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By Ron Jackson
South African junior middleweight champion Tshepo Mashego meets Karama Nyilawila of Tanzania in an International ten round fight at the Nasrec Indoor Arena near Johannesburg on Friday night. The tournament is promoted by Paul Tshehla of Mpumalanga Promotions. The 30-year-old Mashego was in outstanding form in June this year when he outpointed Vincent Vuma to regain the SA junior middleweight title. Mashego (17-9, 9 KOs) is a better fighter than his record suggests and is an experienced campaigner who has been in with quality fighters like Felix Sturm, William Gare, Arsen Khachatrian and Jamie Pittman. Nyilawila who has a reported record of (10-5-1, 6 KOs) is a bit of an unknown quantity and has only fought outside his home country on one occasion and that was in August 2008 when Mohammed Akrong stopped him in the ninth round in a fight for the vacant African Boxing Union middleweight title. (more…)
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By Lee Bates
WBO super featherweight champion Ramon “Rocky” Martinez (22-0-1, 13 KOs) will now make the first defense of his title against Vincente Martin Rodriguez (25-2-1, 13 KOs) of Argentina. Rodriguez who is ranked number 9 by the WBO will replace Michael Lozada of Mexico. The main event will feature the anicipated rematch between WBO light flyweight champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon (32-0-1, 6 KOs) against 3-time world title challenger and Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao promoted Rodel Mayol (25-3-1, 19 KOs). Several other entertaining bouts are scheduled including cruiserweight giant, 6′6 unbeaten Carlos Negron against an opponent soon to be announced. None of Negron´s opponents have made it out of the 1st round yet. The event titled “Undefeated Champions” will be distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports for live viewing Saturday September 12th at 9 PM/ET – 6 PM/PT on cable and satellite pay-per-view via IN Demand and DirecTV for a suggested retail price of $29.95. PR Best Boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera) is the promoter. Site of the card will be the Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico.
Although boxing fans are looking forward to the main event clash between Hector Camacho Jr and Israel Cardona on August 29th at the Wolstein Arena in Cleveland Ohio, the co-main event is getting heated as Cleveland’s Ronald “American Dream” Johnson prepares to take on California’s current WBC Champion Billy Bailey . . . Click here for more
On August 29th, fight fans will be in for a treat when heavyweight legends Randy Couture and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira meet in the main event of UFC 102. It’s a bout that has been talked about for years, but finally, the stars have aligned for them to battle it out in a pivotal match in the suddenly red hot heavyweight division. So why is Couture vs Nogueira such a big deal to followers of the sport? Just take a look at their defining moments . . . Click more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
The Nevada State Athletic Commission has approved the use of televised instant replay to aid referees in confirming the correct calls on situations such as head butts and fouls. The decision to use the replay would be at the discretion of the referee. According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, the new rule must still be approved by the Legislative Council Bureau and filed by the state’s librarian. It could be in place for the September 19 Mayweather-Marquez bout.
By Ron Jackson
Malcolm Klassen faces possibly the toughest fight of his career when he defends his IBF junior lightweight belt against Robert Guerrero at the Toyota Centre in Houston, Texas on Saturday night. The 28-year-old Klassen regained the IBF belt in April this year when he stopped Cassius Baloyi in the seventh round. (more…)
Karo Murat has vacated the European Super-Middleweight Title to move up to light heavyweight. He will make his first fight in the new limit on August 29 at the Gerry Weber Stadium when he clashes with Sergey Demchenko for the vacant WBO Intercontinental Light Heavyweight Title. “We know the weight problems from Arthur Abraham, who vacated his IBF Middleweight Title to join the Super Six World Boxing Classic,” coach Ulli Wegner said. “All the diets really affect your performance in a negative way. I spoke to Karo about it. Since we have a very strong line-up at super-middleweight, we decided that he will challenge at light heavyweight in the future.” (more…)
Amidst the last minute pullout of Anthony Thompson of his I.B.O. Junior Middleweight World Title bout against Grady Brewer which was set for this Saturday night at the Pala Casino in Pala, California, TKO BOXING Promotions CEO Chris Middendorf has issued the following statement:
“In mid June, I contacted the manager for Anthony Thompson, Cameron Dunkin and offered him the fight for the IBO 154lb Title against Grady Brewer. The reaction was immediate that Anthony wanted the fight. He had suffered an early career loss to Brewer and had always wanted to revenge that loss. I got him approved by the State of California and sent Dunkin on the contract. After a few calls to remind him to get it done, Thompson signed the contract dated July 7th. He immediately asked for an advance against his purse. Dunkin asked me to hold up sending the advance against the purse until he was sure that he was training every day for the fight, and then cleared me to send him the advance, which I then did. Thompson cashed the check.” (more…)
On Saturday, Jürgen Brähmer (33-2, 27 KOs) will again reach for a world championship belt. Ten months after his first world championship chance against Hugo Hernan Garay, the reigning European light heavyweight champion gets into the ring with unbeaten Pole Aleksy Kuziemski to battle for the WBO interim world belt in Budapest, Hungary. Brähmer spoke to boxing.de.
