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Paez edges Echeverria, Rivas tops Sandoval

Paez edges Echeverria, Rivas tops Sandoval

Photos: Zanfer Welterweight Jorge "Maromerito" Paez (39-6-2, 23 KOs) scored a razor-thin majority decision over previously unbeaten Daniel "Tokado" Echeverria (18-1, 16 KOs) ...

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Undercard Results from Staples Center

Undercard Results from Staples Center

By Rocky Morales at ringside Photo: Suzanne Teresa / Premier Boxing Champions WBC rated #3 contender, Julio Cesar Ceja (29-1, 26KO), got up off ...

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Santa Cruz defeats Mares in “Battle of LA”

Santa Cruz defeats Mares in Battle of LA

By Rocky Morales at ringside Photos: Suzanne Teresa / Premier Boxing Champions Leo Santa Cruz (31-0-1) turned in a career best performance in winning ...

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Don King: Heavyweight boxing back to what it is supposed to be

Don King: Heavyweight boxing back to what it is supposed to be

Photo: Esther Lin/Showtime Hall of Fame promoter Don King was ecstatic after heavyweight Trevor Bryan's ten round unanimous decision over Derric Rossy in ...

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Cotto reveals secret weapon

Cotto reveals secret weapon

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press Photos: Gabriel Gonzalez - Hoganphotos/Roc Nation Sports/Golden Boy At age 34, WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto appears to ...

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Boxing News

Klitschko-Arreola in the works!

By Karl Freitag

WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (37-2, 36 KOs) will face WBC #1 rated Chris Arreola (27-0, 24 KOs) on September 26 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. “We are going the right direction but no contract has been signed yet,” Bernd Bönte, Managing Director of the Klitschko Management Group, confirmed to Fightnews.com earlier today. Klitschko was originally slated to face David Haye on September 12th in an outdoor megafight in Hamburg, Germany, however Haye instead opted to challenge WBA champion Nikolai Valuev.



July 31st, 2009


Feature Story

Gatti: Questions remain

By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada

It was as quick a turn-around as you can get, known for being able to dramatically turn things around inside the ring, things turned a full 180 degrees in the investigation of the death of former two-time world champion Arturo Gatti Thursday as he was ruled to have committed suicide. His wife Amanda Rodrigues was freed from jail where she had been held in Brazil since July 12th as the only suspect in the death of the 37 year-old retired fighter. “It’s unbelievable,” Arturo’s brother and former pro fighter Joe Gatti told the CBC Thursday, “A kid like that shouldn’t go out like that, and now this.” (more…)



July 31st, 2009

Boxing Result

Norwood, Anchondo victorious!

Photo: Rocco Morales

Photo: Rocco Morales

By Francisco Salazar at ringside

Former world champions Freddie Norwood and Mike Anchondo were victorious on the debut of the monthy “Noche de Boxeo” series Thursday night at the El Monte Expo Center in El Monte, California. Former WBA featherweight champion Freddie Norwood (43-3-1, 23 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Jose Celaya. Norwood, who fought at the middleweight limit for this bout, scored a knockdown in the first round. Norwood mostly had Celaya (31-5, 16 KOs) on the defensive throughout the bout, although Celaya did have some of his moments. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Norwood, with scores of 78-73, 79-72, and 80-71.

Former WBO super featherweight champ Mike Anchondo (29-2, 19 KOs) won a six round majority decision over Octavio Narváez (7-5, 4 KOs). “Mighty Mike” won by scores of 58-57, 59-57 and 57-57 in a bout fought at welterweight poundage. (more…)



July 31st, 2009

Boxing Result

Wilson KOs Huerta in one!

Photo: Big Joe Miranda

Photo: Big Joe Miranda

By Big Joe Miranda at ringside

Unbeaten featherweight Derrick Wilson (5-0-1, 2 KOs) upset highly touted and previously unbeaten Charles Huerta (11-1, 6 KOs) via explosive first round KO on Thursday night at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. The excitement started right away as Wilson and Huerta came out and immediately started trading shots. It ended after just 59 seconds when Wilson landed a left hook that dropped Huerta for the count.

