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By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Rene Pérez
WBA bantamweight champ, southpaw Japanese Koki Kameda (31-1, 17 KOs), 118, easily kept his belt as he kept stalking negative Filipino John Mark Apolinario (17-3-2, 4 KOs), 118, and floored him twice, winning a unanimous decision over twelve rounds on Tuesday on Tokyo, Japan.
Alfredo Polanco (Mexico) saw the lopsided affair 117-109, Pinit Prayadsab (Thailand) had it 118-108, and Wansoo Yuh (Korea) tallied the most generous score for the champ, 119-107, all in favor of Kameda.
Apolinario, three years his junior at 23, showed his aggressiveness only in early rounds. After Kameda aimed at his breadbasket, he began retreating all the way to avert the champ’s body attack. Kameda maintained the pressure, steadily piling up points with ease. The eighth saw Kameda connect with a southpaw right hook that had Apolinario kneel down, though he didn’t actually get hurt so much. The twelfth and last session witnessed Kameda turn loose and send him reeling to the ropes with solid combinations, when referee Gustavo Padilla (Panama) counted the mandatory eight. Apolinario might have forgotten to bring his heart from the Philippines, but Kameda displayed a positive performance.
Promoter: Kameda Promotions.
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Rene Pérez
Mexican Anabel Ortiz (15-3, 5 KOs), 104.25, wrested the WBA female minimumweight belt as she was awarded a controversial split decision over previously unbeaten defending champ Etsuko Tada (12-1-2, 2 KOs), 104, over ten fast rounds on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. The official tallies were as follows: Alfredo Polanco (Mexico) and Gustavo Padilla (Panama) both 96-94 for Ortiz, and Takeshi Shimakawa (Japan) 97-93 for Tada. The referee was Pinit Prayadsab (Thailadn).
Tada, a taller southpaw making her tenth defense, looked like a winner rather than a loser since she seemingly dominated more rounds than the ex-WBC straw champ Ortiz, who appeared slowing down in later rounds. Tada threw good southpaw jabs to keep the challenger from coming in, and connected with more effective lefts to the face of the Mexican. Tada deserves a rematch. Kameda Promotions.
Thompson Boxing Promotions has signed Cesar Villarraga, a lightweight prospect out of Bogota, Colombia, to a promotional contract. Thompson Boxing Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions will share promotional responsibilities for the 27-year-old boxer.
“I am extremely happy to sign with Thompson Boxing and GSP,” said Villarraga. “Ken Thompson, Gary Shaw and Alex Camponovo have provided an amazing level of support. I am anxious to start my professional career and I can’t wait to start training for my first professional fight.” (more…)
Change is good. For UFC lightweight veteran Melvin Guillard it was also necessary.
The always affable “Young Assassin” can joke about it now, paraphrasing middleweight boxing great Marvelous Marvin Hagler when he says “It kinda makes you soft when you’re at home and you’re going to sleep in a king size bed,” but after his UFC 155 loss to Jamie Varner last December, he needed to get out of South Florida, his training home for three fights in 2012. . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC on FOX 8 is live from Seattle on Saturday, July 27 at 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT. Click here for more
Carl Froch-George Groves WBA/IBF title fight confirmed for later this year; date and venue to be announced soon
By James Slater
It’s official: Carl Froch will defend his WBA and IBF super-middleweight titles against unbeaten countryman George Groves later this year at a venue in the UK to be determined soon. The exact date is also TBA but both men appeared live on Sky Sports News at 12 noon UK time today, to talk about the fight. Froch, unable he said to get rematches with Mikkel Kessler and Andre Ward right now, is excited about giving the UK fans a domestic fight that will contest two major world titles.
“I think this fight is a real treat for the fans,” Froch said. “Some people have said George Groves is not in the same class as me, but there is no danger of me underestimating him. I will take this fight very, very seriously and will bring my A-game as I always do. Groves has done everything asked of him and Eddie Hearn has done a great job getting him the mandatory position. I will prepare like I’m fighting one of the best fighters in the world. (more…)
WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (26-0, 12 KOs) says he’ll take Sergey Kovalev (21-0-1, 19 KOs) to school and knock him out when they meet on August 17th at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena. “I can’t wait for this,” says Cleverly. “It’s the big one for me, beat Kovalev and I become a huge star on both sides of the Atlantic. I’ve picked the toughest fighter out there in Kovalev, the one that the other champions didn’t want to face, but I’ll be beat him with skill and heart. I can outbox him and people will be surprised when I’m going toe-to-toe with him and knock him out.