How’s it going in Budapest?
“I’m hot, more or less like everyone is here in August. But seriously, the mood is good. We have a great hotel, planes fly over and then under the bridge because a Red Bull air show is here on Thursday.”
Why will you win a world championship this time?
“Because in training I worked even harder, and more concentrated. With my trainer Michael Timm, I always do something special. So [I’ll win] this time.” (more…)
Caribe Promotions Inc., in association with DeCubas Presents, LLC, and JAOLI Fight Promotions will present a special edition of ESPN2 Friday Night Fights to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month on September 18th at the Fontainebleau Resort on Miami Beach. The card will be headlined by two-time Olympic Gold medal winner Guillermo Rigondeaux, who will be fighting for a regional WBA title that will place him in the top five in the world and in position for a title shot in record speed. The 28-year-old Rigondeaux is 2-0 with 2 KOs since making his pro debut in May. In his corner will be world renowned trainer Freddie Roach. (more…)
D&D Global, a newly-formed partnership between Dino Duva and Richard Davimos, announced today that boxing Hall of Famer Lou Duva (Dino’s father), and his team of trainers, including amateur specialists Al Mitchell and Charles Mooney, are training renowned Chinese super heavyweight Zhang Zhilei in his preparation for international competition. Zheili, the Olympic silver-medalist in the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, fights under the auspices of the Chinese Boxing Federation. Zhilei began training on August 6 in Pennsylvania at Fernwood in the Poconos, and will continue the camp through August 23. (more…)
Middleweight prospect Karl “KJ” Noons took the mound at Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night to throw out the ceremonial pre-game first pitch. “Fantastic experience, it was a real thrill to do this” said the San Diego native. Noons will face off against Randy Pogue in a six round special attraction bout at “TKO World Championship Boxing at the Pala Casino” this Saturday night, August 22nd in Pala, California. “TKO World Championship Boxing at the Pala Casino” is presented by Chet Koerner’s TKO BOXING Promotions, originators of the nationally acclaimed “HOMETOWN HEROES TO WORLD CHAMPIONS” professional boxing series. Tickets for the eight bout action packed “TKO World Championship Boxing at the Pala Casino” card, starting at $25, are available through Star Tickets (www.startickets.com, phone 1-800-585-3737).
The Nevada State Athletic Commission announced today the names of the referee and judges who will officiate the Floyd “Money” Mayweather vs. Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez super fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Saturday, Sept. 19. The referee assigned to the 12-round bout is Tony Weeks from Nevada and judging the bout will be Burt Clements from Nevada, Dave Moretti from Nevada and William Lerch from Illinois.
