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On Thursday night, cruiserweight prospect Steve Bujaj (12-0, 9 KOs) looks to remain undefeated when he takes on fellow undefeated Junior Wright (10-0, 9 KOs) in a 10-round fight for the WBC USNBC and the WBC International titles. The 23-year old native of Yonkers, New York has been training hard for the fight that could catapult him into title contention.
“I am just ready to fight. This is a big opportunity with a lot on the line and I am ready to take care of business,”said Buaj.
When asked about his opponent, Bujaj is ready for anything. “I don’t know much about him, but I trained as this was a world title bout.” (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Bethuel Ushona has a high hurdle to clear this week before he can repeat his challenge to Manny Pacquiao. The Namibian welterweight will make the fifth defense of his WBO Africa title when he takes on Ebenezar Lantei Lamptey of Ghana on Friday night. Ushona is #1 in the WBO’s rankings list and the mandatory challenger for Pacquiao’s title. He has said the Filipino, who has held titles in eight divisions, should fight him or be stripped of the belt. His fight against Lamptey will take place at the Omuthiya Park in the Oshikoto region of Namibia and it could be a tricky obstacle. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
“The Mike Alvarado that you’ll see on Saturday is the best trained Mike Alvarado that you’ve seen in years,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum Tuesday. “He really devoted himself to training for the fight without some of the nonsense that took place in the past with some of his training.”
Alvarado’s manager Henry Delgado apologized for Alvarado’s performance in his loss to Ruslan Provodnikov last October. Alvarado came into that fight weight-drained. “Our preparation for the fight wasn’t where it needed to be,” said Delgado. “That wasn’t the Mike Alvarado that everybody had gone to see fight. This time it’s completely different.”
Delgado said moving Alvarado’s training camp from Denver to Los Angeles, California made a huge difference in Mike’s preparation for Saturday’s clash against Juan Manuel Marquez. “There are too many distractions in Denver,” said Delgado. “Denver is a hotbed of sports. They’ve got all these sports figures and they’re like gods. You can’t go anywhere and eat, they were pulling him too many different places. In Los Angeles, he’s just another guy. We’re getting our training done and taking care of business.”
Super featherweight Tyler Asselstine (14-1, 7 KOs) takes on unbeaten Joel Diaz Jr. (15-0, 12 KOs) this Friday at the Foxwoods Resort, in Mashantucket, Connecticut. The scheduled ten round clash will be the main event on Showetime’s popular Shobox fight series. You could say this is a bit of unfinished business. Asselstine and Diaz were scheduled to fight a little over a year ago but Diaz pulled out a about a week before the fight with hand injury he suffered from a fall. (more…)
At least according to Wikipedia, the sheer amount of nicknames is impressive: JoJo, Cyborginho, Dr. Kneevil. But the best moniker for The Ultimate Fighter 20 competitor Joanne Calderwood may be one not even listed on her Wiki page: . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Photo: Visual Delight/Danian Brierty
As announced Tuesday, WBA #2 middleweight Jarrod “Left Jab” Fletcher was named as mandatory challenger for WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin. The WBA has given the camps of both boxers 30 days to agree to terms for a fight to be scheduled within 120 days.
Upon hearing the news, Fletcher was upbeat on the prospect of facing a boxer regarded as one of the hottest properties in the world right now. “I believe in myself, always have and I’ve been waiting for my chance. To prove I’m the best in the world I need to beat those at the top, whether that be Martinez, Geale, Sturm or Golovkin. I know I’ve got what it takes and I will now prove it,” vowed Fletcher. (more…)
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Update on Kelly Pavlik’s impaired-driving trial. More
Remembering Joe Louis: More
Get ready for big names and/or world title fights every weekend in June. Here’s the scheduled lineup:
June 7 — PPV
Miguel Cotto vs. Sergio Martinez
(WBC middleweight title)
June 14 — HBO
Ruslan Provodnikov vs. Chris Algieri
(WBO jr welterweight title)
Demetrius Andrade vs. Brian Rose
(WBO jr middleweight title)
June 21 — Showtime
Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Gary Russell
(WBO featherweight title)
Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero vs. Yoshihiro Kamegai
Devon Alexander vs. Jesus Soto Karass
June 28 — HBO
Terence Crawford vs. Yuriorkis Gamboa
(WBO lightweight title)
Finally! The all-action fights of exciting WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (37-2-1, 26 KOs) could soon be enjoyed by boxing fans in the United States. HBO Sports president Ken Hershman recently met with “Kapt’n Huck” and his promoter Kalle Sauerland in Hamburg, Germany, and Hershman is very interested in bringing Huck to the U.S. market. According to Sauerland, plans call for Huck to make a few more cruiserweight defenses before moving up to heavyweight. In Huck’s one heavyweight fight to date, he lost a very close majority decision to then WBA champion Alexander Povetkin.
The WBA has ordered the camp of WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (29-0, 26 KOs) to start negotiations for his next mandatory fight against #2 rated Jarrod Fletcher (18-1, 10 KOs) of Australia. The parties will have 30 days to reach an agreement or the WBA will call a purse bid. There were serious negotiations for a pay-per-view clash between Golovkin and Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., however Junior balked at the terms of the deal, which included a contract extension with Top Rank.
