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By Matt Richardson at Ringside; photos by Marty Rosengarten
In front of a sold out crowd of approximately 450, former 2004 United States Olympic team captain Devin Vargas returned to his winning ways with a solid, if unspectacular, eight round unanimous decision over trialhorse Terrell Nelson in the heavyweight main event of Wednesday’s “VIP Boxing” show. The six-bout “VIP Boxing” card was hosted at the restaurant Russo’s On The Bay in Queens, New York and promoted by Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing. (More)
With one of the most talked about main events to hit the city of El Paso in years in Hector Camacho Jr. versus Ramon Campas, coupled with a popular local boy rounding off the undercard in Antonio Escalante, the October 30th “Latin Invasion 2: Revenge of the Son” has just added two more exciting fights that will round off the PPV card . . . . Click here for more
By Lee Bates
WBA interim super lightweight champion Marcos Maidana (26-1, 25 KOs) of Argentina will defend his title versus WBA #14 William Gonzalez (22-5-1, 7 KOs) of Panama. The bout will take place November 21 at the Club Libertad in Sunchales, Margarita, Argentina.
All action featherweight Monty Meza-Clay (28-3, 19 KOs) is now a free agent. “He’s healthy and determined to utilize his no nonsense Mexican style in either the featherweight or super featherweight divisions,” said advisor Mark Yankello.
Both Goossen Tutor Promotions and Team Guerrero have continued their war of words over Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero’s promotional status. Team Guerrero says they are “prepared to take all legal action necessary to prevent GTP or any other person from interfering with his Commission-approved promotional agreement with Golden Boy.” Goossen Tutor has accused Golden Boy and Guerrero of flaunting the Court’s decision, which they say is binding on all parties, including Guerrero, CSAC, and Golden Boy. “Goossen Tutor will take all appropriate steps to make sure ALL parties comply with the Court’s decision.”
Former junior welterweight prospect Freddie Cadena (15-1, 10 KOs) has been sentenced to 13 years in New Jersey State Prison after pleading guilty to an aggravated manslaughter charge.
Legendary fight judge Tommy Kaczmarek continues to recover from surgery for lung cancer. Tommy recently informed Fightnews that he feels great but it may be a few more months before he can get back to work. “I’m out there preaching to my friends and colleagues to get a chest x-ray and a physical every year. A good defense is a good offense when it comes to cancer,” he said.
Tarvis Simms skipped rope in the hallway just moments after weighing in slightly over the super middleweight limit on Thursday during the final weigh-in for Friday’s ShoBox: The New Generation matchup against Allan Green. Simms was able to finally make weight later in the evening at a previously agreed 168.8 pounds while Green weighed in at 167.6 pounds during the afternoon weigh-in for their 10-round main event tomorrow/Friday, Oct. 2, live on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). (more…)
Middleweight contender John Duddy (26-1, 17 KOs) was at Gallagher’s Steak House in NYC today to talk about his off-TV ‘Island Warriors’ bout on October 10 and also about a showdown fight vs Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. which is being discussed at Top Rank. “I had a very big year but unfortunately I got slapped around in the ring a little bit,” said Duddy. “But I got married to my girlfriend of ten years. I didn’t have much of a honeymoon because work came calling pretty fast to get ready for October 10. By no means am I through – I’m 30 years old but there are many miles left in this engine.” Regarding Chavez Jr., Duddy’s old/new trainer Harry Keit stated, “Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. doesn’t even exist right now – that is just a name floating around.” (more…)
WBC #12, WBA #13, WBO and IBF #14 light heavyweight Joey “KO Kid” Spina (25-1-1, 17 KOs) will take on former world champion Lou “Honey Boy” Del Valle (36-6-1, 22 KOs) ina ten rounder on Halloween night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. “Joey Spina, pound-for-pound, remains one of the hardest-hitting fighters in the world,” promoter Jimmy Burchfield claimed. “He’s very exciting to watch and fans never know when he’s going to put his opponent to sleep with one big shot. Del Valle has a great chin, though, and he’s held his own against future Hall of Famers like Jones and Hill. A solid performance by Joey against a former world champion like Del Valle should put Spina in line for a major fight. It’s going to be a haunting experience, for sure.” (more…)
