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A press conference was held Monday in Schwerin, Germany for Saturday’s huge “Universum Champions Night” event featuring two world title bouts and an important WBO eliminator. The combatants faced off today for the first time. “This will be no easy task,” said WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer who faces challenger Alejandro Lakatos. “Lakatos is a stinker and a fighter who never gives up.” Killer Queen Susi Kentikian stated “Everybody has a weakness, even Arely (challenger Arely Mucino). I will find it and exploit it in the ring!” Rumblings were also heard from cruiserweights Alexander Alekseev and Denis Lebedev, who collide to determine the mandatory challenger for Marco Huck. (more…)
By Ricardo Conde
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WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (25-0, 11 KOs) of Palm Springs, CA will move up in weight to take on undefeated welterweight contender “El Potro” Luis Carlos Abregu (29-0, 23 KOs) of Argentina to headline HBO’s latest edition of B.A.D. “Boxing After Dark” on Saturday, July 17 at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, CA which is being presented by Gary Shaw Productions and Thompson Boxing Promotions, remaining tickets can be purchased at The Show box office, online at www.HotWaterCasino.com/TheShow or by calling 800-585-3737. For more details and photos click here…
World champion Juan Manuel Lopez and wife Barbara will be married in a church on Sunday. “We were first married in a civil ceremony,” said Juanma. “At the time that was all we could afford. Now we are going to have a nice church wedding. We are both excited and can’t wait,” Juanma said. The guest list is over 250 friends and family. Lopez announced the wedding plans following a riveting performance and knockout win over challenger Bernabe Concepcion on Saturday at the Coliseo in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico.
Unbeaten middleweight Matt Korobov of Russia is back in the gym, working with chief trainer Kenny Adams in Las Vegas. Korobov was out for weeks with a nasal septum deviation. “Everything is fine now. Matt is training every day,” said manager Cameron Dunkin.
U.S Army Chief Warrant officer Steven Badgley, who fought at Madison Square Garden last month, has been tranferred from Fort Drum, N.Y. to a base in Colorado. “I’m very busy training as a soldier right now, but I do plan to stay in boxing,” he said.
Mexican fighter Hernan ‘Tyson’ Marquez, who lost to Nonito Donaire in a 115-pound fight on Saturday night in Puerto Rico, said he plans to return to the 112-pound divison. “That is where I belong,” he said. …..
Meanwhile, Donaire said he will moving from the 115 pound division to bantamweight at 118 pounds.
By Ricardo Conde
Current interim WBO junior middleweight champion Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (18-1, 15 KOs) of Mexico will step back into the ring on Saturday, July 17 against former WBA junior middleweight champion Joachim “Ti-Joa” Alcine (32-1, 19 KOs) at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, CA in a 12-round junior middleweight bout for the vacant WBC Continental Americas junior middleweight title and will be televised live on HBO’s latest edition of B.A.D. “Boxing After Dark” which is being headlined by WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley taking on Luis Carlos Abregu and is being presented by Gary Shaw Productions and Thompson Boxing Promotions, remaining tickets can be purchased at The Show box office, online at www.HotWaterCasino.com/TheShow or by calling 800-585-3737. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Ukrainian born and Australian based welterweight, Victor Chermous (9-1, 4 KOs), retained the NSW State title championship against Chad Roy Naidu (2-10-3, 1 KO) by scoring an eight round decision victory at the Revesby Worker Club in Revesby, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Friday. Chermous won the title in May 2010 by stopping Filipino Ariel Omongos in three rounds. Chemous has been based in Australia for several years but was born in Vinitza, Ukraine. He has previously held the NSW light middleweight title. Light middleweight star John Krishna (5-0-1, 1 KO) stopped veteran Fijian Pita Tabauna (22-18-4, 11 KOs) in round one. Light middleweight John Akaulola (4-4-1) outscored Ruben Kennedy (5-5, 1 KO) in four action rounds. The promoter is former Australian lightweight and welterweight contender Paul Nasari of Neutral Corner Promotions.
