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I once asked then-super middleweight boxing champion Jeff Lacy what a knockout felt like. He described it as playing a video game, but that he was controlling his opponent. When I posed the same question to UFC heavyweight contender Junior Dos Santos, he replied, “It’s what I train to do; it’s great when I accomplish my goal in a fight.” . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
More information on the date/site shift of Gennady Golovkin’s WBA interim middleweight title showdown with Milton Nuñez has emerged. “The Colombian (Nuñez) had visa problems and couldn’t fight on August 7th,” Golovkin adviser Oleg Herrmann told FIGOsport.de. “The U.S. and Mexico have tighter immigration regulations. For Gennady there is no problem. He extended his sparring for a week and then flew to Panama. The evening at the Roberto Duran Arena is huge: 18 fights before 14,000 spectators. We didn’t want to wait for Nuñez’ visa. On August 26th is the court date in Hamburg with Gennady’s former promoter Universum. We wanted to have the fight over before then.”
TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo” returns to sunny Southern California on August 13 as promising up and comers Eloy Perez and Carlos Molina take on stern tests in featured bouts at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena in Pico Rivera, California. In the main event, unbeaten Perez (17-0, 4 KOs) battles veteran Derrick Campos (20-8, 11 KOs) in an eight round junior lightweight bout and in the co-feature, Molina (12-0, 6 KOs) risks his perfect pro record against Glenn Gonzales (7-1, 4 KOs) in an eight round junior welterweight battle.
Undefeated Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez of Toa Baja, Puerto Rico will take on fellow unbeaten Hector Marengo of Arecibo, Puerto Rico in the undercard of “Unification” the big boxing card that will be headline by Ivan Calderon and Geovani Segura on Saturday, August 28 from the Mario Morales Coliseum in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.
Gonzalez (12-0, 7 KOs) who was the selected as the prospect of the year in 2010 by the Puerto Rican Boxing Commission is looking for his fourth win of the year. Marengo (5-0-4, 3 KOs) was a top national amateur boxer who has three straight draws. This will be his first fight in Puerto Rico in more then two years. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Looks like the fight for the vacant WBA interim middleweight world title between Gennady Golovkin and Milton Nuñez will be moved from Guadalajara, Mexico on August 7 to the Roberto Duran Arena in Panama City on August 14. The bout was transferred for unknown reasons to the card headlined by the rematch between WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo Moreno against former WBA interim champion Nehomar Cermeño in a mandatory fight. The card is presented by Promociones y Eventos del Istmo.
Photo by Bob Barton
Former world champion Andrei Kotelnik works out at the Sweat Pound 4 Pound Gymin St Louis in advance of Saturday’s showdown with unified world champion Devon Alexander. (more…)
Former #1 super lightweight contender Dmitriy Salita (30-1-1, 16 KOs) announced today that his next fight will be on September 1st at Oceana Hall in Brooklyn, New York. Dmitriy will be playing dual roles on September 1 as both fighter and promoter. “Oceana was the first venue that I fought in NY, I thought it would be great to come back to my neighborhood and do the first card as a promoter in my community,” he said. “I expect a great turn out…I am hungrier than I have ever been before and eager to fight and win.” The fight will be broadcast exclusively on The Jewish Channel. The September 1st roster includes lots of local talent including 4x Golden Glove Champion and current undefeated boxer Will Rozinskiy (12-0). Tickets are $60, $100, $150 available at dsalita.com or the Oceana Box Office.
NABF super featherweight champion Jason Litzau’s interview last week on Fightnews.com inspired USBA super featherweight champion Argenis Mendez to contact Fightnews. Mendez (17-1, 9 KOs) just came off of a unanimous decision win against veteran Shamir Reyes this past week and is looking forward to bigger and better fights. “If Litzau doesn’t have anyone to fight tell him to have Roy Jones contact DiBella and we can make this happen,” said Mendez. “He doesn’t have to wait around watching others fight when I’m right here and am ready to challenge him. We can put both of our titles on the line and see who comes out on top. That will leave the winner in a great position to fight for a world championship,” stated Mendez. “I don’t think there’s anyone at 130lbs. who can beat me. If Jason Litzau doesn’t have the heart to fight me I would gladly take on Jorge Linares or Robert Guerrero, both of whom failed to impress me.”
