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Unbeaten IBF middleweight champion “King” Arthur Abraham will return on June 27th to defend against Mahir Oral (25-1-2, 10 KOs) at the Max Schmeling Halle in Berlin. Originally, Abraham was to defend against mandatory challenger Giovanni Lorenzo, however, since no contractual agreement was reached, the IBF approved a voluntary defense against Oral at their convention in Panama City. The deadline for the mandatory defense is now September.
By Karl Freitag
Pound-for-pound candidate and three-time world champion Israel “El Magnifico” Vazquez (43-4, 31 KOs) has been medically cleared by the California State Athletic Commission to fight again after a serious eye injury. In his last bout, Vazquez was the victor in the epic rubber match against Rafael Marquez on March 1, 2008. He and manager Frank Espinoza will now consider Vazquez’ next fight, which will definitely be at featherweight.
Andreas Kotelnik is confident he can defy the odds and successfully defend his WBA light-welterweight title against Amir Khan when the pair go head to head on June 27. Kotelnik heads into the fight the bookmakers’ underdog. But the hard hitting Ukrainian told Setanta Sports News he wasn’t impressed with Khan. He said: “I’ve watched DVDs of him in action and I’m not impressed. He might be the bookies favourite leading up to the fight but I am world champion.” Kotelnik slammed Khan for “always gabbling on” and dismissed any talk of the Khan ruling the light-welterweight division. “First off, I am the world champion; secondly I think I am the best of all the world champions. I will fight the best fighters in the division. But Khan isn’t one of them. I am confident I can beat him.”
Another celebrity has been confirmed for the first-ever heavyweight title fight on Finnish soil. Living legend Evander Holyfield will arrive on Friday evening to watch the rematch between Valuev and Chagaev from ringside. The “Real Deal” lost to the Russian Giant on points in front of a sell-out crowd of 12,500 fans in Zurich last December. (more…)
By Lee Bates
The matchup between former WBA flyweight champion Eric Morel (41-2, 21 KOs) and WBO bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel (39-2-1, 29 KOs) is an intriguing one. The two will meet June 27th at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The bout will be prior to the main event between WBO junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ Lopez and challenger Oliver Lontchi. What makes the matchup intriguing is the element of surprise. Both fighters have elite boxing skills that they have displayed on numerous occasions. However, recently they each have flashed eye catching knockout power stopping 7 of their last 10 combined opponents between them. This leaves the door open for the fight to be either a chess match or a brutal KO. (more…)
Southern California’s Michael ‘Lil’ Warrior Franco of Riverside (14-0, 9 KOs) attempts to win his first title when he takes on Juan Jose Beltran (19-12-3, 11 KOs) for the WBC youth super bantamweight title this Saturday. The event is being presented by II Feathers Promotions and will take place at the American Sports University in San Bernandino, California. The undercard will feature in seperate bouts Riverside native and WBC international youth flyweight champion Anthony Villareal (9-2, 4 KOs), unbeaten light heavyweight prospect Kerry Foley (11-0, 9 KOs) of Sydney, Australia (U.S. debut) , and 2006 National Golden Gloves champion bantamweight Efrain Esquivas (4-0, 2 Kos) of Carson, California. Plus additional bouts. Doors open at 1PM with the first bell at 3PM. Tickets are priced at $20, $35, $75, and $100, may be purchased by calling 760-559-6419 or 909-889-5555.
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 guests are Kermit Cintron and Clay Moyle, the author of Sam Langford, Boxing’s Greatest Uncrowned Champion. Call or email your questions to email@example.com. 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 9:00 p.m. ET.
By Joe Koizumi
WBC super bantam champ Toshiaki Nishioka made a hero’s return to Japan as he very impressively scored a successful defense with a one-punch third-round stoppage of Johnny Gonzalez in Monterrey, Mexico, last Saturday. His haymaker was as picture-perfect as that of Hiroyuki Ebihara who dethroned undisputed world flyweight ruler Pone Kingpetch in the first round in 1963. Ebihara was then called “razor punch” but Nishioka must be entitled to the same admiration. Nishioka, a 32-year-old southpaw Japanese, is said to make his next defense here this fall, and confidently said, “I’m the world champ, so will fight anybody.” The most anticipated will be his confrontation with hard-hitting ex-champ Rafael Marquez who is also willing to participate in his fourth encounter with grudge rival Israel Vazquez. His marvelous performance in Mexico has tremendously raised Nishioka’s stock among fight fans here.
