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Promoter Frank Warren today won the purse bids to stage Darren Barker’s mandatory European Middleweight Title defence against Matthew Macklin. Warren, who earlier this week won the purse bids for Ryan Rhodes’ European Light-Middleweight title defence against Lukas Konecny, came first with a bid of 125,600 Euros with Barker’s promoter Hennessy Sports coming second and Brian Peter Promotions third. Warren said, “I’m delighted to have won the rights to stage this fight and will announce a date and venue shortly.”
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
EBA (European Boxing Association) heavyweight champion Alexander Ustinov (20-0, 16 KOs) and WBA light heavyweight mandatory challenger Vyacheslav Uzelkov (22-0, 14 KOs) were the featured guests on the Internet-TV “RingSide Show” hosted by Fightnews.com writer Alexey “Oscar” Potapov. Ustinov will face Paolo Vidoz (26-8, 15 KOs) on June 26th at the Sportpalace in Odessa, Ukraine) while Uzelkov will challenge WBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov (9-1, 6 KOs) on July 24th at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California.
“After I knock out Vidoz, I want to fight WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitchko,” Ustinov said. “Yes, he’s my promoter, but I want this fight. I’m ready to become the world champion!”
Uzelkov said, “The fight against Shumenov will be a serious test for me, but I am sure that I’ll knock him out. The Kazakh needed the judges in the fight against Gabriel Campillo, whom I knocked out easily. In a fight with me, the judges will not help Shumenov. He won’t complete of twelfth round.” More to come.
SHO Sports Update: The countdown has begun for next bout in the Super Six World Boxing Classic. All eyes are on WBA champion Andre Ward as he makes his first world title defense against tournament newcomer, the dangerous Allan Green. Click below to watch the intense highlights from their press conference. And, watch Ward take on Green this Saturday on SHOWTIME at 10pm ET/PT.
By Peter Lim at ringside
Light heavyweight Alfonso “El Tigre” Lopez, 20-0 (15 KOs), scored a 10-round shutout decision over Rubin Williams, 29-10-1 (16 KOs), at the Humble Civic Center just outside Houston. Lopez, 28, pressed the action throughout, stalking Williams around the ring with his jab and repeatedly pinned him against the ropes while unloading combinations to the head and body. Williams, 34, appeared intent on fighting on survival mode from the outset and offered little in terms of offense save a few lunging jabs and sporadic counter punches. Lopez picked up the pace in the final round hoping to score a knockout, but Williams covered up well and successfully blocked or evaded the most damaging blows. (more…)
Photo by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Thrilling a large crowd, WBC light flyweight champion Rodel Mayol of the Philippines and the challenger Omar Nino of Mexico held a public workout in a ring raised in front of the beautiful Cathedral of San Juan del Rio in downtown San Juan del Río in Querétaro, Mexico. (more…)
With just a week to go until he is scheduled to take center stage in front of a crazed hometown crowd, Edwin Rodriguez took part in a media workout on Thursday at Manfredo’s Gym to showcase just how ready he is. Rodriguez shadow boxed, hit the pads with trainer Peter Manfredo, Sr., and put in some rounds in the heavy bag before the assembled members of the press. (More)
Steve Smith of Rumble Time Promotions presents “The Show Must Go On!” tonight at the Viking Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri. The feature bout of the evening pits two talented St. Louis products in a battle for the vacant 135-pound WBC United States National Boxing Championship. Rumble Time’s own “Dangerous” Dannie Williams (13-1, 11 KOs) will square off against Robbie “The Peashooter” Cannon (12-5-1, 6 KOs) in a ten-round contest for the belt. (more…)
Jose Reynoso 140 vs Aris Ambriz 139
Aaron Martinez 147 vs Pavel Miranda 147
Artemio Reyes 142 vs Alan Sanchez 142.5
Eric Garcia 154 vs Daniel Castillo 153.5
Antonio Moya 152.5 vs Cleven Ishe 153
Venue: Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, California
Promoter: Thompson Boxing Promotions
By John Cannon
Luis Ramos Jr. 137.6 vs. Joshua Allotey 138
Omar Figueroa 135.6 vs. Julian Rodriguez 135.8
Nestor Garza 144 vs. Steve Almaraz 144
Eric Molina 199.6 vs. Chris Thomas 198.6
(WBC Latino cruiserweight title)
Jermell Charlo 155.4 vs. Adan Murillo 164.8
Juan Manuel Lopez 114.2 vs. Richard Flores 115.8
Maria Rodriguez 148.6 vs. Yvette Mccullar 142
Venue: McAllen Convention Center, McAllen, TX
Promoter: Golden Boy/Cavazos Boxing
Golden Boy prospect Luis Ramos took a walk down memory lane at Wednesday’s press conference held at the McAllen Convention Center. “I fought in the Valley before back when I was younger,” said Ramos. “Back in the day I fought in Brownsville as an amateur and this is my second time back in the Valley. One thing I remember the last time I was here was that the people were extremely friendly here and humble. I am glad to be back and looking forward to fighting in front of the Valley fans once again.” (more…)
Photo by Enrique “Kike” Vázquez/Promociones Miguel Cotto, Inc.
WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto was honored by the House of Representatives of Puerto Rico for his achievements and his successful boxing career. “Miguel Cotto is an inspiration for thousands of young kids growing up. He is a true example of what you can accomplish,” said district representative David Bonilla. ” Click here for more…
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Jean Pascal looking sharp in advance of his August 14th fight versus Chad Dawson at the Bell Centre in Montreal. “He certainly is the best dressed boxer out there,” admitted Dawson’s promoter Gary Shaw who said he plans on making two trips to Canada with Dawson. “We’ll be back a second time, after we beat Jean Pascal, we’re going to come back for (Lucian) Bute, we’ll knock off all the Canadians in two straight fights.”
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Omar Sheika 176 vs. Jim Strohl 176
Terrance Cauthen 148 vs. Cleotis Pendarvis 146
Francisco Ortiz 122 vs. Benjamin Morales 122
Marcus Smith 134.5 vs. Rami Ibraham 136
Reshawn Scott 180.5 vs. Charles Hayward 177
Alando Swain 162 vs. Khalil Farah 167
Ramon Ellis 134 vs. Osnel Charles 137
Promoter: Nedal Promotions
Venue: Cedar Gardens
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Allan Green relaxes in his Hilton Oakland Airport suite as he gets mentally ready for his Super Six World Boxing Classic showdown with WBA World Champion Andre Ward televised Saturday, June 19-live on SHOWTIME, 10p ET/PT-from Oakland’s Oracle Arena.
“Fight week for a boxer is 100% mental,” Green stated. “I have done the work. I have trained for a world title fight, but in the last days before that first bell, it can’t be about that in my mind. I know on Saturday that I can walk out of the arena as the new WBA World Champion. But I can’t focus on that. I can only focus on beating Andre Ward.” (more…)
The undercard for the July 16th Zab “Super” Judah vs. Jose Armando Santa Cruz at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, is shaping up with abundant local flavor. Undefeated welterweight, Alex Perez of Newark, NJ (11-0, 7 KOs) takes on New York City’s Vincent Arroyo (10-1, 7 KOs). Brooklyn, NY’s Sadam “Worldkid” Ali (7-0, 3 KOs) will defend his unblemished record against Philadelphia’s, Julius Edmonds (7-7) in a 6 round welterweight battle. (more…)
Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) and Gary Shaw Productions have officially announced that WBC light heavyweight world champion Jean Pascal (25-1-0, 16KO) will make a third defense of his title against undefeated IBO light heavyweight champ Chad “Bad” Dawson (29-0-0, 17KO) on Saturday, August 14th at the Bell Centre in Montreal. “After several discussions we agreed that the best place for this historic fight to take place would be Montreal . Thanks to Gary Shaw we were able to count on HBO’s participation, as they have broadcast all of Chad Dawson’s matches since 2008. This will be without a doubt the most important boxing event in history in which a fighter from Quebec has participated in the main event” said Yvon Michel, president of GYM. (more…)
“That was eight months ago for a stadium fight,” said Bernd Bönte, Managing Director of the Klitschko Management Group. “Now for weeks we offered them 1.5 million and that’s it. Still more than he gets or even got in any other fight. Valuev comes from a clear defeat against Haye, and all but the judges saw a loss against Holyfield. This is a typical King game. He has nowhere to go. Austin fights Solis for the mandatory position and Valuev has two options left: fight Vitali or fight Haye in a rematch. But we will definitely not raise the money. If Valuev wouldn’t be over seven foot we wouldn’t even discuss a fight. He can take it or fight Haye again.”
“No more lies, K2,” Team Valuev said today. “No more posturing. No more subterfuge. No more deceit.” Team Valuev announced today that they will accept an offer made by K2 Promotions for former two-time World Boxing Association heavyweight champion Nikolai “Russian Giant” Valuev (50-2, 34 KOs), from St. Petersburg, Russia., to face World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (40-2, 38 KOs), from Ukraine. Promoter Don King said much misinformation has been disseminated regarding his position and statements pertaining to Valuev, the fighter he represents with Sauerland Event. “Due to many incorrect representations in the past, I want to make it perfectly clear that K2 Promotions has offered Nikolai Valuev $2.5 million to face Vitali Klitschko, and on behalf of Team Valuev, we are accepting their offer. Nikolai Valuev is the pride of Russia and the Russian people, and he wants to fight for his country and his fans. I hope K2 keeps their word. I hope we are done with the excuses, be they physical, financial or otherwise. Let’s get it on. Let’s go to the mat. My man Niko is going to knock Vitali out.”
