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By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
WBA super world featherweight champion Chris “The Dragon ” John (43-0, 22 KOs) will be in action on July 26 in Jakarta, Indonesia when he defends the championship against South American featherweight champion Fernando “El Vasco” Saucedo (38-4-3, 1 KO) of Argentina over twelve rounds. John is in solid training under the expert guidance of Craig Christian who talked to Fightnews. “CJ is in great shape three weeks out from fight. He seems to be very hungry. I cannot fault his attitude or his endeavor. I believe CJ is boxing better than ever before he is really having fun trying new things and is really sitting down on his punches. After this (with Saucedo) we want to fight any of the other champs: Gamboa, anyone except for Billy Dib, we are terrified of him. He will never get a shot.” In his last ring appearance Chris John defended the championship in September 2009 with clear twelve round points decision over Rocky Juarez at the MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas.
Photo by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Sonoran fighter Hernan “Tyson“ Marquez (23-1, 15 KOs) will arrive in Puerto Rico tomorrow with the firm objective of surprising WBA interim super flyweight champion Nonito Donaire (23-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. The bout will be the opener on Top Rank’s special “Pinoy Power/Latin Fury” event that will be televised on SHOWTIME.
“I understand the position I am,” Marquez commented. “I’m not the favorite so I’m under a lot of pressure since we signed the fight with Donaire, and in return this has given me great motivation and belief in myself and I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t think I would win.” (more…)
Photo by Jose Perez/PRBBP
After a few days here in Puerto Rico, world ranked challenger Bernabe Concepcion is almost ready to get into the ring to battle Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez this Saturday at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico in the “Challenge” a world championship fight promoted by Top Rank and PR Best Boxing Promotions and to telecast live on Showtime. “I am almost there. I will be set to go on Saturday. I have to work very hard to be ready for this fight and in the next few days is just about putting the final touches on my training,” said Concepcion yesterday during a media workout at the Wilfredo Gomez Gym in Guaynabo. For more details and photos click here…
Highly regarded Saul “Canelo” (Cinnamon) Alvarez has closed the toughest training phase for his fight for the WBC super welterweight silver championship against Luciano Cuello on Saturday at the VFG Arena in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Many believe “Canelo” will be the next great Mexican fighter. “I feel very good,” he said. “I’m very happy because of the good training here in Tepic (Nayarit, Mexico). I think this has been one of the best in my career and now I just have to work on the weigh-in. It was hard work, with a lot of sacrifice and dedication. All the team is at the maximum and without any doubt we are here to win…even by knock out.” He added “Cuello can say anything, but the silver/green will be for Mexico.”
Sensational young prospects Randy Caballero and Gabino Saenz scored first round knockouts this past Friday night in the off-TV portion of ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California.
After the ESPN2 broadcast went off the air, the loud and proud legion of fans from Coachella, California, cheered as the sound system-blasted “Matador” by Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, signaling the ring walk of the 19 year old Caballero. (more…)
The weigh-in for the July 9 Mike Jones-Irving Garcia fight will take place at 5pm Thursday, July 8, at the Atrium (6th floor) in Bally’s Hotel & Casino and it is open to the public. Jones will defend his NABA and NABO welterweight titles in a scheduled 12-round bout against Garcia on a show dubbed “The Fireworks Continue” in the ballroom of Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall.
“I’ve had a tremendous camp and I’m in great shape–I’m ready,” said Jones. The 27-year-old Philadelphian is 21-0, 17 KOs, and ranked as high as the #2 in the world by the WBO behind champion Manny Pacquiao. “As each fight goes by, I get in better and better shape,” Jones said. “I take nobody for granted. When it’s time to shine, I’m gonna shine.” (more…)
Nathan Cleverly and Ricky Burns have promised to make up for Britain’s summer of sporting flops – by winning world titles in the autumn. Welshman Cleverly challenges unbeaten Karo Murat for the vacant WBO interim light heavyweight title on September 18 at the LG Arena in Birmingham. Burns will challenge WBO super featherweight champion Roman Martinez on September 4 in Glasgow. Both boxers have vowed to put a smile back on the faces of British sports fans after England crashed out of the World Cup, and Andy Murray failed in his bid to become Wimbledon champion. (more…)
Former world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (44-7, 38 KOs) of Mexico will now face Ira Terry (24-3, 14 KOs) of Tennessee July 24th. The bout will be a featherweight main event to take place in Campeche, Campeche, Mexico. Gonzalez was originally scheduled to face Hisashi Amagasa (15-4-2, 12 KOs) of Japan who had verbally accepted and was sent a contract, but then backed out.
