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By Lee Bates
WBO flyweight champion Omar Narvaez (30-0-2, 19 KOs)) of Argentina will attempt to defend his title for the 17th time when he takes on Mexican native Victor Zaleta (9-1, 5 KOs) in Mexico October 3rd. Narvarez, promoted by Osvaldo Rivero has made several defenses of his title in his native Argentina but has shown that he is a true “world champion” defending his title in mulitiple countries since becoming champion in July of 2002. The list includes Italy, Spain, France, and now looks to add Mexico. Though the large gap in professional fights may indicate this bout as a mismatch on paper this is not the case. Zaleta will have a major height and reach advantage as he is extremely tall for a flyweight at 5’8½” to Narvaez who is 5’3″. Zaleta is also very advanced as a professional with his career being moved at the accelerated pace equivalent to that of WBA interim featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa and recent world title challenger Beibut Shumenov. In just his third professional bout Zaleta knocked out former world champion Eric Ortiz and in his sixth professional bout he easily decisioned former world champion Jose Antonio Aguirre. The only blemish on his record is a ten round majority decision loss to then (18-1) Faustino Cupul in Cupul´s hometown but he has since reeled off three consecutive wins heading in to his bout with Narvaez.
Two legendary former champions, Randy Couture and Antonio Rodrigo Minotauro, will finally square off in a fight that fans have been clamoring over for almost a decade. A pair of top middleweights, Nate Marquardt and Demian Maia, will answer the question of who stands alongside Dan Henderson as the division’s top threat to champion Anderson Silva. Brandon Vera returns against rugged veteran Krzysztof Soszynski in a fight that will go a long way toward proving whether Vera really is ‘The Truth’ at light heavyweight . . . Click more by Michael DiSanto, UFC
Lightweight contender Ben “Smooth” Henderson finally admits to a secret he once kept close to the vest. For most of his professional fighting career, the Arizona native couldn’t see the punches his opponents launched at him. But it wasn’t for reasons you might assume. (more…)
In his eighteenth professional fight, unbeaten WBO #3 light heavyweight contender Aleksy Kuziemski (17-0, 4 KOs) will face WBO #5 rated stablemate Jürgen Brähmer for the WBO interim world title in Budapest, Hungary. Kuziemski, who knocked out previously unbeaten Armin Dollinger in his last fight, is hoping to follow in the footsteps of ring legend countryman Dariusz Michalczewski – the WBO light heavyweight world champion from 1994 to 2003.
Aleksy Kuziemski, how are things in Budapest?
“Everything is running to plan. I’m concluding my preparation with my trainer Artur Grigorian but here in Budapest we need to protect ourselves from the high temperatures and can only train early in the morning or later in the evening. But the necessary positive energy is there.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Heavyweight contender Shane Cameron will have the biggest bout of his career on October 3rd in Hamilton, New Zealand when he steps in the ring with one of the best punchers in the world and fellow countryman David Tua. Shane talks to Fightnews and tells of his preparation, about his sparring sessions with Tua in 2002, who his toughest fight was and also why the TAB betting agency has got it wrong by making Tua favorite to win. (more…)
By Lee Bates
A proposed bout between WBA interim junior welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (26-1, 25 KOs) and #1 ranked contender Dmitriy Salita (30-0-1, 16 KOs) is in the works for November. Maidana broke the news on TyC Sports (an all sports network in Argentina ) in a live interview last night. He did not specify an exact date or location. Originally Fightnews reported that Maidana could possibly meet Amir Khan in October. However shortly after that, Golden Boy Promotions and Universum Box-Promotion announced the formation of a strategic alliance between the two companies and executed a co-promotional agreement which covers several world champions including Maidana.
