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Golden Boy Promotions and Universum Box Promotions, today announced the formation of a strategic alliance between the two promoters. The newly formed relationship has three major goals including to capitalize on the global impact of the sport of boxing; give the fighters within the promotional stables of Golden Boy Promotions and Universum Box Promotions the opportunity to display their talents on a global platform rather than just a national platform; and focus on the joint development of venue, sponsorship and network relationships on an international level. The two companies executed a co-promotional agreement which covers several world champions including junior middleweight world champion Sergeii Dzinziruk (36-0, 22 KO’s) and interim super lightweight world champion Marcos Maidana (26-1, 25 KO’s), who is the mandatory challenger to WBA super lightweight world champion Amir Khan, as well as a handful of young rising stars such as highly-ranked middleweight Gennady Golovkin. Golovkin, who owns a perfect professional record of 17-0 with 14 KO’s, is one of boxing’s most promising prospects and is well known for his who’s who list of amateur conquests over the likes of Lucien Bute, Andre Dirrell, Andy Lee and Matt Korobov. (more…)
With training just about over, Carney “Beeper” Bowman, is anxious to return to the ring this Saturday night, August 1st in the main event at “The Battle of York 4” against Delvin Placencia at the Sovereign Bank Baseball Stadium.
“I love to fight and Saturday night has worked best for me in York. The fans in York have always been very supportive and this Saturday’s show at the baseball stadium has really turned into a huge event here” said Bowman. (more…)
On behalf of Team Sauerland, General Manager Chris Meyer has successfully obtained a Danish promoter license from the Danish Professional Boxing Federation (DPBF). It will enable the Berlin-based promoters to stage events in Denmark. Mikkel Kessler´s mandatory defence against Gusmyl Perdomo in Herning on September 12 will kick off the cooperation. “We are looking forward to working with Team Sauerland,” DPBF chairman Jesper D. Jensen said. “Together we want to further increase the popularity of boxing in Denmark.” (more…)
On August 1st, Star Boxing’s welterweight prospect Raymond “Tito” Serrano (9-0, 5KO) will look to stay undefeated when he takes on Jessie Davis (11-13, 8KO) on the undercard of the Delvin Rodriguez vs. Issac Hlatswahyo matchup for the vacant IBF Welterweight Championship of the World. Rodriguez vs. Hlatshwayo will be a rematch of their highly entertaining draw that took place back in November of last year. The Star Boxing promoted card will be held at the beautiful Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, CT. (more…)
It’s a debate that captivates the mixed martial arts community. Who is the sport’s best pound-for-pound fighter? Champions like BJ Penn, Georges St-Pierre, Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida and Brock Lesnar often get the most recognition, but perhaps the most dominant title holder is one who weighs just 135-pounds.
Miguel Angel Torres, the reigning WEC® bantamweight champion, has lost just once in his nine-year career and is currently riding a 17-fight winning streak. What’s more, since winning the title via submission over Chase Beebe in 2008, Torres has left his mark on the bantamweight division with three masterful championship defenses. (more…)
Junior “The Hitter” Witter believes he can embarrass Amir Khan into a major world title unification bout should he return from the U.S. this weekend with his old WBC belt. Witter will try to regain his junior welterweight world crown in California on Saturday night when he goes up against unbeaten Devon Alexander. The Bradford, England native is confident that he can emerge victorious and line up a unification clash with recently crowned WBA champ Khan. “I think I’m the last guy Khan wants to meet, but it would be a natural unification fight for the U.K.” said Witter. “Ricky Hatton avoided me for long enough when he was world champ and I’m sure Khan won’t want to get the same reputation, but it would be a short nights work for me – I’d knock him out inside 3 rounds.” (more…)
