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Three generations of the Duva clan – family patriarch and legendary Hall of Famer Lou Duva, son Dino and granddaughter Amanda – were joined by trainer Al Mitchell to form the greeting party for Chinese heavyweight silver-medalist Zhang Zhilei upon arrival at JFK Airport in New York on Friday. Training camp for Team China commences immediately at Fernwood in the Poconos as the Chinese amateur squad gets set to face the best of the USA on Friday night, October 1, when “Empires Collide” Manhattan’s Chinatown.
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten Ukrainian, WBO European 154-pound champ Dmytro Nikulin (21-0, 8 KOs) will cope with ex-OPBF ruler Yuki Nonaka (19-8-2, 7 KOs) on Sunday in Osaka, Japan. Both tipped the beam at 153.5 pounds today. It is an encounter of southpaws. WBO #8 Nikulin, under K2 Promotions, acquired the vacant WBO regional belt by scoring a third round knockout over Abdulaziz Matazimov in Ukraine last December. Nanaka, two inches taller and six years his senior at 32, forfeited his OPBF belt to Akio Shibata (who recently yielded the throne to Charlie Ota Bellamy) last November. Nikulin seems more skillful, faster and younger, but Nonaka may attempt to mix it up and hurt him with left crosses. Nikulin’s manager Alexander Krassyuk, responding to a TV interview, predicted his boy’s triumph either on points or by a stoppage. It will be a good fight to be presented by Amagasaki Promotions.
Ringside report by Felipe Leon
Photos by Paul Gallegos
After a spectacular showing in his ShoBox: The Next Generation debut last month where he upset the up-and-coming Chris Avalos, undefeated super bantamweight Christopher Martin (20-0-2, 6 KOs) received a rousing reception in his hometown of San Diego, Calif., as he stopped the experienced Jose Luis “Tapitas” Araiza (32-3, 23 KOs) of nearby Tecate, Mexico, in the eight and final round of the main event of Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate.” . . . . Click here for more
The full line-up has been set for tonight’s “Mexican Fiesta” card, televised live on PPV. In the main event, former champ Erik “Terrible” Morales (49-6, 34 KOs) takes on Willie Limond (33-2, 8 KOs), of Glasgow, Scotland, for the WBA International welterweight title. In the co-main, Edgar Sosa (39-6, 23 KOs), of Mexico City, is up against Filipino Ryan Bito (18-6-3, 6 KOs) for the WBA International flyweight championship.
Three more title fights round off the card: For the vacant WBC Silver lightweight title, Daniel Estrada (23-1-1, 19 KOs), of Mexico City, fights crosstown rival Reyes Sanchez (19-3-1, 11 KO); For the WBC Women’s super flyweight title, Ana Maria Torres (21-3-2, 13 KOs), of Mexico City, is up against Alessia Graff (24-1, 9 KOs), of Stuttgart, Germany; and, for the WBC Youth junior lightweight championship, Ramon Ayala (18-1-1, 8 KOs), of Tlaxcala, Mexico, fights Antonio Sanchez Gomez (9-6-1, 6 KOs), of Palacio Durango.
“Mexican Fiesta,” presented by Matiz Business Group, is distributed by Integrated Sports Media live from 9 PM / ET – 6 PM / PT on both cable and satellite TV, formatted pay-per-view for a suggested price $ 29.95.
World Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Col. Bob Sheridan (blow-by-blow) calls the fight alongside former NFL player and veteran boxing announcer Benny Ricardo (color analyst).
