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Mikkel Kessler has successfully completed his sparring sessions at Berlin´s famous Max-Schmeling-Gym. The Viking Warrior will now travel to Denmark for the fine-tuning ahead of his WBA Super-Middleweight fitle defense against Gusmyr Perdomo at MCH Herning on September 12. “Everything went very well,” Kessler (41-1, 31 KOs) said. “The facilities at the Max-Schmeling-Gym are great and I really enjoyed the time in Berlin. I am in perfect shape and I will prove that in the ring against Perdomo.” U.S. premium TV network SHOWTIME will be airing the fight on a special Saturday prime time edition of ShoBox: The New Generation at 10 p.m. ET/PT (same day tape delay). Kessler is slated to participate in the hotly-anticipated Super Six World Boxing Classic, with a first-round meeting with Andre Ward coming up on November 21. Ward will also be in action on September 12, taking on Shelby Pudwill (also on SHOWTIME).
Jose “Carita” Lopez 114.2 vs Marvin Sonsona 115
(WBO jr. bantamweight world championship)
Steve Molitor 126 vs Dario Azuaga 124.6
Greg Kielsa 236 vs Kevin Montiy 259.8
Felix Mercedes 151 vs Dan Caron 150.4
Justin Fountain 146.6 vs Frankie Abbiw 145.8
Pedro De Melo 166.6 vs Stephan Boyd 165.8
Venue: Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario
Promoter: Orion Sports Management
Some of the best boxing talent from around the Beltway will be showcased in an eight-bout card, “Saturday Night Fights,” promoted by Ice Promotions and presented by Valcourt Building Services. Headlining the Patriot Center event is Northern Virginia fan favorite Jimmy Lange (30-3-2, 21 KOs) who will defend his World Boxing Council (WBC) U.S. National Boxing Championship (USNBC) 154-pound title against his former teammate from “The Contender” series, Jonathan Reid (34-11, 19 KOs) of Nashville, TN in a 12-round contest. Former WBO lightweight world champion and D.C. native DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley (35-11-1, 21 KOs) will battle Detroit’s Damian Fuller (30-6-1, 14 KOs) in the eight-round co-Main Event. (more…)
Middleweight contender “Ireland’s” John Duddy ((26-1, 17 KOs) will return to the ring on October 10th on Top Rank’s October 10th “Latin Fury 12″ card at the WaMu Theatre at Madison Square Garden. Duddy will face Michi Munoz (21-3, 14 KOs) of Topeka, Kansas. It will be Duddy’s comeback fight following his shock loss to Billy Lyell in April.
The proposed December 5 clash between middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik and Paul Williams in Atlantic City is still pending Pavlik’s recovery from an nagging injury to the middle knuckle in his left hand. “The Ghost” must undergo further examinations before a green light is given.
Ricardo Mayorga has filed a lawsuit against long time promoter Don King Productions alleging that DKP failed provide the contractually stipulated number of fights for him. Mayorga did pull out of a major fight DKP had arranged for him against Alfredo Angulo in February on short notice.
By Robert Coster
Haitian (of French origin) promoter/manager Jacques Deschamps seems to be expanding his horizons with the rumored signing of two French Olympians and a former European Champion. The boxers who would join Deschamps’ growing stable are lightweight Daouda Sow and featherweight Khedafi Djelkhir (pictured with Deschamps). Both Sow and Djelkhir had stellar amateur careers: Kedhafi was European Champion in 2007 and won the silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Games. Sow also won silver in Beijing, losing a razor-thin (11-9) decision in the finals. As pros, Djelkhir is 3-0, 3 KOs and Sow is 1-0, 1 KO.
The other possible recruit for Deschamps is former European jr middleweight champion Jimmy ” Pitbull” Colas (27-6, 11 KOs), born in Haiti. About Colas, Deschamps had this to say “Jimmy’s style is not your typical European standup boxer and because of this, he was victimized in Europe. Four of Jimmy’s so-called losses were outright robbery. I believe his career will really flourish in this part of the world.” Jacques Deschamps is a senior partner of Premium Boxing Promotions who operates in Panama City and it is therefore conceivable that the (possible) recruits would likely pursue their career in the Isthmus nation.
