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Jimenez Communications Inc and Rafael Soto Comunicaciones announced today that the seventh edition of Boxeo La Revista will be available this Saturday as the official program of “Furia Latina, Riviera Nayarit” to be held at the Palenque in Tepic, Nayarit , Mexico on Saturday. The magazine includes stories on world champion Giovani Segura, undefeated world title challenger, Urbano Antillon of Maywood, California who will be fighting for this first world title when he takes on Miguel Acosta of Venezuela as well as a feature article about Riviera Nayarit a world class resort in Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit. The 24-page glossy souvenir magazine also has a feature on local hero Juan Alberto “Topo” Rosas as well as world title challenger Sony Boy Jaro of the Philippines. “We are very excited about our second official program for 2009 that has so much to offer and via our digital issue more fans all over the world will have an opportunity to enjoy this once in a lifetime edition,” said Rafael Soto, editor of Boxeo La Revista. The digital edition of the magazine can be found here. Latin Fury 10 is a promoted by Top Rank Inc, Promociones Zanfer and the Nayarit State Goverment and will be televised live in the United States from El Palenque de la Feria de Tepic Nayarit on Pay-per-view by Top Rank Inc.
By Ron Jackson
Manelisi Mbilase defends his South African featherweight title against Thando Vukuza at the Orient Theatre in East London on Friday night. Mbilase (10-3, 2 KOs) won the vacant title at Carletonville in October last year on a highly disputed points decision against Vukuza who has a reported record of (5-4-1). In their first fight , Vukuza appeared to have ouboxed Mbilase, but the judges decided otherwise. Even Nick Durandt who was Mbilase’s trainer at the time admitted that his fighter was lucky to get the decision. Boxing SA ordered a rematch and at one time when no promoter was prepared to put the fight they considered having the fight in a gymnasium with no payment to the boxers in terms of the Boxing Act. Both fight from the southpaw stance and have rather patchy records in a fight that is expected to go the distance once again. However, Vukuza must be favored to gain revenge and take the title.
Meanwhile it has been reported that Robs Promotions will present a tripleheader in Bloemfontein on August 7. Topping the bill will be William Gare who will defend his WBF super middleweight belt against Rigoberto Alvarez (22-0, 16 KOs) from Mexico. Alvarez is the Mexican super middleweight champion and rated at #14 by the WBC. WBF lightweight champion Mlungisi Dlamini faces Francisco Lorenzo of the Dominican Republic (33-5, 14 KOs). Lorenzo holds wins over the highly rated Nate Campbell, Cristobal Cruz (twice) and Humberto Soto. Bongani Mwelase fights Attila Kovacs (25-3, 7 KOs) of Hungary for the vacant WBF super middleweight belt.
On August 28 Lbubalo Msutu defends his WBF bantamweight belt against Nick Otieno (18-2, 7 KOs) of Kenya in East London.
Francois Botha is scheduled to defend his WBF heavyweight belt at a venue to be announced in Europe sometime in October.
It ‘s not easy trying to stay cool this time of year when you reside in the desert community of North Palm Springs, Calif., where temperatures hover around or top 100 degrees nearly every day and night. Factor in the heat former undisputed lightweight champion Nate “Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell is expected to bring on Saturday, Aug. 1, and one might expect unbeaten world junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley to be a tad on edge these days. But less than two weeks away from the biggest and perhaps toughest fight of his career, “Desert Storm” not only is coping with the elements in and out of the ring, but he is relishing the opportunity to prove that he is the No. 1 140 pounder in the world. For more, plus photos, click here…
Former undisputed world cruiserweight champion David ‘The Hayemaker’ Haye has pulled out of an announced September 12 showdown with WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and signed a contract to meet current WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev on November 7, at a location yet to be decided but expected to take place in Germany. “I am thrilled to announce that my dream of becoming world heavyweight champion will be realised on November 7, when I challenge the tallest and heaviest champion of all time, Nikolai Valuev,” said Haye. “Valuev’s known as ‘The Beast From The East’ and there’s a reason he’s got that nickname – he’s a big, ugly, sweaty and hairy man from the Eastern Bloc. Valuev is eight stone heavier than me and a foot taller than me. David only needed a slingshot and a stone to flatten Goliath, and I’m convinced my right hand generates more power than a stone.” (more…)
Friday night’s ESPN2 card at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas, is headlined by the 10-round featherweight showdown between local El Paso hero Antonio Escalante (19-2, 13 KOs) and Cornelius Lock (17-4-1, 10 KOs). In the co-featured bout, scheduled for eight rounds in the junior featherweight division, Juan Velasquez (9-0, 5 KOs) takes on his toughest test to date when he battles veteran Jose Angel Beranza (31-15-2, 25 KOs). Opening the night of televised bouts will be featherweight star Carlos Velasquez (10-0, 9 KOs), Juan’s twin brother, who will square off against Juan Nazario (6-1-1, 4 KOs) in a six round contest. The evening of boxing is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions. Tickets $20-$75 are available at the UTEP Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets.
