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You may wonder what qualifies someone to commentate on fighting. In the case of FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer, how about actually fighting?
“I had two pro fights when I was at CBS, and then I went over to FOX,” said Glazer, who went 1-1 in two mixed martial arts bouts in 2003. “My very first day at FOX, all the bosses there said ‘we don’t know what this cagefighting thing is you’re doing, but you’re done.’ (Laughs) Which was a good thing because I’m a lousy fighter. But I was trying to tell them in 2004 that this was the wave of the future and this is going to be the greatest sport, and it’s not what you think.”. . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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By Jeff Pamungkas
Martinez dos Santos, Secretary General of Indonesian Amateur Boxing Association (Pertina), today responded to WBC President Jose Sulaiman’s statement about the boxing riot in Nabire City in Papua Province, Indonesia published by Fightnews.com. Dos Santos stated that the riot was not directly related to the result of the fights on July 14. “The true story is that some people wanted to meet the mayor of Nabire City inside the stadium where the boxing match was held, but the mayor was secured by his guards. Those people insisted, and the quarrels between them happened, creating panic and chaos inside the Kota Lama Stadium,” said Dos Santos. (more…)
Malik Scott: I’m from North Philly, there’s nothing Chisora has done or could do that I haven’t seen
Unbeaten heavyweight Malik Scott says he’s looking forward to staying undefeated in this BoxNation interview in advance of Saturday’s showdown against former world title challenger Dereck Chisora on Saturday night at Wembley Arena in London. “I came over here with four people,” said Malik. “We’re getting ready to take on a whole country Saturday, and we’re going to pass this test with flying colors.”
Photos: Main Events
Inside the James Shuler Memorial Boxing Gym the temperature climbed steadily towards 100 degrees today as Philadelphian cruiserweight, “Fast” Eddie Chambers welcomed the media to his boxing workout. Chambers (36-3, 18 KOs), is preparing for his upcoming NBC Sports Network Fight Night battle against South Africa’s Thabiso Mchunu (12-1, 9 KOs). The bout will be part of a telecast that will begin at 10:30 PM EDT on Saturday, August 3rd and also features Curtis Stevens vs. Saul Roman in a 10-round NABF middleweight title main event.
Chambers’ Trainer, James Bashir worked the pads with Chambers and then oversaw the heavy-bag workout. Fellow Philadelphia favorite, Jesse Hart stepped into the ring to spar several rounds with Chambers, as Steve “USS” Cunningham offered encouragement from ringside. (more…)
Glen Tapia’s war with Abie Han on last Friday’s ESPN2 card has made him a star in his home state of New Jersey. More
Sacramento region is heating up this month with no less than three boxing cards. More
Belfast’s Carl “The Jackal” Frampton has announced on Twitter than an ear injury has forced him out of this Saturday’s Boxnation debut.
British heavyweight Dereck Chisora says he “sees fear” in the eyes of opponent Malik Scott, ahead of his showdown Saturday night in Wembley, U.K. More
Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Former World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight champion and Son of the Legend Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. returns to the ring in his 2013 debut when he faces #1 contender Bryan “the Warrior” Vera. The Chavez vs. Vera rumble, scheduled for 12 rounds in the super middleweight division, will take place Saturday, September 7, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. This marks the first time Chavez has fought in Los Angeles since June 4, 2011, when he won the world title over undefeated interim world champion Sebastian Zbik.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions, Banner Promotions and Tecate, tickets to Chavez vs. Vera will go on sale This Friday July 19, at 1:00 p.m. ET / 10:00 a.m. PT. Tickets, priced at $250, $150, $100, $75 and $50 (plus applicable taxes and fees), can be purchased online at http://www.axs.com, by telephone at (888) 929-7849 or at the STAPLES Center box office, Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Dave Cameron
Colonel Bob Sheridan continues to improve after heart surgery on Monday and is expected to be released next Monday. The Colonel’s wife Annie updated Fightnews on his condition. “Bob is doing great. He did have a quadruple bypass and an aortic valve replacement and was sitting up yesterday and today. He should be out by Monday. Everything is on track for a full recovery.”
