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Ringside by Chris Cozzone
In a battle of Cobra-monikered headliners, tonight at the Guilty Boxing & Rattlesnake Events-promoted Plaza card, Las Vegas cruiserweight Dewey “Black Kobra” Cooper (18-3-3, 10 KOs) won an eight-round unanimous decision over Cory “Kid Cobra” Phelps (13-6-1, 7 KOs), of Catlettsburg, Ky. The action failed to match the three undercard bouts, with Cooper pitter-patting from the outside while Phelps plodded forward. Scores were 79-73 x 3. In a battle of undefeated welters, Las Vegas’ Abdan Lozano (6-0, 1 KO) handed Canadian Andre “Gorgeous” Gorges (8-1, 6 KOs) his first loss, winning unanimously with scores of 59-55 across the board. In the best bout of the night, Las Vegas lightweight Lonnie Smith (8-2-2, 6 KOs) stretched game James Lester (8-3, 4 KOs), of Detroit, on the canvas at 2:10 of the third. In the opener, Said El Harrak (6-0, 2 KOs), of Henderson, remained undefeated with a shutout four-round decision over Cincinatti’s James Helmes (6-4, 1 KO). Stay tuned for a full report tomorrow morning.
Wolfslair disciple Paul ‘Tellys’ Kelly was never going to back Dan Henderson to beat teammate Michael Bisping. That much is a given. However, it still comes as a surprise when you hear just how unwavering Kelly is in his belief that Bisping will dominate the former PRIDE champion at UFC 100. . . . Click here for more by Elliott Worsell
Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. on the double end bag at The Summit Boxing Camp in Big Bear, California.
Sensational young prospects Derek and Tyler Hinkey will return to action in their hometown of Reno, Nevada on Friday, July 10th on the terrific undercard of “Summer Showdown” at the Reno Events Center. (more…)
Already in Las Vegas, Michael “The Count” Bisping is counting down the days to his UFC® fight with former PRIDE® Champion Dan Henderson, making his prediction known to his fans and the world. (more…)
Weights by Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Gabriel F. Cordero
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This afternoon in France, both WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo Moreno and his challenger Mahyar Monshipou made weight with Moonshipur weighing 118 against Moreno’s 117.75. The bout will take place on Saturday in Parc des expositions, Poitiers, Vienne, France. Monshipour made the 118lb limit on the first try while “Chemito” was 20 grams over. Earlier on the hotel scale he weighed 118, had a light breakfast and rested all the day. After a bathroom run, he came back .25lb under the limit.
Unbeaten former multi-division world champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather reportedly owes millions to the IRS. According to public records obtained by AP, the IRS filed a $6.17 million tax lien against Floyd for unpaid taxes in 2007. Manager Leonard Ellerbe disputed the claim telling the wire service that Floyd doesn’t have a problem with the IRS.
If you were to tune in to a UFC broadcast for the first time, one of the first things to likely grab your attention would be the manic ringmaster in the impeccably tailored suit whose feverish gesticulations and frenzied articulations of the pending event’s participants’ names and vital statistics has the crowd hanging on his every syllable. . . . Click here for more by Mike Russell
By Alexey Sukachev
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Czech light middleweight Lukas Konecny (40-3, 20 KOs) continued his route to a second world title opportunity with a spectacular stoppage of French journeyman Christophe Karagoz (17-15-4, 4 KOs) on Friday night at the Soccio Center in Hannover, Germany. The WBO #2, IBF #5 and WBA #15 ranked fighter dropped his opponent in the first round and continued the bout in a well-measured pace, effectively blocking his opponent’s attack and scoring numerously in spurts. In round eight, Konecny finally took the fight over and dropped the Frenchman three times with the body shots until the stoppage, which came at 2:39 of the eighth stanza.
Multi-title super middleweight champion Natascha Ragosina (21-0, 12 KOs) retained her WBC and WBA belts with a conviencing ten-round unanimous decision over American challenger Laura Ramsey (9-4, 4 KOs). Boxing in an exotic mix of the Frisian national female costume and schoolgirl uniform, tall and busy Ragosina kept her opponent at distance, scoring with jabs and adding powerful combinations while taking little in return. Ramsey went down in round two after a right hook by Ragosina, but the referee didn’t rule it as a knockdown. Despite taking a major punishment the brave American pressed forward anyway, throwing wild swings but missing almost all of her blows. Both boxers faded in late rounds but the Russian champion just didn’t left her opponent any chance of upset. At the end all three judges had it unanimously in favor of the most titled Russian boxer (both male and female) in modern history: 100-90, 99-91 and 98-93.
