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Everlast Worldwide Inc., the global leader in fight sports and fitness, today announced the signing of an exclusive equipment contract with MMA standout Jon “Bones” Jones. Widely recognized as the best young talent in MMA today, the 23-year old Jones has a record of 11-1 and trains out of the renowned Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts Gym in Albuquerque, NM. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
“Vicious” Victor Ortiz (27-2-1, 21 KOs) and “Vicious” Vivian Harris (29-4-1, 19 KOs) held a media conference call today to discuss their preparations for their upcoming bout on the September 18 Mosley vs. Mora card in Los Angeles.
Oscar De La Hoya: “This fight has all the makings of a classic match up. It’s going to be a great fight between two warriors. It has the potential to steal the show because of their styles, how much each one wants it and what both have gone through to get here.”
Vivian Harris: “On September 18th I want the world to know that Vivian Harris comes to fight and that only one ‘Vicious’ will stand up and that will be me. I am very determined and nobody is going to stop me, especially no Victor Ortiz. He has a lot of talent but you have to believe in yourself and I don’t think he does.”
Victor Ortiz: “I am very prepared right now. I am listening to my coaches. I am going to win. Vivian Harris just said that he is going to beat me but I disagree. He’s a world champion for a reason and I am ranked #1 for a reason. On September 18th, I’ll be ready and we will have a nice little dance.”
NOTE*** Things got a little heated between Danny Garcia, Ortiz’s trainer, Rolando Arellano, Ortiz’s manager and Harris towards the end of the call.
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
WBA #3 lightweight contender “Bam Bam” Brandon Rios (24-0-1, 18 KOs) of Oxnard, CA continues his preparations with his roadwork. The undefeated Rios will take on WBA #2 lightweight contender Anthony Peterson (30-0, 20 KOs) on Saturday, September 11 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV in a WBA lightweight title eliminator in the co-feature of HBO’s B.A.D. “Boxing After Dark” which will be headlined by WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa against IBF featherweight champion Orlando Salido. “Battle of the Champions” is being presented by Top Rank in association with Arena Box and Zanfer Promotions. Tickets are priced at $200, $100 and $50 and are available at the Pearl Box Office, www.ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 800-745-3000. Click here for more photos…
Photos by PR Best Boxing Promotions/José Pérez
Junior Flyweight Champions Iván “Iron Boy” Calderón and Giovanni Segura are set for their showdown on Saturday on the big “Unification” pay-per-view card at Mario “Quijote” Morales Coliseum in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. The event is a presentation of PR Best Boxing Promotions.
Calderón (34-0-1, 6 KOs) is the WBO 108lb champion, while Segura (24-1, 20 KOs) is the WBA champion. This bout is the first world title unification clash ever in in Puerto Rico.
“Finally I get my unification fight. After seven years as a champion I am going to fight an unification”, Calderón, a former 105 pounds champion, said. (more…)
Undefeated super middleweight Dennis “The Assassin” Hasson and fellow-Philadelphian Tommie “Big Poppa” Speller meet in the scheduled eight-round semifinal 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 North American Boxing Association (NABA) super bantamweight title. First of seven bouts begins at 7.30 p.m. (more…)
Preview by Brady Crytzer
With UFC 118 only days away it appears as though the answer to the Boxing vs. MMA question will finally be answered; unfortunately it will be answered by two 40-something former champions on opposite sides of the athletic spectrum . . . Click here for more
Prize Fight has announced the signing of undefeated welterweight prospect Jesse “The Future” Lubash (13-0, 8 KOs) to an exclusive promotional contract. Prize Fight aims to showcase the Pittsburgh native on November 27th from the Monroeville Convention Center in Monroeville, PA.
The World Boxing Council has mandated a bout for the Featherweight world title by virtue of the fact that champion Elion Rojas, of The Dominican Republic, suffered a severe injury that will prevent him from fighting for several months. The WBC is about to receive today, the majority voting of the Board of Governors regarding the fighter who will be the challenger of world ranked number one contender, Juan Carlos Burgos, of Mexico; the result may be announced later today. The bout for the world championship must be held within the next 90 days, once the rival of Burgos is appointed today in accordance with the aforementioned voting of the Board of Governors. (more…)
The following is a statement from Allan Green’s promoter Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment, on the cancellation of Green’s Super Six bout with Mikkel Kessler:
“First and foremost, I want to wish Mikkel Kessler a speedy recovery. Eye injuries are very serious, and I hope Mikkel does everything necessary to heal up and continue his career at the appropriate time. Obviously, all of Team Green is bitterly disappointed about not getting the opportunity to travel to Denmark for this great challenge. It is hard not to feel for Allan Green; this is the third training camp in the last year that he has had interrupted for various reasons beyond his control. In the coming days we will sit down with [Showtime Senior Vice President] Ken Hershman to discuss Allan’s future. We trust that Showtime will provide Allan with the opportunity to showcase his skills in a meaningful fight versus a world class opponent in the very near future.”
