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Unbeaten WBO 140-pound champion Timothy “Desert Storm’’ Bradley (24-0, 11 KOs) of North Palm Springs, Calif., and challenger and former unified lightweight belt holder Nate “The Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell (33-5-1, 25 KOs) participated in the second of back-to-back press conferences on Wednesday to discuss their eagerly awaited showdown on Saturday, Aug. 1, live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg
“The Contender” Season 2 star Cornelius Bundrage (29-4, 17 KOs) returns to the ring this Saturday to face unbeaten Yuri Foreman (27-0, 8 KOs) in an IBF junior middleweight title eliminator at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Bundrage – ranked #2 in the IBF – and Foreman – ranked #3 in the IBF – will battle for the vacant number one spot and a mandatory shot at champion Cory Spinks.(More)
By Joe Koizumi
Japanese top ranked lightweight Yoshitaka Kato (17-2-1, 5 KOs), 135, a short and tough John Brown stylist, eked out a majority decision (78-75, 77-75 and 77-77) over JBC#8 Kazuyoshi Kumano (22-8, 5 KOs), 135, over eight give-and-take rounds on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. Kato displayed his trademark left hooks to take the initiative in the first half, almost stunning the taller and durable Kumano in the fourth. Kato’s lack of defense made him a stationary target of Kumano’s retaliation in later rounds. Kato wishes to avenge his previous defeat by Ryuji Migaki, current national 135-pound champ, in a rematch with his belt at stake, but had better improve his defensive skills. Promoter: Kadoebi Jewel Promotions.
Reynaldo Frutos 111 vs Milton Marin 108
Edgar Ayarza 102 vs Julio Canastuj 105
Euribiades Villar 116 vs Wilfredo Gonzalez 116
Luca Giacon 137 vs Miguel Martinez 140
Julio Escudero 115 vs Javier Carpintero 115
Adir Sanchez 132 vs Gilberto Armuelles 131
Venue: Fantastic Casino La Doña, Panama
Promoter: Héctor Villarreal/Premium Boxing Promotions
Free admission. Fights start at 8pm
Quotes and training shots of Tomasz Adamek by award-winning photographer Tom Casino: Click here
The history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship is filled with stories of legendary fights and athletes who built a sport behind skill, heart, and determination. On July 10th and 11th, just before the lights go down and the first bell rings for July 11th’s historic UFC 100 event, fans will have the opportunity to meet and greet the fighters who made mixed martial arts what it is today, as well as the ones carrying the flag for the next generation, all under one roof at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center during the UFC® Fan Expo™ . . . Click here for more
Mike Arnaoutis 141.5 vs Doel Carrasquillo 143.5
Bobby Rooney 173.5 vs Brian Bernard 173
Jason Escalera 168.5 vs Joe Park 173
Chris Murphy 152 vs La-Take Williams 154
Chris Green 134 vs Mondre Pope 135.5
Patrick Farrell 197 vs Kenneth Farr 201
Venue: Schuetzen Park, North Bergen, New Jersey
Promoter: Pound For Pound Promotions
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
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First images from todays press conference featuring WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (24-0, 11 KOs) and ex-lightweight champion Nate Campbell (33-5-1, 25 KOs) at the press conference today in Pasadena, Calif. Bradley-Campbell will be live on SHOWTIME Aug 1st beginning at 9 P.M. ET/PT. (delayed on the West Coast)
Rising stars Erislandy Lara and Deontay Wilder, along with top prospects Seth Mitchell, Hylon Williams, Jermell Charlo, and Keith Thurman, will look to keep their unbeaten records intact this Friday night when they step into the ring at the Desert Diamond Casino in Tucson, Arizona as part of a stacked undercard to the ESPN “Friday Night Fights” main event between Daniel Jacobs and George Walton. In the televised co-feature, Guantanamo, Cuba’s Erislandy Lara takes on Gulfport, Mississippi’s Willie Lee in a junior middleweight eight rounder, and opening the ESPN portion of the show is a heavyweight four rounder between Tuscaloosa, Alabama’s Deontay Wilder and Lexington, Tennessee’s Kelsey Arnold. (more…)
Troy’s Miller Brothers, the exciting combination of heavyweight Shannon and former All-American and light heavyweight Shawn, will box together on the same card for the first time at Pugnacious Promotions’ annual “Night of Future Champions” summer boxing event at the Saratoga Springs City Center on Friday, July 31st. The fights will be featured on the annual card showcasing young boxing prospects during the first weekend of world-class thoroughbred racing at Saratoga Springs’ historic track. Shannon Miller faces Plainfield, N.J. veteran Terrell Nelson (8-7, 6 KOs) and Shawn Miller takes on Valentine Fortenelly (0-3), Atlanta, Ga. New York State Heavyweight Champion Darrel Madison (13-1, 3 KOs), Central Islip, will defend his title against Newburgh’s Nagy Aguilera (13-1, 8 KOs) in the card’s main event. (more…)
By Lee Bates
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WBO junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ Lopez of Puerto Rico (25-0, 23 KOs) and his next challenger Olivier Lontchi of Canada (18-0-2, 8 KOs) faced off today at their press conference at BB King’s restaraunt in Manhattan, New York. Top Rank & PR Best Boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera) are promoting Lopez who will be headlining his first pay-per-view this Saturday June 27th at the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Both fighters are extremely confident.