Photo by Chris Farina/Top Rank
Undefeated No. 1 contender, son of the legend Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. lifts weights at the Wildcard Boxing Club in Hollywood Tuesday for his upcoming rumble against Ireland’s John Duddy. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions and Tecate , “Latin Fury 15”, will be televised on Top Rank Pay-Per-View on Saturday, June 26 from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Click here for more photos…
By Felipe Leon
On Friday night, June 18th, Zanfer Promotions returns to Tijuana’s Municipal Auditorium with their “Guante Azteca (Aztec Glove)” series. The night will be the second round of their bantamweight tournament with the winner pocketing $5,000 cash plus immediate inclusion in their national tournament, “Campeon Azteca (Aztec Champion)”, broadcast on he Azteca channel. Also on Friday night, the first round of the super lighweight tournament will be contested. (more…)
“The Contender’s” Walter ‘2 Guns’ Wright will return to the ring on Saturday at Brian Halquist Productions’ Battle at the Boat 77 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma. Wright, a multiple Tacoma Golden Gloves champion, will meet Joshua Snyder (8-5-1, 3 KOs) in a scheduled six-round co-main event. It marks Wright’s first bout in more than three years. “I’ve been out of the ring, but not away from the sport,” said the 29-year-old Wright, who sports a record of 13-3-0 with 7 knockouts. “I’ve been training. I’m in the best shape of my life and I’m focused. I’m really looking forward to getting back in that ring and putting on a show.” (more…)
Windy City prospects Jaime Herrera and Adrian Granados will be featured Saturday night on Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions card at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion. “Both Herrera and Granados are facing undefeated fighters from out of town who no doubt will come to Chicago with intentions of staying unbeaten which should make for outstanding battles. In each of their previous appearances at the UIC Pavilion, we’ve had huge crowds for Jaime and Adrian and are expecting another large and passionate turnout this Saturday night,” said Pesoli. (more…)
The featured fights are set for the June 24 “Fight Night Club” event at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. In the main event, East Los Angeles’ highly-touted amateur star Frankie Gomez (3-0, 3 KOs) meets Geoffrey Gaya (5-2, 1 KO) in a four round junior welterweight match. The co-main will see Jessie Vargas (10-0, 5 KOs) against veteran Ernesto Zavala (21-4, 9 KOs) in a six rounder. 2008 U.S. Olympian and unbeaten former amateur star Gary Russell Jr. (9-0, 6 KOs), Irish jr welter Jamie Kavanagh (1-0, 1 KO) and jr middleweight Roberto Reyes (1-0, 1 KO) will all face opponents to be determined.
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Story by Robert Hough
Photos by Laura de la Torre
Andre Ward and Allan Green said Wednesday they’re out to prove that some perceptions—that Ward’s not tough and Green’s not a boxer—are wrong.
The super-middleweights met for the first time at an Oakland, Calif., press conference three days before their fight wraps up the second round of Showtime’s Super Six World Boxing Classic . . . click here for more
The weigh-in for the WBA super middleweight championship/Super Six clash between hometown champion Andre Ward (21-0, 13 KOs) and world-ranked Allan Green (29-1, 20 KOs) will be OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and will take place on Friday at 1PM at the Hilton Oakland Airport Ballroom in Oakland, California.
Also seeing action on the card in off-TV bouts will be former world champion Kendall Holt (25-4, 13KOs) against all-action Jesse Feliciano (15-9-3, 9 KOs) in an eight round welterweight bout, as well as Philadelphia welterweight prospect Steve Upsher Chambers (21-1-1, 6 KOs) against Hector Alatorre (16-9, 5 KOs).
We’ve added some new images from SHOWTIME’s Tom Casino in our press quotes gallery.
On Friday night, OPI 2000, the Italian company led by Salvatore and Christian Cherchi, will stage a show in Siracusa on the Italian Island of Sicily. In the main event, Italian Canadian Phil Lo Greco (19-0, 10 KOs) will fight for the vacant WBC International welterweight title against Poland’s Slawomir Ziemlewicz (20-6-2, 4 KOs).
On the undercard OPI lightweight prospect Luca Giacon (10-0, 10 KOs) and cruiserweight Vincenzo Rossitto (38-6-2, 23 KOs). Giacon will fight on six rounds and Rossitto on eight rounds. Italian network Dahlia Sport 2 will broadcast the show live starting at 9PM.