By Ron Jackson
Silence Mabuza returns to action after an absence of one year when he faces Yohnny Perez of Colombia in an IBF bantamweight title eliminator at the Springs Indoor Arena on Friday night. Perez 18-0; 13 who was born in Cartagena, Colombia but has fought out of America since he made his pro debut in July 2005 is a very real threat to Mabuza. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
This Saturday, May 30th, the UVI Sports and Fitness Center in sunny St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands will host its third boxing card in four months as 340 Promotions presents Boxing In Paradise III. Headlining his second show since the inaugural promotion back in January will be WBA #9 Victor Cayo of the Dominican Republic in a defense of his WBA Fedecaribe Super Lightweight title against Mexican Arturo Morua. The pugilists that most in attendance will be pining to see are the two sons of local legend Julian “The Hawk” Jackson: John and Julius Jackson. Both boys represented the USVI in Beijing last September at the 2008 Olympics. Turning pro on the January show, they will each be gunning for their third straight win. Rounding out the card will be Jackson nephew Samuel Rogers, JV “The Fighting Doctor” Tuazon of The Philippines and Dominican Javier Fortuna. Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz is brimming with excitement about the third installment of the “Paradise” series. “The fans are continuing to show great support for their fighters. Not only for the Jackson boys, but with such a large Dominican population here in the USVI, Cayo is drawing the crowds as well!” The show will open with several amateur bouts at 5:30 p.m., followed by the pro portion of the card at 8:00 p.m. 340 Promotions is presenting Boxing In Paradise III in association with Warriors Boxing. For more info log onto: www.340promotions.com.
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“The Beat down in H-Town” met up with Houston media Tuesday afternoon at Champs Restaurant to talk about the upcoming bouts scheduled Thursday evening at the Arena Theatre . . . Click here for more
For tomorrow night’s “The Beatdown in H-Town” promoted by Chet Koerner’s TKO Boxing Promotions:
Dat Nguyen, 127.5 vs.. Carlos Hernandez, 126
Rafael Valenzuela, 127 vs. Jose Garcia Bernal, 126
KJ Noons, 157 vs. Enrique Gallegos, 159
Lanard Lane, 152 vs. Billy Ray Cunningham, 156.5
Gerardo Ibarra, 147 vs. Dustin Reinhold, 148
Raul Tovar, 142 vs. Simeon Dunwell, 141.5
Jonathan Gover, 151 vs. Gustavo Mejia, 147.5
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WEC featherweight Urijah Faber throws out the ceremonial first pitch at the Oakland-Seattle baseball game on Tuesday, May 26. The Sacramento native, preparing for his June 7 rematch with Mike Brown, took in the game with several of his training partners and watched as Oakland rallied late to beat Seattle 4-3. Photo courtesy of Kristy Fick, Oakland A’s
Super middleweight Jesse Brinkley will return to action on Saturday, July 11th as he headlines an outstanding night of boxing at the Reno Events Center, presented by Reno’s “Let’s Get It On” Promotions in association with Las Vegas based TKO BOXING Promotions . . . Click here for more
World champions Andre Berto and Juan Urango pose after today’s prefight press conference at the Hard Rock Café in Miami. They meet Saturday night for Berto’s WBC welterweight belt at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida. Tickets, priced at $202, $152, $102, and $52, are on sale now, and may be purchased at Hard Rock Live Box Office or may also be obtained online at www.TicketMaster.com.
It’s hard to tell who this fight means moreto. Is it bigger for Antonio DeMarco to impress his growing legion of followers as he climbs up the lightweight rankings ladder? Or will Anges “Baby Face” Adjaho make a name for himself in his SHOWTIME debut and prove he’s a legitimate top-10 contender in the 135-pound weight class? Fans will find out on Saturday, July 11, when DeMarco (21-1-1, 15 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico, takes on West African native Adjaho (17-2, 9 KOs) in a battle of top-10 contenders in the co-feature on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). (more…)
WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev has dubbed Saturday´s rematch against “champion in recess” Ruslan Chagaev the “most important fight” of his life. The Russian Giant (50-1, 34 KOs) is eager to avenge the only loss of his career. “I am glad I will finally get the chance to set the record straight,” he said at today´s press conference at Hartwall Arena. “I am very confident of success. I have improved a lot since the first meeting. This is certainly the most important fight of my career.” (more…)
Undefeated two-time light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson informed the International Boxing Federation (IBF)
that he has vacated its title, effective immediately. Promoter Gary Shaw personally delivered the letter to the IBF at its annual convention which is being held in Panama City, Panama.
