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By Graham Houston
Super Six continues on Saturday, with Andre Ward seeking to become the first boxer to win two bouts in the Showtime 168-pound tournament when he meets Allan Green. Ward’s WBA title will be at stake but it’s odd how the tournament holds greater sway than the championship. I know that titles are good for the fighters by increasing earning opportunities, but good, evenly matched fights are what matters. (more…)
Paul Mendez 160 vs Mario Ortiz 160.4
Oscar Godoy 145.6 vs Anthony Wheaton 143
Stephan Rubalcava 146,2 vs Adolfo Gonzalez 145.2
Jose Leon 153.6 vs Jacob Alvarez 153.6
Jose Garcia 121.2 vs David Clark 121.8
Rigo Espinoza 152.8 vs Cesar Flores 154.6
Venue: McDermont Field House in Lindsay, CA
Promoter: Roy Englebrecht Promotions/Vargas Entertainment
Tickets: $25 and $40
Photos: Enrique “Kike” Vázquez / Promociones Miguel Cotto, Inc.
Super Welterweight Champion Miguel Cotto will be at the Grand Marshall for the Puerto Rican Day Parade in Chicago on Saturday June 19. As a part of his visit to the Windy City, Cotto visited the Shriners Hospital for the Children of Chicago Friday. “It was a great experience for me to visit the hospital and share with the children and give them some joy and smiles,” Cotto said. The Shriners Hospital works to serve the needs of children with orthopedic and spinal cord injuries. (more…)
Weights by Andreas Hale & Anthony Springer Jr.
Photo by Ray Kasprowicz
From the Palms in Las Vegas:
Matt Hamill 205 vs. Keith Jardine 205
Court McGee 185 vs. Kris McCray 184
Matt Hamill 205 vs. Keith Jardine 205
Chris Leben 186 vs. Aaron Simpson 186
Spencer Fisher 156 vs. Dennis Siver 156
Rich Attonito 186 vs. Jamie Yager 185
John Gunderson 155 vs. Mark Holst 154
Seth Baczynski 185 vs. Brad Tavares 185
Josh Bryant 185 vs. Kyle Noke 185
Chris Camozzi 185 vs. James Hammortree 186
Travis Browne 251 vs. James McSweeney 231
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Jr welterweight Jose Reynoso (12-3-1, 1 KO) took an eight round majority decision over previously unbeaten Aris Ambriz (13-1-1, 8 KOs) on Friday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. Scores were 76-76, 78-74, 79-73. They had previously fought to a draw. ‘
In the co-feature, welterweight Aron Martinez (13-1-1, 3 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Pavel Miranda (16-5-1, 8 KOs). Martinez was the busier and more effective fighter throughout the bout. All three judges scored the bout 78-74, 79-73, and 80-72. For more details and photos click here…
By John Cannon at ringside
Jr welterweight Luis Ramos Jr. (16-0, 8 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Joshua Alottey (16-9, 14 KOs) on Friday night at the McAllen Convention Center in McAllen, Texas. Scores were 80-72, 80-72, 79-73.
Lightweight Omar “Panterita” Figueroa (10-0, 8 KOs) won by second round DQ over journeyman Julian Rodriguez (17-19-4, 11 KOs). The bout was waved off due to excessive low blows from Rodriguez. Time 1:15.
Welterweight prospect Jermell Charlo (12-0, 6 KOs) needed just 63 seconds to demolish late sub Adan Murillo (4-4, 1 KO).
Adrian Granados 140 vs. Michael Culbert 140
Michael Jimenez 171.5 vs. Cleo Rice 174
Jaime Herrera 146 vs. Nick Smith 147.5
Genaro Mendez 142 vs. Gabriel Morris 143.5
Juan Garcia 142 vs. Dean Peters 147
Donatas Bondoravas 157 vs. Keon Johnson 157
Venue: UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL
Promoter: 8 Count Productions
Hector Serrano 142 vs. Angel Hernandez 142 1/2
Walter Wright 167 1/2 vs. Joshua Snyder 161
JR Delgadillo, 136 1/2 vs. Miguel Garcia 136 1/2
Sergey Kovalev 175 1/2 vs. Harley Kilfian 176
Aaron Schupp, 139 1/2 lbs (1-0) vs. Ben Metts 138
Evgeney Gradovich 126 1/2 vs. Manuel Ortega 127
Vincent Thompson 229 1/2 vs. Enrique Lobatos ??
Lamar Russ 160 1/2 vs. Brandon Wyatt 161
Venue: Emerald Queen Casino (I-5), Tacoma, WA
Promoter: Brian Halquist Productions
WBO #9 jr. middleweight Sherzod Husanov (15-0-1, 7 KOs) scored a ten round majority decision over Jhon Berrio (15-7, 11 KOs) on Friday night at the Pend O’reille Pavillion at Northern Quest Casino in Airway Heights, Washington. Making his U.S. debut, the 2000, 2004 Olympian outworked Berrio, winning 98-92, 96-94, 95-95.
