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WBO #4/WBA #7/IBF #10/WBC #14 cruiserweight BJ Flores (24-0-1, 15 KOs) says he’s now a promotional free agent after his contract with Florida-based Square Ring Inc. has run out. Flores has been inactive for the past year, but says he’s ready to deal directly with the promoters of all the champions and top contenders.
Antonio Margarito has submitted his application for a boxing license in Texas. Dallas’ Cowboys Stadium is the frontrunner to host Margarito’s November 13th fight against Manny Pacquiao.
Nothing official on any postponement for the scheduled September 25th Super Six showdown between Andre Ward and Andre Direll, but it’s getting late. Thus far promoters Dan Goossen and Gary Shaw have yet to reach a deal on a fight location.
January 29 is the working date for a proposed 140lb clash between world champions Tim Bradley and Devon Alexander.
WFC female welterweight titleholder Jessica Balogun (16-1, 7 KOs) is scheduled to return August 28 in Oeschelbronn, Germany. Her original opponent from Kenya fell out due to visa problems and promoter Mario Guedes is looking for a replacement.
“They have picked the wrong opponent,” says cruiserweight contender Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey (20-1, 10 KOs), who is now 24 hours away from his first shot at a world title as he prepares to face WBO champion Marco Huck (29-1, 22 KOs) tomorrow night in Erfurt, Germany. “I am no Brian Minto or Adam Richards. Huck has never been in the ring with someone like me and I will be doing things he has never seen before. I will bring home the title.” Godfrey is promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports.
WBA heavyweight champion David Haye has finally resurfaced after taking months of unanswered fire from the Klitschko camp. “I haven’t had anything good to say so I’ve just sat back and watched the way things are going on,” said Haye on a video released through his Twitter page. “It’s been quite amusing to listen to some of the s*** that’s been said over the last few weeks and months. But when it comes time to tell the truth, which is gonna happen in a few days, you’ll understand and you’ll realise who really is the bitch and trust me, it ain’t me.” He also stated that his next fight would be in October or November. He is currently training in Cyprus.
Photo by Photo Wende
Marco Huck 198.4 vs. Matt Godfrey 198.8
(WBO cruiserweight title)
Robert Helenius 231.7 vs. Gregory Tony 225.7
(Vacant EU heavyweight title)
Venue: Messehalle, Erfurt, Thüringen, Germany
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA’s “KO Drugs 22 Boxing Festival” is set for October 2 at the Roberto Durán Arena in Panama City, Panama. According to WBA Executive vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, the headiner will be Panamanian Luis “El Nica” Concepcion who will defend his WBA interim flyweight world title against Thailand’s Denkaosan Kaovichit.
Also, as reported yesterday, WBA cruiserweight world champion Guillermo Jones will finally defend his title after 2+ years, facing #1 rated Valery Brudov in the co-feature. (more…)
By Marc Lichtenfeld
Last night on the nationally syndicated Through the Ropes, legendary announcer “Colonel” Bob Sheridan discussed what he views as his role of boxing ambassador to the world. “When I do a fight, my audience is 20 – 30 times the size of HBO’s or Showtime’s, so I always try to put boxing in a positive light.” Sheridan, who could be considered the Dick Vitale of the sweet science, added, “I have so much respect for these athletes who put their lives on the line. I’m truly blessed to be able to watch them and call their fights from the best seat in the house.”
Sheridan, who will be calling “The Big Challenge” Pay Per View card Saturday night featuring Tomasz Adamek vs. Michael Grant in the main event, went on to say that he thinks Grant will be much improved under the tutelage of Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, who he called, “an excellent trainer.” (more…)
James Toney is a living legend in the sport of boxing. With more than 70 professional wins and world championship belts in three weight classes, he is the first true boxing superstar to ply his trade against a well-rounded mixed martial artist inside the Octagon . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC
On Saturday, August 21, unbeaten Bedford-Stuyvesant prospect Sadam “The World Kid” Ali (8-0, 4 KOs) faces experienced Costa Rican Lenin Arroyo (20-12-1, 4 KOs) as part of “The Big Challenge” pay-per-view telecast featuring Polish sensation Tomasz Adamek against Michael Grant at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ . . . Click here for more
By Graham Houston
Photos: Mike Gladysz, Millenium Photo
They’re calling it “The Big Challenge”, and Michael Grant certainly brings size to his fight with Tomasz Adamek on Saturday. Grant is a towering presence at 6ft 7in and his wide-shouldered physique is among the most impressive in boxing. What remains to be seen is how much Grant has left at the age of 38. He is on a winning run but his career has been stop and start, with spells of inactivity.
