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By Francisco Salazar
The rumors of WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz defending his world title belt against Floyd Mayweather have come true, even if the fighters use their twitter accounts rather than the traditional method of using their respective promoters and publicists. Mayweather, who has been in the news lately for actions outside of the ring, announced on his twitter account around 9AM west coast time that he will face Ortiz on September 17th. “My fans have been waiting long enough. Floyd Mayweather vs Victor Ortiz. Sept-17 2011 for the WBC World Championship,” tweeted the flamboyant fighter, who resides in Las Vegas.
Almost immediately after Mayweather made his announcement, Ortiz confirmed as well on his twitter account. “I’m on road to another great fight w pound for pound Floyd Mayweather! I am blessed.”
Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions later confirmed the fight through press releases. (more…)
Just tweeted by Floyd Mayweather Jr: My fans have been waiting long enough. Floyd Mayweather vs Victor Ortiz. Sept-17 2011 for the WBC World Championship.
The bout, which has been rumored for awhile, is expected to take place in Las Vegas. In his last fight, Ortiz (29-2-2, 22 KOs) won the WBC welterweight world title against Andre Berto in April. Floyd’s last fight was in May 2010 against Shane Mosley.
UPDATE: Golden Boy has now distributed a press release offering more information on the fight. (more…)
Check out the greatest hits of one of boxing’s top prospects, and don’t miss knockout specialist, Lateef Kayode on ShoBox: The New Generation. Friday, June 10th at 11pm ET/PT on SHOWTIME
Cruiserweight contender Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey (20-2, 14 KOs) is remarkably honest about his upcoming fight. The Providence, Rhode Island, native will face the formidable Lateef “Power” Kayode (16-0, 14 KOs) on June 10 in the 10-round main event at Chumash Resort Casino in Santa Ynez, California, and live on the popular SHOWTIME series ShoBox: The New Generation at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
Why, does Godfrey think, would Kayode’s team choose him as an opponent, coming off what some called a disappointing performance against Nick Iannuzzi in which he was taken the distance for the first time. “They have a lot invested in him,” he explains. “They have a lot of confidence in him and they have to move him along. They can’t put him in with guys who are going to fall down. They’re taking a huge step up in facing me and I applaud them for it.” (more…)
Junior dos Santos has to be wondering what fate has in store for him.
The Brazilian bomber was originally scheduled to be the first man to challenge Cain Velasquez for his newly won heavyweight crown last year. Dos Santos was undoubtedly thrilled with the opportunity, even though it appeared to be the toughest test of his mixed martial arts career to date.h. . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
For more info on this weekend’s UFC 131 or on the UFC, visit www.UFC.com
By Canelo Promotions.
This coming week the undefeated Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will end his preparations in Big Bear, California, with an open workout scheduled on Friday at the Westside Gym in Los Angeles. The WBC super welterweight world champion reached the California mountains on the first week of May, accompanied by his trainers José “Chepo” Reynoso and Edison Reynoso, who claim that “El Canelo” made one of the best preparations in his successful boxing career. In Big Bear, the undefeated fighter managed to avoid altitude sickness, had adequate sparring partners and mainly worked in an excellent environment.
This week Alvarez starts speed stage, as he has finished the stage of strength and endurance as was planned. He will train only with left-handed sparring for four rounds on average. The brand new world champion and his team are scheduled to arrive in Guadalajara on Saturday and continue preparations on the same day at 1:00 PM in the “Julian Magdaleno” Gym. So, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is virtually ready to defend his WBC superwelter belt against the British southpaw Ryan Rhodes, on June 18 at Arena VFG in Tlajomulco, Jalisco.
