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During a well-attended Media Workout Wednesday at the Pound4Pound Gym, Vitali “Dr. Ironfist” Klitschko (37-2, 36 KOs) and K2 Promotions Managing Director, Tom Loeffler, announced that 100 tickets for Klitschko’s eagerly anticipated WBC heavyweight title defense against unbeaten, No. 1-ranked Cristobal Arreola (27-0, 24 KOs), of East Los Angeles, Saturday, Sept. 26, at STAPLES Center would be donated to Southern California firefighters.
“Vitali has a house on the hillside in Los Angeles where he can see all the fires, and he really appreciates the hard work and dedication from all the firefighters,” Loeffler said. “Donating 100 tickets to the Firefighters Association is Vitali’s way of thanking them for all their hard work and efforts while putting their lives on the line to keep the people of Los Angeles safe.” (more…)
On October 16th, Greg Robinson’s Power Productions will celebrate the tenth anniversary of the successful promotional company in grand style as a bout of major proportions will serve as the main event for the special card. In a twelve round bout for the USBA jr. middleweight title, Derek “Pooh” Ennis (18-2-1, 12 KOs) will take on James Moore (17-2, 10 KOs). “This fight is fitting and appropriate for my 10th anniversary show,” said Robinson. “The Blue Horizon is where I started and to have this kind of fight headline the show plus a packed undercard will make it a very special night.“ (more…)
Floyd “Money” Mayweather opened up his gym in Las Vegas with a BBQ and a bang today, giving the media a sneak peek of his peak form. On Sept. 19, Mayweather ends his retirement from boxing in a return against Mexican great Juan Manuel Marquez. Pictured: Floyd Mayweather, Sr. holds the heavy bag for Floyd, Jr. Stay tuned tomorrow for a complete photo gallery.
“It was a recommendation, not a ruling,” stated Greg Sirb, the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission (PSAC). FightNews and other media reported that the PSAC had changed the initial verdict of a ‘Technical Decision’ to a ‘No Contest’ decision regarding the outcome of the August 14th contest between heavyweight contenders Brian Minto and Donnell Holmes but it was revealed today that the “No Contest” status was only a recommendation and that a second hearing for the Minto camp will be held in approximately two weeks. “I am relieved to hear that the ‘No Contest’ verdict was only a recommendation,” said Pat Nelson, the advisor to Minto. “The tape and the testimony of the referee (Rick Steigerwald) will prove that Brian was cut by a headbutt.” Minto concurred: “I know when I get a headbutt. The cut didn’t even require stitches because it was such a clean cut. The cut was straight up and down. A glove tears you skin,” explained Minto. “Brian controlled the fight from the opening bell,” said Nelson. “You can watch the tape and see that Holmes would have been knocked out in another round!” Check out the Minto vs. Holmes bout yourself at: www.Mintofight.com
Fightnews.com has been informed that Gary Shaw Productions has won a WBO purse bid today to promote the bout between WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley and interim titlist Lamont Peterson. Shaw bid $575,000 against Top Rank’s bid of $451,000 to secure the event during a proceeding at WBO headquarters in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The bout will take place on December 5th and likely land at the Agua Caliente Casino/Spa in Rancho Mirage, California. SHOWTIME will televise.
The President of the Republic of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, received Gary Shaw, promoter of world super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan, and Gagik Tsarukyan, President of Armenia’s Olympic Committee, on Tuesday in the Presidential Palace located in Armenia’s capital city of Yerevan. Shaw informed President Sargsyan that he plans to organize a Darchinyan world title fight in Armenia for spring 2010. Darchinyan, a two-division world champion, is a native of Armenia. (more…)
By Lee Bates
WBO super flyweight champion Jose ‘Carita’ Lopez (39-7-2, 32 KOs) of Puerto Rico and his upcoming challenger Marvin Sonsona (13-0, 12 KOs) of the Philippines squared off for the first time today in Ontario, Canada. The two will fight for real this Friday September 4th at the Casino Rama in Ontario Canada. The PR Best Boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera) Promoted Lopez was very confident of victory at their press conference held today. “I can tell you that I have come very well prepared for this fight. I know that Sonsona has youth in his favor but I see myself knocking him out,” said Lopez.
Fight fans may enter through Gate 4 at Yankee Stadium for Top Rank’s FirePower press conference which will feature Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto on Thursday, Sept. 10. Gate 4 will open at 11 am. The press conference, on the field by first base, will begin at noon. Bob Arum said fight fans have been calling and sending emails to Top Rank’s corporate office in Las Vegas about the upcoming FirePower press conference. “We are expecting a huge turnout of fans,” Arum said. The stop at Yankee Stadium will launch a national tour with stops in Caguas, Puerto Rico; San Francisco, Beverly Hills, Calif. and San Diego. Pacquiao and Cotto will meet in their mega Firepower showdown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, November 14. Pacquiao vs. Cotto will be available on HBO Pay Per View.
