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Unbeaten junior welterweight Victor Cayo (23-0, 14 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over former two-time lightweight world champion Julio Diaz (36-6, 26 KOs) on Friday night at the Seminole Hard Rock LIVE Arena in Hollywood, FL. The unothodox style of the quicker, younger Cayo, fighting with his hands held low, gave Diaz problems all night. Cayo rocked Diaz several times, and went on to win by scores of 97-93, 96-94, 98-92. Cayo dedicated the fight to his former trainer Rudy Pena who passed away earlier this week.
Heavyweight Derric Rossy (22-2, 12 KOs) easily boxed his way to a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Carl Davis Drumond (26-2, 20 KOs). Rossy was in command all the way against Drumond, who was never able to mount much offense. Scores were 99-91 on all cards. Rossy took the bout on late notice. Disappointing performance for Drumond, who had challenged Ruslan Chagaev for the WBA world title in his previous fight.
In an off-TV fight, Cuban Olympian Luis Franco looked sharp as he won his pro debut by first round TKO against Leroy Padilla. Franco is trained by Orlando Cuellar.
Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former amateur champion Greg Eadie (8-0, 4 KOs) stopped Brendan Batty (15-19, 11 KOs) in front of a full house in round three to capture the vacant Australian 130 pound title on Friday at the Hilton Hotel in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Eadie was cut early but took control of the action in round one and in round three dropped his opponent. Shortly after the referee saved the veteran from further punishment when the towel came into the ring from Batty’s corner.Eadie is the son of former welterweight star of the 1970’s, Ross Eadie, who battled Aussie great Hector Thompson in three savage encounters. Thompson went eight rounds in the world lightweight title bout against the great Roberto Duran and also against world 140 pound champion Antonio Cervantes with both fights being in Panama City. On the undercard: world heavyweight contender Alex Lepai (16-3-3, 12 KOs) was awarded a majority draw against 6′1, 240 pound, Japanese Masataka Takehara (6-3-2, 2 KOs) in a six round contest. Scores were 59-57 Leapai and 57-57 and 57-57. The Japanese is coming off a loss via decision to Brian Fitzgerald last Friday. 6′0 and 245 pound WBO #14 Lepai is trained by Noel Thornberry and was born in Samoa and is based in Australia. The promoter and matchmaker is Steve Dellar.
Billy Lyell 158 vs. Chris Overbey 157.6
Joey Myers 148.2 vs. Dezi Ford 149
Julius Jackson 196 vs. Jason Pettaway 206
Venue: Appalchian Power Park, Charleston, WV
Promoter: Simons Promotions
Delvin Rodriguez 147 vs. Isaac Hlatshwayo 146.25
(Vacant IBF welterweight championship)
Demetrius Andrade 153.75 vs. Chad Greenleaf 153.75
Tarvis Simms 167.25 vs. Marcus Upshaw 162.25
Raymond Serrano 149 vs. Jessie Davis – 150
Yathomas Riley 175.5 vs. Tiwon Taylor 180
Maureen Shea 126.25 Vs. Lindsay Garbatt 128
Dominic DeSanto 136 Vs. Eliud Torres 136
Venue: Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT
Promoter: Star Boxing
The next fight card at Club Nokia at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles is set for August 27th with bantamweight Abner Mares (18-0, 11 KOs), currently ranked in the top five by the WBO and IBF, headlining against an opponent to be named. He will be joined by fellow Los Angeles-area fighter David Rodela (13-1-3, 6 KOs) will do battle in the co-feature against TBA. Tickets are $28-$65. Call 1-800-745-3000.
Through 17 professional fights, Daniel “The Golden Child” Jacobs has passed all of his tests with flying colors, winning each bout impressively against increasingly tougher opposition. On August 22nd, at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, Jacobs will face his stiffest challenge to date when he battles veteran Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith in a ten rounder for the NABO middleweight title. In the main event, former unified lightweight champion and Houston hero Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz takes on former 140-pound world titleholder Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi while the co-featured bout sees heavy-handed Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero challenge for a world title in a second weight class when he takes on IBF junior lightweight champion Malcolm Klassen. All three bouts will air on HBO Boxing After Dark.
