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WBA welterweight champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley announced today that he is prepared to fight at 140 pounds if a bout for Manny Pacquiao’s IBO junior welterweight championship can be arranged. “There is unfinished business to take care of. I have never fought at junior welterweight, but I’m ready to fight at 140 now. I am coming after Pacquiao’s belt. This is the fight the fans want and I’m prepared to give it to them. It’s up to Bob Arum and Manny Pacquiao to stop running from me and step up to the challenge. Let’s meet in the ring at 140. I want to reclaim the title of best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. First Pacquiao, then Mayweather—I’m ready to put all of the naysayers to rest.” Pacquiao is expected to next face Miguel Cotto in November, while Mayweather has a September date with Mosley’s Golden Boy stablemate Juan Manuel Marquez.
Evangelista Cotto, the well known trainer, manager and uncle of WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto, today filed a lawsuit against his nephew. The lawsuit alleges that Miguel Cotto breached a management contract signed in January of 2001. According to the complaint, Miguel Cotto owes his uncle and former manager millions of dollars. Additionally, Evangelista Cotto has filed suit based on a highly publicized April 7 incident in which Evangelista claims Miguel unjustly and surprisingly punched him, causing him serious physical and emotional damages. “This has been a very difficult situation for me and my family. I wouldn’t wish this upon anyone. It is very painful to have to accept that a person that is so close to you for so many years could act like Miguel has acted”, said Evangelista Cotto in a statement. “Many things have been said about the incident and about me that are not true. My hope is that this process will allow the truth to be known.”
Andreas Kotelnik 140 vs Amir Khan 139.6
(WBA super lightweight championship)
Venue: M.E.N. Arena, Manchester, England
Promoter: Frank Warren
By Nick Giongco
With plenty of spare time, boxing’s pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao made a surprise visit to a place in Metro Manila which holds a special place in his heart. On Thursday afternoon, coming from appearing on a TV noontime variety show, Pacquiao motored to Malabon during a pouring rain and fulfilled a commitment that he made to somebody close to his heart. Lounell Correa, son of the late Malabon construction magnate Leopold ‘Polding’ Correa, told the Bulletin that Pacquiao dined in their sprawling property from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. and “relived the good old days” in the company of lawyer Jeng Gacal and Canadian associate Mike Koncz. (more…)
By Lee Bates
Fightnews reported earlier in the week that undefeated junior featherweight world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (26-0, 24 KOs) was nominated for “Most Promising Sport Star” on Univision’s award show “Premios Juventud.” Well the results are in and Lopez won the award yesterday in Miami, Florida beating out several other well known Latino athletes from a variety of different professional sports. Lopez will head back to Puerto Rico Friday evening.
See Roy Jones Jr and Jeff Lacy announce their August 15 collision that will take place in Biloxi, MS. The press conference took place at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino on Wednesday.
By Alexey Potapov
Team Klitschko has informed Fightnews.com that WBC heavyweight champion “Dr. Ironfist” Vitali Klitschko (37-2, 36 KOs) will defend against former WBC/WBA/WBO cruiserweight champion David Haye (22-1, 21 KOs) on September 12 at the 52,300-seat Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt, Germany. The stdium is the home of the Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga. It will be the second consecutive stadium show for the über-popular Klitschko brothers. Haye was originally scheduled to fight on June 20th against WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight king “Dr. Steelhammer” Wladimir Klitschko (53-3, 47 KOs) at the Veltins Arena football stadium in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, but pulled out due to an injury.
By Lee Bates
An informed source has told us that Gary Shaw Productions has inked unbeaten power punching middleweight prospect Tyrone Brunson (19-0-1, 19 KOs) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to an exclusive promotional agreement. Brunson is best known in boxing circles for breaking world champion Edwin Valero’s record for consecutive first-round knockouts to begin a career. In his last bout nearly a year ago (August 2008) Brunson was held to a six round draw with Antonio Soriano then (12-9-1, 6 KOs). To date the level of opposition Brunson has faced has been limited with only two opponents having winning records, Soriano being one of them. Rest assured that Brunson will be tested under Shaw’s promotional banner.