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
After proudly watching his son and namesake win the WBC middleweight championship in Los Angeles on Saturday night, “El Gran Campeón” Julio Cesar Chavez will be back in the spotlight as he makes his way to the International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum in Canastota, NY, for induction weekend. After that he plans to be part of Junior’s training camp for his first title defense. “Yes, I will be joining their training,” Chavez told ESTO. “Freddie Roach is good, but he doesn’t know more than me. Now comes the first defense against Miguel Cotto (October 1 or 8) and he must be better.” (more…)
WBC International super welterweight champion Emanuele Della Rosa (27-1, 8 KOs) retained his belt last Friday in Pomezia, Italy by unanimous decision over 12 rounds against brave Polish Daniel Urbanski (20-6-3, 5 KOs).
Local hero Vittorio Oi (15-1-1, 3 KOs) won the European Union super lightweight championship against Finnish Ville Piispanen (15-2-3, 6 KOs) by technical decision in round seven.
Undefeated middleweight Emanuele Blandamura (15-0, 3 KOs) won a six round decision against Sandor Ramocsa (10-14, 4 KOs).
OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) promoted the show with SPORTITALIA televising it.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Colombian referee Uriel Aguilera will be the third man in the ring when Venezuelan WBA interim flyweight world champion Jean Piero Perez (18-3-1, 13 KOs) defends against the Argentine former light flyweight world champion Juan Carlos Reveco (26-1, 15 KOs) at Vicente Polimeni Stadium in Las Heras, Mendoza, Argentina on Friday. The three judges are Alfredo Polanco (Mexico) , Ruben Garcia (USA) and Raul Nieves (Puerto Rico). The fight Supervisor is Francisco Piña (Colombia).
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australia’s Sam Soliman looks destined to clash with former IBF middleweight champion Sebastian Sylvester in 2011 in a box-off to find the mandatory contender for current IBF champ Daniel Geale. Also in the box-off is Roman Karmazin who was stopped by Geale in twelve rounds in 2010. Soliman was originally scheduled to fight Benjamin Simon on July 15 but the German pulled out with a hand injury. (more…)
The WBC 49th Annual World Convention will be held definitely at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas from December 11th-17th. The 2012 Convention will be held in Mexico. “I am very happy to let you know about it, as I believe that the 49th and the 50th Annual WBC Conventions should be organized in the United States and Mexico, which were the two first countries, with Europe to start the WBC back in February of 1963,” stated WBC President Jose Sulaiman.
By Craig Watt
Photos: Team Dib
Australian featherweight Billy “The Kid” Dib (31-1, 19 KOs) will match up with Jorge Lacierva (39-7-6, 26 KOs) for the vacant IBF 126 pound title on July 29th in Sydney, Australia. This bout was announced in Sydney today pitching the experienced 32 year old Mexican Lacierva, who is ranked IBF#2 at featherweight with the 25 year old Dibb who occupies the IBF#3 slot. The fight will be held at the State Sports Centre which is part of the impressive Olympic Centre at Homebush in Sydney that was used for the 2000 Olympics in Australia. For more details and photos click here…
Welterweight contender and successful New York promoter Dmitriy Salita came out to show his support for State of Israel on June 5th in Manhattan. Over 30,000 participants marched up Fifth Ave. from 57th St. to 74th St. cheered by hundreds of thousands of spectators.
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By Matt Richardson
It was the type of tidbit writer’s love.
Just as the post-fight press conference for Carl Froch’s win over Glen Johnson began to wind down on Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the WBC super middleweight title-holder revealed a gut feeling he said he has had for years.
“I had a premonition,” Froch (28-1, 20 KO’s) said of the final fight of the Super Six tournament.
While the final of the tournament wasn’t officially set until Froch heard scores of 117-111, 116-112 and 114-114 read in his favor, Froch said he always knew who he’d be facing in the end.
