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By Alexey Sukachev
German Titov, 2007/2008 Russian promoter of the year, has reached a promotional deal with 2008 Beijing light welterweight gold medalist Felix Diaz, 25, of the Dominican Republic. The recent pro debutant, who quickly stopped Mexican Hugo Pacheco (3-7, 3 KOs) in his first and only fight in the paid ranks this June, scored a highly controversial decision over Frenchman Alexis Vastine in semifinals of the last Olympics, but sensationally upset the odds by schooling famed Thai Manus Boonjumnong in the final. “Yes, I can confirm that we signed an agreement with Felix Diaz,” commented Titov to this reporter. “Felix will be a marvelous addition to our team and we hope to see him making a huge and long-lasting impact on the international fight scene in several coming years. Diaz will continue to fight overseas, in America, but I plan to have him fighting in Russia, maybe one-two times a year, as well.” Diaz will be the second Beijing medalist to sign a contract with German Titov and his partners; the first one being Ukrainian super heavyweight Vyacheslav Glazkov, who made his debut about a month ago.
By Lee Bates
WBO Super flyweight champion Jose ‘Carita’ Lopez (37-7-2, 32 KOs) of Puerto Rico will make the first defense of his title on September 4th against Marvin Sonsona (13-0, 12 KOs) of the Philippines. The bout will take place at the Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario, Canada. “This is a very good matchup fought at a neutral site. Sonsona is a young hard-punching challenger and Lopez has trained extremely hard for this fight and knows that his experience advantage will be very important in order to defeat Sonsona,” stated Lopez promoter PR Best Boxing President Ivan Rivera. With a victory, Lopez is expected to return to the ring again at the end of October.
A sold-out crowd was treated to an excellent evening of fights on Saturday night’s installment of “Ballroom Brawl!” at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay. In the main event, undefeated Tampa-based cruiserweight Nick “The Showstopper” Iannuzzi (12-0, 7 KOs) pounded out an eight round unanimous decision over St. Pete slugger Willie “Blackout” Chisolm (6-6, 3 KOs). Scores were 80-72 across the board. This was a rematch after Iannuzzi stopped Chisolm in four in their first encounter. The event was promoted by One Punch Productions and Voodoo Management. Matchmaker Jim Waldrop did an excellent job of matchmaking, as each fight was highly entertaining and competitive.
Raymond Charles W6 Alexis Perez (welterweight)
Adam Jaco W4 over Marvin Blair (light heavyweight)
Marcus Willis D4 Jason Thompson (jr middleweight)
Kenneth Moody Jr. W4 Benjamin Jordan (middleweight)
Quinton Willis W4 over Carlos Aballe (jr middleweight)
Cordaro Simpkins W4 David Orosco-Cano (lightweight)
21-year-old heavyweight Francisco “Pancho” Moncivias passed away on Saturday night due to injuries suffered in a bout the previous night in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. Moncivias (1-1) was taken to Gulfport Memorial Hospital after engaging in an all out slugfest with Bobby O’Bannon (6-2). Sadly he died from his injuries 24 hours later.
By Charlie Weedon / Extreme Sports South LLC
On Friday and Saturday night, two consecutive evenings of live boxing was held at Hollywood Casino in Bay St. Louis, MS. On both nights, premier New Orleans Boxing Promoter Les Bonano of Leslie Bonano, Inc. d/b/a BRAWLIN’ IN N’AWLINS entertained a standing room only crowd of boxing fans. (more…)
Mikkel Kessler´s mandatory title defence against Gusmyl Perdomo will be staged at the MCH Messecenter Herning in Herning, Denmark on September 12. It will be the WBA Super-Middleweight Champion´s final fight before participating in SHOWTIME´s hotly-anticipated Super Six World Boxing Classic. “I am thrilled to be fighting in Denmark again,” Kessler stated. “It is always something special to fight in front of my home fans. I am extremely grateful for their support and I want to pay back with an exciting performance.” (more…)
Promoter Frank Warren has won £35,000 in libel damages against former WBO heavyweight champion Herbie Hide at London’s High Court. The award follows comments made by Hide on a Setanta Sports broadcast in July last year. Hide alleged that Warren had bribed WBO cruiserweight champion Johnny Nelson to retire and give up his world title so that Enzo Maccarinelli would unjustifiably gain it without having to fight Nelson. Warren obtained a summary judgement against Mr Hide earlier this year, and was today awarded £35,000 in damages by Judge Patrick Moloney QC. Warren was also granted an injunction preventing Hide from repeating the libel. Describing the libel against Warren as “serious”, the judge said that the words spoken had damaged the promoter’s reputation, and he was entitled to be vindicated. “I am pleased with the judgement and hopefully it will put an end to the matter,” said Warren outside court, “and Herbie Hide will see what a stupid fellow he is in making remarks like that.”
