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Fired up WBO super featherweight champion Ricky Burns has warned challenger Nicky Cook that he is no bottle job. The pair meet at the Liverpool Echo Arena on July 16th. Cook got on Burns’ bad side when he slammed Burns fellow Scottish fighters Scott Harrison and Alex Arthur. Former WBO featherweight champ Harrison pulled out of his fight against Cook in December 2006, which promoted Cook to call him a bottle job. Cook then beat Arthur to claim the WBO super featherweight title two years later.
“I’m looking forward to getting Cook in Liverpool next month and giving him the hardest night of his life,” said Burns. “Cook has got a lot of talk saying that Harrison bottled it and that he beat Arthur, but he’s not faced Ricky Burns in his career and he’ll know about it on July 16. Every world title defence is special but fighting an Englishman in England gives me that extra bit between my teeth to put on a top performance and stop Cook. I’m so up for this fight that my trainer Billy Nelson has had to slow me down. Nicky better bring his A game or else he will be in trouble.”
Photos: Michael Lopez
Rey Bautista 125.5 vs. Heriberto Ruiz 126
Venue: Cebu City Waterfront Hotel & Casino, Barangay Lahug, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
Promoter: ALA Boxing Promotions
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Photo: Rich J. Hundley III/SHOWTIME
World-renowned trainer Buddy McGirt did a double take the moment he first laid eyes on Dat “Be Dat” Nguyen during a sparring session with Arturo Gatti before Gatti’s second fight with Micky Ward in late 2002. “I saw this guy who could really hit and said he should be knocking everyone out,” McGirt said. “He was in there doing his thing and I liked him. Someone said they were looking for a fighter so I gave them Dat’s number. And that’s how we met.” For the past five years, McGirt has trained Nguyen of Vietnam, who will headline on a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME® this Saturday LIVE at 10:35 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). (more…)
There is no mistaking who Shane Carwin is when he steps into the Octagon. There are no flying armbars, no laying and praying, no squeaking out a win on the judges’ scorecards. In honor of middleweight boxing great Marvin Hagler, let’s just say that Carwin’s only motive is to destruct and destroy . . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
For more info on this weekend’s UFC 131 or on the UFC, visit www.UFC.com
Photos and report by Brett Bonetti
IBO Cruiserweight Champion Danny Green looked in excellent condition today during an open public training session at “The Ring” Boxing Gym in Northbridge, Perth, Australia. In front of a strong crowd which included Australian Cricketers Mitchell Johnson and Luke Ronchi, the Green Machine put on a show for his Perth fans. Green and his trainer Angelo Hyder will head to Sydney this Sunday to prepare for the title fight with Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver on July 20. For more details and photos click here…
By Gabriel F. Cordero in SLP
Everything is ready for title fight between WBA super welterweight world champion Austin Trout and challenger David Lopez this Saturday in San Luis Potosi in an event organized by HG Boxing and broadcast by Televisa.
“I am ready for this fight,” said Trout. “It’s my first title defense and I’m back in Mexico. Lopez is a very challenging opponent but I’m confident that I’ll achieve victory. I still have a lot to prove but this is the start.” (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
It’s June so no better time than Friday for Graduation Day for three talented ShoBox: The New Generation alums returning for a Friday night tripleheader LIVE on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). Lateef Kayode (199.5 pounds), Chris Avalos (120 pounds) and Archie Ray Marquez (133 pounds) all hit their contracted weights just a day before they attempt to move one step closer from prospect to contender.
In the main event, the power-punching Freddie Roach-trained Kayode (16-0, 14 KOs) will risk his unbeaten mark against the more experienced Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey (20-2, 14 KOs) of Providence, R.I., in a 10-round cruiserweight bout at Chumash Resort Casino in Santa Ynez, Calif. Godfrey weighed in at 200 pounds. For more details and photos click here…
Julio César Chavez, Jr., felicidades on your recent victory over Sebastian Zbik. It was impressive to see you battle it out for a full twelve rounds. You are on your way to becoming more than just your father’s son. You are your own man; a tough fighter in your own right.
Now let’s get down to business.
