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In a little over a week, interim UFC heavyweight champion Shane Carwin will step into the Octagon for the biggest fight of his career against division king Brock Lesnar in a title unification bout that headlines UFC 116 on July 3rd . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Promoter Davide Buccioni will stage an explosive IBF Intercontinental title clash at welterweight Friday night in the suggestive and historical location ‘Ponte Milvio’ in Roma, Italy. Undefeated Italian boxing superstar Daniele Petrucci (25-0-1, 9 KOs) and South American veteran contender Jorge Daniel Miranda (36-8, 13 KOs) are the co-challengers for the vacant crown. Both fighters are very hard and strong warriors and an exciting and brutal fight is expected.
In the chief support, super middleweight local hero Massimiliano Buccheri (8-1) will fight dangerous stablemate and former kick-boxing star Roberto Cocco (10-5, 5 KOs) in his first quality tough test over six rounds. The others undercard will feature top fighters of Buccioni Stable: former IBF Youth champ at light middleweight Adriano Cardarello, light welterweight big puncher Federico Ranalli and light middleweight top prospect Manuel Ernesti.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Formerly world rated middleweight Paul “The Doctor” Smallman (24-26-2, 15 KOs) will return to ring action after six years in retirement to clash with big punching Moses Sorovi (20-15-1, 20 KOs) over six rounds at the Gold Coast International Hotel, Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia on Saturday. Smallman boxed several world class opponents in a long career including former world jr middleweight champion John “The Beast” Mugabi in 1997 and current IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green in 2002 with Roy Jones Jr sitting ringside. This will be the third meeting between Moses Sorovi and Smallman. The Doctor stopping Sorovi in 1997 and 1998. (more…)
Boxing fans, get ready to climb “Through the Ropes” with the #1 boxing news radio show hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld! This week’s guest is Kronk Gym and Emanuel Steward’s first world champ, Hilmer Kenty. Call or email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Through The Ropes airs live coast to coast on Thursday nights from 9:00 – 10:00 ET on 75 affiliates of the Sports Byline USA Broadcast Network, including great radio stations like KSHP 1400 AM in Las Vegas and WNSR 560 AM in Nashville. The one-hour show will also be heard on American Forces Network, Sportsbyline.com and Fightnews.com. Fightnews readers can listen live by clicking here tonight at 9PM ET.
Due to an injury sustained by IBF super bantamweight champion Steve Molitor, his scheduled world title defense against Jason Booth has been postponed and re-scheduled for September 10th. The show on July 23rd at Rainton Meadow Sunderland will still go ahead with the same undercard which include a super bantamweight commonwealth title plus an English title. The new top of the bill will be the first defense of British bantamweight champion Stuey Hall against former champion Martin Power. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Despite reports of WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel defending against WBO interim bantam champ Eric Morel, the WBC has given its approval for Montiel to defend his green belt for the first time against former WBA super flyweight world champion Rafael “El Torito” Concepcion in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico on July 17. Concepcion’s manager Carlos Gonzalez said Zanfer Boxing committed to a Montiel-Concepcion bout long before the WBO called a purse bid for Montiel-Morel on June 11 in New York City. “We understand that as WBO champion Montiel must face the interim champion at some point, but first he must comply with the fights agreed upon before the WBO auction,” said Gonzalez, who added that he is in regular contact with Zanfer and they are conscious of their commitment to Concepción. Meanwhile “El Torito” Concepcion is continuing to train to face Montiel on July 17. Nothing has been officially announced.
Super featherweight Edward “Canilla” Escobedo (27-3, 19 KOs) and Colombian Aristides Perez (18-1, 10 KOs) had had their first encounter prior to Saturday’s clash on Saturday at the Centenario soccer stadium in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. This will be another WBC Silver belt encounter. “This is nothing but a fight in my career,” said Escobedo. “It’s a fight that I will win before the fifth round because I need that title in my career. It is a quality championship that goes to Mexico. I’ll win by knockout.” (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Abe Concepcion is slighted that Juan Manuel Lopez of Puerto Rico is already training his sights on a showdown with Rafael Marquez of Mexico on Sept. 18 even though Lopez has to deal with him first on July 10. “Concepcion is determined to ruin Lopez’s plans,” the fighter’s business manager Mike Koncz said from Los Angeles, a little over two weeks before the fight set at the Jose Agrelot Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Lopez is making the first defense of his WBO featherweight crown and a victory would set him up for a megabuck matchup with Marquez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. (more…)
Undefeated welterweight contender Carlos Abregu (29-0, 23 KOs) is fighting undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley in a non-title bout at welterweight poundage on July 17 at Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa in Rancho Mirage, California. But another 140-pounder, WBA interim super lightweight champion Marcos Maidana, is very much on his mind. “As a citizen of Argentina, I’m embarrassed to call him my countryman,” said Abregu, who is training at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn. “Even though I was the only one who stepped up to fight Bradley when he first landed a date for HBO debut, I stepped back to allow Maidana to unify the title, but he wouldn’t even risk his own belt when the fight was first made. Well after I give Bradley his first professional loss, I’ll be more than happy to give Maidana the same opportunity to fight me at welterweight so he can keep his precious interim title. Because that is all he will have left after I ice him. He’s a disgrace to Argentina and its rich boxing heritage. He’s also a liar.”
