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Roy M. Burchfield – father of promoter Jimmy Burchfield – passed away June 27th. Mr. Burchfield, 85, was a World War II Navy Veteran and was a general manager in the auto industry for many years. Mr. Burchfield will be laid to rest today at the St. Francis Cemetery in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Edwards Food and Wellness Center, 997 Branch Avenue, Providence, RI 02904. FightNews expresses our heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the Burchfield family and friends. You may express your condolences at pontarellimarinofunerals.com.
Florida. A couple years ago. Before rebooting his mixed martial arts career in his native New Jersey, Kurt Pellegrino was living and training in Florida, and just happened to run into someone who would change his outlook on a lot of things relating to life and his run towards a UFC lightweight title . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
Olympians, boxing champions, TV personalities and fans are set to pack the Grand Theatre of Reno’s Grand Sierra Resort Saturday, July 3 for a night of high-powered, live boxing to commemorate the “Fight of the Century.” (more…)
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By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Looks like WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (54-3, 28 KOs) will fight against IBF heavyweight mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin (19-0, 14 KOs) on September 18th at the Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt, Germany. The 55,000-seat footballl stadium is home to the Bundesliga’s Eintracht Frankfurt. “I am very happy, that the fight will take place,” said Povetkin, “I must say it’s very good to prepare for the most important fight in my life!”
Michael Acri Boxing Promotions presents “Summer Brawl” tonight the VIP Tent at Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The main event features Pittsburgh’s “Lightning” Rod Salka (11-0, 3 KOs) against Harold Orji (6-2, 3 KOs), of Laurel, Maryland. Several more bouts are scheduled showcasing top local talent. The doors open at 6:30p and the first bout is at 7:30p. Special ringside guest is former lightweight champion Paul Spadafora. A limited amount of tickets are still available at the box office.
Below are the official weights of tonight’s combatants:
Rod Salka 136 1/2 vs. Harold Orji 134 1/2
Paul Zalus 224 vs. David Martin 217 1/2
Jake Giuriceo 143 1/2 vs. Sam Gipson 143 1/2
Jason Bergman 255 vs. Ryan Thompson 240 1/2
Chris Hazimihalis 135 vs. Ryan Strickland 133 1/3
Sam Suska 160 vs. Romiro Bueno N/A
By Ricardo Conde
Photo by Goossen Tutor Promotions
WBA super middleweight champion Andre “S.O.G” Ward (22-0, 13 KOs) of Oakland, CA retained his title on June 19, having dominated Allen Green (29-2, 20 KOs) over 12 rounds to win via unanimous decision at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA. Andre Ward took time of out his busy schedule to sit down and talk to us about his fight with Allen Green, his fight with Mikkel Kessler, his upcoming fight with Andre Dirrell and a lot more. (more…)
Photo by Jose Perez/PRBB
Undefeated two time world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez took in game five in the finals of the Puerto Rico Basketball series Tuesday night in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Lopez was part of the ceremonial first jump ball of the game between champions Vaqueros of Bayamon and Capitanes de Arecibo. Lopez will defend for the first time his WBO featherweight championship on Saturday, July 10 against Bernabe Concepcion at the Coliseo of Puerto Rico and will be televised by Showtime. Click here for more photos…
European super-middleweight champion Brian Magee has offered the ultimate incentive to tomorrow night’s Prizefighter Super Middleweight fighters – a shot at his title. The Prizefighter Super Middleweights take over York Hall in Bethnal Green live on Sky Sports on Wednesday evening and on top of the £32,000 for the winner, the possibility of a title fight with 35 year-old Magee is on the cards. “Brian will be watching tomorrow night’s action with great interest,” said manager Pat Magee. “He’s a big fan of Prizefighter and there is huge potential for him to take on the winner in his first European title defense.”