On Friday afternoon boxing fans and local media met with Central Pennsylvania fighters Carney Bowman, Eric Nemo and Stevie Weimer just one day ahead of “THE BATTLE OF YORK 4”. The press conference took place at the site of the event, the Sovereign Bank Baseball Stadium, home of the York Revolution. “THE BATTLE OF YORK 4”, presented by Chet Koerner’s TKO BOXING Promotions, is set for Saturday night, August 1st. Doors open at 4pm with the first bell at 5pm. Seven professional bouts will be preceded by five amateur fights. For more details and photos click here…
Timothy Bradley 139 vs Nate Campbell 138.5
(WBO junior welterweight championship)
Junior Witter 139 vs Devon Alexander 138.5
(WBC junior welterweight championship)
Venue: Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Promoter: Gary Shaw
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By Ron Jackson
Former South African and WBC International flyweight champion Nkqubela Gwazela will have his second crack at winning the SA bantamweight title when he meets Klaas Mboyane for the vacant crown at the Orient Theatre in East London on Sunday afternoon. The title became vacant when Simphiwe Vetyeka won the vacant IBO bantamweight belt at Emperors Palace earlier this month. The southpaw Mboyane (10-6-2, 6 KOs) has a rather patchy record but has shown better form and fitness since joining trainer Gert Strydom earlier this year. On July 3 this year he won the Gauteng bantamweight title when he knocked out the previously unbeaten prospect Cleutus Mbhele in the fourth round. Mboyane was very active in 2008 scoring wins over Siyabulela Ziqula, Bongani Siwisa, Tshepo Mofokeng and Mbhele. He lost to Simon Ngodhi, Abmerk Shindjuu and Tendai Munyai and fought to a draw with Unathi Gqokoma. (more…)
By Anthony Springer Jr.
In a stunning announcement, Tito Ortiz has resigned with the UFC, according to UFC president Dana White. The news marks the end of a bitter back and forth feud between the two men that culminated in Ortiz losing to current UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida at UFC 84. During the outset of the press conference Dana White spoke on the situation with Fedor Emelianenko, saying the company did “everything we could” to get the Russian inside the cage. “We tried everything we could possibly do to get Fedor in the UFC. We went above and beyond.”
The addition of the charismatic Ortiz quickly overshadowed the news that one of the world’s best heavyweights would not be entering the Octagon. “Tito Ortiz is still the guy fans want to see fight. He’s ready to compete in the 205 pound division and he’s ready to take a shot at the title.” Asked about the highly publicized bad blood between himself and the fan favorite fighter, White responded: “Tito and I have put our differences aside and we are ready to move forward.”
Ortiz is likely to return before the end of the year. White says Ortiz’ first opponent could be Mark “The Hammer” Coleman, though the “Godfather of Ground and Pound” has not officially been approached about the fight. “Mark Coleman doesn’t turn down too many fights,” White said of the former UFC heavyweight champion.
Ortiz remains confident about his prospects in MMA and put the rest of the 205-pound division on notice. “The last three champions I beat or almost submitted. Me at 100%, I’m going to get my world title again.”
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By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
World rated junior middleweight Ryan Waters (16-2-1, 10 KOs) stopped Shannon McMahon (16-4-1, 6 KOs) at the end of round eight at the Cronulla Leagues Club in Cronulla, NSW, Australia on Friday. The aggressive WBO #11 Waters was in control of most of the round and slowly chopped down his opponent. The ringside doctor ruled the Melbourne boxer unfit to continue at the conclusion of round eight. Waters was defending the WBO Oriental title. World class Grange Gym 154 pounder, Robert Medley (24-2), is chasing a bout with Waters. Medley’s manager Bill Treacy said. “We are confident that Medley will defeat Ryan Waters and are hopeful he will accept the challenge. World rated WBA #3 and IBF #13 Daniel Dawson is also on our radar.” Promoter: Left Hook Promotions. Matchmaker: Pat Kennedy.
By Brett Bonetti at ringside
Australian Heavyweight Mark “The Dominator” de Mori (16-1-1, 14 KOs) impressively knocked out New Zealand’s Kevin “King Kong” Karusa (1-2-0, 1 KO) in Round 5 on Friday night in the Main Event of the Australia vs New Zealand professional boxing card at The WA Italian Club in Perth Western Australia. de Mori came out strong and immediately started landing shots while continually moving around the ring. Karusa was tiring and it all ended 1:13 into Round Five after de Mori landed several hard punches that dropped Karusa for the full ten count. Mark de Mori is signed by Don King. Mark will be straight back in the gym to prepare for his next fight in September for Don King against an opponent to be named.
