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By Lee Bates
A bout between former two-division world champion Joan Guzman (29-0, 17 KOs) and former world title challenger Ali Funeka (30-2-2, 25 KOs) has been sanctioned and approved by the IBF for the two to battle for the vacant lightweight title. A date and site of the fight will be revealed once the bout is finalized. Guzman, who recently signed with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions, last fought in December 2008 in his native Dominican Republic where he won a unanimous decision over Ameth Diaz in an IBF title eliminator. Funeka last fought in February of this year where he dropped a close majority decision loss to Nate Campbell. Campbell was stripped of his title prior to the bout for coming in over the lightweight limit, leaving the title vacant. Fernando Angulo (22-5, 14 KOs) and Yuri Romanov (21-2, 14 KOs) were scheduled to have fought for the vacant title this past weekend but the word is that Romanov had trouble securing his visa to enter into the United States in time for the bout.
Former WBC lightweight champion David Diaz will face off against two time world champion Jesus Chavez in the ten round main event at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion on Saturday, September 26th, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions. “We’re thrilled to be present this terrific bout between these two Chicago champions,” said Pesoli. “David is incredibly popular here in Chicago , his win over Morales was fought in front of 10,000 local fight fans. Jesus has fought all over the world but never in Chicago where he was raised. He’s always wanted to come back and fight here and has expressed to me how much this means to him.” (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
After being a bloody scene of local conflicts and military activities for more over than fifteen years, Chechen capital Grozny will soon welcome its first major boxing event in almost seventeen years since 1992. Tonight K2 East Promotions, the leading Ukrainian boxing company under the guidance of Klitschko brothers, has proudly announced their next pugilistic tournament, which will take place at “Dynamo” Palace of Sports, Grozny, in just a week, on the 15th of August. Not surprisingly, headlining the show is the WBA #10 and WBC #15 light middleweight Zaurbek Baysangurov (21-1, 16 KOs), 24, the resident of Kiev, Ukraine, and the proud native of Achhoy-Martan, Chechnya. (more…)
The student body for Fight Promoter University VI just got a little more interesting as former world super welterweight champion Fernando Vargas along with two associates enrolled for the August 13-16 session of Fight Promoter University, it was announced today by FPU founder Roy Englebrecht. “I have talked to Fernando several times over the past 10 months, and he really wants to become a successful fight promoter,” said Englebrecht. Vargas joins a FPU VI group that also sees future promoters coming from as far as Japan and Austria, along with a number of states. FPU VI commences at the Irvine Marriott on the afternoon of Thursday, August 13th, with graduation the afternoon of Sunday, August 16th. There are still a few openings. Go to www.fightpromoteruniversity.com for information and application form.
WBA Super-Middleweight Champion Mikkel Kessler (41-1, 31 KOs) has vowed not to underestimate mandatory challenger Gusmyl Perdomo (16-2, 10 KOs). The duo came face-to-face for the first time today during the official press conference at the MCH Herning in Denmark. They will meet in the ring again on September 12, with SHOWTIME airing the fight on a special Saturday primetime edition of ShoBox: The New Generation at 10 p.m. ET/PT (same day tape delay). “I am thrilled to be fighting in my home country and I am glad the fans in the U.S. will have the chance to watch,” Kessler said. “I cannot wait to be back in the ring. Obviously, there is much more at stake than just the WBA Super-Middleweight Title.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican superstar Juan Manuel Márquez has passed a twelve round endurance test on Monday at the La Romanza Gym in Mexico City. Wearing eight-ounce gloves, Márquez sparred with Roberto Norris (Cuba), Tony Fernandez (Panama), Alejandro Barrera (Mexico) and Juan Montiel (Mexico). Trainer “Nacho” Beristain has been putting Márquez through a hard training regimen as he prepares for his September 19 fight with Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas. Márquez, is the current WBA and WBO lightweight world champion and the fight against Mayweather will be at 144-145 pounds, although the official contract weight of the fight is not being announced.
WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto had his first day of training for his ‘Firepower’ super fight against Manny Pacquiao on November 14. Miguel began his training camp in the Abner “Pin” Cotto Boxing Gym in Aguas Buenas. He will be training three days a week to establish a pre-training condition until his physical trainer Phil Landman arrives in Puerto Rico on August 22 to begin full training sessions on Monday, August 24.
Countdown To UFC® 101 Premieres Tonight At 11pm ET/PT On Spike . . . Don’t miss UFC® 101: Declaration Live This Saturday Night On Pay-Per-View and Yahoo! Sports . . . UFC.com – Sadollah’s Post-TUF Journey Restarts At UFC® 101 . . . Tickets On Sale Now For WEC®: Torres Vs Bowles – Sunday, August 9 in Las Vegas (more…)
World Extreme Cagefighting® proudly confirms the remaining bouts of an exciting card headed to Youngstown, OH on Sept. 2. In addition to the interim lightweight title bout pitting Donald Cerrone against Ben Henderson, fans at the Covelli Centre will be treated to fights featuring many of the best lighter weight fighters in the world.
“This card features some of the fastest-rising stars in the sport,” WEC General Manager Reed Harris said. “WEC continually delivers fight cards that are among the year’s best. This one will absolutely deliver.” (more…)
Former WBA super welterweight champion “Tremendous” Travis Simms will headline an August 29 boxing card at the Radisson Hotel in Columbia, South Carolina. Simms will be making his third appearance since losing his WBA title against Joachime Alcine. The show will also feature undefeated rising star Chris “ The Irish Ghost” Fitzpatrick (7-0), undefeated female Angel “Non-Stop” Gladney, four-time Golden Gloves champion Jared Robinson and heavyweight Joseph Rabotte. The Palmetto Boxing event will include a fan base of military and civilian patrons from areas that include South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina and Florida. For more information call 803-413-7129.
By Jose Reyes
Legendary Boxing Hall of Famer and senior advisor for Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions Don Chargin has signed the Rio Grande Valley’s unbeaten super lightweight Humberto “Tito” Trinidad Ramos (10-0, 7 KOs) to a promotional contract under the Don Chargin Productions banner. Ramos has kept himself unbeaten despite not having fought as an amateur. “I saw the film of him working out and I couldn’t figure out how this kid has gotten this far without any amateur experience and the more I looked at him the better he looked to me,” said Don Chargin about Ramos. (more…)
Top trainer Roger Mayweather, uncle of Floyd Mayweather, has been arrested and charged with coercion with force and battery strangulation. Las Vegas Metro Police arrested Mayweather on Sunday after the top trainer and former fighter attacked one of his former boxers, Melissa St. Vil.
St. Vil had just gotten back to Las Vegas from Las Cruces, N.M., where she had scored an upset win over local favorite Jennifer Han. St. Vil had been training under Mayweather until about three months ago, when she changed camps. According to the Metro police report, she terminated her agreement with Roger because he had been harassing and following her around.
On Sunday, he showed up at her apartment. St. Vil says Mayweather hit her several times in the ribs, then tried to strangle her. When police arrived, she was coughing and spitting blood. Mayweather was arrested and is facing serious charges.
By Lee Bates
The highly anticipated rematch between unbeaten WBO light flyweight champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon (32-0-1, 6 KOs) of Puerto Rico and 3 time world title challenger Rodel Mayol of the Phillipines (25-3-1, 19 KOs) is now official and will take place September 12. The event titled “Undefeated Champions”, will take place at the Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico and is being promoted by PR Best Boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera). Neither Calderon nor Mayol have fought since their bout this past June at the Madison Square Garden. The fight 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…)
Former WBA junior welterweight champion “Vicious” Vivian Harris (29-3-1, 19 KOs) has signed a promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions. A date and opponent for Harris’ first bout with Golden Boy Promotions will be announced shortly.