WBO super featherweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez (22-0-1, 13 KOs) makes his first title defense in the 12-round co-feature September 12th against WBO No. 9 rated Vincente Martin “El Mono” Rodriguez (25-2-1, 13 KOs) on the “Undefeated Champions” pay per view event, airing live in the United States from the Coliseum of Puerto Rico in San Juan. Martinez captured the WBO title March 14, stopping Nicky Cook in the fourth round of their title fight in England.”Rocky” believes his time is now. “”A lot of people know me after the Cook fight,” Martinez remarked. “I never refuse to fight anybody, anywhere, and that’s why we were so confident fighting Cook in his backyard. Rodriguez is going to try and surprise me. He doesn’t have anything to lose. I’ve heard that he likes to fight and, believe me, if he can fight I will knock him out because that’s what I like to do. (more…)
WBO interim strawweight champion Manuel “Chango” Vargas (26-3-1, 11 KOs) is in the final stages of his preparation to confront WBO champion Donnie Nietes (24-1-3, 14 KOs) for the full WBO title on the big September 12 Latin Fury card at the Palenque de la Feria de Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico. On the same night Julio César Chávez Jr. faces Jason LeHoullier and Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel goes against lefty Alex Valdez. Vargas, 28, has been training in his hometown of Lagos de Moreno, Jalisco, with his father Manuel Vargas. “The preparation has been intense,” said Vargas. “We know the danger of Nietes, but with a good physical condition we’ll be able to successfully face him. We are now very near the weight of the straw division.” (more…)
Bob Caico at Ringside; Photos by “Boxing” Bob Newman
2008 Olympian Jason “Big Six” Estrada, women’s boxing trailblazer Christy “The Coalminer’s Daughter” Martin and super middleweight prospect James McGirt, Jr. were all impressive winners Wednesday at the “Fight Night At The Fair” show presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports at the Mohegan Sun Grandstand in Syracuse, NY. Click here to read the
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Joey McCreedy 164 vs Eddie Caminero 166
(New England & EBA super middleweight titles)
Demetrius Andrade 153 vs John Williams 153
Vladine Biosse 175 vs Sam Norwood TBA
David Bauza 156 vs Antonio Fernandez 153
Diego Pereira 142.5 vs Damien Butler 148.5
Jay Holland 192 vs Rodrika Ray 197
Omar Pena 130 vs Israel Suarez 130
Venue: Twin River Event Center, Lincoln, RI
Note: Twin River has waived its 18+ rule
By Francisco Salazar
To say that the sport of boxing has changed over the course of decades is an understatement to say the least. Boxing is no longer on network television, some sports fans probably would not be able to tell you who holds a title in the Heavyweight division, and the UFC is gaining in popularity. Promoter Dino Duva is well aware of the state of boxing and feels that the talent pool is slowly disappearing in this country. Which led him halfway around the world to China last year during the Beijing Olympics. After watching four, yes four Chinese amateur boxers gain medals as opposed to one lone American (Deontay Wilder), it was then that Duva decided to make things happen. (more…)
We’ve been informed that long time Las Vegas boxing judge Bill Graham passed away on August 13 at Desert Springs Hospital. Graham was 93 years of age. A former boxer himself, Graham began judging at the ripe age of 68 and amazingly continued well into his nineties. Among the big fights he judged was the November 13, 1999 rematch between Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield. The last notable fight he worked was Monte Barrett against Tye Fields last year at the age of 92.
The stage is set for Golden Boy Promotions to co-promote the WBA’s annual KO Drugs event along with Promociones y Eventos del Istmo from Panama City, Panama. The blockbuster fight card, which will be a benefit for the National Association Against Cancer in Panama, will feature the WBA Interim Flyweight World Championship bout between Luis Concepcion of Panama and Omar Salado of Mexico in the twelve round main event. In the co-feature, a shot at WBA Featherweight Champion is on the line in a twelve round eliminator between Daniel Ponce De Leon of Mexico and Panama’s Roinet Caballero. The bouts will take place atArena Roberto Duran. (more…)
WBA interim super flyweight champion Nonito Domaire has reportedly been released from a hospital in the Philippines after a bout with dengue fever which brought his temperatute to 104 degrees. According to AP, the illness may have come from a mosquito bite.
