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By Gary “Digital” Williams
A number of local prospects will be featured on the Keystone Boxing Promotions card on Saturday, July 13 at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.
In the main event, undefeated Accokeek, MD junior middleweight “Swift” Jarrett Hurd returns to action in a six-round contest against Joshua Burns of Garland, TX. Hurd (6-0, three KOs) won a six-round unanimous decision over Greg Hackett in his last outing on April 20 in Upper Marlboro, MD. Burns (4-15-7, two KOs) will be trying to bounce back from a first-round TKO loss to Kenton Sippio-Cook on April 27 in Austin, TX. (more…)
Photos: Miguel Cotto Promotions
Janiel Rivera 109 vs Miguel Del Valle 110
Kevin Nieves 134 vs Regtno Canales 136
Carlos Cotto 244 vs Irving Torres 241
Jose Lopez 123 vs Irvin Hernandez 124
Yomar Alamo 132 vs Efrain Salgado 135
Luis Hernandez 111.8 vs Charlie Clemente 110
Angel Velazquez 132 vs Jose M Castro 132
Alexander Rivera 132 vs Benjamin Cardoza 115
Venue: Samuel Rodriguez Coliseum in Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico
TV: WAPA 2, WAPA America
Promoter: Miguel Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment
Erick Ruiz 121.1 vs. Pablo Cupul 122
Hardy Paredes 137.5 vs. Takahiro Ao 135
Yuniel Dorticos 203.8 vs. Keith Barr 206.5
D’Quan Morgan 183.9 vs. Vyacheslav Shabransky 183.5
Dominic Coca 131.2 vs. Saul Rodriguez 129.6
Omar Avelar 147.4 vs. Zach Wohlman 146.4
Alberto Herrera 144.4 vs. Levan Ghvamichav 144
Reynaldo Rodriguez 171.8 vs. Trevor McCumby 172.2
Petey Duran 127.8 vs. Anthony Briones 127.6
Venue: Hollywood Park, Inglewood, CA
Promoter: Top Rank
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
Adrián Young 126.3 vs Oscar González 127.2
José Zepeda 137 vs Ricardo Domínguez 137
Víctor Ruiz 112.4 vs Francisco Rodríguez 112.4
Roberto Ramírez 140 vs Carlos Ocampo 140
Oswaldo Castro 116 vs Mario Lara 116
Venue: Foro Tecate Tijuana
Tv: Azteca 7
By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Carlos Baeza
The NABF convention opened this morning at the Eldorado Hotel in Reno, Nevada with excitement, happy faces, and a sense of friendship among the attendees. NABF vice president from Mexico, Mauricio Sulaiman brought a filmed message from his father, Jose, who regretted not being able to attend, but wished success to the federation and its members. The video also a slide show of former NABF champions including Muhammad Ali, Thomas Hearns, Terry Norris, Pernell Whitaker, and many others. It was a great sight to see and remember. Images from past conventions and NABF presidents and members also filled the screens. More than a few giggles, snorts and a few sniffles filled the room as the video also paid tribute outgoing president Joe Dwyer.
Duane Ford was unanimously elected president, while newly elected Vice President Craig Hubble (USA) joined incumbents Mauricio Sulaiman (Mexico) and Ed Pearson (Canada). (more…)
By Chito Yu Katangkatang
“I want to show everybody that I am a legitimate champion and that I will reign as such for a long time contrary to what some say that I am a one hit wonder and a paper champ.” This was the first statement of Undefeated WBO Minimumweight King Merlito “El Tigre” Sabillo (22-0, 11 KOs) in an exclusive interview with Fightnews.com. “Boxing has changed my life. I was able to pay all the loans of my parents especially during the time of my deceased mother’s sickness. My father and siblings are living a better life because of the sport. But above anything else, I love boxing and becoming a world champion is my greatest dream. Now that I am here, I won’t just let go of my belt that easy. People who have seen me fight knows what kind of warrior I am. I will make a statement in my first title defense tomorrow, and Jorle Estrada will pay for his own trashtalks!” (more…)
Due to a high volume of early ticket sales, 200 seats have been added to Saturday’s Hollywood Fight Night Professional Boxing Show at Hollywood Park Casino in Inglewood. While the entire country watches the Solo Boxeo Tecate fights on UniMas, local fight fans in Los Angeles will be treated to 10 exciting live bouts headlined by a 10 Round Super Featherweight bout between world-ranked Alejandro “El Alacran” Perez (17-3-1, 11KOs) and Edgar Riovalle (35-14-2, 25 KOs).