This Friday, undefeated, welterweight, Henry Crawford (22-0-1, 9 KOs) intends to make a positive impression on the boxing world as he fights on ShoBox: The New Generation, in Red Rock, Oklahoma. He will be featured in what has been termed a meaningful 10 round fight against Miami’s highly touted, Antwone Smith (16-1. 8 KOs). Not one to typically blow his own horn, the modest Crawford considers this fight an important stepping stone, “It is time to show everyone what Henry Crawford is all about. I’m being given the opportunity to box in a significant fight on ShoBox. This is important to me. I am not going to waste this chance to gain exposure. It’s my dream to win a title; this will help me get there. I’m ready.” (more…)
Spike TV’s “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights” is the undisputed ratings champ on Wednesday nights. The most recent episode of the tenth season of “The Ultimate Fighter” drew 5.3 million viewers, peaking at a staggering 6.1 million viewers on Wednesday, September 30 (10:00pm-11:00pm ET/PT). Featuring a fight between contestants Kimbo Slice and Roy Nelson, the telecast ranks as the most-watched episode of an original series in the six-year history of the channel* and the most-watched program of any kind in Men 18-34 and Men 18-49. (more…)
By Lee Bates
Former world welterweight champion Kermit “Killer” Cintron (31-2-1, 27 KOs) worked out today for the media at Gimnasio Wilfredo Gómez Arena de Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. Cintron was accompanied by his trainer Ronnie Shields. He is preparing for his upcoming 10 round welterweight main event against Juliano Ramos (15-2, 12 KOs) of Brazil. “I’m training very hard for this fight as I want to put on an excellent performance for my people of Puerto Rico. My goal is to win the world title title again. There is no time to waste and I must continue working hard to reach that goal,” said Cintron. (more…)
IBF bantamweight champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko will face undefeated #1 ranked mandatory challenger Yohnny “El Colombiano” Perez on Halloween, Saturday, Oct. 31, in the first boxing match ever at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Also, WBC #1 lightweight Antonio “Tony” DeMarco will face former WBA lightweight champion Jose Alfaro in the co-feature, which is a WBC final elimination bout. Both fights are scheduled for 12 rounds and will be televised live on SHOWTIME beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). This marks Don King Productions’ first Las Vegas event as the lead promoter since Felix “Tito” Trinidad vs. Winky Wright on May 14, 2005. King is delighted to be working with fellow pioneer, maverick and trailblazer Phil Ruffin, the new owner of the Las Vegas strip icon Treasure Island. (more…)
Story by Robert Hough
Andre Dirrell said Wednesday he’s been to the mountain top in a literal sense, and he’ll go to hell and back to get there professionally.
Dirrell (18-0, 13 KOs), who joined WBC Super Middleweight Champ Carl Froch (25-0, 20 KOs) for an at-times testy teleconference to discuss their 12-round fight on Saturday, Oct. 17, said a long run during training in Big Bear, Calif., took him to a breathtaking view . . . Click here for more
Former IBF lightweight champ, Paul Spadafora, improved his record to 43-0-1 with a unanimous decision victory over Jermaine White (17-4), of Las Vegas, in front of a sellout crowd of 1,200 at the Heinz Field VIP Tent last night . . . Click here for more
By Joe Koizumi
In any title bout, a draw means the champion’s successful defense and the challenger’s failure to wrest the belt. Mexican challenger in the WBA 115-pound title bout on Wednesday, Hugo Cazares still stays here in Japan as there’s no direct flight back to Mexico until Saturday. The crestfallen Mexican said, “My failure to raise my weight up to 130 pounds accounted for the result of draw.” The Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) makes it a rule to have boxers scale in again just prior to their fights in order to check the actual difference between the contestants. Cazares tipped the beam at 128, two pounds short of his prediction as well as fourteen pounds more than that at the weigh-in. The flamboyant and eloquent ex-WBO champ Cazares explained, “I missed Big Mac.” Then, how many Big Macs did he need to eat for the additional two pounds?
