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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…)
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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.
By Johnny B’
Once again, a scheduled boxing card in Illinois has been taken off the schedule. The professional boxing show that was to take place this Friday July 19th at Clyde Park Stadium in Cicero Illinois has been cancelled, due to multiple problems. The promoter, Giovanni Gotti of Knockout Sports Promotions, is expected to reschedule the event at a later date. The cancelled show was to feature a middleweight bout between Ronald Hearns and Orphius Waite.
By Felipe Leon
Brandon Adams 155.75 vs Daniel Yocupicio 165
Brenda Flores 112 vs Carol Castro 111.25
Jose Pech 123 vs Jose Caravantes 122
Pablo Armenta 129.5 vs Erick Aguirre 132.25
Luis Armendariz 109.25 vs Alfredo Flores 109.25
Juan Manuel Hernandez 154.25 vs. TBA**
**Hernandez’ opponent will weigh in tomorrow
Venue: Las Pulgas Nightclub, Tijuana, Mexico
When: Wednesday, July 17th
Promotor: Mayen Promotions
Tickets are still available at the door.
Three 2012 United States Olympians will have showcase fights on Saturday night’s FOX Sports Network/FOX Deportes telecast from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. 2012 Olympian Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz (5-0, 3 KOs) will battle an opponent to be named in a six-round featherweight bout and Diaz’ Olympic teammate Errol Spence Jr. (6-0, 5 KOs) will see action in a six-round junior middleweight fight against an opponent to be named. Their fellow Olympian Terrell Gausha (4-0, 2 KOs) will join them on the card in a four/six round bout that will be televised time permitting.
Super lightweight Frankie “Pitbull” Gomez was originally slated to face DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley in the main event, but Gomez withdrew due to a knee injury. Local super bantamweight Randy Caballero against Miguel Robles is now the main event.
Welterweight Jesus Soto Karass (27-8-3, 17 KOs), who faces former world champion Andre Berto (28-2, 22 KOs) on July 27th, bristles at his perceived reputation of being a divisional gatekeeper who doesn’t get the wins but is liked by the networks and the fans due to his highly entertaining fights. “It’s great that people see me that way, but I want to win,” said Soto Karass on a conference call today. “The important thing for me is winning. Yes, I’m going to give a great performance like I always do, I’m ready to die in the ring like every Mexican, but the important thing for me is to win. I have the mentality of winning. I have to win for the future of my family, for the future of my trainers. It’s a lot of hard work. The bottom line is I want to win. It’s OK to have great fights, but my objective is to win.”
As for Berto, Soto Karass stated “I’m going be in great shape. I’m going to be ready for a war. If he wants to box we can box, if he wants to stand and fight we can fight, if I have to counter or be on the inside, whatever it takes I’m just training to win. That’s my game plan. I gotta win.”
This Friday night, in the main event of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights in Salem, NH, longtime lightweight contender “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy (22-3-1, 11 KOs) will face WBC #3-rated junior welterweight Olusegun Ajose (31-1, 14 KOs) in a ten-round junior welterweight showdown. “This fight means a lot. I just came off two recent losses that I thought I won-especially the one in Ukraine,” said Lundy. “I really beat that guy [Viktor Postol], but I didn’t get a fair shake. For this fight, I’m going to go in there and show the world that this isn’t the last of Hammerin’ Hank. I’m a force at 140 now.” (more…)
Two Mayweather Promotions prospects will try to keep their unbeaten records intact on Friday night’s ShoBox card at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Lightweight Mickey Bey Jr. and world-rated super middleweight Badou Jack headline a card that originally had IBF jr middleweight champion Ishe Smith defending against against Carlos Molina in the main event. Bey Jr. (18-0-1, 9 KOs) faces John Molina Jr. (25-3, 20 KOs) and Jack (14-0, 10 KOs) meets Farah Ennis (21-2, 12 KOs). Both bouts are scheduled for 10 rounds.