By Bob Hough at ringside
Ricardo Cortes worked his way back to the win column Thursday—in the wake of two swift knockouts in 2008 at the hands of James Kirkland and Alfredo Angula—with an easy victory over James Buggs. In a 161-pound match, Cortes (23-3-1, 16 KO’s ), a San Jose, California native fighting in his hometown at the Hp Pavilion before a crowd of 2,841, scored a third-round TKO over James Buggs (8-10-3), who hadn’t fought since November, 2007. Cortes, who weighed as two pounds over the limit while Buggs came in at 158, consistently pressed the action and landed effectively against his overmatched and undersized opponent. Buggs fought gamely and landed with some regularity, though his punches had no apparent effect. The end came at 2:44 of the third of eight scheduled, when Buggs appeared more to have a hurt eye than to be hurt in the traditional sense. Click for full undercard report
Wilfredo “WV2” Vazquez Jr. 122 vs. Cecilio “Boga” Santos 121
Jonathan Cepeda 163 vs Vladimir Laguna 161
Byrne Green 132 vs Jorge Ruiz 133
Jose Pagan 125 vs Dick Cordero
Raymond Betancourt 137 vs Jean Petit Homme 139.5
Ramon Guevarra 139 vs David Armstrong 139
Sotico Herrera 139 vs Alain Olivero 140
Promoter: All Star Boxing, Inc., “The New Generation” & Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr.
Venue: Kissimmee Civic Center, Kissimmee, Florida
TV: Telemundo (Main Event Live @ 11:35 PM (ET)
By David Robinett at ringside
WBC #11 heavyweight Manuel Quezada (28-4, 18 knockouts) scored an impressive first round annihilation over Travis Walker (31-3-1, 25 KOs) on Thursday night at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California. Quezada put Walker down and out at 2:57 of the first stanza with a short left-right combination. Referee Jon Schorle didn’t bother to count. Quezada retains his WBC Caribbean heavyweight title and extends his win streak to 17. (more…)
Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing brought boxing back to Westchester County on Thursday night with a six-fight card at the Hilton Rye Town Hotel in Rye Brook, NY. In the main event bout of the evening former light heavyweight title challenger, the Pride of Port Chester, David Telesco (30-6-1, 25KO) made his long awaited return to the ring a spectacular one with a 2nd round KO over William Gill. (more…)
By Lee Bates
Unbeaten IBF #1 ranked light heavyweight contender Tavoris Cloud (19-0, 18 KOs) and former IBF light heavyweight champion and #2 IBF ranked light heavyweight Clinton Woods (42-4-1, 24 KOs) will Square off for the vacant IBF light heavyweight title. Word has it that the bout will take place August 28th at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, in Hollywood, Florida with ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights televising the semi-main event. The main event will feature IBF junior welter champion Juan Urango (21-2-1, 16 KOs) defending his title against former world champion and mandatory challenger Randall Bailey (39-6, 35 KOs).
The sale of tickets has begun for “Tijuana Es Fuerte” (Tijuana is Strong) which will be the first boxing event presented by Loyes Promotions on Saturday, August 1st at the Tijuana Municipal Auditorium. In the main event, the unbeaten Arturo “Fuerte ” Badillo (15-0 , 13 KOs) who will be part of the main event for the first time in his career will be taking on the nationally ranked Oswaldo “Chapo” Rodriguez (13-5, 8 KOs) in a scheduled ten round flyweight affair. Tickets are available at the Municipal Auditorium’s box office as well as Farmacias Roma, Tecate Six Mini Markets, Gasmart Gasoline stations and Carnitas Tepatitlan. Tickets start at 100 Pesos ($7.70), 200 Pesos ($15.50) and 300 Pesos ($23.00). The fight card will boast ten fights including flyweight Javier Gallo (10-1-1, 4 KOs), Jose “Cobra” Mendoza (8-1-1, 6 KOs), Alejando “Mantequitas” Rubio (7-0, 5 KOs) and the 2008 Prospect of the Year, Alain “Konan” Hernandez (14-7-2, 7 KOs). Also part of the fight card will be the pro debuts of junior flyweight Miguel Angel Garcia and featherweight Jesus “Chuy” Badillo.
