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We’ve been informed that long time Las Vegas boxing judge Bill Graham passed away on August 13 at Desert Springs Hospital. Graham was 93 years of age. A former boxer himself, Graham began judging at the ripe age of 68 and amazingly continued well into his nineties. Among the big fights he judged was the November 13, 1999 rematch between Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield. The last notable fight he worked was Monte Barrett against Tye Fields last year at the age of 92.
The stage is set for Golden Boy Promotions to co-promote the WBA’s annual KO Drugs event along with Promociones y Eventos del Istmo from Panama City, Panama. The blockbuster fight card, which will be a benefit for the National Association Against Cancer in Panama, will feature the WBA Interim Flyweight World Championship bout between Luis Concepcion of Panama and Omar Salado of Mexico in the twelve round main event. In the co-feature, a shot at WBA Featherweight Champion is on the line in a twelve round eliminator between Daniel Ponce De Leon of Mexico and Panama’s Roinet Caballero. The bouts will take place atArena Roberto Duran. (more…)
WBA interim super flyweight champion Nonito Domaire has reportedly been released from a hospital in the Philippines after a bout with dengue fever which brought his temperatute to 104 degrees. According to AP, the illness may have come from a mosquito bite.
The final presser for Saturday night’s “Imparables!” (Unstoppable) card in Ciudad Chihuahua, Mexico, was held today. In the main event, undefeated Chihuahua jr. middleweight Marco “Dorado” Reyes (13-0, 12 KOs) will take on Colombian Beibi Berrocal (6-1, 6 KOs) for the WBC World Youth superwelterweight title. Making his return in the co-main event, former world champ Jhonny Gonzalez (40-7, 34 KOs) will go ten at featherweight against Jose “Pegono” Mendoza (21-3-2, 17 KOs), of Colombia. (more…)
Tickets are now on sale as Chet Koerner’s TKO Boxing Promotions presents “High Stakes” an outstanding evening of world class professional boxing set for Saturday, October 10th at the Arena Theatre. Starting at $25, tickets can be obtained through the Arena Theatre Box Office (www.arenahouston.com, phone 713-772-5900). The Arena Theatre is located at 7326 Southwest Freeway (between Bellaire and Fondren) in Houston. Doors on the evening of the event will open at 7pm with the first bell at 8pm. . . . Click here for more
Welterweight challenger Joshua Clottey of Accra, Ghana, will train in Las Vegas at the Top Rank gym for his upcoming bout against Sugar Shane Mosley. Miguel Diaz has been hired to train Clottey. Diaz said Clottey will report to Las Vegas “…right around the second week of October.” The working date of the fight is Dec. 26 at a venue to be announced. Clottey last week agreed to fight Mosley on HBO.
Super welterweight Jason ‘The Hammer’ LeHoullier is making plans to head for Mexico to take on Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on Top Rank’s Latin Fury 11 scheduled Sept. 12. LeHoullier, trained by Bob Russo in Portland, Maine, will be in Mexico on Tuesday, Sept. 8. “LeHoullier has been mad man-like, training for this fight,” Russo said. Chavez vs. LeHoullier will be on Pay Per View.