Photos: Bob Barton/Rumble Time Promotions
WBC #1 rated jr. flyweight and NABF champion Adrian Hernandez (18-1, right) weighed in at 115lbs for his non-title fight against Jose Luis Cardenas (6-10) tonight at the famous Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, California. Cardenas also weighed 115. (more…)
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
In front of an electric crowd at historic York Hall here, John O’Donnell and Tyson Fury scored decisive decision victories over their American opponents Friday on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME®. O’Donnell outworked veteran Terrance Cauthen by a referee score of 118-112 in the 12-round welterweight main event while the undefeated Fury won a lopsided but exciting eight-round decision over Rich Power with a shutout score of 80-72 in the heavyweight co-feature. (more…)
By Felipe Leon at ringside
Just one month after his big upset win over Chris Avalos, undefeated super bantamweight Christopher “S.D. Kid” Martin (20-0-2, 6 KOs) returned with an eighth round TKO over Jose Luis “Tapitas” Araiza (32-3, 23 KOs) at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in San Diego. Martin dropped Araiza with a left hook in round seven and finished him in the eighth with a body shot. Referee Raul Caiz Sr. waved it off at 2:03. Another good win for Martin. Araiza had fought in a WBO bantamweight eliminator in his last fight.
In the co-feature, unbeaten Olympian welterweight Luis Enrique Grajeda (10-0-1, 7 KOs) was knocked down in rounds two and six by Alan Sanchez (5-2-1, 2 KOs), but somehow managed to salvage an unpopular eight round draw. Scores were 75-75 on all cards.
Matt “The Sharp Shooter” Remillard will defend his NABF and NABO featherweight titles as he returns to action at the Mohegan Sun Casino on Friday, October 29th, it was announced today by TKO Boxing Promotions.
The 24 year old Remillard will be making his third appearance this year at the Mohegan Sun Casino, having already scored two brutal knockouts to raise his undefeated record to 22-0-0 with 13 knockouts.
On January 29th, Remillard successfully defended his title with a devastating third round demolition of Rafael Lora. He followed that up on May 22nd by crushing Carlos Rivera on his way to a fourth round stoppage. (more…)
Photo slide show by Chris Cozzone from today’s weigh-in in Vegas at the Palms: Click here
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australian lightweight Brett “Handful” Smith (8-0-1, 5 KOs) captured the national crown with a one sided ten round decision win over Jason Crowe (6-3-1, 5 KOs) at the Mansfield Tavern in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on Friday.. Smith controlled the action in most of the rounds connecting with accurate combinations consistently. Scores 99-91, 99-91, 99-91. Crowe had won the title in May 2009 by defeating Sedat Tasci. (more…)
A large list of pre-fight events are scheduled for Golden Boy’s September 18 Mosley-Mora pay-per-view card at STAPLES Centre and all of it is open to the public. A parade, media workouts, the final press conference, weigh-in, even Friday night’s Telefutura card will all be open to the fans free of charge. Saturday’s fight card won’t be free, but tickets start at just $20. (more…)
Photo and weights by Chris Cozzone
From the Palms Hotel Casino in Las Vegas:
For the IBF/WBA world featherweight titles:
Yuriorkis Gamboa 126 vs. Orlando Salido 126
WBA world lightweight title eliminator:
Brandon Rios 135 vs. Anthony Peterson 134
Diego Magdaleno 131 vs. Carlos Oliveira 134 1/2
Mike Lee 176 1/2 vs. Alex Rivera 173
Jose Benavidez 138 1/2 vs. Manuel Del Cid 138 1/2
Matt Korobov 160 vs. Anthony Greenridge 159
Danny Escobar 148 vs. Ricardo Calzada n/a
Promoter: Top Rank
Televised on HBO
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Today the WBA announced that it will call a purse bid for matches between WBA interim jr middleweight champion Nobuhiro Ishida and Austin Trout, as well as WBA super lightweight champion Amir Khan vs interim champion Marcos Maidana. The bidding will take place on Tuesday, September 21st at 10:00 a.m in the WBA’s Panama Headquarters. The purse bid will be directed by WBA Executive Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza and Ratings Chairman Jose Oliver Gomez.
The application for an Ishida vs. Rigoberto “Español” Alvarez (Canelo Alvarez’ brother) championship fight was denied due to the availability and willingness of leading available contender Trout. Ishida-Alvarez was planned for for September 25 at Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico against Rigoberto “Español” Alvarez. Pursuant to a separate Resolution, Miguel Cotto has been appointed super champion of the super welterweight division. The terms and conditions for such recognition are identified in that resolution. The Ishida vs. Trout bout will be for the now vacant WBA regular 154lb title. The winner of the Ishida vs. Trout bout, or Ishida if the bout results in a draw, must face Nelson Linares within a period of 90 days from the date of the bout.
