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On November 21, the eyes of the boxing world will once again be on Casino Rama, as one of the sport’s budding superstars, 19 year-old dynamo “Marvelous” Marvin Sonsona (14-0, 12 KO’s) mounts the first defense of his newly captured WBO Jr. Bantamweight World title in the main event of the Rumble @ Rama X. In just his 14th pro fight the teenage sensation lived up to his nickname “Marvelous” when he dominated reigning champ Jose Lopez to clinch a thrilling unanimous decision at Rumble @ Rama IX. Sonsona’s opponent will be WBO contender Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez (22-7-1, 11 KO’s) of Mexico City. A veteran of 30 professional fights at 23 years of age, Hernandez has never been stopped and promises to give Sonsona all he can handle. (more…)
In regards to an information published earlier today, the World Boxing Association wants to inform that in order for the organization to approve any world title fight the involved promoters must submit the appropriate contracts as well as some other paperwork needs to be completed, which is not the case of the proposed rematch between WBA Light Heavyweight champ Gabriel Campillo and challenger Beibut Shumenov. However, the above mentioned rematch has been verbally proposed and is being considered by the WBA World Championship Committee for possible approval.
Former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain Taylor (28-3-1, 17 KOs) takes on King Arthur Abraham (30-0, 24 KOs) on October 17 in the first Group Stage of the Super Six World Boxing Classic. Today Taylor and his coach Ozell Nelson arrived with their team in Germany. After leaving Houston and a stopover in Frankfurt they reached the airport Berlin-Tegel at 12:16, a little bit later than planned before. “I´m happy to be in Berlin again,” Taylor said in a first TV interview at the airport. “It´s an amazing city. I hope to have a little bit time to see more of it. I know Arthur is fighting in his hometown on the 17. I bet at the o2 World he is going to have the crowd behind him. But my preparation was very good and I´m feeling very well. I will be ready for him and I expect a very tough fight.” On Friday the 31-year old super middleweight will do his first trainings session in the capital of Germany. Arthur Abraham, who completes his training camp in Zinnowitz at the Baltic Sea, will be in Berlin from Monday.
Undefeated son of the legend Omar “Business Man” Chavez (17-0-1, 13 KOs) and opponent James Ventry (7-9-1, 4 KOs) pose during workouts for their upcoming six-round special attraction feature fight on Top Rank’s “Island Warriors” – Latin Fury 12 Pay Per View event on Saturday at Madison Square Garden. This will be The 19-year-old Chavez’ first fight since tragedy struck in his July 18 victory against Marco Nazareth, after which Nazareth sadly passed away. “Thank God I had and have the support of many people, critics, the press, my employers, but especially my family,” said Omar. “It shows me that we must move forward. What happened was a terrible accident, that all who practice the sport of boxing are exposed to in the ring, but I must continue my life and my career.” (more…)
Edison ‘Pantera’ Miranda wants to show how serious he is in reaching the next level: moving out of his home in Puerto Rico and enlisting the services of one of the most respected and dedicated trainers in the world today. So, that’s just what Miranda has done by moving to Van Nuys, CA (2 blocks from the gym) and jumping into a dedicated and hard-working training regime with Joe Goossen. Together for three months, both Joe and Edison are extremely pleased with the progress and the high prospects for the future. (more…)
KZ Event Productions, Inc. and Sampson Boxing LLC have announced that the WBA has officially agreed to sanction the upcoming rematch between WBA champion Gabriel Campillo and Beibut Shumenov as a bout for the WBA world light heavyweight championship. The bout will be promoted by KZ and will take place at a date and location to be determined, but in no event later than February 28, 2010.
By Johnny B’
Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing Secretary Celia Jackson has named former top amateur boxer Hector Colon from Milwaukee to take on the duties as Wisconsin’s boxing commissioner. Colon replaces long time commissioner Roxanne Peterson who recently retired. Colon was considered by many to be the USA’s top amateur welterweight in 1990s winning approximately eighty-five percent of 90 plus boxing matches in the unpaid ranks. Colon currently works under Jackson as the department’s executive assistant and will retain that position, taking on additional duties overseeing professional boxing shows.
Saturday, October 10, marks the much anticipated return of one of the most explosive fighters of the decade, former WBC super bantamweight champion Israel “Magnifico” Vazquez, who will step into the ring after an 18 months hiatus . . . click here for more
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Story by Bob Hough
Jermain Taylor knows, all too well, that there’s truth in the belief that hard work can earn great success, but with losing focus, that person suffers.