Roy Jones Jr. is a man who defies definition. He is an eight-time world champion boxer in four different weight classes; a world-class boxing promoter and expert television analyst; a superb athlete in all arenas including professional basketball; a hit-music performer and manager; and a television and motion picture actor. In short, Roy Jones, Jr. is a renaissance man for his era and a legend for eras to come . . . Click here for more
Former heavyweight king Samuel ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ Peter arrives Wednesday in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico for his upcoming heavyweight feature fight against Marcus McGee on Top Rank’s “Latin Fury 10″ live Pay-Per-View broadcast, Saturday, July 25, from Tepic, Mexico. Highlights of Peter’s bout will be shown on the telecast. Click here for more photos…
Sensational amateur boxer Naziyr Bell will move to the professional ranks on Saturday, August 1st as he makes his pro debut at “The Battle of York 4”, an evening of world class boxing, at the Sovereign Bank Stadium, home of the York Revolution . . . Click here for more
Newly crowned WBC featherweight champion Elio “The Kid” Rojas (21-1, 13 KOs) arrived at Don King’s office in South Florida today to receive his belt that had been rush-delivered by the WBC from Mexico. Rojas fought in Tokyo on July 14 and took champion Takahiro Aoh’s strap by unanimous decision. It was his first world title appearance. The 26-year-old 126 pound titlist already celebrated in his adopted hometown of Brooklyn, N.Y., and now plans a triumphant return visit to his native Dominican Republic over the weekend. Click here for more photos…
Undefeated top rated lightweight Urbano Antillon arrives Wednesday in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico for his upcoming WBA interim lightweight main event title fight against top 10, world ranked contender Miguel “Aguacerito” Acosta of Venezuela on Top Rank’s “Latin Fury 10″ live Pay-Per-View broadcast, Saturday, July 25, from Tepic, Mexico. Click here for more photos…
Top 10, world ranked contender Miguel “Aguacerito” Acosta arrives Wednesday in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico for his upcoming WBA interim lightweight main event title fight against undefeated top rated lightweight Urbano Antillon, on Top Rank’s “Latin Fury 10″ live on Pay-Per-View broadcast, Saturday, July 25, from Tepic, Mexico. Click here for more photos…
One Punch Productions and Voodoo Management are pleased to announce that the return this Saturday night of their “Ballroom Brawl!’ series to Tampa has been met with an expected sellout. The main event of the evening will feature rising undefeated Tampa based cruiserweight contender Nick “The Showstopper” Iannuzzi (11-0, 7 KO’s). as he rematches St. Pete slugger Willie “Blackout” Chisolm in an 8 round bout. Iannuzzi won their first encounter via 4th round TKO, and Chisolm has clamored for a rematch ever since. (more…)
In only his ninth professional fight, unbeaten light heavyweight sensation Beibut Shumenov will challenge current champion Gabriel “Chico Guapo” Campillo, making the first defense of his newly won World Boxing Association title belt, August 15 in Kazakhstan. 2004 Kazakhstan Olympian Shumenov (8-0, 6 KOs), 2008 WBC Asian Boxing Council Organization’s Boxer of the Year and reigning International Boxing Association title-holder, is currently rated No. 8 by the WBA. (more…)
With the end of Shane Mosley’s campaign to land a fight with Manny Pacquiao in November, welterweight contender Kermit Cintron (31-2-1, 27 KOs) says he’s ready to challenge the WBA champion. “I feel like right now it makes sense,” said Cintron. “With Cotto fighting Pacquiao and Mayweather fighting Marquez, I don’t see why he wouldn’t take a fight with me…It’s a big risk, I understand that. But it’s the one fight out there that is easily available for both of us.” Cintron is coming off a twelve-round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Alfredo Angulo in May, while Mosley (46-5, 39 KOs) dethroned Antonio Margarito via ninth rounsd KO in January.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Sad to report that welterweight Marco Antonio Nazareth passed away this morning in Puerto Vallarta due to injuries sustained in a brave firefight with Omar Chavez on Saturday night. Nazareth underwent emergency brain surgery, but doctors were unable to save his life.
