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By Joe Koizumi
WBC bantam champ Hozumi Hasegawa (27-2, 11 KOs), 117.5, a fast-punching Japanese lefty, very impressively kept his belt as he quickly dropped Nestor Rocha (21-2, 7 KOs), 117.5, with a vicious southpaw right hook and sent him to the deck again with a barrage of punches before referee Gary Ritter wisely called a well-received stoppage at 2:28 of the opening session on Tuesday in Kobe, Japan. Hasegawa, making his ninth defense, thus registered latest four defenses within two rounds in succession: Cristian Faccio (TKO2), Alejandro Valdez (TKO2), Vusi Malinga (TKO1) and this remarkable short work. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten Nicaraguan Roman Gonzalez (24-0, 20 KOs), 104.25, successfully retained his WBA minimum (105-pound) belt as he kept stalking fast-moving Japanese, ex-WBA/WBC titlist Katsunari Takayama (23-4, 9 KOs), 105, and pounded out a unanimous decision (all 118-110) in hard-fought twelve rounds on Tuesday in Kobe, Japan. Takayama fought well by making best use of his footwork, but it was Gonzalez, still 22, that occasionally caught the game Japanese down the stretch (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Dominican challenger Elio Rojas (21-1, 13 KOs), 124.5, captured the WBC featherweight throne by winning a unanimous decision (116-113, 117-111 and 118-110) over Japanese defending champ, southpaw Takahiro Aoh (17-2-1, 8 KOs), 126, over hard-fought twelve rounds on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. (more…)
By Lee Bates
WBO light flyweight champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon (32-0-1, 6 KOs) is anxious to return to the ring and reinforce that he is still the pound-for-pound best light flyweight in boxing. In his last fight with now three-time world title challenger Rodel Mayol (25-3-1, 19 KOs) in June at the Madison Square Garden was halted after six rounds due to a cut suffered by Calderon as a result of an accidental headbutt in round four. The bout then went to the scorecards where one judge had it for Calderon, one had it for Mayol, and one had it even making the result a draw. (more…)
By Matt Richardson
The worst kept secret in boxing was officially revealed on Monday afternoon at Madison Square Garden in New York City when Showtime announced plans for an unprecedented six man super middleweight tournament to crown one universally recognized champion and, hopefully, build a few stars in the process. (more…)
Undefeated Guilderland lightweight prospect Mike Faragon, Schenectady light welterweight and New York State Correction Officer Brian Miller and former nationally-ranked amateur featherweight Jaci Trivilino will be featured in undercard bouts on Pugnacious Promotions’ annual “Night of Future Champions” summer boxing event at the Saratoga Springs City Center on Friday, July 31st. The fights will be on the annual card showcasing young boxing prospects during the first weekend of world-class thoroughbred racing at Saratoga Springs’ historic track. In the main event, 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 other exciting fights, Troy heavyweight Shannon Miller (16-4, 9 KOs) faces Plainfield, N.J. veteran Terrell Nelson (8-8, 5 KOs) and his brother Shawn Miller takes on Atlanta’s Valentine Fortenelly (0-3) in his pro debut. (more…)
By Dennis Principe
As Miguel Cotto has been apparently adamant in fighting Manny Pacquiao at 145lbs, the Filipino boxing sensation is now looking at the possibility of accepting the challenge of Shane Mosley. Pacquiao’s lawyer Jeng Gacal said the Filipino boxer is now considering the option of battling Mosley at a catchweight of 143. In one of his few guest appearances with the daily morning “Sports Chat” Mosley once said he is willing to meet Pacquiao halfway, possibly at a catch weight of 144. Cotto meanwhile remains steadfast with his preferred weight. Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach previously told “Sports Chat” that he prefers to have Cotto as Pacquiao’s next opponent and that a bout with Mosley may only be possible if the American agrees to move down to 143. Only recently though Mosley decided to look for another opponent as Pacquiao’s camp kept on ignoring Mosley’s public challenge. Cotto is the holder of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight belt while Mosley currently owns the World Boxing Association (WBA) strap.
