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The WBC Final Elimination bout between Ajose Olusegun and Ali Chebah has been confirmed. The WBC informs that the final elimination bout for the mandatory position in the super lightweight division, between # 2 Ajose Olusegun, of Nigeria, and # 6 Ali Chebah, of France, has been confirmed to be held on Saturday August 13th, 2011, in California, and will be promoted by DiBella Entertainment.
Hitz Boxing will return to the luxurious venue in the Horseshoe Casino, in Hammond, Indiana, on Friday, August 19 for a night of world-class boxing, featuring Chicago’s former WBC Lightweight Champion David Diaz in the main event. Diaz (36-3-1, 17 KOs) won the world championship in 2006 against Jose Armando Santa Cruz and successfully defended against all-time-great Erik Morales via unanimous decision before falling short in a valiant stand against pound-for-pound superstar Manny Pacquiao in an exciting high-profile showdown in 2008. Diaz also has victories over former world champions Jesus Chavez and Ener Julio. (more…)
No sooner had new WBA Super Bantamweight Champion Rico “Suavecito” Ramos had his arm raised victoriously after his seventh-round knockout of defending champion Akishumni Shimoda last Saturday night in Atlantic City, WBA Interim titlist Guillermo “The Jackal” Rigondeaux issued an instant challenge to the 24-year-old Ramos for a supreme 122-pound showdown.
The Shimoda-Ramos fight was on the verge of being called off when Rigondeaux’ Irish manager, Gary Hyde, through renown boxing lawyer Patrick English, lodged an objection to the WBA. The action resulted in the promoters for both Shimoda and Ramos being instructed to make a deal with Team Rigondeaux or their fight wouldn’t be sanctioned. (more…)
Long-time welterweight contender, and former world title challenger, Delvin Rodriguez, will step up in weight to face jr. middleweight Pawel “Raging Bull” Wolak (29-1, 19KO’s) in the main event bout of the evening on ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights”. The bout, which will take place at New York City’s famed Roseland Ballroom, is promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and is scheduled for ten rounds.
“This is my opportunity to erase everything bad that has happened the past few years, and put myself right back into the spotlight,” stated Rodriguez. “I can’t change what happened in the past, that’s something that I don’t have any control over and honestly I’m tired of talking about it. What I do have control over though is the fight on July 15th. A win against Pawel, who is coming off the biggest win of his career, and is rated in all of the four sanctioning bodies, puts me right back into the mix, and there is no way that I am letting that opportunity pass me by.” (more…)
After the controversial decision handed down in Atlantic City on Saturday night, Erislandy Lara and his team are hoping to get a rematch against former world champion Paul Williams. “It was a good fight, but I don’t know what the judges saw,” said Lara. “I definitely want the rematch with Williams.” Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer added “We hope that Williams and his promoter Dan Goossen will give Lara a much-deserved rematch to settle the controversy that has erupted since Saturday night’s decision. If Williams chooses not to fight Lara again, Erislandy is ready to fight anyone, anywhere and at any time and we will make sure they he gets the opportunities he deserves in the wake of his spectacular performance in Atlantic City.”
Lara, who suffered a small facial fracture in the bout which caused noticeable swelling during the bout, will not be able to train for six to eight weeks.
Photo: Team Sauerland
WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck (32-1, 23 KOs) has arrived in Munich where he will put his belt on the line against Hugo Hernan Garay (34-5, 18 KOs) on Saturday. “It will be an exciting week,” Huck promised. “I can promise my fans another spectacular performance and an exciting victory. Let’s get it on.”
By Benny Ricardo
The pipes were clear; the energy through the roof and the main event took place right where he likes it, in his kill zone area. The Colonel, Bob Sheridan, was back on the air calling another championship fight that is rapidly nearing the thousand mark. Top Rank’s Director of TV production, Marty Corwin told the Colonel “You were in mid-season form, it was like you never left.” (more…)
Photo: Mariano A. Agmi
The New Jersey Athletic Control Board has no plans to review or change the result of Saturday’s controversial fight between former two-division world champion Paul Williams and Erislandy Lara, although commissioner Aaron Davis will discuss the scoring with judges Al Bennett (114-114), Don Givens (115-114) and Hilton Whitaker III (116-114). HBO’s Harold Lederman scored it 117-111 for Lara.
Williams was busy as usual, throwing 1047 punches to Lara’s 530. But Lara connected at a 49% clip while Williams landed 21% and Lara repeatedly landed the cleaner shots.
Bennett and Whitaker both had Williams ahead by one entering the final round, while Givens had “The Punisher” leading by two. Whitaker and Givens both scored round twelve 10-10, with Bennett giving the final stanza to Lara. Click here to see the actual master scorecard up close
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez is satisfied with his fourth round KO of challenger Tomas Villa in his first 126lb title defense. “I think Gamboa was expected in September, but now he says he’s going with Daniel Ponce De Leon,” said Gonzalez. “I want to face the best in the featherweight division and hopefully I’ll get an opportunity against Juan Manuel Lopez, Orlando Salido, Rafael Marquez, Yuriorkis Gamboa and others. It was a good win but I feel that I’m ready for greater challenges.”
Promoter Oswlado Kuchle of Promociones del Pueblo added, “We’re trying to find the best opportunities. Johnny G has shown that he’s back at the top of world boxing and we’re negotiating with those in that top category to face the best.”