Longtime New England boxing promoters, Jimmy Burchfield and Rich Cappiello, have joined forces and pooled their resources under Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES) banner. Burchfield, operating out of Providence, RI for the past quarter-century, and the Brockton, MA-based Cappiello have been the two most dominant boxing promoters in New England for the past 15 years. (more…)
Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former WBA light heavyweight champion Danny” The Green Machine” Green (26-3, 23 KO’s) departed Sydney airport today bound for the USA and will challenge for the vacant IBO cruiserweight title against Julio Cesar Dominguez (20-4-1, 14 KOs) at the Gulf Coast Arena in Biloxi, Mississippi on August 15. Green is having his second comeback bout after a brief retirement after he captured the WBA light heavyweight title by scoring a shutout decision over Stipe Drews in 2007. On the same card in Biloxi, boxing great Roy Jones Jr. (53-5, 39 KOs) will clash with Jeff Lacy (25-2, 17 KOs) with the WBO NABO light heavyweight title up for grabs. Green appeared on Channel nine television Sports program on Sunday in Sydney and stated that if Roy Jones defeats Lacy and he defeats Dominguez, a mega bout between Green and Jones will happen in Australia in November. (more…)
Former unified lightweight champion and current jr. welterweight contender Nate Campbell released the following statement exclusively to Fightnews.com regarding the result of Saturday night’s WBO championship bout against Timothy Bradley:
“First of all, I want to let everyone know that I am OK. There is no permanent damage to my retina. I was taken from ringside to the hospital, and was treated for what they called a vitreous hemorrhage behind my left eye. The ophthalmologist that treated me at the hospital advised me that the impairment to the vision in my left eye should clear up completely within a few days to a week at most. Never in my career have I had an injury like this where I simply couldnt see out of an eye. I’ve had cuts 100 times worse than this that I fought through, and would have done the same in this instance, however this was something different. This was not something my cutman could have dealt with. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former world super middleweight challenger Sam “King” Soliman (35-11, 13 KOs) will return to ring action when he will clash with Thailands Sintung Kietbusaba (11-6, 10 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Peninsula, Shed 14 Central Pier in Docklands, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on August 16. IBF and IBO Regional titles will be up for grabs. This is Soliman’s first fight since dropping a controversial decision to Anthony Mundine in a WBA 168 pound challenge in 2008. Punch stats later revealed that Soliman had outscored Mundine in there twelve round bout. Soliman has scored many of his best victories in the USA when he outpointed world rated middleweights Enrique Ornelas in 2007, Fernando Zuniga in 2005 and Raymond Joval in 2004. The fight that lifted Soliman’s profile was when he dropped a controversial decision to Ronald Winky Wright in 2005. Punch stats in that fight also had Soliman outscoring Wright. (more…)
Billy “Loops” Luppert at Ringside; Photos by Emily Harney
Call it The Rematch. Call it Rounds 13-24. Call it whatever you want. One thing was for sure. After 24 rounds of boxing each other, it really is hard to call either fighter the dominant one over the other. On Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena, in Uncasville, CT, Isaac Hlatshwayo won a twelve round split decision over Delvin Rodriguez and claimed the vacant IBF belt in doing so. Scores of the bout were 116-113, 116-112, and 113-115. (More)
“Boxing” Bob at Ringside; Photos by Emily Harney
A capacity crowd was treated to a night of fisticuffs this past Friday at Saratoga City Center in scenic Saratoga Springs , NY as Lisa Elovich of Pugnacious Promotions presented the annual “Night of Future Champions!” Headlining the card was the battle for the New York State heavyweight title between champ Darrell Madison and hard-hitting challenger Nagy Aguilera. (More)
FightNews has learned that the heavyweight showdown between WBC champion Vitali Klitschko and “The Nightmare” Christobal Arreola is a done deal for September 26 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. According to sources close to the situation a press conference will be held next week to officially announce the bout. Klitschko, who won the WBC belt last year after a four-year absence from the ring, will make the second defense of his title. He last fought in March, stopping Juan Carlos Gomez in nine rounds. Arreola is currently the number one WBC contender. His last bout was a devastating knock-out win over Jameel McCline in April.
