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“It happened during my final training on the Thursday afternoon,” said WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer. “Suddenly I felt a pain in the back, it felt like an electric shock. We went directly to the clinic. Luckliy it wasn’t anything serious. My physiotherapist Matthias Böhme tried everything, but nothing worked. I’m sorry. I was happy about my third fight in Schwerin and the fans. But we’ll make up for this. Tomorrow I’ll join the fans and enjoy the boxing from outside the ring. The fight card is still world class.”
“Fortunately our first suspicion of a slipped disk was excluded,” stated Universum doctor Dr. Michael Ehnert. “The examination revealed an acute, very painful blockage in the left Iliosacral joint.” Dr. Ehnert added that chiropractic and physiotherapy along with strong painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs could contribute to a quick improvement, but there was no way Brähmer cound have fought Saturday night.
Preview by Felipe Leon
Tonight at the “Tigre” Garcia Gymnasium in the port city of Ensenada, Mexico, local favorite Juan Carlos Virgen (16-0-1, 11 KOs) will put his perfect record as well as his WBC FECARBOX middleweight title versus hard hitting grizzled veteran Rito Ruvalcaba (33-10, 29 KOs) of Tijuana in a 12-round bout. (more…)
Ringside Report by Mark Vaz
Photography by Emily Harney
Molina, Jr. pulled off an exciting come from behind victory over previously undefeated “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy with an eleventh round stoppage for the NABO Lightweight title.
Lundy’s superior hand speed, accentuated by an outstanding, accurate jab controlled the action for the first four rounds of the fight. Seemingly in for an evening of target practice, Lundy was able to land at will as Molina was barely able to get close enough to the switch-hitting Philadelphian to throw a punch . . . Click here for more
Let’s Get It On Promotions and current USBA light-heavyweight champion, Otis “Triple OG” Griffin, have entered into a long term promotional agreement. Griffin, with a record of 22-6, 9 KOs is also ranked #10 in the world in the IBF.
Griffin, who was the winner of Fox’s The Next Great Champ boxing reality TV show in 2004, has been on an impressive winning streak. In April of 2009, he traveled to Florida to fight former super-middleweight world champion, Jeff Lacy, and lost a majority decision in Lacy’s native Tampa, FL. Most boxing fans and writers believe that Griffin won seven out of the ten rounds, and was on the wrong end of a hometown decision. Since then, Griffin has been on a rush, coming off of three impressive wins. (more…)
With exactly one month remaining until two of the top fighters in the world enter the ring at the Bell Centre in Montreal, current WBC Light Heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (25-1-0, 16KO) and American Pound for Pound superstar “Bad” Chad Dawson (29-0-0, 17KO) hit the scales for their mandatory 30-day pre-fight weigh in. The limit mandated by the WBC 30 days before a Light Heavyweight championship is 192.5 lbs. (more…)
Last week WBA middleweight super champion Felix Sturm reached an agreement with his former promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl (Universum) regarding the end of their promotional contract. Now Sturm is free to organize and promote his fights all by himself. His comeback after more than a year of ring absence is scheduled for September 4th in his home town Cologne (Germany). The three-time world champion will announce his opponent and further details on the show at a press conference next week. “There is one thing I can already tell you”, Sturm said today. “We are working on a huge show and we will present a great opponent with international experience.” (more…)
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WBO cruiserweight champion Marco “Captain” Huck (29-1, 22 KOs) caught up with the German media yesterday as he continues his preparation for his clash with Matt Godfrey (20-1, 10 KOs). The duo will battle it out in Erfurt on August 21, which will be Huck’s fourth title defense. “Despite the hot weather in Germany we have been working really hard in practice,” Huck said. “My trainer Ulli Wegner has scheduled a lot of exhausting sessions. Fighting in Erfurt will be special for him because he lived there for a long time. So I intent to put on a spectacular performance on August 21 to please him and of course my fans all over the world. Godfrey is a tough challenger, but he has never been inside the ring with someone like me. I am the best cruiserweight in the world and I am keen to prove it once again.” (more…)
Two days before his title defense, WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer has been forced to pull out of Saturday night’s fight against Alejandro Lakatos due to a back injury. On Thursday afternoon, after a training run and some shadow boxing, Brähmer was immobilized with an acute pain in his back. The Universum Champions Night at the Sport And Kongresshall in Schwerin, Germany will go on as scheduled. The televised fights will now be Susi Kentikian against Arely Mucino followed by the explosive WBO eliminator between Alexander Alekseev and Denis Lebedev. (More to come)
By Francisco Salazar
It is no secret that Junior Welterweight world champion Timothy Bradley wants to fight the best fighters out there. Although he is one of more humble young titleholders in boxing today, Bradley is very vocal in wanting to face the best at 140 pounds. After a significant bout fell through and finding no reasonable takers who was willing to step up and face the unbeaten world title holder, Bradley decided to go up in weight and face the best possible challenger out there. Literally. “I just want to fight the best out. That’s my goal.”