What is encouraging, though, is that Grant has been training under the direction of Eddie Mustafa Muhammad in Las Vegas, so he is showing that he is serious about the fight and his career. Grant, by bringing in a top trainer and moving away from his home to prepare, is giving himself the best possible chance to win. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
It has been confirmed that WBA Interim super featherweight champion Jorge “Coloradito” Solis of Mexico will defend his world crown against unbeaten world-rated Francisco Cordero (23-0, 15 KOs) from Colombia. The fight will be September 4 in Guadalajara in the Olympic Theater of the University de Guadalajara. Cordero was initially the main candidate to fight Solis, but then it seemed that it would be Nicaraguan Rene “Chirizo” Gonzalez, before Cordero was ultimately chosen.
Also on the card, Mexican WBC jr flyweight champion Omar Nino will face Colombian Ronald Barrera in his first title defense since regaining the belt.
Nick Firtha 244 vs. Mike Sheppard 225
(NABA US/Ohio State titles)
Dante Moore 152 vs. Corey Rodriguez 152.5
Wilkins Santiago 157 vs. Matt Keglovic 152
Jason Massie 271 vs. Mujaheed Moor 242.5
Michael Moore 155.5 vs. Eric Draper 155.5
Venue: Nautica Pavilion, Cleveland, Ohio
Promoter: Warner Promotions Boxing
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Two-division world champion Jorge “Niño de Oro” Linares will next fight on October 24 in Tokyo against the former world champion Jesus “Matador” Chávez. The fight is being promoted by Teiken Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions co are co-promoters of Linares. Chavez-Linares will be at a contract weight of 132 pounds and take place on the world championship card featuring WBC super featherweight world champion Toshiaki Nishioka against Rendall Munroe in the main event.
Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank
Brandon Rios training in Robert Garcia’s gym is getting set for “my biggest fight” when he takes on unbeaten Anthony Peterson of Washington DC on Sept. 11 at the Palms Resort Casino in Las Vegas. Rios and Peterson will box in a world lightweight eliminator. Top Rank is promoting in association with Arena Box, Zanfer and HBO. Click here for more photos…
Update: Rigondeaux has arrived in Tijuana
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux will make his Top Rank debut on Saturday, August 21, in Mexico. Rigondeaux, born in Cuba and now living in Miami, is trained by Ronnie Shields in Houston. “He really had a phenominal camp and is eager to get into the ring,” Shields said. Rigondeaux has a record of 5-0, 4 KOs at 122 pounds. He is ranked WBA #8 and scheduled for eight rounds, taking on Jose Angel Beranza, 33-18-2, 26 KOs, of Mexico City on a Top Rank Live! event at The Auditorium in Tijuana. The Rigondeaux vs. Beranza fight will be the first bout on the live telecast (Fox Sports Espanol – 10 pm eastern/7 pm pacific). Rigondeaux won Olympic gold in 2000 and 2004. He was an international amateur star who won World Championships, Pan American Games and other prestigious tournaments.
Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
Primed to extend his unbeaten streak, super-bantam prospect Michael Franco instead will have to sit out Friday night’s boxing card at the Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Ariz., after he was scratched from the show with a small retina tear. The word from Franco’s publicist, Rachel Charles, was that the flaw was detected in an eye exam prior to Thursday’s weigh-in. Franco (16-0, 11 KOs) from Riverside was to have met veteran Adolfo Landeros (20-14-1 9 KOs) of Mexico in a featured eight-round featherweight bout. Promoter and Golden Boy consultant Don Chargin, in conjunction with Jorge Marron Promotions, was looking into a substitute fight, likely to involve Landeros. The 10-round main event, topping a Telefutura telecast, remains intact between lightweights Mercito Gesta (18-0-1, 8 KOs) of San Diego and Genaro Trazancos (22-11-1, 13 KOs) of Florida.
