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By Gabriel F. Cordero
A unification fight between WBA regular jr flyweight champion Giovanni Segura and WBO jr flyweight champion Ivan Calderon was agreed to be held on August 28 at the Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez in Bayamón in Puerto Rico. The bout is already signed and everything is agreed to except the gloves. The original contract calls for Everlast gloves, but the team of Segura demands Cleto Reyes gloves. “I’ll demonstrate how it’s done, but will have everything against me,” vowed Segura.
With trainers Kevin Cunningham and Stacy McKinley on the line, you just knew things would get interesting during today’s telephone conference for the August 7th showdown between unified WBC/IBF 140-pound champion Devon Alexander “The Great” (20-0, 13 KOs) and former WBA super lightweight champion Andriy Kotelnik (31-3-1, 13 KOs). Click below for sound bytes.
Bantamweight Jose Navarro’s fight Thursday night at L.A. LIVE’s Club Nokia has been cancelled due to “opponent issues.” The new main event is unbeaten Olympic team member Gary Russell Jr. (10-0, 7 KOs) against former two-division world champion Mauricio Pastrana (35-14-2, 24 KOs) in the six rounder. Also featured will be a six round bantamweight battle between Nestor Rocha (21-2, 7 KOs) and Benji Garcia (14-15-3, 1 KO).
Photo by Ramon Cairo
With a press conference held yesterday in Buenos Aires, WBA Interim super lightweight champion Marcos Maidana officially announced his next defense of the title, which will take place on August 28th at the legendary Luna Park stadium against former world king Demarcus “Chop Chop” Corley. After he experienced serious managerial problems, Maidana put the house in order and is ready to go back to the ring, always under Golden Boy Promotions umbrella. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
After a two week hiatus, Zanfer Promotions’ boxing tournament “Guante Azteca (Aztec Glove)” returns to Tijuana, MX, this Friday, July 23rd at the Hipodromo Caliente, with a bang as the next fight card will be held as part of the TECATE BOX TOUR. The tour follows in the footsteps of the NFL Experience or All-Star Baseball Experience in which boxing fans can partake in different activities that test their boxing skills. The tour will make its stop in Tijuana from Friday July 23rd to Sunday the 25th. (more…)
Golden Boy Promotions has officially announced their agreement to promote a new boxing series at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The plan calls for a minimum of 12 boxing events a year during the multi-year term of the deal. Many of the events are expected to be broadcast on major cable networks. The regular boxing events will begin soon after the Barclays Center opens in 2012. Golden Boy will seek to include Brooklyn fighters including Daniel Jacobs, who is fighting for a world title on July 31 in Las Vegas. Golden Boy will be working with a group called Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment headed by Brett Yormark.
Universum Box-Promotion has announced that former WBC cruiserweight champion Juan Carlos Gomez (47-2, 36 KOs) will fight on their big July 31 card in Hamburg. It will be “The Black Panther’s” first bout under the Universum banner in five years. “We are delighted for Juan,” said promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl. “He was with us all those years and always remained connected. I believe in him. He can tear up the heavyweight division once again. He only has two defeats. Although he’s 36 years old, look at 39-year-old Vitali Klitschko and you can see how long you can still get maximum performance. He just has to want it. He must work closely with our training diagnostician. Everything will checked out. This is no picnic for Juan. It’s in his hands!”
