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Promoter Roy Englebrecht has already had heavyweight false alarms twice in 2010 when the Battle In The Ballroom announced some interesting heavyweight matchups but they did not take place…..but for the August 5th show, bout contracts have been signed and travel arrangements have been made, so he’s planning two quality heavyweight bouts on the seven bout card. In the main event, undefeated Joe “The Future” Hanks (13-0, 9 KOs) will return after battling health issues the past two shows. Hanks will face Johnnie White (22-2, 18 KOs), who has been eagerly anticipating this fight since the June 24th cancellation. The other heavyweight bout sees the Ballroom return of 5-0 Scott “The One” Alexander facing 3-2 Charles Tucker who has recorded all three of his wins by knockout.
The World Boxing Council will present some of the Green and Gold Fist Awards to the Best of 2009 during the Night of Champions celebration in Cardiff, Wales. The following trophies will be presented on July the 31st at the Live Nation Arena in Cardiff to the champions that will attend:
Champion of the Year 2009
Female Champion of the Year 2009
Giacobbe Fragomeni/Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Most Dramatic Fight of 2009
Knockout of the Year 2009
Fighter of the Year Honorary Mention
Unbeaten Michael “lil Warrior” Franco (16-0m 11 KOs) will step up to featherweight on August 20, at Del Sol Casino, Tucson, AZ, to face off against Adolfo “El Terror” Landeros, in a scheduled 8 round semi-main event televised on Telefutura. The entire card is presented by Don Chargin Productions in association with Jorge Marron Productions. “I am really looking forward to getting back in the ring after several months lay off, even though I have not been active I continued to train every day…I stay ready and focused to fight at a moment’s notice,” said Franco.
Nathan Cleverly says he’s fired up and ready to knock out Karo Murat after the German accused him of being a “big talker: and said he was “no Joe Calzaghe.” The pair clash in a WBO light heavyweight title eliminator at the LG Arena, Birmingham, on September 18. “Joe was probably one of the best fighters to ever come of out of Britain,” stated Cleverly, “and I’ve never claimed to be as good as him.” (more…)
Heavyweight contender Juan Carlos Gomez’ first workout at the Universum Gym with trainer Artur Grigorian.
It’s already been a whirlwind year for five-time UFC® champion Randy Couture, with a win over fellow Hall of Famer Mark Coleman in February, a role in the highly-anticipated film “The Expendables” this summer, and an impending battle with James “Lights Out” Toney coming up in August. So when he recently witnessed the unveiling of his UFC Magazine cover at his gym in Las Vegas, it was another milestone in a 2010 to remember for “The Natural”. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBO lightweight champion Lenny Zappavigna (24-0, 16 KOs) found the range for his solid combinations against Billy Sumba (18-2-1, 4 KOs) of Indonesia in round one and dropped the import for a ten count in round two . Referee Charlie Lucas crowned IBF #12 Zappavigna at :.23. ” My next fight will be in the USA when I will defend my IBO title,” Zappavigna said. “My manager Gary Shaw will arrange that fight.” Zappavigna trained by Tommy Mercuri. Zappa’s best performance came in March when he outscored Fernando Angulo over twelve rounds at the Rancho Mirage in California to capture the IBO 135 pound title. (more…)
Photos by Wende
Unbeaten German sensations Karo Murat (22-0, 13 KOs) and Alexander Frenkel (22-0, 17 KOs) face the biggest tests of their young careers on September 18 when they travel to Birmingham for a special night of boxing at the LG Arena. Murat takes on Nathan Cleverly (19-0, 9 KOs) in a WBO light heavyweight title eliminator, while Frenkel challenges European cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli (32-4, 25 KOs). “There is so much talent on our team and I am convinced that both Karo and Alexander will be future champions,” said promoter Kalle Sauerland. “They are unbeaten and fearless and they are traveling to England to shock the boxing world.” For more details and photos click here…
By Joe Koizumi
Ex-OPBF welter champ, 34-year-old Japanese Motoki Sasaki (34-8-1, 21 KOs), 138.75, captured the OPBF super-lightweight belt as he displayed his remarkable last surge after losing proceedings, floored defending champ, hard-punching Filipino Randy Suico (29-6-1, 25 KOs), 139.5, in the tenth and earned a split duke (115-113 twice and 113-114) over twelve hard-fought rounds on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. (more…)
Boxing News Korea
Korean boxer Bae Ki-suk (7-7-1, 4 KOs) has sadly lost his battle for life after being TKO’d by Jung Jin-ki (7-9-1, 1 KO) in a match with for the vacant Korean super flyweight championship last Saturday. Bae underwent brain surgery, but unfortunately passed away after four days. It was the first ring tragedy in Korea since the death of former WBC light flyweight champion Choi Yo-sam in January 2008.