Right after your fight with Zbik, I began to receive messages and comments from different people in the fight business saying that “Team Chavez” will do everything possible to avoid fighting me—the WBC’s #1 ranked mandatory challenger. (more…)
Photos: Team Puerto Rico
Kenny Galarza 146.5 vs. Irving Garcia 146
Thomas Dulorme 144 vs. DeMarcus Corley 143
Jose Pedraza 131.4 vs. Tomi Archambault 131
Steven Martinez 154 vs. Brad Jackson 153
Alex Perez 147 vs. Manuel Guzman 148
Boyd Melson 154 vs. Kelvin Kibler 152
Emanuel Gonzalez 129 vs. Jason Rorie 124
Venue: Roseland Ballroom, New York, NY
Promoter: Team Puerto Rico
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Photo: UFC Heavyweights Shane Carwin (right) and Junior Dos Santos square off for a photo during the UFC 131 Pre-Fight Press Conference at Robson Square on June 9, 2011 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
For more info on this weekend’s UFC 131 or on the UFC, visit www.UFC.com
Integrated Sports announced today that it will be distributing “The Big Brawl” featuring unbeaten British heavyweights Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora and 6’ 9” Irish giant Tyson Fury, live July 23 from Wembley Arena in London. “The Big Brawl,” presented by Hennessy Sports, will be distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 3 PM/ET – 12 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, and Avail-TVN.
Professional boxing returns to Harrington Raceway and Casino in Harrington, Maryland on Friday night June 17th. Headlining the card promoted by A & D Promotions is undefeated Salisbury, Maryland cruiserweight Alex Guerrero (6-0-1, 3KO’s). Guerrero, the older brother of #2 WBO and #3 WBC ranked middleweight contender Fernando Guerrero. He will face Randy “The Rattler” Campbell (3-5, 2KO’s) in the four round main event of the event.
In a special “Double Trouble” extravaganza, Alex’s brother Fernando Guerrero (21-0, 16KO’s) will fight former contender series star Grady Brewer (27-12, 15KO’s) for the vacant NABF junior middleweight title in Austin, Texas. Harrington Raceway and Casino will simulcast the title contest at the post fight party directly following the show. Tickets to the fight are required for entry. (more…)
Weights & Photos by Chris Cozzone
From Route 66 Casino’s Legends Theater, west of Albuquerque for tomorrow night’s “Solo Boxeo” card promoted by Fresquez Productions, Golden Boy Promotions & Don Chargin:
Holly Holm 141.5 vs. Victoria Cisneros 137
Joaquin Zamora 158.5 vs. Elco Garcia 158.5
Fidel Maldonado 136 vs. Eddie Ramirez 137
David Proa 126.5 vs. Willie Villanueva 127.5
Marc Selser 140.5 vs. Joel Vargas 145
Martin Gonzales 136.5 vs. Antonio Garcia 136
Brandi Montoya 110 vs. TBA
* Montoya’s opponent, Diana Torres, was scratched from the card after she was arrested early this morning on a parole violation. A replacement is being sought. * Both Zamora and Garcia were a half-pound over contract weight, but mutually agreed the need to lose the overage.
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Heavyweight Maurice Harris’ promoter Boxing 360 has asked the IBF for a review of Harris’ May 27th KO loss to Tony “The Tiger” Thompson in an IBF heavyweight box-off. The Harris camp alleges that Harris was the victim of more than 20 illegal rabbit punches in the second and third rounds and that referee Vic Drakulich failed to issue a single warning. “We believe the referee did a very poor job and Maurice never had a fair fighting chance because of all the rabbit punches,” Boxing 360 Founder/CEO Mario Yagobi explained. “My job is to protect our fighters. We just want the IBF, boxing media and fans to look at what happened and then draw their own conclusions. There’s a reason Maurice fought the way he did and that was the direct result of the referee not doing his job.”