Gomez stated, “I had some problems with my old promoter, so I called my first promoter who made me a world champion. Today I can appreciate how Peter Kohl was always fair to me. Now I’ll be returning to my boxing home. I’m glad that he gave me another chance and I can box on July 31. I’ll be diligent and won’t disappoint my fans. I still want to fight the best. After all, I have less defeats than Wladimir Klitschko…” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
IBO cruiserweight champion Danny” the Green Machine” Green (30-3, 27 KOs) scored a knockout in round one over Paul “The Hurricane” Briggs (26-4, 18 KOs) at the Challenge Stadium in Perth, Western Australia on Wednesday. Green connected with a left hand to the top of Briggs head and at 0:29 of round one American referee Pat Russell counted Briggs out. Green was visibly upset at how the fight finished and apologized to the fans in attendance and also the pay-per-view fans. Former world rated Shane Cameron now boxing at cruiserweight poundage challenged Green, “I will give you the toughest fight of your career.” (more…)
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Everlast Worldwide, Inc., the premier fight sports and fitness brand in the world, today announced an exclusive partnership with Shock Doctor, the leader in mouthguard technology. “We are very proud to partner with Shock Doctor,” said Adam Geisler, President of Everlast. “Everlast remains passionate and dedicated to creating the very best fight sports equipment and our partnership with Shock Doctor allows us to provide the most technologically advanced fight sports protection equipment on the market.” (more…)
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
EBA heavyweight champion Alexander Ustinov (20-0, 16 KOs) and mandatory WBA light heavyweight challenger Vyacheslav Uzelkov (22-0, 14 KOs) were the featured guests on the Internet-TV “RingSide Show” hosted by Fightnews.com writer Alexey “Oscar” Potapov. Uzelkov will challenge WBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov (9-1, 6 KOs) on July 24 at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California. (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum is planning on a trip to Monterrey, the Mexican city being eyed to host Manny Pacquiao’s Nov. 13 fight with Antonio Margarito. Arum, chilling out in his Los Angeles vacation home, said Pacquiao’s adviser Mike Koncz would also make the trip there as they explore the possibilities of staging Pacquiao’s bout there. The decision to visit Monterrey was arrived at Monday as Arum began holding talks with prospective Pacquiao opponents: Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto and the Mexican Margarito. (more…)
After the second round destruction of rising American Tony Grano last month, newly crowned NABA-US heavyweight champ Nicolai “The Stoneman” Firtha (18-7-1, 8 KOs) will return quickly to defend his title. The 6’6″ 250 pound Firtha is set to face “Lightning” Mike Sheppard (15-10-1, 8 KOs) in the ten round main event title on Friday August 20th at Nautica in the Flats in Downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Firtha is aiming to climb the WBA rankings, while Sheppard, 6’3″ 230 pounds, has won four of his last five. The co-feature will pit local prospect Dante Moore (6-0) against Corey Rodriguez (4-1-1) of Minnesota in a six rounder at junior middle. Locals Wilkins Santiago (1-0), Michael Moore (1-0), Julius Leegrand (3-0) and Damar Singleton (3-0) will also appear in separate four rounders. Tickets for the event are priced at $25, $50 and $75 and can be purchased by contacting Warner Promotions at (216) 854-0485.
By Peter Lim
Former heavyweight contender turned promoter Lou Savarese has been making worlds collide in Houston bringing the traditionally blue-collar sport of boxing to the posh and lavish confines of the Houston Club in Downtown Houston. The latest card on July 22, the fourth pro boxing show at the swanky venue, will feature a cast of local fighters including junior welterweight Tiffany Junot (8-2-1, 5 KOs), heavyweight Steve Collins (22-1, 15 KOs), heavyweight Skip Scott (7-1, 4 KOs), cruiserweight Willie Edwards (8-1, 2 KOs), junior welterweight Ivan Otero (1-0, 1 KO) and super middleweight Vashon Living (1-1, 1 KO). Ernie Shavers, one of the hardest punching heavyweights in the history of the sport, is scheduled to make a guest appearance.
Fight manager Louis Mesorana says contrary to published reports Marco Antonio Rubio has not signed or agreed to fight Sturm on Sept 4th. “We have informed all parties that there is no signed contract or interest in this fight right now. Rubio, is fighting in Mexico, August 14th.”
By Gerardo Martinez
Looks like boxing is back at Santa Ana Star Casino in Bernalillo, N.M. Today, at a press conference held there, Golden Girl Promotions and Eagle Boxing unveiled a dynamite card to take place there on Aug. 14. In the main event, undefeated Four Corners fighter Thaddine Swift-Eagle Johnson (5-0, 5 KOs) will take on Mexico’s Karina Hernandez (6-3-1, 4 KOs) for a handful of featherweight titles, the WIBA and GBU belts being the most prominent. In the co-main, Albuquerque’s Victoria Cisneros (5-9-2, 1 KO) will get another chance at prominence when she takes on almost-former-Holly-Holm-opponent, Melissa Hernandez (12-2-2, 4 KOs), of Bronx, New York. They will fight for a minor belt. (more…)
By Andreas Hale
“We’re not thinking of anything Diaz can do different in the rematch. We’re not going to be overconfident. We’re going in just like the first fight to take care of business.”
“We knew going into the Mayweather fight that it was going to be very difficult. What made it difficult was the excess weight Mayweather had – an extra 15 pounds. We gave it our all the entire time and just came up short.”
“It’s not harder at all (to train for fights at the age of 36). I get up with the same enthusiasm I’m motivated to defend my titles with the same amount of pride. I don’t know how much longer I will fight, that’s up to God to decide.”
