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On a mission to become the first Mexican boxer to capture world titles in four different weight classes, the legendary Erik “Terrible” Morales is only one win shy of his 50th pro career victory, and the last fighter to defeat Manny Pacquiao.
Morales returns Saturday night to face WBU lightweight champion Willie “Hands of Steel” Limond (33-2, 8 KOs), of Scotland, for the vacant WBC Diamond super lightweight championship at the Monumental Plaza de Toros in Mexico City in “Mexican Fiesta” on pay-per-view at 9PM ET/6PM PT. (more…)
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
ShoBox: The New Generation invades the historic York Hall, one of boxing most famous and intimate venues located in London’s Historic East End, with a doubleheader featuring two of Britain’s top prospects against dangerous Americans opponents. John O’Donnell and Tyson Fury are not yet household names in the United States, but exposure in America may be all that the talented fighters are lacking.
O’Donnell will face 1996 U.S. Olympic bronze medallist Terrence “Heat” Cauthen in the welterweight main event while Fury will square off with unbeaten American Rich Power in the heavyweight co-feature tonight at 11PM ET/PT on SHOWTIME. (more…)
Jason Booth is planning to to anger big fight rival Steve Molitor, by taunting him about his brother who is in jail for murder. The Canadian (32-1) star defends his IBF world super-bantamweight title against Booth (35-5) at Rainton Meadows Arena, Houghton-le-Spring tomorrow night. Nottingham’s Booth is a big underdog, but been tipped off that the champion hates being sledged in the ring. (more…)
Photo by Mary Ann Owen/BoxinginLasVegas.com
When WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa steps into the ring against IBF champ Orlando Salido for his first title unification this Saturday (Sept. 11th, featured on HBO Boxing After Dark) at The Palms in Las Vegas, “El Ciclon“ knows exactly who to thank for the way his career has taken so far. “I have a fantastic team behind me,” said Gamboa in Vegas. “With my father Carlos who brought me to boxing and has always been a role model, my trainer Ismael Salas who I have known for many, many years, my promoter Ahmet Öner and my manager Tony Gonzalez who led me from my pro-debut to Las Vegas on the fast lane and the team of Top Rank who is doing a great job in putting together these wonderful shows I have the best team in my corner that a fighter can possibly have. But I also know that I wouldn’t be where I am right now if I wouldn’t work as hard as possible for my success.” (more…)
Photos and report by Big Joe Miranda
Top rated Canadian lightweight Steve Claggett (9-0-1, 4 KOs) and ‘Contender’ fan favorite Alfonso Gomez (22-4-2, 11 KOs) had a great sparring session today at the La Habra Gym in Southern California. Claggett will fight in his hometown of Calgary, Canada on the Sep. 25 bout against Dominican Republic’s Luis Ernesto Jose (29-6-2, 24 KOs). Gomez is planning to fight again sometime in the fall. Click here for more photos…
Photo by Robert Redd
Former IBF/WBA super bantamweight champion Celestino Caballero (34-2, 23 KOs) of Panama and trainer Jeff Mayweather do a mit-hitting drill in Las Vegas where they are holding their training camp. Caballero may make his second consecutive appearance on HBO on November 27th in a televised featherweight co-feature at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Caballero is a very hungry fighter at this stage of his career and it shows in his work ethic. Caballero arrived in Las Vegas from Panama two months ago to begin training even though he did not have an official fight scheduled. “Celestino is looking very strong, sharp, and extremely fit. We are more than two months out for the fight and he is not far off of the fight weight already,” said Mayweather. The main event will feature WBA/WBO lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez (51-5-1, 37 KOs) defending his titles against interim WBO lightweight champion Michael Katsidis (27-2, 22 KOs).
Photo slideshow by photographer Chris Cozzone of five media workouts today at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas, featuring Orlando Salida, Brandon Rios, Anthony Peterson, Mike Lee and Jose Benavidez. Click here
Photo: Craig Goossen/Goossen Tutor Promotions
Undefeated Junior Welterweight, Michael Dallas Jr. held an open workout in his hometown of Bakersfield, California. Dallas, Jr. (15-0-1, 5 KOs) will square off in the main event against Miami, Florida’s Lenin “Volcano” Arroyo (20-13-1, 4 KOs) on Thursday, October 7 at Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino.
