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Reigning WBA Intercontinental heavyweight champion Denis Boytsov (25-0, 20 KOs) faces the challange of Jason Gavern (18-5-3, 8 KOs) on Saturday in Rostock, Germany. The unbeaten Boytsov (23) is currently rated WBA #5 and WBO #6. Here’s what the Universum heavyweight KO Artist had to say about the fight and much more. (more…)
Unbeaten WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa (15-0, 13 KOs) of Cuba is ready to make a statement in his title defense against challenger Whyber Garcia (22-6, 15 KOs) of Panama on Top Rank’s “Island Warriors” – Latin Fury 12 Pay Per View event this Saturday at Madison Square Garden. “I did not lose focus in preparation for this fight because I know that without winning this fight I can’t get to the bigger fight, Juan Manuel Lopez being one of them,” stated Gamboa. “I am completely focused on training for this fight and I am going to do everything possible to keep moving along and keep my record going. I am going to be able to show off my skills, talents and abilities to the world. If I were him, I would want to take notice.” (more…)
One Punch Productions and Fight Factory Promotions will present the final 2009 installment of Ballroom Brawl! at the Downtown Tampa Hyatt Regency on Friday November 6th. The feature bout of the evening will feature rising heavyweight Lenroy “TNT” Thomas (13-1, 8 KO’s). Thomas, originally from St. Catherine Jamaica, now makes his home in St. Petersburg, and is promoted by TKO Boxing Promotions of Las Vegas. (more…)
Myriam Lamare (16-3, 9 KOs), of France, and Ann Marie Saccurato (14-3, 6 KOs), of the United States both weighed in at 140 lbs for their championship bout for the vacant WBF junior welterweight title that will be hosted at the Salle Vallier sports hall in Marseille, France on Friday. Saccurato is the current world WBC lightweight champion and Lamare is the former WBA and WIBF jr welterweight champion.
By Nick Giongco
Manny Pacquiao is picking up more speed and more intensity in his training for the Nov. 14 battle with Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico. “Manny’s improving each passing day,” top trainer Freddie Roach told Manila Bulletin and fightnews after watching the lethal-hitting Filipino lefty rack up his 24th round of sparring on Thursday at the Shape Up Gym in Baguio City. “It was another very god day of sparring,” said the 49-year-old Roach, who has been calling the shots in Pacquiao’s corner since mid-2001. For the third straight sparring day, Pacquiao logged three rounds each with undefeated super-welterweight Shawn Porter and super-lightweight Urbano Antillon, something that brought a smile to Roach’s usually stoic face. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Highly regarded Australian featherweight Davey Browne (15-1-1, 4 KOs) will return ring action Friday when he will clash with tough Filipino Reynaldo “Boy of Steel” Belandres (12-0-2, 8 KOs) over ten rounds with the WBC Youth title up for grabs at the Star City Casino, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Browne featured in one of the best Australian fights of 2009 when he extended world rated IBF #10, WBO #11 Billy “The Kid” Dib losing a cut eye decision in eight rounds. On the undercard, super middleweight Zac Awad (12-0-1, 6 KOs) will punch it out with Daniel Pawsey (9-3, 6 KOs) over eight rounds. Former 140 pound world rated Filipino Ranee Ganoy (27-11-2, 23 KO’s) will meet veteran Guillermo Mosquera (41-8-3, 20 KOs) over six rounds. Mosquera holds wins over current IBO welterweight champion Lovemore Ndou and WBO #14 Lance Gostelow. Televised throughout Australia on Foxel cable television network. Promoter Bill Treacy.
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Petchyindee Boxing Promotion recently announced that Pongsaklek Wonjongkam will defend his WBC interim flyweight title against WBC#8 Richard Garcia of the Philippines. This bout will take place at Thara Park in Krabi, Thailand on October 22. Wonjongkam, 32 years old, had successfully kept his WBC 112lb crown for 17 times before losing his title to the Japanese Daisuke Naito. He came back to capture this interim belt on April 24, defeating a high-performance Mexican Julio Cesar Miranda in a unanimous nod. Garcia, 24 years old, is a former PABA 112lb title holder. He has been ranked the WBC top-15 after defeating two-time IBF champion Ratanapol Sor Vorapin on October 3, 2008. Then, he continued his good profile with two consecutive winning in Japan and drew against undefeated Japanese Go Onaga in Tokyo on his last bout. Promoter Virat Vachirarattanawongsi said that the winner of this bout will unify the WBC flyweight title against the winner of Daisuke Naito-Koki Kameda, which will be held on November 29, next February.
Floyd “Money” Mayweather poses with NY Jets QB Mark Sanchez after the Jets practice today in Florham Park, NJ. Mayweather was invited by head coach Rex Ryan to attend and speak to his players. Mayweather spoke with the team after practice, broke down practice with the newest Jet WR Braylon Edwards, and even played some catch with Sanchez.