The personal coach for reigning Finnish national and Baltic (BBU) heavyweight champion Juho Haapoja, Petro “El Caramelito” Koskimies is promoting his second pro boxing show on August 8th in Ulvila, Finland. Promoted under the “Caramelito Promotions” banner, this will be the first outdoor boxing event in Finland in 14 years. The card will take place in a local Finnish baseball stadium and be headlined by former amateur star Janne “Finnish Butterbean” Katajisto. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Grant Fourie was in scintillating form when he returned to his best in scoring a third round technical knockout over Amos Nhlapho in a scheduled six round lightweight bout at the Emperors Palace Casino near Kempton Park on Tuesday night. A well conditioned Fourie (134.5) came out slowly in the first round as he worked behind the jab against the hesitant Nhlapho (131.8). However, in the second round, Fourie picked up the pace before catching Nhlapho with a left hook to the jaw that put him down for a count. (more…)
Ex-WBA lightweight world champion Freddie “Li’l Hagler” Norwood (42-3-1, 23 KOs) has been added to Thursday night’s “Noche de Boxeo” card at the El Monte Expo Center in El Monte, California. For the 39-year-old Norwood, it will be his first fight in 14 months since losing back-to-back fights against Johnnie Edwards. Norwood will face Jose Celaya (31-4, 16 KOs) in a welterweight clash. Also, an opponent for former WBO super featherweight champ Mike Anchondo (28-2, 19 KOs) has been named. “Mighty Mike” will move up in weight to face Nicaragua’s Octavio Narváez (7-4, 4 KOs), in a welterweight match. Also, welterweights Aarón Martínez (10-1-1, 3 KOs) and Santiago Pérez (11-2-2, 2 KOs) will meet in an eight-rounder. Pérez is the son of the legendary Ultiminio “Sugar” Ramos.
By Johnny B’
It was recently reported that former world champion Rocky Lockridge is homeless and living on the streets of Camden, New Jersey. Sadly the 50-year-old former two-time super featherweight king is estranged from his family and by his own admission, has abused drugs and alcohol for more than two decades. (More)
Unbeaten WBO 140 pound champion Timothy “Desert Storm’’ Bradley (24-0, 11 KOs) of North Palm Springs, Calif., and challenger and former unified lightweight belt holder Nate “The Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell (33-5-1, 25 KOs) participated in an open workout on Tuesday, just days before their eagerly awaited showdown on Saturday, Aug. 1, live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). The Bradley-Campbell scheduled 12-rounder will follow a second 140 pound world title fight on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. 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. Alexander participated in Tuesday’s workout, but Witter was unable to participate as he had to complete his medical examinations. (more…)
The story of Timothy Bradley’s boxing career and the road that led to the August 1st match against Nate Campbell.
The flashy and charismatic Campbell shocked the boxing world in 2008 with his victory over then undefeated WBA, IBF and WBO champ Juan Diaz. The hard-hitting veteran is showing no signs of slowing down and aims to become a two-division world champion.
By Craig Watt
When Australian boxer Danny Green (26-3, 23 KOs) takes on Argentinean Julio Cesar Dominguez (20-4, 14 KOs) on August 15th in Biloxi, Mississippi, he has the chance to join an elite club of boxers who have won world titles at three different weights. The fight with Dominguez is for the vacant IBO cruiserweight title and provides a chance to add to previous world honors as WBA light heavyweight and WBC super middleweight champion. The 36-year-old from Perth, Western Australia is known as the “Green Machine” and relishes the challenge that lies await in his trip to the US and the incentive not only to win the IBO cruiserweight title but also entice Roy Jones Jr to Melbourne in November in which many predict will be the biggest fight in Australian boxing history. (more…)
We have more details on the August 19th Winky Wright Promotions show at the M2 Ultra Lounge in New York City. Former world title challenger Omar Sheika (27-9, 18 KOs) returns after his PPV showdown with Roy Jones Jr. to face unbeaten Andy Hubinger (13-0, 10 KOs) in the ten-round light heavyweight co-feature. Unbeaten middleweight Peter Quillin (20-0, 15 KOs), aka “Kid Chocolate,” will face an opponent to be named in the main event. Also in action will be featherweight Eilon Keden (9-2-4, 7 KOs) against TBA, plus a four round heavyweight clash between Chris Hancock (5-0, 3 KOs) and Shawn McLean (3-4).