By Ricardo Conde
Looks like WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (45-2-2, 24 KOs) of Argentina will take on Paul “The Punisher” Williams (39-1, 27 KOs) on November 20th in a rematch, a venue for the fight has not been determined but possibilities include New York, Atlantic City and California. The two fighters engaged in an exciting back and forth action bout last year which ended in a controversial loss for Martinez. Sergio Martinez then went on to claim the WBC/WBO middleweight titles from the then reigning middleweight champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik (36-2, 32 KOs) via unanimous decision this past April in Atlantic City, NJ. Martinez was then stripped of his WBO title, due to one of the organization’s rules, less than 2 months after having defeated Pavlik. Martinez is expected to begin training camp in mid September for this fight.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Puerto Rican referee Jose H Rivera will be the third man in the ring when Puerto Rican WBO Jr. Flyweight world champion Ivan Calderon (34-0-1, 6 KOs) and Mexican WBA Jr. Flyweight world champion Giovanni Segura (24-1-1, 20 KOs) meet at Coliseo Mario ‘Quijote’ Morales, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico on August 28. The three judges are Carlos Colon (Puerto Rico), Patricia Jairman (USA) and Gustavo Padilla(Panamá). The WBA fight supervisor is Carlos Chavez (Venezuela).
Crown Boxing has released the full line-up for their return, Friday, Sept. 3 at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. In the main event, cruiserweight Henry Namauu (6-3, 4 KOs), of Las Vegas, takes on Phoenix’s Chad Davis (2-5) in an eight-rounder. The remaining line-up includes four four-rounders: Vegas super bantam Brian Battease (6-2-2, 1 KO) vs. Alexis Santiago (3-0, 1 KO), of Phoenix; Vegas featherweight Rocco Santomauro (4-0) vs. Manuel Delgado (1-5), of Riverside, Calif.; female Vegas featherweights Crystal Hoy (3-2-2, 2 KOs) vs. Mandy LaPointe (2-1-1); and, Vegas welterweights Juan Rumaldo Alcolea (2-2) vs. Daniel Reece (1-0). Tickets are now on sale at the Rio box office at 702.777.7776, from $25.
An undefeated record can be a burden for many fighters. It can make them cautious or paranoid, or make them fight not to lose as opposed to fighting to win, Gray Maynard, unbeaten in 11 pro mixed martial arts bouts (10 wins and 1 no contest), is not one of those fighters . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
Team Sauerland regrets to inform the boxing world that WBC Super Middleweight Champion Mikkel Kessler has been forced to pull out of the Super Six World Boxing Classic due to an eye injury. His title defence against Allan Green in Herning, Denmark on September 25 has been cancelled.
“This is the most disappointing moment of my boxing career,” Kessler said. “After defeating Carl Froch, I was on the way to win the tournament, so pulling out now really hurts. The eye problem has bothered me since the beginning of the Super Six in my preparation for the bout against Andre Ward. It also bothered me in the fights against Ward and Froch, and in my training for the fight against Green it has become unbearable. I have consulted leading experts in Denmark and Germany and they have advised me to take a break from boxing so that the problem can heal. I have been assured that it will heal completely and that I will be back in the ring next year. As a fair sportsman, I do not want to delay the Super Six, which is still the best thing that has happened to boxing for a long time. I wish my fellow contestants the best of luck – may the best man win. I will be there to fight the winner in 2011.” (more…)
“Of course I am very disappointed in this with my eyes. It’s been bothering me for a long time and I got the final decision yesterday so out course I’ve got to go out of my dream, go out of this great tournament. Of course, there’s hope in the future. I was afraid of was it the brain? Could I go blind? There’s nothing there. I’m just going to go a year, keep up my training with Jimmy, take some training camps without the sparring. The good news is that I’m not finished. But of course my dream in the Super Six is finished. That’s the way it is. I’m disappointed. But I just have to look forward now and be happy that I can fight again.”