By Francisco Salazar
Featherweight champion Steven Luevano shook out at the R.W. Lewis Boxing Gym in Oxnard on Thursday afternoon in preparation for his title defense on Saturday, August 15th. Under trainers Eduardo and Robert Garcia, Luevano (36-1-1, 15 KO’s) worked the mitts and the heavy bag at the recently-opened gym in an industrial area of Oxnard. Luevano, of La Puente, CA, will defend his title against Bernabe Concepcion (29-1-1, 16 KOs) on the “Pinoy Power 2” card at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Top Rank promotes this card. Click for more photos…
Lance Whittaker 244 vs Danny Batchelder 237
Alex Rivera 186 vs Roy Timmons 188
Tatina Anderson 143 vs Mariama Everett 143
Mathew Ellis 208 vs Dave Johnson 252
John Ellis Jr 206 vs Dusty Callander 209
Venue: Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $35-$250 Doors: 6PM First Bout: 7PM
Promoter Bob Duffy of Ring Promotions has advised FightNews that Long Island, NY boxer Tommy “The Razor” Rainone has injured his ankle during training and will be unable to fight on Saturday, July 18 at the Plattdeutsche Park Restaurant. The new main event will showcase undefeated prospect Tor Hamer (6-0, 5 KOs) battling Marcus Dickerson (4-1-1, 2 KOs). Lou DiBella is the promoter of Hamer. Hamer was 38-1 as an amateur winning the 2008 National Golden Gloves as a super heavyweight. “It’s Hamer time,” said Duffy. “The kid is a multi-talented fighter, a real crowd-pleaser. Plus he is a good role model, a real gentleman inside and outside of the ring, and a pleasure to work with!” (more…)
Daniel Hernandez 133.5 vs Jovann Jones 134.5
Albert Herrera 150.5 vs Steve Macomber 155.5
Tomas Barragan 125.5 vs Alvaro Muro 125
Christopher Rizo 142.5 vs Marlo Cortez 141.5
Jonathan Arrellano 119.5 vs Rufino Serrano 122
Kevin Hoskins 128.5 vs Keith Kelly 128.5
Promoter: Thompson Boxing Promotions
Venue: Omega Products International, 1681 California Ave., Corona, CA
Weights & photo by Chris Cozzone
At the scales from the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s ESPN2-televised card:
Breidis Prescott 137 vs. Miguel Vazquez 136
Guillermo Rigondeaux 123 vs. Roberto Guillen 122
Erislandy Lara 155 vs. Darnell Boone 153
Sharif Bogere 137 vs. Mike Gonzalez 136
Yudel Johnson 155 vs. Justin Paulo 153
Yordanis Despaigne 180 vs. Johnny Marino 175
Scott Alexander 232 vs. Benjamin Lee 213
Promoter: Roy Englebrecht Events, in association with Caribe Promotions, DeCubas Presents and Jaoli Fight Promotions.
By Lee Bates
WBC has granted an extension date of August 13th to the parties of WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (25-0,19 KOs) and former WBA welterweight champion Luis Collazo (30-4,15 KOs). The purse bid was to have been scheduled for today, July 17th, at the WBC offices in Mexico City. Berto narrowly defeated Collazo by decision in their bout this past January. Each fighter has had one fight since then. Berto easily decisioned Juan Urango in May, while Collazo, to keep busy, stopped journeyman David Gogichaishvili in June.