Story by Andreas Hale
Thiago Alves is like a caged animal ready to pounce on his prey. Unfortunately, “The Pitbull” has been outside of the cage watching due to a number of injuries that have kept him away from the action that he desires. But on August 7th at UFC 117, Thiago Alves will unleash his pent up frustration upon the man he has sought revenge on since his 2006 loss – Jon Fitch . . . Click here for more
Former three-time WBA world champion Wilfredo Vazquez hits the big “50″ today. Fightnews.com, All Star Boxing, Inc and the Zabala Family would like to wish “Papa” Vazquez a very Happy Birthday. Wilfredo won three world titles in different division, all with the same organization, the WBA. He won the bantamweight, super bantamweight and featherweight world titles, retiring in 2002 after four straight wins. Currently he has guided his son Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. to win the WBO super bantamweight title, becoming the first father and son combination to win titles and the same weight division. Junior will soon announce his next title defense scheduled for October 16 at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmeee, FL.
Former world title challenger Giovanni Lorenzo will get another crack at the middleweight title as he heads to Cologne, Germany on Saturday, September 4th to battle WBA champion Felix Sturm. A native of San Cristobal, Dominican Republic, Lorenzo lost a very close, split decision to Sebastian Sylvester in Germany on September 19, 2009. He has fought twice since; scoring crushing knockout wins over Wilmer Gonzalez and Daryl Salmon.
Prior to the Salmon bout in June of this year, Lorenzo joined forces with Las Vegas based, rising promotional company, TKO Boxing Promotions. Sporting a record of 29-2-0 (21KO’s), Lorenzo spoke about the opportunity to fight for the world title against Sturm. (more…)
Last Friday night in Pomezia (Roma), Italy OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) staged a boxing show with five professional bouts. Two-time WBC interim middleweight title challenger Domenico Spada (31-3, 15 KOs) outpointed tough Hungarian Jozsef Matolcsi (26-12, 18 KOs) over eight rounds, super welterweight and former WBC interim middleweight title challenger Emanuele Della Rosa (24-1, 7 KOs) defeated Sandor Ramocsa (8-5, 4 KOs) on points over eight rounds, super lightweight and local hero Vittorio Oi (14-1-1, 3 KOs) decisioned veteran Laszlo Komjathi (35-29-2, 13 KOs) over six rounds, undefeated middleweight Emanuele Blandamura (12-0, 3 KOs) won an eight round decision over Robert Blazo (7- 1-2, 4 KOs) and finally cruiserweight Mirko Larghetti (8-0, 5 KOs) stopped Krisztian Jaksi (8-14-5, 1 KOs) in four rounds. Local TV Teleroma 56 televised the card in Italy.
Photos by Klitschko Management Group and Michael Kreft/BILD
IBF, WBO and IBO World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko and challenger Samuel Peter of Nigeria attended a press conference today at the Commerzbank-Arena in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Klitschko will defend his titles against Peter on September 11.
Wladimir Klitschko: “Peter is very experienced and a very good puncher. He has improved a lot in his last fights. I will be well prepared and definetely not underestimate him. I am happy to have a true opponent now and not somebody who just fights in his own dreams. Povetkin does not count anymore.”
Samuel Peter: “I do not want to say a lot today. I will let my fists speak on September 11. You will see a new Sam Peter!”
