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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian heavyweight champion John Hopoate (12-3, 11 KOs) dominated Bob Mirovic (29-21-2, 20 KOs) in a rematch over ten rounds at the AIS arena, Canberra, ACT, Australia on Thursday. The powerful Hopoate, 253lbs, controlled the action in all the rounds as he bulldozed the 6.5″ Mirovic, 264 lbs, and consistently connected with hard head and body shots that visibly hurt the veteran. A right hand to the head in round seven staggered Mirovic but he remained upright and in round eight Big Bob complained to the referee Brian McMahon that Hoppa was trying to break his arm in the clinches. In their first fight in 2008 Mirovic’s arm was broken. Both fighters were fatigued in rounds nine and ten and at the conclusion Hopoate was declared the winner by scores Anthony Shipley 99-90, Pat Oconnell 97-94, Bernie McMahon 99-91. For more details and photos click here…
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will return to action on Sept. 5 on Top Rank’s Latin Fury 11 in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. Chavez was slated to headline Saturday’s show in the same city, but was forced to pull out after a rib injury hampered his training. His opponent and the entire fight card will soon be announced…..
Talented, once beaten prospect Marvin Quintero (16-1, 12 KOs) hopes to continue his ascension through the ranks with a win over hard hitting veteran Tyrone Harris (23-5, 15 KOs) in a 10 round junior lightweight bout on Friday, July 31, live on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). In the co-feature, undefeated bantamweight prospect Chris Avalos (10-0, 8 KOs) will take on knockout artist Andre Wilson (11-2-1, 9 KOs) in an eight round bantamweight bout. The event is promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, and will originate from Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, Calif. (more…)
Sonny Boy Jaro of the Philippines has a visa problem and cannot travel to Mexico this weekend. His replacement will be Juanito Rubillar (46-12-7, 22 KOs) who will take on Giovani Segura in a world title bout on Top Rank’s Latin Fury 10 on Saturday night. This will be the fourth world title try for Rubillar, the most recent being last November against Edgar Sosa. Rubillar hails from Manila, Philippines. The Pay Per View fight card will begin 9 pm eastern/6 pm pacific.
Author Toby Rogers is putting finishing touches on his new book “The Lion: The Untold Story of Boxer Joshua Clottey” which will soon be published by Thunder Mountain Press. Rogers said “….The Lion traces the life of Joshua Clottey back to his humble beginnings, from his ascension from the streets of Accra Ghana, to one of the top fighters in the world. We chronicle his highs and lows in and out of the ring in a way that gives the reader a ringside view of the exciting world of boxing and one of its key players.”
Neither spoke directly to each other, but both Urbano Antillon and Miguel Acosta told everyone they are coming to win a championship and will everything they can to win the title on Saturday night. Antillon (26-0, 19 KO’s) of Maywood, California and Acosta (25-3-2, 19 KO’s) of Caracas Venezuela will battle for the WBA Interim lightweight championship in the main event to Latin Fury 10 to be telecast live on Pay Per view by Top Rank from Tepic, Nayarit. Click here for more photos…
By David Finger
For come-backing junior middleweight contender Hector “Macho” Camacho Jr. and former NABF and USBA lightweight champion Israel “Pito” Cardona, things started off with a bang this Saturday in Cleveland as the first press event for “Latino Invasion” kicked off with nearly ten thousand fans at the Cleveland Municipal Field to witness the two Puerto Ricans set the stage for their August 29th showdown. In attendance for the press conference, which took place during Cleveland ‘s annual Puerto Rican Parade, was Promoter Zef Ramirez (of Zeferino Entertainment) as well as Camacho and Cardona, who are on a collision course to fight for the vacant WBC Caribbean federation light middleweight Title. Also in attendance were Co-Promoter and current WBF Champion Ronald “The American Dream” Johnson and Mickey Bey Jr. along with his brother, fellow prospect Cortez Bey. Ronald “The American Dream” Johnson is scheduled to battle with current WBC/USNBC light middleweight champion Billy Bailey, while #1 ranked NABO contender Mickey Bey Jr. and his brother Cortez will return home to Cleveland in highly anticipated homecoming fights. For more details and photos click here…