Junior featherweight Esther Schouten (24-5-1, 12 KOs) is once again the junior featherweight champion of the WIBF, claiming the vacant belt with a tenth round TKO over Bettina Völker (6-4-3, 2 KOs). Referee Holger Wiemann waved off the one-sided duel at 1:39 of the last round. The 31-year-old Schouten previously held this title from 2002-2004.
In an upset, Nigerian welterweight Anthony Ukeh (4-3-2. 2 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over the highly regarded Oliver Güttel (16-2-1, 9 KOs). The bout was stopped due to a bad cut over the left eye of Güttel. The fight was supposed to be redemption for Güttel after their first fight ended in a draw.
Unbeaten welterweight Tommy Altmann moved to 10-0, 3 KOs after a six round unanimous decision over Andreas Malion (1-3-1).
Final Forum teams up with Club Destiny tonight in Orlando, Florida for the first of a monthly series of boxing events. In the main event Derric Rossy (20-2, 11 KOs) takes on Moses Droz (13-7, 10 KOs) for the WBC Fecarbox heavyweight title. Also featured on the card are Denzel Washington’s heavyweight prospect Damian Wills (23-2-1, 17 KOs), and recent Contender series star Alfredo Escalera Jr. (17-2-1, 12 KOs) in separate bouts. Final Forum will make a special presentation to former world champion Pinklon Thomas (43-7-1, 34 KOs) who is helping youth in the community through his organization Project Pink.
On July 11th ARENA will bring boxing back to Turkey. Two of the world’s best welterweights will meet at the Besiktas Cola Turka Arena in Istanbul when Turkey’s “Mini-Tyson” Selcuk Aydin defends his WBC international championship against former European champion “Sugar” Jackson Osei Bonsu from Belgium. The winner of this highly anticipated bout between WBC #2 (Aydin) and #3 (Bonsu) will not only become the new EBU welterweight champion, but will also be very close to a title shot against unbeaten WBC king Andre Berto. (more…)
Promoter Don King announced today that he will pay tribute to Michael Jackson at a world championship boxing event King has slated for July 11 at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. King plans to give Jackson boxing’s traditional ringside 10 bell count honoring those who have passed and to play Jackson’s music and videos at King’s previously announced fight card highlighted by an International Boxing Federation bantamweight championship between titleholder Joseph King Kong Agbeko and world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan, who is moving up in weight to face Agbeko. This match will be televised live on SHOWTIME beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). (more…)
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Alexander Dimitrenko 253.5 vs Eddie Chambers 208.3
(WBO heavyweight eliminator)
Susi Kentikian 111.7 vs Carolina Marcela Gutierrez Gaite 111.5
(WBA/WIBF flyweight world championship)
Alesia Graf 114.8 vs Terri Lynn Cruz 114.8
(WIBF/GBU junior bantamweight world championship)
Alexander Alekseev 199.9 vs Kendrick Releford 203.2
Marcel Meyerdiercks 126.7 vs Juan Garcia Martin 124.7
Krzysztof Cieslak 138.4 vs Suleyman Dag 136.2
Pablo Vasquez 149.9 vs Vasile Surcica TBA
Venue: Color Line Arena, Altona, Hamburg, Germany
Promoter: Universum Box-Promotion
TV: ZDF (Germany)
Amir Khan says top US prospect Victor Ortiz’s shock defeat last weekend has underlined how hard his fight with Andreas Kotelnik will be. Ortiz was bombed out in six rounds in an interim WBA World Light-Welterweight title fight by heavy-handed Argentine Marcos Maidana in LA. Earlier this year, Kotelnik defeated Maidana on a split decision in Germany. “Maidana’s win at the weekend shows you just how good Kotelnik is,” said 22-year-old Khan, who takes on Kotelnik on July 18 at the M.E.N Arena, Manchester, in a challenge for his WBA light-welterweight title. (more…)
Marco “Captain” Huck will challenge WBO Cruiserweight Champion Victor Emilio Ramirez at Halle´s Gerry Weber Stadium on August 29. Exactly 20 months after falling to Steve Cunningham, the European Champion looks to erase the darkest hour of his career. “I cannot wait to fight for the world title again,” Huck (25-1, 20 KOs) said. “I am thrilled that the fight will take place in Halle, which is just 10 miles from my hometown Bielefeld. The Gerry Weber Stadium is a fantastic venue and I will certainly please the fans on August 29.” (more…)
American Boxing Promotions hosts their inaugural card “The Rematch” this Friday at the South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main event features WBA and GBU lightweight champion Layla McCarter (31-13-5, 7 KOs) of Las Vegas against Fujin Raika (18-5-1, 6 KOs) of Tokyo, Japan in a rematch that’s been seven years in the making. In April of 2002, McCarter traveled to Tokyo Japan and won a majority 8-round decision over then undefeated Raika. McCarter would go on to win four world titles while Raika vowed to exact revenge. Also in action are former world title challenger jr middleweight Carlos Nascimento (23-1, 20 KOs) and once-beaten welterweight Antonio Mesquita (34-1, 28 KOs). Tickets for “The Rematch” start at $20 and are available at the South Point Hotel Casino box office (702-797-8055).