Taylor beat Bernard Hopkins twice, and stood among boxing’s best. He ate more, took life easier, then lost three out of four fights, getting bludgeoned in two of the losses . . . Click here for more
The “Ketsana” hurricane falling on the Philippines had countless people hurt, financially and physically and the WBC would like to offer its modest support to the great people of this extraordinary boxing country. (more…)
Two-time world heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz returns home October 15 to replace boxing equipment recently stolen from the South Boston Boxing Club. (more…)
Undefeated lightweight prospect Mickey Bey Jr. returns to Houston this Saturday night at “High Stakes” an evening of world class professional boxing at the Arena Theater presented by Chet Koerner’s TKO Boxing Promotions . . . . . Click here for more
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Hector “Machito” Camacho Jr. stopped off in El Paso, Texas Wednesday to hold a media workout this afternoon for his highly anticipated PPV fight against Luis Ramon “Yuri Boy” Campas which is being billed Latin Invasion 2: Revenge of the Son. The media workout, which was at the L.A. Boxing Gym in El Paso included press from ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX and Telemundo. With as much attention as this fight (and the workout) garnered, “Machito” took advantage of the cameras to slam his opponent and even through a jab at a Hall-of-Famer who was not in attendance. . . . . Click here for more
A press conference was held Wednesday for two-time junior featherweight world champion Israel Vazquez’ return on Saturday night against Angel Priolo in a ten round featherweight fight. “I’m excited and grateful for all the support, but most of all I can’t wait to get back in the ring on Saturday night,” said Vazquez. “I’m ready. I’ve been training very hard over the past few months. I know there are still a lot of questions out there about whether or not I still have what it takes and if there is potential for a fourth fight with Marquez. This Saturday will answer a lot of those questions. I know it’s going to be a tough fight and I’m ready for it.” Click Here to View More Photos
By Matt Richardson
Finally. That was the one word that seemed to echo in the head of junior welterweight Dmitriy Salita this week. After years of waiting and negotiating and more waiting for a title fight, the unbeaten 140-pounder from Brooklyn, New York finally secured his dream: a shot at WBA title-holder Amir Khan. Salita (30-0-1, 16 KO’s) will box Khan on Saturday, December 5 at the Metro Radio Arena in the United Kingdom. It’s a moment of validation for Salita. That now, finally, he has a chance to prove he is among the elite. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
World super middleweight contender Sakio Bika has been released from Contender Series contract that had been in force until 2012. Bika spoke to Fightnews to say he is happy about being a free agent and has talked to Oscar De La Hoya and also that he is looking forward to fights with IBF 168 champ Lucian Bute, former WBA champ Anthony Mundine and world rated 160 pounder Daniel Geale. (more…)
A Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. bout on the Pacquiao vs. Cotto ‘Firepower’ showdown on Nov. 14 will be officially announced before tomorrow’s “Island Warriors” weigh-in gets underway.
Ireland’s John Duddy vs. Michi Munoz is scheduled at 8:00 pm eastern. The PPV will begin at 9 pm eastern. The Pawel Wolak vs Carlos Nascimento bout will open the Pay Per View telecast.
Al Bernstein, Steve Farhood and Raul Marquez will call the fights. Michael Buffer will be the ring announcer for the PPV bouts. David Diamante will announce the undercard bouts. This will be Diamante’s announcing debut for Top Rank.
There is an amazing story regarding former champion Genaro ‘Chicanito’ Hernandez and his all-out battle against cancer. Genaro said today he is recovering and is looking forward to returning to Top Rank as a color analyst on future Latin Fury telecasts. “We are all very excited and I have asked Rick Seara (Top Rank’s producer/director) to get Genaro back on our announce teams,” said Bob Arum.
Unbeaten Olympic gold medalist Odlanier Solis (14-0, 10 KOs) will now fight Monte Barrett (34-7, 20 KOs) on Top Rank’s ‘Island Warriors – Latin Fury 12′ at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night. Barrett replaces Fres Oquendo, whose reason for pulling out was “not available to box.” Oquendo, who reportedly has legal woes, replaced Solis original foe Kevin Johnson, who pulled out for a possible December 12 bout with Vitali Klitschko.
Looking fit and ready to go, both Chad Dawson and Glen Johnson participated in their WBC 30-day mandatory weigh-in Wednesday. Dawson weighed in at 185 pounds in Las Vegas where he is training while Johnson tipped the scale at 181.6 pounds in Miami, Fla. The light heavyweight limit is 175 pounds. The two square off Nov. 7 at the XL Center in Harford, Conn. , in a WBC light heavyweight world title rematch. In April, 2008, Dawson edged Johnson by close unanimous decision.
