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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.
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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
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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
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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…)
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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…)
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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…
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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…)
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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.”
After suffering a one-sided decision loss to Victor Ortiz on May 15, former unified lightweight champion Nate Campbell faced some serious questions about his career. Did he get old? Was it over? Was it time to shut it down? Even in the locker room immediately after the fight, Campbell wasted no time in assessing the situation. “I looked at John David [Jackson] and Terry [Trekas], and I said ‘give it to me straight'” said Campbell. “And both of them looked me in the eye and said ‘It doesn’t look good.'” (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
“I am very disappointed with an unfair decision last Saturday in Istanbul, Turkey,” says Chris Ganescu of Gankor Promotions. “My fighter, Jo Jo Dan replaced Luis Collazo in a WBC interim (silver) welterweight title vs local fighter Selcuk Aydin. We took the fight on 3 weeks notice and prepared very well for this fight. The judges’ decision and the performance of the referee was a huge disappointment. The referee let Aydin get away with countless illegal blows after the break and even after after the bell. One of the blows after the break resulted in an 8 count in the first round against Jo Jo Dan. Also Aydin hit several times with his elbow and got away with it.” (more…)
Shannon Miller admits he will be facing the most dangerous fighter of his career when he steps into the ring in the 10-round main event against two-time heavyweight champion Hasim “The Rock” Rahman at “The Rock Returns” event on June 19 at the Niagara Falls Convention Center in Niagara Falls, New York. But the opportunity to notch a win over a big-name heavyweight and then parlay it into even bigger fights is potentially too lucrative to pass up. Besides, according to Miller, getting hit hard is completely painless. (more…)
Hall of Fame promoter Don King ia planning a world title twinbill for August 7 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Billed as “Gateway to Greatness… The Homecoming,” the card will feature WBC/IBF 140lb. champion Devon Alexander “The Great” (20-0, 13 KOs) against former champ Andriy Kotelnik (31-3-1, 13 KOs), plus IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud (20-0, 18 KOs) against former IBF light heavyweight champion Glen Johnson (50-13-2, 34 KOs). More details to be announced.
On June 4th, the WBO sent a letter to representatives of WBO bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel and WBO interim bantamweight champion giving them five days to reach an agreement. If an accord is not reached by tomorrow at 2PM ET, a purse bid will take place on Friday in New York City. Minimum bid $100,000. The bout is slated for Top Rank’s big June 29 pay-per-view show in San Antonio.
The Ukrainian National Post Office today issued a postage stamp commemorating current world heavyweight champions Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko. Collectors might be interested to know that 170,000 will be printed. The stamp is worth $1.50 in US funds.
Poker-faced Evan Dunham wasn’t going to let it show, but as he stood in his corner and waited for the bell to ring for the third and final round of his January bout with fellow unbeaten Efrain Escudero, he was smiling on the inside. “It was kinda like a dog that sees a piece of meat and wants nothing more in the world than to go and get it,” he said. “And the act of going to get it is what he’s looking forward to.” . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
Audley Harrison has vacated his European heavyweight title, opening the door to a showpiece World title fight when he makes his return from injury in October. The 38-year-old had an operation on a pectoral muscle last month to correct the injury that forced him to fight one-handed against Michael Sprott from the fourth round of their European title bout at Alexandra Palace in April. The injury hampered Harrison for the remainder of the fight until he produced a stunning last-gasp knockout victory to land the title he is now surrendering.
Harrison has a number of options available to him for his early winter return, with his promoter Eddie Hearn saying there is potentially Britain’s biggest fight ever against David Haye in the pipeline. (more…)
Former WBA super welterweight champion Yuri Foreman tore the meniscus and stretched ligaments in his right knee when his knee gave out in round seven against Miguel Cotto on Saturday night in Yankee Stadium. He will under go surgery and be out of action for an undisclosed period.
It has been confirmed that it was Foreman’s trainer Joe Grier who threw the towel in the ring in round eight. Referee Arthur Mercante Jr. however ruled Foreman could continue and the bout went on one more round.
According to East European press reports, WBO #1 Dmitry Pirog (16-0, 13 KOs) and Daniel Jacobs (20-0, 17 KOs) will collide for the vacant WBO middleweight belt former held by Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez. The bout is earmarked for the July 31 card headlined by Juan Manuel Marquez-Juan Diaz II in Las Vegas.
Martinez, who still holds the WBC super welterweight and middleweight championships, will be accompanied by his trainer Gabriel Sarmiento and advisor Sampson Lewkowicz at the 21st Annual International Boxing Hall of Fame weekend, beginning June 10th – 13th. Martinez is keeping himself in top physical condition as he awaits his next opponent to be announced at either super welterweight or middleweight. The Argentina-born world champion is now residing in Oxnard, California.
Martinez’ countryman, longtime WBO flyweight champion Omar Narvaez (30-0-2, 19 KOs), has relinquished the WBO flyweight belt and will remain as WBO super flyweight champion after moving up to win that vacant title in his last fight. With 16 title defenses at 112lbs, he eclipsed the Argentinian record set by Carlos Monzon.
Middleweight Hector ‘Machito’ Camacho (52-3-1, 28 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision Denny Dalton (16-9-1, 11 KOs) at poolside on Saturday night at the luxurious new Princess Hotel-Guyana, the first casino to be built in Guyana. Camacho was in command all the way, winning 98-91 on all cards. The fight was originally slated to take place on May 7 at the Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, CT, but Bris ‘O’ Promotions moved the event to Dalton’s native Guyana. Canacho claimed the vacant WBF Intercontinental belt.
Co-Founders Greg Cohen and Barry Honig of The Empire Sports and Entertainment have announced the signing heavyweight Travis Kauffman (20-1, 16 KOs) to a promotional agreement. The 24-year-old Kauffman rebounded nicely from his only career loss (a thrilling and controversial Showtime-televised shootout with fellow contender Tony Grano) by knocking out rChris Koval in less than two rounds on May 22.
Former World Extreme Cagefighting® bantamweight champion Miguel Angel Torres received the Key to the City of East Chicago, Ind. on Friday. Born and raised in East Chicago, the 29-year-old was also honored by city officials with “Miguel Angel Torres Day” for his dedication to bettering the community.
“It was truly an honor to be recognized by my hometown,” Torres, who owns a gym in Northwest Indiana that specializes in mentoring the area’s youth, said. “East Chicago is a community filled with hard working people and I am proud to represent this city.”
Photo: Torres is awarded the Key to the City of East Chicago, Ind., from Mayor George Pabey, as well as a proclamation declaring June 4, 2010 as “Miguel Angel Torres Day.” (Photo credit: The Times of Northwest Indiana)
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