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By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
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Australian based Nigerian and world rated welterweight, Wale Omotoso (17-0, 15 KOs), has the skills and power to defeat the world IBF 147 pound champion Jan Zaveck, declared his trainer and manager Murray Thomson who talked with Fightnews today. “I have watched tapes of Zaveck in action and I am convinced Omotoso has the style to defeat the IBF champion,” said Thomson. “His short stature and aggressive tactics would be perfect for Omotoso to score a knockout.” (more…)
Unbeaten middleweight Craig McEwan (18-0, 10 KOs) faces his toughest test in veteran Danny Perez (34-7, 17 KOs) on July 23 in the main event of TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California. McEwan vs. Perez replaces the originally scheduled main event of Sergio Mora vs. Juan Carlos Candelo, which was scrapped due to Mora’s September meeting with Sugar Shane Mosley. In the co-main event, featherweight Charles Huerta (13-1, 7 KOs) battles Jonathan Arias (15-5, 8 KOs). Also in action will be Florida knockout artist Keith Thurman (12-0, 11 KOs) who puts his perfect record on the line against fellow unbeaten Stalinn Lopez (7-0, 3 KOs).
Tomasz Adamek works out with trainer Roger Bloodworth in advance of his August 21 fight against Michael Grant at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.
Looks like unbeaten WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa (18-0, 15 KOs) will collide with WBC featherweight champion Elio Rojas (22-1, 13 KOs) on September 11, probably in Las Vegas. “He has a belt, I have a belt – and after the fight I’ll have two,” says Gamboa. “Of course, I won’t underestimate my opponents, but I know what I can do, and I know I’ll beat him.” In the long term, Gamboa has WBO champion Juan Manuel Lopez on the top of his hit list.
This Friday, ShoBox: The New Generation will present a classic “ShoBox” fight card featuring ambitious young talent on the verge of greatness live at 11p ET/PT on SHOWTIME. The lineup includes Fernando Guerrero vs. Ishe Smith, plus Shawn Porter vs. Ray Robinson and Lanard Lane vs. Mike Dallas Jr. Here is expert analyst Steve Farhood.
Photo by Marty Rosengarten/RingsidePhotos.com
Former world champion Zab Judah (38-6, 26 KOs) and Jose Armando Santa Cruz (28-4, 17 KOs) faced off Tuesday in advance of Friday’s welterweight showdown at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Here are quotes from the prefight presser. (more…)
Story by Felix Chavez
On Aug. 6 at the Don Haskins Center, Antonio Escalante faces his biggest challenge to date for a variety of reasons. For one, he’ll be facing a veteran in Edel Ruiz who owns 25 knockouts among his 34 wins and Escalante is fighting just his third fight where he’ll weigh 126 pounds or higher.
Also, Escalante will be fighting for the first time under the tutelage of trainer Louie Burke. Burke is a veteran trainer, who will lend Escalante his knowledge of the sport and help the 25-year-old fighter a foundation of boxing fundamentals . . . click here for more
Oscar “Ceviche” Ibarra (22-4, 14 KOs), of Mexico City, and Carlos Melo (19-10-1, 2 KOs), of Panama City, will fight for the WBC Silver super flyweight belt on July 24, in Campeche, Mexico. The eight-bout card, promoted by Promociones del Pueblo, will co-feature former champ Jhonny Gonzalez (44-7, 38 KOs), of Mexico City, vs. Ira Terry (24-3, 14 KOs), of Memphis, Tenn. Gonzalez is on a four-bout win streak since his loss to WBC Super Bantam Champ Toshiaki Nishioka last year. Also on the card: undefeated super featherweight Didier Basulto (16-0, 9 KOs) vs. Eugenio Lopez (17-16-1, 13 KOs) in a ten-rounder. The card will be televised on Mexico Televisa.
