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By Robert Coster
“A gold mine on legs,” is what Jeff Ellis called him. “A box office magnet,” said by Rodney Berman. “A great young prospect with a killer left hook,” from Brian Mitchell. These are some of the praises being showered on South Africa’s hottest boxing prospect of the moment: 21-year-old crowd pleaser Tommy “Gun” Oosthuizen (11-0, 8 KOs), the IBO youth super middleweight and Pan African champion. The 6’4 southpaw is being hailed by the pundits and movers and shakers of South African boxing as a young man on his way to fistic stardom. (more…)
In a crossroads fight, former ‘Contender’ television series participant Ahmad ‘Babyface’ Kaddour (22-2-1, 9 KOs) will meet former Olympic bronze medalist Terrence Cauthen (35-6, 9 KOs). The main event bout will take at the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Delaware on August 27th.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA minimumweight world champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (25-0, 21 KOs) has received the sad news that his defense against Sammy Gutierrez (24-5-1, 15 KOs) scheduled for July 17 at Palenque Caliente Racetrack in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico is off. The fight would have been Gonzalez’ fourth defense and third in Mexico. Gonzalez, who is co-promoted by PRODESA and Teiken Boxing, had gone through a hard preparation for this fight. He is now considering a move to light flyweight.
Promoter Frank Maloney has signed a new two year contract with Sky Sports. Maloney and Sky have enjoyed a successful working partnership for nearly 20 years and the new deal starts in September. All future Maloney shows will be screened live on Saturday night’s and he said: “I am delighted to continue my relationship with Sky. They have a top class boxing team from top to bottom and you would go a long way to find a more professional bunch. It is a massive boost for boxing in general that they have decided to move our sport from Friday to Saturday and proves how committed they are.” Maloney has developed a heap of world champions during his time with Sky including former undisputed world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, Scott Harrison, David Haye and Paul Ingle. With Jason Booth and Rendall Munroe primed for world title challenges in the autumn, Maloney is confident that list will grow before the end of the year.
Jason Booth’s challenge for Steve Molitor’s for the IBF world super-bantamweight title has been rescheduled for Saturday September 11. The Nottingham star (35-5) will meet the Canadian (32-1) at Rainton Meadows Arena, Houghton-Le-Spring in Frank Maloney’s first show of the new season. The pair were due to meet later this month, but Molitor suffered a stress fracture to his left shin which left him sidelined. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Mikey Schultz faces the toughest test of his boxing career when meets Tineyi Maridzo from Zimbabwe in a return match for the WBO Africa super middleweight title at the Wembley Indoor Arena in Johannesburg on Thursday night. On November 20 last year Schultz 15-1; 10 was stopped in 86 seconds by the underdog Maridzo 4-6; 3 in a match for the interim title. Maridzo has since been elevated to full WBO Africa super-middleweight champion status and will now be making his first defense. (more…)
Ringside Report: David Robinett
Photos: Laura De la Torre
One hundred years ago this weekend, in Reno, Nevada, heavyweights Jack Johnson and James Jeffries met in the notorious “Fight of the Century,” where undefeated former heavyweight champion Jeffries came out of retirement to challenge reigning heavyweight champion Johnson. Flash forward a century and it was former flyweight world champions Ulises “Archie” Solis and Eric Ortiz taking center stage. (More)
Promoter Bob Arum said Manny Pacquiao has agreed to the demands of the Floyd Mayweather camp regarding random drug testing and now the ball is in Floyd’s court as to whether the fight is on or off. A possible issiue for Floyd is legal problems his uncle/trainer Roger Mayweather is facing that could disrupt Floyd’s training camp.
Room rates at the MGM Grand Resort in Las Vegas, as well as nearby properties, have been increased for the weekend of November 13 in anticipation of Pacquiao-Mayweather being finalized.
Antonio Margarito will be in Las Vegas on Friday appearing before the Nevada State Athletic Commisssion in hopes of being granted a license to box in the state. He has not been licensed in the United States since being suspended by the California Commission in early 2009.