WBC super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler has suffered an eye injury that will force him out of the Super Six tournament it was announced today at a press conference in Denmark. According to the Ekstra Bladet, Kessler stated he was seeing double. Doctors told him he must take a nine month break from boxing. (More to come)
Photo: KMG/Dmitriy Abramov
IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (54-3, 48 KOs), of Kiev, Ukraine and Hamburg, Germany, participated yesterday in a media work out in his training camp in Going, Austria. He will face former WBC world heavyweight champion Samuel Peter (34-3, 27 KOs) currently out of Las Vegas on Saturday, September 11, at Commerzbank-Arena in Frankfurt/Main, Germany. (more…)
Photos: Team Rahimi
The unbeaten Hamid Rahimi (15-0, 5 KOs) will fight for his second international title in his pro career. Tomorrow he will face the Georgian Armen Azizian (9–10, 1 KO) in a fight for the interim PABA middleweight title on a private boxing show in Rostock, Germany. For the past weeks he has prepared for this challenge with his coach Owen Reece. The Hamburg based fighter Rahimi, who was born in Afghanistan said about his upcoming fight: “This PABA title bout is a big step towards my big dream: a fight in my hometown of Kabul and become world champion!” (more…)
Carl Froch is backing Jason Booth to give Nottingham another world champion next month. Booth (35-5) challenges for the Canadian’s (32-1) IBF belt at Rainton Meadows Arena, Houghton-le-Spring on September 11th. Froch who lost his WBC crown to Mikkel Kessler in April is currently preparing for an October showdown against Arthur Abraham. ‘The Cobra’ reckons he and recovering alcoholic Booth will score a big East Midlands double. Froch said: “I have known Jason since we were kids fighting as amateurs. His story is one you couldn’t make up and to see him back, doing himself and Nottingham proud is fantastic.” (more…)
In a good lightweight matchup, Claudionei Lacerda (13-1, 9 KOs) scored an upset tenth round KO over WBO #13 rated hometown favorite Fernando Ferreira da Silva (27-3-1, 23 KOs) on Tuesday night, seizing da Silva’s WBO interim Latino belt in the process at the Conjunto Desportivo Baby Barioni in São Paulo, Brazil. The end came at the 1:12 mark.
In the co-feature, super featherweight Josenilson dos Santos (16-1, 11 KOs) won a split decision over Jeremias Ezequiel Castillo (15-4-1, 7 KOs). Scores were 78-74, 78-75 for dos Santos and 77-75 for Castillo.
This Thursday night, unbeaten light welterweight Antonio Orozco (7-0, 5KOs) faces his first true trial in his young career when he faces the much more experienced Humberto Tapia (15-14-1, 8KOs) of Tijuana, MX. The six round bout will be the semi-main event for the Nokia Live fight card presented by Golden Boy Promotions and it will also mark the first time Orozco fights under the Espinoza Boxing Club banner.
“Camp has been great and this week we winded it down working on timing and reflexes,” Orozco of San Diego, CA, by way of Tecate, MX, stated after a workout. “We are ready and staying focused.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The possibility exists that Venezuelan Olympian Alfonso Blanco could be signed by Golden Boy Promotions. Sources indicate that Blanco has had conversations with GBP and travelled from Venezuela to the United States on Monday. Blanco, honored as Venezuelan boxer of the year 2009 by the Venezuelan Confederacy of Boxing, was a silver medalist in the 2007 amateur world championships.
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By Marc Lichtenfeld at ringside
WBA #12 rated heavyweight Timur Ibragimov (29-2-1, 16 KOs) scored a tenth round KO over previously unbeaten former two-time Olympian Gurcharan Singh (20-1, 11 KOs) on Tuesday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. In the co-feature, unbeaten welterweight Brad “The King” Solomon (13-0, 4 KOs) stopped veteran Wilfredo “Papin” Negron (26-15-1, 19 KOs) in round six for the WBA International and WBC Latino welterweight titles. Click here for full report…
Photo by Promociones Miguel Cotto
Promociones Miguel Cotto in association with H2 Entertainment announced “Boxeo Boricua In Las Piedras” today at the Juan R. Viera Coliseum. In the Main Event the new Puerto Rican fan favorite and undefeated junior lightweight prospect Luis “El Artesano” Cruz (15-0, 12 KOs) will clash with Colombian warrior Hevinson Herrera (14-5-1, 12 KOs) for the vacant junior lightweight WBO Latin title in a 10 round bout. “I’m really happy to fight in front of my home town fans. I’m excited and can’t wait to be in the ring this Saturday. I’ve been training really hard for this fight. This is my time,” Luis Cruz said. For more details and photos click here…
By Oliver Duetschler
Unbeaten lightweights collide Hungarian WBC Youth lightweight champion Gabor Veto (18-0, 14 KOs) will meet undefeated German Philipp Schuster (14-0-1, 9 KOs) on the Klitschko/Peter-undercard in Commerzbank Arena in front of more than 50,000 spectators in Frankfurt on September 11th. Veto’s trainer is Italian former contender Giuseppe “The End” Lauri, who won a varirety of regional championships while amassing a record of 50-7, 29 KOs. Lauri, who now lives in Bekescsaba in the Eastern part of Hungary. Lauri is a very good friend of Veto and the former Italian national champion will travel to Veto’s Swiss hometown of Berne and help Veto prepare for the most important fight in his career. (more…)
8 Count Productions has announced that their September 17th at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago will feature WBA #10 middleweight Andy Lee (22-1, 16 KOs) against local favorite Michael Walker (19-4-2, 12 KOs) in a ten-rounder. The co-main event will feature junior middleweight Luciano “EL Michoacano” Perez (17-10-1, 15 KOs) taking on undefeated Russian newcomer Anton “The Pick Hammer” Novikov (16-0, 6 KOs) in a scheduled eight round tilt. In a special attraction six round bout, undefeated welterweight prospects Aslanbek Kozaev (11-0, 4 KOs) and Marcus Thompkins (5-0-1, 2 KOs) collide. Tickets start at $31. Call 312-226-5800.