Photos by Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
In a great atmosphere under glorious sunshine, surrounded by many fans and sheltered by the statue of the boxer that is located in the old part of the Mexican capital, Erik Morales, Willie Limond and the other fighters that will star on Saturday’s Bicentennial Gala on Saturday made the required weight. Everything is now ready for a great night of boxing at the Monumental Plaza de Toros Mexico. (more…)
Photos by KMG/Dmitriy Abramov
Wladimir Klitschko (57-3, 48 KOs), and Samuel Peter (34-3, 27 KOs), stepped on the scale today at Karstadt sports in Frankfurt. IBF, IBO, WBO and The Ring Magazine Champion Klitschko and former WBC Champion Peter will face off this Saturday at Commerzbank-Arena in Frankfurt, Germany. Klitschko weighed 112.0 kilograms (247 lb.) while Peter weighed 109.5 kilograms (241 lb.). Klitschko is a half-pound lighter than he was in Klitschko-Peter I. Peter scaled in 12.5 pounds less than the first fight. In the U.S., the fight will be shown on live ESPN3.com and rebroadcast the following day on ESPN main network. Tickets starting at €24 can be purchased online at www.eventim.de or by phone +49-1805-57 00 70.
The officials for Klitschko-Peter are referee Robert Byrd (USA). Judges are Steve Weisfeld (USA), Mickey Vann (UK) and Pawel Kardyni (Poland). (more…)
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
In a good action heavyweight bout, undefeated 6’9 knockout artist Tyson Fury (12-0, 9 KOs) won an eight round decision over ultra durable and previously unbeaten American Rich Power (12-1, 9 KOs) on Friday night at the historic York Hall in London, England. Fury had an impressive performance as he relentlessly battered the game Power, who took the bout on one week notice. Referee Jeffery Hinds, the sole scorer in the fight, gave it to Fury by a score of 80-72. (more…)
The weigh-in is are complete for the European title doubleheader at the National Stadium in Dublin on tomorrow’s Hunky Dorys Fight Night. European super middleweight champion Brian Magee and challenger Roman Aramian both had to strip to the bare essentials to make the 168 pound weight limit while the challengers for the vacant European Super Bantamweight title, Kiko “La Sensacion” Martinez and Arsen Martyrosian both tipped the scales right on the 122 pound weight limit.
Brian Magee 168 vs Roman Aramian 168
(European Super Middleweight Title)
Kiko Martinez 122 vs Arsen Martirosyan 122
(Vacant European Super Bantamweight Title)
Anthony Fitzgerald 163.5 vs Robbie Long 167
(Irish Super Middleweight Title)
Paul Hyland vs Robert DaLuz 124
Luis Garcia 175.25 vs Christian Cruz 173
Alexei Acosta 124.5 vs Oscar Chacin 122.5
Coleman Barrett 233.25 vs Remigijus Ziausys ??
Gavin Prunty 146 vs Arek Malek 144.5
Brendan Fitzpatrick 169.25 vs Mariusz Radziszewski 172
Update: Floyd Mayweather Jr. was just released moments ago from Clark County jail
Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been arrested and booked on charges of grand larceny according to the Las Vegas Review Journal. Floyd allegedly took an iPhone from an ex-girlfriend. The woman, who has three children from Mayweather, also claims Floyd abused her and threatened to kill her. Police confirmed to local media that the woman had minor injuries, however as of now no charges have been filed.