“At the moment I’m the prince of the 175lb division in my reign as WBO champion, but once I’ve seen off the other rulers in Bernard Hopkins (IBF), Adonis Stevenson (WBC) and Beibut Shumenov (WBA), I’ll be the monarch sitting on the throne of the division.”
Photo: Parker Gibbons
Flyweight Jesus Ortega (3-1, 2 KOs) from Hermosillo, México, and his team have arrived in Macau, China for Ortega’s showdown on Saturday with two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time world amateur champion Zou Shiming (1-0). The bout will be a six-rounder.
Pictured from right to left: Coach Salvador Osuna, Zanfer Director of Operations Conrado Guerrero, sparring partner Juan Toscano, Zanfer matchmaker Sean Gibbons, Jesus Ortega, head trainer and father of Jesus Ortega Fernando Ortega and coach Edgar Lucero.
Absolutely no truth to the rumor of Lara vs Trout on our show #theone
— Leonard Ellerbe (@LEllerbe) July 23, 2013
Both Mike Alvarado and Ruslan Providnikov have tweeted that they have agreed to fight October 19 at the First Bank Center in Denver. The bout will be at 140lbs.
Good luck @RuslanProvod. Youre gonna need it
— Mike Alvarado (@MileHighMike303) July 23, 2013
By Eliud Vazquez Torres
Photo by Kevin Palmer
Oscar De La Hoya held an international conference call earlier today all in Spanish to address the upcoming world championship fights, Floyd Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez and Danny Garcia vs. Lucas Matthysse that will take place on September 14th in Las Vegas. In the beginning of the call De La Hoya stressed that he did not need to add Garcia vs. Matthysse on the card to break any pay-per-view records and that he made the fight simply for the fans.
“THE ONE: Mayweather vs. Canelo” was already sold out in less than an hour and all of the closed circuit seats in Las Vegas were no longer available before Garcia vs. Matthysse was made. When ask about Canelo’s approach against Mayweather De La Hoya said, “Floyd Mayweather Jr. only fights about 40 seconds per round and Canelo Alvarez needs to jump on him and make him fight the entire fight.” (more…)
By Dennis Principe
Two-time world title challenger John Mark Apolinario is all set for his Japan campaign where he will get another shot at a world crown. The 23-year-old Apolinario (17-2-3, 4 knockouts) will meet Japan’s most popular fighter Koki Kameda in a 12-round title fight on July 23 in Tokyo. At stake is Kameda’s World Boxing Association (WBA) bantamweight crown. Apolinario said he is able to prepare sufficiently well for this fight as compared to his two previous title attempts which ended in controversial draws.
For his last two fights, Apolinario settled for even scores opposite Panamanian Roberto Vazquez in November 2012 and March 2013 both in Panama when they battled for the interim WBA bantamweight belt.
“I trained for only one month for the twin Vazquez bouts because back then I had to return to our province for personal reasons. But for this Kameda match I was able to train for two straight months,” said Apolinario. (more…)
Brian Magee is considering suing the manufacturer of a sports supplement over a six-month doping ban. More on The Telegraph
Ex-pro boxer Jorge Hernandez, or Round Lake, IL, his hoping to pick up the sport again after three years. More
An anti-doping agency has revealed that Brian Magee tested positive for PEDs after his fight with Mikkel Kessler. More
By Felipe Leon
The table is set for Bobby D Presents Thursday night’s “San Diego Fights” fight card slated for the home of San Diego boxing, The Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Kearny Mesa, a suburb of “America’s Finest City”. Promoter Bobby DePhilippis will feature hometown favorite Emmanuel “Renegade” Robles (8-0-1, 3KOs) as he puts up his undefeated record against the experienced Arturo Brambila (9-19-1, 4KOs) of Phoenix, AZ, in the light welterweight six round main event.