Featherweight contender Antonio Escalante will return on August 6 against an opponent to be named at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas.
By Karl Freitag
The David Haye camp has stated that Haye does want to fight Wladimir, but they cannot accept certain “financial details.” What are those details? “The offer was 50%/50%, no options,” Wladimir Klitschko advisor Shelly Finkel confirmed to Fightnews.com. Finkel added that he hasn’t heard from David Haye’s manager Adam Booth in three weeks after initially speaking to him half-a-dozen times.
It seems the main hang-up was that the Haye camp wanted to keep 100% of the UK TV revenue and give Wladimir 100% of the German TV revenue. The Klitschko Camp wanted to put all the TV money in one pot and split it 50/50%, which they consider more than fair since Wladimir would be risking three belts to Haye’s one, and Wlad is widely considered to be the world’s true heavyweight champion.
Wladimir will now defend his belts against Alexander Povetkin on September 11 in Frankfurt, Germany, while Haye is expected to face Audley Harrison in an all-British affair in November.
Word is that heavyweights Cristobal Arreola and Manuel Quezada will headline an ESPN2 Friday Night Fights card on August 13 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. Both fighters, who campaign out of the Goossen Tutor stable, are looking to rebound from upset losses.
According to the David Haye camp, the reason a fight with Wladimir Klitschko hasn’t materialized is excessive financial demands of the Klitschkos.
Only limited seats are remaining for Friday night’s card presented by Classic Entertainment & Sports at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, R.I. The main event pits “Hammerin'” Hank Lundy (18-0-1, 10 KOs) against John “The Hammer” Molina (20-1, 16 KOs) in a 10-round bout for Lundy’s NABO lightweight title.
WBA super lightweight champion Amir Khan has been been given the all clear after having been hospitalized with a high fever. It was feared Khan might have caught malaria while vacationing in Africa.
Video: Joel A. Colón/PR Best
WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez shows his stuff in advance of Saturday’s night’s SHOWTIME-televised showdown against Bernabe Concepcion on Saturday night in Puerto Rico.
Saturday’s Vicente Escobedo vs. Raymundo Beltran fight on Telefutura is off. The new main event will be feature former Cuban Olympian Erislandy Lara (11-0, 6 KOs) against Puerto Rican power puncher William Correa (8-3, 8 KOs) in a ten rounder. The six round co-feature is unbeaten jr featherweight Ricky Lopez (7-0, 6 KOs) against dangerous Derrick Wilson (6-1-2, 2 KOs). The event takes place at the Softball Country Complex in Denver, Colorado.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Ukraine born and Australian based welterweight, Victor Chermous (8-1, 4 KOs) will defend the NSW State title against Chad Roy Naidu (2-9-3, 1 KO) over eight rounds at the Revesby Worker Club, Revesby, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Friday. Chermous has been based in Australia for several years but was born in Vinitza, Ukraine. He has previously held the NSW light middleweight title. Also in action will be light middleweight star John Krishna (4-0-1) and crowd pleasing 140 pounder Ruben Kennedy (5-5, 1 KO) in undercard bouts. The promoter is former Australian lightweight and welterweight contender Paul Nasari of Neutral Corner promotions.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former WBC flyweight challenger Xiong Zhao Zhong (13-3-1, 9 KOs) will be in action on Friday when he will clash with Yasuaki Sato (8-8-2, 2 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Expo Hotel in Kunming in China with the WBC Asian Boxing Council juniorr flyweight title up for grabs. Zhong dropped a twelve round decision to Daisuke Naito in a WBC flyweight title bout in May 2009 after having the champion on the canvas in round six. (more…)
Guy Clifton, who penned the wonderful “Dempsey in Nevada” book a few years ago, has teamed with fellow Reno Gazette-Journal staffer Ray Hagar (who you may remember as the sportswriter that Yankees manager Billy Martin notoriously punched!) to write a history of the Jack Johnson vs. Jim Jeffries “Fight of the Century” that took place in Reno–100 years ago–on July 4, 1910.