Undefeated middleweight Patrick Majewski and Willis Lockett meet in a scheduled eight-round contest on August 8 at Bally’s Atlantic City. Majewski, 29, is originally from Radom, Poland. He has a pro record of 11-0, 7 K0s, including an impressive eight-round decision over previously unbeaten Latif Mundy in his last fight June 6 in the same ring. Lockett brings a record of 12-8-5, 5 K0s. In his last fight he dropped an eight-round decision to former WBC middleweight champion Keith Holmes in Holmes’ Washington, DC, backyard. After having weighed as much as 228 pounds for some fights, the 5-foot-9 Lockett now campaigns as a middleweight or super middleweight. He weighed 163 pounds against Holmes. (more…)
Urbano Antillon and Sam Peter will arrive in Nuevo Vallarta today for Latin Fury 10. Peter, newly signed by Top Rank, is now being trained by Abel Sanchez. Word is he is currently in the 240s.
The announce team for Latin Fury 10 will be Bernardo Osuna, Raul Marquez and Alan Massengale. Ring announcer is Jimmy Lennon Jr.
The PPV lineup includes the vacant WBA interim lightweight championship battle between Urbano Antillon (26-0, 19 KOs) and Miguel Acosta (25-9-2, 19 KOs), WBA light flyweight champion Giovani Segura (20-1-1, 16 KOs) defending against Sonny Boy Jaro (29-8-6, 18 KOs), super flyweight Alejandro Martinez (13-1-1, 10 KOs against Alberto Rosas (28-5, 24 KOs), and light flyweight terror Hernan ‘Tyson’ Marquez (22-0, 16 KOs) vs. Juan Esquer (24-5-1, 18 KOs). Highlights of Sam Peter’s bout against Marcus McGee could also make the telecast.
Two of the best left-hook punchers in boxing, eight-time world boxing champion Roy Jones, Jr. (53-5, 39 KOs) defending his NABO Light Heavyweight title against two-time super middleweight champion Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy (25-2, 17 KOs), will battle August 15 LIVE on Super Channel Fights, from the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Mississippi . . . Click here for more
Unbeaten Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell has come out all guns blazing ahead of his Super Six showdown with WBC Super Middleweight Champ Carl Froch on October 17th. Froch will have home advantage for the clash with promoter Mick Hennessy confirming that the fight will take place at the Trent FM Arena in Nottingham with tickets for the event going on sale next week. The bout takes place on the opening night of SHOWTIME’s Super Six World Boxing Classic, a groundbreaking new tournament which will ultimately crown the world’s best Super Middleweight and produce a strong candidate for the best pound for pound fighter on the planet. (more…)
Six bouts are on tap for Friday night’s card in El Paso at the Don Haskins Center. In the main event of the Golden Boy Productions card, airing on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights,” super bantamweight contender Antonio Escalante (20-2, 13 KOs) will take on Cornelius Lock (18-3-1, 11 KOs), of Detroit. In the eight-round co-main, featherweight Juan Carlos Velasquez (9-0, 5 KOs), of Puerto Rico, is up against Jose Angel Beranza (31-15-2, 25 KOs), of Mexico City. The four-bout undercard consists of super bantamweight Carlos Ivan Velasquez (10-0, 9 KOs) vs. Juan Nazario (6-1, 4 KOs), both of Puerto Rico, in a sixer; El Paso jr. middle powerhouse Abie Han (4-0, 3 KOs), is up against his second straight undefeated fighter in Brian Soto (3-0, 1 KO), of San Antonio, in a six-round bout; welterweight Robert Luna, Jr. (4-0, 2 KOs), of San Antonio, takes on Juarez’s accident-prone Manuel Bocanegra (7-9-1, 5 KOs); and, in a four-rounder at feather, Saul Morales (6-1, 3 KOs), of El Paso, fights Guadalupe De Leon (7-7, 4 KOs), of Mission, Tex., also four rounds. Doors open at the Don Haskins at 6 p.m. First bell is at 7 and ESPN2’s telecast of “Friday Night Fights” begins at 8. Tickets are available online at Ticketmaster. — Chris Cozzone
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former Australian heavyweight champion Bob Mirovic (29-20-2, 20 KOs) is favoured to defeat John Hopoate (11-3,11KO’s) in a rematch when they clash at the AIS stadium in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia on Thursday. 6’5 Mirovic said. “I am looking forward to this rematch – I am 100% fighting fit . I had a few problems when we boxed last time but there will be no excuses this time.” (Hopoate was declared the winner in round nine in September 2008 when Mirovic’s trainer, former three time world champion Jeff Fenech signaled to the referee Bob was in no condition to continue.) (more…)