Prize Fight returns to the Fitz Hotel & Casino in Tunica, MS on September 25th with its latest installment of “Fights At The Fitz.” In the main event, fan favorite and heavy handed Dominic Wade (8-0, 6 KOs) goes up against Freddie Montoya (3-1, 2 KOs). Also, scheduled in a six-rounders are 2008 United States Olympian and amateur standout Gary Russell, Jr. (11-0, 8 KOs) versus Willie Villanueva (9-2, 2 KOs) in a featherweight bout and 2008 United States Olympian and Bronze Medalist Deontay Wilder (11-0, 11 KOs) making his Fitz debut against Mujaheed Moore (4-4, 3 KOs) in heavyweight action. In addition, featherweight Eric Hunter (14-1, 7 KOs) meets Andre Wilson (11-4, 9 KOs) in a scheduled six-rounder. #2 world ranked middleweight Fernando Guerrero will be in attendance for this fight to greet his Mid-South fans. For tickets call 800-766-5825.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos by Érika Montoya
Eric ¨Terrible¨ Morales 143 vs. Willie Lemond 143
Ana Maria Torres 114.40 vs. Alessia Graff 114.40
Edgar Sosa 111.76 vs. Ryan Bito 110.26
Daniel Estrada 134.20 vs. Ray Sanchez 134.20
Venue: Plaza Monumental de Toros Mexico, Mexico City
Promoter: Villuendas Promotions & KO Entertainment
TV: Live on Pay-Per-View at 9 PM ET / 6 PM PT
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By Jesse Kelley
“Jason Litzau has been offered the fight against Celestino Caballero on HBO, a purse was agreed upon, and we have accepted the fight,” said Bob Van Syckle, trainer of Litzau. “Jason Litzau is ready and willing to fight Caballero!” Litzau is the WBC #4, WBA #3, IBF #6 and WBO #10 ranked super featherweight. The Caballero-Litzau showdown is tentatively scheduled for the November 27th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
After registering the strongest victory of his career, world-ranked welterweight Freddy “El Riel’’ Hernandez (28-1, 1 NC, 19 KOs) of Lynwood, Calif., returns to the ring when he meets former world champion Mike Anchondo (30-2, 19 KOs) of La Puente, Calif., in the main event on ShoBox: The New Generation LIVE on Friday, Sept. 17, on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
One of the most talented amateurs to come out of Cuba in the past decade, 2004 Olympian Luis Franco (6-0, 5 KOs), puts his unbeaten record on the line against Wilton “Pretty Warrior’’ Hilario (12-1-1, 9 KOs), of Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic, in an eight-round super featherweight bout in the co-feature at Buffalo Bills Resort & Casino in Primm, Nev. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Steve Molitor 122 vs Jason Booth 121
(IBF super bantamweight title)
Venue: Rainton Meadows Arena, Houghton-le-Spring, England
Promoter: Frank Maloney
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Wladimir Klitschko 246.9 vs Samuel Peter 241.4
(IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight title)
Johnathon Banks 227 vs Saul Montana 258
Gabor Veto 140 vs Philipp Schuster 142
Domonique Dolton 160 vs Norbert Szekeres 158
Ali Ahraoui 151 vs Janos Varga 150
Bjoern Blaschke 193 vs Sebastian Tuchscherer ??
Venue: Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt, Germany
Promoter: K2/Top Rank
TV: Inter (Ukraine), RTL (Germany), ESPN3.com (USA)
Tickets: Starting at € 24, can be purchased online at www.eventim.de or by phone +49-1805-57 00 70
By Damrong Simakajornboon
WBO#1/WBA#3 Duangpetch Kokietgym (52-1-1,21 KOs) successfully kept his PABA 115lb crown as he stopped PABA#9 Edwin Tumbaga on Friday at the Municipality of Chiengyuen in Udonthani, Thailand. The source reported that the Thai fighter easily destroyed the Filipino with a vicious left bodyshot and scored a KO at 2:13 of round two. In other action, two-time WBA title challenger, current WBC#5 superlight Prawet Singwancha (41-3-2,25 KOs) mostly controlled the show before he impressively annihilated former PABA title challenger Smile Brown of Indonesia with a tough left hook at 2:04 of round five. WBA/WBO#15 lightfly Paiparob Kokietgym (9-0,7 KOs) dropped Indonesian#12 fly Safwan Lombok twice with his vicious body attack, finally scoring a TKO in round two of six round non-title bout. WBC female#12 and ABCO female 102lb title holder Buarimbung Lookjandaeng (17-0,9 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Dokfah Mor Tasanai in a six round non-title bout. This event was promoted by Kokiet Group Promotion.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Here are the weights for the Bang Time Boxing card tonight at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore:
Mike Paschall 168 vs. Ariel Espinal 173
Russ Shiflett 187 vs. Justin Riegel 186 1/2
Maurice Byarm 253 vs. Kevin Howard 267
Elias Bouloubassis 152 1/2 vs. Kevin Kibler 154
Dwayne McRae 260 vs. Mike Miller (will weigh-in later)
Dale Robeson-El 180 vs. Dan Shull 178
(Robeson-El had to lose two and a half pounds to get close to agreed weight of 180)
Andre Hemphill 172 1/2 vs. Frank Armstrong 171
TKO Boxing, promoter of Matt Remillard (23-0, 13 KOs), of Connecticut), says there is no truth to the recent announcement of a Nov. 27 fight on HBO against former IBF/WBA super bantamweight champion Celestino Caballero (34-2, 23 KOs) of Panama. Remillard has not agreed to fight Caballero and there is no fight, denies TKO.
