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Yuriorkis Gamboa: “This is a very important fight because this is an opportunity to prove that I can defeat the champions in this division. I have worked very hard to become a better professional fighter and I think that it has shown over the last few fights. My defense is better and I am putting my combinations together much better”
On champion Orlando Salido: “He a very good fighter with a lot of professional experience, but he is not really at my level. My speed and power will be too much for him. I know I need to work very hard to get to the level that I want to be at. I want to one day be considered one of the best fighters not only in the world but of all time.”
On Champion Juan Manuel Lopez: “It is a fight that is out there and when Top Rank feels that he is ready to face me he will face me. In the mean time all I have to do is beat whoever they put in front of me.”
On headlining at The Palms in Las Vegas: “It’s a big opportunity for me and I want to give the fans a great fight. It’s important to give the fans the best fight possible and this is what I intend to do on Saturday night.”
Top Rank is promoting in association with Arena Box and Zanfer. Gamboa vs Salido and Peterson vs. Rios will be on HBO.
Photos by Fightnews shooter Chris Cozzone from today’s media workout at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas, featuring Yuriorkis Gamboa, Matt Korobov and Diego Magdaleno. Click here
Fight fans are invited to attend Wednesday’s kickoff press conference for the Roy Jones Jr. versus Danny Santiago clash scheduled for October 7 at the Pensacola Civic Center in Pensacola, Florida. Roy Jones will hold an autograph signing session immediately after the press conference, which starts at 4PM at the Pensacola Civic Center (201 East Gregory Street).
Tickets priced at $128, $103, $78, $53 & $28 will go on sale at noon on September 8 at Pensacola Civic Center Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person.
Promoter and super welterweight world champion Miguel Cotto and Héctor Soto have signed Dominican warrior Daniel “Azquita” Jiménez (19-3, 11 KOs) under the promotional banners of Promociones Miguel Cotto and H2 Entertainment. “Azquita is a great fighter, a warrior inside the ring. He has the excitement that fans love,” Cotto said.
“I feel really happy to be part of this great company that is growing really fast. They have the team and quality to work my career,” added Jiménez.
Jiménez, who hasn’t fought since his amazing KO victory over Marcos “El Tigre” Jiménez in August of 2009, will make his comeback fight on September 25 on Cotto’s “Boxeo Boricua” card in Salinas at the Angel L.”Cholo” Espada Coliseum.
Prizefighter Heavyweights III champion Audley Harrison is set face David Haye for the WBA World Heavyweight title in Manchester in November 13. Harrison has always claimed it was his destiny to win the World Heavyweight title and in a tense press conference in central London, he warned his former friend Haye that he is in for “the fight of his life” when he defends his title for the second time at the M.E.N Arena. (more…)
Photo: WBA Featherweight Champion Yuriorkis Gamboa does a quick one-round workout at today’s Media Day at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas. Gamboa is fighting on Top Rank’s ‘Battle of the Champions’ , Saturday, Sept. 11 at the Palms Resort Casino in Las Vegas where he will take on IBF Featherweight champion Orlando Salido. Top Rank is promoting in association with Arena Box and Zanfer Promotions. Gamboa vs Salido will be televised on HBO. Stay tuned for a full photo gallery later today with more Gamboa photos, as well as shots of Matt Korobov and Diego Magdaleno.
With championship belts on the line in just a few days, Mexican boxing heroes Erik Morales and Edgar Sosa joined a contingent of fighters including “Mexican Fiesta” boxers Ana Maria Torres, her opponent Alesia Graf, Daniel Estrada and Reyes Sanchez to take a day out of the gym and show kids the importance of physical activities.
The boxers put their gloves down and pedaled around the Pasa Reforma in Mexico City, one of 122 cities in Mexico celebrating International Bicycle Day. They were joined by Secretary of Tourism of the Federal District Alejandro Rojas Diaz Duran, city attorney Miguel Mancera, the principals of the Bicentennial Gala and Federal staff members Bernardo de la Garza, head of Conade; and from SEP (Salud Entre Todos- Health Among All of Us) Alonso Lujambio and Jose Angel Cordova.