The latest WBA Ratings have confirmed Nikolai Valuev as the undisputed WBA Heavyweight Champion. The Russian Giant is listed as the sole heavyweight champion, with Ruslan Chagaev having been moved to the number one spot of the rankings. Furthermore, Chagaev is not considered “champion in recess” any more. “We welcome the WBA´s decision,” said Chris Meyer, General Manager of Team Sauerland. “It confirms what we have been saying for a long time – that Nikolai Valuev is the undisputed WBA Heavyweight Champion.” Chagaev had twice pulled out of fights with Valuev in May and July 2008. The third attempt – a fight in Helsinki – fell through in May 2009 when Chagaev was unable to fulfil the Finnish Boxing Federation´s medical requirements. “Since the new ratings clearly state who the true champion is, we can now submit the applications for official approval of Niko´s next fight – the voluntary defence against David Haye,” Meyer added. Valuev’s clash with Haye is scheduled for November 7.
“I am deeply, deeply saddened by this senseless horrible tragedy and my heart goes out to his mother and family. Vernon was a great fighter but much more importantly, he was a very special person outside the ring. His charitable efforts are all well-known and documented but that was only the tip of the iceberg. Vernon was a genuinely kind-hearted, caring and supremely principled and loyal human being. I came to know him and love him as a great friend far beyond the realm of boxing. He was the first fighter I became involved with as an advisor and he and I had a special bond from the very beginning. Vernon was a great human being and the world was a better place with him in it. I will always treasure the time we spent together and I will always love him and miss him. May God bless and keep him.” Al Haymon, manager
“Everyone at HBO Sports is shocked and saddened at the untimely death of Vernon Forrest. Vernon was a credit to the sport. He was one of the most charitable and gracious champions. He will be missed by the entire HBO family.” Ross Greenburg, President of HBO Sports
I am grief stricken to learn of the tragic death of Vernon Forrest. Not only was he my client, he was my friend. He gave me a wonderful opportunity when he asked me to help him tell his story both in and out of the ring beginning in 2001. The journey was terrific as not only was he a great champion, but he was a caring humanitarian who always stood up for what he believed to be the fairness of life. Most importantly his work outside of the ring, particularly with his established foundation Destiny’s Child, which provided group housing for mentally challenged young adults in the Atlanta area, was the shining light of his life…..the tragedy of his untimely death is extremely hurtful as boxing has lost another great champion and a long-standing member of our sport’s community. I will miss him dearly and he will forever hold a very special place in my heart. With sympathy to his family, friends and the entire boxing community, I pray for comfort for all of us during this terrible time.” Kelly Swanson, publicist
“I was very saddened by the news of Vernon Forrest’s tragic death. I viewed Vernon as a great competitor in the ring and an even greater man outside of the ring. His philanthropic efforts in his community and his drive to help others were deeply admired. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this very difficult time.” Sugar Shane Mosley
In “Hook City,” two of boxing’s dominating left hookers, 8-time world champion Roy Jones Jr. and 2-time world champion Jeff Lacy, go to battle on Saturday, August 15 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi to determine the most powerful hooker and the NABO Light Heavyweight Champion. “Hook City,” will be broadcast live on pay-per-view . . . Click here for more
Ringside Report by Jacob Chavez
Photos by John Booz
Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions presented the “Windy City Fight Night 4″ at the UIC Pavilion this past Friday Night. The card featured Fres “Big O” Oquendo’s (31-5-0, 20 KOs) systematic destruction of former heavyweight champ Bruce “The Atlantic City Express” Seldon (40-8, 36 KOs). Click here for the entire photo gallery and ringside report. Click here for full report and photos…
On Saturday night, middleweight Shakir Ashanti (18-9, 2 KOs) ended a four-and-a-half year layoff with a comeback split decision win over Alex Quiroga (10-6, 5 KOs) in front of a sold out crowd at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center, in Greensboro, North Carolina. The fight was very competitive, the whole way with Ashanti controlling the action most of the way landing at about a 2:1 advantage over the more powerful Quiroga. However, in the sixth round of the fight, Quiroga was able to catch a tiring Ashanti and knock him down with a right hand, left hook combination. Ashanti gamely got off the deck and finished the round. Ashanti came back in the seventh round and showed his toughness by picking up the pace and winning the round. The eighth round was filled with non stop action with both fighters letting it all hand out sensing that the bout was hanging in the balance. In the end it was Ashanti that won the bout 76-75, 78-73 for Ashanti and 75-76 for Quiroga. (more…)
We are sad to report that former world champion Vernon Forrest was tragically and senselessly murdered at about 11PM on Saturday night in Atlanta during an attempted robbery at a gas station. Reportedly Forrest had stopped to put air in the tire of his late model Jaguar when he was robbed at gunpoint. Forrest, 38, was also armed and pursued but another assailant was hiding and ambushed the champion. According to Atlanta police, Forrest was shot multiple times with a semi-automatic weapon.