Fighters headlining Saturday huge “Universum Champions Night” world title twinbill in Budapest, Hungary, engaged in a public workout to the delight of local fight fans. On hand were Jürgen Brähmer and Aleksy Kuziemski, who meet for the WBO interim light heavyweight world title, WBO super middleweight champion Karoly Balzsay who defends against Robert Stieglitz, plus super middleweight contenders Eduard Gutknecht and Dimitri Sartison. Click here for more photos…
Nick Charles, the respected television journalist and veteran ShoBox: The New Generation play-by-play announcer, is taking a leave of absence from SHOWTIME, effective immediately, due to Stage IV urothelial carcinoma. Charles has been an integral part of SHOWTIME Sports and the highly acclaimed ShoBox series since its debut in July 2001. He has called hundreds of fights on SHOWTIME and other networks throughout his illustrious broadcasting career. “All of us at Showtime are behind Nick and his family in this difficult fight,” said Ken Hershman, Senior VP and General Manager of SHOWTIME Sports. “We look forward to his full recovery and return to ShoBox telecasts.” (more…)
Undefeated world champion Juan Manuel Lopez of Puerto Rico today signed to extend his promotional contract with Top Rank. Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank, made the announcement. Juanma Lopez, 26, is a rising star with a record of 26-0, 24 KOs. He is the WBO Junior Featherweight champion and is 5-0 with five knockouts in world title bouts. Lopez has an impressive combination of size, skill, strength, speed, power and poise in the ring with an extensive amateur background that began at the age of 10 and progressed to the highest levels. Lopez was named the 2008 ‘Puerto Rico Fighter of the Year.’ He is next scheduled to fight on October 10, taking on tough challenger Rogers Mtagwa of Philadelphia on a Top Rank championship fight card at the WAMU Theatre inside Madison Square Garden in New York City. DuBoef said “there is a great lineage of Puerto Rico superstars – Wilfredo Gomez, Tito Trinidad and Miguel Cotto. It is a pleasure that that Juanma and Top Rank will work together to get him to become one of the greatest of all-time on the island. “Juanma has had a meteoric rise in his first five years. We believe Juanma’s future is very bright for him and for the sport of boxing on the island,” duBoef said.
Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi talks about Saturday’s clash with Juan Diaz, fight gloves, strengths and weaknesses…
The full lineup has been announced for the August 28 ESPN2 Friday Night Fights “season finale” card featuring Juan Urango vs Randall Bailey and Clinton Woods vs Tavoris Cloud at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida. Undercard bouts include featherweight Rances Barthelemy (1-0, 1 KO), brother of 2004 Olympic Gold medalist Yan Barthelemy, against Vinesah Rungea (2-13-3). 2004 Olympian Luis Franco (1-0, 1 KO) meets Charlie Serrano (8-2, 2 KOs) in a jr lightweight bout. Jr welter Jesus Pabon (14-1, 8 KOs) will face unbeaten Prenice Brewer (12-0-1, 6 KOs). 2008 Puerto Rican Olympian Jonathan Gonzalez (4-0, 4 KOs) takes on Jason Thompson (5-3-1, 4 KOs) and super middleweight Joel Morales (2-0, 2 KOs) fights Robert Campbell (3-2-1, 3 KOs).
By Lee Bates
WBO light flyweight champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon (32-0-1, 6 KOs) and 3-time world title challenger Rodel Mayol (25-3-1, 19 KOs) faced off for the first time today since their first bout this past June at the Madison Square Garden in New York. A press conference was held today in San Juan, Puerto to promote their anticipated rematch of their technical draw which is scheduled for Saturday September 12th in Puerto Rico. The bout went to the scorecards after 6 rounds due to an accidental head butt suffered by Calderon. Each fighter one on a scorecard while one judge had it a draw. Calderon vowed to fight his fight this time around. (more…)
Florida promoters One Punch Productions and Fight Factory Promotions are joining forces for a series of Tampa Bay area shows. One Punch Productions has operated in the Tampa area for the past nine years, and Fight Factory Promotions is the new partnership of Pete Fernandez and Michael Asmer, two former partners of the recently dissolved Starfight Productions. “I think it’s a great fit,” commented One Punch President Terry J. Trekas. “Why compete against each other for dates, sponsors, and opponents, when we can work together and still satisfy all our commitments?” The new alliance plans to run six to eight shows per year in the Tampa Bay area, with the first event already set for September 19 at the Downtown Hyatt Regency in Tampa. An additional show in November will round out the year, and the 2010 schedule should be set sometime in December. (more…)
By Robert Coster
The newest light-heavyweight world champion is 26 year-old Canadian Jean Pascal who won the coveted WBC title from Adrian Diaconu with a thrilling 12 round decision. The Haitian-born Pascal is a hero in Quebec where he lives and fights but not yet known in the United States. American boxing fans will hopefully soon have the opportunity to discover this young man who combines talent, heart and an engaging personality. Boxing experts in Canada predicted a bright future for Jean Pascal ever since his amateur days when he was a star of the Canadian national team. Jean Pascal (23-1, 15 KOs) is also an example of a success story of a young immigrant who has reached the pinnacle through hard work and effort. Fightnews sat with Pascal as he was getting ready to leave for his training camp in New York in view of his first title defense against Silvio Branco on September 25th in Montreal. (more…)