In an off-TV super middleweight clash WBC #10 middleweight Enrique Ornelas (29-5, 19 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Roberto Baro (12-7, 9 KOs). The bout was waved off after Ornelas dropped Baro with a body shot. Time was 1:01. For more results and photos click here…



July 31st, 2009

Boxing News

Rodriquez ready for title shot!

Photo: Marty Rosengarten/RingsidePhotos.com

Photo: Marty Rosengarten/RingsidePhotos.com

By “Boxing” Bob Newman

For welterweight contender Delvin Rodriguez, all the years of toil and heartache in the ring come down to twelve rounds this Saturday in front of his loyal Connecticut fans. On that night he’ll battle it out in a rematch with South African Isaac Hlatshwayo for the vacant IBF welterweight title at the Mohegan Sun Casino. Last November, Rodriguez traveled to South Africa to battle Hlatshwayo in an IBF eliminator to face then champion Joshua Clottey. The fight ended in an unsatisfactory draw. After Clottey was stripped of his belt for signing to fight WBO counterpart Miguel Cotto, the IBF mandated that Rodriguez and Hlatshwayo face each other again, this time with the title on the line. Rodriguez’ promoter Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing won the purse bid and therefore the hometown advantage this time around will go to Rodriguez who was born in the Dominican Republic and now fights out Danbury, CT. Earlier this week, Rodriguez took time out of his schedule to talk with Fightnews about his long awaited title shot, the first fight with Hlatshwayo, and his ill-fated, nationally televised USBA title match with fellow contender Oscar Diaz, just over a year ago on July 16, 2008, in which Diaz was seriously injured. (more…)



July 31st, 2009

Boxing News

Police release Forrest video

Atlanta Police have released surveillance video of the events preceding the murder of Vernon Forrest in hopes someone can identify the suspects.



July 30th, 2009

Scale Watch

NYS heavyweight title at stake!

Boxing returns to Saratoga Springs
Photo: Emily Harney

Photo: Emily Harney

The New York State heavyweight title will be on the line this Friday, July 31st, when Darrel Madison (13-1, 3 KOs) and Nagy Aguilera (13-1, 8 KOs) headline the “Night of Future Champions” event. The “Night of Future Champions” card – which is promoted by Lisa Elovich of Pugnacious Promotions – showcases exciting, young boxing prospects during the first weekend of world-class thoroughbred racing at Saratoga Springs. “I am so happy to host the New York State heavyweight championship fight on our annual Saratoga card,” said promoter Lisa Elovich. “The fans will be chomping at the bit to see all of the exciting local prospects, too. This is a card that no one will want to miss!” (more…)



July 30th, 2009

Feature Story

Ajamu is back!

Story by Rick Scharmberg

Nearly three years removed from his bout with the great Roy Jones, and over two years since his last fight, Prince Badi Ajamu (23-3-1, 15 KOs) is coming back. He will face journeyman DeAndrey Abron (15-5, 10 KOs) in a 12-round light heavyweight bout this Friday at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey . . . Click here for more



July 30th, 2009

Interview

Bowman ready for Placencia

Interview by Kurt Wolfheimer

Undefeated lightweight prospect Carney “Beeper” Bowman (13-0, 5 KOs) is ready to take that next step in his career on Friday night when he faces tough Dominican Delvin Placencia (15-1, 6 KOs) at the Sovereign Bank Baseball Stadium in York, Pa., Saturday night . . . Click here for more



July 30th, 2009

Scale Watch

ShoBox Weights

Photo: SHOWTIME

Photo: SHOWTIME

Talented, once-beaten prospect Marvin Quintero weighed in at the contracted weight of 131 pounds and hard-hitting veteran Tyrone Harris tipped the scales at 132¼ pounds during Thursday’s weigh in at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, Calif. Harris will be allowed to fight, but will be fined by the California State Athletic Commission for failing to make the contracted weight. Undefeated bantamweight prospect Chris Avalos and knockout artist Andre Wilson both measured 117 pounds for the ShoBox co-feature. For more details and photos click here…