In Germany, the fight will be broadcast live and exclusively on RTL. ESPN will show the fight in the US. Tickets via www.eventim.de and the hotline +49- (0)1805-57 00 00. Prices start at 24 Euro. Click here for more photos…
Warner Promotions will present an August 20 boxing card at the Nautica Pavilion in Cleveland, Ohio featuring heavyweight Nick Firtha (18-7-1, 8 KOs) against Mike Sheppard (15-10-1, 8 KOs) in a ten rounder for the NABA U.S. and Ohio state belts. The co-feature is a six-rounder between unbeaten jr middleweight Dante Moore (6-0, 4 KOs) and Corey Rodriquez (4-1-1, 3 KOs).
Octagonside by Andreas Hale
Jones mops floor with “The Janitor” – Fight coverage: Jon “Bones” Jones has a knack for making everything look easy. The 23-year-old MMA wunderkind again justified his massive hype as he made short work of former IFL champion Vladimir Matyushenko and scored a first round TKO in the main event of UFC on Versus 2 in front of 8,132 inside the San Diego Sports Arena . . . Click here for more
Jones wants bigger names – Post-fight press conference report: Apparently, the Octagon is Jon “Bones” Jones world and everyone that ends up trapped inside his cage can, and will, be just another victim for Jones to test out his dazzling array of weapons. After turning in yet another virtuoso performance at UFC On Versus against Vladimir Matyushenko, Jones – as modestly as one can possibly put it – is asking the UFC to give him a bigger fish to fry because, quite frankly, this was just too easy . . . Click here for more
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
Photos by Chris Cozzone
After going the distance in a loss to Floyd Mayweather in May, “Sugar” Shane Mosley (46-6, 39 KOs) will return to the Staples Center in Los Angeles to face Sergio Mora (22-1-1, 6 KOs) September 18.
If you’re one to believe in luck, tradition, or superstition, Mosley stands a great chance to get back into the win column. In two previous outings at Staples, the Pomona fighter logged two victories, defeating Oscar de la Hoya and Antonio Margarito. He’s also never been defeated in the state of California . . . Click here for more
Undefeated former amateur world champion Erislandy Lara (12-0, 7 KOs) and world amateur championships bronze medalist Yordanis Despaigne (6-0, 4 KOs) will make appearances in separate bouts on August 18 at the Monroe Civic Center in Monroe, Louisiana. Lara will face Willie Lee (17-6, 11 KOs) in a 10-round junior middleweight bout, while Despaigne will take on undefeated Frank Paines (11-0, 10 KOs) in a 10-round middleweight showdown where someone’s “0″ must go. The card will be televised live on ESPN2′s Wednesday Night Fights. The undercard will feature light heavyweight Blake “Candyman” Prevost (13-1, 5 KOs),6’8 heavyweight Skip Scott (8-1, 5 KOs) and light welterweight champion Danny O’Connor (12-0, 3 KOs). Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday. Call 318.329.2338.
After Rendall Munroe met WBC world super bantamweight world champion Toshiaki Nishioka this weekend, he stated “I’m even more confident of beating him now.” He challenges for the Japanese star’s title at Tokyo’s Sumo Stadium on October 24. Munroe (21-1) and Nishioka (36-4-3) met at the WBC Night of Champions in Cardiff this weekend. And southpaw Munroe said: “We got on well and he seems a nice man, but I grew in confidence after seeing him. I’m convinced that world title is mine. It is always tough fighting away, but once I get in a rhythm my size and strength will cause him non-stop problems.” (more…)
By Brian Grammer
WBC and IBF jr welterweight champion Devon Alexander “The Great” arrived home Sunday afternoon at the Lambert International Airport in St. Louis to an enthusiastic crowd of family, fans and media. Alexander had been training in Las Vegas, NV in preparation of his Saturday, August 7th title defense against top contender Andreas Kotelnik in the main event of the Don King Productions “Gateway to Greatness” card. The champion, who was visibly moved by the reception, informed everyone that he was in top condition and ready to defend his titles. “I know that as the champion everyone is gunning for me and I have to be ready.” More to follow.
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