Bradley will face a height and size disadvantage on Saturday night as he takes on Luis Carlos Abregu in a 12 round Welterweight bout at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage, CA. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former two time WBC light heavyweight challenger Paul Briggs (26-3, 8 KOs) is confident that he will defeat IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green (29-3, 26 KOs) when they clash over twelve rounds next Wednesday at the Challenge Stadium in Perth, Western Australia. Briggs is not impressed with Danny Greens recent win over legendary Roy Jones, Jr or former WBA super middleweight champion Manny Siacca. (more…)
Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight champion and Top-10 pound for pound fighter Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley, his opponent, undefeated Top-Five-rated welterweight contender Carlos Abregu, No. 1 junior middleweight contender Alfredo “Perro” Angulo and his opponent, former World Boxing Association (WBA) super welterweight champion Joachim Alcine, hosted their final news conference today at Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif. (more…)
Raymond Charles 145.75 vs. Dillet Frederick 145.5
Adam Jaco 171.5 vs. Robbie Tovar 175
Christina Swanson 136.1 vs. Karen Dulin 129.1
Marquis Davis 161 vs. Cesar Gomez 161
Antton Slaughter 131.1 vs. Leroy Padilla 127
Wilky Campfort 159 vs. Danny Pastrana 159
Cordaro Simpkins 130 vs. Angel Albelo 130
Reynaldo Cepeda 148 vs. Pablo Ruiz 151
Venue: Tampa Westshore Doubletree Hotel, Tampa, Florida
Promoter: One Punch Productions
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Top middleweight prospect Fernando Guerrero weighed in at 159 pounds and tough veteran Ishe Smith measured 158 pounds during Thursday’s weigh in at Fitzgerald Casino in Tunica, Miss. Guerrero (18-0, 15 KOs) will put his undefeated record on the line against Smith (21-4, 9 KOs) in a 10-round bout in the main event of ShoBox: The New Generation tomorrow, Friday, LIVE on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). The tripleheader will take place at the DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven, just days from the ninth anniversary of the first ShoBox telecast. For more details and photos click here…
By Christopher Cook
On Friday One Punch Productions will showcase another night of professional boxing at the Tampa Westshore Doubletree Hotel. Headlining the night of action will be undefeated Raymond Charles (12-0-2, 5 KOs) of El Campo, Texas. Charles will be squaring off with Florida’s own Dillet Frederick (6-3-3, 3 KOs). Frederick is coming off a 1-1 year last year, in hopes to get back to his slick form which led him to start his career 5-0-2. Charles, whose last two fights were also in Tampa, will be looking to extend his streak against one of his toughest tests to date. Also in action on the card will be local favorite Adam Jaco (7-3-1, 2 KOs). Jaco has won his last three bouts and is looking to continue his form in hopes of moving up the ranks of the light heavy division. (more…)
The middleweight title fight at UFC 117 between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen will be accentuated by one of the most stacked cards in UFC history. The main card features the long-awaited rematch between welterweight contenders Jon Fitch and Thiago Alves, as well as such notable fighters such as recent UFC Hall of Fame inductee Matt Hughes, the electrifying Clay Guida, and a heavyweight matchup between two fast rising stars in the division Roy Nelson and Junior Dos Santos. With all of the intriguing fights lined up on the fight card, the championship ramifications in the main event will add the icing to the cake. (more…)
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Zab Judah 141 vs. Jose Armando Santa Cruz 143
Sadam Ali 145 vs. Julius Edmonds 142
Adam Kownacki 231 vs. Damian Clement 243
Angel Concepcion 178 vs. Shannon Anderson 178
Patrick Farrell 197 vs. Newton Kidd 190
Alex Perez 148 vs. Edvan Barros 149
Nicky DeMarco 132.5 vs. Jose Guzman 132.5
Venue: Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
Promoter: Main Events/Super Judah Promotions
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Carlos Iván Velázquez 129.5 vs. Eduardo Arcos 130
Jonathan Vida 116 vs. Félix Pérez 118
Luis Cruz 129 vs. Juan Jose Beltrán 131.5
Miguel Robles 114 vs. Arturo Santiago 116
Juan González 132.7 vs. Christopher Rivera 129.7
Luis Cosme 115.5 vs. Javier Rosado 114
Luis Brañas Jr. 122 vs. José Pagán 121.5
Yaniel Rivera 106 vs.Manuel Torres 108
Venue: Cosme Beitía Coliseum, Cataño, Puerto Rico
Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions, Miguel Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment
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Following weeks of intense negotiations, SHOWTIME Sports® is proud to announce that Hennessy Sports and Sauerland Event—the promotional outlets for world-class super middleweight boxers Carl Froch and Arthur Abraham—have agreed to a location for their fighters’ crucial Super Six World Boxing Classic bout. On Saturday, Oct. 2, in the capital city/state of Monaco, Abraham and Froch will meet at the Chapiteau de l’Espace Fontvieille for their pivotal Group Stage 3 match up in the boxing tournament that has ignited the industry. The bout will be televised on SHOWTIME® at 9 p.m. ET/PT (same day delay).