By Alexey Sukachev
Well-known Kazakh welterweight Andrey Yeskin has tragically died this Saturday in a horrible accident in his hometown of Aktobe. According to local source Today.kz, Yeskin was trying to get over from the balcony of his apartment to the lower floor, when he fell from the height onto the ground. Yeskin, nicknamed “Bazooka” for his notable power punching and a fan-friendly aggressive style, was an accomplished amateur with 152 wins and only 15 losses. He turned pro in 1999 and compiled a nice record of 17 wins (12 inside the distance) with only six losses. Yeskin, 33 at the time of death, was also the WBC CISBB light welterweight and WBO Asia Pacific welterweight beltholder. In his last fight, the father of two was stopped in a brutal slugfest for the vacant BBU welterweight title by Russian Roman Seliverstov. Andrey is survived a wife and two infant daughters. Being a humble and diligent member of world boxing community, he will be sorely missed both in his native Kazakhstan and abroad. Fightnews send its deepest condolences to Yeskin’s family and his relatives.
By Butch Gottlieb & Mary Ann Owen/BoxingInLasVegas.com
Our Team Infinity cutman & dear friend Charles “Hank” Henry is fighting cancer. He is in Valley Hospital, Room # 380 located at 620 Shadow Lane, Las Vegas, Nevada 89106. He would love a card and or a visit. Hanks loves boxing and was starting to make his mark as a cutman until he got KO’d by the Big C . Keep Hank in your prayers.
By Chuck Giampa
Mike La Cella, a timekeeper with the Nevada State Athletic Commission for almost three decades, passed away last week. La Cella was a long time resident of Las Vegas, originally from Warren, Ohio. He became a timekeeper in 1981. His first major assignment was on the Leonard-Hearns card in 1981 and he was one of the timekeepers working the historic Foreman-Moore Heavyweight Title fight. Mike was the most kind, unselfish, professional imaginable. Rest In Peace, Good Friend!
The best edition yet of the hugely successful Prizefighter series scheduled for October 2, featuring the cream of British heavyweights, will now take place at ExCel, London following unprecedented demand for tickets. Originally slated for the York Hall, Bethnal Green, the competition featuring the likes of Danny Williams, Audley Harrison and Michael Sprott, sold out its 1,100 capacity within 48 hours of going on sale. In addition a waiting list has been created running into several hundred. Prizefighter features eight fighters competing in four quarter-finals, two semi-finals and the final with all the action happening the same night. Each contest lasts a maximum of three rounds with standard boxing rules applied. (more…)
By Lee Bates
Cuba born Damian Frias (16-1, 7KOs) and Freddy Hernandez of Mexico (25-1, 18 KOs) will square off October 23rd in Laredo,Texas. The bout will be a ten round main event aired on Showtime’s ground-breaking ShoBox: The New Generation series. Frias is ranked #14 in the world by the WBC and will look to successfully defend his WBC Latino welterweight title. Frias enters the bout on a twelve fight win streak while Hernandez is unbeaten in his last nine bouts. Hernandez’ promoter Gary Shaw Productions will promote the event.
By Lee Bates
Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon (32-0-1, 6 KOs) of Puerto Rico is just 10 days away from his highly anticipated rematch with Rodel Mayol (25-3-1, 19 KOs) of the Phillipines. Calderon is more than ready to prove that he is still the best light flyweight in the world. When asked if he felt Mayol was the stronger fighter in their first encounter he replied with the following: “I didn’t feel him to be stronger than I was which is part of what lead me to being a lot more aggressive than normal. My game is to hit and not get hit and that’s what will happen this time. I’m going to take him to school and give him a boxing lesson,” said Calderon. (more…)
Zanfer Boxing has a tremendous world title twinbill on tap for September 15 at the Palenque del Recinto de la Feria in León, Guanajuato, Mexico. The event will feature Mexican stars Jorge “Travieso” Arce, Humberto “Zorrita” Soto, Ulises “Archie” Solis and Omar Chavez in separate bouts. Arce (52-5-1, 40 KOs) will face South African Simphiwe Nongqayi (15-0, 6 KOs) for the vacant IBF junior flyweight championship formerly held by Vic Darchinyan. WBC super featherweight champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (48-7-2, 31 KOs) will defend his title against Colombian Aristides “Papa” Smith (15-0-1, 8 KOs). Ulises “Archie” Solis (28-2-2, 20 KOs) returns for the first time since losing his IBF light flyweight title to Brian Viloria in April when he takes on veteran Gilberto Keb Baas (28-19-3, 16 KOs). Also “Son of the Legend” Omar Chavez (17-0-1, 13 KOs) is back in action against Jack Davis.