Team Ruiz has already contacted the WBA inform the WBA Championship Committee that WBA mandatory challenger, and two-time WBA heavyweight John “The Quietman” Ruiz (43-8-1, 29 KOs), will not stand by and allow the reported title fight between champion Nikolai Valuev and David Haye Valuev-Haye in November. Despite reports from both camps, Valuev-Haye has not been sanctioned as a WBA title fight, and cannot be without a special permit being requested, filed and passed. Ruiz is the mandatory challenger, Valuev’s deadline for his yearly mandatory defense is August 30, and Haye isn’t rated by the WBA. (more…)
Undefeated World Boxing Council No. 1 ranked super lightweight and mandatory challenger Devon Alexander “The Great” opened his final workout today to the media in his hometown Marquette Gym in St. Louis prior to departing for Rancho Mirage, Calif., to make his first appearance in a world championship boxing match. Alexander will face former WBC super lightweight champion Junior “The Hitter” Witter on Aug. 1 for the same title that was recently vacated by Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley, who, ironically, is fighting on the same SHOWTIME televised doubleheader (9 p.m. ET/PT) at Agua Caliente Casino, Resort and Spa against former unified lightweight world champion Nate “Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell. For more details and photos click here…
Weights by Felix Chavez & Ricardo Trujillo
From the Casa Ford dealership in El Paso, Tex., for tomorrow night’s Golden Boy Promotions’ “Blaze of Glory” card at the Don Haskins Center, televised on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights”:
Antonio Escalante 124 vs. Cornelius Lock 122.25
Juan Velasquez 122.75 vs. Jose Barranza 121.25
Carlos Velasquez 128.25 vs. Juan Nazario 128.25
Abie Han 157 vs. Brian Soto 154.75
Cesar Valenzuela 135.25 vs. Miguel Buendia 137
Saul Morales 126 vs. Guadalupe De Leon 126.75
Robert Luna 142.25 vs. Tomondre King 146
By Lee Bates
A proposed match between newly crowned IBF light flyweight champion Brian Viloria (25-2, 15 KOs) and former world title challenger Jesus Iribe (15-5-5, 9 KOs) could happen September 5th pending IBF approval. Viloria dethroned Ulises Solis by 11th round KO in his last bout in the Philippines this past April. Iribe would enter the bout having fought two current world champions in IBF minimumweight king Raul Garcia (before Garcia was champion) losing to him in 2007 and WBC light flyweight champion Edgar Sosa losing to him by 12 round decision in February of 2008. Site and more information will be released at a later time.
This Friday night, former WBA heavyweight champion of the world Bruce “The Atlantic City Express” Seldon will take on former two time world title challenger Fres Oquendo, in Chicago, and Seldon just wrapped up what he calls the most complete camp he has ever had. Seldon has been training relentlessly for a fight that he is touting as “My heavyweight championship fight.” (more…)
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Reports out of Mexico City, where five-time world champion Juan Manuel Marquez is back in training for his scheduled September 19 PPV clash against Floyd Mayweather (Mayweather vs. Marquez “Number One/Numero Uno”), confirm that Marquez is bigger, stronger and punching “to the body” harder than ever as he pushes his training regime to new heights in preparation for his ultimate challenge against Mayweather. Eyewitnesses say it’s evident that not only is Marquez bigger, but his training includes a special focus on body work and technique as he looks to defeat the undefeated Mayweather, a six-time world champion in five weight divisions. “I know where he’s been hurt and I’m going for it,” said Marquez. “He is vulnerable now and I will take advantage of his weakness with a body attack that emphasizes two things-the right and the left.” For more details and photos click here…