July 30th, 2009

Scale Watch

Foreman at the scales

Weights by Chris Cozzone
For photos, visit www.NewMexicoBoxing.com

From the Hotel Encanto in Las Cruces, N.M. for tomorrow night’s “WarZone” card promoted by Powerhouse Promotions at the Pan Am Center:

George Foreman III 237 vs George Burrage 211.5
Austin Trout 153.5 vs. Marcos Primera 155
Salvador Sanchez 123.5 vs. Benito Abraham 120.5
Arron Lyons 216 vs. Charles Davis 210
Jennifer Han 130 vs. Mellisa St. Vil 132
Abie Han 157.5 vs. Sergio Santana 160.5



July 30th, 2009

Boxing News

Duva: DLR still under contract

Promoter Dino Duva of Duva Boxing says he was “shocked” to read that representatives of his undefeated welterweight prospect James De La Rosa (19-0, 12 KOs) are proclaiming the young fighter’s promotional free agency. “It is news to me that he’s a free agent,” revealed Duva. “I read his press release with disbelief. Duva Boxing and Cavazos Boxing have an exclusive promotional agreement with James De La Rosa and I don’t understand how they can claim to be a free agent. In fact, it’s my understanding that Cavazos Boxing have James scheduled for a fight in Texas in September or October.” Duva says he’s still 100% committed to De La Rosa’s career and wishes for a speedy resolution to the unexpected turn of events. “However, if we are not able to resolve this amicably immediately, and/or there’s something underhanded relating to this announcement, and someone has interfered with my contract, I will vigorously defend my position, challenge theirs legally and hold anyone responsible for damages incurred.”



July 30th, 2009

Boxing News

DiBella inks Del Valle

DiBella Entertainment has inked unbeaten featherweight Luis Del Valle (5-0, 3 KOs). Del Valle joins Puerto Rican compatriots Kermit Cintron, Carlos Quintana and Joelo Torres in the DBE stable. “This is a market we are going to seriously tap into,” said DiBella. “Luis Del Valle showed how great he can be as an amateur, and is unquestionably one of the top prospects of Puerto Rican descent in the world. I look forward to steering him towards a world title, while continuing to keep and eye out for the best young talent of Puerto Rican ancestry.” Luis Del Valle’s next fight will be on the August 26 edition of Broadway Boxing at BB King Blues Club & Grill in the heart of Times Square.



July 30th, 2009

Boxing News

CES: 3 shows in 10 days

Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES) has announced that it will promote three professional boxing cards, in three different states, within 10 days of each other in September. CES, in association with the State of New York, in conjunction with the International Boxing Hall of Fame, will run a show Wednesday, Sept. 2 at the New York State Fair in Syracuse. Two days later (Friday, Sept. 4), CES returns home to Twin River Event Center in Lincoln (RI) and a week after that show, (Friday, Sept. 11) “The Radisson Hotel Plymouth Harbor Fight Series” continues at Plymouth (MA) Memorial Hall. Fighters are TBA.



July 30th, 2009

Boxing News

Media picks Bradley!

If the media members who participated in the SHOWTIME Media Prediction Poll have called it correctly then Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley will successfully defend his WBO 140-pound title against former unified lightweight champ Nate “The Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell. Bradley (24-0, 11 KOs) of North Palm Springs, Calif., will take on Campbell (33-5-1, 25 KOs), of Jacksonville, Fla., in a “homecoming” fight this Saturday, Aug. 1, live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING (9 p.m. ET/PT) from The Show at Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif., just minutes from where the champ grew up. The matchup is a tough one to call. Campbell, who is fighting for the first time at 140 pounds, is the more experienced fighter having more knockouts than Bradley has victories, but, Bradley is the younger, perhaps quicker fighter who has the benefit of competing in his backyard. One thing is for certain: Saturday’s main event on SHOWTIME is going to be one heck of a fight. Bradley, who voluntarily relinquished the WBC 140-pound belt to face Campbell, was the popular winner in the poll garnering 22 of the 28 predictions. Most predicted a decision victory for Bradley in his desert homecoming, while only a few reasoned the fight would end inside the 12 championship rounds.
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In the first half of a world championship doubleheader, undefeated, No. 2-rated Devon Alexander “The Great’’ (18-0, 11 KOs), of St. Louis, will face No. 3 Junior Witter (37-2-2, 22 KOs), of England, for the WBC strap that Bradley voluntarily relinquished. Bradley originally won the WBC belt by defeating Witter on May 10, 2008 on SHOWTIME.