A throng of fans surrounded Morales and Sosa as they rode through the city, showing the home country fighters an outpouring of support before their respective championship bouts this Saturday, Sept. 11. Morales takes on Scotsman Willie “Hands of Steel” Limond for the WBC Intercontinental Championship; in the co-feature bout, Sosa goes for the WBC International Flyweight title against current title holder, Filipino fighter Ryan Bito.
Promoted by Grupo Empersarial Matiz, the PPV special is being distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 9 PM/ET, 6 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view for a suggested retail price of only $29.95.
The fight will be called by World Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Col. Bob Sheridan (blow-by-blow) and former NFL player and veteran boxing announcer Benny Ricardo (color analyst).
On Saturday in Fort Myers, Florida, Felix “Showtime” Camacho (20- 5, 7 KOs), the younger brother of Hector “Macho” Camacho and former WBF world champion returns to the ring after retiring nine years ago. The 44-year-old Camacho will go against tough Adrian Perez (5-2-1, 1 KO) in a six-rounder at the Fort Myers Skatium. Also on the card, female heavyweight Gwendolyn O’Neil meets Crystal Davis and heavyweight Sam Tillman faces Lee Gilbert.
Two hard-hitting youngsters from Mexico, Miguel Roman and Cuauhtemoc Vargas, clash in the 10-round semi-main event for the vacant IBO Latino super featherweight championship on the nationally and internationally televised professional boxing card “Viva en Las Vegas” Wednesday, Sept. 15, at the Las Vegas Hilton. Roman and Vargas are regarded as dangerous puncher-boxers in Mexico and both had considerable success as super bantamweights before moving up to the 126-pound division. Roman was the Mexican 122-pound champion while Vargas was the WBC Continental Americas super bantamweight champ. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
IBF featherweight world champion Orlando Salido broke training camp in Mexico City on Monday and along with his trainer Daniel Zaragoza and team will head to Las Vegas today for Saturday’s title unification clash with WBA featherweight champ Yuriorkis Gamboa (18-0, 15 KOs) at The Palms Casino Resort. “It has been a good training camp,” said Salido. “We’ll arrive with a good strategy and I expect to be at my best. I’ll give my all every minute of the fight. This is a very tough opponent but I have a lot of experience and a great heart.”
Light heavyweight Blake “Candyman” Prevost (13-1, 5 KOs) headlines in a ten-rounder against TBA on September 24 at the Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville, Louisiana. Also slated for action are 6′ 8″ Houston heavyweight Skip Scott (8-1, 5 KOs), junior lightweight Ivan Otero (2-0, 1 KO) and debuting cruiserweight Will Fusilier. Tickets ($20 and $50) at 1.800.WIN.1.WIN.
A couple of outstanding junior welterweight prospects, Ronald Cruz and Dillet Frederick, meet in a scheduled six-round contest on Saturday evening, Sept. 25, in the Grand Ballroom at Bally’s Atlantic City. The scheduled 12-round main event features Teon Kennedy, of Philadelphia, against Alex Becerra, of El Paso, TX, for the vacant NABA super bantamweight title. Super middleweights Dennis Hasson and Tommie Speller clash in the all-Philadelphia eight-round semfinal. (more…)
It’s virtually an unwritten rule in boxing that a hyped heavyweight prospect gets to avoid tough fights in order to build up his record, step forward Tyson Fury to shatter that myth. In just his 12th pro fight, British 6ft 9in Heavyweight sensation Tyson Fury (11-0, 9 KOs), of Manchester / Galway, will make his US television debut on “ShoBox: The New Generation” in one of the stiffest tests any prospect could hope to face in 6ft 4in American Rich “Super” Power (12-0-0, 9 KOs) at York Hall on Friday. The Fury and O’Donnell bouts will be televised in America on SHOWTIME® at 11p.m. ET/PT (same day delay). (more…)
Top Rank has announced details on their big September 18 “Top Rank Live!” tripleheader from Culiacan, Mexico that will be televised on Fox Sports Espanol. The main event will be a WBO super bantamweight eliminator between Mexican superstar Jorge Arce (55-6-1, 42 KOs) of nearby Los Mochis, vs Lorenzo Parra (31-2, 18 KOs) from Aragua, Venezuela. In the co-feature, WBC lightweight champion Humberto Soto (52-7-2, 32 KOs) also from Los Mochis, defends against Fidel Monterrosa (23-1, 18 KOs) of Barranquilla, Colombia. In a special feature, unbeaten super lightweight, son of Julio Cesar Chavez, Omar Chavez (23-0-1, 16 KOs) takes on Rodrigo Valdez (15-11-1, 11 KOs).