TKO Boxing Promotions has announced that the first 100 children, 10 years and under, will receive an autographed boxing glove signed by The Fighting Pride of Central Pennsylvania, Carney “Beeper” Bowman this Saturday night, August 1st, at the Sovereign Bank Baseball Stadium . . . Click here for more
Roy “Captain Hook” Jones Jr. is in training camp in California, PA, thirty minutes south of Pittsburgh preparing for his August 15 “Hook City” showdown against Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy. The event, presented by Square Ring Promotions in association with Left Hook Promotions and Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, will be broadcast live on pay-per-view . . . Click here for more
Story by Anthony Springer, Jr.
UFC 101 is aptly titled named Declaration. The organization’s first foray into Philadelphia marks the return of one its most charismatic and outspoken champions. “The Prodigy”B.J. Penn (13-5-1) hopes to rebound from a one sided beating at the hands of Georges St-Pierre at UFC 94 and continue to cement his legacy as one of the sports best pound-for-pound fighters . . . Click here for more
Funeral services for Vernon Forrest will be held on Monday, August 3 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. ET at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia, 6400 Woodrow Road, Lithonia, GA 30038 (Church phone is 770-696-9600). Arrangements should be sent directly to the church and/or donations can be made in Vernon’s name to the Georgia Amateur Boxing Association (501ce), 2195 Emerald Drive, Jonesboro, GA 30236 ( 770-471-1080), Attn: Buddy Davis, President
Below is information on services for promoter Octavius James who tragically passed away last Friday night at the age of 36.
Viewing: Friday from 12-6PM
Funeral Service: Saturday at 1PM
Location: New Hope Missionary Baptist Church
2307 Rhode Island St. Gary, IN 46407
The photo below was taken at the weigh-in for One In A Million’s last promotion. L-R: Tyree Ortiz (General Manager), Carlos Jones (team trainer), Octavius C. James, David Martin III (team member).
DiBella Entertainment and Resnick Productions are teaming up to bring the next installment of “Fight Night at Frontier” to boxing fans at Frontier Field in Rochester, NY on August 13. Headlining the show will be jr middleweight Ronald Hearns (21-1, 17 KOs), son of former middleweight champion Tommy Hearns, against Patrick Thompson (15-14-1, 5 KOs). The undercard will showcase a pair of local fighters being co-promoted by Lou DiBella and Ron Resnick, Willie Monroe, Jr. (5-0, 2 KOs), and Aleem “Hammer” Whitfield (0-0), along with DBE light heavyweight prospect out of Detroit, Isiah Thomas (4-0, 4 KOs) and rising super middleweight Jonathan Nelson (10-0, 5 KOs), a stablemate of former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain Taylor. Tickets are $25-$100. Call 585-423-9464.
Two-division world champion Joan Guzman (29-0, 17 KOs) has signed a promotional pact with Golden Boy Promotions. Guzman has held WBO world titles in the 122lb and 130lb weight divisions. He is now campaigning in the lightweight division. A date and opponent for Guzman’s first bout under the Golden Boy banner will be announced shortly.
WBA Fedecentro light heavyweight champ, Tommy Karpency (17-1-1, 11 KOs) returns to the ring on Friday, August 21st at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown, West Virginia. The 23-year-old Karpency will defend his WBA Fedecentro belt over 10 rounds against undefeated challenger Chuck Mussachio (13-0-2, 5 KOs). Promoted by Simons’ Promotions and beginning at 8pm, the six bout card will also feature middleweight prospect Jimmy Lubash (13-2, 6 KOs) in a six rounder. For ticket info, contact Steve Simons at (304) 290-0291.