By Lee Bates reporting from South America
Unbeaten WBO Latino light middleweight champion Diego Chaves of Argentina (12-0, 11 KOs) passed his stiffest test to date by stopping veteran and fellow countryman Walter Diaz (26-8-1, 15 KOs) in round two. Diaz entered the bout with three times the number of fights as Chaves and once fought former world champion Raul Balbi. In round one, Chaves displayed his superior hand speed and power rocking Diaz with several flush combinations. In round two, Chaves turned up his attack and floored Diaz with a barrage of punches. Diaz arose but it was obvious the end was near. Chaves closed on him fast and pinned him against the ropes unleashing lightening fast power combinations punctuated with a vicious straight right that sent Diaz to the canvas again. This time Diaz was counted out. The bout took place at the Club Los Indios, Moreno, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The show was promoted by Mario Margossian.
Juan Carlos Burgos 125.5 vs Yogli Herrera 127.5
Mauricio Herrera 141 vs Cleotic Pendarvis 142
Jonathan Arellano 118 vs Adrian Aleman 120
Alberto Herrera 153 vs Malik Bazille 155
William Williams 213.5 vs Gabriel Silva 220
Oscar Chinchilla 134.5 vs Manuel Delcid 135.5
Venue: Doubletree Hotel
Promoter: Thompson Boxing
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBO welterweight champion Lovemore Ndou consulted highly regarded Fight Doctor Lou Lewis in Sydney today who after examining the eye cut that required five stitches to close gave Ndou the all clear to begin sparring sessions in two weeks and he can now go ahead with IBO title defense against Mathew Hatton in Staffordshire, England on November 13th. (more…)
On November 21, the eyes of the boxing world will once again be on Casino Rama, as one of the sport’s budding superstars, 19 year-old dynamo “Marvelous” Marvin Sonsona (14-0, 12 KO’s) mounts the first defense of his newly captured WBO Jr. Bantamweight World title in the main event of the Rumble @ Rama X. In just his 14th pro fight the teenage sensation lived up to his nickname “Marvelous” when he dominated reigning champ Jose Lopez to clinch a thrilling unanimous decision at Rumble @ Rama IX. Sonsona’s opponent will be WBO contender Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez (22-7-1, 11 KO’s) of Mexico City. A veteran of 30 professional fights at 23 years of age, Hernandez has never been stopped and promises to give Sonsona all he can handle. (more…)
In regards to an information published earlier today, the World Boxing Association wants to inform that in order for the organization to approve any world title fight the involved promoters must submit the appropriate contracts as well as some other paperwork needs to be completed, which is not the case of the proposed rematch between WBA Light Heavyweight champ Gabriel Campillo and challenger Beibut Shumenov. However, the above mentioned rematch has been verbally proposed and is being considered by the WBA World Championship Committee for possible approval.
Former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain Taylor (28-3-1, 17 KOs) takes on King Arthur Abraham (30-0, 24 KOs) on October 17 in the first Group Stage of the Super Six World Boxing Classic. Today Taylor and his coach Ozell Nelson arrived with their team in Germany. After leaving Houston and a stopover in Frankfurt they reached the airport Berlin-Tegel at 12:16, a little bit later than planned before. “I´m happy to be in Berlin again,” Taylor said in a first TV interview at the airport. “It´s an amazing city. I hope to have a little bit time to see more of it. I know Arthur is fighting in his hometown on the 17. I bet at the o2 World he is going to have the crowd behind him. But my preparation was very good and I´m feeling very well. I will be ready for him and I expect a very tough fight.” On Friday the 31-year old super middleweight will do his first trainings session in the capital of Germany. Arthur Abraham, who completes his training camp in Zinnowitz at the Baltic Sea, will be in Berlin from Monday.
Undefeated son of the legend Omar “Business Man” Chavez (17-0-1, 13 KOs) and opponent James Ventry (7-9-1, 4 KOs) pose during workouts for their upcoming six-round special attraction feature fight on Top Rank’s “Island Warriors” – Latin Fury 12 Pay Per View event on Saturday at Madison Square Garden. This will be The 19-year-old Chavez’ first fight since tragedy struck in his July 18 victory against Marco Nazareth, after which Nazareth sadly passed away. “Thank God I had and have the support of many people, critics, the press, my employers, but especially my family,” said Omar. “It shows me that we must move forward. What happened was a terrible accident, that all who practice the sport of boxing are exposed to in the ring, but I must continue my life and my career.” (more…)
Edison ‘Pantera’ Miranda wants to show how serious he is in reaching the next level: moving out of his home in Puerto Rico and enlisting the services of one of the most respected and dedicated trainers in the world today. So, that’s just what Miranda has done by moving to Van Nuys, CA (2 blocks from the gym) and jumping into a dedicated and hard-working training regime with Joe Goossen. Together for three months, both Joe and Edison are extremely pleased with the progress and the high prospects for the future. (more…)
KZ Event Productions, Inc. and Sampson Boxing LLC have announced that the WBA has officially agreed to sanction the upcoming rematch between WBA champion Gabriel Campillo and Beibut Shumenov as a bout for the WBA world light heavyweight championship. The bout will be promoted by KZ and will take place at a date and location to be determined, but in no event later than February 28, 2010.