Up to now, Scottish boxer Willie Limond (33-2, 8 KOs) has been flying under the worldwide boxing radar, so to speak, fighting exclusively at home in Scotland, excluding two bouts in nearby London. Limond will have his coming out party on the world stage on Saturday night on the hallowed grounds of the Monumental Plaza de Toros in Mexico City against Mexican ring legend Erik Morales in a pay-per-view showdown. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
IBF featherweight champion Orlando Salido and legendary former world champion Daniel Zaragoza, now a trainer, worked out during media day Thursday for their upcoming world title fight against WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa of Miami on Top Rank’s ‘Battle of the Champions’, on Saturday night at the Palms Resort Casino in Las Vegas. Top Rank is promoting in association with Arena Box and Zanfer Promotions. Gamboa vs Salido will be televised on HBO. Also on hand were Anthony Peterson and Brandon Rios who meet in a twelve round lightweight title eliminator, and Notre Dame boxing champion Mike Lee, who will also be seeing action on the card. (more…)
WBC female light welterweight champion Mónica “La Gata” Acosta of Argentina known as “the cat” came dressed as catwoman for her official weigh-in today in Argentina. The unbeaten champion Acosta will be making the third defense of her title against challenger Lely Luz “La Roca” Florez of colombia. Acosta weighed in at 139.6 while Florez weighed in at 137.8. The bout will take place Friday in Santa Rosa, La Pampa, Argentina where Acosta was born and resides.
By Team Maidana
After Amir Khan’s ridiculous demands have frustrated all the efforts to reach an agreement and especially since he is tired of all the lies that Khan himself and his team have told to the media and boxing fans in the last few weeks, last night Marcos Maidana requested the World Boxing Association (WBA) to immediately call the fight to a Purse Bid.
“I got fed up with this Twitter-star. He is the biggest liar and coward I’ve ever seen. He said I was asking too much money for the fight. False. But if he has a problem with the money, I challenge him to make a winner-takes-it-all bout. But that’s not his real problem. You wanna hear the latest news from him? Now he says I’m not his mandatory! So his lawyers are trying to get a way out of the fight with me,” Maidana said.
“I’ve asked my team to proceed with the request for the WBA to call the fight to a Purse Bid. Once the Purse Bid has a winner the fight has to be made. Then we’ll see who is lying here. Let’s see for real who wants to fight and who does not. Trust me, Amir Con would relinquish his title rather than face me, “El Chino” added.
Story and photos by Ricardo Conde
With only a couple days left until “Bam Bam” Brandon Rios (24-0-1, 18 KOs) takes on Anthony Peterson (30-0, 20 KOs) we caught up with Team Rios as they help prepare Brandon for his upcoming bout on Saturday, September 11 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV in a 12 round lightweight title eliminator on the co-feature of HBO’s “Boxing After Dark” which is being headlined by WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa (18-0, 15 KOs) against IBF featherweight champion Orlando Salido (34-10-2, 22 KOs); here’s what they had to say: more + photos
InterBox has added five quality undercard bouts to its Friday, October 15th 2010 boxing card that will take place at the Montreal Bell Centre. These bouts will be in addition to the IBF World Super Middleweight title bout featuring champion Lucian Bute (26-0-0, 21 KO) vs. Jesse Brinkley (35-5-0, 22 KO) and the co-feature, pitting former WBC Light Heavyweight champion Adrian “The Shark” Diaconu (26-2-0, 15 KO) against former World title contender Omar Sheika (30-9-0, 21 KO). The Main Event is presented in association with Let’s Get It On Promotions LLC and Star Boxing. (more…)
Photos by Scott Foster
Legendary eight-time world boxing champion Roy Jones Jr. returns home for only the second time in 11 years to battle Danny “The Bronx Bomber” Santiago for the vacant North American Boxing Federation cruiserweight championship on Thursday, Oct. 7 at the Pensacola Civic Center. The star-studded card also features two additional NABF championship matches. The event is being promoted by Square Ring Promotions in association with the Pensacola Civic Center. (more…)
Photo: Hall of Famer Daniel Zaragoza eyes his pupil, IBF featherweight world champion Orlando Salido, as he shadowboxes a few rounds for the media today at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas. On Saturday, Salido (34-10-2, 22 KOs) will defend his belt in a unification bout with WBA champ Yuriorkis Gamboa (18-0, 15 KOs) at The Palms Casino Resort. Stay tuned for a full photo gallery of today’s workouts, featuring Salido, Brando Rios, Anthony Peterson and Jose Benavidez.