By Felipe Leon
After a strategic re-shuffling, Antonio Lozada Sr.’s Baja Boxing has rescheduled their multi-bout fight card originally slated for July 17th to Saturday, July 24th. The venue for the night remains the same, El Foro Threatre located upon the historic Revolucion Ave. in the heard of Tijuana, MX. “This new date is better for us and or the television channel (Televisa),” Lozada Sr. stated. “It gives our fighters one more week of training and it gives us one more week of promotion.”
In the main event, jr. welterweight WBC FECARBOX champion Antonio “Cañitas” Lozada Jr. (22-0, 19KOs) will defend his newly acquired title against the always tough Rodrigo Juarez (15-11-1, 11KOs), both of Tijuana. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Mike Indri’s Dignity Promotions in association with Jim Kurt Boxing brought an entertaining club card with seven bouts featuring up and coming regional competition to the Merighi’s Savoy Inn on Friday night. In the main event of the evening, light heavyweight Charles Hayward moved to (5-2, 1 KO) with a workmanlike six round unanimous decision victory over wily veteran Mazur Ali (6-7, 3 KOs), by scores of 60-53 x 2 and 57 56. The co-feature of the evening was a quick one as Atlantic City New Jersey lightweight prospect Joel De La Paz dropped Randy “The Rattler” Campbell three times in just forty-four seconds for an explosive first round TKO. (more…)
IBF junior middleweight champion Cory Spinks (37-5, 11 KOs) has received 12 months probation for drunk driving in Vero Beach, Florida. Spinks also received 200 hours of community service, a $500 fine, plus court costs and $4,000+ in restitution. Spinks, who crashed his car into a parked vehicle in April, pleaded no contest to the drunk driving charge.
Spinks hasn’t fought since April 2009 when he won the vacant IBF belt against Deandre Latimore. His scheduled June 12 defense against Cornelius “K9” Bundrage was postponed by promoter Don King due to a scheduling conflict. That bout is expected to land on DKP’s August 7 card in St. Louis featuring Devon Alexander against Andreas Kotelnik and Tavoris Cloud against Glen Johnson.
Octagonside by Anthony Springer Jr.
Photos courtesy of Josh Hedges, UFC
FIGHT COVERAGE: In the run up to the UFC’s biggest heavyweight title fight in the company’s history, two questions surrounded the fight: Does Brock Lesnar have a chin and can Shane Carwin fight past the first round? The answer to the first question was yes. The answer to the second was no . . . Click here for more
POST-FIGHT: At UFC 100, Brock Lesnar (5-1, 4-1 UFC) celebrated his victory over Frank Mir by dissing the UFC’s biggest sponsor (strike 1), berating his still dazed opponent (strike 2) and flipping the bird to the crowd (strike 3) . . . Click here for more
This past Friday night, welterweight contender Demetrius “The Gladiator” Hopkins looked dominant defending his WBC USNBC title, winning a unanimous decision over former world title challenger “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis. With the win, the Philadelphia native improved to 30-1-1, his second unanimous decision this year after moving up to the welterweight limit. Scores for Hopkins were 100-90 and 99-91 twice. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
In the third installment of Zanfer Promotions month long “Guante Azteca (Aztec Glove)” tournament held at Tijuana, MX’s Municipal Auditorium last Friday night, dark horse Jose Cayetano (6-0, 1 KO) not only stayed undefeated but advanced to the finals with a hard won eight round unanimous decision over Luis Gomez (3-2, 2 KOs), both of Tijuana. Cayetano controlled the first half of the fight with a frenetic pace of counter punching the open defense of Gomez. Gomez had his best round in the fifth when he landed short hooks to the chin of Cayetano while attacking the body of his opponent but without much luck. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
The rematch between Mikey Schultz and Tineyi Maridzo for the WBO Africa super middleweight title will now take place on Thursday, July 8 at the Wembley Indoor Arena after it was postponed due to the challenger, Schultz contracting bronchitis. Schultz is out for revenge after Maridzo from Zimbabwe knocked him out in the first round when they met for the interim title in November. (more…)
Universum Box-Promotion, the only major promoter to release their entire fight library to the fans for free viewing, has placed four new fights from last night’s world title twinbill in Stuttgart on their YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/UBPboxing. The new videos include the WBA Interim cruiserweight world championship between Firat Arslan and Steve Herelius, the WIBF/WBC/WBO female featherweight world championship between Ina Menzer and Jeannine Garside, plus the matches of super welterweight prospect Jack Culcay and cruiserweight prospect Rachim Tschachkijew.