By Big Joe Miranda
Undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley and No. 1 junior middleweight contender Alfredo “Perro” Angulo hosted a Palm Springs Media Workout today at the Boys and Girls Club of America Gym in Indio, Calif. Undefeated Top-Five welterweight contender and Bradley opponent Carlos Abregu also paid a visit to the gym, choosing to observe Bradley’s training rather than give him a look at his own training. The fighters will be featured atop an all-action card, in separate 12-round bouts. Angulo will be facing former World Boxing Association (WBA) super welterweight champion Joachim Alcine in a World Boxing Council (WBC) super welterweight title elimination bout. Promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and Thompson Boxing Promotions, the Bradley-Abregu / Angulo-Alcine doubleheader will take place Saturday at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif. (more…)
Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell was once a can’t miss heavyweight prospect. The 6’4 240 lb power punching phenom viciously stopped eight of his first nine victims inside of two rounds, emphatically stamping his ticket as one of boxing’s most exciting up and comers in the process. Abell, who literally knocked opponents out of the ring, was undoubtedly on the fast track to success; this was until he met Arron Lyons. Lyons was expected to be another opponent the Coon Rapids native would walk right through, but Abell’s night it wasn’t. The New Mexico product scored a shocking first round stoppage, leaving the crowd at Philadelphia’s Legendary Blue Horizon in disbelief. (more…)
By Drew Amendola at ringside
Photos by Scott Foster
Middleweight Derrick “Superman” Findley (17-3, 11 KOs) scored a decisive knockout over popular Zane “The Train” Marks (17-6, 10 KOs) in the fourth round, Saturday night at the Hollywood Casino in the Gulf town of Bay St Louis, Mississippi. The card was promoted by Les Bonano . . . Click here for more
By Bob Trieger
The 29-year-old former US amateur star who hails from Providence, Rhode Island, Matt Godfrey, has been training in Rhode Island and nearby Connecticut for the last seven months in preparation for his first world title shot. Matt originally was supposed to fight Steve Cunningham last March for the vacant IBF title, but a series of date changes and miscommunications led to that fight being canceled. Matt took a few days off and went right back into training for what turned out to be a showdown with Huck. Godfrey, rated No. 8 by the WBO and No. 10 by The Ring magazine, is a full-blooded Native American (Wampanoug). He had held a number of regional titles including, NABF, NABA, USNBC, WBA Continental Americas and Sovereign Nations Boxing Council. (more…)
By Ricardo Conde
Fight trainer and ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” commentator Teddy Atlas is preparing his fighter IBF/WBO #1 heavyweight contender Alexander Povetkin (19-0, 14 KOs) of Russia who returns to the ring to take on IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (54-3, 48 KOs) of Ukraine on Saturday, September 11th at the 55,000-seat Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany in a 12-round heavyweight bout which is being presented by K2 Promotions. We recently caught up with Teddy Atlas as he helps prepare Alexander Povetkin for his upcoming bout to get his take on the fight, the latest on his foundation, and more, here’s what he had to say. (more…)
By Andreas Hale
Juan Diaz: “I didn’t think this fight would happen after the two fights with Malinaggi but here I am with this great opportunity….I’m taking full advantage of the situation and I’m training my butt off. My intensity is increasing and my sparring partners are feeling it….I know that the game plan I had in the 1st fight was working. It was really close and I had the edge but what I deviated from was when Ronnie said to apply the same amount of pressure. I kept up the pressure but I was leaving myself wide open to uppercuts. I was stubborn, kept pushing forward and squaring up. That’s what led to me losing the fight… What Marquez does well is that he thinks every second of the fight. What you hit him earlier with, you won’t catch him with later…I actually think that Marquez was slowing down in the later rounds. Once I got cut, it was like a lion who pounced on the prey. I think it energized Marquez and helped him out. If I didn’t get cut, I think it would be a different story.” (more…)
By Chris Perry
Former heavyweight champion Hasim “The Rock” Rahman returns to the ring Saturday night, Aug. 14 against tough veteran Damon Reed in Jack Fulton’s International Championship Boxing Series main event at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia. With hopes of climbing back into the heavyweight title picture, Rahman (47-7-2, 38 KOs) is fighting for the third time this year after stopping his last two opponents within four rounds. Reed (45-13, 32 KOs) is no pushover with bouts against Herbie Hide, Kali Meehan and Monte Barrett during his 15-year career. The full card and ticket information will be announced soon.
Don King has promoted many of the biggest main events and best undercards in boxing history, and he’s still building great shows as evidenced by the fact he has added another world championship to his “Gateway to Greatness” on Aug. 7 in St. Louis, which is now a world championship tripleheader. King had said he would move the IBF junior middleweight championship featuring titleholder Cory Spinks against IBF mandatory challenger Cornelius “K9″ Bundrage—originally scheduled for June 12— to Scottrade Center in St. Louis on Aug. 7. He made it official today.