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On a mission to become the first Mexican boxer to capture world titles in four different weight classes, the legendary Erik “Terrible” Morales is only one win shy of his 50th pro career victory, and the last fighter to defeat Manny Pacquiao.
Morales returns Saturday night to face WBU lightweight champion Willie “Hands of Steel” Limond (33-2, 8 KOs), of Scotland, for the vacant WBC Diamond super lightweight championship at the Monumental Plaza de Toros in Mexico City in “Mexican Fiesta” on pay-per-view at 9PM ET/6PM PT. (more…)
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
ShoBox: The New Generation invades the historic York Hall, one of boxing most famous and intimate venues located in London’s Historic East End, with a doubleheader featuring two of Britain’s top prospects against dangerous Americans opponents. John O’Donnell and Tyson Fury are not yet household names in the United States, but exposure in America may be all that the talented fighters are lacking.
O’Donnell will face 1996 U.S. Olympic bronze medallist Terrence “Heat” Cauthen in the welterweight main event while Fury will square off with unbeaten American Rich Power in the heavyweight co-feature tonight at 11PM ET/PT on SHOWTIME. (more…)
Jason Booth is planning to to anger big fight rival Steve Molitor, by taunting him about his brother who is in jail for murder. The Canadian (32-1) star defends his IBF world super-bantamweight title against Booth (35-5) at Rainton Meadows Arena, Houghton-le-Spring tomorrow night. Nottingham’s Booth is a big underdog, but been tipped off that the champion hates being sledged in the ring. (more…)
Photo by Mary Ann Owen/BoxinginLasVegas.com
When WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa steps into the ring against IBF champ Orlando Salido for his first title unification this Saturday (Sept. 11th, featured on HBO Boxing After Dark) at The Palms in Las Vegas, “El Ciclon“ knows exactly who to thank for the way his career has taken so far. “I have a fantastic team behind me,” said Gamboa in Vegas. “With my father Carlos who brought me to boxing and has always been a role model, my trainer Ismael Salas who I have known for many, many years, my promoter Ahmet Öner and my manager Tony Gonzalez who led me from my pro-debut to Las Vegas on the fast lane and the team of Top Rank who is doing a great job in putting together these wonderful shows I have the best team in my corner that a fighter can possibly have. But I also know that I wouldn’t be where I am right now if I wouldn’t work as hard as possible for my success.” (more…)
Photos and report by Big Joe Miranda
Top rated Canadian lightweight Steve Claggett (9-0-1, 4 KOs) and ‘Contender’ fan favorite Alfonso Gomez (22-4-2, 11 KOs) had a great sparring session today at the La Habra Gym in Southern California. Claggett will fight in his hometown of Calgary, Canada on the Sep. 25 bout against Dominican Republic’s Luis Ernesto Jose (29-6-2, 24 KOs). Gomez is planning to fight again sometime in the fall. Click here for more photos…
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