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Promoter Dino Duva of Duva Boxing says he was “shocked” to read that representatives of his undefeated welterweight prospect James De La Rosa (19-0, 12 KOs) are proclaiming the young fighter’s promotional free agency. “It is news to me that he’s a free agent,” revealed Duva. “I read his press release with disbelief. Duva Boxing and Cavazos Boxing have an exclusive promotional agreement with James De La Rosa and I don’t understand how they can claim to be a free agent. In fact, it’s my understanding that Cavazos Boxing have James scheduled for a fight in Texas in September or October.” Duva says he’s still 100% committed to De La Rosa’s career and wishes for a speedy resolution to the unexpected turn of events. “However, if we are not able to resolve this amicably immediately, and/or there’s something underhanded relating to this announcement, and someone has interfered with my contract, I will vigorously defend my position, challenge theirs legally and hold anyone responsible for damages incurred.”
DiBella Entertainment has inked unbeaten featherweight Luis Del Valle (5-0, 3 KOs). Del Valle joins Puerto Rican compatriots Kermit Cintron, Carlos Quintana and Joelo Torres in the DBE stable. “This is a market we are going to seriously tap into,” said DiBella. “Luis Del Valle showed how great he can be as an amateur, and is unquestionably one of the top prospects of Puerto Rican descent in the world. I look forward to steering him towards a world title, while continuing to keep and eye out for the best young talent of Puerto Rican ancestry.” Luis Del Valle’s next fight will be on the August 26 edition of Broadway Boxing at BB King Blues Club & Grill in the heart of Times Square.
Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES) has announced that it will promote three professional boxing cards, in three different states, within 10 days of each other in September. CES, in association with the State of New York, in conjunction with the International Boxing Hall of Fame, will run a show Wednesday, Sept. 2 at the New York State Fair in Syracuse. Two days later (Friday, Sept. 4), CES returns home to Twin River Event Center in Lincoln (RI) and a week after that show, (Friday, Sept. 11) “The Radisson Hotel Plymouth Harbor Fight Series” continues at Plymouth (MA) Memorial Hall. Fighters are TBA.
If the media members who participated in the SHOWTIME Media Prediction Poll have called it correctly then Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley will successfully defend his WBO 140-pound title against former unified lightweight champ Nate “The Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell. Bradley (24-0, 11 KOs) of North Palm Springs, Calif., will take on Campbell (33-5-1, 25 KOs), of Jacksonville, Fla., in a “homecoming” fight this Saturday, Aug. 1, live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING (9 p.m. ET/PT) from The Show at Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif., just minutes from where the champ grew up. The matchup is a tough one to call. Campbell, who is fighting for the first time at 140 pounds, is the more experienced fighter having more knockouts than Bradley has victories, but, Bradley is the younger, perhaps quicker fighter who has the benefit of competing in his backyard. One thing is for certain: Saturday’s main event on SHOWTIME is going to be one heck of a fight. Bradley, who voluntarily relinquished the WBC 140-pound belt to face Campbell, was the popular winner in the poll garnering 22 of the 28 predictions. Most predicted a decision victory for Bradley in his desert homecoming, while only a few reasoned the fight would end inside the 12 championship rounds.
In the first half of a world championship doubleheader, undefeated, No. 2-rated Devon Alexander “The Great’’ (18-0, 11 KOs), of St. Louis, will face No. 3 Junior Witter (37-2-2, 22 KOs), of England, for the WBC strap that Bradley voluntarily relinquished. Bradley originally won the WBC belt by defeating Witter on May 10, 2008 on SHOWTIME.
Detroit based heavyweight contender Leo Nolan (27-1, 10 KOs) is still recovering from his shooting on June 14th. In an incident eerily similar to the recent shooting death of former world champion Vernon Forrest, Nolan was exiting his car in front of a friend’s house, when a young male ran up and attempted to rob him. During this attempt, the male appeared to get very nervous and shot at Nolan, hitting him just above the left collarbone. Nolan was able to drive himself to the hospital. Due to the bullet being so close to the spinal cord, doctors were unwilling to risk surgery to remove the bullet. There still have not been any arrests made in this shooting. Nolan is slowly recovering from the shooting, still suffering from some loss of feeling in his left arm and hand. He is under the direct care of a doctor and physical therapist, and is hopeful for a full recovery. Nolan has also said he is heartbroken over the loss of Vernon Forrest and is grateful that his situation turned out differently.
