faces Linares, is expected later today.CLICK HERE FOR MORE PHOTOS
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
Undefeated WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez and two-division world champion Rafael Marquez faced off today at a kickoff news conference at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles to announce their September 18 showdown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The latest in the great rivalry between Puerto Rican and Mexican boxers, Juanma compared his showdown with Marquez to the Trinidad-De La Hoya epic. “This will also be a great fight, but with a big difference: I’ll win by knockout!” Marquez simply said he’ll be well prepared and promised “a sensational show.” The bout will be televised by SHOWTIME in the first week of a tremendous run of boxing on the network. Click here for more photos…
TKO Boxing Promotions was founded two years ago. Between then and now we have signed some wonderful fighters, done forty six shows and crisscrossed the United States trying to build the fighters and the company. Unfortunately, we ran into some financial problems that have set us back considerably, hurt our relationships with many fighters and their managers and derailed many of our plans. We also let a lot of people down and for that I am very sorry.
But we are in the fight business, and even though we have been knocked down early in the fight, we are getting back up. TKO has recapitalized so that it can go forward on stronger footing. We are in the process of clearing all of our debts, reconfirming the strength of some of our relationships, sadly restructuring those of the others, but we are moving forward. (more…)
Fireworks will fly during Mexican Independence Day weekend in Las Vegas, Nev., when two-division world champions Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez and Rafael Marquez collide for Lopez’s WBO featherweight title on September 18, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The 12-round world title tilt will be televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing. The fight will be promoted by Top Rank, in association with PR Best Boxing, Zanfer Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions. Tickets, priced at $400, $300, $200, $100 and $50, go on sale Monday, August 2, at 10 a.m. PT, and can be purchased at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino.) Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000. Tickets will also be available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
World rated middleweight Andy Lee (25-1, 15 KOs) returns against James Cook (11-3-1, 8 KOs) in an eight round off-TV matchup on Friday at the Buffalo Run Casino in Oklahoma. The Emanuel Steward-trained Lee, is ranked #13 by the WBA, and is currently riding a six fight win streak. The southpaw Lee has served as the sparring partner numerous times for Stewards most prized pupil, heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and Steward believes it is only a matter of time until Lee is crowned middleweight champion. (more…)
The agreement between Felix Sturm and Giovanni Lorenzo was signed at 11:45AM today according to FIGOsport. So Sturm’s opponent for his WBA middleweight championship on September 4th in Cologne has been found. It has been also been confirmed that Sturm will trained for this fight by Fritz Sdunek.
8 Count Productions in association with Vega Boxing have announced that ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights will return to Chicago on August 6th at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion. Headlining will be a ten round welterweight showdown between undefeated prospect “King” James De La Rosa (20-0, 12 KOs) and Mexican veteran Michel “EL Bravo” Rosales (28-3, 23 KOs). The co-feature is a ten round junior welterweight battle between Patrick “El Elegante” Lopez (19-2, 11 KOs) and Prenice Brewer (15-0-1, 6 KOs). Previously announced for August 6th is an eight round heavyweight bout between local fan favorite and heavyweight contender Mike Mollo (20-3, 12 KOs) and Franklin Lawrence (12-2-2, 7 KOs).
“We’re very excited to work with Denis Benoit and the Vega Boxing team and our friends at ESPN to bring an outstanding event to the sports fans of Chicago on Friday, August 6th. We originally had an action packed event planned on that night for our Windy City Fight Night series and now the fans will get more world class boxing for the same price” said Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions.
