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Middleweight contenders, Brian Vera and James Kirkland, both of Texas, will be featured in co-main event bouts on June 24th when Golden Boy Promotions presents Oscar De La Hoya’s Inaugural — FIGHT NIGHT AT DR. PEPPER BALLPARK in Frisco, Texas. Dr. Pepper Ballpark is the home of the Frisco Rough Riders, the double A, minor league affiliate of the Texas Rangers.
Vera (18-5), coming off his biggest career win over former world champion Sergio Mora, will be taking on veteran Eloy Sanchez (11-11) in an 8 round contest. Kirkland (27-1) a former #1 world ranked contender, is set to square off against an opponent to be named in an eight-rounder, as well. (more…)
Golden Boy Promotions has announced that former WBA welterweight champion Luis Collazo (31-4, 16 KOs) today signed an exclusive promotional agreement. A native of Brooklyn, New York, the 30-year-old Collazo returned from nearly two years off from the ring in April. A date and opponent for Collazo’s Golden Boy Promotions debut will be announced shortly.
Unbeaten light heavyweight Franccy Ntetu (6-0) swept all six rounds on his way to a unanimous 60-54 (X3) decision over Abdullah Ramadan as boxing returned to Jonquiere, Quebec for the first time in 15 years and the heyday of native son Stephane Ouellet. Ramadan who is now 44 years years-old made a successful comeback in 2007 after a nine year absence and won a pair of bouts but now has dropped his last three fights. Ramadan was coming off another lengthy break of two years. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Amir Khan (25-1, 17 KOs) will be back in the ring after 3 months as he takes on five time world champ, IBF junior welterweight champion Zab Judah (41-6, 28 KOs). Khan and Judah appeared at today’s press conference held at ESPN ZONE at LA LIVE in downtown Los Angeles to announce their July 23 summer showdown in Las Vegas. Interestingly this matchup will also see two trainers going head to head as Amir Khan is trained by Freddie Roach and Pernell Whittaker trains Zab Judah. For more details and photos click here…
Boxing 360 has won an arbitration hearing involving Chicago-based pro boxers David Estrada and Angel Hernandez, as well as their manager, Wasfi Tolaymat. The American Arbitration Association in the City of New York found in favor of Boxing 360 as Estrada and Hernandez’ promoters, valid through February 15, 2013, as well as denying the aforementioned boxers’ claims for injunctive relief.
Former WBA cruiserweight champion Firat Arslan will try to get in line for another world title shot when he returns to action on July 15th in his home base in Göppingen, Germany (close to Stuttgart). Arslan will also try to avenge one of his only 5 career losses (30 wins, 1 draw) when he faces Czech tough guy Lubos Suda (23-5-1) who had beaten the German southpaw in a close fight in December 2003 in Prague. “I know very well that Suda is a strong opponent and that I have to be at my best to beat him,” says Arslan. “I think it’s only fair that he is coming to my backyard now. I have fought him in Prague, now he is coming to Germany. I want to prove that I am better than him and that I still got what it takes to become world champion again.” The 40-year-old certainly has no time to waste but will have to take the fast track if he wants to fight for a major title again. Tickets for the show in Göppingen are on sale on www.ticketonline.com. Eurosport will broadcast live on July 15th at 9.00pm (CET).
Junior middleweight contender Pawel Wolak’s clash with Delvin Rodriguez is official for July 15th. The bout will be featured on the nationally televised ESPN Friday Night Fights card from the Roseland Ballroom in NYC. Star Boxing is promoting, in association with Top Rank. Tickets are on sale now through the Star Boxing office at 718-823-2000.
The full line-up for Friday night’s “Duke City Showdown” card at Route 66 near Albuquerque has been nailed down and approved. The card, co-promoted by Fresquez Productions, Golden Boy and Don Chargin Productions, headlines Holly Holm (29-1-3, 9 KOs) in a ten-rounder for local bragging rights with Victoria Cisneros (5-11-2, 1 KO). In 2009, Cisneros took a fight on an hour’s notice to go the distance with Holm and has been clamoring for a rematch since. The eight-round middleweight co-main is also a rematch – from 2005. Joaquin Zamora (18-3-1, 12 KOs), of Pecos, N.M., will get a second chance at Colorado veteran Elco “The Animal” Garcia (24-7, 12 KOs).