When you are the son of a living legend, you are 6’4” and 250 pounds, and you are undefeated at 2-0, it isn’t always the easiest for a promoter to find an opponent. But when Southern California promoter Roy Englebrecht went looking for an opponent for George Foreman III on his September 10th pro boxing show at San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino in Highland, California, he was floored by what an opponent wanted to take the fight. “When I approached Chico’s 0-1 Jesus Hernandez about taking the four round heavyweight bout, Hernandez agreed to the purse amount, said Englebrecht. “But then he told me that the only way he would sign the bout contract would be if I also threw in a new George Foreman Grill and an autographed photo of the former heavyweight champion. So I got on the phone with the Foreman camp and at the Weigh In on September 9th I will happily present Hernandez with a brand new Foreman Grill, and even better the grill will be autographed by George!” (more…)
Former WBA title challenger Owen “What The Heck” Beck (28-3) has been added to the huge Horseshoe Casino show this Friday in Hammond, IN. Beck will meet Jameel Barnes in a scheduled 8-rounder. Beck-Barnes is the latest addition to an already stacked-card that includes Angel Hernandez vs. Antwun Echols (8 rounds), Emanuel Steward protégé Andy Lee, Indiana’s fighting Cook brothers, Nick (15-1) and Jason (3-0 ). “It’s a boxing fan’s stimulus package,” quipped promoter Billy Reese, Wild Bill’s Boxing. “Fans will get 46 rounds of boxing for as little as $30 (general admission ticket) and FREE PARKING!,” Reese added. Doors open at 6:30 pm with the first bout starting at 7:30 pm. You must be 21 years or older to attend this casino show. Wild Bill’s Boxing is promoting in association with Hitz Entertainment. Tickets are $30, $40 and $90. Call 800-745-3000.
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten 20-year-old Thai girl Yani Kokietgym (6-0) arrived in Osaka, Japan, today (Wednesday) before her ambitious shot at the WBA female minimum title against also unbeaten defending champ Etsuko Tada (5-0, 2 KOs), a southpaw Japanese speedster, here on this coming Sunday. Yani strenuously made her first workout for two hours in the afternoon after her arrival at 7:30 AM. Tada, 28, had compiled an excellent amateur mark of 47-3, while Yani 30-5 as unpaid boxer. Though the women’s boxing is still less popular here, Tada, one of the best in Japan, is expected to show a good performance to draw more attention from our fight fans.
By Joe Koizumi
Misako Promotions announced that WBC #22 Japanese veteran Takahisa Masuda (20-8-3, 5 KOs), a tall boxer-puncher, would have a shot at the WBC interim flyweight belt against Pongsaklek Wongjongkam (72-3-1, 38 KOs), a 32-year-old southpaw Thailander, in Chiang Mai, Thailand, only ten days later on August 28. Masuda, 30, then rated #6 by the WBC, dropped an upset decision to up-and-coming Takayasu Kobayashi in his previous bout this June, but now shows his fighting spirit to wrest the throne abroad. Pongsaklek forfeited his WBC throne to current titlist Daisuke Naito, Japan, via upset verdict in July 2007 and failed to win it back in their grudge fight here eight months later. The slick-punching ex-champ, however, acquired the interim WBC diadem by a unanimous nod over highly-regarded Mexican Julio Cesar Miranda last April.
The “Nordic Nightmare” Robert Helenius (8-0, 4 KOs) will return to the ring on August 29 when he takes on Serdar Uysal (9-7, 4 KOs) on the undercard of the WBO cruiserweight title fight between Victor Emilio Ramirez and Marco “Captain” Huck. The Scandinavian heavyweight hopeful comes off a spectacular win in Helsinki where he knocked out experienced Scott Gammer in May. “Everything worked to perfection that night,” Helenius said. “Beating a strong opponent like Gammer at such an early stage of my career has given me an additional boost. On August 29 I will continue where I left it.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBC#6 super lightweight Jungbum Kim (32-3-1, 28 KOs), a hard-punching Korean southpaw, will put his OPBF 140-pound belt on the line against ex-OPBF 130-pound and 135-pound ruler Randy Suico (28-5-1, 24 KOs), Philippines, during the WBC convention most probably on November 6. Kim will be a pre-fight favorite since Suico lost twice in a row to Ichitaro Ishii (retired) and Kengo Nagashima in Japan before he outgrew the lightweight category. Kim captured the OPBF throne by a second-round demolition of Japan’s Masakazu Satake in October 2004 and registered five defenses all within the distance since. Though he lost a decision to Mexican Arturo Morua in Hollywood, California in April 2005, Kim has scored nine consecutive knockouts thereafter. Attendants in the WBC convention will watch their give-and-take brawl in a commemoration show in Cheju, Korea.