Talented WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel “Viking Warrior’’ Kessler of Copenhagen, Denmark, will make his eagerly awaited debut on SHOWTIME earlier than expected. One of the early favorites in the upcoming Super Six World Boxing Classic™, Kessler (41-1, 31 KOs) will make a mandatory title defense against No. 1 rankedGusmyl Perdomo (16-2, 10 KOs) of Turmero, Venezuela, on a special Saturday primetime edition of ShoBox: The New Generation, on SHOWTIME, Sept. 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT (same day tape delay). (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Manny Pacquiao is being eyed to set up training camp in the Bahamas, the Manila Bulletin reported in its July 29 issue. Top Rank chief Bob Arum told the paper that owing to an IRS regulation called the Substantial Presence Test, Pacquiao has to spend the first four weeks of training outside the US. Arum has informed trainer Freddie Roach about the situation and Roach has even sought the help of this writer to call the Filipino boxer’s attention since he hasn’t spoken with his favorite puncher in weeks. (The message has been forwarded to Team Pacquiao). Roach said he prefers the Bahamas over a training stint in the Philippines because of distractions. Pacquiao has yet to issue something regarding the planned Bahamas training camp.
By Joe Koizumi
19-year-old Filipino, OPBF#7 ranked Philippine top welter contender Dan Nazareno (11-2, 7 KOs), 145.5, impressively scored a fine TKO victory over ex-Japanese national 147-pound champ Koji Numata (15-4-1, 10 KOs), 146.5, as Nazareno opened such a deep gash over the left eyebrow with a legal shot to have the referee call a halt at 1:58 of the fourth round on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. Nazareno had the upper hand with his faster and stronger combinations, some of which, however, made the ref give him repeated warnings of open blows. As it was very rare that heavier Filipino boys win here, Nazareno’s good performance won the praise of the audience. Though there was a successful exception of world middleweight champ Ceferino Garcia in late 1930’s, we have rarely seen good Filipino boxers in the welter or heavier categories except ex-OPBF welter ruler Rev Santillan. But the Pacquiao wave might invade into the heavier divisions in the future, which might be a threat to the Japanese boxing fraternity.
All Star Boxing, ‘The New Generation”, Tuto Zabala, Jr. and Telemundo Network returns with their popular series of “Boxeo TELEMUNDO” on August 14 at the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming in Miami, FL. In the main event former two times world title challenger Antonio Pitalua will face former WBO Latin Champion Jose “El Gallo” Reyes in a clash scheduled for 12 rounds with the vacant WBC Latin lightweight title at stake. Pitalua of Mexico City, Mexico by the way of Monteria, Colombia is ranked #15 by the WBC and brings a record of 46-4, 40 KOs. Reyes of Vineland, New Jersey by the way of Caguas, Puerto Rico is rated #14 WBC and brings a record of 23-6, 8 KOs. A total of seven bouts are scheduled, doors open at 7:30 PM with the first bell at 8:30 PM. Tickets are now on sale at the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming Box Office 500 SW 177 Ave., Miami, FL, by calling (877) 242-6464. The main event will be televised at 11:35 PM by the Telemundo Network.
2008 Olympic heavyweight gold medalist and amateur standout Rakhim Chakhkiev has inked a promotional contract with Universum Box-Promotion. Chakhkiev will join the training group of famed Universum trainer Michael Timm at the Universum Gym in Hamburg, and will campaign as a pro in the cruiserweight division. “We simply had to get this Olympic champion,” said Universum Promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl. “With Rakhim Chakhkiev we have a hard-hitting southpaw who boxes very attractively with a technically excellent and aggressive style. In several conversations, Rakhim Chakhkiev persuaded us with his positive personal qualities, his unconditional will and his readiness for duty. We see in him a special boxer with big hopes and a lot of potential in the cruiserweight division.“
By Joe Koizumi
Former eight-time amateur champ, 20-year-old Kazuo Ioka (2-0, 2 KOs), 107, stunned the crowd with his quick stoppage of veteran campaigner, JBC#7 minimum Hiroshi Matsumoto (18-11-4, 8 KOs), 106.75, at 2:59 of the second session in a scheduled eight on Sunday in Osaka, Japan. Kazuto, the nephew of ex-two-class world champ Hiroki Ioka (his current manager), had registered an excellent amateur mark of 95-10, 64 stoppages. Having failed to represent Japan in the Beijing Olympic Games, he turned professional last April when he finely defeated Thai top flyweight contender Thongthailek Por Vorasing in three rounds. It may be still too early to predict he will be a real thing, but he looks vastly talented, having dispatched the durable and tough Matsumoto (who took current WBA 105-pound ruler Roman Gonzalez the distance for the first time) so quickly. His overhand right was the haymaker.
