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Veteran Lenin Arroyo has stepped in to replace Ben Tackie against unbeaten Mike Jones on Saturday evening, Aug. 8, at Bally’s Atlantic City. At stake in the scheduled 10-round contest will be Jones’ world ranking and his North American Boxing Association (NABA) title. Medical issues KOd the 36-year-old Tackie , himself a late replacement for Jones’ original foe, Larry Mosley, who backed out last weekend after poison from a growth on his face got into the fighter’s bloodstream, necessitating surgery. “It’s been a frustrating year for Mike,” said Hall-of-Fame promoter J Russell Peltz. “Mosley canceled out on him in March with a back injury and Mike had to cancel out on Mosley in June with his own medical issues. In this case, the third time was not the charm. (more…)
Dessa, an award-winning entertainer from the Philippines, will sing the Philippines National Anthem at Top Rank’s ‘Pinoy Power 2′ which features ‘Filipino Flash’ Nonito Donaire against Rafael Concepcion. Lupang Hiniran is the national anthem of the Philippines. Its music was composed in 1898 by Julian Felipe, with lyrics in Spanish adapted from the poem Filipinas, written by Jose Palma in 1899.
Nonito Donaire will wind up his training in early August at the Top Rank gym in Las Vegas. Concepcion has been training in Panama. Concepcion and his team will arrive into Las Vegas on Sunday, August 9. Both will be at Top Rank’s final press conference on Wednesday, August 12 at the Hard Rock.
Featherweight challenger Bernabe Concepcion of the Philippines has been training at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, Ca. to get set for his title bout against Steven Luevano of LaPuente, Ca. Bernabe is trained by Freddie Roach, Luevano by Robert Garcia. “Freddie Roach is the #1 trainer in boxing today,” said Garcia. “This is my first time in a fight against him. I’m working very hard with Steven and I think this result will also reflect how I am doing as a trainer. This is why this is such a very important fight.” Luevano vs. Concepcion will be in the ring just before the Donaire vs Concepcion fight on Top Rank’s Pinoy Power 2 on August 15.
“With all due respect to the Brazilian authorities, we knew Arturo Gatti and we do not believe that he took his own life. Members of Arturo’s family, along with his boxing manager Pat Lynch, are conducting their own investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death. We believe that once the results of that investigation are revealed, the truth will come to light and justice will be done.” –Main Events
Roy “Big Roy” Jones Sr. is spending his second consecutive camp with Roy “Captain Hook” Jones Jr. in California, PA. Alton “Coach” Merkerson, Jones Jr’s long time trainer is still in camp, but Bog Roy is there to remind “Little Roy” of the skills he learned as a kid that made him the pound-for-pound best for a decade. Roy “Captain Hook” Jones Jr. faces Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy in “Hook City” on August 15 in Biloxi, MS. The event, presented by Square Ring Promotions in association with Left Hook Promotions and Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, will be broadcast live on pay-per-view . . . Click here for more
By Nick Giongco
Is Drian Francisco over-rated? The Filipino super-flyweight is unbeaten in 18 fights with 13 knockouts and one draw and is slated to face his first big-name opponent on Oct. 3 in the Philippines. Francisco has been penciled to battle former world light-flyweight king Roberto Vasquez of Panama in a 12-rounder for the World Boxing Association International 115-lb throne at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City, which is on the outskirts of the capital Manila. (more…)
TKO Boxing Promotions has announced details of an outstanding undercard to “The Battle of York 4” set for this Saturday night, August 1st at the Sovereign Bank Baseball Stadium, home of the York Revolution . . . Click here for more
On Saturday, August 8, 2009, BJ Penn returns to the Octagon to defend his lightweight championship against former title challenger and universally regarded top contender Kenny Florian. Anytime the sport pits one of its champions against the undisputed No. 1 contender it is a must-see event. When that champion is attempting to tie the record set by a bitter rival, things become that much more interesting. . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC
Julio Diaz 139.75 vs. Victor Cayo 139.75
Carl Drummond 237 vs. Derric Rossy 240.5
Donovon George 167 vs. Emmanuel Gonzalez 166.25
Luis Franco 127.5 vs. Leroy Padilla 131.5
Jonathan Gonzalez 146.75 vs. Jorge Barajas 146.5
Danny O’Connor 138.5 vs. James Helmes 139.75
Artur Szpilka 200 vs. Jeremy May 199
Venue: Hard Rock LIVE Arena, Hollywood, FL
Promoter: Seminole Warriors Boxing
By “Boxing” Bob Newman