By Francisco Salazar
Aside from his unbeaten record and world titles that he has accumulated throughout his professional career, Timothy Bradley is an intelligent young man. Intelligent enough to know that the dangers of the sport of boxing can reward a fighter or put them in a hospital. Intelligent enough to outbox his opponents to remain unbeaten thus far since making his professional debut five years ago. Even intelligent enough to know when to not let a fighter get under his skin. Bradley has heard it all before, and is hearing a lot from former lightweight champion Nate Campbell, who he will be facing off against on Saturday night at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, CA. The bout will headline a Gary Shaw Productions and Thompson Boxing Promotions card, in association with Don King Productions. The bout will be televised on SHOWTIME. (more…)
Tickets are now on sale for the big rematch between Sam Sexton and Martin Rogan on Friday, October 9th at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast. The warring heavyweights came head-to-head today in a heated press conference to announce their highly anticipated grudge match. A fuming Rogan said to Sexton, “I’m going to take up artistry and paint you across the canvas. You’d better believe it, you’d better believe it!” He added, “When a gladiator spits out his gumshield he has lost the fight. It shows that he’s a coward, only a coward spits out the gumshield. I’m going to crush him.” On the controversial eighth round in their last fight, Rogan said: “Everybody knows the fight should have been stopped. He was all over the place. I’ve seen kids on crutches walking better than you.” Tickets, priced at £25 (tier), £30 (tier), £40 (central tier), £60 (floor), £100 (floor) and £150 (ringside) are available from: www.odysseyarena.com More photos…
IBF# 2 rated welterweight, Delvin Rodriguez (24-2-2, 14 KOs) and his team left their camp today in the Catskill Mountains and are headed to the Mohegan Sun, where Rodriguez will take on South Africa’s IBF #3 rated Isaac Hlatshwayo (28-1-1, 10 KOs) on Saturday night for the vacant IBF welterweight championship. “Come ready,” Rodriguez warned Hlatshwayo. “You disrespected me and my team when we were in your country and I will never forget that. I am not going to disrespect you verbally, but trust me, come August 1st you are going to pay for everything you have said. You will be going home empty handed, while I will be going home with the belt as the new IBF welterweight champion of the world.” (more…)
The event may be soldout but fans can still see Timothy Bradley, Nate Campbell, Junior Witter and Devon Alexander face-off against each other…at the official weigh-in on Friday, which will be open to the public. The weigh-in will take place in the Cahuilla Ballroom at Agua Caliente Casino * Resort * Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif.) Doors open at noon with the world championship fighters stepping on the scale, beginning at 1PM PT
Las Vegas-based oddsmaker Lou D’Amico has made Bradley and Alexander the favorites with lines of 2 ½ -1 and 2-1, respectively. The “over” is favored at 9 ½ rounds for both.
Promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and Thompson Boxing Promotions, in association with Don King Productions and Hennessy Sports, the Bradley-Campbell / Witter-Alexander 140-pound world championship doubleheader will be broadcast live from THE SHOW at Agua Caliente on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast.)
The WBA will call a purse bid for a match between super welterweight champion Daniel Santos and Yuri Foreman. The bidding will be overseen by Gilberto Jesus Mendoza and Jose Oliver Gomez and will take place August 10th at the WBA office in Panama City, Panama.
Brazilian police have concluded that former world champion Arturo Gatti’s death was by his own hand. As a result, the court has ordered the release of his wife Amanda Rodrigues, who has been held since Gatti’s death on July 12 in Brazil. (More to come)
By Big Joe Miranda
The WBC will not approve the bout between Devon Alexander and Junior Witter for the vacant super lightweight title due to the selection of officials by the California State Athletic Commission. “For the WBC to approve the fight as for the WBC title it would be needed that one of the American officials, preferably a judge is taken out and a foreigner approved by the WBC is appointed, with the approval of the CSAC, of course otherwise, our sanctioning will be suspended,” said WBC president José Sulaimán. “I can not hide my disappointment for this decision taken by the CSAC, with which we have had the best of relations and mutual cooperation through the years; I sincerely feel offended and humiliated for their apparent lack of respect to justice and the WBC rights of our officially registered World Boxing Council (WBC) trademark and championship accolade. I would be betraying the confidence bestowed on my by the Board of Governors, with members from all over the world, who are the people that elected me, if I don’t defend justice and the WBC’s rights.”