By Ricardo Conde
Photo by Ricardo Conde
Heavyweight contender Manuel “El Toro” Quezada (29-5, 18 KOs), trained by former junior lightweight champion Robert Garcia in Oxnard, CA, will take on Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (28-2, 25 KOs) on Friday, August 13th at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA in the main event on the latest edition of ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” which is being presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions. Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000 or at the Citizens Business Bank Arena box office. Click here for more photos…
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Filipino 122 pounder Ariel “Machine Gun” Del Gado (18-5-2, 7 KOs) will be back in action on Friday when he will clash with Chen Manoprungrut over ten rounds at the Thonburi University in Bangkok, Thailand. Del Gado, who resides in Silay City, Occidentla, Philippines, lost to the world featherweight challenger Bernabe Conception by technical decision in five rounds in 2006 but stopped Japanese Zaragoza Uema in two rounds in 2010. Also in action will be PABA featherweight champion Muhammad Des Afrizal (8-4, 5 KOs) who will battle Thai Padjai “The Sniper” Yongyuthgym (6-0, 5 KOs) over twelve rounds. (more…)
WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer (36-2, 29 KOs) and challenger Alejandro Lakatos (31-5-2, 23 KOs) pose during a Monday photo shoot for their world title showdown in Schwerin, Germany.
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Former WBA welterweight champion Yuriy Nuzhnenko (30-1-1, 14 KOs) was the featured guest on the Internet-TV “RingSide Show” hosted by Fightnews.com writer Alexey “Oscar” Potapov. On July 16th at the Bolton Arena in Bolton, Lancashire, England, Nuzhnenko will face European welterweight champion Matthew Hatton (39-4-2, 15 KOs), the younger brother boxing superstar Ricky Hatton. (more…)
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Italian light middleweight warrior Francesco Di Fiore (11-5-1, 4KOs) won the first national title of his pro career in front of his home crowd Friday night at Chiavacci Stadium in Prato, Italy. Di Fiore dethroned stablemate Lenny Bottai (11-1, 4KOs) over ten entertaining and cruel rounds of boxing and took the Italian title at 154 lbs. It was a give-and-take affair starting from the opening minute and Di Fiore got a majority nod through scores of 96-94; 96-94 and 95-95 (Fightnews had it 97-93 from Di Fiore).
In the chief support, super middleweight Matteo Rossi (2-0, 2KOs) showed an impressive punching power and stopping Giuseppe Loffredo (3-4-1, 1KO) in four rounds. The card was promoted by Sergio Cavallari and the main event televised in Italy by Rai Sport Più.
By Felipe Leon
After Rodrigo Juarez suffered an inner ear injury last week during sparring, Hugo Hernandez (11-1-1, 10KOs) of Culiacan, MX, has bee called up to face Tijuana’s newly crowned WBC FECARBOX jr. lightweight champion Antonio “Cañitas” Lozada Jr. (22-0, 19KOs) on July 24th in Tijuana, MX, in the main event of “Full Impact”, televised by Televisa in all of Mexico. The fight card presented by Baja Boxing has suffered major changes from a different date (originally slated for July 17th) to a couple of different opponents for the main event. After Juarez’s injury, the call was made to the current Nicaragua national and Fedcaribe champion Rosemberg Gomez. Gomez was rejected after not being able to secure a visa. The venue has also changed, going from the legendary El Foro Threatre to now the Caliente Racetrack where the eleven bout fight card will be part of the Tecate Box Tour, a “NFL Experience” type of extravaganza. (more…)
This Wednesday night at The Arena in South Philadelphia, 2008 Olympic Gold Medal winner Felix Diaz (5-0, 3 KOs) will now take on Broderick Antoine (10-10-1, 5 KOs) in the eight round co-feature. In the main event, undefeated Israeli cruiserweight Ran Nakash (24-0, 18 KOs) meets Victor Barragan (11-5, 3 KOs).