Super middleweight Joey Gilbert of “Contender” fame will face off against Ivan Stovall in the eight round main event in Fallon, Nevada, on August 29th Reno native Gilbert (17-2, 13 KOs), is returning to the ring following his showdown with cross-town rival Jesse Brinkley on February 14th. The 30 year old Stovall brings a record of 10-4, 7 KOs) into the fight. Featured on the undercard will be lightweight prospect Bayan Jargal and Reno based brothers Derek and Tyler Hinkey. Tickets start at $15 for adults and $10 for kids 17 and under, are available now through the Fallon Convention Center by calling 866-232-5566 or 775-423-4556.
Turns out that the unanimous decision won by Gabriel Campillo over Beibut Shumenov was actually a majority decision. Apparently when the master scoresheet was filled in after round four, judge Glenn Feldman’s scorecard was accidentally penciled in as 10-9 for Campillo when in actually Feldman scored it 10-9 for Shumenov. As a result, Feldman’s final tally has now been revised from 114-112 favoring Campillo to 113-113. The cards of judges John Coyle (114-113) and Pasquale Procopio (115-111) both for Campillo were unaffected. The mistake was discovered on Sunday.
Light heavyweight Mark “TNT” Tucker will look to win his first title, as he will take on tough veteran Jim “Steel Chin” Strohl (27-7, 21 KOs) of Las Vegas, Nevada on September 25th at the Shipley Arena. Tucker (11-0, 7 KOs) is hoping to stay on the fast track to stardom but will have his hands full come September 25. The experienced Strohl has fought top rated fighters from light heavy to heavyweight, battling the likes of #1 contender Tavoris Cloud, Cedric Boswell, and 2000 Olympian Calvin Brock among others. Though he has been a pro for less than two years, Tucker holds victories over longtime contenders Rubin Williams and Ross Thompson, both of whom fought for world titles. The Tucker- Strohl contest is scheduled for ten rounds and is for the USBO light heavyweight belt. (more…)
FightNews has been informed that the inaugural card of Winky Wright’s Knockout Entertainment scheduled for tonight at the M2 UltraLounge in New York City, has been postponed until the company finalizes their promotional license. Knockout Entertainment hopes to launch the “Knockout Fight Club” series this Fall with shows to follow at South Beach, FL and San Juan, Puerto Rico. The concept behind the “Knockout Fight Club” series is to combine musical performances with boxing and hosts the events at trendy nightclubs.
By Peter Lim
Former two-time IBF featherweight titleholder Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero attempts to conquer a second weight division when he takes on IBF super featherweight titlist Malcolmn Klassen in Houston at the Toyota Center on Saturday, Aug. 22 on the undercard to Juan Diaz-Paul Malignaggi. “I was getting a little too big for featherweight,” the sharpshooting southpaw said. “Now that I’m at 130 pounds, I feel amazing. I love it.” The bout, staged by Golden Boy Promotions, will be aired on HBO. (more…)
It won’t be Tito Ortiz, Rashad Evans, Wanderlei Silva, or Randy Couture in front of him, but on Monday, September 21st, when UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell makes his debut on ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars”, the stage may have changed, but the intent hasn’t.
“I want to win,” Liddell told UFC.com. “I don’t like losing in anything, so I’ll work as hard as they’ll let me.” (more…)
Unbeaten Spanish lightweight Luca “The Black Mamba” Giacon (7-0, 7 KOs), is scheduled to risk his undefeated condition on Thursday at the Fantastic Casino La Doña in Panama City, Panama, against local Leovigildo Siris (3-5-1, 1 KOs), in 6 rounds at 135 pounds. Giacon, a native of Malaga, Spain, has prepared at the Pedro Alcazar Gym in Curundu, Panama. This bout headlines a seven fight card organized by Premium Boxing Promotions which also includes two female bouts. The show starts at 7:30 PM with free admission.
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