It’s “Public Safety Night” on Friday, September 11th at The Legendary Blue Horizon in Philadelphia as fan favorite Steve Chambers (19-1-1, 5 KOs) returns to the ring! Chambers – a native son of Philly – has fought all but one of his twenty-two bouts at The Blue Horizon. Chambers is coming off a nine month layoff due to a foot injury and he is scheduled for an eight-round jr welterweight contest. (more…)
David Estrada 152 vs Chris Gray 151
David Latoria 220 vs Ricardo Bradley 210
Foster Nkodo 156 vs Roberto Florentino 158
Tony Maldonado 147 vs Tim Reynolds 146
Ramiro Carrillo 142 vs Jamar Hampton 140
Antonio Avila 134 vs Greg Cogshell 133
Venue: UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois
Promoter: 8 Count Productions
By Lee Bates from South America
Noe Alcoba (21-1, 13 KOs) of Uruguay knocked out Mariano Carrera (32-6, 23 KOs) of Argentina in the fourth round to win the WBO latino middleweight title in a battle between two former world title challengers. The bout took place Thursday night at the Estadio Luna Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Carrerra actually won the WBA world middleweight title when he defeated then champion Javier Castillejo in 2006 but tested positive for a banned substance and Castillejo was reinstated as champion. They rematched the following year in a non-title match where Castillejo stopped Carrera in six. Alcoba lost to WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm by unanimous decision in his world title challenge in 2007. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australia’s Danny Green and American superstar Roy Jones Jr in Sydney in November will likely fight at Sydney’s Entertainment Centre in Sydney, NSW that seats 12,000 or the Acer Arena at Homebush that holds 20,000. Green arrived Sydney on Wednesday, carrying the IBO cruiserweight title belt he won against Mexican Julio Cesar Dominguez in Mississippi last Saturday. He’s scheduled to make his first defence against the legendary 40-year-old Jones, who scored an equally impressive tenth round stoppage of former super middleweight world champion Jeff Lacy in the light heavyweight bout on the same card in Biloxi. A Parramatta Football supporter, Green suggested his clash with Jones might take place at Parramatta Stadium, which hosted Kostya Tszyu’s world title fight against Hugo Pineda. The canvas had to be changed that night after the preliminary fights because of the heavy rain that fell.Green fought outdoors against Anthony Mundine at the Sydney Football Stadium in 2006, which attracted around 30,000 spectators, but Green Machine Boxing (GMB) director Justin Manolikos suggested the Jones bout would go ahead indoors. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
The third stage of the annual International Kostya Tszyu Cup will be held at Yubileyniy sports arena in Yugorsk, Russia, on the 4th of September and will be crowned with a crossroads collision of two young prospects willing to level-up their careers. The whole card was announced last weekend by its organizers. In the main event of the evening, Russian junior welterweight champion Fariz Kazimov (9-1-1, 2 KOs) will risk his belt against Ukrainian Anatoly Sidorov (4-1-1). These fighters share two distinctive features between each other – they are both foreigners, however licensed to compete in Russia, and they are both young, being just 22 and 21-years old respectively. Not only will the national belt be at stake this time, but the main prize and a future praise from the living legend are also up for grabs in this scheduled ten-rounder. (more…)
Lance Whitaker 249 vs. Matthew Ellis 211
(12 rd WBC USNBC Heavyweight Title)
John Ellis Jr 209 vs. Patrick Johnson 202
Tina Anderson 142 vs. Tammy Frank 143
Alex Rivera 187 1/2 vs. Brandon Bennett 207
Efrian Esquivias vs TBA
Batchelder off the card due to a training injury.
Venue: Performing Arts Center in Redondo Beach, CA
Promoter: South Bay Promotions
Doors: at 6PM, First Bout 7PM
Everlast Worldwide, Inc., has signed on as USA Boxing’s official equipment and apparel sponsor, extending their current agreement, which previously covered only USA Boxing’s equipment needs. The agreement will run through the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England with all USA Boxing teams showcasing Everlast apparel throughout the four-year deal. “Amateur boxing is at the very core of Everlast’s authenticity, and we are fully dedicated to helping the sport grow at the grassroots level,” stated Matt Cowan, VP of Marketing and Product for Everlast. (more…)
By Peter Lim
Fighting for the first time outside his native South Africa, Malcolm Klassen defends his IBF super featherweight belt against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, (24-1-1, 17 KOs) this Saturday at the Toyota Center in Houston. The fight, staged by Golden Boy Promtions, will be aired on HBO. Klassen, (24-4-2, 15 KOs), dethroned Gairy St. Clair via split decision for the title in 2006 but lost it against Mzonke Fana, also by split decision, in his first defense. Klassen regained the belt by stopping fellow-South African Cassius Baloyi in April via seventh round TKO. (more…)
Story by David Robinett
It has been a year of highs and lows for former IBF featherweight champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, (24-1-1, 17 KOs).