Undefeated super middleweight Andre “S.O.G.” Ward will share the stage with his first Super Six World Boxing Classic™ opponent Mikkel “Viking Warrior” Kessler on a special Saturday primetime edition of ShoBox: The New Generation, on SHOWTIME. Ward (19-0, 12 KOs) will tangle with Shelby Pudwill (22-3-1, 9 KOs) of McGlauglin, S.D., in a 10-round super middleweight scrap live from Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, Calif., on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The Ward fight will air immediately following Kessler’s WBA super middleweight mandatory title defense against No. 1 ranked Gusmyl Perdomo (16-2, 10 KOs) of Turmero, Venezuela, which will air on same day tape delay from MCH Messecenter Herning – Herning, Denmark. (more…)
Veteran Lenin Arroyo has stepped in to replace Ben Tackie against unbeaten Mike Jones on Saturday evening, Aug. 8, at Bally’s Atlantic City. At stake in the scheduled 10-round contest will be Jones’ world ranking and his North American Boxing Association (NABA) title. Medical issues KOd the 36-year-old Tackie , himself a late replacement for Jones’ original foe, Larry Mosley, who backed out last weekend after poison from a growth on his face got into the fighter’s bloodstream, necessitating surgery. “It’s been a frustrating year for Mike,” said Hall-of-Fame promoter J Russell Peltz. “Mosley canceled out on him in March with a back injury and Mike had to cancel out on Mosley in June with his own medical issues. In this case, the third time was not the charm. (more…)
Dessa, an award-winning entertainer from the Philippines, will sing the Philippines National Anthem at Top Rank’s ‘Pinoy Power 2′ which features ‘Filipino Flash’ Nonito Donaire against Rafael Concepcion. Lupang Hiniran is the national anthem of the Philippines. Its music was composed in 1898 by Julian Felipe, with lyrics in Spanish adapted from the poem Filipinas, written by Jose Palma in 1899.
Nonito Donaire will wind up his training in early August at the Top Rank gym in Las Vegas. Concepcion has been training in Panama. Concepcion and his team will arrive into Las Vegas on Sunday, August 9. Both will be at Top Rank’s final press conference on Wednesday, August 12 at the Hard Rock.
Featherweight challenger Bernabe Concepcion of the Philippines has been training at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, Ca. to get set for his title bout against Steven Luevano of LaPuente, Ca. Bernabe is trained by Freddie Roach, Luevano by Robert Garcia. “Freddie Roach is the #1 trainer in boxing today,” said Garcia. “This is my first time in a fight against him. I’m working very hard with Steven and I think this result will also reflect how I am doing as a trainer. This is why this is such a very important fight.” Luevano vs. Concepcion will be in the ring just before the Donaire vs Concepcion fight on Top Rank’s Pinoy Power 2 on August 15.
“With all due respect to the Brazilian authorities, we knew Arturo Gatti and we do not believe that he took his own life. Members of Arturo’s family, along with his boxing manager Pat Lynch, are conducting their own investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death. We believe that once the results of that investigation are revealed, the truth will come to light and justice will be done.” –Main Events
Roy “Big Roy” Jones Sr. is spending his second consecutive camp with Roy “Captain Hook” Jones Jr. in California, PA. Alton “Coach” Merkerson, Jones Jr’s long time trainer is still in camp, but Bog Roy is there to remind “Little Roy” of the skills he learned as a kid that made him the pound-for-pound best for a decade. Roy “Captain Hook” Jones Jr. faces Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy in “Hook City” on August 15 in Biloxi, MS. The event, presented by Square Ring Promotions in association with Left Hook Promotions and Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, will be broadcast live on pay-per-view . . . Click here for more
By Nick Giongco
Is Drian Francisco over-rated? The Filipino super-flyweight is unbeaten in 18 fights with 13 knockouts and one draw and is slated to face his first big-name opponent on Oct. 3 in the Philippines. Francisco has been penciled to battle former world light-flyweight king Roberto Vasquez of Panama in a 12-rounder for the World Boxing Association International 115-lb throne at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City, which is on the outskirts of the capital Manila. (more…)
TKO Boxing Promotions has announced details of an outstanding undercard to “The Battle of York 4” set for this Saturday night, August 1st at the Sovereign Bank Baseball Stadium, home of the York Revolution . . . Click here for more
On Saturday, August 8, 2009, BJ Penn returns to the Octagon to defend his lightweight championship against former title challenger and universally regarded top contender Kenny Florian. Anytime the sport pits one of its champions against the undisputed No. 1 contender it is a must-see event. When that champion is attempting to tie the record set by a bitter rival, things become that much more interesting. . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC
Julio Diaz 139.75 vs. Victor Cayo 139.75
Carl Drummond 237 vs. Derric Rossy 240.5
Donovon George 167 vs. Emmanuel Gonzalez 166.25
Luis Franco 127.5 vs. Leroy Padilla 131.5
Jonathan Gonzalez 146.75 vs. Jorge Barajas 146.5
Danny O’Connor 138.5 vs. James Helmes 139.75
Artur Szpilka 200 vs. Jeremy May 199
Venue: Hard Rock LIVE Arena, Hollywood, FL
Promoter: Seminole Warriors Boxing
By “Boxing” Bob Newman