The California Commission appointed referee Lou Moret and judges Benjamin Rendon (Mexico), Jerry Cantu (California) and Glenn Trowbridge (Nevada) to handle the bout. According to Sulaimán, the British Boxing Board of Control, Witter’s representatives and Alexander’s representatives have all objected.
By Alex Dombroff
New York State heavyweight champion Darrel Madison (13-1, 3 KOs) defends his title against Nagy Aguilera (13-1, 8 KOs) in one of the feature fights of Pugnacious Promotions “Night of Future Champions” event at the Saratoga Springs City Center on Friday. Here’s what the fighters have to say:
Q&A: Darrel Madison | Q&A: Nagy Aguilera
By Lee Bates
Marcos “El Tigre” Jimenez (16-1, 10 KOs) will take on Daniel “Azuquita” Jimenez (18-3, 10 KOs) August 21st in a much anticipated bout locally between two Puerto Rico based prospects for the WBA Fedecentro super featherweight title. Marcos Jimenez enters the bout on a six bout win streak including having avenged his only professional loss by defeating veteran Edel Ruiz. Daniel Jimenez owns the distinction of being the first and only fighter to date to have beaten world ranked contender and former Olympian Vincente Escobedo as a professional. Daniel Jimenez also fought competitively in a decision loss to former world champion Jesus Chavez and was stopped in the 12th round by current world champion Ramon “Rocky” Martinez in a bout that was very close on the official scorecards prior to the knockout. PR Best Boxing Promotions (Ivan & Peter Rivera) will be promote the event which will feature 10 bouts in all and be held at the Coliseo Pedrín Zorrilla in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Tickets can be bought on line at Ticketcenter (www.tcpr.com) or by calling 787 792-5000. Tickets are being priced from $15-$50.
Story by Chris Cozzone
Battering down an unwon 0-5 fighter might not convince the boxing community that he’s got the goods of his legendary father, but George “Monk” Foreman III is on a mission to set himself apart from the handful of sons-of-legends prominent – and not so prominent – in the sport . . . Click here for more
Karo Murat is looking for his 20th victory in as many fights when he takes on Lorenzo Di Giacomo on the undercard of the Huck-Ramirez clash in Halle on August 29. It will be Murat´s third defense of the European super middleweight Title he won from Cristian Sanavia in April 2008. “I am hungry for success,” Murat said. “Di Giacomo will find out what that means.” Between his two victories over Sanavia, Murat held off newly-crowned WBA light heavyweight champion Gabriel Campillo when the duo locked horns in Bielefeld in September 2008. “Halle is not far from Bielefeld and I really look forward to coming back because the fans supported me superbly,” Murat added. The 25-year-old (19-0, 12 KOs) is determined to improve his unbeaten record, while experienced Di Giacomo has set his sights on his 39th success (38-3, 19 KOs). “He is a very good fighter with a lot of experience,” Murat added. “But I will defend my title.”
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBO super middleweight champion Sakio Bika (28-3-2, 19 KOs) blasted out Nestor Casanova (22-16, 10 KOs) of Argentina in round one at the Orion Function Center, Campsie, NSW, Australia Thursday. Bika connected with a solid right hands to drop the import twice and the referee Gary Dean crowned the Australian based Cameroon boxer. Bika said, “I want to fight Anthony Mundine. Also the winner of the Lucian Bute and Librado Andrade IBF super middleweight title bout.” Bika is rated IBF#5 and will be in line to fight elimination bout for the number one position after the Bute vs Andrade IBF title bout. For more details and photos click here…
An open to the public press conference for Saturday’s “The Battle of York 4” will take place this Friday, July 31 at 12 noon at the front entrance to the Sovereign Bank Baseball Stadium, 5 Brooks Robinson Way in York, Pennsylvania. Fight fans are encouraged to meet their favorite fighters including York’s Carney Bowman, Eric Nemo and Stevie Weimer, all of whom will be appearing on the card.
Tickets for Saturday night’s “The Battle of York 4”, starting at $20 can be purchased in advance through the York Revolution Box Office (717-801-HITS, www.yorkrevolution.com ). Ringside table seating is also available through the box office. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the press conference and at the door on the night of the event. Doors open at 4pm on Saturday, first bell for the eight bout card is at 5pm. “The Battle of York 4″ is presented by Chet Koerner’s TKO Boxing Promotions, originators of the “Hometown Heroes to World Champions” national boxing series.