Golden Boy prospect Fidel “The Atrisco Kid” Maldonado (10-0, 9 KOs) will make a rare hometown appearance in a tune-up against San Antonio’s Eddie Ramirez (6-7-1, 3 KOs), who’s lost five of his last six bouts. (more…)
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World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight champion was honored today by the WBO for his achievements and got the 122lb belt he won on May 7 in Las Vegas. Arce (57-6-2, 44KOs), who beat last May 7 former champion Wilfredo Vazuqez Jr. by a 12 round TKO, to gain his third WBO crown (108, 115 and 122 pounds). “We are very proud of pay this tribute to Arce, a good boxer, a good person and a good champion. We give this belt and this diamond ring for his three titles here with the WBO,” WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel said in the event was made at the Restaurante El Zipperle in Hato Rey, San Juan, Puerto Rico. For more details and photos click here…
With less than three weeks to go, Joseph Gomez of Bloomfield, N.M. has pulled out of his June 24th showdown in El Paso, Texas, with WBC No. 8 middleweight David Medina (21-2, 10 KOs), of Rocky Ford, Colo., due to a shoulder injury sustained in sparring. Replacing Gomez will be brawler Juan “Monster” Astorga (16-6, 10 KOs). (more…)
The Countdown to Dos Santos vs Carwin Begins Tonight: Heavyweights Junior dos Santos and Shane Carwin collide this Saturday night in Vancouver – follow their journey to the Octagon tonight at 6:30pm on SPIKE (also on Rogers Sportsnet in Canada at 8pm ET / 4pm PT)
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On June 25, three-division world champion Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel will fight for the first time in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico. It will be his first fight since losing his WBC bantamweight crown to Nonito Donaire and Montiel is going directly into a tough fight against former WBA interim champion universal Nehomar Cermeno. “I am very happy to fight in this city that I consider as my home even though I’ve never climbed in a ring here,” said Montiel. “Rest assured that you will see a 100% Montiel because we’ve already closed that sad page,” he said, referring to the fight with Donaire. Click here for more photos…
Photos: Rich J. Hundley III/SHOWTIME
Only days before an unprecedented weekend of back-to-back, coast-to-coast editions of ShoBox: The New Generation, Saturday’s fighters gathered in front of a media-packed room at The Parlour Restaurant on 30th Street in Manhattan. As their forthcoming bouts will take place on the eve of New York’s Puerto Rican Day Parade, Boricua prospects Luis Orlando “Orlandito” Del Valle and Jonathan Gonzalez vowed to put on memorable performances for fans in attendance at Roseland Ballroom in New York City and viewers watching from home on SHOWTIME live at 10:35 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). For more details and photos click here…
WBA/WBO lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez (52-5-1, 38 KOs) of Mexico will defend his belts against former WBA interim super featherweight champion Likar Ramos (24-3, 18 KOs) of Colombia. The bout will take place July 16th in Cancun, Mexico with Zanfer Promotions promoting the event.
Hot, undefeated lightweight Juan “El Puma” González (11-0, 10 KOs) was tragically shot and killed on Monday at around 7PM near his residence in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico. The police have no suspects at this moment. The 6′, 22 year old fought under the promotional banner of Miguel Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment and was developing as a solid prospect in boxing. His best attributes were his devastating punching power and his charisma. Accomplishments during his short career were a great victory on June 5, 2010 over solid Juan Lucio on the undercard of Cotto-Foreman at Yankee Stadium in New York City, and another over Jeremy McLaurin by KO in the first round at the MGM in Las Vegas on March 12, 2011 on the Cotto-Mayorga undercard. (more…)
WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and Universum have reached a partial court settlement before the Higher Regional Court of Hamburg and agreed that the promotional agreement between Gennady Golovkin and Universum will definitely and irrevocably expire on November 21, 2011, at the latest. However, the court proceedings continue in order to clarify the question whether the promotional agreement between the parties expired much earlier – in January 2010 when Gennady Golovkin terminated the agreement. Golovkin’s promoter Oleg Hermann stated, “Now everybody knows that the promotional agreement between Universum and Gennady will definitely end (at the latest) on November 21th, 2011. There is a legal certainty on this matter, which is very important. We have finally achieved our goal – Genna will be a free agent.”
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Undefeated WBA lightweight champion “Bam Bam” Brandon Rios and two-time world title challenger and Top-Five-rated contender Urbano Antillon spent more time talking to each other than members of the media on Tuesday, but it didn’t seem to bother anyone attending the kickoff press conference for the July 9 showdown at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., and televised LIVE on SHOWTIME®, beginning at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast.)
Just moments after being seated on the dais – and about five feet apart – at the downtown Wilshire Grand Hotel, Rios and Antillon started in on each other, and didn’t stop until Antillon was about to leave the building with Rios shouting at him to, “Get out of my life and get out of this hotel!” (more…)
If you were impressed with Chris Weidman’s defeat of Alessio Sakara in March, which came after just four pro fights and two and a half weeks’ notice, he’s got news for you: you ain’t seen nothin’ yet . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio, the WBC’s mandatory title challenger, is chomping at the bit to get his shot at newly crowned WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. “I’m absolutely sure I can beat him without much problems,” said Rubio. “I’m sure I that I would win by knockout.” Rubio will only rest for one or two weeks after his fight Saturday night in Mexico City and return to the gym as soon as possible. “I did my part and now I hope that the WBC makes it happen because I earned my title shot.” Rumor has it that Chavez Jr. could face Miguel Cotto in October.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world super middleweight challenger Sakio Bika has targeted former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik. ” I am confident I would be to strong for Pavlik if we boxed at 168 pounds,” Bika said. ” He weighed 170 pounds against Alfonso Lopez who gave him a good fight. I gave Andre Ward one of his toughest fights and he is regarded as the best super middleweight in the world.”
Bika also called out IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud. “I have the style to defeat IBF champion Cloud. Joe Calzaghe was given one of his toughest fights against me. I would defeat Cloud and the current WBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov. The best light heavyweight in the world is Bernard Hopkins but i I could also push Him into retirement if we fought.” (more…)
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