WBC Youth and USNBC featherweight champion Matt “Sharp Shooter” Remillard is learning first-hand how the risk-and-reward theory in boxing can work against a fighter. (more…)
A stacked card of Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) action has gotten even bigger with today’s announcement of the explosive undercard for UFC 101: DECLARATION, which takes place live on Saturday, August 8th at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Featuring a star-studded lineup of contenders and prospects, as well as local heroes from just up the turnpike in New Jersey, the UFC 101 undercard will undoubtedly set the stage for the co-featured bouts of the evening – the highly-anticipated UFC lightweight title bout between champion BJ Penn and challenger Kenny Florian, and the light heavyweight showdown pitting pound-for-pound king Anderson Silva against former world champion Forrest Griffin . . . Click here for more
Friends and fans of Arturo “Thunder” Gatti are invited to attend a memorial Mass that will be held in his honor on Thursday evening, July 30th at 7 pm at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic in Jersey City. “Since it was not possible for so many of Arturo’s friends and fans in the US to attend his funeral this past weekend in Montreal, we think that it is only right to give them the opportunity to celebrate Arturo’s life and pay their respects next Thursday at St. John’s,” said Gatti’s boxing manager and mentor, Pat Lynch. (more…)
Unfortunately the doctors caring for injured fighter Marco Antonio “Texano” Nazareth at the Med-America Hospital in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico have reported moments ago that the health of the boxer is very grave with possibly only 10% brain function working. Family and friends have gathered at the hospital as doctors do all they can to save the fallen warrior. Nazareth underwent brain surgery on Saturday night after being knocked out in a hotly contested battle with Omar Chavez. Let’s pray for the health of Marco Antonio Nazareth.
By Francisco Salazar
As if being undefeated and having one of the more respected boxing managers was not enough, three young fighters will now have a major promoter on their side. Unbeaten fighters Luis Ramos, Carlos Molina, and Ronny Rios signed exclusive promotional contracts with Golden Boy Promotions on Tuesday afternoon in downtown Los Angeles. All three will see action on Thursday, July 30th at Club Nokia at L.A. Live in Los Angeles. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg
Returning light heavyweight contender Prince Badi Ajamu (26-3-1, 15 KOs), of Camden, New Jersey, will now face Youngstown, Ohio’s DeAndrey Abron (15-5, 10 KOs) on Friday, July 31 at Resorts Casino-Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey after Ajamu’s original opponent, Dallas “Deaf Pride” Vargas, suffered a training injury. Said Prince, “That’s the way boxing is, sometimes. I almost expected it.” Ajamu and Abron will box twelve rounds for Ajamu’s NBA light heavyweight title. In the co-feature, Timor Ibragimov (24-2-1, 13 KOs), of Tashkent, Uzbekistan and now Hallandale, Florida, will face Willie Palms (10-7-1, 5 KOs), of Jersey City, New Jersey in a six round heavyweight bout. DeeLee Promotions is presenting “All In”. Tickets are priced at $40, $55, $75, and $90 and can be purchased by calling 1-800-736-1420 or 1-856-692-1206. Doors open at 7:30 PM with the first bout starting at 8:30 PM.
By Nick Giongco
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum told Fightnews and Manila Bulletin that tickets for the Nov. 14 bout between Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto will be priced at $1,000, $750, $500, $300 and $150 and that it will go on sale beginning next month. The 12-round welterweight war will be held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas with Pacquiao already installed a 2-1 favorite over the shaven-skulled bomber from Caguas, Puerto Rico.
Former world heavyweight champion Sam Peter of Nigeria has signed with Top Rank and will fight this weekend in Mexico. Peter, (30-3-0, 23 KOs) will fight on Top Rank’s Latin Fury 10 in Tepic, Mexico. He will take on Marcus McGee, (22-16-1, 11 KOs). The bout will be on Top Rank’s international broadcast. Peter is ranked IBF #6, WBC #14.Bruce Trampler, chief matchmaker of Top Rank, said: “Our whole team is going to work with Sam. We know what he wants, another crack at the heavyweight world title. He has the right kind of thunder to get there.” Peter signed his promotional contract in Top Rank’s office in Las Vegas today. He will take a flight to Mexico on Wednesday.