Below are the opening matchups (with weights):
Patrick Mendy (12st 1lb 9oz) v Sam Horton (12st 1lb 12oz)
Daniel Cadman (12st 1lb 10oz) v Eddie McIntosh (12st 1lb 13oz)
Jeff Evans (12st 1lb 6oz) v Peter Fedorenko (11st 13lb 10oz)
Carl Drake (12st 0lb 10oz) v Paul David (12st 2lb)
Reserves are Eder Kurti (11st 13lb 9oz) and Anthony Fitzgerald (12st 1lb 13oz)
Unbeaten Israeli cruiserweight Ran Nakash (24-0, 18 KOs) will face former world champion Lou Del Valle (36-6-2, 22 KOs) in a ten rounder on July 14 at The Arena (formerly The New Alhambra) at 7 West Ritner Street in South Philadelphia, PA. It will be the debut US show No Limits Promotions in association with Joey Eye Boxing Promotions. Tickets are $45, $75, and $100. Call 267-304-9399.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos by Victor Studio
During the 36th annual “Giants Award” dinner in Chicago, former WBC light heavyweight, IBF cruiserweight champion and now a top 5 ranked heavyweight Tomasz Adamek received a special, honorary belt from Muhammad Ali’s daughter Jamillah. “My father could not have picked a better candidate for this award,” said Jamillah. (more…)
Forrest Petz is probably the nicest guy you’ll meet with the nickname “The Meat Cleaver”, and that alone makes his return to the UFC this weekend to face talented up and comer Daniel “Ninja” Roberts welcome news. Well, that and the fact that I get to write “Meat Cleaver”, but I digress . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
Orion Sports Management announced today that after IBF Super Bantamweight champion Steve Molitor sustained a leg injury in training, he will push back his fight against the UK’s Jason Booth until September 11th. “It’s unfortunate, but Steve has suffered a stress factor, and can’t properly train for Jason Booth. So it’s not a situation where we want to move this fight back,” said Allan Tremblay, President of Orion Sports Management. “It just needs to be done.”
Boxing notables scheduled to attend the three-day, Fourth of July weekend celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the fight that pitted Jack Johnson against Jim Jeffries in Reno include Andre Ward, Emanuel Steward, Al Bernstein, Bruce Trampler, Raul Marquez and Jesse Brinkley.
Frank Espinoza recently has signed unbeaten former amateur standout Antonio Orozco. A junior welterweight who has been a professional since 2008, Orozco currently holds a record of 7-0, 5KOs. He is expected to see action under the Espinoza Boxing Club banner in the next 6-8 weeks.
The award winning Oscar De La Hoya Ánimo Charter High School celebrates its fourth graduating class on Wednesday in East Los Angeles. Approximately 97% of the senior class will be graduating with 61% of those graduates have been accepted by four year universities.
The PPV card underneath the July 31 Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez vs Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz rematch at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas has been confirmed by Golden Boy. In a 12-round bout immediately before the main event, New York phenom Daniel “The Golden Child” Jacobs (20-0, 17 KOs) looks to capture his first world championship when he takes on unbeaten Russian Dmitry Pirog (16-0, 13 KOs) for the vacant WBO Middleweight crown. Former Three-time World Champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (26-1-1, 18 KOs) and future Hall of Famer/former four-time World Champion Joel “El Cepillo” Casamayor (37-4-1, 22 KOs) will square off in a 10-round junior welterweight bout that will put the winner in line for a huge fight in either the lightweight or junior welterweight divisions. Opening the pay-per-view telecast, former Two-time World Champion Jorge “El Niño De Oro” Linares (28-1, 18 KOs) will face perennial contender and 2000 Olympic Silver Medalist Rocky Juarez (28-6-1, 20 KOs) in a 10-round lightweight bout that is a must-win, crossroads fight for each boxer.
Lightweight John Molina, Jr. (20-1, 16 KOs) will look to make “Hammerin” Hank Lundy (18-0-1, 10 KOs) pay the price when they meet on the July 9 edition of ESPN2 Friday Night Fights. “I’m excited to get back on television and I will make sure I stay there. You learn a lot more in defeat then in victory regardless of the circumstances and it is the worse feeling in the world. I will do everything needed to do in the ring so I never feel like that again. Lundy talks a lot and as far as I’m concerned he can keep it up. As a matter of fact, I like it. It’s been very amusing. I’m going to do my talking in the ring and he’ll know what I mean when I walk away with the belt. I have respect for him and what he has accomplished but come fight time nothing will stop me. I am going to do what I have to do to be victorious.” The event is promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES) takes place at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, R.I.
A purse bid was held in the IBF Office today for the IBF heavyweight championship mandatory defense between champion Wladimir Klitschko and Alexander Povetkin. K2 Promotions bid $ 8,313,000. Sauerland Events bid $ 4,250,001. K2 Promotions has 90 days to put this fight on.
A full week of events is scheduled for this week’s UFC 116 card at the MGM, headlining a heavyweight mega-showdown between Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin. The activities begin tomorrow:
Wednesday, 12 noon: Free and open to the public, Brock Lesnar, Yoshihiro Akiyama, Krzysztof Soszynski, Shane Carwin and Stephan Bonnar will hold open workouts at the MGM Grand’s Conference Center, Marquee Ballroom. Limited to the first 2000 fans. (more…)
Former world champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley of Washington, D.C. (36-13-1, 21 KOs) will fight Detroit southpaw Damian Fuller (30-7-1, 14 KOs) in the July 10th co-main event at the Patriot Center, replacing Baltimore’s Tim “The Pitbull” Coleman (17-1-1, 4 KOs) who suffered a laceration on his head during training last Thursday that forced him out of the fight. (more…)
Story by Andreas Hale
The stakes are higher than they have ever been for Shane Carwin. “Monster” has been rolling through the heavyweight division like Mike Tyson in the 1980’s. Nobody has been able to withstand the powerful onslaught of Carwin as he has amassed a 12-0 with 12 first round finishes. In Carwin’s last outing, the usually durable Frank Mir tasted the wrath of Carwin and had his lights promptly cut off at UFC 111 to give the Greg Jackson pupil the interim heavyweight title.
