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Danny “Swift” Garcia (28-0, 16 KOs) and “Lightning” Rod Salka (19-3, 3 KOs) met for the final press conference today before their upcoming fight on Saturday night at Barclays Center live on Showtime.
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
IBF mini-flyweight champion Katsunari Takayama (27-6, 10 KOs) and WBO champion Francisco Rodriguez Jr. (14-2, 10 KOs) met with the media Thursday for the final press conference in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Takayama will be fighting this Saturday in a 105lb unification clash against Rodriguez.
Takayama said “I’ve come to Monterrey willing to fight a war, to give everything in the ring. Rodriguez is a talented fighter, but as everyone has seen I am also talented.”
Rodriguez stated, “There is no human power that can remove me from victory before my people in the Arena Monterrey.”
What a difference a year makes. Just 12 months ago, Andre Berto (Winter Haven, Fla.) went under the knife at a Los Angeles hospital to repair a significant tendon tear in his right shoulder.. Today, the former two-time welterweight world champion is training full force in an Oakland area gym to prepare for his return to the ring on September 6 at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.
“It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since my surgery. The last 12 months have definitely been hard, but I have learned a lot about myself and the sport since my last fight,” Berto said. “Dealing with an injury like this has helped me strengthen different elements of my game and I can’t wait to put all of that in to play on September 6.” (more…)
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® has confirmed that top 15 welterweight contenders Gunnar Nelson and Rick Story will collide in the five round main event of UFC FIGHT NIGHT STOCKHOLM on October 4. The entire card will stream live and on-demand on UFCFIGHTPASS.com, the UFC’s digital streaming service, to subscribers in 167 countries and counting. (more…)
Boxing will be back on network TV September 20 when NBC televises a special afternoon edition of “Fight Night” live from Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT. In the main event, Thabiso “The Rock” Mchunu (16-1, 11 KOs), the South African cruiserweight who burst onto the scene last August with an upset over “Fast” Eddie Chambers, returns to Connecticut to defend his NABF cruiserweight title against Garrett “The Ultimate Warrior” Wilson (13-7-1, 7 KOs).
The co-feature and undercard bouts will be announced shortly. Ticket information is coming soon. The card is presented by Main Events, Peltz Boxing and Showpony Promotions. The special NBC Fight Night broadcast will begin live at 3PM ET/noon PT.
The New York State Athletic Commission has announced the names of the officials that have been assigned to the three lead bouts for this Saturday night’s card at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, NY:
Danny Garcia vs. Ron Salka
(non-title welterweight bout)
Referee: Steve Willis
Judges: Don Ackerman, Kevin Morgan and Joe Pasquale
Lamont Peterson vs. Edgar Santana
(IBF jr welterweight title)
Referee: Pete Santiago
Judges: Stanley Christodoulou, Eric Marlinski, Don Trella
Daniel Jacobs vs. Jarrod Fletcher
(Vacant WBA middleweight title)
Referee: Michael Griffin
Judges: Adalaide Byrd, Glenn Feldman, Nelson Vasquez
Canelo Alvarez is expected to return in December, possibly against James Kirkland, in Los Angeles or San Antonio. The bout would be either the week before or the week after WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto’s defense on December 13, paving the way for a megafight between the two next year.
A WBC championship belt is currently in space. Vladimir Laptev, a member of the WBC Board of Governors, President of the CISBB and the Mayor of Noginsk, recently presented a WBC belt to cosmonaut Maksim Surayev, who brought the belt with him to the International Space Station. It is planned that the crew along with the WBC belt be back to earth on November 10th.
The “Mayhem: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2″ PPV will be presented live in approximately 570 U.S. theaters. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit www.FathomEvents.com.
Mayweather Promotions has announced that they have retained the services of Pinta, a cross-cultural marketing firm, to assist efforts to market the company, its fights and fighters to the Hispanic community.
Warriors Boxing has signed Chicago lightweight Jose Felix Quezada (3-0, 2 KOs) to a promotional agreement.
Al Haymon fighters Kevin Watts and Tevin Watts have been added to Englebrecht Promotions’ August 21st Fight Club OC show in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California.
Fight week is heating up as Danny “Swift” Garcia, “Lightning” Rod Salka, Lamont Peterson, Edgar “El Camacho” Santana, Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs, Jarrod “Left Jab” Fletcher and undercard fighters hosted a media workout at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn, N.Y., Wednesday as they prepare for their bouts this Saturday, Aug. 9 at Barclays Center live on Showtime.
