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The Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (17-0-1, 7 KOs) vs. the hard hitting Oscar “Estudiante” Meza (19-3, 17 KOs) for the WBO NABO Youth lightweight title contest is the headline bout of the “Boxeo TELEMUNDO” telecast this Friday, June 4th from the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, FL. Local hero Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry (27-6-2, 15 KOs) faces Ira Terry (24-3, 14 KOs) in a bout scheduled for ten rounds in the lightweight division. A total of nine bouts are scheduled with the first bell at 7p. The event is promoted by Tuto Zabala, Jr. of All Star Boxing “The New Generation,” Aaron Jacobs of Fight Night Productions, and Chester Koerner of TKO Boxing Productions. The Gesta-Meza bout will be televised live at 11:35p by Telemundo. Doors open at 7pm and the first bout is at 7:30p. Tickets are still available at the A La Carte Event Pavillion box office located 4050 Dana Shores Drive (404- 787-7593).
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photo by Big Joe Miranda
Bantamweight Leo Santa Cruz (13-0-1, 5 KO’s) impressively stopped Jose Angel Cota in the third round of a scheduled eight round bout on Thursday night at the Commerce Casino outside Los Angeles. Santa Cruz dominated the action, scoring a knockdown in the second round with a left hook to the head. Santa Cruz stunned Cota with a right hand to the head, prompting referee Raul Caiz, Jr. to stop the bout at 1:35. For more details and photos click here…
Six-time former world champion Thomas ‘Hitman’ Hearns, seven-time world champion and “Fighter of the Decade” Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and former lightweight champion Ray ‘Boom Boom’ Mancini pose with Hall of Fame Top Rank promoter Bob Arum after attending the “Friars Club Salute to Bob Arum” in New York City Thursday night. Arum is in town promoting Miguel Cotto vs Yuri Foreman on Saturday night at Yankee Stadium.
Photo: Mary Ann Owen
Elena “Baby Doll” Reid will be fighting France’s Nadya Hokmi for the WBF super flyweight championship in Lingolsheim, France on Saturday at the Hall Joffre-Lefebvre. Their fight is the main event. Reid (left) and Hokmi pose at the Lingolsheim boxing gym.
From time to time TKO Boxing Promotions will spotlight one of its prospects who is worth watching. This month that prospect is junior welterweight Joseph Elegele. After turning professional in November 2009 with a win over Keith Redding of Cincinnati, Ohio, Elegele has reeled off six more wins, five by knockout. (more…)
For nearly four years, UFC® middleweight champion Anderson Silva has ruled the 185-pound weight class with an iron fist. On August 7th, at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, he will look to add to his record six title defenses when he takes on the one man brash enough to call him out, number one contender Chael Sonnen. This championship bout, which is the main event of UFC 117: SILVA vs. SONNEN presented by Tequila Cazadores, headlines the first UFC® event in Oakland. (more…)
NABO lightweight champion “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy (18-0-1, 10 KOs), rated #13 by the WBA, will make his first title defense against challenger John John “The Hammer” Molina (20-1, 16 KOs) on July 9 when ESPN Friday Night Fights comes to Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, RI. “We’re bringing ESPN here to this beautiful casino,” promoter Jimmy Burchfield announced. “We want to thank ESPN. We’ve switched things around a little to have Hank Lundy defend his NABO title against John John Molina. It’s going to be an unbelievable fight. We’re very excited about this fight. Molina comes to fight and this will be the toughest fight of Hank’s career.” (more…)
Photo by Gabriel F. Cordero and Alma Montiel
Everything is set for former WBC jr flyweight world champion Edgar Sosa’s return against countryman and fellow former champ Roberto “Mako” Leyva on Saturday in Acapulco, Mexico. The event will be promoted by Fausto Daniel Garcia and will be broadcast by Televisa. Other Mexican prospects featured are Daniel Estrada, Carlos Zarate Jr., Giovanni Caro, Cristian Esquivel and Venezuelan Carlos Cardenas. More photos…
Undefeated WBA super middleweight champion and America’s last Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward (20-0, 13 KOs) will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at his hometown Oakland A’s game against the Minnesota Twins Friday at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Ward, who captured the WBA belt with a convincing, 11th-round technical decision over Mikkel Kessler in the Super Six World Boxing Classic opener on Nov. 21, 2009 at Oracle, is looking forward to taking the field. “I’m excited for this opportunity to show my support to The Oakland A’s,” Ward said. “They are my hometown team and I am a baseball fan!”