After having his boxing license revoked by the German Boxing Federation (BDB) for medical reasons, 46-year-old heavyweight Andreas Sidon (33-8, 27 KOs) has won a court case for reinstatement and is planning a comeback. The former German champion is targeting Universum’s unbeaten Sebastian Köber (18-0, 13 KOs).
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and nemesis David Haye will meet face to face this week during promotional stops in Frankfurt and London. They collide September 12 in Frankfurt.
The mouth-watering SHOWTIME “Super Six” super middleweight showdown between unbeaten Arthur Abraham and Jermain Taylor on October 17 may be landing in Berlin.
Following his loss to Eddie Chambers, former WBO #1 heavyweight Alexander Dimitrenko could return in a fall rematch with former world title challenger Luan Krasniqi, whom he kayoed in three last year.
Superstars Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees can’t wait for the Manny Pacquiao vs. Miguel Cotto mega fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on November 14. “I love Manny,” said Kobe. “I enjoy being around people who are just as competitive, who have the same passion and work ethic. If I don’t have a game that night I’ll be there.” Jeter is looking for two ringside tickets. The New York Giants football team is off that weekend and some of the top players will be heading in for the fight. One of Cotto’s biggest fans is Carlos Beltran of the New York Mets. He has been at ringside for many of Cotto’s big fights. “We are getting so many calls from sports and entertainment stars,” said Bob Arum. “This is going to be a premier sports event.” Kobe met Pacquiao at a recent Nike commerical video shoot in Los Angeles. Kobe spoke about Pacquiao while at a Nike press function in Makati City, Philippines. Kobe was quoted about Manny on the GMA.News.TV website.
Top Rank will soon announce details how to purchase tickets for the mega fight.
Top Rank plans to call Pacquiao vs Cotto “POWER SURGE.”
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Peter Frutkoff/www.PeterFrutkoff.com
It was a day of fun in the sun at the Plattdeutsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square, NY this past Saturday as Bob Duffy of Ring Promotions put together a entertaining show featuring some of the top local prospects as well a post fight concert and barbeque for the fans. The near capacity crowd basked in the sun and lovely eighty-degree weather (with a slight breeze) as undefeated junior welterweight prospect Chris Algieri (8-0, 4 KOs) – from nearby Greenlawn, NY – sent the fans home happy with a come from behind six round unanimous decision victory over Jose “The Problem” Guzman (5-5-1) in the main event. Also in action, undefeated heavyweight prospect Tor Hamer scored a crunching knockout of Marcus Dickerson at 1:25 of the opening round. (More)
For over a century, Los Angeles has been regarded as one of the greatest boxing cities in the world. With a large fan base, Los Angeles has also been the home and the home-away-from home for many of the best and most exciting boxers in the history of the sports. Since the mid 40’s, local boxing has had an interesting relationship with local television and now, after almost 10 years of absence, it is making a long-awaited return into the Southern California homes. Starting on July 30th, KWHW-TV, Channel 22, in association with Big Star Promotions will launch a new live boxing series entitled “Noche de Boxeo” , a monthly two-hour feature to be presented live on the last Thursday of every month. (more…)
SHOWTIME Sports® Super Six World Boxing Classic, the groundbreaking six-man super middleweight tournament announced last week, will debut with two Group Stage 1 matchups on Saturday, Oct. 17, with the third Group Stage 1 bout taking place on Saturday, Nov. 21. All three world-class matches will air on SHOWTIME®. The initial dates in the unprecedented, celebrated tournament were formally announced Tuesday by Ken Hershman, Senior Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports. Venues will be announced soon. The Super Six World Boxing Classic will be contested on both American and European continents. (more…)
At a press conference today at Celtic Manor in Newport, Wales, a joint venture was announced between Joe Calzaghe Enterprises Ltd. and Triple S Sports and Entertainment Group. Calzaghe Promotions will hold its first fight bill at Newport Leisure Centre on August 21 featuring three of Calzaghe Promotions’ contracted fighters, Gavin Rees, Bradley Pryce and Tony Docherty. Calzaghe Promotions has also reached an agreement with Enzo Calzaghe and Newbridge Boxing Club for Enzo Calzaghe to train and manage its contracted boxers.
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