Unbeaten super middleweight Maxim Vlasov (18-0, 9 KOs) scored a crushing third round KO over late sub Jerson Ravelo (20-5, 12 KOs). A right hand finished Ravelo at 1:12.
Heavyweight Jonte Willis (7-0, 3 KOs) outpointed late sub Leo Bercier (8-13-1) over four. Scores were 40-35 on all cards. Bercier was down in round three.
In 24 hours, the Super Six World Boxing Classic continues! Andre Ward takes on the tournament’s bold newcomer Allan Green. Click below to watch highlights from today’s weigh-in…
The judges for Ward-Green are Glenn Feldman (Connecticut) , Marty Sammon (California) and Alfredo Polanco (Mexico). The referee is Raul Caiz, Sr.
By Robert Hough at the scale
Andre Ward 167 3/4 vs Allan Green 166
(WBA super middleweight champonship)
Steve Upsher Chambers 144 vs Hector Alatorre 142 1/2
Michael Ruiz Jr. 117 1/2 vs Juan Tepoz 118
Mark Tucker 175 1/2 vs Billy Baily 175
Alexander Podrezov 144 vs John Dunham 142
Willie Nelson 148 vs Jesse Feliciano 149
*Jessica Rakoczy 124 1/2 vs. Ella Nunez 137 1/2
This bout has been cancelled. The bout was contracted at the featherweight limit of 126 pounds. The commission decided that the 11.5 pound overage by Nunez was too extreme and a safety risk for the fighter to even attempt losing any pounds in the two-hour allotment and/or overnight.
Venue: Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
Promoter: Goossen Tutor
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Shannon Miller 234 vs. Hasim Rahman 260
Donald Orr 160 vs. John Mackey 159
Lionell Thompson 177 vs. Jessie Lewis 173
Hastings Bwalya 146 vs. Matt Ellis 145
Cecil McCalla 147 vs. Ruben Galvan 147
Johnnie Davis 254 vs. Taffo Asongmed 226
Delen Parsley 153 vs. Andre Jones 151
Venue: Niagara Falls Conference Center, Niagara Falls, New York
Promoter: X-Cel Worldwide,The Empire
“I think that when everybody sees what Andre Ward does Saturday night to a very capable super middleweight like Allan Green, I believe we’ll start getting a lot more believers,” said promoter Dan Goossen to the SHOWTIME crew during his pre-fight interview. “I can remember back to the Muhammad Ali days when I was a young kid watching Ali and every time you’d see him mowing down someone and beating up someone and winning and winning and winning! But there was always those skeptics out there saying ‘Oh just wait until he fights this one fighter!’ or ‘Wait until he has to do that!’ You know it’s just the way it is with people and opinions so a lot of people won’t give Andre Ward his just due. Saturday night will just be another step into converting the ones who are the naysayers.”
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and chief trainer Freddie Roach will hit San Antonio on Monday eve for get set for Latin Fury 15 at the Alamodome on Saturday, June 26. “Chavez Jr is prepared and ready,” Roach said today from the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood. “He has worked hard in the gym. He knows the importance of this fight.” Chavez Jr will take on Ireland’s John Duddy in the main event. Duddy will arrive with his team on Tuesday in San Antonio. Duddy trained for weeks in the Pocono mountains in Bushkill, Pa., then spent the last three weeks training at Gleasons Gym in New York City. “I only think about winning this fight – it consumes me,” Duddy said.
Marco Antonio Barrera will arrive Monday, as will his opponent Adailton DeJesus of Brazil…..Salvador Sanchez III of Mexico has been training in Big Bear, California. He will be in San Antonio on Tuesday.
Lupe Contreras will be the ring announcer at Latin Fury 15. Recording artist Sheena Mullin will sing the Irish National Anthem on fight night. Top Rank’s Latin Fury 15 PPV will be televised live 10 pm eastern/7 pm pacific.