Wladimir Klitschko has ripped David Haye and his team for pulling out of a September 12 fight against his brother Vitali Klitschko in Frankfurt. “Already during the negotiations for my June fight, we realized quickly that Haye and Booth are very unprofessional. Booth might be a good trainer but as a manager he is simply incompetent. David always had a big mouth and tried to offend us with ridiculous self-made t shirts. But when it comes up to step into the ring and show what he’s got, he runs away. He even admits that fighting Valuev is the easier way. For me Haye is a little, inexperienced kid who is afraid of his own courage. Doubtless, my brother would have knocked him out within the first four rounds.” (more…)
The Russian Giant Nikolai Valuev will defend his WBA Heavyweight Title against David Haye on November 7. “It is a done deal,” Kalle Sauerland confirmed. “The contracts have been signed. The fight will fascinate boxing fans all over the world.” Up-and-coming Haye has left his mark with a staggering record of 22-1 (21 KOs) and confident statements. “It is about time that someone teaches him a lesson,” Sauerland added. “I am sure Niko will be more than happy to do that.” Team Sauerland was keen to organise a unification clash between the Russian Giant and WBC Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko, but manager Wilfried Sauerland did not hear back from the Ukrainian’s team following positive conversations. (more…)
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Jimenez Communications Inc and Rafael Soto Comunicaciones announced today that the seventh edition of Boxeo La Revista will be available this Saturday as the official program of “Furia Latina, Riviera Nayarit” to be held at the Palenque in Tepic, Nayarit , Mexico on Saturday. The magazine includes stories on world champion Giovani Segura, undefeated world title challenger, Urbano Antillon of Maywood, California who will be fighting for this first world title when he takes on Miguel Acosta of Venezuela as well as a feature article about Riviera Nayarit a world class resort in Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit. The 24-page glossy souvenir magazine also has a feature on local hero Juan Alberto “Topo” Rosas as well as world title challenger Sony Boy Jaro of the Philippines. “We are very excited about our second official program for 2009 that has so much to offer and via our digital issue more fans all over the world will have an opportunity to enjoy this once in a lifetime edition,” said Rafael Soto, editor of Boxeo La Revista. The digital edition of the magazine can be found here. Latin Fury 10 is a promoted by Top Rank Inc, Promociones Zanfer and the Nayarit State Goverment and will be televised live in the United States from El Palenque de la Feria de Tepic Nayarit on Pay-per-view by Top Rank Inc.
By Ron Jackson
Manelisi Mbilase defends his South African featherweight title against Thando Vukuza at the Orient Theatre in East London on Friday night. Mbilase (10-3, 2 KOs) won the vacant title at Carletonville in October last year on a highly disputed points decision against Vukuza who has a reported record of (5-4-1). In their first fight , Vukuza appeared to have ouboxed Mbilase, but the judges decided otherwise. Even Nick Durandt who was Mbilase’s trainer at the time admitted that his fighter was lucky to get the decision. Boxing SA ordered a rematch and at one time when no promoter was prepared to put the fight they considered having the fight in a gymnasium with no payment to the boxers in terms of the Boxing Act. Both fight from the southpaw stance and have rather patchy records in a fight that is expected to go the distance once again. However, Vukuza must be favored to gain revenge and take the title.
Meanwhile it has been reported that Robs Promotions will present a tripleheader in Bloemfontein on August 7. Topping the bill will be William Gare who will defend his WBF super middleweight belt against Rigoberto Alvarez (22-0, 16 KOs) from Mexico. Alvarez is the Mexican super middleweight champion and rated at #14 by the WBC. WBF lightweight champion Mlungisi Dlamini faces Francisco Lorenzo of the Dominican Republic (33-5, 14 KOs). Lorenzo holds wins over the highly rated Nate Campbell, Cristobal Cruz (twice) and Humberto Soto. Bongani Mwelase fights Attila Kovacs (25-3, 7 KOs) of Hungary for the vacant WBF super middleweight belt.
On August 28 Lbubalo Msutu defends his WBF bantamweight belt against Nick Otieno (18-2, 7 KOs) of Kenya in East London.
Francois Botha is scheduled to defend his WBF heavyweight belt at a venue to be announced in Europe sometime in October.