With tickets starting at just $25, the show was quickly approaching a sell out before fight week began. Hollywood Park Casino has allowed the promoters to add 100 General Admission seats and 100 reserved seats at the venue, ensuring that all fans that want to come out and watch the show live will have a chance to do so. A limited number of VIP table seats with bottle service are also available. First bell is scheduled for 6:00pm Pacific. The televised bouts will begin at 8:00pm local time.
For tickets and information, contact 626-388-8888. Fight fans can also purchase tickets at hollywoodfightnight.com.
The WBC will present the winner of the megafight between Floyd Mayweather and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez with a solid gold belt.
Watch the encore presentation of Price-Thompson I & II TONIGHT at 11PM ET on Wealth TV and www.wealthtv.com
This past Saturday in Liverpool, England, former two-time world Heavyweight title challenger Tony Thompson scored his second consecutive stoppage victory over 2008 Olympic Silver Medal winner David Price. It already has been considered one of the most exciting Heavyweight bouts in years as Thompson had to get off of the canvas in round two and come back to break down and eventually stop Price in round 5. TONIGHT!!! Wealth TV and WealthTV.com will present an encore presentation of both fights.
The action will begin at 11pm est / 8 pm Pac with the first bout which saw the second round stoppage win by Thompson that took place on February 23rd. That will be followed by the fight from this past Saturday. “The fans will see a determined Tony Thompson”, said Thompson when reached at home just after landing from Liverpool. “I look forward to sitting down with Wealth TV for bigger fights in the future”.
Thompson knows that with these two wins that once again he is a hot commodity in the Heavyweight division. “I am going to sit back and see who wins from the two Klitschko fights (Wladimir vs. Alexander Povetkin and Vitali against Bermane Stiverne) and the David Haye / Tyson Fury fight and take the best opportunity”, finished Thompson
“We are ecstatic about the quality and excitement of the fights”, said Wealth TV CEO Charles Herring. “This was one of the best Heavyweight fights of the past few years and we feel great that we were able to bring this fight to the American fans see a great American Heavyweight score a great victory on Independence Day weekend. I know the fans will enjoy watching these fights back to back on Friday Night.”
WealthTV is available nationally on Verizon FiOS TV channel 169 and 669 in HD, AT&T U-Verse TV channels 470 and 1470 in HD, along with over 100 cable systems across the country as well as on line viewing via computer and numerous connected devices and via www.wealthtv.com.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez
Mariana Juarez 115 vs Riyo Togo 113.75
(WBC super flyweight International title)
Juan Hernandez 110 vs Raul Garcia 107.20
(WBC Light flyweight eliminator)
Pedro Navarrete 132 vs Nery Sanguillan 131
Venue: Centro de Convenciones in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico.
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke
Robert Stieglitz 168 vs. Yuzo Kiyota 167.3
(WBO super middleweight championship)
Christina Hammer 156.9 vs. Mikaela Lauren 155.6
(WBO/WIBF female middleweight titles)
Lukas Konecny 158.5 vs. Moez Fhima 158.9
(Euro middleweight title)
Michael Wallisch 238 vs. Alexander Kahl 415
(German heavyweight title)
Robin Krasniqi 174.6 vs. Tomas Adamek 174.1
Dario Bredicean 167.5 vs. Jan Zechmeister 168.6
Venue: EnergieVerbund Arena in Dresden, Germany
TV: SAT.1 (Germany)
Downtown Monte Carlo came alive on Friday afternoon as all eight boxers weighed in for the “Million Dollar Super Four” final tournament in Monaco on Saturday night. Each boxer comfortably made the weight, with all eight declaring themselves fit and ready to fight.
Edwin Rodriguez 171.6 vs. Denis Grachev 171.1
(Super 4 Final)
Khabib Allakhverdiev 139.7 vs. Souleymane M’baye 138.7
(WBA jr welterweight title)
Dmytro Kucher 198 vs. Junior Makabu 196.5
Max Bursak 158.9 vs. Prince Arron 159.3
The weigh-in was graced by the presence of WBA and IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, who was warmly received by the crowd gathered outside the grand Monte Carlo Casino.
Golden Gloves promoter Rodney Berman revealed he had held talks with K2 Promotions’ Tom Loeffler about the possibility of hosting Golovkin’s next title defence in South Africa in September. “The possibility looks excellent,” said Berman. “He’s a superstar and I would be delighted to bring him down there.”
Big fight announcer Michael Buffer was also in attendance.
Looking ahead to Saturday night’s Super Four final, for which the winner will pocket $600 000.
Welterweights Kell Brook weighed 151 and Carson Jones weighed 151.75 for their rematch Saturday night at the Craven Park Stadium in Hull, England. The bout is contracted at a 152lb catch weight.