Featured fighters from this Thursday’s world class professional boxing event, “THE BEATDOWN IN H-TOWN” met with the Houston media this afternoon to discuss their upcoming bouts taking place at the Arena Theatre . . . Click here for more
By Craig Watt
In one of the best world title fights seen in Australia in recent years, WBA#1 ranked middleweight Anthony Mundine (36-3, 23 KO’s) secured the IBO Middleweight title at the packed Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Australia this evening with a close split decision over previously unbeaten Daniel Geale (21-1, 13 KO’s). The former two-time WBA super-middleweight champion boxed impressively to secure his third world title in two different weight divisions. He used his superior speed and boxing ability to outwork Geale in a close and exciting battle fought in the centre of the ring. The work rate of both fighters was superb and contributed to the excitement of a close and entertaining boxing matchup. The 34 year old Mundine won by close scores of 116-113, 114-113 and the third judge scoring the fight 115-113 for Daniel Geale. (more…)
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Cancer patient Bryan Romero got a very special gift on Tuesday when world champion Juan Manuel Lopez came by for a visit to his room at the Puerto Rican Medical Center. Romero had ask to meet the undefeated champion and his wish was granted on his fifteenth birthday. The normally talkative Romero was left speechless by Lopez his favorite boxer. As Lopez spoke to him about his next fight, Romero admired his championship belt and was only able to say, “I can’t believe that you’re here.” (more…)
Ringside Report by Scott Ploof
Photography by Emily Harney
A few days prior to his bout at the Twin River Events Center in Lincoln, RI, Joey “The KO” Kid Spina stated in an interview with FightNews that boxing was a lot like chess. In chess, one simple move can take you from losing the game to the brink of victory, while in professional boxing, fighting the right competition and being successful can bring a fighter from journeyman to world title contender. This past Friday night in front of 1500 screaming fight fans, Joey Spina (25-1-1, 17 KOs) made the next move in his chess game towards a world title shot a checkmate as he defeated veteran gatekeeper, Tiwon Taylor (26-15-1, 19 KOs) over eight rounds by unanimous decision in their light heavyweight main event. Click here for the action packed photogallery.
Unbeaten world-ranked welterweight Mike Jones, of North Philadelphia, suffered a strained muscle in his left bicep over the weekend, forcing cancellation of his North American Boxing Association (NABA) title defense against Larry Mosley, of Los Angeles, CA, which was set for Saturday evening, June 6, at Bally’s Atlantic City. The original co-feature, which pairs undefeated super bantamweight Teon Kennedy, of North Philadelphia, against Lucian Gonzalez, of Reading, PA, will be elevated to the main event. (more…)
On Saturday night, Juan Urango attempts to become one of the select few fighters to win world championships in two weight classes, and he is on target for his championship bout against Andre Berto after weighing in at 153.4 pounds during the mandatory WBC seven-day weigh in. On Friday, Urango will be required to weigh-in at the welterweight limit of 147 pounds. Berto vs Urango, a 12 round bout for the WBC welterweight championship of the world, is presented by DiBella Entertainment and Seminole Warriors Boxing and will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 9:45 pm ET / 6:45pm PT. In the televised co-feature, junior middleweights Alfredo Angulo and Kermit Cintron will slug it out. Tickets, priced at $202, $152, $102, and $52, are on sale now, and may be purchased at Hard Rock Live Box Office or may also be obtained online at www.TicketMaster.com
The most historic event in UFC just got bigger with the announcement that rap-metal pioneers Limp Bizkit are bringing the only performance in the US of their “Unicorns N’ Rainbows” tour to Mandalay Bay Beach on Friday, July 10th to perform in their first North American concert in eight years as a part of the UFC 100 weekend. The multi-platinum-selling group has picked the perfect time to return to North American stages, and you can be sure that once their hits “Break Stuff”, “Rollin'” and “My Way” start blasting through the speakers, you’ll have all the adrenaline you need for UFC 100 the next night on Saturday, July 11th . . . Click here for more
Brazil has produced some of the finest mixed martial artists the world has ever seen. From Anderson Silva to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira to Mauricio Rua, the cities and towns of this South American country have churned out devastating strikers, dangerous grapplers, and vicious finishers . . . Click here for more
UPDATE: Sad to report that 4-year-old Exodus Tyson passed away a little before noon this morning. Fightnews staff extends our thoughts and prayers to the Tyson family.
A freak accident in the home of former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has left Iron Mike’s 4-year-old daughter Exodus is in critical condition at a Phoenix hospital. According to MyFoxPhoenix.com, she was playing my herself on a treadmill and was found by her brother hanging from the machine’s powercord. Tyson, who was out of town at the time, has since arrived at the hospital.
By Damrong Simakajornboon
WBA flyweight champion Denkaosan Kaovichit (47-1-1, 20 KOs) barely retained his title as he won a twelve round split decision over WBA#12 Hiroyuki Hisataka (17-8-1, 6 KOs) on Tuesday at the Central Stadium of Uttaradit Province, Thailand. The bout was a close affair in the first six rounds with the champion dominating a little with his aggression, mostly hunting the Japanese who also displayed his effective counterpunches. The champion looked weakened from round eight which caused his foe to come back and gained the score, especially at the last two rounds. The Thai fighter was also deducted a point for his foul punches repeated at the back of the challenger’s head in round eight. Scored : Stanley Christodoulou (South Africa) 115-112, Kwang Tak Yoon (Korea) 115-112 for Denkaosan, Silvestre Abainza (Philippines) 115-113 for Hisataka. In other action, Fonluang Sor Tanapinyo (7-0,2 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Safwan Lombok in a six round non-title bout. This event was promoted by Galaxy Boxing Promotion.