Former heavyweight world champion and International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Mike Tyson will return to Turning Stone Resort Casino on June 6 for an ESPN Friday Night Fights event promoted by Tyson’s Iron Mike Productions. Tyson will participate in a series of on-site events at Turning Stone in the lead-up to the fights. The upcoming ESPN event will be Tyson’s second at Turning Stone over the last year. He made national headlines last August when he debuted as a promoter and provided intensely personal revelations at the event’s press conference.
The two main events at Turning Stone’s June 6 ESPN Friday Night Fights broadcast will be a 10-round light middleweight bout featuring Yudel Jhonson (15-1, 9 KOs) and an 8-round welterweight bout featuring Sammy Vasquez Jr. (14-0, 10 KOs). The June 6 event will also feature a special attraction with Ievgen Khytrov (4-0, 4 KOs) in an 8-round middleweight bout.
Tickets will be available on Ticketmaster, and by visiting the Turning Stone box office or calling (315) 361-7469.
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Four-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico signs gloves during a conference call Tuesday for his upcoming 12-round welterweight battle against former jr. welterweight champion Mike Alvarado of Denver, Colorado. Promoted by Top Rank in association with Zanfer Promotions, Márquez Boxing and Tecate, Márquez and Alvarado will collide at The Forum in Inglewood, California on Saturday live on HBO. Tickets are still available and are priced at $400, $250, $150, $100, $75 and $35. Tickets can be purchased at the Forum box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (800-745-3000), and online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.fabulousforum.com. (more…)
The Pod Index, LLC conducted an official scoring review of the April 16th WBC lightweight title bout between Omar Figueroa and Jeremy Belmontes in Carson, California. The three assigned officials scored the fight as follows…
Hubert Minn: 115-113 for Belmontes
Burt Clements: 116-112 for Figueroa
David Mendoza: 118-110 for Figueroa
Five experienced championship judges were asked to score the fight on TV with the sound muted. The chart below compares the scores of all eight judges. All five review judges, who shall remain nameless, scored the fight extremely close, with no margin of victory greater than one round.
Overall, the median average score of the eight judges was 114-114. Hubert Minn’s 115-113 score for Belmontes was the closest to that average. David Mendoza’s 118-110 score for Figueroa was the farthest from the average of the eight scores.
UFC GYM® is pleased to announce the opening of a 24-hour gym in Sunnyvale, Calif. offering the community a fresh new for way people to approach fitness and TRAIN DIFFERENT®. A preview center will begin enrolling members on Thurs., May 15th at 858 E. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, Calif. 94087 (corner of S. Wolfe and El Camino Real). Memberships will be offered at special pre-opening rates. The permanent gym will serve the Silicon Valley community located at 733 S. Wolfe Rd, Sunnyvale, Calif. 94086 and is scheduled to open for workouts in early Fall 2014. To find out more about UFC GYM Sunnyvale call (408) 913-9800 or visit www.ufcgymsunnyvale.com . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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IBF light middleweight champion “King” Carlos Molina (22-5-2, 6 KOs) has signed a managerial contract with Al Haymon and is temporarily training in Mexico City, while promoter and attorney Leon Margules sorts out his immigration issues. 30-year-old Molina, originally from Michoacán, Mexico, says he’s excited to have aligned himself with one of boxing’s most high-profile managers and is looking forward to returning to the ring.
“I’m really excited and looking forward to fighting the best out there,” said Molina. “Al Haymon has a history of getting the big fights for guys and that’s what I wanted. He will make a great addition to my team, which already includes Warriors Boxing and Leon and Luis (De Cubas Sr.), who have always done right by me in my career.” (more…)
This past Saturday night at the USC Galen Center, junior welterweight Abel Ramos of Phoenix, Arizona showed his true mettle as the 22-year-old top prospect battled through a series of severe injuries to settle for a six round draw with veteran Levan Ghvamichava of Miami, Florida. The outstanding bloody battle between the undefeated Ramos, now 9-0-2 (5 KOs), and Ghvamichava took place immediately following the WBC heavyweight championship between Bermane Stiverne and Chris Arreola.
“Ramos suffered a terrible cut over his right eye in the first round from an elbow thrown by Ghvamichava that required fourteen stiches” said Andy Zak of Journeyman Management Team. “As if the cut wasn’t enough to overcome, in the second round, he also sustained a broken left hand. Despite these horrific injuries to a young fighter, he acted as a true veteran valiantly battling to the end in a fight that many ringsiders thought he won.” (more…)
Mexican icon Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez, former jr welterweight champion “Mile High” Mike Alvarado and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum hosted an international media conference call on Tuesday to discuss their HBO showdown on Saturday as boxing returns to the “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood, California.
Juan Manuel Marquez: Mike Alvarado is a strong fighter. He likes to fight. I like to fight. It should be a great fight…I need to use all of my experience in the ring. This fight will be a war.
We all want the fifth title. It’s very important to all of us. That’s the motivation now to keep going…the first thing is Alvarado, but we know that the fifth fight with Pacquiao is a possibility.”