Ward will make his first title defense against world-ranked contender Allan “Sweetness” Green (29-1, 20 KOs) in a Super Six World Boxing Classic Group Stage 2 bout on June 19 on SHOWTIME® at the Oracle Arena.
Story by Alex Dombroff
Photos by Marty Rosengarten / Ringsidephotos.com
For fighter with a worldly name and top-10 talent, Pawel Wolak has taken the road less traveled. Which is to say, he hasn’t traveled much at all. Born in Poland, but residing in New Jersey, when Wolak steps in the ring Saturday night at Yankee Stadium, it will mark the 27th time in 28 fights that Wolak has plied his trade in, either, his home state, or neighboring New York . . . click here for more
By Craig Watt
Brendon Smith, trainer and manager of Australian WBO interim lightweight champion Michael Katsidis contacted Fightnews to dispute UK newspaper reports that Katsidis was reluctant to agree a fight with current WBA 140 pound champion Amir Khan, who is pencilled to defend his title in London on 31st July at the O2 Arena. Smith stated, “We need to put the record straight here – Khan is ducking Michael, not the other way round and we are prepared to come to the UK and defeat Khan in front of his home fans. It appears that after Michael dismissed Kevin Mitchell in style these UK fighters have temporarily lost their balls…for the record, Michael Katsidis is available.” (more…)
Former world title challenger Giovanni Lorenzo has signed an exclusive promotional agreement with TKO Boxing Promotions it was announced today by Chet Koerner, its President. Lorenzo will make his debut under the TKO Boxing Promotions banner against veteran Daryl Salmon tonight, Thursday, June 3rd at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles.
The 29 year old Lorenzo, 28-2-0 with twenty knockouts, challenged Sebastian Sylvester for the vacant IBF Middleweight Title on September 19, 2009, losing a very close split decision in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. (more…)
Cardiff, Wales will be the site of the WBC Night of Champions to be held July 29-31. The event is where the global boxing community unites to acknowledge lifetime achievements, unsung heroes, and boxing’s contribution to developing youth and the wider community. “The world of boxing is delighted to be returning to one of the great homes of our sport, to Wales, a country from which so many great champions and traditions have been nurtured,” WBC President Jose Sulaiman said. “Celebrating the WBC’s ‘Night of Champions’ in Cardiff will be something we will all remember for years to come.“
Amongst the more than 100 list of former and current world champions speculated to attend are current heavyweight champions of the world David Haye and Vitali & Wladimir Klitschko. Those three names alone assembled together should make for very interesting theatre. (more…)
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Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum takes in a few innings of the Yankees-Orioles game following a home plate ceremony with Miguel Cotto and Yuri Foreman. Click here for more photos…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The possibility exists that former WBA/WBC world champion Jorge “Niño de Oro” Linares could be fighting Ricardo “Rocky” Juárez on July 31 in Las Vegas. Linares and Juarez both fight under the banner of Golden Boy Promotions and have been offered the fight, which would be a ten-rounder at 132lbs (between the super featherweight and lightweight divisions). The winner could get a title shot next. The fight would be the co-feature underneath Juan Manuel Márquez vs Juan Díaz for the WBA/WBO lightweight world titles.
By John Cannon
Golden Boy Promotions and Solo Boxeo will be bringing more heat to the Valley on June 18th at the McAllen Convention Center.
Anthony Cavazos, president of Cavazos Boxing, said that this fight card is hot and the fans that attend the event are definitely getting a treat. “This is an action packed fight card and Golden Boy Promotions will be bringing the heat come June 18th,” said Cavazos. “On that night fight fans will be able to see some of these young prospects who have the ability of becoming future world champions as well as some local favorites.” In the main event, Golden Boy prospects Luis Ramos Jr. and Jermell Charlo will highlight the card and Weslaco native Omar Figueroa, another Golden Boy fighter with a perfect 9-0 record, will face Mexico’s Julian Rodriguez (18-18) in the co-main event. (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 guests are junior middleweight champ Cory Spinks and Fightnews’ Managing Editor Flattop. 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.