Photos: SES Team / P. Gercke
Helmets? We don’t need no stinking helmets! Multiple footballs?
The reigning WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz and his SES stablemates Christina Hammer, Michael Wallisch, Robin Krasniqi, Lukas Konecny and Dario Bredicean visited the training headquarters of the GFL’s Dresden Monarchs for a workout and some publicity photos, which intentional or not ended up looking quite ridiculous!
Stieglitz defends his belt on Saturday night in Dresden against Yuzo Kiyota.
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Carlos Delgado – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
WBC featherweight champion Abner Mares (26-0, 14 KOs) is set to take on former world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (54-8, 46 KOs) of Mexico City on August 24 at the Stub Hub Center (formerly Home Depot Center) in Carson, California live on Showtime. Mares spoke to the media at a press conference Thursday’ at the El Paseo Restaurant at Olvera Street Plaza in Los Angeles to announce his upcoming fight with Jhonny Gonzalez.
Starting off the press conference was Golden Boy Promotions matchmaker Eric Gomez in welcoming everyone in attendance. “It will be a great night of boxing at a great venue, when you have Abner Mares and Leo Santa Cruz in a card you know there will be excitement,” Gomez said. Jhonny Gonzalez was not present at Thursday’s press conference but spoke briefly with the media via Skype as he talked about the upcoming dual with Mares. “Thank you all for being here there was a problem boarding the flight,” Gonzalez said. “I want to thank Golden Boy and Abner Mares for taking this fight. We know Abner Mares is a great fighter that’s why he is world champ.” (more…)
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Thompson Boxing Promotions showcases up and coming welterweight Artemio Reyes, (19-2, 15 KOs) of Colton, Calif. against veteran Sergio Perez, (28-14, 19 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico on July 26, 2013 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Ontario, Calif. The bout is scheduled for 8 rounds. Reyes, who is riding a four-fight winning streak, last won in February with a second round knockout of Rodolfo Armenta. Reyes has fought most of his professional bouts in California’s Inland Empire and is excited to put on a show for his hometown fans.
“The crowds at the DoubleTree are made up of boxing diehards that know a great fight when they see one,” said Reyes. “Perez presents a tough challenge because of his experience, but I put in a lot of work for this fight and I’m confident that I’ll get the victory and the fans will get what they pay for.” (more…)
By Chito Katangkatang
Photo: Glenn Estrada
Pinoy Pride XXI has gotten more exciting with the inclusion of the WBO Asia Pacific Superflyweight bout between ALA Gym top prospect and reigning OPBF Super flyweight Champion “King” Arthur Villanueva (22-0, 12 KOs) against Mexican slugger Arturo “Fuerte” Badillo (21-4, 19 KOs). Villanueva shares the same roots with WBO minimumweight king Merlito Sabillo who will headline Saturday’s Event. Both are natives of Bacolod City and are managed by the Reverend Henry Guanzon, a benevolent Christian Pastor from the same City.
“I am very excited to add the WBO regional strap to my waist. Badillo is my first Mexican opponent. I am ready for him. I have fought tougher opponents in the past which include WBC International Flyweight Champ Rey Migreño who has sent Thai Legend Pongsaklek Wonjongkam into retirement via KO3. I have also beaten former undefeated Philippine Superflyweight King Marco Demecillo. I am not underestimating Badillo because all Mexicans are born warriors. But I can say I am very much ready to take whatever he brings inside the ring”, Villanueva told this scribe. (more…)
Report and photo by Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBO cruiserweight champion Danny “Green Machine” Green (33-5, 28 KOs) could be ready to hang up the gloves after considering the health risks if he continues to box. WBO #12, IBF #13 Green recaptured the IBO title in 2012 after scoring a twelve round decision over Shane Cameron. Antonio Tarver had stopped Green in nine rounds in 2011 to end his first IBO title reign, then later the same year WBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk scored a stoppage in eleven rounds over Green when Green was ahead on all cards. In his first stint as world champion, Green captured the WBA light heavyweight crown by easily out scoring Stipe Drews in 2007.
Green said. “I want to be in charge of my family and protect my family when I’m older. If any problems arise for my children, my family or friends, physically and mentally I want to be capable. If that means sacrificing a couple more years in the sport I love and I’ve been successful in … if it’s detrimental to me it has to happen. First and foremost to me is my kids. If I can’t protect my kids, guide my kids through life, be their father and their friend, there’s no point. I’ve been bashed in the face for 22 years. You never know what’s around the corner and the next punch can change that.”
Green said research into concussions had left him pondering his future. “When you think about it, it’s a brutal game. My job is to try to render another man unconscious with blows to the head. It’s brutal.”