Below is the end of Herelius-Arslan…
And here is the end of Garside-Menzer…
By Ron Jackson
Bongani Mwelase, 27, the current WBF junior middleweight champion will move down to welterweight to challenge the 38-year-old Lovemore Ndou for his IBO belt on September 18 at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park. The tournament will be presented by Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBC#9/WBA#11 Naoki Matsuda (33-8-4, 13 KOs), 126, struggled to keep his OPBF featherweight belt as he showed his poorest form and timing in his career, but managed to outpunch aggressive but monotonous Korean champ Jungsuk Soh (10-9-1, 2 KOs), 125.5, en route to a unanimous nod (119-111, 116-110 and 115-114) over twelve dull rounds on Satuday in Tokyo, Japan.
Also, OPBF middleweight titlist Koji Sato (17-1, 15 KOs), 160, retained his regional belt by dispatching Korean Inyoung Yoon (8-2, 3 KOs), 159.75, at 2:06 of the third round. Sato’s right to the temple was a haymaker, though Sato didn’t display his best form at all in the first two sessions.
Ex-Olympian, WBC#13 flyweight Toshiyuki Igarashi (11-1-1, 9 KOs), 113, made short work of formerly world-rated Filipino Rexon Flores, 112.25, with a southpaw left uppercut to the liver at 1:46 in the opening session. Promoter: Teiken Promotions.
The comeback of 39-year-old former world champion Firat Arslan was unsuccessful after a two year break, however the Arslan Team attributes his eleventh round TKO loss to dehydration more than the punches of newly crowned WBA interim champion Stave Herelius. “That was bitter,” said trainer Michael Timm, “I’m sure that Firat would have won that fight on points.” Herelius started strong as expected, but Arslan was in command until suddenly running out of gas. Arslan spoke after spending the night in the hospital. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former three-division world champion Erik “El Terrible” Morales will defend his WBC welterweight International title against Willie Limond on September 11 in Mexico City or Tijuana. “I want to train hard and keep looking toward a world title opportunity,” said Morales. “But for that I must be one hundred percent. I will do everything I can to recover the lost time.” Erik’s father Jose “Olivaritos” Morales will be responsible for his training. Limond, from Glasgow, Scotland, is 33-2, the losses being to Amir Khan and Alex Arthur.
The living decendants of James J. Jeffries and Jack Johnson, Gary Wurst and Linda Hayward, pose ringside at The Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada. The families were enjoying the action ringside on fight night after the week-long celebration commemorating the battle on July 4, 1910. (more…)
WBA super flyweight champion Hugo Cazares (32-6-2, 23 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over Everardo Morales (34-15-2, 23 KOs) on Saturday night at the Centro de Convenciones in Tlalnepantla, Mexico. Cazares dominated the fight and floored the battered Morales in the seventh with a left hook. He beat the count but was unable to continue.
WBC female super flyweight world champion Ana Maria Torres (21-3-2, 13 KOs) stopped overmatched Olga Julio (7-8-1, 3 KOs) in round four.
Octagonside by Anthony Springer Jr.
Living up to every ounce of hype prior to the bout, UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar survived an early onslaught to submit challenger Shane Carwin in the second round with an arm triangle choke. In the opening period Carwin dropped Lesnar with a blasting uppercut and quickly pounced on the champion. For the next three minutes Carwin controlled from the top position and bloodied the champion. In the second round, Lesnar took the tired challenger to the mat and sunk in a tight arm-triangle. The tap came at 2:19.