All the shots from Tuesday’s Floyd “Money” Mayweather media workout in Las Vegas, Nev. Complete photo gallery by Chris Cozzone: click here
NABF cruiserweight champion Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey defends his title against veteran “Famous” Michael Simms in the 12-round main event Saturday night, September 12 at the Red Lion Hotel in Sacramento, California. (more…)
King Arthur Abraham presented his new “fortress” to the German media today as he welcomed dozens of reporters to a packed press conference at the o2 World in Berlin, Germany’s most modern arena. The 29-year-old, who is unbeaten in 30 fights (24 KOs), will take on Jermain Taylor (28-3, 17 KOs) in the opening clash of the hotly anticipated Super Six World Boxing Classic on Saturday, October 17, on SHOWTIME® (8 p.m. ET/PT). “For me two dreams are coming true at the same time,” King Arthur said. “Participating in the Super Six tournament is very special. It is the best against the best. And I always wanted to fight in front of a sell-out crowd of 12,000 fans at the o2 World in Berlin. I cannot wait to get in the ring with Jermain Taylor. I will not disappoint my fans. October 17 will be a night to remember.” (more…)
Just a few days from his big fight, undefeated world ranked Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is putting the final touches in his preparation for his September 12 showdown with Jason LeHoullier in Tepic, Nayarit in the main event of “Latin Fury 11” the very successful boxing series that Top Rank and Zanfer Promotions have been putting together over the last few years and that will televised on Pay-Per-View in the United States. For more details and photos click here…
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All Star Boxing, Inc. “The New Generation”, Tuto Zabala Jr. and Deportes TELEMUNDO are teaming up once again to present their popular series of “Boxeo TELEMUNDO” on September 11 at Humberto “Chiquita” Gonzalez Marbet Plus Hall in Ciudad Neza, Mexico. In the main event Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez of Mexico City, Mexico will face Wilbert “Huracan” Uicab of Cancun, Mexico in a 12 rounder with the Mexican National flyweight title at stake. Hernandez, a former world title challenger, is currently ranked #6 WBC, #12 IBF, #14 WBO, and brings a record of 22-6-1, 11 KOs. Uicab, the current NABF Champion, is ranked #7 WBC with a record of 26-5-1, 16 KOs. There 7 fights scheduled with the first bell at 8:30 PM. Tickets are already on sale at Humberto “Chiquita” Gonzalez Marbet Plus Hall, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz #630, Colonia Benito Juarez, Ciudad Neza, Mexico or by calling (525) 557434132 or (525) 557432279. The main event will be televised live in the United States by the Telemundo Network at 11:35 PM. The show is being presented by All Star Boxing, Inc in association with Producciones Deportivas, Rafael Mendoza and Humberto “Chiquita” Gonzalez.
By Bob Caico at ringside
41-year-old female ring legend Christy Martin (49-5-3, 31 KOs) won the vacant WBC female light middleweight title via ten round majority decision over Dakota Stone (9-8-4, 1 KO) on Wednesday night at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, NY. Scores were 95-95, 98-92 and 99-91. The win came with a price, however, as Martin likely broke her right hand in the final round.
2004 Olympian heavyweight Jason Estrada moved to 16-2, 4 KOs with a seventh round stoppage of Zuri Lawrence (24-15-4, 0 KOs)
Super middleweight James McGirt Jr (20-2-1, 10 KOs) stopped Anthony Pietrantonio (6-3, 5 KOs) in round four.
As Everlast reaches its 100 year anniversary in 2010, the leader in pro and amateur boxing gloves plans to continue to serve as the premier brand in the boxing arena. In September 2009, Everlast will launch three new types of fight gloves (The MX, 1910, and Protex 3), marking the first time in history that Everlast will be providing fighters with a choice of fight gloves. “Choose your Weapon” is a marketing and product campaign that encourages boxers to explore their fight glove options in order to select the right glove that compliments their individual fighting style and physical attributes. This video is a look through the fighters’ eyes on the perception of their hands, as well as the emotional and physical requirements that go into selecting right fight gloves. The fighters’ view is complimented by insight on the design origin, construction, and performance characteristics of each glove by the Everlast product Team. No other brand on the market offers the fighter a choice, and thus it is imperative as the market leader in product and innovation that Everlast remain the Choice of Champions.