Undefeated Austin Trout, of Las Cruces, N.M., was arrested early Saturday morning, and charged with residential and auto burglary. The owners were awakened by the sounds of someone in their house, shortly after 4 a.m. When the husband went downstairs to investigate he looked outside the house where he discovered Trout sitting inside his car. Trout took off but was located by police a short while later, carrying several items taken from the house. Trout, 18-0, 13 KOs, had just won a minor belt and was on the verge of cracking top ten contention in the WBA’s junior middleweight division. He was also a 2004 USA Boxing national amateur champion. — Chris Cozzone
With Chazz Witherspoon forced to withdraw from his July 31st battle with Carl Davis Drumond due to undisclosed reasons, New York bomber Derric Rossy has stepped to the plate to face his fellow knockout artist in a sure to be explosive heavyweight bout at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida. The bout is the co-main event of ESPN2 Friday Night Fights. In the main event, it will be a war to remember when unbeaten Victor Manuel Cayo battles former world champion Julio Diaz. Tickets for this event, which is presented by Seminole Warriors Boxing, are priced at $27, $52, $102 and $152, and may be purchased at the Hard Rock Live Box Office or by going online at www.TicketMaster.com.
Olympic gold medalist Yuriorkis Gamboa is unable to secure proper visas and permissions in time for Top Rank’s ‘Latin Fury 10’ in Mexico and he is off the July 25 championship card. His bout will be rescheduled, Bob Arum said today. In the main event Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., 39-0-1, will take on Jason LeHoullier, 21-1-1. Chavez Jr. has been training for weeks in Big Bear, Calif. with trainers from the Velocity Sports Performance in Los Angeles. Gamboa, 15-0, of Miami is the WBA interim world featherweight champion. He was scheduled to fight Whyber Garcia, 22-6, of Panama for the WBA Interim Featherweight Championship. There will be four bouts on the Latin Fury 10 Pay Per View telecast.
By Jose Reyes
The Rio Grande Valley’s up and coming welterweight hope Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia (26-2, 18 KOs) will face Jaime “El Indio” Barboza (13-3) for the Central American Title at Gimnasio de la Villa Olímpica in Desamparados, Costa Rica this Saturday, July, 18th. Garcia is coming off a seventh round TKO victory over Wilmer Hernandez (5-2, 5 KOs) also Costa Rica.
By Lee Bates
Joseph Agbeko (27-1, 22 KOs) won’t have long to celebrate his victory over Vic Darchinyan this past Saturday as the IBF has ordered immeditate negotiations to begin between he and IBF official challenger Yhonny Perez (19-0, 14 KOs). Perez is coming off of a 12th round TKO victory over 2 time world title challenger Silence Mabuza in an IBF title eliminator this past May in Mabuza’s native South Africa. For the native of Colombia, Perez, it will not only be an opportunity to win his first world title but also a chance to avenge the loss suffered by his stablemate Darchinyan. Both Darchinyan and Perez are promoted by Gary Shaw Productions.
Southbay Promotions presents former heavyweight contender and former world title challenger Lance “Mount” Whitaker (32-5-1, 27 KOs) versus Danny Batchelder (25-6-1, 12 KOs) in a scheduled 10-rounder on Friday night at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center in Redondo Beach, CA. In 2008, Whitaker made quick work of Ron Johnson by knocking him out in their opening round before dropping a tough decision to Jason Estrada only two months later in a 10-round fight in Lincoln, Rhode Island. Whitaker however is now ready to kick off his 2009 campaign. Batchelder, a former WBC Continental Americas cruiserweight beltholder is a tough customer going all the way to a split decision against James Toney in 2007 and most recently saw action against former WBO Heavyweight Champion Lamon Brewster in August of 2008. Doors: 7:00pm Tickets: $250-200-100-75-50-35. Call 310-303-0116.
By Joe Koizumi
The official weigh-in ceremony took place on Monday at a couple of fight sites in Japan. WBC bantam champ Hozumi Hasegawa, Japan, and #4 ranked Nestor Rocha, US, both tipped the beam at 117.5 pounds. WBA minimum kingpin Roman Gonzalez, Nicaragua, scaled in at 104.25 to 105 (the class limit) for Katsunari Takayama, Japan. In Tokyo, WBC feather ruler Takahiro Aoh, Japan, weighed in at the 126-pound limit, while Elio Rojas, Dominican Republic, was so surprisingly light at 124.5. The three world title bouts will be held at night tomorrow (Tuesday) at the World Memorial Hall, Kobe, and at the Korakuen Hall, Tokyo. Akihiko Honda, President of Teiken Promotions, says that the order of the three title bouts will be still uncertain, depending on the outcomes at the two sites.
By Matt Richardson
Photos: Ed Mulholland
Carl Froch, Mikkel Kessler, Arthur Abraham, Andre Dirrell and Jermain Taylor pose at the press conference at Madison Square Garden announcing the Super Six World Boxing Classic, which will pit six of the world’s top super middleweights in a series of bouts. Andre Ward was unable to attend.