It ‘s not easy trying to stay cool this time of year when you reside in the desert community of North Palm Springs, Calif., where temperatures hover around or top 100 degrees nearly every day and night. Factor in the heat former undisputed lightweight champion Nate “Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell is expected to bring on Saturday, Aug. 1, and one might expect unbeaten world junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley to be a tad on edge these days. But less than two weeks away from the biggest and perhaps toughest fight of his career, “Desert Storm” not only is coping with the elements in and out of the ring, but he is relishing the opportunity to prove that he is the No. 1 140 pounder in the world. For more, plus photos, click here…
Former undisputed world cruiserweight champion David ‘The Hayemaker’ Haye has pulled out of an announced September 12 showdown with WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and signed a contract to meet current WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev on November 7, at a location yet to be decided but expected to take place in Germany. “I am thrilled to announce that my dream of becoming world heavyweight champion will be realised on November 7, when I challenge the tallest and heaviest champion of all time, Nikolai Valuev,” said Haye. “Valuev’s known as ‘The Beast From The East’ and there’s a reason he’s got that nickname – he’s a big, ugly, sweaty and hairy man from the Eastern Bloc. Valuev is eight stone heavier than me and a foot taller than me. David only needed a slingshot and a stone to flatten Goliath, and I’m convinced my right hand generates more power than a stone.” (more…)
Friday night’s ESPN2 card at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas, is headlined by the 10-round featherweight showdown between local El Paso hero Antonio Escalante (19-2, 13 KOs) and Cornelius Lock (17-4-1, 10 KOs). In the co-featured bout, scheduled for eight rounds in the junior featherweight division, Juan Velasquez (9-0, 5 KOs) takes on his toughest test to date when he battles veteran Jose Angel Beranza (31-15-2, 25 KOs). Opening the night of televised bouts will be featherweight star Carlos Velasquez (10-0, 9 KOs), Juan’s twin brother, who will square off against Juan Nazario (6-1-1, 4 KOs) in a six round contest. The evening of boxing is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions. Tickets $20-$75 are available at the UTEP Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets.
Roy Jones Jr. is a man who defies definition. He is an eight-time world champion boxer in four different weight classes; a world-class boxing promoter and expert television analyst; a superb athlete in all arenas including professional basketball; a hit-music performer and manager; and a television and motion picture actor. In short, Roy Jones, Jr. is a renaissance man for his era and a legend for eras to come . . . Click here for more
Former heavyweight king Samuel ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ Peter arrives Wednesday in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico for his upcoming heavyweight feature fight against Marcus McGee on Top Rank’s “Latin Fury 10” live Pay-Per-View broadcast, Saturday, July 25, from Tepic, Mexico. Highlights of Peter’s bout will be shown on the telecast. Click here for more photos…
Sensational amateur boxer Naziyr Bell will move to the professional ranks on Saturday, August 1st as he makes his pro debut at “The Battle of York 4”, an evening of world class boxing, at the Sovereign Bank Stadium, home of the York Revolution . . . Click here for more
Newly crowned WBC featherweight champion Elio “The Kid” Rojas (21-1, 13 KOs) arrived at Don King’s office in South Florida today to receive his belt that had been rush-delivered by the WBC from Mexico. Rojas fought in Tokyo on July 14 and took champion Takahiro Aoh’s strap by unanimous decision. It was his first world title appearance. The 26-year-old 126 pound titlist already celebrated in his adopted hometown of Brooklyn, N.Y., and now plans a triumphant return visit to his native Dominican Republic over the weekend. Click here for more photos…
Undefeated top rated lightweight Urbano Antillon arrives Wednesday in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico for his upcoming WBA interim lightweight main event title fight against top 10, world ranked contender Miguel “Aguacerito” Acosta of Venezuela on Top Rank’s “Latin Fury 10” live Pay-Per-View broadcast, Saturday, July 25, from Tepic, Mexico. Click here for more photos…