Hennessy Sports and Sauerland Event are currently working with Principality officials in Monaco to finalize all the necessary authorizations for this event as they expect it to be one of the biggest fights in the history of the region. The Principality of Monaco is situated on the Mediterranean Sea in the south west area of Europe, some 1,400 km from Abraham’s home in Berlin and over 1,000 km from Froch’s native Nottingham, England. (more…)
Both main event fighters, David Tua (51-3-1, 43 KOs) and Monte Barrett (34-9, 20 KOs) weighed-in today on the boardwalk outside of the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City in anticipation of their upcoming heavyweight title fight, Saturday night on PPV. Both fighters looked to be in great shape with Tua tipping the scales at 237 1/2 lbs. while Barrett weighed-in at 225 lbs. The show, T-N-T at the Tropicana, is promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and will start at 7PM. The PPV telecast will go live on the air at 8PM ET. Tua vs. Barrett is scheduled for twelve rounds, and will be for Tua’s WBO Asian Pacific and WBO Oriental titles.
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Today at a press conference from the city of Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico, promoters introduced the combatants for Saturday’s WBC/WBO world bantamweight title defense of Fernando Montiel against Rafael Concepcion of Panama. Click here for more photos…
Pugnacious Promotions will present a pro-am card on July 30th at the Saratoga Springs City Center in Saratoga Springs, NY. Pro fights include lightweight prospect Mike Faragon (11-0, 5 KOs) vs. Eddie Soto (12-1, 4 KOs) in the eight-round main event and world-ranked female featherweight Maureen Shea (14-2, 8 KOs) against Liliana Martinez (8-10, 4 KOs) in a six-round regional title fight. Also appearing on the card are light heavyweight and former All-American Shawn Miller (2-1, 1 KO), lightweight Zach Smith (3-1) and other fighters to be announced. For tickets call 518-527-0160.
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Wednesday night at the Arena in South Philadelphia PA, Israeli cruiserweight sensation Ran “Sweet Dreams” Nakash (25-0, 19 KOs) moved one step closer toward a world championship match with a hard earned ten round unanimous decision victory over late replacement Victor Barragan by scores of 99-91, 97-93 and 96-94. The win sets up a possible September showdown with Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” Gunn (21-4-1, 18 KOs). The seven bout card promoted by No Limits Promotions in Association with Joey Eye Promotions had some highly entertaining bouts. In the co-feature of the evening, former 2008 Olympic Gold medalist, Felix Diaz moved to 6-0, 4 KOs with an eighth round stoppage of crafty veteran Broderick Antoine (10-11-1, 5 KOs). The card will be televised over part of the United States on tape delay by the Comcast Network. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australian light heavyweight Nick Lantouris (10-8-4, 1 KO) will be in action on Friday when he will clash with Dane Campbell (2-1, 1 KO) over eight rounds with the vacant Victorian State title up for grabs at the Box Hill Town Hall in Victoria, Australia. The more experienced Lantouris, 35 years, is the favorite to defeat Campbell. On undercard bouts, junior welterweight Dianne Prazak (0-1) will meet debutant Kay Hodson over four rounds; heavyweight Matt Muir (0-1) will punch it out with debutant Stephen Duvniak over four rounds. Promoter: Peter Maniatis. (more…)
Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®), the world’s fastest-growing sports organization, today announced that Getty Images, a leading creator and distributor of visual content and other digital media, will be the authorized worldwide commercial distribution partner of imagery captured by UFC’s photographers and licensor of the entire UFC image archive. This is the first time the UFC has awarded full access to its photography collection of more than 10,000 images. (more…)
Let’s Get It On Promotions and current USBA light-heavyweight champion, Otis “Triple OG” Griffin, have entered into a long term promotional agreement. Griffin, with a record of 22-6, 9 KOs is also ranked #10 in the world in the IBF. Griffin, who was the winner of Fox’s The Next Great Champ boxing reality TV show in 2004, is slated to headline on August 28th in Fallon, NV on the third annual “Rural Rumble” show. Being from Sacramento, CA, his regional fans will have a chance to see him fight on the West Coast.