The Colonel has called over 10,000 fights on radio and television and was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 2004. He has also been honored with the Boxing Writers Association of America Sam Taub award and the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame inducted the Colonel in 2011.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Mike Gladysz/Team Adamek
Heavyweight Tony “TNT” (20-3, 16 KOs) decided for stealth approach before fight of his life, against top five contender Tomasz Adamek (48-2, 29 KO). “Tony will not give any interviews until final press conference. Just work hard,” said one of his advisers. Grano’s silence is not a problem for Kathy Duva, Main Events president, who discussed why Tony Grano was selected for Tomek Adamek on August 3 at the Mohegan Sun Casino and what the future holds for the former light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion and currently heavyweight contender from Poland, since making New Jersey his home away from home in 2011. (more…)
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Flyweight contender Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez is focused in his rival for August 17, the former world champion Giovani Segura and to avenging his two wins over Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon. The undefeated fighter will fight against Segura for the WBO Latino flyweight title at the International Ballroom of El San Juan Resort and Casino in Isla Verde, Carolina, Puerto Rico, in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) presentation, in association with Top Rank to be broadcast on DIRECTV in Puerto Rico.
“Segura caused a big hurt in Puerto Rico when he beat two times our champion Ivan Calderon and I want to heal those hurts, no matter if is a KO or a decision win, I am going to win and after this bout become a world champion”, said Gonzalez. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
In an exclusive interview, WBC President Jose Sulaiman expressed his feelings about the tragedy on Sunday in the city of Naribe, in the Indonesian province of Papúa, where at an amateur boxing event a riot over an unpopular decision led to a stampede that killed 18 people including 12 women.
By Sam Geraci
Photos: Emily Harney
This Friday, for the second time in as many weeks, the co-main event of the ESPN2 Friday Night Fight series features two undefeated, unproven and relatively unknown fighters trying to make names for themselves as Ryan “The Polish Prince” Kielczweski (16-0, 3 KOs) of Quincy, MA, takes on Miguel “Mikito” Soto (11-0, 11 KOs) of Arecibo, Puerto Rico, in an eight-round featherweight bout in Salem, NH.
Although both fighters are seeking to gain exposure and to establish themselves as legitimate prospects, it is important to note that Kielczweski has already earned a reputation among insiders as one of the more promising young talents in the US. (more…)
Courtesy, Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
After a quiet first half of the year, the Sacramento area, once a boxing-hotbed, is suddenly alive with three cards this month, beginning Saturday night at the Red Lion Woodlake Hotel and Placer County Fairgrounds in Roseville, followed by a July 26 show at Thunder Valley Casino in Lincoln.
At the Woodlake, formerly the Radisson Hotel, promoter Nasser Niavaroni has scheduled an ambitious lineup of seven pro bouts, including women, in addition to amateur fights and mixed martial arts. The pro boxing main event is between junior-lightweights Stan Martyniouk (12-1) of Antelope and David Rodela (16-8-3) of Oxnard.
At the Placer Fairgrounds, promoter Mark Nanney (Oppboxing.com) is advertising several short bouts, with junior-middleweights Aaron Coley (6-0) of Hayward and Saul Benitez (2-3) of Mesa, Ariz., in the main.
Thunder Valley, meanwhile, is making the move from smaller cards to an internationally-telecast show next Friday. On tap at its amphitheatre, to be aired by ESPN2, is a promotion by Philadelphia-based Banner Promotions with the main between junior-lightweight contender Juan Carlos Burgos (30-1) of Mexico and Yakubu Amidu (20-4-1) of Los Angeles. The casino and Ticketmaster are ticket outlets.
The most recent card of consequence in Sacramento, staged by Hall-of-Fame promoter Don Chargin, was last October at the historic downtown Memorial Auditorum, launching pad for many of Sacramento’s top fighters, including Pete Ranzany, Tony Lopez, Loreto Garza, Bobby Chacon.
