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Report by: Alex Dombroff
Photography By: Emily Harney
Nicolai “Stone Man” Firtha has made a habit of fighting notable heavyweights. On his record are names of several notable heavyweights, along with countless other ranked contenders with whom he’s shared sparring sessions. Until stepping in with Tony “TNT” Grano Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT, winning was never part of the equation. In against Grano, Firtha (19-7-1, 9 KOs) was forceful, sending Grano, of nearby Hebron, CT, in the closing moments of the first round and again in round two, before a flurry of punches forced referee Dick Flahrety to intervene. (More)
You’d think that boxing promoters would’ve caught on years ago, in making an entire fight card competitive and a pay-per-view telecast actually worth its price tag.
Only after years of losing a chunk of its 18-to-30-somethings to UFC’s top-to-bottom competitive lineups, are promoters beginning to see the bigger picture . . . Click here for full story
Photo by Alma Montiel/WBC
This morning in a well known restaurant in Mexico City, a press conference was held for Saturday’s Ana Maria Torres’ WBC and Hugo Cazares’ WBA title defenses. The event will take place at the Centro de Convenciones in Tlalnepantla, Mexico. Cazares from México will dispute the WBA super flyweight world championship against Mexican Everardo Morales and Mexican Ana María Torres will dispute the female super flyweight WBC championship against Olga “La Mona” Julio from Colombia. Click here for more photos…
Photo: UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar and Interim champ Shane Carwin pose off at today’s press conference, held at the MGM’s Hollywood Theater in Las Vegas. On Saturday, Lesnar returns to the Octagon to defend his belt against the undefeated Carwin. Stay tuned for a full report and more photos from today’s presser.
Frank Warren has a September 18 at the LG Arena in Birmingham, England, which will be a PPV event on Sky. It features a world title eliminator, three European title fights, two British title fights plus two championship showdowns for two 2008 Olympians. Warren formally announced the card at a press conference in London today.
The title fights in full are Matt Macklin in a challenge against Darren Barker for the European, Commonwealth and British middleweight titles; European light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly in an Interim WBO world light heavyweight challenge against Karo Murat; Enzo Maccarinelli in a defense of his European cruiserweight title; Ryan Rhodes in a defense of his European light-middleweight title against Lukas Konecny; a British and Commonwealth heavyweight title showdown between Derek Chisora and Sam Sexton; a welterweight showdown between Kell Brook and Michael Jennings, which will double as a WBO world title eliminator; a first defense for WBA International super middleweight champion James DeGale, a debut championship fight for 2007 Amateur World Champion Frankie Gavin against Curtis Woodhouse; a return for former Commonwealth super-flyweight champion Don Broadhurst in an English title fight. (more…)
IBF #1 ranked Ji-Hoon “Volcano” Kim (21-5, 18 KOs) meets #3 rated Miguel Angel “Titere” Vazquez (25-3, 12 KOs) for the vacant IBF lightweight championship on August 14 at the Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas. Other featured bouts will include light flyweight Hekkie Budler (16-0, 5 KOs) and light heavyweight Jackson Junior (7-0, 6 KOs). Also appearing will be local Laredo favorite Rodolfo Gomez Jr. (6-0, 5 KOs), the son of Manuel “Shotgun” Gomez, in a super welterweight bout.
Photo by Alma Montiel WBC
WBO/WBC bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel will fight against Erik Morel next Saturday, 17 at the “El palenque de la feria” in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico. This was announced this morning at a press conference at the Camino Real Hotel in Mexico City. Click here for more photos…
WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (28-0, 25 KO’s) is set to defend his title against Filipino Bernabe Concepcion (30-2-1, 17 KOs) on July 10 in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico, live on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). The 12-round world title fight is promoted by Top Rank Inc. Lopez, The former WBO super-bantamweight champion, knows Concepcion will be one of the fastest fighters he’s ever faced. “I’ve seen Bernabe Concepcion fight several times and I’ve really studied his style. I know he’s working with Manny Pacquiao – they work with the same people. He’s a very strong fighter. He’s a young fighter – a hungry fighter. He really wants to be a world champion. He’s a difficult opponent. He’s a very intelligent fighter, so we need to be very intelligent, too. We need to fight him with a lot of pressure and a lot of speed – we need to be very fast that night.” (more…)
Featherweight contender Bernabe Concepcion of the Philippines and chief trainer Bueboy are off to Puerto Rico today. Concepcion is taking on world champion Juan Manuel Lopez there on Saturday, July 10. Concepcion, 22, boxes in the Manny Pacquiao stable and has been training for weeks at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, Ca. Both Concepcion and Lopez have promised victory in the world title fight which will be at the Coliseo of Puerto Rico in Hato Rey. (more…)
Yuri Foreman, who had a knee injury during the recent fight with Miguel Cotto, is on the road to recovery. Yuri, from his iPad, wrote…”walking a bit with a knee brace…rehab going well….but I would like to speed up the process.”