Charles quoted Al Franco, his son’s trainer, as saying, “We’re devastated by this (eye exam). We had a great camp.” The senior Franco said the surprise postponement shouldn’t last long and expects his son to be ready to be cleared medically by early September.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA Annual Convention will be a tribute to the memory of former world champion Alexis Arguello at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Managua, Nicaragua on November 22-27. WBA executive vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza announced that 89th edition of the meeting will feature a series of themes linked with the sport. This year a negotiation workshop Dr. Habib Chaman and seminars on boxing marketing and leadership will take place. “These are central themes for the improvement of all participants in boxing,” commented Mendoza. WBA heavyweight champion David Haye and heavyweight legend George Foreman are expected to attend. The General Assembly will be held on November 23-24, with the two following days dedicated to the improvement seminars. (more…)
To: Association of Boxing Commission Members
Tim Lueckenhoff, President
Jim Erickson, 1st Vice President
Greg Sirb, 2nd Vice President
A. E. “Buddy” Embanato, Treasurer
Joe Miller, Secretary
Date: August 19, 2010
Re: Antonio Margarito
In the matter of the Antonio Margarito case the Association of Boxing Commissions, (ABC), officers were pleased that Mr. Antonio Margarito did indeed appear before the California State Athletic Commission, (CSAC), for licensure, the ABC had maintained since the beginning of this matter that Mr. Margarito should seek a hearing with CSAC. The ABC was also pleased that other member commissions held firm against licensing Mr. Margarito until he could appear before CSAC since they were the original disciplining commission.
The ABC believes that the CSAC did their due diligence in conducting a fair an impartial hearing and should be commended for laying out the facts and findings surrounding this matter.
At this time Mr. Margarito has fulfilled his obligations per the ABC (which was to appear before the CSAC before applying for licensure to another state/tribal commission in the United States) and thus he is now free to pursue licensure with any ABC member commission. There is nothing under the federal law that would prohibit consideration for licensure.
The ABC would hope that each ABC member commission would examine the facts that have been laid out by the CSAC and weigh those facts in determining if Mr. Margarito should indeed be licensed to compete in their jurisdiction.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Today WBA executive Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendonza announced that WBA cruiserweight world champion Guillermo Jones will be defending his crown against Valery Brudov from Russia, with the fight landing at the Roberto Duran Arena in Panama City on October 2. The fight will be a part of the WBA’s KO Drugs fight night. After two years and one month since winning the belt, Jones would be making his first defense.
By Francisco Salazar
“I am very disappointed by their decision,” said former world champion Antonio Margarito upon leaving the California State Athletic Commission meeting on Thursday afternoon in Los Angeles after being denied a new boxing license. “I spoke of what I knew and they were the ones who decided,” he stated.
His attorney, Daniel Petrocelli, who argued before the commission, also voiced his displeasure with the outcome.
“Obviously, we’re very disappointed with the decision,” said Petrocelli, who has tried cases involving high-profile clients including the 1997 wrongful death civil suit against O.J. Simpson. “It’s a decision we have to live with. Tony came back to California where he wants to clear his name and also fight here. Tony continues to work hard to the best of his ability to meet and exceed expectations of him.” (more…)
Crowd-pleasing Irish middleweight prospect Andy Lee (22-1, 16 KOs) returns against TBA on October 2 at the “Venue” in the Horseshoe Casino, in Hammond, Indiana. “I’ve enjoyed a long-term relationship with his management team dating back to the early 90s and his trainer Emanuel Steward from even further back, so I’m absolutely thrilled to be featuring Andy Lee. Chicago loves this kid!” said promoter Bobby Hitz. “He can’t be in a bad fight and his fans from this area will fill the place.” Tickets will go on sale next week, starting at a fan appreciation price of $10, and will be available at the “Venue” box office, ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets.
Cageside by Anthony Springer, Jr. & Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Joseph Benavidez (12-2) entered the ring to James Brown’s classic anthem “The Big Payback” looking to avenge the only loss of his professional career against current bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz (16-1).
The pair met for the first time one year ago. In the first meeting, Cruz used superior wrestling and late takedowns to earn the unanimous decision win.
Since the first bout, both men have gone unbeaten with Cruz reaching the upper echelon of the division first, snaring the title from Brian Bowles at WEC 47 . . . click here for more
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