The final presser for Saturday night’s “Imparables!” (Unstoppable) card in Ciudad Chihuahua, Mexico, was held today. In the main event, undefeated Chihuahua jr. middleweight Marco “Dorado” Reyes (13-0, 12 KOs) will take on Colombian Beibi Berrocal (6-1, 6 KOs) for the WBC World Youth superwelterweight title. Making his return in the co-main event, former world champ Jhonny Gonzalez (40-7, 34 KOs) will go ten at featherweight against Jose “Pegono” Mendoza (21-3-2, 17 KOs), of Colombia. (more…)
Tickets are now on sale as Chet Koerner’s TKO Boxing Promotions presents “High Stakes” an outstanding evening of world class professional boxing set for Saturday, October 10th at the Arena Theatre. Starting at $25, tickets can be obtained through the Arena Theatre Box Office (www.arenahouston.com, phone 713-772-5900). The Arena Theatre is located at 7326 Southwest Freeway (between Bellaire and Fondren) in Houston. Doors on the evening of the event will open at 7pm with the first bell at 8pm. . . . Click here for more
Welterweight challenger Joshua Clottey of Accra, Ghana, will train in Las Vegas at the Top Rank gym for his upcoming bout against Sugar Shane Mosley. Miguel Diaz has been hired to train Clottey. Diaz said Clottey will report to Las Vegas “…right around the second week of October.” The working date of the fight is Dec. 26 at a venue to be announced. Clottey last week agreed to fight Mosley on HBO.
Super welterweight Jason ‘The Hammer’ LeHoullier is making plans to head for Mexico to take on Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on Top Rank’s Latin Fury 11 scheduled Sept. 12. LeHoullier, trained by Bob Russo in Portland, Maine, will be in Mexico on Tuesday, Sept. 8. “LeHoullier has been mad man-like, training for this fight,” Russo said. Chavez vs. LeHoullier will be on Pay Per View.
All the shots from Tuesday’s Floyd “Money” Mayweather media workout in Las Vegas, Nev. Complete photo gallery by Chris Cozzone: click here
NABF cruiserweight champion Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey defends his title against veteran “Famous” Michael Simms in the 12-round main event Saturday night, September 12 at the Red Lion Hotel in Sacramento, California. (more…)
King Arthur Abraham presented his new “fortress” to the German media today as he welcomed dozens of reporters to a packed press conference at the o2 World in Berlin, Germany’s most modern arena. The 29-year-old, who is unbeaten in 30 fights (24 KOs), will take on Jermain Taylor (28-3, 17 KOs) in the opening clash of the hotly anticipated Super Six World Boxing Classic on Saturday, October 17, on SHOWTIME® (8 p.m. ET/PT). “For me two dreams are coming true at the same time,” King Arthur said. “Participating in the Super Six tournament is very special. It is the best against the best. And I always wanted to fight in front of a sell-out crowd of 12,000 fans at the o2 World in Berlin. I cannot wait to get in the ring with Jermain Taylor. I will not disappoint my fans. October 17 will be a night to remember.” (more…)
Just a few days from his big fight, undefeated world ranked Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is putting the final touches in his preparation for his September 12 showdown with Jason LeHoullier in Tepic, Nayarit in the main event of “Latin Fury 11″ the very successful boxing series that Top Rank and Zanfer Promotions have been putting together over the last few years and that will televised on Pay-Per-View in the United States. For more details and photos click here…
Boxing fans, get ready to climb “Through the Ropes” with the #1 boxing news radio show hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld! This week’s guest is Ivan Calderon. Call or email your questions to email@example.com. Through The Ropes airs live coast to coast on Thursday nights from 9:00 – 10:00 ET on 75 affiliates of the Sports Byline USA Broadcast Network, including great radio stations like KSHP 1400 AM in Las Vegas and WNSR 560 AM in Nashville. The one-hour show will also be heard on American Forces Network, Sportsbyline.com and Fightnews.com. Fightnews readers can listen live by clicking here tonight at 9PM ET.