It’s the Ultimate gig in the world of sports modeling, and when The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) decided to search for potential new Octagon GirlsTM, it reached out to the only magazine devoted to discovering new beauty around the world: Maxim, the largest young men’s lifestyle magazine in America. The result? A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for attendees of the UFC® Fan ExpoTM to be on hand when the winner of the first-ever Maxim UFC® Octagon GirlTM Search is chosen at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, July 11th, just hours before the lights go down for the biggest event in mixed martial arts history, UFC 100.. . . Click here for more
The “Night of the Middleweights“ card on July 11th at the new Ring°Arena located at the famous Nürburgring Speedway will now feature a third attractive middleweight collision when WBO #4 Gennady “Mr. Merciless“ Golovkin (16-0, 13 KOs), the shooting-star of the Spotlight Boxing team, will be facing WBO #15 John Anderson Carvalho (18-3-1, 11 KOs) in a fight fot the WBO Intercontinental belt. The huge “Universum Champions Night” event will take place in during the weekend of the 2009 German Formula 1 Grand Prix and feature two middleweight world championships. Headlining will be WBA world champion Felix Sturm (32-2-1, 14 KOs) against reigning European champion Khoren Gevor (30-3, 16 KOs), who is currently rated WBA # 2. Also WBC #2 Sebastian Zbik (26-0, 10 KOs) and #1 Domenico Spada (29-1, 14 KOs) face off for the vacant WBC interim middleweight crown.
Eight-Time World Champion Roy Jones, Jr. (53-5, 39 KOs) battles former super middleweight champion Jeff Lacy (25-2, 17 KOs) in “Hook City,” on Saturday, August 15, 2009 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center in Biloxi, MS. Tickets, priced at $150, $125, $100, $75, $50 and $25, will go on sale today at 10 AM CT, and will be available at MS Coast Coliseum Box Office, and all Ticketmaster outlets.
By Craig Watt
Australian WBO#1 ranked lightweight Michael Katsidis (25-2, 21 KOs) has this week extended his contract with trainer and manager Brendon Smith for a further three years. The 28 year old former WBO interim champion from Toowoomba, Queensland has been with Smith since he was a local amateur fighter when he was just 11 years old. They have been together through out his 81 amateur fights, where he won 75 bouts and reached the quarter finals of the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Since turning professional in 2001, “Katsidis The Great” has won 21 of his 27 fights by KO and has been recognized as one of Australia’s most exciting fighters in recent years. The only losses on his exciting resume are to former world champions Joel Casamayor and Juan Diaz that occurred in 2008. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Fidel Tukel is one of Australia’s biggest promoters and has recently secured the rights for his promotions to be televised on the Channel Ten network throughout Australia. Fightnews talks to Fidel and asks if IBF#11 featherweight Billy Dib, who will be boxing Kenichi Yamaguchi on July 9 at Luna Park, Sydney, NSW, Australia, has what it takes to win a major body world title, as well as WBA#9 light heavyweight Tim Bell, who’ll be boxing on a July 16 show in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. (more…)
On Saturday July 25, 2009 the Greensboro Coliseum and Walter Johnson Promotions team up to bring ‘Double Impact’ an event that brings Professional Boxing back to Greensboro, North Carolina.