Robles is coming off his most exciting and biggest win to date when behind on the cards, he impressively stopped hard hitting Joshua Marks in the fourth round last April. After having some trouble deciphering Marks’ style, Robles landed a hard body shot early in the fourth which led to him scoring a barrage of punches later in the round as he beat Marks from pillar to post. The third man in the ring, David Mendoza, was forced to halt the action. Now Brambila stands in Robles’ way to bigger and better things but the Arizona native is looking to pull the upset. Brambila, a veteran of nearly 30 fights compared to Robles’ 9, has faced the much better opposition in the likes of former champion Antonio DeMarco, current interim champion Mike Alvarado and owns over former prospect Sven Paris who was 22-1 when Brambila derailed his ascend. (more…)
Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
Late Saturday night results from Placer County Fairgrounds in Roseville, California:
Aaron Coley UD-4 over Saul Benitez, junior-middleweights
Adam Feil KO-1 over Francisco Solis, junior-lightweights
Albert Torres UD-4 over Dennis Madriz, featherweights
Benjamin Briceno UD-4 over Sytel Wilbarn, super-bantamweights
Darren Mallard UD-4 over Tony Juarez, junior-middleweights
Maurico Zavaleta TKO-3 over Ryan Chaney, junior-middleweights.
Promoter: Mark Nanney.
By Brett Bonetti
Photo: Antara News
“Indonesian Thunder” Daud Cino Yordan (31-3, 23 KOs) is already looking ahead for the first defence of his IBO World Lightweight Title. Yordan returned home a national hero to his home town of Sukadana, West Kalimantan Indonesia following his unanimous decision victory over Argentinian Daniel “Tatu” Brizuela (25-2-2, 8 KOs) in the Main Event of Dragon Fire Promotions “Thuderdome II” at Metro City Perth, Australia two weeks ago. Yordan made history and became the first Indonesian two weight division champion at Featherweight and Lightweight respectively. Yordan now wants to take on the best and the biggest names in the Lightweight division and respectfully extend a challenge to Yuriokis Gamboa (23-0, 16 KOs).
When asked on a possible location for a clash with Gamboa, Yordan advised that the ideal location would be on the Manny Pacquiao vs Brandon Rios blockbuster event in Macau on November 23. (more…)
Four world champions and four title challengers will visit 11 cities in six days promoting the final four championship Pay-Per-View events of this historic year. The UFC® 2013 World Tour will include UFC® light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, Alexander Gustafsson, UFC® heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, Junior dos Santos, UFC® welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, Johny Hendricks, and UFC® women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate. (more…)
Saturday in South Korea, Ji-Hoon Kim scored a third-round stoppage over Roy Tua Manihuruk to capture the WBO Asia Pacific Welterweight title. Kim, fighting at welterweight for the first time, looked strong as he dropped Manihuruk in round two from a perfect uppercut. Kim controlled the fight and ended things at 0:57 into round three when he floored Manihuruk with a double right and referee Bruce McTavish stopped the bout. Kim, who has been a favorite of American fans due to his all action style, will now be ranked at welterweight by the WBO as his record improves to 25-9 with 19 knockouts. Manihuruk of Indonesia is now 14-8-2.
Olympic Medalists Felix Diaz and Yudel Johnson in action on August 17 Bomba Gonzalez vs. Giovani Segura show in Puerto Rico
Olympic medalists Felix Diaz and Yudel Johnson were added to the August 17 show when unbeaten Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez will face former world champion Giovani Segura at the International Ballroom of El San Juan Resort and Casino in Isla Verde, Carolina, Puerto Rico, in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) presentation, in association with Top Rank.
“Now we have a more international card with fighters from Dominican Republic, Cuba, Mexico, United States and Puerto Rico. Felix Diaz and Yudel Johnson, two great prospects who were good amateur fighters for their countries, will fight for their first time in Puerto Rico in this great show”, said promoter Ivan Rivera, PRBBP President, about both southpaw boxers. (more…)
This Wednesday, DiBella Entertainment and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson’s SMS Promotions will stage the latest edition of the NYC’s longest running boxing series – Broadway Boxing at midtown Manhattan’s famed Roseland Ballroom. In the feature bout of the evening former world junior middleweight champion and now resurgent contender Brooklyn’s own Yuri Foreman (30-2, 8KOs) taking on Jamaal Davis (14-9-1, 6KOs) in an eight-round junior middleweight match-up. The remainder of the 10-bout card features an array of up-and-coming talent. (more…)
Dereck Chisora has been declared the mandatory challenger to European heavyweight champion Kubrat Pulev following his sixth round knockout of unbeaten Malik Scott on Saturday night at Wembley Arena to claim the WBO International title. Chisora’s promoter Frank Warren has added him to the big Copper Box Arena show on September 21st.