By Maidana Team
Once again, as it has happened in the last few weeks, the highly anticipated fight between WBA Super Lightweight champions Amir Khan and Marcos Maidana has been bombarded by the British fighter, who keeps saying Maidana is asking for too much money. El Chino decided to answer Khan Team by telling them “don’t stick your nose where it shouldn’t be. My payday for that fight is out of your business. Just focus on your preparation and let’s meet December 11.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Teiken Promotions, Inc. has announced that WBA 105-pound champ Roman Gonzalez (26-0, 22 KOs) will make an ambitious shot at the WBA 108-pound throne against Juan Carlos Reveco (25-1, 15 KOs), Argentina, in Tokyo, Japan, on October 24. The impresario Akihiko Honda, who has a promotional agreement of “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, will stage the WBC super-bantam mandatory bout between his champ Toshiaki Nishioka and British challenger Rendall Munroe in the main event on that day. The sensational Reveco-Gonzalez showdown will be the main supporting event to the headliner. This reporter feels happy to be able to broadcast this superfight in the small category as a commentator.
WBA heavyweight champion David ‘The Hayemaker’ Haye held a press conference on Tuesday at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel in London to officially announce details of his upcoming title defense against countryman and former Olympic gold medallist Audley ‘A-Force’ Harrison. The fight will take place at the MEN Arena in Manchester, England on November 13. “I don’t believe Audley deserves a chance but enough people want to see him finally destroyed, that is why this fight is happening,” Haye explained. Harrison vowed, “When I land my left hand on him he is done!”
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Tim Barry
IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green will defend the championship against B J Flores of the USA at the Challenge Stadium in Perth, Western Australia on November 17 in a bout that he hopes will win back the fans that were disappointed in his recent title bout against Paul Briggs who had been inactive for three years and was stopped in round one.
The American looked much the bigger man when both he and Green stood next to one another at today’s press conference in Sydney. “It has been a tough few months, but I’m focused on the future now and knocking out BJ Flores,” Green said.“He is a tough fighter at the top of his game, but I have a point to prove and it’s going to take more than BJ Flores to stop me.” (more…)
Jiménez Communications Inc. and Rafael Soto Comunicaciones have released the September edition of Boxeo La Revista and it was distributed this Saturday in Guadalajara. The digital version of the magazine can be found at this link. The 40 page glossy magazine is primarily distributed in all Top Rank and Zanfer Promotions boxing cards in both Mexico and the United States.
Ringside by Scott Ploof
Photography by Emily Harney
It is not the strength of a fighters’ record that determines whether a given fight will be exciting or not, because as the old adage goes, styles make fights. Friday night at the Twin River Events Center in Lincoln, RI, Former University of Rhode Island Football Player, Vladine Biosse (8-0, 4 KOs) made the most of his first opportunity in the main event as he defeated Ibahiem “The Almighty” King (7-5, 2 KOs) with a very hard fought eight round unanimous decision. The six bout fight card was presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports. (More)
One Punch Productions has announced the signing of New Jersey jr. welterweight Michael Torres. Torres, 13-1 with 7 KO’s, has been inactive since suffering his only loss, a one-point decision to Martin Tucker last October. “I thought I had won that fight easy, and afterwards I decided to take some time off to evaluate where my career was going” said Torres. “Now I’m back in the gym, and I’m putting the 140lb division on notice that I’m back.” (more…)
The WBC Board of Governors voted unanimously to name Mikkel Kessler Champion Emeritus and Ambassador of Good Will, due to his accomplishments inside and outside the ring, after he sustained an injury, which will keep him inactive for a long period of time. The WBC also conducted a voting procedure to determine how the title would be filled and by a majority voting, the WBC Board of Governors accepted to sanction the fight between number 1 and mandatory challenger Andre Dirrell versus Andre Ward for the WBC championship to be held on September 25 (although it is certain to be postponed).