The fighters put on their gear and showed off their skills in the ring after speaking to the assembled media members at Gleason’s Gym. Here is what the participants had to say: (more…)
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Unbeaten IBF welterweight world champion “ShowTime” Shawn Porter and undefeated contender Kell Brook held an open media workout at Barry’s Gym in Las Vegas on Wednesday as they reach the apex of preparation for next Saturday’s world championship showdown. Porter (24-0-1, 15 KOs), of Akron, Ohio, will defend his 147-pound crown against Britain’s Brook (32-0, 22 KOs) in the main event of a Showtime tripleheader from the StubHub Center in Carson, California
Here are photos and comments from Wednesday’s workout: (more…)
Marc Ratner is the UFC Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and has been a mainstay of the regulatory and officiating side of sports in Nevada for more than 40 years. One of the most colorful figures in the world of sports, the former executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission helped formulate what are now the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts in 2000, paving the way for UFC and MMA sanctioning in Nevada, 48 other states across America as well as across the globe . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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The Summer Season for Boxeo Telemundo Ford will end just as it began. Once again the popular boxing rivalry between Mexican and Puerto Rico will take center stage. In the main event Edgar Ortega (14-1, 10 KOs) of Mexico will take on Daniel Rosado (8-0, 7 KOs) of Puerto Rico. The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds and the WBO Latino welterweight title is on the line.
Ortega, like Rosado will be fighting in a televised main event on Telemundo for the first time. He is looking to win the WBO Latino belt, which can propel him into the world rankings of the WBO. He will also be fighting at home with a lot of support behind him. Fightnews caught up with Ortega just a few short days away from the fight. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
Rising light heavyweight Shawn Miller looks to get back into the ring on August 15th in Saratoga Springs, New York at the Saratoga City Center. His opponent will be Frankie “The Freight Train” Filippone, 16-4-1, 3 KOs. Miller – Filippone will headline a proposed eight bout card in a scheduled ten round bout. Miller holds the WBF North American belt while Filippone won the interim NABA title last year as a late replacement against former Miller foe Kevin Engel.
Miller, from a fighting family that includes older brother, former heavyweight Shannon, and all-around boxing impresario father Bob and promoter step-mom Linda (Take It Light Promotions), took time out from his busy training schedule to talk to Fightnews.com about his upcoming fight, missed opportunities in the last six months since his last bout and derailing the “Freight Train” as it rolls into New York’s capital region. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Ryno Liebenberg faces the toughest test of his career when he meets Denis Grachev of Russia for the vacant WBC Silver light heavyweight title at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Saturday night on a Golden Gloves Promotions tournament. Liebenberg 15-0; 11 from Krugersdorp on the West Rand made his pro debut in July 2010 with a third round knockout over Castor Ndou and has collected the IBO All Africa, IBO Inter-Continental, WBC International Silver and WBC International belts along the way. He holds two victories over Johnny Muller the current South African light heavyweight champion who is possibly the best opponent on his record.
The 32-year-old Grachev who fights out of San Diego, USA and has a record of 13-3-1; 8 has lost three of his last four fights, but they have been against top ranked fighters like former IBF light heavyweight champion Lucien Bute (pts 10), Edwin Rodriguez (tko 1) and Isaac Chilemba (pts 10) (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Hall of Fame referee Marty Denkin talks to Fightnews.com about two of the most memorable fights he worked, the boxing movies he acted in and much more. Denkin shares lots of anecdotes about his life in boxing.
“I started as a boxing official in 1971,” Denkin said. “There are two fights that stand out in my mind that I worked on as a referee.
“The Ray Mancini vs. Livingstone Bramble WBA lightweight title bout on June 1st, 1984 at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York. I had been working on big fights overseas and did not get the acknowledgement or the exposure before that fight. I was working on fights in Japan and Korea but as referee on the Mancini-Bramble fight there was national exposure because it was televised on NBC nationally.
“In my heart – I loved Mancini, but that fight was going to be played right down the middle. (more…)
IBF mini-flyweight champion Katsunari Takayama (27-6, 10 KOs) has arrived in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico for his 105lb unification clash with WBO champion Francisco Rodriguez Jr. (14-2, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the famed Arena Monterrey. Upon his arrival, Takayama stated that he trained for 70 days in Osaka for this fight and vowed to knock out Rodriguez in his own house.
The officials for this bout are all from the U.S. The referee will be Samuel Viruet and judges are Waleska Roldan, John Madfis and Glen Trowbridge.
The bout will be televised in the U.S. on beIN Sports Espanol.