But now it is time to get the real thing . . . Click here for more
Light flyweight contender Ulises “Archie” Solis (30-2-2, 21 KOs) says he’s set for Saturday’s nationally televised clash against Eric Ortiz (30-9-3, 21 KOs) on Saturday night in Reno, Nevada. Both fighters are former world champions, but Solis is putting a guaranteed shot at the IBF title on the line by accepting this fight. “I know I’m risking a lot,” said Solis. “I have much to lose and nothing to gain from Ortiz, but risk always exists in boxing and I didn’t want to be idle for so long so we accepted the bout Saturday in Reno.” For this fight, Solis prepared for six weeks in Guadalajara under the guidance of Lorenzo Lopez. “As always, we are in excellent physical condition to prevent surprises. We know how dangerous and experienced Ortiz is and will come out victorious,” promised the former champion, who in his last fight defeated Bert Batawang in a world title eliminator.
By Felipe Leon
On Friday, July 2nd, Zanfer Promotions presents the third round of the “Guante Azteca (Aztec Glove)” tournament with a seven bout fight card being held at Tijuana, MX’s Municipal Auditorium. Bantamweights Jose “Tigre” Cayetano (5-0, 1KO) and Luis “Chupacabras” Gomez (3-1, 2KOs), both of Tijuana, MX, face off in the eight round semi final bout while undefeated Misael Castillo (13-0, 10KOs) of Ensenada, MX, goes after San Luis Rio Colorado, MX’s Luis Rey Compoa (8-5-1, 5KOs) in the six round super lightweight semi. (more…)
Former heavyweight MMA star, 6’5, 280 lbs, Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (1-0, 1 KO) will have his second professional boxing outing when he meets experienced Sam Leuii (13-24-1, 9 KOs) at the Panthers Rugby League Club, Penrith, NSW, Australia on Thursday. Leuii, 6′ 243lbs, has mixed it with Australian heavyweight champions Colin Wilson and Nathan Briggs. Leuii also punched it out with former IBF light heavyweight champion Clinton Woods in a Commonwealth title bout in 1998. Browne is trained at the Grange Gym in the Western suburbs of Sydney by leading Australian trainer Graham Shaw. Promoter Bill Treacy. Televised throughout Australia on Foxtel Cable television network.
Spike TV will telecast live coverage of the weigh-ins for the highly-anticipated “UFC 116 Lesnar-Carwin” fight card on Friday, July 2 at 7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT. The main event features a showdown between the top two heavyweight mixed martial artists in the world, UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar and interim heavyweight titlist Shane Carwin. (more…)
The Countdown To Lesnar vs Carwin Begins Tonight: See how Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin prepare for the biggest heavyweight battle in history tonight at 7pm ET/PT on SPIKE
Visit the Official Site for UFC® 116: Featuring an in-depth look at Lesnar vs Carwin, full analysis of the fight card, plus cast your vote for who you think will win!