By Damrong Simakajornboon
WBC female #3 bantamweight, Usanakorn Kokietgym (5-1, 4 KOs), successfully reclaimed the WBC female title as she excitingly outpointed the now former champion Galina Koleva Ivanova (10-7-3) on Monday at the Ban Rai school in Dankhuntod, Nakornrachasima, Thailand. Usanakorn, a former WBC female interim 115lb title holder, did a good start by aggressively hunting the Bulgarian and dominating all of the first five rounds. The show little by little turned to the experienced Ivanova from round six as she cleverly displayed her effective counter-punches to gain back the score. An accidental head clash in round nine caused a half-inch cut at the right eyebrow of the Thai fighter, so the referee deducted a point from the uncut champion, following by WBC rule. In round ten, the Bulgarian tried to turn over the situation by speeding her assault but it was too late to catch up the local fighter. Scored : 96-94, 97-93 and 97-92 for the new champion. For more details and photos click here…
By Matt Richardson
Dennis Rappaport, the veteran promoter of former WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev, has denied reports that Maskaev could get the next crack against current WBC champ Vitali Klitschko. “No one has contacted us about the fight,” Rappaport said on Wednesday afternoon. Maskaev manager Fred Kesch also denied reports that Maskaev could be next for Klitschko. Team Maskaev is actually busy making final preparations for Maskaev to fight on Friday, December 11th at the Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento, California. Negotiations on an opponent are still ongoing though Kesch did claim that it would be a “name” opponent. Maskaev (36-6, 27 KO’s) needs to get in some rounds before securing a title shot. He has only fought once so far this year – a first round knockout of the hapless Rich Boruff in March in Mordovia. Should a clash between Maskaev and Klitschko be put off for the time being, Klitschko (38-2, 37 KO’s) would likely proceed with a fight against unbeaten American Kevin Johnson on December 12th.
By Mariano A. Agmi
Don King Productions submitted the only bid, bidding $420,000 for the fight between WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto and former WBA champ Luis Collazo, however the WBC somehow cancelled the bid altogether despite DKP submitting a bid well over their $150,000 minimum. Berto’s promoter DiBella Entertainment did not submit a bid. The WBC stated that they will reschedule the purse bid for 3 weeks from now at their annual Convention in South Korea. Collazo and his manager Nirmal Lorick were both stunned that the purse bid was delayed yet again. “Purse bids were previously cancelled in July of this year, then last week and now this,” stated Lorick, “we let them go through with the Urango fight when they wanted it – now it’s time for the WBC to do the right thing by Luis and follow their rules.”
The town of Houston is buzzing as an outstanding evening of world class professional boxing awaits them this Saturday night at the Arena Theater as Chet Koerner’s TKO Boxing Promotions presents “High Stakes”.
Amidst the overwhelming amount of local and national press attention “High Stakes” has received, Houston ‘s Champs Americana will host a public press conference/meet and greet on Thursday afternoon at 4:30 pm. Houston area boxing fans are encouraged to attend and meet their favorite fighters just two days ahead of their bouts. . . . . Click here for more
By Peter Lim
Former heavyweight contender Lou Savarese will stage his second Fists of Fury fight night on Thursday, Oct. 8 at the Hilton Americas Hotel in Downtown Houston under the banner of Savarese Promotions. The main event features a heavyweight crosstown battle between Steve Collins, 20-1 (15 KOs), and Billy Willis, 11-16-1 (9 KOs). (more…)
SHOWTIME Sports, in conjunction with NFL Films, is producing a new reality series that will give fight fans unprecedented access into the lives of the participants in the Super Six World Boxing Classic. Dubbed FIGHT CAMP 360°: Inside The Super Six World Boxing Classic, the series will focus a powerful spotlight on the groundbreaking tournament from the kickoff press conference in July 2009 through the Final tournament bout slated for 2011. The series premieres on Saturday, Oct. 10 on SHOWTIME® (10:30 p.m. ET/PT).
The tournament format, created by SHOWTIME Sports in association with five world-class boxing promoters, is a unique concept to boxing and one that has been lauded by industry experts and the sports media since its announcement. Likewise, FIGHT CAMP 360°: Inside The Super Six World Boxing Classic is unlike any other reality program in boxing. (more…)
The stars were out during today’s official public workout at the Ostsee-Park mall in Rostock, Germany. Female world champions Ina Menzer, Esther Schouten, “Killer Queen” Susianna Kentikian, Julia Sahin, plus heavyweight luminaries Denis Boytsov, Sebastian Köber, Manuel Charr, Markus Tomala and Sherman Williams, 2008 Olympian heavyweight gold medalist Rachim Chakkiev and local favorite Marcel Meyerdiercks thrilled the crowd with their skills. They will all see action on Saturday night’s “Universum Champions Night” card in Rostock. Click for more photos….
Fox Sports en Español has picked up the broadcast rights to show the return of two-time world champion Israel “Magnifico” Vazquez in the USA this Saturday night. Vazquez’ bout against Angel Priolo at the Nokia Theatre LA Live in Los Angeles, as well as the co-featured bouts of Carlos Molina vs. Caesar Holguin and Luis Grajeda vs. Juan Carlos Diaz will air live at 7 PM PT (10 PM ET). Previously the telecast was only scheduled to be seen in Latin America.
World champion Juan Manuel Lopez and challenger Rogers Mtagwa pose during the final press conference for their upcoming world championship title fight on Top Rank’s “Island Warriors” – Latin Fury 12 Pay Per View event on Saturday at Madison Square Garden. Also on this doubleheader card, WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa of Cuba will defend his title against challenger Whyber Garcia of Panama. Top Rank promotes this event in association with Arena Box-Promotion and PR Best Boxing. Click here for more photos and fighter quotes…
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