Mike Alvarado: Style-wise, I feel that Marquez is tailor-made. He’s a legend. He’s made his mark in the sport. He’s not a very hard man to figure out. Coming off a loss for him it’s going to be a very interesting fight. We’ll see how Marquez has left in his career. I’m going exploit every weakness and see how much he has left in him.
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Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum said tickets to Marquez-Alvarado have passed the 10,000 mark and will probably reach 12,000.
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel announced today the officials who will work this Saturday’s WBO super flyweight title fight between champion Omar Andres Narvaez (41-1-2, 22 KOs) and #7 ranked Antonio “El Tostado” Garcia (13-1, 5 KOs) to be held at the Anfiteatro Municipal in Villa Maria, Cordoba, Argentina, in an O.R. Promotions presentation. The referee will be Celestino Ruiz (USA) and judges are Levi Martinez (USA), Marcial Perez (Paraguay), and Ramon Cerdan (Argentina).
Narvaez, a WBO world champion since 2002, is going to make his 10th defense of the WBO super flyweight crown against the Garcia. He is also a former WBO flyweight champion with 16 successful defenses of the 112lb belt.
WBA cruiserweight champion (in recess) Guillermo “Felino” Jones’ “B Sample” will be opened next week. Jones has been given a choice of Tuesday or Thursday. Jones has until until this Thursday to respond, otherwise the Swiss Laboratory will conduct the test next Tuesday. Jones tested positive for a banned prior to his rematch with WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev, which led to the cancellation of that bout.
Photos: Top Rank & DiBella Entertainment
WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez, opened up his Miami training camp yesterday and held an intense, two plus hour open media workout before a throng of media ahead of his June 7 world title defense against three-division world champion Miguel Cotto.
“This training camp has been tremendously efficient. Everything has exceeded all of my expectations,” stated Martinez. “The Miami weather and atmosphere has made this his most memorable camp in recent history. I couldn’t be happier with the way things have gone thus far. I feel great. The time off has allowed my injuries to properly and fully heal and my entire body has never felt better.
“I know that Cotto is working very hard for this fight with Freddie Roach but there is no doubt in my mind that this will definitely be his farewell fight to what was a great career.” (more…)
By James Slater
It’s no secret British welterweights Amir Khan and Kell Brook have shared some angry words over the months. Unbeaten Brook has repeatedly claimed he would KO Khan should the fight ever take place, while Khan has responded by stating how Brook has not fought anyone of his calibre yet and is not on his radar.
But recently, Khan has gone further, stating how Brook, the mandatory challenger for IBF welterweight champ Shawn Porter, will not take the fight with Brook as he “lacks the bottle.”
Speaking with Ben Dirs of BBC Sport, Khan said he is convinced Brook-Porter will not happen. “Brook-Porter is not going to happen because Kell doesn’t think he can win it,” Khan said. “I don’t think Kell has got the bottle to take a big fight like that – he’s always been all talk when it comes to the big fights. Some fighters are like that.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Today we celebrate what would have been the 100th birthday of heavyweight ring legend Joe Louis. It was May 13, 1914, when Joseph Louis Barrow was born in Lexington, Alabama. The “Brown Bomber” overcame the racial prejudice of the time to win the heavyweight title and hold it for 12 years, defending the belt a record 25 times. He compiled a career record of 66-3 with 52 KOs, with the last two losses coming during the twilight of his career in comeback attempts. Louis died at the age of 66 on April 12, 1981. He is recognized as one of the greatest boxers of all time, leaving a legacy that may never be matched.
Nathan Cleverly says a rematch with bitter rival Tony Bellew is ‘inevitable’ as he prepares to make his debut at cruiserweight on Saturday night from the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff – and he’ll repeat his win when they meet again. Cleverly faces Trinidad’s Shaun Corbin in his first fight at 200lbs and lands in the division two months after Bellew made his bow at the weight, stopping Valery Brudov in the 12th round at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. That was the venue in October 2011 where Cleverly defended his WBO Light Heavyweight title against the hometown favorite, retaining the belt against his bitter foe with a majority decision. Both men have trod a different path since but as the look to bounce back from world title reverses, Cleverly believes they are destined to renew hostilities later in the year to get back into the World title mix. (more…)
Romulo Koasicha is coming to Great Britain to end Lee Selby’s winning streak. More
Ode to Anthony Villanueva, the first Filipino Olympic silver medalist. More
Former European boxing champ Rendall Munroe switches from the fight game to bodybuilding. More
Celebrating Joe Louis’ 100th birthday. More
WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has booked September 6 at the 02 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany. Wlad has made it known that he wants to get the WBC title “back in the Klitschko family” after it was relinquished by his brother Vitali. That belt was claimed on Saturday night by Bermaine Stiverne.
While it’s possible that a unification between Klitschko and Stiverne could be made in September, both sides have mandatory defenses due. Klitschko has to face IBF mandatory Kubrat Pulev, while Stiverne must meet WBC mandatory Deontay Wilder. Barring some type of step-aside arrangements, those fights are likely next before any unification fight.
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