Lopez: “I hope Lontchi has prepared well for this fight. I myself am well prepared. I’m going win and I’m going win by knockout.”
Lontchi: “I’m very aware that this is going to be a very hard fight. However, I know what I have to do to win the title on Saturday.”
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Caesars Atlantic City, “Latin Fury 9″ will be televiserd live on pay-per-view from the Adrian Phillips Ballroom, beginning at 9 p.m. EDT/6 p.m. PDT. Tickets are priced at $200, $100 and $50 and can be purchased at the Boardwalk Hall box office or Ticketmaster. The pay-per-view telecast has a suggested retail price of $39.95 and will be available in HDTV for those viewers who can receive HD. For “Latin Fury 9″ fight week updates, log on to www.toprank.com.
By Ron Jackson
South Africa’s Nkosinathi Joyi faces the toughest fight of his career when he meets Filipino Florante Condes in an IBF mini flyweight title eliminator at the Orient Theatre in East London on Friday night. The fight will be presented by Branco Sports Productions. Joyi (19-0, 15 KOs) who fights from the southpaw stance is ranked at the number three in the latest IBF rankings (there are no fighters ranked at one and two in terms of the IBF policy) is the current IBO strawweight champion, but will have to relinquish the belt the moment he steps into the ring with Condes (23-4-1, 20 KOs) who is ranked at number four by the IBF. (more…)
Former IBF junior featherweight world champion, “The Canadian Kid” Steve Molitor (28-1, 11 KOs) and Mexico’s Heriberto Ruiz (41-7-2, 23 KOs) met with the media Wednesday for the final time prior to their IBF eliminator for the number two position on Friday night, in the Main Event of Rumble at Rama VIII, set for Casino Rama, in Rama, Ontario. Molitor, who is looking to put his last fight, a fourth round TKO loss to Panamanian Celestino Caballero, behind him, stated categorically that fans should expect to see the fighter that defended the IBF world title five times, and not the man who lost it to Caballero. (more…)
By Lee Bates
WBC executive secretary Mauricio Sulaiman sent a letter to the parties of WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (25-0,19 KOs) and former WBA welterweight champion Luis Collazo (30-4,15 KOs) to begin free negotiations of a rematch on their January 17th bout of earlier this year. This ruling had been decided at the last WBC Convention that was held in Chengdu, China. If no agreement is reached then the WBC will conduct a purse bid offer on July 17th at the WBC offices in Mexico City. Berto narrowly defeated Collazo by decision in their bout. Each fighter has had one fight since then. Berto easily decisioned Juan Urango last month, while Collazo to keep busy stopped journeyman David Gogichaishvili this past weekend.
Antonio Escalante (20-2, 13 KOs) will now be facing Cornelius Lock (18-3-1, 11 KOs), of Detroit, Mich., on the July 24 Golden Boy Promotions card in El Paso. Originally, Escalante was to fight Tomas Villa. Lock is 3-0 since 2007.