(On the first match being recognized as “Fight of the Year”)
“It was very significant and very motivating. Keep in mind that it takes two to tango. Juan Diaz deserves credit as well. The rematch will be equal if not better than the first fight.”
“I want Manny Pacquiao. I want that third fight with him before my career ends. That is what my heart desires.”
El Paso’s hometown hero and #2 rated featherweight contender Antonio Escalante is now working with trainer Louie Burke. Escalante is currently preparing for his fight with NABO champion Edel Ruiz on August 6 at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. The Escalante vs. Ruiz bout will be nationally televised on TeleFutura.
Former two time world champion, Joan Guzman, was planning to make his return to the ring in late July; however, due to a medical condition that he was diagnosed with Team Guzman decided that it was more beneficial to their fighter if he were to make his return in the fall so his condition can be treated. Joan Guzman’s manager, Jose Nunez, informed us that “while Guzman was training everyone noticed that something was definitely wrong with him. He wasn’t himself and everyone knew that something wasn’t right. I took him to the doctor where he had many blood tests done. Guzman was diagnosed with having low levels of testosterone and high levels of blood urea nitrogen (BUN.)” (more…)
Former two-time world title challenger Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez (23-7-2, 12 KOs) will now face Jesus “Nakazato” Ceja (13-6-1, 8 KOs) on Friday night in a 12 rounder for the WBC Latin bantamweight title. The fight headlines a card at the Salon Jose Cuervo (Salon 21) in Mexico City and will be televised on Boxeo TELEMUNDO at 11:35PM ET/PT. Hernandez ws originally slated to face Breiler Teran (12-8-1, 4 KOs). The seven-bout card is promoted by All Star Boxing, Inc., “The New Generation” & Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr., in association with Producciones Deportivas, RB Producciones. Matchmaker is Jorge Gonzalez. Tickets are now on sale at $200 and $100 Pesos available at ticketmaster.com.mx and Salon Jose Cuervo.
The New York State Athletic Commission, after a hearing today, unanimously voted to lift the July 6, 2010 suspension of Golden Boy Promotions’ New York boxing promoter’s license. Golden Boy fined $10,000 for failing to provide the NYSAC with fighter contracts on a timely basis for their May 15 show in New York City. In related news, Golden Boy has issued a statement blasting “certain members of the boxing press.” (more…)
Notre Dame champion Mike Lee returns to action on a Top Rank Live! fight card on August 14 at the Laredo Energy Center in Texas. Lee, 22, is a Notre Dame graduate, majoring in finance. He is presently in Houston, training with Ronnie Shields. Lee said “boxing is my passion. If I hadn’t gone for this, I would have regretted it and been wondering what have been.” Bob Arum made the announcement today, saying “….Mike Lee is bringing a new fan base into the sport of boxing.” Lee will take on Keith Debow of St. Louis in a four round bout in the light-heavyweight division. This will be Lee’s second pro bout. On May 29 in his pro debut, Lee scored a four-round unaminous decision – 40-36 on all three scorecards – over Emmitt Woods in Chicago. The Top Rank Live! event in Laredo is promoted by Top Rank, Banner Promotions and Zanfer Promotions.
Former WBA Super Lightweight Champion
Olympic Silver Medalist in 2000
Born in Lviv, Ukraine, on Dec. 29, 1977
Height: 5’ 7 ½” – Weight: Super Lightweight (140)
Record: 31-3-1, 13 KOs
Andriy Kotelnik grew up poor in the large city of Lviv, Ukraine. Even though his family did not have great wealth, they instilled in their son a great love of family and community. In their wildest imagination, the family could not have guessed that young Andriy would one day capture the hearts of a million people who make their homes in this working class Ukrainian railway city, let alone the entire nation. But that is exactly what happened after Andriy won a spot to represent Ukraine at the 2000 “millennium” Olympic games held in Sydney, Australia. (more…)
WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm will apparently face Marco Antonio Rubio on September 4th in Cologne, Germany according to BILD. The bout will be Sturm’s first in 14 months.
By Ron Jackson
Former Cape lightweight and junior welterweight champion Bramley Whiteboy died in Cape Town recently from cancer. He was 53. (more…)
King Arthur Abraham welcomed a special guest on Monday when German Chancellor Angela Merkel stopped by to visit the renowned training facilities in Kienbaum. Hundreds of world-class athletes, including dozens of Olympic gold medal winners and world champions, use the sports center each year to prepare for their events. Team Sauerland also stages its training camps in Kienbaum, which is located 20 miles east of Berlin. Ulli Wegner and his fighters will return on July 28, moving camp from the Max-Schmeling-Gym to the sports center. (more…)
Former WBO super middleweight world champion Karoly Balzsay and 2009 amateur world champion “Golden Jack” Culcay will climb into the ring on the July 31 Universum Champions Night at the o2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany.