It’s Decision Time for the mega fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather. A Countdown Clock is ticking on Top Rank.com for a Friday, July 16 midnight deadline for Team Mayweather’s representatives to make a decision to take on world champion Manny Pacquiao. The fight date is Saturday, November 13. Bob Arum said he will wait until midnight pacific time Friday.
Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, currently on a promotional tour in Europe, has told Sky Sports that WBA heavyweight champion needs more experience before taking on the Klitschkos. “He has to establish himself as a champion,” Tyson was quoted as saying. “Believe it or not, he has to beat the likes of Chris Arreola, he has to beat all these guys. He doesn’t have to beat the Klitschko guys, he’s got to beat the up and coming guys like Arreola and the Russian guys. He has to establish himself and then fight the Klitschkos.”
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Video: K2 Ukraine
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko has made video message for Fightnews.com about former WBA heavyweight champion Nikolay Valuev (in Russian): “…Nikolay Valuev is afraid to fight me. Millions of boxing fans have awaited our fight. They have gotten tired of seeing an adult behave like a child. Nikolay is afraid. To be a slave to fear is the worst kind of slavery. Remember that. Or get into some other kind of sport. I have done everything to try to make this fight take place, but Valuev’s team constantly demands new conditions. I don’t see any sense in continuing negotiations….if Nikolay Valuev can overcome his fear, I think you’ll see a Klitschko-Valuev fight.”
An interesting fact emerged in June when Don King planned to present IBF 154-pound champion Cory Spinks against mandatory challenger Cornelius “K9” Bundrage in St. Louis: Bundrage’s Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward revealed he has never set foot inside the city of St. Louis. As fate would have it, the fight was postponed, but King this week added the match to his already-loaded “Gateway to Greatness” card at Scottrade Center on Aug. 7 featuring two undefeated world champions. WBC and IBF 140-pound champion Devon Alexander “The Great” (20-0, 13 KOs) will defend against former WBA junior welterweight champion Andriy Kotelnik (31-3-1, 13 KOs) and IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud (20-0, 18 KOs) will face the former holder of that belt, Glen Johnson (50-13-2, 34 KOs).
But the questions remain: Will Manny Steward, the proprietor of Detroit’s famed Kronk Gym, ever set foot in St. Louis? Will the legendary trainer ever gaze upon the inspiring Gateway Arch? Will he ever sip his favorite beer, Bud Light, in its home city? Could it be that a man who has accepted all challenges, inside the ring and out, has run into a new type of Spinks Jinx? (more…)
Power-punching heavyweight David Tua isn’t looking past his opponent Saturday night, former world title challenger Monte “Two Gunz” Barrett, despite being mentioned as a future opponent for world champions David Haye and the Klitschko brothers, Wladimir and Vitali. Tua trained in Jersey City, New Jersey to prepare for Saturday night’s 12-round main event fight on the “T-N-T at the Tropicana” pay-per-view event, presented by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, at Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Tua (51-3-1, 43 KOs), rated No. 2 by the World Boxing Organization, hasn’t fought in Atlantic City for eight years, however, he’s undefeated fighting there in 13 fights with 12 knockouts. (more…)
Given the chance to rise out of contention to become a world champion, Daniel “The Golden Child” Jacobs (20-0, 17 KOs) will get a shot at the belt stripped from Lineal Middleweight Champion Sergio Martinez when he takes on also-undefeated Dmitry Pirog (16-0, 13 KOs) July 31.
The fight, for the vacant WBO middleweight title, will be televised on HBO-PPV as part of the Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Juan Diaz II bill, from Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay . . . click here for more
IBF, WBO and IBO Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko (54-3, 48 KOs) will defend his titles against Russian Alexander Povetkin (19-0, 14 KOs) on September 11. Venue will be the Commerzbank-Arena Frankfurt, Germany, which will have a capacity of 54,000 on fight night. The Commerzbank-Arena is the home of German soccer team Eintracht Frankfurt. Alexander Povetkin, 2004 Olympic Champion in Athens, Greece, is rated #1 in the IBF and WBO rankings and the mandatory IBF challenger of Klitschko. (more…)
SHOWTIME analyst Steve Farhood Breaks Down Shawn Porter vs. Ray Robinson in the second of three ShoBox preview videos this week.
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