Take the fight into your own hands with the Official UFC® App: Watch live events, access fighter profiles, catch up on the latest UFC news and more! Available for iPhone and iPad in the iTunes store
On Wednesday, June 30, The Kronk Gym Foundation will hold their 2nd Annual Fundraiser. And be joined by Jr. Middle Weight Champion Miguel Cotto, Philip Anselmo formerly of Pantera and Detroit’s own Aretha Franklin. The event will include Dinner, Awards, Amateur Boxing, Live and Silent Auctions, all for a good cause. (more…)
Photos: Eroll Popova
On Saturday in Stuttgart, Germany, the motto will be “First the World Cup, than the Boxing World Cup.” Saturday’s Universum Champons Night” event at the Porsche Arena will be a world title twinbill. Former world champion and local favorite Firat Arslan (29-4-1, 18 KOs) takes on Steve Herelius (19-1-1, 11 KOs) for the WBA interim world championship and unbeaten WBC/WIBF/WBO female featherweight champion Ina Menzer (26-0, 10 KOs) meets Jeannine Garside (9-3-1, 4 KOs), who is considered by one ratings group to be better than Menzer, a situation Menzer intends to correct. Here’s what they had to say at today’s press conference. (more…)
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Italian welterweight boxing star Daniele Petrucci (26-0-1, 9 KOs) continued his impressive career with a successful effort to win an IBF Inter-Continental belt last Friday night in front of his adoring fans at the suggestive and historical location ‘Ponte Milvio’ in Roma, Italy. Petrucci outscored former South American contender Jorge Daniel Miranda (36-9, 13 KOs) over twelve entertaining and strong rounds of boxing and took home the IBF-I/C title at 147 lbs with the final scoresheets being 118-110, 117-111 and 120-112. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Samoan-born, Australian-based heavyweight Alex “The Lionheart” Leapai ( 18-3-3, 14 KOs) will be in action on Wednesday when he clashes with American heavyweight Travis Walker (34-4-1, 28 KOs) over ten rounds at the Entertainment Center, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Walker, 6’4″ 245lbs, was crowned interim NABF heavyweight champion in 2008 when he stopped TJ Wilson in two rounds but was defeated by world rated Chris Arreola in 2008 and Johnathon Banks in 2010. Leapia, 6′ 230lbs, scored an impressive round one knockout victory over Bob Mirovic in 2010. Mirovic had been the distance with several world rated heavyweights including former giant WBA champion Nikolay Valuev. (more…)
Saturday night in Denver, Colorado, Robert Rodriguez and Fidel Maldonado, two of boxing’s brightest young prospects, thrilled local fight fans with spectacular first round knockouts. Fighting out of nearby Greeley, Colorado, 19 year old super bantamweight Rodriguez improved to 4-0-0, dropping pro debuting Michael Montalbano three times in the initial stanza on his way to earn his first stoppage. After a sensational amateur career, this was Rodriguez’s first professional bout in his home state of Colorado and the crowd at Red & Jerry’s were on their feet throughout the first round cheering on the hometown hero.
Also fighting under the TKO Boxing Promotions banner, 18 year old Fidel Maldonado stayed perfect, stunning the crowd with a brutal first round knockout of undefeated Denver prospect Jacob Dominguez, the end coming at the 1:29 mark of the round.
With the win, Albuquerque’s Maldonado improved to 3-0-0, all by first round knockout, while Dominguez moved to 2-1-0 (1KO).
Details of upcoming bouts by Rodriguez and Maldonado will be announced shortly.
While most people were rooting for Court McGee at the Ultimate Fighter Finale on June 19 because of his compelling back-story, there was at least one fighter who could fully empathize with McGee’s rise from the ashes reinvention. That was “The Immortal” Matt Brown from TUF 7, who, like McGee, battled substance problems and an eventual heroin overdose before making a name for himself in the realm of mixed martial arts. Brown’s cheating of death earned him the nickname “The Immortal,” and he was happy to see “The Crusher”—whom he actually met at the tryouts for TUF 7—realize his moment of triumph . . . Click here for more by Chuck Mindenhall, UFC.com
By Ricardo Conde
Photos by Ricardo Conde
Highly talented flyweight Austreberto Juarez (9-0, 2 KOs), training out of Tune Up Boxing Gym in Oxnard, CA, will take on Joseph Rios (7-4-1, 2 KOs) of San Antonio, TX on Friday, July 2nd at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA on the latest edition of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights which will be headlined by Demetrius “The Gladiator” Hopkins (29-1-1, 11 KOs) taking on “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (22-5-2, 10 KOs). Tickets start at $29 and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-745-3000 or at the Citizens Business Bank Arena box office. Doors open at 6pm with the first bell at 7pm. Click here for more photos…
Ringside by Jeff Zimmerman
Photography by Robert Hughes
In a crossroads fight for, both, the son of legend Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (41-0-1, 30 KOs) and Irishman John Duddy (29-2, 18 KOs); Chavez Jr proved he was the one ready to take his fight to the next level with a dominating performance over Duddy. Chavez won a hard fought unanimous decision with scores of 120-108, 116-112 and 117-111 to claim the WBC silver middleweight belt which puts him in line for a world title shot . . . Click here for more
Newly elected Congressman Manny Pacquiao was sworn into office on Monday at the Sarangani Provincial Capitol grounds. Yesterday Pacman switched political party affiliations, moving from the Nacionalista Party to the Liberal Party. He is expected to return to the ring in November against an opponent to be named.
By Felipe Leon
With a much anticipated battle between two Tijuana fighters, Antonio “Cañitas” Lozada Jr. and Rodrigo Juarez, Baja Boxing comes back with their second fight card of the year on July 17th at the El Foro Theatre in downtown Tijuana, MX. The main event will be televised nationally in Mexico by Televisa. The undefeated Lozada Jr. (22-0, 19KOs) will be risking his newly acquired WBC FECARBOX jr. welterweight title against Juarez (15-11-1, 11KOs) in a dangerous match up for the young fighter who will be facing an opponent who has him beat in experience. (more…)
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