Headlining the card will be Former NBC Contender Star and current WBC America’s junior middleweight champion Jimmy Lange (30-3, 21 KOs) taking on Jimmy LaBlanc (16-16, 7 KOs) in a 8 Round bout. In the co-feature Shakir Ashanti (16-8, 6 KOs) takes on Alejandro Quiroga (11-5, 2 KOs) in an 8 round bout for the UBC America’s middleweight championship. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Due to an unforseen shoulder injury, Damien Fuller (30-6-1, 14 KOs) has stepped down from facing Mercito Gesta (15-0-1, 6 KOs). The eight round lightweight bout was to be the featured fight of “Havoc at the Hard Rock II: No Mercy” Friday, July 10th at the Hard Rock Hotel in downtown San Diego. “It is unfortunate that Damien Fuller will not be able to be part of our fight card,” stated Derek Pierce, President of Rogue Boxing Promotions. “We wish him a speedy recovery and hopefully we can have him fight again in San Diego in the future.” Now in his stead, late sub Devarius Crayton (9-5-2, 2 KOs) will be traveling cross crountry from Orlando, FL, to face Gesta. (more…)
You know you’ve made it when the stars of stage and screen begin showing up for your events. But unlike the celebrities in attendance at other sporting events, who are there simply to promote a new film, album, or product, or to be seen by photographers, the celebrity fans who show up to see the UFC are just that – fans. And they’re as hardcore as it gets . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
Promoter Don King, who promoted the historic Jackson’s Victory Tour in 1984 and brokered a colossal sponsorship deal between Michael Jackson and Pepsi, is planning to pay tribute to Michael Jackson during his July 11 fight card at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. Since learning of Michael Jackson’s passing, King had been trying to come up with a way to pay tribute to his friend. More details to come…
Chet Koerner’s TKO Boxing Promotions has announced the signing of outstanding super middleweight prospect Dennis “The Assassin” Hasson. The 26 year old Hasson, fighting out of Philadelphia, has compiled a record of 8-0-0 with two knockouts since turning professional fifteen months ago after an outstanding amateur career. Most recently he won a unanimous decision over Johnny Hayes on April 4th in Philadelphia . . . click here for more
By Alexey Sukachev at ringside
Top-rated cruiserweight Grigory Drozd (32-1, 24 KOs) became the first ever to stop the ultra durable American Darnell “Ding-a-Ling Man” Wilson (23-9-3, 20 KOs), scoring the eleventh-round stoppage in a foul-filled one-sided slugfest on Thursday night at the “Dynamo” Sports Arena in Moscow, Russia. Drozd dominated the whole fight with his precision yet hard punching, barely losing a single minute in any round and stalking his opponent around the ring. The fan-friendly action turned into an ugly foul match after the seventh round and both boxers were deducted some points by referee Victor Panin. With his right eye virtually shut and being horribly battered in later rounds, Wilson retired in his corner, though never down, after the tenth round. One of the best wins for WBO #1, WBA #2 and WBC/IBF #5 ranked Russian fighter, who also retained the WBO Asia Pacific and PABA belts in process.
WBO #6 featherweight Andrey Isaev (21-1, 7 KOs) scored a hard-fought unanimous decision against Thai Chaiyong Sithsaithong (17-5-3, 14 KOs) over twelve rounds of action. Both fighters were down during the fight and at the end it was the Belarussian who was declared the winner. Scores were: 117-110, 118-108 and 118-109 for the reigning WBO Asia Pacific 126lb titlist who retained his belt in the process. (more…)
By Bob Ryder
Former contender Troy Rowland is primed for his second comeback fight on Saturday, July 11th. Rowland will take on Cincinnati’s Dave Saunders in the scheduled 6 round main event to be held outdoors at the Fifth Third Ballpark in Rowland’s hometown of Grand Rapids, MI. Rowland won his first fight after a 3 1/2 year layoff this past April and his looking to work his way into a title fight sometime in the near future. The nine bout card presented by Blue Cap Promotions and Carlos Llinas International Productions (CLIP) will also feature local favorites: Derron Hernandez, Ruben Troche, Jackie Beard, Bert Compton, Rafael Hernandez, Alejo Sepulveda, and Alex Otero. Tickets are $20, $30, and $40 and can be purchased at www.whitecapsbaseball.com or at the ballpark the night of the fight. First bell is at 8 PM.