“Allan Green is a good fighter, I know that, but he isn’t better than me,” says unbeaten Tarvis Simms (25-0-1, 11 KOs), the twin brother of former world champion Travis Simms. “This is an opportunity for me to show the fans and to show the world who Tarvis Simms really is.” Simms meets Green Friday night in a 10-round super middleweight affair LIVE on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast) from the First Council Casino in Newkirk, Okla. For the 38-year-old Simms the future is now. “At this stage of my career I can’t afford to start over, and I don’t plan to,” continued Simms. “I don’t know how to lose. Winning this fight will do miracles for my career, so for now I have one thing on my mind and that’s going to Oklahoma and beating Allan Green.” Simms’ promoter Joe DeGuardia added “This is a huge opportunity for Tarvis, who has been looking for his ‘break out’ fight. A win against Green, who is widely considered to be one of the top super middleweights in the world, opens a lot of doors.”
Unbeaten Spotlight Boxing featherweight talent Marcel Meyerdiercks (13-0, 5 KOs) will take the next step in his promising career against Zsolt Nagy (13-10, 5 KOs) on the October 10 “Universum Champions Night” show in Rostock, Germany. “The ‘moment of truth’ is slowly coming,” stated Meyerdiercks. “In Rostock I want to show the local critics and the boxing experts that I belong to the European elite. I want and am working hard so I can soon be in title fights.”
Trainer Michael Timm adds, “Of course, Marcel has the boxing qualifications for a European title fight. He is a gigantic talent, works hard and is self-disciplined, but at 22 years of age he is still very young. If he continues to develop so well, many doors are open to him. Now against the Hungarian Nagy he should show once more what he can do. We are moving him along one step at a time.” (more…)
“If anyone thinks I’m lacking in confidence or feeling any pressure, they’re dead wrong,” says former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor is more than a 2:1 betting underdog against undefeated Arthur Abraham on October 17th, at the o2 World arena in Berlin, Germany. “Just because I’ve lost a few fights, I’m not ready to be written off. Sometimes a fighter can lose and get beat up with that loss. That has not happened to me. I beat myself in every fight I lost, but I have learned from my mistakes. I’m a better fighter because of the losses.” (more…)
Unbeaten former IBF lightweight champion Paul Spadafora (43-0-1) won an eight round unanimous decision over Jermaine White (17-4) on Wednesday night at Heinz Field’s VIP Tent in Pittsburgh, PA. Scores were 78-73, 78-73, 79-72. Spadafora was deducted a point for a head butt.
Out of the ring for two years, former WBO heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (48-5-1, 42 KOs) will return on Neworld Promotions’ “Phoenix Rising”, event on October 17 at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona, against an opponent that is TBA. The main event that night will feature former cruiserweight champion and 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist Vasiliy “The Tiger” Jirov (37-3-1, 31 KOs) making his return against Dominique Alexander (18-7-1, 9 KOs). Briggs, who is now managed by Ivaylo Gotzev, stated “I needed the time to recharge. When I lost the title in 07, I had walking pneumonia. I wasn’t prepared. It wasn’t a smart move for me to defend the title in that condition. If you look at the heavyweight champions of the last few years, other champions have been allowed postponement after postponement. I was forced to fight with pneumonia. This time off was to recharge and heal from the pneumonia. I’m ready to rock and roll now.” (more…)
Heavyweight Devin Vargas (18-1, 7 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Terrell “Baby Bull” Nelson (8-9, 5 KOs) on Wednesday night at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, NY. After the fight it was revealed that Vargas severely injured his right hand in the first round, causing him to abandon the right and work solely off his left.