July 30th, 2009

Boxing News

Nolan slowly recovering!

Detroit based heavyweight contender Leo Nolan (27-1, 10 KOs) is still recovering from his shooting on June 14th. In an incident eerily similar to the recent shooting death of former world champion Vernon Forrest, Nolan was exiting his car in front of a friend’s house, when a young male ran up and attempted to rob him. During this attempt, the male appeared to get very nervous and shot at Nolan, hitting him just above the left collarbone. Nolan was able to drive himself to the hospital. Due to the bullet being so close to the spinal cord, doctors were unwilling to risk surgery to remove the bullet. There still have not been any arrests made in this shooting. Nolan is slowly recovering from the shooting, still suffering from some loss of feeling in his left arm and hand. He is under the direct care of a doctor and physical therapist, and is hopeful for a full recovery. Nolan has also said he is heartbroken over the loss of Vernon Forrest and is grateful that his situation turned out differently.



July 30th, 2009

Boxing News

Bradley ready for Campbell!

Photo: Carlos Baeza/Thompson Boxing

Photo: Carlos Baeza/Thompson Boxing

By Francisco Salazar

Aside from his unbeaten record and world titles that he has accumulated throughout his professional career, Timothy Bradley is an intelligent young man. Intelligent enough to know that the dangers of the sport of boxing can reward a fighter or put them in a hospital. Intelligent enough to outbox his opponents to remain unbeaten thus far since making his professional debut five years ago. Even intelligent enough to know when to not let a fighter get under his skin. Bradley has heard it all before, and is hearing a lot from former lightweight champion Nate Campbell, who he will be facing off against on Saturday night at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, CA. The bout will headline a Gary Shaw Productions and Thompson Boxing Promotions card, in association with Don King Productions. The bout will be televised on SHOWTIME. (more…)



July 30th, 2009

Boxing News

Rogan on fire!

Photo: Richard Maynard

Photo: Frank Warren Promotions

Tickets are now on sale for the big rematch between Sam Sexton and Martin Rogan on Friday, October 9th at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast. The warring heavyweights came head-to-head today in a heated press conference to announce their highly anticipated grudge match. A fuming Rogan said to Sexton, “I’m going to take up artistry and paint you across the canvas. You’d better believe it, you’d better believe it!” He added, “When a gladiator spits out his gumshield he has lost the fight. It shows that he’s a coward, only a coward spits out the gumshield. I’m going to crush him.” On the controversial eighth round in their last fight, Rogan said: “Everybody knows the fight should have been stopped. He was all over the place. I’ve seen kids on crutches walking better than you.” Tickets, priced at £25 (tier), £30 (tier), £40 (central tier), £60 (floor), £100 (floor) and £150 (ringside) are available from: www.odysseyarena.com More photos…



July 30th, 2009

Boxing News

Delvin: Hlatshwayo will pay!