By Lee Bates
The pay per view numbers indicate that PPV debut of WBO junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel López now (26-0, 24 KOs) was a big hit last Saturday. “Juanma” stopped challenger Oliver Lontchi now (18-1-2, 8 KOs) in nine rounds. There were approximately 20,000 pay-per-view buys in residential homes in Puerto Rico and at least 100 local commerical business establishments purchased the event via closed circuit. The U.S. numbers have not been made available as of yet. PR Best Boxing Promotions President Ivan Rivera shared his thoughts on the event. “We are very proud of the success of the entire event and thankful to Top Rank for an outstanding job of promoting ‘Latin Fury 9.’ The numbers truly show the growing popularity of Juanma,” stated Rivera. Lopez is expected to return in September or October to defend his title in the U.S. and then move up to the featherweight division afterward.
Nonito ‘Filipino Flash’ Donaire said today he will relocate his training camp to Oxnard, Ca. in a few weeks to wire in for his fight against Rafael Concepcion of Panama on Top Rank’s Pinoy Power 2 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on August 15. Donaire will be in the same gym as world champion Steven Luevano of La Puente, Ca. Luevano will defend his world featherweight title, taking on Bernabe Concepcion from the Philippines on the same card. Rafael Concepcion is trained by Hector Roca at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn, N.Y. Tickets at $200, $100 and $50 go on sale Saturday, noontime, at www.ticketmaster.com.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr is training in Big Bear, Calif. to get set for his upcoming fight against Jason LeHoullier on Top Rank’s Latin Fury 10 on July 25. Chavez Jr is working with a trainer from Velocity Sports Peformance which is headed by John John Parks in Los Angeles. “I’ve got to get stronger and this is the right way to do it, doing what the trainers from Velocity are asking me to do,” Chavez Jr said. He will take on LeHoullier in the resort city of Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. Chavez Jr and LeHoullier will be at a Top Rank press conference in Los Angeles on July 20.
IBF/WBA super bantamweight champion champion Celestino Caballero has demanded a showdown with WBO champion Juan Manuel Lopez. “I understand the business of boxing and I know that Lopez’ promoter has a plan for him that involves everybody but me,” said Caballero. “But if what I believe is true, Lopez wants more than easy fights; he wants to be the best in the world. The only way he can leave the super bantamweight division as the best is to beat me. There’s a lot of talk of Lopez being the next Wilfredo Gomez. Well, Lopez has to remember that Gomez didn’t move up to featherweight until he cleaned out everyone at 122 pounds. I guess we’ll find out soon if Lopez has ‘Bazooka’s fighting spirit. I traveled to Canada to beat Molitor, to Venezuela to beat (Lorenzo) Parra, Thailand to beat (Somsak) Sithchatchawal, and California to beat (Daniel) Ponce De Leon. To be a true world champion you must fight around the world, even if it means going to your opponent’s backyard. I will go to Puerto Rico to fight Lopez with no problem, and by the end of the fight, the fans will be cheering me when my hand is raised.”
Unbeaten featherweight standout Charles Huerta (11-0, 7 KOs) and lightweight prospect Luis Ramos (11-0, 6 KOs) will headline the July 30th Golden Boy card at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. Opponents for Huerta and Ramos will be announced. Also scheduled to appear are National Golden Gloves and two-time U.S. amateur champion Ronnie Rios (5-0, 2 KOs) and former National amateur champion, Carlos Molina (7-0, 3 KOs) in four-rounders. Versus will televise. Tickets ($28-$65) are on sale now.
By Lee Bates
Word has it that the rematch between IBF #2 rated Delvin Rodriguez (24-2-2, 14 KOs) and IBF #3 rated Isaac Hlatshwayo (28-1-1, 10 KOs) will take place August 1st at the Mohegan Sun in Uncansville, Connecticut. Rodriguez a Connecticut resident and Hlatshwayo fought back on November 17th, 2008, in Hlatshwayo’s home country of South Africa in an official IBF welterweight title eliminator. While the bout was ruled a draw, many who witnessed the fight, including a large majority of the South African press, felt Rodriguez deserved the victory.
By Boxing Bob Newman
IBF light flyweight champion Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria will defend his belt for the first time on August 29th, at The Waterfront Cebu City Hotel in Cebu City, Philippines. His opponent will be the vastly experienced Luis Alberto Lazarte. Lazarte, 38, is no stranger to title opportunities having challenged no less than five times for titles from minimumweight, to light fly, and flyweight. He is also well traveled, challenging not only in his native Argentina, but also in Thailand and Mexico. Lazarte brings a record of 43-9-1 with 1 No Contest and 18 KOs into his challenge of Viloria, who boasts a 25-2 with 1 No Contest and 15 KOs. Note: Villoria sent in a request to the IBF for August 29 date, however the IBF has not approved that fight yet.
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