In King’s other two world championship fights, 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). (more…)
By Karl Freitag
For heavyweight Manny “El Toro” Quezada (29-5, 18 KOs) his August 13th fight against world rated Cristobal “The Nightmare” Arreola (28-2, 25 KOs) “means everything.” Arreola, on the other hand, dismissed Quezada as another opponent. “I’m just happy to be fighting again,” said Arreola. “I know this is Manny’s Super Bowl. This is his big fight and I’m sure he’s going to train his a– off to try and knock my block off, but I know what I have to do to win. I’m the only person who beats myself and I’ve done that two times already. I’m tired of beating myself.” The will be televised by ESPN2 and take place at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA.
Promoter Dan Goossen announced today that local jr welterweight favorite Josesito Lopez (26-3, 15 KOs) will take on (21-1-1, 11 KOs) in the co-feature. Tickets are priced at $79, $59 and $29 (parking included with purchase).
By Ron Jackson
Former Olympian and South African junior heavyweight champion Danie Venter returned to action after an absence of 44 months to score a fourth round knockout over Kali Kilembe from the Congo, in Pretoria on Saturday night. Venter, who had his last fight on November 3, 2006 in Kempton Park was stopped in the sixth round by Gyorgy Hidvegi when challenging for the World Boxing Foundation cruiserweight belt, came into the ring at a heavy 246.9 lbs. (more…)
Jimmy Burchfield, promoter of Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc., sends his thanks to the fight community for their support during his father’s passing. He writes:
“I can’t begin to thank the boxing community around the world for the respect and support they’ve shown to my family and I after the recent passing of my father, Roy Burchfield, Jr. He was a great man and a big boxing fan. (more…)
Four highly-regarded prospects with a combined record of 52-1 with 28 KOs will put their skills and world championship dreams on the line in co-featured fights this Friday, July 16, on ShoBox: The New Generation, live on SHOWTIME ® at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from DeSoto Civic Center, Southaven, Miss. In the co-main event, promising, unbeaten knockout artist Shawn Porter (15-0, 12 KOs), of Cleveland, Ohio, will face fellow prospect Ray Robinson (11-1, 4 KOs), of Philadelphia, Pa., in a 10-round junior middleweight bout. Philadelphia’s Lanard Lane (12-0, 7 KOs) will put his unblemished record on the line against another talented, undefeated prospect, Mike Dallas, Jr., (14-0-1, 5 KOs), of Bakersfield, Calif., in an eight-round welterweight bout. In the main event of the tripleheader, world-ranked middleweight prospect Fernando Guerrero (18-0, 15 KOs), will battle tough, veteran Ishe Smith (21-4, 9 KOs) in a 10-round bout. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
The NABF has approved the Fernando Guerrero vs Ishe Smith for the vacant middleweight title.
Looks like former world champion Randall Bailey could be taking on former IBF champ Isaac Hlatshwayo in September. Contracts are in the air waiting to be signed but it looks like possibly a deal could be done by week’s end. The fight would probably take place in Belgium September 17. (Big thanks to Jason Ford)
Audley Harrison has moved closer to a world heavyweight title shot after moving up to 15th in the latest WBC rankings, making a potential shot at WBA champ David Haye more likely. “This makes a World title shot very much a reality and the dream is within reach now,” said Harrison. Eddie Hearn, Harrison’s promoter, added “We are looking at a number of options right now and we hope to make an announcement in the next two weeks with regards his next fight.”
The Ukrainian political party headed by WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko has renamed itself “Punch,” according to the Kiev Post.
WBC interim world champion Sebastian Zbik (29-0, 10 KOs) has says he’s ready for a firefight when he meets unbeaten Jorge Sebastian Heiland (16-0, 8 KOs) on Universum Box-Promotion’s big “Champion’s Night” on July 31 at the o2 World Arena in Hamburg. “With my trainer Artur Grigorian, I could already recognize some things on fight videos,” said Zbik. “Heiland is unbeaten, violent, very aggressive and has 1000% willpower. This will b a big challenge. He’s a typical Argentinian who never surrenders. I can’t underestimate him and I won’t. My sparring is going well, even if in the gym during the afternoons conditions are similar to a sauna.”