All Star Boxing, Inc. “The New Generation”, Tuto Zabala Jr. and Deportes TELEMUNDO are teaming up once again to present their popular series of “Boxeo TELEMUNDO” on September 11 at Humberto “Chiquita” Gonzalez Marbet Plus Hall in Ciudad Neza, Mexico. In the main event Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez of Mexico City, Mexico will face Wilbert “Huracan” Uicab of Cancun, Mexico in a 12 rounder with the Mexican National flyweight title at stake. Hernandez, a former world title challenger, is currently ranked #6 WBC, #12 IBF, #14 WBO, and brings a record of 22-6-1, 11 KOs. Uicab, the current NABF Champion, is ranked #7 WBC with a record of 26-5-1, 16 KOs. There 7 fights scheduled with the first bell at 8:30 PM. Tickets are already on sale at Humberto “Chiquita” Gonzalez Marbet Plus Hall, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz #630, Colonia Benito Juarez, Ciudad Neza, Mexico or by calling (525) 557434132 or (525) 557432279. The main event will be televised live in the United States by the Telemundo Network at 11:35 PM. The show is being presented by All Star Boxing, Inc in association with Producciones Deportivas, Rafael Mendoza and Humberto “Chiquita” Gonzalez.
By Bob Caico at ringside
41-year-old female ring legend Christy Martin (49-5-3, 31 KOs) won the vacant WBC female light middleweight title via ten round majority decision over Dakota Stone (9-8-4, 1 KO) on Wednesday night at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, NY. Scores were 95-95, 98-92 and 99-91. The win came with a price, however, as Martin likely broke her right hand in the final round.
2004 Olympian heavyweight Jason Estrada moved to 16-2, 4 KOs with a seventh round stoppage of Zuri Lawrence (24-15-4, 0 KOs)
Super middleweight James McGirt Jr (20-2-1, 10 KOs) stopped Anthony Pietrantonio (6-3, 5 KOs) in round four.
As Everlast reaches its 100 year anniversary in 2010, the leader in pro and amateur boxing gloves plans to continue to serve as the premier brand in the boxing arena. In September 2009, Everlast will launch three new types of fight gloves (The MX, 1910, and Protex 3), marking the first time in history that Everlast will be providing fighters with a choice of fight gloves. “Choose your Weapon” is a marketing and product campaign that encourages boxers to explore their fight glove options in order to select the right glove that compliments their individual fighting style and physical attributes. This video is a look through the fighters’ eyes on the perception of their hands, as well as the emotional and physical requirements that go into selecting right fight gloves. The fighters’ view is complimented by insight on the design origin, construction, and performance characteristics of each glove by the Everlast product Team. No other brand on the market offers the fighter a choice, and thus it is imperative as the market leader in product and innovation that Everlast remain the Choice of Champions.
The Hanseatic city of Rostock on the Baltic Sea is again looking forward to a big boxing event. On Oktober 10th at the Stadthalle in Rostock, two world title fights, plus several other high-profile fights will highlight the next “Universum Champions Night.” Champions will collide in both world title bouts as unbeaten WBC/WIBF featherweight champion Ina Menzer meets jr. featherweight champion Esther Schouten in a rematch of their January clash considered by many to be the female fight of the year, and the “Killer Queen” Susi Kentikian will display her spectacular fighting style defending her WBA and WIBF belts against WIBF jr flyweight champion Julia Sahin. Also seeing action will be unbeaten heavyweight contender Denis Boytsov, unbeaten local featherweihght star Marcel Meyerdiercks and 2008 Olympic heavyweight gold medalist Rakhim Chakhkiev making his pro debut. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
On Wednesday at the famous Romanza Gym in Mexico City, Juan Manuel Marquez conducted a training day for local and international press. Marquez sparred with Antonio Fernandez, Alejandro Barrera and Juan Montiel in his preparations to take on Floyd Mayweather September 19 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Marquez looked very fast and seemed to be in tremendous condition. “I’m looking forward to the day of the fight and will try to do everything in my reach to defeat the best in the world at thise moment Floyd Mayweather,” said Marquez, “but I am also one of the best and looking to make boxing history.” (more…)
By Lee Bates
Just speaking with Rodel “Kid Rapido” Mayol of the Philippines (25-3-1, 19 KOs)one can tell the importance of his upcoming rematch with WBO light flyweight champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon of Puerto Rico (32-0-1, 6 KOs). This past June the two squared off in Madison Square Garden. The bout ended in a six-round technical draw because Calderon was unable to continue due to an accidental head butt he suffered in the fourth round. Mayol, who is promoted by boxing’s pound pound for king Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, is entering his fourth attempt to win a world title. A fact that he is very much aware of. “I may not get another world title fight and must take advantage of this opportunity,” said Mayol. (more…)
During a well-attended Media Workout Wednesday at the Pound4Pound Gym, Vitali “Dr. Ironfist” Klitschko (37-2, 36 KOs) and K2 Promotions Managing Director, Tom Loeffler, announced that 100 tickets for Klitschko’s eagerly anticipated WBC heavyweight title defense against unbeaten, No. 1-ranked Cristobal Arreola (27-0, 24 KOs), of East Los Angeles, Saturday, Sept. 26, at STAPLES Center would be donated to Southern California firefighters.