By Jesse Kelley
Super middleweight “Golden” Caleb Truax (13-0) stopped Patrick Perez (25-7) of New Jersey last night at the Armory in Saint Paul, MN. It was a back and forth slug-fest with Truax landing hard uppercuts while Perez’s right hand found its target often. Truax had a small lead through the early rounds but, appeared to be fading in the fifth as Perez took over with continuous pressure and body shots. Truax stormed back in the sixth and seventh rounds however as he flipped the pressure on Perez. A hard right uppercut to the head followed by two head punches left Perez helpless along the ropes in the seventh round where referee Mark Nelson stopped the action at 1:42. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBO super middleweight champion Sakio Bika (27-3-2, 18 KOs) will clash with Ramon Pedro Moyano (27-8-3, 15KO’s) on Thursday at the Orion Function Center, Campsie, NSW, Australia. Moyano – the son of the great Carlos Monzon – is coming off a fifth round knockout win over Fernando Vera in 2009. Bika defeated Peter Manfredo by KO3 to capture the IBO title in 2008 and won the 2007 Contender series. He lost to Joe Calzaghe in 2006 and Lucian Bute in 2007. (more…)
By Craig Watt
It is reported that former IBO Middleweight champion Daniel Geale (21-1, 13KO’s) will take on American Billy Lyell (19-7, 3KO’s) in his hometown of Launceston, Tasmania in mid October. Geale’s manager Bill Treacy told the Tasmanian Mercury, “The bout will be in the last two weeks of October and we should there in the next 24 hours now contracts have been sent to the USA. It is also likely, but not yet 100% that Anthony Mundine will defend his IBO middleweight title on the same bill and we will look to try and get a rematch for Daniel for the IBO middleweight title in the new year.” (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photo: Mike Greenhill
Baltimore, MD welterweight prospect James “Keep ‘Em Sleepin’ Stevenson remained undefeated and captured the WBF US Welterweight and NABC Welterweight titles with a third-round TKO over Ken Dunham of Rock Hill, SC at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore. Click here for more details and photos
In a clash for the WBA interim lightweight championship, WBA #8 Miguel Acosta (25-9-2, 19 KOs) scored an explosive ninth round KO upset over previously unbeaten WBC #1 Urbano Antillon (26-0, 19 KOs) on Saturday night in Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Mexico. Brisk two-way action early with Antillon applying heavy pressure, but Acosta’s movement frustrated Antillion as the bout progressed. Acosta ended it with an flush right uppercut that dropped Antillon and left him unable to continue. Time was 1:47.
In his first first defense, WBA light flyweight champion Giovani Segura (21-1-1, 17 KOs) punished late sub Juanito Rubillar Jr. (46-13-7, 22 KOs) until Rubillar’s corner threw in the towel to protect their man even though he was still fighting. Time was 2:04. In his sixth and possibly last world title challenge, Rubillar was a late substitute for Filipino countryman Sonny Boy Jaro.
Former WBC heavyweight champion Sam Peter (31-3, 24 KOs) scored a brutal third round KO over Marcus McGee (22-17-1, 11 KOs). Three knockdowns for Peter in his debut fight under the Top Rank promotional banner.
Two-time WBC lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo (60-8-1, 50 KOs) returned to the ring for the first time since January to KO ninety-nine fight veteran Roberto Valenzuela (49-48-2, 40 KOs) in round six of a welterweight bout. Time was 1:40.
Unbeaten light flyweight Hernan ‘Tyson’ Marquez (23-0, 16 KOs) had to work hard to get by determined former world title challenger Juan Esquer (24-6-1, 18 KOs) over ten rounds. The fight seemed a lot closer than the 98-92, 99-91, 100-90 score.
Heavy-handed local super flyweight Alberto “Topo” Rosas (29-5, 24 KOs) outworked Alejandro Martinez (13-2-1, 10 KOs) over ten to win 99-91, 99-91, 100-87.