Photo by Pete Susens
Hall of Fame cutman Miguel Diaz (left) with former world rated bantamweight contender Frankie Duarte at the Wild Card Gym, in Holllywood, California.
By Karl Freitag
IBO President Ed Levine has commented on the controversial 29 second fight between IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green and comebacking Paul Briggs, who was rated #45 by the IBO at light heavyweight. “I intend to formally request that the Western Australia Commission conduct a complete inquiry and investigation into the outcome of the fight,” Levine told Fightnews.com. (more…)
Gary Russell Jr. 126.4 vs. Mauricio Pastrana 128
Nestor Rocha 119 vs. Benji Garcia 118.6
Angel Estrada 144.8 vs. Raul Tovar 144
David Morales 138.4 vs. John Willoughby 135.6
Ramon Valadez 140 vs. Oscar Andrade 139.8
Venue: Club Nokia – L.A. Live, Los Angeles
Promoter: Golden Boy
Take a look at the Sydney Morning Herald’s video replay of tonight’s IBO cruiserweight championship fight between Danny Green and Paul Briggs and let us know your opinion.
WBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov (9-1, 6 KOs) and his team in Las Vegas, Nevada before he makes his way to Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino. He will arrive in Lemoore, CA later this evening where will defend his WBA and IBA titles in a bout against mandatory challenger Vyacheslav Uzelkov (22-0, 14 KOs) on ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A unification fight between WBA regular jr flyweight champion Giovanni Segura and WBO jr flyweight champion Ivan Calderon was agreed to be held on August 28 at the Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez in Bayamón in Puerto Rico. The bout is already signed and everything is agreed to except the gloves. The original contract calls for Everlast gloves, but the team of Segura demands Cleto Reyes gloves. “I’ll demonstrate how it’s done, but will have everything against me,” vowed Segura.
With trainers Kevin Cunningham and Stacy McKinley on the line, you just knew things would get interesting during today’s telephone conference for the August 7th showdown between unified WBC/IBF 140-pound champion Devon Alexander “The Great” (20-0, 13 KOs) and former WBA super lightweight champion Andriy Kotelnik (31-3-1, 13 KOs). Click below for sound bytes.
Bantamweight Jose Navarro’s fight Thursday night at L.A. LIVE’s Club Nokia has been cancelled due to “opponent issues.” The new main event is unbeaten Olympic team member Gary Russell Jr. (10-0, 7 KOs) against former two-division world champion Mauricio Pastrana (35-14-2, 24 KOs) in the six rounder. Also featured will be a six round bantamweight battle between Nestor Rocha (21-2, 7 KOs) and Benji Garcia (14-15-3, 1 KO).