By Jeff Pamungkas
The oldest minimumweight world champion in history, Muhammad Rachman (39 years, 64-10-5, 33 KOs) stated that he’s ready to defend his title against the WBA 11th rated contender Pornsawan Porpramook (22-3-1, 16 KOs) of Thailand, scheduled on July 30 at POPKI Sports Hall in Cibubur, Indonesia (about 1 hour driving from the capitol of Jakarta). “I’m still self-trained, and I admit that the preparation for this fight must be better than the previous one, because I know I’m getting older everyday,” said Rachman who trains it the garage of his home in Blitar. “I am the trainer myself, and I’m assisted by a young boxer for sparring and doing the padwork.” (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Wojtek Kubik
Pawel “Raging Bull” Wolak (29-1, 19 KOs), who on July 15 in New York’s famous Roseland Boardwalk will fight another fan favorite Delvin Rodriguez (25-2, 14 KOs), both works hard and talks hard. “Six weeks of hard training, at least 90 minutes a day. It was a very effective training camp – no ounce of energy was wasted. I need all of this energy in the ring,” said Wolak working at Global Boxing Gym in North Bergen, New Jersey. The Wolak-Rodriguez fight will be televised as a main event during ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” series. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former middleweight champion Jake LaMotta, the famous “Raging Bull,” celebrated his 90th birthday Sunday. LaMotta (83-29-4, 30 KOs) was a conteroversial figure both inside and outside the ring and later became an icon of cinema in the film Raging Bull, starring Robert de Niro. He was the first man to defeat Sugar Ray Robinson.
Michael Katsidis “The Great” has overcome a nasty flu to step back in the ring on the weekend, sparring current Australian lightweight champion Brett Smith over six rounds. Katsidis was bed ridden last week forcing him to cancel a media sparring day he had planned on the Gold Coast.
“It was always a concern but we are happy with the way Michael has recovered after a good rest,” said his Manager-Trainer Brendon Smith. “As much as he (Katsidis) is on a great vitamin and immunity program sometimes it just cannot be avoided…there is so much flu getting around this time of year, it’s better to get it out of the way now, rather than come down with it closer to the fight. “Michael boxed OK with Brett (Smith) on Saturday and I consider that session to be a bonus as I never expected to have Michael box until tonight… he is in pretty good shape and is recovering well, we are on track for August 13.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC executive director Mexican Mauricio Sulaiman has mentioned the possibility that the former two-division world champion Jorge “Niño de Oro” Linares and Antonio DeMarco cound fight for the WBC lightweight title which is now vacant and after the announcement by champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto that he is moving up in weight. Word is that the WBC has opened a free negotiation period and the camps have until August 5 to reach a deal before a purse bid is ordered. This hasn’t been confirmed, however.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian based South African cruiserweight Pieter Cronjie (12-4-1, 8 KOs) will be back in action on the undercard of the Danny Green vs Antonio Tarver IBO world title bout when he will clash with former WBO cruiserweight challenger Mohammed Azzaoui(26-6-3, 8 KOs) of New Zealand on July 20 at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, NSW, Australia. (more…)
Boxing and fitness coach Faisal Mohammed has opened a boutique personal training gym in Notting Hill, London. Faisal switched from kickboxing champion to boxing, turning professional with Frank Warren. After seven straight victories, six of those coming inside the distance, disaster struck Faisal’s promising career as he was diagnosed with high blood pressure during a routine check-up. The British Boxing Board deemed it was too dangerous for him to continue in the sport. “At first I was very disappointed but then I decided to turn this sporting setback into my next challenge,” Faisal said. “I transformed my energy towards providing world-class training on a personal basis. I am combining training methods that led me to world championship glory along with a unique approach to physical exercise.”
It had all the makings of a classic war between two heated rivals: Brandon Rios and Urbano Antillon unleashing hooks and crosses of insults to one another, further making the media and fight fans drool over the anticipation of a potential of a fight of the year candidate bout.
Albeit it was brief, the fight did live up to the expectations of fight-hungry boxing fans . . . click here for more
From the opening bell, bitter rivals Brandon Rios and Urbano Antillon launched into a multi-round slugfest. SHOWTIME Sports and Al Bernstein present the official recap of the July 9th Rios vs. Antillon title match, plus highlights from the action-packed Cintron vs. Molina undercard.
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Rey Sanchez
The promotional debut of Panther Promotions LLC at Saturday’s “Change is Coming” show certainly lived up to its billing. Filling the void left by the recent and sudden departure of longtime promoter The Heavyweight Factory (partly due to recent Seminole tribal leadership changes), Panther Promotions came out swinging. The sports and entertainment company headed by former welterweight contender Harold Weston, local trainer Benny Collins and former boxer Elliot Alvarado treated fans to seven competitive, well-matched fights during their premiere event. Boxing legend “Smokin’” Joe Frazier sat ringside graciously signing gloves and taking pictures with the boisterous crowd. Frazier, now forty years removed from the “Fight of The Century” first fight of the Muhammad Ali trilogy, seemed to thoroughly enjoy the action and adulation as well. For more details and photos click here…
Photo: Randy Carr
USBA Welterweight Champion “Kid” Carson Jones became only the second man ever to stop Germaine “Silky” Sanders last night by bludgeoning his way to a 6th round TKO win at Remington Park in Oklahoma City. Sanders (27-10, 17KOs) got off to a good start giving Jones (31-8, 21KOs) some problems early on with his defense and movement. But, with about 30 seconds remaining in round five, Jones caught Sanders with a right hand counter that stunned the slick Chicagoan. Jones pounced on Sanders and tried to finish his foe with a vicious flurry of power punches but the bell ending round five postponed what turned out to be the inevitable. (more…)
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