In the world of boxing promoters, one would expect to see and hear big mouths and big egos, all belonging to men. Well Lisa Elovich embodies none of that. The upstate New Yorker is the only licensed female promoter in the State, and the CEO of Pugnacious Promotions. Elovich juggles her boxing endeavors along with two other important jobs – her legal career, and most importantly, full time mom. FightNews caught up with Elovich earlier this week prior to her “Night of Future Champions” show this Friday in scenic Saratoga, NY. (More)
By Karl Freitag
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (37-2, 36 KOs) will face WBC #1 rated Chris Arreola (27-0, 24 KOs) on September 26 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. “We are going the right direction but no contract has been signed yet,” Bernd Bönte, Managing Director of the Klitschko Management Group, confirmed to Fightnews.com earlier today. Klitschko was originally slated to face David Haye on September 12th in an outdoor megafight in Hamburg, Germany, however Haye instead opted to challenge WBA champion Nikolai Valuev.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
It was as quick a turn-around as you can get, known for being able to dramatically turn things around inside the ring, things turned a full 180 degrees in the investigation of the death of former two-time world champion Arturo Gatti Thursday as he was ruled to have committed suicide. His wife Amanda Rodrigues was freed from jail where she had been held in Brazil since July 12th as the only suspect in the death of the 37 year-old retired fighter. “It’s unbelievable,” Arturo’s brother and former pro fighter Joe Gatti told the CBC Thursday, “A kid like that shouldn’t go out like that, and now this.” (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Former world champions Freddie Norwood and Mike Anchondo were victorious on the debut of the monthy “Noche de Boxeo” series Thursday night at the El Monte Expo Center in El Monte, California. Former WBA featherweight champion Freddie Norwood (43-3-1, 23 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Jose Celaya. Norwood, who fought at the middleweight limit for this bout, scored a knockdown in the first round. Norwood mostly had Celaya (31-5, 16 KOs) on the defensive throughout the bout, although Celaya did have some of his moments. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Norwood, with scores of 78-73, 79-72, and 80-71.
Former WBO super featherweight champ Mike Anchondo (29-2, 19 KOs) won a six round majority decision over Octavio Narváez (7-5, 4 KOs). “Mighty Mike” won by scores of 58-57, 59-57 and 57-57 in a bout fought at welterweight poundage. (more…)
By Big Joe Miranda at ringside
Unbeaten featherweight Derrick Wilson (5-0-1, 2 KOs) upset highly touted and previously unbeaten Charles Huerta (11-1, 6 KOs) via explosive first round KO on Thursday night at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. The excitement started right away as Wilson and Huerta came out and immediately started trading shots. It ended after just 59 seconds when Wilson landed a left hook that dropped Huerta for the count.
In an off-TV super middleweight clash WBC #10 middleweight Enrique Ornelas (29-5, 19 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Roberto Baro (12-7, 9 KOs). The bout was waved off after Ornelas dropped Baro with a body shot. Time was 1:01. For more results and photos click here…
By “Boxing” Bob Newman
For welterweight contender Delvin Rodriguez, all the years of toil and heartache in the ring come down to twelve rounds this Saturday in front of his loyal Connecticut fans. On that night he’ll battle it out in a rematch with South African Isaac Hlatshwayo for the vacant IBF welterweight title at the Mohegan Sun Casino. Last November, Rodriguez traveled to South Africa to battle Hlatshwayo in an IBF eliminator to face then champion Joshua Clottey. The fight ended in an unsatisfactory draw. After Clottey was stripped of his belt for signing to fight WBO counterpart Miguel Cotto, the IBF mandated that Rodriguez and Hlatshwayo face each other again, this time with the title on the line. Rodriguez’ promoter Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing won the purse bid and therefore the hometown advantage this time around will go to Rodriguez who was born in the Dominican Republic and now fights out Danbury, CT. Earlier this week, Rodriguez took time out of his schedule to talk with Fightnews about his long awaited title shot, the first fight with Hlatshwayo, and his ill-fated, nationally televised USBA title match with fellow contender Oscar Diaz, just over a year ago on July 16, 2008, in which Diaz was seriously injured. (more…)
Atlanta Police have released surveillance video of the events preceding the murder of Vernon Forrest in hopes someone can identify the suspects.