Hank Lundy 141 vs Josh Beeman 141
Vladine Biosse 168 vs Frankie Reed 165
Eddie Soto 135 vs Darrell Martin 132
Diego Pereira 142 vs Ramon Ellis 139.5
Jay Holland 197 vs Billy Greenwalt 202
Venue: Twin River Event Center, Lincoln, RI
Promoter: Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (more…)
Two of the best left hook punchers in boxing, 8 time world boxing champion Roy Jones, Jr. (53-5, 39 KOs) and former 2 time super middleweight title holder Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy (25-2, 17 KOs), will square off August 15th in the 12 round main event to determine whom the better “hooker” really is today, headlining the “Hook City” pay-per-view show live from the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Mississippi. Jones defends his NABO light heavyweight title against Lacy in “Hook City,” presented by Square Ring Promotions in association with Left Hook Promotions and Beau Rivage Resort & Casino. “We are very excited to be promoting “Hook City” on August 15 in Biloxi to settle the question, once and for all, of who is the best professional hooker in the sport of boxing,” said John S. Wirt, CEO of Square Ring Promotions. “While Jeff claims to have the best left hook, come the morning of the 16th, I think he may well be in the market for a new ring name.” (more…)
Sebastian Sylvester (31-3, 15 KOs) and Giovanni Lorenzo (27-1, 19 KOs) will clash for the vacant IBF Middleweight Title in Neubrandenburg on September 19. After ten successful defences, King Arthur Abraham had vacated the title to participate in SHOWTIME´s sensational Super Six World Boxing Classic Tournament. “The IBF ordered a title fight between the top-ranked challenger, Giovanni Lorenzo, and the number two, Sebastian Sylvester,” Team Sauerland General Manager Chris Meyer said. “We picked up negotiations with Lorenzo´s management straight away and we are pleased to announce that the bout will be staged in Germany. The great crowd in Neubrandenburg will give Sebastian a further boost in this difficult fight.” (more…)
Amir Khan’s title fight with Andriy Kotelnik may be the weekend’s biggest fight, but, tomorrow night, the only man to defeat Khan, Breidis Prescott (21-0, 18 KOs), of Miami, Fla., will get a share of the billing on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights.” Khan’s conqueror – or “Khanqueror” – will take on Miguel Vazquez (24-3, 12 KOs), of Guadalajara, Mexico, in a ten-round lightweight bout from the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
“I’m not going to make a prediction because I’ve learned in over 20 fights that you have to see how the fight comes to you,” said Prescott yesterday at a press conference. (more…)
Interview by Jose Santiago
Southpaw Tyrese “Head Honcho” Hendrix (16-0-1, 6 KOs) of Gainesville, GA battles tough Robbie Cannon (12-3-1, 6 KO) in the main event of “Fights at the Fitz” this Saturday at Fitzgerald’s Casino & Hotel in Tunica, Mississippi.
Originally undefeated middleweight sensation Fernando Guerrero was scheduled to battle former world title challenger Antwun Echols but an injury suffered in training to Guerrero opened the ring ropes for “Head Honcho” to become the headliner . . . click here for more
Son of legend George Foreman, George “Monk” Foreman III (1-0, 1 KO) will be taking on George Barrage (0-5) in the main event of the July 31 show in Las Cruces, N.M. Billed as “War Zone,” the card, held at the NMSU Pan American Center and promoted by Powerhouse Combat Sports, will also feature Mexico’s Salvador Sanchez (12-3-2, 6 KOs), undefeated Austin Trout (18-0, 13 KOs), Aaron Lyons (9-5, 7 KOs), Sammy DiPace (6-0, 3 KOs) and pro debuting Jennifer Han. –Chris Cozzone
WEC lightweight contender Donald Cerrone (right) poses with WBO/WBC middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik during an open workout at Jack Loew’s South Side Boxing Club in Youngstown, OH on July 9. Cerrone conducted a 60-minute workout for members of the media in preparation of his Sept. 2 interim title fight against Ben Henderson at the Covelli Centre. During the course of the training session, Cerrone chatted with Pavlik regarding the intricacies of the fight game. (more…)
By Robert Coster
On August 1st at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut, Delvin Rodriguez (24-2-2, 14 KOs) will be stepping into the ring for the vacant IBF welterweight title against Isaac Hlatshwayo (28-1, 10 KOs) of South Africa. It will be the second meeting between the two boxers as their first fight in South Africa ended in a controversial draw in November of 2008. Fightnews reached the Dominican born, Connecticut raised Rodriguez at his training camp to get his take on the title bout which he describes as his “door to stardom” and the hard, rocky road he has had to climb in his career to reach this level. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