In the world of boxing promoters, one would expect to see and hear big mouths and big egos, all belonging to men. Well Lisa Elovich embodies none of that. The upstate New Yorker is the only licensed female promoter in the State, and the CEO of Pugnacious Promotions. Elovich juggles her boxing endeavors along with two other important jobs – her legal career, and most importantly, full time mom. FightNews caught up with Elovich earlier this week prior to her “Night of Future Champions” show this Friday in scenic Saratoga, NY. (More)
By Karl Freitag
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (37-2, 36 KOs) will face WBC #1 rated Chris Arreola (27-0, 24 KOs) on September 26 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. “We are going the right direction but no contract has been signed yet,” Bernd Bönte, Managing Director of the Klitschko Management Group, confirmed to Fightnews.com earlier today. Klitschko was originally slated to face David Haye on September 12th in an outdoor megafight in Hamburg, Germany, however Haye instead opted to challenge WBA champion Nikolai Valuev.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
It was as quick a turn-around as you can get, known for being able to dramatically turn things around inside the ring, things turned a full 180 degrees in the investigation of the death of former two-time world champion Arturo Gatti Thursday as he was ruled to have committed suicide. His wife Amanda Rodrigues was freed from jail where she had been held in Brazil since July 12th as the only suspect in the death of the 37 year-old retired fighter. “It’s unbelievable,” Arturo’s brother and former pro fighter Joe Gatti told the CBC Thursday, “A kid like that shouldn’t go out like that, and now this.” (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Former world champions Freddie Norwood and Mike Anchondo were victorious on the debut of the monthy “Noche de Boxeo” series Thursday night at the El Monte Expo Center in El Monte, California. Former WBA featherweight champion Freddie Norwood (43-3-1, 23 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Jose Celaya. Norwood, who fought at the middleweight limit for this bout, scored a knockdown in the first round. Norwood mostly had Celaya (31-5, 16 KOs) on the defensive throughout the bout, although Celaya did have some of his moments. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Norwood, with scores of 78-73, 79-72, and 80-71.
Former WBO super featherweight champ Mike Anchondo (29-2, 19 KOs) won a six round majority decision over Octavio Narváez (7-5, 4 KOs). “Mighty Mike” won by scores of 58-57, 59-57 and 57-57 in a bout fought at welterweight poundage. (more…)
By Big Joe Miranda at ringside
Unbeaten featherweight Derrick Wilson (5-0-1, 2 KOs) upset highly touted and previously unbeaten Charles Huerta (11-1, 6 KOs) via explosive first round KO on Thursday night at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. The excitement started right away as Wilson and Huerta came out and immediately started trading shots. It ended after just 59 seconds when Wilson landed a left hook that dropped Huerta for the count.
In an off-TV super middleweight clash WBC #10 middleweight Enrique Ornelas (29-5, 19 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Roberto Baro (12-7, 9 KOs). The bout was waved off after Ornelas dropped Baro with a body shot. Time was 1:01. For more results and photos click here…
By “Boxing” Bob Newman
For welterweight contender Delvin Rodriguez, all the years of toil and heartache in the ring come down to twelve rounds this Saturday in front of his loyal Connecticut fans. On that night he’ll battle it out in a rematch with South African Isaac Hlatshwayo for the vacant IBF welterweight title at the Mohegan Sun Casino. Last November, Rodriguez traveled to South Africa to battle Hlatshwayo in an IBF eliminator to face then champion Joshua Clottey. The fight ended in an unsatisfactory draw. After Clottey was stripped of his belt for signing to fight WBO counterpart Miguel Cotto, the IBF mandated that Rodriguez and Hlatshwayo face each other again, this time with the title on the line. Rodriguez’ promoter Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing won the purse bid and therefore the hometown advantage this time around will go to Rodriguez who was born in the Dominican Republic and now fights out Danbury, CT. Earlier this week, Rodriguez took time out of his schedule to talk with Fightnews about his long awaited title shot, the first fight with Hlatshwayo, and his ill-fated, nationally televised USBA title match with fellow contender Oscar Diaz, just over a year ago on July 16, 2008, in which Diaz was seriously injured. (more…)
Atlanta Police have released surveillance video of the events preceding the murder of Vernon Forrest in hopes someone can identify the suspects.
The New York State heavyweight title will be on the line this Friday, July 31st, when Darrel Madison (13-1, 3 KOs) and Nagy Aguilera (13-1, 8 KOs) headline the “Night of Future Champions” event. The “Night of Future Champions” card – which is promoted by Lisa Elovich of Pugnacious Promotions – showcases exciting, young boxing prospects during the first weekend of world-class thoroughbred racing at Saratoga Springs. “I am so happy to host the New York State heavyweight championship fight on our annual Saratoga card,” said promoter Lisa Elovich. “The fans will be chomping at the bit to see all of the exciting local prospects, too. This is a card that no one will want to miss!” (more…)
Story by Rick Scharmberg
Nearly three years removed from his bout with the great Roy Jones, and over two years since his last fight, Prince Badi Ajamu (23-3-1, 15 KOs) is coming back. He will face journeyman DeAndrey Abron (15-5, 10 KOs) in a 12-round light heavyweight bout this Friday at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey . . . Click here for more
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