Arthur Abraham: It has always been my goal to fight against the worlds best fighters. This is like a dream coming true. Now I want to become the best fighter at super-middleweight.
Mikkel Kessler: This tournament is a big opportunity to test myself as a world champion.
Jermain Taylor: I made a lot of mistakes in my career but I’m going to take it back to the drawing board and rededicate myself to boxing.
Carl Froch: I will remain WBC Champion throughout this tournament no matter what anybody thinks.
Andre Dirrell: Right now my heart is beating 100 miles an hour. It’s because I know I’m in a blessed position to become the greatest of all time.
Ken Hershman, Senior Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports: “The 168-pound division is the most talent rich in boxing right now. And the Super Six tournament structure will deliver one compelling matchup after another. And to deliver all of this directly to our subscribers on SHOWTIME is a fight fans dream come true. I can’t wait to get started.” Click for more photos… (more…)
By Matt Richardson
Promoters Dan Goosen and Dennis Rappaport have conducted preliminary talks regarding a heavyweight clash between rising contender Chris Arreola and former WBC champion Oleg Maskaev, Fightnews has learned. The two veteran promoters along with Maskaev manager Fred Kesch were seen discussing the fight at the press conference to announce the super middleweight tournament on Monday afternoon at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Goosen, the promoter of Arreola, was in attendance to represent Andre Ward who couldn’t make it due to the flu. Neither Rappaport or Kesch would either confirm or deny that negotiations had begun for the Arreola clash, only opting to say that Arreola was one of a few potential options being explored. It should be an easy fight to make considering both heavyweight champions Vitali Klitschko and Wladimir Klitschko are likely to be tied up with defenses in the fall against David Haye and Alexander Povetkin, respectively. Arreola (27-0, 24 KOs) is coming off an impressive knockout of Jameel McCline in April. Maskaev (36-6, 27 KOs), who had his hopes dashed of securing a title fight against Vitali Klitschko last month when arbitrator ruled against him, has won two fights since losing his belt to Samuel Peter in March of 2008.
By Alexey Sukachev and Andrey Bazdrev (ringside)
Former welterweight contender-turned-promoter, Sergey Stepkin of Union Boxing Management, and his partner Alexander Kolesnikov arranged a fiery local show, advertised as the “Courage Cup”, at Yunost sports arena in Klimovsk, just several kilometers south to Moscow. In the main event of the evening, reigning BBU welterweight champion Roman Seliverstov (10-8, 2 KOs) added a vacant IBO Intercontinental title to his previously owned regalia, outpointing the Sweden-based Ugandan Peter Semo (19-5, 14 KOs) over twelve hard-fought rounds of action. (more…)
In 25 years of boxing promotions, promoter Roy Englebrecht has only signed a handful of boxers to promotional agreements, but in 2009 he has already signed two. This past February he signed Oxnard welterweight Hugo Centeno Jr. to a six bout agreement, and today he announced today the signing of Santa Ana lightweight prospect Robert Vargas. (more…)
“The Filipino Flash” Nonito Donaire Jr. of the Philippines thrilled fight fans at the Undisputed Boxing Gym in San Carlos, California, as he prepares for his upcoming world super flyweight championship bout against Rafael “El Torito” Concepcion of Panama. Top Rank promotes “Pinoy Power 2 on pay per view, August 15 at the New Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas.
SHOWTIME Sports and six of the best super middleweight boxers in the world converged in New York City on Monday to announce an unprecedented new boxing tournament to be presented by SHOWTIME in the United States and throughout the world on various television networks. The inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic is a round-robin, six-fighter tournament featuring the class of the super middleweight division from home and abroad. The world renowned fighters have a staggering combined record of 161-4-1 with 117 knockouts. There are four undefeated fighters, two current world champions, two young, unbeaten, world-ranked contenders and one former undisputed world titleholder.