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Jerry Belmontes 130 vs. Abner Cotto 130
Keandre Gibson 145.25 vs. Jose Hernandez 145.25
Oscar Cantu 116.25 vs. Joseph Rios 116.75
Robert Vela 129.25 vs. Jesse Anguiano 129
Steve Belmontes 139.25 vs. James Burns 140
Ryan Karl 143 vs. David Green 140
Justin DeLoach 155.25 vs. Thomas Allen 154
Julian Gilden 127.75 vs. Manuel Rubalcava ??
Jairo Castaneda 143.25 vs. Josue Garcia 144.25
Cesar Martinez 131.5 vs. Roy Garcia 131
Jeremy Longoria 130.25 vs. Alberto Navarro 130.25
Venue: American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Fox Sports 1
Gary Shaw Productions has announced that undefeated super featherweight Jose “Sniper” Pedraza (17-0, 11 KOs) will return against Juan Carlos Martinez (20-14-1, 7 KOs) on August 15, 2014 as the co-feature to Rustam Nugaev (27-6-1, 17 KOs) vs. Denis Shafikov (33-1-1, 18 KOs). The 10-round bout will air live on ESPN “Friday Night Fights” and will take place at Chumash Resort Casino in Santa Ynez, Calif. Pedraza, who’s knocked out five of his last seven opponents, is currently ranked WBA #4, IBF #7 and WBC #7. He vows to put on a great performance for all the fans in attendance, as well as those watching on TV.
Main Events has signed unbeaten Russian jr middleweight Dmitry “The Mechanic” Mikhaylenko (17-0, 6 KOs). The 28-year-old Mikhaylenko made his U.S. debut this past Saturday night defeating Sechew Powell on the undercard of the Kovalev-Caparello show at Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City. Mikhaylenko is co-promoted by Titov Promotions and managed by Egis Klimas, who also manages WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev, WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko, and heavyweight contender Czar Glazkov among others.
Former two-time World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz and Peter “The Pride of Providence” Manfredo, Jr. lead a six-member Class of 2014 into the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame (CBHOF). The new CBHOF inductees also includes referee Michael Ortega, International Boxing Federation president Daryl Peoples, trainer Paul Cichon and the late boxing judge William Hutt.
New members will be inducted at the 10TH annual CBHOF Gala Induction Dinner on Saturday night, November 8 in the Uncas Ballroom at Mohegan Sun. (more…)
By Bob Ryder
Promoters KP Productions (George & John Kaltsas) return to action with a card featuring some of the Detroit area’s best young and aspiring boxers on Friday, August 15 at the Royal Oak Music Theatre. Matchmaker Carlos Llinas is working to secure opponents that will test local co main event participants Anthony Barnes and Dewayne Zeigler both of whom are undefeated in their brief pro careers. Other area favorite unbeaten fighters scheduled to appear and seeking to impress and move up are: James Ballard, Dorrell Vanhorn Jr, Michael Portillo, Leandre White, Ed Williams, and Anthony Gallerani. Former National Golden Glove heavyweight champion Craig Lewis is on tap to make his long delayed pro debut. A ladies match features all action Amanda Cooper.
Tickets for the “Royal Oak Rumble” at $35-$100 are available at the Royal Oak Music Theatre box office or at www.axs.com.
Doors open at 6 PM, First Fight at 7.
Lou DiBella has announced two more high profile signings to his ever-growing DiBella Entertainment (DBE) roster and both be featured on DBE’s upcoming Broadway Boxing card on August 13, at NYC’s famed B.B. King Blues Club and Grill, in midtown Manhattan. The fighters are former WBC featherweight world champion Elio Rojas (23-2, 14KO’s) returning to the ring for the first time in nearly two and a half years. The first obstacle on the road toward another world championship opportunity will be opponent Robert Osiobe (14-9-4, 6KO’s). Rojas will now be campaigning in the junior lightweight division, though his feature eight-round bout will be held just above the 130lb. limit.
Jonathan Alonso, a former amateur standout and 2012 Olympian for Spain, will be looking to impress in his US and pro debut when he sees action in a special attraction four-round middleweight bout. (more…)
Unbeaten IBF #2 heavyweight Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov headlines a special NBCSN Fight Night tripleheader on Saturday at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA. Glazkov (17-0-1, 11 KOs), 29, will take on veteran Derric “El León” Rossy (29-8-0, 14 KOs) in a ten rounder. “Czar” is originally from Lugansk, Ukraine and just immigrated to Ft. Lauderdale, FL in the last few months. The former Olympian bronze medalist is now training with John David Jackson. He is also coming off a huge upset victory over heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek on March 15th at the same arena. (more…)
This Friday’s summer season finale for Boxeo Telemundo Ford will feature welterweights. Unbeaten Daniel Rosario (8-0, 7 KOs) of Puerto Rico goes on the road to face hometown favorite Edgar Ortega (14-1, 10 KOs) in a 10 round WBO latino welterweight title main event. Tuto Zabala’s Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc is presenting the show in association with Ricardo Maldonado, Jr., Producciones Deportivas and RB Producciones.
