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UFC 101 is aptly titled named Declaration. The organization’s first foray into Philadelphia marks the return of one its most charismatic and outspoken champions. “The Prodigy”B.J. Penn (13-5-1) hopes to rebound from a one sided beating at the hands of Georges St-Pierre at UFC 94 and continue to cement his legacy as one of the sports best pound-for-pound fighters . . . Click here for more
Funeral services for Vernon Forrest will be held on Monday, August 3 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. ET at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia, 6400 Woodrow Road, Lithonia, GA 30038 (Church phone is 770-696-9600). Arrangements should be sent directly to the church and/or donations can be made in Vernon’s name to the Georgia Amateur Boxing Association (501ce), 2195 Emerald Drive, Jonesboro, GA 30236 ( 770-471-1080), Attn: Buddy Davis, President
Below is information on services for promoter Octavius James who tragically passed away last Friday night at the age of 36.
Viewing: Friday from 12-6PM
Funeral Service: Saturday at 1PM
Location: New Hope Missionary Baptist Church
2307 Rhode Island St. Gary, IN 46407
The photo below was taken at the weigh-in for One In A Million’s last promotion. L-R: Tyree Ortiz (General Manager), Carlos Jones (team trainer), Octavius C. James, David Martin III (team member).
DiBella Entertainment and Resnick Productions are teaming up to bring the next installment of “Fight Night at Frontier” to boxing fans at Frontier Field in Rochester, NY on August 13. Headlining the show will be jr middleweight Ronald Hearns (21-1, 17 KOs), son of former middleweight champion Tommy Hearns, against Patrick Thompson (15-14-1, 5 KOs). The undercard will showcase a pair of local fighters being co-promoted by Lou DiBella and Ron Resnick, Willie Monroe, Jr. (5-0, 2 KOs), and Aleem “Hammer” Whitfield (0-0), along with DBE light heavyweight prospect out of Detroit, Isiah Thomas (4-0, 4 KOs) and rising super middleweight Jonathan Nelson (10-0, 5 KOs), a stablemate of former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain Taylor. Tickets are $25-$100. Call 585-423-9464.
Two-division world champion Joan Guzman (29-0, 17 KOs) has signed a promotional pact with Golden Boy Promotions. Guzman has held WBO world titles in the 122lb and 130lb weight divisions. He is now campaigning in the lightweight division. A date and opponent for Guzman’s first bout under the Golden Boy banner will be announced shortly.
WBA Fedecentro light heavyweight champ, Tommy Karpency (17-1-1, 11 KOs) returns to the ring on Friday, August 21st at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown, West Virginia. The 23-year-old Karpency will defend his WBA Fedecentro belt over 10 rounds against undefeated challenger Chuck Mussachio (13-0-2, 5 KOs). Promoted by Simons’ Promotions and beginning at 8pm, the six bout card will also feature middleweight prospect Jimmy Lubash (13-2, 6 KOs) in a six rounder. For ticket info, contact Steve Simons at (304) 290-0291.
Talented WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel “Viking Warrior’’ Kessler of Copenhagen, Denmark, will make his eagerly awaited debut on SHOWTIME earlier than expected. One of the early favorites in the upcoming Super Six World Boxing Classic™, Kessler (41-1, 31 KOs) will make a mandatory title defense against No. 1 rankedGusmyl Perdomo (16-2, 10 KOs) of Turmero, Venezuela, on a special Saturday primetime edition of ShoBox: The New Generation, on SHOWTIME, Sept. 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT (same day tape delay). (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Manny Pacquiao is being eyed to set up training camp in the Bahamas, the Manila Bulletin reported in its July 29 issue. Top Rank chief Bob Arum told the paper that owing to an IRS regulation called the Substantial Presence Test, Pacquiao has to spend the first four weeks of training outside the US. Arum has informed trainer Freddie Roach about the situation and Roach has even sought the help of this writer to call the Filipino boxer’s attention since he hasn’t spoken with his favorite puncher in weeks. (The message has been forwarded to Team Pacquiao). Roach said he prefers the Bahamas over a training stint in the Philippines because of distractions. Pacquiao has yet to issue something regarding the planned Bahamas training camp.
By Joe Koizumi
19-year-old Filipino, OPBF#7 ranked Philippine top welter contender Dan Nazareno (11-2, 7 KOs), 145.5, impressively scored a fine TKO victory over ex-Japanese national 147-pound champ Koji Numata (15-4-1, 10 KOs), 146.5, as Nazareno opened such a deep gash over the left eyebrow with a legal shot to have the referee call a halt at 1:58 of the fourth round on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. Nazareno had the upper hand with his faster and stronger combinations, some of which, however, made the ref give him repeated warnings of open blows. As it was very rare that heavier Filipino boys win here, Nazareno’s good performance won the praise of the audience. Though there was a successful exception of world middleweight champ Ceferino Garcia in late 1930’s, we have rarely seen good Filipino boxers in the welter or heavier categories except ex-OPBF welter ruler Rev Santillan. But the Pacquiao wave might invade into the heavier divisions in the future, which might be a threat to the Japanese boxing fraternity.