Photo by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Rodel Mayol 108 vs. Omar Niño 108
Tomas Rojas 115 vs. Felipe Almanza 115.5
Alonso Lopez 112.5 vs. Jorge Ramirez 112.5
Frankie Leal 126 vs. Tomas Sierra 125.7
Adrian Young 122 vs. Arturo Delgado 123
Sergio Frias 112 vs. Vicente Mejia 112.5
Venue: San Juan del Rio, Queretaro, Mexico
Promoter: Zanfer/Top Rank
TV: Fox Sports Español
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By Ron Jackson
Former South African lightweight champion Gladstone Mahlo who fought as a professional from 1948 to 1954 died on Monday at the age of 85. Mahlo, a skillful fighter who fought under the nickname of “Homicide Hank”, made his pro debut on March 13, 1948 when he stopped Fly Mohloheli in the fifth round and then scored wins over Tiger Kelly, Sammy Phillips and Kid Coco to complete a successful first year in professional boxing. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photo by Mike Greenhill
It was a clean sweep for the Baltimore/DC area boxers last night at the Bang Time Boxing card at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, MD. “The American Child” Nick Kisner of Glen Burnie, MD won a four-round unanimous decision over the debuting Tauheed “Tiger” Wheeler of DC. All judge’s scorecards were 40-36. Kisner is (4-0, 2 KOs). Russ “The Hammer” Shiflett of Baltimore returned to action with a four-round unanimous decision win over the always-tough Andre “Da Heat” Hemphill of Philadelphia, PA. Shiflett scored a shutout on all three cards and remains undefeated at (8-0-1, 4 KOs). Hemphill falls to (8-16-2, 5 KOs). For more details and photos click here…
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Promoter Frank Warren today won the purse bids to stage Darren Barker’s mandatory European Middleweight Title defence against Matthew Macklin. Warren, who earlier this week won the purse bids for Ryan Rhodes’ European Light-Middleweight title defence against Lukas Konecny, came first with a bid of 125,600 Euros with Barker’s promoter Hennessy Sports coming second and Brian Peter Promotions third. Warren said, “I’m delighted to have won the rights to stage this fight and will announce a date and venue shortly.”
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
EBA (European Boxing Association) heavyweight champion Alexander Ustinov (20-0, 16 KOs) and WBA light heavyweight mandatory challenger Vyacheslav Uzelkov (22-0, 14 KOs) were the featured guests on the Internet-TV “RingSide Show” hosted by Fightnews.com writer Alexey “Oscar” Potapov. Ustinov will face Paolo Vidoz (26-8, 15 KOs) on June 26th at the Sportpalace in Odessa, Ukraine) while Uzelkov will challenge WBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov (9-1, 6 KOs) on July 24th at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California.
“After I knock out Vidoz, I want to fight WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitchko,” Ustinov said. “Yes, he’s my promoter, but I want this fight. I’m ready to become the world champion!”
Uzelkov said, “The fight against Shumenov will be a serious test for me, but I am sure that I’ll knock him out. The Kazakh needed the judges in the fight against Gabriel Campillo, whom I knocked out easily. In a fight with me, the judges will not help Shumenov. He won’t complete of twelfth round.” More to come.
SHO Sports Update: The countdown has begun for next bout in the Super Six World Boxing Classic. All eyes are on WBA champion Andre Ward as he makes his first world title defense against tournament newcomer, the dangerous Allan Green. Click below to watch the intense highlights from their press conference. And, watch Ward take on Green this Saturday on SHOWTIME at 10pm ET/PT.
By Peter Lim at ringside
Light heavyweight Alfonso “El Tigre” Lopez, 20-0 (15 KOs), scored a 10-round shutout decision over Rubin Williams, 29-10-1 (16 KOs), at the Humble Civic Center just outside Houston. Lopez, 28, pressed the action throughout, stalking Williams around the ring with his jab and repeatedly pinned him against the ropes while unloading combinations to the head and body. Williams, 34, appeared intent on fighting on survival mode from the outset and offered little in terms of offense save a few lunging jabs and sporadic counter punches. Lopez picked up the pace in the final round hoping to score a knockout, but Williams covered up well and successfully blocked or evaded the most damaging blows. (more…)
Photo by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Thrilling a large crowd, WBC light flyweight champion Rodel Mayol of the Philippines and the challenger Omar Nino of Mexico held a public workout in a ring raised in front of the beautiful Cathedral of San Juan del Rio in downtown San Juan del Río in Querétaro, Mexico. (more…)
With just a week to go until he is scheduled to take center stage in front of a crazed hometown crowd, Edwin Rodriguez took part in a media workout on Thursday at Manfredo’s Gym to showcase just how ready he is. Rodriguez shadow boxed, hit the pads with trainer Peter Manfredo, Sr., and put in some rounds in the heavy bag before the assembled members of the press. (More)
Steve Smith of Rumble Time Promotions presents “The Show Must Go On!” tonight at the Viking Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri. The feature bout of the evening pits two talented St. Louis products in a battle for the vacant 135-pound WBC United States National Boxing Championship. Rumble Time’s own “Dangerous” Dannie Williams (13-1, 11 KOs) will square off against Robbie “The Peashooter” Cannon (12-5-1, 6 KOs) in a ten-round contest for the belt. (more…)
Jose Reynoso 140 vs Aris Ambriz 139
Aaron Martinez 147 vs Pavel Miranda 147
Artemio Reyes 142 vs Alan Sanchez 142.5
Eric Garcia 154 vs Daniel Castillo 153.5
Antonio Moya 152.5 vs Cleven Ishe 153
Venue: Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, California
Promoter: Thompson Boxing Promotions
By John Cannon
Luis Ramos Jr. 137.6 vs. Joshua Allotey 138
Omar Figueroa 135.6 vs. Julian Rodriguez 135.8
Nestor Garza 144 vs. Steve Almaraz 144
Eric Molina 199.6 vs. Chris Thomas 198.6
(WBC Latino cruiserweight title)
Jermell Charlo 155.4 vs. Adan Murillo 164.8
Juan Manuel Lopez 114.2 vs. Richard Flores 115.8
Maria Rodriguez 148.6 vs. Yvette Mccullar 142
Venue: McAllen Convention Center, McAllen, TX
Promoter: Golden Boy/Cavazos Boxing
Golden Boy prospect Luis Ramos took a walk down memory lane at Wednesday’s press conference held at the McAllen Convention Center. “I fought in the Valley before back when I was younger,” said Ramos. “Back in the day I fought in Brownsville as an amateur and this is my second time back in the Valley. One thing I remember the last time I was here was that the people were extremely friendly here and humble. I am glad to be back and looking forward to fighting in front of the Valley fans once again.” (more…)
Photo by Enrique “Kike” Vázquez/Promociones Miguel Cotto, Inc.
WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto was honored by the House of Representatives of Puerto Rico for his achievements and his successful boxing career. “Miguel Cotto is an inspiration for thousands of young kids growing up. He is a true example of what you can accomplish,” said district representative David Bonilla. ” Click here for more…
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Jean Pascal looking sharp in advance of his August 14th fight versus Chad Dawson at the Bell Centre in Montreal. “He certainly is the best dressed boxer out there,” admitted Dawson’s promoter Gary Shaw who said he plans on making two trips to Canada with Dawson. “We’ll be back a second time, after we beat Jean Pascal, we’re going to come back for (Lucian) Bute, we’ll knock off all the Canadians in two straight fights.”
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Omar Sheika 176 vs. Jim Strohl 176
Terrance Cauthen 148 vs. Cleotis Pendarvis 146
Francisco Ortiz 122 vs. Benjamin Morales 122
Marcus Smith 134.5 vs. Rami Ibraham 136
Reshawn Scott 180.5 vs. Charles Hayward 177
Alando Swain 162 vs. Khalil Farah 167
Ramon Ellis 134 vs. Osnel Charles 137
Promoter: Nedal Promotions
Venue: Cedar Gardens
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Allan Green relaxes in his Hilton Oakland Airport suite as he gets mentally ready for his Super Six World Boxing Classic showdown with WBA World Champion Andre Ward televised Saturday, June 19-live on SHOWTIME, 10p ET/PT-from Oakland’s Oracle Arena.
“Fight week for a boxer is 100% mental,” Green stated. “I have done the work. I have trained for a world title fight, but in the last days before that first bell, it can’t be about that in my mind. I know on Saturday that I can walk out of the arena as the new WBA World Champion. But I can’t focus on that. I can only focus on beating Andre Ward.” (more…)
The undercard for the July 16th Zab “Super” Judah vs. Jose Armando Santa Cruz at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, is shaping up with abundant local flavor. Undefeated welterweight, Alex Perez of Newark, NJ (11-0, 7 KOs) takes on New York City’s Vincent Arroyo (10-1, 7 KOs). Brooklyn, NY’s Sadam “Worldkid” Ali (7-0, 3 KOs) will defend his unblemished record against Philadelphia’s, Julius Edmonds (7-7) in a 6 round welterweight battle. (more…)
Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) and Gary Shaw Productions have officially announced that WBC light heavyweight world champion Jean Pascal (25-1-0, 16KO) will make a third defense of his title against undefeated IBO light heavyweight champ Chad “Bad” Dawson (29-0-0, 17KO) on Saturday, August 14th at the Bell Centre in Montreal. “After several discussions we agreed that the best place for this historic fight to take place would be Montreal . Thanks to Gary Shaw we were able to count on HBO’s participation, as they have broadcast all of Chad Dawson’s matches since 2008. This will be without a doubt the most important boxing event in history in which a fighter from Quebec has participated in the main event” said Yvon Michel, president of GYM. (more…)
“That was eight months ago for a stadium fight,” said Bernd Bönte, Managing Director of the Klitschko Management Group. “Now for weeks we offered them 1.5 million and that’s it. Still more than he gets or even got in any other fight. Valuev comes from a clear defeat against Haye, and all but the judges saw a loss against Holyfield. This is a typical King game. He has nowhere to go. Austin fights Solis for the mandatory position and Valuev has two options left: fight Vitali or fight Haye in a rematch. But we will definitely not raise the money. If Valuev wouldn’t be over seven foot we wouldn’t even discuss a fight. He can take it or fight Haye again.”
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