Undefeated No. 1 super welterweight contender and son of the living legend Julio César Chávez, Jr., his new trainer Freddie Roach, five-time world champion Marco Antonio Barrera, “Ireland’s” John Duddy, and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum hosted a media conference call to discuss “Latin Fury 15,which will be televised live on pay-per-view from the Alamodome in San Antonio. Here’s what they had to say. (more…)
Promoter Roy Englebrecht has informed FightNews that less than a dozen tickets remain for Thursday’s “Battle In The Ballroom” event at the Irvine Marriott. Tickets are available at the Marriott box office. Hurry! Doors open at 6:30p.
WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto received the 2010 Commissioners Award for Perseverance at the Polk County (Florida) All Sports Awards and Florida Sports Hall of Fame ceremony for his efforts in Haiti and strong resolve in the ring. Berto, a resident of Winter Haven, FL had previously received the professional athlete of the year and male amateur athlete of the year from the Polk County Sports Hall of Fame.
The July 17th “T-N-T” event at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City between former heavyweight title challengers David Tua (51-3-1, 43 KOs) and Monte Barrett (34-9, 20 KOs) will be a pay-per-view event and distributed in North America by Integrated Sports Media on both cable and satellite pay-per-view.
By Rafael Soto /Top Rank
Photos: Rafael Soto/Top Rank
Unbeaten “Son of the Legend” Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Ireland’s John Duddy both promised a great fight on Saturday when they collide in the “Latin Fury 15” pay-per-view headliner at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. “This is the most important fight of my career and I prepared very well because I know I have a very strong opponent. I think the people will win on Saturday because it will be a great fight,” Chavez Jr. said during the final news conference. Duddy echoed the sentiment, saying, “We know that a victory in this fight will put the winner close to a title shot and I’m sure it will turn out to be a memorable fight.” For more details and photos click here…
Frankie Gomez 142 vs. Jaime Orrantia 145.6
Roberto Reyes 150.8 vs. Clint Coronel 149.8
Gary Russell Jr. 126.2 vs. Rodrigo Aranda 126
Jessie Vargas 141.6 vs. Ernesto Zavala 141
Jamie Kavanagh 140 vs. Luis Sanchez 140.2
Venue: Club Nokia, Los Angeles, CA
Promoter: Golden Boy
Edwin Rodriguez 172 vs. Ibahiem King 171.8
Ryan Kielczewski 130.4 vs. Juan Nazario 130
Rashad Minor 276.8 vs. Reginald Jackson 276.4
Isiah Thomas 179.2 vs. Larry Pryor 181.6
Sonya Lamonakis 222.6 vs. Kasondra Hardnett 263
Reynaldo Rodriguez 167.2 vs. Richard Pierson 166.2
Venue: Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts
Photos: Rafael Soto/Top Rank
Undefeated No. 1 super welterweight contender and son of the living legend Julio César Chávez, Jr., his opponent, Top-10 middleweight contender John Duddy, five-time world champion Marco Antonio Barrera and his opponent Adilton De Jesus, San Antonio rivals Raul Martinez and Gabriel Elizondo, Salvador Sanchez II and his opponent Tomas Villa, Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum and Mexico’s top promoter Fernando Beltran of Zanfer Promotions held the final news conference to discuss “La Furia de México,” the June chapter of Top Rank’s exciting Latin Fury series to take place Saturday at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Click here for more photos…
(Pictured: Artie DePinho, Gabino Saenz, Fred Vega) A press conference was held on Tuesday afternoon, June 22nd in Indio, California by TKO Boxing Promotions to announce the signing of hometown amateur standout Gabino Saenz. Saenz will make his highly anticipated pro debut against Colorado’s Brandon Sanchez in a four round featherweight bout on Friday, July 2nd at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California, as part of ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights.
Tickets are now on sale as TKO Boxing Promotions presents ‘The Battle of York 5” on Saturday, July 31st at the Sovereign Bank Stadium, home of the York Revolution. General admission tickets can be purchased in advance for $20 through the York Revolution Box Office (717-801-HITS, www.yorkrevolution.com ). Ringside seating and VIP table seating are also available through the box office. (General admission seats will be sold for $25 on the day of the event).
