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There will be no false pretenses when former champs Joel Casamayor and Robert Guerrero step into the ring in a battle of former southpaw champs July 31.
One champ wants a rematch with one of the headliners while the other one just wants to fight a big name . . . Click here for full story
IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green’s July 21 title defense against Paul Briggs has been moved from Sydney to Perth, Australia. The bout will now take place in Challenge Stadium after NSW Combat Sports Authority refused to approve Briggs (26-3, 18 KOs), who is returning after a three-and-a-half year layoff. An outraged Green has called for an investigation.
WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer (36-2, 29 KOs) has completed the hard sparring phase of his training for his July 17th title defense against Spaniard Alejandro Lakatos (31-5-2, 23 KOs) in Schwerin, Germany. “Jürgen has powered through 78 rounds,” said trainer Michael Timm. “This was very good sparring. I’m excited about his attitude. But training and fighting are two different things. On July 17th, it all comes down to how he implements everything. Lakatos is difficult and experienced. But Jürgen is also…”
Also announced for the July 17 undercard will be unbeaten featherweight Marcel Meyerdiercks (16-0, 5 KOs) vs TBA, heavyweight Christian Hammer (7-1, 4 KOs) against unbeaten Mariusz Wach (21-0, 9 KOs) and super middleweight contender Eddy Gutknecht (18-1, 7 KOs) meets Tarek Kaidouri (12-11-2, 0 KOs).
Besides Brähmer-Lakatos, the card also features “Killer Queen” Susi Kentikian (27-0, 16 KOs) defending her three flyweight championships against Arely Mucino (11-0-1, 6 KOs), plus an important WBO cruiserweight eliminator between Alexander Alekseev (19-1, 17 KOs) and Denis Lebedev (20-0, 15 KOs).
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former 2004 Olympian Ryan Langham (11-1, 5 KOs) will have a tough test in the six round main event versus the experienced Filipino Jack Asis (21-13-4, 10 KOs) at the Coolangatta and Tweed Heads Golf Club in Tweed Heads, NSW Australia on Friday. Langham’s only professional loss came at the hands of the current IBO lightweight champion and IBF #11 Lenny Zappavigna. Asis caused an upset victory over former world rated Anthony Macial in 2009 stopping him in three rounds. Asis also boxed a twelve round draw with another world rated opponent: Sod Kokietgym in 2009. On the undercard American born welterweight Casey Hannan (3-1-1, 2 KOs) will punch it out with Abner Llansa (5-15-1, 3 KOs) over four rounds. Promoter: Jamie Myer.
WBCBoxing.tv will present a live championship webcast – free of charge – on Saturday night (Please note: the webcast is not available in Mexico). Everyone is invited to watch at 12AM ET. In the main event, scheduled for 12 rounds from Arena VFG in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, teenage phenom Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, 32-0-1 with 24 knockouts, of Guadalajara, will face Luciano “El Principe” Cuello, 26-1 with 12 knockouts, of La Plata, Argentina, for the vacant WBC Silver super welterweight championship. Tickets are sold out at the arena, and a capacity crowd of 12,000 will be in attendance. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
WBO #9 Daniel “Baby Face” Iannazzo (17-0, 6 KOs) will clash with Filipino Allan Jay Tunacao (9-2-3, 3 KOs) over twelve rounds for the PABA 122 lb title at the Coburg Town Hall in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Iannazzo, 22 years, is coming off a good win in March when he stopped tough Indonesian Rivo Rengkung in six rounds. In the main supporting bout, Susie Ramadan (14-0, 6 KOs) will punch it out with Jane Kavalani (7-18-5, 2 KOs) over ten rounds with the lightweight Female World Boxing Foundation title on the line. Classy super middleweight Serge Yannick (7-1, 5 KOs) and William Hadflow (7-18-5, 2 KOs) meet over eight rounds. Promoter: Charlie Liparota.