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Once-beaten John O’Donnell, one of the top welterweight prospects in the UK, weighed in at 146.9 pounds and 1996 U.S. Olympic bronze medallist Terrence “Heat” Cauthen tipped the scales at 147.1 pounds during Thursday’s weigh in at the historic York Hall in London, England. The two will square off in the 12-round welterweight main event on ShoBox: The New Generation this Friday on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, same-day delay) from York Hall in London, England.
Undefeated heavyweight knockout artist Tyson Fury measured 263 pounds and unbeaten American Rich Power weighed in at 221.5 pounds for the eight-round heavyweight co-feature.
Britain’s John O’Donnell and Tyson Fury are not yet household names in the United States, but exposure in America may be all that the talented fighters are lacking. Consensus from boxing experts across the pond is that both boxers possess the ability to become world champions. (more…)
MEZ Sports brings its Pandemonium fight series to the Riverside Convention Center, for the first fight card ever in the city of Riverside on Saturday when “Mount” Lance Whitaker (35-6-2, 28 KOs) meets Franklin “Yah-Yah” Lawrence (12-2-2, 7 KOs) in a 12 round bout for the vacant IBO Intercontinental Heavyweight Title. This fight replaces the original main event where Javier Mora was going to face Damian Wills for the IBO belt, however last week Mora was deemed unable to fight due to unexpected medical reasons and Wills declined to fight Whitaker as a replacement fighter. Both Whitaker and Lawrence eagerly stepped in to the main event. (more…)
Power-punching heavyweight title challenger Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter remained calm during the press conference and the open training sessions for his Saturday rematch against IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko – even when normally reserved Klitschko taunted him with his championship belts and his antagonistic remarks. “I hear and see what they’re trying to do, I just hope he comes to fight and not wrestle” said Peter. But Peter’s manager, Ivaylo Gotzev, says Klitschko’s unusually belligerent demeanor at the conference is a sure sign. “He’s definetely uptight. I’ve known Wladimir for 15 years and he’s starting to realize who will be in the other corner come Saturday night. That’s why he’s not himself this week. He’s already having cold and sweaty Nigerian nightmares!” Peter vs. Klitschko II will be held Saturday in Frankfurt, Germany at the Commerzbank Arena.
At the final press conference before he fights for the WBC Super Diamond Lightweight Championship, legendary Mexican fighter Erik “Terrible” Morales declared himself strong, fast and fit. Taking questions from the mostly Mexican press corps, Morales complimented his opponent, Scotsman Willie Limond. “He looks strong, well-trained.” But Morales cautioned anyone who thinks that he might be at a disadvantage to his younger opponent. Continued »
Photo by Espinoza Boxing Club
San Diego based junior welterweight Antonio “Relentless” Orozco (8-0, 5 KOs) made some waves after his impressive unanimous decision win over tough veteran Humberto Tapia on The Telefutura Network. The twenty-two year old answered some questions regarding his career and future goals. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo by Werner Kalin
Australian based and Nigerian born world welterweight contender Wale Omotoso (17-0, 15 KOs) has targeted IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck (30-1, 17 KOs) who recently defended the crown successfully by clearly outpointing the only boxer to hold a win over him as a professional, Rafal Jackiewicz (36-9-1, 18 KOs). Omotoso’s manager, Murray Thomson, is confident his charge can defeat Zaveck, “Jan Zaveck is a strong champion but I think Wale Omotoso has the style to defeat him.” (more…)
Mexican ring legend Erik “Terrible” Morales and Willie Limond face off during a press conference on Wednesday for Saturday’s “Gala boxistica de la ciudad de Mexico” at the Hotel Imperial of Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City. Morales will be going for his 50th career win in the 12-round main event on “Mexican Fiesta” against WBU lightweight champion Willie “Hands of Steel” Limond (33-2, 8 KOs), of Scotland, for the vacant WBC Diamond super lightweight Championship. The bout can be seen live in the USA on pay-per-view from the Monumental Plaza de Toros in Mexico City at 9 PM ET / 6 PM PT
“Mexican Fiesta,” presented by Grupo Empresarial Matiz, is being distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 9 PM/ET – 6 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view for a suggested retail price of $29.95.