By Boxing Bob Newman
Christy Martin 153 vs Dakota Stone 153
(WBC Female Super Welterweight title)
Jason Estrada 247 vs Zuri Lawrence 235
James McGirt Jr. 168 vs Anthony Pietrantonio 167
Jackie Trivilino 125 vs Priscilla Trompowski 124
Jamie Resnick 135 vs LaQuan Lewis 135
Fight Night at the Fair is presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s CES Promotions in association with the International Boxing Hall of Fame. The New York State Fair grounds are located in Syracuse, NY. First bell at 7:30 p.m.
By David Hudson
Floyd “Money” Mayweather expressed confidence in his ability to keep his undefeated record and lustrous legacy intact when he squares off against the dangerous and fellow pound-for-pound great Juan Manuel Marquez on September 19th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. “I bring excitement and flash back to the sport of boxing and I honestly believe I will do that on September 19th,” he said. “It is really important for me to do well and dominate.” Mayweather insists the long layoff will not cause him any problems with ring rust, saying that it gave him a needed break, time to heal and that he grew “stronger as a person mentally.” He deftly parried questions about separate, out-of-the-ring controversies involving him and his trainer-uncle Roger Mayweather, saying: “I just focus on positive things; we don’t focus on the negative.” He also refused to commit himself to an eventual showdown with Manny Pacquaio: “All roads lead to Floyd Mayweather, I don’t have to chase any fighter.”
By Alexey Sukachev
WBO #7 and IBF #13 ranked junior welterweight Sergey “professor” Fedchenko (23-0, 11 KOs) will make his next appearance on Sep. 17 at the Meteor Sports Arena in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. 28-year-old Fedchenko is set to defend his IBF I/C title against an ever dangerous TBA on the next installation, organized by one of the best Ukrainian promotional companies K2 East Promotion. Supporting the titlist will be a number of K2 East best representatives, including former world champion Yuri Nuzhnenko (28-1-1, 13 KOs), who is ranked #7 by the WBA at 147lb, ex-European title challenger Vitaly Rusal (23-1, 16 KOs) and unbeaten welterweight Dmitry Nukulin (18-0, 5 KOs). (more…)
By Robert Coster
Former WBA super bantamweight champion Ricardo “Maestrito” Cordoba (34-2-2, 21 KOs) will be returning to ring action on October 9th in a card presented by Premium Boxing Promotion at the Roberto Duran Arena in Panama City. Cordoba’s comeback was announced in a press conference held by Premium Boxing president Hector Villarreal. Ricardo’s opponent will be hard-hitting Colombian prospect Eddy Julio (10-1-1, 9 KOs). On March 21th of this year, Cordoba lost his title via a surprising 11th round TKO loss to Bernard Dunne in Dublin. “The past is the past,” declared Ricardo. “I have to move ahead. Being a champion also means coming back from adversity and learning from your mistakes.” On the same card, WBA bantamweight champion (and Cordoba’s stablemate) WBA bantamweight champ Anselmo Moreno (26-1-1, 8 KOs) will be in the co-feature facing tough 122lb contender Marlon Aguillar (21-7-1, 16 KOs) of Nicaragua.
Story by David Finger
It will probably go down as the golden age of boxing for Eastern Europe. In the last decade it seemed every noteworthy heavyweight (and for much of the decade every champion) hailed from a former Soviet republic.