In what could go down as one of the greatest finishes of the decade Chris “The Crippler” Leben submitted Japanese sensation Yoshihiro Akiyama via a tight triangle with only :20 seconds remaining in the fight. At the time of the submission, Leben was considerably behind in the fight. (more…)
By David Robinett at ringside
Photos by Laura De la Torre
In a clash of former world champions, Ulises ‘Archie’ Solis (31-2-2, 21 KOs) won a lopsided ten round unanimous decision over Eric Ortiz (31-11-3, 20 KOs) in a flyweight bout on Saturday night at the Grand Sierra Resort & Casino in Reno, Nevada. Solis punctuated his victory with knockdowns in rounds nine and ten en route to a 98-89, 98-89, 99-88 score. Solis is rated #1 in the light flyweight division and is mandatory challenger. He previously had stopped Ortiz in nine back in 2006. For more details and photos click here…
By Karl Freitag
Photos by Eroll Popova
Cruiserweight Steve Herelius (20-1-1, 11 KOs) scored an eleventh round TKO over comebacking former champion Firat Arslan (29-5-1, 18 KOs) to claim the vacant interim version of the WBA world title on Saturday night at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, Germany. The lanky Herelius scored from long range with his southpaw jab, but as the bout progressed and he slowed down, Arslan’s pressure paid dividends. Arslan staggered Herelius in round seven and was one punch away from ending it as Herelius wobbled around the ring. Herelius was later deducted a point for a headbutt in round ten by referee Stanley Christodoulou. Arslan appeared to be on the way to a sure win, however after a Herelius uppercut in the eleventh, he suddenly seemed completely exhausted and barely made it back to his stool. The bout was then stopped by trainer Michael Timm between rounds. Arslan was immediately rushed to the hospital.
Jeannine Garside (10-3-1, 4 KOs) overpowered previously unbeaten WIBF/WBC/WBO female featherweight champion Ina Menzer (26-1, 10 KOs) over ten rounds to seize Menzer’s three belts. Garside was strong and aggressive as she forced the fight against Menzer, flooring her in the final moments. Scores were 98-92, 96-94, 96-94. For more details and photos click here…
Ringside by Francisco Salazar
Photography by “Big” Joe Miranda
The effects of welterweight Demetrius Hopkins’ game plan in his ten-round bout on Friday night was evident by the redness on Mike Arnaoutis’ face. Unfortunately for Arnaoutis, it has been a recurring theme recent bouts . . . click here for more
“I’m not playing,” former boxing champion James “Lights Out” Toney says about his debut in the UFC, Aug. 28 at UFC 118, held at the TD Garden in Boston, against former UFC heavyweight and light-heavyweight Randy “The Natural” Couture. “These guys were afraid to come to my sport, so I’m coming to theirs.”
Toney hosted an informal brunch at MGM’s Wolfgang Puck’s today in Las Vegas to talk about his upcoming fight. “I’m the greatest fighter Couture’s ever fought,” he said. “And if he wants to stand up and fight, he’s gonna have a hell of a headache the next morning.”
Ask Brock Lesnar what he missed the most during a nearly one year layoff due to illness, and he fires back with a typically quick retort. “The paychecks.”
What follows next is a deep laugh that probably wasn’t heard too much in the Lesnar household after a bout with what was eventually discovered to be diverticulitis put the baddest man on the MMA planet in a hospital bed and threatened his career. But once he recovered and got back to the business of preparing to defend his heavyweight title, there was a new Brock Lesnar in town . . . click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
Welterweight Demetrius Hopkins (30-1-1, 11 KOs) pounded out a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (23-5-2, 10 KOs) on Friday night at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA. Scores were 99-91, 99-91, 100-90.
Unbeaten junior welterweight Joseph Elegele (9-0, 7 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Willie Walton (4-2, 3 KOs). Elegele dropped Walton at the end of round two and got the stoppage at 1:37 of the next round.
Unbeaten junior welterweight KO artist Francisco Contreras (15-0, 13 KOs) hammerfed out a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over Eric Cruz (7-4-3, 7 KOs). Scores were 80-72, 80-72, 78-74. For more details and photos click here…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos by Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC Youth world champions Juan Antonio Rodriguez and Esmeralda Moreno are ready to defend Saturday against their Mexican compatriots Hugo Morales and Yesenia Martínez in the featured fights on the event billed as “Gala de Estrellas” presented by Boxeo de Gala.