If you couldn’t get enough of the history over the anniversary weekend, “Johnson-Jeffries: Dateline Reno” debuted last week and is an easy and informative read that includes profiles on Johnson, Jeffries, promoter Tex Rickard and Nevada Gov. Denver Dickerson–the man who gave the fight a home after California banned it. (more…)
Universum Box-Promotion and Felix Sturm have come to a settlement of the lawsuit and will amicably go our separate ways. Both sides have agreed to keep the details of the settlement confidential. Universum wishes Felix Sturm all the best for the future.
As unbeaten Mike Jones, of Philadelphia, PA, who is 21-0, 17 K0s, and ranked as high as No. 2 welterweight in the world by the WBO behind champion Manny Pacquiao, prepares to defend his NABA and NABO titles against Puerto Rico’s Irving Garcia (17-4-3, 8 KOs) on July 9 at Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall, he has had his best-ever training camp. (more…)
WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm has bought out his contract with Universum Box-Promotion. “I’m now a free man,” declared Sturm after a Hamburg court ruled Sturm could pay $1.2 million (950,000 euros) and go his separate way. Sturm is expected to return to the ring on September 4 at the Lanxess Arena (formerly known as Kölnarena) in Cologne, Germany against an opponent to be named.
IBF mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin (19-0, 14 KOs) is currently training in New Jersey with Teddy Atlas. Word is he has ten sparring partners. At the end of the month, Team Povetkin will shift operations to Europe. Still nothing officially announced, but the highly anticipated Klitschko-Povetkin fight is expected to take place on September 11th at the 55,000-seat Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt, home of Eintracht Frankfurt.
On Saturday July 17th at the Tropicana Casino and Resort, Philadelphia’s up and coming welterweight prospect, Raymond “Tito” Serrano (12-0, 6KO’s) will look to continue on his path up the contender ranks when he takes on Ghana’s Ayi Bruce (6-2, 4KO’s). Serrano-Bruce is scheduled for eight rounds, and will be one of the co-featured bouts of the evening. The card, being presented by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, and billed as T-N-T at the Tropicana, will feature WBO #2 rated heavyweight David Tua (51-3-1, 43KO’s) taking on Monte Barrett (34-9, 20KO’s) in the main event. Other fights will be announced.
This past Friday night boxing fans were treated to the network broadcast debut of top junior welterweight prospect, Joseph Elegele on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights from the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California.
Fighting out of Melbourne, Florida, Elegele faced off against William Walton of Salt Lake City, Utah in the scheduled six rounder.
With his six foot frame and rangy southpaw stance, Elegele was able to control the action and use his bazooka like jab to keep the overly aggressive Walton at bay throughout the first two rounds.