The fight between former champion Carl Froch and Arthur Abraham, which will be contested on October the 2nd, will be sanctioned as a final elimination bout and the winner of both fights must fight each other.
World champion Juan Manuel Lopez of Puerto Rico will be at ringside when Yuriorkis Gamboa and Orlando Salido rumble in Top Rank’s ‘Battle of the Champions’ at the Palms Resort Casino on Saturday, Sept. 11. Gamboa and Salido are world featherweight champions. Both will put their titles on the line on Saturday night. Gamboa, the WBA champion has a record of 18-0, 15 KOs. Salido, the IBF champion, is 34-10-2, 22 KOs. Lopez is the WBO featherweight champion. His record is 29-0 with 26 knockouts. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBC interim minimumweight champ Juan Palacios has signed a multiyear contract with Nicaraguan promotional company PRODESA. Palacios (26-3, 21 KOs) joins an already talented stable of young boxers in the minimumweight division such as current WBA champ Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (25-0, 21 KOs), WBO #1 rated Carlos Buitrago (16-0, 11 KOs) and highly regarded IBF Youth champ Yader Escobar (23-3, 13 KOs). “I am really happy to get this chance with PRODESA,” said Palacios. “The fact that I’m good friends with various members of their stable makes the transition really good. Joining them guarantees the activity that my career needs and working with them will help me get another title opportunity.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A high possibility exists that former multi-division world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce will fight Lorenzo Parra in a WBO bantamweight title eliminator on September 18 in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico. A contract is being reviewed by the Parra Team, who are almost sure that accept it. Arce recently gave up the WBO interim super flyweight belt and was installed at WBO #1 in the bantamweight division.
The WBA already recognizes two world champions at middleweight. Felix Sturm, designated as WBA middleweight “super” champion and Gennady Golovkin as WBA “interim” champion. Now there are reports that Golovkin will be passed over for an opportunity to fight for the WBA’s vacant “regular” middleweight world championship and WBA #2 rated Hassan N’Dam N’Jkam will face #3 rated Avtandil Khurtsindze for that belt — which doesn’t sit well with Team Golovkin. According to FIGOsport, if Golovkin isn’t offered a chance for that title, his management may ask the Association of Boxing Commissions to look into the matter.
By Joe Koizumi
WBA interim super-welter champ Nobuhiro Ishida (22-5-2, 7 KOs), Japan, left for his US training camp in Los Angeles on Sunday prior to risking his belt against Rigoberto Alvarez (25-2, 19 KOs) in Guadalajara, Mexico, on September 25. Rigoberto is the elder brother to sensational Mexican star Saul Alvarez, but he had suffered a couple of defeats in his last five outings to Marco Antonio Rubio (TKO by 9) and William Gare (L12). Ishida, three years his senior at 35, seized the interim WBA 154-pound belt by earning a close decision over Marco Antonio Avendano of Venezuela in August of the previous year and decked his first defense against Oney Valdez of Colombia via lopsided decision here last December. Ishida, a 6’1” stylish jabber though short of convincing power, chiefly depends on his left hand, but will he be able to outspeed and outjab the ambitious Mexican?
By Joe Koizumi
Tournaments have become so popular everywhere in the world, as that might be a sort of remedy to get back people’s interests in Sweet Science. We, in Japan, witnessed finals of tourneys among rated contenders to decide mandatory challengers against national champs for the forthcoming Carnival of Champions on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan.