Dietmar Poszwa, Universum Managing Director: “Gennady Golovkin is allowing the news be spread on various boxing websites that he has achieved his objective in getting away from Universum and being a free agent from November 2011. In this respect, it needs to be clarified the following…
“Mr Golovkin completely failed with his lawsuit before Hamburg District Court to have the exclusive contract with Universum effectively terminated in January 2010. The court determined the unrestricted effectiveness of this contract concluded in November 2005 for the period of a total of six years. Mr Golovkin has now also failed with an application before the Appellate Court to have the enforcement of this judgement of the Court of First Instance temporarily discontinued. He based this application on the supposed defectiveness of the judgement of the Court of First Instance and apparent ineffectiveness of the contract. The Appellate Court also did not follow his views and instead of this suggested that he withdraws this application irrevocably with the consequence that Mr Golovkin is furthermore forbidden, on the basis of the exclusive contract until the contractually agreed end of the contract in November 2011, to take part in boxing matches in violation of Universum’s exclusive rights. Universum has waived a right to even extend the contract beyond the contractual expiry for periods lost by the boxer’s illness, since there were no such periods. (more…)
Photo and report by Bob Caico
Don Patterson of Diaab Entertainment who brought the New York State Golden Gloves back to the City of Buffalo will delve into professional boxing with a pro-am card on June 18th. Five amateur bouts will precede the professional boxing program that will feature a battle for the vacant New York State Middleweight belt. Nick Brinson (7-1-1) from Geneva, NY will be challenged by Michael Walchuk (9-3) of Waterloo, Ontario. Brinson was stopped in a sensational battle for the NYS super middleweight belt in his last fight and Walchuk dropped a decision for the Canadian light heavyweight title in his previous bout. Both are moving down in weight for this main event in downtown Buffalo, NY. (more…)
Photos and report by Craig Watt
Australian Heavyweight Mark de Mori (16-1-2, 14 KOs) returns to action on Sunday in Perth, Western Australia when he takes on Ghanaian Ibrahim Marshall (10-3, 8 KOs) at the Cockburn Basketball Centre. The 29 year old Perth heavyweight is keen to put on an impressive display to try and entice some of the world ranked heavyweights into action. Under a promotional deal with Don King he is targeting some major fights in 2011, with fellow Australian and WBA#9 and IBF #9 Kali Meehan in his sights. But first he aims to dispatch the rugged Marshall who has a punching reputation with eight inside the distance victories in his ten wins. The Perth fighter spoke to Fightnews at his final training session tonight in Freemantle, Western Australia. For more details and photos click here…
By Robert Coster
Stephen Jones is the newly elected President of the Jamaican Boxing Board of Control. His election comes as the island nation is getting set to celebrate it’s first international boxing card in over 15 years. Unbeaten featherweight contender Nicholas Walters will be defending his WBA Fedelatin title against Argel Salinas of Mexico. This card comes in the wake of a very successful three month contender-type TV boxing reality show in Jamaica. So, one wonders whether pro-boxing is actually returning to Jamaica? Fightnews put the question to Stephen Jones who speaks about the state of the game on the island. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
On Wednesday in San Jose, Costa Rica, WBA Executive Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza announced details on the July 30 WBA KO Drugs Festival which will take place at the National Gym with a capacity of 5000. The card will feature super middleweights Jaime “El Indio” Barboza (17-4, 8 KOs) against Brian Magee (34-4-1, 24 KOs) for a vacant WBA world title.
In other action, local super featherweight Bryan “El Tiquito” Vasquez (26-0, 14 KOs) defends his WBA Fedelatin title against Juan Manuel Osorio (22-2, 15 KOs) of the Canelo Promotions team. Also, junior welterweight Elvin Perez (21-4-3, 14 KOs) faces Juan Ruiz (8-0, 4 KOs). (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Unbeaten Austroberto Juarez will take on Sergio Espinoza on July 22nd in a six round flyweight bout at the Hollywood Park Casino in Inglewood, CA, trainer Ruben Juarez told Fightnews.com Thursday morning. Juarez, (10-0, 2 KO’s) of Ventura, CA, has not fought in almost a year, winning a six round unanimous decision over Joseph Rios. Espinoza, (16-7-1, 5 KO’s) of San Diego, was stopped in his last fight in the ninth round at the hands of Rayonta Whitfield in February of 2010. Ruben Juarez has been Austroberto’s trainer since his professional debut almost seven years ago. Ticket information will be announced shortly.
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