Top 10, world ranked contender Miguel “Aguacerito” Acosta arrives Wednesday in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico for his upcoming WBA interim lightweight main event title fight against undefeated top rated lightweight Urbano Antillon, on Top Rank’s “Latin Fury 10” live on Pay-Per-View broadcast, Saturday, July 25, from Tepic, Mexico. Click here for more photos…
One Punch Productions and Voodoo Management are pleased to announce that the return this Saturday night of their “Ballroom Brawl!’ series to Tampa has been met with an expected sellout. The main event of the evening will feature rising undefeated Tampa based cruiserweight contender Nick “The Showstopper” Iannuzzi (11-0, 7 KO’s). as he rematches St. Pete slugger Willie “Blackout” Chisolm in an 8 round bout. Iannuzzi won their first encounter via 4th round TKO, and Chisolm has clamored for a rematch ever since. (more…)
In only his ninth professional fight, unbeaten light heavyweight sensation Beibut Shumenov will challenge current champion Gabriel “Chico Guapo” Campillo, making the first defense of his newly won World Boxing Association title belt, August 15 in Kazakhstan. 2004 Kazakhstan Olympian Shumenov (8-0, 6 KOs), 2008 WBC Asian Boxing Council Organization’s Boxer of the Year and reigning International Boxing Association title-holder, is currently rated No. 8 by the WBA. (more…)
With the end of Shane Mosley’s campaign to land a fight with Manny Pacquiao in November, welterweight contender Kermit Cintron (31-2-1, 27 KOs) says he’s ready to challenge the WBA champion. “I feel like right now it makes sense,” said Cintron. “With Cotto fighting Pacquiao and Mayweather fighting Marquez, I don’t see why he wouldn’t take a fight with me…It’s a big risk, I understand that. But it’s the one fight out there that is easily available for both of us.” Cintron is coming off a twelve-round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Alfredo Angulo in May, while Mosley (46-5, 39 KOs) dethroned Antonio Margarito via ninth rounsd KO in January.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Sad to report that welterweight Marco Antonio Nazareth passed away this morning in Puerto Vallarta due to injuries sustained in a brave firefight with Omar Chavez on Saturday night. Nazareth underwent emergency brain surgery, but doctors were unable to save his life.
Undefeated middleweight Patrick Majewski and Willis Lockett meet in a scheduled eight-round contest on August 8 at Bally’s Atlantic City. Majewski, 29, is originally from Radom, Poland. He has a pro record of 11-0, 7 K0s, including an impressive eight-round decision over previously unbeaten Latif Mundy in his last fight June 6 in the same ring. Lockett brings a record of 12-8-5, 5 K0s. In his last fight he dropped an eight-round decision to former WBC middleweight champion Keith Holmes in Holmes’ Washington, DC, backyard. After having weighed as much as 228 pounds for some fights, the 5-foot-9 Lockett now campaigns as a middleweight or super middleweight. He weighed 163 pounds against Holmes. (more…)
Urbano Antillon and Sam Peter will arrive in Nuevo Vallarta today for Latin Fury 10. Peter, newly signed by Top Rank, is now being trained by Abel Sanchez. Word is he is currently in the 240s.
The announce team for Latin Fury 10 will be Bernardo Osuna, Raul Marquez and Alan Massengale. Ring announcer is Jimmy Lennon Jr.
The PPV lineup includes the vacant WBA interim lightweight championship battle between Urbano Antillon (26-0, 19 KOs) and Miguel Acosta (25-9-2, 19 KOs), WBA light flyweight champion Giovani Segura (20-1-1, 16 KOs) defending against Sonny Boy Jaro (29-8-6, 18 KOs), super flyweight Alejandro Martinez (13-1-1, 10 KOs against Alberto Rosas (28-5, 24 KOs), and light flyweight terror Hernan ‘Tyson’ Marquez (22-0, 16 KOs) vs. Juan Esquer (24-5-1, 18 KOs). Highlights of Sam Peter’s bout against Marcus McGee could also make the telecast.
Two of the best left-hook punchers in boxing, eight-time world boxing champion Roy Jones, Jr. (53-5, 39 KOs) defending his NABO Light Heavyweight title against two-time super middleweight champion Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy (25-2, 17 KOs), will battle August 15 LIVE on Super Channel Fights, from the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Mississippi . . . Click here for more
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