Steve Smith of Rumble Time Promotions presents “It’s On!” at the Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, Missouri on Saturday, August 22nd. Headlining “It’s On!” is native son Deandre “The Bull” Latimore (19-2, 16 KOs) who makes his return to the ring after his controversial split decision loss for the then-vacant IBF jr middleweight title to hometown hero Cory Spinks in April. “‘It’s On!’ features the best fighters from the St. Louis area,” said Smith. “It will be the most exciting boxing shows the city has seen in some time!” (more…)
Living legend Roy “Captain Hook” Jones, Jr. is a Pensacola icon and 100 miles down the Gulf Coast in Biloxi, where he headlines the August 15th “Hook City” pay per view against former 2-time world champion Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy, the 8-time world champion is unbeaten in three previous fights there and nearly as popular as he is back home . . . Click here for more
It wasn’t aimed at UFC star Forrest Griffin, but Oscar Wilde once said: “Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is.” . . Click here for more by Elliot Worsell, UFC
The UFC makes its Philadelphia debut on Saturday, August 8 with UFC 101: Declaration. In the main event, the two best 155-pound fighters in the world finally meet when UFC lightweight champion BJ Penn looks to defend his crown against number one contender Kenny Florian. UFC 101: Declaration – Saturday, August 8th, live on Pay-Per-View from the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Click here for more info
By Alexey Potapov
Former WBO heavyweight champion Sultan Ibragimov (22-1-1, 17 KOs) has given an exclusive interview to Fightnews.com in which he told us he is not leaving boxing as had been reported. He also said he will be self-managed and will stop working with trainer Jeff Mayweather.
Sultan by now many people have read the reports. Are you officially retiring?
“I am not leaving boxing, nor did I consider leaving. Claims from my promoters that I shall leave boxing are false. They have no right to speak such words about me retiring. I will make that decision instead of them.” (more…)
By Robert Coster
It has been officially announced by promoter Fausto Daniel Garcia that WBC light flyweight champion Edgar Sosa will put his title on the line against challenger Omar Soto of Puerto Rico on September 12th in Tuxtla, Chiappas, Mexico. The popular Sosa (36-5,20 KOs) will be making his tenth title defense against the WBC #5 ranked Soto (14-3-1, 6 KOs) and has hinted that he will be stepping up to the flyweight division next year. At least four regional title fights will be included on the card.
By Alexey Sukachev
Russian welterweight Marat Khuzeev (18-4-1, 7 KOs) is planning a high game on August 8, when he takes on 19-year old unbeaten 147lb sensation Saul Alvarez (27-0-1, 20 KOs) from Juancatlan, Mexico. The fight between the WBC #4 and WBO #5 Alvarez and 28-year old Khuzeev is scheduled for ten rounds, billed for the vacant WBC Youth title and will be held at Auditorio Benito Juarez in Zapopan, Mexico. (more…)
Ringside report by Francisco Salazar
Photos by ‘Big’ Joe Miranda
Timothy Bradley left the ring on Saturday night as the winner of his world title bout against Nate Campbell. The real question might be how long the outcome will stand . . . Click here for full report and photo gallery
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
A crowd of over 3,000 fans at the Sovereign Bank Stadium in York, Pa., went home happy on Saturday after local featherweight sensation Carney “Beeper” Bowman (14-0, 6 KOs) scored a picture perfect third round knockout over game Dominican Delvin Placencia (15-2, 6 KOs) in the eight round main event of the evening on “The Battle of York 4,” promoted by TKO Boxing Promotions . . . Click here for more
John Howard is very happy to be here. By ‘here’ his spatial location is not what is being referenced; no, Mr. Howard – on the eve of his second appearance in the Octagon – still remains elated that he is actually in the UFC. A tumultuous environment and a lucky encounter at the most unexpected place fueled the journey to the hallowed sports threshold, and a still beaming Howard seems to never want his enamored state to dissipate . . Click here for more by Rhett Butler, UFC
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