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WBA lightweight champion Paulus Moses (25-0, 17 KOs) retained his world title by unanimous decision over Takehiro Shimada (23-5-1, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Windhoek Country Club Resort in Windhoek, Namibia. Scores were 119-109, 119-108 and 118-110 for Moses, who successfully defended his belt for the first time. Raising the hand of the Don King Productions champion is the former president of Namibia for 16 years, Dr. Sam Nujoma.
By Alexey Potapov
WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev has given an exclusive interview to Fightnews.com in which he speaks about his upcoming fight against former WBC/WBA/WBO cruiserweight champion David Haye on November 7th in Germany. It had been previously announced that Haye would fight against WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko on September 12, but the British hope then decided to challenge for Valuev’s title instead. (more…)
By Johnny B’
We have received word that successful young boxing promoter Octavius C. James, President and CEO One In A Million Inc., passed away during the night. No further details are available at this time. James, who leaves us at the much too young age of 36, began his promotional career in 2003 and presented numerous pro boxing shows in northwest Indiana part of Chicagoland. He was always a class act and will be missed.
Saratoga Sponsor A Scholar, a non-profit organization that supports access to educational opportunities for students in the Saratoga School district, will join Pugnacious Promotions at its annual “Night of Future Champions” summer boxing event at the Saratoga Springs City Center on Friday, July 31st. The non-for-profit, charitable organization will participate in special events to benefit the foundation, including hosting an information/fundraising table at the event and receiving numerous promotional benefits.
Tickets and more information are available from Pugnacious Promotions, www.pugnaciouspromotions.com or 518-527-0160. Reserved tickets are $125 for Golden Ringside and $75 for Ringside. General Admission open seats are $40. (more…)
Paulus Moses 134.5 vs. Takehiro Shimada 134
Moses and Shimada are fighting today in Windhoek, Namibia for the WBA lightweight championship which Moses won in January against Yusuke Kobori in Japan. This is his first title defense.
Ringside report by Chris Cozzone & Ricardo Trujillo
Photos by Chris Cozzone
But, in a single night, and a single victory, Escalante not only secured his chance at a world championship in his next fight, but rekindled his hometown’s hunger for boxing . . . Click here for full report & gallery
By Rick Scharmberg at ringside
Dean “Pit Bull” White took the vacant WBF USA welterweight title with an upset eight round majority decision over “Rockin” Ryan Belasco last night in front of a packed house at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino in Dover, Delaware. In the co-feature, “Mighty” Mike Tiberi demolished Brad “Firecracker” Hill with a brutal body attack that dropped Hill for the count at 1:32 of the opening round of a scheduled six round middleweight bout. Capital City Promotions was the promoter. (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Solar Sports, a highly respected respected promotional outfit from the Philippines, will team up with big time concert producer Tom Moffatt in staging Filipino-American Brian Viloria’s first defense of the International Boxing Federation (IBF) light flyweight crown on Aug. 29 at the Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu. Solar Sports main man Peter Chanliong told fightnews and Manila Bulletin on Saturday night that Viloria, born in Hawaii to Ilocano parents, will stake the IBF 108-lb title against Mexican Jesus Iribe. Viloria had won the IBF championship with an eye-popping knockout win over Mexican Ulises Solis last April at the Araneta Coliseum in the Philippines. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Luthando Vukuza won the SA featherweight title when he beat Manelisi Mbilase on a split decision at the Orient Theatre in East London on Friday night. The scores were 116-114 and 115-114 for Vukuza and 116-114 for Mbilase.
Mbilase (57.05 kg) was making the first defence of the title he had won at Carletonville in October last year when he beat Vukuza on a highly disputed points decision. In a battle of southpaws Mbilase (10-4, 2 KOs) was unable to hold off the more aggressive Vukuza whose record improved to 6-4-1, 0 KO in a crowd-pleasing bout. (more…)
James Stevenson 147 vs Ken Dunham 157
(Vacant NABC/WBF Americas welterweight title)
Note: If Dunham is victorious, the belts would remain vacant as he was 10 lbs over the welterweight limit.