The fight will be a step up in competition for the young Rosario. However, his team has made all the necessary arrangements to give their guy the maximum preparation he can get. One major change in training was having the bulk of his training camp at the well known Otomí Ceremonial Center, a very exclusive high altitude training site in Mexico. Many legendary Mexican fighters has trained at the site over the years. Fightnews caught up with the fighter at this location as well as his manager Richard Santiago and trainer Evanagelista Cotto. Evangelista, of course, is the former longtime trainer of nephew and now four-division world champion Miguel Cotto. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Didn’t HBO used to televise boxing? The network’s website currently shows ZERO boxing telecasts scheduled until the November 22 Pacquiao-Rios PPV. Conversely, rival network Showtime may televise as many as six consecutive fight cards before HBO gets back on the air. Showtime has boxing slated for August 9 (Garcia-Salka), August 16 (Porter-Brook), August 30 (ShoBox), September 6 (Broner-Taylor), September 13 (Mayweather-Maidana 2 PPV) and September 27 (Stevenson-TBA).
The good news is we know HBO will end the year strong with Hopkins-Kovalev, Pacquiao-Algieri, Cotto-TBA, Crawford-TBA, Golovkin-TBA, and/or others in the pipeline, but for the coming weeks or even months it looks like HBO subscribers may have to turn to Showtime to get their boxing fix.
Matt “The Crowbar” Hobar has held several titles over the course of his athletic career, but none are more valuable to him than the ones he earned as a wrestler . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Due to the savage gun attack in Spain on Matthew Macklin’s lead trainer Jamie Moore, the Dublin show on August 30 has been postponed until later in the year. Macklin was set to face Jorge Sebastien Heiland at the National Stadium in a WBC middleweight title eliminator as he looks to get back into contention for another world title shot.
“I am disappointed to have to postpone my fight but in the light of the circumstances and the disruption to my preparation it is the right thing to do,” said Macklin. “Every fight at this stage in my career is of huge importance and being 100 per cent for the night is vital. We will make an announcement shortly on a new date and I look forward to fighting in Dublin in 2014.”
Olympic Heavyweight sensation Anthony Joshua MBE will now fight at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester on September 13. Any tickets purchased for the Dublin show on through Matchroom Boxing will be automatically refunded to the card holder.
Star of David Promotions CEO Dmitriy Salita has announced his next show on September 18 at the Master Theater in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. Cruiserweight Junior Wright (10-0-1, 9 KOs), who wowed the crowd in the last Brooklyn Brawl, back in May, will again be in action on September 18 in a six round bout.
Also, junior middleweight contender Steven Martinez (15-1, 12 KOs), co-promoted by Salita and future Hall of Famer Roy Jones Jr, will face TBA in a six round bout. (more…)
The IBF-USBA welterweight title will be on the line Friday night at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh as local favorite Sammy Vasquez Jr. (15-0, 11 KOs) and fellow prospect James Stevenson (21-0, 14 KOs) face off in a battle of unbeatens. Promoter Mike Tyson is very hot on Vasquez. “The first time I watched Sammy Vasquez Jr. fight I knew he had something special,” stated Iron Mike. “He fights with urgency and focus unmatched by most. When that bell rings, whether the other guy knows it or not, he’s in a war and he’d better be ready because Sammy wants to end it quick.”
Co-featured is a ten round lightweight battle between Monta Meza-Clay (35-3, 21 KOs) and Allan Herrera 32-6, 21 KOs). Opening the Fox Sports 1 telecast is a six round middleweight bout between 2012 Ukrainian Olympian KO artist Ievgen Khytrov (5-0, 5 KOs) and Willie Fortune (17-1, 8 KOs).
Popular 2012 USA Olympian super lightweight Jose Ramirez (11-0, 8 KOs) will be back in action on October 25 at the Selland Arena in Fresno, California. Ramirez will face an opponent to be named topping a card that will top a UniMas “Solo Boxeo Tecate” telecast. The event is dubbed “Fight for Water 3,” and is designed to raise awareness on the Central Valley’s water woes. Ramirez previously headlined two other “Fight for Water” cards, last November in Lemoore and this past May in Frenso.
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