By Johnny B’
Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing Secretary Celia Jackson has named former top amateur boxer Hector Colon from Milwaukee to take on the duties as Wisconsin’s boxing commissioner. Colon replaces long time commissioner Roxanne Peterson who recently retired. Colon was considered by many to be the USA’s top amateur welterweight in 1990s winning approximately eighty-five percent of 90 plus boxing matches in the unpaid ranks. Colon currently works under Jackson as the department’s executive assistant and will retain that position, taking on additional duties overseeing professional boxing shows.
Saturday, October 10, marks the much anticipated return of one of the most explosive fighters of the decade, former WBC super bantamweight champion Israel “Magnifico” Vazquez, who will step into the ring after an 18 months hiatus . . . click here for more
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Story by Bob Hough
Jermain Taylor knows, all too well, that there’s truth in the belief that hard work can earn great success, but with losing focus, that person suffers.
Taylor beat Bernard Hopkins twice, and stood among boxing’s best. He ate more, took life easier, then lost three out of four fights, getting bludgeoned in two of the losses . . . Click here for more
The “Ketsana” hurricane falling on the Philippines had countless people hurt, financially and physically and the WBC would like to offer its modest support to the great people of this extraordinary boxing country. (more…)
Two-time world heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz returns home October 15 to replace boxing equipment recently stolen from the South Boston Boxing Club. (more…)
Undefeated lightweight prospect Mickey Bey Jr. returns to Houston this Saturday night at “High Stakes” an evening of world class professional boxing at the Arena Theater presented by Chet Koerner’s TKO Boxing Promotions . . . . . Click here for more
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Hector “Machito” Camacho Jr. stopped off in El Paso, Texas Wednesday to hold a media workout this afternoon for his highly anticipated PPV fight against Luis Ramon “Yuri Boy” Campas which is being billed Latin Invasion 2: Revenge of the Son. The media workout, which was at the L.A. Boxing Gym in El Paso included press from ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX and Telemundo. With as much attention as this fight (and the workout) garnered, “Machito” took advantage of the cameras to slam his opponent and even through a jab at a Hall-of-Famer who was not in attendance. . . . . Click here for more
A press conference was held Wednesday for two-time junior featherweight world champion Israel Vazquez’ return on Saturday night against Angel Priolo in a ten round featherweight fight. “I’m excited and grateful for all the support, but most of all I can’t wait to get back in the ring on Saturday night,” said Vazquez. “I’m ready. I’ve been training very hard over the past few months. I know there are still a lot of questions out there about whether or not I still have what it takes and if there is potential for a fourth fight with Marquez. This Saturday will answer a lot of those questions. I know it’s going to be a tough fight and I’m ready for it.” Click Here to View More Photos
By Matt Richardson
Finally. That was the one word that seemed to echo in the head of junior welterweight Dmitriy Salita this week. After years of waiting and negotiating and more waiting for a title fight, the unbeaten 140-pounder from Brooklyn, New York finally secured his dream: a shot at WBA title-holder Amir Khan. Salita (30-0-1, 16 KO’s) will box Khan on Saturday, December 5 at the Metro Radio Arena in the United Kingdom. It’s a moment of validation for Salita. That now, finally, he has a chance to prove he is among the elite. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
World super middleweight contender Sakio Bika has been released from Contender Series contract that had been in force until 2012. Bika spoke to Fightnews to say he is happy about being a free agent and has talked to Oscar De La Hoya and also that he is looking forward to fights with IBF 168 champ Lucian Bute, former WBA champ Anthony Mundine and world rated 160 pounder Daniel Geale. (more…)
A Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. bout on the Pacquiao vs. Cotto ‘Firepower’ showdown on Nov. 14 will be officially announced before tomorrow’s “Island Warriors” weigh-in gets underway.
Ireland’s John Duddy vs. Michi Munoz is scheduled at 8:00 pm eastern. The PPV will begin at 9 pm eastern. The Pawel Wolak vs Carlos Nascimento bout will open the Pay Per View telecast.
Al Bernstein, Steve Farhood and Raul Marquez will call the fights. Michael Buffer will be the ring announcer for the PPV bouts. David Diamante will announce the undercard bouts. This will be Diamante’s announcing debut for Top Rank.
There is an amazing story regarding former champion Genaro ‘Chicanito’ Hernandez and his all-out battle against cancer. Genaro said today he is recovering and is looking forward to returning to Top Rank as a color analyst on future Latin Fury telecasts. “We are all very excited and I have asked Rick Seara (Top Rank’s producer/director) to get Genaro back on our announce teams,” said Bob Arum.
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