All Star Boxing, ‘The New Generation”, Tuto Zabala, Jr. and Telemundo Network returns with their popular series of “Boxeo TELEMUNDO” on August 14 at the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming in Miami, FL. In the main event former two times world title challenger Antonio Pitalua will face former WBO Latin Champion Jose “El Gallo” Reyes in a clash scheduled for 12 rounds with the vacant WBC Latin lightweight title at stake. Pitalua of Mexico City, Mexico by the way of Monteria, Colombia is ranked #15 by the WBC and brings a record of 46-4, 40 KOs. Reyes of Vineland, New Jersey by the way of Caguas, Puerto Rico is rated #14 WBC and brings a record of 23-6, 8 KOs. A total of seven bouts are scheduled, doors open at 7:30 PM with the first bell at 8:30 PM. Tickets are now on sale at the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming Box Office 500 SW 177 Ave., Miami, FL, by calling (877) 242-6464. The main event will be televised at 11:35 PM by the Telemundo Network.
2008 Olympic heavyweight gold medalist and amateur standout Rakhim Chakhkiev has inked a promotional contract with Universum Box-Promotion. Chakhkiev will join the training group of famed Universum trainer Michael Timm at the Universum Gym in Hamburg, and will campaign as a pro in the cruiserweight division. “We simply had to get this Olympic champion,” said Universum Promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl. “With Rakhim Chakhkiev we have a hard-hitting southpaw who boxes very attractively with a technically excellent and aggressive style. In several conversations, Rakhim Chakhkiev persuaded us with his positive personal qualities, his unconditional will and his readiness for duty. We see in him a special boxer with big hopes and a lot of potential in the cruiserweight division.“
By Joe Koizumi
Former eight-time amateur champ, 20-year-old Kazuo Ioka (2-0, 2 KOs), 107, stunned the crowd with his quick stoppage of veteran campaigner, JBC#7 minimum Hiroshi Matsumoto (18-11-4, 8 KOs), 106.75, at 2:59 of the second session in a scheduled eight on Sunday in Osaka, Japan. Kazuto, the nephew of ex-two-class world champ Hiroki Ioka (his current manager), had registered an excellent amateur mark of 95-10, 64 stoppages. Having failed to represent Japan in the Beijing Olympic Games, he turned professional last April when he finely defeated Thai top flyweight contender Thongthailek Por Vorasing in three rounds. It may be still too early to predict he will be a real thing, but he looks vastly talented, having dispatched the durable and tough Matsumoto (who took current WBA 105-pound ruler Roman Gonzalez the distance for the first time) so quickly. His overhand right was the haymaker.
WBC#5 light-fly Takashi Kunishige (20-3-2, 2 KOs), 107.5, had a tough time because of his opponent’s tight guard but earned a unanimous decision (79-75, 78-75 and 78-76) over 18-year-old Thailander Rungnirung Sakporton (7-2, 2 KOs), 105, over eight. Promoter: Ioka Promotions.
The undercard is set for Friday night’s ESPN2 card at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida featuring former world champion Julio Diaz against Victor Manuel Cayo and heavyweight Carl Davis Drumond against Derric Rossy. Scheduled to see action will be unbeaten super middleweight Donovan George (16-0-1, 14 KOs), who has resumed his career this year. He faces Emmanuel Gonzalez (9-5, 4 KOs). Also, Cuban junior lightweight Olympian Luis Franco debuts against Katio Ferguson (2-2-1, 1 KO), welterweight Puerto Rican Olympian Jonathan Gonzalez (3-0, 3 KOs) faces Jorge Barajas (5-3, 2 KOs), unbeaten jr welter Danny O’Connor (7-0, 2 KOs) takes on James Helmes (6-3, 1 KO) and cruiserweight Artur Szpilka (4-0, 2 KOs) goes against Jeremy May (0-1).
Former world-title challenger Ben Tackie will replace Larry Mosley in a 10-round fight 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 NABA title. The ill-fated Jones-Mosley fight, previously canceled from the original dates of March 6 in Philadelphia and June 6 at Bally’s, imploded for the third and last time this weekend when poison from a growth on Mosley’s face got into the fighter’s bloodstream, necessitating surgery. “I’m out of the Jones-Mosley business,” said Hall-of-Fame promoter J Russell Peltz, of Philadelphia, PA. “Mosley hurt his back in March; Jones strained a bicep in June. Some fights are not mean to be and this was one of them.” (more…)
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For as long as he can remember, Delvin Rodriguez has had one thing and one thing only on his mind, becoming the welterweight champion of the world. On August 1st the IBF #2 rated and current USBA welterweight champion Rodriguez (24-2-2, 14KO) will finally get that opportunity when he takes on IBF #3, Isaac Hlatswhayo (28-1-1, 10KO) for the IBF Vacant Welterweight championship at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, CT. The bout will be a rematch of their highly entertaining draw that took place this past November in Hlatshwayo’s home country of South Africa. (more…)
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By Michał Koper/www.bokser.org
According to several independent and reliable sources, a Polish “Fight of the Century” between four time heavyweight title challenger Andrew Golota and current IBF cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek will take place in October in Poland. The fight reportedly is not a done deal yet, but the negotiations are advanced with both Adamek and Golota willing to fight and satisfied with the financial offer. More details are expected to be announced soon.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The possibility exists that current WBC super featherweight world champion Humberto Soto of Mexico could move up to face Venezuelan superstar Edwin Valero for the WBC lightweight title on November 14th in Las Vegas. The clash would be part of the huge megacard headlined by Manny Pacquiao vs Miguel Cotto. It is known that Top Rank is interested in trying to make this fight. Soto is currently training in Tijuana.