The card will also feature an attractive WBA super middleweight title clash between champion Dimitri Sartison and Khoren Gevor.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
IBO welterweight champion Lovemore Ndou (47-11-2, 11 KOs) talked to Fightnews today about his upcoming title fight with Bongan Mwelase (14-0, 12 KOs) on September 18 at The Emperors Palace in Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa. Ndou said he is not taking Mwelase cheap as he is a very tall (6′) welterweight and he had been a Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist but that he was confident of victory. (more…)
When Derek “Pooh” Ennis defends his USBA junior middleweight title against fellow-Philadelphian ‘King’ Gabriel Rosado on Friday evening, July 30, at the Arena in South Philadelphia, it will bring back memories of some of the local showdowns that once made Philadelphia one of the boxing capitals of the United States.
The list of outstanding fights reads like a page out of Who’s Who in Philadelphia boxing history: Al Ettore vs. Gus Dorazio, Bob Montgomery vs. Wesley Mouzon, Charley Scott vs. Sugar Hart, George Benton vs. Joey Giardello, Gypsy Joe Harris vs. Kitten Hayward, Bennie Briscoe vs. Cyclone Hart….
You could go on and on. (more…)
UFC® Returns To Texas – Tickets On Sale Thursday: UFC hits Austin with a middleweight showdown between Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace Demian Maia and Alan Belcher, plus a rematch between Matt Wiman and Mac Danzig – Wednesday, September 15 live at the Frank Erwin Special Events Center on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin. UFC Fight Club Presale starts Thursday, July 15 at 10am CT – Newsletter Presale starts Friday, July 16 at 10am CT (Presale Password is TEXAS) – Public On-Sale starts Saturday, July 17 at 10am CT
Dolphil Promotions has announced that Prizefighter super bantamweight champion ‘Big Bang’ Willie Casey (9-0, 6 KOs) makes his eagerly awaited return to the ring to fight Emiliano Salvini (13-11-1, 2 KOs) headlining the August 7th show at City West Hotel in Dublin, Ireland. According to Dolphil, the fight will be a European title eliminator. Casey was an unlikely winner of the 8-man Prizefighter boxing tournament in May, only getting an invite as a substitute for former WBC champion Wayne McCullough, who pulled out due to an injury. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former WBA super middleweight challenger Sam Soliman (38-11, 16 KOs) has mixed with the best 168 pounders and 160 pounders in the world including Winky wright and Anthony Mundine. He has also been the chief sparring partner for two of Australia’s greatest light heavyweights of all time in Danny Green (29-3, 26 KOs) and Paul Briggs (26-3, 16 KOs) who clash on July 21 at the Challenge Stadium in Perth, Western Australia over twelve rounds with the IBO cruiserweight title up for grabs. (more…)
WBO interim bantamweight titleholder Eric Morel pulled out of Saturday’s bout with champion Fernando Montiel citing the condition of “sciatica,” which he says claims has decreased his athletic performance 70-90%. The main symptom of sciatica is lower back pain. The WBO Championship Committee has requested an “interim certification” from Morel by 4PM Thursday, which includes a prognosis for his recovery and his treating physician’s opinion of whether he can reasonably return to active training and competition and reschedule his fight with Montiel within the terms of the purse bid. Morel was diagnosed by Dr. Patrick Anderson.
The undercard of the PPV heavyweight showdown between WBO #2 rated David Tua (51-3-1, 43 KOs) and Monte Barrett (34-9, 20 KOs) on Saturday at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City is set. Just added is hot undefeated jr. welterweight prospect Bayan “The Mongolian Mongoose” Jargal (15-0-2, 10 KOs) against James Hope (6-5, 4KO’s) over eight rounds. There are a total of eight fights scheduled all together on the card. In featured undercard bouts, undefeated welter Raymond “Tito” Serrano (12-0, 6 KOs), WBC #2 lightweight Anthony Mezaache (18-5-3, 4 KOs), and Olympian featherweight silver medalist Khedafi Djelkhir (6-0, 5 KOs) will see action. Also scheduled are lightweight Mike Perez (8-0, 3 KOs), light heavyweight Jason Escalera (8-0, 7 KOs) and 2009 NY Golden Gloves Champion Sean Monaghan (1-0, 1 KO).
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