Steven Badgley, the U.S. Army helicopter pilot who fought several weeks ago at Madison Square Garden, has been transferred from Fort Drum, N.Y. to an undisclosed location. “I am fine – don’t let anyone worry,” said Badgley, a Chief Warrant Officer……
Tony Martin, chief trainer for Mark Melligen, says Manny Pacquiao – even as a very young fighter in the Philippines – always had a ‘warrior style of fighting’ whenever he got into the ring.’…. Melligen, from Rizal, Philippines and Martin are off to Reno, Nevada today for a Top Rank/Let’s Get It On Promotions press conference. Melligen, who trained for weeks in Las Vegas, is taking on Anges Adjaho, in the opening televised bout on the Top Rank Live! (FSN) fight card on Saturday, July 3. The live telecast is 10 pm eastern/7 pm pacific.
WBC #14 welterweight Luciano Cuello (26-1, 12 KOs) of Argentina is ready for his second battle in Mexican territory when he fights undefeated WBC #3 rated Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (32-0-1, 24 KOs) on July 10 for the WBC silver championship in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. “I’ve been working very hard to have a victory without any doubt” said Cuello, who has also fought Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. “Mexican fans were pleased with my performance in the ring last time, but I’m sorry to say this time nobody will stop me and I’ll return to my country with that silver-green crown,” Cuello said. “Those who know about boxing know who won when I fought against Julio Cesar Chavez, but that is a matter of the past,in this moment I am focused on defeating Alvarez.” Since fighting Chavez, Cuello has won three straight and seized the WBC Latin championship. He will arrive in Guadalajara on Monday.
Promoter Frank Maloney believes bantamweight Jamie McDonnell could be world title bound after springing two major upsets this year. McDonnell, 24, has hometown advantage when he makes the first defence of his European bantamweight crown against Italian Rodrigo Bracco (11-2) at Doncaster Dome on Friday. The fast rising Yorkshire ring star (14-2) shocked Ian Napa to become British and Commonwealth champion in January and caused an even bigger sensation two months later travelling to France and knocking out Jerome Arnould to snatch the Euro belt. (more…)
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
One year ago, Brock Lesnar (4-1) wasn’t sure if he’d ever fight again.
After pulling out of a headlining bout against current interim heavyweight champion Shane Carwin (12-0, 5-0 UFC) last November with what was thought to be the flu, Lesnar thought nothing of the temporary setback.
The world of MMA kept spinning . . . Click here for more
The scheduled fight between Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora (22-1-1, 6 KOs) and veteran JC Candelo (30-10-4, 20 KOs) on July 23rd at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California has been cancelled. The bout was to be the main event televised by Telefutura. The “Latin Snake” will now focus on a proposed pay-per-view showdown with Sugar Shane Mosley on September 18th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Mora returned to the ring with a seventh round stoppage of Calvin Green this past April in his first fight in almost seventeen months. Mosley (46-6, 39 KOs) is coming off a twelve round decision loss to Floyd Mayweather in May.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian cruiserweight Dominic Vea (13-2, 10 KOs) captured the vacant Commonwealth title when he was awarded a twelve round majority decision over Oscar Siale (12-5, 4 KOs) of New Zealand at the Panthers Leagues club, Penrith, NSW, Australia on Thursday. Vea was staggered in round one and cut on the nose – his face a mask of blood for the remainder of the contest that seen both boxers dazed battered continually. The doctor inspected the cuts on Vea in round five but allowed to the contest to continue. At the conclusion both boxers were given a standing ovation by the fans in attendance. Scores were Charlie Lucas 116-113, Trevor Christian 114-114, Des Bloyd 115-113. (more…)
By Bob Ryder/Photos: Bob Ryder
Friends, fans, supporters, and former champs of the Kronk Gym gathered on Wednesday night for drinks, dinner, and boxing as Emanuel Steward hosted a fundraiser at downtown Detroit’s Motor City Casino. Miguel Cotto flew in at his own expense and helped raise some funds by donating a signed pair of gloves for auction. “It is a great pleasure to be here in Detroit in Emanuel’s hometown, for this important Fundraiser event of the famous Kronk gym that has help develop the talent of hundreds of kids and taking them out of the streets and teaching them the values and respect for their teammates,” said Cotto. “It’s a real honor for me to be part of the legacy and the family of the Kronk Gym.” (more…)