Photo by Ramon Cairo
With a press conference held yesterday in Buenos Aires, WBA Interim super lightweight champion Marcos Maidana officially announced his next defense of the title, which will take place on August 28th at the legendary Luna Park stadium against former world king Demarcus “Chop Chop” Corley. After he experienced serious managerial problems, Maidana put the house in order and is ready to go back to the ring, always under Golden Boy Promotions umbrella. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
After a two week hiatus, Zanfer Promotions’ boxing tournament “Guante Azteca (Aztec Glove)” returns to Tijuana, MX, this Friday, July 23rd at the Hipodromo Caliente, with a bang as the next fight card will be held as part of the TECATE BOX TOUR. The tour follows in the footsteps of the NFL Experience or All-Star Baseball Experience in which boxing fans can partake in different activities that test their boxing skills. The tour will make its stop in Tijuana from Friday July 23rd to Sunday the 25th. (more…)
Golden Boy Promotions has officially announced their agreement to promote a new boxing series at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The plan calls for a minimum of 12 boxing events a year during the multi-year term of the deal. Many of the events are expected to be broadcast on major cable networks. The regular boxing events will begin soon after the Barclays Center opens in 2012. Golden Boy will seek to include Brooklyn fighters including Daniel Jacobs, who is fighting for a world title on July 31 in Las Vegas. Golden Boy will be working with a group called Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment headed by Brett Yormark.
Universum Box-Promotion has announced that former WBC cruiserweight champion Juan Carlos Gomez (47-2, 36 KOs) will fight on their big July 31 card in Hamburg. It will be “The Black Panther’s” first bout under the Universum banner in five years. “We are delighted for Juan,” said promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl. “He was with us all those years and always remained connected. I believe in him. He can tear up the heavyweight division once again. He only has two defeats. Although he’s 36 years old, look at 39-year-old Vitali Klitschko and you can see how long you can still get maximum performance. He just has to want it. He must work closely with our training diagnostician. Everything will checked out. This is no picnic for Juan. It’s in his hands!”
Gomez stated, “I had some problems with my old promoter, so I called my first promoter who made me a world champion. Today I can appreciate how Peter Kohl was always fair to me. Now I’ll be returning to my boxing home. I’m glad that he gave me another chance and I can box on July 31. I’ll be diligent and won’t disappoint my fans. I still want to fight the best. After all, I have less defeats than Wladimir Klitschko…” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
IBO cruiserweight champion Danny” the Green Machine” Green (30-3, 27 KOs) scored a knockout in round one over Paul “The Hurricane” Briggs (26-4, 18 KOs) at the Challenge Stadium in Perth, Western Australia on Wednesday. Green connected with a left hand to the top of Briggs head and at 0:29 of round one American referee Pat Russell counted Briggs out. Green was visibly upset at how the fight finished and apologized to the fans in attendance and also the pay-per-view fans. Former world rated Shane Cameron now boxing at cruiserweight poundage challenged Green, “I will give you the toughest fight of your career.” (more…)
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Everlast Worldwide, Inc., the premier fight sports and fitness brand in the world, today announced an exclusive partnership with Shock Doctor, the leader in mouthguard technology. “We are very proud to partner with Shock Doctor,” said Adam Geisler, President of Everlast. “Everlast remains passionate and dedicated to creating the very best fight sports equipment and our partnership with Shock Doctor allows us to provide the most technologically advanced fight sports protection equipment on the market.” (more…)
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
EBA heavyweight champion Alexander Ustinov (20-0, 16 KOs) and mandatory WBA light heavyweight 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. Uzelkov will challenge WBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov (9-1, 6 KOs) on July 24 at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California. (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum is planning on a trip to Monterrey, the Mexican city being eyed to host Manny Pacquiao’s Nov. 13 fight with Antonio Margarito. Arum, chilling out in his Los Angeles vacation home, said Pacquiao’s adviser Mike Koncz would also make the trip there as they explore the possibilities of staging Pacquiao’s bout there. The decision to visit Monterrey was arrived at Monday as Arum began holding talks with prospective Pacquiao opponents: Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto and the Mexican Margarito. (more…)
After the second round destruction of rising American Tony Grano last month, newly crowned NABA-US heavyweight champ Nicolai “The Stoneman” Firtha (18-7-1, 8 KOs) will return quickly to defend his title. The 6’6″ 250 pound Firtha is set to face “Lightning” Mike Sheppard (15-10-1, 8 KOs) in the ten round main event title on Friday August 20th at Nautica in the Flats in Downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Firtha is aiming to climb the WBA rankings, while Sheppard, 6’3″ 230 pounds, has won four of his last five. The co-feature will pit local prospect Dante Moore (6-0) against Corey Rodriguez (4-1-1) of Minnesota in a six rounder at junior middle. Locals Wilkins Santiago (1-0), Michael Moore (1-0), Julius Leegrand (3-0) and Damar Singleton (3-0) will also appear in separate four rounders. Tickets for the event are priced at $25, $50 and $75 and can be purchased by contacting Warner Promotions at (216) 854-0485.