The Hanseatic city of Rostock on the Baltic Sea is again looking forward to a big boxing event. On Oktober 10th at the Stadthalle in Rostock, two world title fights, plus several other high-profile fights will highlight the next “Universum Champions Night.” Champions will collide in both world title bouts as unbeaten WBC/WIBF featherweight champion Ina Menzer meets jr. featherweight champion Esther Schouten in a rematch of their January clash considered by many to be the female fight of the year, and the “Killer Queen” Susi Kentikian will display her spectacular fighting style defending her WBA and WIBF belts against WIBF jr flyweight champion Julia Sahin. Also seeing action will be unbeaten heavyweight contender Denis Boytsov, unbeaten local featherweihght star Marcel Meyerdiercks and 2008 Olympic heavyweight gold medalist Rakhim Chakhkiev making his pro debut. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
On Wednesday at the famous Romanza Gym in Mexico City, Juan Manuel Marquez conducted a training day for local and international press. Marquez sparred with Antonio Fernandez, Alejandro Barrera and Juan Montiel in his preparations to take on Floyd Mayweather September 19 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Marquez looked very fast and seemed to be in tremendous condition. “I’m looking forward to the day of the fight and will try to do everything in my reach to defeat the best in the world at thise moment Floyd Mayweather,” said Marquez, “but I am also one of the best and looking to make boxing history.” (more…)
By Lee Bates
Just speaking with Rodel “Kid Rapido” Mayol of the Philippines (25-3-1, 19 KOs)one can tell the importance of his upcoming rematch with WBO light flyweight champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon of Puerto Rico (32-0-1, 6 KOs). This past June the two squared off in Madison Square Garden. The bout ended in a six-round technical draw because Calderon was unable to continue due to an accidental head butt he suffered in the fourth round. Mayol, who is promoted by boxing’s pound pound for king Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, is entering his fourth attempt to win a world title. A fact that he is very much aware of. “I may not get another world title fight and must take advantage of this opportunity,” said Mayol. (more…)
During a well-attended Media Workout Wednesday at the Pound4Pound Gym, Vitali “Dr. Ironfist” Klitschko (37-2, 36 KOs) and K2 Promotions Managing Director, Tom Loeffler, announced that 100 tickets for Klitschko’s eagerly anticipated WBC heavyweight title defense against unbeaten, No. 1-ranked Cristobal Arreola (27-0, 24 KOs), of East Los Angeles, Saturday, Sept. 26, at STAPLES Center would be donated to Southern California firefighters.
“Vitali has a house on the hillside in Los Angeles where he can see all the fires, and he really appreciates the hard work and dedication from all the firefighters,” Loeffler said. “Donating 100 tickets to the Firefighters Association is Vitali’s way of thanking them for all their hard work and efforts while putting their lives on the line to keep the people of Los Angeles safe.” (more…)
On October 16th, Greg Robinson’s Power Productions will celebrate the tenth anniversary of the successful promotional company in grand style as a bout of major proportions will serve as the main event for the special card. In a twelve round bout for the USBA jr. middleweight title, Derek “Pooh” Ennis (18-2-1, 12 KOs) will take on James Moore (17-2, 10 KOs). “This fight is fitting and appropriate for my 10th anniversary show,” said Robinson. “The Blue Horizon is where I started and to have this kind of fight headline the show plus a packed undercard will make it a very special night.“ (more…)
Floyd “Money” Mayweather opened up his gym in Las Vegas with a BBQ and a bang today, giving the media a sneak peek of his peak form. On Sept. 19, Mayweather ends his retirement from boxing in a return against Mexican great Juan Manuel Marquez. Pictured: Floyd Mayweather, Sr. holds the heavy bag for Floyd, Jr. Stay tuned tomorrow for a complete photo gallery.
“It was a recommendation, not a ruling,” stated Greg Sirb, the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission (PSAC). FightNews and other media reported that the PSAC had changed the initial verdict of a ‘Technical Decision’ to a ‘No Contest’ decision regarding the outcome of the August 14th contest between heavyweight contenders Brian Minto and Donnell Holmes but it was revealed today that the “No Contest” status was only a recommendation and that a second hearing for the Minto camp will be held in approximately two weeks. “I am relieved to hear that the ‘No Contest’ verdict was only a recommendation,” said Pat Nelson, the advisor to Minto. “The tape and the testimony of the referee (Rick Steigerwald) will prove that Brian was cut by a headbutt.” Minto concurred: “I know when I get a headbutt. The cut didn’t even require stitches because it was such a clean cut. The cut was straight up and down. A glove tears you skin,” explained Minto. “Brian controlled the fight from the opening bell,” said Nelson. “You can watch the tape and see that Holmes would have been knocked out in another round!” Check out the Minto vs. Holmes bout yourself at: www.Mintofight.com
Fightnews.com has been informed that Gary Shaw Productions has won a WBO purse bid today to promote the bout between WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley and interim titlist Lamont Peterson. Shaw bid $575,000 against Top Rank’s bid of $451,000 to secure the event during a proceeding at WBO headquarters in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The bout will take place on December 5th and likely land at the Agua Caliente Casino/Spa in Rancho Mirage, California. SHOWTIME will televise.