Photos by Rich J. Hundley III / SHOWTIME
Up-and-coming middleweight prospect Mike Jones (21-0, 17 KOs) will make his SHOWTIME debut against the tough Puerto Rican Irving Garcia (17-4-3, 8 KOs) in the 12-round main event of Friday’s ShoBox: The New Generation event live at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) on SHOWTIME®. Jones is ranked among the Top 10 welterweights by all four major world sanctioning bodies in one of boxing’s deepest divisions: #2 by the WBO, #3 by the WBA; #7 by the IBF and the WBC. Miami’s Antwone Smith (18-1-1, 10 KOs) and Lanardo Tyner (23-3, 14 KOs) will face off in a 10-round welterweight fight in the ShoBox co-feature. (more…)
Photo by Emily Harney
Hank Lundy 135 vs. John Molina, Jr. 135
Joey Mccreedy 166 vs. Vladine Biosse 165
Keith Kozlin 170 vs. Eric Pinaretta 168
Joe Gardner 169 vs. Demarcus Clark TBA
Diego Pereira 142 vs. Ricardo Calazada 142
Aleksandra Magdziak 150 vs. Lopes Kali Reis 148
Dustin Reinhold 154 vs. Joel Nieves 153
Eric Estrada 195 vs. Keon Graham 200
Venue: Twin River Event Center, Lincoln, RI
Promoter: Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc.
Photo by Big Joe Miranda
Undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley and #1 junior middleweight contender Alfredo “Perro” Angulo hosted a Los Angeles Media Workout today at the Fortune Gym in Hollywood, Calif. Both fighters will be featured in separate 12-rounders on July 17 at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif. (more…)
Miguel Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment super flyweight Jonathan Vidal (10-0, 7 KOs) was honored by the Guaynabo City Municipal Legislature for his great accomplishment in boxing and for being an excellent example of overcoming obstacles. “Jonathan is a great young man with great talent. He is our pride,” said Hon Antonio Soto, President of the Guaynabo City Municipal Legislature. “This is a great honor for me and my family, I’m very happy and proud of all the achievements that I have accomplished and I will continue my hard work to become a world champion,” said Vidal. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo by Gabriel F. Cordero
Ramon Ayala 134.6 vs. Carlos Velásquez 134.6
Zulina Muñoz 117 vs. Mayerlin Rivas 116.8
Giovanni Caro 121.6 vs. Breilor Terán 120.5
Venue: Gran Forúm, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Promoter: Boxeo de Gala and Fausto Daniel Garcia
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Mike Jones 146.5 vs Irving Garcia 146.5
(NABA/NABO welterweight title)
Antwone Smith 145.5 vs Lanardo Tyner 148
Manuel Guzman 146.5 vs Ardrick Butler 148
Ryan Belasco 137.5 vs Kevin Carmody 138.5
Bryheim Douglas 129 vs Jason Sosa 128.5
Steve Martinez 152.5 vs Jason Thompson 151.5
Walter Edwards 173.5 vs Anthony Caputo 179
Josh Mercado 145 vs Kywame Hill 143.5
Miguel Corsino 145 vs Epifanio Cosme Rodriguez 145.5
Rafael Jastrzebski 167 vs Joseph Dunn 162
Venue: Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ
Promoter: Peltz Boxing
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Puerto Rican referee Luis Pabon will be the third man in the ring when Puerto Rican WBO Featherweight world champion Juan Manuel Lopez and Philippine WBO challenger Bernabe Concepcion meet at Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot, San Juan, Puerto Rico on Saturday. The three judges are Clark Sanmartino (USA), William Learch (USA ) and Nelson Vasquez (Puerto Rico).
As a part of its ongoing efforts to combat piracy, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that it reached confidential settlements with over 500 businesses and individuals as a result of illegal broadcasts and views of UFC events. The settlements, reached over the past two years, are only part of the UFC’s campaign to combat piracy, which includes working closely with Federal and state law enforcement agencies.
“We are committed to standing toe-to-toe with anyone trying to illegally broadcast or stream UFC events,” UFC President Dana White, said. “Today’s announcement further drives home the fact that we are fully prepared to pursue any business or individual that steals our programming.”