The New York State heavyweight title will be on the line this Friday, July 31st, when Darrel Madison (13-1, 3 KOs) and Nagy Aguilera (13-1, 8 KOs) headline the “Night of Future Champions” event. The “Night of Future Champions” card – which is promoted by Lisa Elovich of Pugnacious Promotions – showcases exciting, young boxing prospects during the first weekend of world-class thoroughbred racing at Saratoga Springs. “I am so happy to host the New York State heavyweight championship fight on our annual Saratoga card,” said promoter Lisa Elovich. “The fans will be chomping at the bit to see all of the exciting local prospects, too. This is a card that no one will want to miss!” (more…)
Story by Rick Scharmberg
Nearly three years removed from his bout with the great Roy Jones, and over two years since his last fight, Prince Badi Ajamu (23-3-1, 15 KOs) is coming back. He will face journeyman DeAndrey Abron (15-5, 10 KOs) in a 12-round light heavyweight bout this Friday at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey . . . Click here for more
Interview by Kurt Wolfheimer
Undefeated lightweight prospect Carney “Beeper” Bowman (13-0, 5 KOs) is ready to take that next step in his career on Friday night when he faces tough Dominican Delvin Placencia (15-1, 6 KOs) at the Sovereign Bank Baseball Stadium in York, Pa., Saturday night . . . Click here for more
Talented, once-beaten prospect Marvin Quintero weighed in at the contracted weight of 131 pounds and hard-hitting veteran Tyrone Harris tipped the scales at 132¼ pounds during Thursday’s weigh in at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, Calif. Harris will be allowed to fight, but will be fined by the California State Athletic Commission for failing to make the contracted weight. Undefeated bantamweight prospect Chris Avalos and knockout artist Andre Wilson both measured 117 pounds for the ShoBox co-feature. For more details and photos click here…
Weights by Chris Cozzone
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From the Hotel Encanto in Las Cruces, N.M. for tomorrow night’s “WarZone” card promoted by Powerhouse Promotions at the Pan Am Center:
George Foreman III 237 vs George Burrage 211.5
Austin Trout 153.5 vs. Marcos Primera 155
Salvador Sanchez 123.5 vs. Benito Abraham 120.5
Arron Lyons 216 vs. Charles Davis 210
Jennifer Han 130 vs. Mellisa St. Vil 132
Abie Han 157.5 vs. Sergio Santana 160.5
Promoter Dino Duva of Duva Boxing says he was “shocked” to read that representatives of his undefeated welterweight prospect James De La Rosa (19-0, 12 KOs) are proclaiming the young fighter’s promotional free agency. “It is news to me that he’s a free agent,” revealed Duva. “I read his press release with disbelief. Duva Boxing and Cavazos Boxing have an exclusive promotional agreement with James De La Rosa and I don’t understand how they can claim to be a free agent. In fact, it’s my understanding that Cavazos Boxing have James scheduled for a fight in Texas in September or October.” Duva says he’s still 100% committed to De La Rosa’s career and wishes for a speedy resolution to the unexpected turn of events. “However, if we are not able to resolve this amicably immediately, and/or there’s something underhanded relating to this announcement, and someone has interfered with my contract, I will vigorously defend my position, challenge theirs legally and hold anyone responsible for damages incurred.”
DiBella Entertainment has inked unbeaten featherweight Luis Del Valle (5-0, 3 KOs). Del Valle joins Puerto Rican compatriots Kermit Cintron, Carlos Quintana and Joelo Torres in the DBE stable. “This is a market we are going to seriously tap into,” said DiBella. “Luis Del Valle showed how great he can be as an amateur, and is unquestionably one of the top prospects of Puerto Rican descent in the world. I look forward to steering him towards a world title, while continuing to keep and eye out for the best young talent of Puerto Rican ancestry.” Luis Del Valle’s next fight will be on the August 26 edition of Broadway Boxing at BB King Blues Club & Grill in the heart of Times Square.
Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES) has announced that it will promote three professional boxing cards, in three different states, within 10 days of each other in September. CES, in association with the State of New York, in conjunction with the International Boxing Hall of Fame, will run a show Wednesday, Sept. 2 at the New York State Fair in Syracuse. Two days later (Friday, Sept. 4), CES returns home to Twin River Event Center in Lincoln (RI) and a week after that show, (Friday, Sept. 11) “The Radisson Hotel Plymouth Harbor Fight Series” continues at Plymouth (MA) Memorial Hall. Fighters are TBA.