Heavyweight Malik Scott says he’ll demolish Dereck Chisora this Saturday night in more devastating style than fellow countryman Tony Thompson who destroyed David Price. Chisora clashes with his American rival at Wembley Arena with the vacant WBO International heavyweight title on the line. Price was smashed in five rounds by Thompson in the rematch earlier this month and Scott is confident he can bash the controversial Chisora.
“I saw the fight between Thompson and Price and I knew that Thompson would do it again second time round, it was a great accomplishment, he’s a good, strong heavyweight,” said Scott. “I’ve sparred with Thompson before and I support any fighter who wears the Stars and Stripes and of course I was happy that he won. Even if Thompson didn’t beat Price, I’m on my own path and I will beat Mr. Chisora in devastating style, it will be exciting and I’ll be looking to do a real good job him and it could be early.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Leading Indonesian matchmaker Willy Lasut passed away because of heart stroke today (Wednesday) in Jakarta. Willy, 80, has covered matchmaking of Indonesian boxers fighting abroad for more than twenty years, having activated Asian boxing scene with his faithfulness. Willy regularly accompanied good or mediocre Indonesian opponents to Japan, Australia, Philippines, etc. to activate the Asian fraternity. Indonesia historically had its Dutch connection, and Willy stayed in Netherland for some ten years, working for an oil company. After his return to Jakarta, he entered the boxing world and diligently established his personal connections with promoters/managers/matchmakers in each country in Asia. Willy became a household name in Asia. He was persistent but professional since the word of professional is a good embellishment for a boxing person. He truly contributed to the Asian boxing world by taking great many Indonesian boxers abroad regardless of a winning percentage.
This reporter has kept a long friendship with him, and once asked him, “Willy, though you said you stayed in Netherland so long, why is your English speaking so poor?” He quickly replied, “I’m good at speaking Dutch, not English.” We burst into laughter together. Willy, may your soul rest in peace.
Ajose: I want to prove to everyone that I am a better fighter than what people saw against Matthysse
“This fight means a lot to me and is very important for my career. I want my name to be amongst the elite of the 140lb. division,” says WBC #3-rated junior welterweight Olusegun Ajose (31-1, 14KO’s), who takes on “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy (22-3-1, 11KO’s) this Friday night on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights from Salem, NH.
“I know that Lundy is a good and skillful boxer and he is very tough. He always comes to fight and I do not expect an easy fight. That being said though, I know that I will come out victorious on Friday night. If I need to go to war to win this fight then I will do just that. If I need to box, then I can do that too. Whatever I have to do to win this fight I will do. (more…)
Story & Photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Philadelphia’s wild and unpredictable Hammerin’ Hank Lundy (22-3-1, 11 KOs) returns to the ring and ESPN2 Friday Night Fights this week when he takes on Ajose Olusegun (31-1, 14 KOs) in an important junior welterweight bout at Rockingham Park, in Salem, NH. After back-to-back losses, a win over the regarded contender Olusegun would place Lundy in line to face the top talent in the 140-pound division. Lundy has been on the threshold before.
His first rise was in the lightweight division. He zipped through his first 19 bouts (18-0-1) and was way ahead in bout #20 against John Molina before a careless moment let Molina back in the fight, and set up Lundy’s first head-shaking loss. The 11th round TKO by Molina did much to hang the “reckless” reputation on Lundy. However, lost in the defeat was the skill Hank showed through most of the bout. He had no business walking into the punch that dropped him, but it was exciting stuff. Lundy got up but was stopped a few rounds later. (more…)
If you’re the skeptical sort, you might assume that Khabib Nurmagomedov took his UFC 160 fight in May with Abel Trujillo simply because he didn’t want to have to be involved with the planning for his June wedding . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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By Ron Jackson
Paulus Ambunda is not afraid to go to the Philippines to defend his WBO bantamweight title. And he is unconcerned about taking on a member of the rough-and-ready Kameda family. The Namibian will make a voluntary defence of his belt when he fights Tomoki Kameda in Cebu on August 1. Known as The Rock, Ambunda knows he is in for a battle against the Japanese challenger, who is undefeated after 27 professional fights and has won 18 of them inside the distance.