Paulie Malignaggi took some time off from boxing to try his hand at another sport. Malignaggi celebrated “Italian Heritage Night” at Keyspan Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones, on Monday, July 27, by throwing out the game’s ceremonial first pitch. The Cyclones, a single A affiliate of the New York Mets, took on the Aberdeen IronBirds (Orioles). It was a brief respite from training for Malignaggi (26-2, 5 KOs) who is preparing vigorously for his August 22nd bout with Juan Diaz in Houston. Malignaggi vs Diaz will headline a special three fight edition of HBO’s Boxing After Dark.
Former world title challenger “King David” Estrada returns to his hometown of Chicago for the first time in nine years to headline “Windy City Fight Night 5″ on Friday, August 21st at the UIC Pavilion, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions. Advance tickets starting at $31, call 1-800-745-3000. Estrada: “I’m thrilled to be fighting at home. In the last nine years I’ve always been introduced as being from Chicago, but it will be special to be at the UIC Pavilion on August 21st.” (more…)
Former WBA super flyweight interim champion, Rafael “El Torito” Concepcion now has a new member added to his training camp: amateur fighter Raul Lopez, who is going to help as a sparring partner. Lopez arrived from New York on Monday in the early morning, and ran with “Torito” at 6AM and sparred at the Pedro Alcazar gym by at 1PM. “He didn’t rest enough, but we wanted to see him in action today” said Concepcion’s manager Damon D’Berry. “He will stay with us until we fly to Las Vegas on August 9″ added D’Berry. (more…)
Newly crowned WBC featherweight champion Elio Enai Rojas arrived home in his native Dominican Republic on Saturday morning, after flying from Japan via New York City. Rojas took the belt from Takahiro Aoh via unanimous decision on July 14th. After being mobbed by enthusiastic fans, posing for photos and signing autographs, Rojas traveled through Santiago to his hometown of Villa Riva, San Francisco de Macoris. Rojas is the Dominican Republic’s only reigning world champion.
Welterweight contenders Delvin Rodriguez (24-2-2, 14KO) and Isaac Hlatshwayo (28-1-1, 10KO) spoke to reporters today in advance of Saturday’s clash for the vacant IBF welterweight championship at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, CT. The bout between Rodriguez (IBF #2) and Hlatswhayo (IBF #3) will be a rematch of their highly entertaining draw that took place back in November of 2008.
Delvin Rodriguez: I can not wait to get into the ring come August 1st. We have been training hard for this for the past eight weeks. This is an absolute dream come true to me, to not only be fighting for the championship of the world, but to do it in front of my hometown fans. I am not going to leave any doubt this time who is the winner. I will be walking out of the ring August 1st as the new IBF welterweight champion of the world, I promise you.
Isaac Hlatshwayo: I am physically and mentally 100 percent ready to go. Come August 1st I am prepared to do what I do best, and that is to fight and to win. The last fight is water under the bridge, I can not change the outcome of that fight, but I can assure you that I am going to bring the IBF belt back with me to South Africa. Winning the belt is going to open a lot of doors for me. I want to fight the best fighters in the world, but first I must take care of Delvin Saturday and that’s what I am coming to the States to do.
Undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley of Palm Springs, Calif., is ready for a home game when he makes a world title defense against former world lightweight champion Nate “The Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell on Saturday at The Show at Agua Caliente Resort Casino/Spa in nearby Rancho Mirage. Bradley set the tone for fight week on Monday by releasing a statement mocking Campbell’s family name. “I am going to give a SOUPerb performance against Campbell,” Bradley is quoted as saying. “Campbell is going to live up to his name when I knock him on his can. He should have stayed a lightweight because his career as a junior welterweight is going to be condensed to 12 rounds or less!” The document also referred to Campbell as ‘Nate “M’m! M’m GOOD!” Campbell.’
The fight will be broadcast live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast.)
Crafty former light heavyweight world champion Antonio Tarver will join ShoBox: The New Generation announcers Nick Charles and Steve Farhood as a guest commentator on the telecast live Friday, July 31, on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). Tarver, the former undisputed 175-pound world champion, is the only man to stick two losses on the professional resume of future Hall of Famer Roy Jones, Jr. (more…)
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
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