On a knockout card, the School of Hard Knocks, under Isidro Castillo, and star pupil, Edgar Zubia, all from Hobbs, debuted at the Club La Sierra in their hometown. In six well-matched bouts, just one ending early, the crowd got increasingly boisterous until it nearly boiled over during the main event, when the 600 or so in attendance started to sound like 2,000. An easy win for their hometown favorite, Edgar “Z” Zubia, however, wasn’t in the books as the Hobbs hometowner from the School of Hard Knocks was forced to endure, well, a hard lesson in hard knocks brought upon him by underestimated Roswell foe John “Smiley” Herrera . . . click here for more
By Joe Koizumi
Ex-WBC flyweight champ, Japan-based Filipino southpaw Malcolm Tunacao (26-2-3, 15 KOs), 117.75, kept his OPBF bantam belt as he connected faster combinations with better precision than previously unbeaten, WBC#5/WBA#9 Kohei Ohba (27-1-1, 11 KOs), 118, winning a unanimous decision (all 116-112 by all Japanese judges) over twelve see-saw rounds on Sunday in Nagoya, Japan. (more…)
Photos: SP Management
Even 5 years after he retired, Mike Tyson is still very popular in Italy. That’s why SP Management – a show-biz agency led by Stefano Pugnali – invited the former world heavyweight champion on a promotional tour of the Northern and Central areas of the country. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos: Mike Greenhill
Great Falls, VA junior middleweight Jimmy Lange bounced back from a tough unanimous decision loss in March to knock out Weymouth, MA’s Jimmy “The Dream” LeBlanc in the second round. LeBlanc showed an early advantage by catching Lange with a left hand in the first round. But, as the boxers came from their corners to start the second round, Lange completely took over, scoring with a right hand to the body and a left to the head dropping LeBlanc for the first time. Two knockdowns later, referee Joe Cooper stopped the contest at 1:31 of the round. (more…)
It took less than six minutes for WBO featherweight world champion and Puerto Rican star Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez to dispatch an outmatched Bernabe Concepcion on Saturday night at Coliseo De Puerto Rico in Hato Rey, just outside of the capital city of San Juan. After four knockdowns in the explosive—albeit short—fight, referee Luis Pabon halted the bout at 2:37 of round two, awarding Lopez the TKO to the delight of his hometown fans.
In the co-feature, interim WBA super flyweight world champion the “Filipino Flash” Nonito Donaire defended his title with an eighth-round technical knockout over young Hernan Marquez of Mexico. (more…)
By Karl Freitag and Flattop
Fightnews.com has learned the details behind the New York State Athletic Commission’s suspension of Golden Boy Promotions. Oscar De La Hoya’s promotional powerhouse was placed under administrative suspension over a snafu involving the NYSAC’s request for promotional agreements involving the May 15 Amir Khan-Paul Malignaggi event in the Theater at Madison Square Garden. Golden Boy Promotions COO David Itskowitch explained to Fightnews that since those agreements contain confidentiality clauses and New York is a “public information state,” the Muhammad Ali Act provides for those documents to be submitted to the Association of Boxing Commissions, which has been done. Itskowitch, added that the NYSAC had never given him a deadline nor communicated that a suspension was being considered. We would expect this to be cleared up in fairly short order one the NYSAC, the ABC and Golden Boy get on the same page.
Regarding reports of an alleged accounting discrepancy involving a half-million dollars from the event, Fightnews.com has spoken to two reliable sources with knowledge of the situation, and neither said that information is accurate.