Photo by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
WBC light flyweight champion Rodel Mayol (26-4-2, 20 KOs) and Omar Nino (28-3-2, 11 KOs) both promised victory before facing off at Wednesday’s final press conference in advance of Saturday’s highly charged rematch at the Plaza de Toros in San Juan del Rio, Queretaro, Mexico. Their first bout ended in a controversial three round draw. The return bout can be seen on FOX Sports in the United States and TV Azteca in Mexico. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer
On Friday night at the Cedar Gardens in Hamilton, New Jersey, light heavyweight sensation Omar Sheika (29-9, 20 KOs) will continue his quest for the elusive world title that has been just beyond his grasp. Sheika, The 2003 & 2004 ESPN fighter of the year will face the always dangerous Jim “Steel Chin” Strohl (27-8, 21 KOs). Fightnews had the opportunity to speak with Sheika as he prepared for his toughest fight of his comeback. (more…)
The former business manager of Fernando Vargas has been arrested on suspicion of stealing the former world champion’s fortune. According to the Ventura County Star, Joseph Louis Pecora was arrested Monday on charges of grand theft by embezzlement and forgery after a long investigation. Vargas’ attorney Greg Ramirez told the Star that Pecora allegedly pocketed about $400,000 and lost millions by mismanaging Vargas’ financial affairs. Ramirez also said the Vargas family had to move out of their home as a result and Vargas might have to start training to get back in the ring.
Six pro bouts featuring five Tulare County and Central Valley future boxing stars highlight the inaugural Melee At McDermont boxing show set for Saturday night, June 19th and hosted by former world champion Fernando Vargas. This historic night of boxing, a first for the City of Lindsay, will see the multimillion dollar McDermont Field House transformed into a 1,800 seat fight arena, complete with a boxing ring, boxing lights, VIP Suites, and a pre fight concert, all hosted by champion turned promoter Fernando Vargas and Roy Englebrecht of Roy Englebrecht Promotions. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Golden Boy Promotions has closed the deal on a fight between former WBA/WBC world champion Jorge Linares and five-time title challenger Ricardo “Rocky” Juarez on July 31 in Las Vegas. The bout will be the co-feature underneath the rematch between Juan Manuel Marquez and Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz. Sources inform that the two contracts were signed by the boxers and the fight will be at a weight between the super featherweight and lightweight divisions. On March 27, Linares returned to the ring after losing the world title in 2009 and won a majority decision over Francisco Lorenzo.
Maidana’s former manager comments on allegations
As my name was mentioned, I am requesting you to include some of the comments related to the declarations of Marcos Maidana about me and our contractual relationship, so that boxing fans can have information in relation to this matter. In this regard, and taking into account the declarations of Maidana through this means and any other means in relation to his contractual situation, I want to strongly clarify that, during his stay in Las Vegas, and before his fight against Victor Cayo, Maidana had a commercial relationship with the firm Golden Boy Promotions, in accordance with the proposal of Maidana’s promoter, UNIVERSUM. He signed personally the corresponding agreements.
Afterward, the possibility of a fight against Timothy Bradley on July of this year was added to these options, with an important money offer, and Maidana had always been kept informed about these facts and personally approved the proposal. After the customary negotiations, he also approved the money offer. Then, we planned a trip to Los Angeles for a Press Conference where the event would be announced. (more…)
Robert Helenius (12-0, 7 KOs) will make his first-ever title fight on August 21 when he clashes with Gregory Tony (12-0, 10 KOs) for the vacant EU Heavyweight Title. The two unbeaten prospects will collide in Erfurt, Germany on the undercard of the WBO Cruiserweight Title Fight between Marco Huck and Matt Godfrey. “I am thrilled to make my first title fight,” Helenius said. “My hand injured has healed well and I have been working very hard in practice. Tony is unbeaten but this will change on August 21 when we meet in the ring. I want to be a world champion one day, so winning the prestigious EU title will get me one step closer to my big goal.” (more…)
Last Saturday in the touristic Morrocan city of Marrakech a battle for the vacant European ‘EBA’ super bantamweight title took place between young, undefeated Olympic star Ali Hallab (8-0, 5 KOs) of France and Russian Alexander Vladimirov (9-4-1, 4 KOs). It was a very tough and even fight, but in the end, Frenchman Ali Hallab claimed the European laurels by points decision. Also on the card, WBA #3/WBO #4 middleweight Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (24-0, 17 KOs) scored an eight round KO over veteran Omar Gabriel Weis (40-10-3, 17 KOs). The promoter of the event was Sebastien Acaries with AMI Productions.
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