Juan Antonio Rodriguez 125.4 vs. Hugo Morales 125.7
Emerald Moreno 108 vs. Yesenia Martínez 108
Daniel Estrada 134.6 vs. Juan Pablo Sánchez 134.6
Carlos Zárate Jr. 135.3 vs. Fernando Salazar 134.6
Cristian Esquivel 117.7 vs. Rodolfo Garay 116.6
Promoter: Boxeo de Gala and Dr. Fausto Daniel Garcia
Venue: Gran Forum, DIstrito Federal
Click here for more photos…
By Ramon Aranda
Photos by Laura De la Torre
Ulises “Archie” Solís 113.5 vs Eric Ortiz 113
Mark Melligan 147 vs Agnes Adjaho 146.5
Joey Gilbert 172 vs Billy Bailey 173
Francisco Vargas 130 vs Juan Sandoval 132
Carlos Gaytan 169 vs Alex Rivera 168
John Figueroa 137 vs Khadaphi Proctor 138
Venue: Grand Sierra Resort/Casino in Reno, Nevada
Promoter: Top Rank & Lets Get It On
TV: FOX Sports Net; Fox Sports Espanol
Click here for more photos…
The Florida Court of Appeals has affirmed the 2008 decision of a Florida trial court judge who tossed out promoter Don King’s $2.5 billion libel suit against ESPN. The lawsuit said a 2004 biographic piece aired on ESPN unfairly portrayed King “by creating an inference and innuendo that Don King was dishonest and engaged in illegal activities, including physically endangering others in order to succeed in his profession.”
Decision of the District Court of Appeal of Florida, Fourth District: “After reviewing the summary judgment evidence and the arguments of counsel, we conclude that the trial court did not err in granting summary judgment on King’s defamation claim. ESPN did not act recklessly by relying on statements made by [Don] Elbaum and [Jack] Newfield. Moreover, although it exercised editorial discretion by creating a particular theme for its program, there is no evidence that it published the challenged statements with knowledge of their falsity or with any serious doubt as to their truth. Thus, King did not meet his burden of presenting record evidence sufficient to satisfy the trial court that a genuine issue of material fact exists which would allow a jury to find actual malice by clear and convincing evidence.”
Weights by Anthony Springer, Jr.
From the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s PPV-televised UFC 116:
For the UFC heavyweight championship:
Brock Lesnar 265 vs. Shane Carwin 265
Yoshihiro Akiyama 185 vs. Chris Leben 186
Stephan Bonnar 205 vs. Krzysztof Soszynski 205
Kurt Pellegrino 155 vs. George Sotiropoulos 156
Matt Brown 171 vs. Chris Lytle 170
Aired on Spike TV:
Brendan Schaub 238 vs. Chris Tuchscherer 255
Seth Petruzelli 205 vs. Ricardo Romero 206
Kendall Grove 184 vs. Goran Reljic 186
Dave Branch 185 vs. Gerald Harris 185
Forrest Petz 170 vs. Daniel Roberts 169
Jon Madsen 254 vs. Karlos Vemola 222
HBO Sports President Ross Greenburg has again ripped the Klitschko brothers. IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (54-3, 48 KOs) and WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (40-2, 38 KOs) have both have previously fought on the network numerous times and routinely fill huge soccer stadiums when they fight, but Greenburg says there is no longer any interest in them from HBO. “I’m really souring on the heavyweights,” Greenburg was quoted as saying strangely on ESPN’s website, rather than that of his own network. “There doesn’t seem to be any interest in the U.S. and there doesn’t seem to be any heavyweights besides David Haye who would have any juice in challenging the Klitschkos. We’re out of the heavyweight division. We’re not playing in that sandbox right now. It doesn’t make any sense for us. The fights happen over there [in Europe], they’re on tape delay. There is just very little interest in this country.” Greenburg added that HBO definitely will not televise Wladimir Klitschko against unbeaten Teddy Atlas-trained Olympic gold medal winner Alexander Povetkin (19-0, 14 KOs), nor Vitali Klitschko’s next fight unless the opponent is David Haye or Tomacz Adamek. Previously Greenburg had famously stated that the American public can’t tell which brother is which.
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