The July 10th ESPN2 card will take place at The Arena (formerly known as the New Alhambra) in South Philadelphia. As previously reported, Matt Godfrey will take on the undefeated Shawn Hawk for the NABF cruiserweight belt and light heavyweights Shaun George and Chris Henry clash in a scheduled ten round affair. The undercard features Tony Ferrante (7-0, 4 KOs) who risks his perfect record against Philly upset specialist Billy Bailey in an eight rounder for the WBF United States light heavyweight title. Bailey is no stranger to pulling off upsets in Philadelphia. Also, in a six round super featherweight affair, Coy Evans (4-0-1) will take on the durable Darrell Martin (4-9, 1 KO). Eleven bouts are scheduled on the card promoted by Blaine Garner’s y Shalyte Entertainment in association with Jimmy Burchfield’s CES Boxing and DiBella Entertainment. Tickets are $45, $60 and $65. Call 267-687-7560.
Wilfried Sauerland is convinced that undefeated IBF Middleweight Champion King Arthur Abraham will not have any problems to make the weight for his 10th title defense. The 29-year-old (29-0, 23 KOs) takes on Mahir Oral (25-1, 10 KOs) in Berlin´s Max-Schmeling-Halle on Saturday night. Prior to his last fights, Abraham was forced to lose a lot of pounds during the week of the fight – but not this time out. “I was a little worried that Arthur could face some problems again,” Sauerland said. “But he has really watched his weight and he is already close to the limit. I am sure he will make a great fight on Saturday.” (more…)
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and seven-foot WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev could collide later this year. The “Russian Giant” told the news agency RIA Novosti that in a personal conversation he and Vitali have agreed to meet in the ring. “I have reached an agreement with Klitschko and we really want to meet,” said Niko. “We’ve talked about the end of September or the beginning of October.“
Valuev has now confirmed the report. “It is true,” he stated. “We want to make it happen.” Manager Wilfried Sauerland added, “I know of a phone conversation between Niko and Vitali. That is why I spoke to Vitali about a potential fight when I met him last weekend at Boris Becker´s wedding. I will get in touch with Vitali in the next days.”
By Lee Bates
In a battle of lightweight KO artists, unbeaten Breidis Prescott of Colombia (21-0, 18 KOs) will take on Sugar Ray Narh of Ghana (22-1, 19 KOs) on July 17th in Las Vegas. The bout will air on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” series and be promoted by DeCubas Inc. Prescott is the more known of the two fighters as he went into England last September and knocked out the hometown hero and then-unbeaten Amir Khan in less than one round. Fireworks seem guaranteed as between them Prescott and Narh have produced 37 KOs in 44 bouts. Add to that each are extremely tall for lightweights, Prescott 5’11 and Narh 5’10. Also in a televised bout on the card will be two time Olympic gold medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux (1-0, 1 KO) against an opponent soon to be announced.
By Alexey Sukachev
Sydney Olympics welterweight gold medalist Mohamad Abdulaev (16-3, 12 KOs) looked predictably rusty after three and a half years of hiatus, but still scored a six-round unanimous decision over Russian journeyman Sergey Starkov (16-53-2, 2 KOs) yesterday in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. This bout, fought at junior middleweight limit, headlined a small card, promoted by Favzul Munavvar boxing club. Abdulaev, now 35, is best known for his loss to Miguel Cotto in a rematch of their earlier collision at Olympic competition.
On July 16th former light heavyweight title challenger, David Telesco (29-6-1, 24 KOs) will once again step inside the squared circle under the Star Boxing banner when he takes on William Gill (9-23, 7 KOs) in an eight round light heavyweight affair. The card is being held at the Hilton Rye Town hotel, located in the New York City suburb of Rye, NY, and is ten minutes east of White Plains, NY in Westchester County. Telesco has been in- active since 2005. The undercard will be announced shortly. For tickets($40-$100) call 718-823-2000.
By Rick Scharmberg
Lajuan Simon (21-1-2, 12 KOs), of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Sebastian “Hurricane” Sylvester (30-3, 15 KOs), of Greifswald, Germany will face off Saturday in a twelve round IBF middleweight eliminator at Max Schmeling Halle in Berlin, Germany. Simon, ranked #10 by the IBF, and Sylvester, ranked #5, will battle for the vacant #2-spot in the IBF rankings. The shot is a reward of sorts for Simon, who fought tooth and nail with IBF world champion Arthur Abraham in a title challenge last March, only to lose a lopsided decision. Many neutral observers felt that Simon deserved perhaps a draw. Sylvester dropped a decision to Felix Sturm in a WBA title challenge last November, but bounced back to win the IBF International title in his next bout.(More.)