By Bob Ryder
Friday, July 23 marks the return of boxing action to suburban Detroit’s Royal Oak Music Theatre with Detroit’s “Big Three” of Alexis Hloros, Darryl Cunningham, and Vernon Paris headlining the show. In the eight round main event, “Hurricane” Hloros faces what appears to be his toughest test of late in the person of Ray Darden. Darden always comes to fight and middleweight Hloros will have to be at his best to keep his 12 bout win streak intact. (more…)
Photo by Rafael Soto/Zanfer Promotions
The Mexican world title challenger and interim WBA super flyweight Hernan “Tyson” Marquez had a workout for the media in preparation for this Saturday’s bout against the Filipino champion Nonito “Flash” Donaire. The boxing event named “The Challenge” takes place this Saturday at the Coliseo José Miguel Agrelot, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The main event features the world championship fight between WBO featherweight champ Juan Manuel Lopez and the Filipino challenger Bernabe Concepcion. The bouts are presented by Top Rank and PR Best Boxing and will be televised internationally by Showtime and TV Azteca in Mexico. 15,000 fans are expected to attend. For more details and photos click here…
Highly touted and hard punching bantamweight prospect Chris Avalos (16-0, 13 KOs) of Southern California will next put his unbeaten record on the line against Javier Gallo (16-2-1, 9 KOs). Gallo hails from Mexico but is now based in Buena Park, California. The bout will be a main event to air on Showtime’s ShoBox Next Generation series August 6th. The venue will be the Grand Casino in Hinckley, Minnesota.
Pledging 100% preparedness for their July 31 showdown, former champs Robert Guerrero (26-1-1. 18 KOs) and Joel Casamayor (37-4-1, 22 KOs) showed mutual respect toward one another during a teleconference held today. The two will clash on the Juan Manual Marquez – Juan Diaz II card on HBO PPV, promoted by Golden Boy from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
“He’s definitely the toughest guy I’ve ever fought,” said Guerrero. “He’s been there, done that – a very experienced guy and I can’t afford to take him lightly. He’s one of the big name fighters out there – and a lefty.”
“Robert Guerrero is one of the best upcoming fighters in the world,” said Casamayor. “But beating Guerrero puts me in line for anyone. More than anything, I want a rematch with Juan Manual Marquez. Beating Guerrero gets me that – that’s why I took the fight.”
Stay tuned for a complete report.
While Philadelphia’s Mike Jones has been getting most of the headlines leading into fight night in Atlantic City, N.J., many have not forgotten about the talented Antwone Smith, the principal fighter in a 10-round welterweight co-feature on ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, July 9, live on SHOWTIME ® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from the ballroom at the Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall. (more…)
By Ricardo Conde
NABO # 9 lightweight contender John Molina Jr. (20-1, 16 KOs) will take on undefeated “Hammerin” Henry Lundy (18-0-1, 10 KOs) for the NABO lightweight title and will be headlining the “Let Freedom Ring” card on Friday, July 9th at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, R.I. on the latest edition of ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights which is being promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES) in association with Goossen Tutor Promotions. (more…)
Today the IBF ordered the camps of top available contenders, Yoan Pablo Hernandez (22-1, 11 KOs) and BJ Flores (24-0-1, 15 KOs) to have a free negotiating period until July 20th to complete a deal for the two fighters to engage in an elimination bout for the top contender spot for the right to face IBF cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham. If a deal is not reached the bout will go to purse bid.
Two more fights have been announced for the undercard of next week’s Tua-Barrett card at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City. European lightweight champion Anthony Mezaache (18-5-3, 4 KOs) and the 2008 Olympic silver medalist Khedafi Djelkhir (6-0, 5 KOs) will both make their US debuts. Mezaache is scheduled to face Carlos Vinan (9-8-4, 1 KO) over eight rounds. Djelkhir, a two-time Olympian for France, will square off against Jorge Cordero (4-3, 4 KOs) in a six round featherweight showdown.
Mike Tyson-conqueror Kevin “The Clones Colossus” McBride, former Irish heavyweight champion and 1992 Olympian, returns to the ring Saturday night (July 10) for the first time in more than 2 ½ years against veteran Zack Page in an 8-round bout at Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, New York. (more…)
InterBox has announced that the IBF has approved the staging of an IBF mandatory title bout between top contender Jesse Brinkley (35-5, 22 KO) and IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (26-0, 21 KO). InterBox also reports that it has reached agreement with Let’s Get It On Promotions and Star Boxing for the services of Jesse Brinkley, and that the mandatory fight will take place on October 15th 2010 at the Montreal Bell Centre. The IBF awaits signed contracts from each camp.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Puerto Rican referee Roberto Ramirez Sr. will be the third man in the ring when WBA Interim super flyweight world champion Nonito Donaire (23-1, 15KOs) and challenger Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (27-1, 20 KOs) meet at Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Saturday July 10. The three judges are Ignacio Robles (Panama), Cesar Ramos (Puerto Rico ) and Raul Nieves (Puerto Rico). The fight supervisor is Miguel Prado (Panamá).