Pinnacle Boxing Promotions’ first show took place Saturday night at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds Sports Arena in Nashville. In the main event, welterweight Luis “El Taino” Galarza (16-2, 13 KOs) stopped Rodney Freeman (5-15, 3 KOs) in round two. Good to see Galarza back as he displayed some nice power. (more…)
By John Robbins / FightNews Canada
In a bloody main event at the Hershey Centre, Tebor Brosch won the vacant Canadian (CPBC) welterweight title with a seven round technical decision victory over Justin Fountain moments ago in Mississauga, Ontario. The contest was halted by the ringside physician with both fighters cut and bleeding over both eyes. The judges were split on trying to decide on a clear winner. Scores of the bout saw Brosch (6-3-4, 2KOs) ahead on two scorecards 68-65 and 68-66 while Fountain (6-3-3, 2KOs) was up on the third card 67-66 giving Brosch the decision victory and the national welterweight title.
On the undercard, undefeated Super Featherweight prospect Logan McGuinness (11-0-1, 5KOs) destroyed Jorge Banos, dropping the Quebec champ twice and forcing the ref to stop the fight in 2 minutes and 17 seconds. At the same time as the referee made his decision, so did Banos’ corner as they threw the white towel into the ring. McGuinness landed vicious body shots at will and just whooped Banos (6-7-3) from pillar to post.
In a battle of undefeated cruiserweights, Mississauga’s Denton Daley kept his winning streak intact, scoring a unanimous decision victory over Montreal’s Pasteur Mbuyi. Daley’s devastating power showed itself once again early in the second round, bringing the crowd at the Hershey Centre into a frenzy as Mbuyi clearly hit the deck from an uppercut however the referee did not acknowledge the knockdown. Daley displayed a veteran’s poise from there on in, outboxing his Montreal counterpart for the duration of the bout. Official scores read 39-37 (twice) and 39-36. Daley improves to 3-0 (1KO) while Mbuyi drops to 2-1.
Orangeville, Ontario’s Ryan Wagner stopped Chris Aucion at the 0:36 second mark of the 3rd round in a 4 round light middleweight contest. The ever ready Aucion was brutally dropped in the opening round, and rocked hard in the 2nd round, before an exclamation mark of a right hand stopped the action for good in the third round! Wagner improves to 2-0 (1KO) while Aucoin slips to 3-4-1.
In the opening bout of the evening at the latest installment of United Promotions 2010 Pro Boxing Series, Jonas Pierce was awarded a unanimous decision over Horace Hunter (0-2) in a 4 round Light heavyweight bout. Scores of the bout read 39-37 across the board in favor of Pierce, who was making his pro debut. The Hershey Centre faithful gave the officials an earful, obviously feeling that Hunter had done more than enough to achieve victory.
WBC #3 welterweight Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (33-0-1, 25 KOs) scored a brutal sixth round TKO over #14 rated Luciano Leonel Cuello (26-2, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Arena VFG in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. In what had evolved into a highly charged grudge match, Alvarez dropped Cuello in both the first and second rounds. Cuello stayed on his feet for the rest of the fight, but it was all one-way traffic from Canelo and the beating was finally stopped in round six. With the win, Alvarez claimed the vacant WBC Silver super welterweight belt. Among those on hand were “The Golden Boy” Oscar de la Hoya.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
On Saturday’s Viloria-Soto at the Ynares Sports Arena, Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines, IBF Pan Pacific lightweight champion Al Sabaupan (13-0-1, 10 KOs) retained his title when he scored impressive knockout over Wonpichit Twinsgym (12-2, 11 KOs) in round one. Sabaupan attacked his 5’11 opponent from the opening bell – connecting with power shots to the head and body. At 2:10 of round one, referee Gene Del Bianco counted Twinsgym out after he was dropped by a barrage of power shots to the head. (more…)
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WBO Featherweight Champion Juan Manuel Lopez (29-0, 26 KOs) scored a spectacular second round KO over Bernabe Concepcion (28-4-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. In a wild round one, Juanma dropped Concepcion and went for the KO but was knocked down himself by Concepcion near the end of the round. Lopez roared back to floor Concepcion twice in round two, the second time the bout was stopped . Time was 2:37. Next up for Juanma is a bout with Mexican ring legend Rafael Marquez.