Photos by Peltz Boxing
United States Boxing Association (USBA) junior middleweight champion Derek ‘Pooh’ Ennis and challenger ‘King’ Gabriel Rosado both spoke with confidence Monday evening at the final press conference for their all-Philly showdown on Friday, July 30, at the Arena in South Philadelphia. An overflow crowd at Champs American restaurant on Columbus Boulevard in South Philadelphia—less than one mile from the Arena—turned out to hear both fighters and their respective managers and trainers discuss the biggest local fight in years. For more details and photos click here…
Rendall Munroe was last night given the date for his world title showdown against Japanese star Toshiaki Nishioka. Munroe (21-1) will challenge for Nishioka’s (36-4-3) WBC super-bantamweight title at Tokyo’s 10,000 capacity Sumo Hall on Sunday October 24. Munroe, 30, will take eight weeks off from his binman’s job to prepare for the biggest fight of his career. The Leicester southpaw, promoter Frank Maloney, manager Mike Shinfield and trainer Jason Shinfield, will spend 12 days in Tokyo before the fight. (more…)
Story by Andreas Hale
Every once in a while, a special fighter comes along with so much raw natural talent that it is scary for the rest of the mixed martial arts world. 23-year-old Jon “Bones” Jones is one of those special one-of-a-kind individuals. . . Click here for more
Governor Casimiro Ynares III of Rizal poses with the Filipinos and Thai boxers during the courtesy call at his office at Provincial Capitol in Antipolo City yesterday. From left to right, Filipino contender Jonathan Tacuning, Thai challenger Wandee Singwangcha and his opponent, defending super flyweight champ Silvester “Stallone” Lopez, Ynares, Filipino challenger Ryan Bito and Thai flyweight titlist Sooksan Chaichana Sanmuangloei. Not included in the picture Warlito Parrenas. The triple WBC International championship bouts will be held on Saturday at Ynares Sports Arena in Shaw Boulevard, Pasig City. The Thai fighters Thai fighters will conduct a public work out around 3pm Wednesday at Elorde Boxing Gym along Taft Avenue, fronting De La Salle University in Manila.
Undefeated WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez and two-division world champion Rafael Marquez will host a news conference on Tuesday to officially announce their highly anticipated world featherweight title fight. The fighters will be joined by their teams, including promoters Bob Arum, Ivan Rivera, Orlando Pinero, Gary Shaw and Fernando Beltran in Los Angeles. Click on http://www.toprank.com/mediaPortal/player.dbml?catid=0 at 3PM ET/Noon PT to see the news conference streamed live.
By Karl Freitag
WBA/WBO lightweight champion Juan Manual Marquez is a healthy favorite to defeat Juan Diaz in their highly publicized pay-per-view “Fight of the Year” rematch on Saturday in Las Vegas. Marquez is -350 at WilliamHill.com, -500 at Sportsbook.com and -450 at Bet365.com. Diaz backers can get +250/+300/+300.
There is also a line for another match on the pay-per-view card. For the WBO middleweight title bout between Daniel Jacobs and Dmitry Pirog, Jacobs is a -175 pick at WilliamHill.com, but just -125 at Bet365.com. Pirog is +125/-105 respectively.
Another technology first for Universum. Some of the fights on Saturday’s card at the o2 World Arena in Hamburg will be presented in 3D. Special 3D cameras will beam the action into the 3D Lounge at the o2 World for a select group, however this will not be visible on the live ZDF telecast. “Boxing is ideally suited for 3D,” said promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl. “We had two trial runs during gym sparring sessions. It’s an incredible experience. It was like you were in the ring too. This wouldn’t work so well in other sports, in football and Formula 1 you’re too far away. This is the future! I am very pleased to present the first 3D fight on July 31st.” The bouts selected for 3D are the main event with Sebastian Zbik, as well as the bouts featuring Juan Carlos Gomez, Jack Culcay and Arthur Matern.
Universum has embraced the new media like no other promoter in boxing, placing their extensive fight library online for fans free of charge, as well as offering a groundbreaking iPhone app.
Top Rank claimed there were negotiations for a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight. Team Mayweather claimed there never were any negotiations. HBO has now announced that there were indeed negotiations that were personally conducted by Ross Greenburg, head of HBO Sports. “I had been negotiating with a representative from each side since May 2nd, carefully trying to put the fight together,” revealed Greenburg in a statement. “Hopefully, someday this fight will happen. Sports fans deserve it.”