WBC#5 light-fly Takashi Kunishige (20-3-2, 2 KOs), 107.5, had a tough time because of his opponent’s tight guard but earned a unanimous decision (79-75, 78-75 and 78-76) over 18-year-old Thailander Rungnirung Sakporton (7-2, 2 KOs), 105, over eight. Promoter: Ioka Promotions.
The undercard is set for Friday night’s ESPN2 card at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida featuring former world champion Julio Diaz against Victor Manuel Cayo and heavyweight Carl Davis Drumond against Derric Rossy. Scheduled to see action will be unbeaten super middleweight Donovan George (16-0-1, 14 KOs), who has resumed his career this year. He faces Emmanuel Gonzalez (9-5, 4 KOs). Also, Cuban junior lightweight Olympian Luis Franco debuts against Katio Ferguson (2-2-1, 1 KO), welterweight Puerto Rican Olympian Jonathan Gonzalez (3-0, 3 KOs) faces Jorge Barajas (5-3, 2 KOs), unbeaten jr welter Danny O’Connor (7-0, 2 KOs) takes on James Helmes (6-3, 1 KO) and cruiserweight Artur Szpilka (4-0, 2 KOs) goes against Jeremy May (0-1).
Former world-title challenger Ben Tackie will replace Larry Mosley in a 10-round fight against unbeaten Mike Jones on Saturday evening, Aug. 8, at Bally’s Atlantic City. At stake in the scheduled 10-round contest will be Jones’ world ranking and his NABA title. The ill-fated Jones-Mosley fight, previously canceled from the original dates of March 6 in Philadelphia and June 6 at Bally’s, imploded for the third and last time this weekend when poison from a growth on Mosley’s face got into the fighter’s bloodstream, necessitating surgery. “I’m out of the Jones-Mosley business,” said Hall-of-Fame promoter J Russell Peltz, of Philadelphia, PA. “Mosley hurt his back in March; Jones strained a bicep in June. Some fights are not mean to be and this was one of them.” (more…)
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For as long as he can remember, Delvin Rodriguez has had one thing and one thing only on his mind, becoming the welterweight champion of the world. On August 1st the IBF #2 rated and current USBA welterweight champion Rodriguez (24-2-2, 14KO) will finally get that opportunity when he takes on IBF #3, Isaac Hlatswhayo (28-1-1, 10KO) for the IBF Vacant Welterweight championship at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, CT. The bout will be a rematch of their highly entertaining draw that took place this past November in Hlatshwayo’s home country of South Africa. (more…)
It’s a hit business like no other. And CNBC is ready for a rematch. Ultimate Fighting Championship the premiere name in the sport of mixed martial arts.
CNBC takes a new look inside the biggest brand in brawling with “Ultimate Fighting: Fistful of Dollars,” a fresh take on CNBC’s original Emmy-nominated documentary from 2007. (more…)
By Michał Koper/www.bokser.org
According to several independent and reliable sources, a Polish “Fight of the Century” between four time heavyweight title challenger Andrew Golota and current IBF cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek will take place in October in Poland. The fight reportedly is not a done deal yet, but the negotiations are advanced with both Adamek and Golota willing to fight and satisfied with the financial offer. More details are expected to be announced soon.
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