The Slavic overload might have caused a backlash from American boxing fans who seem to have difficulty sorting many of these Eastern European fighters apart from one another. Although there were many losers from this somewhat ethnocentric view of the heavyweight division, none was more noteworthy that the former WBO heavyweight champion Siarhei Liakhovich . . . Click here for more
Former pro fighter Joey Roach, 47, of Las Vegas, Nevada, younger brother of our good friend Freddie Roach, passed away in his sleep Saturday morning in his home in Las Vegas. Survivors include wife Jacquelyn Roach, mother Barbara Roach, siblings Allen Roach, Cindy Road, Pepper Roach and Paul Roach and niece Nicole Roach. (more…)
The Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission voted unanimously Wednesday afternoon that it was a punch in the fourth round from Donnell Holmes that caused the cut to side of the left eye of Brian Minto during their August 14th contest therefore the initial ruling of a technical decision has been changed to a no contest. Rick Lazes – promoter of Holmes – stated: “This decision is a testimony to the fairness of the Pennsylvania Boxing Commission, and sets a world class standard for fair play in the sport of boxing.” (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Miguel Cotto is not taking any chances in so far as his preparation for the Nov. 14 super fight with Manny Pacquiao is concerned. Phil Landman, who is Cotto’s conditioning coach, told Fightnews and Manila Bulletin that the Puerto Rican puncher is right on track in training. “We finished the first week well,” Landman wrote in an email. “The work Miguel has done leading in to this training has been and will continue to be very beneficial. In the coming weeks we have a program set forth leading up to our departure to Tampa, focusing on the strength and conditioning side and building on the base Miguel has carried in to this camp.” (more…)
By Lee Bates
As evidence in this picture of Carlos Negron (4-0, 4 KOs) going on a run, he is definitely going to stand out in a crowd. If you were at a boxing event and saw Negron attending as a spectator right away one might assume that he is a college or professional basketball player rather than a professional boxer. Those who have seen him fight know that he is a fighter 100%. Though he has a towering appearance at 6’6, he speaks in a respectful and calm demeanor. However, this should not be misinterpreted for being soft as Negron fights very aggressively, putting a lot of power behind his punches. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Sam Soliman recently captured the IBF Australasian title and has battled the best middleweights and super middleweights in a distinguished career. His profile was lifted after he gave Winky Wright one of his toughest fights and he also lost a controversial loss to Anthony Mundine in 2008 when punch stats had him out working the WBA title holder. Soliman talks to Fightnews and says that trainer Dave Hedgecock and manager Stuart Duncan were instrumental in his success, how he is looking forward to the birth of his son and that he will retire in 2012. (more…)
WBO light flyweight champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon (32-0-1, 6 KOs) defend on September 12 against No. 1 contender Rodel “Kid Rapido” Mayol (25-3-1, 19 KOs) in the 12-round main event headlining the “Undefeated Champions” pay per view event, airing live in the United States from the Coliseum of Puerto Rico in San Juan. Calderon-Mayol is a rematch of a brawl this past June held in Madison Square Garden that ended in a six-round technical draw because Ivan was unable to continue due to a cut from an accidental head butt he suffered in the fourth round.
“The fight at the time of the stoppage was very tight,” Calderon said from training camp in Puerto Rico. “I started very slow but, between rounds, I was getting my rhythm. The fight was my first in Madison Square Garden and I felt pressure to look good and put on a good performance. Mayol has fast hands. He came to box, not to try for a knockout like everybody else. He’s one of the best fighters in the world right now in the 108-pound division.” (more…)
September 11th is the last Thompson Boxing card of the summer of 2009 with Josesito Lopez, Patrick Lopez, Daniel Hernandez, Aaron Garcia, and Jesus Hernandez all returning to action at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. In the eight round main event, hot junior welterweight prospect Josesito Lopez (25-3, 14 KOs) will return to action against always tough Anthony Mora (15-3, 10 KOs). (more…)
Scott “Cujo” Sigmon (7-1, 3 KOs) scored a third-round TKO over Nicholas Schleich of Columbus, Nebraska (7-3, 3 KOs) at The Lynchburg City Armory in Lynchburg, VA. Sigmon began the bout by going right at Schleich and working the body of his 6’4″ foe. “That body was a big target and I knew I had to take away his jab,” said Sigmon. “After a few hard rounds downstairs I picked up the pace upstairs and went for the knockout.” Sigmon dropped Schleich midway through the third round with a hard overhand right. The determined Schleich was trying to get to his feet when referee Chris Wollenson waived off the bout. (more…)
Former IBF lightweight champion PAUL “The Pittsburgh Kid” Spadafora will return to the ring for the second time in three months on September 30 in a ten round junior welterweight bout at Heinz Field-VIP Tent in Pittsburgh. Spadafora (42-0-1, 17 KOs) will face an opponent to be named. The undercard will feature undefeated lightweight Rod Salka (8-0, 2 KOs), heavyweight Tommy Poe (1-0) and heavyweight prospect Paul Zalus (2-0, 2 KOs). Tickets are $25-$100 and go on sale Thursday.
TKO Boxing Promotions has signed all action featherweight Vietnamese prospect Dat “Be Dat” Nguyen, it was announced today by its President, Chet Koerner.
The 26 year old Nguyen, a native of Bien Hoa, Vietnam, now living in Vero Beach, Florida, has amassed a record of 16-1-0 (6KO’s) since turning professional five years ago. He is trained by former world champion Buddy McGirt, managed by Jack Luce and co-promoted by Richie Capiello . . . Click here for more
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