Balzsay (21-2, 15 KOs), who is now being trained by Michael Timm, will face Aziz Daari (24-14-4, 20 KOs) in an eight rounder. He is coming off consecutive deafeats to Robert Stieglitz (losing his world title) and Eddy Gutknecht but says he’s on the right track now with Timm.
Culcay (5-0, 3 KOs), the first German Amateur champion in 14 years will take on Ionut Trandafir Ilie (13-4-1) in a junior middleweight bout. “This will be the next level for me,” said Golden Jack. “But I’m hotly looking forward to the challenge.”
Two world title bouts top the card with unbeaten WBC middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik defending against Jorge Heiland and WBA super middleweight champion Dimitri Sartison defending against Khoren Gevor.
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By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australian based and Samoan born heavyweight Alex “Lionheart” Leapai (19-3-3, 15 KOs) will be back in action against former WBA heavyweight challenger Owen “What the Heck” Beck (29-5, 20 KOs) in a ten round contest at the Southport RSL Club in Queensland, Australia on August 12. Leapai scored his best win when he stopped American heavyweight Travis Walker (34-5-1) on June 30 in one of the best heavyweight battles seen in Australia for several years. Jamiacan born, but Nashville, Tennessee, USA based Beck lost in a WBA championship challenge against Giant Russian Nikolay Valuev in 2006. Tony Thompson stopped Beck, 34 years, in his most recent bout in four rounds. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australian lightweight, IBF #12 Lenny Zappavigna (23-0, 15 KOs) will return to ring action on Thursday when he will clash with Indonesian Billy Sumba (18-1-1, 4 KOs) over ten rounds at the Assyrian Sports and Culture club in Fairfield, NSW, Australia. Zappavigna, 22 years, captured the vacant IBO 135 pound title in March when he outscored Fernado Angulo over twelve action rounds at the Rancho Mirage in California, USA. Zappavigna trained by Tommy Mecure and promoted and managed by Gary Shaw. On the undercard, former 2004 Olympic heavyweight representative Adan Forsythe (7-0, 6 KOs) and light heavyweight George Xerras will be in action in six round bouts. The promoter is three time world champion and Hall-of-Famer Jeff Fenech. Televised on Foxtel Cable Television Network throughout Australia.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green will be featured in a world title bout against Paul Briggs on Wednesday despite the former two time WBC 175 pound challenger coming in over the agreed weight limit of 185 pounds. The cruiserweight limit is 200 pounds, but both Green and Briggs had several fights at the light heavyweight poundage of 175. Briggs weighed in at 192. 7 pounds over the agreed 185. Green said, “When you come in at three kilograms over the weight that was designated over nine weeks ago, it’s very unprofessional and it’s very disrespectful. It just proves to me one thing, that tomorrow night I’m going to punish Paul Briggs, I’m going to punish him bad.” (more…)
Ringside Report By Kurt Wolfheimer
Photography By Emily Harney
This past Friday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, the enigmatic junior welterweight Zab “Super” Judah (39-6, 27 KOs) once again proved that he is back and ready to take any of the world champions with a nearly flawless third round technical knockout of usually durable veteran Jose Armando Santa Cruz (28-5, 17 KOs) in the scheduled ten round main event. (More)
Former heavyweight contender Mac Foster (30-6, 30 KOs) has passed away at the age of 68 according to a report in the Fresno Bee. Foster is best known for his 1972 clash with Muhammad Ali in Tokyo, but he also faced the likes of Jerry Quarry, Cleveland Williams, Zora Folley and Joe Bugner.
In just four days undefeated Viacheslav Uzelkov (22-0, 14 KOs) of Vinitza, Ukraine will take on WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Beibut Shumenov (9-1, 6 KOs) in the scheduled 12-rounder on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights. “Shumenov is certainly talented but doesn’t have the experience needed to maintain champion status. I have complete confidence that I will exit the ring on Friday night as the WBA Light Heavyweight Champion. My flawless record says it all, it more than doubles his, so I am just going to keep doing what I have been doing. I’m going to win and take this title home.”
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