The President of the Republic of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, received Gary Shaw, promoter of world super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan, and Gagik Tsarukyan, President of Armenia’s Olympic Committee, on Tuesday in the Presidential Palace located in Armenia’s capital city of Yerevan. Shaw informed President Sargsyan that he plans to organize a Darchinyan world title fight in Armenia for spring 2010. Darchinyan, a two-division world champion, is a native of Armenia. (more…)
By Lee Bates
WBO super flyweight champion Jose ‘Carita’ Lopez (39-7-2, 32 KOs) of Puerto Rico and his upcoming challenger Marvin Sonsona (13-0, 12 KOs) of the Philippines squared off for the first time today in Ontario, Canada. The two will fight for real this Friday September 4th at the Casino Rama in Ontario Canada. The PR Best Boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera) Promoted Lopez was very confident of victory at their press conference held today. “I can tell you that I have come very well prepared for this fight. I know that Sonsona has youth in his favor but I see myself knocking him out,” said Lopez.
Fight fans may enter through Gate 4 at Yankee Stadium for Top Rank’s FirePower press conference which will feature Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto on Thursday, Sept. 10. Gate 4 will open at 11 am. The press conference, on the field by first base, will begin at noon. Bob Arum said fight fans have been calling and sending emails to Top Rank’s corporate office in Las Vegas about the upcoming FirePower press conference. “We are expecting a huge turnout of fans,” Arum said. The stop at Yankee Stadium will launch a national tour with stops in Caguas, Puerto Rico; San Francisco, Beverly Hills, Calif. and San Diego. Pacquiao and Cotto will meet in their mega Firepower showdown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, November 14. Pacquiao vs. Cotto will be available on HBO Pay Per View.
By Alexey Sukachev
Well-known Kazakh welterweight Andrey Yeskin has tragically died this Saturday in a horrible accident in his hometown of Aktobe. According to local source Today.kz, Yeskin was trying to get over from the balcony of his apartment to the lower floor, when he fell from the height onto the ground. Yeskin, nicknamed “Bazooka” for his notable power punching and a fan-friendly aggressive style, was an accomplished amateur with 152 wins and only 15 losses. He turned pro in 1999 and compiled a nice record of 17 wins (12 inside the distance) with only six losses. Yeskin, 33 at the time of death, was also the WBC CISBB light welterweight and WBO Asia Pacific welterweight beltholder. In his last fight, the father of two was stopped in a brutal slugfest for the vacant BBU welterweight title by Russian Roman Seliverstov. Andrey is survived a wife and two infant daughters. Being a humble and diligent member of world boxing community, he will be sorely missed both in his native Kazakhstan and abroad. Fightnews send its deepest condolences to Yeskin’s family and his relatives.
By Butch Gottlieb & Mary Ann Owen/BoxingInLasVegas.com
Our Team Infinity cutman & dear friend Charles “Hank” Henry is fighting cancer. He is in Valley Hospital, Room # 380 located at 620 Shadow Lane, Las Vegas, Nevada 89106. He would love a card and or a visit. Hanks loves boxing and was starting to make his mark as a cutman until he got KO’d by the Big C . Keep Hank in your prayers.
By Chuck Giampa
Mike La Cella, a timekeeper with the Nevada State Athletic Commission for almost three decades, passed away last week. La Cella was a long time resident of Las Vegas, originally from Warren, Ohio. He became a timekeeper in 1981. His first major assignment was on the Leonard-Hearns card in 1981 and he was one of the timekeepers working the historic Foreman-Moore Heavyweight Title fight. Mike was the most kind, unselfish, professional imaginable. Rest In Peace, Good Friend!