Gary Shaw Productions has confirmed that in association with Thompson Boxing Promotions IBF junior featherweight champion Jhonatan ‘Momo’ Romero (23-0, 12 KOs) will defend against Kiko Martinez (28-4, 20 KOs) on August 17 as the co-feature attraction to Daniel Geale (29-1, 15KOs) vs. Darren Barker (25-1, 16KOs) in HBO. The 12-round championship bout will take place at the Revel Casino-Hotel, Atlantic City.
Romero, who hails from Colombia, recently captured the vacant IBF super bantamweight title when he traveled to Mexico and defeated Alejandro Lopez on his home turf. Ex-Euro champ Martinez, currently rated #15 by the IBF, vows to make Romero’s title reign a short one. “Romero is a very good fighter but he has never faced a powerful puncher like me,” Martinez said. “Once he feels my power he’ll know he’s in for a short night. My goal is get the knockout one way or another. The fans watching will witness an explosive fight from my end.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez
Thursday afternoon was the press conference for Saturday’s “Revenge” card at the Centro de Convenciones in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico. The headliner is the rematch Riyo Togo and former world champion Mariana “Barbie” Juarez, who will also be battling WBC International flyweight crown. Togo stopped Juarez in the first round last April.
Mariana Juarez: “I know I’m a better boxer than Riyo and I will prove it,” proclaimed Juarez. “I’m in great shape and I return to the gym with the firm intention to take the win. I am not going to give her anything.”
Riyo Togo: I am happy to be in Mexico again and I will give good show. I know that although Mariana is Mexican, there will be people who like my boxing and and will support me this Saturday. Don’t go to the bathroom, I’m going for a knockout in the first round!”
Also in what will be an elimination bout, former world champion Ramon “Principe” Garcia and highly ranked Juan “Churritos” Hernandez collide, with the winner gaining the right to challenge WBC light flyweight champion Adrian “Confessor” Hernandez. (more…)
Charlie Serrano 125 vs. Aalan Martinez 131
Note: Martinez did not make the weight limit so only Serrano can win the World Boxing Organization Latin featherweight title.
Radivoje Kalajdzic 179 vs. Donta Woods 179
Joseph Fernandez 139 vs. Juan “Venenito” Ocura 139
Manny Woods 156 vs. Angel Martinez 158
Noemi Bosque 111 vs. Monica Flores 106
Alphonso Black 154 vs. Artie Bembury 154
Ricky Tomlinson 123 vs. Christian Freytes 123
Sullivan Barrera vs. TBA
Venue: A La Carte Event Pavillion, Tampa, FL
Promoter: All Star Boxing, Inc., “The New Generation” & Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr. in association with Shea Bailey Promotions
TV: Telemundo (main event live at 11:35PM ET
Photos: Mary Ann Owen/Top Rank
Drian Francisco 121.5 vs. Chris Avalos 121
Abie Han 154 vs. Glen Tapia 154
Eddie Hunter 166 vs. Jesse Hart 168.5
Pedro Torres 128 vs. Toka Kahn-Clary 129
Alejandro Ochoa 134 vs. Erick De Leon 132
Carlos Gonzalez 129.5 vs. Pedro Toledo 130.5
Guillermo Delgadillo 139.5 vs. Jesus Gutierrez 141
Venue: Texas Station Casino, Las Vegas
Promoter: Top Rank
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Zou Shiming, two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time World Amateur Champion and IBF Featherweight Champion Evgeny Gradovich pose during their media day workouts at the Wildcard Boxing Club in Hollywood, California. Shiming returns to the ring after his pro debut in April, to headline an exciting card where he will take on Mexico’s Jesus Ortega, Saturday, July 27, at the Cotai Arena at The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau,China. Gradovich of Russia, now fighting out of Oxnard,Ca. makes his first title defense against #1 contender Mauricio Munoz of Argentina. Promoted by Top Rank and Sands China Ltd., in association with Tecate, “ZOU SHIMING: Fists of Gold II ” , will also feature another world championship fight – WBO/WBA flyweight champion Juan Estrada vs. Milan Melindo. photos
The WBC has ruled that Marco Antonio Rubio fights Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. for the interim middleweight title. They’re respectively one and two in the rankings. The WBC will wait until both fighters complete the bouts they’ve already signed up for. Free negotiations will start the Monday after their bouts. In the event one of them looses, the WBC will name another challenger. WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez, who’s recovering from surgery, last week visited Mexico. He’s been notified about this decision, which he accepts. The WBC Board of Governors has unanimously voted he remain champion. WBC’s #3, Italian Domenico Espada, will face #4 Mexican Gilberto Ramirez in a final elimination to become the mandatory challenger of the interim champion.
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