By Peter Lim
Former heavyweight contender turned promoter Lou Savarese has been making worlds collide in Houston bringing the traditionally blue-collar sport of boxing to the posh and lavish confines of the Houston Club in Downtown Houston. The latest card on July 22, the fourth pro boxing show at the swanky venue, will feature a cast of local fighters including junior welterweight Tiffany Junot (8-2-1, 5 KOs), heavyweight Steve Collins (22-1, 15 KOs), heavyweight Skip Scott (7-1, 4 KOs), cruiserweight Willie Edwards (8-1, 2 KOs), junior welterweight Ivan Otero (1-0, 1 KO) and super middleweight Vashon Living (1-1, 1 KO). Ernie Shavers, one of the hardest punching heavyweights in the history of the sport, is scheduled to make a guest appearance.
Fight manager Louis Mesorana says contrary to published reports Marco Antonio Rubio has not signed or agreed to fight Sturm on Sept 4th. “We have informed all parties that there is no signed contract or interest in this fight right now. Rubio, is fighting in Mexico, August 14th.”
By Gerardo Martinez
Looks like boxing is back at Santa Ana Star Casino in Bernalillo, N.M. Today, at a press conference held there, Golden Girl Promotions and Eagle Boxing unveiled a dynamite card to take place there on Aug. 14. In the main event, undefeated Four Corners fighter Thaddine Swift-Eagle Johnson (5-0, 5 KOs) will take on Mexico’s Karina Hernandez (6-3-1, 4 KOs) for a handful of featherweight titles, the WIBA and GBU belts being the most prominent. In the co-main, Albuquerque’s Victoria Cisneros (5-9-2, 1 KO) will get another chance at prominence when she takes on almost-former-Holly-Holm-opponent, Melissa Hernandez (12-2-2, 4 KOs), of Bronx, New York. They will fight for a minor belt. (more…)
By Andreas Hale
“We’re not thinking of anything Diaz can do different in the rematch. We’re not going to be overconfident. We’re going in just like the first fight to take care of business.”
“We knew going into the Mayweather fight that it was going to be very difficult. What made it difficult was the excess weight Mayweather had – an extra 15 pounds. We gave it our all the entire time and just came up short.”
“It’s not harder at all (to train for fights at the age of 36). I get up with the same enthusiasm I’m motivated to defend my titles with the same amount of pride. I don’t know how much longer I will fight, that’s up to God to decide.”
(On the first match being recognized as “Fight of the Year”)
“It was very significant and very motivating. Keep in mind that it takes two to tango. Juan Diaz deserves credit as well. The rematch will be equal if not better than the first fight.”
“I want Manny Pacquiao. I want that third fight with him before my career ends. That is what my heart desires.”
El Paso’s hometown hero and #2 rated featherweight contender Antonio Escalante is now working with trainer Louie Burke. Escalante is currently preparing for his fight with NABO champion Edel Ruiz on August 6 at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. The Escalante vs. Ruiz bout will be nationally televised on TeleFutura.
Former two time world champion, Joan Guzman, was planning to make his return to the ring in late July; however, due to a medical condition that he was diagnosed with Team Guzman decided that it was more beneficial to their fighter if he were to make his return in the fall so his condition can be treated. Joan Guzman’s manager, Jose Nunez, informed us that “while Guzman was training everyone noticed that something was definitely wrong with him. He wasn’t himself and everyone knew that something wasn’t right. I took him to the doctor where he had many blood tests done. Guzman was diagnosed with having low levels of testosterone and high levels of blood urea nitrogen (BUN.)” (more…)
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