Said Chet Koerner, President of TKO Boxing Promotions, “We’re very excited to return to York, Pennsylvania and team up with the Sovereign Bank Stadium to once again present a sensational boxing event outdoors for the fight fans in Central Pennsylvania.” (more…)
Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, a former two-time New York City Golden Gloves champion, and the WBA light heavyweight champion 1980-81, has joined Zab “Super” Judah’s training team. Judah (38-6, 26 KOs), the former world light welterweight and undisputed welterweight champion, is in Las Vegas preparing for his July 16 battle with Jose Armando Santa Cruz of Michoacán, Mexico (28-4, 17 KOs). Zab’s father and trainer, Yoel Judah asked Muhammad to join their team. “I brought Eddie in. I know boxing backwards and forwards, but you know after all these years sometimes I can tell him (Zab) all day long what to do and it just doesn’t stick. With Eddie there’s new energy.” Yoel added, “We know that after the 16th the big fights are going to start rolling in, we’ll be ready.”
The Empire Sports and Entertainment, Inc. today announced that Hall of Fame boxing manager Shelly Finkel has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer. Finkel will assume the position on July 1 and will guide the company in sports-driven promotions and entertainment events such as concerts, music festivals, pay-per-view shows and other events.
Promoter Bob Arum announced today that the Julio Cesar Chavez vs John Duddy clash will be for the WBC silver title, putting the winner in line for a shot at WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez. Both fighters said they are looking forward to Saturday night’s fight, which will be a twelve-rounder. “This is the most important I’m going to have to get to where I want to be,” stated Chavez. Duddy agreed, commenting “This is the biggest fight of my career.”
Ring legend Marco Antonio Barrera said he’ll be ready to challenge for a world title following his fight against Adilton De Jesus on Saturday’s pay-per-view telecast. Arum mentioned WBC lightweight champion Humberto Soto or WBA lightweight Miguel Acosta as possibilities. Barrera is hoping to become the first Mexican to win a world title in four weight divisions.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world rated heavyweight Shane “Mountain Warrior” Cameron (24-2, 20 KOs) will be in action against Australian cruiserweight champion Daniel “The Doberman” Ammann (19-3-1, 4 KOs) over ten rounds at the Sydney Entertainment Center, NSW Australia on July 21st. Cameron is expected to weigh much less than his usual 230 pounds as he attempts to eventually make the cruiserweight limit in an effort to make a challenge to IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green who will be headlining the show when he battles Paul Briggs over twelve. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine (38-3, 23 KOs) will return to ring action at jr middleweight poundage on June 30 against Carlos Adan Jerez (30-12-3, 16 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Brisbane Entertainment Center, Queensland, Australia. Jerez, of Argentina, normally campaigns in the welterweight division but will step up to 154 pounds for the opportunity to box Mundine.
Jerez lost in his last start to 35 year old southpaw Leonard Bundu by technical decision in five rounds in Florence, Italy, but he stopped formerly world-rated Javier Mamani in four rounds in 2009. Mundine was extended over twelve against Robert Medley in his most recent contest in 2010 and in 2009 most boxing writers at ringside had Daniel Geale ahead although the official judges favored Mundine. Promoter Tony Mundine. Televised throughout Australia on Main Event Pay-Per-View Television.
There are guys in the UFC who fight with absolute predictability. Chris Lytle is one of those guys. Whenever he steps in the Octagon, his game plan is clear to everyone in the room—it’s to stand and trade leather, to bang on the feet until somebody drops, even if it’s himself. A trademark image of Lytle would be a grin and a stream of blood running down his face. We’ve all seen it; he ends up that way almost every time he steps in the cage . . . Click here for more by Chuck Mindenhall, UFC
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Word is that WBO interim bantamweight champion Eric Morel has signed the contract to face WBO/WBC bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel on July 17 in Chiapas, Mexico. Montiel’s signature is still needed. Top Rank won a WBO purse bid for the fight with a bid of $100,500, with Montiel due to earn some $80K to Morel’s $20K, although the pot may be sweetened somewhat. It is hoped that Montiel’s belt will also be on the line as last week WBC President Jose Sulaiman was highly critical of the bout.
WBC interim middleweight champion Sebsatian Zbik will now headline the July 31 “Univerum Champions Night” at the o2 World in Hamburg, Germany. Zbik was originally slated to face Khoren Gevor on July 17th Schwerin, but will now face an “acid test” opponent to be named in the coming days. Gevor (31-4, 16 KOs) will instead move up to 168lbs to challenge WBA super middleweight champion Dimitri Sartison (26-1, 17 KOs) on the same card.