The best edition yet of the hugely successful Prizefighter series scheduled for October 2, featuring the cream of British heavyweights, will now take place at ExCel, London following unprecedented demand for tickets. Originally slated for the York Hall, Bethnal Green, the competition featuring the likes of Danny Williams, Audley Harrison and Michael Sprott, sold out its 1,100 capacity within 48 hours of going on sale. In addition a waiting list has been created running into several hundred. Prizefighter features eight fighters competing in four quarter-finals, two semi-finals and the final with all the action happening the same night. Each contest lasts a maximum of three rounds with standard boxing rules applied. (more…)
By Lee Bates
Cuba born Damian Frias (16-1, 7KOs) and Freddy Hernandez of Mexico (25-1, 18 KOs) will square off October 23rd in Laredo,Texas. The bout will be a ten round main event aired on Showtime’s ground-breaking ShoBox: The New Generation series. Frias is ranked #14 in the world by the WBC and will look to successfully defend his WBC Latino welterweight title. Frias enters the bout on a twelve fight win streak while Hernandez is unbeaten in his last nine bouts. Hernandez’ promoter Gary Shaw Productions will promote the event.
By Lee Bates
Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon (32-0-1, 6 KOs) of Puerto Rico is just 10 days away from his highly anticipated rematch with Rodel Mayol (25-3-1, 19 KOs) of the Phillipines. Calderon is more than ready to prove that he is still the best light flyweight in the world. When asked if he felt Mayol was the stronger fighter in their first encounter he replied with the following: “I didn’t feel him to be stronger than I was which is part of what lead me to being a lot more aggressive than normal. My game is to hit and not get hit and that’s what will happen this time. I’m going to take him to school and give him a boxing lesson,” said Calderon. (more…)
Zanfer Boxing has a tremendous world title twinbill on tap for September 15 at the Palenque del Recinto de la Feria in León, Guanajuato, Mexico. The event will feature Mexican stars Jorge “Travieso” Arce, Humberto “Zorrita” Soto, Ulises “Archie” Solis and Omar Chavez in separate bouts. Arce (52-5-1, 40 KOs) will face South African Simphiwe Nongqayi (15-0, 6 KOs) for the vacant IBF junior flyweight championship formerly held by Vic Darchinyan. WBC super featherweight champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (48-7-2, 31 KOs) will defend his title against Colombian Aristides “Papa” Smith (15-0-1, 8 KOs). Ulises “Archie” Solis (28-2-2, 20 KOs) returns for the first time since losing his IBF light flyweight title to Brian Viloria in April when he takes on veteran Gilberto Keb Baas (28-19-3, 16 KOs). Also “Son of the Legend” Omar Chavez (17-0-1, 13 KOs) is back in action against Jack Davis.
By Boxing Bob Newman
Christy Martin 153 vs Dakota Stone 153
(WBC Female Super Welterweight title)
Jason Estrada 247 vs Zuri Lawrence 235
James McGirt Jr. 168 vs Anthony Pietrantonio 167
Jackie Trivilino 125 vs Priscilla Trompowski 124
Jamie Resnick 135 vs LaQuan Lewis 135
Fight Night at the Fair is presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s CES Promotions in association with the International Boxing Hall of Fame. The New York State Fair grounds are located in Syracuse, NY. First bell at 7:30 p.m.
By David Hudson
Floyd “Money” Mayweather expressed confidence in his ability to keep his undefeated record and lustrous legacy intact when he squares off against the dangerous and fellow pound-for-pound great Juan Manuel Marquez on September 19th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. “I bring excitement and flash back to the sport of boxing and I honestly believe I will do that on September 19th,” he said. “It is really important for me to do well and dominate.” Mayweather insists the long layoff will not cause him any problems with ring rust, saying that it gave him a needed break, time to heal and that he grew “stronger as a person mentally.” He deftly parried questions about separate, out-of-the-ring controversies involving him and his trainer-uncle Roger Mayweather, saying: “I just focus on positive things; we don’t focus on the negative.” He also refused to commit himself to an eventual showdown with Manny Pacquaio: “All roads lead to Floyd Mayweather, I don’t have to chase any fighter.”
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