Photo: Carol Kaliff/Danbury News-Times

Photo: Carol Kaliff/Danbury News-Times

IBF# 2 rated welterweight, Delvin Rodriguez (24-2-2, 14 KOs) and his team left their camp today in the Catskill Mountains and are headed to the Mohegan Sun, where Rodriguez will take on South Africa’s IBF #3 rated Isaac Hlatshwayo (28-1-1, 10 KOs) on Saturday night for the vacant IBF welterweight championship. “Come ready,” Rodriguez warned Hlatshwayo. “You disrespected me and my team when we were in your country and I will never forget that. I am not going to disrespect you verbally, but trust me, come August 1st you are going to pay for everything you have said. You will be going home empty handed, while I will be going home with the belt as the new IBF welterweight champion of the world.” (more…)



July 30th, 2009

Boxing News

Bradley-Campbell Notes

The event may be soldout but fans can still see Timothy Bradley, Nate Campbell, Junior Witter and Devon Alexander face-off against each other…at the official weigh-in on Friday, which will be open to the public. The weigh-in will take place in the Cahuilla Ballroom at Agua Caliente Casino * Resort * Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif.) Doors open at noon with the world championship fighters stepping on the scale, beginning at 1PM PT
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Las Vegas-based oddsmaker Lou D’Amico has made Bradley and Alexander the favorites with lines of 2 ½ -1 and 2-1, respectively. The “over” is favored at 9 ½ rounds for both.
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Promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and Thompson Boxing Promotions, in association with Don King Productions and Hennessy Sports, the Bradley-Campbell / Witter-Alexander 140-pound world championship doubleheader will be broadcast live from THE SHOW at Agua Caliente on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast.)



July 30th, 2009

Boxing News

Santos-Foreman update!

The WBA will call a purse bid for a match between super welterweight champion Daniel Santos and Yuri Foreman. The bidding will be overseen by Gilberto Jesus Mendoza and Jose Oliver Gomez and will take place August 10th at the WBA office in Panama City, Panama.



July 30th, 2009

Boxing News

Gatti death ruled a suicide

Wife to be released

Brazilian police have concluded that former world champion Arturo Gatti’s death was by his own hand. As a result, the court has ordered the release of his wife Amanda Rodrigues, who has been held since Gatti’s death on July 12 in Brazil. (More to come)



July 30th, 2009

Boxing News

WBC withholds sanction!

Alexander-Witter officials snafu

By Big Joe Miranda

The WBC will not approve the bout between Devon Alexander and Junior Witter for the vacant super lightweight title due to the selection of officials by the California State Athletic Commission. “For the WBC to approve the fight as for the WBC title it would be needed that one of the American officials, preferably a judge is taken out and a foreigner approved by the WBC is appointed, with the approval of the CSAC, of course otherwise, our sanctioning will be suspended,” said WBC president José Sulaimán. “I can not hide my disappointment for this decision taken by the CSAC, with which we have had the best of relations and mutual cooperation through the years; I sincerely feel offended and humiliated for their apparent lack of respect to justice and the WBC rights of our officially registered World Boxing Council (WBC) trademark and championship accolade. I would be betraying the confidence bestowed on my by the Board of Governors, with members from all over the world, who are the people that elected me, if I don’t defend justice and the WBC’s rights.”
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The California Commission appointed referee Lou Moret and judges Benjamin Rendon (Mexico), Jerry Cantu (California) and Glenn Trowbridge (Nevada) to handle the bout. According to Sulaimán, the British Boxing Board of Control, Witter’s representatives and Alexander’s representatives have all objected.



July 30th, 2009

Boxing News

Madison, Aguilera speak!

By Alex Dombroff

New York State heavyweight champion Darrel Madison (13-1, 3 KOs) defends his title against Nagy Aguilera (13-1, 8 KOs) in one of the feature fights of Pugnacious Promotions “Night of Future Champions” event at the Saratoga Springs City Center on Friday. Here’s what the fighters have to say:
Q&A: Darrel Madison | Q&A: Nagy Aguilera



July 30th, 2009

Boxing News

Jimenez-Jimenez Aug. 21st!