“We contacted representatives of just about everyone among the top 20 junior welterweights in the US and abroad and offered them a fight with Zab” Promoter Kathy Duva of Main Events said. “They all turned us down. Michael Clark, on the other hand, called up and asked for the fight. You’ve got to admire and reward that kind of passion and confidence. Michael Clark is certain that he can beat Zab Judah and he wants to come to Newark and prove it.”
Former undisputed welterweight and junior welterweight champion Zab “Super” Judah (39-6, 27 KO’s) takes on Michael “Cold Blood” Clark (40-5-1, 18 KO’s) on October 2 at Newark’s Prudential Center Arena. (more…)
Story by Anthony Springer, Jr.
Much has been made of “The Prodigy” BJ Penn’s storied MMA career. At 13-6, Penn has won titles in two weight classes and soundly defeated some of the sport’s best fighter.
However, when Penn dropped a decision to current light weight champion Frankie “The Answer” Edgar (12-1) at UFC 112, he Hilo, Hawaii fighter received another career wake up call. . . . Click here for more
Former world champion Juan Carlos Salgado (22-1-1, 16 KOs) of Mexico will meet Daniel Jimenez (19-3-1, 11 KOs) of Puerto Rico in a scheduled twelve round IBO super featherweight world title bout. The bout will be the co-feature of a Mexican Independence Day card at the Hilton in Las Vegas September 15. The main event will feature former world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (45-7, 39 KOs), of Mexico taking on Australian Jackson Asiku (26-3, 14 KOs) for the IBO featherweight title. Roy Englebrecht and Promociones del Pueblo will promote the event.
Video: Joel A. Colón
Giovani Segura works out with trainer Javier Capetillo at the Cheo Aponte Gym.
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm today sparred ten rounds against three different sparring partners (tough super middleweight Lolenga Mock is pictured above) in his gym in Cologne, Germany,. The 31-years old Sturm is in his final week of sparring for his September 4 clash against hard-hitting challenger Giovanni Lorenzo in the Lanxess Arena in Cologne. Sturm looked sharp and quick in today’s session. “I’m in great shape”, he said. “My camp went great and I’m ready to defend my title next week. My fans are in for a real treat.” Sturm’s first bout in 14 months is only 11 days away.
Giovanni Segura’s controversial trainer Javier Capetillo has been denied a trainer’s license by the Puerto Rican Boxing Commission, according to Primera Hora. This means Capetillo cannot be in Segura’s dressing room or corner when he faces Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon in Saturday’s big 108lb unification clash in Puerto Rico. Capetillo, the central figure in the Antonio Margarito handwrapping scandal, is suspended by the State of California, but has been licensed in Mexico. (Big thank you to Sergio)
By Rick Scharmberg
Russell “Spiderman” Jordan (15-7, 10 KOs), of Rochester, NY will face Jose Angel Rodriguez (15-2-1, 2 KOs), of New York, NY in a twelve round bout for the vacant IBF North American middleweight belt this Friday night at the Rollins Center inside Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Delaware. The all-southpaw main event came about after original opponents Ahmad Kaddour and Terrance Cauthen fell out. “What we have are two warriors who will be looking to slug it out,” said matchmaker Nick Tiberi. “Both guys come to fight and both are worthy of this title shot.” This is the second straight event where the venue successfully promoted its own fight card. The eleven-bout card sold out several weeks ago. (more…)
These days, “The Natural” Randy Couture (18-10) is all about interesting fights.
If you disagree, feel free to check the resume. At 47, Couture is a former UFC light heavyweight and heavyweight champion. He’s been in the cage with the best. He’s beaten the best and he’s been beaten by the best. He’s a UFC hall of famer, joining the likes of Royce Gracie, Ken Shamrock and Dan Severn in mixed martial arts history. When you’ve accomplished as much as Couture has, it only makes sense to take fights that are going to add to an already memorable career. . . . Click here for more
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