Just when did Kendall Grove become so mature? One minute he’s a tatted-up punk known for hard partying, reality show antics, and a brazen, if not cringe-inducing, victory dance; the next, he’s a humble, sensitive guy who fights for his family’s welfare and the honor of his native Hawaii . . . Click here for more by Debbie Lee, UFC
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Current WBA/IBF super bantamweight unified world champion Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero of Panama made a courtesy visit to the Romanza Gym in the Distrito Federal/Mexico City. He spoke with a group of fighters being trained there by famed trainer Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain, which included Juan Manuel and Rafael Marquez. Caballero is currently training in Mexico in the Centro Ceremonial Otomi and could make an optional defense in Mexico, with an opponent and date to be determined. For a very long time Caballero has expressed his desire to fight Rafael Marquez, Juan Manuel Lopez, Israel Vasquez and Jhonny Gonzalez among others.
Veteran promoter Don King believes that Devon Alexander will become his latest world champion at the expense of Junior Witter this weekend. Witter will attempt to regain his old title at the Agua Caliente Casino in California on Saturday night with the vacant WBC light welterweight title on the line against the undefeated Alexander. King has overseen the 22-year-old St. Louis native’s impressive rise up the light welterweight rankings and he believes that Alexander has the potential to become a major star. “I saw something special in Devon from the beginning,” revealed King. “He doesn’t drink, smoke or take drugs. He takes care of his body. His smile lights up a room. He’s also a great role model for young people. I can’t say enough good things about this talented young man. Now he has received an opportunity in the land of opportunity and he plans to make the most of it. Those in attendance at Agua Caliente and watching across America on Showtime are going to see a very special young fighter win his first world title.” (more…)
On Friday, September 4th, 19-year-old “Marvelous” Marvin Sonsona (13-0, 12 KOs) tries to become one of the youngest world boxing champions of the modern era, when he takes on hard-hitting WBO junior bantamweight world champion Jose Lopez (39-7-2, 32 KOs) in the co-main event of Rumble at Rama IX in Casino Rama, in Rama, Ontario. Former IBF junior featherweight champ “The Canadian Kid” Steve Molitor (29-1, 11 KOs) highlights the evening’s other co-feature, opposite an opponent still to be determined. (more…)
By Jose Reyes
Unbeaten former WBC youth welterweight title holder James De La Rosa (19-0, 12 KOs) claims he is now a free agent. The move was announced by manager/trainer Danny Smith who is preparing to move the young welterweight prospect “The King” into position for his run at a world welterweight title. “Being a free agent is great, you know Cavazos did a really good job getting him to where he got him and Dino did a great job getting us a couple of television fights but they don’t have a big stable and they don’t have guaranteed TV dates. We need to be with someone that can really showcase this young kid so the world can see. James brings excitement to the ring because he comes to fight to win by knock out or be knocked out, which is what people really want to see,” stated Danny Smith. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
It is really make or break for former IBF junior lightweight champion Mzonke Fana when he meets South African champion Jasper Seroka in an IBF junior lightweight title eliminator at the Nasrec Indoor Arena on Friday night. The winner will earn the right to challenge the victor of the upcoming August 22 fight in Houston, Texas between champion Malcolm Klassen and Robert Guerrero. Fana from Khayelitsha in the Western Cape, is at a crucial time in his career. At 35-years-of-age, he needs to be at his best to try to regain the IBF junior lightweight belt that he lost to Cassius Baloyi in April of last year. Fana is ranked at number four in the most recent IBF ratings and Seroka from Namkgale in Limpopo comes in at the tenth spot. (more…)
Four of the world’s top 140-pound fighters will go at it Saturday as WBO 140-pound champion Bradley (24-0, 11 KOs) of North Palm Springs, Calif., faces challenger and former unified lightweight belt-holder Campbell (33-5-1, 25 KOs) LIVE on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). The Bradley-Campbell scheduled 12-rounder will follow a second 140-pound world title fight on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. In the first half of a world championship doubleheader, undefeated, No. 2-rated Devon Alexander “The Great’’ (18-0, 11 KOs) of St. Louis will face No. 3 Junior Witter (37-2-2, 22 KOs) of England for the WBC strap that Bradley voluntarily relinquished. The biggest boxing event in the history of The Coachella Valley in Southern California will emanate from The Show at Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif. It will be promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and Thompson Boxing Promotions in association with Don King Productions and Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa. (more…)
Enrique Ornelas 167.4 vs Roberto Baro 167.2
Charles Huerta 125 vs Derrick Wilson 124.4
Carlos Molina 138.4 vs Eber Luis Perez 135.4
Ricky Lopez 123.6 vs Eder Peralta 123
Luis Ramos Jr. 135 vs Sandro Marcos 134.8
Herman Binek 244.4vs Yohan Banks 260.4
Ronny Rios 126.2 vs Rodrigo Aranda 124.4
Venue: Club Nokia, Los Angeles, California
Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions
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A pair of young lightweight prospects battling to get to the next level, Verquan “The Show” Kimbrough and Jason “The American Boy” Litzau, have been added to the August 15th “Hook City” pay per view event in a 10-round Special Attraction.