Photo: Eroll Popova
At the official weigh-in Aschersleben on Thursday afternoon there was a foretaste of the upcoming heavyweight fight on Friday. The opponent of Timo Hoffmann, Harry Duiven Jr. shoved the “German Oak” when posing in front of the photographers completely across the room. However, security guards intervened at once to subdue the worked up Dutchman. Hoffmann was completely surprised about the situation was “This is something I haven’t ever experienced,” he said. Big talk is common, but physical violence is new to me…now the atmosphere for the fight has heated up considerably.” Click here for more, plus photos.
Photos: Sauerland Event
IBF Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester is brimming with confidence ahead of his mandatory defence against Roman Karmazin. The 29-year-old German (30-3, 16 KOs) is under pressure to keep the belt for a very special reason. “I will get married this summer and I want to get married as world champion,” he said. “Karmazin will not spoil my wedding. He is a strong guy with a good left but we have carefully analysed him. I know I got what it takes to beat him. With the help of my fans in Neubrandenburg, I will defend my title for a second time and then get married as a world champion.” (more…)
Spike TV will telecast live undercard bouts from “UFC 116: Lesnar vs. Carwin” on Saturday, July 3 at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. “UFC 116: Lesnar vs Carwin,” featuring the heavyweight unification bout between Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin, will air on pay-per-view at 10:00 PM ET / 7:00 PM PT. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
On August 21 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, Tomasz Adamek (41-1, 27 KO) will meet Michael Grant (46-3, 34 KO) in a fight that has more subplots than a James Bond movie. First, in 1999 Michael Grant beat another Polish heavyweight hopeful Andrew Golota. Secondly, Grant will have Eddie Mustafa Muhammad in his corner, the same trainer who guided light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson to dealing Adamek his only professional defeat. Eddie has no doubt that history will repeat itself. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos by Tim Barry/www.timbarry.wetpaint.com
World middleweight contender Daniel Geale (23-1, 13 KOs) moved closer to a world title shot when he stopped former world super middleweight contender Kariz Kariuki (21-9-2,18 KOs) in eleven rounds on Wednesday to capture IBF Pan Pacific title at the Wollongong Entertainment Center, Wollongong, NSW, Australia. IBF #7,WBC #13 Geale, 5’10, controlled the action in most of the rounds as he boxed skillfully connecting with accurate combinations to the head and body of his 6’2 opponent. Kariuki, formerly of Kenya but now based in Australia, was hurt in rounds six and seven from solid combinations to the head. At 1:24 of round eleven referee Charlie Lucas crowned Geale the winner when Kariuki was in no condition to defend himself. For more details and photos click here…
By Felipe Leon
On Friday, Zanfer Promotions presents at the Municipal Auditorium of Tijuana, MX, the first stage of their bantamweight tournament “Guante Azteca (Aztec Glove)”. The winner of the eight man contest will be awarded $5,000 and immediate entry to the “Campeon Azteca” reality series broadcast nationally in Mexico by the Azteca channel later this year. (more…)
Officially, former light heavyweight champion Montell Griffin had to settle for a surprising draw in the quest for his 50th professional victory last Saturday against veteran Ross “The Boss” Thompson at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. However, Hitz Boxing Founder Bobby Hitz says there is more than meets the eye to this surprising outcome. “First of all, I commend Montell for even getting in the ring that night. Ross Thompson assured us he was in shape and ready to go all the way along until he showed up at the weigh-in so far over the contracted weight of 178 that he was at the heavyweight limit. We told him he would have to go lose some weight and then found him at the buffet with a big plate of food an hour later.” (more…)
Photos courtesy IBF
Members of the International Boxing Federation/United States Boxing Association arrived at the Wyndham Rio Mar Resort in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 for the organization’s 27th Annual Convention. The following evening’s cocktail, a highly anticipated event each year, was an excellent start for this convention. In attendance were IBF Super-middleweight Champion Lucien Bute, IBF Light-Heavyweight Champion Tavoris Cloud and IBF Inter-Continental Middleweight Champion Benjamin Simon. President Daryl J. Peoples thanked the crowd of over two hundred people for attending this year’s convention and for their continued support adding that the organization looks forward to yet another successful convention. (Pictured above are Benjamin Simon, Lucien Bute and Daryl Peoples.) More to come… Click here for more photos
At the scales for “Fight Night at the Commerce 3,” promoted by TKO Boxing Promotions, at the Commerce Casino:
Leo Santa Cruz, 116.5 vs. Jose Angel Cota, 120
Giovanni Lorenzo, 164 vs. Darryl Salmon, 163.25
Austroberto Juarez, 112 vs. Ernie Marquez, 114
Dmitry Chudinov, 162 vs. Nathan Bedwell, 161
Randy Caballero, 122, vs. Travis Bedwell, 122
Ray Craig, 170 vs. Mario Ortiz, 169
Steve Fierro, 280 vs. Tony Sanchez, 254
Alexander Flores,. 219 vs. Richard Hale, 226.5
Imad Ali, 198 vs. Valente Tinajero, 200
Doors open at 7 p.m.