When the tournament was first announced in the summer of 2009, Froch said he had a boxing glove signed by all of the original participants… except for two boxers: Froch and Andre Ward. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg and Kurt Wolfheimer at Ringside;
Photos by Marty Rosengarten/RingsidePhotos.com
WBC super middleweight champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch (28-1, 20 KOs) defeated the ageless wonder and former IBF light heavyweight champion Glen “Road Warrior” Johnson (51-15-2, 35 KOs) by majority decision in a thriller at the Adrian Phillips Ballroom in Atlantic City, NJ on Saturday night. The victory earned Froch a spot in the SHOWTIME Super Six World Boxing Classic against WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward, who was ringside for the occasion. In the non-televised co-feature, two-time world title challenger Edison “Pantera” Miranda (34-5, 29 KOs) took a unanimous decision over Rayco “War” Saunders (20-14-2, 8 KOs) in an eight round light heavyweight bout. The card was promoted by Warriors Boxing and DiBella Entertainment and televised by SHOWTIME. Click here to read the full report and view the action-packed photogallery.
By Francisco Salazar
How does a fighter go from winning a title decisively against Kelly Pavlik to watching from ringside while two fighters battle for that same title? Ask Sergio Martinez. While Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. and Sebastian Zbik were battling in the ring at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday night for that title, Sergio Martinez watched the fight from ringside. No one bothered him or advisor Sampson Lewkowicz as the action in the ring was exciting and appealing to the pro-Chavez crowd in attendance.
Martinez is not going to ask questions, as neither are the media and astute fight fans who know “the game” of boxing politics very well. Zbik, elevated from interim world titleholder, made his first defense of the full title and lost the belt to Chavez by majority decision. Although Martinez was disappointed that he was labeled the “WBC Emeritus middleweight champion,” essentially paving the way for Chavez and Zbik to fight for his title, he has moved on and is focusing on his next fight against a variety of possible opponents. His next bout will be scheduled for October 1 in Connecticut, Atlantic City, or the Los Angeles-area, not far from his new home in Oxnard. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Former middleweight contender Coert Fourie has died in Johannesburg at the age of 69. Fourie, who fought in the 1970s, died of a heart attack at Panorama Estates south of Johannesburg last Friday. Fourie and Kosie Smith were debutants when they fought at the Wembley Ice Rink in Johannesburg on February 5, 1968. Fourie was knocked out in the fourth round. Smith went on to win the SA light-heavyweight title and challenged Victor Galindez for the WBA belt. (more…)
By Ricardo Conde
The newly opened Extreme Boxing Gym will be having its Grand Opening and will also be hosting a boxing meet and greet this Saturday June 11th from 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm. The event will include an amateur boxing exhibition, an autograph signing session so fans can have an opportunity to take pictures with boxing superstars and get autographs, a car show, food, live music, a children’s play area, and everyone in attendance will be able to enter into a drawing for boxing memorabilia and much more. Some of the guests in attendance at this free event will be rising stars lightweight Luis Ramos Jr. (19-0, 8 KOs), junior welterweight Lucas Matthysse (28-1, 26 KOs), lightweight Carlos Molina (11-0, 7 KOs), super bantamweight Efrain Esquivias (13-0, 9 KOs), super featherweight Ronny Rios (14-0, 6 KOs), welterweight Hugo Centeno (8-0, 6 KOs), featherweight Abraham Lopez (14-0, 10 KOs), as well as award winning and California Boxing Hall of Fame inductee boxing manager Frank Espinoza Sr., and many other fighters. Extreme Boxing Gym is located at 957 Faulkner Rd. Unit 211, Santa Paula, CA 93060.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Unbeaten WBO super flyweight world champion Omar Andres Narvaez (34-0-2, 19 KOs) will defend against Colombian William Urina (17-1, 14 KOs) at Estadio Luna Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina. For Narvaez will be his third defense in less than six months. Narvaez was originally slated to face young Mexican Juan Carlos Sanchez Jr., who pulled out.
On the same card, WBA/WBO female light flyweight titlist Yésica “La Piba de Oro” Bopp (15-0, 6 KOs) faces Yesenia Martinez (9-6, 8 KOs) and current Argentina welterweight champion Hector “El Tigre” Saldivia (37-2, 30 KOs) takes on Brazilian Carmelito De Jesus (14-2, 11 KOs).
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