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By Brady Crytzer
Former lightweight world champion and still unbeaten junior welterweight contender Paul Spadafora (44-0-1, 18 KO) is planning a possible return this September against former WBC, IBF super featherweight champion Erik Morales (49-6, 34 KO). “We planned on fighting him in July until he had to back out after an injury,” Mike Acri, longtime promoter of Spadafora commented. “The fight was scheduled to take place in Tijuana, but if everything goes as planned we’ll be fighting him on September 11th.”
By Dave Baggs at ringside
Neven Pajkic retained his Canadian heavyweight title with a lopsided unanimous decision victory over national champion Greg Kielsa moments ago at Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario. Scores of the bout read 100-90, 99-91 and 99-91 all in favor of the undefeated Toronto heavyweight. Pajkic (13-0, 5KOs) was the stronger of the two throughout the contest, keeping Kielsa tentative amd backpeddling. Pajkic appeared to have dropped Kielsa (11-2, 5KOs) in round 8, clubbing the Polish fighter with a right hook to the ear and buckling his knees. The ropes held up the clearly hurt Kielsa however the action continued without acknowledgement of the clear knockdown. In the end, it didnt matter as Pajkic would dominate the bout from beginning to end. (more…)
Teenage sensation Patrick “Tiger” Mendy broke all Prizefighter records on his way to winning the super middleweight title at York Hall, Bethnal Green on Wednesday night. The nineteen-year old from Maidenhead entered the tournament as the youngest ever boxer to fight in the competition an wasted little time in making further history after he stopped Dudley’s Sam Horton after just one minute and 26 seconds into their fight – the quickest win in the competition’s 13 nights to date. Mendy wasn’t finished there though and after holding off a spirited Daniel Cadman in the semi-final to gain a unanimous points win, he repeated that result in the final against Sheffield-based Northampton fighter Paul David to lift the trophy and pocket the £32,000 winner’s check. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
American referee Mark Nelson will be the third man in the ring when Mexican WBA superflyweight world champion Hugo Cazarez artida (31-6-2, 22 KOs) and countryman WBA challenger Everardo ¨Zihua¨ Morales (34-14-2, 23 KOs) meet at Centro de Convenciones, Tlalnepantla, Estado de México,on Saturday July 3. The three judges are Octavio Rodriguez (Panama), Ricardo Duncan (Panama) and Carla Caiz (USA). The fight supervisor is Francisco Piña (Colombia).
By Boxing Bob Newman
As former WBC and IBF Light Flyweight champion Brian Viloria makes his final preparations for his comeback fight against two-time world title challenger Omar “Lobito” Soto next Saturday, July 10 at Yñares Sports Arena, Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines, the former champ and his chief second Ruben Gomez spoke with Fightnews moments ago. Said Gomez, “Brian has had a really good camp. We know we have a good opponent in front of us, so we take nothing for granted. We put in a lot of hard work and it will show on July tenth. Former WBA Super Middleweight champ Frankie Liles has been added to the team and that experience in the corner will help.” (more…)
Preview by Brady Crytzer
It’s a like a scene from the Edward Norton remake of The Hulk. The massive Incredible Hulk charging full bore into the earth-shaking Abomination.
On Saturday, July 3 the biggest heavyweight MMA battle of all time will rattle the Vegas Strip as UFC World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar takes on interim titlist Shane “The Monster” Carwin . . . Click here for more
Undefeated welterweight Mike Jones, of Philadelphia, was given a citation from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives proclaiming June 28, 2010 as “Mike Jones Day” at the Newtown (PA) Athletic Club, his training site for several weeks prior to his fights. The proclamation was presented to him by Adrianne Sellers, legislative assistant to Pennsylvania State Representative Steve Santarsiero. Jones, who is ranked the #2 welterweight by the WBO behind champion Manny Pacquiao, has been preparing for his July 9 fight when he defends his NABA and NABO titles against Irving Garcia at Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall. (more…)
Photo: Eroll Popova
Fighters headlining Saturday’s “Universum Champons Night” event worked out for a large crowd of thrilled fight fans on Wednesday at the SportScheck super store in Stuttgart, Germany. Former world cruiserweight champion and local favorite Firat Arslan (29-4-1, 18 KOs), WBA #3 rated Steve Herelius (19-1-1, 11 KOs), unbeaten WBC/WIBF/WBO female featherweight champion Ina Menzer (26-0, 10 KOs), challenger Jeannine Garside (9-3-1, 4 KOs), Olympic heavyweight gold medalist Rachim Tschachkijew (5-0, 5 KOs) and unbeaten super middleweight “Golden Jack” Culcay (3-0, 2 KOs), the 2009 amateur world champion gave a taste of what is to come inside the ring at the Porsche Arena. (more…)
Oscar De La Hoya, president of Golden Boy Promotions, and Richard Schaefer, CEO, hosted a teleconference today to talk about the stacked undercard to the Juan Manual Marquez – Juan Diaz II PPV-televised card, July 31 from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The three televised bouts preceding the main event features: Daniel “The Golden Child” Jacobs vs. Russian Dmitry Pirog for the vacant WBO middleweight crown; Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero vs. Joel “El Cepillo” Casamayor; and Jorge “El Niño De Oro” Linares vs. Rocky Juarez.