The co-feature bout of the evening saw the return of super bantamweight prospect Roberto Benitez, as he improved his record to a perfect 6-0, 3KO as he completely outworked Angel Paneto (4-6-2, 2KO) over six entertaining rounds.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Venezuelan superstar Edwin Valero carried out a public training session at the Boxing Zone Gym in Caracas and announced that he’s training hard to make a good showing in December when defending his WBC lightweight world crown for the first time. With his wife, children and his mother on hand, Valero hit the heavy bag and speed bag, jumped rope and shadow boxed. He has denied reports made by Venezuelan media that he was involved in a domestic dispute with his mother and sister. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Promoter Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions has announced that Mlungisi Dlamini the current WBF lightweight champion and Zolani Marali will meet for the vacant IBO lightweight belt at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park on October 31. Marali (23-3, 13 KOs) who lost his IBO junior lightweight belt to Ji Hoon Kim in an upset on September 12 will be hoping to get his career back on rack against the unbeaten Dlamini (21-0-1, 13 KOs). (more…)
Preview by Gary “Digital” Williams
The Prize Fight Boxing Promotions “Title Time” event is coming together for Saturday, October 10th at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, MD.
The card features undefeated hometown middleweight prospect Fernando Guerrero as he tries for his first regional title. Guerrero (15-0, 13 KOs) will challenge Ossie Duran (23-7-2, 9 KOs) of Paterson, NJ for the vacant NABO middleweight title. (more…)
Athough the California Superior Court vacated a December 15, 2008 arbitration award in the proceeding (the “Arbitration”) commenced last year by Robert Guerrero against Goossen Tutor Promotions, Team Guerrero maintains that since the commencement of the arbitration, the five-year promotional agreement between Guerrero and GTP has expired by its own terms. In December, Guerrero entered into a promotional agreement with Golden Boy Promotions and according to Team Guerrero, the vacatur of the arbitration award by the Superior Court has no effect on the validity of the Guerrero-Golden Boy promotional agreement. Stay tuned…
Following statements from promoter Lou DiBella and his fighter Paulie Malignaggi regarding the decision of former lightweight world champion Juan Diaz to forego a rematch with Malignaggi this December, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer responded to their statements. “Let the facts be facts. Juan Diaz won the first fight. The only controversy was the wide margin on one of the judges score cards, so there is no reason for Juan Diaz to take short money to fight Paulie Malignaggi again. If Paulie wants to take short money and make it worth Juan’s while to come to New York and beat him again, then let us know and we are ready.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
World heavyweight contender Shane Cameron stated he is very confident he will defeat former world heavyweight challenger on Saurday in Hamilton, New Zealand. Tua also said he is equally confident of victory in what is regarded as the biggest boxing event in New Zealand boxing history. Hall of Fame fight broadcaster Colonel Bob Sheridan, who will call the fight globally, said he was excited and looking forward to the showdown. Cameron’s manager Ken Reinsfield and Sampson Lewkowitz also expressed confidence in victory for their charge. Tua’s promoter Cedric Kushner and trainer Roger Bloodworth were also full of confidence for a Tuaman victory. Promoter is Duco Events. Click for more photos…
By Lee Bates
The press conference for the upcoming October 24th edition of DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing series was held today in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Site of the event will be the Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico. PR Best Boxing Promotions (Ivan & Peter Rivera) and DiBella Entertainment will promote. In attendance were PR Best Boxing President Ivan Rivera,Ricardo Figueroa (representing Lou DiBella), former world welterweight champions Kermit “Killer” Cintron and Carlos “El Indio” Quintana (26-2, 20 KOs). Also in attendance was Puerto Rican natives and unbeaten prospects José “Chelo” González (7-0, 4 KOs) of PR Best Boxing and Joel “Joelo” Torres (11-0-1, 7 KOs) of DiBella Entertainment who will both fight in seperate bouts on the card. (more…)
By Robert Hough