Enzo Maccarinelli says he feels like a fresh fighter now he has won the European cruiserweight title. And the big punching Welshman is looking forward to knocking out challenger Alexander Frenkel on September 18 at the LG Arena, Birmingham. (more…)
Boxing fans, get ready to climb “Through the Ropes” with the #1 boxing news radio show hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld! This week’s guests are Jr. Welterweight champ Timothy Bradley and author/Compubox counter Lee Groves. Call or email your questions to email@example.com. Through The Ropes airs live coast to coast on Thursday nights from 9:00 – 10:00 ET on 75 affiliates of the Sports Byline USA Broadcast Network, including great radio stations like KSHP 1400 AM in Las Vegas and WNSR 560 AM in Nashville. The one-hour show will also be heard on American Forces Network, Sportsbyline.com and Fightnews.com. Fightnews readers can listen live by clicking here tonight at 9PM ET.
Photos by Universum Box-Promotion
Universum trainer Magomed Schaburow recently worked his three boxers Alexander Alekseev, Dimitri Sartison and Eddy Gutknecht for 18 days in the mountains of Austria. “We were in the Ötztal, where I prepared the boys for the sparring phase and the fights,” said Schaburow. “Everybody has improved. I am very satisfied and glad that we did the training camp.” (more…)
Pugnacious Promotions will host the annual “Night of Future Champions” July 30th at the Saratoga Springs City Center, Saratoga Springs, New York. In two feature fights, undefeated lightweight prospect Mike Faragon (11-0, 5 KOs) takes another step forward in an eight-rounder against Eddie Soto (12-1, 4 KOs); while world-ranked female featherweight Maureen Shea (14-2, 8 KOs) faces rugged veteran Liliana Martinez (8-10, 4 KOs) in a six-round fight for an NABF title. The two feature bouts will top off a card of pro prelims and several amateur bouts at the historic Saratoga thoroughbred horse track.
“I am thrilled to have Maureen Shea and Mike Faragon as feature fights on the July 30th card in Saratoga” said promoter Lisa Elovich. “Maureen’s reputation precedes her as the real ‘million dollar baby’ and Mike is an undefeated young prospect and local fan favorite with a bright future. Fans are chomping at the bit to see these two fights.” (more…)
El Paso’s Antonio Escalante (23-2, 14 KOs) will be facing veteran Edel Ruiz (34-22-4, 25 KOs), of Los Mochis, Mexico, Aug. 6, it was announced today at a press conference held at the Camino Real Hotel. The card, promoted by Golden Boy and televised on Telefutura, will take place at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso. Escalante was scheduled to fight last month but was sidetracked by an injury. Ruiz is on a four-bout win streak, TKOing former champ Clarence “Bones” Adams in his last outing.
HBO Sports President Ross Greenburg continued his verbal assault on the Klitschkos today. Greenburg was quoted by the LA Times as saying he doesn’t feel the September 11th heavyweight championship fight between world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and Alexander Povetkin “registers” with the American public. Many knowledgable boxing people feel the unbeaten Olympic gold medalist Povetin (19-0, 14 KOs), who is training for the fight in New Jersey with Teddy Atlas, is one of Klitschko’s toughest challengers. What do you think?
He’s not saying whether or not he’ll fight Manny Pacquiao yet, but Floyd “Money” Mayweather plans to hold a scavenger hunt over Twitter starting at 5PM today. Grand prize is a trip to Vegas to meet Floyd. Floyd’s Twitter account is @floydmayweather.
Happy Birthday to former world champion Wayne McCullough who hits the big 4-0 today.
The reason given for lightweight contender Vicente Escobedo’s withdrawal from Friday night’s Telefutura bout against Raymundo Beltran has been announced as a viral infection.
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
“Like Mexican fighters, Filipinos are also brave,” stated WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez in advance of Saturday’s SHOWTIME-televised title defense against Bernabe Concepcion at the Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot in San Juan, Puerto Rico. “I have respect for Concepcion, but we’ll resolve the matter in the ring. He throws punches from all angles Pacquiao-style, but Concepcion isn’t Pacquiao.” (more…)
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