“I think in the case of Mickey Bey, he’s a little bit different than other prospects featured on ShoBox and the reason for that is that he was a legitimate and heavily hyped prospect when we first had him on six years ago,” noted boxing analyst Steve Farhood. “But his career has stalled because of injuries and promotional issues. One thing that hasn’t changed since 2007 is that even at the age of 30, Bey still has the profile of a top prospect. He’s taking a big step up in class against power-puncher John Molina. Badou Jack has been looking better and better and showing good boxing skills to go along with his signature body-punching style and he too is stepping up against a veteran, yet still a prospect himself, in Farah Ennis. It’ll be interesting to see whether Jack can break down Ennis over 10 rounds.”
Yakubu Amidu (20-4-1, 18 KOs) has stepped in for the injured Daulis Prescott to face two-time world title challenger Juan Carlos Burgos (30-1-1, 20 KOs) in a twelve round bout main event at the Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Sacramento, California. The bout will take place on July 26th and will be broadcast live on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. In the ten round co-feature, Miguel Gonzalez (21-3, 15 KOs) takes on Josenilson Dos Santos (26-1, 16 KOs) in a lightweight bout.
A Purse Bid was held in the IBF Office today for the IBF Lightweight Championship mandatory defense between Champion Miguel Vazquez and Ameth Diaz. Top Rank, Inc. on behalf of Zanfer Promotions was the only bidder. Zanfer bid $ 51,000.00. The fight has to be completed within 90 days.
Heavyweight Dereck Chisora says he saw the fear in Malik Scott’s eyes when they met head-to-head today. Chisora and Scott collide in a big Transatlantic showdown this Saturday at Wembley Arena. Chisora locked eyes with Scott for the first time at his North London gym after the American failed to show at the press conference yesterday, claiming he wasn’t told about it by his promoters. The former British Champion Chisora believes he’s now one up against Scott who is undefeated in 36 fights.
“I’m happy now that I’ve looked into his eyes and I see that the boy is scared,” said Chisora. “I don’t believe all this rubbish he’s saying that he didn’t know about the press conference yesterday, he just didn’t want to see me. He even had to be forced to take off his sunglasses as we went face-to-face. What counts is what happens in the ring on Saturday and I’m going to do a real good job on this boy and pack him back off to America, defeated.” (more…)
2008 Beijing Olympian and reigning British and Commonwealth titleholder Billy Joe Saunders (17-0, 10 KOs) is chomping at the bit to add his name to Britain’s list of world class middleweights, which also includes Martin Murray, Matt Macklin and Darren Barker. “Within 12 months I’ll be ready to beat all three,” claims Saunders. “In fact, within 12 months I believe I can be a world champion. But in boxing, you can’t afford to be impatient. I’m still only 23 and I’m still learning all the time.” Saunders’ next two scheduled opponents are both unbeaten, Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan (16-0, 10 KOs) at Wembley on Saturday, then John Ryder (15-0, 9 KOs) at the Copper Box in September.
WBO #4 super middleweight Arthur Abraham could end up as mandatory challenger for WBO champion Robert Stieglitz as long as he gets past Willbeforce Shihepo on August 24 in Schwerin, Germany. The way the scenario would unfold is if the top three contenders aren’t available. #1 George Groves may next face IBF/WBA champ Carl Froch. #2 Lucian Bute is injured. #3 James DeGale is having promotional problems. Stieglitz and Abraham both have one win apiece in their rivalry. The fighters are signed to different networks.
With a 3-1 record in Strikeforce, Adlan Amagov already did his part to establish his name on the international fight scene, especially among the diehards that immediately took to the Chechnya native’s aggressive style and finishing instincts . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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Heavyweight Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (16-0, 14 KOs) takes on 6’8 Englishman Richard Towers (14-0, 11 KOs) in a final eliminator for the Commonwealth heavyweight title at the Melbourne Pavilion on July 25. Victory over Towers would put Browne in line for a clash with reigning Commonwealth champion and Olympic bronze medalist David Price, who is coming off consecutive KO losses to Tony Thompson. “David Price is in a position where he needs to decide whether boxing at that level is really for him,” Browne stated. “If he wants to defend his title, I’d be happy, of course, if Hatton Promotion would stage such a great fight in Australia, but anyway I would also be more than happy to come to the UK to fight him.” Browne is coming off a unanimous decision over James Toney in April.
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