By Lee Bates

Marcos “El Tigre” Jimenez (16-1, 10 KOs) will take on Daniel “Azuquita” Jimenez (18-3, 10 KOs) August 21st in a much anticipated bout locally between two Puerto Rico based prospects for the WBA Fedecentro super featherweight title. Marcos Jimenez enters the bout on a six bout win streak including having avenged his only professional loss by defeating veteran Edel Ruiz. Daniel Jimenez owns the distinction of being the first and only fighter to date to have beaten world ranked contender and former Olympian Vincente Escobedo as a professional. Daniel Jimenez also fought competitively in a decision loss to former world champion Jesus Chavez and was stopped in the 12th round by current world champion Ramon “Rocky” Martinez in a bout that was very close on the official scorecards prior to the knockout. PR Best Boxing Promotions (Ivan & Peter Rivera) will be promote the event which will feature 10 bouts in all and be held at the Coliseo Pedrín Zorrilla in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Tickets can be bought on line at Ticketcenter (www.tcpr.com) or by calling 787 792-5000. Tickets are being priced from $15-$50.



July 30th, 2009

Feature Story

Foreman III looks for Win II

Story by Chris Cozzone

Battering down an unwon 0-5 fighter might not convince the boxing community that he’s got the goods of his legendary father, but George “Monk” Foreman III is on a mission to set himself apart from the handful of sons-of-legends prominent – and not so prominent – in the sport . . . Click here for more



July 30th, 2009

Boxing News

Murat-Di Giacomo on Aug 29!

European super middleweight title on the line

Karo Murat is looking for his 20th victory in as many fights when he takes on Lorenzo Di Giacomo on the undercard of the Huck-Ramirez clash in Halle on August 29. It will be Murat´s third defense of the European super middleweight Title he won from Cristian Sanavia in April 2008. “I am hungry for success,” Murat said. “Di Giacomo will find out what that means.” Between his two victories over Sanavia, Murat held off newly-crowned WBA light heavyweight champion Gabriel Campillo when the duo locked horns in Bielefeld in September 2008. “Halle is not far from Bielefeld and I really look forward to coming back because the fans supported me superbly,” Murat added. The 25-year-old (19-0, 12 KOs) is determined to improve his unbeaten record, while experienced Di Giacomo has set his sights on his 39th success (38-3, 19 KOs). “He is a very good fighter with a lot of experience,” Murat added. “But I will defend my title.”



July 30th, 2009

Boxing Result

Bika destroys Casanova!

Photos: Tim Barry/www.timbarry.wetpaint.com

Photos: Tim Barry/www.timbarry.wetpaint.com

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

IBO super middleweight champion Sakio Bika (28-3-2, 19 KOs) blasted out Nestor Casanova (22-16, 10 KOs) of Argentina in round one at the Orion Function Center, Campsie, NSW, Australia Thursday. Bika connected with a solid right hands to drop the import twice and the referee Gary Dean crowned the Australian based Cameroon boxer. Bika said, “I want to fight Anthony Mundine. Also the winner of the Lucian Bute and Librado Andrade IBF super middleweight title bout.” Bika is rated IBF#5 and will be in line to fight elimination bout for the number one position after the Bute vs Andrade IBF title bout. For more details and photos click here…



July 30th, 2009

Announcement

Presser open to public

An open to the public press conference for Saturday’s “The Battle of York 4” will take place this Friday, July 31 at 12 noon at the front entrance to the Sovereign Bank Baseball Stadium, 5 Brooks Robinson Way in York, Pennsylvania. Fight fans are encouraged to meet their favorite fighters including York’s Carney Bowman, Eric Nemo and Stevie Weimer, all of whom will be appearing on the card.

Tickets for Saturday night’s “The Battle of York 4”, starting at $20 can be purchased in advance through the York Revolution Box Office (717-801-HITS, www.yorkrevolution.com ). Ringside table seating is also available through the box office. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the press conference and at the door on the night of the event. Doors open at 4pm on Saturday, first bell for the eight bout card is at 5pm. “The Battle of York 4” is presented by Chet Koerner’s TKO Boxing Promotions, originators of the “Hometown Heroes to World Champions” national boxing series.



July 30th, 2009

UFC

Grove matures his game!