“Vitali has a house on the hillside in Los Angeles where he can see all the fires, and he really appreciates the hard work and dedication from all the firefighters,” Loeffler said. “Donating 100 tickets to the Firefighters Association is Vitali’s way of thanking them for all their hard work and efforts while putting their lives on the line to keep the people of Los Angeles safe.” (more…)
On October 16th, Greg Robinson’s Power Productions will celebrate the tenth anniversary of the successful promotional company in grand style as a bout of major proportions will serve as the main event for the special card. In a twelve round bout for the USBA jr. middleweight title, Derek “Pooh” Ennis (18-2-1, 12 KOs) will take on James Moore (17-2, 10 KOs). “This fight is fitting and appropriate for my 10th anniversary show,” said Robinson. “The Blue Horizon is where I started and to have this kind of fight headline the show plus a packed undercard will make it a very special night.“ (more…)
Floyd “Money” Mayweather opened up his gym in Las Vegas with a BBQ and a bang today, giving the media a sneak peek of his peak form. On Sept. 19, Mayweather ends his retirement from boxing in a return against Mexican great Juan Manuel Marquez. Pictured: Floyd Mayweather, Sr. holds the heavy bag for Floyd, Jr. Stay tuned tomorrow for a complete photo gallery.
“It was a recommendation, not a ruling,” stated Greg Sirb, the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission (PSAC). FightNews and other media reported that the PSAC had changed the initial verdict of a ‘Technical Decision’ to a ‘No Contest’ decision regarding the outcome of the August 14th contest between heavyweight contenders Brian Minto and Donnell Holmes but it was revealed today that the “No Contest” status was only a recommendation and that a second hearing for the Minto camp will be held in approximately two weeks. “I am relieved to hear that the ‘No Contest’ verdict was only a recommendation,” said Pat Nelson, the advisor to Minto. “The tape and the testimony of the referee (Rick Steigerwald) will prove that Brian was cut by a headbutt.” Minto concurred: “I know when I get a headbutt. The cut didn’t even require stitches because it was such a clean cut. The cut was straight up and down. A glove tears you skin,” explained Minto. “Brian controlled the fight from the opening bell,” said Nelson. “You can watch the tape and see that Holmes would have been knocked out in another round!” Check out the Minto vs. Holmes bout yourself at: www.Mintofight.com
Fightnews.com has been informed that Gary Shaw Productions has won a WBO purse bid today to promote the bout between WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley and interim titlist Lamont Peterson. Shaw bid $575,000 against Top Rank’s bid of $451,000 to secure the event during a proceeding at WBO headquarters in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The bout will take place on December 5th and likely land at the Agua Caliente Casino/Spa in Rancho Mirage, California. SHOWTIME will televise.
The President of the Republic of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, received Gary Shaw, promoter of world super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan, and Gagik Tsarukyan, President of Armenia’s Olympic Committee, on Tuesday in the Presidential Palace located in Armenia’s capital city of Yerevan. Shaw informed President Sargsyan that he plans to organize a Darchinyan world title fight in Armenia for spring 2010. Darchinyan, a two-division world champion, is a native of Armenia. (more…)
By Lee Bates
WBO super flyweight champion Jose ‘Carita’ Lopez (39-7-2, 32 KOs) of Puerto Rico and his upcoming challenger Marvin Sonsona (13-0, 12 KOs) of the Philippines squared off for the first time today in Ontario, Canada. The two will fight for real this Friday September 4th at the Casino Rama in Ontario Canada. The PR Best Boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera) Promoted Lopez was very confident of victory at their press conference held today. “I can tell you that I have come very well prepared for this fight. I know that Sonsona has youth in his favor but I see myself knocking him out,” said Lopez.
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