The field is comprised of IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (30-0, 24 KOs), of Germany, who will move up to challenge at 168, plus U.S. Olympic medalist and top-ranked contender Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell (18-0, 13 KOs) of Flint, Mich., WBC super middleweight champion Carl “The Cobra’’ Froch (25-0, 20 KOs) of England, WBA 168-pound champion Mikkel “Viking Warrior’’ Kessler (41-1, 31 KOs) of Denmark, former undisputed 160-pound world champion Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor (28-3-1, 17 KOs) of Little Rock, Ark., and U.S. Olympic gold medalist and No. 1-ranked contender Andre “S.O.G.’’ Ward (19-0, 12 KOs) of Oakland, Calif. (more…)
Headlined by the sensational pro debuts of outstanding Russian amateurs stars Dmitry and Fedor Chudinov, TKO Boxing prospects shined on Friday night at the Reno Events on the undercard of “Summer Showdown” an outstanding evening of professional boxing which featured the ten round decision win by Yerington’s Jesse Brinkley over Mike Paschall of Baltimore . . . . Click here for more
After his win over Khoren Gevor on Saturday, WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm had to go directly to the hospital for treatment on his right ear. “I’m fine,” he stated. “It’s a small but necessary procedure. The blood from a bruise was sucked into the ear. But never mind! For me everything is good. I won’t let anything take me away from seeing the Formula One race in the Nürburgring with my friend Poldi (soccer star Lukas Podolski). It was a great evening. I think the fans got their money’s worth. It was not only a good fight, but also a super event. Now the first thing I’ll do is take a long vacation. I’ve boxed twice within 77 days. Many thanks to my whole team. We’ve all earned a break.” (more…)
By Robert Coster
Photo: Ed Mulholland
The news shocked the boxing world: Arturo Gatti dead at 37, due to foul play. A week after Alexis Arguello’s suicide, boxing lost another great champion in tragic fashion. For over a decade, the charismatic Arturo Gatti was one of HBO’s top dogs and the reason was known to all: Arturo was the quintessential warrior, valor in its purest form, providing drama each time he stepped into the ring. The Italian-Canadian was a real life phoenix rising from the ashes, coming back so many times from the brink of defeat, showing unbelievable physical courage while receiving brutal punishment, being both predator and prey. An Arturo Gatti fight was better than the best Hollywood thriller simply because it was reality, not fiction. The drama was real, the anguish was real, the pain was real. And triumph, when it came, gave Gatti the dimension of a gladiator of the past overcoming inhuman hardship. (more…)
On Sunday, WBA world middleweight champion Felix Sturm, new WBC middleweight interim champion Sebastian Zbik and WBC executive secretary Mauricio Sulaiman visited the German Formula One Grand Prix at the famous Nürburgring Speedway. They watched an impressive victory by Redbull driver Mark Webber with German superstar Sebastian Vettel taking second place in the Redbull Team garage. Sebastian Zbik: “You can feel the horsepower like a vibration through your body. It’s unbelievable.” Mauricio Sulaiman was impressed by Team Redbull: “They do a very professional job. The pit stop was so fast. We were very close to it.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Newly crowned IBO welterweight champion Lovemore Ndou contacted Fightnews shortly after his clear win over Phillip Ndou to issue a challenge to the winner of the Isaac Hlatswayo vs Delvin Rodriguez who fight for the IBF 147 belt soon. “It is great to be a world champion again after beating Phillip Ndou today. He gave me a good fight but my experience showed, and at the end of twelve rounds, I was a clear winner on the judges cards. Now I want the IBF welterweight crown. I am a former IBF junior welterweight champion and now I’m ready to defeat the winner of the Isaac Hlatswayo vs Delvin Rodriguez. I am confident that I will beat either of them after seeing tapes of them.” (more…)
By Bob Ryder
Middleweight Troy Rowland continued his comeback on Saturday night with a unanimous 6 round decision win at the Fifth Third Ballpark in Grand Rapids, MI, but unlike his first fight back, this one was far from easy. Opponent Dave Saunders of Cincinnati and head trainer Jeff “Cobra” McCall expressed confidence before the bout with their game plan to stay on the offensive and press Rowland. The action heated up immediately and Troy emerged from a clinch near the end of the first round with blood streaming down his face from a cut over his left eye. “The butt threw me off my plan a bit” related Rowland. “The blood was getting into my eye and I got a little over anxious in the second round.” As Saunders continued to press the action, Rowland settled and took control in the third. Rowland’s corner did a good job with the cut although it continued to bleed for the rest of the bout. Troy also suffered a bloody nose in the fifth round but returned the favor as Saunders nose ran red in the sixth. Rowland closed the bout strong to win by scores of 58-56 x 2 and 59-55 to improve his record to (25-2, 7 KOs). Saunders falls to (9-8). (more…)
Photos: Javiel Centeno/FightWireImages.com
Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko retained his IBF bantamweight championship with a 12-round unanimous decision victory over two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan Saturday night on Showtime Championship Boxing. In a controversial co-feature, Antonio DeMarco knocked out Anges “Baby Face” Adjaho at 2:59 of the ninth round to become the WBC’s No. 1 ranked lightweight and the mandatory challenger to current champion Edwin Valero. (Click here.)