Former WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch has promised to square things up for England when he faces off with German Arthur Abraham in their upcoming Super Six showdown. “The Germans may have defeated us in the World Cup. But this is one England vs Germany showdown that requires no hype,” Froch wrote in his weekly Nottingham Post column. “There will be no dodgy officiating for either of us – as we’ll be facing off at a neutral venue. One thing is for sure, this time it’ll be 3-0. In the SuperSix, you get two points for a win and three points for a stoppage. I’ll be gunning for the latter.” He also stated that Abraham “strikes no fear into me. I’ve sparred with much heavier and bigger punchers than him….I want to ensure that I inflict a beating on him that will send a loud message out that I will not be denied the SuperSix trophy.” Read the complete column
A press conference was held on Wednesday afternoon for this week’s ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights at the Citizens Business Bank Arena, presented by TKO Boxing Promotions. Although cordial, both main event fighters, Demetrius Hopkins and Mike Arnaoutis, clearly displayed a readiness for battle ahead of their welterweight showdown. Also present was sensational super bantamweight prospect Randy Caballero, pro debuting welterweight Eric Mendez and flyweight Austreberto Juarez. (more…)
By Ricardo Conde
Interim WBA super flyweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire (23-1, 15 KOs) of San Leandro, CA by way of the Philippines will step back into the ring on Saturday, July 10 against Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (27-1, 20 KOs) of Mexico at the Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico which will be headlined by WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (28-0, 25 KOs) of Puerto Rico taking on Bernabe “The Real Deal” Concepcion (28-3-1, 15 KOs) of the Philippines in “The Challenge” and will be televised live on SHOWTIME and is being presented by Top Rank, in association with PR Best Boxing. Tickets are available at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico box office and thru Ticketpop by calling (787) 294-0001. (more…)
By Brady Crytzer
Former lightweight world champion and still unbeaten junior welterweight contender Paul Spadafora (44-0-1, 18 KO) is planning a possible return this September against former WBC, IBF super featherweight champion Erik Morales (49-6, 34 KO). “We planned on fighting him in July until he had to back out after an injury,” Mike Acri, longtime promoter of Spadafora commented. “The fight was scheduled to take place in Tijuana, but if everything goes as planned we’ll be fighting him on September 11th.”
By Dave Baggs at ringside
Neven Pajkic retained his Canadian heavyweight title with a lopsided unanimous decision victory over national champion Greg Kielsa moments ago at Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario. Scores of the bout read 100-90, 99-91 and 99-91 all in favor of the undefeated Toronto heavyweight. Pajkic (13-0, 5KOs) was the stronger of the two throughout the contest, keeping Kielsa tentative amd backpeddling. Pajkic appeared to have dropped Kielsa (11-2, 5KOs) in round 8, clubbing the Polish fighter with a right hook to the ear and buckling his knees. The ropes held up the clearly hurt Kielsa however the action continued without acknowledgement of the clear knockdown. In the end, it didnt matter as Pajkic would dominate the bout from beginning to end. (more…)
Teenage sensation Patrick “Tiger” Mendy broke all Prizefighter records on his way to winning the super middleweight title at York Hall, Bethnal Green on Wednesday night. The nineteen-year old from Maidenhead entered the tournament as the youngest ever boxer to fight in the competition an wasted little time in making further history after he stopped Dudley’s Sam Horton after just one minute and 26 seconds into their fight – the quickest win in the competition’s 13 nights to date. Mendy wasn’t finished there though and after holding off a spirited Daniel Cadman in the semi-final to gain a unanimous points win, he repeated that result in the final against Sheffield-based Northampton fighter Paul David to lift the trophy and pocket the £32,000 winner’s check. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
American referee Mark Nelson will be the third man in the ring when Mexican WBA superflyweight world champion Hugo Cazarez artida (31-6-2, 22 KOs) and countryman WBA challenger Everardo ¨Zihua¨ Morales (34-14-2, 23 KOs) meet at Centro de Convenciones, Tlalnepantla, Estado de México,on Saturday July 3. The three judges are Octavio Rodriguez (Panama), Ricardo Duncan (Panama) and Carla Caiz (USA). The fight supervisor is Francisco Piña (Colombia).