Returning in January after a nearly one-year layoff, Guerrero successfully moved up to the super featherweight division with a first-round knockout of Edel Ruiz. That was followed in March by a calamitous no-contest against Daud Yordan in which Guerrero was perceived by many to have prompted a referee’s stoppage after suffering a cut in the second round. Three months later Guerrero gained a measure of redemption by fighting through another cut and stopping former lightweight contender Efren Hinojosa . . Click here for more
Interview by David Finger
For a fighter nicknamed “Mount”, Lance Whitaker (33-5-1, 27 KOs) certainly has had a career full of ups and downs over the years . . . Click here for more
Don King is celebrating his 78th birthday today, and his birthday wish is for the California State Athletic Commission to correct the decision made in the Aug. 1 WBO junior welterweight championship featuring Tim Bradley and Nate Campbell in favor of a “no contest” ruling when they meet on Monday. “Everyone, including the referee, saw the accidental head butt between Nate and Timmy in the second round,” King said of what caused a gash over Campbell’s eye that led the ringside physician to recommend a halt to the contest. “Al Bernstein of SHOWTIME, all of the journalists and boxing fans around the world are in agreement the fight should have been ruled no contest after that head butt. Today is my birthday, and my birthday wish is that the CSAC rights this wrong on Monday at their hearing, just as the CSAC rightly corrected itself last year in a similar situation involving Hasim Rahman and James Toney, where they changed the ruling to no decision. I would love nothing more than to call California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday afternoon to tell him that his commission has ruled in favor of justice and fair play. It would be a terrible injustice–as Martin Luther King said ‘an injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere’–if this wrong is supported. It will be a black eye to boxing, the sport and, most important, the great state of California.”
An open to the public press conference for the September 26th lightweight showdown between former Chicago world champions David Diaz and Jesus Chavez will be held this Friday at 6pm at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion. “Along with David Diaz and Jesus Chavez, we’ll have many of the fighters on the undercard including Jose Hernandez, Ivan Popoca and Jaime Sandoval and we’re inviting all of the Chicagoland fight fans to join the media for the press conference,” said promoter Dominic Pesoli. The press conference will take place in the large main lobby of the UIC Pavilion just prior to the doors opening for Friday’s fight card featuring the long awaited return of welterweight contender and Chicago native David Estrada.
Daniel Jiménez 129.6 vs Marcos Jiménez 128
Geovante Davis 181 vs Carlos Negr 182
Joan Cesáreo 134.6 vs José González 134.6
Julio Irizarry 109.6 vs Erickson Martell 109.3
Amador Acevedo 173.5 vs Julio García 173.1
Héctor Hernández 127.7 vs José Del Valle 124.1
Eduardo Adorno 155.2 vs Emil González 155.2
José Morales 135.5 vs Luis Joel González 137.1
Luis Adorno 135 vs Carlos Velázquez 135
Venue: Pedrín Zorrilla Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Promoter: PR Best Boxing Promotions Inc.
Preview by Felipe Leon
After a short, two-month hiatus, Bobby D. Presents along with Jorge Marron Productions return to the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in San Diego, Calif., with “Summer Showdown” on Thursday, August 27th.
In the main event, Tijuana super featherweight Emilio Bojorquez (14-1, 11 KOs) tries to keep his 11-win streak alive when he takes on Anthony “Maestrito” Martinez (21-31-3, 9KO) of Nicaragua, in a scheduled eight round bout. (more…)
Matt Korobov, a Russian Olympic middleweight who strikes with knockout power, will have a new trainer when he boxes at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, October 10. Cameron Dunkin, manager of Korobov, said trainer Robert Garcia will now work with Korobov who has a record of 7-0, 6 KOs. Korobov, from Orokutan, Russia, is working out in Lantana, Fla., but will soon relocate to Las Vegas and train with Garcia. Garcia, who lives in Oxnard, Calif., trains world champions Steven Luevano and Brian ‘The Hawaiian Punch’ Viloria. Korobov will fight on Top Rank’s Latin Fury 12 headlined by world champions Juan Manuel Lopez and Yuriorkis Gamboa. Lopez, from Caguas, Puerto Rico, is defending against Rogers Mtagwa of Philadelphia. Gamboa, from Cuba, will take on challenger Whyber Garcia of Panama. This will be Korobov’s third bout at Madison Square Garden. He stopped Cory Jones in 4 rounds there on Feb. 21, then decisioned Loren Myers in four rounds on June 13. In Korobov’s last bout he stopped Benjamin Diaz in one round in Atlantic City, N.J.
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…)
Boxing fans, get ready to climb “Through the Ropes” with the #1 boxing news radio show hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld! This week’s guests are Juan Diaz and Robert Guerrero. Call or email your questions to email@example.com. Through The Ropes airs live coast to coast on Thursday nights from 9:00 – 10:00 ET on 75 affiliates of the Sports Byline USA Broadcast Network, including great radio stations like KSHP 1400 AM in Las Vegas and WNSR 560 AM in Nashville. The one-hour show will also be heard on American Forces Network, Sportsbyline.com and Fightnews.com. Fightnews readers can listen live by clicking here tonight at 9PM ET.
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…)
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