“This card here is the best we’ve ever done,” said Schaefer. “We wanted to live up to what we promised when we announced the card. We also don’t want this to be a standalone, but wanted to start a trend. We hope this is the first of many steps in the right direction.”
“Every fighter on the card is in a do-or-die situation,” said De La Hoya. “The winners will move on. Any one of these fights can be a candidate for ‘Fight of the Year’, not just the main event.” (more…)
Welterweight contender Mark Melligen of the Philippines will wear a ”I Love Cebu” shirt when he hits Reno tomorrow. He has come a long way for his fight for a Top Rank Live! fight card at the Grand Sierra Resort on Saturday, July 3. Melligen has been training for weeks to take on Anges Adjaho of Geneva, N.Y. in the opening televised bout. Melligen was born and raised in Bacolod City in the Phillippines. He now living and training in Cebu. “There are 7,016 islands – and you can add one more when the tide goes out – in the Philippines,” said chief trainer Tony Martin. “Mark takes a ferry to go from Bacolod to Cebu. He trains there for weeks, then comes to the United States and does his finishing work with me in Las Vegas.” (more…)
Impressively starting off his professional career with three first round knockouts, sensational super bantamweight prospect Randy Caballero and his growing army of fans head to the Citizens Business Bank ARENA in Ontario, California, this Friday night, July 2nd for his next bout. (more…)
Former WBA cruiserweight champion Firat Arslan returns to the ring on Saturday in a bid to regain the interim version of his former title against Steve Herelius at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart. In this interview, the ex-champ talks about the severe injury he is returning from and this all-or-nothing fight. “In the ring there are no excuses,” he proclaims. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Hard-hitting Japan-based American, Charlie Ota (AKA Charles Bellamy; (14-1-1, 10 KOs), 153.73, impressively kept his OPBF super welter belt as he came off the canvas in the first round and swept all rounds from the second session on to earn a split but well-received decision over previously unbeaten Australian southpaw, WBA #12 King Davidson (12-1, 6 KOs), 153, over twelve heats on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. The official tallies were as follows: Thai referee Nopparat Sricharoen 118-109 (identical to this reporter’s score), judge Kazunobu Asao (Japan) 117-110, both for Ota, and judge Brian McMahon (Australia) 115-114 for Davidson. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine (39-3, 23 KOs) controlled the action in the contest with Carlos Adan Jerez (30-12-3, 16 KOs) of Argentina in all the rounds to capture the vacant WBA International junior middleweight title at the Entertainment Center, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on Wednesday. Jerez came to fight but Mundine found the range for his accurate left jab which kept his shorter opponent off balance consistently. At the conclusion scores were 118-110, 118-110, 120-109.
Mundine said, “I felt strong tonight at 154 pounds. I got stronger in the later rounds.” WBO #7 Ryan Waters was in center ring aftward and challenged Mundine, prompting a scuffle between the two men. Mundine has stated he is after the best 154 pounders in the world including WBA champion Miguel Cotto. (more…)
As the world prepares for the greatest heavyweight title fight of the past two decades, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® made a stunning announcement today that will undoubtedly have a global impact. UFC President Dana White confirmed that vuvuzelas, pesky noise makers used infamously by South African fans at this year’s World Cup, have been banned at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas this Saturday. (more…)
Story by Gerardo Martinez
Photos by J. L. Castillo
The last hurricane that landed in the Duke City to fight Holly Holm was Melissa “Huracan” Hernandez, and she disappeared as quick as a New York minute. And we all know what happened after that. Promoter Lenny Fresquez assured the press that Canadian-born “Hurricane,” Jaime Clampitt would not be skipping out on her August 6 appointment with Holm . . . Click here for more
Roy M. Burchfield – father of promoter Jimmy Burchfield – passed away June 27th. Mr. Burchfield, 85, was a World War II Navy Veteran and was a general manager in the auto industry for many years. Mr. Burchfield will be laid to rest today at the St. Francis Cemetery in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Edwards Food and Wellness Center, 997 Branch Avenue, Providence, RI 02904. FightNews expresses our heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the Burchfield family and friends. You may express your condolences at pontarellimarinofunerals.com.
Florida. A couple years ago. Before rebooting his mixed martial arts career in his native New Jersey, Kurt Pellegrino was living and training in Florida, and just happened to run into someone who would change his outlook on a lot of things relating to life and his run towards a UFC lightweight title . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
Olympians, boxing champions, TV personalities and fans are set to pack the Grand Theatre of Reno’s Grand Sierra Resort Saturday, July 3 for a night of high-powered, live boxing to commemorate the “Fight of the Century.” (more…)
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