WBO World Jr. Featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez arrived in New York City on Tuesday night for a press conference with undefeated challenger Olivier Lontchi. They collide in “Latin Fury 9” on Saturday at Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City. Top Rank promotes this Pay-Per-View televised event in association with Caesars Atlantic City.
By Lee Bates
WBO junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel `Juanma` Lopez (25-0, 23 KOs) and his challenger Olivier Lontchi (18-0-2, 8 KOs) both easily made the minimum requirement for their 7 day pre-weigh in on Friday, June 19th. Lopez and Lontchi each weighed in at 124 pounds, which is just 2 pounds over the weight limit for their official weigh-in next Friday. The Top Rank & PR Best Boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera) promoted Lopez, who will headline his first PPV when he defends against Lontchi on Saturday June 27th at the Boardwalk in Atlantic City. (more…)
In the biggest, most significant boxing event in the history of the Coachella Valley, the talented, undefeated local favorite Bradley will get the toughest fight of his career when he defends his WBO 140 pound title against the hard hitting, always dangerous Campbell, a former unified lightweight champion, on Saturday, Aug 1, at the The Show at Agua Caliente Casino/Resort/Spa in Rancho Mirage live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). Bradley and Campbell faced off Tuesday at Aqua Caliente. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Referee Raul Caiz Jr. from US will be the third man in the ring when the French challenger Mahyar Monshipour (31-3-2, 21 KOs) and Panamanian reigning champion, Anselmo Moreno (25-1-1, 8 KOs) fight for the WBA bantamweight title at Parc des expositions, Poitiers, Vienne, France on July 4. The three judges are Erki Meronen (Finland), Nelson Vazquez (Puerto Rico) and Stanley Christodoulou (South Africa). The fight supervisor is Alberto Sarmiento from Venezuela.
By Brady Crytzer
41 wins. No losses. Former IBF world lightweight champion Paul Spadafora returns to the ring on Wednesday, June 24th to continue what he believes to be his long road back to the top of the sport. Scheduled to meet Ivan Bustos at the I.C. Light Amphitheater in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA, Spadafora is anxious to add to the winning legacy of “The City of Champions.” In the company of both Superbowl and Stanley Cup titles, “The Pittsburgh Kid” can hardly wait to once again be the talk of the Steel City and regain his place atop the boxing world.(More)
Two time heavyweight world title challenger Fres Oquendo (29-5, 18 KOs) will now face New Jersey native Mark Brown (15-1, 7 KOs) for the WBC Latino Heavyweight Title this Friday night in the ten round main event at the seven bout at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions. Said Pesoli, “There was an issue with his original opponent, Gonzalo Omar Basile getting into the United States from Argentina . Brown is a very tough, heavy handed, heavyweight from New Jersey . He’s won eight in a row and had three knockouts in 2008. He’s coming to fight and I know Fres wants to put on a great performance for the fans so it should be a very good battle.” Advance tickets start at $31. Call 312-226-5800.
WBA/WBO No. 3 ranked contender Antonio Escalante (20-2, 13 KOs), of El Paso, Tex., will headline a July 24 card at the Don Haskins Center at UTEP in his hometown. The card, promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and televised on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights, will be the first boxing card in over a year for the border town – and first significant fight in El Paso in nearly two years. Escalante will most likely face Tomas Villa (20-6-4, 13 KOs), of Midland, Texas, who last fought a brutal war with Rogers Mtagwa in 2008 – a fight many considered ‘Fight of the Year.’ If Escalante can get by Villa, he will be looking at a title shot by the end of the year. — Chris Cozzone
By Bob Ryder
A car accident involving co main event contestant Purnell Gates has led to the postponement of this Friday’s scheduled card at the Woodland Sports Plex in downtown Grand Rapids, MI. Promoter Earl Thompson informed Fightnews.com that Gates’ injuries are not life threatening but are serious enough to prevent him from competing on Friday. Promoter Thompson stated that he will be announcing a new date for the show shortly.