All Star Boxing, Inc, and its Promoter Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr. will return to South Florida for the second time in over two months with former WBA world champion Diosbelys Hurtado on June 12th at the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming in Miami. Hurtado (40-3-1, 25 KOs) of Santiago, Cuba will be facing former WBC Latin and WBA FEDECARIBE champion Manuel “El Marro” Garnica (25-10, 13 KO’s) of Guadalajara, Mexico in clash scheduled for 12 Rounds with Hurtado’s WBO Latin welterweight title on the line. Also in action on the card popular undefeated Cuban prospect Lester “El Cubanito” Gonzalez (10-0, 6 KOs) and undefeated heavyweight Erik “The Viking” Leander (6-0, 5 KO’s) in separate bouts. Seven fights are scheduled. Doors open at 7:30 PM first bout 8:30 PM. Tickets are already on sale at the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming 500 SW 177 Ave., Miami, FL or by calling (877) 242-6464. They are also available at Ticketmaster. The main event will be televised live at 11:35 PM by the Telemundo Network.
Howard Grant, chief trainer of undefeated challenger Olivier Lontchi of Montreal, said today “we’re going to shock Juanma Lopez’ world” when the two fighters battle on Top Rank’s Latin Fury 9 championship card June 27 at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. Grant was at a press conference today in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. “We’re fighting the top gun at 122 pounds in Juan Manuel Lopez,” said Grant. “It’s a great opportunity. Lontchi is going to put on a shocking performance.” (more…)
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The “White Tyson” Ruslan Chagaev during his workout this morning at Töölö Bay in Helsinki, Finland. Also in the pictures are his trainer Michael Timm and bodyguard Thomas Pütz. “I want to win and show who the real champion is,” said Chagaev about Saturday’s long awaited world title rematch with Nikolai Valuev. “I am out of the so named status ‘in recess.'”
By Joe Koizumi
After a fiasco of the fight place being moved to Japan from China just three days before, WBC flyweight champ Daisuke Naito (35-2-3, 22 KOs), a 34-year-old Japanese, barely kept his belt as he came off the deck in the sixth and maintained his early lead on points with his final effort to earn a hard-fought unanimous decision over Xiong Zhao-Zhong (12-2-1, 8 KOs), 112, over twelve see-saw rounds on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. The official tallies were as follows: Noppharat Sricharoen (Thailand) 113-111, Jaebong Kim (Korea) 114-111 and Yuji Fukuchi (Japan) 114-110, all for the defending champ who managed to score his fifth defense since he dethroned Thailander Pongsaklek Wongjongkam in July 2007. The referee was Bruce McTavish (Philippines). (more…)
Prior to the WBA heavyweight title fight between Nikolai Valuev and Ruslan Chagaev, Team Sauerland has launched its English webpage, www.boxing-online.com. Fans will not only find all the latest news and background information about star fighters such as Valuev, Povetkin and King Arthur but also receive video updates from training camps and fight venues. Former WBO heavyweight champion Lamon Brewster, who will also be in action on Saturday night, is featured in a special video blog from today´s media practice session in Helsinki. There will be additional updates from the Russian Giant in the next couple of days. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
After a fiasco of the fight location being moved to Japan from China just three days before, WBC flyweight champ Daisuke Naito (35-2-3, 22 KOs), a 34-year-old Japanese, barely kept his belt as he came off the deck in the sixth and maintained his early lead on points with his final effort to earn a hard-fought unanimous decision over Xiong Zhao-Zhong (12-2-1, 8 KOs), 112, over twelve see-saw rounds on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. The official tallies were as follows: Noparat Sricharoen (Thailand) 113-111, Jaebong Kim (Korea) 114-111 and Yuji Fukuchi (Japan) 114-110, all for the defending champ who managed to score his fifth defense since he dethroned Thailander Pongsaklek Wongjongkam in July 2007. (More to come)
Now it’s official. The WBO has sanctioned the July 4 heavyweight clash between #1 ranked Alexander Dimitrenko (29-0, 19 KOs) and “Fast” Eddie Chambers (34-1, 18 KOs) as an eliminator to determine the mandatory challenger to Wladimir Klitschko. The fight headlines a “Universum Champions Night” card at the Color Line Arena in Hamburg.
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