If the media members who participated in the SHOWTIME Media Prediction Poll have called it correctly then Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley will successfully defend his WBO 140-pound title against former unified lightweight champ Nate “The Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell. Bradley (24-0, 11 KOs) of North Palm Springs, Calif., will take on Campbell (33-5-1, 25 KOs), of Jacksonville, Fla., in a “homecoming” fight this Saturday, Aug. 1, live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING (9 p.m. ET/PT) from The Show at Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif., just minutes from where the champ grew up. The matchup is a tough one to call. Campbell, who is fighting for the first time at 140 pounds, is the more experienced fighter having more knockouts than Bradley has victories, but, Bradley is the younger, perhaps quicker fighter who has the benefit of competing in his backyard. One thing is for certain: Saturday’s main event on SHOWTIME is going to be one heck of a fight. Bradley, who voluntarily relinquished the WBC 140-pound belt to face Campbell, was the popular winner in the poll garnering 22 of the 28 predictions. Most predicted a decision victory for Bradley in his desert homecoming, while only a few reasoned the fight would end inside the 12 championship rounds.
In the first half of a world championship doubleheader, undefeated, No. 2-rated Devon Alexander “The Great’’ (18-0, 11 KOs), of St. Louis, will face No. 3 Junior Witter (37-2-2, 22 KOs), of England, for the WBC strap that Bradley voluntarily relinquished. Bradley originally won the WBC belt by defeating Witter on May 10, 2008 on SHOWTIME.
Detroit based heavyweight contender Leo Nolan (27-1, 10 KOs) is still recovering from his shooting on June 14th. In an incident eerily similar to the recent shooting death of former world champion Vernon Forrest, Nolan was exiting his car in front of a friend’s house, when a young male ran up and attempted to rob him. During this attempt, the male appeared to get very nervous and shot at Nolan, hitting him just above the left collarbone. Nolan was able to drive himself to the hospital. Due to the bullet being so close to the spinal cord, doctors were unwilling to risk surgery to remove the bullet. There still have not been any arrests made in this shooting. Nolan is slowly recovering from the shooting, still suffering from some loss of feeling in his left arm and hand. He is under the direct care of a doctor and physical therapist, and is hopeful for a full recovery. Nolan has also said he is heartbroken over the loss of Vernon Forrest and is grateful that his situation turned out differently.
By Francisco Salazar
Aside from his unbeaten record and world titles that he has accumulated throughout his professional career, Timothy Bradley is an intelligent young man. Intelligent enough to know that the dangers of the sport of boxing can reward a fighter or put them in a hospital. Intelligent enough to outbox his opponents to remain unbeaten thus far since making his professional debut five years ago. Even intelligent enough to know when to not let a fighter get under his skin. Bradley has heard it all before, and is hearing a lot from former lightweight champion Nate Campbell, who he will be facing off against on Saturday night at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, CA. The bout will headline a Gary Shaw Productions and Thompson Boxing Promotions card, in association with Don King Productions. The bout will be televised on SHOWTIME. (more…)
Tickets are now on sale for the big rematch between Sam Sexton and Martin Rogan on Friday, October 9th at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast. The warring heavyweights came head-to-head today in a heated press conference to announce their highly anticipated grudge match. A fuming Rogan said to Sexton, “I’m going to take up artistry and paint you across the canvas. You’d better believe it, you’d better believe it!” He added, “When a gladiator spits out his gumshield he has lost the fight. It shows that he’s a coward, only a coward spits out the gumshield. I’m going to crush him.” On the controversial eighth round in their last fight, Rogan said: “Everybody knows the fight should have been stopped. He was all over the place. I’ve seen kids on crutches walking better than you.” Tickets, priced at £25 (tier), £30 (tier), £40 (central tier), £60 (floor), £100 (floor) and £150 (ringside) are available from: www.odysseyarena.com More photos…
IBF# 2 rated welterweight, Delvin Rodriguez (24-2-2, 14 KOs) and his team left their camp today in the Catskill Mountains and are headed to the Mohegan Sun, where Rodriguez will take on South Africa’s IBF #3 rated Isaac Hlatshwayo (28-1-1, 10 KOs) on Saturday night for the vacant IBF welterweight championship. “Come ready,” Rodriguez warned Hlatshwayo. “You disrespected me and my team when we were in your country and I will never forget that. I am not going to disrespect you verbally, but trust me, come August 1st you are going to pay for everything you have said. You will be going home empty handed, while I will be going home with the belt as the new IBF welterweight champion of the world.” (more…)
The event may be soldout but fans can still see Timothy Bradley, Nate Campbell, Junior Witter and Devon Alexander face-off against each other…at the official weigh-in on Friday, which will be open to the public. The weigh-in will take place in the Cahuilla Ballroom at Agua Caliente Casino * Resort * Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif.) Doors open at noon with the world championship fighters stepping on the scale, beginning at 1PM PT
Las Vegas-based oddsmaker Lou D’Amico has made Bradley and Alexander the favorites with lines of 2 ½ -1 and 2-1, respectively. The “over” is favored at 9 ½ rounds for both.
Promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and Thompson Boxing Promotions, in association with Don King Productions and Hennessy Sports, the Bradley-Campbell / Witter-Alexander 140-pound world championship doubleheader will be broadcast live from THE SHOW at Agua Caliente on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast.)
The WBA will call a purse bid for a match between super welterweight champion Daniel Santos and Yuri Foreman. The bidding will be overseen by Gilberto Jesus Mendoza and Jose Oliver Gomez and will take place August 10th at the WBA office in Panama City, Panama.
Brazilian police have concluded that former world champion Arturo Gatti’s death was by his own hand. As a result, the court has ordered the release of his wife Amanda Rodrigues, who has been held since Gatti’s death on July 12 in Brazil. (More to come)
By Big Joe Miranda
The WBC will not approve the bout between Devon Alexander and Junior Witter for the vacant super lightweight title due to the selection of officials by the California State Athletic Commission. “For the WBC to approve the fight as for the WBC title it would be needed that one of the American officials, preferably a judge is taken out and a foreigner approved by the WBC is appointed, with the approval of the CSAC, of course otherwise, our sanctioning will be suspended,” said WBC president José Sulaimán. “I can not hide my disappointment for this decision taken by the CSAC, with which we have had the best of relations and mutual cooperation through the years; I sincerely feel offended and humiliated for their apparent lack of respect to justice and the WBC rights of our officially registered World Boxing Council (WBC) trademark and championship accolade. I would be betraying the confidence bestowed on my by the Board of Governors, with members from all over the world, who are the people that elected me, if I don’t defend justice and the WBC’s rights.”
The California Commission appointed referee Lou Moret and judges Benjamin Rendon (Mexico), Jerry Cantu (California) and Glenn Trowbridge (Nevada) to handle the bout. According to Sulaimán, the British Boxing Board of Control, Witter’s representatives and Alexander’s representatives have all objected.
By Alex Dombroff
New York State heavyweight champion Darrel Madison (13-1, 3 KOs) defends his title against Nagy Aguilera (13-1, 8 KOs) in one of the feature fights of Pugnacious Promotions “Night of Future Champions” event at the Saratoga Springs City Center on Friday. Here’s what the fighters have to say:
Q&A: Darrel Madison | Q&A: Nagy Aguilera
By Lee Bates
Marcos “El Tigre” Jimenez (16-1, 10 KOs) will take on Daniel “Azuquita” Jimenez (18-3, 10 KOs) August 21st in a much anticipated bout locally between two Puerto Rico based prospects for the WBA Fedecentro super featherweight title. Marcos Jimenez enters the bout on a six bout win streak including having avenged his only professional loss by defeating veteran Edel Ruiz. Daniel Jimenez owns the distinction of being the first and only fighter to date to have beaten world ranked contender and former Olympian Vincente Escobedo as a professional. Daniel Jimenez also fought competitively in a decision loss to former world champion Jesus Chavez and was stopped in the 12th round by current world champion Ramon “Rocky” Martinez in a bout that was very close on the official scorecards prior to the knockout. PR Best Boxing Promotions (Ivan & Peter Rivera) will be promote the event which will feature 10 bouts in all and be held at the Coliseo Pedrín Zorrilla in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Tickets can be bought on line at Ticketcenter (www.tcpr.com) or by calling 787 792-5000. Tickets are being priced from $15-$50.
Story by Chris Cozzone
Battering down an unwon 0-5 fighter might not convince the boxing community that he’s got the goods of his legendary father, but George “Monk” Foreman III is on a mission to set himself apart from the handful of sons-of-legends prominent – and not so prominent – in the sport . . . Click here for more
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