By Boxing Bob Newman
As former WBC and IBF Light Flyweight champion Brian Viloria makes his final preparations for his comeback fight against two-time world title challenger Omar “Lobito” Soto next Saturday, July 10 at Yñares Sports Arena, Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines, the former champ and his chief second Ruben Gomez spoke with Fightnews moments ago. Said Gomez, “Brian has had a really good camp. We know we have a good opponent in front of us, so we take nothing for granted. We put in a lot of hard work and it will show on July tenth. Former WBA Super Middleweight champ Frankie Liles has been added to the team and that experience in the corner will help.” (more…)
Preview by Brady Crytzer
It’s a like a scene from the Edward Norton remake of The Hulk. The massive Incredible Hulk charging full bore into the earth-shaking Abomination.
On Saturday, July 3 the biggest heavyweight MMA battle of all time will rattle the Vegas Strip as UFC World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar takes on interim titlist Shane “The Monster” Carwin . . . Click here for more
Undefeated welterweight Mike Jones, of Philadelphia, was given a citation from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives proclaiming June 28, 2010 as “Mike Jones Day” at the Newtown (PA) Athletic Club, his training site for several weeks prior to his fights. The proclamation was presented to him by Adrianne Sellers, legislative assistant to Pennsylvania State Representative Steve Santarsiero. Jones, who is ranked the #2 welterweight by the WBO behind champion Manny Pacquiao, has been preparing for his July 9 fight when he defends his NABA and NABO titles against Irving Garcia at Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall. (more…)
Photo: Eroll Popova
Fighters headlining Saturday’s “Universum Champons Night” event worked out for a large crowd of thrilled fight fans on Wednesday at the SportScheck super store in Stuttgart, Germany. Former world cruiserweight champion and local favorite Firat Arslan (29-4-1, 18 KOs), WBA #3 rated Steve Herelius (19-1-1, 11 KOs), unbeaten WBC/WIBF/WBO female featherweight champion Ina Menzer (26-0, 10 KOs), challenger Jeannine Garside (9-3-1, 4 KOs), Olympic heavyweight gold medalist Rachim Tschachkijew (5-0, 5 KOs) and unbeaten super middleweight “Golden Jack” Culcay (3-0, 2 KOs), the 2009 amateur world champion gave a taste of what is to come inside the ring at the Porsche Arena. (more…)
Oscar De La Hoya, president of Golden Boy Promotions, and Richard Schaefer, CEO, hosted a teleconference today to talk about the stacked undercard to the Juan Manual Marquez – Juan Diaz II PPV-televised card, July 31 from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The three televised bouts preceding the main event features: Daniel “The Golden Child” Jacobs vs. Russian Dmitry Pirog for the vacant WBO middleweight crown; Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero vs. Joel “El Cepillo” Casamayor; and Jorge “El Niño De Oro” Linares vs. Rocky Juarez.
“This card here is the best we’ve ever done,” said Schaefer. “We wanted to live up to what we promised when we announced the card. We also don’t want this to be a standalone, but wanted to start a trend. We hope this is the first of many steps in the right direction.”
“Every fighter on the card is in a do-or-die situation,” said De La Hoya. “The winners will move on. Any one of these fights can be a candidate for ‘Fight of the Year’, not just the main event.” (more…)
Welterweight contender Mark Melligen of the Philippines will wear a ”I Love Cebu” shirt when he hits Reno tomorrow. He has come a long way for his fight for a Top Rank Live! fight card at the Grand Sierra Resort on Saturday, July 3. Melligen has been training for weeks to take on Anges Adjaho of Geneva, N.Y. in the opening televised bout. Melligen was born and raised in Bacolod City in the Phillippines. He now living and training in Cebu. “There are 7,016 islands – and you can add one more when the tide goes out – in the Philippines,” said chief trainer Tony Martin. “Mark takes a ferry to go from Bacolod to Cebu. He trains there for weeks, then comes to the United States and does his finishing work with me in Las Vegas.” (more…)
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