Although tagged in the first by a left hand from Walton, Elegele quickly regained form and continued his assault against Walton, dropping him hard with a left hand that ended the second round. (more…)
WBO #1 rated welterweight Kell Brook (21-0, 14 KOs) says fight fans will see a special performance when he takes on Michael Jennings – inspired by a fellow Sheffield fighter. Brook has fought just once this year because of injury, and has seen his clash with Jennings postponed three times. But now the former British champion finally gets his man on September 18 at the LG Arena, Birmingham on Frank Warren’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ PPV event. And Brook says he will halt former world title challenger Jennings in a manner which will bring back memories of close friend and British great Naseem Hamed. (more…)
By Damien St. Pierre
Les Bonano’s Brawlin N Nawlins is back with another installment of professional boxing at the Hollywood Casino in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi this Saturday night. The main event will feature a pair of middleweight boxers in need of a statement win. Former UBO All American champion Zane “The Train” Marks (17-5) of Golden Meadow, Louisiana will face current Indiana state champion Derrick “Superman” Findley (16-3) of Gary Indiana. Marks is coming off a strong performance, albeit in a losing effort to WBA #8 ranked middleweight Kingsley Ikeke. While Findley has reeled off three straight wins including a victory over Michael Walker to win his state championship. The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds at a 160lb limit. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
WBA super world featherweight champion Chris “The Dragon ” John (43-0, 22 KOs) will be in action on July 26 in Jakarta, Indonesia when he defends the championship against South American featherweight champion Fernando “El Vasco” Saucedo (38-4-3, 1 KO) of Argentina over twelve rounds. John is in solid training under the expert guidance of Craig Christian who talked to Fightnews. “CJ is in great shape three weeks out from fight. He seems to be very hungry. I cannot fault his attitude or his endeavor. I believe CJ is boxing better than ever before he is really having fun trying new things and is really sitting down on his punches. After this (with Saucedo) we want to fight any of the other champs: Gamboa, anyone except for Billy Dib, we are terrified of him. He will never get a shot.” In his last ring appearance Chris John defended the championship in September 2009 with clear twelve round points decision over Rocky Juarez at the MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas.
Photo by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Sonoran fighter Hernan “Tyson“ Marquez (23-1, 15 KOs) will arrive in Puerto Rico tomorrow with the firm objective of surprising WBA interim super flyweight champion Nonito Donaire (23-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. The bout will be the opener on Top Rank’s special “Pinoy Power/Latin Fury” event that will be televised on SHOWTIME.
“I understand the position I am,” Marquez commented. “I’m not the favorite so I’m under a lot of pressure since we signed the fight with Donaire, and in return this has given me great motivation and belief in myself and I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t think I would win.” (more…)
Photo by Jose Perez/PRBBP
After a few days here in Puerto Rico, world ranked challenger Bernabe Concepcion is almost ready to get into the ring to battle Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez this Saturday at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico in the “Challenge” a world championship fight promoted by Top Rank and PR Best Boxing Promotions and to telecast live on Showtime. “I am almost there. I will be set to go on Saturday. I have to work very hard to be ready for this fight and in the next few days is just about putting the final touches on my training,” said Concepcion yesterday during a media workout at the Wilfredo Gomez Gym in Guaynabo. For more details and photos click here…
Highly regarded Saul “Canelo” (Cinnamon) Alvarez has closed the toughest training phase for his fight for the WBC super welterweight silver championship against Luciano Cuello on Saturday at the VFG Arena in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Many believe “Canelo” will be the next great Mexican fighter. “I feel very good,” he said. “I’m very happy because of the good training here in Tepic (Nayarit, Mexico). I think this has been one of the best in my career and now I just have to work on the weigh-in. It was hard work, with a lot of sacrifice and dedication. All the team is at the maximum and without any doubt we are here to win…even by knock out.” He added “Cuello can say anything, but the silver/green will be for Mexico.”
Sensational young prospects Randy Caballero and Gabino Saenz scored first round knockouts this past Friday night in the off-TV portion of ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California.
After the ESPN2 broadcast went off the air, the loud and proud legion of fans from Coachella, California, cheered as the sound system-blasted “Matador” by Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, signaling the ring walk of the 19 year old Caballero. (more…)
The weigh-in for the July 9 Mike Jones-Irving Garcia fight will take place at 5pm Thursday, July 8, at the Atrium (6th floor) in Bally’s Hotel & Casino and it is open to the public. Jones will defend his NABA and NABO welterweight titles in a scheduled 12-round bout against Garcia on a show dubbed “The Fireworks Continue” in the ballroom of Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall.
“I’ve had a tremendous camp and I’m in great shape–I’m ready,” said Jones. The 27-year-old Philadelphian is 21-0, 17 KOs, and ranked as high as the #2 in the world by the WBO behind champion Manny Pacquiao. “As each fight goes by, I get in better and better shape,” Jones said. “I take nobody for granted. When it’s time to shine, I’m gonna shine.” (more…)
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