WBA interim super flyweight champion Nonito ‘Filipino Flash’ Donaire (24-1, 16 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over Hernan ‘Tyson’ Marquez (27-2, 20 KOs). Donaire fought from the southpaw stance for the first four rounds and had mixed results. He switched back to his normal orthodox stance in round five and dropped Marquez with a series of big punches. Donaire was in command from that point on. The end came in round eight when Marquez was floored by a hard uppercut in round eight. Time was 2:59. For more details and photos click here…
Heavyweight Kevin McBride (34-7-1, 29 KOs), returning from a two-and-a-half year layoff, was upset by spoiler Zack Page (21-29-2, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, New York. The 282lb McBride, best known for ending the career of Mike Tyson, was too slow to deal with the workrate of the quicker cruiserweight-sized Page and lost a one-sided eight round unanimous decision by scores of 80-82, 80-72 and 78-74.
Heavyweight Nagy Aguilera (16-3, 11 KOs) needed just 67 seconds to annihilate Roderick Willis (14-7-1, 8 KOs). Aguilera, rebounding from a KO loss to Sam Peter in an IBF eliminator, bumrushed Willis and unloaded until the bout was waved off.
Featherweight Luis Orlando Del Valle (10-0, 8 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over Pasqual Rouse (20-15-3, 11 KOs). The bout was for the NY State championship.
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Undefeated welterweight prospect Mike “MJ” Jones (22-0, 18 KOs) retained his NABA and NABO titles with a dominant but somewhat controversial fifth round knockout of Irving Garcia (17-5-3, 8 KOs) on Friday night’s boxing card in Boardwalk Hall’s Adrian Phillips Ballroom in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The nationally televised victory on SHOWTIME’s popular ShoBox series put the hard hitting Philly welterweight one step closer to a world title shot. “I want Andre Berto next, said Jones after the fight. “I think that is a fight that would be fight that the major networks would definitely want.”
Jones’ promoter, Hall of Famer J Russell Peltz, also spoke on the future of the rising welterweight superstar. “Mike really wants the Berto fight and If Berto wants it then that is what we will do,” said Peltz. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
It was announced in the Mexican press Rodolfo Garay (27-18-1, 18 KOs) and Luis Valdez (14-5-1, 7 KOs) will be fighting for the WBA Contiental Americas bantamweight title on July 16 in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. The WBA Board, however, has not sanctioned that fight and wants to clarify that the regional belt will not be in play for that fight.
Former two-time light flyweight champion Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria (27-3, 15 KOs) edged out Omar Soto (19-7-2, 13 KOs) by split decision over ten rounds on Saturday night at the Ynares Sports Arena in Manila, Philippines. Viloria prevailed by scores of 97-93, 97-93 on two cards, while Soto was up by an identical 97-93 on the third card. Viloria was returning from his TKO loss to against Carlos Tamara, when he lost his IBF belt in January. Manny Pacquiao and Gerry Penalosa were among those in attendance.
Looks like WBO bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel will fight Rafael Concepcion after all on July 17 at the Palenque de la Feria in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico. Concepcion was originally slated to face Montiel on that date, but was moved to the undercard in favor of WBO interim bantam champ Eric Morel. Morel, however, has now pulled out of the fight citing an undisclosed injury and Concepcion is back in the frame.
Jimenez Communications Inc. and Rafael Soto Comunicaciones announced today that the July issue of Boxeo La Revista will be available next week in Chiapas, Mexico during the big boxing card where Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel will defend his world championship against Eric Morel. The magazine which had been published as the official program of the “Latin Fury” boxing series is now available as a monthly magazine and will cover upcoming fights, will have results of fights and as well as reports on past boxing stars and the stars of the future. The digital edition of the magazine is now available. (more…)
In non-Antonio Margarito related business at Friday’s Nevada State Athletic Commission meeting, the officials for the July 31 fight between Juan Manuel Marquez and Juan Diaz were selected. The referee will be Vic Drakulich, judges will be Patricia Morse Jarman, Jerry Roth and Glenn Trowbridge.
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