By Karl Freitag
Hopes to find a new opponent for Rocky Juarez have failed. The name of WBO #15 featherweight Mario Santiago had been mentioned as a stand in for WBA champion Chris John, who had to pull out due to illness. “It looks like it’s going to be a Victor Ortiz-Marcos Maidana showcase [on HBO] and it looks like we’re going to go with one fight,” said Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer today. “…Rocky won’t fight at all. There was an opponent which Rocky turned down and it’s not so easy to find somebody at the last minute who is acceptable to all parties involved, the network and the fighters. The managers for Rocky were actually on board but it was really Rocky who turned it down.” Updating us on the Chris John situation, Schaefer said, “it’s too bad [because] Chris John really wanted the fight and he had contracted some sort of blood illness. He tried to work through it, but last Saturday he was sparring and at the end of the third round he collapsed and it was obviously apparent that he couldn’t fight and unfortunately he had to withdraw. So are we disappointed? Yes we are, but at the same time the safety of the fighter comes first.”
Ortiz and Maidana both sounded confident today. “I’m going to test his punch and see if he’s really as strong as they say he is,” said Maidana (25-1, 24 KOs), who is coming off a close split decision loss against WBA champion Andreas Kotelik in a world title bid, a result Maidana stated was a hometown decision. Ortiz (25-1, 24 KOs) commented, “I’ve had twenty six fights and in my eyes they’ve all been world championship fights.”
King Arthur Abraham, Mahir Oral, Sebastian Sylvester, Frank Shabani and Alexander Frenkel all participated in a public workout in Berlin´s Axel-Springer Passage today. On Saturday, they will display their talents in the Max-Schmeling-Halle. “I am in great shape,” King Arthur told reporters. “I really look forward to fighting in Berlin. It will be a tough night for Mahir Oral.” (more…)
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He is in the best shape of his life! With only four days to go until his world championship clash with IBF titlist Arthur Abraham at Berlin’s Max-Schmeling-Halle, challenger Mahir Oral is confident of dethroning the “King”. At the public workout at Axel-Springer-Passage in Berlin the “Lion” showed a little bit of what he will have to offer this Saturday. “I couldn’t be better prepared”, states Mahir. “No matter how the fight will end there are no excuses at all. I am ready for twelve tough rounds and I am sure that if the fight goes the distance, the winner can only be Mahir Oral. I will take Arthur’s belt to Hamburg with me. I heard he wants to move up to super middleweight after this fight so he doesn’t need the title anymore anyways. When I heard that Arthur had already decided that this will be his last fight at 160 lbs I asked myself: ‘Doesn’t this guy want a rematch?’ Other than Arthur I have no problems with the weight at all. I am almost in the limit already.” (more…)
World Boxing Council No.1 ranked super lightweight Devon Alexander “The Great” will fight for the vacant WBC super lightweight championship against the former holder of that belt, Junior “The Hitter” Witter, in a tremendous co-feature on Saturday, Aug 1 at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino/Resort/Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif. (SHOWTIME 9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). In an interesting twist, Witter lost this title on May 10, 2008, to undefeated Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (24-0, 11 KOs), who will defend his World Boxing Organization 140 pound crown against former unified lightweight world champion Nate “Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell (33-5-1, 25 KOs) in the main event on this card. In a world title unification, Bradley defeated Kendall Holt on April 4 to capture the WBO belt. Less than a month later, Bradley chose to voluntarily relinquish the WBC strap that Alexander and Witter will be vying for. (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Manny Pacquiao deserves the juicier and bigger slice of the pie in his proposed No. 14 showdown with Miguel Cotto, trainer Freddie Roach told Fightnews and Manila Bulletin early Monday evening (Tuesday morning in Manila). “70-30,” said Roach when told about Pacquiao lawyer Franklin Gacal’s insistence that the Filipino deserves not less than 65-35 in the revenue split with Cotto. Roach noted that Cotto doesn’t have a strong pay-per-view history unlike Pacquiao, who is a certified box-office hit. Cotto posted 450,000 buys when he faced Antonio Margarito of Mexico in July last year, while Pacquiao has generated record-breaking numbers in his last two outings—1.25 million buys against Oscar De La Hoya and close to a million versus Ricky Hatton. Pacquiao got a guarantee of over $12 million against Hatton and the 48-year-old corner man believes there’s no other way but up as far as the purse is concerned. “We’re not supposed to be going backwards.” (more…)
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