Being inactive for a long period of time, maybe be for a year or even longer, is always a problem for a professional pugilist. Despite skills, past honors and experience, overcoming ring rust is always an issue. Expatriate Soviet fighters have mastered this hard science well. Last year, coming back after four years of injuries and inactivity, Vitaly Klitschko schooled the robust WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter and gave him a boxing lesson, long to be remembered. Dmitry Kirillov captured the IBF super flyweight belt a year and a half after his previous fight. Less than a week ago Russian welterweight Ivan Kirpa, who has fought just twice in five years and was pretty much forgotten even in his homeland, got back with a bang, scoring a virtual shutout over much more active Mexican Miguel Rodriguez in the WBC semifinal welterweight eliminator. This Saturday another Russian fighter will attempt to continue this trend in the most important fight of his career, when WBO #7 cruiserweight Denis Lebedev (17-0, 12 KOs) collides with the former champion and currently IBF #9 Enzo Maccarinelli (29-3, 22 KOs) for the vacant WBO intercontinental 200lb title. (more…)
Big Star Promotions and KWHY-TV, Channel 22 will host a press conference this today to announce the launch of a new boxing series “Noche de Boxeo,” a monthly series on KWHY-TV. The inaugural card will be held on July 30th at the El Monte Expo Center in El Monte and will be broadcast live on Channel 22. In the main event East L.A.’s Aron Martinez will put his (10-1-1, 3 KOs) record on the line against another local prospect, Santiago Perez (11-2-2, 2 KOs) in an 8 round welterweight contest. In the co-main event Jose Celaya (31-4, 16 KOs) will attempt to get back on the winning track after his loss to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. when he faces Tony Hirsch (8-2-1, 4 KOs) in a 6 round junior middleweight bout. A special attraction will feature former world champion “Mighty” Mike Anchondo (28-2, 19 KOs) moving up in weight to take on Octavio Narvaez in a six-round welterweight contest.
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By Lee Bates
The word perseverance may come to mind when you think of the career of newly crowned WBO super flyweight champion Jose ‘Carita’ Lopez’ career (39-7-2, 32 KOs). Lopez began his championship quest back in November of 1991 when he turned professional. Many fighters who are considered serious prospects generally go unbeaten at least within their first 10-15 fights. Lopez didn’t win his first professional fight until his 3rd bout. He had a draw in his debut and lost the rematch by decision in his next bout. Lopez was just (4-2-1) through his first 7 bouts. Many fighters would have stopped realistically thinking about world title aspirations at that point. Lopez, however, still believed himself as he would go on to win 15 of his next 16 bouts in route to his first world title fight. Little did he know at the time it would take him 4 more attempts after that fight to win the world title. After 4 failed world title attempts Lopez achieved his goal of becoming a world champion in his 5th opportunity on March 28th by unanimously decisioning Thailand’s Pramuansak Posuwan in his native Puerto Rico. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Sakio Bika is the current IBO super middleweight champion and gave super middleweight legend Joe Calzaghe, one of his toughest bouts and also was the winner of the 2007 Contender Series. Along with Lucian Bute and Librado Andrade, Bika is one of the most qualified super middleweights to miss out on SHOWTIME’s 168 pound tournament. Fightnews spoke to Bika about the state of the division. (more…)
Manuel Quezada 225.6 vs Travis Walker 239.6
Michael Dallas Jr. 140.8 vs Francisco Rios-Gil 142.6
Jessica Rakcozy 127.6 vs Jessica Mohs 134.4
Rico Ramos 122.4 vs Juan Jose Beltran 121.2
Hector Alatorre 140.8 vs Christian Favela 140
Adrian Tait 147.2 vs Joshua Zurfluh 146.6
Venue: Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino Lemoore, California
Promoter: Goosen Tutor
Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
Citing a shoulder injury, Sacramento middleweight prospect Brandon Gonzales (8-0, 7 KOs) has pulled out of a scheduled hometown boxing main event at the Red Lion Hotel, forcing a delay of the card from July 24 to August 7 plus a shuffle of bouts. Working with promoter Nasser Niavaroni, hotel owner Jeff Berger said Sacramento journeyman cruiserweight Michael Simms (20-11-1, 13 KOs) will fight in a new main event, an eight-rounder against former IBF cruiser champ Kelvin Davis of Reno (24-10-2, 17 KOs). The six-round semi-main matches Sacramento super-middleweight Christian Cruz (12-9-1, 10 KOs) with San Diego’s James Parison (11-0, 3 KOs), the intended opponent for Gonzales, a former topflight amateur known to be shopping for bigger purses.
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