Get into the rhythm with Allan Green as he prepares to challenge Andre Ward for the WBA Super Middleweight World Championship – Saturday, June 19, live on SHOWTIME – in Group Stage 2 of the Super Six World Boxing Classic. And, don’t miss tonight’s premiere of Episode #6 of the acclaimed Fight Camp 360°: Inside The Super Six World Boxing Classic (SHO, 11p ET/PT). The complete list of re-air dates and times is below.
To view the full episode of FIGHT CAMP 360° or, find out more about the Super Six World Boxing Classic visit sports.sho.com
By Gabriel F. Cordero
It appears there is finally an agreement for Fernando Montiel to defend his WBC and WBO bantamweight world titles against former WBA super flyweight champion Rafael Conception on July 17 in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, Mexico. In the co-feature, super featherweight prospect Joksan Hernández is lined up to face Rogers Mtagwa. Also seeing action is Salvador Sanchez Jr. Montiel is already training for the bout in Los Mochis, Sinaloa. Sources report that an agreement was reached after the Concepcion had initially rejected the first offer.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Word is that Mexican ring legend Érik Morales has suffered an injury to his right hand which will KO his scheduled fight against Vicente Escobedo on July 17 in Tijuana. Morales initially suffered the injury in his comeback fight against Jose Alfaro and reinjured it while training in Temoaya, Mexico.
Photos courtesy WBC
Today there was a press conference in Mexico City to announce the next fight of Saúl “Canelo” Alvarez, which will be against Luis “Principito” Cuello of Argentina. The Jalisco State Government will participate in the next bout of Alvarez to be held in Guadalajara on July 10, which will also feature some WBC world championships. (more…)
It may not be the Big Apple, but the bright lights will be shining on Worcester, Massachusetts June 24 when DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing returns to Mechanics Hall. In the main event, Worcester’s own undefeated prodigy Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez(15-0, 11 KOs) coming off two nationally televised knockout wins, steps in with rugged veteran Gabriel Holguin (25-8, 9 KOs) in a super middleweight contest. In the co-feature, local favorite and undefeated junior welterweight prospect Danny O’Connor (12-0, 3 KOs) takes on Shamir Reyes (18-6-2, 7 KOs). Junior lightweight Ryan Kielczewski (7-0, 2 KOs), heavyweight Rashad Minor (3-1, 3 KOs) and light heavyweight Isiah Thomas (6-0, 4 KOs) will also see action.
Boxing promoter Don King was ecstatic after learning on Saturday of Miguel Acosta’s win over previously undefeated World Boxing Association lightweight champion Paulus Moses (25-1, 17 KOs) in Moses’ home country of Namibia. Acosta (27-9-2, 21 KOs), from Caracas, Venezuela, came in as the underdog WBA interim champion and scored a sixth-round knockout to leave as the outright WBA lightweight champion. King also noted press reports after the fight indicating Acosta’s father had said he believed his son was now a promotional free agent. “I don’t know who might be telling Oscar that his son’s contract with me has expired, but that is not the case. In fact, my contract with Miguel extends well into 2012.” (more…)
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Three time world champion Miguel Cotto, Hall of Fame Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, New York Yankees chief operating officer Lonn Trost and undefeated WBA world super welterweight champion Yuri Foreman pose during the final press conference, Wednesday at the Yankee Stadium where Cotto and Foreman will fight for the world super welterweight championship, Saturday, June 5 on HBO Championship Boxing. Click here for more photos…
Welterweights Antwone Smith, of Miami, FL, and Lanardo Tyner, of Houston, TX, will meet in a scheduled 10-round fight as on Friday evening, July 9, in the ballroom at Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall. Along with the main event featuring Mike Jones vs. Irving Garcia, this card will give boxing fans a chance to witness the progress of the two best United States-based welterweight prospects, Jones and Smith. Showtime will televise the two main fights as part of its popular ShoBox series, The New Generation. (more…)
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