By Ricardo Conde
Photos: Ricardo Conde
With less than three weeks until his return to the ring, heavyweight contender Manuel “El Toro” Quezada (29-5, 18 KOs), under the watchful eye of former junior lightweight champion Robert Garcia in Oxnard, CA, continues his preparations as he is set to take on Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (28-2, 25 KOs) on Friday, August 13 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA in a scheduled 12-round main event on the latest edition of ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” for the vacant WBC FECOMBOX heavyweight title. (more…)
By Michael Sheffield at ringside
Photos By JD Meredith
Saturday night, the action inside The Fitz matched the temperature outside with a five-card fight that reminded fans why the Fights at the Fitz series is one of the most popular events in Tunica. Evenly matched lightweights Ty Barnett (17-1-1 12 KOs) and Tyrese Hendrix (18-1-1 7 KOs) gave the crowd everything they had in the 8-round main event that saw Barnett break out with a dominating performance over Hendrix. However, Barnett’s win would be marred by possible injuries to both hands during the fight. (More)
Photo by Joel A. Colón
The undefeated world champion Juan Manuel Lopez and his wife Barbara arrived today in Los Angeles for a press conference tomorrow to announce his big September showdown against Rafael Marquez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas that will be telecast by SHOWTIME.
Photos by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
IBF super flyweight champion Simphiwe Nongqayi (16-0-1, 6 KOs) arrived from South Africa to Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico to face Juan Alberto “Topo” Rosas (31-5, 25 KOs) this Saturday at the Palenque de la Feria. “I will give a boxing lesson to Rosas in front of his own people, then I’ll give a rematch to Travieso Arce to shut his mouth once again. I already did it to his brother and the same to him. Does he want more? I’ll give you more in a rematch.” (more…)
Photo by Big Joe Miranda
Unified lightweight world champion Juan Manuel Marquez, #2 ranked middleweight Dmitry Pirog, two-time world champion Jorge Linares and rising junior welterweight Frankie Gomez held an open media workout today at the Fortune Gym in Los Angeles in preparation for their respective bouts on Saturday’s Marquez vs. Diaz II “Fight of the Year: The Rematch” fight card in Las Vegas. Click here for more photos…
Integrated Sports Media, North America’s undisputed champion of major pay-per-view boxing distribution, has announced that it will broadcast the IBF International and NABO heavyweight titles fight on August 21st. “The Big Challenge” main event clashes two-time light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion, and current The Ring Magazine number 5 heavyweight in the world, Tomasz “Goral” Adamek (41-1, 27 KO) against former heavyweight contender “Big” Michael Grant (46-3, 34 KO). Additionally, boxing fans around the world will see always dangerous Columbian, Joel Julio (35-4, 31 KO), live from the Prudential Center “The Big Challenge”, presented by Main Events, Ziggy Promotions and X-Cel Worldwide, is being distributed in North America by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 9PM EST / 6PM PST on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, Avail-TVN and DISH Network in the United States and Viewer’s Choice and Bell TV in Canada for a suggested retail price of $29.95. (more…)
Here is a full transcript of last week’s spirited media conference call supporting Don King’s world championship tripleheader at Scottrade Center in St. Louis on Aug. 7. The participants included undefeated WBC/IBF 140-pound champion Devon Alexander “The Great” (20-0, 13 KOs), from St. Louis; who will defend against former WBA super lightweight champion Andriy Kotelnik (31-3-1, 13 KOs), from Lviv Ukraine; and undefeated IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud (20-0, 18 KOs), from Tallahassee, Fla.; who will defend against former IBF light heavyweight champion Glen “Road Warrior” Johnson (50-13-2, 34 KOs), from Jamaica now fighting out of Miami. (more…)
European cruiserweight title contender Alexander Frenkel wants to combine a KO win over Enzo Maccarinelli with some sightseeing! The unbeaten 25-year-old will tackle Big Mac on September 18 at the LG Arena, Birmingham. And not only is he intent on taking the title back to Germany, but he plans to take in a few of the UK’s hottest tourist destinations as well. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Daniel “The Haitian Sensation” Edouard (23-2-2, 14 KOs) returns to ring action on Saturday, facing former jr middleweight contender Alfonso Mosquera (19-7, 7 KOs) in Colon, Panama. Edouard, WBA #8 ranked middleweight, will be stepping down to the jr middleweight division facing crowd favorite Mosquera for the vacant WBA Fedelatin 154lbs crown. The Haitian-American boxer already holds the WBA middleweight Fedelatin belt. Edouard and Mosquera will be headlining an entertaining 9 bout international card offered by Premium Boxing Promotions that will also feature another regional title fight: WBA #12 featherweight Nicholas Walters (14-0, 11 KOs) defending his WBA Fedelatin crown against hard-punching Eddy Julio (11-2-1, 10 KOs) of Colombia. (more…)
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