WBC Super Middleweight Champion Carl Froch (25-0, 20 KOs) said Wednesday that he’d finish Andre Dirrell (18-0, 13 KOs) by the 8th round of their fight on October 17. Dirrell, who joined the English fighter in a teleconference, laughed and told Froch it won’t happen, “unless you can hit the air so hard that the wind knocks me down.” The match, part of the first round of Showtime’s Super Six World Boxing Classic, will be shown live from Nottingham, England, as part of a doubleheader with taped, same-day coverage of Jermain Taylor’s fight with Arthur Abraham, to be held in Berlin, Germany. Dirrell, who is training in Big Bear, Calif., said early and often that Froch has never faced someone with his speed and skill—and that the Englishman can’t handle it. Froch, who played up his experience and battles with Jean Pascal and Taylor, said talking’s easy. “We’re going to find out if Andre Dirrell has the heart to match his mouth,”
Who would have thought that a six-foot-seven, 252 pound heavyweight champ would outwork and be more aggressive than boxing’s pound-for-pound king? That’s what happened on Saturday night at STAPLES Center, when WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko threw more punches in 10 rounds in his dominating title defense over Cris Arreola than pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather, Jr. threw in 12 rounds in his defeat of Juan Manuel Marquez on Sept. 19. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBA super-fly champ Nobuo Nashiro (13-1-1, 8 KOs), 115, Japan, kept his belt as he battled a grueling fight en route to a split draw with ex-WBO 108-pound ruler Hugo Cazares (30-6-2, 22 KOs), 114, from Mexico, over hard-fought twelve rounds on Wednesday in Osaka, Japan. The official tallies read: Wontak Yoon (Korea) 116-112 for Nashiro, Albert Wilenski (US) 112-116 for Cazares and Philippe Verbeke (Belgium) 114-114. The referee was Hubert Earle (Canada) who handled the non-stop scrappy contest very well. (more…)
Harold Moore, former professional middleweight from Philadelphia, who also served as matchmaker for Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc., in the 1980s and 1990s, passed away today after a long illness. Mr. Moore was 77. As a pro, Moore compiled a modest 3-5-2 record, but was better known as a top-notch matchmaker. Mr. Moore stayed in shape his entire life, working out at the gyms through the 1970s. In addition to working with Peltz, Moore also worked closely with Ron Katz in the 1980s when Katz was East Coast matchmaker for Top Rank. He also worked with several promoters in the Baltimore-area in the 1990s.
By Lee Bates
Former super bantamweight world ranked contender Mike Oliver (22-2, 7 KOs) makes a quick return to the ring October 31st against Andre Wilson (11-3-1, 9 KOs) at the Mohegan Sun Resort in Uncasville, Connecticut. Oliver is coming off of a victory September 11th and looks to get back into title contention with a win over Wilson. Wilson will look to upset Oliver in his back yard. A feat he has done before. In 2008 Wilson shocked prospect Francisco Rodriguez in his resident city of Chicago, Illinois by way of 2nd round TKO. The bout was televised on the now defunct weekly Telefutura fight series.
In a ruling yesterday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert H. O’Brien, on behalf of Judge Maureen Duffy-Lewis vacated an arbitration decision by a California State Athletic Commmission arbitrator that voided boxer Robert Guerrero’s promotional agreement with Goossen Tutor Promotions, finding “The award was procured by corruption, fraud or other undue means.” California Code of Civil Procedure § 1286.2(a)(1). Goossen’s counsel, Nomi Castle, of Castle and Associates in Century City, CA, stated “As a practical matter, Goossen Tutor Promotions is still the promoter of Mr. Guerrero and I’ll leave it to my client to discuss his future promotional plans.”
On October 16, the popular Boxeo TELEMUNDO series returns to the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming in Miami, FL with the event being billed “The Homecoming III.” In the main event former WBA world and current WBO Latin welterweight champion Diosbelys “Black Money” Hurtado faces WBC Latin jr. welter champion Antonio Pitalua in a bout schedule for 12 rounds with Hurtado’s title at stake. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBA super-fly champ Nobuo Nashiro (13-1-1, 8 KOs), 115, kept his belt as he battled a grueling fight en route to a split draw (116-112, 112-116 and 114-114) with ex-WBO 108-pound ruler Hugo Cazares (30-6-2, 22 KOs), 114, over hard-fought twelve rounds on Wednesday in Osaka, Japan. It was a see-saw affair in the first eight sessions, but Nashiro went forward and scored with solid straight rights to the fading Mexican down the stretch. The audience believed in Nashiro’s victory, but the officials might have evaluated Cazares’ better volumes of punches, if not accurate, in earlier rounds. The last round saw Nashiro explode a very strong right to the face to have Cazares staggering to the ropes. (More to come)
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