There had been tension between Zbik and Universum after Zbik’s July 17th fight fell through, however those issues have been resolved and both are looking to the future. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Orient and Pacific Boxing Federation cruiserweight champion Dominic Vea (12-2, 10 KOs) will clash with former WBO cruiserweight challenger Mohamed Azzaoui (25-5-2, 8 KOs) over twelve rounds for the vacant Commonwealth cruiserweight title at the Penrith Rugby League Club, Penrith, NSW, Australia on July 1st. Vea – who is a regular sparring partner of former WBA light heavyweight champion Danny Green – will start favorite to defeat the Algerian-born and New Zealand-based Azzaoui, who has been defeated in Australia by Jamie Withers and Alex Lepai. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Representatives of Arthur Abraham and Carl Froch are still negotiating over the site and date for their critical Stage 3 Super Six clash. According to reports in the British press, that bout is “likely” to take place September 18th in Montreal. However, the Abraham camp says neither Montreal nor September 18th are certain. “They are an unlikely, but still a possible scenario,” Chris Meyer, the managing director for Sauerland Event, informed Fightnews.com.
WBC #10 featherweight Eduardo “Canilla” Escobedo (27-3, 19 KOs) moves up a division takes on Aritides Pérez (18-1, 10 KOs) for the WBC super featherweight silver belt on Saturday at Centenario Stadium in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. “The fans will see a good fight,” stated Escobedo, who is trained by the famed Nacho Beristain. “I think it’ll end by knockout and I’ll be the winner.”
In the co-main event, former WBA featherweight world champion Juan Carlos Salgado (21-1-1, 15 KOs) returns against Guadalupe “Bronco” Rosales (28-5, 16 KOs) in a lightweight ten-rounder. It will be Salgado’s first fight since losing his world crown to Takasi Uchiyama in January. (more…)
Former world title challenger Deandre “The Bull” Latimore (20-3, 16 KOs) returns to the ring against former NABF titlist “Slick” Willie Lee (17-6, 11 KOs) on July 24 at The Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri. Latimore is rated #7 by the IBF. In the co-feature, heavyweight Chauncy Welliver (42-5-5, 14 KOs) faces Galen Brown (33-14-1, 20 KOs) for the WBC Continental Americas belt. Popular jr welterweight Don Juan Futrell (22-3-2, 10 KOs) will also see action on the card promoted by Steven Smith’s Rumble Time Promotions. Tickets are $55. Call 314-662-2000.
New England and EBA super middleweight champion “Irish” Joey McCreedy (11-4-2, 6 KOs), trained by “Irish” Micky Ward and Dicky Eklund, was having a problem finding a suitable opponent for his July 9th fight in the 8-round co-feature on “Let Freedom Ring” presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES), at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, RI. (more…)
It was a big Saturday for Mexican promotional firm HG Boxing. The company was involved in two major nationally televised cards as the rivalry between Mexican and Filipino fighters continued at full blast.
In Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico’s Juan Jose “Goofy” Montes (18-1, 12 KOs) dropped Filipino Richard Garcia (21-11-1, 5 KOs) three times en route to a fourth round TKO to retain his WBC super flyweight Youth Championship. Filipino Edren Dapudong (18-2, 10 KOs) turned the tables by surprising Mexican Jesus “Zurdo” Jimenez (28-6, 20 KOs), flooring Jimenez twice in a shocking first round KO to claim the vacant WBC world silver flyweight championship.
The same night in San Juan del Rio, Queretaro, experienced Mexican Omar Niño (29-3-2, 11 KOs) regained the WBC light flyweight title by taking a unanimous decision over Filipino world champion Rodel Mayol (26-5-2, 20 KOs). Yesterday in Guadalajara, HG Boxing chief Hector Garcia presided over a dinner for Niño honoring the old and new 108lb champion.
Photos by Rafael Soto/Top Rank
Undeafeated and #1 ranked Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and ring legend Marco Antonio Barrera worked out for the media today at the famous Jesse James Leija gym in San Antonio in advance of their big pay-per-view fights on Saturday night at the Alamodome. Here’s what that had to say… (more…)
There will be some high heat thrown at Denver’s Softball Park on July 9 when highly-regarded junior lightweight contenders Vicente Escobedo (22-2, 14 KOs) and Raymundo Beltran (23-4, 15 KOs) meet in the 10 round main event of TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo” telecast. Escobedo was slated to face ring legend Erik Morales before Morales had to pull out with an injury. In the co-featured bout, local junior featherweight Ricky Lopez (7-0, 2 KOs) looks to keep his unbeaten record intact when he takes on Florida standout Derrick Wilson (6-1-2, 2 KOs) in a six rounder.
By Ron Jackson
At a press conference held at Nick Durand’s gym in Norwood near Johannesburg today, Pat Molefe of Rainbow Promotions announced that Mikey Schultz will meet Tineyi Maridzo of Zimbabwe in a return match. In their first fight held on November 20 last year, Schultz (15-1, 10 KOs) was sensationally knocked out in the first round by the unknown Maridzo who has a reported record of (4-6, 3 KOs). (more…)
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