On the October 2nd, King Arthur Abraham and Carl Froch fight in the Chapiteau de Fontvieille, the world-famous circus tent in Monaco in the Super Six semi-final. Abraham spoke about the fight. “I’m not one who talks big, but I know what’s at stake,” he stated. “It’s about everything. It’s my dream to win the Super Six tournament. This is my drive, my motivation, my life. And that’s exactly why I will defeat Carl Froch!” Regarding Froch, Abraham stated, “He has very long, very good left jab and a strong right uppercut. He is a fighter and a puncher, just like me.” About his Super Six fight with Andre Dirrell he commented, “It’s an awful feeling to lose. I never want to feel this feeling again. We’ve analyzed the fight and have learned from the defeat. I simply must box more cleverly. Now it’s the time to defeat Carl Froch!”
A European title doubleheader is set for Saturday at the National Stadium in Dublin when Brian Magee makes the first defense of his European super middleweight title against Roman Aramian and super bantamweight Kiko “La Sensacion” Martinez returns to Dublin in a bid to reclaim his old European 122lb crown against Arsen Martyrosian. A third title bout will see Dubliners Anthony Fitzgerald and Robbie Long square off as they look to complete a trilogy for Fitzgerald’s Irish super middleweight belt. The unbeaten Cuban duo of Alexei Acosta and Luis Garcia will also see action.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Photos courtesy Renee Aiken
There are very few female matchmakers in the boxing business and if “The Boxing Diva” Renee Aiken has her way, there won’t be anybody – male or female – that will do the job any better. The native of Brooklyn, New Yorker will have her matchmaking skills on display in Baltimore on the Bang Time Boxing card Saturday, September 10 at Du Burns Arena. Aiken began her boxing career as the personal assistant to heavyweight contender Monte Barrett but it was her family relationship to former world champion Zab Judah that enabled Aiken to wear a lot of hats in the business. For more details and photos click here…
Looks like recent world title challenger Albert Sosnowski (45-3-1, 27 KOs) will now take on former “Prizefighter” participant Paul Butlin (12-11, 3 KOs) on September 25. Fight will take place at the Robin Park Centre in Wigan, England and is scheduled for eight rounds.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world IBF 154 pound champion Roman “Made in Hell” Karmazin ( 40-3-2, 26 KOs) will travel to Sydney, Australia to clash with Daniel Geale ( 23-1, 14 KOs) over twelve rounds in an IBF eliminator on October 31. The victor will challenge the winner of IBF champion Sebastian Sylvester vs Mahir Oral, also in October. In June Karmazin boxed a twelve round draw against Sylvester in Germany. (more…)
Unbeaten and world ranked Milan Melindo (20-0, 7 KOs) of the Philippines will meet his biggest test to date when he takes on former world champion Carlos Tamara (21-5, 15 KOs) of Colombia. The bout will take place November 28th at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino in Cebu City, Philippines. Contracted maximum weight for the bout will be 112 pounds and it will be scheduled for 10 rounds. ALA Boxing will promote the event.
Photos by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Humberto “Zorrita” Soto and Jorge “Travieso” Arce share the same dream and goal: To be champion in four different divisions, something that so far no Mexican boxer has accomplished in all of history. The two Sinaloans from Los Mochis, along with hometown hero Omar “Businessman” Chavez highlight a great evening of boxing on September 18 will be held at the Dorados football stadium in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico and will be aired on TV all over Mexico on TV Azteca, as well as Fox Sports in the United States. (more…)
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
Former World Champion Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora, who will face Five-Time World Champion Sugar Shane Mosley and former World Champion Daniel Ponce De Leon, who will face top-rated contender Antonio Escalante on September 18 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles hosted a media workout today at the Montebello PAL Gym. (more…)
Referee Joe Cortez will be the third man in the ring for the IBF/WBA featherweight championship clash between Yuriorkis Gamboa and Orlando Salido on Saturday night at The Palms in Las Vegas. The three judges are Dick Houck, Robert Hoyle and Paul Smith.
For the WBA lightweight eliminator between Brandon Rios and Anthony Peterson, the referee will be Russell Mora. Judges are Duane Ford, Dave Moretti and CJ Ross.
Boxer Ryan Bito did not come all the way to Mexico City from the Philippines to see the pyramids, eat enchiladas or learn about Mexican history during the bicentennial celebration this weekend. For the Filipino challenger, those are just distractions. Bito has one focus — surprise the world with a championship performance against Edgar Sosa on Saturday September 11, at the Plaza Monumental of Mexico on the “Mexican Fiesta” Pay-per-view card. Just a few days away from getting his first shot at defending his WBC International super flyweight title, Bito is confident he will return to his country wearing a title belt signifying him as the ruler of the flyweight division. Continued »
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