Just when did Kendall Grove become so mature? One minute he’s a tatted-up punk known for hard partying, reality show antics, and a brazen, if not cringe-inducing, victory dance; the next, he’s a humble, sensitive guy who fights for his family’s welfare and the honor of his native Hawaii . . . Click here for more by Debbie Lee, UFC



July 30th, 2009

Boxing News

Caballero visits Marquez!

Photo: Gabriel F.Cordero

Photo: Gabriel F.Cordero

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Current WBA/IBF super bantamweight unified world champion Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero of Panama made a courtesy visit to the Romanza Gym in the Distrito Federal/Mexico City. He spoke with a group of fighters being trained there by famed trainer Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain, which included Juan Manuel and Rafael Marquez. Caballero is currently training in Mexico in the Centro Ceremonial Otomi and could make an optional defense in Mexico, with an opponent and date to be determined. For a very long time Caballero has expressed his desire to fight Rafael Marquez, Juan Manuel Lopez, Israel Vasquez and Jhonny Gonzalez among others.



July 30th, 2009

Boxing News

King backs Alexander!

Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Veteran promoter Don King believes that Devon Alexander will become his latest world champion at the expense of Junior Witter this weekend. Witter will attempt to regain his old title at the Agua Caliente Casino in California on Saturday night with the vacant WBC light welterweight title on the line against the undefeated Alexander. King has overseen the 22-year-old St. Louis native’s impressive rise up the light welterweight rankings and he believes that Alexander has the potential to become a major star. “I saw something special in Devon from the beginning,” revealed King. “He doesn’t drink, smoke or take drugs. He takes care of his body. His smile lights up a room. He’s also a great role model for young people. I can’t say enough good things about this talented young man. Now he has received an opportunity in the land of opportunity and he plans to make the most of it. Those in attendance at Agua Caliente and watching across America on Showtime are going to see a very special young fighter win his first world title.” (more…)



July 30th, 2009

Boxing News

Sonsona: The next Pacquiao?

On Friday, September 4th, 19-year-old “Marvelous” Marvin Sonsona (13-0, 12 KOs) tries to become one of the youngest world boxing champions of the modern era, when he takes on hard-hitting WBO junior bantamweight world champion Jose Lopez (39-7-2, 32 KOs) in the co-main event of Rumble at Rama IX in Casino Rama, in Rama, Ontario. Former IBF junior featherweight champ “The Canadian Kid” Steve Molitor (29-1, 11 KOs) highlights the evening’s other co-feature, opposite an opponent still to be determined. (more…)



July 30th, 2009

Boxing News

De La Rosa a Free Agent!

Photo: JC Diaz

Photo: JC Diaz

By Jose Reyes

Unbeaten former WBC youth welterweight title holder James De La Rosa (19-0, 12 KOs) claims he is now a free agent. The move was announced by manager/trainer Danny Smith who is preparing to move the young welterweight prospect “The King” into position for his run at a world welterweight title. “Being a free agent is great, you know Cavazos did a really good job getting him to where he got him and Dino did a great job getting us a couple of television fights but they don’t have a big stable and they don’t have guaranteed TV dates. We need to be with someone that can really showcase this young kid so the world can see. James brings excitement to the ring because he comes to fight to win by knock out or be knocked out, which is what people really want to see,” stated Danny Smith. (more…)



July 30th, 2009

Boxing News

Make or break for Fana!

Photo: Branco Sports Promotions

Photo: Branco Sports Promotions

By Ron Jackson

It is really make or break for former IBF junior lightweight champion Mzonke Fana when he meets South African champion Jasper Seroka in an IBF junior lightweight title eliminator at the Nasrec Indoor Arena on Friday night. The winner will earn the right to challenge the victor of the upcoming August 22 fight in Houston, Texas between champion Malcolm Klassen and Robert Guerrero. Fana from Khayelitsha in the Western Cape, is at a crucial time in his career. At 35-years-of-age, he needs to be at his best to try to regain the IBF junior lightweight belt that he lost to Cassius Baloyi in April of last year. Fana is ranked at number four in the most recent IBF ratings and Seroka from Namkgale in Limpopo comes in at the tenth spot. (more…)



July 30th, 2009




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