By Kurt Wolfheimer / Photos: Ed Mulholland
A near sellout crowd of 5,600 in attendance, with a heavy Polish contingent, filled the Prudential Center with hopes of seeing IBF Cruiserweight champion Tomasz “Goral” Adamek outclass Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” Gunn and watch the man from Gilowace, Poland score an early knockout. (Click here)
Highly regarded prospect James “Keep Em Sleepin” Stevenson (9-0, 8 KOs) of Baltimore, MD will look to keep his flawless record intact as he will lace up for a rematch with confident challenger Ken Dunham on July 25th the DuBurns Arena. An elite talent in the Beltway area, Stevenson has started to create a major buzz in the boxing world. Dunham (6-8, 4 KOs) of Charlotte, NC is looking to avenge his loss earlier this year and will have a wave of confidence when he enters the ring. (more…)
Welterweight contender Ivan “The Terrible” Kirpa and former cruiserweight champion Steve “USS” Cunningham join Legendary Promoter Don King at the post fight press conference following their victories in world title eliminators on July 11th 2009 in Sunrise, Florida.
Octagonside by Anthony Springer Jr. & Andreas Hale
Lesnar, GSP defend at UFC 100: At UFC 81 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, Brock Lesnar (4-1) entered the Octagon for the first time. The man standing on the opposite side of the cage was former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir (12-4). In a short, but highly talked about battle, Mir emerged victorious, catching Lesnar with a knee bar in the opening round . . . Click here for more
Lesnar apologizes for behavior: With his UFC 100 victory over an overmatched Frank Mir, Brock Lesnar solidified his claim to MMA legitimacy. With just five professional fights, Lesnar now has wins over two former champions in Mir and Randy Couture and a cagy veteran in Heath Herring . . . Click here for more
Police have reportedly arrested the wife of ring great Arturo Gatti for alleged involvement in her husband’s death at a luxury resort in Brazil. Citing contradictions in the story of 23-year-old Amanda Rodrigues, authorities are preparing to file formal charges. Gatti was found dead on Saturday morning in a hotel room at a Brazilian beach resort.
By Alexey Potapov
As Fightnews.com previously reported, WBC heavyweight champion “Dr. Ironfist” Vitali Klitschko (37-2, 36 KOs) will conduct his next fight against former WBC/WBA/WBO cruiserweight champion David Haye (22-1, 21 KOs) on September 12 in Germany. In August Vitali leaves for training camp in Austria in preparation to the fight. Looks like Klitschko-Haye will be televised on HBO in the United States and BBC in Great Britain. Haye’s fights were previously broadcast by troubled Setanta Sports.
By Joe Koizumi
Split-site triple world title promotions are ready in Tokyo and Kobe, Japan, just two days prior to the highly anticipated events. WBC featherweight champ Takahiro Aoh (17-1-1, 8 KOs), a Japanese southpaw, will risk his belt against perennial top contender Elio Rojas (20-1, 13 KOs) in Tokyo. In Kobe, there will be a couple of world title bouts. WBC bantamweight ruler Hozumi Hasegawa (26-2, 10 KOs), a Japanese lefty making his ninth defense, will put his throne on the line against Nestor Rocha (21-1, 7 KOs), a game and fresh Mexican-American. Unbeaten Nicaraguan KO artist Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (23-0, 20 KOs) will defend his WBA minimum crown against ex-WBA/WBC titlist Katsunari Takayama (23-3, 9 KOs), a Japanese footworker, over twelve. All the three competitive bouts will be shown by the same network named Nippon TV in Japan. (more…)
By Lee Bates
As if losing to IBF bantamweight champion Joseph Agbeko (27-1, 22 KOs) Saturday night wasn’t enough to think about, unified IBF/WBC/WBA 115lb champion Vic Darchinyan (32-2-1, 26 KOs) will soon have to let the IBF know if he will either defend his IBF junior bantamweight title or vacate it. Darchinyan’s IBF junior bantamweight belt was not on the line as he challenged champion Agbeko for his title. The mandatory challenger for the IBF junior bantamweight title is Simphiwe Nongqayi (15-0, 6 KOs) of South Africa. Nongquayi’s biggest win to date is his 12 round IBF title eliminator decision victory over Francisco Arce (younger brother of Jorge) this past February.
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