Middleweight: Veteran Fukutaro Ujiie (16-7-1, 11 KOs), 159.5, decked an upset KO victory over previously unbeaten hot prospect Tomohiro Ebisu (7-1, 7 KOs), 159.75, at 2:59 of the fourth session in a scheduled eight. KO artist Ebisu made a good start, but as the seasoned campaigner Ujiie started his retaliation in the fourth, the younger prospect visibly slowed down with his continual body attack only to hit the deck twice for the count. (more…)
Photos: KMG/Dmitriy Abramov
Wladimir Klitschko (57-3, 48 KOs) and Samuel Peter (34-3, 27 KOs) participated today in a press conference. IBF, IBO and WBO and The Ring Magazine Champion Klitschko and former WBC Champion Peter will face off next Saturday at Commerzbank-Arena in Frankfurt, Germany. In the U.S., the fight will be shown on ESPN. Tickets, starting at € 24, can be purchased online at www.eventim.de or by phone +49-1805-57 00 70.
“Peter is very fast, powerful and a great puncher. I love to be challenged and I am very much motivated for this fight. Each round I will try to knock Peter out” said Klitschko.
Peter, who celebrates his 30th birthday today: “I am happy to be in Germany in again. It will be an excellent, classy fight.”
Reigning IBF middleweight intercontinental champion Benjamin Simon (19-1) convincingly beat Magomed Abdurakhmanov (15-5) from Russia in the co-feature on Saturday night’s Sturm-Lorenzo card in Cologne, Germany. In the second round heavy-handed “Iron Ben” Simon sent his opponent to the canvas for the first time with a nice combination. After two more knockdowns in the fourth, referee Arno Pokrandt stopped the one-sided fight to save the durable Abdurakhmanov from further punishment. Abdurakhmanov was a last minute replacement for Colombian Juan Camilo Novoa who couldn’t travel to Germany because of passport / visa problems. (more…)
Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (51-3-2 38 KOs) and Antonio “Tijuana Tornado” Margarito (38-6 27 K’s) met for the final stop of their three city tour promoting their upcoming showdown on Saturday, November 13th at Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, Texas, for the vacant WBC light middleweight title.
This time around, however, Pacquiao wasn’t the only star in Texas as he shared the spotlight with Margarito, a star in his own right, although of late he has been anything but that. The use of illegal hand wraps in his last major fight against Sugar Shane Mosley has tarnished his reputation, which, at one time, made him one of the most feared fighters in the sport . . . Click here for more
Sugar Shane Mosley hosted a media workout this past Wednesday in Hollywood, California at the Justine Fortune Boxing Gym to promote his September 18th showdown with Sergio “Latin Snake” Mora.
The Mosley vs. Mora encounter is the main event of the huge Golden Boy Promotion pay-per-view event dubbed “200: Celebrate and Dominate” which will be hosted at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles . . . Click here for more
Tickets for the hotly-anticipated Super Six World Boxing Classic showdown between King Arthur Abraham and Carl “The Cobra” Froch, who will battle it out at the famous Chapiteau de Fontvieille in Monaco on October 2, are on sale. They can be purchased at www.ticketcorner.ch. “It is all or nothing now,” King Arthur said. “The stakes have never been higher. Carl Froch is a great fighter and I have a lot of respect for him. But I will be fighting for my life and I will leave the ring as the winner.” (more…)
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer at ringside
Felix Sturm is back! The WBA middleweight champion returned to the ring on Saturday night for the first time in 14 months to defend his belt against hard-hitting challenger Giovanni Lorenzo in front of 18,712 fans at the LANXESS arena in Cologne, Germany. It was Sturm’s first bout after leaving his former promoter Universum and founding his own promotional company – Sturm Box-Promotion – earlier this year. There was a lot at stake and enormous pressure on Sturm before entering the ring in Cologne. “I was more nervous than usual,” the 31-year-old fighter admitted. Nevertheless, Sturm needed only two rounds to get back into his boxing rhythm and outbox his game challenger. (more…)
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