The “Hook City” pay-per-view show, headlined by two of the best left-hook punchers in boxing, 8-time world boxing champion Roy “Captain Hook” Jones, Jr. (53-5, 39 KOs) and former 2-time super middleweight title-holder Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy (25-2, 17 KOs, will air live from the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi. . . Click here for more
By Graham Houston
Throughout ring history, older fighters have been putting on great performances. Bob Fitzsimmons was a light-heavy champ at the age of 39 back in the early 1900s, Ageless Archie Moore was great in his late 30s, Sugar Ray Robinson defeated Carmen Basilio at the age of 36 and fought a draw with the much younger Gene Fullmer at 39, George Foreman was heavyweight champion at 45 while more recently Bernard Hopkins and Sugar Shane Mosley seem to have been sipping at the fountain of youth. Now we have Nate Campbell, 37 years young, attempting to win the WBO junior welter title from Timothy Bradley, a mere whippersnapper of 25, in Showtime’s main event from Rancho Mirage, CA on Saturday . . . Click here for more
Unbeaten lightweight Anthony Peterson of Washington, D.C. is training under water to get ready for Top Rank’s Pinoy Power 2 title card on August 15 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. It’s all part of Peterson’s plan to strengthen his right knee which was twisted during a long run while he was preparing for a fight in February. Barry Hunter, chief trainer for Peterson, put together a training game plan: 12 laps to warm up, a series of squats, running and shadow boxing – all in the water. “After I train in the gym I head to the Rec Center (in Washington, D.C.) and get into the pool,” said Peterson, who will fight Luis Arceo of Mexico. “It’s hard work in the water – I can hold my breath 2 minutes, 5 seconds – but worth it. I feel fantastic and I am ready to fight. Peterson was initially injured when he was scheduled to fight Edner Cherrry on the Miguel Cotto vs. Michael Jennings fight card at Madison Square Garden. “I was running, heard something in my right knee, stopped and then got it examined,” said Peterson. “It was bad enough where I could not fight on Feb. 17. However, I am now healthy and ready to go.” Tickets for Pinoy Power 2, which features ‘The Filipino Flash’ Nonito Donaire vs. Rafael Concepcion, are $200, $100, $50 and are available at www.ticketmaster.com
Anthony’s brother Lamont, chief trainer Barry Hunter and Top Rank matchmaker Brad Goodman will be at ringside this weekend for the Timothy Bradley vs. Nate Campbell title fight at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Lamont is in line to fight the winner. Bradley is the WBO 140-pound world champion, Lamont is the WBO interim 140-pound champion. “I just want to see Bradley and Campbell up close,” said Hunter.
Donald ‘Lone Star Cobra’ Curry, the former world welterweight champion, said today there is “something very special about Manny Pacquiao. I don’t know exactly what it is but he could have easily competed successfully against all of the great welterweights in the 1980s.” Curry is living in Fort Worth, Texas, where he looking to train upcoming fighters.
Living legend George Foreman introduced the “next American champion,” son George “Monk” Foreman III, today at Smokey’s Pit Stop in El Paso, Texas. “Monk” Foreman, 1-0, 1 KO, headlines a card 45 miles away in Las Cruces, N.M., Friday night. Look for a story on George and George tomorrow morning.
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