“I’m back in business and ready for whatever comes my way from Frank,” said Chisora. Whoever he puts in front of me I’m destroying, just like Scott, they’re going down. This is the new Dereck Chisora back on the road to winning the world heavyweight title. Kubrat for the European title would be nice and he’s going to get knocked out or bring me another unbeaten Yank to spank in Deontay Wilder. It’s all about keeping busy and building on each win so roll on September 21st for the grand opening of the Copper Box Arena and I’ll be making sure that the Box Rocks when I’m in action!”
The World Boxing Organization (WBO) announced today that the win of the super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz over Yuzo Kiyota on July 13 in Germany has been changed from technical decision to TKO after an examination of the fight video. Stieglitz (now 45-3 with 26 KOs) originally beat Kiyota (23-4-1, 21 KOs) by a technical decision last July 13 at :40 seconds of the tenth round when the referee Celestino Ruiz determined that the cuts on Kiyota were caused by an accidental headbutt and due to fact he was bleeding badly, the fight went to the scorecards. The results were 100-89 (Alejandro Lopez Cid), 99-90 (Terry O’Connor) and 99-90 (Ingo Barrabas), all for Stieglitz. But after an examination of the video by the German Boxing Association (GBA) and its President Thomas Puetz, it was determined that the cut was not caused by an accidental headbutt and turned the result to the 10 round TKO victory for Stieglitz. The determination was accepted by the WBO.
WealthTV to carry Ricky Burns v. Ray Beltran WBO Lightweight World Championship Live on September 7th
On Saturday afternoon September 7th, WBO Lightweight champion Ricky Burns will defend his crown when he takes on tough veteran Ray Beltran in a bout that will be televised in the United States on WealthTV and WealthTV.com.
“We are excited to be able to bring this outstanding five-star world title fight to United States boxing fans”, said WealthTV President Charles Herring. “Beltran is a tough Mexican American fighter who cut his teeth and earned this opportunity the hard way. We just had top American heavyweight Tony Thompson go over to the United Kingdom twice and score big wins over David Price on WealthTV and it would not shock me if Beltran follows suit and brings home the title.”
The fight is promoted by Matchroom Sport and will originate from Scottish Exhibition Centre in Glasgow, Scotland. (more…)
By Jose E. Santiago
Undefeated Atlanta prospect Quatavious Cash (6-0, 4 KOs) was shot in Atlanta on Sunday during a pickup basketball game at a public park. According to close resources a conflict arose then the assailant drew a gun. Once Cash noted that the gun was being pointed in the direction of a family member, he stepped in and was shot in the leg. Amazingly, Cash ran to a hospital not too far away from where the incident occurred. Fortunately the bullet entered and exited “cleanly” and did not cause permanent damage to any nerves, tendons, or bones. Fightnews wishes Cash a speedy recovery.
Three-division and four-time world champion Miguel Cotto and two-time world title challenger Delvin Rodriguez will host a news conference, open to the public, announcing their upcoming 12-round super welterweight battle, Tomorrow! Tuesday, July 23 in the Disney Atrium at the Amway Center (400 West Church St., Orlando, Fla. 32801). The news conference will begin at 2:00 p.m. ET. Joining Cotto and Rodriguez will be The Honorable Buddy Dyer, Mayor of Orlando, Allen Johnson, Executive Director of Amway Center, Héctor Soto, Vice President of Miguel Cotto Promotions, and Todd duBoef, President of Top Rank.
Cotto (37-4, 30 KOs), of Caguas, Puerto Rico, making his Florida debut, and Rodriguez (28-6-3, 16 KOs), of Santiago, Dominican Republic , will headline the Amway Center’s first-ever professional boxing event, Saturday, October 5. The Cotto vs. Rodriguez super welterweight event will be promoted by Miguel Cotto Promotions and Top Rank®, in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Tecate.
Former Puerto Rican amateur star, Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Rodriguez (5-0, 4 KOs), has began his training towards his six professional fight in late August. “We are in pursuit of big fights for ‘Manny’ by the end of the year. He’s gonna be ready to fight for any regional title available at 115 pounds, and we understand that there will be no problems with that because of his outstanding amateur career,” Rodríguez’s manager Juan Orengo said. “Next week, I will have the exact date, and the venue most probably will be in the United States, between Orlando and New York. Nobody wants to fight him in Puerto Rico”, Orengo ended saying. 20-year old Rodriguez commented: “I’m very motivated, in perfect condition and happy for my next bout. Lately my Puerto Rican fellow boxers have been defeated but I will not disappoint my people because I’m very focused on this, and I’m getting better on each fight.”
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