The 32-year-old champion is unbeaten after 20 fights; half of them ending in short-cut victories. He won the title when he beat Pungluang Sor Singyu on points in Windhoek on March 2 this year. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A source has told Fightnews.com that there is a possibility WBA interim super welterweight world champion Erislandy Lara (18-1-2, 12 KOs) will defend against former WBA super welterweight titleholder Austin Trout (26-1 , 14 KOs) on September 14 at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino on the night of the mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Lara overcame Alfredo Angulo for the interim belt in June, while Trout lost his title to “Canelo” Alvarez in San Antonio in April.
IBF #3, WBC #7 super bantamweight Carl Frampton has been forced to withdraw by the British Boxing Board of Control from this Saturday’s IBF Intercontinental title defense at Wembley Arena against Everth Briceno due to a perforated ear drum. The show promoted by Frank Warren features the big Transatlantic showdown between Dereck Chisora and unbeaten Malik Scott for the Vacant WBO International Heavyweight title, plus a clash of undefeated fighters between Gary O’Sullivan and Billy Joe Saunders.
Promoter Frank Warren said, “We are sorry that Carl has had to come off the show after all the hard work and preparation he has put into this Saturday’s title defense in his BoxNation debut. We wish him all the best and he makes a full recovery so that he can return to the ring.” (more…)
Unbeaten reigning EBU and WBC Silver light-middleweight champion Sergey Rabchenko stopped experienced and tough Georgian Gari Abadjian in the third round of a scheduled ten in Minsk Tuesday night. With Ricky Hatton in his corner, Sergey looked very sharp and did not give any chances to his opponent. Following Ruben Varon’s surprise inside the distance defeat to Rafael Chiruta at the weekend, Sergey now finds himself without an official challenger again. The EBU should nominate a new official opponent shortly. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Boxing legend and former world champion the Jose Angel “Mantequilla” Napoles is recovering his health and on Tuesday shared some time with the World Boxing Council president Jose Sulaiman alongside former world champions Jhonny Gonzalez and Mariana Juarez. The WBC places special emphasis on ensuring the health and safety of former boxers so when it was learned that Napoles was experiencing various health problems, the WBC offered medical help and even arranged that the fighter receive specialized care.
Not sure he’ll make many new fans from this. WBA welterweight champion/WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner has posted a 108 second video of him allegedly sitting on a toilet at a Popeye’s restaurant. At the end he flushes money (among other things) down the toilet, which actually is a crime (Title 18, Section 333 of the United States Code). WARNING GRAPHIC: Click here to see the video
Overcrowding at the Kota Lama Sports Stadium in Indonesia has been identified as the main cause that caused 17 fatalities when a riot ensued following a controversial decision at an amateur card. More
Trainer Freddie Roach says Manny Pacquiao will retire should he lose by knockout against Brandon Rios in the fall. More
Carl Frampton has been scratched off Saturday’s Wembley card by the British Boxing Board of Control due to an ear injury.
Congrats to Nonito Donaire and wife Rachel, on the birth of a baby boy Tuesday morning in Las Vegas. Nonito and Rachel have named their son Jarel.
ESPN has announced that they have decided to extend their ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” schedule to include one additional week of boxing. An August 23rd telecast will take place from the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY, featuring IBF jr lightweight champion Argenis Mendez (21-2, 11 KOs) against Arash Usmanee (20-1, 10 KOs) in the main event. The TV opener is Claudio Marrero (14-0, 11 KOs) vs. Jesus Cuellar (22-1, 18 KOs) for the vacant WBA interim featherweight belt. The promoter is Mike Tyson, who recently struck a deal with the management of Florida-based Acquinity Promotions.
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