Tim Coleman 145 vs Martinus Clay 144
Daniel Kooij 197 vs Rodricka Ray 94
Steve Wheeler 185 vs Octavius Davis 185
Maurice Byarm 250 vs Maurice Winslow 216
Promoter: Jake Smith: Baltimore Pro Boxing
Venue: Du Burns Arena (doors open at 6:30 first fight is at 8 pm)
Tickets: 410-675-6900 or 410-499-5361
By Jacob Chavez at ringside
Heavyweight Fres “The Big O” Oquendo (31-5, 19 KOs) impressively picked apart former world champ Bruce “The Atlantic City Express” Seldon (40-8, 36 KOs) Friday night at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. Oquendo outboxed Seldon throughout and despite coming in seemingly great shape Seldon’s aggression was no match for the slick and very talented Oquendo. Picking his spots and putting good combinations together, Oquendo had Seldon in serious problems in the seventh, but he was saved by the bell. Seldon then took a knee in the eight after absorbing punishment, and again in the ninth when he allowed for Referee Pete Podgorski to reach the count of ten. The time was 2:35. Click here for more photos…
By Chris Cozzone & Ricardo Trujillo at ringside
WBA/WBO #3 junior featherweight Antonio Escalante (20-2, 13 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Cornelius Lock (18-4-1, 10 KOs) on Friday, night at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. The hometown favorite Escalante dropped Lock twice in round three, rocked him again in the fourth, and broke down Lock the rest of the fight. The game, but outgunned Lock withstood the assault to go the full ten, but the 100-88, 100-88, 98-90 scores reflected Escalante’s dominance.
Junior featherweight Jose Beranza (32-15-2, 25 KOs) upset previously unbeaten Juan Velasquez (9-1, 5 KOs) vis six round unanimous decision. Beranza, who had lost six of his last seven fights, dropped Velazquez twice in round three, knocked out Velazquez’ mouthpiece with a sharp punch in round five, and closed the fight stronger to win 58-54, 58-54, 57-55.
Juan Velasquez’ unbeaten twin brother Carlos Velasquez (11-0, 9 KOs) scored a one-sided six round unanimous decision over Juan Nazario (6-2-1, 4 KOs). Scores were 60-53 on all cards. Nazario was deducted a point for holding in round five.
Referee Russell Mora will be the third man in the ring during Saturday’s clash for the vacant WBA interim lightweight championship between Urbano Antillon and Miguel Acosta, while Luis Pabon will ref WBA light flyweight champion Giovani Segura’s world title defense against late sub Juanito Rubillar. Judges for both world title fights are Ted Gimza, David Singh and Armando Garcia. The card takes place at the Palenque Del Recinto Ferial De Tepic Nayarit in Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Mexico, and can be seen on pay-per-view.
George Foreman III, son of the former heavyweight world champion, has his second pro bout when he fights in Las Cruces, N.M., July 31. Foreman III, known as “Monk,” is in a four round heavyweight bout against George Burrage in one of 10 boxing and mixed martial arts contests on the card co-promoted by Real Fights Inc. in the Pan American Center on the New Mexico State University campus. Also on the card are undefeated and world-ranked super middleweight boxer Austin Trout against Marcos Primera; super bantamweight boxer Salvador Sanchez, nephew of the late featherweight world champion Salvador Sanchez, against Benito Abraham; and heavyweight boxer Arron Lyons against Charles Davis. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
World class junior middleweight Robert Medley (25-2, 17 KOs) captured the IBF Australasian interim championship when Indonesian Aswin Cabuy (11-8-1, 4 KOs) retired in his corner at the conclusion of round three on Friday at the Cube, Cambelltown NSW, Australia. 6’0 Medley took control of the contest in round one as he delivered power head and body shots on his 5’7 opponent. Southpaw Cabuy was deducted a point in round two for continual infringements and in round three the visitor was dropped by a solid combination and was with unsteady feet at the bell. The corner of Cabuy retired their boxer to save him from further punishment. (more…)
By Lee Bates
A source out of Argentina is stating that a bout between newly crowned WBA super lightweight champion Amir Khan (21-1, 15 KOs) and WBA interim super light weight champion Marcos Maidana (26-1, 25 KOs) could be in the works for October in England. Both fighters are coming off of career best wins. Khan won the WBA super lightweight title by unanimous decision over Adreas Kotelnik last weekend while Maidana won his interim title by impressively stopping Victor Ortiz in 5 rounds last month.
Urbano Antillon 135 vs Miguel Acosta 133
(WBA interim lightweight championship)
Giovani Segura 108 vs Juanito Rubillar (Will arrive one hour)
(WBA light flyweight championship)
Alejandro Martinez 113 vs Alberto Rosas 112
Tyson Marquez 115 vs Juan Esquer 115
Sam Peter 243 vs Marcus McGee 235
(Note: Peter weighed 265 in his last fight against Eddie Chambers. This is his lowest weight since his 2005 bout with Wladimir Klitschko.)
Michael Farenas 128 vs Arturo Gomez 128
Venue: Grand Mayan, Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Mexico
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: PPV 9PM ET/6PM PT
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